Postcards from Suburbia
Monday, October 12, 2009
I'm going to be honest with you - I am really glad I moved to the suburbs. (gasp!) I needed to get out of the city, to get to a place (literal, metaphorical, whatever) where stress wasn't lurking around every corner, like a trenchcoat-clad flasher. It's quiet out here. I can hit 5 grocery stores and stop for buffalo wings in between, if I want. I can watch the leaves change. I can run errands efficiently, and without wanting to punch someone's teeth in. IT'S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! That said, this past weekend was the first non-scheduled weekend I've had since...June? It was glorious. Here's what I got done:

1. Painted pumpkins with the niece, nephew, and new-phew. Niece made a two-faced pumpkin with black eyeballs, nephew gave his pumpkin black blusher and glitter hair, and new-phew slept, fussed, worked hard at being adorable, and gave us all whiffs of baby smell.

2. Started something I've been meaning to do for a long, long time.

3. Reached 50% completion on the whole "seasonal clothing transfer." Yikes. Every year, I pull out my favorite Abercrombie sweaters from high school/college and wonder to myself, "Will this even fit me anymore?" And then I pour myself a glass of wine and have a good cry.

4. Spiffed up my desk, and bought post-its! I LOVE POST-ITS. They come lined, big or small, and even in the shape of an arrow! What's not to love?!

5. Saw Fame with my sister. My thoughts? Not nearly as intense or in-your-face raunchy as the original, but there were 3 specific parts that were so good, a literal chill ran up my spine and made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Anyone who understands and appreciates the amount of effort that goes into the fine arts will enjoy this film.

6. Made my favorite slow-cooker chili. No cornbread (we've got some diets up in the hizzouse) but still tasty with oyster crackers, onions, and cheese.

7. Hit the outlet mall with my mom. Scored: black stiletto booties (buttery leather...mmm) at Nine West, a new pair of PJ pants (to replace a pair I sadly had to toss after 10+ years of service), and black trouser socks. YES. I AM BORING.

8. Laundry.

9. Shrieked loudly in the entrance of the grocery store at an enormous, fuzzy spider decoration lying around an empty corner. Soothed myself by splurging on 4 autumnal magazines promising hearty recipes for fall. (at least it was magazines this time, and not booze, am I right?) Family Circle, represent!

10. Saw Kathy Griffin live at the Chicago Theatre! LOVE LOVE LOVE HER.

What did YOU do this weekend?