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Tuesday. 12.12.06 4:55 pm
Really bored(and hungry), nothing to say so here are two quizzes:

The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to those who are unbridled, untrammeled, and free.

In love, you feel the most alive when things are straight-forward, and you're told that you're loved.

You'd like to your lover to think you are stylish and alluring.

You would be forced to break up with someone who was ruthless, cold-blooded, and sarcastic.

Your ideal relationship is lasting. You want a relationship that looks to the future... one you can grow with.

Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.

You think of marriage as something precious. You'll treasure marriage and treat it as sacred.

In this moment, you think of love as something you thirst for. You'll do anything for love, but you won't fall for it easily.

You Are a Mermaid

You are a total daydreamer, and people tend to think you're flakier than you actually are.

While your head is often in the clouds, you'll always come back to earth to help someone in need.

Beyond being a caring person, you are also very intelligent and rational.

You understand the connections of the universe better than almost anyone else.

Don't forget to check out my previous entry. It's Heart-warming. ♥

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Warms your heart...
Tuesday. 12.12.06 12:04 pm
Santa Letters Flood Alaskan Town

Found this on OurOddWorld.com

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - It's a name that needs no address. Everyone knows Santa Claus lives at the North Pole. So letters sent to the roly-poly icon find their way to the small town of North Pole deep in Alaska's interior, including those simply addressed to Santa. Last year, 120,000 letters arrived from 26 countries, not counting the thousands with no return address.

Those that do have return addresses usually get a reply and a North Pole postmark in a holiday effort that has delighted children all over the world for decades.

Letters trickle in year-round in the community of 1,600, where light poles are curved and striped like candy canes and streets have names such as Santa Claus Lane and Kris Kringle Drive. Around Thanksgiving, they start pouring in by the thousands each day as Christmas approaches. Even stampless letters get through, a rare exception for the U.S. Postal Service.

"This is special because it has Santa's name on it," said Debra Cornelius, a supervisor at the main post office in nearby Fairbanks, where the letters are processed during the holiday rush.

"It's what makes Christmas magic for children," Cornelius said. "Why not make that available for them?"

Gabby Gaborik is among several dozen volunteers who believe in the Santa cause, opening crates full of letters, as many as 12,000 a day come crunch time. With 6,000 now arriving daily, volunteers are hustling to send off preprinted replies to children who sent return addresses.

"We try to keep the big guy mystical, so we sign off as Santa's elves and helpers," Gaborik said.

In his 10 years as an elf, Gaborik has seen every kind of request. There are the children who want the latest toys and gizmos they see on TV. There are the children who ask for miracles, orphans wanting their mother back for Christmas or a father back from Iraq, even though he died there. Many letter writers point out how good they've been. Some enclose a dollar bill to cover postage.

Gaborik still marvels at a missive that arrived three years with a Michigan postmark and no postage stamp. It was addressed to Santa Claus and had no return address. Inside was a thousand-dollar money order and an anonymous note that said: "If you are who you say you are, you'll put this to good use."

Volunteers bought postage stamps for the effort.

"I believe Santa Claus has qualities that represent the good in everybody, and people reach out to that," Gaborik said. "Santa Claus represents their validation as a good person, when everything today is so quick, so hard, so bang, bang, bang."

He fished a random letter out of a pile. This one ran the gamut. The writer, Ashley, wants only one thing, an iPod Nano, but then asks: "What list am I on, the naughty or nice list? If I'm on the naughty, what could I do to get of (sic)?" Then comes the hook: "And how many cookies do you think you can eat on Christmas night?"

No matter how cookies in the lure, Santa and his helpers never make any promises in writing.

Ideally, parents and other adults write their own Santa replies, put them in a stamped, self-addressed envelope and tuck them into a larger envelope addressed to the Fairbanks post office.

Either way, replies get a North Pole postal cancellation mark, complete with a half-moon drawing of Santa's face. The Fairbanks post office also stamps the postmark on thousands of Christmas cards and packages diverted through Alaska from outside the state each year.

Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks also runs a Santa letter project. Santa's Mailbag was started in 1954 by base weather forecasters.

Last year, more than 4,000 letters were received and followed up with replies from base volunteers. Many of the letters came from children of military families stationed in the lower 48 states and abroad, but civilian children also are welcome to write, said Staff Sgt. Melody Goode.

Even late letters get a reply, Goode said.

"It says something like 'Thanks for writing. Santa's been real busy,' anything the kiddies might want to hear," she said.

Plugs: randomjunk, LostSoul13, changbang, lazypuppy, elessar257

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Food for thought...
Monday. 12.11.06 11:04 pm
Apparently, I am very un-interesting. How shall I come about the skills to be more...

alluring, amusing, arresting, captivating, compelling, enchanting, enthralling, fascinating, gripping, intriguing, magnetic, pleasing, prepossessing, riveting, striking, thought-provoking?

Any suggestions?

Plugs: elessar257, lazypuppy, Kirei, ryan444123, randomjunk, JMC, LostSoul13, Katrina

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Big Shots...
Monday. 12.11.06 12:06 pm
Hmm...Secret Santa. That's what we're doing next Sunday. Shuffle, shuffle in the paperbag and of all the people to choose from I get a Big Shot. First thought in my head:

What the heck am I gonna get her?!

Well, I googled Secret Santa under $5 (cuz that's the limit) and found Budget 101. Now I'm happy to say I have a present~~!

I am going to get her...
a teddy bear. No, no, don't open your mouth yet, with it comes a little note:

What I Learned about Life from my Teddy Bear
· Hugs are even better than chocolate.
· There's no such thing as too many kisses.
· One good cuddle can change a grumpy day.
· Love is supposed to wear out your fur a little.
· It's okay to let your inside stuffing show now and then.
· Listening is as important as talking.
· Someone's got to keep their eyes open all the time.
· It never too late to have a happy childhood.
· Everyone needs someone to hold onto.
· There's no friend like an old friend!

And...a mug. No, no, it's not finished yet. Inside the mug is going to be a brownie mix with m&m's and pecans plus instructions. All she needs to do for a pick-me-up is add water and microwave for 1 minute.

So? Waddya think?

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Seeing Red...
Sunday. 12.10.06 11:53 pm
Hehe, I totally mislead you with my title...*wicked chuckle*
Ah, today was...uneventful. Nonetheless, I shall begin to bore you with today's little happenings.

I taught, they learned: We played Hangman with Christmas as the subject. There were three teams--the first: No.1, the second: Super, and the third(ours): Stars.
Put them together and what do you get?

Our team did not win. I've noticed that my participants/students are a bit behind the others...

See, since there are three teams, two teams have to take turns guessing. We did Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who'd go first. I was the representative for our team. ;) And I won every time. Well, until the last two rounds cuz they got sick of me. XD Besides, my team would guess first and guess wrong...

I sat and listened: to my mother and her friend gossip. We were sitting in the far corner of a neighborhood bakery(Chinese) getting to one of the chefs to cater an event. The orders finished and they launched into a discussion about a mutual friend and so on...

Afterwards, my mother and I went CHAIR-SHOPPING! There's this store I saw on my way over to the bakery from YMCA--where my classes are held. It's called theChairFactory and I had high hopes of what we'd find there. However...she lingered here and there, it was closed by the time we got there. Though I have to say, the lingering wasn't more than 10-15 min and it was barely six in the evening. 0.o

Hehe, we had decided on a bright red sofa and it'll be delivered this week! (*^.^*)
She had also ordered two red barstools. I didn't think it'd be the best idea since we already had a red sofa--it's really BRIGHT RED--and I hadn't seen the stools she picked. But after I saw them at another store, I changed my mind. (*-*)

Good night! Mrreow-bye! (=^w^=)

Plugs: lazypuppy, ikimashokie, kkama67, The-Muffin-Man, frostbitten

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Saturday. 12.9.06 10:58 pm
Open House is next week! >.< Eek! Gaack!

