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So, where is everyone?

Hi everyone, wow, it is so quiet here! I eagerly check emails to see what has been posted today but it is so quiet!

I would love to hear from all the others and what is happening in your life right now! Some we have not heard from since they were chosen and I miss their articles and views on everything. Please come say hi and let us know what is happening and whether things are good or bad where you are!

Here is Alaska it is a mostly sunny day and I am about to head off to work. I plan on getting home and taking a long bath with bubbles, some instant coffee and some "mocha roca" candies and the book "Mrs. Pollifax and the second thief", a fun series. Then I will check on here but plan to spend most of the night working on a game mod for this game called Morrowind.

So, come say hi at least since it is way too quiet here!

love,

Maria

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olutosin's picture

Thanks for the call to all,

Thanks for the call to all, Nigeria is cool except for the power failure, all the same it does not concern us any longer, only that at the end of the month there is the bill to be paid, how that is estimated we do not know or bother to ask.

It is late night here, few minutes to nine pm. God is great.

Take care of yourself Dear.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Maria de Chirikof's picture

Sweet Dreams

We usually only get power failures in winter when it is a heavy snowfall and luckily they usually have it fixed in a couple of hours at most. I have to ask since what do you consider "cool"? since I am thinking it means a heatwave to me! Isn't it funny how 70' can seem so hot here but so cold in other places...

Sweet Dreams

Maria

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Boom boom

It's a gorgeous day here in Portland. Jonah is taking a nap upstairs, Shawn is asleep on the couch. I just put finishing touches on the welcome manuals for the Correspondents (that's you!) and the Mentors. I am ALWAYS surprised how things take so much longer than I think.

I am having a great, long weekend. I was home Friday with Jonah. We went to our community center to play with the "boom booms," which are his words for balls and balloons, both of which he cannot get enough of. Then yesterday, the three of us went to the Saturday Market downtown, which is full of arts and crafts from local artisans. We go often, though we never buy anything. We just like to be around the people. After the market, we came home and napped - all of us! - and then went to the park and played catch.

This morning has been lazy. I am about to go for a 10-mile run. Oy. I think I'd rather take a nap.

Thanks for inviting us all to post, Maria. Enjoy your bubbles!

See online again soon,
Jennifer

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Cute saying!

My youngest used many made-up words, a game we played when they were very young and her favorites that she kept using for a few years were "Mon Night, Spaghetti Night" for "I love you and good night" since they were always happy when we had spaghetti, a favorite dish here.

Wow, a 10 mile run, I think a 10 mile walk would do me in, I so need to get outside more! Ohh, art and craft fairs are so fun! Except we don't like all the people around... I love the new pic too! gorgeous!

Maria

jap21's picture

Hi everybody!

It`s a gorgeous day here in Tarija too. Yesterday we had a Mother's day celebration from my daughter's class. Mothers and kids went out for ice cream and cake and got some pictures taken together. We laughed a lot and had a good time. I am the one responsible for the parent's council, but I was very relieved, as in February we planned ahead the whole year, and every month we have a group of five families who take over the activities of the month. So, this time I didn't get to do anything but say hi to everyone, laugh and make a small video of it all. Great. No more extra work for me, and everyone was talking about how well organized everything was and thanking the five families that did it all.

Families who are the leaders of other months began to joke about what they are planning to do and the September leader said she wants us all to shed some pounds (she is giving us enough time), because they will call for Miss Mother of the Year Pageant. Hahahahaha That was fun. Most of us are really needy on that matter.

Today I browsed this place too, but no one was here. I am preparing a special post, but could not find the info I needed. Then we went out for lunch and went to the Weekend Fair, where you can find all kinds of things. I found some music I had been looking for long ago: Carly Simon. I am really going to enjoy her music.

Mother's day in Bolivia is celebrated every year on May 27th, in the memory of the female heroes of La Coronilla, who fought for Liberty in Cochabamba, in the mountain of La Coronilla, with the only few arms available to them, and taking their families along. Very interesting story. I'll post about it.

Love you all,

Jackie

Oh, Jennifer, I love your new picture. You are so young, beautiful and full of stamina. Nice to get new pictures from time to time.

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Happy Mothers Day!

Oh, that sounds like a fun day where you could just enjoy it instead of plan it! Oh funny, so will you try out for "Miss Mom"??

sounds like a great day!

Maria

jap21's picture

Not even joking!

I am not a masoquist. I don't look good at all. She was just joking though, I don't think she will finally dare to do it.

