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I'm making a public post to announce that my friend MaryElaine has four white rabbits who need a good home. If she doesn't find homes for them within a few weeks, she will have to euthanize them. :( (I can't believe she actually told me that, but she did and now I have the burden of knowledge.) I can't take any of them - they will not do well in a small apartment with two cats. So please, if any of you local people are interested in taking one, e-mail me. And pass the word along.

While I'm here...LJ Stats/History Meme )
chestnutcurls: (rabbit)
I'm making a public post to announce that my friend MaryElaine has four white rabbits who need a good home. If she doesn't find homes for them within a few weeks, she will have to euthanize them. :( (I can't believe she actually told me that, but she did and now I have the burden of knowledge.) I can't take any of them - they will not do well in a small apartment with two cats. So please, if any of you local people are interested in taking one, e-mail me. And pass the word along.

While I'm here...LJ Stats/History Meme )
chestnutcurls: (tigers)
GO RED SOX! I like Boston and I like underdogs. This will be an entertaining World Series. Even Evan was transfixed by the game last night, and he doesn't like baseball much. We were talking about the post-game riots earlier:

Me: Why do they want to destroy their own city? Something good happened! I don't get it.
Evan: ...They should have goalposts on the baseball field, so at the end of the game the fans could tear down the goalposts to work out their aggression.
Me: Or they could build up the pitcher's mound a lot. So the fans could tear it down and throw sand and stuff.
Evan: Yes... sand will assuage the mob. "Hey, I have sand! I can go home now!"

I'm in my new cubicle! I like it. It's quieter down here.

I'm the last person to take this survey. )
chestnutcurls: (tigers)
GO RED SOX! I like Boston and I like underdogs. This will be an entertaining World Series. Even Evan was transfixed by the game last night, and he doesn't like baseball much. We were talking about the post-game riots earlier:

Me: Why do they want to destroy their own city? Something good happened! I don't get it.
Evan: ...They should have goalposts on the baseball field, so at the end of the game the fans could tear down the goalposts to work out their aggression.
Me: Or they could build up the pitcher's mound a lot. So the fans could tear it down and throw sand and stuff.
Evan: Yes... sand will assuage the mob. "Hey, I have sand! I can go home now!"

I'm in my new cubicle! I like it. It's quieter down here.

I'm the last person to take this survey. )
chestnutcurls: (bookworm)
Tonight I'm anticipating a fun time at my parents' house. I'm helping Debra cook for the shower, and Ryan's coming to keep us company and eat most of our efforts. We will also watch the debate and play Presidential Debate Bingo. Speaking of politics, I wanted to share an article that Kimma sent me. It's long, but well worth the read: Deterrence.

Last night I finished The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers. It was unusual and a little unbelievable, but good. That's the last of the books I borrowed from Evan's mom. Now I need to get back to Pride & Prejudice, which I dropped as soon as I got those other books. Kathy told me I wasn't allowed to read anything else until I had finished P & P, so she can't find out about this. :) There are a couple of other "Christian living" books I started but can't finish. With a few exceptions, I get bored or frustrated easily with contemporary Christian non-fiction. If it's not C.S. Lewis or R.C. Sproul or someone similar, it doesn't really hold my interest. I'm sure that makes me unspiritual. :P I tried to read an Elizabeth George book, one of Evan's mom's, and I wanted to throw it across the room because her tone was so relentlessly perky. Also, several of her illustrations drove me nuts. One was about a girl who visited her house and turned down some cherries offered to her because she'd already eaten. The writer said she was so convicted by this because if she had eaten at the Right Time, she wouldn't be eating cherries either. It was about self-control, but if I'm supposed to be so self-controlled that CHERRIES become evil and indulgent, forget it. It's not like it was a triple chocolate cake.

And now, because it's Friday....LJ Stats survey )
chestnutcurls: (bookworm)
Tonight I'm anticipating a fun time at my parents' house. I'm helping Debra cook for the shower, and Ryan's coming to keep us company and eat most of our efforts. We will also watch the debate and play Presidential Debate Bingo. Speaking of politics, I wanted to share an article that Kimma sent me. It's long, but well worth the read: Deterrence.

