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One of my favorite pictures of Gandalf.
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Happy Halloween!



One of my favorite pictures of Gandalf.
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I'M GETTING MARRIED ON SATURDAY!!!


I'm just a little excited. :) This is a two-and-a-half day work week for me, and it's a good thing, because my powers of concentration are really limited.

Having looked fine for all five months of my engagement, my hair and skin are now rebelling, and my throat has been hurting since yesterday morning (along with everyone else's in Memphis, apparently). Attention sinuses: it is now TOO LATE to inflame. The window of opportunity has passed. Problems at this stage are NOT OKAY. Fall pollens are not an acceptable excuse. I've been taking vitamins, but would echinacea or other things (aftondaysRachael, I know you mentioned elderberry) make any difference at this point? Also, does anyone know any miracle skin cures? My tried and true baking soda isn't doing much for my awful chin. It's my own fault, since I slept in my makeup Friday night, totally forgetting to wash my face. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

So let's talk about this weekend! We had a blast Friday night. I painted a cute plate for us to hang up in the kitchen. We had a great Benihana dinner. When we were done eating, we went to the karaoke room and everyone was gone - they had just closed! My mom pleaded with them to let us do one song, so all of us got up together and sang "Man, I Feel Like A Woman!" LOL. Then we went back to the house and Debra gave me a very special present - she had gotten everyone to write down their favorite memories with me. Even my grandparents had contributed! It was one of the coolest presents ever. I've already read through it three or four times. :) Kathy and MaryElaine stayed to spend the night, so we watched The Prince & Me and worked on the wedding programs until our eyes were crossing. It was nice to spend time with them.

On Saturday we went to my co-worker's wedding. It was great, and we had a lot of fun hanging out with my other co-workers and their husbands. They all seemed to like Evan a lot. :) That took up most of the day. Yesterday, our Sunday school class gave us a congratulations/farewell brunch. It was so nice of them. They also presented us with our platter, an accent plate, and a rice bowl! We hadn't gotten any of those yet, so it was happy and unexpected. The rest of the day, I took care of little things while Evan was at work. It was my last day to relax at home, so I made the most of it.

Gandalf has been so bad for the past week or so. It's no wonder I'm so tired, because he's not letting me sleep. He comes into my room at night and meows this continuous, loud, whiny meow, immediately followed by him crashing into the window blinds and rattling them around. I chase him out and close the door. He comes back and scratches at the door till I let him back in. He behaves just long enough for me to fall asleep again, and then re-starts the cycle. He usually senses when a change is coming or when I'm about to go on a trip, so I guess he's angry. What am I supposed to do? This can't keep going on all week. I need rest.

Happy late birthday to brittuhkneeBritt, sasscfrassSara, and carolinacrcCarolyn!
chestnutcurls: (i know)
I'M GETTING MARRIED ON SATURDAY!!!


I'm just a little excited. :) This is a two-and-a-half day work week for me, and it's a good thing, because my powers of concentration are really limited.

Having looked fine for all five months of my engagement, my hair and skin are now rebelling, and my throat has been hurting since yesterday morning (along with everyone else's in Memphis, apparently). Attention sinuses: it is now TOO LATE to inflame. The window of opportunity has passed. Problems at this stage are NOT OKAY. Fall pollens are not an acceptable excuse. I've been taking vitamins, but would echinacea or other things (aftondaysRachael, I know you mentioned elderberry) make any difference at this point? Also, does anyone know any miracle skin cures? My tried and true baking soda isn't doing much for my awful chin. It's my own fault, since I slept in my makeup Friday night, totally forgetting to wash my face. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

So let's talk about this weekend! We had a blast Friday night. I painted a cute plate for us to hang up in the kitchen. We had a great Benihana dinner. When we were done eating, we went to the karaoke room and everyone was gone - they had just closed! My mom pleaded with them to let us do one song, so all of us got up together and sang "Man, I Feel Like A Woman!" LOL. Then we went back to the house and Debra gave me a very special present - she had gotten everyone to write down their favorite memories with me. Even my grandparents had contributed! It was one of the coolest presents ever. I've already read through it three or four times. :) Kathy and MaryElaine stayed to spend the night, so we watched The Prince & Me and worked on the wedding programs until our eyes were crossing. It was nice to spend time with them.

