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First Lines

I stole this idea.  But I like it a lot.  So here are some of my favorite first lines.  I’m not going to repeat any of the ones that have already been used. 

"When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everyone said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen."

"It was a pleasure to burn."

"I went back to the Devon School not long ago, and found it looking oddly newer than when I was a student there fifteen years before."

"Matrimony was ordained, thirdly,’ said Jane Studdock to herself, ‘for mutual society, help, and comfort that the one ought to have of the other.’

"Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies’ eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascades, but by the time it reached Lynde’s Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde’s door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof."

"The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon."

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I’m back!!

I had a wonderful week in Costa Rica.  It was kind of rough, the showers were anything but hot, and I mixed concrete on the ground with a shovel all week, but it was an awesome experience.  The other people on the team were wonderful and I made some exceptional friends.  It was so beautiful and the people of Costa Rica were friendly and inviting and great.  And I got to do a zip line through the rain forest!!  It was amazing!

I can’t tell you how much the voicemails and emails meant to me when I got them yesterday, it made me feel so loved and special.  It is so awesome just to get a voicemail that says – I miss you and I just wanted you to know that.  I should call more people and tell them that I miss them. 

But really, if you want to chat I’ll be around the next couple of weeks.  I’m maybe making plans for this weekend, but I’m not sure.  We’ll see.  Right now I’m going downstairs to see what I can find to eat and then I’m going to watch prime time in the daytime.

Sidenote:  Not only was there no internet access, I didn’t see a television or a newspaper the whole week.  But Kallie sent me this – http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8592305/ – Kusadasi is one of the towns in Turkey that Kallie and I visited last summer.  Apparently they are targeting tourists in the Aegean.  Which is terribly scary. 

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Goodbye Loves!

I am going to the ATL tonight with my brother, and Sunday morning my dad and I are flying out to Costa Rica for a mission trip.  I will be gone for a week.  I know that y’all are going to miss me a ton, and I will be thinking of you, and if I am able to get internet at any time, I promise that updating this will be the first thing I do.  Please pray for us and our group – I am looking forward to every aspect of this trip, and I think it will be unbelievably rewarding, while at the same time I hope to be useful as well.  We are going to be in the mountains in the north, supposedly near the volcanoes.  I’ve never been, so this is exciting. 

In other news, Libby and I just bought our tickets to go to Grand Lake Colorado for the beginning of August.  I really can’t express how excited I am about this.  I can almost taste the fresh cold beer and feel the cold nights and see the brightest stars.  AGGGHHHHH – it is almost all I can take!!!  I am so blessed to get to go back out there again!!!!  I miss it so much!!!!!!

Love y’all.  Be good.

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Spell Check

How do you feel when the only misspelled word that spellchecker finds is your name?

I mean, give me a break.  At least word and word perfect give me the opportunity to add my own name to the spell checker. 

I promise, I speell it wright. 

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Good Morning!

So maybe it isn’t real early in the morning, but it is still morning.  I am laying in my bed, listening to my mom chat on the phone in the other room, and contemplating what I would like to eat for lunch.  Zaxby’s and Bojangles always seem to overpower every other choice, but I’m looking to not end up with heart disease at age 30, so we will see. 

This is the latest I have been in bed almost all summer.  I enjoy sleeping in the mornings more than most things.  I love to wake up, roll over, and realize that I don’t have to get up right now, snuggle back into the covers and pass out.  I think morning sleep in the most enjoyable.  But this summer I have had a hard time sleeping in the mornings.  Maybe it is because while I was in Rome I finally taught myself how to wake up at 6 am and enjoy the day (the trick here is to go to sleep around 7:30 at night), and my body clock has been damaged ever since. 

OR MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, THE REASON I HAVEN’T BEEN SLEEPING IN THE MORNING IS BECAUSE THE PHONE IN MY ROOM IN AUGUSTA HAS THE MOST OBNOXIOUS RING I HAVE EVER HEARD.  I THINK I AM GOING TO GIVE IT TO BELLA TO CHEW ON. 

