Summer to Fall to Christmas in One Week

Last week I was still wearing tank tops because the temperature was still reaching 75° (24 C). This week it’s been probably about 50° or 60° (10-15 C) and the heat has been turned on in our building. We’re supposed to turn all the radiators on full blast to make sure everything is working properly and I absolutely love it. Our apartment had better be this warm all winter long. Anything is better than our heatless apartment in Annecy though, I guess!  After freezing for two years with no heat and no hot water in the evenings, it is nice to know that I will finally be comfortable in my own apartment.

We also received catalogs from Toys R Us and King Jouet today, advertising toys to buy for Christmas! It is October 13th. OCTOBER THIRTEENTH! I don’t even want to think about Christmas yet, especially since most of our money will have to go towards the stupid taxe d’habitation anyway and we’re staying in France this year so I will once again miss out on a real Michigan Christmas full of decorations and cookies and snow and Rudolph the Reindeer on the radio.

As much as I love summer, I’m glad fall is here. I feel better working and having a purpose in life instead of just being on vacation forever. Work is going great this year (minus all the scheduling conflicts) and I’m not having too many problems with students. Or at least I think I yelled enough at the immature boys last week that they got the point. Giving them seating charts and treating them like 5 year-olds works wonders sometimes. I think the best part is being able to work with students from last year because they know how I expect them to behave and simply already knowing their names makes things so much easier. And my Italian students! I adore them. I want to go to the Università della Valle d’Aosta just to tell them to send me more students.

Five hours of class tomorrow and I am en week-end again!

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  • http://twitter.com/jpack Justin

    I love Autumn, it is by far my favorite season. Although I think it is time my building turned on my heat, especially at night! Glad to hear your classes are going so well. Way to whip those boys in to shape!

  • http://twitter.com/jpack Justin

    I love Autumn, it is by far my favorite season. Although I think it is time my building turned on my heat, especially at night! Glad to hear your classes are going so well. Way to whip those boys in to shape!

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,

    Summer is grand but… it’s nice to get back to the scheme of things, we need an Autumn ! and low & behold, it is getting chillier.
    Bonne continuation with your teaching !
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..Blogger solidarity =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,

    Summer is grand but… it’s nice to get back to the scheme of things, we need an Autumn ! and low & behold, it is getting chillier.
    Bonne continuation with your teaching !
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..Blogger solidarity =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,

    Summer is grand but… it’s nice to get back to the scheme of things, we need an Autumn ! and low & behold, it is getting chillier.
    Bonne continuation with your teaching !
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..Blogger solidarity =-.

  • http://bisoufrancaise.blogspot.com/ Brandi

    I guess that we can only truly appreciate summer and fall by facing a cold winter… This is why I miss the south of France so much now. Mild summer, rolls in to prefect warm fall, that rolls into not every really cold winter, followed by perfect spring — repeat.
    .-= Brandi´s last blog ..Kaolin — Partons Vite =-.

  • http://bisoufrancaise.blogspot.com/ Brandi

    I guess that we can only truly appreciate summer and fall by facing a cold winter… This is why I miss the south of France so much now. Mild summer, rolls in to prefect warm fall, that rolls into not every really cold winter, followed by perfect spring — repeat.
    .-= Brandi´s last blog ..Kaolin — Partons Vite =-.

  • http://bisoufrancaise.blogspot.com/ Brandi

    I guess that we can only truly appreciate summer and fall by facing a cold winter… This is why I miss the south of France so much now. Mild summer, rolls in to prefect warm fall, that rolls into not every really cold winter, followed by perfect spring — repeat.
    .-= Brandi´s last blog ..Kaolin — Partons Vite =-.

  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com/ Monique

    Hey, by October 1, 2007, Antibes already had the city all decorated in Christmas lights……

    http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com/2007/10/can-we-say-jumping-gun.html

    Someone there needs to chill out. But also here… Target already has Christmas trees up for sale. Right by the Halloween costume/candy aisle.
    .-= Monique´s last blog ..2009 Basketball NorCal Media Day =-.

  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com/ Monique

    Hey, by October 1, 2007, Antibes already had the city all decorated in Christmas lights……

    http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com/2007/10/can-we-say-jumping-gun.html

    Someone there needs to chill out. But also here… Target already has Christmas trees up for sale. Right by the Halloween costume/candy aisle.
    .-= Monique´s last blog ..2009 Basketball NorCal Media Day =-.

  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com Monique

    Hey, by October 1, 2007, Antibes already had the city all decorated in Christmas lights……

    http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com/2007/10/can-we-say-jumping-gun.html

    Someone there needs to chill out. But also here… Target already has Christmas trees up for sale. Right by the Halloween costume/candy aisle.
    .-= Monique´s last blog ..2009 Basketball NorCal Media Day =-.

  • Andrea

    Hi Jennie,

    I’m interested in interviewing you for my research paper on “cultures and globalization” for my Master’s program at the American University Paris. Is there a way to send you the details? It would basically be an online questionnaire about your experiences as an ex-pat blogger. Please let me know!
    Thanks,
    Andrea
    andrea.carroll@aup.fr

  • Andrea

    Hi Jennie,

    I’m interested in interviewing you for my research paper on “cultures and globalization” for my Master’s program at the American University Paris. Is there a way to send you the details? It would basically be an online questionnaire about your experiences as an ex-pat blogger. Please let me know!
    Thanks,
    Andrea
    andrea.carroll@aup.fr

  • Andrea

    Hi Jennie,

    I’m interested in interviewing you for my research paper on “cultures and globalization” for my Master’s program at the American University Paris. Is there a way to send you the details? It would basically be an online questionnaire about your experiences as an ex-pat blogger. Please let me know!
    Thanks,
    Andrea
    andrea.carroll@aup.fr

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    We are already in the minuses here (about – 5C this morning). Yuck. Tank top weather seems to be ages ago…

    That said, it’s all about Halloween now, not Xmas yet.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    We are already in the minuses here (about – 5C this morning). Yuck. Tank top weather seems to be ages ago…

    That said, it’s all about Halloween now, not Xmas yet.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    We are already in the minuses here (about – 5C this morning). Yuck. Tank top weather seems to be ages ago…

    That said, it’s all about Halloween now, not Xmas yet.

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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