After a few bad experiences at our local grocery store, including one in which the cashier (who I have been careful never to go to again) chastised me for not understanding when she asked for exact change, I just got back from a really nice visit today. I stood in line for a lady who I vaguely recalled having been semi-pleasant in the past, and she greeted me with, "bonjour, ma belle," which was just lovely. Then, when a spice that I wanted to buy wouldn't ring up, she asked me if I knew how much it was, and I understood and didn't panic and (I think) successfully responded with "2.88," followed by, "I think?" all in French of course. And she understood, and rung it up. Then I gave her exact change for everything, which they are crazy about here, and she was so nice and I am so relieved and happy! I get really stressed out about shopping sometimes here because people can be surly when they think you're slow and stupid, but I am making a bit of progress and it feels great! I am happy that today is Friday because Eric gets off work a few hours earlier today, and we have a nice weekend planned with a party to go to tomorrow night and a day of a bit of fun shopping tomorrow earlier. We are also going to attempt to make homemade pizzas tonight. I got interesting toppings like chorizo and pear and goat cheese and I think it will be nice. Voila! Also, here are 2 random photos: one of my new favorite kitchen utensil which makes a food processor completely unnecessary as far as I'm concerned, and one from a walk I took down to the Seine a few days ago.