In short: lots of demo recording; a great acoustic rehearsal and great convo with David; successful sneaker-buying adventure in a hitherto unexplored area of Astoria; puppy haircuts and baths and major cuteness; managing to avoid major junk food binging, even though it was right there in front of us.
The only bummer is that my demo recordings happened very late at night - like after 1am both nights - and I kept waking up early because the curtains in our bedroom are not very effective at keeping the sun from shining directly into my face - so by Sunday afternoon I was pretty much wrecked. I fell asleep in the middle of Puppy Bowl II and never really got "jazzed" for the actual Superbowl.
As for the big game, some thoughts:
1. I know that the NFL bleeped out some of Mick Jagger's edgier lyrics, but it looked to me like he forgot the words to "Start Me Up" and just mumbled out some nonsense. Or whatever. Let me say this: Paul McCartney kicked 1000x more ass last year than the Stones did this year. (Possibly because Paul kept saying things like "Hello Superbowl!" as if the Superbowl were its own city.) Eh.
2. Commercials were genuinely pretty good, with the exception of the completely nonsensical GoDaddy.com ads and the Diddy/Jay Mohr/"Brown and Bubbly" Diet Pepsi commercial. I missed the "crime deterrant" cell phone bit, and the MacGuyver ad, but I did like the dinosaur/Fed Ex spot. One commercial, of which I cannot remember, had some music that sounded incredibly similar to something that I couldn't quite place - then I remembered it sounded like Sinead O'Connor's "Emperor's New Clothes", which I adore, and then I realized that I had never put "I Do Not Want..." on my iPod. So there's that.
3. The game apparently didn't pick up until the 2nd half, which I missed most of because I was on the phone with Mike who'd just come back from a mini-tour with a pick-up gig he'd just gotten. Mike is starting to get gigs all the time now, which is (a) super awesome and makes me wish I were as versatile as Mike is so that I could get random calls offering $$ and a chance to tour, and (b) a bummer from the standpoint of us trying to keep Good Evening from falling apart from not having a consistent rehearsal schedule.
4. What I saw of the game was kinda weak, although there were some exciting plays. But that's the case every year. For whatever reason I started to like watching football this season - probably because the Giants didn't completely suck - but I'm still pretty blah about it. I'd rather watch the World Series any day of the week.
Back to the grind.