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Last night's dinner was so much fun. The food was delicious, although my pie didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. Two friends shared some (different) awesome news with me, and I'm so excited for them. Watch this space for future updates. :) The evening ended with a bunch of us singing around the piano while Luke played. By request, he even attempted to play "Summer of '69," but it doesn't work on a piano. It was hilarious. God has blessed me with such precious, amazing friends. It was kind of a bittersweet time, though...some people at this group have indicated that Evan and I are "graduating" from it, since it's supposed to be for singles. I look forward to meeting other couples and stuff, but I don't want to leave my friends. Evan says we can keep going anyway. I told Myla, "I'm sad, I won't see these people again before I'm married." She answered, "Hey...you're not dying!" I needed that. :) On some level I feel like getting married marks the end of my current life, but things really won't change that much, I don't think.

The only thing that marred the dinner was my struggle with the girl who demanded to be my bridesmaid. Cut, mostly for length. )

Tonight is my bachelorette party. I didn't want the standard Beale Street party that's been done to death, so my mom and my sister have put together a creative evening. We're going to go to Paint-a-Piece, one of those ceramics places (I suggested that), and, well, paint pieces. Then we're having dinner at Benihana, and after that, doing some karaoke since they have it there. Then we will go back to the house and watch a chick flick while we put the wedding programs together. Also, my mom is coming with us and I'm glad. I think this sounds like a really fun evening and have been looking forward to it for weeks. I mean, I've never been a pick-up-guys-in-bars kind of person, so why start now? I'm sure a lot of girls will think I'm a dork or a freak for doing things this way, but oh well. I'm going to have fun.

My mom really knows how to come through in a crisis. I couldn't have done all this without her. Ever since I had a breakdown at their house about the planning, she's completely taken charge. She's already finished things that just occurred to me yesterday. I feel guilty that she's doing so much, but when I said so, she just said "You have enough to worry about." It's nice to be given permission to let other people handle things for a change.

Sorry this is so long. I just have a lot to say. I may post more later.
chestnutcurls: (friendship 2)
Last night's dinner was so much fun. The food was delicious, although my pie didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. Two friends shared some (different) awesome news with me, and I'm so excited for them. Watch this space for future updates. :) The evening ended with a bunch of us singing around the piano while Luke played. By request, he even attempted to play "Summer of '69," but it doesn't work on a piano. It was hilarious. God has blessed me with such precious, amazing friends. It was kind of a bittersweet time, though...some people at this group have indicated that Evan and I are "graduating" from it, since it's supposed to be for singles. I look forward to meeting other couples and stuff, but I don't want to leave my friends. Evan says we can keep going anyway. I told Myla, "I'm sad, I won't see these people again before I'm married." She answered, "Hey...you're not dying!" I needed that. :) On some level I feel like getting married marks the end of my current life, but things really won't change that much, I don't think.

The only thing that marred the dinner was my struggle with the girl who demanded to be my bridesmaid. Cut, mostly for length. )

Tonight is my bachelorette party. I didn't want the standard Beale Street party that's been done to death, so my mom and my sister have put together a creative evening. We're going to go to Paint-a-Piece, one of those ceramics places (I suggested that), and, well, paint pieces. Then we're having dinner at Benihana, and after that, doing some karaoke since they have it there. Then we will go back to the house and watch a chick flick while we put the wedding programs together. Also, my mom is coming with us and I'm glad. I think this sounds like a really fun evening and have been looking forward to it for weeks. I mean, I've never been a pick-up-guys-in-bars kind of person, so why start now? I'm sure a lot of girls will think I'm a dork or a freak for doing things this way, but oh well. I'm going to have fun.

My mom really knows how to come through in a crisis. I couldn't have done all this without her. Ever since I had a breakdown at their house about the planning, she's completely taken charge. She's already finished things that just occurred to me yesterday. I feel guilty that she's doing so much, but when I said so, she just said "You have enough to worry about." It's nice to be given permission to let other people handle things for a change.

Sorry this is so long. I just have a lot to say. I may post more later.
chestnutcurls: (closeup)
I am very, VERY excited to welcome Em's husband, rightwaveDaniel, to the LJ fold. :)

We're doing another data-checking project at work. It's boring and endless and I'm about to go nuts. I feel like a robot.

On Friday night I went to a fish fry and bonfire with Myla. It was with the group from my Thursday night Bible study. I hadn't talked to most of the people before, so it was nice to get to know some of them. Plus, Alli and Casey were there. Also, the unstable girl I mentioned last week. After she'd spent all of Thursday's study giving me icy glares, I was prepared for a showdown at the bonfire. First she ignored me, taking Alli aside to tell her that she was so mad at me and that "we aren't speaking." Several minutes later she walked up to me and began a normal conversation like nothing had happened. I will never, ever understand how her mind works. Anyway, other than that I had a fun social time.

