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Re: Chat & Greetings 2004

Post  Lady Arabella on Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:46 pm

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Blast - Feb 18, 2004 2:18 pm (#2601 of 2753)

Happy birthday Barb. May it be a very merry one.

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Sinister Kittens - Feb 18, 2004 2:23 pm (#2602 of 2753)

Okay - as usual I am catching up, sooo Happy Birthday Barb! - Hope i'm not too late!

And Tracie - keep, your chin up, hopefully the littl'un will be back to normal soon.

Oh, and boop - I just wanted to say that the diet I mentioned the other night is working! - I'm soooo chuffed I just have to share! (I have lost about 5 pounds so far, wahey - any men reading please stop here... but I couldn't figure out where I was losing the weight from until my bra straps kept sliding down!) tee, hee, he!

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boop - Feb 18, 2004 2:43 pm (#2603 of 2753)

Barb, Happy BirthdayYour husband has good taste in the gifts that he bought you.

Tracie, Sorry to here that the baby is still sick. I'm glad that they gave her a antibiotic, now she will get better.Smile

Jules, Way to Go, I'm so proud of you! Here's 50 points for the 5 pounds you lost! Keep up the good work.

I am going to be hooked up 24/7 to the Internet tonight, so the problems with my connection will end. I just had to share this good news. So I won't get kicked out of the chat room and my frustration with my computer will end. I just want to say thanks for all the support I have gotten the past couple of days from everyone in the chat room. I was really thinking that the people in white were going to have to take me away. I look forward to a fun night in the chat room with everyone!

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Madame Librarian - Feb 18, 2004 2:59 pm (#2604 of 2753)

More crowing, this time about my son (away at school). He sent me 4 e-cards, one each from Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin with personalized birthday greetings on each one. And--this is the greatest--I got an OWLER. At first I thought he meant HOWLER and made a typo, but apparently an OWLER is a noisy piece of correspondence but with good news/greetings not bad. When I opened it there was all this yelling "happy birthday!!" A real hoot.

If you want to send one to someone, go to www.bloomsbury.com/owler

Ciao. Barb

EDIT: Isn't it nice when one's family are enablers for one's addicition?

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Blast - Feb 18, 2004 4:34 pm (#2605 of 2753)

Boop if the men in the white coats came, they would of only taken you to St. Mungo's and that wouldn't of been too bad, always room for another friendly face in one of the wards.

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SarcasticGinny - Feb 18, 2004 8:02 pm (#2606 of 2753)

Happy birthday Barb! Your son is so funny to send you those, and what awesome gifts from your husband as well.

I'm in an excellent mood since my beloved Illini won tonight in basketball. Hope everyone here is happy and healthy!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 18, 2004 10:03 pm (#2607 of 2753)

Barb, you get some birthday Abbyfetti! '.;,';.',;.',;.',;.',;.

Tracie, here's some get well Abbyfetti for your baby. ,'.;,';.',;.',;.',.;'.;

Julia, I think I will give myself some Abbyfetti. I'm in an Abbyfetti kind of mood. ',;.',;.';,.',.;';,.

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Hem Hem - Feb 18, 2004 10:03 pm (#2608 of 2753)

Happy Birthday, Barb! Hope you've had an absolutely wonderful day!

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Devika - Feb 19, 2004 3:12 am (#2609 of 2753)

Happy Birthday Barb. I know these are belated wishes, but I hope you had a nice day! Sounds like you got some awesome gifts. Your family sounds lovely!

Tracie... I'm sure your daughter will be well soon. Best wishes to her. How old is she?

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VeronikaG - Feb 19, 2004 10:57 am (#2610 of 2753)

I just discovered this thread today. I've been wondering how you all seemed to know each other so well.

Happy Birthday, Barb! Was it yesterday?

As I live in a stupid time zone, where day is night, there's never anyone there when I look in. So I'm glad I found this one Smile

Good luck with your baby, Tracy.

I can't read through all the 2000 posts here, but I think I'll catch up with what your'e talking about.

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Dr Filibuster - Feb 19, 2004 12:06 pm (#2611 of 2753)

Did you had a lovely birthday Barb?

I guess we're all easy to buy gifts for because we just can't hide our Potter enthusiasm. My favourite present last year was OoP and I didn't mind that is was 3 weeks after my birthday. This year I expect to be taken to the cinema!

Tracie, is your baby is feeling better yet?

Veronika, I notice you are Norwegian. I met loads of Norwegians, some from the far north of the country over the new year in Spain. I expected to come back with a few words of Spanish but ended up learning 1-10 in Norwegian alas, forgotten by the next morning and of course Skoll! (how do you spell it?) The fact that I said Skoll (cheers) a lot is probably a good indication why I can't remeber the numbers.

I have my atlas out at the moment so looked up Kristiansand. You are about as north as I imagine Hogwarts to be.

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tracie1976 - Feb 19, 2004 1:05 pm (#2612 of 2753)

She's doing a lot better today. She's been playing and I've actually got some housework done.

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VeronikaG - Feb 19, 2004 1:09 pm (#2613 of 2753)

Hey, Dr Filibuster, if you can say "skål", (spelled like this), you know an important Norwegian word! :)The Norwegians you encounter in Spain usually has "skåled" a lot by the time you meet them. Alcohol is very expensive in Norway, as I'm sure they told you, and when we're in Spain, lots of people get drunk. I hope they were nice and happy drunk people.

I go to school in Kristiansand, but I live in Arendal, 8 Norwegian miles further north. It's a small town, but you should be able to find that as well in an atlas.

1-10 in Norwegian (Norsk); en, to, tre, fire, fem, seks, sju, åtte, ni, ti.

I'll be in soon again to talk to you.

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Madame Librarian - Feb 19, 2004 3:17 pm (#2614 of 2753)

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, everyone. It was yesterday for those who asked. Despite my horrid cold, I had a lovely day. We went to our favorite restaurant for dinner (mucho calories--definitely need a spell to cancel them out). My gifts were great and I felt very loved.

Ciao. Barb

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timrew - Feb 19, 2004 3:27 pm (#2615 of 2753)

Belated birthday greetings for yesterday, Barb! I've just been catching up on some forty posts!

And good luck with your baby, tracie. Hope she's well soon!

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Dr Filibuster - Feb 19, 2004 3:52 pm (#2616 of 2753)

Forty? Pah!

If you remember a few weeks ago I had over ten thousand unread posts. I only "marked as read" the archived ones. Well, ok and the vote(sorry Liz) and 1st Snape ones that were huge.

I can now use "read as new" and whiz through everything really quickly. It's the composing that takes me ages.

Tracie, glad to hear your wee bairn is playing.

Veronika, all the Spanish Norwegians were lovely.

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timrew - Feb 19, 2004 4:58 pm (#2617 of 2753)

What I meant to say, Sue, is I wasn't here much yesterday. My threads don't usually have an unread post in sight!

Even the ones I don't like I skim over. What are those? Not telling!

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Luanee - Feb 19, 2004 5:39 pm (#2618 of 2753)

Hi I am back!! Ooooooh so many posts, I tried to read through all but my mind really got stuck... will try to read through again later...

Btw, I just came back from a 4-day industrial first aid course (sent by my company).... so I can now do bandaging, dressing wounds, and CPR (cardiac pulmonary resusitation) ! Hope I won't need to use them though...

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Julia. - Feb 19, 2004 8:36 pm (#2619 of 2753)

Hey guys. I'm glad to hear that everyone is doing well. I too was away today and came back to far too many new posts. Just out of curiosity, did you lot find my little lesson on smilies helpful?

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Madam Pince - Feb 19, 2004 11:16 pm (#2620 of 2753)

Well, bleah. It's official....I am now old. As of today(well, the 20th -- it's the 20th where I am although the Forum says it's still the 19th), I have been here on this Earth for four decades. 40! Gee whiz. And I am so excited about it, can't you tell?

And I was so busy unloading groceries earlier that I forgot what time it was and missed 3/4 of "Survivor" (my other addiction.) Sigh. It's just not my day.

But wait, it IS my day, doggone it! So hubby and I are off for a few days to stay in this very lovely and ridiculously overpriced hotel and eat delectable meals which we undoubtedly will not be able to pronounce. So I'll be "offline" for a couple of days -- don't everyone get inspired and write thousands of posts I'll have to catch up on! Ha! Just kidding. See you in a few days!

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Luanee - Feb 19, 2004 11:55 pm (#2621 of 2753)

It's also 20th my time here... Happy Birthday Madam Pince !!

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Dragonesss - Feb 20, 2004 12:03 am (#2622 of 2753)
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Madam Pince, Happy Birthday to the fellow Dragon! And welcome to the "over the hill" club! Hay, I've been 40 for 18 days now and it isn't so bad...

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boop - Feb 20, 2004 2:56 am (#2623 of 2753)

Madam Pince, Happy Birthday

Good Morning Everyone:

A group of us have been talking in the chat room about getting together sometime this summer. As for the place it will either be in Ohio or Pennsylvania. As for the Date we are think June or July. We want to know how many more might be interested on coming before we decide on the place and Date. So if you think this is something you would be interested in doing. Just e-mail me or visit in the chat room some evening. Thanks

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Marè - Feb 20, 2004 3:18 am (#2624 of 2753)

My head is spinning from all these posts, belated birthday congratulations to Mme. Pince, Mme. Librarian and Dragoness.

Did I forget any-one?

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Sinister Kittens - Feb 20, 2004 3:35 am (#2625 of 2753)

I hope not mare, I keep missing out peoples birthdays as well, then feel guilty about saying Happy Birthday to one person and not another!

I am going to cover my back early I think... A very Happy Birthday to everyone this month, incl. Drangoness, Mme Pince & Mme Librarian, also anyone from last month I may have forgotton and next month, as I will probably be just as useless at remembering things in March as I am in February ;-).

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boop - Feb 20, 2004 3:39 am (#2626 of 2753)

Jules, LOL that is a good idea then you won't forget anyone then.

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Flame Alligator - Feb 20, 2004 4:19 am (#2627 of 2753)

Top of the mornin everybody. Okay... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! *singing Happy Birthday song) That was for Mme. Pince. A belated birthday greeting to Mme. Librarian and Dragoness. Hey ladies, you are not getting older, you are getting better. I am 52 and I love it. You 40 year olds are just youngsters. Madam Librarian your birthday celebrations were lovely.

tracie, I am so glad to hear that your baby girl is feeling better. I bet it was a relief to be able to get some house work done.

Julia, Your smiley info was very helpful. Now all I need to do in practice. Thanks.

If anybody wants to Chat, I am headed for the Chat room and will be in and out of there checking for a few hours.

Edit: I could not get in the Chat room but I will keep checking.

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tracie1976 - Feb 20, 2004 4:45 am (#2628 of 2753)

boop and others in the chat room last night, sorry that I left like that but my husband took over the computer when I went to put the baby in her crib and he wouldn't give it back

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VeronikaG - Feb 20, 2004 4:47 am (#2629 of 2753)

Happy birthday to madame Pince, and to Dragoness. I said it to Barb yesterday, just in case you think I forgot her.

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Julia. - Feb 20, 2004 5:22 am (#2630 of 2753)

Happy Birthday Madame Prince! And Happy Belated Birthday Dragoness! Sorry about this, but that's the only smilie you get at the moment. If I don't leave my room right now, I'm going to be late for biology, and Professor Sprout will not be at all happy.

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Ladybug220 - Feb 20, 2004 5:29 am (#2631 of 2753)
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Happy Birthday Madam Pince! I think that today is a great day for a birthday since it is my birthday as well. I am now 29 and I think that I may remain at this age for quite a long time.

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icthestrals - Feb 20, 2004 5:33 am (#2632 of 2753)

Happy Birthday to all born in February! Hope you have and had a great day.

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tracie1976 - Feb 20, 2004 5:37 am (#2633 of 2753)

Happy Birthday to all that are celebrating today

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Denise P. - Feb 20, 2004 6:18 am (#2634 of 2753)

Madam Pince, Happy Birthday. As for Survivor, it was rather a boring episode. Not too much happened. Highlight between the  * *to see who was voted out

*Rob C from Chapera was voted out. Boston Rob suggested an alliance between him, Rob C and Amber to vote out Alicia. Rob C agreed but then was voted out, 5 to one *

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Flame Alligator - Feb 20, 2004 6:19 am (#2635 of 2753)

If anyone has time for a Chat, I'm headed back in.

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boop - Feb 20, 2004 6:59 am (#2636 of 2753)

Tracie that’s okay, sorry you couldn't get back on line. Next time give your husband a sleeping potion. Smile

Ldaybug, Happy Birthday to you. Have a wonderful day!

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tracie1976 - Feb 20, 2004 7:36 am (#2637 of 2753)

lol boop I think I was trying to get him to lay down but he wouldn't. Besides he was a little depressed, he turned 30 yesterday. But now that his birthday is over, no more little nice girl...next time I will kick him off the computer.

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Madame Librarian - Feb 20, 2004 7:39 am (#2638 of 2753)

Madam Pince, a very happy birthday! Take it from one who has been there, done that, the 40s are a very...um, interesting decade. Wishing you happiness and good health.

Dragoness, likewise--a very happy birthday (belated) to you! Hope it was mah-velous.

Ciao. Barb

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fidelio - Feb 20, 2004 7:42 am (#2639 of 2753)

It was sweet of you to let him play with the computer on his birthday, tracie--but don't spoil him!

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Karla Labanda - Feb 20, 2004 7:47 am (#2640 of 2753)

TO MADAME LIBRARIAN AND MADAME PINCE:

Happy Birthay!!! I hope you have a wonderful day, not only today, always.

Feliz Cumpleaños!!!!

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Julia. - Feb 20, 2004 8:15 am (#2641 of 2753)

WHOOO-HOOOO! Happy Brithday Ladybug! Here are some smilies for you and Madam Prince (back from class, so I have lots of time now)

Also boop, as I said in the chat room last night about a gathering of Forumers, just tell me when and where it is, and I'll show up, if I can.

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virgoddess1313 - Feb 20, 2004 8:56 am (#2642 of 2753)

boop, I would gladly come too, provided I know when and where. Email me and let me know once you all decide. And why not Missouri? It's lovely and centralized. Just kidding! I can't get into the chat room until I get my new computer. This old school Mac just won't work. And a late happy birthday to all!!

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Detail Seeker - Feb 20, 2004 9:03 am (#2643 of 2753)

It seems, the 1964 borns make quite a proportion of this thread´s participants.... So, let´s make is a good fifth decade, here.

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Dr Filibuster - Feb 20, 2004 12:23 pm (#2644 of 2753)

So many birthdays...here, at work, and non-forum pals.

Best birthday wishes to all librarians (real and user-named), 40ths and 3oths, near 30ths and anyone else.

Hope you all got more presents than Harry used to get, that you appreciated them more than Dudley would, and they were as thoughtfully chosen as the ones that Dobby gives.

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Ladybug220 - Feb 20, 2004 12:37 pm (#2645 of 2753)

Thanks for the birthday wishes. So far it has been great - I got off of work at 2:00 and got home to a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my parents and a friend is making me dinner. Tomorrow, I am meeting up with some friends from college so that will complete the birthday festivities.

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Emily - Feb 20, 2004 3:01 pm (#2646 of 2753)

Happy Birthday Ladybug and everyone else!

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Gina R Snape - Feb 20, 2004 6:49 pm (#2647 of 2753)

Happy belated birthday to everyone I missed!

boop, I might be able to come to Pennsylvania if it isn't too far into the state. Although I live in NYC, my father lives in southern NJ and so I could make a long weekend of it and stay with him so long as I could travel there and back in the same day. I could only travel via public transport, as I do not drive.

Unless of course you all decide to come to NYC!

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scully jones - Feb 20, 2004 6:59 pm (#2648 of 2753)

Happy Belated and upcoming birthday to everybody I missed. I've been working hard, so I don't come on much. I'm having Potter withdrawls.

I'll try to make it on here more often from now on!

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Madam Poppy - Feb 20, 2004 9:31 pm (#2649 of 2753)

Hello all. I've been too busy with work and my family to post but have managed to keep caught up on at least this thread.
I drove to Seattle on Wednesday to pick up my daughter at SeaTac airport. Her husband just got an airline job and she could fly up from Reno for free. I worked Thursday and then was out the door at 3:30 a.m. this morning to drive her back to Seattle to catch an 8:15 flight! I was back home by 9:15 a.m. with just a short stop at Denny's for breakfast. Good thing I didn't work today, because I slept till after 3:00 p.m.! Belated congratulations to Dr. Gina! February birthday greetings to all. I'll expect a party in April....I'll be turning the Big 50!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 20, 2004 10:20 pm (#2650 of 2753)

Goodness, Abbyfetti overload it seems. ',;.,';.',;.',;.',.',;.,.';.',; Happy Birthday, Madame Pince and Ladybug!!

I'd love to come to a gathering, but unless you have it in my neck of the woods, it'll be doubtful I could attend.
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Re: Chat & Greetings 2004

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Brandon Christopher - Feb 20, 2004 10:32 pm (#2651 of 2753)

Abby, we're either going to do it in Pennsyvania or Ohio. And there isn't a set date either - I have suggested we do it on June 3'rd. That way we can all meet around noon on the 3'rd and then go to the midnight opening of PoA together.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 20, 2004 11:48 pm (#2652 of 2753)

That'd be great. I'm poor though, sorry.

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Caput Draconis - Feb 21, 2004 2:21 am (#2653 of 2753)

Hey ho kids,

I've been off on holidays, enjoying my last week of freedom before uni starts again. So I'm borrowing Abby's time capsule...even though she's a nasty, nasty person who idolises a thief and takes delight in other people's misfortune, namely being a copious amount of time behind y'all in episodes. Don't you start, boop. None of that torment could match my disapointment in Rudy going, I could have cried at the early loss of my all time fave. I hate Ethan. That tribe seemed to have such potential at the start, but they just lose everything. I liked Jenna, and I think she made the right decision, especially in light of the caption after the episode. Hope she's cool for the reunion. Love, love, love Richard, nakedness and all. He's the best player ever. The "big shark attack" was a bit lame, though. Boston Rob is getting on my nerves, but we didn't get his series, might just be I don't know him well enough. Um, so I guess there's been another episode since then - Madam Pince, sorry about you missing it. Crikey Denise, thanks for highlighting. Hate to have to not read this thread.

OK, Happy birthday to all! And Congrats, Gina! Benefits of a classical education...oh, and Batman could take any superhero in history. Mark my words.

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Ladybug220 - Feb 21, 2004 6:32 am (#2654 of 2753)
Edited by Feb 21, 2004 6:34 am

Gina,

Please give Snape aka Alan Rickman a big for me! What do y'all plan on doing today?

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Lynn Allen - Feb 21, 2004 1:38 pm (#2655 of 2753)

Wow...63 postings since last time I checked! Time for a direct line from the net to my brain; I'll catch up but thanks for your patience if anyone has asked me anything! Lynn

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Lynn Allen - Feb 21, 2004 2:03 pm (#2656 of 2753)

There are some really wonderful people in this forum. But then you all knew that! Please accept my 1) birthday greetings, 2) get well wishes, 3) congratulations, 4) condolences, or 5) general greetings! Choose one and pass!

Boop, I would love to meet you folks in either Ohio or Pennsylvania, health, family and calendar allowing. Keep up posted on date, time and location. Lynn

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Gina R Snape - Feb 21, 2004 3:07 pm (#2657 of 2753)

Well, seeing as today is Alan Rickman's birthday :sigh: I think an Alan Rickman film festival is in order!!! grin: Woohoo.

The difficult part, of course, is figuring out which films to watch!

As for Severus, well, he's much more private about his celebration activities. But suffice to say he won't be brewing any potions today, at the very least.

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Dr Filibuster - Feb 21, 2004 4:20 pm (#2658 of 2753)

I'm reading Bill Bryson's "Mother Tongue" as recommended on the pronunciation thread. Bill mentions how written errors give us our biggest clues to our ancestors' accents.

To avoid getting too off topic on the pronunciation thread I thought I'd come on here to post a couple of examples that I have come across;

Message outside a local pub..."today's special, penisoners bowel of soup free" Eurgh! Soup made from pensioners' bowels? No wonder they had to give it away free.

At a fair in Cornwall....prizes of "loins" for throwing horse shoes arounnd pegs. There were stuffed toy lions everywhere. I laughed and tried to explain the mistake, but the owner just looked at me like I was nuts and said (in a Hagrid-like voice) "But they are loins" and I realised that he pronounced lions as "loins"

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timrew - Feb 21, 2004 4:49 pm (#2659 of 2753)

And the Loin lies down with the Limb.....poetic quote, I know not from where!

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SarcasticGinny - Feb 22, 2004 7:03 am (#2660 of 2753)

Happy belated birthdays! Hope everyone had a wonderful time and got everything they wanted (well, except an early release of book 6, but you know, everything ELSE).

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Remus - Feb 22, 2004 1:36 pm (#2661 of 2753)

timrew...the quote comes from the Buy Bell of course...^_^ izzie from Birmingham middle age potterette too...

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Brandon Christopher - Feb 22, 2004 9:12 pm (#2662 of 2753)

Hehe, Tim that is a great quote!

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Madam Pince - Feb 22, 2004 10:45 pm (#2663 of 2753)

Thanks for all the B'day greetings, folks! Y'all are so sweet! And woo-hoo, Ladybug, we share a day! (Now I understand the '220' in your forum name!) I'll trade you in the years department though! Seems like February is truly a birthday month -- Alan Rickman too? Does the fun EVER stop? Just LOOK at all that Abbyfetti! Just wait 'til we show Madam Poppy a good time party on her upcoming!

Must say we had a great weekend getaway. We ate wonderful food until we thought we would burst ("But ma'am, you must have a dessert -- it's wafer-thin!") Nice drive, stopped to visit antique stores, long walk around the fun sections of town, beautiful weather, and a few hours in a library doing genealogical research (which wouldn't be fun to anyone but me, probably.) It was great -- so I guess the 40's aren't too bad so far!

Denise, thanks for the Survivor update! Lauren, it's not just you; I think Boston Rob gets on everyone's nerves. Certainly mine, anyway!

Well, I've been away from my HP books for three days now, so I'm starting withdrawl. Guess I'd better go pick up GoF and dig in -- I'm re-reading again. Thanks again for the good wishes!

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Fawkes Forever - Feb 23, 2004 4:00 am (#2664 of 2753)

Wooohooo, it's good to be back!

Just wanted to pop in & say,
Happy Belated Birthdays to Dragoness, Barb, Madame Pince & LadyBug!

Boy I missed this place!

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Lynn Allen - Feb 23, 2004 4:40 am (#2665 of 2753)

Gina R. Snape, I have to confess that aside from Harry Potter movies, I don't recall your hero in any other films. Could you list a few of the best so I can view a sampling? Thanks! Lynn R. Allen :-)

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icthestrals - Feb 23, 2004 5:08 am (#2666 of 2753)

Lynn, I'm not Gina, but I can definitely recommend "Galaxy Quest". It's a spoof of the old "Star Trek" series. I'm a trekkie as well as a Potty and I think this movie is hysterical. Rickman does a great job.

Fawkes, welcome back!

Madam Pince, I'm so glad you had a wonderful birthday.

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boop - Feb 23, 2004 5:17 am (#2667 of 2753)

Welcome Back Fawkes we missed you last week.

Madame Pince, sounds like you had wonderful birthday getaway.

Here is a update on the get together this summer:

The weekend is probably going to be the first weekend in June so this is the weekend of the 4th. It is mostly likely to be held here in Pennyslvania. I will making the arrangements as to where the gathering will be held. I will be making phone calls this week to get a place booked. There are plenty of Hotels, motels and even a campground near by. There is a airport, bus station, and a train station near by. When I know for sure that this is going to be the date I will inform everyone, with the rest of the details. If this weekend is not possible we are then going to look into July like the second weekend. Thank you hope to have more information real soon.

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Ladybug220 - Feb 23, 2004 5:20 am (#2668 of 2753)
Edited by Feb 23, 2004 5:21 am

Lynn, I'm not Gina either but I do like Alan Rickman - here are a few: Sense & Sensibility, Robin Hood, Blow Dry, Dogma, Die Hard, Michael Collins, The Winter Guest .....

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Fawkes Forever - Feb 23, 2004 6:19 am (#2669 of 2753)

Aww thanks Guys... I really missed this place....

I'm so jealous that I don't live in the States.... that weekend in Pennsylvania sounds like it'd be a lot of fun.... Oh well!

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Flame Alligator - Feb 23, 2004 8:13 am (#2670 of 2753)

Hey everybody, I am in a good mood today. All the snow melted over the weekend. Yay!!!! I had a good time with some new friends.

Brandon, I love your new avatar. You look like you are from The Matrix. (I love The Matrix Trilogy BTW.)

Fawkes, Top of the Mornin to Ya. (There I said it anyway. ) Glad to see you are back.

Note to Abby: I need someone to chat about the ending *sniff, sniff* of The Forsyte Saga II with. I will just say that I was very disappointed with Irene and Joylon (sp.?)

If anybody wants to chat, I will be in and out of chat from for a couple hours. TTFN

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Gina R Snape - Feb 23, 2004 10:17 am (#2671 of 2753)

Aaaah, tears of joy glisten my eyes as I read my fellow Lexiconers singing the praises of Alan Rickman's performances.

Lynn, might I suggest you check out the Internet Movie Database for a complete listing of his works. I feel confident you will have seen at least one of his peformances and not realised it, owing to his talent and ability to become the character he is filling.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000614/

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Julia. - Feb 23, 2004 11:11 am (#2672 of 2753)

ARGH. Stupid Resnet. The internet was down in my building all last night and this morning! It's a good thing they got it working again, I was starting to get Froum withdrawl.

As for Alan Rickman movies, the only ones I've seen are the Harry Potters, Galaxy Quest, and Dogma. Galaxy Quest and Dogma were both hysterical, but, be warned that I found Dogma to be one 90 min. long joke about Catholics. Sorry if I just offended anyone, I really didn't mean to, I promise. However, be warned that the movie deals with the Catholic belief system, so if you think that will offend you, don't watch it.

Now, on to those of you who live across the pond. What better excuse to visit the States than to see PoA and meet all of us in person? If I were you, I'd come.

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VeronikaG - Feb 23, 2004 11:17 am (#2673 of 2753)

Survivor, the program you talk about, is that where a group of people are left on an island, to survive like Robinson Crusoe? I saw Denise P. had an avatar with Boston Rob, so obviously someone think he's OK.

We The Forsyte Saga on Norwegian television now, but I think it's part 1. Mom has seen the old version from the 60's so I keep trying to stop her from hinting to what's gonna to happen. I like films about the old days. I'm also a big fan of Heartbeat. Anyone else?

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timrew - Feb 23, 2004 11:27 am (#2674 of 2753)

Has anyone heard about a stage musical version of 'Lord Of The Rings' opening next year in London? The music is being written by the guy who wrote the score for the musical, 'Bombay Dreams'.

I'm finding it a little difficult to figure out how they're going to do this.....

Could we have Sauron singing, "That old black magic has me in it's spell?"
Or Gollum giving us a rendition of, "Band of Gold?".....

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Fawkes Forever - Feb 23, 2004 12:23 pm (#2675 of 2753)

Tim.... LOL...

Seriously though, I'm in shock..... Lord Of The Rings the Musical .....

We could have the Elfs singing "tip toe through the Elanor"...
Eowen singing... "One day I'll fly away" whilst she wanders ainlessly round the walls of Rohan
Gandalf singing... "I need a hero"


There are songs in the book... hmm I wonder will they use those..... & will Tom Bombadillo make a guest appearance... Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo! (not sure if thats the words... just ad libing here )

Uh oh... it might be true... look here http://www.thelordoftheringsmusical.com/#

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Blast - Feb 23, 2004 12:34 pm (#2676 of 2753)

I'm waiting for Harry Potter the musical, I wonder if Potter You Rotter will be in it.

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Brandon Christopher - Feb 23, 2004 1:01 pm (#2677 of 2753)

Boop, I've been looking at the flights going into Pennsylvania and have to the conclusion that this will be interesting. Almost all the flights have layaways somewhere or other; and Jet Blue doesn't even fly to PA... But I will still be there come rain, snow, or cattle-car airlines! Any idea what city the get-together will be in yet? I am shaking in anticipation - it's going to be so hard waiting until June! You've doubled my anticipation level: before it was only PoA but now it's PoA and this gathering...

A Lord of the Rings musical... that could quite possibly be the most horrendous thing I've ever heard of... I can just see Gollum singing at the top of his lungs "My precious - my precious - you are my preciousss!"

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wormsé - Feb 23, 2004 1:45 pm (#2678 of 2753)

...*sigh* At least now I have the slightest amount of comfort, knowing it is in Pennsylvania, rather than Ohio. Taking place there absolutely killed me, knowing I was only a few hours away.... There's absolutely no possibility of me going to Pennsylvania. Ah well, Boop can take my framed picture off her wall Smile , and bring it with her. Just sit it in a chair, and pretend I'm there.... *cowers under Brandon's evil gaze...*

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tracie1976 - Feb 23, 2004 1:48 pm (#2679 of 2753)

Awww it will be ok Lindsay. My problem is that my kids still have school on June 4th. *sigh* Oh well I'll figure something out

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Julia. - Feb 23, 2004 3:10 pm (#2680 of 2753)

Well, I might be dissecting a cat at the time, but I'm sure the cat won't mind if I take a day or two off. Again boop, just let me know where and when and I'll see what I can do, I'm pretty close to Pennsylvania, so I can probally take a train in. This is very exciting. I'll get to see PoA and you lot all at the same time! WOOO-HOOOOO Party in Penn. for PoA!!! *jumps around* *gets up from computer and dances in excitement* *is very excited about getting to use that smilie*

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Pinky - Feb 23, 2004 3:48 pm (#2681 of 2753)

Julie, you made me laugh! No, I'm pretty sure that cat won't mind! *snickers*

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Denise P. - Feb 23, 2004 8:14 pm (#2682 of 2753)

I had a picture of Boston Rob up...not because I like him (think he is a jerk) but because if he wins, I win in a betting pool LOL

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Luanee - Feb 23, 2004 11:23 pm (#2683 of 2753)

In case you people are wondering, the pair of hands in my new avatar belongs to my daughter, clapping along during my birthday celebration some time back. What stubby fingers.... Boardman?

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Fawkes Forever - Feb 24, 2004 1:10 am (#2684 of 2753)

Happy Pancake (Shrove) Tuesday everyone... Yum pancakes.....

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Devika - Feb 24, 2004 5:09 am (#2685 of 2753)

Hi everyone!

About the LOTR musical.... I agree it's not the brightest idea. I haven't read the books but I have seen the 1st movie... and I can't imagine it as a musical! Has anyone here seen Bombay Dreams? I haven't but I really want to know how people ar liking it. Actually the common music director is an Indian AR Rehman, and I'm a realllly big fan of his. That guy makes awesome music for Hindi movies, and I hope that whatever out of place music he gives for LOTR is also good!

Brandon, that's a really cool avatar!

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Flame Alligator - Feb 24, 2004 5:45 am (#2686 of 2753)

Just a quick post.. LOTR THE MUSICAL!!!!?????!?!?! *plop fainted*

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virgoddess1313 - Feb 24, 2004 6:03 am (#2687 of 2753)

Hey, the books do have a alot of songs in them... it could be done.

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Gina R Snape - Feb 24, 2004 6:58 am (#2688 of 2753)

Devika, I don't know any of the Bombay actors or directors. But I really enjoy seeing those musicals when they are on cable tv. They seem like so much fun. I wish I knew what they were saying, but you can pretty much figure out what's going on in them anyway...

I always wanted to have a sari, but I think I'd look really stupid wearing it, seeing as how I am not indian!

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Marè - Feb 24, 2004 7:09 am (#2689 of 2753)

I guess that depends were you were it Gina. You do have dark hair, I don't think it would look that silly. (At first I read your post too fast and thought you were wanting to wear a safari. I was already wondering how you were going to do that...?)

And what is it that makes today pancake tuesday? Here I was going to make myself a salad for diner, might have to change that now

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Gina R Snape - Feb 24, 2004 7:18 am (#2690 of 2753)

A safari? Heh, heh. Well, I suppose I could wear my leopard-print coat.

Blimey...don't look now but it's snowing in Manhattan. Where did that come from?!?!

Edit: You know very well, Mare, that I do not look Indian!!! I have the same colouring as my darling Severus! Pale skin, dark hair, black eyes...

I suppose I could get away with wearing one for Halloween. But then what would I do with my velvet cape?

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boop - Feb 24, 2004 7:25 am (#2691 of 2753)

Gina it is snow here in Pennsylvania too! Just what we need more snow.

Today is pancake day, I didn't know that. I guess breakfast for dinner tonight, blueberry pancakes with bacon sounds like a good dinner to me. That will be easy dinner to make as well! Thanks for the idea! edit: Denise the students raised $3,547,715.48 dollars at the dance thon this past weekend, for children cancer research.

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Marè - Feb 24, 2004 7:38 am (#2692 of 2753)

Gina, surely there must be a sari to match a pale skin? I mean if SnowWhite looked good in yellow, red and blue??

And I don't think pancakes are supposed to be breakfast.
But I already made them for diner sunday (pancakes with cheese and syrup, hmmm) so I'll guess it's going to be salad anyway
(But I still don't know why it is pancake tuesday.)

And I want snow too!!! The spring flowers are already jumping out of the ground here, and it hasn't even been winter yet. Something tells me the worst is yet to come and those flowers aren't going to make it very long.. which is probably why I want it to start snowing, because now I don't trust the nice weather. And when it has been truly winter I can look forward to spring!

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Gina R Snape - Feb 24, 2004 7:48 am (#2693 of 2753)

Mare, the pancakes where you live are more like crepes and can be eaten sweet or savoury. Here in the States, they take on a decidedly thicker, sweeter, cakier (is that a word?) consistency and are most definitely breakfast food...

I'm sure I could find numerous saris to match my colouring. The point is, no matter what design of the fabric, I will still look like a "white girl" wearing an Indian outfit (never mind that I'm half Puerto Rican and half European Jewish). Oye.

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Thom Matheson - Feb 24, 2004 8:32 am (#2694 of 2753)

With Wed being the Lent season pigging out on Pancakes on Tues became the thing. In the Detroit area, it is Paunchki's.(sorry about the spelling here). These are baseball sized donut rolls filled with jelly. Big deal. Around 500000 are made for by area bakeries for just this day.

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Madame Librarian - Feb 24, 2004 9:03 am (#2695 of 2753)

Hmmm. "Lord of the Rings, the Musical. Produced, written and directed by....(a little fanfare here, folks)...Mel Brooks! Music composed and arranged by Richard Wagner? (Hey, he's always wanted to do another Ring Cycle.

Oi.

Ciao. Barb

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boop - Feb 24, 2004 9:38 am (#2696 of 2753)

Hello Everyone here is another update to the forum gathering this summer:

The weekend of June 4th is it. On Saturday June 5th: I have reserved a Pavilion at Governors Park. The Park is in Bellefonte which is about 15minutes away from State College.

At the park there is a swimming pool, basketball court, and a play ground.

I will draw up a map and give directions on how to find it. There will be signs Placed that say Harry Potter so everyone will know what to look for. I will also add landmarks to the map to help make sure you are going the right way...

The time is anywhere from 10am to until whenever.

Food and Drinks will be provided. So please try and make plans to attend. It will be lots of fun for everyone.

If anyone will need a ride from the bus station or train station or airport I will gladly help them out.

I will also give information on Hotels and Motels in the area.

P.S. More details to follow, thank you

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tracie1976 - Feb 24, 2004 9:40 am (#2697 of 2753)

Wow boop great information You're doing a great job! I want camping sites around there too I wouldn't mind making a whole weekend of it

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fidelio - Feb 24, 2004 9:56 am (#2698 of 2753)

boop, any cost for the park, or anything else?

During Lent, it used to be traditional for Catholics and others to observe a strict diet, giving up food using any animal products [except fish--don't ask why they were OK]. This meant not only no meat, but no milk, butter, eggs, cheeses, and so on. Pancakes were a great way to use up all of these that you had left in the house, plus providing one last great blow-out before things tightened down on Ash Wednesday. Despite the fact that we were all raised Protestant, my mother had plenty of recent German immigrants in the family, and we always seemed to end up having pancakes on Shrove Tuesday [the formal, proper name for today]. Somehow, she was programmed to make pancakes today, without even planning it! Since, as boop notes, you'd want a little meat as well, this was a good chance to taste bacon [or skillet steaks, or whatever] for the last time, too. It's a little less rowdy than Mardi Gras [Fat Tuesday, when you'd use of all the butter and lard and bacon fat], but if you have to get up and go to work tomorrow, a little saner! All those carbs guarantee you'll be ready for bed early, and should be waking up without a hangover. As a last irritating trivia note, Carnival, the other name for the celebrations that wind up with Mardi Gras, comes from the Latin Carne Vale, or farewell to meat--which is what you're supposed to be saying.

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Fawkes Forever - Feb 24, 2004 9:59 am (#2699 of 2753)

Whoops, I drop a bombshell telling you all it's Pancake Tuesday, without an explanation, then I log out for the day ... sorry! (stupid work... I'm too busy)

As far as I know, as Thom said, it was a bit of a pig out in days of yore before the Lenten season began on Ash Wednesday (which is tomorrow)... Lent used to be more severe in those days, it was pretty much as fast, as opposed to nowadays giving up sweets or crisps (candy & chips).... or coffee! I think pancakes became the norm, as it was a way of using up all the eggs, butter, flour & sugar, that wouldn't get eaten during lent & so would have went off.... At least thats what I was told as a kid....

Heres a bit more info http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/shrovetuesday.shtml

Oh & here are a few recipes for those who'd like to try them http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/j_0000000742.asp

I'm actually going to try & make some this year.... it being my first year in my own little house No guarantees they will taste like pancakes... but fingers crossed heh!

Boop, what can I say.... I really wish I lived in the States... I'd love to meet you guys.... hmph *crosses arms & feels rather annoyed... "not fair"* Hey you'd better take photos, & post them on the web for those of us who can't attend! Pretty please....

EDIT : Fidelio... you beat me to the post

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Julia. - Feb 24, 2004 10:02 am (#2700 of 2753)

SWEET!!!! Good job boop, I am now officially uber excited about this. Just remember that when it comes to hotels and such, I'm in college, so funds are limitted. WOOOOO-HOOOOOO! Party at Bellefonte park! I'm so excited, that I will now get up and dance. *does snoopy dance* YAY!!![/color]
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fidelio - Feb 24, 2004 10:22 am (#2701 of 2753)

Fawkes, I'm the fastest bore in the South! Good luck with your pancakes--I'm contemplating chicken crepes--I roasted two last night, and there's one left to use up.

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Denise P. - Feb 24, 2004 10:28 am (#2702 of 2753)

Not only is the Forum fun, it is educational. I know of Lent and Ash Wednesday but never heard of Pancake Day (probably because my family doesn't observe Lent). We are having spaghetti squash spaghetti for dinner...well, the kids get real noodles...I get the squash.

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fidelio - Feb 24, 2004 10:32 am (#2703 of 2753)

At least you won't have to turn around and diet off the pancakes like I will, Denise!

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Fawkes Forever - Feb 24, 2004 10:36 am (#2704 of 2753)

Hee hee Fidelo,
Yum Denise, spaghetti sounds nice.... as does chicken crepes... oh I'm hungry here ... I hope my pancakes turn out ok.... I'll probably burn them... oh well, I'll still eat them...

Skipping off home now to make them... TTFN!

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boop - Feb 24, 2004 11:02 am (#2705 of 2753)

Thanks Everyone: I'm ready very excited I just can't wait.

Tracie; I'm sorry I did forget about camping. There is a campground nearby and I think it is a KOA campground. I'm really glad you are planning making a weekend out of it. That mean more time to spend together!

Fidelio: No there is no cost to the park. That was a very good question to ask, so thanks for asking! Also thanks for the information on pancakes and lent.

Fawkes: I wish you and everyone who lives outside the States could come. We will take lots of pictures and they will be posted for everyone who can't attend to see.

Julia: We have hotels & motels at all prices. I know we will find one that you can afford. I promise.Smile

Denise: That squash sound really good I have never tried that kind before.

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tracie1976 - Feb 24, 2004 11:06 am (#2706 of 2753)

Don't worry about pictures Fawkes I'll take my digital camera with me and post them somewhere. I think the camera can hold about 400 pictures as long as I remember the memory cards lol.

boop yes more time together to have some fun besides 5 hours to spend in the car with at least 6 kids needs to have a few days rest before going home lol.

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Marè - Feb 24, 2004 11:28 am (#2707 of 2753)

funny, we celebrate carnaval (carnival) here in the (mostly) catholic south. (Even though all former links with religion are are forgotten by most people) But I never heard about pancake tuesday. I am going to remember it though. It's funny.

And Fawkes please tell me how your pancakes worked out? You did turn them by throwing them in the air did you? It's the most fun part of making pancakes!

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Julia. - Feb 24, 2004 12:23 pm (#2708 of 2753)

Hey Madam Poppy, My boyfriend is yelling at me that I have a fever. Do you think I could have some pepper up potion, if you've got any extra laying around? I feel ickey again. Hm, I should take a nap...

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Sinister Kittens - Feb 24, 2004 12:50 pm (#2709 of 2753)

Wow I lose my internet connection at work for two days and 47 posts! Julia get well soon, and well, as for the rest of you... i'm still dieting, so today is the first Shrove Tuesday that I haven't made pancakes since I can't remember... mmmm... all that sugary and lemony goodness. Ah well, it will be over by the weekend - I feel some hot cross buns coming up!

FF - hope everything went well and you didn't lose any pancakes to the ceiling!

AND please, please, please somebody make up a web-site where we can all see the pictures of your get together, costumes and all I hope....

# *EDIT* Er Psychedelic Enchantress... is that Parsley the Lion in your pic?

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Brandon Christopher - Feb 24, 2004 1:32 pm (#2710 of 2753)

Yay, thanks for the great information Boop! Now I know which airport I should go into so I can buy my tickets way in advance. Oh cool, a pool - I'll have to remember my trunks.

Thanks Devika and Flame, you have to love Photoshop

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Madame Librarian - Feb 24, 2004 2:12 pm (#2711 of 2753)

A suggestion for all those lucky enough to attend the Grand Forum Gathering in June. Why not create a thread (if the Mods allow) with important travel, accomodation, timing, etc. information? You can update stuff as needed, and everyone who is interested knows exactly where to ask questions and get information.

Using the Chat thread might get tricky as posts get swallowed up in other topics and "lost." If this idea is accepted, you should still mention the thread occasionally on this one so new folks (or those who suddenly --Yay!-- find they can attend) can read the latest stuff and easily backtrack to the basics.

Ciao. Barb

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Madam Pince - Feb 24, 2004 4:27 pm (#2712 of 2753)

I've been offline a few days, so this goes back a few posts, but...

Lynn, try "Quigley Down Under" for another great Alan Rickman flick. It's a Western. He plays a deliciously evil character who wears black all the time -- sort of Snapelike, but younger and with facial hair. And you get the added plus of Tom Selleck (well, I know you might not appreciate that, but the females in your house might!)

And I second the hoo-rah for "Galaxy Quest." It is absolutely hysterical, and AR is fantastic. A lot of fun.

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Gina R Snape - Feb 24, 2004 5:40 pm (#2713 of 2753)

Ick! Ick! Ew...ew...ew! As much as I love, love, love Alan Rickman, Quigley Down Under is probably his worst film ever. Just my opinion, of course.

Not that I'd ever discourage anyone from seeing an AR film...

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Luanee - Feb 24, 2004 6:47 pm (#2714 of 2753)

Hi alexa, your name actually exists!!

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Lynn Allen - Feb 24, 2004 7:06 pm (#2715 of 2753)

OK Gina Snape, Rickman has tons of talent, and has repeatedly demonstrated it so well that you don't even realize he is an actor, and has an appealing refined sneer. But I resent he was voted one of the top 100 sexiest actors alive; nobody called me to compete after all. Not that I can act. But despite everything you've said on his behalf, he still doesn't do a thing for me, you know. That way.

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Lynn Allen - Feb 24, 2004 7:18 pm (#2716 of 2753)

Oh no. Lord of the Rings, the Musical. Timrew, many thanks for the warning. My blood pressure just went up about 30 points thinking about the possibilities. My head has begun to implode. Ahhhhhhhhh! Not a good idea. Please tell them to stop it immediately for the sake of mankind.

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Lynn Allen - Feb 24, 2004 7:35 pm (#2717 of 2753)

Thom Matheson, glad I'm not the only one on this forum who knows the suffering caused by Pushh-kees, that deep-fried fatty delicacy from Poland that adds about 2 pounds to your body weight for each one you consume. I haven't made my entire way to the end of the 47 postings but in case no one figured it out yet, the pancakes and pushh-kees mentioned are in honor of Maudy Tuesday, the day before Mardi Gras. And if anyone needs that explained...I do too. It has a lot to do with the upcoming Easter holiday, is profoundly religious in nature and bound to offend somebody reading this. Too late....oops.

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Gina R Snape - Feb 24, 2004 7:46 pm (#2718 of 2753)

It's ok, Lynn. Nobody's perfect.

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alexa - Feb 24, 2004 7:57 pm (#2719 of 2753)

Luanee, can I have that please?

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popkin - Feb 24, 2004 8:07 pm (#2720 of 2753)

Hi all! I just wanted to pop in and say, "Goodbye for now". It's Fat Tuesday, and I decided I won't be reading the Forum or posting from midnight tonight until Easter Monday. I'm not going to think how far behind I will be by then, and I'm sure some of my favorite threads will go into the shredder, but my soul could do with a good cleansing.

I hope someone posts in the anagram thread so it won't drop off into oblivion. And I hope the sock thread is still around. I'll miss voting. But I'm really going to enjoy catching up when I come back.

Catch ya' later!

Popkin

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alexa - Feb 24, 2004 8:11 pm (#2721 of 2753)

Popkin, soul cleansing? Well, see you then. Take care!

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Madame Librarian - Feb 24, 2004 8:14 pm (#2722 of 2753)

popkin, see you in April. Miss you.

Ciao. Barb

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Marie E. - Feb 24, 2004 8:27 pm (#2723 of 2753)

Just wanted to make a quick hello and welcome to my little brother, The Giant Squid. Have fun and don't you dare tell boop anything!

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Julia. - Feb 24, 2004 8:34 pm (#2724 of 2753)

Wow Popkin, I'm impressed. You're giving up the forum for Lent! Merlin's Beard. Like I said, I'm very impressed. Being that I'm Jewish, I don't observe Lent, but if I did, I have a feeling that I would give up giving things up. We'll miss you around here Popkin, and your soul had better come back nice and cleansed! You should also plan to take lots of time off work after Easter, so that you can catch up on all the posts. See you soon!

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boop - Feb 24, 2004 8:47 pm (#2725 of 2753)

Darn Marie you weren't supposed to see that little note to your brother. BTW Mike don't listen to her come visit in the chat room. Hehehehe

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The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 25, 2004 1:06 am (#2726 of 2753)

Oh my, I've done it again. I took notes, so here goes: Lauren, my dear, using one's time machine without permission is called stealing. Thereby making you a thief. Also, unless you are Tom Hoving, Howard Carter was not a thief like you. I am a nasty, nasty person though. I won't deny that. Oh, and Superman is so infinitly times better than Batman, not to be immature or anything.

Here's some belated Abbyfetti to Alan Rickman and Julie Walters: ',.;,';.',;.,'.;,.';.,';,.';

Madam Pince, I like doing geneological research, so you're not totally alone in your enjoyment of it!

Oh, Flame! I want to discuss the ending of The Forsyte Saga! I had no one to discuss it with at home. Oh, I was sobbing all through it! How I hate what happened! I knew what would happen to Jolyon, but I was hoping for some sort of miracle, I suppose. And Soames! Oh, I love to hate him. He should be in a HP movie, somewhere. I want to read the books now, though. I must force myself to wait until this summer. I know I'll never get around to reading the absolute stack of books required of me this semester if I start on the Forsytes now. I'll try to catch you in the chat room soon. I want a series three. . .

Heh, I'd love to see a LOTR musical! I may actually appreciate it more were it set to music.

Brandon, how freaky.

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Caput Draconis - Feb 25, 2004 1:09 am (#2727 of 2753)
Edited by Feb 25, 2004 1:19 am

Wow, popkin, I admire your dedication. My efforts at giving up stuff for Lent always last about two seconds. Although I did only eat fish today...hmmm.

Um, the only reason I would be shocked about anything related to A.S.P. Rickman and the 100 sexiest people list is if he wasn't number one. Or at least top three. See Rasputin and tell me I'm wrong, heh. Quigley Down Under is awfully, terribly, bad. Truly Madly Deeply is awfully, terribly, fantasticly great.

I'm getting quite upset at people I like getting kicked out of Survivor, by the way. Maybe i should give up reality TV for Lent...nah.

EDIT: Well, well, well, look who it is sneaking in and thieving my 2725 spot...I'd almost be offended if I didn't know about your pilfering, plundering and purloining ways...hehe. I'll use my own time machine next time. Oh, and there is no way in history that Superman could beat Batman at anything except being a giant loser.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 25, 2004 1:39 am (#2728 of 2753)

I wasn't sneaky. I'm merely a better typist. Superman could just kidnap Alfred. And then where would Batman be?

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VeronikaG - Feb 25, 2004 2:43 am (#2729 of 2753)

Abby an Flame; not to invade on your conversation, but I hate that Soames-dude too. If he were to appear in a HP movie, I think he would fit as Barty Crouch Jr., not as Moody, but as himself.

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Fawkes Forever - Feb 25, 2004 3:01 am (#2730 of 2753)

Woohooo, my pancakes where delicious... & I didn't burn any *feeling all smug now* (hmmm .... pancakey)

I even flipped them, well just slightly... I went all Jamie Oliver last night! "Pukka!" Hmmm, almost like I channeled his spirit! Tee hee!

Good on Popkin for giving up the forum for Lent.... thats something I don't think I could ever do, I miss this place over the weekend as it is! So I've over compensated by giving up, chocolate, crisps, sweets, sugar in my tea, coffee & muffins (maple syrup muffins.... yum) ahhh I miss them already! However, 40 days might be a bit of a stretch seeing as there is a huge chocolate bar sitting in my fridge, just looking at me, but the girls at work & myself are going to help one another.... so fingers crossed!

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Detail Seeker - Feb 25, 2004 3:10 am (#2731 of 2753)

As to the idea of having a thread for information for the Pennsylvania meeting in June: Just create the thread ("Add Discussion" button on the upper teal bar) - it will be sorted into the right place some time later. I do not see, why someone of the Forum Staff should object....

So, boop, being the organizer, go for it !

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Flame Alligator - Feb 25, 2004 6:39 am (#2732 of 2753)

Abby and Veronika G, If we are ever in the Chat room together, let's get a private room and discuss The Forsyte Saga II. I knew Jon was "too good" to stick by Fleur. Soames reminds me of my first husband. I thought he turned human in the end because he would have let Fleur have her way and be with Jon eventually. Irene and Joylon turned out to be horrid and hypocritical in the way that they thwarted the lovers. See, I just can't help myself. Hope to see you in the chat rooms. I want the books to Abby.

Top of the Morning to Ya Fawkes.

Good morning to the rest of y'all!! I will be in and out of the Chat room for a couple of hours.

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Karla Labanda - Feb 25, 2004 6:54 am (#2733 of 2753)

I can not enter to chat room. It said Error talking to chat room or something like that. Please help me

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Denise P. - Feb 25, 2004 7:03 am (#2734 of 2753)

Have you ever done something and then immediately wished you had not?? I got a spoiler list for who gets voted off of Survivor, in order. A friend has had this list since before the show aired and so far, the order is spot on..even on specifics. I LOOKED! AUGHHHH...why did I do that? Curiostiy killed the cat....

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mollis - Feb 25, 2004 7:10 am (#2735 of 2753)

Yes, Denise, I have done that a few times myself. The worst is that now, because you so wish you hadn't learned this new information, you won't be able to stop thinking about it!

But the real question is - are you going to win your contest???

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boop - Feb 25, 2004 7:11 am (#2736 of 2753)

Hehehe Mike, thanks I can't wait to here some of those stories!Smile Don't worry Marie, I won't tell much just the good parts that's all!Mike I think your sister is harmless, so see you in the chat room soon!Smile

Denise, The radio station I listen to in the mornings had that list and read the whole list on the air. So don't feel bad I have heard it too!

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Gina R Snape - Feb 25, 2004 7:12 am (#2737 of 2753)

Heh heh. Poor Denise. I know how you feel. I've had the situation where I've known spoilers for a few shows I've watched over the years. Sometimes it's fun to be teased. But when you know the whole situation, some of the magic is just gone.

I belonged to one list where a member got hold of advance (press) copies of the show and told us practically line for line what happened and it was just terrible. The instant gratification of knowing really did "spoil" the experience of watching the show.

By the way, Lynn, it's ok if you do not wind up having the same fervent fan appreciation of Alan Rickman as I do. For *this* board, my primary goal is simply to encourage readers to read and view and consider the positive aspects of Severus Snape.

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Marè - Feb 25, 2004 7:12 am (#2738 of 2753)

So this means you already know who won your competition?

And I wonder if there are many people who wouldn't have looked, I mean you start with checking the first and then the second, and when all is correct why not check the last few names on the list?

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icthestrals - Feb 25, 2004 7:24 am (#2739 of 2753)

Gina, I became a convert after reading your views on Snape. I had started to change my mind about him after reading OotP, but you just drew me over the line. Now I find him fascinating and look at his relationship with Harry differently.

I just watched the DVD of SS last night and appreciated Alan Rickman's performance all the more. I actually found some of his (Snape's) interactions with HRH humorous this time around.

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Denise P. - Feb 25, 2004 7:41 am (#2740 of 2753)

Mare, it only means I know the final two...if the list I have is correct. Who knows if it is accurate but it is spot on so far. I don't mind spoilers as a rule but in this case, I wish I didn't since it is kinda hard to watch the show the same way.

And nope, I am not going to repeat or post the list since I don't want to be a spoiler for anyone.

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Flame Alligator - Feb 25, 2004 7:59 am (#2741 of 2753)

Keep trying Karla. I was just in there.

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Gina R Snape - Feb 25, 2004 8:12 am (#2742 of 2753)

aaaawwww, icthestrals. I'm blushing!!!

That scene in the hallways where he says "People will think you're...up to something" just cracks me up every time. Y'know, in a way he's actually teaching them how to spy and not get caught. But that debate isn't for this thread, so I'll stop there...

btw, I won't be coming to Pennsylvania for the PoA premiere. I am going to meet up with my HPfGU group here in NYC along with some other people organising. If anyone is interested, a livejournal was started to coordinate NYC efforts.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/poa_nyc

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Lynn Allen - Feb 25, 2004 8:52 am (#2743 of 2753)

Boop, much as I would love to come to the movie opening and ForumFolks get-together, my health is so up-and-down I had better not plan on it. These days I'm doing well to put two good days together in a row; I get so tired of being sick, but what can you do? Illness doesn't ask your permission. Sure hope you all have a great time and I'll be thinking of you. Take lots of photos to post online! Lynn

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Brandon Christopher - Feb 25, 2004 8:53 am (#2744 of 2753)

Bad Gina, we don't need competition. You're going to steal everyone that was going to PA, bad Gina...

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Thom Matheson - Feb 25, 2004 9:02 am (#2745 of 2753)

Denise, I, love spoilers. So please spoil me. You have my email i think. I really want to see.

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Fawkes Forever - Feb 25, 2004 9:11 am (#2746 of 2753)

Top of the mornin' Flame

Denise, I know exactly what you mean... thats why I'm very cautious about HP spoilers before the release of the books.... it's a weird paradox of wanting to know... but not really wanting to know... & you don't realise that you didn't really want to know, until it's too late ... hmm, thats confusing... hope you get what I mean.. hee hee!

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VeronikaG - Feb 25, 2004 9:44 am (#2747 of 2753)

While we're on the subject of spoilers, I have to tell Flame Alligator and Abby that I have actually just seen a few episodes of The Forsytes. It has just aired here, and it's still season 1. I don't really want to know beforehand what happens to everybody. It's bad enough that I read on Heartbeat's fan page that Tom was gonna get shot. I didn't know who he was at the time, but his first episode was only a few weeks later. Knowing he's gonna get snuffed actually keeps me from liking him too much. Shame, because I think he's really funny.

The worst spoiler in my life was probably reading on this forum that Sirius was the one who died in OotP, before reading the book. Actually I wasn't too sad at first, I was just relieved that it wasn't Ron. But after discussing Sirius, and the tragedy of his life having dawned on me, I start to understand why so many people actually put the book down and cried. I didn't think at first that I was going to read all the books, so I didn't mind a few spoilers. But when the sixth book comes out, I don't think you'll see me here again for a few months. Having too much school work to do, reading a 500 page book could take it's time.

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Gina R Snape - Feb 25, 2004 10:18 am (#2748 of 2753)

Well, at least it's good that the HP books always come out in June. So most people around the globe are on holiday or at least not in class during the summer months and so have more time to read.

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Detail Seeker - Feb 25, 2004 12:21 pm (#2749 of 2753)

Hello, Forum Family ! A grave announcement must be made:

This thread will be closed soon!

This is, because, considering its growth rate during the last days, it will reach the technical limit, that World Crossing allows us, in two or three days’ time. To keep the messages in here, a new Chat thread was created and placed just below this one.

So, everybody may finish topics already addressed, here but new topics should be started on the new thread, so it is in full swing, when this one goes to the Forum Museum.

And the Chat goes on....

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timrew - Feb 25, 2004 2:26 pm (#2750 of 2753)

Kip said when he opened this thread, "I have established this thread for each of you so inclined to chat on the main discussion threads. All posts to this thread will be deleted every so often as the numbers build."

So why not delete a thousand or so.....?

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Emily - Feb 25, 2004 2:37 pm (#2751 of 2753)

I think someone mentioned on another thread that each post must be deleted individually, and there's a 3-step process for each post. I would not want to have to do it!

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Kip Carter - Feb 25, 2004 5:12 pm (#2752 of 2753)

To: timerew

To answer your question as to deleting a thousand or so messages, World Crossing is their new ways of doing things makes it now impossible to do a thousand at a time. It would mean we would have to delete each message one at a time. The manpower to do that is just not available, so we just start a new thread.

There could be some good info available on this existing thread that may be wise to be kept. That would be a decision for the editors.

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Kip Carter - Feb 26, 2004 2:20 am (#2753 of 2753)

I have closed out this thread. I will leave it here for an undetermined amount of time to give those who could possibly be interested in what has happened since this thread was created. Just think 2,752 posts in five months. This thread was begun September 25, 2003. You guys are definitely a chatty group. I hope everyone enjoyed having this thread available.

The new thread is -- And the Chat goes on.... (Chat and Greeting continued). Catchy title, Detail Seeker! Have fun and enjoy the Forums!
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Detail Seeker- Feb 25, 2004 11:12 am
Edited by Kip Carter Jan 12, 2006 2:42 am

I changed the title of this thread from >-- Chat and Greeting Thread for Members to Chat and Greeting Thread (25 Feb 04 to 15 Jun 04) - Kip 15 Jun 04

I changed the title of this thread from -- And the Chat goes on.... (Chat and Greeting continued) to -- Chat and Greeting Thread for Members -Kip 9 Mar 04

This continues the old chat thread. Have much fun here, everybody !

