Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekend 2

Saturday, 27th:
There's a reason you don't wear shorts when you work on a blueberry field. Shorts don't cover your legs, causing someone, like me, to get many scratches. Unfortunately, me being me, I didn't remember this one little bit of info and ended up getting many scratches. It's almost as if the blueberry branches are alive as they try to grab you when you're leading a customer to a bush.
All Saturday this is what I was doing. Greeting people with a friendly smile and showing them where to pick. This is something I have been doing since I was about 14. When I first started helping out at Sara's I had to carry a stick with a rainbow wind catcher so that customers could find me. I was quite short. Now, being 18, I walk and talk confidently to everyone that comes to pick our berries. I am blessed to be able to help Sara.

Sunday, 28th:
Nothing like waking up at 5:30 am to get in the car at 6:30 am to be in Salem at 7:30 am all to race some dragons. Worlds Beat was Sunday, boy was that crazy! Dragon boating, in general, is just really crazy. From the people to the sport. Seriously, what sport decides that racing bright and early is a good idea? If it were my choice, I wouldn't allow sleep deprived paddlers and steersmen to be on a boat that early, who knows what might happen. I mean this is probably the reason there is always one ambulance, attending one paddler each year at this race.  Races went well, we had about 20 high school students and about 4 adults come race with us. We were the only group with high schoolers, but boy did we show those adults. We won first, long story short.






Paddle Paddle,
Vanessa

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer! Week one!

Saturday and Sunday, 13th and 14th:
Summer begins here, thank god for that, I needed summer. Saturday was a laid back day which was perfect. I went to see Sara after a day of doing practically nothing. I went to bed at 9:30 that night and woke up at 7:00 am on Sunday. I got an amazing 11 hours of sleep. I did laundry first thing in the morning and after I finished with that I went on a three-mile run. Also cleaned my room and stretched, I am hoping to get my splits by the end of this summer.

Monday- Wednesday, 15th- 17th:
I was up in Corvallis visiting my good childhood friend, Alexia, and the rest of her family. She has three sisters and two brothers. Huge family when you come from a family of a mom, dad, and sister. The first day was rather busy, went to Alexia's work to sign papers. For a month this summer she will be driving a tractor. After Alexia made a U-turn with Oliva and me to get some gelato, first time having it and I'd say it was pretty good. Alexia and me then went to her friends Spencer's house to give him a ride to a family party which I went to with them. We got back then did Alexia's nails and hair, Spencer paints nails super slowly. The next day was more chilled, more time playing with little kids, and sitting around the farm exploring. In the morning, we painted little girls nails and got glammed up! At night when it was dark we all decided that we'd play ghosts in the graveyard. Scary game to play at night but a lot of fun! We ended up going to bed about 12 which happens to be late, for me. Wednesday morning we got ready to leave, went to the farmers market, then headed home. So nice to be home sleeping in your own bed after two nights of being uncomfortable, and being woken up at five because of chickens.

Thursday,18th:
Water tank inspection, that's the bad thing about living in apartments the managers always want to go snooping around your house. In this case, they had to "check the date" on the water tanks. My mom wanted me out of the house while they were in our apt. so I put gym clothes on and went to a walk. Originally I was just going to go for a short walk but I ended up running three miles and hurrying back to help my mom for birthday prep. A few of my friends came to a park to celebrate my birthday with me and I needed to bring the food. We spent 1-5 pm there then two of the girls got a ride to my house and left at 7:30 pm. A lot of fun it was and I am so lucky to have such great friends.



Friday, 19th MY BIRTHDAY
Who doesn't love to be stuck at home in the morning waiting for their family to arrive so that they can have fun on their birthday?... Yes, no one! I was at home for about 4 hours waiting for my mom to get home so that we could do stuff but in that time I went running, another three miles down!When my mom came she took me to the stores, which isn't my favorite place as many of you know but I needed to return a pair of shorts my friend bought for me that were a size too big.  Funny because this turned into an hour and 30-minute shopping spree due to all the sports clothes being on sale and me not passing up that deal. After shopping I opened my sisters gift and let me tell you, she is the best gift giver, ever. So I opened her gift and then my mom, sister, Bernice, and I went to dinner. Two minutes before the time I was born, 7:32, we were seated, when it became 7:32 I was sung happy birthday. I was and am officially 18, unfortunately not that big of a deal to me because I WILL NOT go but, guns or cigarets. XD My birthday was spent well and I got some dancing in too! I love dancing.

Saturday, 20th
We set up the blueberry field for next Saturday. End of story.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Rose Festival 2015


Dragon Boating the weekend of the 6th and 7th went well. Although the team did not win any medals, we took out a lot of the adult teams that thought they were "the shit". I had to be up at 6am each day to be at the tent site at 7am. I came a little late the first day which was okay but because later I found out I was voted team captain for the race, it didn't look so good. I am so glad the team thinks of me as a leader because two years ago I was trying really hard to become a paddler and now I am a leader. My accomplishments amaze me. 

 I was flag catcher for the first day. I have never flag caught a flag in a race but our flag catcher could only make it one of the days and I stepped up to flag catch. It was so much fun and I am glad that I got the chance to do it! It's really something else being up on the head of the dragon going out for the flag as another boat tails behind you.


The team did well overall, we didn't win but for the second race this year we didn't do bad. The teams focus got better with each coming race which is really important! One of my favorite moments is when we had to wait to be marshaled for a race and we all took that time to go over race starts instead of talking. Shows me that the teams ready for the next step. That race we got first place by 0.11 milliseconds. Wow, close call but glad we were very focused.


I'd say this weekend was good and now that it's Thursday, I have one more day of junior year, I am sleep deprived and can't wait to be done with school so I can get about 15 posts in a month. ONE DAY MORE!
Vanessa




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