||[Aug. 23rd, 2016|10:12 pm]
Transitioning into liminal space
Over the weekend, I helped Posi get more packing done on Friday and Saturday, between building more stuff in our Factorio game. On Sunday he and I drove up to Kenosha to help Serin and Todd with their move to Racine. Their new house is so wonderfully cute. I was in love at first site, as, they told me, were they. I don't want to own or live in a house, but if I did, it would be one like theirs. It also gave me unexpected feelings of domesticity. I suddenly wanted very much to have a space to share with Danae in the long term, that we won't be moving away from in a few years. I wanted to be a part of building the kind of life situation that Serin and Todd have. It made me suddenly feel happy, and sad, and lucky, and inadequate, and in love... it was a confusing mix of emotions to sort through, complicated more by their having ambushed me that way.
My dad came down to Evanston for a day of thrifting with me. We spent all of yesterday hunting through stores from the south side of Chicago up to downtown. This was a good time for board games at thrift store. He and I found a copy of Mayfair Games' Power Lunch, while on Sunday Posi and I found Mice and Mystics, Quarriors, and the Mageknight board game at Goowill in Kenosha. Mice and Mystics in particular was a nice find since Danae and I have wanted to give it a try for a while, and I paid $10 for the $60 game.
I also found a metal slinky, Dance Factory (the only PS2 dance pad game I was still looking for), a set of coasters with warning graphics from Portal 2, and other doodads. I had a really fun time with my dad too. We talked about maybe going to the railroad crossing in Rochelle for train watching sometime in the future too.
Today, I helped Nathan put a new inner tube in his bike, and did my best to teach that process along with brake adjustment. It's really difficult putting experiential knowledge into words for the first time. I got decent at it working in tech support, but this is a whole other area of expertise. The two of us also drove to Rogers Park so I could introduce him to the Recyclery. That's the bike co-op that I was volunteering at last Summer.
I installed a new ceiling fixture in the condo today. I expected it to take twenty minutes. To my meta non-surprise, it took an hour twenty. But it's there and we like it. I've been catching up on various tasks that piled up from having been away all weekend and most of Monday too.