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chestnutcurls: (friendship 2)
Happy birthday to lajeaLaura!!! If you don't know Laura, you should. She is a Godly woman and a truly wonderful person. :)

In other news, I am so happy to be home I can't even find words. Home is the best.
chestnutcurls: (friendship 2)
Happy birthday to lajeaLaura!!! If you don't know Laura, you should. She is a Godly woman and a truly wonderful person. :)

In other news, I am so happy to be home I can't even find words. Home is the best.
chestnutcurls: (charlie brown)
Happy wedding day to canticlesShana and fettmanPhillip! Shana's life and my life have parallelled in sometimes-scary ways since we've known each other, so it's not very surprising that we're getting married less than two weeks apart. I pray God will bring her and Phillip many blessings! I'm so excited.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okay, I'll get to work on wedding entry #2 soon. I just needed a break from the recapping. :)
chestnutcurls: (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: (Bun)
My work bridal shower on Friday was great. We got two china place settings, some giftcards, a canister set, and our comforter!! A bunch of co-workers went in together to get it for us. I was so glad and surprised, because it was the most expensive thing on our registry and I doubted we'd get it. Now we won't be comforterless. Yay! When the party was over, I went to my parents' so my mom could alter my dress. After the good weight report last week, I was shocked that the dress was snug in the stomach area. :( My mom said I'm not allowed to gain any more (!) weight because she can't take the dress out. I felt like a whale. So now I have to lose a few pounds, which I am terrible at because I already exercise and eat reasonably. Myla told me about a green tea diet she's trying. She heard that if you drink a cup of green tea per day, you can lose a pound a week. I have just under seven weeks, so if it works even half that well, I'm good to go. I bought some Celestial Seasonings Wellness Tea and had my first cup this morning. It was really good, and it even says on the box that it boosts metabolism. Here's hoping.

On Saturday I went to the homecoming game with Ryan, Luke and Myla, and their brother (Evan was at work). The Tigers played well and we won 41-14! It's the first time we've won homecoming in at least seven years. Go Tigers go! After the game, Ryan went to the fair with me since I hadn't been yet. We completed my short list of things I wanted to do (ride the Ferris wheel, eat pineapple whip, go to the crafts building, and visit the petting zoo). He insisted that there weren't any show bunnies this year, but we went to the barn where they usually are, and they had about 30 bunnies. Some of them were for sale, and I was so, so tempted to take one home. I miss Bun.

Any Smallville fans around here (I already know about you, [livejournal.com profile] calypsobard :))? They're showing it on FX now and we watched a few episodes on Saturday night. I think I could very easily get hooked on it.

Sunday was fun, largely because Evan didn't have to work. A whole day together! Our Sunday school lesson was about debt, and we had a good discussion about it on the way to lunch. Later, at home, Evan decided to fix one thing and it turned into a whole afternoon of fixing up the apartment. He easily fixed things that have been messed up as long as I've lived there. We dusted, freshened up, and talked about what we're going to change when he moves in. I felt guilty for doing housework on Sunday, but for once it energized me instead of tiring me out. I look forward to having a home with him. :)

Today is okay. My stomach feels bad - I ate a big piece of leftover cake yesterday and haven't felt right since. Other than that, things are going well. I don't have anything else to talk about, so I now return you to your regular lives.
chestnutcurls: (Bun)
My work bridal shower on Friday was great. We got two china place settings, some giftcards, a canister set, and our comforter!! A bunch of co-workers went in together to get it for us. I was so glad and surprised, because it was the most expensive thing on our registry and I doubted we'd get it. Now we won't be comforterless. Yay! When the party was over, I went to my parents' so my mom could alter my dress. After the good weight report last week, I was shocked that the dress was snug in the stomach area. :( My mom said I'm not allowed to gain any more (!) weight because she can't take the dress out. I felt like a whale. So now I have to lose a few pounds, which I am terrible at because I already exercise and eat reasonably. Myla told me about a green tea diet she's trying. She heard that if you drink a cup of green tea per day, you can lose a pound a week. I have just under seven weeks, so if it works even half that well, I'm good to go. I bought some Celestial Seasonings Wellness Tea and had my first cup this morning. It was really good, and it even says on the box that it boosts metabolism. Here's hoping.

