Tuesday, March 31, 2009

St. Baldricks

As I mentioned in my last post, I will be shaving my head in order to raise money for childhood cancer research. For anyone who is interested, you can either go to http://www.stbaldricks.org/ and search for me by name or you can click on this link: http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/shavee_info.php?ParticipantKey=2009-349004.

Other than getting everything together to shave my head in May, I am also getting close to finishing my 9 weeks of teaching in the school and will be going on Spring Break shortly, end of April. I'm looking forward to the break and ready to start doing conservation season work.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

This past week was my first full week back teaching after going through WFR. It was pretty tough. The beginning of the week was decently slow and laid back, like it normally is, but the end of the week got pretty crazy. Thursday we had to teach starting at 7:45, so I got up at 5:30, like normal. But we ended up leaving a little later than we planned, and so we were really rushed once we were at school to get everything done we needed to before class. And we didn't totally get everything done, but we made do and changed around what we were going to be doing slightly to make everything work. Afterschool, we forgot that the van schedule had changed, so we went to drop off our van at Beech St school for another group, and then we were going to walk to Salvation Army. But when I looked at my phone, I had a bunch of missed calls from camp. Apparently we weren't scheduled to go to Salvation Army on Thursdays anymore. But since we thought that, we were still in town and could pick up the group that was cooking that night and didn't have a ride home. The reason they didn't have a ride home, was because that morning one of the vans slid into the gate to get out of the park and so was out of commission is didn't come into town that day. It wasn't that bad of an accident. The van was going about 5mph, and was trying to stop on ice, which wasn't happening. Also because of the accident, some of the teaching teams had to make up lessons from Thursday on Friday. So we had to leave early again on Friday, and I had to get up at 5:30 yet again. Normally I get to sleep in until at least 6, if not a little later on Fridays. But everything went well on Friday, and my team came home to cook dinner, which was awesome! Then I went to bed at 10 because I was so tired.

FYI to those who I haven't told yet: I'm participating in a fundraising event for St. Baldricks Foundation, a group that raises money for kids with cancer, and I'm going to shave my head right before conservation season. So anybody who donates money to this will get a picture of me with no hair, and those who don't, won't.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

WFR, cooking, and other stuff

I haven't posted in awhile, but that's because I've been really busy going through Wilderness First Responder training. That was an intense class that lasted for 9 days. It was crazy and so much fun! I learned how to do many things, like how to make a splint with some branches, a triangle bandage, and an ACE wrap. It was awesome! It makes me want to take more courses like that. After that was finished we had a day of camp projects, and then my team had to teach on Thurs to make up for a snow day that we had like two weeks ago. It was pretty intense. But then we got a three day weekend, which is what I'm currently enjoying. I was supposed to go camping in the White Mountains for the three day weekend with another girl, but she fell and hurt her butt and can't carry a pack. So of course we couldn't go. But it would have been awesome to get to just hike in and be able to camp wherever we wanted to since everything is basically closed down for the winter. But we're going to go winter/snow camping later on, we've already decided. Other than that, the only thing I've really been doing is learning some new recipes. Today I learned how to cook stewed tomatoes, and then used it as a sauce to make a pizza. It was really yummy, especially for my first attempt at cooking. The stewed tomatoes are really simple to make, they just have to cook for a long time.