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chestnutcurls: (tea)
Based on a shocking discovery I made about Evan yesterday, here is the following poll:

[Poll #435061]
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: (convertible)
Yay! I just had an impromptu lunch with Casey at our traditional lunch place, because I was having a huge craving for their turkey pita sandwich. It has turkey, Swiss cheese, sprouts, and cucumbers, with ranch dressing to dip it in. SO GOOD. I'm glad we got to go.

It's going to rain on my wedding day. Cue Alanis Morrisette. I had hoped that the sun would shine on me, but that's the risk we take having a wedding on Thanksgiving weekend. It's always either gorgeous or horrible. In fact, the worst tornado to hit Memphis hit on a Thanksgiving weekend...and tore the roof off my church, though it wasn't my church at the time. Oh well, people will still come to the wedding. They'll just need umbrellas.

Last night we took all the decorations over to the country club and finalized the menu and stuff. Then my mom took me to JCPenney and bought me an outfit for the rehearsal, which was very nice and appreciated. She also bought a button-down shirt for Evan, since I was concerned that he wouldn't have enough nice clothes to last our honeymoon. He needs non-T-shirt clothing. Badly. I think I know what he's getting from my entire family for Christmas. :) Anyway, my mom has been driving me nuts in some ways, but really, she spoils me. So does my dad. I don't deserve all that they give me. They've always sacrificed for us kids. I wish they'd take better care of themselves, though. I was reading my book of Cathy comic strips (good stress relief) and Cathy got frustrated because her mom kept trying to give her her sandwich. She was like, "Mom, you're a person too! You deserve to eat a whole sandwich!" That reminded me so much of my mom...she does that all the time. I hope someday I can help my parents the way they've helped me.

We were going to move Evan's dresser and papasan tonight (the only pieces of furniture he's keeping), but there's a 100% chance of rain, so we're doing it tomorrow instead. We both have a half-day tomorrow - this is my last full day of work. It's really quiet here since most people took the week off. Everyone keeps asking what I'm doing here this week, apparently forgetting that I get two weeks' vacation a year (as opposed to most of their four and five weeks) and it's really stupid to use it all at once. Anyway, we moved some of his boxes last night, most of which were full of books. When we get home from Jamaica, I should take a picture to show you what happens when two bookworms marry. It's a little scary. I told him I felt like I was acquiring a used bookstore.

Everyone is also commenting on how calm I am. Should I be worried? Maybe everything hasn't really hit me yet? I don't know. I think our culture has such preconceived notions of how people ought to feel and act when they're about to get married. If I'm a weirdo, I'm happy to be one. :)
chestnutcurls: (happy couple)
I don't have much time to post, but I wanted to share that it's Evan's birthday! He's 25 today. Yay! Thanks, God, for bringing him into the world. :)

This weekend is action-packed. Tonight Evan and I are having our last real date as a non-married couple. In addition to being his birthday, today is also our 14-monthiversary. Not that we'd normally count that, but the coincidence is fun. Tomorrow is his bachelor party (i.e. a bunch of guys playing Halo 2 at Ashley's and consuming mass quantities of meat :)), and Sunday is my church bridal shower, which is my last bridal shower overall.

My other thoughts are wedding complaints you don't want to hear. I spent a full hour on the phone with the church wedding coordinator this morning and got several unpleasant surprises. There are so many rules at our church, I think it may have been better to get married in a field. And things will only get worse from here, planning-wise. To quote alissamarieAlissa, ::headexplodey::.
chestnutcurls: (garden state)
Someone in [livejournal.com profile] weddingplans asked a question about Sandals, and the responses are making me nervous. According to some, Sandals is really mediocre, and Jamaica is experiencing political unrest and it's not even safe to leave the resort. Funny how the government websites didn't have any Jamaica travel warnings when I was looking up passport information. I'm not sure whether to believe these people, but I hope they don't know what they're talking about, since the whole thing is already paid for. Sigh.

I bought Evan his Xbox yesterday, for his birthday/wedding present, and he's so excited. I had been excited about making him happy, but as I was paying for it I felt depressed because, as someone told me, "Oh, he'll never pay attention to you again." Of course that's overdramatic, but I figured out by the end of the day that I actually felt threatened by the Xbox. Isn't that ridiculous? I mean, he won't feel threatened when the next Harry Potter book comes out and I'm immersed in that for a week or so. I have issues.

