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I enjoyed my last few days before moving back to Muncie. I worked on my dress and got it (mostly) finished. I hope I’ll be able to go back home sometime and finish it. I’d love to wear it.

My grandparents came to visit, and on Friday they surprised me with a cake that said “Good Luck Sam” on it. Unfortunately, I have stated clearly that I do not wish to be back at Muncie. I have many reasons for how I feel, but I’d rather not get into that. Anyway, my grandparents’ sentiments made me feel a little better, but perhaps made me even more sad about things.

I moved into my dorm last Saturday to help out on our Opening Committee. We spend the week decorating the lounge, putting up door decorations, and finally, moving all the incoming freshman (and some returning students) into the dorm. Moving up to my room was a bit challenging, considering that my room is on the fourth floor again (along with all the other Opening Committee girls) and the elevator was broken.

I really like my room. It’s a single, so I don’t have to worry about a roommate. I have a lot of space, and I can pretty much do whatever the hell I want. Oh yeah.

So we all moved in, and Lemmy and Dom helped us out. Mom, Grandma, and Grandpa left and went to dinner. I would have gone too, but Dom’s dad cooked dinner for us – barbeque chicken and corn-on-the-cob – and it was very good. I had the chance to unpack a little bit, walked through the recently renovated guy’s first floor bathroom, and then we had a meeting. After the meeting, Jason, Teddy, and I went grocery shopping for the Opening Committee’s breakfast. We returned and put the milk and juice in Tony’s apartment and found him, a full-grown man, trying to rid his apartment of a moth. He apparently isn’t much of a ‘nature’ guy. Teddy came in and captured the moth (looking like a cat while doing so), and went to free it outside. Well, Tony’s back door was open, but the screen door to the porch wasn’t. He tried to run outside and ended up busting the screen door out because he didn’t know it was there! Oh my god. So hilarious.

Sunday, we were downstairs bright and early to work on decorating the lounge. Most of our time was spent working on bulletin boards since all the art supply stores (namely Hobby Lobby) were closed on Sunday. Teddy, Pete, and I stuffed rooms with phone books and CO/AC cables. It was somewhat sad to go into some of the rooms, though, because I knew who had lived in them before and that the people weren’t coming back to the same dorm. It just isn’t the same anymore. It never was last year either, I guess.

We had a big dinner sort-of thing with the RAs and the Accelerate Students (freshmen who moved in early to help out). I needed to take pictures for my bulletin board, so Faryn and I skipped out on the icebreakers after dinner to do so. I love crazy adventure time! We nearly died, seethed about roundabouts, and I jumped out in a flash and ran around taking pictures. I finished my board after midnight, but I think it went well.

Monday, I worked on spray-painting bushes with Elysia, and painting a Phoenix Wright – inspired wall mural with Dom (it’s pretty sweet). Cassie and I got really frustrated at one member of the committee for being very lazy and doing sloppy work, but overall, things went well.

Tuesday, Elysia and I finished our bushes, and we actually got everything decorated and set for Wednesday rather early. We busted out the hall’s Rock Band and played for a few hours to celebrate.

Wednesday was our first move-in day. We met a lot of new people, and it was sort of fun. We did have a few problems, and it is unbelievable what some people – girls and boys both – bring to college. There were two guys who had two large televisions and a lot more stuff, and then they wanted to fit a large couch into their teeny tiny room. I had to go downstairs and break it to one of the guy’s grandmas who was waiting on the couch that we refused to move the couch up until they found room for it. But she was very understanding, and she was so happy when I brought her a bottle of water.

The weather was all very nice during move-in on Wednesday until the last shift from 4:00 to 5:00. I was out working carts, and it started to rain. And then that rain became a typhoon. I unloaded the back of a pick-up truck in ankle-deep water, with rain pounding on my back, the water running into my eyes, blinding me, and every article of clothing suctioned to my skin. It was crazy. Then it stopped raining towards the end of my shift, and I had Lauren (my neighbor) go to my room and get me a towel. There was no way I was going to go into my room with how soaked I was.

We had a program scheduled Wednesday night – a scavenger hunt – but only one team showed up. Apparently our program was supposed to be at 9:00, but we didn’t know that. So the RAs whipped up a game night, and I went downstairs for a bit and met some people, but I didn’t stay long. How could someone expect to go and socialize at a program when we were exhausted and sore and had to get up the next morning and do it all over again?

Thursday went smoothly – in fact, it was amazing. No problems whatsoever. That night we had a program where we showed Clue and Inspector Gadget, but I only stayed for the first movie. I was so tired.

