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Post  Lady Arabella on Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:53 pm

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Holly T. - Oct 18, 2006 11:29 am (#451 of 2989)        

Hope your day gets better Puck!

My favorite board game is Scrabble but I have to play it on the computer since no one in my family will play it with me--something about how I always beat them. ;-) We like Trivial Pursuit too. For a while my son was convinced he didn't know any of the answers and would answer everything "France." He actually got a few right doing this! So now that's our stock answer if we don't know.

We are supposed to have a "cold" front come through tonight, which means our highs will go from the 90s to the 70s. The lows are supposed to be in the high 40s. (Go ahead everyone up North and laugh at me.)

Tim, how is your son's leg?

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haymoni - Oct 18, 2006 11:30 am (#452 of 2989)        

I wonder why Madame Pomphrey didn't give hot chocolate when dealing with the dementor attacks? Granted, chocolate in any form is wonderful, but I would think a hot, steamy mug would be more soothing.

I love "Clue".  Haven't played in awhile though.

Puck - my father is a systems analyst. I was visiting and was having trouble using his computer. My mother walked by and said, "Turn it off and turn it back on - that's what I always do!" My father gave her a very patronizing look and insisted that he could make things work for me. After about 30 minutes, he took a phone call and I turned it off while he was out of the room. It came right back up. My mother gave HIM a very patronizing look!!!

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Puck - Oct 18, 2006 11:45 am (#453 of 2989)        

Was it Shelia that commented on The Bachelor? I don't usually watch, but saw last weeks. I missed last night, but think it's fabulous that Erika got the boot. I have little patience for spoiled little princesses who think that they are more deserving than people who actually work for a living.

Hot chocolate helped, Azi! Plus, making my favorite soup to have for dinner tonight after soccer.

LOL, Haymoni!

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Madam Pince - Oct 18, 2006 1:08 pm (#454 of 2989)        

Just to show how "high-tech" I am, back ages ago when someone (before John Bumbledore) provided us with the smilies and their codes, I printed it out on the printer, cut it out with scissors, and taped it with Scotch tape onto the frame of my monitor. Hey... it works! Plus I never have to worry about losing it if my computer goes wonky.

Regan, I haven't been brave enough to try Coke Blak yet. I saw it in the store and when I read the ingredients, it appears to be a mixture of coffee and Coke, which just seems... wrong. We're a Coke household (Pepsi is "the enemy" since Mr. Pince's aunt used to work for a Coca-Cola bottling plant), although we sometimes drink Dr. Pepper. We don't do much of either actually -- sweet decaf Luzianne iced tea is our cold drink of choice! (Except for Little Pince, who has juice cut with water, or just water.) We only have one cup of coffee a day, and when I was expecting, I switched to the half-decaf which my doctor recommended -- he said a little bit of caffeine was no problem. I do love chocolate coffee -- Safeway has an instant Cafe Mocha which is nice for a quick treat. I also love hot tea, especially Earl Grey (Captain Picard and all that, you know...)

"...she made me stand downhill from her while waiting for the valets because she felt as though she was looking up to me.-Maria

OK, you must be kidding, right? Sheesh! You have my sympathies... So, is their house really fancy or something, or why is The Sopranos filming there? That's kind of cool! And the 8th-grade trip you'll be chaperoning sounds verrrry familiar to me -- coordinating those trips was what I used to do for a living! What's the name of the tour company you're using, if I may ask, or is your school doing it on their own? It would be so funny if it was my old company! Anyway, so I'm really familiar with working around those itineraries, so I'm sure I could bring Little Pince into town for a DC-Museum day, and we could meet you at the Smithsonian for lunch or whatever... but anyway, we'll see! I wouldn't want to interrupt your trip, and believe me I know what chaperoning duties can be like!

Had an interesting baking experience last night. I used this homemade mix that someone gave us as a gift -- it was Oatmeal Candied Chippers and the dry stuff was already pre-done in a quart jar, and then you add the egg/milk/butter and bake. Well, when I checked the oven, the individual cookie dough I had carefully dropped two inches apart had all run together, forming one big huge cookie that covered the entire cookie sheet (and more, because it ran off the edges and onto the bottom of the oven. ) We made the best of it, and scooped it off with a spoon after it cooled. Still tastes fine, but it's definitely not a cookie. I can't understand why it did that.

Lovely day here today! We had a couple days of cold rain, then last night a warm front came through and today it's sunny and beautiful so we can have all the windows open. I'm hoping it lasts through the weekend, because we have one more camping trip -- our last Civil War re-enactment for the season. I get to wear the new/used dress -- yay rah!

Off to finish laundry from last weekend and start packing for the upcoming weekend... I plan to do the ironing while watching Lost and The Nine tonight! Hope everyone has a great RotD!

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geauxtigers - Oct 18, 2006 2:35 pm (#455 of 2989)        

We are supposed to have a "cold" front come through tonight, which means our highs will go from the 90s to the 70s. The lows are supposed to be in the high 40s. (Go ahead everyone up North and laugh at me.) ha ha! I think we may be getting the same one! Yay!

Today was and still is one of the muggiest days I think I've ever experienced. Completely gray out and my hair is so frizzed out! Sometimes, I just wish it would rain, it cools off, and somehow is easier on the hair. Anyway if finally started thundering about 2:30 just in time to get swimming canceled!

The PSAT was alright until I got to the 2nd math section. Somehow getting a 5 number question can't be right if they only give you space for 4 numbers...hmmmm! Oh well!

We spent the afternoon registering for the SAT and taking some career test thing. Now that was interesting! I started reading some of these and got to laughing, then it got to the point I was laughing so hard I was crying and everything was funny. I'll share some of the questions on this survey. You are supposed to check "Strongly Like", "moderately like", "moderately dislike" and "greatly dislike". Its not necessarily the professions, its the random-ness and specific-ness of the things they listed:

  • help a dentist make fillings for teeth (couldn't they just say dentist?)
  • Be in charge of the poultry division of a farming cooperation?
  • Develop an improved network for regulating the timing of traffic signals!
  • Paint signs on the sides of delivery trucks.
  • Plot the course of a ship.
  • My personal favorite, "cut and sew seams in carpet"  

Its just so random! The carpet one is the one that set me off, after that they were all funny!

Turns out I should consider a career in science or art. Too bad I'm a terribly uncreative person!

Have a great day!

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Regan of Gong - Oct 18, 2006 2:37 pm (#456 of 2989)        

Don't worry, I always make baking mistakes as well. Most commonly it's adding two tablespoons of baking powder instead of two teaspoons.

The exams we're taking are called the School Certificate, which I noted were similar to the GCSE's (and OWL's). I'm not sure about America- SAT's?. In two years’ time we take the HSC, the higher school certificate, which is a lot different to the School Certificate. School Certificate is quite easy, as they have to be able to test evryone under the same criteria, so I'm doing level 3 maths, but to assess everyone, they need to only test level 1 maths, which isn't even offered at our school.

For the HSC, they test you in the appropriate levels. So I'm doing extension English, I would be tested for Extension English, not just basic english. I'm doing extension maths, so I'll be tested for that, instead of general maths. Basically, the HSC is a lot harder than the SC.

That's probably the longest message I've ever seen from Haymoni. I didn't know your real name was Monica.

No hot choclate here, it's going to get up to 36C (about 97f)

Regan

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 18, 2006 2:48 pm (#457 of 2989)        

All this talk about Tom Cruise - I wonder if he is related to Eloise Midgeon.

LOL! I read that part last night, and almost came here to post it!

It's pouring here. Greaatt! It's supposed to rain tomorrow as well, which is bad because we have to set up our homecoming decorations outside....hopefully we won't have to do it in the gym as there is limited space and too many bleachers.

On the bright side, swim practice was cancelled!

Sounds like a fun day Kathy!

Board games....hmm My favorite has to be Scattergories! But I'm also a big fan of Monopoly. Never was a huge Clue fan. Scrabble's pretty fun too.

PSAT was hard! At least the math part was. I started creating patterns with the dots on the questions that made me feel like an idiot! Then after that, we went and registered for the SAT in January, with the college councelor. We also got to take a career aptitude test. That was interesting! We had to rate on a scale of 1-4 how much it each topic intrest you. My favorite question:'Cutting and sewing seems in carpeting" They were so random, and detailed! It was halarious. Hardly any of them sounded interesting to me!

OK well homework time! Happy Wednesday!(Grey's Anatomy tomorrow!!)

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Starling - Oct 18, 2006 3:06 pm (#458 of 2989)        

Weather for tomorrow: 18C (64.4F) and dry. Wow. That's really warm for the time of year.

Have a good rest of the day, I'm going to bed!
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Madam Pince - Oct 18, 2006 4:50 pm (#459 of 2989)        

Oh, I meant to put this on my earlier post but I forgot... Sheila posted about Julia Roberts' lips -- that drives Mr. Pince crazy, too! He says she has "fish lips" (and he says this every single time he sees her on-screen -- "Ewww... I can't stand her! She has fish lips!")

Board games -- being an only child, I never got into board games much. It was one of my pet peeves when people would give me a board game for a gift, and I had nobody to play it with because we lived on a farm out in the country and no next-door neighbors, etc. Mom and Dad got tired of kiddie games pretty quick, so I learned to play them by myself (how sad is that?) But I did have two games that I looooved because they were just cool -- "Which Witch" and "The Barnabas Collins Game" -- try to get one of those on eBay one time, why don't you? Mr. Pince had a fit of nostalgia and bought a "Green Ghost" game a couple months ago and I don't even want to tell you what he ended up paying for it. As far games we play now, we play Scrabble and Scattergories and Taboo sometimes if we have people over, and also Yahtzee even though I guess that's not technically a board game.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 18, 2006 5:07 pm (#460 of 2989)        

I like Life and Monopoly. Haven't played either one in years though...

I am still holding out for the Harry Potter Scene It? game. Was supposed to have gotten it for my birthday this year from my brother, but he decided to give me a foot spa thingy instead. Not complaining and all, but I really wanted that game! There's always Christmas!

Fried Coke sounds disgusting.

It is hot here today! So used to the rain and clouds and humidity, that when we finally get a blue sky day that feels about 100. It's only 83 Fahrenheit now...

Off to homework!

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Oct 18, 2006 5:20 pm (#461 of 2989)        

I forgot to say my favorite board game! I love Life, Monopoly, Scattergories, chineese checkers, regular checkers, chess! I like a lot of them! I'm not too picky, I'm not a big fan of Yatzee, or Tri-bond because I could never get the questions right, they were always things from before I was born.

Then of course, there’s always your classic Candyland! I'm sorry, but I still have fun playing that! Its so dumb, but its great!

We used to play Monopoly with my neighbor/close friend all the time when I was in 4th-5th grade-ish. We would get super organized and would make little signs when selling property and we even "invented" our own "savings accounts" That’s where we kept money we didn't want to spend. We thought we were the smartest things! It’s kinda funny now that I look back on it! We must have been bored during the summer to put that kind of time into a board game that already last forever!

I got Harry Potter Scene-It last year for Christmas. Its okay, its really not a challenge for a HP buff like myself. They do things like You will have 5 seconds to look at this character and name him. Then they show Ron. Its very easy! I like a challenge, me and Ginny got bored pretty quickly with it. I'm sure its more fun with a large group of people.

Great now I really want to play scattergories!

But I need to do my homework...**groan**

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Puck - Oct 18, 2006 5:35 pm (#462 of 2989)        

Tori - I was just playing Candyland on Monday

We have Disney version of "Scene It". I think the HP one would be best to wait until all the movies are out. Has anyone ever played Apples to Apples or Settlers of Catan? We also have a dice game that you roll a pair of plastic pigs instead of dice. You get points based on how they land. Pretty funny.

The day got much better! The sky cleared and it warmed up enough to not need a jacket. We played out on the playground before soccer. Lots of their friends were there, so the kids had lots of fun. Then, Diva and I played in the leaves with the baby while my son practiced soccer. My tomato-lentil soup and fresh cornbread were waiting at home for us. (The kids didn't care for the soup, but I at least got them to taste it.)

I need to go work on that costume. Less than a week until the first Halloween party.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 18, 2006 5:50 pm (#463 of 2989)        

Maria OK, you must be kidding, right? Madam Pince

Nope. Not at all. That was on a good day. I won't get into some of the other things we'd been through. Suffice it to say, it would make your hair curl, or straighten, depending upon how you started. Don't feel sorry for us, Mr. HH and I always manage just fine. Perhaps that is what bothers them.

I don't watch the Sopranos (I prefer comedies) but am interested in watching them film. Will need Felix Felicis in hopes they'll allow us to.

I have to say, I went from almost dreading/fearing this 8th grade trip to really looking forward to it due to the prospect of meeting up, Madam Pince! A conversation between Olivia and I as we read your post: Little Pince, awwww, how cute!/ Yeah, and he caught a fishie!/ Awww, how cute!/ **both chuckle**/ I bet he's a lot like Trevor/ Yeah, tee hee, Little Pince. [The End LOL]

I like Life and the Harry Potter Scene It Game. I think the latter is Trevor's favorite. We bought it in Metairie LA on the eve of Book 6's release.

I have placed a ghoulish Halloween link in my profile for those of you who dare to try it. . .

***Off to find that elusive itinerary***

Maria

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Puck - Oct 18, 2006 6:38 pm (#464 of 2989)        

Okay, Maria. I admit it. I jumped a bit in my seat. LOL

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 18, 2006 7:37 pm (#465 of 2989)        

Okay, Maria. I admit it. I jumped a bit in my seat.---Puck

I screamed.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 18, 2006 7:49 pm (#466 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 18, 2006 8:38 pm

Okay, Maria. I admit it. I jumped a bit in my seat. -Puck

I screamed. - Lupin is Lupin


Tehe... to keep up with the reactions, I went 'Oh!' and then of course had to do it several more times.

~Kristina

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Mediwitch - Oct 18, 2006 7:59 pm (#467 of 2989)        

John Bumbledore, I'm using Firefox and I can see your smilies!

Maria, yikes! Sorry to hear your evening was such a bummer. (Was it you I remember referring to the in-laws as "dementors" or was that someone else?) And definitely rent Men In Tights...it's a great movie!

Scrabble is definitely my favorite, although I have the same problem as you do, Holly. Sometimes Mr. Mediwitch will subject himself to "getting thumped" as he calls it. We have a number of really good games. Apples to Apples is fun (there is a junior version also), and so is Battle of the Sexes. We just played a cool board game called Carcassone the other night.

Ouch, Puck! Those are mornings that make you want to go right back to bed! Glad your day improved.

Have fun at your re-enactment, Madam Pince!

EDIT: OK, Maria, you made me jump! And so did my daughter (sitting next to me) who couldn't even see the screen!

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 18, 2006 8:13 pm (#468 of 2989)        

ACK! I'm having a bad night.....I completely forgot about a report that is due first block tomorrow morning, so now I'm trying to get it done, which is going to take forever. (Which is why I'm on the forum right now ) And I have a test in the same subject as my report, and a grammar quiz tomorrow. To top it all off, Jeffery won Project Runway! Ugg I was routing for Uli! She's so much better all around, and she definately wouldn't have cussed to the cameras when they told her she won. She was just so much more deserving and a better designer. Jeffery was a creepy-clothed tatooed jerk like freak of nature. I would have also like to have seen Michael win it. I thought it'd be a toss up between him and Uli. Guess not ok as I don't really have any time to be wasting here, I'd better go.

Night everyone!

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Thom Matheson - Oct 18, 2006 8:53 pm (#469 of 2989)        

Lexicon Forum Members, Meet my grandson Ethan Thomas. He is now 2. I finally figured out (only took 4 years) how to do this.

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painting sheila - Oct 18, 2006 8:57 pm (#470 of 2989)        

Hi everyone! Just dropping in for a minute. I HAVE to finish the blasted mammoth tonight. I am so tired of working on it until 2;30 in the morning but there is no other time. The days just seem to be packed.

This is the last week of Lion King. I am sad to see everyone go, but by this time next week - my house will be back to normal!! YEAH!! How will it be to have a clean house again - I am a simple woman.

Puck - I am sorry to hear you had a tough morning. At least you got it all out of the way in one morning and the rest of your week will be perfect!

Board Games - HMMMMM? When I Was little I had a game called Lucy's Tea Party. It was Lucy from the Peanuts cartoon. I could play that one by myself. I also had Uncle Wiggly's game. That one used to scare me for some reason.

All of our friends are into card games - Hand and Foot, Hearts, 13, etc. I am lousy at card games and usually am asked to play out of pity. Every time I happen to win, I have everyone there sign and date it and hang it on my bulletin board in the kitchen. I only have two or three from all the years we have been playing cards. I am really good at Pictionary - My favorite!! I love Scrabble, but no one will play with me. (sigh)

I am off to glue more stinkin' yarn onto this stinkin' mammoth head piece!

Have a good day people -

She

PS People in movies with bad southern accents drive me up the wall! They will have a film supposedly in North Carolina and have Georgian accents in it! There was one movie - North and South (?) - where one family had 5 different accents!! JEEZ!! OF course this is from a person who thinks she can nail an English accent dead on! HA!! Who am I to say?

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geauxtigers - Oct 18, 2006 9:34 pm (#471 of 2989)        

They will have a film supposedly in North Carolina and have Georgian accents in it!

ROFL! Now that I think about it there are certain accents from all the southern states! Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia hmm they are all kinda similar. Florida is a little different than most southern states. Louisiana it a little off too...New Orleans has is own unique accent with couple different types of accents in the city itself. The rest are kinda the same...

Gosh! See what happens when I come here during my homework! I start talking about accents and trying to pin accents to people! AHH! I need to not get so distracted!

Sheila, you are going to have to show us a picture of this Mammoth head!

Ahh Maria, you didn't get me! I was expecting it! The first time I saw one of those, it scared the living daylights out of me!

Thom, Ethan is so cute! I love that name by the way!

I like card games a lot! I love what we call "Kimberly" but I've heard it call "Kemps", oh I can't remember the other, but its really fun! And me and Ginny play speed all the time. Battle too, I love that! Solitaire, Uno, and a few others!

Okay so much for stopping after the accent discussion....

Night everyone!


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kabloink! - Oct 18, 2006 9:57 pm (#472 of 2989)        

Board games; I like Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit. Card games, I'm a tried and true Michigander-I'm totally addicted to Euchre. I haven't played in awhile, but spent at least 90% of high school playing it. I was disappointed not to play more of it at college in the dorms. Alas, I am back home with my Euchre buddies, perhaps we will have a card party soon.

Tonight was very rough with the baby. I went back to work yesterday. I'm working for my parents, so they let me bring the baby in, so I can feed him and not have to worry about daycare or anything. This is really nice, but over the past two days, Ian and I went from being home all the time to not really being home at all. Tonight, it just seemed like he had a really bad tummyache and tons of gas, but he kept wanting to eat and eat. We thought maybe it was a comfort thing, but he wouldn't take the binky, either. Everytime I fed him though, he'd spit up. The last time, I swear he spit up everything he ate. Ugh, it was just very rough. We keep getting him to fall asleep by dancing with and singing to him with music playing in the background, but everytime we lay him in his cradle, he wakes up about 10 minutes later. Needless to say, I'm not working tomorrow. I think we need to adjust a bit-work into this working thing gradually.

Ok off to play Civilization II with hubby a bit longer before collapsing. Knight knight everyone!

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Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 18, 2006 10:39 pm (#473 of 2989)        

One of my favorite board game is Risk. I remember this one marathon game where my friends play for 84 hours over five days before the game was won.

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Lina - Oct 18, 2006 11:27 pm (#474 of 2989)        

Thom, your grand son is a super cute guy! Good thing that you started practicing how to put pictures before he was born.

Kabloink, now that you're back to work, you don't have any excuse not to wake up your hubby when the baby calls. I totally agree that it would be easier to have some adjustment time before starting to work full hours.

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Madam Pince - Oct 18, 2006 11:40 pm (#475 of 2989)        

Sorry about kabloink's and Puck's rough days... Sounds like yours got better, though, Puck! I think the tomato/lentil soup sounds yummy, and cornbread is just one of my favorite things ever.

Sheila, I had the "Uncle Wiggly" game, too! I had totally forgotten until you mentioned it! I don't think I played it much, though.

The southern accents in the TV-movie North and South were truly terrible. In fact, just about everything about that movie was truly terrible. Very cringe-worthy to someone who studies the clothing, etc. from the period.

Tazzy, have you used your foot spa thingy? Mr. Pince gave me one for Christmas, and I haven't gotten it out yet. It just looks like it'd be more trouble than it's worth, to be honest. (Don't tell him, though...)

Thom, your grandson is adorable! What a cutie pie!

Oh, and I've been meaning to say this for awhile -- Lina, I love Mihaela's drawing! It makes me think of Tonks.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 18, 2006 11:41 pm (#476 of 2989)        

Tori- I am also addicted to the Speed card game. I went through one summer where I had to play it several times a day... Brother and sister got sick of it really fast!

Sheila- you definitely have to post a picture of this mammoth costume! I'm very curious!

Kabloink- one thing I know of that soothes a baby with upset stomach/eats a lot for comfort but then spits it all back up is this: Sit in a chair, with your thighs apart to where the baby can lay on his stomach comfortably across both of your thighs. Pat/rub his back and gently move your thighs up and down, and side to side. He'll fall asleep and stay asleep for awhile- something about the patting, movement, and being on his stomach like that really cures the little tummyache. When my cousin was little itty bitty, I used to do that all the time. It's great! Baby might fuss for the first minute or so, but he'll settle down. If you try it, let me know if it worked for you. My mom showed me that technique.

I had a bunch of other stuff I wanted to say but forgot (as usual. I think I need to start writing stuff down again). I think school is making me lose brain cells.

Off to yet more homework. sigh.

~Kristina

EDIT: crossposted with Madam P! **Waves** Yes, I use my foot spa thingy. It's heaven! I bought a bunch of different foot soak salts and such, and I usually soak my feet while doing homework. I suggest you try yours out! They take all the aches and pains out of your feet!

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painting sheila - Oct 19, 2006 12:39 am (#477 of 2989)        

HAPPY DAY!!! It is 3:34am my time and I just finished The Mammoth. I have decided that since it has taken SSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO long and SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many skiens of yarn, it has been given the formal name "The Mammoth".

I am exhausted and have to get up in a few hours . . . . . .what am I doing here?!!!

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Tazzygirl - Oct 19, 2006 12:46 am (#478 of 2989)        

Yeay, Sheila!! Hope you get some sleep now!

~Kristina

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Snuffles - Oct 19, 2006 12:51 am (#479 of 2989)        

Starling, I can drink diet coke but I don't like regular coke, I can feel all the sugar sticking to my teeth. Yuck!

I have to agree with you on the English Tea. I was just enjoying a lovely strong cup of Yorkshire tea when I read your post. If you ever get to England Mike, be sure to try this one

I have never noticed Tom's teeth or Julia's fish lips I must start to be more observant.

I clicked to your link Maria, and put my drink down. I was expecting something like what happened but I still shouted "Aaargh" and jumped! Nothing like a fright to start the day off!  affraid

Have a good Thursday everyone

Julie

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Chemyst - Oct 19, 2006 1:06 am (#480 of 2989)        

As a kid, my favorite board game was Mousetrap. I usually preferred to play it by myself even though I did have a brother and sisters and another four neighbor kids just across the pasture. I suppose a psychologist might try to read something antisocial into it. And if not that, then most certainly into my initial reaction to Maria's Halloween link, which was: "I wish that annoying man hadn't popped up when the time ran out; I hadn't found the ghoul yet."

Sheila, congratulations on the completion of "The Mammoth."   *** wonders what she used to make the tusks ***

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The giant squid - Oct 19, 2006 1:53 am (#481 of 2989)        

Today was and still is one of the muggiest days I think I've ever experienced. Completely gray out and my hair is so frizzed out!—geauxtigers

That's the sole reason I moved back home from Georgia...The humidity added about ten pounds of frizz to my hair. Granted, that still left me firmly in the realm of the "underweight", but still.

That's probably the longest message I've ever seen from Haymoni. I didn't know your real name was Monica.--Regan of Gong

Y'know, now that you mention it, neither did I! Hi, Monica! :waves:

Board games...I like Life, Sorry, Clue and the like. I enjoy Monopoly, but we usually end up with the "boredom ending"--Everyone gets tired of playing & decided to order a pizza instead. I also like Trivial Pursuit but rarely can find people willing to subject themselves to the bottomless info pit that it my brain. The last time I was able to get into a challenging game was a couple summers ago at my family reunion. Between me, my cousin, my brother-in-law (not Mr. E, the other one—husband of She-Who-Has-Not-Read-The-Books) and my aunt, with my wife, mom, both sisters & my cousin's wife hanging in the background. It was serious trivia overload. I don't think we came across even one question that someone didn't know the answer to. If only we could channel our powers to good...

Thom, Ethan Thomas is a cute little bugger. I'm guessing his middle name is in honor of his grandpa?

--Mike

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Puck - Oct 19, 2006 5:39 am (#482 of 2989)        

Adorable Grandson! You're ahead of me, I still can't upload one of my pictures. (I keep getting comments about them being too big.)

Tori/Ginny, sorry if I got rid of my yucky morning by passing it along. Didn't mean too.

Congratulations to She-Who-Finished-A-Mammoth-Of-A-Project! cheers

Can't wait for my boy to come home from school so I can show him Maria's link. :evil smilie:

Pancakes await!

Kathy

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 19, 2006 5:43 am (#483 of 2989)        

Ethan is indeed cute as all get out.

Ok, I don't usually engage in the invisible posts ***waves to Kim****, but I had a question from Lost last night.

So, did John kill or not kill the undercover cop? Obviously, the flashback showed him not doing it, but then later Eko calls him a "hunter."

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haymoni - Oct 19, 2006 5:55 am (#484 of 2989)        

Jeffrey won???? How??? Goodness!! I'll have to catch the repeats.

I came home exhausted from Ungrateful Son's football game - last one - they were undefeated. Now he has to decide if he is going to play basketball or if he will wrestle.

The Beautifulest One doesn't want to do anything right now, which is fine with me.

I didn't get to watch Lost or The Nine. I'm sure I'll find a summary on the net somewhere!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 19, 2006 5:55 am (#485 of 2989)        

***waves back at Loopy***

My impression, and wrong it may certainly be, is that he did not shoot the cop. I thought he lowered the gun. I think we'll probably find out for sure later. And for one heart-stopping moment, I thought Mr. Eko had died (remember when he tried to give him the water?). I love my Mr. Eko (even if his accent is fake, dammit).

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juliebug - Oct 19, 2006 6:06 am (#486 of 2989)        

Haymoni, if you still want to watch Lost, you can go to abc.com and watch it on your computer. They are doing this with several of their shows and it's free.

I did watch Lost last night and I agree with LiLN, it looks, to me, like Locke let the kid go. I still, of course could be proved wrong, but it seemed as though Mr. Eko called Locke a hunter because that's what he called himself. What do we think about Desmond's (the guy from the hatch) new ability? This could a very handy skill?

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Steve Newton - Oct 19, 2006 6:15 am (#487 of 2989)        

Not only is this my first attempt to do invisible but I got it right.

I'm pretty sure that he did not shoot. We didn't hear or see it. I can't remember what Desmond's new ability is. I did wonder how Locke knew so much about Sawyer, Kate, and Jack since they didn't show Hurley telling him the news.

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painting sheila - Oct 19, 2006 6:37 am (#488 of 2989)        

LOST!! OH my gosh!

None of it made sense to me - but hey! I am working on very few brain cells today.

I will try and figure out how to write invisible and ask all of my questions later.

Right now, I am heading out the door to go to the Farmer's Market with the pre-school group. yeah?

She

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Denise P. - Oct 19, 2006 6:46 am (#489 of 2989)        

I had to watch a specific part of Lost a few times to get this

--->Desmond's new ability is precognition, apparently. When he first hooks up with Hurley, he asks about John going after Jack, Sawyer and Kate. Hurley said John wasn't, he was going after Eko. Then, later, when Desmond is throwing rocks into the ocean, John gives a big speech about going to get Jack, Sawyer and Kate. The implication is that Desmond was "remembering" that speech before John ever gave it.

At least, that is my take on things. I am going to check Television Without Pity to see what they think <------

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juliebug - Oct 19, 2006 7:51 am (#490 of 2989)        

Shelia, I sent you an e-mail.

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haymoni - Oct 19, 2006 9:48 am (#491 of 2989)        

Did anyone watch The Nine after Lost?

I can't find anything out because the dementors have all the good sites blocked.

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Puck - Oct 19, 2006 9:55 am (#492 of 2989)        

Darn! I have to wait until Friday to watch Lost, as that's when hubby is available to watch with me.

What is this Nine show? A bunch of people who were witness to a crime? (I caught about 10 minutes of it last night. Eclectic cast.)

Went to dance class, now to stay home the rest of the day. Hubby has a dinner meeting, so I plan on heating up some nuggets for the kids -no real cooking.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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painting sheila - Oct 19, 2006 10:32 am (#493 of 2989)        



juliebug- You are my new best friend!! Thanks for the step by step help on this. .. . . .

Lost -

Now about Lost - It was a very strange episode. Especially the sweat lodge. I was sewing while I watched and had to keep going back, but I could never figure out what Lock was taking/eating before he went in. Was it a drug? And I thought it was strange that Charlie kept going on and on about doing drugs - or not doing drugs - when he was angry at Lock, but then it made more sense at the end. Do you think Desmond has always been able to see into the future or do you think the explosion put him into some kind of time warp - just a few hours ahead of everyone else? Why did he not have on any clothes? AHHH!! The whole episode was freaky strange - but it appears more "normal" than next week.

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haymoni - Oct 19, 2006 10:40 am (#494 of 2989)        

Puck - The Nine revolves around nine survivors of a bank robbery. They were held captive for 52 hours, but you don't know exactly what happened during that time. They showed how everyone got into the bank in the first place and then they fast-forwarded to everyone getting out. Each episode shows bits & pieces of what happened in the bank, but they are not feeding it to you hour by hour. It is done in a series of flashbacks intertwined with what is going on with each of the nine survivors since they got out.

The show got a lot of press when it first came out, but I haven't seen much about it since then. With my luck, they'll cancel it before I find out what happened!
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Steve Newton - Oct 19, 2006 10:49 am (#495 of 2989)        

painting sheila, I think that Locke was taking the same stuff that he had given Boone before when he hallucinated the death of Shannon.

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juliebug - Oct 19, 2006 11:08 am (#496 of 2989)        

Sheila yea! you're invisi-writing like a pro now. Great work! You're right too. This does feel very festive for this haunted timed of the year

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 19, 2006 11:13 am (#497 of 2989)        

About Lost:

Yeah, I didn't really think Locke shot the cop but the "hunter" comment threw me a little. Dramatically, it would be quite interesting if he had shot the cop, but I guess they don't want Locke to be a villain. Kim, I was laying on my couch and sat bolt upright when I, too, thought that Eko had died. I was about to get very upset. Mr. Eko is one of my favorites. (Remember when he stared down the monster?) And, I actually like his accent. Is it fake? I thought, based on the actor's name, that he was not American and the accent was real. Devan's precog is pretty interesting too.

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Starling - Oct 19, 2006 11:19 am (#498 of 2989)        

*reads up on fried coke*

*gags*

Icky!

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Tazzygirl - Oct 19, 2006 11:23 am (#499 of 2989)        

Ah! I had to skip over all the posts as they dealt with LOST. Didn't get a chance to watch it last night, hopefully I can watch it tonight!

I am so glad today is my 'Friday'. Don't think I could make it another day. I'm so tired. Not sure if I'll technically get a break this weekend though, as I am working on two different group projects Saturday and Sunday... and possibly Monday.

Anyways. Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 19, 2006 12:19 pm (#500 of 2989)        

Wayne--IMDb the actor who plays Mr. Eko (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). If you read his bio it will explain his accent. I actually hope never to hear him speak in his true voice as I'm still trying to forget what Sayid (Naveen Andrews) sounds like when he isn't playing an Iraqi.
**shudders**  He loses all his romantic appeal. **sigh**
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painting sheila - Oct 19, 2006 12:25 pm (#501 of 2989)        

A question about Mr. Ecko on lost - Did he really awaken and speak to Lock or was Lock hallucinating again? And do you think Lock's hallucinations have anything in common with Desmonds new skill? If so, what do you think Charlie's will be? He was in the tunnel leading to the bunker when it exploded.

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Puck - Oct 19, 2006 1:34 pm (#502 of 2989)        

The guy who plays Sayid had a bit part in Mighty Joe Young, a Disney movie about a giant gorilla. Can't remember his accent.

For the few minutes I watched The Nine I was trying to figure out why a characters voice was familiar, but not his face. Then I realized he played the doctor on Enterprise. It was hard to place him without his alien make-up.

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Denise P. - Oct 19, 2006 1:41 pm (#503 of 2989)        

I watch The Nine and I don't think Locke did it....in the flashback. <---non spoiler

Sorry, Eko and a Cockney accent just don't mix.....ewwww

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Lilly P - Oct 19, 2006 2:32 pm (#504 of 2989)        

haymoni- I can't believe Jeffery won either!!! I was so voting for Uli! The other girls evening dresses were stunning too, I guess I don't understand fashion.

as for board games, my favorite is backgammon, it was the first I ever learned at age 5.

Tazzy - I want the HP scene it game too, but I’m waiting for all the movies to be out so that I get a "full" game.

Sympathy charms and cheering charms to you Sheila! I’m still working on the NASCAR uniform for my daughter, all those patches are a pain to make!

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geauxtigers - Oct 19, 2006 2:49 pm (#505 of 2989)        

Tori/Ginny, sorry if I got rid of my yucky morning by passing it along. Didn't mean too.

**is slightly confused**

Well we had a "lovely" day here! In first block my teacher got an e-mail from one of the office people. It said "We are under a tornado watch until two p.m. We will treat it like a fire drill" Well seeing as you go out side during a fire drill...another teacher just said we would go outside and get swept off to Oz... it was funny. Anyway it poured and poured and poured the better part of the morning. So the quad became a swamp and decorations for Homecoming have now moved to the gym.

So anyway, I'm fixing to leave for that! Should be fun, but for once I'd like to set up decorations outside! Its the class curse. I'm convinced our grade is cursed, things like this are always happening! Oh well, nothing we can do about it!

Back later!

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Mediwitch - Oct 19, 2006 3:07 pm (#506 of 2989)        

Thom, your grandson is adorable!

kabloink!, good luck on the work transition for you and Ian. Hope he's feeling better.

Mammoth congratulations to painting sheila for finishing The Mammoth!

Hmmm...I learned how to play the card game Speed in college, but I can't remember any more. We used to play Spoons, too, but I've forgotten that one as well.

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haymoni - Oct 19, 2006 3:53 pm (#507 of 2989)        

I love Spoons!!! That is a great one to play when the lights go out.

Just don't put the lit candles on the same table as the spoons!!!!

I really liked Laura's clothes. Uli's clothes were something I would wear on vacation. I don't know what happened to Michael.

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Puck - Oct 19, 2006 4:04 pm (#508 of 2989)        

Tori, you were both saying that last night was hectic. (Forgotten assignments, tests to study for, etc...) I had had a hectic morning. Just as my day eased up, yours got tense. That's all I meant.

Kabloink, I meant to offer some encouragement yesterday. Babies go through a spurt at that age. Both your body and his need to adjust as he grows and starts to need more to eat. Hang in there! Just enjoy sitting and holding him most of the time if that's what he wants. (You won't have that luxury with any future kids, as you will have Ian to care for as well.) Let the dust settle. It'll be there later.

Kathy

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kaykay1970 - Oct 19, 2006 4:12 pm (#509 of 2989)        

geauxtigers-So the quad became a swamp....

Are you sure Fred and George were not around at the time?

Spoons and candles could be dangerous... Also playing against my brother-in-law! He'll nearly take your arm off to get at a spoon! Does anyone here play pitch? That is my all time favorite card game. I like rummy, hearts,shanghai and spades as well. I haven't played any cards besides solitaire for awhile. I need to get my sisters together for a game.

Thom, the grandson is adorable!

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boop - Oct 19, 2006 4:37 pm (#510 of 2989)        

Thom, your grandson is so cute. Welcome to the chat thread.

Sheila, Sorry to hear your job is almost over. Sounds like you really enjoyed your work. Glad you finished the mammoth.

Haymoni, Congrats to your son and his team.

I hope everyone is ready for the weekend, I know I am.

Have a great rest of the day.

hugs always

boop

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Madam Pince - Oct 19, 2006 4:37 pm (#511 of 2989)        

You guys are so clever about Lost -- I totally missed the thing about Desmond's new abilities. There were a few scenes I missed when I was out of the room but I didn't worry about it because I thought I catch them later when I watch the tape with Mr. Pince. So I was really confused when Hurley was saying the "deja-vu" thing at the end... and I was as confused as Loopy with Locke and "did-he-or-did-he-not." I'm guessing he didn't, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it. (No pun intended.) Do we know yet how he became paralyzed? I missed his episode last season where he robbed a bank or something to do with his dad -- did he kill someone in that? There's some theory somewhere about everyone on the Oceanic plane has either killed someone or been responsible for a death, so maybe that tells us what Locke did to the cop? Too funny about Mr. Eko, also -- Little Pince came running in the room and said "Mommy, Mommy, why are you yelling 'No! No! No!' What's wrong?" I was scared there for a second...

I watch The Nine too. It's pretty interesting, but I understand from TV Guide that it hasn't been doing as well in the ratings as they'd hoped, so I'm really crossing my fingers that it doesn't get the axe before we find out what was going on -- like Invasion last year.

Those two shows remind me of what my grandmother told me once when I was playing at her house with a kitten and some string. She said "You've got to let it catch the string once in a while or it will lose interest." I'm starting to feel like the people at Lost need to give us some more string... I'm starting to get mildly ticked at them...

Congrats on finishing the mammoth costume, Sheila! Woo-hoo!

I got my flu shot today, and something kind of weird happened. In the midst of the shot, the nurse said "Whoa, whoa!" and I felt something liquid running down my arm. She then said "That was weird -- it came bubbling back out at me!" So I'm not sure if I got a full dose of medicine or not. Mediwitch or others, have you ever had an injection come back out of the person's arm? I'm sure it must be due to my working out at the gym -- my biceps are just solid rock, I suppose.

Off on our camping trip tomorrow -- see you guys Sunday night or Monday! Everyone have a great weekend!

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 19, 2006 4:48 pm (#512 of 2989)        

So our Homecoming decorations are the best! Much better than the Seniors. The Freshman used the swamp to their advantage, and turned it into a 'pool' it was slightly strange. They have "teacher in-service day" for their holiday, so I don't quite get the pool party...oh well it will be hilarious when we get to school tomorrow and the water has drained off and all of their pool floats will no longer be floating, but stuck in muddy grass! But yeah, ours are the best! We have more than just banners....we even built a "Mayflower" and a tepee, as well as several bales of hay, with pumpkins, scarecrows, and sugarcane! Our banners are really cute too! One says "Are you ready for some FOWL play?" and they other has a huge turkey on it (it says "WOW..." at the top and we had a cute slogan on the bottom but the teachers made us cut it off, because apparently they have dirty minds ) So now it says WOW... with a huge turkey. OH well! still cute!

Thom, your grandson is soo cute!

I can't remember anything else, but I really need to go do homework because GREY'S ANATOMY COMES ON IN AN HOUR AND 15 MINUTES!!!!!! w00t! **waves to Kristina and Juile, and Julie A.**
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geauxtigers - Oct 19, 2006 5:22 pm (#513 of 2989)        

geauxtigers-So the quad became a swamp....

Are you sure Fred and George were not around at the time?


Hmmm...maybe they were! LOL! Yeah its a lake out there, the drains can't keep up with torrential downpours!

We got lucky and we able to do it outside! I should have worn my rainboots, but at the time, I didn't know we were going to be able to do it outside. So I sucked it up and dropped my shoes in the wash as I walked in the door. But our decorations are really cute. I'll try to take some pictures tomorrow!

Ahhh Kathy! T'was having a blonde moment I think! LOL

Must go do my homework and watch Grey's so I'll be back later I sure!

Have a good day!

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Puck - Oct 19, 2006 5:23 pm (#514 of 2989)        

Tv was on earlier then started making this really scary noise, like it was going to explode or something. I turn it off, and unplugged it. I'm pretty sure tiVo is still recording. Hubby's not home to play fix it (dinner meeting), and Survivor is on tonight.

I supposed I should take advantage of the lack of a tele and go work on that skeleton costume. I'm on the zipper. Those always trip me up.

Kathy

psst, Tori, do you remember that you have the hangman?

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Mediwitch - Oct 19, 2006 6:55 pm (#515 of 2989)        

Madam Pince, as an EMT-B (that's Basic level), I don't give any shots except for Epi-pens - and that's not a needle you want unless you need it! I suppose it's possible that you flexed your arm slightly, tightening your muscle and causing the serum to push its way back out, but I don't know for sure. I'll ask my paramedic friend tomorrow and get back to you!

Tori, Ginny - sounds like you're having a blast with your homecoming decorations. Have fun!

Good luck on that zipper, Kathy!

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Puck - Oct 19, 2006 8:30 pm (#516 of 2989)        

The zipper is in place. I don't think I did it properly, but it's there and it works. (There is a reason I only make Halloween Costumes.)

Thanks for the reminder! I have to bring the kids for flu shots tomorrow afternoon. (Oh, are they gonna love me.)

Homecoming, what fun! Good Weather charms for you!

Kathy

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painting sheila - Oct 19, 2006 9:08 pm (#517 of 2989)        

Hello everyone!!

Madame Pince - I am a little worried about the flu shot serum running out of your arm! I didn't know that could happen? of course, I have enough padding that I don't think rock hard muscles is an issue with me. I hope the vaccine "sticks" and you don't end up with the flu this season! (I couldn't resist the pun!!)

Mediwitch - I hate zippers!! I will do button holes before I do zippers! They never look as good as I want them too. I usually take it out at least once before I give up and let it be. There was one zipper on The Mammoth but it was covered in yarn fur so it doesn't show.

Doodle Bug and I are going with the Young Simbas and Young Nalas tomorrow to see some real baby lion cubs (that was redundant!) They are six weeks old and we should be able to play with them. I am so excited!! We had to sign all kind of wavers about being hurt - do lion cubs eat 5 year old little boys? .. . . . hhmmmmmmm. . . . .

More good news with the Prickly Daughter - she was accepted into the National Honor Society! Woohoo!! She is such her aunt's niece.

I am off to bed. I tried on several occasions today to take a nap and was thwarted at every turn. If the cat is laying on my pillow - it is in trouble

Good night everyone -

She

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 20, 2006 6:08 am (#518 of 2989)        

Madame Pince:

I don't think we yet know how Locke became paralyzed. I am confused about the bank "robbery." Did I miss something? I thought Locke's dad faked his death and talked Locke into getting a bunch of cash out of a safety deposit box for him. But, I don't recall Locke being in a robbery. The death thing is an interesting theory. But do we know who Claire and/or Charley are supposed to have killed yet?

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The giant squid - Oct 20, 2006 6:11 am (#519 of 2989)        

Wow...they're definitely upping the ante with Lost this season. You've all touched on the stuff I would have, so rather than repeat everyone else's posts (and since I have trouble with "invisible" text), I'll just drop a "me too!" and move along...

By the way, I highly recommend the movie The Prestige to anyone & everyone! Those with small children may have issues, but it's a PG-13 and only a little scary in parts. Hugh Jackman & Christian Bale are great, as are Michael Caine, Scarlet Johanssen & David Bowie (as Nikola Tesla!). Definitely worth staying up until 4:30AM to screen.

--Mike

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juliebug - Oct 20, 2006 6:29 am (#520 of 2989)        

About Lost  - I think Locke was being funny/sarcastic when he said he robbed the bank. He's got kind of an off sense of humor and I took the bank robbery thing to be just something he said to see if he could freak out his young hitch-hiker. Could be wrong. As far as I know, Claire has not killed anyone, but Charlie did. He shot Ethan Rom, that Other guy that kidnapped Claire and tried to kill Charlie by hanging him.

Hey chocolate and coffee lovers, I just tasted a small squeeze of heaven in a 9.5 oz bottle. It seems the good folks at Godiva Chocolatiers have decided to try their hands at a beverage like those little bottled frappachinos that Starbucks does. These are called Belgium Blends and they come in Dark or Milk Chocolate Mocha. I had one yesterday and one this morning. Yummers! The dark chocolate masked the coffee taste, so it didn't seem much like a coffee drink to me (I wasn't bothered by this, but I could see how some might be) it was still delicious. The milk chocolate seemed to be a much better balance of chocolate and coffee. Both were great! Gee, can you tell I liked them. I feel like I need a sponsership deal now

Have a great day all!

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Puck - Oct 20, 2006 6:41 am (#521 of 2989)        

Sheila, how exciting! Where does one go to play with lion cubs?

Congrats to your daughter on the NHS membership.

I was going to re-do the zipper, but decided it serves it's purpose, and it's only a costume after all. Not sure if I'd rather do buttons or not. A toss up, really. (I usually have the woman at the quilt shop walk me through the zipper process. This was my first attempt on my own, and it's been a couple of years since I did one at all.)

It'll be a while before I see this Lost episode you are all discussing in white text. The tv is broken. Mr. Puck brought the little one out of storage, but I'd rather wait to watch than to view it on a TV with a better picture. (This is an old one with a tiny screen and fuzzy picture. Good enough to watch the news.)

Kathy

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Solitaire - Oct 20, 2006 7:14 am (#522 of 2989)        

To those who have been following the saga of my student who was injured in the boating accident on Labor Day ... he is back in school! He does have quite a long scar, but the doctors have done a phenomenal job, and it is very faint.

His mom has been with him all week, as he is still a bit fragile, and the kids can get pretty rowdy in the halls. She showed me an x-ray of his skull the other day, and I couldn't believe it. It appears that the entire top left part of his skull was cut completely through--about as much as would be covered if he wore a beret on the left side of his head, dipping down over his eye!!! All I can say is that this child is a walking miracle.

Many thanks to those who have supported him in thought and prayer. He is still not completely healed, although he is certainly continuing to make progress. The sight has not yet returned to his left eye, although the ophthalmologists and surgeons have not yet determined the reason for this. They feel it could be due to the swelling and trauma, and will gradually get better. Or perhaps there is something they have just not been able to discover yet, due to the extent of all the other injuries. Please continue to remember him ... he has come a long way, but he still has a way to go.

My schedule continues to have me buried in work, although there is some talk of hiring another teacher in the junior high and breaking the seventh grade into four sections instead of three. This would cut the number of subjects I must prepare from four to two ... a HUGE difference for me. **fingers are crossed**

To those whose birthdays and anniversaries I've missed, many happy returns! I hope to be back to a normal amount of posting in about three weeks! I can't wait!

Solitaire

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Jewel - Oct 20, 2006 7:14 am (#523 of 2989)        

Hey guys, just thought I would drop by with this little tidbit I heard on my favorite morning radio show today. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
SCIENTISTS CREATE THE FIRST INVISIBILITY CLOAK THAT ACTUALLY WORKS

Your boyhood dream of being able to sneak into a women's locker room and just camp out there just inched one step closer. Scientists from Duke University have designed the first-ever WORKING invisibility cloak. Seriously.

Now. . . so far, they haven't made anything GOOD disappear. . . just a copper cylinder. But. . . it's a pretty big deal that they could make SOMETHING disappear.

The cloak works like a mirage. Using a special blend of metals and circuit board materials. . . including ceramic and Teflon. . . the cloak bends light waves around an object. . . so you're actually seeing what's behind it.

But. . . according to Dave Schurig, who created the cloak, it's not quite perfect yet. . . you can still see a small shadow from the object.

Their next step is to refine the cloak so the shadow completely disappears. (Science Magazine) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I tried to get Science Magazine online, but you have to have a paid subscription to get the whole story. So if anyone here does, it may be interesting.

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John Bumbledore - Oct 20, 2006 7:48 am (#524 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 20, 2006 8:56 am

Jewel, and others.

TwinklingBlueEyes posted a comment about the "Muggle" invisibility cloak by Duke University researchers on the thread, References to HP in pop culture #587, 19 Oct 2006 7:25 am
For the article, use the following link Scientists Create Cloak of Invisibility on Newsday.com.

I saw it on the local news last night with twice the thrill: first for knowing about it from TBE's post here on the HP-Lex Forum, second because Duke University is local in my area and the story didn't have anything to do with the lacrosse team.

Edit 2: Found this article on our local news Scientists Boldly Go Where Only Science Fiction Has Been Before WASHINGTON -- Harry Potter and Captain Kirk would be proud. A team of American and British researchers... more...

Edit 3: Common language explanation,

     "Ironically, the method by which invisibility might be achieved is not dissimilar to the way in which one comic book hero already achieves her special powers. The Invisible Woman, one of Marvel's "Fantastic Four," hides behind a forcefield which guides light around her.

     But the Invisible Woman and Harry Potter, armed with his invisibility cloak, may still have an advantage over anything technology is capable of. In the real world, anything or anyone concealed from view would also be trapped in darkness." (From a CNN article dated Last Monday, 9 October 2006)

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Edit: Added clarification that this is new "Muggle" technology, not James's cloak.
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Loopy Lupin - Oct 20, 2006 8:40 am (#525 of 2989)        

Juliebug--

Oh yeah, I forgot that about Charlie from the earlier season. I think, though, that the theory might be saying that they all killed someone or were responsible for a death before getting stuck on the island.

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juliebug - Oct 20, 2006 9:53 am (#526 of 2989)        

Loopy Lupin Sorry about that, I guess I miss understood the theory. Interesting. There are a lot of passengers who I would have a hard time believing to have been responsible for a death in their lives before oming to the island. Rose, Bernard, Arntz (that science teacher who died at the end of the first season), Hurley, and all the other nameless Losties who haven't been given backstory yet. Who knows? Season three is still young there could be lots more to learn as more flashbacks are revealed.

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John Bumbledore - Oct 20, 2006 10:15 am (#527 of 2989)        

Ghost Whispering:

A form of posting used on this forum to hide the message from muggles. (See two previous posts as examples) The message is of course, visible to all qualified wizards and witches who know the proper way to wave their wand over the post...

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

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Puck - Oct 20, 2006 10:43 am (#528 of 2989)        

Arrrg! I want to watch Lost so I can play, too.

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haymoni - Oct 20, 2006 11:03 am (#529 of 2989)        

I have been trying to watch The Nine on abc.com. Last night, it kept bogging down and I could only see the first half. I tried to catch the rest of it this morning and I almost made The Beautifulest One miss her bus!

Priorities, priorities!!!

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legolas returns - Oct 20, 2006 12:13 pm (#530 of 2989)        

Is anyone out there really excited about Torchwood starting?-A spin off Series from Doctor Who. It contains Captain Jack Harkness and is made by the same team of people who made the new series of Doctor Who. Its aimed at adults-woo hoo. It starts on Sunday on BBC3 and I cant wait. All my friends are excited.

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 20, 2006 12:52 pm (#531 of 2989)        

Nyah, nyah!!!!

Juliebug:

Recall that Hurley did cause the death of someone indirectly or at least he feels responsible. He was on a porch balcony at a party and the balcony collapsed under the weight of the partiers which included his, um, considerable girth. Anyway, it was this accident that caused him to descend into madness and wind up in the mental hospital where also was that blond woman that Michael shot right after he shot Anna Lucia.

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Starling - Oct 20, 2006 1:00 pm (#532 of 2989)        

Yes! Torchwood! I have to ask my ex to record it. I adore Jack. I was so annoyed when he left Dr Who. Although the goodbye snogs were a laugh.

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 20, 2006 1:34 pm (#533 of 2989)        

OHHH an invisibility cloak! Those silly muggles and their “science experiments”! LOL it would be cool if we could make one!

Today was a BLAST except for the fact that we had to go to classes. At lunch, we got pizza and cokes! Then some of the Seniors started a party in the student center! I'm talkin huge speakers hooked up to someone's iPod and the lights out and such. It was awesome! Then at the pep rally, they announced who won decorations...juniors got 2nd (like always) and best "Nice try, but I don't think so." (because of our turkey sign, which they made us cut) Seniors won of course, even though everyone knows ours were the best! BUT we got first place in the t-shirt designs, and best "cover-up of a copyright" (Our t-shirts had the Chick-Fil-A cows dressed as Indians and Pilgrims holding they signs that said "Eat Mor Turky" They are very cute! And to top it all off... It was a bit chilly today (72F right now) and not a cloud in the sky! I'm sooo excited about the game tonight and the dance tomorrow night! AHH such a good day!

**has never heard of Doctor Who**

not much else going on here... happy Friday!

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juliebug - Oct 20, 2006 1:55 pm (#534 of 2989)        

Loopy Lupin Duh! How could I forget that one! Thanks for the reminder.

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legolas returns - Oct 20, 2006 2:47 pm (#535 of 2989)        

You wouldn’t have heard of Dr Who, Virginaelizabeth, as you are too young. The original series ran from 1963 until 1989-it was a science fiction series. There was a movie in the mid 1990s. The current series started in 2005 and the box set (with Cyberman head)of the whole of season 2 will be mine soon *gloat*. You poor thing you have lived in a Cybermen/Dalek free world. Sympathy

The doctor traveled anywhere in time and space, hence the aliens.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 20, 2006 2:54 pm (#536 of 2989)        

I finally was able to watch LOST and Grey's Anatomy (**waves to Ginny, Tori, and everyone else into that show! Anyone interested in talking about it, the link to that forum is at the bottom of my profile. )

Thanks for the recommendation on The Prestige, Squid Mike! I saw the previews, and instantly wanted to see it. Glad it is a great movie! I've been to too many lame ones lately. (I also have a thing for Hugh Jackman, so this is even better!! )

Okay, on LOST: I had no idea about Desmond's ability! I guess that will be cool for future episodes... For some reason I think Locke has lost it. By the way, did any of you see the polar bear image when Locke came out of his smoke lodge? I played it in slow motion again, pretty neat. I didn't think Mr. Eko had died.

Off to clean and finish homework.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

~Kristina

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legolas returns - Oct 20, 2006 2:58 pm (#537 of 2989)        

You’re not alone in having a thing for Hugh Jackman. The film is not released in the UK until November. Pout. I have not seen a movie of his that I have disliked.

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Marie E. - Oct 20, 2006 3:15 pm (#538 of 2989)        

My computer time has been seriously compromised by my schedule. I have to open up the daycare for awhile, which means the girls and I have to be there at 6:15am! On Monday we stepped outside and Lexie said, "Look at all the pretty stars!" I told the pretty stars would get old, quick! Mr E can take them to school on Thurs. and Fri. so that's not too bad.

I feel very out of it since I have only watched two episodes of Lost. I could TiVo it, I suppose, but then I'd have to play catch-up on all the storylines.

We're going to Boo at the Zoo tonight. Usually it's frigid and tonight will be only cold so we thought we'd better go now. It's basically trick or treating at the zoo, with booths sponsored by different businesses. My daycare did it a few years ago. Me being the Slacker Mom that I am, I haven't bought any costumes for my kids yet, so they're wearing last year's costumes. The girls want to be witches this year (!) so I knew there was no hurry to find costumes. Every one has witch supplies.

Doesn't the new Dr. Who have the actor who played Barty Crouch Jr. in it?

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legolas returns - Oct 20, 2006 3:24 pm (#539 of 2989)        

Yes, David Tennant plays Dr Who-he is Scottish.

What was the tongue thing with Barty Crouch Jr? Was it meant to be snake like?

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Puck - Oct 20, 2006 4:43 pm (#540 of 2989)        

Have fun Zoo-or-treating! There was a zoo in Rhode Island that used to do this great pumpkin walk. Hundreds of intricately carved pumpkins. The trees were lighted with carved mini pumpkins (live, not plastic.) It was amazing. I was going to go this year, but they're not doing it anymore.

Will have to check out Torchwood for the hubby. He loves Dr. Who.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 20, 2006 4:54 pm (#541 of 2989)        

I am currently watching E's 100 Bigger Celebrity Oops! and I just have to share that Shamalamadingdong is number 86. What I thought was funny is that the announcer referred to him as Shamalamadingdong, and Shamalingling. Everyone who was commenting on him couldn't say his name either. LOL. Shamalamadingdong's oops was about a publicity stunt he did a while ago where he was saying he wrote the movies to reflect what was going on in his life. A couple weeks after that statement it was announced that it was all fake and he just wanted to give kudos to "The Village".

Marie- Have fun at the zoo! I wonder if my aunt and uncle who live in Colorado Springs will be taking their kids too...

~Kristina

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Jewel - Oct 20, 2006 5:22 pm (#542 of 2989)        

Thanks John, I totally missed that post about the "cloak." My time on the forum is limited these days, so I have to use the magic button more than I would like, but....I thought it was kinda neat.

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Mediwitch - Oct 20, 2006 6:57 pm (#543 of 2989)        

painting sheila, congrats to your daughter on NHS! That's wonderful!

juliebug, I saw those Godiva drinks yesterday and wondered if they were any good. Thanks for the recommendation!

Hi Soli! Good to see you around. I hope the proposed redistribution works. And awesome news about your student! **Continued Healing Charms** for him.

Hooray for Friday!!!!

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Tazzygirl - Oct 20, 2006 7:30 pm (#544 of 2989)        

Also meant to say in last post:

That is wonderful to hear that your student is back at school, Soli! Hope he continues to get better!

Congratulations to your daughter, Sheila!

Have a fun/safe camping trip, Madam P!

Too bad about your tv, Puck! Hope you get a new one soon!

I think that has put me up to date...

~Kristina

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kaykay1970 - Oct 20, 2006 8:47 pm (#545 of 2989)        

Have fun at the zoo, Marie! Memphis Zoo had posters announcing their upcoming Boo at the Zoo but until now I had no idea what that meant! I guess we should have waited a couple more weeks for our visit.

It's good to hear the news about your student Soli!

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geauxtigers - Oct 20, 2006 9:16 pm (#546 of 2989)        

Glad to hear the good news about your student, Soli!

Okay, so I'm officially freaked out. Our football team is now 8-0. We won 33-7 We are famous for being the worst team ever. When I first started school here, in first grade, we went 6 straight years without winning a game. As in completely defeated. And this year, we are winning!**knock on wood** I need to learn how to accept a win now! We were so used to losing, that it feels weird to win, **knock on wood knock on wood**

LOL Kristina about Shamalamadingdong!

I can't remember anything....this is sad! I was going to say a lot more, but I've forgotten all of the things I was going to commment on!

I still have to find shoes to go with my dress. Really all I want is a plain ol' non-leather brown pump without a 3 inch heel! Is that too much to ask? Apparently the shoe makers think so.

Well I'm beat, its been a long day! Night everyone!

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The giant squid - Oct 21, 2006 2:03 am (#547 of 2989)        

Tazzy, I remember that M. Night thing. It was supposedly a documentary on him while he was making The Village. In it he kept going off, doing really weird things & basically being a jerk. It was revealed at the end that it was all a joke and was basically a promo piece for Village. Clearly, it worked well for him...

Hallowe'en at the zoo, huh? DO the animals dress up like little kids?

We were so used to losing, that it feels weird to win—geauxtigers

Sounds like someone well suited to be a Cubs fan.

--Mike

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Laura W - Oct 21, 2006 2:47 am (#548 of 2989)        

  "I can't remember anything....this is sad! I was going to say a lot more, but I've forgotten all of the things I was going to comment on!"

That's all right, Victoria. A Wrackspurt must have flown into your room for a moment there. (wide grin)

Mike, I know you will think I am making this up, but I can assure you I'm not. One of *our* Boo at the Zoo activities will consist of our two elephants stomping on pumpkins.

Laura

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azi - Oct 21, 2006 4:59 am (#549 of 2989)        

Great news about your student Soli! **less work charms**

We were so used to losing, that it feels weird to win

Very 'Chudley Cannons'!

Yes, David Tennant plays Dr Who-he is Scottish.

Actually part Scottish, part Irish. Born in Scotland. I was watching Who Do You Think You Are? the other week, and he was on it. I learnt a lot about Irish history that day.

Busy Friday, but I'm home for the weekend now. Yesterday, I went to a public enquiry concerning my university to watch one of my lecturers state his protest against the uni's expansion plans. It was boring, drawn out, and I was about to hit the uni lawyer because she was so annoying (my friends left before me because they couldn't stand her). I feel very sorry for the opposition because they can't afford a lawyer and so are at a huge disadvantage.

Happy Saturday's to all!
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Solitaire - Oct 21, 2006 6:49 am (#550 of 2989)        

Thanks for the healing charms. My student had the patch off his left eye yesterday for the first time. It looks different from the right, although the difference could simply be highlighted by the dilation. His eyes are the very palest blue, and the left one is extremely dilated, which makes it look much darker. The blue iris is barely visible.

I just have a lot of admiration for this kid. We all know how cruel kids can be about things like scars and any facial differences. I think it takes a lot of guts on his part to just be "out there" with everything. No wonder his mom says he is her hero.

Well, I am off for a day of cramming for my big test next Saturday. I guess the worst part will be the waiting for months to find out if we have passed the test and if our portfolios have passed muster.

BTW, I love Hugh Jackman, too! I think he would have made an awesome Sirius Black! If I get my work done, maybe I'll be back tonight ... I hope! I miss the forumers!

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Puck - Oct 21, 2006 7:09 am (#551 of 2989)        

, Solitaire.

Archivist’s note:  If there was a picture, smilie, other text in this post, it didn't copy at the time of archiving.

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Marie E. - Oct 21, 2006 8:03 am (#552 of 2989)        

Boo at the Zoo was actually fun. The temperatures didn't drop below 40F so the only child who complained about the cold was Shayla. Shayla is only comfortable when it's 60F and above. The other three children with us weren't even wearing coats while Shayla had on a coat and two pairs of gloves. After the zoo, we went out to eat at a pizza parlor called Fargo's. It's a locally owned restaurant decorated in a Western-Italian style. Very orginial.

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Starling - Oct 21, 2006 10:10 am (#553 of 2989)        

I'm not quite sure why the "invisibility cloak" is such big news. First of all it's an invisibility "shed" (and as someone on the Leaky has already said "I have an invisibility shed! My lawnmower is in it, and you can't see it"), and secondly, it only works on a fly with a squint and slight limp on the left-hand side (metaphorically speaking). It only works in the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 21, 2006 11:11 am (#554 of 2989)        

Yes, but it's a step in the right direction! Which is pretty cool if you ask me!

Ok so I just walked into the bathroom, and it appears that our toilets are malfunctioning. There was water allllllllllll ofver the place. GREATTT... I'm telling ya, we have to worst luck in the world at this house, when it comes to the AC and Plumbing. So now daddy's trying to mop up the water and then call the plumber. YAY! Hopefully they can fix it...and we won't have to wait till Monday. If we do, then we'll probably end up bunking with my grannie.

We have a Boo at the Zoo here too, I've been a few times when I was little. It's pretty fun and you get lots of candy!

Ok well I'd better go. Happy Saturday to everyone!

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legolas returns - Oct 21, 2006 11:14 am (#555 of 2989)        

Did you check to see that the Bathroom was not haunted by Moaning Myrtle ?

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Mediwitch - Oct 21, 2006 11:54 am (#556 of 2989)        

Madam Pince, I asked my paramedic friend about your shot. She said it happens sometimes, although she is more familiar with it happening after the shot instead of during. Apparently sometimes the tissue can't quickly absorb all that fluid. That's why you often get a lump at an injection site, especially like with the flu vaccine. Her advice to those who haven't had the flu shot yet is to take an alcohol prep pad and rub firmly (kind of in a circular way) on the injection site right away to help move the fluid around so it gets absorbed instead of forming the lump. Your arm should not be as sore that way, either.

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Lilly P - Oct 21, 2006 1:53 pm (#557 of 2989)        

Thanks for all the good luck wishes! Mr. P did wonderful on his Police test! He scored the highest in the room on the written portion and on the physical which was pass/fail, he passed with flying colors! now he will come home and they will call us and schedule an oral board interview and then if they like him all he has left to do is a poly-graph test. which I think is kind of creepy, I would hate to be hooked up to all those wires and have people "reading" me! anyway, thanks again everyone!

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geauxtigers - Oct 21, 2006 4:14 pm (#558 of 2989)        

Ahhh well apparently they have to replace the whole water line here. We can't run water or wash clothes or flush any toilets. Great! They are going to be able to fix it Monday, but my mom is obviously not in a great mood now!

Anyway, I need to get ready for the dance, Ginny already left with her date, so I'm just going to meet up with everyone at the dance.

So I'm off to straighten my hair and get dressed.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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Puck - Oct 21, 2006 5:30 pm (#559 of 2989)        

Okay, the tele being broken is one thing, but no toilets? Now that's a bummer. Reparo charms to your house!

Congrats to Mr. Lilly P.!

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Regan of Gong - Oct 21, 2006 8:19 pm (#560 of 2989)        

Yay! I'm 16 now...just in case you want to know.

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juliebug - Oct 21, 2006 8:48 pm (#561 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday Regan and thanks for letting us know

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 21, 2006 10:35 pm (#562 of 2989)        

Happy birthday Regan!!!

**is glad she won't be on the road in Australia anytime soon**

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geauxtigers - Oct 21, 2006 11:12 pm (#563 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday Regan!

Homecoming was fun. Went and ate some biegnets after. Its just after one, so I'm off to bed, I'm beat.

We still have no plumbing...Tomorrow should be fun...we might have to spend the day at my grannie's house. Her latest thing is watching QVC, the homeshopping network. Oh fun, I think I'd rather watch cooking shows all day.

Well, I'm super tired now so I think I'll go to sleep.

Night!

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Lina - Oct 22, 2006 12:23 am (#564 of 2989)        

Solitaire, I hope that the talking of hiring the new teacher comes true as soon as possible! (*** some hiring charms your way ***) And that your life gets to the more normal schedule before your body starts screaming for a little relax.

I'm glad that your student is recovering so well and sending some more healing charms his way. I hope that the other students will rather think of a miracle that he is than of the way he looks when they see him.

Congratulations to Mr. Lilly P. I hope he starts the new job as soon as possible. I think it is great!

Condolences to the Ginny and Tori family. That is a horrible situation. Sending some quick Reparo charms to your plumbing!

Happy birthday to Regan!
I hope you had a wonderful day.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 22, 2006 1:01 am (#565 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday Regan! Hope you have a fantastic day!!

Sorry to hear about your plumbing troubles, Ginny and Tori! Hope it gets fixed soon! Glad you both had fun at homecoming!

Congrats to Mr. Lilly P.!

Am tired, had a super busy day. Tomorrow looks the same. sigh. Monday should be a good day- no school, and all my homework will be done (for the week)! w00t!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Oct 22, 2006 1:08 am (#566 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday, Regan!

Thanks, Lina, for the hiring charms. I hope they work! BTW, is that a new portrait? Very cute!

Solitaire

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legolas returns - Oct 22, 2006 1:38 am (#567 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday Regan!

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The giant squid - Oct 22, 2006 2:11 am (#568 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday, Regan! Sixteen is a very fine age to be.

Laura, I believe you. I just wonder what the elephants are thinking while they're stomping on pumpkins for the amusement of these silly humans...

Tori & Ginny: that's awful about the water, but it could be worse--tomorrow could be a school day. Imagine having to go to school without having showered...

--Mike

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Snuffles - Oct 22, 2006 3:00 am (#569 of 2989)        

I can't resist reading all the invisible text about Lost. The 3rd season hasn't started here yet, but it is too tempting to pass by!

Glad your student is back at school Soli, he certainly is one lucky boy.

Happy Birthday Regan. Hope you had a great day.

I know there is so much I wanted to put, but I cannot remember what now

Hope everyone has a good rest of the weekend

Julie

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jose043 - Oct 22, 2006 3:10 am (#570 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday Regan, hope you have plenty more.

Solitaire,  glad to read that your student is on the mend.

I go back to the specialist on Monday, then two weeks more before I get my sling off. Not really counting till the sling comes off much

My middle grandson Lachlan turned 10 today so it was afternoon tea up at his parents place 20 minutes away.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London
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kaykay1970 - Oct 22, 2006 5:00 am (#571 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday Regan and Lachlan!

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Good Evans - Oct 22, 2006 5:06 am (#572 of 2989)        

Happy 16th to Regan and 10th to Lachlan!!

big HELLOOOOOOO's to everyone else!

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Winky Woo - Oct 22, 2006 5:48 am (#573 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday Regan!

I too seem to be dwelling in a home full of Wrackspurts! I keep thinking of things then- Huh? What was that? Hmm couldn't have been important.... I know I am getting old as keep doing that that thing that I swore that I wouldn't, you know when you walk upstairs/into another room and then start wondering what you are doing there? Then you remember at the most inconvenient time that you have forgotten to call someone back, or promised to do something else?

Still just chilling out in Majorca, coming home tomorrow (well to my sister’s house) I think it’s done me the world of good, my brother and his kids arrived here Thursday, so they have been keeping me busy. Actually Sean is sooooo cute! He is 5 and we have this DVD from the BBC to help him and his sister (Chloe Cool to learn Spanish, so to hear him trying to speak to the local kids has been fantastic! Kids always overcome any language barriers, and playing is an international language in its own right.

Back to the real world tomorrow,

Speak to you all soon

Winky x x x

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Good Evans - Oct 22, 2006 5:56 am (#574 of 2989)        

Winky - I think you can be forgiven for being a bit "distracted" and losing your train of thought at the moment! Glad you are having some fun in the sun. Its raining back in "blighty"!!

Julie

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Winky Woo - Oct 22, 2006 6:05 am (#575 of 2989)        

I'll bring back some sunshine for you Julie! After the last couple of visits to my parents’ villa the weather has been fabulous when I got back to the UK, so stand by for a very late Indian Summer!

Love WInky x x x

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legolas returns - Oct 22, 2006 6:08 am (#576 of 2989)        

Its been so wet recently we will either dissolve or rust.   We would all be glad of the sun, Winky.

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Puck - Oct 22, 2006 6:18 am (#577 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday, Regan!

and Happy 10th to Lachlan!

(Although I expect it may be over by now. The day is coming to a close in Australia.

I thought you were supposed to enter a room at least twice before remembering why you're there.

Glad you girls had fun at homecoming!

Happy RotD!

Kathy

***sits back and remembers "16". sighs***

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Starling - Oct 22, 2006 7:27 am (#578 of 2989)        

Happy birthday, Regan!

So I'm off to straighten my hair and get dressed.

Why do people straighten their hair? My partner has beautiful curls, and the hairdressers keep wanting to either straighten her hair, cut all the curls out, or thin it out. She likes her curls! So do I!

Martje

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legolas returns - Oct 22, 2006 7:44 am (#579 of 2989)        

I don’t  like my evil curls. I keep my hair short so that they do not get to look too much like a mushroom cloud.

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juliebug - Oct 22, 2006 8:09 am (#580 of 2989)        

The grass is always greener in someone else's pasture. My hair is naturally flat as a board. My friends that have curls are always telling me how jealous they are that I can achieve the look they get after spending an hour with a blow dryer and brush by just waking up and running a comb through my hair. I always wanted curls. My mom got me several expensive perms, but they never looked right. They just made my hair look bushy, not curly. My curly haired friends always lament the effects of humidity on their hair. I grew up very close to Lake Michigan, so it was a huge problem. I always groused about the burns I sustained trying to give my flat, flat hair the least bit of body. Like I said, people often just want what they can't have. I am glad your partner likes her curls, Martje. I'll bet they are beautiful. By the way would you mind sharing the pronunciation of your name?  I have a guess, but would like to know straight from the source.

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Starling - Oct 22, 2006 8:45 am (#581 of 2989)        

Try Aveda's Be Curly, LR. And get a good haircut with layers, so you don't look like a mushroom cloud.

My own hair is very, very thin and I'm getting a bald patch. The doctor has given me some cream to get it growing again, but, alas, earwax, it's not working. Siiiiigh.

Pronunciation of my name: something like Martyah.

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Solitaire - Oct 22, 2006 9:10 am (#582 of 2989)        

My hair is baby fine, not particularly thick, and as straight as string. It was not meant to wear long. I always wanted thick, wild, curly masses of hair flying down my back! I still do ... but I've learned to accept what I have and make the best of it. If I had beautiful, thick hair--curly or not--I'd probably wear it long. Actually, I have a face that looks better framed by short hair, and all of the new cutting techniques and "sticky," volumizer products have allowed me to have my own short version of "crazy hair." It works for me.

It's so nice to finally have a day that is mine! Of course, I had to get up early, because the tree trimmers were supposed to be here at 8 a.m., and I had to go out and clean off the lawn. (It's 9:03 a.m., and they are still not here.) All of my trees need to be "defrocked" for the winter, so that my lawns can be seeded with rye. Gee ... it is expensive to own a home! **imagining the dollars flying out of my bank**

Tori and Ginny, I hope your bathroom gets sorted out soon. Any water leaking over the house is a mess ... I know. I've had broken washing machine hoses, dishwasher leaks, etc., in my life. Not pretty. **waving wand and sending Reparo! charms**

Solitaire

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Lilly P - Oct 22, 2006 9:23 am (#583 of 2989)        

Happy birthday Reagan!!! and Lachlan!!! Sirius Reparo charms to Ginny and Tori!

Well, I'm counting down the days (again) for Mr. P. to be home. I have to say I'm a wee bit jealous that he gets to spend a week with my family and I don't! He called this morning to say he had been invited over to my Grandmother's for Sunday breakfast, which is a HUGE affair with more food than could feed an army! I'm jealous in a good way, I wish I could be there but Im glad my family likes him so much too. Well, I'm going to try and finish the last of the work on Annemarie's Halloween costume, all I have left is to put the racing stripes on.

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juliebug - Oct 22, 2006 9:50 am (#584 of 2989)        

Wow, I was way off! I guessed that Martje sounded like Mar (sounds like jar) and tay (sounds like hay). Thanks for the clarification.

I have very thick, heavy, stubborn hair. No matter what products I use, within an hour, I return to the status quo. I gave up on trying to make my coif into something it's not and have embraced the hair I have , but thanks for the tip. Maybe someday if I get the itch for curls again, I'll give that Aveda stuff a try.

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Lina - Oct 22, 2006 10:07 am (#585 of 2989)        

My mum didn't like my straight hair, so she made me have a perm when I was two for the first time. You can see that in my avatar. After that I had to wear pigtails and when I wanted to have my hair short, it was perm again.

No wonder that, when I finally got control over my hair, I needed a long time to have the perm again. But this summer I discovered that the best way to handle your perm is not to comb your hair! I love it! Today was the first time I combed my hair since July. I love the curly uncombed hair. It looks much better than when you comb it.

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juliebug - Oct 22, 2006 10:12 am (#586 of 2989)        

That picture looks very pretty. With my hair, unless it was dripping wet, I always looked like Rosanne Rosannadana (from the old Saturday Night Live sketches) no matter what I did Even if I left it uncombed.

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Good Evans - Oct 22, 2006 10:13 am (#587 of 2989)        

Oh Lina - how cute???????

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Chemyst - Oct 22, 2006 10:18 am (#588 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday Regan. I'll play Line Rider in your honor.

I discovered that the best way to handle your perm is not to comb your hair! – Lina
How true! I'd tell a story if only it wouldn't force me to relive much angst.

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Solitaire - Oct 22, 2006 10:19 am (#589 of 2989)        

Lina, I had perms in my hair by the time I was two, also! My aunt gave them to me! She was always cutting, curling, changing my hair when I was with her. As an adult, I used to get a perm every 3 months for 12-15 years of my life. Frequent cuts kept my hair in good shape, and I liked the fuss-free style. I just got tired of the look after so many years. I finally stopped perming in 2001 and began wearing a style that works with my hair as it is.

I now worry about the emerging grey strands and have my hair highlighted to hide them! Eventually, there will be too many, and I will have to just let the grey take over. Oh, well ... LOL

Solitaire

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 22, 2006 10:25 am (#590 of 2989)        

it could be worse--tomorrow could be a school day. Imagine having to go to school without having showered...

Well as they can't come till Monday...and we have school on Monday...then we can't take a shower until Monday evening. But we're really good friends with our neighbors and they are letting us shower over at their house (and use the bathroom) Still a pain in the butt!

I have extremely curly and super extremely thick hair. So when I wear it down and curly, I get the illusion of having stuck my finger in an electric socket! I NEVER brush my hair ever- unless it's straight. Basically, when brushed my hair no longer looks curly in the slightest, just frizzy and bushy-a bit like Hermione's. I honestly hate my hair. There is just too much of it! I wish it was straight.

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geauxtigers - Oct 22, 2006 10:32 am (#591 of 2989)        

I know I am getting old as keep doing that that thing that I swore that I wouldn't, you know when you walk upstairs/into another room and then start wondering what you are doing there?

Well, I do that all the time. So I don't think its because your old Like me, you could just be scatter-brained. Theres nothing wrong with that! LOL My favorite thing to do is walk into the kitchen and either open that pantry or the fridge to get something and have no earthly idea what I was going to get or why. Why the pantry and fridge? I have no idea!

Well if you live in the south and you have curly hair, its very difficult to wear it down when its curly. With me, its very thick, and Hermione-ish and my curls aren't very well defined. So for special occasions and such I straighten it. During the winter when the humidity is low, I'll wear it down and curly because it doesn't look so bad. Plus, its something different, people don't get to see me with my hair straight very often, and it does look very pretty. My hair ended up kinking up last night because it rained all night long.

Lina, that picture is so cute!

Its been so wet recently we will either dissolve or rust

Join the club! Its been very rainy here this past week. There are several parishes that have had 10 + inches of rain in the last week. Houston is also having a terrible time with the water too. Luckily, not too bad here, just wet and soggy.

Tori & Ginny: that's awful about the water, but it could be worse--tomorrow could be a school day. Imagine having to go to school without having showered... Well....today is Sunday.... But our neighbors are very nice and we are really good friends with them so they are letting us use their shower/bathroom for the day!

Congrats to Mr Lilly P!!

Glad you are having a wonderful stay in Majorca, Winky! Soak up the sun!

Well thats about all I can remember for now! I’m off to look up my homework and see whats in store...fun!

Have a great Sunday everyone!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 22, 2006 10:50 am (#592 of 2989)        

Happy birthday Reagan and Lachlan! On grey hair, I LOVE mine! (I earned every one of them!)

"they are letting us shower over at their house (and use the bathroom) Still a pain in the butt!" Pun intended?

...toddles off giggling...

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Lina - Oct 22, 2006 10:51 am (#593 of 2989)        

Thanks on the comments about the picture. It only shows that all of us once used to be cute little kids, no matter how incredible it sounds.

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 22, 2006 11:03 am (#594 of 2989)        

Pun intended? ....    actually no! LOL

I forgot to say how cute that picture is Lina!

Also: I was wayy off on how to pronounce your name Martje. I thought it was like Margie (kinda like Aunt Marge!) I thought the "T" was silent! Oopsies!

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Puck - Oct 22, 2006 11:44 am (#595 of 2989)        

Lina, soooo cute!

When I had perms as a kid my brother used to tease me by singing Shirley Temple songs. (My brother had the red hair and curls that he hates and I envied. Now, he doesn't have much hair to envy. )

My once baby-fine straight hair has darkened, thickened and become wavy since having children. Nice to have a change. Occasionally highlights have hidden any sneaky grey ones.

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haymoni - Oct 22, 2006 11:46 am (#596 of 2989)        

Happy B-day, Regan! Hope you had fun!

"Sense & Sensibility" was on AMC today. I came in right when Willoughby first shows up. Needless to say, my project of cleaning out the refrigerator was put on hold. I just love that flick!

Does anybody do "commercial cleaning" like I do?

You know, you only clean during the commercials???

Now I'm watching the last few episodes of "Project Runway" - still can't believe Jeffrey won!!!

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legolas returns - Oct 22, 2006 12:20 pm (#597 of 2989)        

You look very cute there Lina.

40 minutes till Torchwood starts *Happy chair dance*.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 22, 2006 12:42 pm (#598 of 2989)        

My hair is thick and straight. If I let it air-dry, then it might become a little wavy, but not enough to look good. When I was little, my hair was super long and thick- I don't think I had my first haircut until I was about 8 (my mom always braided it). When I finally got it cut, it sprang up and was tight curls for a while. After that, it went back to being really straight and thick. I've tried perms, but they just don't seem to work for me. I love my straight blonde hair though, so it's no big deal!

Lina- your picture is too cute!

**waves to JulieGE**

Glad your stay in Majorca has been lovely, Winky!

I woke up this morning and remember another thing I wanted to respond to but forgot- Thanks for the feedback on the Harry Potter Scene It? game! I think I will wait until all the movies come out- sounds better than just having the first couple movies! **is hoping they make it more challenging for us Potties**

haymoni- I am a huge fan of Sense and Sensibility too!

Off to work on a project, hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Starling - Oct 22, 2006 1:47 pm (#599 of 2989)        

Perms as a KID?! My goodness, that's a bit ... errr.

It's a cute picture, but 2-year olds shouldn't have perms, IMHO!

Combing curly hair works, but only when it's very wet.

My hair was thick, blond and fairly curly when I was young, and it started falling out when I was about 21. Now I have to wear it really short. Any shorter, and it'd be a crew cut.

Martje

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legolas returns - Oct 22, 2006 1:51 pm (#600 of 2989)        

Just seen the first Episode of Torchwood. It is really good. Second episode starts in a minute.
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Tazzygirl - Oct 22, 2006 2:01 pm (#601 of 2989)        

What is Torchwood?

~Kristina

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azi - Oct 22, 2006 2:09 pm (#602 of 2989)        

Happy birthday Regan and Lachlan!

Lina, that picture is cute!

My hair is straight on top and wavy underneath. I comb it, that's it. Too lazy to do anything else.

Tazzy - Torchwood is a spin-off Dr Who thing. Saw a bit earlier, not my kind of thing.

Winky - hope you don't mind cooler weather and rain...lots of rain.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 22, 2006 2:22 pm (#603 of 2989)        

Oooooh! I see. Thanks, Azi!

~Kristina

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Mediwitch - Oct 22, 2006 2:22 pm (#604 of 2989)        

Happy Birthday, Regan and Lachlan! SmileyCentral.com

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legolas returns - Oct 22, 2006 2:45 pm (#605 of 2989)        

The second episode was good as well. I loved it .

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Regan of Gong - Oct 22, 2006 2:54 pm (#606 of 2989)        

LOL...my brother's name is Lachlan.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes. It was actually on Saturday. I needed to be at cricket at 7:30, where I got to see my friend make a very good 86. Then we went out to lunch, I had these salt and pepper prawns on a noodle salad. Then I went to work for a few hours, came home and watched the football.

The Coke Blak we ordered from the U.S finally came this week. It cost us $3 a bottle, but I thought it was excellent. Whoever it was that said they didn't have the nerve to try it yet should.

Off to school, first day of exams

Regan
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legolas returns - Oct 22, 2006 2:59 pm (#607 of 2989)        

Good luck with your exams.

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Solitaire - Oct 22, 2006 3:12 pm (#608 of 2989)        

I love Jane Austen's novel, Sense & Sensibility. I have read it ten times at least and know it forwards and backwards. I was not thrilled with the Emma Thompson screen version of it, however. I really did like AR's Col. Brandon, and I thought Willoughby was good. ET was WAY too old to play 19-year-old Elinor Dashwood. Kate Winslet was closer to the actual age of 17-year-old Marianne Dashwood, but she still seemed too old for me.

I hated the way they just got rid of Sir John's wife and kids and Lucy's sister. I also did not like this Mrs. Jennings. She was far too coarse. I prefer the one who was in the old BBC miniseries. Plotwise, I didn't like the reason Col. Brandon gave for his father breaking up his young romance. I wish they wouldn't mess with stuff like that. I wish A&E would do a good miniseries of the book ... more than a couple of hours are required to really do justice to the story.

Solitaire

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haymoni - Oct 22, 2006 3:17 pm (#609 of 2989)        

"Braveheart" is on Spike TV right now.

Who was it who said they had never seen it???

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Eponine - Oct 22, 2006 3:21 pm (#610 of 2989)        

Haymoni, I can't believe Jeffery won either. I'm not sure what the judges were thinking at all!

I used to be able to sit on my hair. I've had one perm in my life, and that was enough for me to realize that my hair absolutely refuses to hold curl. For my wedding, the girl who did my hair put something in it so it would hold for several hours, but that's the longest it's ever stayed curled. I've been told by several stylists that my hair is rather thick. Drying it takes forever, but I'm happy with my hair. Mr. Eponine thinks I should dye it red though!!

I'm trying to come up with a costume to wear to work on Halloween. I don't want to buy a pre-done costume, and it's got to be something I can work in too. Any ideas? (Besides HP characters, I'm already considering those!)

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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haymoni - Oct 22, 2006 3:40 pm (#611 of 2989)        

I have pretty much come to the conclusion that Project Runway is aiming for the early 20's market.

I would wear every single one of Laura's clothes (if I were tall, that is) and just about everything Uli did (same desire for height).

Jeffrey's stuff was edgy, but we'll see Laura & Uli in the stores.

I don't know what the heck happened to Michael.

My Brownies are going down the tubes once again. I think I actually hate Sundays!

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juliebug - Oct 22, 2006 3:40 pm (#612 of 2989)        

One year I was Scully from The X-Files. I wore a lady's suit and trench coat, bought a cheap toy badge and gun and carried around a stuffed toy alien (my baby). Would really be great if you did decide to dye your hair red

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kabloink! - Oct 22, 2006 3:46 pm (#613 of 2989)        

My hair is currently just about to my shoulder blades, maybe a bit longer. Two year ago it was to my chin in front and shorter in back. I think I'm going to go back to that shortly. Its funny, one of my sisters-in-law has super straight hair (which she takes an hour to blow dry straight and straighten every day...I don't get it), the other has curly hair (though she never wears it that way-she either straightens it, or put product in it, dries it halfway at which point it looks adorable, then curls it with a curling iron). Both of them are constantly complaining about their hair. I have wavy hair and at one point would have killed for curly OR straight hair. It was funny, I thought when I cut my hair that short it would curl more-nope. It was straight. Actually, it was the perfect cut-I ran a brush through it and flipped the brush at the ends while it was wet, and it was styled perfectly. Thanks to the baby learning how to grip, I thinks its going back to that soon.

I really like that Godiva coffee stuff. My mom has some at work, and we share them (we get busy and forget about them a lot). They come in french vanilla, too.

Ok, gotta go feed the baby. Happy birthday to Regan and Lachlan.

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jose043 - Oct 22, 2006 4:00 pm (#614 of 2989)        

Hi all  - put the youngest grandson by mistake -  it should of been Mitchell. Lachlan's is not till the December. Was quite tired when typing last night.  But thanks for the wishes.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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geauxtigers - Oct 22, 2006 4:18 pm (#615 of 2989)        

I can't believe Jeffery won either. I would have worn all of Uli's line too. I wanted Michael to win, I thought his stuff throughout the whole season was the best. I'm not sure what happened to him the last go round! As for a winner, I think it should have been either Micheal or Uli. Jeffery was kinda arrogant and it bothered me!

Okay, so I have this english paper due tomorrow that I haven't even started. We have to pick 3 characters from the Canterbury Tales and compare them with their modern day counter part. Its one of those papers that I can't even get started on! I have no idea what to say!

