December 2011


Woke up after maybe 5 hours sleep.

Prepped more multi grain bread.

Installed a door sweep on the front door.

Had breakfast.

Put on me shorts, socks, tee shirts, shoes, garmin, heart monitor, iPod and hat. I run over to the Canal Du Midi and then hit start. Take off down along the bank of the canal for 2.5 miles turned around and ran back. This run was a pace run. I am trying to improve my running pace before I retire from running altogether. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/138632895

Threw the bread in the oven.  Went for a shower.

Installed the trim in the bedroom. Ate lunch. Finished the install and then caulked. Will touch up paint later.

Moved all the furniture back into the room.

Headed over to TriDome and bought more paint for the back bed room this time. Had a good chat with Tony again.

Stopped into E. Leclerc for a few provisions on the way back.http://www.e-leclerc.com/  It was mobbed.

Home

Touch up painted the trim in the front room.

Dinner and dessert of course. Last dinner of 2011 is a red curry and last dessert is a Nutella, raspberry crepe with whipped cream.

Headed across to The Celt for a visit. Susan the owner came in later on. We talked for a while. She will be having a baby March next year. Talked about running, Carcassonne, home and the like.

Back home and watched another episode of Weeds.

Decided to ring in the 2012 at home..

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Woke up after nearly 7 hours of solid rest.

Today is me rest day from running but I really felt like running.  Had the breakkie at least.

Removed the old baseboard from the bedroom. Then installed the Pergo type of flooring.  Made another loaf of multigrain bread as I was doing this.

Woke up after 5 hours of grand sleep. 

Prepared the dough for whole grain bread and then headed out for my hill run. Ran up on a mile over towards La Cite.  http://connect.garmin.com/activity/138632927 
Then starting at the bottom of the hill I took off running up hill for a quarter mile and then back down. Did this three times and then walked off home.
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Felt good about the hill training,

Home.

Put the bread in the over and relaxed for a minute.

Had lunch and headed over to Tri-Dome to look at building supplies.http://www.tridome.fr/carcassonne/carcassonne.htm  Talked to a nice fellow there Tony was his name. He mixed up 12 liters of Astral Paint. We also got to buy a door sweep, a stepladder, a heater, baseboard, laminate flooring and a pad to put under it. Bought a new Black and Decker saw too.

Loaded everything into the Seat and headed back home. Stopped in the middle of the street and unloaded the material. Parked the car and then carted it all up stairs. I then removed everything from the front bedroom. Then proceeded to pain all the walls.

Ate the dinner and continued painting.

Had dessert during the project and then finished the room.

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After the install it  was time for lunch.

Headed out to go up to Tri-Dome. Decided to stop in to see Isobel and Florence on the way. A great hello from Florence. Then Isabelle came down for the chat.  We talked a while and then we headed off.

Into Tri-Dome and bought more base. Oil and Acrylic paints, nails and caulking. Headed over to Conforma to look at more stuff. http://www.conforama.fr/ Bought curtains for the bed room there. Some more Christmas lights for home. Stopped into Geant for a few more items of food. http://www.geantcasino.fr/Pages/Welcome.aspx

Home

Cut the base board and painted it. Painted the back of the door inside as well.

Dinner

Crepes.

Went up town for a wee walk. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Woke up after 5 hours of grand sleep. 

Prepared the dough for whole grain bread and then headed out for my hill run. Ran up on a mile over towards La Cite.  http://connect.garmin.com/activity/138632927 
Then starting at the bottom of the hill I took off running up hill for a quarter mile and then back down. Did this three times and then walked off home.
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/138632904

Felt good about the hill training,

Home.

Put the bread in the over and relaxed for a minute.

Had lunch and headed over to Tri-Dome to look at building supplies.http://www.tridome.fr/carcassonne/carcassonne.htm  Talked to a nice fellow there Tony was his name. He mixed up 12 liters of Astral Paint. We also got to buy a door sweep, a stepladder, a heater, baseboard, laminate flooring and a pad to put under it. Bought a new Black and Decker saw too.

Loaded everything into the Seat and headed back home. Stopped in the middle of the street and unloaded the material. Parked the car and then carted it all up stairs. I then removed everything from the front bedroom. Then proceeded to pain all the walls.

Ate the dinner and continued painting.

