Monday, November 13, 2006

Hotting Up

I wore long pants to work today, as I have done every day for the last 4-5 months, but today I regretted it! The weather is hotting up in Busselton, just as the pressure is building in preparation for the camp. It seems to be taking me a long time to get things done and the jobs are piling up just as quickly as the time to do them is running out. It's like I've been waiting for a couple of weeks to click into a higher gear but I'm still struggling along in second. I can see there are going to be some long nights ahead as I work to get things finished on time. I had the first half of the major briefing with the Busso kids at lunchtime today. At this stage there are 72 kids going, which when added to the teams from the other 5 schools is pushing the total up toward 230! I've always been keen for the camp to grow but it's getting a little scary. Just finding enough staff to go on the camp is a major challenge, I still need at least 3. I haven't got camp site 1 confirmed yet. There's been a major overhaul of the way the finances will be managed this year. etc etc.
On the plus side, the photo book, which has been a major headache the last three years is ready to print and I got a proof copy last week which looks really good. And in a major recruiting coup, Carolyn has agreed to come to Perth for the final day to be the puzzle master, one of the critical jobs on the race on the final day. As a reward she gets a night at the hotel with dinner, and as a bonus I've bought tickets to a special event in Perth that night and we're going with Sally and Warren. She's just got to get Sport Boy looked after for anight and two days. At this stage we're considering leaving the other two at home to look after themselves and one another, could be great, could be a disaster but it's time they had the chance to exercise some responsibility!

I've got to get my task list into manageable form and start ticking off jobs instead of thinking of new ones! It grew by about 10 items today!
Stu, aka The Gardener, is helping me out which is great. He compiled the internet quiz for me. I had to make a few adjustments and Geoff the Web Master has suggested a few more but at least that major task is under way. I still need to supply some pictures and details for the website. With the number of kids coming I also need to recruit some more checkpoint people in Perth, and I'm not going up there until the 24th so it will have to be by phone.

After work I went to the bike shop and bought a carrier and some bits and pieces to put on Jordy's bike for his junk mail round. He carries the pamphlets in a bag and backpack but often ends up with a headache, as he did this morning, thus missing school, because of the pressure on his neck. I'm hoping the rack, and a modification to the basket system on the front will mean he can do away with the bags, and thus the health risk.

After yesterday's big event and working at 6.00 this morning Sophie has crashed in her bedroom. I'm just about to put Sport Boy to bed.
We were hoping The Heir was going to call tonight but we haven't heard anything from him yet.


Peter said...

You can increase the text size in fonts and colors (please)

Peter said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Peter said...

One suggestion re HoltPress 1 would be to select a few of your favourite posts and run them here under a "label" similar to my Classic Holtieshouse.
Then put a substantial message under your Blog title with a link maybe?

The Heir said...

you guys need to go on skype every now and then so i can call you for free and from home instead of trekking it into the office. awesome to hear soph got baptised, gutted i wasn't there to see it... i think "heating up" is slightly more correct than "hotting up" and it sounds like you need to recruit more of a team to help you with the CSRC, an operative in Perth mite help and probably two or three others, 230 kids is getting HUGE!!

Marcus said...

Forgive my ignorance but how do I go on Skype?