I spent Saturday afternoon finishing the wedding invitations, and then Evan and I went to rawee1Robin and John's wedding. It was so beautiful! The wedding was in the rose garden at the Botanic Gardens, which is where I once dreamed of getting married. :) The reception room was set up beautifully and the food was great. I even got Evan to practice dancing a little. We did a good job of stepping on each other's feet. It's a good thing our lesson is tonight. :P

Sunday was the close of our missions conference at church. The keynote speaker was Richard Pratt, whom some of you may have heard of - he has several books out, including Pray With Your Eyes Open. He spoke on the passage in Isaiah about beautiful feet bringing the gospel to others. I'd like to post more about it later, because it was good. After church I felt totally lethargic and knew that if I didn't get a nap, I'd never make it through the day. So I went home and slept, then went back to church to help get ready for the Taste of Grace dinner. Taste of Grace is my favorite thing that we do all year. The Sunday School classes make different foods and there's a "contest" to see whose food is the best (my pastor is the only judge, so it's really not a contest). I can't think of any other time when everyone mixes and fellowships on such a large scale. I got to talk to [livejournal.com profile] admael and eat some catfish tacos. It was fun. I love my church.

angelic_1Tash wrote a really insightful entry that was encouraging to me. Go read it. :)
chestnutcurls: (closeup)
I am very, VERY excited to welcome Em's husband, rightwaveDaniel, to the LJ fold. :)

We're doing another data-checking project at work. It's boring and endless and I'm about to go nuts. I feel like a robot.

On Friday night I went to a fish fry and bonfire with Myla. It was with the group from my Thursday night Bible study. I hadn't talked to most of the people before, so it was nice to get to know some of them. Plus, Alli and Casey were there. Also, the unstable girl I mentioned last week. After she'd spent all of Thursday's study giving me icy glares, I was prepared for a showdown at the bonfire. First she ignored me, taking Alli aside to tell her that she was so mad at me and that "we aren't speaking." Several minutes later she walked up to me and began a normal conversation like nothing had happened. I will never, ever understand how her mind works. Anyway, other than that I had a fun social time.

I spent Saturday afternoon finishing the wedding invitations, and then Evan and I went to rawee1Robin and John's wedding. It was so beautiful! The wedding was in the rose garden at the Botanic Gardens, which is where I once dreamed of getting married. :) The reception room was set up beautifully and the food was great. I even got Evan to practice dancing a little. We did a good job of stepping on each other's feet. It's a good thing our lesson is tonight. :P

Sunday was the close of our missions conference at church. The keynote speaker was Richard Pratt, whom some of you may have heard of - he has several books out, including Pray With Your Eyes Open. He spoke on the passage in Isaiah about beautiful feet bringing the gospel to others. I'd like to post more about it later, because it was good. After church I felt totally lethargic and knew that if I didn't get a nap, I'd never make it through the day. So I went home and slept, then went back to church to help get ready for the Taste of Grace dinner. Taste of Grace is my favorite thing that we do all year. The Sunday School classes make different foods and there's a "contest" to see whose food is the best (my pastor is the only judge, so it's really not a contest). I can't think of any other time when everyone mixes and fellowships on such a large scale. I got to talk to [livejournal.com profile] admael and eat some catfish tacos. It was fun. I love my church.

angelic_1Tash wrote a really insightful entry that was encouraging to me. Go read it. :)
chestnutcurls: (cat milkshake)
Bible study is tonight and I'm excited. This series is about Christianity and postmodernism, and each study will be inspired by a movie. Last week was Reality Bites, one of my favorites. The header of the outline was one of Ethan Hawke's lines: "There's no point to any of this. It's all just a random lottery of meaningless tragedy and a series of near escapes." Tonight we're going to look at Saving Private Ryan. It's been a long time since I went to an intellectual-type study. I like it. Oh, and the girl who got mad at me for not making her a bridesmaid will be there. I've totally ignored her message, so there could be violence on her part. :P Yet another reason why I'm glad Evan is going with me. Of course, she's so unpredictable that she may have forgotten all about it. Who knows. I wish I could force that girl into counseling.

Something funny and random: A guy who used to be in RUF with us, when in high school, signed people's yearbooks with a verse reference. Since he went to a Christian high school, it was a popular thing to do. Well, when people looked it up, I Samuel 24:3, it read "He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself." This guy is a youth pastor now, by the way. LOL. Ryan just sent me an e-mail that said "Don't forget I Samuel 24:3," so that's why I thought of it.

