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Hello sun!

Winter has to be my least favorite season. I love the snow, which is one of the only things that winter makes bearable for me, besides cute hats. All winter I had been wishing for a buttload of snow so that I could have a ton of snow days because snow days don’t affect the day that seniors get out. The day the seniors get out is set in stone near the beginning of the year, so no matter how many snow days the school has or how late the rest of the school has to go, we get out on that day.

Naturally we got one snowfall this year and it was about an inch.

But anyways. This past week seems to have made its transition from winter straight to summer here! It’s been about 80 degrees (f) all week and the sun has popped out of the clouds. I was so excited to finally be able to pull my summer clothes out of the closet and wear them. It’s been absolutely wonderful.

Which has its consequences, too. I mentioned in the last post that I had a deadline for all of my scholarship applications and essays. At the beginning of the week I had about four of the scholarship essays written out of the eight or so I wanted to apply to. Since I just couldn’t resist the sunshine, I ended up spending the first half of the week playing tennis with friends and going jogging outside.

I like to use these sunglasses I received as a gift from our coach during tennis season. They’re basically the old 90s sunglasses that look exactly like this. I prefer them to my other sunglasses because I put them on over my regular glasses and they tend to fall off. The orange ones stay on much better despite the fact that I look like an extreme dork. One guy at the park did say he liked them – whether he was joking or not doesn’t really matter. :P

Anyhow, because I went out and enjoyed the weather, I didn’t get as many of the essays written as I wanted to. Thursday I worked on them for the majority of the night before finally deciding that they weren’t going to get much better no matter how long I worked on them. So I sent them in and turned in the papers that needed my signature this morning. I think that they were decent essays, but not my best. Either way, I’m glad to be rid of them and have one less thing gnawing at me in the back of my mind. I don’t think I will really be relieved until I find out the winners of the scholarships, but I’m hoping that we won’t have to wait too terribly long.

Yesterday was Jovers’ one year birthday. Rather exciting and weird to think that I’ve had this site for so long! But it’s been wonderful to have my own domain. And I’ve loved running this site, so I hope for many more years to come! :love:

My brother’s birthday was this week as well so we went out to eat tonight at a local Italian restaurant to celebrate him turning twenty-three. Everything they have at this restaurant is just delicious. I ordered a side salad, and then we got an appetizer of onion strings to share. By the time my actual entree came, I was full from the salad, appetizer, and the bread that they set on the table. But more for me to eat later! :D

Tomorrow my family is traveling to Little Rock, Arkansas for one of my cousins’ wedding. It’s a six hour drive which is a bit of a drag because this will end up taking my entire weekend, but oh well. I know that she would come to mine and I want to be there for her on her special day. I’m really excited for her. And to wear one of my new dresses. ;)

I really need to get my things together and pack for it, but I just absolutely hate packing. I’ve always hated packing, and it can screw me over sometimes. When I was going to France and Italy last summer, I didn’t pack until the morning of. Somehow I managed to not forget anything. I really don’t know why I hate it so much. I think a lot of it is that I never plan my outfits out, I just pick something on a whim in the morning, so it’s hard for me to decide on outfits. And it’s so time-consuming and I have to go over everything to make sure I don’t forget something. It seems like a never-ending process. One that I never want to start!

So about that packing…

Scrambled Eggs and a Clean Room

This year my school started late start days, and they are exactly that: a day where school starts about an hour later than normal. During this time teachers have meetings… and I’m not sure what else. It doesn’t really make a lot of sense to me why we have them, but I absolutely love them. We have one a month, and I look forward to each one.

It’s so nice to be able to sleep in, even if it is just an extra hour, on a day that you have school. It’s not nearly as nice as a day off, but I’ll take what I can get. I always have so much more time in the mornings, too. As a rule, mornings are the bane of my existence; I usually can never get up on time and am running late, can’t find my school ID or my shoes, have about fifteen seconds to brush my teeth, don’t have time for breakfast, etc. But on late start days, I somehow manage to be able to sleep in and be able to get ready with, somehow, time to spare.

I actually had time to make breakfast for myself (scrambled eggs and orange juice, please :)) and I still have extra time, which is why I’m writing this post now. Gasp – in the morning! I know. :P It’s absolutely lovely. Plus, I just feel better when I wake up and the sun is out, compared to not being able to see the sun. :/

I haven’t been sleeping very well lately, and I’m not exactly sure why. When I get home from school I’m so exhausted so I’ve taken the habit of napping before dinner, so that probably is one of the main reasons. Yet having to wait til night time to be able to sleep again is such a long time when I’m already so tired. :blink: I just need to break the habit and hope that that helps.

Another habit I’ve fallen into recently is cleaning my room over the weekends. No matter how hard I try, I cannot keep my room clean for more than three or four days after I’ve cleaned it. I’d say that I just don’t have time to keep it clean, but that’s a lie – I’m just really lazy. So during the week my room gets really cluttered and then on the weekends I tidy it up.

Though, this weekend I also had to keep it clean because Macy keeps getting into stuff and I didn’t want her taking any of my things! :P

On Friday I have about ten scholarship applications and essays due. I worked with my dad last not on the application itself – some of the questions they ask are kind of ridiculous. One of them asked what percentage financially does each child rely on their parents. It’s just like…what? I never really thought about what percent I relied on my parents. :? So we just kind of guessed.

I’m really pretty nervous about these scholarships. I got a decent automatic scholarship from UMKC (my university): $3,500 a year, renewable. But other than that, I haven’t received any others. College is so expensive and I’m competing against at least thirty other really intelligent peers of mine. Gah. I know it’s better to at least try and hopefully get something, but I feel like these scholarship applications will be all in vain. So I guess most of my time this week will really be spent working on my scholarship essays. And praying, praying that I can get something good in return for my hard work.

I applied for dorming on the UMKC campus over the weekend. I know of one girl that is attending with me, but we both agreed that we didn’t really want to room together, so I’m just going to be put in with someone I don’t know. I kind of don’t really mind that much. I feel like I can generally get along with most people, so I’m looking forward to meeting new people, including a random roommate.

I also signed up for orientation over the summer, sometime in June (I already forgot :P) to sign up for classes and all that jazz. It’s crazy to think that in August I’ll be off to college. Kind of crazy and scary at the same time. By applying for dorms and registering for college, I basically committed to attend UMKC in the fall. I’m pretty happy with my choice because I love the campus and school itself, but I can’t help but wonder if I should’ve picked another state school to receive more money. There’s a few that I could’ve gotten almost a full-ride, but I didn’t like the school too much. I think I made the right decision though – picking a school that I really liked instead of one that just gave me a lot of money. At least I hope so.