One of my favorite trends that I’ve been seeing on blogs lately is the “virtual coffee date”. The idea behind this type of blog post is to share happenings, thoughts, etc. as if I were having coffee with one of you. Since I can’t jump in my car and meet you at the nearest coffee shop, I’ll sip my Starbucks instant coffee (the closest thing to real coffee in my life right now) and tell you what’s been on my mind lately.
If we were having coffee I would tell you . . . that today I’m enjoying my favorite Sunday ritual of late. My day began by sleeping in (thought apparently I cannot sleep past 8 AM anymore) and then lazing around in bed watching TV for an hour or so. Eventually I pried myself out of my cocoon to eat breakfast and enjoy my first cup of coffee of the day and then caught up on work for a few hours. I went for a 10K run in the late morning, showered, lunched, and spent the afternoon studying Spanish and re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Normally I go over to my counterpart’s house on Sunday afternoons to lesson plan for the week, but I didn’t go today because I won’t be at school most of the week. I don’t know what’s in store for the evening but I generally study English with my little host sister in the evenings. This is my perfect lazy yet productive Sunday to recharge me for the week ahead.
If we were having coffee I would tell you . . . that I am pretty excited for the All-Volunteer conference later this week. This is the one time of the year during which all the PCVs in Georgia get together so I’m looking forward to seeing everyone. While the conference will be busy and I have several tasks (interviewing and selecting new members for the Life Skills Committee and co-facilitating an informational session on SELF Camp) to accomplish, I’m happy to have time with friends.
If we were having coffee I would tell you . . . my computer is on its last legs. Considering I’ve had my computer since I started college, it’s been a good investment. But it’s slowly breaking down and the newest development is that the mouse seems to have a mind of its own. It’s constantly highlighting, clicking on, and moving things on its own accord. Luckily I’m getting a new computer at Christmas, but I’m hoping that my computer can hang in until then.
If we were having coffee I would tell you . . . that I’m close to wrapping up the grad school application process. I have already submitted a common application for three public health schools and am getting close to submitting my remaining applications. I’m no longer spending two or three hours after school every day editing essays, revising my resume, or filling out applications, which is a huge relief. As a result, I now have way more free time than I’ve had all semester and I’m at a loss with what I should do with myself.
If we were having coffee I would tell you . . . everything is going really well at school. I have been working closely with my peer educators and they facilitated a hygiene training for other students last week. The training went smoothly and I have already trained the peer educators on the topic of nutrition for their next training. I’ll write more about the trainings and the final product of the multi-purpose room renovation in another blog post soon. I also had my annual site visit from my program manager this past week and everything was very positive, so I’m feeling good about the progress I’ve made at school and my contributions to my community.
If we were having coffee I would tell you . . . there’s an inverse relationship between the temperature and my coffee consumption. As the temperature drops outside, I find myself craving hot coffee more and more. I always have a cup of coffee in the morning, but now always seem to want another cup after coming home from school. There’s just something about holding a warm mug of coffee while answering emails or snuggling up with a good book. If only there was better coffee in Georgia…
If we were having coffee I would tell you . . . mandarin season is here! It’s that time of the year again during which mandarins are abundant and cheap. I bought a kilo of mandarins in Ozurgeti a few days ago for 80 tetri – that’s 2.2 delicious pounds of mandarins for less than 60 cents. Mandarins are the perfect snack after class, after a tough yoga session, while reading, while studying, and just because. Please don’t ever leave, mandarin season.
If we were having coffee I would tell you . . . even though I’m happy in Georgia and my time in the Peace Corps has been very positive, I still have multiple countdowns running in my head.
The current countdowns:
3 days until All-Vol
Less than 6 weeks until end of the semester/London with my family and Mark
A month and a half until Amsterdam with Mark
4 1/2 months until AMERICA and Allie’s wedding
Less than 8 months left in Georgia
Now go enjoy a cup of good coffee for me and I’ll join you for a real coffee date back in the US soon enough.