Monday, January 17, 2005

EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THE MOVIE HOTEL RWANDA..... It's one of the best movies I have ever seen and I have never been so moved by any movie EVER.

My going away party this past weekend was great and I am so glad I got to see everyone who was there. It occurred to me during the party when I looked around that I actually knew EVERYONE there and they were all there to see me which was so nice. I am so greatful I have such amazing friends and THANKS to everyone who came (and to those of you who wanted to come but couldn't!) In my final days here, I am spending this week packing up my belongings and making some trips to see some of my family members. I got a really nice sleeping bag from my dad so that is now solved :) I am getting very excited and will update again really soon. AND...Start writing me letters! I am looking forward to mail already.

Friday, January 14, 2005

It can take up to a month to receive mail/ packages from what I have been told. I would very much appreciate the occasional letter from all of you at home and keep your eyes peeled for stuff from me! This will be my address just during my training for the first 3 months (until April) and then I will get a new one once I am assigned to the village I will be living in for the rest of my time there. I will post that address as soon as I know it. In the meantime...

My address for now:

Jenna Jackson/PCT (stands for Peace Corps Trainee!!)
Peace Corps
P.O. BOX 21527
Kitwe, Zambia

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

T MINUS TWENTY.... I depart in exactly 20 days and I am starting to get very excited/ nervous. My job at the library could not be any more boring and it seems as if time is dragging on. I need to practice packing a few times and walk down my block and see how it feels :)

I wanted to remind everyone that my going away party is on Saturday Jan. 15th and I want to make sure I get to see everyone before I leave.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Thank God for the iPod!

My luggage cannot exceed 80 pounds... that's approx. 2 bags (and I will be there over 2 years!)

I must admit that my first thought regarding that 80 pound limit was " how can I take my music with me?" I have been able to remedy that problem by getting an iPod. Yes that's right...the girl who refuses to get a cell phone owns the ultra trendy iPod. It is so small and able to hold 5,000 songs. I have since moved on to being concerned with sleeping bags now. They are pretty steep in price actually (at least the ones that fold up small that I need to get are.) I made my flight arrangements to Philadelphia yesterday which is where I will meet up with the rest of my group and we all get our vaccinations and everything and turn in all the important paperwork like power of attorney and life insurance stuff. After that, we leave as a group to New York to depart from JFK airport on Jan 25th. Luckily, I have no problem with shots because I will be getting quite a bit of them! I will keep everyone posted and I hope the holidays were great for everybody! I miss you all already :)

Sunday, December 12, 2004

"Survivor" is only 40 days!!

As I sit here watching Survivor:Vanuatu, I am realizing how long 2 years sounds as opposed to the 40 days that these crazy folks seem to be agonizing over. What the heck am I getting into here??! Ahh!! My dad just told me that he purchased a short wave radio and a headlamp for me. Both are things I never thought I would be asking for and definitely didn't think I would be excited to receive. A little more than a month from today, I will be departing for Zambia and I decided to create this blog at the urging of my friend Ruby (who has her own too) and figured it would be a great way for everyone to see what I am doing as I wander the globe :) I will be a great candidate for Survivor when I return from Africa...