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Maria de Chirikof's picture

hugs

I would never think of doing one either, yikes! It makes me smile picturing that one movie though... Did you ever see that movie Calendar Girls? It was a cute one where all these nice and normal ladies decided to pose nude for a calendar. It sounds weird but is good.

Maria

jap21's picture

Haven't seen it

But I will look it up though. Sounds interesting.

Hugs,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Tina's picture

fun in the sun

New York has been very hot, humid and sunny today so we had a BBQ outside and invited friends round with their dogs and children to play in our back yard. We hung old sheets up and made our little ones a secret hideaway fort. The youngest kept throwing sticks and balls at the dog which sent her and bits of chewed up twigs flying around our feet all day. The oldest guarded the secret fort like a sentry on duty with a wooden sword stuffed in his belt. With children asleep in our arms and a very tired dog at our feet, we grown ups have stayed up late filled to the brim with good food, good company and lots of laughter. A very good day had by all over here.
Now to bed. Zzzzzzz

Maria de Chirikof's picture

BBQ's!

We plan to buy a hibachi and bbq this year but we mainly do veggies or those fake meat patties for a few seconds to get the flavor, hard being a vegetarian when your neighbors are grilling up a storm!

Sounds like a perfect day and wishing you sweet dreams!

Maria

Nusrat Ara's picture

Mess

Dear Maria.

I know I have been out of touch lately.Some ligaments of foot got torn. Had a cast for 2 weeks. the doctor says the swelling and the pain will take a month more. So much work has piled up. And I can't even go about my usual pace ( forget increasing it to clear the backlog). I am simply frustrated and wondering how to finish it all. The thing is I need rest but can't afford it. The climate here is wonderful. I want to run away ;) Have a holiday. In this part of world we rarely go for holidays. I am dying to travel and leave behind everything for some days. That is just a wish. :) I am looking for a Sponser ;)

Hope u and the girls are well.

Lots of Love

Nusrat

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Ouch!

As hard as it may be, do stay off of it as much as you can since it will heal faster that way. I can imagine that would be too hard watching everything pile up though! That is why I take long bubble baths since we can't afford a vacation either yet. Where would you go? I think turkey would be my first place to see but the girls want Japan instead so that is probably where we will go when we save up they money.

Do take care and I hope the swelling and pain ease quickly!

Maria

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks dear. I read somewhere

Thanks dear. I read somewhere in a travel blog that a good way to travel is to volunteer for organisation. I wish I find something like that otherwise there is no chance. The choice of Turkey is very good. U see I havn't seen much of Kashmir My home town either. Hadn't had the time yet. Though I intend to let us see where life takes me.

Love

Nusrat

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Oh, what a good idea

We should try to find one and go at the same time! What is it called? Peace Corps maybe, where you are expected to do actual work and by interest I think it was. It has been years since I looked at it but that might be one to look at again and see what is available!

Not seen much? You mean you have not traveled around it much or just it is changing too fast?

Maria

Nusrat Ara's picture

A very good idea indeed. At

A very good idea indeed. At the same time I mean. The blogger had written there are quite a few organizations but I don't remember where I read it. We should be on a lookout. I don't know anything about Peace Corps. If u can send me the link.

I mean I haven't travelled around much.

I hope we find something soon :) . So start searching.

Nusrat

Any preferences? I was looking through the resource exchange and thinking the woman on here might guide us for their countries easier then trying to find something online,

Maria

JaniceW's picture

Yikes!

Nusrat, I am so sorry to hear that your ligaments were torn. That must really hurt. I wish I could help but will send you lots of healing energy your way for a quick recovery. Thinking of you....

Nusrat Ara's picture

How Sweet Love u

How Sweet

Love u

Nusrat

Nusrat Ara's picture

Don't have any preferences.

Don't have any preferences. But surly a beautiful place:) with interesting work to match

Nusrat

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Maybe Africa?

I bet MamaAfrica will know of some that want volunteers, does there interest you?

What kind of work do you do? I currently work in the medical assisting field, not a nurse but someone who helps people with day to day things. It would be toward the end of next month that we could afford to so or in September/October so hopefully we can find times we are both free.

heading offline to get some work done on that mod now, look forward to getting together sometime though!

Maria

Nusrat Ara's picture

Fine.

Fine.
I work in the Corporate Communication Department of a local Bank. having done my Masters in Mass Communication can help I think.

