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Hey everyone, even though it hasn’t been as long as the last time I had to wait awhile to post, I’m still going to apologize for not posting lately. But, if you’ll remember, being a senior has me busy almost all the time now. The first thing I’ll tell you about is all the things that happened last week.

Monday (the Monday of last week, not this past Monday), I went to archery practice, and it sucked. Oh, but before I get into that, I’d just like to say that we were able to come back and beat the team that beat us that Monday (before the one I’m talking about) in our first and only away match. Also, I got my highest score of the season! It was great. I thought my improvement would last, but, moving back to what I started with, my score dropped from there. I’m talking really low, actually probably the lowest I’d been all season. It was like that the next day, too. I didn’t know if I would be able to come back, at least, not soon, but, I finally figured out what my problem was. And, you know what? My score has been increasing, and, in current events, I got an even higher highest score of the season just yesterday! Pretty awesome, huh? So, my score began increasing last Thursday, and has been going up ever since! I’m hoping to continue that today. Anyways, since I’ve pretty much told you all about archery that week, I’ll tell you about softball now.

For the first time in who knows how long, I actually went to 2 softball practices in the same week. Yep, I went Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday I was able to go with my archery buddy and her cousin to her cousin’s house, like usual (with or without my archery buddy). However, Thursday, I ran into a sort of predicament. That day, I thought I would be going with my archery buddy and her cousin again, but, as it would turn out, neither of them were planning to go. So, I was freaking out there for a little bit, but, I was actually able to find a solution, and pretty quickly. I ended up talking to my freshman friend, the one who also does both archery and softball (and who I was able to become friends with instantly), and her mom, and so I ended up hanging out at her house until it was time for practice. It was great! She and I are into a lot of the same things, so we had fun while we were there. Also, there’s a certain food that I’ve never liked by itself, until I ate the kind my friends’ grandma made. It was really good. Oh, and, the whole time, my dad never knew I was with her (I was supposed to tell him if anything changed), and he actually didn’t find out until I told him just yesterday, haha. Well, I knew he wouldn’t be mad at something like that, and he was cool with it.

Alright, going away from that, let me tell you what an affect 2 softball practices had on me, especially over the weekend. It was unlike anything that’s ever happened to me before. Usually, you would think you’d be sore the next day after the practice, but, with me, soreness from Thursday’s practice didn’t really kick in until Saturday. Saturday, I went on a most-of-the-day trip to the nearest mall with my dad. It was awesome, but, my legs were really, really sore, unlike any soreness I’d felt previously, and it lasted the WHOLE day. There were times when it wasn’t that bad, but there were also times when it was hard to even walk, and I also had trouble just sitting down and standing up at times. Crazy, right? That didn’t stop me from having an awesome day with my dad, though, because, all in all, it was a pretty awesome day.

Well, I could stop the post with that, but I have something else I want to tell you about. It’s pretty personal, but it is something that I’ve talked about before on this blog. Once I tell you, the title of this post will definitely make a lot more sense. Okay, so, you remember that person who I used to see as my best friend, right? The one who I cut ties with around October or so? Well, I ended up telling my archery buddy’s cousin and one of her friends about it at lunch, and they said I should talk to her again. I even though they would force me for awhile, but, in the end, they didn’t, which is good. Anyway, that actually got me thinking. I do want to talk to her again eventually, but I’ve been having trouble finding the right time to do it. I actually wanted to do it today, but, for whatever reason, I just couldn’t bring myself to. I told my archery buddy’s cousin that, maybe, just maybe, it’s too late, because, here I was thinking stupidly that somehow fate would bring us back into contact with each other, and now, if I don’t act, we night never talk again. I did say so myself that our parting of ways wouldn’t be permanent. You know what she told me then? It’s never too late. She said, “It’s never too late, but, the more you keep pushing it off, the higher the chances are that you’ll never do it.”

I know that. I know it all too well. I will talk to her. I have to, sometime, or else I’ll just keep getting frustrated at myself. I’ve talked to other people about this, and they all think I should talk to her, that they would if they were me. I will, but, I have no idea how it’ll work out. I can only hope for the best, I suppose. Well, that’s it for now. Wish me luck in talking to my friend again, and, hopefully, if we do start talking again, things will be different and better. Later.

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Hello, my loyal followers! So, I know it’s been 2 weeks again since I posted, and I’m really sorry about that. The thing is, even if it still hasn’t been that long since the start of the new semester, things have gotten pretty crazy. I’m talking homework crazy. So, yeah. That’s the reason why I haven’t been able to post in so long. But, luckily, I have some free time right now, and I’m actually waiting for an archery match to start. So, since it’s been 2 weeks, I’ll have to tell you about all that happened since I last posted, and man, have things been happening (you can probably tell from the title). Although, this time, I really am going to try and keep this post as short as possible. I’ll eventually have to come up with some kind of posting schedule, but I won’t worry about that right now. Right now, I’ll tell you of all my interesting happenings.

So, the Monday before this past one, I went to our local nursing home with my GS Crew. Depending on certain circumstances, it can be enjoyable. Although, it can sometimes be sad. This trip was more enjoyable than some, and I actually saw an old teacher of mine who retired there. He wasn’t in the nursing home, he was visiting a relative. So, that was cool.

As far as archery goes that week, I actually don’t remember much, except for the fact that my archery buddy and I are totally awesome at shooting balloons.

