Field reporter Milam here. The first full week of the year has come and gone. At moments it seemed like I was just surviving it, despite a small number of hours actually spent working. Tuesday I had to get up at the ungodly hour of 5:30 a.m. since I needed to get baby to the sitter’s by seven and myself to work by 8. Remi’s car was acting up so he didn’t want to risk taking her and breaking down in the cold.
Oh, the cold. It has come back after our brief week of “mild” temperatures. And Thursday morning there was snow on the ground again. I drove to work in the dark (it’s still dark here till 8 a.m. or so) and fog. The snow is still a novelty to me and I’ve enjoyed pretending I’m from Massachusetts or one of those other areas of the world where they routinely deal with snow. Do the people from these parts feel superior to the others because they can navigate through snow? After a while you want to get out and there’s a sense of pride of overcoming the elements (as long as the roads are sanded, that is).
We had to get out Tuesday anyway for Juliette’s second dose of the famous vaccine. She cried again, of course, but at least now it’s over. The French government wishes they could say the same. They’re dealing with some major fall-out since they ordered over 90 million doses of the vaccine for their population of about 60 million people. Why? Because at the time they ordered, the recommendations were for a two-dose system, whereas now that’s only the case for children, not adults. Plus, they didn’t count on the French being so very anti-vaccine. Now the government is trying to sell some of the excess doses (apparently Egypt has bought some) and hopes to cancel the remaining orders they have with pharmaceutical companies. Ditto for all the face masks they ordered.
They must be glad there are other news stories this week, like the annual winter sales period. Along with July it’s one of the only two official times when stores can really mark down items considerably (or so they say). Feeling the contradictory need to buy in order to save money, we ventured out this morning in caps, scarves and gloves to check out the deals. We were a bit disappointed not to find super savings, but we did get a few things. Some ballerina style house slippers for me, some clothes for Juliette and a coat for Remi.
(The outfit's still a bit big on her now.)
And that’s all the news that’s fit to print.