Friday, March 10, 2017

Hawaii Baby

Hey everyone(Aloha!)
It has been almost a year since I last wrote and things have changed big time, mostly for the better.
First of all, all my scans have been clear and I am almost feeling like a normal teenager. I am going to prom in a few weeks, maybe with a date, he still hasn't given me a definitive answer, regardless, my cousin is joining me as well. We went last year, along with my best friend and devoured an entire cheesecake.
In September i got a job at Kohl's and I absolutely love it! I work roughly 12 hours a week, give or take. All of my coworkers are super nice and make sure I'm taken care of. It also helped with my anxiety, so now when i go to work I don't even worry anymore.
This year is my senior year, meaning I have applied to eight different schools for sports journalism and hopefully a minor in creative writing. I have been accepted at five schools thus far, and from that my top choice would be Susquehanna University. I was also very impressed with Syracuse, and i could see myself there, if I get in. I graduate in June and am currently in the running to speak at my ceremony, not sure what made me decide to apply for that though.

In other news, I finally picked my Make A Wish. And I am currently sitting in my hotel room in Hawaii. After two years of struggling to decide, I think i made the best decision as so far me and my family are all having a blast. (P.S. ignore my grammar, I'm on vacation)  I also want to make a quick shout out to my genies, you two are amazing! Thank you for everything! I have so many pictures to show you, just after a few days.
Last night we attended a luau right on the beach with great food and fun stuff. We all got to make palm leave head bands, but mine was "put in storage" by one of the warriors and he proceeded to make me a whole new one. I learned how to throw a spear, so you better watch out, mostly because i was terrible at it. everyone except for my dad got up on stage and did the tipi tipi. It was interesting to say the least. Also, as a make a wish kid, i was called up to stage and presented with flowers, a lei, a new headband with flowers, a wooden turtle, a purse, a t-shirt and some sort of wrap. And i can't forget the hug, which i received just about everywhere I've gone while in Hawaii. They hug a lot! 
Today we spent the morning around the hotel, with me taking a nap and everyone else buying souvenirs. After my nap, we went to the Dole plantation where we conquered a Guinness world record maze in 29 minutes. Then we enjoyed a peaceful and cool ride around the gardens, very refreshing after sweating it out in the maze. When we finished the train ride, we ate pineapple whip, which I think I fell in love with, big time. After the plantation, we drove up the coast of the island until we came across one of many beaches.
We took pictures and tried not to break our ankles in the rocks. Driving a little farther down the coast, there was one of many food truck stops where we enjoyed shrimp, fish tacos and a pulled pork sandwich. If you ever have the chance to eat from a food truck in Oahu, I recommend it, especially the pulled pork and fish tacos.
Tomorrow morning we are going snorkeling, so hopefully I'll have some more pictures and then Saturday I should have some pictures of me wiping out when we go surfing.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

(Memory)al Day Weekend

I'm coming to you live from a hotel filled to the brim with basketball players in a town with a lot of roundabouts and fancy grocery shops. Yes, we are in full AAU swing, which means traveling every other weekend and sleeping on uncomfortable sofas, that is if I get any sleep at all with my brother and sister's snoring topped only by being kicked and hit in the head repeatedly. That brings us to now as I write this at 6:30 am on a Saturday, which is practically the middle of the night for any teenager who enjoys her beauty rest. I've actually been up for the past three and a half hours, watching Netflix and trying, with no success, to fall back to sleep. My neck is stiff, my back is in dire need of a chiropractor, and Miley Cyrus' Party in the USA is playing through my headphones, so not everything is going badly.

Being here, getting ready to watch my brother play basketball in a few hours, brings back memories, good and bad, of long drives and fast food as well as horrible suicide filled practices. For those who aren't sports fans, suicides are when you sprint to different lengths of the floor, then back to the baseline until finally, when you are so tired you just want to lay down for a year, you run the full length of the court and back. I remember the tears I shed, the bruises that inevitably formed on my elbow at least once every tournament, but most importantly I remember the way it felt out there on the court. The competitive spirit rang through the gyms like jingle bells on Christmas and the way the pre-game excitement hits you, either like a bag of nerves or a giddy feeling that won't go away until you're out there doing what you love.

If I'm being honest, which i am, I don't really want to be here at this tournament, not that anyone really cares. I feel awkward, like i don't belong or something, especially when we go out to dinner or whatever with the team. Do i sit at the kid's table? No. Do i sit at the adult table? No. Where do i sit then? Usually by myself, pretending to text. Do i ever get used to feeling like a loner? No. Will I ever feel truly loved and less lonely? I hope so.

Feel free to comment. Sorry for making this sort of a downer and thanks for reading.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Back at it Again

Hey readers!
Yes, i know, you're all so happy to here from me. But please, save the applause for the end.

Here i am, back at hershey, doing my thing, have surgery and chilling in a hospital bed. But don't worry, i'm just having an endoscopy for the stomach pain i've been having for the past six months. Same old boring life.

Except over the weekend, my boring life got a litlle bone chilling. No i didn't spend the night in a haunted house like those idiots in horror movies. I did however see some of my old classmates, who some may refer to as idiots.

My old school had a minithon, in support of the Four Diamonds fund, which is based at Hershey Med, to help kids and families dealing with cancer. I was lucky enough to get to speak on behalf of Four Diamonds. It was unforgettable and a lot scary. On the bright side, i got to hang with my little cousin, whose not so little anymore and some old teammates. MiniThon Speech

I hope you enjoyed the video, my dad isn't the best videographer.

Anyway, thanks for reading.
Talk to you next time.