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September 3, 2009

long time since

Filed under: holiday, Uncategorized — thesupertracey @ 3:29 pm

Do you remember childhood memories and think “boy, it sure has been a long time since I_____” and fill in the blank with something you’ve not done since then. I’ve had QUITE the time thinking that this afternoon. The house that my parents and I lived in is now for rent and since the place is EMPTY, I went and I looked around outside to see what I could remember from pictures and videos and actual memories. I remembered finding a box turtle and naming it Myrtle (the turtle) and how dad made a balance beam for me to play on – that’s gone now. And I also remember 2 trees in the back yard – there’s only one now and its very very tall. I went and pointed out to myself where my parent’s bedroom was, I peeked through a window to the “dining room” and I couldn’t believe it – the floor still has vinyl on it! I think I spilled something pink or red on the floor when I was little and I don’t remember if it stained or not. I couldn’t tell if it was when I was looking in. The back door isn’t a sliding glass door anymore, which makes me sad. Instead they’re French doors very similar to the ones on our current house. I realized that the honeysuckle bush was gone (I think) on my way out of the back yard. I found the window that was for my room. It still has a “Tot Finder” sticker on the window so firefighters would know that there is a small child in the house. I do remember that there were at least 2 trees in the front yard. They’re both gone. Instead, there’s a huge bush. I hate that bush. There are 2 rose bushes in the front too. I’m okay with them. Its just kinda weird for me to walk through the front yard and remember a time when we actually had snow and mom and I made a snow man, or that I would walk on the curb pretending that I was on a really long balance beam and end up falling and hobble back to the house to get bandaged up. What I think I’d really like to do though, is walk through the house. There’s a part of me that says “call the number on the sign” to see how much it would be to rent the house. Then there’s another part of me that says “just admire from the street, you probably can’t afford it” which is probably true right now. But hey, it would be kinda really cool for me to live there again. That’s my opinion anyway.

Hope everyone has a great weekend – Labor Day is coming up! This weekend my boyfriend Justin is coming up – Saturday is our one month of dating. We’re going on a double date with our friends Mer and Chase and Monday Justin and I are going to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame! We have free passes (thanks to dad really – or would it be the OBI?)

Ta ta,

SuperTracey

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June 15, 2009

A description of Fort Hill campsite

Filed under: Uncategorized — thesupertracey @ 10:40 am

A year ago, I was at church camp in Hillsboro,Ohio. Let me paint a picture for you with my words. When coming down the road to the camp site, you pass by towering trees with deep green leaves. When at the entrance, wooden planks between rock pillars bear the engraving: Fort Hill Christian Youth Camp.  While coming around the drive, a look to the right presents a vast field of long bladed grass as well as a sand volleyball and a basketball court. Out of site because of a line of trees are the fire pit and the swimming pool. To the left sits an old pavilion where girls have their morning devotionals every day, and next to it is the manager’s cabin. The gravel drive way loops around the flag circle. The flag circle is the place where everyone meets together first thing in the morning. The flag pole is in the middle of the circle and there are benches that are several feet away from the pole in all directions. Behind the benches are bushes and other plants. West of the flag circle is the mess hall and the cooks cabin. East of the flag circle is the blacktop area where campers play 4 square, volleyball, and also have crafts time. Just east of that is another basketball court and also five our six poles to play tether ball. North of that are two buildings and a small playground. The building closest to the blacktop and the basketball court is the canteen/nurses office and cabin. The one further from the afore mentioned places, is the assembly hall where we meet for evening church service every night after dinner, silly songs before dinner, and occasionally we will have skit night in there. The boys have their morning devotionals in there too. Everything east of the places I’ve talked about so far are the cabins. The girls cabins are very close to the assembly hall and nurse’s cabin. There is a field, or a lawn if that is what you’d want to call it, that separates the girls side of camp from the boys side of camp. In that lawn area is where we have our games of kickball. There are five boys cabins and a a community washroom for them. The girls have six or seven cabins now, I believe there used to be only five and then one was being built my last year as a camper and then another one was built after that one. The archery pavilion is close by. The rear entrance comes from further east of the archery pavilion and goes up the row of cabins and the girls washroom and the assembly hall and connects to the loop of the drive that I talked about at the beginning. We also have a field that we play softball on. There is a creek that we cross to get to it. The creek wraps from the east side of the camp site down to the south and heads west, creating a boarder for the camp. All the colors are rich, bright, and full of life. The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful with the tree covered hills and mountains(well I call them mountains haha!). I took a black and white picture of looking down the road from the main entrance to the camp site. I’ll try and get that up soon.

