Wishful Wednesday: Hurry Out, February!

Usually, I’m in no rush for even a day to end unless it’s a bad one, but for this Wednesday, my wish is for February to hurry up and get out!

The reason is there are some things I have planned for March, when spring arrives and the weather begins to become warm. My plans probably won’t start at the very beginning of March, but I think they’ll start fairly early.

I mentioned him already, but Emmi is a part of those plans. I said I wanted to meet up when temperature rises because it’s just too cold right now.

I’m planning to do a little clothes shopping, but online instead of in a store. I found some pretty, floral, one-shoulder shirts on eBay. I’ve never been able to find one-shoulder shirts. Never seen them in any store I ever went to.

Finally, there’s a special gift I’m planning to buy. In fact, that’s the first thing I want to do. I won’t say what it is, but I am so excited about it, especially because I’m paying for it entirely. No one is helping me, so no one can complain.

I am so excited for March to come, I feel ready to burst! Honestly, I really feel like this year will be a good one. Hurry up, March!

Friends Before Family

Tomorrow is my best friend’s birthday. Since I don’t have much money, I bought her a pack of milk chocolate Milano cookies as gift. Not the most special gift, but it is the thought that counts, isn’t it? Plus, she loves anything that’s chocolate. She also invited me to her birthday party tomorrow, which is being held at a local park. It’s a small gathering of friends and possibly her family. I haven’t seen her since the after-graduation party back in June, so I’m definitely going.

To my surprise, my sister got jealous of my gift for Jen. It was a very inexpensive gift, yet you’d think I bought a puppy for Jen’s birthday. Turns out my sister was angry because I didn’t buy her a gift for her birthday last month. Never mind the fact that I’ve bought and made gifts before and they’ve gone unappreciated. My sister expressed that she was angry that I was putting my friends before my family.

Well, that’s not how I thought of it. In my mind, I had simply bought a pack of cookies to be a gift. I wasn’t thinking of putting Jen ahead of anyone. I was thinking only of Jen and what she may like as a gift.

Still, I must admit my sister isn’t wrong. It may be subconscious, but I do think to think of my friends before I think of my family. However, there is a reason for that. The former actually treats me like family while the latter treats me like dirt. Not all the time, I’ll admit, but enough that I find them nearly insufferable. How can I not put the people who have been there for me, helped me, and treated me with kindness since I met them ahead of the people who have driven me to emotional breakdowns, made me feel worthless since childhood, and generally frustrate me? Sure, I’ve known my friends for a much shorter time and they’ve changed over the years, but that doesn’t change those facts.

My friends are not the ones who push religion on me. They are not the ones who put me down. They are not the ones who make fun of my dreams and goals. They are not the ones who treat me unequally to the others. And they are not the ones who use me as a scapegoat.

There is a saying that blood is thicker than water. Besides that being literally true, I found a better saying: Love is thicker than blood. If you’re my family, then that simply means you’re related to me by blood. However, if you’re my friend, that means we like and care about each other, and enjoy each other’s company. We may be related by blood, but it’s irrelevant. I’d rather be connected to someone by a strong bond than merely by blood and DNA.

Bye Bye, iPads

Yesterday was the final days for final exams and iPads. Everybody had to turn their iPad in. If they didn’t bring it yesterday, they had to bring it today to turn it in. No more iPads until September.

The iPads were great. Having something to play with and hold my attention, even if I got interrupted and told numerous times I shouldn’t be playing games. And, of course, there was having all my games erased because “we’re not supposed to have games on the iPad”. Yeah, I’m pretty sure every kid in my school broke that rule, but they should’ve expected that. If they really thought students would use the iPads strictly for schoolwork, then they were mistaken. Probably 95% of the kids in this school have parents who couldn’t afford to buy them an iPad and they wouldn’t dare ask. You give a kid an iPad for FREE and there is no way games won’t find its way onto there. And I won’t even get started on the students who have high enough grades to take them home and, thus, won’t be bound by a firewall.

Over the exams, everybody, regardless of grades, was allowed to take their iPad home. I was on my iPad more than my computer and when I was on my computer, I was using my iPad at the same time because I would be playing TS3 (call that obsession if you want; it’s better than being out at 2 AM). But with the iPad gone,  it’s back to my laptop and my uncle’s netbook when I want to give mine a break (TS3 takes up a lot of energy). The best thing was my grandfather never knew I had it. The last thing I need is for him to make a big fuss.

Well, it’s the third-to-last day of school. No schoolwork, dress-down day for seniors (doesn’t bother me) and just relaxing in general. Friday is the first day of summer vavcation. I’ll be sure to scream (mentally) with joy that this year is finally OVER!!!