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Last post of 2009! *wipes tear off cheek* I don't normally make resolutions because I know I'm going to break them, but why not push myself this year? Looking back on 2009, I didn't get much accomplished, so I want to make 2010 awesome!

Here is a short recap of my year, and then my resolutions.

2009 in Review

  • January 2: We got the cats! I can't even remember a time before them. They've honestly brought so much joy into my household, and I'm so glad to have them… even if Hank is mentally defective. :P
  • January 20: I watched Barack Obama's inauguration on TV during school hours and had a mini party in my school library. Definitely a good moment!
  • January 21: I was nominated for the Bloggies and subsequently lost. However, I was never expecting to win, and just being nominated was such a happy shock!
  • January 29: I lost my cell phone and got a new1 one. (I'm getting a new one in 2 weeks, though! Yay!)
  • February 11: Jet ran away, but we found him. :D
  • February 11: My friend's grandmother died after a long battle with cancer. She was like a third grandmother to me, so this was devastating. It's been nearly a year.
  • May 3: I took a break from my blog and came back two months later.
  • May 25: I had a huge fight with a friend over a school project and didn't talk to her for five months. To put this into perspective, she was DEFINITELY the one being immature. She tried to blame her low mark on me.
  • June: I passed all my exams and finished the year on the honour roll!
  • July: I discovered the most amazing book I've ever read.
  • August 23: I lost my new phone, but found it in a Pictionary box. (Not a huge event, but it was funny so I had to include it.)
  • September: I won the Community of Learners award at my school. To this day, I'm not sure why.
  • September: I voted 1500 times for Aisling's cousin to win The Next Star. (This is a big event, okay? Do you know how much energy I put into that?)
  • September and October: Both the kitties had their first birthdays. (I only blogged about Hank's, though!)
  • October 22: I got contacts and was amazed by my awesome vision.
  • October 28: I deactivated my Facebook account, but had to cave and reactivate it shortly thereafter. I am weak. (But really, I had to reactivate it so I could give my friend directions to my house!)
  • November 3: I figured out what I want to do after I graduate from high school.
  • November 10: I got braces and was not amused by the fact that my mouth was in excruciating pain for four days.
  • November 14: I got a job as a cashier at a big chain of grocery stores.
  • November: I came thisclose to failing math! :D
  • December 17: I got a new laptop, after my (also fairly new) one completely died. This one is amazing and shiny and it makes me so happy. It's white with swirls! And the volume control looks like a light, but it's touch sensitive! And you can turn off the touchpad2!
  • December 22: I went to visit my relatives and met the little girl who's staying with my aunt and uncle. I fell in love with her sweet, adorable nature.
  • December 29: I lost my iPod! D: This is horrible, because I rely on it A LOT. I had notes on there that I reallllly need.
  • Best of all, I didn't die!

Goals for 2010, somewhat ordered by importance

  • Pull my average up by 5%3 – First term was not great for me in terms of grades, and my average dropped 5% from last year, 9% from the year before. (Notice a trend here?) Ideally I would raise it back up to where it was 2 years ago, but since my math mark is SO LOW (I missed a week of school and nearly failed the big test), chances of that happening are slim. This is going to be my main goal, since it will require a lot of work.
  • Get bank account balance up to $2000 – With my job, this shouldn't be too hard, and I'll probably earn more. This is my minimum, though. I need to save up for lots of big things I'm planning!
  • Get my blog post count up to 200 – That's 66 more posts in one year, which is definitely doable! I'm going to try to post more often than that, though. I really want to post 3-4 times a week, but sometimes I lack in motivation and inspiration.
  • Comment on more blogs – I'm such a serial lurker, it's not even funny. Along with Aisling, I'm going to try to comment on more blogs. My goal is 21 blogs a week4, and I'm going to keep track with a handy dandy spreadsheet. (Because seriously, I just love any excuse to make a spreadsheet.)
  • Write more – I have my NaNo novel, which I'm definitely going to have to scrap and rewrite from scratch for the 900th time5, and a new idea. I don't know how I'm going to balance the two, but I'm definitely going to make some time to write.
  • Clean my room – I've probably needed to do this for the past year, so I'm going to get around to this in chunks: realphabetise books6, organise clothes/donate old ones to charity7, clean desk (even though I just did that this summer), redo horrible disgusting closet8, clean/vaccuum floor, organise bedside table. I will most likely be documenting this journey on my Dreamwidth account.
  • Create at least three new designs and use them – I'm not great with Photoshop, but I figure I should make myself practice. This is going to average out to one design every four months, so hopefully I can keep it up. This means that I should probably get working on something soon!
  • Buy more clothes – I have very few clothes that actually fit me, due to wearing a uniform most days. I got some gift cards for Christmas, so I should be able to get a few things!
  • Figure out electives for next year – I'm going to be doing this within the next few weeks anyway, but it seems big to me. Universities will see next year's report card, so this is pretty important!
  • Keep track of money spent – I have an application on my iPod for this9, and I used to do it. I just stopped suddenly, so I'm going to start again. This will help me with my main monetary goal too!
  • Use an agenda – I stopped partway through this school year. I have no idea why. I just suck like that.
  • Pay the library – I've owed them $40 for a year. Enough said. (It would also let me get my card back, heh…)
  • Get my braces off – This doesn't really depend on me, more on my teeth, but it's possible. My dentist said 9-18 months when I got them in October, and they're going really fast so far. With any luck I might have them off before next school year!
  • Get my hair cut – Last time I had it cut was June 18, 2008. It's probably high time for a trim.

