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01 August 2011 @ 12:54 am
Pre-camp at Rowe was intense. It's bizarre working with a woman I had a crush on at 16 and sitting at a staff meeting with her five years later, at 21.

Today the campers arrived. I'll get to know them more after the Three Days of Awkward are over, I think.

I was chosen by a male spirit (voted-in returning camper with more responsibilities to bring back the 'spirit of Rowe' from the previous year; they run the cabins) so that means I am in a male cabin. I also happen to be the Big Sister (adopted staff person) of Lee Cabin, which is the cabin I was in during my last year at Rowe in 2007. Strange how different cabins can be when filled with males vs. females.

Would love to say more but it's nearly 1am Rowe time (ahead one hour) and I need to be getting back up to the Rec hall as I'm off campus at the moment to use the computer. Just finished researching Tennyson's 'In Memoriam' for a chapel I'm running with a friend!staffer.

Can't believe that through a HP conference and international moving, I managed to write all the fics for Goldenlake's Decathlon and a fic for Hogwarts Houses. Off I go now!

Hope you all are doing well! ♥
woldy: wishwoldy on August 1st, 2011 05:12 am (UTC)
It's nice to hear about your travels :-)
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on August 3rd, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it! I always fear I bore with all the travel details. :Þ
therealsnapetherealsnape on August 1st, 2011 06:45 am (UTC)
I'll look out for that Hogwarts Houses fic.

And have a wonderful time at Rowe; glad to hear all is going well.
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on August 3rd, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
I'll look out for that Hogwarts Houses fic.
I wouldn't bother. I mean, I know I normally say not to bother and that a fic 'certainly isn't my best', but I really mean it this time. I wrote it on the plane here and during the car ride to camp. If ever there is a Kiwi Fic to Skip, this is it.

Thank you! I will certainly do my best to continue my wonderful time at Rowe. :D
minervas_eule: Minerva's Euleminervas_eule on August 1st, 2011 08:30 am (UTC)
Hi there - have a great time....
I do not get "chosen by a male spirit", but well... :-)
and I would love to hear a more in-depth-evaluation of "it's bizarre" ;-))
Look for the post-owls beginning at the end of the week...
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on August 3rd, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
Spirits are elected by the campers to return the next year; they are campers too but they have more responsibilities, like choosing who goes into what cabin, mediating and acting as a medium between 'regular' campers and staff members. There are eight of them every year (one for each cabin that Rowe Camp uses) and always four females and four males.

One of the male spirits chose me to be his cabin's 'Big Sis', which means I go into the cabin after chapel and we all 'check in' together (take turns talking about our day without interruptions; it's an active listening activity). I was a little surprised to be chosen by a male spirit (and thus to be involved with a male cabin) because so often in my life I end up around more female presences and usually I tend to get pulled into those instead. It's definitely a new experience that is well worth having!

and I would love to hear a more in-depth-evaluation of "it's bizarre" ;-))
Hahaha, when I understand it I will definitely try to give a written evaluation!

I'll definitely be looking for the post-owls! *Hops up and down excitedly.*
gerristgerrist on August 1st, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Landings, Post Owls, & Rowinie's
Saw your fb post and thought you were perhaps inspired to write that by KK's post. Two sisters an ocean apart in the other direction but experiencing satisfaction with their lives at this time.

I do hope our own made it this time round. Twas a silly thing to mail anyway, but it made me smile and hopefully it will you.

Have you shared the M&M's? : ) The little Rowinie's could probably devour the bag in a few seconds!

I'm off to work now. xo
gerristgerrist on August 1st, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Landings, Post Owls, & Rowinie's
above should say, "I do hope our OWL ..."
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on August 3rd, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Landings, Post Owls, & Rowinie's
Your owl did arrive in time! I got it on the last day of pre-camp. I'm sorry I haven't written anything to you all yet! Being on staff is really busy. Plus, often times if I'm sitting around trying to write a letter (even if it's in a workshop for writing), campers will often come up and chat with me. I'm pleased because often times they're the campers that have had trouble adjusting to being here and they don't tend to do it with the other staff so they clearly need it, but it certainly doesn't leave much time for correspondence!

I shared the M&Ms on the first two nights of pre-camp; they were a huge success. :D The big Rowies got to them first!

Hope you're keeping well and having a lovely time. ♥
lash_laruelash_larue on August 1st, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Strange how different cabins can be when filled with males vs. females.

Best of luck with that, I'm sure you'll be good for them.

Remember - "Spare the cane and spoil the boy." (Outside of the thigh works a treat, there's a big nerve bundle there. Hurts like all getout and you almost never break a bone there!)

Have fun,

Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on August 3rd, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Oh my! I'm not sure how this liberal altruistic, compassion-and-consensus based place will like this technique... (;
CaroRulescarorules on August 1st, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
Woah you will be busy!! Enjoy!
Nickiperoxidepirate on August 3rd, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeeiy, I need to read your Decathlon series, still!! I'm glad to hear you're settling in, and I will attempt to mail you something soon. Miss you!
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on August 3rd, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately my Decathlon fics are another one of those 'definitely not my best' examples! I wrote those quickly on the plane, for the most part, or during panels at a conference. Hopefully they're not terrible, but they're definitely not my best either! :X

Oh! I would definitely love some mail! :D *Great big smile.*