Sunday, March 4, 2012

yeaaah buddy

funny story, but apparently last night at this bar in town the rapper who sings ice cream paint job was having an after party there. its funny because this town is smaller than cape!

don't judge, but i sort of forget where i left off last blog!  i will start by saying that the plumbing has been fixed...yes! i would go day by day but the days have all blended together.

i have bonded with each of my team members, and my team leader.  we had a lot of training this week. some fun, some not so much.  one of the highlights was the diversity training where we went through how to work with people of different disabilities (this-ability).  we had a safety class which thoroughly freaked me out.  did you know the amount of poisonous snakes and spiders and stray animals with rabies? ugh...needless to say i felt like i was jonesin during the glass cause i kept scratching.
the team in its entirety

on friday nccc as a whole went to the Buelah National Cemetery.  this is the oldest african american cemetery in vicksburg, with tombstones dating back to WWI.  The city does not have funds to keep up with the land, so for years the southern region has been doing their tool training at the location while also helping clear and beautify the land.  i learned how to use a jblade, ax, saw thingy, clippers, machete, and a few other tools.  it was so nice to finally get out and do something!  it was hot but still fun!

on saturday i got up at 5 to get ready for an independent service project hours (need 80 of them to graduate).  basically all of nccc went to this isp. we went to a race vicksburg was having called the race through history and basically acted as cheerleaders. sidenote, the weather is bipolar and it was freezing!! anyways, two highlights from this, one was the last person to finish the 10k run part of the race was this lady named annita and we saw her nearing the end. all 100 something of us ran the last half to threeforths of a mile with her cheering her on...amazing!! the other highlight was watching the kids one mile fun frickin cute!!!

jamie and i running the last stretch of the race with a runner

haha, this is the kid i had a pillow fight with...kyle
after that, my team went on a scavenger hunt around vicksburg and it was so neat to finally see the town! my favorite place was this little shack on the side of the road called the tomato place.  they sell fresh vegetables, homemade smoothies and some amazing southern food.  i had a peaches and cream smoothie and fried green tomatoes for the first time...i am in love.
team leader time (aka michael b. jordan, aka tiger woods), myself, and sharaud (aka nelly)

i have been cooking dinner for my team each night, and let me tell you how hard it is to cook for 7 grown men! haha. the week caught up with me and after dinner i passed out. i fell asleep before 6, and by 1230 i was up and not tired at all! most of the people 21 and up went out the bars, but i was lame...obviously..and slept. (don't regret that at all either!) i ended up going down to the lounge and hung out with some of the younger folk and had such a good time having a pillow fight with one of the guys! haha, i was crackin  up.

fried green tomatoes!
anyways, tonight i have my last dinner with my team delta 7 and i find out my new temp team and leader for the next week.  this week i will have my baseline test, get chainsaw training, and (i think) learn to drive the 15 passenger van. eek! love you all XOXOXO

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