Today at my house was going to be the college class from church’s pool party cause we have one in our backyard. Well, some time early this morning it started raining and when I woke up around 8:30 it was still a bit rainy. I thought “Oh, it’ll clear up like it did yesterday for mom and it’ll be fine” but then the intern for the campus minister at church who actually asked me if we could have one at the house called me and said we should probably cancel cause it looked like there were going to be more storms all afternoon. The party would have started 2 hours and 15 minutes ago but I had left messages on phones and facebook saying “hey, we’re going to reschedule, see you tomorrow at church.” But 2 hours and 15 minutes later the weather is great, and the sun is shining. Oh well.
So now that I’m back from Ohio, I’m back to work. Wednesday I was back to the old paint brush and we worked in a couple stairwells in one of the buildings on campus. One of our boys, he’s new, gets paint everywhere. I don’t like that he gets paint everywhere even when he has a drop cloth down. But at least he cleans up after himself. The thing is that he doesn’t do it while its fresh, he waits till its almost time to go and then he’ll say he’ll finish cleaning it the next day. I say clean as you go and then when you’re done go back through and make sure its all clean. Sorta like editing a paper. You write it fixing little errors here and there that catch your eye and then you go back through again when you’re done and catch other errors. Anyways, so because he waits for it to be dried paint, he has to use a scraper and some really smelly solvent. I don’t want to go to space camp. The latex paint is bad enough in a place where there is no air movement.
Today I got in and I was called out and told to go and answer the phone in the office and shred paper like I was doing before I left for camp. So I was inside all day away from paint. Away from messy painters. Away from complainers. Mom brought me my laptop and it really saved me from starting a conversation of talking to myself. I chatted with my friend Tim ( Hi Tim) and he saved me from being extremely bored. You are a good friend! I listened to an online radio when I moved myself to the kitchen area to shred paper while the other girl that works in the office took my place answering the phone and she was able to log on the the computer and do stuff with mail. Over all it was a pretty good day. And tomorrow is the same thing. 3 days of work! yay! Well, I’m off to bed now!
p.s. Sorry if I’m bugging you with my different choices of layouts each day – I’m trying to find one that I like and one that doesn’t hurt my mom’s eyes. I really liked the green one with the girl but mom was having trouble reading it. The first one I had was waaaay too pink for me but I liked the hearts and flowers that were at the top. This one has flowers too, but I wish that it was a wider space for the text. At least I can have the widgets with this one!
Well, this morning I got up and showered and got dressed and ate breakfast and got ready to go out with grandma. We went to the Buckeye Corner store – they have a lot of really neat stuff in there even if you aren’t an Ohio State fan! It is all Buckeye stuff though. Very fun! I bought a couple things and no mom, I’m not sharing them with you! They are are for me. I might let you wear one of the things I got but only if you remember to return the stuff out of my closet that you wear when I’m gone. After we were done there we stopped and got a medium sized pizza and we ate the whole thing! I took a nap from 1 till 4 and then I helped a bit with making dinner. We had hamburgers and some boiled potatoes and some fruit and I had a little ice cream – grandma didn’t like that kind so what little was left of it I finished it off. Cleaned up in the kitchen and then headed down to the basement to work on getting my boarding passes for my flights tomorrow but guess what?! NO INK! So I’ll have to get them at the airport tomorrow. And tomorrow is my cousin Alison’s birthday so we’re going to have Chinese and then they’ll take me to the airport and then take gramma home and then Aunt Connie is going to start cooking a meal for the homeless shelter. I am supposed to fly from Columbus to Dallas to OKC and it’ll take all afternoon and into the evening. I have some dayquil stuff to help relieve the symptoms of the cold I have – I always get one after I’m done with a camp. Anyways, in the bar to the right you’ll see a couple pictures that are on my Flickr… I need to finish getting my pictures from my Canada/NYC/Connecticut trip up so I can put my pictures from camp up too! That’s all for today!
