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Seize the Year

Goodbye, 2011.

…but I won’t be sad to see you go.

Its true, this was the year I spent as a high school sophomore (and junior, later on), went with the marching band to Boston, celebrated my sweet sixteen, and of course, took my horse Adam to the county fair. I took the stage during the school play The Wizard of Oz as a flying house while also taking on the role of the assistant stage manager. I’m even taking riding lessons again, something I was begging for during this very time last year! My life changed in 2011, as I predict it will continue to in 2012.

In this last blog post of the year 2011, I would like to say that I have no regrets towards the things I did this past year. Everything worked out fine for me in the end. I plan on using the valuable experience and courage gained over the past year across the threshold into 2012 to take on everything the coming year will throw in my path (including the zombie apocalypse, if it may).  I plan on seizing the year, living my life the way I dream it, and keep working towards a future horse jockey career. Adam’s coggins and vaccine papers came in the mail from the vet today, so we will be taking on the 2012 show season and the county fair again! From now on I plan on showing English. This past week I got a new pelham bit, riding helmet, and breeches to start off with! I had a wonderful Christmas spent with my family and cannot wait to celebrate with them again tomorrow for the new year. (Happy Birthday, Dad, too!) Thank you to the year 2011 for the great memories, and welcome 2012 to keep the fun times going! Happy New Year (and belated Christmas) to all of my friends, family, and blog readers.

-DA Agelle


Play, Boston, and Chocolate Bunnies

I wish everyone a happy Easter Sunday filled with endless chocolate creatures and candy. I apologize for my lack of updating after spring play and the band Boston trip this month. Unfortunately, my beloved laptop caught a nasty virus which resulted in a thorough system wipeout and software reloaded. Thank goodness I backed up by stage play and other files beforehand.

 My first instinct this morning was to race down the stairs at warped speed to see the edible evidence of Easter celebration. I spent today happily scarfing down endless types of chocolate and desserts, for once tossing the weight qualifications for jockey college in the back of my mind. I tell you, holidays ARE DELICIOUS. A solemn Rest-In-Peace goes out to the two or three chocolate bunnies savagely devoured during the course of the day. I plan on enjoying the rest of today to the fullest extent possible before returning to my typical nutrition and exercise schedule tomorrow. If it’s for horses, well, I won’t complain!

After the astonishing performance by student theater earlier this month I know play will never be the same next year. Our actual performances were extraordinary. I firmly believe our wonderful cast and crew have the potential to accomplish anything in the world. The seniors graduating this year will be severely missed during the next play this fall. I can’t imagine  not seeing my friends and role models since nineth grade (and eighth for those I knew during my first band year) socializing backstage during my next remaining two years of high school. The stage manager who taught me so much will graduate, too. Thankfully I took a few pages of notes in a notebook on managing the stage and crew for next year when I assume her place. I know play will go on and eventually we’ll take the positions of the passing seniors. It will remain the same entertaining, creative, and thrilling after school activity as my first rehearsal for Alice in Wonderland last year.

Barely after recovering from the festivities of the play performance I left with the marching band on our trip to Boston for four days. There we took a walking tour of the city along with visiting the nearby locations of Plymouth and Salem. Practically everything related to the trip was exicting including the delicious hamburger and fries at Hard Rock Cafe, the nearly 80 degree swimming pool in the hotel, and spending time in Salem shopping in the neatest stores. I bought a tote bag from the manga/anime xxxHOLiC in a comic book store and examined a collection of pagan herbal remedies in another. Nearly every shop in the village had at least a few items related to my interests.  I returned home a very happy traveler with a couple great souveniers in my suitcase. One included a book entitled Victorian America which I already read halfway through. I recommend it to anyone interested in early telephone use, the practice of wearing black to funerals, or Queen Victoria.

Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life offers a free look inside the book. Enjoy it while gnawing away the ears of your favorite chocolate bunny.

-DA Agelle

Welcome to November

I am happy to say that the past few weeks were basically nothing but fun. I have more time on my hands now because marching band season is finally over for this year. Before I go into the exciting things occurring this month I will summarize the end of October and Halloween holiday.

I didn’t go to the horse show but at least Halloween was enjoyable. I loved my costume, in particular my Victorian zombie veil with beautiful black flowers. I had so much fun hanging out with my friends at the Halloween dance and spending time with my family on Halloween night. Our family Halloween gatherings are always thrilling and I look forward to them every year. I even have a few ideas for next year’s costume.

The fall play is at the end of this week. Everything is looking promising and I know we will have a great show. On Friday the cast and crew gave a preview to the Junior High. In addition to my enjoyable experiences as stage crew I was gifted with an additional role: Moving Dorothy’s house across the stage during the tornado. The house, crafted in foam, is big enough for me (As well as two more people!) to fit in snugly. I would know because my friends and I sit inside while talking about MCR’s new album, haha. My “role” also doubles as the Wicked Witch of the East. Onstage I follow a path of glow-in-the-dark tape across the stage wearing the ruby slippers. When I drop the house after the tornado I stick my feet out from underneath. Originally a pair of stuffed stockings were going to be used but this was changed on the day of the play preview. The date of the play is so close and I can’t wait! After play practice today I am pre-ordering My Chemical Romance’s Danger Days album. It is released on November 22nd, just in time to enjoy over the Thanksgiving holiday. 

I love the part of the year spanning from the county fair to Christmas in particular. I don’t know if it is the spacing of roughly one major holiday per month or my interest in the autumn season. The joy behind Christmas is a no-brainer -Who doesn’t love family and a giant tree in the house? There is no staying after school for band or play practice so I have more time to spend on my other projects such as the horses, writing, etc. (Basically everything I said I would complete post after post ago.) At the very least I want my wolf story and the next Shadow Realm part posted. I see Shadow Realm being released soon but I’m not sure on my wolf story or other writing pieces. I thought once about scrapping the zebra story but decided to keep it, shortening the length at the least. I wanted to make it novel-sized but in the end I simply kept running out of ideas and throwing away the majority of the ones I already had drafted out in my mind. I know that it will still be a good story -just shorter and less repatative.

Thank you once again to my readers who take time out of their lives to pay attention to my ramblings. I highly suggest coming to see me in the play this weekend.

-DA Agelle