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I can only handle 25 of these [16 Mar 2009|04:58pm]
Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle. Hit the shuffle button. Do not pick and choose!
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly.
Step 4: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!
Step 5: If you like the game post your own!
[I'm skipping the instrumental pieces and choral pieces from college.]

1. Guess you never really notice what you've got / Until you finally realize you could be gone
2. You've been out all night / That's right / Underneath your black umbrella
3. All night / I try to tell myself that it is all right / I try to tell my beating heart to slow down
4. Round 'n round / Carousel / Has got you under it's spell / Moving so fast / But going nowhere
5. I will give it all / We've all been down the dusty road trying to see around the bend
6. I get a feeling / I can't explain / Whenever your eyes meet mine
7. I'm always too late / I see the train leaving / I'm always laughing / When it's not cool to smile
8. Here comes the cold / Break out the winter clothes / And find a love to call your own
9. Who can know the emptiness inside / Every time I see your face / Too many feelings left behind
10. They ask me how I feel / And if my love is real / And how I know I'll make it through
11. I got money in my pocket / I got a map in my front seat / Got a sweet kiss from my mama / Her lipstick still on my cheek
12. She can't tell me that all of the love songs have been written / 'Cause she's never been in love with you before
13. Welcome to the real world / She said to me condescendingly / Take a seat
14. Now a country boy named Shorty / And a city boy named Dan / Had to prove who could run the fastest / To wed Miss Lucy's hand
15. Looking out on the morning rain / I used to feel uninspired / And when I knew I'd have to face another day / Lord, it made me feel so tired
16. [Title lyric] you feel like you just can't hold on / Just hold on to my love and I'll help you be strong
17. Saw you from a distance / Saw you from the stage / Something 'bout the look in your eyes / Something 'bout your beautiful face
18. [Title lyric] awhile / And roll on / Made to move in style / And move along
19. You went to school to learn, girl / Things you never, never knew before
20. I [title lyric] I'm not myself of late / I'm feeling strangely great
21. [Title lyrics] / You really are a heel / You're as cuddly as a cactus / You're as charming as an eel
22. Waiting for your piece of the pie to drop out of the sky / (Gotta go get it)
23. It is my desire to honor you / Lord, with all my heart, I worship you
24. So many nights alone / Without you by my side / I never knew what I was missing
25. Love can be a many splendored thing / Care to know the joy it brings

Let the record show, I could have gotten 8 and 3 1/2s if someone else had posted this same list.

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Interview Questions from _crumbledstar [12 Mar 2009|08:19am]
Not planning on doing the whole meme thing, but I'm always up for a good post.

1. What's your favorite thing about the BSB fandom?
Just the closeness of it all. Look at the rag-tag group of friends we managed to put together. Spanning the country (and an ocean) and about 10 years, and yet we still manage to keep in touch.

2. If you could be anywhere tomorrow, where would you be?
Maui, Hawaii. No question. (Of course, I'm leaving in 15 days. But that's neither here nor there.)

3. What's your favorite thing to do when you're home alone?
Read. Or watch random shows I've DVRed. (Like Without A Trace, Bones, House, and NCIS.)

4. What do you think of, with each of these words: live, laugh, love
"Live life to the fullest for the future is scarce."
The times I've laughed with my family/friends until I couldn't even sit up.

5. Describe your ideal meal.

My mom's fettucine with broccoli and a bottle of Fexter Gewursteminer.

BONUS: When do I get to see you again???
I just don't know. Texas is on the short list of places I want to take Matt before we complicate our lives with small children. But I don't know for sure...
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[07 Mar 2009|12:07pm]
I deleted my Yahoo email account today. Which I'd been meaning to do for a long time.

In order to do it, though, I had to delete my high school blog also, which was a little rougher. I copied all of the relevant writings to Word documents on my computer, but it felt like the end of an era.

On a related note, I read through some of the stuff I wrote. How did you guys put up with that level on angst? Wow. But I suppose we were (almost) all teenagers at the time, and it was just the way we were. "Developmentally appropriate" is the teacher-speak for it.

