Wednesday, April 16, 2014

France - 9/27/00


My stupid key [room key]  is giving me problems again.  It took Luke and me quite a while to get it out last night, and tonight, Sarah, Aimee, Christina, & I worked on it a long time before it finally came out.  Then I got the guy downstairs on night duty to come up - he finally got it out, but said he needed to call someone to get something done about it tonight,  At this moment, there are two men working on getting the stupid key out.  I'm frustrated.  I want to call Jamie.  They're pounding on the door  (hammering!  And everyone on this floor is trying to sleep!) and I keep hearing the French equivalent of "whoops!" and that's bad.  And some curse words.  I think they just removed the lock.  (sigh)  My teacher is never going to believe that I couldn't sleep because two men were changing the lock on my door all night.  And I still have that article presentation to prepare.  I think I just heard a "ça marche" ["that works"], but now there's more hammering.  Sarah is in here studying to keep me company.


They finished!  I just tried my new key and it works.  I still have that presentation to do and my whole getting-ready-for-bed routine.  Sarah and I went to the gare today to buy our tickets to Cannes and the ticket lady told us there's an SNCF strike until Friday morning at 8am, so she doesn't know if our 6am train will be running,  We have to go back tomorrow to find out.  If we have to wait for the later train, there are two layovers and we wouldn't even arrive until 7-something pm.  I hope they tell us tomorrow that the 6am will be running!  We read our stories aloud in class today.  They were all good, but ours was incredibly long and even bored me.  Josh, the deaf guy, is here now and ate lunch with us; he's majoring in French and accounting.  That absolutely amazes me - deaf, and majoring in a foreign language.  He's really nice, though I feel awful when I can't understand what he's saying.  Sarah and I bought groceries at Ecoservice today and borrowed Aimee's pot and skillet to make dinner.  An herbed chicken & pasta thing, and fresh tomatoes & mozzarella in oil & vinegar.  Yummy!  I ate way too much.  Luckily, we'd had dessert over an hour before dinner (a vanilla and caramel ice cream thing) so I didn't have to worry about fitting that in!  Tomorrow night, Aimee is making us all French toast, scrambled eggs, and bacon for dinner!  I'm excited.  I'm going to do my crunches while thinking of my wonderful man, and then I'll try to start the article.  I love you, Jamie!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

France - 9/26/00


I miss Jamie. [This goes on for another paragraph.]

We had our meeting with Barbara Lamb today.  [OU International Studies head.]  I vented about level 4 and managed to ask about reimbursement for the bus passes, and then we all listened to Tina and a few others complain about how unlike OU France is.  (sigh)  Barbara brought me Milky Way Darks!!  After the meeting, Sarah and I checked on train times & prices - we'll be taking the first train out after classes end, which is about 6am Friday, and then leaving out of Nice about noon on Monday.  Total cost (both ways) is less than $60!  And Morgan is going to call and reserve the hostel/hotel.  After dinner, Sarah, Luke, and I played Pitch again, but we didn't stay up too late.  Of course, it's almost midnight now and I've still got two essays to write, but that's okay... I got a letter from Jamie today, so nothing much can get to me!  I love you, sweetie!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

France - 9/25/00


Well, this really is wasting space in my journal, but I'm too tired to write.  Didn't really do much today, anyways.  I did call Dustin, though, since it's his birthday.  He sounded really surprised and happy that I'd called and it made me feel really good.  I wish I could have called Jamie, too, but that'll have to wait until tomorrow.  I love you, sweetie!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

France - 9/24/00


I love Jamie so much.  [This goes on for another paragraph.]