Evan worked all weekend, so I was on my own for a frustrating Saturday of wedding plans. I drove all over the Wolfchase area in search of rehearsal dinner invitations, which only one place had in the right quantity. I made many, many phone calls from my parents' dining room table. I felt like I used to feel when I was writing a particularly boring research paper...lots of sitting and staring into space. Debra called several times asking what we should do for my bachelorette party, and I didn't have any satisfactory ideas, so there's no telling how that will go. It wasn't a very happy day. Yesterday was better, though. After church I stayed in the apartment all day, determined to have a day of rest as God intended. I napped and read and watched some Friends Season 7 and tidied up. I even put the Crock-Pot in its proper place, having decided that I should take out a few wedding presents now to make it less overwhelming later. Most of my appliances are white now. It looks nice. Anyway, I thought I would feel refreshed after yesterday, but I don't.

Two good things, though: We painted the bathroom, so painting time is over. And Evan insisted that I change my disposable contacts, since I was over a month overdue for changing them (on purpose, because I want them to last as long as possible), and the headache I'd had for a week disappeared. He explained what actually happens when you don't change your contacts, and it was scary. I might be less stingy with them from now on.

If you think of it, please pray for Evan to find a better job. He had that interview at Ryan's company, but the guy still hasn't called him back. It would be really nice to get to spend weekends with him. For those of you who are separated often and/or long-term from your spouses, I don't know how you do it.
chestnutcurls: (Evan & me)
Happy birthday, radiojediShawna!

Wedding presents are starting to roll in. Recently we have received Friends season 7 from Lawson - I was beyond excited when we opened it - and a spice rack from Robin. It was one of my favorite registry items, and, against my own rules, it's already set up in the kitchen. There will be pictures of it when I do my photo tour of the apartment. Thank you again, guys! I won't talk about presents much since it's probably uncouth, but I was really happy about both of those. :)

I have soooo much to do this weekend. This is my last free Friday night before the wedding - eek! I really want to go to a movie thing that Kati mentioned, but I just can't. I have to paint the bathroom; do some closet/drawer reorganization; buy, address, and mail rehearsal dinner invitations; call Evan's mom about the final menu for said dinner; help my mom make the reception table centerpieces; call all the people who haven't RSVPed; decide whether or not to buy disposable cameras for reception tables; call the country club lady, since she apparently doesn't check the e-mail address on her business card; find dripless candles. Also, find and buy Evan's Xbox and play special music at church on Sunday. My head is going to blow off.

My new co-worker is really nice and we seem to have a lot in common. This morning we were discussing lame Christmas presents, and discovered that we have both received Car Emergency Kits from our parents for Christmas. You know, the kind that looks like a lunchbox and has weird things in it like an aluminum blanket to keep warm in subzero temperatures. It was hilarious. (Another year, my sole birthday present from my parents was Car Care For Dummies. How exciting. Yep...God sent me a mechanical genius for a reason!)

By the way, Evan posted in his LJ the other day! That brings his journal to a grand total of six entries. LOL. For some reason his post didn't show up, so he was puzzled when I didn't say anything to him about it. I was like, "Oh my gosh, my fiance isn't on my default view?" It was on my friends page later that day, though, so I don't know what that was about. Maybe the servers themselves were shocked to see him posting.
chestnutcurls: (Memphis)
Well, that's over. :D

My mom told me this past weekend that Evan looks like Mark-Paul Gosselaar. In four years I have never noticed that, but it's kind of true. When I mentioned it to him, he says he hears that at least once a week at work. There's proof that you never stop learning about people. How a Screechette like me is getting to marry a studly Zack Morris like him is beyond my understanding. :) We have our second premarital counseling session tonight. He called earlier to ask me what time we were going to "therapy." LOL! Anyway, Robert asked us to prepare a monthly budget, which we did last night. It turned out better than I expected. The funniest part was, at first I only factored in one paycheck (I get paid biweekly) and was practically crying because we were broke before I even got to the grocery column. Then I realized what I had done. Boy, did life look better after that!

The pumpkin pie was a success. I used the recipe off the back of the Kroger canned pumpkin can - anyone have any other tried and true recipes? I'm already looking forward to having more tonight. Hey, it's full of vitamins and stuff.

