Today was a gorgeous day! For once, it was not freezing. I put on a cute top and my favorite necklace. I got to breakfast a little late, but being friendly with the kitchen staff can get you a long way. It actually feels good to be able to really chat with anyone and everyone who’s working there. It’s also really nice to have breakfast with classmates and the professor.
Class today felt like pulling teeth, though. I was not able to finish my readings, so I wasn’t able to contribute as much nor take in as many ideas that I could use for my paper (that’s due in two days, by the way). However, I think I have developed a technique to get my through the reading! I’ve decided to read only the first and last sentences of each paragraph. Then, I’d skim the rest. Anything that seems relevant to my paper would be read in full detail. I can’t believe how much time this saved. I’m not done with my reading for tonight yet, but I believe for once, I will have it done! That’s kind of exciting, haha.
After class, we looked into the “pot room,” where SMU keeps some very, very old pieces of jewelry and pottery found from excavation. Then, we went on a hike to Pot Creek Pueblo. This is a place that Taos executive director Mike Adler (in photo left) had been studying. Here, there used to be pueblos were Indians lived.
He explained to us how finding remains, reading tree rings, listening to Native stories and using other analytical skills can help archaeologists know the story of a place. (In photo with Professor Johnson.) He also explained the struggle between archaeologists and native peoples, and how important it is to respect their wishes and do work that will benefit those people (legal rights, politics, etc). It seems like if you’re not careful, the scenario is something like: someone who’s not from the area got really curious, digs up some bones, and someone comes in like, “Wow, you weren’t supposed to find that. That’s ours and it’s sacred!”
After class, I went to lunch, but unfortunately everything was gone. There was still cereal, fruit and sandwiches, but since when does that really count as lunch? So Jolene and I left campus to go into the city. It was so much fun! We ate at a delicious restaurant and visited some of the local boutiques. I even bought this really nice belt (left) from a place called Jewelz of Taos. And remember the rule “Ask, and you shall receive” because they gave me a discount simply because I asked for one!
We went into a record store and I finally got to have a real conversation with some local people. They told me about how laid-back this small town is and how easy it is to talk to an authority figure. They told us that frisbee golf is a big hit here and this is very much an artists’ town. Then they advised us to visit a food store called Cid’s.
Jolene and I had heard of Cid’s – that it’s the Taos version of Whole Foods, so we had to go there! I found a tea I’ve been meaning to purchase and Royal Jelly (the stuff worker bees feed to the queen bee) in capsule form, which they don’t have at Whole Foods. It was nice to restock on some supplements and natural beauty products we forgot to bring with us.
Jolene was able to find her favorite brand of Kombucha and goat’s milk yogurt. Yah, I guess you can say we’re health nuts, but we love it. And I bought a local goose egg! I’ll ask one of the chefs to cook it up for me tomorrow morning. And they had no problem with letting Jolene keep her special yogurt in the fridge.
When we came back, the roommates and a few others gathered for a game of Monopoly while we watched “Center Stage.” I think Movie-and-a-Game is going to become a “thing.” The RAs also have some activities planned as well as professors inviting students to go to events with them. There is always something to do in the evening, so I think a good strategy is to finish all your work between end of class and dinnertime. Which I obviously didn’t do because I still need to finish this reading. See you next time!