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Post  Lady Arabella on Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:48 pm

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azi - Nov 26, 2006 4:50 am (#1701 of 2989)    

Welcome back Pinky Prime and Myrtle! **waves**

My grandma is fine, very upbeat. The doctors said it wasn't a heart attack but neglected to tell her what it was. She was really touched I travelled home just to see her (I don't think she realises that's what I do every time I go home ).

As it has stopped raining, my roof is now fine, apart from a bit of lingering mould. Soli, I'm glad your roof was fixed! Surely a roof with water pouring through is somehow a health and safety risk? I was surprised blue cheese was penicillin mould when I found out, but it's an interesting fact to regurgitate once in a while.

Eek, Tazzy! That's a lot of money for colour copies! Couldn't you do it at your school? Maybe you should invest in a cheap all-in-one printer and a laminator. They wouldn't cost as much as that! The one I've got is great - pictures, photocopies, scans and prints.

Good luck to people getting a Wii. It'll probably be very difficult. I bet most of the people who bought them are now re-selling on eBay.

Happy Sunday to all!

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Snuffles - Nov 26, 2006 7:07 am (#1702 of 2989)    

I'm glad your grandmother is ok azi.

Tazzy, that's alot of money. Is it your own money or the schools?

Hope you're feeling better Sheila. My dad is allergic to crabmeat. He only found out when he was younger, when he ate some, and his throat started to close up!

I don't think Wii is out here yet as you can still pre-order it. I did see that Toysrus.com still had stock so they may be worth a shot. Amazon were asking over $670. I think that's more than it should be though!

Off to look for mountail bike shoes for hubby's birthday

Happy Sunday everyone

Julie

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Puck - Nov 26, 2006 7:18 am (#1703 of 2989)    

Azi, glad your grandmother is doing well.

They people at Target mentioned I could go to e-bay. Yeah right. And spend thousands of dollars on something that will be ten times less and easily available after Christmas. For a six year old. If it comes to that he gets the scooter for Christmas and video game on his birthday in spring. (I would just decide that now, only it'll be too cold and icy for scooter play at Christmas time.)

Two little elves left homemade cards taped to my door this morning, along with a treasure map to find the breakfast they "made" for me.

Sheila, that's what you get for being good with plants. I solved such problems by killing all mine off. (Yes, I failed my herbology OWL.)

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 26, 2006 7:32 am (#1704 of 2989)    

I did see that Toysrus.com still had stock so they may be worth a shot. - Snuffles Julie

I just got off the phone with ToysRUs and there is a recorded message apologizing for the error in showing they had available consoles. So that is that. It was an exciting moment or two, though.
Sheila and Kathy, count me in on that. So, if it becomes available, do I pick up 3?

How about if we just send our money to Regan and he pre-orders some for us, then ships them express - okay, perhaps there would be a time issue there. Word to the wise, Regan, don't drag your feet on this one if you want it in time for Christmas.

Healing charms to all who are sick - so sorry to hear about all of the illnesses going on.

The throat closing is exactly what I was thinking of when I read that Sheila went home alone. Even if your reaction has been consistent, remember your body changes and you never know what kind of reaction (if any) you may have. Okay, no more on that (I promise).

Off to church. Olivia is acolyting today alone and Priscilla offered to help. This will be the first time they are on together. *sigh*

Maria

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Catherine - Nov 26, 2006 8:08 am (#1705 of 2989)    

Well, the Thanksgiving break is at an end. We are now back at home, and this morning has been spent unpacking, doing laundry, and making grocery lists.

I have accomplished no shopping whatsoever, unless one counts that I got my girls' portraits made in late summer, and they are nearly framed and ready to go. The grandparents should enjoy those.

Off to make up some lesson plans...I didn't accomplish that over break, either!

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painting sheila - Nov 26, 2006 9:24 am (#1706 of 2989)    

note to self - Pick up three Wii consoles and hide receipt from hubby....

