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Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Goal #1: Run in one of the two half marathons in September(either the Quad City one or the Waterloo Park to Park)
To achieve this goal I have created checkpoint goals
Goal #2: Spend the last week and the next two weeks to build a base of running where I am putting in 15 miles each week to establish a foundation
** I completed 13 miles this week and feel good making 15 this week**
Goal #3: Follow a half marathon 12 week workout when the timing presents itself. So, I will need to start this training in mid July when it is nice and cool. HA!
Goal #4: To stay motivated for the training for the half marathon I will run the Bix 7 and keep me focused up until mid July
These four goals all lead to my ultimate goal
Ultimate Goal: run the entire Chicago Urbanathlon without walking.
I have a good plan(at least I think I do) to get things going. That is always the first step. I have gone back to really trying to eat healthy. I think I will need to shed about 13-15 lbs in order for my joints to hold up. I have lost a few lbs just this week so headed in the right direction. I will keep you posted.
In the meantime I came across this article about drinking water and the benefits. Many of us already know the benefits but it is always a good reminder.
Here is another about whether or not you are getting enough.
**thanks to Mike Young from Athletic Lab for sharing on Twitter**
Saturday, May 29, 2010
So Aiden and Addy go to the store with Amanda the other day. They are allowed to pick out some candy, but instead Aiden uncovers a secret item in the grocery. Seriously, have you ever seen marshmallows this big before? I have not until today. Here is your challenge: Find something in the grocery store you think nobody knows about and either email me a picture of it for me to post here or post a picture reply to my Dailybooth account where I will also post these pictures. I await your photos while eating massive marshmallows.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I started this blog last year as a way for my social studies classes to communicate with students from Australia. We did some other basic things like watch Greek Olympics through Lego stop animation, but nothing more than that. It was simply a test run. On August 11, 2009 when we started this school year I decided to post book reviews. This was going to be my connection with students that I was missing in my new job as talented and gifted teacher without a set class. Over the course of the school year leading up to today (5/28/10) I have made 389 posts (this one would be 390), made 79 YouTube videos, created a Dailybooth account, held an online book club discussion with Jennifer Brown of the powerful novel Hate List, worked online with the super cool and amazing author Jacquelyn Wheeler (and had my name mentioned in the book), and created and had fun with multiple bloggers and students through challenges and various activities. I don’t state all this to toot my own horn, but I state it because I had no idea that so much would happen over the course of one school year. I have had over 30,000 visitors to my blog with almost 20,000 of these visitors/hits coming from outside of my school (I would think it would be opposite). I have 54 followers and people have accessed my blog from the following locations(the numbers represent different cities within the country):
United States (US)1,856 Canada (CA)62 United Kingdom (GB)60 Australia (AU)33 Philippines (PH)13 Sweden (SE)12 New Zealand (NZ)12 India (IN)11 Germany (DE)10 Spain (ES)7 Netherlands (NL)7 Malaysia (MY)7 Brazil (BR)7 Mexico (MX)7 Turkey (TR)6 France (FR)6 Russian Federation (RU)6 Ireland (IE)5 Hong Kong (HK)4 Europe (EU)4 Trinidad and Tobago (TT)3 Norway (NO)3 Indonesia (ID)3 Jamaica (JM)3 Portugal (PT)3 Thailand (TH)3 Romania (RO)3 Argentina (AR)3 South Africa (ZA)3 United Arab Emirates (AE)3 Serbia (RS)2 Italy (IT)2 Japan (JP)2 Denmark (DK)2 Sudan (SD)2 Taiwan (TW)2 Israel (IL)2 Poland (PL)1 Switzerland (CH)1 Lithuania (LT)1 Ukraine (UA)1 Austria (AT)1 Slovakia (SK)1 Czech Republic (CZ)1 Belgium (BE)1 Hungary (HU)1 Morocco (MA)1 El Salvador (SV)1 Puerto Rico (PR)1 Saudi Arabia (SA)1 Sri Lanka (LK)1 Singapore (SG)1 Chile (CL)1 Kenya (KE)1 Bahamas (BS)1 Bahrain (BH)1 Bulgaria (BG)1 Slovenia (SI)1 Greece (GR)1 Korea, Republic of (KR)1 Pakistan (PK)1 Tunisia (TN)1 Croatia (HR)1
I look at all of this data in my reflection for one reason. Why do I do this? What is my purpose? I don’t do it for fame or recognition (although it would be nice to be famous for my thoughts and posts). I do it because I need an outlet. This is my release. This blog, my videos, my random things I do don’t feel like a job. I feel like this is my platform to release my geeky, nerdy, chaotic thoughts that roam my head. There are times when I thought about just shutting it all down because I wasn’t sure that this was what I should do or had time for. However, I could not stay away. It was and is my addiction, my passion. I look to the summer and I have many goals and changes that I want to bring to this blog and my online world to prepare for the next school year, but I also have times where I think about just not doing it all until next fall. That is until I received my email today from Frankie. Frankie is a sixth grader. Frankie leaves comments to my posts. Frankie corresponds with me via the blog. Frankie is a faithful nerd clansmen to the blog. Frankie has taken everything I have spent time writing about here and washed it all away to showcase the real reason that I do this. I do it for that one person who notices, who likes it, and hopefully finds a connection. Maybe I am making this out to be larger than what it is meant to be, but I cannot express how proud I am of a student coming forward to share this email and passion for writing when nobody asked or offered any incentive. Here is the email and yes I have approval to post this.
