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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

La Rentrée

A brief summary of events since May:

This happened:

(I came home one day to find that my METAL pan had just SPLIT like that. Clearly, this is a direct result of the seismic, Magneto-type brain waves I was emitting whilst in the throes of thesis-writing.)

I miraculously finished this:

(My use of the word “miraculously” is by no means facetious. I’m still not quite sure how I managed to finish, I was feeling so overwhelmed by the end. I guess an endless stream of coffee and hourly, panicked phone calls to Mother/Sister/D in the final 72 hours before it was due might’ve helped also.)

(Please try to ignore all the jabby comments scribbled by my director of research…)

And then I did this:

With this person:

(This was one of those truly, super-awesome, sepia-toned vacations where nothing went wrong and everything was perfect. And any problems were of the cute variety, ie, “Oh crumbs! They’ve run out of pistachio ice cream! Alas, whatever flavor shall I choose now?!”)

And then I went here for three weeks:

(camp “joie de vivre”, Loperhet, Finistere, Brittany, France, The Earth.)

And did this:

To this:

(Don’t be fooled by my flippancy. I get misty-eyed just thinking of all the warm, insightful people that I got to talk to and work with during those 3 weeks at camp. Watching the counselors and directors work with the kids, seeing young and old volunteer together to accomplish all the little maintenance tasks, witnessing God work in the hearts of a new generation…I can honestly say that there might be hope for France after all. I was very, very skeptical, all the time I’ve spent here. But now, I don’t know. God is great, but we are small…)

There you have it. My summer. Now to hit the books (after I’ve dug them out and located where I was….)
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