Hey how's it going.

Perspective

[not sure, but the internet attributes this to] Plato:

Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.

[added by] Me:

Even our exes.

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The Year of Carol’s Wedding

One of my best friends got engaged in February and I had so much fun helping her with the planning and also the whirlwind celebrations…

This was the cake at their surprise engagement party:

And then right before her gigantic bridal shower, she had to have her thyroid taken out… AND developed an infection and went back into the hospital.  Not good timing while planning a wedding!

Another friend and I at the shower.  We’d already had our rings stolen from the Ring Game:

The Ring Game winner:

I’m the official photographer at alot of our gatherings.  I took a ton of pictures at the shower, and while I was flipping through them noticed this one of Carol and Lucy…

…and couldn’t help but think how similar it was to one I took at last year’s deck party of them, shown below.

HA! They’re in the same position to each other, Carol’s mouth open, Lucy’s hand towards Carol, and lips pursed in both pictures.  It cracks me up!

Putting together wedding favor bags:

And here are two pictures from the Bachelorette Party.  The theme was – what else – penises.   Penis straws, penis cake, penis candles, penis centerpieces, even penis-shaped ice.

I may have had a little too much southern comfort, because once I learned some of the ladies didn’t know what a “pearl necklace” was, I had to demonstrate.  Using the giant inflatable penis.  For the video camera.

On the big day I had fun playing wedding coordinator.  And this post confirms one thing.. I’ve gotten really fat!

But don’t you worry!  I’ve started working on that.

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Kitties

This summer Andrea and I fostered kittens.  Even though you’d get new ones when you took one to the place to be adopted out.. this part was always HARD.

Hard but worth it.

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Mums the Word

My friend Sheryl and I went to a farm to buy chrysanthemums today.

Such a beautiful October day!

We looked at pumpkins, too…

I just love Sheryl…

And now here’s my front step at home :)

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Spring Leftovers

Spring leftover pictures… that I gathered in the summer… and am posting now that it’s fall…

Andrea had this mother and daughter sent to me on Valentine’s Day.

I still need her to paint those little curls brown.

Spring front door:

I didn’t know if I’d get away with this, but I did.  I sent my niece Easter goodies from the post office right in the egg.

And Andrea helped me make Resurrection Rolls at Easter:

On Mother’s Day Andrea started a new tradition:  The Mother’s Day Pinata!  I’d never HAD a pinata before and I don’t think she knew what she was getting herself into.  Loved it!!

Then Andrea finished her junior year of college and came home. We got along so well this summer!

You can always tell when she’s home by the burn marks of her straightener.

Actually, right now she’s far, far away on her marine biology adventure and I’m ready for her to come back home for the rest of the summer.

*At the time of finally posting this, of course, she’s been long home and now back to college.  I need to gather my favorite pictures from her marine biology trip now :)

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More Unauthorized Pictures From Work

On Valentine’s Day, Andrea’s friends went in with her and had a bouquet of colorful roses sent to me at work, which totally made my day!

On St. Patrick’s Day, I brought in cheesecake brownies for everyone.  Since I colored the cheesecake green for the day, they are forevermore requested as “your radioactive brownies!”

The guy I mentioned in an earlier post that got fired (Robert), he had this plant on his desk in a baby food jar.  When he got fired he gave it to me, I put it on top of my cube wall and named it Robert.  We all take turns watering Robert, talking to Robert, and even taking him outside sometimes for fresh air.  Robert is spoiled.

We replanted him from the baby jar to a fish bowl.  He’s growing.  And here now is Robert the Plant (as opposed to Robert Plant.  That’s totally different):

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Nothing to worry about

Andrea is taking a marine biology class this summer in the Caribbean.. living on a yacht with 7 other students and three instructors while earning scuba and sailing certification, as well as 3 college credits.  Of course I’m worried about her.  Mostly I’m excited for her and I’m getting pretty good about giving my worries and fears to God but she and I both have a protective nature regarding each other and I have to work at keeping it in check for my sanity.

I was elated that she finally was able to call me on Sunday.  They had the day off and were spending it on St. Barts where, she said, they had met the President of Venezuela’s son.  He was in the process of buying them food and drinks all afternoon – she had snuck off to call me – and they were all having fun.  As I hung up the phone I tried to push out of my mind the image of her swimming with a shark (“a little one, mommy”) and getting stung by “something in the seagrass.”  So I decided to think of something fun, “the President of Venezuela’s son, huh?  I wonder what he looks like?  I wonder how old he is?  I wonder if he likes Andrea??”

So I googled him.  I came upon his dad’s wikipedia page and the only thing on the entire internet to say anything about this first son was included in this sentence:

Chávez and Colmenares remained married for 18 years, during which time they had three children: Rosa Virginia, María Gabriela, and Hugo Rafael, the latter of whom suffers from behavioural problems.

Emphasis mine.  You can’t make this stuff up.

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Hunger

When I was going through my darkest time I stopped cooking.  All of it, no making meals or snacks or even light baking of any kind.  I remember Andrea’s hopes getting up when I started getting well and she said, “Maybe you can start cooking dinner again,” and that just sounded impossible even though I knew how much (and what) it meant to Andrea.  I didn’t see how I could ever get there and now here I am, I am there.  And when I decided to try my hand at using up some of Andrea’s paints, I knew I wanted to do up these two quotes for the kitchen…

They’re kinda crazy and sloppy!

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An Ideal Life

I came across a journal from a class I took 4 years ago.  One project’s goal was to narrow down the most important characteristics of the life we want to live and these were mine.

When my life is ideal…

  1. I actively and affectionately love and feel loved by my family and friends.
  2. I remember God and talk to him all day long.
  3. I go on adventures sightseeing and exploring.
  4. I write about everyday life experiences and bring meaning to them.
  5. I laugh.  A lot.
  6. I celebrate things – big and small – and pay attention to how magical life is.

The awesome thing is that is very close to the life I am currently living.  I need to work on #5, though, I still don’t hysterically laugh as much as I used to.

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Family Day

I love my family.  We had a get-together at my parents house today and celebrated mom’s birthday.

She was the cutest baby and now she’s the cutest 80-year-old!  (Dad’s pretty cute, too).

Andrea and I spent some time in my old bedroom going through boxes of stuff we had stored there and deciding what to bring home… and what to give Andrea’s cousins.  Like the dance recital costume we put on Macy.

That is the wallpaper dad put up for me in the 80’s and the desk he built me at which to get ready!  Here are some other things that remain the same:

A high school boyfriend wrote this on my wall… and a college boyfriend crossed it out:

Same stairs I fell down a million times:

If these walls could talk… they’d tell you about years of jumping on the bed.  HA.

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