The Highlights of 2016

This 2016 has been a very, well honestly, uneventful year. I mean, things have happened, but nothing that has really changed my life. Truthfully my life is pretty boring, or at least I think so and I’m pretty sure that if there was a literal chronicled novel of my life so far, a novel about the things that I have deemed too boring to write about in my blog, no one would read it. My life certainly isn’t like Winston Smith’s or Holden Caulfield’s or Elizabeth Bennet’s, although everyday I wish my life were more interesting and more novel worthy, but it’s just not. I know, I’m probably making you really uncomfortable.

Anyways, I’m going to try to enter a more optimistic tone while reminiscing about my year. Here I shall list the best parts of my uneventful, yet generally upbeat 2016. (I will be releasing the low lights right after I release this.)

The first highlight of my 2016 was when I was in the 80s inspired show Fame Jr. at my local theater. I played Lambchops, a tough rebel with thick skin. I know, the complete opposite of me who cries when someone flicks them. On the second to last weekend of the show or so, I completely lost my voice! I couldn’t talk at all. To be honest, I loved the attention. Everyone wanted to make sure I was okay, but I did have to lose my solo. I began the show so my friend had to sing while I mouthed the words. I lost all of my lines as well. I literally could not talk! It was a fun show though, I got to attempt to dance, even though I probably looked horrible. I can’t dance for the life of me.

The second highlight 2016 was ski club. Ski club is the best thing my school has to offer. It’s basically hanging out with your friends every Friday night. You eat junk food and test your bravery on the slopes. I absolutely love it and I’m not even that great of a skier. Once June was going crazy for some reason, probably because she was jacked up on sugar, and she fell down and split her snowpants. Then she went all crazy singing, “I’m a bunny!” while putting her ski poles on her head, imitating bunny ears. She and my other friend “fell” off the ski lift, it was only a two foot fall, but they got in huge trouble! They didn’t think they did anything wrong because they had seen others jump off. They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. It happened so long ago that it is now just a funny anecdote June could tell if she wanted too. I hope she’s not mad at me for putting this in here…

The third highlight of my 2016 was going to Chicago and Pittsburgh this Summer. I love deep dish pizza. No city is as beautifully intriguing to me as Chicago is. It has the Bean which is in the gorgeous Mellianium Park, it has its towering sky scrapers, it has all of its history, and a diverse group of people. I love it so much and I got to scratch visiting the Bean a second time off my bucket list. I can’t wait to go back to Chicago a third time to see Hamilton. I’m am so excited.

The fourth highlight of my 2016 was June and I’s 80s Themed Birthday Bash. We have birthdays that are very close to each other so we decided to have one party for the both of us. We had everyone dress up as if it were the 80s and it was just so much fun! We made all of the decorations ourselves and my house was transformed! I love the 80s, everything was so bright and vibrant, it was America’s experimental decade. 

The fifth, and final, highlight of my 2016 was Christmas. Who doesn’t love Christmas. I am one of those dreadful people who believes Christmas begins on November 1st. I love the snow, how happy everyone is, giving others presents for Secret Santa, I love the music, and everything else the season has to offer. Although, I’m still waiting for my kiss under the Mistletoe (like that’ll ever happen😂)

As I have previously stated, I didn’t like 2016 very much and I am very much looking forward to 2017. 

Stay gold,

Josie

 

My Christmas Presents (As if I wasn’t Spoiled Enough Already…)

I am obsessed with Christmas! Back when I was younger I wanted nothing more than to meet the real Santa Claus. I once asked Santa for reindeer food that would be able to make me fly… I never got that… I also would ask Santa to be my pen pal and would always argue with anyone who claimed he wasn’t real. Even though I am older now, I still love Christmas. I love buying people presents, opening presents, the snow, decorating the tree, and every other thing Christmas has to offer. 

I debated on whether or not to do a “Christmas Haul” on my blog, it makes me sound even more basic, but I’m doing it anyways cause I love all of my presents so here goes. 

The first thing I received this Christmas was the book The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and I have already finessed it. It was very good, but it sort of my me feel uneasy. The book was very dark and it sort of scared me and I feel horrible for anyone going through what Ester through, no one should be “inside the bell jar” as Ester puts it. 

The second thing I got for Christmas was the book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. I have no clue what to expect, but the book looks really interesting. It was on Rory Glimore’s reading list so I asked for it (The Bell Jar was as well). I can’t wait to read it. 

The third thing I received was the book Angela’s Ashes. This one was also on Rory’s reading list (I know, I know, I’m a bit too upset with Gilmore Girls.) It looks really interesting and my mom told me she really liked it so I can’t wait to read that one also. 

