Monday, July 30, 2007


T-5 Days

Five days and my little sister ...

is getting married?!


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Friday, July 27, 2007


Something Old, Something New ...

I still haven't thought about what I'm going to use for the Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, or Something Blue.

Well you have a new dress.

Yeh, and my garter is blue.

So what's something old?

(thinks) I don't know.

Momma saved pennies from each of our birth years. Maybe you can use the penny from your birth year.

That's not old enough.

Well, use Roy's.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007


My Blogging Apology

I used to blog every day. Sometimes twice a day. (Not at this blog. At my old one.) Things would pop into my head and I'd come up with a creative way to write it up and then post for the world to read.

So when I sit down to my keyboard these days, I have a hard time coming up with anything to write. Is it that my life is less interesting now? No. I would say quite the opposite. Life is very interesting for us these days. But how many times can you type "My church rocks!" and "my sister and brother are getting married this summer ... and no, not to each other" without it getting old?

Do you really want to hear that last night, I made and froze a batch of spinach balls and pecan tarts for Mendy's wedding reception? Do you want to know that the night before was spent figuring out how to take lilac satin and a hand-knit pillow and make it look like a ringbearer's pillow - all official and wedding-y? That my every waking minute is filled with thoughts of "Must get to work on those programs!" and "Man, am I glad I outsourced the design work on Andrew and Jeannette's wedding invitations!" (By the way, if you're reading this... Matt Tolbert rocks. Your invitations are going to be awesome!!)

Life is very busy right now. And if you're reading this and get bored, know that this busyness will all culminate in a big post of wedding pictures on Monday, August 6 and then at least half of my brain will return to normal until Monday, September 10 ... when life shall resume regular speed.

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Monday, July 23, 2007


The 'Do

First off, this picture is from a "photo shoot" I had with myself, attempting, for about 30 seconds, to get a decent picture that would capture the beauty of The 'Do adequately enough to send by email to a friend.

The results of this shoot have proven that (a) my office is not ideal scenery for a photo shoot and (b) taking pictures of oneself does not produce fantastic photos, unless you're an actual photographer and know what you're doing. I am not / do not.

That being said:

I have a haircut. And a highlight or two.

And a friend is visiting this week. Yay! Welcome home, Anna!!

And a picture with Hannah too! :)

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Thursday, July 19, 2007


Oh Glorious Day

It is, at last, The Day of The Haircut. It has been a long-time coming. At the end of the day, my hair will look something like this:
except the front of my hair will be different/better. And it won't be red.

And this gives me cause for great excitement.

Also, I get to see Heather and Jamie. And Baby Joy.

And work only half a day.

It's a good day.

Monday, July 16, 2007


Just Sit Back and Watch The Journey Church ROCK!

Today (approximately 30 minutes ago), I was walking from the parking lot into the building, returning from my lunch break when my phone rang.

A good friend of mine was stranded with a broken-down vehicle about 25 minutes from where I work. If I were about to take my lunch break, she said, she could really use a ride home! Being that I was just returning to work, I knew it would be difficult for me to be there in a timely fashion.

So I called upon The Journey Church Network of Awesomeness. And as I type this, the good friend is in the great care of a Mister John Mills who left his workplace with absolutely no hesitation to help out my friend. The friend of a friend, yes. But a stranger to him.

Excuse me? Did you catch that? That's friggin' awesome!!

My church rocks.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007


Guest Blogging

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A little something to brighten my day.

Growing these flowers in my yard gives me a great appreciation for people who grow flowers and then CUT them! I wouldn't be able to do it.

In other news, Mendy's napkins are in:

Her invitations are out:

The bridesmaid's dresses are in:
(no picture available. just imagine me looking hot in a lilac-colored dress.)

The bridal party newsletters are out:

We are making mucho progress.

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Monday, July 9, 2007


More Photos

I love the way pictures can take you back. There's a reason why people budget so much of their wedding funds for photography, why new parents follow their child around with a camera documenting its every movement, and why hanging pictures in a house helps to make it a home.

I don't know if words could adequately describe how much fun I had last Wednesday. But these pictures help me to remember. The quiet that exists between friends. The conversations that are more than just chatty banter. Sharing life. Sharing kitchen utensils and cutting boards. And, in the case of these pictures, sharing an evening of music for a chance to remember it all.

Thanks for the pictures.

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Thursday, July 5, 2007


Eating Hat ... again.

I take it all back. Everything I said about my husband's "silly last minute plans"? Let's pretend we never heard or read any of those words.

Yesterday was the most fun I've had in a long time!

more (and better) pictures coming soon!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007


How Things Happen at the Polk House

Main Characters:
Kyle - the dreaming idealist
Rita - the practical realist

The Plot: How one phone call started a ball-rolling which helped plans to develop for a Fourth of July "get-together" at our house.

The date was Saturday, June 30. Kyle walks into the front door, busily chatting on the phone and meets Rita in the kitchen.

Kyle: Here, you can just talk to her and make sure everything's ok. (hands phone to Rita)
Rita: Hello?
Voice on Phone: Rita. It's Andrew. Hey! Jeannette and I were thinking about coming down to Charleston next week and thought maybe we could crash at your place ...

(long conversation of details ensued. They are to arrive "early next week".)

Rita (to Kyle): Well, that's cool. Having friends over is fun. We've really gotta get that orange room cleaned out now. There are boxes that need to be moved up to the attic, so Andrew will have a place to sleep.

The next day was Sunday, July 1. Kyle and Rita are at home relaxing on the sofa sometime before lunch.

Kyle: Since Andrew and Jeannette are going to be here, don't you think it would be fun to have some friends over. Maybe we could all eat lunch together and watch Arrested Development. Lots of people have been asking to borrow the 3rd Season from us, so we could just have a marathon and everyone watch it together.
Rita: Yeh, that would be fun. But we can't really afford to buy a lot of food, so we could light up the grill and just tell them to bring something to put on it.

Later that evening:
Kyle: Yeh, I was talking to Jeremy. Maybe on Wednesday afternoon, when all of our friends are over, we could set up and play some of our stuff in the studio area. Andrew and Jeannette haven't ever heard us play, and I think they would enjoy that.
Rita: Yeh, that sounds like fun. (Immediately thinks of neighbors. Decides to send them all a note warning them of the music that will be finished by 8 PM so they can shoot off their fireworks without interruption.)

The next day, a call from Kyle at work:
Kyle: Andrew's going to play. Jeremy's bringing over this girl who can play some of her stuff. We've really gotta get the studio spic and span, which means we have to move the dog crates out and really clean it up. Do you think you can clean the carpet down there before Wednesday? I've invited (list of names) and everyone's really excited about hanging out.
Rita (thinks): Oh my.

My husband LOVES to entertain. We have a New Years Party every year and he, honestly, starts planning for it in August. He dreams big. I find myself having to rope in his ideas sometimes like, "Kyle, is this really practical?" It's a balancing act that we're still figuring out.

If tomorrow comes off without one of us biting the others' head off, I will be very happy. In the meantime, I will be cleaning.

Hope your holiday is as fun and full of friends as mine promises to be.

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Monday, July 2, 2007


Showers ... of all kinds.

Yesterday was Bridal Shower #2 for Mendy. Her coworkers threw her a very nice shower at her boss's house yesterday afternoon. She got lots of nice things and had a good time with her coworkers and friends from LifeWay.

And last night, a different kind of shower. The heavy, down-pour type of rain-shower. I'm not sure when it started, but it woke me up at 5 AM. I'm usually a pretty heavy sleeper, but something woke me up this morning. A drip. The kind of drip that says, "Your roof is not working as it should be."

Fun times!

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