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For the first time in 25 years...

Memphis Tigers are #1 in the country!

GO TIGERS GO!

(New icon for the occasion. :))
chestnutcurls: (tigers)
For the first time in 25 years...

Memphis Tigers are #1 in the country!

GO TIGERS GO!

(New icon for the occasion. :))
chestnutcurls: (Evan & me)
I had fun this weekend. On Friday night I went to a game party at Lance's house. (Lance is part of our weekly lunch group.) I got to meet his girlfriend, who's also my neighbor! She's very nice. It's good to know someone in the neighborhood. On Saturday I went to Goat Days with Ryan and Luke (Myla was busy with her face-painting booth) and had a good old country time. After discovering that the Tigers game wasn't until seven, we decided to go home and then reconvene at the game. I'm so glad I got to go, because it was incredible. We have a winning team. The whole atmosphere of the stadium is different. I've been going to these games for seven years, and I don't think I've ever seen such an excited crowd. We actually left in the fourth quarter, because we were all exhausted and it was obvious we were going to win- and we did, 52-21! Yay!

Yesterday was my and Evan's anniversary. He has a new manager at work who's messing up everyone's schedule, so he had to go to work right after church. I was sad not to spend the day with him, but it was probably good because I got to take a nap. :) In the evening I went to IPC to hear Adolph Coors, the head of Coors Brewery, give his testimony. Yes, he's a Christian! It was very moving - he's had a lot of tragedy in his life. Evan met me there once he was finished with work, and we went to Macaroni Grill! :D It was great. I can't believe it's already been a year...it's flown by, which I guess is good. I am so glad we get to have many more years together. *cartoon hearts*

I don't really have anything else to say today.

Pictures from my Saturday )
chestnutcurls: (Evan & me)
I had fun this weekend. On Friday night I went to a game party at Lance's house. (Lance is part of our weekly lunch group.) I got to meet his girlfriend, who's also my neighbor! She's very nice. It's good to know someone in the neighborhood. On Saturday I went to Goat Days with Ryan and Luke (Myla was busy with her face-painting booth) and had a good old country time. After discovering that the Tigers game wasn't until seven, we decided to go home and then reconvene at the game. I'm so glad I got to go, because it was incredible. We have a winning team. The whole atmosphere of the stadium is different. I've been going to these games for seven years, and I don't think I've ever seen such an excited crowd. We actually left in the fourth quarter, because we were all exhausted and it was obvious we were going to win- and we did, 52-21! Yay!

Yesterday was my and Evan's anniversary. He has a new manager at work who's messing up everyone's schedule, so he had to go to work right after church. I was sad not to spend the day with him, but it was probably good because I got to take a nap. :) In the evening I went to IPC to hear Adolph Coors, the head of Coors Brewery, give his testimony. Yes, he's a Christian! It was very moving - he's had a lot of tragedy in his life. Evan met me there once he was finished with work, and we went to Macaroni Grill! :D It was great. I can't believe it's already been a year...it's flown by, which I guess is good. I am so glad we get to have many more years together. *cartoon hearts*

I don't really have anything else to say today.

Pictures from my Saturday )
chestnutcurls: (flute)
GO TIGERS GO! We won our first round NCAA game by 16! :D Now we play Oklahoma State. I'm happy, though. We're improving year by year. Yay!

Debra is in Florida today on a choir trip. She called me a little while ago from the beach so I could hear the ocean. For a minute, I was seriously almost in tears because I wanted to be there so much. How am I going to survive until next summer without going to the ocean? Few people know what it's like to grow up on the water- especially in Florida- and then have to move away from it. Lauren and Philip are probably the only ones on the friends list who will understand. Memphis is great, but away from the water, something is always missing for me. I will always be a woman torn. :P

Here's the Friday lyrics quiz )
chestnutcurls: (flute)
GO TIGERS GO! We won our first round NCAA game by 16! :D Now we play Oklahoma State. I'm happy, though. We're improving year by year. Yay!

Debra is in Florida today on a choir trip. She called me a little while ago from the beach so I could hear the ocean. For a minute, I was seriously almost in tears because I wanted to be there so much. How am I going to survive until next summer without going to the ocean? Few people know what it's like to grow up on the water- especially in Florida- and then have to move away from it. Lauren and Philip are probably the only ones on the friends list who will understand. Memphis is great, but away from the water, something is always missing for me. I will always be a woman torn. :P

Here's the Friday lyrics quiz )

meow

Mar. 16th, 2004 03:02 pm
chestnutcurls: (cat love)
I just discovered something that will make my revamping-the-file-room project a lot easier, and I was so excited about it that I completely forgot I hadn't posted yet today. So, lest you think I am dead or suffering from creative block, here we go.

