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I can’t believe how fast my time with Dad and Cindy have gone. I know it isn’t much time, but still – I’m not ready to go yet, despite some of the issues I’ve had.

It will be exciting to have my own bed again soon. I went from sleeping on the couch in Lemmy, Dom, and Camilla’s house to sleeping on a bed… but not the exact way I’d like to be. Let me explain. Dad and Cindy are in the process of moving, and they haven’t closed on their house yet, so they are living in a two-bedroom apartment. Dad and Cindy have one room, and David and Alex – and right now, me too – have the other room. David sleeps on a mattress on the floor, Alex sleeps on the top bunk, and I sleep on the bottom bunk. They go to bed early, and then around midnight or 1:00, I have to lift my leg and duck at the same time in order to crawl into the bottom bunk. I hit my head the other night, and for two or three nights, I haven’t been able to sleep well. It doesn’t help when my brothers want to play and end up waking me up around 8:30 in the morning so they can have the room.

We haven’t done much, but it’s been nice. It’s weird, because I’m so used to working and being on my own and worrying about things I have to do, and I’m not used to relaxing and having a lot of free time.

Monday, Cindy took the boys to see G-Force. I declined the invitation, though it wasn’t because I didn’t want to see a movie with them, it was just that I wasn’t interested in that movie in particular, much less in 3-D. I called my mom, and I called Teddy. I did that as I walked across the street to get some fresh air. I browsed through some stores and then came back. I wasn’t gone long.

Tuesday, I took the boys swimming, but I didn’t swim. I sat poolside and read, and we went inside when I heard thunder.

Wednesday, we went to the Humane Society. It’s no secret that David and Alex have wanted a dog for a really long time, and when they are finally settled into the new house, they’re going to get a dog.  We got a dog out, her name was Jo, and she wasn’t too interested in us, but she was hyperactive. Cindy tried to put her back in her cage, and she escaped and ran around the dog room. All the dogs were barking like crazy, and I just stood there, panicked, like, “What do I do?” I don’t mind dogs, I’m just more of a cat person – I’m quiet, and cats are quiet. Dogs are loud, usually. The other dog we got out, Jock, was quiet. He’s been there for a while, and Cindy and the boys have got him out before. He’s a really sweet dog, and they’re thinking that if he’s still at the Humane Society when they move in, they’ll get him. Unfortunately, they can’t just reserve a dog for another week or so. I hope they’ll be able to get him, though.

After the dogs, we went to look at the cats. There was this one, pawing at me through her cage.

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Her name is Jana, and I thought she was a pretty cat. I picked her up, and pet her for a while. She was very friendly. I felt so bad when I had to put her back in the cage. She knew it, too, as soon as we rounded the corner. She dug her claws into my jeans and wouldn’t go back in. I kept saying, “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, I wish I didn’t have to, but I can’t take you.” I think I should visit the Muncie Humane Society sometime. I miss having a pet, but because I’m living in the dorms, I can’t have anything but a fish…

Wednesday night, I talked to the boyfriend and I played doctor to some of David and Alex’s stuffed animals. They’re not perfect, but they’re mended.

Thursday evening we went to Bd’s Mongolian Barbeque and Graeter’s. I love Graeter’s Ice Cream. I haven’t had it in a long time, and it was really good.

Today, we’re going back to Richmond to stay with Grandma and Grandpa. Funny, we only left there on Sunday. Tomorrow is our family reunion. I haven’t been to one in a while. Unfortunately, my brothers and I will be the only grandchildren from our section of the family attending, so I don’t know how entertaining it will be.

Home on  Sunday!

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I did not intend to wait so long to update, but it just happened that way. Honestly, the past two weeks have been full of work, work, work, but now I’m finally out of the dungeon of Bracken Library and I have about two or three weeks of summer to enjoy. Now, let’s see, what have I been up to?

Saturday, the 11th, Alex and I had a date night. We usually do things together on Saturday evenings, but it had been a while since we had done an actual ‘date’. I wore a pretty blue new halter top and new jeans, and instead of our normal dinner-out fare, we went to Thai Smile, which is, as the name suggests, is a Thai restaurant. I have only ever been to one other Thai restaurant before (which I love), so I wanted to try this one. It looks seedy on the outside, and it is right next to a Family Video and a gas station, but the food was delicious! I had panang curry with chicken, and I do believe I fell in love with the dish. We had plenty of leftovers, and they brought us fresh rice to take home and a microwavable container for my curry – so awesome.

After dinner, Alex suggested doing our “Cats and Custard” routine, but we were both too full to do it right after dinner. We ended up at the mall, where we only went to the bookstore. Alex found a book, and I did too – they had a copy of David Sedaris’s Holidays on Ice on sale, and since I only had Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, I didn’t see a problem with picking it up.

