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Saturday Nov. 29

I wandered my house alone. My sister was out. She never told me about her date with Matt. I've been curious and I'm even more curious. My parents were working or out and I was online. My father went to pick Adam up around 1:45 PM and rushed to come get Jim and I. I busied Jim and we were off to the train station. We got there just in time and got on the train. No problems there. Jim was just fine. We found a seat that flipped to face the disability seating. More feet room and space for JIm and a regular seat that doesn't make me feel like I'm going *TIMBER!!!*. The train ride was pretty peaceful, but packed. That's what I expected on a 2 PM Saturday train. A lady with her husband came and sat in the vacant single seat closest to Jim. She was really nice about it. She said as long as Jim is comfortable she is fine. Great! I love nice people. The nice lady had moved because there was space. There was a stop and a lady with a bunch of bags came into our car. She saw the seat and just stared. The nice woman was watching as well I guess and offered to sit next to Jim for the rest of the ride. The bag lady looked relieved. *sigh* He's a GUIDE dog!!! No harm... the most he'll do is SNIFF. That involves his NOSE, not his teeth! We finally arrived in Chicago. Adam and I had slight difficulties figuring out where we wanted to eat. We walked to the theatre district and decided on Giardano's. The walk was brisk and the air burned my lungs. But it felt good to walk in the city. I told Adam again and again he needs to tell me where we are going and the turns and whatnot. He kept forgetting. *sigh* I don't blame him but he has to remember that I have to direct Jim. I wish people understand that when dog handling is involved. I have to play a leader role not a follower. We arrived at our scrumptious goodies destination. After walking in, I told Adam to ask the hostess for a table instead of a booth, the hostess took a look at Jim and said, "Mam, we will have to seat you somewhere else because of the dog." I protested with, "He's a working dog. Why can't you just seat us at a table?" She responded with, "He will be near the food." ARG!! I pointed to a table and got her to seat us but it was away from all the other Italian dish eaters and near the door. I am determined to go to every place in Chicago that says no dogs and involves food and demand that I get a seat with other people. Trust me, it's tempting... It took them a long time to get us our pizza, but they made it a deep dish pizza instead of a thin crust. Adam didn't notice so I pretended I didn't either. Eating at Giardano's reminded me of my senior year when we went to see Pirate Queen with the Fine Arts department and ate there. It was 9 girls and my choir director. Ah, blissful memories... ROFL. *grin* I was ready to get out of there after eating my fill of sausage, onion, mushroom, and other veggie pizza. It was good, but the discrimination that I experienced at the beginning really irked me. We stepped out into the cold at 6:15 PM. A group of youths sauntered past me. One of them stooped down and pet Jim and just walked away. I yelled irritably after him, "Don't pet my dog please!" Course, I didn't see his face, but if he was laughing I would've ripped his throat out. We walked towards the Oriental Theatre. I had to stop at a McDonald's to feed Jim. More discrimination happened there...

Here's what happened ~

I walk into McDonald's and immediately an employee confronts me and says, " Mam, you can't have your dog in here." I respond with, "He is a working dog. He's allowed in here." Mr. employee gives me a look and asks, "Is there anything you need?" I said, "Yes, where are the restrooms?" He pointed to the door that was right next to me and said, "there is the accessible restroom. I'll go get the key." He runs and gets the key and opens it for me. I didn't have a bowl or anything so I ended up feeding Jim on a bunch of paper towels. They had refused giving a bowl to me. ARG!!! Frustration... Time for Sarah to buy collapsible bowls from a pet store... I walked out of McDonald's pissed off because Adam was no where to be found and he later found me and gave me a bowl. Why didn't they give me a bowl but gave him one? Bah - stupid.... Whatever, Jim was fed.

