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Andrew / October 31, 2007 2:43 PM

1. Happily starting my afternoon coffee.
2. I think I have a cavity in a back molar.
3. My wireless router died, so I'm headed to MicroCenter after work.

cindy / October 31, 2007 3:15 PM

1. Made two Vegan Pumpkin Pies (First time making pie ever, let alone substituting all the ingredients to make it vegan)
2. Booked a ticket to New York for December
3. Can't stop sneezing.

Mindy / October 31, 2007 3:22 PM

1. Suffering through an unfortunate miscommunication with a friend.

2. Leaving for Ireland for a week on monday.

3. Found a new love in amaretto

Cliff on Rosedale / October 31, 2007 3:39 PM

1. Bored at work seems to be the consistent theme of the day for the past 3 weeks

2. Suffering through too long a period of being sober.

3. Trending toward spending too much money on eating out and trivial crap.

cbird / October 31, 2007 3:45 PM

1. Just ate far too many gummy bears.
2. Wish I had a stoop to display my jack o' lantern on tonight.
3. One hour, fourteen minutes to go.

Mo / October 31, 2007 4:00 PM

1. Packing to go to a writers conference in Iowa City tonight.

2. About to set up a Day of the Dead altar for my father, a couple of days early since I'll be out of town this weekend.

3. Already pilfered 3 pieces of candy from the Halloween bowl.

kate / October 31, 2007 4:02 PM

1. I kind of like dresses now. Must acquire a few more.

2. Have been through a breakup, funeral and a wedding in the past 2 months. Feeling really fucking good about everything.

3. I need a new job. Badly.

emily / October 31, 2007 4:35 PM

1. Just had a froufrou coffee drink. Yum!

2. Want new job badly but will slug it out here b/c it has great insurance.

3. Desperately searching for a flatmate after a last-minute crisis leaves me holding the rent.

Val / October 31, 2007 4:41 PM

1. I wish people were less greedy.

2. Is a pub crawl on a Wednesday night... bad idea?

3. I'm about to give up on him.

roderick / October 31, 2007 4:44 PM

1. Psyched that my fiancee thought up the best Halloween costume idea for me ever: filipino dancing inmate guy! I'm already filipino, and bought an orange jumpsuit. And I can sorta do the Thriller dance.

2. Too many sweets at work don't make me feel too good. My coworkers are slowy reversing my weight loss.

3. is the coolest thing ever - why did it take me so long to discover it?

Spook / October 31, 2007 4:47 PM


It has been established that persons who have recently died have been returning to life and committing acts of murder.

A widespread investigation of funeral homes, morgues, and hospitals has concluded that the unburied dead have been returning to life and seeking human victims.


The main advice news reporters have been able to get from official sources is to tell private citizens to stay inside their homes behind locked doors. Do not venture outside for any reason. Keep listening to radio and TV for special instructions as this crisis develops further.

Caffeine Free / October 31, 2007 4:50 PM

1. Wishing I had something better to do than check my email while at work

2. Kinda wanna skip working out for leftover frozen pizza

3. Sometimes get nervous making phone calls to strangers

Flynn / October 31, 2007 4:53 PM

1. Trying to stay motivated to bike as it gets colder.
2. After 6 years, it looks like job stability is ending.
3. Birthdays still suck.

skafiend / October 31, 2007 5:06 PM

1. Feeling mellow after working out at the gym instead of eating lunch

2. Trying to remember what else I have to do before trip to San Francisco on Monday

3. Thinking of watching "Night of the Living Dead" tonight, thanks to Spook's mini-excerpt, or barring that, watching my bootleg copy of "Dead Alive".

Nuke LaLoosh / October 31, 2007 5:07 PM

1) Anxious about being a leeeetle bit overcommitted both at work and in my volunteer efforts.

2) Need to hit the washroom on the way out of the office.

3) Still angry with Citibank for being blooducking leeches (or maybe flesh-eating zombies, per Spook's previous posting).

Happy Halloween!

snuh / October 31, 2007 5:10 PM

1. the more peanut-butter cups i ate, the tighter this dirndl got.

2. i'm nervous about becoming a student again.

3. more hugs, more blanket.

jennifer / October 31, 2007 5:11 PM

1. leaving work
2. going to bar
3. will have a good time

Nuke LaLoosh / October 31, 2007 5:12 PM

Three more:

1) Still renting.

