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How is it February already?

Sam and I stayed in town this past weekend.  On Saturday I had an AYW meeting at RPI, ate lunch in the RPI Union, and then went to help Sam at the new house.  I measured, cut and painted boards that fit into the mud room and will have hooks on them.  They look pretty good.  We are having a closet added to the front room so that it can be used as a second bedroom, and I have to say that is looking good too.

Saturday night I went over to my Volleyball teammate Katie's house for a party. Katie is also one of my HR managers at work, but we have been friends before she started working for GE.  So, Katie has a 16 year old sister who has Down Syndrome.  Her sister's classmates were getting a special Prom held for them, but because her sister wasn't a member of this special club, she couldn't go, even though a boy had asked her!  Katie felt really bad, so she decided to host a prom at her house for her sister!  It was mainly girls from the Volleyball team, plus some childhood friends.  We all had a lot of fun, dancing in her basement and doing youtube karaoke.  Her sister seemed really happy and she was so sweet.

Sunday Sam made breakfast, and then I went to a new yoga class.  I signed up for a one-week pass, but I don't think I will start using this studio.  They are really popular in this region. They have multiple studios, really strict sign up policies (you have to pay for the class ahead of time to reserve your spot!), strict timelines (if you don't show up 5 mins before class, they give your spot away) and the classes are really packed.  The good thing about them is that they have a lot of diverse offerings, and convienent locations.  The bad things are all the other stuff I mentioned.  I can't be tied down, man!  Especially in my yoga practice!

We watched the Super Bowl at T&A's house.  The kids watched with us until half time.  I made yummy Buffalo Chicken dip. Aaron made jerk chicken wings and pizza.  The commercials were ok, but pretty dull.  We all loved the Half Time show with Katy Perry and Missy Elliott. India Menzel sucked.  The game itself was very interesting and thrilling, even if the team I do not like (The Pats) won.

On Tuesday I volunteered to go to a Leadership Etiquette dinner at RPI (there is a fancy dinner in the Sage dining room, and one GE person sits at each table with the students.  There is a guy giving an etiquette presentation, and the students can network with us).  I was planning to leave early, but when I went to tell my boss why I was leaving, she asked me a bunch of questions, so I left a half hour late.  This wasn't too bad because I knew there was a half hour appetizer thing to start the event.  Of course, I had a choice which way to go home, and I made the wrong decision - there was a huge accident on Rt 7.  So, I got to the event about 45 minutes late, and they had already started dinner.  As soon as I find a seat at a table, what is the next thing the etiquette trainer talks about - being punctual!  Did you know that if you are going to be over 8 minutes late, you should contact your host to let them know??  I felt embarrassed, but just laughed about it with my table.

Our Volleyball team is going ok this year.  We have a large team (18 girls).  One of our teams played BB last year (a higher level), and some of them still want to play BB.  However, only 4 girls from that team returned this season, two of them are injured, and one more has a conflict and can't play in the final Regional tournament.  I wrote our captain a long letter explaining that I was concerned because there was talk of bringing on new girls to fill out a BB team.  Since we already have such a large team, this isn't fair to everyone else, especially those who are consistently making practice.  Luckily, my captain agreed, and thanked me for writing her.  She wants us to have two B teams this year too.

Bad news about Helene - she has one more week at the Rehab center, and her nurses don't think she is ready to go home yet.  So, my family is trying to find a rehabilitation home that she can go to, at least for a few months, but possibly forever.  I think Helene will be heartbroken that she can't live by herself at home anymore, and I wonder if she would have agreed to have the surgery, if she had known this.   I guess her nurses are concerned about her mobility, but also about her memory.  I have never seen her have memory issues, but they would probably be better at recognizing this than I am.  :-(  I think she will be moving to her new place on the 11th, and we will go down either that weekend or the one after it.

This weekend a bunch of us are going to see Rachel's play in Schenectady, and then I have a Volleyball tournament on Sunday.  It should be a good weekend!

Long overdue engagement post!

For some reason, I've been trying to write this post for a long time, and just wanted to give it my full attention, rather than writing it at work like I normally do. So now I am on a plane writing it on my phone. I figure this is as good a time as any.

We got Engaged!!!!!!
Ok, all of you probably already knew that, but here is the story of how he asked me!

