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My hair is doing a weird flip thing... reminds me of Farrah Fawcett hair. Only not so '80s.
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Went to look at three houses yesterday. 
One was totally not what we want (run-down, smells like dog), one I quite like but Andrew's not quite satisfied with (it's older and on the smaller side). And, there's one that we both like, though, I'm not completely sold on it. We're going to check out another house tomorrow and we're hoping it'll be everything we want. 

My parents are taking a trip to Hawai'i this week? next week? They had invited us to join them, but we had just decided to start house shopping and to be responsible with our savings declined. Lame. So, now, we get to take them to and from the airport and watch their dogs for 1/2 their trip. heh. 

Not much else going on I guess.
We're both not eating meat (for the most part). Andrew is less strict, but on-board. And, on a whim, we decided to abstain from alcohol for a month. I thought it would be interesting even slightly challenging, but it's been so easy it's almost boring. We even went to a bar to play pool and just drank water. I wasn't even tempted to get an alcoholic drink. So, I guess it's interesting still, but not in the way I thought it would be.
Other than that, saving money and looking for houses. At first, we were open to a house that needed a little work. And, actually, we're still open to it, but less so. Now we're leaning more and more toward a house that doesn't need an immediate investment. We just want to move into a house and only worry about buying furniture and landscaping plants. ;)

I'm really looking forward to the end of the month... For one thing it's Andrew's birthday! His 30th! birthday! He doesn't really want a party so we're going out to dinner on the actual day and again during the weekend with drinks following (our no alcohol month will be over by then), and I suppose a family get together, too. Time to buy presents! :D
I'm also really looking forward to a couple concerts we're going to. One is Mindless Self Indulgence in Seattle... I'm going to take some time off work so we can stay the night in Seattle and do whatever in town the day after. Yay! Mini-Seattle Trip. If all goes well, we'll couch surf that night which would be extra fun. 
Then, on the 30th, back in Portland, we're going to see Orgy!! I am SO excited for this. I listened to Orgy a ton when I was in High School and still love them. Eeeee!!
*calms down*

So, yeah, some big things on the horizon. 
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Weekend Report:
Friday we stayed up too late drinking whisky. Like we fell asleep with the light on. :-/
Saturday we ate breakfast outside at the picnic table because it was just so nice out! It seems like things are kinda, sorta starting to warm up a bit. 
Then, we hopped in the car and checked out a house that is just down the road from us. We kinda fell in love with it. 
It has a lot of potential... Yes, that means, there is a lot of work to be done. Apparently the house was abandoned. 
We couldn't get inside, but we peeked in all the windows. It's certainly not perfect, but we think it could be pretty great. 
After that, we went out to Andrew's parents' house to drop-off/pick-up a couple things. Then, homeward.

We have no idea what the steps to buying a house are... Like, get loan approval then, find a place? Find a place, then, see about a loan? Etc. But, no matter, we rushed right in with Andrew calling the real estate agent. We have an appointment to check out the inside on Wed. heh. 

Sunday, we went by the house again. The main goal was to see how noisy the road traffic is in the back yard (it's along 99th St.).
It faded the love we felt, but not fully. We really want to check out the inside (to see how much work needs to be done) and decide how much the road noise would bother us or not. We're trying to not get to far ahead of ourselves... but we're bad at it. 

After that, we went to By the Bottle for the chili cook-off. It was fun, but crazy crowded! 
Saw Annie there, but there was really no way to chat. But, we did meet-up w/Jess and Dan. (It was less crowded by the time they arrived) So, we all hung-out a bit while using up our beer sample tickets. Home after that. Did our taxes, started a movie, dreamed about buying a house. 

