The First Hike of the Season

I have this friend. Her name is Kristin. We met doing yoga last winter, and now that it’s summer time we’ve started to do some hiking.

Really, we decided that the first hike of the season should be Mount Washington.

Yeah, that Mount Washington.

The summit!

The summit!

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Hey. Did you know the Patriots won the Super Bowl?

Because Josh and I sure did:

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“Hang on, Dad’s driving”

I’ve finally made it to Michigan, where ‘pop’ means soda, ‘sucker’ means lollipop, and my cousins call me ‘Jahn’ with their indecipherable accents.

'Pop' recycling

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Summer Update

I’ve been home for just over three months now. A fair amount has happened since I got back.

-I applied to ~25 jobs, and heard back from none of them.
-I taught a 4 week summer camp for ELL students at my former high school. We had class in the mornings, traveled all around Maine, and had a great time. I lived in the dorms with about 15 of these exchange students with the camp director and another teacher my age.
There were also two other groups there for the first half of our camp: 20 kids and a chaperones from Shenzhen, China, and 30 kids and 3 chaperones from all around Kazakhstan. It was a blast meeting these kids.
-I then got a part time job (every other day) during the school year working with the first year foreign students as a tutor/ study hall advisor.
-I’m also working 3 days a week at the Service Desk at my local gym. I make smoothies, chat with members, and fold and wash towels. And get a free membership. And would like to eventually move up into administration at a gym.
-Lastly, I’m taking Spanish and Chinese at the high school on the days I don’t work. I can “sit in” on classes as faculty so I figured why not take advantage of it!?

Now some pictures to entertain you:

I realize this post is lacking my usual wit but honestly I’m quite out of practice when it comes to writing. I’m sure you’ll all forgive me however, just like in a few months we’ll all forget that anything bad happened with the NFL. Only good things can come from sports, right?!

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I’m back! In America that is. And I have been for about 6 weeks now.

I spent some time visiting my family in Michigan, then I saw my friends and family in Boston, then I came back to sunny Saco, Maine.

In Michigan I spent some time with my cousins the “East Side Crew” – Cousins Susie, Debbie, and Renee, and her son Jeremy). They wanted to take me into Detroit, and as Debbie kept saying, show me that things weren’t as bad as everyone says they are.

And to my shock and surprise, it really wasn’t bad at all.

I ate plenty of food and saw about 90% of my family out there.

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