Thursday, December 31, 2009

An entire decade?

It took me until today to realize that this is the first time I have remembered very clearly the entire decade. Technically (being born in 1989) I was alive through the 9s but I only have really a good memory of the mid to late 90s. I get on twitter today and the trending topic is #10yearsagoI and I couldn't help but go back and reflect on the decade for me. Feel free to not get bored if you can help it.

2000
Had a new years eve party at my house in California. I was 10 years old and not sure what y2k meant just that my parent's insane friends were scared as hell. I got to stay up till midnight and watch the ball drop for the first time which I thought was super awesome and my Dad made announcements when London and the east coast passed their new years and that all their electronics were still working. He made me stand by the phone so when it was midnight I had the honor of picking it up and saying the dial tone worked. Later in October we moved to Washington State and I vowed to leave it as soon as I turned 18.

2001
6th grade I went from that weird freakish new kid that wore Hawaiian shirts and was from mystical CALIFORNIA to being somewhat popular. I was pretty pleased with this, but honestly didn't really like the popular kids that much, they would have been made fun of in California, let's just say that. They were WASHINGTON cool (an entirely lower level of cool at the time). Razors and Furbies finally became cool in the northwest and I was bored because those were cool like two years ago in fourth grade. Washington was boring me. I hated snow (still do) and my favorite band was LFO/BBMAK/Hoku.

2002
I'd always liked harry Potter but this is when my Harry Potter kick really started. I saw Chamber of Secrets in theatres four times and started a Harry Potter box of all clippings in newspapers and magazines. Any news stories I could get my hands on. I ditched the popular kids and focused on my main love: Harry Potter and Hayden Christiansen in Star Wars (this later AKA NOW is a sickening thought that I even liked that horrible actor, but it began my love of Natalie Portman).

2003
8th grade was horrible. I dropped out of all school sports and focused on club soccer. I was pretty good and made a lot of good friends traveling but I was 14 and my coach was mean so this was also the year I quit club soccer after 10 years of playing soccer.

2004
I entered high school friendless and decided I'd go all Avril Lagvine cause she was kinda cool at the time. I was too poor to afford converse so I got off brand cons and brown cords that I wore constantly and blank tank tops. I thought I was pretty awesome. Start going to shows, make two new great friends that I still have. Played high school softball which I loved and still have my fondest memories there of high school.

2005
THE YEAR OF LEARNING LIFE LESSONS
Boys are complete idiots, drugs are bad, and drinking is probably not a good idea either anymore. Life lesson: Don't pay attention to what boys say, only pay attention to what they do.

2006
Running start AKA I leave high school and get high school credits and college credits while going to community college. I also have a horrible boyfriend that is just...HORRIBLE....and I'm young and dumb so I stay with him because, "Gosh I know he loves me deep down somewhere in there!" I start making youtube videos.

2007
Graduate high school and community college with my high school diploma and A.A degree.
Dump lame boyfriend and pick up awesome new boyfriend.

2008
Go to the University of Washington and manage a long distance relationship successfully. Have a great on campus job and really love my major and the people in it.

2009
Graduate University of Washington with degree in English come home and freak out because I can't find a job. Decide to go to Graduate school and get a degree in Communications...still deciding if this is a good idea or not. But I successfully completed my first and hardest quarter ever...so that's good.

2010
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-Holly

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Winter Break

I finished my first quarter of graduate school successfully. My grades were excellent and even though it was one of the hardest three months of my life I still managed a trip to Calgary, and time with friends. I even made new friends through my grad program who will be in my classes next quarter. I have Igor and Galina (the married Russian professors) again next quarter and they're so quirky and odd I'm almost excited to see them again. I know it's going to be even harder than last quarter though, but I'm up for the challenge. I'm also taking a designing websites course which I'm really excited about. Winter quarter 2010 starts January 6th.

Winter break was fun, still a week of it left. I went to visit my great uncle and aunt in Phoenix for a few days. My uncle Jack loves to hunt so I got to walk around a house surrounded by dead mounted animals. This ranged from a Pumba wart hog to an alligator. Depressing. Then we went to the Phoenix zoo and my Uncle pointed out all the things he's shot. It was kind of like this:

Me: Oh wow! What a cute tiger! Aw it has little babies!

Jack: I shot and killed one of those before.

Me: Oh....wow....

Nevertheless they are good people and they treated us well there.

My room got an upgrade over break. I now have a new PC which I love and a queen size bed in my room. A nice upgrade from my slow as hell lap top and my twin size kid bed I've had since I was 11. I even traded in the fishy sheets for sheets of EGYPTIAN COTTON NA NA NA NA NA NA. If you have no idea what that just was then you need to watch this, especially at 50 seconds in. Wish I could find the real video from the movie but...stupid youtube, you know...


Anyway with the room upgrade, I feel all grown up.

Christmas was a family affair. It was tolerable. I have a large family here and they tend to drive me up the wall a lot, but my cousins are great. We went over and had a huge bon fire at one of their houses that night and played the Bad Santa drinking game. Every time someone wears in that movie you have to drink. You will be GONE after the first 15 minutes. Great movie. It's my me and my Dad's go to Christmas movie next to the original Miracle on 34th street. Yes, I realize these are two completely different movies. But we like them both.

Happy New Year!

-Holly