To recap, I tore the meniscus in my knee some years ago & next Monday I have arthroscopic surgery to correct the problems I've had resulting from that incident. I will be away from work on medical leave for two weeks until after Xmas to recover & generally slob off. It is an outpatient procedure & I will be home that same day all doped up & horizontal & overdosing on video games if possible. I'll be on crutches for several days thereafter or until I can get about without discomfort or limping. Overall I'm considering it an extended vacation with minor inconveniences.
In other news, matt_william, sacredsupd, Jon & I sallied southwards to the magnificent Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights yesterday for a much-needed visit. Some needed holiday gifts, others a refill on Pocky™, & still others a buttload of origami paper. I'm pleased to say the trip down was cold, quick & safe & we were only about ten minutes behind schedule which is a point of note because I'm usually a poor estimator of travel time.
Lunch was the first thing sought. It usually doesn't warrant note but I want to remember what it was I had this time because the dish names don't stay with me at all & I'm at a loss the next time I want to have it. Colin & I both had the chicken & egg on rice. The name of this dish translates to "mother & child." Not only is its dark irony & warm, delicious flavour appealing, the Paul Simon song makes it all the more memorable.
We found the bookstore first where I hit the origami table like a crazed whatever-it-is-that-gets-crazed-over-ori
Inside the bookstore I met Anjean, her sister Melinda & (sigh) boyfriend Joe. Her birthday was a day or so earlier so I had written her well wishes and let her know I'd be in the area. She met me there & we talked for a good long while, blocking displays, the register & wherever else people needed to get through. My group went on to other shopping before too long, Joe seemed bored through most of the conversation & went to find lunch as he was starving to begin with, Melinda continued shopping & Anjean & I caught up as much as we could before she went to grab some lunch. It's too bad we live so far apart. We get along so well & never find a lack of things to talk about. I keep promising to take her to House on the Rock sometime & with her new work schedule it may actually happen! . . . once the place is open for the season again.
Later, we met up with crabmoon, the_tick27, seanorange & others whose live journals I don't know. Lindsay had kept in contact with Matt all morning. Despite having given up on plans to join us there for Tick's birthday they somehow got their shit together at the last minute & made it down. More aisle-blocking was committed until we split up again to finish the Mitsuway part of the shopping.
We reconvened at JP-Toy. I usually don't buy anything there but this time I found a set of Eva capsule toys I really liked, the FLCL wall scroll Tick deprived me of last year, mini Game Boy reproductions & a Mario magnet diorama. I'm glad all my holiday shopping was taken care of before we even left the state. Oh! While there I also kicked Lindsay's butt at DDRX, but to save embarrassment I won't say by how much.
From there my group headed home but the other stayed for dinner & other festivities. I think I dropped everyone off by eight o'clock & Matt & I feasted on Taco Bell before he went his own way. Video games & computer time commenced from there & thus was my Sunday.
Saturday I had lunch with Tom, foolishly went grocery shopping in the snow & changed the aquarium water. Friday I cut work early to see Æon Flux. I could go into much more detail about either of these days but it is lunchtime & I still have to work today. I'll save that info for another time.
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