conversation of the day: now and two years

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on January 31, 2010

from east to west coast:

me: [so-and-so] had an apt warming and that made me not want to leave

R: aww why

(…blah blah blah…)

me: it made me want that life again – my own apt, job, nightlife, etc.

R: aww but you know..the normal life is good but man no one will be able to experience what you will the next 2 years

me: yeah, that thought occurred to me this morning

R: hahahah good :D

me: and i can have that when i come back :)

R: fsho’. hopefully…in dc? lol

me: haha, no idea at this point but i won’t rule it out in case a great opportunity like senior research analyst comes up


(last two lines reference an inside joke)

true friends will tell you what you need to hear when you least want to hear it. no sugarcoating needed, no bullshit required. truth always remains after the storm passes. honesty in friendship. priceless.

iLike: Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on January 29, 2010

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing of my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

– Maya Angelou , And Still I Rise

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Pre-Staging Training: How to Disintegrate from the US

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on January 29, 2010

I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

– Robert Frost

I think PC should provide Pre-Staging Training on How to Disintegrate from the US. As I understand it, once I report to Staging, I will be headed into the thick of PC-immersion. I know it provides volunteers training on how to reintegrate back into the US towards COS. How about some help before Staging? Yes, that’s right, there are the handbook, job description, emails, etc.

This week’s been so mentally exhausting…I don’t even know where to begin.

I’m in limbo. There’s one month left before Staging. I want to run drive all over Los Angeles, spend time with my family, hangout with my friends, and play all day and dance all night. I want to capture this rare moment. A million and one things have been thrown up in the air and I’m sitting cross-legged on the floor watching everything float up in the air in slow motion before someone hits fast-forward and everything comes crashing down around me. Someone please catch me.

How do I disintegrate myself from this place I’m so enamored with? Do I dis-tract or ex-tract myself?

Ironically, both my commitment and patience are being tested. My commitment to PC and my patience for the life I dream of having after 27 months. Of course, this dream in and of itself can change in just a few months. Yes, I’m getting just a lil’ anxious.

It’s so easy and tempting to get caught up in the lifestyle that other people lead sometimes. I see pieces of my friends’ lifestyles that I want but I know, if given the choice, I wouldn’t trade my life for theirs. This moment is what I’ve been waiting for.

I recommend reading The Art of Forging Your Own Path. It reminded me why I applied for this in the first place.

I’m taking flight and I’m taking risks. I’m leaping with no regrets.

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retail therapy

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on January 28, 2010

I’ve been spending too much money lately.

My savings has transformed into an expanded wardrobe – hooray for budgeting and saving when I earned an income! – even though I won’t be wearing much of it during the next two years. Truth be told, my spending hasn’t been completely reckless. I’ve been mindful about the things I buy. For instance, I’m making progress on my PC packing list. I shopped during REI’s January clearance and found great bargains. I took advantage of the after-Christmas sales at the mall. I even found deals at Target too.

Retail therapy at its finest:

You can buy things you like and you have stuff (clothes, gadgets, etc.) to show for the work you out in (time). It’s also a wonderful form of exercise – try it in heels too! After just a few hours, the results are immediate and evident – just check the bags you’re holding! Afraid of buyer’s remorse? Not to worry – shop at stores with great return policies! That way, as you come down from your shopping high/consumption binge and oxygen slowly returns to your brain, you’ll be relieved to know you can return anything you now regret buying!


In reality, I’m not that bad, at least I hope not, especially since paying off those plastic swipes is no fun. Everyone has their guilty pleasure. Mine just so happens to be my closet, which I’ve been better about maintaining, cleaning out, etc. Tip: Invest in classic pieces.

After all, being unemployed makes one watch her spending habits that much more closely, even if shopping is a form of therapy and exercise. On the bright side, I’m doing my part as a consumer to boost the economy! Good thing, right?

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Peace Corps: Staging Itinerary

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on January 27, 2010

This morning’s email check greeted me with PC/Morocco Staging Instructions. They came a lot sooner than I expected. :T I read over the email and contemplated not calling SATO Travel for the next couple days. After a few minutes, I called and spoke to a SATO representative. Yes, I’ve finally resigned to the fact that, from here on out, each piece of PC communication I receive will cause a flurry of emotions to run through me. Here’s the staging itinerary:

Sunday, February 28:

  • Good-bye quarter-life vacation, aloha family and friends, adios food, ciao home…
  • 8:50am: Depart from LAX
  • 4:55pm: Arrive at PHL
  • Check into the Holiday Inn
  • Explore Philly? Eat Philly Cheesesteak!

Monday, March 1:

  • 12:00pm: Registration
  • 2:00-7:00pm: Orientation

Tuesday, March 2:

  • 10:00am: Check out of hotel
  • 10:30am: Depart for JFK
  • …Goodbye good ol’ US of A…
  • 7:01pm: Depart for Morocco

Wednesday, March 3:

  • 7:40am: Arrive in Casablanca, Morocco (airport: CMN)
  • Hello next 27 months of my life!!!

That means I have only ONE MONTH left in beautiful Southern California.

…yikes? phew? omg? yes…

Anyone else have the same departure date/time out of LAX? Getting into Philadelphia on Sunday? Want to meet up and explore Philly before registration on Monday?

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