Today's Mighty Oak

Checking in: Monday of Week 2

Just checking in with everybody.  What a crazy ride it has been so far.  But to be fair, let’s get this out of the way first:

Yes, my plant, Poe, is doing very well.  I brought him up with me from work and he is sitting on the mailboxes, enjoying the sunlight.  Every time I talk about him it also makes me want to read House of Leaves again.  Note to self: remind Kenny to finish it so I can have my copy back.

And of course, seen in the back of that picture is our flag from national inspection.  Here’s a close-up:

Yes, that is our pennant.  We fought long and hard for that one.  And when I look back and realize how much went wrong, and continued to go wrong getting ready for this summer and during staff week, I really do think that no other camp in America could have opened the way we did.  But hey, we made it, now we get to fully focus on the program…and I will continue with the paperwork and trying to keep everyone happy.

One of these days I’ll have to write down what all went wrong, changed or didn’t go anywhere near as smoothly as we expected, but that list is really way too long, and I’d rather focus on the good things anyway.

So, moving on, today is the first day of summer.  I’m CQ and stuck in Keystone and the Infirmary tonight, so while the kids play a game of Risk (I’ll be adding my own commentary, like any good sports caster), I’ll be starting Infinite Summer:

Infinite Summer is a where a bunch of people, from all over the world, are reading David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest” during the summer.  I tried reading it once before, but school got in the way, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to make it through.  I was actually given Infinite Jest as a birthday gift (well, I got to pick out any book I wanted and it’s the one I choose), so I’m really excited to finally force myself to read it.  It’s a giant book though, so I’m hoping that I can keep going and make it through.  It averages out to 75 pages a week of main story, but that does not include the end notes, which are also giant, so I’ll keep everyone posted on my progress.

That’s it for now, I think.  My parents are coming up tomorrow and we’re going to dinner, and then I’m CQ again on Tuesday, then I’ll be home Wednesday night for Matt and Melissa’s wedding, hopefully I’ll be able to post again soon.  In the meantime, have a great one!

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