Happy new year to everyone! I hope 2010 brings everything you hope for. If you set any resolutions, I hope you achieve them. :D

  1. and nearly as crappy []
  2. which admittedly has no real use, but it's cool []
  3. which is where it should be []
  4. 3 a day []
  5. seriously, I've gone through at least 10 drafts of this stupid novel []
  6. I haven't been good about putting them in order in ages []
  7. I have so many clothes that don't fit, and I want to reorganise them; colour coding was a stupid idea []
  8. seriously, it's a nightmare []
  9. first I'll have to, you know, retrieve my iPod from the depths of rental car hell []
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Because I actually feel worse than I did a week ago, I don't feel like putting a lot of effort into a post. So this post is all about you (and also about me, kind of)! (Okay, maybe I'm also doing this because I like talking about myself. Maybe.)

Manda recently posted an ask and answer entry. Amanda started doing this a few years ago, and I always meant to participate – it just never happened.

So! Since I'm sick, tired, and too out of it to write up a regular post, I'm going to leave things up to you. Ask me a question! I, of course, reserve the right not to answer certain questions; use your common sense when asking. :P Your questions can be about me personally, or they can be silly and less specific. I don't care – ask away!

Your questions will hopefully be answered sometime within the next week – if I'm still too sick to formulate interesting answers, it might take awhile. (Hopefully I'll feel better soon, though; you'd think that after a week I'd be better, not worse.)

Also, happy Turkey Day to my fellow Canadians! *enjoys day off*

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Not doing much for the next two weeks; Bighead's birthday is next Tuesday, so we'll have a pie and probably not do much else.

We leave for the cottage in Quebec on July 24 and are leaving for home on the 31. We're going to take a detour through Ottawa and stay there for the night. We'll be back in T-Dot on August 1, probably mid to late afternoon.

I have a little over a week of ~no plans~ once we get home. I start NFB claymation camp with my best friend Katelyn on August 10 and end on the 14.

Then I have NO PLANS! And school starts super late this year because of when Labour Day happens; the first day is the 8th. So, yeah, 3 weeks of nothingness. I don't know if I can handle that. I wish I could stay at the cottage all summer. All I need is a huge pile of library books (which, uh, it would help if I had a non-cancelled card *cough cough*) and I'm set!

ANYWAY! I was actually writing this to tell people who care that I'm planning on starting blogging again once I get back from the cottage. I don't want to do it before that because I really want to make a habit of doing it 3-4 times a week; if I start now, I'll do it for about two weeks before I go away into the middle of nowhere (I can't even get a cell phone signal, much less WiFi) and my habit will be broken. Once I get back, however, I can just blog until I drop! So I'm working pretty hard on my site so I can get it done before I go away and start pretty much as soon as I get back.


Jul. 6th, 2009 04:46 pm
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I just found this post. I won't link to it, because my site's on maintenance mode. I'll just post the important parts.

Sometimes I feel like I'm not an interesting enough person to maintain a blog. My life isn't anything special—I'm just another high school student, and I don't want to blog about how much I hate science or how I'm doing exceptionally well in math right now.

I sometimes have mildly interesting ideas, but I either blog about them (therefore running out of fascinating blog topics) or can't quite figure out how to properly put them into words.

Pretty much why I gave up on it.

I have considered taking an extended break, but I don't think I could stay away for too long.

I was so, so wrong. Although maybe the fact that I post here doesn't count - but my DW/LJ accounts are SO different from my normal blog! I'd never post anything in this journal on my blog. This is for posts that I don't want the whole world seeing, and just random memes, etc.

I'm finding it quite easy to NOT blog, actually.



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