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Tonight I am going to the Kelly Clarkson concert!

YAY!

That's all I have to share today. I'm so exciting. :P But YAY!
chestnutcurls: (announcement)
Tonight I am going to the Kelly Clarkson concert!

YAY!

That's all I have to share today. I'm so exciting. :P But YAY!
chestnutcurls: (Evan & me)
Thanks for all the birthday wishes! I've gotten a lot of e-cards and paper cards from you guys. Thanks. :) I'm trying to be reconciled to the fact that I am now 25 and in an entirely new demographic. I'm now officially too old to be on The Real World. On the other hand, I don't have to pay insane car insurance bills anymore.

It was nice to have a long weekend. On Friday night we went over to Luke and Myla's to watch the Olympic opening ceremonies and had a nice time. Saturday was a long day. I shopped for various things with my mom and sister (we found my wedding shoes!) and spent some time singing with my brother while he practiced his guitar. After a lot of phone discussion with Myla, she and I decided not to go to the Derek Webb concert since the details were getting more and more sketchy. Instead, we went to see Edwin McCain, who was playing at a place nearby. It was fun to hang out, just us girls, but the concert pretty much consisted of us standing up for four hours waiting to hear "I'll Be." I thought I knew more of his stuff, but the aforementioned song and "I Could Not Ask For More" were the only ones I recognized. I liked watching his woodwind player, though - the guy had a tenor sax, a bari sax, and some sort of electronic clarinet, and he was awesome on all of them.

The next day I was completely exhausted, so after church and lunch, I took a long nap. In the evening, my mom, Debra, Evan, Ryan, Alli, and I ventured down to Graceland for the Elvis candlelight vigil. We had a good time. The whole thing was my mom's idea, so I did various things to appease her, like get my picture taken with several Elvises, and get one of those airbrush tattoos (it's mostly gone now). We talked to all kinds of people. Alli asked everyone where they were from. It was muy interesante. When we'd had enough, we all went to Perkins for pie. Our waiter was a vegan and kept responding to our orders with "I've heard that's good, but I'm a vegan, so I wouldn't know." Okay.

I got to sleep in on my birthday morning! I went to the DMV to renew my driver's license, but had to leave after two hours of waiting because I was meeting Kathy, Casey, and MaryElaine for lunch. I was really irritated. However, my friends and my McAlister's tea made everything better. Kathy gave me a Barnes & Noble giftcard, along with Pride & Prejudice "so you'll finally read it!" Yes, I'm sure it comes as a shock to many of you that I've never read P&P, especially since I lived with its biggest fan for seven years. I guess it's time to change my ways. Anyway, after lunch I tried again to renew my license online, and it finally worked! With that off my mind, I went thrift shopping. I only found one dress, but it was fun just to go since I never get to anymore.

After that, I went to my parents', and we all went to dinner at Red Lobster. My brother entertained us with stories of his friends. Our waitress was really nice and brought a dessert. We ended the day by watching the men's gymnastic finals. :) It was a nice birthday, but I felt a little bummed and didn't really know why. I guess birthdays aren't as special when you're planning a wedding. Or when you get old. Or spoiled. :P

Anyway, I have to go work now. More interesting stuff tomorrow.
chestnutcurls: (Evan & me)
Thanks for all the birthday wishes! I've gotten a lot of e-cards and paper cards from you guys. Thanks. :) I'm trying to be reconciled to the fact that I am now 25 and in an entirely new demographic. I'm now officially too old to be on The Real World. On the other hand, I don't have to pay insane car insurance bills anymore.

It was nice to have a long weekend. On Friday night we went over to Luke and Myla's to watch the Olympic opening ceremonies and had a nice time. Saturday was a long day. I shopped for various things with my mom and sister (we found my wedding shoes!) and spent some time singing with my brother while he practiced his guitar. After a lot of phone discussion with Myla, she and I decided not to go to the Derek Webb concert since the details were getting more and more sketchy. Instead, we went to see Edwin McCain, who was playing at a place nearby. It was fun to hang out, just us girls, but the concert pretty much consisted of us standing up for four hours waiting to hear "I'll Be." I thought I knew more of his stuff, but the aforementioned song and "I Could Not Ask For More" were the only ones I recognized. I liked watching his woodwind player, though - the guy had a tenor sax, a bari sax, and some sort of electronic clarinet, and he was awesome on all of them.

