Let me sleep! And study languages! And work on my site! (I hate insomnia.)

Thanks to my insomnia and headaches, I haven’t been able to work much on my website or study languages. I basically get up, feel like a zombie, go to work, come home and still feel like a zombie and then try to sleep, unsuccessfully. Monday through Thursday. Luckily I have 3 day weekends, but that doesn’t mean I can actually sleep then either.  I have about a bazillion and one things on my to do list, but I can’t do many of them because I am just too tired. Working on my website and studying languages is what I love most, and yet I can barely sit at the computer because I need to lie down and I definitely don’t want to listen to audio in German or Italian when I have a never-ending headache.

I wanted to finish typing the French Listening Resources transcripts & import them to LingQ, create French-German and French-Italian flashcards, record more mp3s in French (especially for the slang vocabulary), create audio flashcards for Spanish, finish the IPA transcriptions for French, and and and… everything! I’ve managed to update Twitter and join a few more sites like StumbleUpon, FriendFeed, Youtube – though I have yet to make any language videos of my own, another thing to add to the list! Social networking is exhausting. But that’s the best way to get my site out there and let people know that there are free resources for learning informal French as well as two languages at once. I really wish I could spend all day helping others learn languages, but it doesn’t exactly pay the bills in France.

Maybe when my current job is over in April, I will succeed in crossing everything off my list. Until then I can only attempt small updates here and there. Tonight I was able to add a few more words to the Informal French & Slang page and a few days ago I created individual pages for the Listening Resources, but that’s about it. Now I’m going to attempt to sleep. Wish me luck.

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  • http://ichestudiolangues.wordpress.com/ Jessica

    I just tried to comment before but it didn’t work!

    Good luck falling asleep! Your website is great as it is but I hope you can catch up on your sleep and eventually achieve all of your goals!
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..I’ve moved to ichestudiolangues.com =-.

  • http://ichestudiolangues.wordpress.com Jessica

    I just tried to comment before but it didn’t work!

    Good luck falling asleep! Your website is great as it is but I hope you can catch up on your sleep and eventually achieve all of your goals!
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..I’ve moved to ichestudiolangues.com =-.

  • Dad

    why don’t you try getting some fresh air and maybe exercise a little that may make you sleep better
    If I am out in the wind and fresh air all day its easy to fall asleep when I set down to rest

  • Dad

    why don’t you try getting some fresh air and maybe exercise a little that may make you sleep better
    If I am out in the wind and fresh air all day its easy to fall asleep when I set down to rest

  • http://twentyeighthofmay.wordpress.com/ Sally

    A ‘to do’ list is never done! I’ve realised that after many years of trying to get through mine!
    .-= Sally´s last blog ..John Terry =-.

  • http://twentyeighthofmay.wordpress.com Sally

    A ‘to do’ list is never done! I’ve realised that after many years of trying to get through mine!
    .-= Sally´s last blog ..John Terry =-.

  • http://mlnlanguages.blogspot.com/ Jim Morrison

    Hi,
    Valeriana is the best thing I found for sleeping, it is natural and it works really well for me.
    By the way, I have just found your French Phonetics section. That is just what I been looking for.
    Cheers!

  • http://mlnlanguages.blogspot.com/ Jim Morrison

    Hi,
    Valeriana is the best thing I found for sleeping, it is natural and it works really well for me.
    By the way, I have just found your French Phonetics section. That is just what I been looking for.
    Cheers!

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    Sleeping is something so natural and it seems to be such a simple thing… but it’s not.

    Hope you can dormir soon, it’s not fun being tired and not be able to rest.
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..On Campus (Part III) =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    Sleeping is something so natural and it seems to be such a simple thing… but it’s not.

    Hope you can dormir soon, it’s not fun being tired and not be able to rest.
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..On Campus (Part III) =-.

  • http://www.american-in-france.com/ cynthia in chambery

    I see my Tylenol PM isnt working. I think your dad has a good suggestion to exercise but in this nasty Chambery weather it’s hard to get motivated. But maybe it’s also time to see a specialist. Ask your Dr for a referral. So sorry – I know how it feels since I have the same thing but yours is worse and crippling your life. Cynthia
    .-= cynthia in chambery´s last blog ..Introducing Our New Photoblog – Journey with Us Through France & Beyond =-.

  • http://www.american-in-france.com cynthia in chambery

    I see my Tylenol PM isnt working. I think your dad has a good suggestion to exercise but in this nasty Chambery weather it’s hard to get motivated. But maybe it’s also time to see a specialist. Ask your Dr for a referral. So sorry – I know how it feels since I have the same thing but yours is worse and crippling your life. Cynthia
    .-= cynthia in chambery´s last blog ..Introducing Our New Photoblog – Journey with Us Through France & Beyond =-.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    Thanks everyone. Hopefully I will get on a regular sleep schedule soon and actually SLEEP during the night. If not, I will see a doctor.

    Cynthia, the Tylenol PM works sometimes, but some nights I just can’t fall asleep even when I’m dead tired. I have been exercising a lot lately (twice daily walks to and from Heidi’s to take care of the animals – usually in the rain) but it doesn’t seem to help any. And my knee keeps hurting! I must be getting old.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    Thanks everyone. Hopefully I will get on a regular sleep schedule soon and actually SLEEP during the night. If not, I will see a doctor.

    Cynthia, the Tylenol PM works sometimes, but some nights I just can’t fall asleep even when I’m dead tired. I have been exercising a lot lately (twice daily walks to and from Heidi’s to take care of the animals – usually in the rain) but it doesn’t seem to help any. And my knee keeps hurting! I must be getting old.

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.

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