Oh, I almost forgot about that Tuesday. That day, for me, was happy, yet, also, a little sad. It was the last day of the semester, and, as soon as the new one started, I knew lots of things would change. The thing I was most sad about was the fact that I have a really good friend, that I’d only bonded with over this school year, that I did have both a class and lunch with that I wouldn’t have that class or lunch with them anymore. Seriously, though, just over the course of this year, we’ve gotten really close. I admit, I didn’t expect us to grow that close, but I am really glad it happened, because we always have a lot of fun when we’re together. That’s why it was so sad for me.

On Wednesday, we didn’t have school.

Oh, wait, I also forgot to tell you about how I did on my 1st period final. Okay, so, I kid you not when I say I stayed locked in my room the night before for about 3 hours studying all the material. I felt ready afterwards, but then, something unexpected happened the day of the final. I was late for school, and I was freaking out, thinking that I wouldn’t do very good. And, what’s worse, my dad and I got into a bit of a disagreement, and he actually said some pretty mean things (it was all worked out in the end, though). Anyway, I finally got to school, and went and took the final. I wouldn’t find out until the end of the day whether I’d passed or not. As soon as school let out, I went straight to the teacher’s room, and, as I hoped, I passed! All my studying payed off, and it felt great! It was awesome. Anyhow, I will now tell you about the first day of the new semester.

First off, I’ll just say that almost ALL my classes changed, except for two! The only classes that stayed the same for me were 1st and 7th period. The first day was a lot more dramatic than I would have liked it to be. I wasn’t really sure what I was worried about, but I was pretty stressed for some reason. The good news is, even though I was mostly worried about who I would sit with at lunch, I was able to get some new lunch buddies. I’m talking about my archery buddy’s cousin and one, sometimes two, of her friends, and we sit at the table right next to where my archery buddy sits with all her other friends. So, yeah, it didn’t turn out nearly as bad as I thought it would. In fact, it turned out pretty good. Also, on Thursday, I went back to softball practice for the first time in awhile. Me, my archery buddy, and my archery buddy’s cousin all went back, together, for the first time in awhile. Although, some things had changed. Our practices aren’t happening at school anymore, but in an old gym, and, also, we’re now lifting. Lifting, as in using these machines to work out different parts of our bodies. It was pretty cool, because, after I worked out my legs on one, my legs felt all jelly-like when I got off. Also, I guess I didn’t have much rust on me as I thought I would, because I was able to get right back into the swing of batting (no pun intended). So, it went really well.

Now, I don’t know how, but I’ve pretty much forgotten everything about Friday. Well, now, I can move on to this week!

This Monday, was awesome. I’ll just skip everything else and tell you what I did after school let out. My good friend, who I told you about, who I used to have lunch with, usually walks home after school, but, this time, she was getting picked up. So, I decided to surprise her. When I got outside, as soon as I saw her, and made sure she was stopped, I ran over to her as fast as I could! Man, was she shocked! But, she was happy to see me, too. And I mean really, REALLY excited to see me, even though we hadn’t been apart that long. It was awesome, and I think we both needed it, because we were both missing each other. Also, that day, our archery team had our first and only away match of the season. Yeah, it was weird, having a match on a Monday, but I enjoyed it. We had to travel a ways to get to the place. And, also, we would be shooting against one of the top teams in our state. What made it so interesting, though, was the fact that my dad and I had to give a couple of my teammates and their mom a ride there and back, which was very interesting. Let’s just say we took a lot of selfies. Not long after we got there, everyone else finally started showing up, but we were the first ones. So, how did I do? Let’s just say I could’ve done better. Although, it really wasn’t my fault, it was because, during rounds, the 1st flight stopped after the 10m round and let the 2nd flight shoot, which I think totally threw me off (it’s usually 10m, 15m, then 2nd flight). The funniest part of the whole trip didn’t happen until after it was all over. When it all ended, me and the majority of the rest of the team stopped and got food at a restaurant. And there, for the first time ever, I got drunk and hyper at the same time. I drank root beer, which made me drunk, and, as if that wasn’t bad enough, I ate ice cream with many sugary ingredients. So, as one of my teammates said, I was like a kindergartner who drank 10 energy drinks. That being, the ride back home was a lot of fun. I think everyone laughed a lot at the fact that I was hyper-drunk, or I guess I must’ve said some pretty crazy things in that state. Yeah, it was definitely crazy.

The next day, I brought that night up in conversation with my archery buddy’s cousin at lunch. Although, I guess I should’ve brought it up differently, because her friend who didn’t know what we were talking about took my words in a completely different way. I said to her, “So,  (name), last night was crazy, right? I could barely get up this morning!” So, yeah, she was just like, “WHAT DID YOU PEOPLE DO LAST NIGHT???”, and so the cousin explained it to her. Let me tell you, I was telling others about that for the rest of the day, especially at archery practice later that day. I got a wide variety of reactions. Anyway, at practice, I didn’t do that well again. But, I just shrugged it off this time. Little did I know, that I would start doing a lot better at practice yesterday (the schedule changed). I actually don’t remember much from Wednesday, so I’ll skip it.

Thursday, just yesterday, my score went up to higher than it had been. I felt really good about that, and so, now I hope it will continue for today’s match, because this match just so happens to be our State Qualifier. Yeah. And, we’re going against the very team we faced Monday, who, did I mention, beat us by over 100 points? So, the only thing I can do is have faith in my ability and use all the newly-honed skills I’ve picked up so far this season. Well, I think that’ll be all for now. Wish me luck for this match, and I’ll post again as soon as I can!

