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2011-12-19 09:48 pm

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I want to make an LJ post! I do! A lot has happened! MAINLY I AM HOME! But I have been up for... almost 24 hours at this point and so words are not the easiest but I couldn't resist posting this again.

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2011-12-09 07:11 pm


I am pretty sure I want to get an e-reader for Christmas/my birthday, and while I was perfectly content to just say HAND ME MY KINDLE my mother just reminded me that the Nook exists.

So I put it to you guys! Any darts/laurels about any of them? Heard any horror stories? Do you have one or the other that you absolutely adore? Details please!

In other news, I am all packed for my trip to Strasbourg, I'm just waiting until it's time for me to go into Paris to spend the night at Katie's before leaving tomorrow night. So excited! There will be pictures!
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2011-12-08 07:22 pm
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Mystery of the bank solved! Apparently I can only withdraw 300 euros per week. Luckily some dude at the bank could approve me taking out the rest of the money I needed for rent/the money I wanted to take to Strasbourg/buy groceries with.

Also, I just found out a few days ago that I actually needed to go to the Securite Sociale office to, you know, get social security stuff so I can go to the doctor here FO FREE or whatever happens when you have free healthcare from the government. I was planning on going eventually, but today my roommate Romy was like "I'm going, want to come" so I got my stuff together and it was crazy simple to the point where I'm terrified it's not actually going to work and I'm going to need to go back a thousand years away. But for right now I am hopeful!

I am also writing more 'Sam and Sonja are together but now the worlds have ended and oh noes Sonja has to tell Sam the truth' and I don't think I've ever written anything more difficult. HOW DOES SOMEONE REACT TO THIS NEWS? My whole brain is crying.

They had the Christmas lunch at school today, so I ate at the cantine with my roommates, and the food was mostly bizarre except for their exceptional potato things which are like a cross between tater tots and hush puppies, but the dessert, OH THE DESSERTS, they were so delicious! This little chocolatey cake thing that was melty in the middle and a bag of chocolates and a little Clementine!

Today I talked about religion in America with one of my classes. Part of it I spent talking about the Amish (thanks, [ profile] littledivinity!) and the rest of it was spent answering mostly offensive questions. Like, I get that apparently America is either THE COOLEST EVER or PLACE THAT MUST BE RELENTLESSLY LOOKED DOWN UPON but oh my god, do you know what America does not have a lock on? Religion. Also, shut up.

That being said, they did ask me about Scientology, and that was just fun to explain.
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2011-12-07 11:39 pm

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ADVENTURES IN FRANCIA (by which I mean, Madeline gets mildly inconvenienced and/or walks around different areas of this area of France, eating her way from boulangerie to boulangerie)

- On Monday I went into Paris for the afternoon and it was lovely! On the way back, though, it turned out that there was an 'accident passagere' at the station before mine, subtext being: you are so fucked, people trying to get out that way!. (Also, I combed the internet today, and no details on the accident! Fail, metro.) Anyway, a trip that would normally take me around twenty minutes wound up taking an hour and a half.

Best of all, while stuck in Choisy-le-Roi, being blasted by frigid breezes, I was standing near a mother and her preteen daughter who looked like a forty-five year old divorcee from New Jersey. They were going to some meeting at my school and knew now that they were either going to be late or miss it. So clearly the proper response was to curse, loudly and constantly. A NICE-LOOKING OLDER WOMAN AND HER CRAZY LOOKING DAUGHTER, CURSING UP A STORM and I'm timidly like, "Hey, if you're going to the lycee I found a bus route to get out there if the trains don't start running again" and it's like [BLAST OF CURSES] and I was like I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THIS REQUIRES SUCH FOUL LANGUAGE.

(I did eventually get home! Whew.)

- Realized that there are actually three delicious bakeries within walking distance from where I live. This is so not a good thing. I also still am in the mindset that 'coins aren't real money' which is a problem when one and two euro coins very much are real money.

- Found out that the castle was bombed during the second world war and there were pictures and it was SO COOL, so much history! I love it!

- Learned that banks in France really hate you withdrawing money. In this case, I had to withdraw 350 Euros to pay October and November's rent (yes, sadly the dream of not paying rent has ended. It was nice while it lasted.) One of my roommates told that there's a rule saying you can only withdraw 300 per day, so I dutifully do that, even though I'm mentally thinking IT'S MY MONEY, AND I NEED IT NOW. So, whatever, I take out 300 yesterday, and I thought I'd get the remaining 50 today, plus some more for this weekend.

Nope! Totally cashblocked at three ATMs in two different banks, both telling me I couldn't get anymore because I couldn't. And I checked my account when I got home, definitely have the money there. So IDK, man. I just hope I can get it out tomorrow or Friday.

