Bonjour from RVA

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Well, we’ve made it to our next destination: Richmond, Virginia. Paris it is not, but I’m determined to make the most of it. Well, once it’s not so hot outside.

James found us a really lovely apartment, complete with stained glass windows and a teeny backyard for Henry. At first it was weird to have so much room, compared to our Paris apartment that is, but I think we’ve already gotten use to it.

Henry hasn’t adapted quite as well this move. After some intense paw nibbling/chewing/licking, we took him to the vet only to find out he has allergies! Le pauvre!

More coming soon!

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Aux States, again

Well, we’ve been back in the US for over a month now and I’m not really sure why I haven’t been posting. I’ve definitely had plenty of time. Instead I’ve been watching a lot of trashy TV (which really isn’t any different from when we lived in Paris). Somehow they’ve all taken trips to Paris recently (seriously the Kardashians, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Anthony Bourdain!), so it hasn’t really helped me get over leaving France. Sometimes I try to think about all the things I didn’t like about Parisian life, like the smell, our horrible bed, six flights of stairs, and no smoke detectors, but then I look back through our pictures and realize just how lucky we were (are!). It’s nice having more space and a yard for Henry, but I’d take our little 260 sqft apartment back in a second.

We crammed in a lot of fun activities before we left Paris, including a 4-day trip to Normandy, so I’ll share all of that very soon. Until then, here are a few pictures of Henry taking in some last-minute sights before we left.
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Noël à Paris: le retour

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We’re super excited to have been able to celebrate another Christmas season in Paris (even though we miss our families terribly)! This year was even better than last year because we had our little Henry Pooper with us.

On Christmas Eve we watched Christmas movies for a while and then went out to the Christmas market at La Defense. It’s definitely one of the biggest/nicest in Paris, but since we’d already done all of our Christmas shopping we just got some hot wine and snacks. Yum!

We went to midnight mass at Saint Ambroise and then got up early (well…9am) Christmas morning to open our present to each other and eat pancakes.

James gave me this gorgeous robe from Princesse Tam Tam. I plan on wearing it the rest of winter.

I gave James a bunch of smaller gifts: a vintage TinTin comic book, this funny fish soap dish, and a Paris Saint Germain t-shirt.

We found Henry a fun Santa squeeky ball, but it’s too big for his little mouth. Le pauvre!

For our bûche de Noël this year, James picked up a couple fancy ones from a bakery near his work. My favorite was the chocolate, yum!

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We went back to Pho 14 for our traditional Christmas dinner and it didn’t disappoint! There was a little bit of a line this time, but we probably didn’t have to wait more than 15 minutes.

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We hope everyone had a joyeux Noël!

Good-bye Grad School, Hello Henry!

Part of me still can’t believe that I’m finished with grad school, the past two years have went by so fast! I did a whirlwind tour of the Mid-West the last two weeks of August, finishing it off with my Master’s presentation in Madison. Oh, how I miss that place! Also, Kansas City. And Springfield, MO.

While I was back I also got a visa for my new work contract. Yay! It’s only for four months, but with so many people having such a hard time finding work, I’m super happy to have it. James and I will for sure be in Paris through mid-January!

Also…I brought Henry back with me! He was scared when we first got to the airport and then through security, but once we were on the plane, he was so sweet. The ladies sitting next to me didn’t even realize he was there! I couldn’t have done it without the amazing blog DogJaunt, the help from our fantastic vet, and of course both sets of parents. My parents were so sad to see little Henry go!

Henry was a little scared of all the people, dogs, and loud noises, but he’s starting to get use to it. I’m hoping for a family trip to the Eiffel Tower sometime very soon!