Friday, January 1, 2010

Hello 2010,

Wow, isn't that strange to say?
I personally think it'll be the hardest to become accustomed to writing X/X/10, instead of oh-something. At the same time it's cool though, just thinking of all of the time we have been around for. A friend of mine gave me something to ponder; there are eight year olds out there who weren't alive for 9/11.
So any which way, I spent the last evening of 2009 with my friends and their cousins up at their house. It was pretty fun :), your typical hanging out and whatnot, along with staying up til five in the AM. I actually skipped out on watching the ball drop and opted to seeing the fireworks outside instead. I allowed myself to sleep in til nearly 3:00 the next day, and here I am still tonight :). Tomorrow I'll be driving us home, a two hour trip, which I really don't mind. I was pretty happy that my parents allowed me to drive that far-- especially with just my friends, and it makes me that much more excited for road trips in the hopefully-near-future.
Quick re-cap on recent events: Somewhere between my last post and now I went with my guy friends to a local shopping center to pass some time. One of my friends, Zack, brought me to Barnes & Noble so I could pick out a book as my Christmas present :). I picked a Christopher Fowler mystery; TheWater Room. Along with that I chose another novel out of that series to buy myself, I just can't rightfully think which one it was,.. but it had an orange cover. Then I also bought A Thousand Splendid Suns, How Stuff Works(it was in the bargain section and looked interesting). From what I can tell it explains how television works, time, engines, ect. I bought another book "Made In America",but I plan to exchange it for something better; perhaps a moleskin journal. After B&N we went to the mall where I bought the peacoat above at Forever 21 :). I've been wanting one of these for awhile now, and at $24, it's a decent price. I spent the rest of that evening hanging out with those guys, the same ones as the cabin story in the previous post, which was definitely fun :).
Seriously, persistence pays off. Okay, maybe not in all cases, but it did for me this vacation. As many of you know, I lost my camera during a party I had a little while back. Well, I was becoming more and more frustrated with not having it, so this week I bundled myself up, grabbed a flashlight, and got down to business. But no, it was not to defeat 'the Huns' ;). As you can see from the photo above, I ripped up the entire first level of hay bales, which are normally nice and neat. I was tossing bales left and right, reaching my arm into scratchy holes, in a major effort to find my camera. I was ready to give up, out of breath, texting my friend to say I doubted I would ever find it. Then as I was about to leave, a couple of bales caught my eye and I decided to pull them up, reached my arm into the only gap I saw, and presto! There was my camera case :). I have to admit, I felt pretty accomplished. It still works perfectly too. Lesson of the day: Sometimes a little hard work is all that it takes.
A New Year.
Honestly, I didn't sit down and create resolutions before the fact. I had a thing or two in mind, but nothing extreme, you know? Being the first day of the new year, it really isn't too late to write a few ideas down though.
- Assert. I have been noted as a "pushover" before, and let's face it, that term is less than complimentary. It isn't too far fetched though, I'm that agreeable kind of person. It takes alot to truly anger me, and I usually don't make big deals out of things. That can be a good thing, but sometimes I think you need to vocalize how you feel, especially if you allow someone to make a choice for you that goes against what you really want. Especially if your justification is avoiding making the other person mad or creating an inconvenience.
- Write. Supposedly I want to be an author. This being said, you would think I write my brains out, my fingers sore. But sadly, I don't write much at all outside of blogging. I need to change this. I saw that my friend's cousin this weekend, who I also consider my friend, carries a small journal around at all times. That way he can always catch inspiration when it hits. I found that to be a brilliant idea and I think I may have to start doing so myself. I should read more as well.
- Cherish. As I've mentioned before, I worry about my grandparents at their current age and state of health. I really should spend more time with them, getting to really know them and their stories before I lose the chance. This isn't limited to them either; I'm moving on to college next year, I should use this time to show my parents that I appreciate them and everything they've done for me-- become closer, and get to know all of my friends on an even greater level than I already do. When I leave I want to truly know who I'm leaving behind. I want to know who to keep in my life, and have real reasons for why they should stay in mine.
Well, I hope everyone had a wonderful end to their year, and continue to enjoy this new one :). I'll be catching up with blogs soon.


