Goals for this winter:

Goals for this winter:
build at least one bike
grow fruit trees from seed
write every day
read every day
run every day, take one day off a week…Sunday?
drink at least a gallon of water every day
fix roof
finish ceiling project
cut air intake hole under wood stove
do a month of banana island
work out doing yoga, group exercise or climbing at least 3 times a week
focus on being in the moment

Two day in New York City.

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August 19, 2012

Woke up at 8a.m. The kids were still sleeping of course. I did some stuff on-line. Called TS and talked to him for a while.

Breakfast:

I ate half a watermelon and went on a walk around Harlem. I wrote my blog about the day before. At 11a.m. I was getting restless and the kids were still sleeping. Our plan for the day was to stand in line for half price Broadway tickets. Then ride the Staten Island Ferry so the kids could see the statue of liberty and then check out China town.

I got the kids some breakfast on my way back home and woke them up at 11:30a.m. They were moving very slow and I wanted to get on with our day. If it was me alone I would have been out exploring hours ago, but I had to remind myself that this was my kids vacation too and that I needed to have patience. J

Finally we got to the subway at 1p.m. At Times Square I went to start standing in line, but there wasn’t one. Then I realized we could buy a matinee ticket for half price and skip line standing. So we decided to go see Phantom of the Opera and bought our tickets.

Lunch:

We made a stop at Jamba Juice on the way so we wouldn’t be hungry during the play. I got 320z. fresh squeezed oj blended with mango as usual. It took longer than expected and we had 10 minutes to find the theater and get seated. We pushed our way through the crowd while trying to chug our smoothies…lol. I was getting a little stressed but it all worked out and we made it just in time.

The play was great. I was so tired though I kept nodding off a little. I told myself for what I paid to see this play I was going to stay awake damn it! Haha.

Snack:

During the play I got a little hungry so I ate about 10 dates. That actually woke me up a little and gave me a boost of energy I really needed.

The kids thought it was a great show. When it was over we took the subway down to the Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. It was nice being out in the water with the fresh breeze. I’ve about had it with the stench of the city.

After the Ferry ride we walked around downtown looking at the sights. We passed occupy NY, which is a very small group right now. I asked a guy sitting there if I could take a picture, he said sure and then proceeded to talk to the kids about how corrupt our country is…lol. When we finally got away from him, Savana said, “thanks mom for making us listen to that just so you could take a picture”. I thought that was funny.

Later as we were walking along there were some people doing jumping jacks. I ran over and joined in, it looked like fun and I’m always up for some extra exercise. The kids told me to knock it off or they were ditching me. Aww…spoil sports J.

We got to China town just as it was getting dark and the kids loved it. I knew they would. We walked around for a while and then we all started getting hungry. All the fresh food markets were closed. We finally found a restaurant the kids wanted to eat at and looked clean enough that Shawn would go in.

Dinner:

I was hungry but didn’t want to eat any cooked food. I decided I would order some veggies and rice. When my order came it looked so unappealing to me. I didn’t want to eat that dead bland food, I wanted vibrant and fresh..like me J. I took a few bites and felt my stomach start to cramp up so I pushed it aside and called it good.

After dinner we walked through little Italy and with it being Saturday night it was a very lively place. We were all having a great time.

Finally we decided to head back to the apartment. We took the express train and had to get off farther away from where we are staying than usual. Harlem was a very exciting place on Saturday night. There were parties going on all over the place and you could smell marijuana everywhere. Shawn was real nervous about how far we had to walk. I assured him that everything would be fine and it was. No one bothered us at all.

Snack:

Back at the apartment I called TS and we talked for a while. I ate a bunch of peanuts while we were talking. I went to sleep around midnight.

 

August 20, 2012

Woke up at 7a.m. The kids were still sleeping of course. I didn’t feel very good from eating all those peanuts the night before. I drank a bunch of water to try and get myself hydrated again.

With it being Sunday, I wanted to find a church to go to, especially a Baptist church. With being in Harlem I knew a Baptist church would have fantastic singing and I wanted to experience that. I called TS and we talked for a while.

Breakfast:

I went to the grocery store across the street and bought a huge watermelon. I sat outside on the apartment steps to people watch and ate almost half of the watermelon. It was too big I couldn’t fit it all in.

I had meant to write my blog but by that time it was time to start looking for a church. I walked down a couple of blocks and saw a Baptist church…bingo! I started walking up to the church and a couple people stood in front of the door. A large man politely told me that they weren’t accepting visitors today. Ouch! I kept on walking in search of another church. I came across a Catholic church but I knew they wouldn’t have the singing that I so wanted to hear. So I continued on. I finally came across another Baptist church and service was just about to start. I was hurrying up the stairs before anyone could stop me when a man asked if he could help me. I smiled real big and sweet and said that I would like to attend the church service. He smiled back and said he was sure he could find me a place to sit.

He sat me in the back and shortly after the singing started. It was just what I had in mind. I loved every minute of it. The service was 3 hours long. I was so tired I kept nodding off when things got calm, but as soon as the preaching and singing started I would perk right up. It was such a fun experience.

I got back to the apartment at 1p.m. The kids were just getting up. I told them they could go get some breakfast while I took a nap. I fell asleep instantly and slept for almost 2 hours.

Lunch:

When I woke up I went across the street and bought two bunches of perfectly spotted bananas. I came back to the apartment and blended those babies up and slurp them right now. Ahhh…much better J

The kids and I took the subway downtown and it was almost 5p.m. by then. They ate at Subway, I was still full from my delicious smoothie. We went to the Lego store so Shawn could by his brother Scott, who couldn’t come with us a gift. Such a sweet boy!

We walked around some more and bought some souvenirs.

Then we walked down to Grand Central Station because I wanted to see it. On the way we ran into a huge market going on and bought a bunch more stuff.

After seeing Grand Central Station we walked to Whole Foods. I bought a bunch of peaches to eat for dinner. We all sat down to eat there and my peaches weren’t that good. Bummer!

Dinner:

There was a Jamba Juice there in the store so we got some smoothies too. I had my usual 320z. fresh squeezed oj blended with mango. I decided to blend the peaches with bananas to take on the bus trip to the fruit festival tomorrow.

We took the subway back home. Tried to take a different route walking home. We got a little lost but found our way.

Back at the apartment I told the kids to start packing. Then I ran across the street to get some more bananas. The grocery store was closed, so I went down to the little store on the next block. No bananas there, so I went to a store on the next block, no bananas either. I decided to come back and try going down the road the opposite way. On my way back there was a guy walking toward me. I nodded as I went by and he turned around and wanted to know what I was doing. I kept walking and told him I was getting bananas. He kept walking with me and wanted to know if I wanted to hang out. I told him no, that I needed to get bananas. He kept pestering me and wanted to know if he could walk with me. I told him, no that I had to hurry and my kids were waiting. Finally I got rid of him and found bananas at the next store I went too.

Back at the apartment the kids and I packed. Cleaned up the apartment and changed the cat litter. Then we realized that the box of new litter was empty. I wasn’t about to go out again, so I decided it would be fine and I would get some in the morning.

I called TS, talked to him awhile and went to bed around midnight.

Heading home from the Woodstock Fruit Festival

August 28th, 2012

I was woken up at 2 a.m. when Shawn came in. I wasn’t able to go back to sleep. After lying in bed for an hour I read for a while. Then tried to go back to sleep for another hour. Finally I gave up, went to the infirmary and wrote my blog. It took me an hour and a half to get it completely done. At 7a.m. I went back to bed and slept from 7:30a.m. to 8:30a.m.

Breakfast:

I was real tired and dragging, but I had to get to work. I went to the dining room and quickly made a 10 banana smoothie. When I got to work I found out all we needed to do was to clean up all the supplies and put them in boxes. Between myself and my 3 other co-workers doing that it didn’t take very long at all. I drank my smoothie while cleaning up.

I then went and lied down again to see if I could get a little bit more sleep. I tried for about a half hour and then called it quits. I got up and packed my backpack. I hadn’t even worn half of my clothes and was wondering why I had packed so much. Next trip I will remember to pack a little less.