At lunchtime I went to the mall to get some things for certain people in the wedding. :) I like buying fun presents. This weekend I need to find an Xbox for Evan - it's his combination birthday, wedding, and Christmas present. Oh, and Halo, because there's no point in him having the Xbox otherwise. He's so excited! His birthday is next week. I want to find something else for him as a surprise. He already knows about the other stuff. :)

I am officially addicted to Smallville. The other night they aired what I'm told was the season-one finale, with the tornado, and I just sat there stunned for five minutes after it was over. Oh well...I guess something needed to take the place of Friends.
chestnutcurls: (weather)
Well, this is an interesting day so far. A big storm blew through around 10:30 this morning and knocked the power out here at work. We all sat around under the battery-powered light for an hour and a half and then decided to go somewhere else. Evan is off today, so he picked me up and took me to Memphis Pizza Cafe for lunch. He paid for me because he has been spoiling me terribly these days. :) I called work when we were done, hoping the power was still off and I could go home, but it had just come back on. So here I am! But I get to leave at 4 because we're having our engagement picture taken today.

This weekend was good. Friday night Evan and I had a date (see? Total spoilage). We had dinner at Corky's and then went to the movies. We wanted to see I Heart Huckabees, but the nearest theater showing it is in Dallas, so we saw Napoleon Dynamite instead. I know some of you (whose tastes I respect) love it, but I have to say, it was bizarre. I'm fairly sure that I'm just too old to appreciate high-school humor. Sad.

Saturday morning I drove up to Nashville, and Debs and I went shoe shopping. I found some nice mule-y Unlisted heels for $15! Such a deal. For dinner we went to Outback with a group of Debra's dorm friends. They're all nice, stable, non-boy-crazy girls, which is great because last year she didn't have girl friends like that around. On Sunday morning I went with her to New Song, where she's been attending for about a month. She loves it. Again, last year she had a hard time finding a church in town, so it's an especially good thing. She told me it was pretty charismatic, and it is, which made me skeptical since I'm not. However, I was very impressed with her pastor and the church in general. In some ways it didn't seem that different from my church. The pastor used several Brenda Sermon Bingo words, like "good theology" and "covenantal." :) I feel good knowing that she's going to a solid church. For lunch we went to Baja Fresh! Then we hung out at her dorm for a while, and then I went home. It seemed like a long drive on the way back and I felt zombieish. When I got home I zoned out with a snack and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion on TV. Then Evan came from work and we had our own reunion. Happiness.

So now that the wedding is so close (40 days tomorrow!), I'm having these scary reality attacks. :) As I was leaving Nashville yesterday, I thought, "Next time I come here, I'll be a married woman." It's a thrilling but scary thought. I mean, Evan is absolutely the one for me and I absolutely want to marry him, but I'm really realizing now what a huge identity change this is going to be. I'll be a wife! What does that mean? Even with my study and preparation, I'm sure I haven't even thought of all the little differences there will be. I feel like I haven't cherished my maidenhood enough, or something. Things won't be the same.

Oh, possible good news: Evan has a good lead on a new part-time job opening up at Ryan's company. It's a power supply company that's open during normal business hours - no weekends! Not to mention that the job itself is a million times better. Will we actually begin our marriage with compatible schedules? Stay tuned!
chestnutcurls: (hope)
Despite extra rest and Allegra, I think my seasonal sinus infection is descending upon me. I feel feverish - it's like an icebox in here. This morning I wanted so much to wear my nice, soft pajama pants to work. They even matched the shirt I'd already put on. Why must we have dress codes? :) I'm okay with getting sick now as long as I'm not sick at my wedding. Thanksgiving is usually one of my Kleenex holidays. I'm praying every day that I'll get to be a healthy bride...IN 59 DAYS! :D

Evan and I had a bonding experience last night. We totally stuffed ourselves at the Olive Garden and talked about all kinds of things. Then it was off to the gun range so I could learn to shoot. I had never been in the presence of people shooting handguns before, but I didn't think it would bother me that much. When we went into the range, there were several men there rapid-firing, and I started panicking a little. I kept telling myself everything was okay, but it's hard to squash the instinct of gunshot = danger = run for your life. Evan loaded up the small gun and started instructing me, but at first I was physically afraid to even pick it up. It was weird. Finally I got hold of myself and managed to fire a few shots. Then I watched him shoot for a while. By the time we left, I was a lot more comfortable with it. I felt like a wimp, but Evan said I did better than he had expected. He seemed proud of me, and I felt like I had learned to trust him even more. Also, good that I can now defend myself if I ever have to. Though karate or something would be better. :)

