Just bits and pieces...
I saw a billboard for LOST - TWICE!!!! (just the blue background, a series of almost-silhouettes of the cast standing, and "LOST"... *sigh*)
Drove up to the Chicago area for a short visit. Not visiting people. Visiting my prairie. *sigh* It's so beautiful and alive and lots of cool bugs (including STRIDERS! *ggl*) and flowers and deer and chipmunks and birds... I miss it. Took a bunch of photos, but nothing outstanding. Maybe I'll post them later.
A flock of little sparrows flew across the path of my car and - *gulp* - I didn't break. *winces* So I hit one. *sad* I didn't mean to; usually if you try to avoid something on the road you end up with a greater chance of hitting it as it tries to avoid you - or you hit a car. Went back... it was bright-eyed, but its body wasn't moving. I held it for a bit - no blood, and one leg seemed to move. Debated putting it to rest as the kindest thing, thinking that perhaps its spine was damaged, but ended up putting it up under a bush, out of the way. The one movement of the leg made me think it might recover. It was gone the next day. Perhaps it recovered. Perhaps it was eaten. I hope I did the right thing.
Tried to find the Kane County Fairgrounds for the flea market - had to look it up on the internet - *L*! Lord, my memory is so faulty. Didn't buy anything, but had a yummy funnel cake - the last of the season.
Listened to the tape that tootsiemuppet gave me at C4 last year, of her reading/singing ALL of "My Fair Gamgee"!!!! *tears up* It was wonderful!!!! Thank you so much, Gilly!!!!!!!!!!! (((((((((((((((((Gilly))))))))))))))) Really, what a wonderful thing, to HEAR somebody reading your work! And sing it! Your English was great, Gilly, and you sounded so professional, like the people they hire to do books on tape. *G* But as to the singing... *cough*... well... umm... I really liked hearing you sing "We Love the MOOOOOOOOOOOON!" at C4! *G*
Also listened to "Sunshine on Leith" by The Proclaimers. HC, I do really love it! *S* Great songs, so sincere, great sound. I like that they can be so earthy and so spiritual and so damn Scottish all at once - *L*! I think of them as the Scottish Everly Brothers. The one surprise? I didn't really like their "Oh, Jean" - I thought the way that Billy sang it was much clearer, better, more singable! Don't you? Damn - that really says a lot about him, that he was better than the original. Also listened to Butterfly Boutcher (don't laugh; she's damn good! opened for Sarah McLachlan... good strong rock with a bit of pop and attitude - check her out), The Dubliners, Man of La Mancha (*G*), Guster, John Mayer (for you, pooh! *G*), Coldplay, and some great stuff recorded by a variety of artists in the studio at KBCO in Boulder, CO.
Needed the break badly. Am at work now, but feel pretty overwhelmed by all I have to do. Hope I get through the week. Hope I get through the month, and that things are running more smoothly by then, with not too much craziness.
Jeremiah was great; so glad we finally get to see these episodes (go Sean!). Elijah's back in LA. Lovely new Billy pics at Patsie's (thanks, HC!). And, soon - Dom! Remember when we were all worried about him finding work, and now Purifiers is out, and he's in LOST? And my latest edition of Entertainment Weekly has LOST as the best new drama of the fall season. Now, if it only weren't on ABC and followed by Bachelor... ugh. *G* Always happy to see the hobbits doing well.
September 5 was the 1 year anniversary of my last day at work (the last day of actually working there, that is; we still got paid for 2 more months but were told to go home). A good friend in Chicago called me up and we chatted; I called up another good friend who's now in St. Louis. I feel very healed and moved on, and in a good place. My only concern right now is getting through this current set of difficulties at work, which I will do my best at and accept however it goes, and finding some flesh-and-blood friends in the area by the end of the year, which will mark 1 year in Indy. I love all of you, but it's good to have folks to go see plays with, and to help and be helped by. *S* On the other hand - Ren Fair in Ohio/Kentucky? Cool! *S* And Tig's play (don't let us forget about that, Tig!).