Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dad's Retirement Party & Isaiah's 3rd Birthday

Saturday afternoon I flew into Philly. I went to see Phil Dahl for a couple hours. The streets were all snowmeggdoned so it was interesting getting to his place from the train station. We played Smash Brothers and Boggle and caught up briefly and then I went downtown to meet JP and Mom and Dad for dinner at Dmitri's (excellent as always). Since they are all big Lost fans they started telling me about the crazy stuff that was going on and then that night I watched this 8 minute recap of the first 5 seasons and read some wikipedia to fill in the gaps between when I stopped watching (early season 2). And then I watched the first 3 episodes of the new season. It's pretty crazy. Yay for alternate dimensions.

On Sunday we celebrated Isaiah's birthday. There was cake and presents and lots of good stuff like that. I read him my favorite childhood book: "Henry and the Terrible Whatzit" We played lots of Babybabybaby and other fun games. After Isaiah went to sleep the rest of us played Rock Band. Veronica came over and helped us out by lending us her excellent singing voice. After everyone else went to bed Veronica and I stayed up chatting for several hours.

On Monday afternoon we went to Dad's retirement party. Jenny and JP and I sat and drank wine and chatted during the beginning. Then we listened to Dad's work friends tell stories about him. It was nice to see a new side of him. The food was also good. That night I did some animating and voice recording for the next NNN episode.

Then Tuesday afternoon I was back on a plane to Chicago. It was a short vacation, but it was a nice break.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Some of you are seeing this on Google Buzz

1) Monday morning I had my first dentist appointment in several years (thanks to Bert's prodding). It was in a convenient location downtown. While I sat in the chair having my teeth cleaned I had a nice view of the northern skyline. I have some big holes in my upper wisdom teeth so Ill have to get those removed and my gums are inflamed so I've been given a special mouthwash and orders to floss more. After a couple weeks my gums should be deflamed and not bleed when I floss. Yay dental hygiene!

2) Monday night - Paul ad Stephanie's house, egglemon soup and chicken fried rice! John Adams is vice president and gets frustrated. Hamilton and Jefferson argue. George Washington remains classy.

3) Tuesday - I made curried chicken and Stephanie and I watched some Arrested Development and played more of Little King's Story. We found the last UFO and the last WonderSpots yay!

4) On wednesday Bert and Stephanie and Paul and I went to Irazu for dinner with Morgan. I don't care that we had to wait like 45 minutes for a table. It was worth it. I went to Irazu once 2nd year back before I understood how Chicago connected, I've been trying to find my way back ever since. Mmm... Costa Rican. It ws great to see Morgan; she had lots of great stories as usual. And Bert put on his excited face and drove us to and fro even though he was very tired. He's so good to me.

5) I unexpectedly had good experiences on the phone this week. I usually dread making or receiving phone calls at work. I prefer to do everything through e-mail, but there are some things that just go faster/easier over phone.

6) Watched more Sex and the City with Bert.

7) On Friday we had an open house at our new office. We had lots of wine and treats and a cake shaped like the back of our awesome new business cards:

We also had a valentine's "photobooth" bet up in one office. It was a big hit. Let me show you the CMIG team: me, Tiffany, Renee (w/ her mom), and Eric (new Tech Producer). Here's Ben, even though he doesn't work for us anymore, and my favorite pictures taken. It was fun to show off our new space (I gave numerous tours, I even walked backwards for Aaron Rester) and see a lot of our clients in person.

8) That evening Bert and I went to Fiorentino's for an early Valentine's Day dinner. Tiffany had given me a gift card for Christmas and recommended it very highly. It was a very cute place, we sat "outside" and had delicious delicious bruschetta followed by some other stuff. I wasn't super please by my entree, but I think I just made a bad choice. Although the potatoes that came with it were delicious. I devoured them. Here's the Valentine's present I got Bert. He got me chocolates and a wrote me a cute note.


9) He was also a wonderful boyfriend and gave me a ride to the airport the next morning. We used the extra time to play Lego Star Wars :)

10) Then I went home for four days. That really deserves it's own entry. Look for that soon.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

So I'll be quick about this

1) Monday - Made skillet lasagna for Stephanie and Bert. Before Bert came over Stephanie and I watched the last episode of dollhouse and played more of the king game.

2) Tuesday - Had dinner with paul and stephanie they made pasta thing and we watched the next episode of John Adams where he and his wife traipsed about France & England. (The King is so creepy!)

3) Wednesday - Made dinner for Bert - salmon, rice salad, and sweet potato wedges. Then we watched Shadow of the Vampire (Willem Defoe is creepy) and played more Lego Star Wars.

4) Thursday - Had dinner with Bert at Star of Siam.

5) Friday- had a double date with Tiffany and Seth and Bert. Dinner at Andalous and then we played Settlers of Catan at my place.

6) Did some animating this weekend. Yay!

7) Saturday - Had dinner with Bert at the Melting pot. Mmmm Fondue....

8) Today we had breakfast at Ann Sathers (even though Bert isn't a big fan)

9) Spent the day at Bert's place. We watched Sex in the City and I animated and we went to Target and then got Chinese food for dinner. Yay for a nice day with my boyfriend.

10) We had a new producer start at CMIG this week. Looking forward to seeing how he rounds out the team.

Monday, February 1, 2010

I am persistantly two weeks behind

1) I got to spend a good part of hte week at work putting together furniture. That is all I have to say about work this week.

2) On Monday I went to Stephanie's place and made her the ridiculous brie thing and sweet potato wedges because she had foot surgery and couldn't make the trek to my place. We played Continuity game and watched Rachel getting Married. It was like watching a trainwreck... in a good way.

3) On Tuesday I went to Paul and Stephanie's and they made a new delicious chicken thing and we watched the next episode of John Adams. France! Crazy fever dream!

