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I got out of school for Thanksgiving Break on Tuesday. I had four assignments due that day – ugh. It was so nice to leave campus for a while. My mom and I now have wireless Internet, thanks to my grandparents. It’s going to help us out a lot, since my mom is planning on going back to school, and she’s still trying to find a job.

We went to Ohio on Wednesday. Alex was coming up to my town to meet Nick and get a few games he requested, but since I wasn’t going to be there, I left a note and a mix CD on my front door and told him to stop by my house. I got a “thank you” text from him, and that was the last time I heard from him for two days because his phone died and he left his charger at school. It worried me a bit, but he called me today.

Thanksgiving with my grandparents wasn’t bad. I love them, but in all honesty, I’m terrified of my grandpa. He’s a military man, and he always seems so stiff and, a “downer,” if you will. My grandma is nice, although sometimes I get so frustrated with her “hovering.”  She likes to watch over my shoulder while I cook, and during our visit, whenever I dug out one of my four knitting projects, she always met me with a dozen questions.

I feel really bad because I probably come off as selfish and rude to them. I don’t mean it like that. I just hate being the only grandchild and I hate a quiet, tight-ruled, religious household. I was horrified to see that they own a book by Bill O’Reilly. We’re so different, our generations, and that’s difficult.

But Thanksgiving still went well. I read The Graveyard Book, finished a scarf for Alex’s mom, and worked on a pair of corseted fingerless gloves I started back in October. We watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade (Alan Cumming followed by Cyndi Lauper was the BEST part!), and the food was good. We weren’t going to have mashed potatoes, but I wasn’t having that, so I made the mashed potatoes myself. I also made a pumpkin-pear pie for dessert that turned out well.

Things I am Grateful For:

  • A loving family, despite my flaws and theirs.
  • A charming, wonderful, caring (and patient) boyfriend.
  • Good friends to turn to when I need advice, support, and a good laugh.
  • An education, a roof over my head, food in my stomach, and a bed to sleep in every night.
  • I am (as far as I know) healthy, and so are my family members.
  • For life, love, truth, and beauty – even in the darkest of nights.
  • Hope that things, no matter how bad they seem, will get better.

Mom and I left this afternoon and came back home. We ate chili and watched Choke. It was an okay movie, but I love Sam Rockwell and his weirdness. My boy called me. I was glad to hear that he had a good Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to see him Sunday, because this upcoming week is going to be a long one, and I don’t know if I’ll have much time to spend with him.

The good news: Only a few more weeks, and the semester will be over. Finally.


A few weeks ago, I was playing with StumbleUpon. Originally, I found a post by this man about cheap date ideas. He mentioned making a list of 101 Goals in 1001 Days. I thought the idea was interesting. I have a lot of things I’d like to do, but I don’t necessarily get around to doing them. I decided that I could use this list for those short term accomplishments, but also something bigger. So, after much thinking, I made my own list. I’ll be keeping track of my progress through this blog. I hope to accomplish these goals, but if I don’t, that’s okay – welcome failure!


Sam’s 101 Goals in 1001 Days.

(Starting November 17th, 2009)

