2013 was a long year....
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In February, I took a 6 hour round-trip road trip with my friends to explore Bridgeville. I also visited went to the local zoo. And, of course, a lot of school work.
In March I spent a lot of time exploring Humboldt County. I went on hikes with my dogs, visited various beaches, went to a cemetery, and went to school tennis games. I even found my favorite place in Humboldt! (the 4th picture). All this exploration made me feel more comfortable in my hometown. I also dyed my hair and of course, visited Redding for Easter.
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My adventuring continued in April as my friends began to say "A Pirate Who Falls Behind Is Left Behind". We had an Easter Egg Hunt for ourselves, went on a lone camping trip, and, of course, went to the beach some more.
May, the month of IB tests but also the month of freedom. Our tests were the only homework we had so this month was full of ditching and relaxing in the sun in preparation, or avoidance, of our tests. This month was full of mini-adventures and sunshine. There was also Cotillion and the Junior IB Theatre play (Candide). I hope May 2014 is as much fun.
In June, I became a senior. I bonded with my friends with more adventures to the river and a Zoo. I also traveled to Michigan to meet extended family members and visit colleges. I also read The Brothers Karamazov for school but that was the only downside in an amazing month.
Posts: Ocean World, UC Santa Barbara, Marshall Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Local Sand Sculptures
July was a very chill month. I finished painting the other half of my room, went camping with my Dad (where we tried to burn everything. FYI graham cracker's have amazing longevity), and, most importantly, flew to Boston to hang out with friends for a week.
August was a perfect month of relaxation before school started. August began in LA with VidCon and college tours. I visited UCLA and UCSD. At VidCon I saw We The Kings and many others perform live with my good friends Emily and Olivia. After VidCon, I went to Disneyland with my cousins, an experience I want to repeat. Once back home, I went to the Humboldt County Fair mostly just to watch the horse races! I can't wait to bet on them this year.
September, the dreaded return of school. Besides the constant thought of college, it actually wasn't too bad. The annual trip to Ashland was fantastic and the sun stuck around.
Along with the colder months came more homework and college essays. Thankfully, there was fun interspersed. My school took a trip to the pumpkin patch and the opera house, also my friends and I occupied ourselves with kittens and hidden views.
I turned in 5 college applications this month. Figures crossed that next May I get 5 acceptances!! I also went to Fern Canyon to help my friend's photo shoot for IB art, traveled to San Francisco again for Day of the Dead, traveled to Redding again for Thanksgiving, and participated in my high school's Halloween House.
Finally we have December. It's been really good. I've been able to connect with my family more with the holidays and my birthday. I also got an iPhone which has upped my selfie-taking considerably. The horribly freezing weather has stopped a lot of adventuring but we've had a lot of fun indoors.
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All in all, 2013 was wonderful. While it was, in the big picture, only an interim year with no major life stepping stones, 2013 was full of good memories. This past year I feel that I have begun to feel more comfortable in my own skin and this has allowed me to for closer bonds with my friends and family. It's easy to forget what happens in your own life. Looking back at my 2013 today has made me realize that the little adventures do count. Getting out of my house and having fun with my friends is what made this year great. I can't wait to continue that in 2014 with the added adventure of college! I will keep you informed, probably. HAPPY NEW YEAR!