9. May 2012 23:53
After reading Heather’s blog on her Pullman Bucket List I was inspired to make a list of a similar sort. I made a short list of items that I will do this summer (old favorites or new activities) and then update you on how they went!
-The first thing that I would like to do is take advantage of the Chipman Trail. I love using this feature of the Palouse throughout the summer months. I like to run and rollerblade along the path.
-Secondly, I would like to explore more of the trails on Moscow Mountain. I know there are miles of trails just a short drive away and yet I have never gone.
-Third, this summer I will make it a point to go to the top of Steptoe Butte. I have heard that the view is great on a clear day.
-Lastly I would like to grow a few of my own plants and herbs. I will need to be planting those seeds now if I want to see a successful harvest. I will most likely pick low-maintenance plants to start with.
Thank you Heather for the inspiration and motivating me to make the most of my summer here in the Palouse!
4. May 2012 15:46
I’m a senior and I plan to graduate in a short week and a half. I’ve heard some of my peers talk about their Pullman bucket list and I want to get in on the action; UREC style.
I enjoy running and I’ve ran a couple miles into the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail, or as I usually refer to it as the Moscow/Pullman trail, but I’ve always wanted to ride a bike all the way to Moscow, Idaho. So my first entry to the bucket list is:
Ride bike all the way to Moscow, Idaho, on the Moscow/Pullman Trail.
Next on the list is more relaxed. My friend and co-worker, Kerri, told me about this wonderful place where you can pick your own bouquet of wildflowers for $7! There was even an article about Jane Stratton, the woman who started this business, http://bit.ly/K5wuhu, in MaryJanesFarm magazine. The second entry of my bucket list includes:
Pick a bouquet of wildflowers at Stratton Farms.
The bucket list activities listed above include accomplishing things I have yet to do. I’ve already done a considerable amount of unforgettable adventures during my time as a student at WSU. I hiked Kamiak Butte last summer with a group of close girlfriends, the hike was easy and my friends kept me laughing all the way to the top. I went miniature golfing with my Dad and little sister, Meagan, during Dad’s Weekend in far-to-cold weather (I recommend enjoying golf in the warmer months). I’ve attended a variety of WSU athletic events in Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum to Martin Stadium. I was a tag along for a white water rafting trip. And I cannot forget green bikes have been a close companion on my quick trips across campus. I’ve done so much but I do want to accomplish a few more things in the Palouse before I have to leave.
4. April 2012 17:40
Until recently I was too afraid to donate blood, I’m not proud of this because I think donating blood is a great way to contribute to your community. Everything changed last Tuesday when I was walking to class and passed a blood donation event. Before thinking I asked if they had any openings and signed up to donate the next day. I don’t know what exactly changed but I was ready to face my fear.
I was instructed to drink a lot of water and sleep for a full 8 hours. I slept a little longer than I usually do but that was only about 7 and half hours so I didn’t quite reach the recommendation but I did drink a lot of water. I even cooked a steak the night before because they do a preliminary blood test to check if there’s sufficient amount of iron in your system.
When I arrived in the afternoon, I shakily went through the steps nervous to sit while a needle idles in my arm. The doctor asked routine questions then stuck my middle finger and squeezed out the blood for the preliminary blood test. According to the doctor I barely reached the required amount. After that I figured there was no way to be rejected and I was meant to donate blood, but I was wrong.
As I pulled off my sweater and squirmed in the chair the doctor examined my arm, her expression worried me as she moved to my other arm and then asked for another opinion. “I’m sorry but your veins are too small,” they said. I didn’t realize the size of my veins could be my downfall! Don’t get me wrong there was a small part of me relieved to escape the needle but a bigger part of me still wanted to help.
I asked if there was anything I could do next time to help my chances of a vein becoming more prominent. I was instructed to drink more water. Apparently for all the extra water I thought I was consuming I should have been drinking twice that much! With this experi... [More]