Once packed, I went and made another 15 banana smoothie to share with Savana because I knew she would be hungry soon. The kids got up and packed their bags. Shawn was really crabby. I asked if he had eaten anything and he said he wasn’t eating any more fruit. I suggested that he might feel better if he ate but he was determined to not eat.

We brought our bags down by the road and set them down.

The closing ceremony was starting, so the kids went up to it. I headed to the kitchen to see if there was any durian left. I was thinking I shouldn’t be eating durian and just stick to low fat but I wanted some anyway. In the dining room there was not one durian left. I was actually really thankful for that! I guess it was just going to be bananas.

The closing ceremony took an hour and a half. I had found Shawn and sat by him. He was still really crabby and was mad the ceremony was taking so long. When it was over I said goodbye to a bunch of my friends and the kids and I went to see about packing up the car. When we were walking down the path a cricket jumped in front of us. Shawn looked at me and then stepped on the cricket. I knew he had done it to upset me. I asked him why he would do something like that and he said because it needed to die. I said that maybe he could try to be more compassionate and he just kept being mean. I realized that he was just going to keep acting this way if I kept debating with him. So I stopped and gave him a hug and told him I loved him. He really didn’t like that but it stopped his behavior.

At the car we loaded everything up. We were riding with my friend Vickie and her kids Katy and Drew, who are 20 and 17. We were all ready to go but we couldn’t find Katy and Drew. Finally Shawn found then still up at the rec hall. We all got in the car and were off.

Lunch:

On the drive I drank most of the banana smoothie I had made as well as some nectarines I had bought at a grocery store we stopped at. My kids ate at subway. I didn’t want to pay any attention to what they got so I just sent them into the store with money. They were happy they got to eat “real” food, that I call “fake” food…lol.

We also stopped at a mall where there was a target store so I could see about getting a new battery for my phone since it still wouldn’t hold a charge for more than an hour. Target didn’t have any but they suggested Radio Shack on the other side of the mall. So I went there and they didn’t have the battery either. I decided I would just wait until I got home and go to my phone company and get a new battery there.

At another point we stopped at a whole foods and I bought a bunch of plums to take on the plane the next day. It was a very long drive. We didn’t have gps and were using google maps. I think it took us the long way. We finally made it to the hotel by the Newark airport at 9p.m. Vickie was really tired and frustrated from driving so long and in unfamiliar territory.

Dinner:

We settled into the hotel room, Vickie made up a big salad of spinach, tomato, nectarine and a tiny bit of pine nuts. We squeezed a lemon over it to use as a dressing. It was a really good salad.

We all went to bed around 10p.m. and I thought I would fall right asleep but then Vickie and I started talking and giggling. I think we fell asleep around midnight.

August 29th, 2012

I woke up at 5:30a.m. Got the kids up, we gathered up our stuff and took the shuttle to the airport. I was really happy to be headed home. Going through security there was no line and all they had were those new scanners that I won’t go through. So I opted out. Immediately there was a very friendly lady that patted me down. I don’t think I’ve ever been treated so well going through security before. I liked it.

Savana had her bag searched and she had a little bit of water in her water bottle. The attendant told her to take it back out and drink it, then come back through security. He sent her out and she was taking a long time. I realized that she didn’t have her boarding pass or passport with her. I told the attendant that sent her out and he took them out to her. I was a little bit angry that they would send a 12 out in the Newark airport by herself. She made it back through ok and my “mom fears” were settled down.

Breakfast:

The place ride went good. I ate some of my plums and slept a little. It was the smoothest plane ride I’ve ever been on. When we landed there wasn’t even a bump. I told the pilot when we were getting off what a great job he had done.

We only had an hour layover and we found our gate. The kids went and got food, then I went in search of a smoothie place. I had no luck. I called TS and asked if he would get some ripe bananas and bring me a banana smoothie when he met us at the airport. He said he would do that and I knew with the smoothie I would have plenty of energy to ride home from the airport.

Lunch:

The next plane ride went just fine, I ate the rest of my plums. We got to Boise right on time. TS was waiting with my smoothie…yay! He had also aired up our bike tires for us so they would be ready to ride home. I drank most of my smoothie and we all headed home on our bikes.

On the way we stopped at my phone companies store, that store didn’t have batteries. The store that carried them wasn’t too far out of the way home so we rode there. I bought a battery.

Dinner:

The kids were hungry again and wanted to go to a nearby Sizzler. I’m not really a fan but I took the kids. I had a whole bunch of green salad without dressing.

Shawn’s girlfriend was nearby so she came by to see Shawn. He stayed with her while Savana, TS and myself rode the rest of the way to my house. My house and garden looked really good. I was so happy to be home.

Savana’s dad came and picked her up. Shawn made it home, TS went to his house and I went to bed at around 10p.m. It was so nice to be sleeping in my own bed:)

 

 

Days 7 and 8 of the Woodstock Fruit Festival

August 26, 2012

I woke up 5a.m. I was surprised I was awake so early, but I definitely was awake and not going back to sleep. I got up and went to Danielle’s cabin and snuggled for a half hour. I went back to my cabin, changed and went to the infirmary to finish my latest blog and post it. My phone was working again but only when plugged in. I will leave it in the rice another day and see what happens.

Breakfast:

I went to the dining room and there were some ripe plums put out. I ate 4 of them, then blended up 9 bananas and drank them up.

I went to work. Today we planned on building rockets. There were rockets in boxes that needed to be put together. At 10:30a.m. we took all the kids outside and started to put the rockets together. It was craziness, there were way too many kids and not enough adults. The kids were running around tearing open packages. I was trying to get at least one rocket put together and quickly realized that I wasn’t a rocket scientist.

I finally got a rocket put together and then in the process of putting the launcher together I found out that we needed batteries and a screw driver. Which we had neither of.

I went in search of some help. I found Anne Osbourne and she said that Michael Arnstein was the one that ordered the rockets and he was the one that knew how to put them together. Unfortunately he was running the fruit festival marathon at the moment.

I went back and told everyone that the rocket project had to be scrapped until a later time and that it just might not happen at all.

We cleaned up the mess and went inside to get the kids some food.

Snack:

I grabbed a bunch of dates and ate about 10 of them. It wasn’t too long until work was over. I went and checked my messages and was going to take a nap. I went to the cabin to lie down and decided I wasn’t really that tired after all and that I wanted to socialize and do the climbing wall again.

Lunch:

I went to the dining room and the durian was looking really good. I was trying to not eat durian because I could feel in my body that I was eating too much fat. My mind wasn’t as clear and my digestion was not at it’s best. I ignored my body and grabbed a durian anyway. It was a really yummy one.

After I ate I headed up to do the climbing wall. When I got there I decided to be brave and do what they call the matrix. Basically you climb up a tree and then walk across a cable to the zip line platform.

I started climbing and was almost to the top of tree. I was looking up at that cable and thinking this is madness. I yelled down that I changed my mind and wanted to come back down. The response I got was “keep going”, so I did. I got onto the cable and I had to lean out from the tree, walk onto the cable and stretch over to grab a rope for stability. I couldn’t reach the rope and had to let go of the tree and walk a few steps with nothing to hang onto to grab the rope.

It took me a while to get up the nerve but I finally did it. I inched my way across the cable, stretching out each time to grab the next rope. My legs were literally shaking and I was so glad that I had that harness on.

Amazingly enough I made it all the way across and was still alive. I knew then that eating that durian was a really bad idea, especially a bad idea eating it before doing strenuous exercise. I thought for a few minutes I was going to throw up. I rested for a few minutes until the nausea passed, then went down the zip line.

My adrenaline was pumping and I was all energized after that. I went and checked my messages again. I called my mom, Maggie and TS. Everyone was doing good, which was great to hear.

I was all hot and sweaty so I went down to the water and jumped in. Shawn was down there so I go to check in with him and see how things were going. He was doing good and having fun. Kids were running up to him and he would grab them and throw them in the water. I’ve had so many parents up here tell me how good Shawn is with their kids and that he is a nice polite young man. Those are words that will warm a mama’s heart. 🙂

After swimming I hung around outside the dining room and talked to people. It was fun socializing. Everyone is so vibrant and healthy here and they all have their stories of how sick they used to be and how healthy they are now. I love it!

