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An Eventful Week

Sunday, August 16, 2009

It’s been an unusually busy week for me. The week was full of personal growth, which one can never fully explain. I will say that it feels great! So, originally I planned to blog about a few things separately, and I may still, but at this point I’ll just hit the highlights while everything is fresh in my mind.

The week started off well. I was refocused on my fitness plan and rededicating to my nutritional habits. That lasted all the way through Wednesday morning. If you’re checking, you’ll note that I did not track any food for three days. Frankly, doing so would have distracted from better things going on.

I headed up to Longview Washington to go Steelhead fishing with my Dad. We hadn’t done any fishing so far this year and were long overdue. We took his drift boat down the Cowlitz River on about a 5-hour drift after I got there Wednesday afternoon. The weather was really drizzly and it was foggy on the river-kinda eerie, really. My current background pic was taken at the boat ramp. That’s what it looked like when we put in. We started rigging up right away and Mother Nature proceeded to dump buckets o’ water on us. We had to pump the boat after about 15 min.
This guy was fly-fishing in the fog and I thought my friend Gail (blackheart) would enjoy this picture.

I don’t think we were adrift for about an hour when Dad got his. That was a fiasco. He had dropped the anchor in a pile of boulders and it took us a half hour to get out of that mess. Not only that, he forgot his license and we didn’t have a pen to record his prize. We managed to find another fisher person who tossed us a pen and I ended up tagging it for him. Here he is with his prize. He hates this picture but I love it…looks just like him when he’s trying to tell me what to do.

Thursday we headed out in the morning. The weather was much better, although overcast most of the day, but we didn’t get rained on until we were pulling out. I offered to row the boat so he could have a break. He’s a retired tugboat captain and I wondered why I put myself in that position at all. First he tried to coach me how to do it, ‘never push, always pull with your oars’, etc. Of course, having never navigated a river before I managed to cover it bank to bank and managed to ‘miss 50’ of good fishing’ every time I crossed it. It wasn’t long ‘till he popped up and demanded that I let him row. So I yelled at him, ‘Oh, sit down and calm yourself!’ I asked him, ‘How do you teach a baby to walk??? Just settle down.’ After he informed me how he hates babies (he was kidding), he finally settled down. He was sitting in front and I had to giggle inside when I would see him reposition himself with each screw-up. He managed to take this picture after he finally started breathing again.

About an hour from the end of our drift, I caught mine. The story is that some people fish their whole lives and never catch a Steelhead. I don’t know if that’s true, but it makes a great story since this was my first time out.

I came home Friday afternoon to a house with no teenagers. Woo hoo. I was wiped out and ready for a nap but found my tomato plants had fallen over from the weight of the fruit, so I spent the next couple hours messing around in the yard.

Finally, I checked the mail and found a letter from Lane Community College. I had been looking forward to this letter, but now was afraid to open it. I thumbed through the rest and finally decided to read it before I went into the house. To my delight, it was a letter of acceptance to the Exercise and Movement Science Program. They only admit 30 people per year, via an application process. I’m not sure it has sunk in just yet. I have to extend another thanks to Kate (Keakman) for her glowing letter of recommendation.
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    Whooooo Hoooooo!!!! Congrats Tam!!!!... Loved this Blog... Fishing With Dad.... What An Awesome Time.... My favorite pic is the last one... You need to frame that one....

    4280 days ago
  • SUZY6281
    What a special blog. Thank you so much for sharing your fishing trip with your dad. Keep this blog so that you can look back on it as a special memory. And what an awesome catch!

    Congratulations on getting accepted at the college!! What does this program entail? Sounds incredibly exciting!


    4283 days ago
    congrats, tam!

    the lcc program sounds selective and very interesting! what a great thing to become involved in! i love your fish tales. you and your dad really have something special, don't you? enjoy and treasure your time together with your folks. terrific pix of the lake, boat ramp, fog....very cool fishing escapade! n
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    4283 days ago
    What a delight.
    Made me remember all the hours spent fishing with my Dad... bailing, yeah, the walleye bite best in the rain.
    Beautiful. Especially the pic of you and your grin, and the 'what the heck, it's ok I don't know how to do this, I AM doing this'... yeah.
    4283 days ago
    Love the foggy picture. I've fly fished in that type of scenery before and it's so peaceful out there on the river. It's easy to become one with nature.

    Super congrats on the acceptance. You deserve it!!

    And like WOW, look at those arms! Very cool. So glad you had finally had a chance to do some fishing and with your father too.
    4284 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Tam, since I am everything community colleges, I Googled your program and I must say that I can TOTALLY see you doing this. Good for you!!!! That is jam-packed curriculum and I wish you the best. I look forward to watch for your blogging re: your schooling!
    4284 days ago
    Very special blog...time with your father, catching the "big one" and then the crowning achievement, fantastic news in the mail. This should allow for a great series of blogs once you start the program.

    The pics are fantastic BTW....
    4284 days ago
  • LLTS01
    What a touching blog. I think all of us who have lost our fathers envy your time with yours but are thrilled for you at the same time. I love your objectivity in describing your father's reactions to your rowing. Isn't it funny how we learn later in life not to react emotionally to some of these criticisms and take it in stride instead?

    emoticon on being accepted to the Exercise and Movement Science Program. What does that entail?
    4284 days ago
  • DUCKEY1466
    WOW! Sounds like an awesome week...spending time with your dad must have been great! You too seem like your very close and thats important these days. Congrats on your acceptence into the program!
    4284 days ago
    Tam, what a great week for you! I love the photos of your dad and you, and while I am jealous of the time you two got to spend together, I am thrilled that you got to have such a great time. THe story of the two of you "discussing" your rowing prowess cracked me up - and I could imagine my dad and I having a similar converstaion about how to do just about anything....must be something about men of that generation...they know how to do everything! And you know that it was you and you alone that got you into your program! All I did was point them toward the evidence (your Sparkpage) of your dedication, hard work, knowledge, and abilities. Since they are smart enough to read, they were smart enough to know that you are going to be a KILLER addition to their program and will make them look awesome! If you want I can come down there and pinch you, just so you wake up and let this all sink in! (or better yet, I could take you on a run!) :)
    4284 days ago
    what a great blog - a blog after my own heart.. thanks so much - that is great you got accepted at LCC - Kate I am sure said some great things about you. what a great friend!

    The fishing looked like it was great and catching steelhead is a kick. I love going steelhead fishing. the Sandy is one of my favorite rivers for steelheading. I am so happy you were able to spend some time with your Dad what a great time it must have been. Have a great weekend. Enjoy

    4284 days ago
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