Food for Thought, or Interview with Sunshine #2, continued…

So, tell me a bit of what it is like to start Grade 9.

It’s so nerve-wrecking!!! I mean it’s the beginning of a new and harder year, you have to do you everything well in the first few months or your social life and school life will twist into a BIG twister.

How does it differ from going into Grade 8?

              Gr.8 at my school is basically kindergarten all over again!!  We get treated like the babies of the school.  But it’s okay since we barely get no homework and lot’s of fieldtrips!!!:)  Now Grade 9 is exactly like that…..not!                 It’s the exact opposite.

How have you changed since last year? Is your outlook any different about what you want to study, what you want to focus on?

Well, I got a new haircut! but I think I’ve come to be more mature and realize how the more you get older the more you stress and it gets harder.  My outlook on studying is SO different this year.Last year I was thinking about being a well-paid actress or artist, but this year I realized I wanted to grow up to be a Child Pediatrician!!  Now when adults ask me what I want to be when I grow up, I’ll know what I’ll say!  Since now I know what I want to be I want to focus on getting straight a’s, join sports teams, do music/vpa (Visual Performing Arts) to be a well-rounded person and be in the lead for scholarships.

What is the biggest challenge of Grade 9 and is it different than last year?

            Biggest Challenge is doing my homework on time, getting projects done and studying for tests/quizzes (I have 3 right now that I have to study for!!!)  same thing as last year.

Is there anything you want to add, your thoughts about writing in general, what it is like to be a teenager nowadays? Anything at all.

              Putting all the school stuff aside, I am a awkwardly regular teenager who loves to do anything, eat anything (not meat, I’m a veggie:)) and sleep as much as I can (not much though since I need to get up at 6am!!!)       ***This is a picture of friendship bracelets. Sunshine taught me how to do this with the help of the internet, (thanks Youtube!) I discovered that finger weaving is a very old craft, and that versions of this kind of weaving, now done by kids in school and at camp all over, can  be found in many different cultures. I guess where ever people have some form of fibre they want make something pretty.

Sunshine’s Trip to Harrison Hot Springs, Interview #2

(Identity concealed to protect the innocent…lol)

What has Sunshine been up to?

Well, Sunshine has a lot to say about her recent weeks.

“Lets start out with Harrison Hot Springs. It was breathtaking! Except the actual hotsprings, which you have to hike to, were kind of stinky. But all was well, because the hotsprings inside the resort where so nice and at night they were so empty we basically had five pools to ourselves. I think I mentioned her before, I went to the Hotsprings with my best friend Steph. There must have been a lot of details I could have talked about but the main event was the cart driving. Me and Steph rented these grocery cart looking things which had two wheels at the front but only the one on the left worked. There was also a basket in front for little children but I used it for my wallet and camera. I took the drivers seat first, ’cause Steph was too scared. I don’t know what the person who rented the carts to us was thinking but he let us drive on the roads because we weren’t supposed to drive on the sidewalks and we are 14!

Me and Steph parked in various locations to switch over the driving – 14 year olds on the highway, can you imagine that! Lets just say, we had a lot of fun. “
What else?

“Well, an embarrassing thing that happened was me + pool wall = beat up face. I was trying to do a dolphin kick at the bottom of the pool when my face just snapped back and Steph yelled “what was that?” It was so painful I couldn’t answer, I came back to the surface and Steph yelled “Sunshine, what happened?” I still couldn’t speak but I think my face said it all. Later on I checked my face before an elegant dinner, and it looked like I was punched – I had scabs under my eye and over my eyebrow. I had a humungous brutish looking bump on my nose. The waiter in our nice restaurant asked if I had already picked a fight. ”

The other thing Sunshine did three weeks ago was start Grade 9! Stay tuned because she has a lot to say about that. 

Knitting in the Desert

It’s been a bit of a road trip, 5,000 kms, living out of our truck and sleeping in our tent for the duration. Our favourite kind of vacation really. We spent time hiking in Arches and Canyonlands in Utah, and in the Sawtooths and Wallowa – Whitman National Forests in Oregon as well. This blog is devoted to craft however, so I thought I’d best ramble a bit about it.  This shot was taken on a rest day not far from Moab and maybe shows just how nuts I am, it’s about 30 degrees celcius (but the wool doesn’t get too sticky in the shade…) I am working on a handspun wrap, a combination of alpaca two ply yarn, contrasted with a pygora/angora two ply – needless to say, both are very soft. I am finished the wrap, essentially a big textured square but it needs a wooden pin to complete it, and I am waiting for serendipity to work for that.

Speaking of serendipity, I wandered into a great little yarn shop in Moab, Desert Thread, www.desertthread.com and was extremely  pleased to find a bump of churro/california red from a local provider, Red Stone Fiber out of Utah. (The sheep’s name is Mervyn. Yup.) I haven’t spun it yet but this is my kind of travel souvenir, something I am unlikely to easily get at home, tied to the culture of where I travel. The shop was great and  I had a yak with the young woman in the shop who is also a spinner, a nice bit of connection in daily life. I am like a lot of knitters and always have a wee project on the go when I travel, but given our space considerations it has to be small and easy to do. Socks, scarves, and the project must be able to tolerate dirt!
And as for the hiking….words fail. We are so lucky to be able to do this.