But the good things about getting up in the morning do help counteract the disappointment from lack of morning sleep.  Like, you can watch all the prime time in the daytime.  And when it gets to be 5 in the afternoon, you don’t wonder where the day went quite as much. 

I’ve been sitting here contemplating how I could waste my time today.  And I all the sudden had a flash on productive inspiration.  I realized I have cookies to bake.  And letters to write.  And cookies to eat.  And cokes to drink.  And I think my dad might have said something about me brushing down the pool today.  But I was trying really hard not to hear him, so I’m not sure. 

Wish me luck, it is going to be a big day. 

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Tonight I am going to my fourth wedding in five weeks, and my last wedding for a while.  My summer wedding tour 2005 will be over.  Which is good, because I was starting to get tired. 

But I am looking forward to tonight.  It should be fun.  The rehearsal dinner last night was very pretty and the food was great.  I had an upsetting run in with a cab driver on my way home from downtown last night, but other than that it was a good night.    I apologize if I called you last night and left you an overly dramatic voice mail, I was a little distressed.  I’ve regained my composure. 

I still have a cold, which sucks, but I’m fighting through it. 

I don’t know why, but I’ve kind of had a chip on my shoulder the last couple of days.  I’ve been a little overly sensitive, and a bit defensive.  I hate it when I act like that, hopefully I will be able to brush my shoulders off and get a grip.  I think sometimes I just get a little overly analytical.   Actually, more than that, I think I have been rather negative lately, and critical of others.  This is going to stop now.  Sometimes I think I am being hilarious, when really I am just being mean. 

So from now on I’m going to be more positive and less critical.  Basically, I haven’t been very loving, and loving charlsie is much more pleasant than unloving charlsie. 

I apologize if I have given you a hard time lately or picked on you, or made any comments that hurt your feelings, and call me out if I do it again, because from now on I am going to be much nicer, which in turn will make me much happier.  I love you all!!

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I was making a sandwich today at my house (I’m in augusta) out of some chicken that my mom cooked last night.  Bella was boring holes in my back (or the back of my legs maybe) while I was doing this.  So, being in a benevolent mood, I gave her a little taste of chicken.  This will probably be the last time this happens. 

Once Bella had that one taste of chicken she was hooked, and wouldn’t leave me alone.  I had another little piece left over that fell out my sandwich when I put it in the toaster, so I gave her that little piece too.  I thought this was sweet of me, but in reality Bella saw this as me catering to her needs, and decided that this should be my new role in her life.   In other words, she had me wrapped around her finger. 

Bella was  standing in the middle of the kitchen, with a huge string of drool hanging down from her right jowl.  I had just washed my hands and I did not feel like wiping the drool off her face, but the kitchen had just been mopped, and this was concerning to me. 

Me: " Bella, that is gross, you shouldn’t be sitting there drooling all over the clean floor, I’m never going to give you another piece of chicken if you don’t stop drooling. "

To which Bella responded by looking right, and sucking up the huge string of drool back into her mouth. I thought I was hallucinating.  But I promise you that it happened.  Then  she started to whine and bark at me. 

This leads me to a few conclusions –
1.  She understands a lot more than she lets on. 
2.  She doesn’t do 90% of the things I tell her to that she understands. 
3.  She really loves chicken. 

While I was eating the sandwich she kept licking my feet – which drives me crazy.  I was sitting in her chair, so I think this might have been her passive aggressive way of trying to get me to move.  When I put my feet up on another chair, she began to bark at me. 

I’m telling you, she and I are on thin ice.  I’m thinking about breaking up with her.  She tries her best to take advantage of me, and I’m not sure I need dogs like that in my life. 

Mama said she doesn’t do this to her, but that it is because Mama doesn’t give Bella little tastes while she is preparing food.  Idiot dog, she should learn that if she can at least be happy with a little bit, that she will receive that little bit a lot more often – but when she gets grabby, she loses opportunities.   Sigh.  I’m sure I never act like that.  (ha).

(p.s. I am so happy about all the recent comments, they make me real happy, and it makes me happy that y’all are reading.  I promise I will try real hard to be better about posting.  miss y’all). 

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