OHHHH mannn - ok so the reality that school is coming (and fast) definitly hit me liiiiike yesterday.the whole week last week i worked every day almost from open to close every day. totalling it all up i got 62 hours in!!!! thats pretty ridikulus, but ron was proud of me and everyone told me i did awesome. so i felt really good about that. at one point there were actually no nursing home cycle fills in the back. (a cycle fill is just all the lables for the residents' monthly scrips) but yeah - i got so caught up that had nothing to do for a few hours 2 of the days i was there.
SOOOo i used that quality time to spend some time with my buddies. Clarey and i definitly bonded; lets just day she went thru a lil bit of a breakdown, nothing too serious, and im awesome and was the only one who could calm her down. and then moving to the rest of the shaub family i got to hang out with my new joey (yes he is mine; i own him) but yeah i just gotta say i love that kid sooooooooincredibly much. hes like the biggest sweetheart ever and so incredibly laid back. plus he thinks im funny and he literally laughs at everything i say. ohh and then he punches me as thanks for when i buy everyone lunch! yeah all in all good times. OOOOOHHHH and RANDYYYYYYY was finally back this week!!!!!!!!!! i missed him so incredibly much. and i was soo glad to get a good chat in with him about his vaycay. then of course he kept me there like 2 hrs past when i was sposed to be, but still its randy and for him id do that. (p.s. he told someone i was the greatest thing since sliced bread! for real too!!)
umm so i cant write much longer bc i really need to get a LOTTT of reading done. but i just wanted to say srry for so much time in between and day 5 is still definitly coming.
main point that this was sposed to be for was to say that i was called to be and academic assistant!!! this is huge - its kind of like RA only i dont have as much responsibility and i pretty much just tutor them/help with homework instead of babysitting them! and so i will be at school earlier than usual - i.e. this sunday. so that sshould be nice for me to have a few days before school starts to myself and hopefully catch up on all my reading i was sposed to do. bc im not gonna lie i have a TON if work - i have to catch up on my medical term. reading and i have to read my AA manual and i will have to do the homeworks from the training ill miss(which as slacker-y as it sounds its awesome that i dont have to go to all of it) and when i get there ill need to make all the posters and bulletin board stuff and program ideas... so its gonna be busy and nonstop! but it will be a good challenge for me. this whole year is going to be i have a feeling!
alright well for now goodnihgt bc im gonna go read med term - have like 4 chapters to read b4 the first day of classes so... crunch time...
p.s. SLICK'S BACKKKKKKK YAYYyaaaaaa - man i missed that chick!
SOOO Day Four: it feels like we're pretty far into the hike at this point and we are, but i didnt realize how much there is left to tell still! So last night was morgan stewart shelter aka "u might wanna hold it til the next privy or even just woody area you see." Breakfast was awesomeeeeeee... homemade cocoa puffs!! haha shauna is so resourseful (as you will find out later on as well) that she made kix into cocoa puffs. we werent sure how it would turn out, but a lil powedered milk later and we were golden.
so the morning was splendid and dandy until i remembered i had my period, and ohhhh yeah... only like 2 tampons left. since there was nothing i could do then i decided worryin wouldnt help so i peed as quick as i could that mornin and we headed out for the day. originally we were only gonna do 9ish miles, but the next day we woulda had to do 18, so we were contemplating all day for a way to even it out more. We ended up getting to RPH shelter (the one we planned on staying at) by like 1130. and ohhhhhh man it was one of the nicest shelters ive ever seen in my life. (thats still really impressive even considering the only shelters ive seen were on this trip) but for real - it had bunk bed frames and a desk and benches and extra chairs and the PRIVYYYYY............ ohhhhhh myyy goodness. it was like a luxury place. i literally enjoyed it. like i wanted to go to the bathroom more than once when we were there. unfortunately for me i only had enough liquid in me for one visit. but good gracious it was beautiful and blue and clean and did NOT smell and had a good vent and a cute plaque and everything. so needless to say we took a picture of us in front of it. is it sad that my fondest or at least most entertaining memories all have something to do with privies? im not even lying... i can think of at least 2 more good stories that i havnt written down yet involving them.
getting over that for now tho... RPH also happened to be the near scene of yet another unforgettable hiking experience. so we all know about the low tampon situation. and at one point before we got to RPH we crossed a road right where people can get on and off the Taconic Pkwy. there were a few houses around it so we thought maybe someone could spare some for me or at least we could find a store to grab some. well, the first woman we asked said she didnt use tampons...whatever-- EW... any girl understands why i say that. then the next one we were gonna walk up to her huose an ask but she ended up pulling out before we could, so we just asked how close the nearest store was and it turned out to be like 4-5 miles = out of the question for anyone paying attention. so we kinda had to let that one go. But before we arrived at RPH we crossed the road that was really close to a it. so i figured there was no harm in trying again. this time i went alone and the first house was empty (at least i think it was) i mean there was a dog but the TV was on and noone answered... but i ended up going across the street up this semi-long driveway and knocked on the front door of my first ever TRAIL ANGEL's house. (this is the cool experience part) so i ring the doorbell and 3 massive dogs start barking at me on the window and finally this woman come to it and i try to explain the situation to her, but shes also trying to hold back the pooches and cant really hear me. So i have to explain it twice actually and once she understands she kinda cuts me off to spare me any more embarrassment and just says "you've got it!" So im waiting for a bit and the biggest sense of relief just washes over me and i dont think i've ever been soooooo excited to see a tampon in my life!! she comes back with a ziploc bag filled with like 5 reg and 5 super!!!!!! man she is good - i thank her over and over, and shes like "its a good thing my husband didnt answer the door :D!" hahah my goodness this woman does not know how much she has just made my week and shes just nice to boot. so i hike on back down the driveway and over to shauna all excited and pumped and triumphant and whatnot. honestly i have never been so thankful for a tmapon before in my life and probly never will be. so yeah like 50 ft off the road was RPH and we had lunch there. There is also where we met a group of 4 girls (kinda unusual to see) and we ended up chatting for a while and frisbeeing with them and i climbed a tree with 2 of em. I went all the way to the top pretty much which was awesome bc i havnt climbed a good tree in probly over 7 yrs. so that was awesome. i only remember 3 of their names... Sassafras, Crumbs, and Low Key. the fourth girl was actually the girl who frisbeed with me alone first and she was pretty cool. they all were so easy going and having fun and also quite imformative because they helped us find out how wed even out our days.
We decided to stay at Canopus Lake campgrounds that night upon hearing that its a free stay for thru hikers and there were HOT SHOWERSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! i kid u not. so we were psyched and eventually got back on our way. of course nothing can ever be perfect... bc shauna went to look at the elevation profile and realzied the books werent with us (we forgot them at the shelter) and slick ended up leaving me and the packs and hiking the preposterous 2.5 mi. to RPH and another 2.5 back to me. She said she would have left them but she had notes in them and the guys would need them for when they reached up here. i felt so bad, but she said it was her fault so shed go get them. so for a good while i was alone and had nothing to do so i fidgeted and checkout out the forest around where we stopped and it was actually by where the trail crossed a road so it wasnt freaky or anything. she finally made it back and was horrible playing a joke on me saying they werent even there. when all she did was hide them in her bra... EVIL she was. well not really... funny for sure - but she definitly totally got me. We then ventured the rest of our journey. The next hill we went up was kinda tough, mostly bc she needed that energy back from the extra 5. and also we met the guy who maintains that section and lets just say... i hope he was on vaycay or something, bc otherwise hes been slacking. everntually we caught up to these two older hikers who stopped at RPH just when we were leaving and passed us while slick was retreiving the books. they were soo nice - really easygoing and they were slack packing (where somehow thru a car or family/friends you leave most heavy unneccesary things in a car while carrying pretty much only food and water to lighten the load) she they had a cr waiting at the end of this section we were doing too and said theyd give us a ride to the campground if we wanted to wait for them to catch up. Considering the campsite was a mile off the trail UPHILL we definitly took them up on the offer and we soo thankful for it. (another cool experience for the list) the old guys name was swampy i think and we didnt catch the womans name, but they were such awesome people.
