July 29, 2004

ok, i have no excuse for not updating this more often, just laziness. especially now that i have access to high speed internet daily.

i am in pittsburgh getting ready for my wedding! it is beautiful up here, the rolling hills and trees remind me of the beautiful state of tennessee. the weather is great, high often in the 70s, in july! and no humidity. i definitely don't miss that about the south.

i saw two concerts last weekend, fountains of wayne and the juliana theory. both were great shows but entirely different. the juliana theory was in a club in downtown, a very high energy environment for an extremely tight band. fortunately they aren't as goofy as they used to be on stage; but their sound is great as always. and it is so fun when the entire crowd sings along to all the songs. fountains of wayne was a free outdoor show and their were thousands of people there. most were not fans, just throwing the frisbee or having a picnic in the grass. but, there were at least a few hundred people into it, and of course all the kids went crazy when they played 'stacy's mom.' being a huge fountains of wayne fan, i was happy with every song they played. they did a great acoustic segment of songs off the new album. overall i would say they played about 20 songs, and close to an equal number off each album.

i have heard lots of new music lately, the best being the new brandtson cd. 'send us a signal' is the best album i have heard this year.

i get to see lovedrug this weekend! that is saturday night, then on sunday i am flying to nashville to spend time with my family. if i haven't seen you yet and you are in the TN area email me so we can get together.

NFL training camp is starting, football is almost here... GO REDSKINS.

(listening to: rose blossom punch- ephemere)

July 10, 2004

i am engaged! i asked JBN to marry me last saturday night, after arriving back in the states the day before. we will be getting married november 27 in pittsburgh, pennsylvania!

apparently people really do read this, so after almost a month i decided it was about time to update it.

the past week of being back in the USA has been fun and very full. jessie and i have been traveling non-stop, spending time in pittsburgh, franklin, and birmingham. my friends erin and john got married last night in alabama and i was able to see and spend time with lots of my friends from college. it was great to be able to catch up with them and introduce me to my fiancee!

it is cool yet surreal to be back in my home country. things like wal-mart and good fast food are overwhelming. i loved my time in zambia and God taught me tons, but it is time to move forward in my life.

i am currently in franklin, but will continue to travel over the next couple weeks. i just got a cell phone, so if you would like the number email me at abparish@hotmail.com.

(listening to: cush- 'live and rare')