Last Weekend

A pretty good fortune after a really good lunch.

There are so many ways in which the life I have in Chicago is not the life that I imagined a year ago when a life in Chicago was still just the glimmer of an idea. There are lots of days that are hard, and lots of days that are lonely, and lots of days when I think about getting the hell out of here. But then there are weekends and weeks like this one, full of moments and events that were beyond the reach of my imagination a year ago – running a sub-2 hour half in my vinyl dress, riding my bike all over the city, drinks and dinner and brunch with so many new friends, impossibly happy late-night texts, dancing til 2 on a Thursday, crying like a baby at New Order – and then I stopped, realizing that I couldn’t possibly capture all of the ways and times I felt my heart swell over those few days.

If you’re reading this – if you’re a part of my life in any small way – thank you, thank you, thank you. For holding me through this last year. For loaning me your steam cleaner. For sending me real mail. For calling me out on my shit. For picking up the check, or letting me pick up the check. For longer walks than either of us expected. For the bourbon and the coffee. For over a thousand texts in under two months. For the yoga and the dancing and the bike maintenance and mentorship. For you, all of you, all of the time. My heart is so full, you guys.

Product Placement

A list of stuff I’m into these days:

  1. Dark chocolate.  Lots of dark chocolate.
  2. Staying out far too late, drinking and dancing like it’s the summer of 2005.
  3. Shiny red nails and backless gold dresses and fake eyelashes.
  4. I don’t know how The Dark Tower will possibly work on TV, and I’m not sure if I want to find out, but I’m reasonably confident I also won’t be able to stay away.
  5. Pumpkin beers.  Some are good.  Some are super terrible.  I will try any of them.
  6. My new planner, though I have to wait almost two months to use it.
  7. Person of Interest.  I’m not sure if it’s right to describe Jim Caviezel as sexy, but damn.
  8. This scrub smells amazing and is making my skin softer than is reasonable to expect this time of year.
  9. Downloading an obscene amount of questionably terrible music from my youth in anticipation of a dance party this coming weekend.  You should come!
  10. Power, Corruption & Lies. And this track from Substance that I’ve somehow glossed on for years.  And downloading a bunch of industrial music that I’d forgotten about.  And this Four Tet album.  And music music music music music music.