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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: (resting)
I am so, so tired. I can't remember the last time I was in bed before 11:00, and it's finally caught up with me. The 98-degree heat is probably a factor, too. Whatever the cause, the days are starting to run together with an exhaustion I haven't felt since my senior year band camp. I haven't exercised (other than Pilates, which I no longer consider exercise) since Saturday. I mean, it's bad enough that I'm not on a Bridal Diet Plan (since that's apparently what all engaged women are supposed to do :P), but I can't even find time or energy for a ten-minute workout. The irony is, I'd probably feel better after exercising. Sigh.

Debs spent the night last night, so I was up with her until past midnight. She came across my Personality Plus book and wanted to take the test- she's a Sanguine/Choleric, which is exactly what I expected. I'm a Melancholy/Phlegmatic, so we're total opposites. We both tested zero in each other's categories. :) That's still my favorite personality-theory book. It becomes really easy to identify people once you've read it.

Oh, and if you need summery clothes and have an Old Navy in your area, GO. The clearance is even more insane than I thought. They have sleepshorts for a dollar, little layering tank tops for $3, racerback exercise tanks for $5, etc. I ended up with a stuffed bag of clothes for a total of $50 (and one regular-price shirt was included in that). Insane. I'm thinking of checking out another Old Navy this weekend to see if they have more tank tops in my size...my store was pretty combed over.

Hey Shana and Phillip, do you guys have a wedding cake topper yet? :D

This could be fun: Part of being on Livejournal.com is inevitably gaining a number of LJ buddies. Unfortunately, as time wears on, it's easy to forget where all of them came from. Post this in your journal and have your friends respond with how they recall first 'meeting' you.
chestnutcurls: (resting)
I am so, so tired. I can't remember the last time I was in bed before 11:00, and it's finally caught up with me. The 98-degree heat is probably a factor, too. Whatever the cause, the days are starting to run together with an exhaustion I haven't felt since my senior year band camp. I haven't exercised (other than Pilates, which I no longer consider exercise) since Saturday. I mean, it's bad enough that I'm not on a Bridal Diet Plan (since that's apparently what all engaged women are supposed to do :P), but I can't even find time or energy for a ten-minute workout. The irony is, I'd probably feel better after exercising. Sigh.

Debs spent the night last night, so I was up with her until past midnight. She came across my Personality Plus book and wanted to take the test- she's a Sanguine/Choleric, which is exactly what I expected. I'm a Melancholy/Phlegmatic, so we're total opposites. We both tested zero in each other's categories. :) That's still my favorite personality-theory book. It becomes really easy to identify people once you've read it.

Oh, and if you need summery clothes and have an Old Navy in your area, GO. The clearance is even more insane than I thought. They have sleepshorts for a dollar, little layering tank tops for $3, racerback exercise tanks for $5, etc. I ended up with a stuffed bag of clothes for a total of $50 (and one regular-price shirt was included in that). Insane. I'm thinking of checking out another Old Navy this weekend to see if they have more tank tops in my size...my store was pretty combed over.

Hey Shana and Phillip, do you guys have a wedding cake topper yet? :D

This could be fun: Part of being on Livejournal.com is inevitably gaining a number of LJ buddies. Unfortunately, as time wears on, it's easy to forget where all of them came from. Post this in your journal and have your friends respond with how they recall first 'meeting' you.

chatty

Aug. 3rd, 2004 02:21 pm
chestnutcurls: (dancing)
One of my co-workers brought in Sunday's Dilbert strip, which is a timely reflection on our office situation. I really ought to read Dilbert more, just as I need to watch Office Space again now that I've been a cube drone for almost three years.

