It's actually 3:24am on the 16th, but I'm writing about the 15th, so that'll be the date. Today was a good day. Class sucked, as usual, but I got an email from Jamie at lunch. I took two headache drugs in the afternoon and was completely out of it for the last 30-45 minutes. After class, Sarah and I set up our bank accounts (Credit Agricole) & bought pastries, bread, cheese, & fruit for our dinner. I got a letter from Jamie and one from Mom when I got back. Mom's had my credit card bill, OU statement (I have about $2300 left over!) [extra money from scholarships], last check from Avis (stub), Pepe's episodes 5-6 (hilarious!) [Pepe wrote down some of his childhood memories for us], and an email from Lorenzo. Christina, Sarah, and I went to Place de Jaude at 8:30 to see a Brazilian band & dance troupe and some fireworks to celebrate the Centre Jaude's 20th birthday. Afterwards, we went with Zack to a bar and met a bunch of people, including Keeran, Nile, & Morris (all Irish), Chris (English), and Katrine & Christiana (German). I love the Irish accents! Sarah and I spent the whole time watching Zack hit on two French girls (Elodie & Celine - especially Celine) and listening to the band play. The band was pretty good. The bar included part of a huge outdoor place with a bunch of tables. We sat on some steps outside. Zack & Keeran walked the three of us back to Place de Jaude to catch our taxi & Keeran said he recommends visiting Ireland - especially Galway. My eyes are closing. I love you, Jamie!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
|Miles this morning, healthy, happy, and handsome|
Friday, February 28, 2014
I'm absolutely exhausted. We went to Brion today and I took a couple pictures of cows... We (Zack, David, Laura, Sarah, & I) ate lunch at a little place there & had coq au vin & trufades, Yummy! The trufades (I wonder if that's spelled right?) was potatoes & cheese - a cross between scalloped & cheesy potatoes. And it was wonderful! Two drunk guys came up and started eating Zack's fries and trying to get us to drink with them - they poured wine in all the glasses but mine (I absolutely refused) and then tried to get us to join them in drinking... One guy told me I was charming but I didn't want to talk to either of them so I just ignored them and kept on eating. Laura told me later that she overheard them saying obscene things about me, including that I must make love while eating. Oh well - I'll never see them again in my life. Then we all met and walked an hour and a half over rough terrain to a pretty lake. Morgan and I climbed up to the top of this huge hill to take pictures - more people came later. Then we walked back to the town and looked around. We went into the church and climbed up a skinny, twisting flight of steps to the balcony area. Small church. All in all, the day was pretty good. And I still get to call Jamie! I was so proud of myself for making it up that hill. I miss my wonderful man. I love you, Jamie!
|Zack and David|
|Morgan and ? Anne?|
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I'm having a hard time remembering what I did yesterday... I checked email. No email from Jamie, though. I had a little bit of time after lunch today (ate in the LeBon cafeteria), so I checked again - still no email! I don't know if there's a problem or if he's just not writing because I told him not to... Sarah, Laura, and I took the 13 straight to Auchan from class today. We spent a loooong time looking at clothes & shoes & then bought some stuff at Auchan. I found some sneakers I think I'm going to buy ($30-$35) and some black shoes I like. I'm worried about the black shoes, though. They're really cute and would look great with my pants, but there's no padding on the heel and it's stiff. I'm afraid it would rub me raw, give me blisters, or both. I got Mom's package today! It was in my room - not at Cité 1 like I thought it would be. She sent one shave gel & one shave cream, two deoderants, two softlips, the calling card, my bank statement (from before I'd left, though, so I don't really need it), and an alarm clock. The alarm clock is a wind-up that ticks incessantly and it really bugs me. [That alarm clock still gives me nightmares. Seriously. It had the worst alarm bell in the world.] I might just have Sarah wake me up all year and I can use the tick-tocker for trips. Kristen taught me how to play Spite & Malice (card game) today and I really like it - I'll have to teach Jamie. I think he'd like it, too. I miss him. It's already after 2:00. I'm going to do my devotional & crunches & try to get some sleep. Brion tomorrow! I love you, Jamie, and I miss you so much it hurts.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Today in class we worked on questions for an interview form we have to use when we interview ten people on the street. Yuck. (I just painted my toes and the red is a lot brighter than I remember - not as pretty. I should have used the darker one...) After class, Sarah and I found the computer in the psychology lab that we can use for free! I had a message from Jamie and one from Alan. I'm going to spend more time on the computers tomorrow while Sarah works on her presentation with Linda. Zack, Sarah, & I had lunch at that pizza place on Sablon today and the pizzas took a loooong time. And they weren't very good! argh. After a very short email time, Sarah and I rushed to the 2 [bus number] to Jaude and then to the 13 (which was 5 minutes late) to make it on time to pay rent - and then the 13 broke down!! We waited at least ten minutes until a replacement bus arrived. We made it to Cité 1 [The part of the