Reading The Japanese Lover (Isabel Allende) shortly after A Place for Us (Fatima Farheen Mirza) is creating an interesting contrast I wasn't expecting.

@SlowRain I can't find it, but I think I remember you tooting about HTC. My Pixel 2 is getting to the end of its rope and I miss my HTC M8 on an almost daily basis.
But goodness, even if I was willing to move heaven on earth to get an HTC phone... Their corporate websites (Canada or France) does not even offer half the phones I know exist.

I am not in Nova Scotia right now, but 80% of the province has lost power and a tree fell on our neighbors' car in their driveway.
Everybody is now running out of battery so I guess I will have to follow the news for updates.

Well... I cannot rent a car because of my lack of driver's license following my wallet being stolen. It took me about two hours to get to my office and about two hours getting back using public transportation.
I don't think this is going to be sustainable.

So... My trip to Paris is not going great.
My suitcase hasn't made it yet.
And while I had only the clothes I was wearing, my wallet with everything in it was stolen.
So now I am practically naked, I have no cash, no credit card, and no ID.
No worries, I have family and friends, but this is a lot!

This is my last weekend home for a while. I got a visiting position in France for next semester. It is both exciting and terrifying.
I have not been back to France for that long in almost 15 years.
Also, hard to pack for 4+ months.

I thought I had the time to walk the dog before the storm broke.
I didn't.
I now look like I took a shower with my clothes on.

One of my friends painted my backyard. (It does look better than the original)

Yesterday felt like an interesting bubble in time. I was a little homesick because of Bastille Day but watching the Djokovic/Federer match and then going to the movies to see Spider-Man made my Sunday weirdly universal. Those are two things I could have done almost anywhere in the world and a decade ago.

I am reading some Stephen King for the first time in... 15 years?

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