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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: (curly)
Today's weather is cold and dark. I need to get my winter clothes from my parents' house, but first, we probably better decide how Evan and I are going to store our clothes once we're married. I was going to give him the guest room closet (mine is barely big enough for my clothes), but now he wants to install another clothes bar below the current one and hang his clothes on it. Moving in together is so complicated. :)

We just had a department lunch at Rafferty's. I had soup and salad. Now I'm excessively full.

Scrubs was great last night. What a versatile show. It's the only thing I watch regularly in prime time. Most mornings, I watch twenty minutes of Buffy while I eat breakfast. The problem is, it's the middle twenty minutes, so I never know how the episode started or how it ends. Usually I end up asking Evan - he's seen them all. When he was working at FedEx, he worked with some Buffy fans and really got into it. One of the girls he worked with is actually friends with the actress who played Tara.

I have decided to go back to my natural haircolor before the wedding. I started thinking, if I know I'm going back to it after the wedding and probably won't be doing the highlights anymore, why have them on my wedding day? I'm sure some people (i.e. my mom) will think I look dull without them, but oh well. I'll feel better being my old self again.

Does anyone know how to do a Generator layout with a banner at the top? Pretty soon I want to do a pre-wedding redesign, and I have this banner I got from a Friends community a long time ago. Generator is my favorite layout, but it has a lot less options to work with. Well, for someone who doesn't know what she's doing. :)
chestnutcurls: (curly)
Today's weather is cold and dark. I need to get my winter clothes from my parents' house, but first, we probably better decide how Evan and I are going to store our clothes once we're married. I was going to give him the guest room closet (mine is barely big enough for my clothes), but now he wants to install another clothes bar below the current one and hang his clothes on it. Moving in together is so complicated. :)

We just had a department lunch at Rafferty's. I had soup and salad. Now I'm excessively full.

Scrubs was great last night. What a versatile show. It's the only thing I watch regularly in prime time. Most mornings, I watch twenty minutes of Buffy while I eat breakfast. The problem is, it's the middle twenty minutes, so I never know how the episode started or how it ends. Usually I end up asking Evan - he's seen them all. When he was working at FedEx, he worked with some Buffy fans and really got into it. One of the girls he worked with is actually friends with the actress who played Tara.

I have decided to go back to my natural haircolor before the wedding. I started thinking, if I know I'm going back to it after the wedding and probably won't be doing the highlights anymore, why have them on my wedding day? I'm sure some people (i.e. my mom) will think I look dull without them, but oh well. I'll feel better being my old self again.

Does anyone know how to do a Generator layout with a banner at the top? Pretty soon I want to do a pre-wedding redesign, and I have this banner I got from a Friends community a long time ago. Generator is my favorite layout, but it has a lot less options to work with. Well, for someone who doesn't know what she's doing. :)
chestnutcurls: (flowery me)
Things I keep forgetting: Happy late birthday to jazzypoetKimma - sorry I missed it! :( And thanks for the nice letter, mandajanieManda. It was really sweet and brightened my day. :)

Hair update: Brilliant Brunette shampoo is working! My hair is noticeably darker than it was last week. Thank you, John Frieda.

The weather here has been fantastic. We had the driest September on record. I'm glad October is here, because it's my second-favorite month. It has a lot of the same qualities as May, which is my favorite month. This got me thinking about months and how I haven't made a poll in a while, so here you go. A short poll )

Okay, back to data checking. :(
chestnutcurls: (flowery me)
Things I keep forgetting: Happy late birthday to jazzypoetKimma - sorry I missed it! :( And thanks for the nice letter, mandajanieManda. It was really sweet and brightened my day. :)

Hair update: Brilliant Brunette shampoo is working! My hair is noticeably darker than it was last week. Thank you, John Frieda.

The weather here has been fantastic. We had the driest September on record. I'm glad October is here, because it's my second-favorite month. It has a lot of the same qualities as May, which is my favorite month. This got me thinking about months and how I haven't made a poll in a while, so here you go. A short poll )

Okay, back to data checking. :(

Grool.

Sep. 29th, 2004 02:36 pm
chestnutcurls: (hope)
I feel good today. Since Evan has to work all weekend again, he's taking me on a date tonight. :) *cartoon hearts* We're going to Olive Garden, and then we're going shooting. Like, to the firing range. He recently got a new gun and wants me to learn how to shoot it, in case I ever have to. I can't say I'm too excited about it, but it's important to him and he has a valid point. The whole thing reminds me of that episode of West Wing where CJ's cute bodyguard goaded her into trying his gun, and she fell over when she shot it. (That was just for you, rightwaveDaniel. :))

Last night we rented Mean Girls. It was pretty funny, but I've been building it up in my mind for so long that I was a little disappointed. Maybe I'm finally too old to relate to that kind of stuff. And Lindsay Lohan is gorgeous, but seeing that much eyeliner on a person was almost painful.

Speaking of girly things, my highlights are getting bleachy again and I'm trying a new remedy - Brilliant Brunette shampoo. I can't afford to go back to the salon for another month, so this is my only chance. It's supposed to enhance brown hair without depositing color, but I'm hoping it makes the highlights a little darker anyway. Does anyone remember Glints? It was a mild haircolor that washed out in a few weeks. They stopped making it. I'd give a lot to get my hands on some now, because that's exactly what I need. After the wedding I'm going back to my natural color, and not just because of the money - I'm tired of dealing with all this. Plus, I miss brown-haired me.

This week is taking forever. I could have sworn that yesterday was Wednesday. aardwolfLawson is apparently confused too, since he called me this morning to ask where we were going for our weekly Thursday lunch. It must be Mt. St. Helens' fault.

I'm thinking about making a separate journal (or community) for book reviews. But then what would I talk about here? :P

Grool.

Sep. 29th, 2004 02:36 pm
chestnutcurls: (hope)
I feel good today. Since Evan has to work all weekend again, he's taking me on a date tonight. :) *cartoon hearts* We're going to Olive Garden, and then we're going shooting. Like, to the firing range. He recently got a new gun and wants me to learn how to shoot it, in case I ever have to. I can't say I'm too excited about it, but it's important to him and he has a valid point. The whole thing reminds me of that episode of West Wing where CJ's cute bodyguard goaded her into trying his gun, and she fell over when she shot it. (That was just for you, rightwaveDaniel. :))

Last night we rented Mean Girls. It was pretty funny, but I've been building it up in my mind for so long that I was a little disappointed. Maybe I'm finally too old to relate to that kind of stuff. And Lindsay Lohan is gorgeous, but seeing that much eyeliner on a person was almost painful.

Speaking of girly things, my highlights are getting bleachy again and I'm trying a new remedy - Brilliant Brunette shampoo. I can't afford to go back to the salon for another month, so this is my only chance. It's supposed to enhance brown hair without depositing color, but I'm hoping it makes the highlights a little darker anyway. Does anyone remember Glints? It was a mild haircolor that washed out in a few weeks. They stopped making it. I'd give a lot to get my hands on some now, because that's exactly what I need. After the wedding I'm going back to my natural color, and not just because of the money - I'm tired of dealing with all this. Plus, I miss brown-haired me.

This week is taking forever. I could have sworn that yesterday was Wednesday. aardwolfLawson is apparently confused too, since he called me this morning to ask where we were going for our weekly Thursday lunch. It must be Mt. St. Helens' fault.

I'm thinking about making a separate journal (or community) for book reviews. But then what would I talk about here? :P
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. )
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. )
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: (i know)
I always enjoy naturallycurly.com. I was there looking at hairstyles and came across a hilarious article. Read and relate if you are curly-headed. Excerpt: Perhaps I shared my dream for long hair with a little too much pathetic fervor. It was like I was some kind of leukemia child. People could look at my split-ended, heat-fried frizzy head and their hearts cried for pity. "Someone grant her her wish!" was their benevolent impulse. Since all three of us kids have curly hair, and Evan's mom has curly hair (though she straightens it), I've realized my future kids are doomed. :) At least I'll know what to do with their curls, so they won't look freakish. They'll also probably be blond, which is weird to think about.