The fourth Christmas Present I got was the book The Cursed Child. I’ve read the entire Harry Pottor series so I cannot wait to see what happens! I’m probably going to start reading it tonight or tomorrow. 

The fifth present I got this Christmas was a shirt that has my favorite Gilmore Girls’ quote, “I smell snow.” It is an adorable shirt     and I’m obsessed with it. 

The sixth thing I received was the Hamilton piano book!!! I cannot wait to learn how to play some Hamilton songs because just singing along to the soundtrack is not enough for me. 

The seventh thing I was gifted with this Christmas was the Benefit Soft and Natural Brow kit meaning that my brow game has just been upped. Watch out Cara Delevigne, I’m a’comin (with gorgeous brows I might add) to knock you off your brow throne! Kidding, I could never even think about having brows that perfect. 

The eighth thing I got was Benefit’s They’re Real, Sexy on th Run. It’s their lash and liner kit and I am so excited to use it! 

The ninth thing I was given was the Sip by Swell water bottle which I really needed. I’m very picky about the water bottle I’m using and since I had no water bottles that were suitable for me to drink from😂, I was becoming the Onceler, destroying the environment with my insane water bottle usage, so now I have my Lorax. Thank you for saving the environment Sip by Swell. 

The tenth thing I had been gifted this Christmas was an Athleta sports bra, socks, and a 100 dollar Lulu Lemon gift card. I’m throwing these three things together because I got them in the same box and socks don’t deserve their on paragraph. 

The eleventh thing I received was this cute little box that has My Bucket List inscribed on the top of it. I needed this because I now have a cute way to store my bucket list. 

The twelfth thing I got this Christmas was A Year In French Calender. I think it teaches you a new French word everyday, which I love because I am obsessed with all things French. 

The twelfth thing I received was a 25 dollar Sephora gift card, which is great because I really need a new lipstick. 

The thirteenth thing I got this Christmas was a very nice planner. My mom and I received matching ones. I really needed a good planner because it is hard to keep track of assignments. 

The fourteenth thing I got this Christmas was this thing called this little thing called a Tweexy. It holds your nail polish while you paint your nails. 

The fifteenth thing I got this Christmas was a ticket to Wicked! My whole family got tickets and I am so excited to see it a second time. Wicked is the show that first got me into musical theater. If had never seen Wicked, I have no clue who I’d  be today.

The sixteenth thing I was given this Christmas is a gift card to our local nail salon. My sister, my mom, and I get to got get our nails done and I cannot wait!

The seventeenth thing I received this Christmas was a new phone case from my brother. I’m using it right now and it is a really cute phone case. I’m talkin’ blue, faux leather, ya’ know, the usual. I have seen too many gangster films. 

The eighteenth thing I got this Christmas was a Sonos speaker so I can finally listen to music in my room! My dad set it up today and I now my whole neighborhood will be treated to Hamilton. 

The nineteenth thing I was given this Christmas was the Dandelion Blush by Benefit. I love benefit too much. 

The final thing I got this Christmas was the bed head by Tigi shampoo and conditioner set. 

Well, that’s what I got, I hope you all had an amazing Christmas!

Stay Gold,

Josie

My Book Recommendations of 2016

I’m pretty sure that you were smart enough to figure this out, but if it wasn’t as obvious as I assumed it to be, I’m an avid reader. I love books. A good book relaxes you while causing you to cry your eyeballs out or feel happier than you’ve ever been before. This may sound extremely cheesy (I’m superficial so I can get away with it), but a good book just transports you inside of it. You feel what the character’s are feeling, you are in the author’s world! If the book is exceptionally good, you get so wrapped up in it that you can’t put it down. Then once you’re finished reading you feel sad because you aren’t part of the book. I probably sound so stupid, but don’t you ever wish that a book character or movie character was one of your best friends? I always get this feeling after finishing a book. I wish I had more people to talk about my books with, that is one of the many reasons I’m so grateful for Abby. She is also a bookworm and we can actually talk about books and how we wish we were in the books and how the guys in books are so cute and sincere… It’s true though…

In this post I will recommend five books that just made me feel what the character was feeling and/or just added to my perspective on the World, inspiring me to feel a certain way towards issues similar to those of the book.

The first book I recommend is The Alchemist. This is my all time favorite book and I’m hoping for a copy of it for Christmas. I feel as if I get a lot of my wanderlust from Santiago’s desire to see the World. I was so surprised when I first read it. It wasn’t hard to read or comprehend. The language was quite simple, it was the book’s plot that was more complex. I’ve read it twice and I cannot believe that I only read it for the first time this year, so thank you 2016.

