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The Weekly Write-Up: Bonjour, America!

Posted 28 June, 2015 in Weekly Write-Ups / 0 Comments

The Weekly Write-Up is where I talk about what’s gone on in the past 168 hours, both on the blog and off. (*This post includes affiliate links.)

Bonjour! So I’ve been back from Paris for a week now and I’m finally going to bed at a reasonable East Coast time (later than 8 pm). So I’ve always known my brain doesn’t like change; turns out neither does my body.

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It’s My Life

As I mentioned in my last weekly write-up, I was in Paris for business for two weeks. My new company is headquartered there, so I’ll be going there twice a year to work out of the main office. It was really awesome! I loved meeting face-to-face with my colleagues instead of always on Skype of Slack. We had meetings constantly, so I fell behind on a lot of other stuff, but it was so helpful. I also went to a lot of events after work to get a feel for the Paris startup scene. Amazing! The events were more like parties than networking events, and my colleagues are really fun.

We worked so late most nights that sightseeing was pretty much relegated to the one weekend we were there (the second Saturday, we had to leave by 12 and nothing opened until 11). But I did see:

  • Place de la Bastille
  • Victor Hugo’s home
  • Notre Dame (walked the perimeter – didn’t dig the 4-hour line to get in)
  • Shakespeare & Co. bookstore
  • The Latin Quarter
  • Dinner on La Seine
  • Eiffel Tower (although I didn’t walk up)
  • Arc de Triomphe (same here)

Shakespeare & Co. was amazing! I saw a first edition of The Great Gatsby! And over on the real bookstore side (the one with modern & affordable books :P), they had all these cozy reading nooks and vintage typewriters on display. It was a book nerd’s dream!

Next time, I want to get tickets to either the ballet or Moulin Rouge, see Versaille and Luxembourg Gardens and do a river tour. Also, boyfriend. We’re gonna try to find a way to fly him out for the last few days and extend my trip or something.

I did a lot of reading at night since the wifi wasn’t good enough to stream TV and browse / blog at the same time. And just one or the other isn’t enough for me for long. Also, on the plane, I needed to avoid sleeping or it would make the jet lag worse – we were leaving at 5:30 pm Paris time and arriving at 7:30 pm NYC time. We were promised wifi, so I didn’t download many movies to my computer. Guess what? No wifi – so I burned through the few Parks and Rec episodes I had, watched some of the in-flight movies, and read a lot.

On the Blog(s)

Bookish posts from the week:

Bloggish posts from the week:

  • Erin Condren Life Planners* – since my last update, they’ve released the 2015-2015 planners and YAAASSSS! They finally have a horizontal layout – which is why I ended up abandoning the weekly layout pages this year. Subscribe to their newsletter for $10 off.
  • Work Smarter Weekly I’m getting ready to launch a new weekly productivity newsletter. Sign up here.
  • UBB v3* – Ashley at Nose Graze has released a new version of the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin. I haven’t had the chance to upgrade yet so I can’t talk about my own experience with it, but it looks great – like all of her plugins.

Book Bumblings


What I’ve read:

So, how was your week?

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