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My Christmas card to all of you! )

I hope everyone has a great Christmas!
chestnutcurls: (christmas)
My Christmas card to all of you! )

I hope everyone has a great Christmas!

:)

Dec. 25th, 2005 12:44 pm
chestnutcurls: (christmas)
Merry Christmas, everyone!

:)

Dec. 25th, 2005 12:44 pm
chestnutcurls: (christmas)
Merry Christmas, everyone!
chestnutcurls: (christmas)
Attention Americans: A Charlie Brown Christmas is on tonight at 7 Central/8 Eastern! :D

In further cartoon news, the creator of the Berenstain Bears has died. :( I had so many Berenstain books. My mom is keeping them for future generations.

I was just Google-searching for a recipe for American Cafe's Smoked Chicken Pasta Pie, and found the blog of a girl who works at the country club where we had our reception. Not only that, I think her husband may have been in some of my classes at U of M. How strange. I want to leave her a comment, but she'd probably just think I was an Internet weirdo. :)
chestnutcurls: (christmas)
Attention Americans: A Charlie Brown Christmas is on tonight at 7 Central/8 Eastern! :D

In further cartoon news, the creator of the Berenstain Bears has died. :( I had so many Berenstain books. My mom is keeping them for future generations.

I was just Google-searching for a recipe for American Cafe's Smoked Chicken Pasta Pie, and found the blog of a girl who works at the country club where we had our reception. Not only that, I think her husband may have been in some of my classes at U of M. How strange. I want to leave her a comment, but she'd probably just think I was an Internet weirdo. :)
chestnutcurls: (charlie brown)
Happy wedding day to canticlesShana and fettmanPhillip! Shana's life and my life have parallelled in sometimes-scary ways since we've known each other, so it's not very surprising that we're getting married less than two weeks apart. I pray God will bring her and Phillip many blessings! I'm so excited.

Let me tell you how awesome my husband is. :) (Husband! Woo!) He was off work yesterday and spent the whole day organizing and shopping for things we needed for the apartment. When I came home and didn't have time to make dinner, since I had to leave almost immediately for a flute practice, he cooked Hamburger Helper for both of us. While I was gone, he completely rebuilt our back-door doorjamb and installed a new chain (it needed to be done...long story). Then he cleaned up the whole mess himself. Today he gets off early and is going to put up a new cabinet in our bathroom. Am I blessed or what?

One frustrating thing is that, since the wedding, I have no idea what's happening in the world. I can't watch the news in the mornings anymore because Evan is usually still sleeping. Then I forget to check in at another time. Someone mentioned terrible fires in Chicago...not only do I have no clue what that's all about, but I am also too busy to even look it up online or something. And Christmas? What the heck? When did this happen? I haven't bought any presents yet and don't have a clue what anyone wants. My Christmas card list will have to be so short this year, and that makes me sad. Of the (literally) 100 or so thank-you notes I need to write, I have completed exactly six. Our apartment is in a nightmarish state. Almost every spare surface is covered with mail and boxes and stuff. I want to decorate for Christmas, but adding more clutter to already mind-boggling clutter goes against everything I believe in. We have a tiny tree that Kathy gave me a long time ago. I think I'll put that one up somewhere, and maybe a wreath, and call it good.

Oh, and even bigger proof that Evan is wonderful: while I was at practice, he found out the Clay Christmas special was on and taped it for me! I didn't even know there was going to BE a Clay Christmas special, and he doesn't even LIKE Clay (though he admits to liking his version of "Mary Did You Know"), but he hurried to tape it just to make me happy. That's love. *cartoon hearts*

Okay, I'll get to work on wedding entry #2 soon. I just needed a break from the recapping. :)
chestnutcurls: (charlie brown)
Happy wedding day to canticlesShana and fettmanPhillip! Shana's life and my life have parallelled in sometimes-scary ways since we've known each other, so it's not very surprising that we're getting married less than two weeks apart. I pray God will bring her and Phillip many blessings! I'm so excited.

Let me tell you how awesome my husband is. :) (Husband! Woo!) He was off work yesterday and spent the whole day organizing and shopping for things we needed for the apartment. When I came home and didn't have time to make dinner, since I had to leave almost immediately for a flute practice, he cooked Hamburger Helper for both of us. While I was gone, he completely rebuilt our back-door doorjamb and installed a new chain (it needed to be done...long story). Then he cleaned up the whole mess himself. Today he gets off early and is going to put up a new cabinet in our bathroom. Am I blessed or what?

