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Post  Lady Arabella on Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:55 pm

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 22, 2006 9:49 am (#1501 of 2979)

Yay for the new floor!--- Catherine

You're not hard to please.---Loopy Lupin


It appears, neither are you.

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Denise P. - Jun 22, 2006 9:50 am (#1502 of 2979)

Time for a group hug!!

I just got an email from one of my running partners, she signed up for the 10K today! Woo hoo, so now I will have Mr. Denise and Rhys with me and my buddy will be about .10 of a mile in front of me.

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Holly T. - Jun 22, 2006 9:52 am (#1503 of 2979)

Denise--laminate floors are very exciting! Especially if you have kids and pets. ;-)

Thora, my husband has a T-shirt that says "Genuine Redhead. Keep out of direct sunlight."

Have a great RotD!

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Jewel - Jun 22, 2006 9:52 am (#1504 of 2979)

I am soooooo sorry Thora! **banging head against wall** I can't believe I did that! I had just finished reading something Madam Pince had written before I posted that. (at least I think I was...)

Anyway, thanks for the info about the Pavilion, I have an uncle down that way in Conway, but I can't seem to find his telephone number.

Oh well, sorry about the mix-up again, have a great ROTD!

Julia

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 22, 2006 10:34 am (#1505 of 2979)

Siriusly (I like it better that way so no sic-ing me) some of the books they made me read in high school were a real waste of time. What kind of a book has a chapter that is 5 words long and states "My mother is a fish"? Oh I know, the kind of book kids get forced to read! Thora

Well the "My mother is a fish." book is still at the very top of my list of the worst books ever written! Note to everyone: Never read "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner......It's terrible, and ridikulusly confusing and not to mention I could sum up exacty what happens in about 4 sentences! I think it was the only book I gave up on half way through, and just stopped reading it, because my teacher had to explain to the entire class what happened the next day in class anyway. It was awful! I don't even think Hermione would understand it!! That seems to be the biggest problem with some of the books they chose for us to read both during the year and for summer reading, wither they are extremely confusing, or their about someone dying, or generally depressing subjects. As my friend put it one "why can't we read a happy book??"

Lina- You are right, no one here watches soccer, or knows any players at all! We are once again, "different" from the rest of the world, in that we have American football to take our minds off of soccer! I really wouln't care if the USA team lost in the 1st round or of they end up winning the whole thing!

Have a great day everyone!

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Madam Pince - Jun 22, 2006 10:59 am (#1506 of 2979)

I have always found her personality to match her advatar, tasteful, wise and delicate.   Bwhahahaha.... my mind control classes are yielding fruit... No, seriously, thank you so much for the compliment, Thora! And the very same back to you!

Mr. Denise is a prince of a guy! I see why you married him, Denise! Good luck in your race this weekend!

Welcome back, Winky! That was a good joke, too -- even if it was an oldie, I hadn't heard it before. Good one!

Sounds like you got your wish, Lina; apparently the U.S. stunk the place up during the Ghana game. Well, as you say, there are clearly better and more deserving teams out there still in the hunt!

...the biggest problem with some of the books they chose for us to read both during the year and for summer reading, wither they are extremely confusing, or their about someone dying, or generally depressing subjects.—Ginny   But don't you see... that's what makes them "great literature!" And gives them the ability to look down their noses at writers like JKR who people actually LIKE to read!

Thank goodness pro basketball and ice hockey seasons are finally over ! Now we can get on with more summer sports. There is just something wrong about ice hockey and NBA when it's 90 degrees outside.

I just realized I probably made a major mistake when I signed Little Pince up for soccer this summer. I had a choice of 10:30am or 1:00pm, and I took the afternoon one -- not thinking back in April about what the temperatures will be like in August. Inexperienced sports mom here.... Oh well. I am debating about a second soccer week, but it costs $40 more than the one we're already in, plus it runs from 5:30 to 8:30 in the evenings, which doesn't sound do-able to me for a 4-year-old. We're doing well to stay on task for an hour at a time, let alone three. Think we'll skip that one.

We're heading to the mountains this weekend to get my Mom for a short visit. Everyone have a great RotW!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 22, 2006 11:17 am (#1507 of 2979)

Thank goodness pro basketball and ice hockey seasons are finally over ! Now we can get on with more summer sports. There is just something wrong about ice hockey and NBA when it's 90 degrees outside.
Madame Pince, Mr. HH and I just had that conversation the other night! The seasons just run too long! That is probably why American football sustains itself popularity-wise; the season is not too long. Hmmm, so much for attention spans.

Welcome back Winky, and I loved your joke (and no one had to explain it to me)! Inca and Lola are so cute!

Denise, so glad to hear you have company! What a nice guy (though he's now probably muttering to himself - You mean I signed up and didn't have to after all?)

New floors are exciting! You can skate across them with socks!

Maria

EDIT: Madame Pince, heeheehee, now envisioning "mop shoes". Though they'd be tough to rinse and wring out. Once they're dry, yes, you can skate across those, too. But the new ones usually have a fine layer of sawdust which makes for a great slide. Kind of like those table top bowling games with the "cheese" and puck. Hehe, I set such a good example for my children.

LOL M. Pince! You have to DUCK?? That explains the short naps and waking up on the dining room floor.

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Madam Pince - Jun 22, 2006 11:21 am (#1508 of 2979)

But.... you can do that with old floors, too, right? How else do you mop? Of course, the ducking you have to do when you get to the tables sort of takes the fun out of it...

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Good Evans - Jun 22, 2006 11:34 am (#1509 of 2979)

only 50 odd posts but so much in them!!!

Denise best of luck with the run!! Mine is next weekend but I couldn't do 10k!!!

Tazzy, hubby is going to apparate and deal with that spider for you, now that he is a mouse trapper, spiders hold no fear!!!!

Winky - congrats on the premium status.

Virginia Elizabeth and Geauxtigers - commiserations on the internet, but as long as you can get to the forum it can't be all bad!

Gina - your holiday snaps from skeggy are just great (skeggy= Skegness, not very salubrious east coast holiday destination in England - sorry Skeggy!! - but just the place for wizards who want to keep a low profile!)

Oh thats all I can remember, happy days to everyone else
*waves back to Audrey*

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geauxtigers - Jun 22, 2006 11:39 am (#1510 of 2979)

Siriusly (I like it better that way so no sic-ing me) some of the books they made me read in high school were a real waste of time. What kind of a book has a chapter that is 5 words long and states "My mother is a fish"? Oh I know, the kind of book kids get forced to read! No wonder it took JKR to get kids reading again! (Climbs off soap box before she hurts herself.)

That is the worst book in the world. I didn't understand one bit of it! Yeah all the books they make us read are depresssing and have some moral to the story. There are plenty of happy books out there that have good moral themes! I don't think we should get a list of books to read for summer, we should just be required to read 3 books of our choosing. They want to encourage us to read, but their list just discourages because I don't want to read any of if!

Yeah I know one soccer player, somebody with the last name Keller i can't even remember his first name! I did hear they lost today though oh well makes no difference to me!

Laminate floors are awesome! When we put ours down it was pretty sweet. My mom let us spray paint the concrete slab after we ripped the carpet up! so under our wood floors is a graffettied with hot pink spray paint! And my mom is not one to do something that crazy! but now I always run the length of the floors and slide or I twirl! But mom has recently informed me that we are getting a rug to put down on the floor and I'm sad now as I will have to move my twirling and sliding to the foyer or dining room.

I'm on ginny's computer because her internet is working, mines not! maybe we have a bad modem, soon as my dad wakes up I have a feeling the phone company is going to get a couple ear fulls!

Have a great day everyone!

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Gina R Snape - Jun 22, 2006 11:49 am (#1511 of 2979)

Good Evans, I did think of Skegness with that shot. LOL.

Maritza, actually you are right we do have the spanish station on.

So, Lumos is not so far away. I wish I were going. But I'll be in Orlando instead for 4th of July weekend. Anybody here live near Orlando Florida?

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 22, 2006 12:23 pm (#1512 of 2979)

New floors are exciting! You can skate across them with socks! –Maria

I lovee our laminate floors!! Sliding is the BEST!! Except that the new rug should be here any day now

Uhh Well I can't remember anything else I was gonna comment on!

Have a great RotD everyone!

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John Bumbledore - Jun 22, 2006 2:40 pm (#1513 of 2979)

Ever notice how T-ah and Ginny almost say the same thing when they post? It's like they are twins or something! LOL

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

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Tazzygirl - Jun 22, 2006 2:51 pm (#1514 of 2979)

Went shopping again with my mom today... hehehe! Actually, this time I just needed to buy ink cartridges for my printer, as I predict this semester will be the start of tons of papers and assignments... **is dreading lesson planning**

OH! I heard back from the College of Education (finally)! I was finally able to register for all my Fall classes- Mondays and Tuesdays I am student teaching in an elementary classroom, and Wednesdays and Thursdays I have classes. I am soooooo excited!! (**Waves to Lina and Kay**)

I have never heard of "My Mother is a Fish** or "As I lay dying"... making mental note not to read them anytime soon...

Good Evans: Tazzy, hubby is going to apparate and deal with that spider for you, now that he is a mouse trapper, spiders hold no fear!!!!

Thanks!! Although I hope I can catch Mr. G.E. before he leaves, as I managed to smack the spider (unsuccesfully at first) with one of my high heeled shoes... it almost landed on my bed, but luckily I managed to get it! (I was also turning blue in the face trying not to scream, as it was passed midnight (I think) and my parents would not have been happy if I woke them up because of a 'little spider'... )

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Catherine - Jun 22, 2006 2:55 pm (#1515 of 2979)

(I was also turning blue in the face trying not to scream, as it was passed midnight (I think) and my parents would not have been happy if I woke them up because of a 'little spider'... –Tazzy

Sometimes screaming is quite therapeutic.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 22, 2006 3:05 pm (#1516 of 2979)

Sometimes screaming is quite therapeutic.---Catherine

I wonder if Blossom agrees.

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Catherine - Jun 22, 2006 3:25 pm (#1517 of 2979)

I wonder if Blossom agrees. --Lupin is Lupin

Exactly! That's how I know!

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Ponine - Jun 22, 2006 3:48 pm (#1518 of 2979)

LOL I remember Blossom the Possum! How is everyone?!? Long time no see I'm cruising through, trying to catch up, but it's nearly impossible.. I'm so jealous of everyone going to Lumos or NY or Colorado to meet up... Sigh.. Why are there no one in the lovely state of North Dakota?!?!? Well, just wanted to say Hi everyone! Have a great one! Hugs, Ponine

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geauxtigers - Jun 22, 2006 4:53 pm (#1519 of 2979)

I have never heard of "My Mother is a Fish** or "As I lay dying"... making mental note not to read them anytime soon...

“My mother is a fish” is the opening line the chapter told by Vardaman in the book "As I lay Dying" by Faulkner! lol no unless you enjoy reading about well someone who has died and how Pa wants new teeth, stay far away! I delightfully colored the front of my book by putting devil horns on the character on front! We had to read this freshman year, aka the dark depressing literature year! Okay I'll stop don't want to sound like I'm the one depressed.

I agree screaming is therapeutic!

Well the Rocket is returning tonight and I must leave for a while and watch the Stros play! on ESPN so everyone should watch and cheer for them!

Later!

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Puck - Jun 22, 2006 5:33 pm (#1520 of 2979)

Okay, I have the sweetest story to share.

Mr. Puck has been out of town for work this week, so I'm alone with 3 small children. Tonight I took them out for dinner. A family of 3 (Mom, Dad, and junior-high-age son) sat across from us. The baby would smile at them, and they would grin back. As I had to sit with the babe, I had to let the other two sit together. (When there were 2 children it was simple to sit between them.) So, I did the "Mad libs" game on the menu, played a sitting game of Simon Says, dragged all 3 to the ladies room just as dinner arrived, as Diva had "to go". Basic juggling and keeping them happy without disrupting the whole restaurant thing. When my check arrived there was a note inside; "Sometimes good mothers deserve a break". The family across the way had bought our dinner. The waiter and I were both teary-eyed with sentiment. It was just so touching, that a stranger would do this for me, just because.

Happy RotD,

Kathy

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 22, 2006 5:39 pm (#1521 of 2979)

awww Puck!! That's sooo sweet!! How thoughtful of them!!

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Thora - Jun 22, 2006 5:57 pm (#1522 of 2979)

Wow, Puck, that's amazing! Isn't it great when we get that rare but honest pat on the back for doing what's right? Being a good mom is hard work, but it sounds like you've got it down pat.

Thora

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boop - Jun 22, 2006 5:59 pm (#1523 of 2979)

Welcome back all returning forum members!! We have missed you.

Denise good luck with your run this weekend.

Kathy that was a cute story, thanks for sharing it with us.

Madam Pince, enjoy your trip to vist your mom.

Waves to everyone!!

hugs always

boop

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haymoni - Jun 22, 2006 6:02 pm (#1524 of 2979)

That is great, Puck.

I remember being at Applebees with The Beautifulest One. She was incredibly well-behaved. There was an older couple across the aisle from us and when we got up to leave, the gentleman complimented me on how good my daughter was and said that not all parents raise their children correctly. I was incredibly proud, but I leaned forward and said, "You caught her on a good day!" - which was ABSOLUTELY true!

Obviously that couple had been in your shoes, Puck. Too cool of them!

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Puck - Jun 22, 2006 6:11 pm (#1525 of 2979)

Funny, my kids were fooling alot, thus all my little table games. (They weren't horrible, but not sitting perfectly.) They used to sit better, when I could separate them. I have had little old ladies come up to me in the grocery store to comment on what a good job I had done curtailing a tantrum.

Young Franenstein is on FMC! (It's already half through.)

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Julie Aronson - Jun 22, 2006 6:17 pm (#1526 of 2979)

Wow, Kathy. Your story gave me a chill. That's so great! Sunshine

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Choices - Jun 22, 2006 6:39 pm (#1527 of 2979)

What a great story Puck and what a wonderful tribute to your mothering ability. Good job - hope you enjoyed your well earned dinner! :-)

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Tazzygirl - Jun 22, 2006 6:50 pm (#1528 of 2979)

**wishing I was around back when Blossom graced Catherine with an appearance** (I also agree screaming is therapeutic... )

Aww. Puck! That was such a sweet story!

Thanks, Tori, on the clarification of the book! I went and bought The Devil Wears Prada today. Hoping to really like it!

Mom and I went to lunch today, and the restaurant got the order of our food mixed up. We received the main course first. Then the side dish came out, and our appetizer came out last. We were a little confused, but not upset or anything. We actually thought it was funny. The manager came over to apologize and told us our appetizer and side dishes were free.

Off to check Potty Five Words...

~Kristina

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Madam Pince - Jun 22, 2006 7:01 pm (#1529 of 2979)

Wow, sounds like tonight was a good night to eat out! Puck, that was just about the sweetest thing I've ever heard. How nice of them, and what a great feeling for you! Good job!

(((boop)))

See you guys next week!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 22, 2006 8:16 pm (#1530 of 2979)

Wow, Kathy, what a wonderful story! I just love happy endings! This was one of the best I've heard. Thanks for sharing that!

Gina, the avatar is great!

Madam Pince, have a safe trip and enjoy!

Tazzy, when my children tell me they see a bug, I always say, "Don't eat it!" You should see their expressions afterward!

I also agree screaming is therapeutic... Umm, not too sure my children would agree with that.

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Mediwitch - Jun 22, 2006 8:24 pm (#1531 of 2979)

Congrats, Tazzy! Sounds like you will have a busy, and hopefully fun, semester.

Aw, Puck, what a great story! I love those random acts of kindness things.

HH11 - "Don't eat it!" - I love it! Fly Eater

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Puck - Jun 22, 2006 9:10 pm (#1532 of 2979)

when my children tell me they see a bug, I always say, "Don't eat it!" -Maria.

ROTFL!!!

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Denise P. - Jun 22, 2006 10:20 pm (#1533 of 2979)

Puck, we have had that happen to us a few times. It always surprises me because it is rare and it seems to happen on nights when I think the kids are being little rats. Most of the time they behave but when they don't, it is like a shark feeding frenzy. They just feed off of one another.

As for screaming, Mr. Denise has a shirt that says "At 35,000 feet...no one can hear you scream" He parachutes.

Iain made a huge step today, he got brave enough to leap off the deck into the pool finally. Kierynn also stepped forward, she used a regular swimsuit with arm floaties rather than her swimsuit with built in floatation. Woo hoo!

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Lina - Jun 22, 2006 10:31 pm (#1534 of 2979)

Happy birthday to Olivia (HH13) and to Ryan Patrick!

Happy name-day to Audrey!

******waving madly to Ponine****** You are missed.

Kathy, that's a really beautiful story.

Madam Pince, have a good time!

Congrats to Australians, as Madam Pince would say, you deserve it!

It seems that today is quite busy with birthdays. We are not going to celebrate ours today as my hubby is out of town. But the little lady is very excited anyway. She got a new school bag (that we payed $3,5 because it was a leftover from last year) and she likes it very much. And she got my sister's old cellular phone. She hasn't started the school yet, but she is sending messages to all the family already... It is nice when you can make a kid happy with small things.

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Tazzygirl - Jun 22, 2006 11:07 pm (#1535 of 2979)

Maria= ROFL! "Don't eat it!" I love it!

Which reminds me, how can kids (and some adults) eat those suckers given out at museums with the bug inside?!

Happy Birthday to Olivia and Ryan Patrick! (and I think one of Lina's girls?) Hope all of you have fantastic days!

Madam Pince- have a wonderful vacation!

I am also leaving tomorrow afternoon for a camping trip with my dad. I get back Sunday evening... First time I won't have access to the forum on a trip...

~Kristina

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Ponine - Jun 22, 2006 11:14 pm (#1536 of 2979)

Hi Lina!! *Waves back*

It feels good to be back Smile I love hearing stories like Kathy's too -- they sort of restore some of my shaky faith in mankind... And since we're not even in the cup , GO CROATIA!!!

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Tazzygirl - Jun 22, 2006 11:38 pm (#1537 of 2979)

I meant to say Thanks! to Mediwitch in my last post... and I am hoping to have a blast with school over the next two years- with the start of student teaching, it signals that I am almost done with school!! w00t!!! *insert dancing smiley here* I know it's going be super busy, but I think it's going to be a ton of fun.

~Kristina

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Lina - Jun 23, 2006 3:32 am (#1538 of 2979)

He, he, Ponine, too late to say "Go Croatia" (I'm almost glad, no more nervousness in front of TV), maybe it would have helped if you said that a day earlier. But I just liked this cheering photo of Mihaela.

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Julie Aronson - Jun 23, 2006 3:32 am (#1539 of 2979)

Happy birthday to all the Forum kids to whom it applies!



Well, I'm off to try learning some math for my GRE tomorrow. I took a practice test and did great on the verbal part, but came out just above warm monkey on the analytical (maths).

Eeek.

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azi - Jun 23, 2006 4:59 am (#1540 of 2979)

Oooo, lots of birthdays! So, Happy Birthday to Olivia, Ryan and Mihaela!

Good luck on the exam, Julie A!!!

Puck, that story was so sweet!

Welcome back Ponine!

Tazzy, I hope you have a good time on your trip, and I promise to limit my posting on Potty 5 Words.

Back to project writing. I managed about 1000 words yesterday. Now I'm on the results section.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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John Bumbledore - Jun 23, 2006 6:10 am (#1541 of 2979)

Happy Birthday to all: Ryan P., ._Olivia, and Mihaela. (and anyone else I may have missed!)

I'll be away from computers and the Internet for over a week, so have fun everyone.
Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans!

I'll miss this place while I'm away.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore ˜tag-it001

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Puck - Jun 23, 2006 6:13 am (#1542 of 2979)

Happy Birthday to Ryan, Olivia, and Lina's girl! (WHich one is it, Lina?)

Which reminds me, how can kids (and some adults) eat those suckers given out at museums with the bug inside?! I can't even handle gummy worms!

Ummm, a warm monkey, Julie?

Happy RotD,

Kathy

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Catherine - Jun 23, 2006 6:19 am (#1543 of 2979)

Ummm, a warm monkey, Julie? –Puck

A step up from Troll.

Happy Birthday to Ryan, Olivia, and Mihaela.

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Marie E. - Jun 23, 2006 6:22 am (#1544 of 2979)

Happy Birthday to Ryan, Olivia, and Mihaela!

Kathy, what a wonderful story. I think it's very telling that it's never happened to me and my kids. Actually, last night Lexi got a free sundae at Applebee's. She had gotten bored and was holding onto the booth seat and kicking her legs back. She kicked a menu out of our servers hands (the server was facing the booth behind us). For some reason the server thought she had hit Lex with the menu and brought her a sundae. Not really the same effect as Kathy's story.

Did anyone watch America's Got Talent the other night on NBC? A girl who used to go to my daycare was on. Her name is Alexis Jordan and she sang the Whitney Houston song "I've Got Nothing". She and her family moved out to LA two years ago to help further her career. I recorded her singing on the VCR and played it for the other daycare kids. We're going to write to Alexis (sneaky way to get them to practice writing over the summer).

I remembered another boy/girl name. I knew a girl in Georgia named Bradley Anna.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 23, 2006 6:26 am (#1545 of 2979)

Happy Birthday to Ryan and Mihaela! Love the pics - Denise the baby to kid pics always bring on that Perpetual Ache a bit but it is neat to see how they change but still manage to keep their essence from infancy. He's such a cutie! Lina, Mihaela is so cute - did you help with the makeup?? (I have been trying to scan a pic of my three unsuccessfully.)

Mediwitch, where on earth did you find such a smiley! LOL! That could almost be my icon. (You should see people's expressions when we are in public, one of them sees a bug and I say that. 'Hmm, she has to tell her children not to eat bugs??? What kind of a freaky parent is she? I wonder if I should call Child Services?') Of course, they do believe me when it's Trevor. I wonder if he is part toad?

Kristina, sounds like you are nearing the light at the end of the tunnel. I think you will be great at student teaching. I can envision you as one of those teachers that the kids all want to hug at the end of the year and will return to see you long afterward.

Have fun at camp.

Very impressed that you remembered Olivia's birthday! (I can't even remember what I had for breakfast - and it's only 9am! LOL!) Thanks for the wishes. She has just finished opening her gifts.

Good luck on your GRE, Julie and I hope all goes smoothly with the rest of your writing, azi.

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Julie Aronson - Jun 23, 2006 6:56 am (#1546 of 2979)

Thanks for the good luck wishes. Catherine hit it right one the head when she said just above Troll. I guess warm monkey is better than cold monkey, though!

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kaykay1970 - Jun 23, 2006 7:03 am (#1547 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Mihaela, Olivia and Ryan! I hope you all have a great day!

Have fun on your camping trip Tazzy!

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Good Evans - Jun 23, 2006 7:09 am (#1548 of 2979)

Happy birthdays to Olivia, Mihaela and Ryan P!!!

good luck in that exam Julie A

Kathy, are you Mum of the year or what?? you should be really proud of yourself and your kids, what a wonderful display you must have put on, I expect the family thought you were worth every penny for enterntainment value if nothing else! seriously, that was very kind of them and I hope that you thoroughly enjoyed your dinner!!

The sun is shining it is a beautiful day, I have had my hair cut and nails done and sorted out "financial things" this morning gosh what a busy girl I have been, off to sit in the sun, housework done, washing in the machine - all is well with the world!!!!

have a great one all and raise a glass to the weekend!

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azi - Jun 23, 2006 7:19 am (#1549 of 2979)

Have a nice time away, John!

Good Evans - you have sun??? All we get up north is grey cloud!

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Denise P. - Jun 23, 2006 7:20 am (#1550 of 2979)

Thanks for the birthday wishes for Ryan. HungarianHorntail, of all my kids (putting aside Mama bias) Ryan is the cutest. He has deep, dark brown eyes with thick lashes, dimples deep enough to plant tulips in, a beautiful smile and just a gleam in his eyes that has always set him apart. People will look at family photos when I go somewhere and finger him "He is your trouble maker, isn't he?" We call him Rockhead but he is a cutie.

When he was about 6 and Nicholas was 7, they got into an argument about something. Ryan looked at his brother and said "When we are older, I am going to steal your girlfriend!" Our mouths dropped open but you know, Ryan could do it. He has had girls calling him since he was in third grade.

Today is the last day of Girl Scout Day Camp. We overslept through alarms and her ride so I had to dash her down. Somewhere between yesterday and today, Kaitlyn can't find her camp shirt so when I brought her down, she was the only one NOT in her camp shirt.

I need to go get copies of shot records for 2 kids so we can show them to cancer camp when we drop them off on Sunday. We pick Devin up tomorrow and drop off Nicholas, Ryan, Kaitlyn and Iain on Sunday.
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Good Evans - Jun 23, 2006 8:44 am (#1551 of 2979)

lots of sun Azi - its about 24 on the patio but with a breeze that is getting the washing dry - perfect!

Denise - sympathies on the missing shirt - both of my boys lost everything before during and on return from cub / scout camps - those are days I am pleased are behind me - the tour of parents for weeks afterwars to swap items that your darling had brought home. I always used to wash and return but could never get over the Mums who would cheerfully present the muddy garment unwashed that they had identified as not originating in their house!!!

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boop - Jun 23, 2006 9:27 am (#1552 of 2979)

Happy Birthdays to Ryan, Olivia, and Mihaela !! Have a great day!

Good Luck Julie A.

My daughter found out yesterday she is having another girl. So I guess Dustin is my only grandson.

Have a great Friday everyone.

hugs always

boop

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Lina - Jun 23, 2006 9:35 am (#1553 of 2979)

Thank you all for the birthday wishes for Mihaela.

Actually, it was much easier to remember Olivia's birthday than Priscilla's just because it falls at the same day as Mihaela's birthday. As well as Audrey's name-day.

Denise, you are such a super mum in my eyes and a super organized woman that knowing that Kaitlyn couldn't find her camp shirt makes me feel just much more better.

Azi, yay for your project! I know you will do it wonderfully.

Wow, Betty, congratulations to you and your daughter! Enjoy being a part of the majority (women vs. men)!

PS: The make-up on Mihaela was done in the kindergarten.

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Chemyst - Jun 23, 2006 9:42 am (#1554 of 2979)

...one of those teachers that the kids all want to hug at the end of the year and will return to see you long afterward.
It is quite true that I was raised in a different century, (the 20th,) and it is also true that different personalities relate in different ways; but all the teachers I'd most want to return to and thank are...  well, they're dead, but just saying, the ones I'd want to return to see are the very last ones I'd have wanted to hug at the time. They were the ones who were as strict as Minerva McGonagall but in whose classes I learned the most.

about book lists...
Would Harry Potter be less interesting if he were on a required reading list?   I'm thinking, probably yes. When I was assigned an Agatha Christie mystery, I thought it was only so-so.
And now I'm looking for a Civil War novel for my son to read next fall as a high school assignment. (Ironic, isn't it?) Any recommendations will be welcome (either on the Recommended Reading thread or email me, if you think it will clog up the chat thread,) especially if anyone is familiar with The Killer Angels by M. Shaara. “Across Five Aprils” and “Red Badge of Courage” were on my required reading list years ago, so you needn't bother with those!

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Julie Aronson - Jun 23, 2006 9:57 am (#1555 of 2979)

Thanks, Betty, and congrats on the future granddaughter!

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Loopy Lupin - Jun 23, 2006 10:02 am (#1556 of 2979)

I wonder if Blossom agrees. --Lupin is Lupin

Exactly! That's how I know!—Catherine


I miss Blossom the Possum.

Happy Birthdays to all having them and congrats Betty!

Have a good weekend all!!!!

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haymoni - Jun 23, 2006 10:04 am (#1557 of 2979)

Chemyst - What about "Gone With The Wind"? I know all the sappy Scarlett stuff is there, but I was surprised when I read it to find all the historical battle info in there also.

Johnny and Ponyboy liked it!!!

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Catherine - Jun 23, 2006 10:15 am (#1558 of 2979)
Edited Jun 23, 2006 10:58 am

“Across Five Aprils” and “Red Badge of Courage” were on my required reading list years ago, so you needn't bother with those! –Chemyst

Ooh, Chemyst! I think I may have mentioned this on the Recommended Reading thread, but I loved “March” by Geraldine Brooks, so I'll mention it here as well.

It tells the story of the father from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. We see him as a young man before he becomes a minister, and his subsequent marriage to Marmee, his financial losses, and his service in the Union army. He endures horrible emotional and physical wounds in the war, and the novel does not gloss over some of the nastier aspects of slavery.

In the novel one meets Thoreau, Emerson, John Brown, just to name a few.

I'm pretty sure that Brooks won the Pulitzer for this novel. I think it's a terrific book.

EDIT: Yes, March won the Pulitzer in April 2006. In 2005 The Washington Post named it as one of the best fiction works of the year.

EDIT #2: Here is where I mentioned Geraldine Brooks's books (ooh, rhyme) in April.

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Holly T. - Jun 23, 2006 10:56 am (#1559 of 2979)

Chemyst, “The Killer Angels” is a fabulous book! It was one of the assigned books when I took a Civil War history class. I love it. I have “March” in my bag to read on the plane. There's another good novel about the Civil War in Missouri called “Enemy Women” by Paulette Giles about a woman whose father is thrown in prison and how when she goes to rescue him she's imprisoned as a Confederate spy. It's a really interesting perspective on a different part of the Civil War--much of Missouri spent the war under martial law and a good percentage of the population spent time in prison.

I am supposed to be packing! I am leaving for vacation tonight!!! AND I still have to go to the store...

Will try very hard not to check in again until I get back. :-)

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Good Evans - Jun 23, 2006 11:01 am (#1560 of 2979)

congratulations on your expected granddaughter Betty, what lovely news Have a super holiday Holly

Julie x

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Tazzygirl - Jun 23, 2006 12:04 pm (#1561 of 2979)

Azi: I promise to limit my posting on Potty Five Words.

hehehe! Nah- you all can post away! (Just don't finish the story! )

Maria: I can envision you as on of those teachers that the kids all want to hug at the end of the year and will return to see you long afterward.

Thank you! My mom is one of those teachers, and is my role model. I really hope I am one of those teachers!

Thanks, Kay!

Cngratulations, Boop, on the new granddaughter!

John- have a wonderful vacation week! See you when you get back!

Off to check Five Words one more time, and then I need to pack...

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

~Kristina

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Catherine - Jun 23, 2006 12:06 pm (#1562 of 2979)

I promise to limit my posting on Potty Five Words.—Azi

Sorry, but that's ten words!

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Gina R Snape - Jun 23, 2006 12:17 pm (#1563 of 2979)

This might be more interesting to a girl, but what about Iola Leroy?

http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=4398

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Puck - Jun 23, 2006 12:54 pm (#1564 of 2979)

The only war-related novel I remember reading is “Johnny got His Gun.” I believe it was set in WWI or WWII.

Congratulations Betty! That's like our family. Out of 6 grandchildren, my son is the only boy.

Lina, I agree. I makes me feel much better knowing there are moments of chaos and disorganization in Denise's home.

School is out. Hubby is coming home. Diva is feeling better. (She awoke at 5:30am with a fever, and got sick on the3 coach at 6:30.) Ahhh, Friday.

Happy Vacations to all those taking them!

Kathy

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Winky Woo - Jun 23, 2006 1:02 pm (#1565 of 2979)
Edited Jun 23, 2006 1:45 pm

Happy Birthday and Name dayto all those celebrating! Congrats to Boop, on the new granddaughter.

I am thinking of our French friends as I type this....COME ON FRANCE! They are playing so nervously! Allez les bleus!(SP/)

Love Winky x

Edit: The French have scored twice! It looks like they are through!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 23, 2006 1:28 pm (#1566 of 2979)

Well for starters Happy Birthday to everyone to whom it applies!(yesterday was my cat's 4th b-day!)

Okay so we finally did it- the Jeep now has a bunch of large scratches going down the entire side of it due to the bush Tori decided to hit this morning! I’m shocked it was her fault, really because I figured I'd be the first to inflict some sort of physical damage to it(and most people would probably agree!) But anyways, we just finished washing it and cleaning out the inside(ahhhh!) so it's all nice and clean with a big scratch! But dad went out and bought some stuff that's supposed to fix it.....that's going to be one intresting task for him as he probably won't read the directions and end up mad and cussing. ahhh gotta love him!!

off to check 5 words! so I'll just say BING! for good measure!

Puck, I hope Diva is feeling better!

have a great RotD everyone!!

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geauxtigers - Jun 23, 2006 1:40 pm (#1567 of 2979)
Edited Jun 23, 2006 2:24 pm

Happy birthday to everyone! TGIF!!!!!!

Okay so I can explain the scratch! These people we babysat for this morning are tearing up the back yard so there was a pile of dirt on their driveway, well I drove in between the dirt and the bush with no problem, then the lady comes out and tells us to park on the street. Well lets just say backing up was much harder than going forward and now there are several large white scratches on my car! Not to mention the car is black so its extra obvious... I'm not having a great day especailly after being out in the heat for an hour washing it. Ginny can't act all innocent she has clipped more curbs than I can count!

The Astros also lost last night which doesn't improve things either...

Well I'd better be off before the internet crashes on my I want to check the other threads... We'll see how far I get!

Hope Diva gets better! I know I've missed a few things but its hard remembering stuff from 34 posts!

Have a great weekend!

EDIT It just had to happen sooner or later.- Lina, that is exactly what my mom said! My dad just put some scratch stuff on them and its much better, it took the white away so it looks black now but you can still tell they are there but you have to look closely!

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Lina - Jun 23, 2006 2:21 pm (#1568 of 2979)

Well, Tori, congrats for the first scratches! It just had to happen sooner or later. It happened to everybody. Only now you can say you are a real driver! There is no need to crush the whole car to be able to say that you are a real driver. Few scratches are just fine.

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The giant squid - Jun 23, 2006 3:35 pm (#1569 of 2979)

*gasp* Finally made it to the end... It's only been a couple of days but there were over 140 posts waiting for me! Yeesh, you people get chatty sometimes!

I swear these things are getting bigger each time I see them...—Tazzygirl

There was a subplot on an episode of Babylon 5 where one of the main characters kept seeing a bug in his quarters. At one point he asks one of the others, "If you see something this big, with eight legs, let me know. I have to kill it before it develops language skills." It might not seem so funny on paper but the delivery made it hilarious!

There is just something wrong about ice hockey and NBA when it's 90 degrees outside.--Madame Pince

I don't have a problem with basketball, but I just can't follow hockey anymore. It was over 100 degrees outside (38 Celcius) here during the Stanley Cup finals... Hockey is a winter sport; even excepting regional differences June is far to late in the year to be playing it, IMHO.

They want to encourage us to read, but their list just discourages because I don't want to read any of if!—geauxtigers

I have three words for you: Grapes of Wrath. I was forced to read this (literally forced--I was against it all the way) my sophomore year in high school. It was by far the most boring book I've ever read. There's an entire chapter about a turtle crossing the road, for heaven's sake! "Bartleby the Scrivener" was another maddening choice. If I weren't already an avid reader by then those books probably would have pushed me away for good.

I think "required reading" is what's hurt the literacy of US schoolchildren the most. Telling someone that they have to read something because it's a "classic" just pushes them away from literature. Let them read something they're interested in and you'll be amazed at the spike in comprehension, vocabulary and volume of books read!

Happy birthday to all who qualify.

(((boop)))

Tori, I was actually relieved when I got a scratch on my car. It was the first one I'd ever bought brand new so I was walking on eggshells all the time. Once that first scratch came along I could relax & just drive it. Not quite the same as your situation but I felt like sharing anyway. I'm glad your parents aren't getting bent out of shape about the whole thing.

--Mike

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Catherine - Jun 23, 2006 3:51 pm (#1570 of 2979)
Edited Jun 23, 2006 5:58 pm

I think "required reading" is what's hurt the literacy of US schoolchildren the most. Telling someone that they have to read something because it's a "classic" just pushes them away from literature. Let them read something they're interested in and you'll be amazed at the spike in comprehension, vocabulary and volume of books read! --Squid Mike

You know, that's interesting that you should say that. The school where I will begin teaching 7th grade Humanities this fall has eliminated the "summer reading list" for the middle school, and instead presented the students with a list of "recommended reading." The list is actually quite good, and encompasses a lot of popular young adult fiction as well as accessible classics. Students will have the option of earning extra credit at the beginning of the school year by writing papers on their summer reading.

I can't say I blame them students for rebelling. Last year (when I subbed at the same school in 7th grade for the first marking period and had to listen to student complaints about the "required reading") I couldn't really disagree with the students. Had I been consulted, I would NOT have made those selections "mandatory." Just because the 7th grade social studies focuses on "non-Western cultures," they made the students read an unholy amount of Rudyard Kipling, which to the eleven and twelve year-olds I taught, was a complete yawn (No, I didn't teach the literature, as no one bothered to tell me that they were to have read it over the summer). I sat down the other day and tried to read Kim *no relation to Lupin is Lupin, naturally!* and thought, "Why would I assign this? Just because it's been done before?" In the end, I chucked it, and I've picked other novels about India and Africa.

Trust me, I feel the pain about "required summer reading." I won the Senior English award at my high school, but I flunked the first test back from the summer because I was required to read Jude the Obscure, and I found it....obscure. I didn't even want to shell out my hard-earned cash by buying the Cliffs Notes. At my high school, we had an unholy amount of Thomas Hardy, and by senior year, I just wasn't hardy enough. You could not pay me money to revisit Return of the Native or The Mayor of Casterbridge, never mind poor Jude.

Rant over.

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geauxtigers - Jun 23, 2006 4:04 pm (#1571 of 2979)

I think "required reading" is what's hurt the literacy of US schoolchildren the most. Telling someone that they have to read something because it's a "classic" just pushes them away from literature. Let them read something they're interested in and you'll be amazed at the spike in comprehension, vocabulary and volume of books read!

I agree completely! Reading is much more enjoyable when I don't have to read it! I never planned on reading Grapes of Wrath historical novels are not my cup of tea! Freshman year we read Lord of the Flies, As I Lay Dying, and Macbeth Last year was equally as bad! The second worst book ever written is the Scarlett Letter. The only book I didn't finish last year!

Yeah I thought my mom would be upset, but I think she felt bad because I was pretty upset myself!

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Catherine - Jun 23, 2006 4:39 pm (#1572 of 2979)

Okay, I'll defend the Scottish play.

I really do like Shakespeare, and I was most unfashionable by majoring in Medieval and Renaissance Literature in college. See my email addresss (Katespeare) for a pun on Shakespeare. I believe it was Prefect Marcus who figured out my name, and delighted in recognizing the Shrewish Kate.

Heck, even Harry Potter includes Shakespeare allusions..."The Weird Sisters" and the whole song from PoA that comes from MacBeth "Double, Double, Toil and Trouble..." Not to mention prophecies, where the exact wording really does matter...Not to mention murder most foul...it's all good.

I think As I Lay Dying is a tough call for 9th grade, although we were forced to read Great Expectations. I like Lord of the Flies, though. In the school in which I will be teaching, they do that in 8th grade.

They teach Huxley's A Brave New World in 9th grade, which I do not agree with, but I do like the choice of To Kill a Mockingbird.

So even English teachers don't always agree amongst themselves!

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Chemyst - Jun 23, 2006 4:56 pm (#1573 of 2979)

Okay, I'll defend the Scottish play. ~ Catherine

See? You called it a play and not a book! THAT, m'dears, is the key to liking (or at least tolerating) Shakespeare. It is best performed, and if that is not possible, then at least read aloud. Silent reading of Shakespeare gets the pacing all off (unless you are really used to it) and that drags it down.

PS  Thanks to all for the Civil War novel suggestions.

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geauxtigers - Jun 23, 2006 4:59 pm (#1574 of 2979)

lol Catherine! Macbeth wasn't bad, it was just difficult to read! "Double, Double, Toil and Trouble" is great! I got to read that out loud in class with two other people! lol!! We did Romeo and Julliet in 8th grade along with to Kill a Mockingbird. I liked Mockingbird, I keep saying I'm going to read it again. Lord of the Flies wasn't bad either, but I don't see myself reading it again anytime soon. I'm just saying they aren't the happiest of books in the world and sometime it just frustrates me! Great Expectiations is one of the few on our Summer Reading this year.

Shakespeare. It is best performed,

A few years ago, we did a play at school... I think is was called Shakespere something abridged. I can't remember exactly but they basically took all of Shakespere's plays and put them in briefly and very quickly. It was hilarious and on top of all that the entire cast were wearing converses! It was one of the better plays the schools done.

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 23, 2006 4:59 pm (#1575 of 2979)

I absolutely think they should just do away with summer reading all together. If it's a classic, then fine, I'll probably read it when I'm older. The problem with all of these "classics" is that half of them are written in "old English" so it's hard to understand what's actually going on in them, much less enjoy them, As Lay Dying and that whole stream of consciousness writing being a prime example! I can remember my teacher spending a full hour trying to explain 2 paragraphs in that book(the one where it's like "and then she was and it wasn't but then it was and she wasn't ... it was insane!!)! I like what they do at your school Catherine! I'd probably read over the summer if i could chose the books. Ok sorry rant over!

have a great day everyone!

*wishing Kristina the best of luck for a bug-free camping trip!*

Edited to add: I loved To Kill A Mockingbird, it's way up there on my list, Lord of the Flies is ok, not something I'd usually read, but I didn't find it at all tourturous to read! One of my favorites that we read this yar was The Great Gatsby. That's a classic in my mind! I agree with Tori, Shakespeare is good, just difficult to read. We read Macbeth and Romeo and Julliet outloud in class and it was actually quite fun!

Edit 2: Tori the play I think was "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare-Abridged" just thought I'd add that!

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haymoni - Jun 23, 2006 5:00 pm (#1576 of 2979)

The only required reading I ever had was "1984". I graduated in 1983 and Miami University wanted its incoming freshman to read "1984" so that we could discuss it as an ice breaker during orientation.

Apparently scoping out all the hot guys was not enough - we actually had to talk to them about something. I think I was the only one that read it. It really creeped me out. The book I mean.

I wonder if watching the movie first would help somebody read the book. A number of Forum members read HP because they saw the first movie. Take your reading list to the video store and see what they have. That way, you'd know where the story was going and you wouldn't get bogged down so much.

The movie "Grapes of Wrath" is a light-hearted romp compared to the book!

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Regan of Gong - Jun 23, 2006 5:02 pm (#1577 of 2979)

Year 9, or 9th grade as you call it, we read Lord of the Flies. Didn't mind it really, but I don't think it was as brilliant as everyone said. We read To Kill a Mockingbird this year, Year 10, and did the film study as well. AS extension work,, some of us read Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. It was quite an interesting read, the end bit was quite sad though. Still, I recommend it for anyone of 9/10 grade level. I think we do MacBeth later this year.

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Denise P. - Jun 23, 2006 5:12 pm (#1578 of 2979)

Ugh, two books I was required to read for AP English in high school was The Great Fitzgerald and The Scarlet Letter. The way the instructor had us read and analyze these books ensured that I detest them to this day. Of course, I didn't like the instructor and I had him half the time in AP History as well. Ugh!

You know, to this day when I read Shakespeare, Mr. Denise finds it amusing that he can hear me whispering words since I read it out loud but almost inaudible. I can't just read it, I have to hear it.

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geauxtigers - Jun 23, 2006 5:24 pm (#1579 of 2979)

LOL Denise, we read Gatsby and Scarlett letter this year, we "analyzed” them, but I didn't pay attention. I like Gatsby, and I have no clue why because its really just a randomly weird book. I too despise the Scarlett Letter, I wanted to chuck it in the fire every time I opened it, or put each individual page through the paper shredder! Sometimes I wonder if teacher enjoy listening to us complain about the books they make us read... Well they did one thing right, I'll never forget any of them!

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Catherine - Jun 23, 2006 5:47 pm (#1580 of 2979)

See? You called it a play and not a book! THAT, m'dears, is the key to liking (or at least tolerating) Shakespeare. –Chemyst

Indeed! Good performances are key. I liked that we watched performances with Patrick Stewart. *raises eyes heavenward in appreciation* Also, I had a leading Shakespeare scholar as my teacher, and his passion infected us all.

My students in seventh grade asked why my email address had "Shakespeare" allusions in it. Once they figured it out, they groaned in horror. I pulled a script of a play and explicated it in class, after getting faux promises that they wouldn't "rat me out" to the administration for showing them something "dirty." They adored Katherine's and Petruchio's spats, and realized, without me saying so, that it reminded them of the movie Ten Things I Hate About You.

One of my students said, "He makes dirty jokes just like the movies! But you've got to understand it." I did not disagree. Another student said, "So you like that--now I get it." While I like Shakespeare for his bawdy humor, I do appreciate the other things! I hope I at least laid a foundation of curiosity. I told my students that I would be happy to discuss the plays if they watched them.

That said, the administration of my school does not seem to support me teaching Shakespeare in 7th grade, even as a "Top Ten Hits" or "Excellent Selections" kind of thing. Too bad.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 23, 2006 6:23 pm (#1581 of 2979)

You could not pay me money to revisit Return of the Native or The Mayor of Casterbridge, never mind poor Jude.---Catherine

Loved Return of the Native.

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Catherine - Jun 23, 2006 6:55 pm (#1582 of 2979)

Loved Return of the Native--Lupin is Lupin. Natch.

Then you were paid money.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 23, 2006 7:03 pm (#1583 of 2979)

Then you were paid money.---Catherine

They say knowledge is priceless.

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Mediwitch - Jun 23, 2006 7:08 pm (#1584 of 2979)

Happy Birthday to all! Birthday

Maria, check out Smiley Central for lots of fun smilies!

Chemyst, a couple more late CW recommendations: The Killer Angels is an excellent read, as is Jeff Shaara's The Last Full Measure and Gods and Generals. (Jeff is Michael's son.) I had a really good CW fiction by Shelby Foote, but I loaned it to my brother and I can't remember the name. I can recommend lots of good CW nonfiction! My last obsession before HP was the American Civil War.

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timrew - Jun 23, 2006 7:30 pm (#1585 of 2979)

Return Of The Native, I must admit, gives me palpitations. To me, Hardy was so verbose! It was a case of, "Why use a hundred words when ten thousand will do!"

But Shakespeare. Now, he could write.

He is my favourite author, alongside John Steinbeck, Roald Dahl and Laurie Lee.

Hemingway just loses it for using "Thees" and "Thous"...................

Just a little opinion..........but my own...........

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Puck - Jun 23, 2006 8:01 pm (#1586 of 2979)

We never had summer reading lists. That's probably why I don't know many of the titles mentioned. Perhaps students should help select books for the lists. As an adult I appreciate books I never would have enjoyed in high school -East of Eden, for example. And for some reason I more readily read a novel because Oprah says I should than I ever did on a teacher's "request".

Shakespeare is great!

Catherine, A Fine Balance is an excellent book set in India, though parts aren't appropriate for junior high. It just gave me some real perspective about what it's like to live in another part of the world.

Sorry about the jeep, Tori.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Ponine - Jun 23, 2006 8:06 pm (#1587 of 2979)

Puck -- I'm so glad you mentioned Oprah I recently read the Poisonwood Bible, and I thought it was really awesome -- I haven't really that many of her picks, but all the ones I did read, I really enjoy. Have a great RofE, all!! Ponine

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Puck - Jun 23, 2006 8:17 pm (#1588 of 2979)

**waves to Ponine**

I didn't read that one. Just a few of her picks. They do tend to be depressing and heavy, so I need something different now and then.

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shepherdess - Jun 23, 2006 10:06 pm (#1589 of 2979)

Speaking of Oprah's recommendations, I also read The Poisonwood Bible (last year while waiting for HBP). I think maybe sometime I'll read it again, but this time I'll read all the chapters written by one person, then all the chapters written by another person, etc. I think that will be an interesting way to really see the development and changes each character went through without having to take a break from that character to read chapters about/by the others.

I also read The Lovely Bones, which was oddly interesting. But due to the violent and gruesome nature of the girls' death and disappearance, I would not recommend this for younger readers.

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Elanor - Jun 23, 2006 10:45 pm (#1590 of 2979)

Thanks for the nameday wishes! And belated (or not yet belated) happy birthday to everyone celebrating one!

Winky Woo: "COME ON FRANCE! They are playing so nervously! Allez les bleus!(SP/)"

Perfect spelling Winky! Truth to be told, I don't watch the matches (I do prefer rugby to soccer) but still glad the team qualified for the next stage of the event. Admittedly, it is impossible not to know the results of the matches, you'd think there is only soccer in the news here those days! Every little cramp, grimace or possibly angry look to the coach is analyzed and commentated for hours, LOL! I just wish they would stop saying Zidane (the most famous French player) is getting old every five minutes: a guy born in 1972 can't become "old", the only thing he can do is to improve as time passes. It is just like good wines, only a matter of vintage, hehehe...

**waving to everybody**

Audrey

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Lina - Jun 24, 2006 1:44 am (#1591 of 2979)

Talking about Africa, my kids really enjoyed the In Desert and Wilderness by Henryk Sienkiewicz at the age of 12. Talking about Asia, I think I liked to read Pearl Buck as a teenager.
Having one child that struggles with reading, I must admit that some of the required books have helped her develop more love for the reading. So, I'm not about to complain about the reading assignments in our schools. It is the high school reading that can be a real pain sometimes and a real pleasure at some other points. They have to read few works from each period of literature, starting with ancient Greek in the first (9th) grade and ending with recent works in the fourth (12th) grade. I ended up buying many books that I borrowed in the library and read first, when I was in the fourth grade.

LOL, Audrey, my hubby is very upset by those aging comments too.

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Snuffles - Jun 24, 2006 3:07 am (#1592 of 2979)

Phew!! I have just read the last couple of days chat. When I logged on there was 644 posts to read and I just couldn't manage that!!

Happy belated birthday to Ryan, Olivia and Mihaela, and anyone else I have missed over the last couple of weeks. Also, cheering charms and good wishes to anyone who needs them!!

Had a fantastic time in Spain. Weather was superb. We hired a car from Malaga airport to our apartment, and during the week I lost count the number of times I sat in the drivers seat rather than the passengers!! I just can't remember they drive on the other side to me!!!!

Of course I managed to get sunburn on my shoulders. I put enough cream on, why does it keep happening!!!! Livvy is now just a darker shade of pale!!

Off to check the rest of the threads. My finger is poised on that magic button

Have a good day everyone

Julie

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Amilia Smith - Jun 24, 2006 3:41 am (#1593 of 2979)

Mmmm . . . I loved Pearl Buck's The Good Earth. I think it was an Oprah selection too. One of my coworkers read it based on Oprah's recommendation, and hated it. She was amazed that I liked it. You just have to remember to leave your western sensibilities at the door when you open the book. My coworker couldn't get past Wang Lung's attitude towards women long enough to get like him as a character. But that is one of the things I liked most about the book. It didn't try and force 20th century American ideals into a culture where they don't belong. That's just the way it was, and Buck does not try to justify it or condemn it.

I had a similar experience reading Gone With the Wind. Slavery has never been something I could understand. How could anyone in good conscience own another person? But when I read Gone With the Wind, that's just the way life was.

I agree with the comments about reading lists being evil. Even when good books are assigned, the fact that you have to read them takes the fun out of it. On the other hand, I do believe that there are some works that ought to be read and that will give a greater enjoyment to life. There should be a way around this conundrum . . .

Also agree about watching Shakespeare as opposed to reading. I had a wonderful 11th grade English teacher, and that was her philosophy. We watched a BBC production of Macbeth in class, and if we wanted to do Shakespeare for a book report, we were expected to either watch a play or rent a movie. I will be eternally grateful to this teacher for that. When I watch a Shakespearian play, I never understand the first 15 minutes or so. Then, it is like my brain suddenly kicks into gear and I understand everything after that.

So now I'm curious, Ginny and Tori. What else besides Metamorphosis and Great Expectations is on your list?

Welcome back, Julie! Glad you had a great time in Spain. On the sunburn front, I feel your pain. I am currently peeling. :-)

Mills.

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azi - Jun 24, 2006 3:44 am (#1594 of 2979)

Welcome back Snuffles! See you on Potty 5 Words soon!

Geauxtigers and Ginny - you mentioned The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - abridged a few many posts ago. I have seen that play performed by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and it is one of the funniest performances I've ever seen! I mentioned that I saw Completely Hollywood at the theatre earlier this week - that's by the same company. I'd recommend that if you can see it done in the theatre you go! Just don't sit in the very front rows.

I love Shakesphere's MacBeth. Not keen on Henry V (or was it the IV?). I agree with what has been said - forced school reading ruins your view on books. I hate most of the books I had to read in school - Of Mice and Men, Shirley Valentine, Twelth Night, Romeo and Juliet, various Charles Dickens Books (I forget what...)...anyway, you get the picture... It's those books that put me off reading, until I found Harry Potter. Before I had to read certain books in school, I spent most of my time reading. Even now, I avoid 'classic' books like the plague. Now I'm in university, my reading for the holidays is Environmental Chemistry. I can cope with that.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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Julie Aronson - Jun 24, 2006 4:56 am (#1595 of 2979)

Catherine, your undergrad specialization is the plan for my MA! I could read Chaucer all day long. In fact, I have! Plus, I'm very excited to take Shakespearean Drama in the fall--woohoo!

As far as summer reading from high school, I liked most of it, but to this day I can't look at anything by Dickens or Steinbeck. I learned in 7th grade that 29 years was too many for Stephen Crane to have lived.

However, I loved Lord of the Flies, A Separate Peace, (I still buy copies of that one and leave them places,) and Lost Horizon. Summer reading doesn't have to stink!

As far as abridgements, last time I was in LA, I saw Star Wars in Thirty Minutes. It was HILARIOUS. I was frankly amazed at how cleverly they fit everything in.

Well, off to my GRE. I'll be back in five hours, probably with a greatly diminished ego. Hmm

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Catherine - Jun 24, 2006 5:44 am (#1596 of 2979)

Well, off to my GRE. I'll be back in five hours, probably with a greatly diminished ego.

Good luck! Hope you get all O's!

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Puck - Jun 24, 2006 5:52 am (#1597 of 2979)

Welcome back, Julie!

Happy testing, Julie Aronson!

I signed the kids up for a reading program at the library. You can record your reading by the book or by the clock. (We chose the latter, coloring in 15 minute "pies" until we get to 20 hours.) They also have an option that you have to complete certain reading "tasks", such as "read in the shade of a tree" or "read a mystery". I think it's a nice solution to summer reading lists. Save the classic must-read-no-matter-how-painful-it-is books for during the school year.

Happy weekend!

Kathy

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Lina - Jun 24, 2006 6:23 am (#1598 of 2979)

***Waving to Julie (Snuffles)**** I'm glad you had a wonderful time, although it was expected.

Good luck, Julie Aronson! I'm sure you'll do great!

I like the task - read in a shade of a tree.

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Mrs. D. - Jun 24, 2006 8:05 am (#1599 of 2979)

I too hated being forced to read in school, but was an avid reader on my own. I couldn't stand anything by Dickens in High School, but now have read several of his works repeatedly. Funny how that happens.

Geauxtigers- I too read (performed from memory) the "Double, Double, Toil and Trouble" part aloud with two others in high school. I honestly loved that experience!!

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Mediwitch - Jun 24, 2006 8:30 am (#1600 of 2979)

Julie A - Good luck on the GRE! I'm sure you'll do fine. I'm also glad I won't have to take it again. My verbal and analytical scores were fine, but the quantitative ! Maybe that's why I like Jo so much - she's not good at "maths" either!!
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Winky Woo - Jun 24, 2006 8:47 am (#1601 of 2979)

Elanor

Your comments reminded me of when I was traveling in South America and watching a football match on local Argentinian TV. Mr Winky, despite being Dutch, follows "La Liga" (Spanish Football/Soccer)and I thought I was hallucinating when I kept hearing "'Arry Potter", but Wilm explained that Zidane (Or Zizou )was known as "The Wizard" hence the nickname by the commentators!

Julie, I am a little late but (*(*(*(*(*(*(*(*(*(*(good luck and brainy type charms)*)*)*)*)*)*)*)*)*)*)*)*)

Have a great ROTD/N Everyone!

Love Winky

x x x

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Puck - Jun 24, 2006 9:33 am (#1602 of 2979)

**wonders if I am alone in the fact that I always scored higher on the math section of standardized tests and dreaded the verbal portion?**

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 24, 2006 10:03 am (#1603 of 2979)

So now I'm curious, Ginny and Tori. What else besides Metamorphosis and Great Expectations is on your list?

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen; Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte; A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess; The Murder at the Vicarage, Agatha Christie; The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde; In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner, Elizabeth George; Rebecca, Daphne DuMaurier; An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, P.D. James; The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka; Blandings Castle, P.G. Wodehouse; The Story of King Arthur and His Knights, Howard Pyle; Dracula, Bram Stoker; Jeeves in the Morning, P.G Wodehouse; Great Expectations, Charles Dickens; Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy; Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart; The Complete Father Brown, John Chesterton; Irish Mist, Andrew M. Greely; The Commitments, Roddy Doyle; Cambridge, Caryl Phillips

**sorry if this is a bit much, I just copy/pasted it from the website because i was too lazy to type any of them!!**

Good Luck Julie A.!

Well I'm off to Whole Foods with my grannie and my mom...*hoping we can sneak to some of the other stores instead*

Have a great RotD everyone!!

EDIT: the list copied weird, but the author is the second name!

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Julie Aronson - Jun 24, 2006 11:00 am (#1604 of 2979)

OK. I lived, ego relatively intact. I guess I'll find out for sure in about two weeks when my percentile rankings come through. Thanks for the good thoughts!

Ginny and Tori,

There are plenty of good choices on that book list. Try “Rebecca.” I read that in 9th grade and still go back to it every once in a while. It's creepy.

Have a great weekend, all!

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geauxtigers - Jun 24, 2006 2:07 pm (#1605 of 2979)

Well the internet is up and working once more! No more double and triple posts! Apparently every single phone line in my house was in perfect condition except for the one in my room. I think I know now why I could never get my phone to work! The guy did something I'm not sure what, but it works now so I'm happy!

We went to Whole Foods and it made me think of Maria and Puck because of all the healthy food there ! We got some really good sour dough bread and a baguette which is still not the same as the ones in France! I wish I knew what they did to the french bread in France! Well Whole Foods is in a relatively new shopping center so we did some shopping while we were there. I got this cute black halter top that’s made of cable knit sweater material. Super cute and it was half off too! We ate lunch at this sandwich place and it was far too healthy for me. The bread was 7-grain and had whole sunflower seeds and other weird nuts in it. and I like wheat bread, just not this stuff! yuck!

Julie, I looked at it and its HUGE! not to mention with tiny print. I try to find the shortest books on the list because I'm a slow reader so it takes quite a while to read. I also don't like reading a book that it feels like it takes 10 minutes to read one page. I need to get over this I've just had trouble doing it! On top of everything I always have to force myself to read so it becomes that much harder! I know bad excuses here but what can I say I'm OCD.

The three shortest books on the list are The Metamorphisis, The Commitments, and Blandings Castle. I think I'm going to go with those, I need to get on amazon because Barnes and Noble only had Metamorphosis.... Anyone read these? Am I digging my own grave?

Okay off to check the other threads! Have a great day/evening/night everyone! Wow its already 4:00 where did the day go?

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Julie Aronson - Jun 24, 2006 2:44 pm (#1606 of 2979)

Tori,

I think I mentioned earlier that Metamorphosis is one of my favorites. Rebecca seems thick, but it's a very quick read. Seriously. Were you intimidated by the gigantic OOtP? You can do it!

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geauxtigers - Jun 24, 2006 3:46 pm (#1607 of 2979)

Thanks Julie, I might give it a try! I wasn't really intimidated by OotP I think mostly because I'd already read the first 4 and nothing was going to keep me from reading Order! Plus I'd already conquered Goblet in 5th grade so I was ready for it!

Well I'm off to babysit tonight for a couple of hours. First time for these kids we'll see how it goes but they are older I think like 5 and 7 or something I'm not sure, but they aren't babies so thats good! Be back later tonight.

I just heard thunder, two whole rumbles and its getting dark.... Maybe we will get some form of water to our brown grass and drooping plants... **crosses fingers** we need rain desperately!

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The giant squid - Jun 24, 2006 3:56 pm (#1608 of 2979)

a guy born in 1972 can't become "old", the only thing he can do is to improve as time passes.—Elanor

I wholeheartedly agree. 1972 was a very good year, and not long ago at all.

*wonders if I am alone in the fact that I always scored higher on the math section of standardized tests and dreaded the verbal portion?**--Puck

No, you're not alone. I completed the math portions in my sleep. The verbal took a little more effort... Although even rebelling against it I still seem to have a much better grasp of grammar and vocabulary that a lot of the kids I'm seeing coming out of the schools today. We had one employee at the theater that--my hand to God--had worse handwriting than mine when I was 6! How does someone get to 12th grade with first grade writing skills?

we were forced to read Great Expectations—Catherine

Ugh. This is the other book that High School managed to kill my enjoyment of reading with. To this day just hearing the word "Dickens" makes my skin crawl. It may very well be a good story, but having to endure it as an assignment made it torture.

--Mike

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Amilia Smith - Jun 24, 2006 3:59 pm (#1609 of 2979)

I can understand the shortest book approach, Tori, but Julie is right. It's not so much how much is written, but how well it is written.

One of you (don't remember which, sorry) mentioned that you hate the way assigned reading is always dark, depressing, and moralistic. These are the fun books on your list (that I have read; there may be more):

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen. Also comes in several excellent movie versions.
The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde. I LOVE this book. So does Little Ginny.
Jeeves in the Morning, P.G Wodehouse. Jeeves and Wooster, one of my favorite British sitcoms, is based on Wodehouse's Jeeves stories.

I have not read Blandings Castle, but like I said, Jeeves is a hoot, and I would be very surprised if Blandings Castle were not as well. Also, in googling it, it appears to be a book of short stories. So you might like that, being able to read it in chunks.

I also really liked Rebecca and Wuthering Heights, but they are more on the dark/creepy side rather than the light fluffy side.

Good luck!

Mills.

EDIT: We had one employee at the theater that--my hand to God--had worse handwriting than mine when I was 6! How does someone get to 12th grade with first grade writing skills?

My guess is that he figured he could type, so why bother with handwriting.

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The giant squid - Jun 24, 2006 4:13 pm (#1610 of 2979)

   My guess is that he figured he could type, so why bother with handwriting.



All well and good, but unless things have changed greatly in the 15 years since I was in school at some point you actually have to write things down for the teachers. This kid's writing should have been noticed by every teacher from grade 2 on. Seriously, I've had pictures from my nieces on the fridge with better sentence structure. It's mindboggling.

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Amilia Smith - Jun 24, 2006 4:31 pm (#1611 of 2979)

I just have brothers who have that mentality. Horrendous handwriting, but incredible typing skills. It worried my mother to no end, but my brother could have cared less. Now, his sentence structure was fine. Just his handwriting that was slow and torturous to do, and he didn't see the necessity of improving it.

And I agree, intending to type for the rest of your life is no excuse for poor structure.

I am now paranoid about my sentence structure here in this post.

Mills.

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Regan of Gong - Jun 24, 2006 4:37 pm (#1612 of 2979)

With the writing thing, does your handwriting go downhill after a long break, e.g. summer holidays? Mine's always horrible.

One of the teachers at our school, the secondary co-ordinator, said her handwriting is quite a bit worse than 10 years ago because now she's typing half the time. You also notice with school assignments and things that most are typed, sometimes because it's a requirement, but mostly because people can write faster while typing. I type almost all my work, but its also an excuse to go on the computer and check the Lexicon, MSN, e-mail etc

Also, does anyone here use Google Sketchup? I'm playing with it at the moment, trying to create a model Hogwarts. I think it's brilliant, but you can get frustrated so easily. You can learn the basics in 10 minutes, but it's so hard to apply everything and use it correctly. Kind of like maths...or golf...

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Denise P. - Jun 24, 2006 5:38 pm (#1613 of 2979)

I ran my 10K race today. Mr. Denise brought Rhys in the jogging stroller but before we were even half a mile into it, I told him to go ahead. He and Rhys finished well before me. I was thrilled to discover there were several people behind me for the race so I didn't come in last. I was stunned to discover I actually placed third in my age group (which shows you it was a very small running field) My time was 1:17:53 which was about a minute slower than my personal best but I was still very pleased. My pace for my last 5K race was 12:16 and today my pace was 12:33 so that is not bad. The temperature was only 71 but humid. It was a gorgeous morning to be running.

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boop - Jun 24, 2006 5:58 pm (#1614 of 2979)

Denise, great job on your run!!!

Have a great weekend everybody!!!

hugs always

boop

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Catherine - Jun 24, 2006 6:35 pm (#1615 of 2979)

Mr. Denise brought Rhys in the jogging stroller but before we were even half a mile into it, I told him to go ahead. He and Rhys finished well before me. –Denise

Mr. Denise is so studly!

Denise, Congrats on the good finish you made, and Mr. Denise's. ! I salute you both! *Catherine loathes running, but likes runners. Go figure...*

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Pigwidgeon - Jun 24, 2006 7:35 pm (#1616 of 2979)

On books: Oooo, I love Rebecca! A very quick read, indeed, and so sinister. I aim to try to read two books a week after I get my big project done for class, which is to read/review 100 books and other materials for young children (we're talking picture books and short videos; I'm nearly halfway through the list). I want to tackle "Eragon," "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Pride and Prejudice," "Speak" and whatever else looks good Smile I also have become a big fan of Elanor Updale and her "Montmorency" books. The first two are fairly short. The first one, "Montmorency" starts out kind of slow, but the descriptions are so vivid that it's easy to forgive the pacing. It picks up, and goes like wildfire later. The second book isn't quite as good -- a bit fractured -- but still enjoyable, and the pacing is better. The third and most recent one (Montmorency and the Assassins) is longer, but it just blew me away. Gordan Korman's "Son of the Mob" and the sequel also are good -- very funny, light summer reads for teens. Especially the sequal.

I've always been a big reader, although it's amazing some of my high school classes didn't kill that in me. Ugh. I don't know why some of the worst tripe is considered "classic," and apologies to fans, but I can't stand James Joyce. I actually like Dickens, though.

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Finn BV - Jun 24, 2006 7:40 pm (#1617 of 2979)

Hi everybody!! I'm baaaaaaaaaaaack!!

Whew. Thanks to Kip for moving my post to this thread, as in my merry time abroad I had this silly idea I might read through all 640 posts that awaited me… tsk…

So, I didn't. The usual to all who need them, and just in recent posts, congrats to Denise on her run! It's time for me to start to burn off all that food I ate…

Anyway, I had a fantastic time on our trip. We visited Barcelona, Spain; the south of France; Monaco (new country!); Lucca, Vicenza, and Venice, Italy; and lastly Amsterdam, the Netherlands (new country!). Thought of all you forumers from these places and wished we could have bumped into each other! I'm dead tired; basically I've gone with six hours of sleep in about 48 hours (this includes trying to sleep in the Venice airport in dreadfully uncomfortable chairs).

I haven't got the final photo count, because we took some today that I haven't uploaded yet, but as of Thursday evening (14 days into the trip), we took… 1439 photos. I sort of go crazy with our camera…

I'm happy to be back, miss it a ton, and am looking forward to getting caught up on the forum. Basically for the months of April and May I didn't really venture into any threads besides the ones at the bottom of the main page and the FFF, due to schoolwork, but now that it's the summer I hope to be back up to higher posting status! With camp and tennis and all, I'll do my best.

Off to look around to see what's new!!

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Puck - Jun 24, 2006 7:47 pm (#1618 of 2979)

wOOt, Denise! I did a couple of races a decade or so ago. (Sometimes running, sometimes swimming.) My goal was always not to be last.

Baby was cranky this afternoon, so I took her shopping to get out of the house on the rainy afternoon. I returned some capris I bought last week. (I tried them on when I got home to find they were very low rise. People over 30 with 3 kids cannot wear ultra low rise pants no matter how much time they spend doing pilates.) I tried things on this time, and was happy to discover I'm down a size. wOOt!

To make the afternoon even better, I actually managed to squeeze in a 30 minute nap. Yes, I should have washed the floors, but then I'd be tossed from the slacker moms club.

Julie, now you can relax!

Cheers!

Kathy

edited to add a Welcome Back!! to Finn. Glad you had a great time. I believe I once slept in that airport. (I definately camped out at the ones in Rome and London.)

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haymoni - Jun 24, 2006 8:22 pm (#1619 of 2979)

I liked "Rebecca" - I think - It's been awhile.

The Commitments was on TV today.

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dizzy lizzy - Jun 24, 2006 10:20 pm (#1620 of 2979)

Hi all!!

Happy Birthday to all those who've had birthdays!!

Progress has been made on the employment problem... I gave up looking for work !!

I decided to go back to TAFE (Technical and Further Education) college (In Australia; TAFE is sort of halfway between high school and university in academic status and tends to focus on skills for work) and do a certificate in Office Administration. This is 4 days per week (Mon-Thurs 9.30am to 3.30pm) and I still get my unemployment benefit whilst doing the course. The course goes for 6 months and I enroll next Wednesday.

I have also been recommended for a casual job for 2 weeks which is basically delivering and picking up the Census forms for my area. For those not living in Oz - our Census is conducted every 5 years and this year it is on August 8th.

I have also picked up casual waitressing in a restaurant. I do not have to take orders for meals as it is a set menu, only deliver the meals and clean up and reset the tables. The restaurant  has two sections and I will work in the section relating to special functions.

It is my Brother's wedding next weekend. WOW!! I am so pleased...

I'm hoping the combination of both jobs will help my financial situation very much.

For world cup soccer (quidditch)... Australia Vs Italy!!!!!!! Now that will be an interesting match .

Lizzy

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geauxtigers - Jun 24, 2006 11:23 pm (#1621 of 2979)

Welcome back Finn! I hope you had an awesome time! Jet lag is worse going then coming back. I woke up at 6 a.m. the next morning even though I'd only been asleep 5 hours. Going there I'd been up close to 24 hours and that was hard! I feel for ya!

Thanks for the books recommendations, I've already forgotten who said this but the Jeeves in the Morning book and Blandings Castle I think I will read because my english teacher also said they were funny. Blandings Castle is short stories and I think that will help.

Oh gosh I can't remember what all I was going to say.... Handwriting, When I was little, I remember teachers telling my mom I had very neat handwriting.... not so much any more! I used to care about how it looked now I have just enough time to scribble something down and pray its readable. If I try, it can be neat, but thats rare, I've gotten to the point where as long as its legible, I don't care what it looks like! It a mix of script and print so you can imagine....and yes after summer holidays, holding a pen is awkward because I've spent 2 and a half months avoiding writing as much as possible!

All of our papers have to be typed to get credit and I think teachers do that simply because you can always read it and they don't have to waste time deciphering messy writing. I don't blame them! But other than papers, most everything is written, I prefer writing most times to typing because I write faster than I type. Plus if I mess up I just scratch it out, faster than backspacing and re-typing.

Wow you can tell its late I'm starting to babble about handwriting. How lame!

Off to bed now before I bore myself to sleep. Night everyone!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 24, 2006 11:45 pm (#1622 of 2979)

WELCOME BACK FINN!!! Glad you had a great time! I'm hoping to go back and visit my French friends over christmas break..my mom says that if I can buy the ticket, I can go so that's why there's so much babysitting this summer!! I took around 400 pics when I went to France but I must say you have me beat!!

I must say I think my handwriting is quite neat, because I can't stand it to be messy! That's one of those random things that bothers me beyond reason!!

Good job on your run Denise! I find it extremely difficult to run and avoid it at all cost, unless of course it's chasing down the ice cream man! They used to make us do the "physical fitness test" in lower and middle school,and one of the things we had to do was run a mile.The only year I actually tried was 4th grade and I was literately almost sick when I finished(my time was like 8:45) but in the passing years all I did was walk it because that first time nearly killed me! It's a shame I don't like it because I'm positive that running is my sport! I'm built for it, with really long legs but I just hateee it, mostly because you have to sweat a lot! That's why I swim!!

Thinks for all the book recommendations to those who gave them! I'm thinking Rebecca may not be my cup of tea, but Jeeves in the Morning may be a good choice! I like comedies, and the light hearted type books.

ahh what else........ohh this is kinda random but I have noticed that some people are calling math maths is it just an American thing to say it in a singular form instead of plural?? Ok yeah I know I really need to go to bed!

Have a great RotN everyone!

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Finn BV - Jun 24, 2006 11:50 pm (#1623 of 2979)

ginny, I believe Brits and Ozzies say "maths." Silly.

Thanks for the welcomes back!

Lizzy, good luck in school. I"m sure it's the right career move.

We're talking about Jeeves? My dad is crazy for them. I like them too but haven't worked up the courage to really read a long one, only the short stories. TV series is hilarious though… I'll ask him which one he'd recommend.

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Lina - Jun 25, 2006 1:15 am (#1624 of 2979)

Ginny and Tori, I'd take Agatha Cristie any time. No one has ever had to push me read her and her books have never been required here. May I say that she is just as interesting as HP and that I believe that JKR must have read quite a few of her books too?

***Waving to Finn*** Welcome back!

Lizzy, I'm glad you found a satisfying amount of studying and working. Have a good time at the wedding!

Denise, that's great job you did!

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Julie Aronson - Jun 25, 2006 8:30 am (#1625 of 2979)

Welcome back, Finn!

Great job, Denise!

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boop - Jun 25, 2006 10:55 am (#1626 of 2979)

April, its good to see you around. I am sure you are kept busy with school and work.

Welcome Back Finn, glad you had a great time. Are you going to share some of the pictures with us?

Lizzy, Good luck with going to school. I hope it all works out for you. Enjoy the wedding!

hugs always

boop

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Catherine - Jun 25, 2006 11:18 am (#1627 of 2979)

I was feeling nostalgic today, so I posted to the "Humorous Forum Posts" thread.

Chemyst, I had fun searching for your limerick in honor of Prefect Marcus's birthday in the "Harry's 'Ship Unites the Houses" thread. I was also reminded of some amusing times arguing with Prefect Marcus, who hasn't dropped in lately, alas earwax.

Also, I think it may be Liz Mann's birthday, so I'll say "Happy Birthday" to her just in case.

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geauxtigers - Jun 25, 2006 11:41 am (#1628 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Liz!!

Off to Sam's with my mom, should be back soon. Nice and hot today, maybe it will rain today!

Have a great day everyone

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 25, 2006 12:20 pm (#1629 of 2979)
Edited Jun 25, 2006 1:20 pm

Why use a hundred words when ten thousand will do!" LOL timrew!

Thanks for the smiley link, Mediwitch. Hopefully I can get it to work!

Gina, I enjoyed the Iola link. Sounds like a good read.

Denise P. LoL about your little "Rockhead"! Does that mean he would test as 'cheddar'?

He has had girls calling him since he was in third grade. If I hadn't seen it myself, Denise, I would find it difficult to believe, but they do start young! Why do mothers allow their daughters to make those phone calls?? I've seen Grade K girls engaged in the "I like. . ." mode of behavior. Olivia had a "stalker" in 4th (yes) Grade. Unfortunately, it was our next door neighbor's son. I witnessed what he was doing myself at the school and at home. I went to the teacher and her response was that Olivia needed to be more assertive. How much more assertive can a quiet, shy person be than to say, "Leave me alone!"? Not too happy about the 'blame the victim' approach. Needless to say, it was quite an uncomfortable situation from every angle. His mother was in denial - 'he just wanted to see her Gameboy' (every day, all day???) Mr. HH always says, 'Give someone enough rope, he'll eventually hang himself'. It worked - took 3 years, though.

Tori, I actually got excited when I heard you were going to Whole Foods! We have one about 25 min. from here and that is where I try to do the bulk of my shopping!

wOOt, Denise! I second that - great job not coming in last, Denise!!

Welcome back, Finn!

Congratulations on your brother's wedding, Liz - have a great time! EDIT: Happy Birthday, Liz!!

Maria

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 25, 2006 1:26 pm (#1630 of 2979)

Mr. HH always says, 'Give someone enough rope, he'll eventually hang himself'. It worked - took 3 years, though.

LOL Maria!! I find that a bit amazing as well, when I was in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade boys had cooties!! It wasn't until 7th grade all that started!! It's weird how quickly its changed.

I agree with boop, Finn you need to share some pics!

Happy Birthday to Liz!

Ohh yeah, speaking of weird names(I know it's quite a few post back but I must say this!) Today in Sam's the checkout lady worker that we had was named "Tkila" (pronounced like tequila).  I thought it was strange...why would you name your kid after a type of alcohol??? It's not spelled the same but still....

Have a great RotD everyone! I'll check back later!

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Catherine - Jun 25, 2006 3:11 pm (#1631 of 2979)

Denise, I love the photo of the baby robins.

We have a cardinal mama bird nesting right in front of our sunporch window. We think the babies are very new hatchlings, because we've only gotten the teensiest glimpse of their little beaks when mama feeds them.

We have a robin's nest in our front yard, which I discovered when I was planting zinnias last Tuesday and the bird inside the nest thought I was too close and dive bombed me. Now I know how Ron felt when Hermione had her bird hex moment...

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Mediwitch - Jun 25, 2006 3:47 pm (#1632 of 2979)

Hey all!

Finn, welcome back!

Lizzy, congrats on the decision to go back to school!

It's raining again . Wish I could send some out to those of you who really need it. I think we've given up on the vegetable garden this year. Maybe next year we'll put in a rice paddy!

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Tazzygirl - Jun 25, 2006 4:15 pm (#1633 of 2979)

Okay, so Sunday seemed longer away when you are looking at it from Friday morning... I only had to read through 66 posts.

My camping trip was fun! It was super hot (dry, dusty, 100+ degree weather). And there were TONS of bugs (thanks for the wish though, Ginny!). But, my dad brought his off-roading Jeep, and we spent all day yesterday going on this loooong trail and rolling over boulders and stuff. I haven't done that with my dad in about 10 years. Didn't really know how much I missed it!

On the book front: I loved reading To Kill a Mockingbird (the movie with Gregory Peck was awesome too!), The Great Gatsby, and everything by Charlotte and Emily Bronte, and Jane Austin. I kind of liked Shakespeare, Grapes of Wrath (didn't really like the movie), and the Scarlet Letter. I really didn't like Lord of the Flies. Way to depressing to me. I think that is the only book that I was forced to read in high school that I really didn't want to continue onto the next chapter.

Ginny and Tori- sorry about the scratch on your Jeep! I love the scratch remover stuff though! (Quick little story for you: I was driving my aunt's brand new SUV while they were out of town, and they have a post that divides their garage. It's a tight squeeze because of that... so I accidentally scraped the front side of the SUV a loooong way, and it was about 6 inches wide. I immediately started hyperventilating and drove the car to a car shop. They came out with a rag and the scratch remover and now the spot is completely gone! )

Finn: ...we took...1439 photos.

You sound like my aunt! I am sure when I get back to Hawaii, she'll want to show me all of her thousands of photos from their trip to Europe. On my little weekend trip I took only 10 photos! I will some day manage to increase my photo taking...

Congratulations on your run, Denise! and the little birdies in your avatar are so cute! I think the tree outside my window has a birds nest with babies. There are two older looking birds chirping at anything and anyone who gets too close!

Good luck with the schooling, Lizzy!

I think I managed to cover pretty much everything...

~Kristina

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 25, 2006 4:36 pm (#1634 of 2979)

I really didn't like Lord of the Flies. Way to depressing to me. I think that is the only book that I was forced to read in high school that I really didn't want to continue onto the next chapter. Tazzy

Sadly, that I'd consider Lord of the Flies a happy book, compared to what we normally have to read !!

Glad camping was fun!!

I'm watching Forest Gump and it's at the part where Forest runs across the country, and it made me think of Denise! One of my favorite movies!

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Denise P. - Jun 25, 2006 4:47 pm (#1635 of 2979)

This is the second batch of robins we have watched hatch this year. The first batch was in our Bradford Pear tree back in early May. That nest is now being used by a mama mourning dove. We know she has laid eggs but they have not hatched yet. We will probably get a pair of cowbirds or even mockingbirds next in our bushes at some point.

The mama robin is a bold little thing. She is a good mom, she stays with the babies until we are about 3 ft away before she takes off. Normally she just stares us down and doesn't move. We keep the kids away and today I went close enough to get pics and then left her alone.

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Puck - Jun 25, 2006 4:53 pm (#1636 of 2979)

Click to Pick on Disney channel tonight is COS.

Happy Birthday, Lizzy!!! Good luck with school! Always fun to start a new adventure.

Mediwitch, I agree, there should be some way to share this rain water with all those suffering from drought! I gave up on a garden, too. If we don't get out soon my kids may kill each other. (Community ceter pool was closed this weekend for cleaning, so my usual bad weather energy release was not an option.)

Went to an open house after church. The house itself was lovely, but too close to a busy road. We are in a nice neighborhood now, but the third child really pushed us to the limit of space.

Welcome back, Kristina. No big posting sprees this weekend.

Cheers, Kathy

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Catherine - Jun 25, 2006 4:54 pm (#1637 of 2979)

Hmmm.

I'm seeing a pattern here.

Mostly, my students complain about reading "depressing" things.

I've tried really hard to find "uplifting" (urg, that sounds like a lingerie ad) selections, but many of those are "inaccessable" due to time period or language difficulties.

Here's a question, posed to the group: I would like, as an "allegory" selection, to teach The Little Prince this year. It was suggested to me that the Prince's decision to allow the snake to bite him and send him "home" would be too depressing and would wrongly influence the kids' minds. Am I nuts here, or could this novel be used to differentiate "child" world view versus "adolescent" and possibly "adult" world view? I also will be teaching African folktales *waves to Lupin is Lupin* and I think the speaking animals and the Sahara desert setting are a fitting conclusion to this unit. Maybe I'm just seeing mirages in the sand...

EDIT: I failed to mention that I adore this novel, and it alone is the reason I regret not speaking French, as I always wonder what is lost in translation.

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Mediwitch - Jun 25, 2006 4:59 pm (#1638 of 2979)

Mama birds are pretty amazing. We were visiting my parents last weekend, and apparently we got a bit too close to a killdeer's eggs (they lay their eggs on the ground, and they look like small rocks). Mama started making an awful lot of noise, then began holding her wing as though it were injured. She kept it up for quite a while, because my stepfather kept looking for the eggs! Poor mama, she was in an awful state before we could get my stepfather to leave her alone!

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Thora - Jun 25, 2006 5:29 pm (#1639 of 2979)

Hello all, just popping in to say I will be offline for the week, not that it's that big of a deal. Don't miss me too much. Wink

Thora

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geauxtigers - Jun 25, 2006 5:29 pm (#1640 of 2979)
Edited Jun 25, 2006 6:02 pm

Sadly, that I'd consider Lord of the Flies a happy book, compared to what we normally have to read !! I second this!

