hello!

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It’s been about a week since I blogged, and it’s been quite a week! I think I’m not going to be able to write here everything I want to say, but I have a feeling you don’t want to read it all. :-)

1) Last Friday night at 11:30pm I got a phone call from a dear Taylor friend saying that she and two other friends were an hour away! And wanted to stay with me! I was so surprised and spent a mad hour scrambling around trying to clean my apartment. I had let it get messy and there would have been nowhere for them to sleep. One of the girls coming was allergic to cats, and she planned to sleep on my porch. I enjoyed seeing them, though – I am so thankful that I happened to have enough food for breakfast!

2) On Sunday Paul came(!!!) It took him 17 hours to drive here, and no (for those who asked) he did not have to rent a UHaul – he was able to get everything in the back of his car. It is sooo nice to be with him again, but it feels a little weird. I feel like he’s here for a visit.

3) On Wednesday I squared things away with Ann, my roommate for the next four months! She’s excited about me coming which is good. I will be moving on Saturday into her house, and Paul will be taking over my apartment.

4) Also on Wednesday Paul picked me up from choir practice, and got to meet a lot of my friends from church. It was so much fun! They all came up to say hi and seemed happy to see him. I can’t wait until Sunday to introduce him to several of my other friends.

5) We have been practicing hard on our Easter Cantata! We are singing the cantata on Sunday and it’s really beautiful. It’s called “On a Hill Too Far Away”, and is inspired by a book of the same name. I think I will include some of the lyrics later because the words are just beautiful (the music is too, of course). I hope we do well – last Wednesday I felt like I was really off. I wish I had a piano or a keyboard at home so I can practice.

6) A funny anecdote from work: We had a dealer running an ad that was already designed; I don’t know if he is also a designer or what… Anyways, we get the PDF files for the ad, and it was the wrong size – 10.5″ x 8″. So I added black bars along the top and bottom to account for the size. (Since it’s a PDF I can’t really move anything around.) I sent him back a proof and he wasn’t too happy with the black bars. I explained (in an email) that the ad was the wrong size and that it needed to be 10″x11″, and so he said he would rework it, which he did. He sent me back new PDFs and said, “They are now the right size – 10.5″x10″. I was somewhat frustrated!! But fortunately it was close enough that I could stretch the image and it didn’t look too weird.

7) I have been working on a website for the past few months for a mattress company. We went live today! I am excited!

8) Now that Paul is here, I guess I have to start back again on wedding plans. *sigh* Not that I don’t want to do it, but I think it’s just frustrating to be constantly running into the budget issue. And I’m horrible at decisions! But I’ve had a lot of people offer to help, which is nice. I need to get organized so I can figure out where I actually need help.

9) Happy birthday to Tree! :-) I remember one year surprising her by writing “Happy Birthday Tree” on the mirror in the floor bathroom… I think she liked it. :-)

Okay that’s all for now. I shall try to update more often after this. :-) I still have a few topics in my head but they will wait for another day.


birthday wishes

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I just wanted to say happy birthday to my dear friend, Beth! Today is her 23rd birthday – wow she’s old. ;-) Hey Beth, remember 10 years ago when you had a sleepover party for your 13th birthday and we stayed up all night? I think we killed your computer playing Oregon Trail. :-) That was my first ever all-nighter (and probably the only non-homework-related all-nighter). Ah the good old days.

I wrote a post about Beth when I went to her house for Thanksgiving. She’s been an amazing friend these past 10 years and I really appreciate her! Happy birthday!

Beth and I, July 2000 when Beth came to Peru to visit me.


pictures

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So I finallly got my pictures from Indiana off my card. I only took pictures when I went driving with Margaret. Actually, I also took pictures from Joanna’s shower but I think she’d be mad if I posted those pictures. And I don’t want Joanna mad at me. :-)

Margaret and I found a T-intersection that had four different road names. It made us laugh.

Margaret and I. I’m pulling the double (triple?) chin look. Hehe.

Yay, my car turned over 150,000 miles right after I left Taylor! I’m glad I didn’t miss it. :-) I got a picture of 149,999 as well, but it didn’t turn out very well since I was driving at that point. :-) (I was stopped at a stop sign when I took this picture.)


Friday five

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Stolen from Nichole’s blog!

1) Of the various cultures, ethnicities or nationalities you belong to, which most strongly do you consider yourself? Hmm this is toughie… I feel like I’m American through and through. My ancestors came over on the Mayflower :-) (I’m not kidding!) I’m part German and English, and who knows what else… But I don’t feel a kinship to either of those.

2) Is there a culture you cannot claim heritage from but which you feel quite close to?
I’d have to say Peruvian culture, since I lived there so long.

3) What’s one language you wish you knew fluently? French – it’s so beautiful when spoken… But I have no desire to learn it right now. When they perfect Matrix-style learning, then I’ll take up French. :-)

4) If you could move anywhere in the world and be guaranteed a job, etc., where would you go?
I don’t know because I would want to stay near my family. I’m pretty happy here in Atlanta; I don’t know where else I would go. :-) Vacations elsewhere might be fun… Greece, Italy, Australia, the Caribbean…

5) If you had a time machine, and could witness any one event without altering or disturbing it, what would you want to see?
I’d love to witness the 1940’s, but that’s not really an event. Maybe VE-Day? I just love the 1940’s. Except I would like to experience the culture, not just watch.

So it’s Friday night and I am busy! I have to get my apartment cleaned up. My desire is to do some major cleaning. I was looking at my stove and seeing how there’s all these little bits of food and stuff down in the burner… yeah I need to clean them. I also really want to sell some stuff on Ebay to 1) get it out of my house to make room for the combining of two peoples’ junk and 2) make a little bit of extra money to help pay for this wedding. So I’m hoping that in this “spring cleaning” frenzy I’ll uncover things I can sell.

Sigh, break is over. Back to work. :-p


johari

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Feeling bored? Well I have a solution for you! :-) Humor me and check out my Johari window… you just pick the five or six words that best describe me… It will be interesting to see how people perceive me. :-)

I am proud of myself; I did ALL my ironing tonight. I don’t know why I dislike ironing, but I do, so usually after 2 shirts I decide I’m done. Tonight, I had a total of 6 shirts and I did them all. :-) Now I can put away my ironing board guilt-free, and that will help with my attempt to clean my apartment. Baby steps, folks… One thing at a time and I don’t get overwhelmed.

Paul comes on Sunday! I think I may have found a place for me to stay; I hope it works out. Paul will stay in my apartment and all will be good. I think him staying in my apartment will help him feel it’s more “his” and not as much as him moving in with me when we get married. Also, he’ll get acquainted with the cats and hopefully will be comfortable with them. And, assuming that this place works out, I will get the chance to get to know better one of the women from my church.
Okay blogging break over. Next on my cleaning list is the cat box. THEN… work on my parents’ newsletter. Fun stuff. :-) Don’t forget to check out my Johari window!