Manual Labour

Yes world, I live on a farm. And today I had to go and move pipe. Let me tell you, I'm SO glad that I don't have to do that every day. Today is harvest day, so irrigation pipes must be moved in order to get the swather through the field. Although lifting long, heavy, dirty pipes is not what I wanted to be doing this morning, I'm about to enjoy the sweet smell of fresh-cut alfalfa. It does not get much better than that, my friends.

Coincidentially, this first harvest is why my stay has been lengthened. My dad needs another pair of hands around the farm for a few more days.

Don't be disappointed in me, please

So, I broke down. I know, I know. I read Twilight. And now I know (kind of) why I put off reading them. I'll give it to Stephanie Meyer to write a story. It holds your interest. However, she has an....interesting way of developing characters. For instance, although I'm now about to embark on the last one (note that I don't even know what it's called), I still feel like I don't understand the character of Edward. I mean, what's his deal? All mopey and emo, even though he's found the love of his "life". And don't get me started on Bella. At least she always does her homework. But other than that.... Seriously. She sneaks around with a boy, sneaks a boy into her room where he spends the night, lies to her family, lies to her friends, lies to her boyfriend(s), and is a heartbreaker all over the place, and yet the boys flock to her. Bella is NOT a good role model. And yet, we have teen girls devouring these books. GOSH.


Special Olympics

This past weekend I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Special Olympics in Utah. What an amazing experience! Lauren and I volunteered together, and we kind of assigned ourselves to work in the track and field area. Hey, when no one is giving direction, we take initiative! She and I ended up helping out with the long jump. I was put in charge of recording the length of their jumps. At first I was a little apprehensive about it. I haven't done a lot of work with special needs people before, and I wasn't sure what to expect. I ended up having the time of my life! All the participant were so happy to be there. They would cheer each other on, and sometimes needed to cheer each other up. Their smiles were infectious. I feel like I learned so much from them in the short time that I was able to interact with them. I'm already excited to volunteer again next year.