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French apartment renovations, Day 175: Whirlwind day

14,126 steps Here\'s a list of what I did today, roughly in chronological order: Morning run Grocery shopping at Lidl Breech work Worked in the commun...
15-06-2021 22:02

French apartment renovations, Day 174: Dinner with Comrade

11,467 steps Eric and Inga left around 11 am for a soccer tournament north of Nice. The rest of us walked home from Cimiez, stopping at a park with mu...
14-06-2021 21:55

French apartment renovations, Day 173: The best way to end a

18,128 steps It\'s starting to get hot during my morning runs! But...it\'s also run-swim season for me ? You know, go running, then jump in the ocean ...
13-06-2021 21:51

French apartment renovations, Day 172: More MAP

11,048 steps Let\'s not talk about last night. I was exhausted but couldn\'t fall asleep. Again. My strategy for coping with bad nights is to not stop...
12-06-2021 21:53

French apartment renovations, Day 171: Chim chimney chim chi

5,628 steps I woke up at 5:30 am. Ding! I was exhausted yet also wide awake. I think it\'s from the light outside. By time my alarm went off at 7 am,...
11-06-2021 21:53

French apartment renovations, Day 170: Swimming, soccer, noi

12,237 steps The plumbers showed up nice and early this morning for a half-day of work. I was going to do some work, too, but decided to stay out of t...
10-06-2021 21:56

French apartment renovations, Day 169: Big delivery!

13,731 steps A momentous day: two pallets of supplies arrived on a delivery truck! It was mostly sheetrock: white (regular), green (for bathrooms), b...
08-06-2021 22:02

French apartment renovations, Day 168: Very late birthday lu

12,397 steps Ivy has been talking about having a birthday lunch ever since her birthday. With restaurants opening back up for outdoor dining a few wee...
07-06-2021 21:52

French apartment renovations, Day 167: Lazy Sunday

13,367 steps I felt better today, but Eric was super tired much of the day. I had a nice walk up to Cimiez. Then Zari and I walked down past the Mona...
06-06-2021 21:50

French apartment renovations, Day 166: Rest day

3,867 steps I got a good night\'s sleep, but woke up with a slight fever and feeling a bit icky. Nothing terrible, just my immune system gearing up. ...
06-06-2021 21:50

French apartment renovations, Day 165: Reformed epoxy and mi

13,805 steps Well, I got out that bad epoxy and shook it around a little. And it started loosening up and getting more and more liquid. Huh. So I gave...
05-06-2021 21:50

French apartment renovations, Day 164: Bad epoxy

16,585 steps I was all set to apply wood hardener after my morning run. The end of one of the huge beams is all rotted, thanks to a leak in the sewer ...
04-06-2021 21:50

French apartment renovations, Day 163: Bookkeeping and socce

10,972 steps For how exhausted I was after yesterday\'s field trip, I couldn\'t fall asleep for a while last night! So annoying. I spent the entire m...
03-06-2021 21:50

French apartment renovations, Day 162: Rabbits and chickens

I chaperoned Ivy\'s class trip to a local farm up in the mountains. We gathered a half hour earlier than usual to catch a tram + train up to the farm....
02-06-2021 21:54

French apartment renovations, Day 161: Another day, another

13,154 steps After a morning run, I went through our receipts and added up how much we\'ve spent on our communist apartment renovations so far. More t...
01-06-2021 21:58

French apartment renovations, Day 159: Miracle of the fishes

I wrote a long post about today and it got lost when I hit "post" on Facebook. I see a little spinning thing that\'s been going on for the past 20 min...
30-05-2021 21:59

French apartment renovations, Day 160: Piano recital

11,570 steps We had an international Zoom music recital this evening with my 3 sisters and their kids, my parents, and two other families that are ei...
30-05-2021 21:59

French apartment renovations, Day 158: Goodbye, wood worms

14,054 steps I had a hard time waking up this morning. I laid in bed and pretended I was asleep until just before 8 am. Eric was kind enough to wake t...
29-05-2021 22:01

French apartment renovations, Day 157: Braving the wilds of

Lots of steps and too many ? Well, today was the day: another big shopping trip to Leroy Merlin. It took us 5 hours and lots of ?. We ordered a truckl...
28-05-2021 21:56