Last night I finished The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers. It was unusual and a little unbelievable, but good. That's the last of the books I borrowed from Evan's mom. Now I need to get back to Pride & Prejudice, which I dropped as soon as I got those other books. Kathy told me I wasn't allowed to read anything else until I had finished P & P, so she can't find out about this. :) There are a couple of other "Christian living" books I started but can't finish. With a few exceptions, I get bored or frustrated easily with contemporary Christian non-fiction. If it's not C.S. Lewis or R.C. Sproul or someone similar, it doesn't really hold my interest. I'm sure that makes me unspiritual. :P I tried to read an Elizabeth George book, one of Evan's mom's, and I wanted to throw it across the room because her tone was so relentlessly perky. Also, several of her illustrations drove me nuts. One was about a girl who visited her house and turned down some cherries offered to her because she'd already eaten. The writer said she was so convicted by this because if she had eaten at the Right Time, she wouldn't be eating cherries either. It was about self-control, but if I'm supposed to be so self-controlled that CHERRIES become evil and indulgent, forget it. It's not like it was a triple chocolate cake.

And now, because it's Friday....LJ Stats survey )
chestnutcurls: (shoes)
Since it's 3/11, everyone should do their civic duty and listen to a 311 song today. :)

Yesterday morning I stepped on something in my apartment...it may have been a shard from a glass Gandalf broke recently. Whatever it is, it's firmly lodged in my foot, and I can't walk flat-footed because of the pain. I have tried repeatedly to get it out, but I can't find it in there and I am a wimp. Evan thinks I should go to the doctor and have them take care of it, but that seems over-reactionary. We'll see how I feel about it in a few days. :P Ironically, I can walk fine with heels on, so the Rampage shoes are making a comeback.

I watched a few minutes of Jay Leno last night and saw a far-off shot of Elijah Wood getting ready to come out. He was wearing a pinstripe shirt and jeans, and I thought, "Is that Clay?!?" But at least I wasn't too disappointed to find out who it really was. :) He seems like such a great guy. I want to see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, mostly because of him. Also, it looks so weird it's bound to be interesting.

I haven't heard it yet, but apparently there's a new local radio commercial about being addicted to McAlister's tea. It goes something like, "I am not addicted. I just pick one up when I'm taking the kids to soccer practice. And sometimes coming back from soccer practice. And on the way to work, and on the way home from work..." Yes, I am not alone.

I say "apparently" way too much. I'm working on speaking more concisely. :P

American Idol and a survey )
chestnutcurls: (shoes)
Since it's 3/11, everyone should do their civic duty and listen to a 311 song today. :)

Yesterday morning I stepped on something in my apartment...it may have been a shard from a glass Gandalf broke recently. Whatever it is, it's firmly lodged in my foot, and I can't walk flat-footed because of the pain. I have tried repeatedly to get it out, but I can't find it in there and I am a wimp. Evan thinks I should go to the doctor and have them take care of it, but that seems over-reactionary. We'll see how I feel about it in a few days. :P Ironically, I can walk fine with heels on, so the Rampage shoes are making a comeback.

I watched a few minutes of Jay Leno last night and saw a far-off shot of Elijah Wood getting ready to come out. He was wearing a pinstripe shirt and jeans, and I thought, "Is that Clay?!?" But at least I wasn't too disappointed to find out who it really was. :) He seems like such a great guy. I want to see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, mostly because of him. Also, it looks so weird it's bound to be interesting.

I haven't heard it yet, but apparently there's a new local radio commercial about being addicted to McAlister's tea. It goes something like, "I am not addicted. I just pick one up when I'm taking the kids to soccer practice. And sometimes coming back from soccer practice. And on the way to work, and on the way home from work..." Yes, I am not alone.

I say "apparently" way too much. I'm working on speaking more concisely. :P

American Idol and a survey )
chestnutcurls: (wedding)
It is rainy and cold outside. And I think I just heard thunder. Weird. Today is December 3, which some Memphians may recognize as the anniversary of Earthquake Day. I will never forget going to school that day in 1990 and wondering if I was going to be hiding under my desk soon.

