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Summer in a Nutshell (so far)

I’ve been incredibly busy this summer – instead of having my usual lazying around not really doing anything, so I’ve had a lot going on but not really the time to tell you. Or, really that should be, I’ve had the time but feel like just sleeping instead. :P

  • I bought my first car! I need a car now that I’m living in an off-campus apartment at school, so my dad and I went to look at a dealership at some used cars. We actually looked online first and I saw a car that I really liked and we went and looked at it and I just loved it. It’s a 2010 Hyundai Accent (picture below). It’s a small little thing, but it’s perfect for what I need. It was much more than I really wanted to pay (my original budget was $8,000) but the dealership didn’t have any decent cars at that price range without 100,000 miles on it. So anyhow, I decided I wanted to get it, we filled out the paperwork, I took out a small loan, and now I have my own car! :D
  • I’ve been working at my doctor’s office. That sounds a lot more exciting than it really is. I’m not doing anything medicall-y (as you can see in my last post, that is truly not a career option for me). I am going through all the old patient charts and entering their basic information onto a computer and determining when the chart can be destroyed. I then have to go back and organize them by destroy date. I have a small room that I work in and I just stuff it full of boxes and slave away over them all day. (It’s really not that bad, but it is tiring because I am constantly squatting or bending over the boxes.) I really like my hours though-I work from 9am to 3pm every day which is nice because I feel like I’m working a lot, but I still have time to enjoy my summer.
  • I started running. And I mean, really running. I used to run just every once in a while, but for the past three weeks I’ve gotten up every morning at 6:30am and started running (excluding one day each week I take as a rest day). I run about two miles and it’s not always easy, especially since I’m not a morning person, but I keep reminding myself that I haven’t missed a day yet and that I feel so much better/happier afterwards. I made a little chart/calender to track every day I’ve ran and if I’ve lost weight. So far I’ve lost five pounds! I’m going to sign up for a Color Me Rad 5k with my best friend and I’m really excited for it. I mean, who doesn’t want to run and have paint thrown at them?! ;)
  • I have avidly attended numerous Cardinals games. Which can I just say is awesome! Being at school in Kansas City, I can’t go to any games, nor can I usually watch them on TV. So being able to watch my favorite baseball team play is great. :) We’ve gotten a lot of cheap tickets and me and Andrew have gone quite a few times for fun dates. <3

I’m leaving for Puerto Rico on Saturday for a mission trip with my church. We’ll be there for a week and I can’t wait to share it all with you! :)

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!)