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February 19, 2010

Friday is the most familiar day of the week.  All Mondays, though you may be tired and pining for one more day off, do not feel the same – depending on your weekend, you may be refreshed or groggy, excited to start the week or ambivalent, even sorrowful.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday can often be confused for one another, as in when you wake up Wednesday morning and feel that the weekend should be closer again than it really is, or finish for the day on Thursday and hit happy hour, pretending that tomorrow won’t also begin early.  But Friday – ah, Friday! – always feels the same.  That culminating feeling of a week well spent is ubiquitous in nearly everyone you talk to, one giddy character after another ready to shed that weekday skin and slip into whatever costume they don away from work and repetition.

The last couple weekends have been busy; I’m looking forward to taking a break this weekend.  The work week has been more exhausting as of late, and I’m blaming it on February.  When you hardly see daylight during the week, always rushing from one indoor locale to another to escape the cold, variety gives way to repetition and the weekdays lose their soul.  I’ve officially got spring fever – a dangerous affliction this time of year in Chicago – but I’ve got it nonetheless.  I’m ready for some daylight in my nighttime.

The perfect pesto.

Nos. 319: 2/18/2010


When I walk into my kitchen today, I am not alone. Whether
we know it or not, none of us is. We bring fathers and mothers
and kitchen tables, and every meal we have ever eaten. Food is
never just food. It’s also a way of getting at something else:
who we are, who we have been, and who we want to be.

– Molly Wizenberg, blogger at Orangette

No. 320: 2/17/2010

You’re telling me you’re not nostalgic
then give me another word for it,
you who are so good with words
and at keeping things vague.

– Joan Baez, singing about Bob Dylan in Diamonds and Rust

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2010 7:44 am

    I love the way you described the days of the week, amen to fridays!

  2. February 20, 2010 10:12 am

    adam–where do you find all of your quotes? do you keep a running list in your head, or on yoru desk? or do you search for quotes to fit the pictures? whatever the system may be it’s a good one!

    • February 21, 2010 11:10 am

      blair – i find them everywhere: books i have read, TV commercials, magazine articles, the Internet. i’m always on the lookout, and i keep good notes.

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