I ended up having a really nice night last night, for the most part. Kathy came home unexpectedly and went to Kroger with me. Then we came home and she cleaned out the refrigerator while I cooked a feast-like frittata for our dinner. We finished off her pumpkin pie (made with Splenda so it was guilt-free) and watched good ol' Charlie Brown before she had to go back to school and work some more. It was so great just spending time with her doing normal things. I honestly think it's been at least six months since we've done that, just her and me. Having Evan around has not placated my need for female companionship. I'd forgotten what it's like to see your best friend for more than five minutes a day.

Anyway, then I happily settled down to work on Christmas cards. After an hour or so my sister called with the next chapter in her ongoing problem. I don't want to go into much detail, but basically her best friend at school has dumped her for no apparent reason and is now spending all her time with Debra's roommate. When they're not ignoring her, they're saying really mean things. Now the shunning has spread to other girls on their floor, former "friends," to the point that no one will talk to Debra. She has absolutely no idea what she did to them. It's the most cruel, snotty, middle-schoolish thing I've ever heard of, and by the time I hung up the phone I was absolutely livid. I had to go to Evan's so he could comfort me and prevent me from driving to Nashville right then to kick some butt. I can't believe this kind of thing is going on at a Christian college. Evan reminded me that, sadly, people are the same everywhere. Still, you'd think there would be someone holding them accountable.

Other than worrying about that, I'm doing pretty well today. So I don't mean to be a downer. Melissa reminded me that I haven't talked about Gandalf in a while. He's as crazy as ever. Getting the mail is still his favorite part of the day. He seems to prefer naps in the papasan to naps in the blue chair. Lately he's been scratching at Kathy's door in the middle of the night, so loudly that it wakes me up. He used to sleep nicely on my bed. Now he just wants to play noisily, and not even the cozy heating pad can make him settle down. Maybe the long nights are throwing off his internal clock. Also, he still tries to bite when we pet him. I thought this was a kitten phase he would grow out of. He purrs as he lunges at us, so clearly he enjoys the petting. I don't get it. :)

random survey )
chestnutcurls: (wedding)
It is rainy and cold outside. And I think I just heard thunder. Weird. Today is December 3, which some Memphians may recognize as the anniversary of Earthquake Day. I will never forget going to school that day in 1990 and wondering if I was going to be hiding under my desk soon.

I ended up having a really nice night last night, for the most part. Kathy came home unexpectedly and went to Kroger with me. Then we came home and she cleaned out the refrigerator while I cooked a feast-like frittata for our dinner. We finished off her pumpkin pie (made with Splenda so it was guilt-free) and watched good ol' Charlie Brown before she had to go back to school and work some more. It was so great just spending time with her doing normal things. I honestly think it's been at least six months since we've done that, just her and me. Having Evan around has not placated my need for female companionship. I'd forgotten what it's like to see your best friend for more than five minutes a day.

Anyway, then I happily settled down to work on Christmas cards. After an hour or so my sister called with the next chapter in her ongoing problem. I don't want to go into much detail, but basically her best friend at school has dumped her for no apparent reason and is now spending all her time with Debra's roommate. When they're not ignoring her, they're saying really mean things. Now the shunning has spread to other girls on their floor, former "friends," to the point that no one will talk to Debra. She has absolutely no idea what she did to them. It's the most cruel, snotty, middle-schoolish thing I've ever heard of, and by the time I hung up the phone I was absolutely livid. I had to go to Evan's so he could comfort me and prevent me from driving to Nashville right then to kick some butt. I can't believe this kind of thing is going on at a Christian college. Evan reminded me that, sadly, people are the same everywhere. Still, you'd think there would be someone holding them accountable.

Other than worrying about that, I'm doing pretty well today. So I don't mean to be a downer. Melissa reminded me that I haven't talked about Gandalf in a while. He's as crazy as ever. Getting the mail is still his favorite part of the day. He seems to prefer naps in the papasan to naps in the blue chair. Lately he's been scratching at Kathy's door in the middle of the night, so loudly that it wakes me up. He used to sleep nicely on my bed. Now he just wants to play noisily, and not even the cozy heating pad can make him settle down. Maybe the long nights are throwing off his internal clock. Also, he still tries to bite when we pet him. I thought this was a kitten phase he would grow out of. He purrs as he lunges at us, so clearly he enjoys the petting. I don't get it. :)

random survey )
chestnutcurls: (blue me)
Two yays: It's Friday! And my wrist doesn't hurt! I still have to go to the doctor, though.