Anyway, I'm so glad I get to marry him. He takes such good care of me, and he understands me. A little while ago he called and said, "Did you post yet about your experience at the gun range?" Yes...a man who knows my habits. :)

I made some new icons. (Thanks for reminding me how to link, Vicky! :))
chestnutcurls: (closeup)
Yay for nicer hair! I went to the salon last night to remedy my awful faded highlights. The situation was so bad, I didn't even need to tell my stylist that something new had to be done. She just held up an orangey lock and said, "Okay, this is what I'm going to do..." She put a lot of my natural color back in so the blondness will stop overwhelming my head. It feels good to be brunettish again. I think I might just get her to do that each time until I'm back to normal. I do like a little haircolor excitement, but maybe it's time to take a break.

Last night Evan and I had our own birthday celebration a little late. He hadn't had time to shop for me before, but did so while I was at the hair salon. He brought roses! I was all excited about that, but he also got me the Kelly Clarkson CD I've wanted forever, and Friends Season 6 (which includes many of my favorites, such as TOW Joey Loses His Insurance). Isn't he great? :D I love him.

Gift cards are cool and useful, but they kind of stress me out because then I want to spend them wisely. I go around and around, wondering if an item is really what I want to use the card for, or if I should save it for a rainy day. I can hoard it forever. Whereas if someone gets me an actual item, it takes the pressure off of me. I'm so weird.

The name badge situation at work grows ever worse. Yesterday as I was coming back in from lunch, I was digging in my purse for my badge and couldn't find it. I know the security guys know who I am, so when I couldn't find it by the time the elevator came, I thought it was no big deal. Well, one of them came over, held the elevator open, glared at me, and said, "Keep digging." I finally found it, but I was so angry and humiliated (there were several other people there). I'm starting to worry that I have a problem with authority or something, because now I start getting angry just thinking about coming into the building. I'm seriously on the verge of parking at the other building and coming in the long back way, just to avoid those guys. The other day my boss, who's worked here 27 years, didn't have her badge and they made her show her driver's license. Um, sorry, I thought this was America.

Here's a list in case you're curious how many LJers I've met. )

update

Aug. 9th, 2004 01:52 pm
chestnutcurls: (balance)
Hi guys. Thanks so much for all your prayers - I know they made a difference! Evan is fine. More about Wreck Day. )

On Saturday, once we were sure Evan felt good enough to go out, we got a lot of things done. We finished our Target registry and did our Home Depot one in one shot. Then we booked our rehearsal dinner, which was a huge load off my mind. Also, last week we signed a DJ whom we all really liked. She recommended a more reasonable photographer (the one we've talked to is pretty expensive), so we're meeting with him on Wednesday. I have a good feeling about him. After that, the only really big thing we need to book is the florist. Woo hoo!

Sunday was a nice day. At church, the wife of one of our Sunday School leaders shared about their recent mission trip to Guatemala. It was very eye-opening. (Did you know Guatemalan children only go to school four hours a day?) I also got to talk to [livejournal.com profile] admael between services. Her new haircolor is very cool. :) After church we went to lunch at Mozzarella's, which Evan and I enjoyed more than usual since we're cutting way back on our eating out. In the afternoon I took a refreshing walk, and later Ryan came over to eat spaghetti with us. I also made an apple pie for Evan- it's his favorite. It was much better than the last one. My cooking is improving! Yay!

So that's what I've been doing. Despite the drama, it ended up being a pretty nice weekend. Our time together was even better knowing how much worse the accident could have been. I can't wait to be married. 110 days! And tonight Kathy is coming over! I haven't seen her since her wedding. This is the longest we've been apart in...well, a long time. :) So I'm excited about hanging out with her. God is good.
chestnutcurls: (Evan & me)
Evan was in a wreck on the way to work this morning. I was on my way to work just now when he called to tell me. Some idiot pulled out into the street at about 40 mph and smashed into the car. Somehow the car got slammed into a gas pump. Evan hit his knee on the dash and it's split or something, I think he just needs stitches because he said it wasn't that bad and he sounded fine. He kept telling me he was okay. He doesn't have health insurance, so I don't know how in the world we're going to pay for it, but the important thing is he's okay. The car is totaled, though. He's had that car for about three weeks.