Its so cold outside!!! Its says its 64F out! Its supposed to dip down into the mid 40's overnight! It feels like Christmas! We went to dinner and I wore a sweater! When we came home, we decorated the front porch with a couple of pumpkins and a leaf garland thing around the door frame. Our feeble attempt at Halloween/Thanksgiving decorations! LOL! We spent some time outside because who knows when its going to be this cold again?!

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boop - Oct 22, 2006 4:41 pm (#616 of 2989)        

Regan, Happy Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day.

Lily, Congrats to your hubby on the job. Good luck with finishing the costume.

Solitaire, thanks for the update. Sending more healing charms your students way.

jose043, Happy Birthday to your grandson, and healing charms to you.

Winky, Glad you have had a good time away. Just remember we are all here for you.

Tori, Ginny, sending repair charms your way.

Lina, I love your avatar. Looks like you have pretty hair, and how cute you are.

My hair is curly and really thick. It grows really fast too. Everybody is always saying how they wish they had my hair. I don't mind the curls, but its too thick for me. I have lots of grey, but I cover it up all the time. I have seen grey in my hair since I was 17.

The weather has been chilly but nice. They are calling for that white stuff tuesday. I am not ready for that yet.

I hope everyone has had a good weekend. Have a great rest of the day.

hugs always

boop

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kaykay1970 - Oct 22, 2006 4:53 pm (#617 of 2989)        

What an adorable picture Lina!

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Finn BV - Oct 22, 2006 7:28 pm (#618 of 2989)        

Regan, happy birthday!!! I'm sorry I missed it…

Happy Birthday to Josephine's grandson too!

Lilly, congrats to your husband on the job!

(Stolen from betty… and hugs to her too!)

And another week goes by where I have been too busy to post on the chat thread. Ah, well, that's life! I'm going to try and do my best to keep up-to-date here, but we'll see…

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geauxtigers - Oct 22, 2006 9:54 pm (#619 of 2989)        

I finished!!! My english paper is done! Its terrible, but its done! I finished before midnight too! I feel so accomplished! I compared one character to Hagrid even though we aren't supposed to do fictional characters. It was just too perfect t pass up!

Well I think I might go to bed now. Its nearly midnight here. First I need to clean off my bed, my room is clean, but all my stuff it still on my bed. **waves to Finn**

Its supposed to be really cold tonight!!! I can turn the heat on in my car in the morning! Thats exciting! I haven't gotten to test it out for real!

Night everyone!

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kabloink! - Oct 22, 2006 10:10 pm (#620 of 2989)        

Hehe. 64F is cold? Here in the Detroit area, they played game 2 of the World Series in 40F weather, and that was at the beginning of the game (which the Tigers won-yay!). This has actually been a very cold October for us, but I've enjoyed it. Being able to bundle the baby in his adorable little outfits is fun. I found a great Halloween costume that he can also wear this week with the World Series. I coulnd't find any affordable Detroit Tigers outfits in his size that are reasonably priced, but Target had a little Tiger costume that is really a sleeper. He is soooo adorable in it! I think I'm going to email the picture to one of the local new stations-they might just put him on the air!

Ok off to bed!

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Snuffles - Oct 23, 2006 12:42 am (#621 of 2989)        

Lina, that picture is sooo cute

Good luck with your exams Regan.

Legolas, I wanted to watch Torchwood but hubby decided he wanted to watch some film with Sean Connery in. I think it was League of extraordinary gentlemen! 2 hours of my life I won't get back again. The film was complete pants!

My hair is fine and if I brush it too much it goes all staticky. I always wanted a perm when I was younger but my mum wouldn't let me. Then when I was old enough, I didn't want one! I don't think it would stay in anyway, my hair won't curl whatever you do. It was my hairdressers nightmare on my wedding day. She wanted to have the side bits curly around my face but they just dropped out again. Oh well!

Happy Monday everyone

Julie

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The giant squid - Oct 23, 2006 2:23 am (#622 of 2989)        

Thanks on the comments about the picture. It only shows that all of us once used to be cute little kids, no matter how incredible it sounds.—Lina

Ain't that the truth...Marie can attest that once long ago I was, in fact, cute. Who knew?

As for hair, I'm lucky I'm a guy. I can just brush it, pull it back & go. If I'm in a hurry, I just leave it as it looks when I roll out of bed. No worries. No perms, blow dryers, curling irons or straighteners for me.

I wanted to watch Torchwood but hubby decided he wanted to watch some film with Sean Connery in. I think it was League of extraordinary gentlemen!—Snuffles

My condolences. That was quite possibly the worst comic-book movie ever made (yes, even worse than Catwoman). I can only assume that Connery was in need of some quick cash...

--Mike

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Regan of Gong - Oct 23, 2006 4:47 am (#623 of 2989)        

I didn't mind League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

At the moment I'm reading San Sombrero, a Jetlag travel Guide, famous for their guides to Molvania and Phaic Tan. Then I need to read Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.

Off to go study some more

Regan

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Denise P. - Oct 23, 2006 5:54 am (#624 of 2989)        

I thought Angels and Demons was better than Da Vinci Code

My hair is thick and curly. When it gets humid, it grows. I was at a hotel with a friend once and she was watching me with a weird look on her face. "What?" "Your hair. It's....growing....out" I get the “poodle with electric shock look” so I tend to pull it back into a ponytail and generously use FrizzEase. My running group is so used to seeing me with my hair braided up that when I showed up with it loose, one said "You have long hair!" Well duh, why do you think I braid and pin it up out of my way?

I am off to get cardstock and a foam posterboard to make an iPod costume.

Note to Kim: My pirate bandana will get a workout next week. We are doing a ship building theme so as the head pirate, I am going to have boys walking the plank to get their awards

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Starling - Oct 23, 2006 6:23 am (#625 of 2989)        

"I have seen grey in my hair since I was 17. "

The other day we passed a lady with grey, wild, curly hair on the escalator, with the same haircut as my partner, and I yelled "Look, Ruth, there goes your future hair!"

She won't cover the grey up. She prefers the mad scientist look.

Denise: Be Curly is really excellent against frizz!

No, I don't have shares in Aveda.

Martje

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Snuffles - Oct 23, 2006 6:30 am (#626 of 2989)        

Does anyone have any good pumpkin recipes? I've never cooked with it before but thought I would give it a go!

Julie

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juliebug - Oct 23, 2006 7:00 am (#627 of 2989)        

I like to make pumpkin cheesecake for our family's Thanksgiving. There are a lot of recipes for it out on the internet (that's where I found the one I use.) One year, I tried make a few different varieties for my hubby and I before the big day, and found we liked the simplest one the best. If anyone's interested:

Philadelphia 3-step Pumkin Cheesecake

1.)  2 packages (8oz) cream cheese (softened)
2.)  1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3.)  1/2 cup sugar
4.)  1/2 teaspoon vanilla
5.)  1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6.)  dash of ground cloves
7.)  dash of nutmeg
8.)  2 eggs
9.)  premade graham cracker pie crust

(Note: I do not use the ground cloves and replace the nutmeg with allspice, as Mr. Bug is allergic.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla and spices in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs and beat until just blended.

Pour mixture into crust.

Bake 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. If desired, top with whipped topping.

(Note: I have made this a few days ahead of time and it was fine.)

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Starling - Oct 23, 2006 7:33 am (#628 of 2989)        

I make pumpkin soup. I put the pumpkin pieces, a little water, salt and pepper in a pan, and liquidise it when it's soft. Then I add some creme fraiche or sour cream to top it off. I much prefer it to recipes that use stock.

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Snuffles - Oct 23, 2006 7:49 am (#629 of 2989)        

juliebug and Starling, thanks for the recipes. I will have a go at the weekend and see what disaster culinary delight I can come up with

If anyone has any spare cash. On ebay.co.uk there is (supposedly) a copy of POA. First edition, first set of printing. It says with one off watercolour. It is going for £1149.99! Any takers???

Julie

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Puck - Oct 23, 2006 7:55 am (#630 of 2989)        

I admit, I use canned pumpkin and follow recipes on the back. I've made pies, but want to try bread this year. (I'm into breads this fall. I've made zucchini and a yummy raisin bran so far. Pumpkin will be next.)

If anyone knows how to convert a regular bread recipe to one for mini pans, I'd appreciate you sharing the knowledge. I bought a bunch of disposable mini pans buy-one-get-one-free. I thought they'd made cute holiday gifts for teachers, Scout leaders, etc... However, I'm not sure how much to adjust the time/temperature of any of my recipes.

The film was complete pants!

That's an expression I hadn't heard before! Does it mean simply bad, or that it was made for those with much testosterone coursing through their veins?

Happy RotD!

Kathy

LOL, Julie. I'm sure Hubby wouldn't mind shelling out that kind of cash for I book I already own...

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haymoni - Oct 23, 2006 8:33 am (#631 of 2989)        

I had pumpkin chipotle soup once in a restaurant - it was incredible!

It was sweet and spicy and hot all at the same time.

Happy Monday all!

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Holly T. - Oct 23, 2006 8:39 am (#632 of 2989)        

**waving to everyone**

I didn't get online all weekend, wow, so I hit the magic button. Instead of playing on the computer this weekend I cleaned my son's room (most disgusting thing I found: a milk jug with mold in it shoved behind the shelf, ew--it had the lid on so it wasn't stinky but still, ew), took my daughter to ballet, went to the library, put up my Halloween decorations, worked at the church pumpkin patch, and did the grocery shopping. Whew.

Are we allowed to post links? Because I have a bread recipe for Kathy that is online. If not, I will retype my recipe for Sweet Potato Cranberry Bread. You can make it with pumpkin, but it is much better with sweet potatoes. I like to bake sweet potatoes in the crock pot and then mash them and freeze them in 2-cup containers, which is enough to make this bread or sweet potato pie.

Not online but I can type them in sometime when I am at home are yummy recipes for eggnog bread, applesauce bread, and lemon bread.

For mini loaves it depends on the size of the mini loaf pans. I have a pan that is comprised of eight mini loaf pans all linked together (actually I have two of these). Each pan of eight mini loaves uses the batter for one loaf of bread. If one loaf takes about an hour to cook, these mini loaves take 20 minutes. If you have the bigger size of mini loaf pans, which equals about three mini loaves to one regular size loaf, then they would cook a little longer, I would guess half an hour. But I would start checking after 20 minutes and then check every five minutes until they test done.

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Laura W - Oct 23, 2006 9:13 am (#633 of 2989)        

"I get the “poodle with electric shock look” so I tend to pull it back into a ponytail and generously use FrizzEase."

Sounds like a job for Sleekeazy's Hair Potion, Denise. (chuckle, chuckle)

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Good Evans - Oct 23, 2006 9:42 am (#634 of 2989)        

complete pants = absolute rubbish!!!! - transatlantic translation services

hello everyone **waves to Kristina** off to weigh in shortly - not going to be good!!!

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septentrion - Oct 23, 2006 11:15 am (#635 of 2989)        

I'm just dropping by to tell the news that had had some of you hanging on the "you know you are a..." thread.

First, we're going to have a house built next year, in the village where my family comes from, in the very street where my great-grand-father lived, where my grand-father was born and lived, and where my father was born. I say it's destiny...

Second, even bigger news: I'm going to be a mum next June! I thought I could live without a child, but now I don't want to live without this child. And for those of you who know my husband, you can guess how happy he is. He'll be the father hen personified!

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haymoni - Oct 23, 2006 11:22 am (#636 of 2989)        

Whoo Hoo!!!

That's exciting news!

Come join the Slacker Moms!!!

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Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 23, 2006 11:27 am (#637 of 2989)        

Septentrion, many congratulations.

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painting sheila - Oct 23, 2006 11:35 am (#638 of 2989)        

Eponine: I skipped a few post to get this to you but . . . .Halloween - What about going as the old video game "Pong". You and your husband could dress up all in white (sweats?) and pass a bouncy ball from one to the other. HA!

Septentrion!! WOOHOO!! June is an EXCELLENT month for birthdays - the 15th being my favorite! How are you feeling?

I have fine thin straight dirty dish water blonde hair that is slowly - but surely!! - turning gray. I like the gray because it has more body than the other stuff does!

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septentrion - Oct 23, 2006 11:46 am (#639 of 2989)        

I'm fully intending of being a slacker mom. LOL

I feel just fine, no nausea, just some troubles with my sleep (I've taken to wake up way too early).

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Choices - Oct 23, 2006 11:53 am (#640 of 2989)        

Wonderful news Septentrion - congratulations. My youngest daughter is expecting the end of April. :-) Babies are a joy!!

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juliebug - Oct 23, 2006 11:54 am (#641 of 2989)        

Congratulations, Septentrion, on both bits of very exciting news! We Slacker Moms will be thrilled to have you join our ranks when the little one arrives!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 23, 2006 11:56 am (#642 of 2989)        

Congratulations Septentrion!

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Eponine - Oct 23, 2006 11:58 am (#643 of 2989)        

Congratulations, Septentrion!

Sheila, I'm trying to come up with a costume I can wear to work (library). Unfortunately, my husband does not accompany me to work every day, so I'm afraid Pong is out.

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Holly T. - Oct 23, 2006 11:58 am (#644 of 2989)        

Congratulations, Septentrion! My daughter, my niece, my dad, and my sister-in-law all have June birthdays.

File this under strange but true: My mom bought me a T-shirt when I was pregnant with my daughter that said "I'm due in July" (which I wouldn't wear in public as I thought it was obnoxious). So I loaned the shirt to my friend and then to my sister-in-law with the rest of the maternity clothes as they were both also due in July (not the same year, obviously). We all had our babies in June. Other people with July due dates have refused to borrow the shirt after learning this.

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Madam Pince - Oct 23, 2006 12:14 pm (#645 of 2989)        

Congratulations, septentrion! Woo-Hoo! I was hoping that was what it was you were going to tell us! What wonderful news! Best wishes and sleeping charms to you! LOL!

Yay to Solitaire's student -- glad to hear that his recovery is coming right along. He is being a very gutsy little guy to come back to school and get back in the swing of things! We will continue to keep him in our thoughts.

Thanks, Mediwitch, for checking about the flu shot thing! The nurse did rub my arm at the site right after she gave me the shot -- I didn't dare look down, so I don't know if it was because there was a big ole' bubble there or not! It has felt fine since -- no lump, and hardly sore at all.

Belated Happy Birthday, Regan! Hope you had a fantastic Sweet Sixteenth! It sounds like it was grand. (It was me who hadn't tried the Coke Blak -- maybe I'll give it a try if you think it's good. Thing is, I can't decide if it should be drunk hot or cold? )

Denise, I use Frizz-Ease, too! Works wonders for me on humid days. I used to keep my hair long so it was easier to do the proper hairstyles for my re-enacting, but now since I don't go as much (and since I purchased a couple of good hairpieces,) I'm able to go a bit shorter.

Going back a ways... Legolas Returns, I thought the Barty Jr. "tongue-flicking-thing" was meant to be kinda serpent-like (to tie in a Slytherin connection? although we don't know he was Slytherin I don't think) and also to give a rather broad clue to whomever was paying attention, because of the time that "Mad-Eye Moody" did it, too (by the lake after the second task, when Barty, Sr. first noticed it.) I hope it wasn't a "tic" that the real-life actor had! LOL!

Loopy and Juliebug, re: Lost: Yes, from what I read, Loopy had the theory right -- they were speculating that the Oceanic flight survivors had "caused" a death before the crash. Hurley's deck accident is one, but you could also say he maybe "caused" his grandfather's fatal heart attack after Hurley won the lottery? I don't think we know yet about Rose/Bernard/Arzt/Claire, although I missed the episode with Claire's backstory. Charlie -- I can't remember -- was there something about some family member dying when he was a kid? What about his brother -- didn't he die of a drug overdose which conceivably Charlie could've felt guilty about because he didn't prevent it? Or I could be imagining that... Loopy, you may be right about the "robbery" thing -- I missed that episode -- but I just knew it had something to do with a bank (safe-deposit box could be it) and that it was slightly "illegal/fishy" or whatever... I think I need to get the DVDs and brush up...

So the re-enacting weekend was fun. It was veeerrrry cold at night (right around the freezing point, I believe) but the days were very nice, and we bundled up under many blankets at night so we were OK -- it just takes forever for my feet to get warm once I go to bed! My new dress was divine and I got lots of compliments on it, and the best thing was that it fits me and I don't have to do the corset up quite so tight! Yay! I visited a sutler/vendor and tried on a ball gown that was simply beautiful -- plum-colored taffeta with an overskirt of sheer, cream-colored, light-as-butterfly-wings fabric with wide plum-colored stripes, and puff sleeves of the same sheer fabric... sigh... but as it was almost $600 (!) I regretfully declined... I also passed on a beautiful summer straw bonnet with green silk trimmed with flowers and fruit -- I need a nice straw, and finding one with the proper "shape" is not easy, but again the price was quite steep. I haven't seriously shopped for new clothes in some time, so maybe I just have sticker shock. There were several interesting history presentations throughout the weekend, and we got to visit lots of old friends. The fall foliage in the Shenandoah Valley was absolutely gorgeous -- it seemed to be right at the peak of color. And the firewood they provided was actually cured and dry, which is fairly unusual for a re-enactment, and that made for much easier fire-making and cooking, etc. All in all, a very nice time. I woke up with a bit of a sore throat and stuffy nose Sunday morning, but it's not too bad and I'm hoping to throw it off quickly.

OK, off to do laundry and try to rid everything of the "campfire smoke" smell...

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septentrion - Oct 23, 2006 12:14 pm (#646 of 2989)        

LOL Holly!

Thanks everyone.

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Snuffles - Oct 23, 2006 12:22 pm (#647 of 2989)        

Congratulation Septentrion When you said it was news you couldn't tell anyone about just yet, I did wonder. I have to agree, June is a great month for birthdays. Woo hoo!

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 23, 2006 12:47 pm (#648 of 2989)        

Just quick, but big (huge) CONGRATULATIONS to Septentrion!!!!!!! I agree as well that June is just perfect for birthdays. And congratulations again!

Kate

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juliebug - Oct 23, 2006 12:50 pm (#649 of 2989)        

Re: Lost Charlie's brother, Liam, didn't die. He got his act together, left the band and bought a house in the suburbs somewhere in Austraila. He is raising a family and wearing glasses and argyle sweaters. Charlie was begging him to come back to the band to play some big come back gig before boarding that fateful flight. As far as I know, there aren't any deaths in Charlie's past, but some other band mate or groupie OD'ing wouldn't be a big stretch. I don't remember any deaths when Charlie was little. They were very poor and Charlie got a piano which led him on a path to music. Nothing's really been said about Charlie's parents after he reaches adulthood, so there could be something there.

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septentrion - Oct 23, 2006 1:03 pm (#650 of 2989)        

Thanks again every one.

Kate, so you know you won that medal the day of my birthday? Well, now you know How are you and your family doing?
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painting sheila - Oct 23, 2006 1:16 pm (#651 of 2989)        

Happy belated birthday Regan!! I am curious to know if your friends that you do such lovely gifts for came up with anything original that we would love to know about?

Eponine - how about dressing up as a big chocolate Kiss and handing out kisses all day ( the chocolate ones of course!) How are your sewing skills? Are you good at a hot glue gun? ideas, ideas, ideas!!

Madame Pince - How is your sweetie's spider bite? Has it gone away? And. . . I thought of you at the state fair!! There was this BEAUTIFUL Civil War era dress that won all sorts of prizes!! They had it all roped off, so I couldn't see how the stitches were done. But it had a sign that said it was "sewn by time period standards". I am assuming that means by hand. I know I am crazy but I think I am going to make me one! I will use a machine and not hand stitch it, but it will be close enough for the first time. I have made early 1700's dresses before, but never for myself. This one will be for me!! Woohoo!!

Septentrion - Make sure you get all of the sleep you can when you feel the need. That is my only advise - SLEEP!! now while you have the chance!! ; )

Lost - I didn't catch the polar bear when Lock came out of the lodge. I will look for it again. It makes sense about the polar bear in the first season - it was from the zoo cages Sawyer and Kate are being kept in! I just want to know how the Other's have so much information on everyone. Do you think they got it from the Internet? Do any of you think Charlie will have "powers" or do you think Desmond does because he was close to the magnet?

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Tazzygirl - Oct 23, 2006 1:23 pm (#652 of 2989)        

**waves to Julie GE** Good luck!

Septentrion: Congratulations!! I thought that is what it was!

Madam P: Glad you had a fun trip! Too bad about the dress- it sounds beautiful!

No school today, so I plan to do some homework, hang out on the forum, and bake two types of cookies (one is pumpkin cookies. If it turns out yummy, I'll share the recipe!), and banana bread. I want to send a carepackage to my brother...

I think I'll make that pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving. It sounds YUMMY!!!

Hope you all have a fantastic day!

~Kristina

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Lina - Oct 23, 2006 1:24 pm (#653 of 2989)        

Woo hoo, Septentrions! I'm so glad! I've been planning to send you an e-mail, so this will certainly make me more quick. I just can't resist to wonder if there was something in the Croatian water, rain or air?

I'm glad you had a great time over the weekend, Madam Pince.

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 23, 2006 2:22 pm (#654 of 2989)        

WOHOO! Congrats Septentrions!!! That's fantastic!

Bread...that's pretty much my weakness! I love pretty much every kind but sourdough!

Roto Rooter is currently here digging up the front yard. We have a trench about 2 feet wide and 4 1/2 feet deep running across the yard. Hopefully they'll finish soon so that we can flush again.

It got down in the 40's last night! It was soo cold all day that we couldn't swim because the pool was too cold. They finally turned the heater on so it should be warm enough by tomorrow. The high today so far has been 65, it probably won't get any warmer as it's getting close to nightfall. THAT IS COLD!!!!!BTW!

Happy Monday to everyone!

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geauxtigers - Oct 23, 2006 2:24 pm (#655 of 2989)        

Congrats Septentrion!!!

It is a beautiful day today! Only got into the low 70s (I think) and it was so cold this morning! I had to wear a long sleeve shirt and a my fleece! And the sky is just absolutely gorgeous! As blue as can be! I love days like this!

We couldn't swim today because the pool wasn't warm enough. It was only 72 and it has to be 80 for us to swim. Darn!

The plumbers are here and it looks like they are almost done! Yay! I can turn the water on soon I hope, **knock on wood**

Well off to do my homework! Fun fun!

Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

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The giant squid - Oct 23, 2006 2:40 pm (#656 of 2989)        

Congrats, Septentrion!

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Puck - Oct 23, 2006 2:42 pm (#657 of 2989)        

Congratulations Septentrion!

Thanks, Julie, for the translation!

Thanks to Holly for the recipes!

Glad you had fun Madame Pince.

Baby fussing. Time to stop slacking.

Kathy

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azi - Oct 23, 2006 2:47 pm (#658 of 2989)        

Congratulations, Septentrion!

Welcome back from your re-enactment, Madam P!

My knees and feet hurt...I think I did too much exercise today! Hopefully sleep will enable me to cycle to uni tomorrow!

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Detail Seeker - Oct 23, 2006 2:49 pm (#659 of 2989)        

Puck, you asked about temperatures for smaller forms: do not change the baking temperature, just the time will be shorter. So, if you see, that the crust is well, the rest will be well, too. To really check the consistence, stick a wet woodstick into the bread. If no dough sticks to it, when you pull it out, the bread is ready.

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 23, 2006 2:56 pm (#660 of 2989)        

Congrats Septentrion!

Madame Pince and Juliebug: I don't recall anything specific about Charlie. Claire didn't kill anyone during her backstory, as best I can recall. Rose and Bernard and mysteries too on that front. I suppose Sun and Jin both share responsibility for the English teacher who jumped out of the window. Hmmmm. Can't think of anyone else at the moment. I don't recall Boone and Shannon killing anyone, but they crossed other taboos, didn't they? Let's see, Boone, Shannon, Anna, and Hurley's girlfriend are all dead so far. (Am I missing any major in flight character?) Of them, only Anna had a clearly defined vengeance story. I can't wait for Wednesday!!!!

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juliebug - Oct 23, 2006 3:11 pm (#661 of 2989)        

Re: Lost Just speculation, but I wonder if Shannon didn't have any guilty feeling about her father's death. I know it was an accident (car accident I think) but maybe Shannon felt some responsibility for it? Again, just guessing. Boone was a life guard, maybe he felt some responsibility for a person he didn't save. I know that happened to him on the island, could it have happened before? Libby (Hurley's girlfriend) lost her husband. I can't remember those circumstances either, but some reason, I think there might have been an illness. Maybe she felt a responsibility there as well? I'm still not even sure if I buy into this theory, but it is very interesting. I also am very excited for Wednesday.

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Madam Pince - Oct 23, 2006 3:17 pm (#662 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 23, 2006 4:09 pm

Lost stuff: Yeah, maybe that whole "death" thing is a load of old banana skins, as Tim would say. It was just somebody's speculations I remember reading from early on in the series when we didn't know as much backstory as we do now. I definitely need to get the DVDs and brush up on my trivia... I did see the polar bear coming out of the lodge! That whole lodge bit was completely weird...

Sheila, the spider bite is all better, thanks for asking! It might not have even been a spider bite at all -- who knows. It definitely wasn't a brown recluse, though, so thanks soooo much to the doctor for scaring us to pieces!  

I am not a sew-er, (note the hyphen to distinguish from what Tori and Ginny are currently having problems with ) but if you decide to do a Civil War period dress, I understand that Saundra Altman's "Past Patterns" are considered very accurate. I don't know which ones my dressmaker used to use. She retired a while ago :sad: which is why I haven't shopped for awhile. I don't think the issue of handstitching vs. machine stitching is such a big deal (except for buttonholes, which you won't have on a ladies' dress anyway), so much as it is the dropped armscythe, the cording over the back seams, the proper gathering of the skirt, the correct fabric, etc. Sewing machines did exist then, they just weren't in common everyday use, but were more for custom, "big-city" dressmakers. So if you are making, say, a rural Southern impression late-war dress, you probably wouldn't do anything too fancy or machine-stitched. Let me know if you want me to send you what I have about vendors for patterns, fabrics, etc. Good luck with your dress!

Edit: Oh, I almost forgot -- must ***high-five*** Loopy for the 'Hoos finally winning one last week! If we could only win one game all year, at least it was against the Tar Heels! I didn't realize this until I read it today, but it has been since before I was a student there (in other words, prehistoric times) that the 'Heels have won in Scott Stadium! I must say, that feels kind of good...

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Oct 23, 2006 3:53 pm (#663 of 2989)        

Congratulations Septentrion!

Happy belated birthday Regan. LPO

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boop - Oct 23, 2006 4:00 pm (#664 of 2989)        

Finn, Good to see you around. Thanks for the hug.

Regan, Good luck with your exam.

Denise, Good luck with the iPod costume.

Septentrion, A BIG CONGRATULATION!!!!

Choices, Congratulations to your daughter.

Madam Pince, Sounds like you had a fun weekend. I am sending you some healing charms for your sour throat.

have a great rest of the day!

hugs always

boop

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Madam Pince - Oct 23, 2006 4:12 pm (#665 of 2989)        

Thanks for the healing charms, boop, and a (((hug))) to you, too!

Am I the only one who would do an iPod costume like a great big seed pod, with a single eye in the middle of it, a la Mike Wysowski?

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Finn BV - Oct 23, 2006 4:14 pm (#666 of 2989)        

Septention, at last the news comes out! You've kept us waiting, but what a payoff!! Congratulations! Best of luck in your pregnancy and move. Summer is a nice season for birthdays…

Bread… ah… if anything were the bane of my existence… this is not it.

Welcome back Madam P, glad to hear the weekend was fun!

All righty, read through all the posts! On a Monday, no less!

**waves to boop**

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timrew - Oct 23, 2006 4:42 pm (#667 of 2989)        

I don't give a fig about 'Lost'. I heard it might go on for another five years, and that's what put me off............it, that is.............I wouldn't watch a series for another five years!

Septentrion, Big Congratulations!

Choices, Congratulations to your daughter! Long may she.......er.........continue.............

And.......er.........that's about it.............

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Tazzygirl - Oct 23, 2006 4:49 pm (#668 of 2989)        

Okay, the Pumpkin cookies were really yummy! And super easy to make!

1 package (18.25 ounces) of White Cake Mix
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
I used walnuts instead of raisins...

Mix all the ingredients together (put the raisins and/or nuts in last, after everything is mixed), and then place spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celcius), or until edges of cookies are lightly brown around the edges.

~Kristina

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 23, 2006 5:22 pm (#669 of 2989)        

Congrats, Septentrion and Choice's daughter!

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Mediwitch - Oct 23, 2006 5:53 pm (#670 of 2989)        

WOOHOO Septentrion and Choices's daughter!!!

MMMM...pumpkin is delicious! Breads, soups, etc. I have a very simple pumpkin bread recipe that is wonderful if anyone would like it. I'll try to pull it out later.

I just finished watching a tape of a History Channel show called "Into the Fire" - it was on yesterday afternoon and once a couple of weeks ago. It was an excellent short documentary on firefighting. Did anyone catch it?

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Chemyst - Oct 23, 2006 6:36 pm (#671 of 2989)        

Woo-hoo septentrion!

To really check the consistency, stick a wet woodstick into the bread. - Detail Seeker
Really? They are supposed to be wet? I've always used dry ones. We call woodsticks "toothpicks" here; but until I saw you use woodstick, I never realized how potentially disgusting a literal translation of "toothpick" might be! Ah, sometimes I use a wooden skewer too, but toothpicks are so much cheaper.

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geauxtigers - Oct 23, 2006 7:15 pm (#672 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 23, 2006 7:46 pm

Ahh well we went and had dinner at Cracker Barrel. They have all the Christmas stuff out already and we just walked around forever looking at all the cute things! I've got the holidays on my mind lately! Its cold outside, stuff is starting to appear in stores ect! So what did I do when I got home? I went into the attic and got my mini tree down and some light and my blue ornaments! I might just put it up by the end of the week!

I got some taffy at Cracker Barrel, I'm guessing the flavor is cherry, but it tastes like cherry chap-stick. Its kinda gross...I liked the other flavors, but you know, you see red and assume its cherry, so you figure you'll like it. Maybe not!

We call those stick cake testers or something like that! But we don't use toothpicks for testing cakes, we have a wooden dowel thingy. I dunno we call it a cake tester thingy, then again we also call the tv remote a "clicker" which most people outside our family find amusing!

So I should go do my homework! I don't have much for a change...but still, I should it sometime tonight.

Hope everyone has a lovely evening!

EDIT: Sheila, ours isn't a gross story either! Every so often the pipes get clogged with tree roots because they are attracted to the water, and when it hasn't rain in a while, there ya go. The pipes are original to the house, which was built in the 70s, so they just reached a point where they wore out. They'd been attacked by roots one too many times. We did have a flood in our bathroom. The carpet is still damp, so we are going to have to rip it out tomorrow. Luckily there isn't much of it, but it does smell like mildew, so we need to get it out. Who ever's bright idea it was to put carpet in the bathroom, I'd love to know their logic!

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painting sheila - Oct 23, 2006 7:35 pm (#673 of 2989)        

Madame Pince - I am not going to take offence at the “Tar Hells” comment - but the coach got the foot today in case you didn’t hear. It is a weird day for Heels fans ever where - even on the forum!! I would like some info on dress patterns. I don't know where I am going to wear this thing - but I was so floored by the one at the fair I can't help myself. Maybe I will make it in a beautiful Carolina Blue print . . . hmmmm.

Twins - I friend had a problem with their sewer - don't worry. It is not a gross story! They moved their business (a musical theater) into a brand new building. They had problems with the bathroom from day one. One night just hours before opening night, one of the toilets wouldn't flush. They called Roto Rooter and the guys proceeded to find the blockage. it was a rock about the size of your fist in the line. It had fallen in when they were laying the piping and no one had noticed. They had to dig up the line and relay all of the pipe. The really sad part is that when they were trying to find the problem, the Rooter guys put to much pressure in the line and all of the sinks, toilets, everything! spewed water and "stuff" all over the theater!! It was very messy. All the Rooter guys could say was "I guess that was a little too much pressure." YIKES!! I hope your story is much more pleasant.

I am going to look back at previous post to see what the good news was for Choices daughter - but WOOHOO! anyway!!

Did anyone watch the Bachelor tonight or am I the lone stranger once again?

Eponine - I have a Wooly Mammoth costume you can borrow. What about a deck of Uno cards, bag of groceries, a cad table with a card game going on (use a small card board bow and cut a hole for your head and the sides out for your arms. Glue a table cloth on it and place cards around with maybe a bowl of snacks and some drinking cups), one of the new washing machines that have the window in front(same card board bow, but cut a big hole in front You could use those LARGE plastic baggie and fill it with soap suds (dish soap suds better) and a sock or two. You could make a hat out of a label from a detergent box or make it out of all the lost socks that didn't make it into the washer), a bottle of fingernail polish (use some bright shiny fabric to make a full skirt and then use a feather duster to make a brush hat), . . . . .

I am sure you didn't expect someone to run on and on with ideas. I am sorry! I will shut up now.

She

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kabloink! - Oct 23, 2006 7:45 pm (#674 of 2989)        

A huge congrats to Septentrion!

Oops, gotta go. My bundle of joy woke up as soon as I laid him down. This surprises who?

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Puck - Oct 23, 2006 8:44 pm (#675 of 2989)        

Kabloink, at that age my infants only slept on -or directly beside- me. I hardly ever got to lay them down to sleep.

Thanks Detail Seeker. I use a "woodstick" to check my breads and cakes, but never heard of using it wet. The problem I have with metal pans is sometimes by the time the top browns, the bottom is already burnt. (I don't have this problem with my clay/stone pans, and use them whenever possible.)

Tori, we also use the term "clicker". I thought that was the norm. Putting up a Christmas tree on October, however, is not. The only place I find holiday stuff acceptable at this time of year is the craft stores, as people need to get a head start on projects. (I was trying to buy stuff for a pumpkin decorating party today, and Halloween stuff was about gone. I really wasn't planning to make Red and Green pumpkins. )

Skeleton costume in the home stretch. Need to finish the hood and add some glow in the dark fabric paint to the bones.

I need to go to sleep.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 23, 2006 9:33 pm (#676 of 2989)        

I thought that was the norm. Putting up a Christmas tree on October, however, is not.

SPEW!!! Well, I'm glad someone else said it first! LOL Remember, she also irons her pillow cases!

I really need to go to sleep but my cat is curled up on my bed and I don't want to disturb her! She looks soo cute!

Good luck finishing up the costume Kathy! I didn't know they made glow in the dark fabric paint! How cool!

Night everyone!

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Madam Pince - Oct 23, 2006 9:59 pm (#677 of 2989)        

Oh, just push the cat over, Ginny -- she'll just give you the "I'm-highly-insulted" glare, and then she'll go right back to sleep!

I must've missed Choice's daughter's news, too, but whatever it was... congratulations!

Sheila, I think a Carolina blue dress would be lovely! I will e-mail you some links tomorrow. So the coach got in trouble, eh? I'm so sorry... (not)....

I saw a commercial earlier today for a car that apparently can parallel-park itself! I think it was a Lexus. The guy just let go of the wheel and the car did all the work. That just seems weird to me, but I guess it might be possible. It made me think of our recent discussion about parallel parking.

Little Pince talked me into playing the Tri-Wizard Tournament games on the GoF DVD this evening -- he can't quite do it, but he wants me to do it while he watches. So now I'm all frustrated because I never can get more than four moves past that stupid frazzle-flappin' Hungarian Horntail.... Grrrrrrr.... I can win the Second Task, and I can win the Maze Task, and I can get all the way up to Nagini on the Graveyard challenge, but I can never stupify Nagini either. I'm clicking while it's right on his head -- what am I doing wrong?

Oh, I'm going to bed...

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septentrion - Oct 23, 2006 11:23 pm (#678 of 2989)        

Thank you, every one, for your nice words. It feels like to be embraced in a big collective hug. I don't know if it's an effect of the Croatian weather or water, but you never know, do you?

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Regan of Gong - Oct 24, 2006 12:00 am (#679 of 2989)        

...watch out world- Regan's licensed to drive (with full marks and a decent license photo as well)...

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The giant squid - Oct 24, 2006 12:02 am (#680 of 2989)        

I went into the attic and got my mini tree down and some light and my blue ornaments! I might just put it up by the end of the week!—geauxtigers

This girl's got a real future in retail sales... I guarantee you all the department stores will have their Christmas stuff out next Wednesday (the day after Hallowe'en) if they don't already. It's getting to the point that I expect to see ads on January 1st for the next Christmas...

I don't know if I mentioned it here, but we had a nasty sewer-related incident at work a few weeks back. I came in to work on Thursday night to find that something had happened to cause a thick brownish-black sludge (and I'm not going to try to define it further) to come up through the toilet. It filled the projection booth bathroom, flowed under the door & had made it halfway to the nearest projectors when the opening projectionist caught it. He got the main area cleaned but the bathroom remained off-limits until we could clear up with the casino (which our theater is attached to) who was at fault (i.e. them). It's been cleaned up (mostly) but there's still a funk in the air.

So buck up, kids--it could have been worse!

--Mike

EDIT: Way to go, Regan! Lucky for most of us you'd have to drive really far off the road for us to be in danger!

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Tazzygirl - Oct 24, 2006 12:06 am (#681 of 2989)        

Congrats, Regan!

Congratulations on the newest soon-to-be grandbaby, Choices!

EWWWWWW, Squid Mike! **tries to get image of sludge out of head**

~Kristina

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Lina - Oct 24, 2006 12:28 am (#682 of 2989)        

Watch out, Madam Pince! Don't call Hungarian Horntail stupid!

LOL, Septentrion. The number of children in Croatia is rapidly falling down (which you would never guess by my example, would you?), so there are several campaigns pro having children. Maybe some of them just catch on the tourists..

Oh, Regan, did you use your avatar for the driving license?

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jose043 - Oct 24, 2006 1:15 am (#683 of 2989)        

Congratulation's to septentrion & Choices daughter on their pregnancy hope every thing goes well for them both.

Up date on my shoulder I am allowed to take it out of the sling on Thursday evening & only have to wear it after that if my arm & shoulder start hurting. Go back to the specialist on the 11th December to see how it is coming along. Thank you for all the healing charms.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Regan of Gong - Oct 24, 2006 1:39 am (#684 of 2989)        

Christmas Decorations have been up for about 10 days at the local Westfield where I work.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 24, 2006 1:45 am (#685 of 2989)        

"...watch out world- Regan's licensed to drive (with full marks and a decent license photo as well)..." Congrats! I agree with Mike, "really" far off the road!

"Oh, Regan, did you use your avatar for the driving license?"

Lina's is a good question, and inspires another. (In my best Tom Riddle voice),"TELL THE TRUTH! Who really passed the test and got the license, you or the ferret?

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Starling - Oct 24, 2006 2:31 am (#686 of 2989)        

Congratulations, Septentrion! When are your scans and suchlike?

Congrats, Regan, I'll keep an eye out for driving ferrets .

Early Christmas stuff: why? It just takes the fun out of it. I love Christmas markets and so on, but I'd prefer it if they didn't start decorating before the beginning of Advent (they asked shopkeepers once why they start so early, they said "because people expect it". Yes, people might expect it, but it doesn't mean they LIKE it!). In Holland shops don't decorate for Christmas until after St Nicholas, on 5th December. It's not law, but people get really annoyed with them if they do.

Lina: Germany and Canada have the same problem. They have lots of incentives (such as 40 weeks maternity leave at 75% pay) to get people to have babies. It's silly, really, there are countries that are overcrowded, maybe they should encourage immigration instead?

Thanks for the story, Squid Mike. I'm not sure if I want the other half of my breakfast sandwich now.

Martje

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septentrion - Oct 24, 2006 2:46 am (#687 of 2989)        

Congrats, Choices, for your daughter.

I don't think that any campaign to have babies had caught on us.

My next scan is in November. The one I already had showed the baby to be in the right place. It has a beating heart, so everything's fine so far.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 24, 2006 3:07 am (#688 of 2989)        

"Lina: Germany and Canada have the same problem. They have lots of incentives (such as 40 weeks maternity leave at 75% pay) to get people to have babies. It's silly, really, there are countries that are overcrowded, maybe they should encourage immigration instead?"

Maybe they don't see the world as real estate? Maybe they are trying to preserve their culture and heritage? Spreading out the worlds population will not solve the problems.

...toddles off muttering, I shudna said that...ahh, butterbeer!...

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Good Evans - Oct 24, 2006 4:57 am (#689 of 2989)        

CONGRATULATIONS SEPTENTRION - super news!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS REGAN - I am so pleased that I am in England

not a good day on the weigh in last night and bad news - our instructor is leaving next week (serves me right for missing two weeks!!). We will get a new lady and she will be fine, but I will miss the old instructor, over the six years (on and off) I have lost five stone with her.

ah well - have a great day everyone!

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Puck - Oct 24, 2006 6:19 am (#690 of 2989)        

Congrats to Regan!

Madame Pince, I saw that car on the news a couple of months ago. It has cameras/sensors that tell it where the other cars are. I must say, it would be handy. They showed it, and it seemed to work quite well. Just push the "park" button and take your hands off the wheel. (Guess we're getting close to a car named "KIT" everyday. )

I told myself I would do my work this morning before checking the forum. The laundry has not been started, dishes in the sink, bathroom yet to clean. **sigh** Best get to it, then.

Kathy

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haymoni - Oct 24, 2006 6:34 am (#691 of 2989)        

Congrats, Regan!!

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Esther Rose - Oct 24, 2006 6:42 am (#692 of 2989)        

A big congrats to those who are waiting for little ones. A protection and good health charm on both!

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Marè - Oct 24, 2006 6:55 am (#693 of 2989)        

*Pokes head in*

I got this over the mail and had to share it with people who could appreciate it. I have no idea where the photo was taken though.

Maybe an idea for some-one else’s halloween costume this year?

click

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juliebug - Oct 24, 2006 6:59 am (#694 of 2989)        

What a great picture, Mare! Thanks for sharing it. That looks like it must be a very well behaved dog

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Solitaire - Oct 24, 2006 7:19 am (#695 of 2989)        

LOL My Shelties won't even tolerate the bows that groomers attempt to put on them. When they've had to wear an Elizabethan collar to keep them from chewing stitches or a "hot spot," they go and hide in the corner or behind the sofa. I don't want to think about what they would do if I tried to force them into costumes.

Solitaire

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Puck - Oct 24, 2006 7:24 am (#696 of 2989)        

LOL, Mare! That's a fun picture.

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kabloink! - Oct 24, 2006 7:47 am (#697 of 2989)        

Great picture! I'll have to remember to get an appropriately colored dog when we buy our house next year! I posted more pictures of Ian on my myspace, which is again www.myspace.com/kimskastle if anyone wanted to check them out. A picture of him in his Halloween costume is on there, too.

K, I'm at work, so I should go. Toot-a-loo!

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Madam Pince - Oct 24, 2006 8:21 am (#698 of 2989)        

I saw that picture awhile ago, too, Mare! I was thinking about using it for my avatar for Halloween! The dog looks perfectly happy, doesn't he?

Speaking of dogs, how is little Luna coming along, Good Evans?

Congratulations to Regan on the decent photo for the driving license! (Oh, yeah, and for the driving license, too... )

Mike, I think I am glad that I'm not coming near your theater anytime soon...

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azi - Oct 24, 2006 8:22 am (#699 of 2989)        

Hehe, funny picture Mare! **waves** Nice to see you around!

Congrats Regan!

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Chemyst - Oct 24, 2006 8:25 am (#700 of 2989)        

Thanks for the picture, Mare. Adorably funny! And nice see you popping in again too.
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kaykay1970 - Oct 24, 2006 8:50 am (#701 of 2989)        

I love the picture! **Wondering if our boxer would stand still long enough to have two extra heads attached** Nope! I don't think she would...

Congratulations Regan!

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John Bumbledore - Oct 24, 2006 9:11 am (#702 of 2989)        

"... there are countries that are over crowded, maybe they should encourage immigration instead?" – Starling

So, it might help if Croatian, Canadian, and German emigrate to these over-crowded countries, as it will help lower the birth rates there? **thinking it sounded funnier while it was in my head.**

Lost: (not the TV show)Pocket knife, mind, memory, humor (reportedly), sense, sleep, marbles, youth, innocence, and memory.

Have you notice the frequency of "ghost writing" has increased? Could it related to that fact that it is getting closer to the end of October?

Found: (like above)Pocket lint, pennies, my memory, assortment of nuts and bolts, several screws, super-bounce ball, humor, answers to never asked questions, soul-mate, happiness, "there is both too much and never enough time to spend with children before they grow up," answer to a quiz I took to long ago too be helpful now, and my memory... well maybe that is a work in progress.

Congratulations to Septentrion on expectations, to Choices’ daughter for something I know not what, and also to Regan of Gong for new found freedom of commotion.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Edit: Because I started this post way back between Esther's and Mare's post, so missed the "Dog, dog, dog & Harry" picture.
** Laughing at a new "international or at least British" mis-understanding of the fare-well phrase, "Toot-a-loo!" **

* Pause your mouse pointer over a smile to see it's quick-edit code:
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Lina - Oct 24, 2006 9:35 am (#703 of 2989)        

Wonderful picture, Mare, and marvelous avatar (as usual). ***waving***

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azi - Oct 24, 2006 10:23 am (#704 of 2989)        

Laughing at a new "international or at least British" mis-understanding of the fare-well phrase, "Toot-a-loo!" – John

I always thought it was 'toodle-oo'. Very difficult to spell...

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Good Evans - Oct 24, 2006 10:46 am (#705 of 2989)        

I'm with you Azi on the toodle –oo.  Still each to their own!!!!!

Luna is doing brilliantly Madam P thank you, she sleeps in the lounge and hasn't destroyed anything - wont come back to her name when off the lead - but we are still working on that!! I'll post a new picture soon

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kabloink! - Oct 24, 2006 11:00 am (#706 of 2989)        

OH, I'm sure you're all correct, just wasn't thinking straight. I was feeling guilty for being o the forum when I had just arrived at work about 20 minutes late, then took ten to prepare my coffee (and both of my parents' coffees) and settle the baby in his swing.

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painting sheila - Oct 24, 2006 11:35 am (#707 of 2989)        

Hello everyone!

It is COLD here today - only in the 50's. Little One had to wear a coat to preschool. BBRR!

It is going to freeze tonight so I have to bring all of my house plants in from outside. I take them out in the spring because the enjoy the fresh air and sunshine so very much. \ Not much going on here. We are planning a surprise party for a friend of my daughters. He is actually being courted by the college of his choice on his actual birthday so we had to move the party up. My house will be full of teenagers on Monday at 3:00 until 6:00!! AAHH!! They have no school that day so decided what better way to spend the day than with 30 of their closest friends. (I am so gullible)

Had a conference with my oldest son and his teacher today. Yeah!! He is doing well in school - but needs to work on organization and penmanship. He is such a good boy.

My sister in law is doing well with her treatment. She hasn't lost her hair yet and is in good spirits. She is tired, but still very positive about the whole ordeal. Thanks for all of your good thoughts and strengthening charms her way.

We are having a Trunk or Treat at church on Thursday. We used to actually decorate the trunk of our cars and have the kids go from one car to the next getting candy, but have moved it inside this year. We get to decorate a door and sit in the hall and hand out treats. We are having fun games, and prizes. WOOHOO!! I love Halloween! I can smell the chocolate already.

Prickely Daughter is at it again! I would pay good money to someone that could help us figure out why she is so cantankerous! We are all laid back and relaxed people with good manners. I just can't figure out where she gets it from - ideas? Suggestions? You were so good about the ant problem we had, maybe you can be a winner on this one too.

Mare -Great picture! I have passed it on to all the Hp fans I know of.

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John Bumbledore - Oct 24, 2006 11:35 am (#708 of 2989)        

To, Azi, Good Evans, and Kabloink!,

Just a bit of irresistible humor by association from a Potty named ...

Erm, I shouldn't have said that.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Edit: Oh, Wow! I never realized you were a neighbor, Sheila. I'm sure you have heard of Zebulon. **waves** Small world.

Edit again for TBE: Erm, am I seeing an echo, there? LOL

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 24, 2006 11:45 am (#709 of 2989)        

"Lina: Germany and Canada have the same problem. They have lots of incentives (such as 40 weeks maternity leave at 75% pay) to get people to have babies. It's silly, really, there are countries that are overcrowded, maybe they should encourage immigration instead?"

Maybe they don't see the world as real estate? Maybe they are trying to preserve their culture and heritage? Spreading out the worlds population will not solve the problems.

...toddles off muttering, I shudna said that...ahh, butterbeer!...

painting sheila - Oct 24, 2006 11:50 am (#710 of 2989)        
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John Bumblebore - We are practically neighbors!!***waves back*** I have noticed that there are lots of North Carolinians on here. Maybe we should have our own Harry Potter Conference! (How funny would it be to hear Harry Potter read with a southern drawl?)

(It's a world of hope and a world of dreams. It's a world of . . . .) (must stop singing that song! Must stop singing that song . . ..!)

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 24, 2006 12:15 pm (#711 of 2989)        

Going back to the perms discussion...has anyone had experience with the "T3 Tourmaline Wet-to-Dry Flat Iron"? I just got back from a hairdresser's appointment where my guy used one on my hair. OMG! I think I'm in love! It actually dries wet hair and seals it in the process. My thick, curly hair takes FOREVER to dry (even if I'm not trying to straighten it) and this thing was practically instantaneous. I've got to have one!

Mare, loved Cerberus.

Denise, glad to know the bandana is getting a workout.

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Good Evans - Oct 24, 2006 12:45 pm (#712 of 2989)        

Kabloink - don’t  you worry about it - you want to say toot - a - loo you go right ahead, even if it does confuse John (waves to John!!)

Sheila - glad your sister in law is bearing up - I am no help with cantankerous teens, I can't figure my own out let alone anyone elses!!!

off to the chat thread for about 10 mins if anyone wants to pop in

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Starling - Oct 24, 2006 12:57 pm (#713 of 2989)        

I know the iron you speak of, Denise, but I'm not becoming an accomplice in curl murder!

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Lina - Oct 24, 2006 1:29 pm (#714 of 2989)        

Well, John, whoever spent some time with you in the chat room is getting used to your humor.

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Denise P. - Oct 24, 2006 1:31 pm (#715 of 2989)        

While I suppose Kim and I have some similarities in looks (on a dark night half a mile away.... maybe ), *I* was not the one who was going to murder curls. That was Lupin is Lupin. Natch (Kim)

My hair is in its natural, curly thick state today. It will be put back in a ponytail later when I go out for my run. Only 39 more days until my Half Marathon! I will look and see if they offer runner updates but somehow, I seriously doubt it since it is only about 5000 people running (unlike Chicago, which had 40,000+)

Sorry Kim, never heard of it. If it takes longer than 5 minutes to use on my hair, I just let it dry on its own.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Oct 24, 2006 3:32 pm (#716 of 2989)        

Congratulations Regan! Drive responsibly. LPO

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Mediwitch - Oct 24, 2006 4:36 pm (#717 of 2989)        

WHOA! Congrats, Regan!!

I've posted some yummy pumpkin recipes in my profile - Creamy Pumpkin Soup, a really yummy Pumpkin Dip (the recipe makes a HUGE batch - I often cut it in half), and to-die-for Browned Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars. The Browned Butter Frosting is just amazing!

Putting together the recipes was a good way to kill some time off my feet - I broke my left pinkie toe on Friday night, and by the end of the school day it really starts to hurt! (Of course, nothing like the way it hurt when I gracefully kicked the shoe in front of the dresser - neither of which moved! )

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boop - Oct 24, 2006 5:33 pm (#718 of 2989)        

Regan, Congrats for passing your driving test.

Jose043, Great news, hope the healing continues and your better in no time.

Mare, ((WAVES)) Wow its so good to see you around. Thanks for sharing the picture.

Sheila, Glad to hear your sister-in-law is holding her own. I am sending more healing charms her way.

Mediwitch, thanks for the recipes!! Sending healing charms your way.

My daughter had an ultrasound today to see how big the baby is. The baby weights 5 lbs, Betty Ann is at 37 weeks along. If she doesn't go into labor before Nov. 3rd they are going to induce labor. We are hoping she goes into labor before hand. The baby is a girl, and the name they picked out is Sage Maddison. I haven't undated for a while, but Betty Ann has had a great uneventful pregnancy, compared to the last two pregnancies. I went out and got a few outfits for the baby. Can't you tell I am getting excited? bounce

Have a great rest of the day!!

hugs always

boop

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 24, 2006 5:53 pm (#719 of 2989)        

"T3 Tourmaline Wet-to-Dry Flat Iron"? I just got back from a hairdresser's appointment where my guy used one on my hair. OMG! I think I'm in love! It actually dries wet hair and seals it in the process. My thick, curly hair takes FOREVER to dry (even if I'm not trying to straighten it) and this thing was practically instantaneous.

Really?? I've always been scared that those things might fry my hair, or just not work. Where can you get them?

Thanks for sharing Mike...

Congrats Regan!! You have no idea the kinda freedom you are about to experience! It's Amazing!

I'm eating Razzles right now...they are really yummy!! But making my jaw hurt a bit as I tend to chew them pretty long!

I can't wait for Halloween! Still have to find a Harry costume though.

Kitty is laying on my arm right now, attempting to keep me from typing...it's not working.

Ok forgot everything I was gonna say, there were 41 post when I got here.

Have a good night!

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painting sheila - Oct 24, 2006 6:08 pm (#720 of 2989)        

Yeah! We just delivered goodies to our neighbors! We were Doorbell Ditch-ed the other night with cookies and a cute picture of a ghost and a note saying if we did not want the ghost to put a curse on our house, we had 24 hours to deliver goodies to two other homes with a picture of the ghost the warning. It was fun!! We delivered to an elderly couple. Our little guy was able to ring the bell and make it back to the car before they answered. We figured they moved slow enough he could make it back in time. The other house had a young couple with a baby. The oldest son almost got caught there. Silly boy was wearing my crocs and trying to run full speed down the road to catch us! It was fun!! WOOHOO!!

Our neighbors came over and said they were going to be able to adopt by this Christmas! Yeah!! They got the call today and everything should be in place by November 28th, so any time after that. They are so excited!!They don't know if it is going to be a boy or a girl, or how old it will be - just under two is all they asked for. I am so excited to have a baby two doors down!

YEAH REGAN!! My girls want theirs, but the insurance is a bit steep so we are holding off. They are so jealous of you!! Not only do you live in Australia, but you have your license too! How unfair is all of that! ; )

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Lilly P - Oct 24, 2006 7:51 pm (#721 of 2989)        

Congrats to all the Babies!!! (and their moms/grandmoms of course!) and a BIG congrats to Regan! You are braver than I am, I waited until my parents MADE me get a licence at 18! ***Safety charms*** to you!

Jamie

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geauxtigers - Oct 24, 2006 8:02 pm (#722 of 2989)  

Congrats Regan! No parents in the car is probably the best thing in the world! If you want to go somewhere, you can go! You don't have to til your parents are free to take you. Plus you can turn the radio up all the way and sing as loud as you want and not get yelled at for having it too loud! Not sure if you're one of those people, but me and Ginny are! Only later in the evening when there are less cars on the road! LOL! Ahh you're gonna love it! And of course a good picture is always the icing on the cake! I must say, my license picture is pretty good too, then again, I went out of my way to make it good!

**is glad she wasn't the guy who had to clean up the sludge**

That sounds fun Sheila! Ahh ding dong ditch...its been a while since I did that! LOL except we were usually doing it after rolling someone's house!

I can't wait for Halloween now! And no I have not set up my Christmas tree! I'm going to hold off til at least after Halloween. What can I say, I'm a very impatient person sometimes! And I love Christmas! When they start putting the stuff in the stores, well I become impatient and get all excited for Christmas even though its 2 months away, litterally!

Speaking of, I saw where my mom had written "Gryffindor" on her desk calender and when I asked her why she said she was trying to figure out how to spell it. Apparently she has ordered something form me and Ginny for Christmas and it has "Gryffindor" in the name somewhere. Hmmm wonder what it is? Or wonder if she was just trying to drive me crazy and she just wanted to know how to spell it...hmmmm... I'm suspicous!

Okay so I can't remember what else I was going to say...I have actually finshed all my homework the night before! I feel accomplished! So now I'm going to go spend some time with french Harry!

Oh and we are reading The Little Prince in French right now **waving to Audrey** We aren't reading the whole thing, but I think I might because I've never read it in english before and I dunno, I just kinda started reading it today when I was done with my work and I think I might read on it some more.

Thats all for now! Night everyone!

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Puck - Oct 24, 2006 8:08 pm (#723 of 2989)        

Yeah! The skeleton costume is DONE! Not a mammoth, but still happy to have it finished. (And just in time, as our first party is tomorrow.)

Sheila, we do that here, only we call it being "Ghosted". It's mostly just among the kids, delivering Halloween treats. My 6 and 4 year olds had fun hiding in the bushes as people answered the door. (Oh, how old is this cranky daughter of yours?)

Healing charms to Mediwitch's toe and the Little Werewolf's arm.

Boop, that's exciting news! Glad all is going so well.

If anyone has a charm for getting insurance companies to pay up what they owe, please send it along. We bought a portable defibrilllator that was supposed to be covered months ago, and the company has yet to pay us. (Two of our kids have heart conditions, and their cardiologist wrote a prescription for one.) Every month I call, and they tell me they are missing some code or bit of paperwork. Now, they finally have everything, but put it in under my husband's name instead of my son's, and now want me to re-submit everything.  :mad: Apparently, they can't just go back into the computer and make the correction.

Okay, I should go to bed. Wednesday is always my long day, and with the party it may be a bit longer.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 24, 2006 8:30 pm (#724 of 2989)        

If anyone has a charm for getting insurance companies to pay up what they owe, please send it along.

how about **cough it up charms**

ARR don't you hate that! They have yet to figure out that me and Tori are two different people! Every time we go to get our prescription, they can only fill one and we have to call the insurance company and yell at them, the 'fix' the problem and then we get it filled, and do it all again in a month. Very frustrating. There have also been huge problems in New Orleans with them. Practically every company has decided they shouldn't have to pay for the damage, because the homeowners only have wind damage insurance and such, but not flood insurance. How awful is it that they would do something like that? Most of these people have spent 30 + years paying their insurance and when they actually need it, they can't get it.

Sooo anyways..hope it gets fixed Kathy!

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Madam Pince - Oct 24, 2006 8:48 pm (#725 of 2989)        

I've never heard of that Ghosting/Ding-Dong-Ditch thing before -- it sounds very fun! And a nice family activity, too.

Ginny and Tori, sounds like you guys are definitely going to have a very Harry Christmas! Woo-hoo, Mom! Hmmmmm... wonder what it is? You've only got two more months to be driven crazy wondering!

Boop, that is such exciting news about your daughter! I love the beautiful name Sage Madison, too! Lucky you getting to buy cute little girls' clothes -- in time for the red velvet Christmas season, too! ***is very envious because little girls' clothes are so way cuter than little boys' clothes for the most part***

Good Evans, have you tried using bits of microwaved hot dogs for reward treats for Luna? (Let's see, what do you call those in England... sausages? Or frankfurters? Or hot dogs? Anyway...) That's what our trainer recommended as apparently dogs find them irresistible, and they're also less expensive than official "dog treats." The microwave removes a good bit of the nasty fat and oils so they're marginally healthier and also less messy for you to cart around in your pocket -- you cook them in paper towels until they're pretty much dried out. Our dog loved them and would almost (but not quite, probably) leave a squirrel in the yard if I yell "Come get the hot dog!"

So, Boston Legal tonight was just....yeeccchhhh! ***shudders*** Interesting, but.... yeeccchhh! I like it better when there's more comedy.

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Regan of Gong - Oct 24, 2006 11:59 pm (#726 of 2989)        

Nah, I'm just a learner driver. I have to have a fully licensed adult in the car at all times.

I might scan the license photo, sometime after exams, we have maths tommorrow, so I best go study.

Regan

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Starling - Oct 25, 2006 2:34 am (#727 of 2989)        

They are called either hot dogs or Frankfurters, Madam Pince, it depends. The Frankfurters are better quality, usually. There's also Bockwurst, which are huge Frankfurters.

As for cute clothes for boys, I either go to C&A in Holland/Germany or I order from Vertbaudet, they do an amazing bright blue that matches my son's eyes perfectly. Stuff in the UK is dull, usually dark blue or beige. Next does reasonable colours, but they often print skulls and so on on their shirts (why would I want a little boy to wear skulls?).

I find the idea of parents teaching their kids how to drive really scary. The instructors have an extra break in the car for a reason! I started lessons at 19 but didn't even come close to doing the test. Then I moved to England, and I had another gazillion lessons after my (now ex) husband got beaten up by a road rager and had to drive himself to hospital.

Martje

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Laura W - Oct 25, 2006 3:53 am (#728 of 2989)        

"So, it might help if Croatian, Canadian, and German emigrate to these over crowded countries, as it will help lower the birth rates there? **thinking it sounded funnier while it was in my head.**"

I got it, John. And I thought it was funny.

"If anyone has a charm for getting insurance companies to pay up what they owe, please send it along."

Well, there's always the Imperious Curse, Kathy, but we know that's illegal. ()

Laura

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kaykay1970 - Oct 25, 2006 4:58 am (#729 of 2989)        

"If anyone has a charm for getting insurance companies to pay up what they owe, please send it along."-Kathy

My sister tried "Accio lawyer" to get her daughter's new wheel chair. I'll tell you how well it worked next week after they go to court...

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Laura W - Oct 25, 2006 5:54 am (#730 of 2989)        

"Actually, I'd be interested to know everyone's opinion on the Worst Accent Ever. I'll start by voting for Tom in Far and Away . Brad was probably worse, but as I hate Tom Cruise, I'll vote for him anyway. --Loopy Lupin"

Sorry I got to this late, but for me it's Humphrey Bogart's so-called Canadian accent in The African Queen. Holy hippogriphs! I cringe every time that classic movie comes on tv. His character is supposed to be from Medicine Hat, Alberta. (snort)

Laura

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painting sheila - Oct 25, 2006 6:15 am (#731 of 2989)        

Puck - Prickly Daughter is 16 and will be 17 next month. She was upset yesterday because we were planning a surprise birthday party for a friend for this coming Monday and weren't talking about her birthday which is a month away! I just don't understand where it comes from. I am hoping it is teenager angst. (is that weird to hope for?)

It got below freezing here last night - BBBBBBBBBBBBRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! I had to cover my plants. I have no room for my indoor plants that have been out doors all summer. They are HUGE and my house is small. Anyone want a plant or two -

Have a good day -

She

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kabloink! - Oct 25, 2006 7:54 am (#732 of 2989)        

I'm just curious, how does an Alberta accent differ from an Ontario accent? Growing up in Port Huron, MI, I am very familiar with southern Ontario accents (and love them, BTW), but I've never been farther into Canada than say, Toronto or Stratford. I'd be very interested to hear the difference.

Does anyone have a good recipe for orange marmalade? My mom is looking for a good recipe that isn't ridiculously huge or ridiculously small, and doesn't call for Seville oranges. Any suggestions?

Okay, off to pretend to work. Have a great day everyone!

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painting sheila - Oct 25, 2006 8:11 am (#733 of 2989)        

Kabloink - Here is an Orange Marmalade from the Ball Blue Book - my favorite for canning recipes. I haven't tried this particular recipe, but I have liked everything else I have made from this book.

Good luck!

She

Orange Marmalade

2 cups thinly sliced orange peel (about 10 medium oranges) 1 quart chopped orange pulp (about 10 medium oranges) 1 cup thinly sliced lemon (about 2 medium) 1 1/2 quarts water Sugar (approx.  6 cups)

Combine all ingredients, except sugar; simmer 5 minutes. Cover and let stand for 12 to 18 hours in a cool place. Cook rapidly until peel is tender, about 1 hour. Measure fruit and liquid. Add 1 cup sugar for each cup fruit mixture, stirring until dissolved. Cook rapidly to gelling point. As mixture thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary. Ladle hot marmalade into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch head space. Adjust two piece caps. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath. Yield - about 7 half pint jars.

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Madam Pince - Oct 25, 2006 8:21 am (#734 of 2989)        

Mr. Pince and I were just talking the other day about how Humphrey Bogart doesn't ever seem to have any change in his voice at all -- no inflection, no accent, no nothing.

I'd love to have some of your plants, Sheila! I just got some begonias and a nutmeg plant from a neighbor of my Mom's, and I re-potted those before we went away camping. So far they're looking good, but I don't know if my house will give them enough light -- we'll have to cross our fingers and see how they do! I need some basic green plants that don't need much light, and that are very forgiving if/when I forget to water them! That's not asking for much, now, is it? Perhaps I should try silk... (By the way, I sent you an e-mail with the dress information...)

It's been cold here lately, too! I have the heat on and am all bundled up in my fleecies having a cuppa Earl Gray to warm me up! Little Pince really wants to go outside to play, but I haven't felt like being out in the chill with my cold. Today Mr. Pince gets home from work early so maybe he can take him to the park or something. I just want to huddle over Order of the Phoenix for my re-read. (Man, that Umbridge really gets me steamed! I'm right at the part where she banned Harry/Fred/George from Quidditch...)

Smuckers' makes a lovely orange marmalade, all made up in a jar already and everything.... (said the slacker mom)...

It's Wednesday! Time for Lost! ***hears groans from the non-Losties*** Prepare for more ghost-writing!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 25, 2006 9:04 am (#735 of 2989)        

Happy belated 16th, Regan. Enjoy your new-found freedom, albeit, limited, you are well on your way.

Congratulations to the Septentrions! June is a lovely time for a baby (I have 2 June babies)! Wishing you a happy, healthy waiting period.

So many babies on the way! Congratulations to Boop and Choices, too!

Happy belated birthday to Mitchell, as well.

Madam Pince, I found it - the itinerary! But. . .it doesn't list the name of the program. I can go over it with you via email - I have to learn to set up WX email, so I'll go to the "How To" thread later. (Optimistic thought for the day.)

Healing charms to Mediwitch and Josephine and all others who need it (I was 200+ posts behind.)

I now have my computer pieced together again, as my monitor problem ended up being with the monitor rather than the card. I replaced ours with the children's (they weren't too happy) and shortly thereafter, Mr. HH told me we still had our former monitor downstairs. So, after playing musical monitors, everyone is set up again. I almost wish it had been the card, as now I must pack and send out the monitor for repairs.

How cute your avatar is, Lina, and I agree that we all were cute once, LOL. Really like your avatars too, Mediwitch and Mare.

Trying not to make this another marathon post, so **waves** and cheers to everyone!

Maria

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painting sheila - Oct 25, 2006 9:10 am (#736 of 2989)        

Madame Pince - Philedenrons are very forgiving plants. It is very hard to kill one. They do tend to get a little long and scraggley looking - but just pinch off the growth on the ends and they tend to bush out.

YEAH! An email! I am going right not to look - Thanks! She

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The giant squid - Oct 25, 2006 9:25 am (#737 of 2989)        

Thanks for sharing Mike...—virginiaelizabeth

You're quite welcome. Good to know I can disgust people half a continent away; I haven't lost my touch.

So, Boston Legal tonight was just....yeeccchhhh! ***shudders*** Interesting, but.... yeeccchhh!--Madame Pince

I agree, it wasn't my favorite so far this season. I did like the "private time" bit at the end with Bethany, though. "She isn't..." "She is." "I'm not looking down!" "Oh, but you must."

--Mike

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Puck - Oct 25, 2006 9:48 am (#738 of 2989)        

I have a great house for plants. Most of the windows face south, so we get lots of light. Somehow, I manage to kill them all anyway.

Thanks for the charms! I'll let you know if they work.

Baby is playing toss the DVD's all over the floor. I should stop her, but she's having so much fun.

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haymoni - Oct 25, 2006 9:57 am (#739 of 2989)        

Puck - I think you should call your insurance company back and POLITELY ask for a supervisor. There is no reason - other than laziness - why they can't pull the paperwork, confirm that the provider submitted it under the correct patient and then process it correctly. It was their error, not yours and they should correct it, not you.

So there!

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Tazzygirl - Oct 25, 2006 10:18 am (#740 of 2989)        

I am sitting in my car waiting for the time when I can go to class... My head hurts- I think the lack of sleep is really getting to me.

Kathy- I hope the insurance company straightens up really soon! By the way, Nathaniel likes to play with my DVDs too.

**healing charms to Madam P., and anyone else who's feeling under the weather**

Weather is starting to kind of cool down here. It's currently 75 Farenheit, but by noon it'll be back up to the upper 80s. sigh.

Congratulations to your daughter, Boop!

YEAY for LOST! Major incentive to get my homework done right when I get home today...

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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haymoni - Oct 25, 2006 10:38 am (#741 of 2989)        

I just saw a recipe for "Catbox Cookies".

Now, I'm all up for the "Trick" part of Trick or Treat, but that is just gross!

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Puck - Oct 25, 2006 10:49 am (#742 of 2989)        

Haymoni, I have asked for a supervisor. I was told "no". I'm on hold now. I called to confirm the form that I found on line was the correct one. The first person I spoke with told me the form I need isn't on-line at all. (Yesterday I was told to download the correct form.) Now I'm being transferred to the "rapid Resolution Department", which is who I ask for when I first called 15 minutes ago.

Ah, someone from the other department just came on and told me to send in the form I found on-line. "Really? You sure?" I was told yes. I'm not planning to hold my breath.

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haymoni - Oct 25, 2006 11:10 am (#743 of 2989)        

This makes no sense to me, but sometimes you have to play ball.

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Madam Pince - Oct 25, 2006 11:39 am (#744 of 2989)        

HH11, you used to be able to access WX e-mail by clicking on "Your Forums" underneath your name, and then there was a "Read and Send Messages" or something like that, but now for some reason that link seems to be broken for me. Hmmmmm... Anyway, I'll keep looking....

Mike, I just love the Bethany character, don't you? They've done that "look down" bit a couple of times now this season and it still cracks me up! I really like the "balcony scenes."

Sheila, the philodendrons in my house are what I need to replace! Granted, they are probably about 8 years old -- if I had re-potted them this summer they'd probably have been OK, but alas. It's easier to just give them a proper burial and buy new ones.

***hoping that Puck's DVDs are in their cases whilst being baby-tossed***

**sound of blowing  raspberries**  to companies that refuse to give you a supervisor! At the very least they should pass you to their co-worker in the next cubicle and pretend it's a supervisor! Otherwise, well, that's just plain lazy! I once got so mad at a Veterans' Dept. rep while trying to settle my uncle's estate that I thought I'd burst a blood vessel -- they had mistakenly deposited some other lady's check into my aunt's account by automatic deposit, and then to correct the error, they took back out every deposit they'd made that month, which also took out about a $1500 deposit that legitimately belonged to my aunt! I spent about six months trying to correct that, and it has never been resolved to this day. She died about a month after they did it, and one guy actually told me that they couldn't replace the money now because she was deceased, and "...we don't pay dead people." Never mind that she was NOT dead when they screwed up!!! Grrrrr... Anyway, the one rep I got so mad at, I finally asked for his name, and he laughed and said "It's Mr. See." I asked him to spell it -- was it Seay, or what? He laughed again and said, "No, just the letter "C" -- I'm Mr. C." That's when I almost burst the blood vessel.

Mr. Pince attended a trade show this morning, and came back loaded down with enough travel coffee mugs and writing pens and clever little pen-lights to last us for years to come, probably. Gotta love trade shows...

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Starling - Oct 25, 2006 12:14 pm (#745 of 2989)        

I've just lost half a tooth.

I've also got a cold coming, my throat hurts and I'm sneezing.

I can't go to my partner tonight, because my work is taking much longer than I thought.

Waily waily waily!

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haymoni - Oct 25, 2006 12:16 pm (#746 of 2989)        

How did you lose half a tooth???

Chewing Galleons again???

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John Bumbledore - Oct 25, 2006 12:35 pm (#747 of 2989)        

I've popped in here just to check in, I'm also hosting the hangman on the Potty Games thread in another window, and have the chat open in a third window. **Well the Halloween dog made me think of it.**

Someone asked if I had changed my signature or just my font.. Well the answer is both and neither. I did add a secondary and tertiary font face name to my signature but nothing else changed. If it looks different, then you were not seeing the "Brush Script" font that is my first choice; you may now see either Script or "Lucida Handwriting."

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore
The smilie lineup is now in my profile instead of following my signature.

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painting sheila - Oct 25, 2006 12:37 pm (#748 of 2989)        

Puck - I am sure we can find someone you can report your troubles to. Does anyone know what agency over sees insurance companies? I had a problem with a magazine sales company. They some how got our credit card number and started sending us magazines by the truck load and charging our card. My mother in law worked at a credit union and knew all the agencies you report unlawful credit card activity too. I dropped those names in the next phone call I made requesting the subscriptions stop - and lo and behold - it worked!!

Just make sure you get every person's name you talk too and write the date and time of day you spoke with them. It may take a whole day of nonstop phoning but hang in there! It is ridiculous how many hoops they have you jump through. I had a fried that used to work for the Social Security administration in the department that handles claims by people who have been injured on the job. She says they do not even read the claims but just deny each one right off the bat. So be persistent!!

I am on my way to work on Music Man costumes. That is the next production the NC Regional Theatre is doing. I am excited to work on them since they are from the Broad way production. YEAH!!

Gotta go sew!

She

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haymoni - Oct 25, 2006 1:00 pm (#749 of 2989)        

Puck - there should be an agency in your state that governs health insurance companies.

I didn't know if this was a private health insurance that you purchase as individuals or if this was a plan that you receive through an employer. If it is a plan that you receive through an employer, there should be someone at work that can help you or at least connect you to the Sales Rep that sold them the insurance in the first place.

I am assuming you paid for the device up front and are trying to get reimbursed for the purchase. Every insurance company has a grievance and appeals process. You will probably find information on your other EOB (Explanation of Benefits) sheets that you get as each claim is processed.

Or...you can just do what they ask, but keep a copy of everything you send in.

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Laura W - Oct 25, 2006 1:17 pm (#750 of 2989)        

In answer to your question, kabloink, I don't notice any difference. But, then again, I don't have a good ear. I mean, I hear perfectly, but I don't notice subtle differences in accent, etc. like other people; am also tone deaf when it comes to music. Guess that wouldn't make me a good actress. (Fortunate that I'm not one then, isn't it?)

I am originally from Toronto and currently live in Alberta, and cannot hear any difference in the accent. But I must admit I have had more than one person here tell me that they can tell from the way I talk that I am from southern Ontario (even though I haven't actually lived there for 30 years). I don't see it.

Either way, nobody in either Ontario or Alberta or any other part of this country has a Humphrey Bogart accent -- unless they have recently moved here from America. What region is that accent from, anyway? Whatever it is, it is *not* Canadian. And he should have had a voice coach if they were going to have him be a Canuck in African Queen, or they should have had his character come from Montana!
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haymoni - Oct 25, 2006 1:24 pm (#751 of 2989)        

I think it comes from smoking umpteen packs of cigarettes a day and washing it down with whiskey.

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Denise P. - Oct 25, 2006 2:07 pm (#752 of 2989)        

In honor of my new found love, my font is brown at the moment. I love UPS!! They just dropped off a new pair of running shoes for me. I had over 300 miles on my previous pair. Now, I have a brand new pair to wear for my Half Marathon...woo hoo!

I now return you to your random conversations....

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Esther Rose - Oct 25, 2006 2:23 pm (#753 of 2989)        

Good Luck on the half Denise. New running shoes are always a big deal!!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 25, 2006 2:47 pm (#754 of 2989)        

Now, I have a brand new pair to wear for my Half Marathon...woo hoo!---Denise P.

I hope you plan to break them in before your race or you can kiss your remaining toenails goodbye.

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Good Evans - Oct 25, 2006 2:48 pm (#755 of 2989)        

nothing nicer than new running shoes! have fun Denise!

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azi - Oct 25, 2006 3:02 pm (#756 of 2989)        

Congrats on your new running shoes, Denise!

**Many Patience charms, and bash-the- insurance-people-on-the-head-for-being-so-annoying charms** to Puck!

Get well soon Starling! Everyone around me has a cold/chest infection right now - I get rid of one and the next one hits me. I've even taken my asthma medicine so much I'm getting heart palpitations (that means too much). In fact, I'm currently having a coughing fit.

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Denise P. - Oct 25, 2006 3:18 pm (#757 of 2989)        

Hey, I still have six toenails...I should be able to keep them. I have a 3 mile easy run this evening to help break my shoes in. They are the same exact shoe I have been wearing so they should be good.

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Mediwitch - Oct 25, 2006 4:19 pm (#758 of 2989)        

Kathy, has your cardiologist called the insurance company? If he/she is willing, perhaps the physician's weight will help.

painting sheila, you have my condolences for your Prickly Daughter. We have one of those, but you'll be happy to know at 21, she's nearly recovered her former happy self.

Madam Pince, have you tried to grow aloe vera plants? They're VERY tolerant and hardy.

Thanks, Maria! That's one half of our Halloween duo (the other is orange). He just parked himself next to the pumpkin (pre-carving) and looked so cute I had to take a picture.

SmileyCentral.com

**Sends Dreamless Sleep Potion to Kristina** and **Healing Charms and Work-Repellant Charms to Starling**

Enjoy the new running shoes, Denise!

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painting sheila - Oct 25, 2006 7:14 pm (#759 of 2989)        

LOST!! - First - who are all those new people? the guy with the golf clubs? The new girl that is watching the TV screen with Lock in the previews for next week? Have I missed something big here? Sawyer - I don't know if I like him or not. One week he is my hero - the next . . . . ? Sun killed someone. How many are left "innocent" that we know of? Do you think they have brought Jack there to save Ben? Did they really put a pace maker in Sawyer and are just playing with his mind? Does Kate love him or not? WHY! did she climb back in? Help me people! I am very confused!!

Do I want to know why you only have 6 toenails? (gulp)

They had the induction ceremony tonight for the National Honor Society for Prickly Daughter and the rest of the group of inductees. I could have kissed the key note speaker!! She talked about how "It's not about you". Everything she said was about being nice, being polite, looking for the good in others, looking daily for ways to be of service to others, not being sarcastic . . . . I almost stood up and yelled AMEN! when she was done - I restrained myself to the relief of my husband. I am going to get a copy of the talk for Prickly Daughter to put in her scrapbook in hopes that she will read it again , , , , ,and again , , , , ,and again , , ,and..... You get he picture.

I worked on Music Man costumes today and found out I am actually getting paid this time. WOOHOO! I have volunteered many times and hoped it would turn into a paying job and it did. Yeah! The costumes are great - so many fun colors and fabrics. I'm a happy girl.

I am working on a Link costume for those of you that are Zelda fans. My little guy wants to be Link - how cute! I am making his leggings/pants a gold/tan color but I looked on the cover of one of the games and they look blue. I am hoping no one will notice - especially Little Guy. I found some cool faux leather to make him a belt and a place to put is sword. He is in the habit of sticking down the back of his shirt when he plays Link. He will now have a cool Sword Holder Thingey to put it in. I love a good reason to wear a costume - don't you?

I am done rambling now and wish you all a great day tomorrow!

She

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geauxtigers - Oct 25, 2006 7:25 pm (#760 of 2989)        

You people sure are chatty! During the day, I get 40+ posts and not one since I've been home!

I'll just start off with a large round of cheering, accio lawyer, healing and good luck charms as I read all of this earlier but didn't have time to post, so I've forgotten it all and don't have time to go baack and re-read because I have to do my homework. That was quite a long sentence!

It was a gray day today and nice and cool. Supposed to rain tomorrow. Maybe swimming will get canceled because if it was as dreadful as it was today I might just quite on the spot! The heater is not working properly, pool is 78F, now when its in the low 70s and overcast, thats COLD. Wait I take that back, its FREEZING. We had to swim 2 100s for time back to back, so the people who were waiting to swim were all huddled on the steps chattering their teeth. We decided that is was a violation of the 7th amendment a.k.a. No cruel and unusual punishment. I'm dreading tomorrow, it we didn't have 1 and a half weeks left, I seriously would quit.

Okay must go do the dreaded note taking for government. I'm getting very tired of writting the word 'Constitution' and every form of it including 'unconstitutional'. The list goes on, I promise text books try to put the long words in at every plausible moment. Seriously!

Night everyone!

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Puck - Oct 25, 2006 7:42 pm (#761 of 2989)        

Yeah to Denise for the new "trainers"! (And re-growing charms for missing toe nails.)

Yeah to Sheila for the paying job! Oh, and could we all get a copy of that speach? I have a few members of my family in honor of whom I've considered making a t-shirt that states "It's not always about you." (And these are people who are well above age 17.)

Thanks for all the good advice and support!

We had fun at the Halloween party at Mr. Puck's office. They did a great job creating haunted cubicles.

Healing charms all around. I get my flu shot on Friday. **not mentioning to Starling that I'm going for a root canal tomorrow as the result of my broken tooth.**

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 25, 2006 7:44 pm (#762 of 2989)        

Geauxtigers I think that would be a violation of the 8th amendment not the 7th amendment which relates to civil trials

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Finn BV - Oct 25, 2006 7:44 pm (#763 of 2989)        

Popping in here really fast to say: Hungarian Horntails! Maria or Olivia!

Olivia sent me a message regarding Latin, and I sent a reply but apparently AOL won't accept mail from me. I've put my long-winded response at the very bottom of my profile.

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Denise P. - Oct 25, 2006 7:44 pm (#764 of 2989)        

I only have 6 toenails because 4 fell off.  I wore socks that were too thick for a 10 mile run, making my shoes too tight. It caused me to develop blisters under those 4 nails...which then fell off. It didn't hurt (once the blisters were no longer full) and they will grow back. I have the correct thickness of socks and have no more blister issues. I did do a 3.5 mile run in my new shoes....niiiicccceee!

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Madam Pince - Oct 25, 2006 7:46 pm (#765 of 2989)        

Poor Starling! You've had a rough day indeed! Consolations all around... Hope you can get your tooth fixed ASAP!

If I can find another aloe vera plant I want to start one, Mediwitch. I had one for years until it finally gave up the ghost because I kept plucking leaves off it to use for burns (remember me? The one who always burns herself in the kitchen? ) I really would like to have another, but I haven't seen one anywhere.

Yay Denise on the new shoes! Hope your nails survive!

I will second what haymoni said about keeping copies of everything you send, Puck. (Not that it did me any good, but anyways...) Every time I called the Veterans' place to follow up on what I'd mailed, they'd say "Oh we never got it, you should've faxed it -- here, fax it to this number and call us next week -- don't call right away because it takes time to get into the system." Then when I'd call, they'd say "Oh we never got it, you shouldn't have faxed it, you need to mail us a hard copy." Luckily I had copies so I didn't have to re-do it every umpteenth time I sent it to them (it was pages and pages long, too) but as I say, it ended up not doing me any good. I just eventually gave up after who knows how long -- probably a year -- of trying.

Haven't watched my shows yet tonight -- I had to tape them. Arrrgh!

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Tazzygirl - Oct 25, 2006 8:15 pm (#766 of 2989)        

Thanks, Mediwitch! Tonight should be good- I am dead set on getting all of my homework done by 8 (3 hours to go!), Not only then I can watch LOST, but I can be guilt free and fall asleep at 9:30! w00t!

Sorry you had a bad day, Starling! **feel good charms for your tooth**

Glad your new shoes are working out great, Denise! **more tonail regrowing charms**

Off to finish the homework!!!

~Kristina

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 25, 2006 9:01 pm (#767 of 2989)        

WOW it's been an extremely long day. I have decided that I have wayy too much homework and it's just not fair.

**Healing charms, and the sort all around to everyone**

Ohh I wonder when I'll be getting my flu shot... I hate shots but I'd never not get a flu shot. It's totally worth the needle, but still...needles...**shudders**

Congrats to your daughter Sheila! Must have been a good speech!

Are any other schools out there celebrating "Red Ribbon Week" ?? we are..my conselor is strange.....

Well time to finish my tea and go to bed. I've been trying to get to bed earlier that normal this week. So far the earliest I've gotten to sleep was 11:15, it's 11 now so I'd better hurry! Night!

Oh and I put some really cute pics of my cat ans dog at the bottom of my profile if you want to check it out!

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Denise P. - Oct 25, 2006 9:18 pm (#768 of 2989)        

My kids are doing Red Ribbon Week.

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geauxtigers - Oct 25, 2006 9:36 pm (#769 of 2989)        

Geauxtigers I think that would be a violation of the 8th amendment not the 7th amendment which relates to civil trials

Ahhh right you are, Nathan! I think I need to focus better when taking notes! ha ha!

Kristina, that is a hilarious picture! I do see the cat, the girl in the middle, the expression on her face, thats about what Ginny's face looks like on our Tower of Terror and Slash Mountain pictures! LOL

Yeah we are doing Red Ribbon Week here. Like Ginny said, the counselor is  . . .errr . . . strange. I kept wonder why they had red bows tied on all the columns and benches...and we keep getting e-mails for some sort of "quizzers" as she keeps calling it. I'm not sure what it is. Anyway, I don't have time to do it! LOL

Congrats to your daughter, Sheila! A few people in my family need a shirt that says "its not all about you" And yes they are all well over 16!

Flu shots, should be getting mine soon. They don't bother me, I'm good with it. The alternative in my opinion is way worse. I'll take the tiny prick and a sore arm over being sick anyday!

Welll I finished my gov. notes, I haven't done my physics yet, but as you can see, instead of doing it, I came here! Its nearly midnight so I might start it and just cram it in tomorrow at lunch as I have and hour and a half because its a different schedule. Should be fine.

Okay I should get to sleep soon!

Night!

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Tazzygirl - Oct 25, 2006 10:30 pm (#770 of 2989)        

hehehe! I got that picture in an email, and I thought it was too cute/funny not to post it! I am picturing the girls screaming and the cat saying "Wheeeeeeeee!!" LOL!!

LOST starts here in half an hour... I'm almost done with homework! w00t!

~Kristina

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kaykay1970 - Oct 26, 2006 5:02 am (#771 of 2989)        

My kids are doing the red ribbon week, too. Today is give drugs the slip day(wear slippers.) It rained yesterday so mine are bringing their slippers to put on once they get there.

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Marie E. - Oct 26, 2006 5:04 am (#772 of 2989)        

For the last day or so, they've been predicting a massive blizzard for our area. It seems like every time they do this we end up with only about half an inch of snow. I woke up this morning and was disappointed to see that the forecasters were correct. There's about four inches on the ground right now and the "heart" of the storm isn't supposed to hit until an hour from now. I'm hoping that we won't have very many kids at the daycare and I can go early today. I was supposed to attend parent/teacher conferences (for my daughters)today, but they've been cancelled.

I'm off to scrape snow and ice from my car. Woo-hoo!

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Denise P. - Oct 26, 2006 5:18 am (#773 of 2989)        

Brr Marie! We got a hard frost the other day and that has been as cold as it has gotten. Devin was asking for snow boots but since we rarely get more than half an inch of snow at a time, I just laughed at him and told him to not walk in snow.

Iain was supposed to go on a field trip to the pumpkin patch today but it was rescheduled to next week since it is going to rain all day long here.