SOOOOO the campground turned out to be the perfect inbetween for us. I ended up doing 16 miles that day and slick had a whopping 21 under her belt! so we were so ready for sleep. But even more ready for food first and then a nice steamy shower. conveniently we were right across from the shower/restroom building. first we set up tent!!!!!!!!!!!! thats right we set up a tent we didnt have! and when i say we i mean shauna did. shes a genius i swear. just brilliant planning and logic and resoursefulness as always. she used our plastic liners and 2 plastic bags, trekking poles, and rope to make an actual tent. small pebbles she used to hook the 2 liners together to be the actual shelter. one end was closed by a plastic bag, the other by our rain jackets after we got in. and the sides held down and out by firepit rocks. it was a work of pure genius.. theres just no other way to put it. i was and am still so impressed with her, i really belive she can do anything she wants. but getting back to the day. so the tent was ready and we were ready for food. MY GOODNESS dinner was the BESSSSTTTTT EVERRR. it wasnt even bc we were so hungry - it was really really good. campanella noodles in some pasta mix stuff. i really have to ask her what that mix was bc it was stupendous. but anyway, one little aspect i failed to mention yet is how incredibly bad the mosquitoes were at this place. it was in the woods after all, but my goodness they were relentless and seemed like there were billions of them. they were going thru 2 layers of clothing and socks so we had to wear our rainjackets to stop them on the upper body. 100% DEET was used on the lower half and that only barely worked. but we found shelter from them in the shower building and also we found HOT WATER. showers were awesome, and right away we hopped in the tent for bed. unfortunately with our wet hair and the hotness of the night so far the tent turned into a SAUNA! we were pretty paranoid with tryin to kill the mosquitoes that were in there too. eventually i think we got all but 2, and that was good enough. sleep took over pretty quickly only after some hilrious attempts at sealing the "tent" and killing the blood-suckers.
that is pretty much it for day four! except that that night turned out to be colder than idd suspected and i only had the skinny part of shauna's sleeping bag on me so i ended up being frigidized that night. it wasnt too bad - i felt like i should just be tough and get over it. little did i kno all i had to do was ask and i could have cuddled... looking back now i see my mistake in tryin to be a hardass. but i did make it thru the night and i guess thats enough. so Day 4 was actually to me the greatest day up until now largley because of the tampon trail angel. but seriously over all - the BEST TIME EVERRRRRRRRR - cuddling would have put it over the edge, but ill have to live with myself without it i guess. maybe some day...
well for now - im done... it is quarter to 1 and im gettin up at 4 to say bye to jared abby uncle dj and aunt eydie... then going back to sleep til 7, then gettin up to shower and get ready for work at 9.
~~there shall be separate entries for the fun family visit we had for future reference~~
p.s. apparently i am horrible at goodbyes; not exactly something im eager to work on...
So i'm sitting here eating some ice cream bc it is ungodly hot for 11pm and im gonna write this next entry about our awesome journey and its kinda odd for me because shauna is going to be leaving tomorrow to rejoin the guys in virginia. So im gonna be remembering all these times we had together while knowing that shes going back to have awesomer times with the bandats. and i am sooooo incredibly glad shes getting back on - bc this is definitly her thing and as much as she says its not about having to do it its about wanting to do it... i kno she still needs to. and i dont mean like shes forcing herself to bc she planned it and put a lot of time energy and money into it, i mean as the person she is and is going to be she needs to do this to prove to herself that she can.
now i already know she really does trust herself and push herself and believe in herself more now that she has hiked alone and whatnot... so its not about the physical part anymore. i think its more like shes so in touch and in love with nature and feels so at home there that she wouldnt be happy until she finished what she started. (shes also kind of stubborn and driven and naturally not a quitter, so that all fuels the fire)
but yeah i guess i just wanted to throw that down in here... for no real reason at all, just to get it out i think. and with that little prologue... ON TO DAY 4!!
oook - day three... man am i glad i wrote stuff down on post-its last night! sooo day 3 was our second shortest day i believe. something like 7.6 miles maybe? yeah once again up at dawn. had an awesome combo oatmeal b-fast - peaches strawberries and blueberies 'n' cream all in one! u cant lose. so our next destination was morgan stewart memorial shelter. When we got there we met freeze out and overflow who were just stopping for a quick break. they were having a pretty long day if i recall correctly. but yeah - we were jsut chatting about nothing really, and it turns out overflow was an engineer (lterally the fourth one we met thus far) and she majored in mechanical. and when shauna said she knew some guys who just gradiated with civil engineering overflow was like "we always said civil guys are the ones who couldnt cut it in mechanical..."
Cue awkward silence NOW
two of the guys shauna's hiking with are the two civil engineers so that was only slightly incredibly awkward, but we just let it go. either way - eventually we were alone in the shelter for a little while. this place was not very open like the first one so frisbeeing fun was not had. there was this amusing phoebe bird that had a nest under the outer roof of the shelter but was kinda thrown off bc our stuff was hangin aorund and drying and whatnot. so that was kinda funny watching it tryin to figure out what happened. but the water did come from a cool well pump but was a good hike away from the shelter and could be complicated to retrieve alone. im also going to go ahead and make it official now... morgan stewart also has the blue ribbon for "NASTIEST PRIVY EVERRRRRRRR" everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
and of course us being the geniuses we are... for dinner we had rice, which we apparently had wayyyyyyyy too much of - bc slick couldnt even finish it all after i was done (usually shed take care of anything leftover) But yeah extra rice - nowhere to really put it so we were lowered to the point of having to dump it out in the privy! that was definitly a chore. we went together i think more for moral support than anything. i was in charge of the actual dump. and almost vommitted even tho i was already breathing thru my mouth!! thats how bad it was. and i was almost certain i smelled like the stupid privy much like u smell like smoke when u go to a bonfire. but luckily we were still within the 300 ft radius around the privy where u still get the maximum stench rating. so i was happy it didnt cling to me and we went down to the well to wash the stuff together. good team effort that day,
the well pump thing i actually ended up taking a picture of for my sister - i thought it could be something rustic-artistic that she could paint or something... u never know. ironically enough - this is the shelter i took pics at of the place itself bc somehow i realized i had my phone and i was checking the time and had pretty good service surprisingly. so i called my mom to say hi and let her know we were alive. and she told me to take a bunch - so i did. im excited to get those developed soon. (still 3 left on it) butt yeahh - that was cool sayin hola to mi madre - and also shauna was doing some crazy stretching/yoga on top of a tree stump. dont ask .
