My new life as an artist

Trip Start Feb 2007
Trip End Apr 2009

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hey guys, I know it's been awhile, sorry!  Life starts to get into a routine and everything feels so normal, that I never feel like anything is blog worthy! 

These past couple of weeks, another volunteer, Marita, and I have been painting a map mural at the school I work at.  It's been awesome, and even though I have 0 artistic abilities, and the idea of having to draw every continent and country freehand made me a little nauseous, it's turning out really good.  We're hoping to inspire some world knowledge in the lives of the students!  Or at least show them that there is more to the world than the DR and Nueva York, aka, the USA.  My resource room will hopefully be up and running by the end of the month or the beginning of October.  It's a pull-out room working with students who can't read, and I've made a bunch of games and learning materials for it and am really excited to get it going.  It's incredible the things that you think you are going to be doing when you sign up for Peace Corps, and then the things that you actually do on a day-to-day basis.  Completely different.
Since I've become a master painter, the other weekend, I helped Jen paint her new house.  It looks awesome, amazing what a little paint can do.  I think I've found my new calling in life. 

I'll be moving out of my host families house in the middle of October, which is pretty much the most exciting thing of all time.  Can't wait to have my own place and a little privacy and freedom.  I will be moving to a different town, though, which is a little sad, because I've gotten used to hanging out with my cute kids, but it's close, so I'll be able to visit whenever.  My kids and I have been playing Dominoes a lot lately, and even though they try to cheat like crazy, I love it. 

What else, the new group of volunteers came last week, which means that my group is no longer the "newbies".  Two groups come in per year, one in September and one in February.  You know time is going by when groups start coming in, and that's a good feeling! 

I hope everyone is enjoying Fall back home!  I miss the seasons!! 
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