© 2009 Carissa Fine

Pumpkin, Ice, and a Long Day

Beep! Beep! Beep! That’s the first sound I hear every morning. And it’s probably my least favorite sound in the entire world. I think I could throw my alarm clock across the room and not feel guilty about it. That is, until the next morning, when I would end up sleeping through the entire day.

This morning when I woke up, the clock seemed extra loud. BEEP!BEEP!BEEP! I unwillingly peeled out from underneath my warm, snuggly covers and walked across the room to turn it off. (Yep, I put it across the room, otherwise I’d be too lazy to get up and I’d just keep hitting the snooze.)¬†You know how I mentioned those days when you just want to curl back up in bed and never get out? Today was one of those days for me. Bad hair day, 37 whopping degrees outside, a very early morning history class… You get the point. And it just got crazier from there, including T-Mobile phone service going out worldwide, which totally made me feel stranded. Slightly pathetic, I know, considering I hardly make phone calls and basically the only person I text is Jake. It’s a really weird feeling, though, not being able to send random texts or make a quick call to say hello. I felt very disconnected. (Thankfully T-Mobile is providing service again after several hours of slight torture.) When I finally made it back to my room at the end of this hectic day, I was expecting the delicious, homey smell of Mulled Cider. (We’re not allowed to actually burn candles at my school, but we can have candle warmers, and I had put my Mulled Cider candle on to welcome me in from a rough day.) Unfortunately, it smelled more like rotten apples than cider. Figures.

But there was one other welcome committee waiting for me! Meet Pumpkin and Ice. Pumpkin is mine and Ice is my roommate Sara’s. These little guys have made it for almost a month, which is pretty good considering the last time Sara and I bought fish they didn’t last more than a week. Although they can’t exactly cuddle in bed (I miss my dog, can you tell?), they are always there, swimming peacefully in their medium jar sized world. Tonight was no different. They were there, waiting patiently for me to feed them their disgusting smelling flakes for dinner. So I guess today wasn’t that terrible. The day I come back and they are both floating at the top of the bowl, that will be a bad day. (Sorry, that was kind of sick humor.) For now, I’ll just take it one day at a time, like the fish. Tomorrow is a new day. And I’m ready. Bring it on!

My little Pumpkin

Sara named Ice after a character from Arrested Development (greatest show ever!)

They love those flakes. It becomes a feeding frenzy.

Sorry Ice, Pumpkin is just more photogenic.

Now I’m off to bed. Those warm, snuggly covers are calling to me!

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