2) Happy that I live in a Real City that has the Steppenwolf Theater Co. (I saw The Crucible last night and thought it was really great).

3) Still in love with my wife (16 months and going strong)!

If I could add #4, I'd say "Embarrassed that I don't proofread my posts more closely before hitting submit (previous post should read "bloodsucking")."

Sam / October 31, 2007 5:21 PM

1) I think I'm staying in this Friday. Every day this week I've rushed home, changed clothes, and gone out to some event/concert.

2)Someone vandalized my scooter outside of that noise show in Pilsen, and I keep forgetting to reorder a new tail light.

3)I haven't talked to my ex in 2 weeks, and haven't seen him in almost 3. This is good progress. I still dream about him, though.

Leelah / October 31, 2007 5:40 PM

1. grades are due on Friday
2. I had to bring home a stack of projects (and more coming in tomorrow)
3. I'm ordering pizza and cheesecake...

fluffy / October 31, 2007 5:58 PM

1. I miss my ex
2. Mr. M, my cat, is awesome!
3. have decided not to work out tonight

I guess that makes me a flabby lonely cat lady. oh well. I guess that's my halloween costume.

Mikey / October 31, 2007 7:52 PM

1. After throwing up in my bed and under the covers early yesterday morning as I unwittingly lay asleep, and a few more times after that on my new-ish rug while I was at work, Scotty (my pit bull) seems to be feeling better again. A diet of plain white rice seemed to help...

2. First year that my Halloween celebration consisted solely of family-oriented activities (pumpkin patch a few weeks back, the trick-or-treating madhouse on Southport last Sunday) with my girlfriend and her six-year old daughter, as opposed to dressing up as a zombie and getting shit-faced at the bars like I usually do every year...

3. Now just looking forward to smoothing out in a short while and watching a bootleg copy of Rob Zombie's Halloween that I purchased through a co-worker who lives in a neighborhood where...well, where you can buy newly-released movies on dvd out of the back of a van...

jennifer / October 31, 2007 8:18 PM

1. wednesday night means that I made it through a long wednesday of classes.

2. hoping that the boy and I can find common ground on a big relationship bit.

3. so happy to see photos from my friend's wedding (santa barbara this past weekend). so lovely, so fun, so happy for her!

Mikey / October 31, 2007 8:54 PM

4. Funny, Andrew. I too have been thinking the past few days that I might have a cavity in a back molar (left side), and I haven't had a cavity in years...

Brandy / October 31, 2007 9:52 PM

1. Just had a great dinner at Ethiopian Diamond with two womenfrom Boston I met Saturday in an Algerian restaurant.

2. A client decided to pay me 100% upfront instead of the 25% deposit down. ROCK ON.

3. I've got an episode of America's Next Top Model to watch under lots of blankets. I hope my cat lays on me and keeps me warm.

(Not a bad life.)

Clarke / October 31, 2007 11:24 PM

1. On couch in robe (I'm in the robe, not the couch)
2. Have tricked-and-treated with my boys (both were Bob The Builder)
3. Passed over again by The Great Pumpkin. And my pumpkin patch was the most sincere, dammit!

Carlotta / October 31, 2007 11:25 PM

1. The garden apartment I moved into in October is damn cold -- and the weather has been nowhere near freezing yet!

2. I gotta get ready for winter, which means sorting through all that stuff I piled into this new apartment because I had only a small window of opportunity for the move.

3. Beginning to get depressed as the end of 2007 is coming into sight.

eric / November 1, 2007 12:10 AM

1. A. got a job offer in Sandwich, Kent, but she has reservations about leaving her currently wonderful job for another possibly wonderful job. A bird in hand is worth two in the bush? Maybe but I'd leave mine in a heartbeat for the adventure. We'd be far from family if we start a family over there, but our children would be EU citizens. We looked at lush green satellite images of English countryside and started to get excited.

2. On couch, in robe.

3. A. is going to bed now. I'm going to join her.

Carlotta / November 1, 2007 12:12 AM

The above list is pretty depressing. Here's my happy list:

1. I'm glad my dad is alive and well after an emergency gall bladder removal operation last week. He sounds cheerful and happy to be alive, and various ailments notwithstanding is in decent shape for being 87!

2. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin ale, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice Clif bars, etc. (excludes Starbuck's pumpkin spice latte -- yuck!)