Evan and I had a wonderful six-monthiversary. We ate at Benihana, and a couple from our church was at our table. They even knew Evan's mom! After dinner we went to Seize the Clay and ended up choosing cereal bowls (we like to eat cereal together in the evenings). Evan is very artistically talented, but I don't often get to see that side of him. He painted the entire inside of his bowl with an Eye of Sauron, complete with flames. It was a hilarious idea and I can't wait to see how it comes out. In comparison, my bowl is yellow with blue and purple butterflies stamped on the outside, and Froot Loops painted on the inside. I'll post pictures after I pick them up on Friday. That place is addictive...I already want to go back.

A few hours later, Evan left for a mudding event in Hot Springs. Ryan had wrecked his brand-new Jeep Liberty on Friday (he's fine) and was pretty bummed, so Debs and I spent Saturday with him at my parents' house. Then my parents took us all to dinner, which was nice. Sunday was also low-key, and there was no evening service at IPC. So when Evan got home, I took him to Garibaldi's for dinner and we had a nice reunion. Yes...eating with people takes up most of my free time. And I wonder why I have too little money and too much weight. :)

Also, it was exciting to hear about the Tigers' #7 NCAA seed. Coach Calipari lives exactly a mile from my apartment; when I take walks, my usual turn-around point is right in front of his house. I took my Sunday walk right before the brackets were announced. A news van went by and I wondered what was going on. When I got home, I flipped to that channel and they were interviewing players in Cal's front yard. Fun fun. :) I don't expect us to make it past the second round - if that - but we're still doing better than last year. Small moves, Ellie, small moves.

As a reward for finishing Desiring God, I went to the library last night and got some lighter non-fiction books. I've already torn through Think Like A Cat. I learned a few important things, but I didn't like the way the book implied that every cat behavior problem is caused by the owner. So it's my fault when Gandalf breaks a glass? :P I really need to start having regular playtimes with him. The book recommends a playtime right before you go to bed, to keep the cat from being disruptive in the night. I tried it, and Kathy reported that he didn't pester her until her alarm went off today!

Oh, and my foot is better! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] joyfulgal for the great Epsom salt advice. I soaked my foot briefly on Friday, and by the next morning there was hardly any pain. Yay!

meow

Mar. 16th, 2004 03:02 pm
chestnutcurls: (cat love)
I just discovered something that will make my revamping-the-file-room project a lot easier, and I was so excited about it that I completely forgot I hadn't posted yet today. So, lest you think I am dead or suffering from creative block, here we go.

Evan and I had a wonderful six-monthiversary. We ate at Benihana, and a couple from our church was at our table. They even knew Evan's mom! After dinner we went to Seize the Clay and ended up choosing cereal bowls (we like to eat cereal together in the evenings). Evan is very artistically talented, but I don't often get to see that side of him. He painted the entire inside of his bowl with an Eye of Sauron, complete with flames. It was a hilarious idea and I can't wait to see how it comes out. In comparison, my bowl is yellow with blue and purple butterflies stamped on the outside, and Froot Loops painted on the inside. I'll post pictures after I pick them up on Friday. That place is addictive...I already want to go back.

A few hours later, Evan left for a mudding event in Hot Springs. Ryan had wrecked his brand-new Jeep Liberty on Friday (he's fine) and was pretty bummed, so Debs and I spent Saturday with him at my parents' house. Then my parents took us all to dinner, which was nice. Sunday was also low-key, and there was no evening service at IPC. So when Evan got home, I took him to Garibaldi's for dinner and we had a nice reunion. Yes...eating with people takes up most of my free time. And I wonder why I have too little money and too much weight. :)

Also, it was exciting to hear about the Tigers' #7 NCAA seed. Coach Calipari lives exactly a mile from my apartment; when I take walks, my usual turn-around point is right in front of his house. I took my Sunday walk right before the brackets were announced. A news van went by and I wondered what was going on. When I got home, I flipped to that channel and they were interviewing players in Cal's front yard. Fun fun. :) I don't expect us to make it past the second round - if that - but we're still doing better than last year. Small moves, Ellie, small moves.

As a reward for finishing Desiring God, I went to the library last night and got some lighter non-fiction books. I've already torn through Think Like A Cat. I learned a few important things, but I didn't like the way the book implied that every cat behavior problem is caused by the owner. So it's my fault when Gandalf breaks a glass? :P I really need to start having regular playtimes with him. The book recommends a playtime right before you go to bed, to keep the cat from being disruptive in the night. I tried it, and Kathy reported that he didn't pester her until her alarm went off today!

Oh, and my foot is better! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] joyfulgal for the great Epsom salt advice. I soaked my foot briefly on Friday, and by the next morning there was hardly any pain. Yay!
chestnutcurls: (happy couple)
It's our six-monthiversary!! I came this close to posting a picture and some Christina Aguilera lyrics, but figured you would all unfriend me for excessive cheesiness. So suffice to say I am continually amazed that God has caused this incredible person to love me, and I hope he always does. :) Tonight he's taking me to dinner at Benihana, and then we're going to Seize the Clay! (Not, you know, The Clay. Though I wouldn't be opposed. :D) I'm already pondering what piece I want to paint and what my scheme will be.

