Sunday, May 10, 2015

Back Above Water

Hello! The week was ridiculous, as expected, and I didn't really sleep the nights we were in the mountains.  However, the students had a great time and I took a lot of pictures of them - which I can't share, obviously - but I did get a handful of nature shots.  I drove up with two other teachers (we needed to have a few vehicles available in the event a student needed to return to Denver due to illness/anxiety), and once we made it over the pass we stopped for a few pictures.

It was snowing on top of the pass, but only raining off and on in Granby.  The students participated in lessons focused on post-secondary options and senior year timelines.  In between the workshops, they signed up for a variety of activities including archery, horseback riding, mini golf, rock climbing wall, rec center, and yoga.  All of this was planned and executed by the teachers - we were all so tired!  The view from our lodge (students were in quad rooms - I named each room a mountain animal, with a sign on the door, and a den mother/father.  Ex: Mountain Lion, Moose, Hummingbird...)  Adults slept in triplets.


Our meals were in a dining hall - buffet style, and I had the same breakfast twice: bagel and fruit.  My other three meals (two dinners and a lunch) were pb & j sandwich and salad, roasted potatoes and salad, and veggie burger and salad:

The morning we left (Friday), the fog was heavy and it had been raining and snowing overnight.


The mountain pass had about a quarter mile visibility and was snowing, so I took those switchbacks nice and slow!  Friday afternoon and all day yesterday, I slept and put my life back together.  Clean house, laundry, groceries, and a friend invited me out to a mani/pedi.  I feel like I have my life back!!  I'm going to spend the day with my family celebrating Mother's Day, but it's not exactly patio weather, so we'll be inside:
It rained all day yesterday, and last night it turned into snow! 10 inches of moisture total.  It snowed on Mother's Day last year, so perhaps this is the new normal?! Ha!  

There are four (easy) weeks of school left, and I am so happy to have time for myself again!  I hope you've been wonderful, and are enjoying your weekend!

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  1. Colorado is known for its physically active denizens. The Veggie Burger looks pretty decent. Happy Mothers Day!

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    1. Yes, we are an active bunch. One can hardly drive on sunny evenings for the cyclists and joggers. Not that I'm complaining! ;)

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  2. Wow, wild weather! Did you do any yoga on the retreat? Or did you not have time?
    The burger does look good - all the rest of the food sounds pretty solid too. Hope it was enjoyable.
    Glad you are able to calm down now.

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    1. The wild weather has continued - perhaps this is our new "spring"?! I had to supervise Rock Climbing when yoga was in session. :( However, seeing your teacher in yoga pants is probably low on the list of desirables for most teenagers. Ha ha!

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  3. I'm so glad you had a good time! What beautiful pictures! Although if I were in your position I could definitely do without the snow, ha. I can't believe you are still getting snow there! Anyway, the retreat sounds amazing! What activities did you participate in? The veggie burger plate looks really good, at least there were a few things there that you could eat.

    I hope you had a nice Mother's Day with your family! Happy Mother's Day to you, I hope you had lots of sweet cuddles with handsome Remy.

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    1. Snow in May is abnormal (even though it is two years in a row now - climate change, anyone?). We are further south on the hemisphere than NY, but a mile above sea level. Maybe that has something to do with it? I'll investigate!

      We had to supervise activities, so I "managed" archery, rock climbing wall, swimming, roller skating, basketball. Mostly it was "Miss, will you hold my phone?" and "can you take our picture?", "where are the bathrooms?" "what time to we eat?".

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  4. Glad to hear the light at the end of the tunnel. I love the views, and at least there was good to eat, even if it wasn't the most inspiring. I always have a soft spot for yellow mustard!

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    1. The views were the best part, and the kids learning about themselves and each other. Having roommates that are not related to you is a game changer. Not to mention, being away from home!

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