Something Important to note…

world-map-painted-with-watercolors_G1Vve6c__LAn important disclaimer: The content of this website is mine alone and does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Peace Corps, or the Ethiopian Government.

i.e. Everything posted here has been filtered through my world view, and is based on my opinions.

All photos are mine, are public domain, or have the source cited.



Hidden Magic

Philadelphia has quite a few inconspicuous marvels, and the Barnes museum/foundation is definitely one of them. If you are a fan of French impressionist painters, put this on your itinerary.

I was face-to-face with Degas sketches, quite a few Renior paintings, a few by Van Gogh (which made me star struck), and I found a new love – Cezanne. The colors seemed to dance – it was mesmerizing.

My favorites :

Waiting for papers….

I went back into the application system today to update my supplementary essay, and check my status. While there, I figured out that the next step is for my background check to clear. To do that, I have to turn in paperwork that I haven’t received yet….hence the title of this post.

Meanwhile, the weather here in southeastern PA is absolutely, drop-dead gorgeous. Perfect clear blue skies, leaf-swirling breezes and hoodie-weather temperatures. Fantastic bonfire weather. I love it. ☺️🎃💜

Thinking Ahead

img_5930 I was talking with a friend last night, being all introspective and sh*t, and she mentioned that if I get a position, she’s definitely coming to visit me because “when you have a friend who’s living in Africa, how often does that opportunity come along?”.

That hit me harder than the thought of coming home and finding that some of my friends have babies.

I’ve been thinking about working in Africa for 2 + years; the specifics of living without running water, steady electricity or wifi for 2+ years, but somehow the phrase “living in Africa” dropped like “I’ve got a friend living in Boston” really hit home.

I have a feeling this is going to keep hitting in waves. My brain really can’t wrap around the whole thing at once; but I’m 100% sure that I want to do this, and that I’ll be able to handle whatever comes with it.


I had an interview yesterday! I think it went well. As soon as I start analyzing the past, I remember a multitude of things I could have done better.

HOWEVER (I sternly tell myself), I stayed calm and collected in the moment. My first post-interview thought was “That went well!”; so I’m trusting that. (read: forcibly beating all worried thoughts into the ground with this thought.)


If you found this searching for information about the Peace Corps application process – something to note: the application process moves FAST.

(If you submit an application that gets pulled by a country, but you don’t get an interview within a week or two – as happened to me last Dec. – you probably need to revisit your resume (i.e. get more experience), or check your essay. (The personal motivation question isn’t a short answer, like I thought last year.))

After I submitted my application, I had a week to do my (extensive) health history. Once I got offered an interview, I think I had 5 days to sign up for a time the following week. If/when I (hopefully) get an offer, I’ll have 3 days to accept or decline. So if you’re reading this for research – be sure you’re ready when you submit your application; and keep up with everything.

So now I’m just breathing. And waiting. And watching Luke Cage because damn, it’s good.


Happy October!

Corn mazes anyone??

Today I woke up to a cool, foggy fall morning here in southeastern PA. It’s not cold enough to be “damp”, and not warm enough to be “humid”…rather, the air feels alive, friendly & refreshing. Like many people in this area, fall is my favorite season. Everything wakes up after the dozy, dreamy summer heat.

I’ve got an interview this week for a position that I would really love in a country I’ve never really read about. Thank you internet. I am so grateful for Google. (Remember Ask Jeeves? Yahoo Search?…)


Yahoo Search is still a thing? Why????

Whelp. I fell down that rabbit hole. If you were wondering, Yahoo Search has “trending” searches – directly under the search box. For some yet-unknown reason, Barney and Friends is currently trending. (After clicking, all I learned was the TV show has an IMDb rating of 3.5/10, and when you go to YouTube via Yahoo, it looks wayyy different.)

The more you know?

And So It Begins


As I’m sure you don’t know, this is version 2 of my trying-to-get-into-the-Peace-Corps blog. I decided to switch to WordPress because they have an app. (Sorry Blogspot). So welcome to this one.

This blog will definitely evolve – the background, title, colors, fonts…they’ll change. Probably a few times. From now on though, the url will stay the same. So there’s that.

I’m currently in the “interview, wait, interview, process, research and repeat” stage of the application, So I decided to procrastinate on other work to set up a blog.

So thanks for dropping by! Here’s a picture of my love, Luciano. It already kinda breaks my heart to think of missing him for 2+ years; but he’ll be in good hands. (Skyped ear-rubs and dog-kisses are just not the same. Even more unfulfilling than Skyped-hugs. Especially because in this case, one party is just confused and disinterested by the screen.)