Em and her Daniel will be proud that I went to the Shelby County Republican Headquarters today with one of my co-workers. I got one of those square black W stickers. My co-worker went a little nuts and bought several stickers, a button, and a hat. :)

Last night after Bible study, Luke and Myla (and this guy Adam, whom we've all been getting to know) came over with their guitars to play the wedding song for Evan and I. Well, as I expected, it was incredible. It's called "Chosen Family" and I guarantee there won't be a dry eye in the church when they sing it. I'm so humbled and moved when I think about it. Before we went to my place, Myla was making up some horrible song and trying to convince me that that's what the song was. "And it has this voice-over in the middle...Baby, I'm so glad we're getting married...Then there's a rap!" Later, Luke announced that he'd also written a song for us, and made something up on the spot that made me turn beet red until Myla pleaded with him to stop. So in comparison, the real song was even better. :) Anyway, they ended up staying and jamming until pretty late. It was awesome. My friends are so talented. I wish their stuff was copyrighted so I could post it for all of you to hear. Luke has a hilarious song about whiskey, which I enjoy despite the fact that I'm not a drinker.

Tonight Ryan and I are McAlisting, and then Debra's joining us for fun times at Old Navy. I'm aware that I shouldn't be shopping, but with these clearance prices I seriously cannot stay away. There's a difference between blowing money on full-price clothes, and investing in reasonable clothes at a great price. Hello, my name is Becky Bloomwood. Anyway, Debs is spending the night, which should be fun. It'll be her first test of the futon.

Inventory Survey )

chatty

Aug. 3rd, 2004 02:21 pm
chestnutcurls: (dancing)
One of my co-workers brought in Sunday's Dilbert strip, which is a timely reflection on our office situation. I really ought to read Dilbert more, just as I need to watch Office Space again now that I've been a cube drone for almost three years.

Em and her Daniel will be proud that I went to the Shelby County Republican Headquarters today with one of my co-workers. I got one of those square black W stickers. My co-worker went a little nuts and bought several stickers, a button, and a hat. :)

Last night after Bible study, Luke and Myla (and this guy Adam, whom we've all been getting to know) came over with their guitars to play the wedding song for Evan and I. Well, as I expected, it was incredible. It's called "Chosen Family" and I guarantee there won't be a dry eye in the church when they sing it. I'm so humbled and moved when I think about it. Before we went to my place, Myla was making up some horrible song and trying to convince me that that's what the song was. "And it has this voice-over in the middle...Baby, I'm so glad we're getting married...Then there's a rap!" Later, Luke announced that he'd also written a song for us, and made something up on the spot that made me turn beet red until Myla pleaded with him to stop. So in comparison, the real song was even better. :) Anyway, they ended up staying and jamming until pretty late. It was awesome. My friends are so talented. I wish their stuff was copyrighted so I could post it for all of you to hear. Luke has a hilarious song about whiskey, which I enjoy despite the fact that I'm not a drinker.

Tonight Ryan and I are McAlisting, and then Debra's joining us for fun times at Old Navy. I'm aware that I shouldn't be shopping, but with these clearance prices I seriously cannot stay away. There's a difference between blowing money on full-price clothes, and investing in reasonable clothes at a great price. Hello, my name is Becky Bloomwood. Anyway, Debs is spending the night, which should be fun. It'll be her first test of the futon.

Inventory Survey )
chestnutcurls: (sympathy)
I can't think of an appropriate lead-in, so I'll just start talking.

Long rundown of my weekend )

Now I'm tired of typing.
chestnutcurls: (sympathy)
I can't think of an appropriate lead-in, so I'll just start talking.

Long rundown of my weekend )

Now I'm tired of typing.
chestnutcurls: (America)
Doesn't it feel like today should be Friday?

So tomorrow is a national day of mourning for Ronald Reagan. I have been really touched watching the coverage of all the people coming to his memorial. I wonder how long it'll be before we have another President who brings people together like that. I was too young to understand at the time, but hearing about his Presidency now, I'm amazed by how much support he had. It would be nice to have that kind of unifying confidence again.