One frustrating thing is that, since the wedding, I have no idea what's happening in the world. I can't watch the news in the mornings anymore because Evan is usually still sleeping. Then I forget to check in at another time. Someone mentioned terrible fires in Chicago...not only do I have no clue what that's all about, but I am also too busy to even look it up online or something. And Christmas? What the heck? When did this happen? I haven't bought any presents yet and don't have a clue what anyone wants. My Christmas card list will have to be so short this year, and that makes me sad. Of the (literally) 100 or so thank-you notes I need to write, I have completed exactly six. Our apartment is in a nightmarish state. Almost every spare surface is covered with mail and boxes and stuff. I want to decorate for Christmas, but adding more clutter to already mind-boggling clutter goes against everything I believe in. We have a tiny tree that Kathy gave me a long time ago. I think I'll put that one up somewhere, and maybe a wreath, and call it good.

Oh, and even bigger proof that Evan is wonderful: while I was at practice, he found out the Clay Christmas special was on and taped it for me! I didn't even know there was going to BE a Clay Christmas special, and he doesn't even LIKE Clay (though he admits to liking his version of "Mary Did You Know"), but he hurried to tape it just to make me happy. That's love. *cartoon hearts*

Okay, I'll get to work on wedding entry #2 soon. I just needed a break from the recapping. :)
chestnutcurls: (cat love)
I hope everyone had a nice Christmas!

Mine was okay. It wasn't the best Christmas ever because of some family altercations, but overall it was good. On Christmas Eve I went to service at my family's church. In the midst of the hymns, as I was meditating on Christmas Evey things, my sister (who sees everyone in terms of animals) leaned over and whispered that the music minister looked like a dinosaur. He did. That was the end of my solemnity. :) Then we went home and my mom and I played some carols together. On Christmas morning I got a lot of nice things from my wish list, notably Friends Season 5, a hair straightener, and Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird. My mom was really clever and hid a Michaels gift card in an Altoids box. I unwrapped it and was like, "Um, Altoids. Thanks, Mums." She told me to open it, and I did and was happy. I'm going to buy my long-awaited paper cutter, and then I will be set on scrapbook items for a long time. Kathy's parents graciously gave me a clothes box full of stickers and papers, and her sister Jamie got me a Xyron sticker machine! I was so surprised!

We went to the movies and saw Mona Lisa Smile, which was good and thought-provoking. After the movie we had Christmas lunch/dinner, watched some Friends, and went to my parents' friends' house for dessert. Then I went home to a very excited cat, who had been left alone since the previous afternoon. He was happy to see me. Evan called, too, and we had a nice conversation. I love talking to him. Only three more days. I guess the time has gone pretty fast, but at the same time it feels like forever since I've seen him. He got a big gift certificate to Structure, and I have some Petite Sophisticate and Old Navy ones, so we're going to go clothes shopping together and be all cheesy. I can't wait. :D

Em is coming back sometime today, and tonight we're going to do something or other. Yay for totally nonspecific plans.

Silent day. There are three of us in my building today. Well, five, counting Helen and Nicholas, but they're downstairs. Why are we here, again?
chestnutcurls: (cat love)
I hope everyone had a nice Christmas!

Mine was okay. It wasn't the best Christmas ever because of some family altercations, but overall it was good. On Christmas Eve I went to service at my family's church. In the midst of the hymns, as I was meditating on Christmas Evey things, my sister (who sees everyone in terms of animals) leaned over and whispered that the music minister looked like a dinosaur. He did. That was the end of my solemnity. :) Then we went home and my mom and I played some carols together. On Christmas morning I got a lot of nice things from my wish list, notably Friends Season 5, a hair straightener, and Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird. My mom was really clever and hid a Michaels gift card in an Altoids box. I unwrapped it and was like, "Um, Altoids. Thanks, Mums." She told me to open it, and I did and was happy. I'm going to buy my long-awaited paper cutter, and then I will be set on scrapbook items for a long time. Kathy's parents graciously gave me a clothes box full of stickers and papers, and her sister Jamie got me a Xyron sticker machine! I was so surprised!

We went to the movies and saw Mona Lisa Smile, which was good and thought-provoking. After the movie we had Christmas lunch/dinner, watched some Friends, and went to my parents' friends' house for dessert. Then I went home to a very excited cat, who had been left alone since the previous afternoon. He was happy to see me. Evan called, too, and we had a nice conversation. I love talking to him. Only three more days. I guess the time has gone pretty fast, but at the same time it feels like forever since I've seen him. He got a big gift certificate to Structure, and I have some Petite Sophisticate and Old Navy ones, so we're going to go clothes shopping together and be all cheesy. I can't wait. :D

Em is coming back sometime today, and tonight we're going to do something or other. Yay for totally nonspecific plans.

