Crabbitha

Thoughts on 2006 and 2007

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Thoughts on 2006 and 2007

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2006 consisted of new experiences. Working and living in Yap: moving to a new village into my own apartment and getting to know my new host family and their community, accomplishing a lot at work (I won't write everything down here, but these are a few of the things I'm most proud of): drafting and pushing a number of government paperwork procedures through the Yap State government that will establish long term interagency relationships and opportunities for Yap EPA, writing several grants that all got approved- bringing in, thus far, over $150,000.00 to Yap EPA, making arrangements to purchase a boat, 7 computers, 2 printers, an underwater digital camera, and an obscene amount of money for car/boat fuel, teaching a 5 credit hour lecture and lab Survey of Science course for the Palau Community College extension program in Yap, meeting and having a conversation while tossing water balloons with the President of the Republic of Palau, going to Palau for a coral reef monitoring data management and analysis workshop with representatives from each of the States in the Micronesian region and staying in the guest quarters at the Palau International Coral Reef Center/Aquarium, and being in/near the ocean every day. I grew very accustomed to the pace of life in Yap, and grew to enjoy just relaxing and chilling out, which may or may not have made a positive impact on my working momentum and motivation to get anything done. In addition, I was able to travel to Guam, Bali, Honolulu, San Diego, and down the East Coast (VA, NC, GA, FL). Since completing my Peace Corps service and leaving Yap in November, I've gotten to see friends from each part of my life, for which I am honestly thankful for and appreciated of seeing them for what I've learned about life from each one.



2007 will bring a new life. As of now, I'm completely uncertain of what that will bring or where it will bring me. That makes me nervous, edgy, and unwilling to tolerate being around most people at the present moment. And I admit, I'm not the easiest person to tolerate being around, as I don't offer up much in the way of interaction or entertainment these days (unless there are copious amounts of alcohol involved). I miss familiar friends with whom I'm comfortable and places where I've lived or would want to live. I don't like living at my parents' house because of what it represents to me, probably lending to my inability/unwillingness to snap out of this funk I'm in. I'm trying to be optimistic of the possibilities that lie ahead for this year and should probably just come to accept my current situation/location and do the best I can with it while I can.
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