Bethany Getting Married

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My sister got married this past Saturday.  The wedding was lovely.  There were a lot of trendy, Pinterest elements to the wedding, such as a custom Instagram hashtag, a candy buffet, a photobooth, Coke bottle favors, and the lack of a wedding cake.  Beth’s dress was very trendy, as it was not strapless, it had lace appliques on the dress, and it had an open back.  They served Lucille’s BBQ for dinner, and it was delicious.

I nearly had a panic attack when I arrived at the wedding.  I was very anxious about listening to the ceremony, since I knew that “lifelong permanence” would be emphasized.  There were 3 of us at a table for 8, my cousins Chris, Heidi, and me.  That was rather ironic, considering I wasn’t allowed to bring a plus one.  In the end, I stuck close to my cousins, and we had a rather fun time.

Also, my dad looks SUPER handsome.  🙂  He cleans up well!

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Weekend and Other Issues to Resolve

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This weekend was rather quiet and lovely. Old Navy was having a big sale, so I picked up a few basics, and I had a lovely brunch on Saturday at the Corner Bakery. I saw A.C.O.D. on Saturday night, and it was really fun! I enjoyed it! It was nice to see Adam Scott and Amy Poehler in roles antagonistic to each other (since their characters on Parks and Recreation are married).

Sunday was a very lazy day, but I went to Marmalade Cafe at the Grove for brunch. Their blueberry pancakes were scrumptious! I listened to old This American Life podcasts during brunch. Afterwards, I did some window shopping at Anthropologie and Barnes & Noble, but nothing caught my eye. I stopped by World Market and got mulled spices for cider and some lemon curd (which is oh-my-goodness amazing!).

I always seem to do my grocery shopping when I least expect it, and so I rarely bring my reusable bags to Trader Joe’s. I stopped by the one at the Grove last night, and picked up a few essentials, and some not-so-essentials, like Gouda cheese and Hansen’s Diet Creamy Root Beer.

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And now onto the other things to resolve.

Most people know I haven’t been going to church over the past few months. I can count on one hand how many times I have been since Christmas.  It hasn’t been easy to step inside a church, and usually it results in a panic attack.  (Most of this has to do with things Matt’s parents did, which happened pretty recently, and I’m not at liberty to discuss it, or else they will sue me.)  Right now, I don’t really identify as a Christian, more as agnostic. One of my friends has told me that’s not a bad thing. I haven’t rejected Christianity, I’m just questioning it, and there’s nothing wrong with questioning.

Also, I think I need to set the record straight. I don’t have anger issues with my parents. I love my parents very much, and they know this. This doesn’t mean I can’t speak honestly about my childhood experience.  I’m pretty sure my parents never meant for me to be emotionally harmed by their actions, but I don’t have to whitewash what happened in order to make my parents look good.  For the record, they are doing an awesome job with Kim.  

Things relevant to me that I speak out against are:

  1. Modesty Culture
  2. Abusive Spiritual Practices
  3. Non-Positive Parenting Techniques

Things that are not relevant to me that I speak out against are:

  1. Abusive Parenting Techniques – I advocate for positive parenting
  2. Poor Homeschooling Practices – I advocate for more regulations for homeschooling

Another thing. Just because I may post a blog on Facebook regarding horrible homeschooling experiences doesn’t mean that it happened to me. It just means I like what the author says. Also, look for quotes when I post something. If I write a little blurb, but it’s in quotes, I’m quoting from the blog post. They are not my words.

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In conclusion, I hope this clears some stuff up.  But something people should keep in mind is that Facebook is not real life.  Most of my real life does NOT get put on Facebook. 

If you don’t know me off of Facebook, and if you’ve never talked to me in real life, if you’ve never even given me a hug and asked me how I’m doing, you don’t know me.  You don’t get to criticize me and make blanket statements about my life.  You don’t get to tell me what I have to do in order to “move on to a better place in my life.” 

And something I don’t tell my family and friends enough.  I love you.  Thank you for caring about me (and probably praying for me too).  You guys have been awesome, and I really appreciate you all.

Happenings as of Late

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It’s been awhile since I’ve felt up to writing. Things are going mostly ok. I have a steady gentleman caller, and he seems to be very nice so far. Work is dysfunctional as always, and school is fine. I’m enjoying my Urban Studies class very much. 

ImageLately, I’ve been doing a lot of baking. I think it’s mostly because it’s autumn, and therefore PIE season! I’ve made an apple pie, a sweet potato pie, and banana bread over the past couple weeks. I’ve made apple pie in the past, but it was always super runny. The trick for that, I just learned, is to toss your apples in a little bit of cornstarch prior to baking. The cornstarch makes the filling nice and thick.

ImageI did not like my apple pie recipe very much, so I will not post it, but I loved this sweet potato pie recipe. My banana bread recipe was from The Kitchn, and it’s amazing. Best banana bread ever.

ImageA couple weeks ago, I got tea with my old friend Scarlett.

ImageWe went to McKenna’s Tea Cottage in Seal Beach. It was a lovely place, but I don’t really recommend them. I prefer Paris in a Cup in Orange, personally.

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It was very sunny, so I purchased a lovely floppy hat to shade myself.

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I had a turkey leg at Juicy’s to start.  Then we went to look at the exhibits.

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I really want to learn how to make these ruffly cakes!  Love this.

 

 

 

 

 

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This purple dress was gorgeous.

 

 

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Absolutely love this dress.

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Afterwards we looked at the wares for purchase.  There was a booth with many types of massagers, including this facial massager.  When I tried it, it tickled my nose horribly!

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I ended the day with funnel cake, then took the train home.  I highly recommend taking the Metrolink to the LA Fair.  It’s $10 for the whole day, plus your fair ticket is $10, instead of $19.  They have a tram that takes you right from the train to the front gate.  It saves a lot of time and hassle!