In my cleaning up the house since I've been home, I made a funny discovery -- a certain Target receipt on a certain April 17th, the day I flew home from France. Somebody did some last minute cleaning before my late-night flight landed at Sky Harbor. That's my man. :)
Nine years and five days ago, Tyler asked me if I would be his girlfriend and I told him no -- that I would not start dating him yet because I didn't want to be distracted during finals week. Luckily he wasn't deterred by what a mega-nerd I was.
Three weeks home and I'm just now posting about it! It's been a busy three weeks (with the photos to show for it) with dentist/doctor appointments, interviews, wedding planning, seeing family and friends, visiting my favorite places, and going back to work. I miss France a lot already but I feel a kind of relief being home, with the bite of my first bagel, my first drive, the first hugs. Who ever knew kissing people on the cheek could feel so much less personal than a hug?
I've been home in Arizona for a couple of weeks now and just haven't had the chance to blog. Oops.
I went to Barcelona over my birthday weekend/Easter with some of my other language assistant friends. This was my second time in Barcelona and I saw a lot of the same sights but much more in-depth (finally went inside Sagrada Familia). I also got to see family on my birthday -- my cousin happened to be chaperoning a school field trip in Europe -- and it was wonderful! Family, friends, the architecture, the food, the sangria, yum.
This has been the week of the guilt trip. I had my last day at each of my schools and every day I accumulated more and more drawings and cards and "pourquoi-tu-dois-partir?"s. Here is a small sample of the going-away cards I've received.
"Thank you for helping us to learn English vocabulary, names of animals, and song lyrics. We hope that you have a good return home."
"Thank you for helping us with English. Thanks to you we know lots of English things and with you we remember the English words. Thank you very much, Katrina. Happy Birthday."
"Thank you for the English classes with you. I would like for you to stay with us, but I can't even stay away from my parents for four days so I understand you want to go back."
"You are the best teacher in the world."
"Katrina, goodbye and thank you for everything and also happy birthday!!!!! I'm going to miss you!!!!!"
"Hi Katrina!!! I hope you have a happy birthday (early). Thank you for coming on Thursdays and one time on Tuesday. And I hope that you have a good (???). And thanks again for coming and working with us. I couldn't buy you a present. Goodbye, Happy Birthday"
"Arizona, Funny, Smart, Darn? too bad that you're leaving, Unique, Don't Leave, Arizona"
"Katrina, Arizona, Very Pretty, Funny, Unforgettable, Don't leave, America"
"Thank you Katrina for being there for English, it was great. I'm going to write the names of cities and that way you can go visit them. They're United States cities: Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, New Orleans, Philadephia, Miami, and the capital: Washington."
"Thank you Katrina for your help with English. I'm marking the cities where you can visit: New York, Havana, Mexico, Dallas, Washington, Los Ang, Canada. See you soon Katrina"
"Katrina, Adorable, Very Beautiful, Funny, Smart, Don't forget us, Arizona"