Anyway, I think they might give him a holiday. When I told my boss this, she pointed out, "They didn't make a holiday for Kennedy." To which I replied, "Why not?" I'm all for more holidays. I say we honor every President with his own individual holiday. An extra forty-two days off a year! Woo hoo!

Last night I gave in and went (with Evan in tow) to the Bath & Body Works sale. His verdict on many of the lotions was that they smelled like Robitussin. I got a few things for other people, and for myself, a travel-sized set of Cotton Blossom and a set of Gardenia Lily (they're retiring it, Jessica!). As I checked out, the cashier told me the sale runs through July and there will be more stuff put on sale later. Oh gosh, please don't tell me that. Anyway, I immersed myself in the Gardenia Lily and I smell very nice today, if I do say so myself.

I miss Jen. I had a bizarre dream last night in which I called her to tell her something important, and she informed me I'd called and told her the same thing two hours earlier. Basically I'd been doing and saying all sorts of stuff without my knowledge. It was creepy.

Back to work now.
chestnutcurls: (America)
Doesn't it feel like today should be Friday?

So tomorrow is a national day of mourning for Ronald Reagan. I have been really touched watching the coverage of all the people coming to his memorial. I wonder how long it'll be before we have another President who brings people together like that. I was too young to understand at the time, but hearing about his Presidency now, I'm amazed by how much support he had. It would be nice to have that kind of unifying confidence again.

Anyway, I think they might give him a holiday. When I told my boss this, she pointed out, "They didn't make a holiday for Kennedy." To which I replied, "Why not?" I'm all for more holidays. I say we honor every President with his own individual holiday. An extra forty-two days off a year! Woo hoo!

Last night I gave in and went (with Evan in tow) to the Bath & Body Works sale. His verdict on many of the lotions was that they smelled like Robitussin. I got a few things for other people, and for myself, a travel-sized set of Cotton Blossom and a set of Gardenia Lily (they're retiring it, Jessica!). As I checked out, the cashier told me the sale runs through July and there will be more stuff put on sale later. Oh gosh, please don't tell me that. Anyway, I immersed myself in the Gardenia Lily and I smell very nice today, if I do say so myself.

I miss Jen. I had a bizarre dream last night in which I called her to tell her something important, and she informed me I'd called and told her the same thing two hours earlier. Basically I'd been doing and saying all sorts of stuff without my knowledge. It was creepy.

Back to work now.
chestnutcurls: (tea)
This is not the best day. I was doing fine until my lunchtime conference call ran a little too long, and then I couldn't eat my lunch because more people kept calling me. Then I had to go to the mall to buy cards, and also dropped by Petite Sophisticate to visit the polka-dotted skirt I've been visiting for six months. It had finally been marked down to a sane price, and with the extra 25% off and the giftcard I've been saving since Christmas, it only cost me $15. You'd think I'd be ecstatic (and I am, it's beautiful and will last forever), but then I passed by Bath & Body Works and saw the Giant Sale that's going on. Huge bottles of bath products for $6! Unfortunately, finances are a big issue for me these days and I shouldn't buy unneeded bath products, no matter how cheap they are. So then I was in a bad mood. I'm so materialistic. What is wrong with me?

Also, I really wanted McAlister's for dinner, but Ryan's not coming over tonight. I feel wasteful eating out by myself, when I could sit at home and eat a bowl of broccoli. I've eaten bowls of vegetables for the last two nights, though. I want real food. Which brings me to another frustration: my complete lack of motivation to cook. Very rarely do I make dinner for my boyfriend; he comes over after work and makes himself a sandwich or something. I feel like I'm failing as a woman. By now I should have mastered of all his favorite recipes and be inventing new ones myself. :P But meat is expensive, and I don't have time to go buy the food and cook it and clean the whole kitchen when I'm done. I'm in for a rude awakening in a few weeks when Kathy is gone.

I'm also realizing that Kathy will be gone in a few weeks, and who knows when I'll even see her. No more trips to the store together or doing Pilates together or playing with the cat. I'm excited about being on my own again, but I'm finally starting to get sad about the end of our seven years together. Talk about the end of an era.

