I’m just exhausted. It’s 6am and I’m wide awake – and this never happens. I’m the one that can’t be dragged out of bed until 45 minutes before I have to be somewhere, if then. I guess I’m just stressing about the move.

Sarah came over and helped us pack last night – we made lots of progress! The kitchen is all but empty, as is the bathroom and the big big closet. Most of what remains in the attic is already packed – or large enough that it doesn’t need a box. Our landing is completely full of boxes. I have to make a box raid today – I still have many of the boxes from Nicole; however many of them are just too too large for heavy things like books and paper and pots and pans.

So if we’re in such good shape, why am I stressing? I think it’s the money thing more than anything else. I know we can afford this house – we thought long and hard and budgeted to make sure of it – but now that we’re actually down to it, my stomach is doing a few flips at the thought of a lifetime of debt. And I’m sure we’ll be fine once we make it through the first couple of months – but it’s the start up that’s freaking me right now. Paying for the truck, the fridge, the cable installation, the paint or wallpaper. Refilling our now nearly empty fridge and freezer (aftermath of the storm more than anything). Homeowners, how do you get over this? Do you just grit your teeth and know you’ll make it through?

Ah well. I should be using this time to get more packing done.

P.S. Yesterday was my 200th entry. Just thought I’d share.


Up until a few years ago (read: 2000), I thought I was a Republican. Honestly, I wasn’t even registered to vote until I was 21. I’m not proud of that fact. I didn’t vote in the 2000 elections because I wasn’t registered – and when it got to the time of the elections, I didn’t know enough about any of the candidates to cast an intelligent vote.
It will be different this year.

Thanks to Ursula and Eva and Mary J – a quiz to determine which candidate is right for you:
1. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT – Democrat (100%)
2. Kucinich, Cong. Dennis, OH – Democrat (98%)
3. Kerry, Senator John, MA – Democrat (96%)
4. Sharpton, Reverend Al – Democrat (82%)
5. Lieberman Senator Joe CT – Democrat (80%)
6. Edwards, Senator John, NC – Democrat (78%)
7. Moseley-Braun, Former Senator Carol IL – Democrat (76%)
8. Gephardt, Cong. Dick, MO – Democrat (76%)
9. Libertarian Candidate (75%)
10. Graham, Senator Bob, FL – Democrat (61%)

11. Bush, George W. – US President (39%)
12. Phillips, Howard – Constitution (8%)
13. LaRouche, Lyndon H. Jr. – Democrat (-12%)
I heard a piece about the Democratic 9 on NPR today – v interesting. I don’t know who will get my vote – but I’m pretty sure that for the first time ever, it’ll be a Democrat.

long day

Happy Birthday Sarah! Sarah and I have been friends for nearly 9 years – it’ll be 9 years on the 27th. Today is her 23rd birthday and she is celebrating it by closing on her new house with her fabbo roommate Hannah. Congrats!. Happy Birthday also to my friend Nicole! She is also 23 and brought her adorable daughter in to work today. Fun!

Speaking of work, it’s been a long, long day. The computers were down for about half the day – 8:30-1, then 2-2:30. Boring. I finished the new Fine Cooking, which includes an article about mojitos! Never heard of them until a couple of weeks ago – and now they’re everywhere!

More storming this morning – apparently the storm on Saturday was a derecho, according to the weather guy on NPR. Every time I have to go outside, a super monsoon kicks in. Ridiculous.

Dinner last night was magnificent. We were going to make fajitas – until I forgot the chicken. Instead Nate, Eva, and I went to Taco Loco and had remarkable Mexican food. I had cactus tacos and a big plate of the best guacamole I’ve ever had. Nate had steak tacos and nachos, and Eva had a goat taco, a cactus taco, and a beef tamale. So SO good. Taco Loco isn’t in the best neighborhood – but the food MORE than makes up for it.

Got some packing done last night – mainly the dishes and a few things from the pantry. I can’t wait to be done.

catching up

Friday Five (07/04/03):
1. What were your favorite childhood stories?
Midnight Moon, Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, etc. So many good books.
2. What books from your childhood would you like to share with [your] children?
So so many of them so I’ll just name one – Midnight Moon by Clyde Watson.
3. Have you re-read any of those childhood stories and been surprised by anything?
I was surprised by the clothing-less baby in In the Night Kitchen but I seem to vaguely remember being surprised when I read it as a child as well.
4. How old were you when you first learned to read?
Not sure but I know I was reading and well when I started school at 5.
5. Do you remember the first ‘grown-up’ book you read? How old were you?
I read Anna Karenina, Catcher in the Rye, and Gone with the Wind when I was 12-13. Probably read other “grown up” things before that – but those are the ones most worth mentioning.

