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I hate to sound like a broken record, but the weather here is just unreal. It's almost chilly outside and I love it! This is the least hot August I can ever remember. Everyone is speculating about what this will mean for our winter. I hope it just means that we'll have a long fall. :) All you Florida residents are on my mind today with the hurricane. I can't believe it's been upgraded to a 4. The organization around the eye is pretty impressive, though.

Well, last night I got a big surprise. Ryan had told me he was coming over because he had something for Evan and I...a birthday/early wedding present. He showed up at the back door with a new TV!!! Since Kathy left, I've been using a small castoff TV of my family's that has horrible reception. We've only been getting two channels- and that's with one of those signal enhancers. Ryan said he was tired of hearing me complain about it (which I really only did when he was there and wanted to watch something), so he fixed the problem. :) It's a 27-inch TV with a flattish screen and three A/V inputs, so we can watch DVDs again! The picture quality is awesome, and once my stereo works again, we can hook it up and it'll be like a home theater. I was so excited and surprised. It's unlike Ryan to give presents, let alone such a big present, so it's a happy sign that he's thinking of me in a more familial way. There's no one I'd rather have for a brother-in-law. I am very blessed.

So my birthday weekend is upon me. Monday is my actual birthday and I'm taking it off of work, but the weekend will be full of fun activities. Tonight we're watching the opening ceremonies with Debs and Ryan; tomorrow night we're going to a Derek Webb concert (which means I won't be at [livejournal.com profile] rawee1's bachelorette party - sorry, Robin! :(); Sunday night we're going to the Elvis Candlelight Vigil to wacko-watch; and Monday will be full of meals out and other fun things. Also, going to the DMV, since my license renewal-by-mail form has mysteriously disappeared. :P Going to the Vigil was my mom's idea. She thinks we ought to do something memorable for my 25th, and despite living in Elvis's hometown and being born on his death-day, I've never been to the Vigil. It ought to be hilarious. Don't worry, I'll take pictures. :D

Finally: What impressions do you get from me? And is there anything you associate with me?Whoever answers the above random questions will receive in return my own impressions and associations regarding them (if I haven't done so already!).
chestnutcurls: (Brens)
I hate to sound like a broken record, but the weather here is just unreal. It's almost chilly outside and I love it! This is the least hot August I can ever remember. Everyone is speculating about what this will mean for our winter. I hope it just means that we'll have a long fall. :) All you Florida residents are on my mind today with the hurricane. I can't believe it's been upgraded to a 4. The organization around the eye is pretty impressive, though.

Well, last night I got a big surprise. Ryan had told me he was coming over because he had something for Evan and I...a birthday/early wedding present. He showed up at the back door with a new TV!!! Since Kathy left, I've been using a small castoff TV of my family's that has horrible reception. We've only been getting two channels- and that's with one of those signal enhancers. Ryan said he was tired of hearing me complain about it (which I really only did when he was there and wanted to watch something), so he fixed the problem. :) It's a 27-inch TV with a flattish screen and three A/V inputs, so we can watch DVDs again! The picture quality is awesome, and once my stereo works again, we can hook it up and it'll be like a home theater. I was so excited and surprised. It's unlike Ryan to give presents, let alone such a big present, so it's a happy sign that he's thinking of me in a more familial way. There's no one I'd rather have for a brother-in-law. I am very blessed.

So my birthday weekend is upon me. Monday is my actual birthday and I'm taking it off of work, but the weekend will be full of fun activities. Tonight we're watching the opening ceremonies with Debs and Ryan; tomorrow night we're going to a Derek Webb concert (which means I won't be at [livejournal.com profile] rawee1's bachelorette party - sorry, Robin! :(); Sunday night we're going to the Elvis Candlelight Vigil to wacko-watch; and Monday will be full of meals out and other fun things. Also, going to the DMV, since my license renewal-by-mail form has mysteriously disappeared. :P Going to the Vigil was my mom's idea. She thinks we ought to do something memorable for my 25th, and despite living in Elvis's hometown and being born on his death-day, I've never been to the Vigil. It ought to be hilarious. Don't worry, I'll take pictures. :D

Finally: What impressions do you get from me? And is there anything you associate with me?Whoever answers the above random questions will receive in return my own impressions and associations regarding them (if I haven't done so already!).
chestnutcurls: (shoes)
I thought this would be an interminable week, because it was my first full one since before the holidays. But it hasn't been bad. It's hard to remember what it was like when I barely had any work to do.

