Monday, June 14, 2004

So my house is really coming along...should move in in about a week.

I had my official presentation to the community by my boss. It went well. He basically spent the hour and a half explaining that no, I am not going to build 100 modern bathrooms. They see Pecace Corps as an organization that brings in money and nothing more. But the two volunteers before me both brought in a ton of money. And I have no plans to.

Oh and I have a boyfriend. My next door neighbor is going around telling the community that he's my novio. UGH. He's 23 and pretty cute but still. We've said about 12 words to each other in 6 weeks. And we're having a party at my house this Saturday (my host family's house) for this big holiday and he told my brother that I'm going to dance with him all night. Right. I'm trying to figure out how to embarrass him in front of all his friends so that he doesn't mess with me anymore.

BIG NEWS! My mom and Jess and Courtney are coming to visit me in August! I cannot believe it! I am SO excited! Send presents to them and they can bring them to me :)

I'm in Asuncion for the night. I'm going to go change my phone number and I'll post it later. Ciao!

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Well it´s been an eventful week (for Paraguay)
I got my house!! This is the BEST news ever. It´s so fancy that I feel guilty, but not guilty enough to not live there.
It was a disaster though. I´ve been working my ass off with the help of many kind, unpaid helpers. I´m in town today buying all the stuff to hook up my electricity. The guy is coming tomorrow to do it.

My house was full of huge spiders, tarantulas and frogs. Yes, frogs. Toads I don´t mind anymore, but frogs freak me out. They jump all over the place and make me scream. So I kill them. And I don´t feel bad about it. The yard was such a mess, no one has taken care of it in 2 years. We macheted all the weeds, overgrown bushes, and grass. We raked dead leaves and the cut grass for HOURS. I killed 4 scorpions. Yes, scorpions. I found an ant colony the size of Minnesota near my patio. I´ve spent so much money on bug killers.

The refrigerator doesn´t work. And I have to buy a stove. Well I don´t have to, I have a table top 2 burner gas thing but I would like a real one with an oven to bake stuff. So send me money if you feel generous.

My view is so gorgeous though. All I see is hills and palm trees. And I have banana trees, and mango and pear and lemon and guayaba too. I macheted a huge thing of bananas and put them in my kitchen to ripen. I think I´m going to move in next Sunday. So excited.

And I´m the president of my VAC group (we´re divided into groups by area of the country) we get together once a month to discuss whatever and for mental health/beer. I changed it so that we will meet at a different person´s house every month and spend the night. Our first weekend is at my house in August. Basically I like being in charge and Peace Corps will pay for me to go free to Asuncion once a month to meet with all the other presidents/drink beer. I think you understand.

My kitty cat is doing well. I bought her anti parasite meds. One of my chicks died. So I now have one. I´ll be getting more after I´m all settled into my house.

That´s about all. Looking forward to your letters...

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