Dear Mr. Maurer,
This is Frankie, a sixth grader at the school you teach at. I was wondering - do you know of anyone who loves to write and is looking for a good challenge? There are these (I wouldn't call them competitions, but they are sort of like that) things called WriMos, which is short for Writing Months. Such as the base foundation for many of the WriMos, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). They are all about writing a set goal for yourself (the automatic one is 50,000) and write that much in one month. I did one in January (JanNoWriMo) and, since it was my first, set a goal for 30,000 words in 31 days. I did it, and had an immense sense of achievement for myself as a person with my perseverance and myself as a writer for getting a decent plot to go along with.
The basic thing is to get a daily goal and get it each day. It is difficult, and I lost some sleep for it, but it was all really fun. There are forums on each site (links at the bottom) that people can speak on about their writing and get encouragement from others. Also, not all of the WriMos are for writing novels. There is one called Screnzy (Script Frenzy) where you can write things like stage plays and screenplays.
Anywho, I found it fun and was wondering if you would pass it on. I follow your blog, so I was wondering if you could write something about it there.
"I love talking about nothing. It's the only thing I know about." - Oscar Wilder
Speechless!!!!!!!!!! Yes, a sixth grader who set a goal to write 30,000 words, accomplished the goal and for what? A grade? Money? Any extrinsic reward which we all know does not work long term (just read Drive by Daniel Pink). No, none of these things except for pure intrinsic motivation and sense of achievement. How wonderful? To work towards something on her own time, her own goals, private and away from school. Who knew about it? Not I. No, but Frankie has filled me with hope that there are so many amazing kids who walk the hallways full of amazingness. Could I pass this information on about writing for Frankie? YES!!!! She beat me! I could not complete my goal when I was writing for NANOWRIMO, but I have been working on my book so in the end it worked out. Frankie, this post is for you and all the other amazing kids who have talent and intrinsic motivation to push themselves to a new level in whatever avenue they are pursuing.
So, who else is interested? If you like to write, then please leave a comment or email me. It would be cool to form a communication among everyone and maybe create a writing circle/group. I have offered for Frankie to write a post for the blog for me. Who knows if she will or not and in the end what does it matter either way? I hope someone responds and maybe you will begin to write without ever letting us know. That too is okay. That is why I write this because all along I have had people like Frankie following my blog (thank you, thank you) without me thinking much of it. I hope I have made an impact in some way. And in the end it is all worth it because we have the power as humans to affect others.
To wrap all of this up into two sentences I would say this – My motivation to keep this blog going is due to that one person, that one Frankie in the world who likes it and takes something away from it even if it is just a laugh to start the day off on the right foot. And please let Frankie (via my blog or email) know if you are interested in writing because it takes courage to come forward and share a passion like writing at the middle school level. Good night and good luck.
