Back in the Saddle
I made it through the first day of the English camp. Usually I love and adore the kids, but today felt a little like work during some parts. You can't win 'em all, I know. I've been feeling down lately...nothing too serious but a general lack of feeling good. One thing I did finally admit to myself is that I Hate This Climate. If there is anything that will drive me from France, or at least the Ile-de-France area, it will be the weather. Seriously, since returning from vacation I have scarcely seen the sky and/or sun, and I don't think I can stand it very much longer. How do the natives cope? Are they just used to it? What do they do? This makes me more homesick than ever for the rolling hills and blue, blue skies of Virginia.
I am very much into the process of trying to enjoy the moment. It is taking some effort, but I am determined to suppress the whiner who is, as we all know, buried deep down inside of me. The excitement of France has faded and the worries of "Will I ever have a career/house with a yard/friends here?" have started surfacing more often than I would like. I'm trying to push those aside and just enjoy my marriage and friends. I also need to force myself to get out and join a club or sign up for random lessons in order to socialize and learn some new thing. I don't want to stagnate but I don't think I've moved forward personally since I started working all the crazy hours. I will get up off of my sorry butt and do something or start something, and I will just have to suck up the cost. Any ideas? I'm willing to listen. This weekend I have a friend visiting and I think it will be great for me...she's an enthusiastic person by nature and it will be fun discovering the area with her.
My teaching blog may come out of dormancy soon, so if you have any ideas or advice, please send it my way!
Monday, August 28, 2006
Back in the Saddle
Posted by Pardon My French at 6:10 PM