#becauseofgirlscouts

#becauseofgirlscouts

On twitter there is a hashtag going around that is speaking to my very core, #becauseofgirlscouts. If you know me, you know my love for the Girl Scouts. My blog is even named for a Girl Scout song and I have a tattoo, along with 4 other of my closest Girl Scout friends, that is based on that same song.

With that recent announcement from the Boy Scouts I started thinking of ways I can help promote Girl Scouts and how I can use whatever platform I have to educate people on the organization and what it has done, and is still doing, for me. I am not going to sit here and bash the Boy Scouts and their decision to let girls in, because overall speaking they are a really great organization for BOYS. I will have another post on my feelings about that little announcement once I have my thoughts in order. But for now I will stay in the positive and talk about what I know.

The #becauseofgirlscouts hashtag makes me think of how many truly awesome things I have done in my life and how many awesome things I am still doing. I sat and scrolled through many of the post today and smiled and all the amazing things I read that were being posted from people all over the world. It also brings back a flood of memories and a few moments of, oh yeah, Girl Scouts did teach me that.

Here is the start of my list

#becauseofgirlscouts I can do and teach:

  • pitch a tent
  • camp in the out of doors
  • sail several different type of sail boats
  • Kayak (whitewater, sea, lake, river)
  • Canoe
  • Build a campfire
  • Cook over a campfire (probably better than a stove)
  • Speak to a crowd of people with confidences
  • Interview
  • Conducted myself with grace
  • Plan an event
  • Leave a please cleaner then I found it
  • Always be prepared
  • Mange money
  • Change a tire
  • Change oil in my car
  • Lead #thebesttroop ever
  • Make a darn fine Christmas ornament
  • Make my own butter
  • Shoot a bow and arrow
  • Throw out fun nature facts
  • Count out change without the use of a calculator
  • Work as a team
  • Manage a business
  • Apply for things
  • Take a group of kids for several days away from their home and keep them all alive and happy.
  • Rock climb
  • Explore a cave
  • Remain calm in difficult situation
  • Help a kid not feel homesick

#becauseofgirlscouts I am:

  • A leader
  • A facilitator
  • A crafter
  • A camper
  • A teacher
  • A planner
  • A manager
  • A caregiver

#becuaseofgirlscout I have:

  • Made incredible lifelong friendships
  • Traveled all over the US
  • Taking classes that would not have been offered otherwise
  • Been rewarded many times over
  • Helped maintain a troop of 30+ girls
  • Become a strong, independent, and confident women.
  • helped to be a positive person in young girls lives
  • seen a show on Broadway
  • and many many more things.
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Accomplished

That is how I am feeling today, accomplished.

Why you ask?

Well, several reasons, but the main one for today is, I see muscles again! Tonight, while shaving my legs, I noticed that my calf muscles are looking good.

Over the last few months I have been trying my best not to miss the Rope 1 class at Suspend and I feel that it is paying off and not just because of my kick-ass calves muscles but because I am actually seeing progress in what I am doing. I am getting stronger and better. I am remembering how to do things from week to week. I am not feeling like the new kid anymore. It’s an awesome feeling to know you can accomplish something that you have been working hard on.

So today I am feeling accomplished and I love that feeling.

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Just hanging out on Burnie the rope.

 

Judging is hard work 

Judging is hard work 

Today I got to be a judge. A dessert judge. And not just any kind of dessert, Girl Scout cookie desserts made by Girl Scouts. This was one competition I was ready for.

This is the first year that the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana has hosted Cookielisious, a girl baking completion using Girl Scout cookies. It was held at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville and drew in about 200 people. I love that they brought it back to the girls and let them be creative.

GSKYA is still doing their signature fundraising event, Desserts First at the end of the month that has chefs from all over the Louisville area by using Girl Scout cookies in creative ways, but more on that in a later post (I am a judge for that event as well).

There were a total of 30 different desserts and each judge was asked to judge 15 of them. Going into this I figured there would be a few stand outs, but I was wrong. They were all standouts, making my job way harder.

