After my last day of work, Mikey and I went out to dinner to celebrate. We went to Audrey Claire, a nice and fancy little BYOB (to which we never bring our own, but it’s a descriptor I guess).
At home with Albert and Rover
The next morning, the morning of the 4th of July, we went over to our neighbor Marquis’s house because he offered to make breakfast for me and Mikey! Marquis and Mikey worked together at Mikey’s last place of employment, and they randomly found out they live around the corner from one another.
For the 4th, we all had originally had plans to go to this big show/block party but it was canceled the week prior. It was re-set up as a regular house show, but it was 100 degrees out and there were so many bands that it seemed a little overwhelming, so we opted to make other plans for the day. Mikey was invited to go swimming out in NJ, so we highjacked his plans and tagged along.
We ended up driving out to the Pine Barrens, which I had heard about but had never been to. It was so pretty! It was about a mile walk through the woods, but really worth it. The water was so warm and blue and even on the 4th of July it wasn’t crowded at all.
We met up with Ian and a few of his friends, but we didn’t end up socializing too much.
The night of the 4th, we were all pretty exhausted from being out in the sun all day, and we ended up staying in and not doing anything. Laura and I did make a cherry pie with fresh cherries, though
My first week off was as summer as it gets.
The heat and humidity didn’t break so we laid low and stayed inside a lot during the day.
Despite the time off, I still have all sorts of self-imposed deadlines. What’s new? I’m scrambling to use my time off as an opportunity to catch up on all sorts of big things I had been meaning to do. The first was to finish a 7 page comic for the next issue of As You Were, a punk comic anthology put together by Mitch Clem. The first one turned out really rad and I can’t wait for the next issue.
After a few days of work on projects and meeting deadlines (Mikey is working on a bunch of freelance stuff while he looks for a new job. He was laid off because the start-up he was doing design work for lost funding from an investor and fired their full-time staff), we headed out to the Pine Barrens again with Grace.
It was the only outdoor thing we could think of doing in the heat.
After an hour or two, Barrett showed up with two out of town friends and their dog. He was so cute!
We stayed just about until it was getting dark, and then went to a diner on the way home – a whole day in NJ. It was really fun.
The long walk back to the car
We ended up hitching a ride in a big pick up truck down the long road you have to walk down to the lake.
The following night, Mikey played a small show at a house in West Philly called Hausu.
A show a few days later at the Mitten, Teenage Priests
Batty, our roommate Tiff’s band.
At the end of the show, Grace broke out a test flavor of ice cream from a local ice cream shop.
I picked up some sunflowers to plant in the yard last week. Of course, I planted them and then we had 5 more consecutive days of 95+ degree heat, and they died almost right away. I’m terrible at gardening in extreme weather. Chicago was so easy to garden in.
On the 9th, Mikey’s old friends Welch and Jack visited for a few days. Grindcore House.
We spent a few days with them sitting in coffeeshops and taking them to vegan spots around Philly since they’re both vegan.
Jack, Ian and Mikey.
which we ate at Clark Park.
I parted ways with those guys for a little while to see a reading at the Soapbox. People I knew in Chicago were reading and I like their stuff.
The Soapbox is an independent publishing center and zine library, and strangely enoughly, I had never been there even though it’s only a few blocks from my house. Philly is weird in that there is so much going on here that’s relevant to my interests that I’ve definitely already started taking it all for granted and don’t check out everything I can. I’m really glad I finally made it to an event there because it’s so cool! They have hundreds of zines, and you can get a yearly membership and have access to their screen printing and letterpress set up in their basement. It’s really awesome.
Friends in zines, Katie H. and Joseph Carlough
There was a beautiful sunset going on when we came out of the reading and we all patronized the local water ice cart.
I came back home to find the dudes hanging out in our room because we have an air conditioner in there. The theme of this post is unreal heat. Today, the day I’m posting this, is the first bit of relief we’ve had in two and a half weeks. So stoked that it’s below 90 today.
After two days of really heavy vegan eating, we just kept that train rollin. We went out for late night vegan dim sum at New Harmony. It was delicious but so fried.
Friday morning was Jack’s birthday, so we all went out to brunch at Cantina, the last food stop of their trip. We had tried to go to Mi Lah for really good vegan brunch, but they weren’t serving brunch that day.
On Saturday, we had Girls Rock Philly volunteer orientation all day. On Sunday, we hosted a Ladies Brunch at our house. This is the fourth coordinated lady punk event we’ve had in the past few months. It’s pretty cool for us to all get together intentionally and make connections with one another. Different people have been at each event and a lot of people have never met. It’s cool to get folks from different social groups together.
Cythia and Dana (I think? We just met at brunch.)
Di Ana and Rachel, who is moving to Philly on August 1st!
Kerri, Heather and Amanda
After brunch, a lot of folks went to the public pool. It’s free and really nice. If you go during regular hours, rather than adult swim, they make you sit on the edge of the pool with all the kids before you can get in, and you have to shout all the pool rules in a call and response with the lifeguard. It’s really fun!
While at the pool, we made plans to go to the beach with Cynthia the following day while Rachel was still in town visiting.
It was so hot! It hurt to walk on the sand. The beach at the Jersey Shore is still a weird experience to me. Growing up near the Great Lakes, I think of nature and quiet when I think of the beach. Going to the Shore is like going to an amusement park. You even have to pay five dollars to go on the beach.
Banana whip, the boardwalks only healthy treat! Just frozen and blended bananas. Even the chocolate syrup is just cocoa powder blended with pear and pineapple juice. Pretty cool.