French apartment renovations, Day 156: Soccer with an unexpe

7,682 steps I woke up very early--before 6 am--and wasn\'t ready to be awake. Once Zari and Dio got up at 7, I brought their toothbrushes out (so they...
27-05-2021 21:55

French apartment renovations, Day 155: On the 2nd day of plu

12,314 steps My true love gave to me: a toilet drain hidden in the wall! They managed to chisel out enough rocks to recess the entire 10 cm drain p...
26-05-2021 22:01

French apartment renovations, Day 154: Invasion of the plumb

11,737 steps Lots of noise and excitement today: the plumbers arrived. Cue the jackhammering all day long. It was a bit odd because they arrived and ...
25-05-2021 21:57

French apartment renovations, Day 153: Silly movies

13,029 steps We had a family movie afternoon and watched "The Mitchells vs. The Machines." The movie was silly and predictable, and Zari kept up an e...
24-05-2021 21:57

French apartment renovations, Day 152: Birthdays and soccer

8,848 steps Ivy and I went to a friend\'s birthday party at a park about 20 minutes away, while everyone else played soccer at the chateau. I forgot t...
23-05-2021 21:57

French apartment renovations, Day 151: Nearing the (ceiling)

20,116 steps Not a bad exercise day, between going running in the morning, running errands the rest of the morning, and jack hammering in the afternoo...
22-05-2021 21:53

French apartment renovations, Day 150: 2 shower day

11,365 steps Today was a two-shower day. Eric and I were determined to finish hackhammering the rest of the ceiling, so we worked in the morning, clea...
21-05-2021 21:53

French apartment renovations, Day 149: Getting serious about

12,674 steps It\'s the first day that restaurants and bars have been allowed to open for more than 7 months. Outdoors only for now. But they are packe...
20-05-2021 21:56

French apartment renovations, Day 148: So, so tired

12,197 steps What\'s wrong with me" I\'ve been exhausted all day. So tired I went on a walk instead of running. So tired I fell asleep three times dur...
19-05-2021 21:59

French apartment renovations, Day 147: From zzz to zoom

Yesterday was a Very Hard Day for me emotionally and that carried over into a poor night\'s sleep and me feeling jittery and exhausted this morning. I...
18-05-2021 22:02

French apartment renovations, Day 146: Swimming in a church

10,221 steps We attended the baptism of a family we\'re friends with: a son who is about Ivy\'s age. While they were filling up the font, someone forg...
17-05-2021 22:00

French apartment renovations, Day 145: Soccer & barbeque

7,014 steps My Zoom meeting ended well after 12:30 am, and then I couldn\'t fall asleep for a few more hours. I still woke up around the same time but...
16-05-2021 22:02

French apartment renovations, Day 144: We've got fiber

12,386 steps We had another appointment to get fiberoptic installed, and this time the technicians did their job. We had the exact same problem of not...
15-05-2021 21:59

French apartment renovations, Day 143: More wires, more socc

8,192 steps Eric brought the 3 oldest kids to pickup soccer this morning. It was a bit too advanced for Ivy, so she stayed home with me. She read and ...
14-05-2021 22:01

French apartment renovations, Day 142: Soccer, sun, and wind

14,535 steps I baked bread this morning, then went for a run when the last batch was in the oven. It was super windy and I felt slower than usual. I d...
13-05-2021 21:55

French apartment renovations, Day 141: Pulling wires

9,210 steps Okay, today the rain came in earnest! I brought the girls to school this morning. We walk up a long, shallow staircase going up the side ...
12-05-2021 21:57

French apartment renovations, Day 140: More wires, more saig

12,186 steps Another misleading meteo: we had rain and storms forecast all day. Which, right on the coast of Nice, translated into occasional sprinkle...
11-05-2021 21:55

French apartment renovations, Day 139: Birthday party at the

10,606 steps Ivy\'s friend had a birthday party at the chateau. Ivy, Dio, and I went up in the morning. Eric and the others joined us at noon. It kept...
09-05-2021 21:55

French apartment renovations, Day 138: Soccer & haircuts

13,255 steps Normally everyone but me goes to play soccer on Saturday mornings, while I go running. Today I decided to join the rest of the family. Z...
09-05-2021 21:55

French apartment renovations, Day 137: Well grounded

7,735 We\'ve had a hot, dry wind blowing through Nice the past few days. Eric said it\'s coming northward from the Sahara. Pots are falling off window...
08-05-2021 22:01

