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off to the pig races

“Terry wants to know if you’d be interested in attending a corn maze.”

Fortunately for Byl and his man Terry, a corn maze is one of many things in which I am interested, which includes but is not limited to:

  • eyebrow maintenance
  • Game of Thrones fan fiction
  • pudding cups
  • vintage stationery
  • boys

I accepted their invitation to drive to the corn maze, and I got started thinking about what I was going to wear. Continue reading


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I stocked the freezer with wings and tater tots, but I forgot to get more stuff to drink. I made spinach balls Friday night, two cookie sheets worth that went into the fridge to set. I made sure my bathing suit was dry, and asked the lovely doorman to send up my trio of guests when they arrived.

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I think I have a new motto

"Humble Your F*cking Self"

Seen at Byl and Thom’s apartment Saturday night during the “We Like Thom” party. I forgot to ask who took the picture, when, and why, as I was too busy talking to some new friends about food, Chicago restaurants (The Purple Pig, Hot Doug’s, and The Publican — yes, the porky triumvirate), and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (which we started watching).

I think the part that I like best (apart from the phrase itself and the also awesome “NEVER DISRESPECT” bumper sticker also pictured) is that this picture was printed and framed for the enjoyment of others. I wonder, too, if the plate was a vanity plate that matched the sentiment of what is shown in the photograph.

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The “We Like Thom” Party

We ❤ Thom

Last week, Jeff forwarded an e-mail from our friend Byl. It was an invitation to a party in honor of Byl’s boyfriend (and my longtime pal), Thom.

This Saturday evening I was planning on having a few people over as a surprise to Thom- no special occasion, just a little “We Like Thom” party.

I tell you, if Byl weren’t already dating Thom and if he were into the ladies, I would have been all over him.

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chicken with goat cheese & basil

what is on my mind this morning

  1. the election (duh): No longer satisfied to just donate money, consume news and commentary via Twitter, or rant at my television, I am ready (finally) to volunteer. I could call for change tonight at Ann Sather on Belmont with my Lakeview neighbors, or just head down to Obama IL HQ anytime. So many choices, so many ways to “rock for Barack”, so to speak.
  2. the economy: Yeah, I can still pay my rent. I’m lucky enough to still have a job with health insurance and a 401(k). But other folks are struggling. My folks are struggling, and have been for a long time. Always voting for the GOP, they’re committed to voting for Senator Obama come November. I think Senator Obama’s economic policy could provide them and other working people with some relief.
  3. rumors: I’m no longer interested in hearing rumors and lies from pretty much anybody. Yes, I’m talking about the election. If we’re talking celebrities being discussed in US Weekly, however, that’s fine. Um, on second thought…
  4. sadness: My apartment is a sty. I’ve said it. I need help cleaning it. I know this sounds familiar to the people who know me, and the few people who’ve seen my old apartments, but seriously. Nothing says “fat loser spinster” like a freezer full of single portions of frozen vegetables and salmon. Okay, maybe not in general, but when you live in a studio, you can’t help but hear “Eleanor Rigby” every time you come home. Though in my mind it’s the defiant version by Aretha Franklin from “This Girl’s In Love With You”.
  5. That being said: http://you-are-beautiful.com/youarebeautiful/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/seancookcoribruderealansing.jpg (thank you, Xina)
  6. My admiration and adoration of Ina Garten, aka “The Barefoot Contessa”, continues. I made her chicken with goat cheese and basil Monday night for supper. OMFG. Picture is on Flickr. I got lazy, though, and bought boneless, skin-on chicken breast from Whole Foods instead of getting skin-on, bone-in from Dominick’s and de-boning myself. Because my knife skills are amateur at best, and anyway my beautiful Wusthoff needs to be sharpened anyway. I shoudl remember to take care of that, as the Whole Foods chicken, being organic and de-boned and from Whole Foods, was really expensive. Really expensive. But still very good.

what i’m up to (work-wise)

  1. working on another piece for Time Out Chicago (woot!)
  2. thinking up things to post on Gapers Block
  3. recapping like a fool for Recapist — MTV aired two episodes of “The Hills” this week, and they were really good.

what i’ve got going (fun-wise)

  1. birthday dinner for Khloé
  2. Byl’s “Grown and Sexy” birthday at Mary’s Attic
  3. “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist”/Paul Weller @ HoB with Elisa next Tuesday

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