I recorded Lost last night, have not had a chance to watch it yet. I did find it funny that during our track workout last night, my coach and the others in my training group discussed Lost. Everyone agreed Claire is really annoying and more so everytime she says "My Baaay-bee!"

Loopy, Kim...what were your thoughts on Lost this week?

I need to go get my baaay-bee up to feed him some breakfast but will let the little fiend sleep as long as he wants to..

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Puck - Oct 26, 2006 5:46 am (#774 of 2989)        

I must hurry before my baaay-bee comes after the buttons on my laptop. (She's Daddy's girl. Has a fondness for electronic gadgets. Oh, and yes, the DVD's are all in the cases as she tosses them.)

Yes, I have copies of everything. Mr. Puck is FAXing today's form when he gets to work.

Marie, your center doesn't close? The one I worked at closed when the schools closed. Then again, we were on the same campus as the public schools. (We had some very annoyed parents one winter when we had record snows.) Either way, October is way too early for a blizzard! I'm sure there will be pictures of my niece and nephew in the snow in my in-box tomorrow.

Finally watched Last week's Lost. I may have to go back and read that white print.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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haymoni - Oct 26, 2006 5:55 am (#775 of 2989)        

Lost is sucking me in more and more.

The Nine was great too.

I am tired today!

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Chemyst - Oct 26, 2006 6:09 am (#776 of 2989)        

We have escaped the dire predictions of frost for the past two nights and nothing close to freezing is in the long-term forecasts; so I can't start winter mulching yet– the late flowers are still to pretty to mess with. Sweet procrastination. 'Tis bliss to have a reason for justifying it!

Thanks, Nathan, for pointing out it's the 8th. I was hemming and hawing over whether it was worth mentioning, and then you said it.  

Madame Pince, this is probably too late for you, but in dealing with the Veteran's Administration red tape, once that kind of stuff drags on for more than 90 days/three months, several people in our house district have gotten results after complaining to our US Representative. I don't know if the VA listens to congressmen because those are the guys who vote on funding, but I know people who have gotten results that way.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 26, 2006 6:15 am (#777 of 2989)        

Loopy, Kim...what were your thoughts on Lost this week?---Denise P.

Shouldn't I wait till you've had a chance to watch it? I caught a spoiler of the next cast member to bite it and I'm reeling. As for last night's episode...First, I thought Sawyer was a lot smarter than to believe that tiny band-aid would cover the incision necessary to implant a pacemaker. Second, I believe Sawyer is the ultimate con and in the end, cannot be outplayed. I don't believe that other island is anything but another island, if that. Perhaps they're on an atoll and simply can't see the entire thing from one perspective (where we able to see the borders of the island from Sawyer's position?). Also, do Sawyer and Kate honestly not think they're being watched? I hope they pick up the Desmond storyline. (I just like to hear him talk. Know what I mean, brother?) Something doesn't ring true about Cole's death and her "husband's" reaction. Claire hasn't annoyed me yet--much. I want more Sayid. I'm prepared to be entirely wrong about any impressions I have.

And, if The Nine doesn't pick up the pace, I'm gone.

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painting sheila - Oct 26, 2006 6:30 am (#778 of 2989)        

Lupin - What spoiler did you see for the next cast member to bite it? Did I miss something? and - who was the guy playing golf? have we ever seen him before? and the girl (in the clips for next week) that was watching the screens with Lock - who is she? I am so confused! Do you think that's the way they like it? She

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haymoni - Oct 26, 2006 7:33 am (#779 of 2989)        

I thought The Nine finally gave us some info this time, although I agree - things need to move faster.

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juliebug - Oct 26, 2006 8:00 am (#780 of 2989)        

Haven't watched last night's Lost yet. Will do that after Little Bug goes down for her nap. I get such a charge every time I see Sheila ghost writing-you go girl!

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Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 26, 2006 9:16 am (#781 of 2989)        

Chemyst, you’re welcome, I find that mistake I pointed out to be somewhat ironic because, when I was in high school my government teacher made the same mistake and I corrected him and his response stayed with me all these years.

He told me that I talked too much like Benjamin Franklin. but that often what I said was correct and that I was a lawyer in the making, and now all these years later I am applying to law school.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 26, 2006 11:30 am (#782 of 2989)        

I watched LOST last night!! In white: I think Sawyer is realizing that they are being watched, as his plan to electrocute Ben really didn't work. By the way- Ben is definitely on the Freak side. I wonder if, when he was talking to Sawyer by the cliffside, was based on his life. I think Sawyer was having a hard time believing if he had the pace maker or not- and didn't want to risk Kate going in. How big was that needle?? I probably would have passed out. I'm still trying to figure out exactly what is up with Desmond- I know he's got the sense for thins to come, but there has to be something else. I don't know. As for the guy playing golf, and the girl in the preview for next week, I think they are starting to introduce new characters- afterall the main characters are slowly disappearing. Did any of you see the thing in the TV in the preview, by the way? I did the slow-play again, and it looked kind of like an alien...

Okay, now class is starting! Marie- I am jealous of the snow!!

Have a fabulous RotD/N everyone!!

~Kristina

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juliebug - Oct 26, 2006 11:47 am (#783 of 2989)        

Re: Lost There was no pacemaker, it was just a con. The bandage was covering up the needle mark, but there was also a white piece of gauze taped to Sawyer's chest that covered up a reasonable sized incision. I think the guy playing golf was Steve (Scott's the one that died right?) If not, I guess he's just another passenger. This is what I'm guessing the lady from the previews is, a yet to be defined Oceanic passenger. The image in the monitor in the previews (I thought) kinda looked like someone wearing an eye patch. Weird. What I want to know is what the fertility doc is doing on the island (Juliet, that blonde who tried to perform the operation before getting Jack.) Why are these people so baby crazy?

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Tazzygirl - Oct 26, 2006 12:38 pm (#784 of 2989)        

Juliebug: Not sure why Juliet is there- although she must have had something to do with Claire and when she was pregnant... I am thinking the incision on Sawyer was just placed there to reinforce the 'pace maker incident'. I think Juliet waited until Cole was too far gone and then got Jack- maybe to help him get over death when he operates. He did take it really hard when he worked at a hospital and one patient died (partly due to his dad being drunk). I think the Others are on the island to 'help' the people who have problems, but in a so not cool way. They managed to get Sawyer thinking just by pretending to put the pacemaker in...

Back to class!

Kristina

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 26, 2006 12:46 pm (#785 of 2989)        

Why are these people so baby crazy?---juliebug

I agree. Excellent point.

As for the Lost spoiler (make sure you really want to know): I hear Eko bites it next episode.

As for the new characters, they're just new characters. You're not missing anything. As Kristina said, they've got to replace the depleting ranks somehow.

Let's see, I've got to figure out something non-invisible to type. Shoot, I'm drawing a blank.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 26, 2006 12:54 pm (#786 of 2989)        

In response to Lupin is Lupin's LOST spoiler...In white: Oh no! I hope Ecko doesn't die- he's awesome! You know, I think the people who die on the show will play a role in a later episode or season. Just like how Boone came back in Locke's dream. We shall see!

~Kristina

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juliebug - Oct 26, 2006 12:57 pm (#787 of 2989)        

More Lost: I agree, the incision on Sawyer's chest was just for show, to make him believe they really did put in a pacemaker. I wrote about it in my last post because a few posts back, I think someone missed the incision and only saw the small bandage covering the needle mark. I read a comment about how someone found it hard to believe that Sawyer would think the tiny bandage would cover up the hole where a pacemaker was put in.

Not sure about Juliet's role as a doctor. I think the Others might have believed that she could save Cole all by herself. Maybe she tried and realized that she was in over her head, then went to get Jack. Cole might have been in better condition when Juliet left, but it took a while to walk out to Jack's cell, get him ready for transport, and lead him blindly to the OR. It reasonable that an unchecked, bleeding vessel would have caused the patient to decompensate in that time (and probably very likely.) I don't think they were trying to help Saywer, I think it was more of a management tool, for their own convenience. When Ben was told that someone (Dave? broken nose guy) wanted to kill Saywer, he said, later. I don't think any kind of help, sinister or otherwise is what these people have in mind.

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Starling - Oct 26, 2006 1:12 pm (#788 of 2989)        

Lookie, lots of messages wearing invisibility cloaks!

The dentist fixed my teeth (without anaesthetic, can't stand it), it didn't take him very long. This was followed by the day from hell, in which I took my bike & bag out of the train, left my rucksack & laptop on the train, tried to recover it, and ended up locked into the train, having to go all the way to the airport and back while partner panicked because I'd disappeared (phone was in bag). G'ah!

I wish I'd taken the car.

*sneeze*

Ah yes, and developed a cold too.

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Denise P. - Oct 26, 2006 1:33 pm (#789 of 2989)        

Kim, I would like to hear Desmond read the phone book with "brotha" after each name.

--->One of the best lines on Television without Pity regarding the sudden speaking survivors we have never seen before in 2 years of watching the show...And then another heretofore unseen and mute Lostaway, a woman this time, says "Hi, longtime Lostaway, first-time speaker? Yeah, Jack's gone? I don't understand. Okay, when were you planning on telling us this, Hurley?" Whoa! Didn't Hurley just get back? Give him a break, Nikki. Television without Pity just rocks!<-----

Yes, I read spoilers before I see things so it doesn't bother me to read the cloaked stuff. I did watch the episode today. Made a lot more sense watching it from the beginning rather than the last 20 minutes I saw last night.

Reruns almost across the TV this evening...bleah!

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haymoni - Oct 26, 2006 1:37 pm (#790 of 2989)        

My grandmother had a pacemaker in the 70s and it was the size of a big cigarette lighter. It's my understanding that they are much, much smaller now. Ben just creeps me out and I don't trust anything he says.

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Herm oh ninny - Oct 26, 2006 2:28 pm (#791 of 2989)        

Hi All! I'm waiting for my Earth Science Seminar class to begin and I thought I'd pop in.

I haven't been able to watch Lost or Greys Anatomy because I'm always at night class or work I really want to watch both! I keep hinting to my sisters what wonderful Christmas gifts the box sets of the first few seasons of these shows would make!

A co-worker who knows that I am an obsessive Potty sent me this picture I thought it was too cute!

My deluxe edition of Eldest, signed and personalized by Christopher himself, arrived yesterday! I love it! One of my friends was skeptical as to whether or not Chris actually signed it himself, but I solved that problem! My sisters and I went to his book signing when Eldest was first released so I was able to compare signatures, and they are the same!

My professor just came in. Have a great RoTd!

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 26, 2006 2:50 pm (#792 of 2989)        

Grey's Anatomy is a rerun tonight! UGG!! I really wish it wasn't. Why is this entire week nothing but reruns for practically everything? I really want to know what happens with Mer/Der! I don't think I can wait till next week!

It's been raining all day here, and relatively warm (highs in the 70's) so no snow in the forcast for us!

There was a lot of white posting, so I don't really have much to say! Happy Thursday!

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Chemyst - Oct 26, 2006 3:08 pm (#793 of 2989)        

Why is this entire week nothing but reruns for practically everything?

It is called, 'We don't want to waste new shows counter-programming against the World Series.' Try Ugly Betty. It has some cute moments. Things will pick up with the November sweeps.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 26, 2006 3:18 pm (#794 of 2989)        

Ugly Betty is an okay show- I've been watching it from the start, but if it all of a sudden ends I won't be sad. As there is no Grey's Anatomy, then Ugly Betty definitely works!

~Kristina

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boop - Oct 26, 2006 3:58 pm (#795 of 2989)        

HI Everyone!!

Sheila, Congrats on getting paid for your job. Also sounds like you are having a good time.

Denise, healing charms for your toenails. Glad your new shoes are working out.

Marie, Wow enjoy the snow! We are going to get rain instead of snow. Stay warm and safe.

Edit: Welcome to all new forum members.

Starling, Glad you got your teeth fixed. Sorry to hear you had an awful day. (((HUGS)))

Have a great rest of the day!!

hugs always

boop

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 26, 2006 4:56 pm (#796 of 2989)        

I'm waiting for my Earth Science Seminar class to begin and I thought I'd pop in.---Herm oh ninny

Oooh, I loved my Earth Science class! But then, I had a crush on the TA.

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Madam Pince - Oct 26, 2006 4:58 pm (#797 of 2989)        

I've been trying to re-fill the ink cartridge in my printer for the last several hours. (A word of advice: don't. Just buy a new one. )

When I finally logged on, the first thing I see on my news page is "Massive snowstorm hits Colorado!" Hope you're weathering it OK, Marie! Did you get 20 inches or whatever that they were talking about in the article?

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Julie Aronson - Oct 26, 2006 5:22 pm (#798 of 2989)        

Really, Kim? Me, too. Mine was in Intro to Physical Geology, but same idea...

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Puck - Oct 26, 2006 5:36 pm (#799 of 2989)        

Root Canal part 1 is complete. I still need to go back for them to build it up and put on the crown -two more visits. Wasn't as horrible as I thought. I didn't bother to stop and pick up the pain meds he prescribed, as it was dinner time and the kids were waiting for me to bring something to eat home. Hopefully I won't regret that decision in the middle of the night.

Haymoni, my current pacemaker -about 2 years old- is about the diameter of a silver dollar, but about 1/4 inch thick. My implantable defibrillator is a bit bigger.

Starling, hope tomorrow is better for you!

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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geauxtigers - Oct 26, 2006 5:47 pm (#800 of 2989)        

Been a long wet day! It poured during swimming. I mean the rain hurt it was raining so hard! But there was no thunder or lightning, so we just kept on swimming!

Well I have lots to do for homework and I just made a whole bunch of Halloween cookies and now my hands are all sticky. And Grey's Anatomy comes on in 15 minutes so I should be able to get some work done since its a re-run and all.

So anyway, might be back later if I get my stuff done. Have a lovely evening everyone!
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Ludicrous Patents Office - Oct 26, 2006 7:03 pm (#801 of 2989)

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Herm oh ninny what a great thing! I bought the deluxe copy but no autograph. I'm doing an after school book club. We just finished Eragon now we are reading Eldest. I'm looking forward to the movie.

Dental Healing charms to Starling and Puck.

Lovely snow storm! Unfortunately we had school today. Southern Colorado is still getting it. LPO

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painting sheila - Oct 26, 2006 7:21 pm (#802 of 2989)        

Lupin - NO!!! I refuse to believe it!!(sniff sniff)

I met Tom Wopat tonight! He is playing Harold Hill in the Music Man. I was sitting there sewing some lace on a dress and looked up to make a comment about something some one else had said - it was a very clever comment, too! - and he was looking at me as if he was hanging on every word I said (sigh). When I finished, he pointed at my reading glasses and said, "you have some thing sticking out of your glasses." It was a piece of string caught in the hinge. It was really stuck and took two of us to get it out. So much for the glamor of the costume shop!

Off to do laundry -

She

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Mediwitch - Oct 26, 2006 7:29 pm (#803 of 2989)        

Madam Pince, I wish I could send you an aloe - we have one that reproduces like MAD and we can't find enough homes for the babies. We also have a huge one that I've had for years that's never once sprouted a new one. Aloes must have males and females!

I bought Eldest a couple of weeks ago but haven't read it yet. I can't wait!

It's been a crazy week - I'm SOOOOOO glad tomorrow's Friday, but we're traveling to visit my mother for her birthday on Saturday. (Fortunately she's a mild Potty, so maybe I can sneak onto the Forum for a few minutes!) I've got to bake her cake tomorrow after work.

No snow here yet, but we've had a few flurries!

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The giant squid - Oct 26, 2006 7:40 pm (#804 of 2989)        

I got a phone message from my dad when I got home today. In the signoff he said "Marie's got a foot of snow," so it seems that blizzard kept a'coming after all.

She'll be fine, though--where we grew up they measure snowbanks in feet, not inches.

I don't have a problem with the new speaking parts on Lost--there were 40-something survivors and we've only dealt with a dozen or so. The real question is how did they manage to go so long without having anything important to say?

--Mike

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Madam Pince - Oct 26, 2006 7:46 pm (#805 of 2989)        

That's so cool, Sheila! During my teen years, I had a mild crush on the "other" of the Duke boys -- John Schneider. But Luke was cute, too!

When Mr. Pince was working as an extra on the movie Gettysburg, he was hanging around with a buddy of his when he looked over and saw Tom Berenger standing there. Mr. Pince elbowed his buddy and said (loudly enough to be overheard) "Hey, look over there! Look who that is!" Berenger started to get a pained look on his face, as celebrities probably do when they get fan-swarmed or whatever. Then Mr. Pince finished his sentence... "It's Rex O'Herlihan, King of the Singing Cowboys!" and Berenger just cracked up laughing. He and Mr. Pince then had a good chat, and Berenger said something like "You must've been one of those ten people who actually saw that movie!" (Rustler's Rhapsody, which wasn't real popular apparently but which starred Berenger. Mr. Pince liked it...) So anyway, that's our funny celebrity story....

OK, time to be off to bed and work on a few more chapters of OotP... Nighty-night!

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Tazzygirl - Oct 26, 2006 10:49 pm (#806 of 2989)        

Just got back from school. Good news is I pretty much have a homework free weekend. w00t! Not sure when the last homework free weekend was. I am teaching a class tomorrow on Germs. I'll be incorporating dance into it- requirement for my Performing Arts class. Should be fun!

I just bought Eragon the other day. Am hoping to start reading it soon- it might possibly have to wait until Christmas. I find it very interesting that the author is still in his teens!

Off to eat some dinner...

~Kristina

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Marie E. - Oct 27, 2006 4:50 am (#807 of 2989)        

No, our center doesn't typically close. It did eventually close yesterday though, at 9:45am, when we still didn't have any children. We had to wait for our Regional Manager to make the call. We had one nine year old show up at 8am, but when her mom took her to work with her when she saw her daughter was the only child there. Ten minutes before we closed a dad came in and asked if we were open but left when we said we were just waiting for the okay to close.

So yesterday when when I said there was already 4 inches I was a little off. I realized this when I stepped off my porch and the snow was above my ankles. I think it was more like eight inches. I did a beautiful 360 spin near my house, even in 4-wheel drive. It was like ballet dancing with a Tahoe.

Amazingly, it's supposed to reach 49 F today and get up to 65 by next Monday.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 27, 2006 5:19 am (#808 of 2989)        

Me, too.---Julie Aronson

LOL. What's higher education without a crush-worthy TA?

Lupin - NO!!! I refuse to believe it!!(sniff sniff)---painting Sheila

Mind you, my information is only as good as the spoiler website I prowled but there you go.

During my teen years, I had a mild crush on the "other" of the Duke boys -- John Schneider.---Madam Pince

***clears throat***
What's a memory like you,
Doing in a love like this?
She thinks we're all through
But that's not the way it is.
When I hold her in my arms,
It's your lips I still kiss.
What's a memory like you,
Doing in a love like this?

***hangs head in shame*** Hey, some songs you never get out of your head.

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haymoni - Oct 27, 2006 6:00 am (#809 of 2989)        

I liked Tom Wopat in "Sybil" - he played one of her ex-husbands.

I also like Tom Berenger - I can never remember the name of the movie, but Barbara Hershey is in it also and they end up living with a tribe of Indians that have been cut off from the rest of civilization. Of course, the shopping cart scene in "The Big Chill" is just fine with me too!

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painting sheila - Oct 27, 2006 6:59 am (#810 of 2989)        

I have read both Eragon and Eldest and (im)patiently awaiting the third. When is it being released?

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Good Evans - Oct 27, 2006 7:00 am (#811 of 2989)        

I made my christmas cake today (am I the first or am I woefully late??? ). It smells great! 6.5 hours in the oven - phew!

I have also bought a few more items for the stockings, is it just me or does Christmas preparation seem to be earlier and earlier each year? although I always make my cake before Halloween so I am not any earlier on that - it has 6 weeks of "topping up" with Brandy now, trust me this is one special cake!!!

Ah well - back to my marketing assignment - does anyone know if Ansofs matrix should have something in each box - or only the area that you are going to use as your objective for the marketing strategy?

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Puck - Oct 27, 2006 7:06 am (#812 of 2989)        

Okay, anyone know how I'm supposed to read my e-mail? Mr. Puck got a new "outlook" program. It pulls out this preview pane. So, I deleted all the junk okay, but can't seem to move the messages I want to read into my inbox. Funny, because I managed it once before, but can't seem to work the same magic today. Perhaps I'm swishing instead of flicking?

**goes off singing "Just a good ol' boy, not meaning no harm..."

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Solitaire - Oct 27, 2006 7:16 am (#813 of 2989)        

Well, tomorrow is The Big Four-Hour Test I've been heading for since school started. I think I need some memory charms ... and not the kind Lockhart performs! I need some charms to help me remember. We get to take in a notecard "cheat sheet" with us, so that is a big relief. **checking for small font sizes** If I pass the test and my portfolio is okay, that means I get about 12-15 hours of my life back every week. Smile Hm ... I wonder how I'll spend it? Wish me luck!

Solitaire

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HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 27, 2006 7:19 am (#814 of 2989)        

Just wanted to pop in and say thanks to Finn. Your explanation was very helpful. I think she gets most/all of it.

Love the recipes, Mediwitch and the cookie recipe, Kristina. Thanks!

Sheila, Link is green. Trust me, I know this.

Healing charms to Starling, Puck and Josephine.

Stay safe, Marie. 360 in a Tahoe doesn't sound good.

Maria

EDIT: Felix Felicis to Solitaire!

Oh, and the Sopranos filming is today.

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painting sheila - Oct 27, 2006 7:44 am (#815 of 2989)        

Hungarian Horntail - His tunic is green, but his leggings/pants seem to change color. Also, in some pictures he appears to have an undershirt on under his tunic. What's up with that?

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Lilly P - Oct 27, 2006 8:03 am (#816 of 2989)        

Hey all! Look what I learned!

RE: LOST OK, when Sawyer was up on the ridge, did anyone else get a little chill when the "other" guy said "I'ts from Mice and Men, Don't you read? *dripping sarcasm* " It was just soooo Hermione of him.

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Chemyst - Oct 27, 2006 8:17 am (#817 of 2989)        

Link can have red or blue shirts in the "Awakening" game. A fairy will give him a blue shirt that will reduce his damage by half (defense) or a red shirt will make his sword twice as strong (offense). There is something about volcanoes (red fire suit - heat resistant) & water (blue breathing) powers too in "Ocarina." Also in Ocarina, the grown-up teen Link has white stockings, but the 10 year-old child Link does not. And in "Four Swords" his personality splits and is represented by four different colors (add purple) and voice changes.
I don't pay too much attention to this stuff, but an expert just walked through...   We once painted swords & shields together to decorate his bedroom.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 27, 2006 8:27 am (#818 of 2989)        

Haymoni, that Tom Berenger movie wouldn't be "Last of the Dogmen" would it? I almost missed a great movie just because the title sounded stupid.

Ugh! It just keeps raining here. I'm glad the kids have nice indoors activities planned for tonight. They have been a bit stir crazy. The elementary is having their Fall Festival tonight. The high school is having a masquerade ball. The 15 year old only gets sick whenever there are fun events at school. The poor boy has a sinus infection and running 102 temp!

Good luck Solitaire!

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Lilly P - Oct 27, 2006 8:36 am (#819 of 2989)        

*healing charms* to little Kaykay! Sinus infections are second only to the flu in awfulness!

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 27, 2006 9:06 am (#820 of 2989)        
Edited by Denise P. Oct 27, 2006 10:17 am

Whew! Lots of posts:

As for Kim's spoiler I'll just say: Noooooooooooooooooooo!!! That better not be right.

As for Lost in general: Lots of good observations. I dunno if Sawyer would've been smart enought to know what a pace-maker incision looks like or not. What would it look like if only the pace-maker were installed without the attendant open heart surgery? I must confess that I let out an "Oh please" when Sawyer's heart watch started beeping when Kate was changing clothes. That was a little cheesy. I'm also a little confused about the extra island thing. Neither Sayid nor Desmond noticed this as they sailed around the "main" island? I mean how big can a freakin' island be and still manage to remain undiscovered? Speaking of Sayid, I'm with Kim. Where the heck is he? What are he and Joon and Sun doing? The biggest bummer is that there are only 2 episodes left before the hiatus until February. Sure, there'll be 13 straight episodes then, but what am I to do in the interim?

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Steve Newton - Oct 27, 2006 9:19 am (#821 of 2989)        

Regarding Lost. My wife noticed that when Kate climbed out of the cage it was raining but moments later as she is talking to Sawyer it is not raining and she is dry. I know that weather is quite erratic on the island but this seemed a tad extreme.

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Puck - Oct 27, 2006 9:28 am (#822 of 2989)        

We have "kids night out" at our school tonight. Games, goodies, hayrides, etc.... My little ones are quite excited about it.

Haven't watched Lost yet. Perhaps when I get home tonight.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 27, 2006 10:16 am (#823 of 2989)        

Link's special colors depend upon the game and situation. In general, his outfit is green and in the latest games, he does wear a white shirt underneath the green tunic. The other colors are special tunics (red/Goron, blue/Zora) which have to be earned and then are used to get through certain situations, after which, they are usually put aside for later use. Other than these special circumstances, he is in his usual green.

Chemyst, the Awakening game is old but even in that his outfit was green but with a brown shirt underneath.

As far as the tights go, they have changed several times; brown, white and off-white.

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John Bumbledore - Oct 27, 2006 10:22 am (#824 of 2989)        

Hello, weather here makes me think that Dementors are breeding.

Puck, congratulations on solving the hangman!

I and my family have read Eragon and Eldest, and also impatiently awaiting next in series from Christopher Paolini. Obsession, like insanity in general, is also hereditary; you catch it from your children.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore
The smilie lineup is now in my profile instead of following my signature.

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Winky Woo - Oct 27, 2006 10:53 am (#825 of 2989)        

I'll just start off with a large round of cheering, accio lawyer, healing and good luck charms as I read all of this earlier but didn't have time to post, so I've forgotten it all and don't have time to go back and re-read

Can I just say ditto?

I came back to work yesterday, and apparently it's been hell while I've been away, I feel guilty that my team missed me so much! (and secretly pleased that I am needed!)

I have decided that I want the house, and have given the ex-Mr Winky a month to make alternative arrangements. He then had the cheek to ask me to go view some places with him! He has seen the error of his ways, and realises what a big mistake he has made- Too late buster!

I am really missing my dogs, so at least I wont have to worry about finding a dog friendly landlord. So for the moment I am living in Liverpool, which is a nasty commute to Manchester, the other day it took me 1:45!

Anyway I am actually in work at the moment so I better go and show willing,

Love Winky x x x

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Esther Rose - Oct 27, 2006 11:02 am (#826 of 2989)        

Like many of you –

While waiting for the last Harry Potter book I read both Eragon and Eldest. So then, I was waiting for the last Harry Potter book and the last book in the Inheritance Trilogy.

But then,

While waiting for the last Harry Potter book and the last book in the Inheritance trilogy I read the Pellinor Series by Alison Croggon. (The Gift, The Riddle, and The Crow.) So then, I was waiting for the last Harry Potter book, the last book in the Inheritance Trilogy and the last book in the Pellinor series.

But we are not done folks. (Not for a minute!)

While waiting for the last Harry Potter book, the last of the Inheritance trilogy, and the last book in the Pellinor series, I started reading the Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind. (this series is definitely not for kids.) It is currently an eleven book series with one more book to go. You would think eleven books would slow me down. Nope. Now I am waiting for the last Harry Potter book, the last book in the Inheritance Series, the last book in the Pellinor Series, and the last book in the Sword of Truth Series.

So I am waiting to see which series ends first. (I also read the Septimus Heap series. Not anxiously waiting for that last book as I am the other four.)

In the meantime why ruin the record. I shall be off to the book store to read another series that only has one more book to go.

Actually, I am slowly reading the Left Behind series. I may have to invest in a brand new bookshelf.

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Madam Pince - Oct 27, 2006 11:12 am (#827 of 2989)        

(((hugs))) to Winky!

Finally watched Lost last night since everything else was re-runs... I agree with most of what Loopy Lupin said -- I was extremely skeptical about that "extra" island, too. I mean, they have all explored pretty thoroughly, haven't they? And Sayid in particular has scoured the coasts a couple of times -- both in the boat, and when he was looking for Shannon or something, didn't he? In the first episode of this season, when they re-showed the plane crash from the "perspective" of The Others' village, it looked to me like it was all one big island, that maybe curved around a bay, or perhaps was an atoll or something as someone else mentioned. Hmmmmm.... I didn't find it all that odd that Sawyer didn't question the pacemaker insertion -- I mean, these Others seem to be able to do a lot of advanced stuff, and I know you can insert things like ID chips the size of a grain of rice inside a dog's skin with just a needle, so... I'd probably take their word for it too, rather than run the rather significant risk! (I mean, if The Bride/Uma Thurman can make Bill/David Carradine's heart explode just by punching him in the chest, well....) I did think it was kind of silly of Sawyer not to think that perhaps maybe The Others might be observing them on-camera. Shoot, that would've been a good plan, too -- I would've bought two tickets to see Ben get fried. I'm really starting to hate that guy! Glad he's got a tumor -- hope Jack doesn't let his Hippocratic Oath get in the way of retribution! (Darn but I'm vengeful, aren't I?) I'm pretty sick of The Others saying "Oh, we're not the bad guys. Oh, you killed one of our people -- shame on you!" Puh-leeze. What about Shannon and Ana Lucia and Libby, none of whom would've died if it hadn't been for them, and kidnapping kids, and .... what IS it about them and babies/kids? It's like they're preparing for the World Apocalypse or something and trying to learn how to re-populate the earth maybe? Oh, and I think that Sayid, Sun, and Jin are walking now, since the boat got taken, so it's probably taking them awhile and it's simultaneous with what we saw this week. And was the thing with Desmond building a lightning-rod supposed to demonstrate to us that he knows ahead of time where lightning is going to strike? I thought the "thing" in the previews was a guy with an eyepatch, but I need to look again. Last observation: the guy with the golf clubs is played by the guy who was Laura Linney's "crush" in Love Actually and is supposed to be some big hottie actor from Brazil? or Argentina? Can't remember exactly. I think there's going to be lots of "new" characters -- the creators have deliberately focused on only a few of the survivors, while making it plain that there are several more still hanging around on the beach just waiting for an interesting storyline!

Whew! Too much white!

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juliebug - Oct 27, 2006 12:07 pm (#828 of 2989)        

More Lost I've been thinking about that tumor that Ben has. I wonder if he still has it? Maybe it is the reason he came to the island in the first place? The island has cured Rose's cancer, healed Locke's paralysis and didn't Jack recover from his dislocated shoulder awfully quick? Maybe the x-rays were old? Just a thought. Let me know what you guys think.


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Lina - Oct 27, 2006 1:00 pm (#829 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 27, 2006 2:21 pm

Kathy, did you try double click the e-mail?

Winky, way to go!

Healing charms to KayKay's son!

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Esther Rose - Oct 27, 2006 2:04 pm (#830 of 2989)        

I am sure everyone has already seen this but. I have decided that Amazon.com is such a tease!

Like I would need to be alerted when Harry Potter Book 7 arrives. Sheesh!

(yeah, I clicked the alert button anyway.)

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painting sheila - Oct 27, 2006 2:33 pm (#831 of 2989)        

Go Winky - Go Winky - Go Winky!! Keep that house - stand your ground!

Lost - I think they are trying to produce a super race. That is why they are testing everyone's blood - to find the genes they want......but maybe not. That would be some pretty advanced technology and I don't think they have that on the island. I like the idea that the x-rays might be old . .what next!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 27, 2006 2:39 pm (#832 of 2989)        

My daughter told me yesterday that she needed a cat woman mask for the masquerade ball. I worked on the thing frantically all day (hand sewn) so it would be ready. I have a horrible crick in my neck. She gets home from school to inform me that the ball is tomorrow! Well, at least it is finished. Yay!

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The giant squid - Oct 27, 2006 2:44 pm (#833 of 2989)        

juliebug--good point about the X-rays. (that's all I'm saying as the spell for invisible text continues to elude me).

Puck, I'm a little confused by your problem. The preview pane is just a way of viewing e-mails, it has nothing to do with which folder the e-mail is in (unless they've really changed stuff since the 2003 version). In the version I'm using you can go to the menus at the top and select "view"; one of the choices is "reading pane" with an arrow. Mouse over the arrow to get three choices: right, bottom or off. I prefer to turn the reading pane off, as it makes the page less cluttered & also doesn't open e-mails automatically (helpful for avoiding spam & viruses).

If that was helpful in any way, you're welcome. If I've only confused you more, I apologize.

--Mike

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Madam Pince - Oct 27, 2006 3:24 pm (#834 of 2989)        

Prisoner of Azkaban is being televised tomorrow night (Saturday Oct. 28) in the U.S. at 8:00pm Eastern time on ABC, in case anyone's interested. I don't know if it's an "extended" version or not.

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boop - Oct 27, 2006 5:57 pm (#835 of 2989)        

Julie(GE) It took 6.5 hours in the oven for a christmas cake?!

Solitaire, Good Luck charms sent your way.

Kay, Sending healing charms to your son. I hope he feels better soon.

Winky, stay strong, and here are some hugs.((((( )))))

Ester Rose, sounds like you have been doing alot of reading. Good luck while waiting for the series to come out.

Have a great weekend everyone.

hugs always

boop

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kaykay1970 - Oct 27, 2006 6:49 pm (#836 of 2989)        

Thanks for the healing charms. I knew I was forgetting something in my last post.

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Puck - Oct 27, 2006 7:04 pm (#837 of 2989)        

Mike, I have a "preview" pane that pops up automatically when I hit send/receive. The new mail comes here first, so I can delete any spam without opening it. The one where you have a viewing pane is a separate window. I can't read e-mail in the preview pane, but can't figure out how to get it out of the preview window and into the inbox once spam has been deleted. Thanks for trying! (Hubby is home now, so I'm sure he'll show me -he'll just have a good laugh at my lack of computer savy.)

Finally made it home from the "Kids Night Out" at the school. Magic Show, balloons, hayride, games, etc.... Fun, but we were out until after 9, so all the kids were about 90 minutes late getting to bed. I made myself a quick peanut butter sandwich, as I had missed breakfast, had a bowl of soup for lunch, then never had dinner. (I got pizza at the school for the kids, but never ate myself.) Now, I'm hoping to call it an early night.

Say, do I get bonus "mommy points" for going out to the school event still sporting a face full of glitter and Diva's clips in my hair? I also donned a floor length skirt and a pair of fairy wings.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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painting sheila - Oct 27, 2006 7:35 pm (#838 of 2989)        

Puck - You are Mother of the Year for the fairy wings alone!

She

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Mediwitch - Oct 27, 2006 7:47 pm (#839 of 2989)        

Best of luck, Soli! Why, with 12-15 hours a week to call your own, you'll be all set for a re-read of the entire HP series!

Maria, you've really got to try the Brown-Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars - they are absolutely the best. Everywhere I take them people go crazy for them!

kaykay, have some **Healing Charms** for your son! I loathe sinus infections, but since I have terrible allergies, I tend to get them much more often than I like.

**Waves to Winky Woo and sends Fortifying Charms!**

Oh yeah, Kathy, MAJOR bonus points for that one (especially if you do it again when the kids are in middle school)!

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painting sheila - Oct 27, 2006 8:00 pm (#840 of 2989)        

OH!! please please please Puck - do it again when they are in Middle School and send me pictures! HA!!

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 27, 2006 8:08 pm (#841 of 2989)        

Well, we lost our football game tonight, so we are now 8-1, which is still a whole lot better than any record we've ever had. But I'm really proud of them, it was a tough game and we played really well, very close too. They won by a touchdown at the end of the 4th quarter. But still makes me a bit mad! Next week we play U-High... our biggest rival....should be interesting as they always beat us ( and then they roll our school), but we've beaten a bunch of teams they've lost too, so hopefully we'll get it back this year! **knocks on woods** Can't wait!!

**Healing charms to Kaykay's son**

You definately get bonus points Kathy! LOL

Night everyone!

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azi - Oct 28, 2006 4:39 am (#842 of 2989)        

**healing charms** to your son, Kaykay!

Fairy wings sound fun, Puck!

Shame about the football Ginny! Maybe next week they'll make up for it?

Good luck on the test Soli!

I'm so happy it's the weekend! I woke up this morning thinking how much better/rested I felt, and then discovered I'd been asleep for 11 hours straight.    Still got my chest infection though.

Saw Cars at the Student Cinema last night. Way too sentimental for my taste, but some funny bits. Not the sort of thing I'd see again. Walking to campus and back made me want Bonfire Night so much. Looking forward to it!

Lovely Saturday's to all.

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painting sheila - Oct 28, 2006 5:58 am (#843 of 2989)        

KayKay - How is your son?

Soli - Good luck on the test!

Ginny - OH! I hope you win the next one!! Sore winners are worse than sore losers - okay, well maybe not.

We went to see Flicka last night. I enjoyed it. It was a beautiful tribute to mustangs, but some of the acting was a bit sketch. I am not sad I spent full price for the tickets - but then again, I may have just been happy to be on a date with my husband!!

The big kids have a dance tonight - and they are trying to think of costumes. So far we have these ideas:

Get a Laurel wreath (or any other kind) for your head and put pictures of Benjamin Franklin in it. YOu would be a wreath of Franklin (Aretha Franklin)

Dress in black with the number 8 on your back and flash cards with sayings like, "Try Again Later; I don't think so: I see as a possibility, etc . . " and go as a Magic Eight Ball

Jessie, The Yodeling Cowgirl from Toy Story

Put pieces of different games all over you (hot glue cheap games from the dollar store to old clothes). Walk around with a look of disdain on your face and be A "Bored" Game

Dress in gold with gold wings and be a Snitch (YEAH!!)

Wear white pants, an orange shirt and a yellow cone hat and be a Candy Corn.

Wear a fish on your head (yes, I have a big fish you put your head in and look out of it's mouth) and be a fish face. Carry a loaf of bread with you and be a fish sandwich. (Try to) talk with a Swedish accent and be a Swedish Fish. Be Jonah inside the whale. Carry a can of "worms" and be fish bait . . . .

We tried the Pong idea, but you can't dance and bounce a ball, and they are afraid not too many people know what Pong is.

As you can see we are hurting for ideas. Any suggestions?

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kaykay1970 - Oct 28, 2006 6:42 am (#844 of 2989)        

Son felt pretty rough when he went to bed last night. He has just gotten out of bed this morning with a cough, but he isn't running any fever at least. It really is hard to say how he is doing as he always seems worse at night.

I have no idea on the costume Sheila. My daughter is going to her school thing as Cat Woman. She is wearing a black leather shirt, pants and boots (last year's drama club rock star outfit). I made her mask. Last night I made a whip to go with it too. I used a short wood dowel for the handle. Once I attached a long piece of black material to the handle I cut the material into strips. Then all I had to do is braid the strips. I sewed through the start and end of the braid to keep it secure. Looks pretty authentic from a distance! LOL

Kathy, the fairy wings sound fun! My three youngest dressed up for the Fall Festival last night. We were running late and obviously missed the costume contest. The 12 year old got lots of compliments on his Harry-ness. Even the principal wanted to know where to buy Quidditch robes. Nobody realized who the three year old was dressed as until I would show them his glasses (his nose is too small to hold them on his face) and his broom that I carried around all night!

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Puck - Oct 28, 2006 7:24 am (#845 of 2989)        

LOL! Aretha Franklin! (Once went to a party where some had shoved a fake knife through a box of fruit loops. That's right, folks. He was a "Cereal killer".)

Healing Charms to Azi and Kay's son!

Ginny, they "roll" on your school?

Oh, I will come up with much better outfits when they hit middle school. *insert evil grin here*

Kathy

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Catherine - Oct 28, 2006 8:38 am (#846 of 2989)        

While searching for costume ideas, I was amused by several suggestions:

1. Tape a dollar bill to each ear--then you are a "Buccaneer."

2. Attach a doll to your rear end--then you are a "babysitter."

3. Wear a gold dress, paint your nails gold, and sprinkle gold glitter in your hair. Carry a little shovel painted gold--then you are a "Gold digger."

Silly, but fun.

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painting sheila - Oct 28, 2006 8:49 am (#847 of 2989)        

Put the candy Spree's all over you and carry a fake knife or axe and you would be a Killing Spree.

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juliebug - Oct 28, 2006 9:02 am (#848 of 2989)        

Tape a quarter (or an enlarged photo-copy) to the back of your shirt and be a quarter back.

Wear a pink shirt with feathers glued to it and be tickled pink.

Wear all black with a large black garbage bag over it and be a California raisin (white gloves make a nice touch as does singing "I heard it through the grapevine.")

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 28, 2006 9:20 am (#849 of 2989)        

Ginny, they "roll" on your school?

They come over after midnight and throw toilet paper (and other bathroom items...) up in the trees and such. Once they got really mean and put salt on the football field and killed all the grass. They almost always get caught by the security cameras and have to pay for the cherry picker machine to come out and get the TP out of the tops of the huge oak trees on campus. It's a pain in the butt, as we have to pick up what's on the ground. They didn't do it last year...maybe they've learned.

I like the magic 8-ball costume! Jessie from Toy Story is cute too, but very unoriginal. I really like the Snitch idea!! That's cute! I can't really add to the list of ideas because I'm just not that creative, but these are pretty funny! Pepper (my dog) is going to be a Princess this year...unless we find a new costume by Halloween!

Azi, dont' feel bad, I usually sleep about 11 hours on Friday night. I have to catch up on all the sleep I didn't get during the week!

Ahhh Saturday! Best day of the week! Have a great day everyone!

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painting sheila - Oct 28, 2006 11:39 am (#850 of 2989)        

Dress all in black (boys) and tie little baby chickens to you - You would be a Chick Magnet! Do it will little baby dolls and be a Babe Magnet!
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Annie Infante - Oct 28, 2006 1:31 pm (#851 of 2989)        
Edited by Oct 28, 2006 1:35 pm

Okay, I had to do this! I have never chatted or greeted anyone here, but I have introduced myself on the other thread, and I just spent way too much time reading up on past posts. When I read Esther Rose's post about all the series she is reading and she now has all these books that she has to wait for I thought I would die laughing!!! What a dilemma! You all are so friendly that I can't help but think you won't mind if I jump in to say Hi. I also noticed a few Lost fans. That is the One TV show I watch. Oddly enough I don't spend alot of time trying to figure it out. Mostly just the first 10 minutes or so after watching. I do still try to figure out HP though! Better leave my computer now before my kids mutiny. Moms aren't allowed too much time on the computer you know!

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Tazzygirl - Oct 28, 2006 1:31 pm (#852 of 2989)        

Love the costume ideas!! I'm very uninventive in Halloween costumes... I found out yesterday that at my school they are ALL dressing up, and having a Halloween parade. Which means I need to dress up now. I think I am going to be very original and go as the Wicked Witch from Wizard of Oz... or something. I gotta go cheap!

**healing charms to Kay's son, and to Azi**

My car is currently in the shop getting the brakes done. It's been there since yesterday, so I hope I get it back today. (Mechanic was also fixing the control arms and a window, which all of a sudden decided it did not want to roll down unless you open the door and then slammed it shut again. ) I tell you all what, I just love my car... **read sarcasm**

I think a couple days ago I said I'd have a relaxing weekend with no homework. I am completely off. Entire weekend will be spent working on two projects and three papers. w00t!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!

~Kristina

EDIT: Welcome back to the forum, Annie!

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Annie Infante - Oct 28, 2006 1:40 pm (#853 of 2989)        

Thanks for the nod in my direction, Tazzygirl. I was just going to correct a spelling error and saw your welcome. How nice! I'm jealous in a way that so many people have fun doing the Halloween thing. We live out in rural area and so we have never gotten into the whole trick or treat thing as there are no neighbors to speak of that are close enough to make it worth while. Plus my kids are schooled at home so no school parties or anything of that sort either. But I loved to dress up as a kid and sometimes feel bad that my boys don't. But then, they're boys. They don't seem to really care. I did think about getting two HP costumes for my two youngest to wear at the Book 7 release party. My 9 year could be HP at nine!

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boop - Oct 28, 2006 1:40 pm (#854 of 2989)        

Great costume ideas.

Welcome to the chat thread Annie. Make yourself right at home.

It is windy and cold here.

Have a great rest of the day.

hugs always

boop

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Denise P. - Oct 28, 2006 1:40 pm (#855 of 2989)        

We took a sheet of foam board, cut out a window, glued a circle on the front and attached velcro to it. Viola! Kaity went as an MP-Me player Smile We did the same thing for Devin as a Gameboy. It took about 10 minutes to make.

I had a 10K race today. It was on the same course as a 10K I ran back in June. I took almost 11 minutes off my time! The last quarter of a mile, my current coach, my 5K coach and two other guys ran with me, cheering me on. It was downhill so I was sprinting but almost lost it when my coach said "My baay-bee!" with a really fake Australian accent (making fun of Claire on Lost) I tried my best to pass a friend but she pulled ahead of me the last hill. We have a 5K race next weekend, with hills so hopefully I will beat her. I have been training on hills, she has not. I think my group did well.  All of us beat our previous 10K times and my coach came in first overall with just over 34 minutes. I cheered him on as I passed him at 2.5 miles, he was on the final mile.

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Lilly P - Oct 28, 2006 3:25 pm (#856 of 2989)        

Ester Rose - I'm glad to find someone else in the SAME situation with book series. My problem is that I like to re-read the series right before the next book comes out to "re-acquaint" (sp?) myself with all the details! It keeps you on your toes doesn't it?

Annie Infante - Welcome!

Denise - I LOVE the MP-me player idea! I may just have to snich it for next year!

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azi - Oct 28, 2006 3:35 pm (#857 of 2989)        

**waves to Annie Infante** Welcome back! Your name rings a bell!

**healing charms to Tazzy's car!**

I just got back from my folk dancing autumn dance. It was great! Everyone is so friendly in these groups. I danced all but 3 dances (out of 19). I was really nervous beforehand as you get no instruction before dancing (unlike with classes), but I actually got some dances right without going wrong!

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Chemyst - Oct 28, 2006 4:54 pm (#858 of 2989)        

We live out in rural area and so we have never gotten into the whole trick or treat thing as there are no neighbors to speak of that are close enough to make it worth while. – Annie

Same here; but I have learned to console myself by taking advantage of the candy sales.  

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Catherine - Oct 28, 2006 5:10 pm (#859 of 2989)        

Same here; but I have learned to console myself by taking advantage of the candy sales.—Chemyst

Ah, Chemyst, I hope you get a great deal on dark chocolate! **wipes chin**

I've debated about sharing my post-Camp Cheerio weeks at school with the Forum. On the one hand, I've tried to adhere to my advice to my students: What happens at camp--stays at camp. This includes any parodies of Monty Python skits that Mrs. Catherine may have performed for her students during endless jostling bus rides. This also includes any loving parodies of our authority figures at school. On the other hand, I've debated if I should really share my horror about the way that the various "challenges" inside certain caves were named. I'm sure that Loopy Lupin a.k.a. Miss Manners would have fainted at the thought of squeezing through a formation called "the toilet bowl."

EWWWWW! OK--that stays at camp.

A thorough emotional and physical check reveals that toenails are intact **waves to Denise** but that the stress of the end of the quarter is showing. I had to write narratives for all of my students in both English and Social Studies, and sometimes the phrasing was, erm, challenging. I think my head of school would frown if I wrote, "I would dearly love to feed Matilda to a blast-ended Skrewt and charge admission for it."

Mostly, though, I'm having way too much fun and working way too hard to dwell on such thoughts.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 28, 2006 6:25 pm (#860 of 2989)        

Thanks, Azi, for the car charms. Evidently there is something else wrong, so looks like I'm not getting my car back until tomorrow. grrr.

Chemyst- We get maybe five trick-or-treaters (that was how many came last year!). I also take advantage of the candy sales!

**is very interested in Camp Cheerio stories from Catherine**

~Kristina

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Puck - Oct 28, 2006 7:18 pm (#861 of 2989)        

Catherine, was it at least a clean toilet bowl? We know how you like a clean bathroom.

PoA is on, and they're only to show a trailor from Eragon!

One year a boy about Finn's age came to our door with a bow and a gift tag around his neck. The tag read "To: Women, From:God". Clever, if not humble.

Son's pack meeting included a haunted house and showing of the movie "Monster House". We were in an old barn with a storm outside. My son was screaming in terror during one point of the haunted house, but managed to calm down and stay for the rest of the event.

Welcome, Annie!

Reparo charms to Tazzy's car!

I have about 18 kids here tomorrow to decorate pumpkins. Need to go make some gummy worm jello and rice crispy pumpkins.

Happy RotD! (Remains of the day, for those who have recently joined us.)

Kathy

edited, as I forgot to say wOOt to Denise for a great run!

And about Lost: The scar for a pacemaker would be closer to the shoulder. These people don't have enough know-how to implant a pacer with some kind of mutant technology to cause a heart to explode. (Normal one don't have that feature. Trust me. ) Plus, such a device would be larger than a regular pacer, and thus easy seen and felt under the skin. He absolutely doesn't have one.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 28, 2006 7:47 pm (#862 of 2989)        

Puck: We were in an old barn with a storm outside. My son was screaming in terror during one point of the haunted house, but managed to calm down and stay for the rest of the event.

I'm glad he made it through! Once I get to the screaming in terror part, someone has to escort me out. And during a storm? Kudos to him!! (Thanks for the charms!)

I don't think I said congrats to Denise on a great run... Sorry! Congratulations!

One presentation almost done, one more to go!

~Kristina

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 28, 2006 8:38 pm (#863 of 2989)        

Uh-Oh Catherine! You've mentioned it so now you have to spill! LOL **is insanely curious**

**reparo charms to Kristina's car**

Once I get to the screaming in terror part, someone has to escort me out.

LOL! That's part of the fun! I lovee haunted houses! I'm going to one tomorrow, with my only friend that isn't terrified of them! LOL I don't find them remotely scary, but there are soo many people who do! Anyways...should be fun! I can't wait! I love screaming my lungs out and making it seem like I'm completely terrified, like I said, that's half the fun! How old is your son Kathy? I didn't get up enough courage to go into one until I was 12! Kudos to him!

Ackk! My cat just jumped up here and somehow hit the right combination of keys all at once and erased half of this post! Grrr...now I have to remember what I just typed up...

We took pictures of kitty and Pepper in their Halloween costumes!! Gizmo looks like she could commit murder and Pepper looks like she's been beaten! They are too funny! I'll try to post them in my profile later!

I can't remember anything else....

Oh Congrats on your run Denise! I could never do a 10k, so 50 points to your house!

Gotta carve pumpkins tomorrow, I think. And I still need to find a Harry costume...talk about procrastination! Halloween is Tuesday!

Anyways Have a greta RotN!

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geauxtigers - Oct 28, 2006 8:57 pm (#864 of 2989)        

AHHHHHHHH!!!!! I think I've just become an Oregon State fan! They beat USC today! Its almost as good as Texas beating them in the title game last year! I'm so happy!!!! **Happy dance**

LSU didn't play today. We get Tennessee next week at UT. **waves to Kaykay** **cough**LSU will win**cough** Actually, I'm going to spend the week mentally preparing myself for the doom that surly awaits us...

I hope your car gets fixed soon! It always seems like when you take your car in to the shop for something simple, they find 100s of other things wrong with it!

Kudos to your son, Kathy! I'd be scared just with the storm and being in an old barn much less the haunted house!

Those costumes are really clever! I'm so not creative!

We got a bunch of Halloween candy yesterday. Umm well we need to buy some more as we've all been eating at it since last night and now there’s hardly any left.

I watched PoA on tv tonight. Emma's acting was a bit dramatic on some parts. I sure hope OoP director (forgot his name, too lazy to look it up) is better. I honestly think its a director thing because she was fine in the first 2. Ahh well they managed to stretch the last 30 minutes of the movie into an hour via commercials that lasted 5-6 minutes each.

Took some super cute pictures of my cat and dog in Halloween costumes. I'll try to post some later! They are so cute!

Well, I'm off to hopefully have a posting spree on 5 words or chat in the chatroom.

Don't forget to set your clocks back tonight! We get an extra hour of sleep! Woot!

Night!

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The giant squid - Oct 29, 2006 1:29 am (#865 of 2989)        

Puck: I tried. :shrug:

I had a heck of a night...while trying to train a new projectionist one of my projectors went down. I got to spend a good 45 minutes repairing the thing while the general manager helped keep the set running. Good times. At least the thing worked for the rest of the night.

The good news is, the trainee is picking things up quickly. I might actually get a day off sometime next week.

--Mike

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Finn BV - Oct 29, 2006 7:18 am (#866 of 2989)        

unless they've really changed stuff since the 2003 version --Squid Mike a while ago about Microsoft Outlook

**chuckles** That was amusing, that Microsoft might not have done a single thing in 3 years…

One year a boy about Finn's age –Puck

I like how 50 14="Finn's age"… Just that it's a point of reference is funny.

Welcome back under a new name, Annie!

Again, feeling quite out of it on the forum and online in general. I'm getting really involved with everything my school has to offer and more, so it's been difficult to keep up, but I am trying as hard as I can to stay active.

Yesterday was Homecoming, the day where most sporting teams play their most important game, under the spotlight of returning alumni and all division students and parents (meaning a ton of people are there watching our varsity athletes). I'm in the glee club (chorus), and on Friday all the glee clubbers had a sleepover/baking party because we traditionally run a bake sale at Homecoming. So from 10pm until 6am we baked our heads off! (I didn't go until 6… I probably checked out around 3. ) And then I stayed and watched all of our teams win at Homecoming, which was excellent. And here I am, leaving in two hours for a birthday party for one of my friends. Sigh.

Happy RotW (week ) everybody!

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Marie E. - Oct 29, 2006 7:33 am (#867 of 2989)        

We've had two days of above 60 F temperatures, so now we have clear streets and yards with slushy snowdrifts. Lovely. They're still predicting a not-so-bad Halloween, with temps between 45 and 55 during the day. As long as it's not freezing rain and snow like in 2002, I'll be happy.

So, as a proper Slacker Mom, I have not even bought my children's costumes. (Btw, don't Slacker mom's lose points for making costumes? ) They both want to be witches so I didn't feel the need to rush. Everyone has witch supplies, right?

We went out to dinner with three friends on Friday night. After dinner we met up with another friend who suggested that we go to this one club that having a Halloween event. Let's just say that going to this club confirmed to me that I am too old to go some places and that I can't stay up past midnight anymore. In my sleepy defense, I was opening up the daycare all week and waking up at 4:45am so when I don't get home until 2:30am I have a right be a little "cranky". (I won't use the word Mr E used )

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Solitaire - Oct 29, 2006 9:58 am (#868 of 2989)        

THE TEST has been taken. I think I did okay on most of it. One question kind of bothers me, but I'll just have to wait. They are taking about 14-16 weeks to get results back to us.  Our teacher said that we may receive a call if they have a question about anything we wrote. I just hope I can remember what I said 16 weeks from now, if they do call!

The next big push is the portfolio of case studies, lesson plans, commentary, and student work samples. I have three weeks to get it all together, if I want to send it off with the others from our school and have the district pay for it (I do). Otherwise, I do have until New Year's Eve to put it together. I think sooner rather than later ... I'll have enough to do in December!

Thanks for all of the support and encouragement! It really has helped! I just hope I can get online a bit more often. I've missed everyone!

Solitaire

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Starling - Oct 29, 2006 11:14 am (#869 of 2989)        

Yikes! 62 new messages.

My cold: it's weird. It only lasted one day. I really hope I'm not allergic to something in my house (I'm at my partner's house at the moment).

Saw The History Boys: it's most excellent! Richard Griffiths is an amazing actor, and Robbie Jarvis is in it (alas, you don't see him, he's an "additional voice", for the singing, I assume).

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Annie Infante - Oct 29, 2006 12:10 pm (#870 of 2989)        


Did I hear someone mention dark chocolate? It would seem that Catherine and I have something in common. I am a chocolate connosieur (sp). I began eating dark chocolate when I discovered that my kids didn't want to scarf off me as much as when I ate milk chocolate! I am currently attempting to try as many brands as I can with the goal of having enough kinds at the same time to taste test them and pick a favorite. I take my chocolate very seriously! I still need to try that brand they sell at Starbucks. Godiva I think. Anyway, thanks to you all for the various welcomes. I think Finn answered a question post I had about JK's site once. It sounds like a couple of you have car problems. I hope they are resolved for you soon. Up here in the frozen North (Michigan) it is a real bummer to be carless, as it is anywhere.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 29, 2006 12:26 pm (#871 of 2989)        

So, as a proper Slacker Mom, I have not even bought my children's costumes. Marie E.

Don't feel bad. I am just trying to piece together Trevor's costume now. I printed out a picture of Sora this morning to use as a reference. (**a nod in kaykay's direction as I am sure she knows who he is**) Well, at least we have the hair right.

Hi Annie!

Reparo to Krisitna's car. I have yet to make an appointment to bring mine in as I can't think of a good time to give it up.

LOL at your avatar, Kristina but for some reason, I don't think they're shouting "Weeeeee!"

Puck, how old is your guy who saw Monster House? I didn't take Trev because I thought it would be too scary for him and judging by your story, I am convinced not to rent it. Good going to him for sticking it out - what a brave little guy!

Madam Pince, I checked but there is no such button for emails so I'll put it into my profile in about an hour and leave it on for a bit.

Congrats, Solitaire! It must feel great to have a good part of it behind you. I am sure you did well. I agree in that you should put the portfolio together and get it out of the way - that is, unless you are a member of the procrastinator's club. (I have a limited membership.)

Cathy, it sounds as though everything went "swimmingly" at camp.

Maria

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Tazzygirl - Oct 29, 2006 12:58 pm (#872 of 2989)        

Love the new avatar, Finn!

Hope you passed the test with flying colors, Soli! Congrats that the classes are finally over!

Thanks for the reparo charms. I really need my car back by tonight! Otherwise I won't be able to get to my school tomorrow (it's on the other side of the island!).

Maria- I have yet to make an appointment to bring mine in as I can't think of a good time to give it up

hehe. That's probably why my car has been in the shop so long! I technically should have brought it in several months ago, but with my crazy hectic schedule, and the threat that I might not get it back before a Monday, kept me from bringing my car in.

LOL- the Wheeee! comment in my avatar is for the cat! I think the girls are more along the lines of AHHHHHH!!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Oct 29, 2006 1:43 pm (#873 of 2989)        

Alas, Maria ... I am a charter member of the Procrastinators Club! My near and dear suspect I am the President!

Solitaire

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Chemyst - Oct 29, 2006 3:13 pm (#874 of 2989)        

I am a charter member of the Procrastinators Club! My near and dear suspect I am the President!
   And . . . .

They are taking about 14-16 weeks to get results back to us.

It is as if the testers knew! Congratulations, or good luck, or whatever is appropriate at this point; and in any event, welcome back.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 29, 2006 3:53 pm (#875 of 2989)        

On all points: well said, Chemyst!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 29, 2006 5:12 pm (#876 of 2989)        

I really hope you post a Halloween picture of Trevor, Maria. I'm trying to imagine a 4 year old with all that spiky hair! So anyway, have the kids played Kingdom Hearts 2 yet? It is even better than the first!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 29, 2006 5:52 pm (#877 of 2989)        

LOL, kaykay! The easiest part will be his hair. He has two swirls which meet up in an explosion of sorts at the crown. No amount of gel can tame this cowlick! Oh, and thanks. . .for bringing up KH2. I thought I'd slip past that one but noooooooo! LOL - another one for the Christmas list, I suppose.

I am now cutting out his key blade with an x-acto. I am very far behind as a hell-like week is put behind me and little improvement ahead for a while. Well, at least we have our health - I think.

Oh, and Sopranos filming was a quiet cul-de-sac was turned into a bustling metropolis in just hours. We met the three boys (the teen son of the Sopranos, a friend and a victim). Unfortunately, I forgot the camera which is right along the lines which this week has been going but the good thing is that they were really nice and Olivia had her camera phone, so we got pics.

Oh, and my missing cell phone (was that 2 weeks ago?) was stolen off my property (I thought it was misplaced in the house somewhere) and I discovered that this past week - my friend from Baton Rouge called it and a stranger answered. Luckily, there were nominal charges made on it. Another bullet dodged but the bullets, they keep coming. :sad:

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Oct 29, 2006 6:02 pm (#878 of 2989)          

Welcome Annie. I hope you share the results of your study with us. I love dark chocolate.

Soli I hope you did well on the test. Good luck with the rest of it.

Marie did you watch the game today? Broncos played hard but lost.

Tazzy hope you car is repaired soon. LPO

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painting sheila - Oct 29, 2006 7:46 pm (#879 of 2989)        

Hi everyone! Hope you had/are having a nice weekend.

The kids are out of school tomorrow, so we have packed the day with "beyond what is humanly possible to accomplish" plans. Why do I do this?

A party my daughter asked if she could give for a friend's b-day was announced in high school. I am very afraid at how many people are coming! It is during the day, so I know I can kick them all out by 6:00 - I hope. My niece is coming from Greensboro with a friend to have me help her with a costume she needs for a class. The big kids need to buy supplies for the party, I need to buy fabric for the costume, my son has to have a hair cut by tomorrow, we may be having friends for dinner, and need to carve pumpkins before Halloween! OH! and I need to buy candy before the trick or treaters come!!

Again I ask - why do I do this to myself?

Monster House - Very Scary! Too much so for my five year old and he loves Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies. We rented it and I watched it with him until I decided enough was enough. Even watching that little bit and he didn’t want to sleep in his bed alone. Poor kid! We have tried laughing at the few scenes he did see but with his imagination, it may be a while before he is over it.

Hungarian Horntail - How did your phone get stolen out of your house! AHH!

Annie - How's that chocolate study going . . . . are you done yet?!

Tazzi - Good luck with your car!! Has everything gone back to normal after the earthquake?

Soli - You did great I am sure of it!!

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Puck - Oct 29, 2006 8:00 pm (#880 of 2989)        

Hexes to the personal who took Maria's phone!

Parker is 6, and not the toughest nut in the bunch. It was another child with a mask walking out of the dark with an axe -while a strobe light flashed- that got him screaming. We did have to go outside, but went back in once they turned on the lights. Monster House was scarier than Scooby-Do, not (to me) as scary as HP. However, I think watching in our own house, plus having already read the book, made a difference.

Our pumpkin decorating party went well. A few kids couldn't make it, so it was more like 14 instead of the 18 I was expecting. They all had fun, and I have plenty of rice crispy pumpkins and jello with worms left over. The house was tidied before people came -hubby actually helped - so, it's not horrible. With the costumes done, the laundry actually got folded this evening. (Don't ask about the snack I still have to make for Diva's class party tomorrow. )

Lindt 80% dark chocolate is great. The stuff 90% is bitter, you really need to have a taste for it and only have a small amount.

Happy RotD Kathy

**note: always have an old blanket on your lap when drinking red wine. That way when you spill, it hits blanket and not the off-white sofa.**

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Denise P. - Oct 29, 2006 8:07 pm (#881 of 2989)        

Iain, 5 and Kierynn, 3 thought Monster House was cheesy (in their words) Probably because the older siblings watched without batting an eye

My oldest daughter was telling me about the costume she wore last night and won first prize. She is 24... She took white trash bags and made a shirt and then a skirt out of them. On the skirt, she glued on rumpled food wrappers, paper towels and such. On the shirt, she wrote "White Trash" and had her hair in curlers

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Tazzygirl - Oct 29, 2006 8:16 pm (#882 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 29, 2006 9:01 pm

**sends a bat-bogey hex to the person who stole Maria's phone**

**strengthening charms to Sheila** Hope you get through tomorrow with sanity intact!! Everything on all the islands except the Big Island is back to normal. Big Island has a lot of repairs to do on the buildings.

Car is still in the shop. No call from Mechanic... **nervous smiley** Guess it's what I get for waiting so long to fix stuff. I need my car tomorrow!!

Denise- LOL on your daughter's costume!

I thought the Monster House trailers were scary. Wasn't sure if it was supposed to be funny or scary. Either way, not a movie I would rush out to watch.

~Kristina

EDIT: Just called the mechanic- get to pick it up in 45 minutes! He said that everything was fixed except for the window. I said since I need the car tomorrow, I'll bring the car back again so he can keep working on the window.

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 29, 2006 8:36 pm (#883 of 2989)        

LOL Denise about the costume! My English teacher did that for Halloween last year! She is promising an even better one this year, but won't tell anyone what it is because in her words" I don't know if I'll be able to get away with it...and I don't want my idea getting around to the headmistress!", and then she gave us all an evil grin. Should be interesting! She has a really funny sense of humor, and isn't afraid to do something daring! I can't wait to see what she does!

Haven't seen Monster House...I don't generally go to animated movies much anymore, only go off a recommendation!

"The 13th Gate" was realllyyy scaryy this year! AHHH I screamed my lungs out! They had a new section with clowns. **shudders** Does anyone else find clowns extremely creeepy??! I do!

Anyways math test tomorrow! Night everyone!

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geauxtigers - Oct 29, 2006 8:37 pm (#884 of 2989)        

ROFL Denise! White Trash lol!

Again I ask - why do I do this to myself?

Ahh yes a very good question that we all ask ourselves everyday! LOL

I am also wondering how you get your cell phone stolen in your own house! **Accio Maria's cell phone**

Sorry about the couch Kathy! I've spilt things numerous times. We have lots of mugs with lids in our house. I've spilt wax on a chair before. Mom was not happy and I'm still not allowed to play in candles or in the paraffin wax bath. (you know the stuff you stick your hands in) The stain is still there.

There is a new quiz up on Leaky. Its quotes and you have to tell who said it. Its kinda hard, I got 74/100 right, which I consider pretty decent. There were a few that I knew either Fred or George said, but not sure exactly which one...

I also have some pictures of my kitty in my profile

Seahawks lost today

We went to the haunted house tonight. It was fun, I jumped at a few parts, but mostly just told the people that they weren't scary etc. I think its more fun that way! But my friend was clinging to me like glue or something. She is easily freaked out I think! There was a graveyard part and there was a dementor looking thing, so naturally, being a Potty, I yelled, "Its a Dementor! Its going to suck all the happiness out of us!" Then we walked through "Aragog's" lair, so I of course shouted that he wanted to eat us. It was fun! And a clown section. Clowns are freaky, I don't care what anyone says! They are freaky! Of course I just told him that he wasn't scary, then he started following me.

well I must return to my physics homework that I have no idea how to do...

Have a great week! Just think, its almost Halloween!

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Tazzygirl - Oct 29, 2006 9:05 pm (#885 of 2989)        
Edited Oct 29, 2006 10:29 pm

Ginny- Does anyone else find clowns extremely creeepy??!

Me!! I will walk a hundred yards around a clown, just so I don't get too close.

Tori and Ginny- the pictures of your kitty and dog are too cute!

~Kristina

EDIT: Got my car back! Will have to send it back in this Friday, though, as the window is not working at all. But brakes are good to go! w00t!

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 29, 2006 9:50 pm (#886 of 2989)        

Me!! I will walk a hundred yards around a clown, just so I don't get to close.

Glad I'm not the only one! It's something to do with those creepy faces!! They chased us through a 3-D glow in the dark painted maze-like thingy! AHH!

I just have to say that "Friends" is the best show ever created! **walks away singing "Smelly cat, smelly cat. What are they feeding youuuu!!"** LOL

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Julie Aronson - Oct 30, 2006 5:55 am (#887 of 2989)        

Congrats and so forth wherever appropriate.

Denise, you're guilting me into a trip downstairs to visit my treadmill...

Mediwitch, do you think your pumpkin bars will work in a 9x13 pan? I don't have a 10x15 and I want to make them for an even tomorrow afternoon...

Have a good one!

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Marie E. - Oct 30, 2006 6:04 am (#888 of 2989)        

My husband said he watched Monster House at work (late nights with nothing to do, apparently) and he thought Shayla would be fine watching it and Lexi might flinch a couple of times.

LPO, I didn't catch the first half (costume shopping) but got home in time for the second, and worst, half. The end of the game was a real nail-biter.

I thought it would be easy shopping for the girls' costumes as they both wanted to be witches. Everywhere we went, they had every type of witch costume except plain, ordinary witch. They had Renaissance witch, story-book witch, glitter witch, rock star witch (Celestina?), and it went on and on. Lexi kept saying she wanted to be scary so among all the $29 costumes I found one for $6.97 that was called Sorcereress. The sorcereress costume is a black Morticia Addams sort of dress with belt that holds a plastic dagger. I ended up getting Shayla the same dress since she had found a witch's hat she liked and they only sold witch costumes that included a hat.

As for Halloween, they've changed our forecast from 45F to 38F. So even though it won't be snowing or raining, it's going to be cold. Darn it.

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Snuffles - Oct 30, 2006 7:39 am (#889 of 2989)        

I have to confess that I cheat when it comes to making costumes. I would make a complete hash of it, so find it easier to buy them

Clowns - not really scared of them, just would rather not get too close. I always remember going to my grandma's when I was little. She lived at the seaside and on the pier there was a full size clown in a glass case. You put in some money which started him laughing and rocking forwards and backwards. Euurgh. No thank you!

My pumpkin soup didn't go very well. In fact it just never happened. Hubby and Olivia were supposed to hollow out her pumpkin yesterday afternoon. I popped to my mum's in the morning and when I came back they had decided to surprise me by carving it while I was out. When I asked where the scraped out stuff was, I was told it was in newspaper in the dustbin! Yup, I was surprised Oh well, maybe next year!

It's 2.30 in the afternoon, and there are fireworks going off! I wish someone would tell these people that Bonfire night isn't until Sunday and you can see the fireworks better in the dark!

Oh well, off to check the threads

Happy Monday

Julie

Cheering charms and good luck charms to all that need them.

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haymoni - Oct 30, 2006 7:44 am (#890 of 2989)        

We had an absolutely gorgeous day for Trick or Treating yesterday. We do the Sunday afternoon before Halloween - I think it is because we have big ditches by the side of road and hardly any street lights.

The Beautifulest One was a witch - green face and everything - but her hat kept blowing off, even though it was pinned down. She had a blast. My parents and my brother's family came along.

I made lime green punch and put a red hand in it (colored water frozen in a latex glove). I made Monster Eyes - powdered sugar donuts with red frosting blood vessels, chocolate chip for the pupils.

I froze all the chocolate bars - except the Twixes and the Kit-Kats. The kids want to go out again on Halloween, either at my dad's or at my mother-in-law's, so more candy is on it's way.

When I don't have kids at home, I'm going to be the cool neighbor that gives out full-sized bars. My kids love going to this one house - he lets you take as much as you want! (I love that house too!)

Hey! Have worlds collided??? Have pigs started flying????

The Cleveland Browns won a game!!!

And on a questionable call that actually went our way!!!

Who would have thunk it????

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Esther Rose - Oct 30, 2006 7:52 am (#891 of 2989)        

Hey all,

Back from the weekend. Yes, I do have a problem with reading books too fast. Especially when they are really good!

As far as funny Halloween costumes. A friend of mine pinned various socks, and gloves to her outfit and came as static cling.

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Julie Aronson - Oct 30, 2006 7:53 am (#892 of 2989)        

OK. So I stink at running. It took me 56:47 to go 3.25 miles, or just over 5K. Boo.

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Starling - Oct 30, 2006 8:33 am (#893 of 2989)        

Again I ask - why do I do this to myself?

Let's face it, you're not going to be bored!

A friend of mine pinned various socks, and gloves to her outfit and came as static cling.

ROFL!

I love plain chocolate (NOT Bournville, that's not plain chocolate, that's dark coloured ... whatever). So does my son. He's into "adult" food (although he does like his fish fingers, as do I!). Last week he ate all the tomato sauce and courgette out of his pasta and left the pasta, which was going a bit far, even for him.

Martje

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Pigwidgeon - Oct 30, 2006 8:34 am (#894 of 2989)        

*coming briefly out of lurkdom*

The Browns won! I know, haymoni, that must have taken a minor miracle! Woohoo!

Costumes: I think one of the coolest costumes I remember having was for my aunt and uncle's wedding. They were married (traditionally) on Halloween, but the reception, guests were encouraged to dress up (I think I was in grade school). So mom found white sweatshirts and sweatpants for all of us, and iron-on letters, and we went as the generic family. Mom had "Generic Mom" Dad had "Generic Dad," and I had "Generic Kid" on front... and on the back, "But Improved"

Clowns: I've never been afraid of clowns. Especially can't imagine that now, since I have two dear friends who are professional clowns *shrug*

We were supposed to have Trick-Or-Treat Saturday -- it hailed, poured, thundered, lighteninged, sleeted... the whole nine yards. I feel so sorry for the kids when the weather does that. Glad I had patches to give out, instead of candy. My sweet tooth needs no temptation! Watched a couple movies instead -- "Something the Lord Made" (awesome, awesome movie, starring Alan Rickman and Mos Def) and "The Air Up There."

Julie -- that's far better than I could do!

School is going pretty well. One class ends Wednesday, and my internship is going great  - the year is just flying.

But speaking of school... I better behave and get back to my paper!

(((((((((hugs!!!)))))) to all!

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Snuffles - Oct 30, 2006 8:46 am (#895 of 2989)        

Julie, the fact that you are still breathing and able to type after the treadmill proves you are fitter than me!!

Julie

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Denise P. - Oct 30, 2006 8:49 am (#896 of 2989)        

Julie, that is not a bad time if you have not been running. It is not easy to run. If you want to try to start running, there is a really nifty program called Couch to 5K...just google it and it will give you a plan. If you follow it, you will be able to run 5K in 8 weeks.

Yay! I went over 100 miles for the month of October and I think I still have to run 4 miles tomorrow. My coach has not given our schedule for this week so I am not sure. This is the second month in a row that I have triple digits. Of course, I doubt I will get that in November since we are cutting back before the Half Marathon in December. Our long run this week was only 6 miles...rather than the more than 10 we have been doing.

I ordered an iPod Nano for my 13 yr old for Christmas. It is supposed to arrive tomorrow. He asked for an mp3 player and someone gave me a link to the Apple Store where the Nano was under $35, shipped. You can't beat that. Granted, it is not huge but it will hold 120 songs so he should be happy.

Okay, I am off to cut a cake into the shape of a coffin so Devin can decorate it later when he gets home. Our pack is having a cake decorating contest tonight as well as a costume contest. It kinda stinks being the kid of the Cubmaster since I won't let him win anything. I just think it looks bad if my son is the one winning stuff. He is okay with it, which is good.

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Puck - Oct 30, 2006 9:08 am (#897 of 2989)        

Denise, you can't have someone else judge, who doesn't know who brought which cake? That way he has a shot at winning, but you won't be biased. (I was also the Scout Leader's kid, and my mom tried a little too hard not to "favor" me.)

Julie, good for you! I haven't bothered to get up to exercise in the morning in weeks. Pretty soon running won't be an option, as it will be too icy outside.

Clowns don't bother me, though my best friend growing up was petrified of them. I was amused by this, and a few practical jokes were played.

Tori, my couch is fine. The wine hit the blanket, an old fleece.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Starling - Oct 30, 2006 9:25 am (#898 of 2989)        

I cycled from Heaton Moor to Manchester today (40 minutes), and then I cycled back home, up the hill in Lancaster (20 minutes). That's quite enough exercise for today. *falls over*

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 30, 2006 11:26 am (#899 of 2989)        

Happy Hallowe'en to everyone.

One nephew is going as Thomas the Tank Engine, of course. I bought a Jason mask for another. I can't really explain the third nephew's costume without sparking a political debate so lets just say I bought him a rubber mask of a certain politician and a pitchfork to go along with it.

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boop - Oct 30, 2006 3:38 pm (#900 of 2989)        

Sheila, Sounds like you will have a very busy day. Why do you do it?  Because you are a mom.

Denise, LOL, like your daughter's costume. Wow, you have been doing alot of running. Sounds like your pack will have a great time.

April, Glad school is going so well for you. Good to see you posting. (((hugs back)))

Happy Halloween!!!!

hugs always

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geauxtigers - Oct 30, 2006 3:56 pm (#901 of 2989)        

You put in some money which started him laughing and rocking forwards and backwards. Euurgh. No thank you!

**makes mental note to never go to this place or give them my spare change**

Clowns never freaked me out until I heard a very creepy story about one. As far as I know its true, but I never really investigated if it was or not. In case you don't want to read it, like if you're scared of clowns! white-> A girl was babysitting these kids and after she put them to bed, they came down stairs telling her that the clown was poking them. When she called the parents they said the kids always say that, its a just a nightmare. This continued until the babysitter called the cops. The entrance to their attic was in the kids room. (I'm not sure if yall know what I'm talking about, but my grandma has one like this) The cops came and found a guy dressed in a clown suit sitting in the attic. I'm sure its not true, or not all of it, but ever since then, they've kinda freaked me out. I'm not going to freak out if I see one, but none the less, I'd rather keep my distance!

And I'm definitely freaking out because I have to swim 100 fly at the city meet Saturday. AHHH I've never swam if before! She basically told me that it was the only thing left after she put the fastest people in each event! How awful! I'm going to sink for sure, I can't even do a 25 of it much less 3 more than that!

Tomorrow is Halloween! I guess we better carve our pumpkins! We've never really made any pumpkin-related things unless you count roasting the seeds.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great evening and a wonderful Halloween!

Must go study for a math test, how fun!

EDIT: Azi, an activity I never understood because you can't see it. Yes but the point is that its an excuse to play with fire, like any pyro would do!

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azi - Oct 30, 2006 4:11 pm (#902 of 2989)        

I hated clowns as a kid. They made me cry.

Not celebrating Halloween here. Wasn't allowed to as a kid, don't feel the urge to now. Just the way it is!

Congratulations on the cycling, Starling! Only 4 miles for me today, plus a couple of miles walking and folk dancing.

You can tell Bonfire Night is approaching. People are setting off fireworks during the day - an activity I never understood because you can't see it. Some youths were throwing fireworks down our street earlier as well. I suspect the same ones I saw drinking in the middle of the day all last week.

Happy days to everyone!

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 30, 2006 4:23 pm (#903 of 2989)        

I'm completely freaking out!!!!!!!! Swim coach is now in "The List" and the List is not a place you want to be! I have to swim a 200 IM at City Meet! URRGG, I figure, people will find me quite entertaining, or they'll just feel sorry for that poor girl in last place, or they may have to jump in and save me from drowning. URRGG!! **wonders what she has done to deserve this**

I had a dream that a clown was chasing me down a black corridor and I couldn't get away from it. It even woke me up! I thought about getting up and posting in the middle of the night, but didn't really feel like moving.

Can't wait for Halloween!! I lovvee candy- especially when it's free!

Today we had a "Haunted Physics Lab" My teacher is a major weirdo, but you kinda have to love her for it! She dressed up as a witch and talked in a creepy "witch" voice and renamed herself "The Phys-Wizz" LOL I just had to laugh! But the experiments were pretty cool! But still, I can tell she hasn't read Harry (her wand was more like a mini light saber, along with other"muggle" signs), so I guess she's not that weird afterall! :evilgrin:

I'm really tired and I have a TON of homework woopee! Tomorrow is HAlloween! YAY w00t Yipee!!

Happy Monday!

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Mediwitch - Oct 30, 2006 5:17 pm (#904 of 2989)        

Julie, I hope I'm not too late replying to you! I haven't tried the pumpkin bars in a different pan, but I imagine if you bake them a bit longer (as they will be thicker) they should be fine. Enjoy!

Still trying to catch up after being away for the weekend...hugs and appropriate charms all around, and

Happy Hallowe'en!

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Annie Infante - Oct 30, 2006 6:14 pm (#905 of 2989)        

Hello all, just a quick request before I get really busy for a few days, Any one with brands of chocolate that are easy to find, let me know the names, please. I've tried Hershey, Ghiradelli, Dove, and know about Godiva and Lindt. Are there others? Gotta go, thanks

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Oct 30, 2006 6:33 pm (#906 of 2989)        

OK. So I stink at running Julie

Julie when I was competing in a triathlon a couple years ago a woman in knee braces walked past me while I was jogging er . . . plodding!

Ginny I hate clowns also. They creep me out. LPO

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Julie Aronson - Oct 30, 2006 6:33 pm (#907 of 2989)        

All, thanks for the encouragement! I was just awarded an assistantship that started immediately (last week!) and I feel like I need to do something to keep myself from totally losing it, so running it is.

Denise, I'll investigate that program--my initial plan is to keep going the same distance until I get good at it, and then add on, but this could well be the wrong approach...

Mediwitch, that's pretty much what I was thinking, but I just wanted to be sure. You're right on time, by the way, because I need them for tomorrow, and I'll either make them tonight or at a million o'clock in the morning tomorrow.

Loopy, why do I think I know which politician you mean? If I'm right, I LOVE the costume.

John Wayne Gacy is enough reason to be afraid of clowns. I won't elaborate, but anyone who isn't familiar with his history can find it easily enough.

Off to finish Othello , write a paper proposal, and bake the yummy Pumpkin Bars. Wahoo!!!!

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Thom Matheson - Oct 30, 2006 7:24 pm (#908 of 2989)        

I'll just be sitting out on the porch waiting for the little muggles and their parents to grace my doorstep. Wish we were in Tennessee with Ethan for the big night.

Be safe everyone, and watch out for the little ones that run out in the street. They scare me the most.

Good wishes for all,

Thom

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Denise P. - Oct 30, 2006 7:36 pm (#909 of 2989)        

Denise, I'll investigate that program--my initial plan is to keep going the same distance until I get good at it, and then add on, but this could well be the wrong approach...

Believe it or not, you actually will gain more speed by going a longer distance than by keep running the same distance. I would not have believed it if I had not seen it work.

The longer miles will make you faster.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 30, 2006 8:56 pm (#910 of 2989)        

Hello everyone!

I am deciding if I should be the Sorting Hat or a Kindergartner for Halloween. They are all dressing up at my school and having a Halloween Parade, and therefore I have to dress up. The kindergarten teachers are all dressing up as Kindergartners, and as I am student teaching for one of those teachers, (I guess hair up in pigtails... who knows.) they asked if I would be joining them. I said I wasn't sure. The Sorting Hat was my first idea, as my aunt brought home the hat yesterday (isn't she thoughtful? ) I was thinking just dressing up all in brown would work. Hmmmm. Anyone have ideas? Tehe- the teachers said they would all be wearing Crocs, as all the kindergartners wear them everyday. I do not own a pair, and the thought briefly went through my head to buy some. I shared that thought with a friend, and she said she wouldn't hang out with me anymore if I wore them in public. Thought it was funny. (They are comfy!)

Scary, Ginny and Tori! I just don't like clowns because I can't see their faces. I am actually terrified of Ronald McDonald. I hid under the table when he came around, and he stuck his head underneath to say hi. Not a pretty picture. Parents thought it was funny.

Off to finish papers... For those of you already on Halloween- Happy Halloween! May you get lots and lots of goodies!

~Kristina

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Puck - Oct 30, 2006 9:11 pm (#911 of 2989)        

Well, Mr. Puck is the only one without a pumpkin, and he may come home early tomorrow to do his. We all worked on the kids' pumpkins, then I did mine later. They did much better scooping them out this year. My son even reached in and grabbed the stuff with his hands -something he would never consent to do in the past.

Oh, Mike, I meant to say thanks for trying. Turns out the old computer doesn't have the fancy features on outlook, so I'm going to use that one from now on. (It's supposed to be set up for the kids, but I end up on it more than they do.)

Kathy

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painting sheila - Oct 30, 2006 9:25 pm (#912 of 2989)        

I did it!! I survived the day with no tears, no fits, no tantrums - and that was just on my part! I made the two costumes for my nieces Social Studies project, had about 50 teenagers over for a surprise birthday party for one of them, made dinner for 10 - with 4 of them being guests, delivered the dinosaur costume to it's rightful owner, watched the Bachelor in Rome and am sane enough to write you all!! WOOHOO!!

Please remind me to never have a day like that again - I am pooped and my feet are sore to walk on! (I must learn the word "no". I must learn to say "I'm sorry, but I can't help today")

Not much else is going on - we are heading over to some friends for dinner and trick or treating tomorrow night - YEAH! I don't have to make dinner!!It should be lots of fun.

I have been asked to be a dresser for Music Man. I took the job - but hope I am not disappointed after Lion King. I am not in the mood to deal with divas of any kind. I hope I dress someone nice.

Madame Pince - I was in a fabric store Saturday and met a gentleman that makes military costumes for re-enactors. He has the patterns for my dress and said he would be happy to cut them out for me! I don't know if he has the instructions to go with it, but I think I will try to get it going after Music Man. My sister, my niece, and my daughters have all very kindly volunteered for me to make the dress in their size, but I think I am going to be selfish on this one and do it for me!

Did anyone watch the bachelor? I didn't get to see Sadie's home town visit and wondered how it went.

Lost - There was an article in the paper on Sunday(?) about Lost and how it is losing viewer ship. People are complaining about to many mysteries and not enough resolution. Have you all heard anything about that rumbling around your town? I hope they don't take it off the air! Maybe we should do a write in campaign or something. HA!

I am off to bed - if my poor little feet will make it up the stairs. Speaking of tired poor feet - can the running program be done on a treadmill?

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 30, 2006 10:02 pm (#913 of 2989)        

Congrats on making through the day Sheila! Sounds like you were pretty busy!

I am actually terrified of Ronald McDonald. I hid under the table when he came around, and he stuck his head underneath to say hi. Not a pretty picture. Parents thought it was funny.

LOL! I never actually met him....wonder why? He is a bit scary! I haven't liked clowns since that movie with the basketball-playing dog ( I think it was Air Bud) but anyway, Buddy's old owner was an evil clown and he was awful to the dog. I know stupid, but he creeped me out!!! There was also a haunted house here one year called "Carnevil" and it was basically a bunch of evil clowns set in a Carnival. I never went as the posters were plenty freaky enough for my liking! Ok enough about clowns! I don't want another nightmare!

OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH!!! I got a wand!!! Mommy ordered it for me for Christmas and go it in today, but gave it to me early. I think it's because she wanted to see it!! LOL It's waayy cool with an illuminating tip! It's really bright and I've been having fun walking around the house saying "lumos" and lighting it up! It also has a laser pointer on it so that's pretty nifty! It's a tiny little light and it's brighter than some flashlights I've had before! Very useful for walking in the dark! AHH it's sooo cool! I love it! Now my mom says that I have to throw my knitting needle away. I don't really want to even though my wand is awsome!

Ok I still have to finish my government homework. **groooaann** I love history but honestly, I think government is incredibly dull. Just not interesting to me!

Major points to everyone who runs! If I do run, it almost has to be on a treadmill, I hate running on concrete, it's too hard and hurts the arches of my feet. I need a bit more cushioning-that is if I even run at all! I don't like to sweat! That's why I swim! So good job everyone!

Night!

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The giant squid - Oct 31, 2006 12:59 am (#914 of 2989)        

Well, it seems everyone (except haymoni) had their team lose today. I myself spent a good three hours yelling at the Vikings... Their defense did OK (at first), their special teams were great (the only ones to actually score), but it would have been nice if the offense had actually come to the game. it's times like these when you find where your true loyalties lie...

I don't find clowns creepy, per se, but I don't find them funny either. Never trust someone who's always smiling.