French apartment renovations, Day 136: Circuit breaker is on

17,156 steps During my run this morning, a woman stopped me to ask about my shoes. I have run with Vibram Five Fingers shoes for many years now. I fee...
07-05-2021 21:59

French apartment renovations, Day 135: Not just Cinco de May

6,252 steps It\'s really late so this will be short. I\'m so tired that I can\'t even think of what to write about. I did stuff, we went to soccer, I ...
06-05-2021 21:58

French apartment renovations, Day 134: What has 3 hearts and

10,417 steps I just couldn\'t get out of bed this morning at 7. Eric kindly got the kids up and I slept for another 45 minutes and felt much better. I...
05-05-2021 21:59

French apartment renovations, Day 133: Doggone

15,531 stepsI tried running with Baya this morning, and she only made it a few hundred meters before she quit. She would walk, but NO RUNNING. Nope. ...
04-05-2021 22:03

French apartment renovations, Day 132: Dog tired

16,412 steps We walked Baya for 7 km this morning. Poor girl was tired out when we finally got home! She played with a foofball puppy (2 1/2 months) t...
03-05-2021 22:01

French apartment renovations, Day 131: Rain

6,516 steps Rain all day. We had to postpone Dio\'s birthday party (which was just 2 friends at a park). He was very disappointed and kept asking if ...
02-05-2021 22:17

French apartment renovations, Day 130: Rock breaking and gui

Today was a GREAT day, not because of anythig remarkable, but because of all of the things I got done. First thing in the morning, Zari and I did PE W...
01-05-2021 21:56

French apartment renovations, Day 129: Rain and outlet holes

""" my fitness tracker needs to be recharged Rain was forecast all day. But I was able to sneak in a run this morning before it started in earnest. I...
30-04-2021 22:00

French apartment renovations, Day 128: Rixa vs. rocks

6,118 steps I slept in until 8:30 am! Oops...but it felt great. We suited up for some messy work: cutting channels for the electricity in the kitchen...
30-04-2021 22:00

French apartment renovations, Day 127: Supplies, saignées, a

9,615 steps We inventoried the pallet of electrical supplies that arrived last week...and discovered that we were missing several major items, and ha...
28-04-2021 22:02

French apartment renovations, Day 126: Happy birthday Dio! (

13,890 steps Dio turned 12. He was so excited to get up early so we could open presents before school and do our ritual reading of the birth story. I...
27-04-2021 22:05

French apartment renovations, Day 124: Restless nights & res

9,184 steps We had a rather crazy night. I slept fitfully until 5 am, then I was wide awake for 2 hours. I gave up trying to sleep and read with the ...
25-04-2021 21:57

French apartment renovations, Day 125: Who does the best bra

13,664 steps We had a braid contest: who could do the best braid on Zari\'s hair" And could Zari correctly guess whose was whose" Not too surprisingly...
25-04-2021 21:57

French apartment renovation, Day 123: Shots, groceries, and

12,300 steps You know what\'s funny, and when I say funny, I mean sad-funny" I almost wasn\'t going to write this because I know that people who read ...
24-04-2021 21:56

French apartment renovation, Day 122: Another not-so-simple

9,786 steps I started the day off with a nice run. Sad to say I am not very fast but that\'s not the point anyway. We attached yesterday\'s wall to th...
23-04-2021 22:01

French apartment renovations, Day 121: Not a simple wall

9,235 steps We had a slow start this morning. Eric woke up early, then came back in bed for a 2nd sleep until I woke up, then he had a 3rd sleep on th...
22-04-2021 21:59

French apartment renovation, Day 120: Third time's the charm

11,673 steps We might have found a plumber! We had a new plumber come by this morning. He said everything we wanted would be entirely doable. He was ...
21-04-2021 21:59

French apartment renovation, Day 119: Happy birthday to me!!

9,827 steps A busy day. The 3 youngest kids were supposed to go to the Bois des Lutins, but we found out it got closed over the weekend due to a new ...
20-04-2021 21:58

French apartment renovation, Day 118: Sunday but not sunny d

14,663 steps Rain was forecast most of the day, but we ended up with just a mostly cloudy day. Not too bad! I got several good walks in, some by mysel...
19-04-2021 21:59

French apartment renovation, Day 117: Soccer and SAT prep

11,285 steps Zari was the first one up this morning; she had 9 am soccer practice. I was awake but pretending I was asleep for a while ? I went on a r...
18-04-2021 22:02

French apartment renovation, Day 116: Friday is the new Thur

8,627 steps Well, everyone got their exercise in today except for me. I did go on a long walk (to the hardware store) but didn\'t do anything to break...
17-04-2021 21:54

French apartment renovation, Day 115: We have a (sub)floor!

