Guest Book

Hey friends, family, and lurkers:

By no means are you obligated to read or comment on every post I write. However, I would REALLY appreciate if you took a minute to introduce yourself so I know who stopped by. Your comments in my ‘guest book’ will help me feel like there’s someone reading my blog on occasion.

Thank you all in advance you bunch of sweethearts!


24 Responses to “Guest Book”

  1. goodlifechoice November 30, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    Oh man Heidi you R-O-C-K! Thanks for having this guestbook, it was really fun and not at all difficult to write in. I live in the PNW (pee en dub as I like to say) as well and found your blog because well, I started it.

    Like you, I love the band Jimmy Eat World and my favorite album of theirs is Clarity.


    See folks, you can do it too!

    • leslierunsbham October 12, 2011 at 11:46 am #

      Just read this….garsh you are funny! Love you!

  2. Adrienne December 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm #


    My name is Adrienne and I’m a current PC nominee. I found your blog through a link on the PC wiki page. Like many nominees, I’ve been obsessively reading other PC applicant blogs to see where others are heading and to give me a better idea about my timeline.

    I applied in April 2010, got nominated in May (Secondary English Teaching in Central Asia, March 2011), am legally cleared and dentally cleared, and just received notification of my medical clearance at the end of November. I sent in an updated resume the same week, and now I’m (im)patiently waiting to hear from my placement officer.

    I just wanted to introduce myself–I guess I’m one of the “lurkers” :)–and to say congratulations on your invitation!

    Also, thanks for posting. It’s super helpful (for those of us who are still waiting to hear) to be able to see where other people are in the process.

    Best of luck,


  3. Stephanie January 12, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Happy Birthday to you too fellow Capricorn 🙂

  4. Ellen February 8, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    Hey Heidi! I actually have a friend who served as a health volunteer in Rwanda after she was evacuated from Mauritania, and she loved it. Another of my friends served in Niger and her APCD (whom she thought was great) has moved to Rwanda now that Niger was also evacuated. So I think you’ll have a wonderful experience there.

    I’m happy to see another future volunteer who knows what “social determinants of health” means. Public health for the win!

  5. Kay February 11, 2011 at 3:27 am #

    Hi Heidi! Glad you like my blog, and I hope your life isn’t too hectic right now. Believe me, I know how it feels…so much to do, no idea where to start!
    Anyway, feel free to email me if you have any questions about preparing for RW, or life here. I can’t promise that I will answer quickly, as electricity hasn’t made it to my village yet, but I will try!

  6. Ally March 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Hi Heidi!
    I just wanted to quickly respond to your comment on my post about packing. As far as shorts go- I know other ladies who wear longer “conservative” shorts for running and feel pretty ok about it. I would say try to find something around knee-length. And old pair of basketball shorts would be the ideal length I think. Being a Floridian, I never thought I would get self-concious about showing my knees! But, that’s a lot of blatant, pasty white leg to be showing off and people around here will notice!

    Also, good luck with your departure and staging and PST. Rwanda is an awesome country! Murakaza Neza (welcome!)

    • Heidi March 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

      Thanks Ally! I’m bummed about the idea of leaving behind my beloved running shorts buuuuut I understand that knees are just so dang sexy. Thanks for the well wishes, there’s a half dozen of us (that I know of) that are really excited to arrive.

  7. Pam Wessel-Estes April 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Hi Heidi – As a 1980-81 PC in the Philippines, a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to you for making this life changing decision. Good for you. It will be wonderful, terrifying, exhilarating, depressing, and all the things that go in-between. I look forward to reading about your experiences – thanks for sharing them. Best to you in your early steps in the journey, ~Pam

    • Heidi April 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

      Thank you Pam!

  8. Katie Hryniewicz April 26, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Heidi Mae!
    Just stopping by to check out the blog. Looking forward to being able to follow all your Rwanda adventures 🙂

    -KDub/ADub/you get the point

    • Heidi April 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm #


      It was good to see you. I still think of you as AW even though you’re in my phone as Katie Hryniewicz.

  9. Jamie May 30, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Oh hey friend! I’m keeping my eyes on your blog:)
    lalalala love!

  10. Sparkle Red Robot June 11, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Hey Darlin’

    Alex would like some icy cold water……..and to be rolled up like a burrito with cinnamon toast and syrup!

    Your experience sounds amazing but I am still missing you. Here’s to care packages with a little surprise for the postman.

    Love you bunches.

    • Heidi June 14, 2011 at 3:52 am #


      I’ve seen a bright orange slip and a royal blue one since being here. Makes me think of you. There’s a trainee named Alex here and the first couple of weeks all I could think of was, “Alex would like a glass of icy cold water please.” I want to email you but my gmail is not so great these days.

      I eagerly await your care package with a special treat for the postman.

  11. Patty Van Dyk June 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Heidi, I just am so excited for you and loved reading all about your adventure. I read it yesterday (June 14) and couldn’t stip thinking of it all night. I waited this long to go into your blog because I didn’t think there would be much yet. I didn’t realize you started it in September. I love reading autobiographies and yours it right up there with the best. I will be following your blogs throughtout your 2 year tour. This is truly a mind altering experience and you will be changed forever. We miss you here at the Health Department. I have mentioned to other people that they should check out your blog. There was a time in high school (1964-65) when I was thinking about joining the Peace Corp but didn’t follow thru. Wished I had.

  12. Becky August 15, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    Sam just sent me the link to your blog and I’m so glad! I love hearing (reading) about your adventures and struggles. I am so looking forward to chatting with you regarding your adventure when you return. Love and Hugs
    PS Maybe I can entice you to our home in 2013 with a BBQ on the deck ya?

    • Heidi August 18, 2011 at 8:56 am #

      Only if there’s BBQ pizza involved! So glad you’re reading and following along, let me know if you have any questions 🙂

  13. Barbara Sindlinger November 4, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    I’m a distant relative (cousin to your mother) and following your adventure.
    I have a friend who was in the Peace Corp in Africa many years ago and she has told many stories, thus my interest in your blog and stories you’ll be telling.
    Best wishes,

    • Heidi November 16, 2011 at 5:07 am #

      Thanks Barbara! Hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far. What part of Africa did you friend serve in?

  14. Jessica Bell May 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    I Looooooove you! thought you should know.


    • Heidi May 22, 2012 at 10:05 am #

      How could I possibly forget? Though I DO love the reminders. Right back at ya!

  15. Mary O May 22, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    I also went to Western. I miss it a lot, but am enjoying my PC experience in Moldova. My one year mark is fast approaching (June 8th). I really enjoy reading about your time in Africa. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Heidi May 22, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      Hey Mary! Glad you enjoyed it. Woot woot for WWU grads! Congratulations on your upcoming one year.

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