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Well guys, it’s been another very eventful week, and I’m here to tell you about it. I know I said this post wouldn’t be as long as the last, but it probably will be (but it’s worth the read). You might not believe some of the stuff that happened, but, I promise you, everything you’re about to read is true. Also, luckily, I haven’t forgotten anything, so I can tell you about EVERYTHING that happened over the course of this week. And, surprisingly, something happened EVERY SINGLE DAY. So, sit back, relax, maybe drink a cup of hot cocoa, and read.

So, Monday started off like every other Monday. I went through school, not much happened, then I went to archery practice. The first thing I had to do was go to the end of one of the halls in the school building to talk to my math teacher about doing something for the class the following day. I’ll tell you what that is later. After that, I had to run to the gym from outside, and I think I surprised one of my underclassmen, because she saw me run to the door and ended up holding it for me. It just so happens that she was one of the sophomores that I chat with on occasion in my 1st period class, and, thankfully, she’s nice. I told her thanks afterwards, then went through the other doors to the gym. I can’t really explain it, but I felt really happy when I got there. I was even telling a bunch of my teammates how happy I was, and I couldn’t explain it to them very well, either. I guess it was because of me just loving archery and being with the team. Like I said in my last post, my archery team is like a second family to me, so I enjoy the time I get with them, and try to make the most of it all. So, I guess that’s why. Okay, so I know I said I remembered everything, but, actually, I don’t exactly remember the score I got Monday. I do remember my archery buddy finding out she might have something weird going on with her bow, so she had to shoot with the #1 archer after everyone was done to find out what exactly it was. That’s about it, though. I will now move on to Tuesday.

So, you all know how we usually have softball practices on Monday, right? Well, we couldn’t have it then because the gym was being used for something else, so we moved the practice to Tuesday. Also, on days like that, I usually would’ve gone to my archery buddy’s cousin’s house, but I had decided that I would’t this time. Guess what happened, though? I do actually have a class with my archery buddy’s cousin, and, when I saw her, she asked me if I was going to come to her house after school. And, you know what she did? When I told her I wasn’t she actually went and tried to guilt-trip me into coming to her house. It didn’t bother me, though, it was actually pretty funny, because she wasn’t being mean or anything. However, I was able to remain strong, and I ended up telling her that I would definitely be coming back over during the week when we come back from Christmas Break. Oh, geez, I almost forgot to tell you what I did in my 1st period class. So, as I said, I’d talked to my teacher the day before, asked her if I could do something special for the class. What I asked her, was if I could bring in a big bag of candy canes and hand them out to the class. She said it was okay, but as long as she got one, too. So, that’s what I did. After the bell rang and everyone was settled, I went up to her desk, got permission, announced to the whole class what I was doing, and then proceeded to hand them out. It worked out very well. Some of the sophomores who sit around me actually knew my name even though I’d never really introduced myself, so that was pretty cool. Another step towards successfully becoming friends with as many of the sophomore class as I can. Also, one of my cousins, who is actually related to me only by marriage, is in that class, and, when I got to her desk, I said jokingly, “I don’t know if I want to even give you one of these! I’ve been sitting over there (points to seat) all year, and you haven’t said a word to me!” She looked surprised and said, “Well, sorry.” I smiled then to let her know I was kidding, then I asked one of my softball teammates if they were coming to practice that night. So, yeah, it worked out. Not exactly as good as it could have, but it did. I also did that for 7th period, and it worked out good as well. That’s about all that happened during school, then, after school I had to stay and wait in the school’s other building for about 3 1/2 hours for softball to start. It wasn’t that bad, though, because it’s what I always did for archery matches. I still do it to this day, I’m sitting here waiting even now as I type this (First match tonight, woohoo!). The whole time I was waiting, I was able to finish my math homework, then read some my tremendously large book that I recently checked out of the school library (War and Peace, heard of it? If so, surprised?). When it was finally starting to get closer to time for practice, I did a little wandering around the halls. The janitor was the only one still there, and he actually asked me if he should bring me a cot so I could stay all night, jokingly of course. When practice finally did start, and this is kinda depressing, there were only 5 of us who showed up, including me. I told one of the asst. coaches that, and he actually said something that I guess I should’ve known from the beginning. He said it wasn’t depressing because, since there was an uneven number of people there, I had no one to switch with while practicing batting, so I could get some extra practice in. He was right. I mean, who am I kidding? I was only kinda depressed because I was looking forward to handing out candy canes to a bunch of the team, in order to have a better chance of earning their friendship and trust. And, something else I said is, if that doesn’t work, I’ll just have to win them over the old-fashioned way by using my charming personality. Haha. But, yeah, the coach also said that I was actually batting wrong, so he showed me the right way to do it. And, with me being the fast learner that I am, it took me almost no time at all to get it right. After that, we did something we call soft tossing, where one person kneels on the ground in front of you and gently throws the ball up so you can hit it. It helps with accuracy and speed, I suppose. The last thing we did was some outfield drills, which I actually pretty well sucked at. I can already tell that that is going to take more time for me to get good at then batting. But, I will get better, you can count on that! So, it didn’t exactly go as I planned, and I did feel a little depressed afterwards, but the events of the following day would make up for it completely.