Ryan's birthday dinner was fun. We ate at O'Charley's around 7:30, right as I was about to faint from hunger. I wanted to take pictures but left my camera in the car, and was too lazy to retrieve it, which I am still mad at myself about. After dinner we watched Good Will Hunting on Ryan's computer. He liked his Porsche book. My sister got him a gallon of this impossibly thick chocolate milk that he loves. Luke gave him a package of really awful cookies, because Luke is weird. I have such unusual friends. :)

Evan's mom e-mailed me yesterday and officially invited me to come to New Hampshire in the summer/fall! I'm excited. We figure we'll go in early August, after Kathy's wedding (I'll really need a vacation by that time). It's so funny how I made that list of cities I want to visit, and now I'm knocking them off one per year (his parents' town is about an hour from Boston). Maybe praying for specific things isn't such a crazy idea. :) Anyway, Evan and I are already practicing the use of "wicked awesome" in conversation, with the occasional "wicked smaht" thrown in for good measure. When in Boston I shall speak as the Bostonians do.

God is so good to me.

In case anyone was wondering these are the books in my book icon )

These are in my roomy CD rack because my real bookcase is overflowing. Hey, this gives me a fun idea: The Bookcase Project. Everyone take a picture of your bookcase (or haphazard book stack) and tell us about the books in it. I like to hear what everyone's reading.
chestnutcurls: (shoes)
I thought this would be an interminable week, because it was my first full one since before the holidays. But it hasn't been bad. It's hard to remember what it was like when I barely had any work to do.

Ryan's birthday dinner was fun. We ate at O'Charley's around 7:30, right as I was about to faint from hunger. I wanted to take pictures but left my camera in the car, and was too lazy to retrieve it, which I am still mad at myself about. After dinner we watched Good Will Hunting on Ryan's computer. He liked his Porsche book. My sister got him a gallon of this impossibly thick chocolate milk that he loves. Luke gave him a package of really awful cookies, because Luke is weird. I have such unusual friends. :)

Evan's mom e-mailed me yesterday and officially invited me to come to New Hampshire in the summer/fall! I'm excited. We figure we'll go in early August, after Kathy's wedding (I'll really need a vacation by that time). It's so funny how I made that list of cities I want to visit, and now I'm knocking them off one per year (his parents' town is about an hour from Boston). Maybe praying for specific things isn't such a crazy idea. :) Anyway, Evan and I are already practicing the use of "wicked awesome" in conversation, with the occasional "wicked smaht" thrown in for good measure. When in Boston I shall speak as the Bostonians do.

God is so good to me.

In case anyone was wondering these are the books in my book icon )

These are in my roomy CD rack because my real bookcase is overflowing. Hey, this gives me a fun idea: The Bookcase Project. Everyone take a picture of your bookcase (or haphazard book stack) and tell us about the books in it. I like to hear what everyone's reading.
chestnutcurls: (cat love)
Daily Wrist Update: Slightly better today. By the time I left yesterday, I was in so much pain I could hardly think about anything else. Since it was Tuesday, Ryan came over after work. We ate dinner at McAlister's to avoid creating more dirty dishes. Then we went to Turtle's Music and browsed for an hour or so. It was fun- just the break I needed. I got the new Ingram Hill CD, and an old favorite Mindy McCready CD from the three-dollar bin. Yeah, I'm not supposed to buy stuff anymore. Old habits die hard.

I recommend everyone check out Ingram Hill if you haven't heard of them (which you haven't if you don't live in the Memphis area). They have a great sound..sort of bluesy rock. The drummer was in band with me for several years, though he wouldn't remember me now, and the other members were in Evan's high school English class. They're the first local band I've really been into. Long ago, they were a Barenaked Ladies cover band called the Bamboozlers. Evan says people would throw Ronco noodles onto the stage at their shows, just like people throw Kraft macaroni at BNL concerts. :) Thus endeth my music history lesson for the day.

Lately I've rediscovered my old fondness for country music (middle of the road, not the really twangy kind). It seems like most of the happy, uplifting "secular" songs are country. My usual alternative-ish music tends to be kind of angsty. I guess life changes can produce music changes.

A few minutes ago Ryan's roommate called me. He just wanted directions to a Bible study, but when he said "This is Ryan's roommate" I was like Oh my gosh, something's happened to Ryan. I hate panicky moments like that.

I am thankful for my friends.

Sorry for the quizilla, but I really liked this one. )
chestnutcurls: (cat love)
Daily Wrist Update: Slightly better today. By the time I left yesterday, I was in so much pain I could hardly think about anything else. Since it was Tuesday, Ryan came over after work. We ate dinner at McAlister's to avoid creating more dirty dishes. Then we went to Turtle's Music and browsed for an hour or so. It was fun- just the break I needed. I got the new Ingram Hill CD, and an old favorite Mindy McCready CD from the three-dollar bin. Yeah, I'm not supposed to buy stuff anymore. Old habits die hard.

I recommend everyone check out Ingram Hill if you haven't heard of them (which you haven't if you don't live in the Memphis area). They have a great sound..sort of bluesy rock. The drummer was in band with me for several years, though he wouldn't remember me now, and the other members were in Evan's high school English class. They're the first local band I've really been into. Long ago, they were a Barenaked Ladies cover band called the Bamboozlers. Evan says people would throw Ronco noodles onto the stage at their shows, just like people throw Kraft macaroni at BNL concerts. :) Thus endeth my music history lesson for the day.