My tutoring day has been changed because Yolanda's mom went spastic and said that Yolanda was having too much tutoring. (???) She doesn't have any extracurriculars on Thursdays, so that's our new day. At first I was disappointed because Thursday is traditionally my veg-out night. But after trying it out, I think I like it better than Monday. The mood at Streets is entirely different and people seem much happier. I guess the depression of Monday touches everyone. :) Last night was really fun. I helped Yolanda with a History of Voting timeline, and it was an effort not to do the whole thing for her. I love creative projects like that. There is nothing in the world more alluring to me than a blank posterboard and a box of markers and crayons. I am hopelessly nerdy.

After a couple of days' separation, I'm excited about seeing Evan tonight. He's taking me to the Commissary and then we're going to Putt-Putt. It will be very fun. Oh, I forgot to mention that earlier this week he brought me a present- my favorite Playstation game, Super Puzzle Fighter. It's like Tetris on crack with little anime characters running around. I'd been wanting it for years but never would have gotten it for myself. He's very sweet. Now if only he would post in his journal again... :)

With every week, I feel increasingly that Scrubs has surpassed Friends as the best show on TV. It's funnier and more creative, and slightly less obscene. :P By the same token, Good Morning Miami isn't very funny anymore. I'm trying to be more sensitive to the kind of material I watch, and I'm finding that if you're looking for moral programming, you might as well sell your TV. It's sad but not surprising.

Good Idea, Bad Idea )

Ooo, Evan just called and he found an apartment! It's at Campus View, which is a great location because its name is meant literally. I could practically walk there from my apartment! And it's cheap! No more 40-minute drives or obnoxious roommates for him to worry about. Yaaay! God is really working things out for him. :D
chestnutcurls: (blue me)
Two yays: It's Friday! And my wrist doesn't hurt! I still have to go to the doctor, though.

My tutoring day has been changed because Yolanda's mom went spastic and said that Yolanda was having too much tutoring. (???) She doesn't have any extracurriculars on Thursdays, so that's our new day. At first I was disappointed because Thursday is traditionally my veg-out night. But after trying it out, I think I like it better than Monday. The mood at Streets is entirely different and people seem much happier. I guess the depression of Monday touches everyone. :) Last night was really fun. I helped Yolanda with a History of Voting timeline, and it was an effort not to do the whole thing for her. I love creative projects like that. There is nothing in the world more alluring to me than a blank posterboard and a box of markers and crayons. I am hopelessly nerdy.

After a couple of days' separation, I'm excited about seeing Evan tonight. He's taking me to the Commissary and then we're going to Putt-Putt. It will be very fun. Oh, I forgot to mention that earlier this week he brought me a present- my favorite Playstation game, Super Puzzle Fighter. It's like Tetris on crack with little anime characters running around. I'd been wanting it for years but never would have gotten it for myself. He's very sweet. Now if only he would post in his journal again... :)

With every week, I feel increasingly that Scrubs has surpassed Friends as the best show on TV. It's funnier and more creative, and slightly less obscene. :P By the same token, Good Morning Miami isn't very funny anymore. I'm trying to be more sensitive to the kind of material I watch, and I'm finding that if you're looking for moral programming, you might as well sell your TV. It's sad but not surprising.

Good Idea, Bad Idea )

Ooo, Evan just called and he found an apartment! It's at Campus View, which is a great location because its name is meant literally. I could practically walk there from my apartment! And it's cheap! No more 40-minute drives or obnoxious roommates for him to worry about. Yaaay! God is really working things out for him. :D
chestnutcurls: (cat love)
Do you ever have one of those days that's so long that you think to yourself, "Hey, isn't it [insert following day here]?" Then you find out it's still the same day and are disappointed. Or is it just me?