Wednesday would become the best day that week so far. The biggest thing that happened was, in 5th period (the hardest class in the world), the whole class had to retake a test we had first taken the week before, I believe. I didn’t really know how it would go, but I was able to get in a lot of studying time during 4th period, and it actually went better than I expected. I still don’t know what I actually got, but, what I do know, is that after I finished, I felt a lot better about how I did than the first time I took it. Then, in 6th period, I made some progress with a couple sophomores. I must not be doing too shabby in my efforts, because one of them, who’s a fellow softball player, actually asked me about a project we were doing in 7th period. Also, when I got to 7th period, I asked one of the sophomores that sits behind me how she was doing on the project, she said she was having trouble, then I smiled and said, “Good luck!” It was really funny after that, because she gave me the dirtiest look! She didn’t actually get upset over it, so it was okay. After school was over, I went outside to wait for my dad, because he had sent me a text earlier saying that he would be picking me up directly tom school, so I wouldn’t have to ride the bus. As I was waiting, I noticed my archery buddy, who drives, unusually waiting also, when she usually would’ve been gone by that time. When I asked her why, she said her sister was busy talking, so she would just be nice and let her talk until she was ready to go. So, until her sister finished socializing, I talked with her, and it was very enjoyable. She was telling me about different things, like a stinky bus driver, and then we heard this sophomore guy laugh, and it was hilarious! After she left, and after my dad finally came, the first thing we did was went into town to get pizza. Although, who would’ve known doing something completely normal would lead to something completely unexpected? After we finished eating everything, I actually ran into, get this, my long lost cousin! She used to go to school with me, but then she dropped out for some reason, though I don’t even know when. She isn’t like most dropouts, though, because she does have a job, and she is working on her GED. Which is good, since, if she were still in school, she would be a senior like me. So, it was nice to find out that she is doing good despite being a high school dropout. Pretty interesting, huh? After we left there, we went to the store to buy… my second Christmas present! Know what it is? A knew phone! Yep, people at school, especially my archery buddy’s cousin, have been hounding me about how outdated my phone is, so I decided to get an updated, touchscreen smartphone for Christmas, that way, when I come back from break, I can whip it out and be all like, “Bam, suckaz!” I kid, I kid. But, I will probably do something similar to that. Anyway, after that, we went home, and nothing else really happened.

Thursday was the day that had the most drama. Before anything else, I’ll ask: do believe in the kindness of others? I do. I’ll tell you why, and it has to do with what happened that day. In 5th period, something happened that usually doesn’t bother me, but, this time, it did. So, I have that class with my archery buddy, and her actual seat is at the same table as me, right beside me, but there are days when she decides to go up to the table in front of ours, where our 2 other friends set. Like I said, I’m usually okay with that because I can move up with her, but that time was different. Because of what we were doing that day, I was unable to move up with her. It didn’t really start to make me feel bad until our teacher cmd and asked where my partner was, after which I said she moved up because she hates me, though it was my emotions talking. I then proceeded to tell her that she didn’t always have to listen to our friend who always tells her to move up, then she said that if she didn’t move up, then she wouldn’t talk to her. That, is what killed me emotionally. I felt like I really wanted to cry, but I didn’t want to while I was there. I thought I should probably talk to her after class, but I didn’t know how it would go, so I didn’t. To be honest, I was scared. Scared to say anything out of fear she might end up hating me, because that’s happened to me all too many times before. I’m usually able to be strong in situations like that, but I guess even I can’t keep a brave face up forever. How that made me feel, was like she liked that friend more than me, and that she didn’t care about how I felt. It did upset me a great deal, so much so that I did end up crying after arriving at my 6th period class. Then, something totally unexpected happened. Three of my friends, one of them being my archery buddy’s cousin, gathered around me to see what was wrong. I didn’t really start crying until the cousin asked me if I was okay, then I fell apart with my head against the wall where no one could see my face. They kept asking me what was wrong, then, the greatest surprise of all happened. I heard a fifth person ask me if I was okay, but I didn’t know who it was, so I stood there for second, wondering, Who’s voice is that? When I looked up to see, I got the shock of my life. It was one of the sophomores I had been trying to make friends with, but had been thinking that I wasn’t doing very good. Turns out, I wasn’t doing that bad. Before I knew it was her, she said, “Hey archerpoet, you always ask me if I’m okay. Are you okay?” Or, something like that. It took me awhile, but I eventually told them what had happened, and that my archery buddy was the cause of it. After finishing crying, the cousin told me that I should talk to my archery buddy, because, if I don’t, stuff like what happened will keep happening, and I might become some kind of emotional wreck. So, I said I would try, and then I was fine. After that, we all went to the library and sat together.

