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Good Times

I was looking at some pretty old pictures tonight and I’ve got to share this one. This picture is of me and Josh at my house probably about 4 1/2 years ago. This means we had only been dating a year or so. Maybe less.  At first, I thought the glasses I was wearing was the pair I bought during Winterfest to impress Josh.  But on closer speculation realized that I was simply wearing his glasses.  But the fact that I couldn’t tell the difference right away proves I was trying to be like Josh before we were dating.

Josh and Leah

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2 comments February 28, 2007

Not too shabby

The concert was pretty fun.  I really enjoyed being with Emma again after all these years of not hanging out.  I hope to do it again soon.  Her friends were interesting, as well. 

Justin Timberlake put on a good concert.  He has an excellent voice live and he dances incredibly well.  It was very entertaining and I actually enjoyed a lot of his songs.  I might go buy the cd later.  I think it’d be worth having.

There was an extremely drunk woman in front of us who was dressed like a teenager but had the face of a 45-year-old.  She was so trashed that she couldn’t stand up for more than a few minutes at a time without falling into her seat.  She made a few people spill some of their drinks and she kept grabbing me, Ashley, and Emma to mutter meaningless jabber into our faces.  Her dancing was hysterical.  It made the concert extra fun and entertaining.  I got my picture taken with her per Ashley’s request; and when I get a hold of it, I’ll post it here.  It’s pretty good, I must say.

 Good job, Justin.

Add a comment February 28, 2007

Taking the next step

So, after 5 1/2 years of dating, Josh and I have finally decided to take our relationship to the next level.  The way we see it, we’re practically married already in the way we know so much about each other, love each other, share each other’s stuff, know too much of each other’s business.  We might as well share the same space, right?  So, last night, Josh decided to surprise me.  We’ve now taken the next step.

WE’RE GOING “.COM”, BABY!!

Visit “our” website at joshandleah.com to see our photos, learn more about us, and find links to our other special sites, such as our individual blogs and networking sites.  It’s super fun – and it will really come in handy when we get engaged!! 

Add a comment February 28, 2007

Justin Timberlake…right…

Justin Timberlake

No really, it’s true.  I’m going to a Justin Timberlake concert tonight with an old friend and a best friend.  I don’t really know any of his songs, so this will be interesting.  But I have the feeling it will be pretty fun because he’s a good dancer and singer and the show he puts on will probably be really cool.  So I’m actually looking forward to it.  But I’m mostly looking forward to seeing my old friend Emma.  I’ve not seen much of her over the last few years.  I’m happy to be seeing her tonight. 

Add a comment February 27, 2007

So….

I’m starting to get the feeling that says I have too much stuff going on inside my brain.  I think it’s time to dump the bucket again.  Let me just get these crazy thoughts outta here!

 Firstly, Josh came to the school on Friday to play his guitar for the little ones.  They LOVED him.  We did the hokey pokey, the noah song (which the kids did an amazing job learning), and father abraham.  My kids were able to show off a little bit with some songs that they usually do everyday with my boss.  It was a really good time.  I’ve never seen Josh so nervous about performing in front of kids before.  But I guess three, four, and five-year-olds can be pretty intimidating if you’re not around them much.  Anyway, my director and the kids have all made it very clear that he is welcome back anytime.  I hope he’ll take them up on their offer.

Secondly, I went to a fascinating Fancy-Pants party on Friday and it was pretty sweet.  I wasn’t sure how much fun I’d have meeting tons of people all at the same time.  But rather than a brain overload, I had a really good time.  I met some interesting people and had some interesting conversations.  I also ran into some people that I don’t see much but that I never thought would be at my friend’s Fancy-Pants party.  But it was great.  I was happy to share a drawing that one of my preschoolers drew for me.  It was a hit, I do believe.  And it wasn’t anything but a bunch of airplanes!

Thirdly, the Oscars were soooooo boring, I about died.  I’ve never watched them before and I don’t think I ever will again.  It was just so long and it involved so many people and awards that I cared nothing about.  But the time spent with friends was nice.

Fourthly, I’ve heard from so many of my friends from other countries through e-mail and a ton of my American friends through the networking sites (facebook, virb, myspace).  I’ve had a good time catching up with people.  I finally feel at home in the ATL once again.  I’d been hurtin’ for some Cleveland but now I can be content with where I am.  It’s a good feeling.

That’s about all I have to say right now.  I figured I can write whatever I want anyway ’cause no one even reads this stupid blog except, like, Josh.  Thanks, Josh.  I mean, Josh. See?  I’ve learned my manners.

 K, I’m out.

1 comment February 26, 2007

My Sugie

A few years ago, I nannied for two little girls two summers in a row.  The first summer, the family had also hired an au pair to help with the older one so that I could concentrate my energy on the prematurely-born five-month-old.  This au pair from South Africa became one of my very best friends.  The entire summer, we spent hours of the day working together and extra hours after that at my house, eating dinner with my family, taking walks in my neighborhood, and talking in my room (mostly about the kids we watched).    After that summer, I went off to school and, a few months later, she moved to Florida to work for another family.  Soon, she was gone.  She moved back home and then to London, where she has been ever since. 

