So crazy I just had to post. Today I've had two Whedonverse moments that have been bittersweet. One) Randomly caught Glenn Quinn on Roseanne which really made my heart hurt. He was so earnest and sweet. Two) Kristine Sutherland is shilling for Advil. Just brought me right back to my real fandom. le sigh. Did you know she has quite a pronounced lisp when she speaks? How is it possible that I missed that through all the eps?
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I'm waving at all of you who still have me on your friends list. I've been pretty much incommunicado for ages, obviously but things are going well. Work is fine. I've been on vacation for almost 2 weeks after a truly challenging first quarter of my third year of teaching. I've been writing a bunch lately--a romance novel of all things. But it's fun and keeping my brain creative. Reading all the smut around here's gotta be good for something, right? I've been enjoying Lost and seeing Dommie on tv every week. Yesterday I bought a new used car ('94 Honda Accord LX Coupe) after all kinds of adventures with the Neon (if anyone is ever thinking about buying a Dodge Neon DON'T!!!!) And today I got free plane tickets to Anaheim for watching a presentation on timeshares. So that's me currently. I'm hoping you're all well and happy and the hurricanes and volcanoes haven't got you down.
Anyhoo. Back to your regularly scheduled friends list.
Back in the grande ville found myself an internet café and time for a quick update.
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Things are going pretty well. Best so far: last night dinner at il Pescatore, my old stomping grounds in college and then the movies with the group. We saw Spiderman 2 which was really fun. I was amazed at how much I liked it, much more than the first. Tobey Mqguire brings a nice pathos to the role. Also a boat trip up the canal St Martin to la Villette. Very fascinating. Built by Napoleon to bring water to the city and to make it possible to continue to bring boats to the Seine. Amazing.
Least favorite so far: the group dynamic which has gotten really stong since the homestay. The kids are sensing their autonomy a bit more than I might like as in wandering off without telling me where they're going. This I like not so much. But I can't really complain when I know how some of the other groups have been going. And the overall set-up of the stage of photography has been really not so great. Too much organization in the wrong direction and not enough in the right. As per example, 3 phone calls to me regarding purchasing the kids' métro passes but no clear picture of the schedule until yesterday. And even then way too many questions and not enough info to me. Blech.
Otherwise, I'm in Paris and who can bitch about that? Well, me obviously!!!!
Love to everyone.
OK je suis là!
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Things are going really well except for this infernal French keyboard--things they never teach you in French class!! So I apologize in advance for the wacky typos:
There's so much to tell I'm not sure where to begin.
The training went very well: Of course they spent most of the time terrifying us qbout qll the things thqt cqn go zrong qnd really nothing does: the kids qre selfsufficient qnd bright (notice the a and the q qre in the wrong place) and theyùre all interested in takin gcare of each other: so far so good: the program gives us so much money i cant spend it all even with eating every meal out and doing all the fun things we can. so I'm here in the 10th arrondisement which is really sympa. very residential where ourhotel is and people are so friendly. i dont think i've ever been so comfortqble in Paris. I feel like I'm home. We're living in a sweet little hotel owned by two fabulous gay men who have taken me under their wing: It's like being in my own little neighborhood--better becuase every morning i have baguette; pain au chocolat; et cafe creme just like that. there's a funny breakfast room and the place is full of characteres. I really love it.
We arrived Wednesday ,orning after hqving flown all night. Got to our hotel vers 12 so I gave the kids time to shower then the owner of the hotel took us across the street to the cafe there and we all had lunch: unfortunately two of the girls got sick i,,ediately; one becuse she hadn't really eaten all day or slept all night (me either but you didnùt see me throwing up!) the other i don't really understand--probqbly stress but it freaked me out I tell you! So I kind of had to punt and do so,e other things than I had planned: but everything worked out really well: isen tthe kids out on a scavenger hunt to find post cards qnd stamps; a post office; things like that. they're really so excited and into things. i find ,y self doing the team buidling things that ze learnezd about in our training with almost no irony and that's pretty cool. so our first day was hard but yesterday was awesome.
