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I have three download codes to give away for the latest Myla Smith album, White/Gold!!! It's a double album - six songs of indie pop, six songs of country, all songs of awesomeness. It's Myla's best work yet and I'm excited to share it with you.

Comment to enter. Contest will be closed on Friday, October 1 at noon, and winners chosen via random number generator that afternoon.

Yay! :D
chestnutcurls: (music)
mylawhitegold


I have three download codes to give away for the latest Myla Smith album, White/Gold!!! It's a double album - six songs of indie pop, six songs of country, all songs of awesomeness. It's Myla's best work yet and I'm excited to share it with you.

Comment to enter. Contest will be closed on Friday, October 1 at noon, and winners chosen via random number generator that afternoon.

Yay! :D
chestnutcurls: (ipod)
Okay, I have a confession to make. I don't know how to link to music - like if I wanted to post a playlist. Say, a Christmas mix or a 2007 mix. I don't understand how a Sendspace account works, or why people put "hxxp" in the link instead of the actual link. I'm even in a mix community ([livejournal.com profile] belikemercury), but can't participate because I have no clue about the logistics.

Can someone please explain? Please use small words and do not be all Nick Burns, Your Company Computer Guy.

Thanks. :)
chestnutcurls: (ipod)
Okay, I have a confession to make. I don't know how to link to music - like if I wanted to post a playlist. Say, a Christmas mix or a 2007 mix. I don't understand how a Sendspace account works, or why people put "hxxp" in the link instead of the actual link. I'm even in a mix community ([livejournal.com profile] belikemercury), but can't participate because I have no clue about the logistics.

Can someone please explain? Please use small words and do not be all Nick Burns, Your Company Computer Guy.

Thanks. :)
chestnutcurls: (central perk)
If you're a musician or appreciate classical music, this is a must-see. It's a comedian ranting about Pachelbel. I laughed SO hard. There's some mild language, so you may not want your kids around.



Here's another of his routines, which is partly about the Friends theme song. :)

chestnutcurls: (central perk)
If you're a musician or appreciate classical music, this is a must-see. It's a comedian ranting about Pachelbel. I laughed SO hard. There's some mild language, so you may not want your kids around.



Here's another of his routines, which is partly about the Friends theme song. :)

chestnutcurls: (kelly)
From [livejournal.com profile] calypsobard. You hit shuffle on your iPod or computer music program, and post lyrics from the first twenty songs that come up. Then everyone guesses the songs. It's fun!

iPod is shuffling... )

Wow, this is really hard. I'll be super impressed if anyone pulls it off! Everything on my iPod is part of my "workout mix," if that helps anyone.
chestnutcurls: (kelly)
From [livejournal.com profile] calypsobard. You hit shuffle on your iPod or computer music program, and post lyrics from the first twenty songs that come up. Then everyone guesses the songs. It's fun!

iPod is shuffling... )

Wow, this is really hard. I'll be super impressed if anyone pulls it off! Everything on my iPod is part of my "workout mix," if that helps anyone.
chestnutcurls: (music)
These are the CDs I come back to again and again - i.e. my "desert island" list. :) And no, they are not in order. And I've added stuff two or three times since I first posted this.

My Music Chart )
chestnutcurls: (music)
These are the CDs I come back to again and again - i.e. my "desert island" list. :) And no, they are not in order. And I've added stuff two or three times since I first posted this.

My Music Chart )
chestnutcurls: (home)
One of the local radio stations does 90's at Noon now. They used to do it at 9, which meant I never got to hear it, so this is much better. How weird that Third Eye Blind sounds dated now.

On Friday night Evan and I went to dinner and to see The Incredibles. We loved it. Then we went home and ate some of his birthday cake. It was a nice time. On Saturday I expected to spend the day at my parents', as I have for the last four or so Saturdays, but my mom didn't need me for any planning activities. So I got to stay at home and around my own neighborhood, taking care of things I'd been neglecting. At dinnertime my mom and sister came over and took me to dinner at Bennigan's, and then we went to Old Navy to look for clothes for Christmas. I wasn't too thrilled with their selection, but I did get a $7 brown sweater (which I'm wearing now), and my mom got me a cute hat. I'm so excited about the sweater because it matches a skirt I bought in June and have never worn until today, because I had nothing to wear with it. That'll teach me a lesson. Anyway, then Debs stayed and spent the night. Our last sisterly sleepover in my apartment. *sob* :) I have such a nice family.

Sunday was the day of my last bridal shower - the church one! Debra came to church with me, which was fun. After a quick, light lunch, my friend Rachel and I headed out to the house where the shower was held. It was thrown by Kathryn, her mother-in-law, and her sister-in-law (Jenny, whose wedding I went to two years ago). They did a great job. Jenny went to culinary school, so of course the food was amazing (Evan asked, "How was the food?" All I had to say was, "Jenny was there.") There was pumpkin spice coffee and jelly-roll cake. My mom came to the shower, which made me very happy because she finally got to meet these church girls she's been hearing about for years. We got some fun non-registry things, including a Southern Living cookbook, Easy Weeknight Favorites. Yeah, I'm going to need some of those. :) Also, a box of our regular glasses (Geo by Target), and another place setting! Yay! We may be able to set the table after all.

