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Jun. 28th, 2009 09:16 pm Trip to Hershey Gardens

We went to Hershey Gardens today. It was amazing! We saw roses that were from Kitty's original Rose Garden that she planted in 1908, we found some really awesome bullfrogs that let us take some up close and personal photos, and we ventured into the butterfly house. It was amazing. Afterwards, we ate lunch at Hoolihan's (yummy). As I'm writing this now, I realized that I should have taken pics of the food before we ate it. It was so pretty! Here are some photos from today's outing:

One of the frogs we found




picture of Chris in Kitty's Garden




some pics from the butterfly house








All of the pics that I took are posted on my facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/album.php?page=1&aid=2023529&id=1513803818

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Jun. 19th, 2009 06:43 pm Friends

If there is one person or more on your friends list who makes your world a better place just because they exist, and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the Internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

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Jun. 6th, 2009 10:11 pm Horrible, Horrible, Horrible Customer Service

So, I found the perfect wedding gown, it's paid for and stowed safely @ my parents house. We have the venue for both the reception and the ceremony. We have a date, a color scheme, and a sort of other theme (kind of paper products and wedding favors...it's hard for me to explain). Obviously, we are in full planning gear. I'm still scared that I will turn into a bridezilla, but Chris just says that I'm organized, not demanding anything from anyone, so I'm ok. Anywho, I like getting all the big things done and figured out ahead of time since that leaves more time to figure out the little details and the fun stuff. One of the details that I feel is very important to me is the veil and hairpiece. Chris actually helped me pick out my dress (trust me, he's a great calming device when I start going into one of my self esteem attacks), but he isn't going to see me in it with all of my accessories together until we get married. Plus, this way, my mom and I get to have bonding time. So, getting these pieces have more meaning then just my wedding. Just because I wish for spectacular though, does not mean that I don't have a budget. Don't worry...haven't gone nuts in that respect. When my mom and I went to get my dress, I put it on for her so she could see it plus she could help me narrow down the best type veil. We found 2 that were phenomenal, but I'm not quite ready to pick one of them yet (I really like sales, 10% off just doesn't cut it). The one local wedding store that's sort of close by, about 20 minutes from my mom's, so about 40 minutes away from ours, that was advertising a huge sale. They were toting a storewide clearance event, 75% off. Thinking that maybe I would be able to find something even better then the other ones that I have on my list, I suggested to my mom this morning that we take a run over there to see what they have.

We got there about 1 and walked out 2 minutes later. There was NO ONE in the store, and here is why. When I came in the shop, the owner and a sales associate were sitting behind the counter. The woman asked how she could help me. I told her that I was interested in bridal accessories, especially a veil and possibly other hair accessories as well. The woman asked me where bought my dress. Now, my mom had told me not to tell them that I had already bought a dress because I may get a better deal or at the very least, better customer service. She knew that I was worried because I had read a review going on about the bad customer service and my biggest pet peeve is bad customer service since this is the field that I work in and pride myself on. The woman demanded to know where I purchased a dress and asked me how much I spent on it. Going with the story, I explained how I wanted to look at the veils and how since that was the most important part for me, I wanted to start there. The woman flat out refused. I asked if I could see them and she said absolutely not. Not only were they in a back room, but that they are special veils that are only to be tried on by brides. She said that I would have to get my dress, preferable from her and only then, could I look at the veils that she chose for me. I asked her if she was serious and she said of course, only idiots base a dress off a veil and besides, I don't even know a color for her even to begin with. I told her that I wanted a white veil and she gave me a look, then looked at Alicia and told me no again. My mom at that point said "well why don't we just leave" while I started telling my mom (in a loudish voice) that we at least know now that everything that we read about them online was true about their rudeness and terrible customer service." 5 minutes after we were back in the car, I was starting to tear up, not only how the owner had treated us, but what she had said. My mom had actually bought her wedding dress based off of her veil, which was the same veil that her great-grandmother had worn in the 20's. Plus, I was the one who had suggested that we go in the first place. My mom told me not to worry about it and that their next sale was going to be a going out of business, which should be true, but still...my mom didn't deserve that and I certainly didn't deserve it either.

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May. 27th, 2009 09:46 pm I'M ENGAGED!!!!!!




