Thursday, June 22, 2006

One Day Left

I technically only had to be with my campers for half of today, I went and gave a presentation to over 200 Girl Scouts. That was easier for me than dealing with third and fourth graders. I'd rather do public speaking than work with elementary kids. Thank God we focus on middle schoolers at CLC.

I gues I've been a little negative about camp this week. The kids aren't bad, they just take A LOT of energy and patience. I thought I was patient until this week. Altough, I guess there are people who might have actually snapped at these kids. As far as I can tell, they don't even know how hard working with them is on me. When I came back this afternoon, I got hugs all around. And they all seem pretty happy to see me each day. I just wish we didn't have to do a young kids camp. Doing the camps for the older kids is hard enough.

One day left.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Sad Day

I'm sorry to announce the passing of Craig's grandma, Nana, today. She was a great lady whom was well loved by all who knew her.

The Lotz's are in our thoughts and prayers.

Random bear

So this has been a tough week. The morning camp is not only a large group of third and fourth graders, but they are a less mature group of kids than my afternoon group. So when I got home and checked my e-mail to find this HILARIOUS nugget in my Inbox, I felt better. Ben is the best.

USB drive

I haven't laughed this hard in a while. The photo of that teddy bear sticking out of the front of the computer was awesome. It's like someone got mad at the bear or the computer (or both) and just shoved it in there.

Great stuff.

P.S. If you see me on the news in the next two days, it's either because I have poked a child's eyes out because I've gotten sick of "Two Fingers Up" (a method of getting kids to be quiet), or I've attempted to launch one of them on the model rockets we'll be launching on Friday. Just so you know.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Thank God for Elementary teachers

So, today was the first day of Young Astronauts Camp. It's all third and fourth graders. Elementary school teachers are God's gift to the world. Anyone who can put up with 20+ of those kids for 6 hours a day are freaking Angels on Earth. Seriously. It's only been one day, and I'm counting down the days until I'm not dealing with kids this young on a daily basis.

Sorry this is short and raggy, but I've got to give Ben a break from me bitchin' about these kids.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


It’s insane how many calls we are getting at CLC for missions, mini-missions, parties, etc. for this summer! On one hand I’m happy that we’re getting loads of business, but at the same time, we still only have three people who know how to run a mission!!!! So there will be a lot of days where I will have to leave the camp to others so I can go run a mission or off site program.

I did have one really cool thing happen at work today, though. I’ve been researching the materials that make up the space suits used by NASA, and I found a company that sells rolls of Kevlar fabric. I don’t want a whole roll, just a sample that I can use in a show-and-tell type setting, so the company was nice enough to donate a small swatch for our educational purposes. Yay! So if anyone out there ever needs ballistics grade Kevlar to make something, I recommend Armor Co. of Ohio.

On to lighter stuff. Now that the TV seasons are pretty much over, many summer shows are gearing up. One of them that Ben and I are ecstatic about returning is Last Comic Standing. We missed the first season, watched the second season (LOVED the winner, John Heffron). We also watched season three, a battle between seasons one and two. Two totally wiped the floor with season one’s comics. Only one guy was really up to par with season two’s comics, and he’s the one who lasted the longest before NBC prematurely pulled the plug. As much as we love John Heffron, we really are digging Josh Blue, a comic living with cerebral palsy. He’s freaking hilarious. He makes fun of the parts of his disabilities that are obvious and parts that others may not recognize as being issues. Ben and I have seen him before on our favorite comic show, “Mind of Mencia.” Apparently, Josh is friends with Carlos Mencia, who also happens to look like a Mexican version of my brother-in-law, Patrick. I’ll try and get a picture of Pat at the next family gathering for online comparison.

So I guess what I’m trying say with that last paragraph about Last Comic Standing is that if you’re not watching it, YOU SHOULD BE. Tuesday nights on NBC.

Check out the website to vote for comics who haven’t yet made it to the finals. They have videos of them. Enjoy. That is my nugget for you this day.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


So Jessi wrote a really funny blog. But she doesn't have the guts to post it. So if you want to read it, e-mail her or me and I'll send it. It's freaking hilarious. I laughed so hard I cried. My stomach muscles hurt. My cheeks hurt.

Cardinals Game

Last night Ben and I got some tickets to the Cards/Reds game. We took our friends, Justin and Cheryl. We lost the game, which sucked, but something Cheryl said at the end of the night made it TOTALLY worth going.

So after the game, the four of us are waiting to leave the ballpark while the rest of the crowd clears out. We are at the top of the stadium. THE TOP. So I'm looking down on the crowd walking below us on the walkway. And I mention to Ben, jokingly of course, "Hey, honey, you can look down girls shirts from here!" So Ben, Justin and Cheryl all look down on the walkway. A few seconds later, an older woman with a MAJOR boob job walks below us wearing a tank top. Cheryl yells out "NICE RACK!" It was hilarious!!

It really helps if you know Cheryl to see how funny that is, but I bet it's at least crackin' a smile on your face... huh huh, I said crack.