It’s been too long, I agree.  Lots has happened for me to report on.

Let’s start with the most exciting thing.  I am engaged.  A few weeks ago, a long time friend got down on his knee and asked me to marry him.  I of course said yes.  I met Jay when I was a freshman at Texas A&M.  He was in his second year of graduate school.  We were casual friends at first, but over the years we became really close friends.  I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with him, but it’s funny how things happen.  He is kind, smart, thoughtful, tall, patient, loving, and perfect.  He is an Aggie (whoop), he finished his PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 2006.  He works for ConocoPhillips as an associate scientist in the R&D department.  He has a good family, whom I’ve gotten to know a little better over the past few weeks.  He chose the most perfect of rings and we are working on all the wedding logistics.  More importantly, we are both looking forward to being married. 

Our wedding will be on the southern shore of Kaua’i, Hawaii on 06-07-08.  We are having a luau to celebrate with everyone at Lake Kiowa in northern Texas on 06-14-08.  We are hoping to have a casual, fun celebration. 

 In light of all that, the other news isn’t as exciting.  I thought I wanted to work as a clinical dietitian in a hospital.  I was wrong.  I’m looking for a position in a long term care facility and hoping I find my niche without any hang ups.  I’m learning lots of things about home repair.  Jay is remodelling his home and I’ve been enlisted to help on things that don’t require power tools.  I can paint, stain, and sand.  Oh, I used a power sander, so I guess I’m allowed to use certain power tools.  This certainly isn’t “my thing,” but I’m learning well.  The next step is the kitchen.  I personally want to take the cabinets out with a sledge hammer (I think it’d be good therapy), but Jay wants them to be intact for another use.  I should add practical to his list of characteristics.

Emmitt is growing up strong.  When we’re out walking, most people say, “that’s a pretty dog.”  One person told me he looked healthy.  He likes to eat and play.  He still plays with his great dane friends next door.  At this very moment he is pouting.  He just got in trouble for chewing on the base board in the living room.  We’ll go for a walk this afternoon and he’ll forget about pouting and remember not to chew on the base board.

 I hope to write about a job that’s good for me soon.  I’ve missed writing to you. 

Deborah, a.k.a. the future Mrs. Jay Locklear