Goodness - one public post in the last week? Honestly, last week just wasn't that interesting. The weekend, however...
On Friday, I got home and just felt generally tired. I skipped the gym and was even thinking about grabbing a nap when takaza
called on his way home and suggested we go out and do a bit of shoe shopping. He needed my help because he has been dealing with a nasty pinched nerve in his back which limited his mobility somewhat (he's very much on the mend now, fortunately). After some shoe shopping we decided to grab dinner out. We opted to investigate Lincoln Square. We grabbed a good parking spot and had a brief browse through The Chopping Block
, a neat kitchenware store, and enjoyed a bit of music from the busker in the square. Our first choice
, though it looked quite tasty, didn't really tickle Dan's fancy, so we walked a bit further down to La Bocca della Verita'
. Dan had a very tasty (though somewhat plain) gnocchi pomodoro, and I opted for the ravioli Anatra, which had a duck breast, sage, and shallot filling. Rather good, I'll say. Alas, the atmosphere was a bit too bustling and loud, and I doubt we'll return.
On Saturday, Dan had to go in to work. I spent the morning and part of the afternoon hanging out with datahawk
(who had spent the night) and filing my taxes (hey last-minute folks: Taxact
will e-file your state and federal taxes for $16!). After some false starts (I fumbled some employer ID numbers on my W-2's), I submitted my taxes and had notification back within a few hours. The nice refund of $900 will go...well, it'll all go towards credit cards, which is pretty boring. Yay for debt reduction, though!
At about 4 PM Dan, Data, linnaeus
and I headed out on the El down to River North for a truly wonderful early dinner at Heaven on Seven
. We were joined by emrldgirrl
, Dan's cow-orker nymphara
, Data's mom, and Data's brother R.C. Dan had the extremely tasty country fried steak (again), and I splurged a bit and got the "Jimmy Jr. Feed Me!" a four-course meal of whatever the chef decides to give you (the larger "Jimmy Feed Me!" is seven courses). This was truly amazing. I started off with two demitasses, one with their delicious gumbo and the other with a delicious turtle soup. This was followed by a jalapeno-cheddar corn muffin and Cajun-seasoned halibut that was nothing short of astonishing - flaky, tender, and perfectly-cooked. Not too spicy either! After this was beef tenderloin served on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes. Yum! (By this point I was sharing the dishes all around because there was no way I could finish all of it myself!) They finished things off with my choice of dessert from their dinner menu; I opted for the chocolate pecan pie, which everyone agreed was tasty, but the crust was a bit too tough (Lisa guessed, and I agree, that they probably let the dough get too warm as they were rolling out). Regrettably, we were a bit rushed by the end to make our next appointment, but I would absolutely order this again when I have time to savor things a bit more. It's a hell of a deal at only $24.
After dinner we stumbled downstairs and stuffed an insane number of people into a cab and headed over to the Cadillac Palace Theater for the evening's main event: the final Chicago performance (this time) of the musical Rent. Dan and I both went in cold, not having seen the movie or listened to (much) of the soundtrack. The performances were solid (although the actress playing Mimi was rather dreadful and in the first act wandered off-key several times) but the experience was marred by an incompetent sound mix that rendered the vocals into mush. When you have a performance where all of the exposition is sung, this meant that I spent a lot of the time trying to guess what was going on, who was who, and what each character's motivations were. As a result the play really fell flat for me, because I was unable to connect with the characters or really care what happened to them. The songs were pretty good, though, so the evening wasn't completely wasted. I hope to watch the movie sometime soon and hopefully will maybe get a bit more out of that. After the play we dispersed (slowly - inertia being what it is), but made a stop by the truly tasty Bobtail Soda Fountain
for some ice cream with Lisa, Sirius, Simba, and Data. Then it was on to home and collapsing into bed.
Sunday started out slowly, as might be expected given the late night Saturday. Dan had to tend to a few work items, though he fortunately could do that from home. Later in the afternoon we drove up to McHenry to Dan's mom's place to drop off her taxes (which Dan had filled out) and visited with her for a bit. We drove back to the city through the pouring rain and arrived just in time to meet Simba and Sirius for dinner at Calo Ristorante
. Much pizza was eaten, and it's always fun hanging out with friends. We trundled off to bed shortly after we got home.
So then we have this week. We have the final volunteers meeting tonight for Night of 100 Champions
. This will pretty much be eating up our time next weekend, both the gala on Saturday and the brunch on Sunday, so we'll probably miss the MFF staff meeting on Sunday. Other than that, I have a couple of MFF registration projects I'm working on that I would like to finish this week. Right now, though, there's work here I need to do so I'm off. Hope everyone has a great week!