At dinner time I stood in line to get Chris Kendal’s special raw vegan chili. I was thinking that I shouldn’t be eating again yet because I could tell my digestive system was still not happy. I just ignored what my body was saying and got the food anyway. The chili wasn’t even that good and I added a bunch of avocado to it.

Now my body was screaming at me, telling me that I just did a very bad thing to it. My tummy became bloated and I had horrible gas. Why didn’t I listen to the warning signs??? Ahhh!!!

I hung around for a while talking to people, but I was not feeling good at all. I decided to go to bed early. I went and checked my messages. I was starting to feel my mind getting really cloudy and crazy. I was furious to find out about problems back home and didn’t want to deal with them. I went to my cabin and fell asleep almost instantly around 9:30p.m.

About an hour and a half later I woke up in a sweat and voices were screaming in my head. NO!!! I didn’t want this to be happening at the fruit festival! I drank a bunch of water and I went to the infirmary so I could get on-line and call someone to help. There were a bunch of people in there. I was upset and crying. Everyone was helpful and understanding. I told them what was going on and they know my story and were understanding.

When they all left I called TS and slowly my mind starting clearing up. I knew it would pass but I wasn’t sure how long it would take. I went to the dining room to get some more water. Chris Kendall and Richard were in there. I was crying and telling them what was going on. They were very understanding and helpful.

I could feel that I was getting better and better. So I went back to my room and had a bowel moment. I felt even better after that. I read for a while and went back to sleep around 2a.m.

 

August 27, 2012

Woke up at 7:30a.m. I felt really groggy and slow. I drank a bunch of water and went to check my messages. I decided I would just drink water for most of the morning to get my body super hydrated before I started eating.

At work we only had 5 kids. So with the 4 of us we really didn’t have much work to do.

Snack:

We took the kids out and played ping pong with them, then walked over to the blackberry bush and ate a bunch of blackberries. We came across a little snake and the kids were excited about seeing that.

Breakfast:

I was starting to get really hungry. I went and made a 10 banana smoothie. It went down really well and I was feeling like my happy joyful self again. 🙂

We sat out in the sun with kids by the blackberry bush for most of the time we were watching them. At one point I went to the dining room to leave a note so the parents could find us if they came to pick up their kids. When I got there some other kids had gotten into all the supplies. There was spilled water and paint all over the place. I cleaned it all up, left a note and grabbed some dates to take out to the kids.

Snack:

We sat in the sun some more and the kids climbed on the rocks. I ate about 6 dates. Then some of the parents came and picked up their kids. We were only left with one kid and he is 8 and not really in need of constant supervision. I told the other staff they could go early and I would stick around and hang out with Luke.

Luke and I went up to the rec room and he played computer games. I checked my messages until it was time to get off work. I was happy in thinking that this would be my last day of work at the festival.

I went down by the dining room and ran into my friend Vickie. She and her kids are giving my kids and myself a ride to where we are staying tomorrow night before we head to airport to fly home the next morning. She was telling me she couldn’t find her car keys and wasn’t sure if any of us were going anywhere. She was thinking she locked them in the truck and was going to call AAA to come out and help. We got to talking and decided it would be fun to get a hotel room together, if she found her keys of course. I thought that was a great plan and was super excited about it.

I went to my computer and booked a room for us. Savana came in and was crying saying she was hungry. I told her to go eat some fruit and she said she didn’t want to eat fruit anymore. I gave her a hug and told her that she would have to eat what was available. I went out and tracked down Vickie to tell her. AAA had showed up and she had her keys. Woo hoo…everything is working out 🙂

Lunch:

I came back to check on Savana and asked her if she would like me to make her a smoothie. She said ok. I went and made a 10 banana smoothie and she drank about 20oz. of it. I could tell right away that it was making her feel better. The magic power of bananas! I drank the rest of the smoothie. Savana and I decided to go ride the go carts when they open at 4:30p.m.

I went to track down Shawn because we had talked about doing the climbing wall earlier in the day. I found him busy playing checkers. While waiting for him I had a guy ask if he could interview me and video tape my story. So I did that and when I was finished I had another man come up and want to interview me as well. After all that was done Shawn was ready to go and we headed up to the rope course.

Shawn climbed the wall first. He went up it really fast, he slipped once but otherwise did it like a pro. I did the wall next and it wasn’t as hard this time as the first time. For one I knew that I wasn’t going to fall and when I would feel tired I basically just rested on my harness and let the guy below hold my weight.

 

I had so much fun that I wanted to do the matrix as well. There was only 8 minutes left before the course closed down, but they let me go anyway. I was determined to get it done in 8 minutes or less. I found the matrix a lot easier this time as well and made it all the way up and then down the zip line in 8 minutes. Woo hoo!

Dinner:

I went back to the dining room and made another 10 banana smoothie. I met up with Savana to go ride go carts and she drank more smoothie and I gobbled up the rest

We went and rode the go cart. It was fun. I was driving and doing crazy things to freak Savana out. She was having a blast, laughing and screaming.

Walking back from the go cart track I ran into Drew (sexy raw vegan) and Harley. We all talked and bs’d for a while. Drew was asked Harley about b12 shots and he said he some with him. We went down to the office and I decided I would get a shot just to see if it made me feel any different. I was pretty sure I wasn’t deficient because I had not symptoms of that, but thought it would be interesting to see if I felt any different.

I was a baby getting the shot, but Drew let me squeeze her hand..lol. I waited a while and didn’t feel any different.

Snack:

I went to the dining room and ate a bunch of celery, which I had been doing every day but kept forgetting to put that in my blog. I checked the schedule to see what was happening tomorrow and saw that the morning crew was scheduled to watch the kids. Aww man! I thought I was done working. Oh well, I am grateful to have been able to come to event in exchange for work.

I talked to my friend Alison for a while. Went and checked my messages. I was really tired and fading fast. I called TS and went to bed. I fell asleep around 10p.m.

 

Days 5 and 6 of the Woodstock Fruit Festival

August 24, 2012

I woke up at 6a.m. I was thinking I would stay in bed for a while because I was all warm and snuggly. I lied there a while and decided I wanted to go snuggle with Danielle.

I headed on over there and snuggled for a half hour. I could have stayed longer but I wanted to get my blog posted before I headed to work.

I went to my cabin. Changed out of my pj’s and went to the infirmary to post my blog. I finished all that in about a half hour.

Breakfast:

I went to the dining room and checked on my banana stash. They were still there, yay! They were spotty and perfectly ripe, smoothie time! I blended up 9 bananas and drank them up.

It was time to go to work and have our staff meeting. When everyone showed up we just went over some ground rules. They were pretty basic. Have 2 staff members with each group if the groups split up into two. Let everyone know if you are taking a kid to the bathroom, etc.

The day went much smoother with the kids. We ended up staying inside most of the time and the kids were really mellow for the most part. Time actually went really fast and before I knew it 1 o’clock was here and I was free.

Lunch:

While watching the kids I ate half a durian and two pieces of dragon fruit.

When work was over I went to check my e-mail. I was feeling pretty tired and wanted a nap. I got on the computer and called TS.

I went to my cabin and instantly fell asleep. I woke up an hour later and Savana wanted to go do the zip line. I was all for it.

We walked up to where it is at. There is a big climbing wall that you have to climb up in order to go down the zip line. I wasn’t sure if Savana was going to make it up that wall, but she was willing to try.

 

She went first and was practically crying going up the wall, but she did it! I was so proud of her. Then it was my turn. I was thinking this would be a snap. About halfway up the wall my arms were shaking so bad that I didn’t think I would make it, and I thought this was going to be easy! Ha! I wasn’t going to let my daughter show me up so I pushed my way through and make it to the top. I couldn’t even feel my arms or hands, other than throbbing. I was pouring sweat and had to sit down to rest for a few minutes before going down the zip line.