Hello! I’m back from camp! It was a BLAST! I had some delays at the airports but got to Columbus all the same. I had dinner with my grandparents and my aunt and cousin Alison and it rained hard that night. Saturday my Aunt Connie and I left for camp around 1:30 and we got to camp at 3:30. I unloaded my stuff into the new cabin and I looked at the refurbished girl cabins and took pictures for dad seeing as neither of us have been at camp in 4 years or so. I helped set up chairs in the assembly hall and we had dinner in the mess hall and after that we had our meeting. I was the youngest councilor this year for the week I go to – the second youngest is Alex and he’s 24? something like that. I had to move from cabin 7 to cabin 3 because one of the ladies that had said she could be a councilor ended up not being able to come so I had to take her place in that cabin. I was at camp with my second and third cousins all week and they got there on the same day I did. Saturday turned to Sunday and we had breakfast in the mess hall and then class and worship in the assembly hall. Kids started coming in around 1:30 to check in and go set up in the cabins. I greeted people but mostly hung out with my friends Isaac and Luke (they’re brothers) and with my friend Katie. Isaac isn’t old enough to be a councilor yet, but he’s going to come back as one next summer. Luke and Katie said they’d sit at my table for meals. Usually a table only has 2 councilors but mine had 3. And when you sit at your table the first time on Sunday, that’s where you eat your meals the rest of the week. Anyways, so I got to hang out with them and then Isaac went home and then I found my friends Amy and Timmy (siblings) and Courtney and Josh (siblings) and got to see them all week in the mess hall – they were hired as dish washers. We had orientation for the kids and we had dinner and we had evening games – I was one of the people in charge of that. My duties at camp were: cabin councilor, 11-13 yr. old girls teacher, concessions worker, one of team Silver’s captains, fun songs councilor, and evening games councilor. I was always on the move! My typical day was get up at 6:30, be up at the flag circle for morning devotional and flag raising and morning warm ups. Then the kids would line up at the front door to the mess hall and sing: When the roll is called up yonder I’ll be marching down the King’s highway (HIGHWAY!). Tell me the old, old story – I love it better every-day-a-a-a-a. I will make you fishers of men if you’ll only follow me. Hallelujah! Praise the Savior! I’m from sin set, you’re from sin set, we’re all from sin set free-eee-eee HEY! and they have to sing that till they get let inside. I go in the side door that has a sign that says Staff Entrance Only and I go and sit at my table with the other 2 councilors and then the kids come pouring in and run to their tables. We had 11 tables and I was at table 10. After breakfast we’d go back to our cabins and clean them up. The big bell is rung at 9 am to signal that its time for bible class. At 10 we have girls assembly and we get together under a shelter and sing for 20 minutes and then the bell is rung again and we go back to our class stuff. After class is over, there is free time and then lunch. They line up and sing the song again and get let in and we eat and then we go to our cabins and have rest time/skit practice. After that it is swim time and crafts and archery time. Lets say it was Monday – the boys go swimming in the pool first and the girls do crafts and/or archery. I got my first bullseye EVER and I haven’t even done archery stuff since the last time I was at camp! I helped run the concession stand when I wasn’t at archery helping and shooting. I only went to crafts once and I did swimming once. I decorated a pillow case. It has a butterfly on it and words that say “Let your dreams take flight” and a purple ribbon on it. Its cute! When I did swimming yesterday, I was climbed on a lot by the littler girls. I actually did get to swim though! After that stuff is done, we meet up at the flag circle and we split into our sports teams. I was one of the team captains for Silver. We played softball on Monday, kickball on Tuesday, we hiked Ft. Hill on Wednesday, played soccer on Thursday and then basketball instead of sand volleyball on Friday. If they had made it where we had a ranking, we would have been near the top because we tied the first time, and won the other 3 times. After sports we have some free time and then at 5 all the campers go to the assembly hall for fun songs. That lasts for a half hour and demands a lot of your voice cause you have to sing over more than 100 kids voices. No microphones. Then the kids all line up at the doors and sing to be let in for dinner and then after dinner we have a little more free time and then worship at 7 every night. After that we have evening games and I was in charge of activity stations a couple times and was also a judge for the scavenger hunt. For that we have the kids split in half and they bring a bunch of random items up to the mess hall and in the middle is the table that each team’s runners have to race the items up to. So I was at the table that the runners take stuff to and I was nearly run in to several times by the beast of a man named Josh. Over all it was a good game. After those games are done, we go waaaaay out in the field to the fire circle and have our evening devotional and then we go back to the cabins. Bed is SUPPOSED to be at 9:45 but the usual time we’d all be asleep was somewhere between 11 and 1. There were a couple girls that wouldn’t be able to fall asleep till late. On Thursday nights, in stead of having evening games, we have skit night and each cabin does a skit. We even had a couple of boys do a duet on their guitars, I was also in the councilor’s skit – we sang a song about the manager of our week to the tune of Jesus Loves Me, and the kitchen staff did a skit too. I was the star of my cabin’s skit – I did a song from the show Phantom called “This Place is Mine” and it would be Carlotta that sings it – its a fun song. What we did with it was we pretended the stage was our cabin and we were going in to clean it and I pick up a sheet and a belt (it was actually my friend Luke’s baseball belt) and I wear it like