The original thread -- Greetings/ Chat Discussion Thread - Read My Opening was established September 25, 2003 and continued until February 26, 2004 with a total of 2,752 messages. It was moved to the =+=+= Archived Threads: Since Reorganization =+=+= folder located in the bottom third of this page. You are welcome to read through the posts if you so desire. (Click on the link above in this paragraph to visit the old thread.)

The original message by Kip Carter on September 25th was:

I have established this thread for each of you so inclined to chat on the main discussion threads.  All posts to this thread will be deleted every so often as the numbers build.

I will be eventually have the chat-type posts deleted from the other threads.

The reason behind this move is we are averaging almost 300 new posts per day on this Forum which would be 9,000 posts monthly. A huge number of these posts are adding nothing to the discussion threads but more posts that need to be read. When a new person comes to this forum, they are faced with over 28,000 posts which is mind-boggling. And when you get to some of these threads, much of what is there is not adding anything to the discussion. I hope this makes sense!

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I Am Used Vlad - Feb 25, 2004 1:44 pm (#1 of 2912)

I might be first to post on the new chat thread.

Edit. Yes, I am.

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icthestrals - Feb 25, 2004 2:00 pm (#2 of 2912)

I'm number two! Hee hee.

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Madame Librarian - Feb 25, 2004 2:01 pm (#3 of 2912)

nimrod, congrats on being numero uno! Did I detect a hint of a smile on your avatar?

Ciao. Barb

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Julia. - Feb 25, 2004 2:29 pm (#4 of 2912)

YAY! I'm number 4! Woo-hoo! i really want to get number 1985, that being the year i was born, but i'll have to wait a while for that one.

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Emily - Feb 25, 2004 2:39 pm (#5 of 2912)

#5! I'm not even sure why I care, but it's all good!

Edit: In that case, Julia, I need 1991 (my birth year) or 123(my birth date).

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Acceber - Feb 25, 2004 2:49 pm (#6 of 2912)

I'm #6, my softball number last year. What does that mean....

Emily, that's really funny, my birthday is eight days after yours!! I read your post and thought Wow, another end-of-January birthday! There is one of each in my grade: January 28, 29, 30 and 31 (mine). Now ain't that something.

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Gina R Snape - Feb 25, 2004 3:09 pm (#7 of 2912)

Woohoo! I might yet get the chance to be #666!

Edit: Isn't 7 a lucky number? Or is 12 the only lucky number in the Potterverse?

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Luanee - Feb 25, 2004 3:51 pm (#8 of 2912)

Yipee! I am number 8 !! For us, 8 is a super lucky number, everyone tries to get their phone numbers, addresses etc. to end with number '8'.

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Ladybug220 - Feb 25, 2004 5:06 pm (#9 of 2912)
Edited by Feb 25, 2004 5:07 pm

aaaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhhhh!

I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, (did I mention hate?) working on my resume. Only I really need to since I have been told about a great job opportunity and have someone that could help me get the position. But I REALLY don't like doing my resume. Sigh, but I could really use this career opportunity (not to mention major salary raise).

Ok, thanks for listening (reading, actually) to me vent. I will also take any advice on interviewing since I have never had a real job interview before....

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Madame Librarian - Feb 25, 2004 6:21 pm (#10 of 2912)

Ladybut, my sister, who interviews a lot of job candidates, always is more impressed with a person when they let her know what they can do for the business (skills, strengths, quick learner, on-going training, etc.) rather than leaving her to "sell" the job/company to them. Of, course, you have to do this without coming across as a total know-it-all, more as a professional with talents the company can use.

Good luck!

Ciao. Barb

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I Am Used Vlad - Feb 25, 2004 8:14 pm (#11 of 2912)

Yes, Barb, there was a slight smile on my stone face. The first in about 90 years, I think.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 25, 2004 11:20 pm (#12 of 2912)

Flame and Veronika, my Forsyte buddies, I was bad and ignored the stack of have-to-read-for-school books and checked The Forsyte Saga out of the library today. The absolute best part is the family tree inside the cover. That answered a good few of my questions about the family. By the way, I think Soames would be a splendid Crouch, either one, really. I kept thinking he should be a Weasley because of the red hair, but he's too nasty for that family.

Ladybug, resumes aren't fun at all. I had to write one for my art class in high school. I still haven't figured out why. Anyway, it was just horrible. Especially because I didn't have anything to put on it. Good luck with that. I'm sure you'll do fine!

Ooh, I'm lucky Potterverse 12. Yippee!

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alexa - Feb 26, 2004 12:44 am (#13 of 2912)

Guess I have to choose 13, since 13 is my birth date.

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Devika - Feb 26, 2004 12:49 am (#14 of 2912)

Hmmm... number 14.... I don't know what that would mean...!

Julia in case you are looking for 1985, I'm in the race too! By the way... will it be possible to reach 2810?? (that'll be my birthday!)

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Marè - Feb 26, 2004 1:34 am (#15 of 2912)  
Edited Feb 26, 2004 5:50 am

Woohooo I got 15, my lucky number (for several reasons)! And here I was thinking I had no chance when I got to bed last night -_^

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Fawkes Forever - Feb 26, 2004 3:17 am (#16 of 2912)

Oh I got 16... my birthday .... cool! Hmmm, we definetely are a chatty bunch, maxing out the chat thread in 5 months.... hee hee!

EDIT : Yay, that means I've been posting here for 5 whole months now..... (since september)

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Blast - Feb 26, 2004 3:20 am (#17 of 2912)

My birthdate what a coup

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Fawkes Forever - Feb 26, 2004 3:45 am (#18 of 2912)

This seems to be a pattern

Oh & Blast... did you borrow Fudges Hat? Very trendy indeed!

Oh Wow, It's snowing here.... I knew the mild weather was too good to last! I wonder will we get a snow day tomorrow? Hee hee!

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Pinky - Feb 26, 2004 5:03 am (#19 of 2912)

Wow, Fawkes, have you really been here for 5 months already? I remember when you first joined. You've really become part of the group! That's one reason I love this thread so much (even if I don't post on it a whole lot, I read it all!) - we all get to know each other!

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Fawkes Forever - Feb 26, 2004 5:20 am (#20 of 2912)

Time flies when you’re havin' fun Pinky! I love this thread too for the same reasons... it's like we're all just like one big happy forum family!

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Emily - Feb 26, 2004 5:44 am (#21 of 2912)

8:40 where I am, and I should be in school, but IT'S A BLIZZARD! (Please excuse the caps, I'm really excited.) Charlotte never gets snow! OK, so my school isn't really closed, but every other school in the area of about a hundred miles is! Besides, I live an hour away from my school, so it would be impossible to get me home. My mom was using good judgment. I only helped a little. (*hem, hem*)

Thanks for listening/reading/other, because I love snow, and no-one else in Charlotte does. It's like every body in the south hates it . OK, I'm done!



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FCBarca - Feb 26, 2004 6:10 am (#22 of 2912)

English weather: Snowing 2 days ago, hot today.

And Emily, is it common in America to live a long way from a school, as I have 5 schools that are about 5 minutes walking distance away, another 3 about 10 minutes driving distance, and two colleges that are about a 15 minute drive away.

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virgoddess1313 - Feb 26, 2004 6:11 am (#23 of 2912)

I loved snow until I got into college... then I realized they wouldn't cancel classes for the end of the world, much less a little snow. I hate that. At least this year hasn't been too snowy. I've only had to miss one class because of the weather, but of course it was the lab for my major in which well got all the information on a ig project! Argh! Not good. But it is very beautiful here when it snows. I have a lot of evergreens in my backyard so it's wonderful to curl up with some hot chai and watch the snow fall.

Anyway, enough rambling from me I suppose.

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Emily - Feb 26, 2004 6:15 am (#24 of 2912)

No, it's not common, there is a school about 5 minutes away, it's just that I go to one of about two Catholic Middle Schools in Charlotte, and it's an hour away. And it's supposed to be 70 degrees (F) on Sunday.



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Madam Poppy - Feb 26, 2004 6:16 am (#25 of 2912)

Hey Emily, my daughter just moved from Charlotte to Reno. I helped her move there the week of 9-11. (What a week to travel across the country!) Anyway, Charlotte is a beautiful city. I will always have fond memories of the place. I bought all my Harry Potter hardbacks at the Scholastic warehouse sale for $10.00 apiece! And my daughter eloped at their City Hall!

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Emily - Feb 26, 2004 6:18 am (#26 of 2912)

$10 a piece! When did you get them?



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Madam Poppy - Feb 26, 2004 6:21 am (#27 of 2912)
Edited by Feb 26, 2004 6:22 am

Emily, I think it was December 2002 during one of my 2 visits. They have special sales that are open to anyone in the teaching profession. Notices go out to all the schools to announce the sales. They didn't ask for any proof I was a teacher at the door or when I paid. It was a warehouse and there was shelf after shelf of wonder books at fantastic prices.

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virgoddess1313 - Feb 26, 2004 6:23 am (#28 of 2912)

That sounds like heaven! Inexpensive books! Beautiful.

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FCBarca - Feb 26, 2004 6:25 am (#29 of 2912)

Oh right, Emily. I assumed you went to a nearby school. Still, the size of the town where I live (just outside of London) is about 2 square miles, and we have 5 primary schools and 1 secondary school, with another 2 secondary school's about 3 miles away. My parents were spoilt for choice.

I think my Harry Potter box set cost about £20, which is around $37 (I think)

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Madam Poppy - Feb 26, 2004 6:31 am (#30 of 2912)
Edited by Feb 26, 2004 6:35 am

When I was in elementary school, I lived for the monthly Scholastic order form. I was an avid reader and couldn't wait to read a new book. I found my favorite childhood Scholastic book at a used book store a year ago. (My original copy was either lost or worn out) It is titled Shadow Castle, by Marian Cockrell. It originally cost only 60 cents! It has trolls, dragons, goblins, fairies and a big mystery that is revealed at the end of the book. Hmmm does that plot sound a bit familiar to you???

When I bought my books for $10.00 apiece, they were still over $20.00 in the stores. At first I was only going to purchase Goblet of Fire because it was the only book I didn't have. Then I threw caution to the wind and bought all four. (I'm such a wild woman!)

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virgoddess1313 - Feb 26, 2004 6:36 am (#31 of 2912)

I loved those getting those forum in elementary! I would always go through and have tons and tons of things picked out to get and was most often disappointed.. my parents didn't usually have the funds to spare toget them for me, but I made up by finding them in the library and waiting to buy them once I had my own job. I own more kids books than anyone I know. It's wonderful.

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mollis - Feb 26, 2004 6:58 am (#32 of 2912)

I don't know Virgoddess, I have a very good friend who has bought her daughter an entire bookshelf of children's books to read. This daughter is now a grand total of three months old!

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FCBarca - Feb 26, 2004 7:06 am (#33 of 2912)

I don't really read much. I think I've read about 6 books. So I don't even have a book shelf, let alone fill it up with books. My mum reads a fair bit, my dad said the only book he ever read was "The Count of Monte Cristo", my brother I don't think has ever really read a book, maybe one or two, and he's 2 years older than me (he's 20). So, I certainly can't claim to have the most books.

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Lynn Allen - Feb 26, 2004 7:26 am (#34 of 2912)

FCBarca, If you've read a total of six books, and there are five Harry Potter books and assuming you read all five, what is the other one you chose? And why? And why not others? Since you are 18 years old, I wonder how you have gotten through school without opening dozens of books? Don't take this as criticism, just an amazed response! There is so much of ecstacy, of wonder in books, so many ideas to explore, an opportunity to see the world through other people's eyes and broaden your perspectives at so small a cost! So I encourage reading. Cereal boxes, soup cans, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, just about anything you can lay your hands on...especially books. Your world will expand and be enriched with each new word you learn, and each new idea you encounter. Lynn Allen

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Madam Poppy - Feb 26, 2004 7:32 am (#35 of 2912)
Edited by Feb 26, 2004 7:32 am

FCBarca you don't know what you're missing! Run...don't walk to your nearest used bookstore or library. I even read in the grocery line! I don't get impatient waiting and probably have lower blood pressure as a side benefit. I read in the car (not while driving , the bathroom (old book for bathtub reading), during my work break and before going to bed.

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Marè - Feb 26, 2004 7:36 am (#36 of 2912)

Aha, another cereal box, soup can, "whatever the magazine is" reader! It is always nice to know there are more people with that problem.

And six books? FC what about Fantastic beasts and Quidditch through the ages??

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mollis - Feb 26, 2004 8:00 am (#37 of 2912)

I have a difficult time understanding how it is possible to have only read 6 books in your life! Unless you aren't counting ones that you were required to read for school.

I will happily confess to an obsession with reading. When reading a good book, I am almost addicted - I can't put it down. I will read all day and through the night. And I used to never read the same book twice (lots of library time), but in the past couple of years I have discovered the joy of re-reading the same book several times. HP has of course encouraged that practice, but it started with Pride and Prejudice. I buy all my books now. I travel a lot and reading is my favorite way to pass the time in airports (and occasional knitting).

I have recently been trying to read all the big classics that I have never read (Treasure Island was last weekend - very good book). And I am thinking about trying to hit used bookstores and begin actually collecting books. I would love to have my own library! Does anybody know about buying used books? Any tricks or tips I should know?

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FCBarca - Feb 26, 2004 8:05 am (#38 of 2912)

It was 6 books not including Harry Potter. I certainly haven't read many more. The only known one's I read were Return of the King (LOTR), and Alien...something (which was rubbish, nothing like the films [the book wasn't based on any of the films, I just bought it because it was Alien]). When we were told to read books in primary school, I never. In secondary school, I visited the school library not once voluntary, and when we went there as a class, I just talked. I have always been able to read, so I never needed to read to learn. I'm also a surprisingly quick reader, considering I don't read much. It took me three days to read all four HP books (I first read them around 1 1/2 years ago, after the first four came out.)

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virgoddess1313 - Feb 26, 2004 8:24 am (#39 of 2912)

Sheesh, I can't imagine reading fewer than one book a month. I usually go through at least four or five a month and read a few at a time. I'm totally vociferous.. I can't get enough, I love it.

And what I meant, mollis, was that I have more children's books than anyone I know my age. My friends tease me, but I don't care. Kids get all the good stuff!!!

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Fawkes Forever - Feb 26, 2004 8:56 am (#40 of 2912)

I'm a bit of a book worm at heart as well! I have so many books however, I keep having to buy bookshelves. Infact when moving house, the books take up most of the room in my car. Some friends even suggested that I get rid of a few books.... but I could never sell them.... not my babies, even those I don't like or read anymore!

Yes.... I am a book geek! Hee hee!

I bought my Harry Potter books at Woolworths & Tescos, all for very reasonable prices... think about 3.50 sterling! Well I bought OotP on Amazon..... 'cus I couldn't wait for the paperback version, & I got it on the morning of the 21st delivered right to my door... along with three other copies (we don't share in our family) kidding of course... but we all couldn't wait to read it!

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Denise P. - Feb 26, 2004 9:22 am (#41 of 2912)

My idea of hell would be nothing to read. I get twitchy if I don't have something to read. I probably read more than 6 books a week (counting re-reads). My husband gets a bit miffed at all the books laying around and the various piles. "Don't touch that! That is my 'To Read' pile!"

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Madam Poppy - Feb 26, 2004 10:27 am (#42 of 2912)
Edited by Feb 26, 2004 10:28 am

This conversation has been very interesting! I never thought about my love for reading having any connection to my love of the Harry Potter books.
I guess I'd have to say that I love the storyline and the mystery in the Harry Potter books. But that I also like them because they are well written and I enjoy reading them over and over.
I was the only girl in our family and from Jr. High on, my school friends lived a long distance phone call away. Reading books was my main entertainment. (I was allowed only 1 hour of TV a day, imagine that!)

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Thom Matheson - Feb 26, 2004 10:48 am (#43 of 2912)

Denise, I'm with you. I read 3 to 6 books each week and have for as long as I can remember. At least 35 years. Has anyone tried the Janet Evanovich(sp) books? Short quick reads, I call them my airplane books. They are a hoot

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icthestrals - Feb 26, 2004 11:25 am (#44 of 2912)

I hated to read when I was small. I even had an argument with one of my teachers over assigned reading. She told me that I would have to write a letter to my mother explaining that I was not going to read books for school. Well, I couldn't do that! I started reading and guess what? I never stopped! I am so very grateful for her "making" me read.

I now have my own "library" that includes books from my childhood and some I inherited from my mother. Interesting taste she had.

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Marè - Feb 26, 2004 11:29 am (#45 of 2912)

Okay Mollis, used books.
1. Libraries sell their old books from time to time. Sometimes they even have an extra shelf for the books you can buy.
2. Gatherings and conventions. There are indoor or outdoor bookmarkets (at least here there are, but I think they are pretty universal) were people sell there own books or books collected for the "good cause". Mostly you have to check the signs, flyers and regional papers. My guess is library people would be updated too. (Can one of our many librarians confirm that?)
3. Second hand book shops... obvious
4. Papers! Pick a little paper and write your "I have to have those-all time favourite" titles on it. And then give it to some one who likes to scoop over antique markets and such (Nr 5. Antique markets..) In my case my mother, who has a paper in her wallet and a nose for finding the right books. You have no idea how many of my favourite childrens books she collected for me already. And most of them, even though they are second hand, in perfect condition!

Hope this helps with starting your own library (great goal in life, only at some point you have more books than place to put them, which is my current problem...)

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Sinister Kittens - Feb 26, 2004 11:33 am (#46 of 2912)

Maybe we should change this thread to bibliophiles anonomous... or not so, as the case may be. I'm with the majority it seems, it is quite common for me to be reading 2-3 books at once - I have it quite lucky though I come from a big reading family and we all share. Then they go to my other halfs family etc. I even had a book share with one of friends fathers, we were the only people we knew who both loved Terry Pratchett books (even the childrens ones!)

I totally encourage reading - even shampoo bottles! (I know it's odd but I like to read ingredients in different languages and try to work out what is what etc....)

Anyway Ladybug about the job interview, I'm more than happy to give any tips, although fortunately i'm usually the interviewer. If you want me to send you an email or something just let me know, otherwise Good Luck!

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Emily - Feb 26, 2004 11:43 am (#47 of 2912)

I usually read two books at one time, and I usually finish about four books a week. I honestly can't imagine life without reading on the bus, after I finish my classwork, during my lunch period, when I should be doing my homework, while I eat breakfast, etc, etc.

GO BOOK-A-HOLICS! (excuse the caps)



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Marie E. - Feb 26, 2004 12:02 pm (#48 of 2912)

I, too, am a bookaholic. HI MARIE!

Before I had kids I read much more, but even now it's about two books a week, depending on the books. When I was a kid, and my brother can verify this, I'd read the encyclopedias if I had nothing else to read. As a teacher, I not only get to order off of the Scholastic book orders, I get the extra cool teacher deals. I probably spend about $30-$40 a month on those orders. I always have a book in my purse for boredom emergencies. Right it's, surprise, Chamber of Secrets.

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I Am Used Vlad - Feb 26, 2004 12:54 pm (#49 of 2912)

I used to work in the warehouse of a well known mail-order book company. The employees could buy damaged books for a dollar. Most of the time, the damage was hardly noticeable. I have boxes filled with books that I have no shelf space for.

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Doris Crockford - Feb 26, 2004 1:45 pm (#50 of 2912)

I'm really busy with school (I've had so much homework, including a physics exam yesterday), so I generally only have time to read on the bus (the benefits of taking the bus to school) and for about half an hour before I go to bed. But I'm really excited now, because I've just started a World Lit. course, and we started a nice long book, which my friends all loved. Now I'm rereading PS/SS, because I have an old copy that's falling apart, so I don't worry about wrinkling the pages.
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Detail Seeker - Feb 26, 2004 2:21 pm (#51 of 2912)

Hello, all you con-bookworms !Did you know there are online brokers for antiquary book? That´s where I spend most of my book money. They funtion like Google or other search machines. If you know, what you are looking for - type it in (key words are enough) and they show you the dealer, who has it. Online order and a few days later, you have it. Amazing. The oldest book I bought up to now was from 1816. My mother found nearly all the books back she lost in 1945 on that.

OK, enough advertising. I agree, that there nearly no nicer way of spending an evening than reading a book (after having been here, of course....)

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fidelio - Feb 26, 2004 2:39 pm (#52 of 2912)

Detail Seeker, you did not need to remind me about the joys of on-line book dealers! I've successfully resisted the charms of places like abebooks and Alibris as well as all the books out there on eBay, for several months now, to the benefit of my budget, if not my library. If you're looking for an old favorite title, or researching an odd subject, the on-line dealers are great--a site like abebooks lets you check out the stock of dealers all over the world in minutes, and it doesn't matter how odd the topic, or rare the title--someone out there has it. In fact, it's so easy it becomes addictive. *takes deep breath, resists urge to type in URL for any of these places in Address box on screen*. I'd resisted buying books in Latin and Greek since university, as these are always horribly expensive [low demand keeps the price up], but between the on-line dealer sites and eBay. I've probably added as many in a year as I did the four years I was working on my degree. Yet your chances of finding an old favorite novel, or works you haven't read by an author you like are just as good as for rare scholarly works.

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timrew - Feb 26, 2004 3:20 pm (#53 of 2912)

amazon.co.uk has second-hand books as well as new ones. I recently purchased a royal blue, silk-bound, pocket-sized edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets for £10 (gorgeous little book!). Also a copy of the Decameron (I've always said I was going to read that!), and a copy of the Everyman edition of the Canterbury Tales in the original Middle-English; both for about £3 each.

We studied the Canterbury Tales at school (it was that long ago, I think it had just been published!)

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Marè - Feb 26, 2004 3:42 pm (#54 of 2912)

I never had the courage to work myself through the book (Canterbury tales) but hey! I went to the very touristy er... Canterbury experience (or something like that) in Canterbury (duh..)
I'll wait for your review of the book Tim, if it is readable I might try it. I believe my parents still have a copy laying around in the attic, allthough that might be a translated version. (ever tried to read old-english translated to another language oldish style? Not Good!)

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Blast - Feb 26, 2004 4:00 pm (#55 of 2912)

My oldest daughter has a good collection of children's books as well. She received a lot of them for birthdays special occasions and even from the tooth fairy. Living on a farm with no cable t.v. was limited in viewing, so she read alot. One of her favourate lines was here read, producing a book. The library was a frequent excursion and once while sitting in front of the children's section she stripped to the buff grabbed a book and proceeded to browse. A stunned man asked my wife if Kristina belonged to her. An embarrassed Ruth then had to explain to a two year old that she mustn't take her clothes off in the library, Kristina did not see anything wrong with getting comfortable with an interesting book. Needless to say we still remind her of little incident from time to time. Doris what school do you attend.

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Lynn Allen - Feb 26, 2004 4:02 pm (#56 of 2912)

Timrew, I heard a rumor you were Shakespeare's shoeshine boy so you can't be old enough to have known Chaucer. It's just not possible! ;-D Lynn

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timrew - Feb 26, 2004 4:13 pm (#57 of 2912)

Me and Chaucer, Lynn - just like that! And when I was shining Shakespeare's shoes, he would always chatter away......

Tim, I'm writing a play about Richard the Third, and I'm a bit stuck with one line. It goes, 'My legs are feeling a little wonky; Somebody fetch me a flippin' donkey.' Any suggestions?

And I seem to remember replying, "How about, 'A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!'"

He had the quill and parchment out in no time, scribbling that down!

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Madame Librarian - Feb 26, 2004 4:41 pm (#58 of 2912)

A few years ago there was a popular poster/t-shirt saying that went "So many books, so little time." That about sums it up for me. Imagine being a librarian in a big suburban library and knowing that you can never, ever get to everything that strikes your fancy. *Sigh*

I usually have two going at the same time--one fiction, one non-fiction. Otherwise I get them mixed up. I live in a two-story house, so sometimes I have an upstairs book and a downstairs book. I read labels, too. I have funky little, gift-y books in the powder room (Haikus for Jews is the current selection for bathroom literature).

Our library has a wonderful book sale on-going. Great selections, many in mint condition, at ridiculously low prices. I bought all the HP books but OoP there for almost nothing. I think I paid $4.00 for a hardcover GoF in perfect condition. Since I open them again and again I know the bindings will eventually go, so I'm keeping my eyes open for more copies and will buy them as I see them.

Readers of the World, Unite!! Well, here we are, united through the Forum. Nice.

Ciao. Barb

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virgoddess1313 - Feb 26, 2004 7:26 pm (#59 of 2912)

I've been to those antique book sites before, Detail Seeker. They're great to look through even if I can't afford any of the books. I discovered them trying to find out the value of an old poetry book my grandmother gave me.

Tim, you had me rolling in the floor with that Shakespeare thing. It's always good to read your posts when I need cheering.

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Mrs. Sirius - Feb 26, 2004 9:23 pm (#60 of 2912)

Hey Emily, nice Spanish. Keep at it it's well worth it. Karla don't worry about your English, you're are fine. I should do so well in Spanish.

By the way Emily, where I live we have a regional school district, just one elementary school per town. Nearly everyone has to take a bus. There is one junior and one senior high that the three towns send their kids too. There are many private religious and secular schools in the area within less than an hour’s drive.

Of the three towns, my town is the snowiest. Since we share the same bus system if there is snow, school closing is made for the regional district. Sometimes we have a lot of snow and the other 2 towns are fine but schools are closed anyway.

On the reading books, I love reading but don't read nearly enough now. When I lived in New York I read on the subway. It's a great way to avoid getting into trouble because you are staring at someone. Now that I have to drive everywhere I have to find down time to read either while waiting for the kids at activities or after they go to bed at night and that is much harder to do. My house is covered in books. Every room has books. We have some many books that we don't have enough shelves to put them on. My problem now is that I can't finish any books, except the books I read to the kids every night

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Luanee - Feb 26, 2004 10:01 pm (#61 of 2912)

Ooooo you people are really a bunch of avid readers!!

Don't worry FCBarca, I am not much of a reader myself. I used to read a lot when I was young in school, but not anymore now. In fact the only books which I have read from front to back in recent years are the HP books. But I do read newspapers, magazines, and cereal boxes though....

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The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 26, 2004 11:24 pm (#62 of 2912)

I read about eight to ten books a week. I have oodles of books going at once. Usually one for each room in the house and at least one to read at school. Not to mention my "to read" list, which at the moment is five pages of a legal pad, front and back. I usually check out a small percentage of the library monthly, and my mom found a great thrift shop that sells paperbacks 5 for $1 and hardbacks 3 for $1. We've found the greatest books--some we've been searching for for years! Most of them are in spectacular condition. So, obviously, I read a lot. My one problem is, when a book is assigned for school, I loose all desire to read it. I have a tendency to mistrust my teacher's opinion on what's an interesting read. A long and tedious story goes into why I feel that way. I'll spare you the details.

I love those book order forms! I've been living through my little brother in recent years, and last semester, my Children's Lit teacher would hand them out to us. It's quite fun reliving my childhood.

Oh, and my family has long sense given up on making all our books fit on shelves. They're on tables, chairs, the floor. . .

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Madam Poppy - Feb 27, 2004 1:04 am (#63 of 2912)
Edited by Feb 27, 2004 1:06 am

Changing topic for a moment....my daughter just called to tell me I'm going to be a grandma! I knew that turning 50 was going to be a red letter year. She still hasn't told her husband yet. He has been telling her how all the guys at work have pregnant wives and he wants to wait till he's 30 etc. I told her to tell him he's joined "The Club". I think she's still in shock. Though after 6 pregnancy tests, it should have sunk in.
(I should have quit looking at those cute little baby outfits at work.)

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boop - Feb 27, 2004 3:17 am (#64 of 2912)

Kirsten , , that is so funny taking 6 tests. Kirsten is this your first grandchild? Thanks for sharing your good news and keep us posted on your daughters pregnancy.

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Flame Alligator - Feb 27, 2004 3:24 am (#65 of 2912)

Congratulations Grandma! (Madam Poppy) Now you have a little one coming that you can spoil.

Speaking of Reading: When I was a baby girl just starting kindergarten, I was very excited at the prospect of learning to read. I was a little disappointed that we went so slowly in kindergarten. I already new my letters and numbers and could read simple sentences. I confess that I was naughty because I got bored. I loved reading. I used to read books to my younger sister and brother every night. Most nights my father would tell us one of his delightful stories before bed. Lights out good night. A few minutes later I would pull out a book and read to my brother and sister so they could join me in all the adventurous tales I read. I had a crush on Huck Finn when I was 8. I wanted to go on those adventures with him. "Why do boys get to have all the fun?" I thought. Then I got the Nancy Drew Series. They were fun but not like Huck or Tom Sawyer. I read all the classics. My parents were amazed at the level I was reading. I begged and pleaded for a dictionary so that I could look up the words I didn't understand on my own. I got so tired of asking my parents for definitions. I LOVE TO READ!!! In college, I would go out party with my friends all night, come home and read for hours. They thought I was a freak. "How do you do it?", they would ask. I have to read at least 3 hours everyday or I get irritable because I can not get to my books. My birthday present last year was a lawyers bookcase. Lovely, with the swing up windows. One wall in our study is book shelves from floor to ceiling built by my husband. We fight over shelf space for our books. He asked to use some of the lawyer's case shelf space. I snarled, "No, I need those bottom shelves for the books that I am going to get."

I even use books to teach myself yoga. I have manuals with detailed descriptions of postures along with pictures. I study them and read the descriptions over and over again. Then I hit the mat and viola, I have got the posture.

Sorry guys, for going on and on about reading and books. By now, you all know that I am a chatterbox.

Abby, I hate you. You have the Forsyte Saga books before me. I thought you were going to wait. You have no self control girl.

Veronicka, I am sorry if I spoiled the Forsyte Saga for you. I didn't know. I thought you had seen all of it. Forgive me? I am immune to spoilers. You can tell me and entire movie or book and I will read/view it like it's new. I put what I have been told in the back of my mind.

Well that's it for now. Good morning everybody!

Fawkes, Top of the mornin to ya!!!

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boop - Feb 27, 2004 3:28 am (#66 of 2912)

Good morning Flame, Hope to talk to you soon.

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Fawkes Forever - Feb 27, 2004 3:52 am (#67 of 2912)

Top of the Mornin' Folks!

Congrats Poppy....

SK - glad to know I'm not the only one who reads the other languages on packaging... & then try to work it out... hee hee! Oh & I love Terry Pratchett as well! Just finished the Night Watch.... thought it was quite sad for a discworld novel... but bloody brilliant!

I read the Canterbury Tales at school... in Old English... I found that after a while you got used to it, & didn't notice it much. We also used to invent our own insults from Old English, so we could use them to insult one another in the class room.... hee hee, & mostly we got away with it! I must add they where harmless insults.... hee hee!

I did English literature for A-Level (NEWTS) & much as I loved it... it put me off reading for a while. It got to the point where I was analysing every little detail in a book.... use of prose... choice of words..... but not in an enjoyable way (the way we look at HP books is loads of fun), & I couldn't just read for pleasure. Then I went on holidays to France right after my a-levels. One sunday, I went to a street market, & discovered a box full of english language books for 10 francs... complete bargin! My mum rolled her eyes when she spied my purchase.... yet another load of books for the house. There where quite a few gems in that box, some books where really old too, and the joy of reading was reborn!

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VeronikaG - Feb 27, 2004 4:25 am (#68 of 2912)

I think it's really fun to read aloud what it says on the back side of cereal packaging. Icelandic is especially fun. I drive my friends nuts.

Don't worry Flame, I didn't quite know what you were talking about, anyway. The only thing I know now, is that Jolyon and Irene will disappoint everybody by the end of season 2.

And CONGRATULATIONS to Madame Poppy!

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Pinky - Feb 27, 2004 4:58 am (#69 of 2912)

Ah yes, I do all that and more. Read shampoo bottles - of course! I even made up a jingle from some of the writing on a toothpaste tube once. While living in Canada, I loved trying to figure out the French on our bilingual cereal boxes. Books galore. Bookshelves are my favorite item of furniture. And one last thing: when I was a kid and we were on vacation, I would read the front of telephone books at the motel if I was bored. Now that is dedication to reading!

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Denise P. - Feb 27, 2004 6:09 am (#70 of 2912)

Congrats Grammy Poppy!

Abby, I am the same way about "assigned" books. I think the only book I was ever required to read that I actually still like is To Kill A Mockingbird Good thing I liked it, I had to read it several times during junior and high school due to moving into different school systems.

I did like the assigned books in one class though...Science Fiction/Fantasy. We read The Hobbit as well as a bunch of other stuff I was already a fan of and had read lots of times.

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Sinister Kittens - Feb 27, 2004 6:11 am (#71 of 2912)

So it's true that we are not always on the HP Lexicon! Then how come there are always so many posts? Sighs...

Tim - I am soooo jealous! I've been after a copy of the Canterbury Tales in Middle English for years. I even went into a couple of book shops to enquire about ordering one, I couldn't find a copy anywhere so settled for modern English. It's not quite the same but at least I can lend this copy out so that everyone can share!

And congratulations Mdme. Poppy - you must be overjoyed!

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Julia. - Feb 27, 2004 6:20 am (#72 of 2912)

SK, have you really been after a copy of Canterbury Tales in Middle English? My English teacher from last year has about four. Maybe she can spare one. We read it for class last year, but as a class only did the prologue and the Knight's Tale. The rest were split up among the class. My group did the Wife of Bath's tale. It was very interesting to try to act out the rape scene and the sex scene in school...

Mazel Tov Madame Poppy!!!!!! We're all really happy for you! Just try to convince your daughter to name him/her after an HP character (just kidding about that).

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tracie1976 - Feb 27, 2004 6:27 am (#73 of 2912)

Congrats Madame Poppy!!!!

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Karla Labanda - Feb 27, 2004 6:34 am (#74 of 2912)

Congratulation Madame Poppy!!!! Felicitaciones!!!

Emily, thank you for your post, I hope improve my english here and if you want we can practice spanish together.

Mrs. Sirius, thank you for understand, when I write I am always nervous, because I don't know if Forum people understand me.

I am very happy to found a place where I can share with people that love read like me. Sometimes I can talk about books only with my sister and parents, but we have a similar way of think and the ideas are not controversial Razz.

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Flame Alligator - Feb 27, 2004 6:38 am (#75 of 2912)

tracie1976, I am going in and out of the chat room for a couple of hours if you want to chat.

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Marè - Feb 27, 2004 6:41 am (#76 of 2912)

Congrats to you and your daughter, madam Poppy! And I hope the daddy to be will be okay.

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Sinister Kittens - Feb 27, 2004 6:55 am (#77 of 2912)

Julia, if you think your teacher would let one out of her grasp I would be more than willing to compensate! I have found that some of the wit and humour is lost in the translation to modern English and the general flow of the tales is stilted some-what.

I have just re-read the above. Hmmm... I think you could safely say that's a yes!

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Lynn Allen - Feb 27, 2004 7:07 am (#78 of 2912)

Congratulations Madame Poppy! We are close enough to grandparenthood that I see it coming. Just want to allow the girls enough time to figure out who they are and find the right guys before they take that step. Tim, for a man several hundred years old, you seem to toddle around pretty well! Best wishes!

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Gina R Snape - Feb 27, 2004 8:09 am (#79 of 2912)

Awwwwww, congratulations Madame Poppy! Another little one for the bursting baby ward at St. Mungo's, eh?

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Madame Librarian - Feb 27, 2004 8:17 am (#80 of 2912)

Madam Poppy, congratulations! Hope all goes smoothly. Do they make HP plush toys? Get him/her off to a good start.

Ciao. Barb

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Madam Pince - Feb 27, 2004 8:19 am (#81 of 2912)

Congrats, Madame Poppy! What wonderful news. We wish your daughter and son-in-law all the best.

I'm glad to see there's other addicted readers like myself. I don't really notice all the books I have until I move (which I haven't done in six years)-- you just get used to having all your "old friends" around you. We have seven 6-foot bookcases in our house all filled with my books, and one that's filled with my husband's books. Some are "modern" books, but I also have a lot of antique books which are just so gorgeous -- the leather covers and the gilt lettering -- they really knew how to make a book back then. (Tim, your "Sonnets" book sounds beautiful!) Then back at my mom's house there's three more bookcases full, and also I'd guess about three bookcases full of children's books (I used to love those Scholastic book flyers in elementary school, too! Plus all the Dr. Seuss books, Trixie Belden, Black Stallion, Little House, etc..etc...) I get so aggravated if I want to look something up and can't find my books because it's still back at Mom's. Both my husband and my Mom can't figure out why I re-read books over and over. And I have three sets of the "Chronicles of Narnia" just to get the three different sets of cover art. How sad is that.

Denise, do you know the origin of the list you got of the "Survivor" castaways? It would be interesting to know how that leak got out. I've always been amazed that a leak (well, an accurate one, anyway) has never happened before -- I guess it's about time. Sorry it spoiled the rest of series for you... let's see... I'm assuming that "Obliviate!" would be a bit too drastic, eh? I really have no idea how this is going to play out. Especially after last night! It was certainly the person I would've voted out the second I got a chance, but I wasn't sure the castaways would agree. Seems they did!

Gina and Lauren, I can't believe you guys hate "Quigley" so much! I mean, I know the Western genre doesn't play so well nowadays, especially in big cities, but I always enjoyed it. I know it's not "deep" or anything, but I thought the scenery was gorgeous and some of the lines were cute, and I thought AR was a good villain. Nice light entertainment with clear-cut good guys and bad guys.... Oh well, the world would be a boring place if we all liked the same things, wouldn't it? At least we can agree on "Galaxy Quest!" And we can get our fix on ambiguous good guys / bad guys from JKR!

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Julia. - Feb 27, 2004 8:20 am (#82 of 2912)

I'll ask her Jules. I don't know what she'll say, but I'll give it a try. I should know by Monday.

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Thom Matheson - Feb 27, 2004 9:18 am (#83 of 2912)
Edited by Denise P. Feb 27, 2004 10:38 am

I saw the Survivor list, and last night they blew it. Don't waste your time. Highlight to see a spoiler! ## See Ya naked guy##

Please don't put spoilers, we have people in Australia that follow the show and have not seen it yet. Denise

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Detail Seeker - Feb 27, 2004 10:27 am (#84 of 2912)

All the best to your growing family, Poppy !! May father- & mother in spe come to enjoy the prospect, soon and give birth to a healthy and lucky young person.

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SarcasticGinny - Feb 27, 2004 10:32 am (#85 of 2912)

Whew, I'm behind. First of all, a hearty congratulations to Madame Poppy. Secondly, I loved the "book-a-holic" discussion up there, and I would definitely like to add myself to "BA" (Bookaholics anonymous), not to say that I want to stop reading. Despite student teaching being hugely busy, I finish about 2 books a week depending on how thick and/or densely written they are. Reading is the best way to de-stress myself followed closely by excercise. (Then again, I've been known to read while running on a treadmill!)

Lastly, I want to share a bit of advice and kind of a scary thing that happened to me. The advice is: Do not use a cell phone when you are pumping gas. I didn't know that this was dangerous, but the day before yesterday, I was calling my dad on the phone while pumping gas, and I heard the gas pump click off. I was distracted and didn't look back at the numbers on the pump, I just went to pull the gas pump out of my car. Well the gas was still gushing out, and it splattered all over me, including in my eyes. I had to go to the hospital and if I hadn't, I might have lost my vision in my left eye. The gas pump was indeed defective, but I might have at least kept it away from my face if I hadn't been on the phone. It was scary because pumping gas is such an ordinary thing to do and an accident came of it. Be careful out there folks!

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timrew - Feb 27, 2004 10:39 am (#86 of 2912)

The trouble with living in the UK is that when I come online (about 6pm UK time) there are about 40 posts on the chat thread!

So, belated congratulations to Madam Poppy on becoming a prospective grandmother!

Sinister Kittens, if you're after a copy of Chaucer in Middle English try <>. I found it there as a second-hand book. Just type in "Canterbury Tales, Everyman Edition" in the search engine.

I only realised in the Chat Room last night, when I was explaining why I couldn't make the Philadelphia Meet (I'm on holiday in Portugal), that I will also miss the premier of POA! Oh well, I can always wait until the cinema is less crowded!

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Gina R Snape - Feb 27, 2004 12:03 pm (#87 of 2912)

HEYYYYYYY EVERYONE IN THE UK!!!!!!!!

Ok, now that I've got your attention.

Today is the last day to pose your question to JKR!!!!!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/club/your_reports/newsid_3517000/3517655.stm

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scully jones - Feb 27, 2004 2:45 pm (#88 of 2912)

Oh Ginny I hope you're okay!!!!!! I've gotten plenty of scary static shocks near the gas tank... Freaks me out...

Congratulations Grandma Poppy! Keep us updated on her progress!!! My sister-in-law just had a baby and she was LUCKY in labor... She said it hurt a little bit but just felt like a big poop... and it only took an hour of labor. I KNOW I won't be that lucky when I finally have kids!!

I read a lot, but I have trouble finding other people who read the series I'm serious about.

Potter is easy because it's so popular... I really like the books by Robin Hobb, too... But it's hard to find people who like both. I love Piers Anthony books... But no one ever seems to know about him. I also like Anne MacGafferey. There's so many more that I like, but I just want to find someone who likes all the same books I do so I can have endless conversations about it.

Oh well....

I have to stay up late to watch the "Late Late Show" with Craig Kilborn... The guy in my siggy is a guest tonight... Wish he could just be on Leno so I can sleep.... Jeeeeeze...

Talk to y'all later!

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Blast - Feb 27, 2004 3:33 pm (#89 of 2912)

I'm glad to see that someone else also read encyclopedias. I was beginning to think I might be a little wierd, my family already knows that I am. Poppy are you suggesting names yet? I think there is a line of Harry Potter baby products, Snape is the teething ring. Tim I am curious to know did Shakesprear ever work with Sir Frances Bacon? If they did they could of called it a Shake and Bake production. Alas poor Yorick.

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Pinky - Feb 27, 2004 4:04 pm (#90 of 2912)

Chiaojones - that's just because no one is willing to admit they really live in Mundania.

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timrew - Feb 27, 2004 4:22 pm (#91 of 2912)

Alas poor Yorick, he ate one of Sir Francis' bacon sandwiches that was past its sell-by date!

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Caput Draconis - Feb 27, 2004 4:26 pm (#92 of 2912)

Congrats, Madam Poppy!

Madam Pince, I've got nothing against Westerns (nothing against films that aren't 'deep' either, that's for sure ) but that one's just a little slow for me. Great scenery, and great bad guy. He chose that outfit, by the way, they had him dressed in purple and white at the start. We definitely agree on GQ - and you must give Truely, Madly Deeply a shot, if you haven't already.

Denise, you are my spoiler hero.

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Marie E. - Feb 27, 2004 4:35 pm (#93 of 2912)

Congratulations, Grandma Poppy! I can see the handmade, stamped baby announcements now!

I have spent the last week nursing my four year old through a multitude of viruses and illnesses. Well, just three, but it seemed like a lot. I was up for six nights straight with her and my husband sacrificed some of his daytime sleep to stay home with her. I think our weekend has a lot naps scheduled in!

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Sinister Kittens - Feb 27, 2004 4:37 pm (#94 of 2912)

Okay - firstly - please don’t mention truly, madly , deeply unless you want me to short circuit my keyboard! I'm not usually very girlie - but that film makes me blub at the very mention!

Ginny - just don't wear nylon near gas pumps! ie shell suits etc! They are the worst for producing sparks!

And TIM - hey thanks for that I will check it out tomorrow morning... you never know Julia - your teacher may just get to keep her copies yet....

*EDIT* Marie - get your sleep in!

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scully jones - Feb 27, 2004 5:10 pm (#95 of 2912)

Wow Pinky! Someone who's actually heard of Piers.... Ahhhh... My life is complete!

It's my favorite trilogy simply because of it's length... And I'm partial to puns.

29 books so far in the TRILOGY... So awesome... The other series are great too...

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Denise P. - Feb 27, 2004 5:59 pm (#96 of 2912)

I have a whole shelf of Piers books but I stopped buying his more recent work...just not up to par with his earlier stuff.

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scully jones - Feb 27, 2004 6:09 pm (#97 of 2912)

Even though it's a series, you don't have to read it in order... One of my lifetime goals is to own the whole Xanth series just so I can finally read it in order for the first time. Each one stands alone just fine.

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Luanee - Feb 27, 2004 6:09 pm (#98 of 2912)

Congratulations Mdm Poppy! I remembered my mum was just as elated when I told her about my pregnancy - and she is now having such a fun time playing with my girl whenever I bring her over. I remembered someone ever say that (tongue in cheek) 'the reason why we do not murder our children is for the sake of having grandchildren'. So I guess having grandchildren are more fun than children!

And Ginny, that was indeed a close shave, glad you are all right.

Blast, you are not the only one who read encyclopedia - it used to be one of my hobbies.

And by the way, I just had my wisdom tooth surgically removed yesterday. Not so much pain, thank goodness!

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Marè - Feb 27, 2004 6:15 pm (#99 of 2912)

Robin hobb! I love those books, Allthough I still have to get my hands on the last trilogy. But I want to reread the first two first...

And Madam Poppy, is it true that we all know before your son in law does/did that he is going to be a father? There is something to tell your grandchild.. "The pregnancy was globally known before your dad caught on."

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scully jones - Feb 27, 2004 6:27 pm (#100 of 2912)

I read the first two trilogies several times before I realized that they were in the same world..... I felt so stupid....

A LOT happens in the last trilogy... I highly reccomend re-reading the first two and getting the last one... I cried a LOT.

*edit* this was in response to the Robin Hobb reference
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The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 27, 2004 9:30 pm (#101 of 2912)

Poppy, here's some Abbyfetti to share with your daughter: ',.;',.;',.;,'; Congratulations!!

Heh, sorry Flame. I was at the library typing up a book review for school because neither of our two printers work. I went to go find my mom afterward, and she happened to be in the row with the good ole Forsytes. I saw it and my self-control took the next plane to Timbuktu. I had to get it when I saw it. I couldn't resist. All I'll say about it is the movie had excellent casting!

Denise, the best books that were ever assigned to me in school were in junior high. My two favourites were Ransom by Lois Duncan and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Other than that, the books assigned were just so incredibly dull. Ugh. I will give my teachers props for originality, though. The two teachers who assigned those two were the only ones to assign those in the entire school. Actually, that happened to me in most of my English classes. Not all the books were that good, though.

Madam Pince, my mom has several copies of all of her favourite books. For reasons of cover art, or she wanted hardcover copies as well, or they had nifty bonuses. She has about five copies of Jane Eyre, one because it had a French glossary in the back. I don't think that's sad at all.

Ginny, so sorry about the gas incident! I'm always terrified of pumping gas. Primarily because I'm a big ball of static. I get shocked like there's no tomorrow at grocery stores. It's horrible. I'm so glad you're all right.

Chiao, I've read Piers Anthony. My mom's the fanatical one in my family though. She got me to read the Incarnations of Immortality books. I've only read the first two so far, but they're fantastic. I still haven't gotten around to Xanth, though. Give me time.

Oh, as for reading encyclopedias, I still do that with great frequency. I usually get distracted though, while looking something up. Then I forget what I was looking up in the first place.

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scully jones - Feb 27, 2004 9:53 pm (#102 of 2912)

Awesome, I like your mother... The incarnation ones were great, they keep getting better and better. There's a plan in the works for a movie... And I think there's also one in the works for Xanth too...

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The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 27, 2004 10:21 pm (#103 of 2912)

Ooh, a movie. That should be pretty good. I haven't read the third one and beyond yet because my mom only has those in hardcover. I can't fit hardcover books in my purse.

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Madam Pince - Feb 28, 2004 12:12 am (#104 of 2912)

Oooooohh, Abby, I had forgotten all about all the duplicate copies I have because of the hardcover thing! See, I have this thing -- if it's a really ,really, really good book, then I have to own it in hardcover and have to keep it all pristine. Even when I was a kid! I had a copy of "Rabbit Hill" ( I forget the author right now) which I adored, and I loaned it to a very close friend of mine. She returned it to me about two weeks later, with the cover torn to shreds and crayon marks all over it and in it. She just said real casually "Oh, yeah, my little brother got ahold of it," and that was it! It didn't even occur to her that it would be a big deal, while on the other hand, I was almost physically ill. And she didn't even offer to get me another copy or anything! So I think that started me on my protective streak when it comes to my books. Which is being stretched to its limit currently with a two-year-old in the house. "You DON'T TOUCH MOMMY'S BOOKS!" ha-ha. "Daddy" is even afraid to touch them, I think.

Another reason for paperbacks is if it's something that you're just not sure it's gonna be "hardback-worthy" until you read it, so you get it in paper, read it, love it, and then go out and get the hardcover. I am ashamed to say that I own a paperback copy of a little volume called "Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone" for that very reason! Actually, as of this week I no longer own it -- I mailed it to my college roommate in an effort at conversion. Mwahhaa-haaa...another one for our side!

I also sometimes get a duplicate copy in paperback so I can mark up a copy with margin notations or highlighting or something, and then also if it's destined to be a "bathtub" book or a "day at the beach" book - so basically, any excuse to buy another book! Ha!

Lauren, you can't mean it -- purple and white? Urg. AR certainly made a better choice there! Of course, we all know his taste is impeccable -- look at his lovely wife! (er, I mean Gina... in case anyone's wondering...)

Ginny, hope your eye is doing ok -- take care of yourself! And Luanee, good luck with the tooth -- sounds like it went really well. I know they always tell you to eat jello after a surgery like that, but really, I'd advise you not to accept any if it comes in a little plastic hospital cup marked "St. Mungo's"....

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Madam Poppy - Feb 28, 2004 12:56 am (#105 of 2912)

Marè, hopefully the new Daddy knows by now. He filled her apartment with balloons when he proposed. I told her she should have filled a room with pink and blue balloons. He would have caught on pretty quick.

Yes, I'll have to print out all the congrats and add them to the soon to be started Baby Scrapbook. You are all going down in history folks!

To celebrate and make this almost 50 G-ma feel younger I went and got my hair cut tonight. Oh Dear....it is a little drastic. I've had a "bob" for years and years. This haircut is layered and will hopefully flip up better when I rewash it in the morning. If you hear someone screaming.....it just might be me! I hope it will also look ok turned under. All together now...can you say..."Having a bad hair month?"

While at the mall I also managed to hit our new Ross store. I bought 2 Carter's baby outfits ($5.99 each!!) and a plush Noah's ark with four cute animals. ($4.99!!) I thought I'd send a new outfit each month. I know some will think it's a bit early, but my daughter can use the support and will enjoy receiving a package.

P.S. I had to repeat the news to Grandpa several times before it finally registered.

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Marè - Feb 28, 2004 4:10 am (#106 of 2912)

ChiaoJones: "I read the first two trilogies several times before I realized that they were in the same world..... I felt so stupid.... "
LOL. that is funny! I got the same world reference, but I think I knew it before I even started the trilogy. I saw the first of the living ships books in the store and just had to have it. (That cover!) So I wrote down the author and checked the books she had written. (I rarely buy a fantasy book right away, I always make sure I read books in chronological order.) I liked the tiny references there are in the second trio to the first. (the flying dragons and such)
I'm getting all enthousiastic about the last trilogy now!

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Sirius, Mrs. - Feb 28, 2004 5:20 am (#107 of 2912)

Edited by Denise P. Feb 28, 2004 10:35 am

Congratulations, way to go (to your daughter) Poppy! So maybe this is the year for all the good things. You've done all the accidents and mishaps, now it'll all be good news! If you scrap the congratulations, maybe you should also add the misadventure from the previous year, the new little guy could get credit for turning the things around.

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virgoddess1313 - Feb 28, 2004 10:19 am (#108 of 2912)

Congrats, Madam Poppy!!! I'm sure you'll have a blast with the new grandbaby!!! And I'm sure your hair is very cute. I always hate mine when I first cut it, but the next day or two I decide I love it.

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Devika - Feb 28, 2004 10:32 am (#109 of 2912)

Whew!! I've had a whole lot of posts to catch up on... First of all Congrats Madam Poppy!! Best wishes to your family and especially your daughter! Can we all hope that there's another Pottie in the making!!

About books... I'm joining the 'Club' here too. I totally love books!! I'm an avid reader and ideally I would be reading at least one book per week. Unfortunately, there isn't a good library near my home, so I can't get my dose regularly. But I buy a lot of second-hand books, a few new ones too, and do quite some borrowing too! It seems that long before I was born, my dad had already started his 'library'. When I was young I could hardly figure out what his books were all about. It was much later that I realised, he owns some of the best books there are! So that was pretty lucky!

Madam Poppy, don't worry too much about your hair... it always seems worst in the beginning. Tomorrow morning you'll find it quite ok. I have always had short hair, so I guess I can't really give much useful advice, but I don't think a new 'grandma' look will do you any harm:-)

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wormsé - Feb 28, 2004 2:56 pm (#110 of 2912)

Congratulations to Madam Poppy!!

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Caput Draconis - Feb 28, 2004 4:59 pm (#111 of 2912)

Do we have any leap year babies out there? Happy proper birthday to y'all. I just heard on the news that today is the one designated day every four years that a Scottish woman may propose to her partner. If he refuses he is liable for a 100 pound fine, hehe. Just a heads up to any girls in Scotland who may have forgotten this momentous occasion...

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scully jones - Feb 28, 2004 6:19 pm (#112 of 2912)

Darn, wish I was in Scottland at the moment...

A couple people from the Liveship series appear in the third trilogy too...

There's a certain main character who was in the first series that is also in the second series, but you can't tell cuz of it's name and gender change... Took me forever to find it out...

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Hem Hem - Feb 28, 2004 7:58 pm (#113 of 2912)

Ack, I feel so out of touch with the forum these days...well, at least I'm glad that I didn't arrive waaaaaay too late to congratulate Kirsten on the happy news! Mazel Tov to you and your daughter! May everything go well!

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Julia. - Feb 28, 2004 8:11 pm (#114 of 2912)

Hey guys. Oy, I'm off the computer for Shabbos, and I come back to 27 new posts, on this thread alone! For all you Snape fans, I was looking through my HP page a day calander, and if you haven't already seen it, check out Tuesday, April 6. You'll love it And Mazel Tov again Madame Poppy!

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scully jones - Feb 28, 2004 8:20 pm (#115 of 2912)

Ah.... I needed a change in avatar... Decided to scare you all with this dude... Piers is a cool author because he talks with all his fans. He answers EVERY email! Mostly because he doesn't have the size of fanbase that JKR does...

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The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 28, 2004 10:57 pm (#116 of 2912)

Heh, Madam P, we here in my family can identify with you, that's for sure! I'm kinda bad about my HP books though. I only have hardcover and softcover in the first two, just hardcover for the rest. I had a similar incident with loaning books when I was about 9 or 10. I loaned one of my favourite books, Wait Til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hall, to my friend. I got it back about six months later, with the cover torn and the pages bent. My eyes bugged out and steam came out my ears. I was horrified! Her sister had read it too, and it got lost in the abysmal mess that was her bedroom. I just don't loan books anymore. I'll recommend a book and say, "Oh, it's in the library."

Poppy, my mom says congrats too. She remembers you from when you told me they had Egypt toys at Arby's. And I'm sure your hair looks great.

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Madam Poppy - Feb 29, 2004 7:06 am (#117 of 2912)
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Thanks again one and all for your kind words! You will never know how much they meant to me. Of course there is that little voice inside every woman that does say..."You are too young to be a Grandma!" Since I can't share the news with anyone here, it has also been nice to "spill the beans" to you all. I just might have blown up like Aunt Marge if I couldn't have told anyone!! Who knows what might have happened then? THANKS!

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boop - Feb 29, 2004 9:16 am (#118 of 2912)

Kirsten, I love being a young grammy, I am 43. I have two granddaughters and one grandson on the way due March 20th. oh about your I know it looks great:).

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SarcasticGinny - Feb 29, 2004 9:25 am (#119 of 2912)

Wow Abby, I used to LOVE "Wait 'Till Helen Comes"...a pretty chilling story for a kids book. Up until now, I had forgotten it, but now that you bring it up, I read it like 20 times when I was in grade school. Thanks for the reminder...I may just have to go to the library and give it a revisitation.

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Luanee - Feb 29, 2004 10:17 pm (#120 of 2912)

Wow I really envy boop and poppy, the 2 young grandma and grandma-to-be.... and you will be really flattered when you go shopping with your grandkids in future and people mistake you as the parent and start telling you 'Your child is so cute!' LOL
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boop - Mar 1, 2004 4:57 am (#122 of 2912)

Luanee, Thank you that does happen people do think they are yours. I had my first child when I was seventeen. I was a young mother and my children ages are 26,25, and 23. So it is nice to be called grandma now.

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 1, 2004 6:14 am (#123 of 2912)

Ginny.... oh dear, I hope you're feeling better soon. That’s really scarey! I did a health & safety course at work last year & we where told to never use a mobile phone on the forecourt of a petrol station. Apparently there is a risk of sparks from the phone arcing & igniting the petrol. I'll tell you, that scared the bejeepers out of me.... it had never even occurred to me before. I turn my phone off now, before I go fill up my petrol tank! Oh heres a link to scare you all some more http://www.nikhilkhade.com/articles/2003/6/1151/ Take care of yourself now!

It's the first of March ... only 3 more months 'til PoA!

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Essidji - Mar 1, 2004 6:15 am (#124 of 2912)

Veronika, I have the same concern as you, trying as much as I can to get books that match together. All mine are in paperback (really cheaper, even more here in France), from the Bloomsbury british edition. I read OoP because a friend lent me the hardback he bought when the book was released in June, but I had to give it back to him. And now, as I would like to re-read it, I am dying to wait for it to be edited in paperback, so that I could - AT LAST - buy it!

Edit : Fawkes, this piece of news is absolutely stunning : is that really true or is this another urban legend? I used to believe you were not to use your mobile phone because the waves could interfere with the machine and give a wrong amount...

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 1, 2004 6:22 am (#125 of 2912)

Essidji, I think the UK edition is due out in paper back this summer... July, I think!

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scully jones - Mar 1, 2004 6:33 am (#126 of 2912)

Good morning all, just enjoying a toasted raisin bagel with strawberry cream cheese topping.... I just got cream cheese all over the F key....

My Jimmie usually comes home about an hour ago... We're late for work at the moment... He keeps the cell phone in case of emergency while driving, so I have no way of contacting him. I hope he called in to work to tell them we're going to be late...

What if something happened to him? He used to come home later BEFORE we got this new job... Please help me hope he's okay?

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 1, 2004 6:48 am (#127 of 2912)

I'm sending a hug to you chiaojones. I'm sure there's a perfectly good reason for his delay.

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boop - Mar 1, 2004 7:31 am (#128 of 2912)

Sarah, Jimmy will be okay just got delayed that is all.

Good Morning Fawkes and Jules, Have a good Day

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scully jones - Mar 1, 2004 7:40 am (#129 of 2912)

Jimmie came home half an hour late, he had to work extra because of Passion of the Christ... The theaters are horrendous.

He tripped over his shoelaces today... Hurt his wrist. We're going to take a couple hours off work. I'm making him a deepdish meat trio pizza, and a deepdish supreme pizza while he takes a nice little nap...