Once that was over I decided I was not going to do that again. Savana and I went to the cabin. Savana lied down and read for a while. I just lied in my bunk determined not to get up until my arms started working again. About a half hour later my arms started acting and feeling like arms again. Then the adrenaline rush kicked in. Oh boy, I was feeling amazing!!

Snack:

I went to the dining room to get some food. For some reason the tomatoes were looking really good to me. I grabbed 4 big ones and sat out on the grass with a bunch of people. While on the grass I had a good talk with Grant and another lady sitting with us, she wanted to ask me about depression and eating. I ate my tomatoes while we talked and during that time Grant gobbled down 2 durian…lol. Then Josh Fossgreen came along and we had a really good talk. I’ve talked to Josh on Skype before but never in person. What a great guy!

Snack:

It was dinner time, Josh and I stood in line and talked and I got to meet his absolutely gorgeous girlfriend. Woo hoo Josh! I got a small salad with a really good carrot dressing that they were serving. I sat next to some peope I hadn’t met before and got to know them while I ate my salad.

I heard there was a talent show going on in an hour or so. I found Savana and told her in case she wanted to sing. Of course she wanted to sing! She was really excited and I saw her a bit later outside warming up her voice.

At 8 o’clock the talent show started. I knew it would be great. Savana was the 3rd performer and she did an amazing job. I decided that I wanted to sing as well…for some crazy reason.

I signed up and when I got up there I really didn’t want to sing after all. I did it anyway and was sure I’d bombed it. I sat down wondering why I did these things to myself.

The talent show was fabulous though. So much talent and good energy all around. I had a really great time.

After the show I heard there was a durian eating contest in the dining room. I wasn’t about to get in on that! I went to the infirmary and called TS. While I was in there Freelee called Harley on his computer to talk to him, he was out of the room but myself, Kevin and Karen decided to answer anyway. I talked to Freelee for a few minutes until Harely showed up. It was fun talking to herJ

Heading back up to the cabin Doug was outside and called me over. He said there was a lady that he wanted me to talk to about mental illness and he would send her my contact information. I felt really honored that Doug would be referring people to me. Yay!!

I got to the cabin and fell asleep almost instantly at around 11:30p.m.

 

August 25, 2012

I woke up at around 7:30a.m. I had been having a dream about my dad when he was alive. It was a really sad dream so I woke up feeling like crying a little. I had slept in so there was no time to go snuggle with Danielle 🙁

I got dressed and went to the infirmary to check my e-mail. I had to hurry in order to get some food and be at work on time.

Breakfast:

In the dining room my banana stash was still there. I blended up 9 bananas and drank it up. So yummy!!

When all the kids showed up we took them outside. We brought out a big watermelon box and markers so they could decorate and play in it. There is a little boy named Marco that usually doesn’t stay with his sisters because he’s 2 and very attacked to his mommy. He was distracted with the watermelon box and his mom took the opportunity to sneak away. About 5 minutes later he figured out his mom was missing and started crying. I sat and held him for about and hour. He just cried and cried. I took him to the bathroom at one point and my cell phone fell in the toilet. Lol…so it goes. It was very wet and wasn’t working at all.

 

Little Marco kept saying he wanted to go find his mom, so I had a

brilliant idea. I told him we would go look. So I told the other staff we were going to go look for him mom. He all of a sudden was happy as ever. We walked all around the camp and I purposefully made a point to avoid the areas where his mom might be, just so she could have some time to do her own thing. He loved walked around.

Snack:

After a while we came back to the dining hall and met up with all the other kids. He seemed to have forgotten about his mom and we ate a bunch of grapes and dates together. Marco colored some and cut out some construction paper. After a while he realized he was having fun without his mom and wanted to go look again. Just as we were headed out the door his mom walked up. I told her what I had done and she thanked me profusely for letting her have some alone time. She said she had desperately needed it. I was glad it all worked out 🙂

About an hour later I was done working. I went in search of some rice to put my phone in. I was thinking that I would have to get a ride into town. Savana came up to me and I was telling her I was probably going to go into town. She was all excited and wanted me to get her some granola bars. In the middle of our conversation Doug walked up and said that the camp staff probably had some rice in their cabin. He had a young lady with him and introduced me to her. She wanted to talk to me about her mom, who suffered from mental illness. I told her I had a few minutes.

Lunch:

I grabbed a couple of oranges a big bowl of little tomatoes. Then we sat out on the grass and talked for a while. She was really excited to hear my story and was real hopeful that her mom would do what it takes to heal herself.

After our talk, I went down to the staff cabin and they had some rice they gave me. I put my phone in it and went back to my cabin to let it sit for a while. Savana was there and I informed her I had found rice and wouldn’t be going to town. She was bummed about that.

I washed up a few clothes and put them out to dry. Then I went down to the infirmary checked my e-mail and called TS to tell him about my phone. I wanted to be spending more time with the people here and less time on the phone and internet, so I didn’t stay on long. I find it kind of a blessing that my phone is out of commission. Even though I don’t have service here I can still text and when I am texting others back home I find I am not in the moment here. I just love the energy the people here have. They are so real, vibrant and healthy! Plus so many of them are extremely smart and successful in what they do. I love being around successful people!

I was supposed to meet my friend Vicky in the dining hall at 1:30p.m. to talk. She wasn’t there, I waited a few minutes and went back to my cabin. I fell asleep instantly and slept hard for 2 hours. It was a wonderful nap!

I woke up with about 5 minutes to spare before I was supposed to meet another lady at 4p.m. I got up and ran down to the dining hall. I grabbed some more tomatoes and oranges and sat down on the grass where we were supposed to meet. She showed up shortly after and wanted to know if I wanted to go swimming. Of course I did!

We went down and were like kids playing in the water. We climbed the iceberg together and went down the slide a couple of times together. We were having so much fun just being giggly girls.

We got out of the water and sat on the shore and talked for a while. She also wanted to talk about my story because her dad suffers from mental illness. We had a great talk and I was really excited to find out that she is going to be at Health and Fitness week when I go there in September. Woo hoo. She is from South Africa but wants to stay in the states for a while. I told her to come stay with me in October and she just might do that. I would be so excited if she did.

Dinner:

She had to go to work and I headed to dinner. I met up with Jerome and Katy on the way. We got our salad and sat on the grass to eat. The salad dressing wasn’t very good so I didn’t eat much salad. Instead I ate a bunch of grapes and oranges, which isn’t exactly the best food combining, but it seemed to digest ok. It was fun hanging out on the grass. There were tons of people out there and we were all laughing and having fun together. Danielle came along and we had to have a hugging session to mourn missing our morning snuggle time. I was feeling so happy and carefree; I don’t want the fruit festival to end!!

When it started to get dark I found Shawn in the dining room and checked in to see how he was doing. He was fine but hungry, I told him to eat more fruit..hehe. After that, I went to the infirmary to write my blog. While there I over heard Joey B and Kevin talking about how to earn money on the internet. I was keeping mental notes and since they were on the subject I put up t-shirts that I had made on my website so I can start selling them.

I called TS and it was getting late. He has been helping to take care of Shawn’s dog Freeda and water the garden back in Boise. He also did a bunch of work on my bike, which it needed very much. I was too busy before I left to work on it like I wanted. It is nice knowing everything is taken care of back home. 🙂

I went to my cabin and Savana came in shortly after. She was all excited and happy saying she had been up at the dance party. We got ready for bed. I checked on my phone and it seemed to be working as long as it was plugged in. I’ll let it sit in the rice overnight and probably another day or two to see if it will come around.

I went to sleep around midnight.

Days 3 and 4 of the Woodstock Fruit Festival

August 22, 2012

I woke up at 6a.m. I had been really warm all night but I thought it would be fun to go and snuggle with Danielle again. So I went to her cabin and we snuggled for about an hour. Then I got up and dressed. I went to check on my e-mail at the infirmary. I found out that my step grandma had died that morning.

Breakfast

I had to get to work and I was feeling kind of sad. I grabbed a watermelon and ate half of it while the kids were showing up. It was cold inside the dining room so went took the kids out on the grass in the sun. It was much warmer outside.

