May 2008


Yesterday was a shopping extravaganza. I looked everywhere for ankle-length skirts and couldn’t find them (even online!). Finally Phil and I stopped by Ross and score! long skirts far as the eye can see. I bought three good quality skirts, and only spent about 35 dollars. I heart Ross. They saved me in the Rainboot Fiasco of January 2008, and they saved me now. I’m really trying to be conscious of what I’m wearing in Benin, part of me wants to go fuck it, its going to be hot, give me spaghetti straps and some daisy dukes (not really), but then I understand the cultural differences so I am making ways.

On everything else I’m essentially starting from scratch. Before Peace Corps blogs/lists I’d never heard of chacos, or solar powered battery chargers, or surge protectors. I didnt know leatherman vs swiss army knives. I couldnt imagine a use for knife sharpeners or carrot peelers (wtf? carrots are peeled?). Breatheable fabrics in L.A. means wearing less clothes. Work clothes meant heels, a skirt, tights and a nice blouse. Now I have to find a hybrid of presentability and comfortableness. This whole process of packing and preparing for two years has been sooo stressing yet at the same time totally exciting! It’s amazing how far out of my box I’m stepping. I thought Paris was a stretch. Moving to France was stepping out of my box, moving to Africa is jumping out of my box and running out of the freakin box factory.

 

*UPDATE* I forgot to mention Las Vegas! I actually went but it was very underwhelming, it probably would have been better to go when I had just turned 21 with a bunch of girls. Instead I went a little older and wiser…but pretty much too old for that shit. 3-Foot long Margaritas…it makes me sick and not in the fun way, in the ‘this is way too much sugar’ way. And buffets aren’t as good as I remember them. I did have fun though. I love the concept of ‘free’ drinks even though I just spent about 10 bucks in 5 minutes on the slots waiting for that drink. And might I add that drunk frenchmen are just…GREAT!

 

Just a quick note before I get back to my work. I’m so proud right now to live in a state that, under a heavily Republican influenced State Supreme Court, ruled in favor of gay marriage. It has helped pave the way for the rest of the United States to follow suit. I know it’s not over…that enough signatures will be gathered by the religious right to put up an amendment on the ballot in November, and it does scare me a little. But it also motivates me. Still…kudos CALI!

 

In PC news. I dont mean to sound snobby or superficial but I went to REI yestrday to look for some ‘breatheable fabrics’ and clothes….the prospects are NOT good. I know I need it…because in the end I need to sacrifice look for comfort but JEEZ.

The months of anticipation are finally over! I’m heading to BENIN!

 

I had sort of guessed this is where I’d end up…but it doesnt make it any less wonderful;) Can’t wait!

 

Shit….now I REALLY have to start getting everything ready! Selling my car, quitting my job, buying loads of crap, visiting friends/family, saying goodbye!!!!

Last weekend I went to San Diego for Kim’s birthday it was super fun. Only I didnt study for my GRE which is in two days and I know I’m going to blow it big time. Ugh. I hate Geometry! I hate Word Comparisons!

I STILL haven’t gotten my Medical Clearance from Peace Corps and its REALLY starting to worry me now. I only have two months till my anticipated departure date….what if I get bumped? What if I can’t go till next year!? What if I can’t go to Africa? omgomgomg. These are all the thoughts that creep into my mind and keep me up at night. In the Application process they said patience is key… so I’m really trying very hard to not worry. But everyone else on the facebook group is getting their countries! ughh…im gonna stop thinking about it because it will start to worry me even more.

Anyways…San Diego was great and there will be pictures soon. Kim got wasted and danced by herself in the middle of the dance floor. There is an amazing photo of her giving a gangsta face but she didnt post it on facebook. boo. I didnt drink too much because of the “Long Beach” incident last week. Long story short there was an open bar and I took full advantage. So this week I really wanted to have a fun time and remember everything. And I did; fun times at the club, wine bar, din din;). FOOD FOOD: Eritrean, Vietnamese (which phil reminded me I HAVE had before in Paris w/Brandy…totally forgot) Mexican (scarfed down at 3am), Sushi…yummie!

We hung out at the beach swam in the pool summer stuff. fun fun. I’m so excited for it to be warm again. I got a henna tatoo of the wings that I want…and its really making me consider getting a real one.  I just can’t imagine commiting to anything for my whole life.

 

Ok sorry this blog is totally random and all over the place. But really thats where I am in life right now. 2 more weeks till I’m back in SD, for Ali’s B-day and I’m trying to convince Phil into a trip to Vegas on Memorial Day…probably wont work out….but still! I really wanna go!

I’ll leave you with an image of the club…as we were about to leave….

kim: alone and intoxicated but still P.I.M.P. Happy 22nd!

ok peace