His cell phone got smashed too, so he was calling from a pay phone. He's going to call me again when he gets to the hospital. I want to go be with him but he said I didn't need to, and I don't even know where they're taking him. So here I sit at work. I feel helpless and freaked out. Please pray. Thanks.
chestnutcurls: (bridesmaids)
Happy birthday classy_galLisa!

Yay - Evan has his new (to him) car. He actually picked it up Tuesday night. It's a Metro like mine. His is a '94 and mine is a '99, but there's not much difference between them. They look exactly the same inside. This is the nicest car I've ever known him to have. It drives fairly smoothly and the air conditioning works! God has provided. I'm so thankful Evan doesn't have to drive the ticking time bomb anymore. Last night he washed both of our cars, and then we went to the library together. It's still so exciting to me that he likes going to the library as much as I do. Geek love.

Oh, speaking of geekiness, I saw a greeting card that had a picture of Gandalf (the wizard, not my cat) on the front, and said "Happy Birthday from Gandalf!" On the inside it said, "You actually got a little excited, didn't you? Man, what a geek!" Someone should get that for me.

I've been looking at different wordings for wedding invitations, and some of them are pretty funny. The best one I've found so far is "Mr. and Mrs. ___ invite you to witness a miracle - the marriage of their daughter ____!" I told Evan that was the most appropriate, given our history. Instead, he keeps suggesting things like "You are reluctantly invited..." LOL. I guess I'll stick with the traditional phrasing.

Target has those cute pink-and-black initial purses on sale. Of course, all they have is A, L, and R. They never have B! I've been looking forever for an initial purse, and the only one I've found was at Kohl's and it was kind of shoddy-looking. Hey Danielle- if you find a cute B purse in all your purse shopping, let me know. :)

Random observation: On American Idol, everyone kept saying how unique Fantasia was and how they'd never heard someone with her style. Well, I was listening to my 1998 Grammy Nominees CD last week, and you know who sounds exactly like Fantasia? Erykah Badu. Listen if you don't believe me. And where is she now? Weird. On another music note (ha ha), I've noticed all 3 Doors Down songs seem to lead to thoughts of Harry Potter. All those angsty songs about lonely, misunderstood heroes. Any one of them could go on the soundtrack.

So tomorrow my best friend is getting married. And then all the brides will be wives. Except for...(Elle Woods voice)....ME!!! LOL. Just kidding. Man, I'm spastic today. Maybe this is my brain's way of dealing with such a big event. Anyway, I hope everyone has a good weekend!
chestnutcurls: (sympathy)
I can't think of an appropriate lead-in, so I'll just start talking.

Long rundown of my weekend )

Now I'm tired of typing.
chestnutcurls: (beach)
Happy Friday! A few pictures from Virginia are here.

Registry and mushiness )

Last night was Kathy's unofficial bachelorette party, which came about because her sister refused to have the real one on the day Kathy wanted. So Kathy, MaryElaine, and I went downtown for a little "girl's night out." We went to TGI Friday's for dessert. I had the Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, my favorite dessert, which I haven't had in a year. It was amazing. Then we walked over to check out the Madison Hotel, where Kathy and Daniel will go for their wedding night. The Madison is quickly overtaking the Peabody as the cool place to stay in Memphis. We hung out in the lobby for a few minutes. It's somehow retro and modern at the same time, and there are very good photos of B.B. King et al. on the walls. Very nice. Anyway, it was cool to hang out with just Kathy and M.E. Tonight is the official party, and I have no idea what we're doing because Jamie's in charge. La la.

My family left today to drive to Miami. They will stay with our relatives for a couple of days, and then they'll all go on a 7-day cruise of the Caribbean and Mexico. I couldn't go because they come back into port on Kathy's wedding day. I'm sad to miss out on all the quality time, but it's okay. (I get to go to Jamaica! Have I mentioned that? :D) I do feel a little uneasy, though. I don't like my entire family being on the same trip.

