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I just discovered Where the Locals Eat. It's a list of the top 100 restaurants in a lot of major US cities. Just for fun, here's our list. I will bold and comment on the ones I've been to. Feel free to play along!

Top 100 Memphis Restaurants )
chestnutcurls: (food)
I just discovered Where the Locals Eat. It's a list of the top 100 restaurants in a lot of major US cities. Just for fun, here's our list. I will bold and comment on the ones I've been to. Feel free to play along!

Top 100 Memphis Restaurants )
chestnutcurls: (memphis)
I just won tickets to Barbecue Fest!!! HR gave away five sets of tickets and one of them is mine! I'm so excited. I've never been before.

rawee1Robin, where are you going to be? :) I think we'll go tomorrow. Tonight is a little soon.

(The subject line: the guy who lived in the house next door to my college dorm was a member of that team. I always thought it was hilarious.)
chestnutcurls: (memphis)
I just won tickets to Barbecue Fest!!! HR gave away five sets of tickets and one of them is mine! I'm so excited. I've never been before.

rawee1Robin, where are you going to be? :) I think we'll go tomorrow. Tonight is a little soon.

(The subject line: the guy who lived in the house next door to my college dorm was a member of that team. I always thought it was hilarious.)
chestnutcurls: (music)
The other important thing that happened this weekend is that my favorite radio station, 94.1 The Buzz, is dead. I'm just going to link to Melissa's post about it, since she took the words right out of my mouth. :( Driving home is going to be crummy now that I can't listen to Brad & Dana on the way.

I already changed my car presets at lunchtime. Welcome to the vast wasteland of Memphis radio. BLEAH.
chestnutcurls: (music)
The other important thing that happened this weekend is that my favorite radio station, 94.1 The Buzz, is dead. I'm just going to link to Melissa's post about it, since she took the words right out of my mouth. :( Driving home is going to be crummy now that I can't listen to Brad & Dana on the way.

I already changed my car presets at lunchtime. Welcome to the vast wasteland of Memphis radio. BLEAH.
chestnutcurls: (memphis)
Historic Memphis church burns, sparks other fires.

Local coverage with photos.

It's a windy day, and I heard on the radio that a lot of sparks are still flying around downtown. Let's pray that this is the end of the fires. :( I feel sad about the church.

It's amazing how much lighter traffic is when none of the downtowners are going to work. I got here fast this morning!
chestnutcurls: (memphis)
Historic Memphis church burns, sparks other fires.

Local coverage with photos.

It's a windy day, and I heard on the radio that a lot of sparks are still flying around downtown. Let's pray that this is the end of the fires. :( I feel sad about the church.

It's amazing how much lighter traffic is when none of the downtowners are going to work. I got here fast this morning!
chestnutcurls: (hope)
We just had a soup cookoff here at work. They do it every year as a fundraiser for cancer research. I had about twelve little cups of soup (I voted for the clam chowder) and a few pumpkin bars. I have so little self-control with food these days. :( My aforementioned Green Tea Diet has done nothing but make me hungrier all the time. I know it's the tea, because my sister is also doing it and has noticed the same results. This might be a sign of my metabolism speeding up, which would be a good thing, but it seems like it's just defeating the purpose. Last night at Bible study I ate a big brownie. I'm not sorry, because it was amazing. Evan kept saying "It's just a brownie," until he realized it's probably been years since I had one that wasn't low-fat.

Anyway, they also had karaoke at the soup event, and Joe Birch (local news personality) came to read the number for a raffle. Then he disappeared. I guess he had another story to cover. :)

I have added comments to all my user pictures. That's a pretty cool feature. I also made some new icons. I would have made more (and uploaded some bridal shower pictures and stuff), but I have serious mouse arm from our database project at work. So please be patient while I heal!

Tonight we're going to the Agricenter corn maze. I've always wanted to go, so it should be fun! It's going to be a very Halloweeny weekend, since I also have a Halloween party to go to and am volunteering at our church's Festival of Melons and Gourds on Sunday night. Oh, and it's also fall-back weekend. Normally that's a very sad time for me because it means I hardly see the sun for several months, but it might be worth it to not wake up in the dark anymore. By the way, we may set a new record high of 86 degrees (F) today. :P Happy almost-November, everyone.