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Lina - Nov 26, 2006 9:47 am (#1707 of 2989)    

That's so awful, about the color copies, Kristina! That's one of the reasons why our teachers went on strike last week, because they figure out their salaries are not big enough to pay such things. It seems that they met an agreement because the kids are back to school Monday. That is pretty painful because they'll still have to catch up the missed days. Just thinking of catching up the days on strike would make me give up on strike. Two of Kate's teachers decided not to join it, so Kate had to go to school to their classes and she said it was fun. They will still get the pay raise as well as me. That's good.

Kathy, healing charms to your family! I hope the kids will stay out of being ill.

It's nice to see you around, Pinky Prime!

I'm glad your Sweet girl had a nice time, Sheila.

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Starling - Nov 26, 2006 9:57 am (#1708 of 2989)    

Right! We're having St Nicholas on Sunday next week. It's in a scout hut, and we've got to bring food. I don't want to bring a bag of chips, because everybody else will. Got any suggestions for nice and transportable food?

Those colour copies were extortionate Kristina! Boomin' 'eck! Shouldn't the school pay for things like that? You know, get a receipt and claim expenses?

Healthy vibes to the ill: ~~~~~*~~~~~~~*~~~~~~~

My brother's just mailed me and given me his wish list for Christmas. I didn't know we were doing presents for Christmas! I'm not rich enough! On the other hand, he can give me a present, he's a manager at Lucent, he's rich enough.

Martje

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Detail Seeker - Nov 26, 2006 11:28 am (#1709 of 2989)    

Valanys ? Yes, I got a posting, too, but deleted it without checking anything. I wonder, if they actively gathered addresses from here.

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Puck - Nov 26, 2006 11:36 am (#1710 of 2989)    

Did those who got the Valanys e-mail have their e-mail visible? I didn't notice one, but mine's hidden.

Feeling better, thanks, Lina! Glad to here the teachers got a well deserved raise!

Anyone heard from Kim? I'm not sure exactly where she lives, but a chemical plant exploded in our state on Wednesday. Not serious injuries, thankfully, but some homes need to be demolished. I can't remember seeing her post since then.

Kathy

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Solitaire - Nov 26, 2006 11:54 am (#1711 of 2989)    

Catherine, I am glad I am not the only one who didn't do much work over the long weekend ... even though I should have. I did finally haul the journals in from the trunk this morning. I guess that's something. Now I just have to read and grade them! That's the hard part.

I did a search for Ipecac and apparently Wal-Mart carries it. I believe it is generally less available, though, for a couple of reasons. One has to do with its use in accidental poisoning. Some poisons have to be pumped out rather than regurgitated, due to the damage they cause. Another problem is the abuse of Ipecac by some who suffer from eating disorders. A friend of mine who suffered from bulemia in college said Ipecac was widely used by fellow bulemia sufferers.

Haymoni ... could you call your hotel and find out if your pool is heated? Frankly, I cannot imagine a big hotel not heating its pool in the winter, if the weather is cool. Even if they didn't heat the pool, there would probably be a nice, heated jacuzzi, so you would want to take a suit for that ... wouldn't you?


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Solitaire

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 26, 2006 11:56 am (#1712 of 2989)    

we've got to bring food. I don't want to bring a bag of chips, because everybody else will. Got any suggestions for nice and transportable food?

I'm not sure if they have them in the UK, but here you can go to a regular grocery store and buy huge platters of sandwiches that are cut into little triangles and are crust free! They are really yummy, and inexpensive! If you're looking more along the lines of desserts, I must say, that you can never go wrong with brownies!

What is Valany's??

Hmm What else...oh yeah I have to do homework! EKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!! I think I forgot how to write!

Well Happy Sunday to everyone!



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Starling - Nov 26, 2006 12:04 pm (#1713 of 2989)    

The sammiches here are pretty awful, they usually have egg-mayo on them and they're all soggy. But brownies are an idea!

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The giant squid - Nov 26, 2006 1:45 pm (#1714 of 2989)    

Frankly, I cannot imagine a big hotel not heating its pool in the winter, if the weather is cool.—Solitaire

Remember, we're talking about Vegas here. All the pools are outdoors and most of the year the temps are high enough that heating isn't necessary. They figure that if the pool's too cold you'll just go inside & gamble. Or, to put it in tourism-board-speak, "Vegas offers a variety of shows and other diversions for the whole family!"

