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Wednesday, July 14, 2004
leaving for charleston tomorrow! yeah! please hope that i do not melt in the 90-feels like 100-degree heat.

incubus setlist- concert @ nationwide arena, columbus, oh 7/10/04 (compiled by bich and i, not in concert order, divided by album):
1. redefine
2. vitamin
3. idiot box
4. a certain shade of green
5. drive
6. the warmth
7. just a phase
8. wish you were here
9. nice to know you
10. megalomaniac
11. focus
12. pistola
13. priceless
14. sick sad little world
15. here in my room
16. criminal
17. talk show on mute
18. leech
19. plus a new song

Tuesday, July 13, 2004
i'm back. seems like most of my entries these days start this way. after a hiatus, i randomly decide i should write a post.

hmmm, what's new? my first school year as a teacher ended, thankfully. :) it was a rough road to the end, but i can gladly now say i made it through. i definitely know exactly what i want to change next year. as long as i get motivated again before the beginning of the school year, i think things will come together well next year, especially since i'm supposed to be teaching the same classes, only one less period of US and one more of EURO.

went to a wedding reception for one of kevin's college friends in lake geneva, wisconsin. the reception was on a boat! with an open bar! kevin and i were both trashed by the end of the night at the bar after the boat and we don't remember going back to our room. what else? helped kevin move into his new apartment in west edgewater near western and granville on and after july 1st. it's a great apartment, 3rd floor, sunny, 3 ceiling fans, a new couch from his brother tate. we got him lots of new stuff, 2nd hand writing desk with lots of character $25, 2nd hand dresser $20, cd tower that i picked from ikea, tv stand, new opened item flat screen tv, small kitchenette table like mine, new full sized bed from the same place i got mine, and new frame for the blueprint of the auditorium where he spent countless hours working at southern illinois university, where he went for undergrad. it was a lot of work moving him in and trying to help him feel settled, and the process is still not complete. he still wants to paint the trim, put up some more pictures, get a couple more shelves for dvds and books, and his real estate company needs to fix his broken dishwasher, leaky refridgerator and sink sprayer, and put in a new doorknob on the bathroom door. though some things are broken, we had a 4th of july party with friends from depaul (andrew, alanna, rob, and jeremy), his brother and his brother's partner (tate and dean), and my very own kim and darren. we bbqed steak and kebabs and had lots of beer, margerita's and mudslides while enjoying kevin's portion of the deck outside. was very nice.

bri and i found a new apartment a few weeks ago and will be moving in the first week of august. we looked at about 8 different places in edgewater glen (my new favorite neighborhood) and roger's park. we chose between two fabulous apartments, one on thorndale and one on glenwood. both were two bedrooms with a garage space, enclose staircase, laundry, available AC, dishwasher and such. we ended up choosing the more expensive of the two because it is a little bit more spacious, has a completely separate dining room (with a chandelier!!!), and an amazing backyard patio that the whole building shares. it's about 3 blocks from my current apartment in roger's park and is on the 1st floor which will be nice for moving. the place on thorndale was on the 3rd floor so that was also kind of a turn off. the funny thing about that place was it was the first place bri and i saw together and we loved it, so it made the process easier because we could just compare everything to that place. in the end, though we picked the more expensive place, i'll still be saving abotu $110 on rent each month! very exciting. so whenever you're in chicago, you'll have a great place to stay.

yesterday i got back from a weekend trip with bich to visit dianna in columbus. it was the 2nd annual visit dianna and see incubus in concert trip, as we did this exact trip last july to see her and incubus as lollapalooza. this year, the trip was more laid back because neither bich nor i really had to hurry back for anything and because dianna could afford to really hang out the whole weekend. also, the concert was just incubus and an opener so it didn't take up the whole day like lollapalooza. here's the rundown of the weekend:

bich flies back from vietnam via tokyo. jen waits at kevin's for bich's call. jen picks up bich 2 hours after she gets home. check out stuff bich and her mom bought--cheap shoes and spiderman 2 dvd?!? leave bich's at 2pm. 3 hours to travel 50 miles from mt prospect to indiana's I-65. drive like a madwoman through the rain to get to columbus at 11:30pm eastern time. meet dianna at her new HOUSE (well, it's technically half a house, but it's huge, much bigger than her last place and closer to OSU campus. her bedroom is the size of my apartment! one side is exposed brick just like me and bri's new place. something to get used to.) with ricky (her forestry loving boyfriend) and eric, a friend. change clothes (i gotta look good) and go to byrnes bar to meet law school people, including pat who came for dillo day last year yeah! also met elizabeth, gold-digging girl getting married on saturday who cheated on her fiance and he doesn't know it, but all the law students do!!! i got into a long political discussion/argument with a law guy named ryan who was a brainwashed republican, and i mean he believes everything the GOP tells him blindly. ugh. kinda funny though. ricky really likes dianna! quick stop taco bell, long girl talk with bich and dianna, sleep around 4:30am.