Thank you for the well-wishes and hugs, I was really worried.

*on a side note* I mentioned the Potter Party to Jimmie and he didn't seem adverse to it. He said he'd have to let Celebration Cinemas know ahead of time that he wants that weekend off... Things are looking good!!!

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 1, 2004 7:41 am (#130 of 2912)

Good morning Boop, tis afternoon here now.... my day of work is almost over .... woohooo!

Chiaojones.... it's probably traffic.... it's always traffic Well it is in this city! (I believe the commute time in Dublin for short distances is the worst in Europe.... ) Don't worry, as Jules said, there's bound to be a good reason!

Boop, is there any news on your daughter, shes due soon isn't she?

EDIT : Chiaojones... hope his wrist is ok! Enjoy the pizza!

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Gina R Snape - Mar 1, 2004 7:46 am (#131 of 2912)

Ah, watched the Oscars last night. Had a brief fantasy that PoA wins an Oscar for best Screenplay Adaptation for next year and Alan Rickman for Best Supporting Actor. We can only hope...

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 1, 2004 8:19 am (#132 of 2912)

Good morning, afternoon and evening to all! I love logging onto this thread, you always feel so welcome here!

Glad Jimmie's home safe and sound. Mmmm Pizza, now there's a thought it's nearing the end of the day here and I forgot to defrost anything this morning.

Gina, you would hope that somebody out there in the film industry would appreciate the wonder world of HP as much as we do... but then again I'm biased!

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boop - Mar 1, 2004 8:47 am (#133 of 2912)

Fawkes, she is doing just fine, so ready for it to be over with, like with any woman in their last month. thanks for asking

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The Great Abbycadabra - Mar 1, 2004 12:21 pm (#134 of 2912)

Sarcastic Ginny, you're very much welcome. I'm up for a reread with Wait Til Helen Comes too. I used to read every now and then up until I found Harry. Now most of my rereads are his books.

Chiao, I hope Jimmy's wrist gets better soon! I want some pizza now, mmmm.

I found the Oscars to be quite sad. There were no surprises. Billy Crystal was highly amusing though. Hopefully, HP won't be totally ignored again. They should at least humour me and nominate it for Best Sound or something.

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Doris Crockford - Mar 1, 2004 1:19 pm (#135 of 2912)

I keep thinking that they should nominate HP for the soudtrack- they're my favourite CDs. I'm kinda upset that Johnny Depp didn't win, but I have to say that I never really thought that he would. I'm pretty happy that LotR got all 11 awards.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Mar 1, 2004 1:28 pm (#136 of 2912)

The first score got nominated. Silly me, I thought it would actually win. I wanted Johnny to win, too. He's such a fine actor, it's amazing he hasn't been nominated before. I didn't think he'd have a chance at winning until he got the Screen Actors Guild award last week. Then I allowed myself to hope. I will say that Sean Penn is a fantastic actor as well, so it's not as if who won didn't deserve it. I just wanted Johnny to win.

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 1, 2004 1:51 pm (#137 of 2912)

I decide to stay up last night and watch the Oscars... hoping Return of the King would make a good night of it. But after awhile it began to feel a bit one sided! I love the movies, but sheesh. Too predictable for me. I was a little disappointed Johnny Depp didn't win, but not altogether surprised. He'll get one before long... he's too good not to.

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SarcasticGinny - Mar 1, 2004 2:17 pm (#138 of 2912)

(Thanks Fawkes. My poor eye is better now, a little sensitive to light, but more or less good as new. My students are all trying to convince me to sue the gas station!)

I agree that it's too bad Johnny Depp didn't win an Oscar. I loved Pirates, and heck, I love Johnny...he's a cute son of a gun and I would have loved watching him make a speech. Except that category, all my other predictions won. Even though I think LOTR deserved some Academy Awards, it was a pretty obvious/boring ceremony. Did anyone else, however, love the "You're Boring" song by Jack Black and Will Ferrell?

I wonder if HP will be in the running next year. If it's as good as I hope it is, maybe best Adapted Screenplay and possibly best director for Cuaron? (Nominations. It stinks, but I don't think they'll actually give the award to a Harry Potter Movie 'cause the Academy is known to be stuffy. Did you hear that LOTR was the first fantasy movie ever to win Best Picture?!?)

Also, Chiao, glad Jimmie is okay. It's scary when you can't contact someone!

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timrew - Mar 1, 2004 4:47 pm (#139 of 2912)

Yeah, Sean Penn got the Oscar. Johnny Depp will never get it for being.....'cute'. But I will admit that he is a fine actor!

I was hoping it would be Bill Murray. He deserved it for Groundhog Day, but he missed out - and those Academy Members don't know what they're voting for, anyway! Bunch of plonkers!

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I Am Used Vlad - Mar 1, 2004 5:10 pm (#140 of 2912)

You're right about Bill Murray deserving it for Groundhog Day, Tim, but Sean Penn should have won for his role in Dead Man Walking, too. I quit caring when Forrest Gump beat The Shawshank Redemption.

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Blast - Mar 1, 2004 5:15 pm (#141 of 2912)

Sacastic Ginny please wear sunglasses outside even if it is not sunny out. The sun can do a lot of damage to your eyes and you are vunerable at the moment.

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Luanee - Mar 1, 2004 6:24 pm (#142 of 2912)

I managed to catch the live telecast of the Oscars yesterday thanks to my medical leave, as it is on a Monday morning on our side here, and we usually have to settle for a delayed telecast if we are working.

I was disappointed Johnny Depp didn't win too, I know his chance is slim but then again, there is still a teeny-weeny hope.

And it was kind of boring to see LOTR sweeping all the awards it was nominated for. I was envisioning PoA sweeping all the awards next year! And hopefully a couple of acting awards included. Then we can see the entire cast up onto the stage at the end of it. Woooooh!

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SarcasticGinny - Mar 1, 2004 6:46 pm (#143 of 2912)

Ah well, at least Johnny can shine his screen actors guild award and know his peers voted him best.

Thanks Blast...don't worry, I bought a pair of sunglasses the day after the incident and I only lose them when I'm indoors or it's nighttime.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Mar 1, 2004 10:32 pm (#144 of 2912)

Yeah, Sean did deserve it for Dead Man Walking. He also deserved one for I Am Sam. Johnny should have gotten one ten years ago for Ed Wood. All I have to say is that my faith in the Academy would have been restored if Johnny had won last night. I mean, I love Johnny, and goodness knows I adore POTC, but out of everything that Johnny Depp has ever done, he gets nominated for that? Good grief. He is high due for some recognition in the Academy Award arena.

By the way, I usually make my predictions for what will win at the Oscars, but seldom am I so right. There's usually one big surprise, but I got nothing last night. Like Ginny said, the Jack Black/Will Ferrell duet "You're Boring" was the highlight of my evening. That was great. That and just about every word out of Billy Crystal's mouth. I've missed him the last few years.

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Devika - Mar 2, 2004 1:59 am (#145 of 2912)

Hi everyone!

I couldn't watch the live telecast of the Oscars since it was early morning here, but I caught the repeat telecast. I haven't seen any of the movies, but I've heard a great deal about all of them. It sounds like Sean Penn did deserve it, but like many others, my heart wishes Johnny Depp had gotten it! He's an awesome actor... and not to mention... very good looking! I thought Billy Crytal was great too... I guess he added the only spice to the whole show. I loved his little jibes on New Zealand.... 'now people will be moving to New Zealand to be thanked!'And the 'You're boring' song was damn good too... loved the rhyme with 'Catherine Zeta Jones is snoring'!

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mollis - Mar 2, 2004 5:57 am (#146 of 2912)

Hey Tim, What's a plonker???

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Madam Pince - Mar 2, 2004 7:01 am (#147 of 2912)

We didn't watch all of the Oscars show here at my house, but did see some of it. My only comment....I really wish Peter Jackson owned a hairbrush! Sheesh -- you'd think on the one night you KNOW you're going to receive a couple of honors and you KNOW you're going to be internationally televised and you've already gone to the trouble to get into a tux -- wouldn't you want to run a comb through your hair at least once? I understand the concept of 'stylish disarray', but he was just a mess! It just struck me as sort of disrespectful or something. Oh well!

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fidelio - Mar 2, 2004 7:14 am (#148 of 2912)

There are some people who just don't, no matter how hard they try, stay "put-together", and I suspect Peter Jackson is one of them. I used to work with a guy whose ties seemed spontaeously loosen themselves, and whose shirts never quite stayed tucked. He had to double-tie his shoe laces, or they were untied almost as soon as he'd tied them. The only reason his hair wasn't a mess was because what he did have left had been cut very short. I understand that at his wedding, between the ceremony and the picture-taking, they had to take him aside and tidy him up--which is more often a problem for the bride than the groom!

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Madam Pince - Mar 2, 2004 7:18 am (#149 of 2912)

You're probably right, fidelio. And maybe he was nervously running his fingers through his hair every time he came up for an award or something, also!

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Madame Librarian - Mar 2, 2004 7:51 am (#150 of 2912)

fidelio, your post made me think of how teenage boys (Harry, Ron, for sure) can spontaneously become total messes even standing stock still. Shirts untucked, shoes untied, glasses with greasy fingerprints. This applies to some girls, too (Luna, maybe?). I guess some never outgrow it.

Ciao. Barb
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Mrs. Sirius - Mar 2, 2004 8:14 am (#151 of 2912)

Maybe Peter Jackson has a Harry Potter thing with his hair

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 2, 2004 8:23 am (#152 of 2912)

Or a Hagrid thing.

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 2, 2004 8:42 am (#153 of 2912)

Did anyone see any combs stuck in it?

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Devika - Mar 2, 2004 8:43 am (#154 of 2912)

Somehow I found Peter Jackson's tie more revolting than his hair. I mean hair can still be dismissed as fashion, but the tie?!!

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FCBarca - Mar 2, 2004 8:44 am (#155 of 2912)

Mollis said, "Hey Tim, What's a plonker???".

Don't you use that term in America? It just means a stupid or useless person.

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 2, 2004 8:45 am (#156 of 2912)

I do have to say though, that most of the actresses looked absolutely stunning! Especially Renee Zelweger... and I was also very impressed by Annie Lennox, she's looking great.

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mollis - Mar 2, 2004 9:26 am (#157 of 2912)

Maybe it's just me FCBarca, but I've never heard the term before.

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FCBarca - Mar 2, 2004 9:33 am (#158 of 2912)

Well, it is a British term, but I thought maybe you would have heard of it.

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Julia. - Mar 2, 2004 11:57 am (#159 of 2912)

What was going on with Charlees Theron? I'm sorry, but that was just worng. She was so tan, and next to her really blonde hair and gold dress, she looked, as my English professor put it, like a big blotch of beige. I also noticed that something was weird on her face, but I realized that he had no eyebrows!

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 2, 2004 12:51 pm (#160 of 2912)

At least her date was cute... mmmm... Stuart Townsend (Drools Homer Simpson style). He's awfully cute. Ok... enough of my drooling. Too many teenage hormones running through my system.

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timrew - Mar 2, 2004 2:37 pm (#161 of 2912)

mollis, sorry for not replying sooner - it's the time difference!

We have a television series here called, "Only Fools and Horses", and the star "Del Boy", played by the actor, David Jason, is always calling his younger brother, Rodney, a 'Plonker!', whenever he messes up.

You might get it on Cable in the States. If you do, then it's well worth watching.

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Denise P. - Mar 2, 2004 2:48 pm (#162 of 2912)

Charlize Theron had been in Brazil and I thought her tan looked nice with her hair. I think most of the gowns this year were rather blah and bland. There were very few splashes of color. Only Catherine Zeta-Jones had a gown with color, a gorgeous scarlet color. Color me unimpressed with most of the gowns.

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Madame Librarian - Mar 2, 2004 3:23 pm (#163 of 2912)

The only two gowns I saw were Scarlett Johansson's (sp?) beautiful teal gown. It was incredibly striking with her blond retro hair style and her soft make-up and red, red lips. So, there was a real splash of color.

The next presenter I saw when I drifted past the TV was Sandra Bullock in white. Her hair was blah (she's better with darker hair) and the gown--very pretty but due to the way it fell to the ground, she looked like she had escaped from the top tier of a wedding cake.

Next week's "People" should have the best and the worst of the outifts/hair/make-up. I love those.

Ciao. Barb

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scully jones - Mar 2, 2004 5:07 pm (#164 of 2912)

Peter Jackson NEVER looks tidy. They say it's because he's part Hobbit. I'm sure he's tried to tidy his hair before, but it always stays the same. Now the lady sitting next to him, wasn't she the one who helped adapt the script from the book? NOW SHE could have done something better with that mop on top of her head!

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Luanee - Mar 2, 2004 5:13 pm (#165 of 2912)

And how come Orlando Bloom did not attend the ceremony? I was looking forward to see him... As for the ladies' gowns, I thought Nicole's was great, anyway she looks great whatever she wears; and Charlize did looked better during the other previous award ceremonies; as for Peter Jackson, well what can I say? I am only glad Harry do not look like this in the movies...LOL... and if i am right, the lady beside him (with the mop on the head) is his wife...

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Gina R Snape - Mar 2, 2004 8:40 pm (#166 of 2912)

Sorry to interrupt this conversation... But I thought you all might like to see Nymphadora happily recovering from her spay surgery. I think she looks so cute and pitiful, I might even make this my avatar at some point.



btw, Sinister Kitten, nice avatar you're sporting there! You're welcome!

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 2, 2004 8:43 pm (#167 of 2912)

Awww.. she's so sweet. Looks just like a less huge and chunky (and female) version my my cat Ace. He's a moose, but has the same coloring.

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Gina R Snape - Mar 2, 2004 8:57 pm (#168 of 2912)

Thanks. Yeah, she can be unbelievably sweet. Yet, sometimes she's the terror of all Manhattan. My fuzzy wuzzy itty bitty kitty witty hela monster

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Flame Alligator - Mar 3, 2004 1:35 am (#169 of 2912)

Gina, Love your kitkat. I know just how you feel. Thanks for letting us see her. Hope to see more of Miss Nymphadora.

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boop - Mar 3, 2004 2:45 am (#170 of 2912)

Good Morning Everyone,

Gina, your kittie is so cute.

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Blast - Mar 3, 2004 2:49 am (#171 of 2912)

Gina she looks very cute I didn't realize that she had a neck gaurd on at first and it took me a couple of seconds to figure out what it was.

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 3, 2004 3:38 am (#172 of 2912)

Mornin' everyone. Awww Gina, little Nymph is so cute! Aww an 'ickle puddy tat!

Blast, perhaps it doubles as a Satellite dish, so as she can pick up the cat channel on the TV when Gina is at work!

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 3, 2004 4:42 am (#173 of 2912)

lol FF! Gina she is lovely, and world famous to boot - it's no wonder that sometimes she acts up!

Thanks for the comment on the avatar, I was just looking on that site yesterday and there it was, funny thing is I had seen the same pic on a visiting techies lap-top last week but was too embarrassed to ask him to email it to me!

# *EDIT* - Aarrgghhh, I'm having new windows put into my house today - and the whole place is now a total mess, there's just dirt EVERYWHERE! And I can't even start to clean, ah well at least they have finished in here I guess I will just have to hang around for a while.

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SarcasticGinny - Mar 3, 2004 5:17 am (#174 of 2912)

Aww poor Nymphadora! Cats always seem so put out by anything that breaks their routine, which I suppose the "lampshade" does to her. Just keep telling her it's better than kittens!

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Ladybug220 - Mar 3, 2004 5:53 am (#175 of 2912)

She's is sooooo cute Gina! I am biased of course, since she looks so much like my cat Firenze and it sounds like they act the same too...

Madam Poppy, a belated congrats! You will have so much fun as a grandparent. I know my parents do with my nieces.

Sinister Kittens, I may take you up on your offer for interview help. I haven't turned in my resume yet - that happens at the end of the week hopefully. Thanks and I'll let you know.

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fidelio - Mar 3, 2004 7:53 am (#176 of 2912)

Gina, I'm glad to hear she's doing well--but the collar makes her look like the live version of a cat from the Jetsons!

I drove my landlady out to have her rescued dachshund spayed, but Honey didn't get a collar. I won't tell her about Nymphadora's--she'd be jealous.

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Gina R Snape - Mar 3, 2004 8:00 am (#177 of 2912)

Heeee. Well, 'Dora didn't exactly see the collar as a fashion accessory. After 3 days her energy level returned and---don't ask me how---she managed to remove the collar herself! The sutures get removed on Saturday. I hope she doesn't find a way to remove them by herself, it could get ugly...

By the way, I have a few more kitty pictures up on my LiveJournal.

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timrew - Mar 3, 2004 11:04 am (#178 of 2912)

I tawt I taw a Puddy Cat!

Nice moggy, Gina! Would she like some of this fish?

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mollis - Mar 3, 2004 11:16 am (#179 of 2912)

Thanks for the explanation Tim. I'll have to see if we get "Only Fools and Horses." I've not heard of it before though, so I won't hold my breath.

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scully jones - Mar 3, 2004 11:21 am (#180 of 2912)

Ahh such a cute kitty... My mom always gave our cats half a prozac whenever they got spayed... She said it helped them with the pain... I'm glad none of them died from that, but it was funny watching them froth at the mouth and run into walls... They really seemed to like it.

I'm home early to record my favorite musical artist on the Ryan Seacrest show today. I'm not sure about this Seacrest fellow... But at least my music group is cool... I have to go back to work later, Jimmie's working right now without me.

He's going to definitely let me go to the party... He keeps asking questions about it. He thinks he wouldn't be welcome because he's not a Potter fan.

I told him, "What are you talking about? of course you're a Potter fan."

He said, "But I haven't read the books!"

I reminded him that he read half of book 2 and has seen the first movie over a hundred times. Along with the second movie several dozen times. Whenever he went to sleep before we got cable, he would put on Sorcerer's Stone... Whenever we went to eat dinner, "Can you put in the Harry Potter movie?"...

He is a fan of having the movies on the TV... And every now and then he comes up with theories and stuff... But since he hasn't read the books... His theories are a bit odd... Can't remember any at the moment. But I don't think I convinced him that he is welcome. Is there a tennis court at the party? If there is, I think he'll be more than willing to go with me... Smile

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Gina R Snape - Mar 3, 2004 12:45 pm (#181 of 2912)

She is rather fond of fish, Tim. But I think perhaps...cooked.

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Blast - Mar 3, 2004 2:45 pm (#182 of 2912)

Household Hints by Blast. Never clean a teflon pan with an all purpose cleaner. We were low on dish soap and I thought this might do. After rinsing it out about fifteen times the smell was still there. So I boiled some water with a little bit of baking soda and it did the trick. Gina cats like fish anyway they can get them. Our cats are keeping a vigil by the fish tank. We got a few new fish last weekend and they have been up at the tank a few times a day. Last night the one got the fish net and had it in it's mouth. A real Kodak moment.

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timrew - Mar 3, 2004 2:49 pm (#183 of 2912)

Unfortunately, I threw him back, Gina. He's probably a Great White by now; the "Jaws" of Scotland. Swims round all day looking for me!

Anyway, it's a good job you told us that pic was your cat, because when I first saw it, I thought it was a novelty satellite dish!

chiaojones, your mother gave the cats Prozac? I thought that stuff was for depression. You know, cats who can't get any work.....have to uproot the family and go grape-picking in California......

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Madame Librarian - Mar 3, 2004 3:51 pm (#184 of 2912)

Uh oh, Blast, I think you'd best just toss that pan. There's a good bit of evidence that Teflon that's been breached (scratched, stressed, scoured, etc.) gives off some nasty chemicals that get into the food. At least check this out before you cook in it. Maybe I've been sold a bill of goods by those plotting to promote stainless steel or cast iron cookware, but I've always been a bit suspicious of Teflon.

Ciao. Barb

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Marè - Mar 3, 2004 4:35 pm (#185 of 2912)

Don't worry too much Mme Librarian, at my student house we can't seem to find the right replacements for our pans (we need realy big ones) so we have practically eaten the entire bottoms off almost all of them by now. I'm pretty sure some of them were of that anti-cooking teflon stuff.
So far no-one has died yet

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Gina R Snape - Mar 3, 2004 4:37 pm (#186 of 2912)

No, she isn't interested in raw fish. And she certainly isn't interested in one bigger than her and alive!!!!

My poor poor Nymphadora, the butt of jokes about her being an aereal...

Well, Faberge, being the other kitty in the household, was very interested to read this... As you can see, she enjoys spending time at my computer when I am not there.



Kindly ignore the mess of academia and life taking over my desk at that particular moment...

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SarcasticGinny - Mar 3, 2004 5:30 pm (#187 of 2912)

I'm smiling at the huge bottle of lotion Gina...a woman after my own heart- I can't get anything done without ample lotion and chap-stick.

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Blast - Mar 3, 2004 5:33 pm (#188 of 2912)

That's purrfectly normal for cats to be at the computer, they just keeping an eye out for a mouse. BTW Gina Faberge looks a lot like one of our cats, her name is Ariel only food is her life and she is quite a bit more around the midrift. Don't worry your work area looks quite normal to me. You should put a sign up saying Dr. Snape.

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Thom Matheson - Mar 3, 2004 7:14 pm (#189 of 2912)

Let's see Gina, Hand Lotion, a cell phone, coffee mug, everything looks in order to me. But wait, where's my Potter Books for quick reference? What's that about? As compared to mine, at least your desk can still be seen. You must not be working hard enough. Just kidding. Not meant to offend.

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Gina R Snape - Mar 3, 2004 7:50 pm (#190 of 2912)

Heh, heh. Not to fear. You don't see the pile of books to the left of the computer... Just wish it was my rare and beautiful Snape mug next to the computer, not the junky one that is there.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Mar 3, 2004 9:52 pm (#191 of 2912)

Heh, Gina, I just spent about ten minutes of my I'm-supposed-to-be-asleep time trying to read the titles of your books. Talk about bibliophiles.

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Madam Pince - Mar 3, 2004 10:35 pm (#192 of 2912)

Gina, I hope Nymphadora is feeling back to normal now. She looks so sweet! But I can detect a bit of "potential troublemaker" in those wide, innocent eyes!

Mollis, I never heard the term "plonker" either. But I really like it. Plonker plonker plonker. Isn't that fun? OK, so I'm easily amused. Tim, you are forever expanding our poor bland American vocabularies. First 'rat-legged,' now 'plonker.' I love them!

I thought Charlize Theron looked beautiful at the Oscars. I kinda got the impression she was being all "golden" like an Oscar... gorgeous dress, but it would sure take a heck of a bod to carry it off -- which of course was no problem for her! And about her eyebrows, I haven't seen the movie "Monster" but all clips I've seen look like her eyebrows were shaved. I wonder if maybe they just didn't grow back or something? Ewwwww...

Chaiojones, your hubby sounds like mine. A big HP fan, but mostly of the movies only. We watch them quite often. He hasn't come up with any theories so far, but he's always very interested to hear mine, or the latest ones from the Forum! He had a hard time grasping the concept of DIGS, though. I wish we could make it to the June gathering -- the two of them could hang out!

Kitty prozac...hee-hee! Years ago I had a problem with my cat, um, 'expressing his disapproval' shall we say? whenever he was stressed out from a lot of people being over at the house or whatever. After we had ruled out any infections or anything like that as the cause, the vet prescribed Kitty Valium for him -- told me to give it to him before I had a dinner party or anything. Well, I tried it, but I felt so terrible about it -- we had the same symptoms you mentioned, with poor kitty tripping over his own feet and walking into the wall and falling off the sofa. I was afraid he would hurt himself, so I never gave it to him again. Plus it was so undignified looking for a graceful cat to be stumbling around like that, and you know how cats hate to be undignified. Oh well, he never was much of a party animal. (groannnnn....)

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Essidji - Mar 4, 2004 12:35 am (#193 of 2912)

Good morning, evening, or whatever to all of you.

I enjoyed your discussions about cats because I like them a lot. And I was wondering : have I dreamt or I did I truly hear or read somewhere that JKR doesn't like cats very much?

I am very sad at the moment because our 10-month-old kitty disappeared some 3 weeks ago. I used to believe he would come back (might be gone to pick up one or two cat-ladies), but as time passes, I am afraid I have to face the truth : I will never see my "Réglisse-Menthe" again. *wipes tears*

réglisse-menthe is the name of a soft candy with mint and licourice, and as his fur was black and white like those candies, that was a very suitable name. Well, it was for me, our neighbours used to think it WAS a definitely strange name :-))

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Marè - Mar 4, 2004 2:03 am (#194 of 2912)

I like the name réglisse-menthe, it sounds tres chic, fitting for a cat. I'm sorry to hear he got lost. 3 weeks is quite a time to be lost, have you checked all the animal shelters in the neighbourhood yet?

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 4, 2004 2:08 am (#195 of 2912)

AGH, the live webcast is on to ask JK questions, (10-11am GMT)http://www.worldbookdayfestival.com/2004/jkrowling_chat.html

I just submitted mine.... my heart is racing.... hope she answers...

Oh Sirius, Lupin, James & Peter were all in Griffindor. Ginny’s middle name is Molly, Hermione’s is Jane, Ron’s is Bilius... lol

I'll post some questions & answers as soon as it's finished...

Oh I'm so excited.... its live & interactive with JK...

Liz, are you there... I used my name Fawkes Forvever in case there are any other forum buddies online oh heart stop racing....

EDIT : Coolbeans... I see you

EDIT 2 : I've asked 4 questions now... none as yet have appeared

Whats stopping Voldemort from using the Floo Network to get into the Griffindor common room?
Will Malfoy Senior remain in Azkaban?
So, are you going to tell us, what's beyond the veil Surprised) ?
Hi JK, congrats on the books. Just wondering what Hermione's wand is made of?

I don't think I'll get them answered

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Essidji - Mar 4, 2004 2:27 am (#196 of 2912)

Thank you for sympathizing, Marè. I would'n't have thought someone would answer me. I just needed to "empty my bag" (it's a French expression, hope it makes sense in English). Our girls seem to take this quite well, fortunately.

Yes, we should check the animal shelters, thanks for the advice. I believe he is not in the village because he was well-known around the place, as he used to invite himself in almost every house to beg for food and pattings. So we would have known if someone had taken him in.

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 4, 2004 3:35 am (#197 of 2912)

Wow, that was an exciting hour.... so many questions, so little time.. mine weren't answered, but hey there where sixteen thousand submitted....

It does answer a lot of questions... but some have created even more questions

I have it all in a transcript... but it's way too long to place in a post... perhaps I could start a thread & place them in several posts? Any suggestions?

EDIT : Perhaps we wait for TLC / Mugglenet to post it... might take up too much room on this site!

EDIT 2 : Woohoo, knew I could count on you Mare. I've edited mine to read the other way round (although its not as pretty as yours) .... do you want a copy?

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Marè - Mar 4, 2004 3:42 am (#198 of 2912)

Fawkes I already put a new thread up with a transcript in it, discuss away!!! It's still in the new thread section!

And essidji, i hope you find it again, got my fingers crossed for you!

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icthestrals - Mar 4, 2004 5:10 am (#199 of 2912)

Gina, your kitties are adorable! And Essidji, I know your pain. I've had a cat disappear and had to have several of my seniors put to sleep. Very sad indeed. Now I have a young tabby, Jack, who adopted us about 3 years ago. He is so sweet.

Fawkes and Mare, excellent! Some of our questions have been answered. Cool.

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Marè - Mar 4, 2004 5:17 am (#200 of 2912)

Some of our questions have been answered

And most of them not... sniff sniff
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icthestrals - Mar 4, 2004 5:36 am (#201 of 2912)

I'm practicing my optimism, Mare. I'm a pessimist by nature.

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Gina R Snape - Mar 4, 2004 6:52 am (#202 of 2912)

You are too funny Abby. I am happy to tell you the names of my books in the photo if you want to email me about it (as I'm sure no one else here is interested!).

Yes, there is certainly mischief behind those cute round eyes of Nymphadora's.

Ok, I am bursting. I just read the JKR chat and WOW. Oh geez. Where is book 6 already?! So much about Snape she couldn't answer...says a lot in itself!

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Karla Labanda - Mar 4, 2004 6:52 am (#203 of 2912)

Hello everybody.

I don't want to cut your conversation, but I only want to write it. Today, in Ecuador, my country we have the fith book. I read the book in English, but now I can understand all.

I cannot wait no finish my work and start to read it.

I am sorry, but I need tell to somebody.

Continue with your conversation please.

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Denise P. - Mar 4, 2004 6:52 am (#204 of 2912)

Heh, I was trying to see the book titles too!

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scully jones - Mar 4, 2004 6:57 am (#205 of 2912)

Pizzaaaaaaaaaa in the MOOORRRRRRRNNNNNNIIING..... I love the chat... YES more things to inspire discussion....

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Marè - Mar 4, 2004 6:57 am (#206 of 2912)

O Karla, that's great! So after you read the book in spanish (?) you can join in even more discussions. And don't worry about disrupting conversations, I never have been able to discover logic in it anyway

PS I'm ashamed to say I still haven't finished OoP in dutch. and my mum has finished it ages ago... tssk tssk.

Edit: Is everything okay Chiaojones?

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Gina R Snape - Mar 4, 2004 7:35 am (#207 of 2912)

Heh, heh. Okaaaay. I'll post the book title later today. But don't get too excited, m'kay. Most of them are academic!

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Denise P. - Mar 4, 2004 7:45 am (#208 of 2912)

One year ago, today, we met the then newest member of the Lexicon Forum family It was none other than Kierynn! Hard to believe it has been a year since then.



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Fawkes Forever - Mar 4, 2004 7:48 am (#209 of 2912)

Happy Birthday Kierynn Big cyber birthday kisses from me.... Denise... you can do the honours

Wow what a great day, Kierynns 1st Birthday and a live web chat with JK.... (Sorry Denise, it's just I feel like I know you all so well.... like extended family ... hee hee)

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mollis - Mar 4, 2004 7:49 am (#210 of 2912)

Congrats Denise! And Happy Birthday to Kierynn!!

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Ladybug220 - Mar 4, 2004 7:54 am (#211 of 2912)

Happy Birthday Kierynn!! Oh my how you have grown in a year!

TLC has a transcript of the chat available and Mare (sorry, can't do the accent mark) also has done a wonderful job on the new thread too.

http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/JKRWorldBookDay2004.html

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Marè - Mar 4, 2004 7:57 am (#212 of 2912)

Proficiat Denise & Kierynn.

A whole year!!!! zjeeez, that means I have known some of you people for quite a long time now. Time flies when you're having fun, I guess.

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icthestrals - Mar 4, 2004 7:59 am (#213 of 2912)

Happy Birthday, Kierynn!

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Gina R Snape - Mar 4, 2004 8:53 am (#214 of 2912)

Aaawwwwwww!!!! Happy birthday Kierynn!

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Doris Crockford - Mar 4, 2004 9:05 am (#215 of 2912)

Happy birthday Kierynn!

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boop - Mar 4, 2004 9:28 am (#216 of 2912)

Gina, your kittie looks right at home in front of your computer....She is so cute:)

Essidji, sorry to hear about your kittie, hope he finds his way back home real soon.

Denise, wow one year she is so cute, Happy First Birhtday Kierynn:)

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Madam Poppy - Mar 4, 2004 10:23 am (#217 of 2912)

Wow Denise! It seems like yesterday. So much has happened in the last year! Happy First Birthday Kierynn!

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I Am Used Vlad - Mar 4, 2004 10:28 am (#218 of 2912)

Happy birthday, Kierynn.

Well, everyone, I will be missing from the forum for the next ten days or so. Have fun with all the new info from JKR's chat. I dread all the catching up I'll have to do when I get back.

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timrew - Mar 4, 2004 10:37 am (#219 of 2912)

Happy first birthday, Kierynn!

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tracie1976 - Mar 4, 2004 10:37 am (#220 of 2912)

Happy Birthday Kierynn.

Have fun skiing nimrod.

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Julia. - Mar 4, 2004 11:24 am (#221 of 2912)

Wow! Happy birthday Kierynn!

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Detail Seeker - Mar 4, 2004 1:15 pm (#222 of 2912)

Happy birthday, Kierynn ! One year older, but the old jumper still fits, as it seems - or is it just the same design ??

I just wonder, if Book 7 will be out, when she has learned to read....

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Madam Poppy - Mar 4, 2004 1:29 pm (#223 of 2912)
Edited by Mar 4, 2004 1:30 pm

Speaking of desks...check out JKR's office! Can anyone tell what books are on her shelves? http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/uk/newsid_3533000/3533905.stm

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Madame Librarian - Mar 4, 2004 1:39 pm (#224 of 2912)

Kierynn, did your folks buy you any neat HP stuff for toddlers? Gotta start early, you know. Happy First Birthday and many more!

BTW--to all those of the Jewish persuasion (and anyone who just likes a fun holiday--party! food! costumes!), Happy Purim! It's a minor festival based on the Book of Esther story. Ever hear the expression "...the whole megillah"? Well, the story we read on this holiday--beautiful, young woman with help of wise uncle (very wise...a wizard, maybe?) saves the Jews of Shushan in ancient Persia from the evil Prime Minister's plot to kill them all--is the Megillah! That's what the Book of Esther is called in Hebrew.

We all get foolish and wear costumes. Lots of silly skits, triangular, fruit-filled cookies called "hamantashcen" named after the villain, Haman, so we can chomp down on him to express our scorn. Etc., etc. Too much to explain all. Basically a fun day that many might mistakenly think is similar to Halloween.

Ciao. Barb

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Dr Filibuster - Mar 4, 2004 1:41 pm (#225 of 2912)

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday dear Kierynn

Happy birthday to you!

Excuse me, I just have to rush off to CBBC, thanks Poppy. Congrats to you too by the way.

P.S Have a perfect Purim Barb, sounds like fun.

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Julia. - Mar 4, 2004 2:07 pm (#226 of 2912)

Happy Purim Barb! We had our carnival at Hillel last night, and I went as Hermione. You forgot to tell them about another Purim custom, getting so drunk that you can't tell the difference between Dumbledore and Voldemort!

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Madame Librarian - Mar 4, 2004 2:25 pm (#227 of 2912)

Well, Julia, I think we should be clear that it's only the adults who are supposed to get tipsy. The kiddies must make merry by just eating their fill hamantaschen.

Ciao. Barb

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Julia. - Mar 4, 2004 2:34 pm (#228 of 2912)

Yes Barb, you're right, only the adults get tipsy. My parents never let me do it before, but as I'm going somewhere else this year...

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Gina R Snape - Mar 4, 2004 5:08 pm (#229 of 2912)

Okaaay, for all of you who want to know... Here (as far as even I can tell! ) are the books visible in my photo of Faberge at the computer:

Jeeves in the Morning by PG Woodhouse
Cat Tales (anthology)
Douglas Adams--The More Than Complete Hitchhikers Guide
Trainspotting by Irving Welsh
Shtetl by Eva Hofman
Hanging Out in England
A Liar's Autobiography by Graham Chapman
Walden and other Writings by Henry David Thoreau
From Poor Law to Welfare State by Walter Trattner
Rebuilding the Nest (anthology)
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bordain
Gay and Lesbian Professionals in the Closet by DeCrescenzo
The Lost Children of Wilder by Nina Bernstein
Engaged Buddhism in the West by Christopher Quin
Oscar Wilde--The Viking Portable Library
Once Upon a Time in Great Britain
Groups in Conflict by Kenwyn Smith
SCHEI...! (unprintable here, for those here who speak German) The REAL German You Were Never Taught in School
Teaching the Helping Skills by Lawrence Shulman
Regulating the Poor by Piven & Cloward
Making an Issue of Child Abuse by Barbara J. Nelson
Social Welfare by Andrew Dobelstein
Workfare or Fair Work by Nancy Rose
America's Misunderstood Welfare State by Marmor, Mashaw and Harvey
and, of course, the day-at-a-time Harry Potter desk calendar!

Hmmm, I would say at a glance, people could tell a few things about me--
1. I am a social worker or otherwise involved in social services and social policy!
2. I read a lot of british literature and spend time in the UK when I can
3. I have other varied interests and questionable taste in german vocabulary


And that's only one shelf!

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Marie E. - Mar 4, 2004 5:45 pm (#230 of 2912)

Goodness! I'm out sick for two days and there's over 60 new posts. You people are very chatty indeed.

First off, I wish my cat Samantha Jane had a collar when she was spayed. She chewed her sutures out the first night and had to have surgical superglue put on her incision. Silly cat!

Happy Birthday Kierynn! I forgot that she missed Shayla's birthday by one day. My daughter Shayla turned seven yesterday. I was going to post a pic of her but was detained by a nasty stomach virus. She even missed getting presents because Daddy didn't know where I had hidden them. Isn't that awful! I'll be paying for her therapy later for sure!

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Pinky - Mar 4, 2004 6:33 pm (#231 of 2912)

I noticed the outfit on Kierynn too. Is it really the same one? Or did you buy 2 of different sizes? It's hard to believe that it's already been a whole year!

Karla, congratulations on finally being able to read The Order of the Phoenix in your own language! I'm very proud of you for reading it in English and trying to understand it. I'm so glad that you can now read it in your first language.

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Denise P. - Mar 4, 2004 6:56 pm (#232 of 2912)

It is the same outfit, she is a peanut.

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scully jones - Mar 4, 2004 7:01 pm (#233 of 2912)

Wow you don't have to buy much clothes for that kid... She can keep wearing the same clothes. DO you have an enlargement charm on it so it grows with her?

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Gina R Snape - Mar 4, 2004 7:02 pm (#234 of 2912)

Wow! that must have been swimming on her as a newborn. Or did you use some sort of charm so it would grow with her?

Edit: Whoops! I see someone beat me to it on that idea!

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mollis - Mar 4, 2004 7:22 pm (#235 of 2912)

Okay, my turn to ask for prayers, support and lots of good luck vibes. My stupid husband left the screen door open and Mollie, my kitty, got out. She's still missing. He's been out looking for her most of the evening, spotted her once, but now she's gone again. I just hope she makes it home safe. She's not an outdoor cat, only got out once before. Please, Please, Please let her come home safe.

Thanks.

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scully jones - Mar 4, 2004 7:23 pm (#236 of 2912)

Oh NO!!! Come back MOLLIE.... Come home good little kittie... Come on pretty kitty kitty kitty....

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Hem Hem - Mar 4, 2004 7:55 pm (#237 of 2912)

Thinking of your kitty, Mollis.

Happy Birthday, Keirynn! When I first joined the forum, she was only a couple weeks old...how the time has flown!

Wishing everybody who celebrates a very happy purim....

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Julia. - Mar 4, 2004 8:22 pm (#238 of 2912)

*Gasp* Horrors! Mollis, I hope she gets home safely. And happy Purim to you too Jackie

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Luanee - Mar 4, 2004 9:01 pm (#239 of 2912)

Happy 1st birthday Kierynn !! And I don't believe she is still wearing the same outfit!! She seemed to have grown so much!! What a sweet smile!!



Mollis, I do hope Mollie has returned. Best of luck to you!!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Mar 4, 2004 11:55 pm (#240 of 2912)

heehee, Gina, I have a quote for you.

Show me the books (s)he loves and I shall know the (wo)man far better than through mortal friends. --Dawn Adams

A truer statement there never was. I wish I could get a picture of my bookshelves for my avatar. That could give psychologists something to talk about for years! As for JKR's shelves, they look like mine--quite a few HP books lying around.

Happy Birthday, Kierynn!! Here's some Abbyfetti! ,'.;,'.;,';.,'.;',.;' And don't worry, it's edible! Chocolate flavoured!

Marie, here's some belated Abbyfetti for Shayla! ',.;',.;',;.',.; Happy Birthday!

And some Purim Abbyfetti. ,';.',;.',;.',.;

And, to all of you with missing kitties, I hope they find their way back home soon!

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boop - Mar 5, 2004 3:20 am (#241 of 2912)

Wow Denise Kierynn must be a little peanut.

Maire hope you’re feeling better now, and to your daughter Shayla

Mollis, Hope Mollie will return home soon.

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Devika - Mar 5, 2004 4:18 am (#242 of 2912)

Hi all!

Happy Birthday Kierryn... she looks beautiful... Hope she had a wonderful day!

Happy Birthday to Shayla too!

Mollis... I'm praying. Hope Mollie returns home safe and sound.

And Happy Purim! Sounds like an interesting festival.

Speaking of festivals... another really major festival in India is coming up this Sunday. It's called Holi and it's the festival of colours. It marks the end of winter and the onset of summer, generally speaking, though there are numerous mythological stories which give different reasons for Holi. We celebrate it all over the country and it's a wild day when we splash coloured powders and water on our friends and relatives. It's one of those days when you can get away with anything just by saying "It's Holi!!" Celebrations of course start weeks in advance when kids start playing with colours on the streets itself! Personally I'm not too fond of it, but it's supposed to be a real fun day when all you do is play, eat, drink (a lot!), and then ...sleep!! Thought I'll just share it with all of you here, because the forum now seems like family :-)

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Madame Librarian - Mar 5, 2004 5:36 am (#243 of 2912)

It's interesting, isn't it, at how many festive holidays (Mardi Gras, Purim, Holi) occur at the end of winter? Just when we humans despair of ever really seeing the blue sky and sun again. I know I'm speaking from a North American, midwestern perspective, but there's got to be a little truth to the idea that we need a lift right about now.

Holi sounds like fun. Have a grand time.

Hope Mollie finds her way home, Mollis. Have you left her favorite treats right outside your doors? That worked for my neighbor when her cat took a vacation from her housebound lifestyle. Food wins.

Ciao. Barb

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mollis - Mar 5, 2004 5:42 am (#244 of 2912)

Well, she's still not back. She spent the night outside last night. At least it’s been warm - it supposed to be 75 today. I might try the food - sounds like a good trick. She's got to be getting hungry - I don't think she knows how to catch mice. Thanks for the happy thoughts!

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scully jones - Mar 5, 2004 5:43 am (#245 of 2912)

Happy Friday everybody! Jimmie and I have to go back to an apartment that is horrifying to clean it today. There was an inch of burned-on-residue on the stove, and the blinds are covered in muck. We are getting help from "old Yung" today. He's another chinese dude that works for this guy.

My boss seems to like chinese people... Maybe that's why I got the job, because of Jimmie... Niiiice...

I choked on some abbyfetti... The pieces were a little too big... Next time you say they're chocolate, I'll remember not to keep my mouth open so much...

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icthestrals - Mar 5, 2004 5:58 am (#246 of 2912)

Mollis, I really hope Molly comes home soon. I know you miss her terribly.

Cool costume Julia.

And I have to share that I got the hardback versions of SS and POA for my birthday! Yippee!! Those were the only two that I didn't have in hardback. I had bought a very small paperback of SS because I didn't know if I would like it. Stupid me. Stupid me. Didn't want to spend the money on something I wouldn't like.

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Chris. - Mar 5, 2004 6:11 am (#247 of 2912)

I didn't know where else to put this...

HARRY Potter author JK Rowling yesterday revealed she plans to re-write the adventures of the boy wizard. Perfectionist Rowling, who has made £526million out of the Harry Potter brand, told how she wanted to revise the books because she was not satisfied with them.

She said: 'There are loads of things I would change. I don't think any writer is ever completely happy with what they've written.

'One of these days once seven is finished I'll revise all seven books.'

The 38-year-old author, who has sold 250million books, made the revelation during a live internet chat for World Book Day.

Asked who she would like to be if she took magical Polyjuice Potion, she suggested the Prime Minister.

She said: 'I'd like to be Tony Blair for an hour. I'd call a press conference and announce all the policies I'd like to implement.

'I would like to fly and to turn off other people's voices sometimes.'

Rowling, whose fifth volume, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix was one of the fastest selling books ever, said the next novel was going well.

But she remained tight-lipped over what she had chosen as titles for the final two volumes.

She said: 'I can't say when it will be released but it's going really well. I am loving writing it.

'It will be called Harry Potter and something. Catchy, don't you think? I'll follow the same model for seven.'

And Edinburgh-based Rowling suggested hero wizard Harry Potter was set for his biggest challenge yet.

She also hinted that Harry was set for romance possibly with Hermione -but ruled him out of becoming head- master at wizard school Hogwarts.

Asked whether Harry's powers were growing, she replied: 'Yes, he's really progressing, which is lucky because I know what's in store for him.

'If I, personally, were Harry Potter, I think I would go and hide somewhere.

'I'd most like to spend a day with Harry. I'd take him out for a meal and apologise for all I've put him through.'

Rowling said her books would have been different if Harry had been a girl.

She said: 'I'm sure lots of things in the books would change Ron for a start, he'd have to be Ronalda.'

Rowling said she hoped to go on writing after finishing the Harry Potter series, but ruled out children's books and science-fiction.

Asked what she planned, Rowling replied: 'It would probably be a completely different genre.'

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scully jones - Mar 5, 2004 6:15 am (#248 of 2912)

Man they sure do take some of that stuff out of context, Don't they?

Like the Harry-Hermione thing... That's not what she said...

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 5, 2004 6:54 am (#249 of 2912)

I haven't had a chance to read the new thread yet (I'm at work, and as usual we have been having a crisis), but I did hear on the radio last night that JKR was thinking of writing an eighth book. A kind of summary so we know what everyone does when they leave school.

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Madam Pince - Mar 5, 2004 10:21 am (#250 of 2912)

I haven't read the new transcript thread either, and I'm going out of town for a few days so I won't be able to for awhile, but here's what I heard on our local news last night:

First they gave a teaser before going to commercial: "JK Rowling reveals upcoming Harry Potter surprise!" (Which, of course, almost made me have an attack.)

Then when they came back, it was a fifteen second spot that said something like "Author JK Rowling has revealed that she plans to continue the popular 'Harry Potter' series once she has finished the current one. Rowling said today that she plans to write another series detailing the future of the Harry Potter characters as grown-ups."

At first I was all excited, but now after reading the above posts, I wonder if someone in the newsroom didn't just misunderstand or misquote her.
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Ladybug220 - Mar 5, 2004 11:07 am (#251 of 2912)
Edited by Mar 5, 2004 11:12 am

They misquoted her as usual. Here it is for you:

Jangles: Are you going to write books about Harry after school?

JK Rowling replies -> Probably not, but I'll never say never because every time I do I immediately break the vow!

That's the only thing that I could find in TLC's transcript....

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Acceber - Mar 5, 2004 12:13 pm (#252 of 2912)

I feel so stupid. I just discovered this thread yesterday, after about six weeks on the Forum, and it's awesome! I have some notes for various people:

Happy Birthdays Kierynn and Shayla.

Mollis-hope your cat comes back soon. I know the feeling, my cats are always getting lost.

Happy Purim to all! I told my friend's mom it was Purim going to school this morning and she got so excited over hamentaschen (Haman's hat). I hope this year I'm finally going to make hamantaschen myself, instead of eating my mom's. Now that will be interesting...

About the interview-I read it yesterday after school, and there is so much in there. I'm going to read it again with a pencil and paper handy to take notes.

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Karla Labanda - Mar 5, 2004 2:13 pm (#253 of 2912)

Thank you very much Pinky:

I hope finish the fith book as soon as possible, because in English version somethings I don't understand very well, principally conversation between Nick "Casi decapitado", sorry I do not rememeber English name and Harry and Luna and Harry.

Again Thank you for your words Pinky, I feel very happy.

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Pinky - Mar 5, 2004 2:46 pm (#254 of 2912)

Nick "Casi decapitado" - I love it! Nearly Headless Nick doesn't have the same ring.

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Blast - Mar 5, 2004 3:05 pm (#255 of 2912)

I hope you enjoy the books even more Karla, English is a very hard laungage to understand even when it's your mother tongue. Sarah keep a vigil going, Mollie may be confused and scared, but cats have good homing feelings and they seem to know just where home is.

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VeronikaG - Mar 5, 2004 3:19 pm (#256 of 2912)

Happy Birthday, Kierynn!! And Denise, I'm glad your little Devin feels well enough to go to Cub Scout. I'm looking into your web log from time to time. At first I felt a bit sneaky, it was like reading someone's diary. But I guess you put it on the web so we could read it.

Mollis; if it's not too cold, try to leave a window open at night. Maybe Mollie will sneak in when she has the chance. I don't know where you live, but it sounded slightly warmer than southern Norway. Try a room that you can seal off from the rest of the house, put in a blanket and some yummy food, and maybe you'll find Mollie sleeping there next morning. Just don't chase her. Some cats hate being followed by people trying to catch them, and run away to hide, even from the owner. We have a cat like that ourselves. Once, she slipped out of the door right before we were going on a rather long trip, and we spent an hour trying to get her into the house again, chasing her around and around the walls. She kept herself just out of reach. Annoying!

When our other cat was neutered, he fell asleep with his nose in the food bowl, just like Garfield. He was standing there eating, and then suddenly he just tilted forwards, and zzzz. It looked so comic!

Have a nice holiday and weekend!

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Madame Librarian - Mar 5, 2004 4:47 pm (#257 of 2912)

Acceber, hey, another lover of hamantaschen--Haman's pockets, actually, but they're shaped like a tri-corn hat (think Ben Franklin).

I just spent a marvelous afternoon with my 5-yr.old great nephew Ezra and we made four batches of hamantaschen. We had a ball. He did a really good job with the rolling pin, and thought it was really cr-a-a-a-azy that we used a wine glass to cut out the circles. There was flour and dough all over the kitchen. We made poppyseed, apricot, and almond ones. Apricot's my favorite.

Ciao. Barb

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Denise P. - Mar 5, 2004 4:49 pm (#258 of 2912)

Veronika, I did put it on the web so people could read it Don't feel sneaky, I love it when people read it.

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Hem Hem - Mar 5, 2004 5:04 pm (#259 of 2912)

Aw, Barb, that brings back come serious preschool memories for me! My favorite part of making the hamataschen was always making the circles with the glass!

And I must agree, Apricot is the best. The thought that there are people out there who enjoy the poppy ones most is something I wave trouble fathoming.

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Madam Poppy - Mar 5, 2004 7:52 pm (#260 of 2912)

Hey Hem Hem, the poppy ones should be the best!

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Madame Librarian - Mar 5, 2004 7:54 pm (#261 of 2912)

Madam Poppy, take 20 points for the best laugh of my evening!

Ciao. Barb

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Madam Poppy - Mar 5, 2004 7:58 pm (#262 of 2912)
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Marie E. - Mar 5, 2004 8:32 pm (#263 of 2912)

I have pictures of Shayla in the same outfit coming home from the hospital, at six months, and at nine months. It was a 3-6 months size outfit and if it didn't have built in footies it probably would have fit her at 12 months. So, Kierynn isn't so much of a peanut. Or maybe Denise and I have small girls.

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Mrs. Sirius - Mar 6, 2004 5:40 am (#264 of 2912)

My goodness! A whole year. Happy Birthday Kierynn How time flies.

My son was out of his first outfits by the time he was 3 months old, he was a real horse. By the time he was six months old he was so big I placed him face forward in his carseat. For that first year when you are doing all that carrying bigs kid gets to be less fun as they gain weight. The triplets, on the other hand wore their first outfits until they were about one year old.

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Madam Poppy - Mar 6, 2004 6:07 am (#265 of 2912)

In case you missed this at The Leaky Cauldron: Check out these HP photos with alternate captions:
http://www.ipodlaughs.com/ipod/ipocalypse/harrypotter.asp
Attention Gina!: Dumbledore has a good quote regarding Snape!

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Madame Librarian - Mar 6, 2004 6:17 am (#266 of 2912)

Thanks, again, Poppy. Now you've given me a chuckle first thing in the morning. I sent that one off to my son. I need stuff like that to keep him from thinking I'm not cool. He's already concerned about my HP addiction (which he admits is tempting, but he's so swamped with homework), so I send him tidbits that might keep him on the fringes of involvement.

Ciao. Barb

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Acceber - Mar 6, 2004 7:34 am (#267 of 2912)

Barb-I could have sworn it was Haman's hat, not pockets. Guess I should pay better attention in Sunday School...

I read the caption things with iPod and I was cracking up. We really should show that one where Dumbly mentions Snape to Gina . She'd love it.

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Gina R Snape - Mar 6, 2004 8:38 am (#268 of 2912)

Heee. I saw it. Very cute. Thanks for thinking of me, everyone!

I've seen other Snape comments attributed to that picture, but they aren't permissible here.

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Blast - Mar 6, 2004 9:22 am (#269 of 2912)

Goodbye to St. Mungos. I have wanted to post a last message but I thought the honor should go to those people who bravely were before me. The last two posts were very fitting, good work ladies. A moment of silence should be observed.

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Marie E. - Mar 6, 2004 9:31 am (#270 of 2912)

Thanks, Madam Poppy. That was fun. My favorite is "Alas! Britney!". heehee.

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Gina R Snape - Mar 6, 2004 11:33 am (#271 of 2912)

Thank you, Blast. Istari's entry was quite poetic. But I do admit, a little twinge fluttered around my heartstrings when I saw I'd made the last post. I went back 3 times to rewrite it, even, once that realisation set in... :sniff:

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Madam Poppy - Mar 6, 2004 2:29 pm (#272 of 2912)

What? This is news to me! St. Mungos is closed? Good thing I still have my job at Hogwarts to fall back on!

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Kip Carter - Mar 6, 2004 2:48 pm (#273 of 2912)

Don't fret, Madam Poppy! Gina R Snape quickly started a new thread St. Mungo's Lexicon Ward for the Incurably Insane on the Harry Potter Lexicon FanFiction Forum to allow all patient a place to continue therapy!

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Madam Poppy - Mar 6, 2004 2:56 pm (#274 of 2912)

Ah Ha...I see. Just went there to check on my patients. Thanks Kip!

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Gina R Snape - Mar 6, 2004 3:37 pm (#275 of 2912)

Thank you for the announcement, Kip! And...thank you for using my full name.

Edit: I went shopping today in search of a packet of Wotsits (long story, don't ask...) and found a Harry Potter thing in with the Easter candies. It came with a hollow chocolate milk egg, 2 giant chocolate frogs, 2 HP cards, and the box can be cut out and folded up into a Hogwarts Express and Platform 9 3/4! There was no way I was going to resist that. Oh! And the expiry date for the chocolates is 31.7.2004. Very interesting, no?

Didn't find the Wotsits, though.

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scully jones - Mar 6, 2004 4:40 pm (#276 of 2912)

Something big happened today, but I'm talking to my dad on the phone so I can't concentrate enough to type it out... Just lettting you guys know I'm on here.

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Julia. - Mar 6, 2004 6:24 pm (#277 of 2912)

This is a bit late, but Barb, I too always thought it was Haman's (booooooooooo) hat. Oh well, I guess you learn something new every day. Happy Purim everyone.

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Pinky - Mar 6, 2004 7:31 pm (#278 of 2912)

Hmmmm, Sarah..... what could be her something big I wonders precioussss?

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Marie E. - Mar 6, 2004 7:34 pm (#279 of 2912)

Pinky, you reminded me of something I was going to tell you all. I was driving Shayla to Brownies last Sunday and out of the blue she went into a Gollum impression. She said "what's tater's, precious? what's tater's? Stupid fat hobbit. It ruins it, ruins nice fish". I almost crashed for laughing so hard.

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shepherdess - Mar 6, 2004 8:05 pm (#280 of 2912)

Sarah, anxiously awaiting your big news.

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scully jones - Mar 6, 2004 9:00 pm (#281 of 2912)

Sorry for making you guys anxious, it just seems so big to me, but it's not Potter news, so it might not mean as much to you guys. I was on the phone with my dad, though... And we talk for a long, long time!

The thing that I found out today needs a bit of backstory to seem important.

I haven't seen some of my high school friends since graduation. I have kept in touch with two, twins, one is in Iraq at the moment and the other is in Nevada. I had two OTHER friends also. I was a bit lacking in the friend department at school- I had two sets, Heather&Kristina (close since Kindergarten-practically sisters, including the fights) and Sarah G. Jones&Colleen Bromley (Fellow Potterfile Intellectual equals-friends because of our interests-never fighting, etc...)

All I knew about Sarah G. was that she married after high school. I didn't hear anything about Colleen until last year. Jimmie and I went to Idaho to visit my mom, and I remembered where her house had been. We went there, and her parents invited us in. They told me Colleen (My aristocratic, noble, chivalrous co-editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper) had gotten MARRIED. Now, believe me, I thought Colleen would be a spinster librarian, never having kids, but being very succesfull in a quaint way.

Well it turns out she married the most unlikely fellow imaginable. Kevin Shreves. The class clown, skater-boy with bleached hair. He had been one of the members of our core group, and had apparently liked her for years (he hadn't been able to say anything about it because she and his best friend had dated all throughout school.).

I accepted this all, and moved on... Very curious about them, but unable to make contact.

As I was on reunion.com, I noticed that there was a recent addition... Kevin Shreves. I was excited, but you have to pay money to get any kind of information. But I noticed he used his name as his sign-on, and so decided to do an experiment. I sent an email to his name on every email provider I could imagine.

The "big news" I was excited about is the fact that he wrote me back. One of the emails were correct.

Turns out, he is in the ARMY in Iraq, and his Colleen, MY Colleen is 8 months pregnant back home! My colleen.... MY Best friend, and I have her email and phone number and she's having a BABY!!! It's going to be a boy and they're naming it Ian Michael.

If I find out she uses the internet often (she was computer illiterate back in HS) I'll MAKE SURE she joins the lexicon! She and Sarah were the only other people in our entire school reading the Potter books... I haven't even heard what she thinks of the FIRST MOVIE let alone the latest book!

Oh thank you if you read this, I needed to ramble... Sorry!!!

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Madam Poppy - Mar 6, 2004 9:54 pm (#282 of 2912)
Edited by Mar 6, 2004 9:57 pm

How exciting you have come so close to finding a long lost friend. I have a best friend that became lost over the years. I'd love to hear how she's doing today.

I just got back from seeing Hidalgo, starring Viggo Mortensen. Great movie! I'd recommend one and all to go see it.

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shepherdess - Mar 6, 2004 10:05 pm (#283 of 2912)

Sarah,

That is exciting! It's true "you don't know what you've got, 'til it's gone". And we tend to lose touch with friends all too often; usually because we aren't diligent enough in maintaining contact. It's sad when we go in different directions from our friends, and end up separated to the point where we can't get back together.

But after that happens, it's so awesome when circumstances can bring about a reunion! I bet Coleen will live hearing from you! I hope everything works out. And do get her to join the forum, we'll love meeting your friend.

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Marie E. - Mar 6, 2004 10:32 pm (#284 of 2912)

My neighbors just saw Hildago tonight and they loved it too. My husband insists I stop calling it "In which Aragorn rides a horse". Heehee.

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Pinky - Mar 7, 2004 3:52 am (#285 of 2912)

Sarah, that IS exciting news! I hope you are able to renew the old friendship.

Madam Poppy - Hidalgo! Yes! Whew! We saw it yesterday afternoon. Wow! Everyone - go see it! It's amazing!

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Ladybug220 - Mar 7, 2004 4:42 am (#286 of 2912)

Sarah, that is great news! I got in touch with some of my friends through classmates.com and it's a good site for that kind of stuff too.

