April Showers Bring...Gloomy Skies
This week went by in a blur. Monday and Wednesday, I took notes a focus groups in 2 St. Paul middle schools. It was actually pretty fun & interesting to hear what the kids thought about healthy eating, physical activity, and also about dancing. There are all of these new dance moves I've never heard of that are very popular with kids. 'Walk it out', 'Texas something' 'Pop & lock'.... no clue. So, these focus groups are a part of the intervention that will be implemented next fall for 6th graders, called PALA + Peers. One aspect of the program involves these kids dancing and doing spoken word on DVDs that other kids can follow along to, to increase healthy behavior. I've also been selling the Malpractice Ball tickets for this Saturday's dance, which has been a lot more work that I expected or wanted. Hopefully everyone who wanted tickets got them/won't be too upset if they can't go.
Unrelated but unfortunate non-school news is that a girl who was jogging through Boom Island Park over here in NE Minneapolis got attacked and raped the other evening at dusk. What is scary for me, is that sometimes I run there 5 nights a week. Not anymore, no. When the weather gets warmer like this, crime goes up, so I either stay home & ride my bike on my fancy trainer or go somewhere that is more heavily populated.
On another note, Steph's bday party is tonight. I'm very ready to wear my prom dress cerca 1985. This weekend I am also going to hang out with Namarig, who I haven't seen in over a month, since my car broke & we transitioned to the second "Phase" of the program. I hope the weather holds up b/c I am riding my bike out to the 'burbs, where she lives. One more positive thing??? ok. I find out if I get into the internship in Seattle I believe this Sunday. This is pivotal, if nothing else.