There were other things, but now I can't remember. Oh well.
chestnutcurls: (happy couple)
Bet you’re all surprised to see me here when I’m off work, huh? Well, there’s a good reason...

I’M ENGAGED!!! )
chestnutcurls: (dancing)
La la la. This has been a boring week. It seems like my life is all or nothing. During the months when school is in, I'm busy almost every night. Then summer comes, everything shuts down, and I have nothing to do. I've already finished four decent-length books this month. Well, next week is Emily's wedding week, so I'll have plenty of fun activities then. :)

Last night I made a big mistake. Debra called after her class and wanted to come over. It was almost 9 pm, Ryan was just leaving, and Evan and I really wanted some quiet time together. I explained that to her, and she said it was okay but seemed upset. I felt horrible. Well, she, my mom, and my brother came by earlier to take me to lunch, and she was definitely still mad. I apologized several times but she still acted cool toward me. Lately, finding a balance has been so difficult. I'm trying to make her and Kathy a priority while simultaneously paying attention to Evan, who's used to having a lot of time with me. It's also sad doing things without him, an attitude I used to find very annoying in other people. When did I become the person who wants to be with her boyfriend all the time? What happened to Miss Independent? :P (Speaking of which, I love that Kelly Clarkson song from Love Actually. She's amazing!)

A brief survey )
chestnutcurls: (faith)
Here's an entry while I wait for my 40-page fax to go through...so I can follow with another 40-page fax.

Today is much better than yesterday. I'm wearing my new skirt, I don't have band practice tonight, and Evan is taking me to McAlister's for dinner. Also, I had lunch with Casey today. I love talking to Casey for many reasons, but a big one is that she's the only one who completely understands what a miracle my relationship with Evan is. For those who don't know or don't remember, Casey was the RUF intern during my years in the group. I often refer to her as my "mentor-type person." She has known Evan and I as long as we've known each other. For years I spilled my confusion out to her, and she counseled me so patiently. She was also there for some really happy times. We don't see each other as often now, but I still consider her an important person in my life. Anyway, she's so excited about Evan and I that it reminds me again what a gift God has given me; how shocked and awed I would be if I met three-years-ago-me in the street. I'm sorry if I'm too mushy or talk about this too much, but I am a very blessed, and undeserving, girl and I want the world to know about it. :)

Last night I finished three pages of my 7x7 Evan & Me scrapbook. I'm glad to have finally started it. Unfortunately I've already used up most of my "real" pictures and need to print out the rest.

This forward came from my church's e-mail list. I'm sure it'll stir up all kinds of controversy, but it made me think and I wanted to share it. It's not just about Americans )
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.

passages

May. 18th, 2004 02:07 pm
chestnutcurls: (cartoon me)
Happy 19th birthday to my sister Debra, the best hermana a girl could ask for! The guys and I are taking her to Chili's tonight to celebrate. She's almost done with teenagerhood...it's scary. Wasn't I just nineteen?

Attention fellow Potterheads, and people who enjoy good web design: J.K. Rowling has relaunched her website. She wrote all the content herself, and there's some very interesting stuff! Check it out if you haven't already.

Lately I feel like the only person in the world who's not on a strict diet or exercise regimen. Kathy has begun a Pre-Wedding Exercise Plan that puts me to shame. I'll benefit from it, though, since I'll exercise with her when I have time. Last night we reinstated the infamous LuAnn workout tape that we used to do religiously in college (we even have video of us and Emily exercising to it). It was rough. Even Pilates has been difficult and painful for me the last couple of weeks. I haven't done anything differently, so I don't know what's wrong. Anyway, the topic of weight keeps coming up with all my friends, and I've been thinking it's such a relative thing. Everyone is healthy at different weights. I shouldn't let myself feel like a cow for not conforming to other people's standards. So my new diet-type motto is: Know thyself. The end. :)

Evan came over last night even though it was Monday, which is traditionally our day apart. I felt like I should tell him not to come, but I had missed him all day and my resolve was weak. :) He brought a book, I took out my current book, and we read in happy silence. Our shared love of reading is one of the things I like most about our relationship. I never thought I'd get to be with a guy who was as much of a bookworm as I am. I didn't know such guys existed. :) Right now I have too many books on my plate, mostly due to over-zealousness at the library. Alli loaned me the second and third Shopaholic books, which she'll want back soon. I need to get cracking.

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