Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I hear the train a comin', it's rolling round the bend


I am so happy January is almost over. Not that I'm wishing away time right now because trust me, I'm not, it's just that January is soooooooooo boring, and dull, and sad. BLECH.  And since it's so boring, and dull, and sad, I've been forced to also be boring, dull and sad and I've been locked away in my old barn house, drowning in bubble wrap.

But now that January is coming to an end, I have to face the inevitable, the last days of The LPV are upon me... thirty last days to be exact. But these are going to be a jam packed, busy thirty days...

First up, I had set a deadline for myself to have all of the boxes packed by the end of January and I'm patting myself on the back while I type this... it might actually happen. Like 96.5% of the stuff going into boxes is packed (I have no idea how I came up with that percentage, just go with it please, I am).

Most of the stuff we're selling, has been sold. There are a few higgledy piggledy bits to go, but I'm not worried. If they don't sell, it's not the end of the world (except for the car, that one is not higgledy piggledy and that HAS to be sold, but that is firmly on Gregory's to-do list).

The Six Nations kicks off this weekend and that is always a big deal in my house so I'll have the rugby to distract me from the moving brouhaha (here's hoping Philippe Saint-André can pull his head out of his heiny long enough for France to win a match) and then Tuesday is my birthday so that's a big deal. I'll be celebrating it with Gregory, The Croupier, Honey Jr and Honey's Honey... kebabs and Champagne are on the menu.

And then next weekend (we're talking the weekend of the 8th here), we'll be bringing The Croupier and her fiance down Toulon way to watch Mr. London play some rugby and so I can celebrate my birthday with The Londons as well. But this time the Champagne will be accompanying fried chicken (my palate is obviously super sophisticated).

I can hardly believe it,  but from that weekend we slide right into Valentine's Day and the mid-February mark. I have no idea what's on the cards for us this Valentine's Day; maybe we'll go out, maybe we won't, either way only a week after that, my mother is arriving from Texas to lend that kind of support in my final Le Petit Village days, that only a mother can (I have a feeling I'm going to need it... I see 'blubbering mess' in my future).

But get this... not only is my mother coming, but on the 25th my brother arrives from Dublin! Yep, three days before we are due to move out of our house, my brother is coming to France to celebrate his birthday. Clearly, my family likes to keep me on my toes.

Then it's the end of February (why oh why does February have to be such a short month?!) and we'll be waving goodbye to Le Petit Village as we drive down to the Côte d'Azur for two days with my cousin, Mrs. London. And because a couple of days on the Mediterranean isn't a fantabulous enough way for me to say au revoir to France, from Toulon we're hopping on the TGV to Paris for two days of museums and macarons. And that my friends, will be that.

But that train keeps a-rollin', on down to San Antone.


Bisous!

33 comments:

  1. whoa whao whoa, back it up! you're moving to the states? looks like i need to do some serious catching up over here!

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  2. You are really doing great with all the packing! I always do it last minute so I am really impressed! So great that your mother and brother will come to visit you! I hope your last month will be fantastic, Sara!

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  3. Oh wow! It's all happening. I can't believe how fast 2014 is going already

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  4. Sad, but exciting times too. At least you have the Med and Paris on the way rather than leaving immediately. I'm sure your birthday will be fun too.

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

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  5. oh my GOODNESS that's busy! probably for the best - less energy left to wallow. moving always brings SUCH complicated conflicting emotions and you've got such wonderful things going on that you'll only have time to focus on the WOO ones :)

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  6. SAD!! But glad you'll be keeping super busy. Always best to keep busy before leaving Europe…so as to have no time to think about leaving it! :) A few days on the Med sounds like a perfect prelude to a move. Enjoy your last 30 days!

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  7. You're doing great. I can't believe you have everything in boxes already.

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  8. Well, Fifty has his passport so that is ONE truly important thing that is done. But I feel the bittersweet pull of this time for you friend and am sending a massive hug. Take a deep breath and soon you will be on the other side of it...How wonderful that you are making the most of your time, especially with your most loyal friends and family!

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  9. Can't believe it's happening so fast! Enjoy your last month!

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  10. That's great you've gotten most of your packing out of the way. Now you can really enjoy your last month. Bittersweet I'm sure!!

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  11. I am so impressed that you have a solid plan in place for your move. When I move I am a complete stressed out emotional mess. (I can never figure out what is the hardest either packing my things in an organized manner or finding a new place to live because it seems I always relocate to places where housing is scarce and priced high.) Safe travels and celebrate your birthday all month long !

