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HAPPY BIRTHDAY canticlesShana!

You're a wonderful friend and I pray for lots of good things for you in the year to come. :)
chestnutcurls: (flowers)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY canticlesShana!

You're a wonderful friend and I pray for lots of good things for you in the year to come. :)
chestnutcurls: (candles)
Happy birthday to joyfulgalKatie! :D

And happy belated birthday to aggieladLaura, mzspearzJo, and [livejournal.com profile] purple_reign. I hope all of you had great birthdays!
chestnutcurls: (candles)
Happy birthday to joyfulgalKatie! :D

And happy belated birthday to aggieladLaura, mzspearzJo, and [livejournal.com profile] purple_reign. I hope all of you had great birthdays!
chestnutcurls: (candles)
Happy birthday azngal324Teresa! :)

Okay, that's my posting allotment for one day.
chestnutcurls: (candles)
Happy birthday azngal324Teresa! :)

Okay, that's my posting allotment for one day.
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Happy birthday to...

janemariepJane

monalisa73Lisa

secludedgrrrlJennifer

and happy late birthday to dawn11476Dawn and the lovely dorkiness_haloNicole (who's 21 now! Yay!) :)
chestnutcurls: (candles)
Happy birthday to...

janemariepJane

monalisa73Lisa

secludedgrrrlJennifer

and happy late birthday to dawn11476Dawn and the lovely dorkiness_haloNicole (who's 21 now! Yay!) :)
chestnutcurls: (Brens)
I hate to sound like a broken record, but the weather here is just unreal. It's almost chilly outside and I love it! This is the least hot August I can ever remember. Everyone is speculating about what this will mean for our winter. I hope it just means that we'll have a long fall. :) All you Florida residents are on my mind today with the hurricane. I can't believe it's been upgraded to a 4. The organization around the eye is pretty impressive, though.

Well, last night I got a big surprise. Ryan had told me he was coming over because he had something for Evan and I...a birthday/early wedding present. He showed up at the back door with a new TV!!! Since Kathy left, I've been using a small castoff TV of my family's that has horrible reception. We've only been getting two channels- and that's with one of those signal enhancers. Ryan said he was tired of hearing me complain about it (which I really only did when he was there and wanted to watch something), so he fixed the problem. :) It's a 27-inch TV with a flattish screen and three A/V inputs, so we can watch DVDs again! The picture quality is awesome, and once my stereo works again, we can hook it up and it'll be like a home theater. I was so excited and surprised. It's unlike Ryan to give presents, let alone such a big present, so it's a happy sign that he's thinking of me in a more familial way. There's no one I'd rather have for a brother-in-law. I am very blessed.

So my birthday weekend is upon me. Monday is my actual birthday and I'm taking it off of work, but the weekend will be full of fun activities. Tonight we're watching the opening ceremonies with Debs and Ryan; tomorrow night we're going to a Derek Webb concert (which means I won't be at [livejournal.com profile] rawee1's bachelorette party - sorry, Robin! :(); Sunday night we're going to the Elvis Candlelight Vigil to wacko-watch; and Monday will be full of meals out and other fun things. Also, going to the DMV, since my license renewal-by-mail form has mysteriously disappeared. :P Going to the Vigil was my mom's idea. She thinks we ought to do something memorable for my 25th, and despite living in Elvis's hometown and being born on his death-day, I've never been to the Vigil. It ought to be hilarious. Don't worry, I'll take pictures. :D

Finally: What impressions do you get from me? And is there anything you associate with me?Whoever answers the above random questions will receive in return my own impressions and associations regarding them (if I haven't done so already!).
chestnutcurls: (Brens)
I hate to sound like a broken record, but the weather here is just unreal. It's almost chilly outside and I love it! This is the least hot August I can ever remember. Everyone is speculating about what this will mean for our winter. I hope it just means that we'll have a long fall. :) All you Florida residents are on my mind today with the hurricane. I can't believe it's been upgraded to a 4. The organization around the eye is pretty impressive, though.

Well, last night I got a big surprise. Ryan had told me he was coming over because he had something for Evan and I...a birthday/early wedding present. He showed up at the back door with a new TV!!! Since Kathy left, I've been using a small castoff TV of my family's that has horrible reception. We've only been getting two channels- and that's with one of those signal enhancers. Ryan said he was tired of hearing me complain about it (which I really only did when he was there and wanted to watch something), so he fixed the problem. :) It's a 27-inch TV with a flattish screen and three A/V inputs, so we can watch DVDs again! The picture quality is awesome, and once my stereo works again, we can hook it up and it'll be like a home theater. I was so excited and surprised. It's unlike Ryan to give presents, let alone such a big present, so it's a happy sign that he's thinking of me in a more familial way. There's no one I'd rather have for a brother-in-law. I am very blessed.