We continued our walk and finally got to the theatre. Nothing was going on so we went into Borders which was right next door. Adam and I hung out there until 7 PM. We were in front of the Oriental by 7:10. There were a ton of people. Jim was so crowded. I felt bad for him. Pictures were taken and the doors were finally opened. Adam had gone to get the tickets. We both walked in. The greeter was such a nice woman. She told us where all the accessible bathrooms where and everything was wonderful. What a great lady. We need more of those in the world... I couldn't help but smile when she exclaimed, "Ohhh!! We have a lovely pooch joining us today!" Adam and I walked down to where the bathroom was. I gave Jim some water and we went to our seats. The usher seated us in row V when we were row Y. We sat on the end. Lucky us because I had Jim with me. He had enough room. *smile* I was skimming the program and saw that one of my trumpet mentors from high school was in the pit orchestra!!! Holy SHIT  - awesomeness!!!

The overture started with a surprising bold note that made my mouth drop. I was told that every piece should always start with an unforgettable note. It should be something I wont forget. For the most part, I enjoyed the show.

Thoughts ~

Elphaba - Her voice was kind of bubbly and not bold enough, she lacked on her acting a bit.
Glinda - Awesome actress. Her voice was pretty good too. I enjoyed her performance. She's kind of a spazz.
Morrible - Good, didn't like her singing too much, but bearable.
Fiyero - same guy from 2006 when I last saw it. But he changed. Kind of pissed me off... *sigh* Still a hottie though.
Dillamond - His bah-ing was good... *smile* However, his singing was very abrupt and staccato.
Nessarose - She would've done better as Elphaba possibly. Her voice was very strong.
Boq - He was alright. I was a little disappointed.

Like I said, overall I really liked it. I just wish Fiyero didn't sing differently and didn't try to change some of his melodies. Elphaba and Glinda's harmonies were changed as well for a lasting effect I guess. They were more dissonant. *shrug* After the finale, the entire cast stayed on the stage and Fiyero AKA Kristopher started talking about charities and donations. I really wanted a backstage tour. But I didn't want to stay any later than I had to. Perhaps I will go to "Behind the Emerald Curtain" and see the backstage for $25 on some Tuesday during winter break.

Adam, Jim, and I walked to the giant Christmas tree on state and deerbourne. We took a bunch of pictures. Then we walked back to Ogalvie and hung out and then boarded our train. Adam was sleepy the entire ride. It was 2 AM when we got back to CL. I went to bed around 2:30 AM.

Sunday Nov. 30

I woke up and everyone was gone. It was 12:15 PM when I was fully functioning. Sarah called me to tell me that there was a big snow storm coming and she offered me a ride back to NIU. Adam brought his sister to see Jim and to drop off the LCD TV his mother was no longer using. She bought a 19 inch one at the Walmart sale on Black Friday. Good for me... Now I can watch Rush Hour 2 and Rocky Horror Picture Show on my new little TV. *smile* I got to NIU and found out the little TV is a full 5 inches smaller than my big huge tube TV. I put my big TV in the closet. I will take it home It is bigger, but hell, space is important to me right now. I was supposed to go to recitals to write concert reports. The snow kept me indoors. I didn't go anywhere. I just set up my TV. I ended up hanging out with Sarah and her roomie for a little bit. We ordered pizza. I got back to my room late. I didn't do much for the rest of the night.

Monday Dec. 1

Happy December 1st! Who would've thought we'd have a white December? Snow doesn't usually come until the middle or the end of the month. We rarely had a white Christmas. I thought I'd get more accomplished but I was lazy. I went to Braille and we just went over final stuff. My final is on Wednesday and Saturday. EW! I found out that I got only 2 errors on my parallel assignment so I have a homework average of 90%. YAY! KUDOS TO ME! Wow - I don't remember doing this well in any class. I skipped English again. I know... I'm pretty F*cked for that class as well as MUSC. My goal is to get myself out of the hole. I didn't do much but was up until 4:25 AM.