so yeah - in between a nap and dinner - we met this one girl, and her name had gator in it and had some alliteration... and also buttercup came along. he stayed with us and chilled for a while - watched us play WARRRR (one of the only card games i kno-and sadly still lost at) and he told us actual valuable information about the hikes coming up and the ones thru pennsylvania(for slick). he was a cool guy - definitly kinda freaked me out when he said i looked familiar and he was from around atlanta... he named some family ive never heard of... whatever - it was funny.
mostly i remember being really tired this day - and i am ashamed and have noooo idea whyyy. i definitly got a good nap in and so did shauna. she also read some more stories to me - a tradition id come to enjoy immensely. The first one this night was ironically appropriate at first and then just kinda disturbing. the story behind this is that i got my freaking period this night (when i wasnt expecting it til the end of the week). so the beginning of the story was kind of hilarious just for the simple fact that it was a detailed story of some little girls first time getting her visit from aunt flo. terrribly amusing really - so after that the story turned creepy and whatnot. but it ended and we were ok.
soo then being the lazy overly tired bums we are - we pretty much went to bed after dinner. only we didnt sleep for quite a while.instead we had a pretty awesome chat session - and i say session bc it was definitly a good few hours. well into the night we were discussing important issues. all in all a good night - bc we drove ourselves to the point of retarded tiredness... u know, the one where u just dont make sense at all anymore! thats it.
almost totally forgot about this - sorry for this whole thing being random and out of any kind of order at all by the way - so the thing i forgot almost was that Bamboo, from last night, left some trail Magic on the trail that we went thru. we're talking FRESHHHHH FRUITTT something every hiker appreciates so much and some cheese and possibly the best part - we got a special note written just to US!!! yeah - chalk that one up on my list of unforgettable/big hiking experiences. it was suuuch a good pick-us-up.
ohhhh and just as we were sitting down to enjoy some grapes, we met elvis trailsley! hes this awesome old dude who thru hiked a few times i think and he lives really close(400 steps apparently) from the trail so he maintains this good sized section of it. so we got to chat with him for a bit and he told us of his plans for NAKED HIKING DAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
almost forgot about that too - First Day of Summer = naked hiking day as well! so elvis told us he was going to go to the telephone pioneer shelter (from day2) and hike the little triangular path that forms from each side trail off the main one to the shelter. so i was kinda glad i missed that sight. he also was going to skinny dip in nuclear lake (no actual nuclear damage there im pretty sure) and this day was actually perfect for it bc it was kinda muggy. but alas - we had already also passed that too - u can tell how upset i was...
well thats pretty much all i can remember - sorry for being completely scattered and boring and pointless - hope a few chuckles were had. and i hope my pictures get developed soon - i want them soooo badly!!!!!!!!!
alright - im falling asleep currently - no lie... i just dozed off for like 5 minutes just now. and i have to get up early again - but i wanted to get this one in. perhaps ill edit it to make it funnier/put anything i might've forgotten in. GOOD NIIIGHHHHH!
hmmmm day 2?? ahh yess its all coming back to me now (and not celine dion style- bleh) we pretty much woke up with the sun (like we would for the rest of the hike) its really not so bad bc we werent staying up til midnight-ish like i do whenever im home for some reason. so we had a lovely brisk morning for breakfast and packed all the stuff up and headed out pretty much right away.
had a nice uphill climb off the bat - it felt good to get it over with early, but then i felt like we just kept going down for half the hike. and as nice as that might sound, im gonna go ahead and just tell u all that whatever u think about going downhill is wrong. its probably worse than going up. its where u get blisters, and ankle rolls/sprains/breaks, and its where you can slip and fall and feel like a dork, and its where you dont necessarily have to use your knees or muscles around em BUT you do have to protect them bc going down is usually how they get sore and inflamed or whatever. so you have to concentrate on where your stepping and taking soft steps so as not to aggrivate the joints, and all the while you just want to find a good view, but there are non bc yer going down and trees are basically ALWAYS in the way.
ok sorry about that rant. kinda needed to get it out. going downhill really isnt that bad and when youre tired from going up a huge one, you do kind of long for a downhill. but usually you hope for flat terrain first! but getting past that. the hike was pretty much a breeze and we did end up having to go into a town to find fuel. Pawling was the desitnation of my first hitch hike mission. we stood out on the roadside for literally a good ten minutes (and thats a long time in the hot sun) and finally shauna went into the landscaping place we were outside of and asked for a ride. so that was nice... and Brianne ended up having to meet us with fuel bc there was none in town - we were barely able to find a phone! but the cvs had ac and a bathroom that flushed and Vinny's Deli had the most kickinest sandwiches everrrrr! totally filled us up and im pretty sure vinny was obsessed with fresh mozzarella cheese... he had to be an expert or connoisseur or something... or just in love
ohhhh yeah right before we got to the road we were goin thru this field and we saw the cutest little baby fawn everrrrrrr - couldnt have been more than a few weeks old - not even waist high to us yet! she was soo cute and we froze and didnt really know what to do and she froze too like deer always do and then we moved a little and she bolted in the other direction. so that was cool to see something more than just squirrels and chipmunkns and birds all day.
sooo pawling was a nice little break - getting back on from there hurt a little at first bc we didnt digest fast enough for our legs apparently. but we got goin again and this night we stayed at either the railroad pioneer or telephone pioneer shelter-- i dont know why i cant remember which name it was - i definitly want to say railroad but for some reason i think thats wrong. whatever... either way it was a nice little shelter and we had a good cold spring for our water. At first we were alone for a little bit then this kid Brian came up (he didnt have a trail name yet) and after him 2 other guys with their 2 dogs showed up. the first guy, Torbin, walked thru and when i asked him how he was he just kinda grunted and walked away in pain to pitch their tent. the second guy Bamboo sat down by us and chatted for a while. and it turns out poor torbin had like massive blisters and crap covering BOTH his feet, hence the bad mood and painful looking walking. eventually he came back around and rested by us and started to talk a little. I think they knew brian from the last shelter they stayed at too. So me and shauna were pretty excited bc we thought wed have ppl to stay in the shelter with tonight, but it turns out bamboo and torbin and chestnut (bamboo's dog)and i feel really bad for not remembering the other dog's name, but him too all stayed in a tent, and brian had this kick butt hammock that had a bug screen as its top and he got in from the bottom and it velcroed up nice and easy. So that was neat to see.
but we all ate dinner eventually and the sky started to get pretty dark and unhappy, so pretty much everyone laid down then bc the rain started to come. shauna read me a short story (hahahaha oh susan miller and your crazy short stories that have to do with inappropriate adult sex) and chestnut hung out with us for a bit then finally found bamboo. so we went to go to sleep but a pretty constant drip was coming off the gutter of the shelter so i decided to take a psuedo-shower. i really just wanted to rinse my hair out bc it had definitly turned a lil gross and been sweated in a lot and my pits a lil and my shoulders and back. SO it actually felt really good and refreshing, but - hahahhaahaha - 2 more people came running up just as i was done with my hair. they were a little muddy and wet but not too bad. But then of course we had to talk to them and hear their stories which were actually pretty good. Their names were Bugs and Kilo by the way. Cool people i thought (bugs might have rubbed slick the wrong way tho) but we still had to wait for them to eat and whatnot until we could really fall asleep. not a big deal - but we were definitly ready for sleep at that point.