We had a bird one time that used to divebomb my cat, it was funny to watch. it did that everytime my cat walked under the tree.

Please send the rain here! I think the last time it rain here was at the beginning of the month and that was a 10 minute torrential downpour! The grass in my neighborhood makes it look like its winter. Everything is brown, all the plants are drooping some are just crunchy. We've been running the sprinkler for weeks now, but what we need is just a good rain!

Glad you had a good camping trip!

Now its time for me to go flip between Disney channel and the Astros game for the next few hours! Go 'Stros don't let 'em sweep ya!

I might go to the chat later too. Have a great rest of the evening!

EDIT Finn, I'll take that rain! Dracula is on our reading list, I think I've decided to pass that one up, but several people have told me its very good...but I've heard just as much that its not, so I dunno. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is on summer reading for the Freshman! Glad I technically "can't" read that one! I've heard its a "gem"!

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Finn BV - Jun 25, 2006 5:39 pm (#1641 of 2979)

Lizzy, forgot to say before: Best wishes to your brother!

Well, I'll sort out some photos and put them online, since so many of you asked. That is, if I get around to it. I'm a bit lazy after I take the photos (I'm about halfway done putting a batch of 1000 into some albums from our trip of two years ago…), but taking them I just go at it!!

Kristina, glad camping was fun. I've always loved hiking and that type of thing.

Denise, great pics and congrats to the birth of the robins!

Kathy, I think you're confused. It's Liz Mann's birthday today, not dizzy lizzy's. Unless it's the both of theirs.

Catherine, I'll admit I was little when I read The Little Prince (come to think of it, it was read to me), but as I recall (and I could be dreadfully wrong), it was a heart-warming book about a child's (children's in general) view on the world: on people and love. It would also be interesting to discuss what genre the book is: with illustrations it might fall under the category of picture book or child's novel, but "is it"?

Speaking of English department books with themes never being uplifting, how about this? This year we read To Kill a Mockingbird (discussion of rape), I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (graphic rape), Much Ado About Nothing (infidelity/scorn for the unfaithful), and Dracula (seduction). Not to mention poetry, when we read Sylvia Plath, the suicidal poet.

Tori, I will gladly send the rain your way! I understand it's rained here for about the past 8 days and it will for the next week.

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Mediwitch - Jun 25, 2006 6:53 pm (#1642 of 2979)

Finn: I understand it's rained here for about the past 8 days and it will for the next week.

Yep. We're thinking about turning in our cars and getting boats!  

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 25, 2006 7:06 pm (#1643 of 2979)

lol Finn, our "rape" book from last year was The Scarlett Letter Which is more about an affair than rape, but still, not exactly on my list of top 10 books! It was awful!!

Yes, serious drought down here, radars are showing rain all around us but alas, earwax, it has yet to hit my neighborhood! My weatherbug currently has the rainfall total for June as "N/A".

Watching CoS on Disney right now! The're playing the extended version with deleted scenes!! :jumps in excitement: YaY!!

Catherine, I have never read The Little Prince so I can't really help you!

I'm going to the chat later if anyone wants to join me!

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Solitaire - Jun 25, 2006 7:27 pm (#1644 of 2979)

Dang, Finn! I can't even get permission to teach an elective on the Harry Potter novels in our school. The principal supports me, but the school board does not. As to the others ... our 8th graders do study To Kill a Mockingbird (one of my faves), but the others are not covered until high school.

Solitaire

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Finn BV - Jun 25, 2006 8:11 pm (#1645 of 2979)

Hehe… Solitaire, a history teacher at my school just wrote the novel Academy X. Don't know if you've heard of it, but it's quite controversial because it talks about elite parents of children at private schools who will buy anything to get their children good grades or into good schools. Our high school is rather similar (though definitely not as exaggerated!). I haven't read the book, but many critics (including the head of our rival school) said that they would be surprised to see the author continue on at my school. Thankfully, the administration is the best, and our head of school said that he enjoyed the book thoroughly, and from his tone, didn't sound like he had any plans on firing Dr. Trees, the author.

Anyway, just thought I'd add that about school, books, controversy. Anyway.

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Ponine - Jun 25, 2006 8:47 pm (#1646 of 2979)

I love The Little Prince! It's a beautiful story, with many interesting aspects to discuss and wonder about. I think you'd have to be REALLY -- what's the word I want... -- uhm -- sensitive to -- individuals thinking for themselves? But then again, considering the fact that some people want to ban HP from libraries, then -- I don't know... I REALLY loved Playing Beatie Bow, most books by Hadley Irwin and Judy Blume, and also The Education of Little Tree and You'll find Me in the Mountains, even if the author is less than ideal. Rebecca is a pretty fun read, too, I thought -- little scary, but fun... I love books!! Also the Secret Lives of Bees... and Paulo Caelho..

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 25, 2006 8:55 pm (#1647 of 2979)
Edited Jun 25, 2006 9:28 pm

You think they'd have learned regarding the HP banning from the history of book-banning. Back when I was in HS, they were trying to ban the Catcher In the Rye - so what did students do?? You guessed it - we bought the book and read it to find out what all the fuss was about.

EDIT: Well, there are some situations in the book that were considered controversial, however, the very act of banning it sends people flocking to it. There was not enough in it to cause such a stink, IMO.

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 25, 2006 9:02 pm (#1648 of 2979)

I don't really see what all the fuss is about Catcher in the Rye. We read it this year and there wasn't anything that I could find to be all that controversial about it. My teacher made us do an in class debate on the topic of whether or not it should be banned, and those who were chosen to be for banning the book had a hard time coming up with stuff. I want to go back and re-read it, because I mostly read spark notes for it as I was so stressed and pressed for time at the end of the year. We just had toread it much too fast for me to keep up( less than 2 weeks!)

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geauxtigers - Jun 25, 2006 9:11 pm (#1649 of 2979)
Edited Jun 25, 2006 9:51 pm

Yeah A Catcher in the Rye the only thing that could be considered controversial is the language because Holden cusses basically every other sentence, but come on I think everyone would be lying if they said high schooler don't cuss worse than what you find in that book. Its not like its news to us or anything, so why try to ban it? I still am unsure if I liked it or not I just feel like there wasn't much too it. I guess I need to reread it too I also had to read it the last 2 weeks of school and was way more preoccupied with other classes to read it properly!

EDIT: The Astros won in 13 innings!!!!! WOO HOO!!! Just had to say. Now I can stop stressing and chewing gum long enough to respond to some threads I've been putting off for a while now!

Night everyone, I'm still in the chat room if anyone cares to join me!

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Solitaire - Jun 25, 2006 9:50 pm (#1650 of 2979)

Horntail, they have not banned the books from the library; I don't think they could do that. We are just not allowed to teach them as novels ... although I continually reference HP when I am trying to explain things like character development, elements of plot, symbolism, etc. Since most kids have read the books or seen the movies, they provide a wealth of easily understood examples.

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dizzy lizzy - Jun 25, 2006 10:29 pm (#1651 of 2979)

It more than likely that it is Liz Mann's birthday today...Liz spends most of her time on the fan-fiction part of our forum.

My birthday however...is in January...

Have a wonderful day everybody

Lizzy

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Amilia Smith - Jun 25, 2006 11:28 pm (#1652 of 2979)
Edited Jun 26, 2006 12:10 am

Well, a very merry un-birthday to you, then, Lizzy!

Catherine, if Lord of the Flies is not considered depressing, I do not think The Little Prince could possibly be too much of a downer. It is one of my favorite books as well.

My "rape" book was Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Utterly miserable book. Jasper Fforde, of Thursday Next fame, claims to read Tess from backwards so that it has a happy ending.

Another possible reason Catcher could be banned is that a couple high profile murderers were found to be obsessed with it.

I got a call from my 2 yr old nephew today. He told me "Aloha," and counted to 10 for me.

I am listening to an old George and Gracie radio program from 1950. Even back then they were making jokes about how old George Burns was.

Mills.

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Regan of Gong - Jun 26, 2006 12:17 am (#1653 of 2979)

We read an extract from Tess of the D'Urbervilles last week in English as an example of setting for our unit on short stories. It did sound utterly miserable, digging up swedes in the rain...

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The giant squid - Jun 26, 2006 3:04 am (#1654 of 2979)

I thought it was strange...why would you name your kid after a type of alcohol???—virginiaelizabeth

Gee, I don't know Ginny...maybe your folks might have some insight?

Welcome back, Finn!!!! I'm posting at 3AM in your honor!

Happy birthday to Liz Mann and congratulations to Denise on her run.

I'm thinking I might have to scan in a sample of this kid's writing...I don't think y'all are grasping the depth of his lack of skill. I'm not saying I've got perfect penmanship by any stretch of the imagination, but someone looking at my writing would know it was done by someone over the age of 6...

Can you tell I'm appalled by the state of public education these days? Ironically, I'm the sibling that didn't go into education. Go figure.

--Mike

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Steve Newton - Jun 26, 2006 4:30 am (#1655 of 2979)

Being a librarian and all I think I have some thoughts on books. My 2 all-time favorites are To Kill a Mockingbird and Catch 22. I loved both and they reread well. Most people don't get the right definition of Catch 22. There are a plethora of fantasy books that would make my list. Glen Cook would figure prominently.

Civil War novels were discussed a few days ago. The Killer Angels by Shaara. Some historical looseness but a really good book. From my youth I remember Rifles for Watie. My first book that made me realize that the guys on both sides were human. Crane's Red Badge of Courage is excellent. I am temporarily drawing a blank on more.

It sounds as if I am the only one who actually liked Hardy's Return of the Native. I was fortunate in never having had to deal with Tess.

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Julie Aronson - Jun 26, 2006 4:56 am (#1656 of 2979)

I can't remember now if Tori or Ginny hated The Scarlet Letter. I hated it, too, in high school. Then I reread it in an American Lit survey course about three years ago and I thought it was much better. Take this how I mean it, ladies: You are probably too young to be reading that book. Not because of the content (of course) but because you simply lack the life experiences to frame an appropriate context in which to read it. This same age-related thing applies to movies, too. When I was 16 or so, The Right Stuff was released. I fell asleep, and couldn't for the life of me understand what people saw in it. Fast forward twenty years, I watched it again, and then I got it.

Hmmm...maybe I should give boring old Chuck Dickens another shake...(maybe not?)

Have a great day!

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Finn BV - Jun 26, 2006 4:58 am (#1657 of 2979)

Welcome back, Finn!!!! I'm posting at 3AM in your honor! --Squid Mike

Oh, Mike, you really know how to make a guy feel welcomed back. I'm just tearing up!! Hey, actually, the night we got back, I was posting at 2:50 am!! Woohoo! (And it wasn't because of jet lag – hadn't slept on Saturday night yet, and Europe time is six hours ahead! So it was like pulling an all-nighter! )

Enjoy the RotD all! I start music camp and tennis camp today, though I doubt the latter because of this rain… For those of you who recall last July, this is the same place of the infamous crash cymbal incident…

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Marie E. - Jun 26, 2006 6:02 am (#1658 of 2979)

Welcome back, Finn!

I was trying to remember which books I had read in high school. In ninth grade we read Great Expectations, Silas Marner, and Romeo and Juliet. In tenth grade, which was advanced American Lit, we read Grapes of Wrath, Giants of the Earth, and I think we read Huckleberry Finn. One summer when I was in college I decided to read some "classic" books that I had somehow missed reading in school. I remember reading Uncle Tom's Cabin, Of Mice and Men, and Dracula.

Squid Mike, did you have Mr. Upton for tenth grade English? He had an infamous Elvis impression.

Well, I have been fighting a cold all weekend so I'm off to drink some oj and boost my vitamin C. Happy Monday!

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Loopy Lupin - Jun 26, 2006 6:23 am (#1659 of 2979)

I think "required reading" is what's hurt the literacy of US schoolchildren the most. --Squid Mike

The school where I will begin teaching 7th grade Humanities this fall has eliminated the "summer reading list" for the middle school, and instead presented the students with a list of "recommended reading." – Catherine

Hmmmmm.... Well, I must say that I think what has hurt US literacy the "most" is the lack of ability to read. I must also say that I would suspect when something is "recommended," the clever student interprets that to mean, apparently correctly, that she doesn't have to do it. (Put collegiately, the student would know that "it won't be on the final.") I recognize that I've become a tyrant in my old age, but I don't see how transforming a reading list from a requirement to a suggestion would cause more students to read. **** waves to JKR and gives permission to use the adverb "collegiately" if she wants****

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Catherine - Jun 26, 2006 6:35 am (#1660 of 2979)

Well, Loopy, I think the idea was not to present two or three selections that MUST be read, but rather a long list of items to choose from.

There is an assignment due at the end, but there is more choice. So hopefully, if someone chooses something that isn't appealing, he/she can then make another choice without feeling locked into a book that was chosen by the teacher.

There is also the hope that if a student likes one book of a series (say, Pullman's His Dark Materials, then perhaps the student will be motivated to read another book by the author, or a book in a similar category.

I look at it as the difference between saying, "You have to eat these three vegetables" and saying, "Here's a plate -  go to the salad bar and load up."

Well, I must say that I think what has hurt US literacy the "most" is the lack of ability to read.--Loopy Lupin

That too.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 26, 2006 7:09 am (#1661 of 2979)

Horntail, they have not banned the books from the library; I don't think they could do that.

Solitaire, they would not ban it from the public library, however, the school library did not have the book. And yes, they do have a say as to how the school's district money is spent, so it is not all too difficult to keep a book out of the selection.

You are not a tyrant, Loopy, you just see things differently from the seemingly undefeatable perspective of an adolescent mind.

Olivia's school requires a specific book to be read and provides a list from which at least one other must be read (reader's choice). This year, for 8th Grade, the required book was Pigman by Paul Zindel. Olivia did not like it at all. Her response was, 'every book we've been required to read this year was about a person in his/her late teens and his/her messed up family life' (groan follows).

She is an avid reader and between readings, she is working on starting up a news column reviewing and discussing video games. Her aim is to get it into a local paper.

I just ordered A Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen for Olivia. That is a civil war story, Chemyst, though I am not quite sure what reading level you were looking for. It might pass for 9th Grade but maybe not for a higher level and though I have read the write-up, I cannot recommend it yet.

I also bought her Speak, (which I will read first because I am not sure if it is appropriate for her age group) and the first of the Bartimaeus Trilogy.

I, myself, went through a serious Poe phase from late middle school through high school.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 26, 2006 7:27 am (#1662 of 2979)

It sounds as if I am the only one who actually liked Hardy's Return of the Native. I was fortunate in never having had to deal with Tess.---Steve Newton

Then you missed this: Post 1585

And this: Post 1586

And this: Post 1587

For the record, I found Tess of the D'Urbervilles utterly absorbing. And Jude the Obscure is on my bookshelf waiting for me to enjoy.

****thinks required reading lists are an abomination****

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Loopy Lupin - Jun 26, 2006 7:36 am (#1663 of 2979)

You are not a tyrant, Loopy, you just see things differently from the seemingly undefeatable perspective of an adolescent mind.—HH

Seemingly is the key word there. Oh, it can be defeated, rest assured.

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Catherine - Jun 26, 2006 8:00 am (#1664 of 2979)

For the record, I found Tess of the D'Urbervilles utterly absorbing.--Lupin is Lupin

I did like Tess, although that is the one Thomas Hardy novel we did NOT read in high school, and it is the one I really liked. Go figure.

I read Speak, as it was on a recent Printz award list. I liked it; it's definitely for the more mature reader.

You are not a tyrant, Loopy, you just see things differently from the seemingly undefeatable perspective of an adolescent mind.

Oh, he's a tyrant all right! Mostly a benevolent one unless a "Miss Manners" situation arises.

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Winky Woo - Jun 26, 2006 8:51 am (#1665 of 2979)

****Alert*****

JK Rowling is going to be on Richard and Judy at 5pm!

For our non-UK members its a husband and wife chat show, a bit of an institution in the UK. Unfortunately I am In my folks house and I cant tape it. :sad:

I'll try and take a few notes and report back!

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Jun 26, 2006 9:30 am (#1666 of 2979)

Hey everyone! It's been awhile since I've had time to jump on here!!

So, first off, I have to be honest and say that I did not read through then entire 1000+ posts I had to catch up on. That being said, Happy Birthday to those I missed and the appropriate charms to those in need!!

I too enjoyed Tess of the D'Ubervilles. It was required reading for my AP English class in high school. (For those not familiar, AP stands for advanced placement. It's pretty much a college level English class taught to seniors in high school!) We had to read like 12 books over the summer for that class, many of them "classic" summer reading books that most enjoy, but Tess was by far my favorite!

Anyway, things are really crazy here. Trying to get back to a normal pace of life after the last 2 months. It's proving harder then expected. I moved back into my parents' house for now, and that's helping a lot, but at the same time, my mom and I are finding it hard to live together. I'm planning on moving down to Columbus in a few months. I'll be going back to Ohio State in September and need a place to live. I think I found a nice place for not too much money so I have to call the landlord tomorrow and see if it's still available.

Well that's all from my end...hopefully I'll be around more often. Off to check the threads!!

-Jenn

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haymoni - Jun 26, 2006 9:48 am (#1667 of 2979)

I hope all goes well for you, Jenn!

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Elanor - Jun 26, 2006 10:13 am (#1668 of 2979)
Edited Jun 26, 2006 10:43 am

Catherine: "I would like, as an "allegory" selection, to teach The Little Prince this year. It was suggested to me that the Prince's decision to allow the snake to bite him and send him "home" would be too depressing and would wrongly influence the kids' minds."

I so love this book! It is so rich and can be read on so many levels (as can HP, mind you! ). It is one of those books which can "travel" with you throughout your life: at the same time the same and a bit different as you become older, but always cheering you up.

I don't think the snake biting the Little Prince is too depressing at all! First of all, the Little Prince says "I'll look dead but it won't be true." (translation is mine, sorry!) and his body isn't there anymore at dawn which can be understood literally if needed. And then, but it is only MHO, I think the idea of death shouldn't be neglected because it can be "depressing". Death is part of life and books like this can be a very interesting way to approach the subject with children, even very young. They understand more than we think they do and I think it is more comforting to talk with them and let them talk about those subjects rather than never mention them. It is just like saying Voldemort's name aloud somehow!

I could talk about the Little Prince for hours but to summarize it all I'd say that, IMO, it would be a great present you'd be giving your students!

I adore this novel, and it alone is the reason I regret not speaking French, as I always wonder what is lost in translation

I never read it in English so I'm afraid I can't really tell you more about the translation but I think it is a matter of nuances. I have read translated quotes from it in English though and one is coming to my mind: in that quote in English, the Fox asks the Little Prince to "tame" him. In French, the verb is "apprivoiser" (there are several French verbs that can be translated by "to tame"). "Apprivoiser" means "to tame" but it doesn't imply the idea of "control" that (I think, but I may be wrong, you'll tell me) "to tame" can have in English. "Apprivoiser" means to gain someone's confidence little by little and that "someone", either human (you'd say that of a young child for example) or animal isn't a threat, only a timid creature. To really think of the translation is a great subject of study too BTW!

**waving to everybody**

Audrey

PS: BTW, it is never too late to start and learn French, hehehe

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Gina R Snape - Jun 26, 2006 11:18 am (#1669 of 2979)

Happy birthday Liz.

I read The Little Prince two summers ago and it's definitely one of those books that lends itself to wide interpretation.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 26, 2006 11:18 am (#1670 of 2979)

Oh, it can be defeated, rest assured.

Sounds as though you're speaking from experience. I'm shocked.

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geauxtigers - Jun 26, 2006 11:47 am (#1671 of 2979)

Okay, Tess is on our list, not sure if I will pick that one up! Yes I despised the Scarlett Letter, and you are probably right in saying its an age thing as I have a feeling a lot of the stuff we read are. We read Huck Finn this year, I thought it was a good story, and I can see why people like it but I don't think its anything to get worked up over. We had to read A Gathering of Old Men now thats a gem let me tell ya. Nothing happened for about 150 pages except a bunch of old guys were claiming they shot this farmer. Then the last 5 pages of the book, we got some action. It was pretty dry. We read nothing but American Lit. all and all it wasn't terrible what we had to read, but there were some I kept hoping would spontaneously combust so I would have a reason not to read it...

Next year we have British Literature I think, so I dunno how that will go... I think we read Frankenstien.

I guess I need to read the Little Prince, I think it was read to me when I was little, but I haven't read it since...

Well I'm off to check the threads, I know I was going to say something else but alas earwax, I cannot remember what it is!

Have a great day everyone!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 26, 2006 11:52 am (#1672 of 2979)

You are probably too young to be reading that book. Not because of the content (of course) but because you simply lack the life experiences to frame an appropriate context in which to read it.-Julie A.

I think you've hit the nail on the head. That's the problem with most of these books, the subjects are too mature. We can read the books just fine and understand them but, we can't relate to them at all. Nothing in these books has anything to do with anything in our lives, it just a boring story about someone with a miserable life. Part of the reason I like To Kill a Mockingbird was because it was about a kid, and there was some humor along with the "moral" of the story. This year was American Lit. and we read The Scarlett Letter, Huck Finn, A Gathering of Old Men, The Great Gatsby, A Street Car Named Desire, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Catcher in the Rye. Well it wasn't the worst group of books we have ever read, but still the only one I liked was Gatsby and Streetcar. I couldn't see why A Gathering of Old Men was so important, nothing happens in that book until the last 10 pages, the rest of the book is a bunch of old guys all claiming that they killed the same person...well big deal!

ok rant over.

well off to check other threads, have a great RotD everyone!

EDIT: "One character got a reprieve, but I have to say two die that I didn't intend to die" hmmm reprieve.............**cough, cough**Dumbledore**cough cough**

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Ponine - Jun 26, 2006 11:58 am (#1673 of 2979)

I just saw on yahoo that two more characters are going to die in book seven!!! :horribly depressed: Quote from yahoo (who quoted British Channel 4) "One character got a reprieve, but I have to say two die that I didn't intend to die" Noooooh!!! I can't tell you how worried this makes me... ...And today was such a good day...

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Gina R Snape - Jun 26, 2006 12:17 pm (#1674 of 2979)

I saw that today too.

I don't want to be a widow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Chemyst - Jun 26, 2006 12:46 pm (#1675 of 2979)

I think what has hurt US literacy the "most" is the lack of ability to read. — Loopy "the tyrant" Lupin

SPEW … and a simultaneous Ow.   This may be a dumb question, but how can a school, especially one for which you do not pay tuition, enforce any reading over the summer? Do they force the new teacher to give extra credit for stuff done before he/she even had that student?

Welcome back Finn & Jenn. 'Sounds like a good plan for your studies, Lizzy; happy studying!

On the Richard & Judy show interview– Gina, I hope the 'reprieve' part is good news for you.

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Steve Newton - Jun 26, 2006 12:50 pm (#1676 of 2979)

virginiaelizabeth, I remember a college history professor saying that he thought that The Scarlet Letter should have been subtitled 'How Hester got Her A.' I know, poor taste. I'm still glad that I never had to read it.

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azi - Jun 26, 2006 12:59 pm (#1677 of 2979)

Listening to the interview now. Have heard most information before. The two characters dying is interesting. I look forward to it. 'Well into the book' sounds promising!

Hope you enjoy school Lizzy!

Jenn - nice to see you around! Good luck with the apartment and everything!

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Loopy Lupin - Jun 26, 2006 1:06 pm (#1678 of 2979)

We can read the books just fine and understand them but, we can't relate to them at all. --- virginia Elizabeth

I find it funny that your list of books that you just can't relate to includes Catcher in the Rye . This book is supposed to be a big deal for people your age. I've always found Holden to be a whiney pain. I did when I was 16 and certainly do now. Good for you!

Chemyst, I suppose that the schools could enforce the summer reading list with three words on the first day of school: "Pop quiz everyone!"

I think there is some value in teaching the historical "classics"-- the "canon" if you will--in high school even if the students don't "relate." If you don't like the books because you find them dated, I think that is as valid a criticism as anything else one might say. Just because certain authors are supposed to be profound or certain books are supposed to be "high art" doesn't mean that they actually are. ****looks in Steinbeck's general direction****

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Winky Woo - Jun 26, 2006 2:14 pm (#1679 of 2979)

Sorry! My folks computer went down! I have now driven 50 miles home and I left my copious notes there... don't I feel dumb!

I'll see what I can remember, but don't quote me as I am paraphrasing!

Teenagers are her favourite age group to teach.

I think people have got the gist of the main point, that one character has got a reprieve and 2 she didn't want to kill off died! They don't target the extras they go for the main characters!

She has made a slight change to the ending, and the book whilst not finished she is well into it!

Never been tempted to kill him off before book seven. Richard asked her why not make it 9 books and she said that she always admired people who went out when they were on top, when people want more, worryingly she spoke of understanding authors like Agatha Christie who killed off characters so that they couldn't be written by anyone else.( Non-Author written sequels)!

She has written a fairy tale for younger children, which is pretty far on. Jo said that she has always said that would do a kind of encyclopedia of HP for Charity

Says she now realises how much back story to explain.

Quidditch was written in about half an hour after an argument with a boyfriend! That!s were she thought Bludgers came from!

She spoke of being the same idiot as yesterday and being defensive/po faced/a curmudgeon at various points.

Poor Jessica has been "metaphorically" held up against the school rails with kids demanding to know the title of the next book.

Harrys' parents were going to be killed flippantly until her mother died, and the Mirror of Esired is one of her favourite chapters in the entire series.

She was funny and self-deprecating, and she came across as relaxed and not on guard.

Kids asked questions.

Hermoine whilst based loosely on her (As we knew) but also her sister! she was the swotty part whilst her sister was the "House elf thing" more political part.

The other questions, we already knew the answers to such as her Boggart (Her family dead),Lockheart being based on a real character who she loathed, but the media pinned it on the wrong person.

Thats all I can remember! Crikey!

I wonder if anyone has got a transcript?

Winky XXX

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geauxtigers - Jun 26, 2006 2:31 pm (#1680 of 2979)

Mugglenet has the full interview up that you can watch.

She says some interesting stuff too check it out!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 26, 2006 2:41 pm (#1681 of 2979)

I find it funny that your list of books that you just can't relate to includes Catcher in the Rye . This book is supposed to be a big deal for people your age. I've always found Holden to be a whiney pain. I did when I was 16 and certainly do now. Good for you! Loopy

Well, as I said before, I read Catcher the last 2 weeks of school, and didn't really have time to read it, so I actually ended up reading Spark Notes and a few random chapters in it. Lot's of my friends liked it so I'm considering re-reading it this summer, though I'm sure I won't. I did find Holden a bit whiney, and the book was overall very repetitive.

If anyone wants to watch Jo on Richard and Judy you can see it here

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The giant squid - Jun 26, 2006 3:12 pm (#1682 of 2979)

I think what has hurt US literacy the "most" is the lack of ability to read. — Loopy Lupin

See that's the thing...the ability is there. Uncounted billions of people read every day, so human beings have the ability to read. There's just a growing number that don't have the desire, and I think being forced to read books that one doesn't want to doesn't help at all.

Then again, I'm still miffed that Robert Heinlein's works aren't considered "classics" outside of the Sci-Fi arena as it is...

--Mike

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timrew - Jun 26, 2006 3:25 pm (#1683 of 2979)

Well, for my A-Level exams (just below going to University) we had to read, Return Of The Native by Thomas Hardy. I don't know why, but I've hated Hardy ever since. I find him so verbose - except his poetry, that is. I quite like that! But his novels, they don't do a lot for me. I guess it's just me............

I much preferred, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales - On Ice. And Shakespeare's Little Caesar. Great works, both of 'em!

BTW, you can tell Wimbledon has arrived. It's started to rain - lots. The photograph is me, above the tennis courts..........

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Julie Aronson - Jun 26, 2006 6:25 pm (#1684 of 2979)

Mike,

Heinlein is a classic in my universe! I read Door into Summer at least every other year, and have since I was about 10. I'm also a HUGE Ray Bradbury fan. Halloween Tree, anyone?

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Puck - Jun 26, 2006 6:28 pm (#1685 of 2979)

Just because certain authors are supposed to be profound or certain books are supposed to be "high art" doesn't mean that they actually are. ****looks in Steinbeck's general direction**** -Loopy

Actually, I really enjoyed East of Eden. It was as if his words painted a picture for me. (I would have hated it in high school.) Also liked I know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This was likely because I read it as an autobiography. Seeing how far a determined person can come is amazing. (You have to go beyond the book to see where Angelou is today, of course.)

Oops. Sorry about the birthday mix-up.

My boy had his first bee sting today. Just below his eye. Ouch! He made an announcement that he's never playing outside again, which is on par with his usual dramatic self.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 26, 2006 6:45 pm (#1686 of 2979)

There's just a growing number that don't have the desire, and I think being forced to read books that one doesn't want to doesn't help at all.---the giant squid

I can't understand why you would say that. At my children's school, they get a sticker if they keep track of their reading each week. When I spoke to the teacher at the beginning of the year to express my concern over this "incentive" she said, and I quote, "But some kids won't read unless they get a sticker." After discussing this a bit more, I discovered her children happened to be those kids.

My friend's son wanted to talk "Harry Potter" to me a few years back. He had seen the movies. I refused to discuss all the theories and such until he had read the books. Within the summer, he had devoured all of them. And as a reward, I told him about DIGS.

I don't know why, but I've hated Hardy ever since. I find him so verbose - except his poetry, that is. I quite like that!---timrew

I distinctly remember my college English professor explaining how Hardy desperately wanted to be a poet rather than a novelist but was terrible at it. I loved his prose and thought the professor must be mistaken about his poetry---until I read some of it. Not to worry though Tim, according to Wikipedia, Philip Larkin agreed with you. Philip Larkin Wikipedia bio

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Stephanie M. - Jun 26, 2006 6:50 pm (#1687 of 2979)

Hi everyone!

Sorry to hear about your boy's bee sting, Puck! That must have been horrible for him!

I found out today from a completely random person (that I never knew was into Harry Potter) that there were to be 2 deaths in book 7. My friend and I then started talking about how it's about time we started to find some little things out about the book.

Wimbledon is here! Hope the weather clears up a little bit!

I start interning tomorrow. it should be a lot of fun, but i'll only be an intern, so I'll be doing lots of strenuous things such as moving boxes, and licking envelopes (not strenuous, but pretty boring).

Have a great rest of the day!

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Finn BV - Jun 26, 2006 6:59 pm (#1688 of 2979)

We have a recommended reading list though entering sixth, seventh, or eighth grades, you are supposed to have read three of those books. You have to write a paragraph on one of them, and it's not strictly enforced. No requirement in high school.

Jenn, good to see you around. Please take care of your family life before the forum. We'd love to have you around more, but we understand your situation. What's the current deal with your fiance, though? As I recall, you were still engaged.

Hi Audrey! Nice to see you up on this thread!

We read Frankenstein in seventh grade, and gosh is it tough. I always thought it and Dracula were on the same reading level – boy was I wrong! The language of Frankenstein is tough to get through, but it's an enjoyable read nonetheless.

I thought the reprieve meant that one character who she thought she was going to kill ended up not dying, but two who she weren't expecting to… erm… died.

Yeah, read Catcher last year too. Big hit among seventh graders, so, Ginny, it should be good for… 10th or 11th grade? Is that right? Anyway, I liked it.

If Jo does an encyclopedia of HP for charity, she better co-author it with Lexicon Steve!!!

Tim, SPEW on the photo of you being at Wimbledon. Yes, I think the rain gods just sort of know. "Wimbledon? Oh, let it storm."

Hehe Kathy, I'm sure your son's promise will be broken in about a day. Maybe two if it really hurt. Healing charms.

And as a reward, I told him about DIGS. –Kim

Well that was generous.

so I'll be doing lots of strenuous things such as moving boxes, and licking envelopes –Steph

Sounds like my fun Westchester things can't beat your NYC things.

Enjoy the RotD! No cymbal accidents today!

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Stephanie M. - Jun 26, 2006 10:09 pm (#1689 of 2979)

so I'll be doing lots of strenuous things such as moving boxes, and licking envelopes --Steph

Sounds like my fun Westchester things can't beat your NYC things. –Finn


I do more than that... I also stuff the envelopes that I lick! LOL I put press kits together, and make contact lists, and read random mail, and edit some of the online magazine things. LOL

I thought that Catcher was an AMAZING book. I've read it many times after 7th grade (when we were required to read it).

It's good to see you around Jenn! I hope everything goes well!

Off to sleep!

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geauxtigers - Jun 26, 2006 10:38 pm (#1690 of 2979)

I think one book that we read at too early of an age is The Giver we read it in 6th grade and I don't think we truly understood it. I don't remember it to much but I didn't like it and I remember hearing that maybe reading it when we were older would be better.. I dunno its a strange book not sure I could pick it up again.

I hope your job goes well Steph! If only the sticky stuff on envelopes tasted like chocolate...

Hope your son's bee sting gets better!

Off to the chat room for a while if anyone cares to join.

I also found out that I don't have to babysit the bratty kid tomorrow so I'm happy!

Have a great night everyone!

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Tazzygirl - Jun 26, 2006 11:03 pm (#1691 of 2979)

Puck: My boy had his first bee sting today. Just below his eye.

Ouch. I actually had a bee sting me just below my eye too when I was about 6. I couldn't see out of that eye for a day. **sympathy and healing charms to your boy**

I had a wonderful day today. Picked up my old boss from her house, and the we took the train up to Santa Barbara for the day. Bought a really cute pair of shoes (you can never have to many shoes! ), and had a really good Thai chicken pasta for lunch!

Off to finish the story for Potty Five Words!

~Kristina

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Mrs. Sirius - Jun 26, 2006 11:32 pm (#1692 of 2979)

Oh, so many posts, one simply cannot miss a day. Pardon me for skipping a few, but I am really excited, my cousin got a huge promotion at work and is having a party to celebrate in New York City. I haven’t been “home” in ages. I hope to get a chance to meet at least one Forummer’s. Gina will you be around?

Oddly, I enjoyed a “A Day In The Life Ivan Denesovich” (sp) which was not on my reading list but h-a-t-e-d The Scarlet Letter, which I never did finish. I also hated the Member of the Wedding and didn’t finish that one until after I finished school, when I did enjoy it.

After reading The Diary of Anne Frank, I went a several years long search to find the answer to that episode of holocaust, inhumanity, militarism and sadism. Everything from reading all titles I could find, to interviewing everyone who was alive at the time -how did you let this happen-. Unfortunately, there was no real answer and yes it continues today.

At my kids school the reading list is just a guide that we can use to help find appropriate material. But they don’t care if the children read all different titles as long as the Governors list comes back filled.

One of my 7 year old stared to read the HP books to herself about a month ago. She read the first 3 and is now on GOF. She has lost the book (grrrr!) so she is reading Gulliver’s Travels now.

Haymoni, 1984 is here and has been for at least 10 years. Look out.

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Regan of Gong - Jun 27, 2006 1:04 am (#1693 of 2979)

I read "A Soldiers Heart" in year 5. Messed me up a tad, some horrible images in there. I thought it was good book though, along with the "Hatchet" series.

Seems I'll have to read "The Catcher in the Rye". Whenever I here that title though, horrible stories about farming accidents with hay balers come to mind.

Congrats to the Socceroos as well for an awesome game against Italy. We really deserved to win that game. Penalty to Grosso on the 95th minute was ridiculous and a disgrace. Poor Lucas Neill wasn't moving on the ground and Grosso tripped over the top of him. The refereeing standard, although human, has been pretty poor this cup. Still wore my green and gold scarf to school today, they've done us Aussies proud.

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haymoni - Jun 27, 2006 5:17 am (#1694 of 2979)

Denise P - "Bing" was being used to tell other Forum members that there were new posts on The Potty 5 Words thread.

I suppose I could have typed "Hey! I just posted something on the Potty 5 Words thread!" but "Bing" is much easier - especially around 11:00 pm.

Mrs. S - Ungrateful Son lost our GOF too!!! The book is huge! How do you lose it???

I've never read "Catcher in the Rye" - Mel Gibson has made me a bit nervous about it.

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Denise P. - Jun 27, 2006 6:20 am (#1695 of 2979)

Well, World Crossing puts a yellow "New" icon when there are new posts in a thread and if there are already unread posts on a specific thread, there is a number next to the icon. That is an automatic way to let others know that there is something new posted without making an orphaned post totally unrelated to the flow of the conversation and aimed at only a few specific people. I think it is also confusing to people who are NOT part of that thread or new to the Forum. I know when my son was reading over my shoulder, he asked if that was the Forum way of bumping a post...something that ranks right up there with He Iz HoTtTt!!! kind of posts.

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haymoni - Jun 27, 2006 6:34 am (#1696 of 2979)

Sorry - I thought most folks had seen that.

I will refrain from "Binging".

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Steve Newton - Jun 27, 2006 6:44 am (#1697 of 2979)

I find those little yellow markers to be really annoying. Probably just me. I even go out of my way to clear threads that I don't read just to get rid of them.

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Puck - Jun 27, 2006 6:47 am (#1698 of 2979)

well, the bee sting is better, but my son is staying in today as he is sick. I was hoping to go berry picking this morning. Poor guy can't hold down water.

This interview with Jo makes me worried about the twins. Also is not sounding good for Harry surviving the series. Still, I love the way she phrases it, like she had no idea they were going to die -they just did. As if she has no control over it.

I want to put some things outside to dry in the sun, but the weather has a split personality today. Hot and sunny one minute, cool and rainy the next.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Gina R Snape - Jun 27, 2006 7:33 am (#1699 of 2979)

Mrs. Sirius, I will be around! Check your email.

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geauxtigers - Jun 27, 2006 9:53 am (#1700 of 2979)

Congrats to the Socceroos as well for an awesome game against Italy. We really deserved to win that game.

I know nothing about soccer, but that did look like a raw deal to me. The guy slipped! He didn't move on (it even looked like he tried to avoid tripping him) the ground and the Italian player dramatically tripped over him! Ahh well bad refereeing is something to get used to I guess. Just look what they did to the Seahawks in the Superbowl this year. 2 touchdowns called back, and they gave the Steelers a touchdown that was clearly not over the goal line! Even the guys in the booth were saying it was terrible!

I find the little yellow markers annoying too, so I read the threads I usually do then I click the 'mark as read' button at the top of the page to get rid of them.

This interview with Jo makes me worried about the twins. Also is not sounding good for Harry surviving the series. Still, I love the way she phrases it, like she had no idea they were going to die -they just did. As if she has no control over it.

Me too, but I have a feeling they might be more minor because the more major characters I don't see her messing around with too much. She’s so hard to read! GOSH!!! you got to love her for it though!

Puck, I hope you son gets better! poor thing a bee sting now he's sick

Off to check the threads!

Have a great day everyone!
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haymoni - Jun 27, 2006 10:12 am (#1701 of 2979)

I just hit "Read New" - if a thread comes up that hurts my head - Alchemy, Symbolism, Trivia - then I just hit "Mark as Read" and continue on.

The rain passed us by here in Kent, but it looks like it is permanently parked over Warren & Youngstown in eastern Ohio.

I think I am going to make salmon for dinner. I take some of that horseradish sauce and I coat 1 side of the salmon piece with it and dip it in breadcrumbs. I pan-fry it until it is crispy crunchy. Hubby likes it. The kids will hate it. Alas, earwax!

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Catherine - Jun 27, 2006 10:22 am (#1702 of 2979)

Haymoni, you can't convince them that the salmon is just upscale fish sticks? It sounds quite good.

I just got back from Chapel Hill *waves to Eponine, as she's close* where we celebrated our anniversary. Mr. Catherine surprised me with a getaway to a nice hotel and a romantic dinner out. It was a day early (today is the actual day) but I suppose that's better than being a day late! He really did get confused about the day, but...oh well...

Off to catch up threads and use the lovely "Obliviate" button where necessary.

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haymoni - Jun 27, 2006 10:30 am (#1703 of 2979)

What a nice surprise, Catherine! I'll take an anniversary celebration early, late or right on time!! How many years??

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VeronikaG - Jun 27, 2006 10:56 am (#1704 of 2979)

Is it OK if I just reappear out of the blue and join the book debate? I've been taking American and British literature this year and read some of the books you discussed.

For Am. lit. we read the much despised The Scarlet Letter, Huckleberry Finn, Streetcar name Desire, The Great Gatsby, The Crucible and Fences.

The list of British books is much longer: King Lear, Wuthering Heights, Anna of the Five Towns, Oranges are not the only Fruit, Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, The Rainbow, Mrs Dalloway, The Heart of the Matter and Lord of the Flies.

Surprisingly enough I didn't end up hating The Scarlet Letter or Wuthering Heights. I hated "Anna". It was just so awfully boring. I never read The Rainbow. I think my favourite book all year was The Heart of the Matter. It is something very sincere about the whole narrative, and the main character is extremely sympathetic even when he does wrong.

Ahhhh, it's nice to be back home...

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 27, 2006 11:07 am (#1705 of 2979)

Happy anniversary Catherine!

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Denise P. - Jun 27, 2006 11:09 am (#1706 of 2979)

We are doing a forced Clean Sweep today. We are having laminate floors installed this week. We expected them to show up today or tomorrow so we were stunned (and unprepared) when we got a call yesterday and they asked if an hour was okay. We had to hustle to move three rooms of junk out of the way. A load was out on our deck...where it promptly rained and messed up some stuff despite being covered. I have been out on the deck sorting stuff into sell, donate, toss, keep piles and the keep pile is still alarming. I don't want to toss it but I don't want it in the house anymore. I think I need to get more ruthless. The living room is almost done and is beeyooteeful!

Another bummer, Danse Macabre, the newest Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake book came out today. I have it but I can't really justify sitting and reading it while my downstairs is sitting on my deck in disarray.

In good news, a friend of mine, once removed (friend of a friend) was auditioning yesterday for The Dresden Files! I said I wanted a crew shirt if she gets the part and I have been trying to figure out which part she was trying for.

Oh, bold baby bird (with his beak open) was sitting on the edge of the nest today...I think he may attempt to fly off before the end of the day.

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Puck - Jun 27, 2006 11:21 am (#1707 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary, Catherine and Mr. Catherine!!

Husbands do have trouble with dates. I was wondering aloud how I'd get through the summer with all 3 kids home. My hubby commented I'd had them all before. I pointed out that was only a week at a time during school vacations, and I was going nuts by the end. he asked about last summer. I had to point out to him that the baby hadn't been born yet. "Oh. Yeah."

Salmon sounds good. My kids occasionally consent to a bite of it.

I ignore the yellow dots unless I want to read a thread.

Time to get ready for dance class. My ballet group is full of real charmers. They ignore me completely and have no ability to separate from their parents to participate in class. Basically it's 40 minutes of crying with ballet music in the background.

Cheers,

Kathy

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Julie Aronson - Jun 27, 2006 11:23 am (#1708 of 2979)

Happy anniversary, Catherine!

Hey, what about Jeopardy?

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 27, 2006 11:30 am (#1709 of 2979)

LOL Kathy! healing charms to your son!

happy anniversary to Catherine and Mr. Catherine!

Denise, I hope your "Clean Sweep" is going well. I do that with my closet all the time, but usually get nowhere! We had the same problem with our two rooms that we had laminate installed in! We had to shove everthing in the office, which is basically our "toss all room" so it was a bit hard to do! We spraypainted the floors or "grafittied" them before we had the floors put it! It was lots of fun, if only I could see the faces of the people who live here after us, when they decide to chnage the floors! It's quite a mess!

off to check threads! Have a great day everyone!

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haymoni - Jun 27, 2006 11:38 am (#1710 of 2979)

Puck - The Beautifulest One's ballet teacher had cheap tiaras, boas and hats with feathers and let the girls wear them while they danced.

She put them in the corner farthest away from the parents so they'd have to actually detach themselves from us.

My daughter had absolutely no problem running away from me towards the costumes, but once the criers saw the other girls playing dress up, they wanted in on it too.

Of course, then you have the problem of getting them to take off the hats at the end...

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Good Evans - Jun 27, 2006 12:24 pm (#1711 of 2979)

just skipped 150 posts, do forgive me!!

I havent been around over the weekend been so busy with other things. Went to see the litter on Sunday - they are so cute, so I have already set up the puppy crate for when she comes home, Two weeks Thursday I can hardly believe it. the 13th is also our wedding anniversary (waves to Mr and Mrs Catherine who are currently celebrating!!), I have to go to work in the evening even though I have the day off as it is committee night and I have a report going.

ah well, off to check threads, have a great ROTD all

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haymoni - Jun 27, 2006 12:47 pm (#1712 of 2979)

Good Evans - what was your decision on the dog name? Was it Luna?

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Catherine - Jun 27, 2006 1:15 pm (#1713 of 2979)

Thanks for the wishes, everyone! Today is our fourteenth anniversary.

Alas earwax, no word from Jeoopardy yet! *pouts*

We had a very filling and fancy dinner out last night, so I'd thought I'd cook some comfort food and watch movies tonight. *it was pouring rain when we left; it rained the entire weekend before that; it is still raining--pretty soon I'm going to run out of movies*

Ooh, speaking of, I finally rented Lost and have finished the first season. Tonight is second season, although I may have to interrupt my viewing in order to watch Kathy Griffin's "My Life on the D List." *waves to Loopy Lupin* Note: this show is not exactly forum or family friendly, but it is a guilty pleasure.

Condolences to the Denise family for the enforced "Clean Sweep," although I'm hoping the new floors will compensate for the soggy items and inconvenience.

Oh, and the puppies sound adorable, Good Evans!

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Denise P. - Jun 27, 2006 1:31 pm (#1714 of 2979)

Funny how things work. As I was cleaning boxes out, I came across a copy of The Little Prince This was sent to me years ago by a friend of mine. She is fluent in french despite being English but sent me a copy in English. I treasure the book because it came from her and is a favorite of hers. I never have read it so after I finish with my new book, I think I will sit down and read it.

I am finding stuff that I swear I have never seen before but I obviously put it where I found it, just years ago.

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Finn BV - Jun 27, 2006 2:46 pm (#1715 of 2979)

Darn, I couldn't get on the forum all day.

Happy Anniversary Catherine!

Denise, that's just why I love cleaning my room every six months or so… I find old stuff that has me reading for hours that… well… I never end up finishing the cleaning in one day, so I sleep in a guest bedroom, and usually finish the next day.

Picked up some crash cymbals today! But all went well.

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Stephanie M. - Jun 27, 2006 2:49 pm (#1716 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Catherine!!

I hope the bird flies alright! That's very exciting! And good luck on the Clean Sweep, Denise!

Sorry to hear that your sun is sick, Kathy! I feel so bad for him!

Good Evans, the puppies sound so cute!

Today was my first day of interning, and I learned why people NEED coffee (or caffeine). It wasn't that I was tired, but when you are doing the same tedious thing, you get so bored! But today, I got my own desk (that is VERY large), computer (an eMac) with my own log in, a phone, and a company screen name. I was soo excited when the computer guy came and told me that I had my own desk! (I was previously working in the Editor and Chief's office.) But today, Finn, I alphabetized and whole punched papers and put them in a binder! LOL Then I did about a quarter of another project, that involved going to yellowpages.com and other websites to search for cheerleading and dancing gyms or clinics to see if there are more than the ones listed in the last edition of the magazine (American Cheerleader's teacher and coaches handbook magazine) and if the places changed locations or phone numbers etc. I did not lick, stamp, stuff, or mail envelopes today.

Have a good rest of the day!!

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kaykay1970 - Jun 27, 2006 2:49 pm (#1717 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary Catherine!

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timrew - Jun 27, 2006 2:59 pm (#1718 of 2979)

Today I switched over from The World Cup to watch Wimbledon. I saw no spitting, no diving, no shirt-tugging, no trying to trip up members of the opposition. Fascinated, I carried on watching.

All I could see was men and women playing their sport to the best of their ability, while being applauded by an (almost) non-partisan audience, who didn't swear or throw chairs at each other!

And as for the referees, they weren't holding up the game every five minutes to issue yellow or red cards!

I think I'll continue to watch this sport of tennis, and leave the rest of The World Cup................I was getting fed-up with it anyway.

Oh, and geauxtigers, I think Australia were cheated out of the World Cup by Italy. That was never a penalty - the Italian dived!

One last thing; I was watching Doctor Who last week and there was this girl in it. First I thought, 'I know that voice'. Then I thought, 'I know those mannerisms'. It was a full ten minutes before I realised it was the actress who plays Moaning Myrtle!

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boop - Jun 27, 2006 3:04 pm (#1719 of 2979)

Kathy, sending healing charms your way.

Stephanie, good luck with you interning.

Veronika, Welcome back!!

Catherine, Happy Anniversary!!

Have a great rest of the day.

hugs always

boop

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Finn BV - Jun 27, 2006 3:40 pm (#1720 of 2979)

Oops, forgot to welcome back Veronika in my last post; Betty reminded me! So, welcome back!!

**hugs to Betty**

Steph, sounds fun!!

Tim, I'm glad we tennis enthusiasts have roped you in… even though it appears you still are stuck on top of our stadium.

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Julie Aronson - Jun 27, 2006 3:42 pm (#1721 of 2979)

Moaning Myrtle is in the movie for Bridget Jones' Diary, too. She plays Sharon (Shazzer).

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Catherine - Jun 27, 2006 3:43 pm (#1722 of 2979)

Boop, thank you!

It was a full ten minutes before I realised it was the actress who plays Moaning Myrtle!—Timrew

LOL!

There is a lovely Dr. Who "obsessed" man at our local grocery who always asks me if I've tuned in. Tim, congrats that you are the link to finally cause this to happen. I will tune in...

Of course, I'm still finally catching up to Lost, etc.

Peer pressure. It works!

Also, I would like to say that I always enjoy checking into our chat thread after I've been on vacation. Even if some of the other threads get "beyond the veil" for me.

Thanks SO much for the anniversary wishes. Mr. Catherine appreciates them, also.

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Jewel - Jun 27, 2006 4:56 pm (#1723 of 2979)

I know I'm coming in a little late but, Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Catherine anyway.

Also, to Puck, my son got his first sting last summer right below his right eye also and became sick the next day, from what I remember of the doctor’s visit, he had a delayed reaction to the sting, maybe that's what's wrong with your little one. I hope he is feeling better soon!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 27, 2006 5:26 pm (#1724 of 2979)

I am finding stuff that I swear I have never seen before but I obviously put it where I found it, just years ago.---Denise P.

Hmmmm, sounds to me like someone's doing a bit too much shopping on Ebay.

Catherine, you have Season 2 of Lost? I didn't think that had been released yet.

And I'm a little confused about Dr. Who. (Well, I'm confused about quite a few things but this is the only one I need answers to. ) Is this the same Dr. Who show that was on years and years ago? At least, I thought there was a show by that name. Or is this a new one? I always hear it talked about but I don't even know what network it's on or what it's about.

*:waves to Catherine*: Thanks for the heads' up.

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azi - Jun 27, 2006 5:38 pm (#1725 of 2979)

Lupin is Lupin - there is a new Dr Who series on BBC1 in the UK. In fact, it is the second new series of the show. I think Dr Who is played David Tennant (sp?), who I think played someone in GoF? I haven't seen GoF so don't know about that.

Happy Anniversary Catherine!

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Pigwidgeon - Jun 27, 2006 6:44 pm (#1726 of 2979)

David Tennant was Barty Crouch Jr.

Tim -- that was better than I did. I was watching Topsy Turvey, and it took me the entire movie to figure out the lady playing the lead soprano was "Myrtle," and I never did identify Tim Spall until later.

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Eponine - Jun 27, 2006 6:44 pm (#1727 of 2979)

*waves to Catherine* Happy Anniversary! Which restaurant did you visit in Chapel Hill? I know a few of the nicer restaurants there.

Stephanie, are you interning at a cheerleading magazine? I would have LOVED doing that when I was younger.

azi, the new Doctor is played by David Tennant who played Barty Crouch Jr. in GoF.

Well, I downloaded and watched the interview with Jo. I'm so nervous about who's going to die, but I still think that the Trio and Ginny are all going to survive.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Denise P. - Jun 27, 2006 7:31 pm (#1728 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary to Catherine and Mr. Catherine!

Hmmmm, sounds to me like someone's doing a bit too much shopping on Ebay.

That could happen (but didn't) but since the specific item I was thinking of was a nicely printed book, tied with a ribbon and had a picture of my great-great-grandmother, my great-grandmother, my grandmother, my mother, me and then my daughters.....I tend to think it was sent to me by my Aunt Margie. It said "Happy Mother's Day" on the front so I got it in May....of some year

All baby birds are gone, I was there when the last one left the nest and promptly was almost eaten by my dog when it flew into our backyard. We chased the bird brain back out into the wide field so it could remain unharmed by a member of our household.

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Mediwitch - Jun 27, 2006 8:09 pm (#1729 of 2979)

So many posts after a couple of days off!

Finn: this is the same place of the infamous crash cymbal incident  Don't sweat it Finn - my conservatory Wind Ensemble conductor used to tell us not to be a bunch of wimps, if we were gonna make a mistake, he wanted to hear it!

Denise P.: We are doing a forced Clean Sweep today.  Oh, I feel your pain!!! My goal this summer is to make a major clean sweep of our house. We had to clean out my in-laws' house this year and it was horrible because they NEVER threw anything away (even washed out the sundae cups from McDonald's and kept 'em; why, I'll never know!). It was a two-bedroom house and we threw out 2 twenty-yard dumpsters of JUNK; that was just the stuff that was too dirty or gross or whatever, never mind the stuff we kept or gave away! pale  affraid   I swore I wouldn't do that to our kids, so I am on a rampage this summer. Mr. Mediwitch says he doesn't dare sit still for too long or I might throw him out too!  

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 27, 2006 8:32 pm (#1730 of 2979)

Well I just finished The Metamorphosis! I read it in about an hour and a half! It was only 52 pages, which I admit, is the only reason I picked it. I didn't really like it much, a bit dull and not to mention weird. Gregor seemed all to unphased by becoming a bug, not a very normal reaction. I think I'd freak out if I woke up as a bug! Oh well that's done now but I must say Kafka is up there with Faulkner, they're both insane! Where did he get this idea from?? I couldn't even find a moral or purpose of the story...is that a bad thing??

I have a feeling this will be my 10th post of the day, which is bad because I've got nothing to do tonight as mom is reading the HP book that I was in the middle of. I let her read it again in hopes that she will become as obsessed as me(maybe a premium membership then)and I have read them more times than I can count!

I won't be on till late tomorrow as I have to babysit devil child!

Have a great RotN everyone!

***I'll be in the chat if anyone cares to join! If I don't answer I probably just don't have the screen open at that particular moment but II'll check back often!***

EDIT:yep last post!

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geauxtigers - Jun 27, 2006 9:02 pm (#1731 of 2979)

Yeah I've decided to read Kafka's book tonight too. Up at O' dark thirty tomorrow to babysit the annoying one for 12 hours. I think I'll lay and bed and read til I fall asleep which hopefully won't be long since I'll be up so early.

Night everyone!

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Julie Aronson - Jun 28, 2006 1:40 am (#1732 of 2979)

Interpreting the picture and date...Happy anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Denise!

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azi - Jun 28, 2006 2:51 am (#1733 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary Denise P!

I think we've gone from the birthday to the anniversary time of year. I should get a 'Happy Anniversary' smiley...

Hoping I'll get my project done today. That is, if the contractors outside my room stop drilling the concrete. Why the university tell us not to make any noise so as not to distract people studying and then allow noisy contractors to distract you, I don't know! I only have one bit of the evil stats to do (a frequency histogram which doesn't want to be made - I have to use computer programs or I'd draw it purely to make life easier). Unfortunately, the word limit is 3000 words, and I'm on 2800 with an 800-1000 word section to go. Ooops. I feel a massive editing job making it's way towards me!

Better go work.

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Good Evans - Jun 28, 2006 5:18 am (#1734 of 2979)

honestly Azi - muffliato???????? (and you call yourself a witch? ) hope the nasty man takes his Drill away soon!!

Happy Anniversary Denise,

Tim I agree, that Italian dived / dove???

Haymoni - yes we have decided on Luna. two weeks tomorrow til I have a four footed friend again!!

happy days everyone!

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Catherine - Jun 28, 2006 6:01 am (#1735 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary to Denise and Mr. P!

LOL to Mediwitch about your own "clean sweep." Mr. Catherine has been spending a few days this month up in Richmond helping his parents clean out their attic *insert horror smiley here*: because they are moving to Pennsylvania. It's been...interesting!

Have a good day, everyone.

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Marie E. - Jun 28, 2006 6:37 am (#1736 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary to the Catherine's and the P's!

I have been in denial since Friday about being sick, but now I'm waving the white flag and going to the doctor. I think it's a sinus infection. I want to get it taken care of before we go on vacation. We're going to Virginia, leaving on July 11. We're taking about maybe going to Busch Gardens. We were there three years ago and Shayla was mad about not being tall enough to ride the "cool" rides. I hate to say that she's not much taller now, but past that 4 foot mark.

We need to do a Clean Sweep of our garage. When we moved in this house two years ago, Mr E just sort of threw things in and was supposed to clean them out later. Now he has other things piled in front of the old boxes. I would like to be parking in the garage (park in the garage? What a concept!  ) by October.

Have a lovely day!

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haymoni - Jun 28, 2006 6:41 am (#1737 of 2979)

People park in their garage???

We only manage to do it in the winter. Summer is too crazy with bikes, skateboards, sporting equipment, lawnmowers, etc.

Every year we say that we are going to get a shed and every year we don't.

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The giant squid - Jun 28, 2006 6:46 am (#1738 of 2979)

Happy anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. P., and happy anniversary +1 to Mr. & Mrs. Catherine.

Is it OK if I just reappear out of the blue—VeronikaG

Nope, that's not allowed. You'll have to reappear out of the fuschia. Welcome back, we've grown much odder in your absence.

I have been out on the deck sorting stuff into sell, donate, toss, keep piles and the keep pile is still alarming.--Denise P.

When you get done, go back to the "keep" pile and start the whole process over again. theoretically you should be able to winnow it down some more. I say theoretically because I inherited the packrat gene from both of my parents; it takes an act of Congress to get me to throw something away.

my conservatory Wind Ensemble conductor used to tell us not to be a bunch of wimps, if we were gonna make a mistake, he wanted to hear it!—Mediwitch

My high school band teacher had the same philosophy. "It's your mistake, own it! Be proud of it!" It was his subtle way of making us less timid and more confident. You've got to take a chance at hitting a bad note if you want to get to the good ones. That's an analogy that can work anywhere, if you think about it (but I won't...it's too late/early).

I saw Superman Returns last night. Wow. Let me just say that it's the first time I've seen a sequel that was worth waiting 20 years for. They used John Williams' original theme (Abbycadabra would be proud) and the opening titles made me feel like that 8-year-old kid again.

--Mike

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VeronikaG - Jun 28, 2006 7:39 am (#1739 of 2979)

*Appears out of the fuschia*

Happy anniversaries to Mrs and Mr Catherine and Mrs and Mr Denise!

*waves to Boop, Finn and SqidMike* Thanks for welcoming me back.

David Tennant seems to be popping up in lots of productions lately. Last year I hadn't even heard of him, but by now I've seen him in Blackpool and Casanova and found out he's in Dr. Who and GoF. I hang my head in SHAME and admit not having seen GoF, but I think Tennant must be very right for Barty jr. He sort of has that ability to be both unsympathetic and appealing at the same time. (At least in Blackpool.) I don't find him as attractive as many women claim he is though, but I really like him as an actor.

Off to read speculations now.

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haymoni - Jun 28, 2006 7:55 am (#1740 of 2979)

He wasn't attractive in GOF either.

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Ydnam96 - Jun 28, 2006 8:19 am (#1741 of 2979)

Hey guys!

Catherine said someone had asked about me...I'm okay. I just have been very busy. I got a promotion of sorts at work and I've been working a lot more. I love the work though.

I did just come back from a mini-vacation. I spent a few days with my mom at Disneyland. It was super exciting. The World Premier of Pirates was on Saturday. We didn't get tickets to the screening but we hung around outside the park. We were hoping to get pictures of Johnny Depp or Orlando Bloom but they brought all the stars in through a "backstage" area. But we did get to go on the brand new Pirates ride. It was amazing. Smile

I had to push the magic button because there were over 1700 posts on this thread! I hope that everyone is doing well. Happy Birthdays to all.

:)Mandy

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Loopy Lupin - Jun 28, 2006 8:21 am (#1742 of 2979)

I saw Superman Returns last night. Wow. Let me just say that it's the first time I've seen a sequel that was worth waiting 20 years for. – Mike

I must say that is encouraging because the reviews have been mixed, at best.

Happy Anniversaries to Catherine and Denise. Woo Hoo!!!

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azi - Jun 28, 2006 8:39 am (#1743 of 2979)

Julie - they disappeared just after I read your post!

I have finished my project. Have a mere 1000 words to lop out!

Hey Ydnam! Hope you continue enjoying work!

I thought David Tennant was really funny in Casanova! I don't think he's particularly pretty, but a good actor he is, from what I've seen.

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Lina - Jun 28, 2006 8:40 am (#1744 of 2979)

It is just too difficult for me to remember all that I wanted to say.

Belated happy birthday to all to whom it apply!
Happy anniversaries!
Healing charms to all that need them!
Veronika and Mandy, it is always a pleasure to have you around!

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Eponine - Jun 28, 2006 9:25 am (#1745 of 2979)

He wasn't attractive in GOF either. – Haymoni

Oh, I beg to differ. =)

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Loopy Lupin - Jun 28, 2006 9:31 am (#1746 of 2979)

Hey Kim! The Lost Second Season DVD is out and on sale. (Sheesh, they released that with little fanfare.) So, if you go to Amazon you can buy it. Yay!

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Good Evans - Jun 28, 2006 10:06 am (#1747 of 2979)

yay Azi !!!!!

Mandy - dont you worry about that little magic button, we all use it from time to time

You know I dont find David Tennant unattractive!! especially compared to the Dr Who aliens and like!! I haven't seen Casanova so can't comment on his appearance in that! I think his face has character and a very mischievous smile!

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Tazzygirl - Jun 28, 2006 10:33 am (#1748 of 2979)

Happy (late) Anniversary to the Catherines!

Happy Anniversary to the Denise P.s! And good luck with the clean sweep!

Welcome back VeronikaG.!

Glad to see you around, Mandy! Disneyland sounded like fun! I was supposed to go with my mom sometime this week, but we decided to wait until August, when my siblings and I are here for my dad's birthday. How was the new Pirates Ride?

I come from a looong line of neat, organized freaks. My dad is very picky about his garage. Nothing can be out of place, and the cars have to be parked just so. I think the only people in my family who are packrats and disorganized are my aunt and uncle whom I live with in Hawaii.

My brother called last night and said he liked Superman too. So now I have a list of movies I want to see before I leave- Superman, Click, and The Devil Wears Prada.

Good luck with your project, Azi! I find that having to have a certain amount of words is easier to write than having to require so many pages in a report.

One more week and I am back in Hawaii!
Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

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haymoni - Jun 28, 2006 11:33 am (#1749 of 2979)

Eponine - He looked OK when he was kneeling by Voldy's chair and when he was walking around the ruins at the World Cup.

Something about that tongue-flicking thing just really gave me the creeps.

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Puck - Jun 28, 2006 12:07 pm (#1750 of 2979)

Thanks for the tip, Haymoni! Yesterday was better. Down to one crier and 1 sulker.

Jewel, I had wondered that about the bee sting, if it could be delayed that long. Do I now have to worry about a bee allergy? (That would be bad, as he's not supposed to have the medication for that, due to his heart problem.)

Dr. Who was in GoF? I'll have to watch for the Myrtle episode. Hubby has it on TiVo, but is behind in his watching. The only reason I picked up on her in Bridget Jones is because she was crying in the bathroom.

Happy Anniversary, Denise and Mr. Denise!!

We got to pick our berries this morning. I was there a few minutes before they opened in my effort to beat the rain. Diva start to ask to leave a few minutes before the it started to sprinkle. We were inside the farmstand by the time it was pouring. Perfect timing! I baked angel food cake to eat with some of the berries tonight.

Off to the library!

Cheers!

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Mediwitch - Jun 28, 2006 1:36 pm (#1751 of 2979)

Puck -

Certain medications for cardiac problems can delay an allergic reaction. You might want to check in with his doctor if he is taking any cardiac meds, just in case. I did an ambulance call once for a woman who had been stung several hours earlier, then came to a town meeting and proceeded to pass out in front of everyone (including half the ambulance squad - she got very prompt care! ), the poor thing. Her cardiac meds caused the delayed response to the sting.

Happy Anniversary and Birthday Balloons to all!

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boop - Jun 28, 2006 3:16 pm (#1752 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary Mr.&Mrs. Denise!! Have a great day!

Marie, I am sending healing charms your way.

Welcome Back Mandy, you have been missed.

Have a great rest of the day!

hugs always

boop

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Finn BV - Jun 28, 2006 3:20 pm (#1753 of 2979)

Welcome back Ms (Miss) Amanda!

Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Denise! Great picture!

Healing charms to Marie!

Mike, I've never taken a great interest in Superman, and thus have never read the comic nor seen the other films. However, this movie is getting great reviews. (ETA: Loopy, your DC reviewers take drastically different views than the NYC reviewers…) Do you think I can just hop in and be okay?

**waves back to my Norwegian friend who appeared out of the fuschia**

Congrats to Mandy on her promotion, and we hope to be seeing more of you soon!

Eponine, your avatar is reminding me of the looming medley of "Wicked" we are playing Friday… interestingly enough, I have been perfect on the crash cymbals so far, plus I'm covering gong and mallets… ooh…

**hugs to Boop**

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 28, 2006 5:10 pm (#1754 of 2979)

Ahhh, back from another lonnnnnnng 12-hour day of babysitting. I'm pretty tired but I've got a hamburger hot off the grill so I'll be ok

I can't really remember what else I was going to say so I'll just end it here!

Have a good RotD!

EDIT:Lillie P. I think I might try to summon some of that water down here. Everyone's grass is brown and crunchy and all of our plants are drooping horribly from lack of water. We have had the sprinklers running for over 4 weeks here! It's awful we've had no rain total's at all for the month of June, and it's almost over!

kaykay, I'm sorry to hear about your dog.

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kaykay1970 - Jun 28, 2006 5:19 pm (#1755 of 2979)

My chow Simba has gone on to the next great adventure today. He just turned 12 on Saturday. Anyway the poor old guy was nearly blind and deaf and had arthritis, but I still loved him.

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Lilly P - Jun 28, 2006 5:22 pm (#1756 of 2979)

I GIVE UP!!! Im waving my white flag! North Carolina is underwater! I tried to go out and buy the new LKH book too Denise P. but the roads are completely flooded! I made it a mile off the base and there were little sports cars stuck in the road with water up to the tops of their tires, the traffic was backed up around all the cars that were stuck and I spent an hour trying to find a road to the mall that wasnt flooded, but no luck. If anyone knows a spell to dry up our weather, it would be much appreciated! I think my poor tomatoes and zucchinis are waterlogged, does anyone have a tip for bringing them back to health from being over-watered? they are all yellow and spindley now.

OK, complaining is over now, on the positive side, we did a HP movie marathon and I didnt feel guilty for letting my daughter watch that much TV in one day since the weather is so nasty! Happy anniversaries to all those that I missed while the internet was down because of the storms and the birthdays too, so sorry for the little boy who got stung, my daughter just had her first run in with a fire ant last week, its not fun.

sympathy charms for kaykay I'm one of those people whose dog is another child so I so I send loving thoughts your way. sorry for the long post guys, I had to catch up!

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Mediwitch - Jun 28, 2006 5:33 pm (#1757 of 2979)

(((*hugs*))) to kaykay and *drying charms* to Lilly P. (Let me know if the drying charms work - we aren't quite as bad off in my part of New England but it's not the Sahara Desert here, either! )

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Finn BV - Jun 28, 2006 5:42 pm (#1758 of 2979)

Totally agree with Mediwitch on those comments about the rain – good luck to you, Lilly P.

And kaykay, how sad. Cheering charms to you and your family. To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

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geauxtigers - Jun 28, 2006 5:55 pm (#1759 of 2979)

Yeah send rain please! It's terrible down here, granted the weather has been pretty, blue skies ect, but its not so pretty when you look everywhere but the sky. **Summons water from the east coast**

Sorry about your dog KayKay, Happy Anniversary to everyone I forgot to say this yesterday too...

We need to clean sweep our attic, we have stuff from a garage sale we tried to have when I was in 4th grade and half the stuff is still up there and other things have been accumulating since. We need to clean it out this winter, but then again we've been saying that for 7 years now...

I find that having to have a certain amount of words is easier to write than having to require so many pages in a report. Me too, you should see the stuff people do to get that one last page in! With words, you can do the it is vs "it's" and does not vs doesn't. Maybe thats why they make it by the page now vs the word.

I know I've forgotten some stuff...

Later everyone and have a great day!

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boop - Jun 28, 2006 6:08 pm (#1760 of 2979)

KayKay, sorry to hear about your family pet. (((HUGS)))

Drying Charms to anyone who is getting alot of rain. We had a rain free day here. My grass needs cut so bad, but we had thunder and lightning so couldn't mow today. The weeds keep getting taller. My grass was brown but not anymore.

hugs

boop

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Catherine - Jun 28, 2006 7:16 pm (#1761 of 2979)

Urggh.

We STILL have rain--make this this over a week of straight thundery-cloudly-rainy days.

And...my computer collapsed. Hard drive--we're still in collecting mode.

Kaykay--sorry about your beloved doggie. We have here a most elderly pet--losing hair, teeth, and memory like crazy, but she's still our great girl, Phoebe is, at age 13. I dread the day when I have to say the words that she is really gone. She is named after Phoebe Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye. She's been with us since the days of early marriage, so it is sobering to think that we won't always be together just yet.

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Denise P. - Jun 28, 2006 7:17 pm (#1762 of 2979)

Kaykay, sorry to hear about your beloved Simba. It is tough to lose a family pet after so long.

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Puck - Jun 28, 2006 7:24 pm (#1763 of 2979)

(((Kaykay)))

Mediwitch, I hadn't heard about that before, but he does take a beta blocker. The baby has her check-up on Friday, so I will mention it to the doctor then. Thanks for the information!

Incidentally, we can -and do- park our cars in the garage. I cannot, however, walk through my basement.

Lilly, hope you dry out soon. We're wet, but not that wet.

Actually, the weather cleared enough to go for a walk after dinner. Went something like this; "I want to be the leader!" "No, I'm the leader!" "No, I am!" "But I want to be the leader!" "I'm mad at you!" **commence sulking and pouting**

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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kaykay1970 - Jun 28, 2006 8:09 pm (#1764 of 2979)

Thanks for the cheering charms and the hugs.

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Tazzygirl - Jun 28, 2006 9:12 pm (#1765 of 2979)

(((HUGS))) to Kay and her family.

**drying charms to those who need it** (California could do with some rain too!)

There was something else I was going to say, but I forgot...

Off to watch Lawrence of Arabia with my parents.

~Kristina


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The giant squid - Jun 28, 2006 11:59 pm (#1766 of 2979)

Mike, I've never taken a great interest in Superman, and thus have never read the comic nor seen the other films. However, this movie is getting great reviews. Do you think I can just hop in and be okay?--Finn BV

Actually, that's one of the things that makes this such a good sequel. Bryan Singer was smart enough to make the references vague enough that you don't need to have seen the others. It just adds to the story. Honestly, it would have been rather presumptuous to assume everyone going to the movies today has seen films that came out 26 years ago.

Loopy, there's a real easy way to separate the mixed reviews: professional critics don't like it, "normal" people do.

Hugs to Kaykay.

Hugs to boop, too, just 'cause.

Those of you who are experiencing excessive moisture, lay off the drying charms. Just apparate it Westward so the rest of us can cool off a bit. Our highs for the last week were over 110 (43 C). I'm not looking forward to July & August...

--Mike

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Snuffles - Jun 29, 2006 12:47 am (#1767 of 2979)

Happy (late) anniversary to Mr and Mrs Catherine and to Mr and Mrs .P.

Kathy, I hope your little one is feeling better.

Kaykay ((((hugs))) Sorry to hear about your dog. There seems to be alot of our canine friends going on to the next great adventure recently

Mike, I don't know how you cope with that kind of heat! I remember being in Las Vegas when I was younger and at about midnight the temperatures had cooled down to a more pleasant 100 degrees Thank goodness for air con!!!!

Hope everyone has a good Thursday

Julie

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azi - Jun 29, 2006 2:25 am (#1768 of 2979)

**hugs** to Kaykay.

I finished my project and we have sun! Woohoo! Max today is apparently 22 degrees Celcius, which is perfect temperature for me.

Drying charms to the flooded people, rainy charms to the parched people.

I can't cope with temperatures just short of 30 C, so I don't think I'd cope with Las Vegas!

Better go start packing - I'm supposed to go home today!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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Snuffles - Jun 29, 2006 2:35 am (#1769 of 2979)

azi, you had better get prepared then.

The forecast for this weekend is hot, hot, hot!!

I'm going to enjoy it! Blink and you miss the summer here

Julie

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azi - Jun 29, 2006 3:24 am (#1770 of 2979)

Hehe, Snuffles, I'd better get the sun tan lotion on then!

Was the 'hot, hot, hot' a reference to Big Cook Little Cook perchance?

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Snuffles - Jun 29, 2006 3:32 am (#1771 of 2979)

Eek, it could have been. That programme has been brainwashed into me over the past couple of years!

*note to self* must stop watching cbeebies!!!!

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azi - Jun 29, 2006 4:00 am (#1772 of 2979)

Cbeebies is fun. Although I only watch Big Cook Little Cook and Balamory. The other programmes are a bit too young for me.

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Puck - Jun 29, 2006 5:22 am (#1773 of 2979)

British Kiddie shows, I take it?

(Well, Julie has an excuse, at least. )

Finn, pssst, did you forgot about potty games? We've been guessing letters, but you've left us "Hanging"

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Marie E. - Jun 29, 2006 6:35 am (#1774 of 2979)

We've had some rainy days here, thank goodness. It keeps the fires down in the mountains. Unfortunately it's been raining every time we plan a water play day for the daycare kids. They think it's a conspiracy now. Lol.

I'm officially diagnosed with a sinus infection and now have excellent antibiotics. I should be feeling better by tomorrow. I caught it early this time, before the barking cough got started. I talked with my doctor about maybe getting better allergy medicine. I think the over-the-counter Claretin isn't cutting it.

Lexie lost her fifth tooth yesterday and actually pulled it out herself. She was showing me how loose it was and I said "Oh, go pull it out already" so she went to a mirror and yanked it out! This is the girl who wouldn't even let us touch her last loose tooth.

Happy Almost-Friday!

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Solitaire - Jun 29, 2006 10:09 am (#1775 of 2979)

((((((((((Kay))))))))) So sorry to hear about your dog. When you have had a pet that long, it is like losing one of the family. I have two Shelties--Quinn, 14, and Stoney, 10. Quinn is still pretty lively (though deaf as a doorknob), but I know it's coming, and I'm already dreading it. Hang in there.

Solitaire

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Winky Woo - Jun 29, 2006 10:26 am (#1776 of 2979)

(((*hugs*))) to Kaykay and *drying charms*/*rain charms* as appropriate to those that need them.

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 29, 2006 10:31 am (#1777 of 2979)

Man, they really need to make all temperature units the same! This converting back and forth between Celcius and Farenheit is driving me mad!

Yesterday was much cooler for us as the afternoon high was only 91F (33C) but today it's back up to 96! We generally have 2 seasons here, summer and fallwinterspring. It is not unusual to wake up on Christmas morning to 80 degree weather! But winter usually comes in January and February!

Well off to check threads! Have a great day everyone!

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geauxtigers - Jun 29, 2006 11:12 am (#1778 of 2979)
Edited Jun 29, 2006 11:47 am

I agree, why we Americans insist on being different, we are the only country (I think theres one other but forgot who) that doesn't use degrees C! And that makes a lot more sense to me, metric unit is based on 10, not random numbers!

Yeah a perfect example of our "winter" would be last Christmas, it was near 80 F (27C), then On New Years Eve, we had snow flurries! All it did was collect in wet piles under the eves, but hey when you are snow deprived, watery ice is still fun to sling at each other! But the coldest month is January, but by mid Feburary its up in the 80s again.

Hope you feel better Marie E! Zyrtec is a great allergy medicine for me... clariten didn't work for me either.

It's Thursday, which is good because its so hopeful because tomorrow is Friday!

Have a great day everyone!

EDIT: Ha ha Lupin is Lupin! But it still seems dumb and conversions are a royal pain!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 29, 2006 11:43 am (#1779 of 2979)

I agree, why we Americans insist on being different, we are the only country (I think theres one other but forgot who) that doesn't use degrees C! And that makes a lot more sense to me, metric unit is based on 10, not random numbers!---geauxtigers

Because it is a charming quirk that adds romance to life.

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Loopy Lupin - Jun 29, 2006 12:11 pm (#1780 of 2979)

Loopy, there's a real easy way to separate the mixed reviews: professional critics don't like it, "normal" people do.—Mike

I should probably hold off on my declarations that reviews are mixed until more votes are in. The tomato meter on rottentomatoes.com is at 76% which is pretty good. It probably won't be a surprise to anyone that I actually do pay attention to certain critics, Ebert in particular. Maybe he's actually influenced my taste in movies given that I used to watch him when his show was on PBS, but I find that I agree with him more often than not. He only gave Supes two stars. Hopefully this will be a movie that I disagree with him about because I need a good Superman flick.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jun 29, 2006 1:13 pm (#1781 of 2979)

Hi all, I am in need of some advice. I am working on a project for my legal research class on the subject of McCarthyism and effect it had on the various aspects of the law especially in regards to first, fifth, and fourteenth amendment rights. I am curious to know whether any of the members could suggest any books or films that could shed light on the period. On another note I was not sure whether to place my question here or on the recommended reading thread?

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haymoni - Jun 29, 2006 1:22 pm (#1782 of 2979)

Wasn't that one of the main points of "The Way We Were"?

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Lina - Jun 29, 2006 1:52 pm (#1783 of 2979)

Kay, sorry to hear about Simba. Hugs. I hope it is not some curse on the Forum... Maybe it is just that there are so many pets around.

Drying charms and transapparating charms for the water in all flooded areas. I just hope that all the water will stay away from your homes.

Woo hoo for Azi and the project. Enjoy the holidays!

I think I have decided: I'd like to spend the winters in Louisiana and the summers here.

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Catherine - Jun 29, 2006 4:01 pm (#1784 of 2979)

Well, I just got back from Superman Returns.

I was entertained. I thought the first part of the movie was a bit slow, but overall, I enjoyed it. It doesn't hurt that I am a Kevin Spacey fan and he rocked as Lex Luthor. Also, I had a huge crush on Christopher Reeve after Superman 2--give me a break, I was 12!!, and Routh channels Reeve well (almost too well, actually).

Trelawney's Inner Eye could have foretold a weakness for a dark-haired hero in glasses with the ability to fly and willingness to vanquish evil.

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Chemyst - Jun 29, 2006 4:03 pm (#1785 of 2979)

Kay, I too, am sorry about Simba. And, Lina, I agree with you that it is more that we love many pets than it being any curse on the Forum.

Because it is a charming quirk that adds romance to life. There is that, of course…   but I like the extra precision of Fahrenheit scale too.

I'm glad to hear Routh channels Reeve well because someone reminded me of his acting like a board from his soap opera days and...   it wasn't super.

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Catherine - Jun 29, 2006 4:19 pm (#1786 of 2979)

I'm glad to hear Routh channels Reeve well because someone reminded me of his acting like a board from his soap opera days and... it wasn't super.—Chemyst

Well, call me Parvati or Lavender, but I may have been distracted by his other attributes.

Actually, he did fine. He probably relied on Christopher Reeve's interpretation--and maybe too much so, not enough innovation--but I enjoyed the film supremely.

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boop - Jun 29, 2006 5:12 pm (#1787 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Mischafan(Jim) I hope you have a great day!!

Happy Birthday wishes for Solitaire on June 30.

Have a great day!!

hugs always

boop

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Stephanie M. - Jun 29, 2006 5:44 pm (#1788 of 2979)

Happy Birthday to Mischafan!

Happy belated Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Denise! I wish you many, many more happy and healthy years together! And I love your avatar!

I'm soo sorry to hear about your dog, Kaykay!! At least Simba lived a happy life!

I have never seen thunder and lightening as intense as I saw today. About an hour ago, we saw endless lightening bolts going through the sky. It was crazy, and very scary!

Yesterday, they closed 1st avenue (I live between 1st and 2nd avenue, and I overlook 1st avenue from my window) from my block to 4 blocks north of us because there was a bomb scare. Luckily there was no bomb, but it was extremely frightening when I went down and stood with the crowd to see what was going on. There were massive police cars (that look like small silver trucks), police cars, the fire department, and bomb sniffing dogs roaming the 4 block radius. It was so scary, but they worked everything out in about 2 hours... but there was a lot of traffic since no cars were allowed through at rush hour.

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July weekend! I am going to the Jersey Shore with my family, and we are meeting up with all of my parents' close friends from college. It should be pretty fun if it doesn't rain the entire time!

My computer is going in to be fixed tomorrow, so if there is anything else wrong with it besides the keyboard, then they will have the long weekend to fix it.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

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Puck - Jun 29, 2006 6:43 pm (#1789 of 2979)

Happy Birthday, Solitaire!

Nice visit with Mom today. Though, Diva got car sick on the ride home. My boy was complaining that I had him playing with the baby to keep her happy while I was taking care of Diva. I gave him a choice; play with s his sister or clean the van. He played with the baby.

Baby crying. Another long night, I suspect.

Happy RotD,

Kathy

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Mediwitch - Jun 29, 2006 7:26 pm (#1790 of 2979)

Sympathies on the long night, Puck. Hope you get some rest!

And Happy Birthday, Solitaire! Birthday

We've got another thunderstorm rolling in, so I don't know how long I'll stay on tonight! It's the third one today!

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Julie Aronson - Jun 29, 2006 7:56 pm (#1791 of 2979)

Congrats, well-wishes, and sympathies wherever appropriate...

Correcting a previous error, the Moaning Myrtle actress actually played Bridget Jones' friend, Jude, in the movies.

That is all.

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Solitaire - Jun 29, 2006 8:43 pm (#1792 of 2979)

Aw, thanks for the birthday wishes, everyone!

My thoughts and prayers are with all who are contending with the rain and flooding. If only there were some transcontinental underground pipe system (like the one used by the Basilisk, only bigger) to direct that water out here ... where we need it! I wonder why someone doesn't look into that.