--Mike

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Laura W - Oct 31, 2006 2:53 am (#915 of 2989)        

"but it would have been nice if the offense had actually come to the game. it's times like these when you find where your true loyalties lie..."

Spoken like a true Chudley Cannon fan, Mike. (hee, hee)

Laura

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Starling - Oct 31, 2006 3:02 am (#916 of 2989)        

Some [insert insult here] stole my partner's bike. She can't walk well enough to look for it.



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Julie Aronson - Oct 31, 2006 3:37 am (#917 of 2989)        

Sheila, I sure hope that running program will work on a treadmill, because that's what I plan to use. I'm a major baby about running in the cold or wet...

Martje, I hope your partner's bike reappears.

Back to the grind...

Happy Halloween!SmileyCentral.com

Juli
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Starling - Oct 31, 2006 3:45 am (#918 of 2989)        

Well, it all depends on whether the police can be bothered to look for it. It's easily recognisable, it's a German brand. The police in Lancaster are great, they found my bike when it got stolen, but I bet the police in Greater Manchester will just say "oh well, that's tough, here's your crime number, try contacting your insurance".

If I didn't have to organise Hallowe'en here, I'd go and help her look for it.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 31, 2006 5:52 am (#919 of 2989)        

Happy Halloween!

Congratulations making it through yesterday with your sanity intact Sheila!

Hopefully your partner's bike will turn up, Starling. Accio bike!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 31, 2006 5:55 am (#920 of 2989)        

BOO!

Lunches are made, so I'm off to finish Sora and then stuff balloons with charades slips for Percy's class party this afternoon - which I and another mom are hosting.

Squid Mike - well, not everyone. . .my Raiders won. TWICE. That's TWO wins!! (The excitement is computer-generated.)

Starling, hope the bike turns up in a better way than my phone did. (BTW, it was left outside and I am quite certain one of the neighbor's landscapers took it. He gave the phone to his daughter. The girl didn't speak English so my neighbor who speaks Spanish called and spoke with her. The girl lives in a not-so-nice area where my neighbor is a school counselor. She was really angry but still I felt sorry for the girl. It turns out that phone (mine) was the only one in their home, so the girl didn't want to give it up. I actually felt bad shutting it down and won't be filing a police report, as I have been told by the phone rep. that they have a precise residence from where the phone calls were made. Okay, call me a sap.

Stay safe, everyone!

Maria

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Puck - Oct 31, 2006 6:23 am (#921 of 2989)        

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Starling, hope the bike is returned in one piece.

Maria, you are such a softie! (I'd probably do the same, so long as they weren't making outrageously expensive calls.)

Sheila, glad you made it!

I have to run errands. Then clean. Teach 2 dance classes. Make a fast dinner. (Grilled cheese cut out with a pumpkin cookie cutter.) Then, CANDY TIME!

Diva wants me to get her some grapefruit.

Happy RotD, Kathy

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haymoni - Oct 31, 2006 7:51 am (#922 of 2989)        

We're going to my mother-in-law's tonight to Trick-or-Treat in her neighborhood.

Hubby doesn't want her home alone on Halloween - she's 79. She makes up the little packets of candy for the kids - she's so good. But I could see someone trying to take advantage of her, so I will probably stay with her and a baseball bat, just in case!

The Beautifulest One will be Sleeping Beauty and Ungrateful Son will be some sort of faceless Grim Reaper.

Hubby will be himself.

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Annie Infante - Oct 31, 2006 7:59 am (#923 of 2989)        

I'd like to ask a quick question.....In what time zone does this website exist? The minutes match but the hours are off. Where is the site based or whatever? Yes, I'm feeling rather stupid even having to ask!

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Denise P. - Oct 31, 2006 8:14 am (#924 of 2989)        

The times on here are Pacific US time or GMT-8 WX is based on California so the times on the Forum are using that clock. We can't change it.

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Tazzygirl - Oct 31, 2006 9:21 am (#925 of 2989)        

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Excited about the little Halloween Parade my school is putting on! Still debating how I want to dress.. I have about 10 minutes before I have to leave for school. Hm.

Hope the bike turns up soon, Martje!

Pumkin shaped grilled cheese sounds delicious!

Hope everyone has a safe/fun time tonight!

~Kristina

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Elanor - Oct 31, 2006 9:40 am (#926 of 2989)        

Just popping in to wish you all a very happy Halloween!

Cheering charms sent to all needing some!

Audrey

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Gina R Snape - Oct 31, 2006 12:06 pm (#927 of 2989)        

Happy halloween, everyone!

Here's a little potions fun for you...

http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=1006183514846

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Starling - Oct 31, 2006 1:45 pm (#928 of 2989)        

Guess what the police said! "Here's your crime number ..."

I'll look around the neighbourhood tomorrow. Who knows. Although I won't hold my breath, since the bike was locked and the person who stole it obviously knew how to open/cut it. This happened right outside the window of two of the neighbours, who MUST have heard something. But one of them is nuts, and the other two are quite unpleasant and probably thought it served her right. THEY are the ones who complained when she parked the bike inside, and wouldn't budge when they were told it's the only way she can get around.

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azi - Oct 31, 2006 2:02 pm (#929 of 2989)        

I really hope the bike turns up, Starling! Could it have been a Mischief Night thing? **sends good luck charms** If you have to get a new bike, could you get the police to tag it? In York it's a big thing. If your bike's reported stolen they know what it looks like and can keep an eye out for it.

Lovely animation Gina!

Good luck to Ginny and Tori with swimming (I think it was both of you...I read your posts about 6 hours ago...)!

Cold, windy day here. Feels like autumn at last!

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Starling - Oct 31, 2006 2:32 pm (#930 of 2989)        

It's just the Greater Manchester thing. The police in little old Lanky were actually prepared to look for my bike, and found it. The police in Manchester regularly have to deal with shootings, arson, and, well, Moss Side, so don’t care about bikes.

The annoying thing is, if they kept a lookout for it, they would find it, since it's quite distinctive (it's got a German brand name on it, and it's got a dynamo, which is rare here).

I'm sorry if I whittle on about this, it's just that this bike is so important, and its poor owner is hobbling around in pain after just one day of having to walk everywhere.

*mutters darkly about cursing people*

On a plus note, we had a lovely Hallowe'en, and my son said he wasn't tired, after which he fell asleep when he'd only got half undressed.

Martje

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Annie Infante - Oct 31, 2006 2:51 pm (#931 of 2989)        

Thanks Denise.  Okay so I felt stupid for having to ask and even stupider after hearing the answer cause I should have known that! Actually in some part of my brain I did know that. Some days I can't seem to figure anything out, usually on the days I have had to spend alot of time trying to get grammar concepts into one of my sons' heads! I have great respect for teachers who have to teach a whole roomful of kids. I only have 5 at home and it is exhausting!

Starling, Good luck getting finding the bike. It's not fair that someone who needs the bike so badly should have it taken. I doubt the person who stole it needs it that badly.  Perhaps something good will come out of it in the end.

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Laura W - Oct 31, 2006 2:59 pm (#932 of 2989)        

I enjoyed that, Gina.

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geauxtigers - Oct 31, 2006 3:54 pm (#933 of 2989)        

Happy Halloween!

I hope you get your bike back, Starling!

I still haven't carved my pumpkin! I guess I should do this!

Not sure what we are doing tonight, but my mom made a huge pot of jambalya, so I'm guessing people are coming over...

We get out of school tomorrow at 11:45! **does happy dance**

Math test today was hard, but then again what else is new?

Not much happening around here, just bored. I might have to go buy candy as we've plowed our way through 90% of the tricker treaters candy..oops!

Have a wonderful day!

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 31, 2006 4:04 pm (#934 of 2989)        

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Question, Do the British people write it "hallowe'en" or "halloween"? I've noticed it in a few people's posts, and then again on Gina's card. **thinks this is another case of British english vs American English**

Hope the bike is found Martje! **accio bike**

I liked the card Gina!! Very cute!!

Teachers got to wear their costumes to school today... my english teacher showed up in one of those costumes that has a fan inside to blow it up. She is a really tiny person and she was wearing a blow up sumo wrestler! It was hilarious! She kept telling us that we were finally getting to see her top-less and in a thong! It was pretty amusing as the thing swallowed her and she spent the day waddling around campus! I also mistook my math teacher for a freshman cheerleader! She'd borrowed someone's uniform, and looked muchhh younger than she is! It was pretty funny. We also had a "Cereal Killer"! Still have to find myself a costume...it's 5 PM already! Better get on it!

Ok well lots to do!

Happy Halloween to everyone!

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Puck - Oct 31, 2006 6:54 pm (#935 of 2989)        

Ginny Weasley just came to my door in her school robes. I suppose she was going for Hermione, but with that red hair, she had to be Ginny.

Almost 9pm, so about done the trick-or-treaters, I expect. Not too much candy left over, as I let them take a handful. (We get at least 100 kids, so I just buy a ton of candy. One teenage boy said I was the "coolest person [he'd] ever met" when I said to take a bunch. ) Our pumpkins got rave reviews. The kids did faces, mine was an owl, and hubby did a body hanging from the tree. (This was to match the plastic skeleton known as "Fred McFee" hanging in our tree.)

Gina, a fun link, thanks!

Starling "whittle on" as much as you like. How old is your son, by the way?

Annie, we have a chocolate here (Massachusetts) called "Green and Black". It's an organic product found in the natural food section. Quite good and comes in interesting flavors, such as ginger.

Hope everyone is safe and doesn't over-do the candy!

Kathy

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boop - Oct 31, 2006 6:58 pm (#936 of 2989)        

Waves to Gina, Loved the card. It was so cute.

Martje, I hope you get the bike back. I also hope it is good working order.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween.

hugs always

boop

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Viola Intonada - Oct 31, 2006 7:32 pm (#937 of 2989)        

Happy Halloween, Everyone!

We had a slow Beggars Night tonight. We have tons of candy left over. It was raining earlier, but not freezing cold. Some kids at school today said they have already been trick-or-treating multiple times, so maybe that is why.

Both daughter's dressed as Hermione. Youngest was regular Hermione, eldest was Yule Ball Hermione (blue dress like the book). The yule ball thing was totally last minute, she couldn't decide what she wanted to dress as. (I've been asking them all month) Ah, my aspiring Procrastinator's "Like Mother, like Daughter."

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 31, 2006 7:42 pm (#938 of 2989)        

Well Trick-or-Treat is over now. We had a surprisingly small number of kids show up. It's kinda sad, when I was younger, we had to wait in a line at practically every house because there were so many kids out. We got a small group every 10 minutes or so. And another thing that bothered me...since when have people driven their kids around in the car and stopped at each house to jump out and get their candy?? I've never seen anyone do that before and about a 1/4 of the people did that. We always just brought a wagon and my dad pulled us when we got to tired to walk. Anyways I had fun in my make-shift costume! I was Hermione! I found my witch hat that my grandma made for me when I was 7 and pulled a black dress on with a button down and a black shirt on top. I tried to put my tie on right but my dad was working tonight, so no one in the house knew how to tie it. I also brushed my hair ((ahhh)) so it looked like Hermione's! I looked pretty cute if I do say so myself! (that's a joke!) The mosquitoes were awful, and I now smell like bug spray, so I think I'll have to jump in the shower again.

Still haven't started homework...I think that's pretty much a bad thing.

Anywayss HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

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Julie Aronson - Oct 31, 2006 7:54 pm (#939 of 2989)        

Mediwitch,

The Pumpkin Bars were a hit! I was a bit worried about extracting them from an ungreased pan, but that was no problem. I also forgot to grab the dried cranberries, so I substituted a few tbsp of finely diced crystallized ginger. It looked so good once I frosted it that I had to add a few toasted walnuts, too. I just want you to know that the frosting completely undid all my treadmill work for the last week, and was worth every calorie!

Yummmmmm!

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painting sheila - Oct 31, 2006 8:46 pm (#940 of 2989)        

Happy Halloween everyone!

It is almost over here. I just got home from work and the streets are empty except for a bunch of teenagers skateboarding in the dark down a big hill in the neighborhood. (Do their mother's know where they are?!)

I finished Young Link's costume just before we left for friend's houses. Yeah! He loved it and it looked cute. I don't know if we got pictures or not - but if I didn, I will post one some where you can see. Prickly Daughter went as Super K (super hero of her own design), Easy Going Daughter went as a Sailor Moon character - Sailor Venus (?), Oldest Son was Batman of sorts and Young Son was Young Link from Zelda. It was a whole hodgepodge of characters!

Annie - On the chocolate front - In Williamsburg (you may be able to buy it on line, I am not sure) they sell chocolate like they used to have in the 1700's. You put a small piece on your tongue and let it melt. As it melts, it has a different flavor to most everyone, depending on you, what you have eaten lately, the humidity, all other sorts of things. It was very interesting. Mine tasted like dark chocolate, but as it melted, I picked up the flavor of black pepper. My friend tasted something else - it was fun and good!

Flu Shot Story- My friend was telling me tonight that her sister, who lives in Alaska, got the flu shot last week. Before the nurse could get the band aid on the shot spot, her arm had swollen up to twice the normal size. They had to call 911. She is okay now, but needs to contact the FDA to see what it could have been she reacted to. It had never happened to her before. I am glad I already have mine - I think I would have chickened out after hearing that.

Martje - I hope the bike shows up! How frustrating for you both! I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

I am off to alter dresses for the daughters recital tomorrow. (sigh) There are times when I wish I didn't know how to sew, and we could afford to buy everything to fit instead of buying hand-me-overs and trying to get them to fit. (double sigh)

Have a good day tomorrow everyone!

Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!

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Chemyst - Oct 31, 2006 9:18 pm (#941 of 2989)        

Annie, if you type "chocolate brand names" in the yahoo search, you will get 189 matches. Typing that in Google had over 7½ million matches, so if you have nothing better to do this week...

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Eponine - Oct 31, 2006 9:21 pm (#942 of 2989)        

Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit! - Painting Sheila

Are you making a wish tonight?

We get trick or treaters at the library. Some of the downtown business hand out candy, so we had a steady stream of kids for a couple hours.

I ended up wearing one of Mr. Eponine's old NY Rangers jerseys, and I stuck a small hockey stick through a ponytail. It wasn't a very creative costume, but it was better than nothing! One of my co-workers wore her madrigal costume and got asked by a patron if she was Cleopatra. You'd think that people in the library would have some kind of knowledge, wouldn't you? Another co-worker had a chainsaw stuck through her stomach.

We didn't get any trick or treaters at all tonight. We've had very few in the past two years, but there weren't any out tonight.

I hope everyone had a great Halloween!

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painting sheila - Oct 31, 2006 9:49 pm (#943 of 2989)        

Eponine - Yes! I am making a wish - but I'm not telling what it is! Only if it comes true -

She

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virginiaelizabeth - Oct 31, 2006 10:31 pm (#944 of 2989)        

I am glad I already have mine - I think I would have chickened out after hearing that.

Gee, thanks! As if I'm not petrified enough! I think I'm getting mine this week, Not quite sure, have to ask mom.

Going to bed now! Night!
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The giant squid - Nov 1, 2006 3:21 am (#945 of 2989)        

Do the British people write it "hallowe'en" or "halloween"?—virginiaelizabeth

I don't think it's a British vs. American thing, as much as old-school vs. new-school. The "e'en" is a contraction of "evening" as in "all hallows eve(ning)". As time progressed, the apostrophe has slipped out of common usage. I still put it in just to be contrary.

My Hallowe'en costume was "District Booth Certifier"--I had to work. If I'd had to work at the theater tonight I probably would have dug out the Jedi robes I wore last May at the Episode III opening.

We didn't hand out candy (more for us! bwa-ha-ha-haaaaa!), but then I didn't see many kids in the neighborhood anyway. Just a bunch of shady-looking teenagers riding their bikes down the middle of the street and looking confused that I'd want to drive my car there...

--Mike

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Marie E. - Nov 1, 2006 6:04 am (#946 of 2989)        

As it was freezing cold (only about 20F) here last night, we barely had any trick or treaters. We live on a side street so the two busy streets on either side of us got all the business. Mr E took the girls out for about half an hour, brought them back to warm up, and then I took them out doing the drive-in-car-and-dump-them-out thing. After we got back the doorbell rang and when Shayla went to answer it I heard a boy shout, "We're at Shayla's house!". I peeked up the stairs to see four boys from her class at our door and all their dads at the foot of our driveway. Mr E gave them four pieces of candy each so now we're "cool".

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kaykay1970 - Nov 1, 2006 6:48 am (#947 of 2989)        

The weather was certainly right for Halloween. It was warm but foggy enough to set the spooky mood. My entire crew dressed up! We had J.D. and Todd from Scrubs, 2 Harrys, Cat Woman, my 9 year old in a kimono and I was an inferi (zombie.) I have no idea if you can make all that out in the avatar! I have got to figure out a better way to resize my photos...

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Puck - Nov 1, 2006 9:44 am (#948 of 2989)        

But Kay, you’re not in the picture!

Ginny, I'm sure you were adorable.

Aren't you not supposed to get a flu shot if you're allergic to eggs?

We had a warm Halloween. It hovered around 60 degrees. I sat outside in my ghost costume. Baby was with me in her ghost costume. (She got tired of trick-or-treating so hubby brought her back.) Several of my son’s classmates came by, plus his soccer coach, but he was out at that time and didn't see them.

The teacher's not only gave the night off for homework, but also sent home a "no homework pass" that is good through the end of December.

LOL about the 3 rabbits! I always forget about that. (You say rabbit 3 times on the 1st of the month -has to be the first 3 words you say that month- and you get a wish.)

It's Wednesday. The Kung Fu thing is over. Piano hasn't started. Soccer practice is cancelled as it will be too dark with the clocks turned back. Ahhhhhh. I had a meeting at the church this morning, but was home by 10:30. Laundry started, dinner already cooking. What a lovely day.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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kaykay1970 - Nov 1, 2006 9:53 am (#949 of 2989)        

Actually I am in the picture, but my mask seems to blend in with the background. I'm standing just behind Cat Woman and quidditch Harry. You can see my rotting, nasty hand on Cat Woman's shoulder if that helps...LOL

I've never heard that 3 rabbits thing in my life! Thanks for the explanation...

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Annie Infante - Nov 1, 2006 10:24 am (#950 of 2989)        

Chemyst, Ha! Double Ha Ha! I would love to have a week where I have nothing better to do than Google chocolate! I am intrigued by the Williamsburg chocolate that has a different taste for different people. I like to eat a handful of Salsa Verde Doritos and then eat Dove dark chocolate. Yum. By rights I should weigh 600 pounds! Good thing I have 6 boys to keep me busy!

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Puck - Nov 1, 2006 11:07 am (#951 of 2989)        

I see you now, Kay! Clever camouflage!

Annie, my hubby says you always need something sweet after something salty.

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haymoni - Nov 1, 2006 11:34 am (#952 of 2989)        

See - that's my problem.

I eat something sweet after something salty, and then I have to eat something salty after the sweets I just ate, and then I need to have a sweet again to offset the salty thing I ate to combat the sweet thing...

I've only lost 5 pounds on Weight Watchers.

I wonder why???

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Madam Pince - Nov 1, 2006 12:37 pm (#953 of 2989)        

We only had three trick-or-treaters -- our street is not usually very popular with the goblins. The year I took Little Pince down our own street, we could only get someone to answer the door at about three houses, so we gave up and moved our trick-or-treating to a more kid-friendly neighborhood.

Last night Mr. Pince took Little Pince out while I stayed home. Little Pince is in Biiiig trouble (note capital B) for very poor behavior yesterday and today, so he's not eating any candy. He was lucky to have been allowed to go trick-or-treating last night -- I let him go against my better judgement only because Mr. Pince had taken 1/2 day off work especially so he could take him trick-or-treating (Halloween is Mr. P's favorite holiday.) Now I wish I'd kept him home, as the little monster is truly being a little monster. I don't know what his problem is, but it's stopping here and now. Every single toy has been taken away, plus no TV and no video games and no Halloween candy. All he can do is color or paint or Play-doh or read. Until I say otherwise. Hmph. ***There. I feel better now.***

Hope everyone is enjoying their post-Halloween goodies! I was forced to inspect several of the Almond Joy bars because the wrappers looked very suspect, and good thing I did, because inside the candy bars were sort of squashed. Naturally I couldn't hand out such sub-standard candy to any visitors.

Have a great RotD!

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Puck - Nov 1, 2006 12:50 pm (#954 of 2989)        

Way to stand firm, Madame Pince. (I might add to that list, eating a piece of his candy each time he misbehaves. That way he's knows it's not waiting for him. I found this to be both effective and delicious.  )

Haymoni, try chocolate covered pretzels. Both sweet and salty. Peanutbutter cups are also good for this.

Diva was unsupervised with her candy bucket while I was passing ours out and hubby was putting baby to bed. Not sure how much she managed to eat last night.

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azi - Nov 1, 2006 12:52 pm (#955 of 2989)        

5 pounds is better than nothing, Haymoni.

We had about 6 knocks at the door last night. Only answered one, and it was youths in tracksuits (they had managed to find Scream (?) masks). I meant to only answer to kids who weren't going to blackmail me. Anyway, we had great trouble finding anything to give to them. Apparently students don't eat a lot of sweets.

Mmm, chocolate...I doubt you get Thornton's in the USA, but it is scrumptious. Other than that - Cadbury's. I ate four bars of their chocolate on Monday.

Starling - one of my friend's lives in Salford. It isn't a nice place! I don't think I'd dare set foot in Moss Side. The centre of Manchester is much nicer than it was though.

Tis freezing outside and in my room! **shiver**

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John Bumbledore - Nov 1, 2006 1:21 pm (#956 of 2989)        

Ah, this is typical for me (being a day late) but something Azi said sparked a though for a costume. Take the covers off several issues of Vanity Fair, apply them to your clothing along with ample "flames" of orange and red paper.

Tada! Bonfire of the Vanities!

or not...

Keeping with the "day late theme..." I thought I would pass along a clever way to prove you own a bicycle, once it is found. Take a photo of yourself or the owner of the bike, remove one handle grip, roll the picture and insert it into the tube of the handle, then replace the grip. Then you can tell the police how they can positively identify who the owner is.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore
The smilie lineup is now in my profile instead of following my signature.

Edit: Azi, "Bonfire of the Vanities" is a 1990 Movie (Comedy / Drama), staring Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, and Melanie Griffith. USA rating R, so it isn't surprising you don't know it. You weren't old enough back then to see it. The IMDB link has been added above, but the user rating is 5 of 10 stars.

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azi - Nov 1, 2006 1:23 pm (#957 of 2989)        

Hehe, John! I've never heard that phrase before, but it works.

Mmm, bonfires...could do with one on a day like this!

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haymoni - Nov 1, 2006 2:07 pm (#958 of 2989)        

Great idea, John. I'm guessing that would work with cars as well.

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kaykay1970 - Nov 1, 2006 2:59 pm (#959 of 2989)        

I think you can find me in this avatar much easier. Thank you azi and Lina! Even still I do seem to be hiding behind a mask...

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timrew - Nov 1, 2006 4:10 pm (#960 of 2989)        

Let me tell you about a UK Halloween.

I awoke the following to find my car unscathed - not burnt out or anything - result!

We only got two callers on Tuesday night, and they were both kids, fortunately. A couple of twenty pence pieces each saw them happy. Your average teenager wants a couple of quid, or you awake the next day to see the burnt out hulk of your car.

There again, we live in a cul-de-sac. Your average teenager round here doesn't know how to deal with it, and just keeps bouncing off the walls at the end of the road, totally lost.

Don't get me wrong. There are lots of decent teenagers in the UK - they just don't live round here!

Sorry to be so negative - Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Catherine - Nov 1, 2006 4:17 pm (#961 of 2989)        

Edit: Azi, "Bonfire of the Vanities" is a 1990 Movie (Comedy / Drama), staring Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, and Melanie Griffith. USA rating R, so it isn't surprising you don't know it. You weren't old enough back then to see it. The IMDB link has been added above, but the user rating is 5 of 10 stars.

It was also first a novel by Tom Wolfe, who is an author hailing from the great state of Virginia **waves to Loopy Lupin** and who also graduated from me alma mater, Washington and Lee University.

**returns to researching lesson plans**

EDIT: I have managed to re-install MSN Messenger on our new computer.

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Puck - Nov 1, 2006 5:00 pm (#962 of 2989)        

I'm really hoping Tim is kidding and it's not common to find your automobile burnt following Halloween where he lives. Around here we've encountered smashed pumpkins and toilet paper in the trees, but that's it.

One fun costume I saw last night involved a knight costume and a stuffed bunny attached to the kid's chest. "It's eating me," I was told. Fortunately, it was "only a flesh wound".
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Denise P. - Nov 1, 2006 5:09 pm (#963 of 2989)        

We had about 45 kids come through and so we still have a bunch of candy left.

At Cub Scouts, we had a cake decorating contest as part of our pack meeting. It was supposed to be a family thing, with the Scout being heavily involved. You could see clearly which cakes had Scouts actually taking part. One cake, that didn't actually win, was a red velvet cake that was shaped and wrapped in fondant to look like an arm, broken. It had red gel oozing out the ends and 2 gray rats gnawing on it. There was even a bone in the middle made out of melted white mint chocolate. It was a totally nifty cake but clearly the 6 year old had no part in it other than to say "Cool Mom!" The cake that won had every known candy in the world dumped on top of a sheet cake. The little guy that won, Cade, was so proud of his cake even though every adult there went into sugar shock looking at it. The voting was done by a popular vote...everyone got to vote on their favorite.

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boop - Nov 1, 2006 6:00 pm (#964 of 2989)        

Hi Everyone!

Kay, Great avatar, everyone looks great.

haymoni, Congrats on the weight loss.

Madam Pince, Sounds like my granddaughters Alyssa and Maya. Betty Ann has had to do the same thing with the toys, tv etc.

Denise, The winning cake sounds cool. Glad everyone had a good time.

I went out with the grandkids and parents last night. Didn't see that many treaters out. I still have lots of candy left.

Betty Ann goes to the doctors tomorrow. I will know if they are going to induce her on friday.

Taysha my granddaughter gets her tonsils out tomorrow.

Have a great rest of the night.

hugs always

boop

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Puck - Nov 1, 2006 6:27 pm (#965 of 2989)        

Fast recovery charms to Taysha, Boop!

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Holly T. - Nov 1, 2006 6:30 pm (#966 of 2989)        

We had a bunch of kids come by our house. The neighbors around the corner always turn their backyard into a haunted house, which my son thought was scary (I didn't go as it was my turn to hand out candy). Anyway, even after he got home from trick or treating he could still hear people screaming so that kind of freaked him out. He enjoyed scaring people at the community Halloween event "downtown" (one block, LOL) and one of the businesses--the dog groomer maybe? no idea--had dogs there and one of them licked the werewolf mask as if it was another dog. My son thought that was hilarious. Our cats are too afraid of the werewolf mask to sniff it and see that it smells like dog.

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Mediwitch - Nov 1, 2006 6:32 pm (#967 of 2989)        

Hi Julie! I'm glad the pumpkin bars were such a big hit! That frosting is just incredible, isn't it? MMMMMM! SmileyCentral.com

Wow, Boop, lots of doctor visits - best of luck to your family!

We usually only have a handful of trick-or-treaters, but no one came last night. There was a recreation commission-sponsored party at the Corn Maze in town, so apparently everyone went there. Guess someone will have to eat the Hershey bars and Baby Ruths left over. SHUCKS! The kids were pretty squirrely in school today. Wonder why???? **pretends to think**

Way to stick to your guns Madam Pince!

And I agree with Kathy - chocolate covered pretzels work VERY well for the sweet-then-salty issue.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 1, 2006 7:01 pm (#968 of 2989)        

I was all set to do my baking this Saturday. I thought, 'Finally, a day to myself' and then realized our priest's farewell party is this Saturday and his last service - Sunday. Nov. 5 is coming fast.

Okay, so the baking will have to wait until next week, but I love pumpkin everything and can't wait until I can make those bars, Mediwitch - now Julie has me really wishing I had time to bake them!

Stick to your guns, Madam Pince - frustrating stuff when the kiddies do not "cooperate". That has been part of my last 1 1/2 weeks of misery, too.

We get a lot of kids and this year, we ran out of candy, so in the end, all I was handing out were light bracelets. I had bags of Kit Kats, Butterfingers, Reese's, a large box of individually wrapped pumpkin cookies, snack bags of Finn goldfish, lollypops and lightsticks. I am thinking it might have had to do with the fact that the weather was absolutely perfect. At one point while walking with Sora and Pikachu (and I in my DD costume), we looked up and the clouds formed a skull around the moon. Of course, Percy and I yelled, "The Dark Mark!" My Dementor went out later with two of her friends and stayed in the development. They came back early and ended up hanging out and playing for an hour before the moms came and picked them up. It is always a special treat to see your friends on a school night around here, so they passed on gluttonous amounts of candy.

Love the costumes, kaykay! FWIW, I thought it was you until (was it Puck?) mentioned she couldn't see you and I thought, "Oh, it must be the wall". Duh.

Cool avatar, azi. Are you doing a promo for The Lady In The Water?

EDIT: One fun costume I saw last night involved a knight costume and a stuffed bunny attached to the kid's chest. "It's eating me," I was told. Fortunately, it was "only a flesh wound". – Puck

LOL, Kathy!

HH13 says "Hi and Happy Halloween! (belated)"

Maria

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geauxtigers - Nov 1, 2006 7:35 pm (#969 of 2989)        

Cute pictures everyone!

I had a pretty fun day. Friday we get to wear camouflage and such because we're playing our rival school. They are the "Cubs" and every year we do the typical school spirit thing and we always "hunt the cubs", thus the camo.

We got out of school at noon, then we went with a few friends to buy camo shirts and iron on letters for our outfits for Friday. No lie, we ended up at the mall and found leggings that we dyed orange, and yes, they are already setting up the 30 + foot Christmas tree in the center! So I think Mike deserves 20 points for his house for correctly predicting the future. Left the mall, got orange dye, different store for the shirts, another for the orange iron on letters, and then another for camo hair bows. Then we went to my friends house and dyed the leggings and made our shirts and we are all going to wear it with blue jean skirts. They are very cute if I do say so myself!

Well I must be off, I've already been here too long and I haven't started my homework or taken a shower, or cleaned my room...the list goes on.

So a big healing, cheering, calming, good luck etc. charms to all in need and maybe I'll actually be able to have some forum time between now and Sunday...

Night!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 1, 2006 8:47 pm (#970 of 2989)        

Glad to hear everyone had a pretty good Halloween!

I managed to get about 15 kids last night (Record!!) I almost had a heart attack too- this dad was taking his daughter around, and he looked like a spitting image of Johnny Depp in his Jack Sparrow outfit. I had to do a double take. Seriously thought it was him! Anyways, and then one little cute bumblebee gave me a hug. I didn't even know her. Thought it was an 'awwwww' moment, and funny.

Azi and Kay- love the new avatars!

Good luck to your daughter and granddaughter, Boop!

Hope Little P.'s behavior gets better soon, Madam P.!

My brain has been scattered lately- I have two projects and two papers due tomorrow. Projects are almost done- they are group projects, so some relief is off of me. Haven't started the two papers yet. Guess I should get on it.

Have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

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painting sheila - Nov 1, 2006 10:44 pm (#971 of 2989)        

Hi everyone!

Sounds like everyone had a pretty good Halloween.

Nothing wild and exciting here - YEAH!! A few houses in our neighborhood did get toilet papered, but not us. Whew!

Music Man is coming along - but dress rehearsal is tomorrow night and we aren't done with costumes!!AHH!! I have sewn all day. There was this particularly lovely suit for Marian that gave me fits. It is truly from 1912 and has dry rot all in the lining. Every time I put my needle in it to mend a hole, another one would form. I finally gave up and used Stitch Witchery. I could have taken the entire lining out and replaced it with new in the amount of time I tried to save the original and failed. It is a beautiful costume though. (covet, covet!) BTW - Tom Wopat is a nice person to work with. He sounds and looks good on stage, plus, he is nice off stage, too. That is rare!! I could tell you some horror stories about a few celebrities we have had through here. JEEZ!

I love the Knight and Bunny costume. We are huge Holy Grail fans in this house. I am putting that on a list for next year!!

Tazzy Girl - Are you sure it wasn't Johnny Depp? He could have been on Holiday on your island and just borrowed the costume from the studio. Let's pretend it was him!!

I am off to bed. Don't eat to much candy everyone!

She

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Tazzygirl - Nov 1, 2006 11:17 pm (#972 of 2989)        

Sheila: ...Let's pretend it was him!!

I can totally go with that!

No one here does the toilet paper houses or anything. Or at least in the area I live in- it'd be kind of hard to get it up in the palm trees.

It has now rained here for two days straight. No break what so ever. They even had to close down a freeway leading to the other side of the island because of a massive mudslide. Luckily no one was hurt, and there were no houses in the vicinity. It did take 2 hours for people in cars to get through the tunnel though.

One paper down, one to go!! w00t!

~Kristina

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The giant squid - Nov 2, 2006 1:40 am (#973 of 2989)        

they are already setting up the 30 + foot Christmas tree in the center! So I think Mike deserves 20 points for his house for correctly predicting the future.—geauxtigers

Well, it's not so much predicting the future as making an informed guess based on past experience...but I'll take the points anyway.

Hugs for Betty & all her family.

Kay: very cool costumes! One question--did "the Todd" keep high-fiving everyone all night?

Sheila: for some reason, every time I read one of your posts lately all I hear in my head is "Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little--cheep! cheep! cheep!--talk a lot, pick a little more..." It's been years since I've seen Music Man, but some things just stick in one's head.

--Mike

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azi - Nov 2, 2006 4:15 am (#974 of 2989)        

Good luck with your papers Tazzy! **anti-rain charms!**

Cool avatar, azi. Are you doing a promo for The Lady In The Water?

Hehe, fortunately not!

Wish I had candy left over from Halloween.

Hope everyone's badly behaving children get better soon! My father threatened to confiscate my brother's TV, computer, playstation etc. a few weeks ago...and he's 17!

Well, shouldn't be on the Internet now - it's limited during the day. Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 2, 2006 6:08 am (#975 of 2989)        

Re Lost: Told you so. **:insert sad smilie here**:

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Chemyst - Nov 2, 2006 6:11 am (#976 of 2989)        

Oh Kim, all we really saw was that bald guy close his eyelids. I am so jaded. Do they have horcruxes on that island?

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kaykay1970 - Nov 2, 2006 6:45 am (#977 of 2989)        

No, Todd (hubby) did not high five everyone. However several people thought he was dressed as George Clooney which he didn't correct. I don't believe Mr. Clooney ever wore a bandana on his head on E.R. but whatever!

I love the costumes Holly, very cute!

I hope Little Pince is in a better mood...

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Denise P. - Nov 2, 2006 7:05 am (#978 of 2989)        

I watched Lost last night and also rewatched the preview from last week. I have a Tivo and I looked frame by frame.

------>In the preview last week, the image that everyone (including the new but always there Nikki and Paolo) see on the monitor in Pearl Station is so fuzzy and distorted that it doesn't even look human. Yet in the actual ep, it is a clear dude with an eyepatch. (Arrr!)

Knowing Eko was going to assume island temperature, I just was not that interested in his back story. Yawn.....

Juliette...what are you up to? Clever girl.... Now, will Jack do this or will he think she is playing him in a bigger set up?

MORE DESMOND!!

I can't say I am too thrilled with the big words that said Season Finale that came across my screen while watching previews for next week. <-----

Got a sick kid home today so will have to bundle him up to run errands.

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haymoni - Nov 2, 2006 7:22 am (#979 of 2989)        

Denise - I wondered the same thing about Juliet.

The Nine is starting to tick me off. They went in too many directions last night. They need to pull a few things together or they are going to lose folks for sure.

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Madam Pince - Nov 2, 2006 8:32 am (#980 of 2989)        

Lost last night: I kept thinking of the Kiera Knightly scene from Love Actually (my favorite of the movie) when Juliet was doing her thing. I do wonder about her motives... we saw in the season premiere that she was somewhat disenchanted with Ben, perhaps? Jack's worse than Harry, though, with his "saving people" thing, so I fear he may not cooperate.

Tell me this, though: If things are like Ben said last week (the Others can have contact with "civilization" - they had a boat which they gave to Michael/Walt - they obviously are in contact with "the real world" to get info on the survivors - they can get hamburger but we haven't seen any cows on the island - they have "in-style" clothes...) why wouldn't a terminally-ill Other just hop on over to civilization and get his life-saving surgery from some hospital somewhere? He could always go incognito and return as soon as he recovers. And what about the island's supposed "healing powers?" -- Locke was healed, Rose was healed, etc. Guess it doesn't work for Others?

And WHAT is the big black smoke thingy???? That is driving me nuts! There's always a noise in the background when it appears that sounds like links of a heavy chain being drawn through/across something, like a moat opening on a castle or something. Arrrrgh! Poor Mr. Eko... bummer. He was just a decent guy dealt a bad hand and trying to do his best. What was up with his "brother/not-brother"? Who are these dead people who keep appearing to everyone? Did "Dude-With-The-Eyepatch" look a lot like the ex-military guy who was in the hatch with Desmond, or am I crazy? Too many questions... I am NOT pleased about the mid-season hiatus, either! They just got started, for pete's sake!

It's amazing how empty my house is with all the toys stashed outside in the tow trailer. Although a huge pain, this is actually a blessing I think -- I will get a chance to weed out the outgrown toys. Little Pince is being very cooperative as of yesterday and today so far (admittedly probably only about a 24-hour period.) I have not told him he's getting anything back -- he thinks they all went to the dump and I did not disabuse him of this notion -- so I'm actually kind of surprised.

Boop, hope Taysha's operation goes well today, and we're keeping our fingers crossed for a big day on Friday!

Everyone have a great RotD!

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 2, 2006 8:38 am (#981 of 2989)        

LOST:

Noooooooooo!!!! Man! I was actually sad and a little depressed at the end of the show. Yeah, I read Kim's spoiler and pretty much knew that we were winding up Eko's story, but I did hold out a glimmer of hope that this new couple would bite it instead. This double stinks because I found Eko's back story to be the coolest and most interesting. After that Locke's is pretty interesting and sad and Sawyer's are good as well. Jack's flashbacks pain me because he's so whiny. Jin and Sun are sometimes interesting but other times a real snorefest. I curious about what Juliette is up to meself. Remember Sawyer's statement that many of the people guarding him and Kate at the rock quarry thingy haven't really seen any "action" but that she, Juliette, would've definitely shot Kate. I too saw "Season Finale" and am confused by that as well. I don't know what ABC is playing at. The way the show gets treated sometimes, especially over the summer with the repeats getting continually bumped, you'd think that only 1 or 2 million people are watching. Not so, the show's hovering around 16-17 million.

EDIT AFTER MADAME PINCE: I think the black smoke thingy is the "monster" on the island, but maybe you full well know that and are just asking what kind of "monster" is a big black smoke thingy. You got me on that one. That's a good point about Ben. Clearly, though, while the others may have some kind of "contact" with the outside world to get information, they don't want to go to the outside world for some reason. Perhaps Ben is wanted by the authorities or by the Hanso Corporation people such that leaving the island is not a good idea.

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Madam Pince - Nov 2, 2006 8:43 am (#982 of 2989)        

ABC said they are taking this mid-season "break" in order to avoid showing re-runs in the middle of the season because apparently last year viewers complained about having re-runs in the midst of new episodes. Personally, I like the re-runs because it gives you a chance to catch up if you missed, but I guess they figure with the new ability to view past episodes online, then they don't need re-runs. The bigger question is, though, then why don't they film a full season and show all new episodes all season long, like TV shows used to do in the good old days? Hmph.

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Snuffles - Nov 2, 2006 8:55 am (#983 of 2989)        

I can't wait for Lost to start here again. It is supposedly starting in November but I haven't seen a date yet. I have read the spoilers , I just cannot resist it.

I applaud your style Madam P. I haven't confiscated all of Livvy's toys yet but she does have a 'naughty' box. She gets a toy taken off her for everytime she misbehaves. At the moment it contains her beloved keyboard and play shoes. She can see the box but she daren't touch it.

Love the avatar Kay

Hope the rain has stopped Kristina *drying charms* your way.

Julie

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Starling - Nov 2, 2006 9:50 am (#984 of 2989)        

I eat something sweet after something salty, and then I have to eat something salty after the sweets I just ate, and then I need to have a sweet again to offset the salty thing I ate to combat the sweet thing...

I know where you're coming from!

But 5lbs is excellent.

I want to do my own WW thing, I can't afford to go to the meetings. I looked for WW books on amazon.co.uk, and they're all US books! How annoying. The US points system is different, and so are the measurements (in cups and ounces). Sigh.

Martje

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kaykay1970 - Nov 2, 2006 10:09 am (#985 of 2989)        

More healing charms for Taysha! Best wishes for Betty Ann!

Julie, your little witch is adorable!

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Puck - Nov 2, 2006 10:23 am (#986 of 2989)        

Starling, have you tried the internet? A friends' hubby lost over 30 pounds doing WW on his own. He just printed the points chart thing of the website. Not sure if it comes in a British version, but go ahead and check.

Holly, did your son refer to himself as "Lupin"?

Sounds like Little Pince now knows Mommy means business.

Have yet to watch Lost Hopefully tomorrow. Tonight I'm meeting the girls for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Mmmmmm. (Combine that with the Halloween candy and a sudden desire of pumpkin bars, and I best start running again.)

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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haymoni - Nov 2, 2006 10:26 am (#987 of 2989)        

One thing that I did with Weight Watchers - and you don't need any of the books to do this or pay any money - was to keep up my food log. Write down everything you eat & drink. My own rule was that I couldn't eat it unless I was willing to write it down on my log. See, I'm just too lazy. It wasn't worth the extra effort to log it, so I just wouldn't eat it.

I have also been really trying to eat every 3 hours. I have some yogurt for breakfast, I have a granola bar around 9:30, I have a salad (huge!) at lunch, I have some crackers or an apple around 3:30 and then I have dinner (reasonable portions and a really big glass of water) around 6:30 and I have a small snack - fruit, a little bit of popcorn or a few tortilla chips with salsa at 9:30 before I go to bed. I was watching "Fit TV" and they had some nutritionist on there that said if you keep your blood sugar at a certain level, you'll burn fat instead of protein. In order to do that, you have to keep eating, but you have to be careful about what you are putting in your mouth.

The 3:30 snack is really helpful to me so that I am not ravenous when I get home from work.

I'm still having a hard time drinking water. I can do it at work but I forget when I'm at home on the weekend.

Birthday parties, luncheons at work, a clam bake and now Halloween have all sabotaged my efforts, but I'm not giving up.

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Holly T. - Nov 2, 2006 10:42 am (#988 of 2989)        

Kathy, in spite of assuring me that he would be "a nice werewolf like Professor Lupin" my son the werewolf was quite intent on terrorizing two cats and a flower fairy.

Madam Pince, when my daughter was Little Pince's age her toys spent a lot of time in boxes in the garage. Some of my son's toys (his wooden pistol, plastic robotic arm, etc.) spend so much time in “time out” that I will forget where I hid them, thus prolonging the time out. Then, once I find them, they don't last very long until they are back in time out.   I know, I should just get rid of them. My daughter would be happy, as she is the one who gets clunked on the head with such items before they go to time out.

My daughter couldn't find her homework yesterday morning and the time we spent searching for it made me late to work (she wasn't late for school as I usually drop her off early and instead dropped her off on time) so I deducted the amount I spent on the parking garage (if I get to work late the parking lot is full) from her allowance.

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John Bumbledore - Nov 2, 2006 10:44 am (#989 of 2989)        

Ack! Is it Friday Already! Must be since Azi has changed her Avatar.. maybe she is visiting a friend in New Zealand? Lucky I'm still enjoying Thursday in the Eastern USA...

Though it is a nice picture, erm, smooth water, no clouds so it must not be across The Channel... no ice bergs, so it must not be the North Sea then.. but I've only ever seen them depicted in movies.

Funny but after I changed my avatar to Hagrid, I gained about 5 pounds. So thank you (Not!) to who ever it was that lost the five pounds. Now I'm feeling a bit more like my old self again.

** Waves to Lina and the chickens, Maria and the horntails, Julie and Julie and Julie (are there three of you or does it just seem like it ) and, erm, now it is plain why I have so few friends at any one time.. I cant remember more than five names... and waves to all you other friends whose names I haven't learned yet. **

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore
The smilie lineup is now in my profile instead of following my signature.

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haymoni - Nov 2, 2006 10:56 am (#990 of 2989)        

Isn't mass constant in the universe, John? So if I lose 5 pounds, somebody somewhere has to gain it, right?

Holly T.- I think that was a great lesson that you taught your daughter. Kids need to learn about consequences. And the sooner the better!

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 2, 2006 11:01 am (#991 of 2989)        

I don't know if this will make national news or not, but a Sheriff here in Virginia and about 12 of his deputies have all been arrested and indicted for rackteering, drug dealing money laundering, etc. It is of note to me because the county (Henry County) is where I grew up. There'll probably be more interesting news, but if it gets picked up as a news story nationally, just think of Loopy laughing his head off.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 2, 2006 11:11 am (#992 of 2989)        

Oh Kim, all we really saw was that bald guy close his eyelids. I am so jaded. Do they have horcruxes on that island?---Chemyst

LOL. Chemyst, I didn't know you even watched Lost.

The Nine is starting to tick me off. They went in too many directions last night. They need to pull a few things together or they are going to lose folks for sure.—haymoni

I said it last week. Nothing happens on that show.

Loopy, what I want to know is, do you know any of these people?

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Starling - Nov 2, 2006 11:22 am (#993 of 2989)        

Starling, have you tried the internet? A friends' hubby lost over 30 pounds doing WW on his own. He just printed the points chart thing of the website. Not sure if it comes in a British version, but go ahead and check.

In fact, I've just signed up!

I'm considering trying NoCount, but I think the lack of bread is a major drawback. I can't stand eating cereals in the morning. Bread (home-made wholemeal) is much more filling.

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haymoni - Nov 2, 2006 11:38 am (#994 of 2989)        

I don't think home-made wholemeal bread should ever count as "bad" bread.

Follow the rest of the diet and leave that in.

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 2, 2006 11:39 am (#995 of 2989)        

Loopy, what I want to know is, do you know any of these people? – Kim

Well, I've skimmed over the indictment at this point and I don't think I know anyone. I'm not sure if one of the indicted deputies is someone I know by a nickname or not. I have a cousin-in-law who is a deputy but she doesn't appear to be named. (Actually, she'd be a first cousin once removed. )
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Madam Pince - Nov 2, 2006 11:54 am (#996 of 2989)        

Too funny, Loopy! I'm from one of "those" counties, too -- the ones where practically everyone knows everyone else. Should make for an interesting election year for Henry Co., or is the office of Sheriff up for grabs? Oops, guess it is now!

Holly, that sounds familiar. I often find a toy stuck in some odd place that I'd completely forgotten about confiscating. Too many toys... in fact, that's why I've done this extreme punishment. Just taking a toy or two, even if it was a favorite, didn't seem to have much "punch" because there was always something else to play with. Now, that is not the case. Bwahahahaha....

Haymoni, your eating plan sounds excellent. Just what they always say you "should" do (and what I somehow never end up doing...)

Love all the Halloween pictures! (For the record, I didn't see the dementor at first, either!) Snuffles, your little witch is so cute!

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azi - Nov 2, 2006 12:38 pm (#997 of 2989)        

John, look on a map of Sweden for Malmö. It's in the south of the country, opposite Copenhagen. That's where I was. The sea was beautifully calm, and it was warm enough to wear t-shirts. Now, it's apparently been snowing a lot! A lot can change in a month...

**behaving charms to all naughty kids (although it seems like they're doing better)**

When I was a kid we just got smacked and sent to our rooms. In those days, bedrooms didn't have so much stuff in as kids have now.

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Tazzygirl - Nov 2, 2006 1:48 pm (#998 of 2989)        

I've had to skip over lots of posts- I haven't watched LOST yet! :sad:

I was up until 2:30 last night writing up my final paper. And I have now turned that in, and done my presentation. w00t! I just have one more presentation to go, and then it is almost an easy remainder of the semester... We have about a month left of school too.

Thanks for the rain charms! They aren't working yet though. This is the third day in a row of constant raining...

Off to class! Have a great RotD/N!

~Kristina

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The giant squid - Nov 2, 2006 1:52 pm (#999 of 2989)        

The bigger question is, though, then why don't they film a full season and show all new episodes all season long, like TV shows used to do in the good old days?--Madame Pince

I blame two things: the high cost of making a show like Lost (I haven't heard figures but it's got to be a lot more expensive than your average sitcom), and the South Park model of the short season. SP never makes more than 6 episodes per "season", even though they can actually make an episode per week (as opposed to the months per episode it takes for The Simpsons). They're catering to our "short attention span" society.

As for the episode itself, It did seem like an awful lot of buildup just to have Eko die. I was actually starting to get interested in his backstory again... I'm still unsure of the Others; I think they're so used to playing games that they couldn't be up front with Jack if they wanted to.

I think we need more Desmond, too, Brother!

--Mike

EDIT: It worked! Thanks, Sheila!

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Annie Infante - Nov 2, 2006 2:05 pm (#1000 of 2989)        

for anyone interested, I have quite a chocolate collection stashed. Still need a Godiva then I'm good to go! I feel bad bringing up chocolate when some of you are trying to do theWW thing and all that. Sorry if I sound insensitive. Best advice I ever had from my Mom (Who always struggles with weight) was to eat all things in moderation and some things more moderately than others. She never deprived us kids of sweets cause she figured it would create an unhealthy longing for them. Which, despite how I sound, worked for me! Pilates is great for feeling good about yourself, by the way. Works well with dieting.
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Starling - Nov 2, 2006 2:27 pm (#1001 of 2989)        

Weightwatchers? Whassat?

*hides Lübecker Marzipan behind her back*

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Julie Aronson - Nov 2, 2006 2:45 pm (#1002 of 2989)        

Yes, John, I think there are three of us...

Good luck with all the WW stuff. I know I need to just stick with something, but it's just no fun.

Grey's tonight!

Have a great ROTD!

Julie

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Denise P. - Nov 2, 2006 3:06 pm (#1003 of 2989)        

It is that time of the year again and once more, my Forum friend in England has sent me treacle toffee for Guy Fawkes Day. I LOVE this stuff!! Thanks so much Sue!! Of course, I had to do quality control on it to be sure it was okay  It tested out just fine...

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Catherine - Nov 2, 2006 3:51 pm (#1004 of 2989)        

I had to do quality control on it to be sure it was okay It tested out just fine... –Denise

Natch.

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 2, 2006 4:55 pm (#1005 of 2989)        

OK I really want post 1005!....YAY! I got it! More in a minute!

So it was really cold today!! And it's supposed to be colder tomorrow! Ahh! YAY!

Tomorrow is FRiDAY!! In case you didn't know already!!

WoW I definitely don't remember anything I was going to say....

Ohh! Good luck to all those on WW!

**healing charms and such all around**

GREY"S ANATOMY TONIGHT!!! AHHH I can't wait!! It's been 2 weeks since the last episode!!! YAY!!!!

Night everyone!

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juliebug - Nov 2, 2006 5:51 pm (#1006 of 2989)        

Wow 156 new messages (in chat and greet alone)

Hey All, I've been away since Saturday visting family and had severe Lex withdrawl also haven't seen Lost yet, will be back about that soon. Until then, I'll just say it's good to be home. I've missed you all!

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Chemyst - Nov 2, 2006 5:54 pm (#1007 of 2989)        

Chemyst, I didn't know you even watched Lost. – Lupin is Lupin

I'm not sure it qualifies as "watching" either! I'm sometimes in the room when it is on. The main reason I'd say I'm jaded isn't because of anything I've seen on the show. It happened when I heard a guy try to explain his purgatory theory and it suddenly all seemed so very pointless. Nonetheless, the show does have some positive values— apparently it has spurred the Squid into learning to change font color.

Loopy, the Henry County Sheriff story was covered here. It seems you hail from a rather colorful area; and the fall foliage in the pictures looks nice too.

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boop - Nov 2, 2006 6:11 pm (#1008 of 2989)        

HI Everyone, I probably won't be on line tomorrow. They are inducing my daughter. Taysha came through her surgery just fine.

Thanks for the healing charms and good luck charms.

hugs always

boop

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Madam Pince - Nov 2, 2006 6:23 pm (#1009 of 2989)        

***Is confused about what is so special about post 1005???***

I thought of a couple more Lost things after I watched it again this evening: Denise, could you tell from your Tivo whether or not there were any faces/figures in the black cloud thingy, like that one website showed when we last saw the cloud? I tried to freeze-frame on my VCR but couldn't pick anything out other than what looked like a kid's face at the top, very early on, and then a few frames later there's some odd whitish band at the bottom and then at the top which I can't identify. Also, could you hear what Eko said at the very end? I couldn't, but it sure didn't sound like "We're next" as Locke said. I didn't pull out an "x" sound at all.

Also, seems like the Tailies are an endangered species, doesn't it? If I was Bernard, I think I'd go into hiding. He's the only one left, isn't he?

Other coincidence -- seems like every actor who gets arrested for DUI in Hawaii has their character get axed (Ana Lucia, Libby, Eko...) -- do you think they just get plastered to drown their sorrows when they find out their contract is up?

I agree, Squid Mike, there was a lot of Eko backstory for a dying character. But we did get quite a bit on Ana Lucia and even a little bit about Libby and also Boone & Shannon, too, before they exited. Maybe it has to do with how their stories will intertwine with survivors later or something.

I can't understand this. Little Pince seems totally oblivious to the fact that his toys are gone -- he isn't asking for them or anything. He is behaving better, though, and seems happy as a clam with just his Play-Doh. He said something about going to the toy store; maybe he's philosophical about the old toys going because he thinks he's getting all new ones to replace them or something? And I took Child Psychology with Mavis Hetherington and everything....

Edit: Yay for Taysha and healing charms! Best wishes for tomorrow, Grandma!

...Must...stop...eating...miniature...Almond...Joys....

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Mediwitch - Nov 2, 2006 6:34 pm (#1010 of 2989)        

Congratulations, Boop!

Madam Pince, maybe you're right. Maybe the Play-Doh will get boring and he'll realize there are no new toys coming! I'll send you my miniature Baby Ruths so I can stop eating those; you send me your Almond Joys because I can't eat them. Fair trade?

**Drying Charms** to Kristina!

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geauxtigers - Nov 2, 2006 6:34 pm (#1011 of 2989)        

Yes, John, I think there are three of us...

There are four Julies that I can think of:  Good Evans, Julie A., Snuffles, and Juliebug! LOL Seems to be a popular name round here! Funny thing is, I don't know a Julie except you guys!

It was a lovely day today! Cold and blue skies! Too bad I was stuck in the library doing my physics homework Still, it was nice out. We even have a fire in the fireplace. Now all I need is it to be Christmas, all the decorations up, cuddled up in a blanket by the fire with hot chocolate and a Harry Potter book and I'll be in heaven!

Tomorrow is the big football game against our rival school!! There are signs and banners all over the school with things like 'beat the cubs' 'kill the cubs' ect. I can't wait! Its hunting season! haha should be fun though.

Grey's Anatomy in 30 minutes! I guess I should go jump in the shower and try to get my homework started/finished sometime before midnight!

My mom used to take our Barbies away. She threatened to throw them away on several occasions. I have vivid memories screaming on the kitchen floor not to throw them away! LOL it worked! Once we made a tent in our room with sheets, mom left and we had a garage sale. We basically took all our toys and wrote "prices" on them with chap stick. We were only 4 or 5 at the time. We got in big trouble for that as I can still remember it!

Have a great evening everyone!
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Madam Pince - Nov 2, 2006 6:41 pm (#1012 of 2989)        

Good deal, Mediwitch! I don't like Baby Ruths that much...

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 2, 2006 9:36 pm (#1013 of 2989)        

***Is confused about what is so special about post 1005???***

LOL It's an OCD thing...I like even numbers and numbers that are divisible by 5...I really can't explain why, I just do!!

Well we're in good shape candy wise over here as we've gotten down to the Whoppers, which no one likes...ick! I have eaten some Crunch bars, which aren't all that great but they're better than Whoppers **shudders** I do like Almond Joys! I'll take then Madame Pince, we've already cleared ours out!

We're also out of Coke! AHHH I'm so addicted to Coke it's not even funny. Having to drink water is no fun...it doesn't taste like anything.

Time to study for Bible...**groannSS**

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painting sheila - Nov 2, 2006 10:28 pm (#1014 of 2989)        

Hi everyone. I am more tired than I can remember ever being - at least in a good long while. Two 12-hour days at work and that isn't counting the mom stuff here at home.(yawn!)

Lost - I was SO hoping the spoiler was wrong. I liked Ecko a lot and thought he added a grounding force to everyone's "I have to be in charge attitude." Sad days.

I think Juliet is up to something - why would Ben's death need to look like an accident if that is what everyone else supposedly wants, also? AND! Why do you think Sawyer tells Kate to look away? Do you think they are going to kill Sawyer? NO!! If Broken Nose Guy was mad at Sawyer for his wife's death, then he will be double mad if Ben dies too. Do you think he will kill Sawyer?

I wondered about the healing powers of the island also - maybe that is why they are there - to try and harness the powers, but are failing. The Others are ticked at the plane people because thet ARE being healed with no problems at all.

I am not sure I like the new couple. Their acting skills were a little questionable to me last night - but maybe I was being critical because I was so tired.

Black Smokie Thing - Maybe it represents your past. Mr. Ecko was sure of his spiritual strength before and was not afraid of his past and was able to stare down his "past evils" or the black smokie thing. While he was kncked out, he started reliving some of the most painful parts of his past and started to doubt himself as fa as being forgiven and worthy. The Black Smokie Thing felt this and used it to weaken Ecko and eventually kill him. It sucks the life force out of you and lives off of your fears and doubts. (?)

I know I am rambling now - off to bed!

Way to go Giant Squid - but you must thank JKulie. I just forwarded her email to me!

Night night everyone.

She

PS On the toy front - When my Prickly Daughter was in middle school, the class was asked to create some sort of project about genes and use candy. (Why? I don't know) After all the projects were turned in, she and a friend sat in the back of the class one day and ate people’s projects! (Why? I don't know) This was the final straw so to speak. I took the things that meant the most to her away - yes! that's right . . . . .I took all her N'SYNC stuff away and put it in the attic. (GASP!) It was a huge box of it. She never asked for it, or where it went. We just found it the other day when we were looking for something in the attic. HA! It worked - she hasn't eaten another project since! Hang tough Madame PInce!

Night night night -

She

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Tazzygirl - Nov 3, 2006 12:00 am (#1015 of 2989)        

Hope everything goes well, Boop!!

The drying charms worked! It hasn't rained since about 6 pm... We are still supposed to have rain through Sunday though.

Am debating which show I want to watch tonight- LOST or Grey's Anatomy... hm. Maybe I'll watch both, but as I am running on three hours sleep, not so sure I'll make it. We shall see!

For those of you on Weight Watchers and others trying to lose weight or eat right or whatever, I started a Forum to help give support- I am also part of Weight Watchers. (I mentioned this Forum several months ago...) Anywho- the link is under my homepage in my profile if interested. (I have the settings set to moderated if you do go over and post, but that is just a precaution to make sure no trolls enter.)

Have a good night/day everyone!

~Kristina

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septentrion - Nov 3, 2006 3:52 am (#1016 of 2989)        

I was a bit hasty in announcing you my pregnancy, for I now have to announce my ex-pregnancy. The embryo was not viable, as was found out yesterday. It was a hard blow for both of us, but we face it bravely. Just, if you believe in God, could you pray for my husband? I know it'll be the hardest for him.

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The giant squid - Nov 3, 2006 4:00 am (#1017 of 2989)        

Nonetheless, the show does have some positive values— apparently it has spurred the Squid into learning to change font color.—Chemyst

Well, with the step by step instructions Sheila forwarded to me I couldn't not get it right.

My deepest sympathies, septentrion. That sort of thing is especially hard after you've gotten used to the idea of having the baby. Hugs for you & your husband.

Happy hugs for boop & her family as well. I haven't exercised my tentacles in a while anyway...

--Mike

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Julie Aronson - Nov 3, 2006 4:41 am (#1018 of 2989)        

Septentrion, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Congrats, Boop!

Tori, my bad--you're right about there being at least four of us.

Off to see how quickly I can skim The Winter's Tale...

Julie

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boop - Nov 3, 2006 4:58 am (#1019 of 2989)        

Septentrion, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to you and your husband. (((HUGS)))

hugs always

boop

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Good Evans - Nov 3, 2006 5:36 am (#1020 of 2989)        

Septentrion - big hug and you will BOTH be in my prayers. I am so sorry for you.

Betty - really pleased about Taysha, and very best of luck today with the induction (??LOL - I am sure it must be inducement?? oh well whatever!).

Four Julie's on the forum (and there have been more, we used to have a member called Sheltergirl and she was a Julie too...) anyway - I always knew I was common!! I suspect we are all of similar ages and the name was popular 30 (something) years ago - no small fact due to Ms Andrews !!! **waves to Finn**

Well I have had such a busy week - I am hoping to get a chance to come here over the weekend and have a good old chinwag in the chat room!! I miss you all!!!!!

Madam P and Julie (snuffels)- gosh I admire your discipline - well done you in taking away toys from naughty children. (Did you know we aren't allowed to call children naughty now as it destroys their growth - hurrumph!! PC gone mad!)

on a Political Correctness thing - I wondered whether US school children still pledge allegiance every morning ? I know we would not get away with that in UK as it would be non-inclusive. I was just wondering ...

like others I too have read the LOST spoilers and am looking forward to seeing the new series start here!

have a great Friday and weekend (if I don’t  get back here later) one and all.

Julie x

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Elanor - Nov 3, 2006 5:59 am (#1021 of 2989)        

Oh, Septentrion, I am so sorry to hear that!
Big, big ((((((HUG)))))) to you and your husband!

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kaykay1970 - Nov 3, 2006 6:13 am (#1022 of 2989)        

Hugs ((Septentrion))**I'll be praying for you and your husband!

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juliebug - Nov 3, 2006 6:32 am (#1023 of 2989)        

My thoughts are with you and your whole family ,Septentrion. I hope that when the time is right, that you and you're husband will try again. Until then, I wish you all healing everywhere that you are in need of it.

Lost I have similar thoughts with Sheila on the Black Monster thing. I think it is some kind of "force" (for lack of a better term) that lives on the island. We know the island has the power to heal, it would make sense that an opposite power exists as well. Maybe I've watched Star Wars too much In Eko's first encounter with it, Eko was too strong for it and it back down from him. This last time, Eko had been wounded and it could take him. I think it feeds on/senses fear and uses it against it's victim. As for why the island hasn't healed Ben, could it be that he doesn't really live on that island? Maybe he used to live there but had to move because the Black Smoke is after him? It would be nice to see that stuff put to good use. Maybe the island is selective about who it helps and who it hurts. Just some thoughts.

The whole Juliet thing. I'm just not sure. I don't know if Jack can trust her or not. I too was reminded of Love Actually, by her whole cue card trick. I kept waiting for a card to say something like, you must escape, because I love you. How corny would that have been? Again, my inner jury is still out on Juliet. This could be Jack's ticket to freedom, or a trap. I have a feeling I'll have plenty of time to mull this over. I'm also curious about Ben's strategy and MO. He said the plan was to break Jack and make him want to heal him. There has to be more to this as well. So many questions.

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Chemyst - Nov 3, 2006 6:34 am (#1024 of 2989)        

Hugs and prayers to the septentrions.

I wondered whether US school children still pledge allegiance every morning ? – GE
It sort of depends upon which section of the country you live in and how much spine the local Board of Education members have. There has been a court challenge over the wording of the pledge which includes the words, "one nation under God," so most of the schools that have stopped reciting the pledge have done so more because of non-inclusive religious-PC than non-inclusive nationalism-PC. Similar end result though.

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 3, 2006 7:32 am (#1025 of 2989)        

The Supreme Court rebuffed that legal challenge 2 years ago on the grounds that the plaintiff (father who did not want daughter forced to recite the pledge because of the "under God" language in particular) did not have "standing" to complain upon behalf of his daughter. (By the way, "standing" issues are just an artful way of the Supremes dodging a particular question.) So, there is no current court ruling that impedes recitation of the pledge.

It is a whole different question whether schools should be in the practice of forcing children to make pledges with which they may or may not agree. Calling it "voluntary" doesn't really answer the issue either. There is nothing voluntary about forcing a student to be in the position of deciding whether he or she should stand to make an oath he doesn't agree with or whether he or she should sit while his 30 classmates wonder why he or she refuses to participate in the pledge. That is a choice the government should not be allowed to force someone to make.

Sorry to get on me soapbox (by the way, when most of us say "sorry" to have gotten on our soapbox, it's really just an artful way of saying we aren't sorry at all), but I grow weary of knee-jerk PC bashing. To be sure, there are plenty of instances in which PC is used to attempt to force feed unpopular views and to stifle debate. But, it also -- and this was what I was taught it meant about 20 years ago before it became a "bad word"-- has the purpose or goal of ensuring that the majority does not encroach upon the rights of the minority. One day, and that day may come right soon, those who enjoy the majority position may no longer find themselves in that position and I hope they recall their prior views regarding PC doctrine when their own children are being "asked" to participate in something that conflicts with their own beliefs.

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Steve Newton - Nov 3, 2006 8:17 am (#1026 of 2989)        

Lost: I thought that it was interesting how Jack seemed to be doing the same thing to Juliet that Ben did to Locke. Stuff along the lines of why is Ben making all of the decisions.

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Madam Pince - Nov 3, 2006 8:37 am (#1027 of 2989)

Septentrion, I am so very sorry for your loss. (((hugs))) to both you and your husband, and we will be remembering you in our prayers.

I just thought of another abbreviation -- we should call it the "BST" for "Black Smoke Thingy" and it also sort of sounds like "Beast" which is appropriate, too!

I'm sure I couldn't begin to argue with a lawyer () but I totally disagree with your definition of "voluntary," Loopy. If the person feels strongly enough about it to not wish to participate, then the person should be strong enough to (voluntarily) not participate. And likewise, the others in the class can voluntarily wonder or not wonder, it matters not, as long as neither side is persecuted for it. Wondering is not persecuting, to my mind. And majority does rule, or it should, that's how we set laws and rules, by voting. When a majority of people feel a different way, then things can be different. Nobody should force any beliefs on anyone else, majority or minority. Just as "many" should not force "one" to do any expressing, neither should "one" force "many" to be denied their rights to expression. Choices...

(As I recall, the father in the Supreme Court case in question was trying to involuntarily force his opinion onto his daughter, who he did not have legal custody of, and who did not share his beliefs.)

My further personal-opinion-soapbox is that if someone is a citizen of a country and thus enjoying the rights and privileges thereof, including public education at taxpayer expense, then that citizen also shares the responsibility of allegiance to that country and the republic for which it stands. Rights and responsibilities go hand-in-hand. As it stands, if someone doesn't share that feeling, they are not forced to say so but are given the opportunity to sit out and remain silent. What is not voluntary about that?

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 3, 2006 8:41 am (#1028 of 2989)    

I feel the wrath of mods coming on.

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Thom Matheson - Nov 3, 2006 8:54 am (#1029 of 2989)    

What is PC?

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Chemyst - Nov 3, 2006 9:03 am (#1030 of 2989)    

I feel the wrath of mods coming on. – Kim

Would that be encroachment by the minority? Loopy said, "the purpose or goal of ensuring that the majority does not encroach upon the rights of the minority." If anyone wants to discuss government encroachment via federal education directives and compulsory attendance laws -or the sticky issue of pledging to the government in a government school, my email is on my profile.

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 3, 2006 9:08 am (#1031 of 2989)    

If the person feels strongly enough about it to not wish to participate, then the person should be strong enough to (voluntarily) not participate. And likewise, the others in the class can voluntarily wonder or not wonder, it matters not, as long as neither side is persecuted for it. Wondering is not persecuting, to my mind. -- Madame Pince

Awfully high expectations for third-graders. ***waves to Kim and dodges Denise's forthcoming backhand****

Thom, "PC" is shorthand for "political correctness." Google the phrase and there'll be plenty of explanations for you. I'd imagine wikipedia has an entry.

So, to change the subject, anyone got plans for Guy Fawkes Day and how about that local sports team?

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Holly T. - Nov 3, 2006 9:13 am (#1032 of 2989)    

Hugs and prayers to the Septentrions! I'm sorry for your loss.

Well, without getting too much further into things that will be banned by the moderators, I don't say the pledge to the flag, and haven't since I was in middle school. But I expect my kids to do so until they can articulate why they don't want to (other than "because you don't," which I have already told them does not demonstrate independent thinking). They also have to pledge to the Texas flag every morning at school and have a moment of silence, which even my son knows means "we can pray if we want to but mostly I just stand there and be quiet."

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Thom Matheson - Nov 3, 2006 9:25 am (#1033 of 2989)    

No thanks, I'm staying out of this whole conversation. Just didn't know the acronym. Thanks.

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azi - Nov 3, 2006 9:55 am (#1034 of 2989)    

((**hugs**)) Septentrion and Mr Septentrion!

PC can also stand for Police Constable. I was complaining about PC things to myself today before reading this thread.

It's cold again! I wish there was a way to warm my room up!

Mmm, treacle toffee. Will have to find some.

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Denise P. - Nov 3, 2006 10:38 am (#1035 of 2989)    

Now look what you made me do! Play nice or I will toss you out of the sandbox. **tsk, tsk, tsk**:

We all know that any kind of political debate or hot button issue doesn't need to be aired on the Forum. Please refrain or take it to email.

I plan to shoot off some fireworks and eat my treacle toffee on Guy Fawkes Day.

I have a 5K race tomorrow, I am hoping to be under 32 minutes **:crossing fingers****:

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Solitaire - Nov 3, 2006 10:49 am (#1036 of 2989)    

Happy November 3rd! I am home today with a bad cold. I did have to leave the cozy environs of my room to go out and visit the local vampire. Since I had to fast for ten hours, I treated myself to a Starbucks Venti Misto afterwards. I figure the caffeine will make my headache go away and the hot liquid will make my cough better.

Yesterday we held first-quarter parent-teacher conferences, so I was with kids from 8-noon and parents from about 12:45 to 7:30. It was a very L - O - N - G day, and I have to say that holding parent conferences when one has a cold is for the birds. Today should have been a breeze. Anyway, yesterday was the equivalent to a day-and-a-half, so we get a minimum day today. Since the entire morning is all activities (no classes at all)--and I have 55.5 sick days that I've never used--I decided to spend it where it would do the most good--at home, in bed or on the sofa, posting to the Forum.

About that treacle toffee ... I don't suppose it comes in a sugar-free version ... no, I guess not.

Solitaire

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Madam Pince - Nov 3, 2006 11:03 am (#1037 of 2989)    

Good luck in your race, Denise!

Hope you feel better soon, Solitaire!

***Wonders if Boop is a grandma again yet***

Loopy, there was an article in today's Times about the Henry County sheriff's department debacle. I didn't realize that Martinsville was in Henry County -- I have lots of relatives in Martinsville! Thankfully, none employed by the sheriff's office -- LOL!

Speaking of sports teams , I also got an e-mail today that made me think of you! It appeared to be an actual news item, something about a young boy being embroiled in a custody suit because his parents beat him. The judge awarded custody to an aunt, but the boy said she beat him, too. Then the judge was going to award custody to the grandparents, but the boy said they beat him, too. So the judge took the legally unprecedented step of allowing the minor child to give input on his custody. They ended up giving temporary custody of the child to the Washington Redskins, because they aren't going to be beating anyone anytime soon...

***Commiserates with Squid Mike on the Vikings' drubbing last weekend, which I forgot to do earlier...***

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 3, 2006 11:32 am (#1038 of 2989)    

Loopy, there was an article in today's Times about the Henry County sheriff's department debacle. I didn't realize that Martinsville was in Henry County -- I have lots of relatives in Martinsville! Thankfully, none employed by the sheriff's office -- LOL! -- Madame Pince

Yup! Mava is the "county seat." At times, Martinsville is an independent city and at times it is a town (which makes it more or less just another part of the county) but I can't keep up with its status as I don't live there anymore. I think I mentioned that I have a cousin who is a deputy, but she hasn't been indicted thus far. ****waves to Denise apologetically ****

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John Bumbledore - Nov 3, 2006 12:00 pm (#1039 of 2989)    

Septentrion, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to you and Mr Septentrion. You will be in our prayers, also.

Chemyst, your comments on PC, evoked my empathy.

Kaykay, sorry I left you in the chat room, rotten thing called work… Chili does sound good.

This weekend is packed full of activity for us Bumbledore's. My two girl scouts have a "Dad and me" chili luncheon 11 to 3 on Saturday and my cub scout has a "build it" project 9 to noon at Home Depot. Their Mum has a booth rented at the local Lions Club to sell the jewelry she's made, so I'm making chili tonight and will have to figure out a way to keep all these appointments tomorrow.

I notice the edit time has returned to the "seemingly" short 30 minutes, but the delete button has always worked. Well, it seems some people will always be luckier then me.

Off to check some other threads… **waves to the usual crowd**

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore
The lineup of the usual suspects/ Smiles is now in my profile.

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Lilly P - Nov 3, 2006 12:06 pm (#1040 of 2989)    

(((hugs))) and prayers for you and your husband Septentrion.

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Solitaire - Nov 3, 2006 12:08 pm (#1041 of 2989)    

I'm so sorry for your loss, Septentrion. You and Mr. Septentrion are in my thoughts and prayers.

Solitaire

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Puck - Nov 3, 2006 12:15 pm (#1042 of 2989)    

**shaking head, not sure if I should be laughing at Madame Pince's "news" article**

over 40 posts in less than 24 hours, chatty people!

(((Hugs))) to Septentrion's. If it helps, my friend had to un-announce a pregnancy just over a year ago. Eleven months later she had a healthy baby girl. Prayers of strength to you both.

For those Americans with strong opinions -and are over 18- next Tuesday is election day. No matter what side of the issues you stand on, you can read up on all the candidates (and which side they stand on) at "dontvote.com". Be informed as well as opinioned. (I'm pretty sure soapboxes are allowed at the polls, if not on the forum. )

Sheila, I can picture the other kids. "I kept my homework away from the dog, but 'Prickily' ate it."

Soli, feel better soon. I had my conference yesterday. Son is doing well with school work, but is a bit immature socially. No surprise there. Funny, a friend complained about teachers always finding something negative about her daughter. "Why do they have to say she's bossy sometimes? Why can't they just tell me the positive stuff?" She was exactly the kind of parent I hated doing conferences with when I was teaching. I mean, the point of a conference is to let you know how your kid is doing, and what skills they need to work on. (Oh, look at that. I found my soapbox. )

Time to do the dishes. Diva's friend is here, and my friend is dropping off her son soon so she can go to her Daisy meeting with her daughter.

Oh, dinner with the girls was yummy. Though, I had to watch Survivor after getting home, so I was up until about 1am.

Kathy

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CatherineHermiona - Nov 3, 2006 12:18 pm (#1043 of 2989)    

I'm so sorry for your loss, Septentrion! We will keep you and Mr Septentrion in our thoughts and prayers! ((((HUGS)))

Kate

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septentrion - Nov 3, 2006 2:06 pm (#1044 of 2989)    

Thank you everyone for your hugs and words of support, they've done a world of good to us. The worse, psychologically speaking, is behind us, and we're already turned to the future. I just have to deal with some mild medical consequences now.

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The giant squid - Nov 3, 2006 2:31 pm (#1045 of 2989)    

So, to change the subject, anyone got plans for Guy Fawkes Day--Loopy Lupin

Well, since I have to work that night I'll probably just watch V For Vendetta in the afternoon.

As far as I'm concerned, PC just stands for Personal Computer.

I just replaced the CPU fan on mine, incidentally. I kinda had to--the old one stopped spinning, which trips a failsafe that shuts down the computer. I got to spend a good 30 minutes trying to remove the old one without damaging anything, but the new one is now installed, spinning and--despite its larger size--much quieter than the old one.

--Mike

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 3, 2006 3:47 pm (#1046 of 2989)    

yes! that's right . . . . .I took all her N'SYNC stuff away and put it in the attic. (GASP!)

AHHH **remembers the days of N'SYNC and Backstreet Boys** That would have been major punishment for me! Now my Parents take away my keyboard if I do something wrong (usually my mouth!) It's the worst because it makes me realize how much I use it when I'm on the computer!

I wondered whether US school children still pledge allegiance every morning ? Julie GE

We sing the National Anthem, but as I go to a private Christian school, it's not really an issue. I pretty much agree with what Madame Pince said...you don't have to say it if you don't want to...we have the right of free speech, so it is your choice, not anyone elses! **avoids Denise's eyes** **steps off soapbox**

(((((((((MAJOR HUGs to the Septentrions)))))))))))

I got my flu shot this afternoon. *sniff* my arm hurts now.

The big game is tonight! AHHH! I'm so excitedd! I've got my war paint and camoflauge, and an air horn! We plan on being extremely obnoxious tonight!! I can't wait!

City Meet is tomorrow. Hopefully I'll make it through the 200 IM....We shall see! I'm starting to get a bit nervous about it...

Happy Friday everyone!!

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geauxtigers - Nov 3, 2006 4:11 pm (#1047 of 2989)    

I basically agree with Madame Pince too, but I won't say anything more.

I always knew I was common!! I suspect we are all of similar ages and the name was popular 30

Ha ha Julie! The common generation name here is 'Susan' 4 people in my grade alone have moms named Susan. The common kid names are Claire, Laura, Lauren and few others. But we have 2+ people in my grade named that. Names are generational (is that even a word?)

Ahhh Backstreet Boys and N'sync. **is glad the days of boy bands are over**

(((((((hugs to Septentrion)))))) I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as well.

Getting ready for the big game tonight!!!! WOOO!!! Got my air horn ready! Just tested it in the kitchen... my mom was not too happy!

Have a great Friday everyone!

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haymoni - Nov 3, 2006 4:39 pm (#1048 of 2989)    

So sorry, septentrion. I'm think about the 2 of you.

Ah...Hubby & Ungrateful Son are at the high school football game. The Beautifulest One is waiting for "The Avatar" movie to start, so it's just me and The Forum.

Apparently I have the riddle so I guess I'd better get over there.

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Lilly P - Nov 3, 2006 4:42 pm (#1049 of 2989)    

Ahhh Backstreet Boys and N'sync. **is glad the days of boy bands are over** -geauxtigers

boybands will never be over! They have been going strong since the Beatles! You are making me nostalgic for my boy band days! waaaaaay back to New Kids on the Block!

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Pigwidgeon - Nov 3, 2006 4:49 pm (#1050 of 2989)    

Septentrion, I am so sorry (((((BIG hugs!))) You'll be in my thoughts! My e-mail box is always open
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Solitaire - Nov 3, 2006 6:02 pm (#1051 of 2989)    

Puck, my conferences went pretty well, except that I felt lousy. For once in my life, several of the parents I actually NEEDED to see showed up! That is always a plus. One kid was dragged along by his grandma, who is now in charge of him--and even though she was smiling, I could tell she wanted to thump him on his ear! Between the two of us, I think his wings have been pretty well clipped.

I had my laptop and there was a wireless access point set up, so I was able to pull up online grades, my weekly syllabus, the webpage that has lessons, links, and handouts on it, etc. Many parents didn't know about these tools (despite the fact that I've sent home handouts with the info and had it up and running on back-to-school night), and now they do. No more excuses!

One of the teachers was the victim of an intended ambush. Fortunately, a rude email from the mother had prepared her for what was to come, so the principal was watching and did not allow the parent to even get started on that track. Actually, our set-up kind of prevents that. We are a small school, so the teachers just spread out around the cafeteria, all in the same room (except 5th grade ... they stay in their rooms). It is big enough to afford privacy, but having the principal in the room (plus a ton of witnesses) prevents a teacher from being broad-sided by an angry parent. It is also easier to visit seven teachers if they are in the same place than it is when they are scattered all over the school. All the same, I'm glad they are over ... until spring.

As far as I'm concerned, PC just stands for Personal Computer. I'm with you, Mike!

Speaking of PCs, I'm going to be getting a new laptop/notebook, and I am considering a MacBook Pro. Anyone out there have one? I'm interested to know how difficult it is to share documents between PCs and Macs. If anyone has experience toggling between the two platforms and can offer some feedback, please email me.

Solitaire

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Eponine - Nov 3, 2006 6:36 pm (#1052 of 2989)    

Septentrion, *hugs* to you. You and your husband will be in my prayers.

Speaking of PC, does anyone else here ever quote the movie PCU? It's a fun film.

On soapboxes: *clears throat* CELL PHONES DO NOT BELONG IN THE LIBRARY! Last night, I was up near our fiction section working on one of the catalog computers when I heard this woman on her phone. Usually, I'll give them a minute to see if they get off, and after a bit she was still going strong (and definitely NOT using her inside voice). So I went over to where she was and politely told her that we ask patrons not to use their phones inside. She got all huffy with me and said, "I'm talking to a parent! I am a teacher!" (I'm not sure if that was supposed to make a difference.) So I politely asked her to just take her conversation outside. She did, but she also informed the parent in an extremely annoyed voice that "The librarian told me I had to go outside." I don't know what kind of teacher doesn't know that the library is supposed to be a QUIET place.

Yesterday on my way to work I had an interesting experience at the gas station. I had pulled the handle out of the pump, and I realized I hadn't removed the cap yet. I started to unscrew the cap when the pump started spewing gas all over the place! Someone had squeezed the handle and locked it in place while it was still in the pump, so when I turned the pump on, it went everywhere. Thankfully, it didn't get on me, but I did spray some guy's car. A man ran over and helped me turn it off, and the guy whose car I sprayed wasn't mad, but it was a very annoying experience. Mr. Eponine told me he had heard of people doing that as a prank recently.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Puck - Nov 3, 2006 7:53 pm (#1053 of 2989)    

The tv is fixed! I got to watch Lost on the bigger screen! (The repair guy was quite shocked. It was assumed that the color wheel was the problem, which is was. The surprise was it had somehow managed to shatter into hundreds of tiny pieces. He said he had never seen one do that before.)

Off to see what everyone had to say about Lost.

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Solitaire - Nov 3, 2006 7:54 pm (#1054 of 2989)    

... he had heard of people doing that as a prank

A prank? With gas prices as high as they are? Some prank! Sheesh! What if a kid had been standing nearby when the nozzle started to spew? Imagine getting a face full of gasoline! From now on, I think I'll stick the nozzle into the tank before I hit the start button. I guess there really is no end to the stupidity and thoughtlessness of some people.

Solitaire

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Puck - Nov 3, 2006 8:25 pm (#1055 of 2989)    

Spoke too soon. TV is still broke. It was fine through Lost but started making a noise like a drill near the end of Ghosthunters. Then, the picture went all wonky. *sigh*

But, as I did at least get to see Lost, why didn't Juliette just hold up a card that said "refuse to operate"? Seriously, the man is dying, why ask a doctor to kill him? Just so he can join the "I've committed murder" club that seems so popular with this group?

At least the girl got to say something smart. The new guy just gets to announce that the toilet works.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Nov 3, 2006 11:15 pm (#1056 of 2989)    

The Septentrion's you will be in my family thoughts and prayers.

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The giant squid - Nov 3, 2006 11:43 pm (#1057 of 2989)    

Speaking of PC, does anyone else here ever quote the movie PCU?—Eponine

“You don't wear the shirt of the band you're going to see. Don't be that guy!”

Yeah, that one comes up every once & a while...

Puck, I was annoyed by "the plumber" as well, but it was saved by the fact that everyone gave him the same look I was feeling. That, and he seems so useless that I'm sure he'll be important by the end of the season.

--Mike

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Tazzygirl - Nov 4, 2006 12:26 am (#1058 of 2989)    

Finally able to get on the computer! I skimmed through 40 posts, then had to go babysit, so forgot the first half. I'm hopefully not going to forget anything...

I am so sorry, Septentrion! (((HUGS))) to you and your husband.

**healing charms to Soli, and anyone else I missed**

ummmm. I forgot what else...

Oh! LOST: I am with you on your thought, Puck- why wouldn't Juliet hold up a sign and say don't do the surgery? I have a strong feeling that it is a trap. I am so sad that Mr. Ecko died! I'm getting worried about all the good/interesting characters are getting killed off the show. Hopefully they come into play sometime in the future. I am definitely not impressed with the new guy and girl- "The toilets still work"... Honestly! I wonder who the man with the eye-patch is? (and I thought it was an alien or something. LOL) I am hoping really soon that they start solving some of the mysteries on the island... there are waaaaaaay to many! OH! How come Sayid is back with the group, but there is no sign of Sun and Jin???? Hmmmm. EDIT add: I slowed down each frame when the Smoke thingy had Ecko. I didn't see anything. huh. And for some reason I thought a polar bear was going to kill him, not the smoke thing. It kind of disappeared last season. None of the survivors talk or are afraid of it anymore. And when Ecko died, and said the words, before Locke said "We're next", I thought Ecko just said "I confessed." That made more sense, since Ecko had a hard time confessing throughout his life. I had to rewind and read again the "Fall Season Finale" to let it sink in. Add me to the group of people who are confused at what ABC is doing with the show.

I guess that is it for me...

Have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

EDIT: I re-read through all the LOST posts, and added more...

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jose043 - Nov 4, 2006 12:32 am (#1059 of 2989)    

Septentrion sorry to hear of your loss, hope it all works out in the end for you & your husband.

On my shoulder though it is getting better & no longer have to wear my sling I have to go to The Physiotherapist(Physio in short usually for me)twice a week. Having to do 5 different exercises to try & get my shoulder back working.

We no longer celebrate Guy Fox Day here as they band fire works except on special occasion like Australia Day & for some major sporting events. So those of you who celebrate have fun.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Snuffles - Nov 4, 2006 2:13 am (#1060 of 2989)    

((((hugs)))) to the Septentrions.

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boop - Nov 4, 2006 7:01 am (#1061 of 2989)    

Hi Everyone, how are you all? Sage is here now!!!! cheers  She weighed 5lbs 13 ounces and is 19 inches long. Mom and baby are doing fine. Sage was born at 10:21pm. It was a long day. Sage has lots of hair and it is dark.

Have one have a nice day.

hugs always

boop

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juliebug - Nov 4, 2006 7:13 am (#1062 of 2989)    

Congratulations Boop and Family!

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kaykay1970 - Nov 4, 2006 8:02 am (#1063 of 2989)    

Congratulations Boop!

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Puck - Nov 4, 2006 8:31 am (#1064 of 2989)    

Congratulations, Boop! A tiny one! I'm sure she will grow very quickly.

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azi - Nov 4, 2006 9:24 am (#1065 of 2989)    

Congrats Boop! Sage is a nice name!

I was feeling down today so I walked halfway around the city walls and bought myself some bonfire toffee. It was expensive, and not the best stuff I've had, but worth it anyway.

Had a nightmare last night. Unexpected. It's amazing how things that happened when you were 3 still haunt you.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 4, 2006 9:30 am (#1066 of 2989)    

Congratulations, Boop! Take lots of pictures! Funny how I wondered how everything was going when I first began reading the many posts and by the end, your announcement was there.