Tazzy, I'm with the others in saying that your school should reimburse you for copies made specifically for school. Heck, why doesn't the school have a high-capacity color printer on site? Seems like the sort of thing a school would make use of, doesn't it?

--Mike

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John Bumbledore - Nov 26, 2006 1:50 pm (#1715 of 2989)    

Thinking.Sheila, "They even went to Slippery Rock"
Is that the Slippery Rock (Town and University named after the creek or river which was named because of the nearly transparent algae that makes the rocks as slippery as wet ice) in western Pennsylvania? If it isn't, I still must know so I can visit. Especially if there is a sign that I can take a picture of and send to my Alumni Association. {Hmm, is that a bit of almost but not quite totally useless trivia?} Still, I'm thinking Boop and Thora might know of the place I speak.

oh, and did someone ask about a sick smile face might be it. For some strange oxymoronic reason, is the quick-edit code.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

Faux Avatar, now seasonally adjusted for warmth. Now Julie and Azi and all others who don't have a working combination of floo and fire may warm their hands in front of their monitors, at least if they have the those big CRT style monitors which do give off a bit of heat but not if they have the LCD style thin screen monitors or laptops.

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Tazzygirl - Nov 26, 2006 1:59 pm (#1716 of 2989)    

Sadly, the money for the colored copies came out of my own pocket. As I am not being paid by the school, I am a student teacher (technically that translates to a required volunteer), I cannot give the receipts to get reimbursed. Azi- I do own a color copier/printer/scanner, but I use it for little jobs. I made almost 150 copies at the print shop. I would have also gone to the uni or the school to make copies (and lamination there is free), but it has been closed this whole weekend because of the holiday. I can't go on Monday to make copies and such because I am teaching the lesson Monday morning. I have definitely learned my lesson!! Luckily- my mom completely understood the whole moment, and will be sending me a lovely check. Lina- Kate told me about the strike, she sounded excited . Glad everything has turned out for the teachers!

**healing charms to those who need them**

I have not received an email from Valany's... I normally don't open any email where I don't know who sent it or has 'spam' or 'junk mail' written all over it.

Glad everyone who went on vacation and is now back had a safe trip!

Brownies and cookies are always a safe bet for easy transportation.

Azi- glad to hear your grandmother is doing well!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Regan of Gong - Nov 26, 2006 2:02 pm (#1717 of 2989)    

It is a possibility, I'd be more than happy to take orders if you are in desperate need of a Wii, and be able to mail them to you by Christmas. The only problem may be the difference in formats and regions, with PAL and NTSC and different region codes in games, but there's ways to fix that. If you're interested, send me an email.

I start work experience today! I'm excited and a bit scared going into a workplace and working with people I don't know real well, but it should be fun. I'm going to the local bike shop just down the road- 9-6 every day for Monday to Friday.

Starling, might the Deli have something in the way of smallgoods you may be able to take?

- Regan

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Puck - Nov 26, 2006 2:52 pm (#1718 of 2989)    

Good luck with the new job, Regan! Perhaps you can send Starling some parts for that bike she's building.

Granola bars are easy to carry as well. Juice boxes or mini water bottles if beverages are needed.

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Chemyst - Nov 26, 2006 3:41 pm (#1719 of 2989)    

Faux Avatar, now seasonally adjusted for warmth. – John
Yes, but when my mouse runs over the fireplace it still shows a label saying Dumbledore Thinking; and seeing as he is dead now...   let's just say I hope the flames are not indicative of his current great adventure.

w00t to Tazzy's understanding mum.

 **imagines Regan as a modern day Orville & Wilbur Wright brother**

I got a valanys.com email in my yahoo box, (I use yahoo for forums & message boards,) but I marked it as spam without opening it. Did anyone take a peek on theirs? What did it say? After it was deleted I began to get curious and did a search for "valanys" and all I get is "no matches." :sigh: I'm just not optimistic enough to suppose that 'valanys' is that unused word Jo was looking for.

