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French apartment renovation, Day 120: Third time's the charm

11,673 steps We might have found a plumber! We had a new plumber come by this morning. He said everything we wanted would be entirely doable. He was ...
21-04-2021 21:59

French apartment renovation, Day 119: Happy birthday to me!!

9,827 steps A busy day. The 3 youngest kids were supposed to go to the Bois des Lutins, but we found out it got closed over the weekend due to a new ...
20-04-2021 21:58

French apartment renovation, Day 118: Sunday but not sunny d

14,663 steps Rain was forecast most of the day, but we ended up with just a mostly cloudy day. Not too bad! I got several good walks in, some by mysel...
19-04-2021 21:59

French apartment renovation, Day 117: Soccer and SAT prep

11,285 steps Zari was the first one up this morning; she had 9 am soccer practice. I was awake but pretending I was asleep for a while ? I went on a r...
18-04-2021 22:02

French apartment renovation, Day 116: Friday is the new Thur

8,627 steps Well, everyone got their exercise in today except for me. I did go on a long walk (to the hardware store) but didn\'t do anything to break...
17-04-2021 21:54

French apartment renovation, Day 115: We have a (sub)floor!

It\'s so rewarding to start and finish a job all in one day--actually, all before lunchtime. We installed the tongue & groove subfloor. It was a bit o...
16-04-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 114: Subfloor & soccer

10,997 steps We spent the morning in the communist apartment getting ready to install the tongue & groove subfloor. We installed a cleat in the wall t...
14-04-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 112: More shopping, not so much reno

9,301 steps Well, we did accomplish both goals today, kind of. A) everyone exercises and B) we work on the communist apartment. I went for a quick ru...
14-04-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 113: Progress

Who knows how many steps because I forgot to put on my fitness tracker.... Sun! I can finally get our laundry dry. I did 3 loads to day and am still ...
14-04-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 111: You call that rain"

14,425 steps The forecast called for rain all day starting around 10 am. What actually happened" It misted from 9-10 am and then was dry the rest of t...
12-04-2021 21:56

French renovations, Day 110: Ugh, too much computer time!

3,722 steps I was working all day. It\'s entirely my fault. I should have just called it a weekend and done fun stuff. But I had so much to do and was...
10-04-2021 21:57

French renovations, Day 108: Headache

9,508 steps I\'ve had a headache all day, the kind that feels like my head is inside a vice grip. Yay. Did you know that Eric has never had a headache...
09-04-2021 22:00

French renovations, Day 109: Track & field afternoon and eve

10,144 steps I love starting the day with a run. It was a brisk 8C when I left the house, but as soon as I got in the sun I warmed up and took off my ...
09-04-2021 22:00

French renovations, Day 105: Easter holiday #2

11,950 steps  It\'s a national holiday today so shops are closed. And it\'s springtime, so even though we\'re in lockdown everyone is outside walkin...
08-04-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 106: Home school & parks

Day 1 of quarantine schooling. I remember why it was to tough a year ago during our full lockdown. We can never get any work done having 4 kids compet...
08-04-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 107: Snow"!"

4,279 steps There was snow up in the hills above Nice. It was a "warmer" 8C here when I opened the windows, which is surprisingly cold for April. We\'...
08-04-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 104: Easter holiday

6,530 steps We live in a medieval village with a cathedral or church on every other street. We have bells that ring all throughout the day. I wake up ...
05-04-2021 22:02

French renovations, Day 103: Play day

10,149 steps I got the least amount of exercise by far today, compared to the rest of the family. Zari went up to soccer practice and Eric took the r...
04-04-2021 21:56

French renovations, Day 102: Slow going

14,013 steps Our chemical anchor arrived today, so we anchored one board to the stone wall in the hallway. On the other side is a thin solid wall int...
03-04-2021 21:56

French renovations, Day 101: Foiled again

7,189 steps We haven\'t made much progress on the communist apartment this week. So today we had grand plans to finish installing the mezzanine in the...
02-04-2021 21:57

French renovations, Day 100: Testing, vaccines, & soccer

13,098 steps Dio is still sick. I let him sleep in and then we got him tested at the local pharmacy. Negative (with the caveat that this was a rapid ...
01-04-2021 21:52