Solitaire

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 29, 2006 9:52 pm (#1793 of 2979)

Steph that's pretty scary! Glad it was ok though.

Happy Birthday Solitaire!!!

Nothing new here, just got home from babysitting again. I'm getting super excited cause we're going to Houston on the 5th and 6th! I can't wait to shop in the Galleria!! We are going to an Astros game too so Tori is excited, it'll be fun!

Almost 4th of July!! We are going to my aunts house as they live in a different parish and fireworks are legal. Their neighbors are serious rednecks and built a homemade cannon a few years back that they set off wuite regularly throughout New Years and 4th of July. It sounds like gun fire, pretty cool! I can't wait to satisfy my pyro streak. 4th of July means there is a good excuse to play with fire!! :evil grin:

Off to check threads, have a great RotN everyone!

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geauxtigers - Jun 29, 2006 10:04 pm (#1794 of 2979)

Happy Birthday to Soli, and Mischa!

Yes we are going to Houston!!!!!! 4th of July will be fun as I too am a serious pyro! I love fire!!! so fireworks are pretty awesome!

I think I have decided: I'd like to spend the winters in Louisiana and the summers here. -Lina, I'll be more than willing to make an agreement there! lol!

I'm kinda hyper tonight and I think this will be my 10th post so I might just go to the chat for a while. I was going to say something else, but I can't remember what... oh well

Have a great night/morning everyone!

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Tazzygirl - Jun 29, 2006 11:23 pm (#1795 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Soli and Mischafan!! Hope you both have wonderful days!

Went and saw Click today. Really good- tearjerker and hysterical. Definitely not family/forum friendly though.

Off to watch Narnia and catch up on Potty Five Words!

Hope you all have a great RotN/D!

~Kristina

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Snuffles - Jun 30, 2006 12:00 am (#1796 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Solitaire

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jose043 - Jun 30, 2006 12:02 am (#1797 of 2979)

Happy Birthday to all that had them & Happy Anniversary to those that have had them. Sorry to those who have lost pets.

In our house at the moment have husband Rob getting over the flu, had to race my Mum to Hospital with a bad Asthma attack Friday week ago , was in hospital 5 days she is home now at her place. Anne stayed home with her Asthma today (Friday) & I have had my Asthma bad since Monday Have been on the nebuliser since then. Anne & I are both going to see our Asthma specialist on Monday.

We could do with some rain here our driest star since 1892 (I think that was the date) we deffernetly need more rain here in West Aussie

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Regan of Gong - Jun 30, 2006 1:12 am (#1798 of 2979)

Yeah, pretty much all of Australia needs rain. Officially we've been in drought/water shortage since before 2001, it's something like an extended El Nino effect.

Belated sympathies for the dog Kaykay. 12 is pretty good. For Catherine, ours was 14 1/2 before it died January 7. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, as long as you prepare yourself for what's coming up. At least we didn't need to go through the trauma of having Ralphy put down, I couldn't have standed that.

Has anyone seen Nacho Libre ? It's the new (here in Australia) Jack Black movie. Wanted to see if anyone thought it was good. Seems alright, it's from the writers of Napolean Dynamite.

Hope all your asthma problems get better for you soon. It must have been really scary to have to race your mum to hospital.

Germany vs Argentina tonight- it's gonna be a cracker!

Regan

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kaykay1970 - Jun 30, 2006 1:30 am (#1799 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Solitaire and Mischafan!!  

Healing charms for Josephine and family.

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Amilia Smith - Jun 30, 2006 3:17 am (#1801 of 2979)

I saw Nacho Libre. It normally wouldn't be my type of humor, but I watched it with a group who thought it was hilarious. Funny how much funnier a movie seems when all the people around you are cracking up. Be sure you stay for the credits, as the Jack Black song that plays over them is a hoot. "My love is like the nectar from a fruit that is forbidden."

Mills.

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Regan of Gong - Jun 30, 2006 4:22 am (#1802 of 2979)

MWA HA HA HA!

Premium Membership!

**cackles madly**

Avatar's from www.explodingdog.com - don't worry, it's just a collection of drawings this guy's done on his computer. They're pretty abstract, but I think it's OK for everyone.

I'm going to enjoy the no post limit now and listen to the new Eskimo Joe CD.

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Puck - Jun 30, 2006 5:13 am (#1803 of 2979)

Congrats to Regan for going premium!

Healing Charms to Josephine and Anne!

Be careful to Ginny and Tori! *goes off mumbling abut homemade cannons*

Kathy

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Loopy Lupin - Jun 30, 2006 5:43 am (#1804 of 2979)

Hi all, I am in need of some advice. I am working on a project for my legal research class on the subject of McCarthyism and effect it had on the various aspects of the law especially in regards to first, fifth, and fourteenth amendment rights. – Nathan

Well, have you seen "Good Night and Good Luck" which is about McCarthy and the newsman Edward R. Murrow? That might be a fun starting point.

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Marie E. - Jun 30, 2006 6:14 am (#1805 of 2979)

Shayla discovered how far behind she was in our local library's summer reading program so she spent all day yesterday and the day before reading. Her book of choice? Sorcerer's Stone, of course. And I swear she grabbed it on her own. I told her how I liked that the address on Harry's letters changed every time Vernon moved the family until it ended up as Mr. H Potter, The Floor, Hut-on-the-rock, The Sea. Last night when I went to bed I saw she had left me a note addressed to Mom, biggest bedroom with a bathroom, etc. Very Cute.

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Chemyst - Jun 30, 2006 6:58 am (#1806 of 2979)

when I went to bed I saw she had left me a note addressed to Mom, biggest bedroom with a bathroom...
   Aww...
PS - good thing Cobain is so cute; if one is stuck with a poor name, it helps to have good looks to overcome it.

Happy Birthday, Solitaire.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jun 30, 2006 7:31 am (#1807 of 2979)

Haymoni and Loopy, thank you both for the advice It was most helpful it has given me a place to start. I was really at my wit's end because, the reference librarians at my school were not helping me at all. They have a habit of leaving students to their own devices when it comes to research. It is quite annoying really.

Again I wish to say thank you for the suggestions.

Nathan

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Denise P. - Jun 30, 2006 8:08 am (#1808 of 2979)

I woke up this morning unable to see! Eeeeek!! I got my eyes opened and after looking, called the doctor's office. Yep, it is probably pink eye and my eyes just got gunked shut. I can't do it half way, both eyes are a lovely pink, swollen and yucky. There are no appointments left I get the pleasure of sitting in the office and hoping they can work me in. Yay.

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Steve Newton - Jun 30, 2006 8:22 am (#1809 of 2979)

I remember when my son would come home from day care and lay the pink eye on me. Its pretty demoralizing to go into work and have your boss come up to you, with terror in her eyes, and say "GO HOME!"

I hope you don't have a problem putting drops in your eyes.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 30, 2006 8:31 am (#1810 of 2979)

both eyes are a lovely pink, swollen and yucky...---Denise P.

Sounds like a moment that should be immortalized with a picture. I dare ya!

Hope all the US folks are getting long weekends off from work. Happy 4th!

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The giant squid - Jun 30, 2006 8:36 am (#1811 of 2979)

Happy Birthday, Soli! I'd wish Jim a happy birthday as well, but he's not around to see it anyway.

Went and saw Click today. Really good- tearjerker and hysterical. Definitely not family/forum friendly though.--Tazzygirl

It's odd that you should say that, seeing as the whole point of the film is "Spend more time with your family." Unless you're referring to the dogs' leisure activities...?

Has anyone seen Nacho Libre ?--Regan of Gong

All I can say is that if you liked Napoleon Dynamite you'll like Nacho Libre. It's got pretty much the same feel, although Nacho is somewhat more animated due to Jack Black. As I was one of those who thought Napoleon was a waste of film, I can't personally recommend it.

Speaking of non-recommendations, I had to screen The Devil Wears Prada last night. Let's see...I don't like Meryl Streep, I have no interest in fashion or fashion magazines, and I hate the "My boss is a tyrant!" premise. I'm pretty much as far from the target audience as you can get. I spent the first hour of the movie yelling, "Just quit!" at the screen; after that my throat got sore & I had to stop. I got paid to watch it & I still want my money back...

--Mike

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azi - Jun 30, 2006 8:41 am (#1812 of 2979)

Hope you get better soon Denise!

Happy Birthday Solitare!!!

Hope your asthma gets better soon Josephine and Anne! It's a bad time of year for asthma for me too...

Went to the doctors today to change back from my university doctors. Discovered that even though I've had the same doctor all my life up til October '05, I have to register as a new patient and have a *lot* of pointless tests to see what illnesses I have. Not impressed. I know my medical problems and they have my medical records! On the plus side, at least they let me back in!

Someone ask why we don't transfer rainfall/water to areas that need it. There are a few reasons - cost (very expensive), effect on the ecology from the areas you are taking water (e.g. rivers) and the opinions of people the water is being taken from (they sometimes feel it's to their detriment and the needy people aren't entitled to their water) There are probably some other reasons as well. Cloud seeding *could* be an option, but the amount of rain you get is very unpredictable (if anyone remembers/has read about the Lynmouth flood in 1952, that is thought to have been a result of cloud seeding). It's best just to try and conserve water if you are in a drought.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a lovely day!

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Catherine - Jun 30, 2006 8:42 am (#1813 of 2979)

All I can say is that if you liked Napoleon Dynamite you'll like Nacho Libre.—Mike

I was entertained by Napoleon Dynamite, so I can't agree there. I will say that I was very annoyed by The Devil Wears Prada as a novel. I was one of the members of book group who nixed it as a reading selection.

Denise, good luck with the gunk. *sprays antiseptic everywhere and goes off to wash hands*

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Solitaire - Jun 30, 2006 11:07 am (#1814 of 2979)

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes! I treated myself by sleeping in ... until the dogs woke me up for their trip outside and breakfast. (7:45 a.m. ... woohoo!) After my workout, I treated myself to a big Starbucks caramel macchiato. Alas, the fat-free and sugar-free version is not quite as tasty as the original ... but it is a good compromise!

Azi, Josephine, and Anne, sorry to hear about the asthma. The air here in the Central Valley of California has been a major problem for about the last ten days ... very dirty and extremely hot. I am always oddly amused when the weather guy tells us something bright, like the following: "Okay, folks, the air is unhealthful for breathing, so try to avoid it if you can!" What are we supposed to do, hold our collective breath until it gets better? Wear gas masks? Here's hoping you feel better soon!

Denise, did you call a GP or eye doctor? My eye doc is often more responsive to eye issues than the GP, and he takes more pains to get us in quickly. You mgiht give it a try, if you haven't done so. Just a thought ...

**sending healing charms to all who are ailing!**

Solitaire

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Good Evans - Jun 30, 2006 11:10 am (#1815 of 2979)

happy birthday Solitaire, well done you on getting a lie in!!

kaykay I missed your post but someone posted "sorry about your dog". Whatever the trouble and I hope not the worst, my very best wishes too.

have a lovely day everyone

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Tazzygirl - Jun 30, 2006 11:27 am (#1816 of 2979)

Cobain is adorable, Marie!

Healing charms to Denise, Azi, Josephine and Anne!

My friends and I are going to see The Devil Wears Prada tomorrow. I read the book, and liked it. Although some parts were a bit annoying...

Yeay to Regan for Premium Membership!! (Potty Five Words!!)

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Jun 30, 2006 11:39 am (#1817 of 2979)

I was also curious ... Tazzy, were you the one who said Click! was not "family friendly"? Is it a little too adult? I can't wait to hear about The Devil Wears Prada. My sister and I are having a girl's weekend at the beach soon, and maybe we will go and see a couple of movies. I always wait until they come on cable ... but I may throw caution to the wind and go to a theatre! LOL

Solitaire

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Elanor - Jun 30, 2006 11:40 am (#1818 of 2979)

Joyeux anniversaire! Happy birthday Soli!

Healing charms to anyone needing some and happy weekend ones to everybody!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 30, 2006 12:13 pm (#1819 of 2979)

Denise healing charms to you! Pink eye is not fun, I got in when I was little, but only in one eye.

I want to see "Click" and "The Devil Wears Prada"

Every year around 4th of July, the neighborhood association puts a little American flag in everyone's yard. When we woke up this moring, they had put them in. It's really cool because they are all the same and there is one in every yard.

97F today, and a bit cloudy but of course they are not rain clouds, but those ones that don't have rain. That figures!

My neighbor is out with his buffer trying to help my dad fix the scratch in the Jeep, it's looking better so that's good!ANd Pepper is going crazy because she wants to be out there with them, so I'm listening to her bark and jump at the back door.

I probably won't go see Nacho Libre if it's anything like Napolean Dynamite. Napolean was funny, but not until after I'd finish watching it! I can't see how it was as big of a success as it was yet I can....Does that makes sense?? It's one of the dumbest movies I've ever seen yet I can say pretty much every line in the movie and I've only seen it once! (and everytime I think about Kip editing post and what not, I picture Napolean's brother(whose name is Kip also) sitting at that computer talking to "hot babes" I can't help it...sorry Kip!!)

Off to check threads! Have a great RotD everyone!

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geauxtigers - Jun 30, 2006 12:41 pm (#1820 of 2979)

TGIF!

Yeah the flags are cool in everyone's yard! Can't wait to play with fire!

healing charms to everyone who needs them! I'm having sneezing attacks today for no particular reason, but I keep sneezing its weird!

Yeah the scratch looks much better now!

I don't think I'll see Nacho Libre either, I'm in the same boat as Ginny on this one. Napoleon Dynamite was torture to watch and I didn't laugh, but as soon as it ended I was like that was kinda funny! I've only watched it once because I don't think I could sit there and watch it ever again. Its so stupid it makes it funny!

I want to see the Devil wears Prada too! I think it sounds funny, but I'm not sure I haven't read the book, but I'd like too.

Well have a great day/night everyone!

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Denise P. - Jun 30, 2006 1:16 pm (#1821 of 2979)

I got in, got some antibiotics for both eyes. No, no pictures of this will be taken. Trust me when I say it is not pretty.

I didn't plan to go see Click, Nacho Libre or The Devil Wears Prada. We did go see The Lake House and I would like to see Superman

On the DVD front, we watched Munich last night, have season one of The 4400 and decided Mr. Denise had not seen Batman Begins so that is on its way here as well. Gotta love Netflix!

Our week of relative peace and quiet is coming to a screaming halt tomorrow. We go in the morning to pick up our missing 4 from camp. Kierynn told me yesterday "I miss my friends" When I questioned which friends she missed, she said "Nicholas, Ryan, Kaity and Iain" Somehow, I don't think Devin has missed them all that much. Kierynn and Devin have been tent camping in his room all week and she loves the tent up.

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Lina - Jun 30, 2006 1:55 pm (#1822 of 2979)

Happy birthday Solitaire and Mischafan!

It seems that healing charms are needed around the Forum, so consider them sent!

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Lilly P - Jun 30, 2006 2:55 pm (#1823 of 2979)

I love magic. Whatever drying charms you all sent, they worked! Even though we are going to get rain tonight, I had one glorious day of sunshine to get all my errands run for the holiday weekend!!! And to make a good day great, I got a Happy Anniversary card from my husband who is in Iraq, he must have pre-bought it and packed it in his gear bag because it was quite bent up! sending ***happy charms*** to everyone on the forum because I'm in such a good mood! Have a great (and safe)4th of July to all who are celebrating, and a great ROTweekend for everyone else.

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Finn BV - Jun 30, 2006 3:20 pm (#1824 of 2979)

Mike, thanks for the review. That's now added to my list of summer movies. Tonight we're off to see Wordplay.

Marie, healing charms to you!! And thanks for the pic of… The-Nephew-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.

We generally have 2 seasons here, summer and fallwinterspring. --Ginny (VE)

SPEW!!!

Because it is a charming quirk that adds romance to life. –Kim

That's a good answer for any questions about American oddities.

Nathan, try both threads. That way more people will see it. Though I'm afraid I can't be of much help.

Happy Birthday Jim and Soli!!!

About an hour ago, we saw endless lightning bolts going through the sky. –Steph

Really? Where was I? Glad the bomb scare thing turned out okay.

Off to watch Narnia and catch up on Potty Five Words! –Kristina

That sounds like an amazing plan to me!! This sweepstakes makes me really mad that I'm not an educator. **Jealous of people like Catherine, Soli, Audrey, Kristina's mom, and all others who I know I'm forgetting**

Regan, congrats on your premium membership! BTW, Nacho Libre is out here now too, but doesn't look that appealing. Then again, I haven't heard much about it -- hasn't made a big deal, I'll say.

Last night when I went to bed I saw she had left me a note addressed to Mom, biggest bedroom with a bathroom --Marie

Awwww!! That's too cute!!

Healing charms to Denise!

Awwww, Mike, you don't like Meryl Streep?

Josephine, Anne and Azi, healing charms on that asthma!

Lilly, glad our charms worked, and that's great to see the star next to your name!! Congrats on Premium!

Enjoy the Weekend all! A gong attacked me in Wind Ensemble, I have a lovely cut on my ankle now. I swear… me and percussion… it's nasty business.

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Marie E. - Jun 30, 2006 4:54 pm (#1825 of 2979)

Attacked by a gong? Maybe you should stay away from music camp, Finn.

Thanks for the compliments on Cobain, though I have nothing to do with it. I'll post a more recent picture of him soon so ya'll can see how fat he's gotten.

Whew, it's hot here. It got up to 91 F. It's supposed to rain tomorrow and Sunday. I just had to treat myself to a Dairy Queen Blizzard.

I've had pink eye and it's no fun. I always get it in my right eye. Shayla had it last summer.

Happy Friday!

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Puck - Jun 30, 2006 5:08 pm (#1826 of 2979)

So, you were just sitting there minding your own music, when a gong lunged forward and bit you on the ankle?

Denise, sounds like you got hit with the conjuctivitis curse! Fast healing!

Love the note, Marie!

Where's the HH family? Did they go on vacation?

I wonder how long it will be before Kierynn wants to send her "friends" back to camp.

Baby had her check-up. All is well, though the doctor wants me to encourage her to crawl. (Personally, I'm dreading the day she becomes mobile and am happy to wait her out.) They also said she's underweight. (50th percentile for height, 10th for weight) She eats fine. I have the okay to add dairy, so that might help.

The doctor also said my son did not have a reaction to the bee sting. (Nausea can accompany other symptoms, but is not the primary one. He had no other symptoms.) That was a relief!

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Stephanie M. - Jun 30, 2006 5:44 pm (#1827 of 2979)

Happy Belated Birthday, Solitare!

Congratulations on the Premium Membership, Regan!

Sorry to hear about your eyes, Denise! I hope they get better soon! I've never had pink eye, so I hope it goes away quickly!

I saw Nacho Libre, and I thought that it was as good as I expected. And I expected it to be pretty funny, but I also knew that it was a Nickelodeon film, so I didn't expect it to be for the oldest crowd. I never saw Napoleon Dynamite, so I can't say how similar in humor they were, but I thought that it was pretty good. There were some really funny jokes, but I also felt a little too old for some things (but I also tend to have an older sense of humor than most people my age...).

Finn, a gong attacked you? I didn't know that gongs could do that... I guess you learn something new everyday.

The weather here was beautiful all day, but now it's pouring!

Have a great 4th of July everyone!!!

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Mediwitch - Jun 30, 2006 7:14 pm (#1828 of 2979)

Hmmm...looks like healing charms are needed all around! Get Well Soon

Ginny: We generally have 2 seasons here, summer and fallwinterspring.

I'm glad Finn reposted this Ginny, because I forgot to reply...here in New England, we also have two seasons, winter and springsummerfall!

Thanks for the sweepstakes link, Finn!

Excellent news on your son's bee sting, Puck! Of course, we had our first beautiful day in weeks, and I got stung on the left hand!

And Happy Independence Day to those in the US! Fireworks

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Mrs. Sirius - Jun 30, 2006 8:52 pm (#1829 of 2979)

Wow I was in New York City for two days and had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Snape, Gina R. (**waves**) I will send you pictures as soon as I can download.

Sorry about the eyes Denise, hopefully no one else will get it.

I too had the emergency shift of everything in the house. My freezer broke, I had to get all the junk out of the basement to get the old freezer out and the new one in. I took several two days but at least we now have a mostly usable playroom in the basement.

Oh, Happy Birthdays and Anniversaries to all you wonderful people who deserved it .

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 30, 2006 9:16 pm (#1830 of 2979)

Oh, Happy Birthdays and Anniversaries to all you wonderful people who deserved it.---Mrs. Sirius

Doesn't that beg the question, "Who doesn't deserve it?"

Of course, I'm still finally catching up to Lost, etc.---Catherine

Hey Kim! The Lost Second Season DVD is out and on sale. (Sheesh, they released that with little fanfare.) So, if you go to Amazon you can buy it. Yay!---Loopy Lupin

This information set me on a wild goose chase tonight. *:waves to Catherine's answering machine*: Season 2 of Lost doesn't get released until early September. I guess ABC has a captive audience in me until the end of summer reruns.

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Solitaire - Jun 30, 2006 9:44 pm (#1831 of 2979)

Thanks for the birthday wishes, everyone! It has been a really nice birthday. Tonight my mom, sis & her hubby, newlywed niece, and adopted sister took me to my favorite Mexican restaurant, and we all had a great time. My favorite great-nephew was also there, as charming and sweet as ever. What a ham! (Newlywed nephew-in-law could not make it, as he was doing a ride-along with the local CHP. He has passed all of his tests and will be starting his training soon.)

Afterwards, we all went back to my sister's home for dessert and fun. My other niece & NIL, their oldest son, and their brand new baby daughter (not quite 4 weeks old) joined us, and I got to rock the baby, play with the boys, and generally spoil all my "greats" just as much as I liked! All in all, a great day!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jun 30, 2006 10:37 pm (#1832 of 2979)
Edited Jun 30, 2006 11:07 pm

Soli- Tazzy, were you the one who said Click! was not "family friendly"?

Yup! I mean I wouldn't take anyone under 13 or so... There is a lot of adult type humor/talk.

Finn- that sweepstakes for Prince Caspian sounds fun! **Is wishing I was a teacher already**

I just spent time with my friend and her 3 week old baby girl tonight. The baby was adorable!!

~Kristina

EDIT: Also, it was HOT (and dry!) here today. It was in the high 80s to low 90s, and in the neighboring town I went to, it was 104 degrees. I can't wait to get back to the nice warm humidity!

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Madam Pince - Jun 30, 2006 10:43 pm (#1833 of 2979)

Back home finally, and caught up on posts, after so much rain that I think I have moss growing on my feet. I ended up having to stay over at my aunt's house for three extra days because it took the phone guys that long to fix the phone there -- they could only work in 15-minute increments between the thunderstorms. Lots of flooding hereabouts -- Mr. Pince has been crazy at work in DC with all the leaks in his building -- but things seem to be drying out and this weekend is supposed to be hot and dry. Too late for the tomatoes, though, I fear; they look quite sad.

Belated "Happy Birthday" to the many Forum Kids who celebrated, to Liz Mann, to Mischafan, and to Solitaire (and anyone else I may have forgotten over 260 posts!)

Belated "Happy Anniversary" to Catherine and Denise and spouses!

Kay-kay, so sorry to hear about the loss of your dog!

Denise, that was too sweet of Kierynn about missing her "friends"... awwwwww.... Little Pince was reading over my shoulder and wanted to know who "that girl" is.... he can spot a cute blonde a mile away! Also funny funny about Ryan telling his brother he'll steal his girlfriend someday -- quite the calculating little man, isn't he?

Marie, welcome to the ranks of the sinus-infected. (Holly, is yours better yet?) Mine is all gone, thankfully. Anti-biotics are a wonderful thing. Cobain is soooo adorable! And Shayla's note to you was the cutest thing! Where in Virginia besides Busch Gardens will you be visiting? I'd love to see you if you're going to be around Northern Virginia at all! We can trade frozen cat stories. Send me an e-mail or something maybe...

Azi, I sympathize with you on the ridiculous forms they make you fill out at the doctor's office. Today was Little Pince's 4-year check-up (three shots -- not fun) and I had to fill out an entire form, with information that had not changed at all, and then circle the word "No" at the end of each line in a column off to the right labelled "Is this new information since your last visit?" Couldn't they put that question at the top and just have you circle it once and skip filling out all the useless info?

Chemyst, this is going way back, but about your son's Civil War reading - does it absolutely have to be a novel? I know of several non-fictions that read better than most novels, if those would do. My favorite is I Rode With Stonewall by Henry Kyd Douglass -- he was an aide-de-camp to Stonewall Jackson and was therefore right in the thick of lots of exciting and very interesting happenings. The letters of Robert Gould Shaw were very interesting too; I think it was called Blue-Eyed Child of Fortune. I am also a huge fan of GWTW but I'm not sure a teenaged boy would be as appreciative. How old is he again? I'll go over my bookshelves once more...

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virginiaelizabeth - Jun 30, 2006 10:51 pm (#1834 of 2979)

OK so I'm officially on vacation now as I finished my last babysitting job for a week!! YAY!! It was kinda fun because the little boy is the cutest kid I've ever met. He's 3 and we played astronauts and aliens! I ended up with a cowboy hat, a sword, a gun and these robot boot thingys that made noises when I walked. He had on a Batman mask, with a gun, sheild and dart thingy. It was pretty funny!

Tomorrow is my best friends birthday so she'll finally be 16. It's also my grandpa's birthday. Weird thing with our birthdays is that her birthday is the same as my grandpa's and me and Tori's birthday is the same as her grandpa's... weird how these things are! She'd mad because the DMV is closed on the weekends and they are closed for the 3rd and 4th as well so she has to wait till the 5th to get her license. I thought I had it bad with my b-day on a Sunday!

Okay off to check threads!! Have a great rest of the night!

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geauxtigers - Jun 30, 2006 11:05 pm (#1835 of 2979)

I had to fill out an entire form, with information that had not changed at all, and then circle the word "No" at the end of each line in a column off to the right labelled "Is this new information since your last visit?" Couldn't they put that question at the top and just have you circle it once and skip filling out all the useless info? lol! My mom always had to fill out 2 identical ones, how annoying can they get with those things?!

Very excited, no babysitting for a week! Mom and Dad are off so we are probably going to tackle all the overgrown dead plants in our yard one day. I'm not looking forward to it because it will involve being out in the heat for pretty early, then later on in the evening when the mosquitos are out trying to give is west nile. Oh well our back yard is a disaster!

The weather guy officially gave the stats for the drought on the news tonight, apparently this is the dryest first 6 months since records began in 1890, and the first time since 1960 that every single day in June has been above 90 degrees. The normal rainfall totals for this time of year is nearly 6 inches, we haven't even had half an inch at my house. I think the highest was like .84 inches or somewhere under an inch. Pathetic...

I can't remember anything else so I'm off to check threads.

Happy 4th (almost) have a great ROTS/N!

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The giant squid - Jun 30, 2006 11:50 pm (#1836 of 2979)

Marie, I forgot to mention Shayla's note. Definitely very cute--or is she too old for "cute" now? Oh, and I noticed in the latest wave of pics of Cobain (I swear the girl's taken half a million pictures since the end of March) that he inherited the "neckless" gene. It must be a family thing.

Steph, I'd say that you're probably the target demographic for Nacho Libre. No disrespect there, but it seemed to be aimed toward the 12-16 crowd. There were a couple of teen girls in the theater when we were screening it (the children of the cleaning crew--don't ask ) and they were giggling the whole way through.

Finn--at least there was only one instrument that attacked you. It would have been horrible if they'd gonged up on you...

--Mike
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Regan of Gong - Jul 1, 2006 1:37 am (#1837 of 2979)

**Groan**

That's terrible!

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Puck - Jul 1, 2006 5:25 am (#1838 of 2979)

Ohh, Mike! *shakes head* That was a pun worthy of Bumbledore.

We can trade frozen cat stories. -Madame Pince

What?!! Obviously I'm not sure what to make of that one. Welcome back, though!

played astronauts and aliens! I ended up with a cowboy hat, a sword, a gun and these robot boot thingys that made noises when I walked. He had on a Batman mask, with a gun, sheild and dart thingy.   There's a little boy in my house who would love a chance to play that game.

It is now July, the birthday month. Mom, my cousin, sis-in-law, hubby, Diva, Hubby's (share's a day with my great-aunt and hubby's cousin), Hubby's grandma, and mum-in-law all have birthday's this month. Toss in a grandparent's wedding anniversary for good measure. Oh, and Harry and Neville, of course. I could have been a July baby, but I kept my mom waiting a few extra days.

Have a great RotD!

Kathy

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Good Evans - Jul 1, 2006 7:09 am (#1839 of 2979)
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sounds like a busy month Kathy!!

I have both boys, a great neice, and our own anniversary but thats about it this month. I do have Council meetings though Monday and Tuesday this week coming. We are off to the Victoria and Albert Museum for a reception Monday night, so that should be fun! But come Monday night I think I will be ready for my bed, meetings at 9.00, 11.00 1.00 4.00 and then have to be at the reception for six, at some point I have to check in to the hotel and change, not sure how that will happen yet, ah well!!

Race for life tomorrow, wish me luck - I'll try to post tomorrow afternoon with my time, fingers crossed for sub half an hour! Incidentally it is boiling here today and supposed to be 32C tomorrow - can't wait to go running !!!!

edit: I am watching Wimbledon at the moment and Agassi just lost to Nadal, good match, but what a sad day for mens tennis, Andre Agassi retires from Wimbledon, and he has been such a fabulous player. I'll miss him! He was interviewed court side and it was really sweet, I hope that it is picked up round the world for those of you who are only just getting up!! I'm off to keep an eye on the footie now, Come on England!

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Madam Pince - Jul 1, 2006 8:17 am (#1840 of 2979)

LOL, Puck -- it's a very long story that nobody wants to hear, trust me.

Punny, punny, Mike....

Very jealous of you, Good Evans, for getting to go to a reception at the Victoria and Albert Museum! That's one of the spots on my list of places I want to go before I hit the veil. Good luck in your race and with all those meetings!

Ginny, we have those robot boots that make noise when you walk here in our house! Like Puck, I also have a little boy who would've loved to have been in with you guys on that game!

Errand day today - finally going to upgrade our Stone Age cell phones. (Only because supposedly the service will improve, not because I care how thin my phone is!) Apparently all the new ones have camera-capability now -- not sure I want that. Vaguely seems to me to have "Big Brother" problems there, perhaps...

Everyone have a good RotD!

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 1, 2006 9:33 am (#1841 of 2979)

Kim! I'm so sorry about the wild goose chase. I swear that when I googled "lost season 2 amazon" the other day, it appeared that it was ready to go. When I googled it just now, I see the information about the release day. Either amazon was toying with me (unlikely) or I just didn't read something closely enough (more likely). Alas......

I saw "Superman Returns!" I was not particularly blown away, but it was still cool and I'll see it again with me nephews. I almost had to walk out of the theater during the previews though since there was a trailer for "Lady In the Water." I thought this piece of crap was supposed to be a "bedtime story." Now it appears to be a horror flick of sorts? Whatever.

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Solitaire - Jul 1, 2006 9:36 am (#1842 of 2979)

LOL about Stone Age cell phones! I have a funny phone story ...

Back in the early 90s I taught in a small town about 45 miles northeast of here. Whether I went by freeway or back roads, there was not much in the way of civilization (mostly big farms) on the drive. My dad (a farmer) worried about me breaking down out in the boonies, so he bought me what he had been using in his truck when he upgraded from the CB radio--a bag phone. (Okay, stop laughing, everyone!) A few years later, he upgraded me to a smaller analog phone, about the size of one of those old beige AT&T cordless handsets but weighing in at about 2-3 pounds! It was mainly for emergencies, really, so I kept it plugged into the lighter socket in my car. It worked great ... never had reception problems.

In the summer of 2003, I was going to be spending 2-3 weeks on the road, traveling up and down California with visiting chat buddies from Florida and Australia and meeting up with other chat buddies in various places along the way. We needed to be able to find each other when we got separated in places like Disneyland, malls, etc., so everyone began exchanging cell numbers. I decided it was time for a smaller, much lighter cell phone if I was going to have to drag it in my purse.

You can't believe the comments I received when I took my old Motorola in to exchange it. You'd have thought I had hauled in a prehistoric T. Rex bone I'd dug up in my back yard! Everyone in the store had to come over and look at the phone and hold it. My, what a fuss!

Well, I bought one of the small Nokia phones. It lasted about 2 years and died! I didn't even use it that much (I've never been a cell phone junkie). I have had one of the small Cingular Samsung phones for a little over a year. I wonder how long it will last?

Solitaire

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Finn BV - Jul 1, 2006 9:52 am (#1843 of 2979)

Hehe… technically I tripped over the gong… but that was because it wasn't on its stan, when it should have been.

…groans with the rest of the crowd at Squid Mike's joke… although if I see them a-cymbal-ing in a dark alley mentioning my name, I'll make sure there's no mallet-tent… okay, I shouldn't have even tried…

Best of luck to Good Evans but what sad news at Wimbledon – they cut the broadcast over here from 12-3 ET.

LOL about cell phones.

I fell asleep at 9:30 last night1 I don't believe it!! Man, I'm finding more time to come to the forum in the school year than the summer, because of my schedule!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 1, 2006 10:15 am (#1844 of 2979)

SPEW!!! Mike and Finn!!!

Funny story Solitaire! My mom had one of those too, the battery only lasted 2hours! I'm dangerous with a cell phone, my last one ended up in the toilet....and daddy wouldn't get it out for me! Needless to say It ended up working again...just my luck as I didn't want to touch it. But the screen rusted a few weeks later so I was finally able to get a new one! As for cameras, they are really fun actually, Tori used it to take a pic of me in my "astronaut outfit" last night.

Well today is Madison's birthday so I have to go search for a present. It gets harder every year to find something!!

Puck, May is just like that for us! We have 7 immediate family birthday's and more including friends and such! It's insane.

Off to Target! Have a great day everyone!

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Good Evans - Jul 1, 2006 10:57 am (#1845 of 2979)

Solitaire that was so funny!!!

Boo - England lost on penalties - Funny how the commentators said England always lose on penalties, they just can't score! - now see for me that makes me wonder what a footballer is supposed to do and why he plays for his country if he can't score goals, but maybe I'm missing something?? **ducks**

Murray and Roddick are shaping up to what lloks like a marathon match on centre court, Finn I hope you are getting the feed on this one!!

have a great rotd all

EDIT: Venus Williams just been knocked out!

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Puck - Jul 1, 2006 10:59 am (#1846 of 2979)

okay, Finn, you managed to accomplish the immpossible and make Mike's pun even worse!

Best of luck with the run, Julie!

Hehe, the "Harry Potter Remix" song was on XM kids an hour or so ago. When Harry yelled "Expecto Patronum!" I immediately thought of Haymoni's husband. (Incidently, I just realized the Lexicon gets a mention in that song.)

I like having a camera phone -though at first I thought it was unnecessary tp upgrade. It's great when Mr. Puck goes out of town, as I send him photos of the kids. He's quite impressed I can do it.

Off to get ready for the beach! It's a lovely day.

Cheers!

Kathy

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Tazzygirl - Jul 1, 2006 11:20 am (#1847 of 2979)

Puck: Hehe, the "Harry Potter Remix" song was on XM kids an hour or so ago. When Harry yelled "Expecto Patronum!" I immediately thought of Haymoni's husband. (Incidently, I just realized the Lexicon gets a mention in that song.)

Now I need to listen to XM Kids. My dad has XM... so maybe he won't mind if I take it over for a little bit... Is that the name of the song?

Off to watch The Devil Wears Prada!

Have a fantastic RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 1, 2006 11:28 am (#1848 of 2979)

Waaaay behind on chat posts but wanted to pop in to say, Congratulations, Portugal! And sorry for England. (Lots of quiet HHs in the Mr. HH family household.) I guess it pains when key team members are absent.

Baton Rouge friends still visiting. It's great to see them again. Haven't seen them since end of July before Katrina. Beautiful weather except for the freak storm last night. Went to water park Thursday, party last night, chillin' today. Miss y'all. (Oh no, that accent is getting to me!)

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Solitaire - Jul 1, 2006 11:31 am (#1849 of 2979)

I'll be waiting for the Tazzy Review of TDWP!

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Good Evans - Jul 1, 2006 12:29 pm (#1850 of 2979)

well done Andy Murray - sorry Andy Roddick fans, but what a match -the score doesnt reflect the fabulous tennis that was played.
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Re: Chat & Greetings 2006

Post  Lady Arabella on Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:22 pm

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azi - Jul 1, 2006 1:43 pm (#1851 of 2979)

Well, I was stewarding at a music competition all day with a load of football-haters. It was like my natural home! Anyway, I got to hear lots of different types of music, some good, others boring me to sleep (mainly long piano and opera solos - bleugh!). I enjoyed the folk and musical songs. There was one girl, 12 years old, who can sing perfectly - not a note out of place! She can reach a high B with no difficulty whatsoever! I was impressed. Unfortunately, during the first set of singing, I unexpectedly got a nose-bleed so I was sat next to the adjudicator doing everything one-handed! Some nice people on the row behind gave me tissues. I was also informed that I look too young to be in university. No surprise there!

Tomorrow I once again have to be up early as I'm going to the Royal Show near Royal Leamington Spa. It's got a convention on climate change and the latest things about biofuels so I'm looking forward to it.

Hope everyone has a lovely day! Apologies if I forgot anyone - my brain is frazzled! Sending wanted weather charms!

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Denise P. - Jul 1, 2006 1:45 pm (#1852 of 2979)

We picked up all the kidlets from camp this morning. Iain, the 5 year old, acted like he had just seen us a few moments before....it was no big deal that he had not seen us in a week. Since he was the youngest one camping this year, he bacame the camp mascot. Unpacking his bag, he has all kinds of toys and stuff. All the counselors were high fiving him, giving him hugs and kisses. Kierynn watched all this and now she is counting down until she can go to camp in 2008. Of course, unpacking bags also brought a rash of clothing (in all sizes) that I have never seen before. I know somewhere another mom is getting our stuff

Good Evans, good luck tomorrow! I start a half marathon training program on the 8th, right now my goal is to just finish it. At my current pace, which I hope to improve on before the actual race, I would finish in under 3 hours.

We found egg shells in the front yard, the mourning doves in the tree have hatched. They are up too high for me to get a picture though.

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geauxtigers - Jul 1, 2006 2:51 pm (#1853 of 2979)

It is now July, the birthday month. We have family birthdays on the 2, 5, 7, 12, 13, 15, and 28 of May! AHHH

Yeah mom had a dino cell phone a while back it weighed about 3 pounds it was not practical at all! I think we had a bag car phone too, I have vague memories of playing with it... But cell phones now-a-days are pretty tough. I dropped mine off the boardwalk at the beach right under the hose. I ended up having to walk all the way down the boardwalk, back up into the protected area that you aren't supposed to go in, and grab my phone out of the sand. there was one line of water coming off the boardwalk and it was landing squarly on my phone. Aside from finding sand in it everytime I open it, it works fine!

Can't remember much else, sorry England didn't make it, I'm glad France made it I guess I'll cheer for them...

Well off to find something to eat I'm starved.

Have a great day!

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Regan of Gong - Jul 1, 2006 3:09 pm (#1854 of 2979)

Azi, your expierience reminds me of a Spiderbait song. The chorus has lots of different men shouting "I LOVE FOOTY!"

I LOVE FOOTY, I LOVE FOOTY, I LOVE FOOTY, I LOVE FOOTY, I LOVE FOOTY, I LOVE FOOTY, I LOVE FOOTY, I HATE FOOTY!"

The last bit's screamed by a woman. It's very funny to hear.

Anyway, off to play...football! Or soccer, whichever you prefer. Then down to Melbourne. It's about 10 hours away by car, we've done it one day, but we're stopping at this little town called Beachworth. Lots of touristy kind of things there, but it's a great place. I's even got it's own Honeydukes/Lolly Shop. Don't know how long it'll be before I can get back here, I should be able to get a connection somewhere, or otherwise I won't be here until next saturday.

Have a good one,

Regan

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The giant squid - Jul 1, 2006 3:41 pm (#1855 of 2979)

Don't let 'em kid you, Finn--your puns were just as good as mine. They're all jealous, that's all.

Loopy: Every time I see the new Lady in the Water trailer it reminds me of the Village trailer, complete with rattling doorknob, monster POV and almost-glimpsed evil creature. Shyamalan has gotten so bad he's copying himself. And, of course, our theater is booked for this monstrosity... Hopefully we'll get Clerks II as well & I can force someone else to watch Lady.

--Mike

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timrew - Jul 1, 2006 4:57 pm (#1856 of 2979)

Good Evans:- .....makes me wonder what a footballer is supposed to do and why he plays for his country if he can't score goals........

From what I've observed in this World Cup, Good Evans. He has to learn to cheat better than his opponent. He has to be better at shirt-tugging, getting his opponent sent off, diving in the penalty area - all of those things, and more............

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Tazzygirl - Jul 1, 2006 6:08 pm (#1857 of 2979)

Soli: I'll be waiting for the Tazzy Review of TDWP!

All right, here is my review! It was okay... I think I agree with most of what Squid Mike said on his review of the movie. It could have definitely been better. And it is waaaaay off from the book. Harry came closer to the movie adaptation of HP then TDWP. There are some characters in TDWP that have entirely different names (I mean, how hard is it to keep a name?!) and their jobs weren't what they were in the books. I mean, little bitty details that don't cost extra to put into the movie should be put into the movie. It doesn't make sense to me. Anne Hathaway kind of bugs too (her eyes had that raccoon look throughout the movie. Yuck.). They did mention Harry Potter in it though!

Finn- the scene you said you saw being filmed- I tried looking in the background at the people, but it went by to fast. So I also don't think you made the cut!

We saw another trailer for Lady in the Water and my friend wants to go see it. She's actually excited. She said she loves M. Night Shama-lama-ding-dong's movies. I asked her if she was crazy.

Good luck on your runs, Denise and Good Evans!

Have to admit that I have yet to follow any of the World Cup or Wimbledon (although the movie was pretty good! LOL).

~Kristina

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Puck - Jul 1, 2006 6:12 pm (#1858 of 2979)

Don't let 'em kid you, Finn--your puns were just as good as mine. -Oh, they were as good as yours. The question is, were yours good?

Tazzy, that song is by Steve Goodie. It's a Harry Potter Remix, but not sure of the exact title. It's based on PoA. Sounds a bit like Weird Al to me.

Hope all Denise's cherubs sleep well in there own beds, and have fun wearing their "new" clothes.

We had fun at the beach, but now I must pay. I didn't get anything done this afternoon, and the bathrooms are now covered with sand. Tomorrow I clean. woot.

Cheers!

Kathy

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Mediwitch - Jul 1, 2006 9:03 pm (#1859 of 2979)

Puck: I could have been a July baby, but I kept my mom waiting a few extra days.

That's because August is a much better month for a birthday ~ just ask me or Ginny Weasley!

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geauxtigers - Jul 1, 2006 9:31 pm (#1860 of 2979)

Well Ginny and I were bored, so we went to starbucks then Blockbuster. I tried to rent a video game, but they "didn't have it checked in" Grr thats happened the last 3 times and I begininng to get playstation deprived here. So we rented Anchorman, it was funny, but not as funny I hoped it would be. There were some funny parts but some of it was just plain stupid, I dunno, I'm not a huge Will Ferrel fan, he was good on SNL though. Speaking of SNL, I think I'll turn it on!

I'm off to watch SNL and go to the chat if anyone cares to join me!

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Lina - Jul 2, 2006 12:34 am (#1861 of 2979)

Tazzygirl: There are some characters in TDWP that have entirely different names (I mean, how hard is it to keep a name?!) and their jobs weren't what they were in the books.

That just reminds me of a joke that is running here... Something like
- Oh, Philip! I haven't seen you in ages! I wouldn't have recognized you, you've changed so much! You've changed your hair color, lost weight...
- But I'm not Philip, I'm Mark.
- There, you have even changed your name!

We have some wind here. It is most welcome because it is lowering the temperature. We have opened half of the windows in the flat because we have no A/C. But the dog is not really happy about it, she keeps thinking that the shades or other things that the wind keeps moving will attack her. So she is whining all the time...

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 2, 2006 12:51 am (#1862 of 2979)

WooHoo! Was starting to go through withdrawal pains here! Have a great day all!

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The giant squid - Jul 2, 2006 3:56 am (#1863 of 2979)

I got a chance to see the Agassi/Nadal match today (they ran it on ESPN2 in the evening). While I would have liked Andre to win I did like two things: Andre didn't go out without a fight, and Nadal was a very respectful winner. I guess if you have to get knocked out of Wimbledon, losing to the #2 seed isn't too bad...

While I'm a bit late, Happy Canada Day to any Canadians we might have around here. July 4th gets all the press (and fireworks), but some important stuff happened on the first too.

Hi, TBE!

--Mike

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haymoni - Jul 2, 2006 5:21 am (#1864 of 2979)

Mediwitch - August is DEFINITELY the best month! Not that I'm into astrology or anything, but I made certain that Ungrateful Son and The Beautifulest One were both Leos!

virginiaelizabeth - your babysitting costumes remind me of that scene in that movie with George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer when she makes super-hero costumes for the kids with the stuff in her purse. "Um, where do you get a bag like that?"

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 2, 2006 6:06 am (#1865 of 2979)

***waves at Mike***

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Solitaire - Jul 2, 2006 7:09 am (#1866 of 2979)

Actually, my birthday is one of the best days, if one is single and has no kids. June 30th is just about halfway through the year from Christmas, so I get a special day with presents and spoiling spaced out just right. Of course, if you have wedding anniversaries and Mother's/Father's Day to celebrate, that's different ... you already get those extra special days sprinkled throughout the year.

Solitaire

P.S. Twinkles ... to get rid of that little dot in front of your stars, just hit edit and put a space or two in front of the asterisks. Really ... it works!

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Marie E. - Jul 2, 2006 7:53 am (#1867 of 2979)

I've never read TDWP, so maybe I'd enjoy the movie more. It bothers me, too, when they change a characters name for no reason. For example, in Beaches the book best friend is named Roberta, Bertie for short. In the movie version the best friend's name is changed to Hilary. Why? Because Bertie didn't sound rich enough?

Madam Pince, I'll email you with our vacation info.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 2, 2006 8:00 am (#1868 of 2979)

P.S. Twinkles ... to get rid of that little dot in front of your stars, just hit edit and put a space or two in front of the asterisks. Really ... it works!

LOL, I thought that was a spot on my glasses!

...toddles off to find the windex to be sure...

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 2, 2006 8:01 am (#1869 of 2979)

LOL haymoni, I must say it was pretty amusing!(and kinda fun too!!)

Well my mom just woke me up because my neighbors invited us to go tubing on the AMite today!! YAY!! I'm sure excited!! So I won't be back until late late tonight! Have a great RoTD everyone!

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geauxtigers - Jul 2, 2006 8:29 am (#1870 of 2979)
Edited Jul 2, 2006 9:22 am

WOOO Going Tubing be back much later tonight!

Funny story before I go, Ginny will hate me, but I can't help it!

We went to Mickey D's so we could eat breakfast/lunch before getting out on the water you know. We get in the drive-trough line and I go, you have money right? "uhhhh, no" yeah we had to sit in the parking lot while my grannie brought us money! At least we weren't trying to pay for our food before we found out we were money-less!

Looks like it will rain today!

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Good Evans - Jul 2, 2006 9:25 am (#1871 of 2979)

Hi!  Dripping with "glow" (horses sweat, men perspire, ladies glow - you get it!) It has been so hot today. I am bummed. 32 minutes!! improvement on las t year but not where I wanted to be!!!! it was 34C at 11.00 this morning and we had the most incredible hill to start with I didnt think it was ever going to plateau!! Still I finsihed it and have one small blister, I am not happy that was stupidity!

Denise I am all in awe with your training for a half marathon!!! I Intend to work up to 10k but not yet!!

ungrateful step sons birthday tomorrow (17!) so he came round this pm for some cake and to ask when I was going to take him driving - not til he's had some lessons was the very stern reply (Mcgonnagall eat your heart out!)

anyhow still very hot and off to evensong shortly

have a great day everyone

thanks for all your support, I am pleased I finished just dissaointed that I didnt improve on the time. £200 for cancer research I have raised and feel pretty pleased about that!

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Solitaire - Jul 2, 2006 9:43 am (#1872 of 2979)

Evensong ... that sounds so peaceful, poetic, reflective, and musical ... much nicer than just "the evening service," which is what we tend to say. I like it.

Solitaire

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Puck - Jul 2, 2006 9:44 am (#1873 of 2979)

wOOt! to Julie! You did fabulous, and don't tell yourself different!

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Madam Pince - Jul 2, 2006 10:42 am (#1874 of 2979)

Solitaire, thanks for the tip about the dot in front of the stars! I've never known how to fix that either -- tried for awhile, and then decided it wasn't that big of a problem and just gave up. Thanks so much!

***waves to everyone just to see if it works*** (Hey! It does! Woo-hoo!)

Way to go, Good Evans! Sounds like a great effort to me! Kudos!

I liked your joke, Lina! I hadn't heard it before!

Welcome home to all Denise's kidlets, and a fond farewell to her week of relative peace and quiet.... Ah well, I know it's good to have them home. Bah on the laundry, though...

Hope the girls have fun tubing and don't get sunburned! It sounds like a perfect day for it -- or it would be here anyways! The thermometer on our deck in the full sun says over 100. Bleah... and yesterday was so nice! So far we've done all "indoors" stuff today.

Had a Harry Potter dream last night! It was as though I was one of the students, and I was talking with Hermione a lot, and it was like the story (this was the last book, by the way) was being filmed for the movie, but yet it was "really happening" at the same time. And then one of the characters/actors (both the real person and the JKR character) died, so we all said, "Oh, I guess then that's one of the ones she said ended up dying although she hadn't originally planned it that way -- they had to die because they really did die!" (Does that make sense?) Anyway, I am most upset to report that it was Alan Rickman / Snape. I was actually very sad when I woke up, because I thought it had really happened! (OK, Solitaire, stop cheering now.... )

I guess I will spend some more time today trying to program the new cell phone. My old one didn't have a memory card, so I have to hand-enter all the numbers into the new address book. I spent hours last night reading the manual and trying to figure out all the features. I don't like the fact that it's so little -- the buttons are so tiny I can barely press them properly, and I have little fingers! I don't know how someone with big fingers could manage. And this model was the largest one available that we could choose from.

Everyone enjoy the RotD! Off to think up questions for the Trivia thread!

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Good Evans - Jul 2, 2006 12:05 pm (#1875 of 2979)

yes Soli Evensong was rather nice, and a blessed release from this heat!! The stone church was just so cool, it was lovely!

Thanks for the kind words guys!

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boop - Jul 2, 2006 1:14 pm (#1876 of 2979)

Julie, Great job on your run!!

Regan, Have a fun and safe trip.

Everyone have a great ROTD!!

hugs always

boop

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Denise P. - Jul 2, 2006 1:29 pm (#1877 of 2979)

32 minutes for 5K is awesome!! Way to go Julie!!

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Finn BV - Jul 2, 2006 2:33 pm (#1878 of 2979)

What a horrible day for the Americans at Wimbledon.

I went to see The Devil Wears Prada today too… just sort of a whim… Anyway, I hadn't read the book, but I agree with Tazzy mainly. It wasn't incredible, but just from a movie point of view, I liked it. Thought Meryl Streep was incredible, and there was a lot of Harry Potter, LOL! Except Anne Hathaway said Rowling-like-Howling, not -like-Bowling. Oh well. It was still funny. And yes, that scene was there, except I was wrong about which character it was! Though I can tell you for sure it was not the real actress doing that stunt, because we saw the stunt actress get her money and walk home – right in front of us!! Yeah, it was really fast! But I saw how they filmed it – and if anybody cares to know, it was at 60th Street and… er… Park, I think.

And I saw that stupid trailer for Lady in the Water. That looks truly awful. My mom was revolted.

That's because August is a much better month for a birthday –Mediwitch

Totally with you on that one.

Lina, never heard that one before! LOL! Julie-GE, happy birthday to stepson and great job to you!! That's fantastic!

Didn't really read through all of the posts, so sorry if I missed anybody…

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Lilly P - Jul 2, 2006 3:28 pm (#1879 of 2979)

Hi to all, Great job Julie!, Boo on all the laundry, but having the kids back is worth it isn't it Denise! I miss mine just the 6 hours/week that she goes to the drop in day care!

Mr. P got to call today from Iraq to say Happy Aniversary! Always good to hear his voice and know that he is ok. 6 years! we did the math over the phone and he has only been in the U.S. for 3 years and 2 months of our marriage! I'll be glad when he is done with the military and I get a "full-time husband"!

I did start my own forum on world crossing, called "Coloring outside the lines" and there is a recipe section that I want to fill with recipies from all over the world, so if any of you have the time, I would love to see some recipies that are speciffic to your country, or your region of the US! Thanks!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 2, 2006 3:58 pm (#1880 of 2979)

Yeay to Good Evans!

Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Lilly P.! That is wonderful he got to call home! (Is there any way you could do a link to your Forum?)

It is hot here again.

Hope you two had fun tubing, Tori and Ginny!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Lilly P - Jul 2, 2006 4:13 pm (#1881 of 2979)

I'll try and do a link Tazzy, just as soon as I figure out how! Thanks for the well wishes, yipee! to Denise P, for bing my first Lexicon member to post on my forum, I knew I could count on you guys! ***off to learn how to post a link to my forum***

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Denise P. - Jul 2, 2006 4:24 pm (#1882 of 2979)

Psst, Lilly, if you scroll to the very bottom of your forum, there is a link there. It will say Link to this forum: URL here

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Lilly P - Jul 2, 2006 4:37 pm (#1883 of 2979)

http://wc3.worldcrossing.com/webx?14@@.1de07cfc

Here ya go Tazzy, when I was reading how to do a link, there was a warning about linking to other sites because of being responsible for content so I'll just say now that I'll keep my forum to the same rules of conduct as this one!

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Puck - Jul 2, 2006 5:19 pm (#1884 of 2979)

Lilly P., just posted on your site! So glad you got to talk to your hubby today.

Hubby wanted to go to the outlet stores. He didn't find what he wanted, but I got new shoes *waves to Kristina* and next year's Easter dress for Diva. (I got a good deal at one of those fancy dress boutiques.) Plus, there was a sale at Lindt chocolate outlet. I found the 85% dark someone here mentioned, plus some 99%, so I have plenty of dark chocolate. I had planned to stay home today and clean the kitchen, but new shoes and chocolate are way better!

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Tazzygirl - Jul 2, 2006 5:38 pm (#1885 of 2979)

Thanks Lilly! Off to check out your forum!

EDIT: I made it there! As soon as I think of stuff to add to your discussions, I'll head on over and post!

**waves to Puck** Yeah- new shoes and chocolate- what could be better??

~Kristina


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geauxtigers - Jul 2, 2006 6:01 pm (#1886 of 2979)

Back from the river! Tons of funn, but I'm exauhausted! You never realize how much strength is needed to knee-board and hold onto a tube! It was nice, it rained lighty on us practically the whole time, so it wasn't hot. I was atually cold at one point! LOL the rain cooled us down, looks like we maybe got a drop here at home, but however much it was, it wasn't enough!

Off to take a shower and try to comb through my rat's nest of hair...

have a great night, I'll check back later!

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Mediwitch - Jul 2, 2006 6:14 pm (#1887 of 2979)

New shoes and chocolate Kathy ~ what an excellent day!!!!

Sounds like tubing was a blast Tori, glad you had fun.

We celebrated Mr. Mediwitch's birthday today with the family (it's really on Friday) - both kids came home, and my parents and of course, his dad. It was nice to see everyone, but it's nice to sit down and relax now! Time to check some threads...

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Denise P. - Jul 2, 2006 6:33 pm (#1888 of 2979)

I took my two Boy Scouts to camp today. Nicholas was less than thrilled but I know when he gets there, he is going to have fun. I have to go back to pick them up on Friday and then on Monday, Devin, Rhys and I go to the same place for a few days.

We have some family coming in since Kaitlyn is being baptized. I think while my dad is here, we are going to attempt to go down to Chattanooga to the aquarium.

We are birthday free here until August, when Rhys will be one. We only have July, September and October with no birthday or anniversary in it. June is our busy month, we have two birthdays, a transplant and an anniversary all in the same week.

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 2, 2006 6:36 pm (#1889 of 2979)

Well I already can't move, so I'm not sure how I will tomorrow! Anyway, nice day today, had tons of fun, and learned that my dad should never try to knee board or tube again! he was dreadful.

Woke up this morning with my ear hurting..how random? *hopes sinus infections can't be spread through the internet!*

Well I'm too tired to remember anything else tha tI was going to say so have a great RotN everyone.

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Holly T. - Jul 2, 2006 6:57 pm (#1890 of 2979)

Hello everyone! I am back from vacation.

Marie--we just spent the past 8 days in Virginia--we didn't go to Busch Gardens, though. We went to lots of battlefields and spent three days at Colonial Williamsburg. We were in northern Virginia during the torrential rain, so we had to alter some of our plans, but for the most part things turned out ok. We headed south and got away from the rain!

My throat quit hurting about the third day of vacation and I finished my antibiotics a few days ago.

I skimmed back a bit before hitting recent and send sympathies to kaykay about her doggie, healing charms to those who need them, birthday and anniversary wishes, etc.

Kathy--you know those growth charts the pediatricians use are based on formula-fed babies, right? According to those charts my daughter was never above 50% in anything--usually she was more like 5 or 10%. She only weighed 18 pounds when she turned 1. For that matter, she just turned 11 and only weighs 69 pounds. I've had a lot of friends whose doctors got them all freaked out about underweight babies when they weren't taking the babies' feeding into account. My doctor had a great attitude about it--he said his daughter was barely on the charts and she was fine.

I really shouldn't be online. The alternative is laundry, though. That and dreading work tomorrow. I just have to make it through one day before I get a day off. My mom says I should have just stayed on vacation past the 4th but I think it will be nice to go back, spend a whole day catching up on e-mail and such, then have a day off (to finish the laundry), then a three-day week. A three-day week that ends with a meeting at which I may find out I'll be working for a different department. See, I haven't even thought about this for over a week and now I'm back home and have to get all stressed again. Sigh.

I did see a TV report about the interview with Jo where she mentioned the characters dying!

Editing to add what I came here to post! My daughter LOVED her Hogwarts letter. I had the person on eBay address to my daughter care of the hotel we were staying in the night of her birthday and snuck it onto a table while my daughter was helping bring stuff in from the car. She was thrilled. She did ask me where I ordered it from. My husband liked the part of the letter where it said she could bring a cat to school because he would love to get rid of our daughter's cat. He kept threatening to walk into a bookstore in Williamsburg to see if they had robes and spellbooks for her. My daughter swore she would never speak to him again if he did so--dads can be so embarrassing, you know!

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Finn BV - Jul 2, 2006 7:44 pm (#1891 of 2979)

Holly, welcome back. Glad the letter was a hit!

Lilly, I've visited your forum! Great job!

Glad tubing was fun, Tori and Ginny!

Enjoy the RotD!

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Madam Pince - Jul 2, 2006 9:06 pm (#1892 of 2979)

Fiddlesticks! I could've probably visited you, too, Holly, while you were on vacation! I was in northern Virginia during the torrential downpours also! Oh well. Marie, I am going to look up the towns you mentioned in your e-mail -- I'm not familiar with them so they must be pretty far away, alas earwax. But fingers crossed!

I was just reading on another thread that The Saint and The One got engaged after meeting on a HP website -- not sure if it was this one or not. Got me to wondering about Brandon and Sarah -- anyone know where/how they are? They were supposed to get married a year or so ago I think.

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Amilia Smith - Jul 3, 2006 2:15 am (#1893 of 2979)

I have a question for our UK members: How does the British TV season work?

I ask because I have recently been discovering Fawlty Towers, which only has 6 episodes per season. Which got me to thinking . . . Black Adder and Jeeves and Wooster only had 6 episode seasons as well. So I checked some of my other favorites on IMDb, and it seems that a BBC sitcom season can last anywhere from 6-13 episodes, with most of them leaning towards the 6 side.

So then I looked up some American sitcoms. A season here seems to run around 24 episodes.

Is the television season there really so much shorter? Or are episodes just spaced more? Maybe this is why British sitcoms are so much better than American sitcoms on average. They take more time on each episode.

Or maybe only the good stuff makes it across the pond.

But in the mean time, what does the television play?

Mills.

EDIT: The mystery grows! Early seasons of Dr. Who had upwards of 45 episodes. Midway through the first run, they switched to 26 episodes/season. By the end they were down to 14 e/s. The new series is running at 13 e/s. Hmmmmm.

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azi - Jul 3, 2006 2:44 am (#1894 of 2979)

Hmm, Amilia, I'm not sure! New episodes of programmes are generally spaced out so there's one a week. I think the schedule is worked out in four seasons. We don't have many sitcoms here, but quite a few documentaries and drama which fill in space between episodes. During the day we have the influx of shows related to house selling/buying/renovating and antiques programmes. The late afternoon is childrens programmes, while the evening is news and the sitcoms you mentioned and possibly a documentary or a drama (on BBC1 anyway). Oh, we also have soaps like Eastenders. I've noticed a lot of programmes that last for 3 episodes recently, not a series but a one-off story.

Yesterday was boiling hot. I could barely cope with the heat, especially since being near horses and hay sets my asthma off. I took my Ventolin more than I should have. I was pre-warned by a friend in Manchester that a huge thunderstorm was headed my way at home, and he was right. Just a we reached the south of Sheffield we hit it. I have *never* seen so much lightening in my life! The rain was so bad the motorway was reduced to 40mph (70 limit, people generally do 80+). Quite a lot of flash flooding and loads of buildings stuck by lightening. It was spectacular though.

Hope everyone has a good day!

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Snuffles - Jul 3, 2006 3:00 am (#1895 of 2979)

Heh, heh, azi. Trust a student to know all the tv programmes!!

The weather here has been fantastic over the weekend. Lovely and warm. We decided to have a bbq on Saturday for my sister in law. She was 40 the other week but conveniently decided to be away on holiday!! My hubby's 2 sisters were there with their children, plus us 3 and my brother in law brought along his girlfriend for us all to meet at last Had a great time but did find out yesterday that my brother in law and girlfriend decided to separate!! Hope it wasn't anything we said!!!

Then yesterday we went to a boating lake, hired a rowing boat and spent a fun filled hour laughing our way around!! We all took it in turns to row. Myself and my sister in law tried for about 15 mins but I don't think we actually moved!!

Well done to Julie (Good Evans) on your run.

Hope everyone has a good Monday

Julie

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azi - Jul 3, 2006 3:10 am (#1896 of 2979)

Hehe, Snuffles! I don't even watch the programmes! Most of it's rubbish anyway...I just noticed in my boredom that the pattern is followed. The BBQ sounds nice, and boating is very fun!

I forgot to say congratulations to Good Evans in my previous post! Suffice to say I couldn't run quarter of a mile. Therefore you'd beat me anyday.

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Amilia Smith - Jul 3, 2006 3:30 am (#1897 of 2979)

Thanks, Azi! I am slightly relieved to learn that you have rubbish over there too. :-)

I probably ought to go to bed.

Mills.

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jose043 - Jul 3, 2006 4:06 am (#1898 of 2979)

Hi All

Anne & I went to our Asthma specialist & found out we both have bronchitis. We are on antibiotics, Cough medicine & the nebuliser

My Mum has started to recover & Rob is recovering from his bout of flu though still has his cough.

Healing charms to all that need them & those that have been doing their 5mile runs glad it is you & not Anne & I we might be able to walk it but deffernly not run it.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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azi - Jul 3, 2006 4:15 am (#1899 of 2979)

Get well soon!

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haymoni - Jul 3, 2006 4:20 am (#1900 of 2979)

Good Evans - I prefer to "glisten" rather than "glow"!

Took today off. It was an inspired idea if I do say so myself.

Hubby has to work.

The Beautifulest One wants to go back to the zoo. I'll have to check my motivation level.

Something is wrong with our doorbell. It rings for no reason. It worked fine before we put siding on the house. Either Peeves has left Hogwarts or "somebody" messed up the wiring.  

No big plans for the 4th. I have some burgers, dogs, corn, watermelon and a box of sparklers. I think I'm set!
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Puck - Jul 3, 2006 5:43 am (#1901 of 2979)

I wondering if I can talk hubby into taking 3 kids out while I finally get the kitchen clean. It's day three of our 4 day weekend, and I have yet to get there. Or, perhaps skip the kitchen and we can all go mini-golf. (They just put in a new course at the ice cream place, so we'd have to get ice cream, too. )

Healling charms refreshed, Anne and Josephine!

Holly, glad you had fun! I think the pediatrician just doesn't want her falling off the curve. Her height is still average, so it's just her weight. (Incidently, I'd be impressed if my kids hit 70 pounds by age eleven. My son is 6 and still hasn't hit 40. He was 32 at 3, and has grown a foot taller since.) I'm just hoping I'll be able to get him a Hogwarts letter in 5 years!

Okay, lots of housework to do....(We've all been home, yet I still seem to have lots of laundry!)

Cheers!

Kathy

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 3, 2006 6:12 am (#1902 of 2979)

Every time I see the new Lady in the Water trailer it reminds me of the Village trailer...........And, of course, our theater is booked for this monstrosity.....—Mike

LOL. Ah, this and the other comments about this trailer warm my heart. We won't be fooled again!

Hope everyone had a good weekend. I spent most of it helping a friend put a new tub into a bathroom. I had forgotten how much I detest manual labor. Sunday was swimming in a friends pool. I don't have today off, so I'm at work playing on the computer. I'd like to be the first to suggest (well, at least the latest to suggest) that we should change this holiday to be "Independance Day" and have the first monday in July off. Middle of the week holidays are nice, but I want the three day weekend please.

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Chemyst - Jul 3, 2006 6:47 am (#1903 of 2979)
Edited Jul 3, 2006 7:19 am

we should change this holiday to be "Independance Day"

*[came back and edited out snarky reply]*

 **thinks she'll stick with a more conventional independence until they get us a sic smilie**

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Marie E. - Jul 3, 2006 7:29 am (#1904 of 2979)

The nice thing about having a Tuesday holiday is that most of our daycare parents are taking today off so we'll be down to almost no kids. Hopefully it'll be a nice, quiet day. I would have liked a three day weekend, too.

We've had a lot of afternoon thundershowers lately and they're predicted to last all week. I don't mind the rain if it'll keep us from going on water restrictions again. Trying to remember which day is our day to water the grass is too much stress.

My girls have never been above the 25% in weight. Their doctor just checks to be sure they are following the same curve. She's concerned about Shayla since her ADD meds suppress her appetite. I think Shayla only gained two pounds last year. I bought her Pediasure (a flavored nutritional supplement drink) but she doesn't like the taste. Shayla is 9 years old and weighs about 53 pounds. Lexie is seven and weighs 48 pounds. Even though Lexie is on the same medication as Shayla, I haven't noticed any changes in Lexie's appetite. Then again, Lexie has always been a "good eater".

Happy Monday!

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Steve Newton - Jul 3, 2006 7:29 am (#1905 of 2979)

As I recall it, Independence Day is the name of the Holiday. The State of Delaware agrees here:

http://www.delawarepersonnel.com/labor/holidays/2006.shtml

When we are without power at home for 7 hours I get a little testy. I couldn't check the Forum or box scores. Sigh.

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Lilly P - Jul 3, 2006 7:48 am (#1906 of 2979)

Haymoni- I would have the doorbell checked right away, we had the same thing happen when the new roof was put on and all the hammering knocked the wiring loose, the electrician said we could have had a fire.

My daugher is also only at 10% for weight, she was slightly premature (28 days). she is healthy as a horse and eats like one too! Some times I think these doctors don't take into account things like diet or genetics, my Mom and my Mother-in-Law are both tiny, petite women who don't weigh much more than 100lbs. And we are a strictly NO junk food family. As long as Annemarie is eating right and not losing and percentile points I just let her eat regular meals and snacks (they tried to have me put her on a high-calorie diet). Annemarie dosn't care for the Pediasure either. any way, I'm off to check the threads, Much thanks to thoes of you who posted on my forum, I'm going to try Denise P's Pizza recipe tomorrow after I go shopping!

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Denise P. - Jul 3, 2006 8:00 am (#1907 of 2979)

I have fought, literally, for years with pediatricians who look at the scale and not the baby. All of my kidlets start out like whoppers and then quickly drop off the chart. Two of mine where checked for thyroid problems, heart problems..you name it and they came up clean. By the time this happened with the third one, I came in armed with medical records from the others. I was told there was no way that "failure to thrive" was something that ran in a family yet I had proof that all mine didn't "thrive" (never mind they met all developmental milestones, were happy and well adjusted...they were not babies with rolls of fat on them) We just went through this with Rhys too. The doctor raved about how well he was doing, how advanced he was, that he was doing wonderfully and then she looked at the scale. Suddenly, his brain was not growing and she wanted to run all kinds of tests...which I refused. "Don't you want to find out what is wrong with him?" Nothing is wrong with him! When we came home, I looked in the other baby books and at the same age, Rhys is actually the heaviest of my kids.

Look at the baby, not the scale and for those mamas who nurse, those growth charts are designed with formula fed babies in mind.

**climbing off my soap box**:

Pediasure, if you look on the website, there are loads of recipes (or they used to be) When Devin was needing to put on pounds after chemo, he would drink Pediasure but when he didn't want to, we put it in pancakes, in bread, in anything we could to get the extra calories to him. We had some peanut butter milkshake thing we would make him with ice cream that was 1200 calorie!

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 3, 2006 8:23 am (#1908 of 2979)

**thinks she'll stick with a more conventional independence until they get us a sic smilie** -- Chemyst

See, working on a day and during a time when I should be sleeping interferes with me internal speller.

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Eponine - Jul 3, 2006 9:11 am (#1909 of 2979)

My niece and nephew are almost the exact same size. Ruby is 6, and Ryan is 3 and a half. They wear the same size shoe, and are so close in weight and height they're often mistaken for twins. Ruby is just very very small for her age, and Ryan is tall for his. Sometimes, I forget how big actual six-year-olds are because I'm used to dealing with one who is just tiny.

The cable guys are here working in the neighborhood this morning, and I'm a little put out at them because I'd been downloading something (that was taking FOREVER) and they cut the internet off just before it finished.

On the job front, Mr. Eponine has several interviews this week. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he'll be able to get a job that doesn't require travel because I'm tired of him being gone all the time. He's actually home for a couple of weeks right now, but over the last several months, he's only been home for the weekends. Any good luck charms would be appreciated.

Way back for Valentine's Day, Mr. Eponine got me a gift certificate to a (sort of) local pasta restaurant that makes the best food ever. It's a little out of our everyday price range, so we didn't go that often (and it's a bit of a drive to get there). Since he'd been traveling so much, we hadn't got a chance to use the gift certificate until now. So Friday afternoon, we got dressed up and drove out to the restaurant only to find that it's closed now. I was quite annoyed. I looked online to see if I could figure out what happened, and the only thing I could find was a short blurb in the Raleigh paper about the restaurant closing permanently. I'm annoyed because it was really good food, and I've never had pasta as good as theirs anywhere. And I'm annoyed because now we have a useless gift certificate.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Lilly P - Jul 3, 2006 9:40 am (#1910 of 2979)

Boo on the resurant closing Eponine! Do you know if it is a chain? if so you might be able to contact them and cash in the certificate. or use it at another resturant that is owned by the same corporation. We did that when I worked at the Galaxy Diner, we honored all certificats from JB's resturant. because they were both owned by Summit Industries. *good luck charms to Mr. Eponine* I understand about hubby being gone! (mine is in Iraq) so I send *sympathy charms* to you! I wouldn't be able to do it if it weren't for all the other military wives who are here and going through the same thing, is there any sort of spouse support group with your husbands company?

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 3, 2006 9:46 am (#1911 of 2979)

Good Luck charms to Eponine!

Well I'm paying now for my dad of fun-I can hardly move I'm so sore. Going to the doctor today to see about my ear. Hope its nothing bad...like a bug in it or something..

Tomorrow is America's 230th birthday!!!

I never noticed how our TV seasons work here. I thought they all started at different times and ran for a variety of episodes. I do know that none of them have ever lasted less than 10 or 11 episodes.

Have a GRotD everyone!

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Denise P. - Jul 3, 2006 9:57 am (#1912 of 2979)

The average US TV season of a show is 20-24 episodes, depending on a variety of things. If it is a mid-season replacement, it will have less. Many shows get cancelled after less than 5 eps and have unaired episodes.

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HungarianHorntail13 - Jul 3, 2006 10:34 am (#1913 of 2979)

I haven't posted in a while.

Priscilla and I say thanks for all the Happy Birthdays!

We have some funny bug stories.

Once Trevor was trying to eat an ant from outside. He said he found it in the pool.

Once this 4in. mosquito came after me when I was getting a movie from the cabinet, and I screamed so loud that mom came running in because she thought there was a burglar. Mom yelled at me.

Another time we were down in Disney with some friends eating dinner outside. This big black thing hops up next to the table, and I thought it was a frog. My face was about 2 in. away from it before I realized that it was a giant bug!

After skimming through the past 600 posts, I can't remember any more.

._Olivia

Edit:

Remembered something:

Mrs. Sirius, you have a guinea pig? I had one too, and it used to kick it's before pellets, after pellets and kitty litter all over the floor. Dad stopped him from doing that by putting large pieces of plastic over the cage. He didn't live to be very old, so we got some chinchillas after him.

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Madam Pince - Jul 3, 2006 10:50 am (#1914 of 2979)

Oh Eponine, that must be sooooo frustrating! (Both the Internet download and the restaurant, but mostly the restaurant!) Phooey. Anyway, good luck charms on the job hunt!

That reminds me - I think I forgot to say good luck to Dizzy Lizzy on the new school program - way better than looking for a job!

I have a cousin who is a teeny tiny little girl. I think she's almost six, and she wears about a size 3T. Perfectly healthy, just very petite, like her mom was at that age.

Little Pince's 4-year checkup was Friday, and he was only in the 20th percentile for both height and weight. In the past he's been in the 60th or 70th for height but has always been low on weight, but now he's evening out, I guess. His doctor is perfectly OK with it, though. He's an endocrinologist by specialty so I guess he understands better than most pediatricians, maybe. Little Pince is healthy, meeting all the development stages, and eats what I consider to be extremely well, he just doesn't pack on the pounds. I did notice how skinny he looked at swim class -- when you could really see the ribs and shoulder blades! I was the same way when I was in school -- we used to get "graded" (I suppose it was really scaling) on physical development, and we'd either get an "S" (satisfactory) or a "U" (unsatisfactory.) My mom fought the battle every 6-weeks grading period -- she thought the term "unsatisfactory" was just wrong. The doctor told her to just chill out and ignore it -- he said "What do they expect? She's got a skinny mama and a skinny daddy!"

Worse deal was the vaccinations Little Pince had to get Friday -- the DaPT made his upper arm all red and swollen, which apparently is pretty typical for the last shot in the series. He doesn't seem bothered though, says it itches a little, and his appetite has been low this weekend, and we've had one or two minor unpleasantnesses, but overall typical vaccination stuff. Dr's office said no worries.

Everyone have a great RotD!

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Thora - Jul 3, 2006 11:50 am (#1915 of 2979)

Madam Pince,

My daughter's immunization just did that. The red, hard, hot, and itchy area was bigger than my palm. The doc put her on benedryl and antibiotics, mostly to shut my mouth I think.

Thora

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Madam Pince - Jul 3, 2006 12:13 pm (#1916 of 2979)

Yes, Thora, that sounds familiar -- it is about the size of my palm and it is hot, too. Or I should say was; it feels much better this morning. I have just now noticed, however, that he feels hot now, and we've had more "unpleasantness." I swear, I hate to take him to the doctor's office for well visits. He comes home un-well every single time -- very frustrating. I try to keep him from touching anything but it is a losing battle with all the enticing toys and the aquarium and all in the waiting room. Then I washed his hands while in the exam room and as soon as we left, and used the antiseptic handwash stuff at least four times. Sigh.... Oh well, it wouldn't be a holiday if he wasn't sick I guess.

And the real kicker is that the day after the doctor's, we got a letter in the mail saying that he's wait-listed for Pre-K anyway, so we didn't even really need to go have those shots yet; we could've waited until next year. So I guess this fall will find me breaking out the home-schooling manuals to get started on writing and telling time and all those fun things we've not worked on yet. ***waves at Chemyst who will be very happy ***

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geauxtigers - Jul 3, 2006 12:33 pm (#1917 of 2979)

the motorway was reduced to 40mph -Azi, yall use mph in England?

I was always very little for my age, I'm not anymore, but I was extremly upset in 1st grade when I was the shortest person in the class! lol, I was always pretty skinny too, I remember my mom talking about my ribs sticking out. Not so much anymore, but I do have very "whimpy" looking arms. Don't remember having toruble with doctors about it though.... I'm not short really anymore, but I'm not tall either.

Yeah I can hardly move today I'm so sore, I guess my whimpy arms aren't as strong as I thought!

Gosh my brain is drawing a blank on everything else.

Good luck charms to Eoponine! Charms to everyone else I forgot!

off to check the threads, later!

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Puck - Jul 3, 2006 12:42 pm (#1918 of 2979)

Madame Pince, don't sweat the clocks and letters. They do that in kindergarten.

When I was 12 or 13 I weighed 97 pounds. The nurse plotted it wrong on the chart, 40 or 50 pounds heavier than I was. The doctor, who apparently looked at the chart more carefully than she did me, told me I was "a bit heavy". I went home upset about this, believing I was "fat". I didn't know it was a mistake until the following year, when they complained about the weight I had lost. Seriously dangerous business, telling a skinny girl she needs to lose weight.

Cobain, apparently, has no such issues. It looks from the picture he out-weighs my nine month old. (She weighs 16 1/2 lbs.)

Luck charms to Mr. Eponine! Sorry about the restaurant.

We went swimming at the neighbors house late morning, and have lessons tonight. Chilling out to let the kids rest for a while in between.

Cheers!

Kathy

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Madam Pince - Jul 3, 2006 3:21 pm (#1919 of 2979)

Sending thoughts to those in Spain affected by today's train accident -- hope no Forum members were immediately involved.

My monitor has been "shivering" and doing other odd things today. I wouldn't be surprised if it's getting ready to go up, so who knows if I may "disappear" soon....

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Denise P. - Jul 3, 2006 4:40 pm (#1920 of 2979)

We went out this evening to get fireworks for tomorrow. It is weird, it is technically illegal to shoot fireworks within the city limits but you purchase them in the city limits and the local paper lists the hours you can shoot them off.

We already had some (since we can buy them year round here). We did load up on metal sparklers, mostly they sell the crummy wooden ones. The kidlets like the sparklers while Dad shoots off the stuff that goes up in the air and spins on the ground.

Kaitlyn has a baptism coming up and trying to get her to decide on what songs she wants, who she wants to speak etc is like pulling teeth. I think we finally have it nailed down but her main concern is what kind of cake we will be serving (half white, half chocolate with buttercream frosting, have not decided on the decorations yet)

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Solitaire - Jul 3, 2006 5:22 pm (#1921 of 2979)

About those "underweight" kids ... with all the information blaring out at us about childhood obesity, I should think doctors would back off unless it appears a kid is actually starving himself. Besides, haven't they heard of high metabolisms or ectomorphic frames?

If kids are "trained" to eat a high-calorie diet, won't their bodies eventually learn to crave that diet? Kids are exposed to junk food as soon as they begin to eat away from home. If they are eating a sound, healthy, natural diet and they push the plate away when they are satisfied, maybe they won't have to contend with diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity when they are older. Of course, I'm not a mom, so maybe I am misunderstanding the situation.

Solitaire

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 3, 2006 5:59 pm (#1922 of 2979)

I tend to agree with you Solitaire, and they wonder why so many kids are obese these days. Just look at the commercials for Micky D's- they try to make you think that by getting your kid apple dippers with caramel sauce is sooo much better than fires, when in reality, it's not that much better because the caramel is basically pure sugar. All the commercials just make me wanna gag! And sadly there are people who believe it. One of my friends did a report on Micky D's once and she went to their site and read up on nutrition facts. A double cheese burger has the same calories as one of the salads(can't remember which one) and it almost all came from the dressing. Doctors shouldn't be worrying that a baby is underwieght, because it's not as dangerous as being over wieght. Another thing thst still amazes me is how quickly times have changed. 6yrs ago, when I was little, we spent most of the time outside riding bikes and getting ourselves into some sort of harmless trouble. All the kids I babysit just want to sit there and play video games or watch TV. I can't remeber doing it that much when I was in 1st-5th grade. It just amazes me taht they can sit there that long! I can't do it today even!

*ok rant over*

Went to the Doctor about my ear and it's some version of swimmers ear and wax build up. He gave me these drops that don't feel too good in my ears, but I have to go back in 2 weeks to have wax "vaccumed" out. That scares me a bit, I hope it's not really a vaccum.

Okay mom is making me clean..ugg so I'll check back later!

Have a great RotD everyone!

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Madam Pince - Jul 3, 2006 6:03 pm (#1923 of 2979)

I think you understand it exactly, Solitaire! That was my thinking, too.

I try to get mine to at least taste everything we're serving, even if he professes "That's yucky" just to get him exposed to eating a variety, but I won't cram things down him. And if I know he really despises something (like eggs), then he doesn't have to eat it, but has something else instead. I can't imagine shoving high calories unless there truly was a serious illness that was causing them to be unable to eat normally.

We won't need to buy fireworks -- our neighbor down the street who has the mentality of a 10-year-old will provide us with all the noise we need. He starts about a month ahead of time and keeps going until he can't find fireworks for sale anymore. Our poor dog is almost psychotic the whole month of mid-June to mid-July, what with him combined with summer thunderstorms.

The community is having a family-friendly event tomorrow with music and a big fireworks show at 9:30 -- it's our county's 300th anniversary, so it's a bigger deal than normal.

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Marie E. - Jul 3, 2006 6:41 pm (#1924 of 2979)

We're not allowed to shoot off fireworks in our county due to the fire ban, but the city is still holding a fireworks show at the big park downtown. I hope the weather clears up because it's been raining for almost 7 hours straight. Not much danger of starting a fire today.

Yes, Cobain is getting a bit chubby. I've been calling him Fatty McFatterson. Not to my sister, of course. She said at his 3 month check up he was 12 pounds. Or was it 2 month check up? Anyway, at 3 months my girls were only about 9 pounds. They both bulked up to 16 pounds by 6 months and then only gained two more pounds by age 1. I imagine Cobain will hit at least 25 pounds by his first birthday.