That's what my weekend was like.

c_for_chaos: (Gasp)
Friday Nov. 21

I woke up later than I expected. You can't blame me for actually sleeping. Next thing I knew, Andrea was pounding on my window. We left Dekalb at 9 AM. Suckage..... We pulled into Elburn train station at 9:25 just in time to see the train pull away.  I fell asleep in the train station after taking care of Jim. Inside the shelter, there was only one person. I put my stuff down next to me and fell asleep for about half an hour. I was woken up around 10:12 by a bunch of people. I wasn't alone anymore. The train pulled up at 10:25 AM. I walked on with Jim. The conductor placed me in "disability seating". When the train started moving, I felt like I was going to fall over so I asked the conductor if I can move. He sort of protested, but moved me anyway. When I found a seat, there was a woman who confronted us about Jim. 

Convo -

Woman: I am very afraid of dogs.
Conductor: Mam, it's alright, that's a seeing eye dog. He wont hurt you.
Woman: I know, but I am still very afraid of dogs. So I will move.

My thoughts screamed GOOD RIDENCE!! I mean, c'mon, I can't please everyone and I have a right to be comfortable on the train. So that was dog discrimination numero uno... I arrived in Chicago only to meet Adam at Ogalvie after being told he wouldn't be there for another 40 minutes. He called my name just as I was about to descend the stairs. I talked to him about where we need to go. I went to the CVS that was near the station. Blistex chapstick, cough drops, Sudafed, and an all day CTA pass were purchased. My deit card was being used. I chose to get money back, but I typed in the wrong number. I selected "other" and typed in 3, 5 for $35. The cashier gave me back $0.35. She said, "Um, you selected 35 cents." That was my LOL moment of the day. We left and took a CTA bus to the Greyhound station. I stood in line and was called.
Here's the convo for dog discrimination numero dos:

Convo -

Woman (as soon as I stepped up): Mam, did you call?
Me: Call for?
Woman: Call a couple days in advance because of your service dog
Me: No, I didn't know I had to.
Woman: Well you did. We cannot accomodate you if you didn't.
Me: Oh...?
Woman: Where are you going?
Me: Madison, WI
Woman: Time?
Me: I was hoping for the 3 PM bus.
Woman: That one is full. You'll have to call the disability office to help accomodate your needs.
Me: Alright.... I guess...
Woman: No, I'll go check and see if there's a later bus. *checks* There is a later bus at 5:30 PM. Would you like to take it? (with a snappier tone) There are no refunds.
Me: Sure, thanks.
Woman: Fine, that'll be $30.

What the hell?! That was my first ever experience with Greyhound. That lady was a bitch!!!! The website said that I didn't necessarily have to call in advance. All I had to do is show up. I bought my ticket and scadaddled to a seat with Adam. We had some time so we traveled a couple blocks to a pizza place. We devoured a tomato, spinach, and mushroom thin crust pizza and headed back to the station.

Reader, your next thought will be.... perhaps there will be more dog discrimination... Answer: SI, there was plenty.

