Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Time to Pack Up!

So the madness ensues!
I have trouble deciding what to wear tomorrow, how in the world can I decide what to wear for the next five months?! With only four days to go, I better get a move on this and pack up! I guarantee I will still be cramming things into suitcases the minute before my flight leaves. Hopefully I won't go over the fifty pound limit. I am hoping to get all this done before Friday so I can be stress-free and enjoy my Sooners on Saturday!


Sunday, December 26, 2010

One. Week. Away!!!!

Merry belated Christmas everybody! I hope it was as good as mine! I loved the time with my family and the relaxing days it brought. Good news; I leave for France in ONE week! Seven days. 168 hours. Whoo hoo! It's party time! Just kidding. I am getting so very excited but a little nervous. I got my housing assignment, and I got the dorm I had posted pictures of: Camille Guerin. The other girl from OU, Kristen, also got the same dorm. She will be down the day after me, but I am sure we will become quick friends. I have been talking to a girl from OU who went this time last year, and she has given me TONS of information about Limoges. I guess the whole "linens changed once a week" thing may not be so true. Just to be safe, I am going to bring a couple towels, sheets, and a pillow so I won't be sleeping on some weird surface without covers! I will take a taxi from the Limoges airport to my dorm, and someone will be there to give me my keys to my new home! Expect a video with a play-by-play of my footsteps so you all can see just how big (yeah, riiiiight) my dorm is! Apparently there isn't really internet except at this tourist cafe place, so who knows how often my blogs will be. My friend told me that I am close to campus, but away from the nightlife of Limgoes. Maybe that will be a good thing? Haha, we shall see! I have this feeling that when I get off of the airplane in Limoges and have all my luggage and get into the taxi that I may have a mental breakdown! Not really, but I know that it is going to be different, tough, and I probably really don't know what I am getting into. Oh well! I cannot wait to go to France and see what this experience has to offer for me. Time to pack up! This week is going to be hold unlimited trips to Wal-Mart for what I am sure to forget many times, stress, and probably sitting on my suitcases to make all my life fit. Oh, and on top of all this, I am getting sick. Flu, strep, something that I am not sure of, but pray that it doesn't last long. At least my mommy is here to take care of me and I get sick now instead of in Limoges, but let's hope it goes away quickly! Have a good week!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Houston, we have a[n]....enormous amount of laughter! :)

                Last Monday my mom and I ventured down to Houston to visit the French Consulate and get my student Visa. Bright and early at 6 am, we headed to the airport to make it in time for my 11:30 appointment. I was stressing because it was such a complicated process. I guess they really don’t want people to come to France. The point of going to Houston was to give them paperwork: one copy of this, two copies of my passport, one bank statement, two copies of the enrollment letter, one of this, five of that, and so on. It was such a hassle! I think I ended up with ten copies of everything, and only turned in two! Naturally, my mom was checking on me every two seconds to make sure I (still) have everything. When we got to the airport, my mom had on her favorite OU hoodie (with the OU in rhinestones), her purse and a bag, and I had a jacket, my purse and my bag. Going through security, we had to take off our jackets and hoodies, shoes, and all that good stuff. We stop by the bathrooms and head on to our gate. After getting on the plane and sitting in the (literally) very back, we attempt to fall asleep. Keep in mind, it was 7:45 am and for my college lifestyle, I don’t rise before ten or eleven so I was doing everything I could to keep the big old man next to me in his own area so I could catch some z’s! Towards the end of our flight, my mother snaps up with this look so horror in her eyes, and says “Where’s my hoodie? Do you have my hoodie? Have you seen my hoodie?” and frantically begins to look everywhere. Well, low and behold, my mom left her hoodie either A) in the SW Gate or B) in the Tulsa Airport Bathroom. Needless to say, the entire rest of the trip all my poor mom did was whine about her jacket. I could not believe that she lost it. I felt so bad for her because she wears it all the time, but next time I hope she learns to just worry about her own stuff (cough cough…hoodie) instead of my copies of paperwork.  Anyways, we land in Houston and get our rental car and prepare to hit the road. My mom figured it would be easier for us to have a car instead of taking a taxi. The French consulate is about thirty minutes away from Hobby airport, but we decided to leave right away since we had no clue where we were going.  Well, who knew rental cars put a $350.00 hold on our card before letting you take the car. That was a thirty minute wait we didn’t expect. Eventually we get the car and start looking at directions. Note to self: don’t use Mapquest. Yahoo! Or Google Maps is where it’s at. Anyway, my mom had Mapquest directions from the airport to the consulate. They made no sense. My mom drove and I was in charge of navigating (which was a bad idea) but we went anyway. We were headed to 777 Post Oak Boulevard, and we needed to take I-610 North, then follow exit 9 and go right, then we would eventually hit it. Well, my mom’s directions from Mapquest were wrong, but probably because she had it going from Houston International, not Hobby where we flew in. I pulled up directions on my phone and each thing was saying two different things. I decided to go with my phone and my mother had no patience. Around exit 3, we saw a sign for Post Oak Road. My mom freaks because she thinks we should take that, but I say I didn’t think so. She goes with me (smart choice) and we keep driving around Houston. The highway turned into something else and eventually we find exit 9 for Post Oak Boulevard and it is right. We find the building, and there is a HUGE sign that says “visitor parking in back”. Naturally, my mom pulls in and then complains because she can’t find a parking spot and won’t listen to me. Finally she does and she (attempts) to listen to me when finding the parking garage. We make it inside where my heart is pounding because I am so scared. After some pictures, we go up to the sixth floor and into this tiny room with 10 chairs, a round table, and two workers behind glass. We were about an hour early so we waited patiently for them to finally call, “Ms. Florence”. I got the nicest girl to do my Visa. Definitely French because of her accent, and she commented on my picture for Campus France which I guess is not a passport picture so she wanted to say something. I still don’t know if she was sarcastic or serious. It took about ten minutes to get it all, and I just gave her my paperwork, did fingerprints, and took a picture!
Good morning Tulsa!