Lately I've rediscovered my old fondness for country music (middle of the road, not the really twangy kind). It seems like most of the happy, uplifting "secular" songs are country. My usual alternative-ish music tends to be kind of angsty. I guess life changes can produce music changes.

A few minutes ago Ryan's roommate called me. He just wanted directions to a Bible study, but when he said "This is Ryan's roommate" I was like Oh my gosh, something's happened to Ryan. I hate panicky moments like that.

I am thankful for my friends.

Sorry for the quizilla, but I really liked this one. )
chestnutcurls: (stripes)
Hello, all. I am the world's happiest girl. I had a wonderful weekend with my boyfriend. My boyfriend! How weird is that? I just can't get used to it. I'm glowing so much I'm surprised no one has forced me to wear radiation gear. :)

Friday night, after a nail-biting day of waiting, Evan came over and we talked and decided to become "official." Yay! Emily called shortly thereafter and told me about her and Daniel's engagement (so now we sort of share an anniversary, which is fun). :D

Saturday morning I went to my parents' house to tell them the news. I knew my dad would be glad, but I wasn't so sure about my mom. She surprised me, though. They were both very happy and surprised, and kept saying that he's a good guy. That was a big relief. It's really fun that he already knows my family so well and doesn't have to go through that initiation period. :) After that I went to Wal-Mart to buy my book for 40 Days of Purpose, which starts next month (are any of you doing this? It's nationwide). Then I stopped by Old Navy to get a new shirt for our date. :) I was frustrated because they mainly had cute sweaters, none of which did me any good in the 85-degree weather. But I did manage to find something.

I went home, and after a while Evan came to pick me up. We went to see Matchstick Men, which was excellent. Then he took me to Chili's for dinner. Then we came back to the apartment and he helped me do the dishes, and then we watched Monty Python. It was a very fun first date. :) Happy, happy, happy.

Sunday morning was church. It was a band Sunday, so I played both services and got to see [livejournal.com profile] admael (well, from the stage, anyway). I stayed for all of first service with the guys, and about halfway through the sermon I decided how I was going to tell Ryan. After the benediction, when everyone was dispersing, I told him, "I want you to meet somebody." He said, "Huh?" I pointed at Evan, on my other side, and said, "This is my boyfriend." :) He paused for a second, and then went on with his conversation! I was like, "I'm not kidding!" He said, "Well, what do you want me to say?" I guess he was kind of freaked out. But after a few minutes he was teasing me about it, so I guess he's okay. Evan says not to worry about it. I guess it'll just take time for me to show Ryan he's still going to be my friend, the way he's always been. I have no intention of blowing off my friends- I've learned a valuable lesson where that's concerned. :P

Sunday afternoon I took a much-needed nap, and then went to the first session of the 40 Days Bible study, which was mainly a getting-to-know-you event. I am usually annoyed by icebreakers, but we played I Never and it was actually fun. I learned some things about Evan I didn't know before. :) It's a singles-group study, so most of the people are a lot older, but we all got along. Yay.

Okay, and here are some non-smoo items, just so no one will die of sappiness. :) I just made my annual trek to Bath & Body Works where I am allowed to go in and buy an entire set of something. I love Cotton Blossom, but I wanted something new, so I bought Grapefruit Jasmine. It smells just like my beloved Gap So Pink, only more like a perfume and less like an actual grapefruit. I like it. I also visited my expensive shirt at Goldsmith's, discovered it was still not on sale, and pleaded with it to remain until I could afford it. :)

Chick-fil-A has changed their salads. They put them in a round bowl and added new toppings like broccoli (yum), but they also changed the croutons! And raised the price another dollar! What's up with that? Is there a lettuce shortage?
chestnutcurls: (stripes)
Hello, all. I am the world's happiest girl. I had a wonderful weekend with my boyfriend. My boyfriend! How weird is that? I just can't get used to it. I'm glowing so much I'm surprised no one has forced me to wear radiation gear. :)

Friday night, after a nail-biting day of waiting, Evan came over and we talked and decided to become "official." Yay! Emily called shortly thereafter and told me about her and Daniel's engagement (so now we sort of share an anniversary, which is fun). :D

Saturday morning I went to my parents' house to tell them the news. I knew my dad would be glad, but I wasn't so sure about my mom. She surprised me, though. They were both very happy and surprised, and kept saying that he's a good guy. That was a big relief. It's really fun that he already knows my family so well and doesn't have to go through that initiation period. :) After that I went to Wal-Mart to buy my book for 40 Days of Purpose, which starts next month (are any of you doing this? It's nationwide). Then I stopped by Old Navy to get a new shirt for our date. :) I was frustrated because they mainly had cute sweaters, none of which did me any good in the 85-degree weather. But I did manage to find something.

