2012 Week 25: my brain is storming. my body is chilling.

Tilda on the table

I had a dream where my friend Jeff (who killed himself in May) told me that he was in a good place and to let everyone know. I woke up hoping that was true.

This was a good week for brainstorming, but not a whole lot of doing. I have a lot of great ideas on the horizon though! I can’t stop coming up with ideas at night. It was hot and sticky outside much of the week, which always makes me want to stay inside. I ended up seeing a couple movies in the theatre, having a brief battle with food poisoning, going to Sarah & Todd’s going away party, seeing Miss Alison and going to Urban Vegan. I also bought Zumba 2 for Wii and worked out with it Saturday and Sunday. Oh boy, it kicked my butt. After hitting the 20 lbs. loss last week, it just made me want to keep going.

Films watched 25th week of the year:

Bitter Feast
Beyond the Black Rainbow
Fierce Creatures
America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments*
Louis C.K. – Hilarious


I wanted to like a few of these movies more, but that’s okay. Watching movies is a mostly enjoyable experience.

2012 Week 24: “oh no, the numbers don’t lie…”

Mynabirds @ Schubas

This week I took it easy. Got to do some Beth catching up mid-week and otherwise caught up on much needed sleep. It was bike to work week and I biked 4/5 days. Go me! On Friday night, Z and I finally tried Filo, a gluten-free restaurant at Augusta & Western. It surpassed any expectations we went in with. The blackened tofu was definitely one of the more memorable vegetarian entrees I have eaten. My soup, entree, and dessert was $12. I don’t know how you can get a better deal that that in Chicago. After that, we walked to Amish Healthy Foods to return our egg crates and get more eggs. As serendipity would have, it we ran into our friend Jess and her pup Mitch. We got to see her new place and she came over to meet Tilda. Then Jess and I met up with Kirstie & Jason at Old Oak Tap. At Amish Healthy Foods, we had also bought duck eggs, which I cooked scrambled with goat cheese on Saturday morning. I was not as impressed as I figured I’d be. Later Saturday I went with Z to the De Molen beer tasting at West Lakeview Liquors and then to the last Urban Folk Circuit of the season. Then today I went with LCB and Kimmi to The Mynabirds at Schubas. It is so cool seeing a friend from DC starting to “make it” in the music world. Saw lots of folks singing along to all the words. It seems like they could be one of those bands who will fly up, up, and away!

On Saturday morning, I got on the Wii Fit Plus and it registered that I had lost the 20 lbs. that I had set for myself as a goal on it. I still don’t see it anywhere except for my face, but friends and co-workers say that they have noticed. Now on to the next 20! I am contemplating joining a gym again, but the last two times I did that I never went.

ALSO, big and awesome news! I got into Renegade Chicago! This was super big news that I was not actually expecting to hear this time ’round. This means I have to step up my game. I applied to be matched up randomly with a partner. Excited to see who I am paired with! Whee. Need to pick which veggie vampires to make as tea towels next. If you have any ideas, please comment here!

Films watched 24th week of the year:

The Fighter
The Kennel Murder Case
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls*
The Hourglass Sanatorium


Earthlings really effected me. I would recommend that everyone watch it. Not the best documentary I’ve ever seen and Joaquin Phoenix sounds like he is reading from a cue card, but the way the information was laid out really hit home for me. I’m giving vegetarianism another try again as a result.

2012 Week 23: “Remind me that once I was free. Once I was cool. Once I was me.”

The quote is from one of my favorite Radiohead songs, A Reminder. This post is a day late because I was at Radiohead yesterday. Thanks again heaps and HEAPS to Sparkletone for the face value ticket. We ended up buying another one on StubHub, so the scalpers did not entirely win. It was a good show, but I am spoiled having seen them 22 times prior. The light show was completely incredible though. The crowd definitely soured my experience. There were more people smoking weed than I have ever experienced before in my life. I’ve been to a ridiculous number of shows. Whenever I am around smoke, I start coughing up a lung. A guy completely invaded my space when he had his own. I told him so and he didn’t even look back and instead gave me a thumbs up. Yes, he heard me. I reacted by having a panic attack and almost had to leave the pit entirely. I dug my nails into my fists and powered through it. I ended up being fine, but it was really hard for the first 20 minutes. Back in the day, Radiohead fans were so respectful and really cared about one another. Sure, there would be a jerk once in awhile, but the diehard fans used to stick together and jerks like this wouldn’t have broken the lines. This sounds like I am an old lady and in a lot of ways I am, but I really miss seeing Radiohead in the old days.