Her name is Sugen.  And she is one of the most interesting and fun-to-know people I’ve ever met.  I still think about her constantly and we keep in touch.  I have thought about her more as the idea of a wedding is becoming more and more real in my life.  Weddings make you think about the people who are close to you and who have been there for you.  Sugen was one of those very important people in my life and I would love nothing more than to spend my wedding day and the days before it with her and the rest of my close friends. 

Sorry about the cheesy blog, but Sugen has been on my mind and…well, speaking my mind is exactly what I created this blog for.  Sugendrie Muthen, you are so special!

1 comment February 23, 2007

Whoa, did you hear that?!?

This is a post I tried to put up yesterday and it just wouldn’t work.  I’m trying again today. 

All my kids are laying down for nap and it’s deathly silent.  One of my kids just farted.  It was loud and clear.  Strange part?  Nobody laughed.  Except me.  In my brain.

Add a comment February 23, 2007

Police Harassment

This month, I have been awarded two speeding tickets.  And since I refuse to believe I actually deserved them, it has soured my thoughts on policemen recently – at least, the ones who patrol the roads and hand out stinking speeding tickets.  So, when I ran across this forward that my mother sent me a long time ago, I figured I needed to post it.  I don’t usually do this, but I have to let my goofy side out occasionally.  So here it is.  For those of you who like forwards, enjoy.  For those of you who don’t, for gods’ sake, don’t read this:

Police Harassment:Recently, a
California website ran an e-mail forum (a question and
answer exchange) where the topic was “Policing the Community.”

One of the civilian email participants posed the following question:
“I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to
continually harass people and get away with it?”

From the “other side” (the law enforcement side) a cool cop with a
sense of humor replied: “It is not easy. In
California we average one cop
for every 2,000 people. About 60% of those cops are on patrol, where we do
most of the harassing. One-fifth of that 60% are on duty at any given
moment and are available for harassing people. So, one cop is
responsible for harassing about 10,000 residents. When you toss in the
commercial, business and tourist locations that attract people from
other areas, sometimes you have a situation where a single cop is
responsible for harassing 20,000 or more people each day.

A ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds. This gives a cop one second to
harass a person, and three-fourths of a second to eat a donut AND then
find a new person to harass. This is not an easy task. Most cops are
not
up to it, day in and day out. It is just too tiring. What we do is
utilize some tools.

They are as follows:

PHONE: People will call us up and point out things that cause us to
focus on a person for special harassment. “My neighbor is beating his
wife” is a code phrase we use. Then we come out and give special harassment.

Another popular one on a weeknight is, “The kids next door are having a loud
party.”

CARS: We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They
like to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars blasting music, cars with
expired registration stickers and the like. It is lots of fun when you
pick them out of traffic for nothing more obvious than running a red
light. Sometimes you get to really heap the harassment on when you
find they have drugs in the car, are driving drunk, or they have an
outstanding warrant.
RUNNERS: Some people take off running just at the sight of a police
officer. Nothing is quite as satisfying as running after them like a
beagle on the scent of a bunny. When you catch them you can harass
them for hours.

LAWS: When you can think of nothing else to do, there are books that
give ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called “Laws” -Penal,

Vehicle, Health and Safety, Business and Professional Laws, to name
just a few.

They spell out all sorts of things for which you can really mess with
people. After you read the law, you can just drive around for a while
until you find someone violating one of these listed offenses and
harass them. Just last week I saw a guy smash a car window. Well, the law says that
is not allowed. That meant I got permission to harass this guy.

It is a pretty cool system that we have set up, and it works pretty
well. We seem to have a never ending supply of folks to harass. And we
get away with it. Why?

Because the good citizens who pay the tab actually like the fact that
we keep the streets safe for them.

Next time you are in my town, give me a single finger wave.
That will be a signal that you wish for me to take a little closer
look at you, and then maybe I’ll find a reason to harass YOU!

Looking forward to meeting you.

Add a comment February 23, 2007

The Break-Up

I had a little girls’ night with Jeanie Greenwell tonight.  It was so fun to catch up.  We rented a movie called The Break-Up and it was pretty cute.  I got a couple laughs out of it; but mostly I was just thinking that Jennifer Aniston is the hottest woman ever.  She’s not fake-looking or overly made-up.  She’s just hot – plain and simple.  Anyway, whether you see it for the laughs or for Jennifer’s sexy body, it’s a cute chick-flick.

Add a comment February 16, 2007

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day!  Today has been a wonderful one, too.  I gave all of my students and co-workers a chocolate marshmallow heart.  And my students have been absolute angels!  Right now, it’s the beginning of nap and they are being quiet as mice.  I hope it lasts! 

Tonight will probably be like any other night for me because I already celebrated Valentine’s Day with Josh this past Friday.  We went to Emeril’s in Buckhead.  It was SOOOO good and the service was fantastic.  I highly recommend it to anyone looking to spend a few extra bucks for some quality fun.  Make sure to try a mojito while you’re there!

If you want to know more, go here.  In the top right corner, there is something that says “select a restaurant”.  This will direct you to the one in Atlanta.  The very tip of the table where Josh and I sat is in the far right side of the picture on the website!  How exciting!

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