Beer at Fado Irish Pub

Lipton Iced Tea: It’s not for Everyone

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 night was Mat’s last 5b performance at the io. Tears. It was a fun show because on the last night of things people seem to go a little crazy. Like the guy in Mat’s group who showed up wearing a red woman’s tank top and smeared red lipstick. Or the other group who had everyone making out with everyone else. Afterwards we went to the pizza and dance party for a bit then to watch Middle Age Comeback and 3033. Then back to the pizza and dance party. Then I walked home alone because I refused to get on his motorcycle.

3. I was wondering how I possibly got so behind on my credit card bill. And then I found a month old paycheck that I never cashed and didn’t realize I had. One of these days I will get around to signing up for direct deposit that I was supposed to sign up for 3 years ago.

4. Being both a homebody and a nomad makes making life decisions difficult.

5. Dear Greenpeace dudes, you’re so hot. But you have way too much conviction for me. I could never be with someone with a solid belief system.

6. I saw a homeless man on the street that had this sign: Girlfriend captured by ninjas. Need money for kung fu lessons.

7. Two nights in a row now I have been woken up at 4am to techno music, yelling, and what can only be described as the sound of a bookshelf full of bowling balls falling over from the guys upstairs.

8. Saturday afternoon was 24 at Jen and Glen’s place. 24 is somehow getting both better and worse and I am glad that it is done with after this season. Every season is the same. There was food.

Dinner for 24 at Jen and Glen's House

9. Saturday night Chelsa and Kristi and I went to Fado for some Irish food and 80s music.
Beer at Fado Irish Pub

Beer at Fado Irish Pub

My lamb French Dip was delicious.
French dip at Fado Irish Pub

And the band was fun, although I will never understand the people who get that into a cover band…like the dude who kept jumping up on stage…

Irish band at Fado Irish Pub

And, for the record, I don’t know every 80s song ever but I am very good at pretending that I do.

10. I’m always living two steps ahead. And that has got to stop.

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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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