Last weekend started out with a trip to Via on Friday, 2625 N. Downer Ave. It was busy when we got there and we were going to sit and eat at the bar, but a table opened up moments later.Â Iâ€™m in love with caprese salads and theirs is really good. Itâ€™s probably enough to be shared, but I wasnâ€™t in the mood so I scarfed the whole thing down, while my dinner companions shared the Thai chicken pizza.
After dinner, we hopped a cab to Vintage, 2203 N. Prospect Ave., for a friendâ€™s birthday. Iâ€™ve only been here after a few too many cocktails at a wedding, so I couldnâ€™t really have told you what I thought. But after another look, I really like it. I did have a little trouble with the fact that they had ESPN on one television, right above another TV showing the second "Jackass" movie.
I hadnâ€™t paid any attention to the games earlier in the evening and now I was trying to focus on the scores while trying not to look at people sniffing each otherâ€™s farts or being run over by buffalo. Next time, guys, skip the crappy (literally) movies and play something classic or cult; they make for much better conversation starters. Or better yet, during the month of March, just leave all the channels on basketball.
I had gone to bed with the best of intentions for the following day. I planned to work out, clean my car, do my laundry and pay my bills. I woke up and knew instantly that none of those items was going to be checked off my list. Even my large coffee couldnâ€™t inspire me to get that all done, and my mind was distracted by my plans for the evening.
I worked for a summer at Crank Daddyâ€™s, 2108 N. Farwell Ave. (soon to be moving to 2170 N. Prospect Ave.), as a glorified product assistant. When I got another job and left I was definitely sad to say goodbye to my comfy jeans and T-shirt uniform as well as my awesome coworkers.
I stayed in touch with a couple of them and when it came time for their annual Spring Fashion Show to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Rese…
Maybe Iâ€™m getting old. Maybe I just realized that winter is going to end one of these days and Iâ€™m not going to want to look like I did after the binge season some call the holidays, but Fridays have recently been dedicated to the gym and actually getting some decent sleep.
Iâ€™m not talking every Friday but, is it just me or is a lazy Friday night once in a while not such a terrible idea? Alright, even saying that made me feel a little boring.
I did do something this weekend I havenâ€™t done in a long time â€¦ and that Iâ€™m not really proud to admit to. I went tanning. Alright, before you start judging me, listen to my justification. Iâ€™m going to Playa del Carmen in a couple weeks and, in my experience, when an English / Irish gal from Wisconsin heads anywhere vaguely sunny during the months of October through May, her skin melts on arrival. I donâ€™t want that.
Iâ€™m past the age where Iâ€™m stupid enough to tan for vanity. I live in the Midwest, I know Iâ€™m not kidding anyone sporting an orange-hued tan while there is still snow on the ground, I donâ€™t want skin cancer and I donâ€™t want premature wrinkles. But I also know better than to show up in Mexico without a decent base going. It sounds a little ass-backwards but this little pre-tanning is going to save me from a world of hurt and losing the top twenty layers of my skin. Thatâ€™s my excuse and Iâ€™m stickinâ€™ to it.
Weâ€™d decided it would be a blast to get Black Keys tickets for their show at Summerfest. We headed down to the gate at 11 a.m. Saturday morning and, Iâ€™m happy to report, got amazing seats. Duh! Winning! (Sorry, I couldnâ€™t help myself.) It was definitely bizarre to see the grounds covered in snow and ice. Hard to believe in just a few short months weâ€™ll all be down there people watching in the summer heat. Anyone else going to the Black Keys?
Afterward we needed to warm up so we headed to Stack'd. Iâ€™d never been before so I was thrilled to be checking out a potential new f…