Sunday, February 21, 2010

Alright, ladies and gentlemen. It has been entirely too long since I updated this last. I promise, I think about it a lot, but then by the time I sit down at my laptop at night, the last thing I want to do is be creative and witty. In fact, all I feel like doing is checking my e-mail and going to bed at 9 pm every night (which actually has yet to happen. Ever.)

So in the last 5 weeks, much has happened. Snow and more snow. 100 Year Celebration of UNC Basketball (and a fun night with my best friend!) Semi-formal for Cornerstone. UNC vs Duke basketball (I finally got to go to a Duke game, only for us to lose... it was a great game, at least!) Front-row risers at a UNC basketball game (where we beat NCSU AND i made my ESPN debut). Also, is anyone seeing a pattern? - I spend way too much of my free time at the Dean Dome. Lots of wedding planning has happened. And Bill's birthday! It's tomorrow, actually, but close enough.

I've also been volunteering with an organization called MANO this semester. MANO is a UNC-student-run group that teaches English to adult immigrants in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. I don't actually tutor anyone; rather, I watch the children while their parents are in class, and it has been a great experience. I just love being around kids, and I can tell that spending time with kids completely changes me. It really is rejuvenating, and it's so easy to let go and relax around them. I mean, how you could you not feel better after spending an hour and a half playing memory and coloring and reading your favorite childhood books with a bunch of preschool and elementary school students? One little girl LOVES Shel Silverstein, and it is so fun to act out the poems as we read them together!

On a side note (this post is so ADD, my apologies!) I am watching the Olympics right now, which seems to be the theme of my life. Ice dancing appears to be over for the night, but I turned the TV on just in time to catch an interview with Apolo Anton Ohno about his race last night, where his bronze medal made him the most decorated US Winter Olympics athlete ever. I'm just sad I can't find my shirt with his picture on it - I made it in the 8th grade, when I first fell in love with him :)

So, wedding stuff: Bill and I have been so productive these past few weeks! With lots of help from my mom... I'm proud to say we have booked a photographer and a DJ (both of whom I am very impressed with so far, and the wedding is still more than six months away!) We also picked out the groomsmen's suits yesterday, ordered a wedding cake, and we ordered our invitations today. Add that to the fact that we already have the bridesmaids' dresses, a ceremony and reception location, and my dress has been ordered, and I'd say that we've made a lot of progress! I cannot believe it is approaching so quickly - my life is just flying by. According to TheKnot.com, we have 209 days until our wedding and I know that graduation is only 2.5 months away. Please, time, just slow down a little.

Besides school work (which I won't bother to talk about here... my classes are pretty interesting, but I can only stay awake so long writing!), volunteering, clubs, wedding planning, basketball games, and Olympics-watching, I have also gotten to practice some of my cake decorating skills! A few weeks ago, I was snowed in with my parents, so I made this snowman cake:




I also made a Boba Fett cake for Bill's birthday, but I don't have the pictures on my computer right now... Soon, though, I promise! I'm really proud of that one. In the mean time, in case you don't know who Boba Fett is (he's the bounty hunter who capture Han Solo in the original Star Wars, and he's Bill's favorite character), here's what he looks like:
http://images.wikia.com/starwars/images/5/58/BobaFettMain2.jpg

Well, that's enough updating for one night. I promise it won't be so long until next time! And to entice you to come back, a little preview of my next post: "Sensei: now and then" shots!