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29 April 2008 @ 05:25 pm
Well, it killed some time...not much though.

21 April 2008 @ 02:52 pm
Hi everyone!

karlita inspired me to write this by reminding me that this group exists! It has been inactive for a while, so in an effort to pick things up a bit (and see who is still out there....), here is a question:

What do you do (think, say, read, etc.) to remember the teachings of the Course, and to remember to apply them to your daily life?
01 February 2008 @ 06:23 pm
I've been taking advantage of free wireless internet in the city to research graduate schools. I'm looking at programs in Library and Information Science because, of course, that's what I want to do. I want to do distance learning because I really don't want to go back to school in person. So I've basically narrowed it down to like 7 schools, and really narrowed it down to 3:

Valdosta State University

PROS: CHEAP!!! Like, the whole program, tuition and fees, at the current rate would cost under $7000. That is freaking awesome. They also have a couple of interesting concentrations available, and since it's in state, I have the option of taking "hybrid" classes where you have to actually show up every once in a while.

CONS: It's Valdosta State University

University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee

PROS: Good name; relatively cheap for an out of state program; can be completed 100% online, so I would never have to go there

CONS: Although relatively cheap, it'll still be over $23,000...that's still a lot; it can be completed 100% online, but you don't get as good of a selection of classes

University of Arizona

PROS: Good name; relatively cheap for an out of state program; almost entirely online

CONS: Would still cost over $25,000; I would have to go to Arizona for a week long orientation; wouldn't get a full selection of classes since not ALL are offered online

So what do you think? The only thing that Valdosta State really has against it is that it's Valdosta State, and that it's a brand new program (but really that's not that bad). But it's an accredited program, it's geographically available (without flying), and it's CHEAP!!!!

So do I go to the cheap but less good school, or pay the big bucks for the good name?

Right now I'm leaning to sucking it up and going to Valdosta. Come on, no more student loans (or minimal loans). Sweet.

30 January 2008 @ 03:20 pm
So, I realized recently (and it´s sad that it took me this long to realize it, but you know, I´m just now getting around to thinking about moving again and stuff)...I am really never going to get to live with Becky again. That´s sad. The times that I lived with her were really the best living situations I think that I´ve ever had. :-( Maybe we can be neighbors at least. Or maybe I can come over and just sleep on her couch sometimes, if Matt doesn´t mind...
28 December 2007 @ 11:36 am
Hey Georgia people--especially those GA people who are now teachers, and ESPECIALLY if you are doing the fast-track thing. I have a question for you:

As a school librarian (or whatever they're called now) needs to have a teaching certificate, can a person, after they get their master's, get a job at a school library and do the fast-track thing to get the teaching certificate? It makes sense to me, but then again, I don't really know about the fast-track program. So please tell me! It's important!
24 November 2007 @ 04:18 pm
Thanksgiving was awesome. Peace Corps DR does a Thanksgiving party at a resort in the capital every year, and we all went last year, but this year Maureen, Julie, Erin and I decided that we wouldn´t go and that we would do our own Thanksgiving with our Dominican boyfriends, friends and families, and real American Thanksgiving food (but unfortunately no pool).

Well, we didn´t have water, lights, measuring cups or spoons, cooking utensils, or half of the ingredients that we needed, but we had our will and determination, the improvisation techniques that we have honed over the last year, and some great Dominican women helping us. We also had the realization that you don´t REALLY need to measure ingredients. Or refrigerate.

And everything turned out GREAT!!! The food was awesome, and once the Dominicans got over their fear of our cooking, they ate almost everything. We ended up feeding almost 30 people. We had turkey (brought live from the campo in Elias Pîña and killed in the the evening before), ham, stuffing, moro de guandules (rice and chickpeas, we didn´t want any scared Dominicans to go hungry), mashed potatoes, spinach salad, carrots, cranberry sauce, homemade mac and cheese, cornbread, carrot bread...there may have been more, I don´t remember. We also had homemade pumpkin and apple pies for dessert, and pumpkin cheesecakes.

We are so awesome. I can´t believe we pulled it off.

Oh! And since Jory came to the capital for dinner and we didn´t have a bed to sleep in for 2 people, we went to a hostal and I had my first hot shower in like 15 months. It only lasted about 5 minutes, but it was great! And they had AC and a pillowtop matress!
17 October 2007 @ 08:23 am
All right, I can't promise that I'll make a consistent effort to update this thing, but I'm making an effort right now, and that's what counts.

*The national Escojo conference was Monday-Wednesday of last week. Escojo (short for "Yo escojo mi vida," "I choose my life") is the HIV/AIDS course for youth that we do. Despite some minor issues with half of my group backing out at the last possible minute, the girls I did bring and I had a great time. They learned new things and met new people, and I sat around with my friends and got to eat 2 pieces of cake. And best of all, we all made it back alive and well, so their parents didn't put their trust in me for nothing.

*The general rule here is that people die in clusters, which occur about every 6 months, and we are in one now. In addition to the 5 or 6 other people in neighboring towns that I don't know that have died in the last 2 weeks, my neighbor to the left, Gloria, died last week (she was relatively old and chronicly ill), and then Rafaelito hung himself (completely unrelated to Gloria). That one is more upsetting, just because he was closer to my age and we hung out every once in a while. He was always friendly, but very quiet, and nobody had any idea that the problems that he had were that severe. People are convinced that he did it because he owed some money that he couldn't pay back, but he only owed like RD$10,000 (about $300 US). It doesn't really seem like something you might kill yourself over, but hey, who am I to make that decision. Anyway, it was also more upsetting because half the street went over to look at him before they even took his body down. Is that really necessary?

*Now that I've cancelled most of my meetings for like 2 weeks (for the Escojo conference and now the funerals), I'm worried that I'm not going to finish my current training groups before all of the business in the capital starts in mid-November. I suppose I could get out a calendar and actually find out, but I don't really want to look at the calendar right now.

*Otherwise I think things are going pretty well. My cat (Palito de queso) is doing well, as far as I know. Things with Jory have been going very well (up until last night, he is pissy about something he won't tell me about). I should be getting back on track with work by tomorrow. And I'm going home in less than 2 months now for Christmas.

So that's it!
24 September 2007 @ 04:20 pm
So Peace Corps officially won't let me go home for Becky's wedding, which really pisses me off.

However, in an attempt to look on the bright side of things, this means that I can come home for Christmas! And hopefully Becky will have more time to hang out when she's not worrying about wedding stuff.

SO I will be coming home Dec 13-Jan 2. Please, nobody buy me a Christmas present, because I cannot afford to buy YOU a Christmas present! However, do make plans to come and pick me up from my house to hang out with me! I won't have a car, but I will have time, and I want to see everybody! I also want to eat a LOT of restaurant food. I plan to be nice and gordita by the time I come back here.

So start making plans!