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Friday, May 4

glamor shots; all the glory of my life w/o the nitty-gritties

set scene: comfy cozy in bed, under the covers with a good book. low lighting, low hum of traffic coming from shutter-drawn window.
action: reading text - snow flower and the secret fan by lisa see
assumed time frame: 15 - 60 minutes each week night.
actual time frame: three nights in april spent frantically racing through text. only evidence of reading race in book blog where entries only posted morning after reading binge.
thoughts: while this book generated a lot of talk on the blog, i had been putting my efforts into plowing through john irving's latest tome. it's 900 pages of insanity and taking the better part of my reading life hostage. must finish asap.

set scene: after a long day of work, settling down on the couch with a beer and a comic book. tv droning in the background.
action: flipping pages, admiring artwork, getting a bit queasy looking at zombies & reading the walking dead.
assumed time frame: 1 hour
actual time frame: 1 hour
thoughts: i enjoy apocolyptic comics. it was a fast read with pretty decent artwork. complaints: a bit predictable & had that already-been-done-before feel.

set scene: boxes, dust, moldy tupperware and stress in apartment on 36xx marshfield
action: moving to 21xx rice; upgrading life to "adult"; scrubbing windows.
assumed time frame: 2 weeks around moving day to pack up, load up, haul, unpack.
actual time frame: 2 days to pack up, load up, haul... 3 weeks to unpack & "upgrade life".
thoughts: ugh. but our place looks fabulous, and we have more than enough space for visitors of all types. (hint hint)

set scene: a cold, blustery sunday; a warm, toasty apartment. me, bent over a sewing machine.
action: making a purse from scratch!
assumed time frame: all day
actual time frame: all day
thoughts: i will make the strap differently nex time, but overall, i'm in love with the fabric, style and aesthetic of creation. dont ask me to make you one, but if you're lucky, it may happen.

set scene: swank "w" hotel in downtown chicago, right off the lake. beautiful decor, fun company, a case of the sniffles...
action: mini-break w/ b & carrie
assumed time frame: two nights and two days in 32 degree, windy chicago with the onset of flu and zero dollars in wallet.
actual time frame: two nights in a room with fluffy beds, "gourmet" bath products and a huge lcd tv.
thoughts: i wish 10lees & little b could have been there; i wish i hadnt used up all the kleenex in the room on the first night; i wish i could have made a fabulous purchase at banana like carrie did... but i'm happy that b & i were both tired and wanted to soak up the luxury of the room w/o feeling guilt about not "seeing the town" (eff that - we live here!). it was fabulous. set scene: shedd aquarium, downtown chicago; one of the finest first days of spring. participants - me, sarah, little lady #1 & meredith.
action: ooing & ahhing over fishies & water mammals with a cute-as-a-button 1 year old
assumed time frame: a few hours
actual time frame: a few hours
thoughts: its so much more fun to visit places like this with kiddos - they help you remember why everything in this world is amazing.

set scene: a benign drizzly spring day, 8am. coffee in hand, bag on shoulder, back door locked.
action: walking to jetta, unlocking door, stowing work accoutrements, putting key in ignition, turning key, hearing engine go "er-er-er-rrrrrrrr.....pllll". pausing. turning key again - repeat noise. before bursting into tears, calling good friend & co-worker ebeth for ride to work. returning from work, getting car fixed.
assumed time frame: about two days to fix car
actual time frame: 8 days total to: acquire sub-car from loving sis, let rain stop, let jetta dry out, work two jobs, drop jetta at pepboys, pay bucks to fix jetta, return sub-car to loving sis.
thoughts: i hate cars.



Blogger Nicole said...

Sounds like you have been busy...and having fun (other than the flu and all). Glad to hear the move went well - you do realize you just posted your address for all the world to see right?! And yes, cute purse.

3:22 PM

Blogger dr. gonzo said...

well, i do have a lot of stalkers... guess this is better. :o)

11:43 AM

Blogger Speed Readers Anonymous said...

I just want to know why you didn't bring the moldy tupperware with you? Did you leave it for the next tennants?

Wish I could've joined you for the W too! That would've been fun!

7:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like you need to get a boyfriend.

10:35 AM

Blogger dr. gonzo said...

hello new reader... your comment is a bit odd, but since you suggest, i shall answer: i am married. i may have cleaned our old apartment, but he's the one who did the heavy lifting (and boy, do i owe him for that!).

10:41 AM

Anonymous TheLoWriter said...

I love your post. Thanks for the update!

10:55 AM


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