A Day in the Life - April 13, 2016
Hey y'all!It's Grace, here back from a hectic week. Lacrosse is on the home stretch, y'all. Between that, school, and some personal aspects, I've been itching to get back involved in the book world!I only did one of these posts a month ago, but a lot has happened since then. For those of y'all who have never seen it before, A Day in the Life is a feature post I do occasionally to spotlight what's been going on in my life - as much to illuminate recent posts and books I've been loving, as well as simply to share a more personal side of myself on the blog.
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes | GoodreadsThis Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz | GoodreadsCatch-22 by Joseph Heller | GoodreadsOne with You by Sylvia Day | GoodreadsThe Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian | GoodreadsI haven't read as much YA this year as I normally do, mainly because it's all I can do to keep up with our OE teen book club pick and my AP Lit assignments! Plus, I've been devouring some older novels lately.
Because I've been a sporadic blogger this year (senior year will do that to you!), I haven't really been posting much as of late. My best recent post was definitely my spotlight on my top ten favorite books of 2016 so far. I've read much less this year than I normally do, but I've been spot on with the books I've enjoyed! I also wrote a March wrap up for book club at Oxford Exchange, because I love sharing what goes on every month. If you're ever interested in coming, check it out! Over spring break, I compiled mini reviews.
Okay, so here goes.Most of my month was overwhelmingly dominated by the college process. Regular decisions came out, which definitely helped shed a light on where I'll end up next year. Any seniors out there know how stressful it is April of senior year.After looking at my acceptances, I've narrowed it down to my top four schools: Tufts University, University of California-Berkeley, Washington and Lee University, and University of Virginia. I'm attracted to each of them for extremely different reasons, so as you can see, it's quite the variety. My twin sister already decided where she's going; she decided on University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. I've been doing tons of research and at this point, I think I have a pretty strong idea of where I'm going next year. Still, I'm visiting at the end of the month so I have to wait a little and make sure I'm making the right call - I'm a definite atmosphere person so that's really important to me.Aside from that, I've mostly been trying to survive the lacrosse season without losing ground in any of my classes. My family's still coming down from the adrenaline high that was my sister's wedding. (For the record, pictures came in and I love them.)I haven't been sick since January, which is partly due to our discovery that I'm allergic to all the foods I love most dearly (I desperately miss bread), but I still have to make sure I get plenty of sleep so I don't have a seventh case of bronchitis since August. And then we had some big senior events.The weekend after college admissions were released, we had prom at my high school. Honestly, I wasn't super into it. Normally, I'm really pumped for the cliché big nights of high school, but I was just exhausted. Still though, I loved my dress and I loved dancing and I loved checking in on my friends throughout the night. I had a great time.Now that all the extra stressors are starting to cool down a bit, I'm starting to feel more like myself. Relaxing into the year.This past weekend was definitely been the highlight of my spring though. I went up to Delaware to see one of my best friends, Catherine, and go to prom at her school. We FaceTime and talk almost every day. We won't end up in the same place for college, but we fully plan on living together in adulthood, hopefully in an apartment filled with books and dried flowers. Anyone who knows Catherine is so lucky.Another reason I was in Delaware was actually to spend time with another friend.It's a long and complicated story, but I have a pen pal I've been writing letters to since we were sixteen, since sophomore year. He commented on my blog (not this one, my other one) that January and we ended up having these fantastic conversations on all these topics that ranged from existentialism to daily life.Now, Nic and I are really close despite the distance. Thanks to a string of lucky coincidences, we were able to spend the weekend together. It's a bit unconventional, but I'm glad I finally got to see him.I spent most of Friday shadowing their school classes (first of all, most interesting curriculum I've ever come across - I was horribly jealous of Catherine's English class and ended up pitching in way too often for a visitor.) Later, I ended up tagging along to Catherine's soccer game (she killed it) and driving around with Nic. We ended up at this gorgeous state park, trekking along the rock wall and catching up.On that Saturday, it snowed. My poor Floridian heart couldn't take snow in April. But it was inexplicably calming to sit inside with Catherine, drinking coffee and watching the snow cast a blue shadow across her backyard. It made everything much quieter, and much more still. Prom night was anything but quiet though.So all in all, I've been busier than I expected. Still, it's worth it. Senior year is the time to make memories, right?