- I keep losing lipbalms. For those of you who don't know me that well, I rarely lose anything so the fact that I lost one tin of rose salve, one tube of rose salve, and one tube of carmex is really beyond the pale. FRENCH BORROWERS WITH CHAPPED LIPS: BUY YOUR OWN.


This weekend: Trip to Strasbourg with bonus night in Germany!
A week from tomorrow: MELISSA COMES, MELISSA COMES, MELISSA COMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
December 19th: I GO HOME!!!! (And Melissa is on my flight to Miami!!!)

:D :D :D
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2011-12-04 10:37 pm

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... Guys. Which one of you bought me a year of LJ time plus icons? This is seriously one of the top sweetest surprises anyone's ever given me! You really didn't have to do that! ANONYMOUS PERSON COME FORWARD SO THAT I CAN LOVE YOU PROPERLY.
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2011-12-04 05:20 pm
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- So, on tumblr someone ([ profile] radon_?) made this awesome gif set of Stana Katic looking beautiful in black and white. I did a tiny bit of research and lo, it turns out that it's from this little movie she made called For Lovers Only. I look up the trailer on youtube, and oh my god. OH MY GOD. It looks magnificent.

No, seriously, watch this trailer. I'll wait.

Legit. All I want to do for the rest of my life is watch this trailer, because the music is gorgeous and the filming is gorgeous and Stana looks radiant and the couple being shown looks adorable and they're in France and it's beautiful and OH MY GOD I NEED THIS MOVIE IN MY LIFE.

Turned out that the trailer is legitimately better than the film. The movie is... not great. It's beautiful to watch! The music is great! Stana Katic is actually radiant! But the dialogue is pretty bad, the story makes me want to eat a knife (cheaters! WHY ARE AFFAIRS SEEN AS ROMANTIC, THEY ARE TERRIBLE.)

So, anyway, that was a big disappointment in my life.


- Dr Quinn and I are on a break while I watch Castle. Apparently I OD'd on her judginess. This isn't a lemon curd situation, though, so I will return to it!

- Went into Paris yesterday with the sole intention of getting pancakes at this American-style diner place, but the wait would've been forever and we were right by this little coffee shop/bakery we like, so Katie and I went there instead. We then walked across the river and Katie got a really expensive coat and then she came back here with me and spent the night and I'm always so delighted when people are equally dorky as me. I don't mean dorky in a 'I love BSG way' (which, :( that would be awesome) but like, we sat around last night listening to Christmas music, and Katie riverdanced in the middle of my room because SHE ACTUALLY CAN DO THAT and it was a lot of lame fun.

- I write stories about couples that are never going to exist outside fic because they're not canon and it makes me sad sometimes but usually is makes me happy. (The latest trend in my fic-life is writing Sam and a Six. That is just... the way of it. I was about to say 'IDEK' but I absolutely K- it's Sam and a Six. Win-win!) Also, [ profile] kag523 is sweet enough to let me take her characters and run off with them, so there's that.

- FIFTEEN DAYS TIL I GO HOME. ELEVEN DAYS TIL MELISSA GETS HERE. These are exciting things! I'm also delighted with how comfortable I am here now.

- I know I say this almost every post I make on my LJ but seriously, I have such nice friends here. Sometimes my roommates can be whatever (and sometimes they can be awesome, like when Vasti made sure I had a good Thanksgiving dinner) but the friends I've made here are awesome. And one of them works in an American-style bakery that serves chocolate cake. CHOCOLATE CAKE, GUYS. Legit, real cake. It's glorious.

- I had a dream two nights ago that this popular British store called New Look had a store in my mall at home, and I went there... with EJO and Mary McDonnell. Like, of course. So I'm walking around the store with them looking for the shoes I want, and the Ed and McD start talking to one of the salesgirls. Eventually they mention (?) that they're famous, and the girl doesn't believe them, so both EJO and Mary start saying, 'Madi, get on the internet on your phone and show her. You can work the internet." It was entirely bizarre. Last night the end part of my dream involved me watching an old fashion show and Tricia showed up, both in person to talk to me and on the catwalk in the fashion show (that was possibly recorded? dream what even) and then Physically Present!Tricia was talking to me about the gold dress Catwalk!Tricia was wearing, and how it was her favorite and she kept it and actually it had a quote on it about how God has a plan and I was thinking, of course she'd like that one, because, you know, Tricia is Red, natch.

