It was Cinco de Mayo weekend, and there was an ongoing party in the streets. Unexpected blasts of music from the patio of the Mexican restaurant across the street would make me jump. Many someones would turn up the bass in their vehicle, treating the neighborhood to something less welcome. Lots of people strolled the sidewalk, and there was a long parade Saturday morning (when it was still cold as hell). There was even a drunken fight in the parking lot next door, where one participant was so loud, I’m surprised the cops didn’t show up. I leaned on the railing outside and watched. There was scuffling but nothing serious. Hey, they could barely stand up. The only surprising thing was, one of the fighters was female. Man, that woman could scream.
I participated now and again, but mostly, I ran errands and unpacked boxes. Yup, you heard that right. After living with several towering stacks of them these last few weeks, I finally dove in and started making decisions. Keep? Throw? Somehow find storage for something? My boss has been talking about building shelves over the living room radiator for weeks now, but still hasn’t gotten around to it. Two boxes of office shit are still packed and awaiting dispersal.
AJ was no help at all. He sat on the couch and wrote ALL WEEKEND. And guess what? He finished! Yesterday afternoon, Safeword was completed and he celebrated by doing absolutely nothing. 🙂 Considering he wrote ten thousand words on Saturday alone, I let him.
I consider our weekend a huge success. AJ finished his massive sequel, I finally cleared the apartment enough that we can walk across the living room without tripping over boxes, and SPRING ARRIVED.
We took Suki for a long walk in the sun late yesterday afternoon. The apartment door was open to the warmth well into the evening, even though the continuing music and noise from the celebration made it hard to talk.
This morning, the sun is out again and temperatures are expected to be in the low seventies. About fucking time! I’m only sorry I have to go to work.
St Paul skyline, taken from a hill above the city in freezing weather at the end of April; my fingers were stiff with cold. Topaz Denoise used, along with the “vibrance” filter to bring out detail. Below the bridge is the Mississippi River.