Does anyone know how to make your entry icons show up in the Generator style? I've seen it done, I just don't know how to do it.
chestnutcurls: (it gets worse)
Today is not going well at all. I started the day with a voicemail from a girl I've mentioned in passing before. She was in RUF with me for years, and I can't even begin to describe her, except that she's destructive and melodramatic, yet thinks everyone loves her. Last night at Bible study, I was talking about bridesmaid stuff with Alli, and this girl got quiet. When I got to work, she had left me a message saying that she was hurt that Alli was in the wedding and not her, because she and I are "so much closer". She said she felt she deserved an explanation or an apology! ?!?!!! The audacity. I was speechless. All I could do was let out a squeak that made my co-workers ask what was wrong. I still haven't responded. I'm tempted to ignore her completely and let her draw her own conclusions. Good grief.

Later, my mom called to suggest that we have the invitations printed at Kinko's tomorrow. I was completely relieved at the thought of not having to print them all myself, but when I went there to get a quote, they told me they can't do wedding invitations that aren't the size of a piece of paper. ??? When was the last time one of you got an 8.5" x 11" wedding invitation? Anyway, I went down the street to a real printer and got a quote from them. It's definitely more expensive than doing it myself, but my parents are going to discuss it. The lady said if I drop them off Monday, I'll have them on Friday. Then I can spent Friday night and Saturday addressing envelopes by myself, and mail them before going to rawee1Robin's wedding, which will be eight weeks from our wedding, still. But it's definitely not ideal. I am so, so mad at myself. I must be the stupidest bride in the world. How did I think I was going to print 160 invitations myself? And I might still be doing that. Why didn't I plan for this sooner? I'm sick and tired of worrying about wedding etiquette and what everyone is going to think or say. If people want to judge me based on the quality of my wedding stuff, that's their problem. There are MUCH more important things in the world, and I'd really like to get back to thinking about those things, instead of wasting two hours worrying about the appropriateness of return address labels. No wonder I feel so small-minded lately.

Meanwhile, at work, we're proofing things for the new database system. Proofing is awful. I have done ten items so far and I already want to tear my hair out. There's a bridal shower for my friend Cortney this afternoon, so that should brighten things up. Except that just now, someone asked me whether I had booked the right conference room, and I thought I hadn't and almost started crying. Thankfully, it was okay. Nice to know I did something right today. :P

If you read all that, you get a gold star. I'm sorry for being such a whiner. I do feel better now, though.
chestnutcurls: (it gets worse)
Today is not going well at all. I started the day with a voicemail from a girl I've mentioned in passing before. She was in RUF with me for years, and I can't even begin to describe her, except that she's destructive and melodramatic, yet thinks everyone loves her. Last night at Bible study, I was talking about bridesmaid stuff with Alli, and this girl got quiet. When I got to work, she had left me a message saying that she was hurt that Alli was in the wedding and not her, because she and I are "so much closer". She said she felt she deserved an explanation or an apology! ?!?!!! The audacity. I was speechless. All I could do was let out a squeak that made my co-workers ask what was wrong. I still haven't responded. I'm tempted to ignore her completely and let her draw her own conclusions. Good grief.

Later, my mom called to suggest that we have the invitations printed at Kinko's tomorrow. I was completely relieved at the thought of not having to print them all myself, but when I went there to get a quote, they told me they can't do wedding invitations that aren't the size of a piece of paper. ??? When was the last time one of you got an 8.5" x 11" wedding invitation? Anyway, I went down the street to a real printer and got a quote from them. It's definitely more expensive than doing it myself, but my parents are going to discuss it. The lady said if I drop them off Monday, I'll have them on Friday. Then I can spent Friday night and Saturday addressing envelopes by myself, and mail them before going to rawee1Robin's wedding, which will be eight weeks from our wedding, still. But it's definitely not ideal. I am so, so mad at myself. I must be the stupidest bride in the world. How did I think I was going to print 160 invitations myself? And I might still be doing that. Why didn't I plan for this sooner? I'm sick and tired of worrying about wedding etiquette and what everyone is going to think or say. If people want to judge me based on the quality of my wedding stuff, that's their problem. There are MUCH more important things in the world, and I'd really like to get back to thinking about those things, instead of wasting two hours worrying about the appropriateness of return address labels. No wonder I feel so small-minded lately.

Meanwhile, at work, we're proofing things for the new database system. Proofing is awful. I have done ten items so far and I already want to tear my hair out. There's a bridal shower for my friend Cortney this afternoon, so that should brighten things up. Except that just now, someone asked me whether I had booked the right conference room, and I thought I hadn't and almost started crying. Thankfully, it was okay. Nice to know I did something right today. :P

If you read all that, you get a gold star. I'm sorry for being such a whiner. I do feel better now, though.

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