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Madame Librarian - Mar 7, 2004 5:45 am (#287 of 2912)

Acceber and Julia, tasche is the German and Yiddish word for pocket (taschen, plural), but the treat is shaped like a tri-corn hat so many people say that that's what the name means. Don't ask me how this happened. There might probably be a long Talmudic explanation, but it is an issue unlikely to be resolved. Hey, does that remind you of anything we see on the Forum?

Ciao. Barb

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mollis - Mar 7, 2004 7:38 am (#288 of 2912)
Edited by Mar 7, 2004 7:39 am

Okay, missing kitty update: She still hasn't come home. I have put out food and a blanket. Food's gone, but I think it was a stray that ate it. Apparently there is a little colony of strays in the area and a few places where they get food. We haven't seen her since Thursday night. My husband goes out every day searching for her, but no luck. I'm starting to think she's not coming back. I've had her for 3 1/2 years. Sweetest little kitty. So we miss her. And my husband feels so guilty. Hopefully she'll have some fun and then get bored and come home.

Sarah- That is great that you were able to find a lost friend! Good friends are such treasures to have and sometime are very hard to find. When you find someone that you connect to it is so important to keep in touch. Congratulations on re-finding someone so important to you!

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Gina R Snape - Mar 7, 2004 9:49 am (#289 of 2912)

Mollis, I have a few suggestions.

You might want to try putting out some of her used kitty litter. Sprinkle it around your house. She might be attracted to her own scent. Also, cats are most active at dusk and at dawn. So try going out with food then. And wait for your kitty. Chances are she won't eat and stick around. Otherwise, If you use a live trap, you'll have a better chance of getting her, if she is indeed the one eating the food. If not, you'll at least be trapping strays that can be taking to the animal shelter.

Also, have you posted pictures around? She might have found a nice home with a neighbour who doesn't know she's yours. Or she may have been turned into animal control, and they won't know she's yours if you haven't notified them.

I apologise if you've already tried these things. But maybe something will help. I can't imagine what I'd do if I lost one of my babies.

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Ladybug220 - Mar 7, 2004 10:24 am (#290 of 2912)

Mollis,

I found my kitty by taking the treat canister and shaking it so that Firenze would come to a positive sound. Nothing makes my cats run faster than shaking the treat can. I hope you find her.

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Acceber - Mar 7, 2004 10:29 am (#291 of 2912)

Mollis, I'm soooo sorry your cat hasn't come home. Big cyber hug from me to you.

Barb, thanks for proving me wrong. I've heard Haman's hat all my life, but I guess we're all influenced by Ben Franklin's tricorn. An issue unlikely to be resolved...yes, it rings a faint bell...

A friend of mine said Hidalgo looked bad, but she saw it yesterday and it looked good. Along with your recommendations (which I usually find are good ones) I should go see it. Off to popcorn! Away!!!!!

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mollis - Mar 7, 2004 11:59 am (#292 of 2912)
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SHE'S HOME!!!!

We got Mollie home! One of our neighbors spotted her and called us. She had taken up at a nearby barn where a group of strays lives. She was just lying in a field in the sun! So my dear husband and I jumped in the car and drove up there and grabbed her. She ran a bit and clawed and bit the heck out of my husband, but we got her home! I think she got up to this barn and didn't know how to get home. She was pretty scared. We have her locked in the bathroom with food (she was really hungry!), water, and her litter box. I had to bandage up my husband's hands. I think he'll be okay, only about 8 band aides on each arm. We'll be making a trip to the vet tomorrow. I'm worried about rabies, fleas, conjunctivitis, and most of all, kittens. Yes, I was a bad mommy. I never got her fixed. But she will be now. But she is home and I am so happy!

We really were at a loss as to what we should do. Thank you all so much for your support and suggestions.

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 7, 2004 12:04 pm (#293 of 2912)

I'm so happy for you, mollis!!! Getting your pet back after they've run off is always a wonderful feeling. Good luck with not getting kittens .

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Blast - Mar 7, 2004 12:33 pm (#294 of 2912)

Mollis from experience get hubby some polysporen or something other to put on those cuts keep them covered, they can get nasty sometimes cats can get anywhere outside.

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Marie E. - Mar 7, 2004 1:30 pm (#295 of 2912)

Congratulations on getting your "baby" back, Mollis. I remember how I used to worry when my kitty Tyler used to get out. We lived in Georgia and he'd always come back infested with fleas!

Do take care of hubby's scratches. I still have scars from "playing" with my cats.

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Madam Pince - Mar 7, 2004 1:43 pm (#296 of 2912)

So glad Mollie is back, Mollis! And belated Happy Birthday, Kierynn! Wow, Denise, you really got lucky in the clothes department! The same outfit for a whole year? Awesome! Wish I could get by with that with my little one. Actually, for the last two months he's sort of levelled out, so maybe I'll catch a break for awhile.

I attended the St. Patrick's Day parade in Alexandria, VA this weekend, and Abby, you would be so proud -- there were TWO bagpipe bands! We're talking mass quantities of bagpipes here! It was quite impressive, and er, quite loud. One of the bands was a high school -- the Rockville High School Pipe Band -- and it looked to have almost twenty members, which I thought was pretty neat. I wouldn't have imagined that playing the bagpipes would have a great deal of appeal to someone of high school age, but there they were, and they were really good, too!

Just read the JKR interview/chat -- some exciting stuff! We got a few of our questions answered, at least!

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Marè - Mar 7, 2004 2:04 pm (#297 of 2912)

Pfeww Mollis, I'm glad mollie is back! (Abby...we are in need of some Abbyfetti!) Any news from Essidji's cat?

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Julia. - Mar 7, 2004 2:05 pm (#298 of 2912)

Congrats on getting her back Mollis! I'm sure she's glad to be home, even if she did put up a fight.

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Gina R Snape - Mar 7, 2004 2:17 pm (#299 of 2912)

Ooooh, Mollis. Congratulations on getting your kitty back!!!! Nice going.

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Acceber - Mar 7, 2004 3:16 pm (#300 of 2912)

Yay Mollis, your kitty's back! *imagine smilie face clapping right here*
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boop - Mar 7, 2004 3:17 pm (#301 of 2912)

Mollis, so glad to hear that your kittie made it home safely.

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SarcasticGinny - Mar 7, 2004 3:45 pm (#302 of 2912)

Yay Mollis, I'm so glad you found Mollie! Also wonderful news about your friend Sarah, and also happy birthday (belatedly so) to Kierryn.

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Madame Librarian - Mar 7, 2004 4:26 pm (#303 of 2912)

Woo Hoo, Mollis! Hooray, kitty's back! Be sure the vet is aware of your husband's scratches (he's getting lots of points for bravery, yes?) and where your cat was found. A tetanus shot might be in order if it's been more than 10 years since he had one. Maybe I'm overreacting, but just ask about it.

Ciao. Barb

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Madam Poppy - Mar 7, 2004 6:35 pm (#304 of 2912)
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I'm glad Kitty is back! My daughter's cat never did come back....they think it was a coyote! There are lots of missing pets in the Reno area.

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Penny Lane. - Mar 7, 2004 6:37 pm (#305 of 2912)

I've heard of small children being taken by coyotes too, ya know.

I'm glad your kitty is okay. I don't know what I would do if I were to lose one of mine.

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scully jones - Mar 7, 2004 7:26 pm (#306 of 2912)

Yaaaaaay kitty came back!!!!

I got to talk to Colleen this morning, and I hope she gets online once and a while so we can exchange emails. She's the best friend I've had so I'm really excited... Thank you all for your sharing in my jubilation!

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scully jones - Mar 7, 2004 8:17 pm (#307 of 2912)

Hey, I'm adding a Potter-friend section to my website, anyone who wants their picture there, let me know, okay?

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Dragonesss - Mar 7, 2004 10:48 pm (#308 of 2912)
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What a wonderful news, Mollis!!!
Have you ever think about getting another kitty for Molly to play with? She might not be tempted to run away if she had a company.
And two cats are sooooo much fun to watch!

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Devika - Mar 7, 2004 11:23 pm (#309 of 2912)

Congrats Mollis on getting your cat back!! I'm so happy for you. I hope your husband doesn't have bad scratches.

Sarah, I know I'm late in responding, but it made me really happy to read about finding your old friend. I know how that must feel, especially since I am one person who is pretty lazy about keeping in touch. I think I'll try to do a bit better now! Till then, try to get Coleen to join our forum:-)

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The Great Abbycadabra - Mar 8, 2004 1:40 am (#310 of 2912)

Yay, Mollis!! Here's some Kitty-back Abbyfetti! ',.',.;',;.,.';'.;

And, Sarah, I'm glad you've made contact with your friend! That's happened to me several times, though not under any sort of extreme circumstances, but it feels nice, doesn't it? Hey, have some Abbyfetti: ',.;,';',.;.',;.

Madam P, I'm so excited--two bagpipe bands! Heehee, we need more of those around here. Random-I'm-happy Abbyfetti: ',.',;.,'.;,.;'.';

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boop - Mar 8, 2004 4:25 am (#311 of 2912)

Sarah, That story about you and your friend was very touching. I am so glad that you have found each other again. This is a reminder that it is easy to slip away from contact with your friends. I know it will make me think twice about not just picking up the phone to say hi. We get so warped up in our own lives that we forget about the friends around us. So thanks for the reminder about how important it is to stay in touch with your friends.

This is sending wishes to Loony Lupin, and Jaeob Braschler:

Happy Birthday to you, wishing you both a wonderful day, and to anyone else who might share their birthday too!

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 8, 2004 5:05 am (#312 of 2912)

Okay - you all know i'm pretty useless about rembering to say all the Happy Birthdays, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to everyone born in March!

And mollis, I really am very happy you have your puddy-tat back I know what it's like when they disappear!

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Essidji - Mar 8, 2004 5:56 am (#313 of 2912)

I feel so happy for you, Mollis, as your kitty's back home. It is amazing the way you can really feel happiness when you hear about someone who find back the thing you miss the most. Marè, thank you very much for asking about Réglisse-Menthe, but as you understand, we still haven't seen a single hair of it yet.

This makes me think of something. I read JKR's chat transcription on TLC and finally got the answer to the question I asked myself a few days ago : she definitely doesn't like cats very much, as she is allergic to cat's hair. I feel relieved not to be completely crazy, having imagined or dreamed that...

Hidalgo movie is not on cinema screens yet in France, I think it will be released within a fortnight now. I want us to go and see it, especially since I read your comments. I just can't wait! And I daresay I must have a kind of crush on Viggo Mortensen, his deep blue eyes make me dream...

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Chris. - Mar 8, 2004 5:58 am (#314 of 2912)

Just wanted to say Thank You for all the users that have made me feel welcome!

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scully jones - Mar 8, 2004 6:18 am (#315 of 2912)

Thanks all!! I want to see Hidalgo, too... My dad told me it was really good and that I had to go see it, but that he wouldn't tell me anything else. Usually he goes into detail about why he likes or doesn't like a movie, this was the first time he just said "Go see it!!!"

Cool, I think it's free today for me and Jimmie, though we'll probably see it tomorrow instead.

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mollis - Mar 8, 2004 6:48 am (#316 of 2912)

Thank you all so much. Mollie is much happier now. We left her in the bathroom for about 6 hours to give her a chance to calm down and relax - she was pretty worked up. Then I gave her a bath (stinky kitty!) which she calmly submitted to. And now I have my sweet kitty back! She now has the run of the house and seems very happy to be home (she slept next to me all night)! And she should be, a huge thunderstorm went through last night and the temp. dropped about 30 degrees and Wow, is it windy!

My husband's hands are pretty torn up. I covered them with antibacterial ointment and bandages and later he soaked in epsom salts (brave boy!). Mollie will be going to the vet today, and I might bring the hubby along to have his hands looked at. A couple puncture wounds (sharp little teeth!)were getting a bit swollen. But yes, he earned many bravery points.

And, while Mollie was relaxing, we went to see Hidalgo last night! Very good movie! Viggo Mortenson looked very natural on horseback for the most part, and I think I remember reading somewhere that he had never ridden before LOTR. But yes, great flick. Definitely recommended. Especially because he is just so yummy to watch!

Essidji - I am sending lucky kitty vibes to you! I hope your's comes home soon!

Kingsley - Of course you are welcome! You seem very observant and intelligent with your posts. You are a great addition to our forum family!

Okay, enough with the love-fest here. I'd better get to work. Maybe I'll check just a couplke of threads first....

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septentrion - Mar 8, 2004 7:00 am (#317 of 2912)

Essidji : another french women on the forum ? Where do you live ? I live in North near Valenciennes. I didn't pay attention too much to the chat forum till now but obviously it was a mistake : it's a very good way to know better our fellows forum members. I'm glad for those who found back what they had lost, friends and kittens.

You know, people allergic to cats don't always dislike them. In my case, I love cats and it's the only animal I'd like to have but I'm allergic to them (they're the only animals I'm allergic to ), and my husband is allergic to whatever has fur or feathers !

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Essidji - Mar 8, 2004 7:21 am (#318 of 2912)

Yes, I am French, Septentrion. I knew you were, too, and I like your name and avatar very much. But -I don't know why- I had supposed you were a man. Maybe because the word "septentrion" has a masculine gender in French...

I live in the North-East, between Epinal and Nancy. My parents live not far from your place, by Lievin. Gosh, the world is so small!!

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septentrion - Mar 8, 2004 7:50 am (#319 of 2912)

As you say ! Thank you for your liking my name and avatar. I should be nearer than you this summer, I plan to go for a week-end in Metz to meet a friend. Lorraine is not such a sad area as it's believed to and as shown in the "rivières pourpres".

Strange to speak English with a compatriot ! and fun !

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 8, 2004 7:51 am (#320 of 2912)

Good grief 318+ messages already, we are a chatty bunch!

I was shocked to see the closure of St Mungos... the last few posts where very eloquent.... Gina you gave me a lump in the back of my throat, or should I say Gina R Snape... seeing as you like your full title Needless to say I was even more delighted to see a new St Mungos thread (thanks Gina), so I must pop over today & continue with the madness, hee hee!

Has anyone been over to TLC today.... it's had a face lift & looks pretty impressive.... I've also spotted quite a number of amendments to the Lexicon after the web chat.... does Steve have a charm on his keyboard to make it quick as lightning? Well Done Steve & Michelle!

Mollis, delighted your kitty has returned... I had three cats run away when I was a kid, & never came back, (one ran away & went to live with the lady next door... oh dear, but the lady was living on her own, so we didn't have the heart to ask for the cat back!) My family are dog people I'm afraid, so perhaps the kittys weren't too keen on sharing sleeping quarters with a dog!

Poppy, those photos with captions where very funny... I was even inspired to create my own for the dementors... but alas I was unable to submit it. It was kind of silly anyways, so perhaps that was a good thing!

Madam Pince.... I can't believe you've been to a St Patricks day parade already.... hee hee! Theres a huge parade next wednesday here in Dublin.... but I normally avoid it 'cus the traffic is chaotic. Besides, the parades elsewhere are normally much better! (sssh I didn't say that ) Swear you guys put us Irish to shame... lol! Infact, a lot of Irish try to go to New York for St Patricks day, where I'm told the parade is out of this world.... maybe next year!

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boop - Mar 8, 2004 8:20 am (#321 of 2912)

Chris that is so sweet of you, you’re very welcome. We are glad that you’re a part of the forum. I hope to talk to you in the chat room soon.

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Gina R Snape - Mar 8, 2004 9:19 am (#322 of 2912)

Thank you, Fawkes. I'm glad you enjoyed my closing posts. I admit, I had a lump in my throat when I wrote them!

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Flame Alligator - Mar 9, 2004 3:59 am (#323 of 2912)

Just a quick greeting. I have been gone but kept up with the posts. Mollis, So glad your kitty is home. Sorry about Hubby.

Anybody who I missed a congratulations to or Happy Birthday. There it is.

Acceber, I like your new avatar.

A fond farewell to St. Mungo's

Fawkes, Top of the mornin to ya!!

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VeronikaG - Mar 9, 2004 4:25 am (#324 of 2912)

Good thing you got Mollie back, Mollis. I guess you have now learned the first lesson in bringing home runaway cats; wear gloves! Should you get a shot every time a cat bites you? Wow! Our family would be at the doctor's office once a week. We have this pit bull cat with paranoia for doors (they have a history of squeezing his tail), and he often bites the person who tries to unlock the door to let him out. And then there are the times when he's not upset, just playful and mistakes fingers for chew toys.

I'll have to check out that St. Mungo's thread.

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septentrion - Mar 9, 2004 4:46 am (#325 of 2912)

A nice cat you have Veronika ! But even the worst ones are so lovely.

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 9, 2004 5:42 am (#326 of 2912)

Hey Flame,
I was wondering where you where! Nice to see you're back!

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Blast - Mar 9, 2004 6:15 am (#327 of 2912)

Hey Flame welcome back. How are you we were going to organize a search party.

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 9, 2004 8:19 am (#328 of 2912)

Whoops, thought I did this already... HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY Icthestrals.... Sorry 'bout that (in my best Hagrid impersonation) Also Happy Birthday to Hermione Fan !! If I have forgotten anyone else.... appologies in advance!

Blast... cute kids (joking of course ) I knew they were the St Mungos Monkeys.... (whistles innocently)

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icthestrals - Mar 9, 2004 8:44 am (#329 of 2912)

Thanks Fawkes. Welcome back Flame. I was wondering where you were also.

Happy Birthday to all the other March folks out there!

Mollis, I am sooo very glad that you got your kittie back.

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Flame Alligator - Mar 9, 2004 10:09 am (#330 of 2912)

Awww guys, nice to be missed. I have been here. Reading. Being quiet.... I know not my chatterbox style. I was crazy like a hormonal teenager. Back to myself. Glad to be back. Kisses to everyone that missed me. I purchased my tickets for the Gathering. Ya hoo!!! Now all that come can stare at me.

Well, I have to get a haircut before I teach yoga this afternoon. See ya!

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Helen K. - Mar 9, 2004 11:15 am (#331 of 2912)

Hi everyone, I'm posting for the first time now though I've been reading messages since yesterday. Your company is great, I would be happy to join it! It was so touching, all the cat stories, I was reading the thread like a book, suffering and eager to know the news. I'm so glad about Mollie! Essidji, I'm sure there is a hope for you. Your cat is at his maturing age and cat males often go away from home like this. They can be absent for a month or longer and then you can find them all right. I know cats well, I love them very much - like all the other animals. Animals are my profession as I work at the Moscow Zoo for almost 20 years Smile You've roused my interest of Hidalgo. Hope I could see it in Russia soon. May be I have missed something but if there is no transcript of the chat with Rowling available I could post it here - it's been discussing all over the Russian net now. I know, my English is not good, so if you don't understand me - please, let me know - I'll try to express it another way Smile

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icthestrals - Mar 9, 2004 12:10 pm (#332 of 2912)

Welcome aboard Helen K. I believe you can find a transcript of the JK chat in the section titled: "New Discussions Not Approved or Placed". It is waaaaay down near the bottom of the page.

I understood your English just fine.

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Helen K. - Mar 9, 2004 12:35 pm (#333 of 2912)

Thank you, icthestrals, I knew it could be somewhere here but I didn't have enough time to get to the bottom of the page Smile There are so many messages here! It could take a lifetime to read all of them Smile I think I'll start with the most interesting ones.

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septentrion - Mar 9, 2004 12:43 pm (#334 of 2912)

welcome Helen, and don't worry about your English, I can understand it very well. People here are very nice and comprehensive if you make one or two mistakes. I wonder if there're other russian people on the forum. It's great to see how much HP can gather people round the world !

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fidelio - Mar 9, 2004 12:46 pm (#335 of 2912)

Helen, every time I'm away from the list for a day or two, I wonder if I'll ever get caught up! I was gone for about a week last November, and I didn't think I'd ever read it all. I finally did what you've decided to do--just catch up on the ones that look interesting, and worry about the rest later. Of course, some of the interesting ones may have a few hundred posts--so it may still take a while! Your English is much better than you give yourself credit for, by the way.

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Thom Matheson - Mar 9, 2004 1:27 pm (#336 of 2912)

Helen, I'm in the U.S. and most of these blokes don't understand me. But there you are. What's that say about me?

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Luanee - Mar 9, 2004 3:54 pm (#337 of 2912)

Hi Fawkes, I didn't know St Mungo has monkeys? LOL. And Flame, who's that guy in your avatar?

Btw, people, sad news to share... I will be transferred to a new section of my company, and my PC will be shifted to another location where the whole world can see what I am typing... hence I guess I would not be able to log into the forum during working hours any more... and my husband usually won't allow me to touch his PC at home.. shall miss you folks so much!

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Ladybug220 - Mar 9, 2004 3:59 pm (#338 of 2912)

Luanee, I am sorry to hear (well, read) that. I do love the pictures of your little girl - she has such beatiful eyes!

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mollis - Mar 9, 2004 5:46 pm (#339 of 2912)

Well, I'm off on a buisness trip. Hopefully I'll be able to check in periodically over the week. If not, have a great time and I'll be back soon! Love ya all!

~Mollis

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scully jones - Mar 9, 2004 8:35 pm (#340 of 2912)

EEEPS so many things happened today. I'll go in order:

Jimmie left early to finish an apartment without me, so I could sleep in. He's such a gentleman.

I had a dream (one of my reccuring ones) where all of my teeth fall out... It happens a lot and it's very physically scary because I swear I can feel the chips and chunks, and I have to dig my finger in my mouth to get them all out... It happens every month or so, this dream. Don't know exactly why, but it freaks me out.

I recorded my favorite band on tv. Wayne brady show...

Jimmie came back with gatorade! (I love gatorade)

We decided to change our next lease to a different apartment. We originally were just going to renew the one we're in now (ground floor) but decided to change to an upstairs apartment. I picked one facing the beautiful courtyard (instead of the one we have now wich faces the street.

**Our new apartment number is #313*** ooooo 13....!!!

We went to eye doctor appointments together... I got contacts and decided to also get a pair of glasses.

**The designer of the glasses I chose is ?something? Rowley... And the name looked so much like JK Rowling... That when i was torn between two different ones, I chose that one just because of the name.

We went to a store that sells really cheap groceries... And there were two beautiful Huskies, a mother and puppy, running around. The owner was having a hard time getting them back into his truck. For some reason, it reminded me of Sirius Black at the Train station... The look of utter freedom on their puppy faces was absolutely fantastic!

We came home, and I decided to make spaghetti, and cookies. I turned the burner on and put a pot of water on to boil for the noodles.

Jimmie's parents decided to come over for a surprise visit... YAY! (I'm being sarcastic).

I took the pot off the burner, because Jimmie decided he wanted to take his dad to a new buffet we found. Jimmie's mom then proceeded to put a grocery bag on the burning hot burner.

We now have plastic permanently affixed to our large burner, and a lingering smell of melted plastic wafting around the apartment.

The rest of the day went by mostly normal.

Thank you if you managed to read the whole thing...

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 9, 2004 9:23 pm (#341 of 2912)

Man... I'm having an extremely hard time trying to catch up on the Forum!! Everytime I get started something new comes up. I've made a vow that I will catch up completely on Thursday night, even if it means staying up until 4 am. I don't have class until 1 on Friday. Hooray for sleeping in!

Which reminds me that I have a psych test tomorrow. Eep!

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VeronikaG - Mar 10, 2004 12:14 am (#342 of 2912)

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one with tooth nightmares! I have them every now and then too. All my teeth gets twisted and crooked, and I'm so NOT looking forwards to three more years of whatever they are called, those things on teenagers teeth. They look like small, shiny railroads. Brazes?

According to a family magazine I read, dreaming about teeth often occurs in periods when your life is changing. That must mean that Ciaojones' life is ever changing, since she has that dream once a month. :-)

By the way, are both Ciaojones and S.E. Jones named Sarah Jones?

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 10, 2004 1:01 am (#343 of 2912)

Good Morning Everyone & Top of the Morning Flame

Luanee, the exact same thing happened me a few months ago... but I've managed to still sneak in my visits to the forum here at work .... hee hee. Mostly first thing in the morning, (because of traffic reasons, I leave my house early & I'm always in work just after 8, & there is hardly anyone else in) then just before or after lunch & a quick read before I go home. *quick look over shoulder* Oh & when my manager is in a meeting.... hee hee!

Where there is a will, there is a way. I do minimise my screen all the time, & sometimes I have to click on post, then shut down my window.... & when I get back I notice loads of spelling mistakes on my post, but its too late to edit.... LOL!

The good news is my PC to take home has been approved... so its only a matter of time until I can catch up on all the unread posts at weekends.....

I'm in a good mood today.... I was just chatting to a friend of mine on the Instant Messenger thingamijig! She moved to Australia 6 months back & I hardly ever get to hear from her! Sorry, just thought I would share..

Oh & Welcome to the Forum Helen K.... I do believe you're our first Russian (no doubt someone will prove me wrong) & a Zoo Keeper, wow that sounds like an amazing job. Looking forward to hearing your ideas!

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Marè - Mar 10, 2004 1:20 am (#344 of 2912)

LOL Chiajones, poor you! Burning plastic, I don't think I ever did that before. I did manage to burn two shirts on the iron-thingy.
Turns out that when it cools down, it becomes hard and you can peel it off easily, pffffewww. And I managed to set on fire at least two towels and a wooden spoon during several cooking experiences. Embarassed

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Blast - Mar 10, 2004 2:48 am (#345 of 2912)

Yes we have two Sarah E. Jones on the forum. We had two Gina R. Snapes, but one mysteriously disappeared, oh those crazy Slytherins.

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boop - Mar 10, 2004 4:03 am (#346 of 2912)

Mollis, Have a safe trip.

Fawkes, good to here you will have a computer over the weekends, then maybe we will be able to talk in the chat room sometime. Have a great Day

Wow Sarah when you said you had alot happened to you,it did. I hope the smell leaves you apartment soon.

Well Here is a up date on my daughter: I will be a grandma by the end of next week! If she doesn't go into labor by Tuesday, they are going to induce labor. I will get to meet my new grandson next week. I just can't wait to see this little guy, with all the trouble my daughter has had carrying him. They still need to decide what to name him. I told them to get busy, they don't have much time left to decide.

Well to Everyone have a Great Day!!!!!!

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Pinky - Mar 10, 2004 4:54 am (#347 of 2912)

Veronika, the work you are looking for is "braces." I had a sister and brother that had to wear them. I'm just glad I didn't! My teeth were already straight. Whew!

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azi - Mar 10, 2004 7:33 am (#348 of 2912)

I already have braces and it's actually quite fun! Painful sometimes but in the end worth it. Unfortunately I had to wait so long to get them everyone else my age has had them so I stand out. Still fun.

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icthestrals - Mar 10, 2004 7:39 am (#349 of 2912)

Ah braces. Three years of "Why do you keep eating barbed wire?" from an uncle.

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Flame Alligator - Mar 10, 2004 8:39 am (#350 of 2912)

hey everybody!!! I am a little late posting today.

Fawkes I want to chat with you on messenger or at Lex chat. I really enjoy your posts. a belated Top of the mornin to ya.

luanee, That is not a guy. It is Trinity from The Matrix, female warrior rescuer of outsiders who want freedom from the establishment. My favorite female warrior character. She looks a bit masculine but striking and tough. I love her. That vinyl outfit is killer baby.

Helen K, Welcome to the forum.

chiaojones, Sorry about the in-laws.. lol Burnt plastic....yuk *holding nose*

Mollis, Have a good trip.

I hope I did not miss anything. I am still flying high from buying my tickets for The Gathering.

Bye everybody.
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septentrion - Mar 10, 2004 9:29 am (#351 of 2912)

Chiaojones, you had a hard day !

Mollis, have a good trip even if it's for business.

Luanee, I hope you'll find a way to log again on the forum.

Flame, you're lucky to be able to get to the gathering. I'm too far to even think of it, tell us news.

These days I'm filling a file to get a promotion and it worries me a lot. I always wonder if I put the right things. Then in april I'll have an oral about my file, get the final answer in may and if everything goes right get the promotion in july. Lucky PoA release distracts me a little.

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Gina R Snape - Mar 10, 2004 10:11 am (#352 of 2912)

Blast: "We had two Gina R. Snapes, but one mysteriously disappeared, oh those crazy Slytherins."

What?!

I can assure you, I am the one and only, original and forever Gina R Snape. Where is this imposter? Someone has taken polyjuice potion and I am not pleased...

Unless, of course, you mean me when I first got on the board as Gina. At that time, you didn't need to register to post, and I made 2 or 3 posts before registering with my full 'married' name.

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Blast - Mar 10, 2004 2:35 pm (#353 of 2912)

Sorry Gina I got hit with a confuncious charm, I am seeing two of everything. Sorry Gina I got hit with a confuncious charm, I am seeing two of everything.

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Acceber - Mar 10, 2004 3:36 pm (#354 of 2912)

Tehe Blast. And Gina, no one would dream of impostering you, you're one of a kind .

Braces-urgh! My teeth are currently decorated with wire as well, Veronika. I'm bored of them already and it's only been a couple months. Grrrrr...

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Julia. - Mar 10, 2004 3:48 pm (#355 of 2912)

Sorry to hear you're getting braces Veronika, and sorry to hear that you already have them Rebecca. I had them for three and a half years, April of 7th grade to September of 10th grade. I got them off the day before my birthday. But, at least I didn't have them in my Bat Matzvah pictures.

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scully jones - Mar 10, 2004 8:16 pm (#356 of 2912)

Thank you for your smell-wishes! The house now smells like a mix between the peanut butter cookies I made last night and the meatballs I just finished making. It's definitely an improvement.

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Essidji - Mar 11, 2004 12:47 am (#357 of 2912)

Welcome to the forum, Helen. Thank you for your virtual hug about my cat. I swear I'll all let you know if he comes back.

Sarah (and Veronika), I had shrills reading your description of your teeth dream. That's really dreadful. I believe you should take this really seriously, your subconscious is telling you something very important. Teeth are what help you to "eat" and "bite" (there can be and extend sense for each), look if something in your life prevents you from. Try to remember when the dream came first, had something happened then? I advise you to work hard on this, because as long as you won't find the answer, the dream will come back.

Here in France, braces are becoming something quite common : at least one third of teenagers wear some. It's being so "normal" that teens who don't wear any but have no straight teeth get laughed at, because of "no brace-wearing". My goddaughter, who will enter the equivalent of your high-school next september, was told so by her elder brother and sister, and now she is preparing her mouth to have one soon. At night (and 90 hours a week!), she has to wear a sort of thing tied to her head, with an iron half-circle coming from her ears to her mouth. Poor thing!

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Blast - Mar 11, 2004 3:19 am (#358 of 2912)

I heard that some people can pick up radio signals with braces, I wonder if they ever pick up the Wizarding Wireless Network.

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Pinky - Mar 11, 2004 5:10 am (#359 of 2912)

Essidji, we call that "headgear." My sister almost had to wear that when she had braces, but didn't have to in the end.

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icthestrals - Mar 11, 2004 5:13 am (#360 of 2912)

Blast, Rock on Weird Sisters!

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 11, 2004 6:10 am (#361 of 2912)

I went through the whole orthodontic experience for a long time. I had at least two other metal things in my mouth prior to getting braces. I'd had such a miserable time with it. But I suppose it all paid off in the end... now everytime I go to the dentist she tells me how beautiful my teeth are and that I should have decided to be a dentist when I grow up.

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Denise P. - Mar 11, 2004 6:20 am (#362 of 2912)

Braces are very common here in the US, even adults wear them. They have braces now that you can barely see on the teeth, they have kinds that are clear that you wear at night. Tom Cruise recently had braces on.

I did 2 years of braces in HS, along with headgear. I was 16 at the time and my father actually said if I wore my headgear to school, it would probably help!! Yeah, sure, a 16 year old wants to wear that to school! I had the kind that went around the top of my head...talk about perpetual bad hair if I wore it to school :::shudder::: I just laughed at him and told him the orthodontist said to wear it at night.

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Madame Librarian - Mar 11, 2004 7:32 am (#363 of 2912)

Yep, Denise, your comments brought back memories, not many of them pleasant. Back when I was a teen (you know, during the Jurassic), headgear was the newest innovation. The docs were all enthusiastic about it and said you must wear it at night, but if you also wore it during the day, your "tour of duty" with braces would be a lot shorter. Yeah, sure. Believe me, it was so geeky looking that only 100% nerd types who scored 1600 on their SATs ever wore it to school. I was lucky, I never needed it.

I do remember clear as if it was yesterday the day I got my braces off. Oh, what joy! I was in summer school and sat behind a boy who I had a crush on. I smiled a lot and overdid the bright orange lipstick. Sheesh, I probably looked sooo terrible. Bright orange Tangee lipstick, the cheap stuff. Oi.

Nowadays you can get braces that range from clear (nearly invisible) to hot pink or titanium purple. The young ones do have fun with them.

Ciao. Barb

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Devika - Mar 11, 2004 8:42 am (#364 of 2912)

Hi everyone!

I was in the chatroom yesterday, and after a long time I was able to login succesfully at a time when I could have met people from other countries too! But it seems something was wrong. Any message I posted, wasn't showing up on the message board. Even personal messages weren't working. Has anyone experienced any such problems?? If so, is there something I was doing wrong??

And about braces...they are pretty common in India too. Every second urban teenager seems to be wearing braces. I thankfully never needed any. I'm not sure I could have handled it anyway! But what are headgears?? It don't think I've heard about them. What are they for and are the painful??

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Mrs. Sirius - Mar 11, 2004 9:35 am (#365 of 2912)

Davika,

This problem plagued me for a long time, too. I used JAVA successfully for several months in the chatroom. Then the problems started; the problem you mentioned started happening, after that I couldn't see anyone in there either and nothing I typed showed. I changed my preferences back to HTML and I now have no problems accessing the chat room.

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Doris Crockford - Mar 11, 2004 12:14 pm (#366 of 2912)

I've had braces for almost 4 years now (but I'm getting them off on April 1 ). My brother also had braces for about 4 years, and he had headgear before that. But that was at least 8 or 9 years ago, so I can't actually remember what headgear is(I have a memory like a sieve when it comes to anything other than Harry Potter, but I remember it only because I've read the books so many times). Braces aren't that bad, Veronika. All the fun colours (especially on holidays)!

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SarcasticGinny - Mar 11, 2004 4:24 pm (#367 of 2912)

I almost wish I'd had a mouthfull of braces...what happened was my right side eyetooth (canine) was rotated so they just put two brackets on that tooth and the one next to it. A year and a half of people saying "Ew you have something stuck on your teeth" then perpetually explaining that the "gross thing" was supposed to be there. I still smile crooked from trying to hide that thing 7 years later!

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Ticker - Mar 11, 2004 7:49 pm (#368 of 2912)

Ack! I check back here (after months) and I arrive in time to remember the horrors of my 4 years of orthodontics.

My advice: Just smile with your perfectly crooked teeth & tell your dentist that you'll manage somehow to continue chewing your food & resist the peer pressure to have that million dollar smile. Geez - as if adolescence isn't bad enough!

By the way, hi ya'll.

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Luanee - Mar 11, 2004 8:48 pm (#369 of 2912)

Yeah! I managed to sneak in a little while, looking across my shoulders constantly...

I used to ask my dentist for braces, but he said "nay, you don't need them...". Till now I am still pondering....

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The Great Abbycadabra - Mar 11, 2004 10:54 pm (#370 of 2912)

*hides Gina mask and whistles nonchalantly*

Welcome to the forum, Helen! Here's some welcome Abbyfetti! ,'.;,'..;'.,;'.;

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VeronikaG - Mar 12, 2004 2:17 am (#371 of 2912)

No, I'm not getting braces again, thank goodness! I just have tooth nightmares sometimes, where my teeth twists in all directions, and I stand in front of the mirror in shock and horror, wondering if even braces can put this right again. :-S I think it has something to do with a little plastic device I got after having the stupid rail track removed. It was a plastic thingy, shaped like my teeth, that I had to sleep wearing. I used it for a week or so, and then I got tired of not sleeping properly, and put it in the box. Both the dentist and mom frequently asked me if I was using it properly, and I was really frightened that my teeth would crawl back, but I couldn't bear the thing. It was a psychological torture device. It didn't hurt, but spit would collect underneath it, and I easily get grossed out by stuff like that. It's my #2 phobia. (My #1 is slugs.) I worked at a retirement home for a few months, and I would rather take care of the bed pans than cleaning dentures. Ugh! Everyone has their own pet peeves.

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Ladybug220 - Mar 12, 2004 6:10 am (#372 of 2912)

Welcome back Ticker and what a beautiful girl you have!

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Penny Lane. - Mar 12, 2004 8:29 am (#373 of 2912)

VeronkiaG - I understand completely. I was given that plastic thing for a month, then a retainer... I wore it for abouit a week, before forgetting to put it in, or getting annoyed about not being able to talk properly. So, I haven't worn mine in about 6 years. My teeth have moved, but only slightly. Personally I think teeth look better when there are slight imperfections anyway. Its more natural. On the other hand, I'm not telling you not to wear it, because my parents are always complaining about how they "Wasted their money" and "What was the point?"

As for phobias - well my number one is Crocodiles and Alligators. There is a story that goes behind it though. I used to live in Florida, and I was at an amusment park when I was 4 or 5. A child around my age was attacked by one of the 'gaters. I believe she lost a hand or arm, and was in shock. I don't even think I saw it, but I had dreams for 10 years after that about waking up in the night, going to the bathroom, and having a croc waiting to jump at me from the bathtub.

My number 2 fear is frogs. I don't like how they move. It's so creepy.

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Ticker - Mar 12, 2004 9:55 am (#374 of 2912)

Thanks ladybug - you've got a beautiful avatar yourself!

Pet Peeve: Putting crayons, markers, colored pencils away out of rainbow order... I'm otherwise not that anal...really.

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Ladybug220 - Mar 12, 2004 10:14 am (#375 of 2912)

Thanks! I finally get to meet her at the end of the month and see my older niece as well. As much as I like visiting Sicily (going there in May) I will be glad when they move back to the States.

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septentrion - Mar 12, 2004 12:17 pm (#376 of 2912)

Ladybug you're lucky to visit Sicily. All my friends who went there found it marvellous. Enjoy your journey !

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Dr Filibuster - Mar 12, 2004 12:30 pm (#377 of 2912)

How are our Forum members from Spain doing?

I did a quick search and realised that Veronica lives in Madrid. Has she posted recently? Is she OK?

There's also Rose Marie who lives in Valencia...(my parents are going there on Monday). and Viapalfuriana. I have just been watching all the marches on tv.

Is there anybody else? Hope all is well, We are thinking of you.

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Julia. - Mar 12, 2004 2:27 pm (#378 of 2912)

Am I the only good girl on this Forum who actually wears her retainers? I got my braces off three years ago, and I still faithfully wear my retainers every night, otherwise my teeth move. I didn't wear it for a while, then when I went to put it in, if wouldn't fit right! So now I wear them.

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scully jones - Mar 12, 2004 7:09 pm (#379 of 2912)

My brother just called me.... And told me that his girlfriend that he met over the internet... And then went to visit last month in Arizona... Is pregnant.

I'm going to be a blood-aunt now! I was an aunt through Jimmie's sister, but now! My brother's going to be a daddy!

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prof sprout - Mar 12, 2004 7:16 pm (#380 of 2912)

Tomoe, I emailed my Japanese friend to find out about your kanji. Also, I didn't mean it scared me, I just thought I was seeing things. I had been on the computer for awhile (I'm trying to plan a wedding and I had been doing a lot of searches) I was trying to figure out if I was seeing things, and wondering if the antibiotic was too strong or something. I was staring at it for a while to decide if I was seeing things or not. Smile I'll let you know if I find out about your kanji.

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Caput Draconis - Mar 12, 2004 9:40 pm (#381 of 2912)

Ticker, nice to see you matey! That kid of yours is lovely. Congrats.

Just joining the braces club - I had the invisible ones on top, and the funky colours down the bottom. When they were removed I was meant to wear my plate during the day, but I only wore it at night and lied through my perfectly straight teeth at my orthodontist, who never found a problem. Yay. Teeth do move though, I still wear it every couple of weeks. Oh, and I also still have the permanent wire behind my bottom teeth, which everybody conveniently forgot to mention at the start of the braces experience. Good fun.

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Helen K. - Mar 13, 2004 3:39 am (#382 of 2912)

Congratulations, chiaojones! I always knew Internet is a good thing!

Reading all this about braces I begin to think it is a nightmare, really. I had a kind of braces when I was 7, it was a plastic thing with a wire on it - terrible looking and not very effective, and I got rid of it in several months or so. My teeth are not perfect but I'm not sure I could ever endure a three year torture to make them even. They are not too crooked to scare people, anyway.

Speaking about phobias - is it normal to be afraid of cockroaches? They scare me much more then crocodiles and it is a cause for my friends to make fun at me Smile

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boop - Mar 13, 2004 4:47 am (#383 of 2912)

Sarahon becoming an aunt.

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Pinky - Mar 13, 2004 5:00 am (#384 of 2912)

We have so many people here from around the world, that I'm hoping someone can help me with this. Is there anyone here that would be able to translate a little English into Portuguese for me? The housekeeping staff at the nursing home I work at speaks portuguese. I work on one particular floor, and we are planning on having a potluck. I have a friend that does all the cleaning on that floor that we want to invite. She and I can talk in English just enough to greet each other and ask simple questions. I just want to make sure she knows she is invited and what is involved. If you can do this, e-mail me at pinkylexiconfan@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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VeronikaG - Mar 13, 2004 5:12 am (#385 of 2912)

Is it even normal to be all panicky about slugs? I mean, they are just slimeballs with antennas. But it's something about the slow, slimy way they move that freaks me. Eeek! I'm not half that afraid of spiders, I'd rather hold a huge tarantula that a small slug. And mice are cute! But everyone I know tells me I need to go to a psychologist, to get rid of the slugophobia, because it can't be normal. And going to a shrink is not something Norwegians are happy to do. It used to mean you were insane, and that was practically illegal before 1980. :-)So it seems I need a trip to St. Mungos.

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Acceber - Mar 13, 2004 5:57 am (#386 of 2912)

Congratulations Sarah! That's wonderful news. After the baby is born, you can replace your avatar with her/his picture. *insert boop's congratulations smilie here*

Veronika, that's not at all weird. I'm freaked out about all bugs except ants, and the only way for you to get me to touch them is to pay me, real American money and lots of it. I'm not scared of mice at all (they're so cute!) and it's a bit impossible for me to not be. My mom has a incurable mouse-o-phobia; she won't even go near dead ones. When I was about two or three and she discovered a dead mouse in the basement of our house, she made me go downstairs, pick it up, bring it back upstairs and throw it out. She wouldn't go in the basement before it was gone. See what I mean?

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Madame Librarian - Mar 13, 2004 6:08 am (#387 of 2912)

I hate slugs, I detest them! They destroyed my garden and my peace of mind. I'd go out late at night with a flashlight and a stick and knock them off my precious basil plants (which they weren't supposed to like) and my flowers and stomp on them till the bottom of my slippers were sticky. Aaaack! Ewwww! My husband was really worried about me. I was at war. I tried all the gardening store tricks--beer in a shallow dish, slug killer pellets, etc.--nothing really worked. I hired the neighborhood kids to kill them at a nickel a hit (they had to show me evidence on the path along my garden). Slugs are odious creatures, the lowest form of life--if a live slug meets a dead one along the path, it will eat it. So they are low, cannabalistic DEs, too. I repeat: I am not afraid of them (save for damage to garden plants), I just abhor them.

As you can well imagine, I was totally grossed out by Ron's backfired spell. I nearly had to leave the theater since it was so graphic on screen. I can't believe that in a different context they are called "escargot" and are served with garlic butter. I used to like them in fact, until I had a house and garden, that is.

Whew. I do get a bit het up about them, don't I? To me, the worst insult is to call someone a slug.

Ciao. Barb

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 13, 2004 6:10 am (#388 of 2912)

Swear you're going to catch up on the forum on a certain day, and what happens? You get sick as a dog, of course. And from the medcine you were taking for something minor, no less! Argh. What a horrible experiance. Naturally I got nothing accomplished this week while I was trying to figure out just what was wrong with me. I can't stand that.

And if it makes all of you buggy-phobs feel better, I'm afraid of things that aren't even there. I'm not exactly afraid of the dark, but I'm afraid of the things that could potentially be in that darkness. And I don't read alot of things that help out either... I have a penchant for ghost,vampire and murder stories, it's really quite bad. Will, my boyfriend, teases me, but he's afraid of spiders and snakes, so I get payback by watching things about them on TV or making him go into the reptile houses at zoos (at which point he gets all nervous next to the really big snakes and informs me that he doesn't want to go near the glass because he has seen Harry Potter).

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Mrs. Sirius - Mar 13, 2004 7:37 am (#389 of 2912)

Help, how do I get a healer from St Mungo's?

For the past several weeks I have been on a wild medical ride that has included being cut up by some of those "muggle nutters". I have seen 2 regular doctors, a surgeon and a specialist. The diagnoses have ranged from a rare and tropical (but not deadly) disease, to allergies, to something needing a biopsy. So far no one knows what this is. My regular doctor and the specialist have said that there is no normal "human anatomical" explanation for this. I have had quite a few laughs about that one.

The best explanation so far is that maybe this is related to the birth of the triplets from 5 years ago! Of course the triplets were also something that baffled the doctors and of which they said they had never seen a spontaneous pregnancy quite like that either.

So,....where can I find a healer? I need some answers.!!!

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boop - Mar 13, 2004 8:08 am (#390 of 2912)

Sara, I hope you are feeling better now. Being afraid of the dark and the unknown not strange at all. heehee way to go getting back at your boyfriend.

Mar, sorry to here you are having problems. I hope you get some needed answers real soon. I will say some prayers for you.

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Flame Alligator - Mar 13, 2004 9:32 am (#391 of 2912)

Hey everybody! Fawkes if you are around. Top of the mornin to ya!

Mrs. Sirius, Please contact me. I may know of a couple of people who can give you some answers. Use my e-mail address

Having a miserable Saturday. Need to do more yoga! I hope to be better on Monday. Have a good weekend everybody!!!

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Ticker - Mar 13, 2004 11:06 am (#392 of 2912)

Thanks Caput! Nice to see you again as well. Hope your summer has been lovely.

I also would like to echo Sue's (Dr. Filibuster) sentiments for those effected by the tragedy in Spain - my thoughts & prayers are with you as well.

Sounds like I'll be seeing more of you fine folks over in St. Mungo's - there's lots of bugs, slugs, dark and mystery illnesses to go around - er, wait... there seems to be that here...

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Marie E. - Mar 13, 2004 1:06 pm (#393 of 2912)

Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I will be gone for a week. I'm going to Las Vegas to see my brother, aka the giant squid, get married. Hopefully he will let me use his computer a few times to check up on threads. He has promised a Chamber of Secrets Trivia showdown. It'd be a shame to kick his butt on the eve of his wedding, wouldn't it?

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Essidji - Mar 13, 2004 1:27 pm (#394 of 2912)

Have a wonderful week and my best wishes to your brother and his bride.

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Cherrie - Mar 13, 2004 1:32 pm (#395 of 2912)

Marie -- I'd say most definitely to kick your brother's butt, no matter what day it is. ;-) Have fun in Vegas!! If you're going up to the California Hotel, please be careful. There's been that nasty bout of the Norwalk(??) virus going around related to that particular casino. Hawaii people especially have been getting ill, since that seems to be their preferred hotel. :-D Anyway, have a nice trip!!

--Cherrie

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timrew - Mar 13, 2004 2:56 pm (#396 of 2912)

Did anyone in the UK see The Parkinson Show tonight? Bill Nighy was on, and he was SO funny! He came out with things like, "Well, in my last two films I've played a vampire and a zombie. I can see a pattern beginning to emerge....." The guy just spent the whole time mocking himself, his talent, his looks.....

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Dr Filibuster - Mar 13, 2004 4:44 pm (#397 of 2912)

Vote Bill Nighy for Voldemort!

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scully jones - Mar 13, 2004 5:17 pm (#398 of 2912)

Ahhhh you slug-phobic people would pity me as a teenager. The house we lived in had to added on back-rooms... The floor wasn't put in properly, and it broke near the back, and you could see dirt from the basement.

I used to find odd shiny trails over my shoes, and was very confused until I found one.

My room was being invaded by huge, five inch long slugs. I would find about six a day, and take them out and sprinkle them with salt.

My mom bought me some rock salt, for driveways, and I made a huge thick layer near the edges of the room, and I no longer had a slug problem, although the edges got very gooey and strange.

Blennophobia- Fear of slime

Something's wrong with my search function, I can't find slugs on this page: Phobia List

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Blast - Mar 13, 2004 5:19 pm (#399 of 2912)

Mrs. Sirius welcome to the well it's not this but we will test for something else club. It is not fun to be poked prodded xrayed catscanned blood taken ect. ect. with no definite answer. Just hang in there somebody somewhere might give you an answer. BTW if you have to have a barium xray the thing that they make you drink does not taste just like a strawberry milkshake. And the lemon drink that you have the night before has got to be the most vile tasting substance on earth. I've had this stuff six times in the last four years and am not looking forward to having another xray next year. On the lighter side your body may still be recovering from carrying those cute little babies inside you. My wife had a rough time after having the twins. She started bleeding internally and they had to rush her into surgery to stop the bleeding. Her OBGYN said that if he saw her in his office expecting again he was quitting the profession. He had her as a patient at a larger hospital twelve years before that and he was called in because she had developed problems then too. On the lighter side keep your chin up you might get into the medical journals. Marie you go girl sink the squid.

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scully jones - Mar 13, 2004 5:43 pm (#400 of 2912)

Oh dear, I've had a barium x-ray. They never told me it was going to taste like strawberry, they let me know it was going to taste like liquid chalk!

Yucky yucky!
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Ladybug220 - Mar 13, 2004 7:06 pm (#401 of 2912)

Zelmia - I watched Bend it Like Beckham today and finally figured out where you got the quote under your name. That was a good movie and I will be buying it when I get paid again.

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Madam Poppy - Mar 13, 2004 7:24 pm (#402 of 2912)
Edited by Mar 13, 2004 7:32 pm

Even worse is when you have a barium enema x-ray! You may not have to swallow the barium but you do feel like you may blow up and explode any moment.
Mrs. Sirius in 1976, I went through the upper and lower sonogram and the G.I. barium series AND the "periscope" camera thingie too! By the time they were done, I WANTED them to find anything! They finally sent me home with some tranquilizers that did help my abdominal pain but made me fall asleep everywhere!
I finally diagnosed myself! I figured out that I was lactose intolerant after reading a Reader's Digest article! I totally cut out any lactose sugar for a couple of years. Most people think that you have a reaction to milk. But it is not just the milk. You have to watch out for things like pizza. They can add lactose sugar to the crust, sauce and the cheese.
Now I can have cereal a couple of times a week. Baskin-Robbins ice cream doesn't upset my stomach or give me intestinal cramps if I have it as an occasional treat. My big No-No's are Mc-Donald's ice cream/milkshakes, and cottage cheese.

My advice to you is to keep a diary. Keep notes of what you eat and when you feel better and worse. You just might see a pattern to your symptoms.
Good Luck! I hope you feel better soon! Nurse Pomfrey

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Mrs. Sirius - Mar 13, 2004 9:29 pm (#403 of 2912)

Ohh, yuck Chiajones, you poor thing. I hear that beer is a good way to get slugs to where you want them. They are attracted to the smell, fall in and drown. Good luck getting rid of them.

Thanks for your support guys. Being here has been incredibly helpful in my keeping my sense of humor over the past months. Blast and Poppy, thanks for the advice. If they try to give me one of those potions, I'll be sure to ask them to add pumpkin juice to the mix.

The thing that gets me is if I get a tropical disease, by golly I want to have been in a tropical place. I want to have earned it with some time in the sun, on a beach, some sand, a breeze, not from just hanging around my house. So far it's kind of funny because every doctor says they don't know what is could be, nothing in normal anatomy can explain it. I'm beginning to suspect I may be part space alien.

BTW Ticker congratulations, you baby is just beautiful.

Marie have a great vacation. Show your brother who the true Pottie is.

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Blast - Mar 14, 2004 6:48 am (#404 of 2912)

I might of saved the life of an anamagus last night. I heard a scurrying behind me, when I looked there was a mouse trapped between two of our cats. It was so frightened that it could not move. I got a plastic bowl and lid a trapped her in it. I then released her outside. The cats were not impressed. The mouse was lucky that our cat Tiger was outside. He is an exceptionally good hunter and I'm sure that he would of finished the job before I could of rescued the mouse.

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Madam Poppy - Mar 14, 2004 8:13 am (#405 of 2912)

ohh, you were brave! Mice are at the top of my "Scary Animal List". I was forever tramatized as a kid by having to sleep in the spare room at my grandparents. It was their unfinished attic, which came complete with actual Tom & Jerry cartoon-like mouse holes in the walls. I went to sleep with the light on thinking it would keep them away. But they weren't fooled! I gave them the light to come out and party. It was a looonnnggg night.

Here's a snail for all you slug lovers.

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Blast - Mar 14, 2004 8:52 am (#406 of 2912)

I always tell my kids, don't be afraid of any bugs unless they are bigger than you. By the way when it's dark and you are outside I think that the fear is that you can't always see what's there, it is more of fear of the unknown.

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Madam Pince - Mar 14, 2004 9:42 am (#407 of 2912)

Ooooooooo....are we doing phobias and pet peeves now? Fun, fun!

My dearest closest friends and I are a small group which we christened "the Slugs" (it's a VERY long story involving a Gary Larson cartoon which I shall not go into here), so I don't have a problem with slugs. For us, it's an endearing term of affection. (I know, I know, we're weird.)

In fact, in terms of phobias, things with fur are ok (like mice, etc.) and I don't really mind much of anything creepy as long as it moves fairly slowly. I guess I'm mentally calculating that I can probably get away from it before it 'gets' me. But I do NOT like creepy things that can also move fast -- and they also have to be abnormally large for me to freak out. Two good examples are spiders that are larger than, say, a 50-cent piece, and cockroaches larger than about 2 inches. (Had a 3" cockroach in my medicine cabinet in college once -- talk about a way to dispel the 'morning blahs' in a hurry! Man, we got the whole place awake real fast! By the way, hairspray does NOT kill a giant cockroach, it just makes him run real fast.)

I really really don't like crocodiles / alligators. They look prehistoric to me. Plus, as a child, I once read an article in 'Reader's Digest' (good ol' RD!) about a croc that ate someone's dog, and I never forgot it. And my final phobia....quicksand. That one stems from a childhood viewing of the old TV show "Big Valley" where one of the characters had a horse that got caught in quicksand and died. (See a trend here? I hate it when the animal gets killed!)

Pet peeves....1) when people are too lazy to put their shopping cart back in the little rack at the grocery store parking lot, and 2) all those little card inserts in your magazines that are selling things nobody wants, and all they do is make it hard to turn the pages of your magazine without automatically opening to the ad. Grrrrrr....

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VeronikaG - Mar 14, 2004 11:54 am (#408 of 2912)

Here's a list of things that make Veronika instantly grow fangs:

1: Reruns on sports (we know who won).

2: People who bulldoze their way through, and yells "Move!" if they step on your feet.

3: When someone you know constantly invites you to MSN conversations that also involve 30 people you don't know.

4: People who call you on the cell phone and hang up before you have the time to answer, so YOU have to call back and get the bill.

5: Friends who don't "know" that you're supposed to sleep at 2am, and calls you to talk about a boy they met, who's a friend's sister's boy friend's younger brother, and is SO cute! (And especially friends 25+ who do that.)

6: Aggressive youth politicians.

7: People who don't read Harry Potter because of a "principle" not to read books that are not about real world problems.

8: People who bother you for liking Harry Potter.

My sympathies to Mrs. Sirius! I hope they find out what it is, and that it's just a stupid allergy or something.

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septentrion - Mar 14, 2004 1:14 pm (#409 of 2912)

Mrs Sirius, I hope you'll recover soon !

What I fear most are snakes : I can watch them at the zoo behind a window but I can't touch them even on pictures ! And when I read CoS, I have to "forget" the cover ! Worse : once I had to put a stick-on label on a book to be able to read it because there were a nsake on it. But I also fear a lot of animals : dogs, hens, gooses, cows, sheeps...if they come near to me. Luckily I live in town !

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Julia. - Mar 14, 2004 1:52 pm (#410 of 2912)

Oh, pet peeves. I have a few of those. People who get the words wrong just iritate me. Be it a song, or a quote, or something, I really can't stand it when people get the words wrong. Another thing that bothers me is bad umpireing at baseball games. Now, as a season ticket holder to a minor league club for the past ten years, I have seen my fair share of bad umpires, but there are some with the strike zone the size of a pinhead, and who can't tell the difference between on the base and off the base. Also, it is a Jewish notion that the Light of G-d is on the right sholder, thus, when someone is handed a Torah scroll, they are supposed to carry it on the right sholder, and people who carry it on their left sholder just iritate me. That and people not responding when I IM them.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Mar 15, 2004 12:35 am (#411 of 2912)

Mrs. Sirius, I hope you get better soon! Here's some get well Abbyfetti "',.;';.,';.',.;.

Heh, I have far too many pet peeves to list. I will say they involve know-it-alls (sorry Hermione ) and people who don't like HP (or whatever amazingly awesome book I recommend to them) for whatever reason and they most certainly have never given it a chance. And quite a few more.

Phobia wise, I'm proud to say not many. I have a problem with little spiders though. I like the insanely large ones. Those I find fascinating. Those little bitty poisonous, and those that aren't, just bother me. Goodness knows why.

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Marè - Mar 15, 2004 2:54 am (#412 of 2912)

Pet peeves?
The TV-station that cancels the one show you enjoy watching for a soccermatch. Bleeeh Like we don't have enough "men running after balls" on TV.

The moment our above neighbour puts on his music (LOUD!), turns on the bass and puts the window open. That's one way to wake up...

People who throw their trash around just because they can't hold on to it till the trashcan (which is most of the time within a 25 meter radius..)

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Leviosa - Mar 15, 2004 6:24 am (#413 of 2912)

Hello everyone

I really can't believe that I haven't discovered this thread earlier. But better later than never.

What I can't stand are people who are always late. And when people say: "What, you read Harry Potter? But it's only a silly children's book!!" or similar reactions. But they themselves of course haven't read it

I really dislike when people kill ants or other little animals just because they are in their way. This is so cruel. I can't hurt a fly!

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Penny Lane. - Mar 15, 2004 7:38 am (#414 of 2912)

Leviosa - is that your dog? It's so cute!

I agree with you about the animal cruelty. I can't kill anything, and don't understand how people can actually kill cats and dogs! That scene in Urban Legends where they put the dog in the microwave - well that just made me sick to my stomach.

Maré - I totally agree with you about the television programing. I'd like to add, when they interrupt your favorite show to tell you something reletively non-important. Like a minor storm 3-4 countys over, or the Martha Stewart Verdict, or that Brittney Spears got married. That is NOT breaking news.

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fidelio - Mar 15, 2004 7:57 am (#415 of 2912)

Veronika, you really only need to professional help for a phobia if it seriously interferes with a normal life. Somehow I don't think a fear of slugs qualifies. I agree that they are comprehensively gross and disgusting, though.

