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June 30, 2003


Oh. My. Goodness.

I'm dying. Dead. Gone.

Clips from three of JC's new songs have been released. They're only clips! ::wails:: How am I supposed to wait for the whole album? How?

"Build My World" has to be the song he was talking about in the KIIS studio in February -- that song so beautiful that he doesn't think he'll ever top it. Because guh. Makes me want to cry. Someone for everyone but no one for me.

"One Night Stand" makes me giggle a bit, but in a good way. Say, sweet thang! And he scats! He scats! And he talks dirrrrty. Heh.

"Some Girls" is the one that'll probably get stuck in my head the most. It's probably also the most likely to be a radio release. Although, who the heck knows?

My clips are kind of fuzzy. I need clear ones. I need whole versions. Ahh!

June 28, 2003

I know it's Saturday, but...

Friday Five

1. How are you planning to spend the summer?
Working. My first summer of being a member of the Real World. Even if I've worked through the past however many summers, this time it's for permanent. =/

2. What was your first summer job?
Was a Jack-of-All-Trades-type at an engineering firm.

3. If you could go anywhere this summer, where would you go?
Somewhere I'm not already going? I wish I could go with my family to Arizona, but they're going two weeks after I get back from Miami, and I just can't take that extra vacation time. I would also love to go to California, but I always want to go there, so that's nothing new. *g*

4. What was your worst vacation ever?
I can't really think of a bad vacation. I guess the closest comes to a long-weekend camping trip we took when I was about 10. My sister swallowed a Jolley Rancher and it got stuck in her throat, so we had to go to the hospital an hour away... she swallowed it down as we were walking in the doors. The next day, she tried to show me how she could close the van's back door all by herself (she was eight, and tiny, and it's one of those open-upwards doors), so she stood in the van, jumped off and grabbed the door to pull it down, only my head was in the way of a sharp-sharp corner. Didn't knock me out, but boy did I see stars! So that trip wasn't particularly enjoyable for those reasons, however the rest was fun.

5. What was your best vacation ever?
Boy, that's hard to come up with, too! I've gone on so many wonderful trips. England/Scotland was wonderful, I adored my trips to CA, wouldn't give up WDW for anything, had a blast on the cruise last year, didn't want my New York weekend to end, could have totally spent more time in Washington DC... yeesh, it sounds like I'm a travelin' fool. These trips were spread out over many years. But they were all great.

June 27, 2003

Thank god it's Friday.

Too bad I have to work on Saturday.

Not much exciting here. I've been reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It's quite good.

I really wish I could lock this journal so that only the people I want to read it would be able to. But I can't. And it's not so much that there are only a select few people I would like to know what is going on, but more that there are a select few people that don't need to know how I feel about certain recent events. So all I'll say here is that I had a rather upsetting day yesterday, which could flip itself right around and turn into the best thing for me if things turn out the way I'm kind of hoping they will, at the moment. Cryptic much, Kate?

Anyway. Tonight, I went out to dinner with Tammy, Dorothy, Emily and Jamie. Goodness, all my friends' names ended in the "eeee" sound. Heh. We went to Famous Dave's, to which I had never been. It was good. Lots of food, so Tam and I split a meal. Was still a lot of food. Yeesh. Tomorrow, I am meeting Sarah after work for lunch. Can't wait to see Sarah. And then Sunday, I am having lunch with John. This is one big weekend of out-of-town friends being in-town. Love it!

Of course, Aarti is moving. To Ohio. On Monday. This makes me sad. *sniff*

The Fourth of July is coming up rather quickly, now, isn't it? We get to wear casual at work on the 3rd, which tickles me pink! Jeans! To work! Eeee! Those crappy suits I wear all the time are oooooooold. Feh. Another exciting thing about the 4th coming up so quickly? CFTC! The 15th I leave for Miami! Eeeee!again!

June 22, 2003


What a weekend. Friday I got off work at 4:00 instead of 6:00, which was just wonderful. My mom, Jess and I went to Oak Park to go to their version of Diagon Alley, since the fifth Harry Potter book came out at midnight. It was very cool, this Diagon Alley. SUPER crowded. Way, way, way more people than I think anyone had anticipated. I did drink my Butterbeer at the Leaky Cauldron, stopped in at Flourish and Blotts, peeked in on a duel at the Dueling Club, took a goblin-lead tour of Gringotts (and got a piece of wizard gold), paused to watch a game of live-action Wizard Chess, passed up Honeydukes and their Bertie Botts Every Flavor Corn (sorry, flavored popcorn just doesn't do it for me), and poked my head into half a dozen other themed stores. it was pretty cool. Lots of Harrys and Hermiones running around. Some Hagrids, a couple Dumbledores... yes. It was fun!

Then we bought the book at midnight at Dominicks. Mostly because we happened to be passing a Dominick's at midnight and had heard in line earlier in the evening that they were selling it. We also got two boxes of Cheerios with CDs in them. Nsync in my cereal. What could be better?

Saturday was spent being lazy in my backyard in the sun, reading. Trying to finish book 4, which I still have 30 pages left in. Eeep. Want to read book 5! Waaaaaant badly!

