Hey there, 2014

New Year’s Eve is always an extra party for my family because New Year’s Day/January 1st is my mother’s birthday. Ever since I can remember, my family always had friends over and we ate all kinds of junk food and stayed up till midnight. I invited Andrew and my friend Jacqueline over as well and we hung out in the basement with my brother Steven while the old folks stayed upstairs, haha.

Our hangouts are always pretty lazy for New Year’s. We all piled our plates with toasted raviolis, queso dip, meatballs, little smokies, and leftover Christmas cookies and candies. Steven got me Fight Club for Christmas – partly as a joke because I hate Brad Pitt – so we started with that movie.

Once it ended, we talked about high school and all the pranks we pulled on our teachers and how much Andrew and Jacqueline copied off of me for homework assignments and all the pranks he still does to a teacher that lives up the street from us. It was really fun but also a little nostalgic; am I really that old now to be talking about high school like that?

After midnight, we all started acting a little weird. Sometime around 4AM Jacqueline said she was stronger than Steven and leg wrestling matches ensued. Andrew beat everyone, which was hilarious.

But mainly we just talked – I can’t even tell you what about. Well, it was mainly Jacqueline and Steven that talked and me and Andrew occasionally interjected. I had had a little bit of wine and was feeling really sleepy. I must’ve dozed off because when I woke back up a different movie was in. I fell asleep again. I found out later they watched two more movies and didn’t go to sleep until like 10AM, haha. It was kind of weird seeing my friend and my brother talk so easily and openly with each other. There’s a five year gap between me and him, so my friends weren’t his friends and his friends weren’t mine. Then again, it was probably just the alcohol.

It was a fun night and a good start to 2014 being with friends and family.

Last year I had three goals for 2013: 1) to read 52 books, 2) to get a 3.5+GPA and 3) to blog more. I can happily say that I did read 52 books in 2013 and I got a 4.0 for both semesters. As for blogging more, I’m not sure if I blogged more, but I still blogged, so that should count, haha. This wasn’t a goal, but I actually lost weight and stayed pretty healthy, so that’s just an extra bonus. :)

I feel that 2014 is going to be a difficult year for me: Andrew will be staying in Kansas City this summer while I go home to Saint Louis, which is going to be very hard for me; I need to find an internship for the summer and fall (and hopefully throughout the rest of my college career); I’ll be entering my junior year where I should probably figure out what I want to do and my minors and emphases and whatnot; I’m a little scared.

I guess you could consider those things goals in themselves, but I feel they’re just life things, not something I need to write down and commit to for 2014. Either they’ll happen or they won’t. That’s life. (I’m sorry. I’m going to stop being cynical now.)

So. This is my goal for the year:

1. Read 52 books. I did it last year, so I know that I can do it again. Plus I love to read, and sometimes with school and work, I don’t make time for it and I want to make time for it. I’ve already finished Legend by Marie Lu – which was excellent and I would highly recommend – and am halfway through Prodigy, the second book in the trilogy. I love reading.

Happy 2014!

9 thoughts on “Hey there, 2014”

  1. Happy 2014! Tristan and I ended up staying wide awake and watched the ball drop. 2014 was the first year I celebrated with anyone. So it was quite different. We were the only ones in the house that actually stayed up, up until the fireworks went off and scared the dogs.

    Congratulations on reading 52 books! I bet you would’ve read more if you counted the school text books :P. And also losing weight, and reaching a 3.5 GPA. I started reading in 2013, once I had moved in with my boyfriend’s Grandparents. Tristan got me back into reading and noticed that my love for the internet is slowly dying. I’m still blogging, but I actually admitted to his Grandma that I’m losing interest in the internet.

    Anyway, congratulations on losing some weight. I got a phone call from my weight management team today (1-2-14), and told me she had received my weigh in progress and sent me more vouchers. The down side of it is — I only have 3 more months of the class. :( . Bummer! But I know exactly what to do in order to lose the weight. I finally got out of being 167!

    I’m sorry to hear that you and Andrew won’t be near each other, but it’ll make the relationship grow fonder. It did me with Tristan and still is, even though we’re doing our own things. He reads, I do digital art than read. So we’re not at each others throats. Even though we’re in the same house. I can’t believe that a whole year has gone by and I’m still with him.

  2. Happy new year! I never knew someone with new years day as their birthday. That’s kind of cool to start both a new year overall and for yourself at the same time :)

    I like laid-back new years celebrations too. I guess I’m too lazy to go out and celebrate with the crowds. It sounds like you guys had fun! I can’t believe they didn’t sleep until 10AM! I’d be so exhausted, haha.

    Congrats on accomplishing your 2013 goals and on your weight loss too! That’s awesome that you did all 3 :) Good luck with your new goals! I hope 2014 goes well for you!

  3. Happy New Year’s Becca!

    It sounds like you stuffed yourselves on New Year’s Eve! Your boyfriend still pulls pranks on your old teacher? Haha, that is classic. Now that you mentioned it, I feel old when I talk about high school XD. I usually talk about what happened with my boyfriend since we went to different high schools and stuff :o. At least your friend can talk to your brother easily without any obvious awkward moments.

    Good luck with your goals for the year! I’m sure you will complete all of them without a problem~ Especially since you for a 4.0 GPA!

    Hopefully things will work out for you regarding the summer. I’m sure you can find an internship one way or another. Go out there and look for it!

    Take care~

  4. Happy New Year Becca! Sounds like your New Year’s Eve was a blast! All I did was watch movies on Netflix with my parents and stuff my face with cookies and ice cream. New Year’s Eve has never been really exciting in my family.

    And congratulations to you completing last year’s resolutions! That is a feat, not many people can say they actually stuck to their resolutions. And sounds like your in for a year of change. You’ll get through it (: And ohs! You’re a junior too, what are you studying? I definitely feel the pressure to get an internship. I’m excited because I’m going to be interning this upcoming quarter but my quarter is going to be pretty crazy. Anywhos, I’d love to hear about your studies and ambitions and all!

    And props to reading 52 books! I would make that a goal for me but I know I won’t be able to do it. I’m just too darn busy in college. I should have made a bigger effort back in high school when I didn’t have as much going on. Oh wells.

  5. Happy belated New Year! It sounds like your NYE was extra festive and lots of fun :) I’m always impressed when people accomplish their new year’s resolutions, mainly because I can never keep them :/ Hope that you’ll be able to accomplish 2014’s resolution as well!

  6. Happy new year! It sounds like you had an amazing new yers ever party ;) It’s a good thing that you accomplished all your goals in 2013! I bet you can do it again for 2014! ;) I never can keep on track of my goals, so it’s a good thing you can! :)

  7. I’m so glad to hear that 2013 went well for you–that you completed your goals, at the least! And it sounds like you and your friends and your brother had a really good time together :3 Good luck with your 2014; it does sound difficult for you, but I’m sure you can do it! Being scared is totally fine–that way, you’ll be pretty prepared for the year to come :)

  8. Oh that’s great you celebrate your mom’s birthday too, some people who have holiday birthdays get neglected! New Year hangout is meant to be lazy. That sounds really delicious though! Lol about Brad Pitt. Did you like the movie?

    When I talk about high school I immediately feel extremely old. =(

    That’s great you got straight A’s! I’m jealous. I am going to be considered a junior this coming semester I think though still with a few sophomore classes, I need to figure out what direction I wanna head besides teaching and sociology. It takes a little time to figure out but once you got it it’s great. Good luck!!! Don’t be scared!

    Good luck with your book every week too. I long failed that hehehehee.

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