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Things are Good.

29 Jan

You know that feeling when you’re just rockin?!  That’s how I’ve been feeling this week :) everything feels like its going well, and as cheesy as it sounds, i feel like singing that song from the Jefferson’s “Moving on Up” because that’s how everything feels right now.  I don’t realllllllly know how to explain it, and so since i’m at a loss for words, i’ll just tell you about all the nice things that have caused this glorious feeling.

#1. Monday was a nice Monday.

#2. I’ve figured out my schedule for this semester.  As a foreign student in France, this is a grueling process, so I am feeling overjoyed that  I’ve sorted it all out.  I’m taking History of Modern Art, History of Contemporary Art, History of Cinema 2, Translation (English-French and French-English), General and Comparative Literature: Intro to Foreign Literature, French Literature and American Literature. I think the reason it’s so refreshing is because now I know the shape of my days- I have a little bit of structure to work around now.

#3. I’ve been journaling a lot more lately…it might sound silly, but writing my thoughts down, even if at times it seems a little redundant, its really liberating.

#4. I have been incredibly productive. I posted a few days ago about how I had let my room become ridiculously messy- unorganized and filthy.  Well yesterday I fixed that problem. Actually, the whole day was productive. I had four hours of class that started at 8:15, squeezed in time for a coffee with Barbara, and then I went back to my room and did the most epic clean with Lady Gaga blaring (I think I went through the Fame Monster twice. I actually don’t know how I ever cleaned my room without her music to get me through it lol) and then went downtown and made a manicure appointment for today, which I followed with 3hr skype session at McDonalds (via le WiFi Gratuit) with my mom, my sister, and Emily. I went to Maire’s for a little while afterwards and then when I got home, around midnight, I rearranged the furniture in my room. ha! It was a good day.

#5. I’ve been branching out a little bit more. I’ve been forcing myself to go to the uncomfortable place that you have to go to in order to improve. In the French university education system, foreign students go through a “shopping period” each semester to choose their classes.  Because of this, by the time we get our schedules all figured out, generally the first class we attend is the second or third that the professor has conducted. It’s easy since its the beginning of the semester to just sort of ignore the things you’ve missed, but this semester I made a specific point to speak to each of my professors to introduce myself, figure out what I’ve missed, the books I’ll need, etc. Last semester my professors were all very intimidating, unfriendly figures, but this semester is the opposite!  Every professor was really kind and interested in where I am from and forthcoming with information. Yay, second semester professors!! :) And on top of that, I’ve chosen better, more interesting, classes.

#6. I’ve been feeling inspired. And happy. And in charge of my destiny and myself.

#7. Everything feels fresh.

#8. I washed all of my dirty dishes and I’ve purchased a few things lately that make my life easier.  A tray for example.  As mundane as it sounds, since I don’t have any sort of table to eat my food at (Damn you, CROUS housing!) my Provençal themed tray, which has an image of a Rooster and a sign displaying “fresh eggs,” is making my life happier.  As is my ikea bamboo, which is currently ill- not my fault- but I hope it will make a full recovery so it can do its job and help encourage a healthy and positive ambience to my room.

#9. The other day Barbara, Maire and I explored Leclerc.  This store happens to be the best hypermarché I have been to in my entire time in France. I love it. I love it so much that I will probably start going there to do the majority of my grocery shopping. That is how good it is.

#10. I made a delicious dinner…an interpretation of Bolognese, you could say.

#11. As I was cleaning my room, I found the almost empty tube of Chanel lotion that my mom left with me when she was in France.  It smells just like her <3

xxo

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itty bitty update

14 Aug

The smothering

Here is just a quick update, loves.  Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. the past few days.  I’ve been hella busy!

Today is the last day of my internship at the DAM & I’ll truly be sad to go.  I’ve enjoyed it so much!  And when I get home from work, my mom, my sister and I will get to work on finishing packing up all my shiz. Yikes. That is a scary thought.  My Uncle Jon lives in Wyoming & he was really nice and agreed to store some stuff for me but other than that, everything must go!

I finished my paper last night while my mom and sister were visiting my Aunt and Uncle and since I finished, I then had the lovely opportunity to see some friends from high school who are visiting Denver (woot Lauren & Melissa!).  I took GiGi with and met them at Stella’s and it was really fun- it’s seriously been so long since we’ve gotten together that I have no idea when the last time was that I saw them!

This morning we woke up bright and early at the hotel my mom & sister are staying at.  I drove to campus, printed and turned in my papers (relief) and then went to work.

Calla, Victoria and I went out for a “Last Day of Work” lunch at Maggianos and now I’m just finishing up some work before I leave for the day!

It is very likely that I wont post for the next several days since road trips and blogging don’t really go together ;)

Have a great weekend (I know I will)!

xxo

mmm, mmm, mmm. Park Burger Yumminess.

12 Aug

Yay!  My mom and sister arrived in Denver around 7 p.m. this evening and it was so nice to see them! They brought our precious poodle with too which was so nice because I’ve missed her so much.  The purpose of them driving out is to help me pack up and move back home before I leave for France in a few weeks.  There is so much to do it is scary!

For dinner, I took them to a little restaurant in the South Pearl St area (it is way past most of the cute shops & restaurants and is located closer to Evans) called Park Burger.  I’ve noticed it before and thought it looked really cute but this is the first time I’ve ever been, and let me tell you, it was delish!  Everything comes out of the kitchen in these functional wire baskets and there is a nice patio area too.

Also, HUGE PLUS, they are very dog friendly.  There were three or four dogs sitting on the other side of the fence of their owners tables.  I had the Park Burger Royal (carmelized onions, blue cheese, and bacon) on a wheat bun and I would highly recommend it if you like blue cheese.  They also have fun specialty burgers like the “Croque Burger” which is kind of like the lovechild between a Croque Madame and a Hamburger:

park_burger_croque

Big M & little m just dropped me off at my apartment and I’m now getting ready to write/finish my last paper for the summer class I’m taking.  My professor is accepting papers until Friday at 5pm but I just want to get it over with so I can start packing already because we are leaving Saturday morning. Yikes!

sidenote: I NEED TO GET RID OF MY BED. IF YOU CAN MOVE IT, YOU CAN HAVE IT!!!! ITS ONLY A YEAR OLD & STILL HAS ITS WARRANTY TOO! please let me know if you are interested. It must go.

Happy Wednesday! Friday will be here soonnnnn!

xxo

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