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Jill McCracken’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 06 Apr 2011

Location: Paris, France

MapWorking hard & trying to get better

Okay, I admit that I am sick. If the intense cough in my chest wasn't a sign it should have been the fatigue and congestion. But have no fear! I continue to pump myself with fluids and rest at least 7 hours a between essay writing sessions, of course. I was starting to feel sleepy so I went for a quick walk around the Cite Universitaire to get some sun on my face and fresh air into these lungs. The walk made me feel a lot better so I cranked open the windows to our balcony and have fashioned myself a little work station out here, overlooking Boulevard Jourdan and Parc Montsouris. It is about 2:45pm so there are groups of little kids being let out from daycare - the shrieks coming out of their little bodies upon discovering the sunshine are adorable. Having a bit of background noise from the street is nice and I think the fresh air will do me good! 21 degrees weather isn't too shabby either, [that's 70 Fahrenheit, Dad]. I am still working on my architecture paper about collective memory and WWI war memorials, it should be finished by this evening, I hope! I have about 6 pages completed for my film paper and about 4 to go before handing it in on the 11th. I still have time!

Oh! And thank-you to Becky for the amazing exam care-package that I just received in the mail. You know I'm a sucker for Reese's Pieces! The maple syrup has already been enjoyed on some bangin' waffles and the pancake mix you sent forced intense discussion about whether Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben were ever married or not. A) Uncle Ben was a real person but Aunt Jemima was not and B) Ben died in the 1940s and Jemima is based on the 1880s period so I think there would have been just too much of an age difference to make a love connection. Unless fake-Jemima was a big cougar. In any case, many thanks!

I'm sending all of you lots of love so can someone please send me some healthy thoughts??