Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursday's Thoughts - Theme: First Time

This Week's Theme: First Time
“Minor things can become moments of great revelation when encountered for the first time.” - Margot Fonteyn
“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” - Maya Angelou
“No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.” - James Arthur Baldwin
      This week's theme wasn't picked at random. When I first started COSA18 last August I had a few specific ideas for topics I hoped to eventually discuss, one of them being doing things for the first time. Luckily, this past week three things occurred for the first time, giving me enough events to share for it to be worthwhile.

     Earlier this week I was struck with the sudden urge to attempt to curl my hair. Every time my hair has been curled it was by a friend's skill, I've never done so successfully. I tried anyway, and was using my webcam as a mirror. (I'm not sure why I thought that was a good idea.) Later on, Jonathan signed onto AIM and we were chatting while I was still at my attempts. He said something that made me laugh, and I ended up burning the hell out of my forehead, as pictured above. I've never burnt myself straightening or curling my hair, and I've been doing so for five years. This was definitely an unpleasant, yet funny first.

     On Monday, my dad and I went to Walmart to poke around. While he was shuffling through  the$5 DVDs he never buys, I wandered over a few isles in search of desk chairs, only to instead find multiple racks of picture frames on clearance. I surveyed the variety, picked what I wanted, and began searching through the ridiculous amount of frames they crammed onto one rack.
     As my dad rounded the corner, it happened. A frame fell to the floor, and the glass smashed into a hundred pieces. I've never broken anything in a store before in my life, even throughout childhood I never broke a single thing. I thought it was really hilarious that I was seventeen when it finally happened, and that it happened at all.

     This last first happened just yesterday, and is by far the most exciting out of the three. Yesterday, out of a random conversation with my mom about a friend of mine, I drank Absinthe for the first time. I didn't feel like I was in Dracula, but I did feel as chill as Marilyn Manson appears in all his interviews where he's drinking his own brand.
     In the midst of texting and IMing my friends about random things like "nugget strips" and whatever else I thought was clever and important for everyone to know, I took a few pictures, as did my mom. Behold, my  hilarious, possibly embarrassing, "Absinthe face:"

     I think it's worth mentioning that although I vowed long ago to never drink alcohol ever again in fear of "relapsing" back to self mutilation, the thought never crossed my mind yesterday in my decision to drink. I have no regret, second thought, nothing. I am completely happy with the decision I made because I made it smartly. Regardless of being seventeen and it being illegal to drink, I am completely one hundred percent happy with my decision because I made it consciously and reasonably.


Claudia said...

Sounds like and interesting day. I know it was more exciting than the day before, but sounds like you had a great time. Carry on and enjoy :)*

Alexis Mullino said...

@ Claudia: I did! Very unexpected and unplanned, haha.
No, no, both days were very fun! I'm not ranking them, or anything. :)