December is always a weird month when you’ve done NaNoWriMo. Sure, you’ve got the hectic-ness of the holidays, but after you’ve gotten all your gift shopping done and pulled the cookies from the oven, there’s an unsettling feeling. What next? What the heck am I supposed to be doing with my time now that there isn’t a novel to write?
Granted, I could be working on that other novel I started. Or there are those projects I had been thinking about before November. Or figuring out how we’re going to juggle the family visitations when we arrive in the Cities. Which will be next week already. Where has this year gone?
Hopefully next year will move a little bit slower, at least for one week in March, when we’ll be in Paris. To get me back in the Travel!Squee mood, I picked up two books this past weekend at BookPeople. The first, You Can’t Get There from Here, sounds very cool so far. The author and her husband take a year off to go exploring the far reaches of the world. And of course, I left the darn thing at work, so I can’t read it tonight. I could start on the other book, We’ll Always Have Paris. Not that I want to drown myself in all things Paris before we go, but I love travel essays anyway. They’re one way to see the places you can’t get to.
Speaking of Paris, this trip is starting to gather people like … whatever that guy from Katamari Damancy is called. First I joined Brandie and her family, then Bob joined, and then we heard from our friend in Israel who might come. And another friend in San Francisco was looking for something to do for his 30th. Why not a trip to Paris? I do love these guys, but I’m hoping my original intent for the trip doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. One of the reasons we’re spending the entire trip in Paris instead of flitting around the country is to be able to experience the city properly, at a slower pace. I want to be able to wander around without the need for making appointments for meetings or what have you. If I get lost in the 7ème then so be it! (Although the 15ème might be better, just so I can go to Pierre Herme, which apparently has the best croissant in the city. I mean, look at this thing!) But either way, this trip will have plenty of meandering, and perhaps a saunter or two.
Sadly, in three months we’ll already be back at home. And probably planning the next trip. Not sure where, considering there are so many on the list. And I still haven’t seen quite a bit of the States. Of course, there was that whole plan about buying a house. Aw, man…