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French renovations, Day 26: Sledding!

12,000+ steps, all walking up or down a mountain We had a fantastic day sledding at La Colmiane, a small ski resort 80 km from Nice. I\'m so exhauste...
17-01-2021 21:52

French renovations, Day 24: Saved by the dump truck!

18,869 steps Uff da! I am tired out from today\'s adventure. Comrade came by as promised this morning with his dump truck. He managed to back it into ...
15-01-2021 21:54

French renovations, Day 25: Wall demolition!

14,714 steps I was surprised to wake up with sore legs today--I was expecting sore arms! I\'ve been hobbling around all day. We used the morning to ...
15-01-2021 21:54

French renovations, Day 23: Prefecture & soccer

9,014 stepsWe spent the morning at the prefecture, the administrative building that does immigration, driver\'s licenses, car registration, and other ...
14-01-2021 21:55

French renovations, Day 22: Waiting

3,018 steps We met with Comrade this morning. He seemed excited to see what we\'ve done with the apartment since we bought it. We asked him about our...
13-01-2021 21:54

French renovations, Day 21: Checklists

10,124 steps We\'re in a holding pattern waiting to arrange for the dumpster. Comrade is coming over tomorrow morning to take a look at how much const...
12-01-2021 21:54

French renovations, Day 20: Rest!

9,090 steps It?s so nice to have a day off from renovating. I slept in (for a half-hour) and read in bed for another hour. I made sourdough bread, ta...
11-01-2021 21:55

French renovations, Day 19: Cleanup!

I actually wrote another update and it got lost when I tried to post it. Yesterday I was NOT loving the cleanup. We\'ve been doing it every day this ...
10-01-2021 21:55

French renovations, day 18: Cleanup, then goodbye ceiling!

12,548 steps I am exhausted. We cleaned up in the morning, filling 100 trash bags with plaster debris. Then I stayed and demolished the rest of the c...
09-01-2021 21:57

French renovations, day 17: Wall & ceiling demolition!

And the walls came tumbling down... So much dust everywhere. First order of business: knocking down the small interior wall (cloison). It is made of...
07-01-2021 21:50

French renovations, day 16: More ceiling demolition!

14,165 steps It\'s 9pm and I think it\'s the first time I\'ve sat still all day! I got started on demolition right away. Eric helped me move the piles...
06-01-2021 21:53

French renovations, day 14

13,741 steps Our 7 am wakeup was rough. I powered through the morning and went running after I dropped the kids off at school. It was now or never, as...
05-01-2021 21:53

French renovations, day 15: Scaffolding & more ceiling demol

11,666 steps Double thumbs up for today. First thing in the morning, Zari and I went to a pharmacy for a rapid Covid antigen test. She tested negativ...
05-01-2021 21:53

French renovations, day 12

6,279 steps No renovating this weekend. We decided to wait until a weekday. And it rained all day--again. We couldn\'t convince the kids to come out ...
03-01-2021 21:56

French renovations, day 13

6,262 steps Trash total: 56 bags, 16 hand loads School starts again tomorrow. I hope we can get up on time! We\'ve been spoiled the last two weeks wit...
03-01-2021 21:56

French renovations, day 11

9,474 steps I woke up around 6 am to a thunderstorm with a few flashes of lightning. No one else heard it. Then I couldn\'t get back to sleep, so I r...
03-01-2021 21:56

French renovations, day 8

5,070 steps lots more trash hauled away...can\'t remember how many but I wrote it down somewhere! Well, we\'re headed back into a stricter lockdown ...
31-12-2020 21:52

French renovations, day 9

11,023 steps Trash total: 27 bags, 16 hand loads I had a long work day yesterday, but instead of falling asleep I was wired. I lay in bed for a long t...
31-12-2020 21:52

French renovations, day 10

7,627 steps Trash total: 30 bags, 16 hand loads Wow! What a day. The kids all helped in the morning pulling nails and stacking boards. We are now DONE...
31-12-2020 21:52

