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Tue, Sep. 12th, 2006, 04:04 pm
A couple of Pics from Mali



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Wed, Jul. 26th, 2006, 01:41 pm
MALI!

I'm just about to leave for Mali!
I'm so excited!


love you
Eileen

Mon, Jul. 17th, 2006, 01:09 pm

Words can not adequately describe how wonderfully amazing and chaotic the past two months have been. To everyone that has spent time with me before I left, thank you, every moment was wonderful.

Since I received my Peace Corps invitation I immediately gave my two weeks notice over at CONTECH Stormwater Solutions and started the intricate process packing the past four years into UPS boxes and my car and partying with all the lovely people I know in Portland. During that time the unexpected happened and I found my puzzle piece that captured my heart in a very brief period of time. I danced the night away at the White Heart in extreme heels, rolled down the hill on the Eastern Prom, drank plenty of local beer, rode my bike everywhere I could, hugged everyone I love, and stayed up past one and woke before dawn almost everyday.

Best Old Port Festival ever. OPF!

Ms. Karen is the most amazing friend, I will miss her dearly.

A big thank you to Bill Yeo and his cycling buddy for riding down from Freeport to my place to help me rig up my bike rack for my most prized possession –my Bianchi Ocelot- on the long and fast haul to Colorado. It all about zip ties.

Here’s to the most bizarre juxtaposition of past and present, it will continue to amuse and confuse me.

My housemates- Brian, Katie, Matt, and Amy are the best! I’ll miss our mini-green bike door and big communal dinners. Housemates Forever!

Ms. Kris, thank you. I claim you in the name of my sanity!

A huge thank you to the wonderful Ms. Briana for driving from Maine to Colorado with me, we talked so much that I almost lost my voice. She has remained a very close friend despite the distances and time we’ve been apart.

My wisdom teeth were successfully removed, despite the minor incident of blacking out in the bathroom from the anesthesia.

Had a quick jaunt to Florida to visit my partner in extreme and random adventures, Howie. Swimming in the almost-way-to-warm-compared-to-Maine Atlantic was the best. Who needs an amusement park when you can run around in nature.

Thanks to my family in Colorado, especially my mom and my sister, for putting up with me and helping me, I love you very much.

Working on international water resource development has been a personal career goal for more years than I can remember, thank you to everyone that has helped along the way.

Soon I’ll be hauling 107 linear inches to Africa, but I've left my heart spanning across Portland, Maine, and of course a niche or two in Colorado.

Much love and stay awesome

Extremely,
Eileen

P.S. If you live in Portland I encourage you to vote for Kevin Donoghue for district one (East End) or Dave Marshall for district two (West End) City Councilor. They are both wonderful people with innovative ideas to help make Portland even more awesome.

Wed, Jun. 28th, 2006, 11:51 pm
Corps de la Paix

I’m headed off to the sunny and arid Mali in July!

I will be working as a water sanitation extension agent with the Peace Corps. If you have to crack open an atlas like I did, Mali is in Northwest Africa, on the Southern side of the Sahara. The country is 65% desert and 90% Muslim. So I’ll be building wells and latrines and educating communities on health practices to improve water quality in conservative cotton clothing under the beating sun. The assignment comes with my own mountain bike (I’m psyched) and probably a mud hut (also psyched).

I’ll be leaving Maine in about three weeks (to spend time with my family in Colorado) and then leaving the country on July 24th.

If you would like to remain in contact as I work abroad (and for info on the farewell party) please reply with your email address and a couple song you wouldn't mind listening to repeatedly over the next 27 months. I’ll be creating an email list for periodic updates. Also if you’re interested please give me your mailing address and I’ll try to write you a letter as well.

Eileen

stay awesome

Mon, May. 22nd, 2006, 09:19 pm
craziness as usual

The past couple of weeks went by in quite the blur.. a couple of all nighters finishing projects, bike crashing, smashed (broke?) my thumb and smeared my face across the asphalt, finals, packing, hosting my sister and mom from Colorado, pouring rain, moving, more rain, graduation (a BS in Environmental Science with a concentration in water resources), mangled umbrella, most amazing cake ever, working full time, and then my Peace Corps placement officer finally called me today...

my application is "right on target"
my projected staging date is July 24th (that's not a final invitation, but purty darn close, my file is being forwarded to personnel in french west Africa, and they'll complete the final placement and invitation)

I need to fly to Colorado (dental insurance thing) to remove all 4 wisdom teeth before June 24th
come back
work
pack my everything again, and store somewhere
have the best "farewell for now" party ever
drive my car to Colorado

and a lot of other crazy random things

Fri, May. 5th, 2006, 01:03 am

Also

"Xploding Plastix have a sound like irradiated neon washes, shimmering and pulse glowing accordingly disproportional to the flashy stuttering red lights, like cancerous cocktails; splintering with deranged delight. The cinematic dirty film noir feel is mercilessly exploited. Xploding Plastix is the epicure of a gorgeous, jagged, murderous pulse."

Thu, May. 4th, 2006, 06:46 pm

DJ Danger Mouse

The Grey Album  (Quicktime Video)

the very illegitimate child of the Beatles' White Album and Jay-Z's Black Album

Awesome

Sat, Apr. 15th, 2006, 12:57 pm
what's that tapping!

There's a seagull tapping it's beak on our window at the the loaf of bread!
GAH!

Thu, Mar. 16th, 2006, 12:13 am
Medical Hoops

Peace Corps Update...

I was poked and prodded everywhere, peed in a cup, and had a Tuberculosis skin test at University Health Services in Portland = $140. Then went to NORDX lab for five different blood tests, will be billed later. Reimbursement up to $160ish

Made an appointment for basic eye exam = $95. Reimbursement up to $12

The faxed forms to my dentist became distorted in the transmission, he filled them out anyway and sent them to my mother, in Colorado, without any x-ray films. Reimbursement up to $68

The headache is worth it

Thu, Mar. 9th, 2006, 06:21 pm

"While we work in the fields, my sister-in-law walks five miles to the nearest village hand-pump to fill up our pots with drinking water. There is always a long queue at this pump and sometimes fights break out . . .many families send their children to fill up water. Some believe it's more important than sending them to school." Bargi Devi, Indian Farmer


Almost 20% of the world's population still lacks access to safe drinking water because of failed policies

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