Monday, October 3, 2011

Weekend Happenings

This past weekend wasn't too bad. Friday night was pretty fun, and then Saturday was just busy! On Friday, the On Your Own Workout for crew was to row a 10K, which takes somewhere around 45-55 minutes. Rowing alone stinks, so I met up with two other girls in my boat to row the 10K. It took me about 49 minutes. Regardless, after we were all finished, we decided to go out to dinner. Melissa and Hayley (the girls in my boat) are both sophomores, so we rode in one of their cars. We went to Plaza Azteca, which is one of my favorite Mexican places. When we go to Grandma's house in Virginia Beach, we often go there. I had no idea there was a Plaza in Richmond, so I was excited!

Melissa, Hayley, and me

My dinner: chicken enchiladas with beans and rice. Yum!

We had the guacamole cart come and make fresh guacamole. I love guacamole, and it was so good!

After dinner I came back stuffed and just went up to my room. I figured after a week of letting everything slip right by, I should probably clean it up. With crew and homework and the gym, etc... sometimes I just throw things and go! Bad habit, but oh well. I finally washed my pile of dishes next to my sink as well.

Lots of dirt gets tracked in from my tennis shoes each morning after getting back from the boat house! I mopped the floor because there was still a film of dirt over the floor.

I wiped everything down, put stuff away, cleaned my desk, and then headed to bed.

Saturday morning I had a Leadership Academy I had to attend because I am the Director of Records (essentially a secretary and treasurer combo) for my residence hall. It lasted from 9am until 1, but it wasn't bad. They fed us pizza from a local pizza place for lunch, which was okay. Not a big pizza fan, but it wasn't bad. Not nearly as good as the homemade pizzas we make at home, however.

A portion of West Grace's Hall Council!

Me and Sidrah

After Leadership Academy, I headed over to the G.W. Carver Elementary School in Richmond, which is about 10 minutes walking distance from VCU. There is a program called "Carver Promise" that pairs up students with a mentor. The mentors go over to the school one hour each week and work with the student one-on-one, offering friendship, help, encouragement, etc. 98% of the students in this elementary school live in subsidized housing, where the annual average income is only $8,000 per year. All the kids at the school receive free lunches. There is definitely need for service in this area, and I'm excited to start. I go over on Thursday for the first time.

After I got back from the Carver Training, I texted Mom just telling her that I was done and that I was watching General Conference. She asked me if I wanted to come home, so I did! She quickly hurried down the interstate and picked me up for a night! I love being close enough to escape Richmond very easily. Unless I have specific things planned, like training or some service thing, etc, I get bored very easily. Nothing much to do! I wasn't supposed to go home in October until the 19th, but that quickly changed ;).

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