November 23, 2016 6:29pm

Tonight I went to my aunt and uncle’s house to have dinner and hang out. I was supposed to pick up an order of Chinese food for us but I ended up leaving my apartment much too early because I accounted for traffic and there wasn’t any. I went straight to their house and as soon as I arrived I remembered they have a dog now. They’ve probably had the dog for a while by now but I don’t see them often and it’s still new to me. I was wearing a white sweater and just got my nose pierced the day before and was worried about one or both of them getting messed up. Nothing happened though – the dog is a good dog. All dogs are good dogs, I just like cats better because they’re smaller and don’t lick as much. After a while my aunt and I went out to pick up the food. I drove, which felt weird because I almost never drive members of my family anywhere.

There was a car parked in the way of the exit at the restaurant. We wondered why they did that, and saw it was a real parking space. I waited while my aunt went inside and watched a minivan parked at the car wash across the street. The back door was open, showing a girl sitting cross-legged while her brother break danced in front of her. The owner of the badly-parked car beside me returned and drove away. Another car pulled in almost immediately. My aunt returned with the food and I told her about the kids and cars. I remembered the way back by myself and did not need her to direct me. I did need a confirmation on the correct road, though.

I got Szechuan chicken, which I had somehow gone my entire life without ever ordering before. The restaurant used water chestnuts and baby carrots, which I do not like. They also used bok choy, which I do like. I had to ask someone what it was. My aunt and uncle ordered an egg roll for me even though I didn’t ask for one, which was super cool. While we ate, we talked about movies we’d seen. I learned that they hadn’t actually seen Hobo with a Shotgun, which I’d tried to watch a few years ago but turned off because it was too gruesome. I heard them talking about it at Christmas one year and thought they’d seen it. I was freaked out for a day or two after seeing the movie, even though I know it was just a movie and I only watched about 30 minutes of it.

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