As for pet peeves, perhaps I'd better not start. There are so many out there--although I have to say that as I get older most of them fade to minor annoyances. I think a lot of them sort out into two categories--things that rub my fur the wrong way but aren't fatal flaws, and the things that a friend of mine from East Tennessee sums up with the simple phrase: "That's just wrong ." There's a world of difference between not putting the cap back straight on the toothpaste tube and the woman in my area who's just been arrested for animal cruelty--she had a puppy breeding mill with about 150 dogs, many sick and all inadequately housed and fed. The females had been bred to the point where many were toothless. Grrrrr! "That's just wrong ," indeed!

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Marè - Mar 15, 2004 8:13 am (#416 of 2912)

They interrupt programs to tell you that Britney spears got married?!?! Annoying indeed!
Luckily they don't do that here, only with major disasters they interrupt things, and I'm not sure if they interrupted programs when our new princess was born, because I wasn't watching. But I can see them doing that
But mostly when something serious happens they reschedule the entire programming so it's news news news all the time. It has an upside (if you didn't knew what was going on you just have to turn on the tv and fall right in it) and a downside (after a while there is no new news and either it becomes a constant repeat, or when possible they send out interviewers to question the friend from an neighbours sisters haircutter if she has an opinion on the matter... and guess what, they don't, but they think they do... )

Penny who is your avatar lady bye the way?

And Fidelio I hope that women gets what she deserves! I don't understand that kind of people, what good is it to use animals in that kind of way?

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Ticker - Mar 15, 2004 8:57 am (#417 of 2912)

Yes I agree with the WRONG verdict. I'm afraid my new neighbor may have a penchant for animal beating. Hubby said he saw him hit & kick his cowering dog yesterday. Crap. Now that's wrong. I'm peeved because I may have to do something about it. We have such a wonderful neighborhood with friendly neighbors. If this is how he really is, it sucks for all of us (especially the dogs).

Julia, this song's for you (I just can't resist ):

Bubble, flubble, toil & trouble

Cauldron bloop & something stubble

Trouble, trickle, foil & pickle

Wicked lyrics your way come!

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Penny Lane. - Mar 15, 2004 9:25 am (#418 of 2912)

Oh.. I so can't stomach animal cruelty. I agree that it is completly diffrent from a pet peeve.

The repeatitive news syndrome occurs here too. If nothing new is happening in the big story of the day, they bring in experts to repeat everything that has already happened, along with an anyalsis of why the suspect may have done ..whatever he or she was alleged to do.

Marè - my avatar is not really a person. She is a character from Final Fantasy X. Her name is Yuna. I figured it was time to get rid of Rainbow Bright - She was a little …big.

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Flame Alligator - Mar 15, 2004 9:46 am (#419 of 2912)

Ticker, that was great. LOL poor Julia.

Julia, I had hoped we might be roomies at the gathering but now I think you might not want me. I get lyrics wrong and quotes all the time but I at least say paraphrase. This is a new problem It is just after 50+ years, I have too much information in my head. lol I pull up too much at once sometimes.

Pet Peeves: People who don't respond. People who try to run my life.

Fawkes, If you are out there, a belated, Top of the mornin to ya.

I am subbing today for a stretch and relax teacher. She begged/bullied me into it. I do not enjoy teaching stretch and relax class it is not real yoga. So......I have devised a plan. I am going to give them the stretching of their lives. Hopefully, they will complain and their teacher won't call me again. I know, I know, I am terrible right. So be it. Anybody want to smack me for being naughty?

Have a good day y'all!

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 15, 2004 9:54 am (#420 of 2912)

Hee hee, suppose I'd better reply before I peeve you off Flame

I agree with ya about the stretching & yoga... however, we've been promised a stretching class tonight after our last one which was tough (but bloody brilliant too).... so sleepy today, so better watch I don't fall asleep in class

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Leviosa - Mar 15, 2004 10:30 am (#421 of 2912)

Penny that's our family's dog. Her name is Gina. Before we got her as a puppy she lived on a garage floor and didn't even know how to drink water properly. But now she has a very comfortable life of course

Oh my god, fidelio, this was really horrible what that woman did. I hope she got a just punishment for that.

I don't like slugs either, but we never kill them. We always throw them onto the field right in front of our garden fence.

P.S. You can all call me Susanne or Susi if you want to

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fidelio - Mar 15, 2004 10:50 am (#422 of 2912)

The dog-breeder, so-called, is still awaiting trial. Given the level of public reaction in the community where she was arrested, she may need a change of venue, because everyone, including people who are not animal lovers, is appalled. In fact, the level of revulsion is such that most people can't really put it into words any better than to say "That's just wrong." If public opinion has its way, they'd brink back flogging and branding, just for her. As to what she hoped to gain from, these dogs were pure-bred Maltese and, even allowing for their health problems and general condition, cute as buttons. She was selling them, probably to pet stores and places where people were in no position to check out her operation for safety and such. She was probably making a pretty penny off this, especially if she was able to offer pedigree papers for the poor things. My landlady and her husband acquired an abandoned dachshund a few months ago who was apparently a puppy mill discard--she's about 9 or so, and had probably reached the point where she wasn't a reliable breeder any more--or she may have just had a small litter, or lost a litter, and so "wasn't worth keeeping". She was so thin in November that not only could we count her ribs and backbones, but her hip and shoulder bones were plainly visible as well. She had lost muscle mass, and couldn't jump up on the couch because she was so weak. She's still thin, but is now jumping and running with the best of them, and is one of the sweetest dachshunds I've met. The puppy mill people simply see their animals as an income source, to be tossed aside when they aren't profitable any more.

We have a Bengal cat who's a retired queen, but her original owner went to considerable lengths to make sure she'd have people who were ready to enjoy her company and fuss over her as she thinks she deserves, which is the way responsible breeders of pedigreed dogs and cats handle things when one of their animals isn't working out--they may be a financial loss, but they deserve more than to be thrown out like trash. This whole topic is just maddening to me--if you should treat an animal that has provided you with love and companionship well, surely you owe one that's made you money over the years decent treatment even more.

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Julia. - Mar 15, 2004 10:50 am (#423 of 2912)

BAD TICKER!!! BAD BAD TICKER!!!!!!!!!

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Marè - Mar 15, 2004 11:07 am (#424 of 2912)

Pet Peeves.... how about: If you want.. (insert anything non interesting here) dial 1.


If you want .. (more useless stuff) dial 2...


Etc etc. And all you want is a nice telyphone lady to help you with your one question, and no, I am in no need to hear a synthesizer version of FÜR ELISE when I am on hold...

And Penny you think your avatar was big? Hmmmm looking at huge turtle
Hmmmmm.

And Susanne, did you just say that your dog is named Gina. Her last doesn't happen to be.... Snape does it?

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Leviosa - Mar 15, 2004 11:16 am (#425 of 2912)

Yes, fidelio, I agree but a lot of people don't regard animals as living beings. They have to be profitable and so they don't invest much in treating them acceptable. Just think of animal transports and such.

Marè, no, her last name is not Snape.

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Ticker - Mar 15, 2004 11:23 am (#426 of 2912)

Susi - she is absolutely adorable. She reminds me of the poodle I grew up with. Dogs are wonderful companions. I like mine so much, I use her name here.

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Acceber - Mar 15, 2004 1:58 pm (#427 of 2912)

Gina's an Animagus! Why didn't she tell us? And why is she a dog of all things? Severus would enjoy a snake a lot more.

I have some pet peeves: When people use 'big' words to look smart and important, and then they use them wrong. Along the same lines, when people rout for a sports team that they don't really care about and just want boys to notice that they 'like' the team. One more-library books on the shelf alphabetized wrong (you can probably relate to that, Madame L).

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Helen K. - Mar 15, 2004 2:12 pm (#428 of 2912)

Fidelio, I really envy. You live in a country where people who do such things to animals CAN BE ARRESTED! We don't even hope to have a law like this in Russia. We have rules which can make some of these gits to pay fee but it seems like nobody bothers about it, so they can do what they want. If it wasn't for a little number of enthusiasts who manage sometimes to save animals (writing hundreds of letters to different instances or involving the press) we wouldn't even know about such cases. Sorry for this gloomy message, but it's a sore point for me.

Madam Pince, did you speak about a 3" cockroach?! Was it a joke?! If not, I'm lucky I only saw a 1" specimen, otherwise I wouldn't be writing these words now!:-)

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timrew - Mar 15, 2004 2:43 pm (#429 of 2912)

Pet peeves? I keep imagining a poltergeist on a leash!

My main peeve is people that I call ********s! (not a word for a family forum!). These are people who have no regard whatsoever for those of us who they offend, distress or hurt.

Muggers and conmen who prey on the old. A plumber in the UK was recently charged with conning an old lady out of £5,000 for a £5 job; and outside the court he said that he didn't regard himself as a scumbag. Well, everyone else in the country regards you as one, mate!

I think someone has already mentioned people who play (so-called) music at full volume, because they assume everyone else likes that kind of rubbish. How do you spell Rap, by the way? With a small 'c' or a big 'C'?

I could go on until I bore you all to death on this general tack, but I think you get my drift by now!

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Blast - Mar 15, 2004 3:05 pm (#430 of 2912)

Mare at least you get Fur Elise, I usually get somebody trying to sing a song that has already been a hit by someone who can sing. The media is being watered down. They are making movies based on old T.V. shows, instead of trying to write a new song record a hit from the past, and television, when an inovative well done program comes out, the other networks copy it. I blame all this lack of imagination on people not reading. When you read you develope your imagination. The world seems to be run on greed. Let's play it safe we'll make a movie based on a T.v. show that was successful, people will come to see it and we'll make lots of money, even though the movie is very badly made and written, just make sure there is some special effects. Maybe the draw of the Harry Potter series is so successful is because our other forms of stimulation are getting so mundane and repetetive that people are turning back to litterature. Sorry to go on a rant here, but the thought hit me and I had to share it with people that might understand what I am trying to say.

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Luanee - Mar 15, 2004 3:59 pm (#431 of 2912)

I managed to sneak in again...

Congratulations Giant squid! I didn't know you are so old! I thought you were just a teenager in school? LOL.

And don't bring any cockroaches near me, first thing I will do is to run... all those mentions of 'cocokroach cluster' in HP really fascinates me.

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Gina R Snape - Mar 15, 2004 4:53 pm (#432 of 2912)

Penny that's our family's dog. Her name is Gina.
Gina's an Animagus! Why didn't she tell us? And why is she a dog of all things? Severus would enjoy a snake a lot more.

Nice name for a dog! She's a cutey. But not to fear. My animagus form is a cat, as many of you know. Sev likes it when I purr.

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scully jones - Mar 15, 2004 5:27 pm (#433 of 2912)

Ah, Julia, I hope you don't mind Jimmie too much, he doesn't use euphemisms and common sayings very well. It only irritates me a little, but usually, it's just funny.

Also, does anyone here say "close the light" instead of "shut off the light"? His whole family says that... But it could just be a Michigan thing... I wonder...

We had to clean an apartment today that had tons of dead cockroaches in the bathtub and all over the floor. We're lucky they were dead, one time I saw one crawl in and out of a hole in the blinds and I freaked out. (It was my first cockroach.... We didn't have any in Idaho.)

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I Am Used Vlad - Mar 15, 2004 5:45 pm (#434 of 2912)

I'm back. I had a great time on my vacation. I skied all day and played blackjack in the casino at night. It was like being James Bond for a week*. I just wanted to let you all know that I missed this wonderful forum. Well, I have a lot of catching up to do, so I'm going read posts now.

# except he always wins at cards and has beautiful women throw themselves at him

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Julia. - Mar 15, 2004 6:14 pm (#435 of 2912)

Yes Sarah, my mum says 'close the light' too. She's from Boston, so I thought it was a Boston thing.

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Blast - Mar 15, 2004 6:27 pm (#436 of 2912)

Some people just say clap on clap off:)

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SarcasticGinny - Mar 15, 2004 6:54 pm (#437 of 2912)

Congrats on your future aunt-dom chiaojones, and hope the doctors figure it out so they can help you Mrs. Sirius!

As for me, does anyone have advice for one who is totally overextended? I have a new student teaching placement, this time at a high school, and I am also helping assistant direct the musical there. I am putting in 11 hour days, plus I have a night class on Tuesdays. So essentially I need some ways to save time, even in incriments of fifteen minutes or so - anything!

Pet peeves (little ones): High pitched noises, talk radio, people who brag too much, and any activity where I have to stand still.

Phobia: Blood/injuries. Eeh! When someone is hurt, I hate to say so, but I am no help.

Oh and lately I've been afraid to pump gasoline. Wonder why...

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Gina R Snape - Mar 15, 2004 7:25 pm (#438 of 2912)

Close the lights is a very common expression. I didn't know anyone thought it odd!

Well, I found out yesterday that my sister-in-law is pregnant for the second time. She's not due until October, so we don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet...

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Julia. - Mar 15, 2004 8:05 pm (#439 of 2912)

OH WOW!!!!! Mazel Tov on becoming an Aunt Gina!! Wow. Lot's of people becoming aunts around here, maybe I should ask my sister...Oh, wait, she's only 16, so, never mind.

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Madam Poppy - Mar 15, 2004 8:43 pm (#440 of 2912)
Edited by Mar 15, 2004 8:44 pm

Ticker, loved your song lyrics! And if I haven't said it before, that baby of yours is perfect!

Regarding the cockroaches? I saw them a couple of times when we lived in Dallas. (Not in my house!) But when we went down further south to Houston, they have what they called Palmeto (Spelling?) Bugs that looked just like cockroaches but they were almost 4 inches long and they FLEW TOO! Now that was scary!

Ahh Penny, I miss your Rainbow Bright. I almost didn't recognize you without her picture.

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Ticker - Mar 15, 2004 8:54 pm (#441 of 2912)
Edited by Mar 15, 2004 8:59 pm

Congrats Gina! Do you have any gender preference? Some people just know (without ultrasound) what they're going to have. They're right at least 50% of the time.

Speaking of 50% chance, has anyone seen Rosencranz & Guildenstern Are Dead? It's been ages since I have. No one here knows about it (except the few old friends of mine who learned the hard way that I have odd movie tastes). Even the video stores don't have it. Its become an unscratchable itch for me since seeing the PoA casting.

Thanks Madam Poppy! I'm a smidge biased myself, but I think she's awfully cute too. Truth be told about those lyrics, as much as I liked being a stinker, it took me several hours after posting to quit running the real lyrics through my head. I guess my subconscious felt guilty.

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Madame Librarian - Mar 15, 2004 8:59 pm (#442 of 2912)

Ticker, I love that play! I read a long time ago in a senior English class, and saw a production here in Chicago. Did my final paper on it, too. It has some of the fastest, most agile, wittiest dialogue I've ever heard. Takes the whole message of "Hamlet" and turns it inside out and upside down, then puts it back together again. I loved it that nobody could quite remember who was Rosenkrantz and who was Guildenstern. Doesn't someone even refer to them once as Rosenstern and Guildenkrantz? I should read it again.

Ciao. Barb

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Ticker - Mar 15, 2004 9:03 pm (#443 of 2912)
Edited by Mar 15, 2004 9:05 pm

YES!!! It's been too long since I've seen it to remember that line. I hadn't thought about reading it.... hmmmmmmm. I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep now, I'm so excited to see it again.

EDIT: Ooooh, I just remebered that line - and that one of them never could remember who he was himself...

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Gina R Snape - Mar 15, 2004 10:31 pm (#444 of 2912)

Well, when you live in NYC, roaches are inevitable. I do my best to keep them out, but now and then we get a 'visitor.' In fact, Nymphadora was very chatty and squeaky earlier tonight, until I realised she was trying to catch a roach. I hope it doesn't end up like the last one.

As for the baby, I've no preference. I didn't ask my brother or sister-in-law if they have one. Their first child was a boy, so I'd just assume they'd like a girl this go round.

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Dr Filibuster - Mar 15, 2004 11:24 pm (#445 of 2912)

Hi, it's Tuesday morning here. Just wanted to say...

SLAINTE

...for tomorrow Siobhan. You'll be off work won't you?

This aunty thing is catching, I'll be a second time aunt in July. The Petunia Phenomeon?

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 16, 2004 2:26 am (#446 of 2912)

Sláinte Sue, *raises glass* (actually bottle of water on my desk )

Yes indeedy I will be off work tomorrow However I don't think I'll be hitting the parades this year.... there are bus & train strikes, so getting into town will be a complete nightmare... A nice relaxing day off I think... perhaps a trip to my local park for a walk (it's a very nice park, actually its the very extensive estate around a gorgeous stately home, thats now open to the public. You could just picture Elizabeth Bennett & Mr Darcy wandering around ... well I can & only a 5 minute drive from my house )

For anyone travelling to Ireland this week, (or if you know anyone that is travelling), firstly let me extend to you Céad Míle Fáilte! (One hundred thousand welcomes!) However be warned, there are planned strikes for the Airport as well as the bus & rail system this thursday, so I'm thinking I'll apparate into work this thursday .... if only

As for The Petunia Phenomeon.... I'll be an aunty again (2nd time as well) in about 3 weeks (fingers crossed) My big sis Getting very excited now!

Let me just wish you all Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig (Happy St Patricks Day)

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Essidji - Mar 16, 2004 2:50 am (#447 of 2912)

Happy St Patrick's Day to all our Irish fellow members, and to the lucky ones who will spend a few days there. Ireland is one of the countries where I mostly would like to spend holidays (or even work!). How I would like to be here tomorrow to enjoy music and dance!

Here we will have a few bars celebrating, with some bands giving concerts for the occasion. Pity we can't even go out tonight (we'll never find a baby-sitter on a tuesday night) :-(

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Blast - Mar 16, 2004 3:59 am (#448 of 2912)

Fawkes, I hear that the dinner menu at St. Mungo's is corned beef and cabbage, with kelly green jello for pudding, just in your honor. Speaking of green, I better clean out the fridge tonight.

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 16, 2004 4:19 am (#449 of 2912)

'Fraid I'm not very Irish when it comes to corned beef & cabbage.... But I will eat the green jello .... Kelly Green Jello, hee hee thats funny, I have a friend whose surname is kelly, we call him, Jelly Belly Kelly LOL!

I wouldn't say no to some Irish Stew though.... yum yum! But I'd be scared what that would entail in St M's

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Julia. - Mar 16, 2004 4:29 am (#450 of 2912)

Hey, Boop, it's Tuesday! Shouldn't we be hearing something about that baby comming? *looks curious* Hope everything goes well for you and your daughter today!


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Karla Labanda - Mar 16, 2004 6:17 am (#451 of 2912)

I leave the forum during two weeks, and I can't believe the huge amount of new messages I found.

Thank you for your support Pinky and the other person, Who name I do not remember, I am so sorry.

Now I finish Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix in Spanish, I felt very happy, because I understand the English book very well.

I have some questions, but I going to expose them in their respective thread (is it right?)

Excuse me for cut your conversation.

Forever Fawkes, I like Ireland too much. Shall we talk someday about your country.

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 16, 2004 6:31 am (#452 of 2912)

Hi Karla, delighted that you love Ireland... & those who know me here on the forum know I love nothing better than talking about my country (a little bit too much some times.... right guys ) Well that & obsessing over HP

Thats great that you've now got The Order of the Phoenix in Spanish.... and that you understood it anyways in English... I don't think I could do that (In Spanish that is... *giggle*)! Looking forward to hearing (reading) your thoughts & discussions from your Spanish read of OotP

By the way... I like your picture

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boop - Mar 16, 2004 6:49 am (#453 of 2912)

My pet peeves are about drivers, the ones who think the road belongs to them, the ones who think they don't have to stop at a stop sign, and the ones who don't know what a turn signal is.

Nimrod, Welcome back, glad you had a safe and fun trip. Now you have to play catchup with the forum. BTW Are you going in June to the forum gathering, please pretty please come!!!!!!Hope to talk to you in the chat room soon. Look forward to hearing all about your skiing trip.

Sue,Gina,Fidelo and Fawkes congratulations at becoming aunts!!!!!!

Karla, welcome back to the forum.

Julia, I will know sometime today, but just don't know when. I don't know what time her doctor appointment was. As soon as I know when they are going to induce Sheila I will let you know.

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fidelio - Mar 16, 2004 6:50 am (#454 of 2912)

Auntdom is cool--I've been one for over 30 years--and even better, it eventually leads to great-auntdom, and this summer I'll be one for the second time. [My brother is quite a bit older than I am, so his older son is only 13 years younger than I am.] I have no idea what the latest one may be, but if it's a girl, my brother with leap for joy for sure. The grandson was welcome, but a granddaughter--O bliss!

Helen, it's taken many years for people in this country to have some conscience about animals, and for the public to react strongly about animal abuse issues. Even now there are plenty of jerks out there--one of the cable TV channels has a show about animal welfare officers and their work, and the number of horrible cases they uncover is just heartbreaking. I know it will take some time in Russia, but if people keep speaking out, things will start to change. It's like water wearing away a stone, persistence is the only way things will change, however slowly it has to happen.

Sarcastic GInny, I feel your pain--I just started my night job, which means that I start work at 7am, end that job at 3:30, run home, grab something for my evening meal, get to the night job at 5, and finish that one at 10:15. Things I have found helpful while on this schedule: Plan ahead. Well ahead. Clothes, meals, housework, errands. If you know what you're going to do, all that's left is doing it--the dithering over choices is done with. Multitask. It's amazing how many tasks take only a very few minutes, if you don't dawdle. Washing dishes as they're dirtied--even as you cook--isn't that hard. It's easier, for me, to divide the housework into tiny taks that can be done in a few minutes, but you may find it easier to give yourself a block of time in which you'll do what must be done. Don't put it off too long, or it really will be s dreadful pile-up you can't bear to face. Dont' dawdle and dither about things, or find other things you'd rather do instead. Do what you have to do. Steal time. In 10 minutes from your lunch hour, you can write checks to pay your bills, fix a grocery list, and so on. You may have to part, temporarily, with some of the things you'd like to do, in favor of the things you have to do. Too much of the time spent in transit frm Place A to Place B is lost forever. Avoid unnecessary trips.

It's true about the palmetto bugs. Roaches get larger and more lively the warmer the climate. My sister Ann and her husband lived in New Orleans for several years, in an apartment in the Garden District. One day, my brother-in-law came home from work, got a can of beer, and sat down to watch the news. He took a drink, and then set the can down on the floor. He picked it up again a minute or two later, and there, perched on the top like it owned the thing, was a roach, fully as long as the diameter of the can. What, you may ask [if you're not on the floor twitching in horror] did he do then? AS he tells it, "I remembered that my parents always reminded us to show visitors true hospitality--so I let the roach have that beer and got another one for myself."

My other sister, Mary, lives in Phoenix, where they have such a bad roach problem it gets discussed in City Council meetings. They live in the drains, so she keeps all hers closed, unless she's draining the sink/tub, or running water. Boric acid powder helps, too. Just for the Phoenicians on the list, I'll mention the fact that she owns a citrus rat-catching dog.

I grew up thinking of roaches as a sign of bad housekeeping, but in the warmer parts of this country they're just there, no matter how clean the place is. When my sister Mary lived in the Phillipines, they had a gecko in the house who was there was a bug-control officer, so to speak. It never managed to eliminate the problem, though!

Gina, I'd think a roach-killing cat would be worth her weight in gold! Otherwise it would be Joe's Apartment . I certainly valued the one I used to have--although she had many other good qualities as well.

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Ladybug220 - Mar 16, 2004 6:57 am (#455 of 2912)

Here in Alabama, the roaches can be bad as well even if you have exterminators come or cats that think that they are moving toys. There are some flying cockroaches as well and those just make me scream. *shudder* I can't stand the big roaches that are here but my cats think that they are the greatest toys ever!

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 16, 2004 7:19 am (#456 of 2912)

For once glad to live in colder climes.... although we did have cockroaches in my old high school. As legend tells they where liberated by some 'thoughtful' student(s) from the biology lab, & to this day they remain skulking in the corridors..... *shudder* I remember working in the school greenhouses & you could hear them scuttling about *double shudder* I have enough problems with spiders..... even though they aren't poisionous here... they can still be pretty big.... I'm like Ron in that respect.... We don't have any snakes though... thanks to St Paddy Well probably too cold / wet for them!

Boop, fingers, toes & eyes crossed for your daughter

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VeronikaG - Mar 16, 2004 8:29 am (#457 of 2912)

Norway has never been much of a place for cockroaches either. Because of our climate, they usually stay small, less than 1". But there was a report on TV, about a building in Oslo, that had been invaded by 4" Asian ones. The ground floor housed an Asian restaurant, and the owner had been a bit unlucky with a shipment of exotic vegetables... He thought he had gotten all of them, but a few ones had escaped and become a few hundreds. Bwwrrr. They had to get the fire department to come and hose the building. Bad promotion for the restaurant, I hope it didn't go bankrupt.

More bad promotion. In one of the pizza places in Arendal, my town, a kid had found a HUGE black beetle baked into the bottom of the pizza crust. Yuck! And that was supposed to be the best pizza place in town. From these two incidents, you may think that Norway has very sloppy sanitary requirements for restaurants, but actually, we have some of the toughest in the world. Health inspectors can come around at any time, and if something's dodgy, the restaurant has to close, at least temporarily. I think it happens to one or two restaurants every week. But of course they separate between accidents and pure uncleanness.

The bugs that get big (relatively) around here, are ants. Every summer our bathroom is invaded by 1" winged ants. I'm not scared of them, but it's annoying to have them circling you while you're in the tub. And one day in the middle of the summer, we see them climbing up the outer wall, as a mass migration. Then it's time to get the vacuum cleaner, and ATTACK!

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 16, 2004 8:34 am (#458 of 2912)

Every year we seem to get an infestation of ladybugs... I have no idea why and it's only in our bathroom. I used to think they were sweet, but after several years of squishing them when I'm in the shower, it has worn itself a bit thin. Must look at the bright side though... at least they aren't roaches!!

Good luck to your daughter, boop!! And to you!!!

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Madame Librarian - Mar 16, 2004 8:44 am (#459 of 2912)

Lady bugs infestations (they're actually Asian beetles, I think) are new and a nuisance in the mid-West. About two years ago they started up, and they were cute, but got old fast. They don't exactly bite, but they do pinch, and if you squish 'em, they stink. My house, a white colonial style faces west and with a park across there is tons of late afternoon sunlight. Guess what the little critters love? Yep, warm, sunny vertical places. I get home from work and I can't use the front door. It's totally covered with ladybugs. The sides of the house are too. Of course, may squeeze through the door and windows so I have a fair number that take up residence inside. They are stupid, though.

I hate ants, don't get me started on them. Flying ants, ugghhhg!

Ciao. Barb

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 16, 2004 8:50 am (#460 of 2912)

It's nearing the end of my working day & I am off tomorrow (woohoo), but that means no forum (booooo)

Anyways, want to say again to each & all Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig (Happy St Patricks Day)

If celebrating... don't drown the shamrock too much... Ta Ta For Now

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Phreaker - Mar 16, 2004 9:25 am (#461 of 2912)

Happy St Patty's day, all. Ladybugs in the shower? Quite interesting. I think the only critters kowalla has ever complained about having in the shower was a spider and a kitten. Hehe.

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boop - Mar 16, 2004 9:54 am (#462 of 2912)

Fawkes, Have a good day off we will miss you.

Brandon I have 3 trucks full of snow heading your way so get ready for it.!!!!

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fidelio - Mar 16, 2004 10:08 am (#463 of 2912)

Veronika, those flying ants are a breeding swarm, hoping to produce more little ants someday. Of course, if they die in the vacuum cleaner there's not much hope of that--maybe that's why there are so many!

Restaurants in the US get regular inspections, and a lot of local TV stations have sections in their evening news program where they tell who had the lowest and [sometimes] the highest scores. It makes for interesting [if sometimes unnerving] viewing. Every so often, an otherwise meticulous place has a Dreadful Problem that causes dreadful consternation. There was one in a shopping center where my aunt lives that had a sudden strange rodent infestation that turned out to be a chinchilla invasion--they'd busted free from a nearby pet store. Since the pet store people considered the critters valuable property, they wanted them back alive--and since they'd escaped from the pet shop, the restaurant people wanted compensation for loss of business and expenses entailed in dealing with the problem. I have no idea how it all turned out, but you can imagine the news stories.

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Marè - Mar 16, 2004 10:24 am (#464 of 2912)

5 Minutes ago one of my friends told me how he had eaten fried cockroaches (the large ones) when he was in Bangkok.
So if any of you come across a cockroach and you don't know what to do with it....

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tracie1976 - Mar 16, 2004 10:25 am (#465 of 2912)

And Brandon...I'm sending you even more snow

Congrats to the soon-to-be aunts

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Madame Librarian - Mar 16, 2004 10:28 am (#466 of 2912)

Now how many forums can claim to have a chat thread discussing ants and aunts at the same time? We are so special!

(Pronunciation note--in my neck of the woods, the words sound the same.)

Ciao. Barb

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Flame Alligator - Mar 16, 2004 10:33 am (#467 of 2912)

boop, good luck to your daughter

Fawkes, I will miss you. See ya Monday. Happy St. Patty's

Have a good day everybody!

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Acceber - Mar 16, 2004 11:41 am (#468 of 2912)

Happy St. Patty's Day and my mom's birthday my Fellow Forumers. Alliteration, my English teacher would be proud.

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Ladybug220 - Mar 16, 2004 11:45 am (#469 of 2912)
Edited by Mar 16, 2004 11:46 am

OOP won the WH Smith People's Choice Award!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/3516628.stm

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Leviosa - Mar 16, 2004 12:25 pm (#470 of 2912)

Happy St Patrick's Day!! I really hope to visit Ireland one day. If only travelling weren't so expensive

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 16, 2004 12:46 pm (#471 of 2912)

Just popped over to the Tell About Yourself thread and noticed something... Julia, when in September is your birthday? I'm a September baby too, and that would make me just about a year older than you!

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boop - Mar 16, 2004 12:48 pm (#472 of 2912)

ok Friday is the day that my grandson is going to be born. His name will be Dustin Eugene. I can't wait I'm going to get to meet him soon.

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septentrion - Mar 16, 2004 1:07 pm (#473 of 2912)

Boop, I understand your impatience ! Tell us how lovely your grandson is.

It seems that thread is full of to-come-babies and that's good news : congratulations to the to-be-aunts ! Better than cockroaches and other sweeties of the same kind

Happy Saint Patrick to Irish people, I guess it must be a great day there.

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Julia. - Mar 16, 2004 2:09 pm (#474 of 2912)

YAY for the new baby Boop!! Let's have a party for Dustin, shall we?

Virgoddess, my birthday is September 8th. When's yours?

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 16, 2004 2:36 pm (#475 of 2912)

18th.. dang... ten days diference.. hehe. Oh well.

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Blast - Mar 16, 2004 3:41 pm (#476 of 2912)

My oldest Kristina was born Sept. 9 1981. Boop have a butterbeer on me. Hope everything is smooth sailing from now until then. I have a little two year old girl that comes into the store where I work. She is in a foster home because her mother did not look after her properly, she is a bit behind in her speech, but is making good progress in catching up. She calls me cookie. She is usually in the buggy with her foster Mom, but today she was loose. I was working down one of the aisles when she saw me. She hurried down the aisle gave me a big hug and said cookie, made my day. Lots of snow today, so if you have to drive in this please be careful there are too many people trying to go nowhere too fast.

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Lynn Allen - Mar 16, 2004 6:21 pm (#477 of 2912)

Oh my goodness, I've succeeded in reading all 350 postings from my absence, and now I can't remember anything that was written!! Congratulations to everyone who deserves it, aunts, ants or whatever. Where I live St. Patrick's Day is mainly a day for people to pretend they are Irish and drink totally too much for their own good. Another "tradition" is to wear green clothing; if you wear orange, look out! I'm sure that has some heavy political meaning about the English and Irish conflict, but all I do is wear my Michigan State University green-and-white sweatshirt and everything is fine! Glad to be back!

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Ticker - Mar 16, 2004 7:59 pm (#478 of 2912)

Geez - 350? I thought 37 was a lot!

Being a bit Irish in South Dakota makes you unusual. Around here, I have to announce to people that it's St. Patricks Day by pinching them. Those wearing their green are usually doing so on accident. I wear both orange & green as a way to stand for unity. Unfortunately, my political statement has not been understood since my highschool English teacher raised his eyebrows at me 16 years ago. Ah, well. At least I don't have to worry about being beaten to a pulp for it.

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boop - Mar 16, 2004 8:40 pm (#479 of 2912)

to everyone

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Mrs. Sirius - Mar 16, 2004 10:01 pm (#480 of 2912)

Top o' the Morning to ya'.Happy St. Patty's Day Sign And congratulations to all the birthday-ers and aunties to be, whatever gender the babies are they are wondderful(as babies).

I must add about the roaches, in the Dominincan Republic, the roaches grow to incredible lengths. And they fly, not just fly, they dive bomb at you. Ughhhhh. When I went back for the first time as an adult, we were stayed with family. I walked into my room which was a spare guest room and ofte used. The roaches were walking and flying everywhere, you could actully hear their feet as they walked on the floor. These things are hard to kill too! Even if you step on them they keep going.Roach What I really don't understand is how as a child I used to play with them. We'd put candles on their backs by putting a drop of melted wax on their backs and then place the candles on top of it and watched as the roaches walked with these candles on their backs. Ughh kids are awful!

To all our friend and nighbors here and abroad, Slainte (My husband is of Irish background, and sprinkles our days with words from all of the various languages he speaks).

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Gina R Snape - Mar 16, 2004 10:41 pm (#481 of 2912)

Phew! Too many posts to catch up on.

Welcome back, Lynne. Yes, it's nice to have a roach-killing kitty. But it's where she puts them after she's killed them that's problematic...

So, has anyone here gotten the Makin' Magic expansion pack for The Sims? I just got it today and created a home for myself and Sev.

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tracie1976 - Mar 17, 2004 3:36 am (#482 of 2912)

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone.

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icthestrals - Mar 17, 2004 5:13 am (#483 of 2912)

Mrs. Sirius! That is too funny! Putting candles on the roaches backs? Hee hee.

Gina, I worked at a horse farm once that had cats that would kill the giant roaches as well as the mice. They would eat the mice, but leave the roaches laying in the aisle. Ick.

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Julia. - Mar 17, 2004 5:22 am (#484 of 2912)

Had to get that in before going off to class, which was not canceled because of the snow.

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Doris Crockford - Mar 17, 2004 7:38 am (#485 of 2912)

Happy St. Patrick's Day! And congratulations to all you aunts!

I'm not too afraid of bugs, except the big, unidentified ones.Like the one I found at my cottage. I threw it outside into the snow, and it died. Usually at home, they just come back inside a minute later. Of course, flying cockroaches sound pretty bad.

What I'm really afraid of is dogs. I was attacked by one when I was little, and now I'm terrified of them. If I see one and have to pass it by, I walk off the side walk or cross the road. Then I keep my eye on it until it goes out of sight. It doesn't help that two of my neighbours across the road have German Shepards, and my next-door neighbours have a chocolate lab and a golden retriever (my dad loves dogs, so he identifies them for me. It helps people understand why I'm so afraid of them. They're all really big dogs, and occasionally they get loose. Once I was going to swim practice at 6:30 in the morning, and one of the dogs was loose. It started chasing me so I ran back to my house. I was shaking so badly that I could barely walk). And they all bark a lot.

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Ticker - Mar 17, 2004 8:00 am (#486 of 2912)

I'm sorry to hear that Doris. Big dogs can be scary when loose - also annoying when they poop in your yard.

Here' a litle Irish blessing for everyone:

May those who love us love us,

And those that don't love us,

May God turn their hearts.

And if He doesn't turn their hearts,

May He turn their ankles so

We'll know them by their limping.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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septentrion - Mar 17, 2004 9:34 am (#487 of 2912)

It seems some of you have snow in their neck of the woods, I wish I could send you some of the spring weather we had here for the last two days.

Ticker, your blessing is very lovely, thanks to give it to us and happy St Patrick's day !

Doris, I'm like you, I'm afraid of dogs. In fact I'm afraid of nearly all animals but I had my calfs sniffed by a big black dog when I was a child and I was saved by its owner who arrived just at that time. I was completely paralyzed. And another time I was attacked by a rooster. I think those animals sealed my fear of animals in general, except cats which I love (if only I wasn't allergic).

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 17, 2004 11:33 am (#488 of 2912)

Wow. All these Aunties, and Aunties to be (I'm just going to avoid the phiobias ***shudders at thought of way too many of them***)! Boop, really congratulations, does that mean there will soon be three beautiful grandchildren in your picture?

Happy St. Patricks day everyone! Unfortunately I will not be drinking the Guiness tonight, but only because I have never really liked it!

# *EDIT* Does anybody else find that whenever they post they always find at least three spelling/grammar mistakes despite reading and re-reading before you actually post? LOVE that EDIT key!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Mar 17, 2004 11:33 am (#489 of 2912)

Hey everyone! Happy St. Patrick's Day! I have some green Abbyfetti today. ,';.,';.',.;',.;.'

And here's some Abbyfetti for all of you future aunts. ,'.;',.;',.;',.; Congratulations!!

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I Am Used Vlad - Mar 17, 2004 12:10 pm (#490 of 2912)

septentrion, I was once attacked by a rooster, too. I work for the post office, so I'm always on the lookout for dogs, but I never knew that roosters were so protective of their turf until one came at me.

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Detail Seeker - Mar 17, 2004 12:12 pm (#491 of 2912)

Fawkes, An raibh na Feile Padraig feilunach ? I hope that is correct -first try in Irish 20 years after learning a few basics...

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Acceber - Mar 17, 2004 1:15 pm (#492 of 2912)

SK-of course the edit key has made my life easier. I'm always finding mistakes in my posts, particularly in HTML.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all you Irish out there *waves to Irish*. I know I said this yesterday, but I wanted to make my meaning clear (as if it could be anything else).

EDIT: See what I mean. I forgot something:

We didn't get a snowday, but we got the next best thing: one-hour delay. This is good for a couple reasons, I read a bit of the Forum this morning, we don't have to make up the hour ie school in summer, and people in homebase weren't as tired they usually are.

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Blast - Mar 17, 2004 3:52 pm (#493 of 2912)

It's not easy being green. Top of the evening everybody. There was an Englishman visiting Ireland and his car broke down in the country. Along comes an Irish farmer in a donkey cart, and asks the Englishman if he needs a ride to town. The Englishman says yes and gets in. In the cart is a pig. As the cart goes around a corner, a speeding truck whips by and hits the donkey cart and it ends up in the ditch. The farmer is alright, but he see that the dokey has two broken legs. I can't let him suffer like that, says the farmer and picks up his shotgun and shoots the donkey. He then notices that the pig is in a similar state, he then shoots the pig. Then he notices the Englishman who is on the other side of the road. The Englishman has two broken legs, a broken arm, and has a couple of deep cuts. How are you doing says the farmer, never felt better in my life replies the Englishman. My favourate Irish joke, thanks Dave Allen and Happy St. Paddie's day everbody.

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Emily - Mar 17, 2004 4:31 pm (#494 of 2912)

Too FunnyJump For Joy

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timrew - Mar 17, 2004 5:51 pm (#495 of 2912)

It reminds me of the tale of Percy French - song writer extraordinaire, who wrote the likes of, 'The Mountains of Mourne'.

He was one of the first men in Ireland to purchase a Rolls Royce; and he was out in it one day, when he saw that it needed petrol; so he stopped at one of those 'out in the hills' petrol stations.

Well, in those days, petrol was hand-pumped, and Percy pulled up at the pump, and asked the man to' 'Fill her up'.

The guy was hand-cranking away for about half an hour, when he finally said, "Mr. French, can you please turn your engine off. You keep gaining up on me!"

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scully jones - Mar 17, 2004 6:28 pm (#496 of 2912)

Happy St. Patrick's DAY!!!

Hmmm... I got chased by a turkey once, but it didn't change the way I feel about eating them...

I should be getting the red yarn I'm going to use in my Gryffindor scarf very soon. I already have the gold (it is a tad dark, but I think it'll look alright.)

I wore green today, Jimmie forgot, but I handed him a green Michigan State shirt to wear anyway... So he didn't get pinched by our boss...

Can't wait 'til JUNE!!!

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Madame Librarian - Mar 17, 2004 7:30 pm (#497 of 2912)

Happy St. Paddy's Day, everyone! In Chicago, they dye the Chicago River bright green about one week before the 17th, and the surprising color lasts through the holiday. You can buy green bagels in the delis in the Loop (our downtown area) and green beer in the taverns. Since Chicago has a large Irish population, the holiday is taken seriously. Beer and bagels. Hmmmm, quite the combination.

My husband is, as usual, in Washington, D.C. until Thursday, so even though it'll be a bit belated, I plan to make corned beef and cabbage for dinner on Friday night. Is that really a traditional Irish dinner?

Ciao. Barb

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Denise P. - Mar 17, 2004 7:37 pm (#498 of 2912)

I saw something not that long ago that said Corned Beef is NOT a traditional dish. It came about during the Irish immigration to the US. The Irish immigrants found corned beef at Jewish butchers at a better price than the traditional ham and thus was born a tradition and urban myth.

Ah ha! Found it! It was on the History Channel

Each year, thousands of Irish Americans gather with their loved ones on St. Patrick's Day to share a "traditional" meal of corned beef and cabbage. Though cabbage has long been an Irish food, corned beef only began to be associated with St. Patrick's Day at the turn of the century. Irish immigrants living on New York City's Lower East Side substituted corned beef for their traditional dish of Irish bacon to save money. They learned about the cheaper alternative from their Jewish neighbors.

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Madame Librarian - Mar 17, 2004 7:47 pm (#499 of 2912)

Thanks, Denise! That's a perfect example of a happy confluence of cultures. I'm convinced that if we ever achieve something even close to world peace, it'll be at least in part because of yummy food.

Ciao. Barb

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Julia. - Mar 17, 2004 8:16 pm (#500 of 2912)

Really Denise? That could be why the Kosher dining hall made corned beef and cabbage and potatoes for dinner.

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 18, 2004 1:32 am (#501 of 2912)

Hey Guys, thanks for all the Paddy's Day messages, & Abby love the green abbyfetti!

Detail Seeker. wow, your Irish is better than mine, It’s been a few years since my Irish GCSE (OWLS), so it took me a ‘few’ moments to translate it... and to answer your question, yes I did have a fun St Paddys day Well I actually took it really easy this year, didn't drown the shamrock at all... in fact I ended up doing some DIY... as you can tell.... I read a very exciting life

Corned beef & cabbage... I must say I laughed out loud when I read those posts ... & yes Denise, thats right, it's not a traditional Irish meal. In Ireland you would eat cabbage with potato & bacon. It's not one of my favourite meals... infact my family are always joking that I can't really be Irish as I'm not fond of cabbage or potatos.... I prefer rice & pasta... hee hee! Or if forced into eating them... I smother them in ketchup (I'm a very refined lady indeed ) Irish stew is nice however, & you can use pretty much anything to make it.... lamb, pork, beef or completely vegetarian if you like (thats what we mostly do). As for Guinness, I could live without it.... but I like baileys Irish Cream... with loads of crushed ice... yum yum

Just reading your jokes about the pony & traps.... it's kind of sad that that part of Ireland is fast disappearing, infact I think it has to an extent. Most tourists get a shock when they first get here, there are no white washed thatched cottages & donkeys in every field (except in the tourist trap areas). It was nice to have the day off work... now back to reality.... well I'm off to Co. Clare this weekend (in the west) Quiet Man Country as it's known. ( Actually I watched the Quiet Man on TV yesterday..... & giggled the whole way through.... very hollywood, but fun none the less!)

I will keep an eye out for pony & traps ... That & the odd Quidditch game on the remote hillsides....

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VeronikaG - Mar 18, 2004 2:45 am (#502 of 2912)

I came too late to wish you a happy St. Patrick's, but at least I hope you all had fun. Reading the posts almost made me wish I was Irish, like Thanksgiving always makes me wish I was American.

We have one big day a year in Norway too. It's the 17. of May, our constitution day. We celebrate it a bit like the Americans celebrate 4. of July, and the French 14. of July, just more casually. And we're not allowed to use fire crackers. In the morning, all schools gather their students, and have a parade through the town. Having a children's parade, instead of a military one, is our way of showing that we believe our strength is in the people, not in weapons. After the parade there is usually the big unofficially official water fight of the year. Kids bring water guns, and everyone except boys between 8 and 15 flee the scene. (New tradition.) Afterwards, people go home and eat cake, or visit family. Families with school children often go up to the schools, where the kids play games.

However, the big day for teens is the night before. Then they do what too many Norwegians do in need to have fun, they get wasted. That's why you hardly ever see anyone between ages of 15 and 30 in town on the 17.

I know it's quite some time before 17. of May, but now that we've had St. Patrick's Day, and the Jewish holiday I unfortunately have forgot the name of (but it almost made me wish I was Jewish), I thought I wanted to put in some information myself, just in case there were someone here like me, who's very curious about other people's holidays and traditions.

Edit: I love the Edit-button too.

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scully jones - Mar 18, 2004 6:00 am (#503 of 2912)

I didn't do anything really for St. Patrick's Day... Wish I did though.

I'm having a baked potato for breakfast, is that odd?

My dog is singing (begging) along with Shania Twain (for food).

Hope you all had a good holiday!

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 18, 2004 8:37 am (#504 of 2912)

Baked potato for breakfast... that's not weird! I eat stranger things. I remember in kindergarten when my dad had to get me ready in the mornings because my mom was already at work, he never knew what to feed me. I used to get soup... or even better ice cream.

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mollis - Mar 18, 2004 8:57 am (#505 of 2912)
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Wow! 150 posts! I missed you guys and I'm so happy to be back! I flew home last night, so Happy St. Patty's day - a day late. Airlines gave us a free beer on the plane, so that was cool. Lots of sleeping and reading to catch up on - So I'll be back!!

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Flame Alligator - Mar 18, 2004 8:59 am (#506 of 2912)

Just want to say Hi to everyone. Hope everyone had a good St. Paddy's Day. I was busy with photo shoot for pictures for my Health Fair booth in May. Two more shoots to go before I have all the shots. I am exhausted from yesterday.

A sweet thing happened to me yesterday. I was late to class yesterday and my students were finishing the warm up all by themselves. I was so proud of them. Particularly since it is a hard warm up. They had one complaint. They missed the music I play. That made me feel good too. Cause I don't play regular yoga music. I play mid to up tempo and you never know what I may put on.

To Fawkes, who does Ashtanga yoga, I have been falling on face all week during my arm balances. I better get a little pillow or fluffy towel or I am going to lose my teeth. Explanation to others: arm balances are basically hand stands with your body in different positions. Wish I knew how to insert pictures here. Then you would know how easy it is to Bonk! Bang your face on the mat! ha ha ha Even the teacher has bad weeks.

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 18, 2004 9:18 am (#507 of 2912)

LOL Flame... I did the exact same thing on monday at yoga... the whole class (including me) thought it was hilarious.... ah but it's all part of the fun (unless you lose some teeth) I'm afraid my upper arm strenght still isn't all that great... Oh wanted to ask, are you going ahead with the book?

Boop, goodluck tomorrow, hope all goes well for your daughter .... *big cyber kisses for the new baby*

I'm off for the weekend in a few moments (Co. Clare, in the West of Ireland) ... so have a good weekend everyone.

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VeronikaG - Mar 18, 2004 10:51 am (#508 of 2912)

Is that a picture from the film, Fawkes, or is it you? (Your real name's Shioban, right?)

Crossing my fingers for Boop's daughter and the baby!!

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scully jones - Mar 18, 2004 12:39 pm (#509 of 2912)

ARGH!!! I'm so angry! I just got the yarn in the mail, that I am going to make the Gryffindor scarf with.

The picture on the auction was three large skeins of yarn... The thing they sent me is one half of one skein. That's it... I can't make a scarf with this! I'm so angry... I'll still start with the gold I have, but I'm so angry about this.... GRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

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Flame Alligator - Mar 18, 2004 2:20 pm (#510 of 2912)

I just needed to post this here because I may be weird for a few weeks. My kitkat Samantha has a rapid growing bone cancer. Most likely triggered by the antibiotics she was on a while back for a bladder infection. She is not in pain yet and has been happy and running around, but the vet says she doesn't have much time left. She has been very affectionate lately. And from experience that is how my cats have behaved when they are dying. I wanted her to live to be 20. She is just short of 16 years old. I will miss my baby girl kitty. And I shall love her up these last few weeks. If I have that long.

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Emily - Mar 18, 2004 2:30 pm (#511 of 2912)

Oh, Flame, I'm so sorry. I wish you and your kitten the best of times for the next few weeks. I just can't imagine if my kitten had cancer. I feel so bad for you! Nobody can blame you for sounding odd for a while, nobody could blame you for not posting at all. Good luck!

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scully jones - Mar 18, 2004 2:32 pm (#512 of 2912)

Oh no Flame.. Give your kitty a scratch behind the ears from me! Good Luck!

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timrew - Mar 18, 2004 3:08 pm (#513 of 2912)

I'm sorry to hear about Samantha, Flame. But I'll let Walt Whitman say it much better than me.....

'I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained,
I stand and look at them long and long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.'

Affection is all you'll get from her, Flame. She can give you nothing else, and it's all she wants to give right now......

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Blast - Mar 18, 2004 3:09 pm (#514 of 2912)

Flame you'll always have the memories. Spend some quality time, make her comfortable. BTW what's kitkat's name? Good luck Boop. I don't think that's Fawkes, it looks like Hermione and Crookshanks, Fawkes is a lot cuter than that.( Hermione that is not Crookshanks)They should of cast Mr. Noodles as Crookshanks(my cat) the movie Crookshanks is a bit small to the description in the book.

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Madame Librarian - Mar 18, 2004 4:23 pm (#515 of 2912)

Flame, so sorry to hear about kitkat. The Whitman poem that Tim posted is the perfect sentiment for times like this. Enjoy these days with her.

Boop, hope all is well with your daughter and her maternity adventure. We are all awaiting the exciting news.

Ciao. Barb

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 18, 2004 7:02 pm (#516 of 2912)

Flame, I'm so sorry to hear about your cat... I'll be thinking of the both of you in the coming weeks. *Huge hug for Flame*

I have good cat news... my boyfriend's cat has been pregnant, and she's just huge. We could feel the kittens moving around and were gettng antsy for her to have them already. He called me up earlier tonight and said she'd gone into labor!! I'm so excited. For Valentine's Day one of his gifts to me was that I'd get to name one of the kittens (I'm sure he'd let me take one, but I don't know that my cats would welcome another). I'm so thrilled. I can't wait to go over there tomorrow.

Tomorrow is also my "anniversary". Hooray for Will and I!!

I'm so giddy tonight!!

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Madam Pince - Mar 18, 2004 8:19 pm (#517 of 2912)

Oh, Flame, I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty. I hope she does not have any pain and is able to enjoy these last few weeks with you. You two will be able to share a lot of love. I still so miss my kitty that I lost two years ago at age 15.

Virgoddess, congrats on your anniversary! Hope you have a special day. By the way, you (and Madame L, I think?) mentioned ladybugs awhile back .... ugh, we have that problem too, at my mom's house. Actually they've covered practically every "older" house in the entire county. They live inside the walls all winter, and then the first warm sunny day of spring, they absolutely coat the entire outside of the house. It is very yucky. They stink and they "bite" too. They swarm everywhere.

Which reminds me...this year is the 17th year in the cyclical return of the cicadas (sort of locusts, I guess?) in our area. How fun. We can look forward to a couple of weeks of their "singing" (it actually drowns out conversation outdoors), swatting them as they "dive bomb" you, and then we get to step all over their discarded shells. But, hey, at least it only happens every 17 years!

Fawkes, I'm devastated to learn that all Ireland is not covered with white, thatched-roof cottages. No, actually I figured that it wasn't still, although I held out hope! I love "The Quiet Man" by the way. Too funny! I'm afraid I shall find that all my "ideals" for the Old Country are not going to be too realistic, if and when I ever finally get over there to visit. I want it to be like "The Quiet Man" and the James Herriott books. Sigh.... I talked to a fellow from Liverpool at a pub a couple of weeks ago (after the St. Paddy's Day parade we went to) and he made me think of all my British Isles friends here on the Forum!

Boop, good luck tomorrow with the new little grandson! He'll have the same birthday as my little boy, who is two tomorrow. I know you're just so excited to have another sweet little grandbaby to spoil! Best wishes!

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Susurro Notities - Mar 18, 2004 8:29 pm (#518 of 2912)

Hello. Thought I would check in. Gee too much to catch up on - I may have to just jump into the fray.

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Blast - Mar 18, 2004 11:47 pm (#519 of 2912)

Hi ladies good to see that your still around. We missed you.

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Joost! - Mar 19, 2004 12:15 am (#520 of 2912)

Hi Susurro, nice to see you again... I started wondering where you went..

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Marè - Mar 19, 2004 1:43 am (#521 of 2912)

Hello Susurro, Sly and Joost. Long time no see.
Sly girl, if you won't throw that rock away, let me at least paint it in bright colours! (Silver and green?)

Any-one kept count if Popkin is going to be back soon?

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 19, 2004 2:45 am (#522 of 2912)

Flame - just wanted to send you a hug. Spoil your little cat silly and enjoy your time together.

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Joost! - Mar 19, 2004 4:46 am (#523 of 2912)

Wow, did you notice I was gone, Steffie? Thanks ! I have been reading a lot but didn't post much...

I think popkin will be back after Easter.

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Leviosa - Mar 19, 2004 5:26 am (#524 of 2912)

Flame, I'm really sorry to hear about your cat. I hope it doesn't hurt her too much. Enjoy your time with her.

Virgoddess, happy anniversary! I hope you have a good day.

Boop, good luck to your daughter. I hope everything will go well.

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mollis - Mar 19, 2004 6:00 am (#525 of 2912)

Flame, I am sorry to hear about Samantha. I was so sad when my kitty was missing, I don't know what I'd do if she were dying. I hope that you are able to spend some really quality time with her in the next couple of weeks.

Sussuro - You're back! Yea! I've missed seeing you about. And Joost! I'm happy you're back too! I love it when people who have mysteriously vanished return to us!

On another bright side, the magnolia trees and forsythia bushes are blooming! It's nearly spring! Now if only my house would sell....

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Essidji - Mar 19, 2004 6:01 am (#526 of 2912)

Hi, I just wanted to say that I am taking an entrance exam for our job agency tomorrow, and I feel really stressed about this. I would really like to succeed, because the job seems to be really interesting and would match with what I have done previously (Human resources, recruitment and outplacemeent). I can't stand any more being unemployed. As the job market is still so sleepy, I am starting to believe there won't be many other opportunities for me...

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scully jones - Mar 19, 2004 6:09 am (#527 of 2912)

*waiting on pins and needles for news about Boop's New Grandbaby*

Poor, poor, poor Kitty.... Snuggles snuggle purr purr from me to you!

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Marè - Mar 19, 2004 6:12 am (#528 of 2912)

Okay
1. Yes Joost, I noticed. And easter...duhhh I knew it was something very obvious. Thanx! 40 days is a long time on the forum.

2. Flame, I'm sorry for your cat, make sure to give her all her favourites and spoil her through and through now you still can. also make sure to take enough pictures of her!

3. And Essidji, go for it! I really have not much advice to give except: be yourself! I'll keep fingers and toes crossed (my nose too, if only I could get it that way )

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Blast - Mar 19, 2004 9:52 am (#529 of 2912)

Flame my wife is making scrap books for my daughters. Looking through the old pictures there are a lot of cat pictures. These cats have all passed on but the memories still remain. I still miss Mortimer, he was my feline soul mate. He slept on my feet for thirteen years, he was also over twenty pounds, a big boy. I still miss him very much but his spirit will always be there.Samantha needs your love right now for love is what she has given you.

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Dragonesss - Mar 19, 2004 9:59 am (#530 of 2912)

Flame, I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty! At least, you have her for almost 16 years. My kitty died last Thursday from cancer. He was 3 years old. I still can't talk about it.

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Blast - Mar 19, 2004 10:24 am (#531 of 2912)

Oh Dragonesss that O.T. (Orange thing BTW) is beautiful. He looks like our Tigercat. The same pose too, they always want your complete attention don't they. Did he go after the mouse?

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Dragonesss - Mar 19, 2004 11:01 am (#532 of 2912)

Nah, he liked birds, not mice! Now, when he is gone, sparrows around are probably celebrating.
Aren't O.T.s best looking cats ever? We will get another kitty of course, but I don't know if I can bare to have orange one right now.

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icthestrals - Mar 19, 2004 11:22 am (#533 of 2912)

I am sooo sad for Flame and Dragonesss. I too had an OT who died four years ago (she was around 20 years old!). I was in Art school at the time, so I was able to press her paws into wet clay and make a plaque to remember her by. I also made a small sculpture of her and a grave stone with a mosaic on top. I'm glad I have these ways to remember her as well as many photos of her.

We have lost 4 of our animals in the last four years and have snippets of hair and ink paw prints for each of them, too. *Sniff*

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Lynn Allen - Mar 19, 2004 12:23 pm (#534 of 2912)

Flame, I was also sorry to hear about your cat's illness. Our dog has been ill and it is hard to watch an animal you care for suffer. Best wishes to you and your family. Lynn

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Phoenix - Mar 19, 2004 12:32 pm (#535 of 2912)

I am so sorry to hear about your cat. My nan’s dog was recently put down because of cancer, so I know how you feel Flame.

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Blast - Mar 19, 2004 1:12 pm (#536 of 2912)

What is the attraction about O.T.'s we have two Tigercat and Mr. Noodles. Is it because almost all orange cats have the same tail rings? Or are they all part Kneazle?

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 19, 2004 2:41 pm (#537 of 2912)

Dragoness - I'm so sorry. Just keep the pictures! I still have pics of my scruffy bum (okay her real name was Fluffy, but there you go). And i'll swear I still see her out of the corner of my eye sometimes.

Sends another hug out to you!

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Denise P. - Mar 19, 2004 2:47 pm (#538 of 2912)

We had a much loved English Springer Spaniel named Scruffy. Scruffy was part of our family for over 10 years. It has been 10 years since she no longer sleeps under the foot of the bed with her paws sticking out but when I get up at night, I still step over her paws, even though she never was in this house. Even my husband still steps over the spot where she would have been. Pets sure do have a way of worming their furry little selves into our lives.

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Susurro Notities - Mar 19, 2004 8:35 pm (#539 of 2912)

Being missed is nice. Thank you Marè and Denise P. (What happened to NoVeil?). Ticker - the baby is beautiful!

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Madam Poppy - Mar 19, 2004 8:52 pm (#540 of 2912)
Edited by Mar 19, 2004 9:02 pm

We all love our cat Kitty. He is a stray we found up in Alaska. Poor thing is getting old now and hardly walks anywhere because my 19 year old son carries him. When desperate he walks to his food, to his cat box and back to Peter's old desk chair.
Once we were discussing how much we'd miss Kitty when he dies. I told them that I would have to have his paws made into lucky keychains.....one paw for each of our 4 children. I must say that was one of the best jokes I ever played on them. I think they still wonder today if I'm serious.

(When he was little, I had my eldest son convinced I had eyes in the back of my head )

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Denise P. - Mar 19, 2004 9:15 pm (#541 of 2912)

When I first joined the Forum, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I joined as Denise P. Then Denise S. joined and rather than confuse people, I went to NoVeil4Me. Since Denise S. appears to be MIA, I changed back to Denise P. A useless bit of trivia: even my van license has Veil in it

Eww Poppy on the keychains! What a thought!

