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Alright everyone, before anything else, I’d just like to wish you all a late Happy New Year, and I hope 2015 has been going well for you so far. Next, I’d like to apologize for my very long absence, but, the good news is, I’m back, and do I have things to tell you about! However, I am going to try to sum things up as much as I possibly can, so that this post isn’t really, really long. And, finally, about the title of this post, I don’t know what the future holds for this blog after I graduate. I might try to keep it running, but, things could change so much that I’d have to change the very title of this blog, or, perhaps, I could just start a new one. Feel free to leave your thoughts as to what you, my followers, think I should do concerning this blog. And now, on to the Friday Christmas Break started.

So, as you all know, Friday was the first match of the season for archery. As I was typing the last post that I posted on here that day, it ended up being so long that I had to keep typing it even when the match was going on after 6 at night. It was when I was sitting out, of course, since our team is always divided into 2 flights (1st flight shoots, then 2nd). So, for our first match, we didn’t go against another team, we went against our county’s sheriff’s department. So, yeah, we shot against cops. That’s not all, though. Since we didn’t have enough cops to have us all shoot against, it just so happens that 2 of our former senior teammates who graduated last year actually showed up with their bows and everything, so I actually got to shoot against one of them. It was great. In the end, we totally won, which was awesome, but my score was terrible. It was actually the worst score I’d gotten since practice started, and at a match of all things! That was what really upset me. But, it was okay. After the match was over, for those of us who didn’t leave right after it was over, we were all divided up into different groups playing with kickballs, volleyballs, and balls made out of tape. That was me. Me and 3 other of my teammates were throwing a ball made of tape, and I was throwing it like I would a softball in softball practice. Although, I guess I threw it harder than I usually do at actual softball practice, because, my archery buddy’s cousin, who’s in archery and softball like me, asked, “Archerpoet! Why can’t you throw like that in softball?” I just looked back at her, smiled, and said, “I can’t?” Then, when I was finally leaving, I stood in a spot where I could look over everyone, and thought, these are my people, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. So, yeah. It all ended well. After that, my Christmas Break officially started.

Well, I’m just going to say that, normally, Christmas Break would be really awesome, especially when it first starts off, but, this one, actually started off being pretty stressful for, not just me, but my whole family. As you should know from my previous posts, with my grandpa at home with the condition he’s in, it can be really hard on all of us. I actually think that that’s now the main reason why my dad and grandma get upset with each other, and there are times where it feels like I’m just caught in the middle of everything. I don’t know what to do sometimes. But, the good news is, we do have people who have been coming and helping him, so it’s less work for us. Other good news includes me being able to get along pretty well the aid that came almost every day (except for Christmas and New Year’s) to do stuff for my grandpa. It was only during December, though. Now she’s only coming 3 times a week, and I have school again during the week, so I never see her. I’ll admit, it has become more stressful again, but, most of the time, it’s not that bad. Though, there was a time when I felt so upset about it, I had to just go to my room, lock myself in, and cry my eyes out. That’s something I hadn’t done often at all, until my grandpa came home. Now, I am glad that we can have him home, but, if his condition starts getting any worse than it is, we’ll eventually have to send him to a nursing home, and my dad and I are actually the ones who’ve thought that would be best from the start. My grandma always has mixed feelings about it, which I understand a little, since he’s her husband and all, but, one of these days, something’s going to have to happen. But, enough about such a depressing topic. Christmas Break did get better, with the aid coming over to help. We finally had Christmas, and I got everything I wanted, including a new phone. A smartphone, not a flip phone from the dinosaur age. That was the best thing, because, if I didn’t tell you before, my arc hey buddy’s cousin had been hounding me because of how outdated my phone was, so I couldn’t wait to whip it out and tell her that she can’t hound me anymore! I also got a lot of stuff to watch, which kept me locked in my room over most of Christmas Break. It was great! Although, the most awesome thing I did before Break ended didn’t happen until almost right before it was time to go back to school.

