Lovely Awkward: A Year of Wine, Romance and Life Among the French

Lovely Awkward: A Year of Wine, Romance and Life Among the French

Friday 2 April 2010

Concentrating on adjustment...

In the last few days, I've been busy:
I faced my fears and fell with the scooter again. (It wasn't serious and I was able to use my super adrenaline strength to raise the beast from the road so I could continue on my trip from the hills to downtown.)
I've made a few English speaking friends -- one of which used to live here and is now back in Ontario, but brought me some real maple syrup and gave me the inside scoop on Nice.
I painted half of the bathroom, which has been a war zone since I ripped off all the wallpaper a few weeks ago and discovered more wallpaper and paint underneath.
And... I went on another hike in the area where the Professor and I first rode the motorbike.

I've been trying to live without thinking too much about it. I hope my need for a little space isn't too frustrating.

But this is what I'm thinking: One of my sisters asked me last week how easily I've been able to separate my actual feelings about this relationship from the feelings I might have because of the book. Scary idea. So, I stopped writing for a bit to make sure I haven't turned into a plot-driven romantic lunatic.

So far, I think I'm still sane, but I'm going to continue posting pictures to make sure I've still got a little room to think normal-life thoughts. I love the idea of this book and am excited to tell our awkward and (at times, I hope) heart-warming little love story, but at the same time, I can't go around producing my life as I would a radio news segment. Could you imagine?

I've been very careful to keep reminding myself that if this relationship works out, this can't be a story of "happily ever after" -- at least it can't be for me because I'm in it. It can be happy, sure. But for people in a relationship, the ever after is actually just more real life, not a moment where the lights come on the credits roll.

Note: Don't read into the fact that I've mentioned "working out" or "happily ever after." That's just how American block buster movies seem to end. There will be a big announcement if we get to a point where an announcement is needed.

And thus... more pictures from our amazing hike around the cape at Ville de St-Raphael!

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