On Saturday we went to my co-worker's wedding. It was great, and we had a lot of fun hanging out with my other co-workers and their husbands. They all seemed to like Evan a lot. :) That took up most of the day. Yesterday, our Sunday school class gave us a congratulations/farewell brunch. It was so nice of them. They also presented us with our platter, an accent plate, and a rice bowl! We hadn't gotten any of those yet, so it was happy and unexpected. The rest of the day, I took care of little things while Evan was at work. It was my last day to relax at home, so I made the most of it.

Gandalf has been so bad for the past week or so. It's no wonder I'm so tired, because he's not letting me sleep. He comes into my room at night and meows this continuous, loud, whiny meow, immediately followed by him crashing into the window blinds and rattling them around. I chase him out and close the door. He comes back and scratches at the door till I let him back in. He behaves just long enough for me to fall asleep again, and then re-starts the cycle. He usually senses when a change is coming or when I'm about to go on a trip, so I guess he's angry. What am I supposed to do? This can't keep going on all week. I need rest.

Happy late birthday to brittuhkneeBritt, sasscfrassSara, and carolinacrcCarolyn!

11 days.

Nov. 16th, 2004 02:06 pm
chestnutcurls: (tea)
Today feels long. I haven't taken a lunch, because I'm leaving at 4:00 and meeting Evan at the county clerk's office to get our marriage license. Once we have that, we can technically get married anytime we want. :)

I have nothing worthwhile to share today, but I do have some CD-ROMs of old pictures here, so for your entertainment: Random Cat Photos )

11 days.

Nov. 16th, 2004 02:06 pm
chestnutcurls: (tea)
Today feels long. I haven't taken a lunch, because I'm leaving at 4:00 and meeting Evan at the county clerk's office to get our marriage license. Once we have that, we can technically get married anytime we want. :)

I have nothing worthwhile to share today, but I do have some CD-ROMs of old pictures here, so for your entertainment: Random Cat Photos )
chestnutcurls: (curly)
Well, today is a big day. After a year and a half of highlighting, I am going back to my natural haircolor. I hope it turns out well. My mom doesn't know about it because she would definitely argue against it, my natural color being so boring and all. :P But if I'm going to get it back after the wedding anyway, I don't see the point in waiting. Also, I haven't had a trim since August, so I'm looking forward to that nice light-head feeling. (Not light-headed feeling. That's not nice.)

For lunch I had a Healthy Choice ricotta-pasta shells meal. It wasn't so great. Oh, last week I made a version of my favorite Healthy Choice meal, the Chicken Margherita. I sauteed chicken and red peppers, covered with herbs, and served them on angel hair pasta with olive oil. It was cheap, easy, and so good. Evan loved it too, so I'm putting it on the dinner rotation. Isn't angel hair pasta so much better than spaghetti pasta? The thinness makes it tastier somehow, to me anyway. Plus, it looks fancier.

Kathy came over last night. !!! We had a nice visit while Evan, Ryan, and Kevin played Halo. I gave her a tour of all the changes to the apartment, and then she expertly fixed Gandalf's new collar, which kept getting too loose and aggravating him. It's good to have someone around who knows how to deal with cats. Evan and I still don't have much of a clue - and he had cats all through his childhood. They had this enormous one that was really more like (in his words) a "small tiger." And it's true. I've seen pictures. Anyway, it was nice to spend time with Kathy, but weird that we barely know what the other has done in the last few months. Times change.

Wow, this is rambly. Maybe I'll stop while I'm ahead.
chestnutcurls: (curly)
Well, today is a big day. After a year and a half of highlighting, I am going back to my natural haircolor. I hope it turns out well. My mom doesn't know about it because she would definitely argue against it, my natural color being so boring and all. :P But if I'm going to get it back after the wedding anyway, I don't see the point in waiting. Also, I haven't had a trim since August, so I'm looking forward to that nice light-head feeling. (Not light-headed feeling. That's not nice.)

For lunch I had a Healthy Choice ricotta-pasta shells meal. It wasn't so great. Oh, last week I made a version of my favorite Healthy Choice meal, the Chicken Margherita. I sauteed chicken and red peppers, covered with herbs, and served them on angel hair pasta with olive oil. It was cheap, easy, and so good. Evan loved it too, so I'm putting it on the dinner rotation. Isn't angel hair pasta so much better than spaghetti pasta? The thinness makes it tastier somehow, to me anyway. Plus, it looks fancier.