3. Wondering why October & November are chockful of conflicting cultural stuff, e.g. Chicago Humanities Festival, Polish Film Festival, the gay & lesbian Reeling film festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago Korean Film Festival(!!), Chicago Public Library's Book Festival, Columbia College's Creative Nonfiction Week. So much to choose from, so little time!

Milena / November 1, 2007 8:23 AM

1) my birthday is tomorrow.

2) where did the year go?

3) having to go to work on your birthday is a crime-it should be counted as a personal holiday for everyone.

pantagrapher / November 1, 2007 8:37 AM

1. Facial hair

2. Random shuffle

3. Bacon breakfast

paul / November 1, 2007 9:25 AM

1. Nursing a rather seriously sprained ankle.

2. It's 9:25 already, and I still haven't made coffee. My limp is my excuse.

3. I can't believe it's after halloween already.

alison / November 1, 2007 9:28 AM

1. Spent a grand to find out my cat has myleofibrosis (look it up).

2. Got six fillings on Monday. Two were wisdom teeth the dentist wasn't supposed to fill.

3. Just found out my landlord is selling the house and we'll have to move.

Still feeling good and excited about tonights book swap, though.

DXO / November 1, 2007 9:49 AM

1. Hid from trick-or-treaters
2. Physical therapy re: sciatica started this morning
3. Love life

D / November 1, 2007 10:06 AM

1. Do I kill time today by catching up on thank you notes, or by getting crap off my computer onto my pocket drive in anticipation of the new job I haven't looked for yet?

2. Wish I'd had time this morning to go grab breakfast from somewhere instead of rushing into work so I could debate what to do to fill my time today

3. My traps are killing me...need to start doing yoga

Shasta / November 1, 2007 10:07 AM

1. Found new hairstyle. Protects my ends and keeps hair out of my face without tension on the roots. Sa-weet!

2. Still eating oatmeal I got 2 hours ago. Contemplating lunch options.

3. Ok Cupid is the devil.

skafiend / November 1, 2007 10:09 AM

1. Still planning for trip to SF, wondering what clothes to bring and how much money I'd need for a week if living on the cheap.

2. Still smiling at the guy in my apartment building going out for Halloween in full Robin (of Batman and Robin fame) costume

3. Depressed/pissed off at big Lowes ad in today's Sun-Times hawking Christmas shit so early, as Thanksgiving continues to get steamrolled.

David / November 1, 2007 10:26 AM

1. As usual, I'm still lying in bed. I think that needs to change soon.
2. I'm excited about the new people I've been hanging out with.
3. I'm reminded that I need to go to the doctor; it's been too long since I've had any kind of check up.

Emerson Dameron / November 1, 2007 10:42 AM

1. Thrilled about switching jobs next week, frustrated in my interpersonal relationships, thirsty for adventure and enrolled in a gym.

2. Self-conscious about how well I fit in here.

3. This one's none of your business.

office bitch / November 1, 2007 10:54 AM

1. Hoping that the last two months of 2007 go quickly... career-ending injury and boyfriend moving away made it quite the yucky year...

2. Impressed with myself for not eating any candy and spending 2 hours at the gym on Halloween

3. Contemplating a move to Atlanta. Or San Francisco. Somewhere warmer and away from the CTA

Anonymous / November 1, 2007 11:37 AM

1. I feel like I've just cheated on my wife. Last night was the 2nd of two evenings spent catching up with an Ex-girlfriend. We were on-and-off for 6 years. Last night didn't get physical, but we discovered our intense emotional connection hasn't weakened despite many years apart. Surprised, confused.

2. I've had less than 12 hours sleep in the last 4 days. I don't understand why I could never pull an all-nighter in college. Now in my mid-30s, I've navigated myself through two of them this week without any chemical stimulants.

3. This lack of rest has looped the same song in my head since Tuesday morning.

Sorry for this blabbing confession, but Fuel caught me on a seriously weird day.

m / November 1, 2007 11:48 AM

1. Wondering if boys will always sorta make me feel a bit crazy.
2. Hoping that soon I won't live check to check.
3. So greatful for loving family and friends.

JasonB / November 1, 2007 12:49 PM

1. doc says I have A.D.D.
2. doc says I have A.D.D.

