Saturday, June 30, 2007

On ending Coop and Writing goals

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It's sort of over. This pretty much just means that I am returning in about 10 days. I have really enjoyed my 6 months at my job. It's been a great experience and I am totally excited to stay on part-time! On Friday they held an impromptu ice cream party for me. I didn't even expect it and I am totally the kind of person that always figures stuff out like that, but this surprise caught me off-guard. I figured that they wouldn't do anything because I am staying part-time and so I am not really leaving the company until August. Coop ending means school is starting up again, Monday, in fact.

School: weird. It will be so awkward to be in classes, but I think I will have a blast these next 2 months. I mean I'm taking Living and Working Abroad and French. You couldn't even dream up a better semester for me. I had to do my first homework assignment for LWA and the assignment was to write my goals for living and working in France.

They ended up being this (abridged version):

  • Travel to visit friends and host families

  • Figure out is France is the place for me. I think it is, but that is still looking through my 15 year old lens and I am ready to see it through the wizened eyes of a 20 year old.

  • Find a co-op in France (preferably in the technology sector) and see if this is a country I might like working in.

  • Be more opened minded. I want to stop comparing it to my old experience. This will be a new year and it will be different.

  • Pass all my classes. I really want to be invited back for the 2nd year and so I am determined to get good grades! Note: In France I will have to take 10 classes in 6 months. Northeastern only counts the 4 best grades and so some students tend to focus on the 4 and just coast by in the others. Also, in France an "A" is a 18-20/20, which to most French students is very difficult. French professors do not hand out "A's" like candy.

  • I'm excited to go back. Monday is going to be great. I can't wait to see my French Professor.

    Also Edwin and Lana moved out today and that was so sad. I will be visiting them in a few weeks so it seems more like a vacation, but it's not. Lana goes to Argentina at the end of July and Edwin is living at her parents for 6 months. I will miss them both. A lot.

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    Sunday, June 17, 2007

    Where do the Days Go?

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    I find myself in the middle of June and I can barely believe it. Well, I actually know where the days go and they are sucked into the black hole of full-time employment. Which is O.K., but slightly depressing at the same time. Lana leaves in two weeks and that is very very sad. I won't see her for a long time. Edwin goes with her. I will be visiting mid-July, but we have lived together for practically 3 years! So sometimes it is hard to say, "bye", but I am so happy for her! She has her living arrangement in Buenos Aires confirmed and will be living with a Dutchman and a German girl along with the Argentinian family. Also she plans to hike the Inca trail which means Machu Picchu is in her future. I really want to go to South America, it needs to happen.

    I've been having weird back pain which has had me popping Advil and using a heating pad on a regular basis. To make matters more bizarre. .. I (gasp) have (more gasping) a cold! I never get sick. I rarely ever have a sniffle, but as of late the mucus in my sorry little nose has transformed into Niagara Falls. This is frustrating and I do not like being sick or the thought of being sick. I do not like carrying tissues. I do not like sneezing! I especially do not like being unable to breathe through my nose. No, this sickness will not do. It must go. Soon.

    My little Chelsey needs to visit me. I miss her. I want her to do something Harry Potter with me, but I will settle for her company. She is good. I like being around her, she makes me laugh. I go to Ohio in 2 weeks, which will make me very happy. Because I will see friends and family. This will be the last time I can visit them for potentially 2 years and that is somewhat terrifying. My cousin is now 5 years old. I helped my Aunt fill out her adoption papers and now our family seems like it would be incomplete without her. She is a little spark of light and I love that my Aunt was able to find her. Sometimes things work out so perfectly and that to me is especially amazing.

    Courtney will eventually come to visit me. I think she is planning on coming out here at the end of July. She is always fun to see the sights with and we always have a good time together. We might even go to NYC because Courtenious has not seen the Big Apple.

    Things are coming together (and inadvertently falling apart at the same time).  I have a little more than two months left in Boston.


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    Saturday, June 9, 2007

    My Day: Haiku

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    today: gray and long
    the Tomb: cake, drama, a tip
    O.13 is hot
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