May 25, 2009

Memorial Day and what is means

Filed under: Uncategorized — thesupertracey @ 11:55 am

Memorial Day. Pretty self explanitory on what it is about, but aparently some people are missing it. Memorial day is also called Decoration Day, or at least that is what it was formerly called. It commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. Not the ones that are in it or served and still alive. Today is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but Posts and comrades will, in their own way, arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are here to play, Comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers sailors and Marines, who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead? We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains, and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledge to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon the Nation’s gratitude—the soldiers and sailors widow and orphan.

May God bless each family that is remembering a family member that has died in the service of our country and other nations of the world. Peace to you all!

SuperTracey

*most of this is from Wikipedia

April 8, 2009

Top 10 States you don’t want to live in

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — thesupertracey @ 6:21 pm

A little while ago, my dad handed me a post it note with a list of the top ten states that I should never live in because they have the highest taxes in the country, or something along those lines. They stand thus:

10. Illinois

9. California

8. Rhode Island

7. Maine (which makes me sad because Maine is so pretty that I would want to live up there)

6. Massachusetts

5. Minnesota (which makes me laugh a little because we lived there for 6 years)

4. Washington

3. New Jersey

2. New York

1. Connecticut

Seven of these states I have been to and enjoyed my time there very much.  I thought that I would pass the list along to anyone who was interested or was thinking about moving.

Have a nice week!

SuperTracey

March 6, 2009

from the sick bed

Filed under: Uncategorized, work — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — thesupertracey @ 11:44 am

Hello, it me again! I guess I need to update what’s up…

1. I have a job. And I love it. I work at Camp BowWow . I love love love the dogs! This is my 3rd week working there and I’m working up to being full time by spring break.

2. Spring Sing is this week and I’m ushering for Saturday afternoon’s show so Beta banquet costs will be $35 instead of $45.

3. My aunt and uncle are coming down for Spring Sing today and are here for the weekend. I don’t think I’d get to see them till after I get home from work tonight, and then I have work at 6:30 am on Saturday so I’ll probably be up before them and then I get off at 10 and get to shower and get ready to usher for the show at 2. I’ll probably try and squeeze a nap in before the show.

4. I have a cold. It was weird how it unfolded. I got home from work  around 3:30 on Tuesday and I got a bloody nose from dry air. Not too long after the nose bleed ended my throat started to feel scratchy. By Wednesday night, I had little to no voice. Yesterday when we were getting the dogs in for their dinner, I could tell for sure that I had a cold. I am going to go to work. Its not a terrible cold where I feel like I need to mope and lay in bed all day (even though I’ve been in bed nearly all morning).

5. I have a doggy calendar in my room. It has an Irish Terrier on it for this month. so cute! can you believe its already March? Time is going by!

6. Don’t forget to change your clocks! Oh and you can go to Arby’s on Sunday and when you order a drink of any size say you changed your time and you’d like to change your burger and you’ll get a free Roastburger. There’s All-American, Bacon, and something with cheese. I think I’d go for the bacon one.

7. I found out today the top 3 Manliest cities. #1 – Nashville, TN. #2 – Charolette, NC. #3 Oklahoma City, OK. Interesting isn’t it? New York City is #50! haha!

8. The weather yesterday was sooo nice! It almost felt like summer! I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I was not already feeling warm. I love seeing the daffodils! Flowers are great.

That’s all I have for now. Hope everyone is having a good day and have a great weekend!

