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talked with Hannah!!!

I got to talk to shioneh!!! I went over to alariya's old house and we (alariya and I) used my phone card and Alariya's land line to call her. After about 15 minutes of trying all different ways of dialing to Belgium, we called up aubkabob and got her to contact shioneh online (thanks Aubrey!) and double-check the number, which was typo'd! (This after I had talked to some guy who didn't speak English, heh, and listened to some Dutch recording lady) So we finally got the number right and after a few more failed tries, got the right combinations of codes and GOT THROUGH! We talked for about an hour, trading the phone back and forth.

It was so much fun!!! I looooove Hannah's accent! So cute! I was grinning so widely the whole time, just filled with delight at auditorily meeting her for the first time. ;-) I adore you Hannah! And she said that her mom said that she'd love to have me come stay. I said, "For two weeks?" and Hannah said yes, and I said "and she's okay with me eating all of your food?" she said yes, and told me that she'd even let me have her cat, and I could use the internet (ah, she knows me well!) -- "We'll treat you like a queen!" she said. She even promised to sing for me!!! If you could see me right now, I'm grinning so much just thinking about it. I'm so happy that she wants me to come visit. And she promised me Belgian coffee.

She said, "You belong in Belgium -- your name is Bel! Bel -- Belgium! It's meant to be!" :-D

So Ben and I have been seriously talking about this -- he's been telling me lately that we need to get our credit started (I abhor credit cards and we have never used one) by buying something and then slowly paying it off for a year. And March is the cheapest time to fly to Europe, cheaper by several hundred than most other months, so we'd actually be saving... and if we used the credit card for that one purchase and then destroyed the card, we wouldn't be tempted to use it for frivolous things or to pull us over rough spots. And in between now and then I could save money for spending on fun stuff while I'm there... Ben is reluctant to let me go for two whole weeks (we haven't been apart for more than 2 days since we got married) but he's willing! He says he wants me to get to visit Hannah.

So all that's left is to see if I can get two weeks off from work (which I know Polly will do if she possibly can) and make sure God approves... and then I'll actually be planning on going to BELGIUM!!! I've never been out of the US, never been so far away from home... I'm amazed at my own daring. This is a huge committment and a huge sacrifice -- and it's so so worth it. I'm trying to contain myself, because we won't know that it's going to happen until the tickets are bought, but... it's hard to be calm! *squeal!*

Also! Her accent reminded me so much of Adrienne (South African lead singer of my favorite band, The Benjamin Gate), and when I told her so she said she would have to look them up. ;-D I love people who take interest in things just because I'm interested in them. ♥

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acid_burns ══╣╠══
wooo :) I hope you get to travel, it's fun.
belenen ══╣caffeinated╠══
me too me too! I'm a gypsy at heart and ADORE traveling, I just don't have the money usually.
karmia ══╣╠══
From what I've heard, the best way to build credit actually is to pay of your card in full every month, not to have a debt that you pay back slowly. The latter will get you some nasty interest, which hurts you in the long run. The former creates your actual credit history, but keeps you from showing any debt or racking up of expenses that you can't afford.
darkpool ══╣╠══
I've heard both that it's good to pay it all off and that's it good to buy something big and pay it off slowly. I think perhaps the underlying message is that paying the minimum balance is bad. Although the credit card company says pay in full each month for good credit.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
Yeah, that's what I thought too -- but Ben talked to a professional about it and he said that a large purchase paid off over the period of a year builds credit better than paying it off every month -- something about having to pay the interest in order to build the credit? Ben was the one who actually talked to him, so I'm not sure what the reasoning was. Also, if we just make one purchase and destroy the card, we won't be tempted to use it for frivolous things, which we would be if we used it every month.
jedibubbles ══╣╠══
I'm trying really hard to be happy for you instead of full-blown envious.
belenen ══╣amused╠══
hee! ;-)
abstractfish ══╣╠══
you should come up to canada! greatest country in the world!
belenen ══╣mysterious╠══
I'd like to visit Canada one day -- so far I've loved everyone I've met who hails from there.
ex_whatsarah880 ══╣╠══
starting your credit...and going to belguim.

that sounds beyond awesome.
belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wheeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!
baka_shampoo ══╣╠══
haha, but if you look up what other people are interested in then you realize, hey that's so spiffy and cool and I like it. LOL.
^_^' I don't know..
as for that, yeah! Go outside the U.S go for adventure! be daring!

right Oo'
belenen ══╣amused╠══
I love your comments. You're always so encouraging! :-D
backdrifter_ ══╣╠══
ah credit cards.
Only have to wait until Monday until I can apply for one as I turn 18!
Which I didn't want to do, but my mom says it's the only way I'm going to get enough money together for spending purposes in Kenya this Xmas. I guess she's right actually, and it's always good to have one as a back up in case my debit card won't work or I get lost or something.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
Just be sure to stop using it after the trip! Debt is a horrible thing.
shioneh ══╣wonder╠══
oh beeeeeeeeel! I love those icons so much :):):) thankyou! my favourite one is 'wonder', i really think that word fits the photo so well and I also wanted to point out that the picture of sophie dahl you used is my favourite curvy picture ever *loves you*

And I enjoyed talking to you so much too :) I felt you were really easy to talk to and I know we will not stop talking if when we meet!

I so so so so hope you manage to get two weeks off work! *crosses fingers and wishes extra hard* I appreciate so much how much trouble and energy you are putting towards coming to visit me! And how hard it will be for you to be apart from Ben.. *feels loved that you would do that for me* I will shower you with coffee and belgian love like you deserve :) chocolates and affels brussels side streets <3<3 yay. aaah, I am excited like a little child :)

The only sad thing is that I was mistaken about my holiday, it begins in april not march *cries* we will work something out! I can probably meet you for lunch on most days that I have school and I have half days on wednersday.. we'll see.

*goes off to continue writing to you*
shioneh ══╣wonder╠══
waffels and brussels side streets* heh, excitment getting the best of me ;)
belenen ══╣amused╠══
I'm so so sos ososososossoo delLIGHTed that you love them!!! and that you're excited about me maybe coming! I've been talking about the possible visit like crazy too, to pretty much anyone who will listen.

It took me a good while to get the waffles mention -- at first I thought you just liked them, and then someone mentioned 'belgian waffles' and I laughed and realized what you meant!!!

I got permission for sometime in march OR april, so tell me when your break is, girl!!! Sosososossososossososo delightedhappyexcited I am. I lovelovelove you!!!
paradigm_shift ══╣╠══
Credit cards are evil....just dont get pulled into their evil clutches!

That is so exciting that you may be going to Belgium! I have always wanted to go abroad, perhaps France or Germany- I have relatives over there.
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
We will do our best not to! We're setting up safeguards ahead of time.
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belenen ══╣amused╠══
thank you! and yes she is a movie star. ;-)
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