French renovations, day 7

A whole lot of steps Trash total: 22 bags, 11 hand loads I spent the morning cleaning and organizing the back room. I like a nice tidy workspace, even...
29-12-2020 21:54

French renovations, day 6

6,748 steps We didn\'t do much at all today...stayed inside, played games, read books, made YouTube videos. Eric and I did get outside for a walk in ...
28-12-2020 21:53

French renovations, day 5

6,379 steps and tons of fun 18 bags of trash + 2 hand loads We had a nice slow morning. Eric did some writing, the kids played with toys, and I read...
28-12-2020 21:53

French renovations, day 4 (Christmas!)

Dio went into the living room at 6:30 am and turned the lights on. What part about "not waking us up until 7:45 am" did he miss"" Our bedroom windows ...
26-12-2020 21:56

French renovations, day 3

16,893 steps No renovations today or tomorrow...it\'s Christmas! I had a nice run in the morning, followed by both of us grocery shopping in differe...
25-12-2020 21:51

French renovations, day 2

9,243 steps I was all eager to get to work on dismantling the large ceiling beams...but Eric was tied up all day and the job definitely needed two ad...
24-12-2020 21:51

French renovations, day 1:

12,315 steps 16 bags of trash + 1 armfulSo...I am calling my updates by a new title since our life for the next 18 months will be dominated by renova...
23-12-2020 21:53

French quarantine 2.0, day 31

""" forgot my fitness tracker on my run today Today was eventful: we are officially the owners of the communist offices downstairs! This process start...
22-12-2020 21:51

French quarantine 2.0, day 30

7,007 steps More rain! My laundry out on the line has now been washed...many times. A bassoonist friend and I played a few Christmas songs with Eric ...
21-12-2020 21:53

French quarantine 2.0, day 29

8,359 steps Rain all day. I had 2 loads of laundry already on the lines; they came inside and got draped over chairs, couches, and radiators to dry. ...
20-12-2020 21:50

French quarantine 2.0, day 28

2,480 steps I didn\'t get out much today and oops! I missed our evening walk. We have an 8 pm curfew and sometimes it sneaks up on us. I was busy al...
19-12-2020 21:54

French quarantine 2.0, day 27

16,472 steps A very typical French day in terms of my physical activity: I went running in the morning, ran errands around town (thrift store), took ...
18-12-2020 21:54

French quarantine 2.0, day 26:

8,963 steps Ivy and Inga had their first soccer training at Cavigal, and it went great. They both love their coaches. Ivy got a gift bag, including a...
17-12-2020 21:55

French quarantine 2.0, day 24

15,290 steps Zari had a stressful exit this morning. She was already tired from staying up last night working on homework. Then she couldn\'t find one...
15-12-2020 21:56

French quarantine 2.0, day 23

7,143 steps I woke up at 6 am--ding! I\'m awake! Then by 8 am I was super tired, so I lay down on the couch and ignored the household as everyone wok...
14-12-2020 21:54

French quarantine 2.0, day 22

7,276 steps This morning we went sibling Christmas present shopping. Each child gets around 25 Euros to spend on one of their siblings (picked by pul...
13-12-2020 21:54

French quarantine 2.0, day 21

3 weeks in...France\'s covid-19 numbers are on the decline, but not as good as hoped for at this date. I think the next point of reevaluation is early...
12-12-2020 21:58

French quarantine 2.0, day 20

16,337 steps We\'re feeling more optimistic today. Both of us went running in the morning--helps with just about anything. Then we met with our banke...
11-12-2020 21:51

French quarantine 2.0, day 19

9,928 steps Ugh, today was a "journée raté." It was supposed to be Dio\'s first day of soccer practice. When he found out, he started crying and woul...
10-12-2020 21:55

French quarantine 2.0, day 18

6,223 steps aka my shitty day & eating bugs You want to hear all about my day" Fine! I\'ll get the boring stuff over with first. I sewed five infant...
09-12-2020 21:57

