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Girls Night last weekend in Appleton was a blast. Only Mandy and Beth made it, but they were the two I wanted to see and catch up with the most, so I was more than happy with the turn out. Found a new polyester swim suit on sale for $55 down from $80, and I'm all "Yay!" about that because the blue one I had been wearing has seen at least a year of hard use and I was just waiting for some seam to rip or something during swim lessons - not a nice thought considering it was the only one I had until I got the new one (well, two - I got an Ugly a week or two before in Stevens Point, but still). Also found a pair of new shoes on sale for $95 down from $120.

We also helped Mandy find a nice interview outfit, I tried on a goofy dress I wouldn't be caught dead in just for the hell of it, and generally just had a fun time wandering around the mall window shopping. Beth did manage to convince me to spend $40 on makeup, but I figure the lip pencil will last me the rest of my life - possibly even longer considering how rarely I wear makeup - so it should be worth it in the end.

Next up was glaming ourselves up and dinner at Olive Garden; I wore a skirt sexy boots *and* makeup - would've attempted to do my hair, too, especially as it was kind of behaving all blah-like anyway, but we ran out of prep time (hey, by the time we left the mall, we only had 45 minutes left to get to the hotel, change, and get back to the other side of the mall area to Olive Garden, so all things considered, I think we did pretty well), so it was just... blah. Managed to leave it down for maybe forty minutes before pulling it back into my more typical messy bun.

Then we spent a half hour or so at a salsa bar and shared a really tasty margarita before hitting Skyline Comedy Club for the 10pm show. I didn't find the two opening acts all that amusing, but the headliner, Nick Vatterott had me chuckling quite a few times. The line about being high as a kite and checking the time, only to see "End" on his microwave clock had all three of us rolling. And being the wild child I am, my two drink minimum consisted of a rootbeer and a decaf coffee. Am I bad, or am I bad? ;)

After the comedy show it was back to my hotel room, where we spent an additional hour or two jabbering before I shooed them both out and home as they still had to drive a bit and by this point it was 2 am on a Saturday night/Sunday morning. I showered and was in bed by three, where I maybe got two hours of sleep and I was up again by 8:00 because I am a glutton for punishment. Still made it home it one piece, though, and it was an awesome night and I'm super glad I set it up. I cringe every time I think about how much money I spent, but every penny was so totally worth it for the chance to catch up with Mandy and Beth again.

Also, spent New Years Eve with Emmies. We ate at El Mez, had a Disney Movie Marathon (Sorcerer's Apprentice and Tangled), and then I stayed up until 3 with her watching the Batman television series from the 60s. Then I drove home the next day on two or three hours of sleep with a snow storm doing it's damndest to blow me off the road. Thankfully it did not succeed and I made it home all in one piece. :)
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Yesterday, after... 5? 6? years of being together, Dana and Uriah finally tied the knot! I got all dolled up in a dress and makeup and let my mom have her way with my hair (which turned out awesome, or so people kept telling me) and made it to the ceremony 15 minutes late (apparently my hair wasn't going to be conquered without a fight). Dana and her bridesmaids looked beautiful, Uriah and his groomsmen looked just cool (Pinstripped Zuit Suits, complete with black and white loafers and a floppy hat), and from the 10 minutes I saw, it was a beautiful ceremony.

Reception and Dance were over at a bar right across from Gramma's, so while I was waiting for the dinner to start (Dana and Uriah drove off at about 3:45, and the dinner didn't start until 5), I went over and chatted with Gramma and Aunt Jean - who is up visiting from Tennessee for a few weeks. While there, I found out that a very dear, very old family friend who has almost been like another grandmother to me and my brothers has just been diagnosed with cancer and doesn't have much time left. Hearing this, I decided to go pay her a surprise visit because I haven't seen her in ages and honestly, chatting and catching up with Edith for an hour or so was rather more appealing then spending two hours, by myself, in a room full of people I don't know very well, trying to make small talk (cause the only people I did know were in the wedding party, and everyone else would probably be viying for their attention through out the evening cause, yeah, it was their wedding).

So, I stopped at the reception long enough to drop off their present, give Dana a hug and tell her how beautiful she looked, get a few pictures taken with her, and get another hug from Uriah before I headed across town to the apartment housing where Edith lived.

there is a lot about our church politics under here. Not really religious, but I'll cut so you can skip if you so choose. )

We talked about other stuff, too, mostly my school and my family. It was extremely nice to catch up, and I'm glad I got the opportunity to talk to Edith while she was still independent, of sound mind, and as healthy as can be expected when you've recently been diagnosed with cancer. I don't know how much time she has left, but at least I got to see her.

After that I went back to parents house to spend the night. We watched a bunch of Olympic events and Opening Ceremonies, which Dad had recorded on Friday Night. Very impressive.

I went to Coffee Cabin and got an iced Chai Latte last night (medium) and this morning (large) cause even though I am poor I am totally making up for not being able to give them business these last few months cause Coffee Cabin has the Best Chai Lattes *ever* and if they go out of business I will be very very sad.

Also went to Powers Bluff this afternoon for a picnic with Dad. Mmm, deli chicken and fresh fruit. He was up there talking to a guy who is in the process of writing a book about Wisconsin's historical sites.

So YAY talking to Edith and spending time with Parental Units! However, there is lots of boo for me forgetting my allergy meds and spending most of the last 24 hours sneezing and sniffling.
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It took five years, but college has finally turned me into a girl. At least in the "dressing more like" sense of the word. If blue jeans, figure-fitting turtle-necks, owning and wearing a brown *and* a black leather jacket now and wearing gloves to match counts as "more girly". At least I'm not living in hoodies 24-7 anymore. More like just 12-4. And I just have to say, my new black leather jacket is hella sexy.

That said, I *really* need to start working out. In all honesty I really am eating healthier here than I would be at home, but I am getting *zero* exercise. At least when I was in St. Cloud I was walking the half-mile round trip from my dorm to my classes two or three times a day. Here? The only exercise I get is the 100 yard (give or take) walk from the science building metered parking lot up to the third floor of the science building. I'm back up to 162 weight-wise, and this time it's starting to show. I told Dustin to drag me with him to the UW fitness center once he starts going again, because despite good intentions, I highly doubt I'll ever make it there on my own.
On the plus side, though, climbing up three flights of stairs at least twice and usually more like three or four times daily is giving me some good cardio.

And lastly, still accepting addresses for my Holiday Cards fiasco. If you want one, leave your address in the screened comments of that post, or email them to me at martianmaren@gmail.com - *even* if you gave my your address last year. Once upon a time I had a notebook in which I kept everyone's addresses for holiday cards, buuut I lost it at least two years ago now. So resend your addresses. That way no only to I have an updated address, but I also know who actually *wants* a card from me. So far I only have a list of five addresses; last year I had something like 18. Come on, everyone loves holiday cards! I at least want to break even, cause the fewer unused cards I have lying around, the better. ;)

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