Last Monday, This Monday: compare & contrast

Last Monday

Nice, France, around 57°F, Sunny.

Terri and I walked around the little shops in the lovely windy streets of Vieux Nice and perused the weekly antiques market. We met up with my parents and siblings, grabbed slices of pizza, and ate them on this seaside wall, watching the Mediterranean Waves.
Ball (and Wise, Sultana, Prokop) posse
We went back to our hotel and got changed, and walked to city hall for April’s civil wedding. Apparently in France, a church wedding does not count as a legal wedding, so you have to have a civil service first, and apparently this is typically performed by the mayor of the town you live in). And then April and Manu were officially married! Yay!
april and manu
photo by Terri. Doesn’t she have a way of making people look like movie stars?

The whole wedding party (All the Ball siblings, our parents, Manu’s sisters, parents, parents’ significant others, and a couple of April’s ballet friends) had a drink at Le Meridien, and then went to dinner at an Italian place that had insane portions. Everybody was making jokes about them being American-sized, but I have honestly never seen anything like this in the states. The pasta dishes were at least 20″ in diameter. Check out Abby’s desert, the “pot of chocolate”.

abby's pot of chocolateabby does the chocolate dance

This Monday

Somerville, Mass., low 30′s°F, snowy
Woke up to about 6 inches of snow and near white-out conditions. Decided to work from home. As it slowed down at 1pm or so, upstairs neighbor tried out the new snowblower, and it seems to have worked pretty well. I went out and shoveled all the icy slushy stuff at the bottom that the snowblower couldn’t get to. All things considered, it was actually a pretty good day. I got a lot of work done, the snow was actually quite lovely (and was even lovelier once it was clear it was going to slow down and not start back up), and I got to be at home with Terri and the cats all day.
View from our house, 14 Jan 2008

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