The second book I recommend is The Catcher in the Rye. Now, I first read this book in sixth grade and I now realize that Holden Caulfield would believe sixth grade me was a phony. In sixth grade I basically only read half the book, yet carried it around everywhere trying to send the message, “Hey everyone! Look how smart I am! I’m only in sixth grade! Did you read these types of books in SIXTH grade? Hmmm? Didn’t think so!” I’m putting this book on my recommendation list this year because I reread it this year, the whole thing. I actually understood everything this time around and at certain times relate to Holden. I mean, everyone is growing up around me and telling me to grow up as well, and though most times I want to grow up and become independent and explore, I still don’t think I’m ready to let go of my childhood. Back when I was a kid everything was easier and you could have an adventure in your back yard! Now everyone is so stressed, I’m stressed, my friends are stressed, my parents are stressed, my teachers are stressed! We need to all take a giant yoga class… I think I just found the way to World peace, that or stress relieving candles would work…Wow! I just went way off topic, anyways, The Catcher in the Rye is very good, you should read it, thank you.

The third book on my list was actually given to be by Abby and I finished in one seating, loving every bit of it. It is called Salt to the Sea. It gives four different perspectives of people fleeing danger. Well three actually, one of the characters, Alfred, worships Hitler, I did not like reading his perspective because he was so full of himself. On the bright side, I loved Florian, Joana, and Emilia and their perspectives. Florian and Joana’s romance is just amazing. I cried a lot while reading this book, but I loved every bit of it… other than Alfred, when you read it, you will understand how easy it is to loathe him.

The fourth book I recommend is I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives. It is about a girl from Pennsylvania and her pen pal Martin who lives in Africa. The two exchange letters for more than four years and become best friend’s with their pen pal. The book is true and very uplifting and I really enjoyed it. I suggest you read it as well.

My fifth and final book was written by my idol, Mindy Kaling. It is titled, Why Not Me? It is a hilarious book that just talks about her life and her opinions and her weird relationship with her soup snake B.J. Novak. Mindy, if you are reading, you and B.J. just need to get married! Please! Stop teasing the public! Mindy’s book is what inspired me to write a blog so if I hadn’t read it, this blog would not be here, so you should defiantly read it.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and if I actually have a viewer for once, please recommend a book in the comments, I really need a new one!

Stay Gold,

Josie

I’m a True Narcissist

DISCLAIMER: THE WORST TRAITS OF MINE WILL SOON BE REVEALED!!! YOU MAY HATE ME FROM NOW ON AND I MAY LOSE VIEWERS, BUT I MOST SPEAK THE TRUTH!!!!

I’m not going to lie to you, I can be very egotistical and I always love being the center of attention around people I know, I’m shy around new people. I’m also very dramatic, I’m one of those annoying people that likes to create drama. I can’t help it! I covet the lives of people in the books I read and the tv shows I watch. I wish that I had all of that interesting stuff going on in my life and I wish my life wasn’t this routine pattern that I’ve been forced into, so I create drama out of small things- meaning- I have crushes, I love secrets (I know, I’m horrible), and I covet the spotlight at all times.

I’ve gotten pretty good at managing these bad habits, but I am talkative which isn’t always a good thing. I usually get yelled at in class for talking, but I can’t help it, I have too many things racing through my head at once, i.e. the political meaning of 1984, what I had for lunch, dresses from Francesca, make up, Pam and Jim FINALLY getting together in The Office, etc… I know, I’m a very complex person.

Sometimes my Chatty Cathy nature makes me sound highly narcissistic, one reason being the fact that I am and the other being the fact that when I babble on I’m usually babbling about myself. I mean, I can’t help this. We as humans like to talk about things that we know, and who do we know better than ourselves? We don’t like to be wrong and when talking about ourselves we aren’t wrong.

I’m actually good about not telling my friends secrets- it’s mine I can’t hold in. “Hey guys! I’m Josie! I have a crush on CENSORED, CENSORED, and CENSORED. Did you know I had a secret blog called mysecretautobiography.wordpress.com? You should follow it! Don’t tell anyone though!!! It’s secret!!!” The strange girl with no eyebrows and a pale face screamed while surrounded by strangers in the middle of the mall.

