The Bus Ride
For part of the way there (it was about a three hour drive), my bus buddy and I shared a pair of earbuds and jammed out to her Apple music. It was SO FUN. I’m really clueless when it comes to music, but here are some of the songs we listened to. The only test they had to pass was to be good to sing along to.
- What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
- Shut Up and Dance by WALK THE MOON
- Taylor Swift: Love Story (which in my opinion is just a little too slow to yell-sing enthusiastically but it’s still fun), You Belong With Me (I don’t really like the lyrics to this song but again, still fun), Shake It Off
- High School Musical
- How Far I’ll Go from Moana
We also played Mafia, makeshift Resistance, and Spyfall. Here’s my thoughts on how well they worked as bus games.
1) Mafia– I personally don’t like this game (I’ve always thought it was boring), but it went pretty well. A lot of people can play, there’s not a lot of moving pieces, and it’s easy to learn.
2) “Resistance“- I would stick to playing this game when you’re not in a moving vehicle. Passing out all the cards wasn’t that hard, but it’s more complicated than Mafia and being in a bus didn’t allow it to get very intense.
3) Spyfall, as seen on Ryan Higa– I won a round as the spy! So obviously I’m giving it a double thumbs up. Just kidding- okay, this game did actually work pretty well. The only thing each person needed was their phone and some service, so zero cards were passed around. A lot of people can play, the premise shouldn’t take that long to get the hang of, and again, Ryan Higa and his crew played it sooooo
Finding the Big Dipper
On the first night, as my friend and I were walking to our cabin, I looked up at the sky to check in on it and say hello, and then, I couldn’t stop looking. My feet swerved around on the path and my neck started hurting, but I couldn’t take my eyes away. There were so many more stars than back at home. It was beautiful.
Then, I saw the Big Dipper.
YES I KNOW I SAW THE BIG DIPPER
Now, listen, if you had told me two weeks ago that you had once in your lifetime seen and recognized the Big Dipper, my mouth would have dropped open and I would have thought you were some sort of star expert. If that’s happening to you right now, don’t be impressed.
I think we were at a good time and place to view it because all the stars in it were super bright. Also, it looked exactly how it was supposed to. It was like someone pulled out an astronomy textbook, flipped to page number 42 (the page with the diagram of the Big Dipper), and drew it in the sky with the an enormous Sharpie that had ink made out of disco balls.
Finding the Big Dipper was actually easy. (I can’t believe I just truthfully and wholeheartedly wrote that sentence.) This was literally how it happened: I was walking. I was looking at the sky. I saw a certain formation of stars. BRAIN says, casually: Big Dipper. MOUTH says, even more casually: hey look, it’s the Big Dipper.
Three days later, on the last night, my counselor took our small group outside to talk. At first I was like ‘um, this is a horrible idea, I’ve already taken a shower so I’m all clean and you want us to go outside? Where the bugs are?’ (By the way, that was all in my head.)
But then we went outside and sat on the benches around the campfire pit that I’ve never seen get used and sang along to Oceans and sat in the darkness with some really loud unseen animals and talked and I changed my mind about it being a horrible idea.
Afterwards, we pointed out the Big Dipper to each other and that’s when we decided to try and find the Little Dipper. Which was much more challenging. As of now, I’m still not sure if we actually found it. I think we did though.
I LOVE STARS.
Every night we have an evening activity, and every year, one of them is movie night. This year, my friends and I made the poor decision of not going back to our cabins to get pillows and blankets.
Even though it was so insanely hot outside, it was equally as insanely cold inside. Jonathan was so very kind to lend us his blanket half-way through the movie, but otherwise, I really don’t know if I could have withstood the extreme air conditioning for the whole thing.
Anyways. We watched I Can Only Imagine. I had been wanting for that to be the Movie Night movie since two months ago, when my friend who is not very emotional said that she watched it and that it was really, really good and that she even cried one tear. After she said that, I was expecting to cry buckets. Which didn’t happen- I didn’t shed a single tear.
Things probably would have turned out differently if I had seen it in a movie theatre, but watching in a very unsilent, not completely dark room full of teenagers dulled some of the movie’s emotional punch. However, I wouldn’t change anything about the viewing experience (except for some more blankets).
I love watching movies with a crowd of people who clap and ooo and cheer the movie along like the audience at a late night talk show. I love being tangled up into a mess of limbs and bodies and blanket (singular) with my friends. I love the snarky/silly/random comments that get made that would never see the light of day in an actual movie theatre.
Yea, I love Movie Night.
What are some songs that are good to yell-sing along to? Another song that would’ve been good that I didn’t think of is Best Song Ever, also by One Direction.
Bus game suggestions? On the way back my friends got so bored that they resorted to playing dodgeball with a single stuffed animal while sitting two feet apart from each other.
Do you like stars? It’s okay if you don’t, my dad doesn’t either.
Have you seen I Can Only Imagine? If so, did you cry during it? A friend told me that her mom cried like six times during it.