It snowed.

Wednesday morning, I saw this and was all excited:

And then I looked down:

I know it doesn’t look like much snow, but it was too much for my car. I was only able to go about two feet before it got stuck. Mine was the only car that couldn’t get out. :(

Luckily I was able to catch a train to work, though much later than I would have liked. I managed to not vomit on the train even though it made my nausea much worse. A lot of students were absent anyway so my classes were pretty calm and relaxed, which was what I needed to finish this horrible week.

I understand that Annecy does not normally receive a lot of snow anymore, but why is it that no one is responsible for clearing parking lots and sidewalks? Why isn’t our co-propriété (to whom we pay 60 € a month) in charge of snow removal like they are for garbage removal and cutting the gas? I felt so bad for the elderly who live in our building who could barely walk across the street to get to the store. Just walking from the bus stop to my building on campus was dangerous enough for me.

No No No. I refuse to be sick.

Headaches, muscle pain & fatigue, sore throat, urge to vomit… And of course, these symptoms are the worst during my classes. Luckily the bathroom is next door and the students don’t think it’s weird when I run out of the room. Though the best part is having the urge to vomit while driving home on […]

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First Fondant au Chocolat

This is about as complicated as my cooking gets, mostly because I’m too lazy to look at the recipes before going to the store so I know what ingredients to buy… and also because I hate washing dishes afterward. But this weekend, thanks to Karina, I decided to make: Fondant au chocolat! So easy to […]

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Je suis en week-end ! Et la neige me manque…

I love having 3 day weekends. With my job, private lessons and baby-sitting, not to mention this awful rainy weather, I am exhausted. Only 2 more weeks until vacation! And once again, as soon as I complain about not having snow here, my parents get a ton of snow and make me even more jealous. […]

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(Almost) Ready for Christmas

Christmas decorations are up.  Presents have been bought. Cards have been sent. Music is playing nonstop. We’re getting a real tree this week. Vacation starts in 3 weeks. I am so ready for Christmas. Now where is my snow??? My doigts are croisés that it will look like this in Annecy, but somehow I don’t […]

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Just another Thursday

The day I always feel the most homesick is almost over. I’m ready for Christmas season in more ways than one. Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it, and especially to those who can’t.

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Noël des Alpes ● Christmas Festivities in Annecy 2008

We received a booklet explaining all of the Christmas festivities in Annecy and I was extremely excited to see that the Brasserie des Rennes is offering la cuisine québécoise this year! And there will be traditional Quebecois music AND a Cabane à Sucre where I will be able to eat maple toffees!!!  Here’s the official […]

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More Free Language Resources Online

Publisher Websites. A lot of publishing companies have companion websites for their foreign language textbooks. Most offer extra exercises in grammar and vocabulary, while some even offer free downloads of  mp3s and a sample chapter. McGraw-Hill World Languages: Free audio downloads to accompany textbook & workbook (in the Student Edition section) Heinle World Languages: Mostly […]

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Remember how I complained about English words in French?

Loan words are definitely not helping my students learn English vocabulary. They were supposed to write partitive expressions to make uncount nouns countable on the test last week. All of the images they had to identify were used in their daily lessons, so they should have known which words to use. The correct answer is […]

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Les français aussi ont un accent.

I wanted to read Les français aussi ont un accent by Jean-Benoît Nadeau, the same author of 60 Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong, because I thought I would enjoy a Quebecker’s take on expat life in France. This book is in French, which is half of the reason why I wanted to read it, but […]

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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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