Tuesday, November 20, 2007


So, you’re right. I haven’t posted in like 6 months. And several of you have been very vocal about your disappointment. Lets recap what’s happened in the last 200 days shall we?

1. Erik moved to NC
2. Luke and Cassie got engaged
3. I planned a wedding
4. I officially entered my “late 20’s”
5. Went on funnest beach trip ever with 3 bridesmaids. Possibly the funnest (stop spell checking that word!) 4 days of my life. Here we are playing “America’s Next Top Model” –be afraid of the birds and the amazing shirts Miriam made for us.

6. Miriam turned 23
7. I got married

8. Clemson beat FSU
9. Luke and Cassie got married. Notice the sign. Prophetic don’t you think?

10. I gave my orange bridesmaid’s dress to Goodwill
11. Murray turned 5
12. Spent a lot of time in Chapel Hill
13. We got a bigger fancy patio

4. Miriam’s parents got chickens. The most noteworthy thing on my list. See what happens when you leave your parents unsupervised. They do crazy things like raise chickens.

15. I have TMJ
16. Charlotte has worst draught on record. Here’s my plan to help.

17. I got my hair all cut off
18. Jenny Cartee Pottery featured at the Southern Christmas Show
19. There are no new episodes of The Office left.

Right now I’m just killing time until the 4 day weekend. Life has been pretty busy lately. I’m looking forward to some downtime.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

i can see the future

from my favorite website.

i predict this scene will play out in my living room with erik and murray everytime i go away on business.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

dont blame the wine

"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink I feel shame.Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this wine, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."~ Jack Handy

on a recent business trip to san francisco, my co-workers and i put together our pennies, rented a limo and spent our free day exploring wine country. it was quite possibly the best use of 9 hours and $92. ever.

san fancisco was amazing. like my last visit i was in awe at every turn. the people of san fran are amazingly beautiful and unique. not unlike the cross dresser with a 5 o'clock shadow and short stretch velvet dress that emerged from walgreens with a HUGE stuffed teddy bear. she winked at me like she knew i was waiting in line to pay for the AA batteries my camera would have required to snap her picture.

in the meantime, here are a few pictures from the trip. the full album can be found on my flickr site. click on the badge in the profile box on the right side of the page.

this is from the "hearts" display in union square. a different heart designed by a different artists is featured on each corner.

you can't go to san francisco without riding the trolley. this is a very typical s.f. street.

they have funny signs in california.

i'm not really cool enough to hang out in places with such hip lighting, but it makes for a cool picture. more from "lime" on flickr.

this is wine country.

the best wine in the world. just ask my dad. that $65 bottle of chardonnay reserve goes down like butter.

the fun boys at dutch henry family winery liked us a lot. we told them we were the youngest female doctors in the country, they told they were all named gary and then they let us taste wine straight out of the barrel.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

i'm so glad i found this information now...

and to think, i was about to get married without having read this gem. someone please get me the full text!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

first day of spring

and this is how we celebrate here in Charlotte

sigh. tis the season, for sneezing, sniffing, itchy watery eyes and green and yellow cars. erik thinks that "since he's never had allergies before..." it wont bother him. welcome to the land of the blooming.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

faster than a speeding bullet

Your results:
You are Superman

Wonder Woman
Green Lantern
The Flash
Iron Man
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.

Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz...

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

from the buckle of the bible belt

so i thought things might get back to normal yesterday. finally, dad is able to mostly care for himself (except driving) so i'm at least living at my house now (for the first time in 24 days). the car is back from the doctors, and i got my hair did, about 2 months overdue (i can tell it must have been worse than i thought given the number of "wow, your hair looks so great today" comments i've received today). lovely.

i now measure the cost of EVERYTHING compared to its equivalent wedding cost.
tank of gas=1.5 wedding guest fed
chinese takeout=3 slices of wedding cake
car repair=2.3 chocolate fountains or 1.8 wedding dresses
can of diet coke=2 stamps (enough for 1 invitation)
hair cut and color (read:sanity)=deposit for d.j.
murray's overdue rabies vaccine=1 bridesmaids bouquet

the encouraging news is that if erik and i can continue this slightly above broke college student lifestyle for 4 years, we'll be in excellent financial shape for the rest of our lives. keep your fingers crossed he'll find a job.

yesterday a few nurses came back from lunch (mind you they've probably never left a 12 mile radius of the health department in their entire lives) and commented that "they're back!" excitedly. other veterans dashed out to see the spectacle outside of the grocery store with which we share a parking lot. girl scouts i thought, maybe even those people who stand outside to sell toys so that you can donate them to toys for tots. i shrugged, back to work, after all, i had poor decision makers to reform.

a few hours later as i made my way out to the car and noticed what can only be described as old time southern gospel (click to listen) blaring from speakers outside of bi-lo. i was befuddled. on my way out of the parking lot i drove the long way out to discover a middle aged man and wife (yep, her hair looks just like you'd imagine) singing with a full sound system and asking passers by if they knew jesus. a small crowd had parked their buggies and were enjoying the free concert followed by a brief invitation to join them for wednesday night service and covered dish dinner.

i laughed to myself. only here.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

unfalling from the edge of the earth

before i start, yes, i know the video below is staged. still funny i think. and bravo to the young actress for getting her start on youtube.

sorry i've been m.i.a. for a while. dad had emergency eye surgery a few weeks ago, and i basically gave up life as i know it for a few weeks to care for him. detached retinas are very serious. here's hoping pops is better very soon.

in case you haven't heard (kristinfriend), there is a salmonella outbreak. peanut butter, bad, very bad. working in public health, i get to be at the forefront for serious terrorist threats like this. i'd tell you to google it for more information, but all you'll find is advertisements for lawyers trying to get their 30% off your misfortune. where they there for 30% of the diarrhea? ok. just checking.

in the true spirit of project optimism, here is a short visual lesson, from a new favorite website.

and a short note, erica and joe had their baby, addison mae was born on valentine's day. ready? all together now... "aww".

