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If you're reading this, it means that I'm back from camp! Actually, I've been back since Sunday, but a lot of stuff has been going on these past few days so I haven't been able to blog until now.

First of all, camp was so much fun!!! I made a ton of new friends, and I got some of their phone numbers so hopefully we'll be able to keep in touch for a long time. One of them even lives near where I live, which is pretty cool. And one of my cabin mates is from Belgium, so my other cabin mates and I got to teach her about America. We gave her different American foodsto eat (she learned that she likes Warheads but she doesn't like Tootsie Pops, and she loves doughnuts and thinks that Jell-O is weird). We also taught her different figures of speech such as "dude," "holy crap," and "what's up, broski?" And I love the choir I was in; we were all very professional and learned some pretty challenging songs, and our concert on the last day of camp went splendidly. There were a few minor setbacks during camp, which almost made it less fun. For the first two days there were thunderstorms on and off, and it was really cloudy and humid for the entire two days. For the rest of the time, it was typically really really cold in the morning and really really hot in the afternoon and evenings. And near the end of camp my cabin had a spider problem; some of my cabin mates got bitten (and one of them had to go to the infirmary to get one of her bites drained because it got infected), and I found a dead spider on my pillow one night. But despite all of that, I had a blast. I couldn't possibly decide which year was more fun, this year or last year. They were both pretty awesome in their own ways.

However, every day of camp met me with thoughts of my boyfriend. I missed him like crazy! All of my friends heard me gushing about him at some point, and they were totally cool with listening to my gushing because they thought it was really sweet how I missed him so much, and some of them had boyfriends and girlfriends at home, so they knew the feeling. I can't wait until I can see my boyfriend again, he'll be coming home from his trip this weekend. It's been really weird not communicating with him at all for three whole weeks, but at least it's almost over. And at least he left me something nice before he left. The night I got home from camp, I checked my email, I saw that he sent me eight emails, one for each day I'd be home while he was gone, and there is a specific day I can open each one (ie. one says "Do not open until July 13," so I couldn't open it until today). Each one I've read has said that he misses me like crazy and he's having a lot of fun, and then there is some YouTube video with a song that reminds him of me. He did the same thing when he was gone on a weekend trip a few months ago, so I sort of had a feeling that he'd do it this time, but it's still a pleasant surprise.

Unfortunately, I also experienced a few unpleasant surprises this week. First of all, my wireless router completely stopped working yesterday, so I haven't been able to do much of anything with my laptop except write my story. It's been really annoying not being able to surf the Internet as I please. And I can't use my home computer because it's slower than molasses in January; sometimes it's taken me half an hour just to get on the Internet, let alone actually do anything once I'm online. Luckily my dad found a wire that allows me to hook up my laptop to the home computer so I can access the Internet. It's not the most convenient thing ever, but it's better than nothing.

there was a horrible storm on Monday, and there was a lot of damage. There were winds that reached speeds of 90 mph, and they knocked down tree branches and even uprooted whole trees, pulling up grass and the sidewalk with them. A lot of roads near my house were blocked off, and I saw two or three houses that were hit by snapped trees. I even two electrical fires caused by downed power lines. A lot of houses and businesses in my city lost power, but the electric company has been diligently working to restore it, so things should be getting back to normal soon. I was pretty scared that day, but I also felt sorry for the people who lost something in that storm. Those people are in my prayers, and I hope that they will be okay.

So that's my first week home from camp thus far. I think I've had more than enough excitement for now, but of course I still have the second half of this week to get through, so that may prove to be very interesing, to say the least. But I can't say it enough, I'm really glad to be home. I wasn't homesick, but I did miss my family, my pets, my friends, and my boyfriend a ton. And I know they're all really glad to have me back. It's great to know that I can go off on my little adventures and come back to open arms. It's one of the greatest feelings there is.


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