Today I begin Staff Week for Machane Jehudah. The five-day prep will be shortened to three days, because of Shavuot (beginning tomorrow night nd running through Thursday; the synagogue closes for the first full day of the festival) and because Friday is a half day due to Shabbat.
I feel pretty good about my music curriculum this year because it's much more straightforward; I will offer three days of youth chorus (lots of unison, 2-part and round singing) and two days of beginning guitar instruction. The real meat and potatoes of my work will be in the mornings when I lead and teach T'filot (prayers) and help lead the campers in some cool educational projects through the two weeks. I'm excited about the general curriculum and think it will be a good program this year.
Yesterday I spent time with the Machane Jehudah director, enjoying lunch, catching up and getting some things pre-set for Staff Week with her. I will guard my remaining Sundays pretty jealously as "official" Days Off but the day before it all started I thought it would be good to get my head into it a little. I was treated to lunch at Spin, a great restaurant in OPK that makes pizza and grilled sandwiches. After we wrapped up our work I was a dinner guest at the home of her in-laws and a passel of grandkids. Sweet and friendly folks.
I am a little sleepy this morning still, foolishly typing this before coffee. More later.