So this past week has been especially strange- like a spike among everyday routines that cause this week to be collectively different than every other week for the past... long while.
Last weekend, my sister, mother, older brother, and I went to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. Very fun and all, it was my second time going (the first was during the Halloween season, so they had the Dark Side of the Gardens theme). Mom was being... stubborn and irrational and arbitrary as usual when she drinks too much late at night (I argued over turning the television off so that I could go to sleep like she told me to- longer story than will fit here).
Then Memorial Day came on Monday, and wasn't THAT fun? DDD: My step-mom had a BUNCH of family over, and I was expected to act congenial and welcoming when, really, I just wanted to be by myself because I felt like a stranger in my own home (and one of the younger ones kept messing around in my room... #>>).
So then came Tuesday where, right before bed, Dad drug me outside for an hour long talk about how he's worried I'm becoming depressed and antisocial. The conversation started out very serious and awkward but ended on a very light, very understanding note that ultimately made us both feel loads better.
So I drifted through Wednesday in peace before coming home and riding out on Jetskis with Dad. Though toward the end of that, he said that I had to apologize to my step-mother for causing extra stress on Memorial Day. It wasn't a conversation I was looking forward to, but I told my Dad I would. Lo and behold, I got back home, apologize, and she exploded on me all of this arbitrary, irrational garbage (that I admited begrudgingly had an actual 5% truth to it) (this was after she made me explain what I was sorry for which, in truth, I wasn't sorry for at all and almost couldn't remember what I was apologizing for), and I was struggling with holding myself together (emotionally- because she's ask my honest opinion, I'd give it to her, then she'd say my opinion was wrong). I got all hot and bothered, but I kept my head together and got her to talk herself in circles (which she was doing herself anyway). When the half hour harrangue ended, I departed to my room and waited for my crying-induced nausea to end so I could finish my dinner (which I hadn't previously finished in order to go on that JetSki ride with Dad) then put my dishes away. In the kitchen, Dad approached, and he said he was proud of me and a couple of other things that made me smile because we both knew that neither had told anyone else of the conversation we had before bed on Tuesday (which was obvious by the conversation with my step mom). So that day ended on a happily strained note.
Thursday were the final testing days of school that my sister and I were required to attend (two tests in one day, each 25% of the overall class grade, one significantly easier than the other, neither any fun).
So then Friday was only roughly an hour ago in which I woke up this morning knowing I didn't have school. At one point today, I went out on a JetSki into the lake, found a nice, little island, and camped out to try to gather inspiration for the challenge I submitted over half an hour ago (Challenge 22). While on this island, VERY little progress was made with the challenge itself, but I met a nice lady and her two Schnouzers. I wasn't there for an hour before the time predetermined by my Dad for me to leave came, and I bid goodbye to the lady. She was friendly, but I felt bad because she thought I was leaving to get some privacy elsewhere. She thought she was being a distraction to me (which she really wasn't because my lack of progress was mostly the lake itself's fault for reasons I won't go into right now), but, honestly, I enjoyed her company and when she turned on the radio to 102.9 "The Lake" though the only song I distinctly remember hearing from it was "Baracuda" by Heart. I told her that it wasn't her fault I was leaving but my own. She really didn't seem to buy it though. So I came home, refused to show my doodlings to anyone when asked, watched some TV, played some MineCraft, did Challenge 22, and wrote this entry.
I'm not completely sure why I felt like putting this all here where the entirity of the internet can see it, but I felt like I had to put it somewhere, and I guess always seeing it on my DA profile page will help me remember how... eccentric my life can be sometimes.