Saturday, December 30, 2006

...A NEW CAR!!!

Paul will be here by around 3:00, and we're scheduled to go buy our car at 3:30! 2007 Matrix, dark blue and beautiful, will be ours as of this afternoon!!

i can't even believe we're buying a brand-new car. this is so awesome.

pictures will be posted this evening, check back!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

almost Christmas

it's going to be a weird Christmas...but a good one, i think. i swear i will post on here eventually, including plenty of france pics! but first i must finish making at least the presents for my immediate family...the rest can wait 'til next week, cuz i won't see the rest of the fam until wednesday.

here is the car paul & i might buy...we love it!
2007 Toyota Matrix

THE SCHEDULE:
Today: making presents like mad
Tonight: a PREPpy Christmas!
Sunday morning: church @ Trinity Lutheran?
Sunday afternoon: an Askey Christmas (Eve)
Sunday night: late service at Advent Lutheran in York, then drive to Camp Hill
Monday: a Killian Christmas
Tuesday: a Chemo Christmas with Mommy, not so much fun...work (from home in PA) and finish making gifts
Wednesday: to Lebanon for a Leggat/DiFabio/Rank Christmas spectacular! This is always my favorite part :o)
Thursday: more working from home
Friday: more working from home
Saturday: probably more work, since i probably won't fit in 40 hours on Tue - Fri
Sunday: church @ Trinity (i miss it! no other church compares)
Sunday night: hopefully some new year's festivities...no plans yet
Monday: sleep off that hangover, then back to VA & back to the grind!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving from France!

here i am sitting in the same cafe (inside this time) with the 'rents...han is at class all day. we're having a quick morning drink (double cafe, hot chocolate, and spanish hot chocolate) before we head to carcassone for the afternoon.

we've been to a bunch of great places:
sunday here in toulouse we, with han's friend pam, went to a flea market at the foot of st. sernin basilica, and i bought a flute! more about that later. we also got some neat postcards, jewelry, and fresh delicious olives for lunch.
albi on monday without han is toulouse-lautrec's hometown with a great museum, and on the way there we stopped at a beautiful winery and had our own private wine-tasting.
wednesday in rocamadour (once we found our way out of toulouse) was an amazing little town climbing the side of a cliff, with a cathedral built into the side of the cliff, and an amazing view from the top...not to mention a flamingly gay store owner! han had a play to attend for class on this evening, so mom, dad, and i had dinner on our own and tried foie gras - it was delish! we all liked it prepared three different ways, including raw!!
in cahors we got an expensive but delicious block of cheese at an outdoor market, then drove to st. cirq lapopie for even more spectacular views than rocamadour. unfortunately, the weather was pretty awful...we still managed to find another open winery so han could experience it too. dinner this night was at the cabanis's apartment, where han has been staying, and all four of us enjoyed trying rabbit for the first time - mme. cabanis is a wonderful cook! dad says the rabbit was as good as any turkey he's ever had.
today han's in class again, and we're going to carcassone, a walled medieval city famous for its part in the crusades. han has asked me to get her a patch for her backpack and a sticker for her car, if possible, which she already has from andorra. han has been to carcassone with her friends.
tomorrow is friday, our last day here. we'll stay in the city, pack, shop, and perhaps visit another museum. for dinner, we're taking four of han's friends out to dinner - pam from mansfield, wenke & frederika from germany, and sanna from finland. i'll stay in my parents' room on friday night so we can leave before 5:00am (yuck!) to catch our plane.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Killians in France! I need to quit writing before dad gets too impatient to leave, and mom makes me write anything too corney.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

i am in france!

i am sitting on the corner of la place des armes et la rue pharaon at a coffee bar and vegetarian cafe called numeroC. hannah often comes here to get online, since they have wireless internet access...i am waiting for my lunch, which is going to be mostly a surprise, but it involves brussle sprouts, which was one of the english words the waitress could remember for the french menu items. hannah assured me they have good lunches here, so i'm not worried.

it's a warm but very windy day, so i still need my light scarf and jacket; about 19 degrees celcius, which i think translates to the hi 60's. han has some school work to catch up on today after her classes, so after this i'm going to walk around, shop, and entertain myself until about 4:00. yesterday we went shopping, but all i bought was an inexpensive (but cool!) scarf...and hannah bought a shirt and a pair of (not so inexpensive) shoes! So she told me that by the time we meet up this afternoon, i better have spent some more money. i don't think lunch counts, i think she wants me to buy clothing, haha.

ah, here is my cafe au lait! it smells wonderful, looks like a cappucino, and comes with a little biscuit. right now, too hot to pick up. across the street is a petit casino, a chain of small grocery stores. right now, it's closed - most french businesses in the city close for an hour or two over lunch! except for restaurants and cafes, of course.

last night we went to a shisha bar (i spelled that wrong, aka a hookah bar) with han's friend pam, also from mansfield; frederika and wenke from germany; and sanna from finland. we drank delicious tea, shared a hookah, and had a lovely evening chatting. all of han's friends love talking and sharing about their countries and lives, it's so interesting!

yesterday for lunch, han, pam, and i got chevre miel panini's (again with the spelling), which is a long roll filled with goat cheese and honey, and grilled. sound odd, but is quite delicious! then last night han took me to her favorite kabab place, where we got "kababs" consisting of lettuce, tomato, chipped beef, french fries (i know! they were fresh-made from the potato, tho!) and a white sauce, all wrapped in fresh fried flat bread. it was yummy, han's toulouse version of a burrito.

my lunch et ici! it is a simple salad with a vinagrette dressing, a homemade roll with bits of carrot in it, and the main course is a ratatouille with couscous (i think), eggplant, zucchini, and a tomato sauce, topped with two skewers each containing three fried brussle sprouts. on the side is something like hummus, which is quite tastey as well.

i've just finished eating and started typing again, and there is now a busker playing the violin!! i'm so glad i sat outside. this is so great! wow. i will tip him when i get up to leave. nice thing about restaurants here is that tips are not only not expected, but you really shouldn't give them because it is sometimes considered insulting...ooooh, the busker came around for tips - well, that's good. i gave him 50 cents, or whatever that is in euros...oh, but he's leaving now, i guess buskers here don't just sit on one corner for hours...so only that one song. still cool. he was tres bien.

i'm getting chilly out here - the sun's moved, so the whole intersection is now in the shade, and the wind hasn't let up. i think i'll get going and do some shopping, and hopefully everything will be open again now that it's after lunch.

au revoir!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

in response to shannon's comment...

