So in “celebration” of 4/20 I thought I’d start up on season 4 of Weeds. (Mind, the only thing besides some macaroni & cheese I’ve ingested this evening was a glass of wine, though I have been living vicariously through friends on Facebook and text.) I love this show. And it’s been so long since I’ve watched it, I’d forgotten how freakin’ awesome it is.
Once I’m through with this season (I have episode 9 queued up, but it’s officially passed Late now), I have season three of Dexter to view.
On Hulu, I’ve subscribed to Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dollhouse, and Kings. All fantastic.
So, what are you addicted to on TV these days?
I’m just about done reading Natsuo Kirino’s first novel, Out. It’s actually the second one of hers that I’ve read now (the first being Grotesque). I knew after that first one that I was hooked on Kirino’s writing, but I waited quite a while to pick up another one of hers because Grotesque was incredibly dark, and I’d read that all her books reflected that as well.
While the plots themselves are brutal enough, it’s like she strips the good out of people so all that’s left is the hideous, selfish and despicable parts that you loathe but can’t stop reading about.
When I finished Grotesque, I was in a weird place. There are little characteristics in myself, as well as other people I know, in characters of hers; seeing that made me feel something indescribable. It’s really that a person can spend all this time trying to get rid of a part of their self, only to find themselves confronted with it full force. It’s both appalling to me to see that side, as well as appealing in that I can learn a bit more about personality characteristics and mannerisms when they’re exploded into the full characters she portrays.
Anyway, I ought to work now. Do you have any recent favorite books weighing on your mind that you’d like to share?
I have a friend coming to visit for about two weeks come the end of the month, and I’ve been compiling a list of possible places to check out while he’s here… can you think of more? I’m sure you can, so fork over those ideas! I’ll update my list as we go. Certainly, if you think something already listed is either a big don’t miss place/thing to do, or something to pass on, let me know that too… and feel free to include events that are going on (he’ll be here from 4/27 to 5/11).
Food & Drink (including clubs)
- 19 Bar
Bar Abilene (Guacamole & margaritas)
Black Forest (for liver pâté & beer on the patio if it’s nice enough)
Bob’s Java Hut
Bolt (for Chamber night, Thursdays)
Ground Zero (Saturday nights)
Hard Times Cafe (thanks @mrbispo)
Kieran’s & The Local
Matt’s (for Jucy Lucy’s, of course!!!)
Nick & Eddie
Saloon (For Hard Monday)
Strip Club (restaurant, mind you)
Town Talk Diner
Triple Rock (Thanks for the Bacon Wednesday reminder @mrbispo!
Uncommon Grounds (Go for the chai — thanks @mrbispo)
Out & About
- Big Brain comicbook store
Minnehaha Falls (thanks Lexinatrix!)
Science Museum (thanks Lexinatrix!)
Taylors Falls - hiking (thanks @josefbig)
Uptown Theater for a Saturday Midnight Movie
Walker Art Center for Free Thursday (thanks @newcoventry)
few things will make me grin like a quick read-through of my favorite Twitters. Thanks for the laughs everyone!
After I got home (about 11PM), made myself a turkey wrap and had a cuppa yogurt. Felt WAY better… amazing how 12 hours of no food, then eating, can improve your mood.
Somehow, I managed to avoid April Fool’s Day until about 10:30 this evening, when the bus driver told everyone that the Uptown station was his last stop. Naturally, we all believed him and got up to file off… then he started laughing and said, of course, “April fools!” *sigh* At least I didn’t have to change buses.
My first reaction was, “Damnit!” But, it quickly turned into an “Awww… you’re cute”. I’ve come home to find the occasional puzzle piece on the floor, so I knew he was getting up there while I was at work, but… first time he’s been caught so far!
- I have leftover curry for lunch today!
- I got more sleep than I did yesterday; not a lot more, but hey, I’ll take 5 hours over 4!
- It’s cold in here. Sounds wet outside. Will need to bundle up to keep the chill off (I’m a complete wuss when it comes to cold).
- I obviously need to train myself to hit the hay earlier, since sleeping in isn’t an option (since I like, want to keep my job and all).
- Get to see a beautiful woman after work! Definitely something to look forward to.
- This latte is delicious, as always.
- Got to sleep somewhere around 4 AM. Shouldn’t have taken that nap in the afternoon.
- Was late to work this morning.
The show was just… awesome. I was soo completely excited to be able to see them in Minneapolis, where it all started (as my Twitter and Facebook friends know… sorry guys).
And yes, I’m sure I squealed when they were coming onstage. Was just a couple people away from the front, spent the entire time they were onstage dancin’ around (as much as I could given the small area I had to work with anyway). There was a guy next to me who was totally rockin’ out having a great time–that was awesome. UPDATE: Here’s a pic of us together! Thanks Joe! Be sure to check out the rest of his photos too!
They all sounded great, and looked like they were having a pretty good time. Kurt ran around quite a bit, his pigtails (!) waving around. I don’t know their newest album very well yet, but they had a pretty good mix of new, old, and really old to satisfy everyone and really cover their material. All the songs were just spot on and fantastic to see live.
After the show, hung around to see if the band was going to come out, and sure enough, they did. At some light prompting from a friend in Boise, who I found out made InSoc’s P&LInc tour t-shirts, went up to James Cassidy to say a quick Hi and Thanks. I looked around for Paul Robb, but he must not have been out quite yet.
Went back towards the bar to say hi to Alice, and Kurt walked by. Eee! I fangirled for a minute, I admit it, but I think I made a pretty good recovery. There were, of course, lots of people wanting to get stuff signed by him so I just hung back for a while. Eventually, the crowd dissipated so it was just a couple of people and myself; they’re chatting with him and get a picture taken. After a minute, Kurt says, “Okay, I want to talk to her now,” pointing at me. Eee!
I told him that I hadn’t brought anything to sign, just wanted to say Hi and Thank you for a great show. We chatted for a few minutes… I asked him if they were going to keep recording and touring or if they planned on keeping it just as an occasional thing. He said that since they all do have “day jobs”, they’ll do it occasionally but that’s about it, and that his wife didn’t like doing the single-parent thing at home for long (obviously understandable). Then, he’s like, “Okay, come here” and give me one of those big, lift-you-off-the-ground hugs. And says, “You are soooo cute!” EEEEEE! I died. Actually, I fled. Literally. I did a half-swoon, turned around, and walked to the front of the building. Yes, I’m a dork. But you knew that already.
So, finally just got my pictures up on Flickr… not spectacular, but hey, I took ‘em with my phone so I’m not complaining! Gonna wrap this up here… for those of you that were there, whoohoo! I didn’t keep track, but I’ll link to the set list for posterity’s sake once I find one.