I’m exaggerating of course, but my friends know literally everything about me… I’m trying to get better! I really am! To prove this to you, will tell you something secret. I have a crush on a guy and I’ve only hinted at it to three people! I haven’t even told them! I just hinted! Last year everyone knew who I had a crush on, but this year it’s different… The only problem is the fact that one of my best friends has a crush perhaps even stronger than mine on the same guy! Oy vey! Of course I’m going to be an Angelika Schuyler about handling the whole thing. Even if the guy did like me back, which is highly unlikely, I would have to say I didn’t like him. This is why I hate crushes.

I guess I make up for my constant talking of myself by the fact that I can listen and the fact that I am constantly laughed at. I’m not bullied or anything, I’m just a huge klutz who is not offended when people tease her, to her face that is, and will openly poke fun at herself. I don’t consider being laughed at a punishment and take laughter very lightly, I mean that just mean more attention, right?

I know, I’m horrible, I’m going to just end this blog post here before I write so much that my house gets mobbed.

Stay gold,

Josie

The Many Rants of Josie

As humans, when we get angry, we have the tendency to rant, to vent our inner frustrations out to those we trust. We make companions out of those who have similar rants to ours and than rant the same things to each other. My friend and I always rant to each other. I actually am pretty sure that our rants are the reason that we are such good friends. That and the fact that we both love theater, Hamilton, music, and make-up. Most of  the time I don’t have anyone to rant to so I write my frustrations and inner mot feelings down, hence this blog. Anyways, I will now list the things that I, and most other people, rant about.

School: Now this one is just plain obvious and pretty self explanitory. Student gets a lot of homework, student gets stressed out and doesn’t finesh all of their homework because they actually want to sleep, student doesn’t finesh homework or does a bad job and gets in trouble with teacher, finally, student finds trusted friend and just vents. This isn’t really the case in my life, but it has happened before. It mainly is just the stress that gets to you. It’s unfair really. I’m a whole other person in the Summer. Well rested, energetic, generally happy, and pleasent to be around. By the second month of school I have undergone a complete transformation. Sleep deprived, jittery from coffee, moody, and wearing two different socks. That is me at the moment. I can’t wait for Summer.

Dress Code: I don’t know if I should have paired this with school or not, but anyways, my school’s dress code makes me so angry! We have uniforms at my school which is fine, but the out of uniform days is when the dress codes become enforced.One thing about our dress code that is completely unfair AND still enforced with uniforms is the rule that your leggings, which we can only wear under a skirt, cannot show your ancle if you’re wearing tennis shoes or flats. What is this? The 1900s? Another thing that bothers me is the fact that you cannot wear leggings unless you have something covering your butt. Everyday, as soon as I get home from school, I slip into leggings. I live in leggings because they are comfortable unlike jeans or skirts. I don’t know who I’m offending by wearing leggings, but for some reason they are not allowed.

My Pathetic Excuse of a Love Life: Crushes can be very annoying! Can they just go away? I will probably be forever single because I doubt anyone I like will ever like me back so I will forever have that to rant about.

Politics: This is big around election time especially because most of my teachers are liberal, which is fine, I mean I do believe in some democratic veiw point, but you don’t have to try and imprint your beliefs on me and insist that this isn’t what you’re trying to do. As I have previously stated, I am a very conservative thinker so I was very angry when everyone was saying that Hillary was going to when and I am still angry now because people are demanding a recount and all. Donald Trump as ALREADY done some good for our country, save jobs, and he isn’t even president yet! Can’t people just accept him?

Friendship Drama: Even though I am an overly dramatic person, I don’t like friendship drama. Some drama can spice up an otherwise mundane lf, but friendship drama is  just stupid. Usually I am not involved in any friendship drama, but at the moment, two of my best friends are arguing with each other. There is some obvious tension and they want me to take their side on things! It just makes me feel so uncomfortable because I’m not going to choose between my friends, I couldn’t ever do that and the thing that sort of really pushed this drama over the edge was the subject of Trouble in River City so thanks for that school.

Sycophants: This is something that completely bothers me that I only rant to my journal about because I’m pretty sure that I am the only person in my class who knows what the word sycophant means. I just hate it when people act like another person just to gain popularity! Sure, I sometimes try to be popular too, but I try not to let popularity be something I think about. I wouldn’t join something or say something or act like I like something in order to be popular! Just be yourself!

My Sleep Troubles: I have joked around about my sleep troubles, but sometimes I just get fed up with trying to fall asleep! I just want to be able to fall asleep right away! Can my brain just have an off switch? Is that too much to ask for?

I feel like if I talk about the things I rant about anymore, I will blow a gasket! I was actually somewhat relaxed before I started writing this and now I just want to punch someone! UGH!

