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il y a deux ans…

2 Sep

August 29th, 2009 I boarded a plane to France from the Dulles Airport. And now it is September 2nd, 2011. Two years have gone by. I spent one of the most amazing years of my life in Rennes and made such incredible friends. I returned to the US and after a year of hard work, I graduated with honors from DU. And now I am embarking on a new and very scary adventure called “real life.”

How is it that so much time has passed and so many life-changing things have happened? I miss it so much. How do I go back? Take me there.

my summer so far.

10 Aug

(The title of this post is a rip-off from the movie My Life So Far [1999], which is excellent and if you haven’t seen it, you should.)

Whenever I’m with my family, i.e. living at home, I feel like we are so busy doing the most mundane things to keep life afloat that there is never a moment of relaxation or enough of a respite for me to crack out my blogging fingers. So forgive me for not posting more but I feel like my life has been rather boring yet intense since July 16th. However, now that that has been said, there have been a few exceptions to the monotony.

The biggest adventure that I’ve gone on since I last posted, was a trip to NYC. Sidenote: as a musical enthusiast and a lover of RENT, every time I hear the words “New York City” I feel compelled to follow them with, “center of the universe.” Needless to say, I think this got old pretty fast for those around me.  Anyway, my mom treated me with a trip to the Empire city as a belated 21st birthday present.  We went for a long weekend and had an amazing time.  We had already done most of the “touristy” sightseeing in Manhattan when we went as a family over Thanksgiving in 2001 (that isn’t a typo) so on this trip we just did fun stuff that we wanted to do!  We stayed at a very nice hotel on the Upper East Side that was complete with murals by Bemelmans and elevator operators!

We saw two musicals on Broadway- Promises, Promises (starring Sean Hayes and Kristen Chenoweth) and  A Little Night Music (starring Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch)- both of which were EXCELLENT (although Elaine Stritch did flub her lines a few times, but I’ll forgive her considering she’s 84). We explored a lot of great restaurants and also spent a good deal of time at The Met and The Frick Gallery, which is a MUST if you enjoy art, and we even had time to visit a friend in Brooklyn. We were so busy the whole time that we didn’t do any shopping (except in the museum gift shops). But of course no matter how long you’re there, it is never long enough.  I could really see myself living there though. It’s so full of energy and you can feel the excitement around you <3

Sadly, all good things come to an end.

When we came home it was back to reality and back to work.  I’ve been hoping that I can be transferred from the shop in Des Moines to the shop in Denver when I return to school and so I’ve been working really extra hard lately. I’ve sold three credit cards in a week, which is more than I had done all summer so hopefully that says something.

On a health note, it seems like the little things are never going right for me.  Remember my tonsil infection and severely sprained ankle? Right. Well add eye infection and fluid in ears to that list. Yep. I went to my doctor for a physical and came out with some hardcore anti-biotics to fight fluid in my ears that’s been hanging out there since a trip to España in février. Sweet.

My chiropractor wasn’t happy to hear that I was on anti-biotics. He’s worried about my flora. So I’m trying to eat extra yogurt and pro-biotics to make up for it.  Anyway, thanks to this fluid, I’m now getting cracked twice a week again. Ugh! That’s faux irritation though haha because to be honest I love going to the chiropractor. I just feel so fresh and aligned after I see him!

Did I mention that I just switched to Daily contacts? I’m super psyched about them too. No more cases, solution, or eye infections (hopefully!). I also had lenses put into the frames I purchased in Rennes. And I am in love with them.  Enough of these tangents though.

I can’t think of anything else important off the top of my head (although I’m sure there are tons of things I’ve meant to share but have already forgot about) so forgive me because this post is the abridged and rambling version of what my summer has actually been like.  Luckily there are still several weeks left before schools starts for me to make it up to you.
Have you ever been to nyc? If yes, did you love it or hate it? What was your experience? If no, what have you been up to this summer? Have you done anything fun to shake things up lately? I want to hear about it.
gros bisous.

Act Three, in which it all plays out the way she planned it.

