Wednesday, May 31, 2006

gettin' married

i was on the phone yesterday with a parent who was calling about summer camp stuff, and she asked if things were crazy around here (school) with it being the end of the year. i told her we were pretty crazy, but i was especially crazy b/c "i'm getting married on saturday." and it hit me!!!! wow. that's the first time i've told a stranger about it, and it was weird.

we would love prayers mainly for God to be glorified and for the people in the room to be able to see the beautiful picture of God's love for us, His church. the ceremony is starting with an a-capella "the church's one foundation":
The church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord.
She is His new creation by water and the word.
From heaven He came and sought her to be His holy bride.
With His own blood He bought her, and for her life He died.

i mean, really. that's what it's all about. God's really showing chris and me that living our lives following His teachings is FOR REAL. not just something we say we do or take lightly. it's really nice, knowing Jesus.

so...i'll be gone for a while! half day of work tomorrow, lake party and bridesmaid party tomorrow afternoon/night, brunch, rehearsal, dinner on friday, then WEDDING!!!! then DISNEY WORLD!!!!! then BEACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*whew* today's the last day to get me moved out. neither of us want to have anything to do when we get back as far as moving me out. it's not like i'm being kicked out - my roommate's staying put. so i'm outta here in an hour and 19 minutes to get my junk OUT!!!

marriage. what a beautiful concept.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

bling!

as i said in my previous post, christopher and i exchanged wedding gifts last night. his gift to me was WAY better than my gift to him. a little background...

my grandmother was given a ring randomly by one of her friends a few years ago (by "a few" i mean, like, 20 years ago) for some reason, her whole life, all nana would say was "this is for lyndsay!" so when she died almost 2 years ago, i got the ring. it was ugly - like, really ugly. but it had tons of tiny little diamonds in it. there was one "big" one in the middle (guessing, it's like 1/4 carat) with itty bitty ones surrounding it. well, i wasn't going to wear it, so i was just going to sell it or something. (i know, i was an idiot) when christopher started making rumblings about getting engaged, i said "BLAMO!" and gave him the ring to do whatever he wanted with it.

my engagement ring is THE BEST ONE in the world. sorry girls. it's just true. see?







no really, it's the best in the world. and it looks perfect on my hand. see? (yes, i do have crooked pinkies...)
plus he said that the small diamonds on either side represent us, and the big diamond in the middle stands for God b/c He's in the middle, bigger and raised up. nice!! so anyway, i randomly asked him a few months ago "hey, where are the other diamonds from that ring?" and he said "you don't worry about that. let me take care of that." i told someone that he said that and she was like "oh! they're going in your wedding band!" oh, i almost vomited. other people can have bling bling all over their hand. that's great. but i'm having enough trouble wearing the little bit of bling that i have. i am not really a jewelry kind of person, so i really wanted just a plain, easy, simple wedding band. (i actually told him not to put them in the band...teehee!)

so anyway, last night he gave me my incredible, beautiful, awesome, gorgeous, unbelieveable wedding gift that he's been working on for quite some time now. check them out!








*gasp* OH! i just love them. the best part about all this awesome jewelry is that chris has picked everything out himself. he's gotten his mom's opinion (and my best friend/maid of honor - who is also one of his good friends), but just to make sure he hasn't made a big mistake. he's got GREAT taste!!!

oh man. i've never owned real diamonds before. i'm totally wearing them in the wedding...in TEN DAYS.

oh yeah, and i got him a luggage set. BORING!!! i'm too practical. oh well. but i think he liked it. he either liked it or he lied really well. it's a nice set - i was going to put a link to where it was...but i don't want christopher to see how much i spent...although he might have already seen....anyway, now we can go to disney world in style!!!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

shirtless wonders

tonight is the night that christopher and i are going to exchange wedding gifts. his is rather large, and i've been wanting to get one of those plastic giant gift bags - basically a decorative garbage bag - to put it in. i couldn't find one last night, so my only hope was to find one during my lunch break today, which meant i would have to get lunch out. well, with my newfound lovely alergy to gluten (oh boy!) the only place i could think of - without getting a salad or naked burrito from qdoba, which are not very eat-in-the-car meals - was taco bell. the crunchy tacos are corn, aren't they? taco bell is far away from where i work - like a 15 minute drive when you factor in all the red lights. but i went anyway. the party place where i was going to seek the gift bag was on the way, but i decided to get food beforehand.

