and that's done… (my weekend in bullets)

Okay, so there’s just too much that’s been going on for me to sit and focus on one aspect.  So rather than ramble, incoherently too probably, I’m going to try to just give you some snippets of the last few days…

  • The Canadian keeps messaging me.  Even once starting the text with “hay sweetie”…. I have not made any plans on meeting up with him at this point.  It’s clear he’d like something more from me than what I’d like to give, so I’m trying to play things down as much.  I still feel like he’s a nice guy, and I did have fun with him, but I don’t want him to think that I’m serious about him when I’m not…
  • I had rather uneventful Thursday and Friday evenings.  Mostly watch Food Network and House.
  • I’ve just recently received just a couple messages from a Radio guy.  Nothing much.  I told Dani about him, and that he’s 32.  Her response: “Why do you want to hang out with someone in their 30s?”  Me: “I don’t know.  ‘Cause he’s cute.”  As I said, there isn’t much.  Just about 3 (short) emails thus far.
  • I went grocery shopping on Saturday morning, and brought my little trolley cart… I wasn’t thinking when I bought food and completely overloaded my cart… I tied about 3 bags to the side of this thing, and then carried 3 more… It was a complete mess.  It tipped forward at one point, over a crack in the sidewalk… and then I tripped over it… nearly smashing my face on the concrete.  Luckily I was able to catch myself, and pick up all my spilled food.  I got home slowly, but without any more spills.
  • I made and used my first zipcar reservation.  Got a truck.  It was fun.  I drove Dani and mjjb out to Ikea.  It was… a scene.  Let’s just say I’m going to rip that page out.  Anyway… I extended my reservation and we got to Ikea… I had a nice list of all I wanted, but only got some small kitchen stuff, a bedside table, and a bed… well, half of a bed… Turns out I needed two boxes for my bedframe.. something I didn’t see sign for… nor did the cashier tell me… So I have to go back at some point to get the rest of it… at which time, I’ll probably pick up a desk and I’ll check out some other stuff of mild interest.. like shelves…  Kath, another woman from work, might drive me out there this next time…
  • I spent more at the grocery store than I did at Ikea.  Yep.  (Hey, I need those specialty cheeses….)
  • I didn’t celebrate Easter.  I did however call my youngest sister and wish her a happy 6th birthday.  I told her that yes, I still remember that I owe her one American Girl doll… and that the new store wasn’t too far from the Hershey’s store, so we could get some chocolate too… That made her happy.
  • I also went to potluck in the Southern Lands of Pilsen.  It’s a nice easy commute there now.  Just one bus.  Anyway.  I made one of my half-assed potato bakes with squash.. The potatoes weren’t as good as I would have liked, but eh, still wasn’t bad.  There was less alcohol there than normal… and I also found out that my friend Dan — who I really haven’t spoken much with outside of potlucks since he accompanied me to my cousin’s wedding in November — moved to LA and cut his hair.  I did have a fun night though.  I’m excited about having the potluck crew up to my new place for some wine and cheese….

So.. that sort of wraps up the past few days for me.  Nothing major, but nothing all that great or all that terrible either.  A passable weekend.  We’ll see what this week brings… maybe I can push for a date or something…

a nauseating mixture of emotions.

Obama is officially our President.
I feel sick.
The two are completely unrelated.

I watched the inauguration online, since I don’t know of any televisions in the building, plus the whole “work” thing sort of requires that I stay at my desk.  I would have like to have been in some sort of group of people enjoying the moment together.  Being at Grant Park, one of the elusive 70,000 (plus their guests) who got tickets, was amazing.  I’m sure freezing out in DC would have been pretty cool too.  But I would have been happy with even just a small gathering of people around the department.  Nevertheless, I watched it online, by myself, at my desk.

I can’t say that I was full of excitement and glee, but I pretty sure I’ve got statement number two up there to thank for that…  I was, however, glad to hear that President Obama didn’t get too flowery in his speech.  That he acknowledge the mess we’re in, but that’s all part of the campaign of hope and change, right?  Well, I’m definitely hoping these next four eight years go well.  Things won’t be perfect, but well, it seems that people are really wanting to be proactive now.  That we might actually be taking responsibility as a nation.  Now that’s something I can be proud of.  I mean, voter turn out was great… and as I mentioned previously, this was the first time I voted in a presidential election.  (Last time I was at a taping of Jerry Springer.  See: VOTE. (seriously, or a velociraptor will hunt you down.))

I don’t expect things to get magic better or for things to change overnight.  And I hope the rest of the American Public isn’t that naive either (please, please, please don’t prove me wrong — please).  But, well.  Yeah.  I am happy.  I am hopeful.