Today was my dad's company picnic. It was fun! I played volleyball (horribly), got to chat with people I hadn't seen since working there a few years ago, and climbed the climbing wall. That was pretty cool. It took me a while to work up my nerve, but the guy working the wall finally suckered me into it. I made it to the top, 30 feet in the air, and then repelled backwards and landed squarely on my rump. Real graceful, I'm sure. But I was impressed with my ability to scurry up the wall! Go me. Heh.

Tonight I went to dinner with Meghan, and then Jamie met us at Starbucks for some chatting. It's so nice to catch up with them. And the evening was beautiful. Ended up getting chilly as it got on past 11:00, but up until then, it was gorgeous. I wish the weather'd be this nice all year!

Now, I am going to FINISH HP and the Goblet of Fire and START HP and the Order of the Phoenix. ::nods::

June 16, 2003

Y'all may not remember me...

Haven't posted in a good long forever. Eeep. I've never had my page just go blank before. That's how it seems to be now. Well, not now as you're reading this, because now as you're reading this, this is here. But now as I'm writing this, my webpage is entirely devoid of entries. Straaaaange.

Life has not been too exciting lately. It's consisted of work, work, and more work. Y'all don't want to hear about work all the time. At least not my work. My work's boring as all hell to hear about. And babbling about how boring it is isn't helping my cause one little bit. Oh no it's not.


Let's see. I'm thinking of joining Curves gym. Sounds pretty cool, and I think it's something I could keep up with. :crosses fingers:: I need something I can stick with. If I buy a year membership, I have to stick to it. Otherwise, money, meet drain.

Oh! O-Town! How could I forget that I went to the O-Town concert on Thursday? Duh! Jessica from Ohio/Florida (as in, she lives in Ohio, but I know her from Florida) drove over Wednesday night. We hung out downtown Thursday, met Meghan at House of Blues for "lunch," and went to the concert that night. It was a lot of fun. It was excellent to see Jessica again. She really is a fun girl to hang out with, and we had a lot to catch up on. And the show was quite entertaining. I have decided that Dan is my favorite. Yes, I have a favorite member of O-Town. Everyone run in fear.

That's all I got.

June 01, 2003

Sarah's Wedding

At the end of August in 1998, I had just moved into my new dorm room at college. I was away from home, away from friends, and pretty darn scared of what the year was going to bring. Classes were starting the next day, and I set out to find the rooms I'd be sitting in. While waiting for the elevators, I met one of the girls who lived a few doors down from me. She introduced herself as Sarah, and we walked to the Quad together. I found out it was her 18th birthday, and I wished her a happy birthday. Later that afternoon, she brought me a piece of cake her dad had sent.

I became good friends with Sarah. She was cool to go to frat parties with because she didn't get all hoochified. We were very alike. Neither of us got drunk every weekend, we were serious about school, but we liked to have fun. We watched a lot of movies, found our way to the mall on the city buses, and had an all-around good time freshman year (including freaky trips to Chicago! Eeep!).

Sophomore year, Sarah and I became roommates. We had a kick-ass room. We joined Volunteer Illini Friendship together. I left Sarah (and the kick-ass room) second semester, but we definitely kept in touch.

Junior year, Sarah and I (and Katy, for a bit) got an apartment together. It was another kick-ass place, once the ketchup was cleaned from the floor and the windows were de-blackened. It had "character." And it was our little home. That year holds a lot of memories for me.

Senior year, Sarah and I lived together once again, this time with Shelley and Aarti. LOTS of memories were made in our 711 apartment. Lots and lots. It was definitely my favorite year spent in Champaign.

We must have asked Sarah after every "big" event if Brad had proposed. She would roll her eyes and laugh and say no. On Valentine's Day, we didn't ask. We thought it was too obvious, and she must have been sick of us teasing her. She stood in my room and told us about her evening for a half-hour before she said "And there's something else," and held out her hand. The one time we hadn't asked her!

Yesterday, Sarah got married. She's the first of my friends, my real, honest-to-goodness friends, to do so. She's the first person I met when we were both teenagers (and still keep in touch with today) to have a husband. She's been so much a part of my life for the last five years, and it's weird to think that now, she's married. Of course, she and Brad couldn't be more perfect for each other and I couldn't be happier for the both of them.

The wedding was beautiful. It was in a tiny little church in Danville. Aarti and I did readings (and I got through Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 without stumbling over "Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks / within his bending sickle's compass come." Whew! The ceremony went flawlessly.

Afterwards, the reception was at the state park. Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature that May 31st is supposed to be warm. There were gale-force winds (which made the little lake look more like the ocean... all choppy and grey) and it couldn't have been much warmer than 5 degrees. In my sleeveless shirt and skirt I'd picked out for the wedding, all I can say is that I was freezing. It was almost painfully cold.

Despite the frigid temperatures, the reception was a lot of fun. The DJ could have started the dancing (read: the warming-up process) a little sooner, but once it all got going, it was a ball. A friend of Sarah's had brought back some pajama pants (moons and stars!), which I wore under my skirt for a while. It was sex-ay, but it worked. Everything (other than the weather, which did turn sunny after a while) was perfect.

It's weird. I lived with Sarah for four years, and now she's going to live with Brad. It was a long time coming, and I don't think it was a surprise to a single soul. It's very cool, actually. I can't believe Sarah's married!