Always Gonna be a Kid

I have had an epiphany, and not the sort of one where I realize now that I want to be a nuclear physicist or have discovered the cure for AIDs or even decided what to do with my life. Nope, not that sort. I’ve discovered that, yes I’m going to get a big kid job one day, and yes soon I’m gonna move out, and yeah, one day I’ll probably get married, but I will always have an internal age of about seven or eight.

Let me give you some context; since it’s the end of the semester and a few papers to write and finals coming up and as always, I’ve lost all motivation and just want to be a lazy bum and do absolutely nothing. So I was hanging out with Andrew and we were playing with the Kindle that he got me for my birthday (procrastination at its finest) and I was showing him this cute little game/app called “Poo,” where you feed this little creature (it does kind of look like poop) and you wash it and play with it, etc. Andrew commented that it just seemed like a cheap version of Neopets, and I just had a huge wave of nostalgia.

When I was in middle school, I spent most of my free time on Neopets. I joined a guild (which is basically just a forum board of people with similar interests) that was Pirates of the Caribbean based (this was when I was super obsessed with the movie and Johnny Depp. I still adore both, but not to the uh, obsessive, degree that I did then). I made some really great friends there that I still talk to today and I have so many great memories.

Andrew then commented that he had a great Neopets account, which I quickly countered that mine was much better. So I logged on to mine again for the first time in years and he tried to login to his. He couldn’t remember his password though or his username so I guess we’ll never know officially which account was better. But I looked around the site some and was surprised at how similar it still was. There was some changes, but overall, it was the same old Neopets. Here is where I have a bit of a confession, but I’m not too embarrassed about because I’m sure I’ve done and said much more embarrassing things.

For the past week, I’ve played Neopets in my free time. And I love it.

I don’t even know why I like the site so much. I guess I just like that there is such a wide variety of things to do and collect, so many different goals to have, that there’s always something to do. So I contacted some of my friends that I had made from Neopets and told them that I was again playing, like a dork, and some of them returned to the guild and we’re talking again there. It’s so weird, like reliving memories of when I was a kid.

It’s great.

Also, I really like to color. I will never stop liking to color. In high school, during finals week I would always bring my coloring books and crayons to class that way when I was done with my final I could color and not distract anyone else. I would totally do that in college except for the fact that I have a little bit too much pride to let people judge me for coloring, and I can just leave when my final is done.

So basically, I’m a nineteen-year-old college student who still plays Neopets and doesn’t want to ever grow up.

(Also, if there’s some little chance that there any of you people are super awesome and play Neopets too, my username is shades0fgray and feel free to be my neofriend!)

Birthday Shenanigans

This is the first post I am writing as a nineteen-year-old. :D It’s so weird knowing that this is my last year of being a teenager. What is that??? What is growing up???

My birthday was on Sunday, and normally a hint that it’s coming up, but this year it kind of snuck up on me. I didn’t really realize my birthday was coming up until about a day and a half before, haha. Normally, my birthdays are always a bit of a drag, so I almost dread each year. Like last year, for my eighteenth birthday, I worked.

But this year was really fun! Kansas City has a really great World War I Museum that me and Andrew went to Saturday morning. We were a bit skeptical of the weather, but it ended up turning out to be really nice! We climbed to the top of the Liberty Memorial (217 feet tall) and looked out over Kansas City. It was gorgeous! A bit windy, but it was great!

The World War I museum was absolutely fantastic. When you walk into the museum, you walk over a field of poppies (which do happen to be my favorite flower), and each poppy represents 1,000 soldiers that died. They showed a short little movie to get your mind into the context of the war and then you continued on into the actual museum. There was a timeline of each specific event that happened in the war and we spent a lot of time just reading that. There were little facts scattered throughout, too, which were really interesting. One that really caught my eye was something along the lines of “Children in Germany knew when they had just had a victory because they would have a holiday. The longer the holiday, the greater the victory.”

Being the nerds that we are, we really enjoyed it. It was sad, but it also made me really thankful for everything that I have: my family, my friends, my opportunity at higher education, my boyfriend, even history dates themselves. Very blessed and very grateful.

After that, we went to a local BBQ restaurant that I hadn’t been to before but Kansas City is apparently famous for. It was good, but I’m also not a huge fan of BBQ, so it was just good. :P Afterwards Andrew had to go to work and I spent the rest of my afternoon watching the Cardinals play on TV. I was so happy that it was on because Kansas City only plays Royals games…. which I mean makes sense…. but… STILL.

Andrew waited until midnight on Saturday night, when it “officially” became April 7th to give me his present. He had been dropping little hints here and there and I thought that I had figured out what he got me, but he still totally surprised me! I thought that he had got me an E-reader, which I have been wanting for a while but just haven’t justified spending $70+ on one. And I was partially right. He got me a Kindle Fire HD 7″. Like whaaaat. I really could not believe that he had spent that much on me – I almost felt bad accepting it. He rationalized though that it was two presents in one – my anniversary and birthday present. He’s too good to me. Now I have to think of something really good for his birthday. :P It’s gorgeous, and I really want to name it, but I haven’t thought of a good one yet. Suggestions?

Sunday was my actual birthday, so after Church, Andrew and I went out again at another local restaurant. We have a friend that just raves about their Mac ‘n Cheese. We have other people who attested that their Mac ‘n Cheese is very delicious and is what they’re famous for. So I ordered their Mac ‘n Cheese! It was very good, but it didn’t really live up to the very high expectations for it. It was a fun restaurant though and I’m sure we’ll go back again.

Andrew headed off to work again and I took a really long nap. I think three hours… but it was so needed. My spring break was really exhausting and I didn’t have a lot of time to catch up on sleep the week before, so it was a good birthday nap for me! My roomie had gone home for the weekend, so when she got back I was finally waking up around 5:30PM. Haha, what a bum I am. Then we watched Mulan. :D

Aaaand that is how I celebrated turning nineteen. :)

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