We got up had a meeting with the photographer who will work with the kids for the last week once we return from Alès then we went out to the Arc de Triomphe and climbed the whole thing! It's such a beautiful view: Rreally incroyqble: I had the kids navigate which was an adventture all on its own: Then we walked the Chqmps Elysees to a métro further east and took it to the Louvre: Wandered around there for an hour or two then walked across the Seine into the 6th and walked the kids through to the 5th where I took them to la Huchette a pededtrian zone full of north Africqn restos so we ate a real couscous: then we took a bateau mouche to the tour eiffel and went up to the top: Amazing: Really qnd truly: I'm so happy right now. Really this is exceeding my expectations by so much:
So today I sent the kids off to the musee d'orsay--i'll go when we get back: i just wanted to check email and have some solo time. tonight we're going to go to Sacré Coeur and find a cqfé for dessert then we catch a very early train for the south: Alès is very near Nimes in Provence so it zill be hot and sunny and dry-- I think:
Now I'm hungry and will grab a sandwhich and some incredible pastry for lunch--I expect the kids back around 2 and it's already one. Katie!!!!! If you read this I',, be in Ales for two and a half weeks at the house of Therese Gaulthier, 988 avenue des Maladreries, 30100 Alès telephone is 33 0 4 66 34 39 02 and i have a mobile myself number is 06 78 20 11 54. It's free for me to receive calls--obviously you have to apy but I won't. ANyone can call me if you so desire too. I come bqck to Paris the 19th and a, at the hotel gilden magenta (telephone 01 42 40 17 72) until the 28th when I return to the States:
Love to everyone qnd please feel free to email. It mqy take a few days for ,e to get it using internet cafes but I will:
And just to make the day brighter, one of my students came into the room and announced there was a prOn rag in the courtyard. It's lovely to start the day knowing that somebody was leaning up against the wall of our school this weekend and jerking off to "Boobs boobs boobs" or whatever it was.
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OK. I just need to know if this is beyond wierd. 'Cause it seems a little strange to me but it's too late to do anything about it. Here it is: this past weekend I met this really cool woman, the sister of a friend of mine. She's recently relocated from Chico to Portland and is living with her sister and working for a wireless company. I liked her and I kept looking at her thinking, "Hmmm Rob?" And here's the crazy. I asked her if she was dating anyone; she said no; I got her email and this morning I gave it to Rob. So is that crazy? This guy I've been, man, I don't even know how to describe how I feel about him anymore or what I think of our relationship, but he's been in my heart and now I'm setting him up? Is that insane? Or is it moving on?
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Seen and ganked chez rubyluna
. I especially like the "booming grunt." 'Cause yeah that's me. I boom and I grunt. And I'm almost done with my second year of teaching and that's just cause for booming and grunting. Damn straight.
Sure hope everybuggy's doing all right as June slides by. I've been hiding under that rock called school and dealing with the stolen (and quickly returned) car. Stupid car. And trying to get all my canards in a row before I leave for France. Squirelly canards they are not easy to line up. For now I'm off to the land of Nod. Sweet dreams, you sweeties you.
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Well ok. Not really. But I almost did--on the telephone!
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Here's the sad story. Last night, around 10:15, while watching the continuing marathon of Farscape brought to me by the letters Green and cine, I had a call from callsigns who said to me, "Guess where I am?" After no effort at all on my part, she told me she was in line waiting to get an autograph from Dom! At Best Buy in LA! Oh my god! I nearly died. Right there in my bed on the phone. Well, at least she could call 911 for me. From LA. I digress.
