The gig I mentioned on Saturday night was not without its challenges. An hour or so before my husband and I were planning to leave, it started raining and hailing heavily at our house. We waited until the hail stopped and drove to the neighborhood - about 25 miles east of us - where the block party was being held.
It wasn't raining there at the time, although it was obvious that it had been raining before we got there. Two other bands had set up the PA gear and drums beneath two tents in front of a double garage. Our guitarists brought their own amps, my husband brought a snare drum and a bass drum pedal and I had my favorite microphone with me. We got everything set up as quickly as possible and started playing.
As we made our way through the first four or five songs, it was apparent that the crowd was getting rained on, but they didn't seem to mind. A song or two later, and I was seeing enough lightning to be hesitant to touch my microphone stand. We ended up playing seven of the thirteen songs we'd planned before the rain picked up enough that we had to stop.
And that was that. It seemed obvious that the rain was there to stay for a while, so we loaded up our gear and went home. My husband and I stopped by Sonic for a quick dinner and I made it to bed before midnight.
I woke up on Sunday with nothing on my schedule, thinking I might go do something with my sister. As it turned out, I was more tired than I thought. I lay on the couch to read for a while and fell asleep. Eventually I transferred myself to the bedroom and slept heavily for a couple more hours, complete with weird, vivid dreams. It was not one of my more productive days, but at least I'm finally caught up on sleep.
So on to this week's book giveaway. It's a copy of A TV Guide to Life: How I Learned Everything I Needed to Know by Watching Television by Jeff Alexander, a.k.a. M. Giant, of Velcrometer, Blogging Dad and Television Without Pity. To enter, just leave a comment on this post and I'll choose a winner on Saturday.