- My paid LJ account got extended a few weeks after all the DDoS attacks, but unfortunately my icons did not (D:) and I saw no reason to pay for one and not the other (D:) so now I'm only able to use a random selection and it is KILLING ME. I really shouldn't buy another year of paid LJ because it's really not financially sound, but this icon thing is slaying me. DON'T THEY UNDERSTAND?!
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2011-11-25 11:21 am

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So a few weekends ago I got to visit with the epic [ profile] sci_fi_shipper and I failed to LJ about that experience because I forgot to while I was down in the teacher's lounge (because our internet wasn't working in our common room.) Little did I know that I would be without LJ FOR WEEKS because when we finally did get internet back in our common room, everything fun was blocked because it was the school's internet.

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2011-11-10 05:24 pm

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And this is what I say to everyone that would judge me for being near tears over Ingrid's death on Dr Quinn: SHUT UP DR QUINN'S MAKING YOU CRY. I just! And feelings! Heartbreaking feelings of pain! Goddammit, Brian's dog! (Also, Ingrid's poor siblings. They used to have this bigass family and now it's the two little girls and the brother. THIS IS LIKE READING THE FIRST KIRSTEN BOOK ALL OVER AGAIN AND I COULDN'T HANDLE IT THEN SO I REALLY CAN'T HANDLE IT NOW.) As a sidebar, I think that if this show had gone on long enough, Michaela would've created the internet out of nothing but moxie and sass.

Today's classes were pretty good- everyone talked, at least, at varying degrees of proficiency, which is bizarre because they've all had four plus years of English but some of them can actually speak and some of them can't, and then some can speak English but don't understand 85% of what I say. The low point of my day was when I got trapped in my bathroom- my bathroom is down the hall from my room, and it's in the little living space we have (an inner hall with the toilet-room and the shower room with sinks, the kitchen, then a dining room/living room) and the door to the hall and the door to the toiler open on the same side, so that you have to have one closed to open the other. The bad news is that the hallway door rarely closes 100%, and sometimes jars open, and then you're trapped in the bathroom because you can't close either. The first time it happened to me my roommate was in the next room, so she saved me; today I had to holler and bang for a couple minutes. It was awesome!

But whatever, now I'm off until Tuesday and guess what? [ profile] scifishipper IS IN PARIS AND TOMORROW I GET TO HANG OUT WITH HER.
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2011-11-09 10:49 am

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So, I wrote a pretty amusing post (I thought) detailing both Dr Quinn squee (SHE AND SULLY GOT MARRIED, it was as crazy and delightful as you might expect) and the drama involving my phone (my unlimited web is not at all unlimited, it fact it is very limited, and I'm almost done FOR THE MONTH and I have to believe they mean 'some four-week period that ends soonish' rather than 'the whole month of November,' but who even knows. I certainly didn't intend to leave France being all 'AMERICA IS THE GREATEST' but goddamn, there have been so many little inefficiencies or just plain *lies* that I've never dealt with in the US and it makes me want to scream.

I also can't believe that the people dealing with our internet situation just have no idea when France Telecom is coming, because what kind of company just says 'oh, we'll come construct a line sometime' and then I think, no, it's totally possible, because: France. And then I fume.

So on one hand, I love being here- I have a lot of fun when I'm with my friends, and I love going into Paris and just hanging out or trying to find things and wandering around and accidentally stumbling on really historic things- and on the other I'm counting the days until I get to go home (forty!). This is so unlike when I went to college it's ridiculous.

Since I'm sitting here waiting to go to class (and then between those classes I plan on posting this, and then going into Paris!) I just looked at my contract and it looks like I signed on the 10th? So maybe the month ends then? In which case being near the end wouldn't be too awful, it would be bearable and in fact understandable? Sweet god I hope so. (I mean, unlimited should still mean unlimited, but whatever, I'm okay being at 160/200 'Mo' if it starts up again soon. I wish I knew how to look this up! I'm going to try going on the website and if I can't figure it out there I'll call them.
sunshine_queen: Tricia being fierce, as always. (The Tighs- handkiss- cynicalshadows)
2011-11-08 03:17 pm

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Ugh, I'm remembering what it was like before when I didn't have internet! I'm literally breaking up errands so that I'll have something to do other days. "The grocery store is closed for lunch? No, don't come back later- go tomorrow, it'll give you something to do." "Go to the post office on Thursday! It'll give you something to do!" The people in the office have flat out said "you'll have internet when you get it," which, wow, thanks! Ugh.