We brought some clay outside with us and the kids were having fun playing with that. I kept getting texts from my family and told the other people I was working with about my grandma. They were all very understanding and let me go for a while to talk to my family. My cell phone doesn’t work up here but Anne Osbourne let me borrow hers to make my phone calls, that way I didn’t have to call using google voice on my computer.

I called my grandpa and he wasn’t doing very well. I then called my mom and she was very upset and overwhelmed. She wanted me to come home to help her, but I told her that it wasn’t possible. She was really upset about that. I assured her it would all be fine and to take some deep breath’s. I then sent my sister a text and she said she would get a hold of mom and go see her later in the day.

I made it back to the kids and we hung out in the sun on the grass for the rest of the time I was working. During this time one mom came up to me and told me that I inspired her to go bicycle only and she has been doing it with her little boy for a year. She even rode 250 miles to come to the fruit festival, but then got too tired and had to bus the rest of the way. I was super stoked to talk to her and hear about how much her life has improved by switching to bicycle only. Woo hoo!

Lunch:

I ate 5 tangelo’s and drank 8oz. of fresh squeezed oj., while working with the kids. When I was done I went to get more food, but all that was out were watermelons, durians, apples and oranges. I didn’t want to eat any of that. There was some celery out and I ate a few stalks of that. I wanted to know why we didn’t have very many food choices when last year we had a lot. I asked Chris Kendall and he said that there was a lot of fruit in back but none of it was ripe yet and they were waiting for it to ripen. Ok…I guess I can live with that…sigh.

I got on my computer worked on my blog some more and called TS. Then I went to my room and took a nap. It was a really short but satisfying nap. I felt super energized after I woke up.

Dinner:

I went down to the dining room and the food choices were not any better. I grabbed a durian to eat and was heading outside when I saw Ellen Livingston. We started talking and she said she was headed to Anne Osbournes lecture. I hadn’t even been to any lectures yet so I decided to go as well. I ate my durian while listening to the lecture. The lecture was fantastic. It was about how we are all frugivores by design but because of abusing our bodies in the past and our genetic disposition we have to take into account dietary differences and different rates of nutritional absorption. I really enjoyed it.

After the lecture I went to find my kids. I found Shawn in Danielle’s cabin where a lot of people that were in Costa Rica together are staying. There was a bunch of people in there goofing around. I hung out with my friend Rob and we caught up on each other’s lives. It was great fun.

I headed off and went back to the infirmary to get more stuff done on the internet and called TS again. We talked for a long time…like an hour. Wow.

I went back down to the dining room, the food choices were not any better. I ran into my friend Vicky from Costa Rica and we made a date to get together tomorrow at 1:30p.m, she was working so we couldn’t talk long.

Snack:

I ate a bunch of lettuce and drank some coconut water. When leaving I ran into a young man named Guillermo that I had met at the fruit festival last year. He asked if he could interview me. I said “sure when do you want to do it”. He said “how about now”. “Ok, let’s do it”! We found a place in the back of the dining hall and the interview was so much fun. I love Guillermo’s energy! After the interview we were sitting there talking when Tony Wright walked up and he had a ripe banana in his hand.

Snack:

Guillermo and I were staring at that banana. “Where did you get that banana?” I asked. Tony said he brought it with him and said I could have it. I gently took the banana and said that we should split it three ways. Tony said he didn’t want it and that we could share it. Guillermo peeled it and we split it exactly in two. It was the best banana we had ever tasted..lol.

Tony and Guillermo started talking. I thanked Tony for the banana. I went up and called TS again briefly. Then I went down to the beach where there was a campfire and drumming circle. Shawn and Savana were down there. I checked in to see how they were doing. Things were good with them. I was feeling tired and went back to my room.

At the cabin I organized my stuff and read for a while before drifting off to sleep at around 10:30p.m.

August 23, 2012

I woke up at 6a.m. Went to Danielle and snuggled for a while. I like this morning routine, it’s really the only time I get to see Danielle because she is working here too doing video’s.

I got up and went to the infirmary to work on my blog some more before starting work. I called my mom and she is doing much better. They are having a small memorial service for my step grandma tomorrow.

I then went to the dining hall for breakfast hoping that there would be more choices on what to eat.

Breakfast:

On the way to the dining hall I heard someone say that there were bananas. I was super stoked but when I got there they were already all gone. I was so hungry I thought I would cry. I spotted 3 bananas sitting alone and I snagged them up. I blended them into a smoothie but I knew that wouldn’t be close to enough food.

I few minutes later they brought out another box of bananas. There were so many people grabbing bananas out of it I couldn’t get to it, so I went around the other side of the table and crawled on top and snagged about 15. Woo hoo.

They were not quite ripe yet, so I found a hiding spot for them and will eat them for breakfast tomorrow…hehe.

The kids started showing up and I was too busy to think about food anymore. There was a lot of kids and things were crazy. We had a small parachute and the kids colored it. We played game outside for a while. The staff I work with kept going off and leaving me alone with all the kids and I was not liking that. Especially when one kid would start to run off and I would have to leave all the other kids to chase that one.

Later on we took the kids inside and played games. Then we got out the paint and everything got crazy again. Paint was being spilled everywhere, as well as water. Kids were hitting each other and crying. I was so ready to be done with this whole business. I am so glad my kids are not little anymore. One kid ended up missing and they found him down by the water. Yikes! I told the other staff that these things can’t be happening and we are going to have a meeting in the morning about being better organized.

Snack: Somehow in the middle of all this chaos I was able to get a hold of 3 papayas and they were absolutely delicious!

Finally 1 o’clock came and my shift was over.

Lunch:

I grabbed a durian and sat out of the grass with my friend Vicky. We talked about what had been happening in our lives since we last saw each other in Costa Rica. It was so great talking to my dear friends. We hugged and cried about things and were instantly boned again like we had been this winter.

Savana came along and wanted to do the zip line so Vicky walked up to the zip line with us, then she had to go to work. The zip line was closed, so Savana and I decided to go canoeing instead. On the way to the lake we asked one of the staff members when the zip line was open. They said it opened at 3 o’clock daily. It was 2:15 and Savana I decided we would still go canoeing and do the zip line tomorrow.

When we got down to the lake Shawn was there. We asked we to go canoeing with us. He said he would kayak next to us.

We all went out on the lake. It was fun canoeing around. I had a good talk with Shawn, which was nice since I hadn’t seen much of him. We started getting bitten up my horse flies so we headed back.

Savana took off to swim with her friend and after I pushed Shawn in the water. I took off and went up to the infirmary to get stuff done on the computer. I called TS and talked for way too long.

I finally got off the phone and went outside. I saw my friend Jerome that I knew from Costa Rica. We sat and talk for a while. Jerome had to get to work so I walked around. On the hillside there was some people playing instruments. I lied down in the sun and listened to the music for a while. Then talked to a few people sitting around me. I am surprised at how many people tell me that they read my blog. Yay!

Savana came along and wanted to play ping pong. We played until dinnertime.

Dinner:

We stood in line for dinner and I talked to Tessa who I had met at Health and Fitness week last year. Dinner was raw zucchini noodles and with raw spaghetti sauce. It was a small portion but was really good. Savana even slurped hers up.

After dinner I called TS again and finished writing my blog. I went to bed early at around 9p.m. and read for a while. The couple sharing our cabin came in and they had only paid for three days and were leaving tomorrow. We talked for a while and it was great to get to know them.

I went to sleep around 10p.m.

Day 1 and 2 of the Woodstock Fruit Festival.

August 20, 2012

I woke up at 6:30a.m. I was really tired but I knew I needed to get up and start getting ready to go to the fruit festival. We had to be at the bus stop at 10a.m.

I stripped the sheets off the bed and all the towels around the house. Went down to the laundry in the basement and started a load. Then I went across the street to the grocery store and bought a bag of cat litter.

Back at the apartment I filled up the litter box. My mom called and told me that my step grandma was dying and had less than 24 hours to live. I was pretty sad about that, but there was no way I could get back home.

