Water 7 had a pretty crazy weekend. Saturday was Global Youth Service Day, so all NCCC teams were required to have a "day on." Our team helped out at the Little Rock Earth Day Festival. It was supposed to be huge--over 71 booths had signed up--but unfortunately there were some pretty crazy storms and a ton of rain, so the turn out was a lot less than expected. It was still pretty cool though, we managed to have some fun. Then Sunday, we went on a team outing for service learning to the William J Clinton Presidential Library and to Heifer International. Both were informative and interesting. The Clinton Library had an AmeriCorps exhibit, which was fun to see, and Heifer had a lot of interesting displays about world hunger and what's being done and what could be done.
Back at Ferncliff, we're working on finishing up our retaining wall. The 130-foot wall was originally supposed to be three tiers, but now we're only doing one tier, due to budget and time restraints. Last week, Alex and I had a pretty epic struggle with some ceiling fans... We had to take down seven old ones, and put up seven new ones. Ceiling fans sounds like a pretty simple, innocent job, but they definitely are not. We really struggled the first two days, lifting the heavy motors, figuring out the wiring, and which screws actually needed to be unscrewed, that sort of thing. But, by the third day on the project, we finally found a system that worked, and we started feeling a lot more effective. By the end of the week, we had successfully taken down all seven fans and installed seven new ones in their place! All in all, it was a very challenging task that certainly made me feel extremely accomplished by the end. Friday afternoon we turned them all on and just stood in awe for a few seconds; it was a good moment and a good feeling.
Now I'm just trying to take in as much of Arkansas as I can before it's time to leave...it's definitely a beautiful place!