Posts Tagged With: Goals

We Accomplished Something!!!! Score One For The Collective (You Will Be Assimilated)!

By Kiki Keane and Rachel Womek

How did we do with our goals this week? Rachel 0 of 4, Kiki 0 of 3, Collective 1 of 4

Hey…at least we accomplished something!

So, what did we accomplish? We bought our tickets! We are leaving for Egypt in the fall. We are now officially psyched and broke. This marks an important step for us as a tangible, major, obstacle we’ve over come. It is also symbolically significant. It symbolizes the reality and finality of our scheme. I (Rachel) have been running through the gamut of my emotions: elation, terror, discouragement, anticipation, apathy…you name it. This will be my first trip off the continent! Meanwhile, Kiki is excited about the trip, but overwhelmed by the very real possibility that she will fall flat on her face and have to come back with her tail between her legs.

We have so much to do now and the clock is counting down!

We are setting new, more realistic, and more pertinent, goals for next week!!!

Rachel: I will finish my Bradbury book and more importantly research required vaccinations for North and South Africa and the Middle East. I will also practice photography.

Kiki: I will read a book (any book) and research Egyptian cell phone plans.

The Collective: Study Arabic!!!

In other news:

Here is a better link to the Richard Engel preview on Rock Center. It’s actually the same link, it’s just easier to find on the Rock Center page now.



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An Excessively Long Title To Describe A Concise Summary Of Our Weekly Goals

By Kiki Keane and Rachel Womek

How Did We Do?

Rachel: I completed 5.5 goals this week. I was not murdered by Kiki, nor did I scold anyone for being incompetent! I took some photos and posted them on the blog. I even studied Arabic. I can now say “thanks” (shokran) and “I would like to rent an apartment nearby the market”. I also bought The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, but was only able to read half. I was planning on finishing it today but my day was going so poorly I was unable to focus on reading. I also followed some news stories out of Syria!

Kiki: I blogged earlier in the week about two of the goals I met. 1) I ordered The Berlin-Baghdad Express by Sean McMeekin. 2) I finished my Book Club Book, Nightwoods. The other personal goals I made for myself did not happen. Why? I can’t seem to concentrate on anything but work this week. I have (no kidding!) woken myself from work related nightmares. I hate when that happens. I did, however, achieve two of the collective goals: 1) I caught-up on news coming out of Syria. Here is the latest report on Syria from MSNBC. 2) I found some history titles relating to our goal, which I am about to look for.

We both failed at not spending any unnecessary money this week! We are both wearing proverbial Dunce Caps! In our defense not spending money is hard. I know, it is a lame excuse. Feel free to shame us!

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A Blog About Not Much, But It Is Still Totally Worth Reading If You Want To See Us Possibly Die By The End Of The Week…

By: Kiki Keane and Rachel Womek

Since we are terrible at finding things to write about, especially things pertaining to our *goal, we are going to set some personal goals for the week, which we will then blog about. We are doing this in an effort to establish some kind of accountability.

So, here are our goals:

Rachel: My goals for the week are to read an entire non-fiction work; lately I’ve been reading 1/2-3/4’s of books and never finish them. I will also read and entire fictional work, which I have never previously read. Also this week, I will not induce Kiki to murder me. Lastly, I will try not to scold people who don’t know what they are talking about.

Kiki: 1) I will finish (FINALLY!) Bernard Lewis’s book Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the MIddle East. 2) I will find and acquire the book The Berlin-Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany’s Bid for World Power. 3) I will re-read Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy before I go see the film. 4) I have to finish my book club book, Nightwoods.

Collective: 1) We will study Arabic! 2) We will catch-up on news about Syria, Iran, etc. 3) Take some pictures and post them on our blog! 3) Find some history/current event books pertaining to our goal! 4) Will not spend money unless it is ABSOLUTELY necessary.

Rachel also wanted to mention that she went to see The Secret World of Arrietty today. She feels that the film was charming and timeless, something to be enjoyed by people of all ages. The borrowers were sweet and innocent folk, undeserving of the criticism that they have received by those who are biased against tiny humans. Kiki thinks they’re creepy…

FYI: Kiki blogged about Richard Engel’s new iPad series for Rock Center a few days back. The first episode on Timbuktu is now on the Rock Center website. Check it out! 

*Our goal is to leave Las Cruces in September for the Middle East and Africa. This is mostly Kiki’s crazy idea (she is going to attempt to be a Freelance Foreign Correspondent). Rachel is coming along for moral support and to do some photography/video. Please see our Bio for more info.

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