Class-wise, I seem to have just two speeds: really awesome classes that are enjoyable and want to chat, and classes that want to say nothing. I'd say that it was to be expected, but sometimes the two wildly different groups are from the same class! Same age, same level of English. I'm pretty sure everyone got really conflicting reports on what I was like- I had a great time with the first group, and then in the second group, when they refused to talk I was like FINE WE WILL LOOK AT A WORK SHEET AND ANSWER DISCUSSION QUESTIONS AND IF YOU DON'T VOLUNTEER I WILL CALL ON YOU. I also told them that I get paid whether they practice their English or not, so it's up to them to improve. Kids are hard, yo.

And now I'm getting text messages from my phone company saying that my web "illimite" is actually limite and I'm close to it? Or something? I'm so screwed, man.
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2011-11-06 01:59 pm

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I have no internet in my common room for some reason, so I'm like, no big, I'll go sit outside the teacher's lounge. So I am, in GALE-FORCE WINDS. I have no idea what's going on but clearly this plan is not long for this world.

Internet isn't working, which is tragically sad and I'd forgotten how rotten it is not to have internet, even if it's just in the common room attached to the ethernet cable.

Two nights ago my friends Katie and Becky came over really late and spent the night! That was an adventure, as I have a single bed and I made a little bedding nest for Katie on the floor. I slept super poorly for some reason- not for lack of room, but because it was so hot- but having them over was awesome. Yesterday morning we got up around ten, went to the closest boulangerie for breakfast, and then went into Paris.

I tried to get a Longchamp bag on Tuesday, but I failed to take into account that it was Toussaint and, of course, 50% of things were closed and Longchamp was no exception. So yesterday we went back to that store... and found out that it didn't have the bag I wanted in the color I wanted (dark purple.) So we had to trek another twenty minutes to the big shopping center, Galleries Lafayette. Disappointingly, it was the location that isn't breathtakingly beautiful. Anyway, I finally got my bag and it's exactly what I've wanted for so like, three years! Win.

Then we went over to the American Church because we had heard they were having a bazaar. There were some cool things- I bought a neat little leather purse for my sister for Christmas and two little leather change purses- but I was really surprised by the people. Some of the ladies working there were absolutely lovely- and some of them were totally cold. Weirdest of all was that the few times I mentioned that I was American and I was delighted to be at an American event, I was told that the community at the American Church was mainly for people who were going to be in France for several years (subtext: not for you.) I was really surprised at that- for one, I hadn't said anything about what I was doing in France, so I could've totally been living there for reals or whatever, and secondly it delivered really judgmentally. I'm sorry I'm not married to a Frenchman was dragged to a foreign country, American Wives of European Husbands, and I don't want to join your lame groups anyway.

Some other assistants arrived and also perused the bazaar, and then we left, got some lunch/dinner fixins at a grocery store, and then ate in a park while little old men played Petanque. It was cloudy by that point but it has been (gloriously) unseasonably warm to my never-ending delight, and I had a really good time! I even managed to get home before dark, which never happens lately, and I would be on top of the world right now if the internet was working... but even without it, I'm doing okay! I finally figured out how to play Spider Solitaire and I've been listening to my iTunes and god, I am so much better than I was a few weeks ago and it's awesome. Tonight Katie and Becky are coming back for a pizza party because we have a Pizza Hut in town and we're all intrigued.
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2011-11-04 08:02 pm
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My boo [ profile] miabicicletta tagged me on this meme so now I must do it!

It's the meme that's going around! )
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2011-11-03 12:26 am

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My Mom: What did you do today?
Me: [Wrote highly indulgent fic wherein Sam and Caprica are married and have three children and they have adventures on the metro] Um, went to the grocery store.

Today, while not lovely as in clear blue skies, there was a bit of sun, and when I went to the grocery store (THIRD ATTEMPT IN AS MANY DAYS) it was only 61 degrees so I could wear my flip flops and I was like sweet joyous temperature! Never leave me!

I got some American-style sandwich bread, mostly out of curiosity. I've been eating my PB&Js on these rolls that taste like cake. It was tasty bread. I also caved and got the Skippy peanut butter for 4,80 euros after trying to eat some of the peanut butter I got from England with a spoon. It was okay but definitely not awesome. The Skippy? Compared to the Jif it's not great and it's totally highway robbery but any port in a storm. I also got some red currant jelly by accident because the drawing looked like cranberries and I was like huh I had no idea they called them 'groseilles' and it wasn't until about a half hour ago that I remembered the word for cranberries is 'canneberge' and I had to look up what groseilles were. I feel like it'll have some potential when it's chilled.

