Thursday, July 24, 2008

"Theres no time!!!" -Jack Bauer

Mom mailed me all the seasons of 24 that I own. I have been taking full advantag of that. And as much as I love season 1, Jacks wife and daughter really bother me. The only good thing about them is that they bring out the tender side of Jack. Something that is rare in any case but more prevelent in Season 1. I think you see him cry more times in this season that all the other seasons combined.

But enough of 24. Thats old news. Here is the new stuff.

My 8th week in Rhode Island is drawing to a close. That means that I have only 4 weeks left. 1 month. Thats is, then I am back in Missouri. One thing I have decided is that Missouri weather is dramatically unpredictable. Meaning that you can be 65 degrees at one point of the day and snowing later in the afternoon. Rhode Island weather is different in that it simply keeps you on your toes on a constant basis. With Missouri, you are never sure weather or not to trust the forcast. In Rhode Island you know NEVER to trust it. Yesterday, for example, was supposed to be stormy all day. We got about 30 seconds of spit and then just clouds the rest of the time. Tuesday was supposed to be cloudy. WE had some clouds but mostly sunshine. So out here you just assume that the weather will be just sightly less than what they say. And you can never predict the fog. All of a sudden you aren't able to see in front of you, then 10 minutes later, the sun is back out. It's just nuts.

So what has happened since my last update? Hmmm...actually, lately the days have been running together and I can't seem to get events straight. So these may not be in order.

I didn't get to do anything fun on Saturday. I watched a lot of random things. I was going to see The Dark Knight, but that didn't work out. I was going to go to a hot ait ballon festival, but then I remembered that I had to work at Sachuest Point from 6 to 9 pm. So that evening activity was scratched out as well. Boo. Another boring weekend. I did have the trailer all to myself because Courtney was having fun with her mom at Block Island. Her mom came for a short visit Last that was a week ago. I was amazed at how little respect Courtney has for her mom. It's almost like she's ashamed of her or something. She lost her temper with her more than once while she was here and it made things rather uncomfortable. Anyway, here mom was sweet. She bought everyone dinner at Happy Hour. Point being, the weekend was quiet. No one was around. It was kind of nice even though I didn't get to do anything fun.

This week has, as usual, has pretty much vanished. Not a whole lot of note has occured.

M/T/W were all spent taking summer camp groups on hikes to the vernal pool. Tuesday I conducted the hike solo. It went well. Monday we also took a group to Ninigret pond to fish for tiny little silverside with nets. The kids loved getting wet. All except for this adorable little girl who fell into the eater getting totally soaked. She was sort of pouty the rest of the time. Then when we were done she came up to me and held out her arms. "I want you to carry me," she declared. She was wet and I had managed to stay dry until that moment. But she was so tiny and cute and had these pleading brown eyes and pouty lips. I had no choice. I carried her the 5 minute walk back to the bus. And was then damp for the rest of the afternoon. Yesterday(Wednesday) there was a reporter from the Providence Journal and a photographer following us and our little group of children. Because of this, Janis took over things. I didn't get to do it on my own. This means that I was in the background, working the comuter and making sure things went smoothly. I'd not sure that I was even in any of the pictures with the kids. Thats okay though. It would have been cool to have been in the newspaper in Rhode Island. But oh well.

I saw The Dark Knight last night. I went with Courtney after happy hour and met up with Kristi from church. It was AMAZING!!! The only problem was that for some reason the music was way to loud. Not that Hans Zimmer isn't aazing and worth hearing, but I culd hardly hear what people were saying. I missed out on a lot of dialogue and that made the first half hour of the movie a little comfusing for me. And some of the more powerful points lost some of their greatness because it was so hard to hear. Like the last little monologue by Gordon. I could mostly hear what he was saying...but I had to listen hard. And from what I could hear, his words were some of the most powerful in the whole movie. Oh well... guess I'll just have to go see it again. Maybe. If I have the money.

