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This group was inspired by a comment made in a blog I wrote about filling in the blank, 'I love it when...' In this group you're welcome to share what inspires you, the little things that make you smile, and anything else in between that keeps you positive and thankful!

It's been...way too long!

Posted By tchan01 on Jul 29, 2010 at 8:07PM

I was recently reminded of the fact that I enjoy writing.  But when I heard this, it was from someone that I thought, didn't know me well enough to be able to say something like that.  So when this person said this, I replied, "How did you know that?"  She began to then recount times where I wrote amount my experiences abroad, my experiences in college, and although I don't remember sharing these details with her, it made me smile inside, remembering the true joy that I get out of writing.  For me, I don't do it as often as I'd like, and I definitely don't do it for a living, so when I'm reminded of it, it reminds me of the artist and creative side of me that I don't feel like I always get to tap into...even at work.

I've recently been so busy with work and planning a wedding (more to come on that! ;-)), that ONE I haven't been on the Sugar community. actively, in forever, which is evidenced by the fact that my last post was a 2 1/2 years ago!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll still be welcome here by those who are new to the community (since the site has definitely developed and evolved since the last time i've been here) and of course, with the girlies who I still remember and see are still here! Hope you all are doing well :-D.

Now to begin, as I feel I should has started capturing my thoughts on being engaged...when I got engaged!  So there's going to be a bit of backward looking here, but I'm thinking it's going to be very much needed...for my sanity (since writing is very therapeutic for me).  I got engaged to my beloved Mister (as I endearingly call him) in November of last year, 2009.  At that point, we had been dating for about 3 1/2 years.  His proposal was just as I'd wanted it - simple, sincere, and private.  He surprised me with Japanese food from our neighborhood fav, set to a candlelight dinner (in our apartment), on a Monday night where we would have typically cooked dinner.  It was timed very nicely, as it was right before Thanksgiving, which we were going to be celebrating with our parents.  I wasn't too surprised, as we had been talking about it, but it was still a surprise.  The ring, which I did not preselect in anyway, was all him.  And the ring, is so me.  It's a round cut, not a huge diamond, but still beautiful and sparkly :-).  I'm not showy, and it's just a nice simple and precious ring.

I really want to share with you all what I've learned so far about what wedding planning entails, because it's truly eye opening for those who...well don't do this everyday, dar* it! :-P  It's been quite an education process, but it's also been very revealing to me, the kind of things that I'm drawn to when I've been making decisions. You can really learn so much about yourself, and discover things in every chapter of your life...and for me, it's been in this time of...engagement :-D (both literally and figuratively).  More posts to come...


Its Not Funny!!!

Posted By angelbeauty on Mar 15, 2009 at 3:57PM

This is the most funnies video of a little boy trying to pronounce blood on his little brothers cheek. So hilarious
Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fVDGu82FeQ

Tagged with: jokes

If I didn't have animals . . .

Posted By kiwitwist on Sep 14, 2007 at 8:20AM

If I didn't have animals . . .

I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.

My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.

All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of hair.

When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel.

When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there.

I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted, without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.

I would not have strange presents under my Christmas tree -- dog bones, stuffed animals, toys, treats nor would I have to explain to people why I wrap them.

I would have money ... and no guilt to go on a real vacation.

I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians, as I put their yet unborn grandkids thru college.

The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay, and leave him/her/it ALONE.

My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.

My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.

My pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats and an extra leash.

I would no longer have to Spell the words B-A-L-L-, F-R-I-S-B-E-E, W-A-L-K, or T-R-E-A-T.

I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.

I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.

I'd look forward to spring and the melting of snow instead of dreading mud season.

I would not have to answer the question "Why do you have so many dogs/animals?" from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.

. . . How empty my life would be.

Tagged with: cats, dog, ANIMALS

Children See, Children Do Video

Posted By kiwitwist on Aug 13, 2007 at 6:20AM

I got this video a few months back via e-mail and just remembered about it. Some of you may have seen this already but I think it is beyond powerful. It really puts things into perspective. This video was created for child abuse in Australia.

