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Well, I guess that’s one way to get health insurance

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Within the next 90 days, I will be getting married and moving to Finland.  Me, stressed?  Why on earth would you think that?

If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you know that Beau has an opportunity to move to Finland.  We discussed it at length, and we agreed that I would move with him.  After some investigating, we determined that in order for me to move with him, we had to have lived together for two years.  Or have a child together.  Or be married.

After another lengthy discussion, we made the decision to get married.  We both agree that we would have been at that point in the near future, but circumstances have sped up the timeline.

Let me tell you, planning a wedding in 40 days is not lacking any stress.

After a week of tossing and turning and literally losing sleep (on my part), we have a venue and a date.  After another week, I’m still searching for a dress, whereas he picked out a suit in five minutes and will have it hanging in his closet in five to seven days.  Still working on the caterer, the decorations, the cake, the flowers, and, oh yeah, the invites still haven’t gone out.  My mom has been an absolute lifesaver through all this, and is doing so much coordinating for me.  I don’t know what I would do without her – I’d probably be a heap on the floor somewhere.

Of course, through all this, I’m trying to empty my condo, find space for my stuff at his house, have a yard sale to get rid of the rest of my stuff, rent my condo out, get my passport renewed, get him to clean out some of his stuff, and get all doctors appointment set up between the wedding date (when I will have health insurance for the first time in over a year) and the move to Finland date (sometime in January).  I’ve been slammed at work, and all I can think is, “Don’t these people know I have a wedding to plan?!”

Stressed?  No, why do you ask?

Seriously though, people – I AM SO FREAKING HAPPY!  I can’t believe my luck in finding this wonderful man, and I can’t wait for the day I can call him my husband.

Take off your moccasins

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One of my all time favorite movies is Charade, with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. In it, they have this great exchange, where Hepburn’s character is trying to determine if Grant’s character is trustworthy:

REGGIE (Hepburn): Alex, how can you tell if anyone’s lying or not?

DYLE (Grant): You can’t.

R: There must be some way.

D: There’s an old riddle about two tribes of Indians. The Whitefeet always tell the truth and the Blackfeet always lie. So one day you meet an Indian, you say, “Hey Indian, what are you, a truthful Whitefoot or a lying Blackfoot?” He says, “I’m a truthful Whitefoot.” But which is he?

R: Why couldn’t you just look at his feet?

D: Because he’s wearing moccasins.

R: Well then he’s a truthful Whitefoot, of course.

D: Why not a lying Blackfoot?

R: Which one are you?

D: A truthful Whitefoot.

Of course, you (along with Reggie) have to wonder if he is. After all, wouldn’t a lying Blackfoot say the same thing?

There’s actually a longer brain teaser (scroll down about a third of the way down the page) about lying Blackfeet and truthful Whitefeet. It involves a professor at a fork in the road trying to get to a village, and he doesn’t want to get lost, but how can he trust the answer he gets from the native in front of him?

The point is, how do you know who you can trust? And rarely are humans entirely truthful nor are there people who lie all the time, regardless of the fact that we say, “If his mouth is moving, he’s lying.” So then the questions multiply – Is he trustworthy? Is what he is saying the truth?

Can you ever really know for sure?

Are you a truthful Whitefoot or a lying Blackfoot? Take off your moccasins, please.

(I couldn’t embed video, but here’s the clip from Charade.  You can also view the movie in it’s entirety on youtube.)

I Am Ms. Right (via Confessions of a Love Addict)

Great post –

Somewhere in this world, and perhaps in this city, lives a man. He is a living, breathing, actual person with a history that I don't know. He was born somewhere and he may or may not have moved away from his hometown. He has a freckle in an odd place that's hidden away under his clothes. He has an ex-girlfriend who broke his heart, a certain way he loves to be kissed, and he may care less if the Jets won or loss. He has a food that he can't get e … Read More

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The BBC’s list of best books has been making the rounds – three Facebook friends posted it yesterday.  Let’s check your (and my) level of reading, shall we?  Books I’ve read are bolded.  Italics are my notes.