Today has been a little stormy. But not nearly as much as the weather said it would be. Again pointing out the flaw in Rhode Island weather forcasting...or just a flaw in the weather itself. Who knows. There is a picnic being held for the volunteers this afternoon. I have been helping with the set up. I just finished making some flower arrangements that turned out rather nice I think. I think I will stay for the picnic since it means free dinner. Plus Kashia will be there and she always fun to hang out with. I feel like we'll be the only young people there. Amanda might stay.

So a few other things. I watched Hellboy Tuesday night with Courtney and Evan. It wasn't too bad. It wasnt't to most amazing thing I ever saw. A little anti-climactic. But I will probably rent the second one when it comes out. I have long since managed to become proficent at using a weed wacker. But yesterday I did something that all you older kids will appreciate. I mowed a lawn for the first time in my life. Now you can't tell me that I have missed out on that experience so often "enjoyed" in childhood. I had to mow around the edges of the islands in te parking lot at Kettle Pond and then up the drive. It wasn't too bad since it was overcast. I did get sweaty and it was loud. But it was a good experience and now I can say that I have done it. Thanks Dad for your help over the phone. Our propane tanks sprung a leak. So Science Central (thats apparently what the maintenence and trailer area is called) reeked for a whie and none of us knew why. Not until I traced the smell to the back of our trailer and to our tanks which were inexplicably on empty and there was a hissing coming from them. So that means no cooking for a little while and very little hot water. Ug. It seems like every week there is something else wrong with ou trailer. Oh well. It just needs to last another month without crashing down on us.

Anyway, I am sure that I have wasted enough of your time with my life events. I hope the rest of the week goes by fast. X-flies comes out this weekend and I can't wait!! Sorry to say it Steven, but I think I am more excited for this movie than I was for The Dark Knight. I think it's because Batman has only rescently become a thing in my life since the new movies. I liked the older ones but not the the extent of Batman Begins. But with X-files, I have been in love with that show for years now. Even obsessed over it for a time. And that devotion runs stronger that what I feel for Batman. I just hope this new movie is everything I hope it will be.

Well, thats all. I hope everyone is having a good week. Feel free to call me if you have a chance. I love talking to you all and hearing from you personally how life is. I'm sure that several of you would love to discuss The Dark Knight. I'm not sure how much I can say about it since the sound was so stupid.

Anyway, happy "July is almost over" day.


Steven said...

You dodged a bullet with your "Hans Zimmer Music Too Loud Comment" - I was all ready to send you a computer virus which would make your computer do nothing but play Miley Cyrus all day!!!!! But then you mentioned the problem and I got over it. Yes, you do need to see Dark Knight again- find the money, because it's worth it, because yes, there is some excellent dialogue at the end.

And I guess I can forgive your too-hyped fanaticism for X-Files (though you accidentally mis-spelled it, I like the name "X-Flies" you wrote). If X-Files was the blockbuster movie of the year and the Warcraft movie was coming out in the same year, I'd definitely be more excited for Warcraft. So all is well.

P.S. Elise and I played LotR this week. It was fun, and we didn't get too mad ;)

Beckie said...

Steven, you used to love X-Files. What happened to you that you now passive-aggressively harass Sarah for her fandom? I'm crying over here. Not really, but I could be.

Sarah, weather is predictable nowhere. Except here. Forecast? Hot, and hotter.

Peeser said...

I know you are more excited for X-Files (and I hope it meets or exceeds your expectations- I have heard mixed reviews, but I am still excited to see it!)- I will say that STeven is right in that you should see it again. There is some great dialogue related to one of the main points (and oft overlooked element) of the plot- the power of choice and how those choices affect those around us.

I can't wait to see you in just a few more weeks!

Jeanne, the mom and grandmom said...

Maybe, Sarah, some of your siblings can send you some money so you can watch "Dark Knight" again (hint, hint junior) but I would go to another theater to view it. Actually, you probably could have complained to the theater management on the night you saw the movie and might have received a refund or at least a pass for another show! Oh well, probably too late now to do that.

emily said...

this comment is so late you might NEVER get it. :(

But I loved your update. That is all.

I love you!

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