355: actif ou passif?

Saturday, 5/21: Kathy comes over with jerk chicken, rice and beans, and Jamaican beef patties. I cry like I was just crowned Miss America. We brainstorm about what we’re going to get at Stanley’s, Trader Joe’s, Cub Foods. Kevin and Maria wander over, Kevin to join us on our shopping trip, Maria just to say hi before she and the dog frolic in the dog park.

Before any groceries are bought, Kevin. Must. Eat. And I desire a snack. Kathy requires dessert. We return to the old favorite, the California Pizza Kitchen on North & Sheffield. I have the tortilla soup — hurrah. We consider the free underpants we got from a Crunch gym employee — they have “Pay-As-You-Go” silkscreened on the seat. We have a good time at lunch, though I, as ever, do not remember everything we said. Just that it was hilarious.

We burn through all the grocery stores quickly — vanilla soy milk and golden cherries and two pineapples and baby spinach and plum tomatoes and fresh mint at Stanley’s. Chocolate soy milk and string cheese and vegan pad thai and fancy Greek yogurt at Trader Joe’s. While we’re at Trader Joe’s, grooving with the hippie cashiers, Kathy asks me which do I prefer, shopping for clothes or shopping for food? Food, but I prefer shopping for shoes above all. And no, you may not call me Imelda.

Vegetarian corn dogs and milk at Cub Foods, where Kevin and I frug in the aisles while Kathy ignores us and chooses yogurt. I am running late to meet Theresa and Jacinda for dinner then a show at Nick’s beer garden, so I bail because I am a loser. Also because I didn’t get Theresa’s voicemail until about 4 hours after she placed it. I hate Sprint. Stop at Target so I can finally FINALLY get a shelving thingie for my CDs. Also a small bar of Belgian chocolate. Final stop at the Blockbuster so we can rent ‘History of the World Pt. I’. We finally arrive at my house where Kevin begins putting together the CD shelf and we chug Arizona’s light version of the iced tea/lemonade beverage made popular by Arnold Palmer. A lovely end to a lovely day.

Sunday, 5/22: While I finish putting together the CD unit, I watch ‘Where The Boys Are’ and ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’ on cable. Maria comes over so we can walk to first one dog park, then the other, to hang out with Spencer as he makes a lame attempt at playing with other dogs. He’s still so excited that Maria is home that all he can do, really, is hover around her. So cute. It’s hot, so all I can do is saunter around and shade my eyes from the sun. Later that evening, Kathy comes over so we can compose the fruit salad and watch “Love, Actually”.

Shut up, you know you liked it, too.

After Kathy left, I finally set up my CPAP machine. I fill the humidifier with water. Attach one end of the hose to the unit, the other to my mask. I slip the mask on, take out my contacts, turn on the CPAP, and fall, quite easily, asleep. A few things go through my head as I slip into la-la land:

1. I am not getting any ass as long as I am sleeping with this thing.

2. What the hell am I going to do Memorial Day weekend when I go to Michigan and share a hotel room with Khloe, Jeff, Jeremy, and Helen? I know they’re my friends but they’re never going to let me hear the end of it.

Monday, 5/23: Finally. Birthday dinner with Theresa and Jacinda. My birthday was almost two months ago, but Theresa still treated me to a lovely dinner at Irazu. I have the agua de jamaica, squid and rice, an empanada. Jacinda permits me to have a sip of her banana and oatmeal milkshake, which is yummy. We try to go for coffee after dinner, but the new coffee place near my apartment is closed (at 8:30 — so early, even for a Monday) so back to my place so we can watch the instructional DVD that came with my CPAP. It’s so the feel-good instructional movie of the year. I model my mask for Jacinda and Theresa. I feel like a freak, so I take it off after a few seconds.

Tuesday, 5/24: Lunch at Rice Fields with Jacalyn and Frank. Rice Fields. I still love the MSG, but I had a headache after lunch. On the plus side, I feel like I have a breakthrough at work. Like I finally figure out what I need to do, so I do it, and Christina seems to dig on it so hurrah. One less thing for me to worry about.

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~ by Jasmine on May 27, 2005.

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