25 9 / 2013
Our (me and Molly) drive to Upstate New York was long. Our cell phones lost service and for two hours we remained lost, driving in every possible direction, trying to find our way to the trail. On the way, Molly asks me, “did you see that?!” See what? She turned the car around and pulled over. When I looked out my window, we saw a large stream of water with smaller waterfalls and larger rocks. We decided to get out of the car and climb down to check it out. We jumped across, hopping over large rocks, and as we got to the “waterfall,” we both decided to jump in. It was so cold, so we didn’t stay in very long, but it felt SO good after being in the car for hours.
Anyhow, we finally got directions and made it to Dix Mountain. Of course we got there late which was exactly what we didnt want to happen. And of course we ended up hiking in the dark. Annnd of course we ended up not finding a place to pitch our tent and we ended up on the side of the trail sleeping with rocks under our body. I remember being so cold and our bodies were both shaking. I think we were awake most of the night for that reason only. Suddenly, Molly stops shaking. I try and listen for her breathing and there was nothing.. I say something to her, her name or asked if she was awake or something and she responded with whatever she said. Than I asked her “why did you stop shaking?”
"I found my zen." I didn’t know what that meant (actually, I still don’t), but as long as she didn’t die from hypothermia I was fine and fell back asleep not long after.
The next morning, we were as awake as we could be and started talking about the night. Apparently, when I had fallen asleep, Molly heard someone walking around the trail. When they got to our tent, they stopped, unzipped our tent, and than re-zipped it and walked away. She said she was frozen with fear that she couldn’t move or wake me. Anyhow, its good that he didn’t try to kill us, because with Molly being awake and on guard, we definitely would have been dead. Oh.. and by “zen”, Molly actually meant that she took out the extra blanket she had put it in her sleeping bag and didn’t want to share with me. LOL
Molly also wanted to leave. She said “she did not feel well” and yes, its in quotations because I did not believe her and if you ever read this Molly, I am sorry, but I have a feeling you already knew. However, I wanted to continue and she was a trooper for a couple hours and continued on. It was miserable though. Every time I looked behind me, she was saying how she hated me or how she wanted to leave or whatever. I guess I don’t blame her.. The trail was extremely difficult. I would liken this trail to rock climbing over hiking if anyone asked. Plus, it was supposed to rain in the afternoon and I agreed with her on the fact that if it did start to rain before we reached the summit, we would have gotten caught in some sort of mud slide. It would have been dangerous. So we headed down and of course my knee gave out and she miraculously felt better or something, because every time I looked up, she was hundreds of feet ahead of me racing back. We did however, stop at a stream for rest, made a pathetic fire and burned everything I had kept from dating Casey. He is engaged now, so we figured it would only be appropriate.
Also, I have to add this in.. we heard a pack of wolves howling! It was awesome. We were relatively close to the car heading towards it, so I didn’t mind yelling out to Molly, “OMG DID YOU HEAR THAT?” She did and not surprisingly, was not as excited as I was about it. Hehe
Funny.. at the start of the trail, Molly said for her bachelorette weekend, she wanted to go camping.. and when we were driving home, she said she changed her mind.
25 6 / 2013
25 6 / 2013
Spent the week in North Carolina with my Aunt, Uncle and little cousins. (Before i forget, Ava has the sweetest laugh i have ever heard and Kendyll amazes me with how focused she is on Jehovah). I had a blast despite being in service the majority of the time. In fact, I enjoyed the ministry there. It was entertaining going into the different territories. Some were driving, others were small houses close together, and than we worked houses that were in between. Me and Maxine started a mini collage of all our bug sitings, but forgot our cameras some of the time so we didn’t get very far. Also, aunt Liz took us into Charlotte. I love there little city! It’s so Eco-friendly! Even the airport had an automatic water bottle refill attached to the bubbler! I’m not sure if I’d like to go back, though. I enjoy seeing my family and if I didn’t see them elsewhere throughout the year, of course I would take the time and money to see them, but it’s not a place I think I would enjoy if I went every year or even two.
12 6 / 2013
12 6 / 2013
Quick update since I dont feel like writing about it and its not very interesting on paper anyway..
3 weekends ago- Family anniversary party for Uncle Alfred and Aunt Miriam was nice. Nobody danced except my immediate family (aunts uncles grandparents cousins)… but that’s only because were awesome.
2 weekends ago- Tough Mudder in New Hampshire. I drove up with Don, Jus, Cait, and Will. It was awesome. Very hot and I got awful tan lines, but it was so cool to be there and support them. A 13 mile obstacle course on a ski resort looked harder than I thought. Perhaps I wasn’t born for that…
Last weekend- I ran my first 5k with Caitlin in Nissequogue State Park! Will and Joan did it too, but everyone knew they would finish. I ran mostly with Joan and it was great. I kept wanting to stop, but having her by my side kept me going the entire way through. She said the same thing when we finished. My time was 28:32 woowoo! The next day, Cait and Will brought me with them to Flying Point Beach in the Hamptons. There was a big bonfire, and I had a s’more where the chocolate was melted on the marshmellow on a stick over the fire! It was really beautiful there.