My best friend is getting married in three days. It hasn't sunk in yet. I am getting married in 130 days. I bought my wedding invitations today at a place called Xpedx that a friend told me about. I got 150 blank invitations and accessories for just over $100- why don't more people print their invites themselves? It's such an easy thing to save on. Anyway, they have a border of silver flowers, and unless Evan or my family hates them, I'll be printing them in a month or so. One more thing out of the way! Yay!

I had interesting things to discuss, but I have to work now. Thanks for all your support about the photography situation. I'll have updates later.
chestnutcurls: (i know)
I always enjoy naturallycurly.com. I was there looking at hairstyles and came across a hilarious article. Read and relate if you are curly-headed. Excerpt: Perhaps I shared my dream for long hair with a little too much pathetic fervor. It was like I was some kind of leukemia child. People could look at my split-ended, heat-fried frizzy head and their hearts cried for pity. "Someone grant her her wish!" was their benevolent impulse. Since all three of us kids have curly hair, and Evan's mom has curly hair (though she straightens it), I've realized my future kids are doomed. :) At least I'll know what to do with their curls, so they won't look freakish. They'll also probably be blond, which is weird to think about.

My best friend is getting married in three days. It hasn't sunk in yet. I am getting married in 130 days. I bought my wedding invitations today at a place called Xpedx that a friend told me about. I got 150 blank invitations and accessories for just over $100- why don't more people print their invites themselves? It's such an easy thing to save on. Anyway, they have a border of silver flowers, and unless Evan or my family hates them, I'll be printing them in a month or so. One more thing out of the way! Yay!

I had interesting things to discuss, but I have to work now. Thanks for all your support about the photography situation. I'll have updates later.
chestnutcurls: (flowery me)
Today is an interesting day so far. There's so much going on that I want to be kept busy, to prevent me from dwelling on it all. Kathy's bridal shower is tomorrow. We're having it at her family's house. I won't be as responsible for it as I was for Emily's shower (since Jamie is the maid of honor and her mom is handling a lot of things), but I feel unprepared anyway. There are two showers, actually- one in the morning for Daniel's people (Daniel will be there for both) and one in the afternoon for Kathy's people. I'm planning to show up sometime in the middle of the first shower and help Jamie prepare for the one we're throwing. Craziness.

Also, the moving-out process is beginning. Kathy wants to start taking down some of her posters and stuff so I can rearrange my posters. It's good that we're starting this early, because our stuff is so mixed up that it'll take time to sort out what belongs to whom. Casey told me that Lauren Winner's book Girl Meets God (which at least ten people have recommended to me) has a section about friendships and how it's like a divorce when they end. I really want to read that book. In other apartment-related news, I got a utility bill yesterday that almost made me have a nervous breakdown. Therefore, I am now thinking very seriously about moving in December when my lease is up. Watch this space for further updates.

I keep forgetting to mention that ruthierooRuthie, in the midst of her own wedding week, sent me a Warren Barfield CD that I am liking a lot. Thanks for being so nice and thoughtful, Ruthie! I hope married life is treating you well! :)

Girls: I have another hair appointment in a couple of weeks, and something has to be done about my highlighting situation. The bottom part of my hair has been through the process so many times, it still looks blonde right after my stylist puts the red toner on. Myla tells me I can get it "reverse highlighted," meaning they'll put some of my natural color back in, but I'm skeptical as to how that will look. I'm thinking of just getting my stylist to put the red back in without bleaching again, and then maybe the roots won't be so obvious. Has anyone done anything like this? Help!

Okay, this was long. Have a good weekend. :)
chestnutcurls: (flowery me)
Today is an interesting day so far. There's so much going on that I want to be kept busy, to prevent me from dwelling on it all. Kathy's bridal shower is tomorrow. We're having it at her family's house. I won't be as responsible for it as I was for Emily's shower (since Jamie is the maid of honor and her mom is handling a lot of things), but I feel unprepared anyway. There are two showers, actually- one in the morning for Daniel's people (Daniel will be there for both) and one in the afternoon for Kathy's people. I'm planning to show up sometime in the middle of the first shower and help Jamie prepare for the one we're throwing. Craziness.

