what a weekend!

My weekend was wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Lots of good food, lots of time with my family, lots of walking and sun – and most importantly, lots of time with that girl I love. I’ll write more when I have time tomorrow – right now I have to get unpacked and make my home presentable. I miss her already.


Oak Park was a fucking blast. I had a terrific time with Newman and her friends – it was so nice to just hang out. We went swimming, did part of the Frank Lloyd Wright tour (complete with running through sprinklers), ate some good food, and just chilled. Her gato is adorable and her apartment really suits her. I’m glad she’s happy with where she’s at, for the most part. It’s a start, at least.

And tomorrow Eva and I leave for Iowa City. I’m nervous but it should be fun. My family is all very eager to see us. We’re going to Shakespeare in the Park one night – Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.

Tonight I got some super fab geisha sandals for $8 – wel, they were supposed to be $8 but rang up at like $12. Argh. Guess I get to run back to Target in the morning. I also get to have an oil change – my “service engine soon” light came on yesterday when I left, so I’ve spent the last 36 hours panicking about that. I’m sure it’ll be fine – I just want to make sure all that I can do is put in order.

Well, bedtime calls – I hate sleeping away from Nate and I won’t see him until Monday. 😦 Sleeping next to her will be wonderful, though not the same. I’m not sure if our place will have internet access or not (gasp, I can’t live without it), so I may be away for a few days. If you’re bored, please refer to my links on the right (or read Harry Potter, dammit). 🙂

oak park

Missed a day yesterday – sorry. About mid-morning I decided that if I stayed at my (hot and humid) apartment, I would be required to Get Things Done – so instead I went to my parents’, did laundry, and swam for most of the afternoon. No funny sunburns this time, just free lunch from A Movable Feast, free laundry (even though I ruined one of Nate’s shirts), and water and sun.

We watched Swimming with Sharks last night after a second friend recommended it, saying it was hilarious. About halfway through the movie, I asked Nate if he wanted to turn it off cos it was depressing me. At the end of the movie, we both looked at each other and said “Did we watch the right movie?”. I saw nothing funny about it – and the reviews I just read on amazon seem to agree with our reaction. About half the people who reviewed the movie loved it; the other half were dismayed. Maybe we missed the punchline?

The garage sale ended up decent. I made $23.25 – I owe Mary J some money for the ad, which I completely forgot to give her yesterday. I’ll have to pay her the next time I see her. We loaded up my car with all the Salvation Army stuff – I drive a Nissan Sentra – a reasonable sized car – and it is packed to the roof with stuff. It didn’t help that I haven’t unloaded the computer stuff from my trunk – but really, there wasn’t much left to go, so I’m not too worried.

Today I’m headed to Oak Park to see Newman. I’ve been to her new place, but never for more than half an hour when we were picking her up or dropping her off. It’ll be nice to see her ‘hood and meet some of her friends.

Oh, and I got Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixEva loaned me her copy as she’s already done. It’s soooo good, and I’m just on chapter 4. I can’t believe it’s here already – but then I’ve been anxiously waiting for it since 2000, when I read all four books in a week. I can’t believe there are just two left!!!


One of these “vacation” days I hope to sleep in. Maybe tomorrow. In about 20 minutes I need to leave to go help Mary J with the garage sale. It’ll be nice to be outside – but I’m worried about bugs and sunburn. This time at least I’ll be prepared. 🙂 I hope my crap is selling – we’ve got SO much computer stuff at SUCH rock bottom prices – I mean, an entire Mac (granted it’s 6-7 years old) for $20. Who WOULDN’T buy a fully functioning maybe first computer for $20? I hope it all goes. The more that sells, the more spending money I have on my vacation. It sucks to be ghetto poor – it’s even worse when you’re on vacation. Oh well, I get paid on Friday, and I’ll just have to do free fun things until then.

Last night was a bust. We wanted to have a spontaneous solstice gala event – but Nate didn’t get home from Area 5 until almost 8 – and it would’ve been ridiculous to try to put something together at that point – it takes half an hour to get the pool ready, we’d get eaten alive, etc. So instead we scraped up a couple of bucks, I made an Uncle Nick’s run, Nate picked up Joe, and we sat around and watched a movie. Nate couldn’t figure out why I was in a mood – and how do I come right out and say “I wanted to go do something but we’re too damned broke!!!!”?

Ah well, this rant went a bit long and now I have like five minutes to take a shower and go. Enjoy the weather and HAPPY SUMMER!


Hope no one’s put off by the loooong entries. If you are, well, watch out cos I’m working on 100 things. I’m at work until 3, I’ve already read all my everyday blogs, none of my good friends are working – or online for that matter – with the exception of Eva, who goes home in an hour and a half. BORED. That’s becoming a bit of a theme, eh?

As of 3:01pm, I am ON VACATION. Woooooo. Tonight’s plans include packing up my office (home, not work), as I think I can achieve that in an afternoon – and then that’s less work next week. Nate’s running a match all day, so he won’t be home til early evening, when I think we’re going to have a spontaneous Solstice gala. We wanted to use my parents’ pool, but I don’t know if that’ll work out cos they’re coming home tonight. Tomorrow I’m helping Mary J with the garage sale, then relaxing. Maybe I’ll get rid of this wacky suntan. I’m supposed to go see Newman on Tuesday, but I haven’t heard anything from her, so I don’t know if that’s happening.

