Yup. Keeping to recent pattern...awesome week of funtimes and then shattered in a "contented-with-life but to-do list piling up" kinda way for a few days!!!
England was greeeattt. Has rekindled my excitement for being back ther properly in a couple of months, a feeling which a few day's of great French weather had kinda numbed a bit. But yeah fully looking forward to it now really...if I could just get a super-tan, stop eating at the boulangerie and massively improve my French in the next 7 weeks would all be perfect actually. ;-) So I know it's not strictly "France" but quick run-down...
Flew into London on the Tuesday with Perigueux Crew (well part-of)...which I'd had more time to spend with them there actually. Was cool, Molly's first time in Angleterre, and realised how much of London I've never done, it's awful really. Stayed in mildly-dodgy but super cheap £6 a night hoste (including breakfast!) and Wednesday we headed to Oxford. The bus took longer than I'd expected but had Wi-Fi which kinda made up for it.
We met up with the Oxford Mateys...was superhappy, like *big smile* contentment to be back with them and just in Oxford...in Balliol, JCR, walking down Cornmarket, popped into Faculty...all really cool, felt like comng-home in a way...i guess Perigueux will feel like that in a couple of year's time? We all had lunch in hall (had never tasted so good!) and then I did the "Oxford Tour" before Lou and Mol headed back. Then basically just hung out. Jucy thrashed the others at Cranium, did the whole May Day dawn "thing" on Thursday, long lazy breakfast with papers in JCR, shoe shopping and chatting with Jo and headed down to Bath after lunch.
Joe is right in the middle of hardcore revision again so basically I napped while he worked! But was awesome to be with him, and really looking forward to being back in same country properly soon. He's been great this year though while I piss around and "do my thing abroad"...thank you :-)
Mum managed to make it up to Bath for a spot of shopping, lunch, etc on Friday which was really nice of course! Bath is a lovely place to spend a few hours chatting and relaxing, lovely. Joe joined us for coffee, and then we had yummy noodles for dinner when mum left. Saturday we headed back up to Oxford for the ball which was AWESOME. Maybe the best yet! Dunno like just one of those really good nights, just had fun and everything was like perfectly balanced...gooooooodtimes, good(ish) cocktails, very good fajitas ;-), good dancing, good laughs... :-) :-) :-) Was kinda tough getting up Sunday though...after 2 hours sleep! But luckily what with bus to Stanstead/wait at airport/flight etc was plenty of naptime and everything went stresslessly to plan.
Tricky going back to work today although the kids were actually pretty good. Did a cool thing with the little ones with a big "map" of a town on the board and taught them all "a park", "a bakers" "a bank" etc...for some reason "bank" sounds just like "bike"!!! And can't complain as after tomorrow I have almost another week off...weds-mon. Thursday and Monday are "jours feries" and so they take Friday as a "pont" (bridge), and of course I don't work Wednesday/Saturday/Sunday....so all pretty cool really. Will try to do something, not sure what yet...Lyon was prevud but isn't happening so will hopefully make some kinda alternative plans with Molly although right now all I can think is food, bed and the list of "stuff" I've gotta do, mostly checking stuff out for leaving the country soon! Oh and JPP wants me to do another enregistrement...Wednesday, 8.30am. Love it