I agree with Dan Gutman on every level in this article. We have the right to read what we want just as we have the right to choose the decisions we make in every aspect of our lives. We know upfront that some decisions are just wrong and will lead to consequences, but at least we have that right to make the wrong choice. I am a firm believer in not banning books. It really drives me crazy to think that one person can ban a book from a mass audience. I am a firm believer that it is the job of the parents to be aware of what their child is reading. Yes, teachers should help aid in the process, but in the end it comes down the family dynamics and the beliefs and values of each individual family. I have posted this before about how adults will be offended by the content in a book, but do not bat an eye about letting a child watch an R rated movie, play violent video games, or listen to music that they should not be listening too. I find it so ironic that they believe the printed word is that powerful. I wish it were because if the printed word held that much power, then I would write notes everyday for students that stated, “Doing schoolwork is important, please be sure to get all work done and to your highest ability.” I am not stating that the printed word does not have an impact, but the kids today are more easily persuaded through the visual stimuli of tv shows, movies, music, etc. If a parent does not want their child to read a certain book then that is fine. That is their choice. However, like Dan mentioned in the article it is not their right to prevent others from reading that same book. Some parents are very up to date with the contents of the reading material and choose what can be read and what cannot be read by their children. That is awesome that they are that involved. Other parents find it a miracle for their child to actually read so they don’t care what it is(within reason) as long as they are reading. Every child presents its own factors in our decision making.
I am glad this article was published. It really ignited my flame and my passion for reading and writing my own book. I give many book talks throughout the school year and I always discuss a wide array of books from the lower level novels to books that are geared towards reluctant readers to novels that challenge the good readers and finishing off with upper YA books. I find books that are new and off the beaten path so I am not going over all the same books that students already know. With every book talk I always start with the idea that they know their limitations of reading level, content that is appropriate, etc. I tell them that I am merely suggesting books that I have enjoyed and that does not mean they are for everyone or will everyone like the books. However, I am providing them the choice to make a decision for themselves about what to read. In the end isn’t that our goal, to teach the youth how to make educated decisions so they are successful in all avenues of life? Why not help them by allowing them to choose their own books instead of banning books.
P.S. By the way, I love the list of challenged books and now plan to read all the books that I have not read off that list just to see what all the hub bub is about. As if I need more to read.
This is another book that I was reading to better myself as a person, coach, teacher, and leader. This book explains how the African philosophy Ubuntu can apply to business and life in America. It follows the story of a man named John who is a manager for a large corporation in Chicago. His team is not performing well and he finds himself disgruntled and upset by his team for not turning in quality work. He has devoted so much time to his job that he is also separated from his wife and daughter. John must come into the office over a three day weekend to fix the errors of his team or risk losing his job. Simon, an employee who is on his team shows up to help. Simon is the only one who had all his paperwork done correctly, but stays to help. Simon came from Africa and begins to teach John about Ubuntu. The story continues from there with Simon winning a vacation to Africa through the company and John comes along.
What I liked about this book is that it takes a philosophy that is great in ideas and puts it into a realistic situation. Along the way there are little phrases and emphasize key points of Ubuntu. I took some notes and plan on using some of the ideas in my coaching next year especially the overall message that Ubuntu means “we are all in this together”.
It was a fast read. The story moves along quickly and it is interesting to see how all these different people in the story apply Ubuntu to their lives and jobs. It makes complete sense and carries some strong ideas that would make life easier for everyone if we thought this way. If looking for some refreshing ideas and a story that may help you think differently, then I would check this book out.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I have finally returned to form and picked up some YA/Middle level books to read. I just completed the latest book from Rick Riordan (author of the Percy Jackson Series). This is book one in the Kane Chronicles. Rick Riordan has moved away from Greek Mythology and tried his wits at Ancient Egyptian mythology. I was very excited for this novel as I have taught ancient civilizations for five years when I used to teach sixth grade. I purchased this book on Amazon through the pre-order. As soon as it came in I was ready to read. This book comes in at a little over 500 pages. It does a wonderful job setting the tone for the series (based on his website there will be two more books). Basically, brother Carter, and sister Sadie, are reunited and must work together after their father blows up the Rosetta Stone and himself(to a certain degree) after trying to make things right. The novel is setup where Carter will give his viewpoint of the story and the next chapter it the story will continue from the perspective of Sadie. Carter and Sadie learn that they have strong bloodlines to pharaohs of the past. They also learn that Set is working on taking over the entire world by building a Red Pyramid that will store all his power and cause him to destroy everything (this would be the chaos realm of mythology). Carter and Sadie are helped along the way by some important characters that really help shape the story and will most likely (in my opinion) lead to future storylines and conflict. My favorite was Khufu, who is a monkey that loves basketball and only eats I items that end in “o” like Cheerios and Oreos. They have an uncle Amos who helps them along with Bast who is in the form of a cat named Muffin. There are several other characters that play important roles as well. I don’t want to spoil anything about this book because that would not be fair to you as a reader.