Eamon / November 1, 2007 1:13 PM

1. Already thinking about my mid-afternoon snack

2. Nursing my aching thighs

3. Wondering if the Bean is male

steven - chicago metblog / November 1, 2007 1:26 PM

1. Preparing for tomorrow night's 7pm-1am work-at-home extravaganza. Grrrr.
2. Also worried about my teeth, esp the upper/back ones. No good.
3. Man, this chicken soup is good.

p / November 1, 2007 1:26 PM

1. definitely going to cook something involving lemons
2. booing the use of "flatmate" and "traps" in above posts
3. best of steve dahl is running on 105.9 today and is actually rilly funny. who knew?

K / November 1, 2007 2:10 PM

1. Lunchtime stroll = yay

2. Sprained hamstring = still going strong

3. Now = time for ice

billy / November 1, 2007 2:23 PM

1) Looking forward to my Reiki attunement this weekend, even tho I haven't had caffeine for three days and am ready to claw my coworkers eyes out.

2) lunch at Hannah's Bretzel: it's possible to eat healthy, organic food in the loop. However, please mortgage your entire family first.

3) My boss just postponed my year-end review AGAIN, which means I have to keep sleeping on angry futon. No new bed this weekend for me.

spence / November 1, 2007 2:55 PM

1. Finding it a bit hard to concentrate on 1st day back from 3 weeker in Argentina.

2. I will not eat a steak again for the foreseeable future.

3. Big changes at the office in my absence.

Lindsay / November 1, 2007 3:16 PM

1.) Feeling a lot of animosity towards my roommate lately. She is a constant naysayer, always coming with the negative commentary.
2.) Tomorrow is going to be a crazy day… two presentation to give, two to sit through.
3.) I think I’ll make Pad Thai for dinner.

Spook / November 1, 2007 3:28 PM

Wondering how any adult(?) could still be listing to
steve dahl who I out grew in the 8th grade, but turn around and "boo" the use of "flatmate" and "traps" in above posts!

Although I do boo people who call their boyfriend, "the boy" which sounds like something off a dumb sit com about the lives a vapid trendy people.

Wishing I didn't have to go to this 3:30pm meeting, let alone this 6:30pm stupid fundraiser where I have to shell out 100 bucks.

I wanna go home at 5:00pm and watch the next two DVD's of the last final season of the Sapranos

zoenotcool / November 1, 2007 3:37 PM

1. Is it Friday yet? I hate November (and March) the mostest.
2. Last Halloween living in the city, probably
3. Can't believe my birthday, brother's birthday and Halloween are over.

p / November 1, 2007 4:09 PM

sp##k, u crack me up dog...that sAprano's spelling? priceless. you're killin' it! as far as "flatmates" goes, i lump it in with "cheers" signatures as affected and say boo. I'd also give the gas face to calling mcdonald's "takeaway." And "traps"talk brings to mind oakleys and workout wear and blonde dudes named sven. And to answer your question- listening to talk radio is what one does while picking someone up at the airport. That's a rule.

who'd you give $100?

Spook / November 1, 2007 5:05 PM

Yo R

glade you got ya laugh off my "Sapranos" spelling son,
I also found your "rilly" instead of really,pretty funny too boot,
Holms :-)

And honestly I don't use any of those terms, but "the boy" is the worse, for the record.

But I think we both agree that white folks-Americans, should just leave the invention of "slang talk" to Black folk here, Africans, and Europeans. They can use it, just don't try to invent it, Eminem excluded.

And finally P dawg, on your next air port drive get your "talk" from WBEZ FM91.5. Yea I make fun of it and refuse to donate, but it is the best thing going on the midwest air, kid, word is bond, son!

p.s cause we homies, I would tell you where the 100 bucks- the fundraiser is going too- but every body would know and I'd be considered an even greater scourge of these cyber territories, but trust me, it may not seem like it if I told you, but its all about the Revolution in the end

Andrew, et al., sorry to digress :-)

Spook / November 1, 2007 5:06 PM

opps I mean "P"

PMan / November 1, 2007 8:54 PM

1. Wish I was still locked in eye contact with that curly haired girl on the el
2. I am not looking forward to the grey months
3. 'I Feel So Bad' by Little Milton may be the best song ever.

Baldeesh / November 1, 2007 9:37 PM

1. Life's pretty good. I can pay all the bills, I've got some great friends, and my cat functions perfectly as an alarm clock. Thanks for getting me out of bed on Wednesday morning, buddy. I would have seriously overslept otherwise.