Friday Five (06/27/03):
1. How are you planning to spend the summer [winter]?
Working, sadly, and moving into my new house. I miss having a summer “vacation.”
2. What was your first summer job?
I never really had a “summer job.” My first job was at Wonderland – I started when I was 16 and needing money to go to France on a school trip.
3. If you could go anywhere this summer [winter], where would you go?
I would really like to go to London. That’s all.
4. What was your worst vacation ever?
Umm, I don’t know. I almost drowned in Miami when I was 10, so I guess that’s probably it.
5. What was your best vacation ever?
I’ve had several really good vacations. Iowa City was awesome – as was Paris spring break 2000.
I feel silly posting all this stuff after the weekend we had – I would much rather leave the stories of the storm further up, but I wanted to get all this crap out of my inbox. So please skim, then read about the storm. It’s much more interesting.

3 minutes later

Jen just emailed me to let me know that WE HAVE POWER!!!!. I can’t even tell you the last time I’ve been this happy. I have a super elaborate electricity song and dance planned for as soon as I get home.

day 3

Massive storm Saturday morning – we’ve been without power ever since. It’s miserably hot and I’m going through email withdrawal – suppose that’s one good thing about being at work today. Will update more later today – just wanted to let you know we’re OK and not buried under any trees.

still no power

Things to be thankful about:

  • Running water
  • Shelter from the storm
  • Functioning phone lines
  • Money in the checkbook
  • Cars that aren’t crushed
  • Friends and family with AC
  • Great neighbors
  • Let’s just say that this weekend could’ve been A LOT worse.

    Friday was our 4th of July party – we sweated our collective arses off. The food was excellent – fresh fruit, pasta salads, bruschetta eaten as salsa, spinach dip, mushrooms, burgers, and brats. Eva and I figured out mojitos and drank a pitcher or two. People came and went all afternoon – our friends, Chuck’s friends, family, etc. Krist & Erika no longer across the sea even came! Eva, Hannah, and I had a nice nap in the late afternoon – we were all drowsy and the futon just called our names. I sat in the hot tub way too long and thought my heart was going to explode. I also tried to crack my head open on a doorframe but managed to survive.

    The storm hit very early Saturday morning – winds like a freight train, a flash of green light (he who must not be named?), and trees down everywhere. N and I ran outside along with many of our neighbors to assess the damage. Nothing MAJOR in our neighborhood – by that I mean no holes in houses, etc. Trees were down everywhere, including on Nate’s work car. Of all the cars on the street, his was the best one to hit. No damage to mine or any of the other neighbor friends – including Mary A’s brand new car parked three spots in front of Nate. Lots of clean up confusion as it was 4:30 and still raining and pitch black – but nice to see all the neighbors out working together. The power outage continued through the day – lots of time spent sitting around in our underwear drinking cool things and hoping we’d have power soon. No damage to the new house – just one small limb down. WHEW. The rest of the neighborhood didn’t fare as well – lots of trees down, lots of streets totally inaccessible. Mom & Pop have 5-6 BIG trees down but no damage to the house. Dinner with Joe, Hannah, and Eva – then Trivial Pursuit. Despite snide comments and much shaking of the pieces, Hannah and I were triumphant. We slept OK as long as we didn’t touch.

    Still no power on Sunday – N had the match at Pine Tree, so I went back to sleep for several hours. Went swimming at my parents with Eva – nice to be in the cold water, even if it was cloudy and chemically. We picked up Happy Wok for dinner, packed a few boxes, then sat around on Jen’s porch for an hour or two with Clay and Jen’s friend Devin. This is what I’ll miss when we move – sitting around with neighbor friends til all hours of the night just shooting the shit. Tried to sleep but it was too hot so Nate and I ended up sleeping out on the porch.

    It was raining again this morning when I left, so we’ll see if the power is on any time today. I know ComEd is just swamped and is doing all they can, so I’m trying not to complain. At least we can bathe – that’s more than some of my parents’ neighbors can do.