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Finn BV - Jul 3, 2006 6:50 pm (#1925 of 2979)

Josephine and Anne – major healing charms to you!!

Best of luck to Mr. Eponine's job hunt! And perhaps you can get in touch with the ex-management?

Welcome back, Olivia!

I was a rather chubby kid… hehe… 80lbs in third grade… but with all my athletics, the weight has disappeared and I'm at a normal Body Mass Index: 22.

Wow, just Googled the train accident. My thoughts are with Spain!

Happy 4th!

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geauxtigers - Jul 3, 2006 7:07 pm (#1926 of 2979)

Yeah a lot of kids are chubby when they are little, but thin out as they get older. Just looking over my yearbooks, I'm like oh my gosh look how chubby so and so used to be! I remember coming into 7th grade one of my friends I hardly recognized! He was pretty heavy, but now hes not so much anymore, he got so tall and thinned out considerbly.

Times have changed, I grew up playing video games, watching Tv ect, but more time was spent outside riding bikes ect. I could never have been inside sitting for that long and I'm still that way. I have to get up and at least do something besides just sitting here.

Fireworks are banned in our parish, but drive 10 minutes to the next parish and the firework stans are feet from the parish boundries! But we are more in the city area and where the rest of my family lives is not rural, but its not the city. Looks like we might not get to go to my aunt's house as they poured their driveway today I think and shes not wild about people being around it so soon, so might not get to hear the cannon until new years !

Yeah mom is making us fold their clothes! Me and Ginny have already done our laundry, folded it and put it away. Its frustrating because if she would just fold her clothes and put them away as they come out the drier, it would be that much easier! I've done mine I don't want to do hers too. So I'm off to do more laundry uggg!

I'm fixing to go google the train thing I haven't heard anything. I hope everything is okay, but it sounds like its not...

Have a good night!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 3, 2006 10:17 pm (#1927 of 2979)

Happy 4th of July!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a great 4th everyone!! *shoots fireworks into the air*

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Snuffles - Jul 4, 2006 12:22 am (#1928 of 2979)

Happy 4th of July to all that celebrate!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 4, 2006 12:40 am (#1929 of 2979)

HAPPY 4th OF JULY!! **joins Ginny in lighting fireworks** Hope all who celebrate have a safe and fun time celebrating!

I have to say 'safe' because once, when I was about 7, I thought I'd be smart and light my own sparkler at a neighborhood BBQ... I sat for the remainder of the evening on the porch with my hand in a bowl of ice. I had tried to light the sparkler on the BBQ grill, and had managed to burn three tips of my fingers in the process. It was not fun.

I used to have to fold my entire family's laundry when we had chore day. I soon started separating my clothes from everyone else's and just did my laundry. Didn't have to worry about folding anyone else's clothes after that!

I think I was in the normal range on the height and weight scale growing up. Sydney is three and she weighs about 28 pounds (according to the Dr., she is in the tall and lean catagory.). I don't remember what Nathaniel is, but I think he is in the 'okay' range too.

Off to bed!

~Kristina

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azi - Jul 4, 2006 2:04 am (#1930 of 2979)

Geauxtigers - yes, we do use mph. I can't stand km - it makes no sense!

Happy 4th July!

I was a lighter than average child, possibly due to my asthma medication which can slow growth. I weighed 3 1/2 stone at the age of 11 (I think that's about 49 pounds). Now I've got a BMI of about 21/22.

Happy days to all!

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The giant squid - Jul 4, 2006 3:04 am (#1931 of 2979)

My girls have never been above the 25% in weight. Their doctor just checks to be sure they are following the same curve. She's concerned about Shayla since her ADD meds suppress her appetite. I think Shayla only gained two pounds last year. I bought her Pediasure (a flavored nutritional supplement drink) but she doesn't like the taste. Shayla is 9 years old and weighs about 53 pounds. Lexie is seven and weighs 48 pounds. Even though Lexie is on the same medication as Shayla, I haven't noticed any changes in Lexie's appetite. Then again, Lexie has always been a "good eater".--Marie E.

Add them together & you get my weight. As Marie can attest, I've always been skinny. It doesn't get any better with the doctors, either--just recently my doctor told me I was perfectly healthy, my nutrition was good, etc., but that he wanted me to gain weight before my next visit. Hello? If I could gain weight don't you think I would have in the last, oh, twenty years?? I solved that problem though--I haven't been back since.

The average US TV season of a show is 20-24 episodes, depending on a variety of things. If it is a mid-season replacement, it will have less. Many shows get cancelled after less than 5 eps and have unaired episodes.--Denise P.

A "standard" American TV show will be picked up for 6, 13 or 22 episodes. It seems these days that the 22-episode show is getting rarer, as the TV studios like cancelling things. I can think of two shows this last year that ran exactly 2 episodes before being cancelled, and another one ran (I think) 4 before being put "on hiatus" indefinitely... I find it hard to get invested in a new show as you never know if it'll be around next week.

Happy Independence Day to all the American Forumers. And to all the British Forumers,

--Mike

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haymoni - Jul 4, 2006 4:11 am (#1932 of 2979)

Mike - go back to the doctor. He has to look like he's doing SOMETHING, so he tells you to gain weight.

We've been doing a Biggest Loser contest at work. I was at 31% body fat and now I'm at 26%. The only thing that I have done is work out for 1 hour Monday - Friday with shows on FIT TV. My weight is exactly the same and parts of me look even bigger, but I guess I'm not as fat. I think. My 90 days are up on July 12. Different people had different start days, so I don't think the whole contest is over until August sometime. The prize is $1000 so there is a little bit of motivation.

None of the kids in our neighborhood play outside except Ungrateful Son and The Beautifulest One. We were amazed at the number of children that were at the bus stop on the first day of school - we had never seen any of them! We always make the kids play outside, especially when other kids come over. You should see the look of surprise in their eyes!

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Puck - Jul 4, 2006 5:26 am (#1933 of 2979)

I've been called the "mean" mom for not letting kids come play inside when it's a nice day. I also stand firmly against those motorized cars for kids. You want to ride, then peddle! Seriously, I don't send them outside to sit there, I want them to move.

The doctor just suggested adding things like cheese and yogurt. However, she has a rash on her belly now, so maybe dairy is not such a good idea.

Okay, the news show has been on for almost 90 minutes, and not a mention of a train accident in Spain. Too much important stuff, like roasting marshmellos and some guy in Jordan using a picture of Brad Pitt for his fake ID. (It bugs me when American news does that. If it had happened here it would be non-stop coverage.)

Fireworks of any kind -even sparklers- are illegal. We will go to town fireworks tonight.

Happy 4th!

Kathy

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Madam Pince - Jul 4, 2006 5:33 am (#1934 of 2979)

It's 8:30 in the morning, and Moron Boy has already started with the fireworks. (That's the nicest of the many names I have for him; none of the others are Forum-friendly....)

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Puck - Jul 4, 2006 5:56 am (#1935 of 2979)

Suddenly, the guy with the loud Harley across the street seems less annoying.

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Chemyst - Jul 4, 2006 6:19 am (#1936 of 2979)

***waves at Chemyst who will be very happy ***   ~ Madame Pince

Indeed I am.
 Sorry about Moron Boy; …but your earlier story about the new cell phone, coupled with an even earlier mention of Tazzy helping put new numbers into her dad's phone leads me to this story about what must be one of the Major Wonders of the Technological World.  remember: I grew up with rotary dial phones when the only “preprogrammed” phone number was 0 for operator.
Anyway, it has to be one of the modern world’s great wonders— or at least a small conundrum, that that the tiniest, slimmest phones are most easily used with the largest, fattest finger (thumb). When I first saw actors on TV dialing cell phones with their thumbs, I thought it was their character just showing off…

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Good Evans - Jul 4, 2006 6:20 am (#1937 of 2979)

Happy Independance Day to all the Americans, they day we all celebrate our "parting of the ways" hee hee, Mike :smilie poking tongue out to you too!!:

However you celebrate, have a great day / night and try not to think too badly of us Brits!

It is so hot again, it is incredible. We had lovely recepion at the Victoria and Albert museum last night, it was fabulous. Mananged a couple of rhumbas and a quickstep and foxtrot, I love band music!

I am a bit tired today but I did sleep well in a lovely air conditioned room, funily enough not every room had it and those that didnt were not impressed!

Off to check the threads!

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boop - Jul 4, 2006 6:35 am (#1938 of 2979)

Marie, your nephew is so cute, My granddaughter was really chubby as a baby, but now she is thin.

Madam Pince, sorry to hear the noise has started this early.

Happy 4th of July!!!!

Have a safe fun day.

hugs always

boop

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Good Evans - Jul 4, 2006 6:44 am (#1939 of 2979)

Hi Betty!!! (((hugs to you)))

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Catherine - Jul 4, 2006 7:07 am (#1940 of 2979)

Happy Independence Day!

We got back late from the Chesepeake Bay last night. It was lovely to sit on the beach, but we had temperatures in the upper nineties and a whole mess of jellyfish to contend with.

Claire was stung literally all over her body, while Hayley got a teensy sting on her rear end. Poor Claire spent Saturday doped up on pain medicine and antihistamines. No one wanted to swim after that, not that I can blame them, and then my parents' air-conditioner broke and leaked water through the ceiling. One thing that was amusing was that there were three shih-tzus in the house. My mother laughed to see me reading on the couch surrounded by puppies.

So, after much trauma and drama, I am thankful to be in my own air-cooled home minus the jellyfish (I wished that the Giant Squid could come scare them away, but alas earwax).

Oh, Chemyst, I think your idea of a sic smiley is wonderful--especially if we can sic Loopy Lupin before he sics me! *waves to Loopy*

I also browsed through the threads (Yikes, folks were busy) and noticed that Ludicrous Patents Office is posting with us again, so welcome back to LPO.

Denise, I hope the baptism goes well, and it sounds like Miss Kierryn has sorted out her priorties if she wants to make sure she's got a good cake.

*waves furiously to Lupin is Lupin just because*

Enjoy the holiday!

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Denise P. - Jul 4, 2006 7:38 am (#1941 of 2979)

Catherine, it is Kaitlyn who is more worried about the cake. Kierynn has about 5 years before she can worry about it

I am trying to get motivated and happy before I take my Scouts to the retirement community. I just hate wearing my uniform when it is over aout 85 since it is a heavy material and it doesn't breathe at all. Since it is a "formal" occasion, I need to wear pants rather than shorts with it as well. Ah well, it will only be for about an hour or so.

It is not even 10 am here and I am already being asked when we are going to the fireworks (which start at 9 pm)  

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Lilly P - Jul 4, 2006 8:02 am (#1942 of 2979)

Happy Independance Day to all the Americans, they day we all celebrate our "parting of the ways" hee hee,... However you celebrate have a great day / night and try not to think too badly of us Brits! -Good Evans

Hey, it's a great piece of property, we can't blame you for trying to hold on to it! I don't think bad about you at all!

And I love the "parting of the ways" reference, that's how I'm going to think of it from now on!

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Denise P. - Jul 4, 2006 8:29 am (#1943 of 2979)

Up until the late 1920's, my family didn't celebrate Independence Day. Why? They were all living in Sheffield, England! LOL My grandmother had 8 brothers and sisters, only she and my uncle were born in the US.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 4, 2006 8:47 am (#1944 of 2979)

Trying desperately to catch up, forgive me if I've forgotten anything.

Suddenly, the guy with the loud Harley across the street seems less annoying. We have 4 of those, Kathy!

Happy Belated Anniversary to Lilly P.

GEJulie, was it you who did the run? Great time and keep up the good work!

Healing charms to those who got stung (I've been stung by a Man-O-War and it isn't pretty).

Sorry to hear about the 'loud man' down the street, Madam Pince!

Yesterday it was 92 in the shade. I am thinking this, too will be a hot one. Trevor and Priscilla both have fevers, though Trev seems to be shaking it since yesterday. I think they caught something from the water park. Mr. HH doesn't think they use chlorine in those parks.

Friends from Baton Rouge safely back home. Their 10-year old son outweighs me by more than 10 pounds. Priscilla is 48 pounds and 9 years old. Olivia did not break 50 until she was well past 10. (So don't fret about the seemingly underweight kiddies.) I agree with what you said, Solitaire! Trevor, on the other hand, was only pounds away from Percy for the longest time. His nickname was (we still call him that sometimes, though he's stretched out a bit) chubby. Boy, did we get flack from friends for calling him that. He has just turned four and weighs 37 pounds. The thing that gets me about him is the incredible amount of pain he gets in his knee areas. I attribute it to growing pains. I am thinking he may get my father's side height-wise. My father was the shortest of three brothers at just over 6'1".

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY EVERYONE!

GEJulie - how could we not like such nice people - after all, I married one!

Maria

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 4, 2006 9:25 am (#1945 of 2979)

It's raining!!! and hard too!! Of course it rains on a holiday that is normally spent outside...but I can't really complain since this is they first time its really rained since the beginning of may!

Change of plans...we are going to grannies house. She's making a brisket!YUM!! and she called my mom and asked her if we would eat a "macaroni salad" no clue waht that is but 10 bucks says she got it off some cooking show, that seems to be her lateset thing and they just aren't as good as her regular food! oh well the brisket should be good!

Once again Happy 4th!

off to check threads now.

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geauxtigers - Jul 4, 2006 9:57 am (#1946 of 2979)

Yeah it rained this morning for nearly an hour!!!! **Shocked look on face** I was begininng to forget what rain looked like! lol... Sorry about the jelly fish sting, Catherine. Glad you had fun with your friends from B.R. HH!

Off to check the threads before I have to go to Grannie's house! **Crosses fingers that it will rain some more** **knocks on wood for good measure**

Happy 4th too! Be careful everyone and don't light sparklers in the BBQ pit! **cough, Kristina, cough, cough**

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Puck - Jul 4, 2006 10:19 am (#1947 of 2979)

Ouch! Healing charms to poor Claire.

Maria, welcome back! Hope the little ones feel better soon. (Wondering, did the names Trevor and Percy come before or after you started reading HP )

Yeah for the rain, Tori and Ginny!

Looks like it's about to storm here as well.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 4, 2006 10:39 am (#1948 of 2979)

Healing charms to those who need it!

Have fun where ever everyone is going to celebrate!

Fireworks are illegal here too, but people go over to the neighboring town where they are legal and bring them here. We've had fireworks go off for a couple days now. Normal people (like my family) go to this one shopping center that faces our town's little airport and watch the fireworks that the airport sets off. Much nicer.

Sad to say, but my dad is one of those guys with motorcycles. Although he does not have a Harley (he wants one in the worst way!) he has several of the dirtbike type. They have been pretty silent lately, as my brother no longer lives here (it was my dad and brother's hobby to go dirtbiking every weekend), but back when he was here, it was a nightmare at 8 in the morning.

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!!

~Kristina

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Miss Amanda - Jul 4, 2006 10:44 am (#1949 of 2979)

Happy 4th Everyone!

I am so looking forward to seeing the fireworks again here in Nashville! They are the best I've ever seen, AND I can watch them inside a nice air-conditioned building. Some days I love high-rise buildings!

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Pigwidgeon - Jul 4, 2006 11:05 am (#1950 of 2979)

Happy Fourth of July! It's raining here, and has been all day. I feel sorry for those with visions of parades, barbeques and fireworks shows today. At least it's not hot, I guess.
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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 4, 2006 11:24 am (#1951 of 2979)

It is a bit muggy here and we have cloud cover with sprinkles.

Kristina, it is not the 8 a.m. rumbling that gets me - remember, I'm a morning person (*whistles “Arky Arky Song” to self*). It is when they come rolling in way past dark on a school night and my children are awakened.

Thanks, Puck! I missed everyone.

(Wondering, did the names Trevor and Percy come before or after you started reading HP ) – Puck

Oddly enough, they were both dubbed as such before HP. Olivia called Priscilla Percy because she was just four when her sister was born. It was just easier for her to enunciate. Likewise, Priscilla used to call Olivia Ovah and it sort of stuck. We had a great laugh when we realized our little man had been named after a toad! Priscilla, luckily, does not resemble Percy W. one iota.

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Solitaire - Jul 4, 2006 11:35 am (#1952 of 2979)

Lucky for you, Pigwidgeon! I hate the heat, and it's gonna be hotter than blazes here. We have been in a heat wave (temps over 100) for about two weeks. We did have one cooler day last week ... around 99 in the shade. Alas, it was 104 yesterday and is expected to be in that general vicinity again today. They keep telling us cooler temps are on the way, but I haven't felt them. I love cool weather.

Solitaire

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Pigwidgeon - Jul 4, 2006 11:56 am (#1953 of 2979)

Oh, I'm not complaining Ick, I would hate that kind of heat. Nah, I had nothing planned. I'm not a morning person, and I don't fancy huge crowds. I have housework to do, anywho. So, what am I doing now? Chatting here and writing Harry Potter fancfic, heh heh. Ah well, the dust can wait. When the muse calls, one must listen.

Have a good holiday for my fellow Americans, and a great day to our friends overseas

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 4, 2006 12:02 pm (#1954 of 2979)
Edited Jul 4, 2006 12:47 pm

When the muse calls, one must listen.

Really like that one, Pidwedgeon. If you don't mind, I'll tuck that into the memory banks for just such emergencies.

EDIT:

Oh, Kristina, goodbyes can be depressing, especially in this case! I would love to visit overseas, so I know how you feel.

Mr. HH is in the pool - it is dark, overcast and I think I just heard rumbling.

Marie, Cobain is really cute! (Love the name, too.) I love those chubby chubby cheeks! That perpetual ache is kicking in again. No more babies in this house until grandchildren, I suppose. *sigh*

I don't know what to do with myself now. I kinda thought you were doing it.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 4, 2006 12:04 pm (#1955 of 2979)

As of the moment, we have clear blue skies. Isn't as hot as it has been either.

**cooling charms and no rain charms for tonight to those who need them**

Maria- I have one of those loud Motorcyclists drive by my apartment in Hawaii everynight at the exact same time. I can see where you are coming from!

I am helping my mom pack for Ireland right now. They (along with me) leave tomorrow. It is very sad to think that they are getting on one plane to Ireland and I am on a different one back to Hawaii. Mom is extremely excited. My dad is too, but he also (like me) hates to fly so is kind of in a nervous twitter.

~Kristina


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Marie E. - Jul 4, 2006 12:24 pm (#1956 of 2979)

My brother was actually a chubby baby and toddler. He thinned out at around age five. I don't know where the doctors get their statistics because Shayla is about the same height and weight as all her friends.

We have a 40% chance of more rain this afternoon. We're leaving for a barbeque soon so I hope it blows over. I see some clouds outside right now, but all of the white, fluffy kind.

My children let me sleep in until 9am. I don't know what to do with myself now. I feel like I'll be up till 2am.

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The giant squid - Jul 4, 2006 1:16 pm (#1957 of 2979)

I wished that the Giant Squid could come scare them away, but alas earwax—Catherine

Alas, earwax, I was too busy restraining myself from slapping all the people who came to see The Devil Wears Prada this weekend. What were they thinking?

These days I have about as much respect for doctors as I do oil company executives. Both are beyond the realms of morality when it comes to price gouging...

--Mike

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 4, 2006 1:19 pm (#1958 of 2979)

Monsoon outside. Coming your way, Puck. Get out your waders.

LOL Mike! Are you sure you didn't just want an easy holiday weekend?

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haymoni - Jul 4, 2006 1:21 pm (#1959 of 2979)

Sorry, but I couldn't help but think of that "Friends" episode with the jellyfish. I hope the antihistamines worked!

I read somewhere that the BBC and some other British media are trying to grab some of the US market. I can't help but think the success of HP had something to do with it.

virginia elizabeth - Macaroni salad is like potato salad but uses pasta instead of potatoes. It isn't pasta salad, though. It is more mayonaissey.

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Solitaire - Jul 4, 2006 1:45 pm (#1960 of 2979)

Macaroni salad is as old as the hills! My mom makes the best I've ever tasted, because she does not over-mayonnaise it. Warning: If your salad is going to be sitting outside in the heat for a while, I wouldn't even use mayo, as that is a good way to get food poisoning. In that case, use an olive oil based dressing.

Anyway, here is what Mom uses ...


1 package salad macaroni, cooked (rotini also works well)
1/2 cup finely chopped purple onion (I like more)
1/2 cup or more finely chopped celery(I like more)
1 small can of chopped olives, drained (I like more)
1 small jar chopped pimentos, drained (I use one large or 2 small)
1/4 cup or more finely chopped sweet pickles (I used drained sweet pickle relish, because I am lazy)
2-6 hard-boiled eggs, chopped (The number of eggs depends on how well you like an "eggy" taste. I use less, Mom uses more. Warning:If you are going to leave this salad out in the heat, the eggs are something I would eliminate; they are what make the mayo a problem.)

Once the above things are mixed in a large bowl, I add about 1/4 cup of mayonnaise (Best Foods, not Miracle Whip) and mix it all together. I only add more if I need it, because I hate soupy macaroni salad. (You will also notice that I like extra goodies in the salad.)

Also add to taste the following things: vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. You could also stir these into the first 1/4 c. of mayo; I think it helps mix them in better. When I have mixed the salad to taste, I sprinkle on some paprika and mix that in. Voila!

This salad tastes best if you make it the day before, because that gives the flavors a chance to mingle better.

Solitaire

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Catherine - Jul 4, 2006 2:08 pm (#1961 of 2979)

Sorry, but I couldn't help but think of that "Friends" episode with the jellyfish. I hope the antihistamines worked! –Haymoni

Actually, Haymoni, an elderly lady had a bottle of dilute ammonia water at the ready, and we spritzed her with that, just in case it really worked. I guess that's the more hygienic way of curing the problem than in the manner of Friends.

The pool was incredibly crowded, and then closed early. But no jellyfish were there!!

Thanks for the recipe, Solitaire. If I wasn't so hot and tired, maybe I'd whip it up. *waves to Lupin is Lupin, who adores cooking!*

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Solitaire - Jul 4, 2006 2:13 pm (#1962 of 2979)

You're welcome, Catherine. It really is quite yummy.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 4, 2006 4:03 pm (#1963 of 2979)

kaykay, so sorry to hear about Simba. (((Hugs))) to you and your family.

Still playing catch up with many interruptions. I've bounced around this thread trying to find the beginning so much, I've confused myself.

EDIT: A Happy Belated Birthday to Solitaire!

Hurray for premium membership, Regan! Can you elaborate a bit on what made you feel that way regarding Soldier's Heart? It did say ages 12 and up and it is on the 8th grade list.

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azi - Jul 4, 2006 4:08 pm (#1964 of 2979)

Anyone know how to get a but to stop crawling around when it is underneath your computer screen cover? It's really annoying!

Confusion happens to the best of us, HH!

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Solitaire - Jul 4, 2006 4:43 pm (#1965 of 2979)

Thanks, HH ... it was a fun day!

Azi, I am assuming you mean a bug is crawling under your screen ... and I haven't any idea how to stop it, other than taking apart your monitor, which I do not advise! I guess you could call a computer repair shop and see what they suggest. Eventually, I suppose, it will die of starvation. I guess you could just wait it out ...

Solitaire

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Catherine - Jul 4, 2006 4:57 pm (#1966 of 2979)

I threatened/promised this on the "Fan" thread:

It appears that two people who met via their mutual liking for Harry Potter have decided to make their connection permanent.

Two members, The Saint, and The One, are celebrating their engagement to be married. How delightful that two HP fans have found one another!

I also read that The Saint will be joining The One in Norway. I'm sure you both count the days...

Congratulations to you both!

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Solitaire - Jul 4, 2006 5:02 pm (#1967 of 2979)

Two chatters in my former room met online and were married in 2002. It happens. Congratulations to The Saint and The One!

Solitaire

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Finn BV - Jul 4, 2006 5:51 pm (#1968 of 2979)

I sat for the remainder of the evening on the porch with my hand in a bowl of ice. –Kristina

SPEW!! Though I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time… :tries to keep straight face:

*hugs to Betty:

Oh dear, healing charms to Claire.

I was too busy restraining myself from slapping all the people who came to see The Devil Wears Prada this weekend. What were they thinking? --Squid Mike

Oh, please. I'm not a chick flick, fashion magazine moviegoer, but it's a nice summer movie to go waste some money on on a boring Sunday like we had!!

I will rewish The Saint and the One my best.

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!

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geauxtigers - Jul 4, 2006 7:17 pm (#1969 of 2979)
Edited Jul 4, 2006 8:02 pm

. . . had a bottle of dilute ammonia water at the read . .. .

Ginny got stung and some lady put meat tenderizer on her leg... that just sounds weird! lol

Well back from Grannie’s, it rained for a while there, but when it stopped we went down the street to get fireworks. It was nice because it was overcast and not to hot and we could go barefoot as the ground wasn't scorching. We basicaly wasted 6 hours eating, and blowing things up via fire-crackers called "little dynomite". Some of the things included watermelon rinds and ant beds. it was fun and 2 of my cousins that were there are just as big of pyros as us so it was fun. And lets just say there are hundreds less ants in the world thanks to us! lol

I didn't try the macaroni salad, I didn't have room on my plate and my Grannie makes some weird looking stuff let me tell ya. Where she gets these ideas I may never know!

Congrats The One and The Saint!

Off to check the threads and pack for Houston. We leave tomorrow!

Have a great 4th everyone!

EDIT: Yeah I have no clue what happened there I edited it to fix a typo and that must have been how it came out messed up.

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 4, 2006 7:28 pm (#1970 of 2979)

Tori I'm assuming that you meant to say that some random lady put meat tenderizer on my jellyfish sting when I was 5 and that it worked, not whatever it was that you put.

Yes, we took those cheap metal sparklers and suck them in the ant bed down to where the metal didn't show, then stuck the "little dynamite" in next to them, lit all the sparklers and ran as they burned down and lit the dynamite! There were some pretty big holes in the ant beds too! hehe it was fun!! *evil grin*

Didn't try the macaroni salad either, it looked weird...I'm not a huge mayo fan unless its on a hamburger. There was also raw onions and cucumbers floating in what looked like vinegar....needless to say that bowl remained full!!

off to dry my hair and pack!

HaPPy 4tH!!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 4, 2006 7:37 pm (#1971 of 2979)

Finn: SPEW!! Though I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time… :tries to keep straight face:

**said in dry tones** I feel the sympathy. Thanks.

**imagining 'little dynomite' in ant beds** If those ants are the fire ants from my nightmares of living in Mississippi... Are you two sure that you didn't get covered in them??? **shudders** Thanks for getting rid of a very small amound of them! LOL

Off to pack. Don't think we'll be seeing any fireworks tonight. Too much to do before tomorrow. The shuttle is picking my parents and me up at 10 in the morning. Mom and I are trying to find a Nail Salon that is open at 8 in the morning, so we can get our acrylic nails fixed. Mine are turning into claws. We went in yesterday to get them fixed, but the place we usually go to was packed, and all the others were by appointment only. They are all closed today.

~Kristina

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dizzy lizzy - Jul 4, 2006 7:41 pm (#1972 of 2979)

Well I'm back from the wedding!!! The ceremony was short and sweet and the reception was good fun. I got to catch up with my Aunts and Uncles and sat at a table with about 9 other cousins and we all had a ball. I wasn't overly impressed with the main couse served, but the dessert was a beautiful chocolate/coffee mousse in a pastry shell with crumbled rum balls on the top *swoons* Then we all got together the next morning for a big family breakfast.

I swear it never rains, but pours... I got another part-time job yesterday which now means I will not be going back to TAFE next semester. Funny how the moment I choose not to look for work, I get phone calls offering me work. I had to turn down two other offers of part-time work last night as well.

So now I have my Customer Service Officer position during the day (10am-2pm five days per week) and my casual waitressing job in the evenings (about 3-3.5 hrs per shift, 4-5 days per week). I'll be back to being a busy and slightly dizzy, Lizzy!!!

I'm going to hit the magic button now and do a few things around the house and tidy up.

Happy birthday/anniversaries etc for those who have had them lately and ((HUGS)) to those who need them....

Cheers

Lizzy

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Tazzygirl - Jul 4, 2006 8:01 pm (#1973 of 2979)

Glad you had fun Lizzy! Welcome back!

~Kristina

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Finn BV - Jul 4, 2006 8:05 pm (#1974 of 2979)

Lizzy – sounds like things are going in your direction! Welcome back, congrats, and good luck!

EDIT: Tazzy, Five Words?

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Tazzygirl - Jul 4, 2006 9:13 pm (#1975 of 2979)

The fireworks are in full swing here! (can't see any of them though... Oh well. Next year!)

Finn- Five Words what? Posting spree? Running up to the posting limit on the thread very quickly? LOL! I just posted there, and realized it's an hour after you posted here. Sorry. (I'm taking turns in packing and coming to the forum. )

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Jul 4, 2006 9:23 pm (#1976 of 2979)

My neighbors are all setting off fireworks in the street. Thank goodness my Quinn (14-year-old Sheltie) is as deaf as a doorknob. She is lying peacefully at my feet. Poor Stoney (her nephew) is running around like a duck in a shooting gallery, pacing back and forth, every time something goes off. I got home from dinner at my niece's home a few minutes too late ... the noise had already started, so he was already "revved up."

Oh, he is lying down now, by the side of my chair. I hope he stays there. I just turned on the TV and started the dishwasher. Hopefully, they will help mask the noise. Oh, he is walking again ... This could be a long night.

Solitaire

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 4, 2006 9:34 pm (#1977 of 2979)

If those ants are the fire ants from my nightmares of living in Mississippi... Are you two sure that you didn't get covered in them??? Tazzy

Yep pretty much all the ants down here are fire ants. They didn't see it coming so we weren't covered in them, but I've had it happen before. I'm slightly allergic to them so when they bit me it swells up to the size of a quarter, and nothing stops the itch! They hurt too! Oh well like Tori said, theres about a 100 less fire ants left in the world now!

I know how you feel Solitaire! My dog freaks out too! But she freaks out if she hears a doorbell on the TV so it's not that weird!

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Solitaire - Jul 4, 2006 9:49 pm (#1978 of 2979)

Quinn used to bark for about 5 minutes every time a TV doorbell rang. In some ways, her deafness is a blessing. LOL

An "old wives' tale" remedy for your fire-ant bites ...

Mix either ammonia or bleach with a bit of water and soak the affected area. It is supposed to "denature" the ant venom. Good luck!

Solitaire

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 4, 2006 10:13 pm (#1979 of 2979)

Gooo Denise you tell them, the child not the chart!

When the girls were born they were on monitors in the NICU, bells would go off all the time. The nurses told us to look at the baby not the monitor. If the baby wasn't blue something else was the problem. Nurses are heros.

HH, our guinea pig is pretty well behaved. Mostly she hides, I think my boisterous kids scare her. But she just loves fresh green leaves, she comes out and muches right out of our hands for that.

Marie - Cobain (do you call him Bain?) is so cute, I love fat babies.

When my son was born he was in the 90% per centile for weight and 95% for height. He has remained in the high 90's. The girls on the other hand, were on the premies chart for the first 7 months. The oldest of the 3 is still on the low end of the scale. The middle one is just about average with her classmates and the youngest is well taller than many of her classmates, (these are the identical by the way).

Happy Birthday the US of A

I get really slobbery sentimental over the strangest music. Today they played "Coming to American" by Neil Diamond, that set me off, my girls think I am a bit off.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 5, 2006 12:10 am (#1980 of 2979)

Mrs. Sirius: "Coming to American" by Neil Diamond, that set me off, my girls think I am a bit off.

You are not alone.

Just finished packing, w00t!!

~Kristina

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Julie Aronson - Jul 5, 2006 2:46 am (#1981 of 2979)

Have a safe flight, Tazzy and family!

My Fourth was uneventful, but I'm hoping to accomplish a lot today. I get to start off by trying to fix my boyfriend's TV, for which I need to talk to Sharp's customer service. Then I'm hoping the plumber will stop by so I can get my gasline reconnected. Apparently, I have water in my line. I called the gas company, who sent someone to check out why my water heater kept switching off and why my oven and range top cooked so slowly. The water is disrupting the flow of gas to my appliances. Since I didn't buy the insurance sold by the gas company, I got TOTALLY SHUT OFF until I get a certified repair technician to fix the problem. Pulling My Hair Out

That means no hot water, no dryer, no cooking. Since Sunday. I thought natural gas was supposed to be practical and reliable. Ha. Not to mention that it's going to cost me between $700-1200 to get this fixed up.

grumble...grumble...grumble...walks away shaking head.

Have a great day, everyone!

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azi - Jul 5, 2006 5:04 am (#1982 of 2979)

Hope your gas problems get better soon Julie A! Sounds like a nightmare!

Glad to hear nearly everyone had a nice day yesterday! Hope everything gets better for those that didn't!

I'm scanning pictures from mine and my brothers younger years onto my computer. I think I was a cute toddler.

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Lilly P - Jul 5, 2006 5:49 am (#1983 of 2979)

There was also raw onions and cucumbers floating in what looked like vinegar....needless to say that bowl remained full!! –virginaelizabeth

Those are the BEST! you have to try them next time, I grew up on them, they are like a more mild version of pickles and not as salty and the onions give them a little spice. The marinated onions are GREAT on your hamburgers too! These are a BBQ staple where I'm from!

Anyway, Baby P and I rode the bike down to the parade field to watch the fireworks and she FREAKED out! She thought they were going to fall down and "get" me (she didn't seem concerned about herself, just me) she kept saying "Mommy watch out, they get you" it was so sweet, but she was really scared so I put her back in the bike seat and we left early, but I did get to see a few! Hope everyone else had a great time and didn't "over do it"

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 5, 2006 5:51 am (#1984 of 2979)

Oh, please. I'm not a chick flick, fashion magazine moviegoer, but it's a nice summer movie to go waste some money on on a boring Sunday like we had!! – Finn

But, if you wasted money on The Devil Wears Prada , that would indeed make you a "chick flick, fashion magazine moviegoer," at least for one boring Sunday.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 5, 2006 5:55 am (#1985 of 2979)

Boy, Mrs. Sirius, you must have really been caught in an off moment. Anything coming out of Neil Diamond's mouth makes me want to run for cotton balls. Well, I think now I've figured out how to keep from getting too emotional during those insurance commercials.

Julie, how annoying - I hope you get a technician out right away (sometimes they make you wait). The money along with an extended wait would add insult to injury.

I am beginning to believe that NJ is destined to be swampland. Thunderboomers today and nothing but rain. Well, it does save me from having to go to the school and water all of the annuals.

We had a Husky named Kristie. All we would have to say to get her going was, "Who's there?" and she would jump to her feet and bolt to the door. Nope, no doorbells for her.

azi, maybe you can post some in your profile. I just love baby pics!

I printed your mac salad recipe, Solitaire. Thanks!

Oh, please. I'm not a chick flick, fashion magazine moviegoer, but it's a nice summer movie to go waste some money on on a boring Sunday like we had!!

Come on, Finn. It's good that you know how to get in touch with your feminine side.

Maria

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 5, 2006 6:10 am (#1986 of 2979)

Lilly P., maybe next time I'll try the onions, I'm normally despise raw onions,(I love them cooked!) but it could be good, I just wasn't brave enough to try them!! Glad this wasn't something odd that my grannie dreamed up! Sometimes I worry about he because she can do it sometimes!

Ok just popping in to say bye! I won't be back till Friday! AHHH I'm sooo excitedd! I've heard the Galleria is amazing, but I can't wait to see for myself!!

Bye everyone! Have a great rest of the Week!!

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Marie E. - Jul 5, 2006 6:14 am (#1987 of 2979)

We went to a delicious barbeque yesterday. We didn't have macaroni salad, but there was potato salad and deviled eggs. Mmmmm. We had a pouting moment from Shayla when we got there because I forgot they had a big, above ground pool and the girls didn't have their swimming suits with them. They rounded up some old suit bottoms and t-shirts and everything was happy again. It rained for awhile in the evening, but stopped in time for the fireworks. We ended up sitting right under the fireworks and got hit a couple of time by falling ash and debris. It was a beautiful show.

I want to say thanks to Squid Mike for calling yesterday. It was nice to talk to you in person for a change.

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geauxtigers - Jul 5, 2006 6:22 am (#1988 of 2979)

Well we are fixing to leave for Houston, just checking in before we go. We should be back Friday. GO ASTROS!

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Julie Aronson - Jul 5, 2006 7:33 am (#1989 of 2979)

Thanks for the sympathy!

My favorite macaroni salad is a total cheat:

1 lb. small pasta, cooked

4 hard boiled eggs (or quantity preferred)

2 stalks coarsely chopped celery (or quantity preferred)

1 16 oz. bottle Marzetti slaw dressing (lite is OK--I can't tell the difference)

salt and pepper to taste.

Some people put in onion, but since I hate it, I don't!

Mix everything up in a serving bowl. Cover. Chill for several hours or overnight. Eat. mmmmmmm

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haymoni - Jul 5, 2006 7:45 am (#1990 of 2979)

Sorry, Julie, but you are going to have to do better than that if you plan to cheat.

I buy mine already made at the grocery store.

Slacker Moms Rule!!!

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Denise P. - Jul 5, 2006 7:49 am (#1991 of 2979)

Mr. Denise does the cucumbers/onions/vinegar/seasoning thing occasionally. Some of the kids like it, some don't. I personally don't like macaroni salad but I do like potato salad and pasta salad. We make a potato salad with ranch dressing and bacon that should be outlawed.

Our trip to the retirement community went well. Since I was not the one who set it up, I had no idea we were eating lunch there. Good thing I didn't have the kids eat before we got there. The residents really liked seeing the boys, and Kaitlyn, the lone Girl Scout (dragged along to plump up the numbers) got a lot of attention. She drew the number for the door prize (a flag set)

We went to a fireworks display and I have to admit to being very disappointed in the finale. Usually it goes on for several minutes and is really impressive. Kierynn had to visit the little girls bush (no bathrooms in a field!) right as the finale started and I literally blinked and missed the finale. I could hear others around us commenting on how strange and short it was as well.

Today we have rain. We also have our babysitter, Stacia, coming over this evening. Mr. Denise and I are celebrating our anniversary today. I think we are either going to a Japanese steak house (you know, where they twirl knives and toss eggs at your table) or a Mexican cantina that looks like you don't want to enter if it is dark outside but serves really good food. I have been there, he has not and I think he is tired of hearing me rave about the monster burrito they serve.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 5, 2006 8:01 am (#1992 of 2979)

Thanks, Julie A.! Hope all your gas line problems are solved quickly- and maybe they would give you a huge discount! That really stinks!

I love Macaroni salad! Also love egg salad. THe BBQ we went to yesterday had some awesome Macaroni salad.

ooooh! Denise- I love those Japanese restaurants where they flip eggs and twirl knives! Yum!!

Off to find a nail place that is open.

Have fun in Houston Ginny and Tori!

See you all back in Hawaii!

Have a fabulous RotD/N!

~Kristina

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 5, 2006 8:03 am (#1993 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary, Denise!

Have a safe trip back home, Kristina!

haymoni, I copied your recipe - love it!

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Thora - Jul 5, 2006 8:23 am (#1994 of 2979)

Denise, Happy Aniversary! Hope you have fun in your kid free hours. That's cute about the baptism, I didn't have to plan all that as there were 5 in my ward getting baptised on my friend's birthday. My biggest decision was who I wanted in the cirle to confirm me, and I didn't even care. I do recall that I didn't even think about who would baptise me until my father mentioned he would be doing it, lol. I guess some 8 year olds are just more interested in planning than others.

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Lilly P - Jul 5, 2006 8:31 am (#1995 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary Denise P! I love to go the Japanese restaurant where they throw stuff around, but I always get sushi, Mr. P will only eat the cooked stuff. Safe travels Tazzy! still waiting for our international friends to post some recipes on my forum! come on guys, check it out and copy Denise P's chocolate amarretto cheesecake recipe, I made it and It is to die for! Well I had better get ready to head out to the Physical Therapist, if I don't stretch out before I go, they are cranky and make me do extra exercises! only two more weeks of putting up with them! (siriusly, they are good people and my shoulder is almost back to normal. but it's hard to be nice to them when you are in pain.)

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Denise P. - Jul 5, 2006 8:31 am (#1996 of 2979)

Oh good grief, I didn't even ask her about the confirmation circle!! I don't think I will...I am just going to pick some people that she knows. I don't think she will care anyone. I sure can't remember who was in my circle but when I had it done, it was always done the last saturday of the month at the stake center and then you were confirmed the next day in your own ward.

Funny story, when we bless and name a baby, it is usually done on a newborn. The men gather in a circle and form like a platform with their hands that the baby lays on, the men facing the baby. If you peek, you can see the men generally bounce the baby gently to keep the little tyke happy and quiet (so you can hear the blessing) while they are being blessed. When my oldest two children were adopted, they were 10 and 12. We told them that we were going to have them blessed and named and they needed to pick out some really burly men to help bounce them. Hee hee, my daughter looked really alarmed until I told her we were kidding. (And usually, when someone bigger than a baby is blessed and named, they just sit on a chair).

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haymoni - Jul 5, 2006 9:29 am (#1997 of 2979)

Congrats on the anniversary! Both restaurants sound good to me!

Things are quiet at work right now. Too quiet. That usually means that the afternoon is going to explode!

Ungrateful Son has baseball practice tonight and Hubby thinks he "might" have to work, which means I will race home, shove some sort of edible something into Ungrateful Son's mouth (macaroni salad!) and cart him over to baseball with The Beautifulest One in tow, only to turn around and do it all over again 2 hours later. The Tournament starts this weekend, so maybe my suffering will end shortly.

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Solitaire - Jul 5, 2006 11:19 am (#1998 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary, Mr. & Mrs. Denise!

Julie, in what way is your salad a "cheat"? I don't make my own mayonnaise, for crying out loud! LOL

Here is another good summer salad:

1 package of broccoli-slaw (I use a knife and make the pieces a bit shorter.)
1/2 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion (optional, but it is great)
1 or 2 Fuji apples (my favorite), finely chopped
1 cup drained, juice-packed Dole pineapple tidbits (crushed is too runny, chunks are too big)
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1/2 cup (more if you like) sliced almonds or sunflower seeds (if no one is allergic)
Optional: Make this a "meal" salad by adding diced chicken breast.

Mix well and add Ken's Vidalia Onion dressing to taste. It is sweet and tangy, and I use it in coleslaw! Of course, you can use coleslaw dressing, if you prefer ... but Ken's is better!

The proportions on this salad are not critical, so it is easy to improvise with it. Sometimes I add a package of angel hair coleslaw that I've cut into slightly shorter "strands." You can add, omit, or substitute items pretty easily.

Solitaire

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Madam Pince - Jul 5, 2006 12:34 pm (#1999 of 2979)
Edited Jul 5, 2006 1:09 pm

***Thunk! Falls over in amazement that southern girls Ginny and Tori have never encountered macaroni salad before!*** It's such a staple at any big gatherings I've ever attended!

Mmmmmmm... I love Ken's Sweet Vidalia Onion dressing! It's great on spinach salad, too -- I have a good recipe with spinach and purple onion and mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and mandarin oranges and almonds with a great dressing, but if you want to be lazy then the Ken's dressing is fantastic!

Since we're sharing, here's my macaroni salad one (I made it up when I mistakenly made a double batch of the dressing for my mother-in-law's cucumber/sweet onion salad -- oops. I just threw in a little bit of practically everything in my refrigerator, and it got raves.)

Macaroni Salad
16 oz. elbows or shells, cooked/rinsed/drained
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped bell pepper, any color
1/4 cup chopped onion, sweet or purple
1-2 chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1-2 chopped cucumbers (absolutely necessary in my opinion!)
cheddar cheese cubes
Dressing
1 cup sour cream (can use mayo, but sc is better...)
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp vinegar
1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper


Here's another good one -- from Hotcakes in Charlottesville. It's a lot of work but is extremely tasty and kinda exotic if you want to be fancy for some reason, plus it's good for an outdoor cookout because there's nothing in it like eggs or mayo to go bad:


Sesame Noodles
1 box DeCecco linguine (any good non-sticky brand is fine)
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1 piece fresh ginger (1" diam. x 1/2" thick), minced
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
1/4 cup soybean or peanut oil
1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
Chili paste or hot oil to taste (I use just a dash of hot oil)

Cook pasta al dente and rinse. Combine ginger, garlic, vinegar, and soy sauce. Gradually whisk in oils and add sesame seeds and chili paste. Toss with pasta, peppers, and scallions; garnish with watercress if desired. More flavorful if eaten before chilling. (If you cheat and don't use the fresh ginger and garlic, it will not be the same, so be forewarned! Voice of a slacker-who-tried-to-be-lazy talking here...)

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Solitaire - Jul 5, 2006 12:41 pm (#2000 of 2979)

Both sound wonderful, Madam P, especially the Sesame Noodles! Mmmmmmmmm!! Tell me, have you ever eaten Basque food before? A couple of the places around here--and there are several in town--serve a wonderful dish of marinated sliced tomatoes and purple onions. The dressing is amazing but, try as I might, I have not been able to duplicate it. I'll have to go and have them again ... and pay closer attention! LOL

Solitaire

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Julie Aronson - Jul 5, 2006 12:49 pm (#2001 of 2979)

The Sesame Noodles sound good! Soli, it's a cheat because I just use the dressing straight from the jar. I'm a bit compulsive about doctoring things up, but I leave this one alone!


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Madam Pince - Jul 5, 2006 12:50 pm (#2002 of 2979)

(Separate post in case anyone prints recipes....)

I love marinated tomatoes and onions, Solitaire! I have many recipes for those... (Have you tried asking the restaurant for the recipe? Sometimes they will, sometimes they won't. I'm still ticked at one local restaurant who won't give me their chicken salad recipe -- it's curried and has dried cranberries, etc., and is heavenly! Grrrrrr....)

Happy Anniversary, Denise and Mr. Denise! Have a great evening!

Catherine, sorry to hear about the jellyfish! We're on the Chesapeake Bay, too, and I've been seeing the warning signs at the parks about jellyfish, but we haven't encountered any yet. Usually heavy rains like we've had lately decrease the salinity of the Bay a bit and that lowers the jelly population somewhat, but it doesn't seem to be the case this time.

However, the high water table with all the rain has caused the ants to head for higher ground (aka: "my house") -- they're all over the place again. I brought out the Terro and have spent the last few days restraining myself from squashing them, because I want them to carry the poison back to wherever they come from...***shudder***

We went down to the beach near our house to watch the fireworks across the Bay -- it was pretty neat to be able to hear the waves crashing and see the heat lightning (nature's fireworks!) in the distance combined with the pretty man-made fireworks, which were far enough away that we didn't have a lot of noise or worry about falling ash. Moron Boy must've gone to someone else's house for a Fourth party, because I didn't hear him anymore all day after the morning. Or else maybe he burned himself and ended up in the ER, who knows. Our poor dog was a mess because of the on-and-off thunderstorms anyway, so it didn't matter. (We're having another one now, by the way, and she's going ballistic -- chases her tail for some reason... panic, I guess... I try to soothe her but nothing seems to work...)

We also had our annual viewing of the movie musical 1776, a big favorite in our house. It makes me want to be a history teacher, because I think it should be required viewing in all U.S. History classes -- it makes learning history fun! "Sit down, John; you're obnoxious and disliked you know it's true!"

I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a disgrace; two useless men are a law firm; and three or more useless men are a congress! --John Adams

So many fun quotes from that movie! Plus I love seeing The White Shadow as Thomas Jefferson! (really showing my age there...)

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Solitaire - Jul 5, 2006 1:13 pm (#2003 of 2979)
Edited Jul 5, 2006 2:17 pm

**singing to self** He plays the violin, he tucks it right under his chin.
And he bows, oh he bows, for he knows, yes he knows,
That it's hi-hi-hi-diddle diddle,
It's my heart, Tom and his fiddle
My strings are unstrung ... Hi-hi-hi-hi, I am undone..."

I'd forgotten all about 1776, even though I loved it! I guess I'll have to spring for that one, too! Thanks for the memory!

Solitaire

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Denise P. - Jul 5, 2006 1:33 pm (#2004 of 2979)

Thanks for the anniversary wishes all but it was last week....when I had my wedding photo up

I posted two salad recipes over on Lilly's forum but if you click my profile info, you can find them there.

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Madam Pince - Jul 5, 2006 1:53 pm (#2005 of 2979)

***Giggles at Solitaire's song*** "Why, John, you can dance!?!"

Mr. Pince is desperately in love with Blythe Danner as Martha Jefferson. He was working as an usher in a theatre when the movie first came out, and he said he stayed overtime for the entire run of the show because he just wanted to gaze at her.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 5, 2006 1:56 pm (#2006 of 2979)

I enjoyed 1776 as well especially the songs “Sit Down John!” and “Momma Look Sharp”

I remember in high school my government professor made the students conduct a mock up of continental congress sessions that lead up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and a mock Constitutional Convention and on both occasion he assigned me the role of Benjamin Franklin.

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Thora - Jul 5, 2006 2:30 pm (#2007 of 2979)

Hmmm I'll have to add 1776 to my movie list, I saw it on stage once, and loved it.

Denise, that is so funny about the bounce thing, it made a great mental picture of all the burly men I've known in various wards lifting a little me on the stand, lol.

Odd though... no jello in your recipies Wink

Thora

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HungarianHorntail13 - Jul 5, 2006 2:37 pm (#2008 of 2979)
Edited Jul 5, 2006 3:31 pm

I hate it when Trev has to go get his shots. He screams and cries, just like me and mom.

I hope everyone had a great 4th!

I LOVE fireworks! We buy them in stores when we're on vacation and shoot them off back at home. The only problem is that it's illegal where we live.... The only things that aren't illegal here are snaps and maybe sparklers.

Lol Madam Pince, you probably wouldn't want me as a neighbor. We love lighting off fireworks. The noisy ones.

I sat for the remainder of the evening on the porch with my hand in a bowl of ice. ~ Tazzy

Lol, I'm trying to picture someone burning themselves on a grill with a sparkler. I'm sorry for my cruelty everyone........ That probably hurt alot!

Has anyone here seen 'Harry Potter Puppet Pals' or the sequel? I'm going to put the links in my profile for anyone who hasn't.

I'm kinda tiny... I'm only 85 pounds and I'm 13. I'm about 5 feet tall. I don't know anything about converting that to metrics, sorry.

Cobain is so cute! Trevor was fat like that when he was a few months old, but he's thinned out alot.

._Olivia

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Lilly P - Jul 5, 2006 3:27 pm (#2009 of 2979)

Tell me, have you ever eaten Basque food before? A couple of the places around here--and there are several in town--serve a wonderful dish of marinated sliced tomatoes and purple onions. The dressing is amazing but, try as I might, I have not been able to duplicate it. I'll have to go and have them again ... and pay closer attention! LOL – Solitaire



Do you know the exact name of the dish Solitaire? I'm half-Basque and I have several Basque cookbooks that I could look in for you. Do you mind my asking where you live? I visit California every so often and would love trying out a new Basque restaurant, I have posted several Basque recipes on my worldcrossing forum, please check them out! I will be posting more of them soon!

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Solitaire - Jul 5, 2006 4:22 pm (#2010 of 2979)

Lilly, I am in Bakersfield. My favorite Basque restaurant is Benji's, which is French Basque. The food is a bit less "heavy," I think. Other Basque restaurants that I know here in town are Noriega Hotel, Wool Growers Restaurant, Pyrenees Cafe, Maitia's, Chateau Basque, and Chalet Basque. Benji's is not even a mile west of the 99 Hwy. on Rosedale Highway, so if you are close, it is worth visiting.

About the dish, it is tomatoes, purple onions, and green (bell?) peppers marinated in some sort of dressing. I've had it at both Benji's and Wool Growers, and though the two taste similar, I prefer Benji's version.

Solitaire

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Madam Pince - Jul 5, 2006 4:44 pm (#2011 of 2979)

Solitaire, it's a good thing that “He Plays the Violin” is a good song to vacuum and mop to, because I've been humming it all afternoon now after reading your post!

Olivia, I love fireworks too! Just not at 8:30 in the morning... and continuing all day long... for a month.... I know your Mom wouldn't allow you to do that!

Double episodes of Lost again tonight, Loopy....

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Solitaire - Jul 5, 2006 5:03 pm (#2012 of 2979)

**mentally picturing Madam Pince dancing around the house with her vacuum and mop, sort of like a female Fred Astaire**

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HungarianHorntail13 - Jul 5, 2006 5:08 pm (#2013 of 2979)

Lol, Dad might let me, (he loves 'em too!) but I would either get sick of it or run out. Or get caught by the cops....

We have many neighbors that do them at all parts of the day, and makes me think "Ok, so we're not the only rule breakers around here...." or "Are we as annoying as them?" And then if it doesn't stop after an hour or the people start screaming, it gets annoying. I understand how you feel. >_<

._Olivia

Edited for a spelling mistake.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 5, 2006 5:10 pm (#2014 of 2979)

Just not at 8:30 in the morning... and continuing all day long... for a month....

LOL! It takes us a year to use up two bags of fireworks, Madam Pince. That should give you some idea.

Solitaire, I was set to try your last recipe and I spent about 10 minutes staring at all of the Ken's dressings. I could not remember which one it was (I was thinking red onion, hence would not commit to the Vidalia Onion flavor). Egad, my memory stinks. I will definitely remember tomorrow - that is if I can get out to the store.

Off for a bike ride. (I hope.)

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Tazzygirl - Jul 5, 2006 5:15 pm (#2015 of 2979)

I found internet at the airport!!! w00t! The internet they had at LAX (Los Angeles) was messed up, it said I was connected, but yet I couldn't get access. Oh well. BTW, the airport in Phoenix is weird.

All those recipes sound delicious!

I have never been stung by jelly fish **knocks on wood**. We get the warnings for the box jellyfish once a month in Hawaii- they always come with the full moon. A couple months ago it was reported 300 people were stung on Waikiki beach along.

6 more loooooong hours and I'm home!

~Kristina

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Mediwitch - Jul 5, 2006 5:48 pm (#2016 of 2979)

I think some of my neighbors read their calendars wrong - it was quiet yesterday, and now they are shooting off bottle rockets and firecrackers!

The White Shadow used to live in my town, but he sold his house before I moved here. (Mr. Mediwitch lived here then, though.)

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Choices - Jul 5, 2006 5:56 pm (#2017 of 2979)

We have jelly fish in the Gulf of Mexico and I was stung many times as a kid - they must not be as bad though cause all we did was pick up a hand full of sand from the bottom and rub the spot we got stung. That would take care of it.

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John Bumbledore - Jul 5, 2006 6:05 pm (#2018 of 2979)

Pardon me, I seem to have stumbled into the wrong thread. Has the Chat and Greeting Thread been moved to the kitchen?

Well, I don't have a recipe but I did want to stop in and say that I have returned from vacation. I missed you all! (((Hugs)))

From food to jelly fish... sounds like the word association game over on Lilly P's forum.

Please pardon me for not reading the 450 plus post... yet. When I get caught up at work an enough sleep (long hours driving) I will try to catch up.

Happy remembrances to those who have had recent celebrations, healing charms to any who need them, strengthening and patience charms to all mothers with children out of school and good luck to the "The's" and any others embarking on new adventures.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

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Marie E. - Jul 5, 2006 6:41 pm (#2019 of 2979)

Welcome back, John.

My friend would like to get her 8 year old son baptized but his dad objects to it. My friend says it would be one thing if his dad actually had a church that he supported but he doesn't even attend one. Sometimes they go to dad's live-in girlfriend's church, but I hardly think that counts.

I have a jar of Jelly Bellies next to the computer and I just got a popcorn one. Mmmmmm.

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Puck - Jul 5, 2006 6:41 pm (#2020 of 2979)

Welcome back, John!

I feel as if I have been away, as I had to read over 70 posts, but it was only since yesterday! Chatty people!

Great. Baby's crying. She has not been sleeping well, and thus I haven't either.

We watched the fireworks from Target parking lot. It's on a cliff above the field. You can see them, but it's not loud. Perfect, as my son is afraid of loud noises. It was lovely, though late. I was hoping the children would sleep in this morning, but alas, they were all up before 7am. (Baby was also awake quite a bit of the night.)

Even sparklers are illegal in Massachusetts. You don't really get in trouble for having them, but you can't buy any. My problem with neighbors using fireworks is that I find the remnants in my lawn.

Well, I want to go read my book!

Cheers!

kathy

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Solitaire - Jul 5, 2006 6:43 pm (#2021 of 2979)

it said I was connected, but yet I couldn't get access

Tazzy, I have been having the same trouble here at home with my wireless internet connection. It says the connection is good, yet there is limited or no connectivity. I mean, it worked perfectly for months, and then boom! No net! Even now, when I am using a direct modem connection (to the same ISP, because it is faster than the ISP on my desktop), occasionally it does not work. What's with that?

I called the ISP, but they said to check my connections. Gee, why didn't I think of that? Honestly, isn't that the first thing one does automatically, when the connection isn't working--check all the cables, modems, etc.? I cannot figure out why this ISP is so temperamental. Anyway, I know how you feel!

BTW, John ... why not try one of our recipes? hehe You might like them!

Solitaire

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Regan of Gong - Jul 5, 2006 7:00 pm (#2022 of 2979)

I hope you can forgive me as well, I'm in an internet cafe for an hour or so, so I didn't have time to read 150 posts.

Jellyfish here in Australia as well, blue bottles and box jellyfish. I've only been stung once, and that wasn't bad at all because it didn't wrap around me. Some people can get horrible stings and swelling if it wraps round your arm, leg, chest, face etc. etc. There was a myth recently where part of a box jellyfish was preserved in water inside a coke bottle for lab testing of some sort and put into the lifeguard's fridge. A lifeguard came in off duty and had a drink and swallowed part of the Jellyfish. The story says he survived though. Only an urban myth though, as far as anyone knows.

Funny...sparklers are the only legally available "firework" here in Australia. Wire a few hundred together and it's quite impressive, especially if the sides are wrapped in foil. 10ft+ high, 3ft wide...pretty impressive. But I didn't tell you that.

Going to check threads/catch up Potty 5 words

Regan

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Denise P. - Jul 5, 2006 7:20 pm (#2023 of 2979)

I have never been stung by a jelly fish but I did sit on a piece of fire coral once. It was in a rather tender area, obviously since I had sat on it, and I was horribly embarassed that my sister's mother had to put meat tenderizer on it. I still have a scar on my leg where a huge wave crashed me into a giant piece of brain coral. This was in the Red Sea, many eons ago.

Mr. Denise and I ended up going to the knife flipping, egg tossing Japanese steak house. We had not been in years so it was nice that they changed the menu for the better. It was bizarre, I saw all kinds of people I knew in there. It was kinda funny because Mr. Denise would ask how I knew so and so. "I know him from Scouts, he is the Cubmaster, his wife is a nurse." "Oh, her daughter is in Kaitlyn's Brownie troop. Her husband is Deon, her son is Deon and her daughter is Dionne." (No kidding, they really are).

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 5, 2006 7:57 pm (#2024 of 2979)

Between us and two of our neighbors we probably set off a thousand dollars worth of fireworks last night. We fired up our symbols of freedom too! (Harleys). Had a ball!

Welcome back John, hope you had a good time. You were missed.

What book are you reading Kathy?

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Finn BV - Jul 5, 2006 8:11 pm (#2025 of 2979)

Welcome back John!

Eek, didn't read through 50 posts either…

Enjoy the RotD!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 5, 2006 8:45 pm (#2026 of 2979)

Welcome back, John!!

Olivia and Priscilla are upstairs trying to vacuum up a large moth. They are making such a fuss and I am dying with laughter. Olivia spent about ten minutes trying to persuade me to go up and get it for them. I told her she's 13 now and needs to learn to do these things on her own. :insertevilgrinsmiley: Screaming, bumping, shouts, 'No, you get it!' and it goes on and on! LOL.

I just hope they don't wake Trevor and/or Mr. HH.

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Chemyst - Jul 5, 2006 9:02 pm (#2027 of 2979)

Mix well and add Ken's Vidalia Onion dressing…~ Solitaire ? I love Ken's Sweet Vidalia Onion dressing! ~ Madame Pince[

Ken’s onions make everything better. ** sigh **

…on both occasions he assigned me the role of Benjamin Franklin. ~ Nathan Zimmermann

Now that radically alters my mental image of you! You just aged gracefully.

Olivia and Priscilla are upstairs trying to vacuum up a large moth. ~HH11

So, it is alive?

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Solitaire - Jul 5, 2006 9:34 pm (#2028 of 2979)

Chemyst, Ken makes the best dressings ever! I've tried several of his, but the Vidalia Onion is the most versatile. I have used it in coleslaw, salad, sandwiches, as a veggie dip, and even warm--as a dip for those soy "chik'n" fingers and as a sauce over steamed or sautéed veggies. Mmmmmmmm!!

Solitaire

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 6, 2006 5:10 am (#2029 of 2979)

Double episodes of Lost again tonight, Loopy-- Madame Pince

I know. It was bliss.

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Lavandula - Jul 6, 2006 5:26 am (#2030 of 2979)

Greetings Everyone,

I haven't been around for several months due to my school schedule and my children's activities. It sure is great to finally get back here and get caught up on reading my favorite threads.

Marie- You mentioned earlier "I bought her Pediasure (a flavored nutritional supplement drink) but she doesn't like the taste." I too have a son with ADD/ADHD and his medication takes away his appetite as well. He is just now, after two years, back to his previous weight prior to starting on the meds. My doctor suggested Pediasure, but he wasn't that fond of it either. I switched to the adult version Ensure and have had great results. He likes the taste and will often drink two a day. It also contains more nutrients, fat, carbohydrates, etc. Perhaps this will help you.

Lilly P- I posted on your recipe forum. I thought the rhubarb would be considered a unique regional vegetable which would fit in with your idea. It will be great to see some international recipes coming in!!

Birthday and Anniversary wishes to all!!

Congratulations to the French in their win in World Cup yesterday. My daughter is in France right now, so I bet there is jubilation everywhere!!!!!!

Cathy

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Chemyst - Jul 6, 2006 5:29 am (#2031 of 2979)

...the Vidalia Onion is the most versatile. I have used it in coleslaw, salad, sandwiches, as a veggie dip, and even warm--as a dip for those soy "chik'n" fingers and as a sauce over steamed or sauted veggies. — Solitaire

Yes, just don't forget my boys' favorite: chicken wraps. And if I substitute thin-sliced strawberries for the tomato in a spinich & bacon salad using Ken's, they'll eat their dark greens without coaxing too!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 6, 2006 6:12 am (#2032 of 2979)

So, it is alive? – Chemyst

Is it alive. . .well, yes, it was. As a matter of fact, I'm quite certain it was dive-bombing them. :Ireallyneedanevilsmiley:

Welcome back, Cathy!

And congrats to France!

Maria

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 6, 2006 6:20 am (#2033 of 2979)

When I was pregnant with the girls, towards the end of the pregnancy the doctors wanted me to gain more weight. They prescribed Ensure. I took it eagerly the first day but after that I found the taste just awful and by day 3 couldn't even look at the can, ughhh. The nurses (heroes) recommend the Carnation Instant Breakfast mix with my favorite ice cream blended into a milk shake. That was great, I could have as much as I wanted safely gain weight.

We have considered it for my son but so far he seems fine.

Boy, Mrs. Sirius, you must have really been caught in an off moment. Anything coming out of Neil Diamond's mouth makes me want to run for cotton balls. Well, I think now I've figured out how to keep from getting too emotional during those insurance commercials.

My husband runs for the cotton balls for Neil Diamond, but to put in his ears. It just goes to show you, as New Yorker, and one that "Come to America" I just love that man and his music. He was part of my growing up there.

Edit: Hi Marie, do you ever sleep?

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Marie E. - Jul 6, 2006 6:22 am (#2034 of 2979)

I forgot all about Carnation Instant Breakfast mix! I drank it when I was pregnant with Lexie. I was having trouble gaining weight because of all the morning sickness (at 28 weeks I hadn't gained anything). I began drinking the breakfast drink as a morning snack and eating a lot of Dairy Queen blizzards. At 32 weeks I had gained 9 pounds!

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azi - Jul 6, 2006 7:31 am (#2035 of 2979)

Welcome back John! Hope you had a great holiday! See you on Potty Games soon.

Glad to hear about the jobs Lizzy! I hope things continue to go well!

Welcome back Lavandula!

Beautiful weather here. Warm but with a nice breeze.

Nice days to all!

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Denise P. - Jul 6, 2006 7:33 am (#2036 of 2979)

Chemyst, I am much more sneaky with dark greens. I finely chop spinach and add it to ground beef before I cook it. If a child asks, I just say it is spices and they eat it.

The Carnation Instant Breakfast shake is what I had to gain weight when I was pregnant with Iain. I would have to add fruit, ice cream and oil. Yep, oil because I wasn't getting enough fat in my diet and I don't like to put butter on vegetables.

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Puck - Jul 6, 2006 8:22 am (#2037 of 2979)

I gained weight fine while pregnant.

My favorite dressing is Brianna's Poopyseed. Nasty amount of fat, but super yummy. Brianna's Strawberry or Raspberry vinaigrette are great for spinach salad. I add walnuts and berries.

her son is Deon and her daughter is Dionne." (No kidding, they really are). I have a friend who named her twins Taylor and Tyler. Yeah, like that didn't stop being cute after about 10 minutes.

TBE, I just finished reading The Baby Game by Randall Hicks. The main character is a sarcastic lawyer, so I thought of Loopy often. Actually, for a mystery involving murder and kidnapping, it was actually a light read. Good story. Bad editing though. Way too many typos. (They used spell check, not grammar check, so you'd get "listed" instead of "listen" and a few misplaced quotation marks.

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Eponine - Jul 6, 2006 8:40 am (#2038 of 2979)

My favorite dressing is Brianna's Poopyseed – Puck

Puck, I hope that's a typo!

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Holly T. - Jul 6, 2006 8:42 am (#2039 of 2979)

Kathy, I hope you meant "poppyseed" ;-)

I didn't have any trouble gaining weight while pregnant either! I did have a problem losing it afterward. Does it still count as baby weight if your baby is 8?

I don't trust spell check or grammar check. Too unreliable. I hate it when niggly editing mistakes clutter up books. Like when a character sprains an ankle early in the book, then a few chapters later there is a reference to her broken ankle. Or when in a series the names of some of the secondary characters change, yet it's the same person--like somebody's mother suddenly has a different first name--how hard would it have been for the author to check? The editor certainly should have.

My daughter was in class one year twins named Taelyr and Tyla. My husband's cousin's kids--not twins--are Kaydon and Kaytlin, which confuses me anyway, especially when you consider his other cousins have among them Haden, Brayden, and Haley. Nothing wrong with any of those names, necessarily, but try saying them all together.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 6, 2006 8:42 am (#2040 of 2979)

My husband runs for the cotton balls for Neil Diamond, but to put in his ears. That is exactly what I meant, Mrs. Sirius. I've figured out how to keep from getting too emotional during those insurance commercials. - Now I'll just think of Neil Diamond singing.

My favorite dressing is by far, Papaya Seed Dressing which I have only been able to get in Hawaii. **glances in Kristina's direction**

Speaking of Kristina, how was your trip home??? Still recuperating from jet lag?

ROTFL Puck!! I just realized what Eponine and Holly meant!

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Catherine - Jul 6, 2006 8:53 am (#2041 of 2979)

Ahh, nuts.

Everyone beat me to the "poopyseeds"! Where is that sic smiley when you need one? *glances in Chemyst's direction*

Denise and Chemyst--excellent suggestion for the greens. I think I will try the strawberries on the greens tonight, as I am not fond of raw tomatoes.

I may have mentioned this before, but I don't trust spell-check either, and encourage my students to actually get another human being to read their papers. Last semester I got an email from a student in which the word "inconvenience" was changed to "incontinence." One student turned in an annotated bibliography with "Attention Deficit Disorder" changed to "Attention Defecate Disorder."

Not good when your spelling program references body functions!

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 6, 2006 9:36 am (#2042 of 2979)

Last semester I got an email from a student in which the word "inconvenience" was changed to "incontinence." One student turned in an annotated bibliography with "Attention Deficit Disorder" changed to "Attention Defecate Disorder." – Catherine

Hehe. I try to figure out how to turn off any automatic changer deal and spell-check word by word, accepting or rejecting suggested changes as appropriate. I also read the darn hard copy because you will always find something else that spell-check won't catch. No one has mentioned what program they're using, but all this reminds me that there is one thing I hate more than The Village : Microsoft Word. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I hate, hate, hate, this program with a passion, in particular the way it tries to "help" me. WordPerfect was a perfectly good program, but I have to use Word at work because the rest of the world does and half the time my document recipients cannot open any document that WordPerfect touched. Yes, I know you ostensibly can "save as" a Word document or purportedly turn a Word document into a WordPerfect document. Lies! Ok, I'm done now, but would just say that I would gleefully give up 5-10 years of freedom if I could just get my hands around the necks of whoever developed Word for just 5 minutes or so.

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Lina - Jul 6, 2006 9:40 am (#2043 of 2979)

Loopy, you can always switch the Word helping off. That's one of the first thing I do after installing it.

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 6, 2006 9:44 am (#2044 of 2979)

I've tried that too, but it keeps doing it. I'm not just talking about the stupid paper clip: ("It looks like you're writing a suicide note. Would you like some help"?) I send him packing right away too. I’m talking about the weird formatting things like how it will format and mess with my numbered paragraphs for me.

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Thora - Jul 6, 2006 9:59 am (#2045 of 2979)

LOL, it's a good thing is didn't do sit-ups yesterday, I'd be in some serious pain.

Loopy, I know what you mean about the auto-formatting. How many times do you have to erase a blinking bullet before the dumb program doesn't stick it back in? eeesh!

Denise, "I finely chop spinach and add it to ground beef before I cook it. If a child asks, I just say it is spices and they eat it." That's just devious... but come to think of it we did that with portabella mushrooms a week or so ago.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 6, 2006 10:26 am (#2046 of 2979)

Loopy, we can start a support group. I completely understand, as that is the program I am stuck with here. Did you ever try to highlight something specific and it constantly and consistently runs past it??? How about typing in a name it doesn't recognize and automatically "corrects" it. And as it seems to be controlled by Peeves, it does not shut off.

All that having been said, I have but two words for you: Anger Management

Boy, if I knew you, I'd feel compelled to send you the Village DVD. :Iwillsoonbeginasearchforanevilsmiley:

EDIT: Anyone hear from kaykay?? Is everything alright? Just wondering, as the last I heard, they'd lost their Simba.

Olivia, there is a testing site for that. I'll show you.

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HungarianHorntail13 - Jul 6, 2006 10:33 am (#2047 of 2979)

Welcome back John!

Yes, last night I almost peed in my pants because I had to vacuum up a creepy looking moth. It was odd looking. It was white/gray and looked more like a deformed rock than a bug. It tried to fly away as I sucked it up. >_< Thanks for the help Mom.

Denise and Thora, that's wrong to lie to kids! )Sad

......Bother!

._Olivia

Edit x : I deleted all the other edits so you don't have to read through it. : )

Edit again: Loopy, I like you South Park devil!

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Holly T. - Jul 6, 2006 10:40 am (#2048 of 2979)

I considered it a personal victory when I finally convinced Word to quit automatically superscripting things like the st in 1st. That was driving me insane. I finally convinced my boss to buy us some translators when I explained to him that whenever we received a document in Word Perfect I had to e-mail it to my husband (who doesn't work for the same company I do), who would open the document in Word Perfect, save it in Word, then e-mail it back to me. Anything Word wants to do automatically, from formatting to spelling, is not to be trusted and should probably be disabled.

One time somehow my defaults got messed up and the spell check was using British English, so it was putting red lines under words like "favor," "color," etc.

My latest computer problem--my iTunes playlists on my computer have all disappeared. The IT guy was here so I asked him about it. I didn't want to bother him as my ability to listen to music is not exactly work related, but he came and looked at it because he was concerned that someone else might have somehow had access to my compute, which he determined had not happened, but he has no idea where my music went.

Editing because I forgot to say welcome back to John!

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 6, 2006 10:42 am (#2049 of 2979)

Loopy, we can start a support group. I completely understand, as that is the program I am stuck with here. -- HungarianHorntail 11

Just tell me where the meetings are and I'll be there. Before I had learned to shut off the "auto-speller," Word kept correcting the word "tortious." "Tortious" is the adjective form of "tort" and is probably not in any dictionaries but is used in legalese all the time. Word kept changing it to "tortuous" and, indeed, dealing with Word is pure torture.

Boy, if I knew you, I'd feel compelled to send you the Village DVD. :Iwillsoonbeginasearchforanevilsmiley: -- HungarianHorntail11

Don't make me go tortious on you!

I considered it a personal victory when I finally convinced Word to quit automatically superscripting things like the st in 1st.-- Holly T.

I might not have minded that except that my experience has been that it is not consistent. I don't mind having a superscripted "st" in "1st" so long as I get a superscripted "nd" in "2nd."

And, let me be preemptive to anyone who would defend Word. I know there's probably ways to stop all this madness, turn this off, turn that off, and I appreciate any offers to explain how to do these tasks. But, my very point would be that I shouldn't need a freakin' tutorial! All these "helpful" features should start "off" and if I want them, I should have to figure out how to turn them on.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 6, 2006 10:55 am (#2050 of 2979)

Loopy, is that a picture of you? (Ignoring second line of information.)

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Tazzygirl - Jul 6, 2006 11:27 am (#2051 of 2979)

Well, I am back in my apartment! The trip went fairly smoothly- the plane I was in for the six hours actually had room for my feet. Very comfortable. I started to unpack when I got in last night, but when I realized how much stuff I brought back with me, I threw it all back in the suitcases. Need to find places for everything. Haven't seen Syd or 'Thaniel yet, and since I haven't seen them in a month, I am pretty excited!

Welcome back, John!

I love poppyseed dressing too, and Cesar. Maria- I have seen the Papaya dressing, but have never tried it!

My aunt drank Ensure while pregnant with 'Thaniel. I think she loved it.

I love Word. There are some times that I can't stand when it starts doing things for me (like the Outline format), but pretty much everything else is okay by me.

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Jul 6, 2006 11:32 am (#2052 of 2979)

Here is a good "yucky face" we might add. What do you think?

Solitaire

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 6, 2006 11:42 am (#2053 of 2979)

I like it, Solitaire! How did you do it?

Now, if I can only find an evil smiley - kind of like the one that looks like Loopy.

Maria

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Amilia Smith - Jul 6, 2006 11:51 am (#2054 of 2979)

Loopy, I absolutely and completely agree about everything you have said about Word. The other thing I hate about it is that it does not have the Reveal Codes feature that WP does. Which means that you can never figure out WHY it is doing whatever crazy thing it is doing.

If I am sending a document to someone who just needs to read it, rather than change it, I just write it up in WP and then convert to PDF. Now, if I am working on a group project, and everyone has to add their input, I have to go to the school computer labs and use the evil Word.

Mills.

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Madam Pince - Jul 6, 2006 11:58 am (#2055 of 2979)

***Is cracking up laughing at the "poopyseeds"***

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azi - Jul 6, 2006 12:17 pm (#2056 of 2979)

The worst thing about Word for me is making any pictures/graphs and the text go where you want it to. It just doesn't like to fit...no matter which formatting I use!

That and my version keeps switching to US English. Very annoying.

Glad to hear you're back safetly, Tazzy!

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Esther Rose - Jul 6, 2006 12:24 pm (#2057 of 2979)

Okay while we are on the subject of rants on Word. I have one specific one.

Mail merging from Excel with telephone numbers. The phone number will automatically format in Excel (Because I set it up to do just that) but once it is in word the phone numbers lose all of their dashes and parenthesis so that it looks like one long 10 digit number. (American)

Most annoying with Fax Memos. Grrr.

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Holly T. - Jul 6, 2006 12:59 pm (#2058 of 2979)

Hmm, maybe Azi and I should trade versions of Word since mine wants to use British English and hers wants to use American?  

Kristina--did you get your nails fixed?

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azi - Jul 6, 2006 1:01 pm (#2059 of 2979)

Good idea Holly, hehe!

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kaykay1970 - Jul 6, 2006 2:13 pm (#2060 of 2979)

I am still here HH! I have just been busy. My hubby is on vacation from work this week. I am behind on all the threads except this one. I may have to press the magic button...

I liked the rhyming names conversation. In 1989 my Dad got 4 new grandchildren. Brian was born in January and Ryan in March. My eldest child was due in May. For two months my Dad sang a little song every time I saw him. "We have Brian and Ryan and KayKay a tryin..."  

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Lina - Jul 6, 2006 2:25 pm (#2061 of 2979)

Loopy Lupin: All these "helpful" features should start "off" and if I want them, I should have to figure out how to turn them on.

Well, maybe it's just the point. If you had all those features turned to off, you would never feel the need to explore and learn new things! This way you are just forced to learn more about computers and you have to feel younger. Maybe you should just explore the Tools --> AutoCorrect options for the beginning. At least you speak English and have a program that is in English, that should make things simpler. I have users who don't understand a word in English, so I can't even tell them to read Help, I have just to do things for them. And it has become even worse since they decided to translate the menus and Help in Croatian, because now I don't understand anything...

Talking about users, one of them got the "Mail Delivery Subsystem" message telling that the e-mail she sent couldn't be delivered because the address doesn't exist. Well, she thought that it was some Professor Delaware writing to her and that she had to forward that important message to someone else...

***waving to Kay*** You were mentioned in the chat room today...

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Catherine - Jul 6, 2006 2:30 pm (#2062 of 2979)

Yay! I have IM again!! No more flooding of folks' intray.

*looks apologetically at her forum friends*

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boop - Jul 6, 2006 3:48 pm (#2063 of 2979)

Welcome Back John!!

Welcome Back Cathy!!

Kristina, glad to hear you had a safe trip home.

Have a great ROTD everyone!!

hugs always

boop

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Chemyst - Jul 6, 2006 4:38 pm (#2064 of 2979)

   All these "helpful" features should start "off" and if I want them, I should have to figure out how to turn them on. – Loopy

I was just about to brave the red squiggly under the repeated word and the curly smart quotes to shout, "Hear hear!" until I read this:

  If you had all those features turned to off, you would never feel the need to explore and learn new things! This way you are just forced to learn more about computers and you have to feel younger. – Lina

 ...and now my vanity is such that I'd rather be young and turn them off myself!

Some HTML tags are changing too. I recently found out that the old simple < b > for bold is being replaced by < strong > as in bold is strong and the < i > for italic is an < em > for emphasis. I am feeling younger by the minute!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 6, 2006 5:40 pm (#2065 of 2979)

Holly: Kristina--did you get your nails fixed?

Nope! My nails don't look too bad, they are just longer than I normally have them. I have a to do list going, and finding a nail place here is on the top!

LOL, Kay, on the song your dad used to sing!

Off to the grocery store, and get the oil changed on my car, and buy more hangers for all the clothes I bought in California! (I just finished unpacking now... takes forever!)

~Kristina

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Lilly P - Jul 6, 2006 6:03 pm (#2066 of 2979)

are we still looking for a sic smile and a evil one? I think I found some, lets see if I can transfer them on to here. Sickly Devil Star 18

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Puck - Jul 6, 2006 6:47 pm (#2067 of 2979)

Lilly, those are great! Love Harry & Hedgewig!

***Is cracking up laughing at the "poopyseeds"***

Oops! I tend to type while nursing the baby and shooing the cat off my laptop, while the other kids destroy the house I keep trying to clean. I did mean poppyseed. (ROTL)

Perhaps some of Catherine's students would like the "poopyseed" dressing.

We went to see Dora the Explorer: LIVE this afternoon. Diva had a blast. The other two enjoyed it as well. I noticed it in the paper when I was checking the time for fireworks. I got tickets as a last minute surprise for the kids. (Normally they sell out well ahead, but the holiday week was slow.)

Maria, did you lose a star?

Cheers!

Kathy

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Solitaire - Jul 6, 2006 6:56 pm (#2068 of 2979)

Lily, I got a "no hot-linking" message stuck on those that I used (I didn't hot-link), so ... I deleted them. I hope you don't get one, too. The odd thing is that I've seen those emoticons on lots of places that are not MSN.com! Go figure ... Anyway, I guess we need to send any new smilies to Kip and they will program them properly. *sigh*

Solitaire

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Finn BV - Jul 6, 2006 6:56 pm (#2069 of 2979)

Hi Lavandula, welcome back!

My favorite dressing is Brianna's Poopyseed - Puck

Puck, I hope that's a typo! –Eponine


SPEW!!

("It looks like you're writing a suicide note. Would you like some help"?) –Loopy

And there's another !! Loopy (and others… Maria and Holly, it seems), I didn't like Word at first either, because I was an AppleWorks person and I was so mad when teachers sent me assignments or something in Word and I couldn't open them. But… I learned to like it – there are some really cool things you can do with Word which most people don't know about unless they play with it. Then again, you really have to be a real tech geek like me to appreciate them.

Tortious is the adjective form of "tort" and is probably not in any dictionaries but is used in legalese all the time. --Loopy again

… which… makes it not a word that anybody cares about. Just kidding!

And erm, so much for my little paragraph above, now that I've read your preempt.

Glad the flight was safe, Kristina!

And, azi, um… **says very quickly "youhavetochangethewrappingintheimageformattingpalletteandyoucanalsosetthedefaultlanguage"**

Good to see you kaykay!

**tries using … em? em.**

are we still looking for a sic smile --Lilly P.

LOL! Not sick! [sic]! See here. I think the sic smilie should be like a "talk to the hand."

So, we have some exciting news in our family… my aunt had a baby this morning! Hooray! The name is still not yet decided however… **waits impatiently**

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Denise P. - Jul 6, 2006 7:22 pm (#2070 of 2979)

We can't program new smilies, all the built in ones are from WX, not us.

I go out walking with Kaity since she is working on her Junior Walking for Fitness badge. Last night we went 1.84 miles at a 18:26 pace. Tonight we went 2.34 miles at a 16:28 pace! I was really surprised because she didn't complain once and really picked up her pace.

Tomorrow I go pick up my two Boy Scouts from camp, then I need to get the Cub Scout and Girl Scout packed up for their camps next week.

Mr. Denise made some chocolate covered strawberries but failed to place them on waxed paper, he put them right on a plate. He had a HUGE butcher knife out to pry them off but I stunned and amazed him by getting them off easily after I put the plate in some hot water for a minute...just enough to melt the bottom

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Solitaire - Jul 6, 2006 7:28 pm (#2071 of 2979)

Thanks, Denise.

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Madam Pince - Jul 6, 2006 7:50 pm (#2072 of 2979)

Oh, you clever, clever mom, you! Melting chocolate and chopping spinach to go into ground beef! (I'm going to steal that one, if you don't mind....)