Alex and I did “Cats and Custard,” and we saw the goofiest-looking cat named “Foofie,” and the combination made me laugh loudly in the middle of Petsmart, and, on remembering the cat a few days later, made me laugh so hard I cried and couldn’t breathe. In all seriousness however, if I was not a college student living in the dorms and I could have a pet, I would definitely adopt a cat, even if it were the weirdest-looking cat in the store.

We returned to Alex’s room and watched Valkyrie, which I had reserved at the library for the weekend. It was all right. The history was interesting, but you know, Hitler and Nazi Germany isn’t the most uplifting topic for a film.

We had a lovely night, and I stayed over. Sunday, I finished reading The Jungle, Lemmy’s dad came to visit and I watched his dog, “Star,” while they went to lunch. I watched some Sliders, and later Greg came over. I stayed the night with Alex, and worked in the morning on Monday.

Monday night was frustrating. I was working on my latest knitting project, a cowl with a heart-lace pattern, when I heard a snap. My size eight interchangeable needles broke. The screw attaching them to the cable broke inside the needles. I wanted to cry about that, and then I could not sleep. I went to work on Tuesday, and as soon as I got out of work, I went to Hobby Lobby. I found replacement needles, but I could not find a replacement cable – they had all the other sizes but the fourteen-inch ones (as I found out when I had to return one of the cables on Wednesday). I also found some point protectors, which are useful because I travel with my knitting projects, usually.

I got back to campus and read Catch-22 for an hour, and then I had dinner with Austin, Katie, and one of Austin’s friends and her sister at Greeks. It had been a while since I had been there, but the pizza was as good as usual.

As I mentioned before, I had to make a second trip to Hobby Lobby on Wednesday, but I did not buy anything. I came back to the house and finished Catch-22, which I thought was a rather awful book.

On Friday, Alex went home for the night, and on Saturday, I switched shifts with Tehillah and worked from noon to 6:30. I had a lunch break around 2:15 and I walked down to the MT Cup and had a blueberry bagel and a vanilla spiced chai. The weather was unusually cool for July, as it has been, so the chai was nice to have. It was odd working two extra hours, but I made more money and Destiny is nice to work with. We weren’t really that busy, anyway.

Alex came back, and I went to his place after work. He brought dinner from his favorite Chinese place, Yen Ching, since he kept telling me he would have to introduce me to it sometime. We had Princess Chicken and it was nice and spicy. We watched The Tudors and cuddled, and around 11:00, a craving hit me. I have a horrible sweet tooth, as some may or may not realize, and all of a sudden, I wanted a milkshake. So, Alex and I went to Steak ‘N’ Shake and had milkshakes!

Sunday, I went back to the house and watched Sliders and finished reading Slaughter-House Five. It was my first taste of Vonnegut, and I found that I liked it. I walked to the library after dinner, and I picked out books to fulfill the rest of my summer reading – eight books, and they wouldn’t be due until the day after I move back in at Ball State. My bag was huge and heavy, and though I knitted it strongly, I was afraid it would break. I called Alex to see if I could come visit. He said I could, and when I showed up with my bag, he asked me if I wanted him to drive me back home. I said yes, without a doubt. Greg left the house, and though we did not talk much during his visit, it was good to see him, and I know he had a good time. Later, Lemmy and I watched Love Actually, as he wanted me to bring it up, and we finally had time to watch it together, and it was fun.

Monday’s day of work was terrible. I could not get out of there fast enough. I sat in the house, reading, when I received a text from Austin. He was bored and wanted to hang out, and he came over. Camilla owns Enchanted, I had never seen it, and so we watched that. Dom and Adam came back to the house towards the beginning of the movie, and even though they were making fun of it at first, they watched the whole thing with us. Camilla came home and couldn’t believe we hadn’t seen it, although I think she was more amused that of the four people watching Enchanted, only one of them was female. After it was over, we watched The Lion King, and we could remember the songs and how awesome it was when we were kids, and lamented about how Disney does not make good hand-drawn movies anymore. Also, while we were watching movies, I finished my kusudama flower ball, and for just being yellow copy paper, glue, and ribbon, it looks so pretty! I can’t wait to hang it in my room.

I had another sucky day of work on Tuesday, but I finished reading A Brief History of Time and I went over to Alex’s room and we finally finished the first season of The Tudors. That made me feel better.

Work on Wednesday wasn’t bad. We celebrated Abdalla’s birthday, which was actually on Sunday, and I got out of work and my mom was already up in Muncie. We went to Pendleton for my last time home until next Sunday, and it was nice. I did laundry and baked peach cookies (which don’t actually taste like peaches, unfortunately), reading Walden between baking each sheet of cookies. I didn’t get into bed until 2:00, but I slept deeply.

