steak! and salmon

dinner was pretty great; the whole day was, actually. i forewent any attempts to fix the washing machine so we started with brunch at mickey’s then headed to wilson’s for the cubs game—this is usually when i get my crossword puzzle time in—and then home to get ready for a night on the town. we had already discussed that i usually like to walk home after dinners downtown cuz a) i don’t want to pile on another $20 cab ride after a spendy dinner and 2) it’s a good way to walk off said spendy dinner and i like to get a latte and a cookie from mother fool’s.

we got downtown a little early, so stopped into the ‘dise beforehand. the pool table was occupied, so we didn’t get to play. right before 7, we hopped down the block and checked in.

our waitress was really nice, the water guy was always prompt. the escargots weren’t as amazing as i remember. i ordered the caesar salad and rodney got the wedge with roquefort. i got the salmon with asparagus and he got the ribeye on the bone with brussells sprouts. i tried a bite of the meat and it was a little too salty for my taste but wasn’t bad. my salmon was so-so, but i didn’t really expect magic with fish at a steakhouse. in retrospect, the walleye would have probably been a better choice.

i don’t think we got done before 9 and by that time, there was a sprinkle outside, so the walk back was refreshing. except for those wedge shoes that i mentioned. i think i made it one capitol block before i took them off.

needless to say, it was a really great evening and my legs and feet still hurt.

more good times

we got a chance to play pool last night; it had been a while as the tables weren’t available at all last weekend.

the week has flown by; unsure if that’s because our regularly scheduled programming was modified by the baseball game, or if life really is just getting that fast.

i forgot to mention that the washer stopped working, so i’m going to attempt to take it apart and unclog the drain pump on saturday? i’ll take pictures so i know how it goes back together; will post them here if anything interesting happens.

also, saturday is our 3-month anniversary and we’re going to have dinner at the tornado. i haven’t been there since a million years ago with matt. i got some fancy wedge shoes and a matching purse/shoulder bag to wear with the hippy dress that i wore to bridgette and durrell’s wedding. it doesn’t quite fit me anymore (i think i’ve lost 20 lbs since january) so i had to get some french safety pins to make some darts in the top; otherwise it won’t be very lady-like.

i’m hoping to hit up the paradise after dinner to play some pool. i think the last time i was *there* was either when the protests were happening or when we biked downtown for my birthday and it was freezing rain.

also, it’s august already. wtf?

slow news week

work is a little slow this week, so i’m able to breathe and think, and be present for my team members when they need my help.

earthling is having an event tonight at the mallard’s game, and rodney and i are going to be in attendance. my previous excuse to not go was that matt and i had never been to a game and i didn’t want to enjoy the first one without him.

of course, right now, i’m like “can we not go and just have a regular evening?” but i know that mixing it up a bit is a good idea for us creatures of habit.

ugh and yay!

i ended up working from home on friday, and only a half day due to aunt flo. while it wasn’t as painful as last month, it didn’t instill any confidence. but, i guess i need to give it three months before things even out.

the rest of the weekend was a blast tho. it was atwoodfest, and i think i mentioned that i hadn’t been to most of the fests that rodney likes to attend, so wasn’t sure what to expect. it was very good people-watching tho. on saturday, we did a once over (that’s one lap up and down) and then found some grass in the shade in which to relax while listening to porky’s groove machine. on sunday, we did the same but stopped to get some food. i had a caprese melted sandwich and rodney got a pulled pork slider. i tried a bite and it was okay, but my grilled cheese was tastier—even if it wasn’t worth the $8 with $2 tip.

first month on birth control

move along if the reality of life is too much for ya…

awe

i was testing something out for work and needed to look at my blog. i read back over birthday week and the week leading up to rodney entering my life and i’m really glad that i don’t feel so alone and zombie-like anymore.

during the dog walk this morning, we got to talking about something and i mentioned that i don’t really hide my emotions and he said he’d only seen one so far; “happy”.

i didn’t mention that just two weeks before we started talking, i woke up sobbing to an empty room.

i’m so, so glad that’s over.

whirlwindy

we had another great weekend, complete with yummy food, good pool, and laughs and laughs.

friday was a buncha pool and some chicken for dinner

he had to finish up a paint job on saturday morning, so i headed to costco and woodman’s by myself. we both got done around the same time, which was good cuz the hanger had started in. we didn’t make it to brunch until noonish, but a happy surprise was at mickey’s. josh finally came back!

we played some pool and went home to try to watch the fifth element, but it wasn’t received well, so we opted to stop. i think it’s one of those movies that you had to see when it came out (almost 20 years ago).

sunday was another brunch/wilson’s-for cubs/pool/home day. softball practice was canceled, likely due to the field condition.

i was supposed to go with lance to menards one of the days to collect materials for fixing the deck, but our schedules didn’t coincide.

a pretty surprise

rodney needed to stock up on drank for at home, and had planned on just running down the street to seversin’s. at the last minute, he said he was gunna go to woodman’s instead. i thought nothing of it cuz i was busy trying to impress with gwenny’s rotisserie style chicken.

while i was hanging in the kitchen, chopping up veggies and such, i wondered what was taking so long. upon his return, he surprised me with a gorgeous bouquet of roses.

it’s nice to be surprised.

july is half over

and just like that, the summer is speeding right by me again.

after a bit of an incident on wednesday night, i worked from home on friday, hoping a friend could come over and take a look.

the head fireman was dumbfounded because there was no trace of the smoke bucket that had been housing cigarettes since matt lived here.

but, since there hadn’t been any rain for a week and a half, things were very very dry. we were just about to head to bed and thankfully, the neighbors were out back with their dogs and came pounding on the door after they called 911.

i’m glad no one was hurt and it seems like it’ll be okay to fix. lance didn’t sound too bad after he took a look.

so friday, i worked, we played pool on the newly-felted tables at wilson’s, saturday was the usual. we were going to head to the fete, but it was raining when we finished brunch, so we didn’t. cool story, bro!

sunday was lazy; r had his daughter’s 10th birthday party to go to, so i stayed home and made my lunches and dozed on the couch.

blood pressure

i had my follow up appointment this morning so i drove and got there extra early so i could relax (hah!) in the waiting room. the nurse was running 20 minutes late, so i “relaxed” for 35 minutes.

the first reading was pretty high (but not as high as the last appt.) after we had been gabbing for a bit. she asked to take another reading after i told her about my anti-stress buzzy thing and how it reminds me to breathe slowly and fully. i got both numbers down 5-6 points, so we tried one more time after another five-minute break and i almost started crying because i was picturing merle and nora cuddling on the couch. after the reading, with which we were both pleased, she asked me why i looked like i was tearing up and i started bawling.

i revealed that i was thinking about my dog and how she was so sweet and calm and that i don’t think i’d really actually mourned her until today.

anyhoo, we determined my blood pressure can elevate because of stress and as long as i can keep it under control with focused breathing and awareness of boi-feedback, i’ll be okay.

but, i’m betting something will need to give.