4) On Wednesday I went to Bert's and he made chicken piccata, roasted potatoes and I helped make a spinach thing (didn't turn out grat though) We watched Serenity.

5) On Thursday Bert and I canceled our plans for the night because I wasn't feeling great. I left work early and took a big nap and then Bert came and comforted me and we went to Leona's and played Lego Star Wars. He's so good to me.

6) Lego Star Wars is awesome. Of course I played through it back when it first came out, but playing though it again with Bert has been tons of fun.

7) On Friday night Bert and I hosted a game night at his apartment. Paul and Stephanie and Jeremy and Andy came over and we had pizza and played Cranium. Bert and I won! I will always remember him doing "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

8) On Saturday Bert and I drove out to the suburbs and had dinner with Erika and Gregor (and their daughter Kat. I made chocolate banana bread cookies. Erika made tasty chicken cordon bleu. It was a nice evening.

9) Read the new Buffy comics

10) After that busy week it was nice to have a relaxing Sunday where I did laundry, watched Hulu and Angel, did dishes and got groceries.

I'm always late

1) I got MLK day off as a University Holiday, which happened the past two years as well, but I had forgotten and it was a nice surprise 3 day weekend. Bert did not get the day off, but I went downtown and met him at his office to go out to lunch. Hyatt Headquarters is very swanky, they've got bamboo in the ground floor lobby, and a very grandiose wood adorned reception area. I should have taken photos. Bert showed me off to his favorite co-workers and then we headed to Roti for lunch. It's kind of like a mediterranean Chipotle. It was tasty, I got babaganoush (and some other things, but I like saying babaganoush). Afterward I went to Blick's and picked up some paper to use as a backdrop for the next animation. And then to Trader Joes for supplies for dinner with Stephanie that night and essentials.

2) On Tuesday night Bert met me down in Hyde Park after work and we went to Chant for dinner, which is one of the fancier restaurants in Hyde Park
(to those of you who never heard of it, it opened in late 2007). Then we went to see the premiere of A Girl Named Clyde. The script was one I had read through and given feedback for back when I did Screenwriter's Circle. I wasn't involved at all in the production so for me it was like the script magically transformed into a movie. This is the first feature length film I've had that experience with. It was interesting to see what parts were dropped/added/ kept/etc. It was pretty good for being a student film. I liked it more than Crime Fiction and it was more polished that Die Zombies Die. But because I reviewed the initial script, I also felt more critical of what I saw as the narrative shortcomings.

3) Thursday night had dinner with Paul and Stephanie. Watched the 2nd episode of John Adams (with has the gayest Constitutional delegate ever - Edward Rutledge) Stephanie and I finished the latest Dr. Who special. So long Tennent and Davies! Hello Smith and Moffat! I did appreciate the scene in the space bar with Jack.

4) I engineered two live ISDN interviews this week. One with with Paul Sereno and one with Janet Rowley. It was exciting to listen to a radio program in real time and know that I was contributing to it in my own small way.

5) Friday afternoon I left work a little early, went home to get my stuff together and then headed off to Indianapolis (or the suburbs at least) to spend the weekend with Karan. Driving to Indy was kind of exciting, (as exciting as driving a flat barren expanse for 3 hours can be) since I haven't driven that far since Stephanie and I took a roadtrip summer before 2nd year. And it's always nice to escape my life for a couple days.

6) It was good to hang out with Karan for a couple days. I hadn't really hung out with him since I visited him in New York last April. And while we were chatting on the internet pretty much daily throughout the summer, our communication was much more sporadic during the fall. He always has great stories to share and we talked more about his music, my animations and other creative stuff.

7) We spent the better part of Saturday composing this new NNN theme song. I had made a short version (heard in the first 10 seconds of Out of Bonds) last year, but that was about the limit of my abilities. Karan has a lot more experience mixing, so I was able to lie on his bed looking up News theme songs on youtube while he worked and giving my feedback and letting him transform my ideas into reality. It was a great collaboration and very easy, much better than paying someone I barely know to do it (which was my original plan).

8) We watched The Invention of Lying on Friday Night, Humpday on Saturday Night, and I got to play through the beginning of Batman: Arkham Asylum. The Invention of Lying started out strong, but then it devolved into a romantic comedy, which I had no interest in watching play out. Humpday was great, one of the best movies I've seen in a while, the dialogue and performances were top-notch. as usual, I agree with the AV Club's assessment of the movies. Batman: Arkham Asylum was really good, although I am not very good at being stealthy, which is one of the major components of the game. It was fun and had very high production values though. Makes me wish I had an XBox 360 or PS3. Not enough to buy one though.

9) We had lunch and dinner with his parents on Saturday. (Subway for lunch and home-cooked Indian food for dinner mmmm.....) They asked me what I thought of C.B. West and The University of Chicago, because they wanted a different perspective than Karan's. I also got to hear some funny stories about Karan and his brother getting into trouble. It's always interesting to see how people interact with their parents. Karan and his parents seem to have a very playful relationship, they were teasing one another the way only family can tease.

10) On Sunday night when I got back I had dinner with Bert and his friend Jeremy at a pretty good Mexican Place up Broadway (El Mariachi). It was tasty and I had leftovers for lunch the next day. We talked about TV shows and Chicago Gay Men's Book Club, which Jeremy founded, Bert is an original member of, and I am soon to join. And then Bert came over and snuggled for a little bit before heading back to his place. Not a bad way to prepare for the new work week.

Bonus: Elizabeth gilbert's TED talk

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When someone dies
We like to tell each other who they were
As if their memory was as stiff as their body
As if they would not still surprise us years later

When someone dies
We act as though we only lost one person
And not a parent and a friend and a sibling and a spouse
As if we were not all many people