SuperTracey

January 31, 2009

Home, home, and HOME

Filed under: Uncategorized — thesupertracey @ 4:51 pm

Here’s something that people don’t really think of much. Where do you call home? Is it the place where all your mail is sent? Is it the place where you feel the safest? Is it the place you feel love the most? Or perhaps if you’ve moved its the place where you’ve had a lot of life experiences and memories made there. Oklahoma will always be my home cause its the state I was born in. I’ve lived here the longest. I lived in Minnesota for 6 years. A part of me still calls it home. And then there’s Ohio. I’ve never lived there, but I feel good when I’m there. Nearly all my dad’s side of the family is there, I’ve made some pretty great friends from a church camp in Ohio, and I like to claim Ohio State University’s football team as My Team. Back in November I got to be home in Ohio, home in Minnesota, and home in Oklahoma on the same day. I’ve been happy before, but it was great!

The Tuesday of the week before Thanksgiving week, I headed over to a salon and I got my hair cut. I have been getting my hair trimmed for about 3 years seeing as it was 3 and a half years ago that I had my hair chopped off. I had 14 inches of hair braided together and cut off and then had another inch off to level it all out. I felt light and free! I went home and weighed the braid and it was 3.4 ounces. And then some of my friends saw it. A couple of them didn’t recognize me which made seeing their reactions even more fun. Even now, some people that haven’t seen me in a while are still a bit shocked to see my hair this short.

As of late, I’m still 20, single, job less, and enjoying sunshine. I felt a bit trapped during this past week when we had freezing rain for 2 days in a row. I walked over to campus to see my friends and then I walked home just in time for dinner. Yesterday it was up to about 60 degrees and all the ice was melting! I took my dog on a nice walk, got some tickets for me and my friend Keri for a dessert theater that my high school is putting on. I went and said hi to some teachers and talked with my librarians while I was there. They loved my hair. Oh and I hung out on campus some before I took my dog on a walk. I watched a couple movies with some friends last night. Right now I’m waiting for laundry in the dryer to finish up. Shouldn’t be too much longer. I’ve got my violin out. it keeps going out of tune. I’m letting it get used to the temperature in my room. it’ll be warmer most likely in one of the practice rooms on campus though. oh well.

Have a nice weekend!

SuperTracey

January 22, 2009

lights off

Filed under: Uncategorized — thesupertracey @ 2:23 pm

The weather has been pretty good for January and its 68 right now and its supposed to go up 10 more degrees today! the 22nd of January! Is spring going to come early this year? I enjoy this warm weather very much and it makes me look forward to summer even though its months away. About half of the Christmas lights are off the house and I’m the one thats taken them off so far. I’ve taken off all I can reach via small wooden ladder and a stick and walking on the roof. I don’t like getting onto the roof by climbing up the ladder and then trying to keep balance while getting onto the roof. It just shakes me up cause I have a fear of falling and being in that position I feel more likely to fall than the way I prefer to get on the roof. My bathroom window is perfect to climb out of. I slide open the window, step up onto the tub and swing one leg up and through the open space and then hoist myself up so I’m sitting in the window sill with one leg in and one leg out. then I hold onto the frame and twist my body to where I can bring my other leg out and then I’m on the roof. Its sorta like climbing on boulders which I liked to do when we were on vacation in Maine and Nova Scotia. I climbed out and got a string of lights off the roof  unsupervised but don’t worry, I didn’t fall or get hurt or anything. if I needed any help, I could have used my cell phone to call my mom or I could have yelled to my dad who was in the back yard. When my dad and I were putting the lights on, I had gotten on the roof via ladder and I didn’t want to get down that way, so I sat down on the roof and pulled out my cell phone and called my mom to come and pull open my blinds so I could come in through my window.

Well, I suppose I should go and finish getting the lights off with dad.

