leap year

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on February 29, 2012

dragon leap year. february fabulous. march madness. countdown to COS. living laughing learning loving – every moment.

yeah, this feels about right. 🙂

I’m COSing early

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on February 28, 2012

For the last few weeks, I’ve been grappling with the option to COS early, up to 30 days to be exact. It’s an option that PC offers PCVs.

After much deliberation, I finally decided to take it.

The plan was to surprise my mom by showing up at her house in early April, a month before PC’s projected COS date of May 5, 2012 for my stage. I had told my brother and one of my cousins. During COS conference, I had also started telling others. Then again, by that time, many people in my stage were opting to COS early, some taking the full 30 days advance and others less.

Up until earlier today, I was still on the fence about telling my mommy in advance. I mean, c’mon, how wonderful would be to show up at home? Anyway, I cracked and told my mom, partly because I know she’s been thinking about traveling herself but also because she asked.

My email to my momma:

Surprise Mommy!

I’m coming home in April! I’ll be landing in LAX on April 5 at 2:15pm!

My mom’s reply to me:

Surprise.. Surprise…. Exciting  and exciting

Now, what  cell phone  you like ?  what car should be ? what else ?

I’m still a PCV in the PCV lifestyle/mindset so I’ll just admit now that it’s overwhelming to think about a cell phone and car in the US. Cell phone – one that works? Car – one that works? Is public transportation an option? Um, I think I’ll crawl black into my hole in the rural village for a bit longer.

Let the readjustment process begin…

Oh, and my mommy’s adorable. 🙂


defunking from COS highs

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on February 27, 2012

There will be dreams grander or humbler than your own, but there will never be a dream exactly like your own…for you are unique and more wondrous than you know.

– Linda Staten

More than one COSing PCV, including myself, is suffering from COS conference withdrawal. The week was an intense social gathering, both in terms of everyone coming together and dispersing back to the final weeks of service.

There was some initial hesitation about regrouping. SO many people to see! So many people I haven’t seen! So much has happened between staging and now…yikes!

Of course, once everyone actually came together, the stress of needing to socialize subsided. I think people naturally gravitated towards those they felt comfortable being around and those whom they wanted to spend additional time with. I know I did – I sought out people who I hadn’t seen much of lately, wanted to catch up with, wanted to tie up loose ends with, and wanted to get to know just a bit more.

Knowing that this could be the last time (until TBD) I’d see some people, I chose to allocate my time accordingly.

Departing Rabat made for a tough/funky journey back to site. The air was thick with unspoken emotions and sentiments. People were coming off of a major Peace Corps HIGH…and making their way back to site, a place so different from the city and among people who live such a different lifestyle than the one we all had in the past week.

Okay…I’m babbling. This is my way of defunking myself out of the PC HIGH I came out of COS conference with. What an incredible week, what an incredible experience.

Just a few more weeks…a few more (busy) weeks.

PC: a two-year lesson on human relations

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on February 26, 2012

Peace Corps: A Lesson on Human Relations

Close of Service (COS) Conference is over. Here are my takeaways from this week:

  • Peace Corps is a lesson on human relations.
  • PCVs are a small community. Never before and never again will there be this many people I feel so connected to from this two-year experience as I do right now.
  • I will run into these people again and again, that I am sure of. When and where remain the mystery.
  • Quality relationships are long-term investments.

Peace Corps/Morocco. This place where I’m at now…THIS is why I did Peace Corps.

clever and wise

Posted in Uncategorized by Diana on February 25, 2012

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

– Rumi