04.07.2009

A GOOD COMEBACK!

Everybody, I am so SORRY for being such a BAD blogger- but it has just been CRAZY for me since I came home... Today I've been home exactly two weeks, and to be honest; it actually feels like I never left. I've just been crazed with meeting friends, hanging out with my family and celebrating my 20th birthday.

I've been spending my days at our summerhouse with my parents, my little sister, my aunt and uncle and my cousins, and it has been great! We've had a heat wave, so I haven't been as cold as I thought I would be when returning to my mother land, and that is of course very cool. I am now sitting on my porch at home with my new Macbook that my parents gave me for my birthday, while waiting for my sister to come home so that I can do some washing of clothes. Later today I am meeting my best friend Caroline, and we are going to her place to hang out, talk and update each other. I can't wait! She went to some place very hot two days or something before I came home, so this will be the first time I see her since I came home. It will be FAN-FUCKIN'-TASTIC! Now I have to go and put a load in the washing machine for my mother, so you guys will have to satisfy yourselves with this for now. I will be back, stronger than ever! (When I can find the time between updates of course....)

Love and hugs and big kisses,
Bisous,
a happy homecoming Frenchie <3

19.06.2009

IT'S TIME...

La Garonne at night... Something I won't see for a while.

Had my last sleep-over at Meike's place on wednesday. I'll never sleep there again... 
Group picture from my last night out in Toulouse. I don't know when I'll do that again...
Have said goodbye to Silla, and i seriously don't know when I'll see her again...


Sorry about not being a very good blogger lately, but I just hadn't had the time! my last week in France has been so filled with things and people that I have been totally crevée(exhausted) when I've come home to the house. But now, my last day is here. I have cleaned the house for the last time, and I have ironed the clothes for the last time. And what a great feeling it is to be able to say the words "cleaning" and "ironing" together with the phrase "last time"! Never again! HURRA!

Yesterday was the last time I picked up Morgan from school, and all the mothers hugged me goodbye and gave me all their best wishes for my studies and my life. So nice. Thursday I was at Anna's house for a goodbye lunch for me, and then I got to say a real goodbye to all the other girls there. Yesterday I was also over at Aylin's house, and there were Aura, Maya og Julia too. they invited me to sleep over, so then I did that. We went to a friend's house, Damien, where the boys taught us girls how to play Texas Hold'em and we swam in Damien's pool. I think we went to bed at around two in the morning or something. This morning I woke up at nine thirty, and had to say goodbye to the girls before heading over here to do the cleaning. And now I'm done. All my bags are completely packed, and I am ready to go home. this evening the family are throwing a barbecue dinner for me, to say goodbye sort of, and then tomorrow in the morning the dad and the kids are driving me to the airport... Shit, my year in France is over! But seriously, this year has been a great experience. I've grown a lot, I've made a bunch of great friends for life, and I've learned a lot about everything, including myself. But now I do feel that I am done with France and that the raist of my life awaits me in Norway. But first, I have 6 hours at STARBUCKS to look forward to at the Brussels airport tomorrow! I will be bouncing off the walls after all that coffee... Oh.My.God! =P 

Bisous,
From a Frenchie who is done in France and who is looking forward to come home <3

17.06.2009

Last this, last that and only 3(!) more days to go...

Park Cabirol <3
Klara, the Swedish babe! <3

Well people, I am now on my last wednesday here in France. I've had my last Monday and my last Tuesday, and the only things left now are the last Thursday, last Friday(with the last cleaning!) and to get on that plane!

Monday and Tuesday were good days. Monday I had my last French course and then a last coffee at Airbus Café, and then I was in the house waiting for Gerome to come home. Went home to Aylin later that evening, and we went for a walk. I'm gonna miss that girl! Tuesday I went to IKEA with Rachael, and then we bought sandwiches that we took with us to the park Cabirol, were we ate in the sun. I picked up Morgan, and when we came home I made another batch of Cinnamon rolls. To the family's great happiness... At 20:30 I met Klara in the park Cabirol for a last walk around it with her. It was a really nice walk, and I was sad to see the end of it. Cause, as Klara reminded me, that was our last walk in the park... Today, I picked up Morgan at school at 11:30 and then we got a ride home with Rachael. the dad came home not very much later and then he took both Morgan and Gerome with him to the doctor to get a health certificate for them. So now I am just waiting for them to come back so I can take Gerome with me to the dentist in Toulouse, and then go to Meike's place. =) So far it's been some nice last days. And now that my departure is SO close, I am allowing myself to really look forward to going home... And I am soaring of happiness when I think about the fact that in only THREE days I get to hug my family! 