Had dessert during the project and then finished the room.

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Now maybe a wee sleep.

Woke up at 5:30 after nearly 7 hours rest.

Had the breakkie and then went for a 3 mile run around the town. It is noce running so early as there is no traffic or no one around. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/138632930
 
Home

 

Loaded up some stuff and headed out. Today we headed over and down to the country of Andorra.

Crossed the border easy and made our way up and over the pass and continued down to the town of  “Andorra La Vella” This is the highest Capital City in all of Europe.  Just shy of 4,000 feet. We drive through the down town and make our way back out.

We stop off for the Duty Free shopping going back. Met some nice people in the store.

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I liked the copper stils they were selling.

We are our picnic lunch here and then headed back up to the pass again.

Bought diesel there for one Euro and 14 cents a liter. It is one forty two back in France.

Got out for some photos at the pass. This is the highest pass in the Pyrenees. It is 9,396 feet high. 

Back over the border into France and headed back towards home. I got flashed by the police as I was speeding well over the limit. With the Red light flash and now this. I will now have a lot of very expensive photos waiting for me when I go back to Seattle.

Exit number 23 and we get off of the A61.  We stop off at Geant for some provisions. I get a new crepe pan with a T stick here and a large mug so I can fit more tea into it.

 

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Dinner

 

Great crepes from the pan.

 

I head down to the McDonalds for a wee internet and then back home.

A sleep to follow. 

Woke up after 5 hours.

Up and passed away the morning relaxing.

 

Went for a 5 mile run.  http://connect.garmin.com/activity/138632938 

Home and showered. Then headed off to Toulouse. Stopped off at Donneville for the picnic lunch. Went over to IKEA and bought some more items.

Headed back to Carcassonne and dropped the stuff off at Home.

Went inside and Natasha thought me her bread recipe and showed me how t make it.

Put the TV stand and table together.

Had the dinner.

Then I headed down to Monoprix to get a few provisions for our trip tomorrow.

Home and had hung the new pictures on the wall. Then ate some of the fresh bread.  Yum.

Watched another episode of Weeds.

Now bed.

 

Woke up at 1:30 am after 3 hours of a nap. Got up later on and lazed. Put on a DVD “Melancholia”

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Was pure shite to me.

Went back to bed around 6ish for another nap.

Today starts my trying to keep in good shape so when I got up I headed out for a 3 mile run out over the Pont Neuf for a mile and a half and then back. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/138632946

 

Natasha made fresh bread and we had Brunch.

Headed out for a walk, Went up past Saint Michaels and into the park beside it.

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This is a wall marble slabs engraved with the names of the dead in three wars 14/18 – 40/44 and Algeria 1954/1962. A plaque was added, commemorating the Martyrs of Soweto: “The thousand students and workers massacred by the South African Police Service in June-July 1976

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A statue in honor of my favorite French Saint was moved to this park in 1918 from elsewhere in the city.

Jeanne d’Arc

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Said bye bye to Joan and hello to Natasha.

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Next headed up to Le Jardin Du Calvaire.

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Walked through here for a while. The Stations of the Cross were represented along the walk.


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And the crucifixion scene on top.

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Then the final scenes from the Stations.

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A few layabouts

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Next we headed off down the road past the statues honoring the deaths of the soldiers in the World Wars.

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Walked over by our parked car and down to McDonalds for a wee internet and a Coke.

Home.

Ate dinner and then watched “A Miracle On 34th Street”

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Woke up at 6:30 after snoozing for six and a half hours.Lit the tree and Christmas music in French.

 

Watched the last episode of Dexter we had with us. It was good. One more to watch in this season but we will have to wait until be go back to the US or we find faster internet here.

 

Ate more chocolate and then put on the DVD “Joyeux Noel”

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It was a really good Christmas story inspired by true events in WW1.

Lunch

 

Watched “White Christmas” on DVD

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Began at the end of WW2 and was a good movie to boot.

 

Had a great Christmas dinner.

 

Then watched “It’s A Wonderful Life”

A lovely movie for this day.  Ate our dessert during it.

This was one of the better Christmas days I have had in such a long time. The good food, the good movies, the good Christmas music and the best of all my good wife.
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Now as I lay in bed a newer life will begin for me tomorrow if I survive the night.

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