Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Interesting Conversation

So, yesterday at work, I was carrying a box to be mailed out. You see, since Rich dropped me off, I was taking it the post office after work, so I brought it in so I would drop it off.

My assistant reads the box:

"TLC Doll Hospital? What is that?"

"Well...I am sending my dolls in to get their eye swapped out."

"Why are you doing that?"

"Well, my doll needs green eyes, not blue, so I am sending them both in this box to the doll hospital."

(She inspects the box a little further) "It looks awfully small to have two dolls fit in there."

"There aren't two dolls in there, just two doll heads."

(She spits out her soda/water from laughing so hard.) "So, you are telling me, that in that box there are two doll heads?"


"But what happens when they go through the x-ray machine? Isn't the post office going to be concerned about a box with two heads in it?"

"I don't think so, because people have done it before."

"Okay, so WHY are you doing this again?"

"I told you. I am making a Pam Beesley doll, you know from the show The Office."

"I understand that part."

"Well, first I need to defreckle her."

"Defreckle her?"

"Yes. I removed her freckles."

"Okay, how?"

"Nail polish remover."

"So, lets get this straight. You had the doll. You bought nail polisher remover and q-tips and you sat in your house, defreckling her?"

"Uh huh."

"And then what?"

"Well then I realized Pam has hazel eyes, not blue..."

"So that is when you decided to swap eyes?"

"You got it. And that is why the doll heads are in the box right now."

She just shook her head.


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Wizard of Oz

Just watching the end of one of the great movies-I am a sucker for musical movies. 

A quote worth thinking about:

"Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable."

Just some food for thought.


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

101 Things that Make Me Happy

Well, I figured that it was about time for another "happy list." Its funny, I talk to so many people, and they always say I am happy person. I am. I try to find happiness in little, unexpected things. So, here is another of my world famous lists.

100 Things That Make Me Happy

1. Rich
2. My family.
3. My cats, except at 5am but that is another story!
4. All types of animals.
5. Good dreams.
6. Chocolate Chip Pancakes.
7. Grilled cheese and tomato soup.
8. Butterflies.
9. Warm towels from the drier.
10. Chocolate.
11. Kids.
12. Care Bears.
13. Silly kidsongs.
14. New Socks.
15. Schlumpy clothes.
16. A handwritten letter.
17. Lobster.
18. A deliciously good book.
19. An old abused favorite book.
20. Coffee.
21. Cheesesteaks (even though I don't eat them often.)
22. Beauty and the Beast.
23. Presents.
24. Holiday Cards.
25. Birthday Cards.
26. Rich saying "I love you."
27. Giving presents.
28. The holiday season.
29. Writing.
30. Friends that care.
31. A good cry.
32. Good friends.
33. An A on a paper or test.
34. Snuggling.
35. Movies.
36. Movie theater popcorn with M&M's.
37. Smiles.
38. Laughs.
39.Helping people out.
40. Knowing that people trust you enough to talk to you about their problems.
41. Sleeping late.
42. Sunrises.
43. Sunsets.
44. Beautiful Gardens.
45. Swinging on the swings.
46. Happy people.
47. Musicals.
48. The beach.
49. Snow.
50. The sun.
51. Catching snowflakes on my tongue.
52. Kisses.
53. A day off from school or work for no reason. (i.e. snowday)
54. S'mores
55. Hot Chocolate.
56. Sitting by the fireplace, with a fire going.
57. Watching my favorite movie for the zillionth time.
58. Winning something unexpected on ebay.
59. Making someone's day.
60. Good conversations.
61. Barnes and Noble.
62. When Rich and I have the same day off of work.
63. My cousins, especially Beth.
64. Lazy, summer days
65. The movie 10 Things I Hate About You.
66. New stationary.
67. Frogs.
68. Fireflies.
69. "The Office" tv show.
70. My dolls.
71. Baking cookies for my friends and family.
72. Ice-skating.
73. Different Quotes.
74. Thoughtful gifts.
75. Chocolate Covered Gummy Bears.
76. Children giggling.
77. Working air conditioning..
78. Target.
79. Starry Skies.
80. My Sketchers (just had to throw that in there..the people that know me know why.)
81. Mr. Bear.
82. Jigsaw Puzzles.
83. Feel good books and movies.
84. Vanilla ice cream from Dairy Queen.
85. A good night's sleep.
86. Coffee from Dunkin' Donuts.
87. Warm baths.
88. Memories.
89. My house.
90. Swimming at the pool.
91. Happy Music.
92. The ice-cream man song.
93. Beautiful photographs.
94. The UPS guy (because I know it is something for me!)
95. Getting ready for work in the morning while watching Saved by the Bell.
96. Thunderstorms.
97. Going for walks.
98. Zoos.
99. Seeing friends/family that I don't get to see as often as I like.
100. Weddings.
101. The Seaponies' song from My Little Pony.
What can I say? I'm a person of simple, happy pleasures.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Thought Walks