FYI: My friend Lance told me about electoral-vote.com. It's a conglomerate of all the polls...very interesting.
chestnutcurls: (hope)
We just had a soup cookoff here at work. They do it every year as a fundraiser for cancer research. I had about twelve little cups of soup (I voted for the clam chowder) and a few pumpkin bars. I have so little self-control with food these days. :( My aforementioned Green Tea Diet has done nothing but make me hungrier all the time. I know it's the tea, because my sister is also doing it and has noticed the same results. This might be a sign of my metabolism speeding up, which would be a good thing, but it seems like it's just defeating the purpose. Last night at Bible study I ate a big brownie. I'm not sorry, because it was amazing. Evan kept saying "It's just a brownie," until he realized it's probably been years since I had one that wasn't low-fat.

Anyway, they also had karaoke at the soup event, and Joe Birch (local news personality) came to read the number for a raffle. Then he disappeared. I guess he had another story to cover. :)

I have added comments to all my user pictures. That's a pretty cool feature. I also made some new icons. I would have made more (and uploaded some bridal shower pictures and stuff), but I have serious mouse arm from our database project at work. So please be patient while I heal!

Tonight we're going to the Agricenter corn maze. I've always wanted to go, so it should be fun! It's going to be a very Halloweeny weekend, since I also have a Halloween party to go to and am volunteering at our church's Festival of Melons and Gourds on Sunday night. Oh, and it's also fall-back weekend. Normally that's a very sad time for me because it means I hardly see the sun for several months, but it might be worth it to not wake up in the dark anymore. By the way, we may set a new record high of 86 degrees (F) today. :P Happy almost-November, everyone.

FYI: My friend Lance told me about electoral-vote.com. It's a conglomerate of all the polls...very interesting.
chestnutcurls: (beach girl)
Everclear's "Santa Monica" is one of my favorite songs. I'm not sure why.

So I think I've had it with marriage books. Evan and I have read Reforming Marriage and Each For The Other (we both preferred the latter). Now I'm reading The Excellent Wife. It's stressing me out a little, and Evan suggested maybe I should stop reading it. :P Each For the Other left me feeling optimistic and encouraged about becoming a wife. This book is causing frustration and despair, since I am a sinner and can't possibly attain the perfection that the book models. Also, it seems to be geared more toward women whose husbands are not believers. The main message I'm getting from it is, "Your husband will mistreat you constantly. You must respond in perfect joy and love. The end." It's depressing, especially since Evan is so good to me and so easy to love. Am I supposed to tell myself he's going to turn into a cruel, selfish ogre after the wedding?

I'm also reading a book called Super Foods that I borrowed from Kathy's mom. It's about the fourteen most beneficial foods. I don't usually read diet-y books, but this one is interesting. I already eat most of the Super Foods- blueberries, spinach, salmon, broccoli, and tea are included. Yum! I'm eating so healthily now that I'm on my own. It's great. However, I'll have to start cooking more meat for Evan's sake. I made chicken last night, which I've done maybe three other times in my life. It actually wasn't that hard! Next time I might try Jessica's Sesame Chicken recipe.

My city's government has lost all pretense of sanity. Last week they cut millions of dollars from the county school system, laying off 100 people and cutting out music programs (which always makes me very angry). Yesterday our mayor pulled all funding from the city school system. You read that right- ALL. As in, hundreds of schools now have no money. My boss says he's trying to force a consolidation of the city and county systems, which will mean the official end of Memphis public education. I predict that within two years we'll be like New Orleans, where the schools are so bad that kids have to go to private school to even have a chance. I was sort of planning to put my future kids in private school- now I think I better start saving today. :P It's so discouraging.

Enough hot button issues for one day. :)
chestnutcurls: (beach girl)
Everclear's "Santa Monica" is one of my favorite songs. I'm not sure why.

So I think I've had it with marriage books. Evan and I have read Reforming Marriage and Each For The Other (we both preferred the latter). Now I'm reading The Excellent Wife. It's stressing me out a little, and Evan suggested maybe I should stop reading it. :P Each For the Other left me feeling optimistic and encouraged about becoming a wife. This book is causing frustration and despair, since I am a sinner and can't possibly attain the perfection that the book models. Also, it seems to be geared more toward women whose husbands are not believers. The main message I'm getting from it is, "Your husband will mistreat you constantly. You must respond in perfect joy and love. The end." It's depressing, especially since Evan is so good to me and so easy to love. Am I supposed to tell myself he's going to turn into a cruel, selfish ogre after the wedding?