"Children See, Children Do. NAPCAN, Australia's National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, launched a thought-provoking television/cinema campaign with "Children See, Children Do". http://www.napcan.org.au/ "

Tagged with: Child Abuse, Australia, video

what people think of you

Posted By prettypopj on Aug 12, 2007 at 8:58AM

i dont usualy post blogs like this but i have been very moved.i was on a night out recently with a group of people i do not normaly socialise with-i have been through a lot of personal changes in the last few years and some days i wonder if my life is really going the way i want it to as i am not where i expected to be by this point in my life-anyway on this night out about 5 diffrent people told me i inspired them!i was shocked and taken aback but they said the reason for this was because i have had to start my life over again and was strong enough to walk away from a situation i knew was wrong for me-the point of this blog being that you do not know the way your life is affecting/inspiring those around you-somewhere someone may be looking up to you so if your ever feeling low remember even though you may not be inspiring yourself you maybe inspiring others x

Tagged with: inspirational

An actor I am really in awe of…

Posted By tchan01 on Aug 10, 2007 at 11:45AM

I’ll admit it takes a lot for me to be impressed by celebrities/famous people to the point of becoming a fan, maybe even to a fault. I think part of it has to do with the sea of sameness. There has to be something that really stands out about them. Maybe even something that makes you want to learn more about them. So right now at this very moment, the actor that has impressed me is the amazingly talented Welsh born, Christian Bale. I swear so many things I love seem to come from the UK! :-P And I don’t plan it that way at all, it just happens that way! He first got me interested in his talented acting abilities when I saw ‘Batman Begins’ on DVD actually this or last year. I wanted to see the movie when it originally came out in theatres because I heard so many good things about the guy playing Batman. I guess with all the pretty ehhhh versions of Batman in the past, it was going to take a lot for me to be impressed. So after ‘Batman Begins’ I thought this guy’s good. But I wasn’t hooked yet. I then saw the ‘Prestige’ where he plays a magician. A very good performance - great movie. Then just recently I saw ‘Rescue Dawn’ and after that performance I had to wikipedia the guy. So turns out that he’s a ‘method actor’ an actor that embodies the person he’s playing. In ‘Rescue Dawn’ and in a few other roles, this form of acting requires him to either gain or lose a substantial amount of weight. Not only that, it demands everything from him, including his mental health. He is also known for his role in ‘American Pyscho’, a movie I won’t see because being the scare-dy cat that I am I will probably be very disturbed. I can’t even imagining acting like that without going crazy! So of course I had to poke around fansites as well and I kept reading and hearing from my boyfriend that I had to see him in ‘Empire of the Sun.’ ‘Empire…’ was his first featured film and he was 13 years old. I watched it last night on DVD and I have to say…he looks completely the same but younger. He’s still super good looking, and even then his potential and talent was definitely evident. I don’t think he was a method actor at 13, but even with that performance you can see how he embodies the character he is playing. Bale continues to impress me the more I see him act. I think it would be super kewl to see him in theatre. If he ever was interested, he should give it a try.:-) All in all, I’m just truly impressed by him and the fact that he’s handsome doesn’t hurt ;-) :drool:. But in all seriousness, it’s nice when you see someone who has so much skill in their art that all you can feel as a spectator is awe and respect. In an indirect way, he inspires me to stick to what my own passions are in life and reminds me to have total respect for myself and others in the process. Free feel to share about a celebrity that you’re in awe of and have respect for.

Tagged with: Christian Bale

Where do you find beauty?

Posted By tchan01 on Aug 9, 2007 at 8:15AM

I just looked at the last time I posted, and it looks like it's been about a week now. As many of you know I've been busy on the job search, and as of late I've been going on a few more interviews (which is great!) I'm really hoping this will be over soon, and I feel like I can already see (a peek) of the silver lining (that's the express, right? :-P).

