Tuesday, 1 August 2017

DEH, Chris Colfer, and Summer Camp

I've been very quiet on the blogosphere recently, but that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking and growing and experiencing lots of different things in life.

I've been on two road trips since I last posted. The first one was to New York City to see Dear Evan Hansen. This has been my favourite musical for about six months, and it has given me as well as the people around me so much joy and a sense of belonging. Waving Through a Window is the most played song on my phone, and half of the soundtrack is on my top twenty five most played. It is such a beautiful story with complex colourful characters and the entire cast is so talented. Ben Platt's vibrato is my favourite thing ever.

The day I spent in New York City was absolutely perfect. This was my second time in New York City. I don't know exactly how to put this, but something happens to me when I stare up at the billboards for Broadway in Times Square. I see dreams surrounding me. Suddenly, there are little bursts of stars everywhere and I have an out of body experience.

The other one was to Boston for two nights to see Chris Colfer on his last Land of Stories book tour. Yes. After casually mentioning my obsession every few posts for the last year, I got to see my role model in person. I asked him a question about Struck by Lighting, which was the movie I watched and the book I read that helped me come into myself over the last few years. I got to connect with Chris for a brief moment and he thanked me directly for reading his book. It was one of the best nights of my life. The road trip itself was a blast as well- I went with my mom, one of my dear friends and her mom, and we got to explore Boston the next day and meet several interesting people; aspiring writers and artists and musicians.

Apart from those two equally amazing trips, the past month I've been working as an assistant counselor at a summer camp side by side with some of my other dear friends. Getting to the camp happens to take an hour and a half but public transit and the building is four floors and sweltering hot, but I've discovered that it was all worth it. Each day created a new memory. I had never been around that many kids before and I was surprised to find out that I actually really do enjoy children, and in the end it was hard to say goodbye to them.

  Catching up, some of my July favourites were:

Music: I've gotten really tangled up in the band Oh Honey. They have such sweet music and harmonies and they are very underappreciated.

Shows/Movies: I bingewatched all of season four of The Fosters, and I'm rewatching Glee again.

Books: Currently rereading The Humans (this time for school, which I think I ranted about at this time last year), as well as reading Gone and The Knife of Never Letting Go (Manchee is the goodest boy).

Food: The metro where I'd get off to work at the summer camp sold bubble tea. I'm not going to go any further into it for fear of embarrassing and outing my bubble tea addiction.

All in all, the last month has been pretty fantastic for me, and now that I'm free pretty much 99% of the time I am probably going to be blogging about a lot more.

How was your July? Let me know in the comments!



  1. You're pretty brave to be allowed to go on the Metro by yourself!!! Since I don't live in a large area, public transportation isn't something that needs to be worried about.

    YOU SAW BEN PLATT AND CHRIS COLFER. I AM SCREAMING. Just some of the greatest people to walk the planet; I am CRYING RIGHT NOW HONESTLY. Your camp sounds super fun-- my folks have a fear of camp, so it's not something they like my brother and I to do.

    Also, just a head's up: I've revealed two things on the blog today that would be cool if you took a part in! One is a tag idea I've been working on for some time, and the other is an actvitity that the blogging community did last year, so if you'd like to check that out, it's up! ^.^

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

    1. Thanks! I was actually travelling with friends who live in the same general area as I do, so I was never truly by myself.

      I'M CRYING TOO! I'm beyond grateful for both of those experiences.

  2. Aahhh that sounds so fun! I'm going to NYC in a week, so I'm really excited! :-)

    Dear Evan Hansen sounds like such a good musical! I was actually researching about it a couple of weeks ago, but it was sold out.

    I'm so excited for you! Meeting Chris Colfer must have been amazing <3

    1. OMG have so much fun! It is a phenomenal musical, it won six Tonys including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor. I highly recommend any chance you have to go see it, it is life changing.

    2. I SAW IT!! I didn't get to see Ben Platt but his understudy did an amazing job :)

  3. YOU SAW DEAR EVAN HANSEN?!?! I am deceased. :')