Hello There, 2019

Wow. I cannot believe how fast time flies sometimes. Ever since I finished high school, I’ve noticed that it moves so fast. It makes sense – now that I’m not stuck in math classes, what feels like ten minutes is really an hour instead of the other way around.

I think my Top 9 definitely shows most of my year – my trip to Melbourne with my mother to see the Alice in Wonderland exhibition, some of my art (which I ended up moving to its own Instagram account), our dogs, and various points of interest. I think its kind of hilarious that my Top 9 always makes my Top 9 – very meta. But there are a few things that have happened – or are happening – that I can’t wait to write about!

One of my resolutions for this year involves getting this blog back up and running. I started archiving all my old blog posts from when I was a teenager and hand-coded all my blog entries. I had no archival system back then, just a bunch of index.html pages that I’m sure are long gone, so I’m relying on the Wayback Machine to fill in a lot of the gaps. But I’m thinking of archiving a lot of posts on here as private – sometimes you just need to declutter and start fresh.

It means that things are going to be a little chaotic as I work on my Secret Project, and get TL whipped back into shape – I am not quite sure what I was thinking with my tag and category system, but they are kind of crazy. So bear with me whilst I get started KonMari-ing my website.

So, those were my 20s.

Tomorrow is my thirtieth birthday.

That is absolutely ridiculous. There is no way I should be thirty. Thirty implies so much, and I’m just a slightly more capable version of my teenage self. Maybe your twenties are more of a state of mind?

I don’t think anyone likes having regrets, and I certainly never wanted any. Are there things I’d do differently since I graduated high school? Oh yeah. But I think that most of it, I’d try to keep the same. I’m about to graduate from a degree I enjoyed 90% of. I’ve made some wonderful friends (oh boy, was I due!) I’m still a mental health disaster, but that can be worked on.

I hate the way I stress over my birthday – over incomplete goals, or the idea that something is less than perfect, when a birthday shouldn’t be stressful. I suppose I stress over everything though – anything that can be considered a ‘deadline’, and I freak out.

So how did I spend the last day of my twenties? Cleaning my apartment  :yum: It’s a mental thing, having a perfectly tidy and clean apartment on my birthday. The gift I give myself. I have no idea how I managed to wrangle it, but it took 6 hours, and it’s so tidy!

Tomorrow, I’m spending the day with my sister – mini-golf and then to the movies to finally see the new Thor film. Oh, and I’m dragging her to see ‘Christmas land’ in both Myer and David Jones, because I love Christmas decorating.

It’s going to be a good day. And whilst my twenties weren’t the laugh-riot I hoped for, or anything resembling anyone elses’, they were mine, and that thought is actually kind of comforting.

“Have you considered any of the other major religions? They’re all pretty much the same.”

So, I turned 29.

And I finished my last Semester 2 as an undergrad.

I’m not sure which makes me more nervous, to be completely honest. 😯 The last assessment for my first semester project nearly killed me, I swear. I think, all up, it had to be 30,000 words, and took me until 3am to finalise. And then 10 minutes before I was going to present? I got an approval for an extension due to illness. I went ahead and did it anyway, because no. I did not want to wait another week with it hanging over my head.

I think I left my body during it, actually. But it’s done. And I can’t have screwed it up too badly. I don’t think. :ohwell:

My birthday was on November 7th, and a very quiet day. Mum came down and we had an amazing lunch, and Mum brought me some small gifts. The rest of my gifts (most of which are books! :geek: ) and my official birthday cake will occur when Mum and I can coordinate (pizza, salad, champagne and cake!)

Right now, I’m taking ten days off to relax – something I sorely need to do. Maybe write some bad fan fiction, and do some bad fanart? Something with no academic or profitable value 😉