On a positive note, I am reading a great book that I think all women should read: Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. I'm getting so much out of it, I might get a copy for my mom.
chestnutcurls: (tea)
This is not the best day. I was doing fine until my lunchtime conference call ran a little too long, and then I couldn't eat my lunch because more people kept calling me. Then I had to go to the mall to buy cards, and also dropped by Petite Sophisticate to visit the polka-dotted skirt I've been visiting for six months. It had finally been marked down to a sane price, and with the extra 25% off and the giftcard I've been saving since Christmas, it only cost me $15. You'd think I'd be ecstatic (and I am, it's beautiful and will last forever), but then I passed by Bath & Body Works and saw the Giant Sale that's going on. Huge bottles of bath products for $6! Unfortunately, finances are a big issue for me these days and I shouldn't buy unneeded bath products, no matter how cheap they are. So then I was in a bad mood. I'm so materialistic. What is wrong with me?

Also, I really wanted McAlister's for dinner, but Ryan's not coming over tonight. I feel wasteful eating out by myself, when I could sit at home and eat a bowl of broccoli. I've eaten bowls of vegetables for the last two nights, though. I want real food. Which brings me to another frustration: my complete lack of motivation to cook. Very rarely do I make dinner for my boyfriend; he comes over after work and makes himself a sandwich or something. I feel like I'm failing as a woman. By now I should have mastered of all his favorite recipes and be inventing new ones myself. :P But meat is expensive, and I don't have time to go buy the food and cook it and clean the whole kitchen when I'm done. I'm in for a rude awakening in a few weeks when Kathy is gone.

I'm also realizing that Kathy will be gone in a few weeks, and who knows when I'll even see her. No more trips to the store together or doing Pilates together or playing with the cat. I'm excited about being on my own again, but I'm finally starting to get sad about the end of our seven years together. Talk about the end of an era.

On a positive note, I am reading a great book that I think all women should read: Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. I'm getting so much out of it, I might get a copy for my mom.
chestnutcurls: (faith)
I feel good (na na na na na na na) today. The weather is so nice and more things are blooming. There's a dogwood tree near my work that I keep meaning to take a picture of. I can do it tomorrow, since I was informed earlier that our office will be closing at 2! :) I almost feel guilty for being in such a good mood today. It's Maundy Thursday- I'm supposed to be somber. Sunday is for happiness.

My orchestra practice last night was wack. I came straight from work and then had to sit there for an hour while the choir rehearsed. (They're singing "Were You There" and it gave me chills...I can't wait to hear it in the service.) Finally they allowed us to come practice the song we're doing with them, and then we had to practice our own song. I got home at 8:30, very irritated. The cool thing about the night was that Kristin and Amy, the other two flutes, gave me a flute stand! They wanted us all to match for our trio in a few weeks. Kristin said they don't let just anybody into the "Flute Stand Club." I feel loved. :) Since joining the band (a year ago!) I feel much more plugged in at the church. Yay for serving!

I had lunch with my friend Rachel today and it was great. She's such a cool person. She's a little younger than me and really involved in RUF, so she updated me on the latest happenings in the group. Stuff like that makes me feel old, but in a good way, now. :) I'll see her again tonight at communion service. Traditionally we have pie afterward, but I have to get home for The Apprentice, which is far more addictive than pie. Oh, did anyone see the Omarosa sketch on SNL last week? Where things kept falling on her head? Hilarious.

Almost every day, I check my Amazon wishlist to see if there are any really low used prices. The problem is, even if you find a book for, say, $1.60 (like today), by the time you add shipping it's over $5. Which is not so ridiculously cheap. Sigh. Also, why can I not find green flip-flops anywhere? Has anyone seen any? Okay, now I'm just babbling. Sorry. :)
chestnutcurls: (faith)
I feel good (na na na na na na na) today. The weather is so nice and more things are blooming. There's a dogwood tree near my work that I keep meaning to take a picture of. I can do it tomorrow, since I was informed earlier that our office will be closing at 2! :) I almost feel guilty for being in such a good mood today. It's Maundy Thursday- I'm supposed to be somber. Sunday is for happiness.