halfway there, a strange number rang my phone. i don't like talking on the phone to people i know and love, much less people i don't know. so i never answer the phone if i don't know who it is. the message said "lyndsay! this is chris! nathan and i are actually locked out of the apartment, and i'm using a neighbors cell phone. please come by and let us in when you get a chance!!" i proceded to laugh and laugh!! when i called back to tell them that i couldn't come by, some deep-voiced gentleman said "hello?" and told me that they were already walking back to the apartment...not sure which neighbor i had just talked to, i was left with the only option of aborting the quest for a gift bag and going to rescue my fiance' and his roommate.

while in taco bell - the drive through always takes longer - i put my order in for 2 tacos (and i could have sworn i said crunchy). i was really hoping it wouldn't take long since i was on a new quest of rescuing the boys. the giant family in front of me's order was finally completed and the lady said "order #233!" "that's me!" said i, and she said "2 soft taco supremes" and my heart sank.



<--- GOOD!!!




<--- BAD!!!





blast! if i could just eat flour, i would have taken them and run! but they had to remake them. it didn't take too terribly long, and off i went.

omitting the part where the freeway traffic came to an almost complete stop in the middle of the day - for no reason, i might add - b/c it's boring, i will move to the part where i drove up to their apartment. i heard nathan shout "hooray!!!" and saw him swinging his feet from the bottom branch of the tree in the front yard. i heard christopher but didn't see him. he was high up in the tree!!! tree climbers!!! and the best part was that they were both shirtless.
ah, glorious summertime. how i love thee. and how i wish i could go around shirtless...that's another blog entry...

this entry is already too long...but i will sum up how they locked themselves out of the apartment that i thought was impossible to get locked out of. there was this dog that followed them when they went running...long story short, in trying to allude it and make it stop following them, they brilliantly thought that they would leave it on the front steps, go inside and escape out the back door, leaving the poor little guy out there waiting for their fun return for the rest of it's sad, lonely little life. in doing so, they locked the front door from the inside and locked the doorknob lock when they exited out the back. they went running for something like an hour, and when they returned, the poor dog was gone, and they got to the top of the stairs, unlocked the lock, and suddenly realized that they only had ONE of the keys for the TWO locks on the front door.

the whole thing made me laugh pretty hard. they sure are cute...chris moreso than nathan...sorry nathan. you understand though.

now i've got to figure out what to do about chris' unwrapped present...maybe i could pretend that my trunk is the wrapping....

in other, much more exciting news, i'm not having that thing done to me this thursday - see a few posts down where i have the picture of the running shoe. HOORAY!!! i mean, i might have it done sometime, just not a week before i get married. it was just a way to confirm that i definitely have an alergy to gluten, but i say for now, i'm just going to try not to eat it and see if i feel better. oh stress of a weird and invasive test before i am wedded! be gone from me!!!

Monday, May 22, 2006

i smiled last time

THIS is hilarious.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhcA4Ry65FU

ch-ch-ch-changes!

nathan, chris' friend that's staying with him for only a little while longer, has a truck. one of those really old ford trucks. well, actually, it's just a 1985, but it looks really old. that's not exactly it, but it's close. anyway, we moved a ton of my stuff into the new apartment last night, and it was really weird. all my pictures and posters and stuff on the wall, both my dressers, my little desk, some shelves - all GONE! dude. i need to take a picture of my bedroom right now. all that stuff went, but all the stuff from inside all that stuff stayed in my room. i'm living off my floor right now. today i got out of the shower and said out loud, "where's my underwear?!" i had to jump from tiny open area to tiny open area to get to it. there is stuff EVERYWHERE!!!



speaking of changes, the eagles are really growing fast. http://www.infotecbusinesssystems.com/wildlife/default.asp it's raining there today, too, and the mom has been there all morning sheltering them from the rain. it's amazing!! i love birds!!!












in other news, 12 days is really not that long at all. even if i were 12 years old and looking forward to my best friend's birthday party, i would even have to admit then that 12 days wasn't that long. GOOD GRIEF!!! i'm super excited.

in more other news, ladies, get out of the habit of crossing your legs at the knee.





















it causes spider and varicose veins!! my little spider veins have been getting worse and worse the past couple of years or so, and i learned that about crossing your legs the other day. duh! all i do is sit at a computer with my legs crossed! of course it's going to get worse!! it's funny, though, b/c i'm trying to not do it, so i'll raise my leg up to cross it over and then abort the crossing, which makes it look like i'm just really, really fidgety. or have some sort of odd twitch. man. it's really hard to not do...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

amazing nature

http://www.infotecbusinesssystems.com/wildlife/default.asp
go now! watch the baby bald eagles get fed and sleep and talk to each other and grow up!!! oh man. i'm completely addicted....