I dont actually remember hearing him say it, but shauna said kilo decided to sleep in the back corner of the shelter bc he said that way all the bugs wouldnt find him...
well im pretty sure every mosquito and fly flocked to him anyway because she said he couldnt get to sleep all night and he definitly slept in the next morning. i felt bad bc he was definitly a cool guy.
soo we were hanging our food bags from a tree branch like always (so animals specifically bears cant get to it) its a pretty easy concept: throw a rock tied to your rope over a good strong branch, preferably outwards away from the trunk. Well shauna had found one and gotten the rope over and the bags were already tied to the other end. So my job was to push the bags up as high as i could to help with the slack on the branch. WELLLLL apparently the branch we were on was not soo trustworthy... of course i didnt find that one out until it was crashing down onto my head and slick was 20 yards in the opposite direction! LOL soo yeah that was kinda hilarious - and i ended up taking a picture of myself with the branch that was bigger than my body later. So then we still had the task of finding another branch for the bags - conveniently enough shauna picks one thats like hanging off the side of the mountain and i have to stand on this giant mossy slippery rock to catch the stone and then hold the bag up again. after a few coughreally bad missescough i mean tries, and after i almost fell off the rock, we finally get the rope around the branch we want and get the bags safely up with no more cranium damage. needless to say this whole time we are cracking up and bamboo and brian kept looking over and asking if we needed help, but we knew we could do it on our own! they might have thought we were crazy- but it was definitly worth it!
so that was the most awesome part of that day - EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! and now that ive got another day in the books (or webpages whatever) im gonna head to bed bc its like 2amish now. kinda took my time on this one - and of course it came out long as all my entries do.
I apologize again, but hope this one had some interesting stuff to it at least.
coming soon to my journal on a computer screen near you (well right in front of you i hope):
Day THHHHRrrrrrRREEEeeeee... dun duuuun dunnnnn
aka Bug Bite
(p.s.those are/were my trail names in case noone got that)
My first day everrr hiking. i woke up once in the night (or technically morning) bc of a bad dream. it was pretty messed up - something like the walsh's house was actually a tree house made of surfboards and to get down you just dropped into the lake or whatever was below it and shauna did that. and at first i thought she was showing off or whatever and then all of a sudden from above i saw massive amounts of crocodiles and i just kind of said to brianne wait why are there crocodiles? does she know they're there? and just as i started to scream to go back she swam right over where they were under the water and one just came up jaws style and like attacked her... i know its horrible but it was vivid, and all i remember is her screams and feeling my heart drop completely out of my body. like i had no reason to live anymore or something. and then i dove down to try and save her or something... and right as a croc was coming at me i snapped awake. needeless to say it was horrible and it took me a while to get back to sleep after i calmed down. and of course it was only about 2 and half hours later that i was woken up. so i told shauna my dream and she thought it was crazy. but obviously it wasnt real and i realized there were probably no crocodiles around there and i felt a lot better. (p.s. sorry for the kinda grotesque start)
So after showers at 530 in the morning we were getting ready to go, but then we almost went to church, but PW didnt want to take us all the way to the church and then back and then to the trail... he told us we could go and come back and then hed take us. but eventually we just ended up heading out to the trail. A lovely brisk morning it was. PW drove us to kent where the trail crossed some road... of course i dont know which one, but i dont think it matters. So anyway - apparently i actually looked like a hiker (at least thats what PW said before he left us) and i was pretty excited about it. Until i realized we had to hike up a pretty large mountain right away. Now just for future reference i dont know any of the elevations or miles up an ascension or nething, but i remember this one being pretty big. But i was soo glad to be with shauna bc she was really good about taking little breaks as we went up. so aftter feeling like we had gone in circles around the mountain we finally got to the part of the trail where it goes along the hoosatonic river (defintily spelled that wrong). BUt this was perfect because it was about lunch time and we were hot and hungry. we finally found a spot on some rocks in the shade had lunch sat in the water a lil just kinda chilled out. it was the perfect lunch break. we actually saw a water snake too. he just was gliding along - came close to the rock with our food on it, but just climbed over the side of it and back into the water and went on his way. then shauna napped, i waded and just kinda appreciated how clean and real it was out there. i dont think it actually hit me until then that id be outside for the next 5ish days straight. and if every day was going to be like this i knew i wouldnt mind it at all.
We decided to get going again and ran into a little old dude who seemed to know a lot about the different kinds of trees and vegetation. he said his son had thru hiked i think in '02 he said. but apparently he loved it and was so grarteful he did it. then he talked more about trees and how people these days dont appreciate them and just hike without ever knowing whats surrounding them. i can see where hes coming from and everything, but then i realized how many different kinds of trees there are and decided i wasnt too sad bc theres a buttload. SO on we went--- i think at that point we had about 4 miles and some odd fraction left. For some reason (i dont actually remember why) we decided to stop before that though at the next upcoming shelter (10 mile shelter) instead of the one after it. This worked out very nicely bc it was right next to the 10 mile river which we ended up also cooling down in
< and shauna ended up almost falling into a bunch of times>
but yeah it also was by an almost road - just a dirt one with crushed leaves covering it and everything, probly just for maintaining the trail and whatnot. But it ended up being a great spot for some frisbeeing... away from the stupid tall grass with all the ticks in it... so we had a good time with that - i ended up making my own "path" bc apparently it only takes 6 times over the same place for it to become a trail, and for some reason the frisbee liked this one spot about 15 feet from where i stood so me going to get it a few times was enough to make it a technical path!! i wouldnt have known that. i also got a nice little gash on my knee. im pretty sure it was from a branch or something but im not quite sure. it probably cant really be considered a gash at all, more like a small cut across my knee but i like to make it sound cool and hardcore... so we're going with gash!
but back the the shelter - i was nice. three walls and a roof is all it takes. they are all pretty much the same... raised up off the ground bc animals and bugs for all of you who dont know what a shelter looks like. so we set out our stuff to dry bc it was all pretty shvety at that point. we kinda jsut chilled out - i read, she read, we napped kinda, then i went to get water to boil for dinner once it was that time, and our first "roughin' it" experience happened. she tried to attach the little stove to the fuel can and apparently could not get it to fit in. something about being different brands, but usually they all kind of fit each other. SO we didnt have fire the first night and shauna seemed kinda mad, and i was slightly worried that she wouldnt make it thru the night... hahaha if you knew her appetite like i did, youd understand. but yeah - me being the awesome person i am, i ended up having 2 tortillas more than i needed so we had those with some cheese for din din and like a cereal granola-ish bar i think and maybe some peanut butter with brown sugar (which by the way = the best thing ive ever had in my whole life relating to peanut butter!!!) But anyway... the no fire thing kinda stunk but it really wasnt a big deal and it ended up working out alright that we stayed at this shelter bc the next day wed be going across a road only a few miles away from a town, so she decided we could stop and look for fuel there and if worse comes to worse we could call brianne and ask her to bring us the right fuel from her house. but thats a story for the next entry.
the rest of the night we continue to bum out, set up our sleeping bags to the side in case anyone else came. First two people, a man and a girl, came up to it and said hi and whatnot - and just ended up being day hikers i think. they signed the register (which is like the journals at every shelter pretty much where all the hikers can write any good info or secret findings or just thoughts. its kinda cool actually) but yeah they were kinda awkward but they left soon enough and we were alone and figuring we would be for the night. BUT THEN a group of like 6 or 7 people stopped at the shelter too. At first i didnt know what would happen - but we were talkin to them and they were a group who were trying to hike the whole section of the trail that goes through conn. in 2 days!!! i dont know the total mileage there, but im gonna say roughly 60ish miles. thats 30 a day. they had to have hiked from like 5 in the am til dark (and possibly a little into the night). I think they said they'd done 27 or 8 the day before and today they were going for 29ish. SO thats a LOTTTTT - and they seemed pretty well organized bc the one guy was like "dahh we needed to be here at 748. what time is it? 752? Alright - 3 minutes left people!!" and he literally like counted it down and was trying to be all motivational. The "leader" guy also happened to be wearing a lime green... wait for it... skirt ... that one would wear to, oh i dunno, play tennis or something like that. And HE also happened to have a lovely matching headband (that if i recall correctly may have had sequens on it) and needed help getting his socks off and new ones on - thats how hardcore he was. his legs cramped up just from taking socks off!!!!! HXC !!!!