After the party I felt very tired, so I went home and Evan and I had a nice rest, followed by a spontaneous trip to Garibaldi's for pizza, and a viewing of the Monica/Chandler wedding on our Friends DVD. That cliffhanger with Rachel's pregnancy was the best cliffhanger of the whole series, I think.

Today my stomach feels weird and I'm still pretty tired, so I'm glad we don't have anything pressing to do tonight. I feel a lot calmer this week. All of a sudden I realize that the only important thing is that I get to marry the love of my life in twelve days. None of this other stuff matters. For the first time, I really know that. Can you believe this is all happening next week? Wow.

Oh, and Memphis girls, I need a recommendation for a good and inexpensive nail place. I need to make my manicure-pedicure appointment. :)
chestnutcurls: (home)
One of the local radio stations does 90's at Noon now. They used to do it at 9, which meant I never got to hear it, so this is much better. How weird that Third Eye Blind sounds dated now.

On Friday night Evan and I went to dinner and to see The Incredibles. We loved it. Then we went home and ate some of his birthday cake. It was a nice time. On Saturday I expected to spend the day at my parents', as I have for the last four or so Saturdays, but my mom didn't need me for any planning activities. So I got to stay at home and around my own neighborhood, taking care of things I'd been neglecting. At dinnertime my mom and sister came over and took me to dinner at Bennigan's, and then we went to Old Navy to look for clothes for Christmas. I wasn't too thrilled with their selection, but I did get a $7 brown sweater (which I'm wearing now), and my mom got me a cute hat. I'm so excited about the sweater because it matches a skirt I bought in June and have never worn until today, because I had nothing to wear with it. That'll teach me a lesson. Anyway, then Debs stayed and spent the night. Our last sisterly sleepover in my apartment. *sob* :) I have such a nice family.

Sunday was the day of my last bridal shower - the church one! Debra came to church with me, which was fun. After a quick, light lunch, my friend Rachel and I headed out to the house where the shower was held. It was thrown by Kathryn, her mother-in-law, and her sister-in-law (Jenny, whose wedding I went to two years ago). They did a great job. Jenny went to culinary school, so of course the food was amazing (Evan asked, "How was the food?" All I had to say was, "Jenny was there.") There was pumpkin spice coffee and jelly-roll cake. My mom came to the shower, which made me very happy because she finally got to meet these church girls she's been hearing about for years. We got some fun non-registry things, including a Southern Living cookbook, Easy Weeknight Favorites. Yeah, I'm going to need some of those. :) Also, a box of our regular glasses (Geo by Target), and another place setting! Yay! We may be able to set the table after all.

After the party I felt very tired, so I went home and Evan and I had a nice rest, followed by a spontaneous trip to Garibaldi's for pizza, and a viewing of the Monica/Chandler wedding on our Friends DVD. That cliffhanger with Rachel's pregnancy was the best cliffhanger of the whole series, I think.

Today my stomach feels weird and I'm still pretty tired, so I'm glad we don't have anything pressing to do tonight. I feel a lot calmer this week. All of a sudden I realize that the only important thing is that I get to marry the love of my life in twelve days. None of this other stuff matters. For the first time, I really know that. Can you believe this is all happening next week? Wow.

Oh, and Memphis girls, I need a recommendation for a good and inexpensive nail place. I need to make my manicure-pedicure appointment. :)
chestnutcurls: (domestic)
I had an entry written earlier, but I just hit "Delete draft" by mistake. The only important thing in it was me wishing jmcphersJonathan a happy birthday. I pray this will be a good year for you. :)

The weather here is horrible for late October. It's still in the 80s, and so humid there's no point in trying to make my hair look good. The air conditioner is still on at home. Sometimes I wish I lived a little further north where there are actual seasons. Okay, we have seasons, but they don't come at the appropriate times. Summer hangs on for at least six months of the year. Evan explained to me that in Chicago (where he comes from) it's that way with winter. If I had to decide, I'd probably stick with the longer summer. Cold makes me weary after a while.

Last night I pulled out an old exercise video, the Cosmopolitan Fat Burning Workout. It has five aerobic sections alternating with five handweight sections, and it's pretty brutal. To my own surprise, I got through it okay (something I couldn't always do at the height of my exercising discipline). It says you'll see results if you do it three times a week, so I may stick with this one and try to do it that often. It might be more effective than intending to aerobicize every day and managing it maybe twice a week. I've given up on being an Exercise Nazi - I just do what I can now. There are too many other things in life.