Starling, I like to take carrot sticks to events like that. It is sort of fun to watch who really chooses the "good for you" stuff.

Anyone heard from Denise?

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 26, 2006 3:53 pm (#1720 of 2989)    

Anyone heard from Kim? I'm not sure exactly where she lives, but a chemical plant exploded in our state on Wednesday.---Puck

I'm here, Kathy. Thanks for thinking of me. I don't live in that town.

Anyone heard from Denise?---Chemyst

Yes.

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Solitaire - Nov 26, 2006 4:33 pm (#1721 of 2989)    

Vegas offers a variety of shows and other diversions for the whole family!

Too bad, Mike. I should think hotels that cater to the whole family would be precisely those that would heat their pools in winter. Most kids I know love the idea of swimming in a warm pool in winter. In fact, a day trip to California Hot Springs in January/February (when there is snow) is the big prize for the class that raises the most money in our fall fundraiser. Oh, well, too bad ...

John, I was the one who mentioned the sick/gag face. But it is the tongue sticking out without the smile. The green one with the X for a mouth just means "I'm not talking," or something like that.

BTW, there is a show on right now on the History Channel--Decoding the Past--about alchemy and The Real Sorcerer's Stone.

Solitaire

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Denise P. - Nov 26, 2006 4:35 pm (#1722 of 2989)    

I thought I posted a few days ago...

In any event, I am here. I have my Half Marathon on Saturday so am tapering down leading up to it. It should be fun and I believe the weather is going to be nice too.

In other news, we are moving to Virginia in the next few weeks! Mr. P accepted a job and begins before Christmas. The rest of the family is going to follow after the holidays.

We have our tree up and mostly decorated. We normally wait for the first weekend in December but with Mr. P leaving shortly after that (he will be here for Christmas) and my Half, we put it up early. We have the Jesse Tree (Advent calendar) up and ready to go starting December 3rd. I won a nice advent wreath on ebay for the table so we will have a wreath again this year after lacking one last year.

I did notice our Santa plate is sadly out of date. It only goes up to my 10 year old. This is a plate that says "Dear Santa, We have been very good children this year. Here are some cookies for you and carrots for your reindeer. Love, Names" I need to make a new one that has everyone listed.

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Eponine - Nov 26, 2006 5:45 pm (#1723 of 2989)    

Mr. Eponine and I just arrived back from our visit to Chattanooga for Thanksgiving. My brother had bought a Wii, and we had a blast playing it. It's a lot of fun, and you can actually get a little bit of a workout doing certain things with it.

The drive back today was not fun. We hit some very bad traffic coming through the mountains, and we ended up driving on back roads for a while. The normally 6 hour drive took about 8 hours. I'm just glad to be home though.

We did get a bit of Christmas shopping done. The Target in Chattanooga had all 4 HP movies on DVD for $4 each. We were looking at the other cheap DVDs, and this guy standing next to me was getting very excited about the Harry Potter movies. He saw them and grabbed one of each then immediately got on his phone to call someone and tell them he got all the Harry Potter movies.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful RotD!

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haymoni - Nov 26, 2006 6:05 pm (#1724 of 2989)    

Well, I've decided to pack the suits. Like I said - Hubby will jump in just out of spite. There is a hot tub, but I don't feel like freezing when I get out of it.

We are staying at Circus Circus so that there will be lots for the kiddies to do. We really are playing our entertainment by ear. I'm just glad to be away.

Hubby was pretty excited about your movie theater though, Mike. I mean, now that the pool won't be available, what else will we have to do but get over there to watch "Casino Royale"??? How far away are you anyway?

I'm actually surprised that nobody in Vegas has gotten the HP bug yet. You'd think there would be SOMETHING out there related to Harry Potter. The least the Luxor could do is show an HP movie or two on their IMAX screen.

Again, I don't care what we do as long as I am away from work. Hubby hasn't been on vacation in 2 years. He trains horses and those darn things eat every day!!! Even on Christmas!!!

