With the holidays growing near, the rush is on to finish all our last minute work projects, which seem to spring up like mushrooms in the shade of vacation time, and prepare for the transatlantic journey back to California. Since we never host Christmas, the apartment starts looking more and more haggard as the holiday season continues on. Right now, all the radiators are covered with damp clothes, as I try to dry laundry in a hurry before our plane leaves Tuesday. (For those who have never had the pleasure, a cast iron radiator is the poor man’s dryer.)
The last few weeks have left me breathless in between spending extra hours at work, going out with various groups of colleagues and/or friends and taking public transportation to get back and forth from said activities. In turn, the growth in the laundry pile has been proportional to the number of hours spent outside the apartment.
Despite the fatigue, I took a few minutes to sprinkle holiday decorations around our radio next to the Christmas gifts for my husband and me (along with one free one he got from the pharmacy). Even if my decorating skills pale in comparison to my mother’s spread back in the states, I’m glad to have a little something to brighten up the season.
Until next time, joyeuses fêtes!