Monday, 21 December 2009

On My Previous Addiction

I used to have a pretty serious addiction. It was out of control - I couldn't stop myself from going back to it. It was at its worst October 2007 and after that I realized I needed to do something about it. I needed to be free! I have been clean ever since.

So what was my addiction? Dying my hair. It started early in high school with highlights. And then by the end of high school, I was dying my hair a different color every couple of months. My hair has been dark brown, auburn, red, honey blonde, platinum blonde, black...you get the picture. In October 2007 I dyed my hair 3 times in the time frame of one month, and then I realized I just needed to quit. I am proud to say that I have not colored my hair since October 2007 and my hair is 100% its natural color...

...but sometimes, I REALLY REALLY WANT to dye it. I really like having dark hair. I think it's really pretty. I think it's FUN to change my hair color, and dark brown is my favorite flavor. Every time I am tempted to dye my hair again, I have to remind myself what a long process it is to get my hair to stay that color (I usually buy dye from HEB...L'Oreal I think...and it fades or washes out after a few days/weeks) or how hard it is to get my hair back to normal again when I get tired of the dark brown.

But this time, despite all the reminders....I still really REALLY want to dye my hair.

But I'm going to stay strong!!!...???

I'll Be Home for Christmas

You can count on me!

Anyway...work yesterday and today was really difficult because I was pretty much the only person in the office (except today when I was the ONLY person in the office). Do you have any idea how hard it is to stay motivated to be in the office working when everyone else is gone on Christmas break? Yeah, it's about as easy as convincing Winnie the Pooh to give up honey. But, there was a light at the end of the tunnel - I got to come home after work today! I will be home for a glorious full week before I return to camp for 3 days to work and leave again because I AM GOING TO PENNSYLVANIA! Emily* would be so proud.

There is a new addition to the family - a 50" flat screen tv! I am still having a hard time believing how HUGE it is and how MY parents bought it. I can't wait until the BlueRay player is installed - then when I do TaeBo I can have an almost life-size Billy Blanks motivating me to get my butt kicked! It's gonna be a par-tay!!

Oh, and since I live in the middle of nowhere, I get to do all of my Christmas shopping these next few days! It shouldn't be so bad since I only have 5 people to buy gifts for. And 3 of those I have a little of their gifts already; the other 2 I am still in the process...But I did do about 5 minutes of Christmas shopping at Target tonight. Wahoo!


*Emily was my suitemate my sophomore year of college. She is from PA. And was the first Yankee I ever knew. She introduced me to whoopie pies. I am indebted to her for the rest of my life!

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Funny Camper

Actual question from a camper at dinner this evening (about the sign in front of the chicken fried steak):

"So...how are we supposed to know which ones are chicken and which ones are steak?"

Seriously.

Also, she is apparently the class president.

I had to duck below the counter so that I could laugh and not hurt her feelings.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

It is COLD Outside!!!

The forecasted high for today was 53. It definitely did not get that warm. At lunch it was 37 and the weather said it we had a chance of snow (so I wasn't imagining those flakes this morning...?!). But since the forecasted high for today was 53, I dressed for 53. Not for 37. I was so cold on the rappel this morning - uncontrollable shivering, painfully numb fingers and toes, and an even runnier nose. Because you see, I have a cold. I noticed it yesterday, and felt it in full force this morning. Sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, stuffy nose, upset stomach, cough, and perhaps a slight fever...? Definitely not the best conditions to be underdressed on the rappel. But it is what it is, and bedtime is in just a few hours - hallelujah!

After lunch I had to go back out to the rappel rock, so I made some adjustments to my wardrobe for the day. I put on my down jacket, a scarf, and a beanie. I also put on smartwool socks and my Salomon Gore-Tex hiking boots. Oh, and I took handwarmers and used a friend's gloves. Made ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. Still was chilly and windy, but not near as bad as this morning. And can I just say I love all those items? All those things that made me warm - they are wonderful. So SO wonderful! And I had to walk across the river this afternoon (it was only a couple inches deep where I crossed) but my awesome boots kept my feet completely dry even though they were submersed the whole time. And my handwarmers are still hot and in my pockets for whenever I want them.

Oh, and I ha(d/ve) a pocket pack of kleenex all day for my constantly drippy nose. That's been nice, as well (the tissues, not the snot).

And tonight I am going to drink some tea. And not just any tea, but some of the most fabulous tea ever. Celestial Seasonings Sugar Plum Spice tea. It rocks my world. Because it is so wonderful. And warm. And Christmas-y. And it smells good. And it tastes good.

But really, I am looking forward to sleeping :)

(also, this has been 2 posts in 2 DAYS! What is this?!?!)

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Oh my goodness! Things have been crazy busy here. On Friday evening, a large church group (220!!!) came out for a super fun winter retreat! It was the largest fall retreat that has even been out here, so that was pretty cool. It was a great weekend full of millions of paper snowflakes (made by yours truly, and can I say that I am one heck of a paper snowflake maker? I put all the little kindergarten kids to shame), lots of bonfires, Christmas fun, and ministry. On Saturday we spent most of the day working in the kitchen - it's a lot of work to cook for 250 people and then clean it all up - it takes FOREVER. I did the math, and on Saturday, Josh and I worked a 17 hour day. INSANE. But it was a really good weekend and I feel like the kids had a great time. There were so many of them that I didn't get a lot of interaction with them, so I am not sure how much closer to the Lord this retreat brought them - I hope it did!

Needless to say, I was super exhausted by Monday. I had worked 7 days straight without a day off and so Monday I took a much needed day of rest. And rest I did. I slept until late o' clock and then when I got up I finished a movie, read my Bible, and did laundry. I also went out to the blob deck and read a book looking out over the river. It was so clear and sparkly I had a hard time concentrating on the book!

This evening a new group rolled into camp, but they are definitely a much smaller group. There are about 30 kids and it is a school group who is here for their senior year winter trip. I am excited because while they are here I get to work the rappel rock! I really like rappelling. And...one week from today, I get to go home for Christmas! That will be great. I am looking forward to the break. But I have pretty much done no Christmas shopping at all...so that will be fun...

Friday, 4 December 2009

let it snow!

It has been pretty chilly here at Camp Eagle as of late...and today it snowed! None of it stuck, but we got some decent flurries! It was pretty cool ;) I went outside and just soaked it in - it's been the first snow I've seen since leaving Redcloud in October. It was really fun because instead of falling in clumps, the snow was falling as individual flakes! I really like it when you can look and see the intricate design of each tiny snowflake. It just blows my mind that God takes the time to make them all different! And really, I just think it's cool how God has made everything. I was watching Planet Earth last night (the American one...not as good...the narrator just can't compare to the British guy) and it really is just fascinating at how God has created so many creatures and all of them are so unique and some are so WEIRD. But it's not only the appearance of animals that He has put so much thought into - their behaviors are so cool, too! For instance, dolphins and sailfish (and many other predatory sea creatures, as well, I'm sure) demonstrate complete genius when they trap their prey! It is fascinating to see how God has equipped everything with exactly what it needs to get by.

So as I write, I am sitting in my office waiting for the group that is coming in this weekend. It is going to be interesting because even though the group is coming today, there is still a lot that I don't know about them. For instance, I am not exactly sure how many people are coming OR what time they are getting here. SO, we'll see how that goes... :)

But for now, I am going to talk with Matt :D
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