Semester is over and vacation is here. But why am I still so stressed?

I finished my last class of the semester on Monday and I am now on vacation. Technically I don’t work my regular contract hours again until mid-September when the next school year begins. Though I am working extra hours in June at a conference and proctoring the make-up exams for the other English lectrice who is returning to the US tomorrow. So I should be relaxed and happy and carefree and all of those other wonderful emotions that people feel when on vacation, but I am not.

I suppose it’s just the long “to do” list, to which I endlessly add things, but never accomplish. You would think having all the time in the world to run errands means that those errands will get done, but that is not true. Most of them involve making appointments, which I am too lazy to do, and/or spending money, which I do not want to do. So the only things I accomplished today were mopping the floor and making zucchini bread. But I WILL go to the préfecture on Thursday morning to get my new carte de séjour (they’re closed on Wednesdays, of course).

Plus I am still baby-sitting and doing private lessons this week, so I can’t really say that I’m not working because watching two young boys and teaching English one-on-one is hard work. Those will be finished by the end of this week, and David finishes his current job on Thursday, so we can finally focus on the apartment search this weekend. I’m really hoping we can find a place on the ground or first floor (so Canaille won’t die if he falls from the window/balcony…) that is within walking distance to the university and also David’s job downtown, but we’ll see. I haven’t been impressed so far with any annonces I’ve seen online.

In the meantime, I’m trying to catch up on responding to e-mails. I’ve only got 67 left. If you’ve sent me an e-mail or private message in the past 2 months, I most likely have received it and you will get a response within another, um, 2 months?

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  • http://parlezvouskiwi.net/ parlezvouskiwi

    Ahhhh the neverending to do list. You are living a busy life! Hope you can find time to relax.

    I would love to read more about your experience of teaching english to Frenchies. :-)

    parlezvouskiwis last blog post..stick-men get culture shock too

  • http://parlezvouskiwi.net parlezvouskiwi

    Ahhhh the neverending to do list. You are living a busy life! Hope you can find time to relax.

    I would love to read more about your experience of teaching english to Frenchies. :-)

    parlezvouskiwis last blog post..stick-men get culture shock too

  • http://unautrejp.blogspot.com/ Justin

    Good luck with everything Jennie. You have had a lot on your plate and still do have a lot so it is understandable you feel that way. I need to start my apt search this week as well so I know how you feel… good idea on finding a low level apt, my cat fell from my first floor not too long ago and has been banished from the ledge… luckily he was not hurt. Take care!

    Justins last blog post..The project is done…

  • http://unautrejp.blogspot.com Justin

    Good luck with everything Jennie. You have had a lot on your plate and still do have a lot so it is understandable you feel that way. I need to start my apt search this week as well so I know how you feel… good idea on finding a low level apt, my cat fell from my first floor not too long ago and has been banished from the ledge… luckily he was not hurt. Take care!

    Justins last blog post..The project is done…

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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