Monday, July 11, 2016

189. The weekend

I’m not always living my best life. Or I should say, the definition of how I want to live my best life is fluid. Some days I just want to get drunk and watch Netflix. (That’s mostly on Friday nights.) There are other days where I wish I was out having an adventure with someone. Other days I just want to take care of projects and make sure things get done. This weekend was kind of a mix of all of those things.

It started on Friday morning when I finally schedulded a painter to come in and paint the walls of my living room. I hired someone because the ceilings are about 12 feet tall and I didn’t want to haul in the equipment to do it. But it was time. One wall was purple, one was a salmon color. I picked out a light blue to cover it. When I got back that afternoon, I knew I had made the correct choice. The room felt a lot more open and bit more homey. I felt like I lived there, and was not just squatting in a place with all my stuff somewhere.

That inspired me to take on another project: my bookshelf. I’ve dreamed of my own bookshelf for a long time. The package from Ikea had been sitting on my floor for a few months. I refused to do anything about it because I was waiting for the place to be painted. It took me about an hour and was less complex than I thought it would be. But it got done and I love how the place looks.

I also found out that I get free internet with my association dues! I thought it would take me a while to set it up through Comcast, but it only took about 15 minutes. That was a relief.

Later, I went out to Burger Jones on a date. The food was delicious and the company was nice. We walked by Lake Calhoun for a bit.

Saturday was a long day. I walked to the Basilica to check in for my shift before the Basilica Block Party. A friend of mine and I signed up to be a part of the “Green Team.” After some initial confusion on what we were supposed to do, we finally got it down. Our primary job was to set up garbage, recycling, and composting cans across the concert grounds. It wasn’t hard work, but it was hot out.

Fortunately, we got to enjoy the concert afterwards. Two of my favorite artists, Craig Finn and Ryan Adams were playing. They both had great sets that i enjoyed. I also discovered a new band, Farewell Milwaukee. They’ve got an alt-country vibe mixed in with some good rock ‘n roll and harmonies. The whole day at the concert ended up being over 12 hours. I was exhausted.

Sunday was quiet. I read the paper, cooked, cleaned, went to church, watched some Netflix, and ran. I really don’t think I said a single sentence to another human being other than, “Peace be with you.” And that was completely OK with me.

Maybe all my weekends won’t be as full as this one was, but it’s nice to have those little victories.

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