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There is just too much going on in Chicago this weekend! Awesome problem, I know.
Red Sox at Cubs. We’ll be there cheering on our beleaguered Cubbies on Saturday night.
Artists of the Wall Festival in Rogers Park at Loyola Beach. This is where I’ll be spending most of my weekend—painting a bench.
Leonardo DiCaprio Eating Soup.
The Life and Times of Liz Lemon’s Hair.
50 Shades of Grey Read by Gilbert Gottfried.
Literary Maps of the US and UK.
Joey Lawrence: Male Stripper.
Betty White Kissing Uggie.
Mad Magazine Rejection.
Tributes to Maurice Sendak.
Watch: In A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake.
Watch: Entire Bowery Ballroom Show from Beach House.
New York State Senate Tribute to MCA.
Saturday is MCA Day in NYC.
Stream: El-P Cancer for Cure.
New Afghan Whigs!
Regina Spektor on Letterman.
Handsome Furs Are Breaking Up.
Tennis: 60 Seconds Left.
Greg Kot on Kelly Hogan.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse “Clementine” Video.
Van Halen Postpones Tour.
Where To Drink Craft Beer This Week.
First Look: The Trencherman.
Kitty Pryde “Okay Cupid”
Friday was a GORGEOUS day. And the perfect day for a visit to Six Flags Great America! Just us and some high school field trips. Very short lines. We were able to ride every major ride (including The Demon—slightly major) in five hours–plus eat a couple giant pretzels. And the American Eagle was a total surprise retro treat. I haven’t ridden it in years. Such a fun classic. Pete is afraid of heights. But he still had a blast, white knuckles and all. He seemed to especially enjoy Raging Bull and Vertical Velocity.
We ended the day on the beautiful carousel, where we chose to ride the cats.
During our drive back to the city, I noticed via twitter that Fido To Go, a dog food truck, was in Andersonville. We arrived home just in time to grab Stickers and head over for Mac n Cheese frozen yogurt, coconut muffins, and peanut butter cookies. Pete and I treated ourselves to Mexican food and Tecates. Yums all around.
On Saturday, we awoke to rain and SociaBulls was canceled. So when the weather improved later in the day, we took Stickers up to Evanston to walk through the sculpture garden and play in the mud with her Cousin Maddie. Plus, Pete got a tour of my dad’s new smoker. He’s a good sport.
Before we headed up to Evanston, I made pizza dough. Jim’s pizza dough recipe. Pete and I had a great night at home—listening to tunes, drinking cocktails, and making pizza. One–vegetarian sausage, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, and basil. The other–classic margherita.
We wrapped up the weekend with a lovely Mother’s Day brunch at Bill (my bro), Nina (my new sister-in-law), and Tiger Lily’s (their cute cat) apartment. It was wonderful to be able to spend a sunny afternoon with my mom and Nina’s mom and grandmother.
As you know from this week’s post about our trip to Louisville, I love horses and the sport of horse racing. I love going to Louisville during the derby and watching the extensive race coverage. I love books about horses – Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley, Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. And movies – Secretariat, Seabiscuit. I love going to Arlington Park in the summer. I grew up going to the races at Ruidoso Downs. And my namesake, Aunt Mollie, had a fondness for betting on the ponies.
I love the beautiful horses and silks and the grounds, and the speed and excitement.
But as animal lover and animal rights advocate, I’m very disturbed by the recent articles and interviews about rampant abuse in racing. I feel very conflicted about supporting this sport. I love horse racing for the reasons I stated, and I hate that it is being marred by these unscrupulous trainers and owners. I feel terrible for the horses and jockeys that are hurt by over-racing, over-medicating, and under-caring.