unpacking, opening mail, catching our breath, decalage horaire

first, an explanation: the mobile Blogger app has still not been updated to work with the new iphone operating system (cute how I write that as if I know what it means), so I apologize to those who saw pictures get posted without text and then disappear. Posts about our Paris, Lyon, Mionnay and Nice/Cannes will go up in due course. I gather that the app I need, among thousands of others, awaits Apple approval of its update.

Meanwhile I'm sorting mail, wondering if everything that left with me came home with me, and hoping that the time lag pixies will be kind to me this time.  Some of the mail is downright funny, in a what were they thinking kind of way, and some, when sorted, is almost pitiful in the increasing intensity of the sender's need for me to spend money. Hey, this is not the time, at least not until the luggage is put away, the clothes are sorted, the notes are written up, the calls returned... And oh, yes, there are packages to open and things to try on and other things to stash away until it's time to wrap and send gifts. All in good time. Um, time? Meanwhile, meanwhile, meanwhile - oh, right, I was going to make some more coffee.

23 comments:

  1. Hello:
    Hectic is the word which comes to mind! Alas, our grasp on modern technology is such that the meaning of much of this totally escapes us. But we think, if we understand correctly, that there will be pictures of the South of France to come, and we much look forward to those.

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  2. Hello, Jane and Lance, I certainly hope so!

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  3. And here I thought I wasn't privy to some secret handshake needed in order to view your last few posts.
    Like the Hattatts, I'm techno challenged.

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  4. Hi, JA, secret handshake indeed, I couldn't make the iPhone do that if I wanted to! No, there I was, tapping away, and the minute I hit Post, well, it should have been called the Pandemonium key.

    Hi, ClosetCrisis, thank you!

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  5. Good to see you are back home safely.

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  6. Hi, Rose, thank you! We didn't even see one snowflake.

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  7. Welcome back home WFF! I'm looking forward to seeing all the posts about your trip. :)

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  8. Southern Belle Ph.D.November 3, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    Wellfedfred, I join the others in welcoming you home. Glad to have you back and anxiously await all of the wonderful trip posts! I, too, am techno challenged so I already admire your abilities here. Hey, don't forget the posts from your recent trip West.

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  9. Welcome back--come to think of it, there were some disembodied photos without context. Of course, the great food shots require little explanation. What feasts you must have had!

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  10. FFM, SouthernBellePhD and Lane, thank you! we had great food and saw some great art and some fun local color, and I am working on sorting out the pictures and getting them organised.

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  11. That's the yin and yang of going on holiday - the pleasure of being away versus the unpacking and laundry on your return!

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  12. Oh have you gone over to iCloud? It's spitting back emails from months ago to me and duplicating my calendar and ... and...

    Oh it takes me about two weeks to get over jet lag, hope you get through it sooner.

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  13. Welcome back! It sounds like you had a fantastic time.
    I am also back - sadly - from my US trip, 2 days in Boston, 2 days in Freeport, and the rest further north in Maine.
    We had some glorious weather with the clearest skies I have seen in ages. Sigh...

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  14. Hi, Trish, yes, the handyman has already been to say words of comfort to the moaning washer, and to groan to me about all thé demands on his precious time. I of course went Travelling for the sole purpose of overburdening the washing machine so that he would be aggravated.

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  15. Hi, Tabitha, no cloud for me, we need to be able to find things when we're at the beach (Flintstone Manor) and the Internet is down. I simply upgraded the OS on the iPhone, as it told me to, and Blogger and the roving Blogger app started having tantrums.

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  16. Hi, Cris, i love Maine this time of year. Memory of tuning out in Rome: after a week driving through Umbria and another 5 days in Rome, I was jonesing for Ocean Products. Non c'e vongole, what kind of barefoot peasant are you, this is Rrrrroma. Generally north of positano I speak French for better service, since my NY Italian accent is, um, a touch déclassé, but that time I let him have it. Presumably he now has hunch-backed grandchildren.

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  17. Do you speak French and Italian? Oh, I am jealous! We just got back from a week in Umbria, 3 days in Florence and 3 in Portofino; I so wished I could speak , but it seemed like any effort to try a phrase from the book was most appreciated. I must do better. You are getting right to your pictures-- this is smart. I have GOT to do this before I forget which Estruscan wall was which. Extremely cool exhibit at the Pallazzo Strozzi in Firenze about Bankers and the Renaissance.

    And I get to live in Maine all the time.

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  18. WFF, I am sorry for the lack of vongole! There are a couple of terrific, and very pricy, fish restaurants in Rome where they should always be available. I hope that otherwise your were happy with the food.
    I had the best crab ever in Maine that we can't find here.
    Lane, I am envious, that's where I would like to live.

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  19. Hi, Lane, growing up in NY & surroundings, it would've been pretty hard not to pick up some Italian, albeit a little colloquial. Well, very colloquial. But friends' parents & grandparents got a real kick out of telling me how to say stuff. And what did your kids have for lunch? Pizza? See how easy it is to start learning a language if you start with food and not irregular verbs? So my travel & menu Italian works very well, and shopping Italian isn't bad.

    Ah, Maine, where the lobster pounds don't open til May 30...

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  20. Hi, Cris, thanks! Possibly in the Spring!

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  21. Welcome back! It looks like you had a great trip. (Apologies for the lateness of these comments - it seems I am always playing a game of catch-up with blog reading these days.)

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  22. Hi, Louise, I'm still behind with posting so you haven't missed much...

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