So I freaked out. I mean it. The thought of Jessa getting an autograph for me from Dom was apparently almost more than I could handle, but I kept my cool. Except, of course, for the panting and screaming. And then she said, "When I get up there, I'll see if he'll talk to you on the phone." And then I think I passed out for a few minutes because all I can remember of the next few minutes is my brain saying, in Dom's voice, "Hello, Julia." Over and over. (I know you can imagine it too. Lovely.)
After some more silly fangrrling on the phone (trying to figure out what he could sign for me), I finally said I had to go to bed because I am a teacher for godsake and I have to get up early and mold the brains of our precious future leaders or something like that. So Jessa said she'd call me when she was entering the store, and I tried to sleep, but all I could do was lie there thinking about what the hell do you say to a freakin' movie star on the phone?
And then the phone rang again and it was Jessa and it was 12:14. She told me that she had to let me talk to Jen, a linemate, who'd just seen Dom and had had a calendar full of photos of the hobbitsnorli for him to sign and when he'd come to a shot of him and Billy, he'd sighed *sighed* sighed!!! and said, "I love Billy." And then he told her he was going to see Billy in three weeks for something or other. See!!! Their loveissorealandtrueandbeautifulandtrueandreal. Yes it is! And complete and total stranger Jen and I squeeed (are there 3 "e"s in squeeed?) for a couple of minutes, and then we hung up again. So I tried to sleep some more, but all I could think of was Dom and me on the phone and how I couldn't believe that he was actually speaking to me.
And then the phone rang again--it was now 1:17 in the morning. And Jessa said, "They closed the store. It's over." And I couldn't believe it. Really. So disappointed and kind of relieved and mostly just devastated. I finally went to sleep and dreamt all night about Dom and Billy and not talking to them on the phone.
So there's my story. Sad but true. I know someday it'll happen. I'll be standing in a Starbucks, ordering my grande nonfat soy almond latte when I'll hear the Mancunian tones of one Dominic Monaghan saying, "Hello Julia," and life will be good.
I'm not sure why I feel so reticent about updating. I've been staring at the update screen for, like, 10 minutes, after reading some of my flist for practically the first time in weeks. I have too many posts from communities and not enough from the people I care about. I feel out of the loop and out of sorts. So, of course, what better to do than to spam all y'all?
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Life's been insanely busy. Josh's wedding was phenomenal (the dress that lordshiva made for me was so beautiful; I felt like a princess). My singing went really well. Josh and Jenn were thrilled with how it went. It was awesome to spend time with my supercool cousin Karl who has a gig writing for Dead Like Me (if you have Showtime, he's Karl Gajdusek the writer for ep 4 and then two or three more after that and is credited as the story editor for all the other eps--yes I'm bragging and yes I'm proud. Ooh, and a tiny bit envious but mostly just really excited for him). The ceremony was beautiful; the dinner was so delicious; and the party was fun fun fun. I felt like royalty. All evening people were buying me drinks and congratulating me. It was wonderful. I can only hope someday my own wedding will be as perfect as his was.
School's been nutty as we run downhill to the end of the year faster than our little legs can carry us. Tuesday is the final meeting for my Continuing Teaching License class. Thank god! Wednesday, I'm taking my French classes to the museum and Thursday we're going to a little bistro so they can actually try escargots. Friday, I take my Ambassadors to southern Oregon to the camp we went to in January to do some community service with other folks affiliated with the camp. I can hardly believe that I'm almost at the end of my second year of teaching and I still love my job.
I find out tomorrow where in France I'll be this summer--finally. And I found out Friday that I got a four week gig there so I won't have to miss as much work as I thought I would. Quite a relief actually.
My car was stolen last Wednesday (yeah while we were all watching the end of Angel some asshole was stealing my car) then returned Thursday and so I've been dealing with that gorgeousness. Yes, Tina, I blame you!
I think I'm feeling the miasma of fandom failure. I'm wretched that there is no more Whedonverse to brighten my life except in re-runs. I'm too busy to troll for good lotrips fic and I'm also not as interested as I was. I just dropped out of the fic challenge I was judging because I don't have the time. Hmmm. I dunno. It'll probably all shift later on and I'll be back in the saddle again. We can hope.