Silent day. There are three of us in my building today. Well, five, counting Helen and Nicholas, but they're downstairs. Why are we here, again?
chestnutcurls: (Bun)
I get to leave at 1 today! Yay!

Last night my dad called to give me the rundown of tomorrow's plans, and now I feel much more Christmasy. I'm excited about spending some time with my family (and Bun). I think I wasn't in the spirit because Evan is gone, but we've never spent a Christmas together, so that doesn't really make sense. Today is the halfway mark of our separation. This morning on TV I saw a woman whose soldier husband was home for the holidays; she hadn't seen him in three months. I felt convicted about missing Evan so much when he is safe, well-fed, and coming home soon.

I am reading Susan Hunt's The True Woman, and it's kicking my butt. From the first page I have felt sinful and pathetic. I am so indoctrinated into our feminist culture and I don't even know it. I am selfish and unhelpful. Yet the thought of living in total servitude, shunning all pleasure and happiness, depresses me. I am so worthless. Thank God that a Savior was born to pay for my worthlessness. Maybe in time I will get better.

Anyway, to end on a happy note, I hope all of you have wonderful, merry Christmases! :)
chestnutcurls: (Bun)
I get to leave at 1 today! Yay!

Last night my dad called to give me the rundown of tomorrow's plans, and now I feel much more Christmasy. I'm excited about spending some time with my family (and Bun). I think I wasn't in the spirit because Evan is gone, but we've never spent a Christmas together, so that doesn't really make sense. Today is the halfway mark of our separation. This morning on TV I saw a woman whose soldier husband was home for the holidays; she hadn't seen him in three months. I felt convicted about missing Evan so much when he is safe, well-fed, and coming home soon.

I am reading Susan Hunt's The True Woman, and it's kicking my butt. From the first page I have felt sinful and pathetic. I am so indoctrinated into our feminist culture and I don't even know it. I am selfish and unhelpful. Yet the thought of living in total servitude, shunning all pleasure and happiness, depresses me. I am so worthless. Thank God that a Savior was born to pay for my worthlessness. Maybe in time I will get better.

Anyway, to end on a happy note, I hope all of you have wonderful, merry Christmases! :)
chestnutcurls: (Brens)
Happy late birthday, [livejournal.com profile] chattyfingers and [livejournal.com profile] lifeofbrian and [livejournal.com profile] thetenthshadow!

Welcome, Christmas week. It feels too soon. I'm not ready for the holidays to be over. On the other hand, I feel a little like Charlie Brown. Why must we be so commercialized? Why couldn't I have just baked cookies for my friends and played Christmas carols on my flute or something? Instead I am scrambling to buy presents I'm not sure about with money I don't really have. On my lunch break I wrapped a large present in the backseat of my car, which is something I hope to never, ever have to do again. Don't ask.

My work friend Nina brought me a small pineapple cake, and I keep munching on it. It is as the waybread of the Elves to me.

So what did I do this weekend? On Friday night I took Evan to the airport. He didn't have room to take the gingerbread men I had made for him, which made both of us even more depressed. After our sad parting at the security check, I went home, and soon Em arrived to cheer me up. We and Kathy sat and talked and drank tea as in the KEBhouse of old. The next day, we went to the wedding of our friend Jessie. She was a beautiful bride. It was fun, but I missed Evan. When the reception was over, I went to see ROTK again with Myla because she hadn't been yet. It was still great, but I think I'm done for a while. I noticed something new, though. )

On Sunday I played both services again, and had lunch with Debs and her church friends. Then we wanted to rent How to Deal, but none of the local video stores had it. So we sat around watching figure skating. I came home intending to exercise and get a lot done, but then I discovered Titanic was on, so that was the end of my usefulness. Then I called Evan, made sure he wasn't boarding any ill-fated cruise liners, and went to bed early. The end.
chestnutcurls: (Brens)
Happy late birthday, [livejournal.com profile] chattyfingers and [livejournal.com profile] lifeofbrian and [livejournal.com profile] thetenthshadow!

