And 2009 is already here! This year went by so fast and I still have half a year left until I’m done. I’m thinking it’ll go by pretty fast as well. I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve and enjoyed the rest of their holidays. On Monday, I went to Disneyland Paris with the family. It was freezing cold!! Since I’m Canadian and all, I knew that I’d have to dress in layers and even though I looked like a huge pink marshmallow, I was still so cold. All I know is I would have hated to be a princess that day. I only ended up going on five rides throughout the day but I still really enjoyed it. We started off by going on the Pirates ride, which was neat: half of it being in French and half of it in English. Then we went on the Buzz Lightyear ride, which I sucked at horribly. Afterwards, we had lunch which I swear was just McDonald’s disguised with pictures of Mickey Mouse on the boxes. We went on the Peter Pan ride and then I finally got to go on a more exciting ride. Anne’s cousin (who is 14) and I went on Space Mountain. We got there and it said “Waiting Time: 100 minutes” so I was like oh great. I think it only ended up being 60 though. I now love being here because I catch little snippets of conversation every time someone walks by so sometimes it’ll be French and sometimes it’ll be English but I can usually understand most of what’s being said. After Space Mountain (which I loved), we went to the Star Wars ride and then went to the parade. It started off with Mickey and Minnie, moved through all of the characters, and then ended off with a drumline of soldiers and Santa because it was still in the holiday season. I think my favourite part of the day was when Antoine said “I like Janelle so much,” and then he gave me a huge hug. It was so cute! And it meant a lot because Antoine doesn’t really like anyone very much. The rest of the night, we just walked around. It was so fun walking through the streets with Christmas music still playing!
Tuesday was just a normal day, looking after the kids and doing housework. And then Wednesday was my busiest day. I looked after the kids for the morning and did more housework in the afternoon. I was finally free by sixish so I walked to the Carrefour so Adriana and I could get food. However, it was closed, as was every other store. We took the train to Paris and got there at around nine. By that time, we were starving but Anne’s words of “Don’t go into a restaurant” went through my head. All the restaurants have a special “New Year’s Eve menu” so Adriana and I stopped at one of them just to see what the prices were like… 150 Euro? Yeah, no thanks. So because all the McDonald’s were closed, we stopped at the next popular place… Quick, which had a special New Year’s Eve menu as well: a burger, fries, a drink, and a brownie for 13 Euro. Crazy, but we still got it. While eating our dinner on the Champs-Elysées, we watched the crowds of people walk by and after, we joined in with them. We walked down the road for a while, and then walked towards the Seine, where we could get a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower. There was so much stuff going on, dancing, yelling, early fireworks going off, many creepy people as well. There were times when Adriana and I got separated for a few short seconds because the crowd was so busy and it always seemed like at that time, those guys would quickly make their move. It happened to me a couple times, two guys walked towards me on the left, two guys on the right so there’s a window between them and as I walk towards that window, they close in and crowd around, “Ça va? Ça va?” Yeah, not with you guys closed around me but with a quick shove, I was able to get out. When it was finally time for 2009, the Eiffel Tower lit up and sparkled while everyone who had fireworks lit them off. It was nice being able to spend New Year’s Eve in Paris! We left at about 12:05 and I didn’t walk into my bedroom until 3 in the morning.
I had the entire next day off without knowing it so I ended up waking up at 8:30 and just kind of dragged through my entire day in my room, reading my new book. On Friday morning, I had to wake up Alice at 7 so she could go into Paris with her dad. After she left at 7:30, I went back to bed until Antoine woke up. It was SO nice to be able to just spend the day with Antoine because 1) he likes me 2) he doesn’t boss me around all the time and 3) I don’t have to hear “Janelle!” “Viens Janelle!” “Mais Janelle!” “Janelle, joue avec MOI!” in a whiny voice the entire day (as much as I like Alice, she tends to get annoying a lot of the time). We took down the Christmas tree, played games, and played the computer for the majority of the day. On Saturday, I played with the kids a bit and looked after Elsa. I’ve been reading my Nanny Diaries book a lot and it made me realize how much similar my life was, I mean not to that extreme but just some of the little things. Like how everything I originally agreed on when I first started working has changed quite considerably during the time that I’ve been here. Or yesterday, when Anne said she was taking the kids for a walk during the afternoon so I could get some free time. And then, “Oh, and while we’re out, could you cut up all these vegetables for supper and then mop the floors? They’ve gotten so dirty, thanks.” (Keep in mind that I just mopped the floors three days ago and honestly, there was pretty much nothing there). Or the fact that I’m supposed to have nothing to do with the baby and lately, I’ve been feeding and changing her at least once a day or just looking after her while the parents are out. No big deal, babies don’t talk back and are actually the easiest thing to look after out of all three kids. And I’ve now gotten to the point where I easily know how to make them do what I want. “Okay, wanna take a shower now?” (I know that Antoine absolutely despises showers) “No,” “Okay, how about you have a bath instead?” “Okay!” And while Alice is making faces: “You know if you do that, your face is going to stay like that right?” “What?” I repeat myself and she stops in a heartbeat. But quickly, her frightened face is replaced with her usual I-know-everything-and-I’m-better-than-everyone face as she says, “I know that…” and then runs off.
On Sunday, I went to Starbucks before going to church and at church, I bought a CD but it’s so weird cause it has most of the songs we sing in church but they’re all in English and not French. After church, I met up with Adriana and we ate at L’As du Falafel, and then just walked around for quite awhile until we went back home. I stopped at the Langlets’ to visit and then I came back here in time for supper. Today is the Fête des Rois, which is a huge French tradition. You buy a galette des rois, which is a cake and inside, there’s a hidden figurine called a fève. Whoever gets the fève becomes the king or queen for the day so they wear the paper crown that comes with it and then they get to choose who they want to be their king or queen. After they choose who they want, they kiss that person. We’re not having our galette des rois until tomorrow, even though we’ve already had two in the past week. On Wednesday, I’ve officially been gone for four months! And then I’m one month away from being halfway done, which is absolutely crazy! Tomorrow, I finally get to go back to the normal schedule, which will be a lot better. I hope everyone makes it back to wherever they’re going safely and gets back to routine easily. Enjoy your first full week of 2009!
Good Times – INXS