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painting sheila - Nov 26, 2006 6:18 pm (#1725 of 2989)    

The Valanys thing was something about a book. I deleted it after scrolling down a bit and then panicked that it might be a virus. It started out with a big Harry Potter logo and said something about if you liked Harry you would really like these books.

And, yes, I have my email listed - I am guessing that is how they sent it to me. Bummer.

Slippery Rock is here in North Carolina up by Brevard. It is a waterfall that has this nice long rock that you can climb up the back side and then slide down the front side into a pond/river/lake thing. It is pretty cool. You can get going pretty fast. You should come and do it! It takes some gumption to do - but so WORTH the trip!!

Regan - I may have to take you up on the Wii thing. I am going to EB Games tomorrow and see wqhen they expect the next shipment and if they are taking orders. You would think Nitemdo would just take orders and skip the middle man - JEEZ! A guy at hubbies office brought a Wii in the other day. Hubby played it and said it was very cool. Worth the price he thought.

I saw the strategy guide for the new Zelda game -SQQUUEEEE!! I love Zelda!

OH! History Channel here I come! Thanks!

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boop - Nov 26, 2006 7:09 pm (#1726 of 2989)    

Welcome Back Pinky Prime!

Azi, glad your grandma is ok.

Tazzy, sorry it costs so much for your copies. Its not cheap being a student teacher.

Sheila, glad sweet girl had a nice Thanksgiving.

Healing Charms to whoever needs them.

Denise, thats alot of packing for you, did you find a house yet?

hugs always

boop

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geauxtigers - Nov 26, 2006 7:13 pm (#1727 of 2989)    

I just looked to see if I got a Valanys e-mail. I did have an e-mail, but it was just a chain letter from my friend in France. You know one of those 'send this to 15 people within the hour or your crush will never like you'. Alas earwax, I see that no matter the part of the world, people are still falling for that junk.

School tomorrow. I'm dreading it like I've never dreaded it before. This week went by so fast! Why is it that when you're in school, it takes forever to get to the weekend, but suddenly, you get a vacation and time speeds up!

I've done some of my homework, but naturally, I don't understand half of my math, so that'll have to wait until lunch tomorrow when I can find a math person to help me! I almost had a French project due tomorrow, my friend called me at 5 and asked if we were going to do it. My response was 'what project'. She ended up calling my teacher at home and we got it moved to Wednesday. So obviously I'm very happy about that!

Yall are killing me! I want to play a Wii!! I want one so much I can hardly stand it! I need to start babysitting again! Between the 2 of us, me and Ginny should be able to make 250 dollars pretty quickly...ahh maybe not. LOL!

So I'm off to read some and maybe start some of my homework due Tuesday.

Have a great week back everyone! Or at least try too!

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painting sheila - Nov 26, 2006 7:42 pm (#1728 of 2989)    

For those of you that are interested, I put a few new songs on the fan fiction forum.

One is to Big Blonde and Beautiful from Hairspray (Aragog sings it!) and the other is from Phantom of the Opera (Harry and Tom Riddle sing it)

News Flash! NC State just fired Chuck Amato as football coach. I have heard he has a great contract - I wonder how much the school had to eat in order to get rid of him! Yikes!!

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painting sheila - Nov 26, 2006 7:53 pm (#1729 of 2989)    

YEAH!! I have a star by my name!!

Merry Christmas to me. (I am so easily pleased! )

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 26, 2006 8:04 pm (#1730 of 2989)    

I read an add for Best Buy earlier, that said they are only stocking 12 Wii's at each location! There's the problem! We only have 2 Best Buys in town, so there are only 24 of them! I'm guessing other stores are stocking similar numbers of them, and that's why no one can get a hold of them. I want one!

Warning major math rant coming up!!

I HATE math!! URRGG! My teacher is evil! She gave us about 25 problems, of Trig Identities, plus another 25 that are for a correctness grade! Ackk! If you've ever had to do these before you can feel my pain. By the time you get through the first 15 or so, your brain is completely fried, and it just becomes torture to think anymore. They require so much thinking and concentration, which makes them seem harder than they actually are. It wouldn't be so bad if she hadn't given us so many!! I've been steady at it for about 3 hours right now!