Also, the moving-out process is beginning. Kathy wants to start taking down some of her posters and stuff so I can rearrange my posters. It's good that we're starting this early, because our stuff is so mixed up that it'll take time to sort out what belongs to whom. Casey told me that Lauren Winner's book Girl Meets God (which at least ten people have recommended to me) has a section about friendships and how it's like a divorce when they end. I really want to read that book. In other apartment-related news, I got a utility bill yesterday that almost made me have a nervous breakdown. Therefore, I am now thinking very seriously about moving in December when my lease is up. Watch this space for further updates.

I keep forgetting to mention that ruthierooRuthie, in the midst of her own wedding week, sent me a Warren Barfield CD that I am liking a lot. Thanks for being so nice and thoughtful, Ruthie! I hope married life is treating you well! :)

Girls: I have another hair appointment in a couple of weeks, and something has to be done about my highlighting situation. The bottom part of my hair has been through the process so many times, it still looks blonde right after my stylist puts the red toner on. Myla tells me I can get it "reverse highlighted," meaning they'll put some of my natural color back in, but I'm skeptical as to how that will look. I'm thinking of just getting my stylist to put the red back in without bleaching again, and then maybe the roots won't be so obvious. Has anyone done anything like this? Help!

Okay, this was long. Have a good weekend. :)
chestnutcurls: (Florida girl)
Hello all.

My weekend was good and productive. On Friday night I went to Daniel's graduation, then saw Troy with Evan and his friend Chris. I see that most people on the friends list hated it with a passion. Neither Evan nor I have read the Iliad (I know, shame on us), and we thought the movie was excellent. Something must be terribly wrong with us. :P I spent Saturday morning making bridal shower invitations with Jamie, then went to Daniel's graduation party, and then to my parents' to hang out for a while. Sunday was a good day. Our Sunday School teacher, inspired by last week's events in Iraq, has decided to teach on Islam for the next few weeks so we can all gain a better understanding of it. I think it's a great idea and am pumped for next week. After church there was a Musician's Luncheon for everyone involved in the music ministry and their families. I brought Evan and my sister. Ryan came too, because he's talking about taking up the French horn again. I hope he really does join. It would be fun to be in band together!

In the afternoon, Evan went to work, and Debs, Ryan, and I went swimming at Ryan's apartment complex. All our RUF-type friends had just returned from summer conference looking tan and rested, making me feel washed-out in comparison. I wasn't feeling quite right all last week, and the tiredness and general malaise kind of peaked yesterday. So an afternoon at the pool was just what I needed. Now I'm refreshed, have a little color and feel that my summer has officially begun. Around 6 it started raining again, so I went home, and Kathy and I worked on Emily's bridal shower invitations. Thus endeth the Shower Invitations Phase. One down, fifteen more to go. :P :)

With the constant rain, the humidity around here is absolutely unreal. I had to braid my hair several times last week, because there's nothing else I can do with hair three times its normal volume. I look like Monica in the Barbados episode. It's so frustrating.

Would someone please buy me a plane ticket to Florida?
chestnutcurls: (Florida girl)
Hello all.

My weekend was good and productive. On Friday night I went to Daniel's graduation, then saw Troy with Evan and his friend Chris. I see that most people on the friends list hated it with a passion. Neither Evan nor I have read the Iliad (I know, shame on us), and we thought the movie was excellent. Something must be terribly wrong with us. :P I spent Saturday morning making bridal shower invitations with Jamie, then went to Daniel's graduation party, and then to my parents' to hang out for a while. Sunday was a good day. Our Sunday School teacher, inspired by last week's events in Iraq, has decided to teach on Islam for the next few weeks so we can all gain a better understanding of it. I think it's a great idea and am pumped for next week. After church there was a Musician's Luncheon for everyone involved in the music ministry and their families. I brought Evan and my sister. Ryan came too, because he's talking about taking up the French horn again. I hope he really does join. It would be fun to be in band together!