19 5 / 2013
Since Friday, I’ve been on the Island, Rhode Island, Boston, and Manhattan..and I’m tired! Met up with Chelynne in Boston and we did the Prudential Center Duck Tour. The tour is designed to give you the history of the city without making you feel overwhelmed. It was really nice. Some things I learned: 1) a studio apartment on Beacon St. goes for almost a million dollars 2) The Boston Garden was the first public Botanical Garden in the U.S. and even has Palm Trees! 3) The Charles River’s (which our bus turned into a boat so we went on the river) water quality is tested 5 times a week in the summer and once a week during the rest of the year. On a scale of A-F, the water quality is at a B-, which means its safe to swim in and almost safe to drink! We ate at Cheers! and a place called Anthem, both in Fanauil Hall and both were pretty good. Chey says the clam chowder is the best she has ever tried, and while I didn’t have anything to compare it to, it was delicious. And if you want to go, I recommend making a reservation at Neptune Oyster Bar, otherwise you might get incredibly excited to eat your first oyster and than terribly disappointed with a 3 hour wait.
08 5 / 2013
08 5 / 2013
Went fishing this past weekend with Erika, Michael and Kim at Overlook Beach. It was fun driving on the sand! We were only there an hour because it was too cold for us- we want to go again when were not bundled in layers of sweatshirts, blankets, and ridiculous penguin hats. Something about throwing out a line and reeling it back is exciting.
29 4 / 2013
Ok, taking some deep breaths this week. Put in my application for regular auxiliary pioneering starting May 2013. Ma doesn’t feel the same way as I do, so why not make the most of my gift of singleness? Trying to learn espanol and hopefully by next feb ill find myself in Costa Rica. Also RBC with Kim is coming up in two weeks! Busy summer.. I better make it to the beach with a surfboard at some point or I will cry myself to sleep every snowy night in December.
25 4 / 2013
- almond/peanut butter
- canned tuna
- granola bars
- all natural fruit drink boxes
- canned black beans
- cheddar, asiago, parmesan, gruyere or swiss cheese
- dried fruit
- vegetables and fruits
Oh this is happening.
16 4 / 2013
The entire book was a bit disturbing, but I really can’t say exactly why I wasn’t able to put it down. Out of all the parts that were incredibly awful, I couldn’t help but cry when Jaf asks “Can you bear to see me?”
“Is that what you think?… I thank God every day that you survived.”
I think it’s because I can relate to that feeling, you know, the one that makes you feel like your the one to blame? Almost like thinking about it makes your chest tear and your legs start to crumble..
07 4 / 2013
I went into the city on Friday after work to have dinner with Laura, John and Amanda. I realized I haven’t seen John and Laura in a year and had an amazing time at dinner catching up with them. I’m so excited for their move to Manhattan!!!
I slept over Amanda’s apartment, it was small, but cute. We went out that night, and met “Will, Meghan, and Lauren” and danced to Whitney Houston. Amanda’s eyes got wide when I found her.
The next morning we went to Momofuku (fruity cereal milk milkshake is officially my drink of choice), Dylan’s Candy Shop (even the stairs had candy in it!!), and Central Park. While there we saw a man walking his long haired dog with dreads! Very cool, it reminded us of the mammoth on Sesame Street.
I left Amanda to meet up with Desi at the Guggenheim. The exhibit was post war Japanese Art by.. Gutai? I didn’t like it. My interpretation of it was that most of his work symbolized death, pain or suffering- mostly because most of the sculptures or paintings were dark or red. They had a bed made completely out of razor blades and two wooden half poles covered in nails..it was weird.
I did, however, enjoy two of the smaller featured exhibits. The first was an artist who’s name is Zarina. She does drawings that look mostly of wood or bark but it looks so natural and clean. I need the book that features her artwork. The second was a small white room filled with all things retro and vintage, from salt and pepper shakers, large piece puzzles, metal lunch boxes to porcelain Mickey Mouse characters. It brought us back to childhood. Ah.. The good days.
Finally was going home. We took the subway and I sat next to a man that was rocking back and forth. I smelled something funky, but it’s the subway so that’s to be expected, right? Well, he stands up suddenly and I look to find that his jeans that are 4 times bigger than the size he needed had fallen down and there was his big black bare butt staring me right down. As soon as I realized that’s where the smell was coming from, I quietly gagged and walked away.
23 3 / 2013
23 3 / 2013
Incredible. Hundreds of artists all together at Pier 92, displaying their unique works to the city. In love. Cait came with me, and although she wasn’t as into it, she was good company. Favorite artists: Anna Razumovskaya, Marc Harrold (photographer), and Daniel Del Orfano- in that order. Afterward we took the subway to S’MAC (finally!). ha on the way we saw a girl eating a banana like a monkey.. literally the banana was hanging off her lips. Back to S’MAC, I ordered the Alpine. It was good, but next time I want the buffalo macaroni and cheese or the fig an Brie. YUM. Next was Momofuku and I tried the fruity cereal milk milkshake and the chocolate truffles… To die for. It was a fantastic day, everyone deserves a Saturday like the one we had.
26 2 / 2013
Spent the weekend with Molly. We woke up late on a Sunday morning to a blizzard but we can’t be stopped. We drove her Subaru an hour to Massachusetts so we could snowboard just the two of us. On the way there, the roads on the highway were bad and we passed several cars that had spun out and even a truck who was backwards on the other side of the highway! I was a little scared, but once we got to the mountain, the snow had stopped and we were ready. We did the bunny hill a few times and I lost my iPod. All well. By the afternoon, me and Molly were barely falling and we were on the medium slope!! I had such a great time and everyone there was super friendly, like snowboarders love helping each other. it reminded me of the people in Montreal. So excited to see what happens next winter!!