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.
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…