On Saturday I went to the homecoming game with Ryan, Luke and Myla, and their brother (Evan was at work). The Tigers played well and we won 41-14! It's the first time we've won homecoming in at least seven years. Go Tigers go! After the game, Ryan went to the fair with me since I hadn't been yet. We completed my short list of things I wanted to do (ride the Ferris wheel, eat pineapple whip, go to the crafts building, and visit the petting zoo). He insisted that there weren't any show bunnies this year, but we went to the barn where they usually are, and they had about 30 bunnies. Some of them were for sale, and I was so, so tempted to take one home. I miss Bun.

Any Smallville fans around here (I already know about you, [livejournal.com profile] calypsobard :))? They're showing it on FX now and we watched a few episodes on Saturday night. I think I could very easily get hooked on it.

Sunday was fun, largely because Evan didn't have to work. A whole day together! Our Sunday school lesson was about debt, and we had a good discussion about it on the way to lunch. Later, at home, Evan decided to fix one thing and it turned into a whole afternoon of fixing up the apartment. He easily fixed things that have been messed up as long as I've lived there. We dusted, freshened up, and talked about what we're going to change when he moves in. I felt guilty for doing housework on Sunday, but for once it energized me instead of tiring me out. I look forward to having a home with him. :)

Today is okay. My stomach feels bad - I ate a big piece of leftover cake yesterday and haven't felt right since. Other than that, things are going well. I don't have anything else to talk about, so I now return you to your regular lives.
chestnutcurls: (work)
Hola. My work meetings yesterday went okay. Our new database is really cool and will make my job a lot easier. Our department has been using a DOS database for fifteen years. The new one is a Windows database with a lot of our usual data entry already plugged in. For example, I won't have to memorize codes anymore! Today we're doing more hands-on stuff, and it should be less dull. I just hope they let us eat lunch. Yesterday we weren't allowed to eat until the Beverly Hills people did, which was at 1:45 our time. Gotta love that West Coast bias. :P

I've rediscovered my love of Crystal Lewis. In late high school and early college, she was one of my favorite singers. I kind of burned out on her stuff, though. The other day, tingilyaDanielle sent out a call for one of her songs, and I dug out the Remember CD, which I had left at my parents'. It seems better than it did before. I have a lot of experiences like that, which is why I rarely get rid of CDs even if I haven't listened to them in a while.

Speaking of music, I know some of you are fans of Jamie Cullum and/or Keane. You'll want to know that they're airing a concert of theirs on VH1 later in the month. How did I hear this, you ask? On VH1. Yes, people, after three years in an apartment with three channels, I have cable...and it turns out I've had it the whole time. Evan was at the apartment on Tuesday, washing his car, when the cable guy came by to unhook the cable of neighbors who just moved out. He and Evan struck up a conversation. The guy observed that there was no tag on my apartment's connection, which indicated that a former resident had probably paid off the cable guy at some point. Apparently, when that happens, they're not allowed to unplug it because they're not sure where it goes. They rarely get around to sending an electrician to figure it out. As soon as he was gone, Evan went upstairs, found a cable cord, and hooked up the TV...and there were all the channels! So for the time being, I have cable. I just hope it lasts through the election so I can watch The Daily Show. Woo hoo!

I had an awful nightmare right before I woke up this morning. It was so awful that I simultaneously want to talk about it and can't even think about it. The worst part was that I woke up from it and found it was time to get up. So I wasn't able to go back to sleep and forget about it. That's the worst.

What kind of bride will I be? ) 80 DAYS TODAY!
chestnutcurls: (work)
Hola. My work meetings yesterday went okay. Our new database is really cool and will make my job a lot easier. Our department has been using a DOS database for fifteen years. The new one is a Windows database with a lot of our usual data entry already plugged in. For example, I won't have to memorize codes anymore! Today we're doing more hands-on stuff, and it should be less dull. I just hope they let us eat lunch. Yesterday we weren't allowed to eat until the Beverly Hills people did, which was at 1:45 our time. Gotta love that West Coast bias. :P

I've rediscovered my love of Crystal Lewis. In late high school and early college, she was one of my favorite singers. I kind of burned out on her stuff, though. The other day, tingilyaDanielle sent out a call for one of her songs, and I dug out the Remember CD, which I had left at my parents'. It seems better than it did before. I have a lot of experiences like that, which is why I rarely get rid of CDs even if I haven't listened to them in a while.