So my birthday weekend is upon me. Monday is my actual birthday and I'm taking it off of work, but the weekend will be full of fun activities. Tonight we're watching the opening ceremonies with Debs and Ryan; tomorrow night we're going to a Derek Webb concert (which means I won't be at [livejournal.com profile] rawee1's bachelorette party - sorry, Robin! :(); Sunday night we're going to the Elvis Candlelight Vigil to wacko-watch; and Monday will be full of meals out and other fun things. Also, going to the DMV, since my license renewal-by-mail form has mysteriously disappeared. :P Going to the Vigil was my mom's idea. She thinks we ought to do something memorable for my 25th, and despite living in Elvis's hometown and being born on his death-day, I've never been to the Vigil. It ought to be hilarious. Don't worry, I'll take pictures. :D

Finally: What impressions do you get from me? And is there anything you associate with me?Whoever answers the above random questions will receive in return my own impressions and associations regarding them (if I haven't done so already!).
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Happy Birthday to aardwolfLawson and apestaartjeSarah! Also Jamie and my boss, neither of whom read this journal. Still, that's a lot of birthdays for one day.

Em and Daniel are here! Kathy and her Daniel and I had a fun lunch with them a little while ago. Tonight I have band practice, and then I'm coming home and getting into bed, since I still feel sinusey. It's partly this office that makes me feel sick- it's freezing and I feel chilled in a feverish sort of way. But I was fine at lunch. I need a little space heater like some of my co-workers have.

What is your perfect temperature? Mine is 72 degrees (Fahrenheit).

The entertainment center is finished and it looks great! Everything fits in it with plenty of room to spare. I'll take pictures of the apartment when the moving is done and you'll all see how different it looks. I feel like I'm getting a new home without having to move. :) The cat also enjoys all the rearranging- plenty of new spaces for him to explore. He keeps climbing up next to the TV, like the view is better from up there.
chestnutcurls: (cat love)
Happy Birthday to aardwolfLawson and apestaartjeSarah! Also Jamie and my boss, neither of whom read this journal. Still, that's a lot of birthdays for one day.

Em and Daniel are here! Kathy and her Daniel and I had a fun lunch with them a little while ago. Tonight I have band practice, and then I'm coming home and getting into bed, since I still feel sinusey. It's partly this office that makes me feel sick- it's freezing and I feel chilled in a feverish sort of way. But I was fine at lunch. I need a little space heater like some of my co-workers have.

What is your perfect temperature? Mine is 72 degrees (Fahrenheit).

The entertainment center is finished and it looks great! Everything fits in it with plenty of room to spare. I'll take pictures of the apartment when the moving is done and you'll all see how different it looks. I feel like I'm getting a new home without having to move. :) The cat also enjoys all the rearranging- plenty of new spaces for him to explore. He keeps climbing up next to the TV, like the view is better from up there.

belated

Jun. 7th, 2004 03:20 pm
chestnutcurls: (babies)
Happy birthday to Katherine! If you don't know Katherine, you should. She is fun, interesting, and wise. I always benefit from what she has to say. :)

And happy belated birthday to Melissa, and Vicky, and Helen, did I ever officially give you birthday greetings? Sorry I've been such a slacker with that. I'm busy and there are so many June birthdays. So if I forget yours, I'm sorry and I'm not doing it on purpose. :)

belated

Jun. 7th, 2004 03:20 pm
chestnutcurls: (babies)
Happy birthday to Katherine! If you don't know Katherine, you should. She is fun, interesting, and wise. I always benefit from what she has to say. :)

And happy belated birthday to Melissa, and Vicky, and Helen, did I ever officially give you birthday greetings? Sorry I've been such a slacker with that. I'm busy and there are so many June birthdays. So if I forget yours, I'm sorry and I'm not doing it on purpose. :)
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What color am I? Brenda (Wow, I'm pale.)

Hace mucho calor! And I'm feeling it, since I broke my self-imposed rule and am wearing black today. :P

So here's the deal. As I mentioned last week, I was planning a special date for Evan and me. I got a sort of bonus at work and decided that the best thing to do with it was to buy Jerry Seinfeld tickets. He's coming to town June 18 and I knew Evan really wanted to see him. Unfortunately, I just confirmed that there are only four seats left, all in the very expensive section. So that's that. I feel bad about it, though Evan says he's grateful I even tried.

However, in the normal manner of life, as soon as one expense goes away another one presents itself. I'm so desperate to see the ocean that I checked online for airfares to Miami two weekends from now. Read on for further vacation waffling. )

Debra's birthday went well. I got her the newest Train CD and a box of Product 19 cereal (Ryan said, "It'll be hard for you to find Product 20 next year"). We had a huge dinner at Chili's, complete with Chocolate Paradise Pie. Then we watched AI and some Friends episodes. Tomorrow night we're having the Family Birthday Dinner. Woo hoo!

Everyone read this excellent article about marriage in our society. It's not what you think, either.
chestnutcurls: (beach)
What color am I? Brenda (Wow, I'm pale.)

Hace mucho calor! And I'm feeling it, since I broke my self-imposed rule and am wearing black today. :P

So here's the deal. As I mentioned last week, I was planning a special date for Evan and me. I got a sort of bonus at work and decided that the best thing to do with it was to buy Jerry Seinfeld tickets. He's coming to town June 18 and I knew Evan really wanted to see him. Unfortunately, I just confirmed that there are only four seats left, all in the very expensive section. So that's that. I feel bad about it, though Evan says he's grateful I even tried.

