I woke up this morning, Saturday. It’s my last full day in this apartment. Tomorrow I will wake up and take my two bags on the RER to my friend in the banlieu. Suburbs. She has a beautiful three story townhouse with a lovely backyard. With ample room for my two small bags. And sack. I am trying not to “grow” the stuff I leave with her. But sometimes I am simply cheap. Really? Toss out arnica? Or nice foldable boxes that are handy in apartments without much storage? And just other crap that seems simply stupid to toss out when I would use it again. I am steeling myself to toss more, keep less. (Oh that made me think of a Hamilton lyric… sleep less? Write more? I dunno. And I don’t dare listen to the soundtrack because then it will be in my head for a month! OH. Google. Smile more, talk less. Whew. And a btw I am going back to see Hamilton in SF in August! Very excited!)
So back to today. The cleaning lady that comes with the apartment is here working around me. I went to the post to mail the last box home. The nice man helped me. Nice because he figures it’s about 7 k and doesn’t put it on the scale. The mean lady always puts it on the scale. So far, no problem. But when you are using a luggage scale, who knows how accurate the reading is? No worries. Last box gone. Sending boxes back can be complicated. You can send $200 worth of stuff to yourself with no duty applied. And you can send back your returning goods with no issue. But if you had $200 in one box and then mailed another with $200 and they arrive in US Customs on the same day, you have exceeded your limit and you will have to pay duty before they will release your box. So you must stagger your mailings.
Back to today. Downside of the curve… or should that be hill? Whatever. I am feeling optimistic about the packing finally! Maybe because I have sorted things – I have offered three sacks to the cleaning lade. What she doesn’t want, I will donate at one of the drop-off donation bins. Slippers I bought because the floor was cold cold tile at the first apartment. Other stuff. I shouldn’t think about it in detail because maybe I will be tempted to keep it!!
Yes. Feeling positive. Let’s see how long that lasts? Right now it is sunny, and crystal clear out. A day to wander Paris. But Paris doesn’t want to be wandered. At least the bus system doesn’t want you to. With more gilet jaunes and a formula 1E race going on, it took the cleaning lady almost 90 minutes to get here – normally 30. Welcome to France. WTF