Restless in Annecy

I think I’ve decided to do a Master’s in France starting this fall. I should be able to start with an M2 and just do one year of coursework and then write my mémoire. It will be extremely cheap compared to North American tuition, and I’ll have a research paper in French to bolster my PhD applications to Canadian universities whenever we decide to head there. I should have plenty of free time to work on my degree considering that I only work 13 or so hours a week during the 12 week semesters. And we’re planning to move closer to the university this summer so I don’t have a 40 minute drive everyday.

I still need to talk to the professors and make sure I can start with the M2… but I think it’s (almost) decided. I just like having a definite plan about the future. Not knowing what will happen at the end of 2010 is a little unsettling to me. I know we’re barely into 2009, but I always look ahead. I always need to be prepared, especially financially.

And I am a little tired of feeling like life here is temporary. I resist making close friends, or buying things for the apartment, because I don’t want to say goodbye and get rid of all those things when we leave. And how many books do I still have in Michigan? Should I attempt to bring the rest of my stuff here, or leave it there for when/if we move to Canada?

For years I thought it didn’t really matter where I lived, as long as I was able to travel when I wanted to. I need to be able to go to Michigan for Christmas, and visit Montreal in the summer, and explore other places I’ve never been before. But then I remember how much I hate the act of traveling (well, flying) and how wonderful it is to just get in the car and drive somewhere. And if Michigan and Montreal are the places I want to return to most, I need to be on the right continent first.

Lately I suppose I’ve just felt restless and helpless because I can’t make things happen right now. We have to wait until spring to see what’s going to happen with David’s job. We have to wait until summer to move. I have to wait until fall to start my Master’s. I have to wait until 2010 before I’ll have any chance of knowing where we’ll end up for good.

What’s Changing in France in 2009

France no longer holds the presidency of the European Union. The Czech Republic takes over for the next 6 months, followed by Sweden. Twenty universities will be autonomous and independent from the state. They will be able to make their own budget and charge their own fees & tuition. If all goes well with these […]

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As 2008 Ends…

I’ve got 2009 already planned as the Year of Travel. The second semester begins January 19 and finishes at the end of April. We’re going to the Dominican Republic during spring break for my brother’s wedding. I’ve got a few exams – maybe two days? – to proctor in May & June, but in the […]

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Decide Already! Yes or No? France or Quebec?

Je n’arrive pas à décider si je veux faire un deuxième Master. J’ai obtenu mon Master en linguistique et enseignement de l’anglais langue étrangère aux Etats-Unis en 2007, ce qui m’a permis de trouver du travail en France (comme assistante et lectrice). Pourtant, je ne suis pas sûre de vouloir enseigner l’anglais à l’avenir. J’aimerais […]

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A Few Ways to Say It

Joyeux Noël ! Buon Natale! Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas! Frohe Weihnachten! Zalig kerstfeest! God Jul!

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I want a Michigan Christmas with Michigan snow…

Sung by Brian d’Arcy James, who’s from Saginaw and who’s currently starring as Shrek on Broadway.

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Petite Cabane à Sucre de Québec… à Annecy

David & I finally made it to the Marché de Noël at the Imperial Hotel in Annecy. Today was actually the very last day for it, so nothing like waiting to the last minute… I mostly just wanted to visit the Quebecois stands because I had been to the marché before and it’s usually swarmed […]

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Snow + Tractor + Dog = Fun

It’s a good thing I wasn’t flying home this weekend… Even Brandy wasn’t liking all the snow… But Dad and John Deere came to the rescue… And made her a mountain to play on. You have no idea how much I wish I could play on that snow pile with her!

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Vacation time!

Classes are finished and grading is done! Vive les vacances!

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Christmas Vocabulary in French

Even Canaille gets into the Christmas spirit! Ok, he hated wearing the hat, but he still wants everyone to learn some French words for Christmas. You can listen to David reading the list:       Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël ! angel l’ange (m) bell la cloche / la clochette bow le nœud bulb la […]

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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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