We found a couple seats. We sat for a bit and talked. I had to go to the bathroom. I took Jim with me. As I was walking in, a woman was walking out. She saw Jim and stopped dead, gasped, and wouldn't move. Argh! So I told her it was OK and that she can go ahead. She finally moved her stupid feet. I walked into the bathroom and somehow managed to get Jim and myself into a regular sized stall. The handicapped one was occupied. Then, suckishly, the lock on the door wouldn't lock. F*ck... I made Jim lie down and moved the stall door over his back. He stepped backwards and I followed after him. We made our way to the sink to get out of the way of others. A woman stepped out of a stall, took one look at Jim, and screamed. She actually screamed. Like...ughahhh!!!! for what seemed like a good 40 seconds. I was like... WHAT THE HELL!!!! I almost blew up in front of her. I stared at her straight in the eye and almost bitched her out. Then I looked down at Jim who was obviously distressed. So I gave the woman the dirtiest look and walked out. I sat back down next to Adam and comforted Jim. Poor dog was shaking... I saw the lady walk past me. Her group was sitting against the wall in front of me and to the right slightly. I wanted to walk over there and scream at her. But then, I heard her laughing and telling her "peeps" about how Jim scared her and how she screamed. What a dousche.... Not long after that, I went outside to feed and break Jim. We had some issues with that, but it happened none the less. Adam was worried about me so he went and bought my meds for the bronchitis that still raged inside of me forcing me to cough my lungs out. He was gone for half an hour as I fell in and out of sleep. I was so tired. He came back and we waited in line for what seemed to be eternity. We stood in line from 5:15 PM onward and didn't load the bus until 6:15 PM. A girl in front of me dropped her bag which almost landed on Jim. *sigh* what the f*ck.......!!!!!!!!!! I was overly pissed by then. The entire day had been waiting and waiting and more waiting and evil people. Adam gave me a hug and he left. I boarded the bus. It was practically empty. I took Jim's handle off to make him more comfortable. I failed to notice his busy bag holder fell off. Damn it... it was cute... it was black and had skull and crossbones all over it... My mother had gotten it for me. The ride took four hours. I didn't arrive in Madison until 10:30. There were three stops. At everyone someone had to say something about Jim. It royally pissed me off. I waited at the bus depot by myself. Even the driver had left to get some coffee or something... He returned asking me if anyone was coming to get me. I said yes and right then my friend showed up with her boyfriend. We walked four blocks to her dorm. I met her roomie and Jim spazed out on a huge blue pillow. We hung out in the den for a little bit and watched Hitch. My friend fell asleep with her boy and I tied Jim there and left to go to the den. I hung out with her roomie and we both returned to her room. Roomie got ready for bed. I went into the stairwell to talk to Adam. I felt so third wheelish. It wasn't new for my friend to make me feel this way. They had only started dating a week before I got there. Why couldn't I be the only one she hung out with for the weekend? I fell asleep around 3.

Saturday Nov. 22


It was badger game day. I woke up around 10 ish. My friend and I went downstairs to take showers. I like the setup for the showers. We have curtains. They had doors. I like having a door much better than a curtain... I came back, fed, and took Jim out. We went out for breakfast. I ate some french toast, potato rounds, a bite of cake, peaches, and a donut that was saved for later. I think I am the only person who had rootbeer for breakfast. We hung out in the room for a bit. Stein's boy finally left to take a shower. I got to talk to her for a bit. He came back and we all walked to the game. The walk took a long time. It was really far. I was a little irked that her boy had to join us. Last night someone was selling their ticket and she had to say yes. We got to the stadium and found our places in the stands. The game started and the weather was alright. UW was losing for a long time. Andy (boy) was all into the game. I found myself shoved into the back. I was the fifth wheel. Stein's bro had his friend and she had her boy. Talk about awkward. The game ended finally. It was three hours long! Not to mention, we froze our asses off! Stein's mother picked us up. We put my stuff in the back and went to Famous Dave's for dinner. We dropped Stein off and were on our way back to CL. Jim was fine for some of the ride. Near the end he decided he wanted to hop up and lie on the seat. Fortunately, there was enough room in the van. I was in the front talking to Stein's mom. I got home fairly late... maybe 10 PM. I was so tired, but I did some reading and went to bed.

Sunday Nov. 23

I didn't do much. Kelsey came to pick me up around 7:30. My family was home by then. I arrived at NIU and hung out with Sarah's new roomie. It was fun. *smile*

Monday Nov. 24

I got up really late. I went to Braille class. I found out that I was doing alright. We did our slate and stylus proficiency. I later found out that I got 24 characters the first time around and 23 the second time around. Not to mention, my reading speed by sight is 48 words per minute and by touch it is 31 words per minute. So I was pretty well off. I didn't go to English.... *frown* I know, I am behind... again. damn it..

