Tuesday, 27 October 2015

settling in...

We have been here 9 days.  For 9 days I have waited for our air freight shipment on the idea that I would be able to provide a larger range of dinner options once I had a frying pan and a pot.  (I do have my Instant Pot, so we are able to make a lot already!).  I did hand carry a tea pot on the plane, so we have been able to make tea and coffee.    Yesterday, our air shipment arrived.  This morning, little man asked for some scrambled eggs.  Seemed like a simple thing to do, but, alas, it wasn't.  I put the pan on the stove, and the numbers kept blinking..  What does that mean?  It has a digital display, and it had been working just fine with the tea pot....   

Ahh.....  each burner says 'induction' on it.  I had gotten lucky with the tea pot in that it is, apparently, magnetic, so it will work with the induction cooker.  Hm...  Now what to do?  Purchase induction cookware, or purchase a new cook-top to work with my current pots/pans?  Which is cheaper?  Will our landlord even let us swap it out?  

Since I do most of my cooking with my Instant-Pot and my Thermomix, how many pots and pans do I NEED?  Can I make do with a small few that will work with the induction range top?  

What do you think?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

We have arrived in France!

So it turns out that we had an adventure getting to France and beginning to settle in.

Here is Layla checking out our luggage - Yup!  It's soft enough for me to travel in.  :)

 On the plane!

At the airport in Tampa, we found out that the research that I did into the cats kennels wasn't thorough enough.  I had called Air France for the specifications, but Delta (our first leg carrier) wouldn't accept them.  So...  We waited for an hour and eventually had to purchase new kennels for the cats to fly in.  3 times we've flown internationally with our animals, and 3 times they have made us purchase their kennels at the airport.  I think it's a conspiracy to get our money.  Also - why do kennels say "airline approved" when they are not?  

Chai, our ragdoll, wasn't very happy about flying.  We know this because he was shaking badly.  However, our other two cats, Oreo and Layla, were not scared at all. Oreo was a little on the noisy side though, voicing his opinions through the cage.  Layla did try a few times to lift the outside handle in a Houdini attempt, but, thankfully, she was unsuccessful.  

Once we cleared up the cat situation, the rest of our flights were quite fine.  However, little man left his retainer on the plane, and now is without.  I am attempting to get another one made through our dentist at home, but this will take a while.
Here Chai is - curled up in his new favorite spot - in a closet in a tiny shelf - where we can't reach him.  :)

Little lady and little man are currently sleeping on sleeping bags on the floor as our air shipment, with their blow up air mattresses hasn't arrived yet.  We went on a shopping spree today, buying a toaster (yeah!)  a washer and dryer (don't have to haul it all to the coin laundry!) and beds for each of them.  Mattress shopping in France is a little different than back home.  All of the places we went to actually MAKE the mattresses and somalier (the bottom part that acts like a box spring but has the screw attachments to add legs onto and is covered in fabric).  This can take 4-6 weeks.  We got lucky though in the last store we were checking, because they had 2 single bed returns and could deliver on Saturday!  A single bed here is just a tiny bit smaller than a twin bed at home.

Today, I had to do some of the immigration paperwork and this required me to find the post office, make some copies of our passports and mail a document.  During the copy portion, I remember telling myself "Do not leave a passport in the copier!"  and do you know what I did?  I left one.  On the way back to our new apartment we stopped off to buy some groceries before heading home.  I noticed that I only had 3 passports and had a complete panic attack.  I ran back to the post office and, luckily for me, the post office personnel had kept it safe for me.  Phew!  Crisis averted!

Our new apartment has a fireplace in almost every room.  They are not useable, as they are very old, but they look nice.  As they are not useable, we figured that the flue's were covered up, but we were wrong!  Someone came along the roof and cleaned them!  We didn't know this until we went searching for Chai and found him rolling around in soot!  The dirt from the cleaning had come down the chimney and landed in the fireplace.  He thought it was fun to roll around in, and our white cat turned dark grey!  Little lady had to bathe him!

Monday, 14 September 2015

A new chapter

Ah.. Paris.....  You make my heart sing......and my head hurt!  :)  Moving is a lot of work!
As many of you know, we are making a large move in about a month's time from now, we are moving to Paris!  This is both very exciting and very daunting.  The language barrier is scary, but we are trying to remedy that (more on that topic later), and we have to figure out schools, apartments, food, and transportation.  I have stopped working for now in order to manage it all, which, nicely, means that I have a little more time for things like blogging! How I've missed it!

After our move to Florida (the second time) I started working as a teacher.  I learned a lot about myself and about teaching.  I was so busy thought, that I didn't have time to keep up with much else.

So... sit back, relax, and be prepared for tales of what life is going to be like for us very soon!