Kathy came over last night. !!! We had a nice visit while Evan, Ryan, and Kevin played Halo. I gave her a tour of all the changes to the apartment, and then she expertly fixed Gandalf's new collar, which kept getting too loose and aggravating him. It's good to have someone around who knows how to deal with cats. Evan and I still don't have much of a clue - and he had cats all through his childhood. They had this enormous one that was really more like (in his words) a "small tiger." And it's true. I've seen pictures. Anyway, it was nice to spend time with Kathy, but weird that we barely know what the other has done in the last few months. Times change.

Wow, this is rambly. Maybe I'll stop while I'm ahead.
chestnutcurls: (cat silly)
Well, this weekend was one of the busiest and most productive I've had in a while. On Friday night Evan and I painted the kitchen. It took several hours because there was so much to mask off - cabinets, two chair rails, two doors - but it was totally worth the effort. My kitchen is now sage green (C19 in Wal-Mart paint) and actually looks clean for the first time ever. It helps when everything isn't white. The rest of the home improvement came yesterday, when we brought in my parents' couch, a queen size four-post bed, a tall oak shelf unit that goes in the corner, and Evan's computer desk. The guys moved everything while I tried to stay out of the way. My dad seemed to have a hard time, which worried me - I'll try to deter him from moving any more of our stuff. :\ After my dad and brother left, Evan and I rearranged my room and the guest room/office. My room looks completely different and I had trouble sleeping last night because the bed is so huge. The apartment definitely seems more like our apartment now. It makes me even more anxious to be married. Today is 35 days. I can't believe it. Anyway, I plan to take pictures and post Before and Afters, using the pictures I took right before Kathy moved out, for those of you who like that kind of thing. :)

Oh, and Gandalf is obsessed with the new bed. He spent all of last night napping at the end of it, and wouldn't move even when we came over and harassed him. He just glared at us and went back to sleep. It was hilarious.

Saturday night was my lingerie shower, thrown by Myla. It was the best party ever! She thought of everything. First of all, the food was amazing. Myla made good use of her Martha Stewart cookbook - we had stuffed mushrooms, stuffed cherry tomatoes with mozzarella and basil, heart-shaped cucumber sandwiches, Bananas Foster tartlets, a cake with fudge and cherries...it was unbelievable. We played really fun games and I got prizes! And everyone got me the cutest nighties. I felt very special and spoiled. :) She made the coolest party favors for everyone, including copies of the mix CD that was playing during the shower. The last track is a recording of the song she and Luke are singing at the wedding. I was so excited to have that! It was a much smaller party than we'd anticipated, since several people didn't bother telling us they weren't coming, but everyone got along well and had a good time. I'm a very blessed girl.

I might not be around much for a few days. Our new co-worker is here and I'm going to be training her. She doesn't have a computer yet, which means she'll be sitting in here with me, watching me work, until she gets one. Right now she's at orientation or something. She seems nice. I've never trained anyone before, so I hope I don't make a total mess of things.

Layout question: does anyone know how to take the page transitions out of an S1 layout? I copied my new layout from mzspearzJo (who has been cool and helpful as always) and am tweaking it. The transitions bother me, though. Please share your knowledge, layout wizards. :)
chestnutcurls: (cat silly)
Well, this weekend was one of the busiest and most productive I've had in a while. On Friday night Evan and I painted the kitchen. It took several hours because there was so much to mask off - cabinets, two chair rails, two doors - but it was totally worth the effort. My kitchen is now sage green (C19 in Wal-Mart paint) and actually looks clean for the first time ever. It helps when everything isn't white. The rest of the home improvement came yesterday, when we brought in my parents' couch, a queen size four-post bed, a tall oak shelf unit that goes in the corner, and Evan's computer desk. The guys moved everything while I tried to stay out of the way. My dad seemed to have a hard time, which worried me - I'll try to deter him from moving any more of our stuff. :\ After my dad and brother left, Evan and I rearranged my room and the guest room/office. My room looks completely different and I had trouble sleeping last night because the bed is so huge. The apartment definitely seems more like our apartment now. It makes me even more anxious to be married. Today is 35 days. I can't believe it. Anyway, I plan to take pictures and post Before and Afters, using the pictures I took right before Kathy moved out, for those of you who like that kind of thing. :)

Oh, and Gandalf is obsessed with the new bed. He spent all of last night napping at the end of it, and wouldn't move even when we came over and harassed him. He just glared at us and went back to sleep. It was hilarious.