… and yet, unrelatedly, my insides hurt and I’m in no mood to go celebrating our 44th President being sworn into office.  I don’t think I’ve ever been all that fond of my uterus, especially not its poor timing.   Granted, I do have happy little pills, which are supposed to help keep the pain to a minimum, that I could use to assist in scheduling… But well, eventually my body will need to go through its natural processes, which means I do indeed, probably, need to get my period at some point.

But it is the root of my current grumpy nature, the irritableness, and my desire to be in my piano keyboard sweatpants and tank top, curled up in variously blankets until I resemble some sort of fabric blob and just watch terrible television shows or movies until I inevitably take a nap.  However, I know that I’ll stick out the rest of the day at work (though not be as productive as I should be), and then probably even go out tonight to celebrate with Dani, and maybe MJJB, Neemer, and Angel among others.  The things I do for my friends and nation.

Buy U a Drank, aka Chrizzle's visiting!

so today’s the day I’ve been waiting for…  months, waiting for months… or at least a hell of a long time.

My rockstar, Chrissy, is coming to town!

She left the city a while ago… way back in 2007… and went off to pursue her MSW… which should hopefully be complete this year.  And now, it’s my task to convience her to move back to the city, and more importantly, to move in with me!
While some people don’t recommend close friends living together, Chrissy and I have discussed this and think we’ll work things out pretty well.  If she doesn’t decide to come back, then well, I’ll be mighty lonely and out a roommate.

But forgetting all of that for a moment!  She’s arriving tonight! And of course I’m freaking excited about this.

Not sure what’s planned for tonight… but Andy T, a friend from Reading Band, is having a show tonight… so that’s an option… Tomorrow we’re going to go see her friends in Bottle of Justus play at the House of Blues… and then sadly, Chrissy’s leaving me on Saturday…  (Sunday, Dani and I are going to meet up with a friend or two of hers and hit the Green Mill for a poetry slam.)

Anyway.  work work work.  Hopefully I can get Chrissy to come in tomorrow for a bit so she can meet the girls (Dani, mjjb, and Neemer)… and maybe distract me from my tasks for a bit…

of shenanigans, cookies, martians and rocking out…

So, I had a decently packed weekend.  I wasn’t booked solid, but it was indeed busy.  — so prepare yourself for a bit of a post…

Friday after work, as was mentioned, was the department party.
It’s always great to see drunk coworkers running amok through a mansion.  Or hyped up, sugar-crazy kids running through a mansion.  However, Tasneem did an amazing job getting this organized, and then getting Dani and I organized to help set up.  The food was great — the catering staff was awesome and entertaining… and well, free booze!
I ended up making friends with a 2 year old chinese girl.  She thought I was just entertaining — I mean, here’s an adult who talks at a lower level than she does!  (I’ve seriously forgotten a lot of my conversational Chinese… )
It was indeed a good time, and well, I also got 3 bottles of wine out of this!

After the department party, Dani and I met up with Angel for what we were hoping would be a night of dancing and booty shaking and general ridiculousness.  However, after first soaking my feet in about 6 inches of slush, walking painfully in the cold, a few cabs, we made it to the bar where their friends were… We were the youngest ones there.  It’s a 70’s & 80’s flashback bar, which would normally be entertain as hell… if we weren’t tired, wet, cold, and wanting to dance.  However, people were dancing at this bar… all the drunk 40-somethings remembering their 20s and trying to relive them… dancing, singing loudly, awkward sexual poses for pictures, making out in public… yep.  These are the city’s business class.  We then switched that bar for another… which was sort of like a basement frat party… beer pong and everything.  I actually didn’t mind it too much, but it really wasn’t the right scene for the night.  So we bounce early.

Dani and Angel. ... ready to call it a night.
Dani and Angel. ... ready to call it a night.

I spent a good part of Saturday sleeping.  I think.  I know I bought and baked more brie.  Also when I first woke up, all cranky, I sent out a not-so-pleasant email to my roommates…  And that The Virginian came over early for our 2nd Annual Cookie Party the roommates and I were hosting.  We did a little wii with Zach before the party started, and then headed up to Libby & jrosei’s for cookies, brie, cider, and games.
We played the name game — which can be explained later.  It was a good laugh, and as it should be, My Team beat Not My Team.  (which does indeed mean that my team won.)  From there we moved to Apples-to-Apples… where I was humored by Johnmark… and I did indeed help him get a win… but it was probably the best ever.  Johnmark had “Vampires” in his hand, and so I told him, regardless when it’s Libby’s turn to judge, throw that down.  And before the card was turned over, JM threw down… and then Libby revealed “Handsome”.  Cash money.  There was nothing else Libby could have picked.
After that, some people left, and the group was getting ready to play Mafia… the Virginian and I ducked out and called it a night.

