Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Obama! Obama! Obama!

I'm so happy. I know there are still issues with uniting the party, what to do with Hillary, etc., but I am so glad he finally clinched the nomination. I called it back in 2006 when he won his Senate seat, I said that he would be a great president and man I hope I end up being right in another few months. Yay!

It's been a busy week so far. I was finally invited over for dinner on Monday night by someone who isn't my conseillère pedagogique (she's an intervenant d'anglais), which was really nice of her. Had some yummy home cooked food and got to watch TV for the first time since I got back from the US. Unfortunately it lasted way longer than I thought it was going to, and I didn't get home until pretty late, and then had to wake up super early in the morning to go to the aquarium! The field trip was fun, I had a good time hanging out with my kiddies. Unfortunately the aquarium was dissapointing for me, it's nowhere near as good as the Boston and Chicago aquariums. They didn't have very much of anything, not even normal fish, not to mention sharks and whales. They did have sea lions though, and I appreciated seeing a home town (errr, country) buddy. I also didn't find the explanations to be very well done, most of the time I still wondered what the heck I was looking at (labelled in English and French, mind you). Because we were super late getting up to Boulogne-sur-Mer we spent hardly any time at the beach, but the time we spent there was really nice, the sun actually came out for a few minutes! Overall, a good day.

Except for the whole seven hours on a bus with screaming children part. Obviously they couldn't help it, but really, that last hour before we got back was pretty ridiculous, and none of us had the desire to lay down the law. I was soooo happy to get back to some peace and quiet... at 10 PM. It was an extremely long day. I'm so glad this week that we have Wednesdays off!

Another note: why couldn't I have been invited for dinner and on field trips earlier in the year? Why didn't D and I become friends earlier? It's really fun now to go on trips and hang out with real Frenchies, but back in the fall when I was miserable it would have meant so much to me and really made a difference. At this point in time it's nice, and it makes me feel like I'm finally integrating into life here, but I can't help having the "why didn't this happen earlier?" feeling.


shannon said...

It sucks that all the good friendships are established near the end... the same happened for us in Chauny. But just look at it this way, if you go back, you have a great place to pick up from. You won't have to worry about going back and trying to make all new friends.

Andromeda said...

It really does take that much time I think for people to warm up here. And it's warm outside, so people are generally happier and more relaxed. You are so lucky though, field trips! When one class went to the stadium (ok, so not like, a super cool trip or anything) last week, instead of an invite, I got "We don't have English Friday!!" repeated to me in gleeful tones by almost every single kid. Thanks mes chères, I love ya too, lol.

nicole said...

I TOTALLY GET THAT! My latest status messages have all said something to this effect. I guess better late than never, but man it makes France so much better!

Au Soleil Levant said...

So I guess this is a universal issue! Maybe it's the infamous idea that it takes the Frenchies a while to warm up to someone they haven't known since lycée... But like you said Nicole, it makes France soooo much better!

Andromeda, along those same lines I always noticed that once the weather got nice all of these attractive people suddenly appeared out of nowhere at my college... like there's some kind of secret Attractive Person Hibernation Layer that I wish I knew about!

Monique said...

You wouldn't have been very happy if you were trying to kick ass on Jeopardy and 3 minutes into the game, some huge news bulletin came on saying there was big news: A black man will be running for president for the first time in history.

Big deal, everyone already knows that. Just let me watch tv!! haha

Au Soleil Levant said...

I miss Jeopardy! But I love Barak. I probably would still have been juming up and down and screaming for joy :) And if they didn't turn Jeopardy back on for the final question, then I would have gotten mad.

Monique said...

THEY DIDN'T!!! I missed the final. The news report took like an hour, of just the same thing over and over.

Don't get me wrong, it's exciting, but couldn't it have waited for the 8:00 news?! haha, not 7:03!!! Jerks. (I live for the final Jeopardy)