Just when Trunger gets all excited that I'm updating, like, all the time, I go a week without. To be fair, it's been a relentlessly busy week and I'm going to be spinning my wheels all weekend to catch up, but I hate to disappoint. So, here's what I've been doing:
- Entertaining friend Sanjida while she stayed with me on Sunday. Highlights included brunch at Bongo Room (mmm lemon ricotta pancakes), Fluevogs (purchased by her, NOT me), the Old Town Arts Fair (? I'm not even sure if this is the correct name for it--we wandered into it purely by chance), and Jill Sobule at Martyr's (SO FUNNY. I've really missed seeing her concerts).
- Meeting with my judge, doing my class reading, going to class, etc etc. Not the most exciting part of my week, but perhaps the most intense by volume.
- Dinner with friend Belina on Tuesday at Giordano's. Haven't seen Belina since her graduation in '02, I don't think, so it was great to catch up with her again. Plus, we've got a standing date for martinis at the Kit Kat Club when she returns from her travels in July.
- Brunch and used cd shopping with friend Bruce on Thursday. Haven't seen him in years, either, despite the fact that we both live in Chicago now. I've not yet had a chance to listen to any of my spoils of the day yet (including 2 new mix cds (yay), old Elvis Costello, Augustana, Doves, Kasey Chambers, a replacement copy of Murmur, and the Afghan Whigs' Gentlemen), but I'm anxious to do so.
Perhaps most distressingly, the Boy (he would prefer to be called "The Man," but I would like to think that I'm not on such intimate terms with The Man, as it were) left for London last night. I've heard from him--he made it there safely, found his dorm, has a phone, etc. Six weeks will fly by, since we're both going to be busy busy busy, but it's hard. I haven't been in a Boy-free Chicago since last August, essentially, and I realize I rely on him for a lot, especially in terms of knowing how to get where and other basic things. Plus, he makes for nice warm snuggling in front of the TV. Sigh. Perhaps if I had a warm snuggly alternative, like a kitty, it wouldn't be so hard... hmm.
Oh, and speaking of small cat-like creatures, I highly recommend Animal Planet's Meerkat Manor series, on Fridays at 7pm in Ye Olde Centrale Time Zonee. They're SO cute, and their interactions really make for a compelling narrative (provided by Sean Astin, of hobbit fame). Plus, it's not like there's anything else you're watching this summer (unless you find Law & Order: SVU reruns as riveting as I do). Also, I can't believe I turned away from the TV for a second and missed Ghana's goal in the first 2 minutes of this game against the Czech Republic. BOO! That'll teach me to turn off World Cup coverage. I'm probably better off not turning it on at all so I don't get sucked in. But soccer is eminently easy to watch, and this game does affect the US's standings, soooo... yeah. Need to knock out some work so I can watch the US/Italy match and not feel guilty about it. So much to do this summer, so little time...
edited to add: ho-leeee crap! 2nd goal for Ghana! Incredible! Why aren't more Americans invested in soccer? It's WAY more fun to watch on TV than football is...