Recent Happenings

The new assistant at my old school arrives today! I’m way too excited about this. I’m heading to the gare soon to pick her up and bring her back here. I just hope Canaille lets her sleep and doesn’t attack her feet all night like he does with mine… Plus I get to tell her that there’s already an apartment ready for her. I wish things had been this easy when I arrived last year!

So David & I have lived in this apartment for 3 months and we just got our oven fixed on Friday. I am so incredibly happy that I can now bake chocolate chip cookies and apple pie and caramel brownies! And maybe some healthy things once in a while… But of course, what was the first thing I baked? Fondant au chocolat.

David mentioned moving closer to Lyon in 6 months. His CDD ends by March, and I most likely won’t have a real job here anyway. I wouldn’t mind moving, but that does complicate things a bit with regards to the assistantship application. I have a feeling it’s going to be hard for me to find a lectrice position for the 2008-9 school year, so I was going to apply to be an assistant again. But I have to fill out the application this winter, before we even know where we will be in the spring, so I wouldn’t be able to specify a certain city.

I’ve actually been sticking my schedule for the past 2 weeks. I’m up to episode 12 of French in Action; I’ve done 12 chapters in Upgrade your French; and I’ve memorized the départements of 12 régions in France.

David has finally started helping me with my website. He’s recorded about 25 sections of the French I Tutorial, for anyone who’s interested in listening to his beautiful French voice. Or in learning French. Whichever.

I’m starting to baby-sit the little guy again, so I’ll be back to making 35 € a week! Woohoo!

P.S. In case you were planning on buying three flat-screen TVs at Auchan, beware that you cannot pay in cash if the total is more than 3,000 €. You know somehow had to have tried this or they wouldn’t have put up these signs:

Customer Serwhat?

+-*I hate you, French customer service. It’s as if you don’t even exist here. Oh Conforama, why did it take two weeks instead of a few days to give us our new bookcase? The receipt clearly stated we could pick it up the 23rd of AUGUST, not the 7th of SEPTEMBER. What’s that? You want […]

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The Rudeness.

+-*There’s one type of French people that I cannot stand. Those people who think they have every right to tell you that what you are doing/thinking is not right. They are nosy, pushy, and they jump to conclusions too fast and too often. They are condescending, arrogant, and just plain mean. I hate these people. […]

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Why French Grammar is Hard

+-*Sam’s recent post about the three nouns in French that are masculine when singular, yet feminine when plural (amour, délice, orgue) got me thinking about other ridiculous grammar rules in French. So I give you (some of the) reasons why French grammar is a cruel joke for those trying to learn it: 1. Use of […]

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Possible good news

+-*I talked to the responsable at my old school (Lycée Charles Baudelaire) this morning, and he’s going to try to get me a job this year. Apparently there’s a meeting at the end of September (before the assistants start), so he’ll do what he can. Croisez les doigts pour moi ! Through the magic of […]

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Cosette no more

+-*I took my new kitty to the vet today to get checked out, only to discover to that she is a he. The vet even had a hard time telling that it was male, but yeah, my Cosette needed a new name. Apparently in France, you’re supposed to name your pets according to which Letter […]

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Drinky drinks.

+-*Why is there no plain iced tea in France??? I do not want your stupid Peach-flavored Ice Tea, Lipton. Can’t you sell anything else in this country? I can’t even find regular green tea in the store. Some people don’t like mint or lemon! ::sigh:: And why do so many people like drinking l’eau pétillant […]

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Another reason to love Quebec

+-*Why I love Quebec: Têtes à Claques TV is a collection of videos that I don’t even know how to describe. Some Québécois guys put their eyes and mouths into weird cartoonish bodies and wrote funny scripts, in Québécois French of course. Just go watch. This is one of the many ways I waste time […]

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FIA Addiction

+-*Just when I decide I need to get off my computer and do things in the real world more often, I agree to start writing summaries of French in Action episodes for the FIA Wiki created by my new favorite blog, Mystère et boules de gomme ! I’m going to write up a new page […]

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+-*David left yesterday to go to Ireland on a week-long hiking trip with his best friends. It’s not the longest we’ve been apart (I’ve traveled 3 times this year without him), but it’s the first time I’m home alone in France. Well, I’m not all alone, but Cosette likes to spend most of the day […]

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