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I have done something bad to my right foot. I don't know how.

Tuesday night, I went to see Neko Case play at Little Brothers. [livejournal.com profile] automat76 and I walked down to Skully's for sustenance first, then saw the show (which was kickass as expected). Then we wandered back, with [livejournal.com profile] yerpretty and a non-lj person in tow, and went to Press Grille. It was during this walk that I noticed my foot hurt, though I attributed it to standing too long, in shoes that I should have known were not comfy for standing (flat flat flat slip on Mary Janes).

After trucking on home, my right foot hurt. I had a hard time going up the stairs. I rubbed it, and fell asleep.

Yesterday morning, woke up and it was killing me. The weird thing is, it's fine when I'm not standing on it. I can rub my foot and push on it, and it feels completely normal, but when I'm walking, whenever I put my weight on my right foot, there's this odd muscular pain and aching from the ball of my foot clear up into my toe. It almost feels, odd as this sounds, as if a tendon is not where it should be. Is that even possible?

I wasn't even wearing stupid tall shoes when I did this. They were flats!! I haven't worn heels in over a week!
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This weekend felt like a summer weekend. After the week I had at work last week, this was most welcome.

And now, a fun little meme, on concerts:

1. Bold the ones you've seen; put this into a
reply to this entry
2. Take the ones from my list that you've also seen and
post them in your LJ
3. Add more until you get to 20

1. Ani DiFranco
2. Tori Amos
3. Rufus Wainwright
4. Howie Day
5. Rasputina
6. Sleater-Kinney
7. PJ Harvey
8. Amy Rigby
9. Nine Inch Nails
11. Clutch
12. Pretty Girls Make Graves
13. Low
14. Paula Cole
15. They Might be Giants
16. Tears for Fears
17. Melissa Ferrick
18. Bitch & Animal
19. Juliana Hatfield
20. Ben Folds
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I'm slacking on updating here since I've gotten a bit more work to do at work. Last week was a whirlwind of concerts and culture. So the reviews will follow.

Wednesday night was Jolie Holland at Little Brothers. If ever there was someone who just didn't look like that voice was going to come out of her, it's Jolie Holland. She was funny and sweet though, and the show was surprisingly full given that Wilco was playing up the street at the Wexner Center. She's kind of bluesy, with that every once in a while twang bit that satisfies my need to a tiny bit of country.

Thursday night was Low and Pedro the Lion. [livejournal.com profile] automat76 and I had it in our heads that Low was the opener but that was not so. The show was in what the call the "black box" in Mershon. Basically that meant they put a small stage on one end of the real stage in the auditorium, and left the curtain down and we all stood on the stage. Odd. Not my first choice of venue, but it wasn't bad. At least, when we all sat down for Low, that meant the floor was clean. Can't imagine doing that at Little Brothers or the Newport. Pedro was good--I'd heard absolutely nothing by them before so had no clue what to expect. I was shocked though at how many people left before Low started playing. The acoustics were way better than when we saw them in Newport, KY last year, so I enjoyed this set more I think.

Friday, watched The Saddest Music in the World. I'd heard some people rave about it, but wasn't quite prepared for the weirdness that is the beginning. I loved it though. We decided it's what would happen if David Lynch and John Waters had a love child. Plus, I love Isabella Rosselini.

Saturday, watched At Home at the End of the World. I hadn't read the book yet (but will now) and hadn't really heard anything about the movie except for the whole controversy about Colin Farrel's dangly bits, which didn't end up appearing in the final film. It's too bad that that kind of overtook all the talk about this movie because it's really good. Very well written and acted (Robin Wright Penn is really good) and a good story.

Sunday, went to the ballet -- Rendesvouz at the Riffe. Anyone here in C-bus, you should try to get to this one. It's a collection of 6 shorts. My favorites were the opener "Blue" and "Imposing" which was choreographed by one of the dancers who we on occasion hang out with at Mac's. It was set to Tango music and was very very cool. They did "Group Therapy" as the ending piece and I'd heard good things about that when they did it before, but it wasn't my thing. It was good, but a bit cutesy for me. They're doing The Firebird later this year at the Wex, and I've never seen it before. I must get tickets to that.

