short story for the longer stories to come

Here’s my predicament (as told in a run on sentence):  You know when a friend emails you and you have so much to say, but you don’t have that much time to write the meaningful note that you would like, so rather than write back a short little note to acknowledge that you received his/her note and are thinking of him/her, you don’t write back because you want to wait unit you have more time to write something better than, “I’m alive.  Thanks for asking,” and then days, weeks and months go by and you haven’t bothered to write back……….

Here’s my note to say I’m sorry to all of the people who I’ve been meaning to write to and I’ve been thinking about you all – in the downtime between wiping the French dog shit off my shoes (did you know that dog owners in France don’t really pick up their dog shit?  True fact.).  And I sincerely apologize to this blog because I’ve been very neglectful.

Here’s the short rundown of what’s happened since I last told you my story on the blog:

  • I got a job (kind of) and am now an illegal worker in France
  • It has been made clear that I am one of the few people in this country who knows how to carve a pumpkin
  • I flew to Ireland and attended a Literary Pub Crawl with my mother and her 3 college friends and drank too much beer, way too fast (sort of like college)
  • I stayed in a house in Brittany that was built in 1368
  • It has become evident that I don’t know a thing about tea
  • My mother visited us in France for 2 weeks where we simultaneously scared her, amazed her, and exhausted her (in between the time she was wiping the French dog shit off her shoe)
  • I’ve come to peace with the fact that I will likely never know anything substantial about French wines and still buy wines based on my own vetted criteria which is as follows (if I can answer “yes” to both questions, I buy it):
    • Does it cost under 5€?
    • Does it have some sort of gold or silver seal on the bottle?
I have also been asked by a friend (shout out to you, Susannah) to give her some French phrases to yell at her kids to boost their understanding of the language (in advance of their visit to France). Since I haven’t had time to compile the entire list, I’ll throw in one of my favorites:

What the hell are you doing?   =     Mais qu’est-ce que tu fous?

I’m working on the rest of the list and will post for all of you to see.

I promise that within the coming days I will give you the details of all of our adventures, but for now, I’ll leave you with this:


Mont St. Michel is even more amazing than I imagined it would be.


7 responses to “short story for the longer stories to come

  1. Me too! Me too! I am quite certain that there is an email that I started to you in my head that was too long to write and I was too short on time…will be sure to make time for that.
    Sorry to hear about the dog shit, but somehow it seems better to step in that while looking at Mont St. Michel than the annoying driver talking on their cell phone that almost ran you over in the cross walk while pushing an orange jogger stroller.
    Congrats on the new job!

  2. Great post, Steph. I’m so glad I’m not the only person who has that particular problem with responding to emails. Miss you!

  3. Thank you for posting this, Steph- it’s nice to know we understand each other even when we’re an ocean away! You summed it up just perfectly. Except I do not have French dog shit on my shoe. I wish I could sit down and drink some of your perfectly logical choices for wine, learn about tea and of course, pub crawl in Ireland with you -your mom is so lucky! Missed you lots at Halloween. Joss wanted to know if you were still having the party! He is learning French at school now and when he adds the phrase you shared, he will definitely be ready to come and visit. Thanks for the amazing picture and would love to hear about your job when you have time for a longer story. XO

  4. Will bring wine back to VT! Hopefully will not bring back dog shit on my shoe…………….. Wrote the job story for your entertainment – miss you guys!

  5. Pingback: a wine trance | Francophile Update

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