Tuesday, February 9, 2010

le reussite

I'm definitely going through mood swings here because yesterday & today I woke up with a strong desire to studdddy.

Yesterday a friend and I met in a cafe to work on Methodologie homework, and it felt so good to leave the cafe with actual work accomplished for the first time. So there is hope. And today I made progress in Methodologie in class in understanding the form of a dissertation, which is a major deal for me, so YAY.

ALSO, I successfully located my Cicero text in French for, like 30 Euros cheaper than I thought it was, and I ordered that (while speaking French!) at Mollat, the big bookstore in Bordeaux, AND I also succesfully found the American detective novel about Cicero that we'll also be reading in that class, for also less than I thought it would cost and from Amazon UK, which will ship it here approximately ONE MONTH faster than if I ordered it from the normal Amazon. So today has definitely been productive.

I have my meeting with the Professor who leads my Louis XV section tomorrow to discuss, as he put it, "my situation" (i.e. being a foreigner). I definitely read/translated the text for that class too, but it's written in 18th Century French which made it EXTREMELY difficult. It was oddly unavailable in English online. If anyone can find the Duc du Saint-Simon's text from his memoires about the Duc du Orleans' polysynodie in 1715, please do let me know.


  1. good luck with the professor. It is so nice to be able to check in and see how you are doing. thanks for writing.

  2. I can't think of a better place to have mood swings than in France; except for perhaps Italy. Regardless, you MUST tell about the bookshops there; are they gloriously musty and full of secret passages?