Joyeux Anniversaire

Joyeux Anniversaire

Pictures are restored, but there seems to be a problem with my email that has been ongoing for the entire time we were away. I realize anyone who tried to write me and got “No such email exists” type error messages won’t necessarily be looking at this blog now, but Just In Case: My profound apologies, and I do love to hear from readers, and I am working on the problem. Rather, I am working on getting other people to work on the problem, but they keep claiming it’s fixed and then leaving for the weekend.


I’m not sure how to take the fact that everyone bought Without a Single Question or Hesitation the idea that I would have, right there in the line at the airport, eaten enough chocolate to bring a 34 kilo suitcase down to its 32 kilo limit.


We just shifted those two kilos and the four kilos of roof tiles to Sébastien’s carry-on. After which I ate a LITTLE bit of it, the chocolate, not the roof tiles, since it was now accessible and it was a long flight, but the main problem with this batch of chocolate is that it’s primarily baking chocolate. I picked some up to make goodies with later, because good baking chocolate is so outrageously expensive in the U.S.

What happened to the rest of the chocolate, from which I intended to draw some Prizes, is a grim, sad story that I will have to tell at another time. Possibly when it’s raining and I want to dwell on my sorrows.

It’s one of those stories that will have to come with a warning, for it will make your heart heavy and sad, and the more sentimental among us might even weep.

I may also tell the story of the roof tiles.

RIGHT NOW, though, I am having a hard time telling any stories but the one I’m writing. I am so excited about this book I cannot tell you, and I came back just bursting with things to write, so I am glued to my keyboard doing that.

So I’m going to leave with a brief glimpse of the second evening in Paris and Mia’s birthday candle.


One year old and the most sparkly candle in town! And not only did it light up for her on the stroke of midnight, but a group started singing Happy Birthday.

Possibly to someone in their own group? Oh, well. As first birthday candles go, this one is pretty special.

And before anyone asks what a one-year-old was doing out at midnight, remember it was 6 p.m. her usual time. Also, I used to live in Madrid. That should excuse a lot.

  • Yes, yes, spend your time writing. How exciting that you’re excited! I love that feeling. 🙂 When is this one scheduled to be published? Can you do readings at CHOCOLATE stores??

    That is the COOLEST first birthday candle!! Happy (Belated) Birthday, Mia!

    June 9, 2007 at 1:02 pm
  • I can’t wait to hear more about your new writing project! I’ve been working on a chick-lit/romance novel and I love that feeling of excitement that comes when ideas are bubbling… My heroine is a baker:) I’d love to know what kind of chocolates you prefer for baking. I once ordered a kilo of Valrhona cocoa powder and was seriously giddy to have it in the house. Happy belated birthday wishes to Mia!

    June 9, 2007 at 3:54 pm
  • Welcome Back!!!!

    Since I’m not feeling so well and am not sure how much chocolate eating I can read through, I simply MUST have the roof tiles story. Well, not if it interferes with book writing, but, you know, in all that spare time you must have after coming back from your trip.

    Oh, and best first birthday candle ever! Yes, Happy Birthday to Mia!

    June 9, 2007 at 4:13 pm
  • can we P L E A S E see a picture of the TWO KILOS of CHOCOLATE?
    Can we pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze?

    June 10, 2007 at 8:17 am
  • Laura, when faced with the choice between eating 4.4 pounds of French chocolate or abandoning it, I imagine I’d be more than willing to give it the old college try. After all, we are talking about chocolate here.

    June 11, 2007 at 5:17 am
  • Amy, that is another Good Idea. I really think I should do readings at chocolate stores. In fact, I think someone should open a chocolate bookstore. Surely that would draw more people than Starbucks?

    Dharmagirl, I love the idea of a baker heroine. Obsessed with flavors instead of shoes!! Yay!! But I am not the best adviser about baking chocolate really, because I grew up in a small Southern town (you know the one!) where chocolate chips were the only baking chocolate around. And I tend still to have better success with them. But when I am experimenting with the really good stuff, I use Valrhona–it’s a high end chocolate that I can find around here.

    Roof tiles will come, Michelle. I’m sorry you’re sick! I hope you’ll feel better soon.

    Jayne, you have the right attitude. 🙂

    And Carol (ParisBreakfasts)…there’s your chocolate in today’s post. Of course, you could probably show us pictures of 2 kilos of top-of-the-line chocolate! I know those boxes you paint don’t come empty. 🙂

    June 11, 2007 at 7:23 am
  • Don’t you love the light show at the ET? We found a spot – a clearing above a lagoon just north of the tower and watched the mights at 10 p.m. on warm (and not damp) nights. The applause and oohs and ahs remind me of a July 4 fireworks show. It was one of those moments I cried – silly, I know – but I felt so lucky to be in Paris at that moment.

    June 11, 2007 at 8:22 pm

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