see, about 30 seconds away from my house, there is a left turn. It's a T intersection, with the street we were turning onto as the base of the T. and as we turned onto that base, another car (sans headlights) comes barreling up towards us. and my dad didn't see it. and I didn't see it. but my mom did, and my dad stopped, and we didn't die 30 seconds away from my house.
A well-excecuted pico de gallo does make me smile. Especially in combination with cheesesteak fajitas and good conversation.
Also, this morning we all took food down to the beach. And I mean, MORNING. Like, left the house at 6. It was very nice, and not as ghastly hot.
The mosquitos here, however, are downright vicious. I have a bite on my wrist that looks like a second bone... you know, the bone that sticks out at the top outside of your wrist that seems to be tiny on everyone but Kristen and me? That one.
8.20.10 I had a pretty fabulous night if I do say so myself. There were a gajillion people at swing dance, so… Christine! I danced enough for BOTH of us! :D ...and, I resisted the aerials! :P
Then Megan slept over, and even though we had to get up at 4 we didn’t turn the lights out until 12:15ish.
8.21.10 On vacation with my sister. (and my mom and dad and Megan, but they don’t cause quite as much uproar and/or entertainment)
Yeah, so, we left the house at 5! AM! Yay!
Then I slept for a long time. Then we stopped at some rest place in North Carolina, and I saw Brooke! It was absolutely crazy. We were going into Starbucks and she was coming out :P
Aaaaand I finished my section of the History of the American People monstrosity! At, like, 3pm. Because they had a book on tape going and I could not pay attention to the book. Because, while the book on tape was not terribly terribly engaging (it’s Lynn Austin, and I don’t care for her writing so much), it was more so than aHotAP.
The best part of the day, however, was Cookout. It is an amazing, drive-through restaurant. But you don’t go there for the food; ohhh no. For the same price as my ridiculously loaded-with-ice 12 oz lemonade at Starbucks, you get a 20 oz, super-filling, absolutely amazing “fancy milkshake” in one of about 40 flavors.
I got strawberry cheesecake :) (which, by the way, was voted best-choice-in-car).
Now we’re here. And by here I mean a place at the beach in South Carolina. And by South Carolina I mean that muggy-hot, prone-to-tropical-storms, wonderfully-pretty place on the east coast of the United States. It’s great.
8.22.10 Watched Princess Bride. First question Kristen asks was when she saw Inigo. She asked, "What is his name?" (lol)
GOT INTERNET FINALLY! Short term, but it made me feel better to clean out the inbox :)
Today got to talk to Mrs Nicole... she is my hair-friend. She is the first person to introduce me to separate shampoo and conditioner. Until then, I didn't know there was such a thing; all we had was 2-in-1.
That was 5 years ago. Now we talk product and such. (wow, was it only 5 years ago that I discovered conditioner? woah)
Book club today! I love my Princess & Miss Amazingness :)
and we always have fun.
Then Megan & I went to school while her mom did uniform stuff. And The Sword & the Pen sounds really good (at least, as well as it can when a non-pianist is playing it). And Eet does not really sound good at all, but it is still SO FUN. Raindrops is next on the Regina list.
And worship practice was fun, with Kristina & Mark. And then when Mark would match pitch with Kristina and me... in our octave... *shakes head*
Linleigh came to visit us at work today! I love Linleigh.
...and today she brought us caramel macchiatos from Starbucks ;)
and then I got slightly more excited to read A History of the American People than I normally am. But it really isn't that bad... seriously. What other history textbook has a line like "...the House of Burgesses (or whatever they were called)?"
At dinner tonight, we were talking about Kristen. I think she ought to do Irish Dance, like, at a school somewhere, like Tara does. And her legs are like five miles long. But, because her legs are five miles long, they also want her on the basketball team at school.
Kristen: I don't want to do basketball; I'll get pumbled!
Today was cool. Sandy slept over. Went to Megan's choir. Finished CYMA DVD: Extended Edition. Went to CYMA Videopalooza. Talked with neat people there.
Had an introvert semi-meltdown. Okay, not a meltdown... a... breakdown? of my mental facilities? So that was fun. And it was my last time seeing Christine until August 29... if not later. So that was bittersweet.
Blake (to Mark who was about to stick not only his head but most of himself out the car window): "Mark, if you stick yourself out too far you'll mess up my aerodynamics"
Oh, and every time I see Livi's profile picture on my Facebook newsfeed I smile.
