Heather Arundel

The Diva of Darkness

Salton Sea Sunset Photo by Ron Niebrugge

Salton Sea Sunset Photo by Ron Niebrugge
The Beauty of Hell...

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - also known as my personal life motto!

All Human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Who I am...

I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a survivor.
My family has made me who I am...my past family with past hurts...my current family with current joy.
Family is something you are born into and cannot choose,
family is also what you choose it to be once you are old enough to start anew...


Friday, January 20, 2012

Freak Out Fridays - Girl Scout Cookie Season is Here!

Well, as many of you know, I am a Girl Scout Leader.  I take my job very seriously.  In addition to planning educational meetings and fun activities, as well as community service projects; I am ultimately responsible for encouraging my eight girls to set goals and become "entrepreneurs" during cookie season.  Archer Girl (my daughter) is the most driven out of all the girls and last year was our troops number one seller; so of course, this year she has decided she must top herself.  Ho Hum.  What that means is that I will have to put in a lot of hours with her; because at only ten years old, she cannot achieve her dream without a little help.

I know that a lot of people think that Girl Scout cookies are an organization's way of profiting off of "child labor", at least that is what I've been told before.  However, my girls LOVE selling cookies!  They LOVE earning profits that they use to do good things within their community, and I am especially proud of them for this.  This year, Archer Girl and her sister Girl Scouts are using their cookie profits to purchase bus passes for homeless students here in the Long Beach area.  This is vital aid that these children in crisis often need, but there is currently underfunding in this area.  We hope to close the gap and help the Bethune Transitional Center for Homeless Students provide these children with a means to stay at their "home school" after their families have had to relocate to shelters or other relatives homes.

There is a fantastic video on YouTube that really shows "What Can A Cookie Do?", but for some reason the embedding has been disabled.  If you have a moment, I'd encourage you to check it out here and another great example of what this program does is here

So, what is the Freak Out?  I haven't finished my novel, which I swore to myself I would do before cookie season.  I know that starting today through March 25th (when the cookie sale is over) I will be eating, drinking, breathing, sleeping...generally being consumed...by GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!  Archer Girl has a goal set of 1500 boxes of cookies (last year's goal was 1000 and she actually sold over 1400), and that is a lot of work.  I laugh because if I didn't I would cry! ;)

Wish me luck, dear readers and friends; and if you happen to have a hankering for Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, or any of the other deliciously addicting cookies we sell - well, you know where to find me! ;)


  1. I hope your novel and the cookies can mix!
    I don't buy the cookies, but I did give a donation to the little girl who came to my door last week. I think it freaked her out - she didn't know what to do with just money. Fortunately mom was with her.

  2. Good luck with the cookie sale. Where's the sales video (you have to make another one...).

  3. I always loved the chocolate ones with peanut butter inside. And the ones with coconut. I don't know what they're called because I think they changed all the names. Anyway, when someone brings those into work it's hard not to eat just the whole box right then.

  4. Good for you being a GS leader, better for being a 'good Mom'.

  5. Good luck to Archer Girl! But I think she won't have a problem. :) My hubby gets our cookies from the boss' daughters at work. I remember selling a ton of cookies back in the day I was a girl scout. Back then, we only had the chocolate or vanilla icing cookies. I loved them. My mom would order like a hundred boxes and put them in our freezer. We'd have cookies for months!

  6. I wish the Girl Guides here did this, peanut butter and chocolate biscuits sound wonderful!

    It's a really great cause that the girls have selected, an area that I suspect is often overlooked. Best of luck to your daughter!

  7. My co-worker always gets a box of chocolate grasshopper cookies. They are quite tasty, but I prefer homemade ones.