Thursday, January 1, 2009

While the cat's away...

... the mice will... uhmm... take care of the dog, two cats and a guinea pig?

Huh? !Boring post alert!

Ms. Geranium and Sparkly Seacow have been out of town since Saturday, visiting Ms. Geranium's sister near Springwater, NY. So what did I do with my time since I had the house to myself? Wild parties? Let all the dirty dishes pile up? Leave all the kitchen cabinet doors open? Finish off the dreaded bathroom?

Sorry to disappoint, but none of the above. This is how my week went.

Saturday: Take the two travelers to the bus that goes from Madison to the train station in Chicago. Take Molly, the Official Spokesdog of the Impeachment Movement™ to the Bark Park. Since we had so much snow in the previous week or two and it had been raining all day, the bark park was like a giant dog poop flavored slushy (thank the gods for rubber boots!) Then, off to Ms. Geranium's family's holiday get-together, after which I went to my mother's house to see my brother and sister while they were still in town. No sooner did I get there than my other brother calls to tell me that our friend Carlos, who hasn't lived in Madison since 1978, was at his house for an hour and did I want to stop by? Off to Bill's house to see Carlos, hang out for a short time, drive Carlos to the place he was staying, back to my mom's house to pick up Cinderbelle's things and drive her home. I got back home sometime after midnight.

So you really want to read more? It doesn't get any better than this. (That was meant as a warning, by the way.)

Sunday: Of course I had to watch the last Packer game of the season, particularly since, win or lose, they would make NFL history. If they lost, they would have had the questionable honor of being the only team in NFL history to lose to a 0-15 team. If they won, they got to be part of helping the Detroit Lions achieve(?) the first winless record since the NFL went to a 16-game season. Fortunately for Packer fans, The Mighty Pack came through, although they made a valiant effort at losing the game. Bark Park (totally frozen over, footing is treacherous). Get home feeling like I'm getting sick, decide to bail on Veseliyka rehearsal that night. Watch a movie with Cinderbelle and go to bed early.

Monday: Lunch date with an old high school friend who comes back to Madison about once a year. Bark Park. Motor Primitives rehearsal.

Tuesday: Two appointments. Bark Park (still icy). Happy hour gig with the Motor Primitives at the High Noon Saloon. Dinner after the gig.

Wednesday: Get up and practice some material for the evening's gig with The Reptile Palace Orchestra in Decorah, IA. Bark Park. Deliver dog and dog accessories to my mother's house since no one would be home while away. Get home, pack, drive to Decorah, set up, play for three or four hours, pack up, arrive at hotel around 3:00 a.m. People often seem to have negative impressions of Iowa, but I found the drive to be quite scenic and Decorah to be a picturesque and pleasant town. We played at the Elk's club and had a good turnout. People were extremely nice and seemed to really appreciate having us there. They put us up in what we were told was the best hotel in Decorah, too. Certainly a step up from most I've experienced.

Thursday (today): Get up after about four hours of sleep, drive back to Madison. Unload car. Pick up dog, have a small dinner with my mom. Home.

Sometime tomorrow I pick up the intrepid travelers.

I've probably forgotten to include a few things, but that's about it. I really know how to have a good time, don't you think? I'm tired.

Happy New Year, everyone!


Anonymous said...

I just knew you'd be up to all kinds of buggery while Suzy is away!

Could you be any more responsible? No. I don't think you could.

I hope that 2009 is a good year for you and the family, Ed!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

At least you got to watch football without any females complaining about it.

Fran said...

You lead a wild life there Mr. Geranium!

Glad you more or less behaved yourself.

Happy 2009!

Suzy said...

You didn't finish the bathroom, every cupboard door was hanging open, the g-pig STINKS ... what the heck were you DOING?

I missed you.

Ed said...

DCup: So that's what people mean by buggery! I always wondered...

Dr. Monkey: Yes, it was nice to watch the Packers without any complaining females around. However, there was this brother-in-law who needed to be restrained from throwing things at the TV a few times. Not really, but he had a few choice words for the Packers at various times.

Fran: Yep, that's me. "Wild" is my middle name.

Suzy: As I'm sure you know, I opened all those cupboard doors right before picking you up as a special "welcome home." As far as the guinea pig stinking, I fed the moronic beast several times a day and it's still alive, isn't that enough? I missed you, too.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Ed! Have a good one.

Suzy said...

I truly hope you weren't up to any buggery with the g-pig while we were away. Or anyone else, for that matter.

poodledoc said...


You didn't say whether or not you flossed.

Unknown said...

I did perk up at the mention of The Motor Primitives! :-)