I finished packing and started to write my blog. I had to write two days worth and I totally lost track of time. At 8:30a.m. I realized what time it was. We had to be out and on the subway pretty much at that moment. I woke the kids up and told them to finish packing.

In the kitchen I was frantically cutting up a watermelon and getting it all bagged up. Then I made two 7 banana/6 peach smoothies and bottled those up.

Breakfast:

I couldn’t fit all of the smoothie in the container so I drank about 160z. of it to finish it off. I washed up the dishes, vacuumed the apartment real quick. I wanted to leave things looking nice to say thanks for letting us stay there.

We got out of the apartment at 9:10a.m. We needed to be at the bus stop fifteen minutes early at 9:45a.m.

I was trying to stay calm as we walked to the subway bogged down with all of our luggage. We got on the subway without a problem and arrived at the closest stop to the bus at 9:40a.m. We had to walk five blocks. These blocks were huge and I was in full panic mode by now. My muscles were throbbing with all the weight and I was pushing myself to go as fast as I could. The kids were in tow behind me struggling as well.

We got to the bus stop at 9:59a.m.

I was sure they had already shut the doors. There was a big line behind the Albany sign. I asked if this was the 10:00 bus line. I lady said yes. I let out a big breath and said, “thank god we didn’t miss it”. She laughed at that. I was so relieved. About 5 minutes later they loaded the bus and we were on. Woo hoo!!!!

On the bus I called my grandpa and he was having a hard time. I then called my 16 year old son Scott and told him what was going on with his great step grandma. We talked for a while and since he wasn’t able to come on this trip we planned another trip to NY with just the two of us when he is 18. After that I called TS and we talked for a while.

Lunch:

When done with all my phone calls I ate a bunch of watermelon and slept for a small bit.

At Albany we were dropped off in the middle of a parking lot by the train station. There wasn’t much around except a library across the street.

We walked over to the library and hung out for a while, since we had 2 hours until we caught the bus to the fruit festival.

The kids were getting hungry and we still had an hour before the bus came. I didn’t see anywhere to get the kids some food and didn’t want to walk too far with our luggage in tow. I asked the librarian where the nearest place to eat was and she said inside the train station there was a deli.

Snack:

The kids and I walked to the deli. They got stuff from the deli and I drank a bunch of my banana peach smoothie.

I was started to get worried about the bus. In my e-mail I was given the bus drivers number. I tried to call but no one answered. I wasn’t sure where it was going to be and didn’t see any other people around that might be headed to the fruit festival.

I was so tired and I was sick of hauling our luggage everywhere.

We walked back down to where the first bus had dropped us off, but there was no one around. I started crying and saying I didn’t know what to do. I was so tired of traveling and not knowing what was going on. Shawn told me to knock it off and said if we stood by the road the bus would have to go by us.

I calmed down and a bus pulled up just as we were walking back to the station. I went up to the door and asked the driver if she was going to the fruit festival. She asked if I was Victoria. I was sure glad to hear that. We got on and I called TS and told him everything was just fine. When I was in the middle of my conversation the bus driver walked back to me and started yelling at me and told me that her number shouldn’t have been given out and that I needed to lose that number.

I hung up the phone and walked over to her and calmly told her that I didn’t want to be yelled at and that I had no intention of calling her again. She huffed back to the front of the bus and continued eating her McDonald’s hamburger….hmmm. I called TS back crying and upset about all the stress I had been going through all day. I’m used to having a very low stress lifestyle. He was very calming and helped me get my head back on straight.

I was real happy when we took off and were on the road. We picked up a bunch more people at the airport and I spent the rest of the trip talking and getting to know some of the other bus riders going to the fruit festival.

Snack:

On the bus ride I finished the rest of my banana peach smoothie.

When we arrived it was cold and pouring rain. We stood in line to sign in and I kept seeing all the friends that I had met at other fruity events. There was lots of screeching and hugging. We were all so excited to see each other.

We finally got registered and the kids and I headed off to find a cabin. After much searching we found one.

We went to the dining room, ate some food. I saw and talked to more of my friends there. It was so wonderful to see everyone looking fabulous! I had so many people come up to me and tell me they saw me on-line and loved my blog. That made me feel so blessed and happy. I love being able to enrich people’s lives. While in the dining room there was a really big guy there that I wanted to meet and find out his story. I introduced myself to him and his name is Richard. He was saying how me was so overweight and unhealthy for years that he wanted to die everyday. He is now vegan, feeling better than ever and dropping weight like crazy. I can’t wait to see him in a year or two!

When we were done eating, the kids and I went to the opening ceremony. By that time I was pretty much a walking zombie. I was so exhausted. I was excited too and instead of going to bed after the ceremony I had to stay up a little longer and socialize.

Finally we got back and to bed around 11p.m. It was cold and I only had one blanket. I asked Savana to come snuggle with me but she refused L I was tired enough that I fell asleep right away.

 

August 21, 2012

I woke up at 6a.m. and I was so cold. I had been curled in a ball most of the night trying to get warm. I couldn’t take it anymore and I knew where I could find warmth. I went down to my friend Danielle’s cabin and crawled in bed with her. She had three blankets on her bunk and was very warm. We snuggled and fell asleep for a while. I had missed my Danielle. An hour later the cabin was getting lively. A lot of my friends that I had made at the retreat in Costa Rica were all staying in the cabin. We all talked and goofed around for a while.

I had to leave to go to work. I am working with the kids while here every morning from 8:45a.m. until 1:30p.m. I am not really a little kid person anymore…those days are over for me, but that is where they put me and of course I will do a good job at it.

Breakfast:

At the dining hall I ate half a watermelon and talked to more people. I had brought a bunch of t-shirts I had made up and I was showing them and sold most of what I had brought.

At 8:45a.m. I went to the kids station and spent the next 4 ½ hours cleaning up spilt water, paint and food. We spent some time outside and the kids played tag and ran around. Savana was there most of the time helping out as well.

Lunch:

While taking care of the kids I had eaten some more watermelon and a huge bowl of grapes.

When I was off work I put on my bathing suit and went down to the water to find my kids. They have some great water equipment. There is this “iceberg: that is a climbing wall. I climbed halfway up it and got too scared and bailed. Shawn was harassing me about that so I had to do it again to show him how touch I am…lol. I made it up and I lived through it! I swam with the kids for a while. Savana made a friend that is her age, which I was very pleased about. Shawn and I rode these standing kayaks around for a bit and that was fun.

Dinner:

After dinner I was super hungry. I wasn’t going to eat durian while I was here because I wanted to stay low fat to clear up yeast in my body from eating all those peanuts in NY. I grabbed a durian anyway and ate at right up. It was a really yummy one. Within 5 minutes I could feel the yeast acting up in my body. Arg. Oh well. I’ll skip the durian the rest of the time I’m here.

I went up to my cabin and there was an older couple walking around looking for a cabin that had extra beds. I told them there were plenty of beds in our place. So they moved in.

I went to the infirmary where there is internet and did a few things on-line. Then I went back to the cabin to take a nap. The older couple was in there napping as well. I slept for an hour and woke up feeling much more energized.

Snack:

I got up and went to the dining hall. Shawn was there eating a salad. I sat with him and we talked for a while. I couple of other people sat by us and they talked with Shawn about eating fruit. I was really happy about that. He seemed really open to listening to what everyone was saying.

When we were done talking I wrote my blog and called TS. There was a dance party going on up above my cabin. I knew it would be loud so I wasn’t in a hurry to get to bed. I finished up and got to bed at around 11p.m. I had grabbed a few more sheets to keep me warm and I was nice and cozy all night.

Last 2 days in New York City

August 18, 2012

Woke up at 8a.m. The kids were still sleeping of course. I did some stuff on-line. Called TS and talked to him for a while.

Breakfast:

I ate half a watermelon and went on a walk around Harlem. I wrote my blog about the day before. At 11a.m. I was getting restless and the kids were still sleeping. Our plan for the day was to stand in line for half price Broadway tickets. Then ride the Staten Island Ferry so the kids could see the statue of liberty and then check out China town.

