There is less than a month left of Adamah Summer ’09. Scary. Sad.
News…. let’s see…. everything worked out okay with the rusty nail. I did not need to go on antibiotics.
My bike upgrade material did not arrive in time for last week’s training ride out to Twin Lakes (and past), but I did borrow a pair of biking shorts, which helped a lot. I successfully rode 25 miles! At some point the group split in half and I was in the lead pack the whole time. We navigated our own way and kept a good pace. I did tend to fall behind on each hill, but I always caught up with my pack. We got back, and I dunked in the lake. It’s always a nice celebration to do that, especially when we only have time to eat and go to class, and not shower.
Anyway, my bike stuff has finally arrived, and B will be helping me put it together later this week. I really want to go for a ride right away and see how much lighter and stronger I feel. I have a very busy schedule this week, with no training ride scheduled, unfortunately. Next Sunday is Gabe and Amy’s wedding, so I’ll be in Long Island — no biking that day. So I don’t know when I’m going to get a ride in. It’s hard when you don’t bike on Shabbat.
Our schedule this week is as packed as usual, but I was tapped to be the Farm Manager Apprentice for the week, underneath Biz who is Farm Manager while Anna is busy running the Taste of Adamah learning program (because Shamu is going on vacation). It’s so nice that they asked me to do that. I’m kind of surprised. I think there are other Adamahniks who seem more inclined to want to be a Farm Manager, but it’s nice that they want me to do it and have confidence in me and trust me. So, because of that job, I’ll be in the sadeh for every morning and afternoon shift this week, except for two. Crazy! I’m pretty sure I will be intensely burnt out by the end of the week. Shabbat will be more important than usual, so that I have the energy to travel to Long Island and be festive and see old friends.
What else… some tough stuff this past week for a lot of people in the group, including myself. Just trying to muscle through and keep having fun. I love it here and the people, but sometimes other stuff gets in the way and brings you down. It’s impossible to always be happy, right? To get away for a little while, and try to be happier, I went to NYC for 4 hours on Thursday. We had the afternoon and evening off (because we had worked all day Sunday at Feast in the Field), and J needed to go to Brooklyn to look at an apartment. H also wanted to take care of some stuff in the city, and T and I wanted to get away. So we piled in the car, drove to Wassaic train station, took the train for 2 hours, were in the city for 4 hours, took the train back for 2 hours, and were in bed around 1am. And it was totally worth it. While J and H took care of their stuff, T and I wandered around Greenwhich Village, ate at a delish vegetarian restaurant, drank iced coffee and ate frozen yogurt while walking on the street, went into stores that were too expensive and looked at the pretty things, and I managed to pick up a couple inexpensive things (a ring from a street vendor and a straw hat with flowery ribbon that I can where in the sadeh and in the picklearium). It’s just nice to walk around the city. I haven’t been there in years (pretty sure not since Feb. ’05), so it was just fun to see the Empire State Building, Flat Iron Building, Washington Sq. Park, Union Sq., etc. I didn’t expect to go to the city while I was here this summer, so it was fun to take an impromptu trip.
Feast in the Field last Sunday was a success. Mom and Dad came and it was nice to show them my current home and what I do here. Unfortunately it was pouring rain for most of the day, so the tour of Isabella Freedman was done in the car. That was a bummer. But it was a nice visit. And the set up of the big white tent in the sadeh, with all the delicious food, was so nice. Jill Zenoff, former Adamhnik and chef, cooked the food, with the help of Segulah. They did a great job.
Tonight is the Isabella Freedman staff talent show. I actually have no idea if anyone is performing. It was kind of a last minute announcement, and with a lot of people having personal issues going on, I’m not sure if anyone is in the mood. I kind of feel like cuddling up and watching a movie, personally. But I’ll probably stick around and watch it to support people.
I’m really not fundraising enough for Hazon. Happily, they scheduled in time for us to work on letter writing this week. If you want to avoid getting a personal request, please donate!
Alright that’s enough for now. This last few weeks will be fast and sad and scary and stressful.