I wasn't able to admit to this too easily. I didn't want to get up a hope in something that wouldn't happen. However, I don't believe it is wrong to hope. I don't believe it is wrong to hope for something and then receive a different, perhaps better or more challenging reality than I had originally hoped for.
In any case, this is the beginning of a journal. How long it lasts is not determined, or important.
Here is my Peace Corps application timeline to this point in time (as best as can be recreated):
Mid-November, 2007: Went to first Peace Corps informational meeting, started to consider the PC more seriously
January, 2008: Started filling out application
February 20-something, 2008: Finished application
March 3: Interview
March 5: Nomination to go to Morocco or Jordan to work with artisans
March 7: Medical Kit mailed from D.C.
April 15: Sent in completed medical forms (Yes, it was a lot of work to get this done in just over a month!)
April 29: Dental cleared, undergoing Medical review, needed extra test/information from physicians
May 20, 2008: Medically cleared, limited to countries that can handle my medical conditions--Morocco/Jordan still a possibility, checking with in-country PC staff
And that is where I am today!