Adventure Times!

Intermingled with leading a calmer lifestyle by working for four hours during the day and going home to chill out and relax for the rest of the day, I've been having a few adventures. Keep in mind that I consider being stuck in traffic the adventure at times, and get excited when I discover something new in a place as simple as WalMart. I mean, the things I'm going to tell you about are cooler than that, but the point to that previous sentence is that I am easily amused and not hard at all to please - as long as something new is happening I'm good.

I went to my city's carnival with James and Rachel, spending ten dollars each on Rachel and I and James helping to send Rachel on a ride that flipped her upside down and all around. We had funnel cake and cotton candy, and rode this sky ride kind of like The Superman at the Six Flags in Arlington, and I screamed like a baby. We got on the Ferris Wheel for two tickets cheaper (we read it as four instead of six tickets) since it was James' first time on it. We weren't there for long since dad was cooking dinner and it would be ready soon, but we had a blast during the time we were there since we were some of the few people that showed up on day 1 since I was so excited about it.

I took Rachel and James to Scarborough Faire in Waxahachie, TX, getting confused yet excited on the way there because the directions were pretty complicated but I somehow got us there without getting lost. I was waiting in line with James and Rachel so I could buy Rachel and I's tickets and James could get his when a girl asked who's first time it was at the festival. I of course pointed to James because he hadn't yet been before that day, and she handed him a free ticket and asked Rachel if she was with him. She said yes and also got a free ticket (which left me confused as to why I didn't receive one, but the girl who gave them out said that she had only two extra and the last one was for her, so I said "ooooooh okay" and bought mine), which led me only to pay one admission fee, which was awesome. I blew $200 more there in souvenirs (two necklaces made from the same quarter with a heart key and the outline in the actual quarter for James and I, a tiny jade owl, a pewter owl, an owl necklace to support the Bird's of Prey show, a unicorn for Rachel, a penguin and a turtle for James and I, a cute Rockhopper Penguin for mom with a feather tuft coming out of his head holding a heart that a man carved out of clay, a ring for Rachel to propose to her fiancée with), had some yummy food, went through a couple of attractions (the mermaid lagoon and the mythical monster museum that I was too scared to stay in for very long, the maze that kind of disappointed me), and saw live shows in which I took pictures/video of (turtle races, cale the juggler, the father and son knife throwing show, a random show that we stumbled upon in the street that James and I ended up being equally as curious about, the birds of prey). Some people saw Rachel proposing so they gave her and her lady engagement gifts in the form of discounted/free items and a free rickshaw ride. We took pictures before leaving and James and I purchased the pictures of us taken by the jester camera on the way out. We spent seven hours there and ended up going home with pretty bad sunburns. Mine is a tan now so that's pretty awesome... I didn't realize how white I was before getting burned.

I spent an entire day with Kimmi and her bridal party (of which I am a Bridesmaid and couldn't be more excited to help her prepare for her wedding) looking for the perfect dresses. We started out in Lewisville which ended up having a dress we all liked that was severely overpriced, then at the Grapevine Mall where we got some lunch, stopped in to get more comfy shoes at a Charlotte Rousse (flip flops with black/white pattern and a bow for me), and went to two dress shops that really didn't have much. After feeling pretty defeated and overwhelmed, we went to David's Bridal in Hurst and ended up being torn by two dresses, one of which was along the lines of Kimmi's original vision. They had sizes for all of us, so she went with a short length navy blue dress with hidden pockets along the hemline, and I bought mine that day for $108, which is NOT that bad at all considering the first one she fell in love with was over $200. I still have to buy the shoes that go with the dress, which are super cute and I'm excited to go get them. What's cool about both the shoes and the dress is that I can wear them for a more dressy outfit aaaalll of the time, and perhaps even use them to cosplay as a Vaporeon (without any alterations to the dress, of course). I'm super excited for September to roll around since it promises the lingerie shower, bridal shower, and KIMMI'S WEDDING!!!

Rachel, James and I stopped by a Lone Star Comics on Free Comic Book Day to see what we could snag, and I pulled a bunch of free comics to take home and read. Rachel ended up with two .99 mangas, which I was kind of enough to get for her and would have gotten if they were $10 each. I got a couple of magnets of Batman and The Green Lanturn that at the moment I have no idea what happened to them. After that we drove out to my grandma's house to spend the night and pick my mom up. We helped out around there before leaving by rearranging some furniture, cleaning out the dog's house, planting tomato plants, and putting up a flower bed fence for them. Mom was kind enough to drive home while I snuggled with James in the backseat and eventually ended up playing the Sims 3 since I got bored just sitting there and James was on his iPhone. We have been enjoying mom's company off and on while she's home, which is nice.

Rachel and I picked up a pet rat from the neighbors across the street who has chosen the name Honey for herself (I wanted her to be named Honey Badger... oh well). She isn't very people friendly but has improved tremendously in the past couple of weeks. We got her a new cage that she loves to run around in and hide food in random spots within. She has favorite hiding places and will now take food that we hold out to her. She wants to explore my bedroom but we haven't let her since it's too big of a space that we could lose her in since she hasn't gotten used to human touch yet. We bought a rat ball that we're slowly introducing Honey to, which she investigates but has no interest in getting into yet. Kitty Kitty wanted to hunt Honey the first week we brought her home, and was met with being sprayed with a spray bottle full of water; she has since started observing her from the bed and become more curious instead of killer. Yesterday I accidentally left the cat locked in there with her while we went to the movies and came back to a live rat and unhurt Kitty Kitty, so we got lucky on that one.

Rachel, dad, mom and I saw "The Host" in theaters, and it ended up being pretty good in my opinion. It had the right level of romance, suspense, and intrigue.

I went to a new therapist which wasn't very pleasant due to the nature of the visit, but I like her and her office is close to my house and she has a very laid back personality that I like. She is going to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help me get over a lot of things and is teaching me techniques to use in order to bring myself to the present when the past/future sneaks up and scares the Hell out of me. The first visit went well, and I have a little bit of homework to do before I go back on Wednesday.

I work for an Optometrist right now but am currently seeking employment with Steak and Shake; I have a second interview on Wednesday that I'm excitedly nervous about.

I guess that's all (which is actually a lot and I'm sick of typing). Have a fantastic however-long-it-takes-me-to-write, and I'll see y'all next time if you're still here.

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