It’s 2:02 A.M. in the morning on August 25th. In a mere twelve hours, I will be at work. In twenty-six hours, I will be getting up for my first day of school as a Senior.

Today was a day of celebration. My teeth were finally liberated from their metal jail of braces after three years of torture. I enjoyed a few hours without any hardware in my mouth. Life was good. I went back to the orthodontists’ office a few hours later, and left with uncomfortable retainers. My bottom teeth have a small wire glue on the back. My top teeth are stuck in a plastic-shell retainer 24/7 and my bottom teeth are in a similar retainer at night. I’m wearing both retainers right now and it feels like I’m wearing a football mouthguard. My tongue keeps rubbing against the plastic, tasting the foreign object in my mouth and notifying my brain that there’s an intruder.

It feels like I’m drowning in a million things that I have to do. I have to finish my summer reading for AP English. I have to catch up on blog posts. I have to get ready for the twentyeleven project. I have to go to bed early so I can hope to sleep well during the first few weeks of the school year. I have to get ready for school. I have to get my clothes ready. I have to get used to getting up early for school. I have to fill the car’s gas tank. I have to e-mail people… I have to go to work tomorrow.

It just seems like time is running out. Like there is some deadline I have to meet with a ton of things to do, and if I fail, shit is going to hit the fan. It’s like a mental ulcer that keeps nagging me to keep moving.

Tonight, Jon, Kristin, Anne, and I went to Breakers to play pool. It was incredibly relaxing. Worries seemed to fade away for a couple of hours. We played a few pathetic rounds of pool and had a hell of a time. Kristin had to leave earlier then the rest of us, so the remaining crew went to the movie theater. We made a quick pit stop by the gas station for snacks, and then went to Vampires Suck. After the hilarious movie, we went to iHop to talk about what’s ahead (aka School). It ended up being one of the most hilarious conversations I’ve had in a while. I’ll never look at corks the same again…

It was nice to just escape for a while. It probably seems stupid for me to feel so stressed after coming home from two weeks of vacation, but it’s not. Everything piled up at once after I came home. It seemed incredibly overwhelming at first, but now it seems somewhat manageable. It’s just another day in the life of an angst-ridden adolescent I guess.

That’s all for today. Tomorrow’s post will be one you won’t want to miss. I’ll also try to post the missing updates ASAP. Life is busy, and time is money. Thanks for reading, and remember to comment.

– Will