June 14, 2012 WE’RE GETTING A POOL! OMG, I can’t believe we’re getting a pool! That’s what I’d have written if I was happy about it, but I’m TOTALLY not! Why, you ask? I’ll tell you why! Last night I was looking at cute bathing suits online. I found this itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini, just like the song! I’ve never actually seen one of those before. And boy was it tiny! So I was like, “Yup, not getting that!” I’m not a big fan of looking NAKED on the beach! But right next to it, I found this super cute yellow one-piece, so I was like, “Moooom!!!!!” She was actually just in the next room, but I thought she was upstairs so I screamed it super loud. And then she went, “Geez Nikki, no need to scream. You could wake the dead!” This is actually completely unnecessary information to give you, ‘cause it’s in NO WAY relevant to my story, but hey, just giving you a clear picture of what went down! Anyways, she came over to the computer, and I was like, “You know how you’re ALWAYS telling me to stay close to the shore when I swim at the beach? Imagine if one day there’s a really bad undertow, and it pulls me SUPER far out? I should probably have a really bright bathing suit so the life guards can find me!” Then she went, “I was thinking you wouldn’t need to go the beach much this summer, because we’re planning to get a pool! OMG I almost flipped! I was like, “A pool?!? Our very own pool? Like, in OUR yard?!?” She might as well have just told Tyra was knocking on the front door, because I was TOTALLY psyched!! It didn’t last very long, though. As I was doing my Snoopy happy dance, she said, “Yup! I already found the one I want. It’s one of those adorable plastic kiddie pools…it’s just the right size for you and Brianna!” “Um, what? Back it up. Did you say KIDDIE pool? As in, a tiny pool for kids?” I’m pretty sure I gasped right before I said this. I mean, come on…a kiddie pool? We may as well fill the tub with cold water and just sit in there together in our bathing suits! Then Mom said, “I know…they’re not huge or anything, but you can really cool yourself down in one of those, and this way, you can spend a lot of quality time with Brianna!” I love my sister and all. And as I get older, I find her less and less annoying (you know, because I’m all mature and stuff). I wouldn’t mind spending time with her, but it would be MUCH more fun if we didn’t have to practically sit on each other’s laps. She already wakes me up by putting her face pretty much on top of mine. I need SOME personal space!! Even though Mom hadn’t bought me my new bathing suit yet, I started Googling “above ground pools.” I figured Mom would totally want a bigger one if I showed her some pictures of smiling strangers splashing around, looking like a big happy family. Nope! I was wrong! She saw they were pretty much all a few hundred dollars and said, “Those are kind of pricey dear. I think the kiddie pool will be more fun than you think!” I somehow doubt that’s true! You can’t do cannon balls in a kiddie pool. You can’t lounge on a float in a kiddie pool. You can’t even SWIM in a kiddie pool! After Mom crushed my pool fantasy, I asked her about that yellow suit I wanted. And, get this…she said, ‘”Well, this week I’m buying that kiddie pool, so it’s not really a good time to buy anything else.” So we’re getting a kiddie pool AND I’m not getting a new bathing suit! Oh well, I guess I can wear my old ones, even though that have those weird bally things all over the butt parts from sitting on cement. And this just gives me another good excuse to go to the beach a ton…I’m WAY too big for a one-foot pool!