Habitat for Humanity Kauai Trip- Day 4

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Day 4
I was right, so sore.  My back and arms were aching!  I did some stretching and a few yoga moves before breakfast though and I felt a lot better.  We’ve gotten into a nice morning routine already- breakfast, reflection, drive to site.  The 3 of us painters went back at the 2nd house to paint what we didn’t finish yesterday.  It’s cloudy today which is kinda disappointing.  It’s only been 4 days and I’m already spoiled in regards to perfect Kauai weather.  It didn’t wind up actually raining though, just stayed overcast.  I haven’t even worn sunblock yet! I thought I’d be burnt to a crisp but I’ve barely gotten any color.

Painting. All. Day. At least today I wasn’t standing on the ground painting all day, I got to go up on the scaffolding.  It’s the first thing I’ve done that’s made me feel like I’m actually on a Habitat trip.  The other group is putting up siding today, I wish I’d been able to go with that group so I could do some real manual labor.  I’ll volunteer for a tougher job next work day.  We got to work with my favorite home owner again though!  It’s incredible hearing her story.  We thought it was so weird that she lives in a 4 bedroom house with her husband, their 6 children, her inlaws and sometimes a cousin or two.  She was just like “You guys don’t do that?”  I told her that I grew up in a 4 bedroom house with just my parents and my 1 brother and she said “What did you do with all that space?”  I felt so small and shallow talking about it with her.  She wasn’t trying to make me feel that way of course, she was just being curious like we were with her.  It’s odd to be in such a different culture but still be in the United States.  Multi-generation households are the norm for Hawaiian culture.  She explained that when she, her husband and their kids move into the 4 bedroom home Habitat was building for them they would be the unusual ones for not having grandparents in the home.   
Weird spider we saw all over the worksite
We were really hungry today when we got home from work plus we wanted to see the Cowboys v. Eagles game (The Cowboys are NOT America’s team) so a few of us took quick showers then walked down the street to a little brewery restaurant.  Kauai brewery had THE MOST delicious Ahi Poke that I’ve ever had.  It was dark when the game ended so we called one of the other volunteers to come pick us up which was more fun than it probably should have been.  That’s what happens when you’re surrounded by awesome people, even the most mundane activity is hysterical.

We’re off tomorrow so my body will get some much needed R & R.  Hopefully I’ll be able to move my shoulders without wincing by Tuesday.

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