*Heart ice cubes made with my new heart ice cube tray!*
I’m getting my final blog in early today. It’s being posted from my work computer. The internet use is very limited here. I SHOULD be working and trying to make money. Clearly I have my priorities in the right order.
I’ve thanked, I’ve pleaded, and I’ve done as much as I can think to do for this competition. I’m not going to spend my last blog trying to convince the judges that I’m the best person for this job. I’ve already done those posts. I wish I had the time today to get to everyone and thank them for everything! The amazingly kind words that have been coming out today have been overwhelming – especially Reebajeeb’s vlog mention
*blush* and thanks Flankee
for the constant comments and kind words! To everyone else who’s stopped by, even if for only a moment I appreciated it.
I posted on my twitter today that it’s starting to feel like the last day of summer camp.
I worked as a summer camp leaded at the YMCA Camp Campbell
in Boulder Creek California way back in 2004 and after I typed that tweet I started to reminisce. It was the best summer of my life (so far).
I was a camp leader, which basically meant I was a babysitter, friend, teacher, motivator, entertainer, clown, dork, mentor and organizer. I dealt with anything and everything that gets thrown at you when working with young kids – homesickness, jealousy, self confidence, bratty-ness, shyness, arguments, love triangles and still managed to walk away in one piece.
Working at camp gave me the confidence to attack any situation head on. I sang camp songs, acted out skits and made a fool of myself in front of over 200 people every night at campfire and found myself enjoying it.
Being the only Australian at camp I was completely out of my element. Before I went I worried about making friends and the people I’d meet. I was concerned that I’d get there and spend 3 months of my life by myself. I was absolutely 100% wrong! I have made and kept some amazing friends and the people I met at camp are some of my most favourite people in the world!
It’s hard to explain what it’s like at a summer camp to people who have never been but with camp friends you can reminisce and laugh and talk about camp things and they make sense. You usually end up singing camp songs and regressing to the age of a camper by the end of the evening. I miss them so much and I only saw a bunch of them in August! It’s too long between drinks.
When I came home from camp (after many tearful goodbyes and heartbreaks) I would find myself saying “this one time at camp…”. Though my stories never did end quite like the “flute girl” from American Pie.
I feel like the end of this competition is a little like the end of summer camp because no matter what way you look at it, it’s an ending of something that has been so important to a lot of us for a long time now. We’ve all talked and got to know each other and now we’re all headed our separate ways. We won’t really have a central meeting point anymore which is horribly sad.
I also wanted to let everyone know that I am going to continue my blogging over at my old blog
(the one I’ve been neglecting big time). If nothing else this competition has re-awoken my desire to write and take photos and keep a blog! I’ve enjoyed it more than I can say and I hope everyone keeps coming over to check out my stuff. *Facelift on the blog coming soon*
Good luck everyone! I’ll miss you all! Keep in touch!
Final 6 here we come!!!
Nervous love & sparkles
x x x