The next day I was completely exhausted, so after church and lunch, I took a long nap. In the evening, my mom, Debra, Evan, Ryan, Alli, and I ventured down to Graceland for the Elvis candlelight vigil. We had a good time. The whole thing was my mom's idea, so I did various things to appease her, like get my picture taken with several Elvises, and get one of those airbrush tattoos (it's mostly gone now). We talked to all kinds of people. Alli asked everyone where they were from. It was muy interesante. When we'd had enough, we all went to Perkins for pie. Our waiter was a vegan and kept responding to our orders with "I've heard that's good, but I'm a vegan, so I wouldn't know." Okay.

I got to sleep in on my birthday morning! I went to the DMV to renew my driver's license, but had to leave after two hours of waiting because I was meeting Kathy, Casey, and MaryElaine for lunch. I was really irritated. However, my friends and my McAlister's tea made everything better. Kathy gave me a Barnes & Noble giftcard, along with Pride & Prejudice "so you'll finally read it!" Yes, I'm sure it comes as a shock to many of you that I've never read P&P, especially since I lived with its biggest fan for seven years. I guess it's time to change my ways. Anyway, after lunch I tried again to renew my license online, and it finally worked! With that off my mind, I went thrift shopping. I only found one dress, but it was fun just to go since I never get to anymore.

After that, I went to my parents', and we all went to dinner at Red Lobster. My brother entertained us with stories of his friends. Our waitress was really nice and brought a dessert. We ended the day by watching the men's gymnastic finals. :) It was a nice birthday, but I felt a little bummed and didn't really know why. I guess birthdays aren't as special when you're planning a wedding. Or when you get old. Or spoiled. :P

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally: What impressions do you get from me? And is there anything you associate with me?Whoever answers the above random questions will receive in return my own impressions and associations regarding them (if I haven't done so already!).
chestnutcurls: (Bun)
Here's a quick post before I retreat back into my cell- er, file room- for another day of moving file folders from drawer to drawer. Friday was an exhausting day. That night I went to a Riverkings game with Evan, and while there, my budding sinus problems came into full bloom. I was congested and moderately miserable all weekend, but still got things done. On Saturday I went to Kathryn (Ashley's fiancee)'s bridal shower at the church. Their wedding is in less than two weeks! That was pretty much my main social activity of the weekend. I spent most of the time resting and seeing my sister and Bun. Evan had to work all weekend again; his schedule has basically become one weekend on, one weekend off. He is not at all cool with working on Sundays, though, so he's going to talk to his manager. I am sad and irritated that they work him so hard and give him bad schedules, but it's not like he has other options. We just have to get used to hardly seeing each other, I guess. Soon he will start two extensive truck projects, and the little time we do have together will be gone. Life is sometimes annoying.

I finally finished The Ragamuffin Gospel and am now back to working on Desiring God. (I have started on most of my Christian books, but gave up on them fairly quickly.) There's a definite contrast in tone between the two books. TRG is very refreshing; I recommend it to everyone.

I love this Concert Festival Tycoon thing that Helen made up. I had to think for a while about mine. Brendapalooza )

On another musical note (ha, ha): One of Evan's truck friends went to high school with Josey Scott and still hangs out with him occasionally. When you call him, you hear, "Hi, this is Josey Scott of Saliva and you've reached Bobby's cell phone." How cool is that? :)
chestnutcurls: (Bun)
Here's a quick post before I retreat back into my cell- er, file room- for another day of moving file folders from drawer to drawer. Friday was an exhausting day. That night I went to a Riverkings game with Evan, and while there, my budding sinus problems came into full bloom. I was congested and moderately miserable all weekend, but still got things done. On Saturday I went to Kathryn (Ashley's fiancee)'s bridal shower at the church. Their wedding is in less than two weeks! That was pretty much my main social activity of the weekend. I spent most of the time resting and seeing my sister and Bun. Evan had to work all weekend again; his schedule has basically become one weekend on, one weekend off. He is not at all cool with working on Sundays, though, so he's going to talk to his manager. I am sad and irritated that they work him so hard and give him bad schedules, but it's not like he has other options. We just have to get used to hardly seeing each other, I guess. Soon he will start two extensive truck projects, and the little time we do have together will be gone. Life is sometimes annoying.

I finally finished The Ragamuffin Gospel and am now back to working on Desiring God. (I have started on most of my Christian books, but gave up on them fairly quickly.) There's a definite contrast in tone between the two books. TRG is very refreshing; I recommend it to everyone.

