Monday, June 9, 2008

Hot Summer Weekend

I had the perfect summer weekend. Tell you about it? Why sure!

Today's Happy Thoughts:
  • Instead of spending Friday night as I do most, watching tv by myself and waiting for Kris to come home, I took preventative action and invited my sister over. Wine and pizza and MarioKart and good sisterly times.
  • Saturday was hot, hot, HOT and I love it. I love hiding inside in the AC from it. I love being out in it and feeling the sun on my skin and drinking a cold drink and sweating. I love driving down the highway with the windows down and the music blasting. I love love love summer.
  • My culinary successes this weekend included a new Rachel Ray grilling recipe, a batch of peanut butter cookies baked in the 90+ degree heat, and playing sous chef to short order cook Kris, making egg sandwiches for the half-dozen friends of his that came to visit. 
  • Sarah came for dinner, tea, and sympathy on Saturday night. I love when she comes over because she is always so sweet and complimentary of my home, my cooking, and my hostessing (if a little mocking). It makes me feel like I'm doing a good job at being the kind of grown-up I want to be.
  • Saturday night was Take 2 of Karen Attends a House Party Featuring A Performance By Schocholautte. The last one was a little disastrous, we didn't know anyone and stayed out way too late, and there was no small amount of drama. This one was much better. Kris's friends from South Jersey arrived in plenty of time and after a quick stop for food and cash, we caravanned out to Brooklyn with no problem, due to an excellent driver in the following car. The party was thrown by someone we knew, this time, so I felt more comfortable. Haley and I came prepared with our own booze, in case there was a BYO situation, and once we went through that, there was a very cheap cash bar, at which I got ridiculous. Throughout the night, there was a mural being painted on one of the apartment walls and there were intermittent freakshow performances by a guy getting electrocuted, a fire twirler, and a bed of nails demonstration. Needless to say, it was the definition of a Brooklyn Artsy Loft Party. Argyle Johansen played first and sounded great. Rehearsing with the same people really serves him well. Schocholautte rocked the house as usual and better. Being more drunk than I usually am at their shows (because I didn't have to work the next day) and being surrounded by friends made me comfortable enough to dance with wild abandon, which Kris seemed to really enjoy. I even had equally enthusiastic dance partners. The band threw pretty much all their material out there and even introduced one of the new songs they've been working on. It was definitely the most  fun you can have in one night. And we managed to make it home by only 4:30, an hour and a half earlier than last time.
  • Sunday was nice and relaxed. Kris's friends stayed for half the day. We dawdled taking care of cleaning up, getting groceries and showering, and then were treated to dinner at my folks' which was pretty enjoyable.

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