SuperTracey

January 12, 2009

they’re home

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — thesupertracey @ 10:44 am

Last night after church, my friends Alyssa and Phillip hosted a back to school BBQ in their little apartment. My friend Amanda ran to the door to get there before me and so she was let in and then the door started to be closed on me and so I hit it and yelled. It was jerked back open and my friend Karston said “I didn’t see you there!” Anna and Josh were soon behind. We all chatted and laughed about things that happened last semester and some talked about classes they’ll be having. Then the meat was brought out. I spotted where the plates and plastic ware was so I got mine and went for it. People followed suit very fast. And there was baked beans and potato salad and corn on the cobb and of course Alyssa’s AMAZING green beans!  It was delicious! We had 12 people eating, then Lori’s brother came and he ate but then he had to go soon afterwards. About an hour after the party “started” our friends Nate and Cameron came in as Cameron had just gotten back and Nate went to get him from the airport. Alyssa hugged him first as she was right at the door and then I was already standing right in front of him so I gave him a hug. And then I felt someone else latch on when I was hugging him. And then another person. I think I might have heard someone say “let him breathe!” and people started to get out of the group hug. Cameron and I found it amusing. While Cameron and Nate were eating, we started a game that we did at my house at my birthday party back in 2007. What we do is we come up with a question like : What character from any movie or book does the person to the right remind you of?   And then we set limits on what books you can’t choose from (which made it harder for some people). On that question, we were going the 2nd person to your right and you couldn’t choose someone from Harry Potter, Twilight, or some other book (the title escapes my mind). Nate said that I would be Mr. Thomas (meaning Tumnus)  from Chronicles of Narnia since he couldn’t pick Luna from Harry Potter. We ended the party with root beer floats. It was a lot of fun and it was great to be back with nearly all my friends! We are still waiting for Hannah and Naomi to get in tonight at the airport at 11. I don’t know who they’re going to have pick them up.

Have a good day!

SuperTracey

January 6, 2009

happy new year…6 days late

Filed under: Uncategorized — thesupertracey @ 2:59 pm

I may have mentioned last year that I was working for Toys R Us. Their gift to me was letting me work for them for 3-ish weeks and I got two pay checks. I’ve left 2008 jobless and entered 2009 jobless. It has been 6 weeks though, since I had interviews. I had 3 in one week. I just got off the phone with a lady that works PR for the library system. There is still hope that I’ll be working at a library, and that makes me happy.

On a sadder note, Ohio State lost to Texas last night. We were SOO CLOSE to winning and then Texas got that last touchdown and all the happiness drained out of our house. If I recall correctly, I screamed when Texas got the last touchdown of the game. I was so upset that I went straight to bed at 11:30 and I slept till nearly 10.

On a different note, my friends are starting to come back this weekend! I got to see my friends Anna and Tim between Christmas and New Years Eve and my friend Brandy stayed at my house Saturday night. I also so her boy friend Jay on Sunday, which was also his birthday. Other than that, those are the only friends from OC that I’ve seen this break. It will be nice to see them again!

I’ve been listening to Brisingr by Christopher Paolini for the past couple days. I have read the first two books and was going to borrow a friend’s book but others kept reading it before me and while I was at Tim’s house he gave me the audio for the book. (Thanks Tim!) I am enjoying the story very much. I recommend it if you haven’t read them. Another book I’ve read is Enna Burning. It its the sequel to The Goose Girl, which is originally is a traditional German fairy tale most commonly known by The Brothers Grimm. Shannon Hale took the story and added some more to The Goose Girl and made it a fantastic tale. Enna Burning is about Isi’s friend Enna who helps with the war between her country and helps bring peace by using fire-speak. She becomes overwhelmed by the power of the fire and Isi and one of their friends from the forest people help Enna. Isi was also being overwhelmed by the wind as she could command the wind. In the end, Isi and Enna helped each other and the war was over by the time they returned back to their country. (Oh, and Isi is also the queen!)  I enjoyed both of them very much.

Have a good day and happy new year again!

SuperTracey

December 20, 2008

Try something new

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — thesupertracey @ 1:22 am

I went to one of the city parks with my friend Steven. We rode our bikes and did some geocaching. Its like a treasure hunt only after you’ve found it, you hide it again for someone else to find it. He’s done it quite a bit and this was my first time. It was a lot of fun! We got around the park on bike and used its trails. Supposedly there are 8 in the park we went to. Of the five locations we visited, we found three and a half. How did we find half of one? We couldn’t find the container for the log book and the little items that would have been in the cach. I think we were out for about two hours. We got good exercise and fresh air, and we got to walk through trees and brush (and thorns – scraped my hand and had a thorn stuck in the side of my thumb) and enjoy each others company. If you ever needed a hobby and had the time to figure out the coordinates and enter them into your GPS, geocaching would be a great thing for a family to do for an outing. Of course you would need to do it in a place where the terrain isn’t too harsh for smaller children otherwise it could get too hard for them. It is a great game of hide and seek (and hide again)! I hope that I get to find some more later!

SuperTracey

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