So much has happened this week that I am really enjoying a day to finally relax and sit and catch up on emails, blogs, etc that I missed this week while I was running around. To break it up into small chunks:
Tuesday: Fete de la Musique rehearsal in the morning. Afternoon teaching. Skipped out on surprise retirement party for Nice Directeur. Went to country music show, conplete with line dancing, a saloon, a rodeo (or something... didn't stay for that) and a concert. One of the funniest things I have ever seen in my life. Check out The Next Adventure for an idea of what it was like. And imagine it all happening on the grounds of a ruined 14th century gothic abbey. Awesome. Then had serious girl time with D, who is having problems with AP. They're kind of broken up, but she wants him back, but she's kind of angry... it's complicated.
Wednesday: Had lunch at the house of an English intervenant whose son lives in America with his family. Lunch took three hours, no joke. Then we went to visit some local sites: Septmonts, the outside of the ruined abbey at Longpont (it's only open for visits occasionally because it's privately owned), and the chateau of Francois 1 in Villers-Cotterets that is unfortunately in very bad condition (and also not open for visits while we were there). Met up with D afterwards for our usual Wednesday café chat. More problem solving.
Thursday: Taught all day. Ran around during lunch break doing errands (like buying food so I didn't starve). Ran to a bus stop a mile away because the bus doesn't stop in centre ville for the 1:30 drop off at school. Taught. Had an hour to prep for the Fete de la Musique. Did Fete de la Musique. Felt like a tool because I was dressed in concert black and white, like the directeur said, and no one else was. Kids sang really well, I was so proud of them! After they sang in English they presented me with flowers and a book about Picardie, signed by all my students and the teachers I work with. Had a big shindig for the retiring directeur. Two of my kids gave me flowers because I'm a special teacher to them. Could you just melt? Fete lasted until like 10, then we cleaned up, then we drank, and I got home at 11:30.
Friday: Parc Asterix with the CM2 from the same school. Was with a group of kids who didn't want to do all of the big rides, or basically any rides at all, which was disappointing for me, but whatever. They were happy to play on the playground all day. Came back to celebrate with D at a café. May have accidentally flirted with her ex-boyfriend who she is still friends with. Not sure if she cared or not. She didn't say anything about it and didn't seem to care, so I hope I didn't do something bad.
Today: slept in! Relaxed! Got more food so I don't starve! Did the soldes a little but didn't find anything I really liked. Continuing the celebration/D needs to get over AP tonight in Reims, to which one of her string of guy friends (this one is not an ex-boyfriend) who is also newly single invited himself.
What exactly are we celebrating? I might have gotten some good news yesterday.....
.... I'm renewed for next year!