Continued prayers and healing charms go out to the Septentrions. Hang in there. I had two misses. Now we have three children. They say it is not even your health you need, but rather, your faith.

Maria

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 4, 2006 10:15 am (#1067 of 2989)    

Sorry to hear you're down, azi. Sending cheering charms your way. And yes, things that happen when you are very young can and do stay with you - even if you don't realize it.

(Darn edit cuts out too quickly now - I agree, Bumbledore. )

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Good Evans - Nov 4, 2006 10:53 am (#1068 of 2989)    

congratulations Boop!!! what lovely news

Sorry to have started a bit of a naughty on the PC thing, I was honestly just wondering! I'll just tiptoe quietly away.......

Julie x

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Lilly P - Nov 4, 2006 11:33 am (#1069 of 2989)    

Congratulations to Boop and her family! Love the name!

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 4, 2006 2:25 pm (#1070 of 2989)    

**cheering charms to Azi**

Well, I back from the meet, and I seem to have survived the 200IM with a lovely time of 3:25 (a good time that the average swimmer gets is usually somewhere around 2:20) so I did considerably slower than average! But I didn't come in last, just 2nd to last! So I guess there is someone out there who was in more trouble than me! I'm just extremely sore now, but that will pass. Swimming is OVER! w00t! I never thought I'd say that!

Congrats Boop! That must be a tiny baby, when we were born I was 5lbs and Tori was 4! But we weren't nearly that long, my mom said she could lay our heads in the palm of her hand and our feet touched the bend in her elbow. Congrats again! I can't wait to see pictures!!

I still have nightmares...I don't like them much! LOL

Have a great RotD to everyone!

Oh yeah we lost our game last night....I don't wanna talk about it...

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timrew - Nov 4, 2006 4:59 pm (#1071 of 2989)    

Septentrion, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your husband.............

I guess that's all I want to say........

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Holly T. - Nov 4, 2006 6:15 pm (#1072 of 2989)    

Congrats to Boop! That's the same size my niece was when she was born.

More hugs to the Septentrions.

Cheering charms to Azi.

Had to take my daughter shopping for clothes between ballet class and rehearsal today. It was either buy her more jeans or keep doing laundry every other day as she hardly has anything that fits. For someone with a closet full of clothes she seems to get new clothes all the time. It's funny that she's finally growing taller, though, she's always been so tiny.

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Pigwidgeon - Nov 4, 2006 7:35 pm (#1073 of 2989)    

Congrats, Boop! A tiny girl, but as long as she's healthy, what's size, right? Good things come in small packages, hee hee hee (coming from someone just a tad over four feet tall...) Love the name, too!

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Puck - Nov 4, 2006 7:47 pm (#1074 of 2989)    

(((((((for Azi.))))))

My Mom came down today. We had a lovely visit. She lives with my brother, who has 3 little girls, so it's not often my kids get their Nana to themselves without having to share with the cousins. Plus, she hadn't seen my kids in over a month, before Baby started standing and Cruising around the furniture. Plus, Baby went to her right away, which was unexpected. She usually takes a bit to warm up, and even then quickly wants Mom again.

The shocker news of the day - Son's team WON their final soccer game! Funny, because they didn't even have practice this week. Guess they finally caught on just in time for the season to end.

Happy Guy Fawkes Day to those across the blue!

Kathy

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geauxtigers - Nov 4, 2006 8:11 pm (#1075 of 2989)    

TIGERS WON!!!!!They stopped the swim meet when it was 1:30 left in the game and we were 15 yards from scoring! Of course the place erupted when they scored and there were only 8 seconds left in the game!!!! You know this place is obessed with LSU when they stopped the swim meet and gave us a play by play until it was over! LOL So the Tigers won in dramatic fashion! Thats what they get for beating us in overtime last year when we lead 21-0 at the half! **sorry Tennessee fans!**

My 100 fly went pretty well. I somehow managed to swim it in 1:45, which was 4th place I think. But seeing as everyone else swam it in under 1:30...Dunno I thought it'd be worse than it was, so I guess that good, but I will not be swimming that ever again if I can help it!

Not sure how we did in the meet as me and Ginny bailed just before it was over. The guys did win a relay by 3 hundredths of a second. The school that came in second hasn't lost that relay in 7 years! It was awesome! I don't think we won the meet overall, but we probably got 3rd or 4th or somewhere in there.

**cheering charms to Azi**

Congrats Boop!

Happy Guy Fawkes Day! **wishes we celebrated this as its a good excuse to satisfy her inner pyro**

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Tazzygirl - Nov 4, 2006 11:12 pm (#1076 of 2989)    

Congratulations, Boop!

(My brother and I were about 5.2 pounds each when we were born, and we were a month early. Typical twins, I guess. )

Went and got my hair done this morning. It is now blonde with blonder highlights and brownish red weaved into it. Same length though. Really like it!

Have a great rest of the weekend all!

~Kristina

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painting sheila - Nov 5, 2006 12:00 am (#1077 of 2989)    

Hi everyone!

Septentrion - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. (((((((hugs)))))))) to you and your husband. You will be in our prayers.

Boop - Congrats!! I love the smell of new born babies - (sniff - mmmmmmmmmmmm)

YEAH Swimming is over! Way to go girls - aren't you glad you stuck it out? I am proud of you. wOOt!

I am wiped out. The show had Opening Night tonight and Tom Wopat's mike went out in the VERY FIRST SCENE! He was not happy! Then his reversible coat wouldn't stay closed (I told you so!). Needless to say, we have high hopes for tomorrow.

I am off to bed - Just let me say about the controversial subject I probably shouldn't comment on - AMEN! Madame Pince. (I knew liked you!)

pickalitletalkalittlecheepcheepcheeptalkalotpickalittlemore. . . . over and over and over!

PS What is Guy Fox Day?

PPS One of the parents of the kids in the show is from England. I threw out a comment about riding a broom and he just said, "Wrong show." (We just did Wizard of Oz this summer) I was VERY disappointed he didn't make a Harry Potter comment. (sigh) Is it too much to ask for all Britains to be HUGE fans?

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The giant squid - Nov 5, 2006 3:09 am (#1078 of 2989)    

PS What is Guy Fox Day?--painting Sheila

It's actually "Guy Fawkes Day". It celebrates the "gunpowder treason" when a fellow named Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament. Nowadays it's remembered with lots of fireworks & burning of effigies of Fawkes. And yes, that's where JKR got the name of Dumbledore's phoenix.

I'm sure our English friends can expand or correct any of this. Most of what I know about GFD comes from V For Vendetta.

Tom Wopat's mike went out in the VERY FIRST SCENE--painting sheila (again)

Looks like you had trouble, right there in River City... Okay, I'll stop now.

--Mike
toddles off humming "Seventy Six Trombones"

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Good Evans - Nov 5, 2006 4:06 am (#1079 of 2989)    

Remember Remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot
I see no reason, why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!!



Mike squid is dead right - it commemorates the day that Guido (Guy) Fawkes and a group of Catholics in 1605 attempted to blow up the houses of Parliament in London with the King and all the Cabinet there.

It was due to the Parliament of the time having zero religious tolerance. Some commemorate it as the Catholic struggle to allow freedom to practice religion and some commemorate the stopping of the plot and the capture and execution of the conspirators.

But whatever your motives it is a big bonfire (usually with a "guy" being burnt) and fireworks display across the country. Some people do it small in their back gardens others have a huge community display.

At the risk of being corrected, the largest display is in Lewes where tens of thousands of people turn up and the rail network has to lay on extra trains etc. In South East England the Bonfire society is quite a strong movement. From September onwards each week a different town has a bonfire parade with all of the local towns taking part, dressed up and collecting money for charity. It culminates in Lewes in East Sussex with the parade on the nearest Saturday to 5th November (last night) and then they have the fireworks and bonfire as well.



Plenty more on the web as Mike says ....just google Guy Fawkes / the gunpowder plot or Lewes Bonfire society.

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Laura W - Nov 5, 2006 5:53 am (#1080 of 2989)    

Tom Wopat's mike went out in the VERY FIRST SCENE--painting sheila (again)



Looks like you had trouble, right there in River City...


Too funny, Mike!! I'm just annoyed with myself because I didn't think to write that. (frown)

laura

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Chemyst - Nov 5, 2006 6:54 am (#1081 of 2989)    

Congratulations Boop!
I usually choose pink for girls and blue for boys, but "sage" green seems appropriate today.

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Snuffles - Nov 5, 2006 7:01 am (#1082 of 2989)    

Congratulations Boop. Sage is a lovely name

**Cheering charms** to azi. Hope you are feeling brighter.

Have a safe Bonfire night to all who are celebrating. We are off to my brother's house. Hubby has bought some big rockets!!

Off to check the threads

Julie

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Starling - Nov 5, 2006 8:55 am (#1083 of 2989)    

*Googles Gunpowder Plot*

Oooh, Percy was part of the plot!

Did you know that in those days you could just rent a room in the parliament building? It was dead easy to stuff a fireplace full of explosives ...

We're supposed to have a lantern walk tonight and then a bonfire and fireworks, but my partner's foot is hurting too much, so I don't know if we can go.

I'm so sorry to hear about the baby, Septentrion.

Martje

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Elanor - Nov 5, 2006 9:10 am (#1084 of 2989)    

Congratulations Boop! Sage is a lovely name, full of wisdom!

Happy Guy Fawkes Day to all who celebrate! I think I'll light up a candle tonight, in our Fawkes' honor!

Have a lovely Sunday everybody!

Audrey

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Solitaire - Nov 5, 2006 12:00 pm (#1085 of 2989)    

Congratulations, Boop! Cheering Charms to Azi!

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 5, 2006 12:24 pm (#1086 of 2989)    

Yay for Boop!!!

Well, on the movie review front, let me just say that "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Khazakstan" is hysterical. I haven't laughed so much and so consistently throughout a movie in years, literally. It is impossible to discuss many details on the Forum, but I wouldn't want to give anything away anyway. The movie is very un-PC ***waves to Chemyst*** and is just plain "wrong" in many places, but it is also just plain funny.

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Solitaire - Nov 5, 2006 12:35 pm (#1087 of 2989)    

Loopy, I was home sick on Friday, but I had the bedroom TV on low. I saw something about that movie ... I think. I remember seeing Borat at the bottom of the screen. I was kind of sleepy and groggy, so I was not sure if it was a cut from a movie or an actual interview. Whatever it was, the guy was hilarious ... although some of the things he said made me wonder if the station would suddenly go to a test pattern!

Solitaire

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Solitaire - Nov 5, 2006 2:05 pm (#1088 of 2989)    

Are there any Mac users out there? I thought I remembered Finn as a MacMan. I'm considering buying a MacBookPro. I'd like to know if anyone has experience with them ... or any Macs.

Solitaire

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Catherine - Nov 5, 2006 3:07 pm (#1089 of 2989)    

Happy Sunday!

I'm recovering from some sinus gunk given to me courtesy of my germy students.

Solitaire, we are "MacFolks" here at the Catherine household due to Mr. Catherine's need for Macs to use his chemical software. I like them, and I can use them, so it's all good for me.

Beware the new MacBookPro. Some of my students have them, and I've heard complaints. I do not understand enough about computers to understand why they are whining, but I did hear someone's computer "Moo" at them before it completely died. And no, I am not making that up. It really did sound like a cow mooing.

I enjoyed reading the "PC" debate while on break at my teaching job, but decided not to tempt the Technology Dementors by posting while at work. Let's just say that I also enjoyed seeing Thumper come back to visit us after a long hiatus.

Take care, everyone, and congratulations to the Boop family on the new addition!

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Julie Aronson - Nov 5, 2006 5:11 pm (#1090 of 2989)    

Hey Soli,

I second what Catherine said. I was considering a new laptop earlier this semester, and a friend who is VERY pro Mac said to just get the regular MacBook.

Good luck with that either way.

...back to fighting with my oral presentation...Feh on New Historicism!

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Madame Pomfrey - Nov 5, 2006 5:20 pm (#1091 of 2989)    

I want to thank everyone for the healing charms for my mother. Her cancer marker came back neg, she is very well and has been taken off hospice due to this miraculous recovery. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all stays well.

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boop - Nov 5, 2006 5:42 pm (#1092 of 2989)    

Madame Pomfrey, That is great new. I will keep my fingers crossed that the cancer stays away.

Thank you for Congrats. Betty Ann and Sage Madison came home today. They are spending the night with me. I am taking the day off tomorrow to help them out.

hugs always

boop

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Laura W - Nov 5, 2006 5:42 pm (#1093 of 2989)    

I'm recovering from some sinus gunk given to me courtesy of my germy students. (Catherine)

Ewww .. I immediately thought of Bob Ogden. "(Ogden pointed his wand at his own nose, which was issuing large amounts of what looked like yellow pus, and the flow stopped at once. - HBP)"

I know how painful sinus infections can be, Catherine. And the relief when they go away.

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timrew - Nov 5, 2006 5:58 pm (#1094 of 2989)    

Guy Fawkes Day - a celebration of an event that took place some 400 years ago, when a Catholic was caught trying to blow up The House Of Parliament. Today, he would be a hero.

A few other places in the UK, they burn an effigy of The Pope - but it's all done in the best possible taste........................

The sooner they ban all things like this, the better...............or am I turning into a Grumpy Old Man? LOL!

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painting sheila - Nov 5, 2006 6:57 pm (#1095 of 2989)    

My husband knew what Guy Fawkes Day was! Imagine that! He has been to England twice (without me!!) and has "mates" in his office there. I guess he called when someone was talking about it - or was over there when you were celebrating it. We burnt the bottom of some rolls today - does that count as far as celebrating goes?

The three big kids did a workshop today with Lauren Kennedy (actress) They were scared to death - but overcame their fears and had a great time and even learned a thing or two. When I was their age, I don't think I could have stood in front of 30 strangers and sang a song and be critiqued!

Catherine - I hope you feel better. "Better out than in I say" I know it is out of context - but like I tell my kids - BLOW!

Madame Pomfrey - Wonderful news. Miracles happen everyday! We will continue to think good thoughts and send healing charms your way.

I have the day off tomorrow - YEAH!! I am staying in my jammies all day! I am not going to clean - but play with my Little Guy and cook dinner for my family. I am so excited! ( how sad is that?)

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Solitaire - Nov 5, 2006 7:32 pm (#1096 of 2989)    

Thanks, Catherine and Julie, for the feedback on the Macs. A new MacBookPro mooed ... and then died? I think I would take it back! I do have an old Mac LC II (circa 1992) boxed up and packed away in a closet ... I retired it when I came online around 1995. The combination of such a small, slow computer and AOL (the only thing available to me at the time) just didn't work. It was too slow for anything but non-Internet work. I loved it, but I moved to a Gateway PC since our school was all PC.

Anyway, I am thinking about getting a Mac ... not sure just yet. I would love to know if anyone has experience sharing docs between Macs and PCs ... because that could be an issue for me. I don't suppose it has to be; but it is nice to be able to start a document here at home and then take it to school for completion or uploading on our server. I suppose I am curious to know if anyone has had experience doing that ... "toggling" back and forth.

Catherine, if you find out anything specific about the kinds of problems your students are having with their MacBookPros, please feel free to email me. I'd love to know. BTW, healing charms for that sinus infection. I am hoping that is what I do NOT have ... although I'll find out tomorrow, when I go in for my 3-month check-up.

Madame Pomfrey ... what great news! Continued healing charms to your mom!

Solitaire

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painting sheila - Nov 5, 2006 8:14 pm (#1097 of 2989)    

I just saw my first Christmas commercial on TV. It was for Target Stores. How sad is that!! It's not even Thanksgiving yet!!

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Eponine - Nov 5, 2006 8:20 pm (#1098 of 2989)    

I just saw my first Christmas commercial on TV. It was for Target Stores. How sad is that!! It's not even Thanksgiving yet!! – Sheila

I've already bought 4 new ornaments this year. How sad am I?

Honestly, I'm addicted to Christmas ornaments. I've got quite a collection for only having my own tree for three years. I've got several Harry Potter ornaments (naturally), and they're some of my favorites.

Congratulations, Boop!

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Solitaire - Nov 5, 2006 8:23 pm (#1099 of 2989)    

I generally do my shopping during the 5-6 days between the start of winter holidays and Christmas. This year, I won't have 5-6 days ... I'll have two! Alas, I will be one of the multitude who have to start doing my shopping next week, most likely. If I wait until Thanksgiving, I will have too much going on with school in the evenings and on weekends to be able to do it then.

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Nov 5, 2006 9:10 pm (#1100 of 2989)    

Soli- from my experience in the PC/Mac field... I took a technology class a year or so ago, and the class used Macs. I have a PC. Not sure if it was just the age of the Macs (my PC was brand new) but I had a huge problem trying to transfer files to and from each computer. Not sure what it is like now- I think Macs come with Windows now, or some programs from Windows. Not sure.

One month left of school!! w00t!!

Have a fantastic RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina
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Mediwitch - Nov 5, 2006 10:16 pm (#1101 of 2989)    

Crazy weekend here, with fundraisers for the fire department yesterday and family visits today. Cooked a big chicken dinner with roasted veggies (carrots, parsnips, turnips, and onions) and mashed potatoes. YUM!

(((((HUGS))))) to the Septentrions; healing and cheering charms all around as needed; and congrats to Boop.

I'm off to bed as it's after midnight here!

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 5, 2006 10:23 pm (#1102 of 2989)    

I just saw my first Christmas commercial on TV. It was for Target Stores. How sad is that!! It's not even Thanksgiving yet!!

Pretty sad. I'm drinking out of a "Holiday 2006" Coke can right now. I haven't seen any commercials yet, but The stuff is already out in stores.

I've already bought 4 new ornaments this year. How sad am I?

Well I've got 2 new ones so you're not alone!

2 Weeks till Thanksgiving break!!! **does happy dance** We usually get our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, at which point we toss the pumpkins and bring out the fake snow and holly branches and wreaths, and other lovely things! I can't wait! Christmas is my favorite time of year!!

I've been thinking...I think it's close enough to say it now...I've been a member of the forum for a year now!! YaY!!

I guess I should go to bed now it's getting late and tomorrow is Monday.**groans**

Night everyone!!

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geauxtigers - Nov 5, 2006 10:28 pm (#1103 of 2989)    

Long weekend. I'm beat and the best part is that tomorrow is Monday and I get to wake up and do it all over again! :insert sarcastic smiley here: At least I won't have to go to swimming anymore! WOOOT!!!

Healing charms and good lucks charms and everything else in between to all in need!

The only time I used a Mac was when I was at my friends house in about 4th grade. It was old as dirt, but it had this really fun game on it. No idea what it was called, names mean nothing to a 9 year old, but it was like this mountain climbing dude that had a pick ax and all sorts of things and you had to get to the top of the mountain. Thats all they used it for. She also had an orignal Nintendo and we used to spend hours switching between Mario and the mountain climber game.

I've seen several commercials for Christmas too. Like I said before, the giant Christmas tree is already up in the mall. If it'd cool off some here, I might get that urg to set my mini tree up. But its been fairly warm, though it was freezing on Friday night at the football game. I need a time turner. There just aren't enough hours in the day.

Well I've already been here too long, I need to go finish homework and hopefully get to sleep before midnight. On second thought, I think I'll just go to bed. Homework, who cares right? Okay so I do, but right now I don't!

Night everyone!

EDIT: Ginny, we joined the forum over Thanksgiving break last year! Almost a year! Wow time flies! I can't believe it!

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Mrs. Sirius - Nov 5, 2006 10:42 pm (#1104 of 2989)    

A few other places in the UK, they burn an effigy of The Pope - but it's all done in the best possible taste........................ The sooner they ban all things like this, the better...............or am I turning into a Grumpy Old Man? LOL!  

Tim, Hermione would be in agreement with you there.

boop....CONGRATULTIONS!!

It's been ages since I have posted, on the night before Halloween, I went to the pharmacy to pick up a few last minutes things. Most of the aisles were filled with Christmas stuff. Only a couple of table in the center of the aisles had Halloween related items.

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Solitaire - Nov 5, 2006 11:25 pm (#1105 of 2989)    

One month of school left? Hm ... how come we have seven left? Are you on year-round school?

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Tazzygirl - Nov 5, 2006 11:36 pm (#1106 of 2989)    

Nope, Soli! My classes get out Dec. 7th. The week after that is finals (so technically I should be getting out the 14th or so), but as all of my classes do not have finals, I get out a week early. Start back January 8- so almost a full month of no school. I sooooo can't wait!

On my way to the grocery store this evening I passed by a house in full Christmas decoration... I had to do a double take. LOL

In my family we usually don't put the Christmas stuff up until a week into December. Now, since none of the kids are home, my parents tend to wait until one of us comes home for Christmas to decorate. So this year the house won't be decorated until about December 14 (I fly into California December 13). Then everything comes down the day after Christmas. I think that is the most depressing day of the year right there!

~Kristina

EDIT: Ginny and Tori- in 5 days it will be my one year mark with the Forum!!

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The giant squid - Nov 6, 2006 3:14 am (#1107 of 2989)    

I would love to know if anyone has experience sharing docs between Macs and PCs—Solitaire

At the risk of reopening the MS debate , I'm pretty sure Microsoft Word/Office is available for Macs. That makes the .doc file format interchangeable. Also rich text (.rtf) and plain text (.txt) are readable by the default word processors on all OS's.

Heck, if you believe the commercials with Justin Long & the nerdy guy, a Mac can do anything a PC can do, and do it cooler!

I guess I should consider myself lucky--my projectors didn't try to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day by blowing up or melting or anything like that.

--Mike

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azi - Nov 6, 2006 3:39 am (#1108 of 2989)    

Thank you for the healing charms everyone! I feel much better now. Alas, the Internet at home, for me, is now broken. It started when some people moved in next door, and we think their wireless broadband was set to the same channel as ours so they clashed. This was fixed, but two of us can't get it to work!

Bonfire Night was ok. I couldn't find a Bonfire nearby (in Guy Fawkes' home city?! ) so went to a friend's house to watch fireworks. There was a near miss when one decided it would struggle to rise in the air and then fly straight at us, but fortunately we can run fast when we want to.

Only a month Tazzy? I'm on week 5 of my 10 week term! I think I'll need the time for all that work that's piling up...and you've only been here for a year...I swear it's longer than that!

There are definitely Windows products available for Macs now. Not sure what.

Great news Madam Pomfrey! I hope the recovery continues!

Lovely days to all!

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Starling - Nov 6, 2006 5:04 am (#1109 of 2989)    

The sooner they ban all things like this, the better...............or am I turning into a Grumpy Old Man? LOL!

Yes!

What's wrong with fun? If they just made the yobs messing with fireworks do a day's worth of community service, then the rest of us could have our fun. Banning it would be giving in to the cretins who insist on ruining it for us. No cretins here, by the way. Lots of bangs, but nobody throwing stuff at us.

We had a great bonfire night yesterday. We first had a lantern procession with music, and then there was a huge bonfire with fireworks on a field nearby. They had a burning viking ship that was set alight with a burning arrow. Brilliant. It was a very successful evening, despite the fact that it was held in one of the worst areas in town. The yobs behaved!

Martje

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Marie E. - Nov 6, 2006 6:19 am (#1110 of 2989)    

I celebrated yesterday only when the Broncos beat the Steelers (apologies to any Steel City fans). My kids know well enough to stay upstairs and leave mommy alone when she's watching football and only poke their heads in when they hear me yell.

I had the girls' conferences last Thursday. Lexie is doing outstanding, such a change from last year. She's still not on letter grades yet, but she got P's (proficient) in everything but Art (P+). Her teacher made the comment "Where is she supposed to go if she's already proficient at the beginning of the year?". Shayla has mostly B's with some A's, very good, but her teacher says she's back to her old "off-task" ways. The comments on her report card where the exact ones from two years ago. I'm going to make an appointment with her doctor to discuss upping her dosage. In February it will have been two years since she went on the meds and we haven't changed her dosage at all.

More bizarre Colorado weather: Today it will be 65F and tomorrow 75F. Seventy-five degrees in November. And we still have snow on the ground from the blizzard.

Congratulations, Boop!! I think Sage Madison is a lovely name. Lexie was little, too, only 6 lbs and half an ounce. She went home from the hospital at 5lbs 10oz. We had to get premie diapers for her. Enjoy your day with Sage and Betty Ann.

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Good Evans - Nov 6, 2006 6:32 am (#1111 of 2989)    

Betty, I think Sage Madison sounds lovely. I have been a fan of the name Madison for years.

Hope you have a lovely day with your new granddaughter!!

Madam Pomfrey - really pleased to hear your news, continued healing and felix to you and your Mum!

have a great day everyone.

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Annie Infante - Nov 6, 2006 9:24 am (#1112 of 2989)    

Hello, community of Potter fans,

I feel so badly for the Septentrions. I empathize. Take advantage of any and all help to get you through this. Words cannot always express the loss. Prayer helps. Healing will come.

On a brighter train of thought...eponine, where do you find Harry Potter ornaments? With release of PoA I happened to find 3 lone figures at a Walmart. Since then I haven't seen any. I know I could find them online probably, but I like shopping in stores. At lease I do when I don't hate money! Actually, it's hard to hate something I have so little of! HA!

For anyone who has been curious about my wish to find the perfect dark chocolate....so far Dove wins. Slightly less cocao than other brands makes for a smoother texture. Smooth is good. Now if I only had a bag of spicy doritos! The heat and the chocolate are so good together. I should write an ode to chocolate, the ultimate comfort food. Second son worked at a youth camp this summer and someone had painted an ode to Mountain Dew on the walls of the staff house. It was actually quite good! I have been hearing alot about V for Vendetta lately from 1st and 2nd sons. Is this a young person thing or what?

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painting sheila - Nov 6, 2006 10:10 am (#1113 of 2989)    

Tomorrow is Prickly Daughter's first audition for Governor's School.

Charms and spells and well wishes this way please! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Holly T. - Nov 6, 2006 10:11 am (#1114 of 2989)    

I have Microsoft Office on my Mac. When switching documents back and forth from Macs to PCs you juts have to remember to put on the extension (.doc, .rtf, etc.). PCs apparently need the extension, Macs don't. So when I am saving a file from my Mac that is going to someone with a PC I just put on the extension to the file name and all is well. I have sent files from Excel, Microsoft Word, and Power Point from Macs to PCs with no problems. And if you are going to be sending pdf files back and forth Adobe Acrobat works on Macs and PCs too.

I've also heard that the Mac Book Pros are having some problems but would not hesitate to recommend one of the other Mac laptops. I have had an iBook for five or six years (it's from the first year they were white and not the clamshell ones in different colors) and it still works fine. Slow, but fine. But it's five or six years old. At home we have an eMac and one of the new iMacs and I have an iMac at work. There are only three Mac users at work and the rest PCs. We have some trouble accessing some of the databases with the Macs but the solution is remote desktop, which basically opens a PC window on my Mac so I can access the database. The biggest problem I have had with my Mac is the some ISPs say they support them but really don't. Like when I had SBC Yahoo DSL none of the parental controls and virus protection were available for Mac users. I tried to get a discount on my DSL since I couldn't use half their services. They said no. Plus no one in tech support seemed to have any clue about Mac (they kept telling me to go to "My Computer," which is not on a Mac). So I switched to EarthLink, which has better support for Macs.

My kids want to use the computer now.

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Annie Infante - Nov 6, 2006 11:41 am (#1115 of 2989)    

Hey, I forgot to ask earlier, how does one view the old posts where people introduce themselves? Now that I am visiting more often I find myself at a disadvantage in that I don't know who many of you are! I have read the current ones and not found everyone. Now that I write this it sounds creepy!!!!I don't mean it to be....I'm just curious. Annie

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John Bumbledore - Nov 6, 2006 12:12 pm (#1116 of 2989)    

Annie, There is a link in the top of the "Tell About Yourself (New)" thread that points back to the old Tell about yourself (5 Oct 2002 to 20 Jun 03) thread. (Links now provided here.)

Oh, I think I'll find my post and add a link from my profile back to it in the old "Tell About Yourself" thread. Thanks for the idea. Not that anyone will use it, but it will be a good exercise for my mind.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore
The lineup of the usual suspects/ Smiles is now in my profile.

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Starling - Nov 6, 2006 1:31 pm (#1117 of 2989)    

Slightly less cocao than other brands makes for a smoother texture.

Dove is the same as Galaxy, isn't it?

A good dark chocolate is very smooth. But in Europe they usually make chocolate in three types of smoothness: very smooth (for the European market), medium smooth (for the British market) and pretty coarse (for the US market). Not because one market thinks smooth is good, the other medium is good, etc, but because they say the Brits and the US people are more likely to be used to bad quality food! I know, it's appalling. I know they do it with other stuff too (Knorr makes good soup for Europe, and second grade stuff for Britain, and there was me thinking I was imagining things ...).

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 6, 2006 3:14 pm (#1118 of 2989)    

I've never used a Mac, but lots of my friends have them and love them. I think when I go off to college I'm going to get a Mac. I like how they look!

I love Dove chocolate!! It really is the some of the best! My grandma sends us these really awesome chocolates each year for Christmas. I can't remember the name, but they are AMAZING. They come in flavors like mint, coffee, dark, milk, there are some with nuts. I like how the flavors are really subtle. If you like smooth chocolate, Annie, then you'd lovee these! I'll try to find the name of them. I'm pretty sure that you can only get it in Seattle, or offline, but I'm not sure. It's the BEST!

I didn't know you joined the forum around the same time as me Kristina! You seem like you've been here from the start!

Homework! Happy Monday!

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azi - Nov 6, 2006 4:15 pm (#1119 of 2989)    

Woohoo, the Internet is working at home again! We don't know why it wasn't - something about the router not giving my computer the information it needs to go to external websites...

Macs do come in pretty colours.

Mmm, European chocolate...

Starling, in that you and your son in your avatar? He's so cute!

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Starling - Nov 6, 2006 4:17 pm (#1120 of 2989)    

Whoopsy, apologies for the lack of /i at the end of that quote!

Nestlé Australia has changed its chocolate so now it tastes more of Cadbury's.

Icky.

The fact that you can actually change something simple as chocolate to taste more like Cadbury's shows how much rubbish they must put in it!

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Madame Pomfrey - Nov 6, 2006 5:53 pm (#1121 of 2989)    

Thanks everyone, Ya'll are so sweet. My mother gets a big kick out of my Lexicon stories and was so touched by your prayers. Deepest sympathy to the Septentrion family, you're in my thought and prayers.

Boop,Congratulations. Sage is an unusual and beautiful name.

Painting Sheila, luck charms to your daughter and a calming draught to you.Trying not to sound too ignorant by asking What is Governors school?

Annie, Welcome to the forum. I have seen you frequently over on the Dumbledore's Death thread. As for getting to know more about fellow members you can also click on the members name or avatar for an introduction.

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Madam Pince - Nov 6, 2006 6:47 pm (#1122 of 2989)    

Congratulations, Boop and family, on the arrival of little Sage! I know you guys are just having the best time getting her all settled and welcomed! Give Mom and daughter a big hug for us!

Madame Pomfrey, that is such wonderful news about your mother! Hope everything continues to go great and that she stays well!

Eponine, I had a "cell-phone-moment" this weekend, too. They are doing road construction on the one and only road that goes down to our end of the island, which is a huge inconvenience and requires massive patience, but we are all glad for it because the potholes were becoming ridiculous. Anyway, Friday I was sitting at an intersection waiting to leave the park and turn left onto the main road which is being worked on, and there was a big line of traffic that went way past the park waiting for the "one-lane-only" to be opened the other way -- this meant that I had to sit through ten minutes of stop-light cycles in order to make my turn, but I understood the situation so it was no big deal, I was just waiting patiently. However, on the other side of the intersection, which is coming out of a residential area, most people are wanting to turn the other way to go into town, and the way the traffic is stopped, this should be no problem for them -- they should be able to go right through the intersection as the light changes. Except... this ding-dong (I'm being polite) of a woman had driven her car through the light and right into the center of the intersection, and proceeded to sit there blocking the entrance/exit of the residential area, and she was yammering away on her cell phone for ten whole minutes! She never once looked either left or right, just stared straight ahead and exercised her jaw! The light would change, and people would try to come out of the housing development, and would practically have to drive into the ditch to get around this total idiot, and she just sat there chatting away! It didn't even affect me, but I was soooo hard-pressed not to get out of my car and go over and ask her to move! So inconsiderate! OK, /that rant.

Puck and Tazzy, re: Lost The only problem with Jack just flat-out refusing to do the surgery is that then the Others who are "with" Ben would probably torture him or Kate or Sawyer to try to force his cooperation; if he pretends to try and just "fails" then they (shouldn't?) blame him and he could avoid any unpleasant torture stuff. Tazzy, I like the "I confessed" that you heard -- it makes total sense in the context of that episode! I must confess, though, (LOL) that I still can't understand what he says - I have re-played it over and over...

Sheila, hope the Governor's School interview went well for Prickly Daughter!

Our phone has been ringing non-stop for the last several days with last-minute electioneering calls from all sides. I am a registered Independent, so I guess the polls show that I am ripe for convincing, or something. Glad it will be over tomorrow! U.S. Forumers be sure to get out and exercise your right to vote!

Guy Fawkes Day sounds like such fun! The closest thing we have to something like that around here is when the University of Maryland wins some major sporting event -- that seems to qualify as a reason for running wild in the streets and setting cars on fire and such...

Speaking of which, it was a great weekend for watching football! We went out to dinner Saturday, and our table was ready and we had to leave the bar when there were three minutes or so left in the LSU-Tennessee game, and LSU was losing at the time. I was thinking of you twins! Then later when I heard the Tigers pulled it out, I gave a big cheer! (I don't like Tennessee anyway - they beat UVA in a bowl game once and the fans were obnoxious...) And N'awlins won, too -- you girls had a big weekend (despite your high school team, but we won't talk about that...) Yay, Marie, for the Broncos, but sorry, Boop, about the Steelers... I have had an immensely enjoyable day giving my Redskins War-Whoop every time I pass Mr. Pince, because the 'Skins pulled out a totally incredible win with a blocked kick and a 47-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to defeat the Cowboys -- Woo-hoo! I suppose I will have to change the punch-line of my joke to the boy getting adopted by the Virginia Cavaliers rather than the Washington Redskins -- it appears that the 'Skins actually can beat someone, but I fear my dear alma mater cannot... 33-0.... how humiliating... But at least Navy beat Duke, so that helped a bit!

We saw the movie Flags of Our Fathers -- it was good, but not as good as the book, I thought. There was not as much character development in the film as the book, and the film focused much more on just the Ira Hayes character and ignored Franklin Sousley and Harlon Block. You just didn't have the empathy for the characters that you had in, say, Saving Private Ryan. But, I suppose they were dealing with real characters rather than fictional ones, so that would limit you somewhat as to what you could portray about them in order to build empathy and still remain factually accurate. It's worth seeing, though, I'd say.

Hope everyone enjoys the RotD!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 6, 2006 7:22 pm (#1123 of 2989)    

From Ginny- I didn't know you joined the forum around the same time as me, Kristina! You seem like you've been here from the start!

Maybe because I used to post twenty thousand times a day in various threads? It does seem like I've been here for a loooong time though! It's just a nice place to be!

Madam P.- How rude of that lady!! I think I would have gotten out of my car and asked her to move. **shaking head** Especially if I was one of the people having to drive in the ditch to get around her car. On LOST: That does seem logical, having Jack perform the surgery and say he tried- definitely easier to explain. Wonder if the Others would take on completely different personalities and be nice, or the mean guys (ex. that dead woman's husband) would take over and make things worse? and WHY is that guy so bent on killing Sawyer??? He had nothing to do with the lady being shot! (I am drawing a major blank on names right now!) And I still want to know where Sun and Jin are. Did they make it back to camp with Sawyer, or are they out to sea still? hmmmm. They better have some answers to make up for going on a 'break' until January...

I had more I wanted to say... Can't remember. Guess that is a sign I should get back to homework.

OOOH! Charms to Prickly daughter, Sheila!!

~Kristina

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Mediwitch - Nov 6, 2006 7:38 pm (#1124 of 2989)    

painting sheila, sending some Felix Felicis for the Governor's School gig!

I hate doing traffic control with the fire department. On Saturday, the fire department sponsored a 5K road race, and Mr. Mediwitch and I were on the main street into town warning drivers there were runners in the road. I can't tell you how many people smiled or waved when we motioned them to slow down, then accelerated! A couple of weeks ago, a fire department member in a nearby town was hit by a truck while he was directing traffic around a closed road because of storm damage.



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Madame Pomfrey - Nov 6, 2006 7:41 pm (#1125 of 2989)    

Madame Pince, had I been one of the cars behind the lady I would honk loud and long enough to interrupt her gabbing.  It sounds like she was so in to her talking that she just wasn't paying attention.  Cell phones can be dangerous while driving.  Down here a lady was talking on her cell and ran a red light and slid under an 18 wheeler which resulted in her death.  It was so sad being that her friend had heard the whole thing over the phone.

Is Governors School an elite private school or something. I've never heard of it.

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painting sheila - Nov 6, 2006 8:23 pm (#1126 of 2989)    

Governor's School is a summer program where rising seniors (and some very talented sophomores) are invited to 6 weeks of study. You can go for many reasons - from politics to drama. You study a wide range of subjects though - not just your "specialty". You learn about your state government, the world ecology. You attend lectures that feature different political views, different cultures, religions, etc. It is designed for the best students to make them "world learners" and improve their world one person at a time. I think each state has a program - I may be wrong. They are housed at college campuses and get to come home on Sunday's, but other than that, they study and discuss, and rehearse! Sounds like fun - huh. Prickly Daughter was nominated in drama, and has to audition tomorrow. If she makes this first cut, then she auditions again in February. She is nervous - I am more so!

Lost! If Ecko said "I confessed" why would Locke say he said "We're next"? Do you think Ben thinks he is going to die? His eyes are so creepy when he is on the operating table, I can't tell if it is serene or manipulative. We know that there are the Other's, the tailies, and the regulars. There must be another group with the guy with the eye patch. Why would he be looking into the camera like that? It isn't a two-way thing. Do you think when they turned on the tv it made the camera light go on? I need answers! I can't believe they are going to leave us hanging for so long with so much left unanswered.

I made Cowboy Spaghetti tonight for dinner. It was a Rachel Ray recipe and was actually pretty good. The general consensus was it was a keeper. YEAH! A new recipe to replace the same old same old!

There is an azalea bush in my front yard that has blossomed bright pink flowers, and a Gerber Daisy that is blooming red daisies all over the place all of a sudden. It has been below freezing here - I can't figure it out!

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Madam Pince - Nov 6, 2006 8:38 pm (#1127 of 2989)    

My rosebush has two of the most beautiful, biggest, reddest roses that it has had all year. One year I had roses the first of December, I know because my Mom was here and I cut one to give to her. She never comes up here until after Thanksgiving. Maybe the plants just thought we had a really short winter and now this warm stretch is spring already?

Lost: I think Eye-Patch Guy is an Other, or else he is the military guy who was in the hatch with Desmond who somehow managed to survive the earlier thing. (That would be more fun...) I assumed the light came on the camera when they clicked the TV on, and that's what alerted him. Dunno why Locke said what he did -- maybe he couldn't understand Eko either! LOL!

Off to look up Cowboy Spaghetti... we had chicken noodle soup and applebutter toast tonight, because Little Pince has the cold back again -- he and I appear to be playing "ping-pong-cold" between us. Poor guy sounds all stuffy and just wants to lay around...

Edit: Cowboy Spaghetti sounds delicious! I think I'll try it for tomorrow!

Edit 2: I finally was able to stop eating the Mini-Almond Joys. The bag is empty...

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Tazzygirl - Nov 6, 2006 8:45 pm (#1128 of 2989)    

Sheila- LOST: Locke has had a streak of being strange, and could have heard Ecko say "We're next" because that could be what he wanted to hear. Plus, Ecko's dreams and confession to his 'brother' did not have anything to do with warnings of the other survivors being next in line to die. It was all Ecko. For him to say "I confessed" could mean that he can die peacefully (although being being badly beaten up). It could have been his way to make peace with his brother... Did anyone see any images in the Black Smoke Thing? I know some of you mentioned something in earlier posts, but I don't remember. I wish I hadn't deleted the episode!! Anyone still have it? Can you put it on mute and have the closed captioning on? It would definitely tell what Ecko said!! Then it would really clear up if it's 'We're next' or 'I confessed'...... Have no idea which side the eye-patch guy is on...

**healing charms to Little P** poor guy!

~Kristina

EDIT: Sheila! w00t! So glad you still have the episode!!! I'm waiting patiently to find out the outcome...

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painting sheila - Nov 6, 2006 8:51 pm (#1129 of 2989)    

Tazzy! What a good idea - I will do that right now and let you know if I find anything out -

She

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Madam Pince - Nov 6, 2006 8:56 pm (#1130 of 2989)    

I just have a VHS tape, no TIVO, so I don't think Closed Captioning would work on that at this point. I should've had it on while the episode was playing...

In the BST: I thought maybe perhaps I saw a child's face, like Eko or his brother when they were younger like in the picture?, at the very top of the BST when it first reared up over Eko. Then later I just saw some whitish bands that looked like they were supposed to be something but I couldn't tell what.

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Tazzygirl - Nov 6, 2006 8:58 pm (#1131 of 2989)    

Madam P.: I finally was able to stop eating the Mini-Almond Joys. I find that is the most helpful way to stop eating the mini-candy bars. LOL Weren't they just sooo yummy?

LOST BST: I didn't see white bands or anything- and I played it in slow motion several times. Hmmmm. Madam P- I think the closed captioning would still work on the VHS tape. I used to watch recorded VHS movies with an old boss- she was hearing impaired. We had no problem having the closed captioning on.

~Kristina

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Eponine - Nov 6, 2006 9:01 pm (#1132 of 2989)    

On a brighter train of thought...eponine, where do you find Harry Potter ornaments? – Annie

Well, I picked up a few at Target last year. I got this one (you can see the edge of my Quidditch Harry) and these (I can't figure out why Hermione has red hair and Ron has brown, but what are you going to do?) there. Then I got one that looked like this and one like this at Walmart a couple years ago. Hallmark usually does one, but I really don't like the one they have this year. Mainly, I've just been lucky in coming across some of them. You can always try eBay for ornaments.

Madame P, sometimes it's tempting to whack people with their cellphones, isn't it?

A friend of mine went to Governor's school in high school, but she went for music. She played the violin, and is now playing in a symphony somewhere in Colorado. She did nothing but study music for 6 weeks.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Madam Pince - Nov 6, 2006 9:19 pm (#1133 of 2989)    

OK, I just spent a very few minutes on a website that Denise pointed out to me a long time ago (can I say it on here? I guess I can since it came from Denise originally...) Just google Sledgeweb's Lost and it should come up, and look under Investigations. Those people are as knowledgeable about Lost as we are about Harry Potter! They post still-shots of the curious things (like the BST, which they refer to as "Smokey" ) and have great theories! They even referenced Harry Potter in relation to the BST: They say Smokey is the island's security system; that it is the Cerberus or guardian of the island - Cerberus was mentioned on the glowing map that Locke saw when he was trapped under the door; they said that Smokey attacks by reading your mind and becoming what you fear most "...like that Harry Potter thing, I forget what it's called..." (A boggart! Duh! Why didn't I think of that!) and that it manifests itself in human form as the weird things we've seen such as Yemi-ghost; Jack's Dad-ghost; Hurley's friend Dave; Walt-when-he's-not-really-there; Boone-ghost; Kate's horse; etc...

They think Smokey is a creation of the Dharma Project designed to protect something on the island, and it got out of hand, and the Others are trying to find a way to control it by using kids whose minds are potentially extra-sensory or whatever (ie: Walt), and that's why they call themselves the "good guys" because they ARE good in comparison to Smokey. They speculate that Eye-Patch Guy is controlling Smokey.

Anyway, you've gotta go see that site -- it's full of great stuff! They also mentioned one thing about the BST which I noticed at the time, but forgot -- it looked like an elephant to me when it was attacking Eko. Not just the trunk/"arm" but you could see the shape of an elephant head... I would've thought I was crazy but these people noticed it too.

LOL, Eponine! You reminded me of Harrison Ford in Witness: "Whacking... I'm (good) at whacking!" Kelly McGillis: "Well, whacking's not much good on a farm..."

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 6, 2006 9:29 pm (#1134 of 2989)    

Oh wow! I can't believe that lady!! I would've laid on my horn until she got the message! So inconsiderate!

I have a Harry ornament too. It's a ball with Harry on one side and the other side says HP&SS. It's cute, but that's the only one I have...I think.

Annie, the chocolates are called "Fredrick and Nelson's" I don't know how much they are, but I think they are a bit on the pricey side, but they are definitely worth it! ( I found a site for them if you're interested, I'll put the it in my profile!, I'd go with the assorted!)

Well I've now spent 4 and half hours putting off my government homework...I guess I should do it now.

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Tazzygirl - Nov 6, 2006 9:41 pm (#1135 of 2989)    

Madam P- thanks for the site again! Will definitely check it out... In white: I saw the elephant!!! I passed it off as just something I thought I saw, but didn't think it significant. Cool!

Sheila- anything yet? **looking hopeful**

~Kristina

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Madame Pomfrey - Nov 6, 2006 10:01 pm (#1136 of 2989)    

Sheila, Wow! What an accomplishment for your daughter. Congratulations.  no wonder I've never heard of it - - my kids were average in their grades. My grandson is above average, I say with pride.

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geauxtigers - Nov 6, 2006 10:08 pm (#1137 of 2989)    

Then later when I heard the Tigers pulled it out, I gave a big cheer! (I don't like Tennessee anyway - they beat UVA in a bowl game once and the fans were obnoxious...) And N'awlins won, too -- you girls had a big weekend.

Ahh yes, I could relive the last 3 minutes of that game over and over again! Not a Saints fan (formerly known as the the "Aints"), but I'm glad they are doing well. The people here have been waiting a long time for this. And its really good for the economy of as you say 'Nawlins' (I find this funny! Its more like "Norlins" where I'm from and a lot of ppl there say "Ne Wallins" LOL And yes they do say N'awlins ) Oh boy its getting late, I'm starting to talk to myself now!

Anyway, the SEAHAWKS won tonight on Monday Night Football! 16-0 **sorry haymoni, I think it is** We sacked the QB 9 times! 9 times! Woo hoo! Hopefully we'll have Shaun Alexander back next weekend, and Hassleback. Ahh the chickens of the Sea are victorious aagain!

Mythbusters did a test, its just as dangerous to drive drunk as it is to talk on your phone while driving. Its illegal in this state I think, you can get a ticket for it. But Mythbusters people did almost equally as badly on the two tests.

Been a long day, tired, still have homework.

Can't remember anything else. Oh! Congrats to Madame Pomprey's mom! **distributes necessary charms to all**

Night!

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Madam Pince - Nov 6, 2006 10:49 pm (#1138 of 2989)    

Madame Pomfrey, well, they do say it skips a generation, so....

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The giant squid - Nov 7, 2006 1:42 am (#1139 of 2989)    

I celebrated yesterday only when the Broncos beat the Steelers (apologies to any Steel City fans).--Marie E.

Um, yeah, that would be Mrs. Squid... Thankfully, I was spared having to watch my Vikes lose 9 to 3 Sunday...there's few things more boring than watching "the battle of the kickers".

For the record, though, the Broncos didn't beat the Steelers, the Steelers did. Five turnovers, two of which directly resulted on Bronco scores & the rest happening when the Steelers were moments from a TD of their own? Yeah, Denver played well but it would have been a much better game if Pittsburgh had shown any kind of offensive capability.

Sorry for the rant, but I hate to see a good team shoot itself in the figurative foot. If we're just outplayed, fine, but stupid mistakes really irritate me (which is why I'm usually annoyed watching the Vikings... ).

--Mike

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azi - Nov 7, 2006 3:45 am (#1140 of 2989)    

Talking on your mobile whilst driving is illegal here. It doesn't stop people though. I think they're thinking about putting up the fine and putting points on your lisence now. The difficulty is how to police it.

I'm sleepy. **snoozes**

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Puck - Nov 7, 2006 4:50 am (#1141 of 2989)    

One of my neighbors complained that her son didn't answer the cell when she called when he was driving home. I would have been upset if he did answer while driving.

I also have a vast collection of ornaments. I started collecting in my early twenties. When I visit a new place, I buy one. That way my tree is full of happy memories. I have them from around Europe, various states here, etc... Plus, several the kids have made. Hubby says no more, as we now have more ornaments than we can ever find branches for.

Tazzy, I thought you were here longer as well? You started 5-words pretty quickly then. (Marking Dec. 14 on my calendar, as posting sprees are sure to begin.)

Madame Pomfrey, that's wonderful.

I'm sure I missed some stuff, I skimmed through over 60 posts. I had no internet yesterday, so some reason. I woke at 4 am today and couldn't get back to sleep. I got up a bit after 5 to read up on the candidates before going to the polls.

Had a lovely dinner out last night with Mr. Puck. Been married 8 years now. Funny, because I haven't aged a day.

Happy RotD! Americans, remember to go vote! (I found out a few years back just what some women went through to get me the right, so now I'm sure to go.)

Kathy

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Marie E. - Nov 7, 2006 6:25 am (#1142 of 2989)    

Methinks it was a good thing I didn't call the Squid house Sunday afternoon. You are right, baby brother, the Steelers could have played way better. And they said that teams have started out 2-5 and gone on to win the Superbowl. Who was the last team to do that? Oh yeah, the 1999 Broncos.

We are having a major fit of drama queening (can that be a verb? it should be) at our house. Shayla has her first pimple. It's on her nose and it's the end of the world. She's hideous and ugly and no one will ever be her friend again. Little sister is not helping by announcing the arrival of Mr. Pimple to all who are in listening distance. double

The Perfectly Awful Girl who tried to help Shayla break into our house has been calling, trying to get Shayla to play with her. Shayla says she's not interested in hanging out with that girl anymore because she's bossy and gets mad when Shayla won't do what she says. Go Shayla!

Off to enjoy our 70+ weather, because I know darn well it will probably snow this weekend. I know this because our girl scout troops are marching in the Veteran's Day parade Saturday morning.

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Puck - Nov 7, 2006 6:32 am (#1143 of 2989)    

I hope The Perfectly Awful Girl didn't toss a pimple curse at poor Shayla!

I knew a girl in college who would actually hide in her room and not go to class if a pimple dared appear.

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Starling - Nov 7, 2006 7:11 am (#1144 of 2989)    

Talking on your mobile whilst driving is illegal here. It doesn't stop people though. I think they're thinking about putting up the fine and putting points on your lisence now. The difficulty is how to police it.

Well, trying to police it would be good, since they don't seem to bother. I saw a guy in a massive, ugly black gas guzzler with darkened window talking on TWO mobile phones in rush hour.

Sigh. They make up so many rules and regulations in Britain, but they don't enforce any of them.

Got a letter from the police yesterday. They've closed the case on the bike. They didn't even bother looking for it.

If anyone is interested at all (who knows), the picture of my avatar isn't me, it's my son, Finian, and my partner, Ruth.

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 7, 2006 7:28 am (#1145 of 2989)    

Happy Election Day everyone!!!

I don't think that it violates the Forum guidelines to encourage everyone to vote, regardless of whom or what you vote for, just vote. Very empowering. Heck, write your own name in if you like, just vote.

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haymoni - Nov 7, 2006 7:38 am (#1146 of 2989)    

Here, here - vote, vote, vote!!!

I like that commercial they are running - "I thought the REST of America was going to do the report, pay the check"

Don't leave voting up to somebody else!

OK - I'm done.

All is right with the universe again. The Browns lost to the Chargers.

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painting sheila - Nov 7, 2006 7:40 am (#1147 of 2989)    

I voted! I voted!

I voted AND had pumpkin pie for breakfast. I think it will be a good day!

It is raining here - that gives me an excuse to stay inside and read!!woot!!

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Denise P. - Nov 7, 2006 7:54 am (#1148 of 2989)    

I took advantage of early voting weeks ago so I can avoid voting stations today guilt free! Actually, if I had not done early voting, I can walk to where I would vote.

I have a nasty chest cold going on. This is not good three weeks before my Half Marathon. I am hoping it clears quickly. I am going to crawl back to bed, turn off phones and sleep.

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haymoni - Nov 7, 2006 8:12 am (#1149 of 2989)    

The early voting brought total chaos to our poor Board of Elections department. Some bozo on the radio announced that the ballots were at the Board when they wouldn't be in for another week! Imagine telling someone that is on their way to Florida that they wouldn't be able to vote!!!

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Solitaire - Nov 7, 2006 8:18 am (#1150 of 2989)    

In reference to Madam Pince's "cell phone moment woman" (post 1122) ...

When I lived in Orange County, California, back in the 80s, pulling into a clogged intersection before you know it will be clear when the light changes was called "gridlocking." It used to carry a ticket and a fine of close to $250 for the first offense. Given the state of traffic today, I wouldn't be surprised if it was higher now. Too bad one of our cops wasn't sitting nearby when your bimbo was yakking on her phone while blocking the intersection. She'd have been ticketed AND read the riot act for not paying attention due to the cell phone!

Thanks for the continued info on the Mac/PC interface issues. Holly, our tech said he used Boot Camp (?) to allow him to use all of his MS Office programs on the Mac. He bought a MacBookPro about a month ago, and he loves it. He is just annoyed that, had he waited a few weeks, he could have had a faster processor and 3G of memory instead of 2G! He did say that the MacBookPro had only been out for about 6 months, so the one that mooed and died should still be under warranty.

Tazzy, when are you coming for Christmas (to CA, right?), and how long will you be here? We should try to get together!

Healing Charms to Denise!

I am just in the last stages of a cold ... although last night at the doctor's office, a sick girl sat by me and coughed so much I finally got up and moved! I was just in for a follow-up visit to see how I am doing on my new meds. Cholesterol is down to 147 (HDL 100, LDL 47). A nice plus to watching my sugars is that my triglycerides and cholesterol are also down! My A1C is down to 6.5% (it was 8.0% in September). That still includes the high from the month before I went on Metformin, so he feels it should be down almost to normal by my February checkup! Woo-hoo!!!

Well, time to go to school. I can't put it off any longer! Have a great day, everyone!

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Madame Pomfrey - Nov 7, 2006 8:39 am (#1151 of 2989)    

That's great news, Soli! My mother takes Metformin also. Her BS was running in the 500's and they started her on Avandia which has bought her BS to under 200s.Great things, drugs.

Speaking of pimples . . I woke up with a slightly noticeable pimple on my chin. My husband had his friend and his wife (in which I don't always see eye to eye) over to watch the Longhorn game. She left me a tube of Retina, Bless her heart. Anyway, I didn't use it. The pimple turned into an abscess. I was in alot of pain and started taking Antibiotics. It is finally starting to go away. I was so worried I was going to have to have it lanced which would have left a nasty scar. I don't know anyone who has ever had an abscess on their face. I never have. Anyway. . I thought it odd that she noticed something that no one else had and just happened to have a tube of Retina.   Now I think the witch hexed me.  

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Good Evans - Nov 7, 2006 8:44 am (#1152 of 2989)    

the Indians beat the cowboys??? high fives and big whoops with Madam Pince !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hadn't got the results so whoopeeee!!!!

Puck - happy belated anniversary - and I believe you haven't aged a day!!!!!!!!

oh blast there were loads of things I was going to comment on but I have forgotten them - ah well **waves to everyone**

Luna passed her puppy foundation course, she has a rosette and a certificate. She now holds the course record at 17 sit and downs in 30 seconds (actually we gave up at 25 secs as I was laughing so much!!) and won a prize for the fastest dog to "sit" (quelle surprise when there was a treat in it!) I'll post a new avatar with her rosette as soon as I can work out how to download from the camera!

anyhow that was our news from yesterday

Julie x

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Holly T. - Nov 7, 2006 8:51 am (#1153 of 2989)    

   Hubby says no more, as we now have more ornaments than we can ever find branches for.

Kathy, after several years of not being able to put all of my ornaments on the tree (I collect them from where we travel too, plus I have the ones the kids made, ones my husband made when he was little, beautiful hand-painted ceramic ones from my husband's grandmother, etc.) I decided last year to do something about it and purchased another tree at the after-Christmas sales. So this year we're going to have two trees! The new one is smaller and I am going to put all of the Disney ornaments on it (I found a Tinker Bell tree topper at an after-Christmas sale too) and then whatever others fit.

My mom thinks this is appalling and I don't understand exactly why--it's like she thinks I am being wasteful or obnoxious or something. I can't wait to put up the Christmas decorations (we put them up Thanksgiving weekend) and have two Christmas trees. For that matter, I already have a place in the house picked out for a third tree, if things should come to that. ;-)

I voted early too, at the mall. I don't like to vote on election day because while my son's school is a polling place, it's not the polling place for our precinct. Our precinct votes at another school. So I usually vote early to avoid having to fight before-school and polling place traffic at two different schools.

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Good Evans - Nov 7, 2006 9:02 am (#1154 of 2989)    

oh yes.... christmas ornaments - we buy one new one every year but it is not always for the tree and I add to the christmas wreath each year too...I dont have any HP ones though - but I have plaster casts of DD HP RW and Snape that I have all year round in my display cabinet!

Holly - I love the idea of two (or three) trees, what a great idea!!!!!!

voting - I absolutely agree about the universal suffrage movement (any at all) and would heartily recommend to anyone that they exercise their right to vote and do so.

that was it!!!

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Annie Infante - Nov 7, 2006 9:14 am (#1155 of 2989)    

Well, thank you to all who posted info on chocolate! I went to France for a month after I graduated and noticed that I loved European chocolate even better than American chocolate! Seems unfair to market different qualities to different areas. I've never heard of Galaxy brand, but I do know that I can't eat more than a tiny bit of Cadbury's because it is SOOOO overly sweet. Thanks also to Mr. Bumbledore for the posting info. Now I will look for you!!!!

Virginiaelizabeth, if I ever have more of that elusive stuff called money I will look up the pricey chocolate! Maybe as a Christmas gift for someone I love, then I can share!

I have the Quidditch Harry ornament and a Hermione that is just standing there and a Ron that I can't remember what he does til I get them out again. We put up a real tree so I wait until the end of the first week of December. I wish I could fit two trees inside, too. I have so many ornaments. When I was younger my Mom and I made ornaments to sell at craft sales and I kept quite a few and continued to make them even after we stopped selling them. Then my kids made some, so yeah, two trees would be nice!

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John Bumbledore - Nov 7, 2006 9:31 am (#1156 of 2989)    

How to enforce a law against talking on a cell phone while driving. Cellular service carriers can determine the towers used by a phone. Knowing the distance between the towers and the traffic speed on the road at the time of the call you can determine the average speed of the driver during the duration of the call (or calls). If they can't prove the driver was moving during a call, they might be able to determine when excessive speed would be required to get from one tower to the next. They might even be able to tell the speed of the caller based on doppler shift in the frequency of the transmission from the phone. In fact, many new phones have GPS (global positioning system) chips which would make it as easy as comparing the phone's GPS location at the start of the call to the GPS location at the end of the call.

I don't know about international automobiles, but in the USA they have what is called a crash data recorder (think Airplane flight data recorder or "black box") in all (well, nearly all) new cars. It wouldn't be difficult to compare the phone records with the cars movements to make a determination the the cell phone was moving at the time of the call.

Okay, so I watch too much TV. That seems to be a combination of "Numb3rs" and "CSI", not to mention the crash data recorder reportedly only stores the last 5 minutes before a crash.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore
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Tazzygirl - Nov 7, 2006 9:46 am (#1157 of 2989)    

Have to make this really quick, as I have to leave for school in five minutes, and my makeup is not on yet, and my hair is still in curlers (trying a new style today... )

Puck, I was lurking on the Five Words thread the first week or so (after Finn's shameless plug to get me there! **waves to Finn**), and then started posting. Got a little crazy... I am having major withdrawals now, as I can't keep up to post! I think over Thanksgiving though I'll be returning. w00t!!

Soli- we should totally try and meet up!! I'm in California December 13 to January 5th. So far there aren't any family trips, so hopefully!! I am going in for some minor surgery (kind of a follow up from the surgery I had last December), so as soon as I find out more, I'll email you.

I hope to vote today!! It'll happen after school, don't have time this morning.

It's not illegal to talk on the Cell phone in a car here, but they should. Big cities and crowded streets doesn't mix well. My parents tell me (when I do call them on my way home from school or something) that they are hanging up and for me to call them when I get home. I always use my little cyborg Blue-tooth handsfree earpiece all the time though. Both hands on the wheel.

Okay, I'm gonna be late!!

Have a fabulous day/night everyone!!!

~Kristina

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 7, 2006 10:20 am (#1158 of 2989)    

Madame Pomfrey, so very glad to hear the wonderful news about your mom!

Seems unfair to market different qualities to different areas.   I agree, Annie.

Good going, GE Julie! Looking forward to seeing the new pics. **waves back and all around**

Anyway, the SEAHAWKS won tonight on Monday Night Football! 16-0 **sorry haymoni, I think it is**

Umm, no - that would be me. *sigh*

Madam Pince, not sure how I would have handled the cell phone situation. I suppose, despite all of the problems, there weren't any police in the area?

Healing charms to Little Pince (poor little guy), Solitaire and all who need them.

Enjoy the RotD/N, everyone!

Maria

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Eponine - Nov 7, 2006 10:41 am (#1159 of 2989)    

We only put up one Christmas tree, but at the rate I'm going, we're going to need a second one soon. I put our tree in our library which is the front room, so the lights can be seen from the street. Our living room has very tall ceilings, so for a tree not to seem completely tiny, we'd have to have a ten foot tall tree (at least). But since pre-lit trees that tall are a little out of our price range (because no way am I lighting a real tree that tall!), we'll just have to have a regular sized tree in the library. This is what our tree looked like last year. I have tried to convince Mr. Eponine that we should have a 'special' tree for all his Star Trek ornaments back in our bedroom where we can enjoy it ALL THE TIME! ... He didn't fall for it.

We had one stop voting at the library for the past several weeks, and I hadn't realized that I could vote there. I thought I had to vote in the town I was registered in (which is not the city the library is in). So Mr. Eponine and I went to the library in our town on Saturday and voted, which is when I found out I could have voted any time at work. Oh, well. I did vote! Today at work should be interesting, because apparently, our branch used to be a polling place, and since we had the one stop voting, we'll probably be getting a lot of people coming in to vote.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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painting sheila - Nov 7, 2006 10:49 am (#1160 of 2989)    

Eponine -I love the red room! It looks very festive with your tree. I have painted our front room since alst Christmas and am not too sure how the tree will look. I have gone from "normal" colors to Caribbean colors. I have Optimistic Yellow in the front room - hmmmm - not sure how red and green will look, but hey with the twinkle lights on and all other lights off, I think it will be okay.

(off to look for HP ornaments . . )

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haymoni - Nov 7, 2006 10:50 am (#1161 of 2989)    

My plan is to get a kid tree for the family room for all the homemade and cutesy ornaments. Then I can have the big tree for all my "pretties" - lots of gold and creme - in the living room.

I was also thinking about getting some sort of tree for the new front porch. It looks so empty now with all the mums and pumpkins gone.

Speaking of which, I drove past a farmhouse that had about seven smaller pumpkins, all carved with different faces, sitting on the edge of the roof, resting on the gutter. It looked so cute! I don't know what happens when there is a really windy day, but they looked pretty secure there.

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Good Evans - Nov 7, 2006 10:51 am (#1162 of 2989)    

sympathies to Maria on her football team loss!!

Eponine - your tree is (was) lovely. Very tasteful. Ours is always a complete mess of baubles and candy canes etc. I am Phoebe to your Monica!!! Still it makes it christmas!

edit - Haymoni - you had mums on your porch??? didn't you let them go home with the children after they had trick or treated???

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painting sheila - Nov 7, 2006 10:51 am (#1163 of 2989)    

**hangs head like only a slacker mom can** We haven't carved pumpkins - yet. I still have them and have high hopes to do some carving before Thanksgiving.

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Puck - Nov 7, 2006 11:18 am (#1164 of 2989)    

Thanks, Julie. (oh, and joke worth of Bumbledore, I think.)

Annie, if you click on our names above our posts it will link you to our personl info pages. Not everyone has them filled out, but most do, I think.

Our plan is to have two trees when we get a bigger house. Now, we are hard pressed to find room for the one. We never bought a taller tree when we moved from our apartment. Mr. Puck simply built a wooden box -which I cover with festive cloth- to stand ours on. Makes it taller, and leaves more room for presents underneath.

Holly, we have Tinkerbell for the top, too!

Kathy

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John Bumbledore - Nov 7, 2006 11:41 am (#1165 of 2989)    

Hello.. now what was I going to post? Thinking...

Oh well, it is cold and miserable here. Tea isn't keeping me awake, and it isn't good to be nodding your head while at work. Twice now I have had to delete a string of letters from the computer screen because I "nodded" off in mid word while typing.

Thanks Puck, for the "joke worth [sic] of Bumbledore" comment... At least I get to [sic] you for that!

Well, I'm too tired even to pick on my friends properly, since I don't have the energy to "emote" properly I'm afraid it will come off snippish rather the wittish.. erm, snippy instead of witty.

Well, I'm for for a brisk walk to get water for more teaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa *violent nod of head* sorry. Any home remedies for fatigue? I still have to drive home from work.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore
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painting sheila - Nov 7, 2006 12:33 pm (#1166 of 2989)    

Bumbledore - It must be the weather here today. I have been nodding off all day and have gotten nothing done. I sat down to watch a tv show with my Little Guy and woke up when the phone rang. He said, "It's okay mom. You go back to sleep. I'll get it."

Roll your window down on the drive home from work. The cold rain will wake you right up!

Edit - I tried the Triscuit Crackers - Cracked Pepper and Olive Oil flavor - yummy with cream cheese. (now to brush the teeth and get all of the cracked pepper out from between them. )

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The giant squid - Nov 7, 2006 1:28 pm (#1167 of 2989)    

I wish it were illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving here in Las Vegas. It might relieve me of the urge to get out of my car & slap people on a regular basis. Let me clarify this: I have nothing against cell phones (though I think some people are a little too reliant on them) and the idiots on the road would probably be idiots without them, but they don't help. I think it's more a matter of selfishness and not realizing that their actions affect others that's the real problem. Maybe a spanking instead of slapping would be in order...

Tonight is the 7th anniversary of my first date with Mrs. Squid. It kinda snuck up on us, but we managed to squeeze dinner & a movie into our busy schedules. Since we work opposite schedules (she works days, I'm nights & weekends) we don't get to spend as much "quality time" together as we'd like, so this should be fun.

--Mike

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azi - Nov 7, 2006 1:54 pm (#1168 of 2989)    

Great news Soli!

Cadbury's sweet? I dispute that, Galaxy is much worse. In fact, most milk chocolates taste sweeter than that to me! I suppose it depends what you're used to.

**Stay-awake potion** to John! I was also nodding my head in lessons today. I hate Mondays and Tuesdays.

Have a great anniversary, Mike!

I forgot my bike lights today so I had to walk home. Not had a good day!

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John Bumbledore - Nov 7, 2006 2:27 pm (#1169 of 2989)    

Lumos Charm to Azi (and thanks, **gulp, gulp**)

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore
The lineup of the usual suspects/ Smiles is now in my profile.

Edit: There, that is more like it.

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Madam Pince - Nov 7, 2006 3:12 pm (#1170 of 2989)    

Poor Azi! Sounds like a rough day today all around. Sympathies...

Yes, Good Evans, you should've seen the game -- hope you do get to eventually. It was quite exciting -- especially the last 10 seconds! And woo-hoo to Luna on her doggie accomplishments! There was a lady in the voting polls today while I was waiting in line (for 45 minutes ) who had a black lab puppy, probably 8 months old or a bit older, who was in training to be a Seeing Eye Dog. I have also seen this lady around in the grocery and in K-Mart, etc. as she takes the dog everywhere as part of his training. He was such an excellent dog and so well-behaved, it was a pleasure to watch him.

Happy Date Anniversary, Mr. & Mrs. Squid Mike! Have a great evening.

Sympathies to poor Shayla on her disfigurement. And sympathies to Marie whose eyebrows have probably broken in half from rolling her eyes heavenward all day long. ***giggle***

Wow, it sure sounds like a lot of Forumers have got the snifflies lately! Hope everyone feels better soon -- especially you Denise, if you've got a race coming up! Hard to run without being able to breathe...

Nope, no policemen were around while Cell-Phone Lady was doing her gridlocking, unfortunately. It's like Mike said, in this case it wasn't something particularly dangerous, (although I guess she was blocking the view of oncoming traffic somewhat.) It was more the breathtaking lack of consideration for others that was the problem. Sigh... I am completely in awe of John Bumbledore's scientific solution to the policing problem, though!

Eponine, I love your tree from last year (totally my kind of tree) and it looks beautiful in that lovely red room! Holly, I think that is a wonderful idea to do two trees! I think I will copy you and do that too! You guys may remember that Mr. Pince got a strange urge last year to re-live his childhood, and wanted to have one of those fake silver aluminum trees (so totally not my kind of tree.) OK, so I'm all for nostalgia and all that, so we did it. It was fine. I thought "One year, what's the big deal." But now he's talking about how this year he wants to get one of those color-wheel lights to shine on it! Methinks the only solution to this dilemma is to copy Holly and have two trees...

Rainy yucky cold day here today, with long lines at the polls and a long line over the bridge due to a terrible head-on collision apparently. Hope everyone was OK. I feel like making a big pot of chili and cuddling by the fire... (I can't do the spaghetti, Sheila, because I couldn't find fire-roasted tomatoes at the store, and I also didn't feel like an extra stop at the ABC Store to get beer for just the 1/2 cup ingredient, soooo... some other day, perhaps!)

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Puck - Nov 7, 2006 3:27 pm (#1171 of 2989)    

Is this cowboy spaghetti recipe in Sheila's profile?

John it was meant as a compliment. Don't know why you'd take it as otherwise.

I voted just before noon, so the line was short. I only waited a couple of minutes. Mr. Puck left the office early to avoid the lines. That means he'll be working at home this evening.

Mike, it's sweet that you still celebrate your "first date" anniversary.

A 4am wake up plus I taught 4 dance classes in the past 2 days. I'm a bit sleepy myself.

Kathy

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Madam Pince - Nov 7, 2006 3:33 pm (#1172 of 2989)    

I don't think the recipe is there, Puck -- she mentioned that it was a Rachael Ray recipe, so I just Googled "Cowboy Spaghetti Ray" and it came right up! The Food Network site is so cool, you can even print the recipe out so it fits on either 3x5 or 4x6 recipe cards!

I voted before noon, too, but they said the lines had been out the door since they opened at 7:00am! This is the first year I've ever encountered lines like that. There didn't seem to be any problems with the electronic machines, so I don't know what it was. There were a lot of amendments on the ballot so I guess the voting itself just took longer, plus the turnout may be higher here this year because our County Board of Commissioners race is highly contentious this year.

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 7, 2006 3:48 pm (#1173 of 2989)    

Oh wow! I did it! I made it through all 35 extremely long posts! You people need to be less chatty during the week or and more chatty on the weekends!

Hmmm voting, I'm 16, so I still can't do that, but when I can I surly will! I think the first time I'll get to vote is for the new President... should be fun! I'm glad it's over because if I have to listen to another mud-slinging political commercial for Charlie Meloncon, I might just scream. He'd rather trash his opponent than make himself look good. aggravating!

Happy anniversaries to Mr. and Mrs. Puck and to Mr. and Mrs. Squid!!

Christmas trees.... Your's is really pretty Eponine!! Ours is always real, because we love how they smell and we loveee to sweep up the needles when we take it down! Always a huge jumble of random ornaments and colored lights and tinsel! I have a mini fake tree that I set up in my room and it's decorated in all pink ornaments! I like both themed trees and mix and matched trees. Our house screams Christmas from Thanksgiving to new years! Sometimes I even put lights around my room! AHH I can't wait!

Hmm... what else...I can't remember as usual! Happy Tuesday!

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geauxtigers - Nov 7, 2006 3:52 pm (#1174 of 2989)    

We also have more ornaments than braches at our house. We have every variety of ornaments too. One we made in preschool, ones my parents made when they were kids, pretty ones, ones from vacation etc. We cover it in tinsel too. Last year I found a mini tree, I think its a 4 foot tree, at target for like 15 dollars. So now a lot of the blue ornaments have moved to my tree and the pink to Ginny's. Its a good thing, but cause we have lots of ornaments!

We always get our tree the day after Thanksgiving and the villages and all the other decorations are up in a few days. This year my mom is making my dad put all white lights on our house! Every year he does a mix and it never looks very good! So the past three years, he won, and as my mom puts it this year, she wins. I like all white better, dunno why, just do. The Christmas tree is always colored lights!

Voting, not old enough yet, but if I could, I would! Anyway, I'm tired of hearing ads for "Charlie Melencon, Bobby Jindal, and Craig Ramero" They are aggravating to no end. Last night on Sportscenter, they were making fun of the congressmen. They were talking about various players and saying at the end "I'm so and so and I approve this message" It was mildly amusing.

Okay, it was cold today, and I was nodding off during all my classes, not that thats anything new. Now for homework, then I have dance. Its going to be a late night once again. I hate when it gets dark at 5-ish. It makes it feel later than it is, thus making me want to go to bed even more!

Spent to much time here already, healing charms and such to everyone.

Tuesday...one day closer to FRIDAY!

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Starling - Nov 7, 2006 4:14 pm (#1175 of 2989)    

Congratulations on your first date anniversary, Mike! Hope you have a many-tentacled evening.

I'm not sure when my first date was. Long story. Suffice to say we haven't managed to celebrate either date together, and we won't be able to this year either. Le sigh. Geography should be illegal.

Voting: yes, vote! Please!

The "I approve this message" thing sounds vaguely embarrassing

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Chemyst - Nov 7, 2006 4:40 pm (#1176 of 2989)    

Sigh... I am completely in awe of John Bumbledore's scientific solution to the policing problem, though! – MP
Yes, and he did it in his sleep!

I went to vote with my older son because it's been so rainy here (to share a ride,   ...and also because my younger one is not old enough to vote, so going with him would have been rather pointless ). We walked right in, and at that time there were about nine computer-balloting cubbies of which three were vacant, so no waiting at all. Our precinct had an eight-page ballot this time and it took me five minutes to vote. When I finished and turned around, there was a waiting line of 19 people that stretched to the end of the room!

The "I approve this message" thing sounds vaguely embarrassing –Starling

hmm... the word I'd use is "dorky."
(Dorky-sounding for the real ads. It's little wonder why someone would spoof that.}

Good, Luna. Good dog.

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boop - Nov 7, 2006 5:26 pm (#1177 of 2989)    

Madam Pince, healing charms to Little Pince.

Starling, Sorry you didn't have any luck with the police. Your son is very cute., thanks for sharing.

Denise, healing charms to you.

Solitaire, great news about your health. More healing charms to you.

Kathy, Happy Anniversay!!!

Julie(GE) Congrats to Luna, well done.

Azi, (((HUGS)))

Mike, Happy First Date Anniversay.

I voted today, first time in many years. Went back to work today. Betty Ann and family went back home and are doing just fine.

Have a great rest of the day!!

Hugs always

boop

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Puck - Nov 7, 2006 7:05 pm (#1178 of 2989)    

Thanks for the anniversary wishes. Just getting a couple of hours alone together was great. (Plus, the restaurant had this yummy steak topped with lobster.)

Boop, glad Mom and baby are doing well. And the other little one?

I heard at 7am lines to vote were out the door. I'm sure it was this evening, as well. We only had 3 questions, though, and many of our candidates were running unopposed. Really, governor was our big race. (Wonder well results will be in?)

No more phone calls telling me who to vote for!

Okay, I should sleep.

Kathy

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Tazzygirl - Nov 7, 2006 7:12 pm (#1179 of 2989)    

We've been chatty today!

What I meant to put in my rushed post of the morning:

Happy Anniversary to Puck and Mr. Puck! (and now, Happy first date Anniversary to the Squids! )

Starling- that's a cute avatar! (I have been meaning to say that now for I don't know how long! Sorry!! )

Funny Moment of the day:

The principal at the school I am placed at was wearing two different shoes- one was a dark brown wedge heel, the other a light brown stilleto heel, both the same height. Both were cream colored, and open- toed. She went through the morning announcements (all the Kindergarten through fourth grade meet out at the flag pole), and dismissed us. All the teachers and I were wondering if she had done it on purpose, to see if the kids could figure it out, or if she had honestly walked out of the house not knowing. At about 1 pm, one of the teachers actually worked up the courage to ask her what the shoes were all about. The Principal had ABSOLUTELY no idea she had done that!! She even looked down at them when she was asked, and did not see the different strap patterns. After she had seen the differences, she asked the teacher not to say anything... The teacher replied that everyone had seen them when she had been doing the morning announcements. I think the principal was mortified by then...

My Christmas trees are always cluttered and messy with years and years of school projects and various collected ornaments.

~Kristina

EDIT: Sheila- did you look up what Ecko said?

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 7, 2006 7:39 pm (#1180 of 2989)    

The principal at the school I am placed at was wearing two different shoes- one was a dark brown wedge heel, the other a light brown stilleto heel, both the same height.

SPEW!!! She couldn't tell they weren't the same just by walking in them?? LOL! Sounds like someone was a bit tired this morning! The worst I've ever done is worn a shirt backwards and inside out, but 2 different shoes!?!

(Plus, the restaurant had this yummy steak topped with lobster.)

Well, you can't get much better than that now can ya?? Glad y'all had a good time! **walks away thinking about steak and lobster! YUM!!**

Dorky is a good word for it chemyst! The do sound like idiots, and to top it all off, down here, we have a few country hicks thrown in the mix, so when they say it, they live up to that "stupid southern accent" that most people think we sound like down here! You know it's bad when you can here it in someone else!

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geauxtigers - Nov 7, 2006 7:59 pm (#1181 of 2989)    

I've also worn an undershirt inside out and backwards before. Luckily, it was cold, so I had a sweatshirt on most of the day. And I kept wondering why it felt like I was being choked...two different socks is one thing, I do that all the time, but two different shoes! Especially wedges and pumps! Its not like they are comfortable!

No more phone calls telling me who to vote for! Ahhh that will be nice. Caller ID is very helpful in these cases, but we did get caught a few times! LOL! I'm just glad I won't have to hear all the Congressmen duke it out via the tv. Speaking of, my government homework is to write down who won the elections and decide is the "balance of power" in Congress has changed any. I think its like a history teacher thing to love the term "balance of Power" Freshman year, my teacher put it on every test for us to define/identify. So if anyone wakes up one morning and gets the overwhelming desire to know the definition straight from my book...

Okay so I should definitely get to my homework. Its nearly 9 here and I haven't started. I'm so ready for Thanksgiving break! I can hardly stand it!

Happy Anniversaries to the Pucks and the Squids!

Glad Sage Madison is doing well! (I also love the name! Been meaning to say that for a while)

Dorky is a good word. Craig Ramero has by far the most annoying voice of the 3 ads out there. If you ever wanted to hear a true New Orleans accent with annoying added in, hes you man! Melancon isn't much better though! LOL

**healing charms to Soli, Denise, and oh who was it? how about everyone who needs it!**

Later! Happy Tuesday!

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Finn BV - Nov 7, 2006 8:08 pm (#1182 of 2989)    

Oh, septentrion, my deepest prayers to you and your husband on your loss. **HUGS**

**waves to Snuffles-Julie who waved to him a couple days ago for referencing Ms. Andrews **

Yay Boop!! A big congrats to your entire family!

Sigh. Borat. Loopy, don't get me started. I am so completely appalled by him, and the fact that the movie has been raved by critics and friends. I have a long editorial on it, and if you're interested I'll email it to you. Is it unusual that the adult is enjoying the film yet the child will refuse to go see it?

Solitaire: From what I've heard the MacBook is better than the MacBook Pro. I haven't upgraded yet, but Macs are so much easier to use: and I say that with all honesty, having had experience using a PC. It seems many people nowadays are making the switch, you'll see that there are fewer compatability issues that people used to complain about. Anyway, I'd say Go for it!

Julie, congrats to Luna!

Happy Election Day!

…feels so out of it from the forum, totally skimmed the last 300 posts… and sighs at the load of schoolwork he has yet to start tonight…

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boop - Nov 7, 2006 8:17 pm (#1183 of 2989)    

Kathy, Taysha is doing pretty good. Her throat is sore and the pain meds help. Maya has a sinus infection and her asthma is acting up. Dustin has a sinus infection. Alyssa has a sore throat and her asthma is also acting up. Maya and Dustin are both on meds and if Maya isn't better by thursday she must go on steroids. So my grandkids all need healing charms

good night everyone!!

hugs always

boop

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 7, 2006 9:38 pm (#1184 of 2989)    

Boop, healing charms to all of the grandchildren!

Congratulations on your 1st Date Anniversary, Mr. & Mrs. Squid. Congratulations, Puck & Mr. Puck on your anniversary! Hope you all enjoyed a pleasant celebration!

We miss you, and the others bogged down with work, Finn. Hopefully you won't be bogged down during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Starling, what a sweet picture - are those blue eyes on that cute little guy?

Night, all. Hopefully an early one for me.

Maria

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Mediwitch - Nov 7, 2006 9:52 pm (#1185 of 2989)    

Happy Anniversary to the Pucks! Mr. Mediwitch and I were celebrated our 8th anniversary this year as well (in April). And Happy Date Anniversary to the Squids!

Love the red walls, Eponine! We painted one of the kitchen walls a ruby red color a couple of years ago, and I love it! Your tree is beautiful, too.

Congrats to Luna - what a good girl!

**Healing Charms** all around **passes the anti-bacterial hand gel to all who need it**

**waves to Maria**

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painting sheila - Nov 7, 2006 10:25 pm (#1186 of 2989)    

On The Cowboy Spaghetti-

I didn't use Fire roasted Tomatoes - couldn't find them, so I used plain crushed. I don't drink, so I omitted the beer and added more hot sauce and more worchestire (butchered the spelling on this one!) sauce.

I also made a con queso instead of grated cheese. She made the con queso in her Cowboy recipe for her show, but on line I found the grated cheese on top version. I will add it to my profile right now, in case anyone else wants it.

After I do that .... am watching Lost to see what Ecko says.!

Chow!

Rachel Ray's Cowboy Spaghetti with Cheese Sauce. (Sorry I couldn't figure out how to get it in my profile. )

1 pound spaghetti Salt 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), 1 turn of the pan 3 slices smoky bacon, chopped 1 pound ground sirloin 1 medium onion, chopped 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped Freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons hot sauce (eyeball it) 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (eyeball it) 1 tablespoon chili powder (a palmful) 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin (half a palmful) 1/2 bottle pale beer (eyeball it - or omit it) 1 can, 14 ounces chopped or crushed fire-roasted tomatoes 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1 cup chicken stock 1 cup milk 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños, finely chopped 4 scallions, chopped

Preparation: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add a generous amount of salt, then the pasta and cook spaghetti until al dente according to package directions.

Heat a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add EVOO and bacon. Brown and crisp bacon, about 5 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate and reserve. Drain off a little excess fat if necessary but leave just enough to coat the bottom of the skillet. Add the sirloin and crumble it with a wooden spoon as it browns, 3-4 minutes. Add the onions and garlic, and season with salt, pepper, hot sauce, Worcestershire, chili powder and cumin.





Cook for another 5-6 minutes. Add the beer, cook for 1 minute more then add tomatoes and tomato sauce. Bring up to a bubble and continue to cook for 5 minutes.

While the meat sauce is cooking, make the cheese sauce: Heat a small sauce pot over medium heat and add butter. When the butter melts, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the chicken stock and then the milk. Thicken for 2 minutes then stir in the cheese and melt, for another 2 minutes. Stir in the jalapenos and scallions. Season with a little salt and pepper

Drain spaghetti, add to the meat sauce and combine.





Pour into a large serving bowl and pour the cheddar cheese sauce over the top.

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painting sheila - Nov 7, 2006 10:57 pm (#1187 of 2989)    

Okay - I tried to mute Lost and get the sub titles, but it didn't work. I can mute it - but no sub titles. I will have my sweet hubbie help me with it tomorrow and see if there is something I am not doing.

Sorry!

She

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Tazzygirl - Nov 8, 2006 12:21 am (#1188 of 2989)    

That's all right, Sheila! OOOOOOH Lost tomorrow night!!! More white writing. Yeay!!

Boop: Healing charms to all the grandkiddies! I hope they all get better really really soon!

Just got back from taking my friend to an impromptu birthday dinner. Her husband has been deployed for the last six months, so she was planning on just staying home. I told her I would have none of that and told her we were going out. I even brought a cheesecake! (I also told her it was a very logical excuse to put off writing a paper that is due tomorrow. How good a friend am I??? **evil smiley here**)

Now on to that paper. sigh. LOL

~Kristina

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Starling - Nov 8, 2006 2:47 am (#1189 of 2989)    

*looks forward to more white posts*

I think I may have sent my son to school with the labels still on his trousers. I noticed he'd pulled one off, and I was going to cut the little plasticky bit off that he'd left, but I never checked if he took the label off the back pocket (his school sweatshirt was covering it).

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Solitaire - Nov 8, 2006 3:04 am (#1190 of 2989)    

Yikes, Boop! Healing charms all around!

Voting at the mall? Wow! I applied for a permanent absentee ballot a few years ago, since I frequently get home late from work. Once, several years ago, the polling place was closed when I finally got home. I decided never to have to worry about that again.

This time, our ballot was HUGE and it took me forever to get through all the propaganda about the different measures and some of the people. I didn't finish my ballot until Sunday night, and then I was afraid to mail it that late. I was able to drop it off at a precinct on my way home from work. I'm glad ... because my precinct was PACKED when I drove by, and cars were still pouring into the parking lot. I'll bet some people had to wait a couple of hours.

Well, time to try and go back to sleep ... for a few hours, at least. If I don't, I'll never make it through tomorrow. Oh, dear ... my mouse just died ... well, the batteries died. I guess that's its way of telling me ... Go to bed now!

Solitaire

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The giant squid - Nov 8, 2006 4:06 am (#1191 of 2989)    

And sympathies to Marie whose eyebrows have probably broken in half from rolling her eyes heavenward all day long.--Madame Pince

I'd hold off on those sympathies...I remember what she was like when she got a pimple. Let's just say it runs in the family...

Thanks, everyone, for the good wishes. Puck we don't always celebrate our first date anniversary--usually we remember it a day or so later. It just so happened that we were both free tonight, so we made a date of it.

And then I had to go in to work for a few hours, but that's beside the point...

Finn, don't feel bad--I can't stand Borat either. Just his 7 minute bit on Conan O'Brien had me on edge. Clearly we're the minority, though, since the film made over $20 million last weekend, over $30,000 per screen (Santa Clause 3 made around $5000 per screen).

--Mike

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Catherine - Nov 8, 2006 4:45 am (#1192 of 2989)    

Sigh. Borat. Loopy, don't get me started. I am so completely appalled by him, and the fact that the movie has been raved by critics and friends. I have a long editorial on it, and if you're interested I'll email it to you. Is it unusual that the adult is enjoying the film yet the child will refuse to go see it?—Finn

Erm...isn't Borat rated R? I wouldn't think that you would be seeing it.