Thursday was good. I got a haircut, since the Muncie water did some extreme damage to my hair. I’d really wish my hair was longer, but I told Heather to cut off all the damaged hair, and that was about three inches worth. Now, my hair is chin length, and it’s weird, but at least it dries quickly. We did a little shopping (only because of free promotions and coupons, though), and I got a new mattress pad, laundry hamper, cutting board, and square silicon baking pan.

At home, I also watched the rest of Harpers Island and played Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations. Mom and I went to Target, where I was able to find a pair of plain black flip-flops to replace my old ones. Mind you, the old ones I had were about four or five years old and were worn so thin I could feel every rock I stepped on as I walked down the street, so I was excited to get the new ones.

On the way back to Muncie, I finished the Phoenix Wright game – after about four months after I started it. Yeah, I know. Lame.

I got back to the house and found that I couldn’t open the kitchen door because David was sitting there. It was poker night, and I hadn’t known. I really didn’t want to ask Alex if I could stay the night, as I knew he had finals in the morning, but I had to work at 7:00. I called him, and he told me, “I want to say no, but I know you have to sleep.” What a sweet boyfriend. I owe him for this instance. It really helped me out.

Work went well on Friday, and I ate lunch at the house and had a really good conversation with Lemmy. I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics to find a simple skirt pattern, but nothing satisfied me. Alex called me, and he picked me up from there. We went to the house and hung out, and then we went to dinner at Scotty’s with David, Juli, and Mike. We went to Mike’s apartment and watched movies. It was fun. I felt sad that we didn’t do it more often.

Alex took me back to the house, and we had to say goodbye. I know breaks are necessary, but it is strange for me. We have seen each other almost every day this summer, and before that, every day during the school year. I cannot remember the last time we have gone a week without seeing each other. This summer has been so different from last summer, when I was in Alabama for two months and it was difficult.. It was just strange to say goodbye.

Work on Saturday went well. I finished Walden and began The Fountainhead. After my shift, Grandma and Grandpa picked me up and we picked up my belongings from the house and said goodbye to Lemmy. It was sad. I had lunch with my grandparents, and then we left Muncie.

We arrived in Richmond around 3:00, and an hour later, Dad, Cindy, David, and Alex showed up. I think I talked everyone’s ears off. Aunt Jeanne came over, and we all went to dinner at Applebees for dinner. Except for some behavior problems with my brothers, I would say it was a good night.

I called Alex to see how moving out of Shively went and how he liked being home, and then I went to bed and slept soundly. Dad woke me up around 8:00, I had a shower, and I had breakfast. Grandma made pigs-in-a-blanket and scrambled eggs. It was so nice to have a big breakfast and not run off to work afterwards (although I don’t usually work on Sundays). We left a little after 9:30 and arrived at Dad and Cindy’s apartment around 12:30. It is small, but it is only temporary. They will have the new house in a week or so. Unfortunately, there is still the fact that it is small, and while I am visiting, I will be sleeping in the bottom bunk in my brothers’ room. Alex (my youngest brother – not my boyfriend) is on the top bunk, and David is on the floor. I do believe it will be a most interesting visit…

This week has gone by so fast. The days, hours, minutes, they just drip away. Like now, I am looking at the clock, it is almost 9:30 in the evening, and I think, “When did that happen?” I cannot believe I have been up since 6:00 this morning.

Not much has happened this week, though. I worked. Today, I fell off my bike while riding to work.

Work was boring, though I switched up my availability for the next semester and switched shifts with Tehillah for next Saturday. That means I am working from noon until 6:30, but I guess it is nice because I am going to get more hours. I only have two more weeks up here, anyway.

When I left, I was so excited to get out of work, I forgot to take off my name badge.

I started making a Kusudama flower ball, and I cannot wait until it is complete. I only have four more flowers to make, and then I can construct the whole thing.

My day off was yesterday, and I met Mike for lunch at Jimmy John’s. I saw David go into the Pita Pit across the street, so we went over and hung out with him. It was cool, and then it started to rain. I walked to the White Rabbit and started to look at some books, but decided against browsing after a few minutes and picked up a peach smoothie from the MT Cup.

I started watching Sliders on Hulu. I used to watch it after school because it was on when I got home and afterward, The X-Files was on. If it was not Sliders, it was Quantum Leap (which is also on Hulu). Hulu has it up through the third season, which looks about the time the show got crappy. Anyway, in the past two days, I have gone through twelve episodes, I think. One of them was unavailable due to copyright issues. I know, that is a large amount of episodes in a short period. I am going nuts. I love it, though.