LOL Of course, we were just as mean with some things we did. Our then cat, Boo Boo, got into a fight and had to have a drain put in her leg (and as an aside, don't cats have skinny legs when you shave their fur off!). We had her in the back bathroom, in the dark, until the sedation wore off. My mean, mean husband told our then 13 year old that Boo Boo was dead and picked up the unresponsive cat to show her. Since Boo Boo didn't really liked DH all that well, Kristen was convinced she was dead. Mean, mean man!

I would like to get a kitty someday again but as long as we have birds , I just don't think it is fair to bring a cat into the mix as well. Our hamster is still around too, she is over 2...quite elderly for a dwarf hamster.

For those of you in the UK: I am looking for a book that is not available in the US is in the UK. I would like to save a wee bit of $$ and think their shipping is too high for a paperback. They want MORE than the cost of the book to ship it. If there is someone here that can take Paypal and would be willing to get me a copy of this book, please contact me off the Forum at HilandVeil at aol.com

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Susurro Notities - Mar 19, 2004 9:51 pm (#542 of 2912)

Ah - sigh - I thought NoVeil was rather mysterious - but one must be who one is.
I have a 19 year old, nearly deaf, nearly blind cat. He still goes up and down stairs, jumps onto furniture, and steals food. Year after year I try to get the kids ready for his death but he does not go - I hope he makes it to 20.

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 19, 2004 10:00 pm (#543 of 2912)

My boyfriend's cat, C.B. now has three kittens!! They are the sweetest little things. Will says they look like rats, but they don't at all. They all look look just like their mother (who looks just like Blast's cat, actually). I've already got the one I'm going to name picked out, now all I need is a name! He (or she, were not sure yet) seems to be the most rambunctious of the lot.

And on a side note, my cousin, Will and I are going out for sushi tomorrow night. I've never had it before, so I'm a little nervous about it. I love the Japanese restaurant were going though (Nakato... mmm... so good).

Anyway, just got home from my anniversary date and it's pretty late for me. I'd better get myself to bed.

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Madam Pince - Mar 19, 2004 11:27 pm (#544 of 2912)

Virgoddess, I'm not a big sushi eater myself, but I have had it a few times. The best advice I can give you is: don't think about what it is while you're eating it. It tastes fine. Just don't think about it. **keeps repeating soothingly "Just don't think about it."**

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Marè - Mar 20, 2004 2:05 am (#545 of 2912)

Virgoddess, if you like the sushi, try making it yourself sometime! A friend and me made them for appetizers for christmas dinner and it's really fun.
Off course we had to store them in her bedroom, and since that seaweed gets smelly when you wet it.... well, the smell got out eventually.

good thing about making your own sushi: you decide what goes in it!!

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Devika - Mar 20, 2004 5:21 am (#546 of 2912)

Hi everyone!

It seems I have missed a whole lot in a few days. First things first, a belated congratulations to all aunts and grandmothers to be!

Fawkes, I'm really sorry for your kitkat. I have never had any pets myself, but all I can say is have all the fun you can with her in the remaining days.

I have my exams coming up in April, so I don't think I'll be coming that often on the forum. Somehow, it works the other way round for me. As my exams get closer, I get even more distracted. I hope it doesn't happen again, even though I get good grades even with the distractions! So, basically, I need you people to nag me and tell me to go back and study, if you see too many posts from me!

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boop - Mar 20, 2004 7:50 am (#547 of 2912)

Thank you everybody for all the well wishing. My new grandson is here and Dustin weights 6lbs.13ozs and is 20inches long. Dustin has some hair just not a full head of hair. Sheila and Dustin are both doing great. It was a long day, it started at 7am and he did not come until 7:32pm. I was at the hospital from 7am until 10pm. That was a very long exciting day. I got to sit and hold him last night, he even smiled at us. I can't wait to share him with all of you. We just can't seem to get the picture down to the right size. We have a new scanner and aren't sure how to work it yet. I will be going today and get more pictures of him and his big sister together.

To everyone who has a pet that is sick or missing I'm very sorry to hear that. So here are hugs from me to you.

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Flame Alligator - Mar 20, 2004 7:59 am (#548 of 2912)

Thank you all for your sympathy. I know you all understand what it is to love an animal friend.

timrew thanks so much for the poem..... so eloquent.

The cancer is in her jaw bone but she is still eating and in good spirits. She is in my lap most of the day. I am on death watch and feel she has only 2 more weeks. The minute I think she is suffering terribly I shall have her euthanized.

I still miss her old roommates, she is the last of the trio. I will get some more cats but I need a grieving period.

Again, thanks so much for your sympathy. I greatly appreciate it.

Have a good Saturday everybody!!!!!

Edit: Congrats Boop!

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Acceber - Mar 20, 2004 8:28 am (#549 of 2912)

CONGRATULATIONS BOOP!

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tracie1976 - Mar 20, 2004 8:52 am (#550 of 2912)

Congrats Boop!!!!!
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septentrion - Mar 20, 2004 9:39 am (#551 of 2912)

So many news in 2 days !

congratulations Boop ! I can't wait to see your grandson !

Flame, I'm so sorry for your cat. Have the best time you can with it.

Virgoddess, I hope you had a very good anniversary. I notice your new avatar is egyptian. I have earings with that form and I like them a lot, I bought them last year in Egypt.

Essidji, I hope you'll pass the entrance exam you had today, I'd like to have a potty as a colleague (I work in the employement agency, nobody's perfect !).

Nimrod, I hope the rooster didn't do too many damages on you ! And I see in your post that postmen's problem (dogs) is the same eveywhere.

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I Am Used Vlad - Mar 20, 2004 10:48 am (#552 of 2912)

Boop, get the pictures up as soon as possible.

septentrion, I exploited my height advantage and escaped unharmed.

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Detail Seeker - Mar 20, 2004 12:41 pm (#553 of 2912)

All the best to your grandson and your daughter, boop !

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Leviosa - Mar 20, 2004 1:48 pm (#554 of 2912)

Congratulations boop!! Good to hear that your daughter and your grandson are well.

Edit: Thanks for your mail. He looks really sweet. But was he born now on the 19th or 20th? Great you remembered my birthday

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Denise P. - Mar 20, 2004 2:17 pm (#555 of 2912)

Congrats to Gramma Boop!

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Emily - Mar 20, 2004 2:41 pm (#556 of 2912)

Congrats Boop! Baby Boy

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Chris. - Mar 20, 2004 2:44 pm (#557 of 2912)

Congratulations Boop!

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Blast - Mar 20, 2004 4:35 pm (#558 of 2912)

Way to go Shelia, welcome Dustin. Pat yourself on the back Boop, you must be on a real life high right now. Fawkes what can I say but make her as comptfy as possible, and keep your chin up, you have a very possitive view on things and that makes for a good person, which we all know you are.

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scully jones - Mar 20, 2004 5:02 pm (#559 of 2912)

Yay for booop!

Hey, I'd like one of those pictures, as well!

I've been working on my site all day, learning about HTML and junk... It has Frames, now! Yay for me! Sorry, I just feel weird knowing this stuff now. Go here if you're curious

Jimmie's mom picked up my knitting and sat and did it for an hour when she came to visit. She messed it up a little... But it was just a practice swatch anyway. Cool that she knows how to knit, though.

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Madame Librarian - Mar 20, 2004 5:24 pm (#560 of 2912)

Welcome to the world, Dustin! It's an OK place especially when you have a grandmother like you do.

Boop, congratulations to you and your whole family. Tell Sheila we hope she bounces back quickly, but gets to enjoy being the pampered new mom.

Ciao. Barb

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Dr Filibuster - Mar 20, 2004 5:45 pm (#561 of 2912)

Hi Dustin, congrats Boop and family.

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Dragonesss - Mar 20, 2004 7:12 pm (#562 of 2912)
Edited by Mar 20, 2004 7:18 pm

Congratulations Boop!

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Marie E. - Mar 20, 2004 9:56 pm (#563 of 2912)

Wow! You all were very chatty while I was gone. My brother's wedding was outdoors and beautiful. I've never heard Weird Al played at a wedding reception, though. I have to tell you all a "you know you are a Lexicon fan" moment: at the wedding reception my brother was asked to say a few words so he took the mic and said "Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!". I couldn't have been prouder.

Flame, I am so sorry about your kitty. My cat is the same age and also named Samantha. I lost a kitty to cancer about eight years ago so I also know the heartache. You and Samantha are in my thoughts.

I already emailed you, boop, but here's another congratulations! I'm glad to hear that Sheila and Dustin are doing well.

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 20, 2004 10:08 pm (#564 of 2912)

First of all (and most importantly) congratulations to boop and family! He's so beautiful!!!

septentrion, glad to see someone appreciate the ankh! I've always been an Ancient Egypt nut and a few months ago I got an ankh tatooed on my ankle. The avatar is just place holding until my boy friend finally scans the pictures I want!! And also, my anniversary was great, though unremarkable, were didn't really do anything special. I was glad just to be with him.

My sushi experience wasn't too bad. I don't think I'd just go out to eat it, but it wasn't awful. I think I'll just stick to my hibachi shrimp and veggies.

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Madam Poppy - Mar 20, 2004 11:36 pm (#565 of 2912)
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CONGRATS Grandma Boop! Welcome Baby!

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 21, 2004 4:48 am (#566 of 2912)

Again, my congratulations to boop, and chiaojones I popped over to your site. It's quite interesting and looks very well done, so another congratulations to you!

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Essidji - Mar 21, 2004 5:16 am (#567 of 2912)

Congratulations to Boop, your new grandson looks gorgeous. It indeed took a long time before the birth, but it's really worth, isn'it? (It took me 24 hours for my first daughter and 18 for the second...an eternity. But what a joy when they were finally there!)

Flame, I send you all my sympathy. I have an idea of what you feel by now, I lost my dog 7 years ago from a cancer in his jaw bone too.

Thanks to Marè and Septentrion for your encouragements, that was really kind of you. I should be able to see the results on the internet site by the 1st of April. Keeping my fingers crossed meanwhile...

And Devika, if you read these lines, YOU SHOULD BE WORKING!!!

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Lisaren - Mar 21, 2004 8:19 am (#568 of 2912)

Congratulations Boop.

Glad to hear about the returned Kitties earlier.

Flame, I am very sorry about your sick kitty. I lost my 15 year old surrogate child cat to a car and I was devastated.

On a good note from here, we went on vacation leaving 2 cats behind and returned to 7. My house cat, who escaped at the wrong time, multiplied and has 5 healty babies.

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septentrion - Mar 21, 2004 9:41 am (#569 of 2912)

Sarah, I had a quick look on your site (I'm posting in a hurry because my husband is pestering me to get the computer), I wish I had time to do so. Just a question but I must have missed something : why the photos from Iraq ? Did you or somebody you know get there ? Anyway, it was cool to see you.

Virgoddess, especially for you and Egypt nuts, have a look on this site : photos d'Egypte It's written in French but you'll be able to find easily the amazing and numerous photos of Egypt it's got.

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Doris Crockford - Mar 21, 2004 12:05 pm (#570 of 2912)

Congrats, Boop!

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boop - Mar 21, 2004 1:07 pm (#571 of 2912)

I just don't know what else to say other than Thank you so much Everyone! Sheila and her family also want to say many thanks for the support everyone has shown! Sheila and Dustin are both doing well. They will be leaving the hospital sometime today. Taysha the big sister can't wait for Dustin and mommy to come home! I will have new pictures in a couple of weeks. This picture was taken right after he was born. Dustin looks like he was through a battle. I guess in a way that is probably what it is like coming through the birth canal. Again just want to say Thank You Everyone, hugs to everyone for all the support!!!!

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 21, 2004 1:13 pm (#572 of 2912)

Okay - I just have to share my enthusiasm for my football team (soccer for US residents). We FINALLY beat our very local, arch rivals today after 47 years of not beating them at home! YEAH POMPEY!!!

Okay - so I did nearly get caught up in a riot - not funny and lets face it quite a bit scary too, but well worth having to walk a friend past mounted police (she is terrified of horses) into a street full of people running towards you... hmmm... thinking about it probably not something I would like to do again but, WE WON!!!!!

Sorry - just had to share, I'm just so happy!

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Dr Filibuster - Mar 21, 2004 1:18 pm (#573 of 2912)

Dustin has arrived for spring.

It's the first day of spring today, here in the British Isles. We can tell because there were halestorms and it was so dark at 3pm I needed to put all the lights on to see inside my house.

Still, there were gale force winds blowing down trees yesterday, so it's an improvement.

I heard New York has had it bad too.

EDIT: Well done Porstmouth. What's your team song? Who were your rivals then?

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boop - Mar 21, 2004 1:25 pm (#574 of 2912)

Jules, I'm just glad you made it home safe.

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 21, 2004 1:32 pm (#575 of 2912)

Oh I got home fine, it was just getting there that was the problem - I have to walk past the train station, and as I was walking past the Southampton fans (They are our rivals BTW Dr. Filibuster) got off of their train! I must say congratulations to the police though, there were just lines of riot police containing the Southampton fans whilst we "walked" past on the other side of the street - to shouts of 'Don't stop moving, keep walking', from lines of Police in riot gear!

I was not going to argue! Then loads of Pompey hmm cough er 'fans' decided to rush the police - NOT nice! But hey ho, we won!

# *EDIT* oops - we are renowned for our 'Pompey Chimes', which basically goes along the lines of - are you ready for this... 'Play Up Pompey - Pause - Pompey Play Up' - Yeah I know not very orginal, but it sounds great when 20,000 people sing it!

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septentrion - Mar 21, 2004 1:43 pm (#576 of 2912)

Dustin is so cute !

Jules, I didn't pay attention to your avatar before but I like it much Could you give me the web-site adress ?

As for the spring, it was supposed to come in France yesterday but... we had two beautiful days last week and since then we have wind and rain, yet not so much than in the UK it seems. And it's said this coming week will be colder *sigh*

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scully jones - Mar 21, 2004 2:10 pm (#577 of 2912)

Septentrion, My brother was in Iraq, and he sent me those pictures... He's back now, and safe...

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Hem Hem - Mar 21, 2004 6:49 pm (#578 of 2912)

Mazal Tov to you and the whole family, Boop! What a cutie he is! May he continue to bring you all lots of joy.

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Mrs. Sirius - Mar 21, 2004 8:50 pm (#579 of 2912)

Flame, so sorry about your kitty. I have lost so many pets over the past several years. Each one lost is like the first one.Sad

boop Congratulations!!!!!! He's so precious. Crawling Baby

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The Great Abbycadabra - Mar 22, 2004 12:50 am (#580 of 2912)

Oh, Boop! He's beautiful! Congratulation Abbyfetti to you and your family! ',;.',;.',.;',.;',.

Septentrion, that's a great site on Egypt. Thanks for the link.

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 22, 2004 3:12 am (#581 of 2912)

Hmm, so many posts....

Congrats Granny Boop.... 'ickle Dustin Boop looks so cute!

Flame... I'm sending you out some big cyber hugs.... so sorry to hear about your Kitty Kat... It's funny how we get so attached, they really are members of our families. I think all of us here on the forum can relate. Give Kitty a big hug from me too! BTW I think people have been mixing us up again....

Veronika, nope that isn't me in the piccie... it is indeed Hermione & Crookshanks, but it does scarily look like me in my old school uniform.... (orange was never my colour...)

Jules.... congrats on the football... after 47 years, I'd say there was some celebrating (riots aside) Nice to hear you got home ok!

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Flame Alligator - Mar 22, 2004 4:09 am (#582 of 2912)

Fawkes, Top of the mornin to ya! How do they mix us up? Is it the F's Fawkes/Flame? Or just that we have cool names? My real name btw.

Jules, Yay!!!!!

My kitty has had 3 good days. Still eating and even played a little bit just a while ago. Thanks for all the compassion, guys. *sniff, tears, sniff* It means a great deal to me.

boop. Looking forward to seeing Dustin after his recovery from his battle through the birth canal. Just a sweet little newborn.

Septentrion, Thanks for the "little vacation" to Egypt.

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 22, 2004 6:35 am (#583 of 2912)

Flame I remember you saying before that Flame is your real name, it just sounds so cool! Fawkes funnily enough isn't my real name Gets a bit confusing over on the 'Fawkes' thread though Good luck with Kitty!

A friend of mine is leaving work tomorrow, so we just went over to an Indian restaurant near my office for a little goodbye meal........ boy am I stuffed.... I think I'll curl up under my desk & sleep for a bit... or perhaps just surf the lexicon.... either way I don't feel like doing any work now!

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septentrion - Mar 22, 2004 8:40 am (#584 of 2912)

Thanks Jules for the link you sent me, all those cats and kittens are just lovely. Cats are really the best animals.

I'm glad some of you like the site about Egypt, I hope it makes you dream as it did for me. It helped me to prolong my journey to this country last year. I highly recommend a trip there !

Chiaojones, I'm happy your brother came back alive from Iraq.

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 22, 2004 8:46 am (#585 of 2912)

Argh... it's really been one of those weekends... a terrible start to my spring break. First of all I was told that my parents are probably going to have to get rid of my car, which poses a major problem in getting myself to school and work. But, that wasn't the worst of it. My mom also informed us that she thinks she's going to move out here in the next few month. I didn't take that news so well. It was a very hard night, and now I have to spend the day at work, when all I want to do is curl up in a little ball and fall asleep.

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 22, 2004 8:57 am (#586 of 2912)

Awww Sara, looks like you're having a run of bad luck..... here’s a cyber hug! As for lack of sleep, try a cup of coffee for a quick pick me up & have an early night when you get home from work this evening Hope things work themselves out for you!

Septentrion, I want to go to Egypt now.... *starts daydreaming*, I could actually do it this year, I've no holidays planned yet... hmmm, thanks for the inspiration

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icthestrals - Mar 22, 2004 12:29 pm (#587 of 2912)

Hey Fawkes, have you ever watched an American TV show called "Seinfeld"? There was an episode where a character named George would take naps under his desk at work instead of working! Are we going to have to start calling you George? Any "Seinfeld" fans out there?

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Julia. - Mar 22, 2004 12:42 pm (#588 of 2912)

Oh Sara, I'm sorry about your car and your mum. Here's lots of hugs.

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Luanee - Mar 22, 2004 4:23 pm (#589 of 2912)

I know I am a little late, but I just want to say CONGRATS BOOP!! I am so glad for you and your daughter that everything turns out fine!

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 23, 2004 12:49 am (#590 of 2912)

Icthestrals.... hee hee, Yip, we got Seinfeld over here too. Pity it’s finished now! I'd forgotten about George

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Devika - Mar 23, 2004 5:31 am (#591 of 2912)

Congratulations Boop!!!!!!!!!!!

and Welcome Dustin!!!!

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Essidji - Mar 23, 2004 5:40 am (#592 of 2912)

Hi, Devika. It's nice to see you are still coming to have a look, sometimes. Are you doing a pause or did your evil/lazy side win against your serious/bookworm one?

;-)

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Flame Alligator - Mar 23, 2004 8:30 am (#593 of 2912)

Fawkes, Belated Top of the mornin to ya. I may be late with this but I like your avatar.

virgoddess1313, lol I thought I was the only one who liked a little friendly distance between mom and me. Sorry about your car.

I have been up since 9pm last night and will just take a quick nap before I am off to teach yoga this afternoon. I seem to live on a 36hr clock instead of 24 sometimes.

Samantha, my kitkat is not in pain but a tad weaker everyday. I pick her up a lot and hug her and she is in my lap 4 or 5 hours each day. I am enjoying these last days with her. She does not like it if I am sentimental or start crying. The minute I do she squirms and jumps out of my lap or arms. So I am taking my cue from her and treating her normally. Grooming and talking to her like I always do. She blinks as if to say "Thanks Mom. No tears please." Animals are great so true to what they are and brave.

Have a great day everybody!!!!

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 23, 2004 9:01 am (#594 of 2912)

Thanks Flame... I couldn't resist that picture, it's a bit like me as a kid

Bug hugs to 'ickle Sam....

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septentrion - Mar 23, 2004 1:10 pm (#595 of 2912)

Sarah, I think I understood that your mother is going to live at least for a while with you ? (still have some problems with english it seems) Am I right or wrong ?

Fawkes, I hope you'll manage to go to Egypt, it isn't so expensive if you buy your journey on internet.

Flame, I'm happy your cat doesn't suffer too much.

I've been tidying my apartment for 2 days and tomorrow I go back to my official work. I wonder what I like less... I'm just sure of what I prefer : to read, to watch movies and to log on the lexicon forum

BTW I have a new aim pseudo (septentrionale), you can send me messages or mails there.

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Julia. - Mar 23, 2004 2:08 pm (#596 of 2912)

Cool Septentrion, I added you to my buddy list, is that ok? My SN is pinstripers16, so if you get an IM from that name, it's me.

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Madame Librarian - Mar 23, 2004 3:07 pm (#597 of 2912)

Guys, I have to tell you this. I'm not superstitious, nor do I believe in any kind numerology. However, after today, I'd be likely to give arithmancy a chance (whatever it is)--

I had a jury duty summons for today. Where I live (Chicago-ish), you only need to serve one day or one trial. In other words, if you don't get picked for a jury, you're outta there. It used to be you sat and sat for (gasp!) 2 weeks until you were picked for a jury. There are stories about people making it to their last day of the 2-week period without being chosen, then at the very last hour of their last day, they get picked for a jury trial that lasts another few days or more. Yikes! It's a much better system now.

When you arrive at 9:30 am, you are checked in and pick a panel number out of a bin. Then you sit in the jury room and wait. If a trial is about to begin, various panels are chosen. I have no idea how many are on a panel, but they called four numbers right after lunch break to report to Judge So-and-So's courtroom. Well, I accidentally picked two slips that were stuck together and the court clerk laughed and said oops, let me take one back. She took it out of my hand. The one left was number 12, and I knew instantly it was an omen of some sort, but what--good or bad? I really didn't want to serve for more than one day even though I believe it's important. With my son coming home in a few days, Passover preparations coming up, and the horrid commute (this court is totally across town with no easy way to get there), I decided that the omen was that number 12 was my lucky number and I'd not get called for a trial. Whew! I'm pleased to report that I was right.

Now, I will share all this with my husband and son, but they will look at each other and roll their eyes ("Poor Mom. She's a little over-exercised about this HP stuff, isn't she?"). You folks, on the other hand, will understand totally! Thanks for listening.

Ciao. Barb

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Gina R Snape - Mar 23, 2004 5:04 pm (#598 of 2912)

Woohoo! Number 12 rules!!!!!

Here in NYC, it is compulsory to serve 3 days every 5 years. If you get picked, then you are on for the term of the trial. If you are not picked, you are free another 5 years.

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Prefect Marcus - Mar 23, 2004 5:17 pm (#599 of 2912)

I was called for Jury Duty while I was living in Eugene, Oregon. They only called as many people as the maximum juries that might get called that day.

When we showed up, we were divided into different juries. Each one had enough for a jury, plus a few extra. I ended up in "Donald Duck". About an hour later, the word came down that there would be no jury for "Donald Duck". I was sent home.

In truth, I had looked forward to serving. I was unemployed at the time and was eager to learn something about the workings of our legal system close up. However, I must agree that this method is far superior to the old "sit around and cool your heels for two weeks" method.

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Blast - Mar 23, 2004 6:46 pm (#600 of 2912)

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Gina R Snape - Mar 23, 2004 8:27 pm (#601 of 2912)

Thanks, Blast!

I've been relatively inactive recently, except for occasionally popping into a few threads. I'm very, very busy grading papers and preparing lectures for the end of semester. And in between I drool over the opening sequence of that 30-second PoA trailer.

Plus, I was on holiday last week, taking care of business in my home and such... You'd think I'd have time for computer mischief, but alas I was yet again too busy.

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 24, 2004 4:58 am (#602 of 2912)

Mme Librarian, obviously number 12 is a lucky one for you, as you did not have to suffer a 'grim' day in court - I can hear you all groaning at that one!

I was picked a few years ago, and one of the most embarrassing things possible happened! Whilst the lawyers were summarising my stomach kept rumbling until one point it grumbled so loudly that the Judge actually told the Lawyer to wrap it up so that the Jury could have lunch - he was looking pointedly at me as he said it. Very embarrassing!

Anyway, thanks for all of your congratulations on my football team - it meant a lot to me.

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septentrion - Mar 24, 2004 6:45 am (#603 of 2912)

cool Julia, you're in my buddies too.

I've never been picked for juries till now and I don't know how much different it's in France compared with the US. I'll try to explain you better when I'm at home where "dwells" my English dictionary (do you know I read and post on the forum with my dictionary on my knees ? but I've done great "eemprovements" in English since I know the potterverse).

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Gina R Snape - Mar 24, 2004 10:15 am (#604 of 2912)

Bon! Bon! septentrion. I did not know you were French. Of course, now I've clicked on your ID and see you are a Snape-loving Ravenclaw. I knew you were in 'the club' but perhaps you will be our Beauxbatons representative.

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Madam Pince - Mar 24, 2004 7:39 pm (#605 of 2912)

Congratulations on the new grand-baby, boop! He is adorable. Glad to hear it all went well. Hope Sheila is doing ok, too.

Marie, your wedding story is too funny. Tell us, what did all the other wedding guests do when he said that? Did any of them know what it was all about, or did they just look puzzled?

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mollis - Mar 24, 2004 8:06 pm (#606 of 2912)

Anybody else having a heck of a time getting in here tonight? Took me forever - I was having fears that all of worldcrossing went down. Thankfully it's all better now. I'll be able to rest easily, I hope.

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Gina R Snape - Mar 24, 2004 8:09 pm (#607 of 2912)

Yes, I've had problems on and off this evening.

The whole internet seems to be having problems, though. Yahoo is incredibly slow. LiveJournal is impenetrable. Now here...

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Madame Librarian - Mar 24, 2004 8:14 pm (#608 of 2912)

Yeah, in and out and in and out. Glad to hear I'm not alone, though. Maybe it's 'cuz of the 5-planet alignment thing. Oh, Professor Sinistra, yoo hoo, dear. Any idea about this?

Ciao. Barb

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Denise P. - Mar 24, 2004 8:19 pm (#609 of 2912)

Thank you for confirming what I thought, Gina. I have been having problems on most sites I visit, on 2 different computers. I think it is the internet as well as WX acting up all afternoon.

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Detail Seeker - Mar 24, 2004 11:51 pm (#610 of 2912)

I had a difficult time getting to some sites yesterday night (European time), too, not only World Crossing and the Lexicon. There seems to have been a World-Wide Jam on the WWW....

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Essidji - Mar 25, 2004 2:24 am (#611 of 2912)

Uh, oh... I thought this came from my computer but apparently not. Gremlins on the web?

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septentrion - Mar 25, 2004 4:05 am (#612 of 2912)

I weren't on the web yesterday so I saw nothing. I was having some sport as every week. Every wednesday I ask to myself why I pay to suffer and the next wednesday I go back.

Gina, I'd be glad and proud to be the Beauxbâtons representative of the "club". In fact I was sorted into Ravenclaw while a student exchange between the two schools.

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boop - Mar 25, 2004 4:11 am (#613 of 2912)

Yes I was also having problems getting into the forum last night. So a group of us got on msn together had our chat on there, until we could get back into the forum. I hope it all works today without any problems. Everybody have a great day! BTW: Sheila and Dustin are doing great. I should have a new picture sometime next week.

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tracie1976 - Mar 25, 2004 4:23 am (#614 of 2912)

I'm glad it wasn't just me having problems getting into the forum. Thought my computer was being mean and not letting me on here lol. I missed the chat in the messenger...hubby stole the computer

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Julia. - Mar 25, 2004 4:23 am (#615 of 2912)

Yes, several of us had issues getting on yesterday, and not just to WX, the whole internet was slow, it took several tries to see the new trailer as well. Fortunately, thank G-d for MSN messenger, because since the chat room wasn't working, we signed in to MSN and moved the party there.

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scully jones - Mar 25, 2004 6:02 am (#616 of 2912)

Yeah, I'm glad we all got together on MSN, cuz I was crazy last night, really needed some forum comfort.

Wonder what it was?

Anyway, it took awhile for this to load up today, too... wonder what the problem is...?

Hope you all have a fine day, it looks pretty dreary out there!

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Blast - Mar 25, 2004 6:15 am (#617 of 2912)

Sorry about the internet chaos, I will just go iron my hands now.

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Julia. - Mar 25, 2004 6:38 am (#618 of 2912)

No Blast, don't do that, it's Brandon's fault.

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mollis - Mar 25, 2004 6:41 am (#619 of 2912)
Edited by Mar 25, 2004 6:43 am

Well, it appears to be working much better this morning! And the new trailer is great! (no sneak-peaks of Peter yet!) I've got a full cup of coffee, and its going to be a beautiful day!!!!

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VeronikaG - Mar 25, 2004 7:11 am (#620 of 2912)

I always have trouble with the net. At home I have a phone modem, and at college there are always congestions. But I think yesterday was worse than usual.

About court duty: in Norway I think you can get out of it if you just go to the doctor and say you're just not mentally fit for it. We've had a lot of complaints recently about senile judges and mentally unstable jury members, so they don't want any of that. :-) It doesn't have any negative consequences, I think.

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Essidji - Mar 25, 2004 8:03 am (#621 of 2912)

That's cool, Veronika! Not having to bear it if you think you won't.

Here in France (tell me if I'm wrong, Septentrion) only crime trials are attended by a jury of citizens.

You are likely to be chosen for a trial if you are : 1)major (over 18) 2)of French nationality 3) with a clean record. Names are picked up onto the electoral roll of the region, when necessary. And I think there is no way to refuse your duty...

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Ladybug220 - Mar 25, 2004 9:49 am (#622 of 2912)

Glad to know that I wasn't the only one that was having problems. Even a little bit ago I couldn't back here - oh well.

The new trailer is great!! HPANA has it so that you can download it onto your computer. I had tried from The Leaky Cauldron but it wouldn't play correctly so I had to get it from HPANA instead. I can't wait for POA to come to the big screen!

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Denise P. - Mar 25, 2004 10:12 am (#623 of 2912)

I think The Leaky Cauldron is acting wonky today. I am getting some certificate validation screen adn then asked to log in as a user admin

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Gina R Snape - Mar 25, 2004 10:33 am (#624 of 2912)

Yes, I got that too Denise! But it was up earlier. Maybe they had a system overload or something that affected the main server.

Edit: ACK! What happened to my avatar?! I didn't change it back. Why did it change back?

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Denise P. - Mar 25, 2004 10:36 am (#625 of 2912)

Since last night, I have had to reupload my new picture of Miss Messy 4 times...each time I signed off, it would revert to Dad and Little Missy. WX is undergoing technical difficulties, apparently!

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Emily - Mar 25, 2004 11:08 am (#626 of 2912)

Good, I'm glad it wasn't my computer! Well, not glad everyone was having problems, but that I don't have to get my computer fixed. You know, for everyone having a terrible time getting on yesterday, there's an awful lot of new posts. I was finally under 100, and now here I am at 400 again. Oh well!

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timrew - Mar 25, 2004 11:13 am (#627 of 2912)

Yep, I had problems with logging on to the Forum, too.

But I had a lucky break this morning. I always enjoy reading the paper with my morning cuppa; but this morning, for some reason, it was late. So I decided to catch up with the news on Breakfast TV, something I never do!

As I turned on the TV, the new POA trailer was just starting (the one where Ron and Hermione hold hands, Buckbeak appears, and Hermione socks Draco!).

Not believing my luck at seeing the trailer, I left the TV on, and the next item was an interview with John Rhys-Davies (Gimli from LOTR); and then they showed the POA trailer again! And I didn't have a tape in to record it! Ah well, at least I've seen it now.

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Padfoot - Mar 25, 2004 11:18 am (#628 of 2912)

I just checked out the new trailer on the Internet. Very cool! Can't wait to see it on tv, as the Internet version was very small.

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!!!!!LauraAngel - Mar 25, 2004 11:40 am (#629 of 2912)

I've just seen the trailer as well but I had no sound, so I assume I missed a great part of the experience... I hope to find an other computer soon where I can enjoy it. But I agree that it would be even better to watch it on TV or in the cinemas!

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Phoenix - Mar 25, 2004 12:46 pm (#630 of 2912)

I saw the trailer this morning on GMTV (UK). I don't really like the films but my mate said she's going to drag me to the cinema.

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Ladybug220 - Mar 25, 2004 12:51 pm (#631 of 2912)

Anybody else having problems getting to The Leaky Cauldron website? I have been trying for a couple of hours now and I keep getting the "This page cannot be displayed" message.

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Emily - Mar 25, 2004 1:08 pm (#632 of 2912)

Does anyone know what US news station might have it?

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septentrion - Mar 25, 2004 1:14 pm (#633 of 2912)

it seems I'll go on HPANA tonight !

Essidji, you're quite right, I couldn't tell better ! yet you can escape it for medical reason or you can be refused by the advocate.

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Emily - Mar 25, 2004 1:21 pm (#634 of 2912)

Umm... what's HPANA?

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Gina R Snape - Mar 25, 2004 1:31 pm (#635 of 2912)

The Harry Potter Automatic News Aggregator.

http://www.hpana.com

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Madame Librarian - Mar 25, 2004 2:03 pm (#636 of 2912)

Saw the trailer, loved it! Less fluff, more substance. Snape's entrance was super. Had no trouble getting it from the link at Leaky Cauldron. Have yet to see any trailer on the big screen (sigh).

Forum access still wonky today. Seems to fritz out just as you want to post something. Hope this goes through. Everything slow, too.

Ciao. Barb

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Marie E. - Mar 25, 2004 7:46 pm (#637 of 2912)

Madam Pince, most everyone in our family and some of the bride's family knew what the HP reference was. It was still very funny. I think my husband got it on video. I need to check the tape. When squidboy gets back from his honeymoon maybe he'll comment more.

padfoot, I used to live on the Air Force Academy, just three blocks from Air Academy High. Small world, eh?

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 25, 2004 8:43 pm (#638 of 2912)

Randomly flipped on one of the local news stations tonight while Will was over and low and behold... they were talking about POA! They just showed about 45 seconds worth of stuff from the movie and talked over most of it, but it was still worth it. It might have been from the new trailer, but I haven't seen it yet, so I'm not sure. I was most excited though. Will, just thought my little outburst of excitement was cute, of course. Silly boy.

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VeronikaG - Mar 26, 2004 1:14 am (#639 of 2912)

The new trailer is the best! And this film looks like the best so far. I could almost cry when I think of the fact that all my non-forum friends think it's a kiddie-film, and I'll have to go to the cinema alone to see it.

The Leaky Cauldron seems up and running again now.

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Emily - Mar 26, 2004 6:05 am (#640 of 2912)

Thanks Gina!

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Gina R Snape - Mar 26, 2004 7:29 am (#641 of 2912)

You're welcome, Emily!

btw, I responded to your post on the 3rd movie thread as well. I'm sure there MUST be a version of the trailer your computer can play.

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 26, 2004 8:12 am (#642 of 2912)

Argh! I was hoping my first day back to work after my three days off would be busy.. all the work I would have piled up, but nope!!i'll have all my work done by 11 a.m. and everyone else is leaving, meaning I'll be here all by my lonesome until 5 tonight!! How boring. I guess I shouldn't complain though, it'll give me a chance to catch up on all the post I haven't read... which is a lot.

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Julia. - Mar 26, 2004 8:14 am (#643 of 2912)

Emily, I love your new avatar. Would you mind emailing me a copy of the pic, although a bit bigger than that? Thanks a bunch. pinstripers16@yahoo.com

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Emily - Mar 26, 2004 9:15 am (#644 of 2912)

Done, Julia. I just used the Google image search function and typed in 'sirius black'.

Thank you, thank you, thank you Gina! I tried the other ways that you mentioned on the PoA Movie thread and it worked! It was really blurry and the sound didn't work too well, plus it was about 2 inches square, but I SAW IT!!!!!!!!! Thank you !

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Emily - Mar 26, 2004 7:06 am (#645 of 2912)
Edited by Denise P. Mar 26, 2004 9:19 am

What's your forum going to be about Liz?

I moved this from the Question for the Host(s) thread. Please use this thread for any chat type questions you may have for another member. The Host thread should only be used for asking the Host(s) something. Thanks! Denise P.

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Essidji - Mar 26, 2004 9:22 am (#646 of 2912)

I really love this new trailer! I was filled with emotions watching it... Veronika, I understand what you say, when your relations, friends and family believe you are a nutter and a child if you like these books and films...

All the same, I have succeded in converting my 20 years-old niece to JKR's books. She's not (yet) a member of this forum, but maybe one day she'll decide to write, too!

BTW Julia, What happened to you avatar??? It's just changed right under my eyes! And I daresay I like this strange red look (I practise photography as an amateur, and I admit I never could do this effect on purpose).

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Gina R Snape - Mar 26, 2004 9:37 am (#647 of 2912)

You're welcome, Emily! Anything to spread the joy.

As much as I really love both of the trailers (especially that opening Snape scene...THUD), I think I still like the first one better. I think it's the music and the toads.

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Ladybug220 - Mar 26, 2004 10:26 am (#648 of 2912)

Woo Hoo!!

I had a phone screen today with a guy that has his own consulting/contracting company for SAS (Statistical Analysis Software) programmers and he thinks that I am a "strong candidate." Yay!! I have been wanting to break into the pharmaceutical field since the pay is so much better than academia. I hope to hear something in the next few weeks.

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Emily - Mar 26, 2004 10:53 am (#649 of 2912)

Sorry Denise!

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Denise P. - Mar 26, 2004 10:55 am (#650 of 2912)

It was no biggie Emily, don't worry about it. We will let it slide..... *cue ominous music*   this time.....
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scully jones - Mar 26, 2004 11:03 am (#651 of 2912)

Yay! Ladybug, good luck!

Jimmie's going to let me go see the scooby doo 2 movie, but he doesn't know it's just so I can see the trailer... Hehe..

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VeronikaG - Mar 26, 2004 11:30 am (#652 of 2912)

Essidji,(or Karine) my friends don't exactly think I'm a nutter. A bit of a child, yes, but mainly they just don't understand how cool the books are, because they have only seen the films. I hope your friends and relations don't think you're a nutter!

I have forgot to say CONGRATULATIONS to Boop, on being grandma for Dustin. How could I? Please forgive me.

Flame, how's Samantha?

Good luck, Ladybug!

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Emily - Mar 26, 2004 11:35 am (#653 of 2912)

Too Funny

Yes, of course, mistress... this time...

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boop - Mar 26, 2004 11:46 am (#654 of 2912)

Hello Everyone hope your day is going great, Hey its Friday!!!!!

Veronika, Thank you my grandson is doing just great, I should have a new picture of him soon.

I really liked the new trailer, it makes me want June 4th to be here now. I am already excited, because of the forum gathering and the movie is a added bonus!!!!!

Everyone have a great weekend.

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septentrion - Mar 26, 2004 12:42 pm (#655 of 2912)

I like Gina preferred the first trailer but I've seen the second only on my computer and it was bad quality.

Ladybug, good luck !

Hey Julia, got Voldemort's eyes ?

As some of us liked Snape's riddle in SS/PS, I'd like to submit this one to you. I was told it was written by Einstein who claimed that only 98 % of the world population could solve it. This last statement is wrong because I succeeded in solve it and I'm not particularly more intelligent than many people.

If you find the answer, please don't post it on the forum in order not to spoil the answer, or if you want to post it all the same, use a white font so that the others just highlight it to read it. So here it is (I've translated it from French so tell me if it's not clear) :

RIDDLE

1-there are 5 houses and each one has a different colour 2-in each of these houses live people with a different nationality 3-each of these persons prefers one drink, one cigarettes brand and has a pet 4-none of them drinks the same drink, smokes the same cigarettes and has the same pet than his neighbour.

QUESTION

Whom belongs the fish ?

CLUES

-the Englishman lives in the red house -the Swede has a dog -the Dane likes to drink tea -the green house is on the left side of the white house -the green house owner drinks coffee -the person who smokes Pall Mall has a bird -the man who lives in the house in the middle drinks milk -the yellow house owner smokes Dunhill -the Norwegian lives in the first house -the Marlboro smoker lives next to the one who has a cat -the man who has a horse lives next to the one who smokes Dunhill -the Winfields smoker drinks beer -the Norwegian lives next to the blue house -the German smokes Rothmanns -the Marlboro smoker has a neighbour who drinks water.

It took me 3/4 of an hour to solve this riddle? What about you ? I hope you'll have fun just as I did to solve it

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Ticker - Mar 26, 2004 1:07 pm (#656 of 2912)

Oh, man. This is way more serious than I usually am, but I need a "family" member to share with right now and you all are who I can reach at 2:00 today.

My sister has been slowly & quickly & slowly & now quickly dying from cancer. My mom just called & put the phone up to her ear so I could tell her I love her. She may go in the next few hours. It just doesn't seem possible that a fireball like her could go out of this world. To hear her strong (& opinionated) voice reduced to a moan just isn't right. Fortunately I had a good talk with her a few days ago & my mom is with her, so she isn't alone.

It seems ironic that I should be sitting here with my daughter who is just finding her voice & beginning to express all sorts of jibberish syllables - just coming into life - when my mom is sitting with her daughter as she leaves this life. So hard.

Well, thanks for lending me a shoulder ya'll.

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Padfoot - Mar 26, 2004 1:09 pm (#657 of 2912)

If I were there with you I would give you a big hug!

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Denise P. - Mar 26, 2004 1:11 pm (#658 of 2912)

{{{Ticker}}} We are here if you need us! It is a cruddy situation, I have been there as well.

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Gina R Snape - Mar 26, 2004 1:13 pm (#659 of 2912)

Oh, Ticker. I am so sorry to hear!!!!!

I was with my grandmother when she passed away, all but the last 15 minutes or so when we left her alone with my father. I feel your pain. It is good you got to say "I love you" and have a nice decent conversation with her. Trust me, it will bring you more comfort than perhaps you realise now.

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Julia. - Mar 26, 2004 1:16 pm (#660 of 2912)

Oh my G-d, Ticker, I'm so sorry. Here are several hugs. If there's anything any of us can do, pleas let us know. Again, I'm so sorry Ticker, *hugs.*

I didn't get to say good bye to my grandmother when she died. I was away at camp, and the day after I came back she died, when I was at a friend's house. I didn't even get to sit shiva properly, because 2 days after the funeral I had to leave my family and go to Uni. I'm still really sorry Ticker *hugs again* *bigger hugs* *group hug*

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 26, 2004 1:19 pm (#661 of 2912)

Oh Ticker... huge hugs!! We're all here for you through every thing!!

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NYCNomad - Mar 26, 2004 1:23 pm (#662 of 2912)

Oh, Ticker, all my hopes are with you. I'm so sorry.

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icthestrals - Mar 26, 2004 1:30 pm (#663 of 2912)

Ticker, I'm at a loss for words. I know your pain and will be thinking of you and your family.

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Emily - Mar 26, 2004 1:35 pm (#664 of 2912)

Ticker, I don't know what to say. I am thinking of your family. You have my best wishes.

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Ticker - Mar 26, 2004 1:48 pm (#665 of 2912)

Thank you. I really appreciate it. My mom is trying to get hold of my brother so she can tell him herself, hubby is out climbing, baby just went down for a nap, & I'm waiting a bit before I send a "family & friends" e-mail. I just needed someone to share this very profound moment with. Thank you again.

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Prefect Marcus - Mar 26, 2004 1:51 pm (#666 of 2912)

Ticker,

I share your grief and pain. I've lost my own sister. She died within a month of the birth of my second daughter. It was a comfort for me to know that (as my mother put it), "One checks in. Another checks out."

Marcus

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boop - Mar 26, 2004 3:58 pm (#667 of 2912)

Ticker, I am so very sorry to hear about your sister. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. It will be a year ago next month that I lost a close friend to cancer and two years ago we lost a 18 month old to cancer. The 18 month old was my daughters best friends child. Again Ticker sorry for you lost. May you find comfort in knowing we are all here for you. Here are hugs from me to you and your family.

May peace be with you and your family. Betty

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 26, 2004 4:08 pm (#668 of 2912)

Oh Ticker, I'm so sorry. What more is there to say.

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Ladybug220 - Mar 26, 2004 6:09 pm (#669 of 2912)

Ticker - I am glad that you got to talk to her before she goes, I didn't get to do that with my brother. You and your family are in my prayers and y'all get big cyber hugs!!

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Acceber - Mar 26, 2004 7:49 pm (#670 of 2912)

Ticker, this news has helped me appreciate life as we know it today. My thoughts are with you. I'm so sorry.

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scully jones - Mar 26, 2004 7:53 pm (#671 of 2912)

We're here for you Ticker.

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mischa fan - Mar 26, 2004 7:58 pm (#672 of 2912)

I don't really know what to say Ticker, just let me say you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Marie E. - Mar 26, 2004 9:24 pm (#673 of 2912)

Ticker, I am so sorry. It seems silly to cry for someone you've never met, but I do feel like we know each other as well as family. My sister and I are very close so I understand the bonds. Remember that you are in all of our thoughts and prayers.

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Leprechaun Jack - Mar 26, 2004 9:43 pm (#674 of 2912)

Ticker-

I'm so sorry for you and your family. March 25th was the four year anniversary of my brothers passing, he was 22 years old and was killed in a car accident,I never got the chance to say goodbye...

...But the goodbyes are not as important as all the hello's that you have had during her lifetime. Remember her strength and opinions, her bold voice and her love and pass that on to your young one. As hard as it is now, knowing what is to come...know that you and your child will have a guardian angel to watch over you...I feel for you and know that the love of your family will get you through this time. The hurt never goes away, but it does get easier to bear.

All my love and prayers to you and yours

Jack

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Brandon Christopher - Mar 26, 2004 9:56 pm (#675 of 2912)

I realize I've not been posting lately but I am still lurking and I just had to express my deep sympathy for you Ticker. I myself have never gone through a loss like that, I lost my grandparents before I ever got to know them. So I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and suffering you are going through. But I think I can speak for most everyone here when I say that we're here for you Ticker. If you need a shoulder to cry on, someone to simply listen I am always willing to help a friend. If you need to talk to someone you can contact me on my e-mail, which is on my profile, or many of the members have AIM and can be contacted through that. My screen name is faulk223160 if you want to talk on AIM. I can't begin to express my sympathy for you and just want to tell you that you and your family will be with my thoughts.

Best wishes,
Brandon

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Mrs. Sirius - Mar 26, 2004 10:58 pm (#676 of 2912)

Ticker,

I am so sorry to hear your news. It's really a lousy thing to happen. I am sure you must really love your sister. There is a great deal of irony in celebrating a new life as an old, loved, and familiar one is expiring. When I was pregnant with my son I struggled with that irony. I told myself what Jonathan left behind, my son would pick up. Good luck with your sister's remaining time.

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Dr Filibuster - Mar 26, 2004 11:22 pm (#677 of 2912)

Ticker,

I am so sorry to hear about your sister. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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Essidji - Mar 27, 2004 1:29 am (#678 of 2912)

Ticker, I feel so sorry for you, this is really sad. You shouldn't blame yourself for coming here to seek a little comfort, this is normal to try to lighten your pain...

And we all are here to express our sympathy to you.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Mar 27, 2004 1:32 am (#679 of 2912)

Oh, Ticker, I'm so sorry. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

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Madame Librarian - Mar 27, 2004 6:11 am (#680 of 2912)

Ticker, I hope you find comfort in all our thoughts and prayers for you and your sister. Your family sounds like one that has that magical power we all talk about so much here. Hug your little one, and start right now to tell her all about the aunt she never knew.

I am so sorry and will think of you often.

Ciao. Barb

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Leviosa - Mar 27, 2004 10:06 am (#681 of 2912)

Ticker, I'm so sorry to hear about that. I'm sending you and your family prayers. I don't know what more to say.

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Blast - Mar 27, 2004 10:55 am (#682 of 2912)

Ticker you always know someone will be here for you, don't hesitate to post or go to the chat if you just need to talk.

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Ticker - Mar 27, 2004 6:24 pm (#683 of 2912)

Thanks all. She left her suffering behind her last night around midnight. Just the time she would have picked. Also just as a thunder storm was beginning - a great way to share my insides with the world outside my door. She always did have perfect timing. My mom was with her & said she went peacefully. Thank you all for the words of encouragement. You guys were really there when I needed you. It meant a lot. I can't emphasize how wonderfully & magically this forum reaches out. I'm cyber hugging you all back. Thanks again!

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Blast - Mar 27, 2004 6:54 pm (#684 of 2912)

My condolences Ticker to you and your family, as long as you have good memories a person is never really not with us.

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Jasmine Evans - Mar 27, 2004 10:57 pm (#685 of 2912)

Condolences and hugs from me, as well, Ticker. Words are not enough in such a situation.

All good wishes for your daughter.

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Detail Seeker - Mar 28, 2004 1:29 am (#686 of 2912)

Condolences from me, too, Ticker.

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Leviosa - Mar 28, 2004 1:38 am (#687 of 2912)

Condolences, and remember, that the dead we have loved don't truly leave us. She still lives on in the memories of you and your family and all who loved her.

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Flame Alligator - Mar 28, 2004 6:55 am (#688 of 2912)

Ticker, You have my deepest sympathy. I have lost several love ones and know some of what you are feeling. It always helped me to talk about the departed one especially when I miss their presence here on earth the most. Since your sister had cancer, take some comfort in the fact that her suffering is over and she is a peace. A hug for you.

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septentrion - Mar 28, 2004 10:02 am (#689 of 2912)

Ticker, I've just discovered your pain. Be sure I understand it. At least your sister didn't die alone and received love till the end. I'm sure she took it with her wherever she is as well as she let you and your family all the love she had for you.

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Doris Crockford - Mar 28, 2004 10:42 am (#690 of 2912)

Ticker, I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Marè - Mar 28, 2004 11:14 am (#691 of 2912)

Condolences Ticker, and what more can I say that hasn't been said already?

When at some point in the days to come the grief gets a bit lesser, and you can place it in the cupboard of memories that make up life, don't forget to open some of the doors with all the good memories behind them!

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scully jones - Mar 28, 2004 11:35 am (#692 of 2912)

Hi,sorry for changing the subject so abruptly, but I may not be able to come in here for a short while,

Our computer is really, really messed up. I'm using an apartment community computer at the moment. The Stupid space bar is really hard to push too.

I really hope we can fix our computer soon, I'll really miss you guys!

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septentrion - Mar 28, 2004 11:54 am (#693 of 2912)

we'll miss you too Sarah !

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Acceber - Mar 28, 2004 2:05 pm (#694 of 2912)

Ticker, whenever I don't know what to say in my own words, I use someone else's:

“You think the dead we love ever truly leave us?”

Albus Dumbledore

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SarcasticGinny - Mar 28, 2004 2:20 pm (#695 of 2912)

Deepest sympathies, Ticker.

I missed you guys! I just got back from spring break (no big trip, just 3 hours north to home in the Chicago burbs) but our internet doesn't work very well at home, so I couldn't get my HP fix. Can't wait to catch up!

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timrew - Mar 28, 2004 2:20 pm (#696 of 2912)

Ticker, so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. It's so sad.

Too late to cry, a rose has died,
and vanished with the Autumn sun.
Too late to cry, or wonder why,
what tears there are, refuse to come.

My sympathies on your loss....

Tim

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boop - Mar 28, 2004 7:14 pm (#697 of 2912)

My deepest sympathies Ticker in the loss of your sister. Just remember you have all the memories of her to share with your child. Just know we are all here for you and your family. Take one day at a time. Here at some hugs going out to you and your family.

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Pigwidgeon - Mar 28, 2004 9:30 pm (#698 of 2912)

Oh, Ticker, I'm so sorry to hear about your sister! You are in my thoughts, too! Take care of yourself, luv. We're all here for you!

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 29, 2004 1:32 am (#699 of 2912)

Ticker,

I am so deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. My condolences to you & your family, you are in my thoughts & prayers.

We are all here for you, as you can see from the volume of messages on this thread. Sending you a great big hug.

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mollis - Mar 29, 2004 5:45 am (#700 of 2912)

My deepest sympathies for you and your family, Ticker.
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Ticker - Mar 29, 2004 7:04 am (#701 of 2912)
Edited by Mar 29, 2004 7:05 am

Thanks again everyone. (Feels a little sheepish about the size of the group hug she just received :pretend blushing smilie here, since I can't find it when I need it: ) You guys are great! Thank you.

Septentrion, it took me a while to figure out your riddle of post 655. That's a good one! I love logic puzzles.

On a lighter note, Aria managed to suck her big toe last night. It was quite a wrestling match since her foot seemed to prefer kicking around in the air to being captured. Wish I was that flexible!

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D.W.  - Mar 29, 2004 7:54 am (#702 of 2912)

Ticker,

I just wanted to add my deepest sympathies for you and your family. I know what you must be going through as I lost my sister to cancer a year ago tomorrow. Although I was not able to be with her at the end, I was able to spend a week with her before that which I will always treasure and as someone else said they live on in your memories.

Joining in the group hug,

Donna.

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mollis - Mar 29, 2004 8:23 am (#703 of 2912)

To Septentrion: Great riddle! I spent a wonderful half-hour this morning figuring it out. I love those types of riddles. I won't post the answer so that others can figure it out and have fun too. But I want to make sure I got it right! Maybe later you can post the correct answer in invisible text.

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Chris. - Mar 29, 2004 9:01 am (#704 of 2912)

This is just to say thanks to Sherbie Lemon (a.k.a Lindsey) for giving me a solution to my avatar problem. Thanks Again

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Madame Librarian - Mar 29, 2004 9:58 am (#705 of 2912)

Julia, you weren't kidding when you said you felt as overworked as a house-elf what with cleaning (mega-cleaning, that is) for Passover--which begins at sunset on Mon. 4/5, with the first seder. I have my whole refrigerator insides taken apart right now in my kitchen. While things dry, I have a little bit of time to post. Yukkk! You could grow a dementor with some of the stuff I found, and I'm really not that bad at regular cleaning out of old stuff, but you always miss some.

The house-elf analogy is indeed ironic because Passover is the holiday that celebrates the exodus from Egypt, the freeing of the Israelites from...hem, hem...slavery.

Ciao. Barb

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VeronikaG - Mar 29, 2004 10:37 am (#706 of 2912)

I'm sorry this comes so late, but I have been away for a few days: Ticker, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Several of our family members have died from cancer, and I know what that disease does.

My sympathy also goes out to all the others here who have lost someone close to you. I could never imagine there would be so many. Not on a happy forum such as this. Half a year ago I believed that only people who had never experienced anything really bad in their entire life could enjoy Harry Potter at an adult age. (I don't know any other adults off the forum who does.) I'm almost happy to see that I couldn't have been more wrong.

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tracie1976 - Mar 29, 2004 11:05 am (#707 of 2912)

Hey everybody. I may be offline for a few days due to that my husband's surgery on his knee is scheduled for tomorrow *just found out today* So in order for him not to trip on anything while on crutches, I get to do a lot of cleaning. Also my baby, has an ear infection and an upper respitory infection. Her birthday was yesterday and she had to spend part of it in the hospital. Hmmmm, seems like not a good week to be on the computer lol.

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septentrion - Mar 29, 2004 11:06 am (#708 of 2912)

Yes, Mollis, I think I could post the answer to my riddle later. Marè has found out the answer too but she e-mailed it to me. Ticker, I hope your pain is lightened with seeing your daughter playing with her feet. I love watching babies doing that, they're so funny !

edit : I pot just in the same time than you Tracie, hope your week will be easier than you fear.

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D.W.  - Mar 29, 2004 11:20 am (#709 of 2912)

Yes please do post the answer to your riddle septentrion.

I think I have done it, it was a nice, fun diversion.

Thanks. Donna.

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septentrion - Mar 29, 2004 11:28 am (#710 of 2912)

Donna, I think I'll post the answer to my riddle in a few days to let time to the others to solve it, but if you want a quick answer, e-mail me and I tell you if you're right.

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VeronikaG - Mar 29, 2004 11:41 am (#711 of 2912)

DW, I see you like "Arthur" too. I love that cartoon, it's so funny. Summer of 2001 I started getting up really early in the mornings, and just to wake up, I would watch TV. The only thing on at that hour of the day are cartoons, among others Arthur. Despite of my age, I like cartoons. There was also an episode where the kids' favourite books get banned from the library, because some parents think they are too scary. Remind you of some peoples attitude towards Harry Potter?

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Ticker - Mar 29, 2004 12:03 pm (#712 of 2912)
Edited by Mar 29, 2004 12:04 pm

VeronicaG, to borrow from Garrison Kielor, we're not really happy unless we're miserable. Life is made of all sorts of stuff. It helps to find humor & joy in unexpected places - especially "children's" books .

Ooooh, tracie1976 - double whammie! If I could send you a good night’s rest & an extra-strenth solution, I would. Best wishes on your family's recovery.

*Buys all on the Forum butterbeers & raises a toast* To all those we love & lose. May our memories of them stay as strong as our love of them, and may we make the world a better place with them in our hearts & minds.

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D.W.  - Mar 29, 2004 12:14 pm (#713 of 2912)

septentrion, thanks for the e-mail, getting that right has improved my day no end.

VeronikaG, I felt a little "silly" not having a HP related screen name or avatar, but am not creative enough to make up a good one. Having children you get to experience all sorts of things (TV shows and books to name but a few!) that you'd otherwise miss don't you. I like DW and as those are my initials too this was my nickname for a while a few years back now.

Donna

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icthestrals - Mar 29, 2004 1:26 pm (#714 of 2912)

Ticker, I raise my glass to your toast.

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Hem Hem - Mar 29, 2004 2:14 pm (#715 of 2912)

*raises glass and sends a hug in Tickers direction*

My thoughts are with you. ((((group hug))))

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 29, 2004 3:01 pm (#716 of 2912)

Ticker - I wanted to be private in my condolences but in a forum like this, and thankfully so, these matters are open to those who which to speak. So, may you find your sister wherever you look, she will be where your heart finds her, and may your daughter be ever joy full of her love.

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Julia. - Mar 29, 2004 3:40 pm (#717 of 2912)

Barb, you were not the only one who could have been growing dementors in the fridge. That thing had not been properly cleaned in at least a year, and probally longer. The stove was grose, and I'm not even going to talk about the floor, sefice it to say that Feivel and probally Scabbers were having a wonderful party in there. After several hours of extreemly hard work, the kitchen is clean, and the Rabbi came today and Kashered it. Phew.

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scully jones - Mar 29, 2004 5:11 pm (#718 of 2912)

Well everybody...

I got a new computer! Windows XP is so different from our old one.

The salesguy was so good, we bought a lot of stuff that we actually think we "need".

We got extra RAM, I got a video card, and we got a back-up battery for just in case the power goes out.

Whew! This is going to take about $170 dollars a month for six months to pay for, too!

At least now, we have a DVD drive so I can put in the Potter DVD and go through all the extras!

Man, what a headache! EVERYTHING that was on our old computer (fried) is GONE! So many important things that we haven't really felt the loss of yet.

Thanks for missing me!

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Ticker - Mar 29, 2004 5:35 pm (#719 of 2912)

Thank you Jackie & Julie.