One of my co-workers, the really domestic one, brought an amazing pumpkin dish today. Not a pumpkin pie, but sort of casserole-ish. I refuse to see it as canceling out my exercise, because pumpkin is extremely good for you. Really! I want to go pick out a pumpkin with Evan and do the whole pumpkin thing - roast the seeds, make a pie, carve the shell. We may not have time before Halloween, though. Is it still okay to do pumpkin things after Halloween? :)

I finally heard a Joss Stone song this morning. The press is right. She rocks! Oh, and I'm warming up to Keane, too. Their CD is really cheap at Target right now, and I almost bought it. I have to save up for U2, though.
chestnutcurls: (domestic)
I had an entry written earlier, but I just hit "Delete draft" by mistake. The only important thing in it was me wishing jmcphersJonathan a happy birthday. I pray this will be a good year for you. :)

The weather here is horrible for late October. It's still in the 80s, and so humid there's no point in trying to make my hair look good. The air conditioner is still on at home. Sometimes I wish I lived a little further north where there are actual seasons. Okay, we have seasons, but they don't come at the appropriate times. Summer hangs on for at least six months of the year. Evan explained to me that in Chicago (where he comes from) it's that way with winter. If I had to decide, I'd probably stick with the longer summer. Cold makes me weary after a while.

Last night I pulled out an old exercise video, the Cosmopolitan Fat Burning Workout. It has five aerobic sections alternating with five handweight sections, and it's pretty brutal. To my own surprise, I got through it okay (something I couldn't always do at the height of my exercising discipline). It says you'll see results if you do it three times a week, so I may stick with this one and try to do it that often. It might be more effective than intending to aerobicize every day and managing it maybe twice a week. I've given up on being an Exercise Nazi - I just do what I can now. There are too many other things in life.

One of my co-workers, the really domestic one, brought an amazing pumpkin dish today. Not a pumpkin pie, but sort of casserole-ish. I refuse to see it as canceling out my exercise, because pumpkin is extremely good for you. Really! I want to go pick out a pumpkin with Evan and do the whole pumpkin thing - roast the seeds, make a pie, carve the shell. We may not have time before Halloween, though. Is it still okay to do pumpkin things after Halloween? :)

I finally heard a Joss Stone song this morning. The press is right. She rocks! Oh, and I'm warming up to Keane, too. Their CD is really cheap at Target right now, and I almost bought it. I have to save up for U2, though.
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: (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: (rose)
Hello. I'm hungry. Debra and I are going to Quizno's for lunch today! I haven't been in a few weeks and am very excited.

Book of the Week: I just finished Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston. It's Christian fiction, but not like any Christian novel I've ever read. I came across it at the library while looking for What a Girl Wants by Kristin Billerbeck (which they still don't have) and thought "Hmm, this looks interesting." It's fun and real, yet very intelligent. I recommend it to all of you, especially Danielle. According to his website, there are two sequels coming! Woo hoo. (Does anyone know where I can find a background like the one on his website? It's cool.)

That RUF CD I burned has hardly left my CD player this week. It's easier to focus on God when you're listening to hymns a lot, and the lyrics are so meaningful and well-written. Plus, there are such happy memories attached to most of the songs. I read a quote once that said something about how the people you sing with are your true friends. Well, I botched it up, but you get the idea.

I missed Clay on AI last night, but I called [livejournal.com profile] anulyra on my way home from band practice, and she gave me the play-by-play. The voting results were totally shocking. I won't say more, because then I'd have to use a cut and I'm tired of doing that for two sentences. Anyway, it was great to talk to Jen. I should call her more often. :)

Today I'm wearing lavender pants. I feel so daring. Now that my summer clothes are out, I intended to make this No Black Week at work in rebellion of corporate American fashion. But I just remembered that I wore a black skirt on Tuesday. Fie on me!

Oh, and yesterday marked eight months for me and Evan. :) I'm planning a really special date for us next month. Not a monthiversary thing, just a general thing. I'll tell once I have finalized it.
chestnutcurls: (rose)
Hello. I'm hungry. Debra and I are going to Quizno's for lunch today! I haven't been in a few weeks and am very excited.

Book of the Week: I just finished Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston. It's Christian fiction, but not like any Christian novel I've ever read. I came across it at the library while looking for What a Girl Wants by Kristin Billerbeck (which they still don't have) and thought "Hmm, this looks interesting." It's fun and real, yet very intelligent. I recommend it to all of you, especially Danielle. According to his website, there are two sequels coming! Woo hoo. (Does anyone know where I can find a background like the one on his website? It's cool.)

That RUF CD I burned has hardly left my CD player this week. It's easier to focus on God when you're listening to hymns a lot, and the lyrics are so meaningful and well-written. Plus, there are such happy memories attached to most of the songs. I read a quote once that said something about how the people you sing with are your true friends. Well, I botched it up, but you get the idea.

I missed Clay on AI last night, but I called [livejournal.com profile] anulyra on my way home from band practice, and she gave me the play-by-play. The voting results were totally shocking. I won't say more, because then I'd have to use a cut and I'm tired of doing that for two sentences. Anyway, it was great to talk to Jen. I should call her more often. :)

Today I'm wearing lavender pants. I feel so daring. Now that my summer clothes are out, I intended to make this No Black Week at work in rebellion of corporate American fashion. But I just remembered that I wore a black skirt on Tuesday. Fie on me!

Oh, and yesterday marked eight months for me and Evan. :) I'm planning a really special date for us next month. Not a monthiversary thing, just a general thing. I'll tell once I have finalized it.

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