Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Leaving Paradise

The bags are packed, the ride to the airport is arranged and appropriate knitting & crochet's been selected for the trip. We're ready. Hannah's upstairs, trying to sleep. I'm making her go to school tomorrow, but she'll leave early and we'll catch our plane at 3:45.

Direct flight, baby - then it's cafe au lait and croissants for everyone!

I was sitting in the back yard today - a glorious early Autumn day - enjoying myself and the sound of our push mower, trying to finish a quick project that's due on Oct 10.

The kids had a half day, they were pumped and Gerry was using the edge trimmer (which apparently makes men go all giddy.) so we were all living the high life.

As I sat in the sun, petting Shiloh and enjoying the fresh air, the thought seriously crossed my mind, "I hope it's as beautiful in Paris as it is here in St. Paul."

I'm certain it will be. We have walking tours and bike tours arranged, and a whole lot of just "hanging out" time when we're not expecting to do ANYTHING. Anyone know of any knitting groups I can crash while in town?

A friend recommended we stop by Monoprix and pick up some plates and cutlery so we can dine in our room when we're exhausted. I remembered that one of my best evenings in Paris in my misspent youth was drinking a box (!) of wine and eating cheese from the shop downstairs, all in the confort of my hotel room.

We're doing this trip on a shoestring - frequent flier miles for the airfare, our hotel (le Hotel Tiquetonne) is 59 euros a night (recommended by a friend - and the reviews are not bad) so anything we can do to save a little coin is right in keeping with the sentiment of the journey.

This has been the week to miss stuff.

On Monday Gerry forgot that he was supposed to be at the Mayo for his 3-month checkup. Oops. We rescheduled.

On Tuesday I forgot I was supposed to be in Minnetonka for a book signing. Oops. I arrived very late, the folks were lovely and actually hung around. Better than I deserve.

We also missed the season opener of Heroes. Why are we missing stuff?

I think I'm still getting over the travel of last week, and anticipating the travel of next week.

And anticipating yet another trip. I called Jan today and she's in bad shape. It's getting harder for her to hold her phone, to just be. A very hard phone call. I made her laugh a little, but it wasn't like being there.

Who knew I'd ever say to myself that I wish I weren't going to Paris this week.

When I get back I'll high-tail it down to Marietta to be with her - then a side trip to Memphis the weekend of the 10th for classes, and then back to WV.

I'm very glad I kept my teaching engagements down this Fall so I'd be able to run to her when ever she wanted me to - and here I am going to Paris right when I think she needs me the most.
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Blogger pdxknitterati said...

Bon voyage! Have a great time; a trip with the whole family is a wonderful thing!


September 25, 2008 1:20 AM  
Anonymous dawn from texas said...

I think it is wonderful that you realize how beautiful your home is and do not automatically assume that Paris will be better. I am from San Antonio which is quite lovely but I know firsthand that people take "their own backyard" for granted and assume the far away and exotic will be so much better. Enjoy showing your family the world. God will take care of Jan, no matter what. I hope you find some inspiring french haute couture and blog about it with some photos.

September 25, 2008 2:06 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

It's probably already on your list, but a visit to La Droguerie is a Paris must-do. The colours of the yarns are amazing; the notions are unending, and it is a steal price-wise (well, the yarn certainly is). Bon voyage!

September 25, 2008 3:05 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I hope you and Hannah have a FABULOUS time in Paris! I can't wait to hear about it when you return!

September 25, 2008 5:14 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I think we always feel as if we should be someplace else. Enjoy Paris anyway!

September 25, 2008 5:15 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Annie, please don't beat yourself up about Jan. You and Hannah have been so looking forward to this trip; it's going to be so great for her to travel abroad with her mom and something she will treasure forever.

I don't know her but am pretty certain Jan would want you to go and act normally for Hannah's sake if nothing else.

It's so nice Gerry's able to forget a follow-up appointment - he must be feeling well :)

Have a safe and happy, healthy trip. Life will be here when you get back - (un)fortunately!

September 25, 2008 5:35 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

The inevitable pull toward your cousin at this time in her life is so natural and normal. All you could do for her is to be there and you HAVE ALREADY done that in so many important ways. She KNOWS you are there with her even as you take Hannah to Paris. Jan [I suspect] would be the first person to tell you to have a wonderful time and enjoy every minute of the trip with Hannah without second thoughts.
Do please enjoy every moment

September 25, 2008 8:44 AM  
Blogger grey eyes said...

have an awesome trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 25, 2008 12:11 PM  
Blogger lookinout said...

Bon voyage, bonnes vacances!

September 25, 2008 12:51 PM  
Blogger 5elementknitr said...

One of the best times I had in Paris was our trip to Pre Lachaise Cemetery. We went to make our pilgrimage to Jim Morrison's grave but took our time. Chopin, Charles de Gaulle, Oscar Wilde, Charles Boyer and many other famous and unknown people are buried there. The statuary is diverse and stunning!

Have safe travels...

September 25, 2008 2:44 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

enjoy Paris -- and the season opener of Heroes (both episodes, it was a two parter) is being repeated Saturday evening. I know you will be in Paris but perhaps Gerry can tape it for you?

September 25, 2008 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Roz said...

Ah Paris -- it reminds me to think about life, not about the stuff that fills it. And life is about the people we love. You'll be with your daughter, and your cousin soon enough too. This is a time to be above all be grateful -- we get to experience the many conflicting emotions all at once, and they give our lives meaning.

September 26, 2008 7:42 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Have a great time. Your hotel is near my favorite market street in all of Paris. (Rue Montorgueil)

September 26, 2008 8:45 PM  

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