Tuesday Nov. 25

I was planning on going to MUSC 220. I did chores instead. I went to health services to get my blood drawn. It didn't hurt as much as it did last year. Perhaps this lady was more gentle. Although, we had issues with my veins. I was stuck more than once or she moved the needle a lot. Kelsey took us home around 4 PM. I didn't do much. Adam kinda pissed me off. He said he was going to be home around 7 or 8. Yet I saw him online at 6. He said he was leaving and then I texted him and he said he was on the el past 7. What the heck? He told me 7 or 8 and ends up coming at 9. Talk about being led on. He does this a lot to me. He brings me up and then sets me back. I don't think he notices... Which is very annoying. Never the less, he took me to see Madagascar 2 - Escape to Africa. It was cute. We came back to my house and hung out for a bit. He left around 1:30 AM.

Wednesday Nov. 26

I called Adam thinking we'd be doing something. But ended up doing nothing. He wanted to hang out with his family. That's OK with me, but don't say maybe we can do something tomorrow and then blow me off. I figured, he has all of Thursday to spend with his family. I spent the entirity of the day alone. Again.

Thursday Nov. 27

It was Thanksgiving! I was forced up bright and early. My parents were planning on leaving around 9 AM but we didn't leave until 11:30. We arrived in Rosemont around noon thirty. Only a couple cars were there. However, everyone showed up except for my older cousins. Charlie was in Kentucky, Brian in Turkey, David in Arkansas, Carl in Indiana, and Allison in Cali. Sad day... Thanksgiving seemed to be dying slowly. I found out that my Uncle Bob is very sick. He showed up and looked like crap. Poor guy, I've never seen him so upset. He has fluid in his lungs and it was draining into his legs. I also found out that a guy asked my sister out on a date. Her first date!!!! FREAK OUT!!! I got one plate of food because I was swatted away from seconds by my parents. I was antagonized because of my weight. *sigh* Thanks for causing hell. The kids wouldn't leave Jim alone. Poor thing had kids all over him. I told them to leave him alone an obscene amount of times. Korean kids don't listen. PERIOD. We came home at 11:30 PM. Ew... I was instructed to sleep because of the upcoming Black Friday shopping spree in 4 hours.

Friday Nov. 28

I was woken up by my phone screaming at me. Ugh - I dragged myself out of bed. Jim was still asleep. It was 3:15 AM. I woke my sister up. She refused. So I went back and laid in my bed and started texting her like crazy. Finally, furious, she woke up. Hehe - yay me. Adam called to say he was coming around 4. Ew....... My sister and I got into the van. Adam's mom greeted us. We headed to Walmart. It was packed in there. We ran into Emma. Yay Emma!!! My sister and I purchased a vacuum, toys, and a GPS system for my parents. I also purchased Rush Hour 2 for myself. We made other stops at Best Buy, Office Depot, Target, and other places. Adam's mom dropped us off at my house at 9 AM. Plenty of time to hang out. We hung out for a bit and then had my sister drive us to Adam's house to get his car. Adam and I drove to Office Depot and bought a 4 GB memory card for my camera. We ate at Portillo's. Mmmm.... Big beef with hot and sweet peppers. ... I bought green tea mints at the Vitamin shoppe. We hung out at my house. Adam went home around 3:25. I hung out with my dogs until he came back. We went to Culver's to visit Britton. Diana, Stein, Joanna, Emma, and a lot of others showed up. Sarah gave me some mouth a couple times. We all went to the lighting of the town in Woodstock. However, Stein couldn't find parking so we went to the nearby Walmart. We came back and found parking. Sarah had yelled at me so I was a little pissed off. We went to Joanna's. Adam went to get his car first. I rode with Stein and we talked. I told her everything I was feeling and such about the Andy situation. We were sitting in front of Joanna's house for a good 45 minutes. We went inside and talked and laughed and didn't leave Joanna's until 11:30 PM. Adam drove Britton back to Culver's to get the car. Stein drove me home. I stayed up waiting for Adam's call for plans on Saturday. We were going to see Wicked in Chicago.

TO BE CONTINUED.....

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