a world of excitement

two feelings. two videos.

what a whirlwind today has been. it left me napping and unable to speak like a normal human at 3. I am officially finished with Peace Corps service and my husband and I will be flying back to America tomorrow. What a giddy feeling is flooding me as I think of my family’s shining faces waiting at the airport. Glorious. Been singing this for a few days…

What’s more, this was realised today: pottermore.com. If there’s one thing that I can get on board with, no matter the country, no matter my age, it is more Harry Potter. Bring it on Miss Rowling.

Late Edit: This is my 10th post! woo!!

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moving is…

the pits.

moving from Mongolia is…
the hovel that someone dug under the pits filled with poo.

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so you want to be a Peace Corps Volunteer…

so ridiculously spot on, it’s, well, ridiculous. This should be required viewing for everyone who wants to join. Mongolia gets a mention (sounds like Man-golia with the weird computer voices), ha!

In other news, I’ve been applying to jobs back in L.A. and the list of available jobs leaves something to be desired. Does anyone have the need for a resoureful, extremely, overtly, befuddlingly organized, easy-to-train, enthusiastic young woman?! Please please PLEASE!! I already got some bills to pay :/

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Missing and Packing

things I’m missing:
1. my family (10 days until touchdown at LAX)
2. sales in America (Memorial Day, for gosh sakes, and a HUGE sale at H&M right now)
3. AVOCADO
4. good night’s sleep
5. linen (sheets? 100% cotton? what?!)
6. my sanity

things I’m not packing:
1. layers of fleeces (unnecessary where we’re going!)
2. crock-pot (that my dad so lovingly mailed from America)
3. the bugs in our kitchen
4. the moths on our walls
5. the bad mood that’s been creeping up on me

things I’m packing:
1. the 3 tshirts that made it through the Mongolian winter relatively unscathed
2. a ridiculous amount of Peace Corps issued monstrosities (water distiller anyone?)
3. my husband
4. sunshine

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Bored and a Half

To fill even more time lately (between drooling over Anthropologie blogs and those starting the 30 for 30 Challenge), I’ve been researching iPhone apps. Geeky ones (Christmas shopping list and The Oregon Trail anyone?), crazy addictive ones (Angry Birds already makes me happy; birds killing greens pigs? ok!), shopping apps of course (RedLaser, ThriftBuddy, Groupon, Cardstar… any other necessities?), and ones to remind me to be healthy. So far, I like this one the most: Lose it! It tracks your daily intake of food and output of (any and all) exercise to help you manage your calories. Set goals, enter data, attain goals. Or something like that. I was also directed to Nutrition Data to help calculate nutritional info in home-cooked recipes; this is a brilliant website in itself. There is so much information on each food from it’s various fat levels to its glycemic index (an area I often feel unbalanced in). It also picks up where Lose It! is lacking; while Lose It! appears to be great at tracking calories, it doesn’t track fat, sugar, protein, etc. to make sure you’re getting enough. Nutrition Data also suggests foods that are better for you than what you’re already eating and fits them into your current diet (read all about their dieting philosophy here). When ideas like this make me think, “Duh. Why didn’t I think of that?” it often means that I’m already on the way to following the plan, which is great for the me in America :)

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I Have Nothing to Wear

While I can mean this quite literally in Mongolia when stuck in a snow storm in June, I can (almost) never mean it literally in America (what am I going to do with Mongolia for an excuse in 15 days? ha!). I think this statement has a queasy-ing effect on my husband: whenever I say this, he knows that I start itching to go shopping and spending big money from our tiny bank account. While neither of us are math whizzes, tiny < big is an equation we know…

But never fear! In swoops the Average Girl’s Guide with an awesome idea: when feeling desperate, depressed, or despondent about the lacking in your closet, make a list! (I LOVE lists, so perfect!) Simply note down the thing/s that you feel are lacking and when out and about (you know, you just happen to wander over to Target or Nordstrom…) buy ONLY THE THINGS ON THE LIST. Visionary.

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Oh Happy Day Indeed!

Hello everyone on the internets at this moment! (yes, I know internets isn’t a word, but sometimes I forget what really is English and what we’ve made up here so far away from America-land)

Do you want to win something really amazing?! perhaps a trip to Mongolia? no? how about a trip to PARIS?! I know, right? Check out Oh Happy Day and enter today!

But I won’t be sad for you if I win and you don’t… :)

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