It's been a little while, and a few things have happened, so let's just jump right in.
1. I'M DONE!!! With my MA that is. I had my oral exam last Tuesday, which was a little nerve-wracking, but I managed to spit out something that passed for an answer to each of the 3 questions - sadly, none relating to African or European swallows, laden or unladen. Whatever I said, it convinced the committee I knew what I was talking about, so I have a new degree.
2. I think/hope I have at last escaped from banking hell. Some of you may remember this post, where I bitched about my wallet being stolen & not being able to close my bank account in Poznan. Turns out, the account never did get closed, despite my writing a letter to Walcz, just like the bank teller in Poznan told me to. I discovered this last Monday - the day before my exam, because I needed more stress - when I received a bank statement from my old bank, revealing where my missing tax refund had gone. And, of course, I couldn't withdraw the money here in Poznan, since I don't have the bank-issued card allowing access to the account. Never mind that I have a passport and residence card, both with my picture and signature, proving who I am. So after my exam on Tuesday, I took a 3 hour bus ride to Walcz to get my money. And close my account. Really. I hope.
3. The last of my summer guests left this morning. Much as I enjoy having visitors & showing them around Poland, it's nice to have my apartment all to myself again. I've gotten very used to living alone, which makes it difficult for me to share my space, even with people I really like. I'm not trying to discourage anyone from coming to visit, I'm just going to have to limit it to one per season from now on.
4. School starts next week! Which means I have tons of work to do, preparing lesson plans & trying to figure out yet another new school. This is one of my biggest complaints about Poland, and I end up going through it every year - every time I start at a new school, I have to learn my way around all over again, and there's no system in place to help. I keep hoping there'll be some sort of orientation, or at least someplace where all the relevant information has been compiled. But no. Once again, I'm wandering from office to office, trying to find out what I need to know, and not really knowing what questions to ask, let alone who might have the answers. I know it'll all get worked out in a month or two, it's just frustrating to have to go through it again and again. Of course, the simple solution is to stop changing jobs, but that would be so boring! And, more importantly, leave me nothing to complain about!
OK, I've babbled enough for now. Hope everyone's doing well. Be sure to have a celebratory drink in honor of my latest accompishment!