Nusrat

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Which months?

Which months are you free? I also have office skills and computer skills but no degree yet. It should be a great experience though!

Maria

Joannes's picture

Here.. I am Here!

Maria, you are right we have suddenly gone silent. I guess it is partly because of the anxiety and expectations of what awaits us in the months to come..

It is a chilly monday morning here in Kenya, boring to me (i never like Mondays anyway because of the weekend hang'over). I am in the office, picking up from wherever i left and trying to hit targets for the day. My weekend was nothing much of fun because my 'bundle of joy', baby Jian developed high fever on Saturday, but am glad it is now under control, thanks to my doctor. (Sorry, i had not shared with you that i have a son, now seven months old). Being my first born, the experience is hell, having to balance between being a mom, a wife, an employee, a person.. hey, i am not lamenting, am trying to cope.

The cold season has just started and you can guess what it feels like waking up in the biting cold. sometimes i feel like not letting go off the pillow but no choices!

Here we are.. looking for 'our daily bread' in a long chilly Monday.

Cheers!

We Can Do It!
Joannes

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Newborns

Oh wow, I can remember those times and congratulate any woman who can also work a regular job! I can remember the first time I was pregnant and kept dreaming I got up, showered and went to work and was busy working when the phone would ring and it would be my boss asking me where I was, still half asleep I would ask "what do you mean? I am at work". Luckily my boss was nice and had this same thing happen to her so said to wake up and get to work already.

Congratulations but a fever in a baby can be soooooo scary! Glad Jian is doing good! Beautiful name, what does it mean?

Maria

Joannes's picture

Jian

Maria, JIAN means nothing much. We simply coined if from our two names... i mean my husband's name John and mine Joanne. I liked the name and that is why we had to go for it. Thank God you like it too..

love,

We Can Do It!
Joannes

JaniceW's picture

Wishing Jian well

Joanna, what exciting news to hear you have a son. I am sorry he was sick over the weekend but am so happy that he is now doing well. We all wish you the very best as a new mother, which can be challenging at times but also an incredible joy. Best wishes,
Janice

Joannes's picture

Jian is well now

Janice, Jian is now well, thank God. But the balancing act is not easy i can bet. Many a times i have forgotten about myself and all i think of is Jian. The challenges are many, but they are just part of it. But i am now stronger.

Thanks and lots of love.

We Can Do It!
Joannes

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

I can relate....

I really can relate when you say the experience is hell. Balancing all the Jennifers can be overwhelming at times. Sometimes I think I am nuts to have taken on so much. But who am I kidding? I'd probably be bored with less on my plate. :-) Slowly, since becoming a new mom, I am learning to prioritize my time, to say no, and to let go. I guess, if I can figure those three things out, the hard lessons learned during the journey will be worth it.

If I had any advice about being a new mom, it's just to say that hang in there. My mom kept telling me that is gets easier and better and it does. Once our babies learn to crawl and then walk, a whole new world opens up to them. (walking, of course, brings its own challenges!) They become more interactive and playful, a little more independent, and watching them take everything in is such delight. Even the days when it is challenging — like today at the park when Jonah melted down because he spotted a blue ball ACROSS THE FIELD that he wanted to play with, but we wouldn't let him... Jonah can spot a balloon or ball from miles away like an eagle can spot a field mouse — I try and remember that these times are special and don't last.

I will be sending out lots of information this week. Please don't be anxious. I think we are all going to have a wonderful summer/winter together.

Love,
jennifer

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

Joannes's picture

Hell will turn to Heaven

Thanks Jennifer for your advice. I am hanging on and i think the experience has made me more stronger. I enjoy watchinng him learn something new each day. He seem to be picking up so fast and all my pot plants in the house are at risk. Although bringing them up is challenging, they bring new meaning to one's life as well.
As you mentioned, such are the special times that never last... so what does one do? Enjoy the moments and design ways to overcome the challenges.
By the way, please share some tips on how you managed to maintain your weight after the birth of Jonah... Girl, I admire my old Joanne..

Love,

We Can Do It!
Joannes

Nursing! After that, I'd say it's the running. Although I must admit, my belly is still like a bowl full of jelly, just like Santa!

