Making : plans for the group of students I have arriving on Friday.
Cooking : soft boiled eggs over spinach creamed with goat cheese – my favorite French meal, and one I ate for dinner every night for several weeks when my paper work was messed up and I didn’t get paid for months.
Drinking : as much chocolat viennois (straight up melted chocolate mixed with cream and served with fresh whipped cream) as I can get my hands on.
Reading: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry for fun, Language and Silence for my dissertation, Pardon my French because I love reading books about the French while in France, and All the Light we Cannot See on audiobook when I take long walks around Paris.
Wanting: all of my students’ flights to be on-time Friday morning so that I can get started taking them around Paris.
Looking: out the window of the apartment where I am staying, across the garden to the sloped Parisian rooftops and rows of chimneys.
Playing: classical music on the radio.
Wasting: the end of the baguette I bought last night, as it’s already stale and I just don’t understand the saving of stale baguettes.
Sewing: still no, forever no.
Wishing: that I could keep plants alive, because Paris courtyards always inspire me to take up urban gardening.
Enjoying: these couple lazy days in Paris without an agenda before my students arrive and it becomes work, albeit fun work.
Waiting: to be reunited with James.
Liking: walking everywhere instead of taking the metro so I can get the most out of the city.
Wondering: how I can stream The Bachelorette while I’m over here, because I am sure that this will be THE MOST DRAMATIC SEASON YET, right Chris H? (#teamKaitlyn forever and ever)
Loving: sketching again, soaking up hours in the museums with charcoal in my hands.
Hoping: that I can continue a perfect streak of eating a croque madame every day this week for lunch.
Marveling: at the new streets and sites I still find to fall in love with in this city where I have already explored so much.
Needing: to maybe invest some stomach space in some veggies after this week’s impressive croque madame and chocolat viennois run.
Wearing: variations on almost the same outfit – thank you carry-on suitcase for 5 1/2 weeks!
Following: different streets around Paris every day, ignoring the map and going where they take me.
Noticing: how easy it is to get ready when all your outfits are a variation on the same thing.
Knowing: that this might be the last time in a long while that I get to be in Paris like this, carefree and open to anything.
Thinking: about how sad that is, because I love this place so much, and yet how it also means that I am deeply and happily rooted in a life elsewhere.
Feeling: thankful for a job and career that will allow stolen moments back here from time to time.
Bookmarking: things to do around Montpellier, where I will be coordinating my students’ study abroad outings for three weeks starting Sunday.
What about you all — anyone else taken stock lately?
Photos: kouignettes of all flavors / boulangerie window in Montmartre / La Maison Rose café on the backside of Montmartre / beside Moulin de la Galette where Renoir painted this / peonies everywhere / pretty street / the apartment stairs that made me thankful I only packed a carry-on sized suitcase / buildings near Bourse / rue Crémieux (all three pretty colorful house pics / subtle primary color bike shot