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Are We There Yet?

I forgot how warm it can get on sunny days (it’s been so long!), so on Monday morning I lifted 5 of my 7 windows wide open to get some fresh air into my home. By the time I got home from work last night it was 78 degrees inside (and over 80 outside). As day turned to night, I kept the windows open in hopes that the evening darkness would cool things down.

It didn’t.

Well, that’s not true. By the time I woke up this morning it was down to 73 (still too warm for my tastes). However, leaving the windows open had another unexpected effect. Of course, in my description it’s not going to sound pleasant in the slightest…but in some ways it really was – please work with me.

You see, a garbage truck came down my little dead end street at 6:45AM and parked itself outside my living room window as it loaded it’s cargo. Now, if you’ve ever seen my street you’ll realize it’s not a street but a narrow “court” (or, as my friend, Chris, calls it, an alley). Consequently, if I was adventurous (which I’m not) I could easily lift the screen to one of my 2nd floor living room windows and walk onto the roof of the truck.

I didn’t do that. But what did happen was that the smell that drifted into my apartment was diesel (not trash – I never smell any trash). And that smell immediately brought me back to Paris. It’s probably tragic that I associate traffic smells with Paris instead of the aromas of their bakeries – but that city is quite congested and the diesel smell dominates.

Anyway, it put me in a good place…and then it also dawned on me that in one month from today (on my birthday, no less) Randy and I will be flying to Europe. YAY – just 30 more days until I can smell all the exhaust fumes that i want! WOO HOO!


  1. Comment by Mark on April 24, 2007 10:22 pm

    Argh, another trip, poodle? Can I have some of your ff miles?

    So jealous

  2. Comment by karyn on April 26, 2007 12:28 am

    Take me with you!

    And yeah, what Mark said – share some of those FF miles, baby! 😉

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