…but I was assured the instructor will make a full recovery.
I have wanted to try archery for some time now so I asked my teenage cousins, because kids in general are good with weapons, and they both willing went with me for the experience. The three of us arrived ready to shoot stuff but I was super nervous. The place was sort of…retro. By that I mean the Pepsi machine was probably one of the first vending machines ever created. There weren’t a lot of people there but there were enough to know that we were definitely out of place. We waited for about fifteen minutes, and I was agonizing about it the whole time. Maybe we should go. Luckily, my cousins aren’t as wishy-washy as I am so we waited until the next instructor was free.
He was very nice, patient, and explained everything as thoroughly as possible. He went over the equipment, how to stand, how to hold the arrow, when to shoot, what not to shoot, and then stepped back and hoped for the best.
The three of us stood in position, loaded our arrows, aimed our weapons and then let it go. I was shocked that I didn’t somehow shoot myself in the face. The arrow went forward and ended up hitting the wall. I have to say I was impressed with myself. It wasn’t on the target but it wasn’t stuck in myself or anyone else in the place. Which is good because if the bandaids were as old as the pepsi machine I wouldn’t have taken it.
After the first shot, you have to adjust the eye thingie. I am pretty sure that is the technical term. I guess the first shot was to see how everything lined up and the eye piece can then help you aim towards the target. There was also another man there that was not with the company but was an “archery champion” and he stepped in and gave us a few pointers as well.
Though I don’t believe there will be any championships in my future it was definitely an experience that I am glad I went through with even though I started to doubt myself. Once everyone cleared out and it was just the three of us shooting, we had a blast. After an hour my arm started to get really tired and I had a hard time holding up the bow so I knew it was time to call it quits.
All in all it was a great day and we got to take home our targets.
Ps. No one was actually hurt during the making of this blog post.
My beloved friend and Executive Director of Excitement and New Experiences passed away in January of 2010. In the few short years that I knew Hermie, I watched him enrich the lives of those around him. Though life without Hermie is getting easier. I do miss his witty banter and exceptional organizational skills.
Upon hearing the news of his passing, Auntie Christine shared her sentiments…“if I may quote Ashton Kutcher, see you on the other side kid.”
Hermie was an extraordinary crab and is missed by all of his friends and family.
Please feel free to leave any comments or well wishes below.
In loving memory of Hermit the Crab…
I really enjoyed working in the operating room, even though it was only as a receptionist. It was exciting.
I am excited to announce that I will be participating for the second time in NaNoWriMo.
For those of you who do not know, the goal of the National Novel Writing Month is to write 50,000 words starting November 1st and finishing up by midnight on November 30th. Not just any random words, the words that you would like to be part of your novel.
I participated last year but my intent was to find out if I had what it took to write 50,000 words at all. I used the opportunity to journal rather than to start a novel. I was slightly disappointed that I fell short of the goal but this year I have a better understanding of what is necessary to complete this process. This year I plan on being successful.
HERMIT THE CRAB NAMED DIRECTOR OF EXCITEMENT &
New York, NY – October 7, 2009 I am proud to announce that my writing mascot, Hermit the Crab, has been promoted to Director of Excitement and New Experiences. Hermit has been working diligently these past few weeks and has been cooking up some fabulous-ness in the Cave of Wonders. He has expanded the social development department and created a dynamic team that is all his own. This hard work and dedication is what we should all strive for in our own lives.
I am so excited because this is the first time I am participating in the photohunt. Since I started watching this blog, almost a year ago, I wanted to participate. Of course, since procrastination is my specialty, it took until today to actually post my first photo.
This particular photo is part of a series I that took for a book arts project in school. However, it couldn’t be more truthful to how I have felt these past few weeks. So I thought it was only fitting to use it as my first post.
I came across a writing challenge that asked me to identify 100 Things That Make Me Happy (Besides Money) and they are in no particular order…
- Donnie Wahlberg
- Mark Wahlberg
- Air conditioning
- My friends
- My family
- Ice cream
- Listening to music
- Trying new things
- Stand-up comedy
- Apple Computers
- My dog, Calli
- New books
- Fall leaves
- Fresh fallen snow
- Kim – for inspiring me and pushing me to do what is best for me
- Finishing crossword puzzles
- Swinging on a swing set
- People watching
- People laughing at my jokes
- Donnie’s reaction to the Celtics
- Being in the moment
- My mom’s PB&J sandwiches
- My dad’s “dippy” eggs
- CSI:Las Vegas
- Being proud of something I accomplished
- Seeing babies smile
- Watching kids play
- Hearing my dad sing or laugh
- Making my mom proud
- Meaning something to my sister
- Hearing my favorite song on the radio
- Working out
- Fart scenes in movies
- Watching my favorite movie over and over again
- Stupid jokes
- Chewy chocolate chip cookies
- Jean day
- French Vanilla Iced Coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts
- New Kids on the Block
- Dressing up for Halloween
- Roller coasters
- Going on cruises
- Taking naps
- Blowing bubbles
- Making lists
- Grandpa Sullivan
- Magnolia trees
- My new car
- The Empire State Building
- Going to the beach for the day
- Funny commercials
- Proving someone wrong
- Going to eat at restaurants
- Getting checks in the mail
- Feeling like I belong
- Being independent
- Spell check
- Going to museums
- Sleeping in
- Trying something outside my comfort zone
- Playing on MySpace and Facebook
- Shopping for art supplies
- Checking something off my list
- My new camera
- Making it work
- Seeing someone I have not seen in a long time
- Shoe shopping
- Sidewalk cafe’s
- Playing pranks on my mom
- New York City
- Learning to do something I thought was completely impossible
- Command Z – the “undo” button
- Watching football with my dad
- Singing in the car
- 2nd Chances
- Finally understanding it is okay to be wrong – sometimes