French quarantine 2.0, day 17

18,717 steps I haven\'t sat still today until now! I went running in the morning (brrr...a chilly 5 C when I started out...and of course my Minnesota...
08-12-2020 21:52

French quarantine 2.0, day 16

14,223 steps It\'s feeling festive in our apartment. Our miniature Christmas tree is up (all of 2 feet high, left from a previous renter). Paper snow...
07-12-2020 21:54

French quarantine 2.0, day 15

1,940 steps Yes, I hardly walked at all today...blame it on the rain! I did, however, bike a good distance in the rain (long story). We stayed in to...
06-12-2020 21:51

French quarantine 2.0, day 14

Rain all day! I didn\'t end up falling asleep last night until Eric\'s reading finished at 3 am. We were both kaput today. I made myself stay awake e...
05-12-2020 21:56

French quarantine 2.0, day 13

9,650 steps I was determined to reset my clock. I made myself get out of bed at 7 am and stay awake all day. No napping, nada. I hope it works. Ivy ...
04-12-2020 21:52

French quarantine 2.0, day 12

9,859 steps Theme of the day: soccer! Or "le foot," as it\'s called over here. Ivy and Inga had practice at OGC Nice, while I brought Zari to her pra...
03-12-2020 21:58

French quarantine 2.0, day 11

15,560 steps What are you doing this Thursday evening around 6 pm MST / 8 pm EST" If you don\'t have plans, please come to Eric\'s virtual book readi...
02-12-2020 21:54

French quarantine 2.0, day 10

16,989 steps Eric and I are both exhausted! I can\'t stay awake if I sit down. I went running, then carried 100 Euros of groceries home, and went on ...
01-12-2020 21:50

French quarantine 2.0, day 9

8,525 steps Well, today was a fail! We had a relaxing morning together and then headed out after lunch to hike le Chemin de Nietzsche. This is a sho...
30-11-2020 21:55

French quarantine 2.0, day 8

9,156 steps I normally shop at Lidl, but this morning I went to Aldi to buy a few special items I\'ve been keeping my eye on. One of them was a kitch...
29-11-2020 21:51

French quarantine 2.0, day 7

18,880 steps Tomorrow begins the first day of loosening restrictions. Shops are open again (but not bars/restaurants). We can travel within a 20 km r...
28-11-2020 21:50

French quarantine 2.0, day 6

9,013 steps Kind of a lazy day for me. My alarm clock rang at 7 am and I just couldn\'t get out of bed. Couldn\'t. Fortunately Eric took over and got...
26-11-2020 21:51

French quarantine 2.0, day 3

15,459 stepsI really feel like I\'m back in France again. Why" #1: Because I walked all over the place. I walked to the grocery store and back in the...
25-11-2020 21:55

French quarantine 2.0, day 4

14,234 steps Ahhh, a great day. I went running after I dropped Inga and Ivy off at school. I worked in the morning, then took a nice long lunch break...
25-11-2020 21:55

French quarantine 2.0, day 2

8,233 steps We gave away 5 bags of clothes and miscellaneous items and threw away another few bags of stuff that was too old/broken to salvage. We\'r...
23-11-2020 21:55

French quarantine 2.0, day 1

We made it! We got into our apartment at 9 pm last night. 52.5 hours of traveling 19.5 hours of layovers 13.5 hours of flying 5 airports 4 flights 1...
22-11-2020 21:54

Airport purgatory, day 2...