I went home, and after a while Evan came to pick me up. We went to see Matchstick Men, which was excellent. Then he took me to Chili's for dinner. Then we came back to the apartment and he helped me do the dishes, and then we watched Monty Python. It was a very fun first date. :) Happy, happy, happy.

Sunday morning was church. It was a band Sunday, so I played both services and got to see [livejournal.com profile] admael (well, from the stage, anyway). I stayed for all of first service with the guys, and about halfway through the sermon I decided how I was going to tell Ryan. After the benediction, when everyone was dispersing, I told him, "I want you to meet somebody." He said, "Huh?" I pointed at Evan, on my other side, and said, "This is my boyfriend." :) He paused for a second, and then went on with his conversation! I was like, "I'm not kidding!" He said, "Well, what do you want me to say?" I guess he was kind of freaked out. But after a few minutes he was teasing me about it, so I guess he's okay. Evan says not to worry about it. I guess it'll just take time for me to show Ryan he's still going to be my friend, the way he's always been. I have no intention of blowing off my friends- I've learned a valuable lesson where that's concerned. :P

Sunday afternoon I took a much-needed nap, and then went to the first session of the 40 Days Bible study, which was mainly a getting-to-know-you event. I am usually annoyed by icebreakers, but we played I Never and it was actually fun. I learned some things about Evan I didn't know before. :) It's a singles-group study, so most of the people are a lot older, but we all got along. Yay.

Okay, and here are some non-smoo items, just so no one will die of sappiness. :) I just made my annual trek to Bath & Body Works where I am allowed to go in and buy an entire set of something. I love Cotton Blossom, but I wanted something new, so I bought Grapefruit Jasmine. It smells just like my beloved Gap So Pink, only more like a perfume and less like an actual grapefruit. I like it. I also visited my expensive shirt at Goldsmith's, discovered it was still not on sale, and pleaded with it to remain until I could afford it. :)

Chick-fil-A has changed their salads. They put them in a round bowl and added new toppings like broccoli (yum), but they also changed the croutons! And raised the price another dollar! What's up with that? Is there a lettuce shortage?
chestnutcurls: (blue)
No me gusta el lunes. Especially when I have had a crazy (and fun) weekend with very little rest.

Friday: A whole horde of us went to the Greek Food Festival. It was delicious. :) I began to doubt my ancestry when I noticed that all the Greek women there looked just like me, with dark curly hair and something similar about the nose. I called my mother to ask if she was sure we weren't Greek. She laughed at me. Ryan, Luke, Myla, her boyfriend, and I moved on to Applebee's, where we had drinks and encountered another weird waiter. Then we tried to go see A Mighty Wind, but it was sold out, so we saw Identity instead. Please, someone see this movie so I can talk freely about it!

Saturday: I had a nice afternoon helping Kathy and her mom with the gardening. Then I went to this year's excellent performance of ENCORE with my sister, at her high school- she wasn't in it this year. At intermission, I ran into Ryan in the crowd with his quasi-girlfriend and another girl, which was nice since I had invited him to come and he said he was going to a baseball game. I stood around and talked to them after the show. QG and her friend were talking about how big the school atrium was. I said, "Yeah, this place is huge." The friend looked at me, and in the very voice of Elle Woods, said, "Do you go here?" Yippee.

Sunday: I went to church with my family for Mother's Day. It was nice to worship with them again. Well, with my dad, since my mom was working in the nursery. At one point I went there to tell her something, and her 15-year-old nursery assistant saw me. Later, my mom mentioned that I was her "older daughter," and the girl was shocked that I was not her age. After church, we had Mother's Day lunch at Chili's. As we were being seated, the hostess looked directly at me and asked my parents if we needed any children's menus. For the third time in twenty-four hours, I was mistaken for a fifteen-year-old. Someday I will be happy when this happens. Anyway, then we went to see It Runs In the Family (which was awful- don't waste your money). In the evening I went to Jamie's graduation party, and then to Starbucks to meet Lisa! Yes, Lisa is just as cool and pretty as Jessica claims. :) We had a fun talk. I was so glad to meet her. Hopefully she will come back to visit this summer, and we can really hang out. Yay!
chestnutcurls: (blue)
No me gusta el lunes. Especially when I have had a crazy (and fun) weekend with very little rest.

Friday: A whole horde of us went to the Greek Food Festival. It was delicious. :) I began to doubt my ancestry when I noticed that all the Greek women there looked just like me, with dark curly hair and something similar about the nose. I called my mother to ask if she was sure we weren't Greek. She laughed at me. Ryan, Luke, Myla, her boyfriend, and I moved on to Applebee's, where we had drinks and encountered another weird waiter. Then we tried to go see A Mighty Wind, but it was sold out, so we saw Identity instead. Please, someone see this movie so I can talk freely about it!