The things they asked us to judge on where appearance, taste and use of Girl Scout Cookie. The girls were broken into, their age levels so we did not have to put a 16 year old in the same skill level as a 7 year old. Smart plan.

Let me tell you, these girls went all out (see some pics below). They all did an amazing job and really put their hearts into it, along with way more skill than I could ever have in baking. They earned some mad respect today.

It was my honor and pleasure to do this for the Girl Scouts. The excitement the girls had for this event was evident in the effort they put forth and the joy they were telling me what they had made. I hope the Girl Scouts continue with this event and it keeps getting better and better.

 

 

What’s the best thing about being an adult? Dessert First!

What’s the best thing about being an adult? Dessert First!

Yes, you all know it, being able to have the choice of eating dessert first is one of the best perks to being an adult. And you know one of the best desserts to eat first? Girl Scout Cookies! Combine these two things and the most wonderful chefs in Louisville and you have my kind of heaven, Girl Scouts of Kentuckana’s Desserts First.

I have attended this event over the years and always come away with a smile on my face and a belly full of deliciousness. This year all my dreams have come true and I was asked to be a judge. I did hesitate, just a little because I have never judged anything like this before and even gave them names of others that would be way better at this than me, but they still wanted me so here I am, an official Dessert First judge for 2015.

So what is Desserts First? It is a benefit for the Girl Scouts of Kentuckian, an organization that I love and does wonderful things for girls (and women). For the last 9 years this event has been going on and raising some needed funds for the council. This year’s event is encouraging the chef t to explore STEM with the  theme being, Technology of Cooking. How cool is that? I am super excited to see what the chefs come up with.

Not sure if you have picked up on my excitement about this event or not, but we are T-5 days away and I keep checking the weather forecast making sure mother nature will not be raining, snowing, sleeting, icing or anything else on my little tasting party.

So who is going to join me and a few other super cool people for this event? You can find out more info here.

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I also just found out that you can get BOGO (Buy One Get One) tickets to this event by visiting this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-scouts-of-kentuckiana-desserts-first-2015-tickets-14946780222

I will be live instagraming and twittering from the event, follow me @ChristineInLou

As many of you know I am a co-leader of the #besttroopever, along with @ashleeats and we are in this together. That adds a little icing on my cake so be able to do this event with a co-leader and friend as well as being able to give back to such a wonderful organization.

Desserts First Graphic for Social Media

Fire Starters

Fire Starters

My Girl Scout troop is going camping in a few weeks and I noticed our supply of fire starters the girls made about 4 years ago was running low. My girls love a good fire and you never know when you will need a little  bit of help starting it so I got to work on making some new ones. Usually I have the girls help with these sorts of projects, but we run out of days before the trip and they are still a bit young to be working with super hot wax. Maybe next time we need them, they can help.

I think I spent a total of $4 on this project and plenty of supplies left over to make more. When I realized I needed to make the fire started, I started looking for candles at yard sales. I hit the jackpot and got a grocery bag full of good ones for $2. I had also saved a cardboard egg carton to use and started collecting my dryer lint. Dryer lint is a great aid in fire starting. Next I hit up the Dollar Store for a cheep pan and ladle spending a total of $2.

I put the pan on the stove, set the heat to about medium and added the candles. While I waited for them to melt I added the dryer lint to each little egg cup in the carton. Just enough to cover the bottom, you really do not need a lot. I also set the egg carton on an old cookie sheet I had, just in case the hot wax leaked out the bottom. Once the wax was good a melted I ladled it into the egg carton- the wax is super hot at the time, so be really careful. Turns out the cookie sheet was a good idea as some wax did seep out the bottom. Once I was all done filling the egg carton, I took it outside, still on the cookie sheet to dry and harden fully. I then tore them apart and sealed them in a container. I now have 12 awesome fire starters that should last a little while. See pics below of my process.