Julia, or anyone else ethnic in the same direction (here's me avoiding the "R" word), I've heard people give away their pets during Pesach. Do you do this? We have possibly 10 Jewish people in this 1/2 of my state (& they are probably here because of Ellsworth AFB) so I'm a bit unfamiliar with how various festivals/seasons are observed. I am quite unfortunately familiar with unusual life forms in my refrigerator. There ought to be a Lutheran holiday for this as well

Welcome back Sarah & good luck with the new computer.

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Julia. - Mar 29, 2004 6:05 pm (#720 of 2912)

Well Ticker, I don't know of anyone who gives away their pets over Pesach. We do sell our non-kosher for Passover food, but as far as I know, we don't give away pets.

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Madame Librarian - Mar 29, 2004 6:10 pm (#721 of 2912)

Maybe if it's a very, very furry dog (or cat) with completely embedded crumbs in its hair, you'd have to loan it out to a neighbor. Naaah....

Ciao. Barb

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Hem Hem - Mar 29, 2004 6:49 pm (#722 of 2912)

You'd have to ask somebody more qualified than I to really answer the question, but I know people who temporarily "sell" their dog for Pesach. The deal is that basically all dry dogfood has leaven in it...dry cat food as well, I think. So, your options are to either switch to canned food (which some people don't want to do), or pseudo-sell the animal.

Selling in this case is a property transaction that means very little. If you pay your neighbor to own the animal, you can still have him stay at your house and eat the leaven-including food, because it's all legally in the hands of your neighbor.

But again, as I prefaced, I'm not qualified to really answer the question. We feed our cats canned food over Pesach.

To all who celebrate, wishing you a very stress-free (ha!) preparation, and a Chag Kasher V'Sameach!

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Gina R Snape - Mar 29, 2004 8:48 pm (#723 of 2912)

Wow. Animals have to observe too? I had no idea.

I mean, I'm a vegetarian, but I know my cats are not. I even give them fur toys because they really like them best and, as I see it, they do not follow the same moral codes as I do.

Oh, and Ticker. Well done to Aria for catching that toe! Woohoo! That was really cute.

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Madam Pince - Mar 29, 2004 10:57 pm (#724 of 2912)

Ticker, sorry this is a bit behind the times but I was gone for a few days. My deepest condolences on the loss of your sister. But as others here have said, those we love are never truly gone, as they live on in our hearts and memories. Try to celebrate her life, and rejoice at the fact that she has left her physical pain behind her. We're thinking of you and your family.

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Blast - Mar 30, 2004 3:02 am (#725 of 2912)

Speaking of cleaning, I cleaned the window on our deck door on Sunday. There were little paw prints all over the bottem of them. Some were Pussy cat prints, some were not. As our computer is beside these doors, I just thought that maybe even the beasts of the forests were interested in what was going on in the forum. Gina how is the marking going? I hope that most of your students got O's on their OWLS.

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Flame Alligator - Mar 30, 2004 7:27 am (#726 of 2912)

Ticker, glad to see you back. I would like to say here that often your posts have me laughing so hard tears flow. thanks Oh yeah, I can put my feet in my mouth. It is getting them behind my head that is hard. (yoga teacher, remember)

Julia, I love your avatar! Enjoy (can I say that?) Passover. If not, I mean well. All that cleaning sounds like fun.........NOT! But afterwards, I am sure it was worth it.

Hey Blast! how is it going today. What is with the lovely sheep?

Uh, I am ethnic. I think someone asked.

My kitkat still hanging in there dying gracefully. The medication she is on helps quite a bit. I am bathing her tomorrow she loves the clean feeling AFTER the bath.

Hey everybody, Hope y'all are having a great day!

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boop - Mar 30, 2004 7:36 am (#727 of 2912)

Kristie, My glass is also raised to your toast along with hugs! That is so cute when little ones find their toes, I wish I could be that flexible!

Tracie Good Luck to your husband, I hope he makes a quick recovery. Sorry to here that the baby is sick. Give her a hug from me. I hope she is feeling better real soon.

Tracie Happy Birthday Day to you!!!!!

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Fawkes Forever - Mar 30, 2004 8:10 am (#728 of 2912)

Ticker... 'here here' I raise my glass & add again to the group hug.

Flame, hope kitty is ok.

Happy Birthday Tracie

Don't eat too much cake

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Ticker - Mar 30, 2004 9:02 am (#729 of 2912)

Too much cake? What is that? Am I the only unbalanced person here who doesn't know? Happy Birthday Tracie!

Madam Pince, Flame, Betty & Fawkes F. - thank you.

The sheep have something to do with St. Mungo's Maniacs going to NZ - & possibly spring (I'm sure you weren't actually looking at Blast, right?).

Thanks for the Pesach info. I'll trade someone their yeast for my sheet-rock dust. We're remodeling our bathroom (cough, cough).

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 30, 2004 9:14 am (#730 of 2912)

I just wanted to say hello to everyone.. I feel I've been very neglectful of the forum of late. I'm at work and on four hours of sleep, and very hungry AND my day is nowhere near over yet, so I'll try to keep my loopy comments to a minimum as I catch up!

And a very Happy Birthday, Tracie!!

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boop - Mar 30, 2004 9:15 am (#731 of 2912)

Kristie, I feel for you, I did that to my bathroom over the summer, and also added a room, put new windows in knocked out a wall, new siding about $14,000 dollars of work done. I can relate to all that dust, I'm still cleaning up dust and I'm done with all the remodeling in my house!

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Ticker - Mar 30, 2004 9:43 am (#732 of 2912)

Uff-da!

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septentrion - Mar 30, 2004 11:27 am (#733 of 2912)

happy birthday Tracie !

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Madam Poppy - Mar 30, 2004 11:39 am (#734 of 2912)

I'm so sorry to hear about your sister Ticker. Your faith will sustain and comfort you in the days and months ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

I am also thinking of you Flame. I can't imagine our lives without our Kitty. Be sure and take some pictures to keep and treasure.

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Acceber - Mar 30, 2004 11:49 am (#735 of 2912)

Jackie, you feed your cats canned food over Pesach? My cats hate canned food. We will have some very hungry kitties. Also, my mom and I are cleaning all of our kitchen cabinets out this weekend. What a great time waster...

Happy Birthday Tracie, even if I am a day early .
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Julia. - Mar 30, 2004 12:33 pm (#736 of 2912)

Good luck with the cleaning Rebecca, I hope yours goes better, and faster than mine did! To all who celebrate, Happy (I almost typed 'Harry' )Passover, Chag Sameach, and all that good stuff, and remember, 'Don't let the Matzah get you down!'

Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRACIE!!!!!

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Sinister Kittens - Mar 30, 2004 2:27 pm (#737 of 2912)

Happy Birthday Tracie! And Julia - COOL smilie! As usual, if I forget anyone's bithday i'm sorry - it's just me and my memory!

But hey, way to catch those toesies! (Slippery little things toes ;-))

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Madame Librarian - Mar 30, 2004 2:43 pm (#738 of 2912)

To those who may wonder, yes Passover -- Pesach (PAYsach in Hebrew, with that 'ch' being a throat clearer as in Loch Ness)-- is a festive holiday. We celebrate our release from bondage in Egypt. For the full story read Exodus (Book 2 of the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament). The Israelites had to leave in a real rush (or Yul Brynner might have changed his mind again), had no time to let their bread rise, so matzah was invented. To varying degrees Jews refrain from eating anything with yeast or leavening during the 8 (7 in Israel or for Reform Jews), and the holiday kicks off with two ritual dinners, or seders (SAYdare) on the first two nights (this coming Monday and Tuesday). These dinners are loads of fun. For about the first third you really don't get to eat anything fulfilling, then the people closest to the kitchen start bringing in course after course after course of wonderful foods, some usual, some unusual. Every family seems to have seder favorites and traditions, but the absolute universal one is to eat till you can't even think anymore. Our gripes about mega-cleaning are because the point is to start out the holiday with as much as possible a kitchen that has no trace of un-Passover stuff--yeast, bread crumbs, old foods, dementor-growing fungus, whatever. It's also a spring holiday, so naturally some consider it a really thorough spring cleaning. Again, standards vary here, so what I consider clean and ready for Passover wouldn't pass muster in an Orthodox household. There are all kinds of odd, but endearing customs attached to the holiday and the dinners, but it's too complicated to explain it all. The best is if you can get invited to a seder. We love showing a "newbie" the ropes as it were. Although, I do recall one seder where we had a nun and a priest as guests and they seemed to know more than we did! Anyway, it is totally appropriate to wish people a happy Passover of happy holiday.

Sorry for the l-o-o-ng explanation. Oh, and Tracie--Happy Birthday!

Ciao. Barb

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Padfoot - Mar 30, 2004 2:55 pm (#739 of 2912)

Thanks for the info. I am not Jewish but have been curious about the Passover celebration for a while now. Sounds like you don't have to give something up (as in Lent) other than food. Imagine if you had to give up Harry Potter?

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boop - Mar 30, 2004 3:34 pm (#740 of 2912)

Thank you Barb, for sharing that information. Sounds like a great time.

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SarcasticGinny - Mar 30, 2004 3:59 pm (#741 of 2912)

VirgoGoddess, who is the young man in your avatar? I only ask because he slightly resembles my little brother!

Only news otherwise is that someone should sign me up for St. Mungos. I've got a 100 degree fever, a sore throat, and my ears hurt...but I still can't miss any student teaching becasue one of my co-op teachers is leaving town. I am expected to run the classes AND the musical rehearsal as best I can. What's a girl to do?!?

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boop - Mar 30, 2004 7:10 pm (#742 of 2912)

Sarcastic Ginny, sorry to hear you are sick. That’s too bad you still have to teach instead of just staying in bed. I hope you feel better real soon

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Marie E. - Mar 30, 2004 8:01 pm (#743 of 2912)

Oh my gosh, Ticker. I haven't heard "uff-da" in ages. Makes me homesick.

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 30, 2004 8:08 pm (#744 of 2912)

SarcasticGinny: That's my boyfriend, Will. He's a sweetie. Two years younger than me, and the most beautiful blue eyes you've ever seen. If he looks like your brother, then you have a very good looking sibling! (Now I've gone all fluttery thinking about Will. Sheesh, I'm pitiful! )

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SarcasticGinny - Mar 30, 2004 8:12 pm (#745 of 2912)

Thanks boop.

Virgo-we like to say that our brother robbed the gene pool. :-)

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VeronikaG - Mar 31, 2004 1:40 am (#746 of 2912)

Just one of my silly questions. What does "uff-da" mean in English. Is it baby talk? Why does it make Marie homesick? You see, in Norwegian, it means "Oh, bother", but none of you are Norwegian, Danish or Swedish, right?

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septentrion - Mar 31, 2004 2:21 am (#747 of 2912)

thanks Barb for all your explanations, there were a lot of stuff I had forgotten or ignored. So enjoy Monday and Tuesday evening !

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Blast - Mar 31, 2004 2:50 am (#748 of 2912)

Virgo, who's the lovely lady in your avatar? She's much better looking than Audrey Hepburn. Looking outside this morning it is very foggy, with the trees it is just like what I pictured the forbidden forest to look like.

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tracie1976 - Mar 31, 2004 4:22 am (#749 of 2912)

I just want to say thank you for the birthday wishes.

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Leviosa - Mar 31, 2004 5:11 am (#750 of 2912)

A belated happy birthday Tracie! I hope you had a wonderful day.

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fidelio - Mar 31, 2004 6:05 am (#751 of 2912)

Veronika, "uff-da" was brought to the US by Norwegian immigrants--you won't hear it in many parts of the country, but it is used in places like Minnesota and the Dakotas, where there were a lot of Scandinavian settlers. I have a friend from northern Minnesota who will occasionally use it, despite not having lived there for almost 30 years. He claims he can't translate it, but that you can apply it to anything from general agreement and commiseration, through situations where a shrug and "Oh, well" is appropriate up to situations that might otherwise call for a great deal of bad language. He claims he found himself using it once when he was a drill instructor in the Marine Corps, to the alarm of his recruits, none of whom knew what he was saying, although they could tell from his facial expression that he was Not Happy. He also cherishes some truly special childhood memories connected with shipments of lutefisk from relatives back in Norway. He's tried to teach his wife, whose family comes from Alabama and northern Florida, to make lefsa, but it hasn't worked--she has trouble imagining bread [or even bread-like substances] made from potatoes. ;->

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Marè - Mar 31, 2004 6:29 am (#752 of 2912)

Septentrion, thanks for the answer!!! if you like those riddles look at braingle.com under logic, you will find lots more!

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Karla Labanda - Mar 31, 2004 7:19 am (#753 of 2912)

Hello everybody:

First of all. Ticker I am sorry a lot for your sister. But know she is beside God and now she care about your family (I don't know if it is right). My condolences to you. Dios te bendiga siempre.

Flame, I read about Samantha, I am sorry too, Enjoy the time with her, and I hope she doesn't suffer.

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Madam Poppy - Mar 31, 2004 8:28 am (#754 of 2912)
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fidelio, my Mother gave me a Lefsa griddle 3 years ago and I still haven't been brave enough to use it. My father came from Belegrade, Minnesota and my mother from Fargo, North Dakota. I have a magnet by my computer that says "Uff Da!" and I do find my self saying it often. I'd say it is an exclamation, used instead of "stronger" words. (I don't swear) My Grandpa would frequently speak Norwegian phrases. My husband's Grandmother never did learn English. She only spoke German. (My husband is of Prussian ancestry. I'm Norwegian and Swedish, which explains my "real name" of Kirsten. Pronounced K+ears+10) We did have lutefisk on Christmas Eve if my Grandparents were visiting. (VERY smelly old fish...wouldn't eat it then or now.)

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Ticker - Mar 31, 2004 9:49 am (#755 of 2912)

Sarcastic Ginny, I hope you're feeling better today.

Barb & fidelio thanks for the explanation.

VeronikaG, I'm sorry to say I don't have the pleasure of being Norwegian, but being Lutheran around here is almost the same thing. (Go figure - being German makes me a minority in the Lutheran church.) The church I go had services in Norwegian until the 1950's. Uff da is a very common expression around here. "Oh brother" is sure a lot longer to write & say.

(BTW, Marie - yah, den it's a boat time you come back for a wile.)

Gracias Karla.

Madam Poppy, I agree - lefse good, lutefisk bad. I was mainly traumatized in Scandinavian cuisine by goat cheese that looked like peanut butter (that deserves an Uff da!) However, I was quickly assuaged by the yummy meatballs.

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Ticker - Mar 31, 2004 9:53 am (#756 of 2912)

Betty (boop) I still can't get an e-mail to you - something about permanent fatal errors. Now isn't that ironic?

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fidelio - Mar 31, 2004 11:21 am (#757 of 2912)

Madame Poppy, my Minnesotan friend, when I tried to pin him on the phrase, could never come up with a definition--only examples!

One was: You're talking to someone who has just endured a personal injustice of greater or lesser degree. As they vent, they may say: "I ask you, it that right?" You may then say, in agreement, "Uff da", in place of an agreement using Bad Language.

Another: You're talking to/about someone who has just suffered some sort of personal disaster. It is possible to say, in commiseration "Uff da", when someone else would say "That stinks/bites/etc".

Then, of course, there are all the times you need to express yourself over crises in your own life--everything from getting a notice for jury duty at the start of deer season, finding out you need to evict a skunk from the milking barn, hitting your thumb with a hammer, to, well, he said he could go on, but it seemed pretty obvious to him. He compared it to the expressions, once common in the southern US "Well, I declare!" "For heaven's sake!"

He claims that in the town where his mother still lives, a law officer's response to the dispatcher, when he arrived on the scene of an accident where a semitruck was jackknifed across a four-lane highway was--"uff da!" Now, I don't know, and Jon provided no imput on whether "Uff da" is that flexible in Norway. He does have one of the most memorable descriptions of lutefisk I've ever heard, though: "It's like gray Jello that smells like bad fish." Needless to say, he won't eat it either.

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Liz Mann - Mar 31, 2004 12:54 pm (#758 of 2912)

Argh! I've got a horrible long essay to write for English tomorrow. Mock exam. We get a pre-released pack of texts all on the same theme and then two 'unseen' texts when we go into the exam. Then we have to write a really long comparison of four of the texts (two of which have to be the unseen). But the thing is, apart from the theme none of them have enough in common to write an essay about! At least, none of the pre-released texts have things in common with the unseen ones!! Perturbed

And the worst thing is, I then have ANOTHER essay to write for Media Studies tomorrow!!!!! Pulling My Hair Out

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Madame Librarian - Mar 31, 2004 12:54 pm (#759 of 2912)

I am loving this conversation! I think it's so wonderful to hear about all the unique (and sometimes whacko) expressions, foods, and more from various cultures. Tell me, does the "uff" rhyme with stuff, or have a long u as in oof? Either makes a very lovely sounding, appropriate noise.

It's interesting that many languages/cultures have an all-purpose, grunt-y expression useful in many situations because a slight variation in intonation can change the meaning. In Yiddish, it's "oy" (var. "oi"), of course. I don't think I've ever come across a more useful two-letter phrase. It can speak volumes.

Any more, folks?

Ciao. Barb

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Madam Pince - Mar 31, 2004 12:55 pm (#760 of 2912)

Hmmmmm....gray Jello.....wonder if they serve THAT at St. Mungo's?

My relatives all said "Well, I declare!" a lot. Never heard of "Uff Da" but I like it!

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Acceber - Mar 31, 2004 2:53 pm (#761 of 2912)

Uff da! I like that. That's my new phrase of the week.

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Dr Filibuster - Mar 31, 2004 2:56 pm (#762 of 2912)

Uf-da, oi, BLOODY HELL!? I love all that stuff too. My mum and dad can have a whole conversation with "ay up", they just use a different tone everytime they say it. It can be a greeting, a warning, an expression of suprise etc, etc.

Thanks for the quick intro to Passover customs Barb. What's your family's favourite course at feast time? Happy Passover to all who celebrate.

Liz. If it's still March and you're reading this GO TO BED NOW! Don't suppose you will sit down in the Great Hall tomorrow and hear your teachers say APRIL FOOL? If not.. good luck with your mocks.

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Acceber - Mar 31, 2004 2:56 pm (#763 of 2912)

Uff da! I like it. That's my new phrase of the week.

Barb, I think you pronounce it uhff dah, but I'm not sure. After all, I do live in Massachusetts, not in the Midwest .

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 31, 2004 3:27 pm (#764 of 2912)

Blast: That's me . But I don't believe for a second that I'm prettier than Audrey, she was just too gorgeous.

I've never heard the phrase Uff da before. Probably too far south for it. Any number of hillbilly phrases I'm sure I've heard though. Geez, I hate that stereotype about Missouri. Sorry, that's my biggest pet peeve.

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Blast - Mar 31, 2004 3:53 pm (#765 of 2912)

Don't put yourself down Virgo you are a very lovely young lady. Audrey probably had a professional makeup artist and a professional photographer take that picture:) Some of those old hollywood pictures are really great though.

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Sconie Girl - Mar 31, 2004 3:56 pm (#766 of 2912)

Madam Poppy, does that mean you are familiar with Benson, MN or Morris, MN??? I went to school there!

Madam Librarian, Uff Da has more of a oo sound to it than a "stuff" sound. One of the other expressions heard frequently here is "you betcha"!

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virgoddess1313 - Mar 31, 2004 4:24 pm (#767 of 2912)

Well, I gotta say, Blast, you really made my week!! After years of being the ugly duckling, it's nice to hear that I'm not anymore.

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Ticker - Mar 31, 2004 6:00 pm (#768 of 2912)

You certainly aren't an ugly duckling Virgoddess!

We say Uff da - Ooof dah - not sure how they do in Norway.

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Marie E. - Mar 31, 2004 7:35 pm (#769 of 2912)

Well, look at the discussion my harmless little comment started. Actually, Ticker started it...heehee. Yes, Veronika, I grew up in Minot, North Dakota, which was mainly settled by Norwegians and later Germans. Even though I'm not Norwegian, I grew up around so much of the culture that I feel like I am.

And Ticker, maybe around Christmas we'll be driving up there.

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Madame Librarian - Mar 31, 2004 9:13 pm (#770 of 2912)

Dr. Filibuster, there are some ritual dishes that are delicious, but I'm pretty sure my son and husband would vote for the chicken soup with --what else?--matzah balls as the favorite course. Now, this is something that's eaten all year 'round, not just at Passover, but for some odd reason, it's especially yummy now. Every cook has his or her tricks to make the soup, but many times there's no real recipe you follow, just some basic guidelines. That's how it is with most soups usually, I've found. Oh, oh, I'm getting hungry and it's 11:15 pm.

Ciao. Barb

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Phreaker - Mar 31, 2004 9:20 pm (#771 of 2912)

In reference to the tutus in the question for the host thread: I happen to like that men in tights show. Especially the blind guy that falls out of the tree. What was his name? Blinken?

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Mrs. Sirius - Mar 31, 2004 10:10 pm (#772 of 2912)

fidelio, "Uff da" sounds a little bit like the Spanish "Ay caramba!" I can just hear my mother saying it in all those example you gave.
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Fawkes Forever - Apr 1, 2004 12:06 am (#773 of 2912)

Barb I agree, this thread is really educational... I've learnt so much about the passover feast... all of which my religious studies teacher attempted to do several years ago... without much luck, We did get to sample unlevened bread however! Thanks guys... I love to hear about other cultures & customs.

Uff Da.... hee hee, too right Acceber, thats my new phrase of the week too!

Sue, 'Ey Up Chuck' sorry couldn't resist! Likewise I say 'Bloody Hell' or 'Sugar' (in polite company ) One they say here in Dublin is, 'Janey Mack' as to where it came from.... not a clue, but sounds really funny in a Dublin accent! *giggle*

Happy April Fools everyone.... remember to keep an eye out for 'dodgy' News Headlines today...

EDIT : OOOH I just found one... so funny I'm crying here

Britains Prince Harry to play Viktor Krum in The Goblet of Fire
http://www.skymovies.com/skymovies/article/0,,80004-1129810,00.html

But we can now reveal that, instead, Eton-educated Hazza is to adopt a thick Bulgarian accent for the part.

However, he will have to dye his carrot-red hair, grow his brows and don some prosthetics - Warner Bros have specified they are looking for "strong boys, with a hooked nose, shaggy eyebrows and dark hair".

... "The word is that he'll have to undertake some serious pre-film training in order to appear competent on his broomstick - despite making up their own sports, such as the Wall Game, Eton doesn't actually have Quidditch on their curriculum."

Ohh too funny

EDIT 2 : Hee hee Karine, they'll have to get up a little bit earlier to fool us Griffindors

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Essidji - Apr 1, 2004 12:13 am (#774 of 2912)

And in French, we could say "Oh, punaise!" as well for all the situations you described.

Today's the first of April. Joke day as you precised, Fawkes. On AOL, they say the Mars Express European robot has taken pictures of alien steps on the surface of Mars. "Oh, punaise!", they really take us for dummies, don't they?

Edit : Yayy! I am admitted to take the second written exam to enter the job agency. There are 225 candidates left (for 11 available jobs...) And I am SURE it's not an April fool, cos the administration is too serious for that... Or are they? Well, I hope not, it wouldn't be funny at all!

Edit2 : Yes Fawkes you're right, you don't learn an old monkey how to wry his face (French equivalent for "don't learn your grandmother how to suck eggs", according to my dictionnary.) ~_^

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Fawkes Forever - Apr 1, 2004 2:31 am (#775 of 2912)

News just in ..... http://www.hpana.com/af/2004/mugglenet.cfm

This is an excellent piece of work.... will keep me entertained for days

Check out the article on Time Turners & Krum.... I'm laughing so hard here, my colleagues think I'm a complete nutter!

Well done to all at Hpana methinks!

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VeronikaG - Apr 1, 2004 3:23 am (#776 of 2912)

Ooooh, you poor people who have been tortured with lutefisk! I have only tasted it once, because my parents are not too crazy about it, for obvious reasons.

Uff-da in Norwegian, is pronounced with the "ou" sound as in "you", but very short. Norwegian is tricky to pronounce correctly for English speakers, because all the letters like a,e,i,o etc. sound different. (i sounds like e, for example)It's not a very strong expression, it just means that something did not go exactly according to the plan. I'm not going to teach you nasty Norwegian swear words here.

That goat cheese that looked like peanut butter was probably what we call "Old Cheese" - Gammalost. Ordinary goat cheese is light brown and taste sweet.

Lefse can be made from potato or from grain. Lefse made from grain taste like cake, and you put sugar and cinnamon on it. The potato version is mostly used to wrap around hot dogs, these days. It tastes almost like tortilla.

What I can't really understand about the Scandinavian immigrants is that they keep disgusting traditions like lutefisk and "smalahovud". If you don't know what smalahovud is, I can tell you it's a sheeps head that has been fried. I don't know whether or not the brain is removed beforehand. Scandinavian recipies usually developed due to LACK of food, not the presence of food as in other cultures. The climate of Norway and Sweden was not ideal for growing vegetables other than potatoes, so food consisted of fish, meat, potatoes and grain. It was necessary to find ways to preserve food for the winter, and also to eat everything that didn't exactly kill you. They even ate pigs feet, and you can still buy that in shops around Christmas.

Lutefisk has been treated with a strong alkali chemical typically used for removing paint. If you get it on your skin, you get a serious burn mark, and need to see a doctor. I think the point was to poison the bacterias before they could rot the fish. There is also recipies that involve burying fish in the ground for a few months, or put it in huge barrels, let it fester to a certain point, and then eat it. When foreigners come to Norway, we'll feed them these things, because it's tradition. Not that I mind traditions, but this was food they ate because they had no choice. It does taste pretty strange if you're not used to it. I would think that when the immigrants came to America they would put all that behind them, and enjoy the chance to eat proper food, but no. Older people in Norway complain about us kids liking taco, tandoori and spaghetti, and preferring it to traditional Norwegian meals. Honestly, I can understand why Norwegian food has never caught on in the same whay as Mexican, Italian or indian.

So... I hope this little cultural lesson has been interesting.

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boop - Apr 1, 2004 4:24 am (#777 of 2912)

Happy April Fool’s Day Everyone!!!!Hope everyone has a fun Day!!!!

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icthestrals - Apr 1, 2004 6:00 am (#778 of 2912)

Fascinating stuff VeronikaG. In the South (US) you can still find pickled pigs feet as well as other...um, body parts to eat. Ick.

Fawkes, that April Fool's headline was great! It took forever to load, though, and then disappeared as I was trying to read everything on the page! Poo.

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virgoddess1313 - Apr 1, 2004 6:02 am (#779 of 2912)

According to one of our radio stations today, Brad Pitt is back in town (he's from the same town where my school is) to help with casting a sequel to a movie he did in 1989. Sure. I believe that's not an April Fool's prank! :

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Fawkes Forever - Apr 1, 2004 6:32 am (#780 of 2912)

IcThestrals, if you click on one of the links, to the various news items, it won't disappear & you can navigate around the site to your hearts content

Check this one out... http://www.hpana.com/af/2004/krum.disabled.cfm it's very funny....

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scully jones - Apr 1, 2004 6:47 am (#781 of 2912)

Yay!!! You guys can see my scarf-in-progress now!

When I did the first row, I was making it about seven inches wide... But apparently, my stitches are bigger than I thought... So it's about a foot wide... Eeps!

So, if I think if it looks too odd, when I finish, I'm going to fold it in half and sew it up... So it'll be extra extra thick... It's sooo soft...

You guys are gonna love it when it's done... The colors surpassed all of my hopes!

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fidelio - Apr 1, 2004 6:48 am (#782 of 2912)

Veronika--I thnk one of the reasons people eat some of the stranger things they managed to leave behind when they immmigrated may be to remind them why they immigrated! Jon recalls the barrel of lutefisk his grandfather had sent over every year at Christmas, carefully prepared by cousins back "home"--one year, it arrived damaged, and was destroyed by the post office, to no one's regret, except for his grandfather. He doesn't recall even having it offered any time of the year but Christmas, and his grandfather expected everyone to eat it--maybe to help remind them they were from Norway originally, and different from any of the other ethnic groups in northern Minnesota.

Really, I think any language worth its salt has something you can say that can cover a lot of different situations, and isn't really cursing. Adter all, you have to say something, even if it's just "Bother" like Winnie the Poo!

Virgogoddess, having survived growing up in the Ozarks, I urge you--be proud to be a hillbilly. But never let them call you that unless they happen to be one, too! When my sister started doing genealogy several years ago, she said there was an odd quirk about our family--on both sides--wherever they came from in Europe, from Germany to the British Isles, it was always a place that didn't have much flat land, and if they found themselves in flat land here in America, they moved to someplace hilly as quickly as possible. In fact, one of my ancestors immigrated from a place in the southern Rhineland called Rhodt unter Rietburg, which is one big hill, and moved at least three times in five years until he ended up in Miller County, Missouri. He claimed he left the farm in Wisconsin with 400 feet of topsoil because it was too flat, but I suspect the snow to the top of the window frames may have had something to do with it as well!

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Flame Alligator - Apr 1, 2004 7:05 am (#783 of 2912)

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY EVERYBODY!!!!!!!

Virgoddess1313, I love seeing your avatar. You love birds are so sweet! Your boyfriend is a cutie and looks as if he is a sweet guy too. You lucky girl!

Chiajones, Your scarf looks great! I love a nice long thick scarf. I use to knit and crochet a lot but have not made anything in a long time. You make me feel a little lazy.

Fawkes, Belated Top of the mornin to ya! Thanks for the April Fool's joke I about fell on the floor.

I want to say that I am extremely HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY today. A loved one gave me great news. Wish I could share. Maybe soon. Just wish I could bottle my joy and give everyone a cup.

Y'all have a fantastic day!!! I know I am.

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icthestrals - Apr 1, 2004 8:23 am (#784 of 2912)

Well Fawkes, that site wouldn't work for me either! Rats! Oh well. The brief glimse I did get was funny.

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virgoddess1313 - Apr 1, 2004 9:11 am (#785 of 2912)

fidelio: Where about in the Ozarks did you live? And I'm not really a hillbilly, I'm more Southern than hillbilly, which is strange.

And thanks Flame... I am very lucky, he's incredibly sweet to have put up with me for over a year and a half now.

Sarah, I love your scarf! I learned to crochet, but I'm not very good yet, I've wanted a scarf like that for awhile now and I'm too cheap to buy one.

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Denise P. - Apr 1, 2004 9:27 am (#786 of 2912)

After finally figuring out how to work my cell phone to download new ring tones, I have had fun playing with it today. Hedwig's Theme is now my default ring tone...call me! heh heh I also have it set so when my husband calls me (from either his cell or work phone), it plays a special ring and it even flashes little hearts on my screen. Aren't grown up toys fun to play with some times??

I still have not found a decent looking color graphic that is downloadable to my phone. I would love to find a Hogwarts or Slytherin crest to use as my cell phone desktop. I did find a black and white HP logo but it is not that great.

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Gina R Snape - Apr 1, 2004 9:50 am (#787 of 2912)

Greetings all. My name is Elphaba Thropp and I am a witch of the Munchkinlanders region, daughter of the Eminent Thropp.

I recently discovered your site and am thrilled to discover representation of the second world.

I have known Headmaster Dumbledore for many years, as he is the second world representative at the court of Oz. He and Minerva McGonaggal have visited Oz many times to lobby for Animal rights, having rescued the centaurs, faeries and goblins from near extinction. And they were both instrumental in introducing me to my husband Severus Snape. We have 3 lovely children together, but alas only one of them is green like me. They are attending Munchkinlander primary school and will attend Hogwarts in the next two years.

I have cast a spell over your Minister Fudge. Do not be alarmed when my bees and flying monkeys remove him from office soon. I'm not supposed to tell you that, but I feel safe with you people, having observed your interactions and behaviors for some time.

So, greetings to you all!

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icthestrals - Apr 1, 2004 10:32 am (#788 of 2912)

Elphaba, you had me going there for a minute. I could say something bad about Snape having two wives, but I shall refrain.

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Gina R Snape - Apr 1, 2004 10:44 am (#789 of 2912)

As I explained on the Introductions thread, polygamy is not outlawed in Oz. Is this not so in wizarding United Kingdom?

I feel most warmly welcomed here, btw.

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icthestrals - Apr 1, 2004 11:12 am (#790 of 2912)

I wasn't going to say anything about polygamy. I was wondering how Snape could snag one wife let alone two! **Ducks and runs for cover**

Welcome to the forum, by the way.

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septentrion - Apr 1, 2004 11:21 am (#791 of 2912)

LOL, Gina !

Essidji, congratulations, keep on ! BTW, you're very polite : "punaise" ! I'm used to use a ruder word I won't write here !

Veronika : in France we're used to say that everything's good in pigs ! (although I don't eat pork)

Sarah, you're courageous to make a scarf by yourself. When I was younger I tried to knit but I never went much than 15 centimeters and I never tried again.

AAAH the spring is coming

And now, by popular request, the answer to the riddle in that order : number of the house, coloour of the house, nationality, cigarettes brand, drink and pet :

   1 yellow Norwegian Dunhill water cat



   2 blue Dane Marlboro tea horse



   3 red Englishman Pall Mall milk bird



   4 green German Rothmann coffee fish



   5 white Swede Winfield beer dog



just highlight the paragraph and you see the answer

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boop - Mar 11, 2004 6:51 pm (#792 of 2912)

Elphaba, LOL thank you for the laugh. Welcome to the forum! Wow a witch cool. So you know Dumbledore, could please tell him hello for me. Snape has two wives, he must be pretty busy then! Smile Have a great time here, and if you get the chance stop by the chat room some evening, I am really interested in talking to you.

Gina I like it, great April Fool’s joke!!!! still come over to chat room and say HI.

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fidelio - Apr 1, 2004 1:08 pm (#793 of 2912)

Virgogoddess, I grew up in Rolla--my mother's family are from Miller County, around Tuscumbbia and Eldon. My father was from Mississippi, and so I straddle the line between Ozark hillbilly and Southerner.

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Doris Crockford - Apr 1, 2004 1:24 pm (#794 of 2912)

Happy April Fool's Day, everyone!

I got my braces off this morning! I'm so happy. I got a bag of treats I wasn't allowed to have with my braces on from my orthodontist, and I've spent all day chewing gum and having nuts and toffee (and none of my teachers noticed). I'm planning to have some popcorn with Survivor.

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Ticker - Apr 1, 2004 2:18 pm (#795 of 2912)

I like it Gina!

*strokes her puppy & wonders.. are you a good witch or a bad witch?*

Ah, there's no place like this home.

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Emily - Apr 1, 2004 2:25 pm (#796 of 2912)

Salutations, mortal fools.

I am Lord Voldemort, and I shall soon be your ruler! I am here to offer you the chance of a lifetime - that is to say, if you refuse, your life will end shortly. You shall all join me as Death Eaters in my mighty army that will come to dominate the worlds, both magical and muggle. I shall take this opportunity to remind you of the fate of all those who deny me-- *raises wand* Crucio!

Excellent, now that you are all under my control, I command you to rebel against your inferior muggle governments, and hand the power to me. I give you my word that all those who do my will shall never have to worry about anything ever again. Lord Voldemort always keeps his word.

You are released, make quite sure on pain worse than death, that you do not mess up!

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timrew - Apr 1, 2004 2:27 pm (#797 of 2912)

Naaaaah! I think I'll pass!

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Denise P. - Apr 1, 2004 2:27 pm (#798 of 2912)

Oh look, it is the Evil Overlord...see how I am shaking here?

When do we get the cool tattoo and I can get it in red? Black is so not my color...

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Marye Lupin - Apr 1, 2004 2:35 pm (#799 of 2912)

Oooh.. can I get it in purple?

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scully jones - Apr 1, 2004 2:36 pm (#800 of 2912)

Hi voldie! nice to see ya! I think I'll pass as well...

Ah poor Snape... I think the two wives serve very useful purposes... One is so ugly, that next to him, he's absolutely gorgeous... I guess it helps with his self-esteem... And then, of course there's Gina... There to remind him that love and beauty are real.

Happy April Fool's Day everyone! Wish I had a good prank!
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Emily - Apr 1, 2004 2:50 pm (#801 of 2912)

Your resistance is amusing, though I need hardly say useless. You shall succumb to my will, and you can do it the easy way or the hard, immensely painful way. Is it not universal knowledge that those who deny me are... disposed of. Look at those pathetic Potters. Certainly there son survived, though it was a mere fluke, and does anyone truly think that should I have really desired to kill him he would have lived? Of course not. Now, there must be no further disruptions to my plan, do not force me to use a mass Imperius Curse. Such a pointless waste of time, you understand. Your bravery is admirable, but quite pointless. I can offer you so much more than you would get attempting to refuse me. Do not try.

Your Master,

Big V

PS: No, you may not have your tattoos in alternate colors! *Grumbles: These muggles are stupid-er than I thought. Fools!*

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Denise P. - Apr 1, 2004 2:53 pm (#802 of 2912)

No alternate colors? What kind of rinky dink outfit you running here? Next I suppose you are going to say we can't sing your theme song "If you're happy and you know it", right?

No thanks then, I think I will go find ANOTHER evil Lord to hang with...one that respects the fact that not everyone looks good in black

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Gina R Snape - Apr 1, 2004 3:00 pm (#803 of 2912)

But Ms. Denise P, everyone does look better in black.

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timrew - Apr 1, 2004 3:28 pm (#804 of 2912)

They look good - but not when they're told that!

I Am Lord Voldemort, you are getting to be a large pain in the bum. Bog off!!!!

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Blast - Apr 1, 2004 3:32 pm (#805 of 2912)

Hey Snake Face, check out the fan fiction thread, there are a few messages waiting for you.

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Emily - Apr 1, 2004 3:51 pm (#806 of 2912)

What I am running is a highly organized mission that will succeed in taking over the world.

Timrew - I think not.

Blast - Who are you calling Snake Face, Sheep Brain?

Elphaba - Thank you for your support of my mission, and I shall take this opportunity to have you remind your husband that Lord Voldemort knows everything, and he'd better shape up.

Denise P. - No need, I have eliminated the competition.

I am begging to be angered by this denial of my authority over you pathetic obsessed muggles! I will be forced to make an example of one of you soon, and may I reassure you, you do not want that.

Have an evil day!

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Madame Librarian - Apr 1, 2004 4:07 pm (#807 of 2912)

Hey, everyone, play nice, even if you're all on the evil side. Even Dark Lords have some rules, no?

Hey, Elphie, I'm just about done reading the story of your life. Verrry interesting. I was wondering if someone from Oz was going to show up. Welcome to the Potterverse's best forum.

I just wonder if all these new people are really just old friends who got tired of their regular personalities. Hmmmm.

Happy April Fool's Day!

Ciao. Barb

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Blast - Apr 1, 2004 4:11 pm (#808 of 2912)

Baa Ram Ewe Voldie. ;P

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Gina R Snape - Apr 1, 2004 4:25 pm (#809 of 2912)

I espouse the colour black, not the elimination of non-magical beings and the enforced taking of tattoos in limited colour options.

Madame Librarian, if you are enjoying that book of my alleged life, might I take the time to direct you to a small yahoo group on the subject?

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Ticker - Apr 1, 2004 4:32 pm (#810 of 2912)

Thank you for answering my question Elphaba. (Thinks happy technicolor thoughts while clicking her ruby slippers...)

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virgoddess1313 - Apr 1, 2004 8:42 pm (#811 of 2912)

That's so cool you're from Rolla, fidelio... my dad went to UMR and one of my best friends is there now. I'm about 2 hours away from there.

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Leviosa - Apr 2, 2004 2:46 am (#812 of 2912)

YAY!!! I've got two weeks of Easter vacation now!!!! And I really need it.

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boop - Apr 2, 2004 3:37 am (#813 of 2912)

Susi, Enjoy your holiday break, that is really nice that you get two weeks. I have missed talking to you. I hope this means you will stop in the chat room some evening so we can talk.

Everyone today is Friday!!!!!!! Have a great weekend everyone.

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Leviosa - Apr 2, 2004 3:41 am (#814 of 2912)

Sure. Now the time difference is 7 hours. When will you be in the chat?

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boop - Apr 2, 2004 3:47 am (#815 of 2912)

Susi, I work 6am to 2:20pm Sat. and Sun. so maybe over the weekend we can talk, or I have off MOn and Tue. so we could talk anytime then. Susi if you are read this Im going into the chat room for a couple of minutes can you join me?

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GoT - UaB - Apr 2, 2004 5:49 am (#816 of 2912)

Confession time, I am a forum regular! For those of you familiar with my avatar, you would realize it is the Grumpy Old Troll, who lives Under A Bridge. I will now fade back into oblivion. I am Lord Voldemort, you were very gracious in telling me to behave myself in the face of me being really nasty in return. See you all next year!

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Madame Librarian - Apr 2, 2004 5:53 am (#817 of 2912)

Ahem...I had a feeling. Funny stuff.

Ciao. Barb

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Flame Alligator - Apr 2, 2004 6:06 am (#818 of 2912)

Excellent Voldy!! You had me going. Almost joined you but I love Harry too much. Absolutely loyal to Harry.

Blast, lol Your responses to Voldy were a riot.

Just a quick hello to everyone.

Fawkes, Belated, Top of the mornin to ya!

Leviosa, Enjoy your spring break!!

Y'all have a good day ya hear!!!

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Marè - Apr 2, 2004 6:09 am (#819 of 2912)

I think most people got the aprils fools joke GoT UaB. I thought your name had something to do with the "got you a Bee for your bonnet" comment some-one made. It's a cute avatar though. I have mu suspicions over who you are, I will keep them to myself. but there aren't many people who could and would go through all the lettercolouring you did!

And "I am Lord voldemort" it's a good thing you weren't here last year, you would have gotten a heart attack from the netspeak that was used on Aprild fools.

PS Trevor is HOTTTTT!!!!!

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Gina R Snape - Apr 2, 2004 6:49 am (#820 of 2912)

Only Marè would think Trevor is hot! You truly MUST be from the sea...

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prof sprout - Apr 2, 2004 7:07 am (#821 of 2912)

Gina, we were worried about you over in St. Mungos, You should pop in to let everyone know you are okay. They are all on the look out for the green witch that claims to be Snapes wife.

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Gina R Snape - Apr 2, 2004 8:07 am (#822 of 2912)

Well, prof sprout. As everyone knows, Elphaba melts in the end. No need to worry about me...

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Fawkes Forever - Apr 2, 2004 8:11 am (#823 of 2912)

Guys, excellent April Fools posts... Gina... what can I say... too funny.... & yes, please call over to St Mungos... everyone was a little bit worried

GoT - UaB .... hmmm, I too have my suspicion's ... but I won't post in case I am wrong... hee hee

Mornin' Flame... hope everyone is well today. Me, well I'm in a great mood... its friday & it's nearly home time

I was at a charity pub quiz last night, organised by my work, & guess what, my team came 2nd! Completely shocked I was!

Oh & thanks to all on this chat thread, thanks to you guys I was able to answer the question of what team won the Superbowl this year! Everyone else was well impressed

The prize was 50 euro to spend in a book store ('Hodgis Figgis'... one of Dublins biggest & best... not unlike Flourish & Blotts) No better prize for this little bookworm... Then they had a raffle & I won a DVD player! I really couldn't believe my luck.... Did one of you kind souls send a luck charm my way? Perhaps I should play the lotto this week!

Ohh I'm all excited & happy & want to send you all nice happy vibes & loads of luck!

P.S. Crookshanks is HOOOOTTTT
P.P.S. Yes that was a joke

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Ticker - Apr 2, 2004 8:23 am (#824 of 2912)
Edited by Apr 2, 2004 8:23 am

Fawkes, I thought the Irish were full o' luck.

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NYCNomad - Apr 2, 2004 8:30 am (#825 of 2912)

Sorry to change subjects, but I gotta say I'm going crazy at work. My network is down so work is piling up, but I can't do a thing about it. I have about 2 full hours of work waiting to be done, but I have been web surfing all morning, (3 hours now). I feel slightly crazed by all this. OK, thanks for letting me vent, and we now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

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Fawkes Forever - Apr 2, 2004 8:31 am (#826 of 2912)

Hee hee Ticker, normally I'm the polar opposite of luck... but perhaps we 'Oirish are lucky after all.

Still in a good mood... *hums the theme to the lucky charms ad*

Actually WOW Ticker, was over on the 'Intro' Thread, I can't believe Aria is 4 & a half months already... I remember when you where pregnant with her.... Doesn't time fly She is a cutie by the way!

Have a good weekend everyone Oh & I may be an auntie again by next week... so fingers crossed for my big sis, shes due any day now

EDIT : NYC Nomad... I know the feeling.... vent away & I hope you're not going to be too busy!

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Ticker - Apr 2, 2004 8:35 am (#827 of 2912)

NYC Nomad - I have heartburn on your behalf. On the bright side it is Friday... Maybe you should hang with Fawkes for a while.

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Fawkes Forever - Apr 2, 2004 8:41 am (#828 of 2912)

Sends more luck everyone’s way......
Have a good weekend

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NYCNomad - Apr 2, 2004 8:52 am (#829 of 2912)

Yeah, it's Friday, thank goodness. Ya know, I'm loving this board, it's giving me a chance to voice some theories and get some feedback. But I think I just reached a paradox in the Sirius' Motorcycle thread. If anyone can help me make sense of what went wrong, I think I might have found a BIG loop hole.



IT'S WORKING!!! Now to hurry and catch up!!

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fidelio - Apr 2, 2004 10:13 am (#830 of 2912)

Virgogoddess, I have cousins in Branson and Springfield What did your father major in at UMR? Mine taught chemistry there.

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virgoddess1313 - Apr 2, 2004 10:50 am (#831 of 2912)

He's an electrician, but I'm not exactly sure what he majored in. I live right smack in the middle between Springfield and Branson, and I work and go to school in Springfeild. Small world .

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Sinister Kittens - Apr 2, 2004 10:55 am (#832 of 2912)

NYC Nomad - commiserations! I have lost all access to the internet at work and have not been able to use email properly for over a week. Please feel free to Vent, just so that I can nod and agree at various intervals. I'm sorry that it put you so far behind - but hey it's the weekend.

And I just wanted to officially announce to everyone. Mark and I have finally bought our shop! It was ours on Thursday so I am extremely busy and tired at the moment and do not have a lot of time to post/read :-(

But it's all ours, VAT forms, snooty customers and all! YEA!

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scully jones - Apr 2, 2004 12:22 pm (#833 of 2912)

Jimmie's going off to play tennis with a friend, so I'm here all alone, knitting and catching up on the forum... Got a couple more rows done! Yay! I'm so BORING!!!

P.s.s. Mundungus is HOT!!!

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Detail Seeker - Apr 2, 2004 12:32 pm (#834 of 2912)

All the necessary and unnecessary luck for your future as shop owner, SK !

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VeronikaG - Apr 2, 2004 12:36 pm (#835 of 2912)

Oooooooh, home all week for Easter! I don't have to get up early for the next ten days. Wonderful!

The last couple of days I have wondered if I would like to be a famous writer like Joanne K Rowling. I'd like to be a writer, I have always had a certain talent for story telling, but I don't know if I'd like to have THAT many fans. More or less by chance I came across a web site belonging to a young writer. He had written one book so far, and had made a small forum for that book. The forum had 33 members, and only 6 or 7 of them had been active. The writer had started several of the threads himself, to get feedback. I almost felt sorry for him, because it was so easy to read between the lines that he really wanted to be a writer, and now the forum had been inactive since October last year. I read a couple of samples and short stories, and it was quite good. He was quite personal with the fans as well. The forum had so few members he could. A couple of the active members hadn't even read his book.

For some reason I started thinking about this forum, that has some 800 members, judging by the numbers of posts in the "Tell about yourself" thread, and how we analyze every little detail JKR writes, because we can't ask her personally. And I guess that's what keeps this forum alive between books.

Then I started wondering what it would be like to be a writer, which I sort of would like to be, and how it would feel to wait and see whether your book turns into a worldwide success Harry Potter style, or if it ends up as a cult phenomenon. (I know some people think HP is a cult thing, but in that case it's the world’s biggest.) Not getting as many readers as you hoped for must be frustrating, especially if you really wanted people to read your story. Not so much that you wanted to be rich and famous, but just that you really wanted to tell it. On the other hand, suddenly getting thousands of fans, growing to millions of fans, that must be right out terrifying. I don't know if I could have handled it. Life never gets normal again, if it ever was.

OK, a little much rambling even for me. But it's vacation, after a couple of really boring weeks, and I felt a bit "rambly". Besides, I don't know who else would want to listen to my philosophies about the lives of writers. Most of my friends don't even read books.

By the way, and on a totally different subject; Last night's April's Fool in Norway was a news story that you could get a tax reduction for helping other people. You could get a green sheet where you wrote down your helpful actions, such as helping blind people cross the street, helping girls park cars, or helping kids unstick their toungs from cold metal surfaces. For each person you could confirm you had helped, you would get 100 NOK (about 12 US dollars) in tax discount. I wonder how many fell for it.

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Sinister Kittens - Apr 2, 2004 1:05 pm (#836 of 2912)

Thanks Detail Seeker!

Oops - Danke! Sorry, I forgot!

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Padfoot - Apr 2, 2004 1:07 pm (#837 of 2912)

Sinister Kittens, what kind of shop do you now own?

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Sinister Kittens - Apr 2, 2004 1:19 pm (#838 of 2912)

We own a mobile phone shop - specialising in accessories and bits and pieces, like novelty land-line phones etc. We still do contracts and Mark runs it - I get to do all the admin in my .. rolls about laughing (:p) spare time. And I still get to work there FOC on the Saturdays i'm not employed elsewhere as well... ah well it's finally ours!

We want to plough all the money into the business before I quit work!

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Padfoot - Apr 2, 2004 1:24 pm (#839 of 2912)

Congrats then on your new phone store!

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Sinister Kittens - Apr 2, 2004 2:54 pm (#840 of 2912)

Ta! And may your ferrets forever remain frisky - just kidding.. Sincerely Thanks - the support of the people here does mean alot!

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Luanee - Apr 2, 2004 10:14 pm (#841 of 2912)

Sorry to change the topic, but I haven't entered the forum for a long time and there are just too many posts for me to read all. But I managed to catch the bit about boop having a new grandson, congrats! And virgoddess, is that your wedding picture in your avatar? What a gorgeous couple!

BTW I be visiting New Orleans for a week end of April. Any recommendations for anything or any place I should look out for?

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Madam Poppy - Apr 2, 2004 10:15 pm (#842 of 2912)
Edited by Apr 2, 2004 10:17 pm

Sorry to share sad news. My daughter living in Reno had a miscarriage today. They also fortunately found out in time that she was Rh Negative! (Something her doctor here missed!) She is ok and dealing with her grief pretty well. My Mom was with her and helped her get through. The doctors and nurses were very kind and sympathetic. So she'll have to pack up the quilt my Mom had already made and maybe in a year or two, I'll be a Grandma.

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Marie E. - Apr 2, 2004 10:18 pm (#843 of 2912)

Madam Poppy, I am so sorry. I'm glad the doctors caught the Rh negative factor. It could have very harmful for your daughter. She, and you, are in my thoughts tonight.

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Luanee - Apr 2, 2004 10:23 pm (#844 of 2912)

Oh Madam Poppy, so sorry to hear that, hope all of you are coping well. As for the Rh negative thing, I believe the doctors got to give her some injection or medicine to ensure there is no incompatibility in case the next baby is Rh positive. Hope you are not too disheartened by it, do take care!

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Dr Filibuster - Apr 2, 2004 10:43 pm (#845 of 2912)

Poppy, my sympathies to you and your family. It's good to hear that your daughter has her gran nearby for moral and practical support.

Jules, congrats with the shop. Seeing as you're in the know... what are the funkiest Potter features available for phones? There is a discussion on a thread (either "You know you are a Potter/forum fan when" or a movie thread) re theme tunes and a search for a Hogwarts crest.

Veronika, I hope it was an April Fool when you told us about fried sheep head, but I'm sure it wasn't.

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Leprechaun Jack - Apr 2, 2004 11:17 pm (#846 of 2912)

Poppy,

All my sympathies to you and your family, your daughter is lucky to have someone so close.

You're all in my prayers

Jack

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VeronikaG - Apr 3, 2004 3:50 am (#847 of 2912)

I'm afraid fried sheep's heads are a real specialty to western Norway. Poor as they were, they had to eat every part of the animal that had some meat on it. But how much is there on the head? I actually found some, nicely wrapped in plastic, in an ordinary grocery shop when I went shopping for Christmas food with mom a couple of years ago. As a joke I asked her if we were going to have "smalahovud" for Christmas dinner, and she told me to put that disgusting thing where I had found it.

Madame Poppy, I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. I'm sure you'll be a grandmother anyway, in a year or two.

Congratulations on finally owning the shop, SK. BTW, do you really sell much of those little plastic dolls and teddy bears that you are supposed to attach to the phone with a string? How old are the people who buys them.

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septentrion - Apr 3, 2004 4:14 am (#848 of 2912)

Jules, congratulations for your shop. I think you'll sell "visible" phones

Poppy I hope your daughter will get through her pain and soon give birth to a nice grandsomeone.

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boop - Apr 3, 2004 5:51 am (#849 of 2912)

Poppy, I'm so sorry for your families lost. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I hope your daughter's pain of the loss becomes less with each day. That is good to know about the RH factor.

Jules congratulations, on opening your new shop. I will keep my fingers crossed that you shop grows. BTW thanks for that email, it was cute. Have a good weekend Jules.

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Madame Librarian - Apr 3, 2004 6:16 am (#850 of 2912)

Madam Poppy--so sorry about the miscarriage. Hope the physical and emotional healing goes well. Don't pack that quilt too deep in the drawer.

Congrats to the new shop owners! Wow! Doesn't that make you feel truly grown up?

Boop, that pic is wonderful. A sleeping baby is much cuter than a "draco dormiens," but I still wouldn't do any tickling.

I'm having a great weekend--Jordan (my college kid) is home for Passover. Since he didn't come home for spring break (he went to San Fransisco with buddies), I am delighted he's here now. He and I get along pretty nicely in the kitchen, and since I'm having 17 (gasp!) people for the first seder on Monday night, there's a lot of KP these next two days. My husband is also a help, but since I still have to tell him where things are in the kitchen, there's a bit of tension when he offers to lend a hand. Better he should keep slogging away on those taxes.

Ciao. Barb[/color]
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Dr Filibuster - Apr 3, 2004 6:26 am (#851 of 2912)

Barb, You think there will only be 17 people for the first seder....but we've heard how good your chicken soup is. Better make some extra vats, incase any forum folk pop round.

SK...do you sell extendable ears?? (Apologies if you've been asked that a hundred times already)

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Madame Librarian - Apr 3, 2004 6:31 am (#852 of 2912)

Dr. F--the problem is not enough food. It's where everyone will sit. This is the perfect situation for an anxiety-packed "OY!"

Ciao. Barb

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virgoddess1313 - Apr 3, 2004 6:58 am (#853 of 2912)

Madame Poppy, my thoughts are with you and your daughter!

Luannee, the picture is my senior prom picture, from last year. Even if things work out I won't be able to post a wedding picture for nearly 5 years.

Betty, the new picture is adorable!! He looks so peaceful and sweet. but, then again, that probably isn't always the case, and he still havsn't learned to walk yet!

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Penny Lane. - Apr 3, 2004 8:30 am (#854 of 2912)

I need to check this thread more often... I don't fancy reading 100 posts every few days.

Okay, i hate so sound ignorant, but what is Rh negative?

Madam Poppy, I hope you will be able to be a grandmother soon. Miscarriages are really hard for some people... Should be most, but that’s our world.

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Blast - Apr 3, 2004 8:59 am (#855 of 2912)

The whole family had their eyes checked today. The twins do not have any serious problems. But there is some acute hormone action going on, it's funny that my wand is useless against them. I am going to lock myself in my room with five good books this afternoon.

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Denise P. - Apr 3, 2004 9:49 am (#856 of 2912)

Madam Poppy, please extend my well wishes and sympathy to your daughter. Having been in the same situation, I know what she is going through and it is not any fun. {{{{Poppy and family}}}

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Leviosa - Apr 3, 2004 10:40 am (#857 of 2912)

Madam Poppy, my deep sympathy to you and your family. I hope your daughter is soon better.

Boop, cute picture!

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scully jones - Apr 3, 2004 12:23 pm (#858 of 2912)

Hugs to Poppy! Hugs to Poppy! I'm glad she's feeling alright, and she has her gran to help her... I can't imagine what I'd do in that situation... *shudder* My mom had the RH negative thing, as well... They found out after my second brother was born and told her not to have any more babies. Thank goodness she didn't listen to them, or else I wouldn't be here, eh? I was very sickly and had a "failure to thrive" syndrome... They didn't have a real name for it.. Geeze...

Hope all goes well with everyone else...

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Lynn Allen - Apr 3, 2004 1:33 pm (#859 of 2912)

I don't read the forum enough to stay caught up on all the postings either. But my thoughts go out to Madame Poppy on her daughter's loss and congratulations to Sinister Kittens on the new shop, those I just read. Greetings to everyone else, and I know I've neglected a large number of people who posted sorrowful news lately; best wishes to you. Life has a way of going on whatever happens, even if it leaves us behind in the dust sometimes. *dusting self off and coughing* Lynn Allen

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Madam Poppy - Apr 3, 2004 6:43 pm (#860 of 2912)
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Thanks so much one and all. You were the first to hear my good news and I had to share the sad news too. My daughter is doing ok. I wish she had the friends and support that I have through my friends on The Forum and my friends at work. Many many thanks for all your support!!

I worked 40 hours last week and am scheduled for another 40 this week! My poor ol' 49 and 3/4 year old feet are protesting! Remember my 50th Birthday Party will be held April 14th in the St. Mungo's Lunch Room.

Love, Poppy

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Julia. - Apr 3, 2004 8:24 pm (#861 of 2912)

I too am sorry to hear about your daughter Madam Poppy. If there's anything I can do, don't hesitate to ask.

OK guys, sorry for an abrupt change of subject, but as your resident University of Connecticut student, I must do this. GO HUSKIES!!!!!!!

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Thom Matheson - Apr 3, 2004 9:11 pm (#862 of 2912)

JK, Way to go Huskies. On to Monday and GT.

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Acceber - Apr 4, 2004 9:33 am (#863 of 2912)

Sorry to hear about your daughter Poppy. I hope she's coping with it well.

As Julia said, but in bigger font and colorful type, GO HUSKIES!!!!

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Blast - Apr 4, 2004 11:27 am (#864 of 2912)

Kirstin(Poppy), I can relate to your daughter and son in laws feeling right now. It is still a vivid memory for my wife and I. Our doctor at the time was very comforting, as he put it sometimes the body corrects something that is not right, and in our cases this was so. We also lost twins through negligence. When you get your hopes up it is very upsetting when something goes wrong, but on the bright side we have four very distinct and special people from our union. I am sure your daughter and son in law will be parents, and with a Grandmother such as your self, I am sure they will be up to meet all the challenges that life may throw at them.

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Pinky - Apr 4, 2004 1:23 pm (#865 of 2912)

Hugs to you and your precious daughter, Poppy. And may the hugs be spread out over the days and months to come!