I want ice cream and there is none nor is there any money to buy any. Wah.
Ok. Enough already. Love to you all.
PS Since when is Joey Lawrence going by Joseph? Huh?
All your well wishes. I love you all! Thanks for making my day even better than it already was.
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And now? Angel!!!!
I got the job in France!! So I'm off at the end of June (the 23rd to be precise) and should return the 3rd of August. I have no details beyond the dates. I don't know where in France I'll be or even how long I'll be there. I may get a three week gig or a four or a five. They'll let me know soon, I hope. But now I can make plans for my summer which is wonderful. And I can truly mourn my not going to writercon.
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Now to figure out what I'm going to teach in five minutes....
Shamelessly stolen from a complete stranger AKA rainjewel with a totally cool story/comment chez circe_tigana
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Look what anniesj and circe_tigana did. They pretty much rock every particle of my world. Moodrings.
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As per usual, school started and I fell off the edge of the world. I can't believe how quickly the time has been flying by. We're almost done with the second week which means that I only have 7 weeks left of this school year. And I will have finished my second year of teaching. Hard to believe.
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Tuesday, I went to Lewis and Clark and did the mini-presentation of my paper. It went well. Thanks to all of you who read it and said such wonderful things about it. It means so much that you would even take the time to read a dry academic bit of nonsense. So I guess I'll be continuing as a teacher by hook or by crook.
Josh came for dinner last night and we had a much needed reconnecting visit. It's so wonderful to see him moving forward in his own life and being such an amazing man. But I miss him too.
I haven't had time to read anything on my flist for several days so I'm sure I'm at skip=120+. And you all know what that means. I have no idea what's going on. I'm sure I've missed all of semaphore27's updates to Lost and Apart. And the Xombies are marching ahead without me. Along with Basketcase too, I'll bet. Ah well. There's always the incredibly busy weeekend coming up to try to catch up. If there's anything important you need to get to me (and I'm sure you're all burning to fill me in) feel free to email me or post here.
I love you all!!!!!!
ETA: The EIL interview went very well. It was interesting: scenarios and case study questions and actually fun to do. I have very high hopes at this point. Though I have no idea when they'll let me know if I've got the job. Please keep all your fingers crossed for me. Merci!
Yesterday, I got an email from EIL saying they want to interview me. So it's set up for tomorrow morning at 6 am. Yes, that's right, folks. I have an interview for the job I'm desperate to get at 6 o freaking clock in the morning. Thank god, it's over the phone.
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Yesterday and today, I got IM summonses from someone I don't know. Anyone familiar with Yworry33? Is this someone from LJ-land? I've blocked him/her 'cause I find it vaguely disturbing that a total stranger would IM me out of the blue. But if it's someone I know from here, would you email me or reply to this so I can unblock you?
Yesterday, I was so tired from my first day back at school that when I got home, I lay down to take a teeny, tiny, little snooze before my meeting, and then woke up this morning at 5:30.
Apparently nothing really happened today.
ETA: Wait! I lied! I got this bizarro link from rubyluna. Go check it out, and, as she suggested to me, tell it to Riverdance. You'll be glad you did.
I am now looking for a couple of things: links to my darlin' Billy on Sharon Osbourne (never saw it; dying to) and this Sniper 470 that I've hearing bandied about.
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Mean ole dear, darling marrymemerry said I had to find it and watch it to get the answers I so desperately need. So if anyone's got the goods and is willing to share, I'd sure appreciate it.
I just found the easter egg on the extended version of the LotR:TTT first disc. Adorable. Anybody else seen it?
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Ask and ye shall receive works! Thank you so much to i_digress_uk for making such a beautiful icon for me. And thanks to sophrosyne31 for writing such a gorgeous line of text.