Did I like the book? Yes, I really enjoyed it. It held my interest throughout. Many things were being developed like with any book that is the first in the series. There are some great battle scenes. There is nothing too graphic at all so I would recommend this to any student who wants to read it. There is nothing bad in my opinion. If you liked Percy Jackson, then this will suit your fancy just fine. I loved the book because I find Egypt fascinating as a culture and I spent time reading up on some of the mythological characters as I read through the book. I give this book two thumbs up and would suggest getting this book right away. Rick Riordan has not lost his touch when it comes to writing and he has stuck to his craft of writing a story that will hold the interest of his targeted audience. Humor is embedded throughout, true facts and historical lessons are presented, and his usual dosage of action scenes will make this book a keeper.
The only thing I did not really like, but did not take away from the story at all was the concept of the storytelling. The book is a tape recording of the two telling their story. I liked having the two perspectives because I think it helped to move the story and was a nice writing touch as there were parts of the story that needed to be addressed that Carter just could not share and be believable and parts that Sadie would not have been able to tell either. It gives the reader a broader perspective. Even though they are related they are two very different people with different strengths and weakness. Anyways, the thing I did not like was when they would make little side comments while one was recording the chapter. It makes sense in why he created the story in this format, but it drove me crazy having the two main characters talk to each other with sly comments as they narrated the story. This element did provide comic relief and many students may actually like this element. I am just a picky reader. Overall, I give this book 4.5/5.0
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
**I am condensing the instructions here**
I provided students a piece of paper with 9 triangles that were of the same size and evenly spaced apart. Students had to interpret the triangles from a different point of view by completing a drawing(s) using the triangles. They had to pick one of the following points of view although some went and created a pictures for each perspective as well.
1.A Mad Scientist
2. A Baseball Player
3. A Dancer
4. A School Bus Driver
5. A Mortician
6. A Street Cart Hot Dog Vendor
7. A Fish
8. A Lawyer
9. A Zookeeper
They had only a limited amount of time so they could not sit and ponder too long. Here are some of the pictures which I think are pretty good.
Give it try yourself. Create a sheet with 9 triangles and make a drawing and submit it to me and I will post it here on the blog.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I have not posted a book review for some time. I have several excuses, but the major one being that I have not been reading as much as the school year comes to a close. However, I have about three books I am reading, but all were pushed to the side when this book came in for me at the library. Yes, another rock and roll book dealing with music. I have to read any book that deals with music when it comes out.
I will start by stating that this is not young adult. This is the collection of stories, theories, and song breakdowns by the author. He refers to people who have a love of music like himself as Drooling Fanatics or DF. He spends time explaining what a DF does to showcase their passion for music or the qualities that make up a DF. I found myself in several of these statements/stories. I have spent an exorbitant amount of money on music, music players, computer software, cases, etc. to achieve my massive collection of music. I have more music than I could listen to in a lifetime. I also am able to relate to the stories of how DF will share musical knowledge. I find myself doing this from time to time. I also am able to relate to having a passion for a particular band or artist and almost knowing more than the actual artist. Steve Almond(author) has the job to actually be able to interview and talk with musicians where I don't and I am quite jealous.
If you are a hardcore music fan, then I would recommend this book to you. I found this to be an interesting read. I soaked all of it up. I loved the stories about different bands. Yes, I even wrote down all the musical references as I did with Vinyl Princess and now have even more music to try and track down. This book is not for everyone. If you don't really have a deep passion for music, then you might tune out after a few chapters.
My favorite parts are when Steve Almond takes a song and breaks it down. His exegesis statements were brilliant. I loved it when these appear on pages at random. My favorite was his take on Toto - Africa. He has a video of this on his website which I have watched several times and then read it in the book and did both together. If only he could have had the lyrical permission to use more lyrics and provide more exegesis. These were by far the shining moments of this book in my opinion.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I will continue to add my ideas slowly so I don't overwhelm you all at once. I am working towards total internet domination!!!! Mwuhahahahahhahah
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
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Thursday, May 13, 2010
SNAKE IN A WOMAN'S STOMACH.
