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LAUSANNE, Switzerland
I am an American living in Switzerland with a Swedish husband, a beautiful baby boy, a Swedish cat, and a French dog.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Am I getting old?

Let me show you what I bought in Chartres, France the weekend of my birthday, and then you can answer the question.
I couldn't resist. The tea pot was just too funny to pass up.

All I can say is....... OH SHIT -when did I turn into my mother????

Busy, Busy, Busy!

The past week or so has been absolute craziness. I have been doing a lot - the days just seem to fly by. The holiday season seems to be a bit more relaxed than it is in the States. Not as much commercialism or hype, just a lot of Christmas markets! I have also become addiction to vin chaud (hot spiced wine) which is fabulous.

The weekend of the 9th we went to Paris to celebrate my birthday. We drove to Chartres Friday night. On Saturday we walked around Chartres for a little, did some shopping, and visited the famous cathedral. The photo below was taken from wikipedia on the internet.

Then Saturday afternoon we went to Beville Le Comte to "see about a dog".
We went to a breeder that specializes in Westies.


Now before anyone begins to give us any advice, please don't. We have already researched the dog and have made our decision. We wouldn't just choose a dog without doing the research first. My mother and my sister (no offense if you are reading this) have already put in their two cents. Enough said.
Anyway, we have put a deposit down for the dog and will have a puppy sometime in April.

The rest of Saturday was spent in Paris. The only touristy thing that we did this time was walk the Champs-Élysées and did some shopping. We were there long enough to see the Christmas lights come on which was fantastic! It did rain about 90% of the time, but we were prepared for it! I didn't bring my camera along due to the rain so I am using a picture that I found on whatsonwhen website.

Our hotel was in the Saint Germain area which is an amazing little area with a ton of small restaurants and boutiques. We stayed at The Hotel Esprit Saint Germain. Here is their website: http://www.espritsaintgermain.com/flash/francais/index.html
If you go to Paris and are looking for a great hotel in a quaint area (still close to major "attractions") I would highly recommend it. It was a wonderful birthday and in addition to our fun weekend away I even got a gorgeous pair of earrings from Lars! He is just too good to me!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Waiting for the snow........

The hubby and I picked up our skis and boots this weekend. I also talked him into buying snow shoes for the both of us. I have found a ton of websites for skiing, dog sledding, tobogganing, and snow shoeing. If we are here, well then we are going to enjoy ourselves and make the most out of the winter season. Did I ever tell you that the both of us HATE the cold??

On Sunday we were very "Swiss" and took a 2 1/2 hour walk in Jussy. It was a nice walk, but nothing too exciting. The only thing exciting that happened was that we were almost run over by two horses that escaped from a near by stable. I had my camera, but being the experienced camera person that I am (ha!), I let the moment pass me by. I was too busy trying to stay out of the horses way and my mouth was on the ground because I have never seen run away horses before. I know, I am just a pathetic city girl.....well, that's better than being a girl trampled by horses!!! Here are some pictures of the walk. Fall is now over but there are still glimpses of color to be found. Oh, and I also included a shot of the horses being led back to the stable by their owners.

I also signed up for more French classes in January. It will be Jan - April but only 2 days per week (3 hour sessions). I need to be able to more than grunt and use hand signals while in a store. It is driving me insane not being able to speak the language better or maybe it is that I like torturing myself......