That’s right, blogglings!
And better than ever before, because I have a new blog design for you!
Um, okay. I’ll admit it. I have developed a bit of a… GIF addiction while I’ve been gone. BUT IT’S OKAY, BLOGGLINGS. GIFs are good. GIFs are exciting. GIFs open so many new doors. GIFS can change your world! Okay, not really.
BUT I AM EXCITED.
Have you seen the new blog design??
Okay, I’ll stop now.
This year was my hardest year of high school so far, and I think I’ve done rather well. So I’m just going to (briefly) recap everything I’m proud of doing this year!
1) Blogged consistently
OH MY GOSH, this was SO HARD for me at first. Last summer was when I really started to make connections and really start enjoying the blogging world… which meant for the first time people actually read my posts. So I have to admit there was a bit of pressure for me to keep posting, and yes, I DID drop off the wagon for May and half of June, but now that it’s summer, I’ve caught up! I actually wrote quite a bit during May, just never published a blog post, oddly. (In fact, the Sherlock Holmes post was written at the start of May.) Also, I spent a large portion of May designing the new blog and coding a lot of it, so it was easier to install. So I think I did pretty well in this respect.
2) Read consistently
Um, OF COURSE my TBR stack just about touches the ceiling… but then again, doesn’t it always? In 2015 alone, I’ve read over 36 books, which is something I’m really proud of, considering I juggled five advanced classes this year.
3) Performed at Carnegie Hall!
Okay, so this was a while ago. But in February I went to Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of an Honors Band! The hall is SO AMAZING. There’s nothing like it. You just sit and there is this gold gilding all around you and maybe part of you expected it to be grander because the floors are just wood, and then you look out into the audience and you know those red puffy seats? Yeah, well, they just keep going, up and up and up and you have to tilt your head back, and on the ceiling, the most beautiful gildwork. I’d show you a picture, but it can’t even BEGIN to describe what it felt sitting there.
4) Learned I’m Actually Good At Calculus
So apparently I’m better at actual calculus than precalculus? GOOD TO KNOW.
5) Grew a Green Thumb
I grew plants! And they didn’t die! For AP Bio next year, we need to grow a begonia (left) and a coleus (right), and you know about my succulent, Arnold Richelieu. I’ve decided to name my begonia Louise Lowry (Louise courtesy of one of my friends), and my coleus Margaret Anne Atwood, or Peggy for short. This picture’s from a while ago, but now Louise has even MORE flowers, three to be exact. (PSSST! If any of you know how to care for begonias or coleuses (colei?), PLEASE TELL ME. I just grew a green thumb and with all this blogging I’m afraid it just might fall off.)
This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a REALLY LONG TIME. So I grabbed Lady Macbeth (… yes I named my camera Lady M, is there a problem?) and I’m happy to say I like the results!
THIS SUMMER, I’M GOING TO
- Write at least one blog post a week (hopefully)
- Edit my novel/Work on writing a new one
- Do schoolish things like summer homework
- Farm (it’s… complicated)
- ACTUALLY KEEP MY PLANTS ALIVE
- Read a lot (but not at the expense of my homework)
- Maybe actually sleep on time?
- dislike the weather
- confirm that, yes, summer is my least favorite season
OH, and if anyone wants to compare summer reading with me, here’s mine:
(I actually don’t understand why The Beginning of Everything is on an AP English class’s summer reading list, but apparently my school is unaware of classic fiction that is typically read in such a class.)