Words/Time: 7514 revising “Pithea” with with two of my sisters at the 4th marathon meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book (42nd meeting overall). We got through 24 pages of double-spaced text, which was amazing. We were actually surprised by how far we went, as we did talk about unrelated things quite a bit early on, and some more throughout. And we spent a while outside doing various related and unrelated tasks.
Our first venture outside was to feed chickens and gather eggs. My parents have a few dozen chickens in their backyard, and they were out of town this weekend. One of my sisters was taking care of the chickens and dogs (and plants) while they were gone, so my other sister and I went out to see if we could help with the chickens when it was time to feed them. As soon as we opened the coop, most of them ran out, but this one apparently likes to roost more than the others, so we had to…help her share her eggs with us. A stick was involved, and I was the one brave enough to risk getting pecked to get the 5-6 eggs she was guarding.
The following video was our second outing. We had decided we should act out a conversation in the book that was carried on while walking. The original point was to find out how long it would take, so following events could be planned correctly. But my sister decided it would only be done right if someone was carrying something heavy, as one of the characters who was involved in the conversation was indeed carrying an unconscious friend. The 50+ pound dog food bag was the best thing we could find. I didn’t think about taking video until the “conversation” was over, and by then, the one carrying the bag was having a rough time of it. So she switched it up a bit.
Then we did further research into the best ways to carry someone, and went back out to test out another specific moment in the conversation. At that point, we switched to a 40-pound chicken feed bag, and she carried it across both shoulders. It went much better, not just because it was lighter, but because it was more evenly distributed. And because the chicken feed didn’t shift inside the bag as much as the dog food had.
With warm months upon us and a lot more outdoor things to be doing, we may not have another marathon meeting for a while. But this one left us on a stellar high.