Welcome, Christmas week. It feels too soon. I'm not ready for the holidays to be over. On the other hand, I feel a little like Charlie Brown. Why must we be so commercialized? Why couldn't I have just baked cookies for my friends and played Christmas carols on my flute or something? Instead I am scrambling to buy presents I'm not sure about with money I don't really have. On my lunch break I wrapped a large present in the backseat of my car, which is something I hope to never, ever have to do again. Don't ask.

My work friend Nina brought me a small pineapple cake, and I keep munching on it. It is as the waybread of the Elves to me.

So what did I do this weekend? On Friday night I took Evan to the airport. He didn't have room to take the gingerbread men I had made for him, which made both of us even more depressed. After our sad parting at the security check, I went home, and soon Em arrived to cheer me up. We and Kathy sat and talked and drank tea as in the KEBhouse of old. The next day, we went to the wedding of our friend Jessie. She was a beautiful bride. It was fun, but I missed Evan. When the reception was over, I went to see ROTK again with Myla because she hadn't been yet. It was still great, but I think I'm done for a while. I noticed something new, though. )

On Sunday I played both services again, and had lunch with Debs and her church friends. Then we wanted to rent How to Deal, but none of the local video stores had it. So we sat around watching figure skating. I came home intending to exercise and get a lot done, but then I discovered Titanic was on, so that was the end of my usefulness. Then I called Evan, made sure he wasn't boarding any ill-fated cruise liners, and went to bed early. The end.
chestnutcurls: (Bun)
Happy Hanukkah! :)

I am back. Yesterday I stayed home. I got five hours' sleep, and in the morning I felt absolutely horrible. Just washing my face took all my energy; I had to get back in bed. I called in sick and went back to sleep. The phone woke me up at 11:30. I haven't slept that late since high school. Other than being sick, it was a nice day. Kathy was also home, being sick herself, and we wrapped presents (once we could sit up for more than five minutes). Debra brought me some of my dad's magical chicken soup. In the evening, Evan came over and we exchanged Christmas presents. He got me three books from my wishlist: Traveling Mercies, The Ragamuffin Gospel, and The Pleasures of God. I was so happy- he really put thought into the selection, and he also knew that no one ever gets books for me, so he did that instead of getting movies or CDs. He is so sweet and thoughtful and knows me so well. We watched Friends together, and this line resulted in much grinning and google-eyes:

Joey: Was it weird when you and Monica got together?
Chandler:...Actually, no. It was more like, "I can't believe we haven't been doing this the whole time."

Sadly, tonight I have to take my beloved to the airport, where he will board a plane for New Hampshire, which is very very far away. Happily, Em (not Santa Claus) is coming to town tonight, and there will be much girl talk and togetherness. So I'll survive.

We just had our annual departmental Christmas potluck. It was a nice break. For the past month or so, my job has been taking me to new, insane heights of stress. I have the usual support work for my bosses, plus a bunch of new data entry stuff, plus projects I'm doing myself, one of which is nightmarish. I'm starting to feel angry and tense eight hours a day. I guess this is normal for most working people, but I find it troubling. When the phone rings for the seventh time in an hour, and it's the same client who called the other six times, and I want to rip the phone out of the wall and throw it down the stairs, I start to worry about myself. :(

My unorganized review of ROTK, and the Friday Five. )
chestnutcurls: (Bun)
Happy Hanukkah! :)

I am back. Yesterday I stayed home. I got five hours' sleep, and in the morning I felt absolutely horrible. Just washing my face took all my energy; I had to get back in bed. I called in sick and went back to sleep. The phone woke me up at 11:30. I haven't slept that late since high school. Other than being sick, it was a nice day. Kathy was also home, being sick herself, and we wrapped presents (once we could sit up for more than five minutes). Debra brought me some of my dad's magical chicken soup. In the evening, Evan came over and we exchanged Christmas presents. He got me three books from my wishlist: Traveling Mercies, The Ragamuffin Gospel, and The Pleasures of God. I was so happy- he really put thought into the selection, and he also knew that no one ever gets books for me, so he did that instead of getting movies or CDs. He is so sweet and thoughtful and knows me so well. We watched Friends together, and this line resulted in much grinning and google-eyes:

Joey: Was it weird when you and Monica got together?
Chandler:...Actually, no. It was more like, "I can't believe we haven't been doing this the whole time."

Sadly, tonight I have to take my beloved to the airport, where he will board a plane for New Hampshire, which is very very far away. Happily, Em (not Santa Claus) is coming to town tonight, and there will be much girl talk and togetherness. So I'll survive.