And now, today! First off, I’d just like to say that I never talked to my archery buddy. I couldn’t stay mad at her anyway, because, during my 2nd period, I passed her in the hallway, and she gave me a really awesome chocolate chip cookie, with an oreo in the middle. An oreo! It was awesome. And, let me tell you, that was only the beginning. In 3rd period, one of my friends gave me a cupcake. During lunch, one of the faculty was dressed up like the Grinch, and we got sugar cookies from him. In 5th period, I got 2 small pieces of chocolate from a friend, then we got awesome ice cream sandwiches in the library during 6th period! How cool is that? Today has definitely been the best day this week. Oh, and, after today, chances are I won’t be posting again until I get back for Christmas Break, but I don’t for sure. Who knows, maybe I’ll give you little updates here and there. In the meantime, you can finish reading this post, which I know is the longest in the history of this blog (terribly sorry). Until then, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and I hope you all have many things to be grateful for. 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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Hello, loyal followers! I’m finally back to tell you about this past week (Thanksgiving Break), and how this week is going so far. Brace yourselves, though, this post might be a little long since I’ve been away for so long, but it’ll be worth it. So, this past week was really awesome, but, also, kind of stressful at the same time. The best part was that my aunt who lives in another state got to come over and stay with us for the whole week. It was awesome, because she used to live pretty close to us, just about 10-15 minutes away, and, before she moved, my dad, brother and I would go over to her place a lot and play games, so we got to do that. The only difference was, my brother didn’t get to come over the break. Although, my uncle was there one of the days, and he played games with us. It was a lot of fun. Oh, and for Thanksgiving dinner, we had a lot of awesome food. I ate so much that, for the remainder of the break after that, I felt really fat! But, it was totally worth it. The food was great, and the family time made it even better. Another thing is, my grandpa finally got to come home from the rehab center he was in. That is great, but, I have to say, him coming back has caused plenty of stress for the whole family. He can’t really do much for himself anymore, so my grandma, dad, me, and anyone else who happens to be at our house who’s family has to help take care of him, and it can be exhausting, I really don’t know what the future holds as far as that goes, but things are starting to get a little better since we’ve been having actual medical professionals to come and help out for a few hours each day. Anyway, I’ll change the subject to something more positive. How about… this week, perhaps?

I will start this section off by talking about Monday. You won’t believe the first thing that happened. Monday morning, when I first woke up to get ready for school, I can’t even describe how ready to go I was. I got up, got dressed, ate, and waited for my dad to come pick me up and take me out to the buses. But, after waiting until it was really, really close to time to go, he didn’t show. Before I go any further, I’d just like to say that I do live with my grandparents, but my dad lives literally right beside us. So, in the end, I had to make two journeys down to his place and back, through the wet grass, because it was raining. Turns out, somehow he overslept, so he ended up having to take me all the way to my school, because, by the time he got ready, my bus and the other buses were already long gone from the elem. school. Neither me nor my dad knew for sure if I would make it in time to not be late for my first class, but, luckily, I got there just in time. Now that, I believe, is the most interesting thing I’ve had to do on any morning. Now I will skip ahead to lunch later that day. There are two good friends of mine, who are in my GS Crew, who I always sit with. Let me tell you, we’re maniacs! One of them said something, but I thought she said something completely different from what she did say, and we all almost died laughing! It was great. Skipping ahead again, I will tell you about after school, what happened at archery practice, and about what happened before, during and after softball practice. So, this week I decided to go to archery practice instead of going to a meeting with my GS Crew. However, after I got to archery, there were times I kind of wished I would’ve gone to the meeting. Our coach is even worse than she was, according to my teammates, and, surprisingly, even I’m starting to upset with her at times. There was one time Monday where I even walked up to her, looked her straight in the eye, and told her that I could just walk out if I wanted to. But, I did end up staying. Although, archery actually ended early, so I did have time to go over to the other building and spend a few minutes with my GS Crew. I got there, then, after only a minute, I started kind of regretting that. So, I walked into the room and, before I knew it, my hair was being braided for the first time. Alright, so I said that I regretted it, but, not really, because I actually looked pretty sweet with my hair braided, kind of like Katniss from The Hunger Games. After that, I only stayed a few more minutes before going back to the gym to find out that my archery buddy had decided not to stay for softball because she was feeling sick. I was kind of sad about that, and we stayed there a few minutes while I decided whether I wanted to stay at the gym all by myself or go with them to her cousin’s house where she would drop her cousin and I off. Eventually, I decided to stay at the gym. So, my archery buddy, being as nice as she is, gave me a snack that she had with her so that I wouldn’t starve while I was there. So, then I walked out with her and her parents who were there and saw them off. Well, almost. I actually stood by the gym doors for a couple minutes, then, as something only I would think of doing, I decided to go outside to see how cold it was. As soon as I did that, I noticed my archery buddy hadn’t left yet, and she proceeded to call me over to her car. She said that her cousin’s house has WiFi, which is what I needed so I could do homework, and why I first decided to stay. But, I ended up going with them. And, you know what? I’m glad I did. My archery buddy’s cousin’s mom was expecting all of us to come, so she made a big supper, and I was able to eat dinner with them, which was really nice. As I was eating, I told the cousin how nice it was for me to be able to keep coming to their house like that, and that it felt like I was slowly becoming part of their family. And guess what she said? She said that I am like a part of their family now, and they love me like family. And, with that, I swear I almost burst into tears. It seriously made me feel awesome. Skipping ahead yet again, it was the cousin’s mom who drove us back to the gym for softball.

Nothing much happened on the way there, but, after we finally arrived, I went and opened my big mouth by telling them I sing, which, even with last year, not a lot of people know I can. So, since there weren’t a lot of cars in the parking lot yet, she told me to sing them a song. Let me tell you, I was hesitant. So, I ended up telling them how I don’t really do well in sudden situations like that, because I can’t really think of a good song to sing right on the spot. And, get this, after that, she actually threatened to drive laps around the school, so that I couldn’t get out, until I sang something. Luckily, though, we ran out of time. So, the cousin and I left her mom’s car and entered into the gym, after her mom said she’ll make me sing something next time I come over. At practice, the thing I guess I had the most trouble with was getting my hips into my swing when I bat. Other than that, I did pretty good. Wait until we get to yesterday’s, though. When it was over, I actually walked out without saying anything to anyone, because I guess I was deep in thought.