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[31 Dec 2008|05:14pm]
2008 in ReviewCollapse )
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[16 Nov 2008|08:10pm]
Love is when a husband puts his wife's favorite flannel sheets on the bed while she's at work, even though he personally hates them.
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[10 Nov 2008|09:47am]
Gilmore Girls
Season 7
Episode 8: "French Twist"
Original Airdate: Nov. 21, 2006

RORY: Um a little bit of everything, that's the great thing about being editor -- you can pretty much give yourself the best pieces. I got to interview Barack Obama a couple weeks ago. He came to speak at campus
HUGO: Really? Did you ask you buddy Barack if he's gonna run in 2008?
RORY: Well what kind of journalist would I be if I didn't?
HUGO: And?
RORY: Standard answer -- "no current plans." But I saw a twinkle in his eye.
HUGO: Well, you can't quote a twinkle.
RORY: But you can describe it.

Wow. Prophetic.
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[18 Sep 2008|09:25pm]
ginni did it first: Take a picture of yourself right now. Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair... just take a picture. Post that picture with NO editing. Post these instructions with your picture.

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[25 Aug 2008|10:02am]
[ mood | reminiscient ]

Backstreet concert Saturday night. Minnesota State Fair. Notes are as much for me as they are for you.

Behind the CutCollapse )

It was an excellent show. I'm glad we were able to go. Pictures to follow, once I get my camera back from my beautiful baby brother.

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[23 Aug 2008|11:56pm]
Just a note to say that we are back from the concert and (mostly) alive. We immensely enjoyed ourselves. More to follow...
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[23 Jun 2008|03:06pm]
I took my little cousin to a movie (Kung Fu Panda) yesterday at the theater by my parents' house.  Matt and another cousin of mine also went to a movie, which ended later, so my little guy and I walked home.  3 hours later, as we were getting ready to go to dinner, I realized I didn't have my phone.  The last time I remembered having it was at the movie theater.

4:30  We tear the whole house apart.  Couches, beds, bathrooms - everywhere.
5:00  We call the movie theater.  "It hasn't been turned in, but you're welcome to come up and look whenever."
5:05  We arrive at the movie theater.  "Oh, you can't look in the theater until the movie ends.  That will be at 5:30.  You're welcome to stand here until you can get in."
5:06 Liz cries in movie theater lobby.
5:30  We check under all of the seats in the theater where I saw the movie.  No luck.
5:50 I walk from my parents' house to the theater (1 mile) and back again, watching the ground.  Not there.
6:30 We go to family dinner.

9:00 We call the movie theater again.  "It still hasn't been turned in."
9:30 My auntie says she'll keep looking and sends us home.

9:00AM My mom and auntie begin tearing the house apart AGAIN.
10:15 I take my nanny kids up to the theater.  We look under all the seats again.  Also in the theater where Matt and Maggie saw their movie (I had to stop in to give them the car keys).
10:30 I tear the house apart.  Again.
11:00 My nanny kids and I walk to the theater and back.  AGAIN.
12:00 I search the house.
2:30  I search the house.
3:00 The home phone rings.
"Is L____ there?  (My little sister.)"
"No, she's at camp."
"Did she lose a phone?"
"No, but I did."
"Cuz I found this phone at a movie, and it has her picture inside of it."

This girl had apparently looked down in the movie, thinking "I think my seat is vibrating."  She opened the phone, saw a picture of my sister, and saw that the "Home" entry was my sister's phone number (because this will always be "home" to me).

The longest 24 hours EVER.
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[12 Apr 2008|11:41pm]
I am the proud owner of 4 tickets to the Backstreet Boys' Minnesota State Fair performance in August. (LJG... are you interested?)
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[27 Mar 2008|08:44pm]
I realize I'm behind the times. But, as stated a few minutes ago, the boys are boring me to tears with their stupid video game...

Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, favorite type of underwear, graphic techniques, etc. Repost in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other!
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[27 Mar 2008|08:37pm]
Ah, the married life. I am sitting in the living room of my little townhome, messing around on my computer while Matt, his brother, and their cousin play "Super Smash Brothers BRAWL" on our Wii. Matt and Bryan (his brother) actually played this same game for 10 hours during the day on Saturday, and now I am sitting through it all again. (On Saturday, of course, this allowed me time to finish the Italy section of Eat, Pray, Love. Great book. I would like Liz Gilbert to be my new friend. Is that okay?)