***Forgot to mention earlier but was also laughing at the "It looks like you're writing a suicide note" thing...***

Everyone have a great RotD!

Edit: ***Is now cracking up at Eponine's paperclip***

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Eponine - Jul 6, 2006 7:51 pm (#2073 of 2979)

When I was in college, one of my big assignments for an education class was basically a 30 page outline. The day it was due, the entire class had a discussion about how much Word sucks when it tries to automatically format your outlines. Thankfully, I had figured out how to turn the automatic stuff off before I finished. Whenever I type something now I use the visible keystroke function (I don't know what it's actually callled) so I can see what I'm doing. When I learned how to use a computer, I learned WordPerfect, and our teacher made us use the function that showed all your keystrokes. I got used to it that way, and I was annoyed at Word until I figured out how to make the keystrokes show up. Plus, it's extremely useful when I have patrons who can't figure out what they did on the computer. The thing that annoys me the most about Word is that it tells me my name is spelled wrong. I always have to add my name to the dictionary so I won't get that stupid red squiggly line under it.

Finn, I've had to play with Word a lot so I can help people at the library. It always surprises me how many people print things off without fixing the spelling or the grammar. A lot of them don't even seem to know what the red and green lines mean.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

ETA: Since it's too big to be my avatar. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

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Mediwitch - Jul 6, 2006 8:03 pm (#2074 of 2979)

Maria: :Ireallyneedanevilsmiley:[ google Smiley Central - Devil Sinister Devil

azi: The worst thing about Word for me is making any pictures/graphs and the text go where you want it to. It just doesn't like to fit...no matter which formatting I use!

Try using Microsoft Publisher. You can move text boxes and picture/clip art frames MUCH more easily. If you know how to work Word, you can use Publisher.

LOL Eponine - I love your evil paper clip!

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Denise P. - Jul 6, 2006 10:06 pm (#2075 of 2979)

Eponine, that is hilarious! Do you have a larger version?

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Julie Aronson - Jul 7, 2006 3:25 am (#2076 of 2979)

Yeah, Eponine, that's outstanding!!!

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Lavandula - Jul 7, 2006 5:04 am (#2077 of 2979)

Eponine, I think that paper clip has been in my nightmares in the past!!!!!

I'm not sure if I laughed more about the "suicide-helping paper clip, the "poopyseed dressing", or the "Attention Defecate Disorder". Just wondering if the last two problems go together in some way.

I should probably start packing for my son to go to camp instead of sitting here at the computer. He told one of our friends yesterday that the best part of camp is "no parents". He has no idea that $350 is the best vacation package value one mom and dad could ever have. For the first time in 14 years my house will be empty for a whole week!! My husband wanted to take the week off work to be with me at home alone-is it awful that I told him NO?

Thanks to all for the "Welcome Back" wishes.

Cathy

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azi - Jul 7, 2006 5:08 am (#2078 of 2979)

Try using Microsoft Publisher... – Mediwitch

I do like Microsoft Publisher! Definitely one of the less annoying Microsoft programs! The only problem is that I was writing a long report so the graphs would have got confusing (to me) if they weren't in the same document!

Finn - I do change the image formatting. It still didn't like me!

Today, the doctor changed my prescription back to what it should be. However, I have to have a blood test to see if I have anemia and thyroid problems. I was hoping I would be able to find out my blood type as well, but apparently the NHS refuse to pay for that! I hate having blood taken from me, but I suppose it's nice to know whether I'm healthy or not.

Hope everyone has a lovely day! It's gone cloudy here, but it's now a nice change from bright sunshine!

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Eponine - Jul 7, 2006 5:11 am (#2079 of 2979)

I don't have a larger version on my computer, but I did find one here.

My husband wanted to take the week off work to be with me at home alone-is it awful that I told him NO? – Lavandula

NO! Granted, I don't have kids, but there are times when you just want to be alone! Have a good time this week by yourself.

Have a great RotD!

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 7, 2006 6:09 am (#2080 of 2979)

Loopy, I absolutely and completely agree about every thing you have said about Word. The other thing I hate about it is that it does not have the Reveal Codes feature that WP does. Which means that you can never figure out WHY it is doing whatever crazy thing it is doing. – Amilia

Yes!!!! I can't tell you how absolutely dumbfounded I was when I asked one of my tech geek friends how I could find Reveal Codes-- in order to stop the madness-- and was told that there was no "Reveal Codes." I had actually forgotten all about that; I must have blocked it out.

Lina, Finn, Chemyst--- No, I don't need Microsoft Word to help me feel young again nor could I care any less about all the "neat things" it can do. I need Microsoft Word to process words into a document that looks the way I want it to look. Twenty years ago ***cough*** I could get exactly what I wanted using WordPerfect 5.1 in DOS(!). I wasn't clicking little buttons or using a mouse; I was entering codes and memorizing commands. Today, I need blood pressure medication because Word randomly decides that a numbered paragraph in a lawsuit I'm writing needs to be indented when I don't want it to be that way. This is not progress.

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Catherine - Jul 7, 2006 6:25 am (#2081 of 2979)

My doggies are giving me the "Why is Mum laughing while sitting by herself at the computer?" look.

Eponine, that was hilarious. *wipes tears*

Loopy, your satanic Bill Gates avatar made me sputter my morning tea.

Yay! It's Friday and we're going to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Arrr! It be a great day!

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Marie E. - Jul 7, 2006 6:29 am (#2082 of 2979)

Oh, I want to see the Pirates movie, too! We have to decide between the movie or going to the Renaissance Festival. The Festival may be leaving after this year so I should probably choose it. We can always see the movie in Virginia next weekend. But...I really want to see the movie (imagine a whiny voice).

Rained buckets of water yesterday, again, but I actually see blue skies this morning. Crossing fingers for one day with no thunder or lightening.

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Catherine - Jul 7, 2006 6:42 am (#2083 of 2979)

Ooh, Marie, where in Virginia will you be visiting?

And didn't Holly visit Virginia recently?

I ask because I'm from Virginia.

EDIT: LOVE the pic of Lexi and Shayla! It's just wonderful.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 7, 2006 7:45 am (#2084 of 2979)

Thank you for the evil smileys! Now I just have to figure out how to use them in my posts.

I have been running a fever since early yesterday and woke up drenched. I'm glad that Priscilla and Trevor are over it but I guess it is my turn. It also came with a wicked sore throat. Oh well, it's only pain. I am trying to rest but the kiddies are not cooperating.

Way to go Kaity! Hope she keeps up the good work - very impressed that she didn't complain. She must have really been determined.

I loved WordPerfect! I used to have all kinds of macros set up to make my life easier. I am wondering if there is a limit to the document size in Works? Does anyone know? I have been adding to a document and have these fears of it freezing up because it reached max. capacity.

Off to check on the kiddies and try to work through this.

Eponine, loved the freaky paper clip. Does anyone else's take off on a motorcycle when you shut it off?

Nice to see you're around kaykay - what a cute song by dad!

Guy is here to fix lawn sprinkler valve. No rest for the weary, they say.

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Solitaire - Jul 7, 2006 9:31 am (#2085 of 2979)

HH, if you want to use those smilies in your posts, I would download them to your computer, then upload them to your own webpage file manager and save them (as long as they give you permission), so you can't get slapped on your virtual wrist, as I did, for a link. The other option is to make sure you find a site that does not mind you using them. Just a suggestion.

Solitaire

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Finn BV - Jul 7, 2006 10:05 am (#2086 of 2979)

ROFL @ Eponine.

Loopy, I suppose Word is not efficient when it comes to writing legal papers and things like that that need specific types of formatting. Surely there's legal paper-writing software out there? Anyway, for geeky stuff like I like to do, it's good. But, we'll just have to agree to disagree.

I want to see Pirates too! We played a medley of the first movie's music in Wind Ensemble today in honor of the release of this one.

Marie, fantastic picture!

TGIF!

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Puck - Jul 7, 2006 11:10 am (#2087 of 2979)

Marie, your girls are stunning! (Mr. E. has some years of anxious misery ahead of him.)

Eponine, hysterical! I was trying to read the "methods", and I swear one said "pastry"!

Hubby is watching Myth Busters. These guys are nuts!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 7, 2006 11:29 am (#2088 of 2979)

I turned my little paperclip guy off in Word. He only comes when I really need help. Although, now it is a very annoying puppy looking creature that barks every once in a while.

My aunt found a dog yesterday. One of those hairless types. It was not pleasant to pet, but the face was super cute. Sydney wanted to name her 'Corn on the cob', but then the owners were found.

I'm soooo sad! All my friends in California went to the midnight showing of Pirates last night, and I don't have anyone to go with me. I might just brave it and go by myself...

I love Myth Busters!!

Found a place that can do my nails! w00t! So that is where I am headed now.

Hope you all hava a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

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azi - Jul 7, 2006 11:45 am (#2089 of 2979)

I agree with everyone, Marie, your girls look lovely!

Have a nice time getting your nails done Tazzy!

For anyone on Facebook - apparently you can now create global groups where anyone from any network can join! Anyone up for creating a DIGS group?

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Steve Newton - Jun 30, 2006 11:39 am (#2090 of 2979)

My son and I have almost memorized the Mythbusters shows. Excellent and seem to encourage science and experiment with an modicum of safety. In a rush I often call it Ghostbusters but everybody seems to understand.

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Holly T. - Jul 7, 2006 1:02 pm (#2091 of 2979)

I think my Word helper is a little animated computer. Not sure, since I banished him long ago.

My husband, son, and I are going to see "Pirates" in the morning. My daughter, currently visiting her grandparents, is pouting because she doesn't get to go. I told her we'd go see it again when she gets back. Actually, my whole Girl Scout troop wants to plan a trip to see it. We are unofficially pirates (and were even before the first movie came out) and enjoyed the first movie so much that our bridging from Brownies to Juniors was pirate-themed. Our troop flag is the Girl Scout logo and crossbones. One of our official troop songs is "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything." We saw the preview for the new "Pirates" movie when we went to see Narnia for our Christmas party and all of the girls immediately turned toward me and our asst leader and yelled "field trip!" We all have pirate-themed T-shirts with different piratey sayings on them--mine says "And then they made me their chief." Asst leader's says "Why is the rum gone?" Etc. Yes, the other troops think we are nuts.

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Finn BV - Jul 7, 2006 2:42 pm (#2092 of 2979)

Aha – I just remembered – there's no paper clip in the Mac version of Word. So ha.

Hoping to see Pirates tomorrow morning!

So, my aunt and uncle decided on a name for my new cousin, after about a day and a half… Campbell! Middle (and last names) are family surnames. Quite exciting! I can't wait to meet her!

Enjoy the RotD! Wimbledon finals tomorrow and Sunday!

PS: If we've guessed right, we get HP 7 a YEAR from today!! Wow!

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Marè - Jul 7, 2006 3:29 pm (#2093 of 2979)

So, my aunt and uncle decided on a name for my new cousin, after about a day and a half… Campbell!
Soup?

Waves around! I've been gone for a while, and if all goes according to plan I will be again, because apparently I will be going on holidays on monday. Except we still don't know where or how.... Great planning!

I hate it when niggly editing mistakes clutter up books. Like when a character sprains an ankle early in the book, then a few chapters later there is a reference to her broken ankle.
Oh oh! Or when a person loses a collection of records when a ship sinks and two pages later :poof: they are back. That can really ruin a book for me!

And can I say that I am very happy that I'm not the only one still desperately wanting WP back. Besides from yelling at the screen when it keeps putting bullet and numbers where I don't want them, I'm also stuck with an English (American?) version of Word, which is really annoying if I want to type a Dutch letter: wriggly lines everywhere!

And Holly, are you sure the other troops aren't simply a bit jealous? Your little pirates sound like they have fun!

there are some really cool things you can do with Word
Seriously, I would love some examples. I gave up playing with Word a long time ago. I love playing around with new art or layout programs and I have way too many of them, but Word just doesn't click for me.

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 7, 2006 4:33 pm (#2094 of 2979)

I'm home!!! I had an excellent time and spent nearly all of my money but I feel like it was worth it!

I'm starting to feel a bit left out as everyone here has had macaroni salad. I've never heard of it before! But now I'm guessing that I should have tried it.

Ok can't remember anything else so off to check threads!

Have a great RotD everyone!

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The giant squid - Jul 7, 2006 4:38 pm (#2095 of 2979)

Eponine, that was hilarious! The very first thing I did when I installed Word was turn off the paperclip. My wife still has hers enabled, though on her computer it's a cat.

Loopy, as for "tortious" I have three words for you: "Add to Dictionary". It will never bother you again.

Aside from that, I agree with pretty much everything else said about MS Word. I was doing quite well with Works but got tired of having to tell everyone to save stuff as a .rtf so I could actually open it.

Marie: you weren't kidding when you said Lexi(e) looks like our sister! That's kinda scary, actually, since I know what our sister looks like now... :evilsmiley:

Welcome back Lavandula, John Bumbledore, Mare and anyone else who's been away for a while! Never fear, we're always here.

Just in case any of you were on the fence, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is almost as good as the first one. I say almost for two reasons: one, you can see some of the gags coming this time because you know the characters better and two, it ends in a cliffhanger. That's right, we won't get the ending until Pirates of the Caribbean 3 It's a cliffhanger done right, though--you don't have to see the third one, but you'll want to.

but Word just doesn't click for me.—Marè

Pun intended?

--Mike

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 7, 2006 4:55 pm (#2096 of 2979)

Eponine that paper clip is hysterical. It sums up MS. Thank you for sharing it.

Finn I hope you are right, Book 7 on 07.07.07!

I've been away from the forum for several months now. It is good to be back. I love the humor. LPO

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Marie E. - Jul 7, 2006 5:15 pm (#2097 of 2979)

Thanks for all the compliments on the girls' picture. Lately I have been hearing a lot of comments like "Oh, these are your daughters? You are in so much trouble!" Being the mommy makes me a bit oblivious sometimes to how they look. I only notice the stains on Lexi's shirt because she eats like the Cookie Monster or things like that.

No rain yet, but there's grumpy looking clouds overhead. Good thing about this rain, the fire ban's been lifted.

Welcome back, LPO. It's nice to have another Colorado member here. Am I right in guessing that Longmont is near Denver? You'd think after living here for 11 years I'd have my CO geography down better. Whenever there's a weather bulletin I never know where all the counties are. It's like "Kiowa County? Is that near us?" Pretty sad, really.

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geauxtigers - Jul 7, 2006 5:16 pm (#2098 of 2979)

***Thunk! Falls over in amazement that southern girls Ginny and Tori have never encountered macaroni salad before!*** It's such a staple at any big gatherings I've ever attended!

**walks off hanging head in shame**

I also hate Word for several reasons, the biggest being that my school has it set up so that we can access all of our "folders" at home. So we can save an english paper at school and go home and open it. Well I don't have word on my computer, I have Works, same company, but I can't open anything! Nothing! all because I have the "free" version of word that comes on your computer when you buy it. Theres like no difference. I actually like works better because it doesn't do all the messing with the bullets and numbering etc.  Its much simpler and there is no paperclip telling me that I might want to do something else to waste time and confuse me with. Really, I have this thing with not messing with a good thing, Microsoft would do some good to listen to that.

I can't remember much else. Houston was awesome, the game was great even though they lost I still had a blast! I spent nearly all the money I've made babysitting so far, but it was worth it. The Galleria is a shopper's HEAVEN! Its HUGE!!!! Oh and it was sooo funny, right after we crossed the LA/TX line, there was a sign that said El Paso..........857 So Texas is roughly 857 miles across! It was just so funny to see that as usually the most amount of miles listed is around 150! You would have had to of been there!

I so want to go back! Off to check the threads...

Have a great night!

EDIT Nathan, that’s why we stayed in a hotel connected to the Galleria! lol we just walked through the doors and voila! Houston traffic is insane though!

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 7, 2006 5:35 pm (#2099 of 2979)

Geauxtigers you are braver than many of us who live in outlying parts of Houston because, although, the Galleria is a wonderful place to shop it is horrendous trying to navigate Houston traffic at rush hour. I have lived in Houston over twenty years and I think I have been to the Galleria a total of ten times. Although, I will admit that some of the best restaurants and cafe are located there.

The Galleria Westin is a nice hotel especially when the mall is decorated for Christmas.

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Puck - Jul 7, 2006 6:06 pm (#2100 of 2979)

Pirate Girl Scouts! Now that's fun!

I'm hoping to see the new movie next month while visiting the in-laws....Unless I find a sitter for hubby's birthday next week. Hmmmm...

We had fun playing mini golf. I never tallied the scores, but pretty sure Mr. Puck won. Most of his scores were "2", despite having to fish his ball out of the water a couple of times. Our boy faithly counted each time he hit the ball. Diva would tell me her total was "a hundred million". Don't think she's figured out the game yet. Lemon sorbet after was lovely. Baby had her first taste of ice cream. The temperature surprised her at first, but she was soon clamoring for more.

Marie, you seriously never noticed your girls are gorgeous?

Happy RotD!

Kathy

edit: LOL, I just went to look at Eponine's enlargement, and it does list "pastry" as an option for how to kill yourself. How do you do yourself in with a donut?
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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 7, 2006 6:09 pm (#2101 of 2979)

Hi Marie! Longmont is in Boulder county. We are about 40 miles North of Denver. I'm sorry the Colorado Gathering didn't work out. That sounded like fun. Thanks for trying. Your girls are adorable. I'm loving the cooler weather. LPO

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Finn BV - Jul 7, 2006 6:18 pm (#2102 of 2979)

Soup? –Marè

Sadly, I'm afraid we'll get that comment quite often. BTW, you can go to Tools > Language, then click on Dutch, and click "Default…". Then say Yes! Some things that just pop into my mind about Word are… tracking changes (if you have multiple versions of a document, like an essay paper you are revising), page borders (they look so cool!), line numbers (AHEM such as for legal documents, or poetry if you happen to be a student like me), sections (which nobody ever uses – everybody knows line breaks and page breaks, but section breaks are useful if writing a chaptered piece, or something in, well, sections), all the endless formatting opportunities, and more.

Welcome back Ginny and Tori, and LPO!

Enjoy the RotD!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 7, 2006 6:29 pm (#2103 of 2979)

Congrats on the new cousin, Finn! (don't think I said that yet... I've been a little off lately. )

Welcome back to all the old members!

LPO and Marie- Eventually I'll be in Colorado. That'd be fun to meet up. I have a set of relatives in Colorado Springs and another set in Longmont.

YEAY! I get to go see Pirates tomorrow evening with some friends.

~Kristina

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 7, 2006 8:01 pm (#2104 of 2979)
Edited Jul 7, 2006 8:34 pm

The Galleria Westin is a nice hotel -Nathan-

LOL that's where we stayed!! It was nice!

Uhh Finn, what are you talking about?? LOL I lost ya on that one, though it could be because I haven't read the last 107 post!

I can't wait to see Pirates!! They had a wonderful display in the Disney store(one of my secret favorites!) at the Galleria, made me think of yall!

EDIT: Chemyst! I love Krispey Kreme! Don't make me not love them anymore with those revolting nutrition facts!! Really 220 calories in 1 doughnut, that's definitely gross!!

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Mediwitch - Jul 7, 2006 8:07 pm (#2105 of 2979)

I stayed in the Westin Galleria once when I went to Houston for a conference (I think it was November 1994 or 1995)...very cool.

Just got back from a firemen's carnival in a nearby town...I'm a bit windblown from riding in the back of the open antique fire truck for 20 or so miles!

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 7, 2006 8:22 pm (#2106 of 2979)

When I was senior in college that was where we had our Mardi Gras celebration. That was of the few times in my life I ever wore a formal attire.

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Chemyst - Jul 7, 2006 8:22 pm (#2107 of 2979)

How do you do yourself in with a donut?  ~ Puck

I'm guessing you'd multiply by about a thousand dozen.

Nutritional Summary for Krispy Kreme cake doughnut   http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts-B00001-01c21k5.html  

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Madam Pince - Jul 7, 2006 8:52 pm (#2108 of 2979)

Mmmmm.... Krispy Kreme.... there's nothing like it....

I meant to say "Wow" about your girls, too, Marie! They are lovely!

Congrats to Finn and family on the new cousin! The name is beautiful, too. Hope you get to spend lots of time with her.

Mr. Pince and I have a date tomorrow to see Pirates -- woo-hoo! Babysitter and everything! I think it's got to be the first time I've ever seen a movie on the opening weekend (other than HP ones of course.) I was tempted to go see DaVinci Code instead since we haven't seen it and it might be gone soon, but I'm thinking it will probably be all right seen on HBO or something later, while Pirates will probably be better on the big screen.

This afternoon I took Little Pince to the Dairy Queen for the purpose of introducing him to the heavenly wonders of a Blizzard -- he wanted a sno-cone, but I convinced him he'd love this instead. So he took two bites of the Monster Cookie one, then politely said "You can have it, Mom," as he preferred to drink his lemonade. Sadly, I was thus left with the unhappy job of finishing the Blizzard. Sigh... the sacrifices we make...  

Funny story -- I have to preface this by saying we watched Goblet of Fire last night on DVD. This afternoon on the way to the pool, we had to stop and wait about 10 minutes for the drawbridge which had raised up to let a couple sailboats through. Little Pince, who was very anxious to hurry up and get to the pool, wiggled impatiently in his seat and heaved a big sigh, then muttered "I wish I could've just grabbed a boot." It's a good thing I was sitting still in traffic, because I would've probably wrecked from laughing so hard.

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Finn BV - Jul 7, 2006 9:01 pm (#2109 of 2979)

LOL @ Little Pince!

Ugh, Ginny, we must disagree on Krispy Kreme. Some of the most disgusting donuts I've ever eaten!

Really excited for Pirates… that trailer looks so good… except that they made up Davy Jones, who is supposed to be the devil of the sea. (We learned that in Oceanography this year with Dora the Explorer. )

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 7, 2006 9:07 pm (#2110 of 2979)

AHH Finn I can't believe you just said that!! Crazzzyy!!! not cool Finn, not cool at all!!

That's so cute about little Pince!! Teach him early!!!

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geauxtigers - Jul 7, 2006 9:15 pm (#2111 of 2979)

I love Krispy Kreme! But my favorite are Jay's, which is local, but they are good! That’s so cute about little Pince! Well speaking of calories, I just cooked little sizzlers, at 11:15 at night! What can I say, its the only food we have in my house! We need to go to the grocery store desperately! lol!

I'm in the chat if anyone cares to join me!

EDIT I have a general question that I thought I'd ask.... I can't get to the Leaky Cauldron's web site. It just comes up fully loaded, but completely blank and I've tried it all. Is anyone else having problems or does Peeves not like TLC?

Thanks Chemyst, I'll try that, I can't remember if I've done that or not...

EDIT 3: No luck... I'll try again later...

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Chemyst - Jul 7, 2006 9:24 pm (#2112 of 2979)

geauxtigers, Leaky has been doing that to me too. I hit 'refresh' and it comes in normally. But since you say you've tried it all...   I dunno.

Oh, and the latest news there is about Alan Rickman doing an American Library Association poster to be released in August. If you hear a "Squee," it probably means Gina just found out.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 7, 2006 9:52 pm (#2113 of 2979)

I saw Pirates today the movie was equal to the first installment and the ending was well done. Although, I agree with Finn's assessment of Davy Jones.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 7, 2006 11:54 pm (#2114 of 2979)

I don't know what the craze of Krispy Kreme doughnuts is all about. I have had them, but they taste like regular doughnuts to me. Now, Malasadas are the best doughnuts on earth. They make them when you order them, and they are crispy on the outside and nice and warm, smooth tasting on the inside. Yum!

On the Food channel a couple weeks ago, they were doing the best doughnuts across America. Leonard's Bakery was on the show, as it is the place on Oahu to get malasadas and have been in business for ages.

~Kristina

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Amilia Smith - Jul 8, 2006 1:48 am (#2115 of 2979)

I think the craze about Krispy Kremes is that they sell the doughnuts hot. Hot doughnuts are a whole different creature from cold doughnuts. Once the Krispy Kremes are cold, ah, they're just doughnuts. Nothing special anymore. That was one of the best things about working 4:30 am in a grocery store. I could go over to the bakery and eat hot fresh doughnuts. By the time the store opened at 7:00, they were just regular doughnuts . . . but first thing in the morning . . . mmmmmmmm

Some things that just pop into my mind about Word are… tracking changes (if you have multiple versions of a document, like an essay paper you are revising), page borders (they look so cool!), line numbers (AHEM such as for legal documents, or poetry if you happen to be a student like me), sections (which nobody ever uses – everybody knows line breaks and page breaks, but section breaks are useful if writing a chaptered piece, or something in, well, sections), all the endless formatting opportunities, and more.

All of which WordPerfect can also do. Cue music. ***sings***
Anything you can do, I can do better!
I can do anything better than you!

I admit that much of my prejudice against Word comes from not being as familiar with it as I am with WP. However, there are two features that WP has that Word does not which make all the difference in the world to me. The a fore mentioned Reveal Codes, and the ability to tell that when I backspace over an AutoFormat feature it means that I do not want the AutoFormatting at the moment, and it will let me format my document the way I want to.

Mills.

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Laura W - Jul 8, 2006 3:21 am (#2116 of 2979)

The Giant Squid wrote, "While I'm a bit late, Happy Canada Day to any Canadians we might have around here. July 4th gets all the press (and fireworks), but some important stuff happened on the first too."

Thanks, Mike!

Pigwidgeon wrote, "Have a good holiday for my fellow Americans, and a great day to our friends overseas." What am I, the next-door-neighbour? Oh, wait a minute ... I *am* the next-door-neighbour. (chuckle)

Laura

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Julie Aronson - Jul 8, 2006 4:27 am (#2117 of 2979)

Marie, the girls are beautiful!

Word Perfect is, was, and will probably always be, better than Word. Like Loopy, I have fond memories of WP 5.1 in DOS. It was great!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Puck - Jul 8, 2006 5:18 am (#2118 of 2979)

How do you do yourself in with a donut? ~ Puck


I'm guessing you'd multiply by about a thousand dozen. –Chemyst


Ahhh, the American way!

Actually, other than the fat content, the rest of the info wasn't too scary. Sadly, my favorite poppyseed dressing has the same amount of fat.

Julie, have your appliances healed? I was thinking of you as I found myself standing in a puddle in front of my washing machine. (Luckily I had just overload it. At least it's clean underneath now, as the floor got washed once it was moved to take a look at it. Scary how dirty it gets under there.)

LOL to Little Pince! I would be happy if I could grab a boot, but it would make it way too easy for the relatives to drop by and visit.

Watched Princess Bride with the kids last night. **waves to Holly** I love that movie!

Cheers!

Kathy

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Lina - Jul 8, 2006 6:14 am (#2119 of 2979)

I'm really not trying to defend MS at all. I like to have control over everything, especially when we talk about my computer. I would like it the best if it would run only the scripts that I've written myself and only when I tell "him" to. I was shocked when we first installed Win95 on our computer to see that the HDD was working when nobody was around the computer and it was supposed to do nothing. But if the computers were running only the user-written scripts, there would be very few of us here to discuss the pains with computers.

Have any of you tried Wordpad? (Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> Wordpad) It comes with the Windows operating system, it can open most of the Word documents and it doesn't impose anything to you. It doesn't justify the text, though.

And the program that you are most familiar with is ALWAYS the best.

Marie, your girls are really gorgeous!

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Catherine - Jul 8, 2006 6:24 am (#2120 of 2979)

What am I, the next-door-neighbour? Oh, wait a minute ... I *am* the next-door-neighbour.—Laura

Good thing we could straighten that out.

We have a newly renovated Krispy Kreme store just down the street. My children love to watch them make the doughnuts through the big picture window. On the ECU campus, you can smell the "hot doughnuts now" wafting over campus. This is particularly seductive to students and faculty alike. I bought my students doughnuts at the end of the semester. I had to cross campus carrying eight boxes of doughnuts. It was amazing to see how many people offered to "help" me with my burden.

Years ago, Mr. Catherine's brother was in a singing group at his college in Connecticut, where they had no Krispy Kreme. One spring they went on tour down south during spring break, and after tasting Krispy Kreme in North Carolina, arranged their entire itinerary around cities with Krispy Kreme stores. The album they recorded from this tour was called "Hot Donuts Now" and ends with my brother in law imitating Homer Simpson (about doughnuts).

*waves to Loopy Lupin as Homer Simpson*

Hope everyone enjoys a great weekend.

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Julie Aronson - Jul 8, 2006 6:31 am (#2121 of 2979)

Just back to complain a bit...

$700 and a repaired gas line later, I STILL have no service to my house. I called the gas company this morning to see if I was on the service list. The operator tried to call "the guys" but got no answer, and said she'd get right back to me. Mind you, I called at 7:15am (eastern time) and it's now 9:30.

This is nuts.Soapbox

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Winky Woo - Jul 8, 2006 6:48 am (#2122 of 2979)

Hey Julie it sounds like we both have been having problems with our gas supply! Mine started 3 weeks ago when they were renewing the pipes in our area. I got a letter saying that it would be switched off for a few hours, but they would need access to reconnect it. I re-arranged time in my new job so I could be there and nada! Anyway to cut a long story short, having had half my garden and patio dug up for 3 weeks a 4 more missed appointments I came home to no gas on Monday! I called and a chap arrived at 10pm who said he couldn't do anything, and it was too late for me to take the next day off work, so I agreed to have it done 1st thing Wednesday. By 12pm no one had came and when I called they said it had been cancelled until July 13th! I hit the roof. No cooking or hot water! Despite 12 calls and speaking to 6 "Managers" it took until 8pm to get the gas back on!

I tell you ice cold showers are no fun but it was a great excuse to get lots of takeaways

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Denise P. - Jul 8, 2006 7:12 am (#2123 of 2979)

Well, I was up with the sun today to meet with my half marathon training group. The coach wanted us to start with a one mile warm up, which we did, but then we all told him that we normally don't warm up for an entire mile. Even so, we did a three mile timed run so he could get an idea of where they were. I never pay attention to my splits so I was surprised when my first mile was well under 12 minutes.

Now, today, I need to go get stuff ready to take to Cub Scout camp on Monday. I am getting all the snacks for the boys and also a battery operated fan for me. I also need to go to the post office to drop off some DVDs we sold on half.com

Ugh, too many things to do, not enough time to do it all!

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Julie Aronson - Jul 8, 2006 7:13 am (#2124 of 2979)

Hey Winky, I feel your pain! I have a giant hole in my front lawn, and a chunk out of the panelling in my basement where the repairmen did their thing. It all needs to stay exposed until the gas is reconnected, too.

Hmmm...takeaway...maybe some pizza...

Congrats on your running, Denise! Way to stick with it!!!

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Eponine - Jul 8, 2006 7:19 am (#2125 of 2979)

We're going to see Pirates today. We would have gone to a midnight showing Thursday night, but there's this pesky thing called work we had to deal with.

Mr. Eponine has a new job! It does not require travel, and he'll be starting very soon. The only downside is that it's in Raleigh which is a bit of a drive. So, there's a possibility we might be moving. Although, I did tell him that we had to give the job a couple of months to make sure this is what he wants to do before we move. The other downside is that I'd probably have to give up my job which I love, but as I only work part time, it's not tying us down here.

Krispy Kreme. The hot doughnuts are sooo good. Last summer, my best friend was down here visiting us, and we had gone out shopping when we decided to pick up some Krispy Kreme. We went inside, and stood in line. I ordered a dozen glazed doughnuts, and the girl behind the counter looked at me as if I'd asked for brain surgery. She said (very slowly) 'We're out of glazed doughnuts.' I was a little surprised, and was about to say something when the man behind us in line said in an incredulous voice 'How can you be out of glazed doughnuts?' I asked her if they were going to make some more, and she looked very confused and said, 'Hold on.' She walked off and talked to someone and then came back and told us that more doughnuts were coming off the fryer right then. So I did get my hot glazed doughnuts, but I couldn't help but wonder if that girl knew what she was doing.

Now I want doughnuts.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Lilly P - Jul 8, 2006 7:29 am (#2126 of 2979)

Way to go Denise, you will have to tell me where you find a battery operated fan, I have looking all over the place to get one to send to my husband in Iraq! when he called a week ago, he said the weather wasn't that bad, it was only 108deg.   can you believe that? 108 isn't bad!  he's going to come back here and think it's freezing!

As for krispy Kreams- I agree with Finn on this one! K.K. just don't do it for me! Now if we were talking about Wenchels doughnuts, that would be a different story!

Julie and Winky - I usually find that if I talk to the manager and I threaten to call the Better Business Bureau the repairmen are sent straight out and they stay until the job is done! this worked well with the electricians and plumbers that the base sent when they were updating the housing units. A bad BBB rating is the equivilent of having a dark mark set over your business.

Congrats Eponine! That’s great news! Congrats

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Finn BV - Jul 8, 2006 7:40 am (#2127 of 2979)

It's just that I hate glazed donuts. And you can never find anything other than glazed at Krispy Kreme. That's why something like Tim Horton's (**waves to Laura W, who will be acquainted with this largely-Canadian donut place**) is great, because their selection is so varied. Sadly, we don't get Tim Horton's down here in southern NY, but we spend a lot of time in western NY, where it's more popular.

Watching Wimbledon than off to Pirates! Nathan, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

BTW, Catherine, we're waiting for you to create the global DIGS group on Facebook.

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Lilly P - Jul 8, 2006 7:48 am (#2128 of 2979)

Can someone tell me what DIGS is please? or for that matter, Facebook?

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kaykay1970 - Jul 8, 2006 7:54 am (#2129 of 2979)

Marie, the girls really are beautiful!

Little Pince wanting to take a boot is so cute. I have been reading GoF to my 9 year old. Last night I left her in a real cliff-hanger. Every time I read a chapter she begged for just one more. At midnight I finally had to put my foot down. It was bad because when we left off Wormtail had just freed Harry from the head stone and handed him his wand! I know that is terrible of me but my voice was all but gone and the words were beginning to blur...

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Finn BV - Jul 8, 2006 8:00 am (#2130 of 2979)

Lilly, see the original DIGS thread. DIGS=Dumbledore is the Giant Squid, a pet theory on our forums.

This is Facebook. It is a social networking site, but it is only for students and faculty members. It is a lot safer than a site you may have heard of called MySpace.com, because, unlike MySpace which is public to all, only people you designate as your friends may read your profile. It is divided by school. There are a number of Lexicon Forum members on it, including me, Stephanie M., Catherine, Julie Aronson, azi, and Mandy (Yndam). One thing you can do on Facebook is create groups, but these have been, up until recently, restricted to people only in your school. As we are all not in the same school, we couldn't be members of a DIGS group, but now that groups have been extended to all schools, we can! Hooray! Hope that made sense.

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Catherine - Jul 8, 2006 8:07 am (#2131 of 2979)

Thanks for that explanation, Finn.

Does that mean that my DIGS group on Facebook is now open?

As for Krispy Kreme, I don't know what they serve in NYC, but down here they have tons of things that aren't glazed. I'm not a powedered doughnut fan myself ( I read the sensationalized Flowers in the Attic when I was twelve in which powdered doughnuts were used to poison children).

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Marie E. - Jul 8, 2006 8:11 am (#2132 of 2979)

I was really not in the mood for cooking dinner last night so we went out to Carrabba's. We haven't been there in a long time. Lexie was thrilled because spaghetti is her favorite dish, but when Shayla found out there wasn't any Ranch dressing (tell me, who doesn't serve Ranch these days) she refused to eat her chicken strips. She spent the rest of the meal annoying Mr. E and teasing her sister. And, of course, it poured down rain while we were eating.

I can't believe that it's 9am here and my girls are still asleep. Granted, we didn't get home until 9:30pm last night and I let them play video games for a bit, but typically they would have been up by now.

So funny about Little Pince. I've often wished I had a boot to grab.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 8, 2006 8:52 am (#2133 of 2979)

Now, Malasadas are the best doughnuts on earth.---tazzygirl

Hmmm, looks like a 'Hush Puppy' to me.

My computer's hard drive crashed this week so I've only skimmed the 200 messages that I missed during its repair...Marie, the girls are lovely.

The Sci-Fi channel had a Twilight Marathon July 4th weekend. My 7-year-old loves the shows because "they always have a lesson" and "it's like the newspaper has come alive."

****shivers with the memories of Flowers in the Attic**** Poor Carrie (was that her name?). That was some twisted plot.

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Madam Pince - Jul 8, 2006 9:18 am (#2134 of 2979)

That was one of the best things about working 4:30 am in a grocery store.

You mean there was more than one good thing about it?

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Lilly P - Jul 8, 2006 9:22 am (#2135 of 2979)

Thanks Finn! I've actually read some of that thread but just didn't connect the letters to the meaning. I also broke out in a cold sweat at the mention of Flowers in the Attic Lupin! The movie was creepy too!

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Good Evans - Jul 8, 2006 9:29 am (#2136 of 2979)

I have to confess to having hit the "magic button", but of the Posts did read, there are a lot of things going on in our lives at the moment. sympathies about the gas supplies, fab running Denise, keep it up. And I have no idea what a Krusty Kreme (or whatever it was ) tastes like but I bet it is delicious!!

Had my day off yesterday and would you believe I spent the whole day in Brighton shopping (I think I am cured!!) car went in at 8.30 for service and MOT, I went shopping, at 12.30 I stopped and had lunch at Browns (yum!!) and then carried on. Trouble was although prepared to spend I bought:  a lovely Radley handbag (Love the cute scottie dog!!), a pair of work shoes; a cardigan, Matthews Birthday present, and a token gift for hubby for our anniversary (series 5 of the west wing on DVD) - I say token as doggie is our big pressie of course and we pick her up on the day. AND THAT WAS IT. I couldn’t pick the car up til 5 pm and by 3 pm I was bored solid! I am somewhat worried, this has never happened to me before, am I reaching middle age and no longer the attraction of spending hours in a shop enthralls me? I think I need a lie down!!

Oh and to cap it off, the car needed new brake pads and that whole episode cost £400 (ouch) probably a good job that I wasn't inspired by the shops!!

congratulations to Amelie Mouresmo who just won the ladies singles final at Wimbledon, good match!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 8, 2006 9:48 am (#2137 of 2979)

Watched Princess Bride with the kids last night. Puck

I love that movie!! One of my favorites!

Sympathies about the gas lines. Those worker people can really be a pain.

*makes a mental note to never read Flowers in the Attic*

I want to join the facebook thing, but I'm gonna have to be sneaky about it because my mom has this blown up idea about how it's some horrible thing that creates online predators and what not. I used to have a MySpace but everyone at my school got in trouble for having them because most people, including me, used their school e-mail address to sign up and then put the school name in there as well. Apparently this goes again the AUP(Acceptable Use Policy) for the computers. So everyone had to delete theirs, and my mom thus acquired her own idea of what it was. She tends to exaggerate, bit annoying really!! But I'd love to join!! How does it work??

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B]geauxtigers[/B] - Jul 8, 2006 10:09 am (#2138 of 2979)

it was moved to take a look at it. Scary how dirty it gets under there.) Yeah I know what That’s like..... it was like black under ours when we moved it for the first time since we moved into my house which was 6-7 years ago....

Okay, Krispy Kreme, the hot doughnut sign is awesome! We didn't used to have one here, but we discovered it on our way to the beach. Exit 34A, Gulfport, right off the interstate. 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and sometimes noon the hot dough-nut sign was lit! You can spot it from a mile away!!!! That’s how it started for me! But now we have one here. I could sit there all day and watch the wall of sugar cover the doughnuts. I agree, once any doughnut, especailly KK, is cold, its just not the same, hot is prime!

Sorry about the gas lines. My mom always threatens the people at these places and tells them that we are going to switch companies unless someone gets out here with an hour or so....funny how they seem to aparate to your front door! Whats just as bad not having hot water, is having a broken AC and they tell you they will be right out between 12-5 tomorrow. That’s a killer let me tell ya! Hope all goes well with it!

Sorry bout the car JulieGE!

I can't remember much. I'm going to a Lifehouse and Benjy Davis Concert tonight at the water park. I also want to go see Pirates...

Have a great day everyone!

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Denise P. - Jul 8, 2006 10:10 am (#2139 of 2979)

Lilly, I found my fan at Wal-Mart, it is Ozark Trail brand. It takes 8 D sized batteries and it is supposed to have 24 hours of run time per set of batteries. It was under $13 and is 10"... big enough to keep a nice breeze on me overnight.

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Puck - Jul 8, 2006 10:19 am (#2140 of 2979)

Ugh, too many things to do, not enough time to do it all! –Denise

I believe the word for this is "Mom".

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Lilly P - Jul 8, 2006 11:16 am (#2141 of 2979)

Thanks Denise! I'll have to look there next time I venture off base! Yay for me, I graduated from physical therapy yesterday! I got a t-shirt and everything! I still am supposed to do some stretches and a few exercizes at home, but no more torture at the therapy gym! I think my daughter is going to miss the drop in daycare though, it's her break time from Mommy!

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Mediwitch - Jul 8, 2006 11:18 am (#2142 of 2979)

Way to go, Little Pince!

Ah, Finn and Kristina, I bet you've never stopped at a Krispy Kreme shop when the HOT sign is lit up...then you would understand why Krispy Kreme doughnuts are so good. Mmmmmmmm. I agree with all who said they never quite taste the same after they've cooled. (Finn, you might find you even like glazed doughnuts under those conditions!)

I love The Princess Bride. My step-son and I will start quoting it at each other, and my husband looks at us like we're crazy! (Well, we might be a bit touched! )

I think we will be heading out to see Pirates tonight as well. *crossed fingers*

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Solitaire - Jul 8, 2006 11:28 am (#2143 of 2979)

There was great fanfare a few years ago when a Krispy Kreme opened in town. One would think it would do well, since it was in the same parking lot with Supreme Bean--donuts and coffee, you know. Alas, it went belly up--late last year, I think. It's too bad they had to put it on "that corner." Theoretically, it should be a great place, as there are shopping centers on three of the four corners that come together. But it has always been so hard to get in and out there ... very bad access. Some great restaurants--Charlie Brown, Hungry Tiger, Breakers, etc.--have failed over the years because of the spot, I think. Perhaps Voldy wants to use it for something, and he has jinxed it! Either way, even Krispy Kreme could not triumph over a bad location.

Solitaire

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 8, 2006 11:34 am (#2144 of 2979)

I love The Princess Bride. My step-son and I will start quoting it at each other, and my husband looks at us like we're crazy! Mediwitch

LOL same here! My favorites "oh farm boy" "aaaaasssss youuuuuuuuuu wisssssshhhhhhh!!!!!!" "Oh my Wesley!!" And boom she goes down too!(when he is rolling down the hill!), of course "that would be inconseevibllee" "I spent 3 years building up an immunity..." "woove, twuu woove" and "marridgee" Ok I'll stop now, but I just looovee that movie!!!

Agreed in that Finn and Kristina must not have ever tried KK when the hot doughnut sign is on!! I just can't understand it! I mean, it's basically pure sugar!!! They taste like cake! What could possibly be bettter than that!!??

ok off to check threads!!

Have a great RotD!!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 8, 2006 11:38 am (#2145 of 2979)

Kinda like macaroni salad, eh?

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 8, 2006 11:48 am (#2146 of 2979)

Hot Donuts, reminds me when I was a kid my mother used to make homemade donuts. Man they were good.

Mr. LPO and I love the Princess Bride. Often we say to each other "I'll keep you today but I'll likely kill you in the morning." Thus our happy marriage has continued for 16 years.

It is pouring rain here. Wow it is nice. LPO

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Solitaire - Jul 8, 2006 11:56 am (#2147 of 2979)

I prefer a really yummy coffee cake, myself!

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Good Evans - Jul 8, 2006 11:59 am (#2148 of 2979)

Oh forgot to comment on it earlier, I love the Princess Bride, the geeky "take me out to the ball game" soundtrack to Fred Savages' computer game - all the way to "will it work", "it will be a miracle if it does", "bye boys".

wonderful film!

have a great rotd. Just watched the series finale of Dr Who, absolutely excellent millions of daleks ??? I was back behind the sofa in a jiffy!!!

Julie x

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geauxtigers - Jul 8, 2006 12:00 pm (#2149 of 2979)

lol TBE!

I love the Princess Bride its just so funny!

I remember when the KK opened up here. They had a contest set for the opening day; the first 3 people to order a dozen glazed would get free dough-nuts for a year. Needless to say there were some fools who camped out in sleeping bags in the parking lot. It was hysterical the measures people would go to get free dough-nuts! lol its was funny, very crowded and the news had a field day with it!

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Marè - Jul 8, 2006 12:25 pm (#2150 of 2979)

Oh, donuts are rather rare here, and now I'm craving one so badly!
Except I have no idea where to get one. I'll have to settle for cookies instead.

And Finn thanks for the help, but my own language is not installed on my computer. And I have no idea where the Cd is, so I'm afraid it's going to stay this way till I am so tired of it that I'm willing to re-install the whole junk.

Well I had a fun day today, I ended up spending the afternoon painting little children into animals. With no previous experience I did a very good job (if I may say so myself), although panthers and tigers are definitely my worst request when it involves face paint...
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Finn BV - Jul 8, 2006 1:19 pm (#2151 of 2979)

Aww, Mare, but my computer has Dutch on it! Maybe we can swap…?

Just got back from Pirates. I can't say I liked it as much as the first one. It wasn't as funny, it was too plot-driven, and Davy Jones was really just too… I don't want to say creepy, as he didn't gross me out, but just sort of absurd. But, my, that's the most obvious set-up for a sequel without saying "to be continued"! I thought Orlando Bloom was definitely the star of this film, and Keira Knightley's part was too small.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 8, 2006 1:30 pm (#2152 of 2979)

One of the interesting things I found in Pirates is that there were several scenes that were included in the novelizations Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest by Irene Trimble and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest -The Curse of Davy Jones by TK that were not included on the film adaptation. Although, the novelizations were targeted toward young children rather than adults I think that there were several scenes in the two volumes that had they been included the film would have been enhanced.

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Denise P. - Jul 8, 2006 2:22 pm (#2153 of 2979)

Hey Loopy, according to TLC, we all had a narrow escape with M. Night Shyamalong-a-ding-dong. Better have a cold compress ready before you read it

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Tazzygirl - Jul 8, 2006 2:30 pm (#2154 of 2979)

Sending charms to Julie A.'s gasline!

I have had Krispy Kremes when they were hot, but they really do taste like normal glazed doughnuts to me.

Ginny- My favorites "oh farm boy" "aaaaasssss youuuuuuuuuu wisssssshhhhhhh!!!!!!" "Oh my Wesley!!" And boom she goes down too!(when he is rolling down the hill!), of course "that would be inconseevibllee" "I spent 3 years building up an immunity..." "woove, twuu woove" and "marridgee" Ok I'll stop now, but I just looovee that movie!!!

Yup! I love that movie too- those are awesome lines! When I was younger (about Cool my brother and I had the bright idea that we would put on a play. He would be Indigo Montoya and I would be the six fingered man. We practiced all the time, but never actually performed the play. I loved Billy Crystal in the movie, Miracle Max.

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!

~Kristina

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 8, 2006 2:32 pm (#2155 of 2979)

Ohhh where is that cold compress!!!??? How awful would that be?? I can't even begin to think of what he would do to HP!!

*runs away screaming*

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Catherine - Jul 8, 2006 3:50 pm (#2156 of 2979)

Hey Loopy, according to TLC, we all had a narrow escape with M. Night Shyamalong-a-ding-dong. Better have a cold compress ready before you read it—Denise

OK, I took the bait. I went directly to TLC, and then, and only then, realized the absolute horror that Loopy Lupin will feel. *scurries around*

All cold compresses are being collected. Please direct them toward Loopy Lupin. Thank you.

On the other hand, Lupin is Lupin is probably cackling with glee!

EDIT: Ginny, you can finish with yours first, and then please pass it along.

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Regan of Gong - Jul 8, 2006 4:15 pm (#2157 of 2979)

Said he wanted complete reign over the whole production, adoption papers and everything.

Back from Melbourne, 11 hours straight in the car. At least we had DVD players, and I read CoS. Wasn't feeling real well the whole time, sore throat etc. It seemed that my brother wanted to headbutt my elbow the whole time, but I didn't let him...he he he...

Made a new avatar, especially for Choices and her band of hoodie-haters.

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Marè - Jul 8, 2006 4:16 pm (#2158 of 2979)

He directed unbreakable? Oh the horror! That was one of the most predictable movies I've ever seen.
And it was bad too...

And Finn, tempting idea, how much would it cost to mail a computer?

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Catherine - Jul 8, 2006 4:20 pm (#2159 of 2979)

Regan, I am ROFL at your Pink Hoodie of Doom avatar.

My hubby, Mr. Catherine, thinks that is one of the best things I've ever related from the HP forum.

He's a muggle, but I'm calling him over to see avatar--well done.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 8, 2006 4:21 pm (#2160 of 2979)

Love the new Avatar, Regan! Glad your trip went well, cheering charms to your throat!

~Kristina

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boop - Jul 8, 2006 4:37 pm (#2161 of 2979)

Marie, Your daughters are beautiful.

Madam Pince, Cute story.

Julie, I am sending charms your way.

Eponine, Good luck to Mr. Eponine on the new job.

Julie x, **hugs**

Have a great weekend everyone.

hugs always

boop

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Laura W - Jul 8, 2006 4:43 pm (#2162 of 2979)

   "It's just that I hate glazed donuts. And you can never find anything other than glazed at Krispy Kreme. That's why something like Tim Horton's (**waves to Laura W, who will be acquainted with this largely-Canadian donut place**) is great, because their selection is so varied."



(**waves back to Finn**)

When our troops first went over to Afghanistan and were complaining about homesickness (it is generally the young who are put on the front lines, in everybody's armed forces, after all), the Tim Horton's chain - which has been around since Dumbledore was a boy, and I am not exaggerating - shipped them a huge quantity of bags of Tim Horton's coffee to remind them of home. The Canadian soldiers were so grateful that they taped themselves drinking the beverage and giving unsolicited testimonials about how it had helped their morale. For a while, Tim Horton's was using these in its television commercials. (And, trust me, they broadcast A LOT of commercials.)

Despite the endless variety of donuts and other baked goods, including sandwiches, found in "Timmy's" - yeah, that is what some of us call it (yick!) -, the reason an awful lot of people in this country go there is because they think the coffee is the best ever. I do not happen to be of that school, incidentally, but it is a known fact that a lot of Canadians could not function without their daily or twice-daily hit of Tim Horton's coffee.

Tim Horton was a Toronto Maple Leaf hockey player when I was a child. After retiring, he decided to open up a couple of donut shops and the rest ... well, you have to read Tim Horton's, A History. (Hermoine probably has.  :sillygrin

Laura

Oh yeah, and if anybody from Tim Horton's head office is reading this, I will be watching my mail for the cheque you will be sending me for giving you ad space on HP Lexicon Forum. Smile

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Catherine - Jul 8, 2006 4:49 pm (#2163 of 2979)

Or maybe send to the HP Lexicon Forum!

I wonder if any Krispy Kreme folks have read this? :looks around hopefully:

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Finn BV - Jul 8, 2006 5:02 pm (#2164 of 2979)

LOL, thanks for the anecdote Laura!

I get the RSS feed of Leaky News, and I saw the indicator that there was some news, so I went over and what do I find but…… THE HORROR!! I dropped everything I was doing (except my computer, thank goodness, that's still intact) and came straight here to see if Loopy had passed out. No word from him yet, what shall we do??? PS Melissa Anelli said she liked Lady in the Water a lot.

Mare, maybe you can send computers virtually.

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Madam Pince - Jul 8, 2006 5:42 pm (#2165 of 2979)

I think the problem with the Krispy Kremes is that it is definitely a totally different product if it is sold cold in a grocery store or a 7-11 type shop. The place to go is an honest-to-goodness Krispy Kreme Donut Shop with the "Hot Doughnuts Now" sign in the window.

We love and quote The Princess Bride here in our house, too. Miracle Max and his wife totally stole the show, in my opinion. For less than 10 minutes of screen time, they were complete gems. When Mr. Pince or I say something that the other one didn't understand and has to say "What?", we answer "To blaaaavvveee...."

Am v. disappointed (as Bridget Jones would say.) Got all dressed up for our date -- Little Pince to his great-aunt's house -- went to the movie theatre mid-afternoon where Pirates is showing hourly on multiple screens. Every showing totally sold out -- the next open one was 8:40pm tonight. I figured they would be sold out for the Saturday evening shows on opening weekend, but I really thought we'd be safe at 3:30 in the afternoon on a day that's lovely outside. Sigh.... So then we tried a different theatre for DaVinci's Code and it had just started a half-hour before and wouldn't show again until 7:00pm. It was just not in the cards. So we went to Home Depot for an hour (naturally, when faced with an unexpected free couple of hours, Mr. Pince thinks the thing to do is go wander around Home Depot..   ) and then we went out to a very nice dinner at a new steak place / sports bar. Excellent food and very strong Cosmopolitans. Or maybe I'm just out of practice. Anyway, it was an OK evening although we missed out on the movie. Next time, I suppose!

I'm going to finish watching the first season of Boston Legal on DVD instead. Everyone enjoy the RotD!

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Solitaire - Jul 8, 2006 5:46 pm (#2166 of 2979)

Okay, I am definitely missing something, so someone is going to have to fill me in. Because my online "playtime"--online time which has absolutely nothing to do with lesson prep or answering parent emails--is severely restricted during school months, I really limit the number of threads I follow. Um ... pink hoodie of doom? I do not have time to search its entire history. Are you talking about the sweatshirt Hermione wore in most of her scenes in the PoA movie?

If that is indeed the issue, I have another question. Is it just me, or did the kids wear their robes MUCH less in the third movie? Is there a place where this is addressed, so that I don't get spanked for mentioning it here? Just asking ...

Solitaire

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Eponine - Jul 8, 2006 5:53 pm (#2167 of 2979)

We saw Pirates 2 today. Mr. Eponine and I both enjoyed it, but I still like the first one better.

Mike, I have a question about sold out movie showings. Our showing was sold out, but there were still a lot of seats available down at the front. I've been told before that theatres leave a cushion of available seats, and I was wondering if that's standard practice. Why do they do that?

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B]Solitaire[/B] - Jul 8, 2006 6:00 pm (#2168 of 2979)

Well, who wants to sit down front? You'd have to have a massage or chiropractic appointment immediately following the movie, to take the kinks out of your neck. I'd rather wait for any movie to come on HBO than sit in the front row!

Solitaire

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Lilly P - Jul 8, 2006 6:51 pm (#2169 of 2979)

Excellent food and very strong Cosmopolitans. Or maybe I'm just out of practice. - Madame Pince

LOL Madame P.! I think we need to start a "Favorite Quotes" thread for the Fourm in addition to the books! This would have my vote!

Well, who wants to sit down front? You'd have to have a massage or chiropractic appointment immediately following the movie, to take the kinks out of your neck. –Solitare

any excuse to get a massage! Use it!

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Regan of Gong - Jul 8, 2006 7:01 pm (#2170 of 2979)

Potterhead wrote sometime last May:

I think a reference to the Pink Hoodie has also become short hand for the concern that the movie makers will stray too far from the books. It encapsulates concerns over, for instance, making Hermione really pretty and hip earlier than in the books (or rather, just allowing the beauty of the actress to shine through unimpeded), replacing robes with uniforms, ditching even the uniforms for Muggle clothing, and using pencils instead of quills, just to name a few.

I think this was a most excellent post. I think I might have got my names mixed up again, as Choices doesn't seem to mind the hoodie from what I just read in that thread. But I think what Potterhead wrote was/is quite true. Besides, lots of people didn't like Hermione wearing it anyway, so it's really just some fun.

There's lots of discussion about the robes/uniforms/muggle clothing a couple of hundred posts back on the Prisoner of Azkaban thread, so I suggest you head there, Solitare. There's also a humourous forum posts thread, Lilly P, maybe you could post there.

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Lilly P - Jul 8, 2006 7:07 pm (#2171 of 2979)

duh! I can't believe I forgot that thread :smacks myself on the forehead: I think I'm overtired, I'll head to bed before I make any more stupid posts!

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Puck - Jul 8, 2006 7:19 pm (#2172 of 2979)

Okay, I guess I have to go to TLC to check out Sham-a-lang-a-ding-dong.

Have fun storming the castle!

Kathy
editor’s note:  TLC is shorthand for “The Leaky Cauldron,” a Harry Potter website, which is also referred to as “The Leaky.”

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Tazzygirl - Jul 8, 2006 7:38 pm (#2173 of 2979)
Edited Jul 8, 2006 8:51 pm

I just went to TLC to see what you all were talking about. (For some reason I thought you all were talking about TLC on TV. **headdesk** Common sense would be Duh! ) My response upon reading the article was a GASP! NOO! and then a brief moment where I couldn't breathe. I really hope Shamalama-ding-dong doesn't direct HBP or book 7....

**passes yet more cold compresses to Loopy Lupin's ever increasing pile**

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Jul 8, 2006 8:44 pm (#2174 of 2979)

Ahh well back from the concert, it was great, but we got there late, so we didn't hear all of who I wanted to hear, but non the less they are very good live.

If Shamalama directs HBP I will protest! NOOOO!!!! I can't say I wouldn't watch it, but I gosh let’s just say this is the worst case scenario! **Passes all the cold packs in my fridge to Loopy Lupin**

I agree about the pink hoodie deal and how they didn't wear robes in PoA that was terrible. The hoodie is cute though! But not for Hermione. I agree too about letting Emma's looks overtake Hermione. There was hardly any bushiness to her hair in PoA! Oh well I guess I'll head over to the movie thread so I don't get deleted here!

I just realized that this whole time I've been spelling donut wrong. Oops! Its donut not dough-nut! I knew it looked weird! lol forgive my terrible spelling it seems to be getting worse by the second!

Have a great night!

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Finn BV - Jul 8, 2006 8:51 pm (#2175 of 2979)

Hehe, Regan, forgot before, great avatar!! For those interested, we make fun of the pink hoodie over on Potty Five Words. (Shameless plug there…)

TLC interviewed the kids on set of PoA a while ago. They talked about their clothes here:

Q: You get to wear a lot of your clothes in the last half of this movie. Does that help you feel more like yourself?

DR: Obviously in the first two films the story dictated that we were just in uniform a lot of the time, because a lot of the story takes place during the school year, where as in this one a lot of it takes place during the holidays. So I think it makes it slightly more relaxed I supposed.

EW: I definitely felt that.

RG: [Shaking head in disagreement] Ron's clothes are very itchy jumpers.

EW: In uniform everyone looks the same and I think it's good because it got all sort of different people's personalities out.

Madam P, sorry you missed out on the movies! You'll get to it soon! **listening to this addicting song from the soundtrack**

Okay, off to bed!

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Amilia Smith - Jul 8, 2006 9:11 pm (#2176 of 2979)

I just realized that this whole time I've been spelling donut wrong. Oops! Its donut not dough-nut! I knew it looked weird! lol forgive my terrible spelling it seems to be getting worse by the second!

Not to worry, Tori. I think doughnut is an either or. I hope so, anyway, as I prefer the long spelling myself . . .

Mills.

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 8, 2006 9:13 pm (#2177 of 2979)

The pink hoodie! Always bothered me that they had on muggle attire. JKR makes such a point of them being challenged at this, so it totally contradicts the book! GRRRR!!

M. Night Samalama-ding-dong needs to be sent to Azkaban just for Loopy's sake!(He may need Madam P's Cosmopolitan if ding-ding directs it!) *Quickly passes everything frozen to Loopy, while hoping that his response will come soon, so we can be sure he hasn't passed out!*

Have a great night everyone!!

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Stephanie M. - Jul 8, 2006 10:08 pm (#2178 of 2979)

Hey everyone!

I just skipped about 240 posts to quickly say that my sister and I just saw the Devil Wears Prada, and it was SERIOUSLY one of the best movies that I have ever seen in my life! This was the second time that my sister saw it too. The office that they filmed it in is the office that my sister works in, so that was very cool. I felt like that movie was based on my life since I work at a magazine company, and there are people who are as intimidating as the character of Miranda (I actually did a project last year with an Editor and Chief named Miranda).

On another note, my sister and I also saw Wordplay right before we saw Devil Wears Prada, and thought that that was also a great film! I only wish I could do crossword puzzles that fast!

I will have a lot of post reading to do tomorrow!

Have a great night/morning everyone!

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Madam Pince - Jul 8, 2006 10:13 pm (#2179 of 2979)

Mike, your eyes, your eyes!!! Cover your eyes!!!

Too late.

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geauxtigers - Jul 8, 2006 11:01 pm (#2180 of 2979)

Well I've just said my piece on Mugglenet! Everyone there is like 'Oh Shamalama is great, he could twist the movies so much that would be cool!' I politely told them that they were mad! lol Imagine what Loopy would say....he’s still not around yet is he... haha! Well I'm off to find something to eat because I had pizza at 2:30, so I wasn't hungry around dinner, which means now I am at one in the morning....and all we have is Oreos and easy-mac....Ginny is eating something right now, I hear a wrapper, I must investigate!

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Puck - Jul 9, 2006 5:07 am (#2181 of 2979)

Brief change of subject.

Baby Puck is on the verge of a first word. I had thought it would be "Dada", then "Mama" seemed to have a chance. Now, it seems clear that it will be "dit-ty" -aka "Kitty".

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Chemyst - Jul 9, 2006 5:47 am (#2182 of 2979)

Actually. geuxtigers, you got the spelling right both times because both are correct. Doughnut / donut is one of those English words in transition. Perhaps by the time you are old and gray, your grandkids can smile at your provincial spelling; but for now, you're good.

Aw, Puck! You have an animal lover, how sweet. My first child's first word was "light" and all these years later it still fits.

I don't think we have anything to worry about with the M. Night Shyamalan stuff. As Regan pointed out, he wanted "adoption papers and everything." I don't think WB would risk derailing their gravy train like that. It would probably do M Night some good if he were forced to use someone else's script though. He is much better at visuals than storylines.
 ...and in case you wondered, "he were" is the proper form in the subjunctive mood used in some conditional "if" clauses.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 9, 2006 7:36 am (#2183 of 2979)

...and in case you wondered, "he were" is the proper form in the subjunctive mood used in some conditional "if" clauses.---Chemyst

Of course it is.

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Mediwitch - Jul 9, 2006 7:51 am (#2184 of 2979)

Went to a very cool restored 1920s theater last night to see Pirates; I liked it (thought the first was better though) but Mr. Mediwitch fell asleep! It's really nothing new and different - I swear if he sits down for more than 10 minutes he's out cold. The theater is decorated in art deco style with nice comfy chairs, and you can order drinks and dinner. (The comfy chair and a visit with Sam Adams is Mr. Mediwitch's excuse for nodding off.)

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Madam Pince - Jul 9, 2006 8:45 am (#2185 of 2979)

Congratulations to Baby Puck on her first word! So cute!

Sending thoughts to anyone involved in the bad plane accident in Irkutsk. I recognized that town name in the news because the vet in All Creatures Great and Small, one of my favorite books, had visited there and written a good bit about it. Such a shame about the accident.

Off to Northern Virginia to try (yet again) to make some headway on cleaning out my aunt's house. I'll probably be over there for two weeks as that's how long my mom is staying there, so I will undoubtedly be facing mountains of posts when I return!

Everyone enjoy the RotD (and next few weeks!)

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Good Evans - Jul 9, 2006 10:46 am (#2186 of 2979)

Madam Pince, I am so sorry that you didn’t get your "perfect date", still at last you had a nice meal with hubby anyway!!

Kathy, I am just surprised it wasn't "Harry" but “light” will work too, are you sure it wasn't "green light"??? LOL

Regan - I can't get worked up about the hoodie myself, I don’t like it but .... However I do love your avatar Excellent!

We went to Turville for lunch today, it was great. Turville has the windmill that was used in the film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” it has the vicarage from the Vicar of Dibley and many episodes of Midsomer Murders have been filmed there, so there you go!!

Actually it was the most beautiful village , some buildings are very old and we had a lovely lunch, so there you have it, left here at 9.15 this morning and got back at 5.15 (missed the men’s final at Wimbledon but we did listen to most of it on the radio) ah well, you can't have everything!

have a great evening folks!

Julie

x

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Solitaire - Jul 9, 2006 10:52 am (#2187 of 2979)

An A for you, Chemyst, from this English teacher!

Puck, I am surprised. I thought Baby Puck's first word would be Harry!

Madam Pince, you are more than welcome to swing by here when you finish with Auntie's house. I just vacuumed the front room, office, and halls, and my back is killing me. I can't wait to get my new flooring. I will be able to "Swiffer," which should be less stressful than pushing around an old, heavy vac ... I hope!

Solitaire

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 9, 2006 12:19 pm (#2188 of 2979)

...and in case you wondered, "he were" is the proper form in the subjunctive mood used in some conditional "if" clauses.---Chemyst

Well you've confused me now! That's how I would have worded it but never would have guessed the reasoning behind it and now I see why!!

Kathy, that's soo cute! I can't remember what my first word was...have to ask mom!

Can't remember anything else so have a great RotD everyone!

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 9, 2006 12:54 pm (#2189 of 2979)

Dear Forumers:

Mr. Loopy has asked that I, his secretary, draft this letter to you all to advise that, after a brief period of hospitalization, he is fully recovered from the news that a certain director is even being considered to direct one of the remaining Harry Potter films. Please stop sending cold compresses and ice packs. They are all melting and threaten to flood the office.

Please also be advised that Mr. Loopy has taken a leave of absence and is currently en route to Scotland where he will chuck DVD's of The Village at Ms. Rowling's bedroom window until either she agrees to speak with him about this horror or until he is arrested. (Wiring instructions for contributions to Mr. Loopy's legal defense fund will be forthcoming.) Failing that, Mr. Loopy will head to Warner Brothers headquarters in Hollywood to make a spectacle of himself until his demands are met. Any rumors that you might hear involving sightings of Mr. Loopy carrying rope and duct tape at the premiere of The Lady in the Water will be false.

Very truly yours

Mr. Loopy's Secretary

P.S. and in case you wondered, "he were" is the proper form in the subjunctive mood used in some conditional "if" clauses. – Chemyst

Mr. Loopy advises that he weren't wondering.

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Good Evans - Jul 9, 2006 12:58 pm (#2190 of 2979)

LOL Loopy!!!

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Finn BV - Jul 9, 2006 1:26 pm (#2191 of 2979)

ROFL!! Where is Tim for a comeback?

Mr. Loopy's Secretary writes very passionately for a neutral point of view.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 9, 2006 1:28 pm (#2192 of 2979)

You all have been very busy while I was sick! Well, it does not feel like quite so many razors when I swallow (feeling your pain, Regan) and I can actually sit up without having to find a place on which to lean my head (or bang against to offer counter pressure from the incessant headache). I finally broke my fever around 2 a.m. after nearly a day on antibiotics. Mr. HH called our doctor friend who came over on Sat. Needless to say, I have had to listen to several rounds of "stubborn Hungarian" in the last few days. (Glances in the direction of her fellow cheddar.)

Solitaire, thanks for the smiley help!

Marie - the girls are lovely and I can see what they mean by trouble in the near future.

Finn, congrats on your new cousin, Campbell! How about a pic? I do love those baby pics.

LOL, Little Pince!

Congrats to baby Puck for having said her first word. Solitaire, I agree in that I was expecting to hear "Haee" or something of that nature.

Loopy, I am now considering using "Have you lost your mind considering 'M' as your director" for submission for her August 1 appearance.

Mediwitch, that sounds like a great treat to visit a theater like that. (Mr. HH would definitely enjoy it and probably end up like your hubby did. )

Sorry my post is so long - I've missed so much!

EDIT: Congratulations to Italy! I wish it didn't have to come down to penalty kicks, though.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 9, 2006 1:45 pm (#2193 of 2979)

ROFL, Loopy!

Healing charms to those who need them!

Nathaniel's first word was 'Ball', and then upgraded to 'Out the door' but pronounced it 'outdador'.

Off to find some reasonably priced plates for my kitchen...

Have a fantastic RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 9, 2006 1:52 pm (#2194 of 2979)

at Loopy. If you need any assistance in your upcoming endeavors, don't hesitate to call!

...toddles off with evil grin stuck on face...

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Lina - Jul 9, 2006 1:54 pm (#2195 of 2979)

Healing charms to Maria!

I thought that baby Puck's first word was her Mum's name, wasn't it?

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 9, 2006 2:00 pm (#2196 of 2979)

Thanks, Lina! I am glad to finally be up and about.

Her first word was a 'tweak' of the word kitty. Awwww.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 9, 2006 3:16 pm (#2197 of 2979)

Mr. Loopy's Secretary, I hope your employer is successful. I am sending a "Listniato" (opposite of Muffliato) spell your way in the hopes that said persons will hear Mr. Loopy and ensure certain events will not occur. Best Regards, LPO

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Catherine - Jul 9, 2006 3:56 pm (#2198 of 2979)

I share in the ROFL over Loopy's latest post.

Dear Loopy. Poor Loopy. *pats head consolingly*

Trials and sufferings--but you're going to be happy about it.-PoA film

I must order a cease and desist for the cold compresses--please people, keep the frozen vegetables to yourselves. Same goes for the ice packs, the water bottles, and the weird blue thingies. Move along. There you go.....

I guess this is NOT the time to announce to Loopy Lupin that I finally got a new cell phone. And his number is programmed in, along with Lupin is Lupin, in case we ever meet on a vacation again.

Normally, I'm not this optimistic....

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timrew - Jul 9, 2006 4:07 pm (#2199 of 2979)

I watched 100 best family films on channel 4 tonight (that's UK, folks!), and was absolutely amazed when ET won.

I've always hated that film! It is too twee, too sentimental, and too 'Old Yeller' for me.

How it got to number 1 I'll never know! I think it's one of the worst films of all time.....................but that's my own opinion!

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kaykay1970 - Jul 9, 2006 4:26 pm (#2200 of 2979)

Congratulations to Baby Puck on the first word! My 15 year old's first word was beeseball (baseball) so he and Nathaniel have something in common!
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Catherine - Jul 9, 2006 4:36 pm (#2201 of 2979)

I love "first words."

My Claire's first "real" word was "Octagaaaa" > octagon-- we had a LOT of stop signs outside our apartment in downtown Austin, and she had a shape puzzle. Apparently, a shape-savvy adult (Mr. Catherine) clued her in that a stop sign is an "octagon." Go figure.

Hayley's first word other than "Mama" was "Bee" for "bacon." Well, we DO live in Eastern NC, where there are (supposedly) more pigs than people! [Waits for Kim's reaction to this]

My family loves to compare/contrast these words and their implications ever so much.

They are right a lot of the time.

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Marie E. - Jul 9, 2006 4:53 pm (#2202 of 2979)

Oh, poor Loopy! There's no way there actually considering him, are they?

Catherine, I realized I forgot to answer your question about where in VA we'll be. My in-laws have a house near Falls Mills (I have no idea where that is because they have moved since I was last there) and a lake house near Clarksville, which is near South Boston. (I know there are tons of errors in that last sentence.)

We are still experiencing horrible rainy days and flood warnings. What a difference a week makes, eh? They say it will stop raining on Tuesday, but of course we leave on Tuesday.

Shayla had an interesting question. She asked if the basilisk was female or male. Any ideas?

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Catherine - Jul 9, 2006 5:55 pm (#2203 of 2979)

Marie--OM goodness.

My cousins live there--and my Mum grew up in Boydton, Va.--quite close.

We may be relations--after all-- everyone else who lives there IS related.

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Viola Intonada - Jul 9, 2006 6:20 pm (#2204 of 2979)

LOL, Loopy! Maybe she is just playing a very late April Fool's joke on us. (We can only hope)

Marie, I think basilisks are gender neutral since they can not reproduce. Have a great vacation!

This summer is going by way too fast! I thought I would have more time to do things with the kids out of school. Boy, was I ever mistaken.

Happy RotD everyone!

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Mediwitch - Jul 9, 2006 6:59 pm (#2205 of 2979)

One of my very good friends from college lives quite near South Boston! Wave for me if you go to Clarksville!

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timrew - Jul 9, 2006 7:36 pm (#2206 of 2979)

Post 2206...........Gosh! I s'pose ET has its fans out there. Is there anyone that hates it as much as me?! LOL!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 9, 2006 7:40 pm (#2207 of 2979)

I don't really mind it much, granted I haven't seen it since I was like 5 so I don't remember it much. Don't think it should have been #1 though!

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geauxtigers - Jul 9, 2006 7:53 pm (#2208 of 2979)
Edited Jul 9, 2006 8:31 pm

LOL Loopy!

Tim, I haven't seen ET in forever so I can't say, it should have been something like The Princess Bride! Now That’s a good movie!

Wow Mills, only 40 That’s not good! It should be way higher!

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Amilia Smith - Jul 9, 2006 8:28 pm (#2209 of 2979)

Tori, I just looked up the list, and Princess Bride made #40. I liked several of the movies further down on the list better than I liked the top 10. Go figure.

Mills.

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Denise P. - Jul 9, 2006 8:33 pm (#2210 of 2979)

*:waves hand wildly*: Me!! Tim! Me, I hate it! Seriously, I was in high school when it came out and I went out on a date with someone who took me to see it. I was bored to tears and was sighing in disgust at all the weeping girls in the theater. I did nearly weep at one point during the movie...when I realized it still had 40 minutes to go. Time passed, I thought perhaps I would find it less cloying when it was released again not long ago. Nope, I had to leave the room when the kids watched it because it just made my skin crawl.

Rhys, Devin and I are heading off for a week of camp in the morning. I just finished making 9 shirts for us to wear. Years ago, the boys had decided that they were (as a group)Black Knights. I got them black shirts and then stamped Black Knights on it, our pack number and then our symbol(horse head) with their name on it. I think they will like them, Devin gave them a thumbs up. I have heard from everyone who assured me they would be at the meeting point on time since I really don't want to leave anyone but we have to be there at a specific time to check in. If we don't check in as a group, we run the risk of being put in different campsites.

Princess Bride is a classic. I read the book years before the movie, we used to act it out at school and do swordfights. If you have never read the book, give it a shot. The movie is great but the book is even better.

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Solitaire - Jul 9, 2006 9:08 pm (#2211 of 2979)

Where is this list of movies? Just curious ...

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 9, 2006 9:29 pm (#2212 of 2979)

Soli, here's the link I found : here

I'm pretty sure this site is ok as it's the official site for Channel 4 in Britain.

I think Finding Nemo sould have been higher up there, there were lots that I think should have been higher up, not really a fan of Mary Poppins, Shrek, The Lion King, Willy Wonka, Toy Story, and Pirates are some of my favorites as well. Not really a fan of Wizard of Oz either. Gosh They should have asked me!! In my Opinion ET should have been like 98 or something.

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Solitaire - Jul 9, 2006 9:55 pm (#2213 of 2979)

Thanks, VirginiaElizabeth. I must agree ... there were many wonderful movies I could think of that did not make the list and many on the list that I wouldn't walk into the other room to see.

I was stunned to see Summer Holiday on the list ... the old chestnut! I haven't seen that one in years. It's okay, but I preferred Mr. Hobbs Takes A Vacation, which was made about the same time and starred Jimmy Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Fabian, and had the same ingenue, Lauri Peters. Oh, well ... I guess my list would be different. LOL

Solitaire

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Stephanie M. - Jul 9, 2006 10:48 pm (#2214 of 2979)

Congratulations Finn! That's so exciting!

Congratulations to Baby Puck on her first word!

ET scared me sooo much! I used to think that ET lived behind my sofa, and I wouldn't walk behind it, let alone sit in it. But once I realized that he didn't live behind the sofa, I then started to think that he lived in one of the medicine cabinets in my bathroom... I haven't seen the movie since.

I saw Pirates 2 today, and thought that it was very good, but a little confusing (I also didn't see the first movie, so that could have been why I found some things a little hard to follow).

I am currently watching the end of POA, and I wasn't fully paying attention, so I suddenly heard this cry from a wolf, and I almost screamed! It scared me so badly!

One of my first "words" was baboo aka pumpkin. My dad got a pumpkin for Halloween one year, and said, "Stephanie, this is a pumpkin. Can you say pumpkin?" Me: "baboo" Dad: "No. Pumpkin. Can you say pumpkin?" Me: "baboo". My parents realized that I couldn't pronounce any of the sounds in the word "pumpkin". My cousin Jason is about a year in a half, and he calls his grandma Amboo because he can't really pronounce the sounds all together.

My sister's first word (besides Mama and Dada) was radio. She is now working at a music company...

Have a good night and morning everyone!

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geauxtigers - Jul 9, 2006 11:15 pm (#2215 of 2979)

Gosh! some of those movies are ranked too high! I'm glad Cool Runinngs on there, that was a good movie. Finding Nemo should be higher, Princess Bride number one followed by Nemo, ET should be like I dunno not in the top 30. I can't remember what else, oh I'm glad the Willy Wonka was the original, the new one is just not the same in the slightest. Mary Poppins creeped me out when she sang the spoonful of sugar song and I can't explain it.... she looks possessed or something; she’s too happy about taking medicine.... Shrek was a great movie, one of the few well-placed ones...Nemo is better though but barely... Okay I'm off to bed have to get up early cause I'm working Pre-school games at VBS this week. I'm not looking forward to attempting to play duck, duck, goose with 3 year olds as they don't get it and stare at everyone else who also doesn't know what to do... ah well we shall just turn on the bubble machine!

lol Steph about E.T.!

night all!

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Snuffles - Jul 10, 2006 12:26 am (#2216 of 2979)

Gosh, so many posts to read

Marie, your girls are gorgeous. Will Mr. E. be making your house 'unplottable' when they get older?

Kathy, congrats on baby Puck's first word. So cute.

Hoping that Loopy is recovering well

E.T. I didn't mind the film when I was younger, but it was on T.V. the other month and I hated it!! Cannot imagine how it managed to be no.1 !!!

Hope everyone had a good weekend

Julie

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Puck - Jul 10, 2006 4:43 am (#2217 of 2979)

I like E.T..

Maria, glad you're feeling better!

LOL to Loopy!

I never thought of "Harry" for baby. I worked hard for Mama, but alas...

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azi - Jul 10, 2006 4:54 am (#2218 of 2979)

**Sends healing charms to Maria (even if you're slightly better, it won't hurt to have the charms!)**

Poor Loopy. At least it hasn't happened in the end...has it?

Love the new avatar, Snuffles!

Have a nice time camping Denise!

Ack, the 100 greatest whatever programmes get so annoying! They take so long and tend to include the worse things in the genre ever created! Never seen ET, but it always looked boring to me (was never one for soppiness, as we know well on Potty 5 words!).

Hmm, my first words included 'ted ted' (as in teddy) and 'tractor'.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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Pigwidgeon - Jul 10, 2006 5:22 am (#2219 of 2979)

Heh, I enjoyed ET as a youngster, but I think I saw it one too many times, and now I can't stand it.

I was shocked to find Triplets of Bellville on there (Bellville Rondevous). While that is an excellent animated film, it is NOT what I would consider family appropriate. Mind you, my own mother has been known to call me a prude, so take my opinion as you will...

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 10, 2006 5:35 am (#2220 of 2979)

*:waves hand wildly*: Me!! Tim! Me, I hate it! Seriously, I was in high school when it came out and I went out on a date with someone who took me to see it.

That reminds me of my lawschool roommate who took his soon-to-be wife out on their first date. He asked me for a movie suggestion and, without thinking, I offered up Pulp Fiction . Oops.

While that is an excellent animated film, it is NOT what I would consider family appropriate. – Pigwidgeon

Well, it was French so maybe some allowances were made.

Thanks for everyone's well-wishing. I'm still reeling over the M. Night news. I never made it to Scotland. It seems that as soon as the M. Night story came out, I was immediately placed on the "no fly" list. Someone at Homeland Security must post on this forum. ****looks around suspiciously*****

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Julie Aronson - Jul 10, 2006 7:13 am (#2221 of 2979)

LOL again, Loopy!! I saw Pulp Fiction on a date, but of course I dragged my boyfriend to see it...

Tim, I'm not a huge ET fan, but my dad loved it. However, he takes a completely different view of the movie: RT is still a stranded alien, but instead of finding love, etc, in the creepy family, he simply sucks the energy from the boy and uses every tool at his disposal to make his presence known for a rescue.

Certainly puts things in a different light, eh?

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Marie E. - Jul 10, 2006 7:26 am (#2222 of 2979)

Tim, I think it's a movie geared toward younger viewers. I was 12 when it came out and I thought it was wonderful. As an adult, I can't really watch without insulin nearby. I do think that Drew Barrymore acted pretty well for a 4 year old.

Lol, Snuffles. Mr. E has joked about cleaning his guns in front of dates, so I guess making the house unplottable would be acceptable to him.

Mediwitch, we'll be right outside Clarksville so I will definitely wave. And Catherine, he's not related to anyone in VA that I know of. Mr. E's parents are originally from Bluefield, WV. My mother-in-law has a lot of family in Lexington, NC.

I can see something suspicious in the sky. It looks like it might be blue, but I can't be sure. It's been so long since I've seen a non-cloudy sky. I checked Weatherbug and they have predicted "heavy local rainfall" for this afternoon. Blarg!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 10, 2006 7:27 am (#2223 of 2979)

Oh gee, first dates......I went on a first date with a really sweet guy, who after dinner and such, took me to A Clockwork Orange. I didn't understand a word anyone said.

I'm gonna jump on Denise's bandwagon and say I don't think I could sit through ET again.

EDIT: Marie, my husband makes that same joke. Except, I don't think he's joking.

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Steve Newton - Jul 10, 2006 7:37 am (#2224 of 2979)

The first movie that I took my future wife to was Raging Bull. One of the worst movies ever. Maybe that's why it took her 10 years to marry me.

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Marie E. - Jul 10, 2006 7:41 am (#2225 of 2979)

On my first date with Mr. E we went to see King Ralph which is a-not-very-good movie. If you ask him, he'll say I picked the movie. Wrong. I wanted to see The Hard Way starring Michael J. Fox.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 10, 2006 7:48 am (#2226 of 2979)

Thank you for the well wishes! (Can't have too many of those, azi. )

Well, now that I've gotten myself together, it's time to take back my house (it has gotten away from me, needless to say). Sunday, we are off to the shore with another family for a week. Really looking forward to it, but this month seems to be passing much too quickly.

Either Olivia or I will be keeping up with the threads, though. Now, if I can only figure out what to do with the chinchillas for the week - we're going away with the people who would be watching them for us.

I will try to look at that list in more detail, but Timrew, I can understand your disgust with seeing ET as #1. Though I can't say I hated it, I could take it or leave it. (The scene where they found that pink thing in the gully after he'd gone missing is forever etched in my mind. )

(Look Lina, I've got my portrait back! )

Marie, Mr. HH makes the same joke!