I love this Concert Festival Tycoon thing that Helen made up. I had to think for a while about mine. Brendapalooza )

On another musical note (ha, ha): One of Evan's truck friends went to high school with Josey Scott and still hangs out with him occasionally. When you call him, you hear, "Hi, this is Josey Scott of Saliva and you've reached Bobby's cell phone." How cool is that? :)
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: (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: (green eyes)
Thanks so much for all of your birthday wishes! :D My birthday weekend was excellent. Lots to tell. )
chestnutcurls: (green eyes)
Thanks so much for all of your birthday wishes! :D My birthday weekend was excellent. Lots to tell. )
chestnutcurls: (upside down)
Spring has temporarily disappeared. It's irritating. But I won't talk about it, since I know some of you have snow on the ground. :)

Tonic will be playing at Newby's tomorrow night. The tickets are only ten dollars. I just found out about it on Sunday, and I really want to go. But I have church band practice, and the director would probably be mad if I skipped, especially since I joined the band late. Why, oh why, does the show have to be on a Wednesday? :( I want to continue playing in the band after Easter, but the Jean Larroux Bible study is supposed to start up again in late May, and the thought of never attending it makes me sad. I'm not sure what to do about that.

I received a monkey, complete with palm tree, in the mail the other day from [livejournal.com profile] sominfun. I also got a nice letter from [livejournal.com profile] mickey24sync. I love fun mail days.

My sister has three weeks to decide where she'll be going to college. She's torn between two schools- one in Nashville and one in Oklahoma City. Up to this point, she's preferred Nashville, but her friend/prospective roommate just announced that she's going to the OK City school, so Debra is rethinking everything. OK City is also cheaper and is pursuing her more actively. I wish she would go to Nashville, because my mother has implied that she won't be able to afford to fly Debra home from Oklahoma and I may never see her again if she goes there. How uplifting.

Sometimes I feel bad that I went to college at Memphis. The fact that I could have gone to a "better" school always nags at me. I didn't have much choice, since I didn't want to leave town, but people have such disdain for U of M. In the end, I think just having a degree matters more than where you got it, but people (including your own family) scoffing at your school and referring to it as "Tiger High" never boosts your self-esteem. :P Anyone have any thoughts on the importance of a Big Name school?

I mentioned a long time ago that a new movie theater/entertainment complex is being built nearby. It's almost finished now! My mom mentioned it to me this weekend...because she thought it would be "a good place to meet someone." Great. Because that's the kind of person I want to end up with- some random guy I met at a movie theater. Should I really be that desperate? Good grief. Some mothers would be proud to have a daughter with standards. Mine just wants me to hang around waiting to get hit on. The older I get, the more my life resembles the comic strip Cathy. Frightening.
chestnutcurls: (upside down)
Spring has temporarily disappeared. It's irritating. But I won't talk about it, since I know some of you have snow on the ground. :)

Tonic will be playing at Newby's tomorrow night. The tickets are only ten dollars. I just found out about it on Sunday, and I really want to go. But I have church band practice, and the director would probably be mad if I skipped, especially since I joined the band late. Why, oh why, does the show have to be on a Wednesday? :( I want to continue playing in the band after Easter, but the Jean Larroux Bible study is supposed to start up again in late May, and the thought of never attending it makes me sad. I'm not sure what to do about that.

I received a monkey, complete with palm tree, in the mail the other day from [livejournal.com profile] sominfun. I also got a nice letter from [livejournal.com profile] mickey24sync. I love fun mail days.

My sister has three weeks to decide where she'll be going to college. She's torn between two schools- one in Nashville and one in Oklahoma City. Up to this point, she's preferred Nashville, but her friend/prospective roommate just announced that she's going to the OK City school, so Debra is rethinking everything. OK City is also cheaper and is pursuing her more actively. I wish she would go to Nashville, because my mother has implied that she won't be able to afford to fly Debra home from Oklahoma and I may never see her again if she goes there. How uplifting.

Sometimes I feel bad that I went to college at Memphis. The fact that I could have gone to a "better" school always nags at me. I didn't have much choice, since I didn't want to leave town, but people have such disdain for U of M. In the end, I think just having a degree matters more than where you got it, but people (including your own family) scoffing at your school and referring to it as "Tiger High" never boosts your self-esteem. :P Anyone have any thoughts on the importance of a Big Name school?

