For so long I’ve wanted to figure out what to do with myself career-wise and a girlfriend. Now I’ve found myself with both and it’s tearing me apart. I’ve been working on this Peace Corps journey for so long now and it’s finally coming to fruition. But I also have this amazing girl that I love. Whenever Ethiopia comes up I can see the pain in her face. She wants me to be happy and she wants me to better myself but I’m breaking her heart by leaving. And I don’t think I can have her even as a friend through all of this. She doesn’t think she can still talk to me knowing she can’t have me. Damn I don’t want to lose her. Sacrifices, sacrifices. Why did both of these things have to happen at the same time?! I’ve told her that I’m not 100% sure about Ethiopia but honestly, how could I say no to that opportunity? That seems foolish, especially considering how long of a process it’s been and how badly I want it. Sigh.
I had my placement interview today. Aaand got my invitation about 30 minutes later since I’m going to be out of town and wouldn’t be able to get my physical invitation in a timely fashion. I’m freaking out.
June 4 departure date.
This is a very simple formula for the information Supervegan is constantly posting on the internet to those that do not understand why the agricultural industry is so detrimental to the environment.
Things get so complicated.
I finally got an email that my toolkit was updated. So I bopped over to check it out to find that I’m dentally cleared and a decision was made regarding my medical clearance; expect a letter in the mail. Considering that OMS only contacted me once since I sent in my medical packet, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be cleared. They only asked if I was taking any meds. I’m not so I feel like there should be no reason to not clear me. So I’m kind of stoked about that. The problem, however, is that my life is not what it was when I started this process. I want to leave my job; I’d love to get out of here and the Peace Corps still seems like the most epic, fantastic opportunity but I don’t really want to leave my girlfriend. We’ve only been together for a few months but I feel so much potential in this relationship and I don’t want to walk away from it. This is not something that happens to me often: I don’t date much and this is the first relationship I’ve been in in the last two years or so. I’m so conflicted.
- Michelle Bachmann: "Don’t misunderstand. I am not here bashing people who are homosexuals, who are lesbians, who are bisexual, who are transgender. We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders.” (2004)
- Ron Paul: "The rate of AIDS infection is on the increase again. From the gay point of view, the reasons seem quite sensible. First, these men don't really see a reason to live past their fifties. They are not married, they have no children, and their lives are centered on new sexual partners... because sex is the center of their lives, they want it to be as pleasurable as possible, which means unprotected sex. Third, they enjoy the attention & pity that comes with being sick." (1995 in a newsletter)
- Rick Perry: "I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. " (2011 in a campaign ad)
- Mitt Romney: "I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed." (2011 while speaking to unemployed people in Florida. Romney's net worth is over $200 million.)
- Newt Gingrich: "She's not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer." (1994, about his first wife)
- Rick Santorum: "Is anyone saying same-sex couples can’t love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?" (2008)
- Michelle Bachmann: "Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas." (2009 during a debate)
- Mitt Romney: "PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air." (2006, when questioned about driving 12 hours with his dog in a cage strapped to the top of his car)