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thrift store find

Pretend that I wrote a paragraph rambling on about how horrible I am at updating this regularly, k? K.

Now, on to the post.

One of the local thrift stores, The Open Door, has a weekly silent auction. It’s fun to look at what people are willing to bid on random things (like cookbooks from the ’80s and giant Barbie dolls), but Josh and I have never taken part before. Well, today we hit up The Open Door looking for something to go under the smaller window in our living room. (we have a black chair from IKEA by it, but it still needs…something)

While looking around we found a solid wood china cabinet up for auction. No one had bid on it, the starting bid was $20, and the auction ended today. Shocked that no one had bid on it, we decided to bid $30 in the hopes of scaring off other potential bidders. Our plan worked! (or they were deterred by the bad paint job and massive ammount of dirt and mildew) We went back at 3, when the auction ended, and a lady from our church was running the register. She kindly offered to let us borrow her husband’s truck, which I found hilarious and very sweet.

We got the cabinet home safely and into the kitchen. It has been scrubbed down with bleach water and will be primed tomorrow. We are planning to paint the exterior red and the interior white, mostly because we have the primer and white paint on hand already. Hopefully I’ll be able to talk Josh into getting red paint tomorrow!

Pics to come…


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I read this post on Shauna’s page and it inspired me. :o)

What I’m thankful for (in no particular order):

  • a beautiful God
  • my dad
  • my mom
  • my sister
  • Josh, the love of my life
  • an amazingly wonderful, huge, loving extended family
  • the Tietjes (and Meagan!)
  • my apartment mates – Jess, Kristen, and Kindel
  • my girls
  • sales on gluten free items
  • any sale, really
  • SWU
  • that perfect pair of jeans
  • cornbread and pinto beans/squash casserole/fried okra/fried turkey/turnip greens/southern cooking in general
  • sweet tea
  • every day
  • being diagnosed with Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • being healthier
  • ADD medication
  • TNT, USA, Food Network, TLC, and Jerry Bruckheimer
  • the numerous people who have been spiritual mentors to me
  • everyone helping with my wedding (thanks for keeping me sane!)
  • my back-room coworkers in admissions
  • google (do I really have to link that one?)
  • the people I have “met” by stalking them on google reader – there are so many amazing people out there who take the time to write powerful, thought-provoking posts, thousands of recipes, and find the best deals out there
  • growing up in a home where books and playing outside was emphasized
  • books
  • amazing authors
  • fantasy
  • fiction
  • noticing a theme?
  • knowing all of my grandparents and two sets of great-grandparents
  • summers spent on the farm in Alabama
  • Christmas Eve church service
  • Advent devotions
  • family traditions
  • color
  • cameras
  • fun decorations
  • my adoptive parents
  • ethnic food
  • the chance to travel
  • girls’ night in/out
  • movie marathons

…and much, much more.


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liz is my homegurl

(10:49:44 PM) me: i need liz time
(10:49:46 PM) me: badly
(10:50:00 PM) Liz: hehe. i need to laugh.
(10:50:02 PM) me: haha
(10:50:21 PM) me: i need to break it down gangsta wanna-be style
(10:51:04 PM) Liz: yeshhhh, gangsta wanna-bes are cool. word.
(10:51:11 PM) me: hahahahahahahahahahahha

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Do my ears mistake me…

…or did I just hear Dinozo on NCIS ask Abby if this is the week she is going gluten free? What does this mean for her Caf-Pow addiction? Am I way to into this? Of course. But seriously, the more gluten intolerance is covered in the media, the more attention is given to it.

I did the same thing when I was watching an episode of Law and Order: CI and the murder victom suffered from Gaucher’s disease, which my fiance Josh has.


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I’m in the newspaper, and it’s for a good reason. Click here to see it!

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my soon-to-be new name

Educational Block T i e- McElman_071026_2450_T J E

…because I’m really excited and this site is awesome.

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so yeah…

…I haven’t been on blogger in months. Not that anyone really cares, but still.

So yay! I’m engaged! The original date was July 11, 2009…until I found out that I’m graduating this December. So now it’s in January. I went from a year and a half to plan to less than 9 months when we made that decision.

I have been freaking out about stuff as I leave in a week for a full-time internship in a different state and won’t really have a chance to do planning stuff till school starts back in August. Amazingly, despite my bi-monthly breakdowns, this has been accomplished in the past three weeks:

  • bridesmaid dresses have been picked out (and one already came in!)
  • dress design finalized, have to get fabric
  • colors: green, orange, white, black (technically already decided before this month, but whatever)
  • paper lanterns galore at the reception in green, white, and orange…just need to figure out how many and order them.
  • AMAZING deal on a photographer ($700 for rehearsal, getting ready, ceremony, and reception plus all pictures and printing rights!)
  • church and reception hall reserved
  • one of my best friends is doing my makeup, making half the food for the reception, in charge of the guest book, recommended two different hair people to talk to, and all-around “you ask for my opinion, I’m going to give it” lifesaver
  • a family friend is our “wedding coordinator,” which is really just a fancy name for someone to keep mom and I from going crazy and trying to kill each other.

As we are now fully in “wedding season,” with every wedding I attend the planning urge grows stronger. A friend gave me a stack of at least 10 magazines to look through for ideas. (Seriously, 10 bridal magazines? The way I shop, that would pay for a whole new outfit, including shoes). Budgeting is hard to do when you still don’t know how much your dress is going to cost…just so you know.

That’s about it for now…my mind is racing in at least 18 different directions all at once, and I just needed to vent some of it out.

Have a blessed day!


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