So, what was the exciting news of the now-over Fall 2007 semester? FINALS WERE CANCELED <3.
There was a rough ice storm the weekend before finals, which caused the power in almost all of Joplin to go out. Usually my college's campus would still have power, but the generator was rendered incapable because the transformer on campus asploded.
Seriously, I was working on an 8 page paper (for African-American Lit) on Sunday, and then DARKNESS... well, except for my computer, which was plugged into a battery-surge protector thing, so I was able to save my paper before shutting down the computer. We all thought the generator would kick in, but that wasn't the case, so Noa, Rebecca, Carolina and moi dragged our mattresses into the living room for a slumber party of sorts. I found my flashlight (which Rebecca tied to the light fixture, for a dome light of sorts XD), and after getting tired of squinting at our cards whilst playing a game of rummy in the super-dim light, we decided... TO OPEN THE CHIRSTMAS PRESENTS WE GOT FOR ONE ANOTHER XD. It was fun, except after opening presents, we were all constantly saying things like "OH! I love it!... what color is it? *squintsquint*" I got shiny headbands from Rebecca and manga (Invisible Boy) + a Sylvia Plath poetry book from Noa <3. Carolina loved the Build-a-Bear bunny so much that me and Rebecca went in together on to get her, that she kept on going "I love it, I love it! I'm going to sleep with it tonight!" XD.
After opening Christmas presents, our dorm RA came in and told us that finals for Monday were canceled. I was freaking out though, because I figured I still had to turn in my 8-page paper (due on Tuesday), so I went to my parents' house in Mount Vernon to finish it Monday night. Before I went to their house, though, I went to the mall to work on it with Noa's laptop. There, we overheard some of the kids from our college saying that... the whole finals week was canceled? Power was off everywhere, it was icing like crazy, so it seemed plausible. And hooray! I got an affirmation from the main dorm RA office that... finals were canceled.
Wait? Shouldn't I have been happy? What's this sense of unease that overtook me?
I was confused, as everyone was. The school system was down, which made our professors' e-mails inaccessible... tests were canceled, but what about papers? Presentations?
3 of my finals tests were canceled, but I had 3 papers and a presentation due, so I really didn't know what to do. So I just sucked it up and completed everything. I commuted back and forth between Joplin and Mount Vernon like a zillion (note: 3 or 4) times to write an 8 page paper for African-American Lit, a 5 page paper on War and Peace for Epic, and a 7 page paper/packet on Battle Royale as an epic for Epic. I was English papering like a pro (aka, I wanted to hurt myself -.o; ). AND I GOT EVERYTHING DONE! ...but I found out I didn't have to do the 8 page paper, the one I spent the most time/effort on. *collapses*
So, today, a week later after the canceled finals, I found out my grades. This vindictive semester has tried to tear me limb from limb, so... did I survive? *drumroll*
American Literature I............A
Intro to English Linguistics.....B
Oh, fuck yeah ^_____________^V. Take that, college. You tried to eat me, and I clobbered you with some AABBBA instead. *dances around* Oh, and for the record, I would have shot myself in the face if I managed to get anything lower than an A in Fitness walking XD;. I even got a B in Linguistics, how the heck did I manage that XD; (and NO mom, I didn't sleep with the teacher!)?
But yes, it would have been fantastic if finals got canceled, and I got to go home and try to sleep of the evils of the semester... but Jane, in all her fantastic'ness, managed to schedule it so I had no work shifts on Monday thru Friday of finals week. No, really, I was extremely happy with being able to devote myself to my finals, but then suddenly there were no finals anymore. And I had work on Saturday + Sunday. I wanted to go home, but YAY, the ice storm was supposed to hit Mount Vernon with 10 inches of ice and snow, so there really wasn't a way to go back until my shifts for the weekend were over. Also, the dorms were closed to students on Friday, so... *dundundun*
On Friday night me, Rebecca, and Noa all crashed at Jane's (my boss) house XD. Which was interesting. There was no sleep for me to be had that night though, because I managed to screw up my foot majorly by falling on the ice whilst returning text books earlier that day. Once morning hit after staring at Jane's daughter's bedroom ceiling all night, I couldn't even walk without crying. It was pretty awful. And I had work that afternoon. But I'm a genius, so upon buying a wrap-bandage thing, I was able to hobble around without sobbing. At work, Rebecca planted me in a chair in front of the register for most of the time, and yelled at me every time I tried to get up and help with anything else XD;.
The next night, we decided to go to a guy's house that works at a shoe store in the mall... AND DRINK. And omg, by that time, drinking sounded amazing XD. We were all a mess. So we went to his (Tony, I think) house, watched anime and the Tomb Raider movie, and drank up. I'd never been drunk before, but I found it to be a nice reprieve from reality just for once XD;. I've felt harassed all semester, so just sitting and giggling happily/inanely for hours on end with friends was just perfect <3. AND HELEN (disutansu), sorry for talking to you when I was like that ^^;. I don't remember if I called you or you called me, but I DO remember you saying that I sounded the same as when I wasn't drunk... heeey, I can't really take that as a compliment, can I XD;? Or maybe I was just amazing, because I remember concentrating REEEALLY hard to sound not smashed, so you wouldn't think bad of me XD;. I succeeded, yay! The next morning, the last shift at work for the weekend was completed (although it SUCKED, because once again, Camille's was the hot spot of Joplin for some reason).
Now I'm back at my parents' house for Christmas break. I'm still working at Camille's quite a bit, but the money is nice. I also get to carpool with my dad most of the time, so I don't mind it. I don't have to put half my paycheck into my gas tank, so that resolved my main stress of keeping my job over Christmas break. My foot still hurts some, but I can walk without the bandage-wrap and pain meds, which makes me happy. Half of my right foot is constantly prickly/numb, days after the last time I wore the bandage, so I wonder if I killed my foot by wearing the wrap too tight... oh well ^^;. AMPUTATION TIME <3 (I really hope not, though... if I have to, I'll write in my LJ about it XD; ).
So that's all I feel like blabbing about for now. Everything is all long and drawn out in story-telling form, but it's been days since it all happened, so I feel some distance from it all, and had to tell it like that XD;. Gomen ^^;.
Oh, and work today sucked, and work tomorrow is going to suck... WHY DOES EVERYONE HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG TO GO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING, AND THEN DECIDE TO SWAMP THE MALL AND MAKE MY LIFE HELL? Just wonderin' >|.
OKAYz, TIME FOR BED NOW. *hobbles slightly to bed, where she will have good dreams of good semester grades, and bad dreams of bad Christmastime customers (boo)* Oyasumi ^__^.