Talked to Mom, too. She can't make it to the tour Wed. but she said she could come over Thur. to check it out. I'm really curious to see what she thinks of the places and recommends. (She was a real estate agent for basically all my childhood)
So, yeah, exciting stuff! Lots of things to consider... and money to save. 
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Hmm... 99°?
I think I might melt.
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This last Friday (6/6) Andrew proposed to me and we we're getting married!
Here's a picture of me wearing our engagement ring:
The ring:
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Unusual Deaths in 1984

* Tommy cooper collapsed from a massive heart attack in front of millions of television viewers, midway through his act, on the popular itv variety show, live from her majesty's. at first the audience assumed he was joking.
* Jon-erik hexum, an american television actor, died after he shot himself in the head with a prop gun during a break in filming. hexum apparently did not realize that blanks use paper or plastic wadding to seal gun powder into the shell, and that this wadding is propelled out of the barrel of the gun with enough force to cause severe injury or death if the weapon is fired at point-blank range.

Natural disasters in 1984

* Carolinas Tornado Outbreak
* Late November 1984 Nor'easter

People who died on April 28 (various years)

* 2007 - Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, German physicist and philosopher
* 2007 - Tommy Newsom, American bandleader
* 2007 - Dabbs Greer, American actor
* 2005 - Taraki Sivaram, Tamil journalist of Sri Lanka
* 2005 - Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet)
* 2005 - Chris Candido, American wrestler
* 2002 - Lou Thesz, American wrestler
* 2002 - Alexander Lebed, Russian general
* 2000 - Jerzy Einhorn, Polish-Swedish doctor, researcher and politician
* 2000 - Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer
* 1999 - Alf Ramsey, English football manager
* 1999 - Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, Nobel laureate
* 1999 - Rory Calhoun, American actor
* 1998 - Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer
* 1993 - Jim Valvano, American basketball coach
* 1992 - Iceberg Slim, American writer
* 1992 - Francis Bacon, Anglo-Irish painter
* 1991 - Steve Broidy, American motion picture executive
* 1988 - B. W. Stevenson, American country singer
* 1978 - Sardar Mohammed Daoud, President of Afghanistan
* 1975 - Tom Donahue, American FM radio DJ (pioneer, freeform radio)
* 1973 - Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater
* 1970 - Ed Begley, American actor
* 1964 - Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector
* 1954 - Léon Jouhaux, French labor leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
* 1946 - Louis Bachelier, French mathematician
* 1945 - Roberto Farinacci, Italian fascist
* 1945 - Clara Petacci, Italian mistress of Benito Mussolini (shot)
* 1945 - Benito Mussolini, Italian fascist dictator
* 1944 - Frank Knox, U.S. Vice-Presidential candidate
* 1936 - King Fuad I of Egypt
* 1926 - Zip the Pinhead, American freak show performer
* 1905 - Fitzhugh Lee, American Confederate general
* 1865 - Samuel Cunard, Canadian-born British shipping magnate
* 1858 - Johannes Peter Müller, German physiologist
* 1853 - Ludwig Tieck, German writer
* 1841 - Peter Chanel, French saint
* 1816 - Johann Heinrich Abicht, German philosopher
* 1813 - Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov, Russian field marshal
* 1781 - Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress
* 1772 - Johann Friedrich Struensee, physician of Christian VII of Denmark
* 1741 - Magnus Julius De la Gardie, Swedish General and statesman
* 1726 - Thomas Pitt, British Governor of Madras
* 1716 - Louis de Montfort, French catholic priest
* 1710 - Thomas Betterton, English actor
* 1695 - Henry Vaughan, Welsh poet
* 1533 - Nicholas West, English bishop and diplomat
* 1498 - Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, English politician
* 1192 - Conrad of Montferrat (Conrad I), King of Jerusalem (b. mid 1140s)
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Thrill The World!

Visit or for Portland, specifically:

Thrill The World is a worldwide attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Dance to Michael Jackson's “Thriller.”

This is taking place on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Holocene at 3P.
You can learn the dance online with videos or take a three-hour workshop.
There are two workshops this weekend:

  • Saturday, Oct. 20
    2 to 5 p.m.
    Rimsky's Korsakoffee House, 707 SE 12th (cross = alder, one block north of morrison. it's an old victorian, no markings, right next to plaid pantry)
  • Sunday, Oct. 21
    noon to 3 p.m.
    PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson, room 201
Plus, there's going to be one right before the actual event at 11:30A.

Looks like fun... plus later that day it's Portland's Zombie Walk!