Saturday night was my lingerie shower, thrown by Myla. It was the best party ever! She thought of everything. First of all, the food was amazing. Myla made good use of her Martha Stewart cookbook - we had stuffed mushrooms, stuffed cherry tomatoes with mozzarella and basil, heart-shaped cucumber sandwiches, Bananas Foster tartlets, a cake with fudge and cherries...it was unbelievable. We played really fun games and I got prizes! And everyone got me the cutest nighties. I felt very special and spoiled. :) She made the coolest party favors for everyone, including copies of the mix CD that was playing during the shower. The last track is a recording of the song she and Luke are singing at the wedding. I was so excited to have that! It was a much smaller party than we'd anticipated, since several people didn't bother telling us they weren't coming, but everyone got along well and had a good time. I'm a very blessed girl.

I might not be around much for a few days. Our new co-worker is here and I'm going to be training her. She doesn't have a computer yet, which means she'll be sitting in here with me, watching me work, until she gets one. Right now she's at orientation or something. She seems nice. I've never trained anyone before, so I hope I don't make a total mess of things.

Layout question: does anyone know how to take the page transitions out of an S1 layout? I copied my new layout from mzspearzJo (who has been cool and helpful as always) and am tweaking it. The transitions bother me, though. Please share your knowledge, layout wizards. :)
chestnutcurls: (cat silly)
Happy birthday to my cat Gandalf, who is two years old today. I'm planning to give him an extra cat treat. :) Today is also my three-year anniversary at work, for which God gets all the praise. I was hired the day after Labor Day, 2001, exactly one week before 9/11. After the attacks my mother was convinced I would get laid off - last one in, first one out. At another company it might have happened, but I'm still here. Yay God.

This weekend was good. My mom and I met with the florist and really liked her. She just sent me a quote and it's a little high, but I'm going to discuss it with my dad. (Hey, recently married people, any advice on what's average as far as flower costs?) Evan and I went to see Garden State and were impressed. There's plenty of language and not-good stuff, but the overall plot was interesting and managed to be funny, thoughtful, and touching at the same time. The only place it was playing was Studio on the Square, where all the artsy films go, so we saw a bunch of previews for other artsy movies, and now we want to see those too. There's one coming out about a club of existentialists. It looks hilarious.

Saturday was relaxing, and then in the evening Evan, Myla, my old high school friend Kristin, and I went to Wang's for dinner. Then we came back to the apartment and watched Beauty and the Beast. This meant we didn't listen to our football game, which was a shame because the Tigers beat Ole Miss for the second year in a row! This is going to be an awesome season. GO TIGERS GO! (Sorry, Danielle!) On Sunday we took care of some registry stuff and looked at wedding bands. We went to Gordon's, where the people are much nicer, and we'll probably go back and make our purchases there. They had a diamond band for me that was MUCH cheaper than the one at Kay. :) Later we went out to Luke and Myla's and spent a happy night eating and watching Brother Bear. It was Ryan's choice and I actually liked it, but seriously, what does it say about us that we watch so many Disney films? Don't answer that. Anyway, I was glad to have so much friend-time.

Yesterday was Kathy's birthday, so I went to her party at her parents' house. Then I went to my parents'. They're in the process of a massive remodeling and were painting the living room. Unfortunately, my dad doesn't like the new decor, so the atmosphere there wasn't so great. I tried to leave, but that only made them madder, so I ended up lying low until the painting was done. Personally, I think the new colors are awesome. They're using the exact shade of sage green that Evan and I want for our kitchen and bathroom. We're going to paint in October when it's cool enough to open the windows. I can't wait to make the apartment look nicer.

I've mentioned this before, but my work building is also being remodeled. For about a week now they've been doing stuff on the roof. They have an actual truck up there, and they keep driving it back and forth right over our heads. The ceiling visibly bounces every time. Last month, they were working under us on the first floor and kept jamming stuff into the ceiling/floor, so it felt and sounded like we were about to get stabbed from below. I feel so safe. :P Oh, and this week I probably won't be on LJ as much. I have all-day meetings tomorrow and Thursday for training on our new database. So don't fear that the truck has fallen on me.
chestnutcurls: (cat silly)
Happy birthday to my cat Gandalf, who is two years old today. I'm planning to give him an extra cat treat. :) Today is also my three-year anniversary at work, for which God gets all the praise. I was hired the day after Labor Day, 2001, exactly one week before 9/11. After the attacks my mother was convinced I would get laid off - last one in, first one out. At another company it might have happened, but I'm still here. Yay God.

