On My List Today…

Parent Teacher Conferences are on my list today–I hate them! I’m a good student. I’m better than that; I’m a straight A student. But I feel stressed when my parents meet my teachers because my parents insist that I go with them to the stupid meeting. The whole thing feels awkward and senseless. My parents and teachers both scramble to figure out what to say to each other. “Nik’s a great student.” “She does all her assignments.” I’m glad to have her in class.”  Blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda. I promise my future kids that I will never attend those things.

But this time, however, I have a real reason to feel stressed and be concerned. I got in trouble–twice–in English class for texting Todd. My teacher took my phone and gave me a note to take home. Who does that anymore now that email exists? So I did what any kid would do. I signed the note myself and turned it in. I know my teacher is going to bring it up because since my grades are always good the only question Mom asks is, “Is her behavior OK?” The timing could not be worse. Homecoming is next week. Next week! It’ll be my first homecoming as Todd’s girlfriend, but you and I both know that my parents are going to ground me.

What should I do?


On My List Today…

Time together is on my list today. How much time should a couple spend together? I feel like a couple should spend as much time together as they can, but Todd doesn’t. He said that his parents spend lots of time apart, but they are still married (how can they possibly be happy?). My parents hang out all the time, laughing and going places, whispering things to each other, having each other try new foods or read new books. That’s what I want.

So what do I do? How do Todd and I figure this out? I don’t like sitting alone watching TV while Todd is hanging with his boys. I want to watch movies together, and play video games, and even go to the track and practice. Sure, Rena and I hang out, but I don’t mind telling her that I can’t because I’m hanging with Todd.

Why won’t he do the same?

What about you? What’s on your list today, and what do you think about spending time together?



Summer Madness

This summer is flying by. I haven’t done half of the things that I wanted to do. For instance, I haven’t done or completed some of the following things on my list:

1. Practice my floating (my swim instructor says I have a ‘low center of gravity’. What in the world is that? Whatever it is, I keep sinking to the bottom of the pool. (Is that a sign that I have had one too many milkshakes this summer?)

2. Teach my dad to dance. Our school holds a sophomore child-parent dance. Continue reading

Halloween Headache

With Halloween quickly approaching, I have a dilemma…how should Todd and I dress for Rena’s party? At first I didn’t even think we should dress up, after all…we’re in high school. But Rena insisted. She said everybody has to come in costume. Then she said that she and Rusty were dressing like Bella and Edward. So, of course, I asked Todd about it and after laughing and saying how stupid it all sounded, he said we could dress alike because he wanted to “keep me smiling.” But then, he suggested we dress like Ren and Stimpy. Who in the heck are Ren and Stimpy? “Only my favorite cartoon characters from when I was a kid,” he said. “It’ll be so fun,” he encouraged. “I agreed to wear a dumb costume, so the least you can do is let me pick it,” he argued.

Help me out…how does this work in relationships?

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