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  12. If the packing's almost done, then you're pretty much golden! That's by far the worst part! Especially if you have a bunch of crap like we do. :o)

    By the way, high five on that blog title! One of my favorites, right there.

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  13. I like the way you tied in that last line of the song… well done, my friend. Well done.

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  14. Sara, nothing could be more fitting for the occasion than Johnny Cash welcoming you home and Edith Piaf wishing you a heartfelt and melancholy "Adieu" ... wishing you all the best in this transition. Aloha

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  15. My goodness, it's coming up fast! Fifty's passport done and boxes mostly done is great. Filling your remaining French time with family and friends will be joyous. Looking forward to living in another wonderful place is just the frosting on the cake. Yet, I can imagine your sadness and how difficult some of it will be. We're all rooting for you, Gregory, and Fifty!

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  16. First of all, props on tying the song together so well in the title and closing remark. Love me some Johnny Cash. Also, happy early birthday!! It sounds like you have some pretty awesome last days in France lined up! :)

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  17. Well done on all the packing, let's hope Gregory gets that car off your hands too!

    PS, think you'd be better watching the 6 Nations this weekend, the Heineken's taking a break ;o)

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    1. That's how fried my brain is!!! Of course I meant the Six Nations. I need a vacation :P

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  18. You probably don't want to blog about technical things but I would love to know how you are moving! Is a company paying for it and does it cost a billion million dollars? How did you find a place to live and a job and stuff? I have major anxiety whenever I think of trying to move my family back to the States. The only people I know who moved internationally had a company pay for it and then they had a job lined up obviously so they already knew what was what.

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  19. good grief, that sounds like a busy month! I hope you keep your sanity through it all. (and happy early birthday!)

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  20. Wow that sounds like a lot coming at you in the next 30 days, but I'm sure it will be great and exciting and very very emotional (but in a good way). Saying goodbye to France with your family there and some last trips sounds like the perfect way to do it ;)

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  21. Oh my gosh...that is a lot to do in such a short time!
    I bet you will be a blubbering mess. I would be, too. So glad you're doing a bit of travel before you set off for Texas.
    A

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  22. Love the Johnny Cash reference! :) Danica

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  23. Sounds like you have a busy month coming up! Enjoy and have fun.

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  24. Go girl on meeting the deadline! Cannot believe there are only 30 days left in the LPV :(

    I, on the other hand, have not met my Jan 31 Masters application deadline. Yes, I realize there's still tomorrow but 2000 words + the application ain't happening, sigh.

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  25. My tummy is full of butterflies on your behalf! So excited and nervous for you. Sending you a big hug for all of those tough moments!! xoxo
    Selena

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  26. I'm glad you get to enjoy your last days in LPV :) My move out west was planned only in a few months, and we were gone. We waited to tell family until we were pretty sure Stephan had a few potential jobs semi-secured, which means we only had one month after we told people to enjoy the last of our time in Ontario. And it jut wasn't enough!

    I can't wait to hear about your blogging adventures in the states!

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  27. Enjoy the last 30 days! I'm moving at the end of February too, and I have packed exactly 0% of the stuff. I have spent a fair amount of time perusing the Ikea web site though, I have designed 300.789% of my new apartment with furniture I don't need and can't really afford (I know, can't afford Ikea, pretty sad!).

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  28. Sounds like a beautiful last 30 days, but I'm sure it will be so hard to leave!

    Okay, here's another question - I know you're quoting Johnny Cash at the end, but are you actually coming back to San Antonio in particular? That's where I live! :)

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  29. You're so organized! Enjoy the time you have left, it sounds like you'll really be able to give France a proper au revoir without rushing around (too much!) towards the end.

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  30. You guys are going to be very busy between now and your moving day. I am glad you are going to get some time to enjoy your last days in France with your special people. Have a great week.

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  31. Wow! That's a lot and while I'm sure it's so great that your brother is coming for his birthday, that definitely adds a bit of stress during a stressful time. But it will also be a great memory maker for those last days. Thanks for linking up on the Monday Ante!

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  32. Oh wow, I love France (find it really hard to talk about France without speaking in broken french and volunteering the very select french vocabularly that I know into the paragraph.. embarrassing, I'll try not to here). Sounds like you have a very busy life and eclectic group of nationalities in your immediate friends and family! How fantastic :) good luck with the move! Me and my partner are thinking about going to the South of France for Valentines.. i'd say it was for love but honestly my motivation is french wine and cheese.

    Alice
    thriftyfirecracker.blogspot.co.uk

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