Monday, January 31, 2005
A day in the life
Lest you think my life is completely glamorous and filled with non-stop adventure, there are plenty of days like today. Shopping is virtually a daily requirement and of course there are many other errands. Today I finally decided to go to get a copy made of our cave/basement key as requested by the landlord. Given the size and age of the key, you don't just pop into any minit-key shop and wait for them to make it. We have been to probably twenty places and finally was directed to store that doubles as a metal work shop. Remembering that the store opens at 10:00am I resolved that today, after four months of this and that, I would get the stupid key made. How did I know it was open at 10:00am? I'd ALREADY been there once at 2:00pm but it was closed for lunch until 4:00pm. Now it's not exactly in the neighborhood but I had time, so I hiked down there. Don't you hate the feeling as you are walking down the street toward the store and it looks dark. Hmmm, is it because the sun is shining outside? No. Maybe they are late opening up? No. Hmmm ... lights really are off because the store. is. closed. on. Mondays. Ugh. Sometimes the craziness of being open 24 hours a day 7 days a week like in the US is appealing.
So I walked home. I'm told when I move back to the US, one of the things I'll miss most is walking everywhere. I don't remember walking much when I was growing up. We'd take the car pretty much everywhere we needed to go. In Paris, it's the opposite. I walk everywhere possible, only taking the car when necessary.
Having said this, I must admit, I do miss the car for grocery shopping -- which was next on my list of tasks. People ask me why my daughter still uses her stroller. Here is the answer:
I finished up and had about five minutes at home before I had to pick up the kids from school. So what did I do in those five minutes? I called my husband and told him it was his problem to get the cave key made.
-- said Auntie M in Paris
# posted by Lisa : 11:25 PM
Hope you get the cave key made soon w/o more frustration.
Terry in SF
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# posted by Teriyaki : 9:20 PM
Why don't you take the car grocery shopping. You get a week's worth of groceries (even if you had to go to an outlying market) and then free up more time for pleasant walking errands.
# posted by Philip : 9:26 PM
Terry, I can't explain how proficient I am with my stroller... I can talk on the phone, hold other children's hands, look for stuff in my bag all while pushing that stroller.
Pat, A double stroller on the streets of Paris. You are a brave woman!
CMAC, Yes, the rain with the stroller is really a hassle... especially if the kids demand umbrellas. It's quite a fiasco at that point.
BM, I never see jogging strollers here, probably because no one jogs.. but the stroller would probably make for a very smooth ride on the Paris streets!
# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 9:46 AM
BP, If I didn't walk around Paris I think I'd weigh about 20lbs more than I do!
Pismire, That's great you use a cart for grocery shopping. I hope I live somewhere that I can occasionally do the same. I really enjoy walking.
Terriyaki, So true. Those cheap plastic bags, the heavy groceries.. I hate carrying the bags home for 3 long city blocks.
Philip, What you say makes sense, and I do order online for groceries to be delivered every 8 weeks or so, but the apartment is smaller, and the refrigerator is much smaller and there are no closets... you just can't buy too much stuff at one time. Additionally, I'm convinced that the French have a lot less preservatives in the food. Carrots only last 4-5 days in the frig. Stuff goes bad faster here.
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