On Saturday, January 3rd, 2015, I had the greatest night of my life. It was with my GS Crew, and it was the most amazing thing that ever happened to me. I won’t say exactly what it was, since I don’t want to give away my exact location (at least, not yet), but I’ll just say that it was a concert. It was a concert, and, not just of one artist, but multiple. It was something we had also went to the previous year, which was our first time going, but this time was so much more awesome. To keep it short, I was probably one of the luckiest people there that night. Not only was I technically 2nd in line to meet the lead singer of one of my all-time favorite bands (and get his autograph), I was also able to meet all the members of another band that I hadn’t discovered until I heard them there, and have them all sign their latest CD. Oh, and I got a picture with them, too. So, with all that happening, and just being there with my awesome friends, definitely made it the greatest night of my life. We didn’t get back until late at night, but I had plenty of souvenirs that I brought home from it. It was AWESOME. Then, after that, nothing happened Sunday, and my life didn’t start picking up again until I finally got back to school this past Monday.

Nothing really happened during the school day, so I’ll skip to archery practice. Well, except I got to show my archery buddy’s cousin my new phone, and she stopped hounding me, so that was my major accomplishment of the day. So, I thought we were going to have softball not long after like usual, but our coach sent out a text saying we were changing to Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s & Thursday’s, and that we weren’t doing normal practice, but workouts, like weightlifting, and such. Although, I actually ended up not going all week. Anyways, back to archery. Monday was a pretty good shooting day for me. I’m finally starting get a grip on what I need to do to be able to shoot where I want, and it’s great! Although, I do still have problems with certain arrows. Like one time, when I was shooting from the 15 meter line, 15 meters, I had the most awesome group going I’d had all season, but then, on the last arrow, it totally sucked. I was so mad! It’s like, that one arrow that just hates you. Ha. But seriously, though. It was bitter-sweet. After practice was over, I walked out with my archery buddy, and, guess what? You remember the thing I told you about happening the Thursday before Break? I finally told her about it. She felt bad afterwards, and I was left wondering why I even worried in the first place. My archery buddy, and our other friend in that class, they’re both nice people, but, sometimes, I think they have a little trouble showing it. She even told our other friend about, and she said the same thing. She said that I could just come up and sit with them whenever, which, I did already know that, but there were certain things I wanted to make sense of. Now, everything is just fine. And, you know what? Tuesday, our other friend wasn’t even there, nor was the 4th member of our usual party, so we just stayed in our seats beside each other and worked on some stuff we had to do. The day after that, my archery buddy told me that she would just ask me from now on if she could go up there, because she also said that, if I was ever feeling down, or needed a buddy, or something like that, she would just stay back there with me. See? She really is a good person.

So, Wednesday, I had gotten myself all ready because I thought I was going to go to softball that day, but, I ended up just going to archery with my archery buddy’s cousin, who I ended up waiting at her house with again. Let me just say, though, that staying for archery was a last minute decision. We were just getting ready to stop at the gym to let my archery buddy’s cousin off, then I decided that, instead of softball, I would do archery instead. Thus, I haven’t done softball all week long. That’s okay, though, because I can always go next week. Well, hopefully. But, anyway, I’m actually really glad I chose archery instead, because it ended up being the best night practice ever, despite the fact my score dropped a little (my score is never that good on Wednesday’s anyway). The reason for that is because, not only did we finally get our new team shirts (which are totally awesome), but, after practice, when everyone else was gone except for me and one best freshman friend (and our coach), we just sat there and totally rocked out to different songs by bands we both liked a lot, and it was awesome! One of the best parts was our coaches’ reactions to me singing along with one song, and both of us dancing to another. Yep. Best night practice ever.