It\'s so rewarding to start and finish a job all in one day--actually, all before lunchtime. We installed the tongue & groove subfloor. It was a bit o...
16-04-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 113: Progress

Who knows how many steps because I forgot to put on my fitness tracker.... Sun! I can finally get our laundry dry. I did 3 loads to day and am still ...
14-04-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 114: Subfloor & soccer

10,997 steps We spent the morning in the communist apartment getting ready to install the tongue & groove subfloor. We installed a cleat in the wall t...
14-04-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 112: More shopping, not so much reno

9,301 steps Well, we did accomplish both goals today, kind of. A) everyone exercises and B) we work on the communist apartment. I went for a quick ru...
14-04-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 111: You call that rain"

14,425 steps The forecast called for rain all day starting around 10 am. What actually happened" It misted from 9-10 am and then was dry the rest of t...
12-04-2021 21:56

French renovations, Day 110: Ugh, too much computer time!

3,722 steps I was working all day. It\'s entirely my fault. I should have just called it a weekend and done fun stuff. But I had so much to do and was...
10-04-2021 21:57

French renovations, Day 109: Track & field afternoon and eve

10,144 steps I love starting the day with a run. It was a brisk 8C when I left the house, but as soon as I got in the sun I warmed up and took off my ...
09-04-2021 22:00

French renovations, Day 108: Headache

9,508 steps I\'ve had a headache all day, the kind that feels like my head is inside a vice grip. Yay. Did you know that Eric has never had a headache...
09-04-2021 22:00

French renovations, Day 107: Snow"!"

4,279 steps There was snow up in the hills above Nice. It was a "warmer" 8C here when I opened the windows, which is surprisingly cold for April. We\'...
08-04-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 105: Easter holiday #2

11,950 steps  It\'s a national holiday today so shops are closed. And it\'s springtime, so even though we\'re in lockdown everyone is outside walkin...
08-04-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 106: Home school & parks

Day 1 of quarantine schooling. I remember why it was to tough a year ago during our full lockdown. We can never get any work done having 4 kids compet...
08-04-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 104: Easter holiday

6,530 steps We live in a medieval village with a cathedral or church on every other street. We have bells that ring all throughout the day. I wake up ...
05-04-2021 22:02

French renovations, Day 103: Play day

10,149 steps I got the least amount of exercise by far today, compared to the rest of the family. Zari went up to soccer practice and Eric took the r...
04-04-2021 21:56

French renovations, Day 102: Slow going

14,013 steps Our chemical anchor arrived today, so we anchored one board to the stone wall in the hallway. On the other side is a thin solid wall int...
03-04-2021 21:56

French renovations, Day 101: Foiled again

7,189 steps We haven\'t made much progress on the communist apartment this week. So today we had grand plans to finish installing the mezzanine in the...
02-04-2021 21:57

French renovations, Day 100: Testing, vaccines, & soccer

13,098 steps Dio is still sick. I let him sleep in and then we got him tested at the local pharmacy. Negative (with the caveat that this was a rapid ...
01-04-2021 21:52

French renovations, Day 99: Sick (Dio) & tired (me)

5,700 steps Well that was fun. I woke up at 3 am. Ding! Awake! And I couldn\'t get back to sleep. Once the alarm went off at 7, I told Eric that I wa...
31-03-2021 21:57

French renovations, Day 98: Dog tired

7,928 steps Nobody wanted to wake up this morning, except for Baya the dog. I love how dogs are eternally optimistic and happy about everything now ma...
31-03-2021 21:57

French renovations, Day 97: Hike with friends

22,121 steps We had a lovely afternoon hike with 3 other families. We drew a 10km radius to see where we could go and found a hike that fit our variou...
29-03-2021 21:52

French renovations, Day 96: Dogs, drama, & a delicious dinne

15,706 steps I\'m starting to wake up earlier with lengthening days. We change clocks ahead tonight. Ugh. We will have some tired kids on Monday. I...
28-03-2021 21:50

French renovations, Day 95: Down day

7,545 steps I went to bed last night thinking about kitchen plans and plumbing. My brain would not turn off. I re-read Ivy\'s birth story last nigh...
27-03-2021 21:53

French renovations, Day 94: Ivy is 8!