If you are not nursing (and even if you are), exercise, good food, and patience are probably the best suggestions anyone can give you. Do you like to run? Even if not, come join join us in Sole Sistas! http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/7436

Love,
Jennifer

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

busayo's picture

Hi Everybody

Hi Everybody,
It is good of you Maria to call on everybody.It is a bright day here in Ile-Ife,Nigeria, everybody going about their business as usual.The only happening now being the ASUU warning strike nationwide, ASUU are the Academics Staff Union Of Nigerian Universities. It is like the students body nationwide also want to join in the protest, the reason being that the present government in Nigeria only budgeted 7% for education in their new budget which is going to affect the education sectors adversely. Personally i am okay now after being down with malaria for a whole week.
Congrat,Joannes on the birth of your baby. Hello everybody, good to hear from you, missing you all.

Thanks Maria for the opportunity to post

Love you all

Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Maria de Chirikof's picture

7% ouch!

That does not sound like enough to do much, no wonder they want to protest. I think educating people is so important that I wonder why it is not encouraged more then it is.

Malaria? I am glad you are better, stay rested and take care of yourself!

hugs,

Maria

busayo's picture

Thanks

Hi again Maria,
Thanks, I will try and get enough rest, that is what i need now. i pray God would touch the heart of our leaders to realize that
education is the best legacy any country could give its citizen.

Love you
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

JaniceW's picture

Sending you love

Busayo, I am sorry that you were sick with malaria for a week. I hope you were able to have friends/family care for you, and that you did not need to go to hospital. We all send you lots of healing energy and will keep you in our thoughts. Best wishes,
Janice

busayo's picture

Thoughtful of you

Hi Janice,
Thanks very much for your love, I really appreciate it. I am much better now to go back to work. thanks for your healing energy
I receive it.

Love you all
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Please drink lots of clean water, eat well, and rest. I am sending you lots of healing love via the PulseWire.

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

busayo's picture

I appreciate this

Hi Jennifer,
I really appreciate this, thank you very much for your healing love, I am drinking lots of water.

Love you all
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

sunita.basnet's picture

Here I am....

Dear Maria and all,
Thank you so much for your post. These days I am little busy with my study as this is our final semester and our futher scholarship depends on it. We cannot use the time freely as our previous smester because we have a time slot to use computer. A student will get 2 hours in a day to use computer and internet, but we need to do our research and ofcourse world pulse blogging. Our Access Academy course is going to finish in 24 days so till this time , I will be busy and will unable to post my journal as previous. But I will be blogging world pulse.

I am also doing a research about human trafficking in Nepal which I will be posting that in my journal in the future. I cannot wait to know my mentor and training. Do you know? We have a new prime minister in Nepal but still some conflict.

On the other hand, It's too hot in Bangladesh. But from last night it's raining and we have a easy time. Today it's little cold because of rain. Today's is also one of our friend's birthday. We celebrate her birthday.
Missing all of you.
Dear Jennifer, I like your picture. It's cute. Missing you too.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Maria de Chirikof's picture

such a long semester?

I guess the schedules must be very different there since now would be summer school starting soon instead of 2 more weeks of regular college. but yeah on hanging in there and making it a top priority, it is worth giving up some fun time on here to work for your dreams and we are here cheering you on!

I hope your research is going well. Is it hard to find real facts and people willing to talk? I imagine it would be hard to know how accurate your information is if you can't go meet them yourself first.

I hope the new Prime Minister is courageous and good and will bring Peace back to the people.

Take care and do study hard!

Maria

sunita.basnet's picture

Take care everyone

Dear Maria,
What's going on there?
My research is going well, but my all information is best on secondary sorces. It might not be accurate so U am trying to contact some organizations from Nepal.

Now it's summer so take care of your health every one. There is a big probability to become sick in this season. drink alot of water, take rest and eat on time. Do not stay outside for a long time. Be careful from mosquitoes.
Hope so but still there are some conflicts in the country.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Tina's picture

Snapshots

This is so great to have a little snapshot of what everyone is doing around the world. Utterly fascinating and so wonderful to stay in touch. Is everyone else waiting for June 1st I wonder?
Get well soon Nusrat & Busayo.
Blessings
Tina

Maria de Chirikof's picture

It is fun

Haven't you ever wondered what their lives were like and what they did for fun? It is nice to get a peek at their lives like this so I thank everyone for sharing a bit of themselves with us!

I know I am caught in some inter-dimensional time warp where this week has lasted 2! The clock has slowed down and June 1rst will never arrive! The girls love that movie called "GroundHogs Day" where the guy relieves the same day until he grows as a person. So I find myself reflecting and trying to prepare my ideas and goals so when I "meet" my mentor I can have a good idea of what I hope to get out of our thing together. Do you find yourself wondering what their letter to you will be like?

