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:

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  • Melissa

    Your ielanguages site is great!That sucks that your future job prospects are so up in the air, but I’m sure living near Lyon would be wonderful. Lyon was almost my top académie choice for the assistantship, but I figured it would be more expensive to live there.

  • Melissa

    Your ielanguages site is great!

    That sucks that your future job prospects are so up in the air, but I’m sure living near Lyon would be wonderful. Lyon was almost my top académie choice for the assistantship, but I figured it would be more expensive to live there.

  • Destination Metz

    that’s really nice of you to take care of the new assistant!

  • Destination Metz

    that’s really nice of you to take care of the new assistant!

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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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