It happened Wednesday, October 3rd September 26th (oops!). Sam and I had been talking about getting married for a long time, and I had even shown him the website of rings that I liked. For like the past year we knew we wanted to eventually get married, so every so often I would say, "When are you going to ask me to marry you?" His answer was always something like, "Well, our parents haven't met yet", "I have to meet your uncles", "Your parents haven't met my dad." Each of those times, we then arranged for those things to happen. So, then my sister got engaged in mid-August. I was hoping to be engaged before her, but that's ok. Then, about a month later, my younger cousin got engaged too! After showing Sam their photos from that night, I asked again when he was going to ask me to marry him. His response was, "Well, lets go to Yom Kippur first," which was that Tuesday.

So Yom Kippur happened, and we went to the service with Rachel and her sister. It was nice to be there - that was my first time in a synagog!

Also, that Sunday, Sam had asked me what I was doing on Wednesday, and that he wanted to go out for a fancy meal. I thought that was a bit odd, but went with it. He picked out the Garlic Lovers Corner, a Mediterranean place near us.

I should stop here and say that I had thought about how I envisioned Sam asking me before, and I really couldn't picture how I wanted it to happen. He's a plain and simple guy, and not really into gifts or extravagance. I felt like if he tried to pull off some great plan, it just wouldn't be his style.

So anyway, Wednesday came, and I went to PT after work, and then came home and we went out to dinner. The GLC is in a strip mall, and it isn't the fanciest place, but they have good food. I got the lamb with orzo pasta, and I think Sam got the Gyro. Before the meal started, he gave a very sweet toast about me and how special our relationship was. It was really sweet. And a bit odd, as was going out to a fancy place on a Wednesday!

We headed home after dinner and I went into the house first. A minute later Sam came in and said "Have you looked at our Brussel sprouts lately? I think something's wrong with them. " I said "They look ok to me. Small, but they just need more sunlight." "No, there's something black on one of them," he replied. Now, this has been a year of disease and pests in our garden, so I was not happy to hear this. Still, I said "It's dark out there. I'll go look in the morning." He said "No, you should go look now, honey." At that point I realized something fishy was definitely up, and I had a suspicion what it was!!!!!! I headed to the garden with him behind me. When we got out there I said, "Show me what you see," and he pointed to a certain Brussel sprout plant and said, "Go look at that one, there's something black on it." So, I went over, and sure enough, there was a ring box hidden in the plant! I opened the box, and one of the rings I liked was in there! Then Sam got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and I (of course) said Yes!!!! Then we hugged and kissed in the garden. It was very special and cute and slightly dorky, and just like him.

When we got inside we tried calling all our patents and siblings. No one was picking up. The first person that actually answered their phone was my grandpa. :-) I then talked to Abby, and Sam's dad and brother. Then I got my mom on the phone, but my dad was not with her, so I was mean and said, "Well call me back when you're together so I can tell you the big news!" Hahahaha! So, we got to tell both of them late that night. We actually didn't get ahold of Sam's mom until the next morning!

So now we are in the planning stages. We're aiming for a May 2014 wedding near Doylestown or Allentown, PA. Maybe Memorial Day weekend. Sam is going to Australia for work for a few months next year, and we're not 100% sure when he'll be back! Then my sister gets married at the start of September, and I want there to be done distance between the two weddings. I would rather be getting married earlier because I want to make sure my Grandpa is there, and I don't want to hold up the other things we want to do with our lives, but oh we'll. Right now we're considering two venues, but are looking at at least two more over Thanksgiving weekend. I want to book a place before the end of the year!

So, that's our story. I can honestly say we're both very happy. I feel like we are even closer now than we were before, and I look forward to being even closer when we're married! I can't wait to spend my life with him!!! <3

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Moment of girlyness

I just bought the most fabulous Ali Ro dress on Gilt.com for $99, and I'm unnaturally giddy! Now I need many fancy events as excuses to wear it.

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Where am I? What Century is this?

I’m on a wind farm site visit for the next two weeks. The farm is located in a small town on the coat of the Gaspe Pennisula. The town has a small bay, and surrounding the bay are some mountains. It’s very scenic and lovely. I’m looking forward to doing some running while I’m here. As I was driving the three hours to get here from the small airport I landed in, I saw several bon fires on the beach in every town. That seems to be the local “thing” – bonfires. And what is interesting is that there are piles of wood already built up just waiting to be lit. I’m not sure if the towns do that, or individuals.

This gives you an idea where I am.
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Mont-Joli,+QC,+Canada&hl=en&ll=47.279229,-66.884766&spn=4.859874,20.170898&sll=37.71859,-95.712891&sspn=22.60382,42.626953&z=6

I had looked online for a hotel, and found one that looked cute. However, it’s more of a hostel than a hotel. There is a nice restaurant downstairs, the owners live there, and then there are 4 rooms they rent out. All rooms share one bathroom. The room I am in is TINY – like, you can barely walk around the bed, and there is no closet or dresser – only a few hooks on the walls and a shelf.