The rest of my last week I am doing an assortment of different things; tomorrow I am inscribing Morgan at the swimming pool, and then I am going to Anna's place with the other au pairs for a lunch. then I am picking up Morgan from school, and we are going to go home. Then, in the evening after dinner I am going to Aylin for a last evening. Friday I am cleaning (comme l'habitude...) and then I think I am picking up Morgan from school. In the evening those who can are coming to say goodbye to me, and then I am having a goodbye barbecue with the family. And then on Saturday I'm waking up at 08:00 to be able to go over and say a real goodbye to Aylin, and then the dad and the kids are driving me to the airport I think... No I've got to dash, because they are back from the doctor's, and I'm going to Toulouse for the last time...

Bisous,
a busy last timing Frenchie<3

15.06.2009

So long Aussie <3


Well, it's happened; I had to wave goodbye and see Silla move further and further away from me, not knowing when I was going to see her again. I mean, I knew we would have to say goodbye SOME DAY, but not that it was going to come so quickly nor that I was going to feel THAT sad. Silla, thanx for being the ultimate party friend, and thanx for all our conversations, hugs and eye to eye coordinations on a late night home from Shanghai ;) Thanx for opening up your home and letting me in, and thanx for being exactly you! I will miss our nights out and your presence, and most of all I will miss everything we did together! Thank you for a great parting gift, it will forever be with me! I love you, and I am SO coming to Oz when you get your cute little ass over there! ;) Gotta get that other half you know ;) <3
I LOVE YOU AUSSIE! <3
HUGS AND KISSES,
FRENCHIE<3<3<3

All the last times...

The girls during my last night out in Toulouse... <3

Well, it's started. Now I am doing and seeing things for the very last time. The first thing was going into Toulouse for my last weekend with the girls. Saturday I made my way into Toulouse and went to Silla's place. The other girls had gone to a ballet, so I was alone in her apartment for about an hour, which meant that I had the time to sort of get ready. When the others came we went out in the nice weather and got an iced coffee before we went to a park nearby. It was really warm and the sun was shining, and we just had such a good time. After a couple of hours, we went to the shopping mall called "St George's" , and there Silla and Klara went to get some wine while Meike and I went to New Look to browse the clothes there. I ended up buying nothing, but Meike got some really cute stuff. When she had burned her card a little we went back to Silla's place, fixed ourselves a little and then went out to eat. We found a little Chinese restaurant after a little bit of walking, and ended up having a great time there with really good food. At around 23:00 we went back to Silla's place for a little wine, and then we made our way to De Danu. Unfortunately the place was kind of empty, so we walked on the Frog and Roast beef, which was better. We had a blast dancing there for a while and talking to some people, but after a while we decided to go to Mr. Carnival. The place wasn't as great as I'd thought it would be, but we had fun. We danced to a LOT of great songs, and were back at Silla's place around 05:00 in the morning I think. 

On Sunday we woke up around 12:00 I think, and then we sort of hurried up to get out, because the weather was so nice. We went to get something to drink and eat, and then we went back to the same park were we had been sitting on Saturday. And there we ended up playing cards for about 5 hours. SO much fun, and we didn't even feel the time passing! After a while it started raining a little, so we went to a café to get a coffee. Eventually the rain stopped and the sun came back out from the clouds, so then we went to the river and sat there for a couple of hours. Around 19:30 we figured it would be smart to be getting back, so we started moving. And then I realized that I had to say goodbye to Silla! And that was SO sad, I even cried a little... The sad thing is that I know when I'll meet Klara and Meike the next time, but I have no idea when I'll see Silla next! So weird to say goodbye to her and knowing that I wouldn't be able to see her again for who knows how long... So, Meike, Klara and I made our way to the metro station and took the metro to Arenes, and then Klara and I took the train from there to Colomiers. I was back at the house around 21:30 something I think, which was perfect. I got to talk to the family a little, and then I went up to take my shower and then I tumbled into bed, exhausted... But this was really a great last weekend, even though it meant that I had to say goodbye to Silla...

