May 6, 2005

Peek into recent past

Aside from my intermittent moments of falling off some invisible ledge, this has been a pretty amazing week.

It started out with a thwarted catastrophe at the annual ramp-picking adventure.

Chris joined us this year. :-D After climbing up the hill a bit, I showed him what ramps look like, how to pick them (illegal to pick in some areas--the cops did stop by to ask what we were doing and, just in case, we hid them), and he caught on really quickly; he was a handy accomplice in ramping crime. We got a shopping bag full in about 15 minutes. I was so proud. Then we headed down the hill, which is just as, if not more tricky than going up. Chris and I were okay, but it got a bit scary when my sister and two of my cousins did a nose-dive and roll into the saturated spring soil. They thankfully got up without scratches--only laughs. Even my nine-month pregnant aunt headed up the hill to pick. She is currently in labor at Latrobe Hospital. It was scary seeing her descent off the hill. She had guts to go up that day, I guess...

Around 20 of us headed up into the mountains at the park, and only 19 returned. After we finished washing the onions, we realized that my cousin Shawn was missing. The whole crew loaded up in cars and started screaming his name up into the hills. Chris and I joined in on the manhunt, as well. We climbed higher than any of us had ever been before, but there was no sign of him.

The Lost Boy--click on it, just in case of an emergency. We were about to put his image on a milk carton.

Thought to be unconscious at the bottom of a ravine or eaten by wild boars, a report was made with the park authorities. Rumors of firefighters on quads and boy-sniffing dogs circled around my family's camp.

After about two hours, my cousin Billy located Shawn on another hill entirely. He was gone long enough that he got hugged instead of kicked in the arse. :-)

Wow, what a day for Chris to meet my huge family. After we found Shawn, we headed to the picnic area and ate. Then we got onto the conversation of if I would eat a ramp or not. After saying no, I was tickled into submission by Chris, while my mom put one in my mouth. Sneeky teamwork. I promptly removed the onion. Blech.

My cousin, Stacy, knows it-- ramps stink. This is the common face among us that do not eat them.:)

Chris formally joined the tradition by including a message in the time-capsule. He wrote some pretty cool stuff. ;)

Sharing a blanket with my ramping newbie.

After a crazy week of papers, presentations and projects, we had a fun night at the Setonian/Eye Contact party. What a great time to show off all of our achievements this year. I was awarded 'Article of the Year' for this little piece. I'm sorry for the egoism; I'm still proud of it.

Tonight, I had the pleasure of seeing my sister, Katie, gorgeous in her prom gown at her high school grand march. She is currently having a blast at the event.

Katie, what a beauty!

That's all from me for now. Although classes are finished, there is still much to do and so little time...

Posted by Amanda Cochran at May 6, 2005 8:56 PM | TrackBack

Amanda thanks for the pictures and maybe someday I will get to go to the ramp hunt, if I am not too old to go up the hill.

Posted by: grammy at May 6, 2005 10:21 PM

Your welcome, Grandma. You should come rampin' the next time. I know you could take that hill. :)

Posted by: Amanda at May 7, 2005 2:34 PM

Great color on Katie! Love the dress, too :-)

Hope you're destressing some, Amanda.

Posted by: Karissa at May 7, 2005 3:28 PM

Cool -- I see you figured out how to make the pop-up pictures.

I had a lot of fun with you and your family... It was a little crazy, but in a wild-good-fun way, hehe. It's no surprise that I did so well at picking ramps -- I learned from the master.

Oh, yeah... Tell your aunt congratulations for me, too. :)

Posted by: ChrisU at May 7, 2005 5:15 PM

I will, Chris. She is okay and her new baby boy is fine. I think they are calling him "Ethan."

Posted by: Amanda at May 7, 2005 5:23 PM
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