It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Between two different trips, finishing the academic year, and beginning my summer job, I’ve missed not one, but TWO Month in Review posts! I know, I know, I’m the worst. It’s okay, you can say it.
But as atonement for my wrongs, today I bring you a MIR double-header, covering May and June of 2019. That’s twice the stuff to go through, so I’ll do my best just to hit the highlights and keep it brief. But if you missed any of my other blog posts from the past two months, check those out first:
- Celebrating my 21st birthday with 21 songs that mean a lot to me
- A few lessons I learned from nerd club role-play writing club in high school
- The things that scared me and excited me about going to another country for the first time
- A recap of my 3 weeks in France
And you can check out my 1 Second Everyday videos from May:
Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to the past two months.
I celebrated my 21st birthday at the beginning of May. Because my birthday falls right before (or during) final exams most years, I didn’t do anything extravagant (fine by me). Some of my friends and I went out for sushi and ice cream together, and I got to celebrate with my family a few weeks later when they came to help me move, so it was a good birthday.
Around the same time, the editors of our school’s literary journal, The Peregrine, held a release party. My short story “Time After Time,” which I wrote for a short story contest in the Blimey Cow Patreon community, was accepted into the journal. I also had my first story in the school’s magazine The Swinging Bridge, published in May. Charmaine, the cultural editor (now editor in chief!) of the magazine invited me to adapt my Humanities Symposium presentation into an article for SBM. Seeing both my story and the article in print for the first time was such a cool experience!
Right after that, the school semester started wrapping up for me. I only had one big exam to take (Urban History), plus two other final essay/writing projects. For my Victorian Literature class, I got the chance to re-write the ending of Jane Eyre, which was a lot of fun. My favorite project though was the one I completed for my American Women’s Writing class, where I explored the idea of creativity and identity using three of the books we read for the class. I chose to do my project through a digital medium, so it’s actually available for public viewing online if you’re interested.
With the semester over, I dove right into my summer jobs. I’m working at my school again this year, holding the same office assistant jobs that I did last year (which I’m very excited about!). I also moved into my summer housing assignment. I have a room to myself again, but instead of being in the basement, I’m on the top floor. I was fortunate to have my family come and help me, and we went out to dinner together to celebrate my birthday and the end of the school year afterwards.
Starting at the end of May through the middle of June, I was in Strasbourg, France with my school for a three-week “cross-cultural” term. I gave a full recap in my “Un Bon Voyage” post, so I won’t repeat myself here. But I’m happy to share a few of my favorite photos!
A few days after I returned from France, my friend Hannah and I drove to Lancaster for the first show of August Burns Red’s “10 Years of Constellations” tour. It was a packed house, but we had a great time seeing ABR and one of their openers, Silent Planet.
Finally, at the end of June, I drove home. You may remember from a few years ago that I’ve gone on short-term missions trips with my church, and this summer, I was able to go on one again. I’ll save that recap for July’s MIR (which will be on time!), but I did get to spend some time with my parents the weekend before, which was nice.
As for the rest of the time, I was…
The Umbrella Academy on Netflix at the suggestion of a friend. It wasn’t my favorite show, but it had a lot of interesting aspects, especially with its more unique take on superheroes and superpowers. I also started Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood again because I don’t have self-control (but this time I’m watching it dubbed so at least that’s different). In terms of movies, I saw Detective Pikachu with my friend Kiara in May, and Yesterday with my parents in June.
A lot of books! I read one non-fiction book, Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal. I listened to Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray, one of the audiobooks I bought before I cancelled my Audible subscription. I started V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy with A Darker Shade of Magic. And I finally read some of the e-books I’ve been hoarding: Geekerella by Ashley Poston, and Colors of Fear and Flames of Courage by Hannah Heath.
All the new songs from the Hadestown Original Broadway Cast Recording. It’s different from the live recording from a few years back, but I like it all the same. Also Phantom Anthem by August Burns Red and the new singles from Eclipse, Wolves At The Gate’s upcoming album. I’ve also been catching up on podcasts while at work, especially The Inner Tube and RadioU’s The Riot podcast.
Around the Internet
- Fit For A King: “When Everything Means Nothing” music video
- REST: What if Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had an anime opening?
- Teaser trailer for the newly-announced The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel
- The cast of Hadestown performing “Wait For Me” at the 2019 Tony Awards
- Say Goodnight Kevin: “Why Expiration Dates are B.S.” and so is Cracked
- Blimey Cow: This Is a Messy Mondays Video
I’m thankful for GPS technology, smooth move-ins, safe journeys, Boston Crème donuts, Bible studies and game nights, public transportation, old castles, gelato, Monet paintings, hanging out with friends, rain storms, and grilled cheese.