Me and my one suitcase (44 pounds) finally made it. I found a room in an apartment to sublet. It's in the 19th arrondissement--nothing trendy, exciting, or touristy--just very French. My two roommates are such genuinely nice people. They have fully embraced me. We sit around the kitchen and drink tea and "cafe" for hours on end.
I have already had several "blog post worthy" events, but I just may have to share those later. It's almost 3 am and I've got a severe case of "le jet lag."