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  1. How do I hate my car? Let me count the ways….

    As if my engine issues and more recent muffler (or lack-thereof) problems weren’t enough, today I went outside to go to lunch… and there sits my car with an absolutely flat tire. Not just a low tire, mind you. Flat. Like NO air. Yeah, I really had time for that. Thankfully, I could walk to the market for lunch, and Karl helped me get the tire off and to the repair place this afternoon. He rocks.

    Transformers: More than meets the eye, baby, yeah.

    I’m sure other sites probably linked to this article a couple months ago when it came out, but I just came across it today and found one line in there rather amusing: “You can never get into the mind of a giraffe.” Yeah, tell that to the Pet Psychic.

    I also found my new motto thanks to a pirate

    One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

    — A. A. Milne

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  2. We went to see Signs last night. (Erin, what did you think of it?) My roommate saw it last weekend and told us not to go, so I wasn’t expecting a lot. It was a lot better than I thought. I really loved the opening sequence with the names and music. The little girl was absolutely adorable. Overall, it was pretty intense and stressful.

    Lisa gave me socks. 🙂 Sheep with googly eyes.

    Two packages should arrive today. My Transformers: Season One DVDs and the birthday gift for my roommate. Hehe. (I thought that was brilliant. The stuff that Cupid dips his arrows in.)

    Just for future reference: if your passport goes through the wash, it is best to think about getting that replaced more in advance than five days before leaving the country again. Adam gave me a heart attack this morning, but with a little expedition fee, it has already been fixed. Phew!

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  3. We watched The Neverending Story last night. It came out in 1984. (It is different watching it when you are 25 than it is watching when you are 8, but it was still entertaining.)

    The Princess Bride came out in 1987. I think that Miracle Max and Valorie were based on the old couple Engywook and Urgl in TNS.

    For some reason, I felt like Southern-Oracle-like figures were used in an Indiana Jones movie or something.

    Whenever Atrayu or Bastian was riding Falkor, it reminded me and Hans of Flight of the Navigator.

    Anyway, good times. Perhaps you want to see the All Sci-Fi Neverending Story page. Or perhaps you want to buy the book… which I think I am going to do once I deposit my paycheck.

    On the topic of buying books, I saw that Barnes & Noble University is offering a course on Book Collecting for Beginners. I don’t know how interesting it would be, since I am not really thinking about the value of the book when I buy it, per se. I just like books, and someday I intend to have a library in my house (should I eventually have a house) filled with them. (I like this piece by Amitov Ghosh called The Testimony of My Grandfather’s Bookcase.)

    Song for the Day:

    My Love is Your LoveWhitney Houston

    (One of the wedding dance tunes we grooved to all weekend.)

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  4. Okay — so here we go. Day by day highlights from the weekend of romance and joy:

    Thursday, August 1st

    Happy birthday, sweet nephew!

    • Muffler fell off of car on the way to Michael’s. Guardian angels at my tire place took car of it for me. It is now in my trunk.

    • Read The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and half of Scribbling in the Sand on the way there.

    • Was picked up from airport by Bridesmaid Amy. Went directly to fitting. The dress is beautiful… lovely blue — and it fit! (Not too bad for measuring myself and calling the measurements in to her two weeks ago.)

    • Bachelor & Bachelorette barbeque — hawaiian-themed, as they are in Hawaii honeymooning right now. We also went bowling with the boys.

    • We kicked the boys out and had our girl time. Chocolate fondue with some games… including the very hilarious word-scramble of Jenny’s Top 10 Exboyfriends and Crushes. All five of us stayed at Jenn’s house until Saturday.

    Friday, August 2

    • Nails, nails, nails.

    • Picked up dresses… gorgeous!

    • Rehearsal / dinner at the Arboretum.

    • Megan (bride’s sister), Amy and I planned a relaxation time for Jenn once we got home. She was a little stressed and cried on the phone with her mom. When she came upstairs, she discovered that we had cleaned her bathroom, drew a bath with lavendar salts, had a magazine (non-wedding related), towels, her razor, and pedicure kit waiting, had the place decked out in dozens of candles and had soothing music going. It was so neat, and she appreciated it so much.

    Saturday, August 3

    • Up at the crack of dawn.

    • The bridesmaids fixed up their bedroom so that it would be a romantic loveshack for them when they got home that night — lots of candles… a cd of the best love songs of all time… and the book she got for a bachelorette present.

    • We all had up-do’s done by a girl Jenn knows. Bobby-pin mania.

    • Black limo came to pick us up to take us to the church. First time in one, I might add.

    • Pictures — mom and dad arrived. Yay!

    • Wedding. Sob-fest. It was so sweet. Her brother and sister sang “Grow Old Along with Me” by John Lennon… ugh, beautiful!

    • After throwing rose petals at the happy couple, we all ducked into a white limo to go back to the Arboretum for group pictures.

    • Reception at Bayview on the lake. Good food. Good cake. Good fun.

    • Wedding dance highlights — dancing with the brides brother for the bridal party dance (I was his secret girlfriend when he was about eight years old), all the bridesmaids on the floor during “Devil with a Blue Dress On“, attempting to box out the little girls so that Amy could catch the bouquet (though she ended up not getting it), and ending up laying on the floor doing the dance from My Best Friend’s Wedding‘s opener “Wishin’ and Hopin’“.

    • Jenn left the reception saying “if the house is a-rockin, don’t bother knockin”.

    • Meg and I had a bobby-pin contest to see who ended up with the most — she won… but I had 29 bobby pins and 24 hair pins.

    Sunday, August 4

    • Present opening party.

    • Home again, home again.

    It’s hard to explain how wonderful it was… but I haven’t had so much fun in a long time.

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  5. Not ready to divulge the greatness of my weekend.

    Last Friday’s Five

    1. What is your lineage? Where are your ancestors from? Dutch – Utrecht, I believe. I think we also determined that my cousins and I are 1/16th Native American due to a great-great grandma in there somewhere.

    2. Of those countries, which would you most like to visit? Oh, let’s go with The Netherlands

    3. Which would you least like to visit? Why? Umm… well… next question?

    4. Do you do anything during the year to celebrate or recognize your heritage? Well, there was the grand ol’ Tulip Festival (aka Tulip Fizzle) back home. That’s about it. I am forced to use Dutch phrases every now and again… just because there isn’t anything in English that means the same thing.

    5. Who were the first ancestors to move to your present country (parents, grandparents, etc)? Great-grandparents, I believe.

    Intuition. Insight. Emotions. Feelings.
    Take the quiz.

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  6. This weekend I completed another assignment for my part-time job as a professional bridesmaid. Spent four days up in Minneapolis with all the other girls. I have to say that this wedding was absolutely beautiful. I think it was the most fun I have had at a wedding in a long time. It has completely restored my faith in true love and romance and all that good mushy stuff. I’ll go into more details later (I’m hoping my mom will be emailing me photos soon), but I just wanted to let people know that I am, in fact, still alive.

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