This week will hopefully be a little less wacky. I start my "How to Buy a Home" course through the Upper Arlington Parks & Rec department tomorrow evening. I'm also supposed to have my knitty submission in tomorrow, but I'm not sure I'm going to make it. I have to put the collar on it still, and weave in ends, and sew on a fastener, and write out the pattern properly and take photos. Not sure that's going to happen. And ICFD: Wine is this weekend. I need to find a wine dish. I'm thinking ratatouille perhaps, but I'm not certain.
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I feel as if it's been forever since I've written here. And it kind of has. But I had adventures this weekend, so here they will be:

Friday: Went to meet kids at Club 185. Freaked myself out by drinking 4 pints of beer (5 according to the waitress, but I'm not so sure about that) and not really feeling it. I wouldn't have driven on principle, but still. I did drink a lot more than normal last week, what with random beer outings, a partylite candle party and such, but can one's tolerance really ramp up that much that fast? Odd. Anyway, 185 was cool, if a bit fratty/yuppie, and it was much fun to catch up with some of the kids I hadn't seen in a while.

Saturday: I got almost everything done on my errand list! Got up early, and was at the Aveda Institute for my haircut by 9:30. The girl was just starting in the program, but she did a wonderful job. I am addicted to that place, with it's stress relief massages and mini-facials and free makeup touchup included in nearly everything. Then I ran to the Wash n' Tan to do laundry, which was much overdue. Went home, played phone tag with [livejournal.com profile] spandita while washing dishes, catching up on email and such, then met him at Northstar Cafe for a late lunch. Oh that place is heavenly,if not supplied with enough tables for the number of patrons. We ended up eating at the couches, where I enjoyed a lovely beet salad. I don't even like beets that much, but this was heavenly!

Then it was phone tag with [livejournal.com profile] automat76 to determine our departure time, throwing stuff in my suitcase (luckily still sitting out from the holidays) and a last minute trip to Wolfe Fiber Arts for discount bin yarn. Picked her up, then we tried to stop at a bridal shop in Dublin so I could try on my bridesmaid's gown for my sister's wedding. I'm already peeved because I'm not liking that dress much, but I did my homework and printed out the dress and checked the store's website for hours, so I felt prepared. Perhaps not. They close their dressing rooms an hour before the store, and I must have an appt to try on the dress. Stupid !$#^%^ wedding industry. I think I'm ordering the dress on measurements alone now. I'm sick of that crap.

We drove on to Cleveland, checked in to our freebie hotel, where there was a church across the street broadcasting its service throughout the block. At one point, I actually heard the words "Give God a handclap." OK. Random primping, then on to the Beachland for the show. Only got minorly lost on the way there. The show was awesome. The room looked like a high school gym/auditorium, and it was *packed*. The Sadies were on first, and [livejournal.com profile] automat76 dubbed them "surfabilly." I concur. Then Neko Case came out and they played with her too. Excellent show, if a bit short seeming at first, but excellent. She's totally crazy. But in a good way.

Then it was back to the hotel for pizza and chatting. Mmmmmm...pizza.

Sunday: I awoke to the sounds of snowplows, as a snowshower had started during the night. We got ready, and checked out, and then made our way to Fine Points, which is a stellar yarn store. I overspent, but got good stuff for my trip to Kripalu, so it was worth it. Then we went on to Mentor, to the Olive Garden where my sister works. Minor confusion ensued over actually getting into her section, but eventually it worked, and we had our lovely lunch. Then it was back in the car, for the trip home. At one point, we decided to stop so I could refill my windshield washer fluid, and it was at this point where my car decided to stop shooting it out completely. So there were several unscheduled stops to toss fluid onto the windshield with a dixie cup in order to clean off the salt. Fun. (It's still not working, so I don't know if I knocked something loose or what.) Got home about 7:30, and watched Simpsons at [livejournal.com profile] automat76's place, then I went home and crashed out from a migraine. I don't know if it's the drive or what, but every single time I go to Cleveland, I have a headache on the way home.

That's a lot of time to be in a car anyway--I think I'm getting old. My right arm has carpal tunnel-esque symptoms coming back in it, and I attribute that to driving. Grrrrr....

Monday: A day off, and I got lots of ebay stuff listed and managed to get the colorwork on my next knitty submission finished, and most of my Magic Stripes sock done. So it was a successful day.

Whew. I'm almost glad to be back at work.
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Wow. The Tori show was tonight. I totally forgive her for the mediocre concert earlier this year now. She played Tombigbee!!!! And now I've got a major earworm of it, and my only copy is at work (it was a web-only song) so I can't hear it to get rid of it.