Speaking of music, I know some of you are fans of Jamie Cullum and/or Keane. You'll want to know that they're airing a concert of theirs on VH1 later in the month. How did I hear this, you ask? On VH1. Yes, people, after three years in an apartment with three channels, I have cable...and it turns out I've had it the whole time. Evan was at the apartment on Tuesday, washing his car, when the cable guy came by to unhook the cable of neighbors who just moved out. He and Evan struck up a conversation. The guy observed that there was no tag on my apartment's connection, which indicated that a former resident had probably paid off the cable guy at some point. Apparently, when that happens, they're not allowed to unplug it because they're not sure where it goes. They rarely get around to sending an electrician to figure it out. As soon as he was gone, Evan went upstairs, found a cable cord, and hooked up the TV...and there were all the channels! So for the time being, I have cable. I just hope it lasts through the election so I can watch The Daily Show. Woo hoo!

I had an awful nightmare right before I woke up this morning. It was so awful that I simultaneously want to talk about it and can't even think about it. The worst part was that I woke up from it and found it was time to get up. So I wasn't able to go back to sleep and forget about it. That's the worst.

What kind of bride will I be? ) 80 DAYS TODAY!
chestnutcurls: (candles)
Happy, happy, happy belated birthday to dakodaSharon! She's such a great person. If you don't know her, you should. Her sense of LOTR humor alone is enough reason to friend her. :)

Well, I'm alive. I feel bad for my lack of LJ participation lately, but I can barely keep up with my non-computer life. The frenetic activity of the last few weeks is finally catching up with me. I'm drinking caffeinated coffee, on the official hottest day of the year, because I thought I might not be able to stay awake without it. The allergies I've had for three weeks returned as soon as I got back from Virginia, and today my eyes hurt. I even brought my glasses to work in case I have to take my contacts out. Tonight there's no band practice- thanks, God- so I'm going to stay home, do laundry, be restful, and go to sleep around 9:00.

My trip to Virginia )

As the girls know, I found a wedding dress yesterday! I won't describe it in case Evan sees this, but it's beautiful and I'm so happy with it. Also, we talked it over and we've pretty much decided to go with the Jamaican honeymoon! :D I'm so excited. This means we'll have to get passports soon, on top of everything else, but it's a good idea to have a valid passport anyway. I got my last one when I was fifteen, so needless to say it's out of date. In the picture I have Brooke Shields eyebrows and am wearing a tie-dyed shirt. Ouch.

So far I'm enjoying having the apartment to myself. After getting back from the dress shop on Monday, Kathy and I went through piles of papers and junk from the dining room and threw a lot of stuff away. We're sort of going room by room, and things are looking good. In other exciting news, I had a nice talk with my landlady yesterday and it turns out we're allowed to paint! To think I've lived with my blindingly white kitchen for three years and could have had some color. Evan and I are planning to paint it and the bathroom (the only white rooms). Now we just have to decide on a color. I think we'll probably do blue. It depends on what bathroom stuff we choose for our registry. The Mills Apartment will look very different from the Brenda and Kathy Apartment. :)

Oh, and remember my busybody neighbor who works with our friend MaryElaine? A few months ago she had the audacity to ask MaryElaine if Evan spent the night at my apartment? Well, now she's complained to her that Evan is over all the time and she's certain that we're living together. !!!! I should laugh it off, but I get really angry at being accused of things when I'm part of the 5% of the population not doing them. I should leave her a note: In 139 days we WILL be living together. Legally. Deal with it. Anyway, Jesus was accused of things and didn't protest, so this is another area in which I fail to follow His example.

Okay, I've talked long enough.
chestnutcurls: (candles)
Happy, happy, happy belated birthday to dakodaSharon! She's such a great person. If you don't know her, you should. Her sense of LOTR humor alone is enough reason to friend her. :)

Well, I'm alive. I feel bad for my lack of LJ participation lately, but I can barely keep up with my non-computer life. The frenetic activity of the last few weeks is finally catching up with me. I'm drinking caffeinated coffee, on the official hottest day of the year, because I thought I might not be able to stay awake without it. The allergies I've had for three weeks returned as soon as I got back from Virginia, and today my eyes hurt. I even brought my glasses to work in case I have to take my contacts out. Tonight there's no band practice- thanks, God- so I'm going to stay home, do laundry, be restful, and go to sleep around 9:00.

