The test is over, and it's just as anti-climactic as I expected. Four hours, twenty painstakingly hand-scribbled pages, and one frantically gulped pint later, and we all tromped en masse into our two hour lecture class, ten minutes late. Since our group comprised exactly 5/8 of the class, and considering that we collectively stank of beer and cigarettes, our arrival was immediately noticeable. Our professor said he was "touched" that we all came. I wonder if he was as touched by our valiant efforts to overcome the soporific effects of exhaustion and alcohol, as we fought to stay awake for an hour and a half lecture on "Le nénuphar blanc."
Class finally over, I caught a few quick minutes of shut-eye on the couch in the office and then joined a couple of my fellow test-takers and friends for wine (French, bien sur) and mac and cheese at Silvertone. Afterwards, I stumbled home through the ice and cold, my internal clock swearing that it was 11:30, although my watch protested that it was only 8:30. Then, it was home and a quick cuddle with my new friend, who happened to be in the neighborhood (as it also happens to be his neighborhood), and stopped by to say hi.
Calling it a long day would perhaps be an understatement, but at last, I made it to bed (alone, thankyouverymuch), and drifted off into a restless slumber. After doing a fairly good job, I think, of remaining pretty calm and nonchalant and frankly-my-dear-I-don't-give-a-damn about this test, I woke up in the middle of the night panicked, and I couldn't figure out why. It's over, I told myself. What's wrong with you? Go back to sleep.
In any case, my subconscious perhaps knew better than I, that it is not in fact over, unfortunately. Oh, and if you can help me write a 20-page paper on Mallarmé in 5 days, send me an e-mail or something. Otherwise, drink some wine for me, and try not to miss me too much. I should be back sometime before 2008, though I will likely be reduced to a hollow ghost of my former self, a mere shell of a human being. And just in time for Christmas!
Cheers, all. A bientôt.