Paris has been cold, gray and down-right gloomy for the past week, and to make matters worse, I’ve been sick with a killer cold that I just can’t seem to shake. I’ve been so schlumpy and out of it that I didn’t even realize that Thanksgiving is in 2 days! A big merci to Emilie for snapping me out of my funk and helping me to get in the Thanksgiving spirit. Here are a few of the things that I am thankful for this year:
I’m thankful for my family- my two little munchkins and my handsome Frenchy hubby, who (among many other things) have invented the perfect cure for HMF- Heinous Mama Flu: take a bushel of sweet-n-slimy kisses (my daughter has a cold, too), add a pinch of pirate jokes (What’s a pirate’s favorite food? Arrrrrrrggggg-tichokes!) and serve it up with a steamy, garlicy bowl of soupe au poulet. Works like a charm…
I’m thankful for my girlfriends- old and new, near and far, IRL and online. Somehow I’ve managed to accumulate the most amazing Glam Squad on the planet. They are my rocks, my anchors AND the wind beneath my wings. Without them (and my Sephora carte de fidélité ), I’d be nothing. Thank you, les filles!
I’m thankful for Thanksgiving, the store. Thanksgiving is the American grocery store here in Paris that carries all of the fixings that you need to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Talk about a niche! Stove Top Stuffing, Jiffy Corn Bread Mix, Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, canned pumpkin- it’s all there. My foodie friends in the States always cringe whenever I tell them that I’m making Stove Top Stuffing. I tell them that I can have Dinde farcie aux marrons at my mother-in-laws any old day. MY memories of Thanksgiving include Stove Top, and I’m passing this on to my children.
I’m SO thankful that people still fall in love, decide to get married and then decide to get married in Paris. You don’t need me to tell you that times are tough, but luckily- thankfully- romantic couples from all corners of the world are still enchanted by the idea of a wedding in Paris. Sure, they’ve had to scale back a bit on the bells and whistles, but with the City of Love as your backdrop, and a fabulous wedding planner to boot- what other bells and whistles do you need ?
Lastly, I’m thankful for everyone who, over the past year and half, has taken the time to stop by my blog. Thanks for your bonjour’s, your advice, your ideas and your encouragement. Blogging doesn’t come easily to me, but it’s something that I really enjoy doing, and I’m glad that people still enjoy reading about my Parisian adventures. Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!