Monday, May 15, 2006

mmm...finger workout

dude. i used to post every day. i've been trying to spend less time on the computer while i'm at work...which is probably a good thing since they're paying me and all...

in the news, i have a fiance that is pretty much moved into his very own apartment!!! it's so weird, but ever so cool. and one of his good friends is going to live there until we get back from the honeymoon. he's kind of caught in a tough situation (long story, and kind of none of any of your business!!) (or would it be "none of your businesses"...hmm....) so it's working out just perfectly that he can live with chris for a while. the Lord provides. and in a mere 19 days (ouch, i just fixed my misprint of "190"...glad we're not THERE!!!) we shall be married and roommates. *sigh* how nice.

in other news, mom and i went to put in the flower order last friday, the 5th, and the lady told us that she would type it all up for us to see and double check before she ordered them. mom went by there this past friday and she gave her what she had typed up, and it was so wrong. like, so wrong. meaning, it was our original brainstorming order from, like, november, and it has changed so much since then. but all was well b/c she said that she wouldn't order the flowers until she heard back from us, and she gave us tuesday (tomorrow) as the deadline. mom went in today - just as she was supposed to - to update and finalize the list. now, i understand that this past sunday was mother's day and all. but it just bums me out that the lady already ordered the flowers - the WRONG flowers - without hearing back from us, AND she's on vacation all this week. *sigh* i mean, "bums me out" might not be the proper phrase. in all honesty, it kind of makes me laugh. i think it would be hilarious if the entire order fell through and our little runners who go to pick the flowers up on saturday morning (no, they don't deliver...) got the "what are you talking about?" from everyone there. who knows what we would do, but we would figure something out. chris' mom has a huge hydrangea bush that's going to be in full bloom at that time. blue kind of clashes with the bridesmaids' dresses, but i'd rather have clashing flowers than no flowers at all!!! but we won't talk about it like it's not going to happen...we'll just assume that the girl that was working today has everything under control like she "guaranteed" she did...

in more other news, i might be allergic to gluten. and you know, it's not really that big a deal. how much do i really eat WHEAT and FLOUR?! oh, just EVERY STINKING MEAL!!!!!! *sigh* that would be an adventure....we'll know for sure sometime after next thursday...oh delightful colonoscopy...how i'm looking forward to you...

in futher other news, i'm going to buy new running shoes today. these are my old ones that i have totally worn out in just a few months b/c they fit my feet like nothing i've ever owned.

















i'm hoping i can just get another pair of these. oh sweet new balance 766. how i adore you!!!

in even more other news, i know there are some of you who only like to read about wedding updates. maybe even some of you who are getting married yourself soon...hmm...that's right!! i'm calling you out, YOU!!! you should post comments. it makes me feel loved. liked, even.

speaking of YOU, what are you doing the weekend of may 26-27? will you be at a small camp in the land of soddy-daisy? hmmm? it would be nice to see you...who cares that you're planning a wedding?!? that's the freaking week before i get married, and i'm going!! you should go too. i'm talking FREE. free, dude. they charge you nothing to lounge around the very camp you used to run around like crazy working. come. i demand it. come lest i call you out by name. BWAHAHAAAA!!!

Monday, May 08, 2006

best gift ever

see below where i posted about the picture that jency gave me? (it's here)that was my first "best gift ever". she gave it to me for my birthday back in april, and i cried when she handed it to me. it was so much more effective to make me close my eyes and hand it to me unwrapped rather than wrapping it. good show jency!! anyway, they are all quotes from andrew peterson, the best singer/songwriter ever. and i'm not being dramtic. you need to check out his stuff. it will change your life. but it's not just that. i'm involved on the message board (yes, yes, yes. i am a complete and total nerd) and she searched on there to find the OLD post where we all rambled about what our favorite one-liners were from his songs so she would know what my favorites were. so it's the most beautiful, creative, thoughtful, and meaningful thing i've ever received. seriously. way to go jency!!

but i'm sorry to say that, jency, your mom one-uped you. her mom is ellen from "ellen's art" over there in my links, and she's painted and used other mediums for landscapes and portaits and stuff for pretty much ever i guess. but recently she's been making these awesome (and a little creepy) sculptures of dancers with ragged clothing on and i just LOVE them!! i've had a fit over one of the very first ones she ever made, and every time i go over to their house i make some sort of comment about her, even if it's an internal thought of me going "mmm...dancer. i love you."

