Sunday, August 05, 2007

Crazy busy happiness

I've got a house, I've got power, I've got functional plumbing, i've got couches, a bed, a fridge, a stove, and I'm loving every bit of it. I have Souley, Gaston, and Yacouba to thank for it. THANKS GUYS!!!

Things are really pretty good right now. We had a "nacho fry" party the other night. I got a wok and we made a crapload of french fries and some taco fixins and had nacho fries, they were awesome. Then we threw in some eggs the next morning for nacho fry hash. it was awesome. We all went to La Cascade the other day for Seabass's birthday, he's two dozen now.

There are plenty of people coming into town right now for a Globe conference (evironmental and science education training) so Niamey is starting to get a might busy. I'm doubly glad to have my own place. One of the main purposes of the hostel's is to provide a resting place for pcvs for mental health. We don't really get any time off in the bush, we're always dealing with people, even in our concessions people stop by to see us and there's no "safe" place to hide. The hostels are a good place when we need to be away from everything for a day, but not when there are too many people there. That's an overload of a different sort. It makes me very glad to have my house here. I can have private space, my neighbors aren't bugging me all the time -- don't get me wrong, I like my neighbors, but it's nice that they don't come knocking every day -- and I can get away from PCVs if I want. I can actually guarantee myself some quiet time to just relax and take a deep breath and think.

I've got plenty to do with the job. I've got to help rewrite the agriculture project plan, I've got to get a presentation ready for the 45th aniversary stuff, I've got to open 6 new sites, and I've got to try and stay sane. I think I'll pull it off, all but that last bit anyway. I found out today that there is a bridge out on the way to tillaberi, so it will be much harder now to get materials to the new sites. I also have to get approval on houses from the bosses, so I've got to get them out there too. There's a lot to do, but it will all happen as it should, so I'm not going to worry about it. So there.


fay said...

Sounds like you got it going on! That's great! Sure do miss you though. Love you, Mom

Bishniak said...

so what is the house? little ranch, split level? etc? Does sound like you have a full plate for the next... 222 days.

Anonymous said...

Movin on up huh!!!! You actually sound much better. The excitement is back and a little me time helps a lot huh?

Keep it going!!!!!!!!!


Aunt Jenny

Anonymous said...

Hey hot stuff!! Sorry I haven't been great about writing. Nothing too exciting here. I'll have to do a full snail mail letter one of these days soon. Looking forward to having you back in the US!! Love,Heather Klein :)

Cmdr. M. Bishop said...

Heya Captain!

Sounds like you've been busy. So have we. When next you visit my quarters you'll see a new bathroom :) in any case your presence is missed.

Sara said...

I'm a little confused about your house. Is the peace corps providing it or do you have to pay for it?

Djimi said...

Actually, the government of Niger is providing me the house, the Ministry of Health to be exact, because I'm coordinating all the volunteers in the region.

Anonymous said...

Hey Stranger!! How are you? I miss you like crazy!! Sounds like things are going well for you. I'm married!! If you get on facebook or myspace you can see pictures and everything. Keep in touch love! *hugs*

Love you!!
Devaney "Flanigan" Wells