My tutoring session with Yolanda was great yesterday. Afterwards I took her to McDonald's and we had a good time. It's encouraging to see that the time you invest in people really does pay off. I can tell that she feels much more comfortable with me than she did last year. Yay God. :)

Is anyone else having trouble commenting on comments in your own journal? Something is wacky in LJ land. What else is new?

I was supposed to go to Evan's last night to watch a movie, but his DVD player didn't work. So he came to the apartment instead. We rented Punch-Drunk Love, which I had heard was great, but we hated it so much we turned it off after half an hour. Then we just watched TV and talked. It was freezing in the apartment and I wasn't feeling well, so I eventually fell asleep. (Some of you have expressed wonder at the number of new relationships lately. Evan says it's because people know winter is coming and they need someone to provide warmth. That wasn't my reasoning, but it is a nice bonus. :)) Anyway, he had quite a time waking me up and getting me coherent enough to walk him to the door. I felt bad for sleeping through our time together, but I was so tired. I don't know what's wrong with me lately. And with the darkness of winter coming, it's only going to get worse. I have so many things I need to do, but I have less and less energy.

Gandalf's Hangout of the Week is in my closet, on top of my jeans pile. Kathy and I have been puzzled several times as to where he was, but then found him happily curled up there. Weird cat. :)

I'm excited about October starting tomorrow. It's one of my favorite months, full of happy band-competition memories and nice fall weather. And it's Jessica's birthday month! Woo hoo!

Survey. Because I am annoying. )
chestnutcurls: (cat love)
Do you ever have one of those days that's so long that you think to yourself, "Hey, isn't it [insert following day here]?" Then you find out it's still the same day and are disappointed. Or is it just me?

My tutoring session with Yolanda was great yesterday. Afterwards I took her to McDonald's and we had a good time. It's encouraging to see that the time you invest in people really does pay off. I can tell that she feels much more comfortable with me than she did last year. Yay God. :)

Is anyone else having trouble commenting on comments in your own journal? Something is wacky in LJ land. What else is new?

I was supposed to go to Evan's last night to watch a movie, but his DVD player didn't work. So he came to the apartment instead. We rented Punch-Drunk Love, which I had heard was great, but we hated it so much we turned it off after half an hour. Then we just watched TV and talked. It was freezing in the apartment and I wasn't feeling well, so I eventually fell asleep. (Some of you have expressed wonder at the number of new relationships lately. Evan says it's because people know winter is coming and they need someone to provide warmth. That wasn't my reasoning, but it is a nice bonus. :)) Anyway, he had quite a time waking me up and getting me coherent enough to walk him to the door. I felt bad for sleeping through our time together, but I was so tired. I don't know what's wrong with me lately. And with the darkness of winter coming, it's only going to get worse. I have so many things I need to do, but I have less and less energy.

Gandalf's Hangout of the Week is in my closet, on top of my jeans pile. Kathy and I have been puzzled several times as to where he was, but then found him happily curled up there. Weird cat. :)

I'm excited about October starting tomorrow. It's one of my favorite months, full of happy band-competition memories and nice fall weather. And it's Jessica's birthday month! Woo hoo!

Survey. Because I am annoying. )
chestnutcurls: (blue me)
Today I am wearing my high-heeled, one-strapped Shoes of Total Devastation. I wore them several weeks ago, and they left horrible blisters that have only just healed enough for me to wear them again. I know I shouldn't wear them if they hurt me, but they're so cute. All my other work-y shoes are black and clunky and boring. These are sophisticated. :) I was planning to wear them on my date with Evan tonight, but they're already impairing my walking, so I may have to switch to flip-flops.

In other apparel news, my signature purple sunglasses lost an arm last week. I pulled out my old spare pair to wear until I could replace them. Yesterday, they lost an arm. I'm out of sunglasses and very bewildered.

Survey and my LJ Obsession results )
chestnutcurls: (blue me)
Today I am wearing my high-heeled, one-strapped Shoes of Total Devastation. I wore them several weeks ago, and they left horrible blisters that have only just healed enough for me to wear them again. I know I shouldn't wear them if they hurt me, but they're so cute. All my other work-y shoes are black and clunky and boring. These are sophisticated. :) I was planning to wear them on my date with Evan tonight, but they're already impairing my walking, so I may have to switch to flip-flops.

