In the interest of this linguistic endeavor, I will now be taking a sabbatical from the English-speaking world.
A fancy way of saying that I have not gone one day without speaking, hearing, or seeing English since I have arrived in France, and I'm feeling a bit cheated out of my "immersion" experience. I have also spent a good deal of time and energy convincing myself and those at home that I had not, in fact, fallen off the face of the earth. And I have enjoyed doing it!
But, finding that a year is not a semester, that life does not pause at home just because I am here, and that I can't keep going with this "get by" mentality, I've decided to take some time to be fully present where I am, with whom I am, and doing what I am. I will be by no means distant (well, in the figurative sense) or unreachable: if anyone needs to urgently contact me during the week, please use the email email@example.com; any other emails can still be sent to my Manchester account (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I'll check through them on Sundays. I will ALWAYS love to hear what you have to say, I just may be a little slower getting back. I expect to try this for the next month or so.
So, I wish you all the best of months, and encourage you to take some time being "fully present" wherever it is you find yourself.