Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Meet My Friends: Jess

Folding Cranes

Ready to meet another of my friends? This post is about my friend Jess. She's really cool and probably one of my friends who is most like me. We both love adventure! Jess and I met the year after she got back from living with her archaeologist parents in Belize. She is the one who turned me on to kayaking, something I enjoyed doing with my friend Raven in Sabino Canyon, Arizona. Of course, Raven and I didn't make any archaeological discoveries- but Jess did! In this photo we are getting ready to celebrate New Year. Jess knows how to make origami, so she taught me to fold paper cranes to put on my New Year's Tree!

Jess is proudly hapa!

Jess is proud of her Japanese background, but equally proud of her Irish heritage! Both of us understand what it's like to have a multicultural family. She and her siblings have one Japanese American parent and one Irish American parent.  Jess is proud to be hapa, or part Asian. As for me? My mom is European American and my mama is American Indian- but I was born in Siberia!


I wish I had more photos of Jess! I haven't seen much of her since I moved to a new neighborhood in 2010. In fact, all these photos were taken in my old room, before we moved to a different part of NYC!  In this photo, she's wearing her soccer jersey. Jess loves soccer! I do too, but I'm terrible at it. Jess is quite good and plays for her school team and a local team.

This post has inspired me to ask Jess over to hang out soon. Do you have any friends you've known for a long time, but that you don't see very often? The nice thing about Jess is that even when we haven't seen each other in ages, we get right back into the swing of things. So that's Jess!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Meet My Friends: Marisol

Marisol at Ailey

Hello and Happy Friday! I'm here to introduce the next in my series of posts about my friends. This post will focus on Marisol, one of my oldest friends. I've known her as long as I've lived in New York.  Marisol lives on the Lower East Side, which is a very fun neighborhood.  She's a student at a prestigious ballet school in Midtown, near the Hudson River.  You can see she's wearing her ballet school uniform in this photo!

Marisol at Ailey

Marisol is serious about dance and goes to lessons almost every day after school.  Marisol attends a charter school for girls on the Lower East Side.  She is also pretty serious about school!  She loves to get empanadas from a little stall on Avenue C.  We don't see each other very often as Marisol is quite busy, but when we do, we have a fabulous time together.

Marisol at Ailey

Marisol's best friend, Meritaten, goes to ballet school with her. I'll do a post on her later, as she is my friend as well. Marisol is a native New Yorker, which means she was born here! She is very proud of this and knows her way all around the city.

Twists & Turns

So that's Marisol! She is such a sweet friend and I'm really lucky to have her in my life.  Do any of your friends have hobbies in common with you? How about hobbies that are different than yours?
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