Monday, April 30, 2007

best boyfriend in the world

Chris spent the whole weekend with me. Even though he has his last 2 finals today. We spent a lot of time at my place while he studied, which was obviously fine with me. But we also went to the Parthenon and walked around Centennial Park. We looked at puppies (and almost got one) at a pet store (I know, don't get a puppy from a pet store). Sunday he went with me to the Apple store and I bought a MacBook because over the weekend was the Tennessee no sales tax thing.

I'm flying out to OK on Wednesday. Papa's funeral is Thursday. I'll fly back to Nashville Saturday night. I have to miss Chris' graduation. I'm really lucky, he understands and isn't upset or anything.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

the jewish lawyer from new york

I was invited to attend Chris' last class with him (by the professor). This Jewish lawyer from New York (relocated to Nashville in the 90's) spoke. He wore a tie-dye t-shirt and had a huge mustache. And he swore. A lot.

But he lost 60 pounds pretty recently and it didn't take him long. His explanation? He "just %$#&* % did it." He said if he wrote a book about how he lost so much weight so easily, that's all the book would say.

So, I'm just $%#&*# doing it. Not just with losing weight, but with work. I'll stay late, I'll come early, whatever it takes to figure out what the heck is going on. I'm always missing things because nobody tells me. Turns out I have to put a lot of extra hours in to figure it out myself.

Monday, April 23, 2007

a great weekend but no puppy

Last weekend was great. The weather was amazing. Friday Chris came with me to the Symphony. He took photos in the Founders Hall for me. The concert was incredible. After the concert, the flautist and harpist from the Mozart Concerto, the soprano from the Mahler (4th Symphony), the composer of the first piece (Stephen Danker, a hilarious guy), and the conductor joined in on a post-concert reception with our individual and corporate donors. It was a great night.

Saturday Chris and I walked downtown and made our way to the Farmer's Market, which was really cool, but I think more stuff was there in the morning and we didn't make it there until the afternoon. I bought socks because I was getting a blister from my amazing shoes, which I need to wear more often so I stop getting blisters (the shoes in the slide photo). I helped Chris with a photo shoot Saturday night.

Sunday morning we went to church. Another new one for us. I've heard finding a new home church in middle TN is quite the venture. We've only been to 3 so far, but also so far all 3 have been misses. So far, I haven't found any of the churches to give as meaty a message or as good of music (go figure, we're in Nashville where everyone's a musician) as Reston Community Church.

Then Chris and I had lunch at Steak'n'Shake (maybe my new "fast food" favorite) and then saw PUPPIES. Chris' mom is right; we need to STOP seeing PUPPIES because it makes me want one more each time. There were Pekingese, Peek-a-poo, and Shih-Tzu puppies and they were all adorable. Of course I held a couple and the Peek-a-poo I held nuzzled my neck and then didn't want me to move him. But, I'm not as big of a fan of the Pekingese breed, so I'd really rather have a Shih-Tzu. Really... I want a small, fluffy dog that doesn't bark too much since I live in an apartment.

Maybe after my engaged roommate gets married and moves out we'll get a PUPPY and have, like, dual custody and Chris will have it for a week and I'll have it for a week. Of course, we don't even know where Chris will be living and I don't want my roommate to have to deal with my PUPPY (not that I'd ever expect or ask her to take care of it, but it'd still be in the apt).

This weekend if the weather's good and Chris doesn't feel like he has to study all weekend, we'll go to Bowling Green, Kentucky and camp Saturday night. I already bought the marshmallows and chocolate.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

another amazing link

With financial-type calculators. Like, rent vs. buy, how much mortgage will you probably qualify for, how much/how long do you have to save to reach a certain goal, etc. Seems pretty neat. It seems like everything's included, like taxes on any interest you earn, closing costs/realtor fees/monthly fees/insurance, stuff like that.

amazing link for renters

It compares the price you're paying to rent your apartment/home/etc. with other places that are similar in the area.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007


loan paid off.


Now to save until the new Mac OS comes out and then have a computer loan. HAH!