>> Thursday, February 22, 2007
Today marks six weeks since we received medical clearance--so for the next 14 days, I'm sure I'll be nervous with excitement since the window our placement officer gave us for hearing official news was 6 to 8 weeks after we were cleared. Even last night my nervousness began... I dreamed that I received an e-mail from the Peace Corps telling me that because I have library books that are due today (which is true in real life), we can't receive an invitation. I had a second dream in which I received an e-mail from Peace Corps Director Tschetter that contained a link to a You Tube video. In the video, Tschetter was explaining to us that we were disqualified because our files didn't get the correct sticker on them; he had no idea how we could have gotten so far without the appropriate label on the file, but we'd have to begin the application process all over again because of it.
I think this has been the most difficult part of the waiting so far, probably because we're so close to knowing something definite and being done with the whole application process. Even though it took much longer to get nominated, waiting wasn't that difficult because we had no idea where we'd be going or when we'd be leaving; now that I know the invitation close date for the program for which we were nominated is in 17 days, I worry that something like a missing sticker will throw a wrench in the works.
I also think we're having trouble being patient because it seems like it should be so easy just to pop our invitation in the mail... if we're correct that we're headed to Nicaragua since it has the only TEFL program in Latin America, it's not as if the placement officer really has to spend a lot of time deciding which TEFL program in Latin America to send us to.
I also realize, however, that just because our PO said it's usually 6 to 8 weeks doesn't mean that I am guaranteed to know anything 14 days from now... until we do, I'm going to try to be as patient as possible and I'm going to return those library books!