Published: July 10, 1864
-The Lock-port Journal tells the following horrible story: A woman living in Mercer, C.W., the wife of Mr. WM. EVERS, has for four years past been afflicted with a singular diffculty in her stomach. Her complaint has until within a short time past, baffled the skill of physicians. The complaint commenced about four years since, with a tickling and uneasy sensation about the pit of the stomach. The same sensation has continued to increase in severity from that time. A few months since it became the incontrovertible opinion of the most skillful physicians, that the increasing difficulty has been the growth of a snake in the stomach. It has grown so large now that it distends the stomach so as to produce a bunch upon the outside as large as a quart bowl. Upon pressing this bunch with the hand, the reptile recoils and produces great distress in the stomach. When fish or meat is being cooked in the room, if the snake is not satisfied with food, it rises up in the throat producing strangulation. When desiring food it manifests it by rising up in the throat. Physicians can see no way in which the snake can be removed without certain death to the woman. Mrs. EVERS is about 35 years of age. She is, of course, feeble in health now, but is around the house.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Does anyone else find something odd/strange/disturbing about this book? I'm just saying and if I was part of the news segment on SNL I would say, "Really?"
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
There were 2 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
Timestamp: 2010-05-11 21:12:17 UTC
Henry you are the winner. Please claim you AWESOME T-SHIRT and wear it proudly. Maybe wear it to school and I will take a picture and post you as the winner.
By the way I am at Level 14 in 6:08 before I had to stop and get my kids ready this morning.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Here is the challenge I present to you. Video yourself performing some Parkour moves and submit to me. I will make a video this weekend and post on youtube so you can just add a video response to that video. Good luck and don't hurt yourself like I will probably do.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
A few days ago I posted the question about what our teenage self sounded like. My dad sent me a link to this blog posting from Thursday, May 21, 2009 found on the blog http://childrenofthenineties.blogspot.com/This blog is awesome. It is a trip down memory lane. The reason that I share this posting with you is that it contains some of the phrases that I remember saying and using at least a million times growing up. So, check it out and please check out the blog as well. It is a great one to add to your morning routine. If you can think of others please post in the comment section.
In retrospect, all slang can seem archaic and dated. In modern context, it can make very little sense and contain idioms that are no longer a part of mainstream conversational currency. It can also be deeply, wholly embarrassing.
Don't even try to deny it. You used these phrases, or you witnessed them being used and didn't do anything to stop it, for which many experts consider you to be equally at fault. It was easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of hype and celebrity endorsement of certain words and expressions and abandon your principles of not sounding like an idiot. At the time, people would accept--nay, applaud--your adherence to pop culture norms. These catch phrases enjoyed a substantial heyday before being put to rest for being insanely irritating.
Let's explore some of the ridiculous catch phrases that defined a decade:
Ah, there's nothing quite like a good fake-out. That's the nature of a joke, really, to lead your audience into an assumption and then defy it with an unexpected result. When you put it like that, it sounds rather sophisticated. However, there was a simpler way of expressing this. Here's a little breakdown:
- "Psyche!" (Variation: "Not!")
1) Make a statement.
2) Retract said statement by shouting "psyche!", thus humiliating the baited individual.
This was pretty easy to fall for, as you can imagine, and could cause extreme playground-based embarrassment.
Example: A person requests a high five, then quickly moves his hand before the slap makes contact, punctuated with a rather cruel, "Psyche!"
Example: "Hey Tiffany, I love that Lisa Frank lunchbox... Not!"
This enjoyed a slight resurgence of popularity following Sacha Baron Cohen's interpretation of it in the movie Borat.
"Talk to the hand!" (variation: "Because the face ain't listening)
Maury Povich: You are the father!
Potential Baby Daddy 3: I swear, it's not mine.
Baby Mama: Talk to the hand, Cleatus, cause the face don't wanna listen!