I don't know if anyone actually does this besides me. But the best way to clear my head is either by writing or taking what I call a "thought walk."-actually, Beth coined that term when something happened that I walked about 3 miles in Manhattan. After I told her that I walked that far, because of something she said to me, she felt very guilty. 

I told her don't be-I know you felt better after you telling me, and well...I just like to take walks to sort things out. Since that day, I always go for walks when something is bothering me or on my mind. Unfortunately, NJ isn't as a nice place to take these walks as Manhattan-it gets kinda boring. It started to drizzle as well-so my walk was cut short.

And I never solve anything on the walk. I know I can't fix the problems of the world. Or even my friends. I understand, acknowledge and accept that-even if I don't like it. But I do think of ways to fix things for them. Or atleast cheer them up-and sometimes on my walks, I get ideas on how to.

Well, my friend and I decided the other day that cookies fix just about everything. And it is true. They do. It may be the Jewishness in me or what; but cookies are the end all, be all to all the problems in the world. It might not necessarily be the cookies per say, but the fact that someone cared enough about you to bake them, package them and ship them to you. Who knows?

So on this walk I was thinking about cookies and replaying an earlier phone conversation in my head, when I was thinking wouldn't it be nice if there is someone to protect the people I care and love so that they wouldn't get hurt. I know it is not possible. But I wish I could just put them in a hurt proof bubble. 



Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Good People

Insomnia rears its ugly head again. I actually did manage to fall asleep for a few minutes, but now I am wide awake.

As you know, for the most part in this journal, the public ones at least, I never put names. I don't think it is fair. So, I am more cryptic than anything, which is good.

But someone said something interesting to me today, and it got me reflecting. It was two statements: People are mostly good or people are mostly cruel/bad/substitute your own adjective.

Its funny-some may call me naive or innocent, and that may be true. Trust me, I have heard it enough. But I really do think people are good inside. Bear with me. For the most part, I have a good sense of people-and I do like to surrond myself by people that are good. And for the most part, everyone I know is a good person. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't have put up with them. So, out of all the people that I know, the only good people out there? I doubt it. But I do know a lot of people.

I think others want to be good and kind, but sometimes forget how to. Or things have happened to them so much, that they just don't know themselves anymore. For the most part, everyone deserves a chance. Maybe I'm just too optimistic for my own good, but I would just hate to think that people aren't kind. I don't think I could handle it. Maybe I'm just really, really lucky. And along the way in my life, just managed to meet and befriend really good people, kind people. Friends and family that I know if I need someone I can call any minute of the day. People I trust completely.

Everyone needs to have someone like that. Someone that will help them no matter what.


One of my favorite quotes, which I am sure I am butchering again; is from the movie Pollyanna.

"If you look for the bad in mankind, expecting to find it, you surely will."

I try to look for the good.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Quote

So the other day, I referenced the book Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; I believe it was in Part III: Thoughts on Madison Avenue. Well, I was flipping through my copy today-my well, worn copy that is, and I found the exact quote. 

For those that know this series-It is one of my favorites, although I am partial to the character of Bee. Even though, she is probably out of all the main four characters, the LEAST like me; but I think that makes me love her character even more. 

Anyway, in the second book; the actual quote is:
"She chewed and nodded, nodded and chewed. It was a good thing she'd been born with her friends, Tibby realized, because she was terrible at making them."

Just wanted to add the correct quote in there.