Andy grilling at Matt and Ken's barbecue.

Don’t confuse a hot dog for a microphone.

Sunday MattyK and KennyK opened their new home for a disencoldening festival. (p.s. they are brothers not a gay couple.) That is what we normal people (did I just refer to myself as normal? Blasphemous!) call a “housewarming party.” I headed over to their place to warm it up with my lovely presence, some yummy pumpkin raisin cookies, and a bottle of wine. (p.s. they didn’t need another bottle of wine)(p.p.s. MK didn’t drink the bottle I brought and promised he’d have me over to drink it…let’s see if that happens…)

I’ve seen a couple rooms of it twice before but I got to see their basement/storage room/wine cellar this time and Sheila was kind enough to show me around the upstairs as no one who actually lived there would.

Anyways, Andy fired up the grill and cooked up some yummy kabobs:

Andy grilling at Matt and Ken's barbecue.

Andy grilling at Matt and Ken's barbecue.

To be fair MK actually prepared them with the marinade and all…but when it came time to cooking, he knew his place:


Matt washing dishes at his party.

The rest of the night was filled with Rock Banding (p.s. rock band has taught me that I totally need to learn how to play the drums…even though I suck I in general like banging sticks on things), good friends (JoeJoe and Alina came by and brought a yummy pear cobbler that was not made from peaches) and good conversations (it’s good to know there is someone else out there who keeps a binder full of wedding planning ideas with no reason to) and lots and lots of wine.

Drinking wine at Matt's barbecue.

I was going to leave around 10:30 when everyone else started packing up. But I ended up staying and helping clean up, which resulted in this conversation:

Val: I may have accidentally opened your garage door while looking for the light.

Matt: Well, did you close it?

Val: No, I didn’t know how. And it scared me enough when it opened.

Matt playing piano at his party.

I stayed a bit with Ken and Rich and Noel and watched Matt give a piano recital. I want to learn piano but I don’t think my fingers move that way (see my inability to type. see also my inability to use the blue key on guitar hero.)

Anyways, I finally left around 11:40. And now I am tired because I am apparently old and need more sleep than I get.

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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  • Rich
    October 20, 2008at10:53 pm

    That is SUCH a great shot of Andy and the grill! I LOVE IT!

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