However, in the normal manner of life, as soon as one expense goes away another one presents itself. I'm so desperate to see the ocean that I checked online for airfares to Miami two weekends from now. Read on for further vacation waffling. )

Debra's birthday went well. I got her the newest Train CD and a box of Product 19 cereal (Ryan said, "It'll be hard for you to find Product 20 next year"). We had a huge dinner at Chili's, complete with Chocolate Paradise Pie. Then we watched AI and some Friends episodes. Tomorrow night we're having the Family Birthday Dinner. Woo hoo!

Everyone read this excellent article about marriage in our society. It's not what you think, either.
chestnutcurls: (attitude)
Today is my brother's sixteenth birthday. Why don't guys get Sweet Sixteen parties? It seems unfair. You could change it and make it Slammin' Sixteen or something. Anyway, it's hard to believe that in a couple of years he'll be an adult. To me he will always be little Kev-Kev. :) My parents are taking him to dinner tonight, but I can't go because of tutoring. Evan and I will go to the house later and have cake with them. Also, in all the birthday and Valentine's excitement, I almost forgot that today is our five-monthiversary. :D

[livejournal.com profile] steveisright asked for my thoughts on Robert Jordan and the Wheel of Time books. My general opinion is that you shouldn't start reading them unless you have a lot of time. They're enjoyable, but Jordan has two main flaws. One: too many characters. I know a twelve-book epic requires many people, but there are limits. He spends tons of time describing random barmaids whom you will never see again (except maybe briefly, five books later, after you've forgotten them). Two: unnecessary rambling. He re-summarizes major plot points every two pages. To put this in perspective for the girls: remember in the Baby-Sitters Club, how every book had a long, boring chapter with restated fun facts about each of the Baby-Sitters? Now imagine a book where that's going on constantly. Yeah. Bottom line, the plot is interesting, and you'll pick up a lot of fun catchphrases like "May you always find water and shade." But I'm not sure it's worth the trouble.

Kathy and I had an interesting conversation about therapy the other day. Apparently studies have shown that the healing factor of therapy is that people just need someone to listen to them, without motives or judgment. So people who benefit most from it are people who can't find that support in their own families or social groups. I thought that was really interesting. When you look at it that way, LJ is sort of like self-therapy. :) It wasn't so long ago that I was in a situation like that, so it makes a lot of sense to me. Thankfully things are all-around better now.

Hey, I'm sure you're all wondering what came of my brief flirtation with French Riviera Spa. On Robin's good advice, I decided to check out the YMCA instead. But it's $35/month and there's a $90 joining fee. Sadly, I do not have that kind of money. So I will continue doing aerobics tapes once a week and hoping for the best. :P On a related note, Pilates is now making my stomach bigger. It's solid muscle, but it's definitely not flat and nice. I don't think this is what's supposed to happen. I'm sure you really wanted to know about that.
chestnutcurls: (attitude)
Today is my brother's sixteenth birthday. Why don't guys get Sweet Sixteen parties? It seems unfair. You could change it and make it Slammin' Sixteen or something. Anyway, it's hard to believe that in a couple of years he'll be an adult. To me he will always be little Kev-Kev. :) My parents are taking him to dinner tonight, but I can't go because of tutoring. Evan and I will go to the house later and have cake with them. Also, in all the birthday and Valentine's excitement, I almost forgot that today is our five-monthiversary. :D

[livejournal.com profile] steveisright asked for my thoughts on Robert Jordan and the Wheel of Time books. My general opinion is that you shouldn't start reading them unless you have a lot of time. They're enjoyable, but Jordan has two main flaws. One: too many characters. I know a twelve-book epic requires many people, but there are limits. He spends tons of time describing random barmaids whom you will never see again (except maybe briefly, five books later, after you've forgotten them). Two: unnecessary rambling. He re-summarizes major plot points every two pages. To put this in perspective for the girls: remember in the Baby-Sitters Club, how every book had a long, boring chapter with restated fun facts about each of the Baby-Sitters? Now imagine a book where that's going on constantly. Yeah. Bottom line, the plot is interesting, and you'll pick up a lot of fun catchphrases like "May you always find water and shade." But I'm not sure it's worth the trouble.

Kathy and I had an interesting conversation about therapy the other day. Apparently studies have shown that the healing factor of therapy is that people just need someone to listen to them, without motives or judgment. So people who benefit most from it are people who can't find that support in their own families or social groups. I thought that was really interesting. When you look at it that way, LJ is sort of like self-therapy. :) It wasn't so long ago that I was in a situation like that, so it makes a lot of sense to me. Thankfully things are all-around better now.

Hey, I'm sure you're all wondering what came of my brief flirtation with French Riviera Spa. On Robin's good advice, I decided to check out the YMCA instead. But it's $35/month and there's a $90 joining fee. Sadly, I do not have that kind of money. So I will continue doing aerobics tapes once a week and hoping for the best. :P On a related note, Pilates is now making my stomach bigger. It's solid muscle, but it's definitely not flat and nice. I don't think this is what's supposed to happen. I'm sure you really wanted to know about that.

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