sunshine_queen: Tricia being fierce, as always. (Irina- btw- _ladydisdain)
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, [livejournal.com 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.
sunshine_queen: Tricia being fierce, as always. (GG- Paris bitter tv- wingofsilence)
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.

- EXCITING THINGS COUNTDOWN:

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!!!)
BIRTHDAY
CHRISTMAS

:D :D :D
sunshine_queen: Tricia being fierce, as always. (Caprica- betrayed- iconorrhea)
Honesty time: I might actually have to go home due to the money situation. Ugh, so much stress.

(Yesterday was pretty good- I got a french phone with like, an hour of talk time for two weeks and unlimited texting with french phones, and I went around Sacre Coeur again and then down to Hotel de Ville and inadvertently saw a lot of Paris due to getting lost with two girls, and today we're going to the Louvre, which is free, but omg. I keep dreaming about being at home and waking up so disoriented and it's awful and I'm so stressed about the money and uuuuugh.) Orientation is on Wednesday for my group but I'm going to try to get to my school Monday to be all "C'EST MOI, AVEZ VOUS DE LOGEMENT POUR MOI" (It's me, do you have housing for me) and see what happens. Stressssssss.
sunshine_queen: Tricia being fierce, as always. (BSG- last supper-  lastgleamings)
First things first: D*C POST IS COMING. Legit. I do want to write one, I'm just terrible at doing things. If you can't wait that long, I highly recommend what [livejournal.com profile] nicole_anell has up- she actually remembers details from panels, it turns out, and is already more detailed than my entire post will be. (I think my post will wind up being like, a list of things I loved, some pics, and some gifs illustrating how I felt at any given moment.)

Secondly: I have a date of departure! On September 29th I will be flying off to France. This knowledge essentially wants to make me throw up. Like, I know that this is the epitome of #firstworldproblems, and I fully acknowledge how ridiculous I am being, because I keep crying about it like people are sending me to a penal colony in the 1800s. THIS IS NOT A PUNISHMENT, SELF. YOU'VE WANTED THIS FOR YEARS. (I did this exact thing before I went away to school, so I know that I am capable of overcoming my absurd emotions, but for right now, it is highly unpleasant. When buying plane tickets makes your entire body numb with terror, you are unhinged. Take note.)

Thirdly: I did so well with the last fic meme (ALMOST 6000 WORDS IN TWO DAYS, WHO EVEN WAS I?!) I would like to try another! Taken from [livejournal.com profile] geekbynight:

Pick one of my icons and I'll write you a ficlet based on said icon. If you choose a stock/text only icon, feel free to choose a fandom or characters you think I might know.
sunshine_queen: Tricia being fierce, as always. (Cersei- fierce- tea_and_bananas)
1. OMG YOU GUYS TWO DAYS UNTIL D*C. I CAN'T EVEN BREATHE SOMETIMES FROM EXCITEMENT/NERVES.

2. I spent Irene in DC with Monica and Justin and their friends and where we were, it was like a glorified thunderstorm. Hearing about all the destruction it wreaked is kind of stunning compared to our experience- we had Monica's bridal shower, and then we had food delivered to her friend's house, where the power flickered three times but only went out once, and drove home with nary a problem. My flight wasn't delayed or anything!

3. Also it's three and a half weeks until Monica's wedding, which means it's about a month until I have to be in France and it makes me kind of want to throw up and panic and cry about why in God's name would I want to do this to myself and why would I say I wanted to live so far away and who does that, but then I calm down and it's exciting. I had my visa appointment and everything was okay!

4. Started watching and reading Game of Thrones! I have one episode left of the series and I'm about a fourth of the way through the book. Somehow this show grabbed both of my parents' attention, and in an unprecedented move, both of them are watching. It's not so weird for my mom- we watch a lot of the same shows, and she oftentimes watches shows after I recommend them except BSG because she's made of fail but my father has literally never watched a TV series. He watches the news, sporting events, history specials on wars and shows about cars, and suddenly he's watching GoT on demand all on his own. And then coming out to talk to me about it! It's amazing.

5. DRAGON*CON. WHAT TIME IS EVERYONE ARRIVING. WHAT IS EVERYONE PACKING. WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU'D RECOMMEND I BRING? WHO IS EXCITED?!
sunshine_queen: Tricia being fierce, as always. (Maryann- female- cigarsgalore)
Forming A Healthy Relationship
By Mike Kellerman and Julianna Cox
This dynamic couple offers valuable advice to anyone seeking to make a relationship work. Cox and Kellerman's three-step plan--1. Always Fuck Drunk; 2. Never Say What You Mean; and 3. Be Cruel at Random and Unforeseen Moments--is nothing short of genius.


In other news, I started watching the seasons of Homicide: Life on the Streets because it has my boo Michelle Forbes in it, and I love it. I mean, it's a crime procedural, but when you cut your teeth on SVU, regular police procedurals are like nothing, and Michelle Forbes is charming and jaunty and delightful and I love her. This also has the sad reality of me wanting fic THAT I CAN'T FIND. I mean, I get it, it's the season I'm watching aired from 1996-1997 (and they look it, it's hilarious!) But I want fic, forever, because so far in their relationship they're just cute and flirty and btw I love them? I don't know. The West Wing is no where near as pleasant, because right now they're undergoing a Pegasus/Mercy West situation, but unlike on BSG I'm firmly on one side so it's just unpleasant. JOHN GOODMAN WHY DO YOU HAVE A DOG IN THE OVAL OFFICE? THAT, SIR, IS UNTOWARD.

Also Zoey's missing, that's not good, and, more importantly, SOMEONE INSULTED LEO MCGARRY, AND THAT CANNOT STAND. I LOVE HIM BEST.

Nothing else too exciting going on! Sent in some documents so that I could be legally employed in France with some terrible passport photos and that's cool, but until July or so I won't know anything concrete. Anxiety mustache!

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