That said, plenty of my male students have seen it and really enjoyed it. I was fairly appalled that parents were taking 12 year-old 7th grade students to see this film, but hey, everyone's different.

I plan to go just to see what the brouhaha is about.

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Laura W - Nov 8, 2006 5:04 am (#1193 of 2989)    

  "Erm...isn't Borat rated R? I wouldn't think that you would be seeing it."



Ah, Catherine, but you have forgotten that Finn is really a 51-year-old Harvard professor just posing as a 14-year-old boy. (winks knowingly)

Laura

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Starling - Nov 8, 2006 5:14 am (#1194 of 2989)    

Ah, Catherine, but you have forgotten that Finn is really a 51-year-old Harvard professor just posing as a 14-year-old boy..[

My, that explains a lot.



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Chemyst - Nov 8, 2006 6:20 am (#1195 of 2989)    

Well, I just hope Loopy changes his Borat avatar soon because my mind is starting to believe that is who he looks like, no matter how hard I try to fight off the image.

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Starling - Nov 8, 2006 6:23 am (#1196 of 2989)    

I think the Borat avatar is freaky. That grin ... brrrrr.

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azi - Nov 8, 2006 6:49 am (#1197 of 2989)    

Count me in on hating Borat. I don't understand what's funny about him.

Healing charms to your grandchildren Boop! My grandma always told me to eat a spoonful of honey when I had a sore throat. **hugs** back as well!

Hope the workload decreases Finn!

I think the only thing I ever wear inside-out are my socks. When they're stripy on both sides it's difficult to tell which way round they go.

Glad to hear so many people were voting!

Nice days to all.

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haymoni - Nov 8, 2006 7:40 am (#1198 of 2989)    

Mike - are you showing Casino Royale at your theater?

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Holly T. - Nov 8, 2006 8:07 am (#1199 of 2989)    

Healing charms to Boop's grandkids and anyone else who needs them!

Several years ago they modified the early voting rules to where anyone can vote early, you don't have to vote in your precinct, you don't have to give a reason, etc. They set up polling places in all sorts of places, at grocery stores, county tax offices, the mall, etc. Usually I early vote at the county tax office nearest our house (which is near the Tae Kwon Do dojang) but this time I voted at the mall since it was closest to the ballet studio (can you tell how much time I spend driving my kids around, LOL).

My son made a perfect score on the Accelerated Reader test for PoA! He only read part of it but he listened to the audiobook about five times. Sometimes he reads along with the audiobook. He now thinks it is hilarious that he, the dyslexic who has to go to the reading teacher every day, has more AR points than anyone else in his class.

He is supposed to be working on an article for the school newspaper--he will probably end up dictating it to me--about "why the Nutcracker is cool." The third graders always go to the Nutcracker and his teacher said some of the boys were complaining and my son was telling them that the Nutcracker is cool. Of course, he especially liked it last year because his sister was a mouse and at one point she was carried around by a giant evil rat. Hey, evil rats, soldiers, pesty brothers breaking their older sister's toys--what's not to like?

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juliebug - Nov 8, 2006 8:58 am (#1200 of 2989)    

Hey Finn, I hope you don't mind my asking, but how does a young man like yourself become such a huge Julie Andrews fan? With the exception of the Princess Diary movies, she's pretty much been flying under the radar for the last several years. I do think it's great that you are a fan. I am a fan of Ms Andrews myself. Growing up in my house, she was pretty unavoidable. My mother had been a huge fan ever since she first saw The Sound of Music. My mom loved Julie Andrews so much, she even named her first born after the actress
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Loopy Lupin - Nov 8, 2006 10:03 am (#1201 of 2989)    

Sigh. Borat. Loopy, don't get me started. I am so completely appalled by him, and the fact that the movie has been raved by critics and friends. I have a long editorial on it, and if you're interested I'll email it to you. Is it unusual that the adult is enjoying the film yet the child will refuse to go see it? – Finn

Finn, it would have been unusual if you wrote that you thought Borat was hysterical. After all, there should be nothing surprising about a 50-something Harvard professor frowning at the low-brow tastes of a 30-something lawyer. I am surprised at Squidmike though, alas. What can I tell you? Funny either is or it ain't. I don't find either Jackass movie funny. I don't like the general "gross out" humor trend. Indeed, many of the movies that pass for comedies these days are films that I would rather blind myself with my pencil than pay money to see. But, Borat is funny.

Anyway, yes, I would certainly be interested in your editorial. Just make sure the subject line is clear that it's from you. I get a little crazy with the delete button sometimes if I don't recognize the email. Looking forward to it.

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Puck - Nov 8, 2006 10:48 am (#1202 of 2989)    

Boop, hope the kiddies are better soon! (And they keep those sick germs away from the baby!)

So, I was wondering yesterday if Loopy wrote his own name on the ballot yesterday, and if so, did he win? (I became class president freshman year in college that way. A friend wrote me in as a joke, then a few more of us did it, and I managed to beat the one guy who was actually running. )

I have yet to decide on Borat. Not worth paying both the theater and a babysitter, that's for sure. I'm not one to find things like Airplane or Austen Powers amusing, so if it's that kind of humor, I'm out. Kids may want to see Santa Clause, though.

Rainy day. Baby sleeping. Laundry time.

Kathy

edit: Azi if you read this and still have hiccups try drinking water for ten seconds. Don't swallow any of it until you get to ten, then swallow all of it at once. Always works for me.

Starling, don't worry about it. I've sent kids off with the big sticker that says what size the clothing is still on.

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painting sheila - Nov 8, 2006 10:58 am (#1203 of 2989)    

I do not want to start any controversy - just passing along information. Donald Rumsfield has resigned. Not sure what this means for world politics.

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 8, 2006 11:24 am (#1204 of 2989)    

Forget that!!! The big news is that Britney filed for divorce from K-Fed. Now he's going to be her Fed-Ex!!! I'm devastated.

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painting sheila - Nov 8, 2006 12:07 pm (#1205 of 2989)    

Fed Ex!!!!!(snort!!!)

That is SO FUNNY!!!!

Dang! I wish I had been in an office pool some where. The odds makers in Vegas must be having a field day today.

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azi - Nov 8, 2006 12:56 pm (#1206 of 2989)    

Wish I'd been able to try that out Puck! My hiccoughs stopped about 1/2 an hour ago. **makes mental note for next time**

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Good Evans - Nov 8, 2006 1:48 pm (#1207 of 2989)    

hiccup cures - drink from the wrong side of the glass - always works for me!!!

happy first date anniversary Mr and Mrs Squid!!!

I have changed my piccie to show Luna wearing her rosette - ahhhhh!!! she thanks all who have said well done with a big virtual doggie lick and wag of tail!

really cheesed off as went to dance class and teach was off sick - class called off!!! boo - missed last week so that is two weeks running

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 8, 2006 2:24 pm (#1208 of 2989)    

So, I was wondering yesterday if Loopy wrote his own name on the ballot yesterday, and if so, did he win?---Puck

That's how I became a Town Meeting member. Thanks hubby.

Loopy, I can't believe that's Borat! He sure cleans up well. How surprising. (I find him funny, too.)

I have a question for the cat people out there: We lost our lovely kitty a couple of months ago and are in the market for another one--actually two. But having seen the kittens, I've grown weak and think perhaps three would be even better. How overwhelming is it to have three cats in a house? Catherine, would this make me a crazy cat lady?

Mr. Lupin is Lupin and I spent last weekend in Vermont and had a wonderful time. We hiked a small part of the Appalachian Trail and had lunch at one of the shelters. (They could not be more disgusting, btw.) They keep log books at them and the comments left there were hilarious but unfortunately not Forum-friendly. But let me say, it seems everyone who hikes the trail has a nickname.

Fed-Ex...very funny.

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The giant squid - Nov 8, 2006 2:25 pm (#1209 of 2989)    

Mike - are you showing Casino Royale at your theater?—haymoni

We are indeed (or will be in 9 days anyway). It looks to be quite crazy, but the surprise business from Borat should help snap our staff out of the lazy attitudes they've had lately. Speaking of which...

What can I tell you? Funny either is or it ain't.--Loopy Lupin

So true. I never expect my opinions to match everyone else's. The world would be quite a boring place. I guess I just don't care for humor at someone else's expense, especially when it involved pain (Jackass) or offensiveness (Borat).

Loopy, I can't believe that's Borat!--Lupin is Lupin

Well technically, that's Sasha Baron Cohen, the guy who plays Borat. He's better (?) known as Ali G. The Borat character started out as a skit on his Da Ali G Show.

That's a cute pic of Luna, Julie. She looks so proud!

--Mike

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geauxtigers - Nov 8, 2006 2:42 pm (#1210 of 2989)    

That said, plenty of my male students have seen it and really enjoyed it. I was fairly appalled that parents were taking 12 year-old 7th grade students to see this film, but hey, everyone's different.

Well to be honest, my mom wouldn't have let me see an R rated film in 7th grade, but the reality of it is, at least at my school, you've pretty much heard it all. But then again, thats my 16 year old perspective, that of a parent I'm sure is different. My mom doesn't care if I see R rated movies now as she realizes that at this point, I've heard it all!

Multiple cats... Lupin is Lupin, if you get 3, get them all as kittens, and if you can, all siblings. And get them fixed ASAP! WE had 3 cats at one time. They were all girls, all fixed, but after about 5 years 2 of them started getting territorial. They had to be moved outside. If they are siblings and are never separated for long stretches of time, you should be fine. You will be cleaning the litter box a lot though! Other than that, 3 is great! I love cats and they are so easy! All-around low maintenance!

Haven't seen Borat....dunno if I will. I love comedies, but I am one of the people who think that Will Ferrel is not funny. But I do like weird funny such as Monty Python and Superstar etc. My mom can't sit through Monty Python. There are just some things I think are funny, but the way I see it, is you have to be willing to laugh for it to be funny. If you aren't in a good mood, its going to seem completely stupid. Also who you are watching it with. Watching a stupid movie with a bunch of people who are also laughing generally makes you laugh too. I find movies like that are always funnier after when you've only watched it once, but have half the lines memorized. Thats when they are funny!

Okay, must go! Happy Wednesday! The week is half way over! WOO! Lots of homework...back later hopefully. Maybe then I'll have remembered all the things I was going to say...

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Mediwitch - Nov 8, 2006 2:57 pm (#1211 of 2989)    

Hi Kim! We have three cats, although we really only wanted two. We have an older female cat (Socks), who is rather irritable and grouchy (other words may apply as well!). We got a male (T.J.), and after he was about two or three years old we "inherited" my step-daughter's cat (Rio) when she decided he was "happier" at our house than her apartment. **wonders how she talks us into these things** That's Rio in my avatar.

The two males are very good friends and play together and bathe each other. The female mostly ignores them, except for an occasional hiss or growl. Sometimes they like to torture her by trying to play with her. It really helps that we live in a rural area and they are indoor/outdoor cats. We hardly ever have to change the litter box in the summer (and we are able to keep just one for all three cats, although I understand this is unusual), but in the winter we have to clean it more often, especially as Socks gets older or if we get a lot of snow or ice.

We've had several cats before, and we've found that the males generally have better dispositions and are more sociable than the females (somehow I know this will draw comments!) - and we do neuter them as young as possible.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 8, 2006 3:00 pm (#1212 of 2989)    

What a change from your previous pic, Good Evans! Sorry to say but your pretty Luna has lost that puppy look. (Oddly enough, I was watching Trevor just today and thought 'My, he's lost that puppy look' - he is looking so boy-ish rather than toddler-ish now.)

Sorry to hear about your kitty, Kim.

Three is not too many, Arabella Kim.

Fed-Ex joke is funny but, (at the risk of being a killjoy) it saddens me when someone like that whom young people look up to can't hold it together.

I have yet to make your pumpkin recipe, Mediwitch, but I am determined to do so!

Maria

EDIT: **waves to Mediwitch**

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 8, 2006 3:14 pm (#1213 of 2989)    

hiccup cures - drink from the wrong side of the glass - always works for me!!! **looks confused** Which side would be the wrong side of the glass?? It doesn't matter which way you turn it, it's all the same! LOL! I hold my breath or drink water upside down. Tori has scared the living daylights out of me before and that works as well!

Any computer people out there that might be able to help....I can't get my iTunes Music Store to work. I went to buy a song and it told me to buy it, I had to upgrade it to iTunes 7.0. So I clicked the little link thingy and upgraded. Now everytime I click on the Music Store icon, it tells "Could not complete Music Store request. The Store may be busy. Check your internet connection or try again later." I've been getting this message since Saturday and it's about to drive me mad!! And the support services is no help. I have a long list of songs I want to get and I'd rather not get to the desperate 'download-Limewire-get-the-songs-and-delete-all-evidence-possible-of-ever-having-it-on-your-computer' method as that's illegal and I'm not up to paying $20K!

Hmm cats...I love them! Anyone want to watch me convince her to get all 3?? Ok: Imagine yourself sitting in front of a hot crackling fire reading an HP book, with three little warm fluffy kittens curled up in your lap sound asleep, and twitching slightly every now and then, while they dream! ( and don't forget about that cute little meow!) Nope, can't get any more perfect than that!

O'm looking forward to seeing Borat! It looks hilarious!

Fed-Ex!! SPEW! It's a bit sad, but as they are both a bit on the trashy side....what happened to the "Hit me Baby One More Time" Brit??

Luna is soo cute!!

Homework Time!!

Have a great RotD!!

EDIT: Thanks for the tip Mediwitch! I didn't even think of that...I just don't want to lose the songs I have already..

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Mediwitch - Nov 8, 2006 3:19 pm (#1214 of 2989)    

Hi Ginny - you might want to try uninstalling and then reinstalling it. I was having a major problem with one of our computers and when I uninstalled and reinstalled McAfee (I had just downloaded a newer version), it ran fine. Good luck!

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Catherine - Nov 8, 2006 3:54 pm (#1215 of 2989)    

But having seen the kittens, I've grown weak and think perhaps three would be even better. How overwhelming is it to have three cats in a house? Catherine, would this make me a crazy cat lady?--Lupin is Lupin

Natch.

Don't even get me started about "Veronicamort," the crazy Catherine-stalking woman with 19 cats in her trailer. This was down from 25 cats in her double-wide trailer. Kim and Wayne are well aware of my feelings about women with too many cats in their abode!

I still have a nagging cough, and today's "Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs are Bad" speech from our school counselor have many of my students thinking that I'm a closeted smoker. What's really unfair is that my voice is reedy, scratchy, and squeaky when I get a virus in my throat/chest. How come I can't come out of it sounding like a sultry 1940s star????

Life isn't fair.

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Puck - Nov 8, 2006 3:55 pm (#1216 of 2989)    

We always had several cats when I was a kid. It never seemed much of a problem. (People knew we were saps who wouldn't turn away an animal in need.)

The saddest part is that Brit will gain full custody because she's the more responsible parent.

How do you drink upside down or from the wrong side without getting soaked? I'd sure just spill water everywhere.

Kathy

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juliebug - Nov 8, 2006 4:08 pm (#1217 of 2989)    

Madame Pomfrey, I just saw your avatar on another thread. It's hilarious! That's one of the cutest pics I've ever seen.

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Madam Pince - Nov 8, 2006 4:26 pm (#1218 of 2989)    

I'm pretty sure "upside down" or "from the wrong side of the glass" is the same thing -- I use that technique, too, Good Evans, and it always works for me, too! OK, here goes, although this is hard to explain in words: You take a glass about 3/4 full of water, and you bend over at the waist. Put your lips on the side of the rim that is farthest away from your body, rather than the closest like you would normally do. Then you tilt the glass down and away from your body to drink, rather than up and towards you like normal, and you just drink several sips while continuing to bend over further. I guess what this does is alter somewhat the intake of air as well as where the water "hits" your palate as you're drinking, and that's what helps with the hiccups. (Probably Detail Seeker or John Bumbledore or Nathan Zimmerman would have a wonderful scientific explanation... ) Anyway, it seems to work!

OK, now how many of you tried to mime-out the above actions to figure out how it works?

I have to admit that I found the one Ali G show that I watched while channel-surfing to be pretty funny. It's sort of like watching a rapping Allen Funt or something. The people's expressions while they are trying to figure out "Is this guy serious?" are pretty funny. (Tori, I don't like Will Farrell either - he just never struck me as funny. Same for Jim Carrey. I also tend to not like comedians who are on the cruel side in making fun of others. But I do laugh my fanny off at Airplane and A Fish Called Wanda and Whose Line Is It Anyway?. There's no accounting for taste... )

Fed-Ex... ***snort***

Finn, one of our "Christmas staples" is to play the Julie Andrews Christmas album every year -- it would not be Christmas without her, Perry Como, and Andy Williams. Oh, and the Ray Conniff Singers. See, I told you we were nostalgic about Christmas stuff...

Boop, hope your grandkids are feeling better soon!

Puck, belated Happy Anniversary -- I must've missed that mention somehow! Steak and lobster sounds quite grand! 1998 must've been a big year for Forumers to get married -- the Pucks, the Mediwitches, and that was our year, too!

I've been on the sofa almost all day with a splitting migraine -- I think I just needed some sleep. I've been getting shorted on my hours for about a week, and it finally caught up with me. Also the rain, I swear it seems like changes in barometric pressure trigger the migraines for me. Sounds odd, but it happens too often to just be coincidence. I feel better now, though, which is fortunate, because I must be ready for Lost later!

Off to visit my Mom this weekend and take her for a doctor's appointment, so I will probably not see you guys until Monday. ***sighs thinking of the hundreds of posts that will have piled up...*** Mr. Pince is taking his Dad to the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend, too, so we're all over the country soon!

Everyone enjoy the RotD/W!

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boop - Nov 8, 2006 4:52 pm (#1219 of 2989)    

Hi Everyone

Thank you all for the healing charms.

Madam Pince, have a fun weekend with your mom.

Julie(GE), Luna looks so cute and proud.

Kim, when I was growing up, we had 3 cats at one time. I think it will work out fine for you.

Have a great rest of the day.

hugs always

boop

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 8, 2006 4:59 pm (#1220 of 2989)    

How come I can't come out of it sounding like a sultry 1940s star????---Catherine
I'll call you sometime during my next cold and show you my kick-a** Jessica Rabbit impersonation. By the way, got your email...nice.

There're some minor Lost spoilers on the TV Guide website.

Thanks for the support Betty and others...now I just have to convince Mr. Lupin is Lupin.

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Mediwitch - Nov 8, 2006 5:04 pm (#1221 of 2989)    

Madam Pince, I suspect the upside-down drinking works because you alter the way you breathe when you drink normally, and even more so under such challenging conditions. Hiccups are caused by "spasms" of the diaphragm, the large muscle separating your chest from your abdomen. It controls your respirations by its movements; altering the way you breathe can "interrupt" the "spasms". I usually can get rid of my hiccups by consciously breathing irregularly for several seconds or so.

How's that for scientific?

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geauxtigers - Nov 8, 2006 5:38 pm (#1222 of 2989)    

OK, now how many of you tried to mime-out the above actions to figure out how it works? NOT FUNNY! I almost spilled y whole cup on my keyboard! LOL! I usually just put water in my mouth and lean over to the ground and swallow. Thats easier than spilling on your keyboard! At least from a clumsy person such as myself! LOL

Brittany and Kevin....who didn't see that one coming. The saddest part is that Brit will gain full custody because she's the more responsible parent.  I know it is sad isn't it?

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Julie Aronson - Nov 8, 2006 6:44 pm (#1223 of 2989)    

Thanks,Loopy...two gifts in one day: the very nice picture of Sacha(do you have a larger one you could email to me?)--LOVE him! And the Fedex joke that will be getting much use tomorrow!

Yay for Loopy!

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Catherine - Nov 8, 2006 6:48 pm (#1224 of 2989)    

By the way, got your email...nice.-Lupin is Lupin

Ah, yes. The benefits of teaching 7th grade. I learn so much...

**wonders if Denise and Loopy enjoyed their "Harry/Hairy" emails.... **

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 8, 2006 7:06 pm (#1225 of 2989)    

Yes, Catherine, I did. Now that is offensive.

How come I can't come out of it sounding like a sultry 1940s star???? – Catherine

Well, I come out of bad colds sounding like Lucille Ball, circa 1975, so I can sympathize with you.

Much humor is at the "expense" of someone even if it is only self-deprecating. "Cruelty" is where I draw the line. I found nothing cruel in the Borat movie. In fact there were a couple instances (the "Bed & Breakfast" scene for those who've seen the movie) where I got nervous that he would cross the line. He did not. Sheesh! Lighten up people.

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Puck - Nov 8, 2006 7:12 pm (#1226 of 2989)    

Kim, do the kittens look at all alike? Many years ago someone in my family wanted an orange tabby. Well, my grandfather, grandmother, and someone else all brought one home on the same day. My grandfather must have been out when the other 2 cats came home. No one had the heart to take the "spares" back, but Papa never would have allowed them to keep all three. So, they just didn't tell him.  For ages he thought they were all the same cat! He would swear he had just put the cat out, and couldn't figure out how it had gotten back inside again. This went on for quite a while until, one day, they all walked into the room at the same time.

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Mediwitch - Nov 8, 2006 7:17 pm (#1227 of 2989)    

LOL, Kathy, that is really funny!

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Denise P. - Nov 8, 2006 8:14 pm (#1228 of 2989)    

I think I threw up a little in my mouth, Catherine

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Holly T. - Nov 8, 2006 9:20 pm (#1229 of 2989)    

Fed Ex, LOL!

Kathy, that is too funny about the orange tabbies!

We have two cats (previously featured in my avatar). They are siblings. When we found out our other cat, a very sweet gray tabby who we had for 13 years, had cancer (note to cat owners: Google vaccine-induced fibrosarcoma before you take your cat in for his or her next round of shots) our son (who used to torment the poor cat by standing on her) very insensitively asked "when Tasha is dead, can we get a dog?" (note to Trekkies: yes, she was named after Tasha Yar). We are not dog people--goodness, we barely have time to take care of cats--dogs involve work--so we said no. Then he asked if we could get an orange cat and name him Tony (after Tony Stewart). So after our dear Tasha had been dead a year (which is a whole other story about us lying to our daughter about whether the cat was still alive or not) one of my husband's co-workers had a cat with kittens, including some orange tabbies. So we picked out Tony and my daughter picked out another one and named her Lydia (at the time, all kittens being fluffy, we did not realize she had picked out a long haired cat--Tony is short haired but his sister isn't).

My husband and I hate these stupid cats. Tony, even though he was fixed, peed on the floor, the chairs, pretty much anything he could find. He finally stopped, after we replaced almost all the floors. My husband was about to throw the cat out to live with the coyotes. But we are too soft-hearted, and didn't want to have to explain his disappearance to the kids, who like the ungrateful cats. Then we had the whole incident this spring with Lydia falling off the half wall, dislocating her jaw, and breaking two teeth so that now she can only eat canned food and not crunchy food (Tony, of course, will only eat crunchy food). The emergency vet clinic was not cheap. The cat still hates us. Neither one will sit in a lap or cuddle with us. Lydia gets in my daughter's bed but other than that they ignore us and look at us like what are we doing in our house?

Have to run--my husband wants to check the election results--he's been out of town and they didn't cover our local races in Abilene.

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Madam Pince - Nov 8, 2006 9:23 pm (#1230 of 2989)    

Ewwwwww... ***tries to get the mental picture of Denise out***

Loopy, I hope you didn't misunderstand me -- I didn't mean to say "Borat" was cruel. I have no idea whether he is or not -- I haven't seen the movie, and as I say I only saw the one Ali G show which I thought was pretty funny. I was just making the observation that I don't tend to like, for example, roasts and stuff -- "cruel" comedy in general. Except for... The Cruel Shoes.... (Now I'm really showing my age...)

Mr. Pince was in the audience in New York for Saturday Night Live the night Steve Martin did his infamous King Tut thing... he said it was awesome.

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Marie E. - Nov 8, 2006 9:50 pm (#1231 of 2989)    

Holly, my kids said exactly the same thing when my cat Samantha died last year (about wanting a dog). I keep telling them we have to wait until Mr E fixes the backyard fence. They don't know it probably won't be done until we're moving again.

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painting sheila - Nov 8, 2006 9:51 pm (#1232 of 2989)    

Cats! We have two and they think they own the house. At this moment, I am typing while kneeling because the cat is sleeping in my office chair - I don't have the heart to kick him out. Both of our cats are male and both "fixed". We have had as many as 5 cats before and loved them all. They all have such different personalities - it's fun to see how they develop. We had one cat - Sabrina - that would play catch with us. We would throw a milk ring up in the air and she would jump and catch it and bring it back. So fun!

I am off to watch Lost! YEAH!

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geauxtigers - Nov 8, 2006 10:22 pm (#1233 of 2989)    

Our first cat was an orange Tabby named Macaroni (Because Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his Cat and called it Macaroni, or at least according to me and Ginny!) We were maybe 2 when we got her. We tormented that poor cat. Pulled on her tail and broke it and it had a kink in it the rest of her life. Once we wanted to put her on a leash, so we tied our bathrobe tie around her next and then to the crib, then raised the side of the crib and hung her. It took my mom a few minutes to figure out why we were crying. Played hide and go seek with her and stuffed her in the humidifier (the old kinds with the very small opening and the big box underneath). Couldn't get her out. She was always mean and grumpy...wonder why!

Had a Siamese who was cross-eyed and pigeon toed and not the brightest crayon in the box. She was a "sprayer", which was a shame because she was the sweetest cat ever! Then we had Fiddler, a mother cat had kittens on the roof of our church, thus Fiddler on the roof. She loved my sister and I to death, she hated my parents. We even made a bed for her and she slept in it every night.

Now we are at Gizmo, who loves my sister and I, hates my mom and doesn't really care about my dad. She’s really sweet. We've had dogs, but never a good one until now. We have the perfect dog in my opinion, she’s house trained and chews her toys and is just very sweet. We had a dog bite the exchange student staying with us, on the lip. He had to get 6 stiches. We haven't had the greatest of luck with pets, but we seem to have hit a good spell at the moment.

We always say that Gizmo is the Queen and Pepper (dog) is the Princess. Gizmo feels the need to be escorted to her food dish every morning. She follows me around until I get to the kitchen to make coffee, then she eats. Strange personality, that cat!

I should go to sleep, but I still have homework. I'm so ready for Thanksgiving holidays...

Night everyone!

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painting sheila - Nov 8, 2006 10:55 pm (#1234 of 2989)    

geauxtigers- What sweet cats! I love animal stories. B.C. (for black cat) is sweet to me and Hubby, but does not like the kids too much.  He talks to me and tells me what he wants - fresh food in his bowl, water, or outside. He will speak to you and follow you around until you ask him what he wants, and then he will lead you to what ever to need is at the moment. Little Bit is an orange tabby and purrs SO loud. When we first got him, it was startling how loud he purred. If you walked into a room where he was, he would start purring and you could hear it with out ever having to see him or be close by. An amazing volume on that one! He is piece of work - sweet and loving and then playful and all teeth. He never draws blood or hurts, but loves to play rough.

Okay, enough about our cats, and I won't even start on Duck the Dog - the greatest dog ever!

On to Lost! Oh my gosh! I can only say, "YOU GO JACK!!" I was sitting there with my eyes squeezed shut hoping that they didn't kill Sawyer, but since we didn't hear anything from the spoiler page, I didn't plug my ears. (I am a wimp!) I think Kate loves Jack. I think Sawyer is just some thing to help her not be scared and alone. She didn't tell him she loved him, but it was SO sweet when he told her. I am not sure about Locke. I am thinking he may be a little to close to the edge of sanity and I worry about him. Do you think Ecko knew something or do you think the message about look to the north was just a scriptural reference? Or a scriptural reference that has meaning on the island?

I am bummed to have to wait until February to see the next episode. I can only hope, I will be so busy with the holidays that I don"t miss it.

AND BEN! What did you think Ben meant by, " See you on the other side. I am ready."



I am stressed about a leadership thing I am supposed to attend on Saturday morning. Everyone but the Little Guy and I will be rappeling. The training starts at 9:00 in the morning and I have to be there at 8:30. I would need to find a sitter for him from 8:15 until the night time because no one will be home from rappeling before then and I have two shows. I am supposed to lead a break out session with a few of the people and am stressed about it all! I hate leaving him with some one for that long. Does anyone know a good cloning spell?

She

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 8, 2006 10:57 pm (#1235 of 2989)    

I'm a cat person, and always have been. Dogs are sweet, but cats are so much better!

At this moment, I am typing while kneeling because the cat is sleeping in my office chair - I don't have the heart to kick him out.

My cat's favorite place to sleep is my computer chair. I usually pick her up and put her in my lap, where she continues to snooze. Very cute. She also loves to play with the milk things! We always give it to her and she throws it up in the air and such! I just caught her playing with, what looked like a dead cockroach (didn't have my contacts in) and started freaking out. Turns out it was only a plastic spider ring left over from Halloween!

Ok I should go to bed, I've been on here way to much today! Night!

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painting sheila - Nov 8, 2006 11:14 pm (#1236 of 2989)    

BC likes to lay on my computer keyboard, or the morning paper, or the book I am reading - right in the middle of whatever is taking my attention away from him at that particular moment.

A few pointers for new cat owners -

Cats don't like to share a litter box. They will, but don't like it. It is important for their health and your sanity to clean it out as often as possible.

Cats don't like the feel of aluminum foil on their feet. If you find they like a particular spot in your house and keep urinating there - put down some aluminum foil and they will stop going there.

Cats don't like the smell of citrus. If the claw your couch, spray it with a citrus FeBreeze of something and they will stop. We would wet a piece of fabric in some thing citrus and pin it to whatever piece of furniture they would be liking at the moment and they would stop.

If cats dig in your plants, put some citrus peels in the pot and they will stop, or put foil down - same result.

Urine Out is a product that takes the smell right out of any carpet or fabric, or anything. I can find it at Walmart.

Just love them and keep the box clean and get them fixed as soon as possible!

Goodnight everyone. Have a good day tomorrow.

She

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Tazzygirl - Nov 9, 2006 12:16 am (#1237 of 2989)    

I feel so relaxed tonight! First night in a long time that I haven't had homework over my head. I finished tomorrow's homework yesterday. *phew*

**More healing charms to Catherine and anyone else who needs them!!**

Never had a cat growing up. Just dogs and hamsters and then guinea pigs.

Parents had a cat that turned psycho right after they bought her. She would get into various neighboring houses and corner the people in their kitchens. Mom got countless calls from people who would be standing on their countertops trying to get away. Dad used to get attacked if he was eating a sandwich on the couch- cat wanted the sandwich. They ended up having my uncle come over, with thick leather gloves (almost like the type used for holding birds of prey) and catching the cat, putting it in a paper bag, and taking it to the pound. It was before I was born, but evidently that episode haunted my parents enough not to get another.

We had a golden retriever for 17 years, and now we have two Boston Terriers (Beans and Luckie). Beans is my mom's sidekick. Nickname of Queen Bean, as everything just has to go her way. Luckie is the whimp. It took us a while to get Bean and Luckie when the Golden died.

Me, on the other hand, with my hamsters and guineas- when I went through the hamster stage, after one died, I would immediately go out and buy another. Couldn't stand not having one in the cage. After the fourth hamster (they all lived the standard 2 years), mom had me upgrade to guinea pigs because she couldn't take me crying hysterically after each hamster. Guinea pigs are the same way- if one died, I'd immediately go out and buy another. Guineas definitely last longer than hamsters!! And they are friendlier too! (I really miss Tazzy- she's still in California with my parents. Couldn't take her with me when I moved here. )

Not interested in seeing Borat. I've got nothing against the actor, it's just not my cup of tea.

YEAY! LOST stopped recording, means I can watch it now! Will report back soon...

Have a great night/day everybody!

~Kristina

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Good Evans - Nov 9, 2006 1:33 am (#1238 of 2989)    

great cat/ animal stories folks, I was fished out of a pond by a Goldie when I was very small (stupid human thinks she can swim already!!) I suspect that is why I am so attached to them.

Absolutely Maria - my little girl is no longer a "pup". But she is still growing and learning daily. I didnt think she would look quite so much like Nova, but well I suppose that is fate and you know it really does help. six months today and I still miss her so much!! Luna is a blessing and a completely different dog, but then they all are arent they! She has taken to seeing reflections in the windows of the TV and people and is convinced that there is someone in the back yard. It is so funny!!!

Kathy - the story of the three tabbies is hilarious!

yes Ginny / Tori (?) - drinking from the wrong side of the glass is exactly as Madam P explained. But I like your idea of taking a mouthful and then swallowing upside down - much less spillage!!!

Kristina - now I know where your mum gets her user name from ! I thought it was after luckiebeans in the Terry Pratchet novel ("the marvelous maurice and his amazing talking rodents" - so funny a must read for all cat lovers / terry pratchett fans)

have a great day all

Julie X

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Puck - Nov 9, 2006 6:43 am (#1239 of 2989)    

Sitting here with my purring cat. Amazingly, Baby Puck is leaving both the cat and my laptop alone.

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 9, 2006 6:47 am (#1240 of 2989)    

I was just making the observation that I don't tend to like, for example, roasts and stuff -- "cruel" comedy in general. Except for... The Cruel Shoes.... (Now I'm really showing my age...) -- Madame Pince

Oh, my comments weren't meant to be directed to anyone in particular. I think roasts are funny because, typically, the person being roasted knows the drill and should expect nothing less than to be eviscerated. The exception would be situations such as Pamela Anderson's roast where she agreed to do it to benefit PETA or whatever animal rights thingy she likes. I've heard some of the roasters saying that they pulled their punches because she didn't seem to be enjoying the experience. Of course, Courtney Love trainwrecking through the whole show made it a worthwhile watch.

Don't have much to add on the cat discussion. We've always been dog peoples in my family, especially now.

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painting sheila - Nov 9, 2006 8:52 am (#1241 of 2989)    

Hiccup cure - I don't know why it works - but it does. Think of the last time you saw a white horse.

Kathy - I LOVE the three cats story! I'm telling it around and giving you credit! Makes me laugh out loud! HA!

Lost - Why does it sound like a washing machine in Jack's room?

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Snuffles - Nov 9, 2006 9:15 am (#1242 of 2989)    

Finn, hope your workload lightens soon **waves back**

Kristina, that story was funny. I don't know how anyone can walk around for so long wearing different shoes!

Julie (GE) Woo hoo to Luna, she looks gorgeous.

I haven't seen Borat yet, though he was on a UK chat show, and I found the character funny. How they got away with what they did on the chat show, I will never know. But then the host Jonathan Ross is known for 'near the knuckle' humour. Hubby wants to go to cinema to see Borat so I'm guessing we will.

I know he didn't expect it to be a hit in America. He didn't think many would get his sense of humour. Apparently his next character is going to be just as bad. An Austrian fashion reporter called Bruno.

There was more I meant to say but I can't remember

Better check the threads

Julie

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Eponine - Nov 9, 2006 9:17 am (#1243 of 2989)    

Hiccup cure - I don't know why it works - but it does. Think of the last time you saw a white horse. – Sheila

Is it because it will take you a while to think of that? If so, that would never work for me. There's a horse field that backs up to our back yard, and there's a white horse that lives there.

My hiccup cure (which works for me) is to fill my mouth completely full of water, hold my breath for ten seconds, and then swallow all the water at once.

Kathy, I like the cat story. I once did the same thing with a set of twins. It was April in my Junior year of college, when I realized that this one guy I had seen all over (the very small) campus all year long was actually two guys. I don't know how I missed seeing them together because they seemed to be joined at the hip.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Holly T. - Nov 9, 2006 9:43 am (#1244 of 2989)    

Eponine, your story about the twins at your college reminds me of how I first met my husband. Freshman year at college I kept seeing this red-headed guy everywhere. About halfway through the semester I figured out that there were actually three red-headed guys, all about the same height, all history majors (so I saw them in the same building), two were in band (so occasionally I'd see one of them carrying an instrument--and they both played the trombone, so I'd still think it was the same person). I figured out there were three of them because one of them hurt his knee and was on crutches and one ended up wearing an eyepatch for a while (scratched cornea). So I figured out that there was crutches guy, eyepatch guy, and the other one. I had classes with crutches guy and the other one and could finally tell them apart and learned their names. Sophomore year I ended up in English class with eyepatch guy (minus the eyepatch as the cornea was healed) and sat near him because I felt like I knew him since I knew these other red-headed guys. So I got to know him (and learned his name) and since he was double majoring in English and history I would meet him before class to go over the homework for English and then we started dating and now we've been married almost sixteen years. And he is offended that I ever got him mixed up with the other two guys, LOL. Although we are both still friends with "crutches guy"--he has a Ph.D. in history and three kids and has grown a full beard, and it would have been really helpful had he done so in college because I might have been less confused.

Must work now ... have a great RotD!

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haymoni - Nov 9, 2006 10:31 am (#1245 of 2989)    

Holly - Your post took me back. I know for certain that we had "Bandana Man", "Surfer Dude" (always on a skateboard - which was a bit odd for 1984) and "Torn Shirt Guy" (Think "Flashdance") when I was in college.

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Tazzygirl - Nov 9, 2006 10:49 am (#1246 of 2989)    

Puck- the three cat story was too funny! (Forgot to say that last night. )

Didn't have any nicknames for people I didn't know in high school or college. 7th grade my friends and I named this one girl Rainbow Boots, as she always wore the tall combat type boots that went up to her knees and had rainbow laces on them.

JulieSnuffles: You would think she would have noticed the shoes, eh? There wasn't anything out of the ordinary for the day either.

JulieGE: Luna is looking very beautiful!

My morning class was cancelled this morning- teacher is in California giving a speech on phonics. So now I am sitting in my car, waiting until 11 for my next class. Fun!

Lost: I cannot believe they are going to make us wait until February!!!! I thought it would be coming back in January. I was sitting straight up and wanted to cover my eyes when the guy was going to kill Sawyer, but couldn't. Kate is definitely complicated... Jack needs to kill Ben, and the guy who wants to kill Sawyer. Both of them are psycho. and Why can't they just answer one or two of the mysteries???? Sheesh.

I think I am going to the Chat for a little bit...

Have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Eponine - Nov 9, 2006 11:42 am (#1247 of 2989)    

I had nicknames for people in college. There was Smile Guy who never stopped smiling. Even when he was talking to you, he smiled the whole time. It was a bit creepy. Then there was Peter Brady, who looked like...Peter Brady. I have a hard time with names, so I had a lot of nicknames for people. I don't know why nicknames are easier to remember.

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 9, 2006 3:11 pm (#1248 of 2989)    

Hmm nicknames...at my school, we have "clodd-hopper tube socks girl", "Oh my gosh my (insert random illness or injury) hurts girl" Ok some of them are quite mean, so I probably shouldn't say it here! (We keep it to ourselves, don't worry, we don't spread them around!)

Ahh I had a good day today! English was a really fun and it was chicken nuggets and mashed potatoes day in the cafeteria! YUM!

I can't remember much else....

Hamsters...I've never liked them because the second day I had one, it bit me really badly on the finger. That kinda ruined it for me.

We have to bring in can goods to school tomorrow to give to the food bank. Our school is having a contest with another school to see who can bring in the heaviest amount, and the winning school gets a 24" plasma screen TV! Kinda random, but our division head says that if we win he'll let us watch the NCAA championships on it in the student center! We've all been speculating on where the TV will go after that. Most people have agreed that it will probably be put in "the headmistress" office, as she is a taller, less pink (or color for that matter!) form of Umbridge. So I just raided the pantry. Hopefully mommy won't notice that we went from about 40 cans down to about 15.

OK Well I have a math test tomorrow..woopee!

Happey Thursday and don't forget to watch GREY'S ANATOMY!!!!

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geauxtigers - Nov 9, 2006 3:13 pm (#1249 of 2989)    

Ha ha about the names guys! When we get a new student here and I don't know their name yet, they get a nickname. Katrina brought lots of N.O. people, thus lots of nicknames. "Clod-hopper shoes girl" is still at our school even though I know her name.

My cat also has to be in the middle of what ever I'm doing too. On my keyboard, textbook etc. When I'm sleeping and she’s in my room, if she wants out, she jumps om my dresser and knocks my perfume bottles on the floor. Or knocks what ever she can find that moves off my desk or night stand. And you'll look right in her and go "Gizmo!" **swwosh** she knocks it off all the while she’s looking at you. She knows how to get her way thats for sure.

Ahh long day, been doing so much homework since this morning between waking up and lunch. Its almost Thanksgiving break, so naturally, all the teachers are loading us down and I have Monday I have a math test then Tuesday I have a gov. test then we go on a field trip to see some play and return in time for my physics test, then leave right after that for swimming state meet. Spend the night and spend Wednesday watching the meet then leaving Wednesday night and getting home around 11. we are not excused from 1st block either...going to be a long next few days. Anyways we get to make a "cheat sheet" for our government test. 4X6 index cards, whatever you can fit from your notes is what you can have. Last year I managed to get all 20+ pages of my notes on the card. I'm shooting for it again this year...its hard to right that small, but its worth it!

Okay have to go now, lots to do, not enough hours in the day to do it!

Have a lovely day everyone! Grey's Anatomy tonight!

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juliebug - Nov 9, 2006 3:45 pm (#1250 of 2989)    

Hey all! I just heard from a very reputable source (Sesame Street ) that today is National Try a New Food Day. I think that the furry little monsters should even take this a step further, so on their behalf, I'd like to invite everyone reading this thread to try a new food today. Well, now I'm off to look for something to eat.

ps: as for Lost, I'm still scratching my head over that one. Will talk more later. Can't wait for GA!
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Ludicrous Patents Office - Nov 9, 2006 8:52 pm (#1251 of 2989)    

Juliebug I may have to try a new food tomorrow. I'm lazy and don't want to leave the house in search of New Food.

We have two cats, Mufasa and Squawk. Mufasa is the king. He is a long haired orange tabby. Squawk is a male calico. Both are sweet as can be. We decided long ago we were never going to have nice furniture. Our cats see to that! LPO

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Holly T. - Nov 9, 2006 10:42 pm (#1252 of 2989)    

Woohoo, I tried the new Girl Scout cookie so I tried a new food today! :-) They are called Lemonades and are replacing the Lemon Pastry Creams.

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Elanor - Nov 9, 2006 10:51 pm (#1253 of 2989)    

Does it count if it is already tomorrow for you? :

When reading the thread these last days, thought of lots to post but, as you can count me in the "caught a bad cold club" ("Bugs' Happy Hour" should be an appropriate name for it, shouldn't it? ) I have forgotten most of it!

So, just sending all needing some healing charms! And cheering ones too: after all it IS Friday or will be soon for you all!

Happy Friday and weekend all!

Audrey

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Starling - Nov 10, 2006 4:31 am (#1254 of 2989)    

I can't have a cat, I'm not there half the time, and I can't have a catflap, because the landlord doesn't really allow cats in the first place.

Our last two cats (living at my ex's house) died fairly recently: one, a British Blue called Greebo, died of feline AIDS, the other, a tabby called Sprot, was poisoned by some [insert insult here] a few months ago.

Sigh. I've always had a cat, I really miss having a purrball! I borrow next door's cat sometimes, but the little boy next door (who she usually hides from when she's at my place) is really jealous and is really nasty about it. I have told him that frightening the poor animal to death isn't going to endear him, but it doesn't make a blind bit of difference.

I love the story of the three orange tabbies! LOL!

Martje

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Marie E. - Nov 10, 2006 6:44 am (#1255 of 2989)    

My friend's and I used to give nicknames to people all the time. Quite a few are not appropriate, but I remember some that are. There was the guy named Bob who reminded us of a certain actor so he became Robert Downey Jr. Bob. There was the guy named Scott who had a bad lisp so became Thcott. He also had a huge pair of red high top Converse sneakers so sometimes he was Sideshow Bob. There was the Mercedes Man who drove one of the only Mercedes' in town. We called one girl Buttons because she looked like my friend Gina's poodle named Buttons. And one girl was La Bruja de los Huevos because one night we threw eggs at her house for dating a boy we liked. Last but not least, there was the guy who gave himself the nickname of Stupid Southern Boy. Even now I have a hard time remembering his first name because of that nickname.

Both of my girls are marching in tomorrow's Veteran's Day parade but in different spots. Since Shayla's troop is going to be on a float, I decided to walk with Lexie's troop. Shayla's been growling ever since.

Holly, how were the Lemonades? I love the Lemon Pastries so much I'm still hoarding boxes in my cupboard.

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azi - Nov 10, 2006 6:47 am (#1256 of 2989)    

Get well soon, Elanor! I'm on my third cold of this academic year...

Shame about your cats, Starling! Maybe you could create a computerised cat. Doesn't replace the real thing though.

The orange tabbies (tabby's?) story is hilarious!

I would have a cat, but alas I'm allergic to fur. If the hypo-allergic ones they've recently created become both cheaper and easier to get hold of, I'll get one myself.

New food...being a fussy eater, I will pass.

Nicknames...hmm, mostly they are to do with people's surnames, such as my friend Beany (last name Broadfield and therefore you get broad beans, apparently).

Yey, Friday! I'm deciding whether or not to go home. Want to see my grandma. I'm annoyed because my exams next term are on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday (in a row) and the Saturday is my grandma's birthday. I can think of a few choice words to direct to the Exam Timetabling Department. Or maybe a few jinxes.

Happy Friday to everyone!

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Holly T. - Nov 10, 2006 8:41 am (#1257 of 2989)    

Marie, the Lemonades are good. Kind of crumbly, though, and won't hold up to being dunked. They are a shortbread cookie with a lemony glaze on the bottom. I think they would be really tasty turned into a crust for a lemon custard pie. At any rate, they are better than the Cartwheels that were introduced last year and are still around. Ick. My daughter calls them Cardboardwheels (not to customers, of course).

Both the kids' schools are having Veterans Day assemblies today. My daughter is on student council so she will be helping serve refreshments to the veterans who are coming to school for the assembly and at my son's school the Cub Scouts are helping with a flag ceremony so he wore his uniform to school today and looked spiffy.

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Julie Aronson - Nov 10, 2006 2:31 pm (#1258 of 2989)    

Thanks for the email, Loopy!

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 10, 2006 2:50 pm (#1259 of 2989)    

I love Girl Scout Cookies!! My favorite are the Trefoils, and Tagalongs. I also loovvee Samoas! YUM!! Makes me wish I was still a girl scout!

Well our volleyball team had their semi-final game today and won all 3 by a landslide! w00t! Tomorrow is the finals to determine the State Champs!

**healing charms to everyone with colds** Me and my best friend have been playing ping pong with our colds since October. She's got it right now, and I hoping she doesn't bounce it back to me.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

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Catherine - Nov 10, 2006 3:05 pm (#1260 of 2989)    

I also loovvee Samoas!

Ahem. I believe the PC (ducks Denise's swatting hand) term for the cookies these days is "Carmel deLites."

Either way, they are YUM. And there are definitely fewer per box than when I sold Girl Scout Cookies!

So, my daughter in public school had a holiday today. I, and my child in private school, did not. **deep sigh** I did a brief mini-lesson on Veteran's Day. Thank goodness for the History Channel. I love downloading speeches and clips and using them in my class.

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps. **waves to Mr. Lupin is Lupin.Natch**

To all veterans, and all those left behind at home and to all that have served our country--Thank you!

**really wants to try the new Girl Scout cookies....**

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Holly T. - Nov 10, 2006 3:17 pm (#1261 of 2989)    

Ginny, you don't have to be a Girl Scout to buy Girl Scout cookies. ;-)

Catherine, if the Girl Scout cookies are made by Little Brownie Bakeries, they're called Samoas. If they're made by ABC Bakeries, they're called Caramel DeLites. Each Girl Scout council contracts with one of these two bakeries for their cookies. The Tagalongs are also known as Peanut Butter Patties. Our council uses ABC, so Caramel DeLites, Peanut Butter Patties, etc. I had to teach my girls the other names because people would come and ask for Tagalongs or Samoas or Trefoils (which we call Shortbread) and they wouldn't know what they were talking about.

Yes, I know way more about this than I probably should, LOL.

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Denise P. - Nov 10, 2006 3:51 pm (#1262 of 2989)    

Yep, we have Little Brownie Bakers here so the "new" cookies that ABC makes are not the same cookies we have. We have Somoas, Tagalongs and Trefoils.

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Catherine - Nov 10, 2006 4:00 pm (#1263 of 2989)    

So, I owe a "double-oopsie" on the "Carmel deLite" thingy.

OOOPSIE! X 2 !!!!

Sorry. Who knew?

Our membership is verrrrry knowledgeable. Good thing, too!

**PS--I still call them Samoas**

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Tazzygirl - Nov 10, 2006 4:26 pm (#1264 of 2989)    

I am a huge fan of those cookies too (Samoas, Tagalogs, whatever. The one in Catherine's Avatar!) . The ones that I cannot turn down, no matter what, at all, are the Chocolate Mint ones. Don't remember the name though. I loved the original lemon cookies. Not a big fan of the ones they have now.

I picked up a cold!! I can't seem to do anything except sniffle and sleep. Went to bed at 11 last night, got up to take NyQuil at midnight, dozed from 6 am until 10. Got up, ate breakfast, then immediately fell back to sleep until now. And I still want to go back to bed. YUCK!! (I thought I'd get something, as a little girl on Tuesday was sneezing like crazy in my class. I washed my hands about 50 times too!)

**HEALING CHARMS TO THOSE WHO NEED THEM!!!**

I've got a four day weekend, so hopefully by Tuesday I'll have managed to get better. :sniff:

I guess I am back to bed... Happy Friday all! (And my deep gratitude and admiration go out to the men and women who serve(d) our country!)

~Kristina

EDIT: OOOH! Today is my one year anniversary with the Forum! w00t! (Although my avatar hasn't disappeared yet. I am thinking I shall renew membership before the picture disappears! )

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The giant squid - Nov 10, 2006 4:46 pm (#1265 of 2989)    

I'm one of those heathens that only buys the Thin Mints.

A word of warning to anyone considering seeing the movie Babel: It's long, slow and at times boring. For a film about society's inability to communicate properly, the director didn't do a very good job of getting his point across. Ironic, really.

I was never one to do the nickname thing, but when I was living in Georgia a coworker gave everyone nicknames (our version of Animal House's Bluto). Our friend Jen was Booger, just because she happened to shake his hand after scratching her nose (she insists there was nothing on her hand; the name stuck anyway); another guy (whose real first name escapes me) who looked Mexican but was actually of Irish descent became Paco O'Grady; I was known as Brutus. I was moving a pallet of car batteries by myself--something that normally took two or three guys--and he said, "You look like a Brutus." That was it. The fact that the name "Brutus" has nothing to do with strong guys or anything like that was beside the point & beyond argument.

Healing charms to Tazzy (and anyone else who needs them). We're getting a little worried at the theater--last year one of the managers got a nasty cold and it passed around the place for a couple of months...guess who's got the sniffles?

--Mike

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Solitaire - Nov 10, 2006 5:35 pm (#1266 of 2989)    

I'm on the way out of my second cold since September, and it has been worse than the first one--and has lasted longer. I took Airborne every three hours from the second I felt the scratch in my throat the first time around. The scratch was gone by morning and the cold lasted only about 4-5 days. Of course, I was able to stay home in my jammies on the two worst days (a weekend), and that probably helped.

This time around, the scratch began Oct. 30th in the morning, and I had to teach all day before I could get to the store and get some Airborne; so the cold had about 12 hours to get a foothold. Twelve days later, I still have a stuffy head, runny nose, and barking seal cough.

I'm telling you ... Airborne every three hours from the second you feel the scratch in the throat is worth a try. After 12-24 hours, you'll know if it is working or not.

Solitaire

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Eponine - Nov 10, 2006 6:21 pm (#1267 of 2989)    

My husband and his sister both swear by Airborne. Unfortunately, I can't drink it because it makes me gag.

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geauxtigers - Nov 10, 2006 6:51 pm (#1268 of 2989)    

Umm Kristina, your avatar is gone already! LOL Its getting close to my one year anniversary too! Thanksgiving break I believe!

My whole family is currently sitting in the living room all reading a different Harry book!

Had kinda of a lazy day, lots of people out for the Volleyball game. It was just me and this other guy in my French class, so we finished our work in about 20 minutes then talked for the last hour and ten minutes so that was nice. I came home and fell asleep for about 3 hours. I was shocked to wake up and find that it was dark outside!

Tigers play Alabama tomorrow! Its on TV, you should watch it!! BEAT BAMA!!

Well happy Friday everyone! **off to read with the rest of the family**

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Tazzygirl - Nov 10, 2006 7:11 pm (#1269 of 2989)    

**wakes up from her third nap of the day**

If airborne came in tablet form, I think I'd take it. Liquid meds make me gag too, Eponine!

Tori- I was on my way to renew membership, but the nap sounded like it would be better. Now I shall go renew... my posts look weird without the pufferfish! EDIT: It's back now! (phew!) I wish my entire family read HP... I think I am the only one that reads it now. Dad never read it. Sounds like perfect family time!

~Kristina

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 10, 2006 7:46 pm (#1270 of 2989)    

I've never been a fan of Thin Mints, because I'm one of those people who thinks that chocolate and mint just weren't meant to be! My dad however loves them and puts them in the freezer, then eats them frozen. Double YUCK! I liked it when they had Lemon Drops, but they got rid of them and replaced them with something else which I don't like much. I never knew that they had different companies and names for them...interesting! I refused to try the Somoas for years because I don't like coconut, but one year, when that's all that was left, I decided my need for a cookie was overwhelming and tried one. They are soo yummy! Ok I can only babble on about cookies for soo long...!

I thought Airborne was a pill...I'm definitely not taking it if it's a liquid. Blegg! Pills-only over here!

Off to read! Night!

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Solitaire - Nov 10, 2006 7:48 pm (#1271 of 2989)    

Tazzy, I am able to take Airborne only because it doesn't taste like medicine (since it isn't medicine). It does taste a bit "vitamin-y," though. Still, it reminds me of the old fizzy tablets, so I can handle it. What I can't stomach is junk like cough syrup and Nyquill. Now, there is something to make one gag. I can't even take gel cough meds ... they are too large and stick in my throat. The last time I tried to take one, I wound up having to drink a ton of hot tea to melt the stupid thing.

BTW, I think Airborne makes some gummy worm things. I think I've seen them at Trader Joe's. I'll look when I go next.

Solitaire

Edit: Ginny, Airborne is a tablet that dissolves in about 6 oz. of water, rather like an Alka-Seltzer. It tastes like Crystal Light would taste if it were made with club soda. To provide a laugh for some of you ... Many years ago, our doctor told my father (and me again, a few years later) that it was much healthier to drink a hot toddy made with a small amount of whiskey, lemon, and honey than to drink Nyquill, which was full of both alcohol and--in his opinion--a lot of other chemicals that were "not good for people."

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Tazzygirl - Nov 10, 2006 8:25 pm (#1272 of 2989)    

If airborne is carbonated, that definitely is off my list! Can't drink anything that fizzes. I can take NyQuil in liquid form, just have to drink a lot of water to get the taste out of my mouth. I have no problem whatsoever in swallowing pills.

Hope you are feeling better soon, Soli!

I'm watching a marathon of Star Wars movies right now.

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Nov 10, 2006 8:38 pm (#1273 of 2989)    

It was a hard day today, Tazzy. The husband of a childhood friend passed away last Sunday, and today was the memorial service. It was not somber and sad, and there were even moments of humor and silliness in some of the tributes by his friends. Still, it was the first memorial I'd attended since my dad's in July '05, so it was kind of difficult. I have to say, I think I am much too young to start going to friends' funerals. I hope it doesn't take that to get the old gang together!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Nov 10, 2006 8:52 pm (#1274 of 2989)    

I am so sorry, Soli!! ((((HUGS)))) to you and your friend's family.

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Nov 10, 2006 9:10 pm (#1275 of 2989)    

Ahh the pufferfish is back! It did look weird with it missing!

If airborne is carbonated, that definitely is off my list! Can't drink anything that fizzes. I can take NyQuil in liquid form, just have to drink a lot of water to get the taste out of my mouth.

I'll second that. The one time I took Alkezer or however you spell it, I was about 10 and it took me ten minutes to choke the stuff down. Never again! With Nyquill, you can drink it lots shots, that sounds awful, but if you just throw it back, its over with and you can eat a spoonful of peanut butter to get rid of the taste! That what works for me! Gel caps get stuck in my throat too. I've always had a problem swallowing pills. Not so much anymore, though.

Girl Scout Cookies are entirely too good! My favorites are the Tangalongs, then Trefoils and Samoas! Thin mints are not my favorites, but if they are there, I might eat one or two!

Thats it for now, I think. I might go to the chat later on! I'm bored! Still waiting to hear how our football team did in the first round of playoffs.

Night!

EDIT: Airborne isn't a medicine But its carbonated! LOL the only thing that should be carbonated is coke! Carbonated water gives me the chills! **shudder**

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Solitaire - Nov 10, 2006 9:17 pm (#1276 of 2989)    

LOL @ you two! I'd rather have a cold than Nyquill. Anyway, Airborne isn't a medicine ... it's a bunch of herbs and vitamins. Its real usefulness is warding off a cold or minimizing one in its incipient stages. Once you are bad enough to need Nyquill (gag), Airborne probably won't do you much good.

Solitaire

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Chemyst - Nov 10, 2006 9:54 pm (#1277 of 2989)    

There was an especially disgusting segment on the news tonight – lots of tight shots of cultures growing in Petri dishes – about how the oils from fingers and the warmth from batteries makes your cell phone a happy home for microbes. The conclusion was that if you don't want to recycle your colds & flu this winter, you need to clean your cell phone with an antibacterial wipe; and your light switches, door knobs, & computer mouse too. But the phones tested as the worst; swabs from public toilets generally tested cleaner.
 **end of public service announcement**

Mmm... original NyQuil, it's like drinking liquid licorice fire. Why would anyone ever want to wash that down?

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 10, 2006 9:55 pm (#1278 of 2989)    

Could you swallow the fizzy thing and then down 6oz of water and jump up and down to mix it all up instead? I've always wondered if that would work...

**goes off to disinfect cell phone**

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Tazzygirl - Nov 10, 2006 9:59 pm (#1279 of 2989)    

SPEW Ginny! For some reason, that sounds even nastier...

Interesting, Chemyst! Sounds true enough, as cell phones go pretty much every where you go.

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Nov 10, 2006 10:34 pm (#1280 of 2989)    

Oh, Ginny! I'm sure that would be just terrible! First, it is a BIG tablet--about the size of 2-3 quarters stacked together. Good luck swallowing that baby! Truthfully, it reminds me of a fizzy glass of Tang.

Solitaire

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geauxtigers - Nov 10, 2006 10:39 pm (#1281 of 2989)    

LOL! I heard that your cell phone is the most germy thing people own! EWWW! And a mythbusters quiz, the question was a toilet seat is cleaner than your keyboard, true or false. True, think about how often you clean your toilet. Now think about how often you clean your keyboard... that grossed me out. My keyboard, cell phone, door knobs and light switches etc get at least a weekly wipe down!

I'm a germ freak, I admit, even wipe all my pens and pencils down too. Think about it, you drop it on the floor, put it on a desk, (cough, sneeze, drool, who knows whats been on that desk)ect. Just think of all the places your pen is during the day. I'm a hand sanitizer person, thus dry hands, thus I have lots of lotion! LOL

I've always wondered about that too! You could just break it up and swallow it in peices then drink the water and jump up and down! LOL

Okay, now I think I will go clean my phone and stuff now....

Feel better everyone!

EDIT: Kristina, you could always do it now, then when your cold is over

Oh and our football team lost. Oh well 8-3 record is still a school record! Which is kinda sad, but hey, I'll take it over the typical 3-8 season! LOL!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 10, 2006 10:51 pm (#1282 of 2989)    

Soli: Truthfully, it reminds me of a fizzy glass of Tang.

That is definitely not a me thing!

I believe I shall now disinfect everything... or maybe I should wait until my cold is over... That way I'd really eliminate the germs. Hm.

~Kristina

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painting sheila - Nov 10, 2006 11:45 pm (#1283 of 2989)    

EWW!! Germs!! I am bad (good?) about wiping down door knobs and such. I never thought about my phone. I also sing (in my head) the ABC song while I wash my hands to make sure I wash them long enough to do some good. I tried to get my Little Guy to do the same but he keeps asking me to stop singing. (sigh - I will never make it on Broadway)

Speaking of germs - Little Guy has the croup. He scared us t death last night, but seems to be sleeping peacefully now. YEAH!

Everyone but Little Guy and I are going repelling tomorrow. Good thought their way!!

The show is still going. This one is dragging on - not near as much fun as Lion King. The cast is whining a lot about silly things. For instance - the Backer's Club ( the season ticket holders) have a place they can go before the show and during intermission for drinks and appetizers. After intermission, they give the leftovers to the crew. (We are not a proud bunch!) The cast is not supposed to eat in costume, but saw us snacking on the few (literally 12 chicken nuggets and a few crackers and spinach dip to split between 18 people) and came over and had a locusts fest on it! there was nothing left for the crew members that had to be on deck at that particular time. So today, instead of being forceful and telling the actors that it is in their contracts to not eat in costume and that the food was sent up as a thank you to the crew, we put it in a small room that is the crew lounge. (the "room" is about 4 x4 - not really a room as much as a closet) Anyway, the cast got their noses bent out of shape and whined the rest of the show about us not sharing, so now the snacks are gone. I can't believe that they would be so silly about it - they even apologized the first time we let them sample - "We know we shouldn't be eating in costume, but oh well." One girl even went and took off her costume and came out in her under wear - yuck!

Thanks for letting ME whine! I am off to bed-

She

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The giant squid - Nov 11, 2006 12:33 am (#1284 of 2989)    

I actually subscribe to the thought process that too much disinfecting is bad. If you wipe out every germ you come in contact with, your body never has a chance to build up a tolerance.

I don't use antibacterial soap, I don't use hand wipes, I rarely clean my mouse or keyboard. I also never get the flu, rarely get a bad cold (not much more than an annoying sniffle for a few days) and I don't think I've ever had a cut or sore get infected.

Hey, it works for me, anyway.

I'm one of those people who thinks that chocolate and mint just weren't meant to be!—virginiaelizabeth

Blasphemy! Mint chocolate chip ice cream is the perfect flavor. Actually, I don't like mint or chocolate by themselves, but put them together and I could scarf down tons.

--Mike

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Lina - Nov 11, 2006 2:39 am (#1285 of 2989)    

I have to second Mike. I know a story about a little girl whose mum was obsessed with germs, made her girl not only wash her hands, but even use an antiseptic, she would disinfect all the doorknobs after every visit and the things in the house regularly. Well the little girl ended up in hospital with typhus, also known as the disease of dirty hands, exactly the thing that her mum wanted to avoid. I'd just say that any kind of exaggeration is not good.

Sending healing charms all around where needed. Madam Pomfrey, I'd say that your news are wonderful. I don't have any kind of cold. Ever since I have kids, I don't have the time to be ill. I used to have a throat infection regularly, every spring and every autumn before that, I had a strep throat when my elder two were becoming a little bigger and less demanding, and soon after that I was pregnant again. Fortunately, Mihaela is 7 now and no cold yet.

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Solitaire - Nov 11, 2006 3:04 am (#1286 of 2989)    

I agree, Mike, about too much disinfecting. I've read that hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps and such things have helped contribute to these "super bugs" that are resistant to antibiotics. One article I read said that there are times and places for such things--like operating rooms, hospitals, and certain isolated situations where germs must be controlled--but that the appropriate use of good old soap and water is enough for most of us (if we would actually use it).

Actually, there are natural substances (lavender, rosemary, and eucalyptus oils are a few examples) that have antiseptic properties, if we need them. Did you know that tea tree oil can be used to get rid of head lice? MUCH safer, I should think, than some of the pesticide treatments I've heard parents use.

I grew up hearing about an old lady named "Granny Watson," who I think must have been a midwife (or perhaps a nurse) that treated my mom's family in the past. She must have been about 100 years old and was always consulted on any medical issue before a doctor was visited. I do not remember her, but my dad had the utmost respect for her and always claimed she could cure just about anything with her "natural medicines." I'm not sure what this has to do with anything, but--hey, it's 2 a.m. I just woke up and saw the computer still on with this interesting topic and decided to contribute my 2 knuts before shutting down! LOL On that note ... sweet dreams, everyone!

Solitaire

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Detail Seeker - Nov 11, 2006 3:44 am (#1287 of 2989)    

I have to second on the disinfection question. Too clean environment will be harmful. There are discussions going on with very good evidence, that allergies can caused by immune systems running amoc because of not enough germs around.

Going by this theory, a certain amount of germs around will keep you healthy. This does, of course, go for an intact immune system. If it is strained already by infections, you have to spare its capacities for the real enemy of that time.

This coincides with my - limited- observation, that children of parents obsessed with cleanliness develop most allergies. But not being a medic and not following medicinal research too deep, this is just a reference to one theory, which I feel coincides much with my observations.

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jose043 - Nov 11, 2006 5:03 am (#1288 of 2989)    

Solitare sorry to hear about your friends husband hope everything went of without a hitch.

Re all your comments on allergies even if you keep your place reasonably clean some allergies will still come & if I lited mine you would all ask what could I eat, substitute things I am allergic to with something else. Grasses & Dustmite are the worst in this house with two Asthmatics

On my shoulder I am slowly starting to get movement back into it & have to do 7 different exercisses3 times a day to get it back even though the Physio has hurt it at times I know it is the only way that I will get a lot of my movement back into my shoulder.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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haymoni - Nov 11, 2006 5:33 am (#1289 of 2989)    

All I want to know is when you use Purell, where do all those dead germs go??? Aren't they still sitting on your hand, now encased in some clear goo? I think folks have taken things too far. Get dirty, build up your immunities and have fun. Of course there are exceptions to this, but I don't want to live in a hospital.

I am, after all, a Slacker Mom.

Back in the dark ages, our Girl Scout cookies were made by Salerno and they were thick cookies with a big blob of peanut butter and a thick coating of chocolate. The Thin Mints were not thin at all and were absolutely delicious. I also think we got more than 10 in a box. I seem to recall they were only $1.50 then.

I am an Old Slacker Mom.

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Marie E. - Nov 11, 2006 6:20 am (#1290 of 2989)    

The Lemonade cookies sound good. We use ABC bakers also, though when all the Colorado councils merge in two years we may to have switch as Denver councils use the other bakery. After we merge my new council will be Girl Scouts of Colorado. Our current council is named Wagon Wheel Council. Lol on the Cardboardwheels, Holly. One of my friends daughters described them to a customer at a booth sale as "oatmeal cookies with a burst of cinnamon goodness". I asked if the lightning struck her then or after the customer left. We still have two uneaten boxes in our cupboard.

It's supposed to be 55F today, but right now it's only 22F. I have to leave soon to go help set up our float, and I'm dreading being out in the cold. I was never in a parade before two years ago and now I've been in four. I'm going to be in the Festival of Lights parade the first weekend of December, too. It's usually so cold for the Festival of Lights parade that you just hope you don't get hypothermia or frostbite. At least the Santa hats will keep our heads warm.

I tried to go see Borat last night but it was sold out. My friend and I saw Stranger than Fiction instead (also good) and will try to see Borat on Sunday.

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painting sheila - Nov 11, 2006 9:08 am (#1291 of 2989)    

Germs! Glorious Germs! Can't wait 'til I get some . . . .(think "Oliver")

Little Guy's fever is up to 101* Yuck!

Hope everyone has a good germ appropriate mixed day!

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Solitaire - Nov 11, 2006 10:11 am (#1292 of 2989)    

Josephine, my niece had very bad asthma as a child. I was always afraid to keep her overnight, until she was 12 or 13 and didn't panic when she had problems. Although she has improved as an adult (just turned 25), she still has occasional issues with cats and things like down bedding.

LOL Sheila! **humming Food! Glorious food ...**

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Nov 11, 2006 11:04 am (#1293 of 2989)    

**healing charms to Sheila's little guy**

Feeling a little better today- not as tired as I was yesterday. Nose is still quite stuffed up.

On the germ front- I don't normally disinfect anything. I have been washing my hands and using sanitizer stuff while in the classroom, hence why I probably got the cold. I believe, also, that babies and young children should not be placed in a plastic bubble (like Lina said). My friend was obsessed with sanitizing bottles (I just run them through the dishwasher. Totally fine!), and if a toy dropped on the ground, it was immediately confiscated to be completely germfree. Her son had a constant cold for a month. If they are kept in a plastic bubble, then their immune systems are soooo not up to par on everything.

I am hopefully going to go see a movie tonight. Really want to see The Prestige, but my friend does not. So we were thinking of The Queen, Flushed Away, or one other one that I can't remember the name. All got pretty good reviews, I think.

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

~Kristina

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Mediwitch - Nov 11, 2006 11:27 am (#1294 of 2989)    

I have to agree with Soli about the Airborne. I just tried it a couple of weeks ago, when EVERYONE (kids and staff) had a nasty cold. The minute I felt the scratchy throat, I started the Airborne and I was the only one who escaped it! It was just like a fizzy glass of tang, but I think Soli is right, there are some chews that are like gummy candies (I think - not being a big fan of gummy candy I did not examine them too closely! )

While I do agree about too much anti-bacterial stuff impacting our resistance (and the germs' too!) when you work with little kids who do NOT do a thorough job washing hands ("Happy Birthday" works too, painting sheila ), anti-bacterial gel is a MUST. (I don't have a sink in my room in one of my schools. The other one does have a sink, so I don't use the gel.) I have a very disgusting story from last week about a little boy who found, uh, let's say a deposit on the bathroom floor. Even though he "washed" his hands, they were definitely NOT clean!!! And that's just the visible stuff - never mind what you can't see! We don't use any anti-bacterial stuff at home, though.

Girl Scout cookies...frozen Thin Mints are the best! I have to hide the box so I can get some, or else they are GONE in this house! SmileyCentral.com

We have our annual Firemen's Ball tonight - it's probably our biggest fundraiser of the year. Most of the work is done now, so tonight we just get to get a bit dressed up and have a good time. Clean-up in the morning though....SmileyCentral.com



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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 11, 2006 11:59 am (#1295 of 2989)    

I rarely disinfect things like door knobs and my keyboard and mouse and such. (I think I disinfected my phone for the first time ever last night) I only do that if someone in the house gets sick, because I don't want to get it! My biggest thing is washing my hand or Purrelling them after I go to the bathroom or before I eat. I've heard about the "super bugs" that are resulting from the overuse of antibiotic, and such, so I try to stay away from too much Neosporin, and those sorts of things, and I can't remember the last time I was on antiboitics, but I know several people who seem to be on them constantly. I do consider myself to be a germ freak though...maybe I should lighten up a bit!

We have a little girl across the street....maybe she's a girl scout...maybe we can get som cookies off of her....

**more healing charms**

Have fun at the Ball Mediwitch!

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Solitaire - Nov 11, 2006 12:15 pm (#1296 of 2989)    

I'm not a gummy-worm person myself, Mediwitch, so I am not positive about them ... but I will check later today, if I hit TJ's. For those who don't like Airborne, I've also seen a product called Emer'Gen-C at TJ's and health food stores. This has been around since the 80s, at least. It is also something that is dissolved in water, although I think it might come in chewable tablet form, as well. It's loaded with vitamins, so it's good for people like me, who hate swallowing pills.

Solitaire

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geauxtigers - Nov 11, 2006 12:16 pm (#1297 of 2989)    

I'm definitely a germ freak, but I'm not obsessive to the unhealthy point! I'm a hand washer/purell person. During the winter when people get colds, I do wipe down door knobs and such and my keyboard because, I dunno, I just do! LOL My 5th grade teacher was a major germ freak, she kept cans of lysol in her room and was always spraying things down etc. She would even wrap a napkin around the handle of spoons/ect at the salad bar because so many other people had touched them!

But anyway, I think I've only been on antibiotics a few times in for things like Strep throat. A lot of my friends seem to be the complete opposite. I think I'm the way I am because if I get sick, I'd have to miss school. Time does not allow me to miss school. Making up the work is far worse than going to school sick. LOL

We just spent a few hours cleaning our dining room because we are setting up for Thanksgiving. Its in just under 2 weeks and we are putting up the random little corn things and fake leaves. Also setting up the tables for our Christmas Village. The second Thanksgiving is over, we're home free! LOL Only one more week til Thanksgiving! Week off from schooll!!!! YAY!

Okay so LSU plays tonight at 6:45 (Central time 4:45 forum)on ESPN! So yall should watch it! I wish I could go to the game, but alas, earwax, it helps to have tickets and seeing as its been sold out since June....I must resort to watching it on TV! Geaux Tigers!

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The giant squid - Nov 11, 2006 3:26 pm (#1298 of 2989)    

We still have two uneaten boxes in our cupboard.--Marie E.

Now there's a big mark against them. If even Mr. E. won't scarf them down on a random munchie hunt, they must be bad.

Just to clarify: I don't advocate leaving your house (or workplace) a filthy mess, just don't obsess about cleanliness. Anyone working with children (especially pre-school age) needs to keep things clean because the kids don't know how yet.

As Detail Seeker said, I've noticed that our "cleaner" society seems to produce a lot more allergic people. When I was a kid, my allergies were unusual, now everyone's allergic to something and all the cookie and pretzel bags have warnings that they "may have come in contact with peanuts."

Tazzy, try to convince them to go to The Prestige; it's worth it. I haven't seen The Queen or Flushed Away yet, but both have gotten positive reviews, so it sounds like you'll have a decent evening whichever way you go.

--Mike

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Tazzygirl - Nov 11, 2006 3:42 pm (#1299 of 2989)    

Thanks for the tip, Squid Mike. If persuasion doesn't work, then I shall just have to see it by myself!

Anyone seen A Good Year yet? Reviews were a little iffy. I want to see it, but not sure if it'll be worth it...

Here's a Star Wars question- In Return of the Jedi, the original one, at the very end there is the scene where all the little Ewoks and good guys are celebrating the destruction of the Empire. In the new digitally up to date version, you have Yoda and Obi Won and Anakin Skywalker (Christian Haydenson (sp?)) looking on at Luke. In the original version, was Anakin standing there too (obviously a different actor would portray Anakin!), or was it just added to the new updated version?

Does this even make sense???

~Kristina

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Denise P. - Nov 11, 2006 4:21 pm (#1300 of 2989)    

It was added to the new version and believe me when Mr. Denise came running to see what my angry shriek was about when I saw it. Leave original films alone!!!
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Eponine - Nov 11, 2006 4:42 pm (#1301 of 2989)    

Didn't they have a different actor portraying Ghost!Anakin? On our Special edition VHS tapes, there's someone there (Sebastian Shaw maybe?). Did the original not have anyone there?

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Denise P. - Nov 11, 2006 5:16 pm (#1302 of 2989)    

In the original version of Return of the Jedi, Sebastian Shaw is at the end with Obi Wan and Yoda, smiling at Luke. In the new version, Sebastatian Shaw has been replaced by Hayden Christensen with Obi Wan and Yoda.

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S.E. Jones - Nov 11, 2006 5:28 pm (#1303 of 2989)    

They changed the actor playing Anakin in that scene? Why? Anakin would be much older as he lived, as Vadar, through the 20 some years between Episode III and Episode VI. It makes more sense for them to leave Sebastian Shaw than it does to replace him with the much younger Hayden Christensen. That is an outrage!

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timrew - Nov 11, 2006 5:33 pm (#1304 of 2989)    

There's far too much sadness in the world today.

Let me tell you of a chap called 'Rolly' (I won't divulge his surname) who passed away recently.....he knew he was passing away, and said he wanted to be remembered in humour..........

His closest friend got up to say his funeral oration, and this is part of what he came out with........

A sober man, a good man, a man who came home to his wife and children every night from work. And talking of work, a man who struggled for years to give his wife and children all that they desired. Yes, that was me.........before I met Rolly!

He brought the house down, and Rolly got a damned good send off.

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Solitaire - Nov 11, 2006 5:39 pm (#1305 of 2989)    

Hey, I just saw that it is Hug Day in Colorado. Is this true? If so, why is it not Hug Day anywhere else? (I'm assuming this is the case, because no one has been here to hug me. ) It's too bad, too. Visitors would have been hugged and then fed deep-pit beef, brown rice, and black-eyed peas cooked with bacon, tomatoes, onions and okra. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!!! On the plus side, now I have enough for a meal or two next week!

Solitaire

OMG!! I just saw a commercial where Borat was given FOUR STARS!!! Do you suppose it will be nominated for any Oscars?

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boop - Nov 11, 2006 6:35 pm (#1306 of 2989)    

Hi Everyone!

Get well charms to all that need them.

Solitaire, ((HUGS))

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

hugs always

boop

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Solitaire - Nov 11, 2006 6:52 pm (#1307 of 2989)    

Awwwwwww, thanks, Boop!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 11, 2006 8:17 pm (#1308 of 2989)    

That's what I thought with Star Wars, but since I don't own the original versions (or the new versions), I couldn't check myself. I don't even think they sell the old versions anymore... While I think it is a nice touch, they really should have left all the old stuff in the old movies. The new scenes they put in took away from the originals. I also have to laugh- while I got the letters correct in his name, I mixed them up! So it's not Christian Haydenson, it's Hayden Christenson... right?

We decided not to see a movie tonight. Couldn't agree. So we ended up going down to Waikiki and eating ice cream and watching the **very fashion don'ts** people walk by. It was very relaxing!! LOL

Hug Day in Colorado?! Cool!!

~Kristina

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Lilly P - Nov 11, 2006 8:56 pm (#1309 of 2989)    

Sorry folks, I've been out sick for a few days, had to push the magic button, appropriate charms to all who need them.

Happy 231st birthday to the US Marine Corps and Happy Veteran's day too! We celebrated both this weekend (hence I was sick for 2 days!). Nothing new to report, we are driving up to Raleigh, NC tomorrow to visit friends and go to the state farmer's market, hopefully we will find some goodies. I'll let you know in a few days.

Jamie

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 11, 2006 9:54 pm (#1310 of 2989)    

Happy Veteran's day!

((Hugs)) to Solitaire, ((Hugs)) to timrew.

Healing charms to Lilly and the little sick ones.

Hubby lost his favorite uncle today. He was diagnosed with liver cancer in the spring. His mum took a late flight over the pond to see him. Hopefully she got a chance to say goodbye. He was a nice guy.

My Sunday School partner is in the hospital. He suffered a heart attack late this week and is scheduled for a quadruple bypass on Monday.

I will be happy to put this year behind me.

Mediwitch, I like your smilies.

Maria

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Tazzygirl - Nov 11, 2006 10:15 pm (#1311 of 2989)    

((((((HUGS)))))) to the Horntails! I am sorry to hear the news. **Good luck/recovery charms** to your Sunday School partner too!

**healing charms to Lilly**

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Nov 11, 2006 10:27 pm (#1312 of 2989)    

Sorry to hear about your losses, Maria and Tim. ((hugs))

Well Village number one is almost complete. And we only have a week until Thanksgiving break! I can't wait, just got to make it through the week. You know, teachers are procrastinators too I think! They always wait til the week before a holiday to pile it on! Or maybe its just the prospect of a break that makes it more overwhelming! LOL

Tigers won, 28-14! WOOO! It was a good game, but I must admit, I was a bit disappointed in our defense, but we came out on top anyway.

Well I'm off, I'm really tired. I dunno why because I slept a long time last night. I think its just lack of sleep for a week, its impossible to catch up in one night....

Night everyone! Healing charms to everyone!

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Elanor - Nov 12, 2006 12:12 am (#1313 of 2989)    

(((hugs))) to everybody needing some!!! And healing charms too!!

I really preferred old Anakin at the end of the Jedi too, was more redemption-like IMO but this is not the worse that's been done to the original series though, the death of Greedo in the A New Hope, changed for it to be PC (they added Greedo shooting first, and not Han Solo) was worse for me! Some good things were added though, I really like they added the scene between Solo and Jabba in A New Hope for one!

On the germs front, if you're a teacher, either you resist them, either you succumb... Imagine 20 kids sneezing and coughing on you all day long... Was ill all the time in my first year of teaching! This cold was the first big one since school started this year, so I guess I'm becoming resistant to "bugs" - those on two legs included...

Have a great weekend everybody!

Audrey

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Laura W - Nov 12, 2006 1:39 am (#1314 of 2989)    

I am not really a movie person. Live theatre is my thing. I probably see half a dozen movies a year at most. But ... Tazzygirl wrote; "Really want to see The Prestige, but my friend does not."

I saw it; I loved it; I plan to see it again.

(for what that's worth)

Laura

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The giant squid - Nov 12, 2006 3:25 am (#1315 of 2989)    

I don't even think they sell the old versions anymore...—Tazzygirl

You're in luck! Just last month Lucas released three package deals (one for New Hope, one for Empire & one for Jedi) that had both the original theatrical release and the Special Edition. Most fans have been rather annoyed (okay, outraged) because a) to get the original version on DVD we had to buy the SE again, and b) the "original version" is just a direct copy from the laserdisc--bad sound, grainy image, etc. compared to what a direct transfer from the negative could yield with today's tech. I've got three different versions of the trilogy on VHS and it's just as good.

However, someone like yourself who doesn't already own either version would apparently be the target demographic for this release.

Oh, and Greedo did not shoot first. End of discussion.

--Mike

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Laura W - Nov 12, 2006 4:42 am (#1316 of 2989)    

Too late to edit last post, but must acknowledge comment -

   "There's far too much sadness in the world today."



Yes there is, timrew.

Laura

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azi - Nov 12, 2006 6:25 am (#1317 of 2989)    

Healing charms to everyone who needs them! That's a lot of people, it seems!

Everyone at home has an illness at the moment. My parents have the same cold they had when I last visited 3 weeks ago, and my brother has a stomach bug. Seems none of us can shake it off! I'm still coughing my way through the day - although eating honey a good way to calm it down for a bit. All I want is to avoid the stomach bug - it doesn't sound very nice.

**hugs** to the Hungarian Horntails, Soli and everyone else who wants one (I promise I'm not contagious over the Internet!).

Not a film person either. I *think* I've seen 3 films this year, but it could be two... I do quite like the look of the film about the two magicians though...not sure what it's called.

I have many allergies, yet our house isn't in any sense of the word clean! I think it's just unlucky. I tend to ignore all the labels on packaging that say may contain nuts because more than often they don't. Alas, they sometimes do. Seems to be the same chocolate manufacturer each time though, so all I have to do is not buy their products.

Well, I have to think about going back to uni at some point. Hope everyone has a lovely, non-ill day!

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Laura W - Nov 12, 2006 7:14 am (#1318 of 2989)    

Not a film person either. I *think* I've seen 3 films this year, but it could be two... I do quite like the look of the film about the two magicians though...not sure what it's called.

That's The Prestige, azi.

EDITED TO ADD -

Remembrance Day is on November 12 in Britain, Julie? Here in Canada, November 11 is Remembrance Day.

Laura

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azi - Nov 12, 2006 7:20 am (#1319 of 2989)    

Thanks Laura! We have the first same name...not exactly uncommon is it?

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Good Evans - Nov 12, 2006 7:21 am (#1320 of 2989)    

thoughts and wishes to everyone that needs them. I echo Timrews comment : a lot of sadness in the world and on this forum.

Remembrance day today. I have nothing to add to the comments already posted. Just abit more consideration and genuine kindness to others despite the busy and regrettably insular lives that most of us lead would be great to just make that sadness a little less!

have a good remembrance sunday everyone.

Julie X

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Tazzygirl - Nov 12, 2006 1:49 pm (#1321 of 2989)    

Thanks for the info, Squid Mike! I'll have to look into it... Too bad they didn't spend the extra money and make the sound and picture quality better for the original releases... That would be logical. hm.

Cold still in full swing, picked up a little cough, but hopefully by tomorrow I'll be better. **crossing fingers**

JulieGE: Your avatar reminds me of the “In Flanders Fields” poem. It's one of my favorites.

~Kristina

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Good Evans - Nov 12, 2006 1:56 pm (#1322 of 2989)    

yes Kristina - I thought it rather appropriate today

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 12, 2006 1:59 pm (#1323 of 2989)    

A bit of a silver lining - my mother-in-law got to England in time to see her brother and speak with him and he had his wits about him and was not in pain.

We made a cute get well card with a turkey on it in Sunday School today with the children and they all signed it. It is going to my SS partner tonight. I am sure it will cheer him up.

EDIT: **waves to GE Julie**

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Solitaire - Nov 12, 2006 4:06 pm (#1324 of 2989)    

Thanks for the hugs, HH. I am so sorry about your husband's uncle. I remember my favorite uncle and how sad I was when he died suddenly and unexpectedly. He was only a few years older than I am now, and that is way too young to go!

Healing Charms to all who need them ... and Cheering Charms all around! I hope everyone has a better week. Borrowing Elanor's gif ... a big group hug to everyone who needs one!

Solitaire

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boop - Nov 12, 2006 6:21 pm (#1325 of 2989)    

Hi Everyone,

Healing Charms to: Jamie, Azi,and your family, Kristina and any one else that needs it.

Maria, Sorry for your loss.

Cheering Charms as well.

HUGS to Everyone!!

boop

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Tazzygirl - Nov 12, 2006 9:15 pm (#1326 of 2989)    

Question for you computer savvy people: I think one of my email accounts is sending out spam mail. I keep getting messages back from people/ businesses with a 'reply to' my email. I've never emailed them in my life. Do any of you know how to stop it? I have McAffee Antivirus on my computer. Not sure if that has anything to do with it... I don't open the messages- my email sends one message saying 'Quaranteened Spam Mail' (it's my school account), and then lists the various spam. If one is not spam, I have the option of looking at it. If not, I can delete the entire message without opening any unknown emails. That's how I can tell if my email sent it originally or not....

~Kristina

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painting sheila - Nov 12, 2006 9:16 pm (#1327 of 2989)    

Tazzy - movies or Waikiki . .. movies or Waikiki ... I think Waikiki would win out every time!!

Little Guy is getting better. He is almost sleeping through the night without coughing. yeah.

I have a question about broken noses. Little Guy hit me really hard on the bridge of my nose today with his head. It cracked and other people in the room were able to hear it. It hurt like a son-of-a-gun but didn't bleed. I can't breathe through it, and it is sore to the touch. There is just a little bit of visible swelling, and a little red place where it hurts the worse. Is it broken? What do you do for a broken nose?

Lily P!! I live in Raleigh!!! Roll down the window and say "hey"! when you get there!!

The show ended tonight. YEAH!! Mr. Wopat did a very nice thing and asked the crew to come out on stage and take bows with the cast. All of the wardrobe people decided to wear the Pick-A-Little Ladies hats. I got to wear the hat from My Fair Lady!! The one that she wore to the horse races!! I Was thrilled beyond compare to have a reason to wear it!! I felt like Audrey Hepburn!wOOt!

I may make some enemies here - but I did not like Christian Haydenson in Star Wars. I thought his acting was flat. There must have been a hundred actors that would have taken that part and created a character that you could sympathize with. Someone you would hate to have to hate when he turned to the Dark Side. Whew! There I said it!!