My orchestra practice last night was wack. I came straight from work and then had to sit there for an hour while the choir rehearsed. (They're singing "Were You There" and it gave me chills...I can't wait to hear it in the service.) Finally they allowed us to come practice the song we're doing with them, and then we had to practice our own song. I got home at 8:30, very irritated. The cool thing about the night was that Kristin and Amy, the other two flutes, gave me a flute stand! They wanted us all to match for our trio in a few weeks. Kristin said they don't let just anybody into the "Flute Stand Club." I feel loved. :) Since joining the band (a year ago!) I feel much more plugged in at the church. Yay for serving!

I had lunch with my friend Rachel today and it was great. She's such a cool person. She's a little younger than me and really involved in RUF, so she updated me on the latest happenings in the group. Stuff like that makes me feel old, but in a good way, now. :) I'll see her again tonight at communion service. Traditionally we have pie afterward, but I have to get home for The Apprentice, which is far more addictive than pie. Oh, did anyone see the Omarosa sketch on SNL last week? Where things kept falling on her head? Hilarious.

Almost every day, I check my Amazon wishlist to see if there are any really low used prices. The problem is, even if you find a book for, say, $1.60 (like today), by the time you add shipping it's over $5. Which is not so ridiculously cheap. Sigh. Also, why can I not find green flip-flops anywhere? Has anyone seen any? Okay, now I'm just babbling. Sorry. :)
chestnutcurls: (braids)
My trip to Nashville was a blast. We left Friday night and arrived in town around 10. We met up with Debs and her boyfriend, Andy, at a Cracker Barrel. I went with them, while the others headed to Myla and Luke's grandmother's house in Franklin. Andy drove us around downtown for a while, and then I spent a nice night at the dorm with Debs. The next morning, we slept in and then headed to the Opry Mills mall to meet the others and [livejournal.com profile] chocomilkbanana! It was great to meet De Anna- she's friendly and fun to be around. We lunched with Debs and her roommate, and everyone got along great. After lunch, Myla, Luke, and Ryan finally showed up and we all did some shopping. Myla and I bought the same shirt at the Gap outlet without realizing it. :)

In the late afternoon, we headed out to Franklin for dinner at the grandmother's incredible house. Then we sat around the piano while Luke played some of his original compositions. I wish you guys could hear some of the stuff he and Myla have written...they're so talented. After that, we headed downtown to Graham Central Station. Pathetically (?) enough, I had made it to age 24 without ever going clubbing, so it was a new experience. We went to the ghetto club on the top floor, and right away I was uncomfortable. There were tons of creepy guys staring at the few people dancing. So I sat around by myself in the karaoke bar until Debs suggested seeing what was downstairs. The second floor turned out to be a retro club with a much better atmosphere. Myla seemed nonplussed since the patrons were mostly middle-aged, but Debs and I were having fun, so we stayed there for the rest of the evening. Eventually the others came back and joined us. :) It was a lot of fun.

Yesterday we left Nashville fairly early. When I got home, it was so hot. I sweltered for a while before finally turning on the air conditioner. Evan came over and we had a happy reunion. Later we watched Notting Hill, one of my favorite movies. Yay! Overall it was a very fun and relaxing weekend- good times, good friends. Unfortunately, coming back to work was that much harder today. Some days I just Don't Want To Be Here and it puts me in a really crummy mood. Yes, I am blessed to have a job. Repeat to self.

Also, I think we all have Nashvilleitis now. We're already planning our next trip. I'm hoping to go back before May 16 to see the exhibit at the Frist that [livejournal.com profile] lilolmehb recommended. They have some famous paintings, including Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party, which I have in my dining room. Debra went to it and said it was really good.

