Monday, November 24, 2008

With my new acquired student status I was able to apply for the Carte Imagine R, the heavily discounted metro pass available to Île-de-France students. Not only does it allow a reduction on transportation but simply flashing the card will get me discounts at the cinema, McDonalds, FNAC, Jean Louis David, and several other French stores. I decided to test the card out last night and see The Duchess with my sister at one of the many movie theaters on the Champs-Elysées. I'm a huge lover of English and French history and especially, period films. The lavish fashion and architectual details that are so heavily accented within these types of movies seem to make history come to life. The Duchess was no exception as it's main character, Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, played by Keira Knightley, was a fashion icon during the late 18th century. The costumes are quite elaborate: ornate dresses with metallic brocades, tiny corsets, extravagant wigs and feathered hats, even a menswear influence that includes rows of gold buttons and sharply tailored jackets.

Of course the costumes weren't the only thing I adored about the film. The story is about an intelligent beauty, socialite, and politico stuck in a loveless marriage at a time where women had little rights and often had to tolerate marital rape and life with a live-in mistress. I am no Keira Knightley fan but I believe she gave a great performance; I definitely recommend you give it a go!

Saturday, November 22, 2008


So I got through my first set of French exams....I won't know for a week or so if I've had la moyenne on each exam (12/20 at my école), but for the time being I'm just glad they're over! I had one class this morning and afterwards caught the metro to La Muette so I could take a relaxing stroll down the Rue de Passy. For once the sun was out in Paris and I was able to take advantage of a lovely fall day. While browsing all the cute winter clothes in Zara, I decided to check out the little girls section. I'm super short so sometimes I can fit into little girls sizes and the clothes cost around 30-50% less than they would in the women's department. I walked out with a winter coat, dress, belt and purse for under 100 Euros!

I am still working part-time when I'm not in school and will continue until J and I leave for the states over Christmas holiday. Afterwards I plan on finding an internship that corresponds with my MBA program. There's really no point in continuing my current job except for the money--I absolutely hate it (and my boss and her ridiculous requests) and it's not what I plan to do for a career. The search is on again for a new boulot and this time I plan on being more picky. I won't just accept anything just because they are willing to hire me! No, not this time!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bare with me, people.  I have 5 exams between tomorrow and Thursday and they are all in French.  This is the first time I have taken classes in French as opposed to French classes, and subjects include : Comptabilité Analytique, Comptabilité Générale, Marchés et Produits de Luxe, Marketing Fondamental, and Droit Commercial.  I think there's a tie between Accounting and Business Law for my least favorite but we'll see after the exam which one takes the cake.

I have been spending way too much time on the internet and have been eating far too many gateaux.  First exam, tomorrow at 11:30AM!  Dear lord, pray for me!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sorry for my recent absence; not only have I lacked the motivation to write anything but I've also had no time! I didn't mention anything because I didn't want to jinx myself, but I decided to apply to an MBA program at the last minute. I was told there might be an extra spot in the program and was asked back for an interview. I felt it went very poorly...the woman didn't seem impressed by anything I said and then told me not to take it as a failure if I didn't get in. If that doesn't say "rejected," I don't know what does!

Then, a week or so ago, I get a phone called saying I had been admise. The poor woman had to repeat herself 3 times because I didn't think I had heard correctly! So, in a span of three days I got into a university program, told my employer I could not longer work full time, and became a student again! I'm now working Mon-Wed and am in school Thurs-Sat. It's quite intense and I'm wondering if keeping my job is such a good idea. With 25+ hours of class per week plus work I don't know when I'll have the time to study, go to the gym, or even see my husband. I'm still trying to get used to the new schedule but already feel my body cursing me for not giving it enough rest.

I had class last week until Saturday evening then came home and immediately went to sleep. Sunday I woke up early to pack for a business trip to London and only came back this morning...and went immediately to work from the train station. It's like I'm swimming and can't even come up for air! What to do??!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Welcome back, America!

Watching his victory speech for the third time today, I feel chills run up and down my body. The American people's ability to unite in the desire for progress has given me great hope and has filled me with a level of pride in my country that I have not felt in a very long time. The record turnout, the crowds, the crying, the dancing in the street.......we, as a a nation have acheived history.

Obama may have inherited a terrible legacy but I believe he is what this country needs to begin the healing process. I hope that McCain's supporters take his concession speech to heart and set aside their hate, anger and fear. Obama can not lead our country without the support of all Americans.

 Yes we can, yes we did, and yes we will. Congratulations to the new leader of the United States, President Barack Hussein Obama!