My trip to Virginia )

As the girls know, I found a wedding dress yesterday! I won't describe it in case Evan sees this, but it's beautiful and I'm so happy with it. Also, we talked it over and we've pretty much decided to go with the Jamaican honeymoon! :D I'm so excited. This means we'll have to get passports soon, on top of everything else, but it's a good idea to have a valid passport anyway. I got my last one when I was fifteen, so needless to say it's out of date. In the picture I have Brooke Shields eyebrows and am wearing a tie-dyed shirt. Ouch.

So far I'm enjoying having the apartment to myself. After getting back from the dress shop on Monday, Kathy and I went through piles of papers and junk from the dining room and threw a lot of stuff away. We're sort of going room by room, and things are looking good. In other exciting news, I had a nice talk with my landlady yesterday and it turns out we're allowed to paint! To think I've lived with my blindingly white kitchen for three years and could have had some color. Evan and I are planning to paint it and the bathroom (the only white rooms). Now we just have to decide on a color. I think we'll probably do blue. It depends on what bathroom stuff we choose for our registry. The Mills Apartment will look very different from the Brenda and Kathy Apartment. :)

Oh, and remember my busybody neighbor who works with our friend MaryElaine? A few months ago she had the audacity to ask MaryElaine if Evan spent the night at my apartment? Well, now she's complained to her that Evan is over all the time and she's certain that we're living together. !!!! I should laugh it off, but I get really angry at being accused of things when I'm part of the 5% of the population not doing them. I should leave her a note: In 139 days we WILL be living together. Legally. Deal with it. Anyway, Jesus was accused of things and didn't protest, so this is another area in which I fail to follow His example.

Okay, I've talked long enough.
chestnutcurls: (Bun)
Wedding Week #1 begins. Excitement is in the air. Many things are in the works. Here are some important (to me) things that happened this weekend:

- Evan took me to see The Terminal. It was the best movie I've seen since Return of the King. I think this movie is to me what Lost In Translation was to a lot of people. I expected it to be good since it's Tom Hanks (the most brilliant actor of our time, in my opinion), but I didn't expect to be so moved and drawn into the story. This movie has so much to say about so many things- friendship, perseverance, patience, self-sacrifice, love. It's amazing. I already want to see it again. Of course, now that I've said this, you'll all see it and think it's boring. But to me it was really an experience.

- I bought my entertainment center at Wal-Mart. I ended up getting a different one than the one I had liked previously. It was $50 cheaper and much nicer-looking. We're planning to put it together tonight, but since there have been some problems with Kathy and Daniel's new apartment (basically, management didn't fix up the apartment after the last occupant), we might not be able to move things to make room for it. I hope we can, though. I'm antsy to get the process going already! New decor, yay!

- Both of my bridesmaid dresses are altered and ready to go, thanks to my mom. On a whim, she also made me a skirt in about ten minutes while I was standing there. I'm wearing it today. It's fuschia, has yellow and white flowers on it, and looks like it came from a store. She has an amazing talent. Too bad none of it rubbed off on me. :P

- Most exciting: Casey mentioned after church last night that someone had, without her knowledge, submitted an article she'd written to several Christian magazines- and one of them had accepted it. She was like, "Yeah, you've probably never heard of it...it's called...Relevant?" Of course I went nuts and started exclaiming about how I link to Relevant, and have thought about submitting something to them but have no idea what to write about. She was really flattered that I thought it was such a big deal. I mean, how exciting is that? I told you Casey was cool! :D Anyway, here's her article. It's on "The Venus Flytrap," on which topic she's developed a seminar and has taught it at summer conference for two years. It's geared toward women and is kind of blunt, just so you're aware.

