Monday, June 30, 2003

"Aw!", "Ew!", & "Whew!"

Yeah, that about sums up my weekend. In addition to working an extra 7 hours of overtime (which was a lot better than the 16 I thought I was going to have to work), here's a re-cap of the weekend's events:

Worked 10 - 2. I then hit Old Navy to purchase the annual, matching $5 Flag T-shirts, as I do every year. Kevin gets a kick out of wearing matching clothes with me. Then I hit up Home Depot's sale on Perennials, where I got a ton of Coreopsis, and also some Zinnias and Blanket Flowers.

After I came home, Kevin convinced me he wanted to go to the Brecksville Home Days. Little did I know this was a trick! Instead of going to Brecksville, he took me to Center Woods, where we hiked a ways out till we could see the Cleveland skyline. It was a gorgeous day, not a cloud in the sky. Kevin then produced a small box from the pocket of his shorts and opened it. Inside were our wedding rings. Aw! I didn't want to see mine before the wedding, but he was so anxious to show me. Probably, because the my ring is more like an engagement ring than a wedding ring, since there really was no formal proposal. I was a mess - crying all over him. Mostly because I was a total pill hiking to the spot - I kept tripping on branches and rocks, stubbing my toes, complaining the entire time. Then he brought out the rings and I felt like such a jackass. LOL

That night, we worked out in the yard, doing some landscaping around our snowball tree and transplaning some grass plants. We wanted to get everything ready for Sunday, the day of roto-tilling and grass planting. I was in the middle of transplanting some Iris bulbs, when I discovered a mass of carpenter ants in the landscaping timbers next to the garage. Grossness. So, it was back to Home Depot again, at 11pm, to get ant spray. And I was a wreck. Covered in dirt and filth, wearing ripped jeans and a ripped t-shirt. I was a sight to behold.

Played my service in the morning, then headed back to work where I "worked" from 12 - 3. Kevin had gotten up at 5:30am that morning to go out and finish getting the yard ready. His parents came over early, tilled the backyard and the back garden, put down the grass seed and hay, and watered. We have grass planted!! Whew. I planted the Coreopsis in the front, gave our Weeping Cherry Tree a massive haircut, and pulled out all the Creeping Myrtle that had started to take over the front flower bed.

I am exhausted.

Saturday, June 28, 2003

it's almost here

The countdown begins: 2 weeks from today we'll be walking down the aisle.

Blues in the News

The House of Blues is coming to Cleveland. While it's been no big secret around town this was happening, an officialy announcement was released yesterday. Subsequently, the Mayor of Cleveland, Jane Campbell, also announced that part of East 9th Street was going to be re-named "Rock and Roll Boulevard". Not to mention that other hot debates include the location of Cleveland's new Convention Center. Pretty soon I won't know where anything is anymore.

Oh, and did you hear about the Cavs' draft pick the other day?

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Come on Sugar, bring it on, bring it on; we used to be friends...

Last night I had meant to get out some old letters and re-read some things. I do that every once in a while, to remind me of things that happened in the past, because usually I block them out. I guess I've been in a nostalgic mood as of late. So last night I thought, I'll get in to bed early and read. I read my journals from 10, 11, 12 years ago, but I couldn't bring myself to look at letters from various people. Maybe I just wasn't ready for that yet. But I like to do this sort of thing every once in a while, to remind myself of mistakes I've made, and to help me not repeat them.

Things in my life have changed so much in the last several years. There have been times when I've felt everything was completely out of control and spiraling toward disaster. Most of all, though, I think the things that have changed the most are my relationships. I've made friends and lost them. I've gotten friends back who I thought were long gone. And it continues even today, these changing relationships.

Monday, June 23, 2003

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You are the center of your universe

I had a nice weekend, these past two days. Courtney came out for a much-needed visit.
After preparing a really gross tuna/tomato/cheese dish, we indulged ourselves in leftover cake and champagne. While watching slides. As planned, we got out our Australia pictures and journals and laughed ourselves silly over our anecdotal memories. It's funny how we each remember different things about that trip.

A relaxing morning where we didn't have to do a thing - Kevin cooked us breakfast. We stuck around to watch the 3 truckloads of dirt get dumped in my backyard (it's level now!), then headed off to do the day's activities. First, Courtney got the tour of Berea and Baldwin-Wallace. Then it was on to Mazzone's so I could pay the Baker for our wedding pastries. Next was the highlight of the day - The Cleveland Museum of Art. We spent hours in there, walking around, commenting on what we liked and why. My favorite still is the Armored Court, while I think Courtney liked the 2 Picasso galleries the most. We drove through Little Italy on the way up to Coventry, where we walked around for a bit. We grabbed a coffee and headed home about 5.

Went to brunch at 1 in Olmsted Falls, then went to a Flea Market across the street at the Grand Pacific Junction Historic Shopping District. We climbed on the trains, but it was so hot we didn't stay long. I don't think I was in the sun for more than an hour or so, but my skin got roasted.
Courtney left about 3, and I used the remainder of the day to re-pot some plants and bake cupcakes. Very relaxing.