When I got home, I did everything the way I normally do after getting back from softball practice, but, something ended up happening that I never would have imagined. Before I get into that, I’ll just say that I ended up having to miss the next day of school. When I got back, I told my friends who asked that I was really sick, like, stomach sick, and it was bad. What I didn’t tell them, though, was that I had to go to the ER at after 1 in the morning. It was that bad, but, luckily, I was able to make a full recovery and come back the very next day, Wednesday. Now, and finally, on to yesterday.

Yesterday was AWESOME. I’ll just go ahead and skip to after school, because that’s when everything starts picking up anymore, at least of softball practice days. When school let out, I went to ride with my archery buddy and her cousin to her cousin’s house like I always do, but, this time, we changed things up a little. Before we went to the cousin’s house, we actually went out to eat, and it was great! After that, we went to the cousin’s house, and things slowed down after that. I wasn’t able to sing a song like I planned. I was supposed to sing a Christmas carol (cause it’s that time of year), but I really wasn’t able to get enough practice in. So, it was postponed. But, I did tell them about my other talent, writing poetry. I even showed them my collections, and they all thought my poems were really good. Shortly afterward, we left for practice. Let me tell you, with this practice, I went harder than ever! It was really physically exerting, and I pushed myself to the point where it felt like I was gonna throw up! But, hey, this first year of softball for me is also my last, so, gotta give it my all, right? But I improved a lot yesterday. The coaches hardly stopped me to correct me for anything, except a couple times when I was batting. Also, I’m getting to interact with the other players a lot more, which is awesome for me. So yeah, it was epic. Well, that’s it for now, at least until next week. Oh, really sorry this post was so long. Later!

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Alright everyone, here I am again, to tell you about this past week. It was actually even more eventful than the previous week, so this post should be very interesting. I’ll just start with Wednesday, because that’s when everything started to pick up (also, we didn’t have school Monday because of the weather). So, because it was Wednesday, we had softball, and it’s now become a weekly thing for me to ride with my archery buddy to her cousin’s house (except for this week, but I’ll tell you why in a bit). So, we did the same thing we did the previous week, except I actually think this time went a lot better, because I was more comfortable and was able to get more involved. Also, my archery buddy’s little relative actually played with me a little bit (he kept handing me a toy fire truck), and that’s a good thing. Why? Because, with me doing that, being at her cousin’s house and around more of my archery buddy’s relatives, it kind of feels like I’m becoming part of her family. Knowing me, I don’t mind that one bit! My archery buddy is a good friend, and she isn’t my archery buddy for no reason. So, yeah, I’m actually really digging the way things are going right now. Everything’s good, at least, as far as my social life is concerned. Anyway, back to Wednesday, I have a funny and awesome story to tell. It wasn’t until after we finally left the cousin’s house and got back to school for softball practice. We parked, and I stepped out of my archery buddy’s car. Well, I tried. In the end, I literally almost fell out of her car. I guess I must’ve placed my foot wrong, because it got a really bad pain in it, causing me to have to hop/limp across the grass and onto the sidewalk. I made it to the door, then, as if things couldn’t get more crazy, the pain in my foot caused me to start talking in an unnatural high-pitched voice! The whole time that was happening, my archery buddy’s cousin just stood there in front of me laughing! I have to admit, though, it was pretty funny. However, what I didn’t know, was it wasn’t just them that saw it. When I fell out of the car, I knew I got out in front of a car that was about to park in the space next to ours, but I didn’t know who was driving it at the time. This is where it gets awesome. The people who were driving it were none other than 2 of my old archery friends who had been seniors and graduated last year! My archery buddy and I both were excited about that. In fact, we even decided to stay for archery practice to fill out a scorecard because they were there. My score improved slightly, but wait until I tell you about Friday. So, we did that, our old friends left after hugging us, then we arrived slightly late to softball. We managed, however, to get in a pretty good amount of batting and pitching practice. More good news is, I’m still improving, and, to the members of the team that were there, I was finally able to introduce myself to them. It was great! If I keep this up, by the time we start actually playing, I’ll be a force to be reckoned with on this team! I’ll shake the softball team to its core (in a good way)! In other words, I’m waiting for the day I’ll finally be able to prove my worth. It’s gonna be epic! I have complete confidence in myself, but, not to the point of cockiness, so you need not worry about things like that. How exciting is that, though? I can’t wait! Okay, now I’ll tell you about Friday’s archery practice.

I really didn’t know how it would go because of my last few practices, but I am very happy to say that my score has been greatly increasing. That’s right, I’m finally really starting to adjust to the poundage of my bow! Also, I received a very helpful tip from another mostly archery-related blog (if you see this, you should know who you are, and thank you). So, there’s one other thing Im excited about, being an awesome archer for my last year of archery! This whole year, is gonna be AWESOME.

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P.S. Today is the last day of school for me, because tomorrow we start Thanksgiving Break. So, it will be at least another 6 days before I post again. Don’t forget about me! 😉

So everyone, I’m back once again to tell you about the events that happened this week! It didn’t really get started until Wednesday, the first day we actually had softball practice in the gym at my school (previously, we were having it on the field at the middle school).

