Me, only older

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Today was my birthday in Paris. I am officially in my 40s now. How did this happen? We went out for a nice dinner at La Taverne for a big tray of oysters with a sharp sauvignon blanc, followed by a huge skewer of grilled langoustines. It’s kind of a bizarre place with clocks everywhere. A nice, but pushy piano player sold me a CD of his music. I may be getting older, but I’m still a pushover.

My goal before my next birthday – lose 20 pounds. I am walking around the city amid all this thin French women and I am starting to get a complex. Not to mention, I have an entire wardrobe I can no longer wear due to the quantities of butter, pork, red meat, bread, cheese and wine that I have put into my body in the past few years. Of course, I’ll be starting that diet when I get home…

About katflinn

Kathleen Flinn is the author of "The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry," "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School" and "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good." All are published by Viking/Penguin.

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