Day 26: Make a To-Do List.

A co-worker of mine, who out of politeness reads my blog from time to time suggested a book that I should check out called A Single Girl's To-Do List by British author Lindsey Kelk. There is an actual book about this?! Excited, I immediately went to Anglo-Bookshop The Village Voice in Saint Germain-des-Prés after work to pick it up. I didn't need to read the reviews or even the synopsis because I just knew I'd like it, and bought it on a whim. 

My instincts never lie and I am devouring it. It's funny, honest and I eerily related to it. It's was as if Lindsey had been lurking in my apartment for research! Wait, was she?

I am enjoying this book so much, I shot Lindsey an email telling her so. Yes, I'm that lonely that I writing e-mails to chick-lit authors. I guess that's just what is meant to be happening in my life right now. To my delight, she promptly wrote back with sincere gratitude, and was just the girl's girl as I imagined her to be. Can she please live in Paris? Since betrayal of my the American girls whom I thought were my friends these past two years in Paris, I'm experiencing a shortage of cool Anglo chicks.

Today's post is inspired by Lindsey and a congratulations on a book well-done. 

Here is my single girl to-do list:

  • Body. Get in shape with toned arms, lifted butt and sculpted abs. I will know this has been accomplished when I fit back into my high-waisted Marc Jacobs jeans.
  • Skin. Get glowing skin. I'm talking teeny pores that reflect light like a summer sunset in Tahiti. This also includes a little color (everyone looks happier tan, right?) and getting rid of the zit that should be paying me rent that has been residing on my chin for what seems like forever.
  • Work. Vigorously look for a new job that challenges and excites me in Paris. Tall order. 
  • Write More. My true passion.
  • Consumption: Drink more water. Drink less wine (Sad face). Eat 2 units of fruits/2 units veggies a day.
  • Improve French - learn one vocab word or expression a day.

In a nutshell, get pretty and improve every aspect of my life. No pressure...

Update: (June 7th, 2012) 
  • I lost some of the post depression weight, but some of it came back after meeting Seb, the master chef, but ça va, I'm not a model, I'm allowed to have an extra 5 to 8 pounds on me. By the way, Barbara Roy stole those MJ jeans. 
  • My skin still annoys me, so that's still a work in progress. 
  • I definitely need a job in Paris. With some changes that will be happening in the fall, I will have more freedom in finding work that I am qualified for. I refuse to be a professional photocopier again! I still really hate that office....
  • I write more than ever before and it's fantastic. It's truly what gets me up in the morning.
  • My water intake is good. It's still a challenge because I'd rather have coffee or wine, but I'm drinking it.
  • A new French expression a day? Okay, yeah, I so didn't do that. Although my French has improved since MF and his potty mouth. I no longer stuff in "putain" every other word, or cap off sentences with "ou quoi?". 


  1. Sounds like a plan.. and a good read!

  2. I just finished it! I closed the book feeling warm and was definitely satisfied with the ending. I can't stop thinking about the characters. I highly recommend it.

    Now I am on to Cheri by Colette.