Cézeaux dorms that housed the office; we lived in Cité 2.] at 5:25, but the nice guy there still let us pay! Then we walked to Cité 2 and basically collapsed. It was actually hot today! Yesterday, too. For dinner, we just stayed here and heated stuff up in the microwave - and the paella was good. We ate in Sarah's room, and there were 2-3 French guys right outside the door who kept looking in every once in a while. I felt pretty uncomfortable since I was in their line of sight, so I went to my room to refill my bottle and then closed the door when I came back. Then we heard them talking about us, saying we were afraid of life, so I went back to my room on the pretense of getting pain au chocolat and apple juice, and left the door open when I returned so that they wouldn't think we were antisocial. One of the French guys asked me a little later if we were American, but that was the extent of the conversation. Afterwards, I tried calling the Charrons and there was still no answer. Then I called Matt & Nat & they called me back - we talked for quite a while! It was really fun. They're going to try to visit here soon and I'll visit there fairly soon. And we're going to go skiing sometime! And Matt promised they'd cook me Mexican food and grill me something, also. They asked me for ideas on what to get Jamie for Christmas, but I can't think of anything! I don't even know what I'm getting him. I hate that we have to make sure the gifts are small & light & easy to take home. The mandatory meeting is on the 3rd and classes are on the 9th, so we're going to go to possibly Lyon until the meeting and then Paris afterwards. Time for a second coat on my nails... I got my first batch of mail today - a card & a letter from Jamie!!!! I love you, sweetie!
Thursday, January 16, 2014
I figured it out. It's when I go a long time without talking to Jamie that things start to look not-so-good. Even with my hated class tomorrow and my presentation still to do, things are looking good because I talked to my Jamie tonight! I was going to give myself a pedicure tonight, but I still have that presentation to do and it's already 12:34am, so I'll have to put off the pedicure. Tomorrow, Sarah and I are going to pay rent and then go to Auchan. She found out tonight that the "laundry detergent" we bought is actually fabric softener (!), so we need to buy more. We might pick up a skillet, too - I'm not sure. I would like to cook, though! We're also going to go into the France Telecom place in the mini-mall to see if we can get on the Internet there or not. I hope we can!!! I haven't received any mail yet (maybe tomorrow?) and I know Jamie has emailed me, so I want to read it. And see if anyone else has written. Yesterday, Sarah, Aimee, and I went into town early so I could buy a backpack. I ended up finding a plain black Jansport for 30-something dollars and I really like it. Sarah and I got some really good pastries for lunch, and Aimee bought McDonald's. (Yuck.) We met up with everyone else and waited a while before loading the bus to Thiers. The guide we had in Thiers was really interesting and I understood most of what he said. The knife museum wasn't really interesting, but the last part was fun. A guy that works there tried to get two different girls (Marta and the girl from Columbia) to volunteer for something and they wouldn't, so I did. He had me lay on my tummy on this table thing and then he put a huge dog on top of me! The guys who make knives by hand (my third set of batteries in my CD player just ran out) worked while laying over the water and their dogs laid on top of them for hours to keep them warm. It was comfy. Everyone was laughing and taking pictures. I bought a tiny little knife (pocket-sized) for myself and another one I might give to Jamie. Zack couldn't believe how much cheaper the knives were here than back in the States. He'd bought a Thiers knife in the States for more than double what he could get it for here. When we got back, Sarah, Zack, Andrew, Marta, Carolina, Aimee, Linda, & I ate at 1513 - the créperie built around the cavern that dates back to 1513. It was fun! Sarah and I want to see if a group of us can get together every Saturday night to go to dinner. We ended up catching the very last bus back to Aubière - the schedule book said the second-to-last was ten minutes later than it actually was, so we missed that one. Today, after sleeping in, the six of us in Cézeaux (Aimee, Joanna, Kristin, Christina, Sarah, & me) walked into Aubière. to find the market thing we thought was there every Sunday. It wasn't there. Then we decided to figure out the bus schedule to go into Clermont to the market there. But we couldn't find it when we arrived. Christina insisted it was in a park and she knew where (I thought it was in a square by a statue), but we never found it. Hold on - I'm going to look at Rachel's postcard to see if it's there. I found it in our packet. It's called the Marché aux Puces and is on Sunday mornings behind the Gare Routière near Dolet & Lebon. Maybe we'll make it next week! When we couldn't find it, we waited about 45 minutes for a bus back. We knew Crousti Pain was open, so we wanted to go there. We ended up on the wrong bus, but the wonderful bus drivers all helped us to get there and we had a pretty good lunch. We walked back to Cézeaux afterwards and it was HOT! And I dripped chocolate ice cream onto my white cloth tennis shoes. But we made it. Now it's 1:10am. I need to pick an article and get that done. I'm going to play a couple games of cards first. I love you, Jamie!
|Knife-making demonstration in Thiers|
|Carolina, Marta, and ?|