Currently | 10.30.18
Watching | Mad Men & A Star is Born
> We finished streaming Mad Men and Mr. Misadventures is kicking himself for not watching earlier! I love the clothes and furniture and style of the 60's (well maybe not the late 60's) and enjoy the inner workings of the world of advertising. Don Draper is a deeply flawed person, love him and hate him, and so complex to watch. I was anxiously waiting for A Star is Born to come out and it didn't disappoint. I really hope that it gets a lot of Oscar recognition. Being space geeks will also saw First Man, but I didn't love it.
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Reading | Heads in Beds
> Heads in Beds is from 2012, but it just came across my radar in one of my daily Kindle deal emails. It's a behind-the-scenes look at the hospitality industry much like Kitchen Confidential. I'm a little nervous to take a peek under the covers, but I'm going to go for it!
Having 2 long international flights there and back from Paris, I had plenty of time for reading and finished The Great Alone which I absolutely LOVED. I also finished The Tenth Island. I didn't love the book, but I really enjoyed the content if that makes sense? There were things about the Azores that I was completely unaware of and I learned a lot even if I didn't like the book flow. I also tore through Next Year in Havana and learned a lot about Cuban immigration and exile, and also the new Nicholas Sparks book, Every Breath, both perfect airplane material!
Working On | Getting a Refund
> Without going into too much detail, I will leave that to the blog post I will write on the situation. We did not have a good experience with the first condo we rented in Paris. We booked a weekend in Brittany and our 2nd week in Paris with Airbnb, but for our first week, we tried VRBO. The owner of the condo canceled on us 2 hours before we were supposed to check-in leaving us scrambling and unhappy.
Feeling | Sad
> It's 2 years this month that Jessica passed away and I miss her terribly. She was the first pet I had as an adult so I'm not sure if that's normal. But I dream about her and think about her often, even 2 years later. She was my fur baby for 15 years.
Planning | Winter trips
> I've got a few potential projects coming up and it is very nice to have options. The company I work for has a forced shutdown between Christmas and New Year's so it is the perfect time to get on the road without worrying about where I am going to find wifi for work. Whether we do a road trip or a trip abroad I'm going to have the opportunity to be 100% off which will be very nice indeed.
Loving | Le Médovic
> My new discovery from Café Pouchkine in Paris, it is a delicious pastry made with honey cookies and pudding, in my case banana, and it reminded me so much of a prettier version of banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery in New York City. When I worked at the bank and did business trips to the Manhattan office, there was a Magnolia Bakery right next store. Getting banana pudding was the highlight of my week. I am glad I only discovered the médovic on the 2nd to last day in Paris, otherwise instead of losing 1/2 a pound for the entire trip, I might have gained 20!
My Favorite Photo | Breizh Café crepe
I've had plenty of good crepes in France. But the best crepe I've ever had remains the crepes from Breizh Café in Cancale. Mr. Misadventures and I tried them for the first time in 2010 when we stayed at Chateau Richeux and again in 2012. There is something to be said about returning to a restaurant 6 years later and have everything still be wonderful! This is such a unique place with exceptional ingredients and a unique tie to Japan. They have locations in Paris, Cancale, St. Malo, Tokyo and Kyoto and I hear rumblings about a US opening next year. That would be awesome!
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