I possibly just experienced the least productive day of my life. Everything this morning was scheduled out perfectly and I was going to be right on track, but it all changed when I got a phone call during class. After I got out of class I listened to the message on my phone, then called the lady back. “Sure,” I said. “Moving the interview to Friday at the same time will work just fine for me.”
Changing the interview time for a job downtown meant I had three more hours of time to spare, so I kicked off my boots, climbed up onto my bunk bed, and snuggled under my cover while I watched an episode of Hart of Dixie. (Let me tell you, watching the pilot episode of that TV show on Netflix is going to be the death of me, because now I’m outright addicted no matter how bad the acting may be.)
Before I knew it, it was lunchtime, so I unwound myself from my cocoon and scrambled off my bed to grab some left over spaghetti out of the fridge. People tell me it’s terribly unhealthy to warm up food in Tupperware containers since they’re plastic, but I do it anyway. After my food had been nuked for a solid 2 minutes I climbed back into bed and watched another episode of my show. As soon as that one finished I knew I had to start studying but, like any normal procrastinating college student, I had to check FB first.
Which meant that I saw a post on my floor wall from one of the girls reminding the rest of us that the floor had to be decorated for Ashton Haunted Ball, which was occurring in 5 hours. Other floors had started decorating a couple days ago.
Let me tell you how much time we had invested into decorating.
So I took it upon myself, instead of studying, to walk down the hallway and pick up a wad of cotton “spider web-making” material to help aid in the decorating process. For a solid hour I worked on my own, stringing spider web around the elevator and throughout the hallway. Then a couple other girls joined me in the decorating process and I got sucked even further into it. I couldn’t just leave after I had already done so much.
Around 4pm I called it quits and went back to my room to study and get ready to go to dinner with my dad.
I ended up cleaning my room instead. Ironically, my roommate posted this photo on my wall right as I was in the middle of the cleaning process and it couldn’t have been more correct.
*sigh* I was wasting time away and I knew it.
Needless to say, I didn’t study. When my dad showed up (flowers in hand!) I took him through my hall, introducing him to various people and then I walked him to the guy’s side to show them that they had decorated for Halloween… with a Christmas theme. They even had a TV, playing a never-ending clip of a crackling fireplace. The last time I saw one of those was in a nursing home.
My dad and I left after a bit and drove to Ballard to find a restaurant I had chosen online, called “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, which is apparently named due to an Alice and Wonderland reference. When we walked in and discovered it was a 45-minute wait we put our names on the waiting list and walked down the street to eat dessert at “Hot Cakes”.
Delicious. Always has been.
We walked back to the restaurant and a blissful night of eating ensued. When I eat real food it’s as if my stomach is a bottomless pit and I think I can proudly say I might have eaten just as much, or more, than my dad did. We made sure we documented every food we tried on Forkly, a wonderful iPhone app that I highly recommend. (If you want to read about my dad's last visit to Seattle, nearly a year ago, read Eating Happiness.)
After dinner I got back to my room around 9:30pm since my dad and I first went to Will’s room to say hello. They talked a lot about sports, no surprises there, and I would occasionally try to interject with something slightly smart and knowledgeable sounding. Compared to most girls, I know a lot more about sports. But, when a hearty conversation about terrible team-management is occurring between two guys, it’s hard to get a word in.
So, eventually I get back to my room. Did I study? A little bit. But a lot of other things happened within the span of three hours that were pretty distracting, and most of them won’t be served justice in a few words so I’ll save myself the trouble of trying to summarize. After all, it was Halloween and no one wanted to settle in for a normal night.
Welcome to my college life.