I had a bad night last night. The Tigers lost to St. Louis in the first round of our conference tournament (what the heck is a Billican?) We watched the game at Huey's and I ate pie, proving again that I have no discipline. I talked to Luke about my beach trip plan, and he can't go. Chris was belligerent because of the game, and another guy showed up and started smoking, requiring that I wash my hair when I got home after 11:00, leaving no time to pick up Epsom salts or soak my foot in said salts, meaning that I have another day and evening of my foot hurting. On top of it all, Evan was suddenly invited to go on an off-roading trip this weekend, so now I won't see him at all (and next weekend he'll have to work again). At least my sister is still in town, so maybe she and Ryan will want to do something. I'm also sad because Ryan is a lot closer to her than to me now, and I've already had too much experience with friends drifting apart. I'm afraid that whatever it is is my fault, but don't know what to do about it.

Today already looks better, though. I'm taking care of some work things, and I have tonight to look forward to. Because I feel like I owe you guys something after all this emotionality, here's a random poll. ??? )
chestnutcurls: (happy couple)
It's our six-monthiversary!! I came this close to posting a picture and some Christina Aguilera lyrics, but figured you would all unfriend me for excessive cheesiness. So suffice to say I am continually amazed that God has caused this incredible person to love me, and I hope he always does. :) Tonight he's taking me to dinner at Benihana, and then we're going to Seize the Clay! (Not, you know, The Clay. Though I wouldn't be opposed. :D) I'm already pondering what piece I want to paint and what my scheme will be.

I had a bad night last night. The Tigers lost to St. Louis in the first round of our conference tournament (what the heck is a Billican?) We watched the game at Huey's and I ate pie, proving again that I have no discipline. I talked to Luke about my beach trip plan, and he can't go. Chris was belligerent because of the game, and another guy showed up and started smoking, requiring that I wash my hair when I got home after 11:00, leaving no time to pick up Epsom salts or soak my foot in said salts, meaning that I have another day and evening of my foot hurting. On top of it all, Evan was suddenly invited to go on an off-roading trip this weekend, so now I won't see him at all (and next weekend he'll have to work again). At least my sister is still in town, so maybe she and Ryan will want to do something. I'm also sad because Ryan is a lot closer to her than to me now, and I've already had too much experience with friends drifting apart. I'm afraid that whatever it is is my fault, but don't know what to do about it.

Today already looks better, though. I'm taking care of some work things, and I have tonight to look forward to. Because I feel like I owe you guys something after all this emotionality, here's a random poll. ??? )
chestnutcurls: (jersey tug)
Attention: Due to my extensive problems with Hotmail, I've changed my e-mail address. It is now monalisa816 at fastmail dot fm. Change your records. :)

This weekend was great. Really great. On Friday night I went to the Grizzlies game with my mom. After the game, Avalon gave a free concert. It was great- I like that Jody McBrayer. (I took pictures, but they came out badly.) On Saturday afternoon, I went back to the Pyramid for the Tigers game. Ryan and Myla came with me, and of course we had an excellent time. After the game we went to McAlister's, and Luke joined us for a snack. As has become our custom, we sat there for a couple of hours. We have a favorite cashier now who knows us and doesn't need me to give her my order. :) By then it was evening and Evan was off work. I went to his place and he sweetly cooked dinner for me. Then we watched Underworld and finished just in time to watch Clay on SNL. He was so great! I was swooning. Evan rolled his eyes, but after I left he watched the show to the end. :) I taped it. I'd really like a tape of all of Clay's appearances, but I never remember to set the VCR. Anyway, Evan is wonderful about taking interest in things that I like. He cheerfully watches American Idol and Friends and other things he formerly professed to hate. Love changes your preferences, I guess. I need to work on reciprocating...I'm not equally cheery when I go to Truck Night with him.

Yesterday we took Communion at church, which is always beneficial for me. We declared lunch to be at Applebee's since we had coupons. After lunch Evan and I did our usual lounging around, and in the evening went to IPC for Sunday night service. It was the last night of missions conference, and Steve Brown was speaking. He was great! (One of my co-workers is letting me borrow the CDs of his other talks.) Then our little group had dinner at Huey's, and then Myla came over for a planned time of girl talk. It was good and refreshing. Myla is one of my favorite people. If we weren't both so busy (she more so than me), I think she'd be as close a friend as Kathy is. As if that weren't enough, Kathy and I had a good talk after Myla left. I am so blessed in friends.