Anonymous said...

I'm sure I'll still be writing out the year as "09" because I haven't been accustomed to writing it out as "10" yeah. And what are you going to say when you abbreviate the year are you going to say 'o ten, or just 'ten? =\

They just recently built a two story Barnes & Noble at a mall close to me, and when I went there for holiday shopping, I literally had a hay day. ;D

natalie said...

Yeah, writing the year is going to take some getting used to! 1/1/10. That looks odd! I guess it was even weirder writing 1/1/00 though... if they even wrote it that way back then. I have no idea what I'm talking about, haha, so never mind.

But anyways :) It sounds like you had a fun New Year's Eve to me! This was the first year I didn't get any Barnes & Noble gift cards, which is sad... But I love your new coat! I actually got a purple peacoat from there the other day, too :D

YESYESYES! I KNEW YOU WOULD FIND IT! THAT IS AMAZING! And what's even more amazing is that when you said let's get down to business, the Mulan song was immediately the first thing that popped into my head :D

Good luck with your resolutions for 2010! Here's to a hopefully fantastic year :)

Kaitlin said...

Yeah, i hung out with the a couple of them again last night and things are fine. I was just making a big deal out of nothing. :P
And haha, yeah. My entire Facebook news feed was all either "AVATAR WAS AWESOME" or "Avatar wasn't good..." I guess I'll find out.

Yeah, the date is always hard to switch over. Fireworks?? We never have those here for New Years. I can't wait until more of my friends can drive and get cars - driving anywhere with friends is so fun.
I like the jacket!
Yay for finding your camera. Whenever I locate something in my terribly messy room I sadly feel a similar sense of accomplishment.
Good resolutions! Maybe I should get around to figuring out mine :P

Have a good week!

Allison said...

Oh, darling, I loved this post. You write so well, and I really do enjoy reading about what you've been up to!
Your New Years sounds like a lovely time - and good for you for sleeping til 3 p.m. to catch up on your sleep =) That sounds like a lovely way to start things off!
I think sometimes resolutions like "lose 20 pounds by next week" are ridiculous and can make people feel bad when they don't attain these goals...but yours are all thoughtful and concise, and are things that you can accomplish (and I believe you definitely will, my dear!).
I love Barnes and Noble. I could sit in there, or in Borders for days without needing to leave! In NYC, I always go to the Barnes and Noble on Fifth, and people watch while I browse through the three floors of amazing, amazing books =)
Oh, and your coat is stunning - I love Forever 21 and their inexpensive and stylish outerwear!
I hope you're doing well, dear! Sorry it's taken me for-ev-er to get back to you! xox

Nicole Linette said...

Aww, New Year's for you sounded like a blast, I wish we had fireworks near enough to the country hills where I was at! Ohh, peacoats are delicious, and that is a nice find at Forever 21. Hosseini Khaled -- he is AMAZING, right? I think I've heard of How Stuff Works too, though they all sound like great reads.

HUZZAH to finding your camera!!! Is it working in perfect order?!

And those are really great suggestions/guidelines for the New Year. I'm sure you will fulfil each magnificently.

With this, I wish you all the best for 2010. Cheers to a lovely winter break DX..

~ nicole.

Hannah said...

Every time I see "2010" I feel like I've stepped into the future :P It's strange, for I still remember 1997 and 2000 and 2003 and 2006 and 2009. 2010 is just...strange :P

It sounds like the new year has treated you well so far! I really hope that the rest of the days are just as lovely :)

I really need to write more too, and reading more would be nice. That could be something we could work toward, eh? :P


James said...

I'm glad your new year is being enjoyable. :)
Cherish all that is now and the everyday life. For once it leaves, it can never come back.
Being a pushover isn't bad.
Writing with a blog is still writing for fun. :)

Helennn Louise said...

Happy New Year!

It sounds like you had a wonderful time at your friends house :D That's the best way to see out the year.

I wish you luck with your asserting and writing