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Saturday, January 17th, 2015
8:29 am
Happy Birthday!!!
Happy Birthday to solonia and dealane!!! I hope you both have splendiferous birthdays filled with delightful surprises!
Friday, January 17th, 2014
7:04 pm
Hippo Birdies!
Happiest of Birthdays to solonia and to dealane. I hope you both had the most beautiful day full of wonderful surprises! :)
Monday, July 29th, 2013
7:01 am
On the Topic of Being a Gentleman
I saw a post on Facebook about how a "true" gentleman would never "take seriously" a woman (or "girl" as this poster said) who complained about hangovers all the time. And I completely get what he was "trying" to say: If you don't want to wake up with a hangover, then don't drink to excess. Although I was never a drinker, I know that many college aged adults are. That got me thinking, and I think a true gentleman would hand a young woman some aspirin for her hangover and not make judgement calls on her as a person.

So how would I define a gentleman? I'm not sure but maybe something like this ... A gentleman (or a lady) exhibits chivalrous behavior, not simply as a show or to impress others, but because that is a part of who they are. This means being kind and courteous to anyone, including strangers. They respect people (including themselves). It doesn't mean you are any better than anyone around you although you might hold yourself to a higher standard. It doesn't mean you treat others with disdain if they don't meet the same standard you hold for yourself, and although you are polite and display "good manners," it doesn't mean you are a pushover and should always hold your tongue. A gentleman is judged partly on how he carries himself/behaves but mostly on how he treats others (and not only how he treats his current love interest).

So, what do you think defines a gentleman (or a lady) in everyday life? (not in the sense of nobility or someone who is a person of leisure) and how do you think a "real gentleman" would behave toward a "girl" who complained about yet another hangover?
Thursday, January 17th, 2013
5:10 pm
Happy Birthday!
Happiest of birthdays to solonia and dealane!!!

I hope each of your birthdays is/was fantabulous! :D
Friday, November 30th, 2012
4:37 pm
Happy Birthday, Kazbaby!
Happy Birthday, Kazbaby!

*leaves out little birthday cupcakes*
Thursday, July 5th, 2012
6:23 pm
Various Random Items of Note
* I have seven, very itchy mosquito bites on my left leg, probably from last night's excursion. My left leg must be the tastier leg of the two. There are no bites to be seen on the right leg.

* Despite the mosquito bites, I'm happy I went out last night for a bit. note to self: use bug spray next time!

* We have a bee hive or nest somewhere near the front porch per my uncle. Guess he disturbed the nest because he was stung while mowing the lawn today. I haven't noticed any honey bee hives anywhere. Hopefully this was a random incident, and we don't have yellow jackets or hornets somewhere by the front porch. To be safe, I used the back porch to enter the house after work today.

* Current temperature at 6:00pm is 82 degrees.

* Computer issues at work. Specifically, there is an issue with a vitally necessary program. I can't open it on either computer!!! I couldn't get anything done (no billing, no appointments, no getting together of Monday's records) and spent the day trying to figure out what the heck was going on. I still don't know. As you can probably guess, this is not good. (Boss knows, but I have to tell L. tonight since she'll have to deal with it tomorrow.)

* I have tomorrow off. Normally a day off will spur me to do a happy dance and post a big "Yay!" Part of me wishes I didn't take the day off. There's just too much to do because of the computer issues.
Part of me thinks I'm insane for regretting the day off, even for a moment.

* Missing friends, new and old. It's sometimes sad when we lose touch, isn't it?

* I'm debating whether or not to take a nice walk this evening. I haven't been walking as much as I normally would be at this time of the year. It's been hot, and I was spoiled by having a walking buddy last year (although that was in the spring of last year -- no walking buddies in the summer - lol). This leads to laziness on my part; no motivation to go out for a stroll right now. Plus, the mosquitoes might eat me alive .. and the darned beetles keep dive bombing me! I swear they're kamikaze beetles. Beanie told me they have diving beetles in CT last weekend. One of them dove straight down into her grandma's coffee. Definitely some kamikaze action going on.

* I just googled "kamikaze beetle" and discovered I'm not the only one who has encountered this! lol
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
11:03 pm
Happy Fourth!
I'm trying to imagine all the people on the Esplanade being evacuated due to a storm (complete with lightning) and filing into the tunnels or into Cambridgeside Galleria. Sounds like the Pops concert will start up again after 10:20. What a story they have to tell!

We had a "private" fireworks display, from what seemed like several directions. Watched it for a bit on the front porch. Very cool. We had something similar last year, too, but last year's fireworks display was more dramatic.

I typed too soon. A very "dramatic" series of pops and bangs caused us to rush outside. We just saw an up close and personal fireworks show on the street corner near us!!! Just now. It happened so fast, I didn't react in time to grab my camera, and when I rushed back outside it owas over. My mom was shouting, "That was awesome! Do it again!" afterwards. Then a police car drove up and said to the guy who set off this box of fireworks "pick that up." (My mom spoke to another police officer to drove by. The officer said they're trying to get/stop the people who are setting it up. "No, mam. It's not the town who's doing this," he told her.)

