chicago, sundays, and curtis sittenfeld
fri night i met up w/ maloney and his wife. maloney is a super cool dude, as is his gorgeous wife, and they were kind enough to humor me by heading to wrigleyville after our deep dish pizza. i was all excited cause lucko told me about this bar called sluggers that had batting cages and pop a shot. like every other bar w/in a 6 block radius of wrigley field, the music was blasting 20x too loud, but we sat outside for a drink, and then headed upstairs for games. i went 10/10 at my first batting cage, then managed to go 0/20 (no joke) at slow pitch softball. in between i hit a decent number of fast pitch balls, but the slow pitch was mad embarrassing. i was pretty beat from a busy week, and we didn't stay out super late.
saturday i took a friend's bike along the lake and hit up the zoo. last time i was at a zoo was in antwerp years ago and being there made me very sad. i had similar feelings at the lincoln park zoo (i mean, what animal wouldn't rather be out in the wild than cooped up in a fucking zoo?) but admit i liked seeing a giraffe, tiger and polar bear. it was fucking freezing riding along the lake and was most definitely not 77 degrees as i'd dressed for. :( also, chicago weather sucks. it downpours, like, every other 20 minutes, and then at 8:30 pm magically becomes super hot.
i rested up then met up w/ a friend from hs and her husband and adorable 19 month old. we ate at this new burger joint, counter, that was decent. i was dead not long after dinner, and hit bed early, although not before seeing their 3 br/2ba condo which she confirmed the mortgage on was less than their 1br apartment rent in nyc. so sick. i also couldn't stop myself from playing a turbo hose on stars. jesus, i love these tourneys. i went out fourth on a retarded hand, but they are like crack.
today i ran like ass at poker. it started when A4 flopped middle pair on K42 flop v. my nut flush draw (AT) and held, and carried over to my blowing a nice stack in the warm up. was doing decent in brit thing but then i lost a flip and shoved AJ in sb over button raise only to run into AQ in bb. sigh.
on the bright side i chose chicago in my espn streak, and that was a hella fun game to watch. overall i'm rooting for the celtics cause a) i love green and b) i have rondo and pierce in lucko's nba pool, but the more games the better. also goooooo miami (and dwade especially) and yay yao!
also had dinner at the same place i ate last sunday, this KICKASS mexican place called el nuevo mexicano. anyone in chicago, check it out.
planning on playing the blogger events this week. see you there. i'll be the donk out in first five minutes, as per usual.
have about 30 pages left in american wife, curtis sittenfeld's third book. i loved her first two (prep and man of my dreams) although i would say they are most definitely more female oriented. not "chick-lit" but just female protagonists who are way more relevant to people who grew up as adolescent girls.
her latest book is a really weird/interesting concept, which essentially fictionalizes laura bush's life, and her rise from mostly liberal humble librarian to first lady. her husband in the book "charles blackwell," aka gwb, comes across as shockingly sympathetic, and as with most books i have found myself occasionally tearing in public as i read (seriously, there is nothing worse than having to stop reading a book in a public place b/c you are so sensitive you start crying). :(
in any event, i related way too much to her narrators in her first two books, who reminded me of myself in high school (i may have blogged about this before) but this book is a departure from those in a significant way, and i definitely recommend. it's def not for everyone, but if you enjoy reading and especially if you are somewhat fascinated by the dynamic of the former president/first lady, it presents an interesting viewpoint. i am dying to know if laura bush has read.
k, that's all. will be blogging later this week for sure, hopefully to report a bbt4 win, but lololol as if.
update: bah, am so tired, but just realized that happy gilmore started on tnt. damn tnt. how am i supposed to turn off this brilliance. "the price is wrong, bitch"