Sunday, July 1, 2012

One Amazing First Week at STH!

Notice the crazy rain storm in the background!
Hello again,

It's been a whirlwind of a week here at STH and I'm really not even sure where to begin! First of all, let me send a huge "thank you" to not only Bruce, Patty, and Michelle, but all of my fellow staffers for making training week absolutely amazing. It's a really great mix of people from all over, with such different backgrounds and experiences. I may be a Senior Harbor Educator, but it's still my first year here, so the Lead Explorers (shout out to Thi, Will, and Carolyn!) have been essential to helping me learn the ropes.

This week, we visited the sites that we will be working at for the summer. I can't lie, each and every one of them is special in its own way, and I'll be excited wherever I end up.

So it's really hard to pick out just one crazy, awesome thing that has happened this week, but I'll do my best... On Wednesday afternoon, Bruce took us all out on the fish pier for "Filleting 101." I'm a big supporter of the idea of being able to see the process at which our food comes to be. Too many people separate themselves from where their food originates and I think it's important for one to try his or her best to be educated on the matter. Anyway, let's get into those gritty details with a picture narration!

Step one: Bruce gets everyone's attention by sharpening his knife.

Step two: Everyone gets a chance to fillet a fish (pollock, to be specific).
This is Ashley taking on a fillet job.

Step three: My pollock pre-cooking.

Step four: Viola! Breaded pollock with rice and veggies. Yum.
Bruce also got an 8lb. lobster for all of us to see, take apart, and enjoy. It was insane! I've never seen a lobster so big in my entire life (I've been around for 24 years after all). I'm super enthusiastic about learning new things and like to get right up in the thick of them. I'm definitely not afraid to get messy and Bruce commented on that towards the end of this week. I'll take that as a compliment! :)

Training week is over, but I have a feeling I'll be learning a lot from not only my other staffers, but the kids we will all have the opportunity to work with this summer.

Here we go!


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