Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Paris: part 2

On the first "normal" day of our trip (ie not the day we arrived & tried to stay awake for 48 hours) we had signed up for French cooking classes taught in English in Montmartre. Ellie took a French desserts class and my mom and I took a 3 hour (!) macaron class.  These classes were really fun and really everything you could hope for in a cooking class. They made us feel a little like Paris insiders. We met locals (the chefs) and visitors (our classmates). It was the perfect first day thing to do. 

On the second day (Tuesday) we set out for the Louvre. There was no line! Turns out (guide book  user fail) the Louvre is not open on Tuesdays! This wasn't a big deal. We headed for the Musee d'Orsay instead and then the Saint Germain des Pres area for some shopping and Laduree for some tea and...more macarons.




a playground in Montrmarte.

We took the Metro on the first day. It was a little daunting to figure out, but there is a Paris Metro app that makes things pretty easy. By the end of the week, we had the hang of it.

Sacre Coeur in the background.


 No line at the Louvre! No line at ALL.

 Musee d'Orsay clock overlooking the city. 


We'd read about these fountains in this guidebook & it was fun spotting them around the city.

Apparently Parisians aren't crazy about all these locks because they're making the Pont des Arts bridge dangerously heavy. Whoops.

Behind that graffiti plywood is locks that stretch across the entire bridge on both sides. 

 Another fountain.

Macarons from scratch = really complicated and very detailed. Also, our extremely French chef/teacher is also a huge fan of Myrtle Beach, SC! 

 Folding food coloring into the dough for the cookie part of white chocolate lemon macarons. There is one recipe for the cookie part of the macaron; the only difference is the addition of food coloring. The flavor is added via the filling. We made salted caramel, dark chocolate passion fruit and white chocolate lemon. Choosing a favorite would be like choosing a favorite child.

 These girls made four different kinds of desserts in a fraction of the amount of time it took us to make macarons.

The girls' chef, Constance. She was as sweet and adorable as she looks.

The girls' finished products. That molten chocolate cake lasted about 10 seconds.



Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy spring to you.

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  • Even with two English degrees, I still Google stuff like this. Happy spring!



  • On our trip I made hundreds of mental notes about Parisian street style (comme ├ža).





  • I haven't watched this show yet, but it's on my list: Kimmy Schmidt reacts to 2015

  • Round is the new aviator. These are on my wishlist.





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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Paris: part 1

We made it to Paris. But what a week we had prior...

Around 4 AM on Monday, I woke up to the sound that strikes fear in the heart of parents everywhere: the the I’M GONNA THROW UP wail. The stomach virus had landed.

Whelp.

I had intended to spend Monday thru Friday:
  • brushing up on my French
  • packing with some semblance of organization
  • buying groceries for Chuck and Sarah Kate
  • and getting my “I’s” dotted and “T’s” crossed at work

Friday, February 27, 2015

happy weekend to you!






  • t-minus 8 days until Paris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






  • $9 + $14 for shipping for kids SOCKS. But they might be the cutest things I've ever seen.









Wednesday, February 25, 2015

a desk of one's own

I need a desk. Can you help me? I need a desk that is pretty, functional, reasonably priced, can double as a nightstand and doesn't have a bunch of drawers for me to fill up with nonsense.  Now that I have both girls sharing a bedroom, there is an extra bedroom in our house that needs to function as a guest room slash-office, and since I have an actual work-from-home-job, I desperately need a space that I can work from that is not the kitchen counter or the dining room table.
I also like the idea of closing the door and not working while I'm trying to do my other very important MOM duties.  Conversely,  having a space where I can focus on work and not be distracted by everything going on in the house will be fab. Lastly, I think my waistline will benefit from me not being stationed in the kitchen all day long.
Here are some desks I'm considering:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hands up for the Weekend + links


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  • Forget morality, religion and the sketchy depiction of women and relationships, here's what really irks me about 50 Shades of Grey.

  • Pulling really hard for Boyhood, but I haven't seen Birdman (maybe tomorrow). Making this for Oscar watching regardless.

  • Want this for my Paris trip.




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Reading

I've read some pretty great books so far this year, as well as one stinker. Here's my recent Kindle history plus the books I hope to read in the next few months: