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I am SO busy this week. It's nice, but I wish I had more time to write about things that have been going on. So here are the three main items of the day.

- Tomorrow I'm moving to a new cubicle. It feels like a big change, even though it's a whole ten feet away. On Monday our new hire is starting, and she'll take over this cubicle. It seems appropriate - this is the space for new people. After three years, I will no longer be the youngest and newest person in our department. Part of me feels like my edge will be gone, but I'm starting to like the idea of being an older person around here. I have a good feeling about things at work.

- Some of you may remember our friends Ashley and Kathryn, who got married in March (Ashley is a guy), giving us a queen-sized mattress set a couple of months ago. This was a huge blessing...we all know mattresses aren't cheap. It's still in their garage, because Evan had to build the bed frame before we could take it. With everything going on he hasn't had time, and I was getting tense. My mom had suggested I look for a bed in the want ads, but I never got around to it. Well, yesterday Ashley called me at work and said, "Hey, my boss is giving away a cherry four-post queen bed. Are you interested?" :D So he took the bed to his house, and on Sunday my dad is taking a trailer over and picking up the whole ensemble...in addition to my parents' couch! My parents ordered new furniture, and they decided to just go ahead and give us their old, nice couch while we were moving things. I'll have a couch! People can come over and have somewhere to sit! SO exciting. Also, I may paint the kitchen on Saturday. This weekend will be a huge step toward the New Married People Apartment.

- Last week at church band practice, I could tell as soon as I started playing that something was wrong with my flute. My friend and I examined it and noticed that the key pads are completely worn down. My flute hasn't been serviced since my senior year of high school, so I shouldn't have been surprised. Repadding usually runs about $200. My friend took me to talk with our director after practice, and he said he'd see if there was anything he could do. A little while ago, he called and said that the church has money set aside and usually contributes $50 toward repairs. That was helpful enough, but then he told me that someone had made an anonymous contribution to the music ministry, and he felt that part of that money could pay the remainder of my repair costs. So I'm taking the flute to the music store tonight!

Does God provide or what? He is so good to little undeserving me. It's amazing.
chestnutcurls: (hope)
I am SO busy this week. It's nice, but I wish I had more time to write about things that have been going on. So here are the three main items of the day.

- Tomorrow I'm moving to a new cubicle. It feels like a big change, even though it's a whole ten feet away. On Monday our new hire is starting, and she'll take over this cubicle. It seems appropriate - this is the space for new people. After three years, I will no longer be the youngest and newest person in our department. Part of me feels like my edge will be gone, but I'm starting to like the idea of being an older person around here. I have a good feeling about things at work.

- Some of you may remember our friends Ashley and Kathryn, who got married in March (Ashley is a guy), giving us a queen-sized mattress set a couple of months ago. This was a huge blessing...we all know mattresses aren't cheap. It's still in their garage, because Evan had to build the bed frame before we could take it. With everything going on he hasn't had time, and I was getting tense. My mom had suggested I look for a bed in the want ads, but I never got around to it. Well, yesterday Ashley called me at work and said, "Hey, my boss is giving away a cherry four-post queen bed. Are you interested?" :D So he took the bed to his house, and on Sunday my dad is taking a trailer over and picking up the whole ensemble...in addition to my parents' couch! My parents ordered new furniture, and they decided to just go ahead and give us their old, nice couch while we were moving things. I'll have a couch! People can come over and have somewhere to sit! SO exciting. Also, I may paint the kitchen on Saturday. This weekend will be a huge step toward the New Married People Apartment.

- Last week at church band practice, I could tell as soon as I started playing that something was wrong with my flute. My friend and I examined it and noticed that the key pads are completely worn down. My flute hasn't been serviced since my senior year of high school, so I shouldn't have been surprised. Repadding usually runs about $200. My friend took me to talk with our director after practice, and he said he'd see if there was anything he could do. A little while ago, he called and said that the church has money set aside and usually contributes $50 toward repairs. That was helpful enough, but then he told me that someone had made an anonymous contribution to the music ministry, and he felt that part of that money could pay the remainder of my repair costs. So I'm taking the flute to the music store tonight!

Does God provide or what? He is so good to little undeserving me. It's amazing.
chestnutcurls: (old friends)
The good thing about business meetings is that when they're over, you really appreciate having a whole day to get things done. It's much more relaxing. I need relaxation, because things keep getting me down today. Some are serious and some are stupid:

- Kathy called last night to tell me that the lady who does all her sewing (and altered my dress for MaryElaine's wedding) died suddenly on Wednesday of a massive heart attack. She was in her early fifties and in great health. This is the second such death I've heard of in the last month or so, and it makes me really nervous. It's shocking to be reminded that you are not too young to lose your parents. :(
- My department is hiring two more coordinators. Since the job posted, I've had several people come over and ask me if I'm leaving. :P With the new people, there will be equal numbers of coordinators and managers, which probably means that I won't be working for one of my bosses anymore. Will I be assigned? Will I have to choose? I don't know which is worse. I'm finally busy, comfortable, and content in my job, and I don't like this at all.
- Wedding planning is driving me crazy. The main goal of this month is to send the invitations, but that requires setting the menu for the reception. I have to figure out the whole flower situation (and probably make a million fake arrangements). I have to finish organizing the wedding slide show and burn it onto a CD for Kathy's mom. I have to figure out how we're going to get rid of all our excess furniture. Oh, and also, Hurricane Ivan is about to tear up our honeymoon location.
- I'm very worried about my Floridian friends and family.
- I'm in such bad shape. Evan and I ran a little on Wednesday night, and then I walked last night even though I was sore. Today my legs hurt. A Lot.
- I just heard that there's a free Tigers party tonight at Newby's and they're giving away 50 pairs of season tickets. Then Jump Little Children is giving a concert! But I'm already committed to going to another party tonight, and I have to go alone because Evan is working late. Also, I'm not going to the game tomorrow - I'm going with Ryan, Luke, and Myla to Goat Days. Don't get me wrong, I'm really pumped about Goat Days (there will be pictures later to help explain why), but I'm sad about missing the game. I feel like so much is going on this fall, and I'm totally missing it.

To make up for all this whining, here are two good things:
- Sunday is Evan's and my anniversary. One year ago, he unexpectedly held my hand on the couch, and in 79 days he'll be holding my hand at the altar. :)
- God is in control. All the time.
chestnutcurls: (old friends)
The good thing about business meetings is that when they're over, you really appreciate having a whole day to get things done. It's much more relaxing. I need relaxation, because things keep getting me down today. Some are serious and some are stupid:

- Kathy called last night to tell me that the lady who does all her sewing (and altered my dress for MaryElaine's wedding) died suddenly on Wednesday of a massive heart attack. She was in her early fifties and in great health. This is the second such death I've heard of in the last month or so, and it makes me really nervous. It's shocking to be reminded that you are not too young to lose your parents. :(
- My department is hiring two more coordinators. Since the job posted, I've had several people come over and ask me if I'm leaving. :P With the new people, there will be equal numbers of coordinators and managers, which probably means that I won't be working for one of my bosses anymore. Will I be assigned? Will I have to choose? I don't know which is worse. I'm finally busy, comfortable, and content in my job, and I don't like this at all.
- Wedding planning is driving me crazy. The main goal of this month is to send the invitations, but that requires setting the menu for the reception. I have to figure out the whole flower situation (and probably make a million fake arrangements). I have to finish organizing the wedding slide show and burn it onto a CD for Kathy's mom. I have to figure out how we're going to get rid of all our excess furniture. Oh, and also, Hurricane Ivan is about to tear up our honeymoon location.
- I'm very worried about my Floridian friends and family.
- I'm in such bad shape. Evan and I ran a little on Wednesday night, and then I walked last night even though I was sore. Today my legs hurt. A Lot.
- I just heard that there's a free Tigers party tonight at Newby's and they're giving away 50 pairs of season tickets. Then Jump Little Children is giving a concert! But I'm already committed to going to another party tonight, and I have to go alone because Evan is working late. Also, I'm not going to the game tomorrow - I'm going with Ryan, Luke, and Myla to Goat Days. Don't get me wrong, I'm really pumped about Goat Days (there will be pictures later to help explain why), but I'm sad about missing the game. I feel like so much is going on this fall, and I'm totally missing it.

To make up for all this whining, here are two good things:
- Sunday is Evan's and my anniversary. One year ago, he unexpectedly held my hand on the couch, and in 79 days he'll be holding my hand at the altar. :)
- God is in control. All the time.
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: (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: (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: (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: (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: (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 )

sunshine

Apr. 16th, 2004 01:29 pm
chestnutcurls: (happy couple)
Happy early birthday to Tash and Lori! You're great! I hope you both have happy birthday weekends- you deserve some fun! :)

If anyone wants to look at all my icons, I remembered how to link to them! Now I have an icon for almost every topic. Yay!

The Apprentice finale was good. I was surprised, but not upset. They finally showed the Friends preview commercial that [livejournal.com profile] follow_through mentioned the other day, and wow! It's going to be so sad. I'm totally spoiler-free, so the next few episodes will be exciting. This morning I gave in and pre-ordered this book. Pathetic, I know. After the finale, I'll stop obsessing over the show so much. I promise. Sorry. :(

I had lunch with Casey today, and she made me feel so happy and encouraged. I hadn't really talked to her since Evan and I first started dating, so I caught her up. She told me how inspiring it is to see how far God has brought both of us, and said that she's happier about Evan and I together than she's been about any other relationship in her six years of RUF. Apparently other RUF people who know us are saying the same. Since Casey counseled and helped me from the very beginning, I take that as a big honor. :) Sometimes I'm so happy that I can't believe this is my life. It's so fulfilling to see your years of struggle pointing other people to God. What better purpose could I ask for? I'm just...so thankful. For everything that's happened to me. And I'm honored to know such wonderful people.

The main source of that thankfulness is taking me to dinner and a movie tonight. We're finally going to see Miracle. I'm pumped. I love cheesy Olympic movies. Hey, that reminds me- I thought I saw Moira Kelly (of The Cutting Edge fame) in some sort of credit card commercial the other night. Please tell me she hasn't stooped to that! I thought she was a pretty good actress.

You know, I'm really kind of a blabbermouth. When it comes to my own life, anyway. In case you haven't noticed. :P I have a hard time keeping anything secret. It's very aggravating. Am I alone in this?

Maybe I'll do a Friday lyrics poll later, if I can think of some songs.

sunshine

Apr. 16th, 2004 01:29 pm
chestnutcurls: (happy couple)
Happy early birthday to Tash and Lori! You're great! I hope you both have happy birthday weekends- you deserve some fun! :)

If anyone wants to look at all my icons, I remembered how to link to them! Now I have an icon for almost every topic. Yay!

The Apprentice finale was good. I was surprised, but not upset. They finally showed the Friends preview commercial that [livejournal.com profile] follow_through mentioned the other day, and wow! It's going to be so sad. I'm totally spoiler-free, so the next few episodes will be exciting. This morning I gave in and pre-ordered this book. Pathetic, I know. After the finale, I'll stop obsessing over the show so much. I promise. Sorry. :(

I had lunch with Casey today, and she made me feel so happy and encouraged. I hadn't really talked to her since Evan and I first started dating, so I caught her up. She told me how inspiring it is to see how far God has brought both of us, and said that she's happier about Evan and I together than she's been about any other relationship in her six years of RUF. Apparently other RUF people who know us are saying the same. Since Casey counseled and helped me from the very beginning, I take that as a big honor. :) Sometimes I'm so happy that I can't believe this is my life. It's so fulfilling to see your years of struggle pointing other people to God. What better purpose could I ask for? I'm just...so thankful. For everything that's happened to me. And I'm honored to know such wonderful people.

The main source of that thankfulness is taking me to dinner and a movie tonight. We're finally going to see Miracle. I'm pumped. I love cheesy Olympic movies. Hey, that reminds me- I thought I saw Moira Kelly (of The Cutting Edge fame) in some sort of credit card commercial the other night. Please tell me she hasn't stooped to that! I thought she was a pretty good actress.

You know, I'm really kind of a blabbermouth. When it comes to my own life, anyway. In case you haven't noticed. :P I have a hard time keeping anything secret. It's very aggravating. Am I alone in this?

Maybe I'll do a Friday lyrics poll later, if I can think of some songs.

new leaves

Mar. 15th, 2004 04:05 pm
chestnutcurls: (Brens)
Lots to talk about today, but I spent a chunk of my afternoon on the phone with the Microsoft helpdesk, so I only have time for one thing: a Serious Post.

I have changed my journal/website name. I had the grace to glory name for a couple of years, and it kind of signified my life perspective...I was always on the way to something better. Most of the time I was trudging through life. I didn't feel like I had much to look forward to. It's good and healthy for Christians to long for heaven, but I'm not sure I had the right reasons for doing so.

In the last few months, God has changed me. I feel more optimistic than I can remember feeling in a long time (maybe ever). Obviously, my dream coming true was a big factor, but thankfully I don't think that's the whole reason. The displaced feeling of my post-RUF years is finally fading away and I'm feeling more comfortable in my own, adult life. I still miss those times, but I don't need to live in them anymore. For the most part I'm looking forward happily to the future, instead of dreading a life of loneliness and stagnancy (?). I feel ready to work on my faults but don't feel crushed by them. I don't expect everything to be rosy, but I'm more secure in the knowledge that God will make it all work together for good. I'm noticing the little miracles in life more and more, and I finally believe that they are for me, too, not just for other people. So I will now call this chronicle of my life Everyday Miracles. I honestly came up with this myself and didn't know until today that it's the name of a Sara Groves song. I now plan to check her CD out of the library. :)

I hope that made sense. Tune in tomorrow for a normal entry. :)

new leaves

Mar. 15th, 2004 04:05 pm
chestnutcurls: (Brens)
Lots to talk about today, but I spent a chunk of my afternoon on the phone with the Microsoft helpdesk, so I only have time for one thing: a Serious Post.

I have changed my journal/website name. I had the grace to glory name for a couple of years, and it kind of signified my life perspective...I was always on the way to something better. Most of the time I was trudging through life. I didn't feel like I had much to look forward to. It's good and healthy for Christians to long for heaven, but I'm not sure I had the right reasons for doing so.

In the last few months, God has changed me. I feel more optimistic than I can remember feeling in a long time (maybe ever). Obviously, my dream coming true was a big factor, but thankfully I don't think that's the whole reason. The displaced feeling of my post-RUF years is finally fading away and I'm feeling more comfortable in my own, adult life. I still miss those times, but I don't need to live in them anymore. For the most part I'm looking forward happily to the future, instead of dreading a life of loneliness and stagnancy (?). I feel ready to work on my faults but don't feel crushed by them. I don't expect everything to be rosy, but I'm more secure in the knowledge that God will make it all work together for good. I'm noticing the little miracles in life more and more, and I finally believe that they are for me, too, not just for other people. So I will now call this chronicle of my life Everyday Miracles. I honestly came up with this myself and didn't know until today that it's the name of a Sara Groves song. I now plan to check her CD out of the library. :)

I hope that made sense. Tune in tomorrow for a normal entry. :)
chestnutcurls: (Brens)
Yay, I just bought my Christmas cards! Now I can work on them while I'm in Texas. I bought so many that I got a free card holder. Woo hoo!

The holiday season has a strange way of making me overemotional. (Although, when am I ever not overemotional?) The music, the cards, the decorations, and even A Charlie Brown Christmas turn me into a weepy blob of Jello. Since it's my first Christmas "with" Evan and my last Christmas with Kathy, this has potential to be the sappiest December ever. I guess at Christmas I just want everyone to know I love them, so I get overwhelmed by love or something. :)

You know how Hallmark has those nice velvet-covered classic books? Why haven't they done Little Women? I really want a hardcover copy, since it's one of my favorite books, but I've never found one as nice as those Hallmark editions.

So here's the weekend story. Friday night Evan and I went to the RiverKings hockey game. I met his friends from FedEx who went to all the games with him last year. I had felt apprehensive about meeting them, but they turned out to be very nice and fun. That was a big relief. We lost, but the fights were more entertaining than I had anticipated. It seems like hockey is more about fighting than actual playing. From my perspective it looked like the players were randomly pounding one another, but Evan assured me that it usually had something to do with the game. Weird.