In the afternoon, Evan went to work, and Debs, Ryan, and I went swimming at Ryan's apartment complex. All our RUF-type friends had just returned from summer conference looking tan and rested, making me feel washed-out in comparison. I wasn't feeling quite right all last week, and the tiredness and general malaise kind of peaked yesterday. So an afternoon at the pool was just what I needed. Now I'm refreshed, have a little color and feel that my summer has officially begun. Around 6 it started raining again, so I went home, and Kathy and I worked on Emily's bridal shower invitations. Thus endeth the Shower Invitations Phase. One down, fifteen more to go. :P :)

With the constant rain, the humidity around here is absolutely unreal. I had to braid my hair several times last week, because there's nothing else I can do with hair three times its normal volume. I look like Monica in the Barbados episode. It's so frustrating.

Would someone please buy me a plane ticket to Florida?
chestnutcurls: (Belle)
This is the SLOWEST DAY EVER.

I'm very pleased with my haircut. It falls right at my shoulders. My hairstylist, Kelly, and I had a fun time. We bonded over the mechanically-inclined men in our lives and she gave me a list of pros and cons of being married to a mechanic. :) This time she noticed how horribly bleachy my highlights get as they fade, so she applied some sort of extra dye to keep that from happening. So I have my reddish hair back, and hopefully it'll last longer this time. Yay!

I like the song "The Reason," and I know a lot of you like it too. But every radio station in town is playing it- you can literally hear it every five minutes if you flip enough- and I'm about to go crazy. It got me wondering how they do Billboard charts now. They used to do it by sales of the single, but hardly anyone sells those anymore. It's probably by amount of airplay, but even radio stations don't play songs based on how much they like them. It's all planned out by corporations. Makes me feel like a lab rat in a maze. Hopefully you music-industry types can shed some light on this.

Just now at lunchtime, I ran home for a minute. The apartment is not in great shape. I have so much cleaning to do in my two free hours after work! :( Kathy left this morning for a grad school conference in DC. She'll be back on Monday, so there is a miniscule chance that she'll get to meet everyone, but I'm not counting on it. She'll probably need to be right back at the lab Monday morning. How does she do it? Honestly, I can't understand why anyone would choose the torture and workaholism of grad assistant life. Maybe because I have no real career ambitions. :P

I tried to do a lyrics poll, but I couldn't think of any more songs that people might actually know.

Okay, their plane will be taking off from California pretty soon. Only...seven hours until they get here! :D
chestnutcurls: (Belle)
This is the SLOWEST DAY EVER.

I'm very pleased with my haircut. It falls right at my shoulders. My hairstylist, Kelly, and I had a fun time. We bonded over the mechanically-inclined men in our lives and she gave me a list of pros and cons of being married to a mechanic. :) This time she noticed how horribly bleachy my highlights get as they fade, so she applied some sort of extra dye to keep that from happening. So I have my reddish hair back, and hopefully it'll last longer this time. Yay!

I like the song "The Reason," and I know a lot of you like it too. But every radio station in town is playing it- you can literally hear it every five minutes if you flip enough- and I'm about to go crazy. It got me wondering how they do Billboard charts now. They used to do it by sales of the single, but hardly anyone sells those anymore. It's probably by amount of airplay, but even radio stations don't play songs based on how much they like them. It's all planned out by corporations. Makes me feel like a lab rat in a maze. Hopefully you music-industry types can shed some light on this.

Just now at lunchtime, I ran home for a minute. The apartment is not in great shape. I have so much cleaning to do in my two free hours after work! :( Kathy left this morning for a grad school conference in DC. She'll be back on Monday, so there is a miniscule chance that she'll get to meet everyone, but I'm not counting on it. She'll probably need to be right back at the lab Monday morning. How does she do it? Honestly, I can't understand why anyone would choose the torture and workaholism of grad assistant life. Maybe because I have no real career ambitions. :P

I tried to do a lyrics poll, but I couldn't think of any more songs that people might actually know.

Okay, their plane will be taking off from California pretty soon. Only...seven hours until they get here! :D

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