Since our return from Paris life has been really busy and it seems like the days are just flying by. I finally managed to submit my file for my request for citizenship and what a headache the whole process turned out to be! I've been extremely stressed waiting to hear back from the préfecture about that as well as for my carte de séjour renewal. I also made a very stressful and valiant attempt at doing our US taxes but finally gave up in despair (would have been a lot easier if we were allowed to use any of the EZ forms in our situation) and sent them to an accountant. Now I'm stressed because I still haven't heard back and the filing deadline is fast approaching.
Besides being overwhelmingly stressed about all this paperwork and the lack of news pertaining to any of it, work has also been crazy for the past few months and it isn't showing any signs of letting up. I'm feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted from it all and I can tell I desperately need a vacation before I break. Alas, for numerous reasons, there is no vacation in sight.
And if that isn't enough to wear a girl out, I've also been stressed about the work on our house and just how much still needs to get done. Then my in-laws called on Wednesday to tell us they were arriving on Friday to attack the bathroom renovations. Normally I would be thrilled about the possibility of finally doing the bathroom because I've been dying for a more modern, less disgusting and more functional bathroom. But that was really short notice! Since we got their call I've been doing research and investigating different options like crazy, to the point where I've even been dreaming about bathrooms, showers, bathtubs, toilets and sinks. Today we started tearing out the bathroom which means I am without sink and shower for the next...I don't know how long but I hope not more than a week!
what was once our shower
As per usual, these renovations are starting in complete chaos and I fully expect it to continue this way. Not surprising when you literally have no time to plan or shop in advance! Certainly doesn't make for a very relaxing weekend though and I was desperately in need of one!