Sunday, February 26, 2017

I HAVE RETURNED (with LOTS of news!)

Well, would you look at that? I'm still alive. What a surprise.



I'M BAAAAACK!!!! Did you miss me? (Obviously, the answer is yes. I'm not sure how you even functioned without me. ;P)

It feels like forever since I sat and wrote a blog post...yet at the same time, it feels like just yesterday that I announced I was taking a hiatus. Funny how that works.

BUT GUYS. I've missed you!!! It's been SO great taking a break, but I admit, I have certainly missed blogging and interacting with you all. (You guys are the best. <3)

And I know I said I would do my best to reply to all your comments...but I just don't think that's going to happen at this point. Every time I sit down to reply to all your comments from aaaaaages ago (seriously, some of them are like...four months old *chokes*), I end up exceedingly frustrated. Because I have NO IDEA what to say! So much has changed in that amount of time, and I feel so bad that I even left them that long. All that is to say, I will not be replying to any of your old comments (most likely), but I have read and enjoyed every. single. one. They make my day. BUT YES, SORRY, GUYS. (I originally typed that as ''guts"...gosh, I'm tired. XD) It turns out the Glitter Queen is *gasp* not perfect. Shocker, I know. :P

Aaaaanyway. Now that I've gotten that off my chest, I thought I should just fill you in on what's been going on in my corner of the world. It's been a while since I've done a wrap-up post--yes, I actually stopped Frabjous Finalities way back in September *cough*--so I figured I would harken back to the "good old days" and bring you some updates on my CRAZY life.


Oh, February. How can I even begin to describe this month?

It. Was. INSANE.

I'm not exaggerating when I say it was one of the busiest, most eventful months in years. So, so, so much has happened. It may be the shortest month of the year, but it more than made up for its brevity.

 What has happened, you ask? *clears throat* *cracks knuckles* Let us begin.

// I got my driver's permit.

YES. I ACTUALLY GOT MY PERMIT. I did driver's ed last month and got my permit early this month. That means I can legally drive. GOOD GRIEF. I feel so old. *grabs cane and hobbles on*

// I started two college classes.

Both of which happen to be sooooo time-consuming. I probably spent about 15 to 20 hours on one of them this week. *collapses* And I've stayed up past midnight getting assignments done multiple nights this week.

OKAY, BUT I'VE GOT A STORY. So one of the classes I'm taking is psychology. I'm taking it online, so I logged into my course Thursday night at 11:15 to take a quiz. But when I went on there, I discovered that I actually had another assignment midnight. I KID YOU NOT. I had an assignment due in 45 freakin' minutes. 

It was the scariest moment ever.

After trying not to have a nervous breakdown, I scrambled to write out this ginormous discussion post in time. Generally, college writing assignments take me foreeeeeever so I was pretty sure I wasn't going to make it. But guess what??? I submitted it 4 MINUTES before it was due.

Actual footage of my reaction. XD
SO YES. That happened. I think I aged about 153 years that night...hehe. 

// I started my first job?!

So...I actually got a job??? Which I honestly didn't think would ever. *cough* 

I now have a part-time tutoring job. It's over the phone (aka the instrument of torture), but I think I will hopefully conquer that fear. Eventually.


// I started my new novel!

YES! This is a very exciting piece of news! I originally was planning on writing my Peter Pan retelling first but...then the plot bunnies arrived. So I gave in to them and started something WAY different than what I was planning on writing. EEP. I'M SO EXCITED!!! I don't have very much written yet, but I will hopefully be sharing more about it when I do. ^_^

(I may or may not have a title, playlist, and storyboard for it. But you're just going to have to wait to find out. *cackles*)

// I opened a checking account and got my first debit card.

Wow. If taking college classes, getting a job, and acquiring my permit weren't making me feel super old, then getting a debit card certainly does.

My mom actually went with me down to the bank and opened a joint account with me. I got my first debit card (what) and everything. I KNOW. IT'S CRAZY.

Don't worry, I'm not going around spending all my money on books now. It's mainly for when I get to college, and I don't like spending money anyway. ;)

Other Things

Even outside of all those ginormous (and yes, stressful) life changes, I've had some smaller things happen that I wanted to document.

// My artwork drastically improved.

Seriously now. I can't believe how much my artwork has improved over the past couple months. I owe most of my improvement to the splendid Heather Dixon, who actually teaches a drawing class every week now on her YouTube channel. Turns out she's not only one of the best writers ever; she's also one of the best artists ever. LIKE WOW. I'm in awe of her artwork.

// I started aesthetic boards on Pinterest.

These are my new favorite thing. I just wuv them so much. <3 (Incidentally, I've gained about 20 followers in the past couple weeks because of them...I guess other people like them, too??)

// Season 3 of When Calls the Heart came out on Netflix (!!!)

GUYS. This is a big deal! I have waited an entire YEAR for it to come out. It's been such a long wait! I rewatched seasons 1 and 2 as I waited (thank goodness for lunch breaks, haha). But the day finally arrived! It came out last week, and I have been blissfully enjoying the adorableness that is Jack and Elizabeth. ACK.

So that was my February in a nutshell. As you can see, it was pretty insane. I'm very tired and have been admittedly very stressed as well. I've worked so hard on schoolwork the past few weeks, and specifically tried to get alllll of my homework done before this weekend so I could have time to relax. Figures that my eye is now painful and swollen, and I would have the worst night of sleep in months on Friday night. :P 

But let's end on a good note: I HAVE RETURNED. 


If you made it through this post, you're braver than I thought. *awkwardly coughs* So tell me: how was your month? Have you ever had any "horror stories" from your school? I need to know I'm not alone in this. 

P.S. Stay tuned for an extra special post later this week!!