This weekend was good. My mom and I met with the florist and really liked her. She just sent me a quote and it's a little high, but I'm going to discuss it with my dad. (Hey, recently married people, any advice on what's average as far as flower costs?) Evan and I went to see Garden State and were impressed. There's plenty of language and not-good stuff, but the overall plot was interesting and managed to be funny, thoughtful, and touching at the same time. The only place it was playing was Studio on the Square, where all the artsy films go, so we saw a bunch of previews for other artsy movies, and now we want to see those too. There's one coming out about a club of existentialists. It looks hilarious.

Saturday was relaxing, and then in the evening Evan, Myla, my old high school friend Kristin, and I went to Wang's for dinner. Then we came back to the apartment and watched Beauty and the Beast. This meant we didn't listen to our football game, which was a shame because the Tigers beat Ole Miss for the second year in a row! This is going to be an awesome season. GO TIGERS GO! (Sorry, Danielle!) On Sunday we took care of some registry stuff and looked at wedding bands. We went to Gordon's, where the people are much nicer, and we'll probably go back and make our purchases there. They had a diamond band for me that was MUCH cheaper than the one at Kay. :) Later we went out to Luke and Myla's and spent a happy night eating and watching Brother Bear. It was Ryan's choice and I actually liked it, but seriously, what does it say about us that we watch so many Disney films? Don't answer that. Anyway, I was glad to have so much friend-time.

Yesterday was Kathy's birthday, so I went to her party at her parents' house. Then I went to my parents'. They're in the process of a massive remodeling and were painting the living room. Unfortunately, my dad doesn't like the new decor, so the atmosphere there wasn't so great. I tried to leave, but that only made them madder, so I ended up lying low until the painting was done. Personally, I think the new colors are awesome. They're using the exact shade of sage green that Evan and I want for our kitchen and bathroom. We're going to paint in October when it's cool enough to open the windows. I can't wait to make the apartment look nicer.

I've mentioned this before, but my work building is also being remodeled. For about a week now they've been doing stuff on the roof. They have an actual truck up there, and they keep driving it back and forth right over our heads. The ceiling visibly bounces every time. Last month, they were working under us on the first floor and kept jamming stuff into the ceiling/floor, so it felt and sounded like we were about to get stabbed from below. I feel so safe. :P Oh, and this week I probably won't be on LJ as much. I have all-day meetings tomorrow and Thursday for training on our new database. So don't fear that the truck has fallen on me.
chestnutcurls: (hope)
My trip-recap entry is taking forever to write, so here's a more current one in the meantime. I've felt a little overwhelmed by various things over the last couple of weeks, but today I'm in a better mood and feel like listing some good things.

- Work has been very busy. Yes, this is a good thing, even though it keeps me from working on aforesaid trip entry. I like it when I have actual work to do...it makes my little fears about job security go away.

- Kathy called me last night. Yay!

- Since I got back, Gandalf has been a changed cat. Kathy, Debra, and Ryan all spent time with him last week, so he was never left to starve, but he'd definitely never been alone that much before. It seems that he doesn't want independence after all. :) He's been allowing me to pet him, following me from room to room, meowing happily when I come home, and even sleeping next to me at night. This is how I thought it would be to have a cat. Amazing!

- I finally applied for my passport today.

- Evan bought a car this afternoon! His parents have loaned him (us) some money so he can get a car that won't fall apart. He was off work today, so he went to look at some dealerships that he'd looked at before. Guess what he got? A VW Cabriolet! My dream car!!! It's red, which makes me nervous about the insurance rate, but...it's a Cabriolet! Please pray with us that nothing will happen to this car. I'm planning to pray over it...I'm totally serious. Because if this one gets smashed, I have absolutely no idea what we'll do. This car HAS to last. I'll stop there because this is supposed to be a happy post. :P

- We're going to McAlister's tonight! I will have a chicken grill salad to celebrate the occasion. You have no idea how glad I am to be back in the land of iced tea. I had exactly one good glass of tea in New England. I've probably drunk about three gallons since we got back. One can only take so much Diet Coke.