Okay, now I'm done posting for the day. :)
chestnutcurls: (jersey tug)
Attention: Due to my extensive problems with Hotmail, I've changed my e-mail address. It is now monalisa816 at fastmail dot fm. Change your records. :)

This weekend was great. Really great. On Friday night I went to the Grizzlies game with my mom. After the game, Avalon gave a free concert. It was great- I like that Jody McBrayer. (I took pictures, but they came out badly.) On Saturday afternoon, I went back to the Pyramid for the Tigers game. Ryan and Myla came with me, and of course we had an excellent time. After the game we went to McAlister's, and Luke joined us for a snack. As has become our custom, we sat there for a couple of hours. We have a favorite cashier now who knows us and doesn't need me to give her my order. :) By then it was evening and Evan was off work. I went to his place and he sweetly cooked dinner for me. Then we watched Underworld and finished just in time to watch Clay on SNL. He was so great! I was swooning. Evan rolled his eyes, but after I left he watched the show to the end. :) I taped it. I'd really like a tape of all of Clay's appearances, but I never remember to set the VCR. Anyway, Evan is wonderful about taking interest in things that I like. He cheerfully watches American Idol and Friends and other things he formerly professed to hate. Love changes your preferences, I guess. I need to work on reciprocating...I'm not equally cheery when I go to Truck Night with him.

Yesterday we took Communion at church, which is always beneficial for me. We declared lunch to be at Applebee's since we had coupons. After lunch Evan and I did our usual lounging around, and in the evening went to IPC for Sunday night service. It was the last night of missions conference, and Steve Brown was speaking. He was great! (One of my co-workers is letting me borrow the CDs of his other talks.) Then our little group had dinner at Huey's, and then Myla came over for a planned time of girl talk. It was good and refreshing. Myla is one of my favorite people. If we weren't both so busy (she more so than me), I think she'd be as close a friend as Kathy is. As if that weren't enough, Kathy and I had a good talk after Myla left. I am so blessed in friends.

Okay, now I'm done posting for the day. :)
chestnutcurls: (flute)
Why am I worried? Because of this. I first heard about this on the news on Saturday morning. At first I thought, "Wow, they're being ridiculous," but then I heard that the National Weather Service was having a press conference to warn people about the potential danger of this storm. Apparently two weather systems are going to collide over Memphis at around midnight, instantly producing excellent tornado conditions. I am fascinated by severe weather, but I've experienced more than enough this year. I'm tired of the stress of it. Kathy and I are packing a bag to leave by the front door, with our shoes and Gandalf's cat carrier, in case we have to run for the stairwell in the middle of the night. I considered spending the night at my parents' so I wouldn't have to worry about going downstairs, but I don't want to leave Kathy alone. She feels that our preparedness is a guarantee that nothing will happen. I hope so. :)

My weekend was weekendy. On Friday night Debra arrived in town, and Evan, Ryan, and I went to my parents' house to spend time with her. We watched Mr. Deeds, which is a great movie. On Saturday I went back over there so she could straighten my hair. Evan came straight from work to see the results, and we watched part of the Tigers game (see below). Then I went to two different Goldsmith's, because they were having the year's biggest sale and I hoped to get the shirt I've wanted for three months. Sadly, it was gone. I guess it's making someone else look like a supermodel. :( In my disappointment, I had dinner at Quizno's and then Evan and I watched Wayne's World at home. Excellent.

Sunday was a great day. I had to play at church, and a local high school band was visiting. They let us play their concert music with them. It was such a joy to play real music with a full band, instead of the usual medley stuff with five other people. After church, the college class had a buffalo-wings party at the home of the couple who's been teaching. We ended up staying until 4:00. The guys played Halo, and I spent time talking to Katherine (Ryan's roommate's fiancee) and a couple of other girls. It was great. I have been so starved for female companionship. After that, Evan and I went back to my apartment, rested, and watched The Animatrix (per Lawson's recommendation). It was cool and informative, but also disturbing. And the story was very familiar (Evan asked where John Conner was). I didn't have nightmares, thankfully, but I am again compelled to announce to the world, Self-aware machines are bad. Please stop making them. If you would just watch one of these movies, you'd see that there's no way that can end well. Thank you.

In further band news, the church Christmas concert (for which we have been practicing since August) is on December 14th. This also happens to be the day of Ryan's graduation. I was invited to do Celebratory Family Things with him, Evan, and their parents afterwards. Now I won't be able to. I am angry. Evan assures me that I'll have other opportunities to spend time with them, but it's not the same. Church band seems to cause an awful lot of these conflicts. Sigh.

Tigers: The Memphis Tigers are now 7-3 for the first time since 1976. They're definitely in for a bowl game. On Saturday they soundly whooped Louisville 37-7. They are playing like a real team. It's amazing. Ironically, I have been a bad Tiger fan this year and have missed several home games. I'm hoping to go this Saturday, since it's the last one I'll be able to go to.
chestnutcurls: (flute)
Why am I worried? Because of this. I first heard about this on the news on Saturday morning. At first I thought, "Wow, they're being ridiculous," but then I heard that the National Weather Service was having a press conference to warn people about the potential danger of this storm. Apparently two weather systems are going to collide over Memphis at around midnight, instantly producing excellent tornado conditions. I am fascinated by severe weather, but I've experienced more than enough this year. I'm tired of the stress of it. Kathy and I are packing a bag to leave by the front door, with our shoes and Gandalf's cat carrier, in case we have to run for the stairwell in the middle of the night. I considered spending the night at my parents' so I wouldn't have to worry about going downstairs, but I don't want to leave Kathy alone. She feels that our preparedness is a guarantee that nothing will happen. I hope so. :)

