Sunday, May 31, 2009

Bus Rides, Reusable Bags, and Birthdays

Well, we promised we would write a lot, so here it is. Today was a lazy day, waking up late and "tryin' to chill." Seeing that our food was limited to mac and cheese and granola bars, we decided that it was time to go grocery shopping. Still unable to drive a stick shift Jeep, we took the free city bus to the store. Buying only the necessities, like Dr. Pepper and chocolate chip cookie dough, we headed home- which consisted of waiting for the 12:50 bus. Because we are so environmentally friendly, we bought three reusable Atkinson's Market bags, which we plan on using the entire summer. Today is our friend's birthday, who we met last summer. We are planning on getting together with him and some other Roosevelt friends, who are in town, later tonight (The Roosevelt is a restaurant we worked at last summer, and hopefully again this summer). The weather today started off great, around 70 degrees and perfect, but became a little chilly with some storm clouds rolling in the afternoon. It hasn't rained yet, but it thundered earlier so who knows what may happen later. We are trying to get a P.O. Box for summer, so we will add that whenever we have it. That's pretty much it for today, nothing too exciting since we are still getting settled in.

We are going to leave you with a few facts about Ketchum and Idaho, since no one, including the two of us, know a lot about this wonderful, wonderful state.

Did you know?...
-The 2008 population for Idaho was estimated to be 1,523,816 (the population for the Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical area is estimated at 1,047,629).
-The July, 2007 population for Ketchum was 3,234 (Broughton High School has about 2200 students).
-The elevation of downtown Ketchum is 5,853 feet. Bald Mountain, a popular skiing mountain, is about 3,400 feet tall, reaching 9150 feet.
-Ketchum is in the Mountain time zone, two hours behind the time in Raleigh.
-Ernest Hemingway took his own life here and is buried in the Ketchum Cemetery (we plan on visiting that soon, so we will add pictures).

Just waiting at the bus stop.

Today's Shout Out Loud:
Marie "Dirty Girl" Forrest

The dirtiest of them all.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

It's Going to be a BIG Summer

Hi Friends!!
So, Jennifer and Becky here! Just getting settled in to our quaint little apartment in Ketchum, Idaho, cooking 1 of the 4 Food Lion mac and cheese we have left. Our flights went pretty well. We had some time to spare in the Minneapolis airport for a few self-timers (whew!). There were some temptations on the flight though, besides the $7 cocktails...BABIES. Everywhere! If we didn't already pack four suitcases worth of stuff we might have juggled with the idea of packing one up and taking them with us. Ketchum looks the same as when we left it. A few less restaurants but just as many mountains, street crossing flags, and (hopefully) LeRoy's ice cream stand right off Main St. We're borrowing a car from our landlord, Tom, and turns out it's stick shift! Yay! But it's all good because Jennifer and I are really good at things like that? We'll be getting driving lessons soon to continue our actual summer plans of driving across North America...first stop Portland, OR. This, of course, will be done in between serving at restaurants, being environmentally friendly, and late night chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

Today's Shout Out Loud:
Helen Cashwell Jenkins

To a girl who's always keeping in dirty in the 919