Soo they ended up not staying with us obviously, but definitly made for and eventful night. once they left we kinda laid down to sleep. still was a little light out so that didnt gelp and the mosquitos were out pretty good (but not swarming us or nething). i think my main problem that night was that it was still really warm all night and i really didnt want to be in my sleeping bag bc id get overheated. but if i wasnt under it id get bitten up pretty good by the bugs. Plus it was my first time on the hard wood with just my little pad under me. So that took a lil getting used to. But i think i mightve actually fallen asleep for a good 3 hrs straight at one point. Pretty good i think. the rest was on and off. But in the morning i wasnt actually too tired.
day 1 in the record books...
since its now 1130 and i have to work early tomorrow im gonna stop here. but now that ive got the memories flowing ill write em down somewhere so i hopefully catch em all and i shall continue this tomorrow!
sorry for this being so long- ill try not to write as many insignificant things next time. but this was a pretty exciting experience for me and i am kind of using this as a backup memory keeper for myself.
< Plus i know everyone thinks my life is pretty darn interesting and wants to know every single detail, so im just trying to provide that-hahaha!!!>
bye for now.
saturday the 17th (i believe) was the day it all started. actually it had really started like a week and a half earlier when i got a call on my phone that i was definitly not expecting from the one and only shauna. we talked for a while and then she was like "sooooo im going out for 2 weeks hiking, you want to come with me?" and i defintly did but i didnt think i could get 2 whole weeks off especially since when i asked when she was like this weekend! sooo eventually i figured i could get a week off and that night she told me everything id need clothes-wise and food-wise and gear-wise. sooo needless to say i was soo pumped that night that i almost couldnt sleep. But neways - getting back to day 0.
SOO Saturday morning came along and i planned on waking up at 5 so i could shower and leave by 6. Unfortunately i have a sneaking suspision that those darn kids my mom watches were messing with the volume on my alarm clock bc it never went off and i somehow woke up at 548. But whatever it wasnt a big deal. so i showered and loaded my stuff in the car and had b-fast said adios to la familia and was off by 7ish.i felt all cool bc my mom made me lunch for the road and everything (ohhhh yeah did i mention its a 5.5 hour drive?! it is) so i was set and had a bunch of water and everything. but apparently i forgot to go to the bathroom before i left bc not even 2 whole hours into it and i had to go sooooo bad. but of course i wanted to make good time so i tried to see if i could hold it for a bit - only to find out i could not. dont worry no accidents or anything but i definitly had to wait bc i had just passed a rest stop and the next one wasnt for another 22 miles. riiiigggghhhhht. so that could have ended badly, but did not thankfully - but i swear i peed for literally a minute and a half - thats a whole 90 seconds!!!! go ahead count to 90 right now to get an idea of how long that is to urinate... well thats how long i went for!! i kid you not. ok thats really the only excited thing from the drive, i didnt get lost, i did see a dude with his car stuck in a pretty steep ditch on the other side of the highway - and facing in the wrong direction so im bettin' he was lucky to be outside of the car.
Eventually i did make it to shauna's house after pulling into the wrong driveway - which was more like a bad dirt path that led to a barn for cattle and then going to wrong way away from her house... but i did make it - and her house is awesome. an awesome location far off the road and with a beautiful view out back and lovely trees everywhere, just an awesome homey feel to it. but yeah so once i got there we kinda fitted my pack to me and then sorted out breakfasts for the hike and pretty much bummed around for a bit. then we had to go to her cousin's grad party which i wasnt too excited about simply bc i figured itd be more like a family thing and i wouldnt know anyone. it turned out not to be that bad. good food, beautiful house, cool people, some mingling with all of the walsh side of the fam (papa walsh with his 6 siblings = craziness). but yeah not a bad day it was good to see Brie again (shauna's sis) and good to see ma and pa walsh and good to just not be sitting for another 5 hrs pretty much.
so we got back and kinda lazed about and went to bed early bc we had an early mornin waiting for us. all in all a good day
p.s. i just have to say how awesome shauna's grandma is. Somehow whenever i see her EVERRR i always end up with a giant bag of cookies and treats and stuff. shes just a sweetheart and has welcomed me so warmly. i feel like im her grandkid too, i dunno shes just that awesome.
thus ended day 0
soooooooooooooooooooooo im finally updatin this thing after the aweeeesommeeeeeee time i had climbing up and down mountains with shauna. for real i didnt know anyone who would think that that would be a fun thing to do until i met her and now im sooo sooo sooooooooooooo incredibly glad i did it.
ummmm so the next few entries im gonna do like a day 1, day 2, day 3 kinda thing even though im gonna try to type em all out now since they are coming purely from memory. also this way there wont have to be one giant entry that just runs on and on and on and gets confusing and boring and whatnot
ohh before i go just want to say sorry for the profanity in the last one... i was not having a good day at all and kinda needed to let it out. i think im better now though... i think.
ok so nooooowwwwwww brace yourself for the overwhelmingly awesome times you are about to read about that i actually lived through!!!!! (and if you dont understand aything that im talking about or the jokes or lingo or whatever--- deal with it.)
why am i the biggest fuckup ever
i hate goodbyes
(and also apparently the law)
Crap. well the effin sabres lost - and i was pretty pissed at first. I mean come onnnnnnnnnn - i know they "gave it their all" and everything but still - i think they could've thrown that little something exttra in and won. they deserved it wayyy more than n carolina, but ran out of juice or whatever... i refuse to believe they didnt have what it takes bc they did - and i was just really dissappointed (for some reason i felt like we gave up-i could have been wrong on that) - either way i've built a bridge and gotten over it and now i respect them again and of course they are still awesome.
I LOOOOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE the SABRES!!!!1 AHHHHHHH - i cant stop jumpin around in excitement and whatnot. but i haad to becasue things started to get knocked over and thats not cool. BUt ohhhhhh man - i was sooo excited/anxious/kinda nervous for tonight and they ToTALLY came through. Man the win tonight was HUUUUUUUGGGGGEEEE <and not in the billy fucillo voice bc thats lame>
So yeah - i also Loooooooveeeee my sisters! haha allison just makes my life... the kid is awesome and there are just not enough gigabytes on this webpage to contain the awesomeness. And amber - shes definitly my mini me!! haah shes just such a cool kid. i rememebr always wondering if shed be the mommy's girl forever and all whiny and favored and spoiled and shes actually turned out alright. id like to give some credit to myself for that one... but i kno it mostly bc shes been raised by all of us. shes just such a good kid and i always worried too that shed be kind of shy and bossed around by her friends (not naming names *coughemilycolecough*) but im sooo freakin impressed by her that she stands up to her and refuses to do some of the stupid things emily thinks of. all in all another sweetass kid and im glad shes myyyy sister!
ummmm - so ive been pretty busy lately. memorial day was yesterdday! - yeah i was a good american citizen and went to the parade in town. i always thought more people went to them... i was dissappointed at the turnout - but what can you do? RON WAS THERE!!!! and he got the only applause when being introduced by Mr Cole. YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! WOOOO hoooooo ok gettin over that bc im wayyy too obsessed... god i can help it though - we just have a bond... and it seems awkward and uncomfortable to everyone else but us - and i love it! haha :)
soo ummm yeah - me and dave ended up going to Dunn Tire (the park not an actual dunn tire place hahaah alana!) and watched the sabres game last week for their frist home game! It was awesome just being surrounded by crazy buffalonians. and it was nice to get out and do something for once. Good atmosphere down there even if it was a little chillers and windy... we dont care - we're used to it!
but yeah got to hang with dave who still has my aviators now i just realzied, but thats aight bc we have lunch coming up sometime this week i think. sooo what else - finally got to visit delzers for the first time since probably last summer. Their house is lookin awesome with the new pool and landscaping my crazy aunty debbie just helped her with. man i tell you - as much as she can get on my nerves and can be embarrassing and whatever - i really do love her... shes just got a good heart and shes got that umphh where shes not embarrassed by anything... so i love that she does all that kind fo stuff for me!
ummm what else???i cant really remember what else now bc im kinda preoccupied about getting the next letter done adn setn so it can get there on time. ohhh yeah and its midnight and im tired and i have to work at 9 and its still like 80 degrees... and ive been goin on 4 and a half hours of sleep... and my ass and back are burned sadly.... but its all good BECAUSE THE SABRES WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
p.s. i cant WAIT for bedouin!! <une 18th thursday at the square!>
III finally did it! i told my mom how i feel about the whole her using me as an errand girl when im home thing. i didnt even mean to and i was just barely awake... considering i really only slept like 5 hrs. but ohh man - it was rough at first bc she did the guilt thing that shes soooooo good at. and it didnt really work bc i had already said what i felt and so i think she got kinda sad and maybe a lil angry. but i just told her the truth and that i didnt want to resent her for this and it really wasnt that big if a deal. i really dont mind doing all these things for her - i just want to do my things sometimes and i feel like bc i cant say no to her i always push my things aside. and eventually i think she realized how much she actually does it and said she was glad that i had the guts to even tell her. and then as aunty suzy would say she built a bridge and got over it. so yeah - i feel super good about this and like i have a newfound freedom and whatnot. so im super excited! gotta sleep noow tho bc workin early tomorrow! just wanted to write down this little breakthrough and report that the beginning of me getting in shape is going swimmingly. i ran rollerbladed and soccered today. quite fun - tomorrow depending on if dave calls me and/or has a frisbee i will hopefully have the intensity of our frisbee sessions and if we dont hang out til later im planning on cleaning my el coche. i dont know what that had to do with fitness... but im throwin out there anyway. ill hopefully throw in a run sometime after work and before bed. and with that kick butt plan... i am off
soccccccerrrrrr RULES - i am so psyched and no longer nervous like i was today (our first game) which actually turned out to be not a game bc refs didnt show up and we ended up just scrimmaging for like 20 minutes - thats right --- the other team got so mad that we were winning that they left after 1 HALF. I am soo friggin excited for this - and im actually really glad im on this team. Its nice to get to meet other people for once rather than playing with the same girls i have all my life practically. I got jenna with me and jill too - so ive got people i know, but im glad i will finally get to meeet new ppl who also enjoy soccer as much as i do... its good to have a common interest i guess - so hopefully ill make some new friends and not just for the summer.
All these girls are amazing and most play for their colleges or on club teams there - which is awesome... because we are actually pretty good - quite different from alden soccer if you ask me because they actually have strategy and use the plays you see the women's national team do - like someone actually used me back as the goalie - i was pretty psyched but kinda nervous because i didnt know if i had the accuracy or skill to really control where the ball went. but then it worked and i actually kicked it pretty far - which ive always kind of had a problem doing with a stopped ball. but it felt good to be treated on the same level as these girls. plus they are all just really nice... and ironically enough a few of them i recognize playing against in high school. but its neat because everyone is older and wiser and whatnot and we're all there to have fun and win a few. and this one girl Hayley, possibly the only one i remember the name and face, is pretty sweet - we kinda got to chat bc shes my left D and when we were thinking about what to change in the (hypothetiical) second half - we mostly ended up laughin at crazy stories and jokes... and that ended up ok since... u know... there was no second half bc the other team ran away (ohhhhh Pammy Oles was on the other team too and i felt so bad for her bc it kinda seemed like she didnt know any of them - and they were kinda bad...) but yeah hayley... my new buddy - lookin forward to it
So thats my exciting story for today-- my new soccer experience is gonna be good i thnk------oohhh i almost forgot... the alden team tif wanted me to be on with her... yeah we're gonna end up playing them!!!! i think thats gonna be pretty awesome, but ill probly be nervous for that one...
SOOOOOOOOO i also figured out i need to get in shape - i am ridiculus~*waves fake wand*~ but for real im pathetic and im glad i gave up ice cream for soccer today - bc being fatigued after just having some shots taken on you... is DEFINITLY not a good sign - so im gonna run all this week, and i want to call laura to see if maybe shed come to bob O or eastwood fields and shoot on me, and then we could get a chance to hang out too. or is she didnt want to i know i could convince jenna to ride her bike over there. Or if shes busy - i guess i could always try and make amber come down to the fields down the street with me and shoot around.
what else is up - stupid sabres loosing tonight - its all my fault - i talked about them being on a roll and having this hype and whatnot... and i jinxed them - everyone can blame me... ORRRRRR the Refs - bc my goodness they sucked massive hairy balls. I swear this game had to fixed a little bc as bad as we skated we were getting killed out there left and right with trips and holds and interference and everything you could imagine... but the refs conveniently didnt start calling any of it until there was only about 2 and a half minutes left and we were down 4-1. but at least we came back and brought it up to 4-3... thus showing we refuse to lose by more than 1 and gettin ready to have our HOME ICE advantage. is gonna be absolutly NUTS downtown when they get back here--- im pretty psyched. we do sooooo much better when we have ALLLLLLLL of buffalo practically in the arena... and thats exactly what we need ---- so i shall talk about this no longer since i believe its my fault we lost today.