Accidental purple ombre. Wearing the same clothes for 3 days in a row = high fashion. Also our flight is almost empty. We have the entire back third o...
22-11-2020 21:54

Airport purgatory...day 3...Paris & Lyon

Only 6 more hours to go! I was a Mean Mama and made all the kids sleep after they ate dinner and watched a movie. They were all looking rather glazed...
22-11-2020 21:54

Airport purgatory...day 1...hotel

We indeed missed the flight. We had to pay $525 to change our tickets from Paris-Nice. Eric is still on the phone trying to get final confirmation on ...
19-11-2020 21:58

Airport purgatory...day 1...ugh

We got off to an early start. Yay! Well, let me back up. Yesterday, American Airlines contacted us, asking if we\'d be willing to switch our first fl...
19-11-2020 21:58

American """ day 97

13,937 steps I think I started cleaning and packing too early this year! We\'ve been more or less done for a few days now. Closets are all empty, pic...
17-11-2020 21:53

American """ day 96

Not a lot to report on...a little bit of cleaning (showers/tubs/toilets) and a family movie afternoon (Enola Holmes). Zari REALLY liked it. Inga tryi...
16-11-2020 21:53

American """ day 95

12,614 steps We had a family work day at our two rental properties. We raked leaves, sanded and repainted porch posts, and took care of weeds. We rew...
16-11-2020 21:53

American """ day 94:

Yesterday, the phone rang. "Hello, this is American Airlines calling to let you know that all flights to Nice have been canceled until December 9." "...
14-11-2020 21:55

American """ day 92

11,528 steps France recently changed its rules for travelers entering the country. We have to have COVID-19 PCR tests within 72 hours or less of our ...
12-11-2020 22:44

American """ I'm not even sure how many days

We\'re heading back to France in just over a week. Yes, we\'re going right back into lockdown, just like last time. Yes, France\'s covid rates are exp...
11-11-2020 21:59

American """ day 77

2,801 steps Somehow I never made it outside today. It was cold and drizzly, so I didn\'t miss out. Ivy put on one of Eric\'s dress shirts and took se...
28-10-2020 21:55

American """ day 76

7,271 steps I\'m feeling a bit burdened by all of the things I\'m trying to get done and keep track of: writing IRB applications for a few different ...
27-10-2020 21:56

American """ day 75

7,435 steps I just got off ANOTHER video conference call. 3 in the past 2 nights. I\'m brimming with ideas for our big grant application. We made Za...
26-10-2020 21:58

American """ day 74

I ran errands and fixed things today: scraped and sanded the back sides of our 4 French doors, bought furnace filters for our own house and our two ap...
25-10-2020 21:55

American """ day 73

11,985 steps Our volunteer cherry tomato plant is still bearing fruit and putting out new blossoms as if it\'s mid-summer. Ivy harvested some and set...
24-10-2020 21:53

American """ day 70

It\'s fall break this week for the kids. Our first two days have been cloudy and rainy. I hope to get the kids outside more once the rain stops. I hav...
21-10-2020 21:56

American """ day 65

8,336 stepsWhew! I\'ve been super busy with all sorts of projects. Some yet-to-be-announced ones that will add all sorts of work onto my already-busy ...
16-10-2020 21:58

American """ day 63:

6,781 steps Pirates took over the household today. Apparently they don\'t use spoons to eat their soup. Yesterday we picked wild persimmons from a n...
15-10-2020 22:00

American """ day 61:

We got everyone outside in the morning, raking leaves, painting, scraping, and of course playing. I painted the exterior frames which will hold the Fr...
12-10-2020 21:59

American """ day 60

I\'ve been busy with breech stuff the past few days. If you follow Breech Without Borders, you\'ll have seen all the things I\'ve been up to (and many...
11-10-2020 21:55

American """ day 57

9,190 steps So much going on in the last 2 days! Nothing earth-shattering but it the days have been busy and rich and productive. Yesterday I sewed 4...
08-10-2020 21:58

American """ day 55

10,876 steps Today felt more balanced. I got some work done (mostly administrative and some video editing/encoding). But I didn\'t ignore my kids all...
06-10-2020 21:54

American """ day 54

8,113 steps When Ivy was writing in her journal tonight, we reviewed the things we\'d done today. She said, "Can I just write \'today was a lazy day"...
05-10-2020 21:54

American """ day 53

I decided to treat today like a proper Saturday: spend time with the kids and get home projects done, rather than work on breech stuff. (I confess, I\...
04-10-2020 21:56

