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Day two of the last week of camp is over. The show was today. Our kids stood on stage while we, the counselors, sang along and did the hand motions at the sides. They were cute, which is the entire point of the show. And the parents got to meet each other during the food time after the show ended. It was funny to see the parents of these two kids I decided were going to get married meet. They exchanged information so the kids could have playdates and took a picture of them together. I hope those kids stay friends for a very long time.

It's weird that I've hung around these kids for so long and have gotten to know them all very well. I probably won't see them again. But somehow, as a counselor, we've affected their lives. Maybe it's not a big thing, but it happened. They won't always remember us, I doubt they will at all, but as my mum's said, we'll be with them somehow always. Sounds cheesy. But it seems true.

Good: Cara and Ben made my day yesterday by driving by me as I was walking home in the opposite direction, turning around and picking me up. The picking me up and giving me a lift the rest of the way home was not what made my day but seeing them for the brief time I was in the car. And the kickass playing cards they got me from Bed Bath and Beyond. They've got random drink recipes on them with a picture of the drink and directions on how to make it. Incredibly awesome!!! Thank you two very, very much!!!! I heart my friends!

Bad: I feel sick. It's a cold, really. With a side of anxiety. But I'll get over it.

I should really be packing. Meh, I'd rather read fanfic.
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Work wasn't so good today but the afternoon more than made up for it. I hung out with [livejournal.com profile] jesskivage, [livejournal.com profile] sneeze042, Carter and [livejournal.com profile] ladysar803 at Carter's pool. If you believe in fate, that's what it was. I went online for the first time in ages and so did Carter. He opened his pool up to us and we had fun talking about random stuff and eating pizza after freezing our collective asses off in his pool. Still, very fun. Very relaxing. Bad thing was that I'm supposed to study for that final but have yet to do so. I'll bring it with me tomorrow and read it during some free time.

I found out that Schecter, my elementary school, kept records of us. It's organized by graduation year. Ira, the boy who told me about it, also told me where they're kept. I really want to find mine. I tried after work today but they locked the doors going into the school. I wonder what they have about us in there...


ETA: Fixed it Jess. Happy now? *giggle*
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Someone barfed in the big pool today, making it unsuable. This led to sprinklers being put outside so little kids could play in them instead of filling up the smaller, outdoor pool. This led to John taking said sprinkler and aiming it at me, ending up with me very, very soaked. From there we went to the small pool because there was enough room for our little ones. Already wet, I decided to just go into the pool fully clothed. It was actually quite fun, but next time I'll bring a change of clothes because wet pants + air conditioning = cold Adri. Kiki, another counselor, fell into the pool when trying to step into it while holding one of our kids. Both kid and counselor were fine. Unfortunately, no cameras were around so we have no photo evidence. Kiki tried to force Toya, my senior counselor, into the pool, which didn't work. Overall, it was a fun day. Except for the kids being all pissy for some inexplicable reason. Usually they're pretty chill. I don't understand why today was different, but it was. Oh well. They'll get over it.
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My life has been taken over by camp and bartending. I don't mind it mostly, it's fun, but I would have liked to see Pirates with my friends on Friday instead of taking a class it turns out I've already taken except the teacher I had for it the first time didn't do the second half for us. It was a good thing I went, though, because I learned a lot and met some really nice people. And the class I have tomorrow (wine seminar) is earlier than I thought now so less sleep. And less sleep = unhappy Adri. Garg!

For my lunch break I walked around Old City in search of Becca because I knew she was working. I asked some of the dudes in ye olde time costumes where she was and the third questioned actually was working for the same company as she is and gave me great directions to find her. So I got to hang out with her for the rest of the break and went back when we got out early. I had much fun!

I like walking around the city. It's fun to people watch. The idea of living in a city is just so appealing. There are so many things going on and tons of places to explore. I just wish I got to do it more often. Maybe the days when I miss the 5:40 train (which is bound to happen since it takes over ten minutes to walk from class to the station and class ends at 5:30 usually) I'll have an adventure until the next train comes. Philadelphia is pretty.

I got my first paycheck. It was very exciting. They actually spelled my name right and everything. We also had a party for John 'cause he's going to Italy on Tuesday and won't be back at camp until the last two weeks. No, not that John. The other one. We have two of 'em. And sometimes David is John and John is David. It's all very confusing but amusing if you know what the hell I'm rambling about, which you probably don't and I don't feel like explaining because it makes the confusion less funny for me. And in conclusion, I'm gonna drink my tea in this huge-ass Tinkerbell mug that is bigger than my face. Yeah, it's awesome.


P.S. [livejournal.com profile] eileenthepeach, I finally rented and watched "The Producers" and loved it! A few actors who had small parts in it have actually been in the play on Broadway at one point. Examples: Richard Kind (jury dude) was Max Biallystock when I saw it and Jonathan Freeman (ticket dude) was Roger DuBris (he and Richard were in the show together, actually). Yes, I notice small things. Blame my cousin Antonia. She said Jon would be in it, I just didn't know exactly when so I kept my eyes open. And after watching "Spin City" almost religiously when little it's pretty impossible for me to not notice Richard Kind.
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Second (and third, technically speaking) bartending classes were today. We learned shooters. Andrew (the teacher) even brought out the real alcohol they keep in the back to show us how they do layered drinks and we tried inventing a bunch of new shots with the variuos liqueurs we had. Let's just say that those who were over 21 got a taste if they wanted and the teacher especially. But that was later on during the class so it wasn't like he needed to be utterly alert. We also learned garnishes, which took maybe ten minutes. So it was a pretty relaxing day. Very nice.

The class was in Old City so I saw a bunch of the people who dress up in the historical costumes and tell stories around. I wondered where Becca was because I know that she works for them. Funnily enough, when getting onto the train to get home, there she was. We sat together and talked. It was a great way to end the day! It's crazy how those few minutes were some of the most fun ones of the day. And now I know where she's working (which is nearby the school) so I can head over there during my lunch break and learn about Philadelphia while eating. I think it's a good plan.

Other than that, the first week of camp is over. I really like the other counselors I'm working with and we seem to have a sort of routine now. It's fun. Tiring but fun. Well, wiping the kids after they've gone to the bathroom is not fun. Nor is changing them if necessary. But after my freakoutage when attempting to change one of the kids and Taller John's inability to put a diaper on correctly, our lovely senior counselor has been nice enough to do changings. Overall: Good.

My cousin Darryl is staying for a few days with his friend Avi while my parents are at another cousin's house. They're pretty cool guys but we haven't really talked. Tonight shall be bonding night. Sort of. We're gonna do dinner. Darryl and Avi are here because they're doing this blog about congressional districts, various towns and other political stuff. I'm not sure about the details because I haven't had the chance to sit down and read it yet. That's my next mission. Still, it sounds interesting and you should check it out. Got that? Wonderful.
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Senior Project is officially over for me. I've presented. I'm done. Mr. Kelly said my project did a great service to the families with kids with anophthalmia/microphthalmia. This means he liked the presentation. Yay! Now all that's left for high school is graduating.

As usual, as one thing ends another will begin. For the next month I have to spend pretty much every Sunday at the JCC doing some orientation stuff for my counselor job. I don't see why they insist on doing it for a month before camp starts...it seems a little early. Maybe that's how all camps work, I dunno. Oh well. It's a job so who am I to complain?

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