Archive for July, 2007

Better Off

This month, I took Zoology on campus to complete my general education classes. (Which surprisingly is pronounced ‘Zoh-ology’, in contrast to my pronunciation: “Zoo-ology”.)

It was Monday-Friday from 8am-noon. Each day was equivalent to a week’s worth of information (and lab) in a normal semester. As you could probably imagine, it was intense. Though, I really enjoyed the class. If you knew me, you’d know that science is my least favorite subject (in Elementary school, even after reading..if you can believe it).

If you know me and didn’t know that about me, you didn’t know me like you thought.

However, my professor made the experience quite enjoyable. Miles had said he really liked him, so that helped when I was deciding to take the class. Some of our labs, we’d go outside and try to catch the animals we were talking about. Usually we were successful. We even went out to Lake Herman once.

Most of our labs consisted of dissecting the anmials we were talking about. The largest thing we dissected was a shark (2-3 feet). My catch phrase in the class was “SICK!”; a habit I adopted from camp friend, Krista.

It took a lot of my short-term memory to do well in the class.  A lot more than I’ve used in a long time.  But I can tell you where the gizzard is on an earthworm!  And bones in Hogan!  In any case, this summer class was well worth it and I would recommend it to fellow classmates.

Furthermore, I got an A in the class.  Which proves that I was better off taking this class than continuing on in pain with Physics last semester.  Case closed.


Here are a few (ha!) of my favorite photos from this summer.

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This camper was the only one in her camp to complete the “hang man’s walk” on the high ropes challenge course. She’s 30 feet in the air and got very worn out and a few rope burns…but what an accomplishment! I was glad to be there to cheer her on and capture the moment. Also, it’s not bad composition!

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I told Jaron and Sara to show me their “High Adventure faces”. High Adventure is the name of a camp where they spend a lot of time on the climbing tower and high ropes course. Much braver than I will ever be. In any case, I found it interesting that Jaron and Sara chose those to be their faces.

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Being the camera person, meant I would be behind the camera nearly 100% of the time. This is one of the few pictures that actually have me in it. It’s the only one of me that I took myself. It also includes part of Sara. Her glasses are very reflectivey. And she’s a cooperative model. Good job, Sara.

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A great camp, Boji Challenge 2007, (formerly Ultimate Boji Challenge -UBC-) meets nightly at tribal council. It’s a camp that has challenges built into each activity, like the reality show Survivor, and they vote someone up at every tribal council. It’s fun, because it takes some acting ability on the counselors’ parts. The campers get really into it too.

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Mountain boarding is a wonderful and scary program event at camp. Something I have never tried and am pretty sure I’m alive today because I haven’t tried it. But it’s neat because they do it on the hill by the three crosses. Great photo opportunities.

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Boji Ball is a wonderful game that is sweeping the nation. Campers, counselors, and volunteers very much enjoy this game. As you can tell from this photo. As posed (but this is very much candid) by Andrew. Please note his facial expression as he terminates the victim. This is not an uncommon sight to see on the Boji Ball court.
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There’s extensive training not only on social, practical, and religious aspects of working at the camp, but also First Aid and CPR and for whoever chooses, lifeguard training. Campers love the time they spend at the waterfront; whether it’s swimming, painting toenails, tanning, or making jewelry.

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Go Karts are a relatively new program added to the camp. They’re very fun (and again, safe!) and always end up being a great time. This particular picture is of the Go Kart camp; they ride them every day. This day they got to drive the course backwards. It also made for some fun photos and new angles!

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I like this picture a lot. Especially since I can tell you exactly whose feet belong to who. Of course, it’s break time at the waterfront. Mostly likely snack time. My favorite things at waterfront was doing can openers into the water, making anklets, and applying sunscreen. OK, well sunscreen wasn’t my favorite, but for sure the most frequent!
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Capture the Cat was created from Capture the Flag. Why a cat? Well, they were supposed to be a stuffed animal in our camp store. But do you see them? They’re like roadkill. Who wants to buy roadkill with a shirt on it? No one. So instead, we attempt to capture them.

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I don’t know whose feet these sandals belong to, but I enjoy that it’s a mystery. I enjoy the composition of this shot and the detail in the grains of sand. I feel like these sandals would be screaming “Why do I always have to be the one left on the sand. Why can’t I jump in the water for once?!” I’ll answer you, little flip-flop. It’s because you’d sink to the bottom. And you wouldn’t be the first to do that.
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I want to start off by saying that this was a terrifying experience. Campers and counselors running at full speed toward me. Some with their tongue sticking out. It was scary, but totally worth it. They’re playing Giants, Wizards, and Elves, which is kind of like Rock, Paper, Scissors and Red Rover combined.

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Ahh, the megaphone. Rarely needed, but often used. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure that I’ve ever had the pleasure of using it. I never used it at waterfront because I wasn’t a lifeguard. I never used it leading games because I was either a counselor or taking photos. Interesting. And yet, I’m not sad about this!

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These girls thought it necessary to look at me and strike a pose nearly every time they saw me. While it was fun and enjoyable to have campers who WANTED their picture taken…I didn’t always have the camera. Yet, they still stopped and posed. It really didn’t matter. They just thought they had to do that whenever they saw me. Cute.


High Adventure CampPhew! I just barely made this post before a month had past since my last one. I don’t want to turn into a Debra or Jackie. I also avoided being pruned!

Well, as most of you know, I’m home from camp. There’s still another 5ish weeks left of camp…but alas, I will not be there. I got back on June 30th. That Monday, I started class and went back to work.

I’m taking Zoology this summer. We have 19 class periods that run from 8-12 every day. So one day is pretty much equivalent to one week in a normal semester. I hate science, but I really enjoy this because when we talk about boring or gross stuff (like protozoans or parasites), I only have to bear it for a day. We have our first test tomorrow. I’m feeling pretty confident about it.

Today we dissected our first organism. A roundworm. SICK. Its insides reminded me of ramen noodles. SICK!

It’s been eventful since the last time I posted.

  • Holly and Bob got married
  • Got kissed by Mandy
  • Adam tore his ACL and other things
  • Adam and Cari got married
  • Saw Ratatouille
  • Independence Day in Sioux Falls
  • Bryce and Lindsey got married
  • Chose wedding colors (“Tealness” and “Blue Pastel”)
  • Chose bridesmaid dresses
  • Created rough draft of invitation
  • Got cable, DVR, and internet at the house
  • Adam had surgery today
  • Miles is in Washington state for work

Yes, it’s quite busy on the Madison front. But at the same time, I’m often bored. Come visit!