Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sometimes I'm smart.

I went to yoga and was gone approximately 3 hours. 
During this time I:

Left my apartment window wide open. (I am on the first floor and my computer is under the window)
Left my paper IKEA lamp on. (fire hazard?)
Left my car door windows open while at yoga- and it poured kitties and puppies. 

Then I got home from yoga and texted while in the bathtub- which will someday lead to a iphone dropping in the water and drowning. 

I also went to yoga not-so-hydrated, but managed to keep from passing out or puking up the absurd amount of coffee I consumed today. 

I have put off all exemplars for my lesson plans (anybody want to make a paper-mache mask for me), an art history paper, and other schooly work due soon. I want to fast forward to May and graduate. But then I'm sure when the "real world" is in front of me I will want to rewind and continue to be in college for the rest of my life. 

I HAVE almost completed my Peace Corps application, though. 
Tell me, how do I answer this without sounding completely cliché?

"1) Your reasons for wanting to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer; and
2) How these reasons are related to your past experiences and life goals."
                              Florence, Top-o-Duomo, Transport me here pronto

I had good intentions and left out all of my painting goods to go work tonight. But am I going to? Noooo, no no. 
I don't even have the energy to make myself food- not even the boxed microwavable variety. And when Jennifer's don't make time for food- something is wrong. I want the Tuscan women from my time in Italy to come live with me and make me this daily. Is that too much to ask?

Mmmmmmm. Sleep. 

Goodnight friends. 


Flapjacks said...

all answers to those questions must be cliche by now. don't sweat it.

TexasDeb said...

So tell US instead. Why do you want to go? Honesty counts.

My daughter told me yesterday she was tired of being a grown up. She didn't want to have to make any more important/life course changing decisions and she didn't want to take her first year finals.

She did want somebody to come make her dinner and tuck her in at night.

I get that. I totally do.

PassivePastry said...

here ya have it... some of it at least.
I want to:::

Be immersed in another culture

Become fluent in another language

I’m at a time in my life where I am not “stuck” in a sense anywhere or tied to anyone. i will be done with school, with an education and art degree and am not ready to jump right into teaching in public schools.

I’ve been thinking of doing this off and on for four years, weighing my options

I wanna travel, yo

This not only will let me leave the country for two years and not worry about paying off my loans, but it will help pay off a percentage of my loans for every year completed. They also offer some programs at different universities that offer masters in art education specifically for those who have finished the Peace Corps. Debt and loans is going to be a big burden on me in the future but the Peace Corps eases that stress and lets me do something big and great without worrying about paying off crap.

While I have strong desires to go to central or south America and learn Spanish, there is something really exciting about not knowing for certain where I will be sent. I put the Philippines/pacific islands as a second choice. I think I could handle most places as long as it’s not a tiny remote village in Africa.

I was able to visit my friend in Macedonia for a few weeks and experience first hand some of her duties as a volunteer. She was able to raise money and get shoes for the Turkish children in her city so they could attend school. I was in awe of her skills at navigating this new country and talking with all of the locals in their language. Not to mention the culinary aspects, and trying the best watermelon I will ever eat in my entire life. And the worst version of “cake” possible

I want to challenge myself and go through with something that is really quite frightening- leaving my home for over two years, going to a foreign undeveloped place, working independently in a lot of new situations. If that doesn’t foster the growth of me as a person I don’t know what will. And who knows, maybe I’ll get to change some lives along the way.

if i was able to do something involving community based art that would be ideal. no matter what happens or what assignment i receive (if accepted), i will find a way to incorporate art and food into whatever i do.

TexasDeb said...

That doesn't come across as cliché at all. Very logical actually. You, the Corps and the people you will serve all benefit in various ways from your commitment.

I just hope you end up someplace you can still blog. Two years of no moonlit wenis would be too long!