well, just recently ellen's been selling some of them in various shows around town, and it's just a GOOD thing!!! she made her own website, and i was browsing around on it one day when i found out about it. i saw "SOLD" underneath my "first dancer", and i absolutely pitched a fit. i sent jency a pretty nasty email yelling at her (lovingly...and jokingly...sort of...) for not holding onto her for ME. i told chris "I WAS GOING TO BUY HER!!!" he said "uh...really?" and i said "well...no. but...i mean...i was going to, like, keep looking at her when i went over there and stuff!!!! NOOOOO!” i basically flipped out.

so then i went over to their house after a wedding shower that ellen skipped out on b/c she's not a shower type of person...lucky...neither am i...on the way over there, i told jency that if the lady was still in the house she had to take a picture of me holding her lovingly. she said okay, laughing at me at how crazy i was for this statue. jency and i were eating a yummy dinner out on the porch and her mom came out there with the statue in her hand, and i almost yelled at her b/c i thought she was just going to rub it in. she said "jency said you were upset that this had sold...." i don't remember what she said after that b/c she showed me a little tag hanging around her neck that said, "i can't wait to go to my new home. i just love weddings." *pause* *pause* *pause* and i did exactly what i'm doing now. well, not really. now i'm just tearing up. then, i absolutely bawled. literally!!! and i was holding back, believe it or not. oh MAN! i flipped. i totally flipped!!! *whew* she wore me out by giving that thing to me. i couldn't believe her generosity. here she is: (the lady, not ellen...)






















i said her name needed to be something mysterious, and jency suggested "ezmerelda" and i said YES!!! so that's her name. who knows where she'll go in our new little apartment, but she's going somewhere!!! she's amazing!!!!!! check out ellen's website, and you'll see why she's so generous to GIVE me this thing. i'm totally blown away.

i absolutely adore her artwork. chris and i already have 2 of her paintings that she did for his album. here's the front: (well, the actual painting doesn't have "under green canopies" on it...)















and the back isn't online, and i don't have a scanner, so you'll just have to buy a cd from this website to see the other painting. two-thirds of all the procedes goes toward helping the Gosepel for Asia orphanages that were effected by the tsunami. yes, people are still being effected by it. kids lost their parents, and they're now living in orphanages, and by buying this cd, you will be helping those children. seriously.

so anyway, now we're overflowing with ellen franklins, and i couldn't be more thrilled. for the past...goodness, almost 4 years now, i've been trying to get up enough nerve to ask her to paint one of my italy pictures for me, but now i don't think i'll ever be brave enough. shoot. she's amazing.

poo and music

this entry is not for the faint of heart or stomach. you've been warned.

i did something today that i've never done before: i carried poo around in my purse. now, i thought about ending the entry there but figured i better elaborate...the doctor needed to do some blood work, and while they were testing that, she threw in a stool sample with it. the secretary handed me the little plastic cup with a lid and said "this is for your stool sample. it needs to be turned in within 2 hours of the catch..." all i could do was laugh. at least she said it with a smile, too!!

*sigh* sorry. i just thought i'd share.

in other news, the grilled vegetable wrap from "deli man cake lady" here in chattanooga is one of the best articles of nourishment i've ever put in my mouth. talk about MMMM!!

in better other news, inga swearingen is my new music love. dad has an episode of "prairie home companion" on dvd and he played her for me. i've been fascinated ever since. i bought her 2 cds and can't stop listening to them and this clip is truly addictive. (click on "segment 6", let it load, and then move the play-bar to 14:40, sit back and enjoy). i originally bought them for christopher, but i wish i had bought them for me. but since we're getting married in 26 days, technically everything that's his is mine, so i'm good.

in similar news, bobby mcferrin ain't too bad either. he's what got me started on the scatty kind of music. you know, he's the one that sings "don't worry, be happy" and he does that awesome season of "the cosby show" theme song. mmmm.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

andrew peterson collage

don't have time to type...jency made this for me...i adore it.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

top this

a wedding cake needs a topper, right? well, not necessarily. mine isn't going to have one unless i find something just smashing. like, for example, this. mmmm....unicorns....

















or this one...mmm....bats....


















"a candle's fickle flame"

a lot of people at work use their handsfree option on their phone while dialing. so they hit the button and for a second all you can hear is the dialtone. today someone did it and left it on dialtone for like 3 seconds, and i immediately started singing "i need your arms around me i need to feel your tou-ch." (and if i could type out a funky beat, i would.) you know, that "cake" song "never there". it starts with a dialtone. anyway, ever since then i've been singing it. it's a lovely song. truly! "i need your understanding, i need your love...so mu-ch." (the hyphens are for the little pause he does...) it's not the words that i love. it's the song and funky beat. yep.