Ok I feel better now!

Slippery Rock sounds like fun! I wanna go!

Have a great RotN everyone!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 26, 2006 8:11 pm (#1731 of 2989)    

Congrats on the new shiny star, Sheila! Now you can have an avatar!!

Good luck with the math, Ginny!

Thanks for all the sympathy thoughts. Tomorrow is my lesson, and I am hoping my money was well spent!

Only 9 days until I am in California... squeeeee!

Have fun in Vegas, Haymoni!

~Kristina

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painting sheila - Nov 26, 2006 8:30 pm (#1732 of 2989)    

I have been trying for the last 45 minutes to get my avatar! I even "search"ed for directions on how to make them smaller and I can't figure it out. How sad is that!! I will keep trying - wish me luck!

(Tazzygirl - You're a poet and don't know it!)

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Tazzygirl - Nov 26, 2006 8:41 pm (#1733 of 2989)    

LOL, Sheila!! There is a site you can download a program called Easy Thumbnails (do a google search, it should be the first site). It's pretty easy to use. Hope that helped some!

You can also do a search in the 'How do you....?' thread. That topic has been talked about a lot!

It is currently pouring rain. I love the sound!! (Darn it! I just washed my car too!)

~Kristina

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painting sheila - Nov 26, 2006 8:56 pm (#1734 of 2989)    

Now I am LOL - Do you not know that if you wash your car it is guaranteed to rain?

I did search on the "How to " thread but none of it worked - or rather - I couldn't get any of it to work.

of to do an Easy Thumbnails earch . . .

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Puck - Nov 26, 2006 9:01 pm (#1735 of 2989)    

Congrats, Sheila! I never change my avatar because I can't figure it out. The current one was downloaded from the net, so it was already sized correctly. (My hubby can do all this stuff, but I haven't managed to get him to show me how.)

**waves to Kim** Glad you're safe!

Denise, good luck with the move.

Okay, Holiday cards are about half addressed. Lights are up outside all over our neighborhood. (It was unseasonably warm today, and every seemed to take advantage.) The kids and I took a walk after dinner to see all the decorations.

I always liked math. Except imaginary numbers. I never understood that concept. Math is not supposed to be "imaginary".

Does the Wii have a Mario Brothers game? That's apparently what my son wants, so if there isn't one, there's no point in hunting one down for him. I'm sure he'd be just as happy with a PS2 -for a few years anyway.

Okay off to check 5 words then to bed!

Kathy

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Mediwitch - Nov 26, 2006 9:09 pm (#1736 of 2989)    

Hi all! Wow, I've really missed my HP fix lately! We tore out the carpet and put hard wood floors throughout the house two weeks ago, then I was away for a weekend (Christmas shopping is almost done!) and got home in time to re-construct the house for Thanksgiving. I only skimmed the posts as there were too many to read, but a few jumped out at me.

Chicken pox...my brother and I, along with our three cousins and half the neighborhood kids, came down with chicken pox at the same time...the day after we had gone to see Star Wars in the theatre. We always wondered how many people we spread the pox to.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't burn wrapping paper or cardboard in your fireplaces...they cause a LOT of chimney fires because they burn SO hot they cause creosote to build up in the chimney. We just went to a chimney fire at my neighbor's house two days ago because he was burning cardboard in the wood stove. Good thing Mr. Mediwitch and I were heading out to go for a hike because we saw the brown-black smoke from the chimney and stopped at the house. The owner had no idea he had a chimney fire going.

painting sheila, Kathy, Maria, and anyone else looking for a Wii...rest assured! My son has assured me that Nintendo is sending two more shipments to the US before Christmas! He is also really hoping to get one for Christmas, so we hope he's right about those shipments! I've no doubt he is, as he is more involved in gaming than I am in HP. He actually almost went into game programming as a career, but decided he likes "regular" computer programming better! And yes, Kathy, there is a Mario game, but I'd have to find Ryan's wish list to tell you the name of the one he wants, anyway. He's a MAJOR Mario fan!