Anyway, a few pictures are here. Sorry this was blathery and boring. I have other things I wanted to talk about...maybe later if I get time.
chestnutcurls: (braids)
My trip to Nashville was a blast. We left Friday night and arrived in town around 10. We met up with Debs and her boyfriend, Andy, at a Cracker Barrel. I went with them, while the others headed to Myla and Luke's grandmother's house in Franklin. Andy drove us around downtown for a while, and then I spent a nice night at the dorm with Debs. The next morning, we slept in and then headed to the Opry Mills mall to meet the others and [livejournal.com profile] chocomilkbanana! It was great to meet De Anna- she's friendly and fun to be around. We lunched with Debs and her roommate, and everyone got along great. After lunch, Myla, Luke, and Ryan finally showed up and we all did some shopping. Myla and I bought the same shirt at the Gap outlet without realizing it. :)

In the late afternoon, we headed out to Franklin for dinner at the grandmother's incredible house. Then we sat around the piano while Luke played some of his original compositions. I wish you guys could hear some of the stuff he and Myla have written...they're so talented. After that, we headed downtown to Graham Central Station. Pathetically (?) enough, I had made it to age 24 without ever going clubbing, so it was a new experience. We went to the ghetto club on the top floor, and right away I was uncomfortable. There were tons of creepy guys staring at the few people dancing. So I sat around by myself in the karaoke bar until Debs suggested seeing what was downstairs. The second floor turned out to be a retro club with a much better atmosphere. Myla seemed nonplussed since the patrons were mostly middle-aged, but Debs and I were having fun, so we stayed there for the rest of the evening. Eventually the others came back and joined us. :) It was a lot of fun.

Yesterday we left Nashville fairly early. When I got home, it was so hot. I sweltered for a while before finally turning on the air conditioner. Evan came over and we had a happy reunion. Later we watched Notting Hill, one of my favorite movies. Yay! Overall it was a very fun and relaxing weekend- good times, good friends. Unfortunately, coming back to work was that much harder today. Some days I just Don't Want To Be Here and it puts me in a really crummy mood. Yes, I am blessed to have a job. Repeat to self.

Also, I think we all have Nashvilleitis now. We're already planning our next trip. I'm hoping to go back before May 16 to see the exhibit at the Frist that [livejournal.com profile] lilolmehb recommended. They have some famous paintings, including Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party, which I have in my dining room. Debra went to it and said it was really good.

Anyway, a few pictures are here. Sorry this was blathery and boring. I have other things I wanted to talk about...maybe later if I get time.
chestnutcurls: (Brens)
Well, my day started bleah like every other day this week, but it has since brightened considerably. The weather is beautiful today, sunny and warm. I like the jean skirt I'm wearing. At lunchtime I went to Target again and ended up with a pair of brown boots ($5.50!) and, two years after moving in, a valance curtain for my living room. It's a Waverly pattern with blue flowers, and I can't wait to go home and put it up...I hope it fits. (Fellow LM Montgomery fans: Does shopping for curtains make you think of Valancy? She's one of my favorite heroines, but I could never name a daughter after her. I'd see a window treatment in my head whenever I called her in for dinner.) Also, we just got new printers at work, and I get one all to myself! I wasn't expecting that, so it's pretty exciting. Suddenly I feel more energized about my work. Or it could be the Diet Vanilla Coke.

Gandalf and I had a fun morning playtime today. His current favorite toy is a feathery thing on the end of a fishing-rod type thing. All I have to do is stand there waving it around, and he goes nuts. I had never seen a cat jump that high.

Important Hair News: I switched from my standard Curl Vive spray gel to the new Fructis spray gel. It smells wonderful, but I think it's too lightweight for my hair...there's more frizz going on than usual. Very disappointing.

