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?


as predicted, it was a blast.

we got there around 6:30 and found our way to the duck blind where we got a wristband and a cup. i had already scoped out the bevvies and we made our way to the drank stand and i got the cider they had (it was stella cidre but i refused to pronounce it that way) and we made our way back up to the seats where there were hot trays of free food, including veggie burgers! so that was dinner.

the game really was just sort of a background to what amounted to a work picnic. it was nice that not a lot of work-talk happened (some is inevitable). rodney tried his hardest to get people to participate in the clapping and hollerin’. it felt like a good practice for our cubs v. brewers game on labor day.

5 stars, will do again.

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…

and just like that

lance came over again last night to keep working on the deck. he’s expressed many times that “whoever built that thing shouldn’t have”. like matt suggested, it’s the bane of my existence.

he’s going to come over tonight to finish up the railing over yonder. i’m hoping the labor cost will be reasonable, but i have no idea how much he charges per hour.

mercury in retrograde

a couple of weeks ago, i had asked one of my cohorts if he thought we should cancel this month’s meetup because the traffic from the concerts on the square and it being summer made last month’s turnout about a third of what was expected.

he hemmed long enough for the possible speaker to get back to me with confirmation that he could come up from rockford. this was good news because he’s an expert on woocommerce and that topic has been requested several times.

fast forward to last night when i didn’t want to leave rodney’s side to bike downtown but did it anyway because i’m committed to people learning. right after i locked up my bike outside of 100state (at 5:32 pm), i pulled out my phone to check email and work chat in case something had come up.

while i was en route, i had received an email from the speaker that he was going to have to cancel due to a family emergency.

it was way too late to cancel the meetup; some of our regulars drive 45+ minutes (one guy drove 100 miles for this topic), and it was way too late to cancel the pizza since it was probably already in the delivery driver’s car.

so i go upstairs and plop everything down, unprepared to be in this position. i informed the guy who has taken over sponsorship of the group (so we can meet at 100state) and he made some phone calls. after those did not pan out, he spent the next 10 minutes whipping together a presentation which he nailed out of the park.

i was in awe. happily in awe.

i woke up yesterday morning, not realizing mercury was starting its retrograde spin, thinking that i should have a backup plan prepared in case something like this were to happen.

at least now i have a month to figure that one out.

pleasant surprise

i got home last night (after what may have been the most stressful start to a wordpress meetup to date–more on that later) and lance’s truck was parked in front of the house. we hadn’t talked about when he could come over to work on the deck, so i was happy to see him there.

he made so much progress in just a short amount of time! he replaced the middle support (on the left) and the three cross beams at the far end, and the post.


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.


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.