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On Monday Jen was in town (yay!) and so was Kurt (yay!) so I hiked it over to the bean to meet them at lunch time. Jen and Kurt had just been to the new(ish) modern wing at the Art Institute so Kurt was inspired to create some post-modern art of his own...

It's been a while since I've had a real true girls' night out. And of course, there is probably no better excuse for one than a new Sex and the City movie. So Friday, after lazily waking up in Wicker Park around 11 and watching some old TV, I headed home and gussied up in a cute little dress and headed down to the loop. I met with Meredith and some of her friends at The Purple Pig, which I was so excited about as it's a new bar that I've been anxious about trying. I mean, their motto is...

1. Thursday night Mat came over. I made a pizza because I had leftover cheese and sauce. Then I realized I also had onion and garlic so I made a caramelized onion and garlic pizza. Delicious. We watched Atonement. How the heck was that an Oscar-nominated movie? It was awful! At first it was interesting, I really did love the first half hour or so, but then it just kept getting worse and worse. Awful. And (spoiler) I hate movies that just kind of end with someone wrapping everything up for you. And this was the worst because they not only...

1. I was a big girl and called a dentist yesterday. Now I just have to be a bigger girl and actually go. But I suppose when I'm lying in bed and really contemplating taking pliers and pulling out my teeth one by one that it is time I stop being afraid of a dentist pulling out my teeth and causing me pain...

1. Mat always complains that I use the term "improv" incorrectly. For instance I will say "I'm going to watch you improv tonight." Which, apparently, is a completely wrong usage of the word. You can watch improv but you watch people improvise. Which, personally, I think is silly. So one day he told me to just use "improvate," and he said it didn't matter how I used it because it's a made up word. So, cut to Sunday night, while watching Middle Age Comeback, the dude on stage actually used "improvating" in a sentence. And it was weird. 2. So Sunday...

Friday night MK had a grill party at his place. Since my drive through endless construction got me there about two hours late I basically downed two hamburgers within minutes of getting there. I was hungry! But I have no photos of my hamburgers. :( I do have a photo of some hot dogs: We flipped between the Cubs and the Sox and both teams won. And MK made lots of drinks. And I invented the best drink ever: vodka and pickle juice: The seeds floating in there totally enhance it. And Scott played the piano...

1. I realized that we've been hanging out for a year now. And haven't fought or cried. I think that is a record for us getting along by about 11 and a half months. 2. FYI, a giant road sign that says "Driving distracted is both unsafe and irresponsible" is kind of distracting. 3. Note to self: do not store carrots and crackers in the same container. It will end badly. 4. This morning was one of those mornings that made me think that I shouldn't get out of bed. First I broke my favorite jeans. Then my CTA pass...