Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thanks to those of you who have asked how I'm doing - still sick as a dog, but it's an evolving beast, this illness. What first seemed like the flu turned into a sinus infection and now I have lost my voice. The upside is that I'm feeling a lot better than I felt a few days ago, but the downside is that I've been meeting up with 2 or 3 friends a day, leaving me with just a wisp of a voice.

But it's just a small blip on an otherwise fabulous trip - I've gotten to see so many friends already and I've been able to spend a lot more time with my extended family than I normally do. I've been in Minneapolis this past week and it's been so much fun - I really love the Twin Cities and on so many occasions, I've just had spontaneous bouts of joy run through me. It's just the simple things - meeting up with friends at old hangouts, eating at my favorite restaurants, sitting on campus and chatting (or in my case, listening) under the bright sunshine. Realizing that I can still find my way around here no problem even after six years away. I've been to the Mall of America three times now - though the funny thing is, I haven't actually set a foot in any of the stores there. Of course all of this combined with late nights is probably just prolonging my illness, but what's a girl to do? I've only got this week to see everyone and I can't help but profite of all that comes way.

I had to laugh though when I met with my financial adviser. She was going over my paperwork and asked if I still wanted my mother and Fabrice listed as beneficiaries on my accounts and in my will. I decided to change it - not that Fab would ever go looking for any of that stuff if something ever did happen to me, but I just wanted to make it less of a hassle for my mother. She handed me a pen to sign the paperwork and as she did, I did a double-take - the pen that I was about to use to take Fab's name off my accounts was a pen that he had frickin' made.

A lot of you probably don't know this (I didn't), but Bic is a French company and Fab worked for them for several years in V-town. (It's also where he met the *ahem* lovely Katell). Anyone who ever visited us there knows that we had pens up the wazoo - including about a thousand copies of the Bic velocity pen sitting at that moment on my financial advisor's desk. Each model is produced at a certain site, and I was pretty sure that particular model was only made in France, at the V-town factory, but I flipped it over just to be sure - and there it was - the little "Made in France" logo. I had to laugh at the irony of the whole situation - in many ways, it was like it was all coming full circle.

And then I spent the night with an old friend, drinking Champagne and Côtes du Rhône at a ritzy bar in downtown Minneapolis. So yeah - no complaints from my end.

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Blogger Leesa said...

Hey Sam,

Glad you are starting to feel better and also that you are having a great time!!
Weird about the pen.... I do think it's a full circle thing... Can't wait to see all of you guys in the fall...
Take care, Leese

July 24, 2009 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger poppy fields said...

Ha! That's a good end to that story.

I'm a little jealous of your stay in one of my favorite cities...I'm not going this summer. Can you have an extra glass of Minneapolis champagne for me?

July 24, 2009 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger kylie said...

the mall of america. *sighs* did you ride the roller coaster? :)

July 24, 2009 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Starman said...

Sorry you're sick. The good news is that you're getting to see a lot of friends. The bad news is that you're in the US where the over-the-counter cold meds are not really worth the money. I'm wishing you a quick recovery.

July 24, 2009 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Alisa said...

feel better soon! or at least by the 7th :) glad to hear your stay has been so great so far!

July 24, 2009 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Sounds like the visit would be nearly perfect, if you weren't so darn sick.
Get well soon!

PS: Pen story = really strange

July 26, 2009 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Mouse said...

Jeez, isn't life just full of 'amusing' coincidences that sit ready to make you pause and stumble just when you least expect it!
But so apt, in an ironic way
So Fabrice is M. Le Pen???

July 26, 2009 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Anon said...

Love to read about your adventures and your insight!
Have to put in a plug for the Iphone 3g; don't think the new one this year does that much more; I bought my Iphone last August and it is one of the few material items that exceeded and continues to exceed my expectations. The Iphone is the best and may be redundant with the netbook. Good luck!

July 28, 2009 at 1:06 AM  

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