Well, our time has come.
I'm guessing that the landscape here looks about the same as it does in Indiana right now (minus the snow-covered mountains of course.)
It would have been a great weekend to finally try snowboarding, but that will still have to wait. Instead, I've spent the last two days doing indoor activities -- volunteering at a preschool; chatting on-line; cooking eggrolls and wontons with Mayla, Sean and Liz; watching movies; and singing karaoke. It's been grand.
But I did spend almost two hours outside today shoveling snow at church.
A team of about seven of us worked on "Operation Clear the Long Driveway and Big Parking Lot."
Here's the team at work, doing all the shoveling by hand (um, shovel) :)...
I promise that I was a valuable worker and didn't just take pictures of everyone else working!
Mayla shows off her muscles -- and just how deep the snow is. Takenori observes from the background.
This was the home stretch. The pastor thought it looked like Italy. I thought--and still think-- that it looks more like Great Britain than Italy. (Maybe because it's an island) This is the last part we did because Sean had drawn a smiling turnip (why? I really don't know) into the snow and made us shovel around it. So this picture is what's left of the smiling turnip inside...err..Italy. :)
Anyway, moving on...
We finally finished -- mission accomplished!
So what do you do after a successful mission in the snow?
You eat some hot food! Sean, Takenori and I went to a popular restaurant for ramen. I got their specialty, ramen with pork.
What a nice (and yummy) reward for hard work. :)