I got the kids some breakfast on my way back home and woke them up at 11:30a.m. They were moving very slow and I wanted to get on with our day. If it was me alone I would have been out exploring hours ago, but I had to remind myself that this was my kids vacation too and that I needed to have patience. J

Finally we got to the subway at 1p.m. At Times Square I went to start standing in line, but there wasn’t one. Then I realized we could buy a matinee ticket for half price and skip line standing. So we decided to go see Phantom of the Opera and bought our tickets.

Lunch:

We made a stop at Jamba Juice on the way so we wouldn’t be hungry during the play. I got 320z. fresh squeezed oj blended with mango as usual. It took longer than expected and we had 10 minutes to find the theater and get seated. We pushed our way through the crowd while trying to chug our smoothies…lol. I was getting a little stressed but it all worked out and we made it just in time.

The play was great. I was so tired though I kept nodding off a little. I told myself for what I paid to see this play I was going to stay awake damn it! Haha.

Snack:

During the play I got a little hungry so I ate about 10 dates. That actually woke me up a little and gave me a boost of energy I really needed.

The kids thought it was a great show. When it was over we took the subway down to the Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. It was nice being out in the water with the fresh breeze. I’ve about had it with the stench of the city.

After the Ferry ride we walked around downtown looking at the sights. We passed occupy NY, which is a very small group right now. I asked a guy sitting there if I could take a picture, he said sure and then proceeded to talk to the kids about how corrupt our country is…lol. When we finally got away from him, Savana said, “thanks mom for making us listen to that just so you could take a picture”. I thought that was funny.

Later as we were walking along there were some people doing jumping jacks. I ran over and joined in, it looked like fun and I’m always up for some extra exercise. The kids told me to knock it off or they were ditching me. Aww…spoil sports.

We got to China town just as it was getting dark and the kids loved it. I knew they would. We walked around for a while and then we all started getting hungry. All the fresh food markets were closed. We finally found a restaurant the kids wanted to eat at and looked clean enough that Shawn would go in.

Dinner:

I was hungry but didn’t want to eat any cooked food. I decided I would order some veggies and rice. When my order came it looked so unappealing to me. I didn’t want to eat that dead bland food, I wanted vibrant and fresh..like me J. I took a few bites and felt my stomach start to cramp up so I pushed it aside and called it good.

After dinner we walked through little Italy and with it being Saturday night it was a very lively place. We were all having a great time.

Finally we decided to head back to the apartment. We took the express train and had to get off farther away from where we are staying than usual. Harlem was a very exciting place on Saturday night. There were parties going on all over the place and you could smell marijuana everywhere. Shawn was real nervous about how far we had to walk. I assured him that everything would be fine and it was. No one bothered us at all.

Snack:

Back at the apartment I called TS and we talked for a while. I ate a bunch of peanuts while we were talking. I went to sleep around midnight.

August 19, 2012

Woke up at 7a.m. The kids were still sleeping of course. I didn’t feel very good from eating all those peanuts the night before. I drank a bunch of water to try and get myself hydrated again.

With it being Sunday, I wanted to find a church to go to, especially a Baptist church. With being in Harlem I knew a Baptist church would have fantastic singing and I wanted to experience that. I called TS and we talked for a while.

Breakfast:

I went to the grocery store across the street and bought a huge watermelon. I sat outside on the apartment steps to people watch and ate almost half of the watermelon. It was too big I couldn’t fit it all in.

I had meant to write my blog but by that time it was time to start looking for a church. I walked down a couple of blocks and saw a Baptist church…bingo! I started walking up to the church and a couple people stood in front of the door. A large man politely told me that they weren’t accepting visitors today. Ouch! I kept on walking in search of another church. I came across a Catholic church but I knew they wouldn’t have the singing that I so wanted to hear. So I continued on. I finally came across another Baptist church and service was just about to start. I was hurrying up the stairs before anyone could stop me when a man asked if he could help me. I smiled real big and sweet and said that I would like to attend the church service. He smiled back and said he was sure he could find me a place to sit.

He sat me in the back and shortly after the singing started. It was just what I had in mind. I loved every minute of it. The service was 3 hours long. I was so tired I kept nodding off when things got calm, but as soon as the preaching and singing started I would perk right up. It was such a fun experience.

I got back to the apartment at 1p.m. The kids were just getting up. I told them they could go get some breakfast while I took a nap. I fell asleep instantly and slept for almost 2 hours.

Lunch:

When I woke up I went across the street and bought two bunches of perfectly spotted bananas. I came back to the apartment and blended those babies up and slurp them right now. Ahhh…much better J

The kids and I walked to the subway on a different route and came across a beautiful community garden. I was so happy to see that. We finished walking to the subway and  went back to Times Square.  It was almost 5p.m. by then. They ate at Subway, I was still full from my delicious smoothie. We went to the Lego store so Shawn could by his brother Scott, who couldn’t come with us a gift. Such a sweet boy!

We walked around some more and bought some souvenirs.

Then we walked down to Grand Central Station because I wanted to see it. On the way we ran into a huge market going on and bought a bunch more stuff.

After seeing Grand Central Station we walked to Whole Foods. I bought a bunch of peaches to eat for dinner. We all sat down to eat there and my peaches weren’t that good. Bummer!

Dinner:

There was a Jamba Juice there in the store so we got some smoothies too. I had my usual 320z. fresh squeezed oj blended with mango. I decided to blend the peaches with bananas to take on the bus trip to the fruit festival tomorrow.

We took the subway back home. Tried to take a different route walking home. We got a little lost but found our way.

Back at the apartment I told the kids to start packing. Then I ran across the street to get some more bananas. The grocery store was closed, so I went down to the little store on the next block. No bananas there, so I went to a store on the next block, no bananas either. I decided to come back and try going down the road the opposite way. On my way back there was a guy walking toward me. I nodded as I went by and he turned around and wanted to know what I was doing. I kept walking and told him I was getting bananas. He kept walking with me and wanted to know if I wanted to hang out. I told him no, that I needed to get bananas. He kept pestering me and wanted to know if he could walk with me. I told him, no that I had to hurry and my kids were waiting. Finally I got rid of him and found bananas at the next store I went too.

When I got back we cleaned up the apartment and changed the cat litter. Then we realized that the box of new litter was empty. I wasn’t about to go out again, so I decided it would be fine and I would get some in the morning.

I called TS, talked to him awhile and went to bed around midnight.

Being a tourist in NYC..day 1

August 18, 2012

 

I woke up at 10a.m. I usually don’t sleep that late, but traveling completely wore me out. I slept ok, I’m not used to the humidity. In Idaho it cools off down to the 50’s at night. It only cooled down to the 70’s here.

I wrote my blog and got on-line. My friend Rob from Norway that I met last year at the fruit festival messaged me on facebook and said that him and another fruitarian were meeting at central park at 4p.m. and I could come too. I was super excited to see my friends!!

Around 11, I woke the kids up. They were so tired and I wanted to let them sleep but I also didn’t want to waste a day in NYC.

Breakfast:

I ate half a watermelon while waiting for the kids to get ready. The apartment where I am house sitting had a map of the subway system for us to use, which was freaking awesome. So we headed out to the subway and to find breakfast for the kids. We found the subway but still hadn’t come across a place to eat. We kept walking and looking but were in a residential area. Finally we just decided to get on the subway and eat when we got to Times Square.

The kids were excited to ride the subway and we got to Times Square without any problems. When we got out of the subway I knew we were close to Times Square but I wasn’t sure which way.

Lunch:

We walked around for a while, then gave up and found a really nice place to eat that had a great salad bar. It was really fresh and I used lemon juice as a dressing.

 

After we ate we all felt better and continued our search for Times Square. It didn’t take long until we found it. We check out what was playing on Broadway and decided to wait in the cheap ticket line the next day.

Snack:

We walked toward central park to meet my friends. On the way we came across a Jamba Juice. I had to get my favorite smoothie of fresh squeezed oj blended with mango. The kids got smoothies too.

