A Much Needed Pick-Me-Up After the Elections

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Wew, the midterm elections are over. No matter who you voted for, we can agree on one thing: Political ads are over. Thank God. I don’t know about you but I need a pick me up.

A list of light-hearted TV Shows that are worth your Netflix weekend:

  • Want a throwback to the late 90s, where Ash Ketchum is just starting his journey? Well, you are in luck Pokemon is available. There are a variety of different seasons of Pokemon, so if you want to branch out of the 90s you can watch what little Jonny is down the street with Pokemon Black and White.
  • Remember those talking Dragons? The ones that dance and sing and go on walks in rainbow canyon? I do too. Dragon Tails  is available to stream all 94 episodes on Netflix. I know what I’m watching this weekend.
  • Arthur and Buster are back. All 4 seasons of PBS’s Arthur. The after school special brings back memories of grabbing juice boxes after school and turning on the TV. I wonder if Arthur ever made it out of the 3rd grade.
  • Halloween is over but its not too late to dress up as Red Power Ranger and sit on the coach. There are a variety of versions of the Power Rangers‘s series.
  • Though its still a bit outside of my childhood, I treasure Phineas and Ferb. It’s an amazing throwback to traditional cartoons emphasizing positivity, creativity, and productivity.

These amazing children’s shows will keep the evil of politics away. No matter if you believe you won or you lost, we all need a pick-me-up. These shows will surely do the trick for your weekend binge-watch.

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Summary Sunday: Camp

I went to camp a lot in elementary and middle school. Being an only child, it was one of the few times I was able to see my friends who didn’t live near by. Sports camp, music camp, church camp, and girl scout camp, I went to them all. It didn’t matter if it’s day camp or overnight, whether I’m working it or attending. I had some bad times. Once I lost all of my belongings in a thunderstorm. But I had some good ones too.

This next week I will be a counselor for Summer Speech Institute and Broadcasting Bootcamp. So in honor of that here are a few of my favorite memories of camp:

  • The first time I went to camp. I attended family camp at Camp Sacajawea. Unfortunately, my dad could not come with my mom and I, so my mom’s best friend came with us instead. I don’t remember much to be honest. All I remember was spending the night in our little cabin counting the bugs with my flashlight. My mom and godmother remember it a lot better. I love hearing them tell stories of it like when they got lost going to the latrines one night. That first experience did not deter me away from camp. I attended Camp Sac for the next 4 summers.

  • I spent many summers, spring recharges, and fall recharges at Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp. My favorite activity was playing Bonkers. Bonkers was a tag type of game where the counselors tried to chase down the campers with socks full of powder while we tried to complete tasks. There’s not a specific game that has any strong feelings. I loved the exhilaration of being chased, the fascination of working my mind to complete riddles.

 

  • Dorian Music Camp was one of the best thing that happened to me in junior high. For one week my life revolved around creating, creating music, art and memories. My favorite summer was my 2nd year at Dorian. I didn’t do band that year, instead I took an art class which focused on metal working and design. I spent the week carving designs out of Styrofoam.  Even in my free time, I sketched ideas for my final project–a medallion. I finally decided on a simple but abstract design.  Hidden within little half squares was the word life. I was and still am proud of it.

 

  • My Girl Scout troop was one of the oldest active troops in our area. All of our moms were on the organizational committee of Day Camp so it was only natural that we stepped up and became more and more involved. Once in high school, we were a major part of Day Camp. We helped pick the theme for the year, attended meetings in January, and did everything we could to make that year a great year. I put a lot of time, energy and effort into the camp and it was a wonderful feeling to have it run so smoothly each year.

Today was day 2 of camp. It’s enlightening to see the campers learn and make friends. I can’t wait to see what the next three days hold.