Life in Paris, Reflection

Consistency is Key

And other platitudes that I'm not practicing! I'm hoping to get back on track after three missed posts in one week. I visited the lab again this morning to see if my misadventures in microbiology are finally at their end. In equally exciting news, I defended my thesis yesterday, and I am fairly confident that… Continue reading Consistency is Key

Challenges, Life in Paris

Perfect vs Good in Practice

"Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Whether it was Confucius or Voltaire, it's good advice and I'm trying to live it this week. I was on the train this morning, jammed into the car and 10 minutes late, and I truly felt like a mess. My hair was flatter than normal… Continue reading Perfect vs Good in Practice

Challenges, Consumption

Of Dryer Buttons and Eyebrow Pencil :

I had quite the Monday when it came to things breaking on me! A few weeks ago, back in the first weekend of May, I went to the large Auchan near my neighbourhood to replace my eyebrow gel. I still use the brand 'essence' because the organic alternatives I've tried to find in Paris all… Continue reading Of Dryer Buttons and Eyebrow Pencil :

Money

April Budgeting Breakdown :

Please ignore the fact that we are halfway through May! I was working on staying on or under-budget in April, considering that I was making a bit of money from my internship. I added up all my spending, and while it was an abnormal month for a few reasons, the bottom line is that I… Continue reading April Budgeting Breakdown :

Habits

Flower (Moon) of a Different Kind

It's the full moon, today! I had planned the following activities : visit the Jardin des Plantes, bring flowers into the apartment, embroider a flower onto one of my t-shirts, prepare to receive the results of an application on June 6th. The best laid plans of mice and men! I have been working full time in… Continue reading Flower (Moon) of a Different Kind

Life in Paris

Interviewing Your Dream

The dizzying want! I've alluded to it, I've mentioned it, I'm announcing it : I got an interview for an incredible graduate program. Yes, another. A program I would never have dreamed of two years ago, that now is a remarkably perfect fit for my personal and professional plans. It provides both theoretical and concrete… Continue reading Interviewing Your Dream

Immigration

PACS Paperwork

Will it ever end? Probably not! I may have mentioned that E and I are getting PACS'd. That means we plan to enter into "un pacte civil de solidarit√©," which officially does very little other than legally defining our relationship as a household when filing taxes and taking on debt. We couldn't adopt a child… Continue reading PACS Paperwork