Saturday: I had a nice afternoon helping Kathy and her mom with the gardening. Then I went to this year's excellent performance of ENCORE with my sister, at her high school- she wasn't in it this year. At intermission, I ran into Ryan in the crowd with his quasi-girlfriend and another girl, which was nice since I had invited him to come and he said he was going to a baseball game. I stood around and talked to them after the show. QG and her friend were talking about how big the school atrium was. I said, "Yeah, this place is huge." The friend looked at me, and in the very voice of Elle Woods, said, "Do you go here?" Yippee.

Sunday: I went to church with my family for Mother's Day. It was nice to worship with them again. Well, with my dad, since my mom was working in the nursery. At one point I went there to tell her something, and her 15-year-old nursery assistant saw me. Later, my mom mentioned that I was her "older daughter," and the girl was shocked that I was not her age. After church, we had Mother's Day lunch at Chili's. As we were being seated, the hostess looked directly at me and asked my parents if we needed any children's menus. For the third time in twenty-four hours, I was mistaken for a fifteen-year-old. Someday I will be happy when this happens. Anyway, then we went to see It Runs In the Family (which was awful- don't waste your money). In the evening I went to Jamie's graduation party, and then to Starbucks to meet Lisa! Yes, Lisa is just as cool and pretty as Jessica claims. :) We had a fun talk. I was so glad to meet her. Hopefully she will come back to visit this summer, and we can really hang out. Yay!
chestnutcurls: (Bun)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [livejournal.com profile] mickey24sync! And happy late Easter to everyone.

I got off work very early on Friday- it was almost like a half-day. I had time to shop for scrapbook supplies and take a walk. Later, Debs and Ryan and I went to the mall so Debs could shop for capri pants. (Ryan was such a trooper. His face revealed his suffering, but he didn't complain once. :)) Then we went to Shakey's (a frozen custard place) and sat in Debra's truck for a long time, eating our Blizzard-like shakeys and talking about the cars and clothing passing by. One girl was wearing a skirt that seemed to be made from a scarf. I liked it, but Ryan insisted that it looked like a pillowcase. For some reason, this was really hilarious.

On Saturday I went to band practice and to the library. (I am queen of the nerds.) Kathy was gone all day, so later I got bored and went to the mall to find an Easter dress. I got a nice, flouncy one for only twelve dollars (due to discounts and a giftcard I'd been hoarding). I also got slightly ill on Diet Vanilla Coke, thus discovering that I cannot use it as a replacement for my elusive favorite, Diet Cherry Coke. I can only find DCC in 20-oz bottles at gas stations, but I know that other cities have it at regular stores! In 2-liters! Kathy suggested ordering it online, but I can't even express how pathetic I would feel doing that. :)

Easter was a nice day, if a little weird. I was nervous about "performing" for the first time in six years. The first service went well, but I hadn't realized how exhausting it would be to play the congregational music, since it was pretty much 10 minutes of continuous playing. Maybe this is why I was sort of lacking in the second service...I was sad about that. But it was church, so it was good. Afterwards I got to meet [livejournal.com profile] admael, who goes to my church, but whom I just met last week through [livejournal.com profile] jessecho. It was nice to talk to her, and it'll be nice to know someone at church besides the remnants of the college/career group. :)

Ryan and I spent the rest of the day at my parents' house, eating a lot of candy and generally being bored. It made me glad that he was willing to hang out and do nothing with me and my family when he could have gone to his girlfriend's house, or something. Being bored together- that's what real friendship is about. :) Around dinnertime, Evan came over, ate two plates of food, then sat around being uncommunicative while Ryan, Debs and I watched a Michael Jackson special, waiting for his nose to fall off. :) Fun times.

When I stopped to think about it, I realized that I can't remember an Easter when it wasn't raining for at least part of the day. Isn't that weird? Especially since it falls on a different date every year.

Some Easter pictures )
chestnutcurls: (Bun)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [livejournal.com profile] mickey24sync! And happy late Easter to everyone.

I got off work very early on Friday- it was almost like a half-day. I had time to shop for scrapbook supplies and take a walk. Later, Debs and Ryan and I went to the mall so Debs could shop for capri pants. (Ryan was such a trooper. His face revealed his suffering, but he didn't complain once. :)) Then we went to Shakey's (a frozen custard place) and sat in Debra's truck for a long time, eating our Blizzard-like shakeys and talking about the cars and clothing passing by. One girl was wearing a skirt that seemed to be made from a scarf. I liked it, but Ryan insisted that it looked like a pillowcase. For some reason, this was really hilarious.