We just had our annual departmental Christmas potluck. It was a nice break. For the past month or so, my job has been taking me to new, insane heights of stress. I have the usual support work for my bosses, plus a bunch of new data entry stuff, plus projects I'm doing myself, one of which is nightmarish. I'm starting to feel angry and tense eight hours a day. I guess this is normal for most working people, but I find it troubling. When the phone rings for the seventh time in an hour, and it's the same client who called the other six times, and I want to rip the phone out of the wall and throw it down the stairs, I start to worry about myself. :(

My unorganized review of ROTK, and the Friday Five. )
chestnutcurls: (bookworm)
For some reason my friends list is scrolling horizontally. I don't see any big pictures or anything, so I don't know what's causing it. In the meantime I have to scroll back and forth for every sentence. It is very annoying.

To borrow a Jessica device, I am Typey Typerson today. I can thank God and my ergonomic keyboard for my complete lack of wrist pain. Yay! I have had zero pain since I got this keyboard. This morning a sort-of co-worker saw it and demanded to know when I had gotten it and why. Now she's getting one too, even though she doesn't have tendonitis or anything. She also demanded to know why my boss wasn't here today, even though she does not deal directly with her in any way. No one expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Gandalf is being such a good cat, suddenly. The last time he was this nice was when we first brought him home as a tiny kitten. Since the tree incident, he has been affectionate and well-behaved. I'd think it was just a ploy so he could cause more destruction later, but I don't see that devious glint in his eyes anymore. It's weird, like an alternate-universe Folgers commercial. We have switched Brenda's regular cat with a much sweeter, calmer cat. Let's see if she notices.

I am still working on a rehaul of my website, which will not look any more professional than my current website because I can't do tables or anything remotely fancy. But at least it'll have different colors, different graphics, and better content (most of this time has been spent adding to my quotes database). It would be nice if I could get it up before the end of the year, but who am I kidding? I'm currently working on three assignment-and-assumptions of hotels by myself. That means nothing to you, but trust me, it's a lot.

Evan took me to lunch today. I love to be with him, even if I'm just sitting there watching him program numbers into his new phone. :)

Christmas cards take a very, very long time to write. I finally accepted that I am old enough to send my own cards to family, which means about 25 more cards than before. If I only send to certain relatives, other relatives will find out and get huffy. Sometimes I envy people with small extended families. :P The postage is going to kill me. I like to make sure I include a little message with each one, so it takes me a lot longer than most people. Evan is baffled as to why I do this at all. Do most guys think Christmas cards are stupid?
chestnutcurls: (bookworm)
For some reason my friends list is scrolling horizontally. I don't see any big pictures or anything, so I don't know what's causing it. In the meantime I have to scroll back and forth for every sentence. It is very annoying.

To borrow a Jessica device, I am Typey Typerson today. I can thank God and my ergonomic keyboard for my complete lack of wrist pain. Yay! I have had zero pain since I got this keyboard. This morning a sort-of co-worker saw it and demanded to know when I had gotten it and why. Now she's getting one too, even though she doesn't have tendonitis or anything. She also demanded to know why my boss wasn't here today, even though she does not deal directly with her in any way. No one expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Gandalf is being such a good cat, suddenly. The last time he was this nice was when we first brought him home as a tiny kitten. Since the tree incident, he has been affectionate and well-behaved. I'd think it was just a ploy so he could cause more destruction later, but I don't see that devious glint in his eyes anymore. It's weird, like an alternate-universe Folgers commercial. We have switched Brenda's regular cat with a much sweeter, calmer cat. Let's see if she notices.

I am still working on a rehaul of my website, which will not look any more professional than my current website because I can't do tables or anything remotely fancy. But at least it'll have different colors, different graphics, and better content (most of this time has been spent adding to my quotes database). It would be nice if I could get it up before the end of the year, but who am I kidding? I'm currently working on three assignment-and-assumptions of hotels by myself. That means nothing to you, but trust me, it's a lot.

Evan took me to lunch today. I love to be with him, even if I'm just sitting there watching him program numbers into his new phone. :)

Christmas cards take a very, very long time to write. I finally accepted that I am old enough to send my own cards to family, which means about 25 more cards than before. If I only send to certain relatives, other relatives will find out and get huffy. Sometimes I envy people with small extended families. :P The postage is going to kill me. I like to make sure I include a little message with each one, so it takes me a lot longer than most people. Evan is baffled as to why I do this at all. Do most guys think Christmas cards are stupid?
chestnutcurls: (flute)
Ah, the quiet of Monday morning, before I am inundated with work.