Stay Gold,

Josie

The True Confessions of a Night Owl

I am a very horrible sleeper. I’m a total night owl. (I’m writing this to you at 11:03 p.m. Wait! Make that 11:04.) I have an overactive brain that, for some reason, is totally against me getting any sleep. Why brain? You know that you need sleep to function so let me sleep!

My brain has decided that instead of sleep that it would be more fun for me to think of completely random things at two in the morning. From reciting lyrics in my head to trying to understand the paradox which is infinity, my stupid brain finds ways to keep me from getting any sleep. 

Am I the only one who thinks the most random things at night? Hopefully not. It actually gets so bad that I have to take melatonin for my overactive brain that probably drank way too much coffee. The worst is when there is something exciting happening the next day. I will come up with different outcomes of the upcoming event and think about them! It is horrible. The rest of me is just like, “Brain, shut up, we’re trying to sleep!” But my brain insists on being annoying!

I usually just end up reading or writing at two in the morning after giving up all hope of actually getting to sleep. This works on the weekends because I love sleeping in, but it is horrible on school days. I’ve actually been getting better at sleeping. The melatonin seems to finally be working. My normal falling asleep time is 11 to 11:30. I turn my light out at 10:30. I make up for lost energy with coffee. Yes, I know that this routine is horrible for me, but what can I do? 

I am in love with coffee. It is my savior, without it I would be asleep all day. 

My new found love for coffe also created a new pet peeve for me to deal with. I absolutely hate it when people consider themselves to be avid coffee drinkers when in reality they are only drinking the Starbucks featured drinks. Don’t get me wrong, those drinks are delicious, but they are more creamer than coffee! This makes me a hypocrite considering the fact that I used to do this all the time, but now it annoys me so much! Those people should call themselves creamer drinkers, not coffee drinkers! 

You are probably irratated with me for wasting a while paragtaph complaining about mundane problems, but I can’t be the only coffee drinker that thinks that. I am proud to say I drink coffee like a Gilmore so it annoys me when others don’t and say they do. (Ok, I wasted two paragraphs on something that makes me sound so shallow.😔)

I wish school started later for me so I could stay up past midnight and still get a substantial amount of sleep, but alas, it does not. I just feel as if I have so much to do at night. I can read and write. I think my night owl ways are partly caused by the fact that I am also a huge procrastinator, but I can’t help the way my personality is built, I guess I could, but that would take too much time. Besides, I like the way that I am and I love coffee so what can I do? As long as my brain keeps thinking, I will keep on staying up late. 

Stay gold,

Josie

I’m Basically Tina Belcher

“I can honestly say you’re on my mind 24/7.”                                                                              – Some Random Pinterest User

As an awkward teenage girl I can inform you very truthfully that I have had many and I mean MANY crushes. I’m like Tina Belcher from Bob’s Burgers boy crazy. (If you’re a fan, you know that is saying a lot!) 

I guess it is probably normal for me to have crushes, but it is also unfair. To keep my self-esteem intact, let’s just say that if life were Les Misérables, I’d be Eponine. Every single time I’d be Eponine. 

I am also terrible at reading anything anybody says to me. I can tell if guys are flirting with my friends, but me? No way. I will probably always guess wrong. I’m one of those annoying people who will mistake a wave for flirting. You probably hate me now. 

It would be impossible for me to count the crushes I’ve had over the years because I’ve had so many! I hate the awkward stage so much! 

On top of the everyday crushes, you also have your celebrity crushes. Do not even get me started on Lin-Manul Miranda! I know, I’m just an average teenager with a crush on Lin-Manuel. What can I say? The guy is a genius! Then there is Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom Jr., Anthony Ramos, and like every other guy in Hamilton. Hey, I told you that I was obsessed.

My first crush was all the way back in preschool. I remember that he and two of his friends got to stay after school and I threw a tantrum because my mom wouldn’t let me stay after school. I was an insane little drama queen even back then. 

I’ve also had crushes on like every book character ever. The thing about me though, is that I usually never like the main character if I have a crush on someone in the book I’m reading. I usually like the supporting characters. In Harry Potter, I didn’t like Harry Potter, I liked Fred Weasley and Severus Snape. I didn’t like Snape until the sixth book, but I eventually did. 

I feel like I have gone completely nerd on you so I will take a moment to chill out before I contin- Oh! I just got a snapchat from my crush! I’m sorry I have to go! 

Stay Gold, 

Josie

P.S Sorry that one was so short, but I’m tired so goodnight.)