Let's clear something up: usually, a bomb is a bad thing. We're all fairly familiar with this interpretation of an unwanted explosive, and tend to use it accordingly in our conversations with others. However, that is the bomb. We're talking "da" bomb. Da bomb is different thing altogether. In fact, da bomb is the best. The greatest. Explosively wonderful. Though your instinct will deny it, 90s slang prescribed that we now craved acceptance by means of other's declaring our clogs or No Doubt CD to be "da bomb".
- "Da Bomb"
Example: Did you see the X-games on TV last night? Those skateboarders were da bomb!
- "All that and a bag of chips"
Example: That trapper-keeper is all that and a bag o f chips!
- "Don't Go There!"
Don't go where, exactly? Even if someone is steering conversation to an unsavory topic, it's unlikely they're taking you to an entirely disparate destination. This was also a favorite catch phrase of trashy daytime talk show guests, usually when confronted with uninvited questions. This was the ultimate brush off, indicating the other person was in no way going to validate your prying with any sort of substantial response. This was pretty much a conversation ender.
Sally Jesse Raphael: So, Judy, do you think your difficult divorce led to your extreme weight gain of 250 pounds?
Judie (indignant): Don't go there, Sally!
- "You Go, Girl!"
Again, with the going. The 90s certainly had an active set of catch phrases. This was the age of Spice Girls and Girl Power (excuse me, grrrrrrl power) and women were eager to encourage each other, or at least egg one another on. They also frequently took to calling one another girlfriend, as in "Hey there, girlfriend!"
"You Go, Girl" was another standard staple of trashy talk show fare, as women publicly declared their independence or confidence. In theory, it was a nice concept, but this pseudo-feminism was not quite up to par with the serious activism of past generations. Let's put it this way: "You go girl!" was to feminism as "Going Green!" is to environmentalism.
Woman: So, I decided I've had enough. I'm leaving James and wringing him out for all he's worth.
Loud obnoxious friend: You go, girl!
- "Take a chill pill!"
All sorts of people were candidates for medical trials on the chill pill, but it mainly applied to teachers, parents, and other authoritative incarnations of "the man". It was, however, often used inappropriately in an authority figure/subordinate situation.
Boss: Sherman, your numbers were down this quarter.
Sherman: Take a chill pill, man! I'll reign it in.
"Then why don't you marry it?"
This one probably applies to children in general and is not necessarily relegated exclusively to 90s children, but it was certainly widespread in its use. It's a good question, really. Why don't you? I mean, if you're so attached to something, it seems pending nuptials should be in order. It's the next logical step in your commitment. Or are you not willing to go out on that far of a limb for your Ninja Turtle action figures?
Example: "Cindy's always playing with that worthless Wee Little Miss doll. Hey Cindy, if you love it so much, then why don't you marry it?"
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
In honor of Star Wars Day, (”May the 4th be with you!”) check out this funny recap of the original trilogy, condensed into a hair over two minutes. Inexplicably, we couldn’t embed the movie, so here’s a link: http://www.youtube.com/dzine123.
I found this video link over at Wired website when checking my nerdy sites.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Can you quote your teenage self at all?
I don't really remember things I have said as a teenager. I keep trying to remember a phrase or something I was known for saying. I will have to ask my friends. After being at camp I began thinking about what I was like. I am sure that what I remember about myself is far from the truth about where I ranked in the social pyramid.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Anyways, here are some things I learned from camp and from the time away from the blog
1. May 10 is approaching quickly so if you want a chance to win the cool brand new shirt that I am giving away, then click the icon on the side, watch the video, and submit your answers.
2. I will never look at lions the same way again after my meal with my super awesome table at camp. Nor will I ever look at a heart ring the same way again either. WOOF WOOF
3. I came back from camp with a phone message from some old lady(she had to have had the wrong number) to let whoever she was calling know that her husband died and she was moving to Maryland. The crazy thing was that the phone number was from Maryland so I think she already moved.
4. I am ready for the summer.
5. Brown Trout was in full effect at camp. I saw more Brown Trout than I care to admit.
6. My dance moves are ready for the video camera so be on the lookout by the end of the week.
Until the next post. Let me know of anything that I missed while away at camp. I would love to hear from the my fellow bloggers who follow. Also, if you have any great ideas or topics that you would like for me to write about or make a video about please let me know. Off to making a camp movie and catching up on all the school work I missed while at camp.