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Half and Half


I leave for Paris tomorrow, and this time it's a solo trip. I have a client meeting on Friday, then I'll spend the rest of the time wishing Evan was there and moping around.

Okay, just kidding about that last part, but I will miss him. I can't remember the last time I was in Paris without Evan. Besides not having someone to enable me to eat more eclairs, who the heck is going to get me out of a conversational jam? He swoops down and saves me when I use the wrong word or tense. And if I'm being totally honest, I rely on him way too much to do most of the talking.

Perhaps this trip is what I need to solidify the French I've been working on for what seems like forever. I'm half looking forward to it, half dreading the blank stares as I fumble around for coherent sentences.

Speaking of half and half, it's the only thing I like in my coffee and we're out. The crazy thing is, a full quart we brought home from the grocery store disappeared. I plan to find it months from now in some stray cabinet.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Sarah

Oh my, Paris in the spring! I wish I was going to, I adore Paris. I hope you have a food flight and stay. Anything planned besides work?
I hear you about the half and half. I started putting the milk away in our pantry yesterday, it's comforting to know I am not alone! I am a new follower to your blog and really enjoying it! Thanks.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by The Armchair Parisian

Check the trunk for the half & half (and I agree; nothing better). I am jealous of your solo trip. I've been 7 times now and once was solo. I enjoyed the freedom, however missed turning to my hubby to comment on this and that or discuss the day while lingering over dinner… Enjoy!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Uncle Beefy

Aw, god luv yer heart… I put ice cream in a drawer once. So I feel ya'. Jealous about the France gig, but I usually feel that pang when I stop by here. Le sigh.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Simply Mel

oh you poor thing ~ for some reason, I think you will do just fine without your beloved other half!

Oh, and I placed macaroni and cheese in the fruit bowl. Found it this morning ~ nice.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by DaveinHackensack

Give heavy cream a try next time. You don't have to use as much of it to get the same effect, and it tends to last longer in the fridge (since it has less sugar in it, I think). As a bonus, it'll make you feel slightly decadent when one of your girlfriends puts skim milk in her coffee.

Stop by Balthazar bakery in Englewood and you can pick up a bag of Coffee Labs beans (they've got a chubby Lab puppy on the bag) and some cannelés to go with it.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Mrs. Buck

Have a wonderful trip – the French will come to you – and even if you mess up a couple of times, the meaning comes across and I found that most people were able to understand and even a little patient with me as I whipped out my rusty french skills. Enjoy – I'm so jealous!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Susan

Check the freezer.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by A short history


What an interesting blog! I came across while looking for information on (best) places to live in Paris.

My wife, four year old daughter and I will move there permanently from London. I'm moving there with work and my office is in Clichy.

Any pointers?

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Carly – Thanks! Good tip. I'm imagining the mess, smell, etc. Ick.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by bevgrey

As much as you'll miss Evan, and I don't blame you, your French will improve to the same extent. Needs must, as they used to say. I haven't studied French in 45 years, wasn't very good at it, can only say things in the present tense, etc, etc, and yet I am understood more often then I would have ever expected. When necessary, the person I am talking to switches to English out of expediency and/or pity. My last trip, a few even gave me grammatical tips which pleased me no end – I felt as they thought there was hope for me. I was so flattered! I do think you will be amazed at how much you know once you don't have Evan to fall back on.

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