Happy belated birthday, unpoedicHannah! You are well-loved. :)
chestnutcurls: (hope)
My trip-recap entry is taking forever to write, so here's a more current one in the meantime. I've felt a little overwhelmed by various things over the last couple of weeks, but today I'm in a better mood and feel like listing some good things.

- Work has been very busy. Yes, this is a good thing, even though it keeps me from working on aforesaid trip entry. I like it when I have actual work to do...it makes my little fears about job security go away.

- Kathy called me last night. Yay!

- Since I got back, Gandalf has been a changed cat. Kathy, Debra, and Ryan all spent time with him last week, so he was never left to starve, but he'd definitely never been alone that much before. It seems that he doesn't want independence after all. :) He's been allowing me to pet him, following me from room to room, meowing happily when I come home, and even sleeping next to me at night. This is how I thought it would be to have a cat. Amazing!

- I finally applied for my passport today.

- Evan bought a car this afternoon! His parents have loaned him (us) some money so he can get a car that won't fall apart. He was off work today, so he went to look at some dealerships that he'd looked at before. Guess what he got? A VW Cabriolet! My dream car!!! It's red, which makes me nervous about the insurance rate, but...it's a Cabriolet! Please pray with us that nothing will happen to this car. I'm planning to pray over it...I'm totally serious. Because if this one gets smashed, I have absolutely no idea what we'll do. This car HAS to last. I'll stop there because this is supposed to be a happy post. :P

- We're going to McAlister's tonight! I will have a chicken grill salad to celebrate the occasion. You have no idea how glad I am to be back in the land of iced tea. I had exactly one good glass of tea in New England. I've probably drunk about three gallons since we got back. One can only take so much Diet Coke.

Happy belated birthday, unpoedicHannah! You are well-loved. :)
chestnutcurls: (Brens)
My hair is too long. I noticed this suddenly on Sunday. I know some of you are having fun growing your hair out, and that's great, but curly hair doesn't react so well to longness. The longer it is, the more time and hair products it requires, and the worse it looks. So I think I'll get another trim before we go to New Hampshire (only three weeks from now!). I wish I could go now because it's driving me nuts, but I can't afford to go more than every two months or so. I have to get highlights, too, and it's so expensive...but it looks so much better than my natural color. Sigh. The eternal, internal battle over the highlights wages on.

I'm currently reading The Lovely Bones, which I've been hearing about for years, and it's fascinating. It's about a girl who is killed, and then watches from heaven as her family grieves and solves her murder. It might sound awful (and obviously, it's very theologically incorrect), but I can't put it down. This week I've been more in the mood to read than usual. I just finished This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, and I was so into it the other day that I was almost late for work. Any other Sarah Dessen fans here besides [livejournal.com profile] crystallia?

It's too bad I'm in such a reading mood, because I'm never home to do it. Gandalf has been lonely - he's allowing me to pet him for record amounts of time. Evan and I are the only people he ever sees, and us not very often. Every night this week we've been out, mostly taking care of wedding stuff. So I have a neglected apartment (the vacuuming situation is getting extreme) and a neglected cat. I worry about him. He's a social cat who needs company. It'll be nice when the wedding is over and we can settle into a more relaxed life, one in which I'm home for more than an hour at a time.

I use a lot of parentheses.

We met with the photographer I like last night. He seems very good and I like his work, but he's a little more expensive than we had planned. We're going to see about a guy my dad knows, just for comparison. Evan and my dad both liked the first guy, though, so we might choose him anyway. He had a really cool album option with an aluminum cover and a black and white photo screened onto it. We'll see.

Happy Friday, everybody!
chestnutcurls: (Brens)
My hair is too long. I noticed this suddenly on Sunday. I know some of you are having fun growing your hair out, and that's great, but curly hair doesn't react so well to longness. The longer it is, the more time and hair products it requires, and the worse it looks. So I think I'll get another trim before we go to New Hampshire (only three weeks from now!). I wish I could go now because it's driving me nuts, but I can't afford to go more than every two months or so. I have to get highlights, too, and it's so expensive...but it looks so much better than my natural color. Sigh. The eternal, internal battle over the highlights wages on.

