Monday, May 9, 2011

Packing Up

Today is d-day. As is my habit, I've left everything for the last minute and as usual, I'm scrambling. Tomorrow morning I leave for the United States to watch (with my own 2 eyes) and celebrate the college graduation of my two boys. They both have taken their time, just like their mom, and I will be so proud and pleased to see them finally walk down that aisle in their silly, flat hats. Okay, I'm also pretty excited about no more tuition payments but mostly it's about their graduation!

What to pack....what not to pack? This ain't easy when you're going to a place where it last saw snow...last Monday....but where it's trying to be spring. It could be below freezing, it could be 80 degrees. So sweaters, shorts, or both?

Then there's the issue of french wardrobe versus American (midwest) wardrobe.  A friend of mine and I were laughing about this as I was pinning her older, American dresses closer to her body before making alterations. Our french clothes are different than our American clothes. The tops are lower, the skirts are shorter and everything is tighter. And as I was trying things on to make decisions, I realized everything of mine is tighter...and not because I want it that way! Ugh! Red wine and camembert. A couple of weeks ago, while my friends and I were shopping, I tried on a shirt that I fell in love with. It's a wee bit transparent and I asked them what I should wear under it. My friends and the saleslady dropped their jaws a bit and said "just a pretty bra of course". I replied I couldn't possibly get by with wearing this shirt "with just a pretty bra" in Minnesota...particularly not at my age. Two rolled their eyes and one gave the usual response as she shook her head: "You Americans are such puritans". So shear chemise and pretty bra are going to Minnesota for a test run!

Maurice, the dancing fish, has been deposited at the home of a pretty little girl who is so excited to take care of him. In fact, I just received word that she's trying to make him a little house for the bottom of his bowl. And Arthur, the roof cat, is going to visit a friend as a test....to see if her boyfriend would put up with having an animal. I neglected to tell her that if Arthur doesn't like him, her sweetheart will have the scars to prove it. My cat isn't missing half an ear for nothing!

My lists are made of things I need to bring back for people. For me, foam paint brushes and Skippy. For others: Blistex, Citrucel, and Murine. It's always so odd what people miss here.

So now it's time to put it all together, finish the laundry and clean the apartment. I will try to stay in touch but, as usual, I've got a schedule in the states that leaves me exhausted before it even begins.  Nonetheless, I can't wait. Minnesota is so beautiful in the spring (or whatever season it is there). And I haven't seen it in it's green glory since the summer of 2008.

À bienôt mes amis,

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22 comments:

  1. Have a great trip. How often do you go home now that you live overseas?

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  2. Can not wait to see you. Travel Safe

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  3. Teehee, I am giggling at the thought of you wearing a sheer blouse and a pretty bra in Minnesota!! I have a similar shirt, but always wear a tank underneath. But if it's not cold, I say Go for it!!

    Bon voyage!! (and if you get a chance, go to Dairy Queen for me, these hot temps have me craving an oreo and cookie dough blizzard!)

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  4. Have a lovely time. I have no idea what those three things your friends want you to bring back are!

    I hope the sheer blouse and pretty bra go down a storm. I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to wear something like that at my age. It's my back which isn't what it was (where did that extra skin come from?). :)

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  5. I went to my son's college graduation a few years ago, how moving it was (I can relate to the sweet thought of not having to pay fees any more). This year I have my last daughter's high school graduation here in Florence, and since she is going to the International (American)school, we have all the trimmings: gown, hat, procession...
    I know that it will be moving too.

    I will be thinking of you, bon voyage ma chère amie!

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  6. We may pass each other in CDG. On my way to Bordeaux, arriving in France on Tuesday.

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  7. Your excitement is palbable, Delana. Enjoy yourself, pack layers, just in case, and congratulate the graduates for me!

    I think you must also owe your mother dearest a great big hug to make up for your absence on Mother's Day! (no guilt, though!) :-)

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  8. Congrats to you on seeing your boys graduate. I remember how happy and proud my mother was at attending our graduations; there are three of us. (We went to her graduation too so I have an idea as to how she felt.)

    Enjoy the trip and yeah, let us know how the test run of your lovely French top goes!

    Bisous!

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  9. Mlle. ChaussetteMay 9, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Bon Voyage Delana! I'll miss you! (after I deposit you at the airport tomorrow, that is.) Come back safe and soon.
    xoxox

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  10. Have a grand time Delana! And yes, pack that shirt and pretty little bra - but also WEAR it! Dress like the French woman you really are and write a blog about being French with
    midwest roots. love ya! Karen

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  11. I don't know where your are going in Minnesota, but I can tell you that it's cold and rainy 65 miles south of the big towns. Well for spring at least it's about 55 or 60 deg f. But good luck.

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  12. Have a wonderful trip! It will be great to be home I'm sure. And congrats on your two college grads!

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  13. Have a wonderful time! (The weather has finally been warmer and a bit more springlike for the past few days.) And hey - I love your blouse already. Go for it! You got it - flaunt it.

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  14. Have a great trip. Congratulations to your sons' on graduation. My son is flying over from Minneapolis tomorrow finishing his soph yr. of colleg. Living btw countries makes the reunions that much finer. Bon voyage!

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  15. Be kind to your sons...don-t wear the shirt and bra at their graduation....people are supposed to be looking at the graduates, not all turning round in their seats to look at The Scarlet Woman...

    Have a great time...and how great to celebrate your sons- success.

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  16. Hope you have a fab time in the USA, and remember to keep a tissue handy for those 'blubby' moments which you are sure to have when you watch your sons! I speak from experience on that one!

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  17. Congratulations to your boys--and have a WONDERFUL time! I just got back from seeing my family (and I brought back butterscotch morsels for baking and Nyquil...).

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  18. "Pourquoi est-ce qu'une femme de 50 ans ne pourrait pas déménager pour vivre en France?"
    MAIS POURQUOI PAS... la vie est belle et un peu courte pour ne pas la vivre pleinement et tenter l'aventure.

    I love your pictures (j'adore le choix de vos photos et l'ambiance de votre blog)

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  19. nice blog- but it's a sheer shirt not a shear shirt!

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  20. Want to hear about your trip home and more of France when you return.......

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  21. Can you post pictures of the French fashions you/middle-aged French women wear? Or post some links? Most women under 70 here seem to be showing cleavage these days ( even when they are overweight).

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