Anyway, but yesterday night I was watching 'So You Think You Can Dance.’ Yesterday’s show was all around, amazing. The top 6 really gave it and it was amazing to watch. So like many things, it got me thinking. Art or some form of it has always been a big part of my life since I was a child. Watching this show, especially these last few weeks, has become for me more than just a reality dance competition. In these young people I see a passion and determination as they get on stage with their partners (I’m not going to count the solo performances because they’re too short). Yesterday it seemed like all the dancers also took the time to make sure their facial expressions were just right as well, since many of the dances told a story (like the negotiation one with Sabra and Neil). They all really exhibited poise and strength that can appear to seem very natural, but you know full well in watching it, that that is not the case. All these little things have made me in awe of watching this show. To be honest, I really haven’t gotten into the whole who is my fav, who should go because I’ve enjoyed this more for it’s dancing than for the people in it. Not to say I don’t have a few that I am rooting for, or ones that I think should be the next to leave. But I don’t feel the urgency of wondering who’s going to be leaving next. I simply enjoy the show for (hopefully) some really good performances. Granted I know absolutely nothing about dancing styles and the technicalities, but when I think something is just spectacular or beautiful, I appreciate it. During and after watching this show I was beaming with a smile and I was giddy (as my boyfriend is playing a new game on his PSP). He knows I really enjoy this show and is glad that I have this as my summer show (because let’s face it there are a lot of bad shows on right now!) Beauty in all its forms is something that I try to find in sometimes the simplest things. I also think it’s my nature to do that. So, please share about things you find beautiful or that make you…spellbound/in awe :-)

Lyrics to meet you where you are...

Posted By tchan01 on Jul 31, 2007 at 7:59AM

This weekend I looked up the lyrics to 'Miniature Disasters' by KT Tunstall. And although I had an idea how great her lyrics were, I didn't fully realize it until I actually read some recently. Listening to this song on my ipod and reading the words just made me go...OMG :-O. It's like literally all the words of this song were speaking directly to me as...as though I were singing it. If you can get your hands on this song, and read these lyrics...you'll see what I mean. Also, if there are lyrics that have recently 'hit ya' where you are, please feel free to share. :-)

'Miniature Disasters' by KT Tunstall

I don't want to be second best
Don't want to stand in line
Don't want to fall behind
Don't want to get caught out
Don't want to do without
And the lesson I must learn
Is that I've got to wait my turn

Looks like I got to be hot and cold
I got to be taught and told
Got to be good as gold
But perfectly honestly
I think it would be good for me
Coz it's a hindrance to my health
If I'm a stranger to myself

Miniature disasters and minor catastrophes
Bring me to my knees
Well I must be my own master
Or a miniature disaster will be
It will be the death of me

I don't have to raise my voice
Don't have to be underhand
Just got to understand
That it's gonna be up and down
It's gonna be lost and found
And I can't take to the sky
Before I like it on the ground

And I need to be patient
And I need to be brave
Need to discover
How I need to behave
And I'll find out the answers
When I know what to ask
But I speak a different language
And everybody's talking too fast

Miniature disasters and minor catastrophes
Bring me to my knees
Well I must be my own master
Or a miniature disaster will be
It will be
I've got to run a little faster
Or a miniature disaster will be
It will be
I need to know I'll last if a little
Miniature disaster hits me
It will be the death of me


Posted By prettypopj on Jul 28, 2007 at 1:55PM

was thinking about my hapy times today and there is nothing i love more and makes me happy than being comfortable-like when i am on the beach all warm in the sun or when i get in bed with clean sheets-simple things-what makes you most comfy xhttp://entertainment.webshots.com/photo/2580992400029210395tFvSvj?vhost=entertainment

Tagged with: Comfort

Staying positive...

Posted By tchan01 on Jul 26, 2007 at 8:40AM

This week has been such a drag for me and tomorrow (Friday) can not come soon enough. But tomorrow I really need to stay positive and optimistic because I have an interview in the morning and I'm hoping to hear back from a place that I really want (granted the second may not happen b/c it is a Friday). In any case, I wanted to encourage y'all to share something that made you smile, laugh or feel good this week. It can also include something you're looking forward to this weekend. Because I know I at least need my mind pulled in a more positive direction! :-P

For me, I'm looking forward to babysitting my boyfriend's niece, with him. His sister and her husband want to see the latest Harry Potter movie and asked if we could watch her. Are you kidding me, I'd love to! :-)

Tagged with: staying positive