Things only Tori fans will care about )
You would think it wouldn't be hard to give away a free Tori ticket for center pavilion seats. However, you'd be wrong. BestFriend announced this morning that she couldn't go (still don't know why) and that BoyWonder and I were to dispose of the ticket. So we set about doing so. By lunchtime, I decided to come home and get it, just in case I needed to give it to anyone at work (I think I'm going to start going home for lunch more often.) By 6 pm, I had no takers, nor did BW. By 7 pm, I'm waiting for him outside the show, and chatting with all the scalpers (excuse me, "licensed ticket brokers"). So I sold the ticket, just to try to recoup some cash for BF.

Then, the guy who bought the ticket came in. We shall refer to him henceforth as Little Drummer Boy. There is a huge faction of Tori fans who are far more obsessed than even I. And he was the worst of the worst. This man had *no* social skills at all. In an almost scary way. I chatted with him for a few minutes, then got sick of playing I'm-a-bigger-fan-than-you, so BW and I went off to find other people we knew. We came back right before the show, and then were treated to his air-drumming and air-piano for the rest of the show. Sigh. I suppose it's better than the people on their cell phones behind us.

Right now I'm ending this -- my right wrist has been bugging me in a big way since this morning, and I emailed my dr. for a celebrex refill and she says I have to come in. And I forgot to bring my braces home from work to sleep in. So I need to rest it now, or else I'm not going to be very useful at work tomorrow.
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Well, even with the best intentions I don't make the updates that I mean to. A few tidbits:

1. Saw the JavaMaster at Arts Fest holding hands with a girl with visible panty line. So that's a bust.

2. Ding Dong, the witch is really dead this time. She got fired about a week or two after I left the department. So now everyone is happy, and secure in their jobs.

3. Shows I hope to recap (though we've seen my track record thus far): Sonic Youth, Peter Gabriel. Missed Ani due to a severe hangover ComFest weekend (why do they put good shows that weekend? Oh yeah. 'Cause of the pride festival.)

4. Shows coming up: Tori again (though C-bus is one of the two dates with no Ben Folds! Poo!) Cirque du Soleil, Amy Rigby (this Sunday), the White Stripes. I love this summer!
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So, BestFriend and I went last Saturday night to see Concrete Blonde at the Newport. I had a whole post in my head, mostly about the odd concept of the nostalgia concert (this was the first show I've been too in a long long time where I haven't been the oldest one there), but have since gotten busy with schoolwork, so a few observations will have to suffice:

1. Johnette Napolitano seemed to be channeling Stevie Nicks. Long Dress, long hair, spinning around, long scarf. Had just missing the tambourine and ribbons for a bass.

2. The men in front of us seemed to be re-living major moments of their youth-hoods, as originally lived out to the _bloodletting_ album. This was demonstrated via a propensity to high-five each other whenever a song started and they recognized it (which at several points prompted BF to lean over and say, "Dude, I got laid to this song" in imitation).

3. People will manage to squeeze into the denim jackets they wore "when the first album came out" no matter what.

4. No matter how good a show is (and this one was amazing) you will overhear at least one person making a disparaging comment. In this case, a middle-aged man remarking to his wife (who had her elbow in my spine) that "I don't feel I've gotten a good value for my concert dollar tonight"). This was after about the 3rd song.

5. Johnette Napolitano gleefully covering the Rolling Stones kicks ass.

6. I have finally almost cried at a rock concert. "Tomorrow Wendy" was their second encore, at the request of the crowd, and she told the story before she sang it. Wow.
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Just home from yoga class (with my favorite teacher) which was fairly good. Got to be the guinea pig again, like always. Also met the woman who does my boss and her former boss's tailoring, who I thought was in the class. She's cool.

Went to arts fest at lunch today and ate my favorite: yam fries. Yummy. Am going back with the boys again this evening and plan to actually look at art this time. I think I shall eat before I go though, so I can't bow to the temptation again. Mmmmmm...fried vegetables. My downfall.

Am getting up early tomorrow morning to go to the community garage sale in my hometown. Mom and her twin sister and I are setting up behind Mom and Dad's antique shop. Haven't seen them in a few months, so it should be good. Then BestFriend and I are going to a Southern Culture on the Skids concert which I got free tickets for. Fun. We've been going to bands lately that we don't know as much about. It's kind of fun.

Must run to the post and to get some food before the boys call back.


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