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painting sheila - Nov 26, 2006 9:11 pm (#1737 of 2989)    

Mediwitch - How do you have such a big avatar? I need a magnifying glass to see mine!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 26, 2006 9:19 pm (#1738 of 2989)    

Sheila: Do you not know that if you wash your car it is guaranteed to rain?

Sadly, yes. BUT it was such a perfect week that I thought I would be safe for at least another week! Who's that in your avatar?

~Kristina

EDIT: He's too cute, Sheila!

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painting sheila - Nov 26, 2006 9:26 pm (#1739 of 2989)    

Yeah!! I finally made it bigger - but it is very grainy. I will try again to see if I can fix it.

That is my Little Guy - Dallin. He is 5 years old and is as confident as that pictures looks! He is a piece of work!

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Puck - Nov 26, 2006 9:34 pm (#1740 of 2989)    

Nice to see you, Mediwitch!

Yes, I just noticed that there is a Mario game. Alas, there goes my excuse for a less expensive system.

Sheila, great avatar.

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painting sheila - Nov 26, 2006 9:38 pm (#1741 of 2989)    

Yeah!! I did ti!! wOOt!! And I didn't even have to get my hubbies help.

Yes, there is a Mario game and I hear you can play your old games on the new Wii. I think that is the best idea. I hate having all of the old games go to waste, but I also don't want a million different game consoles with all of their cords all over the place.

So the shipment of Wii's that's supposed to be coming into the US . . .can we meet it at the dock?!

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geauxtigers - Nov 26, 2006 10:04 pm (#1742 of 2989)    

For anyone who hasn't found this yet, here is the Wii site: http://wii.nintendo.com/

You can download games going back to Super Nintendo, so basically you can download the original Mario games for the Wii. Its a great idea since with Nintendo, the games are all in different formats. Playstation 3 can play all playstation games from 1 and 2. I was glad that when I bought my PS2, I could still play my PS1 games on it.

Congrats on the star, Sheila! Dallin is too cute!

Off to do more work. I just cleaned out my folders, notebooks and books. I filed all the stuff I'll need for exams and such, in an expanding file folder. Then I realized that I'm going to have to pull a Hermione and get organized and do some work for exams which are in 23 days. Yes 23 days, as in less than a month. How did that happen? Yeah, I'm starting to freak out. I'm glad I don't have swimming anymore. My forum time will decrease starting with this post.

Have a great night everyone!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 26, 2006 10:32 pm (#1743 of 2989)    

Maria- we did have a Staples, but I think it closed down. The last time I was there, there was nothing on the shelves. I'll have to check again. Thanks for the suggestion!

**homework charms to Ginny and Tori**

I have one big project and a couple papers to do and then I am done for the semester. *phew*

**safe and hectic free moving charms to Denise and family**

Off to watch Amazing Race and Desperate Housewives.

~Kristina

EDIT: and How do you say Wii? 'Why'? or "W-i-i"? That's been bugging me for awhile. No one has mentioned it here, I only see it on the Forum.

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 26, 2006 11:49 pm (#1744 of 2989)    

Kristina its pronounce "WEEEEE"! I'm soo excited about it! I think it's awesome that you can download the old Nitendo games for it! I love old Nitendo! I can actually do it! Some of the games these days are just too hard! I can handle "Snowboard Kids" on my 64, but not really much else! I like the dumb pointless games the best!

I better go to bed now...or at least try to. It's 1AM and I'm wide awake. I know that if I try and go to sleep now, I'll end up laying there until 2. Maybe I'll just read until I pass out. The problem with that though, is that I have to force myself to stop reading Harry. Ok Better go at least try. If not, I'm sure I'll be back here!

Night everyone!

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painting sheila - Nov 26, 2006 11:56 pm (#1745 of 2989)    

I saw an Atari game system for sale at Target on Black Friday. Can you believe it! They were selling it as Retro Games or something. Pretty fun - those were some great games - not compared to Zelad or any thing.