Evan has to work all weekend. I'm trying not to be sad and whiny about it. My sister is coming home today, so that balances things out. Sometimes you just need time with the hermana. She called a while ago to say she was on her way. I like the drive between Memphis and Nashville, because it divides nicely into thirds, landmark-wise: the Tennessee River, Jackson, and then Memphis. Or the opposite way. There's your geography lesson for the day. Here's another one for free: McLean Avenue, a few miles from where I sit, is the 90th parallel (line of longitude). Future visitors to Memphis, let me know if you want to visit this geographically crucial street. :)

Tonight I will hopefully go to McAlister's (yay!) and maybe also to Michael's to get a crochet hook and some yarn. What size hook do you crafties recommend?
chestnutcurls: (Brens)
Well, my day started bleah like every other day this week, but it has since brightened considerably. The weather is beautiful today, sunny and warm. I like the jean skirt I'm wearing. At lunchtime I went to Target again and ended up with a pair of brown boots ($5.50!) and, two years after moving in, a valance curtain for my living room. It's a Waverly pattern with blue flowers, and I can't wait to go home and put it up...I hope it fits. (Fellow LM Montgomery fans: Does shopping for curtains make you think of Valancy? She's one of my favorite heroines, but I could never name a daughter after her. I'd see a window treatment in my head whenever I called her in for dinner.) Also, we just got new printers at work, and I get one all to myself! I wasn't expecting that, so it's pretty exciting. Suddenly I feel more energized about my work. Or it could be the Diet Vanilla Coke.

Gandalf and I had a fun morning playtime today. His current favorite toy is a feathery thing on the end of a fishing-rod type thing. All I have to do is stand there waving it around, and he goes nuts. I had never seen a cat jump that high.

Important Hair News: I switched from my standard Curl Vive spray gel to the new Fructis spray gel. It smells wonderful, but I think it's too lightweight for my hair...there's more frizz going on than usual. Very disappointing.

Evan has to work all weekend. I'm trying not to be sad and whiny about it. My sister is coming home today, so that balances things out. Sometimes you just need time with the hermana. She called a while ago to say she was on her way. I like the drive between Memphis and Nashville, because it divides nicely into thirds, landmark-wise: the Tennessee River, Jackson, and then Memphis. Or the opposite way. There's your geography lesson for the day. Here's another one for free: McLean Avenue, a few miles from where I sit, is the 90th parallel (line of longitude). Future visitors to Memphis, let me know if you want to visit this geographically crucial street. :)

Tonight I will hopefully go to McAlister's (yay!) and maybe also to Michael's to get a crochet hook and some yarn. What size hook do you crafties recommend?
chestnutcurls: (shoes)
This post consists of the following: Mushiness. Weather. Materialism.

My weekend. I basically sat around Friday night. On Saturday morning I bought my bridesmaid dress for Kathy's wedding. We all looked great in the dresses. I tried on a banana-yellow one because that's my best clothing color, and it looked so nice that I pleaded with Kathy to change her mind about periwinkle. She wouldn't budge. :) After our jaunt at David's I went to White Barn Candle Co. (I had a coupon) and bought a rather insane amount of candles. There were so many unadvertised sales that my head was spinning. Candles = happy. On my way home, I stopped at the library, where Luke and his accounting fraternity were doing people's taxes for free. I'm getting a decent amount back. Yay! When I was done it was only noon and I felt very accomplished.

Evan came over in the afternoon with a rose in a pretty vase. I was happy. :) We watched The Wedding Singer with Kathy and then set off for an early dinner at Spaghetti Factory. I had chicken Marsala! After dinner we walked around Peabody Place and Evan played some games at Jillian's. Then we went to Blockbuster and found that anything we remotely wanted to see was checked out. Finally we settled on Total Recall, because nothing says romance like amnesiac Arnold trying to avoid a horrible death in the Martian atmosphere. At the end of the movie, we were traumatized and thought maybe it hadn't been the best choice, but at least it made for a good, funny memory. And it was a very happy Valentine's. :)

It was supposed to snow that night, so when the ground was bare on Sunday morning, I was disappointed. I turned on the TV and saw a Wal-Mart parking lot covered in snow- in Southaven, twenty minutes away. Huh? On the way to church, I saw snow on the ground less than a mile from my apartment. At the church, there was an inch or so. Bizarre. Living in Midtown: more culture, more crime, less snow.

