Even though my youngest is having "adjustment issues," I've finally got all the kids in school and I'm back to real history work. This week, I've gotten some great work done on my literature chapter and had a wonderful and productive coffee with a colleague who works on young girls and religious life in nineteenth-century France. She's offered to facilitate some introductions for me, as well, should I need them. It feels good to be moving forward in more than a linguistic way!
Of course, linguistic progress continues, too. In addition to conversations with the electrician and the plumber, I had a nice chat with the telephone shop girl, who discussed linguistic pedagogy with me. (She confirmed that I have an accent but complimented my command of French.)