It has been a while. (For me, anyway.)

I suppose I’ve been too tired and sluggish to do anything on my site or blog since we still have no heat in the apartment. It’s been snowing most of the week too, so double yay. I also recently discovered that the building where my office is located on campus does not have a heating system either. The entire building. Three floors of classrooms and my office. Am I the only person who thinks this is crazy?? Every time I walk past a class in that building, the students are shivering in their seats with their coats on. I feel so bad for them. And this means that I can never use my office since it’s hard to type with numb fingers.

Wednesday evening began my 11 days of winter vacation. So far I’ve done nothing but finish up lessons for my various classes for the rest of the semester so I will be tranquille later on in March when I know something bad will happen. Let’s face it, something bad always happens in March and it stresses me out and makes me curse the fact that the month even exists. Hey, remember last March when my car broke down on the highway on a Friday afternoon while it was raining and snowing? And remember how I had to pay 1200 euros to replace the engine? Man, that was awesome.

Though perhaps the strikes and manifestations happening at other French universities will catch on at mine so I can have a longer vacation, or time off in March… I wonder if that was the plan all along… So far, my classes haven’t been affected, though I do have a lot of absences. But I think my students just like to skip. But hey, when you can retake the final exam and retake the classes even if you fail miserably, why not?

Anyway, since I’m always working at my computer, I decided to move my desk because I was tired of being in the dark corner. Now I’m in front of the window so I can always see when the dark clouds full of snow are approaching.

So what is on my desk? My computer, a book, and a cat.

P.S. A lack of heat and sunlight makes me incredibly cranky.

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  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com/ Soleil

    No heat in your office or apartment?!? You have every right to be cranky! You should go on strike until you get some heat.

    Soleils last blog post..Is it vacation yet?

  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com Soleil

    No heat in your office or apartment?!? You have every right to be cranky! You should go on strike until you get some heat.

    Soleils last blog post..Is it vacation yet?

  • http://www.webtaz.blogspot.com/ taz

    My god , Jennie, je me demande comment tu fais? Je deviens peu à peu très maussade (lire ici que je suis pas mal écoeurée) parce qu’il fait froid dans mon appart… Si tu n’as pas de chauffage en plus au travail… Ton chat est super cute… Tu dois lui envier sa fourrure!

    tazs last blog post..Lune de miel en vue

  • http://www.webtaz.blogspot.com taz

    My god , Jennie, je me demande comment tu fais? Je deviens peu à peu très maussade (lire ici que je suis pas mal écoeurée) parce qu’il fait froid dans mon appart… Si tu n’as pas de chauffage en plus au travail… Ton chat est super cute… Tu dois lui envier sa fourrure!

    tazs last blog post..Lune de miel en vue

  • http://www.lindamathieu.com/ Linda

    I would be cranky too. I think our electric bill will be rather high this next time as I have our living room nice and warm.

    Lindas last blog post..Hearts

  • http://www.lindamathieu.com Linda

    I would be cranky too. I think our electric bill will be rather high this next time as I have our living room nice and warm.

    Lindas last blog post..Hearts

  • http://kiwigirl-infrance.blogspot.com/ kim

    You must be cold, I agree that you should go on strike about the lack of heat. Is there not a law about it when teaching? I know in NZ that if the classroom is less than 7°C they are not meant to teach us in it…. so when we were younger and had frosts we used to hope that the heaters were broken and we wouldn’t have to go to class!! Have a great holiday and hope it all goes well.

    ps. your cat is gorgeous!!

  • http://kiwigirl-infrance.blogspot.com/ kim

    You must be cold, I agree that you should go on strike about the lack of heat. Is there not a law about it when teaching? I know in NZ that if the classroom is less than 7°C they are not meant to teach us in it…. so when we were younger and had frosts we used to hope that the heaters were broken and we wouldn’t have to go to class!! Have a great holiday and hope it all goes well.

    ps. your cat is gorgeous!!

  • gio

    Ok ok le froid l’hiver l’inquiétude et où projecter le futur et où serons nous l’été prochaine et comment obtenir un salaire pas ridicule…D’accord. Mais moi j’envie l’esprit gitano de ta vie. Vous etes jeunes, beaux, intelligents (Canaille surtout). TOUT IRA BIEN. Cette saison, c’est la bohème, n’est ce pas? Impossible y échapper. Donc, enjoy! ça ne dure pas longtemps, malheureusement.
    p.s. A special light bulb (Philips) reproduces summer daylight. It’s magic for winter spleen, very useful indeed.

  • gio

    Ok ok le froid l’hiver l’inquiétude et où projecter le futur et où serons nous l’été prochaine et comment obtenir un salaire pas ridicule…D’accord. Mais moi j’envie l’esprit gitano de ta vie. Vous etes jeunes, beaux, intelligents (Canaille surtout). TOUT IRA BIEN. Cette saison, c’est la bohème, n’est ce pas? Impossible y échapper. Donc, enjoy! ça ne dure pas longtemps, malheureusement.
    p.s. A special light bulb (Philips) reproduces summer daylight. It’s magic for winter spleen, very useful indeed.

  • http://www.franceprofonde.blogspot.com/ Betty C.

    It’s always interesting to know other English teachers, especially college level. I hope things are going well for you. It’s quite an adjustment for an American to find his/her way around and through the French school system.

    Betty C.s last blog post..Holiday in Waikiki

  • http://www.franceprofonde.blogspot.com Betty C.

    It’s always interesting to know other English teachers, especially college level. I hope things are going well for you. It’s quite an adjustment for an American to find his/her way around and through the French school system.

    Betty C.s last blog post..Holiday in Waikiki

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