Wow! It’s Finals week! Team Offpeakers survived our first quarter of being back to school! It is/was everything we had hoped for and more!
Our experiences at Peninsula College proved to be nothing but wonderful right from the start. A picturesque campus with great facilities, combined with knowledgeable and caring staff. What a fun, satisfying and fulfilling experience. We also love that we get to ride our bikes to school!
Since it’s been so long since our last post, some of you may have already forgotten why we are back at school and what we are studying. John is taking the Construction/Green Building Course and Terry is focusing on Multimedia Communications. Why are we doing this? Because it’s fun, challenging and serves as a preparation for our next adventures, wherever or whatever that may be.
Terry has learned and done so much, she learned how to code using HTML, CSS and bootstrap. She developed and published 2 websites, a personal portfolio and a country website, where she focused on one of our favorite country, Colombia. Please click on the provided link to see her work.
She also learned how to make animation, edit videos, create animated banners, multi-page publications, edit & enhance photographs. She even took a photojournalism class and her photographs were published in the school’s award-winning newspaper! Terry’s photography allowed us to become avid fans of our school’s championship women’s soccer team. All of these on top of volunteering at our local Habitat for Humanity store and teaching Facebook classes at the Port Angeles Senior Center.
John has been quite busy as well. He is now a member of the Construction Committee for our local Habitat for Humanity. They have built decks, install doors and siding, replaced a window with a slider and painted a volunteer’s home. On Saturday’s John volunteer’s at the Habitat store preparing donated furniture for sale as Terry works the cash register making the sale. For his construction/green-building program, this first quarter focused on framing work and basic woodworking. The class also built a media/photographer’s platform at the school’s soccer field and what may be the world’s strongest dog houses!
We are really enjoying our Off-peak life in Port Angeles, which is the headquarters of the Olympic National Park. We don’t have cable so our entertainment nowadays are mostly books and the great outdoors. Our apartment is within walking distance of couple of hiking trails and grocery stores.
We get to walk to the beach almost everyday. A few weeks ago, we got to observe Salmon swimming upstream on a couple of occasions. We’ve seen family of otters playing in the ocean and on the beach. We’ve yet to see an Orca, but we will one day.
The school quarter went fast, we are wrapping up for finals this week. And we woke up to a winter wonderland this morning. The whole place looks magical with the fresh snow.
It is a reminder that it is the holiday season. Life goes by so fast, we are happy with our decision to downsize, pursue our dreams and live an Offpeaker life. We are thankful that you are reading this post. We hope you are all well, enjoying and loving whatever you are doing. If not, we wish you the courage to pursue and live the life that you want. We leave you with a line from one of Eminem’s song “Look, if you have one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted, would you capture it or let it slip?”