Dear Family I Will Be Seeing, Here Are Your Answers

Dear Family I Will Be Seeing, Here Are Your Answers

These are the brutally honest answers to the inevitable questions you will be asking.

Dear family, I will be seeing this coming weekend, I know you will be asking me many questions due to the year that has passed. Many things have changed since we last saw each other, and assuming you do not have me on Facebook (or even those who do) there may be many things you do not know about me. Surely you know the questions you ask are cliche, but they are normal and there is no shame in asking. Because of this, I have taken the time to answer your inquiries before we meet so we can save time and be on the same page.

If you are reading this, know that these are not suppose to come off as rude. These are simply the most blunt way to answer your questions and answer every aspect you may ask out of interest or just to be polite. You might even learn more through this article than asking me in person because I’m being brutally honest, which I would never do in person.

How is College going?

  • It’s going great. I’m at a community college working on a transfer degree, and as of now I have a 3.2 GPA. I go Monday through Thursday and get out at 12:45 Monday and Wednesday, 11:15 Tuesday and Thursday. I am taking biology, english, a media glass, and a tech class. I enjoy college a lot more than high school because I am doing classes I enjoy that have to do with my custom interests. I am working ahead and currently five weeks ahead in my tech class and slowly working ahead in english. Yes, writing research papers are hard but it’s only because of my professor. Writing is fun for me, and comes naturally, but my professor talks a bunch. Eh, what are you gonna do?

What’s your major?

  • Communications. Yes, I know to not get involved with fake news. To be honest I will do my best not to write about politics at all in my field because I want to get involved with entertainment journalism and meet new people and write about stuff I actually enjoy hearing about twenty-four seven.

Have you gotten your license yet?

  • No, I haven’t. I’ve been working very hard in school and my license in on the backburner. When I have time to focus on my license and studying on that, I will. I don’t want to take the test until I am absolutely confident I know the material so I don’t have to take te test again, but as of now I don’t even have time to clean my room because of my school work taking up most of my time and energy. Yes, the car does run and is being driven while I am studying, my dad drives her to work.

What did you name your car?

  • I’m stuck no Lorraine but I haven’t settled.

Any boys in your life?

  • Nope.

Are you dating?

  • I have a girlfriend named Raine. She is older, and she has a job, and I am very happy with her. We have been together since September. No my parents do not know about this and yes I would like to keep it that way, please don’t mention it because I will deny it.

How are your sister and her kids?

  • They’re great. My sister is great and her family is great. Trinity is in girl scouts this year and is sold me girl scout cookies for my never ending cheat days. It's pretty great.

Try Bambi.

  • I will just don’t look at me while I do it it makes me anxious. I’m sure Bambi tastes great.

Have you caught up on The Walking Dead?

  • Yes I have. It is annoying me to no end as of late. It’s not as good as the comics and frankly I think Carl’s death was a mistake but will see how it pans out. Yes, I still love Negan.

It’s not that I don’t know what to say when you ask, it’s that I am shy. On the spot, I don’t do well answering your questions, so here are your answers to all the questions that come up every year. I know it was a big year for me, going off to college and what not and you’re just itching to know more. If I missed anything, feel free to ask now that the basics are out of the way.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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House Hunting At Its Finest

It's incredibly stressful and takes way too long!


House hunting is hard. I thought at first it would be fun, exciting, and interesting. But now, I'm tired and bored and just want to give up.

I've been looking for a house for a month now and I knew it going in to it, it would take a while. I knew that I wouldn't just walk into the first house and be like, "this is it, this is the one".

But, when you look at 6-10 houses every time you search a day, it gets stressful and tiring.

When I started looking at houses it was because I was planning on getting a house with some friends to rent out for the next 3 years while at UCF. All because I didn't get a spot-on campus with the lottery, I got waitlisted. So, I need to look for housing to secure a place to live next fall.

Now, my dad wants to turn it into a small business. Buy a house, rent out the rooms for a reasonable price, cheaper than some apartments, and make a profit.

It sounds like a good plan.

But then you have to factor in: location and how far it is from campus, the price range in which you could make a profit, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the price per square inch, the property taxes, if the house needs work or not, upgrades, improvement, parking availability, etc. The list just goes on and on.

It's hard to find the "perfect" house.

I want to be able to make it "home" for the next 3 years. I want to make it somewhere where I can hang out, have friends over, and love to live in.

Every time I walk into a new house, I automatically think, "what would I do to this room? Or that?". I think of furniture and décor. I think about how I would design it and make it ours.

I even made a Pinterest board, one for home décor and one for bedrooms.

I feel like I'm going overboard but I can't help it.

I get excited when it comes to the designing aspect, but my parents have to be so nit-picky. They came up over the weekend to search for houses with me and every time we walk into a house I hear: "the carpet is stained, needs to be removed", "the kitchen is outdated, needs to be upgraded", "the bathroom needs work", "the wall has a hole", "not enough bathrooms" and so much more.

It's not like I don't chime in with comments either.

I do put in a fair share of my personal opinions about the quality of the houses too.

But, at this point I wish we could just settle on something. Again, I know this takes time but I just get anxious.

So, we are going into the 5thweek and still haven't agreed on a house. My mom has her picks, my dad has his, and I have mine. And none of them overlap. Frankly, I don't get a "say" in what my parents chose since they will be purchasing the house. But, I get to live in it, my friends are the ones who will be paying them rent. So, I feel like my opinion matters. Whenever I ask questions or give input, they talk over me.

As if, I wasn't even there!

Yet, that is how the ball rolled. Wow, I'm borderline whining over here. It's not like I'm not grateful but, I wish I was valued as an adult helping in this situation.

Well thank you for coming to my "TED" talk! And reading about yet another annoying and trivial struggle of mine. I'll write again soon.

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