Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Perfect Day in Paris and the Return of P365

For real. Days like yesterday are the reason I started considering staying for another year, and make it really tempting.  Couldn't have been more perfect.

Well, maybe it could have if I didn't get lost on my way home the night before, get 2.5 hours of sleep, and wake up half an hour after I was supposed to be at work.  But hey, it happens to the best of us.

Once I finally got to work at 11, things quickly got better since I was there for only about 2 hours before saying au revoir to the Mom and The Girl for the next two weeks and beginning my vacation.  Next stop, Centre Pompidou to see Etienne, the kid that plays at WOS on Sunday nights, play with his friend.  Since the sun was out (I like this new trend) I bought some cheap 8 euro sunglasses (that look pretty fab, if I do say so myself) and spent the afternoon listening to good music and sitting in the sun.  It's really the simple things in life.  We also got to listen to a guy with shoulder length white hair who was about 4 feet tall and sounded like the guy from AC/DC with a laryngectomy play guitar and sing/scream all the words loud enough to everyone nearby to hear, from Bob Marley to the Beatles and even a few French songs I didn't know.  Maybe not aesthetically pleasing, but entertaining none the less (note to self: if I ever go back to Paris, look for this guy).

After he and I (Etienne, not AC/DC guy) walked to WOS to be a bit social and after meeting a few kids from Boston and of course doing new-friends-Car Bombs with them my lack of sleep caught up to me and I called it an early night.  But even in spite of this, just enjoying good music in good weather with good people sure makes me a happy camper.

Today my accomplishments included a run in the Bois de Boulogne to test my newly-minted duct tape/safety pin "running wallet" which works quite well functionally speaking but does have some breathability and slight chaffing issues, but hey, it's nothing my hip can't handle for an hour or so.  Slow start to a vacation but I was proud nonetheless.

In other news, you should be excited to know that Savannah kindly pointed out to me that I did not in fact need to order a USB cable to hook up my camera to my computer because my laptop (that I have had for 5 years, btw) has a slot to insert the memory card DIRECTLY INTO THE COMPUTER.  How AWESOME is that, as well as sad that it took me over 5 years to find that out?  So despite the fact that I am less than in love with this camera, rejoice, for Project 365 is officially back up and running, starting Friday but I didn't get around to uploading until today.  You can't stop me, French muggers.

Alors...after an over-a-month-long hiatus, I bring you the return of Project 365!

Day 59, 4-8-11:  Pierre with a stack of Eric's plaid shirts for people to wear at the WOS Bar Country and Western party, complete with cowboys, Indians, and Mexicans.  (They have an interesting perception of the American West, though fairly accurate I suppose)

Day 60, 4-9-11: Etienne (right) and his violin-playing friend (Pierre, I believe?) playing at Pompidou, taken from my window perch backstage (I got to be the groupie for the day)

Day 61, 4-10-11: sky from my window at sunset.  First thing I thought when I saw this was "baby powder" although baby powder is neither blue nor pink, so then I thought "cotton candy" which can be both blue and pink but never at the same time, so I don't know what the deal with the ice cream is.  But I digress...

I really need to make a post about being an au pair (considering that's what this whole blog is supposed to be about, but once I started actually half-way enjoying myself nothing really seemed all that interesting anymore). I have had a lot of people directed here through searches for "au pairs in paris," "being an au pair," etc etc.  So next time I will get on that and try to help all these people out a bit.

To the person who found my blog by searching for "Emma wos bar paris," don't be a stalker.


  1. Hi! Like your post, I too googled being an au pair! Any advice is so welcome! My name is Benae, my email is