narrated by: Oliver
I moved into the dorms at the end of August, it’s weird not seeing my family or Paloma every day. We talk all the time though, she usually calls after school lets out.
If the car is available, she’ll drive downtown to spend the evening with me as well. Her Mom has been pretty cool about letting her stay out til Quiet Time begins at 10pm which mean she doesn’t get home until close to 11 with the drive.
She has to check in each time she’s here to visit, and Paige knows her by sight now. I worry about her driving so much just to visit me, but I don’t have a vehicle of my own, and the bus system to Millwood is nearly offensive with it’s lack of stops. Once in the morning, and once in the evening, only useful for those that work in the city.
She’s always in a bright mood when she first arrives, she can’t wait to start at Eastborough next fall. Sometimes we talk about the more serious issue of her affording to attend, but usually, we just ignore the fact that her family struggles to pay their mortgage.
Much of the time though I’m separated from my family and Paloma. My roommate, Lance is a pretty good guy, he isn’t in the room much, but he provided a sofa and tv that I can use as I please. Which means, I only have to leave my room for class if I wanted it to be that way.
He gives me a hard time about writing my term paper, and needing to lighten up some. But I don’t’ take it to heart, he has a full ride scholarship. Unlike me, I only have this year paid in full, after this, it’s up to my grants and loans to get through my education. I realize if me and Paloma get married someday, as she has planned, that we will start off with some heavy debt.
Contrary to Lance’s belief though, I don’t spend my whole life in the room, being anti-social. Isaac is a sophomore, and we never stopped being friends when he moved to college, so we hang out regularly. He’s still dating Elise, on and off again. I guess it’s getting more serious now that they are adults though. He told me that she wants them to get married, maybe this summer, and he doesn’t think it’s such a bad idea.
I still remember when she flirted with me outside of his house though a year ago. She makes me uncomfortable, half of the time I feel like she’s got her eye on me or something. When me and Isaac shoot hoops, it sounds like she cheers louder for me than Isaac.
She hasn’t made any recent moves though, so I’m trying to give her the benefit of the doubt.
I’m finding college more difficult than high school, it’s not something that is going to beat me, but it definitely takes focus.
I’ve never drank coffee in my entire life, but now I’m addicted to the little cappuccino machines outside lecture rooms.
Everywhere I look, there are people sleeping in the library, goofing off outside, and just not putting much effort into their classwork. And they all seem fine. It’s definitely new to me, to have to work hard to succeed, to not have girls falling all over me when I walk by. I was definitely an average fish in a small pond back in high school, and here, I’m just an average fish in a big pond.
I try to get all my work done so the weekends are free, I like to go home and spend time with the boys. I feel bad for Julius and Elias now that I’m gone. I miss the chaos that all my siblings bring to the mix.
The boys have tons to fill me in on about their week and all the dramas of Grammar School. They make me miss those easy days of learning cursive and catching butterflies.
Mom is giving me a complex though, she keeps asking about my activity at college, and if I’m staying away from all the fried food in the cafeteria. She says I look fine now, just tired, and maybe a little heavier.
I’m not any heavier, and her making me salads is making me feel fat. So I wish she’d stop worrying. But at least she seems to be doing well. She was smiling most of my visit, and even checked in with Marta down at Zoe-Gen to see how business was going and was pleased with Marta’s response. She told me to not worry, that financially she is doing well.
I didn’t see my Dad the entire visit, it was a Saturday so I don’t know where he was off to since the Lab is closed on the weekends. I didn’t ask much about it though, he’s usually gone, and Mom was in a good mood.
During the week, Isaac and myself decided to visit with my sister Emma. She lives in South Port, so there isn’t any issue taking a bus to see her, and Chris is a good guy. I don’t know him well, but I like him enough.
Our Grandma and Grandpa arranged for an apartment for Emma to move into after Chaz was born. Grandma Mandy couldn’t stand the idea of her great-grandson living in squalor. Their new apartment is great, newly renovated, a playground, only families can live in it and the rent is affordable.
Emma seems to be adjusting with the new baby. I can’t believe I’m an uncle though. It seems odd having a 3 year old sister, and a newborn nephew. Grace is having her baby in the summer, and it just shows how much things are changing. Me in college, and my big sisters with kids. I could probably talk Paloma out of college if I married her and gave her babies.
But I’m no where near ready to handle babies. So she just has to wait. I’m not sure when or even if, I’ll ever ask her to marry me. All I know at this point, is that I want to be a teacher someday, and that is my main priority.
I think Isaac should put his focus more on academics too. Emma’s best friend, Lorelei is the date gone bad that he told me about. “The tiny girl who threw like a man,” were his exact words. He never called her again, and didn’t expect to find her at Emma’s house while we played some video games.
She’s never been the quiet type, and asked him pretty forwardly why he didn’t call. I don’t know if she was being serious, or just jesting with him, but he got all flushed, and started stuttering.
We were all glad when they took out into the hall, but only Isaac came back in. He told me later that Lorelei tried to kiss him, and he told her that he was seeing Elise, and then she made an excuse to go home. I hope that she doesn’t tell my sister, I don’t want Emma to punch me because Isaac never called Lorelei back.
Notes: The dorm is filled with my playable NPC’s, Henry and Meme Popper, Paige (Peter’s ex), and Isaac. Isaac and Elise both rolled the want to get engaged, but I’m making them wait, a bit. See what else happens!
Lorelei wasn’t impressed with Issac on her date, but a few months pass, and suddenly she has wants to flirt, and appreciate Isaac. He rejected her, poor thing, she was pretty distressed over it. A little irony, cause in high school he was quite smitten with Lorelei, but she wasn’t interested at all.
Last update with my old terrain, got Sim City, just tweaking the new terrain before I begin redoing it all, again. Looking good though, so no more *sad* from me. 🙂
Thanks for reading!