On Saturday I had intended to go to the Tigers game, but I woke up feeling so awful that I knew I couldn't handle all of my planned activities. I cleaned the apartment a little and then went back to sleep for several hours. When I woke up, Evan was leaving work, so he came over and we played Super Puzzle Fighter. I took an Allegra and felt better. Then Debra arrived, and we went together to Luke and Myla's for the RUF Barn Party. It was the best one ever. Usually the barn party centers around a bonfire, but the wind was so strong that Myla was afraid the pasture would catch fire. So we doused the fire and went up to the barn for the talent show. Luke and Myla both performed original songs, and Chris did a sing-along acoustic version of "Baby One More Time." Then we all danced to country-type music. Well, some of us. Evan was very sweet and slow-danced once with me, but wouldn't do anything else. :) Ryan danced with me once, but ended up jerking me around until I couldn't dance from laughing. Debra and Myla, who had not met before, really hit it off and had a great time together. It was so much fun. We didn't get home until after midnight. Then Debs spent the night and we stayed up talking until 3 am (despite my repeated attempts to go to sleep. At one point she said, "I think I could talk to a brick wall." I said, "I know you could.").

Two barn party pictures )

Sunday morning was my dad's baptism. I went to their church to witness it. Eighteen people in all were baptized, and it was neat to hear all the different stories. There were kids, parents, new believers, long-time believers. It was great. :D After church we ate at Macaroni Grill, and then I accompanied my family to their house so I could do laundry. By this point I was feeling bad again, so I took yet another nap in the guest room. I got up after a while and we sat around watching football. A cold front came through, and the temperature outside dropped 20 degrees in six minutes (according to the news). Needless to say, this has not helped my poor sinuses at all. I went home. Evan came over again. I had been craving a smoothie all weekend, so he took me to Baskin-Robbins. I let him drive my car, something he has offered to do repeatedly. So I have taken a new step of trust in our relationship. :) I'm going to let him drive more often. Yay.

So now it's Monday and I am still sick and extremely chattery. I don't plan to go to the doctor since this is the 536th such illness I have had this year, and the doctor will not make it go away any faster. I just hope I'm not totally miserable on the trip. Kudos to those of you who get to stay home for Thanksgiving.
chestnutcurls: (Brens)
Yay, I just bought my Christmas cards! Now I can work on them while I'm in Texas. I bought so many that I got a free card holder. Woo hoo!

The holiday season has a strange way of making me overemotional. (Although, when am I ever not overemotional?) The music, the cards, the decorations, and even A Charlie Brown Christmas turn me into a weepy blob of Jello. Since it's my first Christmas "with" Evan and my last Christmas with Kathy, this has potential to be the sappiest December ever. I guess at Christmas I just want everyone to know I love them, so I get overwhelmed by love or something. :)

You know how Hallmark has those nice velvet-covered classic books? Why haven't they done Little Women? I really want a hardcover copy, since it's one of my favorite books, but I've never found one as nice as those Hallmark editions.

So here's the weekend story. Friday night Evan and I went to the RiverKings hockey game. I met his friends from FedEx who went to all the games with him last year. I had felt apprehensive about meeting them, but they turned out to be very nice and fun. That was a big relief. We lost, but the fights were more entertaining than I had anticipated. It seems like hockey is more about fighting than actual playing. From my perspective it looked like the players were randomly pounding one another, but Evan assured me that it usually had something to do with the game. Weird.

On Saturday I had intended to go to the Tigers game, but I woke up feeling so awful that I knew I couldn't handle all of my planned activities. I cleaned the apartment a little and then went back to sleep for several hours. When I woke up, Evan was leaving work, so he came over and we played Super Puzzle Fighter. I took an Allegra and felt better. Then Debra arrived, and we went together to Luke and Myla's for the RUF Barn Party. It was the best one ever. Usually the barn party centers around a bonfire, but the wind was so strong that Myla was afraid the pasture would catch fire. So we doused the fire and went up to the barn for the talent show. Luke and Myla both performed original songs, and Chris did a sing-along acoustic version of "Baby One More Time." Then we all danced to country-type music. Well, some of us. Evan was very sweet and slow-danced once with me, but wouldn't do anything else. :) Ryan danced with me once, but ended up jerking me around until I couldn't dance from laughing. Debra and Myla, who had not met before, really hit it off and had a great time together. It was so much fun. We didn't get home until after midnight. Then Debs spent the night and we stayed up talking until 3 am (despite my repeated attempts to go to sleep. At one point she said, "I think I could talk to a brick wall." I said, "I know you could.").