1. Receive my driver’s license.
2. Buy a car.
3. Pass Decision Point 3.
4. Student Teach.
5. Pass Decision Point 4.
6. Graduate Ball State.
7. Write a list of 101 things/reasons why I love Alex, and share it with him.
8. Update my blog at least seven times a month for a year.
9. Take a trip to Canada.
10. Try a flaming drink.
11. Dye a skein of yarn by hand.
12. Dye a skein of yarn with Kool-Aid.
13. Knit a cardigan.
14. Knit a blanket.
15. Knit a pair of socks.
16. Knit the Companion Cube for Alex.
17. Learn how to crochet.
18. Paint two paintings on canvas.
19. Complete the Mona Lisa puzzle.
20. Write 20 original poems.
21. Write 10 original short non-fiction works.
22. Write 10 original short fiction works.
23. Learn how to play piano.
24. Watch the sun set, stay up and then watch the sun rise.
25. Learn how to dance with Alex.
26. Do a crossword puzzle every day for a month.
27. Read 15 of the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels (From either the Board or the Readers’ choice lists) that I haven’t read before.
28. Watch 15 Movies off of AFI’s Top 100 Movies that I haven’t seen before.
29. Kiss in a heavy rainstorm.
30. Go sledding, and then curl up with hot chocolate afterwards.
31. Take a vow of silence for one day.
32. Turn off and refuse to use electronics for a week.
33. Go play laser tag.
34. Bake a chocolate cake, complete with frosting, from scratch.
35. Bake a loaf of bread from scratch.
36. Get a bigger bookshelf.
37. Get a little red dress.
38. Make a photo diary for a year.
39. Go camping.
40. Learn how to say “I love you” in 10 other languages besides English.
41. Go vegetarian for at least one month (Despite parent’s protests.)
42. Have a dentist’s appointment.
43. Get eyeglass prescription checked.
44. Meet Alex’s grandparents.
45. Go see the Butterfly Gardens.
46. Make Key Lime Pie the way my dad does.
47. Grow my hair long enough to braid it.
48. Take a trip to New Orleans.
49. Rent an apartment.
50. Fly kites with Alex.
51. Mail a love note.
52. Go to the zoo.
53. Teach Aunt Jo how to knit.
54. Frame my Agent Smith poster.
55. Sing karaoke at a bar.
56. Make a sock monkey.
57. Donate blood for 8 quarters (that I’m eligible) in a row.
58. Take a yoga class/course.
59. Learn basic belly dancing.
60. Donate $5 to charity for each item I do not complete on this list (I’m a college student, so I can’t afford too much.)
61. Open a checking account, or see if it is possible.
62. Use my calligraphy set.
63. Give up Facebook for a month.
64. Have David teach me how to play chess.
65. Hit Broad Ripple or other parts of Indianapolis for a night on the town.
66. Make 3 pieces of jewelry.
67. Submit a work (poem or story) for publication.
68. Go to the Artist Within and paint a piece of pottery.
69. Read with my little brother Alex.
70. Drive to my dad’s on my own.
71. Write 10 small messages about books that meant a lot to me, and place them in library copies of the books.
72. Put all my music, videos, pictures, and other documents on an external hard drive.
73. Upgrade my operating system.
74. Go roller-skating.
75. Visit Chris, Rachel, and Emma in Lafayette.
76. Visit Jennifer at IU.
77. Go indoor rock climbing.
78. Ask Grandpa Gilbert about his time in the Air Force.
79. Ask Grandma Gilbert about the Laska side of the family.
80. Watch Great-Grandma Lorraine’s video.
81. Ask Grandpa Tilmans about his time at NASA.
82. Ask Grandma Tilmans about her parents and her teaching experiences.
83. Go to Alex’s graduation.
84. Look at the stars and planets through our telescope.
85. Try Vera Mae’s Bistro.
86. Attempt an embroidery project.
87. Get CPR certified.
88. Grow a plant I could use (tomatoes, chilies, berries, etc.).
89. Read a different poem each day for a month.
90. Go to a drag show (other than Spectrum’s – I like them, but I should try a different crowd.)
91. Knit Jock a dog sweater.
92. Get a professional back massage.
93. Finish my 1,000 cranes project that I started in high school.
94. Drink the bottle of French wine I bought in 2007.
95. Finish playing Portal.
96. Make homemade candy.
97. Play Scrabble with my mom. Try to beat her.
98. Attend a concert.
99. Visit the West Coast.
100. Go skinny-dipping.
101. Throw a party.

Yesterday, Alex and I went to visit his parents for lunch, which consisted of rotisserie chicken, rolls, and a vegetable blend that included carrots, parsnips, potatoes, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. Alex’s mom had tried cooking brussels sprouts before, and still found their taste to be unsatisfactory. I had never tried them before, but I followed her rules: everyone had to try at least one brussels sprout among their vegetables.

I tried them, and I like them. No longer could I say, “I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.”

Oh wait, wrong story.