At the house, when I am not watching Sliders, I am working on finishing the third Phoenix Wright game. I have finally made it to the final case – I am so excited!

As for reading, I finished Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas today. What a trip. It was crazy. Next is Catcher in the Rye, and then I picked up three books today against my better judgment – Catch-22, Slaughter-House Five, and The Jungle – we will see if I get them read before I have to leave Muncie. The guy at the counter commented on my choices, and I explained that I was an English major that did not usually have time to read much of the “Classics,” so I was trying to catch up.

Tonight has not been the best night. It is so dark and quiet, and I am a little lonely. Here’s hoping tomorrow will be better, as always.

I’ve had a lovely, well-deserved break, and I’m all ready to talk about it!

Last Tuesday night was Poker Night up in Muncie. I knew they were going to have it in Muncie, but I was unaware that it was to be Tuesday. I had to get up at 7:00 for work the next morning, though, so I went to Alex’s room for the night.

Work went well, I finished reading On the Road, and then about an hour later, I was on my way back to Pendleton. Mom and I went to the library, where we picked up movies and I picked up Chuck Palahniuk’s newest book, Pygmy. When we were leaving the library, a girl on a bike struck our car. No damage to the car or any of us, but the girl seemed to have whiplash. She was not wearing a helmet and she explained that her brakes were not working – hence the reason why she hit our car. It is horrible that they were just letting the brakes stay a problem and allow this girl to continue riding her bike, since she could have been seriously injured, or even killed.

Mom and I came home, cooked dinner (Tasty food!) and watched Factory Girl. We also argued about our plans. Mom wanted to go see the new Egypt exhibit, including some of King Tutankhamen’s treasures, at the Children’s Museum, and I thought it would be cool, but the price was steep. It was almost fifty dollars a person. I had to talk Mom out of it, though. The exhibit would be neat to see, but we really do not have that kind of money right now.

I slept in the big guest bed every night, and I stretched out, slept deeply, and enjoyed it very much. Thursday morning, after sleeping so well, I made omelets for breakfast, and then during the day, I made blueberry and goat cheese muffins and honey-peanut butter cookies.

Oh my goodness, the food was so delicious, and I was so happy to cook!

I began reading Pygmy, and later, Mom and I watched Mamma Mia. Both of us have seen it before, but Mom wanted to watch it again. I think I might buy her a copy for Christmas.

Friday, Mom found out that they were playing Away We Go at the Keystone Arts Cinema, and I really wanted to see it, so we went. I thought it was a cute movie, and I think it is awesome that John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph were leads, since audiences do not really get to see them in lead roles often.

After dinner on Friday, Mom and I walked to Dairy Queen and got Tagalong Blizzards. There is really no denying that I have a terrible sweet tooth and I get that from both sides of my family… Anyway, I saw Kyle working there. I have not seen him in a while and gave him a hug. He is a senior in high school now, and I think that’s weird because when I was in high school, he was my ‘special freshman.’ It makes me feel old.

We walked back home, and I was going to watch Marley and Me, but the disc was not working, so I watched our copy of The Big Chill instead. I have never seen it before, but we have owned it on VHS for at least as long as I have been alive.

Saturday, I watched The Darjeeling Limited and measured yarn I recycled from a three-dollar Goodwill Sweater. I got about 1,000 yards from it!

I also did some laundry, finished reading Pygmy, and decided it was not really one of my favorite Palahniuk books. I prefer Choke, Haunted, and Invisible Monsters.

Mom and I went to the theatre again and saw Public Enemies. While we were waiting in line for tickets, the girl in front of me turned around and started screaming with joy. It was my Jennifer! I was excited to see her, and she was going to go see Public Enemies too (she’s a huge Johnny Depp fan) with her parents. We were lucky enough to find five seats together, so we sat together for the film, and while waiting, Jennifer and I caught up on what we have been doing, and gossip, and such. It made me happy.

Since it rained quite steadily for most of the day, there were no fireworks for the Fourth of July. Mom and I went to Anderson to see a show, but the only displays we saw were created by the locals. We went home and watched the crappy horror films Waxwork and Waxwork II – which has Bruce Campbell, David Carradine, and Marina Sirtis! –  and ate vanilla ice cream with blueberries and bananas.

Most of Sunday was spent packing and playing Phoenix Wright. I went back to Muncie, dropped my stuff at the house and said hello for a minute, and then I went to Alex’s room. I began reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas while he worked on his Warhammer stuff for a bit. We watched about half of Days of Thunder before losing interest. People were shooting fireworks off outside in various places, so we turned off the lights and watched fireworks from his window.

Then we went to bed, and I really, truly, wish I did not have to get up this morning to go to work at 7:00, but I suppose I have been spoiled enough with four lovely days off work…