The next day, Thursday, yesterday, I didn’t even go to school. Why? Because, where I am, it got colder than Antarctica, with a negative degree wind chill! So, my dad decided I would just stay home. Luckily, though, I didn’t miss much, as I found out when I came back today. Today, though, was the first day of final exams, before we move on to the 2nd Term, where everyone’s class schedule gets changed. But, the good news is, I only had one final today, and, when I thought I might actually fail it (it’s my 4th period, which I’m passing with flying colors), I did manage to pass, with a really decent grade. So, that was the only thing I really had to worry about, if only a little. For my 5th period, which is my hardest class (that I’m failing), we never even went into the classroom. Our teacher’s 4th period class is even harder than ours, so there were still people n there from that class who were finishing up that final. So, we had to spend the whole time hanging out in the classroom next to it, which was okay with me, because we got to just do whatever we wanted to do. So, I chatted with my friends for awhile, then I sat down on the ground and listened to music on my phone. It was pretty great. For 6th period, which is when we should’ve had another final, I just had a really long study hall, which I spent the whole time typing this post, actually. 7th period, we just worked on studying on our final for that class, which isn’t until Tuesday. Now I’ll be moving on to much more recent events. So, for the past little while, I’ve actually been failing my 1st period class, and so I’ve been worrying about that. So, I decided to go talk to that teacher, and now I have new hope. All I have to do is make sure I study really hard over the weekend, then, as long as I pass the final, I can pass the class. I mean, hey, I’m on the verge of passing anyway. Oh, and, one other thing. I wasn’t worried about my 5th period final at first, but then, my archery buddy, of all people, said that she believed in me. Because, our teacher just recently said that, if we get a passing grade on the final, even if we’re failing, that’ll become our grade for the class. Now, I don’t even need to pass it, because I don’t even need that class, but, all because of my archery buddy, and her cousin, too, I will try and put forth some effort, because that’s just who I am. I will hold their belief in my heart with me to the day of the final, and that will be what motivates me. I know some of you might find that strange, but it’s how I’ve been for as long as I can remember now. I’m not ashamed of who I am, not one bit.

And, for the last thing, I’m currently finishing this post up in the gym, because we’re having yet another archery match later tonight. Wish us luck! Later!

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So, I know it’s been at least 11 days since I last updated this blog with an original post (as in, not sharing one from my other blog, but it did get a lot of good feedback, thanks to all who checked it out). But, as you know, I’m in my senior year, and unexpected work shows up all the time, so I never really know how busy I’ll be these days. But, I’m back to tell you how this past week went, and, also, at the time of me typing this, I’m unable to think of a good title for this post. Who know, though? Maybe as I type, I’ll type something that’ll give me some inspiration for a title. Anyway, I’ll start off with Monday (obviously), and tell you about archery and softball.

At archery that day, my score was pretty good. It could have been better, but it was okay. It’s weird, though, because it seems like my score keeps alternating each time. You’ll notice that when I get to Wednesday. I believe it was that day I was telling people about what I would say to our coach if she actually managed to make me mad like some other people she’s upset. Don’t worry, it’s nothing bad, I would just tell her that the main reason for me staying is not just because I love archery, but because I’ve been with the team for the 3rd year in a row, and, if I left now, I’d feel like I was turning my back on them. The first year I joined, the friends I made from it became one of the most precious things to me, just as precious as my actual family, because I do consider them to be like family. I mean, you know where I’m coming from, right? They’re my motivation. That’s how it’s been since the beginning. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do to stay with them for as long as I can. Anyway, moving on to softball.

Starting off, let me just say that softball is starting to get WAY more intense. Seriously, we weren’t really doing anything major until Monday, then our coach just decided to ramp up everything. We were doing a lot more running, catching, and throwing. Also, yet again it got to the point where I thought I would throw up. The good thing is, I’m pretty sure I’ve almost mastered batting. I say that because, not only did the coaches say very little to me when I was batting, but one of my teammates, who I have a class with and didn’t really start talking to until softball, actually said to my archery buddy, who’s missed because of homework, that I was getting pretty good. So, yeah, that definitely boosted my confidence, not that it wasn’t boosted. It was great. But, even though it’s starting to get a lot more physically exerting, I will continue to stick with it, because I am not a quitter like I once was, and I want to make more awesome memories slightly different from the ones I have been making. I still have to earn their trust and friendship, but I think after this week I should have no problem with that. I’ll actually tell you about that in my next post, which will be my last post for awhile. Well, a couple weeks, at least. That’s because this week is the last week of school before Christmas Break, which lasts for two weeks.

On Wednesday, I was going to do softball to begin with, but, in the end I decided to stay at archery to get more practice, because, and I don’t think I mentioned this, but this Friday is our first match of the season! So, yeah, pretty excited about that. It won’t be against an official team, though, we’ll actually be shooting against our county sheriff’s department, and that’s gonna be awesome. Anyway, I told my coach she should be thankful that I decided to stay and shoot, because I could’ve been practicing softball instead. She said she was. What I shot that time was not as good as what I shot Monday. Like I said before, it seems like my scores keep alternating from bad to okay, and I think I have some idea why, but I’m not 100% sure. Well, I have complete confidence that I’ll get it worked out. I shouldn’t even be trying if I’m not gonna have a positive attitude, right? So, no matter how bad things get, I always have faith that they’ll eventually get better.

