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!


  1. Awww! This is so sweet! Jess sounds like a really nice girl.

  2. I love your blog! Just to let you know, I nominated you for the Summer Bucket List Tag over at my blog

  3. Xyra here, yes! Several of my dearest friends live in different states and I rarely see them. Even those nearby can get busy with their families and interests. When we get together it takes a few minutes to catch up, but it still feels as if we've never been apart. :) Friends are AWESOME! Thank you for introducing us to Jess.

  4. It's nice to meet your friends. My best friend Isabel lives in another state. I don't hear from her very often and I miss her a lot, but I know she'll always be my best friend. I have a friend Heather who lives in Illinois and she has some new adopted sisters I've never met. I keep in touch with them via my godmother, their mom. My new "cousin" Alice moved away last year. I hate to say it because she's so annoying sometimes, but I kind of miss her. Her cousin lives nearby though. Most of my friends lives in other TIMES so it's especially hard to find ways to meet them!