Saturday, August 29, 2009
I woke up to my family singing Bonne Anniversair outside my tent. Its a tradition of my family to cook whatever the birthday gal/guy wants. I wanted chicken fingers. we searched for chicken fingers. Super markets dont carry chicken fingers... so instead, we bought cheese and turkey patties. they wernt bad at all. my sister got me a cd which she wrapped in crépes. and my family got me a necklace and two t shirts form britagne. The campsite neighbors baked me a lemon cake and sang happy birthday to me in what i think was english ;) it was a good time.
it was great... i had a tent to myself... one that set itself up! our camp site was rite on the ocean, if it wernt for a very thick hedge between us it would have been very easy to fall off the cliff into the waves. The dangerous animals from before: snakes.... vipers to be exact. i didnt see or hear anything tho. I did see jellyfish, star fish, and crabs. we went diving for shells that we were going to eat but we didnt have the chance to cook them in time. I tried some very strange foods: raw oysters, giant shrimp things, a spaggetti- chicken- salsa dish. I got to make a crépe... it turned out pretty bad. way more crunchy than the proffesionally made ones. Europe has the best hand dipped ice cream i could ever imagine! beyond your wildest dreams lies europes ice cream. I went to a Fest Noz party thing. it was a very interesting version on line dancing. thats the closest i can describe it... youtube it. The pizza is pretty crummy. when you order a pizza here they bring you an entire 12 slice pizza... WAY too much for one person... but they finish it.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
it is taking me about seven times as long to type this post because french keboards are very screwed up. the a and q are switched as are the z and the w. any way... my family is wonderful. they are doing wonderful job of being patient with me. already i have learned some french. tonight we leave for france to camp. my host parents just finished explaining dangerous animals that live there also. it will be a good time.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Last night, me and my two very best friends stayed up til 5 watching the meteor shower. It was a good way to say goodbye. The one girl had to go to band practice so she left super early, well, 8. But still. So Kass and I hung out til noon. Then I was going for the quick-like-a-band-aid theory. but it failed. we said goodbye for about 45 minutes. Now I'm all alone. I won't have my cell phone in only 12 more hours. Its a bitter sweet feeling. :)
I'll be flying away tomorrow morning! :)) I'm super excited. It feels like it isn't really happening, like I'll snap out of a day dream and go "ha! ya right. me fly to Europe by myself. thats funny" but its all coming together (Praise God!) I'm packed, My room is Jakes, and I need to shower but I don't actually have enough clothes unpacked to last me until I arrive at my first home. This will be an interesting 2 days.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
We had my going away party on Sunday. It wasn't as sad as I thought it would be. Lots of people asked me over and over if I was excited. My answer: So Far. Everyday I get closer to leaving. My excitement levels are going down and my nervous levels are going up. I know its just nerves. I'm realizing that I won't see my baby cousin for a year, won't play gaga with the cousins and friends, I won't go to the Dairy Bar, won't be in church for an entire year. Its not that I'm sad to go to Belgium, I'm sad to leave America..... Anyway, my party was great. Nobody needed stitches and the food was pretty stinkin good. Right before my Uncle Bob blessed to food I realized how many people were there. Quite a few (like 150). I know some of them just came for my moms cooking but some of them came to see me one last time. It gives you a warm fuzzy feeling on the inside.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
We sold hot dogs and pop at the local IGA today. I don't think it was as successful as I wanted it to be since the weather was pretty crummy. But hey, its a 100 or so that I don't have to come up with anymore. Today is Saturday. I leave Friday morning. Its really starting to get to my mom. She almost woke me up this morning because she was crying. I'm glad she didn't. I can see how this year will be difficult for her. Sometimes I'm the only sane one she can speak to around here :P My visa still hasn't come in. Mom has been freaking out since June about it. I've brushed it off saying "it'll come". Now it has 6 days to get here before I leave. If it doesn't come, all of us heading to Belgium just pretend to be tourist for a few days until it does come. But I'm not sure how this is going to work with me leaving for France almost as soon as I get to Belgium. I'm praying a little bit harder for it.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I only have 10 more days until I leave. Everyone is acting all depressed and sad around me. I catch people looking at me with sad faces and people keep saying we'll miss you and things like that. It's like "guys... I'll be back! it's not like I'm terminally ill and you won't see me this side of heaven ever again!" I think my family is more scared for this next year than I am. You would think that I'd be the one going "oh my! I don't know the language! I'll be all alone! I won't know anybody at first!" and my friends and family would reply "you'll be fine, you'll catch on, and it's only a year" But no. It's the other way around. I will definitely miss everyone, but it is only a year. I will be back! (*sigh*) I guess I should look at it in a positive light: I will be missed :) awwww. thanks guys ;) Love ya too.