On Saturday I went to band practice and to the library. (I am queen of the nerds.) Kathy was gone all day, so later I got bored and went to the mall to find an Easter dress. I got a nice, flouncy one for only twelve dollars (due to discounts and a giftcard I'd been hoarding). I also got slightly ill on Diet Vanilla Coke, thus discovering that I cannot use it as a replacement for my elusive favorite, Diet Cherry Coke. I can only find DCC in 20-oz bottles at gas stations, but I know that other cities have it at regular stores! In 2-liters! Kathy suggested ordering it online, but I can't even express how pathetic I would feel doing that. :)

Easter was a nice day, if a little weird. I was nervous about "performing" for the first time in six years. The first service went well, but I hadn't realized how exhausting it would be to play the congregational music, since it was pretty much 10 minutes of continuous playing. Maybe this is why I was sort of lacking in the second service...I was sad about that. But it was church, so it was good. Afterwards I got to meet [livejournal.com profile] admael, who goes to my church, but whom I just met last week through [livejournal.com profile] jessecho. It was nice to talk to her, and it'll be nice to know someone at church besides the remnants of the college/career group. :)

Ryan and I spent the rest of the day at my parents' house, eating a lot of candy and generally being bored. It made me glad that he was willing to hang out and do nothing with me and my family when he could have gone to his girlfriend's house, or something. Being bored together- that's what real friendship is about. :) Around dinnertime, Evan came over, ate two plates of food, then sat around being uncommunicative while Ryan, Debs and I watched a Michael Jackson special, waiting for his nose to fall off. :) Fun times.

When I stopped to think about it, I realized that I can't remember an Easter when it wasn't raining for at least part of the day. Isn't that weird? Especially since it falls on a different date every year.

Some Easter pictures )
chestnutcurls: (happy Brens)
I have wonderful hair today, thanks to the new Garnier Fructisse shampoo. I also have some new Dove bath stuff. It smells like a lollipop. The shampoo smells like fruit. If it weren't rainy today, I'd be attracting bees. :)

This weekend I ate at the Marble Slab. I went to see Catch Me If You Can with my family. I went to the library and then sat happily in the sunshine and read. I hung out at Ryan's and we tried to fix my messed-up CD-ROM that has all of my photos on it. I went to a dinner at Kathy's church. I laughed a lot at things like:

  • My brother re-enacted a fake-commercial skit from SNL for me. It was for a new Broadway show. "First there was Stomp. Then there was BLAST! Now get ready for...Clapping!" Interview with a theater-goer: "Three hours of people clapping! It was awesome!" Announcer: "Clapping will catch you red-handed!" I laughed so hard I cried. I don't know...I think you just have to hear my brother saying it. Hey! I could get him to record it on a wav file. :)


  • The most hilarious Hokey-Pokey of my life. At the dinner for Kathy's church, there was some silly dancing afterwards and Kathy's mom (acting as DJ) played the Hokey-Pokey. Ryan and Kathy and I started purposely bumping into each other when we "put things in," which started innocently enough with things like elbows, but devolved into a three-person mosh pit. People stopped doing the Hokey-Pokey and started watching us instead. My stomach was hurting from laughing. I wish we had pictures. :)


I am going to work on my scrapbook for my sister tonight. Really. I need to stop slacking. And it's raining, so I can't excuse myself by going for a walk because I need exercise.
chestnutcurls: (happy Brens)
I have wonderful hair today, thanks to the new Garnier Fructisse shampoo. I also have some new Dove bath stuff. It smells like a lollipop. The shampoo smells like fruit. If it weren't rainy today, I'd be attracting bees. :)

This weekend I ate at the Marble Slab. I went to see Catch Me If You Can with my family. I went to the library and then sat happily in the sunshine and read. I hung out at Ryan's and we tried to fix my messed-up CD-ROM that has all of my photos on it. I went to a dinner at Kathy's church. I laughed a lot at things like:

  • My brother re-enacted a fake-commercial skit from SNL for me. It was for a new Broadway show. "First there was Stomp. Then there was BLAST! Now get ready for...Clapping!" Interview with a theater-goer: "Three hours of people clapping! It was awesome!" Announcer: "Clapping will catch you red-handed!" I laughed so hard I cried. I don't know...I think you just have to hear my brother saying it. Hey! I could get him to record it on a wav file. :)


  • The most hilarious Hokey-Pokey of my life. At the dinner for Kathy's church, there was some silly dancing afterwards and Kathy's mom (acting as DJ) played the Hokey-Pokey. Ryan and Kathy and I started purposely bumping into each other when we "put things in," which started innocently enough with things like elbows, but devolved into a three-person mosh pit. People stopped doing the Hokey-Pokey and started watching us instead. My stomach was hurting from laughing. I wish we had pictures. :)


I am going to work on my scrapbook for my sister tonight. Really. I need to stop slacking. And it's raining, so I can't excuse myself by going for a walk because I need exercise.
chestnutcurls: (happy Brens)
I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.

