When one is going for their first barefoot run of the spring, they shouldn't start with three miles, and they should realize that Vermont in spring still means running through snow, ice, and muddy dirt roads. Well, I thought I was able to handle these conditions, until less than a hour after my run, enormous blood blisters formed on my feet! It was interesting because my right foot was (almost) fine, yet I couldn't even get a shoe on my left foot without coming close to tears. Is this an indication that my form is off? It is certainly an indication that I am very foolish, and I have been limping around ever since, and had to visit a doctor (who wanted me on crutches). Needless to say, I learned my lesson. I am very fortunate that my foot is quickly healing because in exactly a week I will be flying out to Milwaukee, WI to interview for my dream internship! If you know me well enough, you know my dream internship attire will require boots...the archenermy of blood blisters. I will post more about my trip after it happens.
My first semester at Sterling College has been absolutely amazing. I finally got my red worms for the vermicomposting study I am doing, and I am extremely excited about it. I am also ecstatic about my Fiber Arts class! Today, we learned how to felt our wool, which is a slow process of agitating the fibers. We are starting independent projects as well as making a hat out of yarn that we spin and dye ourselves. I absolutely fell in love with dyeing with natural fibers, and so far I have used....
...black walnuts. This is my first dye job ever with yarn done on the drop spindle.
I don't have a photo (though I will take one), but I also tried to dye with onion skins mixed with hibiscus flowers. Other things I am looking to collect and experiment with include birch bark, lichens, and mushrooms.
Here are some pictures I took in biology when using the microscope:
Well, it's homework time but I will update after I am home from Wisconsin! This will be my first time there besides the time I crossed over from Duluth, MN to swim on the Wisconsin side of Lake Superior with my AmeriCorps team! Milwaukee, here I come!