There must be something I’ve forgotten. I want to tell you about certain things that may have happened during the week, not just at softball and archery, but it seems like I sometimes forget any events that happen during the actual school day. I guess that’s what I get for waiting so long to post, but, sometimes, especially this year, it can’t be helped. Well, if I do remember, I’ll post about it sometime.

Now, Friday was very interesting. Because of this Friday being our first match of the season, we decided to do things a little differently than usual. We still scored, but, instead of being able to shoot with whoever, we were assigned partners in an exhibition boys vs. girls match. Pretty cool, right? So, each girl was assigned a boy to shoot with, and, the boys actually outnumbered the girls, but only by one, so we had to have a boy stand in for a girl. The person I shot against had first joined the team last year, and I ended up shooting better than he did. Also, my score was an improvement from Wednesday. It was fun, and I think we all enjoyed it pretty well, except for the fact that we had to split up into two groups because there were more people than could fit on the shooting line at once, so we had to rotate. So, guess how it all ended? Get ready for it… GIRLS WON!!! Yep, and our coach had a bag of prizes for each of us to select winnings from. I got a deck of magic cards. I’m not sure if they really work yet, but I’ll try them out eventually. It was great, and, if I remember correctly, the girls shot 1993, and the boys shot 1982. Only 11 points, but we still beat the guys! From there, my weekend got off to a pretty good start.

My brother finally got to come back after not coming for 3-4 weekends in a row, so it was really good to see him. My grandpa actually had to go back to the hospital during the week because he kept saying he couldn’t take it anymore, but the only reason he was being like that was because he needed medicine for his nerves. So they sent him back later that day with the right medication, and he’s been acting fine ever since. The good news is, we’ve been getting help from a lady who comes almost every day now, so it’s a lot less stressful. Also, my grandma has actually become friends with her. I like her, too, because, unlike some people like that, she actually interacts with all of us. She’s pretty cool. Well, I guess that’s all for now, sorry for yet another long post. I promise my next one won’t be as long. Until next time.

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Alright everyone, I have some news. The first part is gonna suck, but I’ll tell you already that it’ll get better towards the end. So, my grandpa’s health has been declining pretty fast in the past few months. Not too very long ago, we found out that he has ALS, which will eventually take his life. Now, for awhile it wasn’t that bad, but, on the last day of this past weekend, his legs quit working and he fell. We had to call an ambulance, and we all (me, my dad and grandma) went to see him later that day. The next few days after that, it was only my grandma and uncle going to see him, because I have school and my dad’s been away doing important military things. I always asked how he was doing, and every time it seemed like he was getting a little worse each day instead of better. However, it seems he’s being cleared up for check-out, because he’s coming home today. Of course, everyone is glad about that.

In other news, just today, I found out when archery starts! Yeah, I found out from a reliable source, and ever since I’ve been telling as many of my teammates as I can. Also, I think all this stuff that’s been happening, despite it being kind of bad, has actually helped me for the better. I’ve been keeping positive, like I always do, because I know that, no matter what kind of bad stuff happens, something good will come out of it in the end, and it’s hard to not be positive with an attitude like mine. Also, just yesterday, I was able to be of great use to a good friend of mine, my archery buddy, to be exact (haven’t heard anything about her in awhile, huh?). It was the class we sit together in, and, since we weren’t really doing anything, I, doing what all good friends should do, helped her study for a test, for I class I don’t even have! I’ve always thought of myself as a good person, and I think me doing something like that kind of confirms it, wouldn’t you say? So, in spite of all the bad things that happened, I’ve still been able to live the other parts of my life to the fullest. I’m actually really happy, and I can definitely feel all the love in my friends’ hearts, even if some of them do never convey their feelings out loud. Since this is my last year, I’ve been more open and outgoing since the beginning, and I truly believe I’m living my life as fully as I possibly can. My reality is changing, but I think this is the kind of change I can handle.