I'm also reading a book called Super Foods that I borrowed from Kathy's mom. It's about the fourteen most beneficial foods. I don't usually read diet-y books, but this one is interesting. I already eat most of the Super Foods- blueberries, spinach, salmon, broccoli, and tea are included. Yum! I'm eating so healthily now that I'm on my own. It's great. However, I'll have to start cooking more meat for Evan's sake. I made chicken last night, which I've done maybe three other times in my life. It actually wasn't that hard! Next time I might try Jessica's Sesame Chicken recipe.

My city's government has lost all pretense of sanity. Last week they cut millions of dollars from the county school system, laying off 100 people and cutting out music programs (which always makes me very angry). Yesterday our mayor pulled all funding from the city school system. You read that right- ALL. As in, hundreds of schools now have no money. My boss says he's trying to force a consolidation of the city and county systems, which will mean the official end of Memphis public education. I predict that within two years we'll be like New Orleans, where the schools are so bad that kids have to go to private school to even have a chance. I was sort of planning to put my future kids in private school- now I think I better start saving today. :P It's so discouraging.

Enough hot button issues for one day. :)

ciao bella

Jun. 4th, 2004 01:57 pm
chestnutcurls: (cat milkshake)
Happy Birthday to Laura! Hope Prisoner of Azkaban is a good birthday present. :) I'm excited about the movie, but bummed that I didn't have time to read the book again. Now I won't be as aware of all the changes.

I just walked over to Italian Fest with one of my co-workers. We met up with her husband, and his company had a booth there, so we ate a delicious lunch for free! Lately I've been eating big lunches, which leads to guilt when I still eat moderate dinners. I have no self-control. None. I need a world where only celery and lettuce is served.

Yesterday seemed like a good day to spend my Target giftcard on another season of Friends. After scanning through an episode guide I decided I wanted Season 3. Of course, when I got to Target, they had every season except 3. I guess I'll go back next week.

Evan makes me so happy. :) He is the best boyfriend in the world.

Finally, thanks to Lawson, I now have a picture to share of the Fake Tornado. It doesn't look as impressive as it did in other shots, but it's still pretty cool. Smokenado )

ciao bella

Jun. 4th, 2004 01:57 pm
chestnutcurls: (cat milkshake)
Happy Birthday to Laura! Hope Prisoner of Azkaban is a good birthday present. :) I'm excited about the movie, but bummed that I didn't have time to read the book again. Now I won't be as aware of all the changes.

I just walked over to Italian Fest with one of my co-workers. We met up with her husband, and his company had a booth there, so we ate a delicious lunch for free! Lately I've been eating big lunches, which leads to guilt when I still eat moderate dinners. I have no self-control. None. I need a world where only celery and lettuce is served.

Yesterday seemed like a good day to spend my Target giftcard on another season of Friends. After scanning through an episode guide I decided I wanted Season 3. Of course, when I got to Target, they had every season except 3. I guess I'll go back next week.

Evan makes me so happy. :) He is the best boyfriend in the world.

Finally, thanks to Lawson, I now have a picture to share of the Fake Tornado. It doesn't look as impressive as it did in other shots, but it's still pretty cool. Smokenado )
chestnutcurls: (cat milkshake)
About time I posted, huh?

The Californians Visit )

I was so tired after they left that I just sat around the apartment for the rest of the day/evening. I had a feeling that I was coming down with some sinusey thing. Evan came straight from work so we could have some quality time, and it was nice to have him there. I went to sleep at 10! Today my throat feels awful and I could still go back to sleep. At least I don't have to do anything tonight!
chestnutcurls: (cat milkshake)
About time I posted, huh?

The Californians Visit )

I was so tired after they left that I just sat around the apartment for the rest of the day/evening. I had a feeling that I was coming down with some sinusey thing. Evan came straight from work so we could have some quality time, and it was nice to have him there. I went to sleep at 10! Today my throat feels awful and I could still go back to sleep. At least I don't have to do anything tonight!
chestnutcurls: (dancing)
I'm so bored today. There are non-rush things I could do, both personal and job-related, but I can't work up the energy to do them. Sigh. I wish I was with Stacy, whose department went to a Redbirds game today. Which reminds me, have I mentioned how nice and generous she is? She's always lending me stuff. :)

The big news around here is a young local DJ who was strangled in her own apartment. The more they find out, the more tragic the story gets. As a fellow female city apartment resident, this story has me more than a little freaked out. Apparently the robbers were knocking on doors, waiting for someone to open up so they could rob them...it was totally random. Ladies, don't open the door for someone you don't know. Ever.