Julie, that does put it in a different light.

Did Elf make it? I thought that was cute and can still laugh after having had to watch it over and over again. I suppose you'll get nothing of intellect out of me - Monty Python's Holy Grail, Elf. . .I've destined myself to a life of empty-headed nuttiness.

Priscilla made scrambled eggs and toast for everyone this morning. Trevor has been helping to clean up and Olivia is folding clothes. I venture to guess today will be a good day.

Enjoy a great RotD/N everyone!

Maria

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 10, 2006 8:59 am (#2227 of 2979)

Oh gee, first dates......I went on a first date with a really sweet guy, who after dinner and such, took me to A Clockwork Orange. I didn't understand a word anyone said.

Horrorshow Kim! Maybe your malchick droog messel you govoreeted nadsat and would like to viddy a sinny?

ET is not one of those movies that I'll just watch whenever it comes on. I think Princess Bride was robbed in this whole thing although I can see why my personal favorite, Lion King , wasn't #1. I mean regicide isn't very family oriented.

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Catherine - Jul 10, 2006 9:52 am (#2228 of 2979)

Mr. E has joked about cleaning his guns in front of dates, so I guess making the house unplottable would be acceptable to him. --Maire

EDIT: Marie, my husband makes that same joke. Except, I don't think he's joking. –Kim


My dad would actually take my dates to see his gun collection. He would then ask them if they remembered what time my curfew was.

That tended to put a damper on things.

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haymoni - Jul 10, 2006 10:06 am (#2229 of 2979)

My dad had 2 lines -

If he sort of liked the boy, he would say, "Take good care of her - I need the tax deduction."

If he didn't like the boy - which was more often the case - he'd say, "Have a good time. Monica's going to the convent next week."

We didn't have a gun in the house and my dad's a Systems Analyst - not scary at all - so he'd probably bore them to death.

I never knew what the guys were so afraid of, but more than one breathed a huge sigh of relief as we left the house.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 10, 2006 10:08 am (#2230 of 2979)
Edited Jul 10, 2006 11:12 am

The first time I went on a date we were accompanied by my girlfriend's five sisters and went to see a Toy Story.

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geauxtigers - Jul 10, 2006 10:52 am (#2231 of 2979)

LOL Nathan! I agree, Princess Bride was robbed, I can see why Lion King wasn't as high as the whole Mufasa scene is though for little kids.

Well we got through our first day of VBS's pre-school games. Its really a though thing as Pin the tail on the donkey is very challenging concept for the 3 years olds. We just let them play with balloons, That’s all they wanted to do anyways!

Well all the water charms are working, because its raining here, and it won't stop! It's rain 4 days in a row **gasp** I woke up to a dark room, softly falling rain and distant rolling thunder...needless to say I did not want to get up. It was sleeping weather! But its good its raining, as things are slowly turning from brown to green and plants aren't as droopy.

Can't remember much else...Sorry that France lost! I was going for them yesterday! Raw deal that one! But Congratst to Italy, it was good game!

Home-run derby tonight, All-Star game tomorrow! wooo!

Off to check the threads, might pop into the chat room too.

Have a great day everyone

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 10, 2006 11:03 am (#2232 of 2979)
Edited Jul 10, 2006 11:46 am

I shudder to think of what lines my dad will come up with for dates.... *shudders*

I love The Lion King! But I must agree that some parts aren't as family-oriented as they are scary, but it's such a great movie. I wish A Christmas Story was on there! That's such a classic in our family, we watch the 24 hour marathon every christmas. It does have a few parts that aren't really "family"(like the leg lamp) but It can't be any worse than some of them on that list! Oh man now I;m relaying lines from that one too!!

VBS was boring.....only 4 days left.....

Off to check threads

Have a great RotD everyone!

EDIT: Stephanie M. -  James and the Giant Peach scared me too! I used to hate that movie and I think I've only seen it once!

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Steve Newton - Jul 10, 2006 11:06 am (#2233 of 2979)

Yes, A Christmas Story should be there. I'll have to do some thinking about some more.

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Stephanie M. - Jul 10, 2006 11:41 am (#2234 of 2979)

Marie, your daughters are beautiful!

I have no idea what my dad will say about my dates, since my sister has never actually dated (or told us that she was dating someone), so I have nothing to go by. But my sister did go with one of her friends, who is a year younger than her, to prom, and my dad asked me if he was nice. Plus, a lot of other random things about him, such as, is he was smart? What part of the school paper did he write for? etc. So I just wonder what will happen. If he likes the guy, then he'll be obsessed with him. If he doesn't like the guy... then I don't know what will happen. My sister and I usually have good taste in friends.

I was surprised that James and the Giant Peach wasn't up there because most of the movies on the list scared me when I was little, and I distinctly remember putting my blanket over my head for most of the movie. I think I was afraid of the possibility that a peach could be that large. I was also afraid of the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because of the Oompa Loompas and the fact that the girl turned into a giant blueberry. I guess I have a fear of very large fruit...

Strangly enough, I loved Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Jurassic Park when I was younger.

I thought that The Lion King should have been #1, and I thought that there should have been more Disney movies. What happened to Cinderella? The Little Mermaid? They might have been a little young for the list, but they are family movies, and most people have seen those famous Disney movies.

Edit: Added a word.

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geauxtigers - Jul 10, 2006 12:14 pm (#2235 of 2979)

I agree, more Disney movies, we are such Disney freaks in my house, we have just about every Disney movie ever made! Steph, the Giant Peach used to scare me too. All I can remember of that one is that stupid peach and yes it did freak me out. I think I've only seen it once and it might not have even been all the way through! lol

A Christmas Story, is probably my all-time favorite movie ever made. I've been watching it as long as I can remember its just so funny! Me, Ginny, and my dad all know basically every line to it and it drives my mom crazy when we watch it because there are 3 people saying everything at the same time! Fra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra! CHOP! lol "It was, soap poisoning!" "Daddy's gonna kill Ralphieeeeeeee!!!" I could go on forever...!

Is Beauty and the Beast on there, I remember being scared when I was little, but now I love it!

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Solitaire - Jul 10, 2006 12:15 pm (#2236 of 2979)

I have to admit I was surprised at some of the oldies that made the list, like Swiss Family Robinson. I loved them as a kid, but most of my students throw a fit about the "old movies" some teachers bring on days when we have a party.

BTW, that reminds me ... has anyone seen and loved the old Disney chestnut Summer Magic, with Haley Mills? I loved almost everything she was in.

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 10, 2006 12:20 pm (#2237 of 2979)

I thought Lion King should have been number one. Oh well. I loved Swiss Family Robinson. I like E.T. too. Elliot got a little annoying, but other than that I thought the movie was pretty good. Nemo is also one of my all time favorites.

Off to take a walk with 'Thaniel.

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Lavandula - Jul 10, 2006 12:21 pm (#2238 of 2979)

Thanks for the link to the top 100 family movies!!!

I too get the "willies" when I think of ET in the closet. I think I may be dating myself but here comes my votes: Star Wars, Bed Knobs and Broomsticks, the Muppet Movie, and Bambi. I really am glad to see that Big, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Ghostbusters made it because those were great ones too. My children would vote for Lion King as well.

My father used to use the line about knowing how to "castrate bulls" from his days on the farm when my boyfriends were around. Today Mr. L just reminds our daughter that his 17 years working at a Juvenile Correctional Facility would come in handy if ever there were a problem.

Enjoy the vacations, camp, Bible school, and everything else this week everyone!!

I am enjoying Day #1 with no children, since the youngest went off to camp yesterday. But unfortunately the sky is getting dark, so off to the computer I go instead of working in the garden. I only hope it is not raining at camp.

Have a great day! Cathy

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kaykay1970 - Jul 10, 2006 12:26 pm (#2239 of 2979)

My kids loved the Lion King. Pretty obvious I guess considering they named the dog Simba. But I must admit I liked The Little Mermaid better...

I've never seen Summer Magic, but I loved Haley Mills in Pollyanna and the original Parent Trap!

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Solitaire - Jul 10, 2006 12:35 pm (#2240 of 2979)

Kay, Summer Magic is really hilarious as one of those "transition" movies Haley Mills made. It has a great supporting cast: Eddie Hodges, Peter Brown (the hunky Texas ranger on Laredo), James Stacy, and lots of good oldies. Burl Ives is wonderful, as always. If you can find it, rent it.

BTW, I also loved the original Yours, Mine and Ours.

Solitaire

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 10, 2006 12:47 pm (#2241 of 2979)

Wayne, I'm sure this will come as no surprise to you, but I hated The Lion King. The story was fine even if they did rip off Kimba, The White Lion but how much do I need to pay Elton John to get him to promise not to score another Disney film?

BTW, that reminds me ... has anyone seen and loved the old Disney chestnut Summer Magic, with Haley Mills? I loved almost everything she was in.---Solitaire

I haven't seen it Solitaire, but in defense of Miss Mills and her namesakes, it's HaYley. (This is from a while back and a different thread but no surprise to me that you're a Grammar God, too. )

OK, I just took a look at the list...isn't Grease a little risque for family viewing night? The Red Balloon??? One of the worst films ever. It's like those children's books that adults love but kids never look at. A LOTR film? *waves to Loopy*

What about Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog or my 70's favorite Escape to Witch Mountain? And seriously, they left out The Little Princess (the Shirley Temple version not the Cuaron one)? Waits for Denise to supply the much needed quote...

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haymoni - Jul 10, 2006 1:12 pm (#2242 of 2979)

Solitare - I have to stop whatever I'm doing whenever "Yours, Mine & Ours" comes on. I also like the original "Cheaper By The Dozen" and "Life With Father".

I got the kids to watch some of "National Velvet" the other night. All Hubby would say was "You see that little girl? She grew up to be Cleopatra!!!"

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azi - Jul 10, 2006 1:16 pm (#2243 of 2979)

...isn't Grease a little risque for family viewing night?

Not until you grow up and know what they're singing about. We used to sing the Grease songs all the time in choir when I was younger, none of us really understood the words. **Puts Grease soundtrack on**

The Lion King is my favourite Disney movie. I also like Mary Poppins (especially singing along!). Am not a fan of Disney movies generally.

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Solitaire - Jul 10, 2006 1:18 pm (#2244 of 2979)

Sorry, Lupin. I get used to spelling it the way I see it most often ... in my classes. (Fortunately, that does not apply to other words, or I'd be in serious trouble!) I've had several Haleys ... and that's how they spell it. (Well, one did spell it Hailee--go figure.) One forgets the proper Hayley spelling after seeing it the other way so often.

The important thing is to see some of those "transition" movies she made: Summer Magic, The Truth about Spring, The Trouble with Angels, The Moon-Spinners, That Darn Cat! ... I also liked The Chalk Garden, but Hayley's character is not very appealing. Still, it is an interesting piece.

Solitaire

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haymoni - Jul 10, 2006 1:19 pm (#2245 of 2979)

I forgot about "The Trouble With Angels"!

We like both "Parent Trap"s and both "Freaky Friday"s.

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Detail Seeker - Jul 10, 2006 1:32 pm (#2246 of 2979)

Love Bug and "The adorable men in their flying machines" should have been further to the top! And no Monty Python classic in the list. Grrr !

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Mediwitch - Jul 10, 2006 1:38 pm (#2247 of 2979)

Hmmm...my dad was known to meet a date or two at the door with a large fire extinguisher, an axe, whatever was handy. It's a wonder any of them ever came back!

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timrew - Jul 10, 2006 2:46 pm (#2248 of 2979)

Yeah, Denise! Someone agrees with me about E.T. I would have been less surprised if, 'Silence Of The Lambs', had been voted the family film of all time.

I kept thinking as I watched the programme, and saw things like 'Star Wars', 'The Lord Of The Rings', 'The Goonies', 'Toy Story', 'It's A Wonderful Life' etc. etc. going by, "What's going to be Number One?"

And there it was.............'E.T.'

Now, I know there must be a lot of people out there who like this film...............but I'm not one of them!!!

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Esther Rose - Jul 10, 2006 2:50 pm (#2249 of 2979)

I watched ET all of about maybe a half dozen times.

The Muppet Movie on the other hand is top notch. I watched it a lot as a kid growing up. It is one of my favorite movies. Loved it then, loved it now. It's a classic. =)

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timrew - Jul 10, 2006 3:56 pm (#2250 of 2979)

I entirely agree, Esther Rose; but I regard 'The Muppets Christmas Carol', as the best Muppet Movie!

Michael Caine as Scrooge - classic! And he had a full supporting cast of wonderful actors!
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geauxtigers - Jul 10, 2006 4:19 pm (#2251 of 2979)

The Sandlot isn't on there either! I love that movie, its so stupidly funny! Gosh I need to stop searching the list for my favorites they aren't there! Oh well....

***Wanders off to make own list***

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Mediwitch - Jul 10, 2006 4:49 pm (#2252 of 2979)

timrew, I absolutely agree about "The Muppets' Christmas Carol" - I love Rizzo the Rat ("Light the lamp, not the rat!")

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Marie E. - Jul 10, 2006 6:19 pm (#2253 of 2979)

Oh, I love the Muppets Christmas Carol. It's silly and pretty faithful to the book. Michael Caine makes a wonderful Scrooge. I make my kids watch it every year. I like during the Ghost of Christmas Future scenes when the narrators leave because it's too scary.

I was "lucky" enough to not be living with my dad when it was time for me to start dating. My mother was very non-threatening and would adore anyone who called her "mom". Case in point-one of my ex-boyfriends came over to visit my mother with his new girlfriend and girlfriends baby boy. My mother offered to babysit the baby. I was like, "Hello? He dumped me to date her, mother!".

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Catherine - Jul 10, 2006 7:11 pm (#2254 of 2979)

I was like, "Hello? He dumped me to date her, mother!". –Marie

So Dads DO have a place, after all.

Somewhere between offering to babysit the boyfriend's child and shooting the boyfriend is the answer.

I've never been good at the middle ground. I always liked the corner pieces.

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Finn BV - Jul 10, 2006 7:29 pm (#2255 of 2979)

Awww, I like E.T.! It's not incredible, but it is a classic and it's good. Shouldn't be No. 1 though… That list is pretty good, except Dumbo got 47?? (My childhood favorite.) And The Sound of Music at 18??? What?? #1, come on!! Other faves include Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Chicken Run, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo (should be higher!), of course HP, Pirates, Mary Poppins, Shrek and more. Wow, that was fun to look at all the family films I haven't watched in a while!

Pigwidgeon, I liked the Triplets of Belleville a lot! LOL… "swining Belleville rondezvous…" True, not always family-appropriate, though.

Glad you're feeling better, Maria!

I mean regicide isn't very family oriented. –Loopy

**mutters that only lawyers can incorporate the word 'regicide' into a sentence**

Kim, our family LOVES The Red Balloon!! But I agree, Grease isn't what I'd call a family film…

And hey, I just realized, is Narnia too new to make the list??? Drat, it's so good!

Speaking of movies, I just saw a trailer for Snakes on a Plane. I pity Mike and all others who will have to sit through this. Perhaps The Village chimes in as the second-worst film once this one comes out… Eek, I would not see that for my life!

Enjoy the RotD!

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geauxtigers - Jul 10, 2006 7:47 pm (#2256 of 2979)

LOL Finn, I just saw that Snake trailer too, I was thinking along the same lines! I agree too that Grease doesn't seem to be a family film. I did watch it when I was little, I just didn't get what any of it meant until I was old enough too. Made no difference to me, but I still wouldn't classify it as family, which I see as being for all ages...

Well Home-Run Derby just ended! National League on top, nice to win this one!

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 10, 2006 8:13 pm (#2257 of 2979)

**mutters that only lawyers can incorporate the word 'regicide' into a sentence**-- Finn

You just did.

Speaking of movies, I just saw a trailer for Snakes on a Plane. I pity Mike and all others who will have to sit through this. Perhaps The Village chimes in as the second-worst film once this one comes out… Eek, I would not see that for my life!—Finn

I can't wait for Snakes on a Plane !!!! This movie already has a cult following and it has not even been released. Seriously. Trust me that everyone is aware of the movie's quality and how ludicrous the premise is, but this is entirely the point. I can't really link to anything involving this movie because, frankly, the major joke involves Samuel L. Jackson's incomparable cursing ability, so nothing Forum friendly.

I have a feeling Mike might be looking forward to Snakes with at least mild interest. I mean its got snakes! And they're on a plane!

Just saw Pirates . Way cool!!!!

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The giant squid - Jul 10, 2006 8:27 pm (#2258 of 2979)

C'mon, guys...Snakes! On a plane!! It's cinema gold!!! Actually, since it's never claimed to be anything more than an over-the-top action flick, I'll like it just fine. Plus it's got Samuel L. Jackson doing what he does best--yell really loud and swear a lot.

Yay me--I actually read all 171 posts since the last time I was here. My condolences to anyone unable to see Pirates this weekend due to sellouts. Our theater sold out all but the first two and last two shows of the day; in most cases they were sold out 3-4 hours ahead of showtime.

Mike, I have a question about sold out movie showings. Our showing was sold out, but there were still a lot of seats available down at the front. I've been told before that theatres leave a cushion of available seats, and I was wondering if that's standard practice. Why do they do that?—Eponine

Well, who wants to sit down front?—Solitaire

Soli's pretty much right. The sad fact is that even with double the "cushion" we still get people coming back out complaining that "there's nowhere to sit". Let's just say that this weekend has reaffirmed my disgust at humanity in general...

Mike, your eyes, your eyes!!! Cover your eyes!!!

Too late.--Madame Pince

Thanks for trying, though I'll concede that someone in that line of business would probably enjoy Prada much more than I did. It's really the "evil boss" thing that annoys me--I've never been so hard up for a job that I'd work for someone that rude, vile and obnoxious for over a year. It's ludicrous.

Dear Forumers:[...]--Loopy Lupin

SPEW!! You should have thrown copies of Unbreakable though, Wayne--it's a larger package and, well, it's unbreakable

ET: The Extra-Terrestrial was a great movie when I was 8. Now it makes me gag. Don't even get me started on Spielberg's "turn the guns into walkie-talkies" fiasco...

--Mike

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 10, 2006 8:30 pm (#2259 of 2979)

I haven’t seen that preview yet, I might go look it up! So I just took the grammar quiz in Loopy's profile and apparently I'm a grammar master! YAY! (just one below Finn and Loopy!) That surprises me as I usually fail grammar test. I thinks it's because it wasn't asking me about all those weird things like gerunds and such, So this finally proves that yes I can speak the English language correctly and all that nonsense they try to teach me at school is pointless! HORRAYY!!

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Solitaire - Jul 10, 2006 8:35 pm (#2260 of 2979)

people coming back out complaining that "there's nowhere to sit"

If they are younger and in a group, there are probably not enough seats for them to sit together. Heaven forbid that they have to break up the group a bit ... it might prevent them from talking all through the movie, which is the real reason some kids come in the first place. (If I sound irritable, that's one reason I wait for movies to come out on cable or CD.)

Solitaire

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 10, 2006 9:40 pm (#2261 of 2979)

***Wanders off to make own list***

geauxtigers, what a great idea! I'll have to nominate MP's Holy Grail to be somewhere on there.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 10, 2006 9:51 pm (#2262 of 2979)

There are two films that I liked as a child that I doubt many have heard of The North Avenue Irregulars and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

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Regan of Gong - Jul 11, 2006 1:33 am (#2263 of 2979)

Yeah, I can't wait for Snakes on a Plane. There was an article about it the Australian Empire last month. It's just all a bit of fun really, like Die Hard on steroids, perhaps?

I saw Keeping Mum the other night. It was an excellent movie, the best I've seen for a while, but I do like anything with Maggie Smith and Rowan Acktinson in it. It's not family kind of viewing, but it's an excellent movie.

Was Toy Story 2 on the list? I thought that was quite a good sequel. Ferris Bueller's Day Off was a good family movie I thought. There wasn't too much language, and it was pretty good natured. I don't remember seeing it on the list.

Oh well, off to check threads/wait around Potty 5 words

Regan

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Tazzygirl - Jul 11, 2006 3:46 am (#2264 of 2979)

Just got back from seeing Pirates for the second time. This time I was actually able to see the entire screen though. (I was in 'sprained neck' seating the first time...) Anyways, for those of you who have seen it- (in white) I am thinking that Davey Jones' lost love is the swamp witch lady. They both have the same lockets. (Did any of you notice that? The swamp lady's locket was on the table where Jack Sparrow stole the ring. Davey Jones' was on the organ- it played music when Orlando stole the key.) Just thought I'd share what I observed. Now it is off to bed for me!

~Kristina

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Laura W - Jul 11, 2006 3:49 am (#2265 of 2979)

  "Wayne, I'm sure this will come as no surprise to you, but I hated The Lion King. The story was fine even if they did rip off Kimba, The White Lion but how much do I need to pay Elton John to get him to promise not to score another Disney film?"

I'm with you, Kim!

Laura

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Thora - Jul 11, 2006 4:31 am (#2266 of 2979)

Nathan- I love Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

(Wanders off singing Eglantine, Eglantine oh how you shine! Your lot and my lot...)

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 11, 2006 6:05 am (#2267 of 2979)

Kim, our family LOVES The Red Balloon!!---Finn BV

Finn, I can't express how little that surprises me.

Thanks Laura!

I have never even heard of Snakes on the Plane but it sounds like a must-see.

We have to take the cat to the vet this morning. Any suggestions for getting her into the cat carrier? Usually she's a love but the minute she sees that thing she becomes that cat from Pet Cemetery. (Feels confident that's not on anyone's 100 list.) I hope this doesn't sound cruel but I'm thinking I'll drop her in a pillowcase and then whoosh her into the carrier. I've considered putting on my elbow length oven mitts but I fear she'd see what's coming a mile away.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 11, 2006 6:10 am (#2268 of 2979)

My gosh, so many movies have been mentioned that I've never heard of. Oh well, back under my rock, I go.

Maria

EDIT: Thank you, Kristina, for using white. Some of us have not yet had the pleasure of seeing Pirates, regardless of how badly she wants to go.

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haymoni - Jul 11, 2006 8:19 am (#2269 of 2979)

We haven't seen it yet either. Hubby likes to watch movies at home, but we agreed to see it as a family and the rest of us can't wait.

The pleading from The Beautifulest One has certainly helped. Maybe if baseball practice is cancelled tonight......

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 11, 2006 8:45 am (#2270 of 2979)

C'mon, guys...Snakes! On a plane!! It's cinema gold!!! Actually, since it's never claimed to be anything more than an over-the-top action flick, I'll like it just fine. Plus it's got Samuel L. Jackson doing what he does best--yell really loud and swear a lot. – Mike

Exactly!!!!!! "I'm so tired of these !@*#$# snakes on this !*##@* plane!!!!" Pure gold baby!!!

Wayne, I'm sure this will come as no surprise to you, but I hated The Lion King.--- Kim

No, I'm not surprised at all. Personally, I can say with a very straight face that the wildebeest stampede/regicide ***waves to Finn*** scene was one of the more astounding things I've ever seen on film. Other than Lost , do we agree on anything television/movie-wise? ****walks away humming "The Circle of Life"......******

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Holly T. - Jul 11, 2006 8:58 am (#2271 of 2979)

We saw "Pirates" over the weekend and enjoyed it. Ok, my son got a little freaked out (he's Cool but for the most part he enjoyed it. I'll probably go see it again on Saturday with my daughter, who won't be home from her grandparents' house until Friday. Then she leaves Sunday for her second round of Girl Scout camp.

I love "The Lion King." Much more than "E.T." I watched "Grease" over and over when I was in fourth and fifth grade (and wore out the 8-track tape of the soundtrack). Watching it now, as a parent, I am appalled that I was watching this when I was little. But at the time all of the innuendo went right over my head and I was missing a good part of the plot, apparently.

And, of course, "The Princess Bride" rocks. When my son was three he'd jump around with a fake sword yelling "You kill my father! Repair to die!" and after the preschool field trip to the fire station he very seriously asked me "Mama, when Buttercup was in the Fire Swamp, why didn't she stop, drop, and roll?" He still will just quote the movie at random, right down to telling people that his sister played a R.O.U.S. in the Nutcracker (she was a mouse).

Editing to add that my daughter was maybe six or seven when she was telling someone about "The Lion King"--"It's kind of like 'Hamlet,' only with animals."

Editing again--Kim, I made my daughter put the cat in the cat carrier. The cat loves her (hates the rest of us) and was completely unsuspecting.

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Chemyst - Jul 11, 2006 9:07 am (#2272 of 2979)

**mutters that only lawyers can incorporate the word 'regicide' into a sentence**  ~Finn

Perhaps, but I rather think it has more to do with Loopy being an accomplished wordsmith than with being a lawyer.

…Spielberg's "turn the guns into walkie-talkies"
**quietly nods in agreement so as not to get him started.**

There are two films that I liked as a child that I doubt many have heard of, The North Avenue Irregulars and…  ~Nathan

The story wasn’t anything special, but as far as laughing during and feeling happy afterward, this one has to be in my top three!

RE: Snakes on a Plane. I just looked up the trailer at Rotten Tomatoes. I may get a quiet evening alone since it looks very promising for a boys' night out.

I made my daughter put the cat in the cat carrier. ~Holly

Sounds like a pragmatic plan. It should work at least once.

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Finn BV - Jul 11, 2006 9:38 am (#2273 of 2979)

Loopy, thankfully, that bit in between the asterisks wasn't a complete sentence… And, it's not the premise of Snakes on a Plane that makes me roll my eyes… it's that it's completely sick. Trailers these days are becoming much more scary and/or inappropriate. They showed this trailer at Prada. Can you imagine if you took your 8-year-old to see Prada, which is quite imaginable, but they show a trailer about snakes attacking people on a plane?? I will have nightmares.

Nathan, I love Bedknobs and Broomsticks! That made the list too, somewhere around the 40s or 50s I think. **joins in singing with Thora**

Kristina – I was thinking that myself! But I didn't notice what you did, good hunting! Even if it wasn't the greatest sequel, I would go see it again.

Happy RotD!

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Catherine - Jul 11, 2006 9:43 am (#2274 of 2979)

I am known for having a snake phobia. I was appalled to see a long trailer for Snakes before we saw the Dead Man's Chest.

Claire leaned over and said, "Quick, Mommy, close your eyes!"

I will add, though, that my girls were not bothered in the least by seeing the trailer. Just me.

I will agree with Chemyst that I'd be thrilled for Mr. Catherine to watch Snakes with his friends. With anyone, actually, as long as I am miles away!

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haymoni - Jul 11, 2006 9:57 am (#2275 of 2979)

My mother-in-law hates snakes. She walked out of "Raiders of the Lost Ark".

I forgot about "The Apple Dumpling Gang" - that's always a fun ride!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 11, 2006 9:58 am (#2276 of 2979)

Editing again--Kim, I made my daughter put the cat in the cat carrier. The cat loves her (hates the rest of us) and was completely unsuspecting.---Holly T.

As it turned out, the cat was napping when I picked her up and deposited her in the pillowcase the kids were holding open. Worked like a charm. Or, to paraphrase Chemyst, it worked like a charm at least once.

Catherine, does your snake phobia come before or after your opossum phobia?

Wayne, I keep telling you we could agree on more than one show if you would just give Rescue Me a try.

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Finn BV - Jul 11, 2006 10:12 am (#2277 of 2979)

Chemyst, Catherine and I can have a party while their husbands and Wayne and Mike and Regan go have a blast!

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Solitaire - Jul 11, 2006 10:51 am (#2278 of 2979)

I am known for having a snake phobia.

I'm with you, Catherine. I can't even enter the reptile house in any zoo. Once, in biology class in high school, I was minding my own business, doing an assignment. Suddenly I felt something brush against my leg and looked down. The classroom king snake (supposed to be locked in his cage) was slithering around my feet!!!!!!!!!! I very nearly had a heart attack! Apparently some wiseguy thought it would be fun to scare those of us with snake phobias. Given the number of chairs that were knocked over in the rush for the door, it is a wonder the snake wasn't killed in the stampede. Fortunately, it never happened again ... in my class.

A friend of mine told me just last week that one she had to get over her snake phobia when she got married. You see, her husband has pet snakes. Frankly, my dear, I don't care how much I loved someone ... that would be a deal-breaker.

NO SNAKES IN MY HOUSE ... or on my property, for that matter!

Solitaire

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 11, 2006 11:02 am (#2279 of 2979)

Apparently some wiseguy thought it would be fun to scare those of us with snake phobias.---Solitaire

Sorry, I think that was me. Lately, I've been running down to NC and sneaking opossums into Catherine's basement.

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 11, 2006 11:10 am (#2280 of 2979)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off was a good family movie I thought. There wasn't too much language, and it was pretty good natured. Regan

That is my all time favorite movie!! But truthfully I'm not surprised it didn't make the list because the language is a bit much for a family film. Still it's a total classic in my mind!

I'm not sure I'd go see Snakes as I'm not too fond of them myself. Once there was a horrible green and black snake on my driveway, I totally freaked out...*shudders* One reason why CoS is my least favorite HP book, I still to this day can't read it late at night or I'll have a dream about giant 100ft long Snakes attacking me! I'm with you Soli and Catherine, No snakes in my house EVER!!!

off to check threads!

have a great day everyone!

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 11, 2006 11:13 am (#2281 of 2979)

Well, if we could just get these snakes down to Catherine's back yard, it might take care of her opossum problem. Of course, then she'd have the snakes.........alas.

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geauxtigers - Jul 11, 2006 11:15 am (#2282 of 2979)

No snakes in my house either. My cousin has a snake and when we went to visit him, he told us not to tell my Grandma, who is in the guest house in the yard, that there were snakes in his room because she'd never come in the house again... I don't blame her, I ran too if I remember correctly. Stayed downstairs too!

When I was in 3rd grade we had just moved into a house and weren't there but maybe 2 days when the doorbell rang. Some lady was at our door and asked my mom if "that was our big snake stretched out across the street?" My mom said no and closed the door. Great welcome to the neighborhood!  lol I think it was someone's down the street, I have no clue what kind of of snake it was. I stay far away from the front door!

We got the front claws taken out of the cat so she can only do half the damage, plus she is an inside cat and enjoys sharpening her "claws" on the furniture. When she needs to go to the vet, we don't even put her in the cage because she is so scared if the car, she wants to "hug" you and stay close. Wrap her in a blanket, she can hide and she can't get away.

We had 5 four year olds start crying during duck, duck, goose one kid cry the second he became goose, the others went sliding on the carpet trying to get to their seat. oh the drama when they were miraculously cured 30 seconds later.

well off to check the threads, have a great day everyone!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 11, 2006 11:25 am (#2283 of 2979)

No snake phobia here. As a matter of fact, on one trip to the brook, I kept dragging a garter back by its tail so Trevor could get a better look at it. All I had to tell him was, "Don't eat it!"

Maria

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Solitaire - Jul 11, 2006 11:26 am (#2284 of 2979)

LOL Kim! You probably weren't even born yet! **feeling old**

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Holly T. - Jul 11, 2006 11:45 am (#2285 of 2979)

Apologies to those with snake phobias ... my husband returned from a weekend camping with the Boy Scouts and found a snake's head on his bag when he was unpacking his truck. Naturally, he assumed that his Boy Scouts were playing a prank on him, then realized that the blood was still wet (I know, ick). He turned around and there was the rest of the snake on the floor behind him. After some detective work, he ascertained that the snake had been perched up in the garage door mechanism and when he opened the garage door it sliced off the snake's head. Now, I don't have a snake phobia, but I assure you I had the heebie jeebies every time I opened the garage door after that, terrified that a decapitated snake was going to fall on me. **shudder**

Moral to the story: when your husband returns from camping and says "hey come look at this," pretend you don't hear him.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 11, 2006 11:56 am (#2286 of 2979)

I haven't seen a movie trailer for Snakes on a Plane... huh. I consider myself part of the snake phobia group. (I was bitten by a garter snake when I was 5. Has not left my thoughts since. Dad told me it was okay to hold him 'just squeeze right behind his neck so he doesn't turn around and bite'. I guess I didn't hold on to him tight enough, because two seconds later I had the snake dangling from my right middle finger. )

Ferris Bueller is definitely a classic. I remember all throughout my high school days, you would hear a quote from that movie at least once a day. (I had a thing for Matthew Broderick then too. )

Oh, my mom talked to Orlando Bloom at the Los Angeles Airport a couple weeks ago. It was really late, when no one is there. Mom was waiting for my dad to pick her up, and Orlando was getting out of his limo. Mom said she thought he looked like he had 'the softest skin ever' and 'needed to shave, because the sparse beard thing he has just doesn't work'. She said he was super friendly and talked to her for a minute before going in to catch his plane.

Finn- normally I miss all sorts of clues and hints in movies, so me finding that was a 'Wow!' moment!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

EDIT: to add the Snakes on a Plane stuff.

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haymoni - Jul 11, 2006 12:04 pm (#2287 of 2979)

Tazzy - I am very jealous of your mother. I've often thought he'd make a good Bill, but I'm sure his price is way out of range to be in a Potter movie. Alas, earwax.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 11, 2006 12:17 pm (#2288 of 2979)

You probably weren't even born yet! **feeling old**--Solitaire

Trust me, I most certainly was. While I may not have seen my first James Bond at the cinemas, it was long before videotapes and DVDs. *:passes Solitaire a Tarot card*:

Holly, that is the coolest snake story ever.

We had a snake story come our way (I apologize if I'm repeating myself) about someone finding a snake in her dryer. Well, lots of snakes actually. She got rid of them but...the thing about snakes is they come home to roost or in this case, breed. As this woman said, "Snakes, they really are the gift that keeps on giving."

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Sconie Girl - Jul 11, 2006 12:20 pm (#2289 of 2979)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks is the best...I made my husband sit through it so I could sing to "Portobello Road"...

Grease is DEFINITELY not a family friendly movie... we sang the songs for our show choir back in High School and the lyrics are NOT forum friendly in the least...

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Catherine - Jul 11, 2006 12:22 pm (#2290 of 2979)

As this woman said, "Snakes, they really are the gift that keeps on giving." –Kim

I'll just take a Hallmark card, thanks.

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Solitaire - Jul 11, 2006 12:49 pm (#2291 of 2979)

I had the heebie jeebies every time I opened the garage door after that, terrified that a decapitated snake was going to fall on me.

I would be a lot more worried, Holly, if the snake were not decapitated!

Solitaire

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geauxtigers - Jul 11, 2006 2:32 pm (#2292 of 2979)

I just had to come and say this! I just turned on ESPN and some show, not sure the name, they said that some guy in Oregon is suing Michael Jordan because he looks like him! I thought wow, That’s stupid. and it made me think of being in the chat room a while back when we were talking about people suing from dumb things, then...They asked one of the other hosts would he would sue because he looked like him etc. They got to the 3rd guy, and they said a few people and he said, no, no, he puts on these round black glasses and looks up and says Harry Potter and they showed a picture of Dan! It was funny!

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Gina R Snape - Jul 11, 2006 3:25 pm (#2293 of 2979)

Sorry to barge in once again... I've been away on holiday and busy, busy, busy. But I posted my questions to JKR in a frantic post, and anyone who wants to know what I asked (and read about my slytherinly determined attempt to get it done) can go here: Gina R Snape, "# Meeting up after JKR at Radio City 8/1 & 8/2" #175, 11 Jul 2006 2:24 pm

And happy belated birthday, Solitaire.

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Solitaire - Jul 11, 2006 3:45 pm (#2294 of 2979)

Thanks, Gina ... and WOW!!! I can't believe you read all of those messages. I know how busy this thread has been the last week or so.

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Stephanie M. - Jul 11, 2006 4:14 pm (#2295 of 2979)

Some people are just so stupid!! At work today, I was calling up cheerleading gyms to see if they had cheerleading classes and teams, and I called up this one woman from Dance N Cheer, and this is how the conversation went: Me: "Hi, I'm Stephanie from American Cheerleader magazine, and I was just calling to find out what types of cheerleading classes you offer, if you offer any." Response: "Um.... I don't know... I'm not the manager." Me: "Oh. Well then can you transfer me to the manager?" Response: "Um.... I don't know. I don't know what we offer here." Me: "Okay, thank you! That was all that I was looking for." HOW CAN YOU WORK AT A DANCE AND CHEERLEADING GYM AND NOT KNOW IF YOU OFFER CHEERLEADING?!?!

*end rant*

I actually like snakes, and I think that Snakes on a Plane looks so bad, that it would actually be somewhat good! I can't wait to see it!

Have a great rest of the day, everyone!

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Solitaire - Jul 11, 2006 4:25 pm (#2296 of 2979)

LOL Stephanie. Maybe you were speaking to the janitor. Don't laugh ... I've seen it happen!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 11, 2006 5:08 pm (#2297 of 2979)

LOL Stephanie! I know the feeling!!

We have a new member on the Tell about yourself thread....check it out, he seems to be an interesting person.

Big Brother is on tonight!! YAY!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 11, 2006 5:25 pm (#2298 of 2979)

Stephanie, next time get a name. I find that usually their ability to help improves greatly once they know you can hold them accountable for what they've said.

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Eponine - Jul 11, 2006 5:40 pm (#2299 of 2979)

Mike, thanks for the answer. Our seats were at the front of the stadium seating section, and we actually had people sitting next to us on the floor (I guess it's the space for wheelchairs) instead of sitting in the seats in the very front.

I do not have a snake phobia either. I actually kind of like small pet snakes. When my brother was in high school, his class bought a snake as a class pet. It was a little python. They named him Monty.

Snakes don't really freak me out, neither do bugs, but my in-laws got these nasty grub worm things on their driveway a couple of years ago, and it gave me the collywobbles something fierce.

Mr. Eponine is quite excited about Snakes on a Plane. I'm amused by the concept, but I'm not sure if I'll see the movie or not.

I hope everyone has a great snake-free RotD!

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Gina R Snape - Jul 11, 2006 5:53 pm (#2300 of 2979)

Well, for snapecast we're recording a mock up called "Snapes on a plane" and imagining Snape treating the flight attendants horribly.
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Solitaire - Jul 11, 2006 5:57 pm (#2301 of 2979)

LOL Gina ... where can I hear this? BTW, will there be more than one Snape? hehe

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Catherine - Jul 11, 2006 6:11 pm (#2302 of 2979)

LOL, Eponine.

AND

LOL, Gina! I adore the idea of Snape on a plane.

Now, I know that Prefect Marcus hasn't been here in a while, but if he were (waves subjunctively to Chemist) he would probably draw Snape. On a plane. Geometrically.

Sigh....

Off to watch TV tonight...

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Finn BV - Jul 11, 2006 6:12 pm (#2303 of 2979)

Solitaire, in response to your question to Jonathan on the Tell about Yourself thread, I think that he meant he would rather use British spelling than American spelling, not that we American=s d-ont p:unc'tuate sentence.s properly And eek: "You see, her husband has pet snakes." What??? This is gross. Sorry, people who own snakes. That passes gross pets from my friend who once owned a pet tarantula. And ick about biology class, what was the teacher thinking even having the snake, locked or not, in the first place??

and when he opened the garage door it sliced off the snake's head. –Holly

Oh my goodness. Now why didn't they think of that on that plane?

Tazzy, way cool about your mom and Orlando! But haymoni -- I could never see Orlando with red hair. Hmm… maybe Morfin?? **hopeful**

It was a little python. They named him Monty. –Eponine

Awww… cute… that would be cuter if it weren't a python, of course…

ROFL @ Gina about Snapes on a Plane!! And lucky you -- Scholastic is still waiting to make sure I'm not "faking" about this error message so I have to send them screenshots… and how did you get so many questions submitted? I thought you could do one per author; two for you since you're going twice. If I don't have any luck in the next three days or so I might just pull a Slytherin and actually speak to them in person.

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Amilia Smith - Jul 11, 2006 6:55 pm (#2304 of 2979)

Awww… cute… that would be cuter if it weren't a python, of course…

Well, yeah, but then the funny would be gone. :-P

Mills.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 11, 2006 7:20 pm (#2305 of 2979)

what was the teacher thinking even having the snake, locked or not, in the first place?? Finn

What do they think they're doing, keeping a thing like that locked up in a school? Ron

Hmmm, are your sure your hair isn't red, Finn?

LOL Mills! Eponine, I'll count that as another vote to get MP on the list.

Maria

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Stephanie M. - Jul 11, 2006 8:01 pm (#2306 of 2979)

Oh! I'm so jealous! I love Orlando Bloom!

I have a friend that had 2 tarantulas... I know something weird happened to one of them... I don't remember what it was. I think her cat ate it. No, it was another weird animal that ate it. Hmm.. I'll go ask her. All I remember about it was that it was a very amusing (and possibly disturbing) story.

Snapes on a Plane! That sounds great! I can just imagine sitting in the window seat, looking out the window of the plane, when all of a sudden, I feel slight movement on my shoulder, and I turn my head and.... A SNAPE IS ON ME! Instead of making a hissing sound he could say, "Turn to page 394"!

Whoa, Finn does sound like Ron!

Have a good night everyone!

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Gina R Snape - Jul 11, 2006 8:10 pm (#2307 of 2979)

Finn, the form allows you to ask one question per seat as it turns out.

I suggest you phone them and insist upon speaking with a supervisor.

Anyone interested in Snapes on a Plane, I'm sorry but it will be part of my podcast called Snapecast. I can't post the audio file for you. But it's a skit with Snape acting very impossibly fussy on a plane as flight attendants try to shut him up.

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Finn BV - Jul 11, 2006 8:32 pm (#2308 of 2979)

Maria, that is scary!!

Steph, I was talking about Heather too. I didn't know she had two… ick. I'm getting grossed out here.

WHAT?? Gina, we have two seats! That could be two questions!! LOL Rrrr… okay, if I get no positive response in 24 hours I will call.

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Puck - Jul 11, 2006 8:34 pm (#2309 of 2979)

Solitaire, "No Snakes" is a very good rule. My co-teacher and I once made an agreement that I could not get a pet spider and she would not bring in a snake. When she left for a new job, she gave me a tarantula for the classroom. The four-year-olds loved it. Grown men wouldn't walk into the classroom to pick up their children.

There will be no difference in how hubby treats his daughters' future dates depending on whether or not he likes them. He'll hate them all.

I was happy to see Bugsy Malone on the movie list. I loved it when I was a kid. A 1920's mob movie starring 1970's junior high kids, shooting each other with whipped cream guns. What could be more fun?

(and wore out the 8-track tape of the soundtrack). **wonders how many forum members have never even seen an eight track**

Sadly, I won't get to see Pirates for weeks.

Oh, it's late! Must get to bed. Long day tomorrow. (Hubby's birthday. Red Velvet cake is cooling in the kitchen.)

Cheers!

Kathy

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Mediwitch - Jul 11, 2006 8:50 pm (#2310 of 2979)

Hey, cool grammar quiz, Loopy! I think I'll send some of my students there in September.

Kim, I love Rescue Me! Now if only I could remember to turn the TV on when it comes on.

Snapes on a Plane...*snicker*

Edit: Puck, not only does my mother still have the massive 8-track collection she and my father collected from "Columbia House Record and Tape Club" (whoa, that was a long name back then), I actually have my dad's old reel-to-reel machine! One of these days I'll get it set up again.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 11, 2006 10:58 pm (#2311 of 2979)

Finn- Hmm… maybe Morfin?? **hopeful**

I don't think I would be able to sit through and watch Orlando play a disgusting character... Maybe if they just have Orlando walk through a scene in one of the movies, that would be okay.

Happy Birthday to Mr. Puck!

~Kristina

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The giant squid - Jul 11, 2006 11:43 pm (#2312 of 2979)

If they are younger and in a group, there are probably not enough seats for them to sit together.—Solitaire

Then they have two options: ask for assistance from an usher (that's why they're there, after all--the sweeping up popcorn thing is just to pass time between seatings) or show up earlier. Sadly, we just can't seem to explain this last one to them...

Eponine, if you ever see someone sitting on the floor or in the aisle of a movie theater, tell a manager immediately. That's a fire code violation (that "maximum seating capacity" thing), and can get the place shut down. Then nobody gets to see the movie. If the manager doesn't seem to care, get a refund & go to another, more responsible theater.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off was a good family movie I thought.—virginiaelizabeth[

I suppose the language might keep it out of the "family" category, but it's definitely tame by today's standards. Plus it has the classic line, "It's okay, Cameron--sooner or later we all go to the zoo."

I'll spare you all Ferris' "-ism" monologue (the one he gives in the shower), but I have been known to bust it out at random moments at work. Yes, I'm used to getting odd looks.

While I may not have seen my first James Bond at the cinemas, it was long before videotapes and DVDs. *:passes Solitaire a Tarot card*:--Lupin is Lupin. Natch.

Great, now I have a Wings song stuck in my head...

--Mike

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haymoni - Jul 12, 2006 6:00 am (#2313 of 2979)

Gina - did you ever get The Snape Trial transcript?

Finn - I thought Bill's red hair was darker. If Orlando can be a white-haired elf, I'm guessing he can do red!

Sometimes you forget the actual content of a movie. I thought it would be fun for Ungrateful Son to see "Look Who's Talking" - I thought he would get a kick out of a talking baby. He was about 5.

I completely forgot about the opening scenes. "What are those, Mommy?" Slacker Mom became Stutter Mom.

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Gina R Snape - Jul 12, 2006 6:58 am (#2314 of 2979)

Finn, definitely try to submit two questions. And please post to us what you wound up asking!

Haymoni, still no transcript. I got an email about a month ago saying the proceedings were ready. But I'm not holding my breath. Should they come through, I will remember to come here and let you know.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 12, 2006 8:50 am (#2315 of 2979)

Gina I love your questions. I especially like the one asking Stephen King what he liked the most about JK Rowling's world.

We used to play with water snakes as kids. I've always liked snakes. LPO

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Solitaire - Jul 12, 2006 9:37 am (#2316 of 2979)

Now I'll aways be worried that if LPO doesn't like one of my posts, he (Or she? I really must pay more attention to the personal stuff!) will sic a snake on me! **running to hide**

Solitaire

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Finn BV - Jul 12, 2006 9:57 am (#2317 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Mr. Puck!

Gina, I'll try. I'm waiting for the email back from Customer Service. If I don't get anything by tonight, I'll call them tomorrow.

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Gina R Snape - Jul 12, 2006 10:16 am (#2318 of 2979)

You are so polite. I, on the other hand, just completely bulldozed whoever I got until I got the answer I sought!

I'm soooo looking forward to this event now.

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Finn BV - Jul 12, 2006 10:29 am (#2319 of 2979)

Hehehe. The thing is I got an immediate response from Scholastic; it just seems to be the producers of the event who don't know about this error message. Come on, I've given you the details and my seats, just submit the questions, wontcha?

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haymoni - Jul 12, 2006 10:39 am (#2320 of 2979)

Hi Sconie Girl - I saw your post on the new members thread.

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 12, 2006 10:45 am (#2321 of 2979)

I had a dream about the Lexicon last night!! It wasn't working, so me and my dad and Tori went to some building that was supposed to be the "lexicon Headquarters" and we had to wait in this long line. There were tons of yall there but no one ever said their name so I don't know who it was. Then we got to the front of the line and Kip was sitting at a computer and he was creating threads. We told him that the Lex wasn't working so he gave us this huge bag with a bunch of computer stuff in it. Then I woke up...pretty weird but anyway I thought I'd share as this is my first Lexicon dream!!

ok I'm off to check threads, and run errands for my mom. I'll check back later!

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Sconie Girl - Jul 12, 2006 11:15 am (#2322 of 2979)

hiya haymoni, my favorite at work break...reading all the new messages

Gina, from your posts you seem like you would not let a little thing like an error message stop you from your further attempts to get to the bottom of the Snape Mysteries.

Although my personal favorite pet theory is your questions #5. But of course he was there!

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Gina R Snape - Jul 12, 2006 12:26 pm (#2323 of 2979)

Bwahahaha, virginiaelizabeth what a dream! I bet Kip will be amused.

Sconie Girl, I don't recognise your name so I am guessing you are new on the forum. You can bet your keyboard and HP books I would not let an error message stand in the way between me and the mysteries of my husband Severus Snape!

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Sconie Girl - Jul 12, 2006 1:05 pm (#2324 of 2979)

Gina... I am mostly an avid reader of the forum, because I don't actually own a computer at home so I can only catch up on breaks at work!

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Finn BV - Jul 12, 2006 1:10 pm (#2325 of 2979)

Gina, you do know that TLC and MuggleNet asked the Snape-at-GH question in their HBP interview with her last year, and she pulled a little "not-saying-anything" trick?

Ginny, that's hilarious! "and Kip was sitting at a computer and he was creating threads."

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geauxtigers - Jul 12, 2006 1:11 pm (#2326 of 2979)

LOL Gina, we like to call bulldozing our way to get where or what we want, "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" basically, push and shove until you get where you need to be, literally and in arguments! "Ahh there’s so many people here, ‘mardi gras in N.O. guys,’ come lets go!" Works quite well! lol I'd have done the same!;

Well I'm off to babysit tonight, not for too long I hope because I'm pretty tired from being beaten up with balloons in VBS this morning...

Welcome to the forum Sconie Girl!, Hope you enjoy it!

Have a good Wednesday night everyone!

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Catherine - Jul 12, 2006 1:24 pm (#2327 of 2979)

Ginny, that's hilarious! "and Kip was sitting at a computer and he was creating threads." --Finn, on Ginny's dream

Hmmm--I'm picturing Kip at a big spinning wheel, or as a big spider. Interesting.

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 12, 2006 1:29 pm (#2328 of 2979)

Hmmm--I'm picturing Kip at a big spinning wheel, or as a big spider. Interesting. Catherine

LOL! Threads on the forum! It was a bit strange, the computer was one of those huge old ones...but alas, earwax t'was just a dream!

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Gina R Snape - Jul 12, 2006 1:53 pm (#2329 of 2979)

Oh, Finn. I totally forgot. Oh well. Maybe she'll have a change of heart. Let's face it, with 7 questions, one was bound to be a repeat from somewhere else. I just feel lucky to have the chance at all. I am predicting she'll answer his middle name and then everybody in the fandom will start referring to it!

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Sconie Girl - Jul 12, 2006 2:20 pm (#2330 of 2979)

hiya geauxtigers...

This is actually kinda fun... see I've been reading on the forum for years, but just put some info on the new members thread... So it's like I know all of you from your many posts...but I'm a newbie!

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 12, 2006 2:48 pm (#2331 of 2979)

Welcome Sconie Girl. I'm glad you decided to post.

Solitaire don't worry water snakes aren't poisonous and they don't mind very well so I couldn't sic them on anyone! You are quite safe. (I'm a she)

LPO

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Catherine - Jul 12, 2006 3:36 pm (#2332 of 2979)

Solitaire, don't worry water snakes aren't poisonous and they don't mind very well so I couldn't sic them on anyone! --LPO

Excellent. Now, I hope that you do not have powers over opossums?

Welcome to the Chat thread, Sconie Girl! *waves*

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boop - Jul 12, 2006 4:25 pm (#2333 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Mr. Puck!!

SconieGirl, Welcome to the forum.

Have a great rest of the day everyone!

hugs always

boop

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 12, 2006 5:02 pm (#2334 of 2979)

Happy Birthday, Mr. Puck!

Welcome, Sconie Girl.

Catherine, LOL is all I can say.

EDIT: Lina, I saw your post on YKYAHPLFW thread and wanted to say thank you! The resemblance is quite striking, really.

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Solitaire - Jul 12, 2006 5:02 pm (#2335 of 2979)

Whew! Thanks, LPO! Catherine, 'possums are scary!

I used to live in the Irvine-Newport Beach area in Orange County, and I can tell you that opossums thrive down there. One day at work, a friend was telling us how her husband had found a dead opossum in the yard when he was out trimming bushes and trees. Instead of calling animal control, he just scooped it up in a shovel and put it in the large trash bin outside the garage.

The next morning their teenaged son took the kitchen wastebasket outside to empty it into the bin. When he lifted the lid ... the opossum stood up and hissed at him! It hadn't been dead at all ... it was just "playing 'possum"! This is a true story.

There was also a big, mean-looking opossum who liked to walk along the top of my fence (a plaster wall about 7 feet high and 5-6 inches thick) and climb down the bougainvilleas. One night as I was watching TV, I saw it run across the fence and start to climb down one of the trunks. I quickly grabbed a broom and went out to shoo the little bugger back up and away.

This was apparently not a good move. The little beast began hissing at me and became very bold. I jumped back inside and shut the glass door. The next morning I called animal control, who came out to have a peek. Apparently the Big Mama had made a nest and had babies under my small deck (redwood, about 6' x 10' x 8" high). It took animal control several days to move them ... they were very persistent!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 12, 2006 5:08 pm (#2336 of 2979)

Those poor 'possums! They are just highly misunderstood creatures! (Anyone seen Over the Hedge? There are some pretty good 'possums in the movie!)

Welcome to the postings, Sconie Girl!

Off to eat some lunch.

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Kip Carter - Jul 12, 2006 5:14 pm (#2337 of 2979)

virginaelizabeth, that was not a dream. I really was there working. Did you see Steve? He was directly behind me. The lady in black directly in front of you was Gina R Snape with her dear Severus in tow and the young guy two places behind you in shorts was Finn (yes, he is really that young and that tennis racket he was holding was signed by Roger Federer). Catherine was over in the corner disguised as a spider trying to get the spinning wheel up to speed, being it was our back-up power source. You people really know how to make a ruckus when the Lexicon is down. Steve was just amazed at the turnout. Wait a minute, this is not the FanFiction Forum. This should be here. I better delete this before Denise returns or I will be in deep trouble. Oh well, I can handle that because I'm in Gryffindor. So much more to ramble about; however there are still so many threads to create!

And Solitaire, that opossum is Blossom's first cousin and she heads up OREO (Opossum Restaurant Education Organization), which is trying to get Krispy Kreme Donuts banned from trashcans because the KK's are causing a huge increase in gout among opossums. So watch out for her, she can be mean.

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Gina R Snape - Jul 12, 2006 5:18 pm (#2338 of 2979)

**giggles**

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Solitaire - Jul 12, 2006 5:37 pm (#2339 of 2979)

Actually, I thought OREO was trying to get people to realize opossums, like stoats, really don't make good sandwiches. **giggling maniacally!**

Solitaire

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Catherine - Jul 12, 2006 5:48 pm (#2340 of 2979)

Kip, you have been reading the chat thread. For years. I bow to your ability to sum up the whole story in such an entertaining way.

I can barely type for giggling.

EDIT: Solitaire, your 'possum stories speak to me. I have had my own oppossum issues, sadly enough. Of course, Denise has skunks, so I suppose I should not complain.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 12, 2006 5:49 pm (#2341 of 2979)

**wipes away tears** That was great, Kip!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Jul 12, 2006 5:50 pm (#2342 of 2979)

**envisioning keyboards and screens being wiped off around the world**

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Finn BV - Jul 12, 2006 6:03 pm (#2343 of 2979)

Now if only we could get him to post messages besides administrative ones on Five Words, then we'd really have him…

That was great, Kip! Now can I really get that signed racket?

Sconie Girl, I completely forgot to welcome you to the posting world. **smacks forehead**

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Stephanie M. - Jul 12, 2006 6:20 pm (#2344 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Mr. Puck!!

Welcome to the Forum, Sconie Girl!

That is a great dream! I haven't had any Lexicon or Harry Potter related dreams lately...

That was great, Kip!

I got a new replacement keyboard!! YAY! Except I haven't installed it yet.

Tomorrow, I am going to a photo shoot for one of the upcoming covers for American Cheerleader! It should be a lot of fun, but so much work since I will be working as an intern for everyone there, and I'll probably be making coffee trips and doing random things for people. Plus, I have to get to the studio 2 hours before I normally have to get to work.

Have a great rest of the Wednesday everyone! (I tried to change it up a bit.)

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Mediwitch - Jul 12, 2006 6:36 pm (#2345 of 2979)

Kip, well done! Rolly 3

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kaykay1970 - Jul 12, 2006 7:12 pm (#2346 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Mr. Puck!!

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Kneazle - Jul 12, 2006 8:11 pm (#2347 of 2979) Reply
Edited by Jul 12, 2006 8:21 pm

LPO & Catherine~~ It depends on what water snake you sic on her. Cotton mouths here in Missouri are VERY poisonous. Opossums on the other hand are just mean. Although when they aren't snarling,I find them kind of cute.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 12, 2006 8:21 pm (#2348 of 2979)

Sorry Catherine no powers over Possums!

Kneazle I have no idea what kind of water snake these were. I was bit several times so I know they aren't poisonous! Good thing I live in Colorado instead of Missouri.

Happy Birthday Mr. Puck.

Virginiaelizabeth I hope you have more Forum dreams to share with us! LPO

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Kneazle - Jul 12, 2006 8:25 pm (#2349 of 2979) Reply
Edited by Jul 12, 2006 8:26 pm

I guess I must have missed a post or two then, and yes you are quite lucky you don't live here in Misery--uh hmm sorry Missouri. We've had several people bitten badly by water snakes here. You have to watch where you jump into a creek, may be a nest of snakes. I HATE snakes of any kind.. *shivers*

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geauxtigers - Jul 12, 2006 8:59 pm (#2350 of 2979)

LOL Kip! **Walks away still laughing**
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Denise P. - Jul 12, 2006 9:09 pm (#2351 of 2979)

We are back! Where we camped, it was in the high 90's with incredibly high humidity each day. Chiggers made themselves known to Devin but not to Rhys and I. We took Devin to the Health Lodge for treatment and this morning, the boy woke up with a monster case of hives. Despite 2 more trips to the Health Lodge, it was spreading rapidly over his face and throat by the time we were on the interstate coming home. We talked to his oncologist and ended up with him in the ER for 3 hours....where they gave him the exact same medication that the Health Lodge did (Benadryl and Zyrtec). Ugh, 3 hours in the ER for not much. Poor boy looks totally diseased, it is all over his body to the point he looks like a giant, mottled sunburn.

I have not read through the 170 unread posts since I am going to go to bed ...on a mattress....with air conditioning....and no giant daddy long legs!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 12, 2006 9:13 pm (#2352 of 2979)

Haha Kip! That was great!! I'm still laughing about that!!

Happy Birthday to Mr. Puck

Stephanie that sounds like fun!! I wish I could do something like that, right up my alley!

off to check threads!

Have a great RotN everyone!

*lol*

**Healing charms to Devin!**

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Tazzygirl - Jul 12, 2006 9:16 pm (#2353 of 2979)

Wow, Denise! **healing charms to Devin!**

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Jul 12, 2006 10:41 pm (#2354 of 2979)

Kneazle, a former roommate of mine--who attended college in "Misery," btw--told me of a boy at her college who was bitten by several Cottonmouth Water Moccasins. He died. After hearing that, I would never jump into a creek or pond again!

On a more festive note ... Happy Birthday, Mr. Puck! May no trick snakes jump out of your cake!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 13, 2006 12:11 am (#2355 of 2979)

We had a lake across the street from my house in Mississippi. We wisely stayed out of the water, as it was known for the water moccasins. Wasn't very pleasant when the rain came and the lake overflowed... Oh - And we had snapping turtles too.

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Jul 13, 2006 12:25 am (#2356 of 2979)

I seem to remember hearing that the flooding from Katrina and the other hurricanes last year carried snakes to areas that were not their normal habitats. Scary!

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azi - Jul 13, 2006 2:46 am (#2357 of 2979)

Hope Devin gets better soon Denise!

Belated birthday wishes to Mr Puck!

Snake are horrible things...

I saw Pirates yesterday. It was...ok. Got a bit bored halfway through, and the ending took way too long, but there were some funny bits. I was not happy that, due to half an hour of adverts, I missed my train home by two minutes. My boyfriend and mother didn't want me catching the last train (probably complete with drunks) on my own, so poor boyfriend drove on a 40 mile + round journey to see me home safely.

I forgot what else I was going to say.

Happy days to all!

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Snuffles - Jul 13, 2006 2:57 am (#2358 of 2979)

Hee hee Kip, that was very funny

Denise, I hope Devin is feeling better soon.

Happy birthday Mr. Puck.

Possums, snakes etc. Yuck. I will try to think about those things when I am complaining about the 'huge' spiders I keep finding in my bath!! I don't know how I would cope if I found any of those in my back garden!!

I haven't watched the first Pirates yet, so don't think I will be going to see the second!!

Azi, you have a boyfriend you have converted to liking Harry Potter, and he will drive on a 40+ trip to pick you up. How lucky are you??

Have a great Thursday everyone

Julie

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azi - Jul 13, 2006 3:30 am (#2359 of 2979)

Very lucky indeed, Snuffles! In fact, we were walking through Meadowhall (a large shopping centre for those that don't know) the other day and he didn't once complain I was wearing my Hogwarts t-shirt! All I got was, 'Is that t-shirt new?' I was impressed he didn't feel the need to pretend he didn't know me.

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Snuffles - Jul 13, 2006 3:31 am (#2360 of 2979)

Where did you get the t-shirt? I cannot find anything potterish anywhere!

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azi - Jul 13, 2006 3:35 am (#2361 of 2979)

I got it years ago in a Warner Bros store (which was in Meadowhall and has now closed down). I think it was out before the movie appeared! Or was around the first movie. Not an obvious piece of movie merchandise anyway.

Erm, I can't think of anywhere to buy HP stuff except online now.

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Snuffles - Jul 13, 2006 3:37 am (#2362 of 2979)

I know

I have looked at buying things online but it costs more to ship them over than the item itself!

Oh well, I will have to wear my muggle attire just that bit longer!!

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haymoni - Jul 13, 2006 3:47 am (#2363 of 2979)

I've seen HP shirts at Hot Topic stores - I think you can buy them online as well.

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azi - Jul 13, 2006 3:51 am (#2364 of 2979)

You could make your own HP things...might get done in by lawyers though. It also takes more time...

I just looked at the WB shop online. Wow, what a rip off! They were always expensive, but sheesh!

Just looked at my t-shirt - copyright is 2000. Six years and it still fits me!

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Catherine - Jul 13, 2006 4:08 am (#2365 of 2979)

Denise, I hope that Devin feels better soon. Poor guy!

Happy Birthday to Mr. Puck.

We have some sort of water snakes in the creek behind our neighborhood. They make themselves known, although we haven't had nearly as many since we ripped out the overgrown ivy and shrubs a few years back. If I find any in the house (ala Blossom) I'm sure that the ensuing shriek will be heard in the next county.

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Snuffles - Jul 13, 2006 4:21 am (#2366 of 2979)

Thanks haymoni, I will check them out

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Julie Aronson - Jul 13, 2006 4:48 am (#2367 of 2979)

Boy, so much to say!

Kip, you are quite a wit! I Bow Down to you!

Poor Devin--he must be miserable! I hope he feels better soon!

*shiver* snakes... :snake:

Azi, you seem to have scored big in the boyfriend lottery! He sounds like a super guy.

Happy birthday, welcome, congrats, and etc. wherever appropriate!

Julie

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Thora - Jul 13, 2006 4:55 am (#2368 of 2979)
Edited Jul 13, 2006 5:50 am

Healing charms to Devin. I really identified with Denise for a moment there, not that my child has had cancer, but her auto-immune disease is such that I feel like I call her hemotologist/oncologist over everything. Immunizations, colds, medicines that other mothers wouldn't blink at. Benedryl is fine, sudafed is not, and I get double confirmation of everything before I give it, a doctor and a pharmacist. (Hmmm that reminds me I need to call the insurance people and find a specialist down this way for her yearly blood count, as October won't be convenient with school.) Well welcome back to sleeping in a real bed Denise.

Edit: Davon, if you read this, I adore David Eddings, and am quite interested in discussing his story "The Losers" if you are interested. I find it a very interesting take on society's ills. He was the author I read directly before Jo.

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Lavandula - Jul 13, 2006 6:06 am (#2369 of 2979)

Kip, I can't stop Laughing!

Catherine/Holly T- I can absolutely understand the snake phobia. But after reading about the decapitated snake head, I don't believe I will be able to sleep tonight. I had bad experiences with snakes myself as a child: two brothers + summers on a lake in Michigan = recipe for disaster.

Denise- Sending healing charms your way for Devin(spelled correctly?). I hope he doesn't develop a bad taste for camping now.

My 8 year old, who is terribly afraid of thunderstorms, is spending his week at camp under tornado watches, flood warnings, and torrential downpours. I haven't received a call from camp yet to come get him, but I can't help but wonder what he is doing in the middle of the night when he would normally crawl into bed with my husband and I.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 13, 2006 7:14 am (#2370 of 2979)

Kim, I love Rescue Me! Now if only I could remember to turn the TV on when it comes on.---Mediwitch

I know what you mean, I have to write it on my calendar.

Great, now I have a Wings song stuck in my head...---the giant squid

Geez Mike, now I've got Band on the Run playing in my head.

Denise, have you had to deal with hives before? If not, I recommend tepid baths, absolutely no showers. And please, step away from the calamine lotion, she said from experience.

Well, I have no experience with snakes (pauses for a moment of prayer), but I did fish a drowned shrew out of a friend's pool yesterday. *:shivers*:

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Catherine - Jul 13, 2006 7:44 am (#2371 of 2979)

Well, I have no experience with snakes (pauses for a moment of prayer), but I did fish a drowned shrew out of a friend's pool yesterday. *:shivers*: --Kim

Funny, I don't remember swimming yesterday!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 13, 2006 8:03 am (#2372 of 2979)

Funny, I don't remember swimming yesterday!---Catherine

I don't remember being invited.

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Catherine - Jul 13, 2006 8:07 am (#2373 of 2979)

I don't remember being invited. –Kim

LOL. I was counting on you to remember the origin of my email "katespeare" from the The Taming of the Shrew.

I got a little too obscure.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 13, 2006 8:20 am (#2374 of 2979)

Oh, shoot. I'm sorry I missed that. It didn't even occur to me. My bad.

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Denise P. - Jul 13, 2006 9:25 am (#2375 of 2979)

Yes, we have dealt with hives loads of times. This is an allergic reaction to something but we were not sure which because his initial reaction was after benadryl but then he reacted after zyrtec too. This morning, he reacted big time after his zyrtec so I am thinking it is the culprit. I am waiting on a call back to confirm I can stop the zyrtec. I should get a pic of him and put it up to show the poor guy.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 13, 2006 10:07 am (#2376 of 2979)

HBP is coming out in paperback on the 25th of July.

Happy Bastille day to the French members.

Denise I hope Devin is better soon! LPO

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Sconie Girl - Jul 13, 2006 12:26 pm (#2377 of 2979)

Thanks for all the welcomes...

Goodness though, I always thought opossums were kinda nice and cuddly.

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geauxtigers - Jul 13, 2006 1:01 pm (#2378 of 2979)

LOL SConie Girl! Opossums are freaky, the freak me out, something about that face....

I hope Devin gets better Denise.

We have a drainage ditch that runs along side the house and I don't know if there are any snakes there, I've never looked for them, but they aren't out in the open! My dad once told me that there was 'bead snake' right there, I didn't have my glasses/contacts in, so I looked down and saw a little snake with white on its back. I freaked out and my dad goes 'I can't believe you fell for that, those are mardi gras beads!' Sure enough when I was within a foot of it, I realized that it was just a strand of beads that had washed up. I felt pretty dumb, but I couldn't see, so he can't tease me about it!

I thought Bastille Day was tomorrow, isn't today the 13th? I might just be confused though...

well I can't remember much else, I'm off to read the 62 new posts on Five Words! Ahh!

Happy Thursday, Friday will be here tomorrow! WOO!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 13, 2006 1:03 pm (#2379 of 2979)

Sconie Girl: Goodness though, I always thought opossums were kinda nice and cuddly.

So did I, until I heard about Blossom.

Thora- I am also a fan of David Eddings, but I haven't read his recent novels yet. I love the Belgariad series and also The Diamond Throne series (I am drawing a blank at what the series is really called, but The Diamond Throne is the first book.) I read both series when I was in 6th grade (about 12 years old). I have read both series probably as many times as I have read HP. I did read The Redemption of Althalus a few years back, but I was moving during that time and therefore don't remember a lot of it.

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

EDIT: Tori- 64 new posts huh?

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The giant squid - Jul 13, 2006 2:03 pm (#2380 of 2979)

Just a few quick notes:

Welcome to the posting side of things, Sconie Girl!

Healing charms to the Denise household.

Happy birthday to Mr. Puck

Kip: the funniest jokes are the unexpected ones. Truly and sincerely, thank you. If only you had the time to show up like that more often, you'd give Timrew a run for his money...

--Mike

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Chemyst - Jul 13, 2006 3:34 pm (#2381 of 2979)

This is a reply to Dr Filibuster's question about tank tops (sleeveless t-shirts) on another thread I moved my answer here because it would have been way off topic.

I recently saw a history of "tank tops" on PBS (public broadcasting in the US). Tank tops, ironically, started with sailors in the British navy, not army men in tanks. They said that during WWI the Americans noticed that the British sailors were wearing cooler cotton undershirts; (the Americans wore wool.) Then there was a Clark Gable movie that made t-shirts popular among civilians. By WWII, the army had adopted them as standard issue too– but with sleeves (for underarm absorption, they said!) Then in the early 1950s the movie A Streetcar Named Desire came out and caused another surge in popularity. The rest, as they say, is history.

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geauxtigers - Jul 13, 2006 3:46 pm (#2382 of 2979)

lol, yes Marlon Brando in his white tee shirt/tank! Very easy to see the spark in popularity lol. That’s cool Chemyst, like We've said before, you learn something new every day! I now know the history of the tank top!

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Finn BV - Jul 13, 2006 4:02 pm (#2383 of 2979)

Welcome back Denise! Make sure you read Kip's post though!! And healing charms to Devin!

azi, too bad about the trains/commercials.

Chemyst, as I recall, Clark Gable singlehandedly was the cause of the decline in sales of undershirts for not wearing one in It Happened One Night. My facts might be a little off though.

Happy RotD!

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Catherine - Jul 13, 2006 4:05 pm (#2384 of 2979)

ROFL, Chemyst.

Around here, the college kids refer to tank tops by the politically incorrect term of "wifebeater." Yes, I know, this term trivializes domestic violence, etc. But I did have an interesting exchange concerning this term:

I made our new babysitter laugh when she noticed that our elderly shih-tzu, Phoebe, wears a baby's tank top undershirt to keep her from scratching her skin where her fur has thinned. She asked, "Oh my gosh, what is that dog wearing?" I replied, "That's the only shih-tzu in Greenville that wears a wifebeater. You normally have to watch Cops to see that."

She is a former student from last semester at the university, so she is used to the way my mind works. (Or doesn't work)

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 13, 2006 4:06 pm (#2385 of 2979)

Well Chemyst, I must say that Marlon Brando in that tank did raise the popularity of them! Enough said!! That's the sort of tank I was thinking of, no one here really wears them for anything other than an undershirt. I totally didn't even think of those Finn showed us! :smacks forehead: Lot's of guys wear those!

LOL Catherine!!

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Amilia Smith - Jul 13, 2006 4:16 pm (#2386 of 2979)

I started to write a post saying just these two things, but find I was beaten to the punch. :-)

Chemyst, as I recall, Clark Gable singlehandedly was the cause of the decline in sales of undershirts for not wearing one in It Happened One Night. My facts might be a little off though.

I find it very funny that Clark Gable was involved in both the rise and fall of the cotton undershirt.

Marlon Brando's tank top in Streetcar is the sort of tank I was thinking of, no one here really wears them for anything other than an undershirt. I totally didn't even think of those Finn showed us!

Me too! And let me tell you, the first time I listened to my Stephen Fry CD, and Percy came down to breakfast "completely dressed" wearing a wifebeater, I busted a gut. So not a Percy thing to wear.

Mills.

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Catherine - Jul 13, 2006 4:21 pm (#2387 of 2979)

I find it very funny that Clark Gable was involved in both the rise and fall of the cotton undershirt. –Mills

Mmm...handsome chap, Clark Gable. Shame about the halitosis.

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Amilia Smith - Jul 13, 2006 4:27 pm (#2388 of 2979)

No kidding? I had no idea he had bad breath. Good thing smells do not travel well through cameras.

Mills.

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Gina R Snape - Jul 13, 2006 4:39 pm (#2389 of 2979)

Aaaaah, Marlon Brando. How fine he was, long long ago.

I can't imagine wool undergarments. Then again, a hundred years ago people wore wool to the beach. What were they thinking and what was the rate of death from heat exhaustion?!?! (see avatar for irony)

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Denise P. - Jul 13, 2006 5:02 pm (#2390 of 2979)

Actually, I think there is a difference between a "wifebeater" and a regular tank top. "Wifebeaters" are the white undershirt; while a tank top is designed to be worn as a solo shirt.

Didn't Clark Gable like to chew onions and that was the cause of the problem? I know I remember hearing about how Vivian was not really thrilled with their close up scenes while filming Gone With The Wind

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Catherine - Jul 13, 2006 5:12 pm (#2391 of 2979)

Actually, I think there is a difference between a "wifebeater" and a regular tank top. "Wifebeaters" are the white undershirt tank tops while a tank top is designed to be worn as a solo shirt. –Denise

Alas, earawax, my doggie wears an undershirt, not a 'regular' tank top.

Didn't Clark Gable like to chew onions and that was the cause of the problem? I know I remember hearing about how Vivian was not really thrilled with their close up scenes while filming Gone With The Wind .

Popular lore has it that his false teeth caused the odor. IMDB.com supports this as well. Also, it is possible that Gable's alcohol consumption contributed to the problem, at least what I have seen from other sources.

Vivien Leigh was not thrilled with kissing Clark Gable. I guess that's why she swooned. Or maybe, that's why they call it acting!

EDIT: If I didn't say it before, I'm really glad that you're back, Denise. Also, I hope the hive condition has improved....

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Denise P. - Jul 13, 2006 6:13 pm (#2392 of 2979)

The hives are like the tide, it comes and goes through the day. He has been on benadryl many times a day and is not scratching like a baboon so we just leave it alone. He just looks awful.

Thanks Catherine!

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Finn BV - Jul 13, 2006 6:33 pm (#2393 of 2979)

I was under the impression the term "wifebeater" was a tank top that resembled an undershirt but was meant to be worn as a solo layer. Reading back what Denise was saying, I think we're in agreement. First time I read it I thought we weren't. (EDIT: Wikipedia confirms my guesses.)

LOL @ Gina about her avatar's irony!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 13, 2006 6:37 pm (#2394 of 2979)

Welcome back, Denise. Healing charms to Devin - poor guy. Hopefully he'll sleep well in his own bed and make a speedy recovery.

How fitting, Gina! LOL.

LPO, why did I think your post read HP7 rather than HBP??? *Groan*

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Puck - Jul 13, 2006 7:57 pm (#2395 of 2979)

Maria, don't worry. We'll give you plenty of warning before book #7 comes out!

Healing charms to young Devin! (Very happy I live in an area free from chiggers, as well as poisonless snakes and spiders.)

Catherine, I got that Katespeare reference.

Kip, ROTL!

Azi, boyfriends are duty bound to do such. Glad you got a good one!

Hubby had a nice birthday. No snakes jumped from his cake.

Ah, years later I finally know what a "wifebeater" is! I had no clue what Percy was wearing.

It's getting late. Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 13, 2006 8:36 pm (#2396 of 2979)

Happy Bastille day eve! I'm off a day for some reason. I just love summer. No reason to know what day it is. I only know when it is the weekend because Mr. Ludicrous is home.

I wish it was HP7 HungarianHorntail1. I hope Finn is right Book seven on 07-07-07. LPO

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Mediwitch - Jul 13, 2006 8:57 pm (#2397 of 2979)

Puck: (Very happy I live in an area free from chiggers, as well as poisonless snakes and spiders.[

Psst...Kathy, I'm not too far from you (relatively speaking) and we have timber rattlers here! Trail rescues on the Appalachian Trail are fairly common around here, and so are the rattlers.

*Healing charms to Devin*

We're off to Maine for a week, so have fun posting! (I might get a chance to pop in tomorrow before we leave.) Sandy Beach

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Solitaire - Jul 13, 2006 9:42 pm (#2398 of 2979)

For all those who love Krispy Kreme doughnuts (that's how it is spelled on the sign), I thought you'd like to know there is one next door to my hotel. I can smell the sugar! Alas, I am not into donuts (or doughnuts, either)! Too bad ...

Solitaire

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 13, 2006 9:57 pm (#2399 of 2979)

For all those who love Krispy Kreme doughnuts ... so...you are just going to tempt, invoke addictions, and just leave it at that?

If it were me, I buy a dozen just to remember my friends...

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Solitaire - Jul 13, 2006 10:04 pm (#2400 of 2979)

Yeah ... but who would eat them? **wondering if I can email a doughnut**
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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 13, 2006 10:12 pm (#2401 of 2979)

Since I have tried stuffing various objects into, hmm, computer drives, much to my disappointment.

Maybe take a line from Mary Poppins? Feed the birds?

...toddles off in search of what was my mind....

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Regan of Gong - Jul 13, 2006 11:16 pm (#2402 of 2979)

LOL, Twinkling Blue Eyes.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 14, 2006 12:00 am (#2403 of 2979)

I don't know how many of you have seen it yet, but there is a new article about Shamalamadingdong possibly directing one of the movies at the Leaky Cauldron.

(Just thought I'd share! )

~Kristina

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Puck - Jul 14, 2006 5:04 am (#2404 of 2979)

Umm, yeah, Kristina. I think you missed that conversation. Loopy's secretary had to post, as we were all concerned about his condition. Loopy Lupin, "# Chat and Greeting Thread for Members" #2189, 9 Jul 2006 12:54 pm

We have rattle snakes?     I thought they lived in warm places like Texas and Arizona.

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 14, 2006 5:52 am (#2405 of 2979)

Yes, I've seen the latest from Leaky. It seems he'd be leaning toward Book 7. That movie is a ways off so I feel confident that Mr. Ding's own movies between now and then will drop him out of the running.

Oh, and I've been looking for a copy of this video that won't run so slowly. It's Forum friendly, but not friendly to Mr. Cruise. Just the right way to start off the weekend with a little chuckle. Enjoy:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8530918890580805143

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Julie Aronson - Jul 14, 2006 5:53 am (#2406 of 2979)

We can only hope, Loopy. We can only hope...

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Steve Newton - Jul 14, 2006 6:13 am (#2407 of 2979)

Alas, the Krispy Kreme near me went out of business. Sigh.

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Gina R Snape - Jul 14, 2006 6:23 am (#2408 of 2979)

The question is, would it be billed as "Harry Potter and the final book" or "M. Night Shamalayan's Harry Potter and the final book"?

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kaykay1970 - Jul 14, 2006 8:13 am (#2409 of 2979)

I hope Devin is feeling better soon. My 9 year old had such a bad reaction to poison oak once that she was unrecognizable. I am not even exaggerating here!

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Thora - Jul 14, 2006 8:26 am (#2410 of 2979)

Tazzy- I think you may have read some I haven't... but I'm not sure as only one Eddings book made it out of storage, verses the 8 Rowlings books (counting FW&WTFT and QA). I know I read both series with Garion or Belgarion... and both series about the Knights, but I'm pressed for time at the moment and the copy of The Losers at my feet doesn't list all the titles, it lists a copyright of 92 for The Losers though, and includes High Hunt, which is good to but if there is an underlying message I missed it entirely.

Likely spending the weekend in dementor country. See you all on Monday.

Thora

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Solitaire - Jul 14, 2006 8:30 am (#2411 of 2979)

Oh, dear, Twinkles! I hate to be bad, but guess what I saw laid out on a big tray at the complimentary breakfast bar downstairs (next to the "gourmet coffee" that actually tasted delicious)? You guessed it ... several different kinds of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I didn't know they made jelly donuts. I almost relented and had one. Alas, I opted for a small bowl of Total with Splenda and 1% milk, a sip of OJ, and COFFEE!! I know ... borrrrrrrrrrrring!

Solitaire

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Stephanie M. - Jul 14, 2006 8:38 am (#2412 of 2979)

Aww! Poor Devin! I hope he is feeling better Denise! *healing charms to Devin*

LOL great link, Loopy!

I'm addicted to Krispy Kreme! There was one in Manhattan that was somewhat close to me, but it went out of business too.

The photo shoot was great yesterday! Except for everything bad going bad... the hair dresser was very late, someone's sister in law went into labor, so she couldn't come, there were rain delays, and one of the cheerleaders had to make an early flight. So the beginning of the day, was a disaster, but it got better once people started to arrive. I basically unpacked clothes, hung them up, repacked them, got breakfast, got lunch, watched a lot of the shoot, then bought a football because this one cheerleader loves football, and playing football, so we wanted a shot of her doing things that she liked doing. So that was basically my very long day. It was a lot of fun though.

Ugh! I want book 7 right now!

Have a good Friday everyone!!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 14, 2006 9:43 am (#2413 of 2979)

Stephanie, actually, that sounds like fun! Despite the fact that it's work, it doesn't sound tedious and you're not locked up amidst four blank walls all day.

Olivia went as an assistant to a friend who works for the A/P to the GW History Channel's shoot. It was outside and terribly cold but you wouldn't know it judging by the photos - she really enjoyed herself. It was interesting when it finally came on (Memorial Day weekend) and she recognized some of the actors. When she first appeared at the filming, she was approached and asked if she was the one for the part. (I guess there was a girl around her age playing a part.) Olivia was probably thinking 'get me out of here!'

Solitaire, if you could have just added a piece of fresh fruit to that, I'd have been happier...and OJ only counts if it's fresh squeezed. Okay, end lecture.

Company coming for a swim, so I'd better get to cleaning. It never ends. Enjoy the RotD everyone!

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geauxtigers - Jul 14, 2006 9:48 am (#2414 of 2979)

TGIF!!!!

VBS is done and so are my required service hours, but I think I'll do Habitat for Humanity in the fall. I'm very tired so I think I'm going to take a nap...

Mom wants me to go get the oil changed in our car, but I really don't feel like it. I think I'll "forget" and do it later.

Glad the photo shoot went okay Steph.

I read the new Shama-lama article on mugglenet, because my computer is being mean to me again and not letting my open it. I read some of the comments on that article too, and one person said that there were 2 possible titles out for book 7, I can't remember what, but they were really dumb and clearly made up by someone! There were people thanking him too! I politly told him that he was most likely wrong....

Great link Loopy!

Well That’s all I can remember, I'm off to see what damage awaits me on five words!

Have a great Friday!

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azi - Jul 14, 2006 9:55 am (#2415 of 2979)

Company coming for a swim, so I'd better get to cleaning. It never ends. – Maria

Doesn't my mum know that! She's been desperately cleaning the house all day as my brother's girlfriend is visiting tomorrow. Naturally, up until 4.30pm, I'd managed to remove 2 ornaments from my bookshelf and dust them. I've cleared the shelves now though (5.50pm).

