I’ve never really been good at these Thanksgiving confessions, so here it is. I’m thankful for
BLACK FRIDAY. The day where they WANT you to buy everything they have and where you actually CAN buy everything (well not everything, but it makes it a little easier on the wallet). C’mon, I’m low on cash and these sales make acquiring everything I want that much more possible.
MUSIC. Seriously, think about how much music makes an impact on you? On your thoughts, your feelings?
APPLE. They’re products make my life so much more awesome. Either that or I just have some fettish for technology…
AMERICAN APPAREL. Honestly. Best. Hoodies. Ever. And I love their shirts.
NIKE. For making awesome shoes. Like those Red Nike SB Dunk Pro’s that I posted previous to this. Please be mine.
DERRICK ROSE. Let’s be real now. This Bulls team is the best one we’ve had since Jordan. And he’s a big reason for that. 8-5 whattup.
SIGNING A LEASE. Despite my skepticism and all the delays and problems it caused, I’ve got a roof over my head next year! Woo!
FOOD. All that leftover food from the So Clean Thanksgiving dinner that I ate last night. So. Money. Thank you Matt Garcia for introducing me to spanakopita.
BATMAN. Watched Under the Red Hood the other night. Made my night of boredom enjoyable.
PHOTOGRAPHY. To be able to capture moments and memories? Priceless.
U OF I. Everything this university and campus has provided for me. All the resources, luxuries, etc. And while I haven’t exactly show appreciation for the kind of education that I’ve been privileged to receive, I promise I’ll work on it.
PSA. Everyone I’ve met has had some sort of impact on my life, no matter how big or small. They’re a great group of individuals. And I still can’t get over what everyone did for me on my birthday a week or two ago.
KUYAS. I don’t really see Marcus anymore, and I never really saw Vircell in the first place, but I know they care, and I care too (occasionally lol). Can’t really say the same for Brenan though hahaha.
JESELLE AND LAUREN. Really just because I know Jeselle is reading this. Lol I kid. For real, these two are quite the characters, along with the rest of the freshmen. They make life so much more interesting. They’d make quite the publicity chairs. Glad I get to see them as often as I do.
ADING CHRISTINE AND ADING GRACE. What would I do without these two lol. I love them with all my heart. They’re two wonderful individuals who have so much going for them, so much they’re capable of. These past few months have been the best of my life thanks to them. They mean the world to me.
ATE MEL AND COUGS. These two are some of my biggest heroes. So strong, so inspiring. I’ve learned so much from the two of them and take all their advice and words of wisdom to heart, applying it to myself everyday. I’ve got a lot of growing to do, and I better do it fast because these two, who have helped me grow so much already, won’t be around next year to hold my hand.
BRIAN (?) I’d like to put him in here, but no lie. I feel uncomfortable announcing my love hatred for him today, even on Tumblr. I already threw up when I texted him Happy Thanksgiving.
PADRES. It’s terrible that I’m never really appreciative of them. I think it’s because of all the nagging and negatives that have stuck with me over the past 19 years of my life. But looking back at everything, looking at things right now, I know they care. While they may be opposed to something at first, they really do want to see me happy. I should start showing my appreciation back to them, even if it means swallowing down my pride.
OPPORTUNITY. Every single chance that I’ve had to do something in my life. The opportunity for higher education. The opportunity to meet new people, make friends. The opportunity to stay healthy. The opportunity to grow, become a better individual. The opportunity to live and experience this great journey we call life.
BEING ME. I’m not exactly the most confident individual. A lot of times I’m hard on myself, for my flaws, my mistakes. There are times where I wish I was different, where I could change a part of myself or even all of myself in order to become what I believe is “better.” Take back a choice I’ve made or an action that I’ve done. Yet when it comes down to it, I’ve had a good life. By being who I am, I’ve gone out and experienced everything that I have so far. While I do try, I still have not accepted myself fully for who I am. But it’s all a part of the growing process. One day, I will be comfortable with myself. So on this day of thanks, I’ll say in advance, that I’m thankful for being me.
In order to pass the time, I decided to do a stream of consciousness
-I love Replay by Iyaz
-I want to go out. Worst timing ever since it’s Thanksgiving break
-Why did Rihanna make her hair long? I loved the short edginess of it
-We’re going above 60 mph!
-I-57 has no lamps going on
-Katy Perry. Russell Brand. Enrique Iglesias. JDRoe.
-Lamps! We’re getting there.
-Mickey D’s. McCafe. I want a Mickey Mouse plush. More like a Winnie-the-Pooh one
-I should probably drive around a bit and get used to driving again before driving to Chicago with several people in my car tomorrow
-Antioch. More like nowheresville.
-Gurnee keeps me sane I suppose
-What’s it like to live in Chicago?
-Grenade - Bruno Mars
-Why is Ke$ha’s Tik Tok playing?
-Definitely want to live in Chicago postgrad
-Chinatown. AAS 100. I still have that project.
-Feeling a bit gassy, but I can’t just let it out
-I already miss W913
-Bye Jay. Jay Escala.
-Iowa? Trees everywhere over there.
-Shorty. You’re my money. Haha.
-This song makes me feel happy
-The club can’t even handle me right now. Yeah yeahhh. Yeah yeahhh.
-Getting closer. I can feel it.
-Watching you watching me I go all out
-Putcho hands up
-Coors Light. Blue mountains. Freshmen lol
-Jeselle never answered my text
-Finally Bruno Mars
-gave you all I had you tossed it in the trash
-I’d catch a grenade for ya
-I would die for ya baby but you won’t do the same
-Mad woman bad woman
-I need to watch the music video still…
-I would go through all this pain, take a bullet straight through my brain
-I love Bruno Mars
-What am I buying?
