"Every planet has its own weird customs. About a year before we met, I spent six weeks on a moon where the principal form of recreation was juggling geese. My hand to God. Baby geese - goslings! They were juggled."

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The inner has carbon, do not EAT

COUNTDOWN: 19 days

Yesterday, I got a card in the mail from a Cary address, the same town I live in. It starts, "Congratulations on joining the Peace Corps!" and continues to explain the writer's daughter served in Guinea, and that the experience was fulfilling for both her and her family. I was absolutely touched that this person took the time to send me a handwritten note. And a couple who frequents a local coffee shop I like to go to befriended me, and is insisting on sending me care packages (I think coffee and tea?) during my service. It's wild, this support.

Then today I got an email from the Ecuador Training Assistant welcoming me to the country and introducing herself and her job (the subject title was "Hello my new Trainee." Who wouldn't love that?). I much appreciate the contact and the introduction because, aside from knowing the right person to go to for whatever task I need to complete, it gives the experience a more 'real' feeling. There are people in Ecuador right now who are getting ready for Omnibus 105.

And so if you've arrived at this point, you're maybe wondering where that title came from. Or you forgot about it. Or didn't read it. Anyway...my mom dug this 'fortune' out from the bottom of a foot massager-bath-thingy...I don't know...whatever it is, this slip of paper cracked me up:


  1. hi Christina,

    I just noticed your comment on my blog and see that you are coming to Ecuador in the new omn 105 group. I'm in omn 103, so I feel like I just went through your experience of packing etc. If you need any last minute advice on anything let me know!