July 26, 2012 ZOEY’S GROUNDED! I am SO super bummed out!! Chloe, Zoey, and I were planning to go to this local carnival on Saturday night. It’s only here for one more weekend, and I’ve been TOTALLY looking forward to it! I even went to the carnival this morning so I could draw a map of all the rides. This way, we won’t have to waste ANY time and we’ll make sure to fit in every ride we want to go on! I know what you’re probably thinking: Don’t they have little ride maps there for free? Um, yeah, they do. But I’m an ARTIST!!! Using a pre-made ride map would be like my Dad going to a cockroach-infested motel and calling an exterminator to come take care of business. Wouldn’t happen. He LIVES for killing bugs!! Anyways, like I said I’ve been pretty psyched about this carnival. I figured Chloe, Zoey, and I would be talking about it all summer. I mean, it would definitely be the coolest thing we’d do! But then today, when I called Zoey to tell her all about my map, she said she had bad news. Right then I got a nasty case of roller coaster syndrome…and NOT the good kind that comes after going on an ACTUAL roller coaster. I just KNEW it was going to be something really bad, and it turns out, I was right! Zoey told me she’s grounded for the weekend, so she can’t go out at all. As in no riding on the tea cups with me and Chloe. NO eating hot dogs and cotton candy until we feel like we might hurl. NO CARNIVAL AT ALL! And this is the last weekend! It’s our only chance to go! I asked her what happened, but she said she didn’t feel like talking about it. I had a feeling she was really bummed. I mean, I could hear it in her voice. So of course I was like, “If you can’t go, we won’t go!” But I secretly really hoped we could all still go. I mean, if we can’t go, I’ll have to just stare at my little map and pretend I’m a tiny paper person having loads of fun inside my drawing. As fun as that sounds, it’s just not my style. I’m not into CRAZY imaginary things like Brianna! After I hung up the phone, I called Chloe right away to tell what was up. She said the same thing I said…if Zoey can’t go, we won’t go. Right then I got a text message from Zoey that read, “Friends show their love in times of trouble.” ~Euripides. Thanks for being there for me. But I really think you should go!!! She’s SUCH a good friend, thinking of us when she’s grounded! I told Chloe about the text, and we decided we’d just think about it for a day and see what happens. Maybe Zoey will get un-grounded and we won’t have to decide! I sure hope that happens, because my mom heard me talking to Chloe and was all like, “Don’t worry Nikki. If you can’t go with Chloe and Zoey, I’ll take you and Brianna!” I mean, that was super thoughtful of her, but I’d rather take a nap in a Porta Potty than go on a ton of kiddie rides with Brianna. She ALWAYS cries, even when it’s about as exciting as sitting in the toddler seat of a shopping cart. You know what…I’m just thinking SUPER positively about the weekend, and maybe the universe will just make everything work out. Cross your fingers for me friends. I hope the next blog post you read is all about my awesome time at the carnival!!!!