Two barn party pictures )

Sunday morning was my dad's baptism. I went to their church to witness it. Eighteen people in all were baptized, and it was neat to hear all the different stories. There were kids, parents, new believers, long-time believers. It was great. :D After church we ate at Macaroni Grill, and then I accompanied my family to their house so I could do laundry. By this point I was feeling bad again, so I took yet another nap in the guest room. I got up after a while and we sat around watching football. A cold front came through, and the temperature outside dropped 20 degrees in six minutes (according to the news). Needless to say, this has not helped my poor sinuses at all. I went home. Evan came over again. I had been craving a smoothie all weekend, so he took me to Baskin-Robbins. I let him drive my car, something he has offered to do repeatedly. So I have taken a new step of trust in our relationship. :) I'm going to let him drive more often. Yay.

So now it's Monday and I am still sick and extremely chattery. I don't plan to go to the doctor since this is the 536th such illness I have had this year, and the doctor will not make it go away any faster. I just hope I'm not totally miserable on the trip. Kudos to those of you who get to stay home for Thanksgiving.
chestnutcurls: (happy couple)
It's a pretty, if unseasonably warm, day. I'm glad it's almost the weekend. The play last night with Yolanda was nice, but getting her home was a big adventure. The interstate exit to her house has ceased to exist. I was about to turn there when I saw it was blocked off by cones and a Road Closed sign. Thanks for the warning, Tennessee Department of Safety. :P I was so disoriented that I had to pull onto the shoulder, where I was still almost hit by two passing eighteen-wheelers. When I finally got back on the road, I went to the next exit intending to turn around, but it turned out to be another highway which took me another five or so miles in the wrong direction. Thankfully I was able to get off and find my way back, but I was pretty shaken up. In the midst of it I was thinking, "This is almost like a Shana story." :)

Happy Things for today: my hair is (partly) red again, I have McAlister's tea, Debra's coming home this weekend, and Evan is the most wonderful and sweet boyfriend in the world. Oh, and most of all, my dad is getting baptized this weekend! :D He decided a few weeks ago that he wanted to take the plunge. I'm so thankful. God is good.

I had lunch with Alli today and she told me about some guy trouble. Then she said, "I'm so glad you and Evan are together. You were best friends and then you took the next step. That's just the way things are supposed to be." I was like, "Thanks- I never thought it would happen." She said, "Well, it's an inspiration to me, to know that it's possible." :) I was so touched. Even now I'm getting weepy thinking about it. It really humbles and pleases me to think that God is using our relationship to encourage other people. Wow.

On a much lighter note, go look at this because it is the funniest thing ever.

Friday Five- it was good today )
chestnutcurls: (happy couple)
It's a pretty, if unseasonably warm, day. I'm glad it's almost the weekend. The play last night with Yolanda was nice, but getting her home was a big adventure. The interstate exit to her house has ceased to exist. I was about to turn there when I saw it was blocked off by cones and a Road Closed sign. Thanks for the warning, Tennessee Department of Safety. :P I was so disoriented that I had to pull onto the shoulder, where I was still almost hit by two passing eighteen-wheelers. When I finally got back on the road, I went to the next exit intending to turn around, but it turned out to be another highway which took me another five or so miles in the wrong direction. Thankfully I was able to get off and find my way back, but I was pretty shaken up. In the midst of it I was thinking, "This is almost like a Shana story." :)

Happy Things for today: my hair is (partly) red again, I have McAlister's tea, Debra's coming home this weekend, and Evan is the most wonderful and sweet boyfriend in the world. Oh, and most of all, my dad is getting baptized this weekend! :D He decided a few weeks ago that he wanted to take the plunge. I'm so thankful. God is good.

I had lunch with Alli today and she told me about some guy trouble. Then she said, "I'm so glad you and Evan are together. You were best friends and then you took the next step. That's just the way things are supposed to be." I was like, "Thanks- I never thought it would happen." She said, "Well, it's an inspiration to me, to know that it's possible." :) I was so touched. Even now I'm getting weepy thinking about it. It really humbles and pleases me to think that God is using our relationship to encourage other people. Wow.

On a much lighter note, go look at this because it is the funniest thing ever.

Friday Five- it was good today )

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