Some very special pictures. )
chestnutcurls: (Bun)
Wedding Week #1 begins. Excitement is in the air. Many things are in the works. Here are some important (to me) things that happened this weekend:

- Evan took me to see The Terminal. It was the best movie I've seen since Return of the King. I think this movie is to me what Lost In Translation was to a lot of people. I expected it to be good since it's Tom Hanks (the most brilliant actor of our time, in my opinion), but I didn't expect to be so moved and drawn into the story. This movie has so much to say about so many things- friendship, perseverance, patience, self-sacrifice, love. It's amazing. I already want to see it again. Of course, now that I've said this, you'll all see it and think it's boring. But to me it was really an experience.

- I bought my entertainment center at Wal-Mart. I ended up getting a different one than the one I had liked previously. It was $50 cheaper and much nicer-looking. We're planning to put it together tonight, but since there have been some problems with Kathy and Daniel's new apartment (basically, management didn't fix up the apartment after the last occupant), we might not be able to move things to make room for it. I hope we can, though. I'm antsy to get the process going already! New decor, yay!

- Both of my bridesmaid dresses are altered and ready to go, thanks to my mom. On a whim, she also made me a skirt in about ten minutes while I was standing there. I'm wearing it today. It's fuschia, has yellow and white flowers on it, and looks like it came from a store. She has an amazing talent. Too bad none of it rubbed off on me. :P

- Most exciting: Casey mentioned after church last night that someone had, without her knowledge, submitted an article she'd written to several Christian magazines- and one of them had accepted it. She was like, "Yeah, you've probably never heard of it...it's called...Relevant?" Of course I went nuts and started exclaiming about how I link to Relevant, and have thought about submitting something to them but have no idea what to write about. She was really flattered that I thought it was such a big deal. I mean, how exciting is that? I told you Casey was cool! :D Anyway, here's her article. It's on "The Venus Flytrap," on which topic she's developed a seminar and has taught it at summer conference for two years. It's geared toward women and is kind of blunt, just so you're aware.

Some very special pictures. )
chestnutcurls: (beach girl)
Randomness:

For about a week, Kathy and I have been doing the Crunch Cardio Salsa workout. I highly recommend it- it's the best aerobic video I've found since the 29 Minute Workout. The instructor is really nice, and her personality and looks remind me a lot of dorkiness_haloNicole. :)

Last night Kathy and I had a great girls night. We went shopping for all kinds of girly things, then came home and salsa-ed. She'll start moving some things this weekend, so I'm planning on buying my entertainment center! I found one I liked at Wal-Mart, and it costs less than the one I was looking at before. It has glass shelves on either side of the TV area. Anyway, it'll help to space out the big purchases a little. In addition to the entertainment center I'm getting a new TV (the living room one is Kathy's), and a futon to make Kathy's room into a guest room. Debra's already referring to it as "her" futon and demanding that I get it immediately. :P :)

Danielle had mentioned that Star Jones of The View is getting married, and taking a lot of flak for proceeding with it in a Christian way (i.e. waiting until marriage, and taking her husband's name). I just came across her wedding website and it's really cute. Props to Star for standing her ground!

I just started A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken and it's already mesmerizing. It was hard to tear myself away from it at lunchtime. Expect more thoughts on it once I'm done.
chestnutcurls: (beach girl)
Randomness:

For about a week, Kathy and I have been doing the Crunch Cardio Salsa workout. I highly recommend it- it's the best aerobic video I've found since the 29 Minute Workout. The instructor is really nice, and her personality and looks remind me a lot of dorkiness_haloNicole. :)

Last night Kathy and I had a great girls night. We went shopping for all kinds of girly things, then came home and salsa-ed. She'll start moving some things this weekend, so I'm planning on buying my entertainment center! I found one I liked at Wal-Mart, and it costs less than the one I was looking at before. It has glass shelves on either side of the TV area. Anyway, it'll help to space out the big purchases a little. In addition to the entertainment center I'm getting a new TV (the living room one is Kathy's), and a futon to make Kathy's room into a guest room. Debra's already referring to it as "her" futon and demanding that I get it immediately. :P :)

Danielle had mentioned that Star Jones of The View is getting married, and taking a lot of flak for proceeding with it in a Christian way (i.e. waiting until marriage, and taking her husband's name). I just came across her wedding website and it's really cute. Props to Star for standing her ground!

