Thursday, September 20, 2007

All's Well That Ends Well.

Wednesday was just one of those days. I woke up feeling unrested and a bit anxious. Between planning new work, sending out applications, and moving into our new home, I was really feeling a bit stressed and out of sorts. That tiny grain of anxiety began to grow, and grow, and grow. By Noon I knew I was in trouble, and there was only one thing to do.

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I jumped in my car and drove 90 kilometers to Nancy to one of the only Office Depot stores in this region of France. I’m not sure how to explain it: Some people meditate or do yoga when they get stressed out. Me, I go to the office supply store. There is something about rows and rows of perfectly organized paper, pens, desk organizers, and file folders that puts my mind at ease. For a control freak with a paper fetish, Office Depot is Mecca. It’s organization through osmosis. I didn’t even need anything from Office Depot, I just needed to be in the Office Depot. Of course as usual I wandered up and down each and every aisle of the store and tried out all the office furniture, and then after an hour I left empty-handed. Ok, I snagged a few free catalogs just in case I needed a fix later.

After my little road trip, I made it back home just in time to hang out with Mademoiselle R and Christoph in Nilvange. They suggested I stop by for a reception that was being held for some art I think. Except I didn’t see any art, only some photos of piles of dirt being projected on the wall. I wasn’t paying much attention. I really only came for the good company and the free champagne.

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And while we were sipping our free champagne, out of nowhere the Mayor just came up to us and shook our hands. I guess he was thanking us for coming?

So over –all, not a bad ending for a day in France that started out pretty crappy.

Go figure.


Anonymous said...

aww I didn't know you were feeling anxious :(

Nice pic of Christophe with the sausages and cherry tomatos! It's making me hungry..

Travel said...

I understand the Office Depot thing, I have two desks, normally piled inches deep (plus a work table in my office-office: as opposed to my home office) and there are days when thinking about organizing it all, just makes me feel like I have accomplished so much.


Samantha said...

I love this post. So honest and human.

MadameK. Located in said...

DM- In all fairness, unless I say otherwise you can assume I am feeling all times....always.

David- Sometimes just thinking about cleaning off my desk raises my blood pressure.

Sam-Just a day in the life... *deep sigh*

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Just wanted to say I enjoy reading your blog. I have a French passport but I want to make the expat move to Rome.

How long have you lived in France? Was it a tough adjustment? Did you move by yourself or were you already married to zee Frenchman? Sorry for the zillion questions, I'm trying to figure out what to do.