This was a nice weekend. Evan and I had our date on Friday night. We had dinner at Dixie Cafe and then went ice skating at the rink in the former Mall of Memphis, which is closing on Christmas Eve. I skated for the first time at that rink. I had my first "date" there when I was fourteen. I went there with my youth group to play broomball. I wanted to go one more time before they closed. The mall was deserted except for about five other people at the rink. It was eerie. We had a good time, though. Since he's from Chicago, he used to skate a lot. He looked at home on the ice. It was neat to see another side of him I hadn't known about before. :) Some ice skating pictures- not very exciting. )

The rink closed fairly early, so, inspired by the ghost-town mall, we rented 28 Days Later. After about twenty minutes, we were very, very sorry. It was indescribably gory and terrifying, instead of the edgy sci-fi-ness that I had imagined. We turned it off. I guess I'm wimpy, but that was the scariest thing I have ever seen, worse than The Ring. From now on we're going to stick to cool action movies.

On Saturday morning I had that inner-city lunch thing at my church. I bought a journal, gel pens, and some art supplies for my sponsored girl, and she loved them, so I was happy. :) Then Kathy and I bought a Christmas tree and put it up. Later, Evan and I went to a series of one-act plays with her and Daniel- our first double date! It was fun.

On Sunday morning, after I left for church, Gandalf pulled the Christmas tree down. Kathy has begun a series of negative-reinforcement exercises which seem to be working, but I still don't trust him alone with the tree. We're shutting him in the bedrooms during the day until he proves himself. Cat people, any tips on keeping the cat from destroying your decorations? Anyway, it was a quiet Sunday- playing in both services, lunch at McAlister's (yay!) and then we went to see The Last Samurai in the afternoon. It was much better than I expected, and I highly recommend it. I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] steveisright will yell at me for saying this, but it was sort of like Braveheart set in Japan.

My church has a small library. I'd never gone in there for some reason, but I went yesterday morning before service. They have so many books I've wanted to read! I checked out Francine Rivers' Unafraid for starters- I need to finish the Tolkien. It's a race against time.

Finally, because there aren't enough references in this post, check out what Nicole's professor said because it is cool.
chestnutcurls: (flute)
Ah, the quiet of Monday morning, before I am inundated with work.

This was a nice weekend. Evan and I had our date on Friday night. We had dinner at Dixie Cafe and then went ice skating at the rink in the former Mall of Memphis, which is closing on Christmas Eve. I skated for the first time at that rink. I had my first "date" there when I was fourteen. I went there with my youth group to play broomball. I wanted to go one more time before they closed. The mall was deserted except for about five other people at the rink. It was eerie. We had a good time, though. Since he's from Chicago, he used to skate a lot. He looked at home on the ice. It was neat to see another side of him I hadn't known about before. :) Some ice skating pictures- not very exciting. )

The rink closed fairly early, so, inspired by the ghost-town mall, we rented 28 Days Later. After about twenty minutes, we were very, very sorry. It was indescribably gory and terrifying, instead of the edgy sci-fi-ness that I had imagined. We turned it off. I guess I'm wimpy, but that was the scariest thing I have ever seen, worse than The Ring. From now on we're going to stick to cool action movies.

On Saturday morning I had that inner-city lunch thing at my church. I bought a journal, gel pens, and some art supplies for my sponsored girl, and she loved them, so I was happy. :) Then Kathy and I bought a Christmas tree and put it up. Later, Evan and I went to a series of one-act plays with her and Daniel- our first double date! It was fun.

On Sunday morning, after I left for church, Gandalf pulled the Christmas tree down. Kathy has begun a series of negative-reinforcement exercises which seem to be working, but I still don't trust him alone with the tree. We're shutting him in the bedrooms during the day until he proves himself. Cat people, any tips on keeping the cat from destroying your decorations? Anyway, it was a quiet Sunday- playing in both services, lunch at McAlister's (yay!) and then we went to see The Last Samurai in the afternoon. It was much better than I expected, and I highly recommend it. I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] steveisright will yell at me for saying this, but it was sort of like Braveheart set in Japan.

My church has a small library. I'd never gone in there for some reason, but I went yesterday morning before service. They have so many books I've wanted to read! I checked out Francine Rivers' Unafraid for starters- I need to finish the Tolkien. It's a race against time.

Finally, because there aren't enough references in this post, check out what Nicole's professor said because it is cool.

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