Mark (and anyone else whom I accidentally confused), the “or don’t” button in the guestbook is the clear button. You hit that, and it restores the original form values. It’s not really necessary, but I figured I’d give guests the option.

Got up on time this morning. I set my alarm, like, right after I got home from school, just to make sure I wouldn’t forget again. Last year, back in Summerfield, my dad left for work right around the time I got up, so if he didn’t hear the shower running, he’d barge in and call my name and wake me up. It always freaked me out, having my door tossed open and then having to rush like that. I guess that’s just the way my dad is. Like his knock: it’s more of a “thump” than a “knock knock” sound. That’s how I know it’s him. And when it’s kinda soft, it’s the the rugrats. When it’s my mom, she opens the door, like, right after she knocks, so I don’t even have to think about it. Oh, well, at least they bother with knocking at all.

School was altogether boring. I mean, think about it. It’s school. No tests, no quizzes. Though Dr. J did announce that the Chapter 27 test is Thursday, and we’re supposed to get the review sheet tomorrow. My class will… ::thinks:: not be affected. I think. The Science and Tech Symposium thing is tomorrow as well. Since I have Dr. J eighth period, and the projects will have been dismantled by then, I get to skip sixth period gym (w00t) to go. But I was thinking that we wouldn’t be in his classroom at all, which makes no sense. We’ll definitely be there… one of only two classes that will (seventh and eighth). Nevermind. I suppose it’s a good thing that I did the homework problems, then. (Pardon that last part. I started thinking as I was typing, and it all kinda ran together.)

After some rapid, last-minute practice, I went to the mini-recital thing. This time, “mini” got a whole new meaning. There were only about a dozen people there at any one time (they came and went, to sports practices and such). That was all the better, though, because the more people there are watching me, the more nervous I get, and the more I shake. It went well tonight, though. I managed to get through all three pieces. And I only screwed up once, right at the beginning. On Yellow, which I’ve only been playing since last summer. (Sarcasm, sarcasm.) But I recovered, and got through Blue and Green with only a few slip-ups. We went to Taco Bell on the way to the base (I love their chicken quesadilla), and hit the Shopette on the way back. I finally got some more Icebreakers, but I didn’t get a chance to look for a new umbrella. (I still can’t believe I lost two of them. Is it me, the punks at school, or is there a kleptomaniac running around?) Then we picked up Courtney, and I caught the rest of Buffy and watched Smallville as I did Physics.

I finished Sloppy Firsts (Megan McCafferty) on the bus home from school. That was such an incredible book. And — coincidence? — Rajni mentioned in her blog today that she wants to read it. AND Sarah started flipping through it at lunch, and she wants to read it, too. (Greg wants to read it as well, but I don’t want to let him. It’s too girlie for him. Can’t have him learning all the secrets of girldom, now.) I know I said that Janine and Alex, Alex and Janine had a great voice, and it did — for 1998. Sloppy Firsts has the right voice for 2000. The main character, Jessica Darling, tells the story through the journal she writes in when she can’t sleep at night. Her best friend, Hope, has just moved away, and symbolically taken all of Jessica’s hope with her. So Jessica has to face sophomore and junior years alone, with the “friends” she hates, the parents who don’t understand her, and the boy who suddenly intrigues her. I identified most with the intellectual facet of Jessica, the part that has a sky-high GPA and “cracked 1500 on the PSAT”. And there are just enough pop-culture references to keep the story grounded in the present. Gratuitous use of the f-word threw me off a little, but that’s just me, and it didn’t detract much from the story. All in all, I highly recommend it, and am very excited for the sequel.

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