French renovations, Day 98: Dog tired

7,928 steps Nobody wanted to wake up this morning, except for Baya the dog. I love how dogs are eternally optimistic and happy about everything now ma...
31-03-2021 21:57

French renovations, Day 99: Sick (Dio) & tired (me)

5,700 steps Well that was fun. I woke up at 3 am. Ding! Awake! And I couldn\'t get back to sleep. Once the alarm went off at 7, I told Eric that I wa...
31-03-2021 21:57

French renovations, Day 97: Hike with friends

22,121 steps We had a lovely afternoon hike with 3 other families. We drew a 10km radius to see where we could go and found a hike that fit our variou...
29-03-2021 21:52

French renovations, Day 96: Dogs, drama, & a delicious dinne

15,706 steps I\'m starting to wake up earlier with lengthening days. We change clocks ahead tonight. Ugh. We will have some tired kids on Monday. I...
28-03-2021 21:50

French renovations, Day 95: Down day

7,545 steps I went to bed last night thinking about kitchen plans and plumbing. My brain would not turn off. I re-read Ivy\'s birth story last nigh...
27-03-2021 21:53

French renovations, Day 94: Ivy is 8!

11,738 steps Happy 8th birthday Ivy! Yet another quarantine birthday. She\'s been bouncing around with excitement all day. We did the ritual reading o...
26-03-2021 21:52

French renovations, Day 93: Soccer and more taxes

12,509 steps I had a morning of taxes, an afternoon of taxes punctuated with a walk and dropping off Dio to soccer, and an evening of taxes. I am clos...
25-03-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 91: Cement mixers and strangers with

11,298 steps I woke up very early this morning and couldn\'t get back to sleep. So once the alarm went off at 7, I was ready for a nap. Eric kindly g...
23-03-2021 22:30

French renovations, Day 92: Running and taxes

7,243 steps A remarkably sedentary day, considering I went running in the morning. But the rest of the day I did taxes. Ugh. I am not anywhere near be...
23-03-2021 22:30

French renovations, Day 90: My brain is toast

15,238 steps I\'m feeling a bit...worn out...at the end of today. I haven\'t done much in the terms of relaxing since I woke up. I was either walking,...
22-03-2021 22:05

French renovations, Day 89: Soccer & Leroy Merlin

13,863 steps Eric organized a pickup soccer match at the château with neighbors and friends. We recently bought collapsible goals, which helped enorm...
22-03-2021 22:05

French renovations, Day 88: stone walls, haircuts, & electri

7,307 steps I got the entire stone wall uncovered! I finished a bit after noon. Another super busy work day for breech-related things. Mostly non-sto...
20-03-2021 21:55

French renovations, Day 87: Stone walls & casts

5,991 steps I was set to go on a walk this morning, but it was raining steadily when Ivy and I stepped out the door. I abandoned my plans and instead...
19-03-2021 21:57

French renovations, Day 85: Sick & tired

5,615 steps I woke up at 3 am feeling icky. Nonspecific. Kind of feverish but not. Kind of sick but not. But enough to keep me awake most of the nigh...
18-03-2021 22:32

French renovations, Day 86: Plumbing & soccer

12,510 steps I slept much better. Plenty of energy to go on a morning run. EDF was supposed to come change the main circuit breaker but they never sho...
18-03-2021 22:32

French renovations, Day 84: On the mezzanine!

9,961 steps I woke up to a dream so stressful that I was having a panic attack in the dream. It involved my mom having just died the day before, me tr...
16-03-2021 22:29

French renovations Day 83: Walk and château

12,046 steps Eric and I went on a lovely walk this morning to La Reserve and Coco Beach. We wandered around some of the back neighborhoods and got ou...
15-03-2021 22:03

French renovations Day 81: Plumbing pipes

12,657 steps Yet again another trip to Ciffréo Bona, one of the local hardware stores. That was my morning exercise. I did something transgressive th...
13-03-2021 21:54

French renovations Day 82: Work & play

7,516 steps I dedicated the morning to working on breech grant projects, primarily video editing. Eric asked if I wanted to do some planning down in ...
13-03-2021 21:54

French renovations Day 80: The joists are up!