Classes start again tomorrow (for two days, and then it's the weekend!), and of course now that I actually have to be up at a certain time tomorrow, my body is like OH MY GOD I AM ACTUALLY EXHAUSTED BECAUSE I REFUSE TO SLEEP WHEN I CAN. I'm up every day at 8:30 because, you know, why not, even if I stay up til 1:30 watching Michaela Quinn judge people (I don't know if I'm getting snarkier as I get more comfortable with the characters [I am aware how weird and creepy that sounds] or if the show is just crossing over from endearingly campy to borderline awful but this! show! and! its! ridiculous! plots!)
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2011-10-31 08:58 pm

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I defy you to find a more perfect movie. Please God let it show up on the internet.
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2011-10-31 05:43 pm
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Oh hey y'all! Since I last posted, all kinds of awesome things have happened, and not just ones I've watched on Dr Quinn (though that woman does more stuff than any one person should.) I went to England to visit Melissa and had the greatest of all possible trips. The town where she's studying, Canterbury, is precious and adorable and full of all kinds of awesome stuff. We went to London for a day and it was ridiculously amazing. We went to this little seaside town too called Whitstable, and it was also charming. Best of all, I got to see Missa, who I have not seen since JULY.

In other important news, while we were together, we talked about whether or not we really wanted to stay in Europe over winter break as originally planned, and realized we totally didn't, and we found flights mostly together (the important, long, trans-Atlantic ones are together both ways) and so now I am going home on December 19th and I am so very excited it makes me giddy to think about it.

Also: I GOT PAID. I got paid, to my bank account, in euros, and now I am no longer just putting everything on my credit card! It is such an incredible feeling, even if in Europe they don't like you using your debit card the way you do in the US. (Damn you, cash!) This means that today I was able to go purchase a Navigo pass for the entire month, so now I won't have to grimace and groan every time I go into Paris! In other personal growth news, I went grocery shopping yesterday and not a single tear was shed. This is great progress.

The Mexican assistant has been a lot nicer to me lately, which is great, but I totally confused her by telling her I didn't want to go out tonight. I can't help that when it gets dark (which it almost is already and it's not even six yet) I totally feel like it's time to go home and batten down the hatches! I also can't help that I don't really care about celebrating Halloween now that I can't trick or treat.


In honor of All Hallow's Eve, I'm inviting trick-or-treaters to my 'door'.

Comment "trick-or-treat" to this post and I'll give you a treat. Treats can be anything that strikes my fancy (pics of fave actors or pairings, one sentence fics, graphics, a few words why I'm glad to have you on my flist, etc. etc.). The more "houses" to visit the more fun it'll be, so go ahead, open your journal and help spread the fun!
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2011-10-23 10:40 pm

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Your daily dose of Dr Quinn squee )

Today I had the MOST MAGICAL DAY. I went to Paris and met up with Katie, the awesome girl I met at my hostel and who I've been friends with ever since, and her friend Becky. We walked all over and the weather was perfect- sunny and in the 60s- and I already knew Katie and I got along like a house afire but Becky was equally awesome so the entire day was just fantastic and I had such a great time! Seriously the best day I've had since I've been here. There are a bunch of (really gorgeous) photos on facebook that I put up. Also, I am looking crazy thin in pictures lately and it is doing much to improve my mood.
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2011-10-21 05:56 pm

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I feel like Rory Gilmore when she was all excited about getting the house to herself for the weekend- the German assistant went home yesterday, the French polytechnic boy assistant went home today, and my Mexican roommate (who has been nicer lately, yay!) has gone to Paris for the evening, and here are my thoughts, in this order:

- I can stay online and no one will judge me!
- I can watch Dr Quinn!
- I can take a shower and wash my hair!
- I can make hot dogs for dinner!

Like, aside from the staying online forever, having people around wouldn't prevent me from doing most of this list, but just being alone in this way- with internet!- is kind of magical. (I would go into Paris but (1) I don't have plans with anyone, (2) I hate going out late and it's also cold! and (3) I should not spend the 7,90 to go into Paris without a good reason, at least not until I get paid.)

I'm realizing that my internet situation might be very precarious over the break. I emailed the guy in charge (you know, the one who said I'd have wifi this week) and he said that the internet would work during the break but I still don't have wifi so I'm a bit concerned. I'm hoping at the very least the internet in the teacher's lounge will work so I can sit outside and check stuff at least a little, but we'll see! At least I'm going to see Missa on Tuesday!

I really enjoyed my last class today! I had one class with Chantal that was kind of awkward, and then a class with a teacher I just met, and people had warned me she was kind of crazy and I saw it, and the kids were like 15 so they were already kind of resistant to being in class in general and the teacher totally mishandled them, but then my last class, which was the same teacher and the other half of the same group of 15/16 year olds as before, showed up and they were AMAZING. They listened and had questions and understood what I was saying and talked to me and it was such a nice way to end classes for until November 3rd!