My weekend was weekendy. On Friday night Debra arrived in town, and Evan, Ryan, and I went to my parents' house to spend time with her. We watched Mr. Deeds, which is a great movie. On Saturday I went back over there so she could straighten my hair. Evan came straight from work to see the results, and we watched part of the Tigers game (see below). Then I went to two different Goldsmith's, because they were having the year's biggest sale and I hoped to get the shirt I've wanted for three months. Sadly, it was gone. I guess it's making someone else look like a supermodel. :( In my disappointment, I had dinner at Quizno's and then Evan and I watched Wayne's World at home. Excellent.

Sunday was a great day. I had to play at church, and a local high school band was visiting. They let us play their concert music with them. It was such a joy to play real music with a full band, instead of the usual medley stuff with five other people. After church, the college class had a buffalo-wings party at the home of the couple who's been teaching. We ended up staying until 4:00. The guys played Halo, and I spent time talking to Katherine (Ryan's roommate's fiancee) and a couple of other girls. It was great. I have been so starved for female companionship. After that, Evan and I went back to my apartment, rested, and watched The Animatrix (per Lawson's recommendation). It was cool and informative, but also disturbing. And the story was very familiar (Evan asked where John Conner was). I didn't have nightmares, thankfully, but I am again compelled to announce to the world, Self-aware machines are bad. Please stop making them. If you would just watch one of these movies, you'd see that there's no way that can end well. Thank you.

In further band news, the church Christmas concert (for which we have been practicing since August) is on December 14th. This also happens to be the day of Ryan's graduation. I was invited to do Celebratory Family Things with him, Evan, and their parents afterwards. Now I won't be able to. I am angry. Evan assures me that I'll have other opportunities to spend time with them, but it's not the same. Church band seems to cause an awful lot of these conflicts. Sigh.

Tigers: The Memphis Tigers are now 7-3 for the first time since 1976. They're definitely in for a bowl game. On Saturday they soundly whooped Louisville 37-7. They are playing like a real team. It's amazing. Ironically, I have been a bad Tiger fan this year and have missed several home games. I'm hoping to go this Saturday, since it's the last one I'll be able to go to.
chestnutcurls: (green eyes)
Hola. As you might have noticed, I've made some small changes to the friends list. If you were cut, it was either because I felt like we had nothing in common or because I didn't feel like I knew you. Please, please don't take offense. I've just needed to simplify for a while. I have also added some of the friends-list spouses/SOs. Hi, guys. :)

It's Monday, so that means the typical weekend story. Friday night went well. I got off work early, so I was able to pick up our tickets for the Derek Webb concert and then take a nap. Evan came over after work and we went to Garibaldi's Pizza, which we had been craving for a week. Then we met my mom at the concert. It was (I think) the fourth time I'd seen Derek live, and he was better than ever. He spent a lot of time talking about the Church, since it's the theme of his new album, and it was very enriching. My mom enjoyed it, too. I was glad. After the concert I saw Jeremy and Teresa, which came as no surprise since Jeremy was the one who got me into Caedmon's Call in the first place. :)

Saturday was a day of work around the house. I decided to tackle our horribly messy closets instead of going to the homecoming game. I felt like a very bad Tiger fan, but as I listened to the game I was glad I hadn't wasted my time- we lost to UAB. Again. Anyway, four hours and a cart full of Rubbermaid products later, things were mostly organized. Kathy's quilt scraps are now in a nice drawer unit instead of piled haphazardly on the closet floor, and my deceased Shark vacuum cleaner is in a box ready to be given to Goodwill. (It died so prematurely, I can't help but think that someone might be able to fix it.) Again, Evan came over after work, and we went to my parents' house for dinner. My parents were preoccupied with the 40 Days of Purpose kick-off party they were throwing at their church, so we watched them cutting tablecloths and Auburn kicking UT into the ground. :D I spent time with Bun, but he seemed sort of disinterested. I think he misses my sister.

Yesterday was typical Sunday- church, lunch, nap. In the evening I went to my 40 Days of Purpose study. It was okay. Then Evan and I went to school to surprise Kathy, who was still working in the lab at 10 pm on a Sunday. We went back to the apartment and, for once, neither of us was tired, so we sat and talked for hours. It was great. I am so, so blessed to get to date one of my best friends. :)

Kathy and I are cutting back our Pilates to three mornings a week instead of four. Because we've been doing Pilates for so long, I don't think we're really building any new muscle- it's maintenance now, which is why it's become tedious and boring. So we're going to see how it goes with a shorter schedule. We both need more sleep and I need a longer prayer time in the mornings, and plus I think I'll work harder if I'm not doing it as much.