I woke up today (or I guess, technically yesterday) later than I have all week, and I didn’t get out of bed until 9:30. I went to the library with Cassie and returned items we had checked out for our programs, and then we went to the Village to find textbooks. I grabbed a salad from the Atrium for lunch, and then Elysia, Jessi, Lauren (Jessi’s roommate, not my neighbor – it’s a little confusing in text, I know) ran some errands. I came back and worked on putting together my room. The girls came over and we watched American Psycho. It was a good time. I liked hanging out with them.

After dinner, I retreated to my room and cleaned it up a bit. I think I’ll vacuum tomorrow. I definitely need to keep this room neat and orderly. I read and knit a little tonight. It’s nice, though a little strange, to be by myself so much.

Anyway, tomorrow Alex moves in and hopefully I’ll get to have some fun before I have to go back to the ol’ grindstone of classes and work on Monday.

Since I am back at school and classes start in two days, I figured I would just summarize what I did during (not quite) three months since the spring semester ended.

I worked a lot at Educational Resources.
I slept on Lemmy and Dom’s couch.
I survived on bagels. Lots and lots of bagels.
I spent a lot of nights with Alex, but we had some good times when we both weren’t busy.
I played an unsuccessful campaign of Shadowrun.
I broke the baby toe on my left foot.
I took the writing competency exam and the Praxis I – giving me the ability to graduate and go on to higher level education courses.
I watched the first season of the Big Bang Theory, the entire series of Arrested Development, and most of the series of Sliders.
I baked honey-peanut butter cookies, peach cookies, and blueberry-goat cheese muffins.
I made a kusudama flower ball.
I visited my dad, Cindy, David, and Alex as they made their transition to their new house in Kentucky.
I knit:
* A bag for my former roommate, Jess
* Two hats
* A scarf
* A cowl
* A saber-toothed lime
* …and started a sweater.
I (mostly) made a dress.
I read:
* Go Ask Alice (reread)
* Frankenstein
* Dracula
* Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
* The Picture of Dorian Gray
* Peter Pan
* The Bell Jar
* On the Road
* Pygmy
* Catcher in the Rye (reread)
* The Jungle
* Catch-22
* Slaughter-House Five
* A Brief History of Time
* Walden
* The Fountainhead
* Night
* Into the Wild
* Cat’s Cradle
* Franny and Zooey
* Dandelion Wine

So, as you can tell by this, I like making lists (a lot) and you know what I was doing the majority of this summer…

I’ve been keeping busy at my house in Pendleton since I got back from visiting my relatives, if you haven’t noticed. I’m enjoying myself immensely. Mom and I did an intense cleaning session of our house since it hasn’t had that at all since we moved in about four (?) years ago. Sunday (the 2nd) we cleaned the family room. Monday, it was the living room and the bathrooms. Tuesday, it was the kitchen, but I think Mom did most of that. Wednesday, we took a break. Alex and I went down to Indianapolis and had lunch at a greasy spoon type of diner, and then just hung out.

Thursday, I cleaned my room. The last time it was cleaned was last summer, but Mom typically dumps whatever she takes back from her visits to Muncie in my room on the floor. Things pile up. I sorted through everything, and I ended up spending six hours in my room. I became enraged when I found items that were actually my mom’s in my room. In fact, after six hours, I was just plain tired and bitchy. I’m glad it’s over, though, and – hey! – I actually have a bedroom now!

Saturday was an annual cookout-get-together-thing my friends and I have done called the “Cornucopia of Love.” This was the third year for it, and the smallest turnout by far. I have a feeling this is the last “Cornucopia.” There were so many people last year, and it was a lot of fun, but now we’ve all grown apart. There’s a lot of drama with certain folks that make them not want to attend, or some people just don’t feel like seeing some of their old friends because they’ve made a lot more, and cooler, friends. Others, of course, had prior engagements, which is understandable. I don’t know. People have changed. I know I have too. Honestly, I didn’t even want to attend. I told Alex he didn’t have to attend if he didn’t want to, but he said he would. Despite my want for isolation and my animosity towards the gathering, I went, and it was all right. But times and people have changed, and there really is no turning back.

Alex and I left the gathering around 8:30, and then Teddy arrived around 10:30. He wanted to go see people at the “Cornucopia,” so we went back to Jennifer’s house. Everyone left as soon as we arrived, and then we hung out with Jennifer until 1:30. I was exhausted when we got back.

Sunday, Teddy and I went swimming at Brown’s pool. I haven’t been there in several years. So many, in fact, that the last time I was there I wasn’t old enough for the hourly fifteen-minute adult swim break. Now, it seems I was one of the only people at the pool who has breasts and isn’t over the age of thirty, and Teddy and I towered over all the other patrons under the age of thirty. We had fun though, and then just hung out around my house for the rest of the day. Teddy read my copy of Watchmen during his visit, and now he wants to watch the movie, though I tell him it’s terrible.