Anyway, yesterday was a great day. I recently acquired a generous Goldsmith's gift card, so after church and lunch we went to spend some of it. I got some bedsheets, a cute pair of Steve Madden sandals on clearance, and...The Pants. Yes, the dark brown corduroy bootcut pants I have been craving. There was one pair left. Ralph Lauren. My size. Thirteen dollars. I was beside myself with joy. There was another fashion victory: Evan wore a sweater yesterday! And wow. I thought about taking a picture for you guys, but didn't think you could handle the hotness. :D Of course our friend Chris told him it was gay-looking. What is the deal with that? Any male who doesn't look like a slob is inherently gay? I wanted to hit him.

Evan is obsessed with this new 80's throwback band, The Darkness. I finally heard their song this weekend. I like it. More than that, I like him trying to sing along.

Okay, that's enough. Sorry this wasn't a very "enriching" post.
chestnutcurls: (shoes)
This post consists of the following: Mushiness. Weather. Materialism.

My weekend. I basically sat around Friday night. On Saturday morning I bought my bridesmaid dress for Kathy's wedding. We all looked great in the dresses. I tried on a banana-yellow one because that's my best clothing color, and it looked so nice that I pleaded with Kathy to change her mind about periwinkle. She wouldn't budge. :) After our jaunt at David's I went to White Barn Candle Co. (I had a coupon) and bought a rather insane amount of candles. There were so many unadvertised sales that my head was spinning. Candles = happy. On my way home, I stopped at the library, where Luke and his accounting fraternity were doing people's taxes for free. I'm getting a decent amount back. Yay! When I was done it was only noon and I felt very accomplished.

Evan came over in the afternoon with a rose in a pretty vase. I was happy. :) We watched The Wedding Singer with Kathy and then set off for an early dinner at Spaghetti Factory. I had chicken Marsala! After dinner we walked around Peabody Place and Evan played some games at Jillian's. Then we went to Blockbuster and found that anything we remotely wanted to see was checked out. Finally we settled on Total Recall, because nothing says romance like amnesiac Arnold trying to avoid a horrible death in the Martian atmosphere. At the end of the movie, we were traumatized and thought maybe it hadn't been the best choice, but at least it made for a good, funny memory. And it was a very happy Valentine's. :)

It was supposed to snow that night, so when the ground was bare on Sunday morning, I was disappointed. I turned on the TV and saw a Wal-Mart parking lot covered in snow- in Southaven, twenty minutes away. Huh? On the way to church, I saw snow on the ground less than a mile from my apartment. At the church, there was an inch or so. Bizarre. Living in Midtown: more culture, more crime, less snow.

Anyway, yesterday was a great day. I recently acquired a generous Goldsmith's gift card, so after church and lunch we went to spend some of it. I got some bedsheets, a cute pair of Steve Madden sandals on clearance, and...The Pants. Yes, the dark brown corduroy bootcut pants I have been craving. There was one pair left. Ralph Lauren. My size. Thirteen dollars. I was beside myself with joy. There was another fashion victory: Evan wore a sweater yesterday! And wow. I thought about taking a picture for you guys, but didn't think you could handle the hotness. :D Of course our friend Chris told him it was gay-looking. What is the deal with that? Any male who doesn't look like a slob is inherently gay? I wanted to hit him.

Evan is obsessed with this new 80's throwback band, The Darkness. I finally heard their song this weekend. I like it. More than that, I like him trying to sing along.

Okay, that's enough. Sorry this wasn't a very "enriching" post.

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