Saturday, October 27, 2007

Exciting New Developments...

So, I have decided due to the addition of a webcam, I will be doing some video blogs every once in a while, which is pretty exciting! That way you can actually hear what I'm up to, and I won't have to type it all out. ;o)

And also, I received some further information on my internship. I've been in contact with Dr. Roland Buresh, my supervisor for the internship. According to him, I will be working with Filipino researchers going out into the field and observing/assisting with research operations in a rice-maize (corn) experiment. Sounds like fun! I was hoping to get out into the fields.

I've added a couple of links to my list on the right >>> . So check those out. IRRI is where I'm doing my internship, but the CGIAR is the larger organization. IRRI is just one of the research stations. It's a very interesting organization, that does research on different crops all over the world.

My next post will probably come from Seattle, and then after that, Los Banos! I'll be sure to get some pictures up ASAP! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I've been busy...

So it's been a while since I updated. I've been running around, trying to tie off loose ends, and get everything together for my departure on October 31st. Lucky for me, I have a place to live when I get there, and some time to figure everything out before classes begin.

I created a Skype account today. This is a pretty nifty feature, and it will allow me to call home for less than 1 cent/minute. It's nice to know that I can talk for an hour for less than a dollar! Lisa told me today that I could probably rescue a couple of web cams from salvage (in the basement of our building), and could possibly be able to talk face-to-face to some of you, if I can get them to you. I'll have to try and work out all of the details for that stuff later on.

I still have a lot to do! I need to get to the dentist, the health department, the credit union, and start packing. I've been setting stuff aside for a while now, but it's getting to be crunch time! Please pray that I will sell my car soon. I was encouraged to know that I should be able to live comfortably for less than $500/month, so if I stick to a budget, I should be ok. But selling the car would give me a little bit of a cushion financially.

Thanks for all of your prayers, and it won't be long until you see me posting pictures of white sand beaches, palm trees, and rice patties! :o) Have a great week!

I found a few pictures of Los Banos: