So I've been in France now for more than a year. I'm getting a handle on the language and have made some friends. This week has unexpectedly turned out to be a very big one for me. I have put in an offer on a house here. There are many pro's and con's to it all but I like the house and the area and I've had a very happy year here. Ok I've had a few days when I've woken up and thought 'oh my god how will i ever manage' and gone back to feeling overwhelmed but even on those days I can now look at them as they are happening and realise that yes it is a crap day and maybe I'm even going to have a few but sooner or later I'm going to feel okay again.
The other reason it is a big week for me is because I realised that It may be possible for me to transfer the credits I earned at University to the Open University and get a degree. It's not for certain because I have to go through loads of hoops and there is still a chance that they won't accept my previous credits. But I started the process by contacting the University that took over the college I attended (and then shut it down for being crap) and have requested a copy of my academic transcripts. At first I thought that I'd have to go over to Ireland again and see if I can dig out relevant paperwork from mum's attic (an exhausting and very expensive task to say the least) but then I discovered, after many phone calls, that you can now order such things online! This is the first time since I left collage that I have even been able to think that I might be able to achieve such a thing.
Learning French here has made me realise that I'm not as stupid as I think I am. I'm getting along faster than any other student in the history of the school so I think that I may have finally got a handle on how to do the study thing with out getting overwhelm. I just have to keep taking it a little at a time and try not to think of the enormity of the task of doing a degree. I also like the way with the OU they let you do something called an Open degree where you can pick and choose what you want to study. In theory I could avoid mathematics like the plague if I wanted to.
I took an online test the other day to see how far my french has progressed since I arrive it was just a basic test but I got 100% for speaking, 98% listing, 86% reading and 42 Writing. so given that I have dyslexia and have trouble writing in my own language I thought that over all that was not bad scores.
Megan Is doing well. This week had her second birthday. She is still as wonderful as the day I got her. not a single regret there.
So that's the news for now. can hardly believe that I'm even thinking about doing all this crazy stuff.