well, we all knew this was coming. there is a whole life of updates to make. first and foremost: fq turned 25! so, at the suggestion of her awesome boyfriend, i made the trip up to majestic northern virginia to help celebrate. it was so wonderful, and zaytinya, and ackc cocoa gallery, and all the friends and loved ones and brothers i hadn’t seen in so, so, too long. farah is the woman to beat all women, and the boo of a lifetime.
second: my car has officially made its last trip out-of-state. the escort tried its hardest, but the best it could muster was rolling all the way down I-95 to I-85 blowing vaporized antifreeze out of the vents, completely obscuring my vision and ruining my taste buds. so i got to take a wonderful 4+ hour drive with the windows down just to breathe and kind-of see through the rain and cold, which is already the worst weather for fogging windows. and then this evening when i was going to take it to the shop it wouldn’t start, which is just the best possible situation.
third: the best part of my drive home (it is a gross understatement to call it the best part; it would’ve been the best part of my drive home even if i were driving a jet) was getting to swing through fredericksburg and see eric. and because he’s so established and well-connected, he got me both free books and lunch. he also got me coffee, but i was so anxious about my drive that it was really difficult to drink it. but we swang on swings and talked shop and caught up.
fourth: i made a muxtape of songs with handclaps (or snaps) that make me want to do the twist, or the mashed potato, or maybe just the two-step, or maybe i will hit it. i was putting it together for a while. i really just mean a couple of weeks, and it is a much happier sound than i’m currently feeling, though it is pretty exciting to shop and compare new cars.