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Archive for June, 2007

I need to find a new hair moisturizer

Posted by thoughtful1 on June 28, 2007

I’ve been using Neutrogena’s 60 Second Hair Repair for several years.  I use it twice a week and it helps to prevent split ends.  I really like the product.  When I bought a new tube at Stop & Shop today I saw that they had marked it as “discontinued.”

Nooooooo!  Why is it that stuff I like gets discontinued???

Now I have to find a new moisturizer thingy that will do its job without greasing up my hair.  Very annoying.  Maybe I can find something at The Body Shop and at least be PC about it.  Of course, they’ll probably discontinue whatever I like as well.


(Maybe I’ll be lucky and it’s only Stop & Shop that’s discontinuing the product.  But, since I couldn’t find the stuff at Shaw’s or CVS I doubt it.)


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Sometimes it’s hard to enjoy a silly Korean soap

Posted by thoughtful1 on June 28, 2007

Last night I started watching an episode of My Lovely Samsoon.  It’s a Korean soap opera about an average looking 30 year-old who gets dumped on Christmas Eve.  She then proceeds to try to rebuild her love life while her younger, prettier, thinner sister gives her constructive criticism (because younger, prettier, thinner sisters can be annoying like that).  I had enjoyed the previous night’s episode and had begun to consider DVR-ing it.  But last night I stopped watching after 15 minutes.


Because it was showing me what I had lost when I was adopted.  When I went to Korea in 2004 I had a fun time, don’t get me wrong.  But when the plane was flying in to Incheon, I started tearing up.  I kept thinking, “This [Seoul/Korea] was supposed to be mine.  It was supposed to be my home.”  And, it is not.  Yes, I consider the US home.  But having a home doesn’t replace or make up for the one I lost.  Visiting Korea and seeing my native city just turned an abstraction into a reality.  I began to realize what I had lost.  And seeing a contemporary Korean soap opera began to depress me.  I don’t know why it happened last night – I’ve watched another contemporary Korean soap.  Maybe because the characters are in their 30’s instead of their 20’s, so I could identify with them more?  I don’t know.  I just started to feel sad.

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Post-holiday funk

Posted by thoughtful1 on June 28, 2007

I returned from Portland on Tuesday morning. I took a red-eye out. I hate red-eyes. I can never sleep well on a plane. So, Tuesday was a bust since I ended up sleeping most of the day. Yesterday I ran errands, sort of. I went shopping – I finally found some skirts. I bought two Land’s End Chino Skirts at Sears. The problem, though, is they didn’t have them in petite, so they’re a little longer than they should be. I may take them to get hemmed. *ponder* Today I slept in, exercised, then puttered around before going grocery shopping.

I’ve been home three days and I still haven’t unpacked from my trip. As usual, I am in a post-holiday funk. The fun is over. General Assembly was fun and informative, but tiring. I’ve returned from the pretty, altered reality of vacation in Portland to the dull, cluttered reality of my life. I have bills to pay, luggage to unpack, and major decluttering to do. I still haven’t unpacked from moving last summer and I really should try to finish that up. I told myself I’d do it this week, or at least make some headway. And, I haven’t. So now on top of the post-holiday funk I feel guilty for not following through on my plans. All while trying to readjust my inner clock in preparation for the loud, scary 6:30 AM alarm clock on Monday morning.

Oh, and I need to remember that tonight is trash night. Especially since I had lamb chops last night and I don’t want those to sit in the garbage for a week.

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Holiday in Portland

Posted by thoughtful1 on June 20, 2007

Posts may be light this week – I am in Portland for the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, a.k.a., GA. Fortunately, my GA roomie brought her laptop and has internet access in the room, so I can check e-mail and blog a little. However, once GA starts free time will be in short supply, so I may not be able to blog as much. Another blog impediment, if you will, is that her laptop is a Mac. I am not used to Macs. So figuring out mundane things like using hot keys to cut and paste is a challenge.

Anyhoo, I did some sightseeing yesterday. I went to both the Chinese Garden and the Japanese Garden. Each was delightful! I highly recommend them. Also, the light rail system here is very nice, and cheap! And, people here are very friendly. And willing to talk to strangers. And they even help strangers! It’s very nice, but for me, also a little odd. Remember, I grew up in Massholia.

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Posts from an angry Aussie

Posted by thoughtful1 on June 20, 2007

Check these out:

Miracle diet pill with teeny tiny side effect


Is God an IT consultant?


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I am still a bad delegate

Posted by thoughtful1 on June 18, 2007

Bad delegate, Bad!

I could not find my delegate card. I e-mailed some other people from my church who are going to GA to see if anyone had the alternate card (we have no alternate delegate), and it looks like no dice.


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I am a bad delegate

Posted by thoughtful1 on June 17, 2007


I have misplaced my delegate card for the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. It was given to me at church. I have no recollection where the hell I put it. It might be in my car somewhere. This is bad. I have to present the card when I register. If I cannot find it then my church is down one delegate. I need to find the sucker before tomorrow morning.

I am a bad delegate.

UPDATE: It’s 1:13 AM.  I still haven’t found the damn card.  I checked my car – it’s not there.  This is not good.  FRAK.

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American a-dad helps unwed Korean mothers

Posted by thoughtful1 on June 17, 2007

I found this article on the Harlow’s Monkey blog.

I’m happy that Dr. Boas realized what giving up their children meant for the Korean mothers.  So many others don’t… And even though I know most people don’t bother to ask the questions Dr. Boas did, it still bugs me that none of the other a-parents in his group questioned the practice of Korean mothers sending their children overseas.

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“Tyranny by ballot”

Posted by thoughtful1 on June 16, 2007

Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson provides a rebuttal to same-sex marriage opponents who claim their right to vote on marriage was stolen.

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Is the plain khaki skirt dead?

Posted by thoughtful1 on June 16, 2007

For the love of God am I going to have to drive to freakin’ Freeport to buy a damn skirt?

I spent today looking for a skirt. A simple, beige skirt, like the one I bought from Eddie Bauer three years ago. A black version would have been fine, too; ditto for navy. I couldn’t find one.

I got close. Sears in Burlington had the Land’s End chino trouser skirt in black, but not in my size. *sigh*

I went to Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Eddie Bauer, and Kohl’s. The skirts were either too casual, too formal, too fussy, or too much money. (There was a lovely Ralph Lauren floral print thing. But it was over $100. And not on sale.) At Kohl’s I noticed that skorts and long shorts outnumbered skirts. What is up with that? Why do I want to wear a ridiculously long pair of shorts? I can’t wear them to work. And the skort? Too short for work, and too many layers for hot weather.

I tried LL Bean in Burlington the other night. No dice. Their website has a few skirts that are the exact style I am looking for, but they do not have any of them in their store. And, unlike Land’s End, I need to try on the skirts first. (Well, actually, I need to do the same for Land’s End due to some recent weight gain, but Land’s End sizes have always fit me better.)

So, unless I score the Land’s End chino trouser skirt at the Sears in Saugus, it looks like I’ll be making a day trip to Freeport, ME to buy a skirt from LL Bean.

Damn annoying.

(Some of you may be wondering why I am so particular about the skirt style. First, I have that right 🙂 Second, I don’t like using a purse or pocketbook. I keep my wallet, money, and keys in my pocket. Thus, I prefer skirts with useful pockets. Third, I wear my skirts like pants – I’ll wear the same one more than once per week, but “dress up” the outfit with different shirts. It’s just easier for me that way. And I like plain skirts – I think it gives a cleaner look. The patterns I saw in the stores were too busy, too loud, not my style, and more than a few were too reminiscent of the 70’s. Eek.)

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