11,738 steps Happy 8th birthday Ivy! Yet another quarantine birthday. She\'s been bouncing around with excitement all day. We did the ritual reading o...
26-03-2021 21:52

French renovations, Day 93: Soccer and more taxes

12,509 steps I had a morning of taxes, an afternoon of taxes punctuated with a walk and dropping off Dio to soccer, and an evening of taxes. I am clos...
25-03-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 92: Running and taxes

7,243 steps A remarkably sedentary day, considering I went running in the morning. But the rest of the day I did taxes. Ugh. I am not anywhere near be...
23-03-2021 22:30

French renovations, Day 91: Cement mixers and strangers with

11,298 steps I woke up very early this morning and couldn\'t get back to sleep. So once the alarm went off at 7, I was ready for a nap. Eric kindly g...
23-03-2021 22:30

French renovations, Day 89: Soccer & Leroy Merlin

13,863 steps Eric organized a pickup soccer match at the château with neighbors and friends. We recently bought collapsible goals, which helped enorm...
22-03-2021 22:05

French renovations, Day 90: My brain is toast

15,238 steps I\'m feeling a bit...worn out...at the end of today. I haven\'t done much in the terms of relaxing since I woke up. I was either walking,...
22-03-2021 22:05

French renovations, Day 88: stone walls, haircuts, & electri

7,307 steps I got the entire stone wall uncovered! I finished a bit after noon. Another super busy work day for breech-related things. Mostly non-sto...
20-03-2021 21:55

French renovations, Day 87: Stone walls & casts

5,991 steps I was set to go on a walk this morning, but it was raining steadily when Ivy and I stepped out the door. I abandoned my plans and instead...
19-03-2021 21:57

French renovations, Day 85: Sick & tired

5,615 steps I woke up at 3 am feeling icky. Nonspecific. Kind of feverish but not. Kind of sick but not. But enough to keep me awake most of the nigh...
18-03-2021 22:32

French renovations, Day 86: Plumbing & soccer

12,510 steps I slept much better. Plenty of energy to go on a morning run. EDF was supposed to come change the main circuit breaker but they never sho...
18-03-2021 22:32

French renovations, Day 84: On the mezzanine!

9,961 steps I woke up to a dream so stressful that I was having a panic attack in the dream. It involved my mom having just died the day before, me tr...
16-03-2021 22:29

French renovations Day 83: Walk and château

12,046 steps Eric and I went on a lovely walk this morning to La Reserve and Coco Beach. We wandered around some of the back neighborhoods and got ou...
15-03-2021 22:03

French renovations Day 81: Plumbing pipes

12,657 steps Yet again another trip to Ciffréo Bona, one of the local hardware stores. That was my morning exercise. I did something transgressive th...
13-03-2021 21:54

French renovations Day 82: Work & play

7,516 steps I dedicated the morning to working on breech grant projects, primarily video editing. Eric asked if I wanted to do some planning down in ...
13-03-2021 21:54

French renovations Day 79: Screws, supplies, and braces

18,881 steps I had grand plants to go to the hardware store early this morning...foiled by insomnia. Again. Instead, I slept in and went around 9:30 a...
11-03-2021 21:57

French renovations Day 80: The joists are up!

11,529 stepsSo much accomplished today! I slept much better so I was able to go for a run after school drop-off. I watched a friend\'s dog for 20 minu...
11-03-2021 21:57

French renovations Day 78: Bookshelves and ledger boards

5,122 steps I had one of those nights where, despite being exhausted from little sleep the night before, I couldn\'t get to sleep and then I kept wak...
10-03-2021 21:57

French renovations Day 76: Last day of school vacation

15,129 steps So much crying and moaning tonight. "Why do we have to go back to school" I wish we had confinement again. I wish we were doing homeschoo...
09-03-2021 21:56

French renovations Day 77: Running and sitting

9,557 steps Eric had a book reading last night from midnight-2 am. We\'re both a bit tired today! I kept busy, which has staved off any possible naps....
09-03-2021 21:56
 



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