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poolside with Lisa and Jasmine

I’m cat-sitting in Streeterville until early next week. The cats live in a high-rise near Navy Pier, a high-rise that has a pool. A POOL, Y’ALL.

I put off using the pool until last night, when Lisa came over for swimming, burgers, and fireworks. Lisa can actually swim, unlike me, who half-assed my way through the swim test at my alma mater (PS they got rid of it lat year). Lisa tried to show me how to do my legs correctly. But every time I tried to corkscrew my legs in a similar fashion, my old ass would cramp and I’d go back to bobbing about.

We caught up on her job search, her recent visit home to look after an ailing parent. I regaled her with stories from high school. Which I seem to be doing a lot of lately. Which tells me I need to do more interesting shit, or I am truly turning into an old lady who can’t remember her PIN sometimes but remembers overnight choir trips from over 20 years ago.

I guess this is me returning to regular blogging about my life. Remember when I used to do that? I was reading old blog posts earlier, and I was immediately struck by a few things:

  1. How poorly written they were. I mean REALLY.
  2. They’re still pretty funny when I actually tell the story, instead of trying to use dumb jokes to make them seem wackier.
  3. I could not be bothered to come up with pseudonyms for anybody.
  4. I think I miss smoking.
  5. I totally miss karaoke. I need to get back to doing that.

My brother blogs everyday, usually about when he woke up, what he ate, when he poops, and what he watched on television. He’s one of the most consistent bloggers I know. Sometimes he is downright inspired, especially when he writes trip reports or, on more sober occasions, about the passing of family members. If I can get him to write a guest post, I will make sure he makes it funny or gross or (hopefully) both.

Note: I’m doing this because Luvvie told me to. Well, not me, explicitly, but I’m answering the #31WriteNow call.


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by | August 1, 2013 · 2:09 pm

Patrick and Justin vs. Chicago

Patrick and Justin

Patrick and Justin

Wednesday, August 24

  • Brothers land at O’Hare, 30 minutes late. I don’t meet them there as previously planned as I need to spend more time at home moving my piles around cleaning.
  • I meet the brothers at the neighborhood Walgreens. I buy them drinks, shampoo, toothpaste, then shuffle back to mine so we can turn in for the night.

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penny-farthing and pork

This is Patrick riding a penny-farthing. He had quite a bit of energy after we wandered around the Chicago History Museum.

I don’t understand how I can be so tired when all I’ve been doing since Patrick and Justin have been here is eat, stand around, and then eat some more.

Today, for breakfast, we all had a slice of leftover deep dish from Giordano’s. Lunch was sausages and cheese fries at Hot Doug’s. Tonight, we dine at The Girl and Goat. I am very excited.

Expect regular blogging to resume later this week, with a recap of their visit and some of the delicious foods we have been eating.

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evidence that my brother is some kind of evil genius

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picture post: Patrick was here

I would have written sooner but my internet connection was finally fixed by this really nice Comcast tech yesterday. And I’m still not writing something but posting these pictures instead. You want words? I’ll try to have something in time for Sunday morning afternoon.

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reason no. 3,567,440 I miss Patrick already


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Happy Valentine’s Day

At Hearts A Bluhm - William & Joan Brodsky

hearts on Michigan Avenue

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all. Patrick is still her. We’re spending the day at the Chicago Auto Show with Kathy. Then we’re going to see Robyn tonight with Nite.

Yesterday, I ate too much pork and spent most of the day in bed, wondering if “death by scrapple” is, like, a thing. Today, I’m going to eat nothing but oatmeal and fruit and vegetables and drink gallons of water.

(Just spotted Scrapple And Eggs on @Foodspotting)

scrapple at The Publican

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Patrick twirls

At Chicago Cultural Center

Patrick touches the bust of Ira Bach

Today, Patrick and I:

  • Had free breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walked to the Cultural Center to see several art exhibits, including the photography of Vivian Maier.
  • Walked through the Pedway to Macy’s.
  • Saw the painting of SNL’s Seth Meyers currently on display in the furniture department.
  • Ate lunch at Macy’s – Takahashi Noodles and Marc Burger.
  • Took the bus to the Adler Planterium.
  • Took the bus back to the Jewel on Roosevelt.
  • Bought mad snacks at Jewel.
  • Walked back to hotel.
  • Surprised the sweet housekeeper, who was just finishing up in our room when we returned.
  • Dropped off our snacks in the room.
  • Changed into bathing suits.
  • Splashed about in pool.

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The brother has landed

Schnitzel with @patrickjd!

Patrick at The Berghoff

Patrick is here! Let the shenanigans begin!

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Patrick vs. Chicago: the map

I’ve been working on a Google map of places to visit while Patrick is here.

Naturally, it’s almost all restaurants.

I swear we will, like, you know, get culture and stuff by visiting galleries and visiting different neighborhoods. Which will require a lot of energy and therefore we will need to eat CONSTANTLY to keep up our strength.

I’ve got a lot of places on the map, but if you, dear reader, have any suggestions, please feel free to leave me all sorts of delicious suggestions.

As you were.

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