I can't believe I missed April Fool's Day here! Last year was an absolute blast. I have been crazily busy and unable to check in everyday like I usually do for the last 2 weeks, and will probably fall farther behind in the next week. I'm really bummed now. The one place I would want to spend April Fool's day on, and I missed it. *sigh*

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SarcasticGinny - Apr 4, 2004 1:33 pm (#866 of 2912)

Poppy, my sincerest condolences go out to you, your daughter, and the rest of your family. I hope everyone's pain at this occurence will reside and give way to future joy.

Julia, did U Conn win? I didn't see the end of the game but being a UIUC student, I would have been equally overjoyed to see Duke fall!

You guys, I'm still sick..the University Health Center didn't find anything, or prescribe anything yet here I am with my throat still swollen and still hurting. Anyone know how to get your voice back when it's gone other than not talking? I'm a teacher, I need it! :-(

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Sinister Kittens - Apr 4, 2004 3:13 pm (#867 of 2912)

Firstly Mdm Poppy. I send hugs, and if I was articulate enough, words of comfort.

Secondly a BIG Thank You for all of your encouragement, my mother took some some pictures of the shop party - I look terrible in ALL of them but hopefully I will be able to post at least one....

And Sue, in answer to your question .... hangs head in shame .... I have never really searched for a good Hogwarts Crest - I always thought it was copy-righted by Warner Bros. You can find many variations on Hedwigs Theme however. I'm sure you have all already looked, some are good, some are er not so good! I can get you HP facsias though?! (Okay, as long as you all own Nokia 3310/3330's!)

And SarcasticGinny - I hope you feel better soon!

Boop - glad you got it! Wow a long post from me - this must be a first!

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DJ Evans - Apr 4, 2004 7:38 pm (#868 of 2912)

Big thanks to Mike, Prof Sprout and of course timrew himself(!) for letting me know who Tim was. Haven't been on the forum long enough yet to quite know who everyone is. I don't think I'm in the league of Tim on the puns, but once in a blue moon I've been known to come up with one or two!! Thanks Tim for the ones I've seen so far--I love to laugh at things in life, as it shouldn't be taken so seriously "all" of the time.

Mike Miller--welcome to the Forum!!! Glad to have you aboard, you'll have a hard time in finding another forum that has nicer/friendiler people on it. All of these guys/girls are just great and they are very patient with us new members. I, myself, have only been on here just under a week.

Madam Poppy, so so sorry to hear of your loss. May you and your's find the comfort you need, and seek, in your faith. Bless you and remember you will be in all of our thoughts.

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Mrs. Sirius - Apr 4, 2004 10:31 pm (#869 of 2912)

Poppy, so sorry for your daughter's loss. I too have had this happen, if there is a good side to this is that she can always try again and she doesn't even have to wait very long to try. In our case, in a very short period of time we learned we would have triplets.

SK: My favorite throat cure is a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and some crushed garlic mixed into about a teaspoon of honey, or as much as you need to make it palatable.

I am not a big sports fan but, like Julia I must say UCONN HUSKIESS UCONNNNN!!!!

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Fawkes Forever - Apr 5, 2004 1:18 am (#870 of 2912)

Poppy, so sorry to hear about your daughters loss. My thoughts are with you & your family (big hugs)

Jules... well done on the shop. So when are you going to open your Diagon Alley franchise? However, I don't think mobiles will work in the Wizarding World.... but you might find a market to sell them as novelty items.. I can see the sign in the window already "Like what those Muggles use", I dare say Arthur would frequent the premises

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boop - Apr 5, 2004 2:07 am (#871 of 2912)

Meriwether(Rebecca), On turning 15 today!!!!!!

Blast, Just wanted to say we miss you in the chat room, if you get a chance stop by and visit.

Fawkes, Good Morning hope you had a nice weekend. I liked that sign idea, and your right Arthur would go there alot.

Jules how was the party did you all have fun? Can't wait to see a picture of you. I hope you had a nice weekend to, and don't work to hard that you can't play on the forum.

Happy Monday to Everyone, hope everyone has a great week!!!!!!!!

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Ticker - Apr 5, 2004 8:26 am (#872 of 2912)

Oh Poppy. I am so sorry. That's a real heartbreak. Blessings of peace & comfort to you & your family.

(Penny, Rh- is a marker on the blood cells that can cause trouble when the mother is (-) & the baby is (+). The mother's body forms antibodies (an immune response, like when you get a cold) which cross over into the fetal circulation & destroy the (+) blood cells & causes a miscarriage. A shot is given to prevent the antibodies from being formed in the first place. It becomes a very tricky matter in future pregnancies with a Rh(+) fetus, but is possible. Close monitoring of mother & baby is strongly recommended. Hope that explanation helps.)

Barb, best wishes for your seder tonight! Now what time are we supposed to show up?

Sarah, your scarf is coming along very nicely. I'm so impressed!

Happy Birthday Meriwether! Have a great day & year!

Boop, your grandson is soooooooooo cute! I want to just touch those soft little cheeks of his. I bet he's impossible to set down.

Jules, congrats on your shop! It sounds like a lot of good fun & hard work.

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mike miller - Apr 5, 2004 9:55 am (#873 of 2912)

DJ Evans - Thanks for the welcome! I'm having more fun than Ron at the post quidditch match celebration!

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VeronikaG - Apr 5, 2004 10:15 am (#874 of 2912)

Now I'm a bit confused (as if that was unusual). Is Tim famous? I mean, since DJ Evans was surprised to find out who it was he was talking to. Sounded like he had heard about him before.

Happy Birthday, Meriwether.

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prof sprout - Apr 5, 2004 10:58 am (#875 of 2912)

Tim is famous on the board because of his quick wit, and humorous puns. I don't know if he is famous in the UK though. Tim is a regular poster so I don't know.

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Padfoot - Apr 5, 2004 11:25 am (#876 of 2912)

Poppy, I am sorry to hear about your daughter's loss. Such a heartbreak to go through. Give her a hug from all of us on the forum.

Welcome all new forum members. I am new myself and have discovered how addictive this forum is. There should be a warning stating: "Beware, you will get no work done"!

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Doris Crockford - Apr 5, 2004 12:03 pm (#877 of 2912)

Madam Poppy, I'm really sorry for your daughter's loss. Just wait awhile, and I know you'll be a grandmother soon. We'll all keep our fingers crossed for you.

Just want to complain about my retainer for a minute. Why does it taste so bad? I just put it, and I started gagging. And I cleaned it this morning. Urgh.

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Karla Labanda - Apr 5, 2004 12:08 pm (#878 of 2912)

Madame Poppy:

I am sorry a lot for your daughter. I hope she is better now. An huge hug (I don´t know if it is right) for she and you.

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Acceber - Apr 5, 2004 12:58 pm (#879 of 2912)

Happy Birthday Meriwether!

Well, off to first Pesach seder, hope I don't die of extreme boredom and craving of food just inches from my mouth.

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Hem Hem - Apr 5, 2004 1:14 pm (#880 of 2912)

Chag Sameach, Rebecca! Get involved in the dialogue and you'll have a great time!

Unless Tim is hiding something from us all (or at least from me), I don't think he's widely renowned...on ezboard, he had his occupation posted as a "poet and musician of little note". However, I'm sure he's getting a kick out of hearing that people think he's famous!

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Dr Filibuster - Apr 5, 2004 2:13 pm (#881 of 2912)

Tim, or Tymme as I now call him (see recommended viewing thread) WILL be famous...once his pantomime is performed throughout the land.

Until then, he wlll just have to make do with being famous on here!

Ticker to Barb, "what time are you expecting us?" Don't worry Barb, we will bring our own chairs, just get that soup on. Do you have a bottomless cauldron?

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McSnurp - Apr 5, 2004 3:04 pm (#882 of 2912)

Thanks you guys soo much!!! I must get a pic to post... hmm

Love you all lots especially Poppy, really sorry for you hun, your daughter and your family are in my prayers!

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timrew - Apr 5, 2004 3:57 pm (#883 of 2912)

Poppy.....so sorry about your daughter's baby! I'll remember her in my prayers.

To the rest of you......I will never be famous.....because I don't want to be! But thank you, anyway!!!

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Ladybug220 - Apr 5, 2004 4:27 pm (#884 of 2912)
Edited by Apr 5, 2004 5:32 pm

Ack!! I leave for 5 days and come back to over 200 posts!! I just had a wonderful visit with my parents, grandparents, brother and his family (including the beautiful niece above, who I met for the first time) in Las Vegas. Now, I can't wait for my trip to Italy in May to spend 2 and a half weeks with my beautiful nieces - I will really get to spoil them then.

And I must do this....

GO VOLS!!!!

Thank God they pulled it out in the last 5 seconds of the game...

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scully jones - Apr 5, 2004 6:57 pm (#885 of 2912)

You're just so lucky to be able to visit people all of time... Ladybug, I'm jealous!

I've gotten a few more stripes done... Mrs. Chiao is knitting on it right now (don't tell her, but I think she does it too loosely... two of her rows are worth four of mine... But hey, it's nice that she's helping).

I still haven't found anyone to take care of my Scully cat. I haven't bothered calling my mom back, because I don't want to hear any bad news.... I'm very worried. I still have a few more people to ask, and I don't intend on calling my mom back until I have a definite answer. I'm afraid she may have already been put to sleep. She's practically my familiar... (except that I'm not a witch)...

Last night, we had to get an apartment done quick because we didn't get it done all weekend. I had to go at midnight to the apartment to clean it... and we worked until 3 a.m.. It was so messy, we had to go back at 7:30 a.m. and we finally finished right before we had to show up for work at 9:30 a.m.

Jimmie was very sore from playing tennis the other day, so we didn't work all day today. I'm worried our boss may be disappointed in our work. We better pick up the pace soon.

Sorry for rambling, I just haven't been on much and wanted to let you guys know how I was doing.

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DJ Evans - Apr 5, 2004 7:56 pm (#886 of 2912)

Sorry about all of the confusion earlier!! In a post on another thread I had been compared to Tim when I had used pun. Being new, I didn't remember seeing a Tim as one of the posters that I had read. I thought maybe he was someone I should have known who he was already. So I asked and got a couple of replies back telling me that Tim and Timrew were the one and the same. As I didn't want to reply back in a thread that didn't deal with that, I figured I would put my "thanks" to those who had let me know who he was in this one for a quick thanks. Sorry about the mixup here, and Tim/Timrew--hope I didn't cause you any "heartaches" there!!! Sincere apologies, Deb (aka DJ Evans--Debbie Jo)

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Julia. - Apr 5, 2004 8:26 pm (#887 of 2912)

Ladybug, I love you, but GO HUSKIES!!!!!!!!!!!

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Essidji - Apr 5, 2004 11:03 pm (#888 of 2912)

Well, it's really incredible how many posts have been edited. You (we) are such a chatty bunch.

Madam Poppy, I feel so sorry for you and your daughter. These things always happen when you least expect them and it's so painful.

Our daughters are on holidays by their grandma these days, and we could go to the cinema yesterday evening. We've gone to see Hidalgo. That was really nice. The film is full of action and the main message of it, is that courage worths better than pure blood.... does that remind you something?

Now Julia, let me tell you this : GO GRYFFINDORS!!!!!!!!!

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Madame Librarian - Apr 6, 2004 3:14 am (#889 of 2912)

Wow, I miss one day of posting (Passover seder prep and unprep) and all this newsy chat takes place.

This really should be on the "You Know You're a HP Lexicon Fan when..." thread, but here I am. All through the seder as we talked about leadership and fighting evil and making choices, I couldn't help but think of many things discussed on this Forum. There are some absolutely universal messages that we need to hear over and over.

Ciao. Barb

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Ladybug220 - Apr 6, 2004 7:33 am (#890 of 2912)
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Sarah,

You are right - I am lucky to be able to travel to see my family. I just wish that I could see them more often but they are a bit far away for that. Thankfully my brother and his family are moving back to the states in September. The only downside to that is he will most likely to be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan as soon as he gets back.

Julia - this is just for you!

GO VOLS!!!!

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Gina R Snape - Apr 6, 2004 8:00 am (#891 of 2912)

Ok, I've no idea who the Vols are or why they should go...

But I did want to mention for those of us using the HP day-at-a-glance desk calendar that today is finally the Professor Snape picture. I think it will stay 6 April on my desk for a few days...

Has anyone else not been able to get past that one hour time change? I am so exhausted this week it's not even funny.

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Ladybug220 - Apr 6, 2004 8:14 am (#892 of 2912)

Gina,

I am referring to the Tennessee Lady Vols - they face UConn women for the championship match in basketball.

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prof sprout - Apr 6, 2004 8:15 am (#893 of 2912)

It’s been hard on me too. Sad I have been soo tired these last couple of days.

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Essidji - Apr 6, 2004 8:15 am (#894 of 2912)

When did you change the time? Here it was two weeks ago. I thought it was changed the same day everywhere, but when I read your post I thought maybe not...

LOL, I thought VOLS were a fictitious Quidditch team of Death Eaters! I simply have no idea of the championships currently taking place in USA.

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prof sprout - Apr 6, 2004 8:17 am (#895 of 2912)

Ours was changed on Sat/Sunday. Where are you from Essidji? When I went to Spain in High School the time change was about a week or two before ours. Ours is always the first weekend in April, and the last weekend in October.

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Essidji - Apr 6, 2004 8:19 am (#896 of 2912)

I'm French, and I suppose the time here has changed the same weekend as in Spain. In autumn we usually change time around the 20th of October.

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Julia. - Apr 6, 2004 8:22 am (#897 of 2912)

Ok, Essidji, I agree completely to the GO GRYFFINDOR!!!!!!!!! However, being the resident UCONN student on this forum, it is my duty to show school pride, and say, Ladybug, your Vols are goin' doooooooown.

GO HUSKIES!!!!!!!!!!

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Gina R Snape - Apr 6, 2004 8:43 am (#898 of 2912)

Yes, western Europe changes their time approximately 2 weeks before the United States.

For that matter, Mother's Day is held in the UK two MONTHS before it is in the States.

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Denise P. - Apr 6, 2004 8:44 am (#899 of 2912)

Even though I don't follow basketball at all, I have to root for the home team...

GO VOLS!!


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Ladybug220 - Apr 6, 2004 10:34 am (#900 of 2912)
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Thank you Denise! I knew I couldn't be the only Vols person here. And I normally do not follow basketball either, but when I was in Las Vegas, I caught the bug from my sister-in-law's mother who is a huge basketball fan.
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Acceber - Apr 6, 2004 11:58 am (#901 of 2912)

Yes Ladybug, but Julia isn't the only UConn person here either. Being a native Bostonian, I feel the need to express my opinion on the matter.

GO HUSKIES!!!!!!!!

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scully jones - Apr 6, 2004 1:19 pm (#902 of 2912)

Hi again everybody... I don't really have a team allegiance... so... I guess just GO GRYFFINDOR!

Jimmie's mom added a few stripes to my scarf while we were at work today. It's really loose, but I'll live.

She also cleaned up the apartment, too... It's hard to find important papers now because she put them all in one box... Grrr... But hey, what's a mother-in-law for if not to annoy me and make me happy at the same time?

She's a sweetie, you guys would love her to bits.

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Padfoot - Apr 6, 2004 1:25 pm (#903 of 2912)

Your scarf looks great! Wish I was that talented. Surprised)

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Ticker - Apr 6, 2004 2:09 pm (#904 of 2912)

Timrew - too late! You're already famous. Please, please, please send me your autograph as soon as possible (and a fish for dinner as you clearly must also be a famous fisherman ).

Ummmm, go Hidalgo (or go to Hidalgo). Yes! Another movie featuring So. Dakota!

Sarah - I know the feeling with the mother-in-law, except it's my own mother, not my husband's. Ah, but I better not hear hubby agree with me...

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Padfoot - Apr 6, 2004 2:26 pm (#905 of 2912)

Hmmm... who else do we know who send outs autographed pictures of himself? Lockheart perhaps? :0)

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timrew - Apr 6, 2004 2:32 pm (#906 of 2912)

LOL Ticker, have you seen the size of the fish in my pic?!

I have to admit, that's the only time I've ever been fishing, and that's the only fish I have ever caught. It was a couple of years ago, and I haven't been fishing since!

Edit: And padfoot, I don't send out autographed pictures! Much.......

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Sinister Kittens - Apr 6, 2004 2:50 pm (#907 of 2912)

Wow - I have super sized pics of everyone and their families (okay and a scarf - but that's getting bigger by the day anyway ;-))

LOL Fawkes - I would have to invest in more plugs to take Arthurs fancy - and here I am again boop, late, as usual, but here eventually!

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Pinky - Apr 6, 2004 5:50 pm (#908 of 2912)

Hey acceber, I didn't realize you were that close. I knew you were from Mass, but not Boston area. I live in the North Shore.

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Denise P. - Apr 6, 2004 7:27 pm (#909 of 2912)

You know, my son goes to UT (University of Tennessee) and I KNOW the color (how can you ignore it..that stinking orange is all over the place) so someone explain to me why, when I said GO VOLS!!, I used the colors for Vandy?? (Black and Gold) Yikes... biiiig difference between the Vols and Vandy.

Congrats on the UConn win, Julia!

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Julia. - Apr 6, 2004 9:01 pm (#910 of 2912)

The following are the words of Mushka Wovovsky, age two.

U-C-O-N-N UCONN UCONN UCONN!!!!

Thanks for the congrats Denise, I'm sorry for you and Ladybuy. Now, this is the first time ever, in the history of the NCAA that the men and women from the same school have been national champions in the same year, and guess what school that is...UCONN!

OK, after that beautiful display of school pride, I will now shrink my head back to it's normal size.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Apr 6, 2004 10:52 pm (#911 of 2912)

Poppy, I'm sorry to hear about your family's loss. My thoughts are prayers are with you guys too.

Merriwether, here's some rather belated birthday Abbyfetti! ',.;,'.;,'.;',.; Sorry it's late.

Goodness, guys, sorry I've been away so much lately. I guess my standard school lack of sleep and loosing an hour this last weekend has gotten to me. I figured I'd check in before bed, and there were quite a few posts to catch up on. I'll try to check in more often--Spring Break next week!! Yay! Oh, how lovely a week off will be.

Oh, and Tim, can I have an autographed photo?

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Blast - Apr 6, 2004 11:28 pm (#912 of 2912)

Glad to hear from you Abby, we were starting to get concerned at St. Mungo's, we thought that maybe you were cured.

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Fawkes Forever - Apr 6, 2004 11:36 pm (#913 of 2912)

Having visions of a wizard style photo of Tim sitting sideways on a broomstick.... grinning inanely & waving .... embossed with gold pen (quill) signature!

Mornin' Folks...... or should I say good night Blast. It must be quite late with you (or very early, take your pick)

It's 8.30am here.... just got into work & thought I'd check in on the forum. I'm not reading or posting as much as I'd like to these days.... too busy at work Oh like the scarf Sarah, its coming along nicely!

Oh well... better get back to it! Might see ya's around.... if work don't get in the way. (Having a bit of a hard time at work these days.... I think a career change may be in order ) So I'm a bit sad at the moment, thank goodness for the forum, 'cus it always cheers me up! Thanks you guys!

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Essidji - Apr 7, 2004 12:26 am (#914 of 2912)

Fawkes, I hope the changes you feel coming at your job will finally be a good surprise. Being busy at work is something I've been dreaming for over one year now...

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Flame Alligator - Apr 7, 2004 1:23 am (#915 of 2912)

Fawkes, Top of the mornin to ya! I am sorry to hear you are miserable at work. A hug for you.

Boop, Just wanted to say publicly that Dustin looks so sweet. mmmmm pink velvet baby boy cheeks.

My yoga classes went very well yesterday. I worked them pretty hard but did more relaxing poses at the end. What is going on? Everybody is so listless. My students dragged themselves in yesterday. It is SPRING everybody! I am just happy it is warm outside. I can get some sun and go outside and play a little while.

Sarah, the scarf looks great. Don't you just love it when people help.

Y'all have a good day!!!

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boop - Apr 7, 2004 1:57 am (#916 of 2912)

Fawkes, sorry to hear about your job. I hope things get better. Here is a hug for you. I just don't understand why you shouldn't be able to be on the forum more, what does this place you’re at think you came to work!!!!!! Fawkes please try and have a good day.

Flame, thank you Dustin is a real cutie. I should have a new picture again this weekend.

Everyone Happy Wednesday.

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Fawkes Forever - Apr 7, 2004 2:59 am (#917 of 2912)

Thanks for the hugs guys.... makes me feel better.

Sorry for complaining, I'm just a bit 'out of sorts' with my work, & colleagues.... some of which make Draco look like a considerate person. I'm even more sad, 'cus I've just have realised that the job I'm in, I don't want to be doing anymore.... trouble is, I don't know what to do now..... I think I work for the Dementors, 'cus the company is gradually sucking my soul away.... so I know I need to get out... but to what, & will I need to go back into training & so on? I know what I don't want to do, so I suppose thats a start

Its just kinda scarey realising these things.... & having to make some life changing decisions, & plucking up the courage to make these changes... but hey, it is Spring.... & what better time to start something new!

Perhaps I should get on with writing some of those books battling to get out of my head like I keep threatening to do Professional Writer, now that I could do!

Thanks again you guys.... it really does mean something to get some support from you. Apologies once again for complaining Oh & Boop, Dustin is a real cutie

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Blast - Apr 7, 2004 3:58 am (#918 of 2912)

I don't know myself what is early and late anymore Fawkes, bin working some weird hours. Take a good long look at what you want to do, I know it's hard but don't give up a job until you have a plan or a replacement. I know a few people who leaped before they looked and ended up in a similar circumstance. Flame how's your puddy tat doing, I hope that she's not in too much discomfort. Boop, don't worry I'll get into the chat room soon.

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Marè - Apr 7, 2004 4:16 am (#919 of 2912)

Hey Fawkes :hug:

I agree partly with Blast. Give it some real good thought about what you want to do next, but don't doubt about leaving when your current job doesn't fit you. Work takes up a many hours of your day, and live just is to short to spend so many hours per day each week for months etc. being miserable.
It's simply not worth it.

Off course you can't just quit instantly (you need money to buy food and such) but make sure you don't " look for a new job tomorrow" and find yourself many months from now still unhappy and unsatisfied in the current one.

So make sure you do something that suits you and makes you happy! (It sounds o so simple if you put it like that, doesn't it..)

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Sinister Kittens - Apr 7, 2004 4:27 am (#920 of 2912)

Fawkes, I hope you find something you really want to do soon. Knowing what you don't like is definitely a start. It's best to think of all the things that you enjoy (and don't enjoy) and write a list. i.e. If you like talking to people but dislike talking on the phone write it down, it may be that you could consider a more active role dealing with members of the public or specific groups. Do you like being in an office, or not? That sort of thing usually helps.

Anyway, good luck whichever way you choose.

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icthestrals - Apr 7, 2004 4:56 am (#921 of 2912)

Wow Fawkes, I know just how you feel. I still haven't settled to a "career" yet even after returning to school at the age of 30 to finish my degree. I work at a job now that has nothing to do with what I went to school for, but I still enjoy my work.

I think I have realized that I will probably be a professional tumbleweed, going wherever my Spirit blows me. So, hang in there and keep an eye open to opportunities.

Sarah, great job on the scarf!

This forum is a great place to come for a lift. Thanks everyone.

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scully jones - Apr 7, 2004 5:18 am (#922 of 2912)

Thanks for the comments on the scarf. It's waaaay too wide, so I'm definitely going to fold it in half and sew it up the side.... The back looks a lot worse than the front, so I think that's a GOOD thing.

I'm not used to this place looking so tidy... Where'd all the stuff on the floor go??? Ah well...

We're off to work again! Miss you all!

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Flame Alligator - Apr 7, 2004 6:49 am (#923 of 2912)

Blast, Finally, you said something to me. I thought you were ignoring me. My kit kat is so brave. Some days she actually runs through the house because she is having a "good" day. She is living every moment till the end. And I abide her wishes and keep my mood up and no tears in her fur from me. Thanks to all who have commented or asked about her.

Fawkes, I am sending good vibes your way to find a job that suits you. A job where you can work and be your witty, funny self. Not only a good work environment for you but your very presence making a wonderful environment for others. Big hug, Fawkes

icthestrals, That was beautiful about the professional tumbleweed. We are not all meant to be on the career track. I admire those who do but "going where the spirit blows us" can be right too. I would not be a yoga teacher (something I love doing) if I did not blow like a tumbleweed. Now, if I could just blow into my own yoga studio/salad bar I would be content for a while.

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Fawkes Forever - Apr 7, 2004 7:56 am (#924 of 2912)

Wow, you guys are brilliant. Thanks for all the support... had an ok day here today.... but the 'midden just hit the proverbial fan' late afternoon... so its back down to the doldrums...

Thanks for the advice also. There are so many careers out there... I just need to take stock.... & rethink the next step. I'm not planning to quit immediately... but having a plan might make the next few weeks/ months bareable, & I can get back to being me again!

Thanks again everyone... heres a nice bug group hug for you all

Flame, give kitty a nice big hug.... ICThestrals... a 'professional tumbleweed' sounds like a nice career move at present

Heehee, see you have made me laugh already!

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boop - Apr 7, 2004 8:31 am (#925 of 2912)

Fawkes, Just find a job that will let you be who you really are. The person I see in you is a person full of life. Any employer should be honored to have you work for them. All my best goes out to you Fawkes. Here are some more hugs, you can never have enough of them!!

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septentrion - Apr 7, 2004 8:51 am (#926 of 2912)

I see I'm not the only one to be tired because of the change of hour. But it seems I need more than one week to recover. Aaaah ! I need a holiday !

Fawkes, I was sorry to know your job doesn't fit you but yes it's important to prepare carefully what you'll do when you leave your job. Sinister Kittens has given you very useful advice (the employment counsellor speaking).

Essidji, I understand what you mean when saying you're dreaming to be busy at work. My husband has told me so for a long time when he was unemployed, so that now he's been working for 2 years, he never comes back home before 07:00 pm.

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Karla Labanda - Apr 7, 2004 9:04 am (#927 of 2912)

Fawkes:

Don't feel sad, please. I hope you can find soon a new job, where you can give all your potential. And said me, when you can tell me about your beatiful country.

Chiaojones

Wonderful scarf, I would like have your ability. I have to buy it.

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VeronikaG - Apr 7, 2004 9:32 am (#928 of 2912)

Fawkes, I have been in your situation too. I just remember way too well how that insecure situation feels like.

Four years ago, I started education to be a nurse. But I had a feeling from the start that it wasn't going to be easy. Being a nurse is more than a profession, it's an identity. And the nurse identity clashed with my own. This became very clear when I went to practise at a retirement home. There were so many rules to remember, how to use your voice when you were talking, what positions in which to hold your hands, how to stand or sit, how to look at people, everything to avoid patients getting uncomfortable around you. I was young, clumsy and inexperienced, and did everything wrong all the time. Imagine Tonks as a nurse, and you have the image. Since I was corrected almost every time someone talked to me, I got very nervous, and started making even more mistakes. I started dropping things, forgetting to bring enough towels to rooms, forgetting to take out bedpans, and such things. All day at work, I just longed for 2 o'clock, when I would finish my shift. But the rest of the day I'd sit and think about everything I had done wrong. Like Fawkes, I too felt like I was working with dementors. I felt like a bad person, upsetting the patients, and I was never happy, just ashamed and worried. At evaluation, I was told that I was unfit as a nurse, and should find a career not involving sick people. Apparently I had treated them too much like ordinary people, and that made them feel insecure(!) (I had always been told to treat sick people ordinary before.) So I was thrown back at the starting point.

I went back to school a year later, and started studying information technology instead. (Computers don't have feelings, so I couldn't insult them.) When I first started, I expected to be surrounded by a bunch of nerds and geeks who spoke Java and had their social lives on IRC. Fortunately, I found out that I had landed in the coolest crowd in the school. We're a really fun bunch.

I'm sure you find something better than where you are now, Fawkes. You're probably even younger than me, and you have many years before you get to old to change career. Good Luck! *Add Irish four leaved clover*

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The Great Abbycadabra - Apr 7, 2004 11:02 am (#929 of 2912)

Heh, Blast! Me, cured? Never! I'm as crazy as ever, just a bit busier.

Fawkes, good luck in whatever you decide to do! You'll be great at it, I'm sure.

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Ticker - Apr 7, 2004 11:09 am (#930 of 2912)
Edited by Apr 7, 2004 12:10 pm

Fawkes, I was going to recommend that you take your Trivia winnings & run, but the advice preceding mine sounds much more reasonable.

For all of you trapped in an Daylight Un-Saved body, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a long & restful Easter weekend. (Hang on! It's almost here.)

Abbbbbbbbby! Yea! I've missed you.

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Blast - Apr 7, 2004 11:59 am (#931 of 2912)

Abby I can relate to being busy and when you’re busy you get extra tired too Sad It is beautiful out today, my girls had a school basketball tournement today, they lost both their games badly but they never gave up, the other teams were a lot bigger and older than their team, but they gave it one hundred percent and you can't ask more than that. Flame sorry I didn't mean to ignore you, just been a little bit preoccupied with other things at the moment. If there are any Ottawa fans out there Razz

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Acceber - Apr 7, 2004 2:28 pm (#932 of 2912)

Pinky-where exactly on the North Shore? I'm in Newton, about 5 miles from Boston. BTW, there's a convention of some kind in Salem in October 2005. Maybe we both could go and meet each other there. *wishful thinking*

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timrew - Apr 7, 2004 2:50 pm (#933 of 2912)

Fawkes:- Having visions of a wizard style photo of Tim sitting sideways on a broomstick.... grinning inanely & waving .... embossed with gold pen (quill) signature!

LOL, Fawkes! I don't know who started this story, but that comment made it worth while!

Flame, glad to hear your kitty is being an animal and not a human. Give her all your love, and her final days will be good ones.

Fawkes, sorry to hear your job is giving you such strife. Like ICThestrals said, just drift along, like the tumbling tumbleweed! It'll all come right in the end.

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Phreaker - Apr 7, 2004 3:15 pm (#934 of 2912)

I don't feel like the company I work for are dementors. It's those silly questions from my customers that drain the life out of me! I know the feeling, and I hope things get better for you soon!

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scully jones - Apr 7, 2004 6:07 pm (#935 of 2912)

Argh, we only had one apartment to clean today, so we went to see a movie. The only thing left that we hadn't seen was Home on the Range... Jimmie fell asleep in the middle of it, and I didn't have the heart to wake him, poor thing.

I knitted a bit while he practiced his tennis swing... I got quite a bit done now. I realized that it looks smaller in the picture than in person, because normal gryffindor scarves have thick stripes. My stripes are actually quite thin. I'm on my 12th stripe! Yay!

It's about fourteen inches wide, when stretched out... It'll only be about 7 when I fold and sew it up. At the moment, it is 16 inches long... Hmmm... So one more strips is 13 stripes... 18 inches or so... That's a foot and a half, right? How long should I stop at? I'm thinking 7 feet. Just for good measure. So I'm about a fifth of the way done... Okay.

Sorry, just had to do my thinking in here... Night all, I'm heading to bed early!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Apr 7, 2004 7:51 pm (#936 of 2912)

Tiiiicccckkkkkeeeer! I've missed you too. And tomorrow is my last day before spring break! Yay!

*jumps up and down and does Happy Abby dance*

Tomorrow, I'll come home, take a nap, watch Survivor, and have a nice week to catch up on my reading (books and forum). Long holidays are very good things.

By the way, your scarf is looking great, Chiao!

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B]Leprechaun Jack[/B] - Apr 8, 2004 12:02 am (#937 of 2912)

Hello All,

I haven't been around for a while and just started posting again. The reason I was away is because I had some surgery, and it's because of that I'm going to get on a soap box for a moment.

For well over a year I had some (what I thought) stomach problems. I blamed it on diverticulitis or possibly a hernia or some such thing. I also had some bleeding when I had a BM (bowel movement) which I blamed on a hemmoroid.

My doctor (who knows I'm an EMT) yelled at me for being so stupid and waiting so long to say anything about it. Immediately made me go for a colonoscopy (not a fun procedure), It turns out I had a number of clusters of polyps. Several of which had gone beyond the per-cancerous stages. I had a number of small tumors removed and biopsied. The results basically stated that if I had waited another 6 months it would have been full blown colon cancer.

So to make a short story long....

I want to impress on everyone in the Lexicon family, If you are 45 or older you need to be checked. If you are 35 or older and have a family history of Colon Cancer get checked right away. I'm only 37 y/o and never thought about it even though I knew the history was there.

Ok back to your regularly scheduled posting...

Jack

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Blast - Apr 8, 2004 1:04 am (#938 of 2912)

I totally agree Jack if it is caught early you have very little risk of having colon cancer. The colonoscopy may be very intrusive, but the worst thing about it is the taste of the medicine that they give you before hand. My mom waited too long and now she has a colostomy bag because she had to have a lot of her bowels removed. I didn't wait and like you they caught it intime.

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Fawkes Forever - Apr 8, 2004 1:11 am (#939 of 2912)

Jack.... so sorry to hear about that, but I'm glad that they did catch it on time... I hope you are ok.

After reading through this forum, I can see that so many of you have had so much to deal with in the past few months that mine pales into insignificance in comparison, & you are all still here for everyone else! Life is too short eh! So I'm going to give myself a good shake, start being more positive again... "don't let them get you down" as they say, I'll try to stay positive whilst planning for that next move ....

Thanks again guys for your kind words & advice..... I was having a very bad few weeks & tuesday was the straw that broke the camel’s back! You guys are the best.

Big hugs to everyone

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Essidji - Apr 8, 2004 1:16 am (#940 of 2912)

Oh, Jack, I feel so sorry reading your story. I was starting to wonder were you had been (I love the dancing leprechaun in your avatar), and now I've got my answer. I hope things will go well now, and that you will get well soon. Laugh is one of the best medications for what you have, so don't forget to come and visit us now that you came back... and let the leprechaun in you make you have fun.

You will be in my thoughts...I feel so concerned...

Fawkes, I am sending you all the encouragement you may need to take a decision. All the advice everyone sent were very good, so what you need now is the "triggering element", what we call the <> in French. As someone said, you appear to me as a person full of life, very dynamic. For some reason, people like us (hey, remember, I'm a Gryffindor, too!) are exactly the kind of person some others hate working with. I know how hard it is to bear, as whatever you do, it'll always be the wtrong way to them. Human nature is really tough sometimes.

So yes, leave, go away, but again, be sure of your way. And remember : there is always a posiitive side to anything negative.

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Leviosa - Apr 8, 2004 1:40 am (#941 of 2912)

Jack, I'm so sorry to hear about that. But good that they caught it in time. I really hope you'll get better soon.

Fawkes Forever, I hope that you'll find a profession that you like. I wish I could give you more advise, but as I'm still in school, I don't know exactly what I want to do myself one day. But I hope you'll be fine.

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boop - Apr 8, 2004 3:23 am (#942 of 2912)

Jack, welcome back! Sorry to hear of your health problems, I am glad that everything is taken care of. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. I know it makes me more aware of how important it is to see your doctor at first sign of trouble. I hope your recovery is going well. I will keep you in my prayers.

Happy Thursday Everyone!!!!!

Why not, here are Hugs for everyone!!!!!!!

Abby enjoy your break, sounds like you needed one.

Fawkes, that is the spirit. I know you will make the right decision for yourself. Just don't stay in a job that makes you unhappy, I did that for 9 years. I wasted so many years on a job I didn't like and was treated badly at. So I learned the hard way.

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Thom Matheson - Apr 8, 2004 4:59 am (#943 of 2912)

Now that hoops is over, the real season starts.

GO RED WINGS. ON TO THE STANLEY CUP. Denise, sorry about your Preditors.

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Denise P. - Apr 8, 2004 5:33 am (#944 of 2912)

Are you kidding me? I don't follow sports, I generally only know when a local team makes the playoffs because we are slammed in the media by it. My husband is just not a sports fan either.

{{{Jack}}} Glad that things worked out and that you are on the road to recovery now.

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Gina R Snape - Apr 8, 2004 6:48 am (#945 of 2912)

Oh my goodness, Jack! Sorry to hear about all the medical trauma, but glad to know you are back and doing well again.

FYI, we might be gearing up for a May meetup for HP. Since the NYC PoA premiere is on 23 May at Radio City we might try to organise something around that. E-mail me privately if you are still interested.

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Prefect Marcus - Apr 8, 2004 8:12 am (#946 of 2912)

I disagree about Colonoscopy not being a fun procedure. I had one three years ago. They lay you on a comfortable table. They fuss over you, fluffing up your pillows, laying warm blankets on you, making sure you are comfortable. They barely put you under. When you wake up, it feels like you had just taken a nice peaceful nap.

What's so scarey about that?

Now that procedure where they stick the tube down your throat was pure torture.

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septentrion - Apr 8, 2004 8:14 am (#947 of 2912)

Jack have a good recovery !

Happy Easter everyone. Have a cooooooooooooool week-end

23 may...NYC...just a dream...

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Ticker - Apr 8, 2004 8:23 am (#948 of 2912)

Prefect Marcus, lest you decide to spend your next vacation in the endoscopy lab, remember the prep... Jack, thanks for the reminder. I'm glad it was only a close call. And, it's good to see you again. Hope you've got a comfy computer chair so we can hear more from you.

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Prefect Marcus - Apr 8, 2004 8:28 am (#949 of 2912)

Oh yeah, the prep. Not fun. But the procedure itself was nothing to be afraid of.

Marcus

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septentrion - Apr 8, 2004 8:33 am (#950 of 2912)

Prefect Marcus the problem with my husband is he never reads a novel. Show him sociology, politics, international relationships, religion...and he'll find time to read them. But a novel...In ten years of wedding I've seen him reading a novel once. Oh he knows about Harry Potter, I speak of it every day but nothing to do. By luck I found this forum to share my passion and to make me feel I'm not a nutter to like such kinds of books at my age.
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Prefect Marcus - Apr 8, 2004 8:50 am (#951 of 2912)

That was the exact problem with my wife, except I never once saw her read a novel -- and we've been married for 25 years.

I started reading SS to her one night when she had trouble sleeping. The next night, I tried to start where I had left off. She informed me that she had finished the first book and was already into the second!

Marcus

P.S.: You can call me "Marcus." "Prefect Marcus" is so formal for use amongst friends. :-)

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DJ Evans - Apr 8, 2004 9:45 am (#952 of 2912)

Jack, so glad to hear that you are well on your way to a recovery & everything worked out as well as it did. After this, may every day be just that more precious to you. You've got a good soul in wanting to warn others so they don't have to go through the suffering of "being" too late.

I've got a question for those of you who have had trouble in getting family/friends to "read" HP, have they ever watched the movies? I know I hadn't read the HP series, but I got the HP movies when they came out on DVD--fell in love with it all and just had to read the books then. As books are always so much better than the movie or I think they are. And Marcus what an ingenious way to get your wife hooked on HP!!!

Later days, Deb

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Dr Filibuster - Apr 8, 2004 10:22 am (#953 of 2912)

Jack, great news that you caught it in time. By the way, what's an EMT?

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prof sprout - Apr 8, 2004 11:12 am (#954 of 2912)

EMT=Emergency Medical Technician, they usually work with Ambulances. I hope I answered your question.

Jack I'm glad you caught it in time. Poppy sorry for your loss.

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Dr Filibuster - Apr 8, 2004 11:28 am (#955 of 2912)

Ta (thanks) Prof...that's the 2nd time you've helped me today.

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prof sprout - Apr 8, 2004 11:35 am (#956 of 2912)

No problem. I'm glad I can be of help. Surprised)

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Madame Librarian - Apr 8, 2004 12:22 pm (#957 of 2912)

Jack--whew, glad to hear the good outcome. As they say "a snip in time saves...your life!"

Hey, Dr. F, I just asked about the use of "ta" for thanks on the pronunciation thread, and poof! it pops up here. Is there magic involved, do you think?

Ciao. Barb

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Acceber - Apr 8, 2004 1:30 pm (#958 of 2912)

Jack, sorry to hear that, but I'm glad you're doing better.

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McSnurp - Apr 8, 2004 2:28 pm (#959 of 2912)

I'm really, really sorry... I haven't been on to often have I? So I come on here and you are all talking about something. Jeez, I feel bad... Also I was in a pretty bad mood before because people were going off on how stupid **among other things** my new cds were... yuck. Sorry I don't have much good news... yet I have a whole week off school whoo hoo!

luv peace and harry potter

-meriwether

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Doris Crockford - Apr 8, 2004 3:18 pm (#960 of 2912)

Jack, glad to hear you caught it in time and that you can visit the Forum more often.

Happy Easter weekend, everyone! Ah, 4 days off school.

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Blast - Apr 8, 2004 3:31 pm (#961 of 2912)

Marcus the procedure is not that bad, if your awake you can watch the monitor and see what they are doing, but the preop stuff you drink has to be the most foul tasting thing that humankind has ever concocted. Yuk and because it dehyrates you, you can end up with a wammy of a headache. Doris -  I went to school in South Etobicoke, where abouts do you go to school?

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scully jones - Apr 8, 2004 4:57 pm (#962 of 2912)

Jack, my mom's husband died of Colon cancer just last year. He wasn't the type to ever go to the doctor, so I knew something like that would get him eventually. Sad

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Leprechaun Jack - Apr 9, 2004 4:16 am (#963 of 2912)



Thanks for the words of encouragement. Yes, EMT stands for Emergency Medical Technician. I work on an Ambulance for my day job, so I should know better, having all the signs and symptoms. But as they say “De nile is a river in Egypt.” I am doing much better, thank you all. As far as the prep goes, the Dr. gave me a memo stating that the medicine I had to take is " The most disgustingly vile stuff you will ever taste in your life" and it was correct, but better than the alternative I think.

But I feel its important that everyone should be tested because colon cancer is one of the most preventable, and easily treat able forms of cancer there is.

It's nice to know I was missed. It's good to be home. There are so many new members and posts that have come along in my short time away. It took my three days just to read thru the chat thread and catch up on everyone. It's almost overwhelming to start reading the other threads. We are a chatty bunch aren't we ?

Jack

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Julia. - Apr 9, 2004 5:21 am (#964 of 2912)

We certainly are Jack. I'm glad to have you back, I did miss that lovely green font and dancing leprechaun. I'm exceedingly happy to find you back in good health, and ready to 'get your Harry on.'

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Fawkes Forever - Apr 9, 2004 6:02 am (#965 of 2912)

Indeed we are Jack... thats why I love this forum so much Good to see ya back here by the way!

It's good friday & unlike the rest of the country, my company (the evil dementors) do not observe Good Friday as a bank holiday.... so I'm stuck here at work, whilst everyone else is out enjoying their day off. *grumble grumble* Hee hee, at least all pubs & restaurants are closed today too.. so they can't enjoy themselves too much *being evil* Oh well, I'm planning to slip off early & start enjoying the Easter bank holiday weekend! I'm going up to visit my parents... so that'll be a nice break!

I've a funny to share a story with you all.... (well I think its funny ) as you have seen, I refer to the company that I work for as the dementors... Well they just gave us all a present for Easter... *still in shock* But this is the funny thing, you'll never guess what they gave us ... an Easter Egg .... hee hee, bit of an odd gift from an Dementor eh ... Chocolate Sorry I just found that amusing in a Potter Freak way... knew you guys would understand. I tried to explain to one of the girls at work.... she just blinked at me....

Just wanted to say Happy Easter to you all.... & don't be eating too many easter eggs....

Lets hope Molly gives Hermione a descent sized easter egg this year

Which reminds me, I must pop into the shops on my way home... I spied some Harry Potter easter eggs, with chocolate frogs... yum yum!

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Flame Alligator - Apr 9, 2004 6:25 am (#966 of 2912)

Madam Poppy, my condolence for you and your loss. Sorry I am late with it.

Tim, Blast, Fawkes and anyone else who commented, Thanks for asking about Kitty. The cancer is bigger but she is hanging in there. So I have her a bit longer. She likes for me to rub that area. Glad I can give her comfort.

Jack, I have not known you long but glad to see you are recovering and back on the Lex. Here's a kiss and hug from a stranger.

Fawkes, Glad "The Dementors" don't know about chocolate. he he They actually gave you some. I love it!

I have been very happy lately even though my life is upside down. *spreading arms open* Here is some for all of you. Spring Breakers enjoy!! HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL!!!!!

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timrew - Apr 9, 2004 6:37 am (#967 of 2912)

Jack, glad to hear that you are okay.

Fawkes, nice of your dementors to give you chocolate; but come the Christmas Party, don't let any of them kiss you under the mistletoe!

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mollis - Apr 9, 2004 6:48 am (#968 of 2912)

Well, with over 200 posts in my absence in this thread alone, its going to take me awhile to catch up here! I've decided I need to get a laptop. All this traveling for work is really having an adverse impact on my forum time!

Jack, you have given some very valuable advice. I hope that everyone takes it to heart and gets checked out regularly. Glad to see you back with us!

Flame, I'm glad that Samantha is still hanging in there. I'm sure it is nice to have some quality time before she passes and to be able to provide her with the comfort and love you have no doubt been showering her with.

And to all of you who have suffered loss lately, my most sincere condolences. It is never easy to lose someone we love, especially an innocent baby who didn't get a fair shot at this world. The support of family and friends at times like these is invaluable. It is wonderful that a forum like this can show such support for each other. You all are a great bunch of people!!!

As for me, I am thrilled to tell you all that I will soon be moving to Kansas City! I'm in Virginia now but the midwest is home and also where our family is. Packing will not be fun at all, but hey, I'm going home! And it's spring! Flowers blooming everywhere! I love spring!

Okay, back to catching up....

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Ticker - Apr 9, 2004 7:18 am (#969 of 2912)

Mollis & Fawkes - I like your smilies! Mollis, I agree, it's good to live near family. My daughter is fortunate to have all her grandparents here in town (as am I).

Flame - happy rubbing. It's nice to see your cat is still in charge.

Fawkes - that chocolate story is hilarious! I thought I was working for a dementor once & he turned out to just be a Dursley. Good riddance, I say! I did end up staying there for 2 months longer than I intended, but am glad I did since it led to my dream job.

I read hubby the HP books (also not a novel reader - who knew such people existed & could otherwise lead such charming lives?). He enjoyed the story & we both liked the mellow time together.

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Gina R Snape - Apr 9, 2004 7:31 am (#970 of 2912)

Yeehoo. Just wanted to share that I purchased my flight tickets today! I'll be going to San Francisco in June, in time to see the PoA premiere with two other rabid Snape fan friends of mine. We are going to some theatrical theatre in SF where people will be dressing up for the occasion! Oh, I can't wait!!!!!!!!

Of course, the NYC PoA media premiere will be on May 23rd and I will try to get any decent pictures I can.

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mike miller - Apr 9, 2004 8:31 am (#971 of 2912)

To all a Happy Easter!! I hope everyone is able to take a day or two off and recharge their batteries.

Flame - Enjoy every minute you have with Kitty. I cat of 18 years recently passed away peacefully during the night. I'm so thankful that I was able to spend a little time that last night before I went to bed. The good news is that when I came home last night from my volleyball match, my wife and daughter had a brought home a new kitten! Her name is Jasmine and it has reminded me how much fun kittens can be.

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Madame Librarian - Apr 9, 2004 8:40 am (#972 of 2912)

Happy Easter to all (where applicable, of course). Hermione's parents (were they American dentists) would be delighted with all the sugary treats eaten on Sunday. People tell me the joys of Peeps, cream-filled chocolate eggs, hollow chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, plus all the homemade cakes, pies and cookies. Even the ham is glazed with maple syrup and/or brown sugar. What else? What about British treats?

As it is still Passover, I'll enjoy vicariously, and be satisfied with macaroons, turtles, flourless chocolate cake, Barton's assorted chocolates, sugared fruit slices, and whatever else didn't get eaten on Monday.

Whoa, I get a sugar rush just typing all that! Anyway--Happy Holiday, Happy Spring!

Ciao. Barb

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mike miller - Apr 9, 2004 9:07 am (#973 of 2912)

Thanks Madame Librarian for gentle correcting my political incorrectness! Happy Holidays to all!

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Gina R Snape - Apr 9, 2004 9:12 am (#974 of 2912)

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Macarooooooooooons...

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scully jones - Apr 9, 2004 9:13 am (#975 of 2912)

*slinking into the conversation mournfully*

I didn't know it was Easter this weekend... Oops. Well, uhhh... Maybe Jimmie and I could color an egg or two... If we have time... Jimmie's busy tomorrow helping his mom file for Bankruptcy.

I guess I should add a few more stripes to my scarf, eh?

Flame, glad to hear kitty's still around. I got another NO from someone I asked to help out with my kitty problem. I haven't called my mom in two weeks, I'm sure she's "taken care of the problem" already. I miss my kitty so much...

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dobbyiscool - Apr 9, 2004 9:19 am (#976 of 2912)

Happy Easter to whom it concerns! My mom bought a box of Peeps the other day, and the two of us eat the entire box (12 peeps total) before my dad got home from work! We are going to have to get some more before Easter...

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Jim the Potty - Apr 9, 2004 10:06 am (#977 of 2912)

Happy everything to everyone!

Sorry I've not been around lately, I blame school. Anyway, they've released me for a fortnight (though the chains of homework are present as ever) so I've been catching up on posts lately. I gave up when I still had about 600 to read on this thread alone.

BTW, what are 'peeps'?

Jim the Potty. :^)

Proud to be Potty about Potter!

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Blast - Apr 9, 2004 10:11 am (#978 of 2912)

We have a company up in the Great White North called Laura Secords. Laura Secord was a hero in the War of 1812. She overheard the plans of the Americans and walked quite far to warn the British. The result was a victory for the British. She also seemed to have a knack for chocolate. Laura Secord Easter Eggs are a staple in many a home on Easter, They are very yummy. They have Laura Secord shops in all the major malls and it is quite a sight to see all the chocolate bunnies, hens, ducks, and eggs in their stores. They even have a three foot tall solid chocolate Hare, if handled correctly the hare should last you far into the summer. The closest thing that compares to Laura Secord's would be Honeydukes.

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dobbyiscool - Apr 9, 2004 10:11 am (#979 of 2912)

They (peeps) are delicious marshmallow-type covered in colored sugar.

NOTE: Sorry, but I can't spell. I am glad that in High School they give vocabulary tests, not spelling ones!

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prof sprout - Apr 9, 2004 10:12 am (#980 of 2912)

Peeps are a little marshmallow type candy served around Easter. They are shaped as little yellow chicks or pink bunnies. They get there color from sprinkles. Poor Dobby is probably bouncing off the walls sugar shock.

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icthestrals - Apr 9, 2004 10:12 am (#981 of 2912)

Hey Jim, welcome back! Our fearless leader returns.

I think peeps are marshmallow candy things shaped like chicks, I think. I've never had them. I prefer chocolate.

EDIT: oops, we posted at the same time.

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Jim the Potty - Apr 9, 2004 10:38 am (#982 of 2912)

Thanks for answering my question!

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VeronikaG - Apr 9, 2004 11:15 am (#983 of 2912)

Blast; Did you invent the Laura Secord shops to celebrate that Canada didn't become American? (Which as I understand it, would be a fate worse than the dementors' kiss for Canadians.) And, do you have the shops up all year, or is it just during Easter?

In Norway, it's a long tradition to go to the mountains at Easter. Lots of families have little (and the rich people have huge) cabins up there. We have a really long Easter holiday, so it's a perfect time to get away for a while. Norwegians have a self proclaimed reputation for being born with skis, so of course we'll have to do some skiing. Canada has about the same climate as Norway, as far as I know (Though I think Norway's warmer), do you go skiing too?

Traditional Easter candy up here is oranges, chocolate and marzipan. Yummy!

We also have a kind of strange tradition that no one can explain, and I don't know if you find it other places. Crime stories. All TV and radio stations air them, and you find them in magazines and papers. They also have several pages of recommended reading, that are all crime novels. The big publishing companies release new crime novels in time for Easter, generally much hyped. We have a term for it, Easter Crime. According to mom, it's Norway only, and the only link we could come up with is that Easter begun with a crime, the murder of Jesus.

However, I have always liked detective series. Our old state TV channel always shows some classic British detective stories, like Poirot, Inspector Morse and Miss Marple at Easter. The biggest of the commersial channels have followed up, but they are more into modern series like "Wire in the Blood". I have noticed that many of them feature Robson Green, a British actor many people hoped was going to play Sirius.

We also have a tradition for detective series at friday night, which I think you can also find in other countries. Hmm?

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYBODY!!

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Padfoot - Apr 9, 2004 11:27 am (#984 of 2912)

The only Easter mystery movie they show on tv here in the US is The Sound of Music. It's a mystery why they show it every year during Easter week! I understand why they show The Ten Commandments, because of Passover. But why the musical, I don't know?

I love Peeps, mmm.... sugar coated sugar. My favorites are the Cadbury Easter Eggs. Gotta have that chocolate.

Happy Easter everybody!

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dobbyiscool - Apr 9, 2004 11:30 am (#985 of 2912)

I have never understood why they show The Sound of Music for Easter. I prefer to watch the Peanuts' Easter Beagle special myself!

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Gina R Snape - Apr 9, 2004 1:48 pm (#986 of 2912)

For those of you who are so curious, here is the homepage for the company that makes Marshmallow Peeps.

As an added bonus, here is a website devoted to Marshmallow Peeps culture. A friend of mine wrote an essay for it, in stunning imitation of the writer Truman Capote. Looks like the site hasn't been updated in quite a while, but fun to poke around anyway.

And, if any of you do read the faux Capote essay, I do not recommend anyone take the Peep Jar hobby seriously. A friend of mine made one on a lark and it was the most disgusting thing to ever sit on anyone's desk...

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Denise P. - Apr 9, 2004 1:49 pm (#987 of 2912)

For more information on some riveting tests done on Peeps, check this page out. It has not been updated in a few years but will give you newfound respect for Peeps. And Jim, Peeps are best eaten after they are a bit stale...fresh Peeps are just not good. You have to open the package and let them air for a day before you eat them.

Peep Research

And, there is also a newsgroup devoted to Peeps....alt.food.peeps

Want more Peeps? Check out the Dancing Peeps!

We take our Peeps seriously although a true fan doesn't consider anything but the Chicks true Peeps.

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Gina R Snape - Apr 9, 2004 1:52 pm (#988 of 2912)

Oh, I agree with Denise. Peeps must be a little bit hard on the outside. There's no pleasure quite like biting into a peep, feeling the coarse sugar abrasively scratch the roof of your mouth while the juiciness of the soft inside grabs the sweetness receptors in your tongue.

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Marè - Apr 9, 2004 1:59 pm (#989 of 2912)

You gals are scaring me a bit....

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Madame Librarian - Apr 9, 2004 2:00 pm (#990 of 2912)

That's what Peeps do to people, Maré.

Ciao. Barb

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Dr Filibuster - Apr 9, 2004 2:38 pm (#991 of 2912)

I've just seen the Kip get well card.

How did I miss this news? What's wrong with him (sorry if he wanted to keep it private) and how long has he been out of action?

I can't post any messages on the card, my tv internet access won't let me, so I have come on here to say....

Kip, I don't know what's wrong, but I am sorry to hear that you aren't well. I hope you feel better very soon.

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timrew - Apr 9, 2004 3:08 pm (#992 of 2912)

Peeps are best eaten after they are a bit stale...fresh Peeps are just not good. You have to open the package and let them air for a day before you eat them.

A bit like hanging game, Denise?

I checked out the Peep Research Site, and the LOTR connection. Those Peeps help defeat the Dark Lord Sauron, and as a reward......you eat them!?

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Denise P. - Apr 9, 2004 3:16 pm (#993 of 2912)

Well Tim, there are games you can play with them too. Arm a Peep with a toothpick sword and then put them in the microwave to fight...they swell up something amazing. Then you can eat the loser. You can also conduct your own heat test by having a Peep tread hot chocolate and see how long it lasts until it melts down. Peeps are an amazing legacy and tradition. Pass the Peeps, please.

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Thom Matheson - Apr 9, 2004 7:02 pm (#994 of 2912)

A cast of Peepaholics. My wife of lo these 31 years is a devout peepette. I have never found the taste for them as much as Leah but all in all a family tradition. Denise you are a true conisour. Peeps I am told by Leah are best eaten after 2 or 3 days of hardness. May the sugar be with you. Pass the hard boiled eggs please.

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Mrs. Sirius - Apr 9, 2004 9:03 pm (#995 of 2912)

Goodness! I should never miss more than one day on chat! You just don't know how many new posts they'll be.

Jack, glad to hear you caught it on time and are on the road to recovery.

Fawkes, that is just too funny. Chocolate eggs from the dementors!

Flame it must be a testament to your good care of Samantha that she is still about, well enough on days to run around.

I'm so lucky to live where I do. I celebrate the Easter holiday. Good Friday however, is the the big day for us. We spend the day in contemplation, fasting and seeking within ourselves. Then in the evening, we have a huge meal with the traditional Dominican dessert, "Habichuela Con Dulce". A delicacy made from sweetened pinto beans, condensed milk and coconut.

This desert makes the day of fasting well worth it. I have offered it to many friends but so far, lets just say the response has been underwhelming. However, having grown up in NYC, I love macaroons. I look forward to the holiday season because I can pick and chose the best from all the holidays.

To keep you posted on my medical situation, it is possible that the muggle nutters have finally figured out my mystery ailment, and thankfully it is not a tropical disease nor caused by birthing my children!

It seems that the surgeon was incorrect in saying that it was not related to the biopsy. A vein was apparently traumatized during the surgery. This is an extremely rare side effect of the surgery. Because of the trauma it became inflamed, because it was inflamed, it caused the veins below it to become inflamed. The treatment is a simple over the counter anti-inflamatory. The title of this thing is quite a mouthful. As my doctor said to me the other day, all the strange medical things happen to me!

On a final note, I finally got my copy of "HP y la Orden del Fénix". It arrive yesterday. It's much more overwhelming than any of the other book were in Spanish. It's over 893 pages.

Happy Easter, end of Passover, birthday, anniversary, end of semester to all.

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Flame Alligator - Apr 10, 2004 4:50 am (#996 of 2912)

I'm up this morning watching cartoons. (Still a kid a heart, you know. ) I'm posting during the commercial breaks.

Thanks for all the comments about my kit kat.

Mike Miller, Have fun with your new kitten. Kittens are so much fun. Jumping, playing and getting into everything.

Mollis, Which Kansas City?

Have a good Saturday!

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Chemyst - Apr 10, 2004 5:36 am (#997 of 2912)

Thanks for the PEEPS links, Gina & Denise. You've added fun to my day.

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mollis - Apr 10, 2004 7:23 am (#998 of 2912)

Well Flame, as far as I know, there is only 1 Kansas City placed firmly on the Kansas/Missouri state line. (Speaking in general terms, of course. ) To be more specific, we are going to be living in Overland Park, Kansas. I'll be working in Missouri, so its fairly close to the state line. That is, assuming everything goes okay with the purchase of the new house. The existing owners have been a bit less than agreeable with the negotiations and now with the things needing fixed after the inpections. But I think that we've got it all worked out and that we'll get the house. Its a pretty great house (much bigger than we really need right now). And I'm going to get to have a garden!!!

Aside from being close to my family and friends, being able to finally have a garden is what I'm most excited about!

Oh, and Gina and Denise - I am right there with you on the Peeps. I love those things! And week-old peeps are the best!

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