On Friday night, I went with Debra to her school talent show. There was, indeed, a surprising amount of talent to be seen. The winner sang "Only Hope" from A Walk to Remember, and she sounded exactly like Mandy Moore. It was incredible; I forgot how much I love that song. It was a very long show, and I didn't get home until late.

Saturday was spent helping Ryan move to his new place. Since Ryan is the most resourceful of my boys, it was an easy move, even though it was just him and me for most of the day. We had fun setting up his new room. I put together his new entertainment system all by myself! :) We tried to watch TV while we organized, but since he has the system in the closet, the reception was bad and we could only get PBS...which was showing a program that consisted of relaxing music and shots of different animals eating. I couldn't stop laughing about it...even now I'm laughing. I don't know why it was so funny. Since his new place is very close to my parents' house, I went over there briefly and watched the news with them. Then my dad started yelling about shooting the war protesters out of cannons, so I went back to Ryan's. :) We had a cookout with Ashley (the new roommate, who is a guy) and his girlfriend. It was nice.

Yesterday, after a great sermon and lunch with Ryan and Luke, I did the laundry, took a walk, and switched my winter clothes for my summer clothes. This process is always traumatic, because I have so many clothes I don't wear, but can't stand to get rid of. Kathy helped me, though, and I did shed a few things. It was exhausting. But then MaryElaine, whom we had invited over to watch the Oscars, came bearing smoothie ingredients, and I was revived. :)

My sickness is slowly abating. I know now that it's just allergies, because as I get closer to flowering trees, I can actually feel things happening in my head. I find it sad that beautiful, happy plants can make me sick. I'm going to enjoy them anyway, though. :)
chestnutcurls: (happy Brens)
I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.

On Friday night, I went with Debra to her school talent show. There was, indeed, a surprising amount of talent to be seen. The winner sang "Only Hope" from A Walk to Remember, and she sounded exactly like Mandy Moore. It was incredible; I forgot how much I love that song. It was a very long show, and I didn't get home until late.

Saturday was spent helping Ryan move to his new place. Since Ryan is the most resourceful of my boys, it was an easy move, even though it was just him and me for most of the day. We had fun setting up his new room. I put together his new entertainment system all by myself! :) We tried to watch TV while we organized, but since he has the system in the closet, the reception was bad and we could only get PBS...which was showing a program that consisted of relaxing music and shots of different animals eating. I couldn't stop laughing about it...even now I'm laughing. I don't know why it was so funny. Since his new place is very close to my parents' house, I went over there briefly and watched the news with them. Then my dad started yelling about shooting the war protesters out of cannons, so I went back to Ryan's. :) We had a cookout with Ashley (the new roommate, who is a guy) and his girlfriend. It was nice.

Yesterday, after a great sermon and lunch with Ryan and Luke, I did the laundry, took a walk, and switched my winter clothes for my summer clothes. This process is always traumatic, because I have so many clothes I don't wear, but can't stand to get rid of. Kathy helped me, though, and I did shed a few things. It was exhausting. But then MaryElaine, whom we had invited over to watch the Oscars, came bearing smoothie ingredients, and I was revived. :)

My sickness is slowly abating. I know now that it's just allergies, because as I get closer to flowering trees, I can actually feel things happening in my head. I find it sad that beautiful, happy plants can make me sick. I'm going to enjoy them anyway, though. :)
chestnutcurls: (suspicious)
Well, Drunk Man's insurance company called me back, and I'm taking my car to the auto body tomorrow. They're also providing me with a rental car, which my dad says is the least they can do. Everything has gone very smoothly so far. It almost seems too easy. *knocking on wood*

I notice Lawson isn't around today. How many think he's taking his 50th vacation day of the year and/or is still asleep? Show of hands? :) I swear...I get one week a year and have to hoard it like gold, and he gets to go, "Gee, there's a game on today. I think I'll stay home." And yes, Lawson, I know that you have to take it or lose it, so please, no lectures. :)

The lineup for Memphis in May was announced this morning. I'm kind of disappointed; last year was better (and I didn't even get to go). On Friday we have India Arie, John Mayer, and (Shana, our favorite guy) Joe Cocker (whom I would only go see to throw tomatoes at him). On Saturday there's Ingram Hill (woo hoo!), Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, 3 Doors Down, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Sheryl Crow. And on Sunday night we have Nickel Creek, the B-52s, and Default. I know Luke and Myla will want to see Nickel Creek, so I might end up going then, but Saturday seems like the best deal. Ryan's office building is right on the bluffs, though, so we might just listen from up there. :)

I'm helping Ryan move on Saturday. He's moving in with our (male) friend Ashley from church. It's going to be strange not to see him and Evan in the same apartment anymore. Evan is moving in with an (in my opinion) questionable friend from their mudding group. I may never see him again once he moves, which I guess won't be any new loss since I never see him anyway.