Random Music Poll )
chestnutcurls: (green eyes)
Hola. As you might have noticed, I've made some small changes to the friends list. If you were cut, it was either because I felt like we had nothing in common or because I didn't feel like I knew you. Please, please don't take offense. I've just needed to simplify for a while. I have also added some of the friends-list spouses/SOs. Hi, guys. :)

It's Monday, so that means the typical weekend story. Friday night went well. I got off work early, so I was able to pick up our tickets for the Derek Webb concert and then take a nap. Evan came over after work and we went to Garibaldi's Pizza, which we had been craving for a week. Then we met my mom at the concert. It was (I think) the fourth time I'd seen Derek live, and he was better than ever. He spent a lot of time talking about the Church, since it's the theme of his new album, and it was very enriching. My mom enjoyed it, too. I was glad. After the concert I saw Jeremy and Teresa, which came as no surprise since Jeremy was the one who got me into Caedmon's Call in the first place. :)

Saturday was a day of work around the house. I decided to tackle our horribly messy closets instead of going to the homecoming game. I felt like a very bad Tiger fan, but as I listened to the game I was glad I hadn't wasted my time- we lost to UAB. Again. Anyway, four hours and a cart full of Rubbermaid products later, things were mostly organized. Kathy's quilt scraps are now in a nice drawer unit instead of piled haphazardly on the closet floor, and my deceased Shark vacuum cleaner is in a box ready to be given to Goodwill. (It died so prematurely, I can't help but think that someone might be able to fix it.) Again, Evan came over after work, and we went to my parents' house for dinner. My parents were preoccupied with the 40 Days of Purpose kick-off party they were throwing at their church, so we watched them cutting tablecloths and Auburn kicking UT into the ground. :D I spent time with Bun, but he seemed sort of disinterested. I think he misses my sister.

Yesterday was typical Sunday- church, lunch, nap. In the evening I went to my 40 Days of Purpose study. It was okay. Then Evan and I went to school to surprise Kathy, who was still working in the lab at 10 pm on a Sunday. We went back to the apartment and, for once, neither of us was tired, so we sat and talked for hours. It was great. I am so, so blessed to get to date one of my best friends. :)

Kathy and I are cutting back our Pilates to three mornings a week instead of four. Because we've been doing Pilates for so long, I don't think we're really building any new muscle- it's maintenance now, which is why it's become tedious and boring. So we're going to see how it goes with a shorter schedule. We both need more sleep and I need a longer prayer time in the mornings, and plus I think I'll work harder if I'm not doing it as much.

Random Music Poll )
chestnutcurls: (stripes)
Hola! I've had an important realization that I think may apply to many of you. I was feeling my typical dread of another work week, and thinking, "Gosh, do I really hate my work that much? Why am I increasingly miserable and tired during the week but happy and energized on the weekends?" I finally figured out the main cause: work = no sleep. On Sunday evenings, which are my emotional and physical peak of the week, I've just had two consecutive nights of 8 or more hours of sleep (followed by days of activity instead of sitting in a cubicle). Coincidence? I think not. Unfortunately, there's no way to fit in more sleep. In my schedule, sleep is the only thing that can go. So it goes. Whoever said "You can sleep when you're dead" probably said it out of obligation, not a thirst for adventure. :P

I had a wonderful weekend, and here's the story. Friday night Evan and I had our second official Night Out. We went to Chick-fil-A because I wanted salad, and then we went to see Underworld. When we got to the theater, it seemed strangely dark. Evan got out of the car to investigate, and as soon as he did, all the lights came on and thirty people appeared out of the dark, cheering. It was funny. Anyway, the movie was intriguing, if slightly gross at points. Then we went back to the apartment and watched the new Friends episode because he hadn't seen it yet. It was a nice evening.

Saturday was extremely busy. I was worried that the stress of getting from one place to another on time would ruin the day, but everything went smoothly. Evan came over before noon, which was a new record for Least Time We'd Spent Apart, :) and we and Kathy and Daniel went to the Tigers game. After just a few minutes in the new student section, with the sun right in our eyes and the action at the other side of the field, we climbed to the top of the regular section, which was a breezy and pleasant spot that allowed us to actually see the game. It was a great game, too: we won 38-16! Woo hoo! We're 3-1 now! I think the last time that happened was 1999.