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen  I’ve tried, I swear I have.  It’s still on my “to read” pile.
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte On my “to read” pile
  4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling I’ve read through Book 4, does that count?
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee 
  6. The Bible 
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte On my “to read” pile
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell 
  9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman 
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens I’ve gotten about halfway through it, but not finished it.  Still in my “to read” pile.
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott 
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy 
  13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare 
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien 
  17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk 
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger 
  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger Saw the movie, now have no need to read the book.
  20. Middlemarch – George Eliot On my bookshelf (note I didn’t say in my “to read” pile!)
  21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald 
  23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens 
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy Shoot me now.
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams 
  26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh 
  27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
  28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck 
  29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll 
  30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame 
  31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy 
  32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens 
  33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis 
  34. Emma – Jane Austen On my “to read” pile
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen On my “to read” pile
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis 
  37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini 
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres I will never be able to read this without seeing Nic Cage, so I don’t think I will ever read it.
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden 
  40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell 
  42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown 
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
  45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins 
  46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery 
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy 
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood 
  49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding 
  50. Atonement – Ian McEwan 
  51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel 
  52. Dune – Frank Herbert 
  53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons 
  54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen On my “to read” pile
  55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth 
  56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon 
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens “to read” pile
  58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley 
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon 
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
  61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck 
  62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov 
  63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt 
  64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold 
  65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas I was going to bold this one, then realized I was thinking about the Cask of Amantillado
  66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac 
  67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy 
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding Really?  This book is on the same list as Moby Dick and Of Mice and Men?
  69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie 
  70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville 
  71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens 
  72. Dracula – Bram Stoker 
  73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett 
  74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson 
  75. Ulysses – James Joyce Will never, ever, ever read this book.
  76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath “to read”
  77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome 
  78. Germinal – Emile Zola 
  79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray 
  80. Possession – AS Byatt 
  81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens 
  82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell 
  83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker 
  84. The Remains of the Day – Kazu Ishiguro 
  85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert 
  86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry 
  87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom 
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton 
  91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad 
  92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery “to read”
  93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down – Richard Adams Hated.  Every.  Second of it.
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole 
  96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute 
  97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas 
  98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare 
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl 
  100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Obviously, a lot of the classics were read in school, and I really don’t remember them too well.  Also, obviously, I have a goal of reading a bunch of old classics, as evidenced by my “to read” pile. 

What’s my count?  24.  Better than the 6 the BBC evidently predicted.  Go me!

What’s your count?

The corner of No and Where


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Do you ever just catch yourself clicking on the same stuff over and over again while on the internet?

  • Let me check my email.
  • Now let me check facebook.
  • Let’s check the blog stats, see how many visitors I’ve had today.
  • Go over to Postsecret.  Sure, I was just there yesterday, and it only changes on Sunday, but I want to see that one postcard again, you know the one.  (For the record, I didn’t send it in, that’s not me, and I don’t know who sent it.  I am, however, taking it to heart.)
  • Check a couple friends’ blogs.  But not the ones I really need to catch up on, I need more time to devote to those.  And it’s been forever and I feel horrible and like a terrible blog friend.  Soon, I swear, but not right now.
  • Back over to Facebook.  Sure, it’s only been 5 minutes, but look, there’s two new posts for something!
  • I should check email again, too, just to make sure nothing’s come up.
  • Let’s check Freshly Pressed, just read the headlines, see if there’s anything that catches my interest.
  • Speaking of headlines, let’s check the latest on CNN….
  • …and on the local news site…
  • …did anyone say anything about that news story on Facebook?  Let’s go check…

Have you seen that one commercial?  It’s for internet service, I think.  The guy is clicking and clicking on all these websites, and he gets a warning that says, “You have reached the end of the internet.”  I feel like that sometimes.  I can remember surfing on the internet like crazy, back in the late 90’s, just going from site to site to site, didn’t matter what it was.  “Let’s learn about the jumping spider native to the Congo!”  Nowadays, I feel like there’s nothing I really want to look at.  My mind is racing a hundred miles an hour, and I can’t concentrate on any one webpage long enough to bother. I mean, the internet (as I’ve previously discussed) is this amazing thing, opening the world up to you, and somehow I end up in the same part of town, looking at the same street signs.  Not because I don’t want to go somewhere else, I just don’t seem to have the mental patience or drive to do it.

