Monday, January 28, 2013

Well howdy there.  I haven't blogged in (too) many months.  So sorry to all my avid fans, I don't ever make New Years resolutions, so it's not one of mine to blog more often.

What has been going on?  Well, I saw the sun for more than 10 minutes yesterday (in Paris) for the first time in a (few) month(s).  (<those are so that Vince can't tell me I'm wrong>).  I should keep a sun journal.  It was really lovely to see the sun.  It happened to come out when I was at my first protest, or I guess it should be called a rally.  150,000 to 400,000 people (cops # to organizers #) went out on a day that was supposed to be rainy and cold to rally for equal rights for all.  "What?" You say, "In this day and age, there are not equal rights in France?"  Nope.  Gay people don't have the right to adopt (not even the children of their partners) or the right to medically assisted procreation, or the right to work if their partner is a citizen and they aren't, or the right to pay taxes together.  I honestly don't care what you call it, in any language, but I believe strongly that all people should have equal rights.  If a couple happens to be of the same sex, they should have all the same rights as opposite sex and biracial and multinational couples.  Love is love and family is family.  End of discussion.

What else has been happening?  Oh so much since I've last posted, I've been to the market 10 times, the podiatrist twice, the dermatologist once...  I won't catch you up in one post.  I promise not to bore you that much.

My mom came to visit.  It was a great visit.  She came a few weeks after my surgery.  Just in case I needed my mommie.  Fortunately I didn't need her too much and I was able to show her around.  She was however an enormous help, she cleaned a few times, helped me change my bandage, cooked a bunch, bought me flowers, and prepared and decorated for dinners and our Halloween Party.  It was the largest showing yet at one of our parties.  Almost everyone we knew in Paris was there (and still our place wasn't full).  I credit the timing of the party and the cook, a Wednesday night before a vacation day on Thursday, and my mom.  She made the most scrumptious gumbo.  Holy goodness!

We also saw rainbows at the Louvre, chandeliers at Notre Dame, views at Montmarte, and while walking through the Jardin de Tuleries, happened upon some city workers uprooting beautiful peonies in preparation for the winter plantings.  They were so nice, they listened to my broken french and graciously cut me a bouquet to take home.

Mom under the Pyramid at the Louvre

Notre Dame Chandeliers

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