11,529 stepsSo much accomplished today! I slept much better so I was able to go for a run after school drop-off. I watched a friend\'s dog for 20 minu...
11-03-2021 21:57

French renovations Day 79: Screws, supplies, and braces

18,881 steps I had grand plants to go to the hardware store early this morning...foiled by insomnia. Again. Instead, I slept in and went around 9:30 a...
11-03-2021 21:57

French renovations Day 78: Bookshelves and ledger boards

5,122 steps I had one of those nights where, despite being exhausted from little sleep the night before, I couldn\'t get to sleep and then I kept wak...
10-03-2021 21:57

French renovations Day 76: Last day of school vacation

15,129 steps So much crying and moaning tonight. "Why do we have to go back to school" I wish we had confinement again. I wish we were doing homeschoo...
09-03-2021 21:56

French renovations Day 77: Running and sitting

9,557 steps Eric had a book reading last night from midnight-2 am. We\'re both a bit tired today! I kept busy, which has staved off any possible naps....
09-03-2021 21:56

French renovations Day 75: Prep work, demolition, and a nonf

13,568 steps Eric and I made a grocery run this morning. As we walked up to Lidl, we saw a long line coming out of the store. "Remind me not to go sh...
06-03-2021 21:51

French renovations Day 74: Finally we build, rather than des

6,473 steps 74 days into our renovations and finally we did something other than break things. I\'m really tired tonight so I\'ll post the video tomor...
06-03-2021 21:51

French renovations Day 73: Soccer, hardware store, and Zoom

Eric took the 3 oldest kids to a pickup soccer game. Ivy and I went on an "adventure" to the hardware store. I needed lag screws (tirefonds), washers,...
05-03-2021 21:54

French renovations Day 71: Happy birthday Inga!

13,580 steps Today was a 10/10 for everyone. Inga woke us up shortly after 7 am. 10 years old! Wow! We got everyone ready and did our ritual readin...
03-03-2021 21:50

French renovations Day 72: Lots of planning, some sawing

Eric and I spent all morning down in the communist apartment, talking through various ideas. The planning stage takes way longer than actually doing t...
03-03-2021 21:50

French renovations Day 70: Cime de Baudon hike

18,354 steps We had plumbers doing work on the main sewer line in our building. With our toilet being out of service the whole day, we decided to lea...
02-03-2021 21:52

Day 69: Lockdown Sunday

7,998 steps We spent the morning at home baking sourdough and making chocolate decorations for Inga\'s birthday cake. I found ruby chocolate on sale ...
01-03-2021 21:51

French renovations, Day 67: Poetry recording and sunbathing

5,568 steps (and biking) Eric is working on an exposition with the Grotte du Lazaret, a prehistoric archeological site right here in Nice. This is a c...
01-03-2021 21:51

French renovations, Day 68:

11,690 steps We\'re now under a partial lockdown on the weekends for who knows how long. All non-essential shops are closed, parks/beach/running paths...
01-03-2021 21:51

French renovations, Day 66: The Big Cut!

8,776 steps All of the planning paid off--we got both beams down safely! Zari helped lower the smaller beam.  This also marks the end of the demol...
25-02-2021 21:51

French renovations, Day 65: A new power tool and getting rea

16,306 steps I get ridiculously excited when we buy power tools. Today\'s acquisition was a wall chaser (rainureuse). This is something I\'d never he...
25-02-2021 21:51

French renovations, Day 63: Sick day

2,516 steps I have learned that 2,500 steps is the bare minimum needed to sit around all day sick. Thing is, even though I was sedentary, I didn\'t r...
23-02-2021 21:53

French renovations, Day 64: Squabs and squeakers!

9,562 steps Our dove egg hatched! We hadn\'t looked inside the flower pot since we first spied the egg. We were sneaking a GoPro over to take a look a...
23-02-2021 21:53

French renovations, Day 62: Walking, scootering

14,031 steps I\'m coming down with what Dio had two days ago: sore throat, sneezing, and general body aches. Eric had it on Friday. I hope it\'s gone ...
22-02-2021 21:57

French renovations, Day 61: Scooters, jackets, parties, and

7,811 steps Renovating is on a short pause until Monday. Ivy woke up in good spirits and ravenously hungry. "At least I didn\'t break my leg, or my...
21-02-2021 21:53

French renovations, Day 60: A pain in the neck and a broken

4,278 steps I was planning on writing about the crick in my neck--it was lining up to be the most exciting thing in an otherwise mundane day--but the...
20-02-2021 21:49

French renovations, Day 59: More tools!

