Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Funday: June 29/14

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Hi there! Oh gosh, where do I even begin? I guess I should start with the obvious – I’m back from New York. I know that I promised that I’d post throughout my trip, but pre-writing wasn’t possible due to school and while writing during my triitp was possible and I did manage to write a post, the Wi-Fi in both hotels that I’d been to were either absolutely terrible (as in it took half an hour to load a page at one point) or not free, so after realising this, I just didn’t bother trying. The post I'd scheduled to go up actually didn't even go up, which I'm kind of peeved about because I just realised this as I was writing this post. Sigh.

I know that I haven’t been the best at being consistent lately, but with the arrival of a new month means a chance to improve, so that, I’m incredibly happy about. I have lots planned for you this summer, so I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to pull it off. Of course, hoping and wishing only gets you so far, so I’m going to working my little butt off to make this work.

You could say that I have a lot on my plate this upcoming month of July. My friend talked me into doing Camp NaNoWriMo which is basically like the November version of it where you have to write a novel (or any other type of writing, I’m pretty sure) consisting of at least 50 000 words, but it’s in July. She told me about this two years ago, but back in that November, I was like, “There’s no way I could possibly balance that as well as school,” so I never took her up on the offer. This time, however, I basically agreed right then and there and I’m really, really excited about doing this, but also a bit nervous because you obviously give yourself a pretty big goal to accomplish.

On top of that, I also have summer school which I’m taking with the same friend and a few others, which I’m also really excited about. I know, I know, it sounds so weird to be saying that I’m crazy excited about summer school, but I am! Don’t judge!

Part of the reason why I’m so excited is because I’ll be seeing a few (or maybe just two of my best friends, I dunno) of my middle school friends everyday for three weeks straight. I’m taking a reach ahead course which is pretty self-explanatory, meaning that I’m taking a course from the grade I’m going into in the fall, in my case, a Grade 10 Civics and Careers course. The Careers part of the course is going to be especially exciting for me because from what I’ve heard from other people, it’s like a self-discovery and planning-type thing for the future, something that I just find really exciting. I dunno, it brings out the giddy side of me, it’s weird.

Anyway, so I ended up not being able to get Ed’s new album in the States at all. I looked around quite a bit for it, but I didn’t want to ruin the trip by being all bratty about it, so after looking quite extensively in Manhattan and Atlantic City, I just kind of gave up. However, I’m going to finally get my hands on the deluxe version of the album tomorrow if things go well, so I have that to be excited for, coupled with the good reviews “x” has gotten so far.

You’re probably wondering how my trip went and trust me, I’m so excited to tell you all about it. But like the Toronto post, I have quite a few photos to share and they’re all on my phone, my camera, and my dad’s camera, so I need some time to gather all of those before I can really share with you what happened as vividly as possible, but I can tell you this – it was kind of life-changing. Maybe that’s a bit overdramatic, but it opened my eyes quite a bit and I learned so, so much. Well, at least the New York leg of the trip. Atlantic City was, well, a different story. I have lots and lots to share with all of you, so I'm going to try my best to be able to do so this Friday.

I basically just got back yesterday at like 2 am and spent the day cleaning and lounging around after sleeping until 11, which I just hated because I hate sleeping past 7. I managed to catch a cold on the last two days of the trip, which sucked and it still hasn't gotten any better, so I haven't really done much in the hours since I got back. Well, not much besides watch the last three episodes of Pretty Little Liars and getting annoyed with how repetitive and pointless (in the sense that the viewers just don't get any answers) it is, but still getting hooked nonetheless.

How has your summer been going? What do you think about writing 50 000 words in a month? Have you ever done summer school? Listened to "x" yet? Leave your comments below!

Thank you so much for reading!
- J


  1. Yay! You're back! I can't wait to read your story in the USA!
    I've heard of NaNoWroMo (and the camp) before, but I haven't planned to join it any soon because I think my English ability hasn't reached the level of writing 50000-word stories :P. I would really like to try it one day, though.
    Summer vacation finally starts, and I'm so happy about it, only bad news is we have summer school too. Yes, bad news, because every student will be placed in a new homeroom, which mean no friends, and it will last four weeks. And it's mandatory. The bright side is that there's still more free time than there was before summer vacation. So there's still things to look forward to!
    (Reading this post, I felt that you're pretty strict on yourself (?). I think it's fairly reasonable to sleep in: getting up before 7 with only a five-hour sleep is torture (and disaster. Trust me, I've tried that multiple times), so yeah, I think it's okay to take a longer break, relax and be "unproductiver" sometimes. :) )

    1. Hello again, Melody! Yeah, I'm sorry for leaving you guys hanging a bit there for the past few weeks, but I've just been a little too busy.
      It sucks that you guys have MANDATORY summer school. I mean, it's not for me, so that's why I'm a bit excited because I actually really WANT to take the course, but yeah.
      Haha, I guess you could say that I push myself hard, but I actually really do like waking up before 7 because I really love getting an early start to my day. But you are right, though - I really do need to get more sleep. Maybe I'll actually catch up on that this summer.
      Thanks for the lovely and long comment Melody!!! I really, really appreciate it. :) - J