Evan and I left the game early so we could get ready for the symphony. That didn't take as long as we had expected, and we were able to meet my parents for dinner ahead of schedule. We had a nice leisurely dinner at El Porton and then went to the church, where we hooked up with Ryan and his sort-of girlfriend Rachel. The symphony was totally amazing. I don't even have words for how awesome it was. At intermission I saw [livejournal.com profile] admael and got to introduce her to Evan and my family, which was exciting. :) Buenos tiempos. Then, very tired, Evan and I went back to the apartment, where we watched a hilarious SNL skit with Chris Kattan as Gollum, predicting the outcome of last year's Super Bowl. "We loves the Raiderses!" "No, we hates the Raiderses!" LOL. It was a wonderful, relaxing day, and it was so nice to go out and do stuff with Evan. We have such a good time together. :) *cartoon hearts*

Yesterday I went to church, where big things happened which I want to discuss later. Afterward we went to lunch at Abner's, that local capital of fried chicken. Then I went home for a couple of hours. Emily called to officially asked me to be in the wedding, and gave me exciting news- Kathy and I are going to be co-maids of honor! I wasn't expecting that, so I'm pretty excited. :) At 5 I went back to church for our annual Taste of Grace Food Festival, which was delicious, and to the service afterwards. And after that, I went to Evan's and we watched the Matrix Revolutions trailer several times. Ah, love among the dorks.

It was 48 degrees this morning, so I'm wearing my boots for the first time this season. Hello boots! I've missed you!
chestnutcurls: (stripes)
Hola! I've had an important realization that I think may apply to many of you. I was feeling my typical dread of another work week, and thinking, "Gosh, do I really hate my work that much? Why am I increasingly miserable and tired during the week but happy and energized on the weekends?" I finally figured out the main cause: work = no sleep. On Sunday evenings, which are my emotional and physical peak of the week, I've just had two consecutive nights of 8 or more hours of sleep (followed by days of activity instead of sitting in a cubicle). Coincidence? I think not. Unfortunately, there's no way to fit in more sleep. In my schedule, sleep is the only thing that can go. So it goes. Whoever said "You can sleep when you're dead" probably said it out of obligation, not a thirst for adventure. :P

I had a wonderful weekend, and here's the story. Friday night Evan and I had our second official Night Out. We went to Chick-fil-A because I wanted salad, and then we went to see Underworld. When we got to the theater, it seemed strangely dark. Evan got out of the car to investigate, and as soon as he did, all the lights came on and thirty people appeared out of the dark, cheering. It was funny. Anyway, the movie was intriguing, if slightly gross at points. Then we went back to the apartment and watched the new Friends episode because he hadn't seen it yet. It was a nice evening.

Saturday was extremely busy. I was worried that the stress of getting from one place to another on time would ruin the day, but everything went smoothly. Evan came over before noon, which was a new record for Least Time We'd Spent Apart, :) and we and Kathy and Daniel went to the Tigers game. After just a few minutes in the new student section, with the sun right in our eyes and the action at the other side of the field, we climbed to the top of the regular section, which was a breezy and pleasant spot that allowed us to actually see the game. It was a great game, too: we won 38-16! Woo hoo! We're 3-1 now! I think the last time that happened was 1999.

Evan and I left the game early so we could get ready for the symphony. That didn't take as long as we had expected, and we were able to meet my parents for dinner ahead of schedule. We had a nice leisurely dinner at El Porton and then went to the church, where we hooked up with Ryan and his sort-of girlfriend Rachel. The symphony was totally amazing. I don't even have words for how awesome it was. At intermission I saw [livejournal.com profile] admael and got to introduce her to Evan and my family, which was exciting. :) Buenos tiempos. Then, very tired, Evan and I went back to the apartment, where we watched a hilarious SNL skit with Chris Kattan as Gollum, predicting the outcome of last year's Super Bowl. "We loves the Raiderses!" "No, we hates the Raiderses!" LOL. It was a wonderful, relaxing day, and it was so nice to go out and do stuff with Evan. We have such a good time together. :) *cartoon hearts*

Yesterday I went to church, where big things happened which I want to discuss later. Afterward we went to lunch at Abner's, that local capital of fried chicken. Then I went home for a couple of hours. Emily called to officially asked me to be in the wedding, and gave me exciting news- Kathy and I are going to be co-maids of honor! I wasn't expecting that, so I'm pretty excited. :) At 5 I went back to church for our annual Taste of Grace Food Festival, which was delicious, and to the service afterwards. And after that, I went to Evan's and we watched the Matrix Revolutions trailer several times. Ah, love among the dorks.

It was 48 degrees this morning, so I'm wearing my boots for the first time this season. Hello boots! I've missed you!
chestnutcurls: (stripes)
Hey, I got a new work computer this morning! Now I have XP and flatscreens at home and at work. It doesn't get much better than that. :)

So here's my weekend story. Friday night Evan and I went to McAlister's with Kathy and Daniel, then hung out at the apartment until it was time to meet Chris, Joe, and Ryan at the Flying Saucer. It was pretty fun. Chris brought me the Clay issue of Entertainment Weekly, which was a thoughtful, nice surprise. He and Joe convinced me to go to the game the next day, insisting that they could find a ticket for me. I had to clear it with Kathy first, but we agreed to go and give it a shot. Then Evan and I went back to the apartment and hung out some more. End of Friday.

