Saturday, January 17, 2009

Mise à jour

Friday was my last day of French school. It's weird to think that it's already over, that I've been seriously studying this blasted language for over four months. I have mixed feelings about the last day. Part of me thinks that I've learned enough French to put into practice, but another part of me feels like I've only minimally progressed. I couldn't have been better instructed; in fact, my professor surpassed all of my expectations. I'll definitely recommend the courses to someone looking for professional French instruction, and I now understand why the school was so highly recommended to me. Still, I'm happy that it's over, and I'm looking forward to what comes next for me in Paris.

In other news, I've made progress on the health-coverage front. Today, I received my carte vitale, which means I can now get reimbursed for my medical visits [practically] right away instead of having to turn in paperwork and wait for the money to show up in my bank account. On top of that, today I picked up my new contacts and glasses from l'opticien, and I couldn't be happier. I was able to get two pairs of glasses - a light-weight titanium pair that I'll wear at home or when I'm looking for a lighter feel, and another more trendy pair of plastic frames that I'll wear when I don't feel like doing contacts. They also supplied me with a year-and-a-half's worth of disposable contact lenses and six bottles of contact solution. The last two bottles of regular, ol' contact solution I bought in Paris were 20 and 22€ each! Gui has a great insurance plan that will reimburse 100% of our costs, so I'm feeling really lucky about my new eyes. It's still a strange feeling for me to know that when I need to get glasses or contacts, I can just go and get 'em without having to call my health insurance and plan in advance how I'm going to pay for the eye-doctor's visit, frames, lenses and contacts. Next up is a trip to the dentist to see what's going on with this aching tooth I've noticed of late. After having good experiences with the eye doctor and opticien, and now that I have a nifty new carte vitale in my possession, getting my health shiz together is warranting more attention and less procrastination.

The titanium pair. I like how they look like they're barely there. They feel like it, too.

My trendy, little plastic ones. I tried on about 100 pair before finally settling on these. I wanted a different pair for every day of the week.

7 comments:

Crystal said...

cute lunettes! I have to go to the optometrist too...how long did you wait to get an appointment? Did you have to pay for the glasses and stuff upfront and they reimbursed you after? I think Max's police mutuelle covers most of the cost too but i'll have to check...glasses in france are très chères sinon!

You down for coffee one night this week?

Susu said...

I think that you made good choices with your glasses. Very cute and stylish. Looks like your French life is getting more and more together too. Good going!

Jennie said...

Glad to hear your experience at the eye doctor was good. My experience has always been good too. My contacts are free every year, but I did have to pay 130 € for glasses last year. And omg, contact solution is so expensive here!

I went to the dentist once last year, and it wasn't anything spectacular. The dentist barely looked at my teeth, scraped off the tartar with a slightly painful drill-like machine, and told me not to come back for another year. I miss American dentists and their idea of prevention rather than just fixing problems as they arise...

Mathieu said...

Hi Sarah.

Great choice, those titanium glasses fit you very nicely!

I use this opportunity to wish you a happy new year, full of surprises, good food and great friends! I'm glad to see from these smilly pictures that the gloomy mood you seemed to be in when you returned to France has completely vanished. Welcome back! :)

Emily Marie said...

love the glasses! I went and got my eyes checked last week for the first time in 2 years! However, at the opticien, they said Jerome's mutuelle covers 100% of the lenses and only up to 150 euros for the glasses. I was really hoping for some cute Chanel ones or something :( I guess we'll have to see!

I just sent in my paper with my picture to get the Carte Vitale...around how long did you end up waiting?

Carolina said...

you finished your scarf!!! that's awesome!! I want one :P

Oh, nice glasses btw :)

Josephine said...

Quit putting down the language of your adopted country! Get out there and practice your language! In the words of John Travolta...(from "Get Shorty"...)"How long you gonna be scared?"

PS: I love the specs! Quite fetching, I must say.

-Mom