Happy New Year

2012 has been quite the year. I’m not spending New Year’s Eve as I had hoped, but I am thankful for the year that has been. In fact, I think 2012 has been one of my favorite years yet. Normally I get upset on New Year’s Eve for no real justifiable reason. Right now I’m doing ok…we’ll see how I am by midnight.

If everything had gone as planned, I’d be at a little music club in a small city 45 minutes from here with one of my best friends. Instead, I am at home, sick. I’ve been sick since the Sunday before Christmas. A week ago today I was thinking “At least I will get to have fun on New Year’s…” Yeah. As I reflect on the year however, I am thankful for what I have been able to experience all year round and that is what has helped me get through Christmas and now New Year’s Eve even though I am sick and under a new round of prescription drugs. I suppose that hearing about the highlights of my year isn’t overly interesting to anyone else but I felt inclined to post anyway.

2012 started out great. I spent the final hours of 2011 and the first few hours of 2012 at one of my best friend’s house. It was the first time I did anything other than sit in front of the TV or computer on New Year’s Eve. We had a blast chatting, watching Doctor Who, and hooking up the computer (YouTube) to the big screen. That was the first time I can remember really being really happy on New Year’s.

At some point in January, I received acceptance letters to colleges. That lifted a huge weight off my chest. If any high schoolers read this, I highly suggest getting those applications in before Christmas of your senior year.

The next big highlight came in March when my other best friend and I finally held a joint birthday party. We’d talked about one for years but it had never happened. We figured this was our last chance for quite some time because we were all going to different colleges. She’s two hours and five minutes older than me and is as close to a sister that I will probably ever have. We had catered Italian food, had a sleepover, and went to the movies. Only a few people could make it to the party but we had fun nonetheless. Less than a week later we went to concert in that same music club I mentioned before. We saw a Celtic rock band and it was quite amazing. We actually went and saw them again in July when they were at a Scottish festival nearby. (By the way, neither my friend nor I are Scottish…we just really liked their music…)

In May came all the senior activities at school including senior fun day (basically a school day that we drive to this activity place with lots of free food, games, activities, and a pool and hang out), and prom. I didn’t have a date to prom but I went with several of my friends. That oh so awkward moment in college when your new friends ask about your romantic relationships in high school…they were quite…non existent.

Anyways, in June came graduation and the all night party that the school sponsored afterwards. I got sick there too…but my unrelated twin (friend with the same b-day) made my night by volunteering for something at the party that she has sworn me to secrecy about. It wasn’t anything bad but it was a little embarrassing for her I think. She really is a great friend and I am so thankful to know her.

Over the summer I finally got my driver’s license…and I got it just 2 weeks before my permit expired. I needed the license so that I could drive to college. I also participated in an ensemble at the local music shop and had an absolute blast…even though 3 of the 5 band members were in middle school. XD

My first semester of college went fairly smoothly. And I most certainly thank God for that. I had so many concerns and worries when it came to college. I still don’t know 100% what major I want but I think I am rather comfortable with Communications. My mom has said she doesn’t see me as that major because of my shyness and awkwardness but I had a professor who told me it was a good fit. And I enjoyed my communications class more than many of my fellow comm. majors. XD I guess God works in mysterious ways. J

When I first got this illness, my first thought was “at least I got to go to the TSO concert.” For that I am extremely thankful. It was the first ‘big’ concert I went to and it was just….amazing. (BTW, for anyone who doesn’t know, TSO stands for Trans-Siberian Orchestra). My unrelated twin’s parents gave her tickets to the show in Connecticut. She invited me to go along. Her dad accompanied us and treated us to dinner as well. It was an unforgettable night. We had really good seats too. My ears were buzzing for hours afterwards but it was so worth it. I’m still raving about the concert…if you can’t tell. XD

So as you can see, I’ve had a great year. I am really sad to see 2012 go. I may be sick now but I am thankful for the year that has been. These are only some of the highlights. There are plenty of other moments that I won’t bore you to death about. If you made it this far in my post, you deserve a cookie. Or three.

I wish you and all those you love a happy and healthy 2013!

Fall is in the Air

Fall is in the air. There is no doubt about it. The leaves are turning colors and falling. A slight chill nips at my nose after a long summer of heat and humidity. People are breaking out the cozy sweatshirts. Hot apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes are being advertised. Fall is here.

I love the fall. Don’t get me wrong, every season has its pros and cons. I have reasons to love every season but right now, I am enjoying the fall. I think I appreciate it even more now that I am a college student (and have a lot of walking to do). The first few weeks of classes were hot. Running across campus and arriving to class sweaty was not very enjoyable. In addition, my car was like an oven after sitting in the parking lot in the sun all day. Now, however, a slight chill welcomes me every time I set foot in the outside world. I am thankful for this temperature drop. It is generally pleasant to walk in and allows me to wear some of my favorite clothes (sweatshirts, sweaters, jeans, scarves, and boots). The leaves are all shades of yellow, orange, red, brown and green and decorate the pathways on campus. I know that the temperatures are going to get colder and I’m not sure I’m going to be so happy then. (Snow + ice + cold + college campus = not fun). But for now I’m going to be thankful for this beautiful weather and enjoy it while I can.

This weekend has been a four day weekend. Tomorrow classes resume. Yesterday I went to a local apple orchard with one of my friends from high school that was home for the weekend. We went on a tractor ride, saw the pumpkin patch and all the apple trees, and saw the mountains in the distant. Fall in one of the best times to live in New England. The mountains, covered in foliage, are just breathtaking. When I was little, my parents and I often took scenic train rides during the fall just to enjoy the leaves. Back then, I didn’t think too much of them. I was more concerned with the fact that there were rarely any other kids (similar in age) on these trips. Now I wish I had paid more attention. As I have grown up, I have gained a better appreciation for the natural art presented each autumn. Just driving to school is enjoyable in the fall with all the brightly colored leaves. At home, my car is parked under a tree. Every morning, leaves litter the front part of the car. I live on fairly big hill and when I drive down it, the leaves fly off like confetti. It’s kind of a cool experience.

I really got in the fall mood this past weekend after I completed my grandma’s birthday gift. Tomorrow is my grandma’s birthday. We’re going to be celebrating tonight since I don’t have classes today. I made her an autumn wreath. When I first created this blog, I knew I was going to want to post some of my craft projects here. I enjoy making things. Here’s a picture of how it turned out. I was kind of afraid because I had never made a wreath before and the supplies are not exactly cheap. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Happy Fall!