But today I was looking around my iTunes and saw John Mayer's "Inside Wants Out" album (LP)...his best, in my opinion. Back to You, No Such Thing, My Stupid Mouth, Neon, Victoria, Love Soon, Comfortable, and Quiet. Excellent. Basically the most solid songs from "Room For Squares" while adding some excellent previously unreleased songs (Victoria and Quiet...two of my favorite songs of all time). Sometimes you just feel like listening to John Mayer. I don't much care if he's a total ass in real life...it actually kinda makes me like him more. If he were a nice guy, he'd be way too perfect, and therefore would have to have some sort of skeletons in his closet. Instead, he's imperfect on the surface, and I can stop analyzing what his flaw is. Indeed.
Yesterday ended up being a really good day. I went to meet up with Patty for lunch at Chipotle, and we ran into David Greis, who joined us. It's always odd, but very pleasant when you run into someone you never really knew in high school and end up chilling for a while. That happened with Jennie Ellman last summer when we ended up chatting for 45 minutes at a "corner party"**. Odd, but excellent.
After, I went to do Christmas shopping. I am now done, and I have spent too much. I should always get people gift cards, there's no way to overspend on a gift card without being terribly conscious of it. My mom, dad, and sister-in-law all got $25 gift cards (an unofficial family limit). But then I had to buy for the kids. They are kids, Christmas is a big deal. So I got them each a Nintendo DS game (because they are getting DS's from Santa) and those are about $35 a pop. But then I bought Zoe a CD, which is actually from my sister, so that's not bad. Except that I ended up in the Young Readers section of Barnes and Noble, and found a couple books I think my nephew would like, for $15 and $22 dollars. So if I give him one of the books, and let my sister give him the other, and give Zoe the CD...it's almost even. But then I spent $50 on each of them instead of $25. Arg.
After shopping, I picked up my sister and we did some more shopping. And I got Zoe another DS game (which I actually made my sister buy. Oops). Because it was the one I wanted to get her originally, but they didn't have it, so I settled, and so now I'm not sure how to split everything up. I'm thinking...I'll give Zoe: Animal Crossing DS game, Ally and AJ CD. Mike: Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time DS game, Operation Red Jericho book. From Chris: Zoo Tycoon DS game (for Zoe) and the book with the extremely long title (for Mike)***. How does that sound, Chris?
Last night, I met up with Allie and Nikki at Chili's for dinner. We had a couple drinks (well, not Nikki, she still has a week to wait) and sat around for a very long time. Our waiter disappeared near the end. His shift may have been over. Whoops. Then we hit up the Jewel to buy a couple bottles of cheap Champagne (which was actually not champagne because it was from California but it called itself champagne) and went back to Allie's house where we hung out, drank both bottles and watched Ellen Degeneres's "Here and Now" stand-up. Successful night.
Today, I believe I'll be seeing a couple movies with my sister. She's supposed to be getting out of work early. My list of must-sees (that are currently at the Round Lake Regal):
- King Kong
- The Family Stone
Slightly less "must-see":
- Fun With Dick and Jane
- Memoirs of a Geisha
- Walk the Line
Party on, Wayne. Party on, Garth.
** A corner party takes place on the corner of Waukegan and Deerfield Roads and is usually hosted by various "running boys" including Zach Herrmann and Judd Kiddie.
*** The title is Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things That Aren't as Scary, Maybe, Depending on How You Feel About Lost Lands, Stray Cellphones, Creatures From the Sky, Parents Who Disappear in Peru, a Man Named Lars Farf, and One Other Story We Couldn't Quiet Finish So Maybe You Could Help Us Out. A collection of short stories by authors including Nick Hornby ("About a Boy," "High Fidelity")