It all happened because my dad didn’t want to make a bunch of trips to town and back to drop me off and come get me, because we do live out in the country a little ways away from my school. So, I got a plan set up, to go with my archery buddy, who drives, to her cousin’s house after school, then come back in time for practice. So, that’s what I did. I had met her cousin, who’s a freshman, at a game for the sport my archery buddy had managed, and we were able to become pretty good friends after that. It was pretty great. I got to meet my archery buddy’s aunt and uncle, and her aunt made us all quesadillas, which were really good. It was really cold that day, but one of my archery buddy’s younger relatives (very young) wanted to go outside to play. It was pretty awesome, because everyone else had coats on, and I wasn’t wearing anything like that. They were all like, “How are you not freezing?” and I was like, “Well, it just doesn’t phase me.” It was great, because they kept trying to figure out how on earth that cold wasn’t affecting me. After that, we just sat around their living room until it was time to go back for practice. You know what happened, though? We didn’t even end up going to softball. We ended up just staying for archery practice, which started a little before softball. I did pretty good on scoring, and I’m still adjusting to the poundage change on my bow. When I left it at school, it accidentally got changed to 20 pounds, which is pretty heavy for me, but I’m actually adjusting to it pretty well. Like I told everyone, I can get stronger. Although, I actually did pretty crappy Friday. My archery decided not to come, and we had to pick partners who would watch us every time we shot, and it was just not my day, because I totally sucked. However, I do firmly believe I can come back from it, as long as I stay focused. Anyways, we just did archery, my buddy’s cousin left early, and my archery buddy, who is so nice, actually waited with me for my dad to come. So, it was late at night, and we waited outside while standing behind her car, and she started telling me about all the stuff we do for softball conditioning. She said we do different drills and exercises, and that we’ll eventually start lifting weights. I’ll be glad of that because, not only will it help me with softball, it’ll be what helps me get stronger so for archery I’ll have enough upper-body strength to pull back my bow string without shaking, which is a slight problem I’ve been dealing with. Also, I need to slow down a little bit, because I have been going a little too fast. At least, that’s what happened Friday. Anyway, she was telling me about conditioning, then my dad came. She was about to say, “See you later,” but I told her to wait, because I wanted to say something to her before we parted ways. I told her I was sorry, and that I had no idea how she was able to be friends with me this whole time, because I’m like, the most boring person ever. You see, while I was at her cousin’s house, her cousin kept telling me I was acting weird, different from how I normally act, and I thought I was acting normal, but I guess that wasn’t my ideal situation (it still went pretty well, though). After I said that, she said she thinks the reason we’re able to be friends is because we’re both the same amount of boring, because, like me, she only goes to school, does archery and softball, then goes home. That’s what she said. I could have said some other things, but I just left it at that, told her thanks for everything, and she said that I could just come with them every Wednesday, and that it was no problem. After that, we left.

Isn’t my archery buddy great? I mean, I know I’m also a senior and I haven’t even learned to drive yet, but, you know, she’s never judged me for that, not once. What a good friend she is! When I told her I had to be one of the most boring people on earth, and she said that we were both the same amount of boring because of what we did every day, that isn’t exactly what I meant. I mean, my archery buddy is really funny, nice, and she can get along with pretty much anyone, so people like doing stuff with her. Every time, someone says something funny, she’s almost always able to come back with some sort of witty comment. No, don’t get e wrong, I can be pretty funny, too, but, for me, it almost always depends on the people I’m with. Some people I can make laugh better than others, while my archery buddy has no trouble making anybody she comes into contact with laugh. That’s why I said what I did. I guess I must be doing something right, though, because this year she’s started talking to me a lot more, and doing stuff like getting in line with me at lunch. I really like the way things are going now, and not just with my archery buddy. In fact, my whole social life is starting to go extremely well, as I’ve started talking to old friends who I hadn’t had a full-on conversation with in years. It’s so great! All I have to right now is get on better terms with the sophomore class, get to know them a little better, because it seems like, for some reason, all my motivation’s been escaping me as of late. But, no worries, I will accomplish what I set out to do, one way or another. If I can’t, I don’t know how I’ll ever be able to continue living with myself. Well, that’s all for now!

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So, I know it’s been a week since I’ve posted, and, I would’ve posted sooner, but ever since I became a senior, with all the stuff I’ve become involved in and all the work I get nowadays, it’s hard for me sometimes to get any free time to post on this blog. I hope you all can understand. Anyway, in this post, I’ll be telling you about (finally) the first archery practice of the season, and softball practice. In short, the majority of last week.

Well, if you read the name of the post, you know that archery, finally, has begun again! Although, it’ll be the last time for me. We won’t talk about that for awhile though, that’s sad. So, the first practice of the season, was pretty great. We got plenty of new people, which means more new friends for me to make! I was able to shoot fairly decent, though, since I wasn’t able to practice off-season, I was a little rusty. Everyone who hadn’t graduated last year had come back, except for a few who had either decided they didn’t want to do it anymore or they had no time for it or had something that prevented them from being able to do it. Anyway, it was great just to be able to see all my archery teammates again. It might be a little soon, but I already can’t wait for our first match! Although, if it’s gonna be like the previous 2 seasons, our first match should be sometime next month. And that’s actually pretty much all that went down. Don’t worry, though, Friday’s practice was much more interesting, but I’ll get to that later.