3 Jun

note: although I’m just now posting this, I wrote it over a period of a few days. enjoy!

Location: CDG Airport, Paris, France

Time: Approximately 11am CEST (central european summer time), May 31st

Getting to CDG via the TGV from Rennes was a success.  I received a 4am wakeup call from Maire and by 5:15 I had checked out of my room.  I ended up with three bags in all, each of which teetered toward 50lbs.  I was the luckiest girl in the world though because Maire agreed to come with me to the airport.  And honestly, I don’t think there is any way I could have gotten here without her help- I am eternally indebted to her.

Now I’m at my gate and waiting for boarding to begin.  I’m going to be so tired by the time I make it to Des Moines.

Here is my itinerary:

6:10 Train leaves Rennes

9:14 Arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris

12:30 Leave CDG

2:40 Arrive in Washington DC (Dulles)

5:25 Leave Dulles

6:45 Arrive in Chicago O’Hare

8:40 Leave Chicago

10:15 Arrive in Des Moines

It might not seem so bad but consider that I had to wake up at 4am and there is a 7 hour time difference.  That equals 25 hours of travel time.  Eeek! Wish me luck!

Location: CDG, Paris, France

Time: Approximately 11:30 CEST, May 31st

A few minutes ago I was looking around for some place to charge my laptop and blog a little bit. I looked around for ages and finally found one plug that was at a workstation desk. A girl about my age was sitting there and she was visibly upset. I didn’t want to bother her because I could tell she had been crying and looked on the verge of starting again, but she made eye contact with me and asked if I wanted to sit at the desk. I told her I’d like to use the plug if she didn’t mind and she said that she was leaving and that I could sit there too. As she started to get her things together before walking away I offered a little kindness her way, paying if forward if you will. I simply smiled and told her that I hoped her day would get better and she turned to me to explain why she was upset. After a semester abroad she was returning home and was distraught about it.  I offered her some sympathy but didn’t tell her that I have been here for nearly a year.

Yes, I am sad to leave France, and in particular Bretagne.  It crushes me that I have no idea when I’ll be able to return to a place that was my home for so long and is so dear to my heart.  But despite all this I’m not in tears. I’m not crying.  I think that I’ve been here so long that I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I’m leaving.  In fact, I’m kind of nervous to go home.  I can’t wait to see my family, my new puppy and new house, but it’s been so long since I was on American soil that I’m afraid of the culture shock I’ll have when I return (I already hate the Americans I’ve encountered in the airport today). Maybe the tears will flow in few days when it’s finally settled in that I’m not in Rennes anymore.

Location: Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Time: Approximately 10pm  CST (central standard time), June 1st

There aren’t many similarities between life in Rennes and life in Des Moines.

Even rainstorms are different. The rain is a humid, summer rain unlike the cold, wet, thunderstorms that would ravage Bretagne. Fittingly, it’s down pouring in Des Moines right now.  Despite the difference, it’s making me think of Rennes.  The gentle yet firm and persistent drops accosting my windows are a perfect metaphor of my current emotional state even though I’m happy to be back.

Location: Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Time: 9:28 CST, June 2nd

I was totally jetlagged yesterday after traveling for 30 hours the day before and my mom had to work so I just hung out all day in my pajamas with little LuLu.  I was really tired but couldn’t really fall asleep and the one time my eyes did shut, my sister called and woke me up.  Having nothing to do is a funny feeling. Anyway, after my mom came home from work we drove to the Verizon store and reactivated my phone (yes!), went to dinner at Nick’s Grill, and then I drove home. Driving a car again was really strange after so long outside of the driver’s seat- hell, out of any seat! The whole time I was in France I was only in two cars! One being the car that my mom rented and the other when a friend drove a few of us on a brief ride into the center.  Today I’m meeting up with my mom for lunch and I’ll be driving the mini! I’m not too worried because I know driving a stick is like riding a bike, but at the same time I’m a little bit excited and nervous for it.  It’s funny how mundane things can seem so exciting and new again after a prolonged hiatus.

That’s all for now, more later I promise <3


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