Let's see .. lots happened over the last week.
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Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
2:08 pm
Bookmarks, Growing Alice, Sunshine and Vampires
Earlier today I mailed off some more bookmarks to a loyal, repeat visitor to my etsy shop. I had a blast decorating the envelope. I'm such a geek! lol

It was sunny and hot, but not as hot as the last few days. The breeze was lovely, and strangely at times, I wondered if I should have worn jeans instead of shorts, but then the breeze would stop blowing, the sun would do it's thing, and all doubts in my choice in clothing would vanish! Grabbed an iced coffee and a bagel .. and I'm done for the day! Unless I somehow manage to find myself walking along a waterfront somewhere or through a little seaside town, I don't think I'll be walking for extended periods of time today .. if at all. Nope, today is a crafty day, a day for letters, Sims playing and Dark Shadows episodes.

The woman I'd mailed the bookmarks to sent me a very sweet message a few minutes ago, and it has put me in a very good mood. She said my Growing Alice bookmark is her absolute favorite on the planet, and I'm so happy to hear it. I make things I enjoy making and would enjoy using, and it's always great to hear from someone else who likes my things as much as I do. lol I always feel like doing a little cheer when something sells. Sort of a "yay! someone likes my stuff! so happy to send it off to a good home where it will be cherished and make someone smile!." Of course, after I send a package off, my brain screams, "omg! what if it gets ruined in the mail or they *hate* it? they're going to figure out I don't know what I'm doing! please let it make it there safely! omg!!!", and I end up nervously holding my breath for several days until I hear something. So to get a sweet, thoughtful message like that even before she receives the package makes me a very happy person. Of course my brain will still murmur nervously to me over the next few days; it wouldn't be my brain if it didn't. I can't completely relax until the bookmarks are safely in her hands, but at least I know when they do arrive, the bookmarks will be received with much cheer. :)

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Anyway .. time to watch a good old vampire soap opera!
Sunday, June 17th, 2012
5:08 pm
Happy Father's Day, etc.
Happy Father's Day to all the dads and to the people who are like dads to others! The weather in my area is simply gorgeous, and I hope everyone is having a lovely, relaxing day. :)

Let's see .. what else? ..

* I surpassed my Walk for Hunger fundraising goal. :D

* I've seen a few movies since the summer. Contagion, The Hunger Games, The Artist, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Avengers and Snow White and the Huntsman. I've enjoyed them all to various degrees. Meant to do a little review on some of them, but I was lax. Maybe at some point.

* After all these years I finally made it to the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl. Lots of delicious ice cream for a good cause! I was super excited to have gone. lol My sister estimated I probably consumed over a pound of ice cream. (oops!) But it was yummy! (heehee) One of the new (to me) flavors I tried was Mission Fig from SoCo Creamery. Quite delicious! I couldn't decide whether or not I cared for Ben & Jerry's Blueberry Graham Cracker Frozen Greek Yogurt, but it was an interesting combination, not too sweet; I'd try it again.

* I've discovered I have a higher tolerance for sugar and milk than previously thought. (see my mention of ice cream above) The only side effect I encountered was an odd dream involving googlie eyes, but those who know me well know my (usually vivid and strangely detailed) dreams tend to be full of oddities anyway. ;)

* Currently I'm enjoying a relaxing afternoon watching some old Dark Shadows episodes. Soon I'll have to do laundry and tend to other things, but for now, vampires, ghosts and dramatic acting are enough.
Sunday, April 29th, 2012
4:55 pm
random things for a beautiful day
* Just returned (around 4pm) from a two-part walk. I ended up walking almost five miles (4.95) for the total of the two parts which is okay for today. :) First part of the walk was fairly short because I was overdressed and was still sleepy. I ended up returning home after a half hour or so to change and tie my hair back (before heading out for my walk, part deux). That's what I get for taking a walk after waking up from an hour+ nap without checking the temperature outside first. Second part of the walk was better. I was able to walk at a brisker pace and so ended up re-energizing myself a bit. I definitely feel better after the (two-part) walk, and I'm glad I opted to do that at 1:30 this afternoon instead of taking another nap (which I could have easily done). Walking, especially in the sunshine, always makes me feel better and wakes me up. Hopefully it'll last for the remainder of the afternoon so I can get a few things done, starting with my laundry. ;)

Oh! and I treated myself to some ice cream (mint patty frozen yogurt) drowned in jimmies in one of those big waffle cones. Mmm, yum! Before anyone mentions the calories I just packed on by eating the ice cream after all that walking, I'm going to say I am fully aware and just don't care. The point of my walk was mostly to wake me up and hopefully make me feel better. Mission accomplished. Mint Patty rewarded. I am happy.

* Let's see .. I'm on Pinterest (ctegan72) if you want to follow me. :)
http://pinterest.com/ctegan72/

* My niece loves Karmin, and I have to admit, so do I. Definitely fun to listen to, and I like their videos, too.

* Walk for Hunger in one week. I need sunshine to get through it this year! Send me some sunshine! :)

* nothing new in writing, filmmaking, reading, etc. Still have to review two books! Saw Hunger Games in March and liked it. I also got to see The Artist last weekend; I highly recommend it.