speaking of cake, mom and i just ordered my wedding cake. "check"!! gloria. i love check marks.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

farting shoes


okay. so i bought these new shoes and i adore them! they're so comfortable and are made really well, as all chacos are, and i need brown sandals. they have a lovely arch support and they cup my heel. the only problem with them is that they "fart" all the time. you know, the sole of my foot creates suction and "perrrrt!", out comes the little farting noise. much like when you do that with your hands...

it's embarrassing though. for example, i just walked in my boss's office to hand him a letter to proofread. he was on the phone so i just left it on his desk and walked out. much to my horror, my shoe went "perrr!" when i was walking out, and since he's on the phone, i couldn't say "IT WAS MY SHOE!!!" so i just had to hope that he didn't hear it and leave.

my question to you, my public, is: are the farting shoes worth it?! so comfortable, so "me", so affordable, so farty. thoughts? feedback? insults?

Monday, May 01, 2006

college student for a day

chris is officially done with school. wahoo! he graduated on saturday, and i must say, as far as atmosphere and setup goes, it was the best graduation i've ever been to. i might go back to their graduation every year whether i know someone graduating or not just because it was so cool! berry college is on record as having the largest campus in the WORLD (seriously) and their campus is so beautiful and big and fieldful (you know, full of fields) and it's just awesome. graduation was outside in one of the said fields, and the weather was perfect. overcast with no threat of rain. if it had been clear and sunny, every person in that field would have been miserable, because we sat there for almost 3 hours. yes. it was long.

so then afterward, we packed christopher up and his parents went home. all of his friends were staying another night in the dorms b/c they didn't want their last time to see each other to be when everyone's parents were moving them out in a hurry. so chris suggested that i stay too - i rode down with his parents and could ride back with him - so i did! we all stayed up stupid late (something i never do anymore) cleaning and playing. sleeping bags on the floor were our sleeping spot, and the next day we all just slept in. oh sleeping in. how i miss it!!! then we all just played. all day. it was amazing!!! it started with hitting golf balls with the metal baseball bat.

tangent. egg baseball. as mentioned in a previous blog entry, i took eggs and bats down with me to play the best game in the world. i took 5 dozen eggs, and everyone had such a good time and kept saying "why haven't we known about this before????" that chris and i went to the store and bought 9 dozen more. yes. that's a total (including the 60 from before) of 168 eggs all smashed to pieces in one yard beside their dorm room. (talk about a feast for the deer) it. was. AMAZING!!!! and we learned that freshly boiled eggs that are still warm smash a LOT easier and into more of a shower of egg debris than cooled off. beautiful. it was just beautiful.

then it turned into smashing jason's trophies with the metal baseball bat. then it turned into smashing everything in sight at the dumpster with the bat. satisfaction. that's what that is. so then we moved to a great big, tall-grass field to hit the golf balls and then search for them in knee-high grass. while in the midst of all the blowing grass - it looked like water - we all laid down in it and just laid there for a while. oh. wow. it was so awesome. the sun was out, the breeze was cool, the grass was swaying, i made a crop circle, who could ask for anything more? then we left b/c chris realized he didn't have his alergy medicine and we were laying amidst all that he's alergic to, and we went to a not-used-anymore barn and climed around inside and took pictures and jeremiah rolled a giant tire out the door on the 2nd floor. it was cool. then we all cleaned (boys' dorm rooms are GROOOOOOSSSSSS!) and said goodbye to the townhouse and each other and headed for home. i felt like a college student all over again.

one girl that didn't know me at all - but was one of the ones in the field and smashing things with us - asked if i had just graduated (i guess from another school?) and i said "oh skye..." and she said "oh yeah, you're older than us, aren't you?" she knows chris, and everyone knows he's dating...er...engaged to an older woman. i mentioned how it's fun when people don't know how old i am. then later she was like, "so how old are you? 24?" with the tone in her voice like she was guessing high. "no." "23?" "hah! no." shocked she asked "25?!" i sighed and shook my head. she said, "26?!" when i shook my head again she said "okay, now you're just lying to me." haha! it was funny. when i told her i had just turned 27 she looked at me all shocked like, paused, which created a great dramtic effect, and said "wow. i don't know you at all" with the tone like i had just betrayed her or something. *sigh* twenty seven. yikes.

but now i'm back at workidy work work, and my back hurts. (i wonder if they would get me one of those smashtastic desk chairs so i could survive the all day sitting. you know, one of these.) our new landlady called me today and said that our apartment is vacant and we can come get the key today. WAHOO! chris moves in this week and some of his friends might live with him a little this month and then BOOYAH! i get a new apartment and new roommate after the honeymoon!!!! thank the Good Lord in heaven. but for now, lunch.