On a light note, I have the Jason Mraz CD, and last year I wasn't too impressed with it. I decided to give it another chance a few weeks ago, and I don't know why I didn't like it before, because it's awesome. He's funny and has a nice voice and a versatile style. I guess I wasn't in the musical "place" for his stuff then. Does anyone else get into long-term musical moods? Most of the time I like peppier stuff, but sometimes I get into slow-music moods or pop moods or country moods that last a few weeks. I've always been that way.

I'm curious about who watches certain TV shows, so I made a poll. The first five are shows that I really enjoy; the second five are shows that I don't really watch for various reasons, but I've noticed they're popular with other people. Couch Potatoes )
chestnutcurls: (dancing)
I'm so bored today. There are non-rush things I could do, both personal and job-related, but I can't work up the energy to do them. Sigh. I wish I was with Stacy, whose department went to a Redbirds game today. Which reminds me, have I mentioned how nice and generous she is? She's always lending me stuff. :)

The big news around here is a young local DJ who was strangled in her own apartment. The more they find out, the more tragic the story gets. As a fellow female city apartment resident, this story has me more than a little freaked out. Apparently the robbers were knocking on doors, waiting for someone to open up so they could rob them...it was totally random. Ladies, don't open the door for someone you don't know. Ever.

On a light note, I have the Jason Mraz CD, and last year I wasn't too impressed with it. I decided to give it another chance a few weeks ago, and I don't know why I didn't like it before, because it's awesome. He's funny and has a nice voice and a versatile style. I guess I wasn't in the musical "place" for his stuff then. Does anyone else get into long-term musical moods? Most of the time I like peppier stuff, but sometimes I get into slow-music moods or pop moods or country moods that last a few weeks. I've always been that way.

I'm curious about who watches certain TV shows, so I made a poll. The first five are shows that I really enjoy; the second five are shows that I don't really watch for various reasons, but I've noticed they're popular with other people. Couch Potatoes )
chestnutcurls: (jersey tug)
Imagine my surprise yesterday when I came home, after a crummy Monday, to find a package from [livejournal.com profile] apestaartje with Belgian chocolate inside! There was coconut chocolate and peanut-butter chocolate, and a cool card with a picture of an elephant getting on a bus. Sarah, you're awesome! Thanks! :D

Based on the results of a recent study, Memphis has the second-highest crime rate in the country - beaten only by Miami. Isn't it ironic, don't you think? I heard about it on the news.

My hair is getting entirely too long. It hasn't been this long since I first chopped it off in 1999. It looks better than when it was too short, but it's kind of a pain to take care of now. Evan likes it, though. What is it with men preferring long hair? Is it more romantic-looking or something? Anyway, I might take a couple of inches off of it next time, for my own sanity.

About an hour ago I went to the breakroom to get more tea, and there was a sandwich in the fridge. It was in a plastic box and had one of those fancy toothpicks in it. The stuff on top of the toothpick looked like a spider when I glanced at it. I almost had a heart attack.

In a little while I have to go to the dentist. It's a new dentist, and I haven't had a checkup in over a year, so I'm really not looking forward to it. People with normal-sized mouths must have it so easy at the dentist. I always have to endure shocked reactions when I cannot, in fact, open my mouth any wider. Those X-rays are a nightmare, too. Oh, I'll be glad when this is over.
chestnutcurls: (jersey tug)
Imagine my surprise yesterday when I came home, after a crummy Monday, to find a package from [livejournal.com profile] apestaartje with Belgian chocolate inside! There was coconut chocolate and peanut-butter chocolate, and a cool card with a picture of an elephant getting on a bus. Sarah, you're awesome! Thanks! :D

Based on the results of a recent study, Memphis has the second-highest crime rate in the country - beaten only by Miami. Isn't it ironic, don't you think? I heard about it on the news.

My hair is getting entirely too long. It hasn't been this long since I first chopped it off in 1999. It looks better than when it was too short, but it's kind of a pain to take care of now. Evan likes it, though. What is it with men preferring long hair? Is it more romantic-looking or something? Anyway, I might take a couple of inches off of it next time, for my own sanity.

About an hour ago I went to the breakroom to get more tea, and there was a sandwich in the fridge. It was in a plastic box and had one of those fancy toothpicks in it. The stuff on top of the toothpick looked like a spider when I glanced at it. I almost had a heart attack.

In a little while I have to go to the dentist. It's a new dentist, and I haven't had a checkup in over a year, so I'm really not looking forward to it. People with normal-sized mouths must have it so easy at the dentist. I always have to endure shocked reactions when I cannot, in fact, open my mouth any wider. Those X-rays are a nightmare, too. Oh, I'll be glad when this is over.

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