I am sorry for the loses our Forum Family are facing. It's hard to say good bye sometimes. Healing thoughts are being sent you way -

She

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Tazzygirl - Nov 12, 2006 9:20 pm (#1328 of 2989)    

Sheila- I didn't like the little kid or Hayden Christenson for Anakin in the Star Wars movies either. The kid was too much like a kid, and Hayden was too whiny and overall icky. So I am on your side! Sorry to hear about your nose- you might want to go into the doctor's to have it checked. Sounds like you either bruised it really bad, or broke it.

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Nov 12, 2006 9:21 pm (#1329 of 2989)    

I'm beat! This whole getting dark at 5 makes it seem later than it really is!

We went down to New Orleans today and did some shopping and hug out at my friend's house for a bit. He drove us by his old house. This was the first time I've seen any major destruction and such. You could see the water lines 8 feet high on the houses and they were destroyed. All the spray paint on the houses too from when they went through and marked how many people were found. It rattled me a bit, I was shocked. I've seen the pictures, but something about seeing it in person...

It was nice and cold today! Mid 60s, very pleasant! Supposed to be the same tomorrow and I have to dress up for swimming. Fun... **insert sarcastic smiley**

Will be a busy week thats for sure. Monday I have a field trip for Bible, then a math test that afternoon. Tuesday, Gov test straight into another field trip (Metamorphsis, the play...hmmm? Not sure how they can make a play out of a bug crawling around, but hey! Then I found out its not that Metamorphosis! LOL), back just in time for a physics test. Then we are leaving after school Tuesday for state meet for swimming and coming back Wednesday night after the meets over. We aren't excused from 1st block Thursday... So I dunno if I'll even get back to the forum before Friday.

So I should go study for my math test now. Have a great night/day everyone!

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painting sheila - Nov 12, 2006 9:22 pm (#1330 of 2989)    

YES!! He was so WHINY!! He talks in a monotone!! Give that boy some acting lessons!

(Tazzy - We're like twins . . but different! YEAH!)

geauxtigers - my "daughter" that is from New Orleans has been asked to go back there and visit her grand mother for Christmas but she thinks she isn't ready to see it yet. I have been trying to encourage her - but after reading what you wrote, I am thinking she may not be ready. Thanks for your thoughts.

She

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Eponine - Nov 12, 2006 10:11 pm (#1331 of 2989)    

Lily P!! I live in Raleigh!!! Roll down the window and say "hey"! when you get there!! – Sheila

And I live nearish to Raleigh. Wave to me too!

Weekends at the library are crazy. We're only open from 1 to 5 on Sundays (this was my weekend to work), and it's nonstop the entire time. People get very testy when you don't have computers available the minute they walk in. I was very glad to get home tonight.

I'm not all the impressed with Hayden Christensen's acting in Star Wars either, but I do have to feel sorry for Jake Lloyd (young Anakin). I mean, he was all of what, 10 or 12 years old when that movie was made? It's not (entirely) his fault that his acting wasn't that great. I've seen discussion about how he ruined the Star Wars franchise, and it just seems like a lot to put on a kid who'd only done a small amount of acting prior to that.

Well, I hope everyone has a great RotD.

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Solitaire - Nov 12, 2006 10:18 pm (#1332 of 2989)    

Actually, Tori, we are on regular time right now. We were on Daylight Saving Time when it was light at 5 p.m. ... well, except during summer when it was naturally still light at 5 p.m.

Tazzy, our school mail is being deluged with the most vile junk mail! I get about 50 a day!! Our tech has virus McAfee on the system as well as other firewalls and spam filters, but things are still getting through.

One really scary new email scam is being sent out as order confirmations. This is unnerving, because people have been opening them, which not only causes them to be billed for something they didn't order but also launches some sort of virus. So far these have only come to our school account; they haven't made it through Norton ... yet. Since I have not ordered anything through my school address, I just assume they are spam and delete them. Alas, other teachers keep opening them, despite the warnings and memos from our tech. Good luck!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Nov 12, 2006 10:28 pm (#1333 of 2989)    

Thanks for the heads up, Soli. Hmmm. I don't open any message if I don't know who sent it to me, so I don't know why I am getting all this stuff. I also don't use my university email when people/businesses ask for it. I give a different one. So this is just driving me crazy.

LOL, Sheila!!

~Kristina

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Madam Pince - Nov 12, 2006 10:31 pm (#1334 of 2989)    

Wow, sounds like it has been a rough weekend for a lot of people. Sympathies and healing charms where appropriate...

Timrew, what a wonderful send-off for your friend Rolly! That is great that it could be a warm and positive moment!

I never took Airborne because from just my cursory look at the packaging, I thought it was purely a preventive-type thing before you are exposed to a cold, and I thought who wants to take that stuff all the time, because (as we've mentioned here on the thread) the germies are everywhere, all the time! But it sounds like I misunderstood how it is supposed to be used. There is another product, called Zicam, which supposedly is about the same as this Airborne stuff, and I have used it last season with some success. You have to catch it very early on in the "cold phase" though. The great thing about Zicam is that it is NOT a liquid to drink! It is some kind of gel-stuff, and it's on the end of a swab which you (sorry to be gross, but...) stuff up your nose and swish it around at the first sign of a cold, and then you try to hold the gel in for a few minutes (ie: no nose-blowing for five minutes or so.) It has worked for our family. The problem is getting to it as soon as you notice the cold coming on -- if you delay, it's no good.

Had a great weekend at Mom's. The weather was gorgeous, in the upper 70's which is absolutely unheard of for November in the mountains of Virginia! Little Pince was even wading in the creek chasing crawdads and minnows on Saturday! (I was not aware of this fact until it was too late, but I let him keep on since it was so warm... If he develops pneumonia, I will have only myself to blame...) Today a cold front moved in and the temperature dropped 30+ degrees and brought a chilly rain with it, but we were driving through most of it so it wasn't too bad. I did discover that I need new windshield wipers, though. Not fun driving on the DC Beltway in the rain, squinting through blurry semi-circles.

On Lost: I have to say I was somewhat disappointed in this episode. They promised some big cliffhanger; well, if they think having Sawyer at gunpoint is a cliffhanger, I'm not buying. I firmly believe there's NO WAY they'd kill him off, so I'm not hanging off any cliff. Hmmm... I've already forgotten a lot of what happened what with all my travelling over the weekend, so I think I have to re-watch my tape...

I found something worse than a paper cut -- try an aluminum foil paper cut. I did it putting foil under a pumpkin pie before baking, so at least I could console myself with a large slice of pie. But wow did that one hurt!

My teams lost today. Again. Sigh. Well, except I'm kind of pulling for the Colts now. You've gotta love Peyton Manning's TV commercial "Well, if you like 6-foot-5, 270-pound quarterbacks with a rocket laser arm..."

Thanksgiving must be approaching. TBS is showing The Wizard of Oz. I thought it was only actually AT the holiday? Oh well, I love it anyway...

OK, time to mosey off to sleep. Zzzzzzz....

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 12, 2006 10:37 pm (#1335 of 2989)    

Little Pince was even wading in the creek chasing crawdads and minnows on Saturday!

**groans and pretends that Madame Pince did not just call a crawfish a crawdad**

I has been a longg day! But a very fun one! Lot's of shopping!! w00t!

As Tori has pointed out, it will be a really long week, so I'm planning on moving to "lurker status" for the next few days!

I should go to bed now..Night everyone!

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Madam Pince - Nov 12, 2006 10:39 pm (#1336 of 2989)    

LOL, Ginny! They've always been crawdads to us Virginia hicks! They're a lot smaller than the crawfish I saw cooked up to eat when I was down in the Big Easy, so maybe it's a whole different animal! Do you guys have mudcats, too?

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geauxtigers - Nov 12, 2006 10:43 pm (#1337 of 2989)    

chasing crawdads . . . **cough cough crawfish hem hem** LOL! Its a crawfish! Crawdad, or Crayfish.... nope! LOL

edit ahh Ginny beat me too it! LOL They probably aren't the same size. Its also not anything like a 'baby lobster' Not even close! Not the same as shrimp either! Of course, theres only one place to have crawfish. Louisiana of course! I can't wait til March! Its crawfish season! Great now I want some...

Ahh so We have returned to normal time, not entered daylight savings...same difference in my book! Or maybe its just late!

**wanders over to bed and collapses into warm fluffy sheets and pillow**

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Solitaire - Nov 13, 2006 12:01 am (#1338 of 2989)    

Madam Pince, we have plain old crawdads out here in central California, too. I remember finding them in some of the irrigation ditches on my granny's farm when my cousin and I were kids. Of course, my high school biology teacher called them crayfish. Whatever you call them, I doubt I'll ever be able to eat one. The memory of them lying on the dissecting trays in our lab is just too strong. BTW, I remember mud-puppies, too.

Ginny and Tori, are the crawfish you eat freshwater crustaceans? Do they really taste like lobster? Just wondering ...

Solitaire

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Snuffles - Nov 13, 2006 1:35 am (#1339 of 2989)    

Healing charms and cheering to charms to all. I think we need them on the forum at the moment.

Shiela, ouch! I hope your nose isn't broken but I would definitely go and see your doctor just in case. I don't think there is much they can do though, I think it is just one of those 'heal by themselves' thing.

Soli, Crawfish and Crayfish are the same things. They are just known differently depending on where you live. They are fresh water. We sell them at work. Well we sell the tails anyway. They are very tasty but very expensive. If you can catch them locally, lucky you. (I work at a Seafood importers and exporters company)

Woo hoo, Lost starts here next Sunday the 19th. I can't wait. It is actually on Sky here now instead of 'normal' television. They must have paid more! It's on at 10pm, so I must keep myself busy or I will end up dropping off to sleep

We have been trying to learn Livvy how to ride her bike without stabilisers! The first 5 minutes are ok but then she gets off it and refuses to try anymore! Oh well, will keep trying. She wants a new bike for her birthday but we want her to try and learn to ride her old one first!

Hope everyone had a stress free weekend.

Off to check the threads

Edit: Just seen an old post from Regan, has anyone heard anything from him recently?

Julie

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The giant squid - Nov 13, 2006 3:30 am (#1340 of 2989)    

Too bad they didn't spend the extra money and make the sound and picture quality better for the original releases... That would be logical.—Tazzygirl

Well, that leaves Uncle George the option of remastering them and selling the same product all over again. You know somewhere there's a guy with something like 7 different versions of the original trilogy (Betamax, VHS {original, THX sound remaster, Special Edition}, laserdisc, SE DVD, "original" DVD...).

As for Jake & Hayden being too whiny, go back & watch the beginning of A New Hope (aka Star Wars to you non-SW geeks). Listen to Luke, especially the line about getting some "power converters". It seems whininess runs in the Skywalker family.

Actually, Hayden has said in interviews that Lucas insisted he play it that way. George wanted him to be whiny & annoying.

Just seen an old post from Regan, has anyone heard anything from him recently?—Snuffles

Come to think of it, I haven't seen him much since he got his drivers' license. I guess he's having too much fun joyriding to stop by the Forum.

--Mike

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Catherine - Nov 13, 2006 4:22 am (#1341 of 2989)    

I've seen discussion about how he ruined the Star Wars franchise—Eponine

Actually, I think that George Lucas's writing ability (or lack thereof) contributes mightily to that.

**ducks dungbombs**

For the record, I was really into Star Wars in my youth, and still enjoy the first three films. The last three, not so much.

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 13, 2006 6:00 am (#1342 of 2989)    

No need to duck Catherine. Even die-hard Star Wars geeks don't bother to defend Lucas' dialogue.

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Good Evans - Nov 13, 2006 6:25 am (#1343 of 2989)    

Although I agree that Anakin Skywalker (young or older) was annoying - would you really wanted to have identified with and felt sorry for a character that ended up as Darth Vader? Not me, I didnt particularly like the character in any of the films which kind of meant I had no problems with his (albeit very rushed) conversion to the dark side.

the kid was precocious and the adult selfish and yes, whiny!

If he had been portrayed as anything else we would have slated George Lucas for having produced an unbeleiveable storyline ..... Did I really just say that star wars is beleiveable .......... LOL !!!!

ah well

***waves to Maria*** just because and **Madam Pince** in "losing solidarity"

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Chemyst - Nov 13, 2006 6:33 am (#1344 of 2989)    

Re: Lucas's dialogue
I never saw the final film. But I did read most of the transcript of the script. Reading the script in black & white typewriting was shockingly dull. It came off like the work of a 7 year-old after his teacher had edited it. It could be that I'm being generous. Maybe it was a 5 year-old.

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painting sheila - Nov 13, 2006 7:43 am (#1345 of 2989)    

And here I thought I was going to be hated for trashing Star Wars - or at the actors anyway.

Has Hayden Christinsen/Chritian Haydenson been in anythng else? I don't recall seeing him any where since then. As far as playig it whiny - when my kids don't get what they want - the drama show they put on is much more efective!

I was asked last night to be the Wardrobe Supervisor for Jesus Christ Superstar at NCT. I don't know yet if am going to take the job. It is SO much work and SO much time away from the family.

Again I ask if anyone knows how to clone a human being . . .

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juliebug - Nov 13, 2006 8:28 am (#1346 of 2989)    

Hayden Christiansen was in a movie with Kevin Kline called My Life as a House. It came out in between Attack of the the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. He played estranged the son of a man who was dying (Kline.) The man wanted to leave his son a house, so he tore down his father's old, and dilapidated house and with the son's help built a beautiful new one. Christiansen played a whiny and somewhat goth teen.

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Eponine - Nov 13, 2006 8:47 am (#1347 of 2989)    

I've never been that impressed with Lucas's dialog in the 3 prequels. (You're not like sand? What kind of romantic compliment is that?) I went to see Revenge of the Sith (a second time) with my sister and my best friend, and we giggled wildly through a great many 'serious' scenes because the dialog is just awful.

Hayden Christensen has been in other films as well. He was in The Virgin Suicides (small role), Shattered Glass (lead role), a little Canadian film called Strike (very small role) among others, but according to IMDB, he's got several films coming out in the next year or so. I don't think he's a bad actor; he just didn't do that well in Star Wars.

Listen to Luke, especially the line about getting some "power converters". It seems whininess runs in the Skywalker family. –Mike

That's one of the funniest lines. I guess it's because it's so easy to mock.

When Revenge of the Sith pictures were being released, I remember seeing one picture of Hayden Christensen in a light saber fight that looked uncannily like a young Mark Hamill.

It's funny because I had never seen the original trilogy until just before the first prequel came out. The guy I was dating at the time was a huge fan and insisted that I watch them. Now, I can hold my own against my husband (huge Star Wars freak) in Star Wars trivia.

Anyway, enough about Star Wars. Who's going to see Happy Feet so they can see the OotP trailer?

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 13, 2006 9:36 am (#1348 of 2989)    

No need to duck Catherine. Even die-hard Star Wars geeks don't bother to defend Lucas' dialogue.---Loopy Lupin

But do they defend the Ewoks?

Question for Denise: Our Girl Scout troop is sending a care package to a Marine who is serving in Iraq. He comes from a poor family and hasn't received any letters or care packages. We're sending him the usual stuff: chapstick, socks, beef jerky, playing cards, toiletries, paper, pens, baby wipes, Kool-Aid packets, etc. I'm wondering if you (or more pointedly Mr. Denise) has any other suggestions?

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Denise P. - Nov 13, 2006 9:43 am (#1349 of 2989)    

Hmmm, I will ask Mr. Denise when he gets home. If you send kool-aid, make sure it is already sweetened or send sugar/other kind of stuff to sweeten it with. Batteries are always good, AA and AAA for things like MP3 players, cameras, CD players. Most soldiers like getting cards/drawings from kids too so get the girls to draw some pictures.

My scout pack is sponsored through the Marine Corps League so we are getting together packages to send to the troops in the middle east as well. They always get comments when we include drawings from the kids.

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painting sheila - Nov 13, 2006 10:17 am (#1350 of 2989)    

Lupin is Lupin - How did you find the name of the soldier you are writing? It sounds like a project my family would like to jump on - and get the kids at church to do.

Thanks for any info you can share -

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Starling - Nov 13, 2006 10:25 am (#1351 of 2989)    

Eek! 93 messages. Sorry, I skipped the last few.

Germs: if you don't wipe everything down obsessively, you're more likely to become immune to them. Also, the cold virus can't multiply outside the body.

I am a vat of useless knowledge. I'm surprised I'm so bad at Trivial Pursuit.

*sneezes*

Icky.

My partner had to sing Rutter's "Gloria" last Saturday, with a cold, in a choir a bit too small for the task (it's got a very loud brass orchestra accompanying it). Needless to day, it didn't do her throat much good!

*healing vibes to all the coldy persons around*

Martje

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 13, 2006 10:28 am (#1352 of 2989)    

Sheila--Our troop leader has a nephew serving in Iraq and originally we were going to send stuff to him. But he comes from a huge extended family who, I assume, send him stuff. When he heard what his aunt wanted to do, he very generously gave her the name of another Marine who has not received any letters or care packages since he has been there. I'm sure there are Adopt-a-Soldier organizations out there if you want the name of a specific soldier, otherwise, you can simply donate to organizations which are sending supplies to our servicemen and women.

Denise, my friend suggested a disposable camera--would that travel well? I'll make a note about the Kool-Aid.

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haymoni - Nov 13, 2006 11:23 am (#1353 of 2989)    

Hey! The Browns won again! Is the sky falling????

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Steve Newton - Nov 13, 2006 12:30 pm (#1354 of 2989)    

It is in Delaware.

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Detail Seeker - Nov 13, 2006 1:52 pm (#1355 of 2989)    

As this does not seem to have been answered - or did I overread it:
Tazzy, it need not be your computer, that sends the mail with your address as a sender. It is a usual tactic for a virus to take all the addresses of the address book of the infected account and send itself to everybody in that list, taking random addresses from the list as sender name. I often got reply e-mails to mails, that I could track down not to have been sent by e-mail servers, I use. It is a good thing, if the tracking information in the mail header does not get lost, if a reply is made. Some browsers seem to allow that.

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B]Tazzygirl[/B] - Nov 13, 2006 2:19 pm (#1356 of 2989)    

Thanks Detail Seeker. The thing is though- I rarely use this email other than to receive emails from various teachers. My email is sending messages randomly to people/businesses or something along those lines that I've never heard of before. I received a "Quarantined spam message" email this morning, and looking at the list of spam, my email seems to be the source. Should I look at my antivirus software, or contact my school's email support team? I run my antivirus thingy once a week, and it does not say I have any viruses or anything....

~Kristina

EDIT: Oh, and Puck- there is a story over on Five Words awaiting your start!

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 13, 2006 2:36 pm (#1357 of 2989)    

Ginny and Tori, are the crawfish you eat freshwater crustaceans? Do they really taste like lobster? Just wondering ...

Definitely not!! I've only had Lobster a few times in my life, and trust me they aren't even close! You eat Lobster with butter ( I think!) and you eat crawfish after it's boiled in a 16oz. bottle of Zatarain's Crab Boil. VERYYY SPICYY! But amazinng! Spicy to the point where you have to wash your hands in lemon juice before you can ever think about touching your eyes again, or you will be verry sorry indeed! We do them in huge pots on the driveway, it's wayy funn! If you get it in gumbo or something, it won't be nearly a spicy, but still, very far from lobsters!

Ahh This will be my last night to post on the forum until probably Thursday, because I have the State Meet for swimming on Wednesday, and we're leaving tomorrow after school..YUCK! I don't wanna go! I have wayy to much to do!

Not a Star Wars fan. I really don't do anything remotely fantasy (yes I'm including Star Wars i that catergory!) Harry is an exception!

Well I must go study for my physics test... :omg: :freak out:

Happy Monday!

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geauxtigers - Nov 13, 2006 2:46 pm (#1358 of 2989)    

Long day...and I'm pretty sure I just completely bombed my math test. Oh well, can't change it.

I was going to explain about crawfish, but Ginny saved me the trouble. I'll put a picture in my profile of a crawfish boil I think its one of the things in this world that everyone needs to try. But only during Crawfish season, aka March to July-ish. May is the best month to get them. Only one way to eat them, Zatarain's, Zatarain's and oh some Zatarain's! LOL They are sooooo good!

Have to go now. I need to get everything packed up for tomorrow. Back Thursday!

Have a great week everyone!

EDIT I can't find one thats on a digital camera...if you really want to see or care for that matter, just google crawfish boil. Note that crayfish will give few pictures

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Madam Pince - Nov 13, 2006 3:43 pm (#1359 of 2989)    

OK, so I was looking at people's profiles because Tori got me started by looking for her crawfish boil picture (), and I ended up doing her "Who Said It?" quiz, which I thought was really hard. Mediwitch, you got 96 out of 100 on the Who Said It? quiz????!!!! Wow!!! I bow down to you... I'm not worthy... I'm not worthy...

Somehow one of the links to one of my "personality quizzy thingys" is broken I guess. Bleah.

Boop, you need to add another grandchild to your profile! How is little Sage doing today?

So I understand that Tom and Katie are planning a big Italian wedding, eh? Ooooo, I'm all a-twitter....

Regan! Oh.... Reeeegaaaaaannn! ***Calling and looking around anxiously*** Now I'm going all "worried Mom" on him, with the new driver's license and all...

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The giant squid - Nov 13, 2006 3:43 pm (#1360 of 2989)    

Should I look at my antivirus software, or contact my school's email support team?—Tazzygirl

I'd let the support team know. Like Detail Seeker said, the virus may actually be on one of the other teacher's computers. They can write these things so that it both sends to a random address and tags the sender to be someone else from your address book. So this unknown person with your address in his/her book ends up spamming everyone without even knowing it.

Also, VirusScan won't always catch programs that do this sort of thing. I'd recommend getting an anti-spyware program as well (AdAware is a common one, and it's freeware). Imagine how much of a better place our world would be if these people put half as much time into improving things as they do trying to mess up other people's lives...

--Mike

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Denise P. - Nov 13, 2006 3:56 pm (#1361 of 2989)    

Kim, Mr. Denise said homemade baked goods are always a hit. I know I sent him some Magic Cookie Bars (an eagle brand milk recipe) and he had to fight people off. He also suggested cookies, fudge, brownies etc. He said everything else was good and he could not think of anything to add. Maybe a letter thanking the soldier?

My oldest son is there and he always is asking for homemade jerky and cookies. He is a civilian contractor though, not a soldier.

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Tazzygirl - Nov 13, 2006 3:57 pm (#1362 of 2989)    

Thanks a bunch, Squid Mike and Detail Seeker, for your input. Hopefully I can fix it soon. It's driving me crazy!

Tom and Katie are planning an Italian Wedding??? How come I wasn't invited? LOL!!

**tries to see over the Pacific Ocean to Australia** Oh Reeeeeeegannnn!! Where are youuuuuuu???

Am currently avoiding writing a paper on the type of reading program they use at my school. grrrr. yuck.

~Kristina

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Starling - Nov 13, 2006 3:59 pm (#1363 of 2989)    

Crawfish, crayfish and lobster are the same thing. The words just have etymologically different origins, but it's basically the same (very tasty, yum) animal. I only realised a few weeks ago that the Dutch word for lobster "kreeft" (pronounced "krayft") and "crayfish" are obviously related. I'm such a nerd.

I suppose you'd call them different names according to how you cook them and where they come from.

Now I'm hungry.

Hey, yes, now you mention it, Madam Pince, where's Regan gone?

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Tazzygirl - Nov 13, 2006 4:07 pm (#1364 of 2989)    

Crawfish are also much smaller than lobster. **is seriously thinking of sending Ginny and Tori an address to send crawfish too... that or figure how much it would cost to fly to Louisiana for a cookout** **dreamy look** One thing I really miss about living in Mississippi is the crawfish cookouts!

~Kristina

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 13, 2006 4:12 pm (#1365 of 2989)    

Denise, I didn't think homemade things would travel well but I'm willing to make them if they can take the beating they'll get in shipping. Thanks to Mr. Denise. (Feel like emailing me the recipe for the Magic Cookie bars or can I get than on their web site?)

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Starling - Nov 13, 2006 4:20 pm (#1366 of 2989)    

*looks up magic cookie bar recipes*

Errr, what is semi-sweet chocolate?

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Denise P. - Nov 13, 2006 4:25 pm (#1367 of 2989)    

I will email it but I bet you can get it on the web. I have never had a problem getting baked stuff over there. Mr. Denise said it depends on the container that stuff is shipped in. Some things get beaten up, some don't. A cheapo plastic container (think dollar store) is probably the best way to send it. He said in either event, he would eat them.

Semi-sweet chocolate is the standard American chocolate chip we get in a bag at the grocery store. I have no clue the european match. The beauty of the magic cookie bar is you can put just about anything on there. Don't have semi-sweet chips? Use Smarties (or M&M's for those in the US)

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boop - Nov 13, 2006 4:25 pm (#1368 of 2989)    

Madam Pince, Sage is doing good. She is sleeping well at night getting awake to nurse and go back to sleep. Sage's sisters just love her.

Sheila, sending healing charms your way.

hugs always

boop

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Tazzygirl - Nov 13, 2006 4:26 pm (#1369 of 2989)    

Kim- Not sure if you are willing to spend some money, but here is a suggestion on keeping food fresh. I bought one of those Food Saver machines. I baked a bunch of cookies for my brother in Korea, and packaged them all up in the Food Saver bags, sucked the air out of them, and then the Food Saver sealed the bag shut. Brother got them about a week and a half later, and the cookies and banana bread were in perfect condition. I found my Food Saver at Walmart for about 40 dollars. I now use it just to store freezer food and veggies. Just a suggestion!

Not sure how to explain semi-sweet chocolate... Hmmmm.

~Kristina

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 13, 2006 4:44 pm (#1370 of 2989)    

Ahh me thinks it's time for Wikipedia!

According to Wiki:

Lobsters:

Several different groups of crustaceans are known as lobsters, although the clawed lobsters (such as the genus Homarus) are most often associated with the name. Clawed lobsters are not closely related with spiny lobsters or slipper lobsters, which have no claws (chelae), or squat lobsters. The closest relatives of clawed lobsters are the reef lobster Enoplometopus and the three families of freshwater crayfish.

# Kingdom: Animalia
# Phylum: Arthropoda
# Subphylum: Crustacea
# Class: Malacostraca
# Order: Decapoda
# Suborder: Pleocyemata
# Infraorder: Astacidea
# Family: Nephropidae

Crawfish:

Crayfish, often referred to as crawfish or crawdad, are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters, to which they are closely related. They are found in bodies of fresh water that do not freeze to the bottom, and which have shelter against predators. Most crayfish cannot tolerate polluted water, although some species such as the invasive Procambarus clarkii are more hardy. Some crayfish have been found living as much as 3 m (10 feet) underground.

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum: Crustacea Class: Malacostraca Order: Decapoda Suborder: Pleocyemata Infraorder: Astacidea Superfamily: Astacoidea

So they are related, but in different families. I'm actually surprised, I didn't know they were so closely related! You learn something new everyday! I am a bit dissapointed that they called it a crayfish though! Maybe I should rename it! LOL!

Now that I've wasted 30 minutes doing that... I think I'll go study!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 13, 2006 5:00 pm (#1371 of 2989)    

Thanks Denise. I got it. Kristina, I LOVE the food saver idea.

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Chemyst - Nov 13, 2006 5:08 pm (#1372 of 2989)    

Splitting at the family level is about what I'd have guessed, Ginny. There is still genus and species yet to go. But thanks for looking that up; it was 'randomly' interesting.

For cheap-skates only —
I have never been fortunate enough to be on the receiving end to vouch for this from personal experience; but I've heard plenty of second-person testimony that one of the best ways to ship homemade cookies is to first buy Pringles potato chips. Eat the chips. Fill the empty container with cookies using just enough crumpled wax paper to keep the contents from rattling, snap on the lid and then double pack that in a shipping box.

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Tazzygirl - Nov 13, 2006 5:20 pm (#1373 of 2989)    

Interesting idea, Chemyst!

Glad you like the idea, Kim! Another bonus with the food saver- it gives you a lot more space in the box for more goodies! Oh, since the food saver bags are also only resealable using the machine, I sent a bunch of large and small zip lock bags along, so my brother could still store the cookies in sealed bags.

~Kristina

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timrew - Nov 13, 2006 5:33 pm (#1374 of 2989)    

I think we got two kinds of lobster. Cooked and Uncooked.  

My sister brought us one kind from Lidl (the store). the cooked kind............

We hope to eat it very soon. I'll let you know what it tasted like............

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Madam Pince - Nov 13, 2006 5:50 pm (#1375 of 2989)    

I remember reading something somewhere once about "tinned lobster" and thinking that sounds like just about the ickiest thing I can imagine, and I normally love lobster... Canned seafood, except for tuna and salmon, just creeps me out for some reason. Yet, (and here's another randomly interesting fact that I learned when doing 1860's research), seafood was one of the very first things ever "tinned" or "canned" when the process of canning things was first invented back in the mid-1800's.

I have wanted a Food Saver for a long time but haven't gotten one yet. My in-laws have one and use it all the time for garden produce, fish, and meat before putting it into the freezer, and they rave about how well it works.

My el-cheapo solution to keeping cookies soft is to put a piece of regular white bread in the bag or tin with the cookies. For some reason, the piece of bread gets all hard and crusty, but the cookies stay soft. I have no idea why this works, and I've only tried it with oatmeal/raisin cookies and chocolate chip cookies, but it does work -- for a few days anyway. You do have to tell the recipient not to eat the bread, though -- I had someone eat it once and then tell me they wondered why I put a stale piece of bread in with the cookies.

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Catherine - Nov 13, 2006 5:55 pm (#1376 of 2989)    

You do have to tell the recipient not to eat the bread, though -- I had someone eat it once and then tell me they wondered why I put a stale piece of bread in with the cookies.

Uh-oh. Slacker mom rant coming up......

My in-laws came to visit overnight last night and left this morning. I was rushing out of the door at 7:15, and heard my father-in-law ask, "What kind of cereal do you have this time?"

I replied, "Um...the kids haven't been eating cereal. If you find some, don't eat it because I know it will be stale!"

Then I dashed out of the door. Father-in-law ignores my advice, finds ancient box of cereal in the pantry, and it was NOT fresh. Moldy, buggy, etc. He had the nerve to complain about my pantry in my absence.

Caveat Emptor. I told him so!

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Madam Pince - Nov 13, 2006 6:04 pm (#1377 of 2989)    

LOL! Perhaps next time he should try the mini-fridges at the local Holiday Inn Express. I hear they're lovely.

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Tazzygirl - Nov 13, 2006 6:07 pm (#1378 of 2989)    

SPEW! Nice, Catherine! You did tell him. It was fair!

LOL, Madam P!

Reminds me of the time my friend and I went and stayed at my grandparents' house for spring break several years ago. We decided to cook a big meal for my grandparents- chicken, mashed potatoes, etc. My grandmother never throws anything away. I forgot that tidbit of fact, and got out a box of the instant potatoes mix from the pantry. When everything was cooked, we served the dinner up. I went to take a bite of mashed potato, and saw little brown things in mixed in. Looking closer, I realized they were the potato meal bug thingys. Right when I announced "Don't eat the potatoes!" I glanced at my friend, who had just put the last bite of her potatoes in her mouth. oops. After that incident, I don't eat anything at my grandparents house unless I see them bring it home from the grocery story that day.

~Kristina

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Madam Pince - Nov 13, 2006 6:16 pm (#1379 of 2989)    

Been there. When my aunt was in the early stages of her dementia, she would be absolutely certain that she had "just" purchased the rotting, slimy, black-but-supposed-to-be-green pepper that was in the produce drawer of the fridge, etc. I actually took to writing the purchase date on everything when I brought it home from the store, (because I usually did their shopping), and I even wrote with magic marker on the eggs because she'd put them in the refrigerator egg crate. Ya can't be too careful!

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The giant squid - Nov 13, 2006 6:44 pm (#1380 of 2989)    

I have to agree with Tazzy about the Foodsaver. We got one for Christmas last year (well, we used gift cards to buy it...) and it's been invaluable. We can buy the bulk packs of chicken breasts (for example), split them into groups of two and foodsaver them. I just pulled a pack out of the freezer that we've had for a couple of months, thawed it out and it was as good as if we'd bought it yesterday. Just don't try to vacuum seal anything porous like breads or marshmallows--they don't like it.

Madame Pince, my mom used to use the bread trick with her brown sugar. Supposedly the sugar (or cookies, or whatever) absorb the moisture from the bread. Why it doesn't go the other way as well I don't know; probably some sort of chemical reaction with the sugar.

I just got back from the dentist (I left minutes after my last post). He had found 2 cavities when I went in for my cleaning last Thursday, and while filling those he found 2 more. My top lip is puffed up about three times its normal size, and the novocaine is just starting to wear off... It's my own fault, though...I should brush more often than I do, and my calcium intake has been practically nil (I don't drink milk and I've cut back on cheese for cholesterol reasons). Looks like I'll be picking up some vitamin supplements tomorrow.

--Mike

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Tazzygirl - Nov 13, 2006 7:07 pm (#1381 of 2989)    

Squid Mike: Just don't try to vacuum seal anything porous like breads or marshmallows--they don't like it.

Dense breads, like banana bread, are okay- they shrink up a bit, but when you unseal them, they usually go back to the way they were before. Or at least the two that I made did. I can see marshmallows not liking it though! LOL

**healing charms to your teeth** Mike!

My mother decided to tell me today she is going tomorrow evening to meet Josh Groban. I guess he's signing CDs at a bookstore (Borders) tomorrow in Los Angeles. I told her I was jealous.

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Nov 13, 2006 8:43 pm (#1382 of 2989)    

I think Regan has had exams, thats why he hasn't been online. He did get for about 10 minutes this weekend, I just didn't have time to talk to him. But I seem to remember him saying exams were soon.

Ahh okay, Loster, big, crawfish little! LOL Anyway, they may be closely related, but they tasted completely different! **Trying not to think what lobster would taste like in Zatarain's...**

I saw a license plate today that said NOX and then 3 numbers that I can't remember, but it said nox! Why can't mine spell something cool?

Okay, I said I wasn't going to come back here. But I refreshed the page and there were 23 new posts since 4 this afternoon, so I had to see what the fuss was about! LOL and argument between crawfish and lobster! LOL The things we talk about here!

I still need to study for physics. I have a gov test tomorrow and I just finished my index card. We get to use a 4x6 index card as a cheat sheet. So I wrote really tiny and managed to get all 30+ pages of my notes on it with room to spare. But physics... AHHHHHHH!!!!! This is one of those times that I feel completely hopeless, I have no optimism at the moment. This test is doom! So I should go cram some more!

Night!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 13, 2006 9:37 pm (#1383 of 2989)    

Thank you to all who sent kind thoughts and well wishes this way.

I am so happy (and relieved) to finally learn that my SS partner has made it through his 5x bypass (yes, quintuple) and is now in the recovery process. It was a very long day, awaiting news. (Thanks to Lina and Bumbledore for the laughs.) When he finally returns, I shall lecture him profusely on healthy eating habits.

So, now I think I can stop worrying, right?

Now I'm going all "worried Mom" on him, with the new driver's license and all... Madam Pince Well, maybe not.

Lol, timrew!

Off to get some work done.

Maria

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painting sheila - Nov 13, 2006 9:52 pm (#1384 of 2989)    

The thing I have dreaded all summer has finally happened - the young girl that has been living with us since her mother kicked her out has been contacted by her mother. The mother has written her about 15 emails in 3 or 4 days begging her to move back to Louisiana with her. Sweet Girl is so distressed. She feels that if she doesn't go, she will never hear from her mother or brothers again, but if she does go, she knows she will be miserable and unhappy and that she will not be able to have a life other than taking care of her brothers and her mother.

I could go into more detail, but it is not all forum friendly. Just please send good thoughts her way. She is very confused and hurting.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 13, 2006 10:15 pm (#1385 of 2989)    

Sheila, I hope things go well for her. If she is worried about not seeing them, people go for decades without even knowing about family members and then find each other. (i.e., when she is a bit older, she will have better control over where she goes and when.) It may seem as though she may never see them now, but this situation can't last, as everyone grows up and becomes an adult eventually. Until then, you seem to be offering the firm foundation she needs. Just my 2 cents worth.

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Regan of Gong - Nov 13, 2006 10:35 pm (#1386 of 2989)    

Hey,

Can't say much as I've just skipped 400+ posts to assure you I am still alive (i'll go back and read them now). Tori is correct, I've just had my equivalent of OWL's/GCSE and whatever it's called in the U.S. And I'm becoming addicted to Myspace. I haven't really been studying much...I don't know whats been happening...I tried to get in every so often to catch up on just this thread, but It's getting ahead 50 a day so...

Not dead yet-

Regan.

Thankyou for caring so much

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Madam Pince - Nov 14, 2006 12:55 am (#1387 of 2989)    

Whew! Yay, Regan! Glad to see you're doing well and no crack-ups with the car -- hope the O.W.L.s are all Outstanding!

Sheila, sorry to hear about the difficult situation with your girl. Hope it all works out well for her, and for you, too. I know it must be hard for you to be sort of "on the sidelines." We'll be thinking about her and hoping that she takes her time to think things through and make the right decision. What a shame that a young girl like that has to be in the position of making such a tough choice! But, I believe that those who have had good examples set for them will have learned how to make the right choices, and I'm sure you've gone a long way in that department for her in even the short time you've had her with your family. Best wishes....

Healing Charms to Squid Mike for his dental work (yucky! No fun! ), and to HH11's friend who had the bypass surgery (No fun there either!) Glad everything is going well so far, though.

Timrew, I saw the perfect t-shirt for you in a catalog today. It said "Lord of the Strings" superimposed over a guitar -- now doesn't that just fit a band member who is also a Tolkien fan?

Same catalog -- Squid Mike, weren't you once looking for a Darth Tater? Did you ever get one? They have them at www.whatonearthcatalog.com in case you're interested... They also had R2-Potatoo and one other one, I forget which...

Why am I still up? Grrrr... I didn't even have any caffeine since breakfast, either. Hmmmm, think I'll try reading some more HBP.

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Starling - Nov 14, 2006 3:25 am (#1388 of 2989)    

Yay! Regan lives! *sends lots of good GCSE vibes* ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Madam Pince: I found a darth tater at Urban Outfitters, they had a stormtrooper too.

I hope Sweet Girl manages to make the right decision, Sheila. Family can be so difficult. You feel you have to accommodate them, even though they might be totally unreasonable. And then you feel guilty when you choose for yourself for a change, even though it's a totally reasonable decision!

Martje

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azi - Nov 14, 2006 6:54 am (#1389 of 2989)    

Good Luck Regan!

I hope your Sweet Girl makes the right decision, Shelia.

I opened a new bank account. It's more hassle than it's worth. *sigh* I hate finding all the information they want. I'm going to have to ring them to see exactly what they want anyway. Alas, it's about time I got a current account, instead of living off my saving account.

My cold is getting worse. I think I must be driving my lecturer's insane with the frequent coughing!

Lidl lobster...Erm, can't imagine it would be that good.

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Starling - Nov 14, 2006 7:16 am (#1390 of 2989)    

If I want good quality food, I go to Lidl. It might be considered sub-standard in Germany, but compared to English cooking, it's better than the so-called "extra special" stuff you get in Tesco's and Asda.

My parents get their venison (aka "Prongs steak" ) from Aldi, by the way, it's excellent.

I'm waiting for the introduction of identity cards. If they're intelligent and put your address on it, it'll be so much easier to open bank accounts and suchlike (hang on ... the government doing something intelligent? Scratch that).

Martje

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azi - Nov 14, 2006 8:04 am (#1391 of 2989)    

Lol, we associate Lidl and Aldi as being bad quality food! It was ok when we were younger as my parents didn't have much money, but their prices have risen to be about the same as other supermarkets now. It was actually cheaper for me to shop at Sainsbury's last year! My major gripe is that I can never get everything I want because they're small shops. The chocolate was lovely and cheap though.

Ack ID cards. I just can't be in favour of them. I don't think it'll take long for the fraudsters to work out how to fake them anyway. Also, if they get stolen, they've got pretty much your whole identity on a little bit of plastic. That's never good!

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painting sheila - Nov 14, 2006 8:09 am (#1392 of 2989)    

We have an Aldi's Grocery store in the states. Is it the same thing?

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Starling - Nov 14, 2006 8:09 am (#1393 of 2989)    

Germany has ID cards, it's just one of those things, I don't think it bothers people. People can already steal your passport or your driving license anyway, so I don't think it poses an extra risk, really.

My goodness, which Sainsbury's do you shop at? Ours is more expensive than M&S, and the quality is a lot lower.

It's true you can't always get everything at Lidl and Aldi, though.

ETA*: yes, I think it's the same thing in the US. There is Aldi Sud (sorry, no umlaut on keyboard) and Aldi Nord, by the way. I think the UK has Sud.

Martje

*ETA: edited to add. Blame Bandersnatch, he started it.

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Steve Newton - Nov 14, 2006 8:15 am (#1394 of 2989)    

My boss just left on a trip to a Library meeting in Minnesota. I don't mean to be rude, but, isn't November a less than optimal time to go to Minnesota?

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azi - Nov 14, 2006 8:17 am (#1395 of 2989)    

Erm, one in York, lol. M&S is more expensive for most things (not tomatoes!), but I agree, much better quality! The smoothies are lovely, and a like the little grape packets you can get. The crisps are nice too...and the biscuits...mmm.

Edit - Aldi Sud and Nord - is there a difference?

I expect it's the same, Shelia! Is the food piled high on wooden palattes (sp?)?

Are the cards in Germany biometric? It's the biometric ones I don't like. Otherwise I'll have one - the cards I carry in my pocket will contain that info. anyway!

Lina's avatar (*waves*) makes me feel Christmassy. The trees in York are disappointing. One is so weedy and branch free it looks like it it'll fall over in the slightest breeze, the other is a perfect conical shape and, well, fake. Not impressed.

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 14, 2006 8:44 am (#1396 of 2989)    

Hiya guys. Well, the book I'm referring to in my tag line is, of course, "Moby Dick."

Well, I don't want to get ahead of myself, but some friends and I have sent in applications to audition for VH1's 2nd season of the World Series of Pop Culture. I'll keep you posted if we get picked to audition and then, of course, if we get picked for the show.

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Starling - Nov 14, 2006 9:03 am (#1397 of 2989)    

Aldi Nord is owned by one brother, Aldi Sud by the other. They split it through the middle. They do stock different things, apparently.

The German ID card is just one you can stick in your back pocket. Weirdly enough, when my other half had her address changed, they stuck a sticker on with the new address. How very, ahem, secure.

Say, is anyone looking forward to Inkheart, the movie? It's got Brendan Fraser and Paul Bettany in it.

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Tazzygirl - Nov 14, 2006 9:18 am (#1398 of 2989)    

Hope Sweet Girl makes the right choice, Sheila!

Glad to hear your friend's surgery went so well, Maria!\

**healing charms to those who need them** My cold is almost gone! w00t!

**waves to Regan**

I'm so tired- got used to going to bed a little later and then waking up late. Now it's back to getting up at 6.

Good luck with the auditions, Vlad! That's an awesome show!

Martje- I haven't heard about the new Brendan Fraser movie. Cool! I'll look into it- Brendan is one of my favorite actors.

Off to check the hangman and then off to school I go.

Have a fabulous day/night, everyone!

~Kristina

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 14, 2006 10:05 am (#1399 of 2989)    

Say, is anyone looking forward to Inkheart, the movie? It's got Brendan Fraser and Paul Bettany in it.---Starling

I always look forward to Brendan Fraser's movies. He's got dependable tastes and he never takes himself too seriously.

Loopy, I see you've caught some of Catherine's game show ambitions. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 14, 2006 11:42 am (#1400 of 2989)    

Me too. (Pssst. Tazzy. Vlad isn't auditioning; I am.)
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Loopy Lupin - Nov 14, 2006 12:20 pm (#1401 of 2989)    

Sorry for the double-post, but I just got an email that my team has been picked to audition in January. Yay!!! We take a test on Saturday. If we pass, we get interviewed (a "personality test" of sorts, I suppose) and then may be invited to play the game on Sunday. If we win, we're automatically on the show. If we lose, we'll be in a pool of teams that might get invited. Hehe. Anyway, in preparation for this, I've already bought the 80's version of Trivial Pursuit and am quizzing myself. (A friend already has the pop culture version.)

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 14, 2006 12:58 pm (#1402 of 2989)    

I'm all twitter-pated! Good Luck!

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Catherine - Nov 14, 2006 1:39 pm (#1403 of 2989)    

You go, Wayne! **pumps fist into air**

I can't wait to see what happens.

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Denise P. - Nov 14, 2006 1:44 pm (#1404 of 2989)    

Wow Catherine, your GS Council has whale shaped cookies? How nifty!

Loopy- woo hoo! Can't wait to hear how you did.

Ugh, a trip to Nashville this morning has messed up the nap schedule since they slept 40 min in the truck. This means right about dinner, I have two that are going to melt down from lack of sleep. Joy.

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 14, 2006 2:08 pm (#1405 of 2989)    

Thanks guys. I'll keep ya'll posted for sure!!

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The giant squid - Nov 14, 2006 2:40 pm (#1406 of 2989)    

Way to go, Wayne! I didn't even know they were going to do a second season or I'd have tried to put a team together. Mr. Squid & I did very well with most of the questions the first time around, but it's always easier when you're sitting on your couch...

Squid Mike, weren't you once looking for a Darth Tater?--Madame Pince

I found Darth Tater last year. He's currently standing atop my computer desk flanked by two SpudTroopers. If anyone else is looking for them, though, I noticed our Wal-Mart is selling a two-pack (Darth & one trooper) now. I never saw the R2-Patatoo, though; something to add to my Christmas wish list.

I don't mean to be rude, but, isn't November a less than optimal time to go to Minnesota?--Steve Newton

Less than optimal is a good way to put it. It could be worse, though--they could have scheduled it in January (traditionally the coldest month).

--Mike

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Starling - Nov 14, 2006 2:45 pm (#1407 of 2989)    

Nothing wrong with it being cold inside.

It's when it's cold inside it gets to be a problem.

Now, where did I leave those woolly socks.

Martje, almost sans toes

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 14, 2006 3:32 pm (#1408 of 2989)    

Whoa, congrats, Loopy! Mr. HH watches VH1 a lot. We will keep our fingers crossed.

I had to double check to make sure I had the right potato, but I just received Artoo-Potatoo from Amazon, Mike.

Thanks for the well wishes. Healing is going as well as can be expected for my buddy.

Lina, every time I find myself looking at it, your avatar gets me excited for Christmas - but by the time I get to posting, I forget to mention it! Love the avatar. Did you say it was ivy growing up the tree?

Mr. HH just called and said he was doing some work at a local Chinese restaurant and offered to bring home Chinese for dinner - so tonight's menu is put on the back burner until tomorrow. Yay!

I have a Foodsaver! It sits on my counter. I dust it once a week whether it needs it or not.  

There are a lot of posters missing - Finn, Gina, etc. I find it trails off a bit after September. Hopefully everyone's workload will slacken a bit so we can hear from those who are too busy to post and keep up with the posts!

Maria

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Catherine - Nov 14, 2006 3:40 pm (#1409 of 2989)    

Mr. Squid & I did very well with most of the questions the first time around, but it's always easier when you're sitting on your couch...

Indeed it is, as I have found to my chagrin.

Poor Mrs. Squid. I bet she doesn't know she's a Mister.

Wow Catherine, your GS Council has whale shaped cookies? How nifty!—Denise

LOL, Denise caught me between changes. I only realized after 15 minutes or so that I forgot to change the second line about the cookies!

Mmmm...blubber cookies.....mmmmmm

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Eponine - Nov 14, 2006 6:03 pm (#1410 of 2989)    

I found Darth Tater last year. He's currently standing atop my computer desk flanked by two SpudTroopers. If anyone else is looking for them, though, I noticed our Wal-Mart is selling a two-pack (Darth & one trooper) now. I never saw the R2-Patatoo, though; something to add to my Christmas wish list. - Mike

I got Mr. Eponine's R2 on eBay. It comes with a miniature holographic Leia. Do you know if they're putting out any more?

Loopy, good luck! That show was a lot of fun to watch.

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boop - Nov 14, 2006 6:10 pm (#1411 of 2989)    

Sheila, I am sending good thoughts your way. I hope it all works out.

Maria, Glad to hear your friend is doing good.

Regan, Good to see you around, you have been missed. Good luck with your exams.

Azi, Maybe its time to see a doctor. Healing charms sent your way.

Wayne, way to go, good luck. Keep us posted.

have a great rest of the day.

hugs always

boop

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 14, 2006 6:42 pm (#1412 of 2989)    

For those of you who will soon be busy buying gifts, I received a catalog in the mail today, the name of which I'd thought I'd pass along as I know there are quite a number of bibliophiles in this group. It's from David R. Godine--Publisher and they can be found here. (I'm not gonna get spanked for the link, am I Denise? They're books, after all.) For those who remember a Common Reader, this publisher carries some of those books. There are titles here you won't find at Amazon and these are beautifully bound books.
I also stumbled across The Strand Bookstore in New York recently (I saw the owner being interviewed on cable tv) and, depending on what you're looking for, their prices beat Amazon. For fun, go there and check out 'Books by the Foot' which, I think, is how the extreme wealthy furnish their libraries. Y'all probably know all about these places but it was all new to me so I thought I'd pass it along.

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Catherine - Nov 14, 2006 6:57 pm (#1413 of 2989)    

Thank you, Kim.

I will be investigating this site more thoroughly starting right NOW! **bye**:

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painting sheila - Nov 14, 2006 7:59 pm (#1414 of 2989)    

Boop - You are always so positive and up lifting - Thanks!!

Just heard from sweet girl’s father that he and his wife and their child are moving to Florida. They want Sweet Girl to go with them if she wants. Poor thing! What to do, what to do? At least there were no more rambling emails from the mother today. Whew.

I have wanted to go back to bed ever since I got up this morning. As soon as the clothes that are in the wash make it to the dryer - I am out of here!

Has it been a long day for anyone else?

OH Books! For any of you that live close enough, the Wake County Public Library is having their annual book sale starting at noon tomorrow. I think hard backs are $5.00 and paper backs $3.00 until Sunday - then it is $5.00 a box or something like that. It's a great deal if you can get here!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 14, 2006 8:03 pm (#1415 of 2989)    

Loopy: (Pssst. Tazzy. Vlad isn't auditioning; I am.)

Oops!! I am very sorry! I saw your avatar, and it made me think of Vlad, who has not posted in awhile... Anyways- Congratulations!! Hope you get on the show, and then we can all root for you!

Today was a little crazy- since it is National Book Week or something, my school had the local fire station come to the school in their trucks, and the men read a book to the Kindergartners and First Graders. Then we all got to go and look at the engines (the engine truck that holds water, and also the ladder truck), and they raised the ladder up to where one of the firemen went to the top and took a group picture of everybody. It was awesome. **coming from a person who has never been that close to a fire truck before, let alone a tour of one**

Where's Puck??? She hasn't been around in a couple days....

**sleepy charms to Denise's kiddies**

Off to write a paper that is due in one hour... sigh. 22 days left of school!!!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Nov 14, 2006 8:33 pm (#1416 of 2989)    

Painting Sheila, are child protection services in the situation with your young girl? From your post I gather there may have been some unsavory goings-on of one sort or another in that household. Are things any saner and SAFER with her father, stepmom, and their child? She needs to live in a safe and caring home where she can thrive--at least until she is old enough to be on her own and handle the "problem people" in her life.

BTW, yes ... it was a long day for me. My day started with an 8 a.m. child study meeting--followed by "pajama day" at school (I wish I'd worn mine!)--and concluded at 6 p.m., when I left a dark, deserted, lonely campus. I then ran errands before coming home. I'm beat!

Azi, I am with you on the problem with ID cards. It's a lovely thought, but as far as I am concerned it is just one more thing to worry about having stolen.

A paper that is due in one hour, Tazzy? Hm ... at least you didn't wait until the last minute!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Nov 14, 2006 8:40 pm (#1417 of 2989)    

Soli: A paper that is due in one hour, Tazzy? Hm ... at least you didn't wait until the last minute!

I know huh?? LOL!! Actually, the rule of thumb is we can either email it in by 6 pm the night before it's due, or bring in a hard copy tomorrow. I was going to email it, but as I still haven't started it yet, I think I'll just turn it in tomorrow. I love options!

~Kristina

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The giant squid - Nov 15, 2006 12:42 am (#1418 of 2989)    

Poor Mrs. Squid. I bet she doesn't know she's a Mister.—Catherine

Egad, you've discovered my secret identity as Typoman!

The real question now is: do I buy Artoo Potatoo now before they run out (Darth Tater ended up "back ordered") or do I put it on my wish list & hope for the best? The geek in me says buy it now, but since I never have a decent list for the family...

Then again, gift cards are always nice.

(((boop)))

--Mike

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Julie Aronson - Nov 15, 2006 4:43 am (#1419 of 2989)    

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

RE: your avatar, I only have one thing to say: "I would prefer not to."

Off to write a quick and dirty deconstructive analysis of The Things They Carried.

Have a good one!

Julie

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Marie E. - Nov 15, 2006 6:18 am (#1420 of 2989)    

Congratulations, Wayne! When I first saw that show my first thought was, "Finally, a show for people like me!" Good luck!

I saw Darth Tater and the Spudtrooper at Walmart last week. I didn't know they had an Artoo Patatoo. And no, posting your wish list here doesn't count, Squidboy.

We are having more lovely bipolar weather. Today, snowy and 46F. Tomorrow? Sunny and 65F. Nothing like enjoying two seasons in one week.

We have an appointment this afternoon to get Shayla's meds reevaluated. It's been almost two years since she went on them. I'm nervous about upping her dosage. I'd feel bad for her if it made her lethargic or something.

My Lexie has been writing songs lately. I guess her kindergarten wish to be a rock star may come true. Someone suggested I buy her a keyboard and let her mess around with it. Here's a chant she wrote (read it like a jump-rope rhyme): Brick wall, waterfall, Girl, you think you got it all. Well, you don't, I do. So, poof! with the attitude.

There's more but I can't remember it all. Cute, eh?

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haymoni - Nov 15, 2006 6:42 am (#1421 of 2989)    

Record her, Marie.

We have a tape of Ungrateful Son singing "The Chelsea Song", a love ditty that he wrote about a girl in his pre-school class. He also sang the theme from Spiderman and did some great covers of a few AC/DC songs.

Have a great day all!

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 15, 2006 7:09 am (#1422 of 2989)    

Thanks for all the well-wishes guys. I'll keep everyone posted on the results in January. If we don't make the show, at least it was a good excuse to go to N.Y.

(Hey Finn, are you still going to send me your Borat editorial? I was honestly interested in reading it.)

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Puck - Nov 15, 2006 8:04 am (#1423 of 2989)    

Where's Puck??? She hasn't been around in a couple days.... -Tazzy.

Puck was in DISNEY!! cheers

There were 11 of us; Mr. Puck and I with our 3, brother with wife and their 3, plus my Mom. (The six kids were ages 8,6,5,4,3, and 1.) It was a busy and eventful trip, with some fun squeezed in. Baby had trouble sleeping out of her own bed, son had a fever the first full day and had to stay in the hotel while hubby and I switched off with the girls. Monday was great as we went to a special Christmas party at the Magic Kingdom. Attendance was limited, so we walked right onto rides like "Splash Mountain." Alas, as it was a kid based trip (and we went slow as to avoid a relapse for son), I cannot give a review of "Everest", despite being a huge fan of coasters. I did see "Jack Sparrow" who was recently added to Pirates, and got myself a pirate T-shirt, which will come in handy next September. Only two trips through Small World. Diva loved it. Cool new stunt show in MGM. Baby loved all the lights and songs. She didn't want characters to get too close, but was otherwise happy. We started home yesterday afternoon. Diva -who rode every coaster she was tall enough to get onto with a grin -got motion sick from the bus ride to the airport. I had to run into a gift shop to buy new clothes for both of us, then wash us hair to toes in the rest room. She got sick again as we left the plane, but fortunately I was not in the line of fire that time. We are home skipping school today.

Hope the rest of you are doing well! I only skimmed the last few posts. (Loopy, what show are you auditioning for?)

Okay, lots of laundry to do. And at some point I must get to the store so we have some milk.

Happy RotD, Kathy

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Solitaire - Nov 15, 2006 8:04 am (#1424 of 2989)    

Marie, those lyrics sound more intelligent than some that have made it into hit songs. I agree with Haymoni ... get it on tape. That way, when she makes it big, you will have The Early Years to contribute to a collage of her life on E! channel or VH-1.

Solitaire

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 15, 2006 8:29 am (#1425 of 2989)    

Kathy, I think you picked the perfect time of year to go to Disney. I've heard it's slowest in mid-November.

Only two trips through Small World.---Puck
I feel the need to post some lyrics.

EDIT: Spell-check dinged me on 'slowest'. What's up with that?

EDIT: It also dinged me on 'dinged'. scratch

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Tazzygirl - Nov 15, 2006 9:11 am (#1426 of 2989)    

**Waves to Puck** Glad Disney was fun! Sorry to hear your boy had a fever, but thank goodness it was only one day! **is insanely jealous** I've been wanting to go to Disney for several years now, and every single time we make plans, something happens and we end up not going. (and you have a Five Words story awaiting your start... *twitch* )

Oooh. Creepy, I think Oahu has just had warnings that there could be a Tsunami... need to check my weather channel!!  

As I only got 2 hours of sleep last night- up writing that stupid paper, I guess I should go to school now. **yawn**

Hope everyone has a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

EDIT: Japan just had about an 8.1 magnitude earthquake off their coast. Hope no one was hurt! While we had a warning on the news on tv about a Tsunami, the weather channel online says it has been cancelled, but advise surfers and such not to go into the water for about an hour so from now.

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Madam Pince - Nov 15, 2006 10:14 am (#1427 of 2989)    

Marie, those song lyrics are so cute! You should definitely get it on tape somehow. Oh, and I don't think Wal-Mart has the R2-Potatoo, although I did see their ad for the two-pack with Darth Tater and Spud Trooper. The R2 is in the What On Earth catalog, or online for them. (Squid Mike, stop reading here....) It's only $14.95, in case you're Christmas shopping for siblings or anything. There is also a Yoda figure which is dressed like Santa carrying a pack of toys, which just seems... wrong somehow.

What is wrong with this picture?:  I know exactly the perfect Christmas gift to buy for people I've never even met in my life, but yet I have no idea what to get for my nieces and nephews... I'm all set for Timrew and Squid Mike, though!

Loopy, congrats on the VH1 thing! Hope you guys do well and get on the show! ***fingers crossed***

Steve, I think you're right about Minnesota and November! I remember once I had to do a PR trip with some clients in Petoskey, Michigan one November. I got off the plane in their tiny little airport, and there was this big wooden sign greeting arrivals, announcing "Welcome to Petoskey -- the coldest spot in the United States!" (Apparently they had had some record-setting low the previous year or something.) Anyway, it was not the best greeting for me -- lover of fireplaces, fuzzy socks, and sweatpants! Put me in a bad mood right off the bat!

Puck, sounds like you had a great holiday! Welcome back! Sorry about the two who were sick, though, , that can't have been fun. How was the weather -- warm enough for water rides? Were the kids already out of school? I just read a newspaper article talking about how schools are really "cracking down" on parents who keep their kids out of school for family trips or reunions or whatever -- apparently it hurts the schools' standing or something if they have absences? Plus it causes the teachers extra work to have to give the kids their assignments ahead of time, so often they "punish" the kid by overloading them to the point that the kid is doing nothing but homework the whole time they're on their family trip. The article was talking about how it puts kids "irreparably" behind if they miss even a few days. Things must've really changed since I was in school, because I sure can't imagine how even a few days off would've been all that terrible, and after all, family time is important and can be learning time, too. Anyway, the counter-argument was that parents' work schedules often aren't very flexible, and they want to take advantage of "off-season" rates and shorter lines and stuff. We are planning a Disney trip early next spring to try to avoid both the lines and the whole school issue, since he won't be in school yet then.

The Toys-R-Us "Big Toy Book" arrived in the mail last week. Little Pince has been regaling us hourly with updates on what he wants Santa to bring... So far the big winner is a remote-controlled dinosaur robot.

All my lovely bright red leaves are gone from my two pretty trees just outside my deck. Sigh... The rain/wind this weekend did them in. But for some reason, the mediocre orangish ones are still clinging to the trees...

Well, better run. Mr. Pince has most of the day off from work today (another convention-type thingy), so while he has Little Pince I can run some kid-free errands! Whoopie! (And Sheila, I found some fire-roasted tomatoes and grabbed a six-pack yesterday, so tonight is Cowboy Spaghetti night, I think!)

Everyone enjoy the RotD!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 15, 2006 10:20 am (#1428 of 2989)    

Welcome back, Puck!

Mike, I tend to be an opportunist - the family would just have to think a bit harder.

That's all for now - borrowing time.

Maria

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painting sheila - Nov 15, 2006 10:54 am (#1429 of 2989)    

Madame Pince - Let me know how the spaghetti fares at your house. My 14 year old son was disappointed we didn't have it last night for dinner. Yeah!

That makes me nervous about the school - missing days - punish the kids thing! Some friends want to take us to Disney the week before Christmas but the kids aren't out of school then. I just sent notes asking the teachers their opinion and if it was feasible for the kids to miss. (gulp!) Maybe not!

Not much going on here. Little Guy STILL has a cough. I don't know whether to take him back to the doctor or not. We are just hanging close to the house today and plan on a busy afternoon running big kids to dive practice. Their first meet is Friday. They have to have 6 dives to compete. I am not sure how many they each have, so we may not have to go if they don't. (ssshh . . . looking around to see if anyone is listening . woot!)

Have a great day everyone. I hope there isn't much damage in Japan. Will go look at news now to see what's up.

Edit - The quake did little if any damage any where. The wave that hit was only 16 inches as opposed to the 6 foot wave predicted. YEAH! All is well and no one was hurt. By the reports it seems as if everyone remained calm and did what they were asked by their government officials. Yeah - again.

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Puck - Nov 15, 2006 12:40 pm (#1430 of 2989)    

Yes, it is less crowded now, especially on weekdays (though we had mostly weekend time.) We honeymooned there in November, and try to go back that time of year due to low crowds and good weather. (It was sunny and warm enough to swim, but not so hot you felt you had to swim.)

We thought when we made plans the kids would have time off for Veterans day. The past couple of years they've had two days off. This year it fell on a Saturday, and the school didn't get the bank holiday. Son is only in first grade. His teacher is asking for a journal of the trip, and is saving his papers for him. I would rather take my kids from school than deal with massive crowds. However, I am also a trained teacher and feel I can help them catch up at this age, especially if only a few days to a week. (My kids don't miss that much school on a regular basis. I remember kids being out several times a month when I was in school. That's more of a problem, in my opinion.)

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Holly T. - Nov 15, 2006 12:54 pm (#1431 of 2989)    

Sheila, the week before Christmas is the one of the busiest times at Disney World, with the week between Christmas and New Year's being the busiest. The first time we took the kids we went the first week of January--arriving on New Year's Day. That was the best time to go. It was a little chilly in the mornings (for us, LOL, those of you from Up North would probably have been fine) but that was worth it for there to be no lines. We rode several rides a couple of times in a row. The best part was all of the holiday decorations were still up, they were still doing the holiday shows, etc. Jan. 1 was on a Wednesday that year and the kids didn't have to be back at school until Jan. 6 or 7 (ok, my son wasn't even in school then) so we had a nice long time for a vacation. We're planning to go back in Jan. 2009 as Jan. 1 is on a Thursday.

Welcome back Kathy! Glad you and the family had fun! When we went to Disney World last October over Columbus Day weekend (it was pretty crowded) the kids missed one day of school--the Thursday before a 4-day weekend. As they both had straight A's I was not too concerned.

Did you get to see the Sword and the Stone show by the carrousel? When we saw it in 2003 (when my son was 4) Merlin came out, you know, with a purple pointed hat, purple robes, and a long white beard. My son gasped: "It's Professor Dumbledore!"

I am trying to keep up--apologies for not responding to more people. I am out of town all day tomorrow (for work, boring) and then gone all weekend (camping, woohoo!).

Have a great RotD!

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John Bumbledore - Nov 15, 2006 1:06 pm (#1432 of 2989)    

...a newspaper article talking about how schools are really cracking down" on parents who keep their kids out of school for family trips or reunions or whatever -- apparently it hurts the schools'" -- Madam Pince

Madam Pince, That is caused by the no child left behind, law.


Since Mrs. Bumbledore is a teacher of exceptional children, I get to hear all the rants about how this law actually causes many children to be left behind. It is apparent that it was a very poorly written law. It seems to me to clash with Public Law 94-142 (Education of All Handicapped Children Act) also known as, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

First, low attendance (or excessive, unexcused absences) negatively affect the schools pass or fail rating, so the schools are trying to motivate parents to get their children to school or have a written excuse for the absence. Family trips are one of the areas of contention as they are unexcused absences, but if the trip can be shown to be educational, then it may be an excused absence. My rant about this is that it assumes the school has some power to ensure attendance. Schools are punished if there are too many unexcused absences among students.

Second, all students are tested to the same standard level based on age appropriate grade level. This means that exceptional children, especially those with severe or profound disabilities, may be unfairly expected to perform beyond their ability.


Okay, Now I'll wait patiently for the teacher among us to correct my errors.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore
The lineup of the usual suspects Smiles is now in my profile.

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Holly T. - Nov 15, 2006 1:26 pm (#1433 of 2989)    

John, my daughter is in the Nutcracker and is supposed to perform two days at the shows the ballet puts on for schoolkids (mostly third graders). So we have a note from the ballet company asking for an excused absence (she won't miss the entire day, just most of it--approx. 10-2). So far the school has said it is unexcused. She'll miss, among other things, gym and social studies, which it seems to me ballet covers. But what do I know?

My husband does school law. My comments about NCLB would not be Forum friendly. :-)

Ok, my car is packed up with the stuff we need for our work trip tomorrow. Off I go!

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Puck - Nov 15, 2006 1:44 pm (#1434 of 2989)    

I would think an "unexcused" absence is one the parents don't know about. If a responsible parent says it's okay, then what's the problem? I guess this is when home schooling would come in handy. I, however, don't have the patience to do so. I need the peace that comes from sending them off to school for a few hours each day.

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Starling - Nov 15, 2006 3:57 pm (#1435 of 2989)    

My son's school is weird. They are saying they're against kids taking time off for holidays, but when you give them the form asking for the time off, they'll happily sign it!

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azi - Nov 15, 2006 4:12 pm (#1436 of 2989)    

I had days off when my mum was doing her degree to go on fieldtrips with her. They were educational - and much more interesting than school! My parents would never take me out of school for a holiday, but then again my father is a teacher so they don't have much choice.

I'm glad you had fun apart from the sickness, Puck! How long were you away for? I'm impressed that you kept the lead on Potty 5 Words while on holiday!

I'm writing a report on the National Farmers Union's views on pesticides. It's boring, and most of the information I think would be useful requires for me to be a member. It's interesting how influential they are though.

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Madam Pince - Nov 15, 2006 7:21 pm (#1437 of 2989)    

I'm with you, Puck. That's what I would think would/should be the difference between "excused" and "unexcused." But, as Holly says, what do I know?

Azi, everyone around where I live is all interested in pesticides, since we live on an island surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay. Any pesticide and/or fertilizers have to go through all this testing and stuff to get approval before they're sold, because of run-off into the Bay. Even then, some frown on their use period, again because of the Bay. (But the mosquitoes are terrible here! We use a Mosquito Magnet to catch them, which works well but would work better if only everyone else would get one too!) Good luck with your report!

Sheila, the Cowboy Spaghetti got postponed again. Mr. Pince had a taste for Chinese food tonight, so... maybe tomorrow!

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Puck - Nov 15, 2006 7:25 pm (#1438 of 2989)    

Azi, we left Friday morning (the car came at 4am to bring us to the airport) and returned home late Tuesday (11pm).

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Madam Pince - Nov 15, 2006 7:28 pm (#1439 of 2989)    

Did you feel like that was long enough, Puck? We're debating on how many days to spend...

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Puck - Nov 15, 2006 7:38 pm (#1440 of 2989)    

Not really. Especially since we lost a day due to illness, and got little done the next morning, since my family had planned a late breakfast. By one o'clock the kids were exhausted and we had only seen one attraction. Really, there is so much to do, the longer you can stay, the better. Especially with kids, as it's important to go back to the hotel and rest. Still, we managed to get in all the favorite kid stuff. I will say to make dinner reservations. If you change your mind and go elsewhere, there is no penalty, but without them, you wind up eating fast food the whole trip. (My mother -who planned the trip and took all of us- did not listen to this advice, and was disappointed that she couldn't get in anywhere.)

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Holly T. - Nov 15, 2006 8:16 pm (#1441 of 2989)    

For anyone planning a trip to Disney I highly recommend the Mouse Savers web site and the Unofficial Guide book.

I meant to say earlier for Squid Mike--there are ample supplies of all Star Wars Potato Heads on eBay for decent prices. My son already has Darth Tater and I bought him the other two on eBay.

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Viola Intonada - Nov 15, 2006 8:31 pm (#1442 of 2989)    

Madame Pince, I spent 6 months at Disney World about 15 years ago. That wasn't enough time to see everything.

Having been a "Disney Cast Member", I can tell you that Christmas is the busiest day of the year, Easter is the second busiest. If you wish to go early spring, I recommend going before March 1. As soon as the colleges start Spring Break, business starts picking up. I've heard from a lot of people that the week after Thanksgiving is a good week to go.

You haven't been to Disney unless someone was ill. I planned for a year for our first trip to WDW with the kids. I wanted to go in October the year before eldest started school, figuring that October is a "light" month. Well.....The week I chose was a big golf tournament (the one Paine Stewart's plane crashed on the way home from) and the Senior Olympics. The lines were huge!!! After the first day in the parks, eldest broke out from head to toe with Chicken Pox. UGHHHH!!!! I cried all night long, I also never took on the responsibility of planning another vacation. Next time we went to WDW we decided to go three weeks before we went. Everyone was healthy and had a great time.

Madame P., if you would like more hints and tips, you can email me. I've got lots.

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Solitaire - Nov 15, 2006 9:39 pm (#1443 of 2989)    

Teacher here! I can tell you how our school feels about kids being yanked out for family trips: we tolerate it (since we have no choice), but most of us hate it.

The district hates kids being yanked out because schools receive funding based on ADA (average daily attendance). Obviously, a school's ADA is not going to be as high when kids are away, so that eats into the school's funding.

Teachers at our school have to provide contracts for kids who are going to be away (a major pain). Now, there are two ways to do this. First, we can give some sort of journal or alternative assignments to do, so that we can get that precious ADA (assuming the absentee actually does all the work). Most parents do not like this option, because (1) the students must still do the work they missed, if they want the credit, and (2) they also claim that they do not want their kids to fall behind.

The best way for kids who are gone to stay on top of things is to give them exactly what we are going to study while they are away. This can be hard or easy, depending on where I am in the particular instructional cluster. Parents often get angry when the plan I gave their kids changes radically while they are away. But sometimes a week didn't go as planned because of some special assembly or activity that happens on the spur of the moment (a frequent occurrence at our school), and I must completely restructure what I'd planned to do the following week. Or maybe 3/4 of the 7th grade flunks an important test, and I must reteach a series of lessons that obviously bombed.

The bottom line is that when kids are out of class too often, they miss important information and valuable experiences. I never know when some "teachable moment" is going to occur ... one of those moments that turns out to be critical in a class's understanding of something central to the subject matter. The more often kids are absent, the more of those moments they miss, and they can't be duplicated.

I do believe it is important for kids to travel--to see and do special things and learn about the world in which they live. In the past, our entire 6th grade social studies class benefitted from one student's trip with her mom to the Stonehenge area of England to visit her mom's family. She took pictures and got all kinds of information about the history of the area. I helped her organize it into a PowerPoint presentation which she gave when we came to that chapter, and the kids loved it! Another student taught us about some of her Jewish holidays and explained what they did and why. It was great, because we were studying the ancient Israelites in class!

As with all good things, some parents do overdo it. I have some families who take their kids out of school 3-4 times a year for various hunting trips, each time for about a week. Alas, the kids who tend to go on the majority of these trips are not my top students.

Just for the record, I would like to send a couple of my students on holiday for the rest of the year. I would gladly mail them lessons all year ... at my expense!

Solitaire

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The giant squid - Nov 15, 2006 10:53 pm (#1444 of 2989)    

Sounds like the problem is administrative (surprise). Basing funding on attendance is counterproductive; they might as well come out and say, "We don't care if they learn anything, as long as they show up." Isn't what they learn more important than making sure there's butts in the seats?

I understand that kids leaving in the middle of a lesson can be disruptive, but really, as long as they're keeping up is it really that bad? From what I'm seeing here even the ones who go to school are being "left behind" when it comes to actual education.

It's just too bad that the teachers have so many hoops to jump through that keep them from their actual goal--teaching.

Marie, I'll have my wish list out to the family soon. The Mrs. has hers done, so I'm out of excuses now.

--Mike

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Solitaire - Nov 16, 2006 12:26 am (#1445 of 2989)    

There is probably more to it, Mike. I just know that ADA has (or had) something to do with funding. Class size has also affected funding in the past. Remember class size reduction?

Solitaire

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Starling - Nov 16, 2006 3:33 am (#1446 of 2989)    

The problem here is that the travel companies increase their prices during the holidays. So a lot of people can only afford to go outside the holidays.

What's this class-size reduction you speak of? My son's class has 35 kids. OUCH.

*watches Torchwood*

Has anyone else seen it? And does anyone think there's an awful lot of gratuitous snogging in there?

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azi - Nov 16, 2006 3:44 am (#1447 of 2989)    

I don't watch Torchwood, but my housemates do. Everytime I walk through the living room there is some sort of snogging. Maybe I'm just catching it at the wrong time though.

They did try class reduction some time ago. Didn't really work.

That's longer than I thought, Puck! You must have posted a lot before you went on holiday.

Pesticides are a controversial subject.

I agree, students going on holiday 3/4 times a year both miss out and cause much inconvenience.

Happy what-ever-day-it-is to all!

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Chemyst - Nov 16, 2006 3:57 am (#1448 of 2989)    

Sheila, I'm sending you wisdom-counseling charms to help Sweet Girl know how to sort her priorities.

Good Luck, Loopy. As for me, I'd be miserable failure at pop culture. There is a TV commercial for...   I think a cingular phone that plays music. Anyway, the commercial shows a large grocery store with different "products" and aisle displays which I 'm guessing all refer to either a band or popular singer. For instance, they show cans of 'korn' and bags of 'ice' but most of the references totally escape me– like who's the clerk with braces?

Nice book link, Kim. I wish online book sellers had a standard where you could know how big the type is before purchasing. My dad doesn't necessarily have to have full-blown large print editions, but he can't read the teeny stuff, yet he is the one person I'd be most likely to buy for on a site such as that.

Even though home schools are exempt from No Child Left Behind, you might be surprised to learn how much disapproval it has racked up on home school forums for much the same reason as the one John cited: the standardized testing. Many times home schooled kids won't fit into just one grade level. They usually move ahead in their better subjects. It is pretty common for a 9 year-old to be doing 4th grade math and 6th grade reading (or vice versa) at the same time. And history & science often are not taught in the same sequence as the state standards. There is no "right order" for which should be taught first: the solar system, simple machines, or desert ecosystems. If siblings are close in age or ability, it is more efficient to have them study the same topic together, but that is often not the sequence used in the public schools. I think you can see the flaws of standardized testing under such conditions.

My parents took me to Disney World for one day during the week after Christmas. It was all lines & waiting. I had such a rotten time that I always found "better" places to take my own kids on vacation. One of our best trips was one of the simplest; lots of short hiking on Grandfather Mountain.

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Catherine - Nov 16, 2006 4:23 am (#1449 of 2989)    

For anyone planning a trip to Disney I highly recommend the Mouse Savers web site and the Unofficial Guide book.

Good advice. Also, the "Fast Pass" is awesome for major attractions. The system is computerized, so you have to wait a certain amount of time before getting other Fast Passes, but it means that you can go in a separate, much shorter, line.

Ditto on getting reservations for dinner or character dining, especially anything in Cinderella's castle. Also, in my opinion, the food at Epcot is much better than the food at the Magic Kingdom, so we used to head over there in the late afternoon and do some of those attractions and then eat. My kids' favorite place was the Mexican restaurant inside the pyramid.

Have a good day, everyone.

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Starling - Nov 16, 2006 4:24 am (#1450 of 2989)    

I've heard a lot of people complain about the "fakeness" of the staff at Disneyworld in Florida. As a result, I was pleasantly surprised at the genuine friendliness of the staff in Disneyland Paris. They were really enjoying themselves, not vacantly yelling "have a nice day!".

We'll probably go again this Easter, even though my partner is protesting loudly (I'm not too keen, I'm not into theme parks either, but my son's exactly the right age to go, so we'll indulge him ...). There will be queues. Sigh. The last time we went we managed to do it outside the school holidays.

Edit: ooooh, I've just booked tickets to see Mama Mia! *boings*
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Starling - Nov 16, 2006 4:46 am (#1451 of 2989)    

Oh drat, somebody's hacked greatestjournal, just when I felt like writing a really long essay.

*cough*

I think I'll give up on today and go back to bed.

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Marie E. - Nov 16, 2006 6:24 am (#1452 of 2989)    

We went to Disney World in 2001. My girls were 4 and 2 years old at the time. I thought they were too young, especially Lexie, but my mother-in-law had been dying to take them ever since Shayla was born. We were there for three days. We got a Park Hopper pass so we could bounce around to different parks throughout the day. My in-laws and Lexie spent the second day at the hotel while the rest of us went to MGM. I'd like to go again now that the girls are older. Mr E wants to plan a trip involving his parents and my parents. That should be interesting.

Shayla's doctor has put her on the next dose up on her medication (she has ADHD). Impressively, Shayla has gained 7 1/2 pounds since her last check-up in March. The last time Shayla gained seven pounds was between birth and six months. Seriously. Her typical yearly weight gain is only about three pounds. Her doctor said to watch her appetite as this higher dose will probably suppress it a bit.

I think recording Lexie singing is a great idea. As a proud Slacker Mom, I haven't videotaped my children since last Christmas. I think I even need to go buy a new battery for my camcorder. Our camcorder is pretty old. We got it when I was pregnant with Shayla.

Shayla was telling me about a new friend of hers from school named Kaja. After she spelled the name for me I said, "Oh, like Kajagoogoo" which of course led to a chorus of Too Shy. Then I got one of Those Looks!

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Snuffles - Nov 16, 2006 8:15 am (#1453 of 2989)    

What ever happened to Limahl.........

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haymoni - Nov 16, 2006 9:36 am (#1454 of 2989)    

We've been to Disney twice and each time we went the week after Halloween. There was NOBODY there. It is also the time for Epcot's Food & Wine festival - yum!

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geauxtigers - Nov 16, 2006 10:21 am (#1455 of 2989)    

Brick wall, waterfall, Girl, you think you got it all. Well, you don't, I do. So, poof! with the attitude.

Thats so funny! we had a version of that around 2nd grade. It came with hand motions etc. I think it went “brick wall water fall girl you think you know it all, but you don't, so hmph! with the attitude!”

Disney is so awesome! We always go over Mardi gras, most people get a week off. No lines, and everyone there is froom LA. We get the heck out of town for Mardi Gras! LOL

I'vee missed a few days here and there for vacations when I was little. Now as long as I'm not terribly sick, I'm at school. Missing is a bigger pain. Its not worth it, but for vacation it is!

Well the girls got 4th at state meet and the guys got 2nd. They lost by 7.5 points. it was fun, but we got back at midnight last night and I got to bed around one. I'm in French right now, we are 'working' on our projects. we have a sub, and all we have to do is glue stuff on a poster now, so I canme here. Sorry for any typos, I'm usingthe old messed up lap top that half the time won't hbackspace or shift, so going back is a huge hassle.

Anyway, its Thursday and we only have one day left before thanksgiving. and its freezing outside! colorado weather sounds like our weather. 2 days ago, it was 80 degrees, today its like 50. Thats our winter, 85 one day, 30 the next, and I'm not kidding. Last year, shorts and t-shirt on Christmas, snow flurries on New eYears.

okay I should go now. Almost time for lunch. Today is 'Thanksgiving Dinner' Turkey, stuffing, all the good stuff! YUM!

Skimmed athe last 58 posts, hopefully I'll get to spend some time here next week!

Hacve a greate day everyone!

Ahh this computeer is so weird, I backspace and it deletes 2 letters at a time! Why?

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painting sheila - Nov 16, 2006 10:33 am (#1456 of 2989)    

Chemyst!! I used to go to summer camp every year in Grandfather Mountains! I love it up there!! and thank you for the charms. Sweet Girl seemed to be doing so well until her dad called last night and broke the news that they were moving to Florida. I am not sure how she feels about that. I wish I has a pensieve and could just take out all the painful stuff for her. (sigh)

It is raining here with lots of tornado warnings. None in our county but 9 people have died in a more southern county. Good luck to any forumners that may be down in that area!

Harry and the Potters! Do you think they had to pay royalties to JKR? Me and the kids playfully wrote Harry Potter the Musical (SS)using some standard Broadway songs. It was really good (we thought) and did the same with the CoS. I would love to send it to her - but am afraid of her lawyers (cringe cringe!)

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 16, 2006 10:43 am (#1457 of 2989)    

Our camcorder is pretty old. We got it when I was pregnant with Shayla - Marie E.

Don't feel too bad, we've had our camcorder since Olivia was 1. She is now 13. The battery doesn't hold the charge for very long, needless to say. I have to lug that dinosaur to Priscilla's school play tomorrow afternoon and hope it doesn't fizzle out on me. Well, at least I don't have an infant in addition to a camcorder - that used to be fun! I'll bet you don't videotape because it is such a pain to get running - that is my reason, anyway.

Regarding the school absences, I must say that requirement makes it very difficult when you have a child who is sick and needs to stay home to recover. Either they miss a load of days or they are sent in with an illness to spread to everyone else. Not a great set of options. I always opt for staying home and recuperating, but either way is messy. We try to work vacations around days off which is why we always end up with long lines at Disney. Fast Pass is great - I agree!

Sorry to hear you had to battle with sickness during a vacation, Puck. FWIW, I'm impressed with the way you handled the bus incident!

I like a combination of different vacations - outdoor types, as well as visiting parks and cities. I have always wanted to do the 'Linnea in Monet's Garden' trip with my children.

Healing and strengthening charms all around to those in need.

Maria

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Starling - Nov 16, 2006 12:00 pm (#1458 of 2989)    

I need a camcorder, or at least a recorder, I want to be able to record choir concerts and rehearsals. My ex still has the old camcorder, I left all of our gadgets behind.

I have always wanted to do the 'Linnea in Monet's Garden' trip with my children.

Me too! Ever since my oma gave me that book! I know my son is interested in art, he can spot a Van Gogh a mile off.

Martje

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Puck - Nov 16, 2006 12:44 pm (#1459 of 2989)    

Well, my kids hardly ever miss school due to illness, so being out for a few days of first grade shouldn't be a problem. Yesterday was a half day, or else I would have brought him in once he woke up in the morning. Most of our vacations involve visiting relaatives, which can easily be done during school holidays.

Maria, we all had a good laugh at the bus incident. My brother gave her 9 points. (lost a point for missing my shoes ).

Video recording while holding a baby is a trick. My husband commented on the poor quality of my camera work. I had to point out that baby was in the other arm trying to grab said camera.

Okay, I really need to do some dishes and unpack another suit case. (Anyone want to place bets on how long it will take for me to finish unpacking completely?)

Kathy

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Madam Pince - Nov 16, 2006 1:38 pm (#1460 of 2989)    

I'm shopping for new camcorder batteries, too, Maria. I got two when we got the camera, so we could switch off when one goes down, but now after about 5 years they're both only holding a charge for about 15 minutes. It will show as being fully charged, then the minute you press "record," the battery-indicator instantly drops down to half a charge. Sigh... I guess we will want longer-lasting batteries than that if we go to Disney.

Speaking of which, thanks for all the Disney advice, everyone! I am cutting-and-pasting all into a "Disney" word document! I remember that someone had said earlier about the FastPass thingys and the Unofficial Guide also. Viola, I'm sure I will be e-mailing you soon! What cast member were you? I'm sure you were some lovely princess!

Solitaire, thanks for your "teacher's perspective" on absences! I completely understand that -- I can certainly see where 4 or 5 vacations a year from school time would be very trying. I'm hoping that just one won't be as big a deal, especially for kindergarten. I guess that's where the frustration comes in -- administrators have to make a call at some point (as Mike says, this is where the trouble is), and while they may want to be reasonable and make exceptions for students who won't get left behind, they will be sure to get "called" on it by parents of students who didn't get the same exception, and who probably would get left behind. It must be so difficult to be fair to everyone in these situations.

Sheila, glad to hear you're safe after all the storms in North Carolina! I was so thankful to hear about that skating rink that doubled as a daycare center -- totally smashed to splinters, but the 31 preschoolers and 4 teachers had all gotten out safely just moments before. That was a close one! It could have been so tragic.

I think we are now getting that weather up here -- today is very warm, but the wind is blowing something fierce, and we have rain and the bay is high and the waves are really being whipped up! There is was a big tent set up at the golf course, but I noticed as I was bringing Little Pince home from school that it was all blown down and across the office. Hope it didn't do too much damage. One good point, I suppose, is that this should get all the fall leaves off the trees in one fell swoop, so the chore of raking doesn't get dragged on and on and on... There are tornado warnings for our general area, too, but our specific location is usually pretty safe from weather extremes because the Bay protects us.

Got my car fixed today -- it was some minor thing that was a huge irritation because the "check engine" light kept coming on and they kept saying it was just the gas cap not being tightened, which I knew that wasn't it because I am always extremely careful about that. After three trips, they finally "repaired" a hose that had dry-rotted. I asked them if it was "repaired" or "replaced", and they said no, it was repaired. Funny, I didn't know you could repair a dry-rotted hose. But I guess that's why I take the car to a shop instead of doing it myself. However, they did only replace my front windshield wipers and forgot to replace the one on the rear (I asked them to replace all wiper blades), so now we still have that to do. Sigh...

So I found a very nasty voice message on my cellphone today, which I am assuming was a wrong number because I sure didn't know the voice and the context of the message didn't seem to have anything to do with me -- I hardly ever get phone calls with that many expletives in them! There was no number left along with it -- my phone just said (no number) where it usually leaves the phone number. It's mildly amusing to think of when the caller finally gets in touch with the "real" recipient and blesses them out even more for not responding to the earlier message which they never even got!

I miss Lost... today at the grocery store I bought a Lost magazine -- is that pitiful or what? I didn't even know they had such a thing...

I am fully expecting our electricity to go out because of the high winds, so I'm not holding out much hope for the spaghetti tonight either, nor the piles of laundry, nor more posting. We'll see! Everyone enjoy the RotD!

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geauxtigers - Nov 16, 2006 2:46 pm (#1461 of 2989)    

Okay, I really need to do some dishes and unpack another suit case. (Anyone want to place bets on how long it will take for me to finish unpacking completely?)

If you're anything like me, the suitcase will still be packed until you realize you no longer have any clean clothes and are forced to wash everything in it, then end up unpacking!