ummm ohh yeah last thing of the night i think - i finally sent the first letter to shauna on her AT adventure!!!!!! im such a dork and i write letters soooo badly - but this wasnt meant to be like a business letter or anything so i dont feel so bad - bc it didnt have to be proper and it didnt have to be clean and it didnt have to be about anything in particular... it just had to be there for her - Its really just meant to send all the love and keep her going - bc you dont really think about it every day someones gone on a journey like this... that they actually have nothing else to think about than what they are doing right now. And that can get kind of overwhelming. I mean actually sending this today i realized this wasnt just a story she was telling me she wanted to do and shes not just sitting around somewhere thinking of what she should do today... shes only got one thing to do - and thats HIKE! and as simple as that sounds ITS NOT and this isnt some movie... its her actual life. Its kind of a big thing (massssssive understatement) shes really outside in the woods at this very moment hopefully sleeping and shes focused on LIVING. shes on her own with just the stuff in the pack on her back to live off of. there are wild animals and no toilets and all you do is walk climb eat sleep try not to get hurt, try not to sink in the mud when it rains, and try to figure out why you were crazy enough to actually do this. Im thinking all of this can weigh pretty heavy - and not in terms of pounds. I just hope shes living it up (as much as one can in this kind of thing) and appreciating every moment of gorgeous simplicity and astounding beauty these mountains have to offer. and i also hope she takes something from this adventure. Becuase i know shes gonna give that trail a huge part of her heart - and think doing this, completing this, will help complete her. and i mean that totally in a building her up way - in no way do i mean i think shes incomplete now or like a part of who she is is missing or sad or anything like that - i just mean hiking in general seems like such a huge part of her life and this is like the olympics of hiking -and for her to not be on the team is CRAZYNESS.
soo - needless to say i miss her and wish i could see her this summer, but i know how important this is to her, so im gonna be there the only way i can be - and i want to keep her focused and thinking positive as best i can... and i want her to know i believe in her
o tay - well its late now and ive got to do some cleaning tomorrow and finite the unpacking and i think i want to visit the buffalo library tomorrow! i dunno ive had this huge urge to learn about buffalo and see the reall buffalo - not just the run down empty place everyone thinks it it is - because theres really a lot of cool things here and ive been finding out theres always something to do! so i plan to do them all this summer! soo i gotta rest up - (oh and ill have to explain the awesomeness that is papa walsh in the next one)
P>S> i miss my caitlyn hoskyns sooooooo incredibly much - unfortunately i missed her on mothers day but i did catch momma H and jackie - but they do not = CAITLYN... and i need some quality caitlyn time!
I hate fricken laryngitis ---- it can kiss my ass. but for real it sucks - it sounds so much wose than it is and i feel bad bc i sound so sick but im really not and i think people are grossed out by it - i know i would be if i had to talk to me. so i just wish once and for all it owuld go away - i dont want this crap for a month or two... ohhh noooooooo
but yeah - soooo school is officially over - it soooo incredibly nice and yet im still kinda sad - mostly i think bc all the school friends are gone home or are away. But im not gonna just sit here and be depressed about it ive decided - im gonna do stuff this summer. im gonna go hiking and check out downtown and visit chicago to visit renee and hopefully visit another sweet kid. And that kid is RAY HOLTTTTT! god i love him. he has got to be one of the kickenest ass kids ive ever met - just an overall sweetheart and interesting and funny and fun and just good to talk to.
and also davveeeeeee and i are going to hang out quite a bit i hope - and me and al promised wed come harass craig at UB while hes doing gross anatomy (yeah thats the one with cadavers) soooooo i m just glad ive got these plans and im actually going to do them. You will hear about them because i am really going to do them - and its gonna feel awesome and itll take my mind off any anxiety hopefully and any sad feelings bc of missing people and im thinking it will finally help me grow up a little...
welll with that im feeling the nyquil kick in - man that shit works quick.(i hope it stops this cough too) So im hittin th hay as they say - and i will update about something more important/significatn at least tomorrow... just kinda needed to get that out to remind myself.
p.s. i ABSOLUTLY CANNOT get enough of Papa walsh!! i heart him and hes on my buddy list!!!!! more to come on that later too. alrighty - sleep tight
If anyone is wondering what to get me for my birthday (if by some chance they remembered my birthday to begin with) i would request whips yogurt. i dont care if you dont want to spend that much on yogurt - if you get me anything else your money will have gone to waste. Plus they go on sale pretty often, so keep your eyes peeled and you cuold get a deal.
So yesss - yogurt for my birthday, and if you want to mix it up or do a combo - dont forget how much i love baked potato soup from panera's (in case you forgot: http://buttlumps201.livejournal.com/2266
is it bad that all i want for my birthday is food? - mehhh im gonna go with "i dont care b/c im a fatty"
there is soo much i want to do... im afraid that ill never go and do it. tonight ive been thinking - not really about anything in particular either. just randomness everywhere. but i have come to one conclusion at least... what it is ?? well thats the problem im having now is trying to figure out how to explain it. i wish everything could just be easy but it never is... i guess ill have to marinate on this one whilst i sleep. sorry for the awkward pointlessness - tomorrow will be a new day and i want to be a doer me
wanna know what i learned this week
urinary tract infections suck.
diefendorrrf hall should be added to the harry potter stories as a new house at hogwarts because of its incredible awesomeness.
dorm rooms echo when half empty (or half full whichever you prefer - but right now it feels half empty)
its pretty much impossible for me to burn
it is possible for me to survive on cranberry juice and peanut butter sammiches and saltines and nuts for a good 10 days
this is gonna be a long summer
at this point i just feel kinda useless and tired and empty-ish
soooooooooo awesomley eventful day today... kinda slept in a lil bc had a ridiculously early day wednesday. but getting back to today... it really wasnt that extraordinary... but compared to a normal thursday it ended up bein pretty cool.
so first of all - i had no lab bc we finished a week f'in early and that made my semester (at least pertaining to ochem) then in physics we started a chapter thats definitly not going to be on the final... so instead of paying attention i started this awesome book joseph gave me... anne rice classic "the vampire Lestat". and occasionally i just had craig nudge me when there was a clicker question. so im pretty captivated with this book. i told joe that i like the movie queen of the damned and these are the books it came from. so im liking it so far bc its actually the story of lestat before how he is in the movie and how he got there. its prettyy sweet so far is all i can say. so next dave met me again, thats right i now have enough power over him to drag him out of bed and get to UB 2hrs before his first class. So he bought me a lot of food and drinks since i am poor (but somehow he "lost" his card when he was about to get a soft pretzel for me-- of course like 1 minute later i was like did u check all yer pockets and he said yeah and i said how many do u have... and apparently he forgot he had back pockets on both side... mhmmmmmm likely story.-either way i got my pretzel and was happy.)
so then we got tea and frisbeed for only a little bit bc dave is a big bully and goes aroun breaking people's frisbees. and then he went to class and i came back here and it was so nice at this point that i didnt want to stay inside. so i was tryin to convince lauren to come out with me and kick a ball around, but she had to study. so i was just gonna try and find a place to mess around myself. i couldnt find 1, but then by some odd chance of fate, i ran into Liz (the most kickenest ass pole vaulter/intramural soccer buddy/ surfing chica everrrr) and she told me to go into the stadium bc the track team wasnt there today. so i did and it was AWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESOMEEEEEEEEEEE. i wasa on the beautiful turf that the mens team plays on and my goodness... i felt like i could have played right along side them. it was incredible. and i literally had the whole place to myself. (unfortunately i realized when i was about to go that i lost my glasses which i had brought to read if i coudnt find anywhere. so that was pretty much the only bad part of my day... and i am kinda distraught bc those were kind of expensive frames, but im not too worried, because ive got my old ones and they were actually kind of beat up - i think they got crunched under my carseat once and i had to bend them back into place with pliers, and the lens popped out once, and whatnot... but they still fit my face pretty good. Illl just have to settle for the old ones. no biggy
But getting back to my awesome day... and this might have been the make or break moment for being awesome today...
