Well, we’ve been busier than ever lately, so the blog has taken a back seat. It's been very hard to juggle the stuff I need to do for myself while maintaining various projects. I find myself working harder than I've ever worked in my life! For instance, weeknights are spent planning and getting stuff organized for teaching the next day while Saturday and Sundays are full workdays, researching, and writing things like grant proposals and reports. No time for enjoying this beautiful island I'm on! I’ve also been editing a video for the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps. It’s set to air on local television this week, but I’ve had a hell of a time getting it up on YouTube. I’ll post it here once I figure that out.
In terms of time, I can't help but think of the image often presented on blogs and YouTube by PCVs in other parts of the world, that there is tons of down time to figure your life out. This seems very appealing- taking time to help other people and figure out what's important in your life. Well, how can I do that while working 70 hours a week? Often these other Volunteers talk of having tons of free time to read books. I can't tell you how many times I've seen that: "Here's a picture of all the books I read in the Peace Corps." Is that some sick joke? Where did they get the time to read all that?? Well, I have a nice stack of books, too: ones that I plan to read when I'm NOT in the Peace Corps.
Anyway, here’s a promo for the 50th video mentioned above. It’s actually a plug for the local news. The full video is forthcoming.