I am SO looking forward to NOT being at work. It’s not that I don’t like what I do – it just gets to be a bit much at times. It should be a fun couple of weeks in online support – I’m gone this week, Dan’s gone next, then we’re back a week, then conversion. Aaaah! The only thing I’m really bummed about work-wise is that the new (and hot) guy starts on Monday and I won’t get to see him. 🙂

I’m listening to Haunted and remembering all the weekends in the car driving up to Wausau to see Eva, windows down, smoking and singing, watching the fields fly by. I’m glad I don’t have to make that drive any more, but once in a while it was nice to just get in the car and go.

And Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix comes out today. Eva already has hers and I’m wicked jealous. I didn’t preorder it cos I always get my kids’ books at Wonderland – it’s a loyalty thing – and now that the day has come, I don’t have the cash to get it. Let’s hope I made some good money at the garage sale today.

friday five

The Friday Five:
1. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight? Long or short?
Long and straight and THICK
2. How has your hair changed over your lifetime?
Lengths and colors have changed, but that’s all me. It was super curly when I was born, but that went away after my first haircut. It was even black once, but that was NOT voluntary.
3. How do your normally wear your hair?
It’s normally down until the early afternoon, at which time I pull it back cos it’s finally dry and it’s starting to annoy me.
4. If you could change your hair this minute, what would it look like?
BLUE and even thicker and wicked sexy
5. Ever had a hair disaster? What happened?
My roommate helped me dye my hair my sophomore year of college. She had really short hair and was used to just dyeing the roots. I had really long hair. Do you see the problem? I had a red ring on my head. It was awful. I wore a hat until my other friend could fix it.

Today will be a long day. We had a staff meeting from 7-8, then I went home and napped for an hour, coming back at 9:30 to work til 7. UGH. At least I feel more human than when I came in before. Mmm nap.

out of it

Headache is better – thanks for asking – due to the cessation of the cubicle construction and lunch in my quiet and cool apartment. I’m definitely making last night’s meal again – my apartment still smells of garlic, tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Yum.

I’m out of it – have been for a couple of days. Not sure why. It really bothers N when I get into a funk and can’t identify why. Things are on my mind that I can’t openly or easily discuss in this forum or really any. I want someone to see into my mind and accept and understand the things I’m thinking without calling me a whore or worse. And it’s not about sex and I’m not going to talk until I’m ready and have figured it out – but thanks for asking.

What are the politics of removing someone from your “everyday” list? I know Ursula‘s done this a couple of times since I started reading her site – generally something to do with blogroll and too many links, etc. I’m kind of in the same boat. There are a few sites – and not yours – in my “daily” list that I just don’t read anymore. I hope no one’s offended – but after all, my blog, my links, blah blah blah.

Two days til Harry Potter. Two days til vacation. I can hardly wait, though I’ll have little time to relax. My vacation begins Saturday at 3:01pm. A brief timetable:

  • Garage sale
  • Cake & ice cream with N’s parents to celebrate N’s dad’s birthday
  • Overnight jaunt to Oak Park on Tuesday
  • Tentative inspection appointment Wednesday
  • Meeting with the Friends of the Rockford Library people regarding running the bookshop
  • Lunch with my grandparents en route to Iowa City
  • Three nights at a B&B with Eva
    I also need to pack for the trips and pack for the move and clean the apartment and somewhere in there find time to relax. I want to finish The Map of Love this week too.

    I think part of my problem is that I feel like I’m not connecting. I’m not connecting with what I’m reading. I’m exhausted all the time. I just feel – out of touch. Maybe a few days off will help.

  • loud

    They are assembling fucking cubicles right behind my desk. It is ridiculously loud, making it impossible to hear the customers on the phone or to concentrate on anything other than my now-raging headache. I wasn’t too hungover when I woke up this morning – but I’m certainly hurting now. I think I’m going to take 15 minutes to read about changeling badgers and hope the noise goes away.

    drunken blogging

    Theory #1 regarding what Elizabeth’s been doing with her free time: writing for CosmoGirl under the name Mark Montano.. Sorry guys, it isn’t me. He did hit the party dead on, though – spin the bottle, fondue, heads on sticks, etc.

    A quality evening. Food was terrific, Ria brought a Linos’ salad – yum – and Dan and Scandalous Pants brought Schmitt Sohne Riesling. Trivial Pursuit was long and drawn out but terrific fun as usual. Dan beat me – that’s a first – well, a third. Erik beat me a few times and Steph’s beat me once (I think). All in all, a good time.

    Wow, I’m surprisingly coherent for drunken blogging. Should try this more often! Well, off to send drunk emails. Yum. To get on my drunk email list, drop me a line.


    It is hot out. I suppose that’s sort of a given as it is June and I am in the Midwest, but it’s just hot out. Not overwhelmingly sweltering – that comes later – just the damp hot of the first few days of summer. The solstice is this weekend – I suppose I shouldn’t have expected any less. At least I have an excuse to wear my new dress – black with flowers and thin straps and a floaty sheer thing. I love it.
    Tonight am making Spaghetti with Sweet Cherry Tomatoes, Marjoram, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Happy Days with the Naked Chef. I heart Jamie Oliver. yum… Anyway, Nate’s not enthused but I think it will be good – light and cheap – on a hot night like tonight.
    Our closing is set for 10:00am on Friday, 11 July. I’m wicked excited. Shit, gotta call the inspector. More from me later.