Sunday, June 28, 2009

This weekend we flew (not literally, just drove really fast) down to Chicago for a family wedding. It was SO MUCH FUN! I will have to post pictures when I remember to bring my camera to the office.

I also got to see my two best friends at my two favorite places. Amy and Megan at Starbucks and Target, respectively. It was a really great, really fast weekend, and such a blessing to be able to take a little vacation to my favorite place in the whole world!

This week is going to be great. We have no island camp and it's senior high week, my favorite, most fun week of camp. And smaller than last week, which is not very exciting to Chuck, but from a feeding perspective, it's very exciting.

Sammy B. has decided to stay and volunteer another week and be my "sous chef." Hooray!

Monday, June 22, 2009

This week is ca-razy. We are feeding about 190 people (including 30 islanders whose food has to be separately made and shipped a mile across the lake). And it's like a million degrees outside and a bajillion degrees in the kitchen. Tonight we fed them spaghetti, but some scoundrel-y villains came and "stole all the silverware" so the kids had to eat with all the random utensils we could find around the kitchen including, but not limited to: spatulas, ladles, tongs, hand mixers, and measuring cups. It was so fun for them, but it sure was a mess to clean up. But, for the most part, we have managed to keep smiles on our faces and find things to laugh about throughout the day. Keeping the kids at the forefront of our thoughts and actions helps a lot. Tonight we cooks treated ourselved to some ice cream from the freezers downstairs and made brownie sundaes for dessert. That made it all worth it.

Tonight I plan to take a cold shower, hopefully finish New Moon, and watch an episode of Project Runway with Kyle. Here I go...

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Yesterday I came home from a run and found a little dead goldfinch on our back porch. Disturbing enough... seconds later, I heard a rustling in this rusty coffee can next to the porch. I knew that deep inside I didn't really want to know what was in there, but I tiptoed over there anyway, only to find a LIVE BAT!

I was telling Kyle last night that when I'm running, I catch myself checking the speed limit signs on the side of the road. Like, I can actually imagine that I am going fast enough to warrant checking the speed limit sign, so I don't exceed the legal limit. Weirdo.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Life at camp is really great.
For the first time ever I can say that I really love my job. Hooray! I really like going to work every day.

I went to Marquette with some really fun girls this weekend. We went shopping at Target. I went crazy at Michael's. We had dinner at Quizno's. And then sat and talked and drank coffee at Starbuck's for a long time. All of my favorite things.

The high school work crew just arrived today and I am so excited to work with them in the kitchen. None of them have ever worked in the kitchen before and they all look so nervous and eager.

One of the items I bought at Target was a Woodstock poster t-shirt that I was going to make into a bag. I woke up at 7:00 this morning thinking about making my bag and in an impatient haste (as usual) I butchered the t-shirt and am developing plan B. Why am I so impatient?!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Kyle is slowly recovering from his surgery. His mouth has been hurting, so he's been eating lots of soft (boring) foods and taking his vicadin regularly. This leaves him very sleepy, usually. It's good, though, to see him getting so much rest right at the beginning of the summer. It's sad for him to be around people because he can't really talk very much. Just keep him in your prayers. I think he's getting a little bummed about feeling so isolated.

My new obsession is diet ginger ale. Yum! I got a craving for it yesterday when I was making a ginger soy marinade for stir fry chicken. I bought a big two liter at the grocery store today and drank FOUR GLASSES before dinner. Yikes! I'm not usually a pop drinker, so that sounds like a lot to me.

I also bought $15 worth of energy bars and Gatorade for my long runs this summer. I did my second long run this last Wednesday (6 miles) around the lake and I felt like I needed a little boost, midway- it being an hour and fifteen minute workout and all. So, I got a smattering of energy bars at the cash liquidators which are now nicely displayed on my counter in a trifle dish. One of the Clif bars is pumpkin spice flavored. I'm not sure how I feel about eating a pumpkin flavored anything while I'm running in June, but we'll see...