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Time to relax.

Hey all!

Well, so much has happened in these past weeks that I don’t know where to start. It’s already fall break and it’s hard to recap all that I’ve done. I guess I should start at the beginning. I moved into school two weeks before everyone else for sports and student-athlete mentor training. All I can remember from this was being way too hot. My roommate and I had our fan on 24/7 for the first couple of weeks. I was born and raised in the Pacific NW, which translates to me being a complete wimp when it comes to the weather, though I do love the rain.

Getting started in the first days of classes was the same as always. I did the typical confused college student routine for a couple of days, and came out with a group of classes that I was actually, and still am, really excited about. Somewhere in the midst of all the new stress and activities, I was also able to reconnect with my close group of friends from last year. They are the greatest and make my time here at L&C so much more interesting and fun. The other day we all went to the Oregon Zoo. Soooo cool! It reminded me of going to the zoo as a kid. We also found this really fantastic Lebanese restaurant downtown. I spend most of my free time with my friends, so stay tuned for more on them in future posts.

Pictures from the zoo: The group at the Oregon Zoo! ; Penguin! ; Green snake ; Giraffe hat

On the 15th it was time to start the fall crew season. We have now been practicing for three weeks, and since we are the only team on campus that has two legitimate competition seasons, we also have races. Our first was a duel on Saturday versus Willamette University on their home waters (The Willamette River). It was low-key but a good chance to get out against a team in our conference and see how we have been progressing since we started up again. It was also some of the most uncomfortable conditions I’ve ever raced in; rowing against a fast current and a head wind doesn’t exactly equal Olympic speeds. Right now we have the week off and are working out individually, gearing up for our last two weeks and three races. The team itself has morphed into this awesome group of rowers - our incoming freshmen have integrated amazingly, and I am so excited for what we can put together this spring (The Women’s Varsity 8+).

Short and sweet, but that’s it for now. I’m currently enjoying my break at home in Snohomish, and I’m going to take this opportunity to go snuggle in with a good book.

Later, Jess

6 October 2008