Paris? Oui!


Paris Eiffel Tower

Did  your Mom ever scold you about leaving things to the last minute?  Mine did, but the lesson never stuck.

I remember a childhood story about a boy who always  waited until Sunday night to do his homework. Imagine the upset when his friends decided to go to the movies one Sunday night and  he couldn’t join them because his homework assignments were waiting for him in his backpack.

That’s how I feel about my upcoming trip to France.  Did I say France?  Oui!

The heavens opened up one day recently when my friend invited me to meet her in Provence.  She will have a house and a car…what more do we need than a few Euros to enjoy two weeks in Provence?

I have so much to do before I leave.  Why oh why did I not keep up with the myriad of tasks and chores that have to be done before I leave?    At least my taxes are done…at least my part.   Read about my fool proof  tax preparation system Render Unto Caesar here.

Why did I slack off on my French language review that I began in January?

Why did I not apply for a Global Pass earlier so I could avoid long lines at the airport?

The list of unfinished tasks goes on. I feel as though “I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep” before I board the plane from Portland to Amsterdam to Paris!

Who cares?  Just like my younger, college self I will pull all-nighters and get it done.  I can sleep on the plane.   I will be in Paris for a few days and then Provence!!

It will be bittersweet to return for the first time without my husband.   But, I have to go.  It is time.  He would want me to go.



98 thoughts on “Paris? Oui!

  1. A women after my own heart! lol I am the queen of putting things off until the last minute yet I always find a way to come through. In regards to travel, I am the person that packs at the last minute ( I can just buy what I need when I get there. Right? lol) My fiance, he will have a check list ready weeks in advance lol. So awesome that your friend invited you to hang out in Provence 😀 How often does THAT happen? I hope you have an awesome time (I’m sure you will) and be sure to update us with lots of pictures!Cheers and safe travels! 🙂 xo


      1. It will be bitter-sweet but I long to read something about how it all works out. New different memories. Be kind to yourself in the preparation – don’t let exhaustion ruin the pleasure. Enjoy the journey! May the Lord pour out His Grace and Peace over it all.


  2. So…a lot to say. Firstly, its strange to think of you in Paris, now. We are almost neighbours! haha. I love your optimism about lack of sleep…and doing stuff. I always start off thinking like that and then give up….so GOOD for you. And I shall think of you because going somewhere special after having been there with someone who made it special not easy… but good for you. Provence and Paris….as the Eastenders say…” Well Jell!” ( as in very envious.) Look forward to reading all about it Safe trip


  3. Reading this post, I thought of my daughter, she does everything on the eleventh hour. I have now given up, and just have accepted it 🙂 Lori, have a wonderful trip and enjoy 🙂


  4. So let’s see, Lori, the alternate is to put off this trip and do all the organizational tasks you listed and then go to France next October on a trip with a long, well planned itinerary without your sweet friend, and then regret that you’re in France but lonely without someone to share the splendor.
    Nah, skip the chores, snooze on the plane, and have the trip of a lifetime.


  5. ahhh Paris. My favourite city in the world. Sigh.

    Have a fantastic vacation!! … and if you happen to be sitting in an outdoor cafe with a glass of wine, a baguette and some cheese, think of me and smile. I’ll live vicariously through you 🙂

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  6. Sure, it’s not exactly the way you planned, but what a joy to see Province with a good friend. I too tend to procrastinate. I suspect I’m an adrenaline junkie, actually liking the rush. Safe, happy travels, Lori!


  7. Bon voyage, Lori! Amusez-vous bien! I lived in Paris, a million years ago. Please eat a yummy crepe from a street vendor for me.

    I thought of you today when I posted to my site. The saga of the hall mirror and table redo continues. 🙂 A bientot!


  8. Lori…how fabulous that you have a friend with a car and a place to stay! As we always say after procrastinating and it’s time to go…if we didn’t pack it we can buy it! Have a wonderful time and the dust will wait till you get home again!

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  9. Fond wishes for a wonderful trip. And it was so nice of you to visit my site before you left. Glad I could return the favor. Enjoy the holiday.


  10. I have yet to find a city I love more than Paris. 🙂
    I hope you write about your trip. I’m a major procrastinator, too. I started packing in Feb. for my Sept. trip to Europ, stopped thencrammed at the last minute. LOL

    amuse toi bien!

    ❤ BP

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed your post on Etta James one of my favorite musicians. I happen to tour the Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals,Alabama where she recorded. She had a wonderful voice. I am sorry to learn of her addiction. So many musicians fall into that trap. So sad for them for the people who love them. Have a happy Sunday.


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