Where did all of this stuff come from??

Packing sucks.

I still don’t know what day we’re moving, but I’m already packing some things that we won’t be using in the next few weeks. We have so much stuff! And I don’t know where it all came from! We’ve only been in this apartment for two years, but I wasn’t even in France when David moved our stuff here in June 2007 (I was visiting Rose in Cairo). So maybe we’ve always had this much stuff and I never really noticed before.

We looked at 4 apartments last week, but only liked the last one. We’re going to try to visit 5 more this week. Michelle arrives on May 17 and we leave on May 19 for Milan, so I’m really hoping we can be moved and settled before then… which is in 10 days!!!

The one we liked is a one bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor (2nd floor in France), near the university, with a huge living room and modern kitchen. There’s no balcony though. We’re going to send in our dossier on Monday and see what happens. If we get that one, we could move in on May 18 (my 27th birthday). Honestly, I’d prefer a 2 bedroom apartment so we can have an office/guest room, but they’re usually too expensive or right downtown where I do not want to live.

This will be the fourth place I’ve lived in France, none of which were really my choice. I rented a room when I was an English assistant, and then David & I lived with roommates for a few months before we moved into this apartment – which we only took because his sister was leaving anyway and it helped us save money over the summer. But I’ve never really liked it and now I cannot wait to leave for good. I’m very anxious and stressed about when we’re going to move, especially with the timing of my trips, the few days I actually work in June and David’s training in Montpellier.

So back to cleaning and packing to work off some of this stress!

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  • Geordie2004

    OMG, we have the same birthday! I’m four years younger than you, mind, but still, big coincidence.

  • Geordie2004

    OMG, we have the same birthday! I’m four years younger than you, mind, but still, big coincidence.

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

    Hang in there. We have been in our place 2 years too, but with 2 kids later, we seem to have accumulated lots of stuff. Trying to sell off all the electronics and some furniture before we move next Friday. Ugh. Moving is hell.

    Amerigirls last blog post..Plate Wars

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

    Hang in there. We have been in our place 2 years too, but with 2 kids later, we seem to have accumulated lots of stuff. Trying to sell off all the electronics and some furniture before we move next Friday. Ugh. Moving is hell.

    Amerigirls last blog post..Plate Wars

  • http://theduchessofearl.blogspot.com/ Rachelle

    Good luck with it all, Jennie! Hope you end up getting a place you like!

    Rachelles last blog post..Little something for the weekend…

  • http://theduchessofearl.blogspot.com/ Rachelle

    Good luck with it all, Jennie! Hope you end up getting a place you like!

    Rachelles last blog post..Little something for the weekend…

  • http://parlezvouskiwi.net/ parlezvouskiwi

    Bonne chance with the big move Jennie. Moving sucks. I am going to be packing up soon to head to LA. Then again for France.

    Hope you can find a yummy 2 bedroom place!

    parlezvouskiwis last blog post..california dreamin

  • http://parlezvouskiwi.net parlezvouskiwi

    Bonne chance with the big move Jennie. Moving sucks. I am going to be packing up soon to head to LA. Then again for France.

    Hope you can find a yummy 2 bedroom place!

    parlezvouskiwis last blog post..california dreamin

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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