Nothing much happened Tuesday, I got really sick Wednesday so I had to miss. Softball practice was supposed to happen Tuesday and Thursday, but it got cancelled Tuesday because of the weather. The coach changed it to Wednesday and Thursday, but, of course, since I missed Wednesday, I didn’t go. I made up for it, though. I was able to recover just enough in time to get back to school the very next day. What made me kind of happy was when one of my sophomore teammates asked where I was the day before, so I had to remind her. We don’t even know each other that well yet, and I don’t even know most of the team that well yet, but that’ll change in time, and that was a start. At practice Thursday (my 2nd practice), we didn’t do the same things we did the first practice. Our coach had me and the other newbie practice our batting the WHOLE time while the regulars only had to do it so long before practicing pitching and catching. That didn’t bother me, though. I mean, the more practice, the better, right? And, get this, the season doesn’t officially start until spring! Well, I think by the the time that comes around, we ought to be darn good.

Now, onto Friday’s archery practice. Monday, one teammate who had joined last year wasn’t there. I’d wondered about that, but she was there Friday, so I was able to find out she had been sick Monday and Tuesday. So, practice went pretty well for the both of us, but it actually ended up ending earlier than it was supposed to. So, I actually waited to text my dad, and ended up waiting with my sophomore friend until her dad came to get her. I thought I was only gonna have to wait, but, after just standing there talking for a few minutes, she remembered she had brought something for a class that day, so I had to walk with her all the way back to the main building. Of course, I didn’t mind though, because she’s a friend. And, if you know me, you know all of my friends are very important to me, so I try to help them out as much as I can. There is something though. You see, my sophomore friend actually has a lot of people that don’t like her. That makes me kind of upset, though, because the biggest reason most people who don’t like her don’t just because of rumors they’ve heard, or they just don’t understand many of the situations she’s in. But I can tell you for a fact, I know that she is a very good person, so it really does upset me. There might be a way I can help her yet, but we’ll just have to wait and see. If there is anything that I’m able to do, I’ll do it.

Well everyone, since Monday, I’ve officially been back from Fall Break, which is what I’m going to tell you about. Okay, so, during the actual break (that whole week), I didn’t really do that much. Well, until Saturday. Saturday, was a very special day indeed. Let me tell you.

So, my mom and I (my mom who I saw for the first time in 8 years at the State Archery Tournament last school year in March) had been planning for a couple weeks, and we finally came up with a good time to get together, with her, my stepdad, my siblings, step siblings, and 2 aunts. Here’s why it was so special. At State, my mom was only able to bring my little sister and youngest brother with her, and not my oldest-younger brother. Saturday was special because it was the day all my siblings and I were reunited in one place. Let me just say, it was a very touching moment, and my mom, who can get very emotional, cried a river of tears (that actually might be a bit of an overstatement). So yeah, that was pretty awesome. Although, also in the time I was with them, I realized they may need a little help. Well, that actually might be an understatement. They need A LOT of help, the right help, and, I think that I myself might actually be able to give it to them. I just hope I can get more chances to see them so I can make things right so the things that happened while I was there don’t happen again (it’s a long story). Anyway, moving on.

Sunday, I did a little volunteering with my GS Crew, and it actually wasn’t bad. Getting to spend time with my friends was awesome, and I got to get some awesome food, the best being… CHOCOLATE-COVERED CHEESECAKE. Also, I actually saw an old teacher I had freshman year, which was before I even started this blog, and she still remembered me, which was awesome. That’s pretty much it, but I really did have a great time.

Now, and this is completely unrelated to anything else in this post, but I have become very enlightened. I’m not even sure when it happened, but it has to do with my other talent besides writing poetry, which is singing. I hadn’t realized until just recently, but, even at the talent show last year, I hadn’t been singing in my true voice. That’s the good news, though, I finally found it! I found it, and I’m ready and really want people to hear that true voice. I don’t know when it will happen, but it will, in time.

Alright, finally, I’m going to tell you about yesterday. Yesterday, was seriously. Freaking. Epic. Although, what happened was pretty unexpected, I was able to get somewhat prepared. If you weren’t able to guess it, yesterday was… wait for it… the first softball practice! Yep, and, let me just say, it was a lot sooner than I expected (softball is a Spring sport). When my archery buddy told me about it, it caught me completely off guard. So, the day before, I prepared myself the best I could, made my way through the school day yesterday, and waited for it to begin. It was really crazy at first, though, before practice started, because my dad and I had to go looking for the entrance to the parking for the softball field at the middle school (where we practice, forgot to mention that, sorry). It didn’t take us long to find it, though. My archery buddy was already there when I got there, so I waited with her and her cousin in her car until the coach arrived. When she did, we all got out, and I felt pretty out of place because everyone else had bats and helmets and gloves and softball pants and socks. I had nothing. However, that would soon change. I wasn’t the only new person. There was another, a freshman, and I made friends with her almost instantly. And that isn’t even the best part. From her, I got a glove, and, get this, a BRAND NEW pair of cleats (after practice). For FREE. How seriously awesome is that? I didn’t really know how things were gonna work out at first, but the whole thing was awesome! Well, the coach did want to make wear a face mask at first when I was pitching and catching, so I had to reassure her that I have very good reflexes, which I do. I don’t regret going to that practice whatsoever. I had a great time, and I actually would like to continue doing it if at all possible. There are problems that I’ll have to work out, though, but I will find a way! I have to say, it certainly was a workout. I’m still feeling the after-affects even now. My throwing arm hurts and my catching hand is stiff, but I still had an awesome time. And I know something like that will benefit me in more ways than one. That’s all for now! Come back for my next post!