We also have a website! Please check back frequently. Planning is already happening and I'm going to update it as frequently as possible. Things are moving quicker than we originally anticipated!

http://www.theknot.com/ourwedding/BethCreswell&ChrisMalpass

that is all :)

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Mar. 7th, 2009 10:34 am Not much going on...

I have 2 weeks at the new job under my belt and my first paycheck from there. Things seem to be going pretty well. I passed my first 2 tests this week, and I'm finally getting to know my way around the huge building (its 5 floors and have both an escalator and elevators.) I like the fact that I get to help people as they get older and help them understand how we can help them. It makes me feel like I'm helping to make a difference.

I found out last night how to make one of my favorite drinks, a Black Orchid. So, I decided to play mini-bartender. We now know not to drink more than 1 of my mixed drinks in a session. I even got Chris drunk last night, and with his alcohol tolerance, that is saying something. Now to figure out how to make a good Bloody Mary in case we ever have hang overs in the morning ;)

That's about it for now. I'm going down to Leesburg tomorrow for the last time since my WS discount goes away on 3/15. I also managed to get a birthday present for Chris, even though his birthday isn't for another few weeks. I was going to run to Lancaster today, but I'm debating now if I really want to go and do that. I have a paper to finish writing and I'm not sure if I would be able to get it done and run down to Lancaster and back before Chris gets home from work. Oh, and we got a "Melting Pot" finally in Harrisburg...I'm anxious to try it out. Its a fondue restaurant! Maybe I can convince Chris that we should go eat there soon;)

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Feb. 12th, 2009 02:25 pm I GOT A JOB!!!!!!

I got a job at Coventry! I start the 23rd. I'm going to be making more than I was at Willy S and my benefits are better too! YAY!

In not so fun news, I had a tooth pulled yesterday. I still feel yucky from that, but the job news helps.

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Feb. 6th, 2009 02:14 pm Interview

Ok-so I had part 3 of this multi step interview process. Today's lasted 2 and 1/2 hours. I'll find out either today or Monday if I got the job. I'm hoping that I do. This one has been my best prospect. Its also more money and better health insurance. If I get the job, I would start on the 23rd. Which would give me lots of time to get the last few things taken care of (such as evil tooth) plus I wouldn't have to worry about what to do with Alicia with the upcoming break. She has a 4 day weekend the 13th-16th. I would still get a couple of double pay checks so I can store some extra money away. Wish me luck!

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Feb. 2nd, 2009 09:26 am Bleh

Everyone is sick. Alicia is missing school for the 1st time this year. Chris went to work but he's hoping he can leave early. I have a dr. appt in about an hour and Alicia has one this afternoon. Thank goodness I still have health insurance.

Went through round 2 of the job process for the current hopeful job. They're supposed to call me today for the final round of interviews (3 hours worth). I'm hoping I can get that done with this week and hopefully start working again next week. Its still "grunt" work, but for better benefits and better pay. It would also be Monday through Friday. OT opportunities available as well. They do know that I don't want to be on the bottom forever and have expressed interest in me moving up quickly.

I also found out last week that due to bad dentistry, I have to have a tooth pulled and an implant out in. Fun. That's what I get for going to the cheapy dentist for anything but a tooth cleaning when I had no insurance. Needless to say, I'm not looking forward to it.

Everyone says that turning 30 and 40 are the years where you really feel old. I feel really old this year and I'm only turning 28. And my biological clock has started to tick. Great.

Current Mood: sicksick

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Jan. 24th, 2009 04:26 pm Laid Off Party

What better way to celebrate getting laid off along with 300+ of your co-workers than to throw a party at a local bar? Here are some pics from last night. The party was at Stallions/ Twin Peaks in Harisburg.











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Jan. 20th, 2009 06:52 pm Little Updates

I've been applying for some jobs and been trying to keep myself busy. My parents gave me and Chris tickets to see Sweeney Todd on Sat. It was impressive how the actors both acted and played several instruments. I still can't see Angela Lansbury playing Mrs. Lovetts though.

Sunday, Chris and I went interview outfit shopping. I have a phone interview for a job tomorrow and I have made it past initial phases of 2 other places that I applied to work at.

Alicia has her first loose tooth and is planning a party to celebrate when it finally comes out. The adult tooth has already broken through behind it. It will probably fall out before the end of the week.

That's about it for now...

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