Monday, August 1, 2005 9:46 am
I started this update Saturday night, but fell asleep two paragraphs in. That was the only chance IÕve had to write between my last update and now.
Tuesday night, after I updated my blog, Eddie came by to pick me up. He surprised me with flora and chocolate and told me it had been a month since our first kiss. ÒIt has?Ó I asked, oblivious as always. He took me out for Mexican and we had vegetarian fajitas at a chain they have down here called Don Pablos. We then headed east where I became acquainted with the Atlantic Ocean. We collapsed on the sand, full of red wine and hummus, only to awake in time to watch the sun rise. This was the first time IÕd deliberately watched an entire sunrise. The crimson circle drifting up from behind Saharan dust clouds to shine on the Atlantic shore was a pretty darn good one for my first.
I was pretty out of it during Wednesday since IÕd more or less stayed up all night. I had my final presentation for my Disney class and my group, myself included, did embarrassingly bad. I donÕt really care, but one guy from the group was pointing out what I did specifically wrong, which I donÕt really like to hear. Boo, hiss, and all that.
I came home after class and crashed at 5 pm. Meg came in and woke me up around 9 because her friend was coming over. I felt weird being in there, trying to sleep but not while they had the lights on and were playing beauty parlor, so I got up and went online. At least it wasnÕt a booty call. I had to get out of bed last week so her current lover and her could have some privacy.
I finally went to sleep for real around 10 or 10:30 and didnÕt wake up until 8 am the next day. I got up and showered and headed to the little graduation party at the pool they were throwing for our small group of Spring Quarter Schools kids. Amy was the only one missing from the strollers group, but I got some pictures with Anna, Nicki, and Rachel. I saw a lot of people I hadnÕt seen since I arrived, and it was reassuring that most of us had made it to the end. I got some cheap Mickey ears with a tassel on top, a picture with Minnie Mouse, an antenna topper, a diploma, and a freaky caricature before heading out. I donÕt really like parties like that, so an appearance and a free glass of orange juice satisfied me.
I worked the closing shift in strollers Thursday night. I hadnÕt closed there in a while. Natalya and I spent an hour tasking together, wandering around eating a big vegan cookie IÕd brought and giving out stickers to children. I was elvis during the last stretch of my shift (the person who puts away the ECVs and wheelchairs), which I enjoy because it is easy and good exercise. After the park was clear, Natalya and I walked over to Adventureland to retrieve an abandoned ECV from the ÒTom CruiseÓ ride as she called it. This little shit high schooler that I cannot stand followed us and disregarded my blatant order to go away and leave us alone.
Eddie came to pick me up after work, but before we left we went up in the castle to take pictures. We have spent pretty much 24/7 together since then, trying to savor the last time we have to spend together. Friday, we had lunch at a hole-in-the-wall called the Black Bean Deli. It was hippy Cuban food and I loved it. We went shopping at Park Avenue, a stretch of fancy shops near the University of Central Florida, and got ice cream. I bought two tanks at the Gap (yeah, I know, but I only spent 20 dollars because it is no-tax week), a Sonic the Hedgehog comic book, and a pair of earrings from the requisite over priced hippy store. After shopping, we rented OceanÕs Twelve and got a really good veggie pizza from another Southern chain called Mellow Mushroom.
Saturday, we made popcorn, stuck it in a paper bag, and went theater hopping and saw Mr. and Mrs. Smith then Wedding Crashers. Both were mediocre but entertaining films. Afterwards, Eddie took me out for Italian at a little place that reminded me of that place in Renton that I think is called VinceÕs. Their garlic bread was yummy, and the spaghetti was good, too. (I had it leftover in my lunch the next day.)
Sunday, I worked a morning shift that went by fast. Nothing particularly eventful happened, but it was a good shift. Afterwards, Eddie picked me up and went back to my apartment. It was the first time IÕd been back since Thursday and the place was absolutely disgusting. The dishes were piled even higher than when IÕd left and the ÒcleanÓ dishes in our poor excuse for a dishwasher were ones I had loaded several days earlier. We washed enough dishes to make dinner in the bathroom sink and made blueberry pancakes. They were really good, even worth having to cook in a kitchen that looks like one of those extreme pet/child neglect apartments they show on the news.
After dinner, we went to MGM to ride Tower of Terror, then headed to a place called Old Town that reminded me of the Puyallup Fair. Eddie tried to teach me how to play pool at this really ghetto bar and we browsed the shops. I bought a sarong at a shop so laden with cultural appropriation that they had disclaimers stating none of their sweatshop crap was made or endorsed by Native Americans.
I donÕt have to work until 5:15 today, but my shift ends at 1:45 and I have to be back at 10 am tomorrow. Not looking forward to that, but what am I going to do? I have a huge list of things I need to do today, but I just knocked off one of them by finishing this update. I come home on Friday (my flight leaves here at 6:00 pm Florida time, come in Seatac at 10:00 pm Pacific) and have a pretty busy schedule between now and then so IÕm not sure when IÕll be able to write again. Saturday, I am going to my Aunt TerriÕs cabin and bringing my laptop. IÕm planning on writing a big summarizing reflection on my whole college program experience, which IÕll try to post here. Until then, have fun wondering what IÕm up to!