Red Sox Tickets

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Today I just got my ticket for Saturday, April 19 against Texas. This will be my last time to see the Sox before I leave the country. Boy will I miss the Red Sox. 

I had thought that I might teach baseball to my new neighbors but I don’t know a splitter from a fastball so how am I going to teach anyone THE GREAT AMERICAN PASS TIME?

Will I be able to find Red Sox baseball on short wave radio? Will there be Red Sox fans in Africa when I get there? Will there be Red Sox fans in Africa when I leave? 


Telling Fiya

On Sunday’s Fiya, my 6 yr old granddaughter and I go skating at the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury. It was my Christmas present to her. She takes a group lesson then we skate together after. Yesterday her great-grandma asked me to dinner with them after skating.

During the week I talked to her grandpa, who she lives with, about telling her. We both agreed that I should tell her now and begin to prepare her for the change.

At dinner I started telling her great-grandma about the RPCV dinner I attended. I interrupted myself and asked Fiya if she had heard us talking about me going away to a new job. She said she hadn’t so I explained the basics.   When I said i would be far away I said I would like people to write me letters and send me email. I asked her to write and email and she said yes if she had help with the big words.

She asked about  all my stuff. I told her Nonie (her name for her great-grandmother) was storing some, Aunt Liz some as well and I was hoping she could take care of some of my things as well. I asked her to take care  of the hippopotamus from my car. she readily agreed and asked about the zebra from my car. So we negotiated and she will do it if I leave detailed feeding instructions.

We talked a little bit more about it then I continued my conversation with Nonie about the RPCV dinner.

I decided to take a low key approach. Acting like it was no big deal. By asking her to write and to take care of some of my things I hope to indicate that there will be a relationship however different.

Giving up being directly involved in two + years of her life is probably the biggest sacrifice I am making for this Peace Corps dream. She so young and she will change so much while I am gone.


Dr. Pepper Update

I am frequently falling off the Dr. Pepper wagon.  One a week is very hard to sbide by.  I often 2-4 a week. better than 1-3 a day but far from the mark!


The dishwasher

I Love the dishwasher more than any other household convenience. I thought it was somethiing I could live without until I got in in a house we rented in Mississippi.  One week and I was sold. It was always a must have after that. for 10 years + I have enjoyed putting my dirty disges away out of sight. letting the machine wash and dry them. and at time even storing the clean ones there for a couple of days until I was around to put them away.

When I rented my room I looked for a dishwasher. I used it the first couple of weeks but my rommie did not. So I was holding dirty dishes snd utensils  in the dishwasher and the supplies were getting low. So I decided it was time to break the habit. Well I really hate it. Not so much in the morning or weekends. Just at night after dinner.

The washing is okay. the water is warm. There is some satisfaction to cleaning dirty stuff! but the drying is the pits. So after a couple of month I have decided to allow myself to dry the dishes by setting them on the racks of the dishwasher.  This gets them off the counter, does not use electricity and they get dry without my woman power.  They have air in Africa,right?

Aren’t  air dried dishes more sanitary anyway?


XO Upgrade

Today I set aside the whole morning to upgrade my XO to build 653.  What a simple process it was.   I downloaded the files to a thumb drive. Plugged the drive into the XO. Turned on the XO holding down the keys indicated and the XO did the rest. And it was done in less than an hour.


My photo upload problem is solved.  The crazed cursor problem is solved. And my problem attaching files to email is solved. Computer seems to run a bit faster as well.

Love this little computer and I love sittingon my bed and computing.

Here’s a couple of photos of my XO on it’s pillow  on my bed.

XO Open

XO closed


Stepping Back

This week at MPOW we are learning  a new piece of software to manage our library webpage. Myself and three others were trained by the company. As usual I will train others and work with Lisa, Shirlee-Ann and Pat who went to training. That feels good and right. I get this stuff, I am a good teacher and others look to me for help with technology.

What’s  weird is that usually I would continue to be there  for  staff to come to with a problem. And they would have me to rely on to do the things  that are too technical. I would usually push myself to learn all the features of the software. Well I’m leaving and that makes my learning and  my teaching so different. This time more important than making sure I know all the ins and outs of the software I need to know that at least one and hopefully  more know the software well. Also i want to encourage them to work together to solve problems and answer questions so I’ll have to build that into the training.  And I’ll have to step back from the fun of transforming the webpage with this new software and  instead encourage others as they do the transformation.

I have high hopes that my partner in crime in tech, Sue S, will be one of the go to people and that a couple of others will join her.

I really am teaching myself out of a job this time!!!




Photo taken with my xo laptop!

good night!

Photo from my XO

After 25 minutes at dinner

After 30 minutes looking on the XO wiki

After 30 minutes searching the OLPC News Forum

I maybe able to post my first photo from my XO image application.

YEOW! That was time consuming and difficult to find the right words to search and to find someone else who was interested in where the files I created are stored in the Linux OS instead in my journal.

So keep watching and I will post a photo here soon, after work tonight? maybe.


It’s Not About Me

That is the best piece of advice I received tonight. The  CTRPCV (CT Returned Peace Corps Volunteers) met tonight in Glastonbury. They graciously allowed me and  Helen to attend.There were volunteers who served in Africa, in South America and in the Carribean. Volunteers who served in the 60s,  70s, 80s, 90s and 00s.

I decided to ask each of them for a  memory and for advice to someone just joining. The woman who served in Seirra Leon said to open my heart to the African people.  The Person who served in the Dominican said everything that is right is wrong and everything that is wrong is right.  May favorite piece of advice was that this is not about me but about helping the people I am living with at what ever place they need help.

I would encourage any of you going to the Peace Corps to find your local RPCV chapter. they are  a great source of information and support. My chapter welcomed me like a new sibling. I learned about a group in Ct that sends books to PCVs. THE CT group raises funds to support projects of current CT PCVs.  and i heard something about an alhoa

Some News

For the girl who knew in 7th grade that she was going to go to Gordon College in Wenham, Mass not know when and where I am going is very hard. I am a planner and an organizer.  If I am at the 10th step of a project I want to know when I will be at step 15 and what I need to do to get to step 15 and I want to know what step 20 will be and approximately when I will get there.  

I am practicing my patience. Practice in the sense that I would practice piano to improve my playing so this waiting for the final invitation is an improvement of my patience.  When I begin to worry “How will I get everything in order if they give me only 6 weeks notice” I calm my self and think of the things I can do NOW even if I don’t know the exact date.  I try to keep busy with family and friends. So I am learning that keeping busy and not worrying is the best way to wait.

So the news. The news is that there is no news except that the Placement Office now has my file and I should here 3 months to 6 weeks before I am scheduled to be in country.


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