Et c’est parti pour…

La Bretagne!

Or, so it appears.  We’re waiting on the amendment of Damien’s contrat de travail, but they let him know on Monday that the team in Brittany wanted him after his interview the week before.

I’m feeling….  relieved?  a bit nervous?  and excited, all at once.  It seems weird to be diving in, especially to a place I’ve never been.  I know another blogger that lived in Bretagne and didn’t care for it at all.  I’m hoping that isn’t the case for us.  I know it was a lot easier for me to make friends in Metz once Lily started school, so I’m hoping that it works out similarly in Brittany.  I’d love to make *real* friends, like our crew we had way back when in Paris.

I’ve also read accounts by people that absolutely love the area, the people, and have made beautiful lives for themselves.

And now starts the slow packing (we aren’t going anywhere until after the girls finish school), slowly culling what we don’t need/want, calling banks to see if we can swing buying something we want right off the bat, or if we need to sell our Paris house, first.  I originally was hoping we could buy something right away, but I think that might be fairly difficult now, since it takes so long to buy a place in France.  We’ll likely have to put the girls in one school, rent until we find something to purchase, and then move and change schools.  This makes my Mama heart ache for Lily.  She is definitely old enough to get it now, and since she is starting 1st grade, I was hoping to land somewhere we can stay…  Unless we end up really lucky and are able to rent in the same village we purchase in…  But it seems unlikely that that could all hinge together so well.

After all that waiting it seems a bit surreal to know.  I almost don’t even know what to do with the free mental space knowing has clearing up, even though knowing has its own set of ‘unknowns’ that have come with it for now.  But we can at least start considering what an ideal cross country move would look like for us, what a plan B, C etcetera would look like.  I can also start dreaming up what my ideal home would look like, make a list of must haves, or can do withouts.  We don’t want to make a mistake in picking a home, but it looks like we will be in Bretagne for years to come, so we need to choose wisely.

So, voilà, the news from Alsace; soon to be delivering life in France from Bretagne!

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While waiting…

While I putter about, stress, and worry about what is in store for us next, (because, yes, 10 weeks after letting him know his job was ceasing to exist, but not to worry, they would find something for him, Damien still has no idea where/what/etc is in store for him…), I’ve been working on some projects around the house, and for myself.

I’ve managed to “work out” once a day for 6 days a week. I was told earlier it looked like I’d lost some weight, so maybe I have. I haven’t hopped on a scale in a while, but I do know my FitBit stats have increased in the past few weeks. I am finally at an average of 10 000 steps per day. I’d like to get it up to 12 000, but for that I think we need nicer weather so I can walk to and from the bus stop.

Suprisingly, some days this is a lot harder to get then it looks.
Suprisingly, some days this is a lot harder to get then it looks.

I finished up two small cross stitch projects I’ve been working on for, quite literally, years. Now I have to save up for an encadreur so I can get them framed and up on a wall. Years of work deserves to be displayed!

Lots of time spent on these- I can't wait to see them framed and hung!
Lots of time spent on these- I can’t wait to see them framed and hung!

My Mom sent me another cross stitch that is much more advanced.  I think I might spend some time knitting before I start working on it- I need to break out my sewing machine to bind the edges, too, before I can start.

Brocante season is gearing back up- I can’t wait to go to some here in Alsace.  I am also hoping to check out a dépôt-vente before we move, perhaps.  Aria could really use a steadier set of drawers/commode, and I’m also on the look out for a single sized bed frame, something maybe a bit retro/vintage.  We got Evie one of those toddler beds that extends, but I really like Lily’s ‘regular’ twin sized bed.  So much easier to find sheets for, so much easier to slip into for an evening cuddle…  And I find them so much nicer to look at.

We’re very much looking forward to our long weekend for Pacques, Alsace and Lorraine get both Friday and Monday off, so we get an extra long weekend to spend en famille. I’m hoping the weather isn’t too poor so we can get out an enjoy it, but given what is happening outside my window right now, that may be a far fetched dream!