...no, i'm not pregnant! that wouldn't be so good just now, haha. i will tell you all the other big news after i get back from france and have squared it away with my boss at SAIC.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Weddings, Halloween, and lots of pictures

Photos from Jo's wedding are here and here. The first set are mine; the second set are from Iona, the groom's sister.

Halloween photos of the cool cookies I baked, and Paul's costume...can you guess what he is?



See the answer below, typed backwards...hehe

I can't wait to really dig into wedding plans as soon as I'm back from France...according to theknot.com, we're already behind on some things...but the date is set and the church is reserved, so I'm not worried...as long as we actually get married!! I think I'd like to do an engagement announcement in The Patriot News and The York Daily Record...and then next order of business is guest list and food.

Speaking of food, I'm eating a lot less so that I can fit into my Mommy's wedding dress by next year!! Finally, something that seems to be really motivating me to diet. My fingers are crossed...current waist measurement: 37.5"

Let me re-iterate: my wedding is going to be relaxed and non-stressful. Leave suggestions, but first imagine yourself being in charge of that thing on my wedding day, and if it gives you a tight feeling in your stomach, don't bother mentioning it!

I might be posting one other bit of big news soon...depending on when I get a chance to talk to my boss...so perhaps not until December. Stay tuned...

Good night!










!tcaxe eb ot nobrac fo ,mota na si luaP :rewsna

Sunday, October 29, 2006

the date is set!

on september 1st 2007 i will become mrs. P. L. A.

i feel wonderful right now. paul and i are excited, we have a plan...and i feel great. things are really coming together!

johanna's wedding on friday was amazing. of the six bridesmaids, i was the one with the biggest smile on my face, and also the only one crying. it was awesome. oh, and the dress...words cannot describe the most amazing dress i have ever seen. a-maze-ing.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

I'm ENGAGED!!


Paul proposed from a beautiful outlook on skyline drive on Sunday, 22 October after we ate our picnic lunch...then there was lots of hugging and giggling! I've run my phone out of batteries twice since Sunday afternoon, haha. We hope to get married late August or September of 2007!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

saturday morning

i got up early to drive paul to work this rainy saturday morning, and then i went to the drug store but it doesn't open 'til 9. so now i'm spending a sleepy hour back at the apartment, listening to bob dylan and pretending i'm a child of the 60's. i went to the CD Cellar yesterday before i picked paul up from work, looking for jason mraz and regina spektor, but they didn't have any jason mraz so i came out with regina spektor and bob dylan's essential collection. i've always enjoyed bob dylan when he'd be playing on the radio or elsewhere, but i've never sat here and just listened to him. i can see why he's such an icon, the feeling just from sitting in my slightly disheveled norther virginia apartment in late 2006 listening to him is so amazing, i can't imagine what it felt to listen to these songs when they were new. my generation needs an artist who can do that. there's plenty of new songs that i love, but not for the reasons i would have loved bob dylan in the 60's.

not that i'd prefer to live in the 60's than now. i most definitely wouldn't. how would i blog? and how would i afford a collection of 36 bob dylan songs that i could listen to at the touch of a button through reasonably high-quality speakers? in fact, i'm probably being grossly unfaithful to the musical form by listening to them as mp3s ripped off of a digitally-remastered CD and played through a nice stereo instead of a dusty old LP. oh well. i'll pretend this way is closer to what i'd hear if i heard him live.

speaking of live, bob dylan is still alive. i think he should be the president. he would be better than our current one at least...and probably better than most of our prospects for 2008.

alrighty, enough gushing. i suppose i'll go clean the bathroom a bit until 9:00 when i can go to the drug store. i need deoderant, face wash, pads, pink hershey kisses, a mop, maybe a few plastic containers to organize under the sink, red or pink celophane, and i think that's it...come to think of it, perhaps i'll just go to target. they're probably open already, and then when i get home i can use the mop to clean the bathroom all at once. i have a sponge-on-a-stick version of a mop, but it stinks for getting into corners an over uneven surfaces, so i'm getting a floppy mop. but if i don't find pink hershey kisses at target, i'm going to try eckhard and giant, and if i still haven't found them i'll just have to use the silver ones.

oh sh*t, i just realized i have choir practice at church at 9:30. i guess i'll go to that, then to target, then clean the bathroom, and by then i bet it will be practically time to pick up paul. then we have to figure out where we're going for dinner & drinks with sarah. i'll do the hershy kiss roses tomorrow.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

::reboot::

my cousin has a blog on here, and i think this is a nicer blog than xanga bc anyone can leave a comment, so i'm considering a switch. plus it's google. only exception is that i don't have that nice list of fellow blogger friends that automatically organizes itself by who has posted most recently...so i will certainly still check xanga, and perhaps double-post until i decide for sure.

must go to work, lots to do. greek festival this weekend, i'm crossing my fingers for good calamari!
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