never get high off paint.

August 4th, 2010

I had the craziest 12 hours but I am especially grateful for my awesome job that made everything better….

So basically my house is being majorly renovated right now. My Mom decided to put primer on my room yesterday. Although it was “dry” by the time I wanted to sleep, it was still very fresh and had major fumes coming off it. “Is it safe to sleep in there?”, I asked. I was told that it would be okay if the window was open… RIGHT. I think after several hours of unintentionally sniffing paint I woke up at 4:30AM feeling really sick. I think I accidentally ended up on a paint trip. I had some really creative ideas but also some CRAZY SCARY dreams. I got up to use the washroom and almost rolled into a bunch of paint. Then I had to climb the mountain of clothes on my bed to get back after I was done. I don’t think I really slept after that but my dreams were very confusing and rather unpleasant. I was really sick in the morning and I considered staying home but today was swimming and using the green screen at movie camp so I didn’t want to miss it. I didn’t have much time to get ready because I spent lots of time being sick so I didn’t really bring a lunch with me.

I rode my bike to SFU (as per usual) and on the way there this bus snuck up behind me and almost drove right over me. I rode up onto the sidewalk and almost hit some people myself! Then I passed a bank and right as I rode by a big alarm started going off and there were lights flashing and people yelling.

Paint High + Scary Dreams + Sickness + Almost hit by a bus + bank robbery… oh my.

As I continued riding I was still feeling sick and considered throwing up in the park. When I got to SFU my ears started making funny noises and I was really scared. I wanted to curl up in the fetal position and be held. I wish someone could have been there to give me a hug but it felt inappropriate asking my co-workers and/or the campers HAHA.

The morning actually went by pretty fast, my job distracted me from feeling afraid and sick which was awesome. I had fun and the kids were very well behaved. In the afternoon we went swimming. One of the kids came up to me and was like, “Jenni, can I splash you?”. I told them no. “Jenni, can I splash Stephan (the other leader)?” YES! Haha! We went in the Sauna near the end and it totally exfoliated a layer of dead skin from my legs making them all smooth and nice. Another memorable moment was when one kid (not from our group) asked me if I was a lifeguard (probably because I was playing with a big group of kids haha!). At the end of the day I ran into a bunch of people I wanted to see. I love when things work out the way I want them too : )

Crazy ass morning salvaged into a lovely adventure. Yay!

Summer Camp

This past week was my first week working at SFU Summer Camps! It was so much fun and I learned so much from it! It was a little crazy (okay REALLY crazy) but definitely worth it. We did so much in such a a short time. The kids made computer games, 3D characters, commercials, a green screen music video (okay so my co-worker Lanz did most of the work on that one haha), and super hero identities (with costumes!). We had four guest speakers, three of which I had a hand in setting up. It was so nice to have so many interesting people I know come to be a part of camp, but more on that later.

I had to deal with a bunch of behaviour issues that I wasn’t really prepared for. It really enforced my view of rule #1: treat other as you want to be treated. In our leader guidebook it lists “withholding kindness” as a form of abuse which I found a bit funny but also true. I learned that conflict resolution has tree parts: saying sorry, actually feeling sorry and then acceptance and forgiveness from the offended party. All three are really important.

On Friday the AMAZING SuperForest Jackson of superforest.org came in to give a talk for the kids via Skype. From Hawaii to British Columbia, how amazing! I was SO EXCITED and I think it went very well. I had a ton of technical issues so Jackson was never able to see us in BC but he could hear us and answered a bunch of the kids questions. It was a big learning experience (on the technical and logistical side) but I think the kids liked it and the other leaders were very impressed. At the beginning he introduced himself and what he is doing at Zero One in Hawaii.

This is the last 17 minutes of SuperForest Jackson’s talk.

I’m so grateful for this wonderful job. My co-workers, the volunteer and all the kids were awesome and I’m so lucky to have such an interesting opportunity.

Love,

Jenni