Monday, January 24, 2011

Time...

So, I know it has been a while since my last post, sorry about that. But I guess time has just slipped away a little...

Which got me thinking. My perception of time seems to be really f***ed up right now (Sorry for the language :) ). I mean, on one hand, I try to live in the moment. And on this smaller scale, time seems to go by fairly slowly on a daily basis, but then all of a sudden, a week has gone by! And then a month! And a half-exchange!! And it bogles my mind every time I realize this. I'm sure anybody who is reading this is feeling the same way too. I guess this is the time of year in which things start to slow down a little, and we can finally try to organize our thoughts and take into account all that we have experienced in the past several months. I know in my case, I am shocked when I notice how much I have grown and come to love my life here. How much I have matured, but at the same time, how my hunger to learn and understand more of this country and its culture and language hasn't really changed at all since the beginning of my time here.

I guess I can partly attribute this to this past weekend. Do you remember in October, when I wrote about the AFS weekend? It was a blast; getting to see everybody else, hear about their experiences, and understand my progress really helped me out that first month. But in comparison to this weekend, this one was fantasmicalistic! Every one of us AFSers is friends, I would like to say. And everything was so much more integrated and personal this weekend. And although there were a couple people that I love who weren't there, it was great anyway. It was really a good time for us all to realize how great we are feeling at this point in our exchanges.

So yeah...

I guess I will move on from this topic. In other news, the French is going very well! I finished my first book in French, cause all the other ones for school I kinda only read halfway. It is called "On ne Badine pas avec l'Amour," by Alfred de Musset. It was actually pretty good... :) I am excited to read more.

What else...? Well, there is a village that is probably about 60m squared that is on the bus route to my house in Pressagny, and it is called "Les Fours à Chaux," which means the hot ovens. Yes. And my village is Presagny the Proud. I am pretty sure Pressagny doesn't really mean anything special. *Correction!! Chaux isn't the plural of "hot" as I thought it was... It is actually, according to google translate, whitewash and/or lime... Like a material to make your stove out of...?! Ok, why not. The whitewash ovens. Just as good, I'd say.*

I think I shall end this post here... All in all, I guess I am loving life right now, and I am super excited for all of the experiences to come!

Oh right! I am staying in Seconde.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

INEXPLICABLE HAPPINESS

This blog post shall be non-sequitur. PREPARE YOURSELVES.

So, I am just really really really happy lately. First of all, this week I have achieved a lot lot lot. I am testing Premiere, I have strengthened some relationships and started a few new ones, I have made some good decisions, I have met another exchange student at my school (FINALLY), and wow, I really can't describe. This is the happiest I have been since the beginning of my exchange. :O A state of tranquility and content and AWESOME. Aghhhhh wow. Happiness. Cool down, Carly, you can do it.

Ok, well, today was my first day of the test of Premiere. And I have to say, it went amazingly! The first period I was really awkward, but after the break in between the two hours, a guy walked up to me and said, "Hi, I am an exchange student from Mexico." :O:O:O:O:O YAY. He speaks English pretty much fluently, too, so he is basically trilingual. :| Whoa. Throughout the day I had a good time just kind of getting to know them all better, but that isn't all! In my advanced English class, I walked in to see the American assistant (have I talked about her before?) standing there. And apparently every Tuesday I get to see her for at least 20 minutes. :) Yay! And we are going to get together at a cafe tomorrow to talk about everything in general.

I ate lunch with Pia and her awesome friends XD and that was great, too. And now I am at home kind of just wallowing in the awesomeness that is my life... Bear with me please. I think I will snap out of this oddness quite soon. Hooray!

But really, that is all I can think about for now... Excuse me while I go die inside from the awesome.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

As I am sitting here in Pia's room with nothing productive to do (Scratch that, could be reading my French literature book that we have a test on next Tuesday...), I have decided that the best use of my time would be to write a blog entry. Hooray!
Well, actually a lot has happened since my last post. For starters, we celebrated the jour de l'an. I was with Pia and Manon, and we went to a fun party in Rouen, where Manon goes to university. After that we were all very tired...! But school doesn't stop for our fatigue, alas.
But it has been an exciting week, even though I have been SUPER TIRED. Monday was monday, and tuesday was tuesday, but today was particularly interesting. So, I talked to you all earlier about the fact that I might change to be in Premiere for a host of reasons, and today I stopped at the "woman who I was told to go go to"'s office to talk to her about it. I have to say it was a success; I understood everything she said and vice-versa, and I went all alone to top it off! (Small feeling of independence) And she pulled out my card report card to see if I would be fit to go up, and said all she has to do is ask my professors and she will get back to me by Monday about whether or not I can try it out. So basically, I am going to try it out for a week or so I think, and then I will decide whether I really should or not.
Only problem-- I will have classes on Saturday! :O
I would be in Premiere ES Anglais Renforcé. Hooray! Let's see how everything goes.

So wish me luck :)

I am meeting my half-way mark, and I am starting to get a little bit of Carpe Diem in my soul! I don't have my whole life here, I might as well make the most of it!!!

And the lady I talked to today gave me some good wisdom, "Janvier, c'est vraiment dure. Mais bon courage!" I thought this was really nice. I think she understands Vitamin-D levels at the peak of winter. Although they say February is worse here...

And Now I am here in Pia's room helping her with English homework. Hooray, and bonne nuit tout le monde!

-Carly