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It’s Dark…Is It Always This Dark??

Thursday was surreal from start to finish. I kicked the day off by taking the little man in for his first psychiatric consultation. It was his psychologist’s idea. I’ll admit I was hesistant. Resistant even. The appointment was much longer than I’d expected, but also less painful than expected. The doctor was remarkably reasonable. After a lengthy conversation we came to the joint conclusion that meds aren’t necessary right now. The potential side effects would outweigh any potential benefits, and the little man is doing well enough on his own right now. That was the good news. The bad news? Well, I had just been describing his “staring episodes” when he was kind enough to demonstrate. It was beneficial to have the doctor witness it for herself, but it’s scary to hear the word “seizure” used in reference to one’s child. We’re going back next week for an EEG.

Worried much?

Later on I was to go to the State Fair, to see the Flaming Lips/Sonic Youth tag teaming it at the Grandstand. But my enthusiasm level was low. I was feeling tired, physically and emotionally, but I talked myself into going. I already had the ticket after all. But just as I was heading out the door a crazyass storm blew into town and knocked our power out, with the bonus of a tornado watch. I didn’t think the outdoor show would even be happening, but the box office confirmed it was. After some confused shuttling to and fro we got the husband and little man over to the safe haven of my in-laws’ home, and the husband chauffeured me to the Fair. By this point the rains had swept through, leaving behind cool, fresh air. I managed to hook up with friends and get to the Grandstand not too long after the show started. And I’m glad I did. It was great to see Kim Gordon, twirling around on stage, in her twee babydoll dress. And if I didn’t have a Wayne Coyne crush before the show, I sure do now. It turned out to be a magical evening.

the boy in the bubble

Afterwards, well, that’s another story. Our power was still out. I had the husband pick me up sometime after midnight, and we went back to our house (the little man was asleep at the in-laws’). I wound up feeling like a burglar in my own home, stalking through with a flashlight in hand. And hey, the place is so messy these days (even by my own low standards) that it already looked like it had been ransacked. We grabbed some necessities and headed back to crash with the kid. Thankfully the husband set up his parents’ house with wireless. The next morning I found out our power was back on by sitting on their couch with my powerbook, and logging into one of the servers at our place. Yes, we are nerds.

MN State Fair, Gate #5


  1. Chel wrote:

    Man, I totally should have gone to the Flaming Lips/Sonic Youth show. Now I’m having regrets. I was just too lazy.

    Also a recipe questions. I want to make the BBQ tofu for a potluck at my new job Thursday night. Does the tofu actually have to be frozen and thawed? I mean I guess you wouldn’t have said that if it weren’t true. What does that do, reduce the liquid or something?

    And in the beginning when you say, Mix all ingredients, ‘cept for the tofu, together” you don’t mix in any Annie’s BBQ sauce then, right?

    Monday, August 28, 2006 at 6:47 pm | Permalink
  2. I can’t lie, the show was amazing. Probably even more so because of the crazyass weather. But don’t feel bad, it feels like I’ve punked out on just about every other event I’ve wanted to go to this summer. Sigh.

    As for the second part - excellent questions. First off, yes! Freezing and thawing the tofu totally changes its texture. Makes it more, dare I say, meat-like. As for the other part, well, I should probably re-write that. Mix all ingredients, ‘cept for the tofu AND the BBQ sauce, together. Enjoy!

    Monday, August 28, 2006 at 7:08 pm | Permalink
  3. Lorika wrote:

    I’m so glad you went to the show! I totally understand though, that you didn’t really feel like it. Glad you hooked up with Crystal, I wish we would have gotten to see you too.

    I totally have a crush on Wayne too. Never thought I’d say that - about a guy named Wayne.

    Monday, August 28, 2006 at 7:33 pm | Permalink
  4. chel wrote:

    Ah! Good to know. I had a hunch that’s how the recipe worked, but I just wanna get it right. Gotta make a good impression with my new co-workers!

    Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at 10:00 am | Permalink

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