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Week in Review: Bruises, Bites, and Burns

When you work at a camp, even a really big camp like YMCA of the Rockies, you tend to get a little beat up.

I have so many bruises.

Hip bruises from carrying crates of cleaning supplies, an arm bruise from a bear-proof trash can lid shutting with my hand still inside, knee bruises from scrambling up and down the bed of a pickup truck to haul cardboard boxes, head bruises from bumping into the bottom sides of top bunks while making bottom bunks, and a mysterious shin bruise from I-don’t-remember-what.

There are bugs everywhere–flies, bees, wasps, spiders, moths, butterflies, ants…but I’ve been fortunate to only suffer a few mosquito bites and no stings or ticks.

And actually, after burning myself the first week, I’ve done a pretty good job wearing sunscreen. Now, it’s just the part in my thin, blonde hair that’s a particularly rosy shade of pink.

Of course, all of this is completely worth it for a fourth ‘b’–the Beauty of living in the mountains!DSCN1443 DSCN1447Overall, it’s been a good week. So let’s get listing!

Accomplishments this week:

I helped out at the Rustic Cafe and sold a lot of coffees.

I helped out at the General Store and sold a lot of post cards and bags of ice.

I (wo)manned the ice cream cart and sold a lot of ice cream sandwiches.

I helped with the YMCA staff trash pickup event and gave out a lot of good prizes. I also read a lot about recycling, since I had nothing to do while waiting for the participants to arrive.

I finished The Book Thief: a haunting story, but also really funny and heartwarming in places. I’d definitely recommend it to adults and mature young adults.

DSCN1242I posted a What I Ate Wednesday about my food truck festival adventures last weekend and an “episode” in my Going Hungry series about my long struggle with obsessively thinking about food.376412_10150937530793149_551941796_nI went on a guided hike with some of the hikemasters and guests here at the Y to Ousel Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was incredibly beautiful, and the pine forest was so incredibly green! But boy was I tired at the end, even after only 5 miles. My appetite is still struggling to keep up.DSCN1454 DSCN1449 DSCN1451 I guess Colorado Fish and Wildlife sometimes uses this particular trail to sample trout populations. Our guide said they carry a lot of scientific equipment up the mountainside, and since motorized vehicles are of course not allowed they use…DSCN1437How cool is that?

Got back from the hike and, despite my fatigue, decided to clean my room. I figured that if I didn’t do it then, I didn’t know when I was going to get around to it.

Finally, my roommate from Fort Collins came to visit me on Sunday afternoon so we could check out the Moon Kats Tea Shoppe. It was definitely cute, and my gluten-free cupcake was lovely–but we both agreed it reminded us a little too much of Dolores Umbridge’s office.DSCN1473DSCN1474Tonight, laundry.

Finally, happy belated Fathers’ Day to all those dads! Wishing my dad lots of his three favorite ‘b’s’: biking, bass guitar, and beer (specifically IPA).

Had any sunburns, bug bites, or stings yet this summer?

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7 comments

  1. Heather says:

    Oh, how I miss Colorado every time I see posts like this that remind me of home.

    The Book Thief has been on my To-Read list for a while… I should probably start moving it toward the top. 😉

    1. Joyce says:

      I’d definitely recommend it!

  2. Wow that hike looks incredibly beautiful. I would love to see it in person. I’m glad you’re soaking up all that nature while remembering (now) to wear sunscreen. Your summer is off to a fantastic start.

    All my bruises are mysterious these days as I have no idea where they came from along with the bug bites although I suspect I got those at the in-laws house. A night on the porch swing led to lots of ankle bites.

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up.

  3. Nature <3. The pictures in your post remind me – not that it had been necessary – why my answer to the question "beach or mountains?" question would be the latter. If it wasn't that far away I'd hop over to join you in the Rockies. And obviously bring my grandpa :).
    You were a busy bee once again in the past week! With your apparent sales talent you should think about opening up your own ice cream shop/General Store or really just a café – not Umbrige-style. I'm trying to imagine the one you visited – maybe I'll have to ask Google for some pictures. It's so nice your roommate came to spend the afternoon with you.
    On a last note: The Book Thief really is an amazing book. Very captivating. I've read quite a number of books on the topic already. Something to never forget about.

    1. Joyce says:

      I’ve thought of doing a bed and breakfast–does that count. I do think it would be wonderful if you got a chance to take your Grandpa to the mountains someday. You and I can trade for a bit–I can go to Germany and you can come here 🙂

  4. Cora says:

    Is it weird that I miss getting bruises? I used to have a zillion at all times – between figure skating and sports and just rummaging in the forest like a tree kid. I don’t seem to bruise now a days. Maybe I just need to get more rambunctious.
    I’m so jealous of your job. And all of your hikes. Though if I come down to visit you I’m SO RIDING A LLAMA.

    1. Joyce says:

      I’ll investigate llama riding opportunities for you!
      I can see missing the bruises–not so much for their own sake, but for the things you associate them with. Of course, you can do those things without the bruises, too. 😉

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