Typhoid and Rabies and TDAP, Oh My
Trip Start Aug 15, 2012
20Trip End Aug 01, 2013
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Quit my job; Get a travel doctor appointment, Get shots and pills; Fundraise $4000, Give a presentation to CLC, Send out money-begging letters to lots of people; Get my student loans deferred; Sell my car; Pay off my credit card (yikes!); Sell or donate most of my stuff, Craigslist!!!; Ship boxes of what's left to my folks' house; Start a blog; Schedule out my 2.5 weeks in lower 48 for adventures with friends; Cancel my cell phone; Save money!; Move out of my house and into my friends basement to avoid rent (Jon and Sara Oestreich are my favorite people); Find out how to get my prescription while ; Work on French and Malagasy; DEEP BREATHS
This list was pretty darn daunting when I first compiled it. I have, however, done ALL of these except for canceling my phone. And that feels amazing. Taking these one at a time is what gave me guidance and made this adventure seem possible. I will say this though: the downside of making lists like this is that when you are done with everything on it, you can't help but ask, "Now what?" Finishing everything just makes me want to hop on a plane and finally start the adventure that I've been working toward. It doesn't help that I keep finding more and more documentaries on wildlife in Madagascar
Trying to focus on accomplishing all that I have to for YAGM while working full time AND planning out how to keep the programs I have started at the church going in my absence has been draining. I have enjoyed every second of it, but sometimes I just want a nap. I am so thankful for everyone in my life right now. They have seen me jumping up and down with joy and hiding in dark rooms during my mini freak outs, and they have been there for me regardless. Fairbanks breeds some good people: better than I deserve, for sure.
As I finish typing this entry, I am sitting on a deck surrounded (and sometimes covered) by the three Oestrich children. Oh, for cute! Check out some of our pictorial masterpieces. I am excited for my last 4 weeks in Fairbanks and spending time exploring and playing as much as possible.
Also, I think I'm going to buy a mandolin or ukelele before I leave. Compact musical epicness. Stoked!
Peace and Blessings, everybody
Veloma! (goodbye in Malagasy)