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Today is a good day

Hey everyone! 

Today was such a good day.  It began at 4:50 am, yes truly 4:50 am, when my alarm woke me up for Crew.  How can waking up that early be worth it?  Well, watching the sunrise is definitely part of it - experiencing the sun light up the world in the morning makes me feel like I am witnessing something only a select few get to see.  Plus I am rowing with some incredible girls, their dedication to the team and to the sport is inspiring to me, so inspiring that I actually get out of bed at 4:50 am! Which, for me, is a big deal - I’m definitely not a morning person.  I stole acrew.jpg picture off of my Coach’s blog for a little taste of what it looks like.  I only started rowing about a month ago, and it is crazy to think that I could pick up a new sport in College.  

This day was also good because all of my classes went well, I had a Spanish test, we’re talking about Isaiah in my Bible in Literature class (which has 6 people in it!  Crazy awesome) and Exploration and Discovery is always a wonderful mix of philosophy, literature and good stories.  One of the best things that happened was that  I helped made cookies!  My RA is a master at all things related to baked goods (definitely a good thing) so she I joined her and two other friends for some good old fashioned chocolate-chip cookie making.  Making food is something that I truly enjoy and need to find time to do more of while here.

These last two weeks I found myself doing homework a lot more than I had been.  This is due to the fact that I did have more homework (I get to write my own Psalm!  How sweet is that?!), but also because this wonderful thing called Procrastination is creeping back into my habits.  I’m working on it though.  One of the ways I deal with the homework load is that I move around when I do it.  So I will start in the Library, move to Maggie’s, to the Trail Room, and if it is nice outside then I will do my homework in the gardens behind the Manor House.  It is not everywhere that you can read The Bible or study Spanish and look at Mt. Hood! (Or look at Mt. Hood when it is not covered by clouds that is…) It’s a good system.

How could I forget?  It’s fall break!  Meaning that I’m going to the Oregon Coast tomorrow!  I am so excited to spend a few days with some new, great friends in a gorgeous environment – what a perfect way to spend the break.

It still blows my mind that I am here, in Oregon, at Lewis & Clark.  I have been knitting, rowing, eating vegan brownies, eating marionberry muffins and having peanut-butter and jelly on my pancakes (best thing EVER).  I have talked with people from Rwanda, Wisconsin, and Jamaica.  Everyone here has thousands of stories to tell. I hope that the stories I share with you will allow you to see into my life here at Lewis & Clark.  As always, e-mail me if you have any questions or comments!  I’d love to hear from you.


Until next time,


7 October 2009