bookaddict88: (Results Beyond Hope)
Time again for one of my round-ups! This is a pretty full one. I had more time to read last semester than I've had in a LONG time. And of course, I did lots of other cool things as well!

Books I've read:
  • The Rope Trick by Lloyd Alexander (reread)
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox
  • Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold (reread)
  • Dresden Files Books 1-12 by Jim Butcher
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The History of Rasselas by Samuel Johnson
  • Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Queen of Attolia, King of Attolia, and Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (re-read on the first two; also, got halfway through The Thief)
  • The Sally Lockhart Mysteries (Books 1-4) by Phillip Pullman

Places Visited:
  • Colorado, USA
  • Maastricht and Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • London, UK
  • Brussels, Brugge, and Ghent, Belgium
  • Monschau, Berlin, and Munich, Germany
  • Athens, Thessaloniki, and Poros, Greece
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Bern and Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Salzburg and Vienna, Austria
  • Venice, Milan, Siena, Lake Como, and Florence, Italy
  • Madrid and Sevilla, Spain
  • Paris and the Loire Valley (inc. Bloise and Tours), France
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Edinburgh, London, and Stratford-upon-Avon, U.K.

Productions Seen:
  • Les Miserables (two different productions, in London and Edinburgh)
  • Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre in Prague
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (the ballet) at the State Opera House in Vienna
  • Oliver! in London
  • Legally Blonde the Musical in London
  • Macbeth at the Globe in London
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company Public Understudy Performance) in Stratford-on-Avon

Other random things I've done:
  • Volunteered at Junior Winter Camp at Forest Home
  • Taken and passed the PRAXIS II
  • Got my B.A. from Baylor University!
It was quite a semester!
bookaddict88: (Kiddie love)
I just heard that two of my good friends, Firefly and Cave Rock*, got engaged yesterday!  I'm SO freaking excited for them!!!! I lived and worked with both of them all summer, and they're seriously two of the most amazing people I know.  They deserve each other, and they SO deserve to be this happy! I can't wait to call Firefly tomorrow and get more details!

...Anyway, I know that none of you know these people, and so probably don't care about this. But I had to let out my excitement to more people than just my roommate (who has no clue who these people are that I'm talking about either), and I can't do it anywhere else because the couple hasn't made the official announcement yet and it's too late to call the other people who do know about it. So, expressing my happiness here will have to do.

*Most people know them as Katrina and Zachary, but as they were my co-workers/family at the camp I worked at this summer, I only think of them by their camp names.

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I've been out of school for over a month now, and things have been going pretty well!  The first couple of weeks, I mostly lazed around, though I did work occasionally.  Then, starting in June, my summer began to pick up. The first few days of the month, I visited my grandma with my mom.  It was nice to be able to spend some quality time with her, which I don't always get to do when I see her with a bunch of other family members around. 

The day after I came back from that trip, I left for orientation at the summer camp I'll be working at.  We were kept REALLY busy, being trained in all we needed to know for the rest of the summer! But I still had a chance to start to really get to know the other staff members, both the ones I'll be working directly with, and those I won't be seeing so often. It was odd, though, because all of those staff members who would be working with children had camp names. So someone would introduce themselves to me as Michelle, and I'd have to introduce myself as Azalea (the camp name I ended up choosing, after my first two choices had been rejected because they'd been recently used).  It took some getting used to! Within my specific camp area, we had a rule going on that if you said someone's real name, you had to put a quarter in a jar (we'd use the money to go see a movie sometime during the summer).  I didn't have too much of a problem, because I had never met most of the staff members before, and while I knew their real names, I had never really called them by them.  The harder part was referring to myself by my camp name! At any rate, orientation was packed, but fun.  I still don't know everything I'm supposed to be doing, but I guess there are some things we just have to figure out as we go along.

I left orientation two days early, so that I could go to New York.  I spent an afternoon packing and spending time with my family and my best friend, then left the next morning for Colorado, where I visited with some family friends.  The morning after that, I flew on to New York! I've now been here for about five days, and am having a blast.  I'm here for a history program centered on Abraham Lincoln, so we've taken tours of the city, heard lectures from some prominent scholars, and are working on a mini project. On my free time, I've also walked around the city, visited the Met, seen a free violin concert, and seen the NYC Ballet perform A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

I especially loved the ballet. While I like dancing, and watching people dance, the only full length ballet I'd seen before was The Nutcracker (which I've seen more times than I can count).  So A Midsummer Night's Dream was awesome. Not only was the story fun and the dancing spectacular (or cute, in the case of the really young dancers), but I also loved the music and costumes.  Plus, I only paid $15 for my tickets, because I'm a student!

Another thing I've loved is visiting the Strand Bookstore. I'm staying at an NYU residence hall only a block and a half away from the bookstore, so I've gone to visit it three times. They have so many new and used books, and at such great prices! I've bought 5 books so far, but if I didn't limit myself, I would probably have bought 100.

Well, I have a discussion in about 5 minutes, so I better go now. Hope you are all having as great of a summer as I am!
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I'm the most indecisive person in the world, and am having the hardest time deciding on a camp name for the summer! My best friend says it should have something to do with dancing, as that's one of the things I absolutely love doing, but I couldn't come up with anything good. I also thought briefly of rocking the school spirit and being something to do with bears, but didn't have any real ideas for that either (I guess I could just combine the two and be Dancing Bear!). At any rate, here are my top 8 choices at the moment, in a poll because polls are fun. So vote, and if you have any other cool ideas you didn't mention earlier, put them in the comments.[Poll #1391080][Poll #1391080]

Camp Name!

Apr. 25th, 2009 12:48 am
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So, as I said in my last post, I'm going to be working at a camp this summer! At this camp, all the children's staff members have "camp names" that the kids call them by instead of their real names.  For example, some of the other staff members this year are Sandpiper, Tiger Lily, June Bug, Moonbeam, Cardinal, Timber, and Avalanche. At any rate, this means I need to come up with an outdoorsy name in the next week or so. Anyone have ideas?

In other news, Sing Alliance Formal was today.  As always, it was a ton of fun!  Although I didn't get a chance to hem my dress, so even though I wore my highest heels, I still kept tripping on it whenever I tried to dance...
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I finally know what I'm going to be doing this summer!  Last summer, I worked two weeks as a counselor for the high schoolers at a summer camp I've been attending in one shape or form for years.  That was fun, but ever since I was little I've wanted to work there for a whole summer, preferably with elementary age kids.  Well, I've finally got my wish!  I applied to work there as a counselor for the 3rd-5th graders in late January (since I was there last year, my "application" consisted of letting them know I wanted to come back and what job I wanted).  I didn't get interviewed until mid-March, and it wasn't until today  (when I'd almost given up hearing from them) that I heard I got a job.  It's not the job I applied for, but it should still be a lot of fun!* At any rate, I'm excited to finally know which of my several tentative plans for this summer will be actually carried out.

Speaking of summer, in just over two weeks I will be done with this semester! We only have 6 more days of classes (tomorrow is  "Diadeloso", where my school has a bunch of fun activities planned), and then I have all my finals in three consecutive days.  It's going to be quite a push getting through it all, but it's good to know it's almost over!

*Unfortunately, this camp is a non-profit and doesn't pay well at all. But you can't have everything, I guess!
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