Sunday, January 21, 2007

if i was pregnant...

this would be the test that i would use. because im a sucker for marketing. in case you havent seen this commercial, pay particular attention around :18 seconds.

pure brilliance.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

same old story of boy meets girl

For those of you who have been under a rock for the past week, guess what? I'm engaged! That's right, its official. Erik asked me to marry him. It was a total surprise. We'd talked marriage for a little while now, but I didn't expect a formal proposal or a ring for many, many months. So where to begin with this whole story...

In 1984 the Esch family, moved from their home in Minnesota to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. There, in middle school, Erik met a boy named Luke Adams who would become his life-long friend. As fate would have it, Luke moved to Charlotte, NC just before his senior year of high school. At his new school, Luke met an uber cool girl named Heather (that’s me). They quickly became very close friends. While no romantic relationship transpired, they kept in close contact while they went to different colleges. All the while, Erik and Luke also kept in touch, visiting each other regularly, it was only a matter of time until Erik and Heather's paths crossed. In early 2001, Erik and his friend Jenny (Ally) Kristofiak came to visit Luke at his first apartment. Of course, Luke invited me to town to show his friends around. Many drunken antics occurred. I observed Erik to be a very nice boy, but nothing particularly earth shaking.

Over the next few years, Luke and I visited Erik several times in Florida. In November, 2004, Luke and I traveled to south Florida for the Clemson/Miami football game. Luke and I stayed with Erik and his family. It wasn't but a few short hours into the trip that I decided that Erik was quite possibly the most adorable and sweet boy I'd ever met. Ludicrous amounts of flirting commenced. Even Luke and Jenny (at this point Kristofiak) noticed that Erik and I were sitting a little close, laughing kinda loud and generally paying a little more than causal attention to each other. Luke commented to me once on the way back to the car after seeing a movie "what? are you guys soul mates or something?" I told Luke I was in love. On the flight home, I told Luke I was going to marry Erik. He laughed and gave me the same "you're crazy" look I've seen many, many times.

The next two years I spent loving Erik from afar. I regularly sent him Christmas cards and stalked him through Luke and Jenny. I refered to him as "my sweet baboo". Word got out of my secret obsession, but Erik was always politely indifferent.

That was until late summer, 2006. Luke changed his cell phone number. One warm summer Friday afternoon, Erik called me to get Luke's new digits. After I finished jumping up and down and squealing with delight, I engaged Erik in a cool and casual conversation and eventually gave him the information for which he originally called. Erik asked if I was on myspace. Of course I was! And many times I already had searched for him. When I got home that night, I diligently searched every feasible combination of his relatively unique name. Finally, I gave in and called him (trying to be coy) and told him I couldn't find him. He gave me his new email address. And POOF! I had a new friend on myspace. Several days of witty-banter back and forth online, gave way to 6 hours a night on the phone. My heart fluttered with each email and text message. We still had no definition of a relationship. My nerves were getting the best of me. I over analyzed every conversation, consulted with Luke and Jenny for hidden meaning and suffered severe sleep deprivation. Until finally, Erik admitted that he didn't know what was going on with "us" but that he looked forward to talking to me everyday. I melted. A few weeks later I got a phone call from Erik asking me to do a favor for him. "Of course! Anything!" I said laying sweaty in my bed after coming back from the gym. He asked if I could come pick him up from the airport. AGHH!!! He flew up to surprise me! (Just 2 short weeks before his already planned trip up to visit Luke for his birthday. The weekend of a family reunion no less. He meant business. We were both head over heals for each other. The whirlwind romance continues. We spend as much time together as possible, since Erik still lives in Florida. Erik plans to move to North Carolina in May of this year.

Erik came to visit over the Christmas holiday. His flight on the night of the 22nd was delayed several hours. The morning of the 23rd we got up early to get ready for Christmas with my mom's family. When we came downstairs, I flipped on the Christmas tree lights and Erik asked "What’s that on your Christmas tree?" I couldn’t see what he was talking about. So he asked again and I was completely oblivious to the beautiful ring sitting right there tucked in a box on a limb right in front of my face. After about the third time I asked him "what?", he pointed at the box. I squealed! He got on one knee. I said yes. He shook like a leaf. It was magic. Then we sat on the couch and watched Saturday morning cartoons while I called family and close friends. My family was ecstatic! We left the next day for Minnesota to visit his family who was also very happy for both of us.

So here we are. Erik and I hope to get married in the fall of 2007 and looking forward to sharing a casual afternoon with the people we love.