American """ day 51

2,099 steps Ugh. This was last night: ????????and finally ?. It felt like food poisoning. Within about 15 minutes, I went from feeling 100% normal to...
02-10-2020 21:53

American """ day 49

I\'m trying to type today\'s synopsis and watch the presidential debate at the same time and am failing miserably. Ugh. Someone needs a lesson on not ...
30-09-2020 21:55

American """ day 48:

9,597 steps Mmmmm, another delicious dinner courtesy of Inga. She chose another Italian recipe: pork loin with juniper berries and bay leaves. We sea...
29-09-2020 21:56

American """ day 47

10,508 steps Dio\'s dinner was amazing! For the main dish, he chose braised beef in red wine & rosemary sauce from an Italian cookbook. It looks like...
28-09-2020 21:57

American """ day 46

2,501 steps I felt like I was doing stuff all day, but apparently I didn\'t move my body very much! This morning was mostly working on Breech Withou...
27-09-2020 21:53

American """ day 43

9,087 steps I\'ve been reading a book by Lori Gottlieb: "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone." Highly recommend. It\'s about being a therapist, and at t...
24-09-2020 21:50

American """ day 41

7,413 steps Two trips to the hardware store, one trip to the grocery store, one trip to the super-mart store, one trip to pick up Zari after soccer p...
22-09-2020 21:54

American """ day 40

11,414 steps Yesterday I worked all day on home improvement projects: reglazing four French doors and sanding down an outdoor bench. I got through 16...
21-09-2020 21:55

American """ day 38

16,493 steps Sometimes you dye a dress...and end up matching your bathroom! The color transitions were a bit more abrupt than I would have liked, bu...
19-09-2020 21:58

American """ day 37

10,247 steps I filmed, edited, and produced 3 videos for Breech Without Borders today. Ivy and Inga were great helpers in one of the films...until th...
18-09-2020 21:55

American """ day 36

23,274 steps Went running in the morning, recorded a presentation for the 2020 MANA conference, went to the bank, spread several cubic yards of mulch...
17-09-2020 21:52

American """ day 35

8,210 steps Zari planned dinner tonight: Avocado-Mango Salad With Blue Cheese, Bacon And Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. We added grilled chicken breasts to m...
16-09-2020 21:53

American """ day 34

My fitness tracker battery is dead... I was busy last night applying for CPD from the ACM (continuing professional development from the Australian Co...
16-09-2020 21:53

American """ day 32

9,746 steps 3 trips to the mulch place for a total of 9 cubic yards. We\'ve spread half of it so far. I\'m tired! Inga had a soccer game in town. Sh...
13-09-2020 21:50

American """ day 31

10,492 steps One month back in the States. France\'s covid-19 infection numbers are exploding again, back to the highs we saw in March and April. How...
12-09-2020 21:56

American """ day 29

7,380 stepsZari and Dio had to miss their soccer games because they still have stuffy noses and/or sore throats. I\'m working on Ivy\'s 3rd fabric cr...
10-09-2020 21:56

American """ day 28

14,621 steps After 4 weeks of putting it off, I finally went running. Blame it on covid inertia" I miss our schedule in France, where I drop the kids...
09-09-2020 21:51

American """ day 27

16,257 steps We had a fire pit that was close to one of our neighbor\'s house, and apparently the fires would aggravate their asthma. No problem--we\...
08-09-2020 21:55

American """ day 26

 9,952 steps Eric and Inga are on the mend, although Dio is still feeling icky. I\'m trying to remember what we did most of the day...oh yes, house...
07-09-2020 21:55

American """ day 25

Sunny and dry today, with wind chasing away the bugs. I love being able to keep my windows open day and night. Today was a "get things done" day for ...
06-09-2020 21:52

American """ day 24

 Ivy\'s test came back negative. I\'m not surprised as she had a fever for only half a day with no other symptoms. But...Eric has a bad sore throat a...
05-09-2020 21:52
 



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