I'm currently reading The Lovely Bones, which I've been hearing about for years, and it's fascinating. It's about a girl who is killed, and then watches from heaven as her family grieves and solves her murder. It might sound awful (and obviously, it's very theologically incorrect), but I can't put it down. This week I've been more in the mood to read than usual. I just finished This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, and I was so into it the other day that I was almost late for work. Any other Sarah Dessen fans here besides [livejournal.com profile] crystallia?

It's too bad I'm in such a reading mood, because I'm never home to do it. Gandalf has been lonely - he's allowing me to pet him for record amounts of time. Evan and I are the only people he ever sees, and us not very often. Every night this week we've been out, mostly taking care of wedding stuff. So I have a neglected apartment (the vacuuming situation is getting extreme) and a neglected cat. I worry about him. He's a social cat who needs company. It'll be nice when the wedding is over and we can settle into a more relaxed life, one in which I'm home for more than an hour at a time.

I use a lot of parentheses.

We met with the photographer I like last night. He seems very good and I like his work, but he's a little more expensive than we had planned. We're going to see about a guy my dad knows, just for comparison. Evan and my dad both liked the first guy, though, so we might choose him anyway. He had a really cool album option with an aluminum cover and a black and white photo screened onto it. We'll see.

Happy Friday, everybody!
chestnutcurls: (Florida girl)
I spent two hours at my parents' last night talking to my sister about marriage, jewelry, and politics, among other things. I told her how I'm close to not watching the Today show anymore, because Katie Couric is becoming almost unbearable in her liberalism. A few mornings ago, Kathy and I were eating breakfast in the dining area when we heard NBC Special Report music. Immediately we went to see what was going on. Since 9/11, whenever I hear special report music, I sort of steel myself to see more planes flying into buildings. (I don't think I'm alone in that, either.) So once most of the viewers were on edge, what was the special report for? A Kerry/Edwards photo op! Unbelievable. We flipped to the other channels, and of course, none of them thought this worthy of a break in programming. Kathy was disgusted. Now she keeps saying things like, "Breaking news! Kerry's brushing his teeth for the first time since he announced his candidacy! Look, he even got the back ones!"

I'm going to miss her.

Gandalf has been funny lately. Every morning just before I leave, I give him a cat treat. He's good at routine, so as soon as he hears me go to the door with my shoes on, he hurries over. Well, the other day I was walking into the kitchen, and he came barreling around the corner and literally knocked me out of my shoes. It was hilarious. Apparently the treat is the high point of his day. I explained that I couldn't give it to him if my arms were broken, but that hasn't deterred him from tripping me before.

Honeymoon waffling, etc. )

I had lunch today with Alli, my third bridesmaid. She bought my lunch and gave me a copy of Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul. Isn't she nice? I'm so glad she's going to be in the wedding. And now I have something to read on the plane. Virginia, here I come...

Oh, and happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] laraemily, one of the most fun, creative people on LJ. Yay!
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I spent two hours at my parents' last night talking to my sister about marriage, jewelry, and politics, among other things. I told her how I'm close to not watching the Today show anymore, because Katie Couric is becoming almost unbearable in her liberalism. A few mornings ago, Kathy and I were eating breakfast in the dining area when we heard NBC Special Report music. Immediately we went to see what was going on. Since 9/11, whenever I hear special report music, I sort of steel myself to see more planes flying into buildings. (I don't think I'm alone in that, either.) So once most of the viewers were on edge, what was the special report for? A Kerry/Edwards photo op! Unbelievable. We flipped to the other channels, and of course, none of them thought this worthy of a break in programming. Kathy was disgusted. Now she keeps saying things like, "Breaking news! Kerry's brushing his teeth for the first time since he announced his candidacy! Look, he even got the back ones!"

I'm going to miss her.

Gandalf has been funny lately. Every morning just before I leave, I give him a cat treat. He's good at routine, so as soon as he hears me go to the door with my shoes on, he hurries over. Well, the other day I was walking into the kitchen, and he came barreling around the corner and literally knocked me out of my shoes. It was hilarious. Apparently the treat is the high point of his day. I explained that I couldn't give it to him if my arms were broken, but that hasn't deterred him from tripping me before.

Honeymoon waffling, etc. )

I had lunch today with Alli, my third bridesmaid. She bought my lunch and gave me a copy of Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul. Isn't she nice? I'm so glad she's going to be in the wedding. And now I have something to read on the plane. Virginia, here I come...

Oh, and happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] laraemily, one of the most fun, creative people on LJ. Yay!

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