Thanksgiving 2007

Yesterday was the start of saying goodbye. It was my last Thanksgiving with family for a few years, if all goes as planned. It was a fun, happy, warm and yummy thanksgiving, tinges with a bit of sadness. My daughter and my new son-in-law had it at their house. Liz cooked up a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Fiya, my granddaughter and their niece, was there and so was Liz’s friend Sammi. After dinner we girls watched football with Eric. Love that player named Kitten or was it Witten? We ate to much. We laughed a ton.

I love my family

My family is crazy, loving, supportive, funny and loud! I am going to miss the convergence of personalities that make my family. They  better come visit me!


OLPC On Order!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today I bought the cute little green computer created by One Laptop Per Child. I set my alarm for 5:45 a.m. so I could order the minute it became available at 6:00 a.m. this morning. AND I GOT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This will be another lesson in patience! They hope they can ship them all by Christmas! oh my! So instead of a birthday present for myself I guess it will be a Christmas present for myself.

I of course want this computer because it was designed for just the conditions I will be living in when I am in Africa. It’s practically indestructible, open source software, loaded with video, audio, networking etc.

I will of course share what I find as I play with this new toy/tool.

If you bought on and live in the Hartford Area please join my Facebook Group OLPC Hartford CT.


Medical paperwork REDUX!

Last week 4 pages of my medical history came back to me. I had to write an essay about how I go a scar on my left thumb! OK so I was a Klutz in Jr High School does that have to brand me for life!!!! be in my official Peace Corps documentation? At a Girl Scout sleepover we learned how to make a piece of wood catch fire if there was no kindling around to start the fire. They were called fuzz sticks. OK so even the name sounds a little ridiculous! You made them by using a jackknife to cut slivers of the stick away from the main stick. These slivers then would catch fire. So I missed and cut a sliver from my left thumb. no big deal. At least I didn’t try to catch my thumb on fire after that!!

Luckily or maybe not so luckily I was sick the day after these papers came back to me. Had to visit the doctor so she could fill out the appropriate info. i.e. we forgot to check a few yes or no questions. There was no follow up for a surgery I had 4 years ago and she had to document that i was not taking cholesterol medication because one paper from the doctor’s office said I was.

I am waiting to go to East Hartford to the medical records division of my surgeon for the surgery that happened over 4 years ago. I can’t remember when I first went to the doctor for this problem or when the surgery was.

Then then then my medical paperwork will be finished!!!!

Slow 3/4 Time

May 30 2007  – it’s been 6 months since I sent in my application for the Peace Corps

July  14 2007 – it’s been 3 1/2 months since I was nominated to serve in Africa

Sept  2007 – its been  1 1/2 months since I sent in my medical information

Nov. 19, 2007 – I turn 50

June 2008 – Africa working in Information Technology

I am a very linear person. I like to know where I am going, how long it will take me to get there and all the steps in between. This wait has surely been a learning experience for me.  Between my 50th birthday in Granby and June 2008 in Africa there are so many steps. And the worst part is I don’t know half of them.


What language will I speak? I would love to begin learning that language or at least listening to it!


What will I need what will i want and how much can i take with me.  How much can i purchase there?


How will I communicate with people back home? The world IS smaller but only if you have internet access where you are living. I won’t own a cell. Too expensive.

I feel like I am doing a waltz when I want to be jitterbugging!



Settled In

I have settled in to my new place and am actually spending some time here. It’s because I got that bug that’s going around but never the less I am getting physically and emotionally acclimated to my new space.  No regrets about leaving the apartment.  My downstairs neighbor was a horror. I could never be quiet enough to pass a week without her pounding on the ceiling or stomping around in her apartment after i got up from my recliner or went to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I will not miss her. I also won’t miss Fish Enterprises. Please don’t rent from them. They are so big they have forgotten who, the renters, has made them so big!

I have not regrets because  this is getting me one step closer to my goal of going to Africa with the Peace Corps. I may have said before but I’ll risk repeating myself – I know this room in this house could feel like a luxury suite in the finest hotel. I have a garage, a garage door opener, running hot and cold water, central heat and air, a mattress, a fridge, a washer and dryer etc.  My house mate is very friendly and personable.

Just waiting on my medical clearance to find out where and when for sure.


Moving Sale – Red Sox

This weekend was busy and crazy. My moving sale was Saturday and Sunday and the Red Sox won the American League Pennant! My friends and family came to support me as I divested myself of my worldly goods. So it was a riotous time instead of a sad time. My friend Helen was a tad frustrated with my willingness to “give things away” but I think I finally won her over! Many interesting people came through my door. One gentleman was chatting with Helen and I and his wife finally said “come help me shop”! Cyndi played monkey in the middle with my granddaughter, Fiya and I. Cyndi, Pat and Jeanette helped pack up things for storage and the salvation army. Liz, my daughter, came to check on me because I didn’t answer my phones. I gave her husband a small package of audio wires that she said they had enough of. never enough audio wires!


And thank you – Justin, Youk,Manny, Big Papi, Mike Lowell, J.D. Drew, Ellsbury, Lugo, Schill, Beckett and Dice K for a fantastic weekend. Looking forward to spending next weekend with you as well!




Living with less

My room has a bed, a night stand, a music cabinet, a desk, a computer, a printer, two lamps, 10 pillows – throw and sleeping – a full length mirror, a small table for my purse, a dresser, and a large closet. I have a full bath to myself and kitchen privileges. and I have a garage. I LOVE the garage! I have central heating and cooling, running water and indoor plumbing. In 8 months I am thinking this will seem like living at the Ritz.

Emotionally I am doing OK with less stuff. In fact it feels some what refreshing. My load feels lighter. It was wonderful to cancel the CL&P bill, the phone and Internet bill, the cable bill etc. The space is nice. Lynroy’s house is lovely in a quiet friendly neighborhood.

The hardest thing is sharing my space with someone else. Lynroy is very nice. He respects my privacy and space. It’s just a little hard to get use to someone else around. What does he think about singing in the shower? or will it bother him if I get up in the middle of the night? Or the crazed yelling at the TV as the Sox are skyrocketing to the end of their season in a blaze of unglory? It will be a good training ground in getting the solitude I need if I live with a host family in Africa.


Moving Day

Today is moving day. Of course I wish I didn’t have to move. I like my own space. I like my stuff. BUT this will be a good first transitional step from the land of plenty to the dark continent. Heck I’ll probably look back on renting this room as still a huge amount of space. it will be in a house with a basement and two floors. there will be indoor plumbing and running water. and i’ll be living with someone who speaks my language. maybe this is only a baby step in my transition!

Again I have loving family and friends who are helping with this transition. Always a blessing!


Making progress

Well as the Red Sox move towards the world series I move towards letting go of my stuff. sold my dining room table and chairs today. finished the bedroom, did the living room. have dining room and kitchen left. many items marked for the moving sale on the 20th and 21st.

it feels good to let go of my stuff. I really don’t need as much as i have. if i could learn to live with what i need i would have a much freer life.

My Red Sox seem to be winning for my last post season for the next two years at least. I will miss baseball. maybe i’ll introduce baseball to africa! none of this cricket stuff!


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