Stephanie - that sounds really fun! I wish I'd had stuff like that to do in the holidays at your age!

One day I will try Krispy Kreme's. And possibly Twinkies (although the Family Guy episode with them in doesn't make them particularly appealing).

Amazing sunny day here! About 20 degrees Celcius outside, which is perfect temperature for me.

Nice days to all!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 14, 2006 10:01 am (#2416 of 2979)

One day I will try Krispy Kreme's. And possibly Twinkies (although the Family Guy episode with them in doesn't make them particularly appealing). azi

Krispy Kreme is the BEST but honestly I'm not really a fan of twinkies. They don't do much for me. They're a bit like chewing cornbread, hard to swallow. Fun, but disgusting fact about Twinkies- they have a shelf life of 27 years! How gross, so you could eat a Twinkie from the 80's! I prefer "Little Debbie's cake things! Like Ding Dongs, and Swiss cake rolls, though I can't remember the last time I had any of it!

Stephanie, glad the shoot was fun!

Happy Friday everyone!

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azi - Jul 14, 2006 10:09 am (#2417 of 2979)

Mmm, swiss roll...lovely food.

Hmm, the shelf life does put you off. I never liked the thought of drinking long-life milk, but it doesn't last 27 years!

I think I'm going to get some cornish ice cream and mango sorbet.

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Puck - Jul 14, 2006 10:41 am (#2418 of 2979)

Mango sorbet? Sounds lovely. What's cornish ice cream?

Azi, I'll have to get a care package together one of these days. Trouble is, Krispy Kreme's won't be much good by the time they arrive. Twinkies aren't worth the bother. Pretty sure I have some peeps in the cabinet... Seriously, If you want to try something, let me know. I'll be happy to ship it over the Atlantic.

If JKR ever reads this forum, she will certainly not hire Sham-a-lam-a-ding-dong.

I was the good morning this morning. Left the mess in the kitchen and dragged the easel outside so the kids could paint and play in the kiddie pool. (I swear. It had nothing to do with me avoiding housework. It was for the kids. Honest.)

Kathy

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azi - Jul 14, 2006 11:12 am (#2419 of 2979)

Cornish ice cream is creamier than normal vanilla ice cream. It originates from the county of Cornwall in SW England. Proper stuff doesn't contain the rubbish that supermarket ice cream contains as it has a lot of cream. Think beaches, castles and King Arthur for an idea of the place! (I've actually never been there, but I wouldn't mind visiting)

The mango sorbet is lovely, although it doesn't quite have the lightness of the sorbet I had in France.

The children are more important than housework any day!

Hehe, it does sound crazy to ship food across. There's got to be somewhere that supplies USA food! Maybe I don't go to the right stores. I probably should have asked my friend currently in Alabama (she's half American) to bring something back, but always forget. She did bring Hershey's last time though (I admit to being disappointed with them).

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Puck - Jul 14, 2006 11:22 am (#2420 of 2979)

Hershey's would be disappointing. People in Europe should not look to America when it comes to chocolate.

We have an all natural vanilla ice cream here that comes in extra creamy. (Breyers, for those wondering.) Wonderful with fresh peaches. *suddenly realizes that peach season is only a month away.

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Good Evans - Jul 14, 2006 11:46 am (#2421 of 2979)

Happy Bastille Day to the French, how do I know?? Not LPO's premature (and then amended greeting ) but, I drove past a french restaurant in Reigate and bedecked would be the word!!!

179 posts in three days - wow!!

Yesterday was our 4th Wedding anniversary so we went and collected the puppy, I'll change the avatar in a bit! Luna is gorgeous and full of energy. chewing everything in sight and lots of little widdles. But we have already mastered "Sit" I am so proud of her.

now have to catch up on all the other threads oh well, puppy with hubby for 10 mins lets see how much peace I get!!!

congratulations to all who need and healing charms to others. Love to all

Julie

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 14, 2006 12:04 pm (#2422 of 2979)

Julie, congratulations on bringing Luna into your home!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 14, 2006 12:20 pm (#2423 of 2979)

Ok I have a weird question...Is sorbet, the same thing as sherbert? I used to think that was show you spelled sherbert, but now I'm getting myself confused. I there a difference?

Happy Anniversary to Julie and Mr. Good Evans, and congrats on Luna!

Puck! Are you crazy?? Just go buy some Krispy Kreme and apparate to azi house! Are you a witch or not??LOL

I lovvee Hershey's but I must say that when I went to France, I had some of the European chocolate. That stuff would murder Hershey's if they had to fight! It's much richer and better! I pretty much will eat any type of ice cream, as long as it's not coffee or mint.

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azi - Jul 14, 2006 12:20 pm (#2424 of 2979)

Happy belated anniversary Julie! I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures of Luna!

Edit - sorbet is a frozen dessert, like ice cream but without milk.

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geauxtigers - Jul 14, 2006 12:37 pm (#2425 of 2979)

Congrats on Luna, Julie! I can't wait to see a picture!

I like Hershey's chocolate, but its not my favorite. Hershey bars are good, but Hershey makes other types of chocolate that are much better, but I agree, European chocolate it by far better. But you can't beat a Reesee's, or anything with peanut butter for that matter! **thinking of getting some peanut butter and oreos**

Sorbet sounds like sherbert to me...it also sounds really good!

Happy Bastille Day to all the French!

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haymoni - Jul 14, 2006 12:57 pm (#2426 of 2979)

Little Luna is so cute!

I thought sorbet was all fruit while sherbert had something creamy in it.

Obviously the chef schools will not be calling me!

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kaykay1970 - Jul 14, 2006 12:58 pm (#2427 of 2979)

Congatulations on Luna, Julie! She sure is adorable!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 14, 2006 2:11 pm (#2428 of 2979)
Edited Jul 14, 2006 2:50 pm

Puck- The article I was talking about was a newer article and followed up the first article of Shamalamadingdong where we all sent cold compresses to Loopy. There is more info, and the fact that Shamalamadingdong wants to treat JKR's work with profound respect. Not like that will help anything.

Thora- High Hunt and The Losers came out either before or after the series on Belgarion and Sparhawk. I didn't get a chance to read those yet. The Redemption of Althalus came out several years ago (I think it was 3 years ago). Have you read the books on Polgara and Belgarath yet? Those are also fairly recent (about 6 years ago, I think), and tells the two sides of the years leading up to Belgarian. Both are really good.

Congratulations on finally getting Luna, Good Evans! She looks like such a sweetie! Happy Anniversary!

mmmmmm. Ice Cream.... Oh! Speaking of desserts, I found this recipe called Raspberry and Mango Crumble. Have any of you ever had it before? It sounds delicious!

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!

~Kristina

EDIT: Happy Bastille Day to our French Forumers!

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Lina - Jul 14, 2006 2:37 pm (#2429 of 2979)

Happy Bastille Day to our French members (where ever they are )! I hope you all had a great day.

And happy anniversary, Julie (GE)! Luna is really cute!

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Chemyst - Jul 14, 2006 3:02 pm (#2430 of 2979)

Nicked from answerbag.com

   A sorbet is basically fruit juice and other liquid flavors mixed with finely chopped ice or other wise super chilled, it does not contain eggs or dairy products. Sherbet (no second “r”) does contain dairy or eggs. A sorbet is like a Snow- cone or shave-ice without so much, or as hard, ice, a sherbet is usually smoother, closer to ice cream. As far as words go, sherbeRt is a variant word and strictly speaking not correct. Sherbet in the United States must, by law, have a milk-fat content between 1% and 2%, if the milk-fat is lower it CAN be called sorbet. There are no laws defining sorbet. In the United Kingdom the word sherbet used to mean a kind of fizzy powder stirred into various beverages to make effervescing drinks.

Personally, I think the comparison to a snowcone is...  well, a snowcone would be an extra-chunky & lumpy version with fake fruit flavor.

Oh, Good Evans, Luna looks practically perfect in every way! She should be right at home.

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Catherine - Jul 14, 2006 3:06 pm (#2431 of 2979)

Congratulations to Good Evans and her new fur baby "Luna." Luna is quite a lovely pup, and I wish your family continued joy.

Mr. Catherine is on my "good list" today. He ordered me a leather desk chair and surprised me with it today! I hate to sound like a "material girl," but hey, if the chair fits... I'm so impressed with him. It was even on sale, and he picked the "right" color. I'm all a dither.

We've been rearranging our library today to accommodate the dozens of new books we acquired from his parents' house (they are moving in a few days from Richmond, VA to the Southern PA/Wilmington, DE area). I almost feel like I have a whole new room. I also think that it's good that I can move some titles to my room at school this fall when I teach. I donated almost 500 books last year to the Humane Society book sale, and I'm still spilling over.

Today is Daisy's birthday and perhaps we shall celebrate by having hot dogs on the grill for dinner. I'm too tired to cook.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 14, 2006 3:53 pm (#2432 of 2979)

Mr. Catherine is on my "good list" today.---Catherine

**bites tongue**

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Gina R Snape - Jul 14, 2006 3:56 pm (#2433 of 2979)

Happy Bastille Day!

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timrew - Jul 14, 2006 4:07 pm (#2434 of 2979)

Clark Gable:- "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn if my breath smells of raw onions and alcohol. You'll play this love scene with me because you're being paid squillions of dollars to do it.

And I eat raw onions and drink bathtubs full of alcohol because I'm cuckoo! And if I want to brush my teeth once a year, whether they need it or not; or have a bath, likewise, is nothing to do with you!"

**Is led off screaming, "Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!"**

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Stephanie M. - Jul 14, 2006 4:40 pm (#2435 of 2979)

Ooh! I had Mango sorbet today! It was yummy! I absolutely love mango, strawberry, and coconut sorbet!

Happy Birthday Daisy!

Good work, Mr. Catherine! That sounds impressive!!

Luna is adorable, Julie! Congratulations on the new puppy, getting her to sit, and for your anniversary!!

Happy Bastille Day!

The shoot was a ton of fun, and I think that there are a vast selection of great pictures to choose from for the covers, and for the pictures that will go along with the articles about the cheerleaders.

Have a great rest of the day!

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Puck - Jul 14, 2006 5:36 pm (#2436 of 2979)

Happy Bastille Day!

Chemyst beat me to the sorbet explanation. I found out a few weeks ago when I was looking for something non dairy at the ice cream place for the baby.

Sorry, Tazzy. I apologize for thinking you were -ummm- a bit out of the loop.

Julie, happy belated anniversary, and congrats on the new pup! She's cute as a button. May she provide you many years of sloppy doggy kisses!

I'd love to say I'm off to read, but I still have a cake to bake for Diva's birthday party. (Official her birthday is Monday, but the party is tomorrow.) Plus, Mr. Puck (not on a good list at the moment) is apparently leaving it to me to get the cherubs to clean their room and get to bed.

Kathy

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Lilly P - Jul 14, 2006 6:28 pm (#2437 of 2979)

Hey folks, I'm back. Sorry it's been so long, I've been down with a couple of migraines. However I feel much better now.

Stephanie M, that's too weird, I was eating mango sorbet on the same day!

Not much new here, I did go see Pirates and I pretty much agree with everyone else, it was good.

Welcome back Denise P! Hope Devin is feeling better, we have been missing you over on Word Games 2 HP only!

Happy Birthday/anniversary to all I have missed and congratulations on Luna, Good Evans! A

nyway, I'm off to catch up on the rest of the threads. (Probably give myself another migraine! You all have been busy!) Have a great weekend!

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boop - Jul 14, 2006 6:45 pm (#2438 of 2979)

Denise, I am sending healing charms to Devin.

Happy Birthday for July 15th: Mare, May you have a wonderful day.

Happy Anniversary Julie, Luna looks so cute.

I am on vacation for the next 3 weeks. I am going to Ohio on July 22 thur 30th to visit Mischafan(Jim).

Have a great weekend everyone!!

hugs always

boop

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Holly T. - Jul 14, 2006 6:46 pm (#2439 of 2979)

Hello all! I have been swamped at work and without an Internet connection at home until (after many calls to EarthLink tech support) tonight.

My daughter is home for a change--she got in late last night and has been visiting her grandparents since July 4. She leaves for Girl Scout camp on Sunday so I took the afternoon off to hang out with her. We ate Blizzards, started packing her gear for camp, she tried on all the new school clothes her grandmother and aunt bought her last week, and we laid on the floor of her room and discussed who would die in book 7.

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dizzy lizzy - Jul 14, 2006 7:22 pm (#2440 of 2979)

Well I've been having fun adapting to my new work routine. Both jobs are working out well and my bank account really likes the results of my hard work.

LOL Kip that was a brilliant post. I've just finished reading 400 odd posts and yours was the only one that stood out. That might be because I had to clean the keyboard of spilt tea!!!!

Hope Devin feels better and welcome to "Luna the pup".

**Waves and smiles to everyone**

Lizzy

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Tazzygirl - Jul 14, 2006 7:34 pm (#2441 of 2979)

That is quite all right, Puck! I am usually out of the loop anyways! (I think that is why I am at St. Mungo's...) hehehe!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Jul 14, 2006 8:47 pm (#2442 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary to Julie & Mr. Julie (that sounds silly, doesn't it? hehe)!!

Happy Birthday, Mare!

Azi, don't bother about Twinkies. If you are really dying to try one, go and buy a couple of day-old brownies and a jar of marshmallow creme. Make a little "sandwich," put it into a baggie, and forget about it for a few weeks. The dried-out, petrified thing you get will taste a bit like a Twinkie.

As for Ding-Dongs, VirginiaElizabeth, they are made by the same company as Twinkies (Hostess), so they probably have a 27-year shelf life, as well. Yuck! If you prefer the Ding-Dong, however, just use stale pound cake and repeat the above process. Voila! Your own homemade Ding-Dong! Am I right folks? hehe

You can make your own sorbets, if you have to watch your sugar intake. My favorites are banana, peach, and strawberry, but I suppose you could use just about any fleshy fruit, really. (Homemade sorbets are much better than homemade Twinkies and Ding-Dongs ... I promise.)

Cut the fruit into chunks and freeze it ... but do not let it get rock-hard. (I check to see that it has a tiny bit of "give" between my teeth.) Put the frozen fruit into a food processor and process until it is smooth. Raspberries and blackberries make good sorbets, but you must "sieve" them to get rid of the seeds. You can use a sugar syrup, if you like a sweeter product ... but I just dissolve a bit of Splenda or Equal in a tiny bit of water, if the fruit is too tart. Usually, it is fine.

Frozen bananas processed with a bit of milk or fat-free half&half make a fabulous frozen dessert. Stir in some finely chopped walnuts and you can give Chunky Monkey a run for its money!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 14, 2006 9:11 pm (#2443 of 2979)

Soli- ...go and buy a couple of day-old brownies and a jar of marshmallow creme. Make a little "sandwich," put it into a baggie, and forget about it for a few weeks. The dried-out, petrified thing you get will taste a bit like a Twinkie.
If you prefer the Ding-Dong, however, just use stale pound cake and repeat the above process.


Actually, I think the Twinkie is where you take the Pound Cake and Marshmallow Creme and forget about it for a couple days, and the Ding-Dong is the Chocolate Brownie and Marshmallow Creme that is forgotten for a couple days. Other than that, I think that pretty much sums up both the twinkie and the ding-dong!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Jul 14, 2006 9:18 pm (#2444 of 2979)

You are right ... the thing I called a Ding-Dong is a Twinkie. But now I am wondering ... what is the thing I called a Twinkie? hehe It is not on the Twinkie site. Hm ...

Just for my own information, what the heck is that chocolate "half-sphere" of stale cake with a gooey white center and a "helmet" of marshmallow, rolled in finely shredded coconut??? Can anyone tell me, please? Actually, it looks like half a demented snowball. I was positive it, too, was a Hostess thing. I used to love them as a child. Amazing how the memory goes when one gets older ... **rummaging through the pantry for a stale Twinkie**

Solitaire

Edit: I think I've remembered ... they were Hostess Snowballs! Whew! I might have been up all night with that one!

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Lina - Jul 14, 2006 11:01 pm (#2445 of 2979)

Happy birthday Mare!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 15, 2006 12:06 am (#2446 of 2979)
Edited Jul 15, 2006 1:22 am

Oh, dear, Twinkles! I hate to be bad,...  You know, some things are better left unsaid.

(she's half American) Please define half American.

Julie, congratulations on getting Luna, widdles and all!

Sending healing charms to Devin.

((Hugs))to Boop! Have a great vacation!

Happy Birthday Mare!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 15, 2006 12:22 am (#2447 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Mare!! Hope you have a great day!

Have a safe and fun trip, Boop!

Off to watch Father Goose...

~Kristina

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Regan of Gong - Jul 15, 2006 1:51 am (#2448 of 2979)

According to Wikipedia a Twinkie only has a shelf-life of 25 days, which is heaps for a supposedly "baked" product, but helped because the filling isn't dairy. I've never had one, seeing as I live in Australia, but it's an interesting read.

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Good Evans - Jul 15, 2006 4:15 am (#2449 of 2979)

OOOHHHH Twinkies, yes I remember them. Disgustingly bad for you but lovely yum yum.

Thank you all for the kind words, the "widdles" are making it to the newspaper and we are doing other things outside hooray!! Unfortunately not such a good night last night, in the end Colin came downstairs (after two hours) as we were worried the neighbours would complain, so we are not letting her sleep after 7 pm tonight in the hope she will be "all tuckered out".

have a lovely saturday all

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haymoni - Jul 15, 2006 4:18 am (#2450 of 2979)

I seem to recall seeing chocolate Twinkies when I was younger.

Zingers are fake Twinkies, but they come in different colors. I'm saying colors because I think the cake part is the same - they just roll it in something to color the outside.
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azi - Jul 15, 2006 4:46 am (#2451 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Mare!

Ooo, sorbet recipies! It's tempting to make some now! Then again, I've been attempting to bake chocolate butterfly buns all week! Didn't quite happen.

(she's half American) Please define half American. – TBE

Well, her dad is American, her mum's British, and she has passports for both. You could argue that America isn't a country per se (more of a continent), but it sounds better than USAian. She describes herself as half-American anyway, so that's what I'll refer to her as (forgetting for a second that her family name is actually Polish).

Luna gets prettier in every picture, GE!

Lovely sunny days to all!

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Good Evans - Jul 15, 2006 5:09 am (#2452 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Mare.

Azi - maybe her left half is American????

peace reigns, dog, husband and teenagers all asleep, making up for last night hee hee!!

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azi - Jul 15, 2006 5:14 am (#2453 of 2979)

Lol, Julie! I'll have to ask her! I knew someone else who described themselves as a quarter American...I wonder which part of them that is!

I hope you take advantage of the nice rest!

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Catherine - Jul 15, 2006 5:23 am (#2454 of 2979)
Edited Jul 15, 2006 6:29 am

Hmmm...."half-American"

I'm picturing someone walking down the street divided lengthwise.

Luna has a mischievous look in this latest avatar, Good Evans, like she'd be up for a long romp.

Have a good Saturday, everyone.

EDIT: Happy Birthday Mare!

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Puck - Jul 15, 2006 6:09 am (#2455 of 2979)

Have fun, Boop! Safe journey.

Happy Birthday, Mare!

Holly, sounds like a lovely afternoon. So, who did she think?

Off to convince the children to clean up toys. (I have threatened not to let them come to Diva's party if they don't. As I can neither make empty threats or leave the birthday girl behind, it must get cleaned.)

Kathy

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Gina R Snape - Jul 15, 2006 6:31 am (#2456 of 2979)

Happy birthday, Mare!

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Denise P. - Jul 15, 2006 6:33 am (#2457 of 2979)

Luna is gorgeous!!

Happy Birthday Steffie!!

Chocolate Twinkies were called Crocodiles, I believe. I actually liked the Hostess Ho-Ho's. We don't have many Hostess products around here but do have Little Debbie. They have Swiss Rolls that are just like Ho-Ho's and I can get Ding Dongs at Sam's. My kids like the Ding Dongs.

We are nearly hive free!! I would say he only has maybe 5% hives compared to almost 90% he had the other day.

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Good Evans - Jul 15, 2006 7:29 am (#2458 of 2979)

Good news on the hives progress (or should I say regress?) Denise. Hope he is clear soon.

Ding Dongs... mmmm yes I remember them too (is it any surprise I have a weight problem, three years in America and I became a junk food-aholic !!!)

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Chemyst - Jul 15, 2006 7:38 am (#2459 of 2979)

...it sounds better than USAian.
I'll agree with that!
We probably have some history buffs around here who already knew this, but I didn't learn it until a couple weeks ago– Before the Civil War, the United States of America was considered plural grammatically. One would say, "The United States of America are negotiating navigation rights." Since the Civil War era, the United States of America is singular, as in, "The United States of America is launching a space shuttle." – Perhaps your friend is ahead of her time if she is now a fraction of a whole!

Happy Birthday Mare

Yea! on being (nearly) hive free!

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Lilly P - Jul 15, 2006 8:07 am (#2460 of 2979)

Happy birthday Mare! I just Love the Luna Avatar, Good Evans! It actually looks like she is putting on a big cheesy smile for the camera! I wish my dog would sit still for a photo!

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Good Evans - Jul 15, 2006 8:11 am (#2461 of 2979)

Thanks Lilly, she was actually yawning at the time hence she did sit still!!!

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Solitaire - Jul 15, 2006 9:27 am (#2462 of 2979)

I would love to use a pic of my two Shelties, but I can never get Quinn to sit still long enough. Fourteen years old, deaf as a doorknob, and she still bounces around like a puppy! Stoney is mellower, but if she jumps up, he will, too. Your "baby" is adorable!

Solitaire

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 15, 2006 9:50 am (#2463 of 2979)

Denise, I am glad to hear Devin is on the mend. It doesn't get much worse than when one of your children is not well - unless of course, more than one of your children are not well.

azi, LOL! We moms never learn. I swear I could spend hours cleaning and still not be able to enter a room and without having something to tidy.

Happy Birthday, Mare!

Happy Anniversary, Mr. & Mrs. GE! Congratulations on Luna - she is so cute and cuddly looking and what a clever pup having learned "sit" already! May you enjoy your new little alarm clock.

I'd better get to packing. We're off tomorrow for the shore.

EDIT: LOL Solitaire, I never got to tell you the other day that one of my nicknames is Stoney - because I've had kidney stones. But your Stoney is much cuter!

Maria

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Finn BV - Jul 15, 2006 1:15 pm (#2464 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary Julie-GE! And yay for Luna! What a great picture!

Happy Belated Bastille Day!

Happy birthday Mare! Have a wonderful day!

**hugs to Betty** We'll miss you, have a great vacation.

lizzy, great news from your work!

Further healing charms to Devin as they seem to be working!

Chemyst, that's really interesting about the USA being plural or singular. I've never even considered using plural. Hmm…

Just got back from Superman Returns. It was really entertaining, and, as Squid Mike said, was easy to follow even if you weren't a superfan (). Went by really fast – same length as Pirates, but Pirates seemed much longer!

If you all could send some healing charms to my grandmother, my family thinks she's fading. They would be much appreciated!

Off to see if I can get a hold of Scholastic Customer Service!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 15, 2006 1:28 pm (#2465 of 2979)

Healing charms Finn's grandmother along with a big bottle of Felix for the family.



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Tazzygirl - Jul 15, 2006 1:40 pm (#2466 of 2979)

**healing charms to Finn's Grandma, and good luck charms as well**

My mom's dogs are photo-dogs. They sit still and look at the camera, but the girl, Beanie, gives you one of those 'dead eye' stares and sends the message of "I really don't want to take another picture. But since I am here, go ahead and take it" Both are Boston Terriers (Beanie's official name is Boston Baked Beans... there's my mom for you! ). I'll post a picture of them sometime soon.

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N and weekend!

~Kristina

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Chemyst - Jul 15, 2006 1:42 pm (#2467 of 2979)

...that's really interesting about the USA being plural or singular. I've never even considered using plural. Hmm…

Yes, it says a lot about how during America's early years, most folk's loyalties were to their state first and the nation was the 'organization' their state belonged to. After the Civil War, we began to think of ourselves as more of a single nation comprised of states.

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Puck - Jul 15, 2006 1:43 pm (#2468 of 2979)

Healing charms for Finn’s grandmother, and strength charms to the rest of the family.

Glad Devin is doing better!

Maria, I found a book called Healthy Cooking for your Kids in the bargain section at the book store. (Under $7) I'll let you know if I try anything really good. Have a nice time at the shore.

Well, there were only 6 kids at Diva's birthday, 7 if you count the baby. So many people on vacation. Everyone had fun, and she didn't seem disappointed with the fact that several friends couldn't make it. (I was planning for about 10 kids.)

Lizzy, glad the new job is going well.

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!

Kathy

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geauxtigers - Jul 15, 2006 1:45 pm (#2469 of 2979)

Well, I'll start off by apologizing to the several people that were in the chat room yesterday evening when I left. It thundered and I was dissconnected. After lots of haggling etc. with the phone company, 3 hour + calls, the internet is working thanks to my dad.

Healing charms to Finn's grandma. Happy Birthday Mare! Happy anniversary Julie, and Luna is so cute!

Since the internet was down, and it was raining last night, we went and saw The Devil wears Prada. I liked it, it was a bit trite, but on a whole, I thought it was really good. I want to see everyone movies that is out right now, Click, Cars, Pirates, and You, Me, and Dupree. Anyone seen them? should I waste 7 dollars on a movie ticket? I liked the Harry Potter reference in TDWP, it was funny, I wish I had that kind of power! but Book 7 wasn't big enough! It was too short, glad That’s not the real one! lol!

Well off to check the threads!

Have a great day everyone!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 15, 2006 1:57 pm (#2470 of 2979)

Tori- Click, Cars, and Pirates were all really good. I'd recommend them all.

~Kristina

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Finn BV - Jul 15, 2006 2:11 pm (#2471 of 2979)

… but You, Me, and Dupree looks awful. Not that I've seen it. Ask Squid Mike.

Thanks for the charms, guys.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 15, 2006 2:13 pm (#2472 of 2979)

Finn- You, Me, and Dupree does sound really awful. But the others are good!

~Kristina

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Puck - Jul 15, 2006 2:15 pm (#2473 of 2979)

If I have to choose, Superman or Pirates?

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kaykay1970 - Jul 15, 2006 2:32 pm (#2474 of 2979)

Here are a few more healing charms for Finn's grandmother.

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Finn BV - Jul 15, 2006 2:35 pm (#2475 of 2979)

Puck, eek, that's a tough choice, but Superman's a better bang for your buck probably. Pirates was more fun, but Superman was… better? Really tough. Go to both.

Thank you, kaykay.

Hey, 52 weeks ago today we were getting ready for HBP (some lucky ones may have already gotten it by now!)!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 15, 2006 2:54 pm (#2476 of 2979)

Ok well now that I'm finally back online...

Happy B-day Mare, Happy belated Bastille Day to all the Frenchies out there, Finn Healing charms to your grandmother.

Regan that's interesting about a Twinkie, I had always heard that it was 27 years, but I've looked at several other sites, and they have confirmed Wikipedia on the 25 days. Several sites also said that they have been in storage for a few years before they hit the shelves. I don't really know, that seems a bit contradictory, but I think it is safe to say that Twinkies just should not be eaten! Here's an interesting link to the Hostess site, Twinkie Wedding cakes! Gross!

The Devil Wears Prada was really good, I liked it tonnsss! The HP references were cool, wish I could do that!! There was also a clip that showed Radio City Music Hall in the background, and it made me think of how so many forumers will be there in August and it made me jealous!!

I'm really excited because my mom is making the best dinner ever tonight (we call it "chicken wrapped in bacon") and I can smell it through the entire house. It's making me soooo hungry!

Ok off to catch up on threads!

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Solitaire - Jul 15, 2006 4:55 pm (#2477 of 2979)

If you want to watch a funny movie about obnoxious houseguests, rent Madhouse with John Laroquette and Kirstie Alley. It is a 1990-ish movie about a couple who buy a home in Los Angeles. Everything is great ... until their relatives begin inviting themselves to visit and forget they don't actually live there. They are truly the houseguests from you-know-where. I liked this movie ... it was funny!

Solitaire

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boop - Jul 15, 2006 5:57 pm (#2478 of 2979)

Thanks for the well wishes for my vacation. I plan on having a great time.

Finn, here are healing charms for your grandmother. I will keep her in my prayers.

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

Have a great Rest of the Day!

hugs always

boop

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Doris Crockford - Jul 15, 2006 7:13 pm (#2479 of 2979)

Hey everyone! My summer is finally settling down now. I've got a job starting on Monday, working in an office in a church downtown, so now I know where I'll be living (I also tried looking for a job at my cottage and the town where I go to university), and have some sort of structure in my days. Plus, one of my friends is having a birthday party next weekend, and my best friend from university is trying to figure out when she can come visit. Plus, it's only a month and a half until I go back to university, and can see my friends that live across the country and overseas.

Well, I'm a quarter Lebanese, and that quarter would definitely include my stomach. We eat a lot of Lebanese food when we visit with our relatives from Montreal, and my great-aunt and great-uncle (and my uncle) just happened to come up to the cottage this weekend, and tonight we had some really good Arabic foods. And I'm starting to learn how to make some of the food myself. It's still hard to get a hold of good ingredients anywhere other than in Montreal, but it's a start.

Betty, definitely have an awesome time on your vacation! That's what they're for.

Finn, I'm definitely sending you Healing Charms. My grandmother is also fading (both physically and mentally), and I know that it's hard on everyone, especially knowing what she used to be like.

Happy birthday, Mare!

And have a great rest of the weekend, everyone!

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Finn BV - Jul 15, 2006 7:36 pm (#2480 of 2979)

Thanks again all. Doris, good to see you around and my best to your grandmother.

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Lavandula - Jul 15, 2006 7:39 pm (#2481 of 2979)

Azi- "...Think beaches, castles and King Arthur for an idea of the place! (I've actually never been there, but I wouldn't mind visiting)"

I traveled to Salisbury, Torquey (spelling?), Cheddar and the surrounding English countryside in 2004. It is charming and breathtaking!!!!!!!! Try to get there some day. The cream tea and scones were delightful as I remember. I would not hold my breath waiting for a package of Twinkies; however, Little Debbie cakes are not bad for a packaged treat.

Happy Birthday,Mare!!

Boop- Where in Ohio are you vacationing? I just returned from two days in Amish country (Holmes county).

Denise- So glad to hear the hives are disappearing.

It's time to check the laundry. My eight year old son came home from a week at camp. The suitcase had the most awful smell. It had rained several days at camp and the result is....  :closed:

Have a great evening everyone.

Cathy

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Solitaire - Jul 15, 2006 8:24 pm (#2482 of 2979)

Finn and Doris, healing charms to your grandmothers and strengthening charms to you and your families. I lost my dad just a year ago this month, and I remember very well the emotional ups and downs of that last year or so. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Solitaire

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 15, 2006 8:55 pm (#2483 of 2979)

Finn and Doris, prayers and healing charms out to your grandmothers.

Just about finished packing. If I don't get to check in, have a great week (and vacation, for those going on vacation).

The cookbook sounds great, Kathy! I'll look forward to any good recipes you might have found.

Maria

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Regan of Gong - Jul 15, 2006 9:10 pm (#2484 of 2979)

Took some excellent photos of the ferrets last night, hopefully I can crop and compress them so I can use them for an avatar. We're about to take them down the beach for a play...they like the sand.

We have a girl in our class named Alyssa who always uses the word "like". So it'd be "OH, yeah, I like, completely know what you're like talking about. Like, that was exactly the like, thing I was thinking of, like, just the other day." We called it "Alyssaration"

Regan

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Stephanie M. - Jul 15, 2006 10:11 pm (#2485 of 2979)

**Healing charms to Finn and Doris's grandmothers** I hope everything turns out for the best, and **strengthening charms to you and your families**

Tazzy, your avatar is very cool!

HH11, have a great trip!

Denise, I'm glad Devin is doing somewhat better!

I agree that You, Me, and Dupree looks horrible! I also think that Little Man looks even worse!

A year ago (about right now) I was about to pay for my copy of HBP!! I started reading it at about 2:30 AM though, because I had to find a taxi cab and then get to my cousin's house.

Have a good rest of the weekend!!

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Solitaire - Jul 15, 2006 10:36 pm (#2486 of 2979)

So, Regan, you're like, um, not a Valley Girl? I'm like, so surprised!

That is but one of my pet peeves. The use of the phrase "... and I was all ..." to replace a verb such as  “said,” “replied,” “answered,” or even “thought,” just sets my teeth on edge. A few years ago, we had a young teacher at our school who was particularly prone to use this phrase. It was so distracting that I was eventually unable to pay attention to the content of her conversations, because I was busy counting the number of times she said "... and I was all ..." in the space of a minute.

Perhaps I would not have been so irritated by this innocuous little quirk had she been nicer to her students. On this point, however, she greatly resembled Snape. So when she swept into the staff room and began complaining that a Magna cum Laude like herself should have to teach such stupid math students, well, I was, like ... upset, dude! (Sorry!)

Solitaire

Edit: I should add that my beloved niece uses this same phrase, and it still drives me crazy! I guess we all have our breaking points!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 15, 2006 11:36 pm (#2487 of 2979)

I was one of those who used 'like' after every other word... I finally grew out of it! (Now I just have to work on 'Dude!'- which is the only thing I have left from my years of high school and California... )

**healing charms to Doris' grandmother and strengthening charms to the family**

Stephanie- I also think that Little Man looks even worse!

I have to say I pity the people who are actually going to spend money to see that movie. (Thanks on the avatar comment! I received it in an email this morning, and couldn't resist putting it up as my avatar! Pufferfish are my favorite fish!)

Just got back from Chuck E. Cheese's with the kiddies. Haven't been there in a long time, and tonight reminded me why...

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Jul 15, 2006 11:41 pm (#2488 of 2979)

Good Evans ... you didn't tell us Luna was a TV star! I saw her singing "There ain't no bugs on me" on the Advantix commercial just a few minutes ago. She is really good!

Solitaire

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 15, 2006 11:47 pm (#2489 of 2979)

I'm definitely a victim of the "likes" but only when I get nervous. When I have to present a project to the class I stand up, turn beat red, (mostly because I know the likes are coming and I will sound dumb) then I start in on the likes and "umms". I can't quite figure out how to stop this, as I know I’m going to do it and I try not to but it just seems to come out. I also do the dude thing a lot to Kristina! yep, dude and dudette! We learned how to say it in French when we were over there, but I forgot now.

OK well it's 2AM so I think I'll go to bed now!

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Solitaire - Jul 16, 2006 12:00 am (#2490 of 2979)

LOL I used "dude" and "dude-ette" many years ago (the 70s), when I was a mere youth ... but only occasionally, when I was being silly. Recently, however, when one of my students referred to me as "duuuuuuuuude," I reminded him I was not a dude ... I was a dude-ette! Gee, you'd think they could tell the difference by the time they reach junior high!

Solitaire

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The giant squid - Jul 16, 2006 1:07 am (#2491 of 2979)

Hugs to Betty; enjoy your vacation--one of these days we'll get an actual post out of you

… but You, Me, and Dupree looks awful. Not that I've seen it. Ask Squid Mike.--Finn BV

You Me and Dupree (no commas in the title) is...okay. It makes a decent second choice if Pirates is sold out, but I'd advise against spending adult-evening prices on it. Owen Wilson's good, but it seemed like they had a premise & weren't sure what to do with it.

Mind you, Little Man looks like a bad premise they didn't know what to do with...

The use of the phrase "... and I was all ..." to replace a verb such as  “said,” “replied,” “answered,” or even “thought,” just sets my teeth on edge..—Solitaire

So, like, I read this and I was all, "Oh m'gawd, she's like, so totally right, y'know? Fer sure. That's, like, really rad."

Really, I was.

--Mike

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Tazzygirl - Jul 16, 2006 3:01 am (#2492 of 2979)

Squid Mike: So, like, I read this and I was all, "Oh m'gawd, she's like, so totally right, y'know? Fer sure. That's, like, really rad."

Dude! Squid Mike- That's impressive...

Ginny- you sound like me! When I took a speech class three semesters ago, my teacher actually kept count how many times each person said 'like' or 'ummmm'. I was at the top of the list.

My aunt was going nuts when Nathaniel was born, because I kept referring to him as 'Dude'. It took me a while, but now I call him 'Bud' or 'Buddy' or my personal favorite 'Hey, you!'. Aunt doesn't seem to mind those as much.

I think I should probably go to bed now!

~Kristina

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azi - Jul 16, 2006 4:25 am (#2493 of 2979)

Lavandula - I have been to both Salisbury and Cheddar Gorge (I assume there isn't another Cheddar?)! A few years ago we visited Glastonbury, Stonehenge, that sort of area. It's just Cornwall itself I've never been to. I've spent many a time in Dorset (for the Great Dorset Steam Fair) and quite a few other counties (my parents don't go abroad for holidays).

People who say 'like' a lot aren't that common in the UK. At least not the people I know. Perhaps in the more popular, trendier groups.

Enjoy your holiday Betty! (can't remember if I said it before - I definitely meant to!)

It's so warm outside, it's hazy! I think I'll sit in the sun today! Hope everyone has a nice Sunday!

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Puck - Jul 16, 2006 6:15 am (#2494 of 2979)

I used to suffer from the "likes" in my youth. Thankfully, I have outgrown it.

Good to hear from you, Doris!

Good luck with the laundry, Cathy.

-Kathy

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 16, 2006 6:26 am (#2495 of 2979)

We called it "Alyssaration" – Regan

Well, make sure to wear your surgical masks because I fear that "Alyssaration" could be, like, contagious. I have to confess that this "like" business was a youthful habit of my own which can even creep up on me now if I'm not paying attention. That said, all efforts should be made to shed oneself of this habit. It makes you sound dumb.

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haymoni - Jul 16, 2006 6:37 am (#2496 of 2979)

My father used to say "Like what?" every time I said "like".

It was pretty frustrating trying to talk with his interruptions, so I was careful not to say it around him and it just carried over into other areas.

Ungrateful Son's baseball team keeps winning! They won yesterday so I will be back out in the 90 degree weather again today.

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Good Evans - Jul 16, 2006 6:52 am (#2497 of 2979)

Solitaire - I so wish that I had seen the advert. Unfortunately not on one British Tv that I know of! - But then again my girl is such a star - maybe!!!!!

healing charms and strengthening charms to Finn's and Doris's grandmothers, you will stay in my prayers.

Basically, so, like , well basically the Tv just broke, I dont basically know how so.... (now this would be a normal teenager in my house!!!) everything is "basically" and ends with "So", and a few "likes" thrown in for good measure at the moment.

Severely sleep deprived here!! Hubby (who suffers from Crohns disease) had a bad night and of course his moving around and going to and from the loo woke up the pup who then carried on for a while before I gave in and came down (that was at 2.30 am) I sorely contemplated coming on here to chat!!!

I have work tomorrow so we had better get some sleep tonight. Hubby is feeling a bit better (at least has stopped the visits to the loo) - I think he ate something as his Crohns isn't normally that bad.

anyhow hope everyone is having a peaceful sunday (you guessed it Luna is fast asleep and has been most of the day, just wait til this evening that dog aint gonna know what sleep is between 7 and 11 pm tonight!!!!) I might start practicing "silencio" just as a back up though.

edit - me too Haymoni- I put what? after the So.. It phases them continually!!

Sun blocking charms to you Haymoni, but "yay" on the victory!!

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Solitaire - Jul 16, 2006 8:53 am (#2498 of 2979)

So, like, I read this and I was all, "Oh m'gawd, she's like, so totally right, y'know?

Yes, Mike, you have nailed it! Now ... never do it again! **feeling my teeth starting to grind again**

Good Evans, if I had a DVD recorder, I'd record the commercial and send it to you, as it is so cute! The little pup wears a navy blue bandana tied around her neck, and the premise of the commercial is that all the little puppies are at summer camp ... and everyone but Luna is scratching. She, of course, is running around singing, "There ain't no bugs on me!" LOL If anyone reading this has a DVD recorder, perhaps he or she will record it for you!

I'm sorry to hear about your hubby not feeling well. I have a few friends who suffer from Crohn's, and they tell me it can be quite miserable when they have a flare-up. Healing charms coming his way!

Solitaire

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boop - Jul 16, 2006 9:30 am (#2499 of 2979)

Doris, Welcome Back!! I will keep your grandmother in my prayers.

Cathy, I will be in the Cleveland area. Good luck with getting your laundry done.

Haymoni, Congrats to your son for winning his ball game. Sending cooling charms your way.

Everyone have a great rest of the day.

hugs always

boop

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Chemyst - Jul 16, 2006 12:29 pm (#2500 of 2979)

It makes you sound dumb.   – LL

 **unaware 'dumb' had a sound**




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Tazzygirl - Jul 16, 2006 2:19 pm (#2501 of 2979)

Haymoni: My father used to say "Like what?" every time I said "like".

Yup, mine did the same thing. That's how I broke the habit too!

**healing charms to Mr. Good Evans, and sleeping charms to Luna**

Nothing much going on here today...

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina


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Lina - Jul 16, 2006 3:17 pm (#2502 of 2979)

Happy belated and non belated birthday to the members of the Puck family!

Finn, healing and strengthening charms to your family!

***Waving to Doris.*** Healing and strengthening charms to your family too.

Yay for Ungrateful son! It is becoming a habit...

Healing charms to Good Evans house too.

We brought the kids to my in-laws this weekend and now my house is kidless. And when they come back, after a week in Zagreb, my mum is planning to take them to the mountains for a week. Yay! And then we will be ready for a vacation... I just hope they stay healthy all this time. My in-laws have the air conditioner and I have the feeling that they are keeping the temperature too low. I did count on it when I packed the clothes for them, but I'm not sure that I planned it so low. That's the temperature I keep in my house during the winter when everybody is dressed warmly...


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timrew - Jul 16, 2006 3:24 pm (#2503 of 2979)

Finn, I hope your grandma is okay. And Doris, I hope your family is okay, too!

haymoni............your ungrateful son is getting to be quite a star!

My son and his wife are in Prague at a wedding this weekend, and when they get back, we're all off to Rome for four days. I expect the 'Da Vinci' fans will prevent us from seeing the Sistine Chapel ceiling - but what the heck! You've seen one ceiling, you've seen 'em all!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 16, 2006 5:26 pm (#2504 of 2979)

I'd record the commercial and send it to you, as it is so cute! -Soli

I love that commercial!! I also liked the one they did last year, with the "hello mother, hello father" song! Hehe the puppy is so cute!

Well me and my cousin spent the day shopping-with my mom. You know, I love my mom, but there is a reason I don't normally go shopping with her! She drives me nuts at times trying to get me to try something on that I'd never in a million years wear, and she backseat drives worse than Tori... oh well, I got a really cute dress!!

Ok so I like think that I'm like going to like go and like check threads!

Have a great RotD everyone!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 16, 2006 5:28 pm (#2505 of 2979)

**unaware 'dumb' had a sound**---Chemyst

It's the sound of silence. Ba-da-dump.

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Finn BV - Jul 16, 2006 5:31 pm (#2506 of 2979)

Little Man got half a star in the New York Daily News.

Congrats to Ungrateful Sun's baseball team! What position?

Julie-GE, healing charms to your household!

**unaware 'dumb' had a sound** --Chemyst

As I knew it, 'dumb' meant you could not make a sound – you are mute.

Went to see A Prairie Home Companion today. We're on a movie spree (five movies in theaters in the last three weekends, plus three movies on TV/DVD – tonight we watched SS!). Prairie was alright… not exception, but sweet. Meryl Streep (*waves to Squid Mike*) was really good. And I just found out she's also lending her voice in The Aunt Bully, that funny movie whose trailer was on the GoF DVD, I think (remember the aunt saying, "Expecto Patronum"?).

Enjoy the RotD!

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Stephanie M. - Jul 16, 2006 5:42 pm (#2507 of 2979)

Have fun to everyone who is going away soon!!

**sleeping charms to the Evans Family**

I only really say "like" if I'm trying to explain something and I don't exactly know how to explain it.

It is so hot here in NY! It's absolutely horrible. I think that tomorrow is supposed to be around 97º F (36º C) and then you throw in the level of humidity.

Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone is now playing (8 PM Eastern/7 PM Central) on ABC Family, if any of you want to watch it. It started about 40 mins ago if any of you want to watch it.

Have a good RotD/N!!

Edit: Missed Finn's post. I have also been on a movie spree! LOL. I've seen in the last 3 weekends: Wordplay, The Devil Wears Prada (twice), Prairie Home Companion, Pirates, Da Vinci Code, and for the movies that I haven't seen in theaters: Pride & Prejudice, Pride & Prejudice (the 5 hour version), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, and probably more that I can't think of right now. But my sister and I have been watching a ton of movies together.

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geauxtigers - Jul 16, 2006 5:42 pm (#2508 of 2979)

I am a victim of likes and ummms when I'm nervous too. When I have a project, I tend to use them a lot as well, and forget what to say. Its not that standing in front of a class is nerve-wracking, its the teacher sitting in front of me making notes like Umbridge. I have choked and thought of things I should have said as soon as I sit down... I've kinda grown out of it, but I do still use 'dude' and 'dudette' bu not too often!

**Healing charms and prayers to Finn and family and Doris and family**

My cousin spent the night last night and we watch the first 5 of Grey's Anatomy season 1 on DVD and went shopping today which was fun.

Congrats to Ungrateful Son.

Happy Birthday to Mare!

I agree, The Little Man looks like the dumbest movie ever, as bad or worse than the Village lol!

Off to check the threads...tomorrow's Monday, ugggg!

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Regan of Gong - Jul 16, 2006 5:43 pm (#2509 of 2979)

Hmmm, I need to see some movies this week, but my expendable income's pretty tight after a week in Melbourne. I watched Calender Girls last night on tele, and that was really good, more tasteful than you'd think as well.

Little man looks so incredibly bad, quite crass really. Lots of ad's on at the moment for it though. Is the guy really that small? Sounds like a stupid question...

One more week of holidays! Yay! Every other schools back in today, but we've got an extra week, meaning I can sleep in 'til 10 every day. Work roster's also been set for afternoons because they think I've gone back.

Regan

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Tazzygirl - Jul 16, 2006 5:50 pm (#2510 of 2979)

Tori- "we watch the first 5 of Grey's Anatomy season 1 on DVD"

I love that show! Ranks up there with LOST!

Regan- I thought Calendar Girls was a great movie.

~Kristina

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Puck - Jul 16, 2006 6:11 pm (#2511 of 2979)

Steph, I have SS on, too! Great folding laundry background.

Healing charms to Mr. Good Evans!

Thanks, Lina! Birthday wishes appreciated. Diva will be four when I see her in the morning.

We had a quiet Sunday. Still need to fold another basket of laundry and wrap Diva's gifts.

Way to go Ungrateful Son and Team!

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 16, 2006 7:03 pm (#2512 of 2979)

****unaware that 'dumb' had a sound***-- Chemyst

But surely you are aware that an accepted definition of "sound" when used as an intransitive verb is "to present a particular impression?" Thus, one who uses the word "like" unnecessarily would give the particular impression that they are dumb. Furthermore, Finn, used in this context, "dumb" would clearly mean "conspicuously unintelligent" as opposed to "lacking the capacity of speech.

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Solitaire - Jul 16, 2006 7:19 pm (#2513 of 2979)

LOL@"conspicuously unintelligent"! **mentally calculating ways I can work that into the conversation at school**

Every year we have ignoramus as one of our vocabulary words (the story escapes me for the moment). For several weeks thereafter, various students are referred to as ignoramuses (or ignorami) every time they do or say something "conspicuously unintelligent." If only they were so adept at putting other material they learn into action. Anyway, I can see "conspicuously unintelligent" becoming a big hit this year!

Solitaire

BTW, thanks for the link, Chemyst!

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Finn BV - Jul 16, 2006 7:27 pm (#2514 of 2979)

I really can't tell if Loopy is joking or not. This is one of my worst faults. I was about to type that I was tying in both definitons of "dumb" before I realized it would probably sound dumb to type that, if Loopy had been joking. So now I think I'm covered. PS – what a great definition, "conspicuously unintelligent"!

I watched the first showing of SS tonight, tuned in at 7 and it ended at 8! I was able to point out some things to my mom she didn't know/had forgotten, like Firenze, the two omitted challenges to getting the Stone, and more.

Now that we've seen basically every movie that's out now that seems worth seeing (though I might go see Cars still), I think I want to go see Pirates and Prada again. Heck, I'd go see all of them again!

Eek, yes, it is hot!! I have one light sheet, the fan at medium, the windows open, and it's still burning!

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Solitaire - Jul 16, 2006 7:46 pm (#2515 of 2979)

My brother-in-law and his son-in-law took my great-nephews (Whew! That's too much hyphenatin' for me!) to see Cars a few weeks ago. They said the boys liked it, but they liked it better! My BIL said there was a "second layer" of meaning that adults would appreciate. I can't vouch for that, but maybe you'd like it ...

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 16, 2006 8:03 pm (#2516 of 2979)

Since we were/are talking about movies:

According to Yahoo! movies: Little Man is in second place at the weekend box office with 21.7 million dollars... All righty. Also, the actor that plays the Little Man, his head was grafted onto the 2 foot body of a child actor. I knew something wasn't right. His head really didn't go with the body...

You, Me and Dupree is in third place...

Soli- I can understand the meaning your Brother-in-law has for Cars. I highly recommend that movie to anyone who is debating on seeing it or not.

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Jul 16, 2006 8:04 pm (#2517 of 2979)
Edited Jul 16, 2006 9:32 pm

Since when have tennis shoes been 80 dollars and up? I've been trying to find shoes for school online and I can't find any decent ones that don't cost an arm a leg! Grrrr!

I just ordered a new book sack because my old one has holes in it from throwing it down, not to mention is was too small...

What I like about Disney, is that its got that "second layer" for adults. Its just great I love Disney what can I say!

Finn, turn on the AC! It was scorching today, but then it rained so it cool down quite a bit, but alas earwax, the humitdy made my Hermione-ish hair kink up like mad, which is very annoying...I've given up straightening it, its no use in this part of the country!

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Solitaire - Jul 16, 2006 8:29 pm (#2518 of 2979)

Tigers, I recently had to replace my old Rockport Walkers because they were seven years old, and the duct tape holding them together was no longer doing its job. Also, pieces of the shoe bottom were starting to come loose, and CrazyGlue was not working there, either. My new ones aren't "tennis shoes," per se ... they are Spira Wavesprings, and they cost over $100.

Just about any pair of shoes I buy is costly, because I have terrible feet and can't just buy an off-the-rack shoe. I usually go to a shoe store in the "low rent" district of town and watch specials and sales carefully. If I want reasonably cute shoes that are well-constructed, I pay dearly for that privilege. SAS, Clark's, Ecco ... they're not cheap.

If you're looking for trainers, walkers, etc., have you tried Zappos.com? I've found good prices there (for people with normal feet). Onlineshoes.com has free shipping, and there is currently a contest in which you can win free shoes. Perhaps you can find something there. Good luck!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 16, 2006 8:35 pm (#2519 of 2979)

Soli- I LIVE for Clark's, Sofft, and Born shoes. It really is a bummer that they are sooooo expensive. They are always so comfortable, and they last for years and years and years!

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Jul 16, 2006 8:43 pm (#2520 of 2979)
Edited Jul 16, 2006 9:28 pm

Thanks, Soli! I need to try more places I think, I have a very narrow long foot, (size 10), so I have trouble finding shoes that don't show just how big my feet are. I can't wear certain shoes, because I have skinny legs, which makes my large feet look riddikulus with clunky shoes. Its a pain really.... okay, I'm off to search some more... my last couple pairs of shoes were 60 something, that in itself it not good as they don't hold up for more than a year.... oh well...

**wanders off to find shoes**

EDIT: Yeah sorry, that makes no sense, I'm scatter-brained what can I say...oops...

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Regan of Gong - Jul 16, 2006 8:58 pm (#2521 of 2979)

Shoes eh? I 'spose if they're good shoes, and they're going to last for a fair bit, then over $100 is pretty reasonable. My black leather school shoes cost $109.95 and they've gone for 18 months to school and work and they'll make it to the end of the year. My latest pair of shoes were $28 from K-mart, but it means I can trash them and not care, as opposed to my friends in their $120+ brand skate shoes.

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 16, 2006 9:16 pm (#2522 of 2979)

Tori, I really don't think you paying much attention when writing that last post, go back and read it!

Thanks for the tips Soli, but I'd say I'm one of those people who has abnormal feet. I wear a size 10, and have such a high arch that shoes are tricky for me, not to mention they are extremely narrow almost to the ridikulus point! My mom calls them "ski feet" ugg such a pain! Nike's seem to be the only shoes that aren't too wide and support my arches and of course they are the most expensive! Yep weird feet over here!

I really like Birkenstocks, they are super comfy because they mold to my feet. They were really worth the $110 because I've had them for about 4 years now and they aren't showing any sign of wearing down!

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Stephanie M. - Jul 16, 2006 9:26 pm (#2523 of 2979)

TURN YOUR AC ON HIGH AND CLOSE YOUR WINDOWS, FINN! Thinking about how hot your room must be is driving me crazy! I need to sleep in Arctic-like conditions. In the winter, my heat is off, and my windows are wide open. In the summer, my windows are closed, and my air is turned on high.

I have really small feet, so I can sometimes get away with getting kids shoes that look exactly like the woman's collection, and pay a lot less. But if not, I usually get Puma shoes and I tend to get them on sale. So they are around $60. They last a long time for me, but I also wear flip flops basically non stop during the summer, and when I do wear sneakers, I don't wear them for gym class just because I'm always swimming. So I wouldn't be the best person to go to for sneaker advice. But I would suggest that if you like a pair of shoes, and know what size you are, then order them online, because they are sometimes cheaper and may offer free shipping.

Puma shoes are also good if you have narrow feet, but they run small, so they might make your feet look longer.

I watched most SS from 4:30-6 and then I watched SS again from 8:40-whenever it ended. I now have Hedwig's Theme stuck in my head.

*Pleads for heavy rain overnight so it won't be too hot tomorrow, even though it's not supposed to rain*

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Solitaire - Jul 16, 2006 10:05 pm (#2524 of 2979)

Virginia and Tigers ... your feet are size 10 narrows with a high arch. Mine are size 7W, with a low arch on the right foot and a nonexistent one on the left. This means I must either use an orthotic (which means shoes I do not like) or wear shoes that are exceptionally well-constructed (and, alas, expensive).

As a teacher, I am on my feet most of the day on hard cement floors. I must have shoes that don't look too "old lady-ish." I don't mind "hippy-ish," though, on my feet. hehe Birkenstocks are really uncomfy on my left foot, so they are out ... but some Eccos and SAS are incredibly comfortable and look a lot like Birks, so I shell out the $100+ that they cost. Fortunately, they last forever.

Naturalizer makes shoes in every size and width, too, and they are fairly affordable. Some are even cute these days. They also have athletic shoes, which are on sale right now. You could try them--www.naturalizer.com. Good luck!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 16, 2006 11:57 pm (#2525 of 2979)

Ginny- I have size 10 feet, and wide. While your mom calls your feet "ski feet", my parents have opted to call mine "clod hoppers" . I have a little more difficult time trying to find close-toed shoes that are comfortable, because I am always wearing flip-flops and opened-toed shoes; which make your feet expand a little more. It's not fun.

~Kristina

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dizzy lizzy - Jul 17, 2006 12:17 am (#2526 of 2979)

This discussion on shoes has me writing a list of all my "wants" that have turned into "needs" over the past three months of very low income (social security cheque) and shoes, a microwave and new sheets for my bed are at the top of the list. I currently own 4 pairs of shoes: 2 pairs of lace up work shoes (and they are cheapies and not the most comfortable) 1 pair of sneakers and 1 pair of very well made walking boots (scarpa brand). I really need some slip on shoes for summer...

Lizzy

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 17, 2006 12:19 am (#2527 of 2979)

LOL Kristina clod hoppers!! ahh well I guess we all have some sort of weird nicknames! Mine include ski feet and chicken legs because my legs are so long (I'm about 5'6" and my legs are probably 2 1/2 ft or more of that, and I'm not even kidding!) and skinny and I have bony looking knees..uhhh I think that's worse than my ski feet! I got both from my mom so she really can't talk! At least I didn't get my dad's feet or legs as he is affectionately known as "tree-trunk legs" in our house.

I'm a flip flop person as well, but we have to have tennis shoes for school and finding some I like is always a pain as I'm extremely picky. Whatever happened to just simple grey and pink or something. Why do they all have to be neon yellow and purple??? Oh well I might just go with my ones from last year and avoid the hassle.

Ok I'm going to bed now it's after 2, night!

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Snuffles - Jul 17, 2006 12:41 am (#2528 of 2979)

Wow, over 100 posts to read through, so apologies to anyone I have missed!

Kristina, your avatar is cool.

Julie, Luna looks soooo adorable, I bet she likes getting into mischief too Happe belated anniversary to you and Mr Evans.

Happy belated birthday to Mare. Hope you had a good day.

Finn, here are some more healing charms for your grandmother, I hope they are working.

Hope everyone had a great weekend

Julie

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The giant squid - Jul 17, 2006 2:30 am (#2529 of 2979)

Yes, Mike, you have nailed it! Now ... never do it again!—Solitaire



Regan, as Tazzy said, the "Little Man" in question is actually a 2'9" (82.5cm) 9 year old little person. They digitally added Marlon Wayans' face later. All that FX budget for a one-joke movie...

I have problems finding shoes too, as I have narrow feet (Marie once referred to them as my "hairy ape feet"--I can only assume she was jealous) and an aversion to paying more than $25-30 for a pair of tennis shoes (trainers, to you folks over the pond ). I came across a brand (the name escapes me at the moment) that makes shoes that look like sneakers, have a steel toe and actually fit my foot--and they only cost $25! I bought two pair & my wife got me a third for my birthday. I only wear one at a time, so by the time they all wear out it'll probably cost me close to $100 to replace them...

--Mike

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Snuffles - Jul 17, 2006 2:59 am (#2530 of 2979)

Mike

You are going to have to put picture of yourself as your avatar.

I have this weird image in my head of someone about 6' tall, who nearly disappears when they turn sideways, long hair and really hairy feet!!!

Heh heh

Julie

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Eponine - Jul 17, 2006 4:51 am (#2531 of 2979)

I have tiny feet, and I hate shopping for shoes. Most department stores only get one or two pairs of shoes in my size (5 or 5 1/2), so they don't usually have anything. I also have extremely high arches, so unless the straps going across the top of the foot are adjustable, they're out. And I can't wear heels higher than a couple of inches, because my toes go numb when I do. I can wear kids shoes, and they usually make lower heeled shoes, but they're often pink and sparkly which I won't wear. Like Stephanie, I also live in flip-flops during warmer weather. I think the reason I like flip-flops so much is that they're so easy to fit. Just slide them on, and you're ready to go. Plus, they're much cheaper than other types of shoes.

I have absolutely no intention of seeing Little Man. It looks like a completely ridiculous premise, and I can't believe it was the second highest grossing film of the weekend.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 17, 2006 4:58 am (#2532 of 2979)

I really can't tell if Loopy is joking or not.—Finn

I'm like to "sound" ambiguous sometimes.

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Chemyst - Jul 17, 2006 5:27 am (#2533 of 2979)

But surely you are aware that an accepted definition of "sound" when used as an intransitive verb is "to present a particular impression?"   - LL

**supposes, (while resorting to yet another definition,) that Loopy has made a sound response  ...  imagines he had substantial fun looking that up  ...  thinks about his present particular impression**

Don't call me Shirley!

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Thora - Jul 17, 2006 5:48 am (#2534 of 2979)

On the shoe front: I have quite a few pairs of shoes, though not as many as my husband. Some I keep around for sentimental value, like my moccasins, and my ropers (lace up cowboy boots, great for dancing) and my ballet slippers. I need to get rid of some, after 3 pregnancies they don't fit well, but will pinch in a pinch if I need something to match a nice outfit. Mostly I wear sandals, either my black, white or snazzy sparkly brown ones (that go with the brown t-shirt I painted a metallic phoenix on). I have black dress shoes for church, for the outfits not suited to sandals.

I have oddly shaped feet and it's very hard to find shoes I can cram them into. I'm size 8 1/2, and very wide with a high arch and instep. If the shoe isn't to narrow, it's likely to short at the instep. Thus the cowboy boots. I seem to have men's feet. Oh well, only true freaks have full license to adore things like HP.

Tazzy- Looks like I have missed an Eddings series then, darn Wink guess I'll have to visit the library. Thanks. I haven't ever polished off all the Anne McCaffery books either, but I just can't seem to get back into them. I brought home one of her's several months ago and gave it up in ten pages. I thought "Why am I reading? I should be writing." (I have to revamp the 100+ pages I have again, looks like the lack of a defined antagonist was a bad idea.) Oh and I think I have yet to lick the "like" habit, but I sincerely hope I'm not as bad as I once was. I'll have to pay better attention to my own speech.

Edit: BTW my father just emailed me that he's thinking of setting his retirement to coincide with a 7/7/07 release date for Book 7. Is he just making a good guess or did I miss something big?

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 17, 2006 6:15 am (#2535 of 2979)

File this under "You don't see that every day."

Happily, we're going to Bar Harbor on vacation this year. *:waves to Loopy*:

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 17, 2006 6:51 am (#2536 of 2979)

***imagines he had substantial fun looking that up ** ... – Chemyst

Who said I looked anything up? ****waves to Kim****

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Puck - Jul 17, 2006 7:07 am (#2537 of 2979)

Kim, now that was an interesting picture! (And I'm now thinking lobster would be a yummy dinner.)

I loves shoes! I'm very loyal to Nike for areobic/running shoes. I have low arches and need the extra support. Good shoes are important for knees, back, general posture, etc... It's better to buy cheap clothes and buy decent footwear. I love my Clarks. Softest leather ever. Plus, when you figure a pair of Jimmy Choos would set you back about $500, suddenly $80-$100 seems much more reasonable. My favorite summer shoes are my Gold flip flops. (Called the Maya. I also have a pair of Natalie's. How could I resist shoes named after my girls? )

I just gave the baby her first taste of cream cheese on toast. She decided it would be best to smear her fingers in it and toss the toast on the floor. Last night she thought broccoli and chicken made a great hat.

Diva walked out this morning and asked "Am I four right now?" So cute! For her birthday she wants to dance in the living room, play a card game, and have dinner at Unos. (She loves the idea of the waitstaff all singing to her. )

Happy Day!

Kathy

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haymoni - Jul 17, 2006 7:30 am (#2538 of 2979)

Ungrateful Son's team won both their games this weekend. I have never had so much Gatorade in my life. It was really hot.

Alas, the season continues, but Whoo Hoo!! - we've never made it out of our little Ravenna, Ohio tournament before.

We watched SS last night - I am never tired of watching that movie with the deleted scenes in it. The Beautifulest One gets more excited than I do - "This is a missing scene! It's a missing scene!"

Hope everyone has a great week!

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azi - Jul 17, 2006 8:04 am (#2539 of 2979)

So, so, so warm! It's about 30 degrees celcius, which is too much!

I refuse to buy trainers at any price over about £30 (c. US$54). I don't buy flip flops above about £2 ($3/4). I'm into skater/surfer brands for footwear, but have to search hard to get the right price. Shoes were never that important.

Mmm, cream cheese on toast! Happy birthday to Diva, Puck!

Nice days to all!

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Denise P. - Jul 17, 2006 8:10 am (#2540 of 2979)

I am not a shoe person. I currently own:
1. tan Crocs
2. sage Crocs
3. black Arizona Birkenstocks
4. lawn mowing shoes (former running shoes)
5. running shoes (New Balance 766)

My running shoes are about to rotate and become my mowing shoes, my mowing shoes are going to be tossed. Oh, I have a pair of "dressy" Birkenstocks too...they are the Boston style. My most expensive set of shoes is my running shoes.

We have decided we are going down to Chattanooga to the Aquarium on Thursday. We have not been down there for at least 5 years so it should be a fun day.

Kathy, we just started giving Rhys solid food last week. He doesn't like applesauce and last night, he didn't like the sour cream chicken burrito my oldest daughter made for dinner. I think it is the texture because we don't do baby food, we go straight from nursing to table food. Other than that, he hasn't met a food he is not willing to inhale.

Edit: Azi, my 13 year old loves his black and white checked Vans shoes. He also has a pair of all black Converse high tops.


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Eponine - Jul 17, 2006 8:13 am (#2541 of 2979)

Denise, I'm jealous you're going to Chattanooga. Have fun at the Aquarium, and make sure you take their swimsuits!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 17, 2006 8:26 am (#2542 of 2979)

Denise, my running shoes are also New Balance 766! However, they've been enjoying a bit of a rest lately.

Is that Rhys in your avatar? Holy Cow! Has he grown! (And still as cute as ever.)

All this shoe talk is giving me a case of the "I want's". There's a local shoestore (Footstock) *:looks in Kathy's general direction to see if she has one in her area*: where most everything on the first floor is $200 and up. However, if you go up the staircase to shoe heaven you can find all the same brands for between $25 and $50. *:is partial to Dansko herself*:

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Esther Rose - Jul 17, 2006 8:35 am (#2543 of 2979)

My running shoes are the most expensive pairs I own. I currently have a pair of Asics 2100s and Mizuno Renegades. I rotate two pairs of shoes and have at least one pair of "retired" sneakers to where everywhere else.

All of my other shoes were bought on a ridiculous sale of some sort.

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Gina R Snape - Jul 17, 2006 8:50 am (#2544 of 2979)

Almost all of my shoes are black. I own I think 3 or 4 pairs of Dansko shoes and sandals, a pair of green clogs, and various other chunky black shoes in the comfy range. No high heels...ever.

The heat today in NYC is currently 90F (~33C) and climbing. I actually left the a/c in my living room on low so the cats don't overheat.

Oh, and I received a piece of spam mail today with the subject line "scale naples draco?" You think he left Hogwarts and went travelling abroad on the continent?

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Holly T. - Jul 17, 2006 9:13 am (#2545 of 2979)

Happy birthday to Diva!

Congrats to Ungrateful Son's team!

Zappos and Sierra Trading Post are good places to find shoes online if you need a special width. It helps if you know what size you wear in what brand, though. My favorite shoes are my Rieker sandals. I have three pairs and they are the best! I have narrow feet, size 7.5, and the best trainers for my size are Nikes. One of my daughter's friends, age 11, wears a women's size 11 shoe. Over half the girls in my Girl Scout troop already wear bigger shoes than I do.

My son starts swimming lessons tonight. Should be interesting. The last time he took swimming lessons was when he was 4 and he spent the class pushing the other students into the pool. Since then he has refused swimming lessons, claiming he knows how to swim. He has finally admitted that he cannot, thus the lessons.

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Stephanie M. - Jul 17, 2006 9:16 am (#2546 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Diva!

Congratulations to Ungrateful Son and his team!

Cream Cheese on toast sounds very yummy! I hope the floor liked it! As for chicken and broccoli as a hat...

Edit: Good luck to your son and his swimming lessons, Holly!

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Holly T. - Jul 17, 2006 9:22 am (#2547 of 2979)

My son used to think mashed potatoes made excellent hair gel. I'd go to the day care to nurse him at lunch and he'd be all squeaky clean like he'd just had a bath, which he had, in the sink, after lunch. He insisted on eating his mashed potatoes himself, with his hands, and a lot ended up in his hair. Of course he now finds it hilarious that he used to put mashed potatoes in his hair.  

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kaykay1970 - Jul 17, 2006 9:56 am (#2548 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Diva!

Congratulations Ungrateful Son!

My Dad used to have to special order his shoes. He wore size 8 EEE (which basically means his feet were as wide as the were long). He also had very short legs. Trying finding jeans that are 41" in the waist and 28" in length. Needless to say Mom always had to get out the sewing machine every time Dad bought new pants.

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 17, 2006 10:20 am (#2549 of 2979)

wow Kaykay those are short legs! I pulled out a tape measure last night (out of curiosity) and from the top of my hips to the bottom of my feet is 38 inches. I used to have a really hard time finding pants that were long enough, but now they make them in "long". I won't even go there with how many pairs of shoes I have, because there's just too many to count! I love Reef brand flip flops, but most of mine come from target-I love the ones you can get in every color under the sun for $2.99. I also love my Crocs, but they are extremely wide on me and I have to wear the strap back, not to mention they are a lovely shade of fushia!

Happy Birthday to Diva!!

off to check threads! Rveryone have a great RotD!

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geauxtigers - Jul 17, 2006 10:34 am (#2550 of 2979)

Yeah I found some tennis shoes (trainers) last night, today me and Ginny were going to go get school supplies (I feel like Hermione!!!I love school supplies!!) and maybe we will pop into Academy as their shoes are usually cheaper than most places. Plus they have cute flip-flops! I'm a cheap flip-flop person too, the cheap ones are the comfy-est (is that a word) and usually the cutest! I have blue crocs and they are awesome, but my feet become "clod hoppers" in them!

I have a target pair of white and black checked slip ons (generic vans) and they are super comfy, but they show just how big my feet really are! But I love them, they seem to be my new thing as I got another similar pair recently too, but I can't wear them to school, because A. I have no socks that low and my current ones barley show, and B. I can't not wear socks, That’s gross!

Well off to check the threads then run the roads, Happy Birthday to Diva and Congrats to Ungrateful Son!

Have as good a Monday as you can everyone!
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The giant squid - Jul 17, 2006 10:50 am (#2551 of 2979)

I have this weird image in my head of someone about 6' tall, who nearly disappears when they turn sideways, long hair and really hairy feet!!!—Snuffles

Well, you're close except that I'm only 5'6".

Ahh, the pants issue...while finding a pair of 41/28 might be tough, try finding a pair with a 27" waist & a 32" inseam! I can find pants with a small enough waist or long enough legs, but almost never both at the same time. The thing is, you can find "Big and Tall Mens' Stores" all over the place, but nobody has a "Short & Skinny Guy's Store"

Happy Birthday to Diva!

--Mike

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Denise P. - Jul 17, 2006 10:59 am (#2552 of 2979)

Kim, yep, that was my Rhys. It was about 100 out that day and so humid we were dripping sweat. We had a battery operated fan for night. It worked so well, I went and got 4 more so that when we camp out down in the baseball infield in a few weeks (Nashville has a minor league team and we are going to a game then camping) we have enough for all the tents.

The picture I have up now was taken yesterday after church. We are missing one of the kids, he currently lives in Iraq so it is kinda hard to get him in the picture.

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Solitaire - Jul 17, 2006 11:15 am (#2553 of 2979)

Danskos are great, Lupin, but they don't qualify as cheap, either, do they? I no longer wear high heels, either. They remind me of Medieval torture devices. There must be a reason we never see men in high heels.

Denise, I do not have lawn-mowing shoes, but I do have what I call "yard shoes." I use them when I am watering, picking figs, cleaning off the lawn, and other outdoor activities. They are a pair of old basket-weave leather flats with holes that cause my toes to peek out the sides! LOL The dogs love them.

Question for haymoni: Why "Ungrateful Son"? Just wondering ...

Solitaire

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 17, 2006 11:30 am (#2554 of 2979)

The picture I have up now was taken yesterday after church. We are missing one of the kids, he currently lives in Iraq so it is kinda hard to get him in the picture. – Denise

I'm wondering, with big sister in town, if any of the kids have had to defend themselves from her "hair experiments." Rhys probably doesn't know to escape if he sees her coming with the brush and water bottle.

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haymoni - Jul 17, 2006 11:59 am (#2555 of 2979)

Solitare - the answer is in my profile - I offered to throw an all-out HP-themed party for his 11th birthday and he turned me down flat. He has been Ungrateful ever since! He'll be 13 in August.

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Gina R Snape - Jul 17, 2006 12:07 pm (#2556 of 2979)

Hear, hear, Solitaire! I agree.

All hail the danskos. They cost more, but they are sooooooooo worth it. Take it from someone who walks around NYC a LOT.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 17, 2006 12:38 pm (#2557 of 2979)

Solitaire, I direct you back to my previous post. I've bought several pair of Danskos for less than $40, a couple at less than $30. *:does happy dance*:

And Gina you're right, they are incredibly comfortable for extended periods of walking. I like Borns but they don't give me nearly enough support.

*:wonders if Chemyst has seen the lobster link*:

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boop - Jul 17, 2006 12:39 pm (#2558 of 2979)

Denise, enjoy your trip on thursday.

Happy Birthday Diva.

Holly, Good luck with your sons swimming lessons.

Puck, I bet your daughter enjoyed her new hat.,lol

Congrats to Ungrateful Son's ball team.

It is hot and humid here, 95 degress.

Have a great rest of the day everyone.

hugs always

boop

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Solitaire - Jul 17, 2006 1:15 pm (#2559 of 2979)

Kim, I can find the odd pair of Danskos here and there in Bakersfield, but they are not widely available. Even my favorite store carries only one or two styles at a time. Also, they are very expensive. I've never seen a pair on sale. If I go shopping while I am down south, I may try to find a pair. I'm sure the selection would be better than it is in Bakersfield.

BTW, Haymoni, I agree ... mighty ungrateful! He is the age I teach, though, and that seems to be the fashion.

Solitaire

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Denise P. - Jul 17, 2006 1:43 pm (#2560 of 2979)

heh Loopy! She actually cornered Nicholas before church and used an iron on his hair to take the curl out. He is always complaining about the curl in his hair. After looking at it, he asked if wetting his hair would make it go back to normal

**drooling**: We are going to Ruth's Chris steak house this evening. It has been years since we have been but my, they make a great steak.

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Lilly P - Jul 17, 2006 1:59 pm (#2561 of 2979)

Denise I'm starting my virtual trip across the US today! I'm so excited! I put down that I heard about the web site from you, they said you would get credit for it. Have fun on your trip!

Happy birthday Diva, Congratulations to Ungratful Son, Charms to Finn and his Grandmother, also to Doris. And appropriate charms to anyone I have forgotten. (I really need to keep a pen and pad next to the computer and write these things down as I scroll thru the pages!)

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 17, 2006 2:00 pm (#2562 of 2979)

Ahh Denise! I am such a fan of Ruth's Chris!! I live for their fillet mignon, asparagas, and creme brulee!! :jealous:

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Tazzygirl - Jul 17, 2006 2:18 pm (#2563 of 2979)

Thora- Happy reading! I am the same way with Anne McCaffrey. The only books from her that I actually finished the entire way through was The Rowan, Damia, Damia's Children, and Lyon's Pride. All four books are a complete series.

Puck- hehe, baby Puck! Nathaniel thought this morning's yogurt was wonderful moisturizer... He had to be taken to the bathtub and stripped down. Happy Birthday to Diva! Hope she has/ had a wonderful day!

**Sending cooling charms to everyone who needs it** I saw the news last night...

Denise- they have a Ruth's Chris here, but I have never been! Hmmmm... I might have to go now!

~Kristina

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Denise P. - Jul 17, 2006 2:32 pm (#2564 of 2979)

Ah, thanks! I love fitnessjournal.org...

Lilly, you can add me as a friend (HilandVeil) so you can be nosy and see what I do every day but you have to have "share" enabled.

I am not sure what I will be getting but I know it will involve steak. Even better, this will be the first time in a year that we will be going to dinner without Rhys. He gets to stay with his older sister and siblings while we go out with my dad.

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 17, 2006 2:42 pm (#2565 of 2979)

She actually cornered Nicholas before church and used an iron on his hair to take the curl out. – Denise

Hehe. Curly locks are probably very un-goth which leads me to another question. Perhaps it's just the photo quality and lighting, but didn't Nicholas' hair used to be lighter? (And, no Chemyst, I don't mean to say that his hair appears now to be more affected by gravity than it used to be; I mean "lighter" in terms of shading and color. )

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Denise P. - Jul 17, 2006 2:51 pm (#2566 of 2979)

Nicholas was white blonde as a young lad but it darkened up. His hair is about the same color it has been for some time, I think it is because the picture was taken with a throw away camera and then scanned in...it distorts it some. He has not dyed his hair although that is a fond wish of his. Yes, curls are not very goth-like. As you can tell by the pic, we are trying to support him somewhat by allowing his hair to look like a sheepdog.

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Chemyst - Jul 17, 2006 3:16 pm (#2567 of 2979)

*:wonders if Chemyst has seen the lobster link*:   Lupin is Lupin. Natch.

  Indeed, and I am now wondering why an oceanarium would be called Mount Desert.  ...Or was I supposed to be amazed at the color?


Loopy, I do appreciate your levity.

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Catherine - Jul 17, 2006 4:29 pm (#2568 of 2979)

Loopy, I do appreciate your levity. –Chemyst

I do, too. Hope I didn't "sound dumb."

I know I've missed several birthdays and other notable events--I hope Diva enjoyed herself in a diva-like way. Denise--I love Ruth's Chris! In Richmond, it's in a restored colonial building. Mr. Catherine celebrated his 25th birthday there, and we still remember the dinner fondly over a dozen years later. *drools*

I'm off to check links to shoes. I need comfy shoes for teaching. School starts in less than a month!

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Lilly P - Jul 17, 2006 4:40 pm (#2569 of 2979)

Denise, I need your email address to list you as a "friend". HilandVeil@........what?

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Finn BV - Jul 17, 2006 5:36 pm (#2570 of 2979)

We don't have AC here. Just fans. Usually wouldn't need it, that's why.

Ginny, completely with you on Birkenstocks except for the fact that they get dirty really easily and they aren't so good wet. But other than that, they're nice.

Denise, that's a great picture of your family!

Happy Birthday Diva!

Hehe, I'm taller than Squid Mike by 1/4 an inch.

Enjoy the RotRHD (Rest of the Really Hot Day)!

EDIT: If anybody is interested in asking John Irving a question, I am attending the JK Rowling-NYC event and I have an empty spot to ask him a question. Granted, it might not be picked, but I can still submit it.

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Puck - Jul 17, 2006 6:23 pm (#2571 of 2979)

Finn, in that case you beat me by over 2 inches. (I'm only 5'4".)

Denise, I started Natalie on baby food at 6 months. She's now getting table foods and some diary. She enjoyed bits of pizza at dinner tonight. Hope you enjoyed a meal cutting only your own meat!

Diva chose Uno's -Pizza & Americanized Italian- for dinner. She likes their "Make your Own" kids pizza, plus wanted to have them sing the birthday song to her. She grinned like a Cheshire Cat as all attention centered on her. Daddy met us there after work and had brought her flowers. Then, home for presents. Groovy Girls from her siblings, and a Starstation from us.

Thanks again for the birthday wishes! She had a great day.

**sniff sniff my baby is four sniff**

Kathy

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geauxtigers - Jul 17, 2006 6:29 pm (#2572 of 2979)

completely with you on Birkenstocks except for the fact that they get dirty really easily and they aren't so good wet.

When we were at Disney a couple years ago, my mom had her birks on and it started raining like mad. We were in the Japanese store in Epcot and the only way out (it had stopped raining at this point)was into a brick courtyard that had 6 inches of (roughly 15 cm) of water. It was a now or never kinda thing! my mom's shoes dried pretty flat and weird looking but after rubbing them, they were fine! Me and Ginny ended up having to throw our tennis shoes away as smelled horrible and you can only wash them so much. I was fun though!

I love Ruth Chris's! Petit filet with shoe string fries, french onion soup, and coffee and creme brulee for desert= HEAVEN! We go there for birthdays usually its awesome!

We went and ate at On the Border tonight and it was good, then we went to Barnes and Noble and I got Jeeves in the Morning...we shall see! seeing as I go back to school in less than 4 weeks, I better get a move on with summer reading! oops! oh well I do it every year.

I get to babysit the devil child at the crack of dawn meaning I have to get up at o dark thirty again... yuck!

Off to check threads and maybe finish reading the Metamorphsis...

Have a great night everyone!

EDIT: Kristina, we always open an oyster and get a pearl, I have 2, and one is on a necklace now and the other I don't know what to do with. We are thinking we have to set it in a ring as I got it when I was 5 and we can't drill it anymore to put it on a necklace!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 17, 2006 6:44 pm (#2573 of 2979)

Tori- I haven't been to Disneyworld in about 12 years, and I remember that the Japanese store at Epcot was my favorite place to be. I bought a porcelain tea set, and a sun umbrella- which I still have. (Just thought I'd share!)

I am on a mission to clean my carpet. The guy that lived here before me never cleaned, and the carpet has the dirt tracks. I bought an area rug to go over it to hide everything when I first moved in, but as it has been 2 1/2 years since I moved in, I can't take it anymore. I borrowed my friend's steam cleaner, and I am going to get the carpet white again!

~Kristina

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Puck - Jul 17, 2006 6:55 pm (#2574 of 2979)

Kristina, care to clean mine next? It was new when we moved in, but 3 kids later and the beige is not looking too spiffy. Supposedly wood floors are coming, but Mr. Puck is stilling in "planning" mode.

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Denise P. - Jul 17, 2006 7:30 pm (#2575 of 2979)

Lilly, you can find me by just inputting "HilandVeil" but the rest is at gmail dot com.

We just got back from dinner. I had a filet (still have half left), broccoli au gratin, garlic mashed potatoes. I also had half a piece of chocolate mousse cheesecake. The steak is so yummy. We only go down there rarely but boy, it is a wonderful experience. Oh geeze, I also had some french onion soup (which was great!) Good thing I am planning to run 3 miles tomorrow morning.

Finn and all, thanks for the comment on the pic. My dad brought with him a bunch of old photos and I may scan one from 1976.

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Lavandula - Jul 17, 2006 7:42 pm (#2576 of 2979)

With all this talk about shoes and school starting soon, I am now in the mood to go shopping!

Haymoni- Congratulations to Ungrateful Son on his tournaments. I wouldn't want to be there either in this heat. By the way, you are so very close to me. If you play any ball games in the Minerva area let me know. My son plays coach pitch, and they have been finished for several weeks.

Denise P- I love the photo! Enjoy the steak. I hear that place is delicious.

Thanks for all the well wishes with the laundry.

For your information: When washing camp laundry smashed into a suitcase wet for a week, here is my solution. I washed each load first with baking soda and warm/hot water and then again on a full cycle normally with detergent. It worked!!! The putrid odor disappeared. I honestly thought everything was going to have to be thrown out.

My daughter just returned last night from three weeks in Europe, so here it goes again with another suitcase of laundry.

Have a wonderful air-conditioned day everyone!!

Cathy

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Solitaire - Jul 17, 2006 7:47 pm (#2577 of 2979)

My daughter just returned last night from three weeks in Europe, so here it goes again with another suitcase of laundry.

Whoa, you are a nice mom!

