Today was our last day of summer camps. 12 weeks, 144 kids from June - end of August. It was fun and we did some really cool projects, but it's exhausting...I can't even tell you how exhausting it is. I tell you, working 4 hours with kids is like working 10 hours non-stop without a break.
Tonight we are drinking our vin rouge and realizing that our departure is only 3 weeks away. We received many hugs and kisses from the kids & parents that only come during the summer, because we won't see them for almost 2 years. Next summer we'll be in france and then we come back in September and run classes until June 2010 (wow, that's strange to type) and then we'll see the camper kids, so yes, almost 2 years. Hard to wrap my head around that one.
Now we have 10 days off. We always have a break after summer to let the kids get back into the swing of school and us to get re-charged. We are going to sleep in - maybe until 7:00, ride everyday, lay by the pool and relax. Then we'll go back to the studio on the 9th let Travis take over and say goodbye to our 100 students & their parents.
I had a little stressful break-down last night and figured that it would be a good time for a list of what i will miss, what i won't miss and what I am looking forward to. Here is what I came up with.
what I will miss?
all of our good friends
pacific coast highway
my single speed bike
the kitchen in my house (not the tiny one in our apartment)
warm weather & sun all year round
my pottery studio
Dr. Carlsen, our vet
the convenience of walking 1 block to the beach
our favorite restaurants
The food channel
the new season of Entourage
the new season of The Larry David Show
the new season of Grey's Anatomy
a normal sized fridge (or maybe the french fridges are normal sized and ours are just HUGE)
my Le Creuset (i will buy one in france)
my new LA blogging friends
what I won't miss?
every other car being a range rover (100k and 12 miles to the gallon!)
the 405 freeway
the possibility of an earthquake at any time
the carpet in our temporary apartment
paying a huge mortgage
going to work everyday (although 20 hours a week ain't bad)
worrying about the dollar/euro
having my dogs always be on leash
what i am looking forward to
getting settled in our petite maison
not freezing to death in the winter
biking all over france
seeing the Tour de France in person
biking up the famous cols (Mt. Ventoux, L'alpe d'huez, Tourmalet among others)
taking Bruce to Italy
meeting Kim and Loulou and Betty and Owen and.....
going to Paris and meeting Leesa, Barbara, Sam, and....
having my family come and visit in March
having our good friends come and visit
going back to Mallorca (this time to bike instead of rock-climb)
peace and quiet
blogging about our adventure
taking cooking classes
taking pottery classes
becoming fluent in french
spending time with Jacques, Fabianne and Fabrice
having Thanksgiving dinner with our new french friends
celebrating Bruce's 40th birthday in France
having sex all the time
living in the country
being able to take our dogs into restaurants
a simple life
napping every afternoon
our first African-American president
hopefully staying longer than 1 year
I love that my "looking forward" list is much longer than the others. I really have no idea what to expect. I have never seen the house we are renting in person, only pictures. We bought a car, but have never seen that in person either. The longest we have spent in France is 1 month, so I'm sure the first month will be great and then the day to day routine will set in. I hope that the winter isn't that bad and that I don't freeze to death. I hope that my brain won't forget the french that I have been studying for 3 years. I'm sure at first I'll be a bit slow, but after 3-4 months speaking the language I'm sure I'll feel much more confident. I can't wait to have 2 acres of land for the dog to run free in, they will be in heaven. I just hope they don't run into a wild boar, not sure what they will do. I'm not sure what I'd do!
I'll probably freak out again a couple more times before we go. But my list did help and I know that what we are about to do will be amazing and life changing and I feel better.