I just started A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken and it's already mesmerizing. It was hard to tear myself away from it at lunchtime. Expect more thoughts on it once I'm done.
chestnutcurls: (flip-flops)
Someone bought me 6 months of extra userpics!!! Thank you so much, whoever you are. I'm so excited! Maybe my recent fit of icon-switching brought this on? :) Tonight I shall have fun with Photoshop. Woo hoo! Oh, this is my new "shoes" icon, changed for spring. These are my favorite flip-flops ever.

Gosh, I have a lot of stories to tell, so I'll just dive right in. On Friday I got off early- yay! I went to Michaels to buy art for the kitchen wall, which I had been meaning to do before J, J & D visit. I got one of those French pop-arty posters like they have on Friends. Except it's in Italian. Anyway, I like it.:) Then I went to the mall to look for green flip-flops, but became so tired that I forgot what I was there for. So I went home and took a nap. Then Evan and I went to Ryan's, hung out a while, and then we all went to my parents' church. The passion play was very good...they even had live animals! (There were bunnies and I wanted to visit them afterward, but we didn't know where they were keeping them.) Afterward, my dad treated us all to Steak & Shake. It was a nice evening.

Saturday, Kathy (and Daniel) and I went to lunch and a movie with MaryElaine, since her birthday was last week. We saw Ella Enchanted, and like the rest of the friends list, I loved it! Much better than I'd expected. After the movie I went thrifting and bought a few shirts. Later, Evan and I went to dinner and then rented Runaway Jury. It was good, but kind of long.

Easter was great, but also long. The orchestra had to be at church at 7:45 am. We had about half an hour of continuous playing per service, but it went well and I was happy. I like church. For lunch, those of us whose parents were absent/busy had lunch at American Cafe. Then Evan and I went to my parents' so I could be there to start the meal for them. I got to do my laundry, which means I have free time tonight! Yay! Ryan came later, and we feasted and watched the Nick & Jessica variety show, which was also more entertaining then expected. Also, my mom got me a Selah CD as an Easter present, and it's very good.

I just saw a guy who looked like the scary giant from Happy Gilmore. You know, "Guns don't kill people...I kill people." Except he was wearing a suit.

Do you have people on your friends list whom you really think should know each other? I do, so here's a short list of my LJ Friend-ups. In the case of the first pair, I've actually mistaken their entries for each other's several times, so I have long meant to bring them to each other's attention. Maybe it's just their writing style, but still. :) If anyone is new to LJ or just wants more people on their friends list, let me know and I can recommend someone to you. New friends are fun.

chestnutcurls: (flip-flops)
Someone bought me 6 months of extra userpics!!! Thank you so much, whoever you are. I'm so excited! Maybe my recent fit of icon-switching brought this on? :) Tonight I shall have fun with Photoshop. Woo hoo! Oh, this is my new "shoes" icon, changed for spring. These are my favorite flip-flops ever.

Gosh, I have a lot of stories to tell, so I'll just dive right in. On Friday I got off early- yay! I went to Michaels to buy art for the kitchen wall, which I had been meaning to do before J, J & D visit. I got one of those French pop-arty posters like they have on Friends. Except it's in Italian. Anyway, I like it.:) Then I went to the mall to look for green flip-flops, but became so tired that I forgot what I was there for. So I went home and took a nap. Then Evan and I went to Ryan's, hung out a while, and then we all went to my parents' church. The passion play was very good...they even had live animals! (There were bunnies and I wanted to visit them afterward, but we didn't know where they were keeping them.) Afterward, my dad treated us all to Steak & Shake. It was a nice evening.

Saturday, Kathy (and Daniel) and I went to lunch and a movie with MaryElaine, since her birthday was last week. We saw Ella Enchanted, and like the rest of the friends list, I loved it! Much better than I'd expected. After the movie I went thrifting and bought a few shirts. Later, Evan and I went to dinner and then rented Runaway Jury. It was good, but kind of long.

Easter was great, but also long. The orchestra had to be at church at 7:45 am. We had about half an hour of continuous playing per service, but it went well and I was happy. I like church. For lunch, those of us whose parents were absent/busy had lunch at American Cafe. Then Evan and I went to my parents' so I could be there to start the meal for them. I got to do my laundry, which means I have free time tonight! Yay! Ryan came later, and we feasted and watched the Nick & Jessica variety show, which was also more entertaining then expected. Also, my mom got me a Selah CD as an Easter present, and it's very good.

