Friday, May 29, 2009

I'm feeling really crabby today, which is lame because it's Friday. No one should ever be crabby on a Friday. Plus, I have so many reasons NOT to be crabby:
1) It's sunny and warm today
2) I beat a bunch of nerds in Settlers of Catan last night. TESTIFY!
3) My birthday is tomorrow and I'm getting presents in the mail
4) A bunch of my friends are coming down to Ann Arbor tomorrow

See? No reason. I'll get over it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

I love Washington DC. It's basically my favorite place in the United States to visit. So when I found out my dad was going to be on a detail at USDA headquarters for a few months, I got very excited. I just returned from my first trip down there this summer. I'm hoping that I can find a cheap ticket and make it down in late June sometime.

I don't quite know what it is about the city that gets me. Maybe it's that I find American History to be more interesting than those wacky Europeans, but I just love being there. There are so many places to walk around and see, and something is going on all the time. Protests, motorcades, speeches... I just like the energy that the city has.

We're coming up to Memorial Day, which means my birthday is getting closer. I'm sort of past the age of when I look forward to my birthday. I don't mind getting older, it's just not thrilling anymore. I miss the days when a birthday meant that cupcakes were brought to school and we played games in class. I'd gladly take the cupcakes and the games...but let's leave the whole school thing out of it. =D

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Nebraska

I recently just returned from NRCS orientation in Nebraska. I didn't expect much from the training OR the state of Nebraska, but I was pleasantly surprised! The place where we stayed was really cool, the people were great, and I learned a lot. I ate far too much, though.

There were people from Wyoming, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Virginia, Utah, Georgia, etc. It was crazy to see how diverse agriculture is in the United States, and how even though we all work for the same agency, we all do very different things.



It was good prep for my three weeks in Oklahoma later this summer. I wasn't too optimistic about that trip either, so hopefully it goes just as well as this one did. It's really all about the people at the trainings. If they are fun, the trip is fun.