But American Idol is on tonight! That will make everything okay. :)
chestnutcurls: (suspicious)
Well, Drunk Man's insurance company called me back, and I'm taking my car to the auto body tomorrow. They're also providing me with a rental car, which my dad says is the least they can do. Everything has gone very smoothly so far. It almost seems too easy. *knocking on wood*

I notice Lawson isn't around today. How many think he's taking his 50th vacation day of the year and/or is still asleep? Show of hands? :) I swear...I get one week a year and have to hoard it like gold, and he gets to go, "Gee, there's a game on today. I think I'll stay home." And yes, Lawson, I know that you have to take it or lose it, so please, no lectures. :)

The lineup for Memphis in May was announced this morning. I'm kind of disappointed; last year was better (and I didn't even get to go). On Friday we have India Arie, John Mayer, and (Shana, our favorite guy) Joe Cocker (whom I would only go see to throw tomatoes at him). On Saturday there's Ingram Hill (woo hoo!), Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, 3 Doors Down, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Sheryl Crow. And on Sunday night we have Nickel Creek, the B-52s, and Default. I know Luke and Myla will want to see Nickel Creek, so I might end up going then, but Saturday seems like the best deal. Ryan's office building is right on the bluffs, though, so we might just listen from up there. :)

I'm helping Ryan move on Saturday. He's moving in with our (male) friend Ashley from church. It's going to be strange not to see him and Evan in the same apartment anymore. Evan is moving in with an (in my opinion) questionable friend from their mudding group. I may never see him again once he moves, which I guess won't be any new loss since I never see him anyway.

But American Idol is on tonight! That will make everything okay. :)

banqueting

Mar. 7th, 2003 10:05 am
chestnutcurls: (Belle)
I had such a fun night last night! I went to a banquet with Ryan. He was just going to go by himself, but at the last minute he called me to see if I wanted to come with him. On the way, he explained that it was a banquet for the "interprenner" of the year award for the business group that his company is a part of. I was like, "The what?" "The intreprener award." I was baffled, until it hit me..."Oh! The entrepreneur award!" He got all red and was like, "Everyone says it differently!" :) So all through the banquet, every time the speaker said "entrepreneur," we had to avoid looking at each other so we wouldn't laugh. :) The county mayor was supposed to speak, but he never showed up. Ryan's boss won the award, though, so that was exciting! Anyway, he showed me all around his extremely cool downtown office (including the beautiful river view from the roof), and we ate shrimp and key lime pie. It was a great evening and I felt special that he had asked me. He is totally my Joey Tribbiani. I don't know what I would do without him. :)

Speaking of Friends, the new episode didn't air last night, did it? We watched several episodes when we got back, and Kathy said the President had pre-empted most of the other shows, but she was engrossed in a book and it was hard to get more information out of her. :)

I keep seeing this commercial in which a guy's doctor calls him to give him his cancer screening results, and when he gives him a clean bill of health, the guy says, "Thanks, Doc." This bugs me, because, seriously...does anyone actually call their doctor "Doc"? First of all, it's not a very original nickname (unless your doctor is short, has white hair and glasses, and wears a stocking cap), and second of all, few people actually know their doctor these days. And thirdly, there's no way the doctor would call you about this- they'd get their admins to do it for them. I like realism in my commercials.

I'm feeling wordy today, so watch out.

banqueting

Mar. 7th, 2003 10:05 am
chestnutcurls: (Belle)
I had such a fun night last night! I went to a banquet with Ryan. He was just going to go by himself, but at the last minute he called me to see if I wanted to come with him. On the way, he explained that it was a banquet for the "interprenner" of the year award for the business group that his company is a part of. I was like, "The what?" "The intreprener award." I was baffled, until it hit me..."Oh! The entrepreneur award!" He got all red and was like, "Everyone says it differently!" :) So all through the banquet, every time the speaker said "entrepreneur," we had to avoid looking at each other so we wouldn't laugh. :) The county mayor was supposed to speak, but he never showed up. Ryan's boss won the award, though, so that was exciting! Anyway, he showed me all around his extremely cool downtown office (including the beautiful river view from the roof), and we ate shrimp and key lime pie. It was a great evening and I felt special that he had asked me. He is totally my Joey Tribbiani. I don't know what I would do without him. :)

Speaking of Friends, the new episode didn't air last night, did it? We watched several episodes when we got back, and Kathy said the President had pre-empted most of the other shows, but she was engrossed in a book and it was hard to get more information out of her. :)

I keep seeing this commercial in which a guy's doctor calls him to give him his cancer screening results, and when he gives him a clean bill of health, the guy says, "Thanks, Doc." This bugs me, because, seriously...does anyone actually call their doctor "Doc"? First of all, it's not a very original nickname (unless your doctor is short, has white hair and glasses, and wears a stocking cap), and second of all, few people actually know their doctor these days. And thirdly, there's no way the doctor would call you about this- they'd get their admins to do it for them. I like realism in my commercials.

I'm feeling wordy today, so watch out.

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