I remember reading on one ladies post about being asked about her 5-year plan. I forgot they ask those types of questions during job interviews since I would have had to take a second and try to organize all my thoughts together and hope I can do it at warp speed! So have been trying to frame my desires into a 5-year plan but it is vague since there are so many options to take into consideration too.

It sounds a bit funny when put into words, I think:
1st Year
Complete my mentor training and bring Justice back into the world
2nd Year
Bring about World Peace
3rd Year
Find a publisher for my completed novel and game
4th Year
Create even better games and books, take a vacation
5th year
buy a big boat and just sail around the world and empower the woman and children I meet along the way

I don't know, sounds reasonable right? hehe

love,

Maria

Tina's picture

I Love this

Maria you made me laugh, because my goals are somewhat similar. DO I think they're unreasonable? Absolutely not! It's always good to dream big.

Year One:
-Learn to write to the best of my ability and continue to discover my voice and the best use of it.
-Learn as much as I can about diverse women and cultures around the world, methods of conflict resolution and post conflict healing and cultural restoration. Continue to learn as much as I can about Anglo-Irish Relations.
-Complete first draft of "debut!" fiction novel: Marjorie's Moor, a story about love and woman's empowerment on the Yorkshire Moors!
-Learn to drive and buy a car! (I just got my license!)

Year Two:
-Publish novel.
-Develop program idea: perhaps researching varying methods of cultural connection and restoration of cultural heritage as means to end violence and conflict between communities. See if there is a model or framework that can be developed that may work universally.

Year Three:
-Somehow earn enough money to buy a house nearby for my mum so she can come and see us and stay whenever she wants.
-Write second novel to extend my camelot story theme about anglo Irish conflict and how it plays out on the streets of the Bronx.
-Oh! and help buy myself and my family a house too!

Oh! It's so funny writing those down. They do need some clarification to seem more attainable!
Tina x

sunita.basnet's picture

I am so excitited.

Tine,
I cannot wait for june 1st. I am so excitited. I was wondering what happened to Nusrat and Busayo? Get well soon friends. we cannot wait to hear from you.
Have a nice day everyone.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks dear Love Nusrat

Thanks dear

Love
Nusrat

Nusrat

jap21's picture

This post is so neat

We have to thank Maria again for this neat post. Great snapshots indeed Tina.
I am also waiting for June 1st. It is like May is never ending.

Nusrat and Busayo, drink a lot of water. It is good for the body.

Hugs to all of the gals who met today in this cozy space of Maria's.

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

sunita.basnet's picture

I cannot wait till june

Ofcourse Jackie,
This post has bring us together. I am thinking so why this May is so long. I cannot wait till june. Thank you so much for your hugs and welcome you too.

How is life going on Jackie? Hope to see you online in yahoo too.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks for the advice

Thanks for the advice dear.

Love

Nusrat

Nusrat

Khushbu's picture

Hello everybody

Hi all

I know things have been a lil silent here for a while...as everybody says, it must be the anticipation of whats in for all of us...June 1 onwards, life is sure going to be different..

Well, our country is passing through a difficult period, if i may say so..Sunita updated you guys about the new Prime Minister...I hope he lives upto the expectations of the people. The ex-Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda) and his party (CPN-Maoist) boycotted the election of the new PM, and we all are just hoping that they dont create any problem (crossing my fingers).We have seen enough of bloodshed in all these years...we want it to end,really. Just last week, there was a blast at a church..OMG...a CHURCH...how could they do this in a holy place like this. Two people got killed and one of them killed was a girl of 15, studying in Grade 10...She hadnt even seen the world....God bless her soul....Amen!

The only good news amidst so many trouble is enough rain....it had been so dry all this while, and lack of rain was one of the main reasons that we had to face power outage of upto 16 hours per day..but thanks to the changed weather condition, we have enough power supply these days...and everybody is overwhelmed..we had got used to our "idle" hours and now when we have electricity, we get anxious..we are confused on what shall we do..work on the computer,watch television,iron the clothes...etc..etc...its funny at times....

...I have also been caught up with work...working on a research for a major business organization in Nepal...and also doing the paper work for a conference on Industry-Academia dialogue....and the spare time that i get, i dig into my books...exams are slowly approaching..and i am petrified....

How i am waiting for my welcome packet....and for June 1 for a lifetime experience...

Hugs to all
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

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