In other apparel news, my signature purple sunglasses lost an arm last week. I pulled out my old spare pair to wear until I could replace them. Yesterday, they lost an arm. I'm out of sunglasses and very bewildered.

Survey and my LJ Obsession results )
chestnutcurls: (beach)
Online Gatherings survey )

My parents seem much more relaxed now about my trip, which is an answer to prayer. I made a Post-it for them with my flight info and hotel phone number on it. When I went to the house yesterday, my mom shoved it in my face and shrieked, "This tells me nothing!" She wanted, like, names and cell phone numbers and an itinerary. Which I gave her, followed by a reminder that I had complied with all of her wishes about the trip, and that I felt completely assured of everyone's normalcy. Then I mentioned that we were going to Jessica's Nazarene church on Sunday, and she perked up instantly. Apparently I should have brought up the Nazarene connection long ago. Anyway, she seemed much calmer by the time I left, so I'm glad I don't have to worry about their worrying the whole time I'm gone.

I was also thinking: you know, in my parents' day a lot of people had pen pals whom they would go to meet, and no one freaked out about that. No one thought that was weird. What's the difference, really?

Anyway, everyone have fun this weekend. I know I will! :)
chestnutcurls: (beach)
Online Gatherings survey )

My parents seem much more relaxed now about my trip, which is an answer to prayer. I made a Post-it for them with my flight info and hotel phone number on it. When I went to the house yesterday, my mom shoved it in my face and shrieked, "This tells me nothing!" She wanted, like, names and cell phone numbers and an itinerary. Which I gave her, followed by a reminder that I had complied with all of her wishes about the trip, and that I felt completely assured of everyone's normalcy. Then I mentioned that we were going to Jessica's Nazarene church on Sunday, and she perked up instantly. Apparently I should have brought up the Nazarene connection long ago. Anyway, she seemed much calmer by the time I left, so I'm glad I don't have to worry about their worrying the whole time I'm gone.

I was also thinking: you know, in my parents' day a lot of people had pen pals whom they would go to meet, and no one freaked out about that. No one thought that was weird. What's the difference, really?

Anyway, everyone have fun this weekend. I know I will! :)
chestnutcurls: (Belle)
I am back at work.

Weekend highlights:

- Our freako weather on Saturday. We had a flash blizzard. Everything was covered with snow in a matter of minutes. Suddenly the sun came out, and within a few more minutes, all the snow was gone. Very, very weird.

- Watched Minority Report with the guys. I liked it, except for all the eyeball business. I couldn't restrain my shrieking whenever the eyeballs came on screen, causing Evan to make his "What a girl" face. :)

- Went to Alli's birthday party. We watched the conclusion of the Titans-Raiders game (*sob*) and ate cake. (For the Super Bowl- Tampa Bay all the way. Because anyone who beats the Raiders is my friend.)

- Spent a pleasant (!) afternoon with my mom yesterday, working on scrapbooks and talking about woman things. Enjoyed looking at Bun, who sat happily on the couch for several hours. He's never stayed on the couch until recently, and now he loves it. He's so funny. :)

The Book Quiz )
chestnutcurls: (Belle)
I am back at work.

Weekend highlights:

- Our freako weather on Saturday. We had a flash blizzard. Everything was covered with snow in a matter of minutes. Suddenly the sun came out, and within a few more minutes, all the snow was gone. Very, very weird.

- Watched Minority Report with the guys. I liked it, except for all the eyeball business. I couldn't restrain my shrieking whenever the eyeballs came on screen, causing Evan to make his "What a girl" face. :)

- Went to Alli's birthday party. We watched the conclusion of the Titans-Raiders game (*sob*) and ate cake. (For the Super Bowl- Tampa Bay all the way. Because anyone who beats the Raiders is my friend.)

- Spent a pleasant (!) afternoon with my mom yesterday, working on scrapbooks and talking about woman things. Enjoyed looking at Bun, who sat happily on the couch for several hours. He's never stayed on the couch until recently, and now he loves it. He's so funny. :)

The Book Quiz )

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