Just one person. He turned out to be an abuser. It was especially bad since it was my first relationship and I didn’t know much about dating at all. But I suppose I learned a lot from it too, despite it being a thoroughly awful experience.
Hmmm, both have their merits. If it’s a happy relationship, then definitely being in a relationship, but I know from experience that being single after being in an unhealthy relationship feels fantastic. I’m in a relationship of sorts right now and am quite happy.
My 2011, by month (With the help of Facebook timeline)
January: Was not in a good place, but trying to convince myself that things would be okay and that I’d be done with high school in a matter of months. Ann booked her tickets to come visit me in June. Went to Disney with my parents for a weekend, and that managed to cheer me up some, despite dealing with depression. Spent most of my lunches at school sitting alone or with people that didn’t pay any attention to me. I also began watching Community. Macbook broke. Track season started, much to my chagrin.
February: Another bad month of doing very little and feeling bad for myself. Radiohead released The King of Limbs, which I had been waiting for for a long time. I had my last debutante party, which was hoedown-themed and COLD. I went up with my parents to visit Indiana University at the end of the month. I was hoping for snow, but there was none. Everything was just dead. Still, I was absolutely in love with the campus and it only solidified my decision to matriculate.
March: Track season starts to heat up, and the end of the year is finally in sight. I gave my senior speech, which was about when we went snowmobiling in Iceland, and I was rather happy with it. Saw Elie Wiesel speak, and witnessed the sonic boom from the space shuttle launch with my physics class. We bought tickets to see Much Ado About Nothing in London, and also booked tickets to fly to London. Went to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg with my AP European History class. Fell during a track meet and scraped up my legs/arms. Visited my aunt, uncle, and little cousins in Mississippi over spring break for a few days.
April: Came home from Mississippi at the beginning of the month. Very little happens in between. Got excited for/prepared for the Doctor Who premiere, which was on the 23rd, and watched it with two friends and British goodies. Soon after, got a bad sinus infection. My fish died. Went to Busch Gardens with my senior class for winning the year-long spirit competition. Got a new Macbook Pro to replace my Macbook that broke in January.
May: Bin Laden killed. I took my AP exams (AP European History, AP English Literature, AP Spanish Language). Classes started to wind down a lot. I signed up for orientation at Indiana University. My cousin died. Went to Palm Island for my mom’s law firm retreat weekend. Had to take final exams despite having good grades in those classes due to missing school from my bad sinus infection. Senior roast at church was fun. Got a sunburn at the beach the day before we left for Paris. Went to Paris with people from my school from the 21st-29th. LOTS OF FUN.
June: Graduated high school! Went to three graduation parties in one day. Picked up Ann at the airport on the 5th for her stay with us in Florida. We went to the beach, Jungle Gardens, Mote Marine, and Disney World - among other places. Ann went back home 9 days later. Went to orientation at Indiana several days after that - signed up for classes, met some people, toured my dorm, etc. Again, several days after that, left for Minnesota to go to Skogfjorden for a month.
July: Skogfjorden was super fun. Saw old friends, met new ones, and learned about being a counselor for the summer of 2012. One of my favorite celebrities, Matt Bellamy, became a father over our free weekend in the middle of camp. We were at camp when the Oslo tragedies happened, which was extremely hard to hear about after having learned so much about Norwegian politics and being around lots of Norwegian people.
August: Left for London on the 3rd. Spent a lovely week there, seeing sights and meeting up with friends - including Ann and her boyfriend. We were also there for the riots, which was quite an, erm, experience. Saw Much Ado About Nothing with David Tennant and Catherine Tate and it was AWESOME. Met them the night after that - even more awesome. Met up with a bunch of friends the day after, and we went to the British Museum and UCL. Went home for about 10 days then moved to Indiana. Met a bunch of new friends within the first week. On a whim, I dye my hair blonde.
September: One of those friends has the same birthday as me, but a year later, so we celebrated our birthdays (my 19th, her 18th) at one of my favorite restaurants in Bloomington. Also got serenaded by my floormates. Applied for the Disney College Program and had my phone interview. Had a fling with a guy friend that lasted about a month. Parents came to visit for Freshman Parent Weekend, and I went to a football game with a friend. Settled into college life and experienced my first autumn. My sleep pattern became extremely irregular and unhealthy.
October: Doctor Who series finale at the beginning of the month. Steve Jobs died. Checked out the Occupy Bloomington thing for a day but wasn’t that interested in staying with it. Dropped finite math. Still waited on hearing back from the Disney College Program, began to lose hope at that point. My 8-week class for my dorm ended, and we watched Dr. Horrible. Gaddafi was killed. Picked up a second-8-weeks class about Animal Communications. Pulled an all-nighter for no good reason, which was a bad idea. Halloween dance at our dorm, as well as handing out candy to kids whose parents were victims of domestic abuse.
November: Went to Indianapolis with a few friends to hear John Green speak, then I met him afterwards. Weakly attempted NaNoWriMo for a week or so before calling it quits. Crazy proselytizer Brother Jed visited our campus several times, and I went to listen to him just to laugh. Went with a friend to see the Hoosiers play in soccer. Got cake from my parents for Guy Fawkes Day (don’t ask, it’s a family in-joke…). The hot water on our floor was not working for a while. Came home for Thanksgiving break and hung out with some friends the night before Thanksgiving. Also visited my high school and surprised a bunch of people with my new blonde hair. Learned to knit. Finally got into the Disney College Program on the 30th, when I returned to IU. Also had our first proper snow!
December: Went on a date with a new guy, which went very well (we’re still seeing each other). Took a while to make the decision to do the Disney College Program, but ended up deciding that I wanted to do it. Survived dead week and finals. Packed like crazy during finals week to ship all of my crap home and say goodbye to friends. Came home and rested a lot. Saw some friends. Got a cold.
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1. I have a cold right now. 2. I am right-handed. 3. My fingernails are currently painted purple. 4. I’m moving to Orlando in 26 days. 5. I still haven’t unpacked my five big boxes that I shipped here from Indiana. 6. I am 5’6”. 7. I always have difficulty thinking of these facts. 8. I’ve never had a regular, paying job before. 9. I have no siblings. 10. I had delicious ice cream this afternoon.