Today we slept in for the first time in several weeks. Lack of sleeping in was mainly due to the fact that Saturday Ian had a Men’s Group which required getting up at 8 to attend; Sunday we rose at 9 for church as is becoming our sad, low-sleep custom. However, we both have today and tomorrow off, and are working hard to maximize our sleep time during those nights. After a restless night of tossing and turning I finally gave up and, taking my book, went out to the common room/kitchen to prepare myself some toast. It felt very domestic and calm to be able to sit in my pyjamas reading a book and eating toast with jam on it. At 11:20 Ian’s phone went off, and I rushed to answer it; alas, Ian had awoken already, but I answered it to hear Luke on the other end sounding apologetic and wanting to take us to Daka.

Well, we don’t pass up free food ever, so though I had eaten my toast I went with the guys. The rest of their plan consisted of going to get their hair cut and dropping by Best Buy to oogle over games that have not yet come out (Call of Duty, for one). I decided to accompany them, and instead of oogling over games I oogled over a very, very fine Sony digital camera Best Buy offered for only $725. It is exactly what I have dreamed of, and Ian offered to buy it for me: “For your birthday, and Christmas, for the next 10 years,” was his exact phrasing. Checking eBay I found it offered for $560 and ending in 49 minutes… Fortunately I have more self control than that, and am able to resist such desires. I also almost bought a tripod, but realized that my camera did not have variable shutter speed, so the tripod wouldn’t be particularly useful. I may ask for one for Christmas, but since my parents so wonderfully gave me the one I have just last year, I can hardly hope for such good luck again.

Turns out the hair cut place doesn’t operate on Mondays, so that part of the walk was in vain. Still, we had gone almost halfway to Best Buy in any case, so we just went the rest of the way. No harm in the exercise, even if it is through car dealerships’ parking lots for lack of sidewalk on Park Ave. We admired the tiny headlight-wipers on Volvos and mocked huge Ford extended-cab-ridiculously-long-bed trucks. Wind blew cold on the walk, remiding us that winter speeds towards us faster every day. WeatherUnderground predicts snow on Thursday and I would hardly be surprised if they turned out right for a change. Last year the snowing began in October, and I cannot imagine why it shouldn’t do the same this winter.

This choice stands before me: play Risk with Ian and Luke (to inevitably lose, for both have far more experience and for some reason far better luck than I with the dice), or to study for my Marine Bio exam coming up? My exams are: Marine Bio, October 28th; Geology, November 4th; Math, Novemer 5th. I shall continue working on Marine Bio and join the guys for a second game unless they press me too hard. I wish every day was a break day.

As a side note, for all you LOTR lovers out there, the Secret Diaries will make your day.

– KF –

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