Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Apartment Roller Coaster: Part 1

It’s been quite a ride trying to figure out my living situation in France.  It’s something I’ve been worrying about since before I even got accepted into the program, because apartment hunting is hard enough in the US- I couldn’t imagine trying to do it from overseas when I don’t speak the language fluently!  A girl from my French class who did TAPIF a few years ago said that went she moved to France she stayed in a hostel for a week or so while she apartment searched, but I knew I didn’t want to do that.  I like having things planned out and not having somewhere to live in France would stress me out to the max.  Therefore, I knew I wanted to have a place locked down before I moved, the sooner the better!

I had to wait until I got my school placement before I could start searching; as I explained here, I knew I was going to be in the region of Nice, but not necessarily the city- although as you know, I actually did get placed right in the city.  I immediately started working on finding somewhere to live.  It’s been a roller coaster of ups and downs but it all has paid off now!

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Plane tickets: BOUGHT

I have a confession to make: I’ve never bought plane tickets before.  Whenever I’ve flown anywhere, either by myself or with my family, I’ve let my parents handle the situation, which means they in turn have a travel agent find and buy the tickets.  Well, I decided I didn’t want to do that this time.  I have largely been handling everything having to do with moving to France on my own with only minimal advice from my parents (mostly because I want to do things MY WAY), so I knew I wanted to buy my own plane tickets online.

However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t use the resources available to me.  I kept an eye on the Nice assistant Facebook page for information people posted about their plane tickets, and I also began doing some research online.  I found quite a few forums offering advice for those buying international plane tickets: how far in advance to buy, what days of the week to buy and to fly on, where to fly into, etc.  I decided I wanted to fly in and out of Paris because I’ve never been there before and Nice is SO far from Paris.

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Pretzel Fruit (Pizza) Bars

Pretzel fruit bars!

Okay, so I know according to my poll (you can still vote here!!) the majority of people want to read about my additional preparations for France, but I’ve been holding off because I’m hoping to have an apartment locked down soon.  So I’ll write about it once that happens!  Cross your fingers that I’ll have it figured out this week sometime.

In the meantime, I figured I’d do my first cooking/baking post.  I’ve made several different things lately–guacamole twice, mango salsa once, and fruit bars once–but I’m not used to blogging yet so I didn’t take any photos!  However I decided to make the fruit bars again today, so I documented the process.

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PRK Vision Correction: My Experience

(Update: read my post about my consultation here and about my longer-term recovery here.)

Alternate title: “Lieutenant Kelsey!  You got new eyes!”

WARNING:  If you have a weak stomach or get squeamish when talking about eyes, you might want to skip this post and maybe read my post from the other day about my surgery (although Jennie still got grossed out from it).  THERE ARE PHOTOS.  AND VIDEOS.

My last photo with glasses on! Also note how I covered my windows with blankets. I was ready!

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It’s happening: eye surgery!

(Update: read about my surgery and initial recovery here and my longer-term results here.)

Ever since I was about 18 I’ve been wanting to get LASIK eye surgery.  My mom works for an ophthalmologist’s office where they do the surgery, but she and the doctors wanted me to wait until I was older, until my prescription was more stable, etc.  Ever since I got accepted into TAPIF, I started thinking more seriously about the surgery; it would be so nice to not have to deal with glasses/contacts while I’m in France!  And, you know, for the rest of my life.

After I graduated I made the appointment for a consultation at the end of June.  I had the consultation on Friday afternoon at Virdi Eye and I found out that I am a perfect candidate for laser vision correction!  My prescription is stable, my corneas are thick, my pupils are big (which I had no problem believing after my eyes stayed dilated for 36+ hours), and I have good tear production.  Here is how they tested how many tears my eyes produce:

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