Sunday, February 27, 2011

expect the unexpected

I went on an eight day compulsory camp with the 'just do it and hope it goes quick' attitude. I loved it, I didn't expect to but it was probably one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. We were put into groups of twelve and I was lucky enough to be landed with a bunch of awesome people. We had our problems, with home sickness, gastro and bitching caused by over-tiredness but the motto 'deal with it' got us through. Everyone in my group called me 'Mum' because I was the go-to if problems arose, I did the cooking and fussed like a mother hen! I do it because I love them.
I was not going to go on any of the optional camps offered for grade 9's at our school, but now I want to go on all of them!
Nothing make me warm and fuzzy quite like an eye-opening, potentially life-changing incident!

So: camp food.
Now, just to clear the soon to be hazy air, our outdoor education co-ordinator spends six months every year away from his wife an young son to come on camps with us. He is an amazing teacher and I am incredibly grateful for his work, Thanks Mr. Witty!

the food was not too bad. We cooked on portable gas stoves and on the whole it was edible, mostly curry and risotto. Only one meal was freeze-dried and that was on an over-night hike anyway. But the pots we use are awful! They burn absolutely everything, no matter what the cooking temperature, no matter how you stir!

So, apart from carcinogenic, the food was good. The apples and oranges provided for snacks were delectable - we each had about five per day!

Monday, February 7, 2011


Sorry! Been so busy with getting ready for school!
Had my first day back today, it was pretty terrifying. Even though I have been going to the same school for eleven years now, today my grade did the big jump an moved to a different campus. The older girls and teachers are daunting, but I guess it is just another thing I will have to get used to!

On a brighter side, my lunch was delicious, I had Halloumi salad, season rice, a Pb and J fold-over sandwich and  a kiwi fruit. Tomorrow I am planning another salad, but with different 'stuff.'

I don't feel like this a lot, but today I felt like a young, ignorant teenager. I guess I am, when you strip it all down I am just a precocious girl who just wants to fit in. And you know what? It really ain't so bad.

This post wasn't overly long, mature or in depth, but thats okay too.

"Because I knew you, I have been changed for good." (For Good, from Wicked)

Ims x