Too many things to count have happened. All I can really do is list a few. Lets see...well, first of all I made it into Penn State University Park! I'll be attending in the Fall of this year. It's kind of my guiding light right now. Must get to Penn State!
As you may have guessed I'm in my senior year of high school, and it's as stressful as ever. I still have my avoidance problem when it comes to homework. Some may call it procrastination, but even procrastinators get the homework done eventually. I don't; and that is a major problem, especially considering the fact that my parents are spending thousands of dollars to send me to an institution where my success depends on my self-motivation. The thought "I'm doomed" has crossed my mind more than once.
On the other hand, this year has been better than previous years in many ways. First, I recently re-connected with an old acquaintance of mine by chance and ever since we have become really good friends (her initials are S.L., that's all I'm going to give). It was rather unexpected, but in the absence of my dear friend Megan who went off to college, it was very welcome. I also re-connected with a couple of other girls from middle school, so my friend support system is the strongest its been since...well, elementary school really. So, on that front I'm doing pretty well.
I did eventually get my driver's lisence around July last summer, so I shared the Volvo with mom until she got her own car soon after the school year began. then I totaled the Volvo in an accident in November, where, thank the lord, no one was harmed. It wasn't until quite a few weeks later that I recieved my new (used) car, a mint green Malibu, which I love to death, even more than the Volvo (though I miss the heated seats).
It wasn't even two months later that my uncle passed away, a few days after Christmas. He was sick for a long time; he was a heavy smoker and could no longer breath without oxygen. On bad days he would bemoan his continued existance saying "I want to die!" But I think he was afraid, in the end. He was buried the day before New Years. It was the saddest New Years I ever experienced in my life.
I don't know how to continue on without being disrespectful...but I still have more to say, so you'll have to bear with the contrast.
My ongoing addiction to reading in general, and fanfiction in particular, has been going strong, unfortunately. I've had the unique opportunity to observe this particular sickness from its origin, even the exact date I succumbed, by reading my previous posts. It's not fun to know that you have an addiction problem, but I suppose of all the things I could have become addicted to, reading really isn't so bad. At least my vocabulary has increased, though reading fanfiction hasn't really helped me in that.
This year I actually got to choose most of my classes, so I took Creative Writing 2 and Journalism, both of which I love! CW2 is run by the most interesting teacher I've ever come across, Ms. K, who also teaches Women's Voices, which I also loved (surprisingly). So, in summary, I've found myself writing more creative pieces than ever before, playing around with my own writing "voice" in the beautiful notebook that my mother made for me (probably the greatest Christmas gift EVER). Journalism is fun, but mostly because I get to read the newspaper every day. I've never been more informed of current events than this year, and I like the feeling. I might become a dedicated newspaper customer in the future.
Let's see...oh yes, I joined the Marching Knights once again. Of course Mom was against it, but it's my senior year and I doubt I'll play in the college band (though I heard it's really good). This year our show was Beethoven Unplugged and we played variations of some of his most famous pieces (Moonlight Sonata as the ballad). It was fantastic! I couldn't have hoped for a better show to end my time in the band. We even won medals for third place in the pre-lims for a BOA competition. Unfortunately, we never got to participate in the finals because we were rained out. In fact, it rained for most of our competitions. We could proudly say that we could play better in the rain than most bands, and that's saying something!
Oh, and last summer I got a job as a lifeguard for the local pool. I bestowed the name "The Summer of Work" to the summer of 2009 for that reason; I literally worked all summer, 6-8 hours almost every day. It was great, I actually got to work with my peers and whenever it got too hot, I could just jump in the pool! I'm also going to work there this summer if all goes well.
The biggest events in the immediate future are the senior trip to Disney World and Universal this weekend, the prom, graduation, and Europe. I actually have a date to prom! We're going as friends, but still; it should be fun! Plus, I've also got a limo. My family's going to Europe right after school ends. I can hardly wait. It's been my dream to visit Europe for many years.
Well, that's the update. I don't think anyone actually reads this besides me; but then again, this is mostly for myself, a diary of sorts. Though I save my more personal thoughts for my beautiful new journal.
Until next time!