All entries for December 2005
December 31, 2005
December 30, 2005
Photos are (finally!) uploaded – the best ones, at least – in gallery entitled "RUT xmas party"
Christmas was excellent and joyful, work is long and tiring but good fun, and Antony has gone home to Wales for New Year (boo!)
I go back to Paris on Monday, must start getting ready – birthdays (mum's today, Tom's tomorrow) and work tend to get in the way though! (oh, and I have to go shopping as I have Next vouchers to spend – what a shame!)
December 21, 2005
arrived at 12.28pm.
On a more positive note, my Christmas shopping is now finished! Hooray!!
December 20, 2005
One minute to go. Chances of delivery not looking good.
I went to Mark's 21st birthday party last night at Guesthouse West in Notting Hill (his uncle owns it and gave him the party with a free bar as his birthday present! How good is that?)
It was very swish and we had a very nice time – a mixture of people who didn't know each other (Mark introduced everyone about a million times, as he kept forgetting who he had introduced to who as he got more drunk) so the conversation was easy! Plus we had sushi and cake, and all the alcohol we could drink before 11pm. Amy was a bit worse for wear by the time we went home, I was quite tipsy but only as hyperactive as the people around me! Once I got home I was OK, although I'm not sure Antony was terribly happy about me phoning him at half past 12 and keeping him awake…! (Love you honey…)
I don't know what happened to Mark and the others (we left first, as we had to get the tube home) but Mark's friend James promised to look after him so I assume they had fun and got home alright…Mark if you read this let me know if you survived!!
(I know I promised photos of the RUT xmas party, but haven't had chance to upload them onto my computer yet – suffice to say it was a very good night…!)
I am waiting for a delivery. The parcel is my brother's christmas present. It is supposed to be delivered today a.m, which gives them 14 minutes to arrive with it before I start to get annoyed! It's a pain waiting for deliveries, because you feel like you can't do anything in case they turn up in the middle of it. And invariably they turn up either at the worst possible moment, or not at all so you're hanging around for nothing.
If it doesn't arrive I shall be VERY annoyed, and they shall hear of it. Oh yes. Grrr.
December 16, 2005
Last Friday night I decided to brave the karaoke bar with Tamara, Miguel, Anna, Dina, Paz and Bryan – much fun!
Miguel started the night off with a rousing rendition of 'I'm too sexy', complete with giant afro wig and sunglasses…
Anna sang "What's goin' on" (small girl, big voice!) and then Gillian and her boyfriend turned up just as I was singing "Please Mr. Postman" (yes, by myself – terrifying!)
Before we left we all sang, very badly (as is customary) Bohemian Rhapsody…oh dear! Very embarassing.
The weekend was very nice – Antony came to visit me! We went Christmas shopping in La Defense, and generally had a snuggly time.
On Sunday (after taking him to the airport) I went to see the new Harry Potter film at Les Halles – everyone else had seen it and I was desperate to! I enjoyed it apart from the very cheesy ending and some of the kids' acting.
I worked at St Germain on Monday (only 1 student this week – I worked with one of the teachers for the rest of the afternoon!) and at Antony on Tuesday, singing 'The 12 days of Christmas' numerous times starts to get tiring, I found! But it was interesting trying to explain Turtle Doves, and why the Hens are French, and what 'a-leaping' is! Tuesday was the last meeting of the year of the assistants (plus Julia's friend Karlo) at the Christmas market – lots of giggling and mulled wine drinking ensued! (although perhaps not in that order…)
I came home on Wednesday afternoon, and started work back at the Palace last night, just in time for the Christmas party tonight…! Pictures and stories to come… L xx
December 07, 2005
largely because I'm too lazy to bring my computer to the library most of the time! Plus I am very busy and important (!)
Sunday was really lovely – nearly all the assistants from the IUFM met up at Anna's place (a kind of 'foyer' – little apartments with a massive shared kitchen) for brunch after Julia, Tamara, Beatrice and I went to Auchan (the supermarket) to do the shopping. We (the assistants) haven't really met up all together since our training so it was good to see everyone. We had all sorts of croissants, fruit, yoghurt, cheese, coffee, ingredients for crèpes, bread, jam, meats, eggs, juices – a real feast! I made scrambled eggs, and Anna's (French) boyfriend took care of the crèpe mixture. Everyone had a great time, laughed, ate too much and sang various songs (I think the mulled wine might have had something to do with it…!) We plan to do it again in the new year, perhaps with an international theme, where everyone brings some food from their country of origin – Anna and I reckon fish and chips! Not really, probably Christmas pudding and mince pies.
Monday I had to work at St Germain – only 2 of my 7 students turned up, so it was a quiet afternoon! In the evening I went to choir (here at Nanterre) and it was nice to sing again, even though the French people's pronunciation of the English words leaves a lot to be desired ("Oveuh all zee erss but wun…")
Yesterday I was working at Antony which, as always, was delightful – the teacher Catherine used me as a bit of a Parrot, reading questions from the board to demonstrate intonation – and we talked about Harry Potter and J.K.Rowling. Afterwards I went to go to aquagym with Miguel and Elena, but the teacher didn't turn up so we couldn't go in. We then went to La Defense to meet some of the other assistants at the Christmas market for mulled wine and much talking and laughing :)
Today I have been Christmas shopping (top secret!) with Miguel, and bought my Eurostar tickets to come home (yay!) – I'll be back this time next week, and am returning to France on the 2nd of January in time to start work again on the 3rd (yuck!) May be going to the cinema this evening, more soon!
December 03, 2005
Disneyland was SO much fun – there were hardly any queues, too, so we did loads of things! I'll update some pictures into my galleries now, so take a look!
Found this in the book I've been reading by Kate Fox ('Watching the English' – highly recommend it) and thought it would be of interest to some (as tea is a staple for many students…), particularly Andy Inglis!!
Tea is still believed, by English people of all classes, to have miraculous properties. A cup of tea can cure, or at least significantly alleviate, almost all minor physical ailments and indispositions, from a headache to a scraped knee. Tea is also an essential remedy for all social and psychological ills, from a bruised ego to the trauma of a divorce or bereavement. This magical drink can be used equally effectively as a sedative or stimulant, to calm and soothe or to revive and invigorate. Whatever your mental or physical state, what you need is ‘a nice cup of tea’. Perhaps most importantly, tea-making is the perfect displacement activity: whenever the English feel awkward or uncomfortable in a social situation (that is, almost all of the time), they make tea. It’s a universal rule: when in doubt, put the kettle on. Visitors arrive; we have our usual difficulties over greeting protocol. We say, ‘I’ll just put the kettle on’. There is one of those uneasy lulls in the conversation, and we’ve run out of weather-speak. We say, ‘Now, who’d like more tea? I’ll just go and put the kettle on.’ A business meeting might involve having to talk about money. We postpone the uncomfortable bit by making sure everyone has tea. A bad accident – people are injured and in shock: tea is needed. ‘I’ll put the kettle on.’ World War Three breaks out – a nuclear attack is imminent. ‘I’ll put the kettle on.’ You get the idea. We are rather fond of tea. We are also very partial to toast. Toast is a breakfast staple, and an all-purpose, anytime comfort food. What tea alone does not cure, tea and toast surely will.
Today I have not gone out because I have a rotten cold – v sore throat and bunged-up head, yuck – but am hopefully going to the christmas market with various Germans later (!) Maybe mulled wine will cure my cold…
Having brunch with all the assistants tomorrow at Anna's place, so will update on Monday :)