this past friday, we drove out to Eastern Washington to see Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. even though everyone else was hating the heat (105), i was loving it. it reminded me of legit summers back home. it started to cool down a bunch before the show though, which made it a more comfortable experience for all. our party was rick, his dad and myself. rick's brother + ladyfriend clare were there as well camping and were to join, but they got held back and ended up sitting on some other side of the ginormous Gorge. we were kinda far up, but could still make everyone out. they played such an amazing setlist, including "honeybee," which absolutely blew our minds. also, "running down a dream," "refugee," "listen to her heart," learning to fly," and of course, "mary jane's last dance." they then played a traveling wilbury's song that sounded great despite the facts that orbison and harrison are no longer with us. i had such a great time, and sang every song so loud. one more band i can cross of my "to see before i'm able to die happy" list.
that night we stayed at rick's mom's place, (sandi) who lives closeby to the Gorge. the next day we all went to the nearby farmer's market and i picked up corn, green beans, blackberries, peaches, and bell peppers. the peaches were so sweet, we all started eating them there. when we got back, rick's mom made us amazing vegan pancakes that were fluffy and topped with strawberries, and for me, peanut butter. then we headed out to the lake on her and her bf's boat. i can't remember the last time i've been out on the water in a boat, but it was probably back when my dad was around. we went tubing, which i'd never done before and was surprisingly good at. then we docked at this far out corner of the lake and started swimming/relaxing. i had to go to the bathroom so bad, and then got sandi and clare to join me on the journey, which didn't seem like one from the boat. we had to cross a mojave desert-like hellish place before getting to the bathrooms which didn't even have TOILET PAPER. the sand was darkish gray and seemingly not that bad upon first few steps. but i was wearing metallic-y gold/silver flats and they amplified the sun/sand tenfold, so sandi went back to the boat and switched them for some sandals. even though i grew up in southern CA, i've dropped so many habits from living there, and one of the first to go was flip-flops. apparently, you even need them here in the summer. we started walking and just in our bathing suits we were completely vulnerable to both the sun/sand. the sand kept kicking up at us and many times we contemplated going back. it probably took us 30-40 minutes but we got there, i found toilet paper from some nice strangers, then we took the shorter route through the water, carrying our shoes, back to the boat. i felt a million times better, and we just swam around, laid back, and enjoyed the sun. then when we left rick got to drive? i don't know what the correct term is, but he commandeered the boat and was awesome at it. it made me want to get a boat so bad, because at least one of us could work it.
we came back to sandi's place and she, clare and i made dinner - chickpea cutlets with corn, sauteed spinach and brown rice. so good. then we played monopoly, (mine and rick's newest game obsession) until we had to drive back that evening. it was a glorious weekend, minus rick's extreme shoulder sunburns, despite multiple layers of sunblock. i got some color, which was much needed.
other than all this excitement, it's mainly been job-searching for me. i've sent resumes to what seems like hundreds of places and have had about 2 handfuls of interviews. i am waiting to hear back from the Tacoma Art Museum, and will hopefully find out if i get a second interview by friday. had a phone interview today for a job in seattle with excellent pay/benefits. even though it's terrible being unemployed right now, i am remaining as positive as i can, and am thankful to be getting interviews, because i know so many people aren't right now. also, rick's been helping me out, and i'm so thankful that he has. he and i both know i'd do the same for him in a heartbeat.
tomorrow, we're heading to the white river amphitheatre (i've never been) to see radiohead. it's my first time seeing them, and they are definitely another band i can successfully cross off my list. i cannot contain my excitement, so i'm going to go listen to a bunch of radiohead albums while job-seeking some more. celeste is visiting this weekend, and it'll be the first time i'll have seen her since we visited la back in feb. she's bringing walker with her, and it shall be lovely reuniting in seattle again. also, aly brown's visiting next weekend, and i could not be more stoked! lord knows i've been missing my wife's love and hugs like nothing else. i predict epic late night parties in cal anderson, trips to the monk, and general laughfests ahoy. i can't wait.