Jason and I took a vacation day on Friday. It was a much needed three day weekend for me as he had MLK Day and Presidents’ Day off so far this year, but I hadn’t taken any time off work. Rather than taking the extra time to relax, I used the additional day to accomplish tasks. Here is my categorical randomness rundown from the long weekend:
House – Jason and I met with a flood insurance agent on Friday to finalize obtaining a policy. It was something we discussed in the fall after 2018 was such a rain dominated year. While our house isn’t in a designated flood plane and we have no bodies of water close to us, it still gives us peace of mind knowing that in the event of flooding we’re covered. I am still waiting on news from the plumber regarding the water service line work. The neighbor across the street said the neighbor on the corner received permission to install a water meter kit (something we plan to do) and run a new line from it to the water main, but not replace their galvanized piping into the house. It would require them to rip up either their driveway or garage floor to do it. I left a message for the plumber asking if this was an option for us as well, as I would much prefer if we didn’t need to shell out a ton of money and destroy our yard to put in a new line into the house. Fingers crossed this works out for the best and doesn’t cost a fortune as Jason and I were hoping to have the spare room remodeled this year.
Volunteering – Jason, myself and two other ladies from church have formed a Welcome Team group to partner with Church World Service, an organization based in Lancaster that helps refugees once they arrive in the United States. Our group’s main focus would be socialization and being friends with the refugees through spending time together doing various activities such as playing games, going for walks, etc. We attended our second orientation on Friday and found out that there is a Congolese family due to arrive early in April. The family consists of a father, mother, two brothers to the mother and five children ages ranging from 1 – 13. I have learned so much already about the struggles that refugees go through from living in camps for years on end to the hoops they must jump through to come to the United States. I am very nervous about meeting people who speak limited English as I am a talker, and I haven’t had much interaction with people of other cultures and fear saying or doing something offensive. I know this is a great opportunity to grow as a person though, and help others in the process so I am going to put my best foot forward in taking on the challenge.
Track – Originally our first scrimmage was to be Thursday afternoon, but due to heavy rains all day it was rescheduled for Friday. The winds were quite wicked at times and my hips ached from being cold, but being cold was much better than being cold and wet. Several of my kids had really solid performances and while scores weren’t kept, it helped me to know who should be in which events for our first real meet on Tuesday.
Running – Jason and I were going to meet up with my dad Sat. morning to run the Turkey Hill Country Classic 10k course in preparation for the race in May. Unfortunately dad was sick Friday night with a stomach virus, so Jason and I took to the roads without him. The winds from Friday carried into Saturday and we began running into a head wind. This lasted almost until the third mile when we turned and finally had the wind to our backs. We finished into a head wind, and I think Jason gained a new understanding of how challenging running can be.
Food & Drink – Friday morning Jason and I went to breakfast after dropping the cat off for dental surgery. I love going out for breakfast, and there’s something extra special about going on a day off of work. Ironically I ran into a coworker’s husband who was out to eat with his coworkers. On Saturday we decided to use one of our gift cards from Christmas to enjoy lunch at Fiesta Mexico, a very filling treat after our tough and windy 6 mile run. Eating high quality Mexican food made me wonder how people can enjoy food from Taco Bell. We tried one of the desserts, sopapillas, which was the closest thing I have tasted to an elephant ear in terms of flavor since Lordys Elephant Ears stopped attending the York Fair. Saturday evening we indulged in craft beverages at The Taproom at the Barn & Barrel prior to attending a comedy show. I had a blood orange cider that wasn’t quite as orange flavored as the one I sampled during our tiny house trip in the fall, but was still very light and refreshing.
Comedy Show – Earlier this year I was browsing events held at Mt. Hope Estate & Winery, home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, and discovered they had renovated one of their buildings and were using it to host a once a month comedy show. Tickets were only $15 a person in advance, so I ordered two for Saturday’s show as the February show had already sold out. I had never attended a comedy show other than ones on the two cruises I’ve taken. The 8pm start time was a tad late for my liking (Jason and I are usually in bed reading at 9 and asleep by 10), but I was looking forward to having a “date night”. The show area was very intimate with rustic decor. This included wooden chairs which had I known about in advance, I likely would’ve worn jeans instead of leggings as my butt was rather sore by the end of the show. That being said Jason and I had a very good time. There were three comedians, and the host also performed a short bit. We found the two male comedians to be very entertaining. Unfortunately we felt the female comedian relied too heavily on sexually themed topics. Neither of us are prudes by any means and don’t take offense to most comedy. We just find it in poor taste to rely on such “easy” material as sex and feel that too many female comedians do this. I wish more females would take a clue from Ellen DeGeneres. Overall it was a good show though and at a little over two hours, very worth the price.
Is flooding a concern for you? Do you volunteer with any organizations? Do you have any suggestions for me with meeting people of a vastly different culture than my own or tips for communicating with limited English speakers? Have you ever attended a comedy show?