so on my way back from the stadium to my room, im walking to the bus loop and on the hill going up to clemens is a police car on the sidewalk. two cops are talking to some guy in all black and a beanie hat, and theres this other rasta looking guy with him holding two party pizzas and a few boxes of wings. so i dont really think anything extreme is going on, just questioning or whatever. and the cops kind make the guy go through his bag, but then he closes it. and all of a sudden the cop made a motion to kind of direct the guy away from the road and towards his car, so he kind of reaches out and almost toughed the dude... and he starts FLIPPING OUT. hes all like whoa WHOA WHOAAAAAAAA. and the cops like u need to come over here now, and the dude starts kind of arguing with him, so then out of nowhere the one cop says something in his walkie talkie and another cop car pulls around onto to sidewalk with lights on, and simultaneously the two cops already there talk this guy and slammmmmm him onto the hood of their car and cuff him. so then he keeps goin on about hes not resisting and he did nothing wrong the cops telling him to shut his effin mouth and his friend just looked really high and kinda out of it. so he starts yelling to his friend to take his bag and stuff (and it was kind of in a winking way like something in the bag should prbably not be found by cops) and his friend was like "yeah, can i take his bag?" and the cops said no... and he was like "Okay" and walked away! hahahahahahha and so at this point i felt kind bad that i was just watchin this happen, and decided to catch the bus realqwik. but ohhhhh man - that was pretty entertaining seeing the campus po po in action!
so then i got back here and kinda bummed around, checked out what movies are on... and then for some reason i got all the way up to animal planet on the channels here and it looked like a giraffe had fallen down on its own head... so obviously you can't just flip past that. little did i know what i was in for.
turns out i was actually seeing a live birthing of a baby giraffe. yeah it wasnt the big momma giraffes head i saw underneath her on the ground - it was her BABy's so them it finally stood up from being on its side and the all that was out was the baby's head and its two front legs ---------- my GOOOOOOOODDDDD ive never seen anything more awkward and gross. so its kinda just standing around with like a quarter of the baby hangin out of its... whatever... and then a minute goes by and all of a sudden the whole thing just SPLATS out onto the ground. and this isnt just like a foot about ground - im talking a long fall from a full grown giraffe's butt area. and just this feeling of vomit creeping up my throat comes over me bc then all this liquidy discharge (im guessing the placenta or whatever) spills out... no lie im going with like a gallon's worth... and it looked like orange juice as lauren so helpfully pointed out. needless to say i wont be drinking any orange juice for a while. soo yeah that was that whole process.
and that pretty much completes my awesome day. ohhhh there was a little more reading thrown in there and some open mic music, and of course a (disappointingly) shortened walk with the lovely shauna.
sooo yea that about covers it ---------im gonna sleep now bc it somehow got to be 115 am!!!! ABSURD. more to come still on the "week as a commuter" later and hopefully ill get down some ideas of what to do this summer and some of the cool kids i met through vball!
alright im out
(p.s. its reallllllyyyyy awkward when michael calls me that)
I LOOOOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Taking back sunday!!!!! new cd= kicks ass (even mine) other things i also love include REED and soccer(i cant wait til season gets here) and my sistadora who applauds me for singing in spanish to myself and frisbeeing and SUN and gummies (and of course food in general)
sooo i made it through last week when the fam was gone. im not gonna lie... it was tough and that makes me all the more awesome for living thru it. haha ohhh man - so my aunt came over when i was at classes and i had just gone to the deli and got FRESHHHHHHH SAHLENS HAM AND TURKEY and for some reason she felt she just had to eat ALLLLLLLLLLLL of my ham. i literally bought a 1/2 pound of it and used only two slices that morning for a sandwich and the rest SHE ATE!! now i have no problem sharing and whatnot and shes family so shes definitly welcome to search our fridge or pantry or whatever, but isnt it just rude to finish off someones food??? i dont even know why i was upset about it, but i ended up gettin more eventually and shed come over saturday really qwik and took some of that too, even after i had like hidden it behind the yogurt in our frige~~ so i dunno whats up with her and my ham, but christ on a cracker...
im not sure why that was the first thing i put down, but i think i still had some residual anger or something and now its out so i feel better.
butyeah last week was all a big rush pretty much - i feel like i didnt really see anyone tho. ironically enough tho some random girl who i now think i recognize from one of my classes just started to talk to me in the hallway one day. but yeah i was totally caugh off guard and i wish i couldve seen my face bc im guessing it was the epitamy of what dumbfounded looks like. i also got to see dave too - that was exciting bc hes a lazy ass and never comes to visit me anymore. apparently a conan ticket is more tempting than me~~ haha. but that was fun, we layed outside and got burned on thursday when it was unbelievably beautiful and in the 80s. (well dave burned, i didnt bc i just dont) soo i guess i lied when i said i didnt see anybody all week. but everything felt kinda brief and slightly rushed. EXCEPT FOR WHEN I VISITED MY neighbors mark and patty. good gracious those two can talk. actually it was more just patty poor mr mark and me couldnt get a word in inchwise (haha always wanted to use that phrase) but yeah - ill just put it this way... i intended to go over there monday and just say hi and let them know i was home. i ended up stuck there for 2 hours that night and already had plans for thursday dinner with them (which lasted a good 3 and a half hours) HAHA. now dont get me wrong i love them - they are the biggest sweethearts ever and would do anything for my family, but when i have an exam to study for and a quiz and a project due soon i kinda need to use any free time doing those things. but all ended well and my crap got done and they are actually quite entertaining. and i got to meet one of their sons who was also an incredibly cool guy.
so theres a lot more to tell about my "week as a commuter" but i have to get ready for class, so ill update again later i think.
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh man - easter = MASSIVE FATTYNESS all over the place. im pretty sure i gained at the very least 700 pounds. no lie (ok maybe a little) but for real its prety disgusting looking back on all the things i ate. but this week is gonna be pretty hectic so im hoping that will help even myself out!
umm i really dont know why im writing on here - my brains not so focused on this... more mesmerized by the beautiful voice of hayley from paramore. ohhhh i kinda wanted to do an after the fact disclaimer for those last two entries-- i get into these crazy stages sometimes... (i cant call them moods bc its not like a mood - this junks always in the back of my head) these are just the times when its all i can think about. soo yeah the disclaimer isnt that they were written when i was unstale or aanything... what i put i meant. i just wanted to say that im usually not that dramatic. i think that all my feelings built up all at once and kind of overwhelmed me. i feel a bit clearer on the subject which is good bc thats what this thing is here for and it worked. so those last two arent so entertaining if thats what anyone reads this for - theyr actually quite boring and me just being wordy and confusing.
it made sense to me so i think its alright tho.
but yeah this week - ITS GONNA BE FREAKING AWESOME and im really lookin forward to seeing if i can pull everything off. i havnt been challenged in a while as far as brain power and body power all at once. im pumped and ready for it. but for now i gotta start it off right with some good sleep. so im gonna update but i dont want to until i have absolutly nothing else to do... so sit tight (like a toiger)
"and its been so loooong since ive heard a sound, the sound of my only hooooooope"
my heart is...