A Day in the Life

March 8, 2016

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7:00 am: My brother is the first person to wish me happy birthday and simultaneously wakes me up. All is forgiven since the text message also comes from my 11-month old niece. Shortly thereafter, my parents sing happy birthday in perfect harmony over the phone.

8:00 am: After I flip through the street style pics from Paris Fashion Week and listen to Toi mon toit by Elli Medeiros (an 80s French classic), I feel sufficiently energized to take on the first day of my 33rd year on this planet.

9:00 am: We’re off to Steelhead Coffee for the most perfect cappuccino ever and a scrumptious cheddar bacon scone. This neighborhood haunt delivers on deliciousness and the modern industrial design is just the icing on the cake.

10:00 am: I learn how to say, “Trente trois ans et toutes mes dents!” It rhymes nicely in French and hilariously translates to “33 years old and still have all my teeth!” We laugh at the corniness of it.

11:00 am: Just Eat It, a documentary about food waste, is showing so I drag Arnaud to see it. I instantly feel more informed but also slightly guilty for tossing the rest of an old salad the evening before.

1:00 pm: We pop in for a Vietnamese meal at Number Nine. I majorly heart this place for the uber-modern design and abundance of white as much as the pho made with free-range, grass-fed beef.

2:00 pm: For a while now, I’ve been dying to test-drive a Mini Cooper. Birthday girl gets what she wants so we take one for a spin at the local dealer. I tend to like the slightly older models, which makes trading my current car for a baby coops a real possibility!!!

4:00 pm: Arnaud gets the genius idea to make crepes for goûter aka French snack time. I eat mine with bananas and Nutella all the while pretending to be in Paris just like this video.

5:00 pm: Birthday wishes from friends and family swarm in. Each one puts a smile on my face. Meanwhile, I watch a Skillshare class titled Buy Smart, Taste More: Getting Started with Wine.

6:00 pm: Now that I know that much more about wine, I decide to put my new skills to use. We break open a new bottle and have a glass while Arnaud prepares a wood fire for a BBQ dinner.

7:00 pm: Neither of us is all that hungry so we forego the dinner. I sneak a few bites of the Olive Oil Roasted Leeks because it’s a Bon Appétit recipe that I tried for the first time. Two thumbs up!

8:00 pm: Welcome to the most ridiculous part of my day! One of the best moments of this past year was on a dance floor where I twirled around in a beautiful ball gown to some super poppy song while confetti rained down on me. We recreate this moment and film it for my co-workers.

9:00 pm: House of Cards just released a few days ago and I have somehow stopped myself from binging on the entire season. Tonight we cuddle up and watch the third episode together. I make a mental note to dress more chic like Claire Underwood.

10:00 pm: It’s bedtime for grandmas like me. I fall asleep in a haze of good times and good wine. It may only be the beginning of this year for me, but I can already tell it’s going be a good one.

6 thoughts on “A Day in the Life

  1. Chloe | Conscious by Chloe

    You’re lying, the number of candles on the picture shows you’re only 19. I knew it!
    I loved reading about your day, your birthday. It sounds like a dream, surrounded by your loved ones, on the phone or IRL.
    Wine and a Mini, or a Mini and wine (no drinking and driving :), that sounds like so much fun! Are you gonna switch to a Mini then?
    Oh I’m gonna watch the Eat it documentary on Friday with the Portland Minimalist Group, I can’t wait!
    Oh Claire Underwood definitely makes me want to dress better, wear more heels, stand straight with my shoulders back, and make nice and slow gestures, and get a proper haircut… I should stop there.
    Happy, happy birthday lady!

  2. Alyssa Pacaut Post author

    You are my favorite commenter ever! Laughing about your comments about Claire, especially the standing up straight and slow gestures part. The only problem about her wardrobe is you can’t eat a burrito for lunch.

    And yes, the mini coops may become a reality sooner rather than later. I’ve been hunting around for a used white and black one (natch).

    Enjoy the documentary, I’ll be there in my semi-minimalist spirit!

  3. Jessica

    This sounds utterly fabulous and absolutely Alyssa. Wishing you many many happy returns!!!

    PS: Ahem. And when will we see this video with confetti and said ball grown???

    PSS: Roasted leeks are Mitch’s favorite thing on the planet. So good!

    PSSS: Mini coopers. Wine. Crepres. House of Cards. Living the good life girl friend!!! All the thumbs up!!!

    And finally — I adore this leading photograph so so much


  4. Alyssa Pacaut Post author

    Merci mon amie! Your well wishes and shower of compliments are well received over here in Le Monde de French Californie. You also just reminded me that I need to look for a used Mini Cooper online in black and white. Bisous!

  5. Alyssa Pacaut Post author

    Mon dieu! We really do have similar tastes. Know what is even crazier? We have the same haircut!

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