Sunday, August 24, 2008

Smell Like I Sound, I'm Lost in a Crowd

I chose the Saturday Scavenger Hunt word this week and it was animal. Here is a picture of me and my girlcrush at her wedding where we were being hungry like the wolf. Since I don't have any cute pet pictures to put up, I figured I'd show one of us acting like animals. So, now I think I'll pick The Alien at the Swamp Gas blog to choose the next word. Has he chosen the word recently?

So, here's the dealio. I took myself off of the internets for most of the weekend. Basically, I had shit to do in the real world, so I took a break to get it done. My house thanks me, because it's all clean and tidy and livable once again. Whew!

My Friday off was so very nice. Even without video games to piddle away the time, I still didn't get much done. I ran, of course, and did some cleaning, but I certainly didn't get the world's problems solved, let alone my own. I did have hours upon luscious hours of alone time and man did I need that.

Friday night my friend K. texted me to say she and her boyfriend wanted to hang out with me, and it worked out well, because I wanted to hang out with them too. We went to The Picador to celebrate its second year anniversary. It was so much fun. There were tons of people there I hadn't seen in forever. My friend C. came up from Fort Madison, my beautiful friend S. showed up with her equally beautiful boyfriend and my tattoo artist friend, Kris and her boyfriend even came out. At one point, someone walked upstairs and saw us all standing around talking shit (read: screeching) and they said, "Holy shit. It feels like I just walked into 1998 all over again."

FMDM's band, Snow Demon played and they were awesome. They just keep getting better and better. They even did a Thin Lizzy cover of "Jail Break" and it was very cool. I feel bad, though that I didn't get to talk to everyone I wanted to. My friend Jerry told me that he was sorry he didn't come over and say hi, but I was so overwhelmed that I didn't really even see him, so neither one of us had to worry. Around one in the morning, after some guy I'd never seen before tried to convince me that I had to make-out with him, (I was very adamant that I didn't have to) and I kept my friend C. from getting into not just one, but two fights, I figured it was time to go.

On Saturday, I ran my seven mile route. The weather here has been amazing for August. I spent some more time by myself in the evening while my girls went to their dad's house. K. texted me to tell me that our friend Jerry was having a cookout. I didn't make it there until around 10, but it was really nice and mellow. I ate some food, I had my two beers and had a great time reminiscing with Jerry about the old hardcore punk days. We didn't know each other back then, but apparently we went to all the same shows. He'd say, "Yeah, I went to see The Clash at Palmer Auditorium in Davenport..." And I'd get all excited and tell him I was there. Then I'd say something about going to see Husker Du at Robot's studio above the Soap Opera in 1984 and he'd go, "Shit. I was there too." It really is bizarre that we never knew each other back then. Since he's gay, we could also talk about the guys we had crushes on when we were young and stupid. See? All the guys I know in this town who are my age, aren't interested in women. I'm really not making it up.

Guess what I did on Sunday? That's right, I ran some more. While I was running, I got a text from Gyuss/Nate of the Canoe Trip blog. It seems he was driving through Iowa City right then, but I didn't get the text until an hour later. Wah. I told him that he should text me if he (and his wife?) were going to be anywhere near Iowa City again. I would love to hang out with them, but I did warn him that I'm at the mercy of my girls' schedules, so it may or may not work out. The last two bloggers who were in town, came on nights when I had the girls and I couldn't meet them. Damn it but kids are needy, aren't they?

Okay. I'm going to try really hard to get to everyone's blogs in the next day. Sorry to be such a lame-ass, but sometimes we all have shit to do in the real world.


evilesb138 said...

welcome back to the land of the internet....

sounds pretty eventful, but did you get a chance to get some running in? I must have missed that.

Every time I go to a show of something of that nature I end up running into at least two or three faces I have not seen in years. I like when the creeps come out of the woodwork. It can get overwhelming (I have never actually been right at whelmed) when you run into a bunch of folks and try to figure out who to talk to for how long.

Remiman said...

Variety IS the spice in life.

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

You sure were busy.. The only band I have seen is Tragically Hip and that was by accident.. They were in town for New years Eve concert and they were awesome I'm sure there was someone there I knew but didn't see them..

Tht's funny that some guy would insist on making out with you.. Glad you insisted even harder not to..

Anonymous said...

Good picture, and thanks for tagging me. It sounds as if you had the most enjoyable weekend.

Mr Atrocity said...

It's weird when you talk to folks and find out that you went to the same gigs years back. Tinseltroos and I were at the same Jane's Addiction gig a few years before we met in person. It adds that extra sense of interconnectedness between things.

Tara said...

Love the song, love the band and I love the "animal" photo!

A freshly cleaned house is a happy house.

k_sra said...

Thanks for picking such a fun word, Churlita. I like your animale wedding shots. CARNIVORE! : )

Seven mile run??? Will Smith once said that if you run five miles a day you can have any kind of body you want. But I think he meant a buff, awesome body, because I can't imagine anyone ruinning five miles a day and having pudge. Can you?

Minyo said...

I'm jealous of the clean house. Sounds like a funtabulous weekend!

-RM said...

lol, the real world is so much better than the interweb. I have been doing more outside stuff lately than being on the web. It is too beautiful to miss it, rather than just staring at a monitor.

another good thing said...

Damn that real world! I am jealous that you can and like to run. I need something like that lately.. maybe it should be back to yoga time?!

MrManuel said...

Keeping a guy frommaking out with you and preventing a friend from fights? Sounds like a great weekend. Good job on the running.

*Renee* said...

Animal was a great word :) for the Saturday hunt - good choice! I'm glad you had a nice weekend!

Churlita said...


So, guess what? I got some running in this weekend.

Yeah, it was hard to know who to spend how much time with. I just went with whoever was the most entertaining.


It's my favorite spice too.


Drunk boys are so funny I could slap them.


No problem. Blue is a great word too.

Mr Atrocity,

That's cool. I met the guys in Jane's Addiction because a guy I know "discovered" them. They were all pretty messed up, so I wasn't all that impressed. I saw them at the same venue where I saw The Clash.


I know. My house is so happy right now.


I still need to check out your pics. I'm sorry I missed them.


You won't be jealous for long. It doesn't stay that way.


And the weather here is so incredible, being inside just seems wrong.


m lucky in some ways I'm so addicted to running. My feet aren't so happy with me. though.


That part wasn't that great. But the running was amazing.


Thanks. Your photos were wonderful.

Poptart said...

Churl, I'm jealous. I have such a mess to deal with in my place and I am addicted to the internets. I should definitely take a few days off from them and clean, too. And run.

k_sra said...

Churlish, there's only one. i'll make it easy for you: go here