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2014 Photo Journal

Waterplay

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Today is a friend’s birthday. It’s been a long time since I last seen her (she returned to Japan in 2010), but I still think of her whenever this time of the year rolls around.

For the past few years, I have seen her grow from a shy high school student to a confident young woman, via the pictures she posts on Facebook.

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Thinking of her birthday reminds me of amother person’s birthday. That person was a mutual friend, who had a birthday seven days after my first friend’s.

While that person and I never were particularly close- not from a lack of trying- I do think of them from time to time. I also think about what that person taught me: just because something is considered “ideal” by others, it doesn’t mean that it is “ideal” for me.

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We are constantly being told what we should want or how we should do things by others. Sometimes it’s through marketing. Sometimes it’s just part of our personal cultures. Sometimes it’s because someone else wants us to fall into a certain roll in their lives. Regardless of the reason, sometimes our personal preferences or desires may not mesh with these ideals, and that’s alright.

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I feel confused

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Today is the first day in a very long time where I haven’t needed to be somewhere by sometime for some reason. I’m honestly out of sorts because of it. I don’t need to go to work today. I’m used to working seven days a week. I don’t need to go to an event of some sort. I have NOTHING planned… and it’s that lack of a plan that confuses me. I don’t know if I like this…

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Rest Ye Well Merry

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“Merry Christmas” in advance to those who celebrate and “I hope you have a good couple of days” to those who don’t. May this time be filled with good food, a warm (for those in the North, like me) or cool (if you’re South) house, and happiness in whatever you do.

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I’m going to enjoy a bit of time off, now that classes are over for good, before returning to the grind after New Year’s. I’ll bother mom and brother, give out gifts to those who’ve stayed by my side through thick and thin, and curl up with Kit under the fleece blanket to catch up on my Doctor Who.

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2014 Photo Journal

A Little Light

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Even though it’s small, it shines with a bright light.

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Colorful Lights

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2014 has been a good year for Christmas lights. It feels like people are a lot more willing to be festive this year, though maybe I’m just noticing them more than usual? After many years in retail, where I began to absolutely loath the holiday, I’m starting to get my holiday cheer back. Either that, or LED lights are making it a lot more affordable to string lights than in the past. Regardless, I’m loving the light show.

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One more week

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Only one more week until Christmas Eve!

My shopping’s done and everything is wrapped. The tree is up and presents are (along with the cat) sitting under decorated branches. Mom’s bought food and snacks for everyone. I think we’re all set.

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Reflections of Light

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The lights reflected in the rain remind me of a pastel wonderland.

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A Touch of Warmth

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It’s been really, really cold recently. According to the calendar, it’s not yet winter, but it’s hard to tell when stepping out of the house each morning. Also, it’s really hard to get out from under my fleece blanket, dressed, and out the door. The one saving grace is my favorite scarf: a pink knit infinity scarf bought a few years ago from Forever 21. Needless to say, it has seen better days… However, it is still very warm and comfy so I’ll keep wearing it until it falls apart.

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My type of holiday swag

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My family has always celebrated a mix of Catholic and Jewish traditions. My mom was raised Catholic, as was her mother before her, but my great grandmother (and her siblings) held tightly to their Jewish upbringings. So, growing up, I celebrated Hanukkah and Christmas in the winter, and Passover and Easter in the spring. When I got older, I found Buddhism and have been practicing ever since.

When I saw this in a T.J. Maxx store during my lunch break, I thought it was perfect for our tree. However, I didn’t have the funds to buy it or the guts to ask mom if I could put it on, if I had bought it. Usually mom’s cool with my decided life path, so long as I keep the majority of the details to myself.

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Colorless

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Been going crazy with the amounts of homework I’ve been getting lately. It’s been essay after essay, presentations lasting 30 minutes, and a group project that really hasn’t been working out too well. Also, I’ve just written and submitted my very first case study, which was based on technology and adult education.

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When not doing that, I’ve been working, interning, and trying to get my Christmas shopping done. So far, I’ve finished buying for my immediate family and a couple of friends. I know what I want to buy, so it’s just a matter of going to the particular stores and getting it.