I started a letter to him tonight, and I also wrote to Megan, Holly, and Meme & Pepe.  6 more to write (not tonight!) and everyone will have gotten a letter.  I've still got some postcards to send, too, so I may do that first.  Tomorrow I have to do laundry (the washer & dryer were busy tonight) and go to Auchan for food.  And a facial/mask.  That sounds nice... maybe... no - I'm not going to do it tonight; it's already after midnight.  Mom didn't call tonight, so I called home and Andrea told me Mom and Dad are in Kansas City.  Sarah, Christina, Luke (he's in [room number] 102) and I sat in Sarah's room talking for hours.  Christina said both Kristen & Joanna smoke marijuana.  Yuck.  I'm going to get ready for bed.  I love you, Jamie!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Hiking in France - 9/23/00


I need to go to Auchan Monday to buy croissants, Advil/Aleve, pens, and... what was the other thing?  Dryer sheets.  Whoops.  Tomorrow I absolutely have to do laundry, so it'll be without dryer sheets.  I'd also like to buy some foot scrub... there's still one other thing.  Oh well.  Today was an exhausting day.  My body woke up at 7:00, as usual, right before my alarm (that annoying tick-tock!) went off.  I bought a croissant, some dried apricots, and lemon water for lunch and then loaded the bus.  We got to Sancy at about 10:30am and ended up hiking for 6-7 hours and it was HARD!  I'm so proud that I made it!  We went all the way to the highest point in central France, and I made it!  I wish I could call Jamie to share the news.  When we got back, I showered, shaved, and changed into my long black skirt and went back into the city to meet Morgan for dinner.  We ate at 1513 and when the waiter brought our beautiful desserts, there were these sparkling pom-pom type things in the top - and sprinkles!  Yum!  After dinner we walked around window shopping and talking until my bus.  I just finished Bridget Jones's Diary and it was good.  I'm really missing Jamie now and I'm half asleep...


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Friday, April 4, 2014

France - 9/22/00


Sarah told me after class today that she decided to go to Lyon tonight (for the weekend), so I'm on my own for the weekend.  Which means I had to set my tick-tock clock to wake me up in the morning.  I think the girl next to me was pounding the wall in time to the clock earlier, though I'm not sure.  I didn't want to annoy her excessively, though, so I covered the clock with my black pants.  I'll have to remove them in a sec, though - I'm afraid the clock won't go off in the morning and I'll miss the trip.  I got a lecture today from Eléanore because I "don't work" - also, she said the class was 15 minutes late coming in this morning (more like 7-8), so she wasn't going to respect the schedule if we weren't.  That meant we were out 10 minutes late for lunch and 5 after class.  I didn't get a chance to check email today, either, because there was testing in both labs.  I wish I could call my sweetheart!  I miss him.  I stopped at Ecoservice on the way home today & bought a baguette, some garlic & herb cheese, and a huge grapefruit.  I don't have any sugar, but that's okay.  Breakfast!  I also need to remember to buy a lunch at that pastry place before loading the bus... and I need to find a pharmacy with Advil or Aleve.  I only have my prescription painkillers.  Time to finish getting ready for bed.  Still haven't written back to Holly or Megan... tomorrow I'll do that.  Or Sunday.  I love you, sweetie!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

France - 9/21/00


I got to talk to Jamie last night and tonight!  I was really excited when he told me about his phone bill - calls to me only totaled about $34!  And then I realized those were only the calls from August 29 - September 9.  We're going to try to keep our conversations shorter, and then we'll wait until he gets his next phone bill to see if we need to cut back to once a week.  I hope we won't have to!  I still need to prepare my exposé for tomorrow.  I think I'm going to talk about being a military brat.  Gotta look up some vocab, though!  Yesterday at Royat, Morgan, Sarah, and I (maybe some others) decided to go back to Royat on our next free weekend to talk around and take pictures.  And our next free weekend after that, we're going to try to go to Switzerland!  I wish I didn't have this presentation to do... I really want to go to bed.  Sarah, Aimee, Hannah (from Sweden), and I saw Space Cowboys (in English w/ subtitles) today.  Armageddon with old guys.  It was good, though - there was a shot of the four of them from behind, naked, that made the movie!  I need to get started on my exposé.  I love you, Jamie!

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