Howdy! No, I did not fall off the face of the earth; I’ve just been semi-busy and had a good bit on my mind. OK, and I’ve been procrastinating a bit too. My humblest apologies.
Anyway, the past two months have been spent entertaining guests, celebrating birthdays, riding horses, going to soccer games, concerts and wedding receptions, and taking LOTS of pictures. I’ve already posted most of those on Facebook, but I’ll post some of my favorites here too.
In September, my mom’s best friend and her husband came to visit for 2 weeks. We had lots of fun showing them around town and taking them sightseeing pretty much all over. Oh, and introducing them to traditional French cuisine. Fun times. 🙂
Sandrine headed back to the States the first week of September to start massage therapy school, which, last I heard, is going really well. Not that I really expected any different, considering how God opened up all the doors for her to get in. I’m really glad she’s finally going to get certified to do something that she truly enjoys.
Doors are opening up for Audrey too: she recently got to volunteer at a tennis tournament and is already scheduled to work at two more. She’s been wanting to do this for a while, so this is very exciting for her.
As for me, well, I’m trying to find something that’s a little more “me” than the jobs I’ve had recently. I enjoyed those for the most part, but ultimately they were just a way to make some much-needed cash. I’ve been looking at freelance translation, for starters (being bilingual certainly does have its perks). Another option that’s been brought to my attention is photography, which kind of makes sense considering how shutter-happy I’ve been lately. That said, at the moment I’m still strictly just an amateur. I would need a snazzier camera than the one I currently have if I were to go pro/semi-pro, and I’m not sure I can afford one just now. But I am keeping that option open and practicing as much as I can with what I’ve got.
In non-job-related news, we also celebrated my parents’ and my birthdays and topped it off by going to see a men’s Champions League game in Lyon (which Lyon won 2-0).
This month we did a bit of roadtripping: to Grenoble to celebrate Joshua’s first birthday (per his mom’s request, I won’t be posting pictures of him anymore, but rest assured he’s as adorable as ever), then to Paris to see Jesus Culture in concert and this past weekend back to Grenoble for a wedding reception.
Riding classes started back up the first week of September, and not a moment too soon, as far as I was concerned. It’s really great to be back and see lots of familiar faces, both human and equine. A few have left, and there are some new ones, but for the most part it’s the same gang. 🙂 So far Fred’s been having me work mostly with my two favorite mares, Leslie and Naika, which has been lots of fun. A bit of a challenge (neither is exactly what you’d call a cupcake), but fun nonetheless. 🙂 I’ve also gotten into the habit of hanging around after my class on Saturday and taking pictures of the next one (along with a couple of other shutter-happy friends).
I think that about sums it up. Like I said, not super busy, but enough to keep me from getting too bored. (And now that most of my favorite shows are back on, that provides me with some fresh entertainment as well.)
Pictures coming very soon…