On the way home I dropped off Mark's documents to get translated, during which I easily found the office (behind the Ste Claire market), zipped in just before the noon-hour closing time and conducted virtually the entire transaction in French ("Je voudrais une traduction pour deux documents..."). I think that having just done two hours of French conversation gave me a confidence boost that I could handle whatever came my way.
And for a short while this afternoon I had work! Just a small proof-reading job, but it was a nice change of pace to have a deadline. In fact, I actually had to turn down an offer of an outing - one of the Open House members who lives near our apartment stopped by spontaneously in the afternoon to see if I wanted to join two of them for shopping, but I was still in the midst of work. It's interesting that in Washington DC I never made a point of joining any social groups, but here I have - but if it weren't for the language barrier, I probably wouldn't have bothered. And yet it's nice to have other people to interact with. France is forcing me to be more outgoing.
For supper I roasted our Hubbard squash, potatoes and brussels sprouts, and made an omelette with fresh chives (an addition to the window mini-garden), thyme and Morbier cheese. I served it all up with mini-beer! For a change I picked up beer from the Monoprix, and didn't realize until I got home how tiny the bottles were.
After dinner we went to a nearby movie theatre to see True Grit (in English, with French subtitles). The theatre was quite small (there was really no lobby, so the line stretched outside - and since there wasn't much of a sidewalk, the line stretched across the street; the street was more of a laneway than a proper road, but we still had to keep moving for cars coming through). I hadn't realized it was a Coen brothers film. It wasn't as quirky as some of their others, but it was quirkier than your usual western, which I liked. And you have to love a movie that's as ambitious in preserving elaborate dialogue as this one.
The mini-beer. I should have been holding one in my hand for scale purposes!