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Jul. 7th, 2005 @ 03:06 pm Bewiched in Malawi
For those of you not in the know, I'm back in Portland after leaving Peace Corps.

I have to say that Peace Corps was a wonderful experience, for the most part. For those of you wondering, the problems I had were not because of anything Peace Corps did or didn't do. I had a lot of reasons that lead me to leaving PC, yet, I still stand behind Peace Corps being a wonderful opportunity and program. I learned a lot, saw a lot and was even able to teach a little. Not everyone can say that they were "Bewitched" in Malawi, and live to tell the tale.

I decided to create a new journal, seeing as I'm not needing a "Peace Corps Journal" anymore. I think it's a good idea for me to disconnect myself from that journal and start fresh and new. It's kind of a turning over a new leaf kinda thing. The link is jamie_portland. (I tried to stick with a common theme.)
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Jun. 25th, 2005 @ 10:40 am Thoughts in Malawi
How I'm feeling: sicksick
I'm taking a few days in Lilongwe where I've got access to the internet, so I thought I would post and bring everyone up to date on the last month.

I've been in sheer and utter hell for nearly 3 weeks. Okay, that needs some explanation. I'm not sleeping much, I've been having terrible nightmares, I'm off again on again ill and I am very seriously thinking about ET-ing (early termination aka leaving Peace Corps).

I'm not feeling well here, I'm dying inside everyday and I have outbursts of tears and serious signs of depression setting in. So I'm coming to grips with the realization that maybe this experience is not for me, at least not at this point in my life. Maybe it was 2 years ago, but I don't think so anymore.

I would like to just ask the universe for 4-6 hours of healthy sleep, oh god that would be nice. ~Jamie
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Jun. 3rd, 2005 @ 07:50 am I'm in South Africa
Hello everyone, I just want you to know that I made it to South Africa okay. I'm leaving in a bit for the airport for Malawi. I may not access to email or the web for 8 weeks, so I hope you all write me letters!

Jamie
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May. 27th, 2005 @ 08:50 pm Last before I go...
How I'm feeling: scaredscared
To all my wonderful friends- I'm off tomorrow morning. Leaving on a jet plane. Thank you for all your love and support!

Do me 2 favors please, Watch out for Stef and write me letters!
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May. 25th, 2005 @ 05:58 pm Aw...crap
How I'm feeling: crappycrappy
So, yeah, I get the space cadet award today. I have to re-pack my bags because they weigh too much. Aw...crap. I'm only supposed to take 80lbs with me (2 bags) with total size of 107 inches combined (L+W+H). While the size was okay on the bags, the weight was not. I was going to take a big rolling square bag (you know the type) but when I put it on the scale (with contents packed) BAHM...70lbs. Aw...crap. So I unpacked it and found that the bag itself weighs 15lbs, so OFF IT GOES...I'm downsizing to a lighter (like 2-3lbs) and somewhat smaller bag. (It's a duffel with wheels). I will also have to boot a few things out of my bag. That should be my fun for tomorrow. Aw...crap. I guess better at home as opposed to the airport. YEAH!!! At least I get to go have pizza with Mel in the afternoon.
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May. 23rd, 2005 @ 06:59 pm Got my bags packed
How I'm feeling: pleasedpleased
What I'm hearing: Maggie Barking
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May. 22nd, 2005 @ 09:47 am Teach an old dog
How I'm feeling: sleepysleepy
I learned how to knit yesterday. I hope by the time I'm done with my first project, I'll feel pretty comfortable with the basic process. It is getting easier, slowly. I have a new hobby to keep me busy, I guess it's good timing, right before leaving. I have to go get a pair of bamboo needles to take on the plane, since non-wood one's could be weapons. I'm sure I'll have no problem getting yarn in Malawi. (Probably even 100% real wool.) Wow, I'm such a big dork, yep.

I am finding my time quite full. This weekend I went out to Noir on Friday, and to Anne-Marie's Birthday last night, and I'm going to the Curve party tonight. Wowsa. I did get my drink on a little too much on Friday, but I of course wasn't driving, but I'm glad my friends can give me a little grief. A-M's party was very nice, mellow and warm. Plus the food was GREAT! I'm going to miss my friends terribly. I'm planning on having lunch with a few friends this week.

I want to finish packing, but at the same time I don't. It's something to occupy my mind. I think I'll get it nearly done today. Minus a few items that I'm wearing this week that I'll be taking with me. I've given up on trying to be perfect with my packing list, but settle with good and close enough. I've promised to type up my final packing list, so that will happen sooner or later too.
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May. 20th, 2005 @ 08:12 pm (no subject)
How I'm feeling: Tipsy
What I'm hearing: Johnny, Kick a Hole in the Sky - RHCP
LJ cut for your approval. It's because I'm nice.Collapse )
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May. 16th, 2005 @ 12:52 pm Shopping Adventure
How I'm feeling: accomplished
I started packing today, and I'm a totally organized dork about the whole thing. I've got a list, and I'm laying everything out on shelves. I'm not sure why, but I'm being weird.

I went to the local great-big-huge 1 stop shopping store (Fred Meyer) and picked up a few more things on my list. I got some more wonderful OB tampons, I don't think that I could possibly take enough of these, but I think I've got enough for a while. Some mini-cassettes, for sending to Stef and family to talk to them. Wet Wipes, mmmm...my favorite. Hand Sanitizer, this is my second bottle that I'm packing. And I finished off my iPod gear shopping and got myself a car charger for my iPod. I need to download some more music onto it PRONTO...or I'm not going to be happy. So here's to me filling 9 more GB full of mp3's.

I decided to take an old school gameboy with me. I'm taking something like 4 games, and you best believe Tetris will be one of them.

Tonight I have a Meet and Greet/Send-off party for Peace Corps. I'm pretty jazzed about the whole thing. My mom and dad are coming, which I'm stoked about, but Stef will not be able to be there do to a Pride NW board meeting.
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May. 10th, 2005 @ 03:17 pm Wow Weekend and 2 more days
How I'm feeling: excitedexcited
Saturday was my going away party. I have to say it was wonderful. I was amazed that 35 wonderful people showed up to wish me well. I made "Keep in Touch with Jamie Kits" that had SASE and instructions on how to send me stuff, etc. I had such a good time. Thank you all for coming!

Sunday Stef and I took off to stay at the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove for two days for our anniversery. Amazing how quick a year can go by. I love her so much and am worried about how much I will miss her. We had two great days together. We are going to go camping for 2-3 days along the Oregon Coast. I'm quite excited. I hope the weather holds out.
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