And for what I hope is your reading pleasure, I bring to you today a roundup of deux mille douze (2012), bullet-pointed out of sheer laziness.
- I applied to graduate school. Allons-y toward the future. The three schools should get back to me in early March.
- Thanks to my grad school applications, I devised a five-year plan. It's the first time maybe ever that I actually have one and want to put it into action.
- Accomplished: I weighed at least 500 children - both in town and in the surrounding villages, and have revitalized the growth monitoring system here in Kandi, which is to say, someone's finally doing it. As a result, I overcame my fear of babies, finally (but I still don't want one). I conquered the beast that is the local high school and started a weekly English club. Shockingly, I really enjoy it. I also organized and led a week-long girls' camp.
- Was challenged EVERY single day, mentally and physically. I'm stronger but also more aware of my limits.
- I became a radio star this year. I realized the other day that the station donates what is the equivalent of $40 of radio time to me each week. That's a pretty significant community contribution.. Although I have never received any feedback on my show, which covers health and American culture, I hope a few people learn something each week.
- FINALLY, I started dreaming in French. I've hoped for this since my first French class in 1995. Although I am by no means what I would consider fluent, I can hold my own in a conversation. I love the challenge.
- I read several great books, though definitely not as many as I should have; among them were Dr. Farmer's Haiti after the Earthquake (which made me want to travel there even more than before) and Paulo Coehlo's The Fifth Mountain, a novel much more spiritual than I'm used to, but then again, spiritual uplift is a good thing.
- Became (sort of) owner to a rambunctious puppy named Sasha, who along with me would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a most lovely 2013!