I mentioned a long time ago that a new movie theater/entertainment complex is being built nearby. It's almost finished now! My mom mentioned it to me this weekend...because she thought it would be "a good place to meet someone." Great. Because that's the kind of person I want to end up with- some random guy I met at a movie theater. Should I really be that desperate? Good grief. Some mothers would be proud to have a daughter with standards. Mine just wants me to hang around waiting to get hit on. The older I get, the more my life resembles the comic strip Cathy. Frightening.
chestnutcurls: (southpark)
I haven't posted in 5 days. That must be some kind of record!

So what have I been doing? Last Wednesday night, we went out to Shelby Farms for the fireworks. It was the best fireworks display I have ever seen, and that's saying a lot. On the 4th, Kathy and I went to Hobby Lobby and bought an insane amount of scrapbooking supplies (since everything was half-off!). Then we went swimming at her house. When MaryElaine got off work, we all went to see MIB, which was just as great as the original. I really like Will Smith.

Friday night, Evan and Ryan came over of their own accord. Kathy and I were glad, as we have been living a fairly boy-less existence for the last couple of weeks. :) Evan had recently taped the musical episode of Buffy, so he brought it over for me to see. It was really funny and clever. Even if you're not a regular Buffy watcher (I'm not), you should see it.

I spent Saturday inside, hiding from the heat. Apparently, six years (!) after ending my marching career, I have lost all my tolerance for 100+ degree temperatures. In the evening, Kathy and I ventured out to the Ingram Hill show! The concert itself was great, but it was very hot and crowded, and we were surrounded by drunk people. However, there was a cute, non-drunk guy near us who stepped on my foot and then apologized profusely. :) We held onto our spot for most of the show, hoping he would talk to us, but finally we had to move to the back where there was more air. :) Anyway, the band will be famous soon, so I'm glad I had the chance to see them in one of their last hometown shows.

Yesterday was a little less hot. Church was good. I had a fun lunch with the guys and Matt, who kept discussing silly things to make me laugh. :) It was refreshingly normal. I've been missing that. Later, Kathy and I watched Star Wars while we worked on our scrapbooks. Tonight...the Empire Strikes Back! :)

Also tonight, my parents are coming to take Bun home. I'm going to make my flag cake for my dad, who was stuck in Singapore last week. He is one of the proudest Americans I know (especially since Bush got elected), so I know it made him sad to miss the holiday. Now he can have the 4th of July on the 8th. :)

Gosh, this has been boring. I'll think of something more exciting later. I'm waiting to hear more from the Dallas adventurers! It sounds like you guys had a great time. :)
chestnutcurls: (southpark)
I haven't posted in 5 days. That must be some kind of record!

So what have I been doing? Last Wednesday night, we went out to Shelby Farms for the fireworks. It was the best fireworks display I have ever seen, and that's saying a lot. On the 4th, Kathy and I went to Hobby Lobby and bought an insane amount of scrapbooking supplies (since everything was half-off!). Then we went swimming at her house. When MaryElaine got off work, we all went to see MIB, which was just as great as the original. I really like Will Smith.

Friday night, Evan and Ryan came over of their own accord. Kathy and I were glad, as we have been living a fairly boy-less existence for the last couple of weeks. :) Evan had recently taped the musical episode of Buffy, so he brought it over for me to see. It was really funny and clever. Even if you're not a regular Buffy watcher (I'm not), you should see it.

I spent Saturday inside, hiding from the heat. Apparently, six years (!) after ending my marching career, I have lost all my tolerance for 100+ degree temperatures. In the evening, Kathy and I ventured out to the Ingram Hill show! The concert itself was great, but it was very hot and crowded, and we were surrounded by drunk people. However, there was a cute, non-drunk guy near us who stepped on my foot and then apologized profusely. :) We held onto our spot for most of the show, hoping he would talk to us, but finally we had to move to the back where there was more air. :) Anyway, the band will be famous soon, so I'm glad I had the chance to see them in one of their last hometown shows.

Yesterday was a little less hot. Church was good. I had a fun lunch with the guys and Matt, who kept discussing silly things to make me laugh. :) It was refreshingly normal. I've been missing that. Later, Kathy and I watched Star Wars while we worked on our scrapbooks. Tonight...the Empire Strikes Back! :)

Also tonight, my parents are coming to take Bun home. I'm going to make my flag cake for my dad, who was stuck in Singapore last week. He is one of the proudest Americans I know (especially since Bush got elected), so I know it made him sad to miss the holiday. Now he can have the 4th of July on the 8th. :)

Gosh, this has been boring. I'll think of something more exciting later. I'm waiting to hear more from the Dallas adventurers! It sounds like you guys had a great time. :)

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