2. I'm still trying to figure out how it is that I went to school for math, yet writing comprises 80% of my job.

3. My family has already started with the whole "What do you want for Christmas this year?" thing. I want nothing. Really. I've spent the last, oh, 6 months going through all of my shit and just getting rid of stuff. The last thing I need is more stuff. Can't we just not do presents? I'd rather just buy myself a digital camera and have a zombie movie marathon like we did 2 years ago and call it a day.

sam / November 2, 2007 10:19 AM

1. this
2. that
3. the other

JB / November 2, 2007 11:09 AM

1. I am
3. so in love with him.

Jo / November 2, 2007 11:17 AM

1) Wondering if I wish hard enough the boxes at home will unpack themselves.
2) Trying to figure out if all my job changes will eventually lead to a pay increase or just more work.
3) Asking myself why I'm so attracted to boys who work in bookstores....oh wait maybe I've figured that one out.

annie / November 2, 2007 11:47 AM

1) bunion surgery on tuesday
2) plenty of pain killers, keeping me flying high
3) wine and pain killers don't mix

tk / November 2, 2007 1:02 PM

1. just found out I passed my comprehensive exams (which is far, far more exciting than it sounds on paper...)
2. about to carpet the stairs in hopes that the dog will stop slipping on them
3. looking forward to soup season

Brian / November 2, 2007 1:10 PM

  1. Project finished.
  2. Pay received.
  3. Rent & bills paid, groceries to come soon.

Brian / November 2, 2007 1:11 PM

(Jesus I write too much CSS/XHTML... Andrew, I want to fix your CSS!)

taj / November 2, 2007 1:15 PM

1. started my apt clean-up after
1.5 month long hiatus in europe

2. starting to look for work (dreading)

3. lonely

Kevin / November 2, 2007 1:37 PM

1- emailed my cousin about design ideas for my microbrewery
2-looking forward to Phillip Pullman reading, hard cider brewing and Patriots/Colts game this weekend
3- not looking forward to 4 hours spent in my dirty attic installing insulation this weekend

Hal / November 2, 2007 3:29 PM

1) Completed a full week of going to the gym for at least 30 minutes of cardio per day and can already feel the difference.
2) Household and condo finances are in order.
3) Have completed my plan for building shelving for storage room in basement. Have placed reservation for U-Haul to empty out $100/mo off-site storage unit and buy lumber tomorrow and will start my carpentry in the morning.

All in all, pretty productive.

Cinnamon / November 2, 2007 4:08 PM

1) Too much caffeine. I ordered a gingerbread hot chocolate and I swear there must be coffee in it. Jittery, nauseous, my heart is racing. ugh!

2) Unable to concentrate. See point 1.

3) Thinking about all the stuff I have yet to do for the DIY Trunk Show.

skafiend / November 2, 2007 4:18 PM

1. About to head out for run at the gym (three miles indoors) when work ends in 3...2...

2. Trying to explain to people here at work how graphic design and printing work.

3. Expressing mild surprise at reported 70 degree temps in San Fran (although I know it can get cold as a witch's ... elbow at night) and ready to blow this popsicle stand.

JD / November 3, 2007 12:28 AM

1. Got a favor from a friend I didnt expect.

2. The week is FINALY over, again.

3. Spending Saturday face down on the couch.

Mikey / November 3, 2007 1:35 AM

1. Just got back from a rare (as of late, anyway) night at the bars with a bud. Comfortably numb...

2. Dinner tomorrow night with the family at Gale Street Inn--excellent ribs...

3. If I don't win my fantasy football game this Sunday (currently 3-5), then the Death Eaters' season is all but over...

Eph / November 3, 2007 8:58 PM

1. Checked "missed connections" section in Craigslist. I'm still not in there.
2. Stomach distress. Refried beans or flu?
3. Bored out of my skull. Time for a bath.

Jasmine / November 3, 2007 11:45 PM

1. Spent the day in Hyde Park with pals, taking pictures on U of C campus before checking out "King and the Clown" at DOC Films. Ended day with dinner at the Med -- bacon bleu burger, grenadine float.

2. Just turned in final edits for first freelance piece ever.

3. Am wondering what to do Sunday, apart from getting extra hour of sleep. Control/Blade Runner double feature at Music Box? MCA visit? So much to do...

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