The order is...
1. Peking Opera--Spears
6. Tai dance (yes, the one with the 'pancake hat')
8. Handkerchief dance
10. Xin Jiang/Uygur dance

I'm not really worried since we've been learning for a few months already.

Well, Spears is bugging me a bit. We usually learn in Studio B and the 'performance' is held in Studio C which is much bigger than the former. We practised in Studio C today for about 10-15 min. and boy, was the floor slippery!

'We' means another girl, CZ, and I.

It was hard to spin...there's a part of the routine where we take turns attacking each other. I have to go easier/slower on her cuz she can't find her footing easily and the slippery-ness of the bigger studio is not helping. But when it's my turn? Yeesh, fa-ast spinning. I would be dizzy if the routine ended there, but it doesn't. =P And we have to spread out more and I start sliding in my haste. Though not enough to go joy riding WEEEE! XD

Handkerchief is a pain as well because our teacher kept changing the beginning for the last few weeks or so. I haven't forgot the latest changes yet, but it's so annoying. *rolls eyeballs* But I really like this dance so I hope it goes well! =]

Update on my other performances...
Friday 12/22/06
6pm-8pm AAARI's Holiday Party

We'll do Tai dance(again) and Spears. First time with Spears outside of the school! Ahh! Hope we don't mess up and poke each other's eyes out...>.> Or smash any tables...

Plugs: frostbitten, LostSoul13, randomjunk, Nuttz

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Huffin' in Puffin'
Saturday. 12.9.06 11:13 am
mood: annoyed
listening to: my huffin' 'n puffin'
watching: you-know-who from the corner of my eye...glaring more than watching

I was going to wait for her to leave this morning to turn on my lappie like I did last week. Then I'd have an uninterrupted time slot in my day with NuTang! Alas, that woman has got it in her head that I must leave with her. And the more I protest the more stubborn she gets. I can hear myself getting more fixated on the word 'NO!' which makes it more tantrum-like. And suspicious.

She's also got it in her head that I'm a baad girl, not a good girl because I'm not a soft-spoken, sweet, girly girl. That suposedly means I'm going to skip classes at a school I've been attending for 12 years that I regard as my second family. What great deduction! ('0')

I wanted to respond to your comments, but she's right behind me...wait, not anymore. Let me finish this quick.

Muffin-Man: Haha! Yes, I was surprised to find that Forks does indeed exist. I want to go visit! I haven't read Eragon and I don't think the movie will be that good, either. But I suppose we ARE spoiled from Lord of the Rings.

Mockiller: She says it's good+I say it's great=READ IT YOURSELF!

randomjunk: I'm out of it in music and you're out of it in books...XD

lazypuppy: Yay! Read, read, read! (^0^)

LostSouls13: That makes me happy. *giggles wickedly*

Plugs: The-Muffin-Man, Mockiller, randomjunk, lazypuppy, LostSoul13

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Friday. 12.8.06 9:20 pm
Ahh! Stephenie Meyers--the author of Twilight and New Moon--is now one of my favorite authors. (*-*)

I visited her site and it has more than I'd hoped for! Twilight was her first book, New Moon her second and so on. The next one is coming out Fall of 2007. Oh, I can't wait! Like I said before, it's going to be a continuation from New Moon.

I had such a great time with the goodies she put on her site, ie: outtakes--pieces that she had to leave out of the books. She says there's a possibility that Twilight will be made into a movie! The rights haven't been bought yet, but they're already working on the second draft of the script. I'm not totally excited about this because it takes the imagination out of the story. If the movie came out, all the characters would have faces and all that came with them. *sigh* But I should be happy. =D

Here's her site: stepheniemeyer.com Check it out! =]

Plugs: Nuttz, elessar257, lazypuppy, ThisCharmingMan

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