Another Cold Summer in Paris

Am I allowed to feel sorry for myself for living in Paris? Sometimes when I complain, I think to myself, “But you live in Paris, France!!!!” I am not miserable or anything. It is just that I love sunny weather and it is pouring outside. I don’t mind an occasional downpour. I put up with the cold weather the rest of the year. I am just asking for a few months of summer weather. Even growing up in Oregon I got that! It was warm a couple days ago…but I was sick inside with a dumb breast infection. I know that isn’t Paris’ fault, but come on. Rain and thunder storms in AUGUST!?!? Let’s be real about this. It is just a bit annoying to say the least. Did I mention that I was THE whitest person on the beaches in Barcelona? You may have thought that it was my cellulite or post pregnancy baby body that I was self conscious about. Nope. It was the unnatural glow I was radiating just laying on the beach. I think that a couple people were actually blinded as they looked in my direction to see the sun’s reflection on my skin. You think I am joking? I’m not.


  1. Anne McClane on August 8, 2007 at 7:17 am

    Jen, you make my day! I can’t believe its almost been 2 years since I saw you last! Time flies by so quickly. Miss you guys!

  2. Donna on August 8, 2007 at 8:50 am

    You absolutely are not allowed to complain about Paris. You can however, complain about the white skin. I am right there with ya. I glow like an alien. It is gross.

  3. Jamie on August 9, 2007 at 10:27 am

    I share your feelings exactly. Let’s just say that the summer in Portland has been…CRAP! Yep, hardly any sun. I need get thawed out and that’s not happening.

  4. Carolina Shields on August 9, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    Did you know it rains in AZ in summer? I can relate except here it is super humid and hot! YUK! bad combo and many bad hair days! So glad that is over. Love your blog and Maisie is so blessed to have you for a mommy.

  5. Jen on August 9, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    Oh man! Sorry you guys are sharing with me in my misery!!!

  6. Carmela on August 9, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    Hi. You don’t know me, but I “found” you through Donna’s blog. So I hope you don’t mind my commenting, but you hit a nerve with your post. May I say …

    yes, you are totally entitled to feel sorry for yourself even though you live in Paris. I lived in France for a year as an exchange student (Paris for 6 months), and Paris is not a panacea for all our problems. And I LIVE for sunny days. I live in L.A. and I so often am grateful for it because when it’s cloudy for too many days I start to get depressed (I used to live in the Midwest where we had storms all the time in the summer).

    God bless you for your missionary work in France. I pray for missions on Fridays (and I pray for France specifically because I would desperately love the Holy Spirit to just sweep through France), so I’ll add you to my prayer list.

    Hope you don’t mind if I visit once in a while. I love to revisit my life in France.

  7. Jen on August 9, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks for your comment Carmela! I also live for sunny weather!!! We are actually moving from Paris…but maybe somewhere with even worse weather!!! What is a girl to do!?!? By the way…love the new word I just learned through your comment…PANACEA!!!!!!

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