Lately, part one & part two
Time has been moving both very slowly and very quickly since I got back from vacation in early January. The remaining two weeks of winter vacation were both incredibly productive (editing a healthy lifestyles training book and preparing for the training of trainers at the end of January) yet utterly lazy (reading all day, watching TV, literally not leaving the house for four days straight). School started back up on January 20th and I’m trying to make the most out of my last semester. Some classes have been going really well so far this semester, while others make me crazy.
Other things that have been happening lately:
- Prior to going to a training at the end of January, I spent a weekend in Tbilisi with Mark and some friends. The highlight of that weekend: visiting a dog shelter on the outskirts of Tbilisi. I had heard about the shelter before and was finally able to motivate myself to get up and out early that Saturday morning. A whole group of us went and we were each given a dog to walk. I asked for a dog to run with and was given the most hyper dog. After realizing that we were never going to run more than 10 feet at a time, I swapped with my friend for a much calmer dog and finally found my canine running buddy. It was a gorgeous day out and we had a great run around the lake near the shelter. I spent the rest of my time at the shelter playing with and petting all of the other dogs. It was really nice to see a place where dogs are treated well in Georgia, as the cruel treatment of dogs (and other animals) is one of the things I dislike most here.
- At the end of January there was a one-day monitoring and evaluation training for all of the PCVs in country. It was fun to see everyone, but (as generally happens at these conferences) I was in extreme sleep deprivation mode by the end.
- The annual Healthy Lifestyles Training of Trainers, put on by the Life Skills Committee, followed the one-day training. This training was for the G13s (the group of PCVs that arrived last April) and their counterparts, so I was there to help facilitate the training as a member of the Life Skills Committee. I presented the concept of Behavior Change Communication Theory (a positive behavior change theory) to the group on the second day of the training, helped with small activities, and helped ensure that everything went smoothly. The training was a big success and a lot of fun!
The Life Skills Committee
ToT Participants in Bazaleti
- When I got back from the ToT, my host mom told me that our dog had given birth to a puppy while I was gone. I’m pretty sure I was (and still am) the most excited person in the family about the arrival of a new puppy. I’ve been going out to the chicken coop, where it’s currently living, to check on it each day. The puppy is still nameless because my host mom claims that it’s too young to have a name yet, but I’m going to give it a name anyways. Any suggestions?
My new best friend
- Another thing that happened when I got back from the ToT: frozen water pipes for a week. That means no running water for a week and limited water for flushing toilets, washing hands and faces, and washing dishes. After six days sans shower, I managed to take a shower at my friend’s apartment in Ozurgeti and the next day the water came back on at my house so I could wash three weeks worth of laundry. Let’s just say it was not my best week.
- I’m currently working a technology grant for my school. My counterpart and I want to get a laptop for the English room and I’m planning on holding computer literacy trainings for teachers and students as well. I will be harassing you all for donations shortly : )
- Things are really beginning to come to a close. As of today, I have exactly five months left in Georgia (assuming I can close my service on the day I’m requesting). It’s strange to be making plans for home such as deciding between grad schools, planning my post-COS (close of service) vacation, etc. I also got my trip to the US at the end of March approved, so I have that to look forward to as well. I’m trying to do the best I can to plan and think through all of these things, but at the same time really keep myself grounded in Georgia and make the best out of my remaining time here.