Does this sound familiar?  Does anybody else find themselves doing this, feeling this way?

“I’m Sorry” (via DelightfulEccentric)

After an interesting conversation last night, I felt the need to repost this. I still feel the same way. Sometimes people think that the window of opportunity for those words is finite, and the window is closed. To quote the TV show Mad About You: “Break the window.” Or, to paraphrase another saying, “When one window closes, another one opens.”

"I'm Sorry" Almost every weekend, I find something on postsecret that I want to blog about.  Maybe I'll make it a thing. "I wish 'I'm sorry' was enough but we all know it's not." It may not be enough, but it's a start.  Sometimes it needs to be said.  Sometimes it needs to be heard.  Sometimes, they're just words.  But they're better said than not said. They're better heard than not heard. … Read More

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What do you think?

I changed my theme again.  I liked the look of my old one, but the font wasn’t great, and I hated the way the links showed up.  So, out with the old, in with the new.

You like?  Hate?

13 Minutes!

So, something happened to me yesterday.  Although I was happy about it, I didn’t realize quite how significant it was until right now.  So, instead of going to bed like I had planned to do, I’m back online to document this and share my good news.

Anyone who knows me in real life, or has followed this blog for a long while, will remember that I had a knee injury a little over two years ago.  I went to the doctor, I had an MRI, I went to Physical Therapy, even went to a podiatrist, but no one could find anything wrong with the knee.  The MRI came out fine.  I’ve been fed up with this issue for a long time, and I haven’t been able to enjoy my formerly normal activities, such as running, a fabulous gym class I had to give up, and wakeboarding, for fear of causing further injury (and pain) to my knee.  Wakeboarding, especially, was a scary option, because wakeboarders often blow their knees out.  Not that I’m doing jumps and stuff like professional wakeboarders…. 

I had made the decision a couple of months ago that if the knee was no better by this summer, I was going to stress it, wakeboard, and blow it out.  Because, hey, they’d have something to fix.  It would suck in the short run, but overall, I’d walk away with a better knee. 

I’ve been going to the chiropractor for a few months now, and he’s been working on a couple of things.  I’ve run a little bit, but not for more than half a mile, and even that was broken up with walking.

Well, I got on the treadmill yesterday, and I did a mile in 13 minutes.  I ran most of it, taking short breaks for walking.  There were a couple of twinges, but overall, it held up pretty well, which I was happy with.  Excited about. 

And then, tonight, on my way to bed, I remembered what I was able to run before, when I was doing Physical Therapy.  Two minutes one day before the pain became unbearable.  Five minutes another.  I think the best I did was eight minutes of running before the pain started, and once it started it was excruciating, to the point I couldn’t even walk.

And yesterday, I ran for thirteen minutes.  And walked away with no pain.


😀  😀  😀  😀

Wilburn Auto Body

If you follow Delightful Year, my year in pictures, you might remember that my driver’s side door handle came off the other day.  It was a cold morning, and the door seal was frozen, so I tugged hard…and the handle came off. 

A co-worker recommended Wilburn Auto Body on South Tryon.  I went up there on Tuesday to get an estimate, and they quoted me $188.40.  I put down a deposit for the part, they were going to get it in and paint it, then call me when they were ready to install it – they said it would for sure be by the end of the week.

I got a call about 1pm today, the part had come in, and the factory had already painted it, which would knock about $35 off the estimate. They were ready to install it right away, but I couldn’t get down there today or tomorrow, so I asked if I could bring it in on Friday.  Instead, the guy came and picked up my car, and brought it back to me about an hour later, with a new door handle. 

Very impressed with this place.  Multiple locations around town, if you are in need.

Terrible Twos

I just realized that I’ve been writing this blog for two years this month.  My, how time flies!  Read the October 2007 posts here.