We ended up going back to Jennifer’s on Sunday evening and played board games with her. Austin and Robin came over and hung out too, and it was nice.

Monday, Teddy and I loafed about my house and then went to the mall and Goodwill. Surprisingly, I didn’t buy anything. Teddy stayed for dinner, and then he left around 7:30 to go visit Faryn. Mom and I watched The Soloist, and I took a break from knitting my sweater – yes, I am crazy enough to knit a sweater in the August heat – to knit a lime. Not just any lime, but a saber-toothed lime! Yes, I play Kingdom of Loathing, and I’m proud of it. Pictures of said lime will be posted sometime, I promise.

Tuesday, Mom and I did some errands, I watched Burn After Reading and Persepolis, burned my left pinky finger on a hot iron, and cut out the pieces for my dress. Hopefully I’ll have some of my dress done before I go back to school. It probably won’t happen though, honestly.

I’ve also been playing the Apollo Justice game that Alex let me borrow, and I finished it this morning and was able to return his DS and his games to him after goodness knows how many months. I’m just glad he’s patient.

Anyway, we went to the State Fair today. Did you know they have chocolate covered bacon? It’s called “Pigs in the Mud.” It looked like a piece of beef jerky from a few yards off, but no, I did not try one. My stomach said no to that – but regrettably, it said yes to a bloomin’ onion and fried green tomatoes from a stand called “Dr. Vegetable” which Alex and I found amusing. My stomach also said yes to a lemon shake-up and pineapple sorbet, but those were more acceptable than deep-fried vegetables (or deep-fried anything, for that matter).

We saw some cows, saw some horses, saw some donkeys, pigs, chickens, geese, ducks, rabbits, and sheep. I loved the sheep. They were cute. There was some handspun, hand dyed yarn for sale near where the sheep were, and Alex watched me fawn over and weigh the decision for buying some of the yarn. However, my resolve was strong and I did not buy any – but I know what to look for next year at the State Fair!

We saw a lot of neat things going on at the fair, and I had a really good time. We completed our circle with the Midway. The rides didn’t really hold much interest for either of us, especially with how overpriced the fair is, but I wanted to ride the Ferris Wheel. It’s been a while since I’ve been on one, and it was a nice end to our visit.

Alex and I went back to his house afterwards and hung out for a while. We both ended up taking a short nap because we were so tired. I found out that I have a lovely blister on one of my toes and a scathing sunburn on my back, but that’s perfectly all right. Today is the last day I’ll see Alex for a while – I’m guessing until he moves in on the 22nd – unless he surprises me.

My maternal grandparents are going to visit us for the last few days of my time here. They’re arriving tomorrow afternoon and will be helping me move into my room on Saturday. I just don’t want to go back yet. I’ve only been out of Muncie for a few weeks. I feel like kicking and screaming and shoving my head under a pillow all at once. No fair. Summer’s over. Another hellish semester looms menacingly before me.

I went to a family reunion in Wakarusa yesterday. It was enjoyable. Here are just a few of my favorite things about the day.

– Finishing The Fountainhead in the morning, and reading Night on the car ride home.

– One hour into our three-and-a-half (or so) hour car ride to the reunion, my little brother Alex asks, “Are we there yet?”

– Little brother, later, says, “Hey look, a cornfield!” I point out my window and say, “Oh, and hey, there’s another cornfield… and another… and another!” (Yeah, that’s Indiana!)

– Hugging people I have no clue who there are/were.

– Text to boyfriend Alex, right after arriving: “Oh my god I don’t remember the names of anyone here!”

– Talking with relatives, including ones I know or don’t know. They were all really nice, though. I like that my family is nice.

– Eating probably more desserts than actual food. I can’t help my sweet tooth sometimes.

– A nice old man with a hearing aid asking me, “So how do you fit in here?” and my following explanation of, “Well, I’m so-and-so’s grandkid, the oldest of their only son…”

– Standing in a Bob Evans parking lot with my other brother David’s stuffed parrot on my shoulder.

– Finally rolling into the driveway of my grandparents’ house at 10:00 p.m after leaving around 8:30 that morning.

– David going towards the bedroom I was staying, prompting me to say, “Nuh-uh! You aren’t going in there. That’s my room.” To have him whine, “I want to sleep in a BED!” And me replying, “I don’t want to hear about it! I haven’t slept in a bed all summer!”

– Cracking up (with perhaps insanity) while talking with the boyfriend, and falling asleep shortly after that. I slept for ten hours, and missed church and a pancake breakfast.

I love my family.