a toga and I sing the song and they’re cleaning and they try to get me to help them but I just won’t stop singing. So then they all crowd around me and we go back stage and bang on the walls and then I run our and finish the song with the last words “this place is mine!” and its a long high note at the end so they cover their ears and drop to the floor. And Friday nights we don’t have evening games either. After fun songs we go out to the fire circle and have the annual hot dog roast – and for some odd reason the girls more often ask the guys to be their “date”. I asked my friend Isaac, who is the Luke I mentioned above’s older brother, and he said yes. We only went as friends mom. Just wanted to let you know. He cooked my hot dog for me seeing as whenever I tried to do it before it seemed to fall off my stick. While our hot dogs were cooking, I went back to the cabin and got my camera – 3 of my friends from camp 4 years ago were there that night and I wasn’t going to let them get by without me getting pictures with them. Then after that we went to worship and I sat between Isaac and my friend Michael. The two of them wanted to stay for fire circle, but Michael’s dad didn’t want to stay that late and so they didn’t stay for fire circle. After fire circle I ran back to the cabin and then over to the bathroom and was one of a few people that got the first hot showers of the night. It had rained while I was in the shower too, so I didn’t get wet walking back to my cabin. I’m not going to even mention anything about what kind of drama we had in the cabin. My girls ranged from 10 to 14 or something like that. They were hard to get out of bed this morning, I’ll tell you that much. We got everything out, swept it, mopped it and had breakfast and were on the road back to my grandparent’s house by at least 8:30. Got in around 10:30 this morning and I listened to voicemails and read text messages and called home and talked to mom and dad a while. I’ve got a small cold and I have most of my voice back now. I should go upstairs and see what I can do to help with dinner. Gramma says I have a lunch date with her. There’s a possibility that my cousin Alison might be joining us. Sorry for all of the words! There are over 1,750. I looked at the word count. Hopefully I’ll be able to see more of my camp friends of old at church tomorrow – if we go to the right one that is. Ta ta now!
I traveled on Friday the thirteenth and the worst things were arriving late in St. Louis and then finding out my plane had switched gates so I had to run over there and ended up boarding at the time we were supposed to be taking off at. Then we had storms we flew over with some turbulance and we got in to our gate nearly 45 minutes late. My gramma, aunt, and cousin met me at the airport. Apparently Obama got to the airport the time I was supposed to get there because my aunt said she saw his plane land. Cool, huh? We met Poppy at Hometown Buffet and about half way through eating – its like someone turned the faucet and the earth is the tub and dow it came, but then someone pushed a button or pulled a lever or turned a knob and it turned to nice shower. Went to bed at eleven and woke up at eight. Just getting things ready for leaving a bit later today. I have my meeting for being a councilor tonight. I’m so excited!! I think I will go through and repack my bag.
I know I just started this blog and I appreciate my friends – and mom – taking the time to read what’s up with me! But there are these things called camps and I’m going to be a councilor at one in Ohio next week! I will be flying out tomorrow morning at 11 am and will have a stop in St. Louis and then continue to Columbus. I’ll stay with relatives for one night, but then Saturday my Aunt Connie and I are going to go to camp together and we’ll be there for a week and I won’t have ANY internet access at camp so I can’t tell you all about each day that same day. I know for certain that my friend Luke is going to be at camp cause I chatted with him on facebook tonight! He didn’t say if his brother Isaac is coming or not so I guess I’ll just be surprised. I haven’t gotten my teaching supplies in the mail yet and I leave before the mail gets here. They’ll have to make copies for me up there or my mom will try and do an express overnight thing so I can get it.
Today at work I thought I was going to be shredding papers like I have been all week. Its a good thing I actually wore painting clothes today because I got to go to the bible building on campus and use oil based paint and do some touch ups. The color is called “Monster Mash” but its a burnt orange sort of color. Imagine the Texas orange for the football team and thats pretty much what it looks like. Anyways, so I did that and then cleaned up and went to the cook out that was at lunch. Then after lunch I started to shred papers but then one of my bosses, Jim, comes in and says, “Hey, I need you to go back and paint some more with the same color in the same places just to be sure we cover the rusting and flaking parts in case it rains tonight.” So I go BACK over there and get it just right. Oh and a bird pooped on the back of my head so I had to go and clean that off. I nearly found someone to ask them if I had bird poop on me but then I thought that he would laugh at me so I just went and took care of it myself. After that, I walked halfway across campus and got back to the maintenance shop around 3. I cleaned up again and then went back to my shredding. There’s still a huge pile to be shredded but will be done by someone else or will be waiting for when I get back. After the small pile I had in front of me had disappeared, I went and started peeling the names that were on stickers off the folders that all the papers came out of. Sorry if that wasn’t clear to you, I’m getting a little drowsy. Swept part of the shop and then went home at 5. I work 40 hours a week doing maintenance at a private Christian college. That should be in the about me section or my first post. Anyways, dinner was good and my parents and I went to Kohl’s around 7. Since I got home I’ve been chatting with friends with the facebook chat and with friends on Meebo.com – its a pretty cool site cause you can sign in to your instant messenger without having to download anything!
