(My Wonderful Husband and Me in 2008)
And I know I really have no reason to whine, given that I've gone there before ... 5 times. *coughs* I DO realize how lucky that makes me--and I would never want anyone to think I take that for granted. But Paris is my favorite city, and as I reach that point of OMG-I-can't-look-at-these-walls-or-write-ANYMORE!!!! ... well, it really makes me itch to get on a plane and leave it all behind.
Maybe that sounds drastic, but here's something you may not realize: Paris is one of the only places where I really can't be Shannon. And by 'be Shannon' I mean wallowing in that guilt of 'I should be doing x,y,z instead of this.' Thanks to their different power outlets and the astronomical cell phone charges--I'm forced to completely unplug when I'm there. No laptop. No phone. Just me, my husband, and a city that's so beautiful and so full of things to do I can't help but forget everything else and take it in. Not to mention the need to eat my body weight in crepes and pastry.
But this year I chose not to plan a trip to Paris--with my husband's support, of course. This year I decided to focus on my book--specifically on doing everything in my power to get my book published. It was my choice, and I don't regret it. There will always be time to plan another trip to Paris, but there might not always be a chance to follow this dream. So I'm sticking with my plan.
Still ... sometimes I have those grass is greener days--and today is one of them. So I think I'm going to take a break from my draft, watch a few of my favorite movies set in Paris (Sabrina, The Devil Wears Prada, Moulin Rouge) and eat a store bought croissant (NOT the same...but it'll have to do).
And maybe, I'll dream about the trip we'll plan to celebrate whenever my book sells. One advantage of being so busy--I've had no time to shop, so our savings is ready for another Parisian adventure--whenever the timing allows. :)
Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!