lookin’ forward

i’m excited for this weekend; probably because we have nothing specific planned. i kinda need a few things at costco but not really, so i may postpone the trip until next weekend. 

a wilson’s friend gifted us about 30 bluegill filets which i am more than excited to turn into fish tacos. we’d like to have him over for them for dinner as a thank-you, but he’s old school, so he may not appreciate the taco aspect of fish tacos. i said i could serve them “deconstructed” (and then i laughed) because it would sorta be like a fish fry except the slaw would be pickled red onions and the dinner roll would be a couple tortillas. we’ll see what he says about it. 

i need to put vacuum to the couch because it’s still covered in cat hair and we’ve had the windows open the last few days and i’ve been unable to breathe through both nostrils at the same time. thankfully, i bought an 8-pack of kleenex from costco the last time i was there.

since merle gets a lot of photo love, i thought i’d share some pics of jones with his turkey toy.

jones playing with “robert”
robert, a.k.a. “bob the gobbler”

fleeting time

pretty soon it’ll be the willy st fair and summer will be officially over!

we had a house guest this weekend, and also simon and beth’s backyard labor day party. that was a hoot! the mosquitoes were terrible (as expected) and everyone was dancing around trying not to get bit. i didn’t put on any repellant and i think i was in the same boat as everyone else, just with less deet.

we had sunday brunch at mickey’s with rodney’s sister and her boyfriend and, exhausted from the weekend, i laid down to nap at 7p and woke up around midnight. i guess i needed the rest.

on monday, we scooted off to milwaukee for my first miller park game. i donned a cubs shirt that i bought a couple months ago as a goof.

not being prepared for the weather, we sat in the back of the van watching our car neighbors grill out in the rain. once it let up a little, we hiked to the stadium and got ourselves inside. i had bought tickets a couple months ago in the nosebleed section, but we never left the entry-level floor cuz there are a million places to stand where you can see the game better. drinks were outrageously expensive, but i figured i should treat myself to a “double shot mason jar drink” for $19. yes, $19.

i gave the mason jar to a wilson’s friend who likes the brewers.

having thought ahead, i took tuesday off of work for some recovery time. we had lunch at mickey’s and walked up to ace so i could replace the tiny swiss army knife that was donated to miller park security. then headed to wilson’s for what turned out to be a pretty interesting afternoon.

we called it an early night and both got a lot of sleep to head back to work today. except, i woke up with kathryn hepburn’s voice and my own stuffed sinuses.

my boss said to make sure i didn’t have whooping cough because the brewers whooped the cubs last night (11 to 1). i guess i’m that gal now.

fancy pants

or fancy dress, i guess. we went out for dinner with p&m last night and i wore the other dress that i bought from soulflower a couple weeks ago. it’s very comfortable, probably because it’s 95% cotton. the bell sleeves were a little annoying while trying to play pool before heading out to dinner, but it’s a small price to pay for looking kinda cute.

paisan’s was nice; i had no idea how huge it was in there. i’d like to go back for lunch and try their pizza.

afterward, we went up to the condo for adult beverages and maureen snapped a pic of rodney and i. don’t let the bright white of my legs blind you.

also, we have a whirlwind of a weekend coming up, so i’m really glad i took tuesday the 4th off.


another amazing weekend on the books. we played some really good pool on friday night; i held the table for six games against a stranger and rodney. saturday, mom, and george came out so we could use the truck to go pick up a futon frame in the event that we get a house guest in the near future.

after that, there was the matter of brunch and cubs and more pool. we had a nice pizza dinner (thanks costco!) and watched the score with bobby and ed. 

on sunday morning, i somehow managed to sleep in until 9! it’s been an awfully long time since that happened. we brunched, skipped orton park again, more cubs, more pool. 

also, this is the second nuvaring cycle and i didn’t suffer from a single cramp event. now if my new acne problem will even out, i might be a hormonal birth control convert.

another wtf moment

on the way to brunch on sunday, i was lamenting having soooo much music on my phone from which to choose, so i silently scrolled through all of the albums in the alternative genre. i landed on ministry’s psalm 69 and played just one fix. after we turned the corner onto atwood, rodney asked who it was that we were listening to. i said, “ministry”. at which point he got a scowly face and said, “when you said you had too much music i was going to ask if you had any ministry.” and then he jokingly called me the devil woman.


rando update

more weird dreams last night. some about the doll factory, some about my mom wanting to pursue a startup app that did something like project management and i refused to participate (i think she wanted me to do the programming and i don’t have experience in mobile-app-programming). then i found myself at a bookstore looking for a book whose name escapes me right now, but i really needed to find it. i wish i could remember the name because it was poignant and catchy.

anyhoo, rodney and i had another spectacular weekend. we got to have brunch with mom and george at sardine, rodney had the best hamburger in his life and now it’s ruined the mickey’s burger for him.

i wasn’t feeling too human on sunday morning, so i decided to forego the previously planned trip to costco, which meant i needed to replan lunches for the week; so i opted for the slow-cooker chicken taco soup, which is the easiest thing in the world to make.

i’m hoping we can get to costco tonight or tomorrow night, as i have the wordpress meetup on wednesday and the atwood pantry board meeting on thursday.


not sure how it happened… a year ago, i was over 200 lbs. as is evidenced by this photo. i don’t think i’ve admitted that number before.

now, i’m almost regretting purging my dresser of my size 12s because my 14s barely fit anymore. i used to wear the belt because it’s orange and matches my shoes, but now i need it to keep the pants up.

i guess sitting at home every night and ordering burrito drive or banzo for dinner caught up to my waist.

anyhoo, i celebrated my new-found midsection by ordering a new dress! now, we just need to go out fancy again so i can wear it.

cue the fake gross-out noises

rodney has several cutesy nicknames for me and sometimes the adjectives and nouns get moved around, but my favorite is ‘sunshine blossom’. there’s also sweetie pie, sweetie pop, punkin pie, sweet pea, and lightning legs (on account of the speed with which i bike).

so cute.

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?