 

We got to the meeting place in central park 15 minutes early. So we sat and watched people. There were some guys with a bucket of soapy water and they had string on bamboo sticks that they were making big bubbles with. Savana wanted to go try it but was being shy, so I went and asked first and got Savana involved. She had a blast and wants to make something similar when she gets back to Boise. I think that would be fun to go downtown in Boise and let people try it as they walk by.

Snack:

My friends showed up. Rob brought a girl he is dating with him and it was great to meet her. We all talked for a while. Then we walked to Whole Foods, got some fruit and veggies and went back to the park to eat. We sat around eating and talking. I ate a bunch of heirloom tomatoes. They were super juicy and yummy. We talked for a couple of hours about what is happening in our lives and how much we love fruit.

 

After saying goodbye to my friends Shawn wanted to go back to Times Square and go to the Lego store. So we walked back down there. Savana wanted to go to the M&M store which had no interest to me, but we went in and looked around for a while. Then we found the lego store and checked that out. We were all getting hungry and decided to find a place to eat. I was so hungry by that time I was tempted to just eat some cooked vegan food. Then I thought about the stomach ache I would more than likely get and also what if I threw it back up. I didn’t want to throw up in the middle of NYC. I decided to go with what I knew was the best and search for a good smoothie bar.

 

Dinner:

We walked for quite a few blocks and I couldn’t find anyplace that had food I was willing to eat. Finally we found a juice bar that had smoothies. I ordered a pineapple, strawberry, mango, fresh squeezed oj smoothie. They only had one size and it wasn’t that big but it seemed to satisfy me just fine.

We were all exhausted by this time and went to find the subway to go home. In the subway I was having trouble figuring out which was uptown and downtown. There was a guy cleaning that overheard me talking to kids about being confused. He very rudely was telling me that I needed to pay attention to the signs. I told him that I didn’t understand what they were saying and that I wasn’t used to being talked to that way. After that he was much more polite J. He pointed us in the way we needed to go. We headed that way and then still got confused again, we were so tired and Shawn was being very cranky. Finally we managed to get on the subway going the right way. I wasn’t sure how it would be walking back to the apartment through Harlem at night but it all went good. We got back to the apartment. I talked to TS on the phone for a while, read a little and we all went to bed.

 

 

 

Traveling from Boise to NYC

August 17, 2012

Yesterday I flew from my hometown of Boise, Idaho to New York city with two of my kids. Shawn is 18 and Savana is 12. We are going to NY to attend the Woodstock Fruit Festival August 20th through the 28th. We will be spending 3 days in the city exploring before we head upstate. This is our day!

 

I went to bed the night before at 11p.m. I set my alarm to get up at 2:45a.m. I wanted to leave the house at 3:45a.m. at the latest. I was exhausted from an intense day of working out so I fell right asleep. At 3:03a.m. I woke up. I had slept through my alarm…thankfully I still woke up early.

I got the kids up and we finished our final packing and loaded up the bikes. The kids were not happy that we were biking the 8 miles from my house to the airport. I told them the day before that it would be fun family time. Shawn piped back saying “fun for you maybe”…lol. I replied to that by saying “the one paying gets to have the fun”.

We got out of the house at 4a.m. but were really just late for being early. My plane didn’t leave until 6:30 a.m.

Savana and I rode the tandem and Shawn rode his bike. A guy I started seeing…we will call him TS…met us halfway there. Which I was really happy about, since I was sore from heavily exercising the day before. He took over on the tandem with Savana and I rode his bike the rest of the way. Regardless I still couldn’t keep up with him. He used to race bikes and has legs of steel. I want legs like that!

At the airport we got our tickets. I chugged most of a 10 banana/coconut water smoothie I had made up before we left. Shawn drank some too and Savana wouldn’t touch it…stubborn thing that she is J

We said goodbye to TS and went through security without any problems. I got in the old scanner line and that way I didn’t have to opt out of those new freaky scanners.

While waiting for the plane Savana ate one of her granola bars, Shawn and I talked about what our schedule was for the day.

While waiting to get on the plane they said they didn’t have room for both our carry on bags and checked in our backpacks. On the plane I fell asleep almost instantly. An hour later we arrived in SLC airport. When we went to get our backpacks, they said that our bags with be at our final destination in Newark airport. This sort of stressed me out, I don’t really trust airlines with my bags. I just sent out good vibes that our bags would be there when we arrived. I had also left our tickets in my bag, so we had to go get more out. Good thing I had my ID with me. I almost left that in my bag.

The kids were hungry and got bagels to eat. We didn’t have a very long layover and were back on the plane real quick. Our next layover would be in Detroit and my friend John was going to meet us there and bring me a 10 banana smoothie.

 

This flight was 3 hours long. I slept through half of it, I woke up really thirsty and my throat was extremely dry from all the re-circulated air. I chugged a bunch of water, then I read some, ate an apple and a little bit of pistachios, but the nuts gave me a slight tummy ache so I stopped eating them. The kids were asleep most of the time. Shawn hadn’t even gone to bed the night before so he was exhausted.

When we arrived in Detroit we found John waiting outside without any problems. It was so good to see him! He drove us to a big fruit market. He had brought a huge jar of ice cold banana smoothie. I was so hungry, I drank about 32 oz. of it. Shawn had some and even Savana had a little bit J

At the market I bought some fresh dates and 5 oranges. The kids got some chips…I suggested they make some better food choices but then stopped my lecture and told them that it’s their bodies and their consequences.

John wasn’t used to this side of town but he said he looked at a map and there was a park nearby. We drove too the park, it was pretty run down and deserted but we hung out on the swings and talked for about an hour. It was nice to be outside and the air had a nice fresh breeze. I didn’t want to go get on another plane. I am not used to all this air conditioning, processed air, lines, sitting for hours, crabby people…sort of lifestyle. I wanted to be done with the whole thing.

Back at the airport….back through security…,once again was able to get in an old style scanner line. Got on the plane, had to sit on the runway and wait ten minutes before taking off. There was a loud buzzing sound on the plane that was driving me crazy. I put in my earbuds and read to drown it out. Once in the air I fell asleep instantly again. I woke up later. Ate my 5 oranges and read until we got to Newark. The kids were asleep most the trip.

 

I was so happy to be done with flying. I was ready to get to our apartment where we were housing sitting, be back on foot and grounded. We got our bags…yay..they were there! I had booked a shuttle service and we waited a half hour for that. We got on the shuttle, drove around the airport twice picking other people up. The driver didn’t seem to be very organized and it took an hour just to get out of the airport. I was getting pretty bitchy by now. I ate a bunch of dates while we were waiting, thinking if I carbed up I might feel better. That didn’t help much, I was still getting more and more irritated. I wanted this trip to be over. We drove all over Manhattan dropped everyone else off, got gas and finally 2 ½ hours later we were the last to get dropped off. I almost snapped on the ride, but managed to not flip out, just kept breathing. I decided that the $60 I paid for the shuttle was not worth it. I would rather have paid more and taken a cab.

I wasn’t sure how the apartment would be. It was in Harlem and I got this deal through the couch surfing website. Two girls that saw I was looking for a place to stay contacted me and said they needed a house sitter on the days we were going to be in NYC. Their references were great and so I agreed. They sent me the keys and address before I left.

The apartment was so nice. They must pay a fortune for this place.

I was so happy to be done traveling. My crabby mood lifted and the kids and I walked down to a grocery store nearby. Shawn was kind of nervous because it was dark and in Harlem, but I assured him it would be fine and it was. At the store the kids got some more crap food. I bought a watermelon and some peanuts for me. I was so incredibly hungry.

Back at the apartment I ate a few peanuts…which I knew wasn’t the best choice, but I didn’t care. I called TS and we talked for a little bit. Then I went to bed. Savana and I were sharing a bed and she wanted to read. I kind of dozed off and then woke up all itchy. I get that way sometimes and I don’t know why. I think it was from eating too many nuts. Anyway, Savana’s light was bugging me, all the noise on the street was bugging me and Shawn was listening to music in the other room and that was bugging me. I couldn’t fall back asleep and kept itching. I decided to read and see if that helped. It did. I read until Savana was ready to turn out the light and fell fast asleep. 🙂