The last time I went to sleep was for an hour, this morning. Before that, it was Sunday night.
Somehow trivia stretched into a visit to Mullens, our favorite Wrigleyville bar, which stretched into darts and then I met some Irish (Madeline was like, “It does not surprise me at all that you just came back in and said, ‘I met some Irish, let’s go.'”), which stretched into a joining of groups and then the late night bars. By then, it was past four, and the sunrise was calling to us. We climbed the lighthouse, pulling out fencing to crawl under before attempting to scale the ladder leading to the top. We were unsuccessful, and so we waited patiently, dangling our feet over the edge as though we could touch the water. We couldn’t.
The sunrise never came, but the light did.
And so we drove to Midway.
And then I came home. And then closed my eyes. And then I opened them, dashing off to babysit in the suburbs. It was a long day.
I dared not sleep while the kids were napping, for fear I’d fall into a deep, necessary sleep. And so I watched “Twilight,” that teenaged vampire movie.
And then I took the wrong highway because I was nearly a zombie at that point. Two hours later, I arrived home.
Only to leave again to do more trivia.
Third place tonight.
The trivia announcer tells me he always enjoys our wrong answers. They’re always hilarious, he tells me. I smile.
The thirteen pounds of furry black animal has been renamed Carlos. I love him. I’ve been making my absences up to him with Fancy Feast (which is fancier than you’d think), and so he’s got this roundness about him that I find entirely too endearing. He’s in love with plastic bags. Not to eat, but to sit on. Currently, he’s lounging on a Target bag.
He went for his first car ride the other day without his carrier. He hates getting in; I’m assuming he thinks we’re going to the vet, because that’s where we’re always going and they hurt him so much every time. But once he was in, he laid calmly and napped. Until I got out and then he gave me these fearful yellow eyes and I kissed the glass and told him he’d live.
Not surprisingly, he did.
The swelling on my ankle is not going down. I am in considerable pain, but not enough to hinder mobility (sort of…) This injury is the result of a soccer game with friends and then a bunch of Chicagoans in the park on Saturday. A kid wearing glittering cleats (thus his new name, Glitter Cleats) kicked me, right before being yelled at to take it easy on the girl. That upset me, obviously, and it didn’t bother me until I looked down and saw the emerging mass that had become my ankle.
That night Maddie, Patrick and I joined Harrison for a comedy show downtown and then went to a bbq being held by one of his friends. I seriously enjoy conversation. It was odd; I knew no one there, but I decided to make the best of it. It was enjoyable.
I’m going to start posting my pros/cons lists for Chicago/Denver.
Chicago Pro: Humidity makes my hair curl gorgeously.
Con: Humidity makes all of my cereal stale.