I’m off to bed now! and to Ohio tomorrow!
Night 2 of VBS, we had 8 children. Yes, children. That means that we had a girl in our group!! They were a little rowdy but it wasn’t too bad. Night 3, that was tonight, we had 12!!!! 10 boys and 2 girls. It was INSANE. The boys would not sit still or stop talking. The girls were wonderful, of course. But the thing that really made my night was seeing my friends Tim and Nate! Yes Tim, I know I sent you the link! You are now famous. Bahaha! And you too Mer! Meredeth gave me my first comment! Yay! It was so much fun being able to see them! OOOH! Story time! So after VBS was over tonight, Nate and Tim and I were in the fellowship hall, which also doubled as the collage classroom, and I had noticed Tim was wearing his Keens. So I told him that I am taking mine with me on my trip to Ohio. Nate asked if I had some too. I said I did except mine are blue and smaller. 🙂 Then Nate said that Tim’s shoes could probably go on over my shoes. So, naturally, we tried it out. Tim took off one shoe and I put it on over mine. It fit and there was room to wobble it around a little! So then Tim took the other one off and I put that one on too. I got used to the feeling of his shoes over mine that I didn’t remember I had them on! Then Tim said “can I have my shoes back now?” and I said “Oops! I forgot they were on!” so I went to pull them off but I couldn’t. I tried sitting down and pulling them off but that didn’t work for me either. So then I decided to take my shoes off so we could handle both shoes at the same time without feet being in the way. He was able to get my shoes out of his and put them on then. Then we 3 went out to our cars and went home. It was really great!
I forgot to mention, at work today I shredded paper all day and while I was doing that there was a scorpion inside near my feet! I was rescued by one of the guys, Matt, who trapped it under a plastic lid for a coffee cup and then he picked up the scorpion with some pliers. I was a bit scared. I just know I didn’t like it at all.
Thats all for today!
Tonight was the first night of VBS at some friends’ church. I am one of the group leaders. I have third graders and oh yeah – all of the kids tonight were boys. They actually behaved really well but then they got a little crazy near the end. Didn’t really have much of a dinner cause I got there after the food was gone so afterwards my friend Ryan and his roommate Cody and a girl named Catrina or Katrina(don’t know the spelling) went to a place called Braum’s and we ate. We ended up being there for an hour and then it took about 35 minutes to get home. It was a good day. We sorta did Fathers day a week early since I’ll be in Ohio a week from today! Yay! I’m really excited about it and want to be there now! I hope the week goes by fast and I’ll be able to have time to pack properly. Perhaps thats what I’ll work on during lunch this week. Time for bed now!
Hi – my name is Tracey. As if it wasn’t obvious by the fact that this is The Super Tracey’s Blog! I am currently 19 years old and feel confident enough to say that I dropped out of college. If I go back or not – I don’t know right now. Here’s a little background on me!
I have spent most of my life in the state of Oklahoma! Great state but I like to get out every once in a while. I spent six years of my life in Minnesota. I still keep in contact with a few people I went to grade school with but we don’t really talk all that much. All my life I have loved singing and music. I started playing the violin in 4th grade and I currently keep it at the end of my bed propped up against the wall. For a long time I was asked how long I’ve had voice lessons and I hadn’t had any till the summer after my junior year. I guess you could say that music was my reason for getting through high school. I didn’t want to be a high school drop out – I would have had to have taken the test for a GED and I don’t like tests. I went to school in the fall but was sick nearly the whole time; there must have been a total of 3 weeks where I wasn’t sick. I know now that school isn’t for me. On a different note, I completely LOVE traveling! I’m actually going to Ohio for 12 days this month and I’ll get to see friends and family and make new friends and so on. I just found out today that at the camp I’ll be a councilor at, I will be in the younger girls cabins so I won’t have to deal with a bunch of other teenage girls that stay up and talk all night and then they end up hating me cause I tell them to shut up and go to sleep. I’ll be teaching with 2 other ladies that are sisters and we’ll have 11-13 year old girls. I’m really excited about it cause instead of learning the stuff like I did several years ago, I’m teaching the same stuff I learned my first year at camp! That was one of my favorite years out of the 3 I got to go for.
Hmm… is there anything else I want to say? Oh yeah. I rant. About work. People I work with. I rave. I get happy and want to just spill out all my happiness in words so I can go back and relive the emotions. And another thing: I don’t use profanity at all. Rants are all rated G. I try to make my life as exciting as I can without the use of colorful words.