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It's been quiet around these parts of the blogosphere lately because I've swept off to New York for a long weekend. It's been almost nine months since I've been back in the States, and I must say, it's been nice being back.

So far my days have been crammed with errands, organizing, going through old photos, cat cuddles, a few doctor's appointments, and of course Golden Girl marathons on one of the many networks the show is in syndication on. Good thing I'm still on Paris time and have been getting up at 6 am without a problem to bulldoze through some of these tasks. One of the more tedious tasks on my infinite to-do list is a trip to the Vital Records (n' stuff) Office of New York City to pick up my birth certificate. For the wedding, French officials require a copy of my birth certificate translated in French. At first I foolishly thought, no problem! I did that a few years ago for my first French visa that I ended up never using! With the pride of feeling one step ahead of the game, I placed this precious document in our dossier of paperwork and did my victory shuffle around my living room. But not so fast. This beautifully sealed and signed official birth certificate that I have is not good enough. They want a fresh birth certificate. One that was issued, translated, signed, sealed and delivered within the last three months. Quoi? This, I simply don't understand. Who cares when the certificate was issued. To the best of my knowledge, none of the information has changed since 1981.

Annoying yet necessary, but this little trip is just another adventure in getting married in France. And why not, while I'm downtown, I'll pick up a slice of cake or a cupcake at one of the many bakeries to celebrate the day of my birth with my sparkling new birth certificate, and that one more item has been checked off my list. 

Bon week-end!

On a side note: Digging up childhood photos, I came across this dramatic shot of me posing in front of the building where I grew up. That red building behind me is L'Église Évangélique Française de New York. Of course it is.

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  1. You're in NY?! Lucky you!:) We contemplated spending the Easter weekend there, but decided against it since I have lots of studying to do and Monsieur le Duc is exhausted. But still, that would have been nice:)

    I thought your birthday was in September? Or is it that you're celebrating your birth certificate?;)

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    1. Yes! And it's been great. I leave tomorrow.

      My birthday is in September, I'm just wishing myself a happy birthday in general because it's a day that has been in question for the past few weeks as I obtain this NEW birth certificate, because the original and the copy I ordered in 2009 isn't enough! Sheesh.

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  2. Of course it is :) bon courage! Enjoy.

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    1. Thanks Danielle. It's been so great being back in NY! This place is so much fun to come back to! Are you spending your summer here?

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  3. Take your new birth certificate out and show it a good time! Xxx

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    1. Oh we did, we partied as if it really was my birthday!

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  4. happy happy birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day and are enjoying warmer temps and sunshine in NY!


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    1. No, it's not my birthday. I'm celebrating (sort of) picking up my birth certificate at the Vital Records office. It was a lovely day though, filled with icing and sunshine! Thanks for the well wishes!

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  5. Bahaha I just saw this and thought of you: http://beingamericaineinparis.tumblr.com/post/36729842701/realizing-i-have-to-re-order-another-original-copy-of

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    1. Yep, that's exactly how I've been feeling. Ha.

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  6. Many happy returns, in more ways than one. Happy birthday and I hope you get plenty more trips back to the US, ( even though I know you live in Paris)

    ...and I too hope the weather is better than in Europe.....I know you really went to NYC to escape the cold. The birth certificate was just an excuse! LOL!

    French bureaucracy never ceases to amaze me!

    Love Denise.

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    1. Hey Denise,

      Thank you! It's been wonderful being back for so many reasons. For one, I have access to all of my things. I have a very limited offering of my things in Paris, plus it's been nice being with the family.

      Daylight savings happened in Paris yesterday, so I look forward to returning to longer days!! Hopefully warmer weather to!

      Now I have to get the certificate translated. Good times.

      I heard English bureaucracy isn't any better! Check out a piece in April's New Yorker written by David Sedaris about the time his Indefinite Leave sticker was stolen. Funny stuff!

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  7. Why does the French government have to be so freaking bajiggity about stuff??!! It's like their sole purpose is to be annoyingly irritating. At least they gave you the perfect excuse to return to the city. I'd love a Golden Girls marathon right about now. Enjoy!

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  8. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you are having a GRAND time here - when do you leave?

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  9. Is the photo of that cake at Magnolia? And I love it that you have the red brick of L'Église Évangélique Française as your background

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