Before the directions went bad!
I am pointing to the General Consulate.

We made it!

Me and my beautiful Mommy!


We visited NASA, too....At the airport!

When we were done we were starving so we decided to go eat. We were in downtown Houston so we definitely wanted to stay in that area. We had seen this place called Ninfa’s on our way in, and MOM decided to go there. I love Mexican so I figured it would be wonderful. We walk in and the first thing I see is a sign that says “$3 Margaritas”! I think to myself: Man, this place will be GREAT! We get seated and order our margaritas, and let me tell you, that is where the greatness stopped. The margaritas were great, but the food, not so much. We ate it anyways because we were hungry, but I think next time I am in Houston I will skip Ninfa’s! Across the street there was a strip mall type shopping center so we wanted to kill some time looking in some not very good shops! One store called Pinto Ranch had the cutest stuff if I ever were to be a cowgirl! Mom found me the cutest, best, wonderful pair of rhinestone cowboy boots….for only $1300. I bought them on the spot. Ha, just kidding! Our time in Houston was up so we headed back to the airport, of course with no clue where we were going. We had to return the rental car to the Thrifty car center which was about a mile from the airport. Apparently my mom cannot read the signs for “DOLLAR, THRIFTY” with a big fat arrow pointing right because she goes straight and then whines and yells when she doesn’t see the Thrifty car port. Our whole driving experience was full of yells, laughs, breaks, speeding up, slowing down, swerving, everything. Our flight and wait time was full of me making fun of mom because of her beautiful self when she sleeps and loses her hoodie! We laughed so much, and mom swore I was drunk, but that $3 margarita didn't do THAT much to me!  I did learn though that I was (always have been and will be) right. Mom never listens to me, but hopefully she learned her lesson and will listen to her smart daughter from now on! Needless to say, we made it back safe and sound, and my Visa should arrive in ten days!
                I am home for Christmas break, but more like two weeks left in the States! Today we went and got luggage that will “last me a lifetime”, or so it says. It is hot pink (duh!) and very light, which is perfect since I am taking advantage of every ounce I get in that 50 pound limit! I am going to enjoy my time with my mom, sister, nana, family and friends while I am still here, but I am itching to get to France. Nervous and scared, yes, but so so SO excited! I am sure these next two weeks will fly by. I am anticipating many Wal-Mart trips, many arguments, and lots of laundry! Let the fun begin!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Almost done..

I am approaching my last two weeks at OU for the next six months! I have four finals to get through, and half a room to pack up! I leave for France in 25 days. Whooo! I figured it out that after this semseter is over, I will only be home for 15 days before I have to leave. So much for a break! Today I picked up my acceptance letter (the officical copy) and my insurance card. My mom and I are going to Houston on Monday to get my student Visa. What a process that has been. It's been a hassle and I find it kind of silly sometimes that I even have to go through all of that. Oh well; I am sure it will be more than worth it when I am in France!

That's all for now! It's time to study and not think about Limoges!


Saturday, November 27, 2010


As Thanksgiving came along this year, I realized just how much I do have to be thankful for. First, my family and friends who are supporting me on this soon-to-be-journey, and how blessed I am to even have this opportunity. It has been such a nice break  being home for the whole week. Yes, school will suck when I go back, but it has been worth it to take care of some much needed business.

 I booked my flights!!!! I will be leaving officially on January 2, 2011! I will fly to Houston then to Paris, take a bus across the city to another airport, and then fly onward to Limoges! I bought some new luggage, and that is going to hold my life for five months all in two suitcases and a backpack. I don't even think that is possible. I did so some black Friday shopping (24 minutes to be exact) and my mom got me an early Christmas present: a flip video so I can document my adventures! I got her a webcam for Christmas but went ahead and set it up so that she can learn how to use Skype so we can talk. We "skyped" Dieadra and Jason for their Thanksgiving and I am pretty sure my mom doesn't quite know how to use it yet, or get it for that matter. I've taken care of my bank fees and phone stuff for France, and sent off my acceptance letter from France to get my Visa process started. My mom and I will be going to Houston to officially complete all that business on December 13. The people are supposed to be harsh and make you cry, so we all know I will be bawling! I've even completed my housing for Limoges, and 9 square meters is all my bedroom will be! Here are some pictures of most likely where I will be living.
This is the outside of the Guerin building. This is closest to my campus at Limoges, and hopefully where I will get to live!
Here is an example of my wonderful 9 meter squared bedroom. I have my own sink but community bathrooms. My linens will be changed once a week. Psh, who needs mom?! Just kidding Mommy. The view is supposed to be very pretty outside my windows. I'll send a picture when I get there! :)

I am getting extremely excited but very nervous. It's weird to think I will in France in 36 days!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Let the Countdown Begin!

It is officially November 19, 2010, which means I leave for Limoges in 45 days. Let the panic set in!