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Lavandula - Jul 17, 2006 7:50 pm (#2578 of 2979)

Thanks, Solitaire. Usually she does her own laundry, but I thought I would help her out, knowing how exhausted she is.

Next week when she has to do her own again, I'll be an "awful mom".

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Solitaire - Jul 17, 2006 8:05 pm (#2579 of 2979)

LOL I suppose she is probably still sleeping. I remember my last flight home from Europe. Our flight had been overbooked, and our tour bus did not get us to the airport early enough for us to be at the front of the line. Consequently, when we arrived with tickets in hand, we did not get seats!!! I was furious, as we had to "camp" in Heathrow for 24 hours and run after every US flight that popped up on the screens, just to get on the stand-by lists.

This wouldn't have been so bad, but we were dragging suitcases (can't check 'em with no flight), sleeping bags, pillows, and air mattresses (camping trip) ... and this was in the day before rolling suitcases. I slept for 14 hours straight when I finally arrived home!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 17, 2006 8:22 pm (#2580 of 2979)

The carpets have won. My friend's (very) expensive miracle-working carpet cleaner did absolutely nothing except make everything soggy and grey . I guess I should break down and ask my aunt and uncle to replace the carpet. The carpet soap didn't even suds up! Maybe I should try a different brand. Hmmmm... Oh well! ( to Puck! I'd come and clean the carpets, but you'd be better off hiring a professional! )

But then again, I might be moving into a different apartment soon, so I could just live with it until then...

OH!! My parents arrived back from Ireland yesterday. They called me today, and said they had an absolute blast. The weather was perfect, too!

~Kristina

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Stephanie M. - Jul 17, 2006 8:25 pm (#2581 of 2979)

Ahh school! No!!

But back to school shopping is a lot of fun! I also LOVE going to Staples and getting school supplies!

Mmm, Denise, your dinner sounds soo yummy! And great avatar!

Finn, you are now over half a foot taller than me! I find that unfair! (P.S Turn your air on high. Tomorrow night is supposed to be even worse.)

Have a great ROTD/N!

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Finn BV - Jul 17, 2006 8:32 pm (#2582 of 2979)

Solitaire, what airline were you on? They should have been more accommodating, like put you up in a hotel or something.

I love Staples!! If you locked me in there, I wouldn't mind, so long as it had AC!

Tazzy, are you around for some posting sprees? I'm so bored!!

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Stephanie M. - Jul 17, 2006 8:34 pm (#2583 of 2979)

I love Home Depot! I could easily be locked up in there. Same with Staples and Bed Bath and Beyond.

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Solitaire - Jul 17, 2006 8:43 pm (#2584 of 2979)

Finn, it was TWA ... and no, they didn't offer to put us up. When we finally did get seats, they were in the smoking section (I coughed for six hours). At last we arrived at JFK, only to learn there were no open flights to LAX for a couple of days. Finally, they did put us on a United flight to San Francisco that was leaving around midnight. It was wonderful! The plane was nearly empty, and the flight attendants let us take out the armrests between chairs and sleep stretched out. We then flew to LAX, and finally to Bakersfield.

It was an experience I hope I NEVER have to relive.

Solitaire

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Finn BV - Jul 17, 2006 8:55 pm (#2585 of 2979)

Aww… at least you were stuck in my home 'port JFK…  Nice about the SF flight though. And it always makes me feel how lucky we are that smoking has since been banned on flights!

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geauxtigers - Jul 17, 2006 9:02 pm (#2586 of 2979)

Finn, cool avatar!

Steph, I could spend all day in Office Depot or Target. I could buy all the cool pens and things I don't even need!  

When I went to New York a few years ago, we flew on US airways, hey it was the cheapest ticket and after spending so much on a hotel, we thought what the heck. We arrived at the Philadelphia airport, knowing we had a 3-4 hours lay over, but we were cool with it. 1 and half hours before leaving, our plane arrived. They didn't start checking the plane for another half hour, they somehow missed that it had a major oil leak 30 minutes before take off. So basically we were stranded in the airport for 8 hours when they finally got smart and got a new plane. Then on the way home, we were able to listen to the pilot communicate with the tower. Why did we sit feet from the gate for an hour? The pilot fired up the second engine as he was pulling out the gate, when he should have done so before moving. So we listened to the tower and the pilot argue for an hour!

I've got way to may airport stories, and its conveniently never their fault. We are either delayed or our luggage is on a different flight.

Well I have to go take a shower and attempt to go to sleep, because I'll be up at 5:30...

night everyone!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 17, 2006 9:15 pm (#2587 of 2979)

Ahh we went to New York in Christmas of 04, and we flew on United Airways-BIG Mistake! We had a 4 hour lay-over in Philly, well a few minutes before we were supposed to board, they decided to check the airplane. Of course our luck being what it is, there was a major oil leak and the plane was not flyable. So we sat around for another 3 hours, when they told us they were going to provide ground transportation to New York for us in the form of a bus. They also informed us that the trip was 4 hours with no traffic. Well everyone was pretty mad because we paid for a plane ticket, not a bus ticket, and they weren't going to reimburse anyone a single dime because apparently in the back of the ticket is states that they "reserved the right to provide alternate we had to go and get our luggage and wait on a "bus" to get there. Well the "bus turned out to be a 15 passenger van. Well 15 people got on that "bus", and left. We weren't one of them as we were still waiting on luggage. Anyways they ended up finding a plane for us and we had to re-check our luggage and go back through security and finally got on the plane. The flight was a total of like 23 minutes. It was insane we spent around 9 or 10 hours in that airport, so I know your pain Soli!

I like your avatar Finn! Very cool!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 17, 2006 9:36 pm (#2588 of 2979)

Finn- Tazzy, are you around for some posting sprees? I'm so bored!!

I am now, but the current question is: Are you around for posting sprees?? (As it is around 1 AM your time, right? Is it a six hour difference from Hawaii to New York?) (That's an awesome avatar!!) I'll go over to the Five Word thread, just in case...

~Kristina

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The giant squid - Jul 18, 2006 2:38 am (#2589 of 2979)

Hehe, I'm taller than Squid Mike by 1/4 an inch.--Finn BV

Well, technically I'm 5'6-1/2", but when you get to be my age those half-inches aren't as important. It's kind of like how as a child you were very adamant about half-birthdays ("I'm not eight, I'm eight and a half!"), but as time goes by you become less interested in pointing out how old you really are. Before long it becomes "twentysomething", "thirtymumble" and "forty-nine and holding". Of course, as a 50-year-old professor you're well aware of this.  

Denise, from what I can tell from the disposable-camera quality of that pic, your family is looking good. It's too bad the pitcher for your baseball team is stuck overseas...

--Mike

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azi - Jul 18, 2006 3:36 am (#2590 of 2979)

Hehe, I'm the same height as Squid Mike!

I'm around on Potty 5 Words until it becomes too hot to sit at the computer.

Vans trainers are pretty cool (albeit expensive here). I also like Quicksilver/Roxy a lot, but once again - expensive!

Shame about the carpet Tazzy! My mum's carpet shampooer never seems to work either, although the colour of the water afterwards says otherwise!

I've only flown twice and I think I was delayed for 20 mins on one of them. I wasn't that fussed. The person with a fear of flying was, as they had discovered on the previous flight (their first time on a plane) that they didn't like it. I was the only person in the group to be searched at both airports though (there were 13 of us). Apparently I look suspicious.  

Another hot day. I woke up at 6am this morning to find it was already warmer than I could cope with and my glasses appeared to have warped out of shape! I've fixed them now, but not before I had a nose bleed due to the heat. It's going to be a lovely day!

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Puck - Jul 18, 2006 5:22 am (#2591 of 2979)

Azi, I hope your day improves! Incidentally, I always thought you look a bit girl-next-door. Is that now considered suspicious?

Ahh, Heathrow. I remember trying to check the night before that my flight home (scheduled months before) hadn't been changed/cancelled, as we used to do before everyone starting checking on the net. Anyway, I got "At Virgin Airlines we call you if there is a change." I arrived the next day at lunchtime for a 3pm flight, only to discover it had left at 10am! Apparently, they use telepathy to call if a flight changes.  :mad:  It was Dec. 23rd, I had been away 3 months, and wanted to be home for Christmas. Luckily, they got us on another flight, but we had to run through the airport while they held the plane for us.

Time for the camp drop off!

Kathy

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Finn BV - Jul 18, 2006 5:33 am (#2592 of 2979)

Hehe, when people asked me my age I always had it down to the minute!!

Tazzy, I was under the impression for a while that Hawaii and NY were six hours different, but 9:36 forum time is 12:36 am my time, which would suggest it was 7:36 pm Hawaii time. So I think something is different in Daylight Saving's Time, because on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? yesterday, there was a question about the difference of time in standard time between Hawaii and California, and I guessed three, but the answer was two. I was a bit confused…

It. Is. So. Hot. I. Can't. Take. This!! Ahhhh! I could barely sleep last night!

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Thora - Jul 18, 2006 5:44 am (#2593 of 2979)

Tazzy, I've read all the tower and hive books by McCaffery too, and the three Talent books that preface the tower books. Looking over the list on her site I've read some of the dragon, crystal, freedom, and Acorna series, but haven't finished any of them. I've also read some O.S. Card, and 16 Elizabeth Peters, but she's not fantasy. (Thanks for chatting with me on this.)

I'm off to the Children's museum today and to story time at the library. I'm hoping that I might just pull of the appearance of being a good mom today.

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Kip Carter - Jul 18, 2006 5:46 am (#2594 of 2979)

Finn, date and time.com is a good site to check out times and dates, like Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. , which does not use daylight savings time in 2006: therefore they use the time zone: UTC/GMT -10 hours

The difference between your time (currently Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT -4 hours for EDT - Eastern Daylight Time) is 6 hours, meaning that it is now almost 3 am in Hawaii when it is 9 am in New York.

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azi - Jul 18, 2006 5:53 am (#2595 of 2979)

Hehe, Puck! I haven't, **touch wood**, had any more accidents, but the day is getting hotter! I'll take 'girl next door' as a compliment (thinks back to what American sitcoms say...)

Finn - that's confusing!

Edited while I learn to type...

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Lilly P - Jul 18, 2006 6:59 am (#2596 of 2979)

The carpet soap didn't even suds up! Maybe I should try a different brand. Hmmmm... Tazzy

Tazzy, the BEST thing for white and beige carpets is using SUN laundry detergent with bleach alternative in the steam cleaner! it doesn't hurt the vacuum and it breaks up dirt and oils in the carpet just as well as it does in the washing machine! I SWEAR by this, I use it everytime. you can make old carpet look practically new. You just have to be sure you do a good rinse with the steam cleaner with plain water afterwords to remove all of the soap residue.

I've slacked off for a week on my chores so I’m dedicating the rest of this day to getting things done so I am completely ready to go on my trip next week without having to rush at the last minute as usual, **in a very whiney voice** "Why can't I have a magic wand to pack my trunk like Tonks? Or to clean my house ala Molly Weasley? Dishes scrubbing themselves...floors sweeping themselves, you get the picture." OK, enough stalling, Hi-Ho Hi-HO it's off to chores I go. - Lilly

If anyone sees me back on the threads, yell at me to quit messing around and get my work done!

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John Bumbledore - Jul 18, 2006 7:43 am (#2597 of 2979)

Oh, everyone seems to be reporting hot weather. Can anyone, anywhere report having cooler than average/normal seasonal temperatures in their part of the world?

At least then I could imagine being cooler and that might help.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

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Solitaire - Jul 18, 2006 7:58 am (#2598 of 2979)

Well, I'm not sure if it will help, John ... I left the hotel a/c on low last night, and I had to use a blanket all night. I never use blankets. The previous night I kept getting up and down all night to turn the contraption up and down, as I got cool or hot. At home, I just put it on 78 or 79 and forget about it. At the moment, it is cool ... but I am still in jammies sitting on the edge of the bed with the blackout curtains drawn. There ... does that help? hehe

Azi, don't feel bad. I must look suspicious, too. When I flew to Nashville in July 2002, I was asked to remove my shoes ... in Los Angeles, Nashville, and Chicago! At 5' 1" tall, I alway wear some sort of wedge shoe, so perhaps they thought I was smuggling something in the heels.

I suppose I should get up and get showered and dressed. I am supposed to hit the road around 10 a.m. for the trek over the ridge and back to Bakersfield. It should be lovely (not!) to travel in this heat. I hope there aren't any delays. Anyway, I still have to pack and drag my junk down to my car. See you later, alligators!

Solitaire

BTW, here is another time zone converter.

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Holly T. - Jul 18, 2006 8:43 am (#2599 of 2979)

John, we're not having cooler than average temperatures here, just average. But 104 is average for Texas in July. (It is even hotter in August.)

Azi, when we were in college my husband spent six weeks one summer in Great Britain with a group from our university. He and one of his friends went to Northern Ireland. When they were getting ready to leave Northern Ireland my husband got pulled out of line and questioned, his papers searched, etc. My husband has red hair and hadn't shaved in over a week and had been sleeping on trains so he was looking rather scraggly. Although, once he opened his mouth they should have known he wasn't from around there, LOL, as he is from East Texas and has quite a southern accent. We still tease him about his days as an Irish terrorist.

My son did ok at swimming lessons! They even decided he knew enough to move from level 1 to level 2, which was a real confidence booster for him. He did ok at his day camp at the museum too, although the counselor mentioned that they'd had to remind him about some of the rules. I asked my son which rules he forgot and he said "the one about running."

My husband went to the Sprint store yesterday to add our daughter to our cell phone plan (she will be so excited, she's been begging for her own cell phone for a year) and rearranged our plan and minutes so that we are adding a phone, getting more minutes, and paying $10 less per month. Sounds good to me! He is a good daddy and even got her a pink phone.

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Denise P. - Jul 18, 2006 8:50 am (#2600 of 2979)

Holly, you are a good mommy. Slacker mom here lets the kids get cell phones when they have a job and can pay for it.

Too funny about your husband. My husband was detained in France for almost 2 hours, pulled out of line, questioned, his papers looked at, his shoes x-rayed and in general treated with great suspicion. Now, keep in mind that Mr. Denise is only 5'9", has red hair, is fairly mild mannered but he was standing with a group of Arab men conversing in Arabic (yes, he speaks arabic)They were convinced that he was doing something dastardly and his shoes were too expensive for him to afford (he was wearing Echo shoes) Even in the middle east, he is accused of being not an American. Go figure.

I am about to collapse. I have a running club meeting tonight so I decided to run this morning. It was 88 when I started, 91 when I was done and I am gonna die! I have not been running except early morning and late evening and today it shows me why. I have the HUGE mug o' water with me chugging it down.
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Chemyst - Jul 18, 2006 9:00 am (#2601 of 2979)

Slacker mom here lets the kids get cell phones when they have a job and can pay for it. – Denise

Aw, Denise. You're not fooling anybody with that slacker mom tag.


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Sconie Girl - Jul 18, 2006 9:04 am (#2602 of 2979)

Wow...lots of posts to catch up on when you're out of the office a few days!

About the twinkie life expectancy. My high school chemistry teacher decided to conduct a little experiment w/ the twinkie. He nailed a package of twinkies and a pair of rubber gloves to his wall some time in the late 80's early 90's. When I graduated in '96 the gloves were almost gone, but the twinkie was just a little less yellow than the "fresh from the store" variety. Lesson learned: don't eat things that can outlast things you wouldn't eat!

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Solitaire - Jul 18, 2006 9:23 am (#2603 of 2979)

My brother-in-law finally put my mom on their family cell plan. Both of their kids and one son-in-law (who works with him), the farm hands, my sister, and now my mom are all on their plan and have new phones and pay very little. I, on the other hand, never use all my minutes and pay $39 a month for the smallest Cingular plan I could find.

When it is time to replace my phone, I think I will buy it outright and forget those dumb contracts. I'm stuck, though, for another 6-8 months. I've noticed, too, that the phones start to have problems just about the time the contract is up. Has anyone else noticed this?

Solitaire

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Finn BV - Jul 18, 2006 9:27 am (#2604 of 2979)

Kip, thanks for that info. I like timeanddate.com a lot. So Hawaii doesn't do Daylight Savings time? I guess Ben Franklin didn't affect them as much…

Holly, congrats to your son at his swim lessons! I don't know how I learned to swim… I just sort of did it. We did have swimming at school where I did really well, except for the fact that I couldn't and still can't dive.

Enjoy the RotD! Eek, I have to go play tennis for three hours later! **faints at the thought**

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Solitaire - Jul 18, 2006 10:14 am (#2605 of 2979)

Adieu, Forumers! I am leaving Riverside and should be in Bakersfield in 3-4 hours, depending on traffic, fires, and other unforeseeable things. Where's Trelawney when I need a traffic prediction? Hrmph!

Solitaire

PS Finn, does it help to tie a damp bandana loosely around your neck or head? Do wear a hat, if you have one that isn't awkward for playing ... and drink LOTS of water!

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John Bumbledore - Jul 18, 2006 10:51 am (#2606 of 2979)

.Soli, hope you changed from your jammies. LOL

A bandana works for me, it is the only way I can work outside without having salty water running in and stinging my eyes. The temp could be in the low eighties and I would still look like the people on the Gatoraid, "is it in you" commercial. "No, it isn't in me! Can't you see it dripping onto the ground!"

When it is in the upper 90s (37 c) I measure my rehydration in quarts and gallons because I must. So I second Soli's suggestion to drink plenty of water.

Finn, I hope the humidity is low in your area and good luck with your Tennis.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

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kaykay1970 - Jul 18, 2006 11:54 am (#2607 of 2979)

I braid my hair very lopsided(over one shoulder) before I do my housework. I stay cooler and it stays off my neck better than a ponytail. Plus it gives the kids something to laugh about!

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DJ Evans - Jul 18, 2006 1:46 pm (#2608 of 2979)

Gosh John -- if you hear of a cooler place, please share it with the rest of us. We all could use a bit of relief, even if it is only in our minds. Like Holly, it's hot here too -- we're next to you in Arkansas. Right now (3:40 pm CST) it is 99 degrees with the heat index at 109. Tomorrow it is supposed to hit 102, so no telling what the heat index will be on that.

My brother was telling me it was 117 in South Dakota the other day? What's with that?!? They shouldn't be having those temperatures -- heck they are in the north. If you can't trust the north to stay cooler then what are we going to do?

Looks like I'm going to have to break down & buy a new monitor. This one is slowly getting fuzzier & fuzzier to read. I was thinking it was just my eyes getting worse & I needed to have them checked. But I've now had 2 people complain cause they couldn't read it either. Thinking about getting one of the flat LCD screens. Can't wait to be able to finally "see" my screen again.

Later, Deb

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Sconie Girl - Jul 18, 2006 2:02 pm (#2609 of 2979)

heck they are in the north. If you can't trust the north to stay cooler then what are we going to do?--DJ Evans[

We were planning on going "up north" as we call it to Northwestern Wisconsin this last weekend, but it ended up being 105 degrees, even by Lake Superior. (Usually the cities by the lake can be like 20-30 degrees cooler than cities further inland!)

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Tazzygirl - Jul 18, 2006 2:44 pm (#2610 of 2979)

Lilly P.- thanks for the tip on cleaning carpets! I'll have to try it. My aunt also mentioned using Oxyclean, so we'll see what happens!

I told my aunt that the carpet cleaner wasn't working, she came down to see if I was doing something wrong. (I am notorious for not reading directions!) And what do you know? I didn't hook the brush up correctly, so it wasn't spinning, therefore just soaking the carpets and not sucking anything up. I decided today I'd have another go.

Thora- my mom is a HUGE Anne McCaffrey fan. She has read all of the books- I think her favorite series at the moment is the ones about Acorna. I tried reading some other ones, like the series about Perth (Dolphins?), a while ago, but I lost interest a couple chapters in. I'll give them another go eventually! Another book by David Eddings that was okay was 'Regina's Song'. It's not the usual type of book he writes. More of a mystery/suspense/current day type book. I actually think that is the last book he has written so far, minus the Codex books that go along with the Belgariad. (You welcome! Thanks for chatting back! You can email me anytime too. Email is in my profile. )

Thanks Kip and Soli for the time zone links. Finn- I am currently 3 hours behind the Forum. When the time changes around the world again, I'll be two hours behind. Which means for you, I am currently 6 hours behind, and then soon it will be 5 hours behind. When I wrote that message last night, I was rounding up to 1 AM New York time (it was 7:30 pm for me).

Off to attempt another battle with the carpets! (Too bad I can't do scourgify or something. )

Hope you all have a fantastic day!

~Kristina

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Finn BV - Jul 18, 2006 3:47 pm (#2611 of 2979)

Soli, actually, I just started using a headband around my head two weeks ago. I have a ton of them lying around since they're so cheap, but I never knew what to do with them. It helps tremendously. Thankfully, today wasn't quite as hot as yesterday. Had lots of water and gatorade! And the shower when I came home never felt so good. I think I spent 10-12 minutes in there, and usually I go for quick ones. *sighs and wishes the air were as cool as the water right now *

Is the cream background of the Forum showing up for anybody?

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Stephanie M. - Jul 18, 2006 4:12 pm (#2612 of 2979)

Finn, I hope the humidity is low in your area and good luck with your Tennis.--John B.

I think the highest level of humidity that we had today was around 60%. According to weather.com, there is a 40% chance of rain. I thought that yesterday felt hotter and more humid, but today, it was actually hotter.

Finn, do you play outside or inside?

A 10-12 minute shower??? I don't think I could do that. Actually, the fastest shower that I've ever taken was less than 3 minutes.

Good luck with your battle with the carpets, Kristina!

I hope you all had a great Tuesday! I feel like this week is going by slowly.

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Catherine - Jul 18, 2006 4:34 pm (#2613 of 2979)

Bleeccchhh!

Denise, I commend you and think you should be committed to St. Mungo's for your dedication to running in this heat.

It was over 100 degrees today when I drove to work. The Carolinas appear to have a tropical depression forming off the coast, so I'm expecting some nasty weather this week. If it cools things off a bit, I may refrain from complaining!

Back to Denise, I loved the picture of "almost" all the kids. I send my good wishes to your son in Iraq, and I hope the care package you sent a while back arrived safely and without costing the National Treasury to send.

Holly, we had some *ahem* bumps in the road with swimming lessons. Claire had "issues" for years, and then, inexplicably, decided to get with the program and do it. I just shrugged at that point! BTW (ooh, an abbreviation! ) I really have enjoyed your daughter's "Shakespeare comparison" comments that I've read recently. I'm sure I'd enjoy being her teacher, and she sounds like an amusing child.

Speaking of teaching, I'm full-tilt into getting ready for August 14. The business manager at the school where I teach next year thought I was being pushy when I asked to know what room I would be in. Apparently, asking for a key pushed it over the top into demon-hood. *wishes I had another, sassier eyeroll here* Then, when I realized the room was formerly a math classroom (taught by 2 subs all year) and I asked, "Does it have audio-visual equipment?" I had the pleasure of seeing a human volcano. Good thing I was wearing lava-proof shoes. I didn't even mention the lack of book shelves.

Truly, one time when I do NOT fulfill my duties as a potential, when I can get around to it, dues-paying member of Procrastinator's Anonymous, I am chastised. Not much incentive to work ahead, is there?

But I got my key, and tomorrow I get my computer, and I will attempt to arrange the desks in my class to my satisfaction. Right now, they form a tower in the middle of the room.

So, tomorrow, I arrange desks and obtain book shelves. I should probably put an Imperturbable Charm on myself first...

Cheers to everyone.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 18, 2006 4:47 pm (#2614 of 2979)

I am waiting for the spot treatment to settle into the carpet- it looks better all ready!! (Thanks, Stephanie for the charms!)

I meant to say in my last post that I was not allowed to get a cell phone until I started driving. My parents bought it for me and it was supposed to be for emergency purposes only. I followed the rules for about a month. Holly- your daughter is lucky!!

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Jul 18, 2006 5:59 pm (#2615 of 2979)

I got a cell phone in 8th grade, when my mom starting doing things like letting me go to the movies by myself etc. I'm not a big talker on it now or ever have been. I text message people during class and play games when I'm bored. It works better than trying to talk to someone through the window! But since I started driving, I call more just because my mom is still doing the 'call me when you get there' thing and I've been driving since April, kinda annoying...

Yesterday it was 98 F and the humidity has been way up as the typical summer weather has returned. That means scattered t-storms in the afternoon. Steam can be seen rising up into the air after 10 minute down pours. It was 105 in Shreveport yesterday. Heat seems to be sweeping everywhere.....Lightning struck the Baton Rouge Airport today and put a hole in the runway...they had to close the airport for a few hours to repair it apprently.. scary!

Well I agree with who ever said this week is dragging, today was one longggggg day...and its only Tuesday uggg!

I have always had to take my shoes off, empty pockets, and take my belt off since 9/11. I mean really! But I see their point, so I've stopped wearing belts and wear slip on shoes. On the way back from France, we were trying to catch the last flight home that night and we were delayed. We had to run across about 6 terminals and my French teacher had these jeans with all these pockets and they kept patting her down. It was funny the group of us were standing there laughing at her, but wasn't so funny when we found out how far we had to go!

Have a great day everyone!

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Regan of Gong - Jul 18, 2006 6:30 pm (#2616 of 2979)

I got my mobile (cell) phone around my 14th birthday, that being near the end of Year 8 (8th Grade) and since I've had it repaired about 4 times. They kept replacing the guts of it about 3 times, then gave me a completely new phone the 4th time and that hasn't failed since. I'm not a big caller on it, but I text a fair bit so I get these $10 cards which give me 70 texts to everyone on any network which is good.

Good luck with the class room arrangement Catherine! Our school bought a whole lot of new projectors and laptops back in January. Pity they can't get us decent sports equipment though.

Off to check threads and work on model Hogwarts. It's going fairly well, but it's hard to make cones for the top of towers and construct big bridges. I'm using a program called Google Sketchup, it's a free download, and it's lots of fun.

Regan

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 18, 2006 6:31 pm (#2617 of 2979)

It has been one longggg day with the devil child as he decided not to fall asleep today.

The heat is pretty bad everywhere is seems, but it's pretty typical for this time of year down here. We generally have around 90-95% humidity every day, which is just great for my hair, as it's already frizzy to begin with.

I don't remember learning how to swim either, I think I just sort of did it. I might have had lessons though. LOL Finn about the diving, I never had much trouble with that as I did with those stupid flip turns. It took me an extremely long time to learn that, but a few head bashes later, I got it!

A 10-12 minute shower??? I don't think I could do that. Actually, the fastest shower that I've ever taken was less than 3 minutes.

Well I won't even mention how long it takes me to take a shower! It's a bit over Finn's though. hehe

Soli, I haven't noticed that about any of my cell phones, but that maybe because I somehow destroy them, I dropped my last one in the tiolet and it didn't make it. That was probably because I let it sit there so long before I realized that my dad wasn't going to do it! How mean is that?? He picks up roaches and bugs, so why couldn;t he have stuck him hand in the toilet?? My friend dropped hers in a pool once and someone told her to put it in the oven in on 100 for about 5 mins to dry it out (pretty dumb idea to begin with). She's a serious dumb blonde and put it in the microwave. Needless to say it exploded and that was the last time she ever tried that!

off to check threads!

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kaykay1970 - Jul 18, 2006 6:43 pm (#2618 of 2979)

I need some healing charms! I could use a few calming charms as well. My 15 year old started screaming "Mom!" so I went running. He was babbling and white as a sheet! I am wondering what on Earth is wrong with him. He finally pointed down at the 3 year old. Ok Little Guy is calmly standing there but with a gaping cut on his leg. He apparently cut it on a pop top can lid. My legs turned to jelly but I scooped him up and held the cut closed. There was very little bleeding once I applied pressure. He cried only when they numbed the injury, then he fell asleep while they put in 9 stitches. He is one tough kid!

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Solitaire - Jul 18, 2006 6:47 pm (#2619 of 2979)

Yes, John, I did change out of my jammies.     Actually, I had quite a nice drive, although I did miss one interchange, and I had to get off the freeway and double back to catch it. I'm not as familiar with the freeways up near Pasadena and San Bernardino as I am with those that go through Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The nicest part of the drive was that there was no traffic at all until I hit the Magic Mountain area. Even then, there was no real slow-down. It was very heavy from Santa Clarita all the way to Bakersfield, although it moved fast enough. The truck lanes were loaded, though. I have not seen that much truck traffic for a long time.

I text message people during class and play games when I'm bored.

Do that in my class (actually, in my school) and you lose your phone and get suspended, my dear. Your parent must come and reclaim the phone on your first offense. On the second, you lose the phone until the end of the year. Students are not supposed to have cell phones at school, although I know they do. If they ring or make an appearance during classes, kids are in trouble. They are supposed to check them at the office in the morning.

Catherine, your doggies reminded me of something. My mom always takes care of my Shelties when I am out of town. Usually, they don't go near the pool, except to bark at the pool sweep. This time, however, one of them decided to take a dip. Mom said she had left the gate open to the pool area, because it has a bigger, shadier yard for them to explore. She was just a few feet away, in the smaller back yard, when my uncle came through and told her to come out into the pool area. Quinn (14-year old female) was lying on the top step in the water, with her head and the top of her back sticking out of the water, just relaxing and keeping an eye on things! It sounded pretty funny, although now we will always have to make sure that gate is closed. I'm not sure she can swim!

Well, I need to think about dinner. Finn, I am glad you survived the heat. We are supposed to have temps between 104-106 all week. Just what we need ... another heat wave.

Solitaire

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Finn BV - Jul 18, 2006 6:54 pm (#2620 of 2979)

Her phone exploded? Sorry, that is really cool!

kaykay, soothing and healing charms to you and your family!!

Oh, Steph, we play outside. And we do laps. And the courts are hotter than normal because they're concrete and pick up more heat. And we run around baseball fields. And we sprint. And we…

LOL Catherine! But you go back August 14th? Oh my goodness…… **faints**

Tazzy, I keep forgetting to say it… good luck with the carpet!

I got my cell phone in the beginning of 6th grade when it was a dark and stormy night (no, seriously), and I was supposed to take a cab home from my piano lesson. I called the local cab company, not far away, and they said they'd be there in 20 minutes, but they weren't there after 35. So I had to use my piano conservatory's phone to call my neighbor, and she said she would be on her way, but in the mean time, the cab came, and the man asked if anybody had called for a cab, and guiltily I said no since I had called my neighbor. Then he drove away, and my neighbor came, and she took me home. But I found out that the parkway had flooded (it does quite often if it rains hard enough – this is the oldest parkway in America!), and that's why he was delayed. But after that we got me a phone.

And speaking of rain, it rained a little this evening! It felt soooo good! I just sat outside, lay down on a deck chair, and let it pour!

EDIT: Re cell phones in class. Kids are pretty good about not using cell phones in class. They're allowed in school but not to be used during school hours. Some teachers will confiscate them if they go off in class (an infrequent occurrence, but it does happen on occasion); others are nice and just wait for the student to turn it off. There are some teachers in the high school who will go over to the student whose phone is ringing, pick it up, and start talking to the person on the other line, concluding by telling them that they are calling in the middle of class. I don't use my phone that much, just for brief contact with my parents after school and stuff, so I don't have to worry about it going off during school. However, there are some people who would die if they didn't have their phone () and keep it on despite what teachers say to them.

I did say kids are pretty good about not texting/playing games in class, but laptops in class became a big thing at my school recently, and the number of people who IM in class, or browse the web, is astonishing! I have been known to post on the forum a few times during class, but only during down time (e.g. after a test before you're permitted to leave, or when teachers are passing things out, etc.). However, there are so many people who are just indifferent to their learning and will go online, and completely ignore the lesson!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 18, 2006 7:05 pm (#2621 of 2979)

**healing and calming charms** to Kay and her family! OUCH! The only cut I ever received from a pop-top was on my pinky finger. I cut the same place twice, and now have a very weird L shaped scar right below the cuticle. Happened in 8th grade.

Cell phones were just beginning to get popular in my high school (nonexistant in my elementary and middle school), so we didn't have any rules. I think now they have rules like your school, Soli.

The carpet is CLEAN!!! **does happy dance** There are a couple places where the dirt and stuff has been so ground in it would take a week to remove any more of it, but at least there isn't the line of dirty/clean carpet when you flip the area rug up. (Thanks Finn and everyone with tips and good luck charms!) Now let's see if it can stay that way...

~Kristina

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 18, 2006 7:07 pm (#2622 of 2979)

Hehe Finn, she kept trying to use it after that but she had to get a new one. I wish I'd been there to see it explode, but I probably would have stopped her from doing it in the first place! She is a dumb blonde in so many ways, but she really isn't a stupid person she just doesn't think!

Cell phones just can't be used during class but are allowed any other time during the day. I don't generally text that much in class, but I do it occasionally. Some teachers could care less, some are really strict and give you a detention for it, but most people put it on silent or vibrate so you can't hear it. It is general knowledge that when you hear a phone vibrating, that everyone starts coughing and talking to cover the sound! We got each others backs!

We go back on the 14th also, but this is normal for us. The south in general seems to start earlier and end sooner, not sure why.

EDIT: Forgot, healing/calming charms to kaykay and son!

One rule that I HATE and can’t understand why is the "no gum chewing" rule. What's the big deal about gum?? Teachers try to argue that people spit it on the sidewalks, but I certainly don't and have never seen anyone else do it. What's the difference between that and candy? Candy is allowed, but why not gum? I chew it anyway, and so does everyone else, so they aren't really stopping it. It's the only thing I've ever gotten detention for (other than an untucked shirt) and it's just dumb!

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geauxtigers - Jul 18, 2006 7:11 pm (#2623 of 2979)

Ha ha Soli, it used to be stricter at my school, but I think the administration knew they were fighting a losing battle. My phone is always on silent, I occasionally pull it out in class to text my sister or something, but mostly I pay attention, but when its busy and everyone is talking like during review times etc. I'll flip it out. If it rings in class, you get a detention (I think, but I've never been caught so I don't know)and have to pick it up at the end of class. Some teachers will make you get it from the principal, which I think is worse than detention as he is 6'5" and very intimidating. I wouldn't want to be questioned by him, I'd start with the likes and ummmmms and have no excuse. What gets me is when people try help cover up a ringing phone in class with coughs. That so doesn't work! People did that last year in chapel, hello, big vaulted celings...lots of echos....That’s so obvious! lol!

Her phone exploded? Sorry, that is really cool! I know it is cool! When she told me that I was like, you're joking right, but some how I knew she wasn't. She is really not stupid, she just has no common sense. She has lots of blonde moments!

Kaykay! Ouch!! A soup can? That’s one sharp lid! **healing charms**

Catherine, we go back on the 14th of August too, I'm dreading it probably more than I've ever dreaded going back to school. We got out late and are starting at the same time. That’s like a week and a half less of summer. Might seem small, but it makes a difference!

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Solitaire - Jul 18, 2006 7:22 pm (#2624 of 2979)

There are some teachers in the high school who will go over to the student whose phone is ringing, pick it up, and start talking to the person on the other line, concluding by telling them that they are calling in the middle of class.

HaHa, Finn! I like their style! Following 9/11 and the Columbine shootings, more kids began to have phones, and I understand. I don't even care, as long as they stay off and in backpacks during class. I do not like the idea of kids text-messaging, though.

there are some people who would die if they didn't have their phone

I, too, have a couple of adult friends who are cell phone junkies, and it drives me nuts. They answer phones and make calls through lunch dates, dinner dates, etc. I've been at dinner with one of them when she has taken as many as nine calls (I counted) during an hour-long dinner! Recently, I've noticed that these folks seem to have been "edited" out of group plans. I suppose they would rather be talking on their cell phones anyway.

My mom knows that Sis and I ignore our phones until break times, because we are working. We do make exceptions, such as when my dad was taken to the hospital (I needed to be available to Mom) and when my niece's baby was overdue at the end of the school year (We weren't doing anything but a party). For the most part, I tell people who need to reach me to call during my prep or lunch hour ... and I give them specific times.

Too many people I know (and probably many more than that) need a crash course in cell phone etiquette.

Solitaire

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Finn BV - Jul 18, 2006 7:37 pm (#2625 of 2979)

YES!! IT IS THUNDERING AND LIGHTNING HERE!! YAYYY!

Oh wow, I'm so happy! I just stood out under our porch for 5 minutes. It is so cool outside. Phew.

Weird, we don't go back until the 7th of September. Our classes end in the 20s of May, and we finish the beginning of June. When do you end?

Yes, Soli, I really want to be in a class when that happens (of course, I'd rather not be the offender )! See it for myself!

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geauxtigers - Jul 18, 2006 7:52 pm (#2626 of 2979)

Last year, we started on the 17th (late for us) and ended on June 1st. We get a week at Mardi Gras, which is something that not even all the schools here get, so we are usually a week behind in getting out than everyone else. We did have a week for Katrina, and 2 days for Rita, but they just took a couple of days off our Christmas holidays, I can't even imagine what it would have been at the end of the year! June 1st made me so frustrated because I think its just plain weird and it really bothered me!

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kaykay1970 - Jul 18, 2006 8:40 pm (#2627 of 2979)

Thanks for the charms. He has cried out twice in his sleep saying it hurts. That is breaking my heart.

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Regan of Gong - Jul 18, 2006 9:02 pm (#2628 of 2979)

There's so many excellent stories about mobile (cell) phones in our class. During devotions (since I go to a Christian school) a girl's phone went off with the music to "Bring it On". I don't text in class much, maybe once or twice, but it's fun to prank people's phones, just to check if they're on silent . I've been caught one on one with a teacher and phone started vibrating...that was bad. I'm trying to punch my pocket to reject or answer the call as I just need it to shut up...

If you're caught with a phone in our school, it's supposed to be confiscated to the end of the day, and if you're unlucky you'll receive detention as well.

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Solitaire - Jul 18, 2006 9:03 pm (#2629 of 2979)

Our last day of school was June 1st. Teachers go back August 14th for a week of meetings and kids return on the 21st. How do you get such a long holiday, Finn? Do you give up other holidays? Or are you in a private school?

If I were a parent, I'd repossess all my kids' cell phones after reading the last several posts.

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 18, 2006 9:20 pm (#2630 of 2979)

There are some people who would die if they didn't have their phone...

Sadly, I am one of those. But I do make sure the phone is on silent whenever it is needed (like school, movie theater... etc.) I absolutely cannot stand it when phones ring in places where they aren't supposed to. Bad manners.

Took 'Thaniel swimming, got out five seconds later when a couple yellow jackets decided to join us.

~Kristina

EDIT: Crosspost with Tori! **waves**

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geauxtigers - Jul 18, 2006 9:20 pm (#2631 of 2979)

If I were a parent, I'd repossess all my kids' cell phones after reading the last several posts.

LOL Soli! I go to a private school, and we seem to have the same holiday as yall? The public schools here go back on the 7th I think, is it normal for holidays to be like that? I thought it was just my school being different...

During devotions (since I go to a Christian school) a girl's phone went off with the music to "Bring it On".

ha ha Regan, things like that happen to people is the worst places too, like chapel for example! No amount of coughing can cover that up!

Freshman year, the seniors got all smart and thought they'd roll the school. Now we have a rival school who when I was in 5th grade, rolled us so badly, that when they were caught, they had to pay serious fines. They dumped out garbage cans, tons of toilet paper, shaving creme, and the put salt on the football field, killing the grass. Anyway, they put up security cameras in the quads and various places, so that it would stop the rolling. It worked for the most part except 2 years ago, for the senior prank, they rolled the school. Well, we were in chapel that morning, when we were informed that the senior who dropped his cell on the front lawn could come pick it up with an explanation too! It was great!

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Solitaire - Jul 18, 2006 9:50 pm (#2632 of 2979)

Tazzy, you are an adult. I like having my phone, too ... but I know when to use it and when to put it on silent and let the caller leave a message. I was talking about kids who use phones during class.

About school ... We are in session for 180 days, which I believe is the minimum, here in California (Year-round schools may be in session more days). I think some states are in session for as many as 200 days. That is why I was curious about Finn getting out in May and not returning until September 7th. Perhaps I am wrong, though. Perhaps there are states whose schools are in session fewer than 180 days.

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 18, 2006 11:42 pm (#2633 of 2979)

Soli- I am an adult, but I am also still a student (I kind of sit on the fence for this particular discussion on cell phones). The rules for phones are definitely different at universities, and it is not unusual for several phones to go off during class. In my opinion (I probably should have said this in my last post... ), I just think that if you are paying a very expensive tuition to have higher education, people would respect the professors and their classmates and automatically turn the phones on silent. I hope that whatever school I end up teaching at, has the same strict rules as your school, Soli!

Quick little story: I remember when I was in 11th grade, a classmate brought in her new phone- box and all- and sat through the entire class programming it. About 30 minutes before the end of the class, her phone rang, and she picked it up and started having a full blown conversation. The teacher had been completely interrupted on a lesson, and everyone was so shocked that we all turned to stare at her. About 5 minutes later, the teacher finally went over to her and asked her to get off the phone (he had been caught that off guard!). I'm glad schools are now taking steps.

Oh! I also thought the exploding phone in the microwave was a funny story! **mental note to keep phone out of microwave**

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Jul 19, 2006 12:04 am (#2634 of 2979)

The professor should have asked the student to either desist or leave the room. As a student in that class, you have the right to hear the lesson without unnecessary interruptions.

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 19, 2006 12:35 am (#2635 of 2979)

Soli- I agree whole-heartedly with you!

~Kristina

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jose043 - Jul 19, 2006 1:26 am (#2636 of 2979)

Hi All

John you are complaining about the heat in USA, in Western Australia (Perth) it has been 1 degree celsius the last few mornings but with beautiful days. Even though it is supposed to be winter we have not had much rain. We need rain dance from the wands.

Denise P love the photo of the family.

Healing charms to those that need it.

Anne & I are finally getting over our Bronchitis after two & half weeks.

Josephine & Anne

Little Warewolves of London

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azi - Jul 19, 2006 3:20 am (#2637 of 2979)

Healing charms to your 3 year old, Kaykay!

Further healing charms to both Josephine and Anne!

We are due for thunder and lightning tomorrow...just when me and my brother will be in a woodland stream with metal poles doing measurements for his geography project.  

I *hate* people's phones going off in class! It's just so rude, and not exactly difficult to put them on silent! I went to a conference not long ago, where, if your phone went off, you got a £20 fine (about US$36). I like that idea, but *still* some people kept their phone on! Obviously people with more money than sense!

Hope everyone has a lovely day! (and drinks plenty of water if it's hot)

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dizzy lizzy - Jul 19, 2006 3:33 am (#2638 of 2979)

John:

I just looked up the Bureau of Meteorology (Australia) for my hometown and it is currently 9 deg C (48 deg F). This morning it was only 4 deg C (39 deg F) and today’s top temp was 16 deg C (62 deg F) and we are currently in winter!!! It was very warm for a winter day today. I had some rain on the weekend!!! It made a lot of farmers happy for a while, but lots more still needed.

Grrr I have the codes to put the snazzy little "degree" symbol in my text, but it is not working... Can anyone help me??

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boop - Jul 19, 2006 4:48 am (#2639 of 2979)

Kay, Healing charms sent your way, for the little one. (((hugs)))

Kristina, Congrats on the clean carpet!

jose, Sorry to hear you were sick. Healing charms sent your way, with a quick recovery to you both.

Its been hot here too. We need rain.

Have a great rest of the day.

hugs always

boop

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Eponine - Jul 19, 2006 4:55 am (#2640 of 2979)

People also have a hard time grasping the concept of NOT using cell phones in the library. We have signs posted EVERYWHERE that say no cell phones, no food, no drink. Of course, reading the signs is a very difficult thing to do, so we constantly have people in there on their phones. Our computer reservation program has a feature that allows us to send messages to each computer, so that's a nice non-confrontational way to tell people to get off their phones. It doesn't always work, though, and then you have to go tell the person to get off their phone. You'd think that being in a library would keep people quiet, but sadly, it's a concept lost on many people.

When I was in high school, cell phones weren't very common yet, but everyone had pagers. I never understood why you'd need a pager at school.

Well, we're getting to go to the beach this weekend. It's in South Carolina, so hopefully, we'll be missing the storm. The in-laws were offered the use of a beach house for the week by a friend, so we get to go on a free vacation. Yay!

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Lina - Jul 19, 2006 5:11 am (#2641 of 2979)

Lizzy, did you try ° ? I'll try it now.

I was expecting someone from Australia or New Zealand to start talking about cold weather. We have, not just normal, but a really beautiful summer weather here. It was 26°C (79°F)in my living room this morning but I guess that the temperature was lower in the sleeping room. We needed a blanket. The good thing is that cold wind that blows from the North during the night and we have our sleeping room at the North with the window wide opened. It can get really fresh just before the sunrize. I talked to my girls that are at their grannie's this morning, and they say they are freezing with the air conditioner. So they had to put on some warmer clothes. I really see no point in walking around the house dressed in warm clothes in the middle of the summer.

I keep hoping that they will not get ill, as much as I hope that your little one is going to feel better soon, Kay.

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haymoni - Jul 19, 2006 6:10 am (#2642 of 2979)

I think parents like their kids to have phones at school in case there is an emergency at the school. I certainly would expect my kids to keep the phone turned off. I'd want them to be able to call out if they were hiding from a gunman in a closet or if there had been a fire in the school. If I needed to reach them, I would just call the office.

I stayed up too late last night watching the start of the second season of "The Contender". That show always makes me want to work out!

About the adult/kid thing. We have a nephew who is 17. The Beautifulest One says that he is a Man/Boy - "You know, he has hairy legs and he drives like a man, but he still lives with his dad, so he's still a boy!"

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Thora - Jul 19, 2006 6:21 am (#2643 of 2979)

Healing charms to KayKay's son.

I turn off my cell before church, or leave it in the car. I do it gladly and enjoy the 3 hours in which I cannot be bothered by my mother-in-law.

It's been so hot for so long here that I make a point to never check the thermometer. I don't want to know. It's been so humid during my morning walks that I wonder how I can inhale that much water and not drown. The coast is supposed to be cooler than inland, so I hate to think what it's like west of here. I love air conditioning.

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Lilly P - Jul 19, 2006 7:18 am (#2644 of 2979)

Wow, I miss one day and spend a whole morning catching up! Ohhhh Kaykay! Healing charms to the little one and Super-size order on the calming charms for you. I'm still waiting for the first big-hurt for mine, but the little-hurts just kill me all the same, I can't imagine stitches, I think they would have had to numb me up also before they began my baby! Tazzy, glad the carpets worked out for you! Finn, glad you got a reprieve from the heat, send it on down this way! Off to catch up on the rest of the discussions.

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John Bumbledore - Jul 19, 2006 8:04 am (#2645 of 2979) Reply
Edited by Catherine Jul 21, 2006 7:45 am

"Western Australia (Perth) [has had] 1 degree Celsius the last few mornings but with beautiful days. Even though it is supposed to be winter we have not had much rain." -- Josephine & Anne

It is currently 9 ° C (48 ° F). – Lizzy


I send rain dances to Josephine & Anne and to Lizzy; they may actually work if my grandmother was correct in stating that our family has both Cherokee and Seneca grandfathers (one each, several generations removed). No wand was involved in the dances, though.

Lina was the only one I saw reporting cooler then seasonal temperatures (if I understood correctly). Everywhere seems warmer than it should be and drier than normal in Australia's winter?

Healing charms to Kevin and Kay and to any others that need them.

Leonard Nimoy Sings The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.Humor charms! to any old series Star Trek and Lord of the Rings fans.
Just see my profile for a wikipedia entry and video of Leonard Nimoy singing the "Ballad of Bilbo Baggins."

Edit: I have been laughing all morning! Yes, Soli, Leonard does sing and sings well considering the material. He wears his Spock style hair cut as you can see in this image I captured. I believe it is dated about 1968 from a BBC clip or something. Very campy 1960 style video with a few teenage girls in color coordinated shirts (florescent colors, of course!) singing backup and wearing Spock ears! Yes, the "button" asks "What is a Leonard Nimoy?"

I'm about rolling on the floor with laughter with this video running in my head!

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Edit: Reply to Soli! You have to see and hear it! I was thinking it would be easy to re-write the lyrics to become the Ballad of Dobby!

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Solitaire - Jul 19, 2006 8:41 am (#2646 of 2979)

Leonard Nimoy sings? Hm ...

I never understood why you'd need a pager at school.

Lots of kids use pagers and cell phones to meet their drug connections. If you're tempted to laugh that one off, don't. I was stunned to learn who some of our local users/pushers were. A few had been my favorite darlings when they were in 7th grade!

Regarding phones actually ringing ... If you absolutely must have it turned on, why not clip it to your belt or stick it in your pocket and turn on the vibrate feature? That way you can grab your phone and step outside. People will just think you need to use the restroom. Of course, if you have to leave a class or church 10 times, they may think you have a problem. A word of caution about the "vibrate" feature: If your phone is sitting on a tabletop, it will start to buzz and "travel" across the table as it vibrates. LOL

Well, I am off soon to get my hair cut. It's supposed to be spikey, like Madam Hooch's hair ... but it's been pretty droopy the last week. I'm overdue!

Cooling and healing charms to all who need them!

Solitaire

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Sconie Girl - Jul 19, 2006 8:53 am (#2647 of 2979)

I'm a cell phone nut, sometimes...I'm on my phone constantly when I'm in my car,(I do have a hands free device) but put it away at work.

I turn off my cell before church, or leave it in the car. I do it gladly and enjoy the 3 hours in which I cannot be bothered by my mother-in-law.—Thora

My husband and I didn't even bother to get a home phone...then I never have to be bothered by wicked mother-in-law!

But I try to be understanding of "phone etiquette", so I don't use my phone on my bus commute. When I was in Italy I was stuck in a train compartment w/ a bunch of teenagers who spent the entire 2 hour ride listening to all their different ring tone options... Err...that taught me to be thoughtful of others as it drove me nuts!

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Holly T. - Jul 19, 2006 9:23 am (#2648 of 2979)

One of my friends is a complete cell phone addict. She's my assistant Girl Scout leader and when she does bother to come to meetings she ends up spending most of the meeting (where she is supposed to be helping) on the phone. When we went camping she spent most of the weekend on the phone. I find it annoying and I think the girls do too and I hope they will keep her in mind as they start to get phones themselves.

My daughter is just going into sixth grade but she'll have band practice after school, plus four days a week she has ballet lessons at a studio 20 miles from our house, plus rehearsals, etc. In the past she's had to borrow someone's phone to call us if class or rehearsal ended early, was rescheduled, will end later than expected, etc. So mainly it is to save her some waiting time and us some driving time and to be in case of emergencies. We already disabled its internet access and text messaging.

Healing charms to Kaykay's son! Yikes. Poor thing. My friend's son had to have stitches in his forehead the other day. Apparently someone at camp thought hitting water balloons with a golf club would be a good idea. Not.

Josephine and Anne--I spent the entire summer of 1993 with bronchitis--May through September--not fun! Hope you are feeling better soon.

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haymoni - Jul 19, 2006 9:48 am (#2649 of 2979)

Holly - do they still have a badge where you need to focus on good manners? Maybe your assistant will get the hint if you talk about proper cell phone usage.

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Finn BV - Jul 19, 2006 10:09 am (#2650 of 2979)

Private school, Soli. I believe we're 150 days…? Not entirely sure. I really should count.

Josephine and Anne - glad to hear you're doing better!

Well, I think we wished a bit too hard for the storm. A tree branch broke the windshield on one of our cars. But the insurance covers it, so should be fixed in no time, I guess. There were tons of trees and stuff down though as we went out this morning!

And thank you a thousand times for your healing charms – they really worked! We discovered my grandma was on too much oxygen, so we turned it down a notch or two. She sounds, over the phone, so much better! Apparently before we discovered this she was napping half the day, and she couldn't remember my dad's name when he went up to visit. I can't believe it! She is just the comeback queen – for about three years now she's dealt with illness and injuries. Back in the end of 2003, one doctor said she'd never walk again. She can walk fine with a walker now. It's just incredible. Thank you!!

And, I had a cool HP dream last night! JKR, in town for the Radio City Music Hall event, was visiting schools. For some reason, school was in session in July. Don't ask me why! The weird thing was, I was at school (), and she was there answering questions. She was calling on kids, and they were asking boring questions, like, "How can I be a good writer?" and other stuff like that. So then she called on me, but she said my name! It was so weird! I didn't know how she knew it, but, being that I was asleep, I ignored this and started to ask my question. First I welcomed her back to the States as she hasn't been in about six years, and then I tried to ask my question (about Dumbledore's and Sirius' birthdays – I submitted it for the Harry, Carrie, Garp event), but I couldn't say anything! My voice went dead! I was so disheartened. But, it was just a dream…
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haymoni - Jul 19, 2006 10:43 am (#2651 of 2979)

But Finn, even in your dream you knew it was a waste of perfectly good question time to ask, "How can I be a good writer?"

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kaykay1970 - Jul 19, 2006 10:56 am (#2652 of 2979)

I'm glad to hear your grandmother is feeling better Finn!

The Little Guy is not nearly as concerned about his stitches today as I am. Which is what really worries me. I am afraid he'll break them open. He is so proud of his boo boo. He had to show it off to the siblings this morning when he realized that he had lost his bandage during the night. Thanks again for the healing charms!

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Lina - Jul 19, 2006 1:44 pm (#2653 of 2979)

I'm glad your grandmother is doing better, Finn. That's great!

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geauxtigers - Jul 19, 2006 2:38 pm (#2654 of 2979)

Glad to hear about your grandma, Finn! Nice dream and hope the storm wasn't too hard on ya! It looks kinda dark out there, we might be getting soon...

My mom works at my school, so getting in touch usually isn't a big deal, but if she needs me she either e-mails me, or leaves me a voice mail that I check after class. But at some point I usually wind my way over there to see if she has food because being underclassmen the past 2 years, we ate 2nd lunch, and I was always hungry.

A kid I babysit broke his leg recently. When he was asked how he did that, the response I got was "I jump off sissy beeeeed!" glad I wasn't there for that! The cast hasn't slowed him down a bit!

We are required to be in school 180 days, and we have a few here and there for weather. Most places call it a snow day, but since well that never happens here we can't really call it that! lol.

It was very hot again today, I know what you mean, Thora (?), about thinking you will drown from breathing. Its terrible! And when it gets "cold" here, its humid and cold, so its like being outside in the cold in wet clothes. I'm looking at my hair right now and its kinked up on top of my head, ugg I hate humidity.

Babysat this morning then I went and had lunch with my grannie, that made her day and she is already planning on taking us to eat after our next babysitting job....I need to do that more often I think!

I'm thinking I'll go buy uniforms tomorrow, I need a new skirt. Might get shoes too if I can find any.

It's Wednesday, the week is halfway over! SMILE Everyone! So have a great Wednesday, tomorrow if Thursday, and Thursday is so hopeful because the next day it Friday! That makes me happy!

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Finn BV - Jul 19, 2006 2:40 pm (#2655 of 2979)

Haymoni, that's why I was so happy when she called on me (and knew my name). But then, finally, when I was going to ask a real question… ugh.

Thanks all!

Yes, this week is definitely going by slowly.

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 19, 2006 2:49 pm (#2656 of 2979)

Finn, that's so great about your grandmother! And I don't think this is the first time healing charms have worked, it's just like magic!! Cool Dream! Kip, any comments?!

It's weird thinking that it's winter in Australia! Are yall out of school in the winter, and is it called "Winter Vacation" instead of summer vacation? Weirrdd!! That means Christmas is in the dead of summer!!

Happy Wednesday or as one of my teachers used to say "Wednesday is the "hump" in the middle of the week" She called it hump day! *walks away trying not to think to badly of "hump day"*

Well I'm off to check threads! Have a great day everyone!

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Solitaire - Jul 19, 2006 5:20 pm (#2657 of 2979)

Glad to hear about your grandma, Finn. My dad was on oxygen the last four years of his life, and it does need to be monitored carefully.

Question: Was anyone else unable to get on the forum a couple of hours ago? I could get to the Lexicon, but I could not get to the forum at all ... and I didn't see any notice about it's being down. Just wondered ...

Solitaire

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geauxtigers - Jul 19, 2006 5:32 pm (#2658 of 2979)

I couldn't, Soli, I thought it was just Peeves in my modem again, but when I was able to get on Fan Fic just fine, I realized it must've been WX.

Just got back from Target! I just love that store its great! We bought the dog a pink polka dot tank top so she is sulking around the house because she isn't to wild about it!

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Solitaire - Jul 19, 2006 5:48 pm (#2659 of 2979)

Oh, I love Target! I have a gift certificate to spend there, so I will be going any day now!

About that dog tank top ... Isn't it hot where you are? If so, then perhaps the dog has enough "clothing" with her fur. I never suffer my Shelties to have to wear costumes or even bows in their hair after grooming. It is possible, too, that she is embarrassed. She probably thinks she looks ridiculous.

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 19, 2006 5:56 pm (#2660 of 2979)

I couldn't get into the forum either, actually none of the WX Forums were available. But it's back now!

I love Target too! But they don't have it here... Just Kmart and Walmart.

My mom's dogs absolutely love their hoodie jackets, when it's cold. Luckie will actually find his and bring it to you so you can put it on him. He's kind of strange. He also wraps himself up in his dog blanket in his little bed. It's funny to watch.

Glad to hear your grandmother is doing better, Finn!

Just finished reorganizing (again!) Nathaniel's clothes. I swear that kid gets more clothes every day. We keep getting hand me downs, and my aunt can't say 'no'. There isn't any place to keep any of it!

Off to find something to eat...

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Jul 19, 2006 6:09 pm (#2661 of 2979)

Ha ha yeah Soli, I think she likes it better in the winter when its cooler. I think she is probably embarrassed, but as she can't talk only give puppy eyes, I may never know! But she is more tolerant when its cold, she still doesn't like it but on days that she has to be out all day while we are at school and parents at work, we put her sweater on her. I think some dogs like it, some don't, my neighbor has a Rat Terrier also and he wears a fleece all winter. But he’s old and grumpy so I don't think he fights it much!

I could live in Target, its got cute clothes, even cuter shoes, a huge selection of music and video games, and a Starbucks! Its great! And one just opened up in October about 8 minutes from my house so me and Ginny go a lot!

I just dropped off 2 garbage bags full of clothes I don't wear anymore in one of those clothing drop boxes and organized my closet, which is surprisingly (I know I'm a terrible speller, but you get what I'm saying) still neat, now if I could clean off my shelves.....

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Solitaire - Jul 19, 2006 6:12 pm (#2662 of 2979)

Tazzy, I've seen your fish before. One used to live in the aquarium at the Rubio's out here near my home. I loved to watch it while I was waiting for my food. Have you ever noticed that its face (Yes, it has an actual face!) looks like E.T.?

Wait a minute ... maybe it looks more like the aliens in Cocoon. Now I can't remember!

Solitaire

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 19, 2006 6:20 pm (#2663 of 2979)

Yes Target is the best, I like it much better than Wal-Mart as I feel like it's a step up from Wally World. The shoes are the absolute best!!

Hehe Soli, she hates her clothes soo much but they are just so cute!! We put something on her and she gets this awful look of defeat, it's pitiful, but once she starts walking around in it, she gets used to it. Target also has the best selection of dog clothes! I wish we could buy them all for her! Pepper never wears her clothes outside, unless it's cold, but around the house, in the AC, she doesn't get to hot.

We got some of that new Crest Alcohol-Free mouth wash and I tried it. I swear my mouth is numb! I can't taste anything!!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 19, 2006 6:26 pm (#2664 of 2979)

Hehe, Soli! I never thought of E.T.... I haven't seen Cocoon either... I love Rubio's though!!! *yum* I always thought the fish looked happy. **making mental note to watch Cocoon**

~Kristina

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Vulture - Jul 19, 2006 7:54 pm (#2665 of 2979)

Hi, Folks: In case any of ye are interested, I've just seen one HELL of a movie _ "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" , directed by Ken Loach. Mind you, I guess ye would need to be interested in history _ or Ireland. I went back and saw it a second time _ it was that good. Not one for small kids, though. More info at http://www.thewindThat’shakesthebarley.co.uk/

(Hope the editors don't mind me giving this film a boost !!)

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The giant squid - Jul 19, 2006 8:16 pm (#2666 of 2979)

Question: Was anyone else unable to get on the forum a couple of hours ago? I could get to the Lexicon, but I could not get to the forum at all ... and I didn't see any notice about it's being down. Just wondered ...—Solitaire

I actually got caught in the middle of it. I had spent a good amount of time crafting a response to the 60+ posts I'd just read and hit "post message" only to find that the server was no longer available. Quite annoying.

All I can remember now is that I had a rant against cell phones (in general, and phones in public places specifically) and wished healing charms to all children & grandmothers.

--Mike

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Regan of Gong - Jul 19, 2006 9:10 pm (#2667 of 2979)

Hey virginiaelizabeth. In Australia, we get 4 sets of holidays throughout the year. My school gets a little more each set 'cos we're a private school.

We get our big "Summer break" as you call it over Christmas, when it's the middle of summer. This goes from about the 20th of December to the 31st of January. At my school though, we leave on the 15 or so. We get 2 weeks around the start of April, which usually coincides with Easter, then 2 weeks at the start of July. Again, at my school we get an extra week off, which is what I'm enjoying as I type this. Finally, at the end of September, we get 2 weeks off.

It's pretty good having Christmas in the Summer, as you can hang out all day in boardshorts and no shoes and have a barbecue, swim in the pool, or go to the beach. You normaly still have a big Christmas Dinner though, with turkeys and stuff. Some reasonable descriptions can be found here and here. Don't know why I put that note in, but interesting for you anyway. On another side note, the latest Kmart catalog is advertising Christmas Lights! **gasp** It says something like "Get in early for Christmas, don't pay full price in December. That smashes the current record I've obserbed of mid August.

Good news about the grandmother Finn!

Regan

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Solitaire - Jul 19, 2006 9:23 pm (#2668 of 2979)

I'm in central California, Regan, and I have yet to see a snowflake for Christmas. The temp is anywhere from 12 to 21 Celsius in December, and the only weather phenomenon I'm likely to see is fog. It is even warmer in southern California.

Solitaire

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 19, 2006 9:36 pm (#2669 of 2979)

That's really cool Regan! Sounds like 4th of July to me, as we go with the all-American hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, and everyone runs around in their swim suits and no shoes on...it's great! We have had Christmas's here where it's been in the mid 70's before, but it's not often. It would be weird to not have to freeze to death when you go get the tree, and to not have a fire in the fire place on Christmas morning, but then again, I'm sure it would be weird for you to have a "white Christmas". It's just what you're used to! We have so many traditions and one is opening presents on Christmas Eve in front of the fire, and burning all the wrapping paper ( at least I do that!) And hot soup and those little Christmas Villages literately take over our living room and we spend the entire month of December sweeping plastic snow off the floor. ahhh ok I'll stop now, I just love Christmas!!

There are some people here, otherwise known as rednecks, who leave their Christmas lights on year round, and would probably be at K-Mart buying them in July.

*makes mental note to visit Australia for Christmas one year*

Sounds to me like your school is more like how College is over here, pretty much year round, but with more and longer breaks. Does that mean you start school in February?? That's cool if you do!

Tori's computer randomly informed her that she has a severe virus and may lose all of her data, if she doesn't download some sort of spyware/anit-virus. She tried to find something but had a really hard time with it. She ended up shuting it down and is leaving it for my dad to look at. I think it's time to call Geek Squad.

Ok so now that I've babbled enough about a bunch of B-O-L-O-G-N-A( sorry couldn't help myself!!) I think I'll go to the chat now..

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timrew - Jul 19, 2006 9:49 pm (#2670 of 2979)

I'm glad your grandma is on the mend, Finn.

Hope your three year old is okay, kaykay.

'The Wind That Shakes The Barley', Mike. The only review on that film I've read was in a right-wing paper, and they said the Irish were made out to be heroes, and the English were made out to be villians.............

So, it sounds pretty accurate to me.  

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jose043 - Jul 19, 2006 10:32 pm (#2671 of 2979)

Hi All

My three Grandchildren get 4 lots of holidays. 3 lots of two weeks & 6 or 7 weeks over the Christmas period which is our summer. We get them for 4 to 5 days over the holidays as long as they have nothing on, they are on holidays now till Monday.

Finn glad your Grandmother is better.

Thank you all for the get well wishes

We are supposed to be getting rain Thursday & Friday. Then again Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday we will wait & see on that.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Good Evans - Jul 19, 2006 10:54 pm (#2672 of 2979)

HI - thanks for the link to the "Luna" commercial - it was great!!

I can't believe I missed a conversation on shoes!!!!!!!

I have had a busy week, Monday was work and "fat club". I lost 7.5 lbs this week (I think her scales were wrong last week as they showed I and about 90% of the class had gained!!) so anyway I got the "slimmer of the week award" yay!! By the time I got home and had eaten it was late so straight to bed!

Tuesday I went to Yorkshire (Hi AZI!!!) and had a nightmare of a journey, the train was delayed out of Kings Cross, the heat meant the train had to go slow and I was 20 minutes late arriving at Doncaster. I missed my connection by 3 minutes and there wasn't another one due for an hour which would make me 40 minutes late for my meeting! Luckily my co-inspector (we were assessing for a performance award) was able to detour to Doncaster and pick me up, in the end we were only 10 mins late. To give me a better choice of trains he offered to drop me at Peterborough, which was on his way home, trouble was the heat was still affecting trains and I had a half hour wait at Peterborough!! I eventually got home at 20.15 having left at 05.45, not the happiest bunny in the cabbage patch!

Yesterday I was supposed to be at work, but I regret to inform you that the heat has been affecting the magical healing charms, Mr Good Evans was not taking on board enough fluids (despite constant "nagging" from me), almost passed out, revealed that he hadn't passed water for over 24 hours so we were off to the DRs who promptly had him admitted to the local hospital. He is on "aggressive rehydration treatment". I have to say when I left him at 7.30 last night he looked a thousand times better and he will be absolutely fine - but.... MEN!!!!!!! Why don’t they listen to common sense?????

After earlier this year, I thought we had seen enough of that place, but no here we are again!

He is expected to be released tomorrow (Friday) providing all continues to improve, I have had to take a day’s leave as I should have been at college today, obviously I can't leave Luna all day, so all round a bit of a nightmare. Could my life just be boring, just for a little while, please??

Anyway that is me up to date, I did skim read the messages, so If I have missed anything important, SORRY and love to you all.

Finn - glad you Grandma is feeling better, I hope she continues to do so, healing charms still being sent through this hot and murky weather!!

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geauxtigers - Jul 19, 2006 11:01 pm (#2673 of 2979)

Ah well yes as Ginny said, my computer is being a git. I restarted it because I was having trouble with it as usual. When it starts back up my background has been erased and is completely black with a little note in white saying that my computer has detected severe spyware/adware and I should fix the problem before it erases your hard drive...Great all my pictures of France and oh I dunno the past 3 years are on there, not to mention 4 years worth of this and that. Hmph! I at least have all my photos backed up on Cds, Ginny's computer and camera memory chips. This has been coming to my computer for years. I had AOL spyware, slowed computer down, deleted about a week ago and now look where its landed me! Beyond Frustrating!

That’s so cool about Australia Regan!!! I so want to go there! It would be so cool to have a summer Christmas! I agree with what Ginny said, I just love Christmas it just makes me so happy! Gosh I'm getting excited about Christmas and its only July.... last Christmas, I was in jeans, but it was pretty warm I think it was in the low 80s, which is warm for December. 6 days later on New Years eve, it 'snowed' More like you could see the flakes, but they didn't stick, only collected as ice under the eves. Oh well when snow is that rare, you will have a snowball fight with muddy sludge! We get so excited down here at the mention of snow!

Okay I can tell I'm getting on Ginny's nerves with my annoying typing as I am on her computer.... Ohh I can't wait till winter!

Julie! Healing charms and a large goblet of calming draught for you! The heat is everywhere! It's been so hot and humid that severe storms are popping up everywhere! Its terrible! **Relaxation charms to everyone**

Well I'm off to read and get some well deserved sleep!

Have a great, well its 1 am so, Thursday everyone! Just think, tomorrow is Friday!

**walks off humming 'God Rest ye Merry Hippogriffs and thinking of Friday**

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Lina - Jul 19, 2006 11:13 pm (#2674 of 2979)

Bologna is a town in Italy.
Never, never, never click on the pop-up window saying that your computer might be infected because if it wasn't until then, it will most certainly become infected. :mad:

Julie (GE), since the heat is affecting the healing charms, here is the double amount for your hubby.
I totally understand your wish to be bored. I think that boring is an invented word. Something that doesn't exist and given to people to hope that they will feel it some day.

I have some cousins in New Zealand and they came to visit us one summer (when it was summer on the Northern hemisphere) and they said that they felt as if it were Christmas.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 20, 2006 12:24 am (#2675 of 2979)
Edited Jul 20, 2006 1:13 am

**cooling charms to those who need it**

Sorry the last couple of days have been hectic for you, Good Evans! Hope it gets better soon!

Thanks Regan, for the links! I have this almost unnatural fascination with Australia- I started liking it when I was about 13. My apartment now has large pictures on the walls of the Sydney Opera House and Ayers (Uluru) Rock and a bunch of other stuff. I haven't been to Australia yet, but hopefully when I graduate in 2 years I'll be enroute! My mom's teaching assistant is from Australia.

Took the kiddies down to the beach this evening. We had a blast!

Off to watch a movie or something. I'm exhausted!

~Kristina

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The giant squid - Jul 20, 2006 12:41 am (#2676 of 2979)

MEN!!!!!!! Why don’t they listen to common sense?????--Good Evans

You show me some, and I'll listen to it. If your husband is anything like me, he finds the whole "must drink 64oz of water per day" thing silly and only drinks when he's thirsty. We just need to explain that a pint at the pub doesn't count.

Tori, it sounds like you've got spyware all right--the thing that's telling you that you might have spyware. I would recommend finding a good anti-virus/anti-spyware program (not AOL) and running it on your system before you connect to the internet again. Your system's probably already compromised, but the sooner you nip it in teh bud the better off you'll be.

Or, you could just buy a Mac; they're very fond of telling us that they don't get viruses. They also don't get the new programs & games until 6 months after the PCs, but that's beside the point.

Australia has always been on my list of "places I want to visit." I don't really know why, other than the fact that I've always liked the sound of the accent.

--Mike

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Regan of Gong - Jul 20, 2006 2:49 am (#2677 of 2979)

All welcome at my place. Mum will be thrilled.

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boop - Jul 20, 2006 4:08 am (#2678 of 2979)

Finn, Glad to hear your grandma is feeling better. I am sending more healing charms her way.

Julie, Sorry to hear about your hubby. Sending healing charms his way.

Happy Birthday Sinister kitten.

have a great day.

hugs always

boop

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Puck - Jul 20, 2006 5:20 am (#2679 of 2979)

Okay, I had no internet for over a full day, so I skipped a few posts. Sorry if I miss anything.

Azi, the "girl next door" is the cute neighbor that boys get their first crush on.

If your husband is anything like me, he finds the whole "must drink 64oz of water per day" thing silly and only drinks when he's thirsty.

The problem with this is that by the time you feel thirst your body is already getting dehydrated. **gives my best mommy "just do what you are told" stare**

Healing charms to Julie's hubby and Kay's little one. (I hope your older child has recovered from the shock as well.)

Must go pack a lunch for camp...

Kathy

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kaykay1970 - Jul 20, 2006 7:01 am (#2680 of 2979)

Sending healing charms to Julie's hubby.

The Little Guy slept much better last night! The healing charms are obviously working. The older boy recovered from the shock quickly enough that he insisted on going with us to the emergency room. He stayed with us right up until they started putting in the stitches, at which point he fled from the room.

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Snuffles - Jul 20, 2006 7:27 am (#2681 of 2979)

Kay, I'm glad your little one is feeling much better. It's amazing how much better they can cope with things, than us!

Finn, I'm glad your grandmother is on the mend, and healing charms to Julie's (GE) hubby.

Kathy, your *do as you are told* stare worked for me, I went and got a glass of water!

Hope everyone has a good Friday

Julie

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Lavandula - Jul 20, 2006 7:35 am (#2682 of 2979)

Finn- I'm thrilled to hear that all the healing charms helped in the recovery of your grandmother!!

KayKay- Sending more healing charms for the little guy.

Julie- So sorry to hear that your hubby is just like the rest of them. But lots of prayers heading your way so that he can come home on Friday.

By the way Kathy, I too am running off right now to go drink a whole BIG glass of water since I feel a little thirsty.

I'm off to doctor's appointment - No time to read the threads now.

Have a great day everyone and stay cool!!!!!!

Cathy

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haymoni - Jul 20, 2006 8:18 am (#2683 of 2979)

OK - I went jogging for the first time since college this morning. I am guessing that the excruciating leg cramps that I felt were because I did not hydrate properly.

I basically woke up, stretched and started jogging. I stretched a lot and I have been doing step aerobics and other exercises, so it isn't like my legs have never had a workout before.

Granted, this is a different kind of workout, but do you joggers out there drink before you run in the morning? Do you eat also or do you wait until you get home?

Or do you run to McDonald's for a McGriddle?

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John Bumbledore - Jul 20, 2006 8:32 am (#2684 of 2979)

"Do you drink before you run in the morning? Do you eat also or do you wait until you get home? Or do you run to McDonald's for a McGriddle?" – Haymoni

Haymoni, I am both goal oriented and efficiency minded individual, thus I drive to McDonalds!

Proper hydration is easily confirmed when you drink enough water that you must periodically visit the "liquid waste disposal facility" (to use scientific "sounding" terms.) LOL

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

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Solitaire - Jul 20, 2006 8:33 am (#2685 of 2979)

MEN!!!!!!! Why don’t they listen to common sense?????

Think, Julie ... think what you're saying. Men ... common sense ... LOL! Actually, my dad was a great advocate for drinking enough water. Perhaps it was because he was a farmer all his life and knew the dangers of working outdoors in these blasted 3-digit temps. Anyway, when I was about twelve, Dad suffered a heat stroke, even though he'd been drinking plenty of water. This taught us all the importance of staying hydrated, wearing a decent hat, and knowing when it was time to come in out of the sun ... even if you are a man.

Next time there is a shoe-fest, btw, we will be sure to include you! I love shoes. Before arthritis entered my life (and my feet), I used to have shoes in colors to match every outfit. They were pretty shoes, too. My favorites were a pair of marine blue snakeskin pumps. The way they were cut at the vamp (is that the word?) made my feet look long and slim. Since blue is one of my best colors, they were worn to death and went to the big shoe cupboard in the sky back in the early 80s. *observing a moment of silence for favorite shoes*

Geauxtigers, don't you have virus protection on your computer? Have you run it yet? You might also want to consider adding a personal firewall. It does help.

Solitaire

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Puck - Jul 20, 2006 9:46 am (#2686 of 2979)

Solitaire, pretty sure I had those shoes in pink. They currently reside in Diva's dress up box.

My virtual "Do as you're told" stare is much more effective than the one I use around here, apparently.

Haymoni, I walk around the block, then stretch, then run. I drink water when I get home as I stretch some more. Breakfast happens at some point in the following hour once everyone else is fed, lunches have been packed, etc.... It is not good to stretch a cold muscle, so do try to warm up a bit first.

Okay, baby is napping, and I have one hour before having to go get my boy from camp. I really should go do something productive. (Sink is full of dishes, sheets need changing, I have yet to even wash my face....)

Kathy

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haymoni - Jul 20, 2006 9:58 am (#2687 of 2979)

Thanks, Puck. I'll try that when I'm able to walk again.

Just kidding.

I ran until I couldn't breathe and then I walked for about 15 minutes. I'm guessing if I do a little better each day, I should be able to run around the block by the middle of August. Maybe!

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azi - Jul 20, 2006 10:39 am (#2688 of 2979)

Good luck with the running Haymoni!

Hope you had fun visiting Doncaster, Julie! It's not the most interesting place, but I did get excited when I saw a steam engine once. The trains from London to up north rarely run on time for some reason. Healing charms to your hubby, and I hope everything calms down soon! (Men rarely have common sense, even when you tell them it)

Further healing charms to Kaykay's kid, just to make sure.

Viruses on computers are horrible things. I have 5 separate programmes to fight them and spyware.

I get the girl next door thing now, Puck! Shame I never got on with my neighbours! **goes to get glass of water too**

I helped my brother with his Geography project today. I hope I taught him something about consistency! He didn't realise that we needed to measure the 20 m downstream for our next site, or the distance for our floating velocity etc. I put him straight pretty quickly. It took 4 hours to do everything though, by which time I was absolutely shattered (dehydration and complete lack of energy)!

Hope I missed no one out! I read it was Sinister Kitten's birthday, but I haven't seen them around for a while! Anyone know where they are?

Nice days to everyone!

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Holly T. - Jul 20, 2006 10:51 am (#2689 of 2979)

My daughter's encouraging words the last time I attempted jogging on any regular basis: "You're not gasping as much as you did the other day."

I received a postcard from my daughter, who is at camp: "We didn't get to go kayaking yesterday because a bunch of girls got sick from the heat." Just what a mom needs to hear. The logical part of my brain tells me that if my daughter were suffering from heat exhaustion or anything serious the camp would have called me--the Girl Scouts are sticklers for rules. On the other hand, I am trying to send her ESP messages of "wear your sunscreen" and "drink more water." We pick her up tomorrow afternoon. My son asked "do we have to?" and I said yes, and reminded him she's leaving for Colorado on Sunday so he has one more week without her. "Where is she going after that?" he wanted to know. Sorry, she'll be at home again. He is rather dismayed as he is enjoying being an only child.

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geauxtigers - Jul 20, 2006 11:26 am (#2690 of 2979)

Thanks for all the tips about spyware guys, i had AOL spyware forever because it was free because we have AOL. well between being prompted every thirty seconds about this and that and it slowing my computer down in general, I deleted it and look where its gotten me. I haven't turned it back on because I'm scared of losing everything. This really shouldn't be an issue , My computer came with virus protection, but no spyware/adware so I'm not sure what to do. I'm gonna let my dad handle it, bellsouth is supposed to come out Saturday to have a look at the interent so we are going to ask them about spyware ect. If that doesn't work we are going to call Geek Squad and probably have the hard drive wiped clean.

At school most athletes are required to drink water all day, so they allow us to have water bottles in class. I swim, so I usually don't bring a water bottle, just water after lunch. I do drink a lot though I'm always thirsty. This is making me thirsty now...

Well I have to go clean my room and throw away all the gum wrappers littering my floor, then we are going to go to Academy to look for shoes...I hear thunder.... oh well! It probably won't rain!

Happy Thursday to all!

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Thora - Jul 20, 2006 11:38 am (#2691 of 2979)

Well I have to go clean my room and throw away all the gum wrappers littering my floor – geauxtigers

Oh but gum and acid pop wrappers are very good decorating items, just look at Jo's website. (On your sister's computer, of course.) I have a pouch of Bertie Botts, a bundle of Acid Pops, a two pack of cockroach clusters (that I've never gotten the nerve to eat) on my desk. Smile I'm rather relived to know Jo's desk is a bit like mine.

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Puck - Jul 20, 2006 11:50 am (#2692 of 2979)

Tori, you are making me glad I have my own resident computer geek! (I'm married to him. )

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 20, 2006 12:07 pm (#2693 of 2979)

LOL Puck, my dad thinks that he knows how to do it all, when really he has no clue! He's one of those people who refuses to read directions and everytime he tries to do something we get to listen to what is known in our house as "the cussing show" I can't even begin to tell you all the things he's messed up in this house because he "already knows how to do it". He's the same as your hubby Julie, when he's out working in the yard, I have to go out there and ask him if he's needs some water, he generally says no and I bring it to him anyway as I'd never get him into a car if he passed out on me!

I am guessing that the excruciating leg cramps that I felt were because I did not hydrate properly. –haymoni

If you have a lack of either salt or potassium in you, it causes cramping. Probably because you don't have enough potassium in you, as salt is in lots things we eat, but potassium isn't. Try Gatorade or Powerade as they have lots of both in them. *amazed that something I learned in school can actually be helpful*

Have a great RotD!

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Solitaire - Jul 20, 2006 12:37 pm (#2694 of 2979)

If it's the potassium that concerns you, wouldn't you be better off drinking water and eating a banana? Gatorade and Powerade both have around 30 mg. of potassium per serving, but they also have about 14 g. or more of added refined sugars. A medium banana has about the same amount of sugar (natural, not added), but it has about 450 mg. of potassium. It just seems healthier, to me.

Solitaire

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haymoni - Jul 20, 2006 12:39 pm (#2695 of 2979)

Or I could just stop running.

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Solitaire - Jul 20, 2006 12:43 pm (#2696 of 2979)

Well, Haymoni, that would be my advice to you. I much prefer walking. And why waste all that potassium?

Solitaire

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haymoni - Jul 20, 2006 12:47 pm (#2697 of 2979)

I thought of all you ShamaLamaDingDong haters this morning. Our local paper picked up the national stories on "The Lady In Water". They thought it was a ridiculous plot that went all over the place.

Apparently ole DingDong was at Disney and left abruptly and went to - yes, that's right - Warner Brothers.

I weep for the future.

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Detail Seeker - Jul 20, 2006 2:11 pm (#2698 of 2979)

Keep on running, haymoni, but do not forget to take magnesium, too, not just potassium. I needed, in pill form.

My usual running schedule is 500 m of slow running, getting faster at the end, then 5 -10 minutes of stretching, then running the planned distance. The finish is 5 - 10 minutes of stretching after walking ~200 m to get heartbeat and breath to normal levels, then walk another 300 m very intensively using every muscle in the legs.

I drink about 250 ml of water half an hour before running. after running drink as much as you need to get rid of any thirst, then add the same amount again, as that is the amount, you will have really lost from the recommended level.

Since following that schedule, I have not have cramps or even stiff legs after running.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 20, 2006 2:19 pm (#2699 of 2979)

I was told by the doctor to eat a banana right before running everytime. When I actually do go out to run, I alternate between running and walking.

I need to defrag my computer, but have absolutely no idea how. I've had this computer for a year, and I haven't done a 'clean up' yet- deleting temporary files, clearing up disc space, etc.

Off to run a couple errands.

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 20, 2006 2:50 pm (#2700 of 2979)

Oh no, Kim and Madame Pince! Did you see that Lost will run 6 episodes starting in October and then go away until 2007. Of course, then it will go for 13 episodes straight.

I've been watching the Sham coverage with interest. It goes without saying that I'm hoping to find myself reveling in schadenfreude very soon. ***waves to Detail Seeker*** So far, the reviews racking up on rottentomatoes.com are making me giddy.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lady_in_the_water/

Oooh. How odd. This is post number 2700 which is exactly the number of lashes I'd have to take with a cat-o-nine tails before even thinking about seeing this movie.
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