Today(monday that is) I woke up at 07:30 to go to my French class, and I had made some "Kanelboller" (cinnamon rolls) to take with me. I got to the class, and there Klara had brought something too and also the gift to our French teacher from her and me. We had been in Toulouse the other weekend and bought a water mug which we later painted with out names and flags and a little message to her. And she was so happy when she got it! Which was very good of course... The course itself was perfect, and we just talked and talked and talked. And then, in the end, Simone (our teacher) started picking us out one by one and telling our praise in front of all the others. And she was so sweet! then, when the course was over and I had to go, she really hugged me and said that she was so happy to have had he chance to meet me and get to know me, and that she hoped I would have a nice life and a lot of good experiences in life. SO cute! Then, as normal, Klara and I went to meet Meike for a coffee at Airbus, and it then hit me that this would be the last time I would go to Airbus with the girls! That was a sort of weird feeling... After coffee Meike drove me back to the house, where I started packing. I am a person who needs a little bit of time with my packing, otherwise I am sure that I will forget something, so now almost all my clothes and things are packed into suitcases. It's kind of sad to look around at the bare walls and thinking about the fact that I will be leaving in only 5 days, but at the same time now I can't wait to get home and to hug my family... I still have some more "last times" left, but they have definitely started. And I've figured out that I am completely OK with that. I don't mind having "last times" cause I know that throughout my life I will have a lot of "first times" again. And that sort of adds it all up...

And I just have to say this; When the girls got home from the ballet, Silla gave me a bag saying that it was my parting gift. Inside there was a metal frame from Australia with kangaroos on it, and inside there was a picture of her and me. Then she told me to turn it around and open the frame. So I did as she said, and inside on the back there was half a card. The card said that I had to come to Australia and visit her to get the other half of the card, and that she now had a sure reason for me to come visiting her. So cute! So now I just have to wait for her to get her little ass home so I can go and visit her! :D <3>

I hope you all had a great weekend too!
Bisous,
a packing Frenchie<3

12.06.2009

Cleaning and "Kanel i svingene"

These are not the ones I made, but mine looked almost like this when they came out of the oven!

Now I only have one more time to clean this place before I come home. I am returning to Norway in 8 days now. Tomorrow I only have one more week left here. That is weird! But, as Ayilin said, we are not saying "good-bye", we are saying "see you later". Which suits me just perfectly! Now, back to my very productive day;
 
I was supposed to get up at nine, but I had next to no sleep the other night because I was coughing so much, so I just sort of snoozed my way into ten thirty instead. But, when I first got up and out of bed, I did a lot! I cleaned the house and ironed all the clothes first. then I had some sort of coffee and a little lunch outside in the sun, before I again ventured inside to make Kanel boller. Now, this is something that I have not seen here, but I know that they have them elsewhere. I believe the closest name I could give them in English is cinnamon buns. Anyway, it's very very good. And I made a LOT of it! one batch for the family, one batch for my French course on monday, and one batch for the evening tonight at Paul's place. So you could say that today I was really lining into the role as a 50's house mum... And I am not embarrassed to say that I liked that feeling. Cause I love to bake! 

Now, the kids are here and I am left to wait for the parents to come home, so I can go home to Ayilin to get ready. Can't wait to get to the soirée chez Paul this evening. It's going to be both nice and a little sad, because it'll be the last time I will see most of them... But hey, I am going to do my best to just ENJOY the evening! (which shouldn't be so hard because they are all great people!)

I hope you all have a grrrreat weekend!
Bisous,
Frenchie<3

10.06.2009

GOOD, OLD FASHION WATER-FIGHT...

I am wet. No, correction; I was wet. Very wet. After eating lunch, Morgan decided that she and I had to have a water fight, because it was warm in the weather and she was bored. So, we changed into our bathing suits and went into the garden. We turned on the hose, and I almost died of cold shock when she hit me with the water the first time. I'd forgotten how cold that water is! Oh man, not very comfortable in the beginning. But Morgan had fun at least, which is the main thing here(because, as an au pair I have to think about what is best for the KIDS, not myself...) I think we ran around for about half an hour splashing each other until I said that enough was enough, and that we would get pneumonia if we didn't quit while the game was good... (truth is, I was cold and had had enough, but I can't really say THAT to her though, can I?) Anyway, now I am going down to prepare the snack that she and I are taking with us to the park. Cause we need a little walk today too. It will be nice I think =)

Keep on enjoying your wednesday everybody! Oh, and only 10 days until I am coming home... That's not much!
Bisous,
Frenchie<3