July 20, 2012 I AM THE QUEEN OF EMBARRASSING MYSELF!! I always thought my greatest talent was drawing, but I’m starting to think it’s actually HUMILIATING myself!! The other night, my mom and I went to the mall. We were looking for a gift that my mom could give to her friend’s daughter. (I actually never met the girl, because she and her mom live in Italy…how cool is that?!) I guess the friend went to high school with my mom, and she’s coming to visit next week, so they’re planning to get together. My mom knows from Facebook that the daughter’s birthday’s coming up, so she thought it would be nice to get her something. Since I’m right around her age, she asked me to help pick it out. Not that you needed to know all that…but too late now! You do! Anyways, we were looking in Claire’s because I was thinking maybe we’d get some cute earrings or something, and we found some really awesome stuff! Then I had to go to the bathroom REALLY, REALLY bad. But it was getting kind of late, and the mall was about to close. So my mom told me to just run to bathroom while she checked out. I was kind of rushing because I knew I didn’t have much time. I was in and out in practically 15 seconds. (Don’t worry…I washed my hands! I’m not totally gross or anything!) When I got out of the bathroom, I started speed walking…okay, running, to get back to Claire’s. Then all of a sudden I tripped and fell…into Brandon! He was walking in the food court drinking a smoothie, all by himself. I’m SO glad I didn’t make him spill it! I was so psyched to see him! But I thought it was kind of random that he was just wandering…by himself…with a beverage. So I went, “Hey stranger! What are you doing here?” Then he said, “Drinking a smoothie.” And I was like, “Oh, is that what that is? I figured you were asking people for change or something.” Then we both started to laugh. I was just being silly! After that he told me he was waiting for his grandmother, who was in the bathroom. And then he said, “Maybe you want to go say hi?” Now THAT was random. I mean, his grandmother is super nice and all, but it would be kind of awkward to knock on her stall and say, “Hey there! It’s Nikki! What’s up?” Still, he seemed pretty insistent, so I went back to the bathroom. As soon as I walked by the mirror, I noticed it: a BIG strand of toilet paper hanging from the back of my pants. THE HORROR!!! He probably didn’t know how to tell me because he didn’t want to embarrass me. I mean, what would he have said… “Um, Nikki, it looks like you need to take a little more time in the bathroom, because you have a toilet paper TAIL! I was so mortified when I came out that I just ran past Brandon and said, “I missed your grandmother. Got to go! Tell her I say hi!” When I got to Claire’s, my mom said, “Looks like the mall closes in three minutes. Just enough time…now I have to go to the bathroom!” I practically yelled, “They’re all out of toilet paper in the one near the food court!” I was so glad she decided to just wait until we got home. One moment of humiliation is my nightly limit!