I am ok with all of that.

However,

The room doesn’t have a TV.

Eh, this is even ok.

But…

THERE IS NO INTERNET!

Also…

MY CELL PHONES DON”T WORK

I do have internet while on the site, but still don’t have cell reception.

I may move to a different hotel, but in the meantime I’ll be without tv, internet and phone in the evenings.

This could be nice though. I will probably end up liking it, at least for a little while. I may go travel somewhere this weekend, and then move to a different hotel after that. For now, my plans are: Go running after work, maybe along the beach, eat something yummy in town, go back to my room and listen to a podcast while knitting, and then read until I go to sleep. Yesterday I went to bed at 10:30 (early for me), and then felt very rested when my alarm went off at 5:45.

Whoever thought that going on a work trip would mean it would be such a “get away”?

I think the thing that bothers me the most is not being able to talk to Sam while I’m here. :-( Hopefully I go somewhere with Verizon coverage this weekend.

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This is super cool

My mom sent me a link that that goes over the history of the 458th Bombardment Group from WWII, the group my grandfather was in. It goes over his crew's members, missions they flew in, and certain mission records. There is also this really amazing picture. My grandpa is the right-most standing person in the picture.


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Just had to share this hilarious picture. Go to flickr and see the few pictures in front of it too.

[title of show]



I am currently pubilcity director for Alpha Psi Omega's production of [title of show]! This is the poster I designed. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. One of the guys at work did the script for me, so that we would have "male" handwriting.

Other cool things: Our show is now on the NATIONAL website: titleofshow.com
We have a blog: aywtitleofshow.blogspot.com . There are cool things on it like video episodes of “The [title of show] Spectacular Spectacular Show!
This is our facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=141273219230800&ref=ts

Behind the cut is our press release, with the show's dates and synopsis:
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I hope you can come see it!

Important Concerts coming up!

July 10th - Mike and Ruthy and Anais Mitchell @ WAMC Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany
http://www.wamcarts.org/artsched.html#anais1

July 14th - CROOKED STILL @ the Lake George Summer Concert Series http://www.lakegeorgearts.org/summer-concerts.htm

August 20th - Phil Henry @ Bread and Jam Cafe, Cohoes!
http://www.philhenryband.com/wordpress/?page_id=36
(Phil is my friend who runs our Falcon Ridge camp)

All of these should be great shows!

Bakerloo Players love

For the past several years I have spoken of my love of the Bakerloo Players every time they come to Troy. They are just an awesome, innovative theater troupe, and Troy is really lucky that they take residence here in the summer.

Tonight they performed a free show for Troy Night Out. They performed 3 short new plays, which were all based on the books of Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility) and all took place in 3 cities (NYC, Pittsburgh and Troy). It was a really cool show to see, and wonderfully acted. They are doing the same show tomorrow, and if you are free, I highly recommend GOING TO SEE IT! It's FREE, starts at 7, and you will be out of there by 8. They are really worried that no one will show up tomorrow because it isn't Troy Night Out.

At the show two of the playwrights, Daniel and Maureen (both around my age), introduced themselves to me. I later saw Daniel as I was walking back to my car, and he invited me to go have drinks with them at Bacchus. It was me, and about 16 people I didn't know! It ended up being a great night. I talked a little to the actors, but mostly asked questions and listened to Daniel and Maureen talk about writing plays. It's really a subject I know little about, especially when it is taken on as a profession. They gave me a list of plays and authors that they like, and I just reserved a whole bunch of them through the Library.

In short - these are great people, and you should go see their FREE show tomorrow! If you can't, you should go with me to see their performances of Romeo and Juliet and/or Under Milk Wood in July!

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Jun. 7th, 2010

I am looking for book suggestions!

To help you out:
Some of my favorite books are:
Water for Elephants
The Lovely Bones
The Secret Life of Bees
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Time Traveler's Wife
Life of Pi
A Walk in the Woods
The Da Vinci Code
The Harry Potter Series

In short, I tend to like more modern writing. Something where the characters draw me in. If it is something based on history or science, where I actually learn something, I like that too.

I was thinking I should read some Kerouac, but don't know where I should start.

BTW, justducky2204 I just finished reading your suggestion, "Map of Bones". I liked it a lot (definitely drew me in), but the ending was a HUGE let down. It seems like it was written to have a sequel, which is fine in the movies, but I dislike it in books (unless I know the book is part of a series in the first place).

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