May 30, 2007

1:28 PM: the hug project

A week ago DeAnna told us that a person who receives seven hugs each day is supposed to be considerably happier than the average, not-so-well-hugged person. We started that day. I forgot to keep it up, but I think I hit my quota even without trying on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Yesterday I started taking this project seriously, and I plan on collecting no fewer than seven hugs per day for awhile--maybe forever.

We've decided that it's okay to have more than one hug from any one person. It doesn't have to be seven different huggers. It just has to be seven different hugs. Yesterday's eight hugs were collected from DeAnna, Maureen, Mark, Justin, Anne, and Sean. Oh, and I got one mental hug from Jen. Maybe by the end of this experiment, she'll give me a real one!

I have six so far today, collected from Erin, Maureen, Mark, Tammie, and Anne. Justin will make seven once I track him down, and I should go over quota today, since Andy's coming over tonight. What a happy day this will be!

I'll keep you updated on my happiness quotient. I think it's working already!

Some things Wiki says about hugs:
A hug is form of physical intimacy that generally involves closing or holding the arms around another person.
The hug is probably the most common human sign of love and affection.
It is practiced in almost all nations, countries, religions and sects.
It is not peculiar to human beings
alone as there are many species of animals that engage in a similar exchange of warmth.

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May 26, 2007

9:55 PM: quote of the day

"Daddy, I can't walk. My finger hurts."
-Allie, convincing Andy to carry her as we were walking to Franklin Park Conservatory today.

We made a special trip to FPC to see the butterfly exhibit because she's fascinated by butterflies. Turned out she was far more fascinated with the fact that we got to ride a bus from a remote parking lot... because there happened to be a giant festival going on in Franklin Park today. Really... she was very excited about the bus. The butterflies were good too, but the bus... wow.

I'm sleepy.



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