HOW TO MAKE A Fire starter

Girl Scout Racing Rally

It that time of year for me- Girl Scout time. This will be my 5th year of being a Girl Scout leader to the #besttroopever and I am so excited to be hanging out with the girls again as well as the other leaders that I get to learn from and plan really cool stuff. Speaking of really cool stuff that we are planning. Check out our event in November: The Girl Scout Racing Rally. It is like a Pinewood Derby (okay it IS one but we can’t call it that) but ours will be 1000x time better because again we are #thebesttroopever.

If you know of a Girl Scout troop in the Kentuckiana area let them know about this super cool event.

Questions? Let me know.

Girl Scout Racing Rally Flier

I am not just a cyclist

I know most of my blog post in the last few months have been about cycling but that is not all that I do to make my life adventurous and active. Way way before I owned a fancy bike I owned a field hockey stick.

I have always tried to be in some sort of sport in school starting in 3rd grade where I was cheerleader (a very short-lived life on the side lines).  Next I was onto basketball, cause that is what all the cool kids were doing. In middle school I was on dance team. However all the sports I did before high school had nothing on field hockey in my book, I was instantly in love with the sport of field hockey. It might have been that I could look cute and still kick ass on the playing field or that I actually have some raw talent on the field.

If you are unfamiliar with field hockey the players wear skirts, with shorts under, a jersey, shin guards, a mouth guard, cleats, and well that is about it. In standard play you have 11 players on the field, including the goalie. I will not bore you with a lot more detail but if you have not seen a game you should at least watch this cool you tube video and try and go to a game. Louisville has a great team and they are really interesting to watch. There are a lot of rules and not a lot of protective equipment worn by players. But that is half the fun, right?

At this point you might be asking yourself, where this blog post is going? I will tell ya, for the last 9 years I have been playing field hockey on what is loving called The Old Lady League. It has been around in Louisville for years and some of the best players I’ve watched play, played with, coached (yes I coached for a brief stent), and been coached by, play every Sunday in the fall. There are 4 teams and we all play for fun and no matter what your level of play is you are welcome to play. The only requirement we have is that you are female. We tried to let the boys play but they are just way to aggressive and well we all have real lives to get back to on Monday and we don’t want to go with black eyes.

The new season started last week but I couldn’t play until this week. I was super excited to play this year because I am in the best shape I have been in, in a very long time. Thank you cycling. I play defense and always have. Mainly back to the reasoning that I hate running and defense is more for sprinters and you really do not have to cross the 50 yard line all that much. Don’t get me wrong you still run a lot just not as much as a mid or a forward.

I take my place on the field, ready to go and excited. And then the rain starts. My thought on this was, bring it on (hey it is cross season right, what is a little rain)? We play for 60 mins with a 5 min halftime. We do not play as fast as they do at the collegiate level, nor do we always have refs, but we play.

We did play a full game (even with the rain) and well my team lost but we were also playing 7 on 10 so we were down a few players. You can play with up to 11 on the field but have to have a least 7. The important thing is we played hard and we played well. Most of us have not played together before, we do not practice but some how we figure it out. We also had FUN! We laughed at each other as we miss the ball or hit it short, or well anything really. We tell each other no matter the team good job on the block, or nice goal, or damn you are fast. As we get closer to the end you hear a few more damn-its on the field, but that is okay we know we are still out there trying.

We play for the love of the game no matter what team we play on. We do it to hold on to a sport we love. We do it to prove to ourselves we still can.

I heard one of my teammates sum it up well, she said this is my thing, my release, what I do for me and I need it. I feel the same way. When I bought my house my family and I worked on it non stop on the weekend with the one condition that I would leave for a little over an hour to play. This was best for everyone’s sanity. I need the feeling (and still do) that I get on the field. Win or lose I have fun. Bad day or good day the field makes it all better. Proven to me this past Sunday where I just need an hour to think of nothing but the game I was playing.

I am a little sore in the legs, but nothing like years before (thank you, again cycling) and a lot sore in the back, something new. I really hope that my back does not keep me from playing because now more than ever I really think I need my Sunday Old Lady Field Hockey League.

Have you played field hockey before? Do you want to play again? We are always looking for new players and would love to see some new faces. Let me know if you would like more info on it.

Me and my old friend, my field hockey stick.