Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Just call me pénible.

So I'm trying to plan a lesson for my 6eme kids about St. Patrick's Day...which I don't really give a hoot about because I don't like green that much...and all I can think about is how annoying I've been lately. It's super beautiful outside. Feels like springtime! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, I'm wearing a tank-top, I ate a cheeseburger today, and Alicia Keys is blasting through my headphones! Yet all I can think about is my recent behavior. I keep hanging around school all the time because I'm bored, and simply because I love going to school. It's no secret that I love the lycee kids, and I love hanging out with my new sister. I'm sure everyone thinks I'm insane because I'm always at school...hanging around with nothing to do, but maybe they'd all understand where I'm coming from if they knew how I felt. The truth is that I feel incredible sadness when I think about leaving this place, and I guess I just want to hold on for dear life. The only thing is that it makes me look like a pest...and no one wants to be a pest...not even me. I'm also frightened because I just know that when I do go home, I'm not going to be the same person. I'm going to be a depressing person to be around because I guess I've fallen in love with my life here. To make me leave is going to make me into a person that I don't want to be...and that I wouldn't want to be around. It's like I'm driving through the country-side and it's really beautiful, but I know that it's going to end in a terrible car accident. It sucks. I know this is depressing, but I hardly ever write depressing things...and I just want to be honest I guess.

Anyway to change the subject, and to cheer us all up...in honor of St. Patrick's Day, here is one of my favorite clips...

"I wanna know where da gold at."

On a happier note, I had an excellent week-end! Friday I was super tired because, to be brief, I may have gotten myself into a little trouble on Thursday night. So I went grocery shopping with Bob, and took several nice naps. Slept in on Saturday, wanted to stay in bed, but I'm glad I went to the market because I ran into Christine and her son. He's a smart kid because he invited me to his birthday party which was on Sunday. But before that I had to get him a gift, so I walked to Carrefour with Mafer and Bob...we had a lot of fun picking out the perfect gift for him. It took half an hour of bickering over whether the insect book was better quality than the dinosaur book, until I finally made a decision. Dinner time was quickly approaching so we headed home because Bob and I were invited to dinner at his Christine's house...her name is actually Sylvia...very nice lady...and her husband's cool too. We had champagne and foie gras and paella and good wine and mouth-watering dessert. I was so full afterwards, but it was wonderful really. We laughed a lot, ate a lot...that's another thing I'll really miss about France...the meals are beyond good and it's not just because of the food. You really get to take your time to laugh with and talk to people. Sometimes this lasts from 7pm until 1 in the morning, but I just adore it...it's meaningful. Sunday morning, after some "daylight savings confusion about the time" issues I was having...I made it to Christine's for the birthday lunch which lasted from noon until 6:30 I think. I had a lot of fun though because I love her family so much. The kids seemed to be happy with their gifts, and we had a fabulous meal prepared by someone, but I forget who (just kidding darling)...we went for a walk/run after lunch until Christine's daughter finally learned how to ride her bike without training wheels!! Woo! Champagne and Chocolate and banana cake with sprinkles followed along with an hour of playing doctor with the kids...I'm a really good patient ;) It was the kind of Sunday we can only read about in books...ideal. The only way it could have been better is if Jeff Goldblum had dropped in for gouter...

for us to be together...


Last night was also exceptional. I was invited to yet another dinner along with Bob and Billy. This time at a retired English couple's house. Michael and Denise have been living in Brioude for a little while I think, and their home is so perfect...cool and trendy artwork hanging on the walls, modern furniture which was surprisingly comfortable, and a lovely veranda with a good view. However lovely, the best part about Michael and Denise's house is Michael and Denise, but especially Denise. She's a woman after my own heart...super down-to-earth and the most fabulous 63 year old woman I've ever met. We had lots of funny and intense conversations for only having just met...but I love when you unexpectedly feel a connection with someone like that...anyway she's just what I needed last night...also she never let my wine glass run empty.

Anyway we kind of looked like this...

 In between having fun with my new friend, Denise, we had gumbo which Billy made for us...really delicious and nice and spicy...kind of tasted like home. We had two chocolate desserts served with Billy's suprise to me...Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough Ice Cream!!! Was so good!! It was one of the best nights I've had in Brioude...ever. Anyway I think they want to keep me around...I'm going back next Tuesday and they want me to cook this time...I'll let you know if I burn the quiches or not...but luckily Denise is making the pastry.

Well until next time I guess...
Love, Coco