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So… remember when I said this trip was going to be an adventure? Well, so far it has been, but not quite the kind I had in mind.

The first part of the trip went according to plan: we drove up to Lyon Sunday evening and flew up to Paris the next morning. Our flight to San Francisco was supposed to leave a couple of hours later, but technical issues caused delays and ultimately it was postponed until the next morning. Of course this was after we’d (finally) boarded the plane. At least we didn’t have to spend the night in the airport: the airline put us up in a hotel, dinner and breakfast included.

Next morning, take 2: the flight was slightly delayed, but we did eventually make it to San Francisco in one piece. We cleared immigration with no problems, and got to baggage claim only to discover that several suitcases, including my mom’s and mine, had somehow stayed behind in Paris. Argh. So, when we stopped for dinner on our way to Sandrine’s, we also made a quick Wal-Mart run and grabbed a few essentials. We finally arrived at midnight, by which point I had been awake for over 24 hours (I dozed a little on the plane and in the car, but not enough to really qualify as sleep). It took another day to more or less get over jet lag – the 9-hour time difference is pretty brutal.

The last couple of days have been spent meeting most of Sandrine’s friends and teachers, participating in some of the last-days-of-school activities (which I will describe in more detail in my next posts), doing a little sightseeing, and helping her pack. And waiting on the suitcases, which finally arrived yesterday afternoon. Needless to say, we’re all hoping this was the extent of the insanity for this trip.

A few pictures from the drive up from San Francisco:

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After crossing the bridge, we stopped at Vista Point where I was able to get a few shots that were not from the back seat of a moving car:

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Our final destination:

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No relation to the sci-fi town of the same name, however. 😉

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OK, technically summer doesn’t start until Friday, but up until two weeks ago it seemed like Mother Nature forgot it was supposed to be spring (I was wearing sweaters until the 3rd) and then suddenly skipped straight to summer. It’s been a little disconcerting, to say the least. I’m not exactly complaining about the warm temperatures, but I do wish things had warmed up a little more gradually.

No pictures this time; my laptop crashed again and unfortunately I didn’t back everything up, so… I’m hoping at least some stuff can be salvaged, but seeing as I’m pretty sure my hard drive is toast, I make no promises. At the very least, I have everything I backed up a few months ago plus the pics I posted on Facebook, so not all is totally lost. Still, I think I will be investing in an external hard drive and backing everything up from now on.

In happier news, God provided me with a great new job a few weeks ago. I was making the rounds of the temp agencies in town when I got a call from my dad. He was also in town and just happened to walk past a snack bar that had a “help wanted – urgent” sign in the window. I hadn’t worked in food service in a couple of years, but I figured it was still worth a shot, so I headed over to check it out. Turns out the manager broke her arm falling off her horse, and when she saw on my resume that I also ride, she said – and I quote – “It’s a sign!” And I was hired on the spot. Two weeks later, I still can’t get over it. Things just worked out perfectly for everyone. It’s in the pedestrian section of downtown, just a mile away, so I can walk to work. And I have a nice long break between shifts, so I can still head over to the barn most days and ride (though I will be stopping the lease for the summer and save up some money for next year). At the moment my contract is just until the end of the month, but there’s talk of keeping me on for the summer if business continues to pick up (and seeing as tourist season is starting, I think it’s a distinct possibility).
Like I said, God definitely provided. As always. 🙂

In other, completely geeky and inconsequential news, it seems that I’ve started a tradition of catching up on sci-fi shows over the summer. Last year was Stargate:SG-1 and Atlantis; this year is Eureka (I just finished season 1). Depending on how long it takes me to finish (probably not long at all at this rate), I may watch Farscape too. I know, I always seem to discover sci-fi shows after they’ve been cancelled. Well, except for Doctor Who (incidentally, I’m still a little in denial about Matt Smith leaving at Christmas). Well, better late than never, I suppose.

Anyway, it’s getting to be bedtime over here, so that’s it for now. I should have some pics salvaged for next time… keeping fingers crossed.

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