The next day was total lunacy. Kathy and I met the guys at 9:30 am and then headed over to the game. We had to park far, far out among some city government buildings. When we got to the stadium, we waited in line at the new student gate (which is far less convenient than the old student gate) for half an hour just to get in, but then had no trouble getting a guest ticket at the turnstile. Interesting. Then the four-hour game began. It was amazing and I'm so glad I was there. We beat Ole Miss 44-34, which is the first time we've beaten them in ten years, and (go ahead and laugh) the first time we've been 2-0 since 1976. There was much jubilation. I'm sorry, Danielle, but this is a huge win for us and not a huge loss for you. :)

Afterward, the guys and I decided to go to Chili's. Ryan and Luke rode with me. It took an hour to drive the five-mile distance, due to game traffic, and my radio and AC kept putzing out. I asked Ryan if I should be concerned. He said the car was probably just tired from all the idling. When we left Chili's, I got in my car and turned the key and nothing happened. Someone jumped my battery off, and then Chris went to AutoZone with me, where it was confirmed that my battery was dead (and where we kept encountering other sunburned people wearing blue, and greeting them with, "Go Tigers!"). Someone jumped me off again, and I barely made it to my parents' house. My dad took me to get a new battery and then installed it for me. I was thankful the problem wasn't more serious. Meanwhile, I was supposed to be at Kathy's birthday party, clean and bearing gifts, over an hour earlier. Instead, I showed up late, dirty, sunburned, dehydrated, and without her present. I spent most of the party talking to MaryElaine and watching Miami beat the Gators (what an awesome day for football!). I finally made it home at 11:30. I felt like I had been beaten from head to toe.

Yesterday I went to church, and then went shopping. I somehow have extra money and wanted some nice clothes. I ended up just getting a gray cardigan that I needed. On my way out through Goldsmith's, I saw the I-N-C fall line. It's all pink and black, which I love. Against my better judgment I tried on two of the shirts. Both of them made me look like a supermodel. They were about $50 apiece. If I had thought of any way to justify spending a hundred bucks on two shirts, I promise you I would have done it. It killed me to put them back. I'm buying them the second they go on sale...and even that'll be a major splurge, but I don't care.

By popular demand, some weekend photos! )
chestnutcurls: (stripes)
Hey, I got a new work computer this morning! Now I have XP and flatscreens at home and at work. It doesn't get much better than that. :)

So here's my weekend story. Friday night Evan and I went to McAlister's with Kathy and Daniel, then hung out at the apartment until it was time to meet Chris, Joe, and Ryan at the Flying Saucer. It was pretty fun. Chris brought me the Clay issue of Entertainment Weekly, which was a thoughtful, nice surprise. He and Joe convinced me to go to the game the next day, insisting that they could find a ticket for me. I had to clear it with Kathy first, but we agreed to go and give it a shot. Then Evan and I went back to the apartment and hung out some more. End of Friday.

The next day was total lunacy. Kathy and I met the guys at 9:30 am and then headed over to the game. We had to park far, far out among some city government buildings. When we got to the stadium, we waited in line at the new student gate (which is far less convenient than the old student gate) for half an hour just to get in, but then had no trouble getting a guest ticket at the turnstile. Interesting. Then the four-hour game began. It was amazing and I'm so glad I was there. We beat Ole Miss 44-34, which is the first time we've beaten them in ten years, and (go ahead and laugh) the first time we've been 2-0 since 1976. There was much jubilation. I'm sorry, Danielle, but this is a huge win for us and not a huge loss for you. :)

Afterward, the guys and I decided to go to Chili's. Ryan and Luke rode with me. It took an hour to drive the five-mile distance, due to game traffic, and my radio and AC kept putzing out. I asked Ryan if I should be concerned. He said the car was probably just tired from all the idling. When we left Chili's, I got in my car and turned the key and nothing happened. Someone jumped my battery off, and then Chris went to AutoZone with me, where it was confirmed that my battery was dead (and where we kept encountering other sunburned people wearing blue, and greeting them with, "Go Tigers!"). Someone jumped me off again, and I barely made it to my parents' house. My dad took me to get a new battery and then installed it for me. I was thankful the problem wasn't more serious. Meanwhile, I was supposed to be at Kathy's birthday party, clean and bearing gifts, over an hour earlier. Instead, I showed up late, dirty, sunburned, dehydrated, and without her present. I spent most of the party talking to MaryElaine and watching Miami beat the Gators (what an awesome day for football!). I finally made it home at 11:30. I felt like I had been beaten from head to toe.

Yesterday I went to church, and then went shopping. I somehow have extra money and wanted some nice clothes. I ended up just getting a gray cardigan that I needed. On my way out through Goldsmith's, I saw the I-N-C fall line. It's all pink and black, which I love. Against my better judgment I tried on two of the shirts. Both of them made me look like a supermodel. They were about $50 apiece. If I had thought of any way to justify spending a hundred bucks on two shirts, I promise you I would have done it. It killed me to put them back. I'm buying them the second they go on sale...and even that'll be a major splurge, but I don't care.

By popular demand, some weekend photos! )

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