wake late saturday, bich uses dianna's roommate's shower!!! (which is a big deal
'cause her roommat, abby, an NU alum and med student is anal) sue calls and tells me that her dad had a heart attack. i freak out, but i can't do much from OH. need to go to GR asap and check on her. lunch with ricky and pat (egg/not egg sign, what do you think it means? duh, open/not open. me so stupid). amy comes over and explains the elizabeth drama in an amazing 30 minute saga. hang out, dianna dresses for wedding, sheryl comes over to babysit bich and i. walk to downtown columbus, eat appetizers at "the elevator," swankier restaurant. walk to nationwide arena, wait in line with hundreds of 15 year-olds and their parents to see concert. sheryl bought floor tickets!!! scary! scope out good floor location near stage on the right side. bored through opening band, sparta. dianna arrives during their set in her "blonds have more fun t-shirt," love the irony. i had to be a space nazi and ward off little blond teenagers and tall 18 year-old guys who thought they could take our space. we did not budge! i brought out my inner bitch, though that's not too hard as you all know. incubus rocks. set list included lots of stuff from their newest album "a crow left of the murder" as well as 4 songs off the first studio album "s.c.i.e.n.c.e." they did not play "summer romance." :( brandon sounded fantastic and had lots of energy, ben kenney is gorgeous and sings amazing harmony. mike eizinger is a talented guitarist. jose pasillas with his new shaggy hair killed the drum solo and dj chris kilmore had a kickass new instument that looked like a metal bbq stoker that he played by waving his hands in front of it. very cool. post concert snack, movie rental and ice cream purchase (with 5 minutes before both stores closed, annoying the video rental guy who had to open a new account for dianna). as usual, dianna picks terrible movie called "roman spring and mrs. stone." wtf!?! we all fall asleep before it's even close to done.

wake up sunday, still sleepy from lots of singing, yelling and dancing at the concert. lunch with pat and amy, my portion of quesadilla was small so i add a side salad. back to dianna's. too sleepy for tennis, too rainy for later volleyball practice. watch bad tv and nap. ricky helps out at columbus historic pool tour. yes, swimming pools. apparently it was very popular and he met the owner of a local deli who had a sick cherry tree that needed a ricky inspection. dianna's mom bought her a book about trees once ricky and dianna started going out, how cute is that?! decide to go to a mexican place for dinner with ricky, carrie, a waitress friend and aspiring art teacher, amy (who had just seen the bf who just broke up with her and basically told her he wanted her to be thinner, even though she's like a size 6-8), sheryl, and adam, ricky's white dreadlocked roommate. i inform bich of what 69 is after amy orders the mexican combo platter of that number and everyone giggles. head to the bowling alley next, meeting eric there. my practice throw is a strike, but the first 5 real frames are disappointing, usually starting with a gutterball and ending with 5-9 pins down. adam gives me pointers and we discuss rap and i get much better. i bowled a 97 and a 108 while drinking more beer. :) carrie bowls a turkey!!! bich had the funniest style of walk to the line, drop the ball basically and watch it slowly roll toward the pins. everyone enjoys. dianna wins a bet with ricky over best score and ricky and adam hilariously try too hard of a level on DDR (dance dance revolution-i love you dave!!!) after sheryl and dianna do well on the beginner level. head to coaches bar for one more beer and talk before things close at midnight. time for bed.

wait at 10am, shower and pack. quick sandwich at spinelli's deli, owned by the man with the sick cherry tree. drop dianna off at one of her three jobs (legal aid #1) and hit the highway. no rain today, traffic not as bad on a monday as a friday. leave columbus at 11:30 make it to bich's house by 5:30 by taking the northwest toll. kevin meets me at my place. god, i love that kid. he's as happy to see me as i am to see him. sushi and thai for dinner and back to his place for the night.

whew, what a weekend. now all i've got going on is dinner with darren and maybe movie in the park with darren, kim and kevin. tomorrow celebrating alicia's birthday late (she's getting back from hawaii and colorado today) with dinner with teachers and possibly bowling with kevin's alanna from depaul on top of laundry and packing since kevin and i are leaving for south carolina thursday evening. we hope to go kayaking, lounge on the atlantic beaches, visit middleton plantation, and possibly fort sumter. after that i have a doctor's appointment, trip to shipshewana, international soccer game at the new soldier field, and going to GR, all before bri and i move in on and after august 1st. then meg and kristen are coming to visit, right girls!?!?!! aggg!!! it's a lot to pack in, but it's all good stuff. ok, i've blathered enough for now. gimme all so we can catch up more!