Tuesday, May 3, 2011


I had one of those weekend that not only tired me out, but it bled my wallet dry.
Drier than dry.
I think I saw a piece of lint in there today, but I also heard an echo.
But I'm not complaining (much).

Friday night I volunteered a show at Old Town. I'm a little bummed to know that when I volunteer now, it's for nothing, really nothing, as I'll be losing my points (I have over 400 points) as soon as my new jobby job starts. I don't really mind, there are benefits to being staff beside getting paid, but it's still weird.  I thought maybe I should just not sign in, but then the volunteer coordinator will not know that I was there.....so anyway.
Right before the show began, I got a text from Eldest Stepsib that she and her fam were at my bar, down the block.
I snuck out, said hello to the fam, stole a piece of nephew's pizza, and hied back to the show.
It was a later night than I'd have liked, for a Friday, but that's ok.

Saturday morning brought the new stress of the new guitar class. Not only am I repeating 2rep (again, again, I know) but this time around I have a very scary teacher. Scary to me. Intimidating. Whatever. He's tough.  AND his teaching method is entirely different from any other I've had so far. Sigh.  He took away our music stands (my crutch) and did NOT give us the sheet with the words and the chords! He didn't even tell us what song it was. Just taught us some arpeggio business, then some bass line stuff, then "chunklets" of the song. For the life of me I could not figure out what the song was.  To my credit, I did know that it was a melancholy sound, and I was curious.  Only in the last 5 minutes of class did he start singing, and it was "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen.  I would have never guessed, and I have this song on my iPod!!!  His teaching style is going to be very tough to get used to.

Saturday night I went to dinner with John and Toni. We went to an amazing Peruvian restaurant near their house in the Wicker Park area.  It was warm enough and close enough to walk.  I love eating out with John and Toni because they love to eat, try new places, and have a great meal be the entire evening.  Sure, it was more $$ than I expected, but I was more than full, and the food was great, so it was worth it.  Plus, they are so great to hang out with.  They hate people as much as I do, so it's kinda perfect.

Sunday was breakfast with TheMarty at Tweet. I would call it brunch, except that at 9:00 am, that's breakfast.  There are very very very few people I'd set my alarm for on a Sunday, and TheMarty is one of them.  We had a lovely time. 

I also ran to my new favorite place on Sunday - Trader Joe's. What had I been missing!! It was only my second time there, and I'm obsessed. 

Much running around, not enough resting time, but these things happen.


zombie rotten mcdonald said...

They hate people as much as I do


It's why I suggest y'all become zombies.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

What did you have at the Peruvian place? Did they serve maiz cancha? That's the stuff that is like popcorn that never breaks the shell, but looks like a corn kernel.

Jennifer said...

Yum! I remember mais cancha! It was served on top of some delicious ceviche.

Von- you'll kick guitar ass! Sometimes you need a teacher to sneak the knowledge in the backdoor. You may feel like you're not getting it, but I bet you end up kicking ass!

Von said...

What are you saying about the back door?
Excuse me?
B4 - I'm not sure if they had that, it sounds delicious!! We had....lot of stuff...
let me think, I'll post another comment.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

They hate people as much as I do, so it's kinda perfect.

Heh, you see a lot of people to be making that comment. Urban hermit speaking here...

mikey said...

Yeah. You and all your friends and family can get together and talk about how much you hate people, except for the thousands of you sitting around together who are excepted from the people - hating.

Let me know how this smuggling stuff in your back door works out. If you decide you like it...

Trader Joes is just one ongoing giant canvas bag of WIN! I don't know if they have the same shit in Chicago, but I'm sure it's similar. Good stuff, and CHEAP. The hollandaise sauce, the thai curry sauce, the cous cous blend, the california olive oil, the 2 dollar sauvignon blanc for cooking, the flatbread, the Bali Blue Moon Coffee, the veggie fried rice, the potstickers, the tater tots (toss 'em with curry powder when they're half done). It's ALL good!

Kathleen said...

LOL sounds like an awesome weekend. Welcome tothe TJ obsession club. you need to start blogging about the stuff you pick up there.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

the 2 dollar sauvignon blanc for cooking

umm, for cooking?

Brando said...

Just taught us some arpeggio business

Were they from hell?

And I totally agree with you about breakfast/brunch. If it happens while you can still get an Egg McMuffin, it's breakfast.

fish said...

Welcome tothe TJ obsession club.

Must buys:

Rosemary Marcona Almonds
Yaki Onigiri
Pork Steamed Buns
Chicken Shu Mai
frozen Samosas
Chicken Chile Verde Burritos

Von said...

Thank you for the suggestions!!
I'm allergic to tree nuts, but have noted the rest!!
The Chicken Chile Verde Burritos are already in my freezer.
And may I recommend the Lasagna Bolognese?

fish said...

Also the Belgian chocolate is an excellent value and MMMMMM, choooooocooooolate......