Friday, June 20, 2003


Last night was my annual End-of-the-Year Choir picnic. Or so I thought! I arrived with my yummy Spinach Salad dish-to-pass (for which I'll post the recipe since everyone was hounding me last night), and as I was walking up to Darlene's front door, several others were arriving with gifts. I was confused, but pretty soon it was clear they were having a shower for Kevin and me. I was totally oblivious. I thought it was someone's birthday and I had forgotten to bring a gift.

Now, Kevin was at home sleeping. I called him at about 8pm and convinced him to come over to the party. Everyone joked that Kevin is a myth, since only 2 out of about 20 people had met him. When he showed up, we cut the cake...a gorgeous Angel Food Cake with strawberry filling, decorated with real daisies and white chocolate. Mmmmm. It was so good. Then came the presents, but Kevin had to leave to go home and get ready for work. At least he made an appearance. I was so touched by everything. It's nice to have that second family around, since mine is all the way in New York. What a blessing.

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Our Own Reunion

This weekend Courtney is coming in for a pre-Wedding visit. We are both so excited we can hardly keep it together. Courtney and I met just over 11 years ago, through the People to People International Student Ambassador Program, in a crowded classroom for our introduction to Australia meeting, back at IHS in 1992. (I have to laugh when I start naming years I did things...seems so long ago.) Anyway, we really hit it off on the plane to New Zealand, since we had hours and hours and hours to kill. It was instant-friendship for us. Last year was our 10th year anniversary of the trip and we wanted to celebrate it. She and I sort of made attempts at organizing a reunion, but despite our efforts we just couldn't get it together.

So, this weekend we're having our own reunion, complete with pictures, slide shows, travel journals, memories, souvenirs, and lots and lots of alcohol. Heh heh. I'm really looking forward to it.

Isn't this ironic..."People to People - the power of people, acting as individuals, to respond imaginatively to the world's need for peace." -- President John F. Kennedy, who was one of nine U.S. Presidents, including George W. Bush, to serve as People to People's Honorary Chairman

Yet another reason why my Kennedy-obsession is justifiable.

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

This is not self-punishment

I am so proud of of my New Year's Resolutions was to not watch as much TV. Well, I haven't really followed through on it till recently. And I am pleased to say that the TV in my house has not been turned on in 2 weeks. Instead, I've been hurredly getting the house and yard ready for the wedding celebrations. It's not just that I haven't had time to watch TV, but I don't even miss it at all. I can get my daily dose of current events from my addiction to NPR. Maybe this no TV thing will become the rule rather than the exception.

Tuesday, June 17, 2003


I have never tasted a strawberry as sweet as the one I grew myself. My strawberries are out and ripe for the picking. Yum! Now if only I could get rid of the weeds in my garden behind the garage.

The Dress is done, but still no shoes

I'm almost in panic-mode. Just when I think I've got everything under control, suddenly more last minute stuff pops up and I get super overwhelmed!

Well, the good news is that my Dress is finished, and is home with me in the closet in the guest room. Hopefully Kevin won't peek. But I still have no shoes. I ended up buying the pair I thought were ok, only to be criticized by my Mother and Julia's Mom because they are not closed-toe. Good grief. So, Gretchen and I did more shoe shopping while I was in Rochester, but alas, everything I tried on made me look like a Sasquatch.

Atleast I have the dress. Atleast I was able to have a little fun while in Rochester, with my sister and Courtney. Atleast for a few hours I was relatively stress-free.

Saturday, June 14, 2003

Happy Gretchenfest 2003

Thursday, June 12, 2003

One Month and Counting...

The "big day" is exactly one month away. I think we pretty much have everything under control. Last weekend we took care of the rest of the bakery (little tarts in many flavors...yum!), the guys' clothing (we decided tuxes would be easiest, cheapest, and classier than anything else), I purchased my, a-hem, "Bridal Underwear" (nothing exciting....thank you, Courtney!), and we got more flowers and plants to make our yard pretty for our party.

However, I'm going back to Rochester this weekend for my final dress fitting and I don't have my shoes yet! Yesterday after work I went to 7 shoe stores and nothing. I came home with a lovely pair of black sandals, but no wedding shoes. I have the strangest looking feet, so nothing looks right on them. I must have been to every shoe store in Northeast Ohio. I think I'll go back to Kohl's tonight after work and purchase the pair I thought came the closest to not making me look like I have elephant-feet.

Monday, June 09, 2003

Friday, June 06, 2003

The Baghdad Blogger

After hearing so much about the Baghdad Blogger on NPR, I finally decided to go check out Salam Pax's Blog for myself. Interesting. The pictures are great. Sort of makes me feel like my own leetle Blog is rather insignificant.

I let the cat out of the bag

Last night at our last choir practice before the summer begins, I slipped up and told the Big Secret. While pretty much everyone knows Kevin and I are already married, there were a few people who didn't - mostly my side of the family, because my Mother didn't want them to know, and my co-workers at church including my choir. So, last night we were discussing our successful year, how we've grown and improved as an ensemble, etc. We started talking about rehearsing for the wedding, at which they will perform, and suddenly I said "I have to let you in on a little secret - I'm already married." I really shocked them! There were squeals of delight, and there were rolled eyes, and there were looks of disapproval, but all in all they were pretty surprised. Then I told them not to broadcast it all over the church. Yeah, right. No one gossips more than church-goers. It's going to be a long month.