Chartres, France

A Little Bit Bearable

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You know that moment when you realize that the day has been going really well and now it’s starting to not go so well? Mine happened at about 4:15 this afternoon, after I’d been waiting in line for a half hour already to talk about getting my own cellphone set up. There were still two people ahead of me in line and the people who were talking to the sales people didn’t look like they were going to have their issues solved quickly. That was only confirmed when I  got to talk to someone half an hour after that and the lady who was helping me kind of went, “Ohhhh, you’re a native English speaker, aren’t you? That’s unfortunate,” with her eyes while I tried very hard to remember to say ‘vous’ instead of ‘tu’. (I succeeded!)

I was out of there five minutes later, sans phone and tugging my scarf irritatedly back into place, telling myself that I should have known better. Of course, while picking up a few things afterwards, I got into the line that looked like it was going quickly, only to have it stop completely because of some issue at the till. (Though I wasn’t the one deep sighing about it. That was the lady two people behind me and I was someone was doing it for me, in all honesty.)

It was funny (in that other way that is not ‘haha’ funny) because as I was venting to my mother, I could already see the reply she’s going to send me later on this evening. I don’t know about you, but for me, I normally find someone telling me that, “You know that’s how people are like,” or, “You just need to relax a bit,” normally don’t help and I’m guilty of raising my eyebrows at my mother and telling her that really? She is not helping. But in that moment, at least knowing that my mother will give me her annoyingly true advice made it just a little bit bearable.

(Oh and yes: the weather was perfectly suited to my mood today. At least there was that.)

Things I’m Loving:

This mug – (Oh, and I guess this one as well.)

These cords – (To go with these flats.)

This interview – (The photos are wonderful and the house is gorgeous!)

This video – (Time lapse! Toronto! What else do you need to know to know it’s awesome?)

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One thought on “A Little Bit Bearable

  1. Ah I feel for you, I really do! I lived in Paris for 7 years and I remember the loud sighing so well!! Now I’m in Sao Paulo and the lines are so much longer here, but people somehow don’t get angry and annoyed.. they talk to each other and time passes in a better mood!
    Love the photo of the cobweb by the way!

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