I don't know that I've mentioned anything about my new computer. Egbert (or is it Ebgert), my college computer, finally pooped out on my after 4 and a half years of loyal service. So I am now the proud owner of a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. It has Windows Vista, which I am not sold on yet. But overall, it's beautiful, it's fast, and it's portable. :-)

Which also means that I get to take it with us on our trip to the Bay Area next week. Our friend Jason (who was one of the ushers in our wedding), is at PTLS Seminary (I realize that's redundant) in Berkeley. So we are going out to visit him and to do the whole San Francisco tourist thing. Not only that, but my daddy was able to use his magic Hilton points to get us a major discount at a super fancy resort near Jason's apartment. We get three nights at this place for the price of two nights at the Holiday Inn Express (the hotel we were ready to pay for on our own). I do adore my daddy. (And not only because he's going to sell me a car next month for a dollar.)

I think that's about all I can say for now. Which, given that I've said nothing for months, is probably more than enough. (I'm always lurking, though. My life just isn't interesting enough to feel the need to add to the stories.)
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[31 Jan 2008|04:46pm]
The following is from an exercise I did at a staff meeting.

- - -

I am from late nights in mama's room
Talking about everything and nothing
And laughing until we hurt

I am from sleepovers, dusty hallways, surprise parties, and the middle name rule
I am from a place where "everybody knows your name," your secrets, your silliest fear, your most embarrassing moments...
And loves you just the same

I am from summer trips to God knows where - conflict and all

I am from one home and many homes

I am from non-church functions, over-hot school buses, Culver's, choir, and life-changing moments (both good and bad).
I am from asking the tough questions and expecting honest answers.

I am from trust. From conversation. From unconditional love.
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[18 Jan 2008|10:04pm]
A note to all of my Southern friends:

The temperature dropped below zero at about dusk today and is not expected to rise above zero again until Monday morning.

Stay warm.
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[22 Dec 2007|04:40pm]
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[03 Oct 2007|04:51pm]
One of my colleagues (with whom I share an office space) likes to turn every conversation we have into a tutorial about how I could be a better teacher.

me: Third grade went better for me today. I talked with [a student] ahead of time and told him that, if he behaves, he can help me walk my cart back to my office.
my colleague: You know, you need to make sure you're telling him what "good behavior" is. Otherwise, he will just thing that it means not getting in trouble rather than making good choice.

Yes, I am a first-year teacher. But I am pretty good at my job. When I want advice, I will ask for it. Outside of that, I could do without the daily lectures.

That is all.
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[01 Aug 2007|09:01pm]
This is scary as all hell

I drive on that bridge probably once a month, if not more. For it to break is simply unacceptable in my mind. Please keep the families involved - and, really, our whole city - in your thoughts and prayers.

More new on marriage, birthday, job, etc. when I'm not in complete and utter shock.
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[28 May 2007|11:13am]
Graduated from college yesterday. The first step in my 6-week adventure to become a grown-up.

It was a gorgeous day for an outdoor graduation. I cried when the band played. I got to sing with the music seniors for the alma mater. My parents and my siblings and my Matthew and my grandparents and my almost-inlaws were all there. We went to Olive Garden afterward and had the best pasta there ever was.

And then we went home. And my mommy and daddy had gotten Matt and I a joint gift, because they didn't get him one last year. And we opened it. And it was a Wii! And we haven't done anything else in the roughly 16 hours since.

You should go here:
username: LizMatt
password: 8028
and look at pretty pictures of me and Matthew.
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[05 May 2007|02:05pm]
[ mood | excited ]

In the midst of all these major life changes...

[Did I post about those?  In the next 2 months, I am (1) finishing 2 majors, (2) graduating from college, (3) buying a house, (4) moving out of my parents' house, (5) getting my first "real" job, (6) becoming financially independent,and (7) getting married.]

Matthew and I went and looked at 7 houses about a week ago and found one we loved.  Beautful floor plan, good location, 2 bedrooms and 2 garage stalls...  it was beautiful.  We were thisclose to buying it, but we went to see another in the same development as a comparison.

After a week of preparing to buy that first house we fell in love with, we ended up putting an offer on THE OTHER ONE that same night!  Next day, the homewoner essentially accepts our offer.

As of last night, Matthew and I are officially entered into a purchase agreement to purchase a town home!

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