I think the immersion is working. I'm a lot more comfortable listening to the radio people speak quickly about complicated topics, and reading the newspaper no longer feels like a chore. Also, I think the flash cards are working too. I'm happy with my decision of how I laid them out because it really forces me to think about what the word _means_ rather than just what pattern of letters or sounds fits in this sentence.
I wrote a letter to my federal member of parliament about getting the Canadian equivalent of the FSI courses made available somehow. My MP is Gilles Duceppe, so I wrote the letter in French and counted it as a lang-8 post.