* I'm thinking of hosting a Passengers of 7D viewing party since I have the DVD. Will let you know if/when I decide to do that.

* and now, it's time to do laundry! (oh, how exciting! /end sarcasm *g*) and then write some letters! (yay! I love letters!)
Friday, April 27th, 2012
11:25 pm
I'm reading up on serotonin (too much, too little) and am finding it very interesting. I thought I'd share this little article with all of you.

http://www.healthypeople.com/serotonin_junkie.htm

Fascinating stuff, I think.

Also fascinating is The Eastern U.S. "Warming Hole" of the Late 20th Century. (not in any form related to the topic of serotonin)
Monday, April 23rd, 2012
11:54 am
Walk for Hunger in 13 Days!
In 13 days (Sunday, May 6) I'll be once again participating in Project Bread's Walk for Hunger. This will be my 21st Walk, and as you can probably guess, it's something I look forward to every year.
The money that I raise by walking the full 20-mile route supports more than 450 emergency food programs in 129 communities in Massachusetts. Every dollar counts for the children, elderly, and disabled individuals who do not have enough food to get through the week.

* $20 provides 40 people at a soup kitchen with a bowl of hot soup and a sandwich.
* $50 provides 100 people at an emergency food program with a bowl of hot soup & a sandwich.
* $100 provides a week's supply of groceries for five families.
* $500 allows a community health center to provide immediate food assistance to 25 hungry families.
* $1000 permits a food pantry to give a week's supply of groceries to 50 families in need.

I've committed to raising $500 for Project Bread, and I hope you will be able to help me reach my goal by making a donation. Visit my Walk Page to learn more. From there, you can donate to me, or sign up to Walk! Thank you very much for your support. http://projectbread.org/goto/ctegan
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
1:47 pm
Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday to irvinstafford! I hope it's a good one. :)
Friday, March 30th, 2012
10:16 pm
just a collection of odds and edds
Not sure which is worse. Limbo or an oubliette? Or maybe being dropped into an oubliette and being left there in a state of limbo?

I just got a request for a large order of these: http://www.etsy.com/listing/67516099/queen-of-hearts-fair-warning-bookmark
I have to check my inventory and supplies to see if I can do that in the time frame requested. (go, me!)

Had a great day walking around in Salem, Chinatown, Downtown Crossing and Quincy Market today. Picked up some postcards for PostCrossing. Ate some really good fish & chips at The Salty Dog. Had a raspberry iced tea from Dunkin Donuts! (This was the first time I'd ever seen flavored iced tea at DD!) All in all a really good day.

And .. my neck feels worse than it did this morning. Maybe I can put some heat on it, but if that doesn't work, you might find me at Toby Keith's tomorrow night unable to turn my head from left to right. Try not to laugh too hard.
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
1:08 pm
Passengers of 7D at the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival
I'm happy to announce Passengers of 7D has been selected for the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival (March 29-31, 2012)! You can visit the site here: http://brooklyngirlfilmfest.com/

Check out the P7D trailer: http://sharifawilliams.com/p7d/

If anyone does stop in at the festival, I'd love to hear what you think! Passengers of 7D screens on Thursday, March 29.
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
9:49 pm
Leap Day William
Today's 30 Rock episode was all about the imaginary Leap Day William and the world of 30 Rock's strange Leap Day traditions. I wondered if there were any real traditions associated with Feb. 29 (aka "Leap Day") so I did a little research (very little since I was only mildly curious). Apparently, tradition has it Leap Day was the one day every four years when it was acceptable for a woman to propose marriage to a man. The most interesting part to me was the fact that, according to most of the sites I looked at online, the man would have to pay a penalty (gloves, a dress, a kiss, whatever) for saying "no" to this once-every-four-years opportunity. That's the legend surrounding the tradition of "ladies' privilege" anyway. Of course, the modern world places no such restriction on marriage proposals, but I'm thinkin' maybe the legendary bachelor penalty should still apply. Except we should update it for 2012 .. you know, for the iPad generation. (hee!)

Leap Day Trivia!:
Once Every 1461 days! Leap Day Traditions - No Man is Safe!
Leap Day Traditions
Leap Year/Leap Day - History, Traditions, and Folklore
ThisDay Trivia February 29
Sunday, February 5th, 2012
8:26 pm
Meme from Kazbaby and Kernezelda
I'm running a test to see who's reading my posts. So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don't just post a word and not copy - that's not as much fun!
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
8:07 am
Happy Birthday to solonia and dealane! :)
Friday, January 13th, 2012
12:09 pm
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday, rock_biologist! and to the other Cappies on LJ! :D
Sunday, January 8th, 2012
10:01 am
A Not So Super Fun Birthday Weekend?
This year I was thinking of having a super fun birthday weekend sort of like the birthday weekend I had a few years back. Maybe having a series of birthday weekends .. you know, like a whole birthmonth. After all, unlike my unbirthday, this "special" day happens only once a year! And a birthday weekend means I get to celebrate it with solonia and other Cappies. A birthmonth means the fun never ends! *bg*

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