In Michigan

My best friend got married yesterday. I came back to Michigan for her wedding because 1) she’s my best friend and 2) I was a bridesmaid! It was so nice to see my old friends from high school. We’ve been friends for so long and I’d been missing them a lot lately. And I’m so happy that Teresa and Tony finally ended up together after all those years of being friends.

Brad and Teresa – My two best friends in the entire world

Teresa and her husband, Tony

The rest of the high school gang: Brad, Ryan, Tony, Jeff and me

Overall, it was a cute American wedding. Teresa chose a fall color theme, so there were lots of pumpkins and leaves. There were five bridesmaids and groomsmen walking down the aisle before Teresa and her dad. (And our dresses are actually brown/chocolate/truffle even though they look purple in the photos). After the indoor pictures, the wedding party jumped in a hummer limo to take the outdoor pictures at a nature reserve. When we finally made it to the reception, I was starving, but since the wedding party eats first, it was ok. :)

After dinner, it was cutting the cake, the couples’ first dance, Teresa’s dance with her dad, and the wedding party dance… after which, I changed out of my bridesmaid dress because I couldn’t breathe in it. Then the bouquet toss, garter throw, dollar dance, hokey pokey, chicken dance, line dancing, etc. I finally made it home at 12:30 am and I was exhausted (and still jet-lagged!)

Normally, I hate weddings, but they’re a lot more fun when your friends get married and you are in the wedding! I’m glad I was able to come back to Michigan this weekend, even if it meant a long and tortuous flight as well as missing a few days of work.

I received an e-mail from the rectorat yesterday about my work, and apparently, they’re forbidding me from working anymore until I get the mess with my new carte de séjour figured out. ::sigh:: For some reason, they think that I entered France without a long stay visa and are telling me that I need to get one before I can work at my school again. Um, I have a long stay visa already and I made an appointment weeks ago at the prefecture to get my new carte de séjour (and they specifically told me that I do not need a new visa.) So I don’t know what’s going on, and I’m not even sure if I’m allowed to work this week when I get back to France. This is one part of France I am not missing right now…

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed.
  • joy suzanne

    Oh but you look sooo good in that bridesmaid’s dress! Your waist is itty bitty. What’s that about? Those dressed are supposed to make you look hideous. And I heard the weather has been warm and beautiful at home, too! It’s been sweater weather down here in Montpellier. Enjoy your visit home, and smooch Bradley for me.

  • joy suzanne

    Oh but you look sooo good in that bridesmaid’s dress! Your waist is itty bitty. What’s that about? Those dressed are supposed to make you look hideous.

    And I heard the weather has been warm and beautiful at home, too! It’s been sweater weather down here in Montpellier. Enjoy your visit home, and smooch Bradley for me.

  • Penny

    Looks like a great wedding! Enjoy your stay :)

  • Penny

    Looks like a great wedding! Enjoy your stay :)

  • Astrid

    Looks like a lovely wedding! Enjoy being back home!!

  • Astrid

    Looks like a lovely wedding! Enjoy being back home!!

  • Bolder

    Don’t worry… I went through just about the same thing a little over a month ago for my new job. You can’t ever depend on them (meaning the employers and even sometimes the administration) knowing what they’re talking about. You just have to know your droits, assure them that everything is ok… and then prove it over time. It’ll all work out :)

  • Bolder

    Don’t worry… I went through just about the same thing a little over a month ago for my new job. You can’t ever depend on them (meaning the employers and even sometimes the administration) knowing what they’re talking about. You just have to know your droits, assure them that everything is ok… and then prove it over time. It’ll all work out :)

  • Destination Metz

    The bridesmaid dress is gorgeous, you look beautiful in it. That sucks about the rectorat! But yeah, it will all get straightened out.

  • Destination Metz

    The bridesmaid dress is gorgeous, you look beautiful in it. That sucks about the rectorat! But yeah, it will all get straightened out.

  • Karen

    The wedding looks like it was a lot of fun. I’m sure with a few hundred copies of all the same paperwork and a fair amount of id photos without smiling and tucking your hair back behind your ears that your visa and carte de sejour stuff will all be sorted out. Good luck!

  • Karen

    The wedding looks like it was a lot of fun. I’m sure with a few hundred copies of all the same paperwork and a fair amount of id photos without smiling and tucking your hair back behind your ears that your visa and carte de sejour stuff will all be sorted out. Good luck!

  • Leah

    Very pretty bridesmaid’s dress! Eww…that CDS nonsense is all too familiar to me! GL with that, I wish I could tell you whether it’s possible or not, but I am just waiting for now, so I really don’t know!

  • Leah

    Very pretty bridesmaid’s dress!

    Eww…that CDS nonsense is all too familiar to me! GL with that, I wish I could tell you whether it’s possible or not, but I am just waiting for now, so I really don’t know!

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

Support ielanguages.com

The 2nd edition of French Language Tutorial is available as a PDF book. It has been updated with much more vocabulary, sample sentences, and cultural information, plus extended vocabulary lists, cross-referenced topics, and an alphabetical index.

Visit the Store to buy the PDF e-book for $14.95 or paperback book for $29.95.