Sasha the adventurer

So Saturday, we took the girls to our neighbors house (aka the in-laws) since they have a fenced in yard. Maya and Sasha have never been outside, so we wanted to see what they did. I had bought them little harness/leashes for taking them out on my condo balcony – just in case they had it in mind to run away chasing the squirrels they spy on daily, they would have to deal with the leash.

Neither of them seemedto like it (they slunked around a little and looked at us and meowed), but Sasha did start roaming around the yard a little. After about 20 minutes or so, we brought them back in.

Little did we know, we created a monster. Sasha now stands up at the door pawing at the doorknob, meowing with all her might. At the condo, she sometimes brought her leash to us, but it was more of a game (like a shoelace). Now she brings it because she wants to go outside.

I took her back out on Sunday and I think she would risk frostbite to be out there (the temperature was about 20 degrees cooler than Saturday and i was freezing!).

Today i woke up tangled in a leash. Sigh.

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We landed at the Charles de Gaul airport and it was absolutely huge. We walked so far to get to our next flight, but the staff were all friendly. We were able to get our tickets changed without a problem so that we could continue the rest of the flight together.

We got the cutest little rental car. They even gave us a free upgrade to a convertible! A Citroen C3 Pluriel, special edition Charleston. Check him out, we called him Charles;)

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We didnt get euros here before we left so we looked for a place to get them in Montpellier when we landed. Had we known the toll roads would take credit cards, we wouldnt have needed to bother yet. Alas, we learned very quickly that there are not really any roadsigns and were lost for almost 3 hours. This part of the story gets a little frustrating for me because when we arrived at the Abbaye de Fontfroide for our room, it was already closed. To make a really long and stressful story short, I found Laura (presumably a caretaker), who was able to let us into the room. It was on the second floor, and we had a serene view from all the windows, plus a pretty stone staircase to walk up. And, it was huge! Plus, the curtain idea was awesome, and Im totally doing it in my craft room.

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She suggested we drive a short way to La Table du Chateau, in Bizanet. Boy was in love with the jellied tomato aperitif. He had cod and I got chicken with seasonal mushrooms. Their flavor exploded in my mouth! Very interesting, as I am only accustomed to 3 or 4 species here.

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To make another long story short, our power converter blew up while I was trying to steam wrinkles out of my dress. Boy found an iron in the closet, but I was so tired that I felt like I would accidentally touch the fabric, so it ended up being a little on the wrinkly side.  Getting to sleep in a bed once again was awesome.

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I am sorry for the delay in posts. I had some issues with copying the memory cards to my computer, and with there being sooooo many photos, it kind of turned me off on dealing with it for a while. So instead, ive been working on my house and once i am sure i can delete one of my memory cards, i will take photos to show you what ive been doing.

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Bright and early, we headed off to the courthouse as sneakily as possible. Although we were the first people there, the offices communicated to each other about as well as eggplants do to dogs. So, after an hour and a half of waiting, we finally met with the judge and she read us a little ceremony. Boy and i kept it as legal and dull as possible, since we were having a symbolic ceremony later. Although the thought had crossed our minds while waiting, we did not miss our flight, but Courtney (our ride to the airport) was already waiting for us by the time we got our other errands caught up.

Then the very long plane rides began. First, OHare to Cinncinatti. Although we ordered our tickets months in advance with Expedia, our seats must have been changed because we werent sitting with each other from Cincinnati to Paris, or from there to Montpellier. In Chicago, they were able to change the first set, but we had to change the other once in France.

Our plane was already on final call by the time I took this pic, or i would have taken it again. But see the people loading? Yeah, we were suppose to be down there!

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Then to Paris. We got a french magazine and newspaper. I like the AirFrance logo – its a pegasus mermaid creature. Very neat.

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We were also fed dinner as seen here. I got cheese lasagna and boy had chicken and rice with complimentary wine. There was some turbulence, hence the mess.

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We had miserable sleep, what with the turbulence, the cramped space, and the -90F temperature outside (I was totally frozen – there were ice crystals on my window and i couldnt feel my feet). But we did fly through the most beautiful clouds at sunset that I might have ever seen. Apparently, i did not take a photo.

We were served breakfast of a cheesy egg bagel, and we both got coffee (double cream pour moi, of course). Later, we had a small snack of sweet or salty – i had not-the-american-version-of-sweet cookies, and boy had some salty crunchy things. He was also thrilled to be able to ask the question “does this can make my hand look big?”

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And then it was Thursday. Once we arrived in Paris, I asked to have our seats changed and it wasnt a problem. From the window, all of France looks like farms and woods. Beautiful country.