So, I will be back in the states for a short time very soon. And I thought we could all play a little game while I am back. The game is “find all the weird stuff I do now that I didn’t do before!” Peace Corps makes people weird. So below is a list of things that either I (or other PCVs from Botswana) have started to do since we arrived here. Some are due to the Botswana influence, and some due to the PC influence. I have included things other people do that I do not, because we all could use a little bit of misleads in this game.
- Saying “half three or half past three” instead of three thirty when telling the time
- Picking my nose
- Greeting strangers on the street
- Talking about poop-entirely too much and at inappropriate times.
- Doing the “uh-uh” thing that is usually reserved for babies and small kids-to adults.
- Waving my hand in front of my face (backside out) as a non-verbal way of saying no.
- Doubling words (now now, what what, and so on).
- Using the words “that side” as directions.
- Using the exclamations “eish!” and “Ow, shame!” in everyday conversation.
- A general decline in my ability to speak English
- Getting overwhelmed by any menu with more than a few choices
- Talk about food, incessantly
- Talking/pining about sex way too much
- Binging-in regards to food. I am talking about eating blocks of cheese at a time, or cocoa mix out of the bag with your hand, and so on.
- Never leaving the house without water and a book
- An intimate knowledge of the amount and kinds of cheese in my fridge (or in any fridge I have seen the inside of for thirty seconds)
- Talking to myself or animals constantly
- Blatantly ignoring people trying to get my attention because I think they are going to hit on me or ask me for money
- Not washing sheets, for an extended period of time
- Re-wear clothes many times
- Saying bath instead of bathe
- Hit people with my bag passive aggressively who refuse to make room
- Apathy about bugs in food
- When shaking hands holding my left hand near my right elbow
- Doing the above when taking something from someone else with one hand
- When counting on my fingers I often start with the pinky
I would like to thank the following people to contributing to this list: Mia, Claire, Julia, Ashley, Margie, Dana and Shannon
And now I want to do a quick little update from a blog I called Goal 4 from a while back. I had four goals that I still wanted to accomplish and here is a progress update on them.
- Read 300 books: Well I am currently up to 232 books, so I am getting there
- Edit the novel: Have not touched this one yet
- Run a marathon: Completed in 4:18:40. WOOHOO!
- Figure out the next step: I finally have a complete list of graduate school programs I am applying for. I am applying at the following 4 schools: The United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica, San Fransisco State University, University of Washington in Seattle, and Loyola in Chicago.
See a bunch of you stateside in less than a week or so!