I love Disney!! It probably the greatest place on earth! Glad yall had fun, Kathy! (other than the 'minor' illness)

Safety charms to everyone in line of the bad weather. We drove through some of that on the way to the swim meet Tuesday evening. I think it might've rained all night too, but I didn't pay it much attention, I was too pre-occupied watching all the guys on the team shave their heads. That was interesting! But the wind is still pretty strong outside today, yesterday, it was blowing so hard, its a wonder there are still leaves on the trees.

Well I missed one day of school, so I have a ton of work to do.

Have a good day!

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 16, 2006 3:19 pm (#1462 of 2989)    

my phone just said (no number) where it usually leaves the phone number. It's mildly amusing to think of when the caller finally gets in touch with the "real" recipient and blesses them out even more for not responding to the earlier message which they never even got!

LOL That's because it was someone prank calling you! There is a number you can dial before a person's number, that prevents the number from showing up on caller ID, so instead it says 'no name' and you can't all it back. People use it to do prank calls, and I'd bet biggg bucks that it was someone pranking you! I got one of those one....the guy wanted me to "holla back at cha boii" It was funny!

**bets on 2 weeks!**

I loveeeeeeeee Disney World! Rockin' Roller Coaster is a MUST! I hate roller coasters but that one is abosolutly the funnest thing in the world!! I don't generally like amusement park rides, but as my mom tells me alll the time, it's Disney! They never overdo it! The goal is not to scared you or make you sick, but for you to have fun! Our Tower of Terror picture is reallyy funny! I looked petrified and tori attempetd to smile! I also love how each ride is so heavily themed. THey always have a story to tell you before you ride, and then when you get on the ride, it's like you're following the story. It just has the best atmosphere ever!

I'm glad y'all had funn Kathy!

I can't remember much else! I'm wayy tired. It's been a lonng past two days. Time to take a nap and do some homework!

GREY'S ANATOMY TONIGHT!!!!!!!

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The giant squid - Nov 16, 2006 3:21 pm (#1463 of 2989)    

Funny how Marie didn't mention the trip we took to Disney World back in '95 or so. It was the two of us & two of her friends from college. A word of advice: do not try to hit all three parks in one day. We had fun, but all agreed that we needed more time to really enjoy the place.

We get the heck out of town for Mardi Gras!—geauxtigers

I can relate. There's a reason you don't find many locals wandering the Strip in Las Vegas. We leave all that for the suckers tourists.

There is probably more to it, Mike. I just know that ADA has (or had) something to do with funding. Class size has also affected funding in the past. Remember class size reduction?—Solitaire

I'm on the verge of an Accio Thumper, but I'll just say this & drop the subject: Until they start making policies that actually focus on quality teaching instead of quantity, we'll be in this mess. No Child Left Behind is just a way for the administration to say, "See? We didn't hold any kids back." The fact that half of them can barely write their own name doesn't bother the bean counters in the least. They moan about class size & lack of teachers, but they offer pathetic salaries while the admin staff is making 6 figures. Schools are dealing with substandard buildings and supplies while the administration has a fancy new multi-billion dollar office complex.

I've gotten used to corporations being short-sighted and just looking ahead to the next fiscal year, but when our education system refuses to look at the long-term, we're doomed. Someone's gotta run this country (or world) when we're gone, and I don't see many people capable of doing that these days.

Yeesh, 34 years old and I'm already a crotchety old man...

--Mike

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Starling - Nov 16, 2006 3:40 pm (#1464 of 2989)    

Disneyland Paris was built on the cheap. The concrete is showing underneath the paint, and the ratchets on the Runaway Train were so noisy they freaked my son out (he had glue ear at the time) so badly that I could just cry when I see his frightened face on the photo we got.

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Tazzygirl - Nov 16, 2006 7:50 pm (#1465 of 2989)    

Welcome back, Ginny and Tori!

Skimmed over the last couple of posts, and now I can't remember a single thing I wanted to reply to. Stress is starting to creep back into my life- or rather, more of it.

It just hit me today, I have three Wednesday classes left, and two Thursday classes left before the end of term. And six days left in my teaching placement. As I am missing my last Thursday class of the semester (will be in California, for surgery), everything that is due that day is now due a week before. Which means I have less time now to complete three presentations and two projects. That is also not including the papers and projects due for my Wednesday classes. **insert stressed out smiley here** I think I need a time turner... and a cold compress...  

Hope everyone in North Carolina and the other states getting hit with nasty weather is okay!

Have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Puck - Nov 16, 2006 9:06 pm (#1466 of 2989)    

Tori, as it is mostly summer clothes in the suitcases, I'm in no need of them for awhile. The laundry was in a separate duffle bag. After Diva's "incident" on the way home, I was pretty quick to wash the clothes. It's the souvenirs, extra stuff we never wore, etc... that're still packed. I also have Halloween decorations to take down.

Safe weather charms all around!

I love Rockin' Roller Coaster, but did not get a chance for that this trip. Diva did enjoy Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain, though.

Kathy

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 16, 2006 9:11 pm (#1467 of 2989)    

Kristina, health charms and prayers for your surgery to be quick and a speedy recovery.

Someone's gotta run this country (or world) when we're gone, and I don't see many people capable of doing that these days. Have faith, old man. Think of all the clever young minds on this thread alone. Imagine all of the young HP fans we've never met.

I'm quite certain it is *82 (in the US) that blocks your number from being viewed.

I know my son is interested in art, he can spot a Van Gogh a mile off. Starling Give that boy a brush and some canvas!!

Puck, I figure 4 days from suitcase to drawer. You seem pretty organized to me.

Maria

Where's kaykay?

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Solitaire - Nov 16, 2006 9:36 pm (#1468 of 2989)    

Mike, I can only argue with some of your rant. NCLB is not liked by ANY administrator I know ... some lost a lot of good teachers, who got caught in its cogs. Some teachers may not have had degrees in their subject areas, but many had taught their subjects for so long that they were more competent than other teachers with degrees but no experience. Several of our people fell into this category, and the students have been the losers by the changes. They may have a teacher who is Highly Qualified on paper ... but does the teacher LOVE the subject and make it wonderful? Not necessarily, and that may be the difference between teaching kids and inspiring them.

I agree that most districts are top-heavy, although our school could actually use a full-time vice principal. Our principal is run ragged! Our school is old, too. My classroom is the oldest in the school. I have four electrical outlets available to me, and most are kept busy with fans in the warm months.

We have a new K-3 school next door, but our other 5 grades are in OLD rooms at my school ... or "permanent portables." But at least the portables have good heaters and great a/c for summer. Our principal is in the same old building as the rest of us, so no favoritism there. The only really updated section is the computer lab. We all have access to it, so that is fair. Unless it rains or is terribly hot, no one really complains about the old raggedy rooms. Parents love our school, because we have an incredible sports program, and we do so many little "extras" for the kids.

Actually, parent "ownership" and involvement in our school is HUGE. Our school foundation parents bought the computer lab, and it is great. They upgraded our gym, refurbished our playground equipment, and are refurbishing our auditorium, as well.

Our Moms in Touch are awesome, too! If we need help setting up for a big activity or preparing/serving refreshments for something like Oral Language Festival, our moms are there, doing it all. Throughout the year they do little thoughtful things for the teachers.

I agree, though, that those who run the schools are often short-sighted. We are fortunate to finally have a board that is willing to talk to and listen to the teachers. This has not always been the case. They are still a bit stingy for my taste, but they're better ...

Well, that is a big rant, and now I'm exhausted! I hope everyone has a great Friday!

Solitaire

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Madam Pince - Nov 16, 2006 11:00 pm (#1469 of 2989)    

Ummmm, I don't think I was getting a prank call, Ginny. The caller was seriously angry at whoever it was she was trying to call, or at least it sounded that way to me. If it was a prank, it wasn't much of one. Of course, she still could've been using that *-whatever number to block where she was calling from, I guess. Or been calling from a workplace or something like those annoying election-type calls that always show up as "unavailable." My rule for those calls is: If they're unavailable, then I'm unavailable.

Was it Puck? or Maria? or Chemyst? who was lamenting about not having any Pop Culture savvy? Something happened to me yesterday/today that makes me quite glad it's Loopy in the VH1 show and not me. Let me preface this by saying I live near Annapolis, MD, which is the home of the Naval Academy, so there are always USNA "plebes" or students or whatever wandering around the mall and the streets and so forth. Although my Dad was in the Navy, I don't know all the rank designations, except I do know that S1C is Seaman First Class. Anyway, so I was going into the local Circuit City store yesterday (to check out the robotic dinosaurs ), when I noticed a tent outside the door with about four 20-ish young men standing around it. As I said, it's not uncommon to see Naval Academy guys, and I remember from my college days that guys sometimes have to do weird things like stand guard at the mall or whatever for their little fraternity "hazing" things or whatever. So I walked past these guys and thought nothing much of it. As I was coming out, another customer in front of me asked them "Hey, what are you guys doing out here?" and one of the young men replied "We're PS3's." So I kept walking to my car, musing all the way wondering what new Navy rank could be a PS3. Plebe Section Three? No... Private Second...? No, that's Army... Hmmmm....

So then this evening our TV news had a big story on the long lines outside of electronics stores for people waiting to purchase the new Sony PlayStation 3. Ohhhhhhhhh.... OK. Now I see. I swear to goodness, the times I can't see the forest for the trees...

Good luck, Loopy. Glad it's not me. If it weren't for you guys here on the Forum, if I heard someone say "Hey, I got a Wii!" then I would've probably directed them to the nearest restroom.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Nov 17, 2006 1:10 am (#1470 of 2989)    

Ok, got to share! Tuesday was "Dress as your favorite book character" day at my grand-daughters school. (See profile for old pic at book 6 release) She went as Hermione in the Sorcerer"s Stone. She's 5 and in kindergarden. She wore her Hogwarts students robe, with Gryffindor patch, her student hat, and a paper pined to her shirt describing the major role of Hermione in the book. She won first place in her school! Not bad for a banned book huh? Of course it was Granny's idea, sounded better than the Cat in the Hat. LOL Picture will be in my profile in a day or two. Just had to share.

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Tazzygirl - Nov 17, 2006 1:39 am (#1471 of 2989)    

That's awesome, TBE!!

Thanks, Maria!

I got one lesson plan done. w00t.

Off to bed I go...

~Kristina

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Starling - Nov 17, 2006 3:25 am (#1472 of 2989)    

Morning, y'all! My sweetheart comes to visit today. *boing*

Sony Playstation 3: I read some reviews, and I've decided that, if I HAD to have a game machine (which I don't), I'd pick a Wii, because it actually gives kids some excercise!

Permanent portables: my old school had those. The heaters were so hot, your leg would scorch on one side if you were sitting next to one, and you could melt paper cups on them!

(((Tazzygirl))) Just keep breathing, hon!

Maria said: Give that boy a brush and some canvas!!

It's odd, I always thought he'd be no good at art. His drawing was appalling, but now he's started doing little designs, and they're really good. The other day he made a Christmas card for a friend, and the snowman and border he drew inside it could have been printed on a card and sold. It wasn't life-like, but the design was excellent.

Martje

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azi - Nov 17, 2006 6:24 am (#1473 of 2989)    

**cold compress and a calming draft for Tazzy!** I have 3 projects and an open book exam before the end of term. Three weeks left though. Hmm, put that way I'm starting to panic!

Congrats to your granddaughter TBE!

My parents have no gas. Apparently the leak that they discovered was worse than the company thought - when they dug it up the entire pipe system up to our house collapsed. They're going to have to dig up the drive (good thing it's old and me and my mum have been angling for it to be redone for a while ).

I remember there was a time with my old phone where I got random calls from men asking me for a particular woman. I felt quite sorry for them after hearing the disappointment in their voices when I told them it wasn't her phone number.

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Pigwidgeon - Nov 17, 2006 6:39 am (#1474 of 2989)    

Congrats to your granddaughter, TBE!

Sheila-- about the musical SS and CoS -- have you considered posting those on our fanfic forum ?

Disney World -- Last time I was there, I was in kindergarten. I don't remember all that much about it, other than loving the "It's a Small World" ride (my parents tell me I insisted on going five times!), being a bit afraid of the pirates and getting splashed at the "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride and being absolutely terrified of the Haunted Mansion (dad had to carry me the entire time, and I buried my head on his shoulder and screamed during the whole tour.) I remember liking the Country Bears, but being very disappointed by Sleeping Beauty's castle (where were the flying fairy godmothers? Where were the horse's stables? heh heh heh)

Oh, I know some were wondering. I chatted with Gina the other night. She's just peachy, just swamped right now with schoolwork. And speaking of schoolwork...

WHOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Finished my final final last night *dancedancedancedancedance!!!!!!!* Just have my paper to polish (meant to have done that already, but it's been a BUSY week), but it's due Monday, so I have a bit of wiggle room. Then I'm done with classes, and just need to finish my internship (will miss that, though, the people are nice).

(((hugs))) to all!

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The giant squid - Nov 17, 2006 6:42 am (#1475 of 2989)    

Soli, I think we're actually on the same side here. When I say "administration" I mean the bureaucrats & higher-ups--you know, the ones that tell the principal that he has to do things that make no sense at the school level just because it fits their program.

Tazzy, strengthening charms for your crazy work week & the surgery after that.

I have no interest in buying a PS3, but even if I did I'd wait until the next wave of them comes out. What folks are getting now are the ones they rushed through production to have available before Christmas; these same units will, somewhere around February, require an upgrade or recall for something that isn't doing what it should or doing what it shouldn't.

That and a lot of the people waiting in line for the limited number of PS3's are just planning on selling them to someone else anyway. Someone was telling me tonight his friends were planning on putting theirs on eBay. Apparently they can get $2500 for it.

--Mike

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kaykay1970 - Nov 17, 2006 7:17 am (#1476 of 2989)    

I'm in no hurry for the PS3 either. I did plan to purchase one once Final Fantasy XIII is released. But after playing Final Fantasy XII I am not so excited about where those games are headed! The graphics are awesome but it lacks in plot and storyline. Also it gets pretty boring when all you have to do is push the analog stick to move your charcater until you get into a battle. Once your character has targeted an enemy you can pretty much put the controller down. The only time you really have to use any strategy whatsoever is on the occasional boss battle.

***waves to the Horntails and suggests that if Olivia wants this game that she rents it first before spending all that money!

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Puck - Nov 17, 2006 7:26 am (#1477 of 2989)    

We are thinking about getting our son a game system for Christmas. As he's only 6, I refuse to pay sky-high prices or wait in line. Debating between just getting him an older system, or waiting until spring and getting one of the new systems for his birthday.

Best of luck to all those with school work to finish -including the teachers!

Maria thinks I'm organized? How'd I manage that impression?

Diva home from preschool again. She's so listless. No fever yet, but I'm afraid one may spike later. She's on the couch watching Dora. Well, at least she made it through vacation. Her best bubby is having a birthday tomorrow. Hopefully she's well for that.

TBE, that's grrat about your granddaughter. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Your husband seems as he was getting into the spirit, as well.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Eponine - Nov 17, 2006 8:07 am (#1478 of 2989)    

Wednesday, I was out at the shopping center, and I saw people setting up a couple of tents in front of Best Buy. I had to call Mr. Eponine to find out what they were camping out for.

Last year, when the X-box 360 came out, there was a group of people in Chattanooga who had bought 3 units, and they were followed home from the store and robbed at gunpoint.

The only reason I would ever wait in line for something like that would be to turn around and sell it for a huge profit. But I don't have the time to wait in line for something like that, so that's out of the question.

Well, I called the graduate school yesterday to make sure they had all the necessary forms for my application. It is currently being reviewed by the Library School, and then they'll get back to me. From what I understand, it shouldn't be an issue for me to be accepted, but I'm really getting impatient. I'm going to have to figure out work schedules, fill out financial aid stuff, and more.

Mr. Eponine has a job interview today, so good luck charms would be appreciated!

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Solitaire - Nov 17, 2006 8:28 am (#1479 of 2989)    

Mike, I think we are on the same side, because the bottom line is that most teachers (and GOOD administrators) want the best for the kids. Of course, we would like a fair shake, too, as far as salary and working conditions go. I do believe, alas, that NCLB is a mess. I could go on and on and on ... but I won't.

I really can't complain because, although my school is older than dirt, we have a lot of nice things and I never worry about being shot or beaten up at school. My school today is a lot like schools were when I was a kid. People care about what happens and get involved. I'd rather be where I am now than in a brand new school with a bunch of gang problems and people in my face over every little thing.

I am having a rough year because of the CLAD stuff and a schedule that is not teacher friendly ... but our principal is trying to fix the schedule, because he knows those of us who are having trouble wouldn't complain if it were not a serious problem. That's one good thing about rarely complaining and generally supporting the admin--when I DO speak up about something, he listens and takes me seriously. My opinion about certain things is occasionally solicited and pretty generally respected, which is more than I can say about peers in other schools.

Speaking of school ... I must dash! TGIF!!

Solitaire

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Puck - Nov 17, 2006 9:43 am (#1480 of 2989)    

Charms to Mr. Eponine!

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haymoni - Nov 17, 2006 11:30 am (#1481 of 2989)    

Best Wishes to Mr. E.

Thanks for the links on the HBP movie thread. The dementors must be asleep because I've been able to look at them.

I am dead tired today. The last 2 nights I've had 10:00 pm benefit meetings to give to 2nd/3rd shift folks. I'll never schedule that again! I have 1 more meeting this afternoon and then I am going home to sleep.

Mike - we have plans to be in Vegas the week after Thanksgiving. If we get really bored, maybe we'll pop on over to catch "Casino Royale".

Good night, everyone!

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painting sheila - Nov 17, 2006 11:59 am (#1482 of 2989)    

I took Little Guy to the doctor again today. His cough just wasn't getting better. It was getting deeper. Anyway, they think he has walking pneumonia. YIKES! I am SO glad I took him in!!

I just hope the other kids are big enough to fight it off.

Biggest Boy has his first dive meet tonight! I am nervous. He has dived every summer - but never for his school before. He is doing a couple of inwards which make me very nervous. I can't watch but with one eye cracked just a tiny bit so if he asks, "Did you see, Mom?" and I can truthfully say yes. (gulp)

I am off to get meds for the Little Guy. Poor thing. Bummer - I was going to take him to see Happy Feet today. Maybe next week.

Good Luck to Mr Eponine!! I hope all goes well.

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Steve Newton - Nov 17, 2006 12:38 pm (#1483 of 2989)    

sheila, did the tornadoes hit near you?

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Madam Pince - Nov 17, 2006 12:45 pm (#1484 of 2989)    

Cold compresses to Tazzy! Good luck on getting everything done!

TBE, that is so cute! Congratulations to little Cheyenne! (I tried to look at her picture on your profile, but all the other pictures downloaded except the one of her! I did enjoy seeing you and hubby getting into HP, though! I will look for Cheyenne when you post the new one.)

Woo-hoo Pigwidgeon on being DONE! Congratulations! Won't this really make the holidays so much more enjoyable, with everything off your back! Yay!

Good luck to Mr. Eponine!

Azi, hope your parents' gas line gets fixed soon -- that can't be fun with cold weather going on. Hope they have alternate heating / cooking means until things get all fixed!

Puck and Sheila, sorry to hear about Diva and Little Guy being ill -- that is such a bummer! Not fair on Happy Feet weekend...

Sheila, I fear I was too cautious with the seasonings on my Cowboy Spaghetti -- it was very good, but pretty much just tasted like regular spaghetti. I'm always more tentative the first time with a recipe because I'm not sure how it's going to turn out, but I think I just need a bit of a heavier hand.

We were just looking at the "extras" on the GoF DVD, and Little Pince asked who those people with the funny make-up were that were singing. I told him it was The Weird Sisters. He was quiet a minute, then he said, "Well, they look like brothers to me."

It's a lovely day here today -- it was supposed to get colder but for some reason has stayed warm even though the rain and wind have moved through. Today is sunny and gorgeous. It was warm enough to leave the windows open last night (which is unheard of for mid-November) so we got to hear the geese honking overhead as they continue their migrations. The sound of Fall!

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Liz Mann - Nov 17, 2006 12:56 pm (#1485 of 2989)    

Hi all. I'm just popping in to say that the UK charity Children in Need is having it's annual big fundraiser at the moment, so if anyone wants to donate anything that would be cool, because at the moment the donations are coming in slower than they were this time last year. It's a charity to help young people in the UK.

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 17, 2006 2:10 pm (#1486 of 2989)    

IT'S THANKSGIVING BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOHOOO!!!!!!!! NO SCHOOL FOR AN ENTIRE WEEKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

** healing charms to Diva and Little Guy**

Congrats to your grandaughter TBE! Can't wait to see the pictures!

Hmm........Can't remember much else than that. I think it's time to go curl up with an HP and relax!

Happy Friday to everyone!

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geauxtigers - Nov 17, 2006 2:24 pm (#1487 of 2989)    

FREEDOM!!!! **Does the we get a week off of school dance**

Healing charms to everyone!

Sheila, thats so cool that he dives! I have a friend who used to dive, I find that very cool! Not many people do it, it takes some guts! Kudos to him! Very cool!

I really want a PS3, but unfortunately, the thing is wayyyyyyy over my budget! LOL I'll wait a year or so and that price will be cut in half. I'll just go to my cousin's house. He's been saving since he found out there was a PS3. But there is a new Tony Hawk game that I want, but naturally, not for PS2, so I guess I'll just have to put that on the backburner.

Kathy, if you are going to get your son a game console, I'd recommend a Playstation 2, they are relativly cheap now with the PS3 out, and compared to Xbox and Game cube, the controllers are easier to handle especially since he is so young. I've played a game cube, and there are so many buttons in very awkward places. Thats merely opinion though, because they say that game cube is geared toward younger players, which could be why I'm not a big fan of it! I guarantee he'll like whatever you get him though!

I might go see Borat tonight, dunno for sure yet.

We played Battle of the Sexes again in English today because my teacher didn't want to start new material before the break. The girls won! We dominated! The guys were really frustrated because I knew the sports questions. They finally stopped asking them. Why do guys think girls know nothing about sports? LOL it was fun!

Well I'm off to find a snack!

Happy Friday!

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 17, 2006 3:11 pm (#1488 of 2989)    

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!!! I'm off all next week and will be heading home to be with the folks. I got tired of the "This day in history . . . ." avatars, so I decided to leave Kim with a little Willie instead. Enjoy!!!

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Lina - Nov 17, 2006 3:12 pm (#1489 of 2989)    

Congratulations to your granddaughter, TBE! I was just wondering... You haven't mentioned your horses for a long time...

Fingers crossed for Eponine and Mr. Eponine. I hope everything will be settled soon and to a great satisfaction!

Healing charms to Sheila's boy, Azi and everyone that need them!

Congratulations for your final paper, Pigwidgeon!

Strengthening charms to Tazzy! I must say I can't believe it has been only a little more than a year. Are you sure it was not your second anniversary? It definitely feels like forever.

And yes, Maria, that is ivy on the tree. There was a talking about early Christmas decorations on this thread and then I noticed this tree (it is in front of the place where I work). So I came to the conclusion that if the nature can make the Christmas decorations so early, why couldn't us humans too?

I'm pretty sure that there are much more posts that I felt like answering while I was reading them, but I hope you won't mind if I don't.

Veronika hurt her knee on Monday while running to school and had to stay home all this week. Today we went to check it and it is healing wonderfully. Now I just expect her to get chicken pox. She is the only one that didn't have them yet, and Kate got them just at the time that she had a wound on her knee from falling from the bike. And those pox seemed to like the area around the wound a lot, so much that she still has a scar there. So the scar on the knee might become the only similarity between the two sisters.

Tori and Ginny, have a good time!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 17, 2006 3:22 pm (#1490 of 2989)    

Thanks for all the charms and cold compresses! I'm slowly trudging through everything.

Good luck Azi on school, and to Eponine and Mr. Eponine!

Yeay!! Pigwidgeon- I'm going to miss my placement (kind of like an internship too) when my school year is over.

My brother really wants a PS2... he asked me if I would be so kind as to buy him one and send it over. I told him he was out of his mind.

Healing charms to Sheila's little guy and to Puck's Diva!

Ginny and Tori- No fair you get a week off!! **is insanely jealous** I so could use the break!

Healing charms to Veronika! Hope she doesn't get the chicken pox... I remember when I got it, and I was about three. yuck. (I know, it feels like I've been here awhile, but nope! )

Off to run an errand, and then back to tackle another lesson plan.

Have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

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boop - Nov 17, 2006 6:50 pm (#1491 of 2989)    

Kristina, good luck with all your school work. Healing charms for your surgery.

TBE, aaww can't wait to see your granddaughters picture. Congrats to her.

Azi, good luck with your school work.

Kathy, healing charms to your daughter.

Eponine, sending good luck charms to you and your hubby.

haymoni, enjoy your trip, and get some sleep.

Sheila, healing charms to your little one.

April, congrats on being done with classes.

Liz, **waves**, good to see you around this thread. Thanks for the link.

Tori and Ginny, enjoy your week off school.

Wayne, have a safe trip. Enjoy your week off.

Luna, healing charms to your daughter.

Have a great weekend everyone.

hugs always

boop

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Puck - Nov 17, 2006 7:42 pm (#1492 of 2989)    

Sheila, healing charms to your Little Guy.

I expected Diva to pop up with a fever, as she usually does after being listless. Instead, she perked up and went out to play. Though first she convinced me that she was "sick" -  I had to make her some brownies.

A week of for Thanksgiving? Our schools only get out a couple of days.

Lina, the tree is beautiful!

Kathy

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Solitaire - Nov 17, 2006 9:03 pm (#1493 of 2989)    

All this chicken pox talk is like a blast from the past! When I was 5 years old, I broke out in chicken pox on a Monday. That Thursday I was diagnosed with Rubella. I had chicken pox on the soles of my feet, in my mouth, and (according to Mom) other places that were miserable. She made us wear white cotton gloves to avoid the scratching and scarring from the pox. I do remember that!

I ran a very high fever with the measles and was apparently quite sick. The docs had Mom keep us in dark rooms and wear dark glasses when we had to come out of our rooms for any reason, due to the measles. (Does anyone else remember the dark room thing with measles?) Just as I was about ready to go back to school, Mom, my sister, and I were knocked over with the Asian flu. I missed almost a month of school before we were cleared to go back! I sure hope no one else has to endure such a mess!

I'm jealous about a week off at Thanksgiving. I feel lucky that we get off for two days!

Solitaire

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painting sheila - Nov 17, 2006 9:50 pm (#1494 of 2989)    

I remember my two oldest getting chicken pox. I had driven from Utah to Arizona with the kids when they were about 5 and 3. It was a horrible trip back - heat was unbearable and the air conditioning in the car didn't work very well. I stopped at ever fast food restaurant between Orem, Utah and Winslow, Arizona on the way back. It took FOREVER!! but we made it in one piece. The day after we got back to Orem, I noticed both kids had broken out with the chicken pox! I watched the news for days to see if there was some strange epidemic of chicken pox on that stretch of highway. I just knew we had given it to hundreds of kids!! It was summer so I just let them play in the wading pool in the back yard. They had too much fun to scratch during the day, and at night were to worn out to scratch in their sleep. Ta! Da! The only thing is that my Oldest Son has had Shingles twice - believe it or not! Poor guy. I guess it wasn't a potent enough case of Chicken Pox to start with.

Oldest Son won the dive meet!! How funny is that. All of the high schools came together to dive since no one team has a lot of divers. All the teams dive together but only one schools scores are up against one other schools scores. (Does that make sense?) There were about 17 boy divers all together and my son just knew he had botched it. He actually DQ-ed on one of his dives - too much twist. Anyway, it turns out out of all of the divers, our school was only diving against one other school - and they were a no show! So Austin and the one other kid from our high school took first and second. I laughed out loud! He was saying how he wanted to go to regionals for our school - he actually might make it!

Not much else going on. I am going to try and get some of Harry Potter the Musical on the Fanfic forum tomorrow. It'll make for a good laugh.

Have a good night -

She

Edit : Okay - I give. I looked on a couple of places I thought the Fanfic forum would be and can't find it. (help)

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 17, 2006 10:45 pm (#1495 of 2989)    

I just got back from seeing Borat! I've never laughed so hard before! It was too funny!

I remember having chicken pox. It was not fun at all! I will never forget those stupid oatmeal baths! That was just gross! They came out with a vaccine for it about 2 months after I got it. Lot of good that did! I've never had measles before as I got the shot in I think kindergarden.

Congrats to your son Shelia! That takes some guts to climb up on those things! I had a very traumatic experience with a high dive when I was 11, so anyone that is willing to hurl themselves off of those things gets big points in my book! I have no idea how they manage to twist themselves up, it's amazing!

No one else gets a week off for Thanksgiving?? I've never heard of not getting a week! How weird!

I think I'm gonna go to bed now! Night everyone!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 18, 2006 1:06 am (#1496 of 2989)    

Sheila- here is the link to the Harry Potter FanFiction Forum. While your there, scroll down towards the bottom, and check out Potty Games: Five Words (vol IV)- It's a blast!! Congrats to your son!

**waves to Finn (yet another shameless plug for the thread!)**

Thanks, Boop!

Off to bed for me.

~Kristina

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Regan of Gong - Nov 18, 2006 4:40 am (#1497 of 2989) Reply
Edited by S.E. Jones Nov 18, 2006 12:32 pm  

I just got back from seeing Jack*** 2! Lots of fun ideas for the holidays-

My face stopped my body from getting really hurt on that one

School is almost finished, I'm just going because Mum is making us now, we've got a week doing nothing.

I realize the language is mild and the name of a movie, but do keep in mind that we have young people reading our forum whose parents may not want them reading certain terms.- SE Jones

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azi - Nov 18, 2006 5:23 am (#1498 of 2989) Reply
Edited by S.E. Jones Nov 18, 2006 12:32 pm  

Now, Regan, did you not hear about the stupid male in Northern England that copied a Jack*** stunt by shooting a firework out of a certain area of the body from which you really shouldn't shoot fireworks? It was actually filmed on camera as well. He ended up in hospital, funnily enough.

I had chicken pox when I was five. Ended up in hospital with Encephalitis. That's inflammation of the brain leading to loss of motor control and other stuff. Took years to fully recover.

Thankyou for the good luck!

-I realize the language is mild and the name of a movie, but do keep in mind that we have young people reading our forum whose parents may not want them reading certain terms.- SE Jones

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Puck - Nov 18, 2006 6:49 am (#1499 of 2989)    

WOW! People here had some serious case of chicken pox. I had them freshman year in high school. Was out for two weeks. I'm glad my kids got the vaccine. When I was in 6th grade a girl in the 8th grade got one of those secondary infections from the pox and she died. Glad Azi and Soli came out of it okay.

Regan, my son will now be forever banned from watching any of those movies. He has a wonderful face and I like it just as it is.

Kathy

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 18, 2006 7:19 am (#1500 of 2989)    

Healing charms to Veronika!

Sorry to hear about Little Guy, Sheila - walking pneumonia is a tough one. He'll probably not be 'right' for a couple of weeks. Healing charms to him.

Glad the magic brownies worked, Puck.

We had visitation days on Wed. and Thursday at Olivia's and Priscilla's schools, respectively. The boy Priscilla sat next to had such a stinking cold - he was struggling the whole time, blowing his nose, trying to breath, coughing - poor kid (and his mother sat right there, watching - that's what I meant, Solitaire). As soon as Priscilla got home, I started her on Airborne, LOL!

Liz, I checked out your link. It would be great if such organizations were hooked up with PayPal. (Then again, I'd probably be broke.)

Lots of fun ideas for the holidays- Regan Oh, Regan, please don't even go there.

haymoni, are you nuts? Scheduling that right before Thanksgiving?

Boop, how is Sage doing (the newest little Boop)?

Yay for Pidwidgeon and the light at the end of the tunnel for school work!

I didn't get to take the kids to Happy Feet, as Olivia's first Teen Canteen was last night and I was a chaperone. For some reason, the 8th Graders don't look as mature as last year's. Some of last year's 8th Graders were tough - really gave the chaperones a hard time.

Okay, I'm procrastinating. . .enjoy the RotD/N everyone!

Maria

EDIT: Thanks for the advice, kaykay! Olivia got to play the game at the expo in NYC - I'm not sure she was enthralled. Pretty much what you said sums it up quite well. I do have a question regarding another game, though. Hopefully, I can catch you in the Chat Room, as I know Olivia does occasionally read these.
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Madam Pince - Nov 18, 2006 8:34 am (#1501 of 2989)    

Oooo, Azi, that is a scary chicken pox story! That must have been miserable! And Solitaire, that is just too much illness for one little person to have had at once -- bummer! I came down with the chicken pox when I was about 9 or 10 -- I started breaking out about an hour after Mom and I left my pediatrician's office from getting some vaccinations, and Mom was sure I was having a reaction to the vaccine. She took me back and the doctor said it was chicken pox. The only major inconvenience was that it was summer and I wasn't allowed to go to the swimming pool while I was sick, so I was upset about that.

Sheila, woo-hoo on the diving meet! Default or not -- hey, it still goes in the "win" column! That would be great if he gets to go to regionals!

Have a great trip, Loopy! Be sure and say "Happy Thanksgiving" to the sheriff for us if you see him!

I've been tearing through all of this year's photographs looking for one to make a Christmas card out of -- I had one right in my hand a couple weeks ago that I wanted to use, and now of course I can't find it anywhere, much less the negative or the CD. Sigh...

We have the most beautiful black squirrel in our back yard. We used to have several of them, then they all moved down the street or something, and now we have one back. He is so shiny and glossy, and he really stands out now that the leaves are blah-colored and fallen off the trees. He enjoys teasing the dog -- she thinks she can catch him, but she never gets even remotely close. I'll give her this, though, she's persistent!

Lina, I meant to say how cool that tree is at your workplace! It is just beautiful!

Everyone enjoy the RotD! (Tazzy, I know you'll be busy today, what with the TomKat nuptials and all... be sure to bring us back some photos and a full report! )

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The giant squid - Nov 18, 2006 9:20 am (#1502 of 2989)    

Mike - we have plans to be in Vegas the week after Thanksgiving. If we get really bored, maybe we'll pop on over to catch "Casino Royale".—haymoni

Let me know when you're coming & might be able to sneak you in. Seniority has its privileges. I have to say I was very impressed with Casino Royale and I expect this weekend to be horribly busy. Thankfully, I'm in the projection booth where I can hide from the crowds. wink:

I decided to leave Kim with a little Willie instead.--Loopy Lupin

Family friendly forum... Must... not...comment...

--Mike

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Chemyst - Nov 18, 2006 10:15 am (#1503 of 2989)    

I would like to give haymoni a special commendation for being so selfless and thoughtful of the second & third shifts. Bravo haymoni!

And while I'm handing out awards, I may as well add congratulations to Pidwidgeon and throw in a compliment for Lina's extraordinary tree.

I started breaking out about an hour after Mom and I left my pediatrician's office
 So, you probably exposed all the kids in the waiting room? One is not supposed to go to the doctor to get sick. What a boost to the karma of irony!

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Solitaire - Nov 18, 2006 12:24 pm (#1504 of 2989)    

Solitaire, that is just too much illness for one little person to have had at once

Madam Pince, when I was 9, I had San Joaquin Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis). I don't know if you've ever heard of it, but it affects one a lot like mononucleosis or Epstein-Barr and can settle in the lungs. At the time, the doctor told my mom I was fine--probably just didn't want to go to school for some reason!!! (Since I loved school, that didn't really make sense to her.) Looking back, I had a lot of the symptoms: low-grade fever, hacky cough, sweats, lost appetite, neckaches, extreme tiredness ...

When I entered high school and had a chest x-ray, the doctor said there were lesions on the bottom of my lungs and asked when I'd had Valley Fever! My mom told him I'd never had it, but she did get out my baby book (she wrote down everything) and told him about the stretch of time when I was 9 and had all those symptoms. This new doc told her that he could tell from my blood tests and chest x-ray that I'd had VF during the past 5 years ... so I was diagnosed after the fact.

Mom has always believed that lack of treatment by the other doc may have had something to do with my subsequent development of rheumatoid arthritis (technically, I have Reiter's Syndrome, which involves a bit more) and my progressively hard time with colds. She has also wondered if perhaps the rubella had something to do with my poor eyesight. These days, docs are less likely to just dismiss things, thank heavens, and I think kids' ailments are taken more seriously.

Solitaire

Edit: One is not supposed to go to the doctor to get sick.  LOL Chemyst! I was over my cold when I went to see my doc for a checkup to make sure my meds were okay and to go over my blood test results. There was a girl about 18 or so who had a very "wet" cough and was coughing all over the waiting room (no Kleenex in front of her face, thank you very much)! First I got up and moved to the other side, then a mom and her kid did. Anyway, my cold was "renewed" a few days after that. Coincidence?

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Holly T. - Nov 18, 2006 1:05 pm (#1505 of 2989)    

Funny story about my daughter and the chicken pox--she'd had the vaccine so when she came home from playing baseball with some itchy spots on her neck (she was in kindergarten) I thought she had heat rash. We spent the afternoon at the movies, where it was nice and cool. Well, the next day, more spots. Hmmm. Went to the doctor, who immediately said chicken pox. We never even suspected it, since she'd had the vaccine. So everyone at baseball was exposed, everyone at the movies, the doctor's office, etc. It was a fairly mild case, the doctor said, so I guess at least that was thanks to the vaccine.

So why am I here posting and not camping with my Girl Scouts? Because when I was driving home from Houston Thursday night I got a horrible sore throat. I kept feeling worse and worse until about midday Friday I called and told the people in charge that I wasn't going to stay at the campout (I was supposed to work in the kitchen). I thought I'd at least feel well enough to drive the girls out there but by later in the day, even after a nap, I felt even worse. So my husband drove the five girls out to camp and dealt with the crisis of one of them realizing she'd forgotten her sleeping bag. Spare bedding was found and he left them there with all of them happy. It is fabulous weather this weekend so I hope they are having a good time. My husband and son are off at a football game. I have spent most of the day in bed. :-( I think it's a sinus infection.

End of my pity party. :-) Hope everyone is doing well!

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Eponine - Nov 18, 2006 2:35 pm (#1506 of 2989)    

We just got home from the Carolina/NC State football game. Personally, I would have rather stayed home, but Mr. Eponine was really insistent that I go with him this time. It's the only game I've been to this year. Now I just have to put up with basketball season.

We're thinking about going to see Casino Royale on Monday. It looks good, and I'd really like to avoid any crowds.

When I was a kid, my sister caught the chicken pox, and my mom didn't separate us so I'd get them too and just get it over with. My younger brother didn't get them until he was in 6th grade.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 18, 2006 3:08 pm (#1507 of 2989)    

My brother, sister and I all got the Chicken Pox at the same time. I think my sister was 1, and my brother and I were about 2 1/2.

Wow Soli! I've never heard of that type of fever before.

Filming a video today depicting the good qualities of a teacher, and what a teacher shouldn't be like. We got the idea from our placements this semester (my friend's terrible, awful teacher was the influence for the bad teacher in the skit.) Hopefully we get the entire thing done, as it will mean one less thing to worry about!

Oh- our supervisor talked to the school where the awful teacher works at. Not sure what is going to happen next. Just thought I'd share.

I cannot stand the Jack*** movies. Never seen them, and never will. Something about people purposely hurting themselves just doesn't strike me as hilarious. More of stupid.

Have a great RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Puck - Nov 18, 2006 3:24 pm (#1508 of 2989)    

I spent the afternoon at a "dress like a princess" birthday party. The girls danced and did crafts. Quite adorable. I brought Diva home, tossed son in the car, and drove him to his friend's birthday. They boys were running wild and tackling each other. The brave parents are taking all the boys in Son's first grade class to the hockey game. A neighbor is driving him home, so he's out until around 10 pm.

LOL, Maria. I'm sure I'll be asked to make more magic brownies whenever she's feeling under the weather. (Funny, I thought she was going to ask for lemonade, as that's how we used to get her to take medicine to reduce her scary-high fevers.)

Holly, feel better soon. At least you get to be alone in your house.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Regan of Gong - Nov 18, 2006 3:58 pm (#1509 of 2989)    

Casino Royale looks like the most brutally violent movie of the Bond films. It's still "Coming Soon" over here.

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 18, 2006 4:07 pm (#1510 of 2989)    

I can remember my cousin getting chicken pox from his vaccine, and that he hardly had them at all. I got them first, and by the time I was better, Tori got them, so my mom spent about a month at home with us. That must have been fun for her!

I just got back from Target! It was fun. We are doing this thing for an organization, that helps needy families. Every Christmas they do a project to buy presents for little kids who won't get any on Christmas morning. This year I got a 5 year old. I had wayy too much fun picking out cute little clothes and PJ's for her! I also got her a Cabbage Patch Kid! So I've spent the last hour wrapping it all. I'm thinking I'm going to go back tomorrow and get her some shoes and socks and underwear, and maybe some more little girl things like hair clips and glitter and such. It's soo fun! Target has the cutest clothes ever. I had to actually restrain myself on some of it!

Baby sitting tonight! Woo Hoo! I'm nearly broke now, and could use a bit of extra cash. The kid is really cute too so it should be a fun night!

The 'dress like a princess party' sounds like fun Kathy! Glad Diva is feeling better!

**healing charms to Holly and everyone else that needs them**

Have a great RotD!!

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painting sheila - Nov 18, 2006 4:41 pm (#1511 of 2989)    

Madame Pince - Be BOLD with the Cowboy SPaghetti. That's what makes it fun! Yippe Ky-yeah!

Eponine - I am afraid to ask who you cheered for in the Carolina/State game. (go heels?)

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Eponine - Nov 18, 2006 6:32 pm (#1512 of 2989)    

Sheila, the in-laws are die-hard Carolina fans (season tickets for football and basketball, Rams Club members for 20+ years, etc). I don't have a choice but to cheer for Carolina.

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painting sheila - Nov 18, 2006 9:23 pm (#1513 of 2989)    

I went to see Casino Royale tonight and loved it! Great Bond movie! With the intimacy to a minimum I thought. I was SO hoping for a OoP preview but no luck. They did have an Eragon preview that looked pretty good. I almost had my hands on a OoP movie poster - but none this time. The manager said I could check back as often as I like and said he would not think me a pest. Yeah!! Don't know what I would do with it once I got it - but hey - gotta have it!

Eponine - You are my new best friend! Go Heels!!

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haymoni - Nov 18, 2006 9:30 pm (#1514 of 2989)    

OSU won.

Hubby is sad. He has been a long time Michigan fan.

It's tough to be a Michigan fan and live in Ohio.

I'm just glad it was a good game.

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geauxtigers - Nov 18, 2006 9:35 pm (#1515 of 2989)    

TIGERS WIN!!!!!! That was so stressful! We were driving back from babysitting listening to it on the radio. We get to a red light and its 4th down, 14 seconds left in the game, our last shot...And Russell threw it to Bowe and we were tied! All comes down to the extra point, kicker had made 76 straight PATs, and they blocked the kick! He redeemed himself by kicking the game winner 26 yard field goal in overtime to win the game! If yall could have seen me and Ginny in the car freaking out when they scored that touchdown...!

Not much else happening, I'm all fired up after that game, so I think I'll just go watch SNL and go to the chat room. Any takers?

EDIT: congrats to Ohio State, I heard that was an awesome game, though I didn't get to watch it. That was a tough one. I was kinda going for Michigan...I like the "underdog" even though they weren't really underdogs, but anyway. Sorry for your husband, Haymoni. Games like that are the best to win, but the worst to loose.

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painting sheila - Nov 18, 2006 10:28 pm (#1516 of 2989)    

Ohio/Michigan State was a good game! I hate that someone has to lose though. I am not very competitive.

Tazzy - I went to fanfic and couldn't figure out how to post. help? (sorry!)

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Tazzygirl - Nov 18, 2006 10:56 pm (#1517 of 2989)    

Sheila, (that's okay! ) Do you want to start your own thread for Musical Harry Potter or just add to another discussion? The rules and such are the same as on this Forum. If you want to start your own thread, at the top or bottom of the page is a "Add Discussion" button. Click that, and then you can fill out the blanks. Once you hit Post, then you have your thread.

Does that help?

~Kristina

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 19, 2006 6:51 am (#1518 of 2989)    

Oh sheila, one more thread that I will miss out on due to time constraints.

Last night I thought I'd try to get a good night's sleep (this is going to be a loooong week) so at 11:30 or so, I shut down and went to bed just before 12 (I was so pleased with myself for having gotten to bed early). I was WIDE AWAKE just after 4am. I suppose I should face it - I will never be one to sleep in, not even on a Sunday!

Solitaire, I knew someone who had Reiter's Syndrome. I haven't seen her in quite awhile but it seemed to involve a lot of pain, lots of pills and with three young children, she certainly had her hands full. Healing charms to you!

Busy day ahead. Enjoy the RotD/N everyone!

Maria

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azi - Nov 19, 2006 8:08 am (#1519 of 2989)    

Thats not nice, Maria! I, on the other hand, went to sleep at the normal time and woke up around 2pm.

Good news! It appears that my cold is finally abating! **touches wood to avert superstitions** The bad news is that 4 of the 5 people in my house are ill with the same thing, so knowing my luck I'll get it back. Two have almost recovered already, which says something for my immune system.

T'will be a lazy day...

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Marie E. - Nov 19, 2006 8:36 am (#1520 of 2989)    

My brother (Hi, Squid!) and I had the chicken pox at the same time. I was four years old and he was two. My mom took pictures of us in our underwear covered in Calamine Lotion splotches. Mike had a really bad case, on the soles of his feet and in his mouth. Shayla came down with them five days after Mr E had left for a three month tour in Bosnia. She had the vaccine so hers was a mild case, too. I think she only had 30 pox total. She did run a low grade fever for about three days. Lexie never caught it, which was good because she hadn't had the vaccine yet.

*Crossing fingers for the Broncos tonight...*

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Nov 19, 2006 8:59 am (#1521 of 2989)    

Hey all. I need HELP! I cannot find my copy of the pumpkin cheesecake reciepe, have forgotten who posted it, and have 6 pies to make . Any help out there?

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painting sheila - Nov 19, 2006 9:01 am (#1522 of 2989)    

I did it!!

I just posted the opening song from Harry Potter the Musical - Book 1 on fanfic.

It is sung to the tune of Wouldn't It Be Loverly from My Fair Lady.

I hope you all get a kick out of it - Thanks Tazzy!

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Puck - Nov 19, 2006 10:33 am (#1523 of 2989)    

Mark your calendars! Sunday Dec. 3rd ABC is showing PoA with delted scenes, plus a sneak preview of OotP!

Sheila, looking forward to reading it!

My Christmas cards have arrived. Now, I have to make out my list. Turns out Mum-in-law already bought several of the things I was planning for the kiddies, so time to find new ideas.

Azi, hide in your room! Stay away from the germs!

OW! Baby Puck is going through her biting phase. I seem to be the favorite target.

Kathy

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Julie Aronson - Nov 19, 2006 11:36 am (#1524 of 2989)    

TBE, I just emailed you my favorite one.

Happy Baking!!!!

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Puck - Nov 19, 2006 12:28 pm (#1525 of 2989)    

Correction, PoA is on ABC family, not the regular ABC station. It's a whole HP weekend.

Off to find a big can of Lysol. Son is again sick, and hubby is ill as well. Must go disinfect my house.

Kathy

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 19, 2006 12:33 pm (#1526 of 2989)    

Family friendly forum... Must... not...comment—Mike

Why, whatever on earth do you mean?????

Well, I made it home ok, was gang tackled by the dogs, and then settled in for a nap.

So, while I love tales of the chicken pox (I had it as a kid; I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me), it is turkey season. I'm wondering if anyone has anything new (or old) to offer on cooking the bird this year. Brining seems to be all the rage, but I'm not sure if I want to experiment on my family, having never done that before.

So, give up the turkey recipes everyone please.

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azi - Nov 19, 2006 12:57 pm (#1527 of 2989)    

Alas, Puck, we had a house dinner today which included a lot of play-fighting (we have a tendency to gang up on a certain member of the house and tickle him) so I couldn't hide. Turns out the 5th person of the house is ill, he just doesn't complain about it.

My glasses got bent. Suppose thats my fault for tickling someone's feet. I can get over it.

**healing charms to the Puck family!**

Sheila, I loved your musical HP song!

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Madam Pince - Nov 19, 2006 1:28 pm (#1528 of 2989)    

Soli, that is such a shame about you having that awful thing and the doctor totally missing it! I thought I had it rough as a kid because I basically had bronchitis for about five years straight, but I think you take the cake! That must've been miserable.

LOL, Chemyst, I never thought about exposing all the other kids in the waiting room! Actually, it wasn't much like the pediatrician waiting rooms that I'm used to today -- there were never many kids waiting in there because we were from a small town. Most times I visited it was just me and the Highlights magazines...

On the other hand, Little Pince gets sick every single time I take him to his pediatrician for a well visit. Shots or whatever -- I can take it to the bank that he will have a cold the next week. So aggravating.

Loopy, I'm so glad you're home -- now I have someone to "high-five" over Virginia's win yesterday! Woo-hoo! ***Sings the Good Ol' Song*** Turns out we actually do have an offense; imagine that! And no turnovers and no penalties, which must be some sort of record. Nice to beat Miami, even if they do stink this year. About turkey recipes, I read about one somewhere (newspaper, I think? so probably an AP article...) that was supposed to be "all the rage" for this year's turkey -- I think it was Cuban or maybe Brazilian. Anyway, it had a lot of citrus-y stuff in it, and it actually sounded kind of good. I was tempted to cut it out, but I decided that I'm lucky enough if just a plain ol' turkey comes out OK, so I'd better not try to get fancy. You might Google Cuban turkey (or Brazilian...) and see what happens...

Congrats to Ginny and Tori, and condolences to the Haymoni household, on the football games.

Holly, hope you feel better soon! And Azi, glad you're doing better!

After spending practically all day yesterday and the better part of today going through old pictures, I finally located the one I want to do our Christmas cards from. So now I'm off to Wal-Mart or wherever I can get those things made...

Everyone enjoy the RotD!

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Starling - Nov 19, 2006 1:50 pm (#1529 of 2989)    

-I realize the language is mild and the name of a movie, but do keep in mind that we have young people reading our forum whose parents may not want them reading certain terms.- SE Jones

What's offensive about donkeys?

For Jack(whatever), the dictionary says:

Function: noun 1 : DONKEY; especially : a male donkey 2 : a stupid person : FOOL

I could give you the spelling of the offensive word (which would never be used in combination with "jack"), but I'd get told off ).

Chicken pocks:

My son got them a few days after being attacked by my parents' dog. So he ended up having to fight off the virus and the infection of the wounds. He's still got the scars (not of the chicken pocks, but of the wounds). The dog was put down this year, after attacking my nephew (he'd already attacked the other nephew).

Martje

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painting sheila - Nov 19, 2006 2:27 pm (#1530 of 2989)    

Turkey trick - The best turkey cooking advise I ever got is to cook it breast side down. I wash the bird and pat it dry then smear butter all over. I sprinkle with salt and pepper all over the bird. Place it breast side down and put one onion - cut in half - and a few stalks of celery in the cavity. I cook it in a slow roaster on 325 degrees ( I think) with a tent of aluminum foil over the top and the lid on top of that. But the real trick is upside down! ALl of the juices drain down into the breast and make it nice and tender. YUM!

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Solitaire - Nov 19, 2006 3:28 pm (#1531 of 2989)    

Madam Pince, the Valley Fever thing is pretty common here. In fact, I think the statistics say that about 60% or more who live in the Central Valley of California have probably had it at some point. Most people either show no symptoms or have such mild cases that they are not aware of it.

Really, my case was very mild ... no kidding. Some people have it so severely that they must be treated with chemotherapy; it can be quite debilitating. VF can attack the organs of the body and cause severe disabilities (this happened to a friend's husband). I got off easily! It's just that doctors take it more seriously now than when I was a kid ... but that is the case with lots of ailments, I think. (Actually, I think I am just a wimp!)

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Nov 19, 2006 3:37 pm (#1532 of 2989)    

My parents experiment with the turkey each year. Normally they roast it over the BBQ on a spit. They also experiment with various types of seasonings (The favorite way is using an injector baster thingy filled with marinade. Inject into the bird, and then while it rolls on the spit, the juices and marinade roll all over inside and outside of the bird. It's pretty good!). We've had teriaki, cajun, bbq, and a ton of others that I can't remember.

I am not having a traditional Thanksgiving this year. Friend and I (her husband is still on deployment) are going to hang out at the North Shore, and then either eat at a restaurant or cook something small, and watch chick flick movies.

Am doing homework and watching Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. sigh!!

Have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Nov 19, 2006 3:48 pm (#1533 of 2989)    

Tazzy, I watched P&P a week ago! I LOVE Colin Firth as Darcy. Speaking of experimental turkeys ... have you ever had a whole fried turkey? A couple of friends who tried one said it was delicious, and last week I saw a digital turkey fryer in the flyer for Bed, Bath & Beyond. I suppose fried turkey will be the next craze (if it isn't already ... someplace or other).

BTW, I hope you have fun with your nontraditional Thanksgiving. I've had them before, too, and they can be kind of fun and relaxing.

Solitaire

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azi - Nov 19, 2006 3:54 pm (#1534 of 2989)    

Grr, I am so annoyed! My boyfriend's car window has been put through *again*! It was first put through last Saturday, and now again today! Same window, nothing stolen. This is made all the worse by the fact I took a call from the Police on Tuesday saying they couldn't do anything. Short of getting CCTV trained on your car what can you do?

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geauxtigers - Nov 19, 2006 4:02 pm (#1535 of 2989)    

Mark your calendars! Sunday Dec. 3rd ABC is showing PoA with deleted scenes, plus a sneak preview of OotP! I thought it was December 1st? I might've missed something though! LOL

We've spent the day cleaning out the house. It was so much fun, I think I'll have to do it again tomorrow too...**sarcastic smiley here**

Our turkey, I think all we do it salt, pepper, Tony’s, and stuff the cavity with onions etc. and bake. I've never been a big fan of Turkey, I like ham better. We usually have a ham too, because we have a huge family, but this year, no ham. Whatever will I do? Another way to cook turkey is drunken turkey. Normally its drunken chicken, but I my uncle did it with turkey once. Basically all you do is put an open can of beer and stand the turkey/chicken up on top of it in the cavity and cook it. Its pretty good. Its kinda the same concept as cooking with wine etc..

Well I'm off to Target I think. Catch you guys later!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 19, 2006 4:25 pm (#1536 of 2989)    

Soli- I might have had fried turkey, but I don't remember. My nontraditional Thanksgiving should be good! Friend and I made an agreement that we would not talk about school or homework the entire day. So definitely stress free! w00t! (Too funny! I had a dream about Colin Firth last night- he was wearing the old style top hat with the old style suit, and I was in a dress kind of like the style in The Patriot. We were at a party like the ones in P&P. Very strange. Anyways, I woke up this morning and figured it was a sign that I should watch the movie. LOL!!)

Sorry to hear about your boyfriend's car, Azi! Hope they figure out who is doing it.

~Kristina

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Nov 19, 2006 4:34 pm (#1537 of 2989)    

Thank you Julie, you’re a lifesaver!

Deep fried turkey is EXCELLENT! I currently have 4, 18 and 19 lb birds defrosting to inject and fry.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 19, 2006 4:42 pm (#1538 of 2989)    

Loopy, thanks for Willie! Mike,

As for turkey, did you ever see, years ago, the Coca-Cola version on Martha Stewart? It's supposed to make a caramel crust. Mmmmmm.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 19, 2006 4:45 pm (#1539 of 2989)    

Ooh, spit roasted poultry is great!

I have been brining my turkey for a long time. I use a big plastic storage bin that I reserve especially for the turkey every year. The brining recipe calls for oranges, lots of salt, brown sugar, thyme sprigs, rosemary and lemon.

I find that brining (like salting a chicken at least 1/2 hour before cooking) is what renders it a beautiful golden brown color. It also draws out the "gamey" taste that fresh turkeys often have. There is not much more I do, as the brining does so much. I add quartered oranges, apple, rosemary and onion into the cavity. I also slide a few bay leaves between the skin and breast meat before I put it into the oven - it adds a nice flavor and looks pretty when the skin tightens over it.

And I'm becoming addicted to Myspace. Regan Just be careful. I hear Manson's got a nice group of young "friends" he chats with, and he's not the only death row inmate to do so.

Whatever you are doing for Thanksgiving, travel safely and enjoy!

Maria

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Catherine - Nov 19, 2006 4:51 pm (#1540 of 2989)    

As for turkey, did you ever see, years ago, the Coca-Cola version on Martha Stewart? It's supposed to make a caramel crust. Mmmmmm. --Lupin is Lupin

Mmmmm--I think I saw that one!!

Loopy, I emailed you.

Two days to go next week until we're off for Thanksgiving. Perhaps I should have saved Raiders of the Lost Ark for those two days but last week we were covering Ethiopia in Social Studies, and Ethiopian Christians believe that the final resting place of the Ark is in Aksum, so I went for it. The students loved it, and now some of them want to research various Ark stories and legends, so I think it turned out well.

I was out of town this weekend on a family matter, and Mr. Catherine took the kids to see Happy Feet. I was both disappointed and thrilled that no "Order of the Phoenix" trailer was shown in our theater.

At least I didn't miss much.

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Chemyst - Nov 19, 2006 5:42 pm (#1541 of 2989)    

The brining recipe calls for oranges, lots of salt, brown sugar, thyme sprigs, rosemary and lemon. – HH11

 * * * must finagle, wrangle, and wheedle a way to get invited to the Horntails * * *

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 19, 2006 6:09 pm (#1542 of 2989)    

I think I had a fried Turkey once, but we normally do ours the traditional way...not really sure how it's done as my Grannie does it every year, but it's always really yummy!

I just ate a Triscuit, and like always, manage to take a breath right before putting it in my mouth, causing me to inhale crumbs...so now I can't stop coughing! I hate that! It's almost as bad as breathing in powdered sugar!

My room has just reached the almost unbearably messy point. I have to clean it and now! But I've also been saying that the entire day so I doubt it will happen.

Hmm What else....oh I can't remember!

Have a great RotN!

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painting sheila - Nov 19, 2006 8:02 pm (#1543 of 2989)    

I posted another song on fanfic. It is the owls delivering letters to Harry to the tune of Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast.

I hope you like it.

She

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Solitaire - Nov 19, 2006 8:52 pm (#1544 of 2989)    

**Wondering what TBE is injecting into her turkey ... also wondering why Manson is allowed on myspace!**

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Puck - Nov 19, 2006 9:16 pm (#1545 of 2989)    

Maria, that turkey sound fantastic! If only I was having Thanksgiving here. Going to my aunt's house. I'm baking pies. Perhaps for Christmas.

Tori, Dec. 1st is the start of the HP weekend. They are doing PS/SS that night, CoS the 2nd, abd finishing with PoA on the 3rd.

I went to Target once all the kids were in bed, as I won't get out tomorrow with son sick. Got some shopping started. Of course, the Wi game systems had sold out as soon as the doors opened this morning. The clerks helpfully told me they had plenty of the games. Of course, that doesn't do me much good without the system.

I made a list of all the teachers/neighbors, etc.. that I want to make bread for this season. I'll be making about 30 loaves. Luckily, I like to bake.

Madame Pince, have you tried Shutterfly for your holiday cards? You can download the photo can get the cards sent to your house. Reasonable prices. If you're really organized and can send them an address list, they'll even mail the cards out for you. (For a fee, of course.)

Low battery. G'night, all!

Kathy

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Regan of Gong - Nov 20, 2006 3:42 am (#1546 of 2989)    


**calls out**Have you got the turkey on?


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Snuffles - Nov 20, 2006 3:48 am (#1547 of 2989)    

**calls back** No but the sprouts are, they take a couple of months boiling to make them soft enough to eat!**

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S.E. Jones - Nov 20, 2006 3:52 am (#1548 of 2989)    

--No but the sprouts are, they take a couple of months boiling to make them soft enough to eat!—

Poor Pomona. I know she seems a little crusty around the edges, but sheesh....

(Sorry about that, 5am humor....)

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Starling - Nov 20, 2006 4:21 am (#1549 of 2989)    

I've always wondered what's so festive about sprouts ...

Oh, by the way, Potter Puppet Pals has a really funny little cartoon on its site, which is based on the "I like a healthy breeze around my privates" incident. Suitable for all ages! It's called the "muggle pants animation".

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Chemyst - Nov 20, 2006 4:27 am (#1550 of 2989)    

... but the sprouts are, they take a couple of months boiling to make them soft enough to eat!

No!   (gasp)        

No wonder people hate sprouts. Sprouts should never, ever, ever be boiled! (unless you want to torture your diners) They should be small, that is , picked before they grow too large; and then steamed briefly (or microwaved even more briefly) until you have a soft but bright emerald outside and a still-crunchy middle. When sprouts are cooked properly, they are one of the best veggies ever!
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Starling - Nov 20, 2006 4:41 am (#1551 of 2989)    

UGH! Crunchy middle? I had sprouts like that once, and they were horrible! I agree they shouldn't be boiled to death, and that they should be steamed, but they shouldn't be crunchy in the middle.

It's really hard to cook sprouts properly, you don't want them to be too raw, but you don't want them overcooked either. I like them with bits of bacon, by the way.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Nov 20, 2006 5:32 am (#1552 of 2989)    

**Wondering what TBE is injecting into her turkey ...

Ah, 'tis a magical potion of butter, herbs, and spices that will ennervate even a dead bird. Combined with deep frying to seal the exterior with a crispy, non-greasy crust, it transforms the inside to a delicious, melt in your mouth bird worthy of being thankful for. It's magic, don't you know?

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TomProffitt - Nov 20, 2006 5:56 am (#1553 of 2989)    

A little help, please,

In the Firefly, Complete Series DVD collection the producers say that each character represented a specific emotion. It seems to me that the something similar is going on in Harry Potter.

I don't think HBP had all of that snogging in it "because it's what the readers wanted," I think it's in there because the book is supposed to represent a particular emotion or concept. Clearly OP had just as distinctive a "feel."

I'm sure this concept has to have been covered elsewhere on the forum, but I don't have a clue where to look. Any ideas?

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Madam Pince - Nov 20, 2006 6:41 am (#1554 of 2989)    

***Wants to go to TBE's house for Thanksgiving...***

I've heard wonderful things for years about turkey fryers. I feel certain, however, that for me it would just be a guaranteed way for me to end up in the ER covered with third-degree burns. I read somewhere that since they've become popular, the ER has also become a popular place for cooks who don't know what they're doing and put too much oil in, which then overflows boiling oil when they put the turkey in, thereby also starting fires on their wooden decks where they're (unwisely) doing the cooking, and other such mayhem. But if you know what you're doing, apparently the turkey is nirvana...

Thanks for the Shutterfly tip! I have heard of them but never used them. I was checking last night on Kodak's website to possibly order from them. If I can't find what I want today while I'm out, I will probably go the on-line route. Kind of late to be doing that, though, maybe, because it can take two weeks to get them apparently. I went online originally to see if I could find more info about the flyer I got from my local kiosk -- it showed the designs you could choose, but the flyer was in black and white. The other thing was, it didn't say one word about whether envelopes were included. Now, I would assume that they are, because the cards are a funny shape, and usually when you get cards you get envelopes, but you know what happens when you assume...

Remember the other night when I went to the mall to check out the robotic dinosaurs? I read in the paper last night that Saturday night, (which had been my other option to go out), a group of teens got into a fight at the mall, and an off-duty policeman intervened, and the whole thing disintegrated into flying bullets, right there at the entrance door near Sears where I always go in. Thankfully nobody was killed, but four people ended up shot, including innocent bystanders. Very unusual occurrence for our normally quiet little town, but it's enough to turn you right off holiday shopping... I think I'm starting to like Amazon more and more...

Off to do last-minute grocery shopping, and then start to pack for our trip over the river and through the woods to grandma's house. We'll be gone for ten days.

Everyone enjoy the RotD!

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Steve Newton - Nov 20, 2006 6:58 am (#1555 of 2989)    

TomProffitt, glad to see you around. I have no idea about each book being a particular emotion but I really, really like Firefly. In fact I have one of the discs, from the library of course, to watch over lunch.

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Solitaire - Nov 20, 2006 8:19 am (#1556 of 2989)    

At first, I could not believe the violent behavior over toys and PlayStations, for Pete's sake! Then I started remembering stories I'd heard about customers getting into shoving and grabbing matches over Cabbage Patch dolls and Teddy Ruxpins several years ago. The fact that shooting and robbing are involved this time around shouldn't be all that surprising. After all, look at some of the violent behavior exhibited at sporting events? I guess the "win-at-all-costs" groups are simply taking it all to the next level.

I think maybe I'll do all my shopping out here in my own community ... or online. I'm walking distance from Target, Walmart, Best Buys, Kohls, a video game store, some clothing boutiques, and Linens-N-Things. What more do I need? There have been a couple of shootings and stabbings out at our local mall. Who needs that?

TBE, the turkey sounds great! I'm not sure, though, why anyone would serve Brussels sprouts at Thanksgiving. I guess it must be a family tradition ... **shaking head**

Solitaire

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Catherine - Nov 20, 2006 8:59 am (#1557 of 2989)    

I'm not sure, though, why anyone would serve Brussels sprouts at Thanksgiving.

At my in-laws' house, they serve rutabagas.

Not my favorite.

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Starling - Nov 20, 2006 8:59 am (#1558 of 2989)    

I've done all my shopping online. Keeping an eye out for a load of Lego on E-Bay at the moment!

Now I need to find a nice calendar, preferably one with old maps. I think I'll have to go to the map shop in Manchester for that one, unless someone knows a good online site for stuff like that.

Martje

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painting sheila - Nov 20, 2006 10:35 am (#1559 of 2989)    

FYI _ I posted a couple more songs on fanfic.

She

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azi - Nov 20, 2006 11:31 am (#1560 of 2989)    

I'm still loving the songs, Shelia! I've been singing Be My Guest all afternoon. Alas, I haven't learnt your HP version yet.

Ack, Christmas shopping, I haven't even started. My boyfriend remains adamant he wants a house, a sports car or a 32 inch HD plasma screen tv. *sigh* As for anyone else, I'm short of ideas.

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Puck - Nov 20, 2006 11:40 am (#1561 of 2989)    

Madame Pince, it is certainly not too late to order cards on line! The past couple of years I used the Santa picture we took the first weekend in December at our town's "chain of lights" event. I always had the cards within a couple of days and they were out in plenty of time. Yes, they come with envelopes.

Hubby is the one person I have no idea what to get for Christmas. His taste runs along the same lines as Azi's boyfriend, apparently.

Now I'm curious as to what emotion those characters of Firefly are supposed to convey. Is there a box set of that show? Hubby would like that for Christmas...

Kathy

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painting sheila - Nov 20, 2006 12:15 pm (#1562 of 2989)    

Azi - You're thinking to hard!! Your sweetie wants a house? Get him one! A little doll house. He wants a sports car? Get him one! They have some really nice die cast ones that have doors that open and everything! He wants a 32" HD plasma screen TV? Get him one! Maybe not 32" - but I saw a cute Mickey Mouse one the other day with ears on top and everything! It even had a remote control! It was samll enough he could sit it on his desk and not have to worry about finding wall space for the 32" one. (How thoughtful of you!)

I am not sure if we are going to get to go to Disney after all. We have heard from about 1/3 or the kid's teachers and they have all been supportive, until today. My daughters Honors Chemistry teacher is not to fond of the idea. I don't blame her. I just don't know how to tell our friends - and my kids! - that we can't accept the gift of the trip. (gulp)

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Holly T. - Nov 20, 2006 12:27 pm (#1563 of 2989)    

Thanks for the well wishes. I'm not feeling 100% but I'm back at work today, hey, I only have a two-day week since I took Wednesday off so I figure I can last that long.

My husband's idea of getting me a Christmas gift is to say "buy whatever you want and wrap it if you want something under the tree." Honestly, I'd just as soon not get a "gift" like that. He has managed to surprise me occasionally, which I attribute not so much to him getting a clue but to the fact that our daughter makes him go shopping and is probably the one picking things out (I am raising her right ). However, I have long since quit trying to find just the right gift for him. He's not much of a holiday person.

Has anyone else used the Comic Life software? It is so cool. I intend to make a comic book Christmas letter this year, but haven't started yet. If I haven't done any work on it within in the next week or so I will just have to do regular cards and a normal letter.

Thanksgiving--we're going to my in-laws. They order a turkey dinner from the grocery store. I usually bring the pies (one sweet potato, one pecan) but I may not do that this year if I don't feel better by tomorrow night--who wants a pie made by a sick person? I think I can talk my son through making a pecan pie but the sweet potato is a little more complicated (and involves the use of an electric mixer, which he isn't allowed to use). My daughter's class is having a Thanksgiving feast today and she signed me up to make pumpkin pie. Well, my husband bought one at the grocery store since I was not up to making one. She complained. Must work on teaching her to cook.

Starling, I bought my son the Lego Viking fortress for Christmas. He is already excited that the new Harry Potter Lego sets to go with the release of OotP will come out in the spring, conveniently near his birthday.

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Starling - Nov 20, 2006 2:16 pm (#1564 of 2989)    

My boyfriend remains adamant he wants a house, a sports car or a 32 inch HD plasma screen tv.

You think you've got trouble? Mine wants a finished thesis!

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Madam Pince - Nov 20, 2006 2:37 pm (#1565 of 2989)    

Well, Azi, at least he's only asking for three things... I think Sheila's idea is the way to go... Or you could always open a savings account for him at the bank and just put however much you can into it, and tell him that's the start of all the bigger things to come... Mr. Pince is easy to buy for -- DVDs of shows from his younger days, like Daniel Boone or Combat or something with a similar testosterone level, and he's happy as a clam. Or any clothing that is camouflage with Thinsulate.

Holly, I have the same issue you do. I would love to be surprised, but the poor dear -- I love him to pieces, but he so seldom manages to pick out something to my taste. It sort of takes the "fun" out of it, if you pick it out yourself, but I have resigned myself to the fact that it's either that, or things that you'll never wear. He sort of does the same thing -- I have no idea what hunting gear he needs/already has, so he just fends for himself.

On that note, the local jewelry store here is having a "Going Out of Business" sale -- the owner is retiring after 50 years. I stopped by just to get my engagement ring cleaned for free for the last time, and... well, let's just say they had some very excellent prices on some very sparkly things. It would've been criminal to leave them there, truly it would've been. So anyway, Mr. Pince's shopping is all done for anniversary and birthday time...  The "to die for" re-enactment dress was my Christmas present. So I'm happy!

I have this problem -- I so very seldom shop for myself for anything, that when Christmas comes around and I get into the stores, I end up buying more stuff for myself than for anyone else. This is not good. However, we do take a page out of Ginny's book and get names off the "community tree" to buy for some less fortunate kids, so that helps a bit.

Brussels sprouts, yuck. Mr. P likes them, but not I. His family also thinks turnips and sauerkraut should be part of a traditional Thanksgiving. Bleah. I like sauerkraut with brats, but that's about it. Catherine, I share your opinion of rutabagas, or as my Mom calls them, hanovers. They stink up the whole house for hours.

Sheila, that is just too bad about Disney World -- what a shame! I do hope that something can be worked out. If all the other teachers end up being OK with it and it's just that one class, I think I would have to have a sit-down meeting with the teacher and see what can be done. I can understand that Chemistry is a toughie to make up, but maybe if he/she sees that you're willing to go the extra mile to make it happen, then it'll be OK. Fingers crossed!

Loopy, problems yet again in Southwest Virginia, I hear. The local weatherman for WSLS out of Roanoke (which is probably your NBC station there, no?) got fired because an "ex-friend" posted some... um... unsavory/clothing-challenged photographs on MySpace which unfortunately got forwarded to his boss. Oopsie. Violated the morals clause of his contract, apparently.

Man, it got chilly here today! I got a lot of errands accomplished, though. Just finish packing, then tomorrow Little Pince's class has a field trip to Pizza Hut, then we're off for Grandma's house! I must've forgotten something -- it can't be this easy... Hmmmmmm....

Enjoy the RotD! (Edit: LOL, Starling! )

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 20, 2006 4:06 pm (#1566 of 2989)    

My mom is the hard one to shop for in the house. She's extremely picky about lots of things, so it's hard to find something she'll use or wear. My dad is easy....just get him some sort of gadget and it makes him happy!

Sheila I say go anyway! You can't succeed at much if you don't take time to relax and have fun! You're daughter sounds like she's a hard worker and very smart, I'm sure she can make up the work! Go for it! Y'all sound like you could use a break over there! You deserve it!

Hmm Broussel sprouts.... I tried them once, and never again! Those are some of the most bitter and all around icky things I've ever put in my mouth! My Dad lovess them, but then again, just about the only thing he won't eat are bananas, which I find odd..

We've been cleaning house all day today...my room is clean! YAY! I'd forgotten what the floor looked like! Mom and dad did laundry...I now remember why I do my own laundry! My dad's favorite thing in the world is to out my mom's clothes in my closet. I can't tell you how many times I've told him that I don't wear mom jeans! He does it every time! Plus I don't like how either of them fold! Ok I'm just weird! It was nice to have my clothes flooded for me, but I think I'd rather do it myself!

It only got up to 52F today! It was cold! supposed to get down below freezing tonight! We're under freeze warning right now!

We're having spinach and artichoke crepes tonight! YEAH! I'm soo excited!

Happy Monday to everyone!

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boop - Nov 20, 2006 5:05 pm (#1567 of 2989)    

Hi Everyone, hope everyone’s weekend was nice. I had a nice visit with my kids and grandkids. Sage is growing.

I am going to Cleveland Ohio for Thanksgiving. I am leaving Wed. after work.

Safe traveling to everyone that is going on the road.

Have a great rest of the day.

hugs always

boop

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Madam Pince - Nov 20, 2006 5:10 pm (#1568 of 2989)    

Ginny, by any chance does your family have company coming this week? All that cleaning going on...

Boop, have a safe trip! Hi to mischafan for us!

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Puck - Nov 20, 2006 6:26 pm (#1569 of 2989)    

LOL, Madame Pince! It's always nice to get some new "Bling". Diva was putting stickers on things she wanted in the catalogues that have come in the mail. She apparently found one from Tiffany's. I will say she fabulous taste. I found a sticker next to a 2.6 million dollar necklace.

Actually, Mr. Puck is the one person in the family I trust to buy me clothes. The rest keep trying to give me "mom" jeans -which I don't wear either, despite being a mom.

I should go do some housework....I'm so far behind. Can't wait until my kids are old enough to be of real help. Baby Puck does come to "help" when I'm doing stuff. Puts stuff back on the floor for me, tries to pull dirty dishes out of the dishwasher, etc...

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Tazzygirl - Nov 20, 2006 6:28 pm (#1570 of 2989)    

He wants a sports car? Get him one! They have some really nice die cast ones that have doors that open and everything!

My dad has a lovely collection of die cast cars and motorcycles just because of that theory. He also is not a huge present person- hates surprises. So usually he just sends out a list to all of us, and we get what's on the list. I LOVE surprises, so I like to give lots and lots of suggestions, so then I can't narrow down what I am getting.

I love it when jewelry stores have a magnificant sale- it's hard to pass stuff up! When Robinson's May closed in California, my mom and I had to exercise great self restraint!

I taught a PE/Language Arts lesson this morning. Instead of having the kids sit in a circle and say the flashcards out loud, I had them stand up in a circle and do various movements that went along with the cards. They did a lot of jumping and hopping and all sorts of stuff. Pretty cool. Now I am tired and want to take a nap. *snooze*

Have a safe trip, Boop, and anyone else going out of town for Thanksgiving!

Ginny and Tori- those crepes sound yummy!

Have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Julie Aronson - Nov 20, 2006 7:46 pm (#1571 of 2989)    

Loopy,

Instead of worrying about brining a bird, just buy a Kosher one--brining is a part of the routine processing. I think I offered my method last year, but it's so easy and so good that I'll repeat it:

Rinse and clean the turkey of your choice. Dry it, inside and out. Sprinkle salt and pepper into the cavity. Poke holes in a whole lemon and shove it in the cavity. Buy a package of fresh poultry-blend herbs (or your favorites) and shove them in the cavity.

Make a paste of another package of fresh herbs and olive oil.

Put a layer of assorted vegetables (carrots, celery, garlic, onion, etc) on bottom of roaster. Place bird into roaster, breast up, and on top of vegetables. Gently loosen skin over breast area and rub herb paste between skin and meat.

Sprinkle salt and pepper or your favorite dried herb blend over turkey. Gently drizzle olive oil over the bird, being careful not to wash away all the sprinkled stuff. Rub oil and sprinkle into the skin.

Pour approx 1 cup stock, water, or white wine into bottom of roaster and cook for an appropriate time based on your bird.

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geauxtigers - Nov 20, 2006 8:06 pm (#1572 of 2989)    

Ginny, by any chance does your family have company coming this week? All that cleaning going on...

yep! They all know that our house is messy anyway, so why bother right? LOL! Nope, my mom would never let that fly. She was talking the other day about how we should be better about keeping the house straight. Me, Ginny, and my dad just looked at each other and started laughing. This is something we've been working on for my entire life! LOL

I once tried to see how long I could keep my room clean. I think I managed 2 weeks, but it nearly drove me crazy and I vowed never to do it again! My mom is type A, us and my dad are far from it. It drives her crazy. SHe wants to know what plans are 2 weeks before hand, me, just as long as I know what they are 5 minutes before, I'm good.

Speaking of....I need to put everything away now so I can get my sheets off my bed and wash them

Sounds like Diva has good taste, Kathy! LOL

Safe Holiday traveling to everyone!

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painting sheila - Nov 20, 2006 8:40 pm (#1573 of 2989)    

I posted three more songs - one is a rockin' song for Professor Snape. LOL!!

I think I am getting what Little Guy had/has. All I have wanted to do all day is sleep. He has pre-school in the morning, so I think I will go back to bed after I take him. I will be so bummed if I get sick when every one else is home!!

I am not sure if I am brave enough to face Black Friday. It may have to come and go with out me. My pocket book will thank me - and my husband! (giggle)

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Tazzygirl - Nov 20, 2006 9:44 pm (#1574 of 2989)    

Black Friday will miss me also. I used to work retail, and my very first day ever in a retail store was Black Friday. It was scary. This year will probably be spent doing homework.

**healing charms to those who need them**

Tori- I think I would get along with your mom. I also have to have everything planned out weeks before, everything scheduled, and I also have to have a clean room. I leave for California in 2 1/2 weeks. I am now organizing who is going to drop me off and pick me up from the airport on the return trip (January 5th), and making a list of what to pack. I will be all packed and ready to go two days before my flight. I also get to the airport 2 1/2 hours before the flight, which in Hawaii is pretty abnormal as the airport is normally pretty empty (go figure for a high tourist state!).

Off to watch a movie. Homework shall wait until tomorrow!

~Kristina

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Madam Pince - Nov 20, 2006 9:48 pm (#1575 of 2989)    

I will be all packed and ready to go two days before my flight.

Tazzy, you are not allowed to come East and visit me, because Mr. Pince would undoubtedly fall in love with you straight away and leave me! He cannot understand why I am always still packing right before departure. I keep explaining that the clothes will wrinkle if you have them in the suitcase too long, and that you can't load the cooler until right before you leave, but he is still getting gray hairs over this...

Of course, posting on the Forum instead of loading the car may have something to do with it, too...

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Regan of Gong - Nov 20, 2006 10:29 pm (#1576 of 2989)    



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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 20, 2006 10:30 pm (#1577 of 2989)    

haha Kristina! I'm completely opposite of that! I'm normally packing up until the very last minute! I've tried to make list before, but I hardly ever follow through because I generally pack my entire closet. Some people just can't understand why I do this, but I must have plenty of choices to choose from each day! So a list is basically pointless, as I bring everything anyway!

Never been shopping on Black Friday. My mommy has never taken me. I think it's because the risk of being trampled increases significantly! I probably won't ever go, because I like to shop in a calm and relaxing manner, not a run and see if you can nick one really fast manner!LOL

It's supposed to freeze tonight! w00t! Maybe we should put a pan of water outside and see if it freezes! We used to do that all the time when I was little. I remember putting sprinkles in it and then waking up to have a nice sprinkle ice cube! It was so cool!

Ok so now I'm babbling just a bit! I'm gonna go back to OoP! Night everyone!

EDIT: SPEW!!!!!! That's so awsome Regan!

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S.E. Jones - Nov 20, 2006 11:26 pm (#1578 of 2989)    

LOL, Regan! It just isn't the holidays without Mr. Bean... wasn't that a Christmas episode, though? Or have I mistook your turkey-headed friend?

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Madam Pince - Nov 21, 2006 12:20 am (#1579 of 2989)    

LOL, Regan! Too funny! That's quite a turkey, there!

OK, online photo cards are all ordered -- e-mails are all answered -- trivia quiz all answered; now I'm unplugging the computer. See you guys in about two weeks!

Enjoy the holiday if you have one, or just the RotW if not!

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Regan of Gong - Nov 21, 2006 12:21 am (#1580 of 2989)    

Nope...Bean.

Yes it was a Christmas episode, but I still thought it appropriate.

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The giant squid - Nov 21, 2006 1:04 am (#1581 of 2989)    

For the Americans, there was a Friends episode where Joey & Monica both (at different times) ended up in Bean's position, as it were. The shot of Monica at the end with the turkey wearing oversized sunglasses was pretty funny.

My boyfriend remains adamant he wants a house, a sports car or a 32 inch HD plasma screen tv.

I'm actually the same way, usually. Most things I want that are reasonably priced I can get myself, so when gift-giving season comes around the only things left on my wishlist are the really pricey stuff. It's hard to come up with stuff I want that a) people can afford and b) I haven't already bought. Yes, Marie, that's why you haven't got my list yet.

Holiday hugs for boop & everyone.

--Mike

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Snuffles - Nov 21, 2006 1:45 am (#1582 of 2989)    

Lol Mike, I was just thinking about that episode of Friends when I read your post. That was a truly funny scene, especially when Joey came through the door, saw the turkey, then freaked and ran away

Have a good holiday Madame P

I have no idea what to get hubby for xmas. He has his birthday at the beginning of December too! he has told me not to get him anything for his birthday as he wants some stuff for his mountain bike and he will get it himself. Suits me

Mum and dad are always hard to buy for, but this year they are going to London for a couple of days, so I have clubbed together with my brothers and we have bought them an a meal for 2 on a cruiser that takes them up the Thames while they eat. We know some people that have done it and they say the food is excellent.

Kathy, diva has excellent taste. So how many are you buying her?

I missed most of Lost when it was on, on Sunday night it gets repeated on Wednesday so I must remember to record them.

Happy Tuesday everyone and safe journeys to whoever are travelling.

Julie

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jose043 - Nov 21, 2006 4:29 am (#1583 of 2989)    

Hi All

Anne has just been on Daniel Radcliffe site & we both saw the trailer to Harry Potter & The order of Phoenix, there is arrangement of things from the film, it is due to be released on 13-7-07.

Healing charms to all that need it.

Up date on my shoulder it is getting more movement into the joint slowly, though it still is sore at times.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Good Evans - Nov 21, 2006 5:49 am (#1584 of 2989)    

Wow - haven't been here for a couple of days and there are a lot of posts to get through!!!

RE christmas presents, we have wish lists set up with Amazon and also on the PC - so we add (and delete!) from it all year. I seldom remember what is on mine and as there are so many things, I never know what will be under the tree on christmas morning so it is always a surprise. But years of getting things that the rest of the family thought I would like (shudder) prompted these lists about three years ago!

I did catch hubby on the website the other day looking at radley handbags, he asked me which one I wanted but told him it was a purse not a handbag that I wanted (handbags toooo expensive - and have two already)... I must have verbalised that one but forgot to put it on the list!!

Re: sprouts, love em! What would be christmas without?? but then again why would thanksgiving be with????? LOL

Re lost: I didn't see it as Hubby wanted to watch Torchwood, so I will tape wednesday repeat to catch up. Why oh why does it have to be on at 10 pm though?

ah well happy thanks giving to the Americans for this weekend, I hope that you have a lovely family time. Those of you off visiting take care - you never know with the weather and as Jed Bartlett reminded us (West Wing) the butterball hotline is always there for your turkey enquiries!

have a great day!

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azi - Nov 21, 2006 6:41 am (#1585 of 2989)    

Great idea Sheila! I did wonder about getting him a model car, but I can never remember which his favourite one is. I know it's an Austin Martin though. I'd have to show suspicious interest in cars to find out what model it is!

I forgot Mr Bean got a turkey stuck on his head. I never liked the Christmas episodes though - I felt sorry for him when he sent all those Christmas cards to himself.

Have fun Madam P!

**more healing charms** Josephine!

Bleugh to sprouts.

My mum is easy to buy for - a Most Haunted DVD. I never buy my father anything, or my brother for that matter.

Happy day to all!

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painting sheila - Nov 21, 2006 8:18 am (#1586 of 2989)    

In my book one Aston Martin is as good as another Aston Martin. We almost named our oldest son Aston - yes!, after the car. But were afraid kids would shorten it and get into trouble. So we opted for Austin instead. I was drooling over the car in Casino Royale!

I saw a bumper sticker one time that said "My Other Car is a Broom" Maybe you could have one made for him that says" My Other Car Is An Aston Martin". LOL!

I posted another song - thanks for your tolerance as I indulge in my two favorite past times!!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 21, 2006 9:11 am (#1587 of 2989)    

I fell asleep last night at about 8:15... Now I feel definitely refreshed!

LOL, Madam P.!! Hope you have a safe trip! (you won't be getting this I am sure until you get back, but I thought I'd say it just the same!)

I take after my dad on the lists and such. My aunt can't believe I do that- she also likes to pack the night before. Since uncle is my dad's brother, he also likes to pack early, but since he and my aunt have been married for a while, he's starting to relax. Anyone seen As Good as it Gets? The scene where Jack Nicholson is packing for the trip with all the zip lock bags, everything folded just so on the bed, and clipboard checklist? Yup, that's me in female version.

Regan- awesome picture!

Still need to figure out what to get my family for Christmas. My sister's birthday is a week after Christmas, so I have to find another something for her too.

Off to get ready for school!

Hope all of you have a fantastic RotD/N!!

~Kristina

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Puck - Nov 21, 2006 9:51 am (#1588 of 2989)    

It's hard to come up with stuff I want that a) people can afford and b) I haven't already bought. –Mike

Why do men do that? My hubby is the same way. Buys movies -which would be an easy gift- as they come out on DVD. (I only do that with HP ones.) One December he mentioned a computer game and pointed out the sale ad to me. I took the hint, went and bought it the next day. Two days later he comes home with one. Only two weeks until Christmas and he bought himself the one thing I knew he wanted. On top of that, he forgot about the sale and went to another store, paying $20 more than I did. My ranting must have gotten to him, as he now stops buying himself things in November.

Julie, alas, Diva will have to settle for the $1 Hello Kitty necklace I found at Target. I told her how much I liked the one from Tiffany's, and she said I should put a sticker next to it too. Perhaps Hubby will pick up one for each of us!

I start making piles of things days ahead, but don't finish all my packing until the night before. Of course, I now h