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Monday, May 30, 2005
  Update from the West Coast

Since I have come home (just a little over a month ago), I have been promising lots of blogs to everyone who asks about it. As you all know, I have blogged more faithfully than I ever did at Redeemer, but here's just a few more things that are going on that I may not have already mentioned....

As of May 17, I am a fully licenced driver in BC, thanks to my good friends out in Maple Ridge (btw, the speed limit on Dewdney Trunk road should be faster than 50km/hr- almost didn't get my licence because of that).

The long weekend was Rodeo weekend here in Cloverdale. It's the one big, exciting thing that happens around here, besides the time the movie nearly burned down... nearly. There was a big midway, a parade, and of course, lots of people hobbling around town on crutches.

My sister and I had a Harry Potter movie marathon.

I got a hair cut.

My parents had their 25th wedding anniversary- more on that later.

I'm also working a overtime shifts at the greenhouse every day now, and for the last 8 out of 10 days, overtime on top of that. People who send in rush orders 10 minutes before the regular crew leaves for the day should be shot. Temperatures got over 108 degrees in the connectors in between the greenhouses last week (it's even hotter in the houses), so most of us were sent outside to take stickers off of pots. I think it's rather ironic that I spent the first three weeks at work putting stickers on pots, then for two afternoons, everyone takes other sitckers off pots. Only four more days of work!

Many of my relatives stayed over at our house for the weekend, which was good times. I haven't seen a lot of them since I left for Uni.

So that's some of my last for the past month. Feel free to send me lots of emails, I'd love to hear from you guys! 
  So guess who else was at the A Rocha lectures? Dr. Goheen and his wife, out in BC for a week finding a house. They have since found a place (10 minutes from my house), just down the road from Trinity Western. It was great to talk to them for a bit, and show them around the farm at A Rocha, and introduce them to some of the people that I worked with last summer. 
Monday, May 23, 2005
  Don't worry, I can totally handle anything this baby can throw at me ...

Late last night, I got a few phone calls. One was from my dear friend Mira, and another was from a very desperate and ill sounding girl. The call went something like this: "hey Erin, sorry I'm not even going to say hi to you... well, here- hi. Umm... just wanted to know what you are doing tomorrow". Me: "I don't even know who this is...." Other end of the line: "oh yeah, this is Joanna (I worked with her last summer)... I was wondering if you could babysit at A Rocha tomorrow...."

And so began my last day of my long weekend. I woke up early to the phone ringing again- this time my boss informing me that there may be "a few" kids besides just his own, and that he wanted me to create some kind of environmental education game for these kids for a few hours. No idea how many kids or how old, just grateful I could make it at the last minute. Needless to say, I drove out there with a bit of trepidation, scenes from Jack-Jack Attack running through my mind.

Turns out there were over 30 kids, ranging in age from 1.5-8 years old. Need I say more? Michelle lost to Martyn in a game of rock-paper-scissors, so she ended up coming and helping for a bit. We looked at cows, chased chickens, sent the kids pond dipping (which, surprisingly didn't end up with us dipping for children), and tried to catch butterflies. The rest of the afternoon was spent cleaning up, making dinner, eating dinner, drinking wine, and just relaxing. All in all, a fun weekend. (Two more weeks until Au Sable!)

Thursday, May 19, 2005
  Alive in British Columbia! Hello friends!

I'm back home in the lovely little town of Cloverdale, working hard at the greenhouses (for another two weeks before going to Au Sable), and having fun living on the West Coast again. I haven't really done a whole lot yet (I just finished unpacking two days ago), but I am looking forward to a few of the things going on here. My parents are having their 25th wedding anniversary, and so my sister and I are planning a big party for them, including an 'Amazing Race' style trip around Vancouver. There's a party at A Rocha next weekend for Martyn before he leaves for Portugal, and for Jared's first birthday.

My last day of work is June 3 (also my birthday- 21!), and I can't wait to get out. I'm finally doing orders on my own, but working so much overtime by myself is a little dull some days. I miss being able to just send an msn message or phone anyone and have a group of people out playing poker or watching a movie or just hanging out. It would be so great to have all of you out here. Someday.....

Yep, not much going right now, and nothing too exciting to talk about. Just thought I'd keep the blog going.... I'll think of more to talk about later, cheers. 
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