So yeah, I liked them. The bogeyman of the vegetable world, and I liked them. I even added a few extra to my plate, and Alex’s mom noticed. She commented on it later. I don’t think she believed me. She said that if I didn’t like them, it was okay. But I was being honest – they were good. It was funny, though. She said, “Sam’s my favorite kid now, because she ate more brussels sprouts without being asked.” I stuck my tongue out at Alex, to which he responded with a “Hmph!” I love him and his family, and I’m glad they like me, at least – brussels sprouts and all.

I know I haven’t updated in a long time. I’ve been busy. School has got me worn out. It’s been good and it’s been bad. I just thought I’d try to revive this thing. So… the truth. This is what has been going on, or what I remember of it.

• The first day of classes, I found out my American Literature class required seven novels that the professor didn’t put on the book list. I had already bought all my books. I wanted to throw myself in front of the nearest MITS bus.
• The first day of classes was also Alex’s birthday. I made him lemon bars and bought him Carcassonne. He was happy. I was happy. As soon as he left, I crumpled into a ball and cried.
• The second day of classes, I went home, crumpled into a ball, and cried.
• In fact, let’s just say I cried a lot during August.
• Samir stole my air conditioner. I got away with it for a couple of weeks, though!
• Good things: I saw District 9, knitted, played too much Katamari, and got closer to the girls on my end of the floor (Ruu, Julie, Ryn, Cassie, Laura, Lauren, Lauren (yeah, we have two), Jessi, Elysia, and Alyssa).

• Things got a little better. I was still stressed out, but I was getting into a routine. Less crying.
• I represented Botsford/Swinford in Homecoming Royalty. Brian and I went to the Royalty Fashion show dressed up as Princess Leia and Han Solo. We didn’t win, but it was a lot of fun!
• Alex and I were supposed to go to the Greek Festival. We had planned it for months. He got busy taking Matt to get his new computer, and he was late. An hour and a half late. This was the first time I was actually angry at him. We reconciled, though. We didn’t make it to the Greek Festival, but it ended up okay.
• The next weekend, we went to Irish Fest with Sarah, Thom, and Leigh, and I bought a claddagh ring and ate tasty food.
• 12:30 Fire alarm. Seriously.
• We had Mud Volleyball, and I helped Julie, Colton, and David set up Friday in the mud, rain, and cold. I got a free t-shirt Saturday because I was too cold. I played, but we didn’t win, but it was nice because the tournament was only one day this year, not two.
• I went to Hall Council’s ‘80s Night dressed as Donatello and won best costume.
• Dr. Hartman said her youngest daughter saw my name and thought it was pretty, so she named her stuffed panda Samantha. Cute.
• Other good things: Bowling with Alex, Evan, Teddy, and David and I got a sexy hand-me-down dress from Cassie.


• First weekend: my mom came to visit, Sarah and I went shopping, we had a double date at Panera, Alex took me to see Zombieland (AWESOME!), and we cooked dinner on Sunday morning, and I finished knitting my first sweater!
• Gem from my brothers: David said I shouldn’t get married because he doesn’t want a brother-in-law. Alex said that it was my decision. I could get married if I wanted to, but if I didn’t, I’d be lonely.
• One Thursday: I wore a sexy dress, kicked ass in my debate about how Batman is better than Superman, scored free coffee, and gave Teddy two Big Lebowski-themed cakes.
• I got completely OBSESSED with True Blood. I am sad to know that the third season doesn’t come out until June 2010.
• Watched Wil Wheaton on The Big Bang Theory. Holy crap, so full of win.
• I knitted Ryn a Jayne Hat.
• I got to go home for the first time in two months during Fall Break, and I knitted a hat, got apple cider, carved two pumpkins, wrote a couple papers, took a quiz, got my learner’s permit again, watched four movies, and did eight loads of laundry. Productive? I think so.
• Saw a production of Little Shop of Horrors at Muncie Civic Theater. I loved it!
• I didn’t do anything on Halloween. It kind of made me sad, but oh well. Next year I’m going bar-hopping as Princess Leia.
• One of my professors went on maternity leave, so now we’re having class online. That improves my Monday-Wednesday-Fridays. Woo!


And now, not much is going on. It’s November, and the semester only has a little under forty days left to it. I think it’s much better than it has been for the past few months. Wouldn’t you agree? More later – I promise!