well. here we are. 9 pm on a thursday night.
honestly, i couldn’t think of another way to start that post. i suppose this would be more appropriate and quite fitting:
i was talking to my dad last night, and he suggested that since this blog is to express the experiences of my time in the peace corps that i should write about it. so…HERE WE GO!
i guess to skip all the build up, as really i have become more and more blunt during my service, namely because i can’t talk all rico suave in spanish…this has started to limit my english as well…but to get us back on track, i am/was/almost out of a little rut in my service. you know, during training they shared with us, multiple times, a handy graph with quite the squiggly, curvaceous line drawn across it that showed how the emotions of the volunteer can fluctuate during your 27 months in country…and about what time you experience these, and according to the graph, this one is right on time. honestly, i wouldn’t even say that the line on my graph has been as squiggly as the one they showed us in training, but i wouldn’t say that i am at a high point at the current moment.
now, before you all start calling me and sending me tons of care packages (which i am more than okay with), i am emotionally okay. i am not sad. i am not depressed. in fact, i am pretty happy. i am just in an in between hump (or rut). i came back to site from an incredible vacation, and i returned to blazing heat and few weeks to kill before i start my summer programs.
in my site, during the month of january, everyone is out planting the rice and/or traveling to lima to cool off, so my socios urged that we start our programs the last week of january. well, they are going to be awesome because i have been preparing away for them…maybe over preparing now. to help fill the time, i wanted to start my world map project and have that completed with the kids who are still hanging around town. however, my municipality is having me wait because they are going to repaint the wall that i want to use…hopefully this is sooner rather than later. i am also working on making some concrete plans for my next year of work and procrastinating on my final touches of my community diagnostic (it’s like a cockroach…it never dies…) and working with a group in town on trying to start some cultural workshops…but this has started to go from a collaborative project to me pushing and begging for us to meet to finalize details.
anyways, the truth of the matter is, no matter what, i have about one more week before my programs start, and honestly, i hate not being busy and it’s my job to get me out of this. i found myself watching too much of the oc…such good television…and not being able to settle on reading just one book…and having terrible nights of sleep….mainly because it is just too hot. i can’t open the window at night due to bugs (i have a mosquito net…), and i also have to worry about rats entering my room through the window as well…so, closed it stays.
so, if this is my job to get me out of this, what does one do?: well, to start with, i thought i would try to start some semblance of a routine. i mean, really, when else in my life, am i going to have the hours where i can leisurely include: studying my scriptures (english & spanish), studying my spanish, exercise, yoga, napping, and whatever else i would like to include and still have plenty of time to go out and do work…and maybe catch an episode of the oc….so really, i am kind of lucky…before my service, i was always a go-go-go person, and filled my schedule with things for all hours of the day.
another thing i have done is created a list of small projects i wanted to around my house for my family: make a solar oven (put this heat to some use), create an herb garden for my family (put all the plastic bottles to use), make shrinky dinks with samia in the aforementioned solar oven, and the list continues.
so really, at the end of the day: i am okay. and soon, i am going to be great. but right now, i don’t have too much to share…but in case you were wondering here are a few highlights of the last week and a half back in site:
- earlier this week, i went to the circus with my friend, cinthia, and i think it was my favorite circus experience i have ever had…with the exception being the first time i went as a small child…i still have my souvenir cup from the sno-cone i had. but really, i was a little nervous, namely because it was 2 soles, and at that price, i wasn’t convinced that the animals would be humanely treated…i mean circus animals aren’t even humanely treated in the us…BUT to my delight, there were no animals. just some good ol’ fashioned clown tricks and other fun talents were shared. i will definitely have to go when the next one rolls into town.
- last week, i taught some kids how to sing adele’s “rolling in the deep,” as some kids wanted to learn the song. i had some time to kill, so it became music class in my house.
- tonight i took my first cold shower since being in site (i have been using the awesome solar shower ang sent me here with…it’s been a delight). and you know what? it was like heaven. seriously, it has been so hot here that the shower, literally, cooled my body down. it was AMAZING. i can’t wait for the next one.
- yesterday, i went to sand my wall that i was going to use for the world map project, and made a new friend…lenin…who kindly told me i was doing it wrong and showed me how to do it correctly. unfortunately, today we learned that we sanded in vain. however, the silver lining is that that the muni is doing the hard stuff for me…just on their schedule…
- also, while out sanding, i looked down at my leg only to realize that summer really is upon us. not because it is 90 degrees right now without a/c and we are not even in the hottest parts of the heat yet…BUT because i had been outside for only 20 minutes or so and on my left leg between my knee and my ankle i counted 19 new mosquito bites (not including the 4 that were already there)…and the 6 on my right leg. honestly, i don’t know why they went only for my left leg. however, i think calamine lotion is a new look that i am going to own this summer, because i am tearing my legs apart scratching them.
- today i learned that the “channel up” button no longer exists on the tv, so if you want to change the channel you can only go down. honestly, i don’t know how long it’s been that way…i think this was the first time i turned on the tv since being back in site.
- speaking of tv, i watched about 10 minutes of “downton abbey” tonight while it was on the british channel…awesome!
- one more thing about tv, also learned tonight that we now get the byu-tv channel…which is funny. one thing you should now about the cable here, is that i think all of the local tv’s are linked to some master tv and some guy decides what channels we will get because they are constantly changing…anyways, awesome that we get byu-tv because i got about 10 minutes of the byu basketball game tonight…so hopefully this channel is still around when it’s football season.
- and then i was over watching tv.
- OH and i can’t believe i almost forgot…i live 90 minutes from the ocean…so, you better believe i bought a boogie board!!!
with that. my brain is fried. i am going to read for a little while until i can fall asleep…