One week and counting down....

In one week I'll be leaving for Paris.

So why am I spending time at this computer now? Well, I've been planning this trip for about 9 months already, so I have some stuff done. I need to organize my last days so I don't forget anything important so I made a list this morning.

Here it is:


_Get the house ready to leave; Clean and put away most of our stuff; clear out the drawers and closet in one guest room for Sarah, our house-sitter. Make a list of things I think Sarah will need to know. Have Sarah over for a house orientation tour.

_Start packing a suitcase with fall clothes. I made a list a while back, but may have to revise it, when I see how much will fit in the suitcase. One good thing we will be there for only one season—the fall. So that makes packing a bit easier. Mostly sweaters, jeans, pants, a couple skirts, a dress, raincoat and jacket, scarves. The French wear scarves all the time, so I need more than one.

_Start piling up books, maps, CDs, etc, that we want to take.

_Shop for a few items that I still need.

_Stock up on some toiletries and over the counter medicines. I’ve decided it will be easier to take some of those things with me, than to try to find equivalents over there. Some things we will just buy when we get there, of course.

_Do two tours at
Glensheen (Monday and Thursday mornings). Since I am going to be gone for three months, I decided not to take an extra week off, so will do my tours this week. There is also an end of the summer party Thursday for volunteers that I hope to attend.

_Decide which purse(s) to take and get them ready. I’m carrying on an overnight bag on wheels in which I’ll put my laptop, my knitting bag, books, puzzles, etc. for the journey.

_Get my hair cut. Thursday 1:00.

_Try to get to Yarn Harbor Tuesday. Decide whether or not to bring some yarn with me. Pack knitting needles. A few paint brushes, just in case.

_Transfer data from this computer to my laptop. Make sure I can access the password sites that I want to from the laptop. I’ve already done a soft-ware check and I think I have what I need on it.

Well that's my list so far. I can add to it if I think of more things.

I've already gotten started on some of it.

I did my first tour at Glensheen-so just have one more to go. I am a volunteer tour guide at Glensheen a historic housee/museum near where I live in Duluth, MN.

And I have a suitcase packed. See....

For someone who likes pictures a lot, this post is remakably free of them. If you want pictures see the links at right. I will post more pictures in the future. Check back soon.


paintergal said…
What a great adventure is ahead of you! And you speak French? Mais oui! (That's about all I know) ;)
I'll be sure to check on you periodically.
Rose said…
Three months in Paris - why, you poor, poor girl! lol! It will be great fun to get a taste of your adventure through Autumn in Paris, Ceci.
Hi, Ceci! What a wonderful adventure you are going to have. I'm jealous already!! I hope you have a great time & keep blogging so we can go along too. I've been to Paris only once, but would love to go back.

Thank you for stopping by to see me again. We'll have to go yardsaling again soon!

PAT said…
Ceci, I love going on travels with you. I'm looking forward to lots of stories and your fabulous photos!

LRAE said…
This will be fun reading about your adventures. I can just see you now, sitting at a little sidewalk bistro(wearing a scarf of course!) nibbling on a croissant and sipping cafe watching Parisians stroll by .....ahhh...what a life you have!
Laura E said…
I can't wait to follow YOUR adventures now. (o:
Cécile said…
Thanks Laura, Linda, Pat, Rhoda, Rose and Carol. I certainly hope I can meet the challenge of providing an interesting account. those of you who have blogs have done a great job. If living in Paris doesn't do it then there really is no hope for me.


Anonymous said…
I too am a little jealous, but go and have fun. Please write in English as I have not done a study in a long time. We still have friends that send a French Christmas letter and that takes us awhile to translate. Fall, just the best time. Now lets see..could I manage a trip to Europe? Guess not as all of our oversees customers are in Japan. TOOOO Bad.

Aunt Barbara
Maureen said…
Ceci- You are always so generous in sharing your world-travel adventures. You're really living the life! Sheer joy that you've decided to start a blog, and looking forward to your great photos.

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