Wednesday, July 21, 2010

North to the future

I'm sure that as an informed citizen of the USA, many people would assume that I've researched everything there is to know about Seattle and the various stops in Alaska. And in truth, I have at least read the information given to me by the cruise line and the few things that Uncle Don sent to us. But I think that sometimes, the best things to see in a place are the ones that aren't advertised or promoted a whole lot. My plan is to get off the boat at every shop and just walk around the different towns, do some shopping, eat some food or drink some drinks. The only thing that I HAVE TO SEE in Alaska is the Totem Pole collection!! I've always had a slight fascination with totem poles, not one that is very dominant or anything. I don't like research them or know a lot about them, but if one's in front of me, I will look at it. And of course, I'm hoping to see LOTS of Wildlife!! A few weeks ago, I purchased an 8 GB SD card, and with mom's camera, I can take up to 4000 pictures!! I'm sure you're saying "YOU are taking pictures with your mom's camera??" Well, you're only saying that if you haven't seen mother try to take pictures....HAHAHA! sorry mom, there's lots of things that you do much better than me, but we all know that photography is not your strength! My 5Th grade pictures include absolutely NO HEADS, it's like I went to an alien school where everyone was headless that year.... anyway- I'm sure like everyone I've told this to before you're thinking "FOUR THOUSAND PICTURES?!? IS THAT A TYPO?" or "I'm not sure that I want to look at 4,000 pictures..." And don't worry, I don't really plan on taking that many pictures, but the girl scout in me would rather be over prepared for this situation. I mean what happens if I can only take 400 and the 401st picture is like a whale or bear or something bad ass like that....I mean WOULDN'T THAT SUCK!! OH, something else that I'm looking forward to is Seattle, maybe it's because we're going to be there for several days so we're actually making plans, but we're going to a Seattle Mariners game, the only disappointment is that a week or two before we're going, they're playing the Yankees!! But that can't be helped. So I'm missing a few things on this trip. I'm missing Staff Party at Camp, which I'm kind of sad about, but when you compare it to Alaska- I mean...sorry camp staff, but it just doesn't compare. so enough about the trip already....
I've moved out of my apartment!! YEAH!!!! I'm so glad for several reasons: 1) I HATED those apartments, sure they were close, but ugh- I HATED THEM! 2) I know have TWO FANTASTIC ROOMMATES!! (of course, I'm sure some of you are laughing at me, especially since I've never had roommates that weren't related to me, or that were temporary (camp) but I'm pretty pumped about it.) 3) I just feel like living alone was not good for me, it's not good for most people, but if I find room for all of my crap I'll really like it- I may have to sell most of it...
I'm also missing some school stuff, but my principal knows about it and is cool with it. One thing I'm nervous about missing is a meeting at Amarillo College, cause instead of teaching Calculus as originally planned, it looks like I'm going to be teaching Dual Credit College Algebra. I'm unsure of this. Honestly though, I was unsure about pretty much everything this year and I made it through that, so I'm going to work really hard to make sure I do well this year. You can't screw up a thing like college Algebra, but maybe since it's through the college, it'll be better than I thought. Well, I will more than likely NOT post a blog before the trip. I may write one during the trip and post it afterwards but you know for a fact that there will be one at the conclusion of the trip!
9 days until the cruise
3 days until my birthday
Thanks for reading guys! Happy summertime!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Look what I can do!

Ok, so to start of, if you've never seen my Stewart impression, then I'm very sad for you. In case you don't know who "Stewart" is, he is a character from MadTV, and in high school/early college I did a pretty good impression, haven't done one lately, so I'm not so sure how great it would be these days....

On with the blog now, I'm sorry it's been more than a whole month since my last blog. School ended and camp started with a whirlwind. Camp is busy, but I really couldn't imagine not spending my summer out here. First I have some cool/good news. You guys all now that I've been working to get in shape, and I'm still working on it. I haven't been as dilligent as I would like to be, but I'm still trying and working and NOT GIVING UP! So looking on my camp computer, I found last year's staff picture and I happened (ugh) to be in the front row.... so the "Salmon" shirt is me in last year's X-Large staff shirt. And I've worked really hard to get the size I am now. First of all, when I put on last year's staff shirt a few weeks ago, it did not fit- it was way too big!! So a picture of me in this year's yellow shirt (which is a Large...) is also attached. I think you can tell that there's been process, mostly in my let me first say a big thank you to everyone who motivated, encouraged, pushed me to work hard this year. Also to those of you who called/texted/invited me to work out with you. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT!! A LOT!!

I need to say a few things before I forget. I have a new address now, well I will very soon at least. I'm in the process of moving, but I'd rather not post that on the internet, so send me an email, text, letter (at camp) or carrier-pigeon and I will let you have my new address. In case you don't have the camp address (hint, hint. cough, cough)

802 N. Girl Scout Road

Amarillo, Tx 79124

for those of you who have written me, this week is a shorter week so HOPEFULLY I will get a chance to write you back this week! Some other cool news, Speedo and I looked at our numbers for camp this season SO FAR and we are at 498!! So CLOSE TO 500, WITH ROOM TO GROW AND 3 MORE WEEKS OF CAMP!! :) We are all a little excited around here!! If you have daughters, nieces, granddaughters, friends, cousins that are going into the 3rd grade and up, send them to camp!! :)

so I have to cut this short, cause it's late and I HAVE TO GET UP IN THE MORNING- but I'll close with this 25 days until the cruise, 18 days until my birthday!!

I'm sorry I went past my 10 minutes, Speedo! :) I have more to blog about.....but it'll have to wait, keep you all in suspense for the next edition :) thanks guys!