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19 March 2013 @ 05:13 pm
Well, I’m Back.  
Did you miss me? Oh yeah, I guess I do usually disappear from LJ over the weekend, don’t I?

Well, I was gone! I went to Chicago for two - count ‘em two - birthday parties; a 40th birthday and a 2nd birthday, quite the range. We drove down on Friday for the first party, my sister’s college roommate.

I remember being around 13/14 years old and going to spend the weekend with my sister at college - which I thought was the coolest thing ever because I hated kids my own age and had more in common with older kids, as well the awesomeness of being on an ‘away trip’ without my parents. My sister's roommate, W, was always really psyched to hang out with me and show me all the cool college haunts and take me to all the gatherings, even though I imagine most people would be like, “Oh, your baby sister is coming for a visit? Yeah, I’ll see you next week.”

The party was a surprise and she totally had no idea. It was in the common room at her sister’s condo building and as they were approaching the room, she thought, "Oh, look, someone is having a birthday party," and then her sister headed into the room and W was like, "Holy crap!". She was totally shocked to see we had made the drive too. I was a little nervous because I haven’t done a big social event like that with mostly strangers since I got off the drugs. With no pills, and since I shouldn’t really be drinking while they are messing around with my medication, I was prepared to be really self-conscious and kind of on the sidelines. But that didn’t happen at all. Knowing W the way I do, I don’t know why I thought her friends wouldn’t be approachable and easy going just like she is. Anyways, I had a really good time!

Then we went to hiyacynth‘s house, who we have been friends with for like eleven years now. I slept on the couch, so I was greeted in the morning by a rambunctious two year old wanting to play, but there are worse things to be greeted by than a cutie-patootie face! Her son was having his 2nd birthday party that afternoon. It was at a really cool place called Musical Magic. A woman did a group music session for about thirty minutes with hand puppets, noise makers, a parachute and a bubble machine. She actually had a really good program set up, where every song she changed up what they were using and doing, because with kids that young, after about three minutes it is good to quick go to the next thing in an active session like that. I didn’t get a chance to talk to her, which was too bad, since I worked for so long in child care, I was quite interested in how she got started doing this all. There were also snacks and cake and we all sang Happy Birthday - poor Munchy P was like, "Why is everyone standing around me clapping in my face?" - and goodie bags for the children. I was very impressed with the business, as a music program and a place for kids' parties, and I really think we should get one here. Down at the old armory there is a great building with after school programs for kids like gymnastics and dance and art classes, and a place like this would fit in wonderfully.

After that we went back to hiyacynth's house and had dinner with her family and a nice little visit before crashing for the night. In the morning we met W and her mom for breakfast and then headed on home. You know, I almost backed out of the trip several times, because I thought we had reached the point where my sister and I needed a break from each other, as people who live together do sometimes, and because I was having my Awesome Time of Month and was just feeling under the weather. Even Friday morning, after I hadn’t slept very well, I almost changed my mind. But now I am really glad I went. I don’t get to do things like that very often - it’s way too draining on me and so many times the physical logistics of places just don’t work for me - so this was a rare treat.

I have always really loved Chicago too. If I were ever going to live in a city, I think that is where I would want to live. It is not really doable for me - cities just aren’t that accessible. But on Friday night, driving across town, there were all these people on the streets and the city just has so much life and I really enjoy that. I only wish I had like one more day there so I could have gotten together with some of my Chicago Flisties, but I just couldn’t figure how to squeeze it all in. I think I have maybe talked my sister into a four day trip towards the end of the summer though, so we’ll see about that.

All in all, a very good weekend, even if I am going to be paying for it for the next week or so.
Who'da thought, baby? We're civilians.dugindeep on March 19th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
I only wish I had like one more day there so I could have gotten together with some of my Chicago Flisties


dodger_sister: kenzidodger_sister on March 21st, 2013 01:07 am (UTC)
lol I know though! I can't believe I was so close to you! I'm going to put a little cash aside in hopes of a summer trip.
Kate: feathered faceceitfianna on March 19th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
The trip sounds great. I'm happy that it all came together as I know you were worrying about it.
dodger_sister: happydodger_sister on March 21st, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
It was a great trip indeed! I had been worrying about it - and it was a lot for me to do in one weekend, so I am paying for it now - but it turned out to be worth it, in the end.