-There’s a Bulls game right now… Right?
-Writing this on my phone is hard
-It slows down my thought process
-Hennessy. Looks fancy.
-119th street? The city is huge.
-LA Fitness. I should work out.
-Should I buy Free Runs? Or wait for the Free Run 2’s to come out in the summer?
-Ja Rule? The Fast and the Furious
-Shorty shorty shorty hahaha
-Trains. I miss Rob.
-More Bruno Mars. I love it.
-Her eyes make the stars look like they’re not shining
-When I see her face there’s not a thing that I would change
-Just the way YOU are
-Bruno you’re my hero
-The way you are
-When I see your face
-The whole world stops and stares for a while
-Put your hands in the air
-US Cellular. South Side.
-Things just seriously slowed down
-Turn right on Princeton. Fresh Prince.
-Rocky’s. I want to ball.
-The streets feel so narrow
-The city is so different
-Oh snap. Chinatown.
-Time to head back home
-City driving is so difficult
-I can’t parallel park
-This feels like Gotham City
-My thoughts are pretty boring
-Furama? Sounds familiar
-Truck got stuck haha WTF
-Sears Tower looks stunning right now
-City lights to Wisconsin
-Is that Trump Tower? Looks nice
-I miss Christine Centeno. Where are you???
-Oh snap. Jim’s. And Maxwell’s.
-I can’t wait for Battle
-Damn. I wish I was a freshmen again. I still want to graduate in MCB and go to med school, but I seriously need to start college over for that. I feel like a failure.
-I’m starting to talk to RJ and my thoughts are boring and/or redundant. I should end this.
I just went through all the photos I’ve taken on my iPhone. Definitely feeling nostalgic right now. The semester is almost over and we have all gone through so much in the past 3 months. So many fun and memorable moments filled with laughs and smiles.
Photographs are a powerful medium. Whether taken with a point-and-shoot, DSLR, or even a phone, photos let you relive the moments of your life. This feeling of nostalgia and happiness reminds of why I love photography. I miss shooting and I need to start bringing out my camera more often. At least Rice Bowl is tomorrow, the perfect time to shoot.
Stuck in traffic right now. We left at 4:30. It’s almost 7 and we haven’t even hit Chicago right now. Just a stream of red lights right now.
I’ve finally joined everyone from So Clean, as well as a few people from Fantastic/Freaky/Fresh Fourteen, in turning 19 years old.
It’s weird. I already knew that there were things planned out for the night. Brian was setting up a thing at 301 and Chloe already had something planned for her birthday. And yet when I opened the door to 301, I was honest-to-god surprised. I kind of just expected an apartment party going on: people taking shots, guys dancing on girls (not my adings of course) with a beer pong game going on in the middle of the room. Instead I found many of my friends, both old and new, gathered around facing me. In unison, they shouted out surprise and happy birthday. I was overwhelmed to say the least. It’s funny. I’ve participated in so many birthday surprises in college so far, and yet I was still surprised when it came to mine. Never have I felt so loved in my life.
I love my friends. So many of them were there to greet me. Some of my closest friends like Kim, Cougs, and Christine were the among the first to greet me. Freshmen like Jay, Lauren, and Greg were there, even though some were busy and/or still had work to do (Jeselle). Edwin even bought me an effin’ cupcake from Cakes on Walnut. Love that kid.
I love my Ate Melorie and Kuya Marcus and Kuya Vircell. Ate Mel made me this incredibly delicious red velvet & nutella cake. My kuyas bought a bottle of Grey Goose for some shots with people I was close to. One shot with my ate and kuyas. A second shot with Cougs and Kim. A third shot with my adings Christine and Grace.
I love my Ading Christine and Ading Grace. I they made me cards and bought me a winter hat AND compact mirror-turn-brush. They are seriously awesome.
Last but not least, I love my roomie/life partner Brian. I know I’m always being mean to him, whether it be because of his overconfidence, his treatment towards girls, or just because he’s straight up annoying (LOL), but I really do love him. We just get each other. We click. He planned out and organized the birthday surprise and night out for me and even bought me some awesome presents: a fedora (which my adings also have lol), a LA <3’s Me shirt, and a copy of Beatles Rock Band. He definitely beat what I did for him last year, and I don’t know how I’m gonna top him for his upcoming birthday. While on the subject of Brian, I have to say this. I feel like he’s still afraid to open up to me, even though we’re best friends. It shouldn’t be that way, and I hope that he learns to not be as reserved and just pour his heart out to me.
First time drunk. First time out at the bars. Boy, was that an experience. Those three shots of Grey Goose and dunzo. I hated being drunk at first. I hated how I was doing things without knowing why. Yet throughout the night, I learned to embrace it. In fact, I like it. My Ate and Alex were able to get me to the front of the line of Clys and get out of paying cover. The entire time there, I was just dancing with everyone. Eyes closed. Don’t ask why. Because I don’t even know why. I bounced around dancing with both girls and guys. I didn’t care about the latter. I was just having a good time. It was sooo much fun. Guess I’ll start going out now.
It’s funny. Throughout Friday, people were asking me what was going on, what I wanted to do, and telling me to go out. My birthday was a big deal for some reason, even though it was just another day for me. I didn’t know what to expect. But instead, I had the time of my life. I was with my friends and just having a good time. I’m grateful for everyone that contributed to my night. In all honesty… Best. Birthday. Ever.