July 23, 2010

Camp Recap: Week Two

This is a week late again, but at least it's hear now. Nothing too major happened during week two except a chance of thunderstorms for late Thursday night high enough to force us to sleep inside for the overnight. A repeat of week one's sleepover was to be avoided at all costs.

Well, that and PIRATE DAY!

Wednesday was one of my favourite costume days, as I have a huge thing for pirates. I have this huge collection of miscellaneous pirate gear, so I find it not too difficult to dress up for. I tend to go for a more Smee inspired look with the orange stripes. Plus, this year my costume was perfected when one of my campers provided me with a sweet moustache and beard. Of course it's not the extreme outfit I'd wear to a costume party, as I still had to go about my camp activities in whatever ensemble I chose, but I think it was the perfect balance of comfort and pirate flair.

The weird thing about being a camp person is that costume pieces are a significant portion of my wardrobe. Some of them were originally purchased for regular wear and added to costumes (belt and shorts), other pieces were found for camp costumes and then incorporated into my regular wardrobe (striped shirt), and a select few items are solely costume clothes (hat and vest).


Our first activity of the day was marsh planting, which was absolutely hilarious to watch.

And of course a sword fight broke out by the time the planting had ended. So much fun!

P.S. The other girl in these photos (in the red bandana) is one of my co-counselors. We're basically a dream team.

July 17, 2010

Photograph

I absolutely love this song by Jamie Cullum. The melody is so pretty, I'm in love with his voice, and the lyrics are the kind that actually mean something. These words in the chorus are one that I find to be particularly insightful:

"When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life,
I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time."

Camp Recap: Week One

I know I'm really late with this now that I've finished week two of camp, but I still want to fill you in on the highs and lows of last week. It was the first week of camp and I was so happy to be back where I belong. I sometimes wonder how I can feel so at home in nature with a big group of kids when I'm usually scribbling math and physics. I suppose that goes to show you how varied one person's interests can be.

1. The temperature was crazy hot, especially for Canadian summer. The humidity pushed the temperature over 40 degrees Celsius. It was insanity sweating from just standing outside.

2. Crazy hat and hair day was a hit! Rachel managed to get my hair standing up in a messy faux-hawk style. It was hilarious! Unfortunately I didn't manage to snap a photo of this gem.

3. Our three hour canoe trip involved a camper puking over the side of a canoe. However, the rest of the trip was quite enjoyable. I think lunch on Rat Island is always a fun time, despite the copious amount of poison ivy we have to watch out for.

4. Our all day hike was a sweaty success. Despite some whining from a few campers and reluctant Jr. Staff, everyone seemed to enjoy the day. The nature we hiked through was breathtaking, we had views of the marsh from spectacular look-outs, and the water games upon our return were the best way to relax and cool off.

5. The overnight was crazy. Adventure-Quest campers sleep about a ten minute walk away from the building, instead of the regular spot right behind the building. This is something the kids seem to really enjoy, as it gives them more of a "real camping" experience when the bathrooms and other building amenities aren't as accessible. However, when I woke up at 5:00 in the morning to heavy rainfall and a flash of lightening I certainly didn't appreciate being away from the building. I ran to each tent to give an abrupt and early wake-up call, and then all of us got to run through the pouring rain back to the safety of the building.

6. Getting everyone changed into dry close and settled down at 5:30 in the morning meant that most of the kids were far too awake to get any more shut-eye. Thus, my Friday started at 5:00 am and ended at 5:15 pm. Luckily most of the kids were tired, so it was a relaxed day.

7. It poured (with thunder and lightening) all of Friday morning, forcing us to stay inside. We decided to take the shuttle bus over to the main centre for a nice change of scenery and a bit more space for all the indoor programming we had to think up. It was still spitting in the afternoon, but it was safe to be outside and run around a bit. The only unfortunate bit of the afternoon was that canoeing got canceled.

I'm finally back in the camp groove!
Games, hikes, canoeing, rules talks, sleepover talks, Sharpie name tags, and hilarious campers galore!
Stay tuned for more fun stories about week two...

July 8, 2010

Canada Day

As per tradition, I spent my Canada Day with my extended family with a barbecue in my backyard. However, the difference this year was the I also spent it with three of my amazing girlfriends.


Margaret and Casey came over early in the afternoon and we went for a swim at my grandpa's house. We even made use of my underwater camera and did a few great cannonballs.

After returning from our swim we took a walk to the park where Margaret and I went on the swings. Casey snapped some amazing photos of the two of us, which was no surprise. I love having my own paparazzi.


My buddy Elisa joined us once the barbecue famjam was in full swing, and my cousin's daughter Christina spent much of the barbecue with me and my friends. She's the most adorable little girl. We played with hula hoops in the backyard and then took her to the park.



The evening ended with sparklers and fireworks.


Pool photos by me.
All other photos from Casey Haughland.

July 7, 2010

Everything

"And I can't believe, uh that I'm your man,
And I get to kiss you baby just because I can."

I think this is the romance that every girl dreams about, because I certainly do! I'm waiting for the man who is elated to be with me, as well as meeting my list of somewhat ridiculous and adorable requirements. Until someone like this comes along I'm perfectly content being single. If this someone happened to be Michael Buble or basically any Canadian in the NHL I certainly wouldn't be complaining.

The "Mr. Amazing" I've blogged about in the past recently proved to be anything but amazing when it came to being a good friend (which is way more important to me than romance), but my true friends proved to be there for me yet again. I love having such a strong set of girlfriends to turn to whenever life isn't going so well. These girls make me laugh, help me vent, remind me that Canadian hockey players are gorgeous, and don't judge me when I do or say something absolutely ridiculous. I'm so grateful to have this core set of amazing girlfriends. I feel so lucky to somehow find such amazing girls wherever I go, especially having found the most spectacular girl in residence and maintaing friendships with best girlfriends from high school. I love you all so much. Thank you for being part of my life.


Also, updates on Canada Day and camp to come soon. It's been crazy hot (over 40 degrees Celsius with the humidity), so the time I haven't been at work I've been over at my grandpa's swimming in his wonderful pool. I'll try to get a post up about each by the end of the weekend at the latest.

July 1, 2010

O Canada!

It's July 1st, eh?

Happy Canada Day!

I'll be celebrating in lots of red and white today. My family has a barbecue at our house every year, so there will be plenty of relatives over in a few hours. This year a few of my best girlfriends are also coming over for a late night backyard fire and camp out. I'm looking forward to all the flags, family, food, friends, fireworks, and fun.
I'll likely post a few photos of these shenanigans in the days to come, so stay posted.