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Pretty always equals best.

Josh and I met up on Tuesday for dinner at Irish Times. I like that place because they play real Irish music and the people who work there are actually Irish. I ate Irish stew and bitched about my life. It’s good when friends actually are there to listen when you need them.

We decided on a few things:

1. We’re both getting Vespas and are scootering across the country. Mine is going to be pink.

2. We both had thought about buying the Cock Robin. I suggested we also buy the empty place next door and open Cock Robin After Dark (90210 anyone?). Although…that may sound a tad too much like a gay nightclub.

3. I agreed to hustle up the Hancock with him if he polar plunges with me.


Speaking of 90210…Does it mean that I’m old that I relate more to the teachers’ relationships on 90210 than the students?


In an example of just how fast technology changes…I’m reading a book on photography published in 2008. A line in it says “Because of the ways DSLRs operate, movies are beyond their capabilities.” Both Nikon and Canon have just introduced DSLRs that are able to capture movies.


I feel guilty when I get in an elevator and press a button for a floor lower than a person who got on before me.


Jury duty has forced my rate of text messaging to go way up because I am desperate for outside human bonding throughout the day.


I like foreign films because since I can’t understand the dialogue anyways I don’t have to turn the volume up to deafening levels just to hear it.


jeff: did you see Diving Bell?
me: no
jeff: you should add that to your netflix queue and put it at #1 it’s beautiful and sad and amazing and unlike anything you have seen
me: it is on my netflix queue
jeff: make it #1 get it soon
me: i added it as #8
jeff: #1
me: #8!
jeff: 1,1,1,11,1,1
me: EIGHT!
jeff: lame
me: you should be happy I added it at all. I move movies up for no man.
jeff: cept me #1
me: in a couple of weeks it will be #1 🙂
jeff: today
me: and hasn’t anyone ever told you not to pressure girls once they say no 🙂
jeff: nope i always heard no means yes

That was well over a month ago and it finally made its way to number one and I finally watched it. I agree that it was an excellent film.


A guy stands outside of the Daley Center every day with this sign:

Senator Obama Spare My One and Only Child For Me Please
“Senator Obama Spare My One and Only Child For Me Please”

Honestly I have no idea what this sign means and whether it is pro- or anti-Obama.


I bought some expired film online. What came was film that doesn’t expire until December. I emailed the company and they said “Yeah, the film you ordered is out of stock, so we just sent you that. The film you ordered was more expensive so we’ll give you some credits for it.” WTF?!?!?!

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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.

  • Jeff
    September 26, 2008at10:10 am

    now everyone else needs to see Diving Bell
    the guy from DB is the bad guy in the new Bond movie

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