I definitely know I spent a good part of Sunday sleeping.  I was pretty much curled up on the couch until 3:30p.  I hung out with jrosei & her sisters for a bit, then headed off for some last minute Christmas shopping.  I think I might actually have all that I need for the 17-18 people I’m giving gifts too.  I’m sort of losing count.
Anyway.  After a little confusion and delay we headed out to Zach & Morgan’s for their Christmas party versus the Martians.  It was a grand time of food, conversation, MST3K, general awesomeness, and Guitar Hero.  I brought over World Tour and my guitar — we were able to play in band mode and do some battles.  It was awesome.  My one regret is not filming anything.  (I am indeed going to be poking Morgan & Zach for photos — so stay tuned for a part II photo post)… Good times, good people, great night.  (I did meet some really awesome people who I hope to hang out with again.)

Tonight there will be more.  The girls and I are having our roommates’ Christmas dinner… which, there was confusion about previously, but hopefully we’ve cleared things up.
It’s only a day or so before I’m back in the heartland with my momma.

damn it feels good to be a gangster

or: Things I Am Thankful For 2008

adorable.

1. Lil G
Most adorable niece ever.  Seriously.  She never ceases to amaze me, and is a pretty smart little girl.  I just want to spoil her, more so than she already is.  Plus, she gets bonus points for knowing all of the words to Rhianna’s “Umbrella” — as tired of the songs as you might be, it’s so worth hearing over and over again with this amazing 3 year old singing.

img_48282. My Momma
If you’ve ever wondered where my dorkiness comes from, yeah here’s it is.  All from mom.  She’s perfectly okay with it too.. which is awesome.  She feels the need to let me know whenever she sees a monkey, and is constantly sending me Get Fuzzy comics or lolcats.  And while some moms steal their children’s instruments because of the noise… my mom stole my electric guitar and my electric bass (which I stole from my brother) so she could play them.  Every Sunday she rocks out in her church’s praise band.. and yes, she does jump and play barefoot.  Pretty awesome for a grandma.

timmy3. Timmy!
Despite the typical older brother things (see: punching, headlocks, wrestling, cracked noses), my brother is really important to me.  I mean, yeah.  (see: the wench)  I still look up to him a lot.  And if I’m going to go shopping with anyone, Timmy is among my first choices.  I like his style, and he tends to find good things for me.  I don’t always agree with things he’s doing, or some of his choices… but I love my bubby.  And hopefully within a year’s time we’ll have similar tattoos (cherry blossoms).

family4. Dad, Cynthia & the girls
Actually.. I want to say, I am amazingly thankful for Cynthia.  She is a blessing to our family.  Other than Karen, my late stepmom, I can’t think of another woman to join our family and help raise my sisters.  Her humor works really well with dad’s — so that’s been great for him.  She’s well traveled, and sees the importance of a good education and higher education (meaning my sisters might be convinced to go to college even more so). She’s taken on a lot — never been married and now she’s got 4 girls at home, two adult children and a grandchild.  She’s pretty amazing in my eyes.  And as always, I’m thankful for the love and care that my dad gives me.  And I’m growing to appreciate my younger sisters more and more.

5. Family in general
My whole family is awesome — and I’m thankful for all of them… all of the grandparents (5 grandmas and 4 grandpas)… the aunts and uncles… all the cousins… I’ve got a pretty awesome and very supporting family and that’s been amazing.

6. My job
While I could do without the data entry and some of the tediousness.. I am indeed thankful for a full time job with benefits where not only am I paid well, but I’m appreciated.  I’ve got a boss who’s really understanding and actually is concerned about me and my goals outside of the facility.  Not many people are this lucky right out of school.  Plus, having a nice income with few bills.. well… my wardrobe, entertainment, and video game budget has definitely increased.  (I get to play with lasers and liquid nitrogen. bonus.)

7. The amazing group of people I call my friends
Seriously.  I feel pretty lucky.  I don’t even think I could name them all.  There have been a select few who have really been there for me and have seen me at my best and worse, and yet they still love me.  Two in particular I practically see as sisters now: Chrizzle and Mennogirl.  They’re pretty amazing.  And I’ve got my uber spectacular group of GC Kids whom I love and miss.  There’s my work friends (George whom I enjoy our evening walks to the train; and Dani and Meaghan who can only be described as wonderfully zany).  Topping everything off with some really amazing people who I’ve met recently — most of whom I’ve met thanks to Dan and Adam… The potluck group… The awesome folk of the reading band and the Mucca Pazza memebers I’ve been lucky enough to get to know… I’ve really got an amazing group of people in my life right now.  (Who else would put up with velociraptor attacks and nonstop dorky nerdom?)

8. The Kits.
Crazy as they may be… I love Tuija and Kaija.  They are just awesome little wonderpets.  Psycho little wonderpets sometimes… but awesome.  Two kittens are a bit much, but it wouldn’t feel right only having one of them.  Definitely a package deal.  And I’m appreciating how they’re morphing into cats and are enjoying a good cuddle.

9. Buffalo/Hot wings.
you taste so good.  there needs to be more of you in my life.