I have my FIRST subscriber to Veloquence on Toast!!!! WHEEE!! (actually, the sound in my head is more like "waaaaah" but when you write it in all caps like that it looks like crying-noises instead of happy-noises. and it's definitely happy.)
...and don't go ruining my fun telling me it's "only Rachel." Yes I KNOW it's Rachel, but... come on... this is Princess we're talking about! royalty has subscribed to my blog! :)
ooooh and then after LIT (yes! Love LIT! but, sad! last meeting... sigh!) SANDY is sleeping over! yay for Africa buddies! and Barbie movies! and other fun things which will happen if I can stay awake past 11 o'clock!
Today was cool, and I talked with awesome people like Sandy and Livi and Daniel. And that's all cool and yadayadayada.
But then... tonight.
at the evening service.
God, what a world You love.
it's amazing what He has done.
what He's doing.
what vision and drive and wisdom He puts in people like Matt.
and what wonderful voices of reason He puts in the minds of people like me who start thinking they can do everything and change the world... when all we are is tools in His hands. And for people like me that may not mean becoming a teacher. But the fields are white. The harvest is ready. And all we've got to do is bend a little and sharpen up so we can be His machetes. And it is SO INCREDIBLY AWESOME.
PS- welcome home, Christine & Andee! Love you guys! Send me long emails about the weekend, but don't spoil stuff because I'm going in October :P
...pretty much all day. I like it. I love my family, but I also love being able to work on whatever and do it all on my own schedule while multitasking with whatever and eating (almost) whatever I want. I got a lot accomplished today, actually :)
As for now, I am eating my favorite ice cream (Ben & Jerry's Cheesecake Brownie)
and listening to my new favorite artist (Audrey Assad... okay, so, tied with Regina Spektor. David, you asked, here's your answer. And she has a free single on iTunes!)
and talking to my favorite mother (I mean... my only one... on the phone)
and typing this to my favorite people (at least, most of them)
and my life could not be much better (unless I were miraculously to find my other purple sparkly shoelace).
But this bar at which the happy hour was held (the same one that I had to attend for 2.5 hours while attempting to camouflage with the wallpaper-- even though there was no wallpaper) was Irish. So they played cool music. I thought about asking for the playlist... but nonexistent wallpaper does not ask for playlists, does it?
I think I held up pretty well. But even when professional people do not get drunk, they do drink at happy hours. And alcohol + people = LOUD.
...but I can't deny that seeing my English teacher and hearing her compliment me to her mom was nice :)
Talk about your sensory overload.
Aaaaanyways. CHECK IT OUT!! it is finally up!!! yayyy for Facebook and... hey... social media connections with brands/companies/artists and fans! (seriously, if you were at Rock, and even if you weren't, click that link for a bit of nostalgia).
...never mind. I'll just post it. I'm too happy to not.
I really do love my dentist. He's awesome. As is his assistant/hygenist-person. I like her too. They make me laugh. This can be painful when there are sharp, pokey metal objects in your mouth, but that is okay.
EDIT: fwoomph. fwoomph. HALT. you mean we can't fwoomph anymore? NO. SHH.
This morning I played piano for Megan's chorus at her church. We did The Precious Blood. I was happy, because I learned that piece for school. It was the one that convinced me that learning to read music might actually be a good thing and chords are not always the answer.
And even though I goofed a few times and the girls made it suuuuper slow, it still was received very well.
Then there was the CYMA leaders' debrief, but that is unrelated.
THEN I went into one of the upstairs rooms at church and continued teaching myself Eet. Before you ask-
yes it is Regina Spektor,
no it is not easy,
yes it is in C# major,
no I do not like to abandon a project once started, and
yes I do rue the day I decided to start it.
It wants me to stretch the fingers on one hand more than an octave! I have little hands, okay?!
Then there was practice for the evening service at church. My church. hehe. And, before you ask-
yes it was fun,
no I did not know more than 4 of the songs,
yes I can fake it pretty well,
no I could not hear myself,
yes Mr Phil is one of my new favorite people,
and no I do not mind if people know that. OKAY?! :P
I like those people.
Now I am at home listening to more music and wishing that I had had more initiative when I was younger and had time to learn all these cool instruments... it seems as I get older there is hardly anything to learn for which I have both opportunity and drive. So I must amend that, somehow. I can cut stuff out. Like sleep.