13,972 steps I woke Dio up this morning. He moaned, "I don\'t feel good. My body aches and I have a sore throat." He didn\'t have a fever, and honest...
19-02-2021 21:52

French renovations, Day 57: More ceiling removal and some de

9,167 steps Eric got the rest of the plaster off the first half of the ceiling. We keep going back and forth as to whether we should have taken it all...
19-02-2021 21:52

French renovations, Day 58: Teeth & soccer

My fitness tracker battery died... I worked all morning on a breech data collection form. Finicky but necessary. Then, over the next 4 1/2 hours, I.....
19-02-2021 21:52

French renovations, Day 56: Zoom zoom zoom

3,315 steps Wow, I really didn\'t get out much today! I had lots of breech work and a few Zoom meetings/interviews. Eric did about 45 minutes of work ...
16-02-2021 22:05

French renovations, Day 55: Family walk

11,834 steps I was going to say it was cold today--and it was, for Nice--but all of you stuck in a polar vortex would laugh at me. Cold for Nice = hig...
15-02-2021 21:49

French renovations, Day 54: Blessed by the dumpster diving g

6,723 steps (but I forgot to put my tracker on in the morning) Last night I brought some garbage and recycling to the déchetterie right before curfew....
14-02-2021 21:53

French renovations, Day 53: Goodbye, plaster ceiling (and he

13,632 steps I felt tired and sluggish this morning, but I powered through 2 1/2 hours of renovation work. It was so much harder than I had anticipat...
13-02-2021 21:53

French renovations, Day 52: Beam preparation!

10,827 steps Today was a big day: we sent off our applications for the 10-year Carte de résident! We had a final meeting with our immigration special...
12-02-2021 21:53

French renovations, Day 51: Wednesday, soccer day

11,609 steps Okay, engineering question: how to safely cut down a large beam" We have a beam in the back room that spans 5.5 meters (about 18 feet) th...
10-02-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 50: Unplanned bike ride

2,685 steps (but many kilometers!) As Zari and Dio were finishing lunch, Eric said to me, "Hey hon, do you want to go on a bike ride to St. Laurent-du...
10-02-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 49: Hallway excavation & plumber!

5,682 steps I started first thing in the morning excavating the hallway floor. We need to connect to the sewer line that serves the toilet and I wante...
09-02-2021 21:54

French renovations, Day 48: It's a dove!

9,245 steps Zari took a closer look at our "pigeon" and realized it\'s a Eurasian collared dove! Somehow that makes me less annoyed at its presence. P...
08-02-2021 22:03

French renovations, Day 47: A pigeon in a pot

I love lazy Saturdays. We slept in until almost 8 am. I stayed in bed reading for another hour. Because...why not" I thought of doing some work in the...
07-02-2021 21:53

French renovations, Day 46: Hello chimney!

10,415 steps I did more visa paperwork in the morning, finalizing my cover letter and a few other items. We will be mailing the application off next w...
06-02-2021 21:54

French renovations, Day 45: picnic & paperwork

7,199 steps I spent all day working on our visa paperwork! ALL DAY! Except for a lunch break at the park. There were big strikes today that affected ...
05-02-2021 21:54

French renovations, Day 43: Shopping and a hidden chimney!

We braved the wilds of Leroy Merlin this morning to buy supplies for building the mezzanine. Too many people! Buying lumber over here is very odd. T...
03-02-2021 21:55

French renovations, Day 42: Vacuuming & planning

6,947 stepsI tried to work on grant writing this morning, but I ended up just reading through old drafts of IRB projects that I hope to borrow from an...
02-02-2021 21:58

French renovations, Day 41: Tête de Chien hike

12,669 steps In the early afternoon we met up with two other families to hike the Tête de Chien, starting in Cap d\'Ail and doing a circuit around the...
01-02-2021 21:55

French renovations, Day 40: Welcome to The Freeze Depot

9,289 steps I slept until 8 am! Ahhhhh. When I got up, the kids had just started playing a card game with Eric (Skull King). I got dressed in my usual...
31-01-2021 21:55

French renovations, Day 38: immigration

8,867 steps Do you ever have days that seem so packed, you wonder how you fit everything in" Yeah, it was one of those days. Yesterday was even busier...
29-01-2021 21:52

French renovations, Day 39: Lose 4 tons in 3 hours!

