Keep your friends close

Keep your friends close

It's so easy to get caught up in, well, anything. You're talking-- er, reading?--to an expert in trying not to do stuff, however detrimental to my well-being that may be.

Whoa, that sounded melodramatic.

What I mean is that I'm a very lazy person, no matter how actively social my Instagram feed makes me seem.


I've complained about this already, but as soon as I get home from work (bwahaha I'm a actual adult) I just want to sit on my bed and binge watch "Criminal Minds" and old Disney movies. I don't want to go outside or anything of the sort. I'm basically fine scrolling through Facebook for three hours straight.

Let's just say my parents actually WANT me to go outside and be a normal teenager.

But hey, I know how to have fun, too.

Summer is a time to relax and catch up with people you literally haven't seen in FIVE-EVER. That's what I did this weekend.

This is a group of my closest friends. We met at middle school and, despite going to RADICALLY different high schools, we still stick together. We're there for each other no matter what, whether we all want to see the latest One Direction movie or want to have a picnic to remember one of us, Jayah.

They've all been through what I have, which is not necessarily good for any of us, but it makes sure that we all have someone to lean on no matter what. I know I can look to them for advice, bad puns, or a shoulder to cry on whenever anything happens to me, and they know that I'll do the same for them.

We stick together.

Which is why this weekend was incredibly fun--we all got to hang out as a relatively-whole group for the first time in months.

Junior year kind of took a toll on our social lives (not that there was anything there to damage :P)

We met up at one of our old stomping grounds: Zanny's bakery. It's a small cafe right next to our old middle school, a place where all of us would crowd into after the bell rang to grab a hot chocolate and a Margo (to be explained later), hopefully snag one of the seats with pillows, and just chill. It was a middle school hotspot for sure.

Of course we had to have a Margo while we were there!

Let me introduce you to Heaven itself: take a chocolate chip cookie, whipped cream, and chocolate chips; place them on a plate in this order: whipped cream, cookie, whipped cream, chocolate chips; place in the microwave for about 30 seconds, or until the whipped cream is melted. ENJOI.

It's a heart attack just waiting to happen.

And to think that I would eat that regularly after track practice...I was quite the athlete.

After we had eaten enough cholesterol for a lifetime, we decided to explore Central Park for a bit. We scrambled across paths, coming across unmentionable objects (I would tell you, but I don't want to get flagged...or for my parents to ask questions) and pretending that we were in a real-life horror movie OHMIGOD WHATSTHATBEHINDYOU

I'm truly terrifying.

We eventually found our way out of the jungle THANK GAWD and made our way to one of the local street fairs on Amsterdam Avenue. And we walked, and walked, and walked, until our feet were sore and our stomachs were full of dumplings and spring rolls.

We looked for matching rings to honor Jayah. We almost got ripped off when negotiating the price of "sterling silver rings" set with "natural semiprecious stones," but decided against spending money on crap we could buy for $3 at Claire's. We took photos as we tried on ridiculous sunglasses. We browsed through witty tank tops and strangely-shaped pocket watch pendants.

I had the best time with some of my bestest friends <3

And yes, the love I have for them has overridden my need for proper grammar. Deal with it.



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