Friday, May 3, 2013


I just responded to a friend's email.  He asked the simple question:  "When will you be back in Orlando?"  Instead of just saying "May 24", I gave him my schedule for the next few weeks.  I thought I'd share it with you.

It's a busy, busy time - filled with good stuff.

May 6-7- interviewing new consultant candidates.  16 of them.  Grueling for them and me!
Wed/May 8 - Skype with Scotland (parent agency) and travel to Lilongwe - five hour drive); 

Thurs May 9 - facilitate meeting with government, donors, business owners and a new govt agency to help them focus on their direction;

 Fri May 10 - 5 hour drive back to Blantyre.  

Sat, May 11 - spend the day with Paul and his family.
Sun May 12 - Pack and prepare for the training the next week.

 Mon- Tues- Wed May 13 - 15 - teach Consulting Diploma course for consultant trainees

Thurs May 16 - 6:00 a.m. bus to Lilongwe, relax for evening in hotel

Fri May 17 - leave for airport at 6:00 a.m.

Sat. May 18 - arrive in Yerevan Armenia at 8:30 p.m. after visiting Zambia, Kenya, Amsterdam, Paris

Sun. May 19 - Thurs. May 23 - enjoy time with Denise, Otis and Irie and explore Armenia!

Fri. - May 24 - Depart Yerevan at 6:00 a.m.  Visit Paris, Detroit and arrive in Orlando at 8:30 p.m.  In Lake Mary at 10:30.  In shower at 11:00.  In bed at 11:30.  In a coma at 11:31.

Sat. May 25 - Grocery shop, clean the house and be at airport at 8:30 pm. to greet friends arriving from Michigan and New Jersey - also PCVs/Samoa

Sun. May 26 - hosting barbecue/pot luck/pool party for 12 friends

Sat. June 1 - 7:00 a.m.  friends depart.

Sat. June 8 - 1:00 hosting barbecue/potluck for about a dozen RPCVs from Central Florida - it's a group that just formed when I was leaving so am anxious to connect and make some new friends.  Ages range from 20's to 50's.  Mix of male/female/married/single.  

Mon. June 10 - get serious about job search, if I haven't gotten a call from Cape Town by then.  My fingers are still crossed!


  1. I love reading your blog. You were in Samoa for a bit with my granddaughter Kiri Center.
    Thanks for the always interesting blog!
    Maggie Center

  2. Thanks, Maggie - that's so kind. Kiri is a sweetheart and will do well in Samoa. Her Samoan was already better than mine by the time she was finishing training!