And the party did not cause social anxiety the way I thought it might, so that was good as well.

I am very glad I went!
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dodger_sister: squeedodger_sister on March 21st, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
YAY INDEED! It was a great weekend. :)
hiyacynthhiyacynth on March 20th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
We loved having you here! Munchy P was talking about you gals yesterday :-). I'm so happy you came and had a good time. Thank you! Love love love
dodger_sister: wee!sammydodger_sister on March 21st, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
I had such a good time! Thanks for making that possible for me!

Munchy P was talking about you gals yesterday :-).

Awwwwwww. Well, we were talking about him too! ;) Is he still obsessed with Darth Vader & Son? I'm going to guess 'yes'.

Love you! <3s!
fragrantwoodsfragrantwoods on March 20th, 2013 09:12 am (UTC)
Sounds like an awesome happy weekend! It's amazing what a good time you can have, even if it first you think you don't feel like going:-) I like your observations on city life!
dodger_sister: audrey hepburndodger_sister on March 21st, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
It was such a good weekend, a little exhausting but socially just the right amount of what I needed!

It's amazing what a good time you can have, even if it first you think you don't feel like going

That's what I have to tell myself every time something like this comes up. It sounds like too much and I would rather just stay home and watch TV, but then I remind myself that I always end up having a good time. I am a very social person and it's only the disability and illness that have gotten me into staying home more than my younger self would have ever stood for.

I like your observations on city life!

Thank you! It all just seems so vibrant and full of life in the city. I am envious.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on March 20th, 2013 01:34 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had a good time!
dodger_sister: eliza dushkudodger_sister on March 21st, 2013 01:17 am (UTC)
I did! It was a nice chance to get out of the house and have a good visit with old friends. It was just what I needed!
lizibabes: A&T featherslizibabes on March 20th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad you had a good time, sounds like it was great. :)
dodger_sister: chicksdodger_sister on March 21st, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
Thanks! It was a wonderful weekend - exhausting but perfect, yes. :)
ranuaranua on March 22nd, 2013 11:19 am (UTC)
It sounds like it was a fantastic weekend. I so understand the going back and forth with the should I/shouldn't I go. (social anxiety and all it's crap tends to try to make me it's bitch) I'm very happy for you that you went and it meet/exceeded your expectations.
dodger_sister: daughters of evedodger_sister on March 25th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
It was a very good weekend indeed! And I think I'm mostly all rested up now, so completely and totally worth the energy spent!

I so understand the going back and forth with the should I/shouldn't I go.

It's weird how my social anxiety has changed over the years. When I was younger it was that feeling of everyone in the room staring at me, to the point of this like suffocating feeling. Now I am more comfortable with myself, but it's more of a fight to make myself start talking to strangers (I do more than fine talking my ass off with people I know though!) as well as that feeling of 'what if I am having an off day and get sick, what if it's too much for me physically?' More than anything, it was the thought of how much energy the whole weekend would take out of me that had me almost panicking over it. It was a lot but like I kept telling myself, I had nothing to do for two whole days afterwards, so I could rest then.

I am very glad I went.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on March 23rd, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun. Last weekend I flew to Philadelphia (brrrr) to present at a meeting and it wasn't as much fun. Well, that is not entirely true. My friend (and boss) was with me and we went out both nights we were there to drink wine and play dominoes. I also had an opportunity to meet a lot of people I've only talked with on the phone and the meeting itself was interesting (it was on MOOCs).

One bad thing: For the second time, I left my iPod Touch on a plane. Not only am I mad at myself for my stupidity, for the last few days I have felt bereft without it. Hopefully my new one will arrive by Monday.

dodger_sister: tww girlsdodger_sister on March 25th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
It was a very fun weekend! I hope to take another trip to Chicago this summer as well.

Work trips are not really a 'vacation', I agree, but at least you got to enjoy your evenings and there was some drinking to be had. As far as work trips go, that one sounds pretty good!

For the second time, I left my iPod Touch on a plane.

Oh crap. Man, I always get panicked about 'where is my IPod, where is my DS?' When I am leaving for a trip, it is, "did I pack me meds, did I pack my toothbrush?" but on the return trip, it is all my electronics that I freak over.

Hope your new Touch has come or will very soon! It's hard to live without our music!