Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bonne année!

Happy New Year to all. I got a little sad a few weeks ago, realizing that this holiday was the third in a row I'd missed. For whatever reason, I somehow thought I'd only missed two, but then I got to thinking about it, and nope..definitely three. Ah, well. Can't have everything. I would've loved to be home, but perhaps next year (..this year).

Christmas was in the midst of my crazy hours at work, so I was happy for the day off. I watched Home Alone, made a vegetable platter, and headed for the Orphan Party one of the managers at work was having. It was good to not be alone (all my friends were home!) and in good English-speaking company. Mostly Americans, but there were a few Canadians, an Ethiopian, a Frenchman (who let him in!) and maybe another nationality or two, you never know with expats who's going to show up.
movie, booze, food. merry xmas!
some of the boys

We ate, drank, watched movies (yes, that's A Christmas Story), had a white elephant gift exchange (I got a head massager, awesome), played Charades, chatted, etc. Fun times for all. And so much food, as it should be! I stayed a good part of the day and into the evening, but had to work the following morning so headed back to mine to make some calls to the respective families who were still in full Christmas Day mode.

I didn't make it to the Champs-Elysées this year, but a few recent pics from my iPhone around Christmastime:



New Year's was pretty last-minute. Hung out with The Great Dane, aka Malia, and a French girl I work with, Flo(rence). She's actually the only French person I can really call my friend--the French are more of acquaintance type of folk; friends are a small, select group of people. She is also one of the most Americanized French people I've ever met, which probably explains our friendship, ha. I'll take what I can get! We ended up at a house party, and for the sake of my own dignity, I'll just post a picture from earlier in the evening when we weren't quite so indecent. It was a moustache and leather party, unfortunately we only found that out right before leaving, so voilà our solution!

Stay tuned for pictures of the closet I call my apartment!

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