15,398 steps Want to lose 4 tons in 3 hours" Just follow these 3 easy steps to a lighter life! #1: Smash down all the walls & ceilings in your apartm...
29-01-2021 21:52

French renovations, Day 36: Darth Vader & daughter demolish

Zari didn\'t have class this morning, due to teachers\' strikes. Vive la France! She helped me take down the hallway ceiling, which was composed of: a...
27-01-2021 21:57

French renovations, Day 37: Braces & soccer

10,633 steps I had a good work morning (video editing). The afternoon was fast-faced. Eric took Inga and Ivy to soccer right after lunch, while I brou...
27-01-2021 21:57

French renovations, Day 35: Fun with power tools!

6,629 steps After a productive morning of work (the "sitting in front of a computer" kind), Eric and I got out the power tools. This little wall was a...
26-01-2021 22:11

French renovations, Day 34: Outdoor picnic in the sun

8,396 steps Wow--sun again! The kids joined me on a walk from Cimiez down to our apartment. Then we hurried and made spicy crab sushi and chocolate ch...
25-01-2021 22:04

French renovations, Day 33: Lots of work, little progress!

8,401 steps I suppose a better title is "Some work, little progress" but that\'s not very dramatic. Eric and I ended up having a lot of (non-renovatio...
24-01-2021 21:51

French renovations, Day 32: Middle-of-the-night meetings mak

4,063 steps Eric had a 2 am virtual book reading...meaning neither of us slept much last night! But he enjoyed the reading. I was busy working on bre...
23-01-2021 21:52

French renovations, Day 31: Goodbye debris!

The debris isn\'t gone, but it\'s all hiding away in bags now. I estimate we have about 400 bags in the room. All of which have to be carried down and...
22-01-2021 21:55

French renovations, Day 30: Cleanup and ER visit

I slept terribly last night, thanks to my zombie finger. I finally decided to have it looked at this morning. Why" A) I\'m a violinist and this finger...
21-01-2021 21:54

French renovations, Day 28: More wall demolition

6,287 steps I spent the entire morning getting paperwork ready for our visa renewal. I\'m not done but at least I\'m much closer than before. After ...
19-01-2021 22:08

French renovations, Day 29: Goodbye, mezzanine!

9,105 steps We suffered our first renovation casualty today: my finger. Aieee!!! I was prying some plaster loose with a hammer and somehow my finger g...
19-01-2021 22:08

French renovations, Day 27: Vitamin D therapy

3,846 steps The sun was out, so we spent the afternoon at the beach, basking like lizards. This Christmas and 6 years ago, the kids\' Canadian grandpa...
18-01-2021 21:51

French renovations, Day 26: Sledding!

12,000+ steps, all walking up or down a mountain We had a fantastic day sledding at La Colmiane, a small ski resort 80 km from Nice. I\'m so exhauste...
17-01-2021 21:52

French renovations, Day 25: Wall demolition!

14,714 steps I was surprised to wake up with sore legs today--I was expecting sore arms! I\'ve been hobbling around all day. We used the morning to ...
15-01-2021 21:54

French renovations, Day 24: Saved by the dump truck!

18,869 steps Uff da! I am tired out from today\'s adventure. Comrade came by as promised this morning with his dump truck. He managed to back it into ...
15-01-2021 21:54

French renovations, Day 23: Prefecture & soccer

9,014 stepsWe spent the morning at the prefecture, the administrative building that does immigration, driver\'s licenses, car registration, and other ...
14-01-2021 21:55

French renovations, Day 22: Waiting

3,018 steps We met with Comrade this morning. He seemed excited to see what we\'ve done with the apartment since we bought it. We asked him about our...
13-01-2021 21:54

French renovations, Day 21: Checklists

10,124 steps We\'re in a holding pattern waiting to arrange for the dumpster. Comrade is coming over tomorrow morning to take a look at how much const...
12-01-2021 21:54

French renovations, Day 20: Rest!

9,090 steps It?s so nice to have a day off from renovating. I slept in (for a half-hour) and read in bed for another hour. I made sourdough bread, ta...
11-01-2021 21:55
 



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