As usual, I’ve been busy (which makes me wonder if busy is a relative term… and if so and I am constantly busy, does that make me busy at all?)…
I think all the questioning that goes along with grad school is getting to me…
Anywho, I volunteered a total of 7 hours this week over 3 different projects, so that’s pretty cool =] Which is the basis for the title of the post. Yesterday Nate and I volunteered 4 hours in the morning at Trillium as a part of Make a Difference Day. Our main job was to help them prep their garden for winter. Nate was the only volunteer comfortable with a hedge trimmer so he was tasked with using said trimmer to cut down the massive wildflowers in the ditch around the garden. We’re talking a 4 foot wide by around 300 foot long ditch filled with wildflowers that were taller than Nate at times, meaning they were ~6’5″ tall… My job was to clean out everything as Nate went along so that he could come back through and cut down the stuff he missed. This was all fun at first until 30 mins in when my thighs and gluteus started cramping. If you think about it, I was doing constant squats, lunges, and hill hikes (in and out of the ditch to put the debris in piles) for 4 hours. I was also lifting, pulling, and raking as we went along, so it’s of little surprise that every inch of my body is sore today, likewise for Nate. We have to use the furniture to pull ourselves up/sit down, it involves a lot of rolling and propping haha. It’s also a beautiful day outside, but we walk at ~4 hours a mile pace (which is painfully fast for us right now), so we decided not to very sadly. Instead I’m nearly passed out on the couch with the sun shining in on me and the beautiful fall foliage right out the window, it’s still quite nice =] I was telling Nate earlier that I haven’t been this sore since middle school likely. I can’t even touch my toes! and for those who know how normally flexible I am, this is nearly absurd.
In other news, we went to our first dinner party last night!! The chef was astounding… I am still in awe of how tasty it was! The ingredients came from the Corvallis farmers market… that morning =] and we had Oregon wine from the vineyard that she works at… also, Oregon hazelnuts that she toasted herself… twas amazing.
In slightly less impressive culinary achievements, Nate and I made a braided pizza on Friday! It turned out way better than we expected, see for yourself =]
yummmm… We use Bobby Flay’s recipe for the dough and tend to put whatever we want on the inside. As for the braiding, I just kinda went for it. Next time we’ll braid it more intentionally.
The weather is starting to get more damp, which is interesting because almost every morning we wake up to beautiful fog (no, that was not sarcastic). Yesterday the mountains were fantastic, since it was hazy with scattered drizzles the visibility was a little low. This made it so that when you looked at the mountains you could make out the layers of them as they faded off into the distance, getting lighter as they went. It was beautiful and made for a fun drive after volunteering that morning. Though the picture doesn’t do it justice, I’ll share anyway so you can get an idea:
The mountains in view here normally look like one solid mass going along, so it was particularly cool to see the different values of them to hint at which is closer and which farther.
I’ve also now seen a day where it is 100% humidity and 0% chance of rain:
It was noticeable even when you looked across the street =]
I think the most interesting thing is that even if a day is rainy and downpours, it will be be sunny for at least a little bit, and when it is, it’s magnificent
As you may have noticed… I did not mention classes at all, that is intentional, and that subject will not be discussed today or in the near future as it is fairly overwhelming.
I hope your days are beautiful as well =]