Compare the –>

Setlist from yesterday [June 10th, 2012 @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL]

01 Bloom
02 There There
03 15 Step
04 Kid A
05 Staircase
06 Morning Mr Magpie
07 The Gloaming
08 Codex
09 The Amazing Sounds Of Orgy
10 Karma Police
11 Reckoner
12 Lotus Flower
13 Myxomatosis
14 Feral
15 Little By Little
16 Idioteque
17 Separator
18 Full Stop (live debut)
19 Bodysnatchers
20 The One I Love/Everything In Its Right Place
21 Give Up The Ghost
22 Identikit
23 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
24 Street Spirit (Fade Out)

with the –>

Setlist from the best show of my life [August 12th, 1997 @ 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.]

01 Fitter Happier
02 Lucky
03 Just
04 Airbag
05 Planet Telex
06 Bullet Proof.. I Wish I Was
07 Climbing Up The Walls
08 No Surprises
09 Bones
10 Electioneering
11 Fake Plastic Trees
12 Paranoid Android
13 My Iron Lung
14 Exit Music (for a film)
15 (Nice Dream)
16 The Bends
17 Talk Show Host
18 Lurgee
19 Karma Police
20 Street Spirit (fade out)
21 Motion Picture Soundtrack
22 The Tourist
23 You

I mean, those are some high standards to live up to. It was the first time they had played Motion Picture Soundtrack to an audience. There are lots of others that eclipse yesterday’s show, but that mostly has to do with enjoying shows with my crazy Radiohead #gurlee friends. Z loves Radiohead, but not the way that Brianne, Karyn, Nancy, Natalia, and I do. The way that lalalaini did.

When friends and co-workers ask me how the wedding planning is going, I should just link to this entry. I am too busy to plan right now. Last week I hosted LCB’s 30th bday ice cream social, grilled with Amanda and Derek, went to the dentist, was taken out to a 1-year at work anniversary lunch, said goodbye to our AMAZING temp at work who moved to LA, went to a friend’s whiskey and pie 30th bday party, went to Constructor Craft Fair (the curation was great, but I am still bummed I was rejected), went to Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles, updated my Etsy shop, and applied for Renegade Chicago. Everyone cross your fingers that I get into RCF Chicago; one of my favorite and best shows. I especially have a soft spot for it because it was the first craft show I ever did all the way back in September 2005!

Also, mysteriously, Tilda’s ailments have disappeared and she has been a tad less nutso.

Films watched 23rd week of the year:

Dark Days*
American Pyscho
Ghost Rider

Believe it or not, Z rented the last two from the library. Ghost Rider was exquisitely horrible and unbelievably boring.

2012 Week 22: Oh, Tilderp.

View from our new patio set.

Unfortunately, it was too cold early in the week to use the new set. Otherwise, it was a mostly good week. At my lowest weight again, 2.4 lbs. away from losing 20 lbs. since I started working out/using MyFitnessPal. Got to try Antique Taco, which totally rules. Craft Bar @ Migonette Bridal. Spent a little time at Do Division Friday night, but stayed away for the rest of it. Bday party for LCB at the Clipper. Picnic with the Swanbergs. Saw my first movie at Facets, finally. However, in the land of Tilda…

We took Tilda in Wednesday night to the ER vet. She was super lethargic and had been dry heaving and producing spittle. It turns out she likely has bordetella (kennel cough), which burns my butter because we told our vet when we were in less than a month ago that we received notice that she was due for her bordetella vaccine, but she said we did not need it since we don’t board her. Well, it’s an airborne bacteria and every other house on our street has a dog, so that’s how she got it. SO ticked. To top it all off, as of Friday she started limping and trying to bite us when we pick her up. We don’t know if it’s her back or feet or what because it comes and goes. Whatever it is, it is disheartening to see her like this. Tomorrow morning we will be making our third appointment (for three different things) in a month for her. Yarg.

Finished Bitter is the New Black. Z’s mom gave me all the Jen Lancaster books for my bday and that was the first one I’ve ever read. Really funny read, but I find myself really shocked that she’s a Republican.

Films watched 22nd week of the year:

Everything is Terrible! The Movie
The Enchanted Cottage
Small, Beautifully Moving Parts
Wet Hot American Summer