I just saw a guy who looked like the scary giant from Happy Gilmore. You know, "Guns don't kill people...I kill people." Except he was wearing a suit.

Do you have people on your friends list whom you really think should know each other? I do, so here's a short list of my LJ Friend-ups. In the case of the first pair, I've actually mistaken their entries for each other's several times, so I have long meant to bring them to each other's attention. Maybe it's just their writing style, but still. :) If anyone is new to LJ or just wants more people on their friends list, let me know and I can recommend someone to you. New friends are fun.

chestnutcurls: (happy couple)
Greetings all. I feel ready to face a new week. I'm writing before I get too busy to do so.

My weekend was busy. Evan and I shopped on Friday night. A word to the wise: Sears is the place to go for men's businesswear. After going to the more expensive places, he got a nice shirt there for $10. Yay! Saturday dawned bright and sunny, and I was glad Kathryn had such a nice wedding day. I ran errands, went for a walk, started getting ready and noticed that it was clouding up. No big whoop. Ryan and Evan arrived and we went to the wedding in my car. During the ceremony, we heard faint thunder. About halfway through the reception, parts of the roof started leaking like a faucet. When we decided to leave, we went to the door and discovered a monsoon-like thunderstorm going on outside. None of us had an umbrella, so Evan graciously ran to get the car. On Poplar we encountered small lakes where parking lots had once been (Midtown got four inches of rain in half an hour). Evan stayed in the right lane once when he should have moved over, and I could actually feel the water through the floorboard. It was scary. Thankfully, the car didn't stall. Chris had followed us to the apartment and we all watched School of Rock while air-drying. :P

Yesterday I watched the Tigers' last game and did a few chores. I try not to do housework on Sundays, but I think I have to start doing a few small things. Work has been so busy that I don't have the energy to do it all during the week anymore. Today I feel more relaxed knowing that all I have to do tonight is laundry. I also got ambitious and made a lasagna roll-up thing for Evan, which turned out pretty well. Wouldn't it be nice if all I had to do was take care of my home, instead of working all day and then taking care of those things? Anyway, as you know if you care, the Tigers were basically slaughtered by Oklahoma State yesterday, but I'm okay with it. We had a good year and we're progressing at a great rate. Next year we'll be in the Sweet 16. Mark my words. :)

Some pictures and stuff! )
chestnutcurls: (happy couple)
Greetings all. I feel ready to face a new week. I'm writing before I get too busy to do so.

My weekend was busy. Evan and I shopped on Friday night. A word to the wise: Sears is the place to go for men's businesswear. After going to the more expensive places, he got a nice shirt there for $10. Yay! Saturday dawned bright and sunny, and I was glad Kathryn had such a nice wedding day. I ran errands, went for a walk, started getting ready and noticed that it was clouding up. No big whoop. Ryan and Evan arrived and we went to the wedding in my car. During the ceremony, we heard faint thunder. About halfway through the reception, parts of the roof started leaking like a faucet. When we decided to leave, we went to the door and discovered a monsoon-like thunderstorm going on outside. None of us had an umbrella, so Evan graciously ran to get the car. On Poplar we encountered small lakes where parking lots had once been (Midtown got four inches of rain in half an hour). Evan stayed in the right lane once when he should have moved over, and I could actually feel the water through the floorboard. It was scary. Thankfully, the car didn't stall. Chris had followed us to the apartment and we all watched School of Rock while air-drying. :P

Yesterday I watched the Tigers' last game and did a few chores. I try not to do housework on Sundays, but I think I have to start doing a few small things. Work has been so busy that I don't have the energy to do it all during the week anymore. Today I feel more relaxed knowing that all I have to do tonight is laundry. I also got ambitious and made a lasagna roll-up thing for Evan, which turned out pretty well. Wouldn't it be nice if all I had to do was take care of my home, instead of working all day and then taking care of those things? Anyway, as you know if you care, the Tigers were basically slaughtered by Oklahoma State yesterday, but I'm okay with it. We had a good year and we're progressing at a great rate. Next year we'll be in the Sweet 16. Mark my words. :)

Some pictures and stuff! )

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