Okay - I am going to try and go to sleep - again! Last time I just laid there - and laid there - and laid there!

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Marie E. - Nov 27, 2006 6:02 am (#1746 of 2989)    

Yawn! After five days off of work, it's hard getting up early again. I can't wait to wake up Shayla. She's such a bear in the mornings.

Mr E finally finished Shayla's loft bed (it was supposed to be a birthday present and her birthday is in March). After we moved all her furniture out of her room, Mr E said it would make sense to paint her room before moving the new bed in. We were planning on painting her room anyway. Shayla did most of the painting and had a blast. She picked pink, of course, and looking at her room reminded me of a quote from the movie Steel Magnolias, "The whole sanctuary looks like it's been hosed down in Pepto Bismol."

Homework charms for Ginny and Tori. Math was never my strongest subject, though I totally rocked in Algebra.

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Puck - Nov 27, 2006 6:36 am (#1747 of 2989)    

My niece's bedroom is that color. Along with Pink Disney Princess Curtains and bedding. I feel the need for Pepto looking at it. (I like pink, but this room is a bit much.)

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painting sheila - Nov 27, 2006 7:12 am (#1748 of 2989)    

My girl's room has one wall pink, one wall yellow, one wall a blue - turquioise color, and one wall has a mural of a tropical beach.

My son's want me to paint their room next. Oldest son wants a city skyline on one wall - Vegas! He's never even been!

The house next door is cutting down a bunch of trees in their front yard. It shakes my house every time one falls. I hate seeing tree taken out. They are so majestic. We have a pine in our front yard that tree services have told us is over 200 years old. It is huge - I can't put my arms all the way around it.

Today is Prickly Daughter's birthday. I am looking for a nice cactus (Just kidding!!)

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TomProffitt - Nov 27, 2006 7:18 am (#1749 of 2989)    

I've enjoyed reading about everyone's Christmas preparations. Our family is in that comfortable stage where we're all adults, except for the great grand baby (my grand niece) who is 9 months old. So our Christmas will be much simpler and laid back.

I just ran an 8k race in Richmond a few weeks ago and enjoyed it enough that I'm thinking of trying the marathon next year. Have any of y'all run a marathon before? How long does it take to get ready for one? (Just to finish, I'm 43, it's not like I'm trying for a super time or anything).

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Puck - Nov 27, 2006 7:31 am (#1750 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday, Prickly Daughter!

Tom, Denise can hook you up on the marathon thing.
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Jewel - Nov 27, 2006 8:54 am (#1751 of 2989)    

Well, it's been a good while since I've been able to get on here to check the threads. My boyfriend has been hogging the computer for some of his stuff, so I don't get access to it unless he's at work. So while he's gone, I figured I would hop on here to say that I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend and hopefully no one got trampled at those sales. I am about to try to wade through a ton of junk out in our storage building to try and find our Christmas stuff! Wish me luck, I think I'm going to need it!

Birthday wishes and healing charms where they are needed! (I had to skip 500+ posts, so I really have no idea what's going on around here right now, :-( sorry. )

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 27, 2006 9:01 am (#1752 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday Prickly Sheila's Daughter!

Toys R Us received a shipment Friday night and sold out of them on - Friday night.

Hi Jewel!

***waves all around***

Does anyone know whatever happened to Kneazle with her housing situation?

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Denise P. - Nov 27, 2006 9:15 am (#1753 of 2989)    

Tom, if you ran an 8K, you are already a jump ahead for marathon training. If you are unsure, you can always try a Half marathon first. I went from 5K to Half marathon...on Saturday! I would also look in your local area for a running club. It is much easier when you have a buddy to run with or a group.

Most marathon training programs are 16-20 weeks long and have various levels of ability. If you are planning to run your first marathon and run the entire route (or mostly run), then I would use Hal Higdon's Novice program. If you want to do a run/walk marathon (run 5 minutes, walk 1 or something similar), I would suggest Jeff Galloway's program. I will put a link to both behind my avatar. I will also link a racing calculator, put in your most recent race time and it will show you what you can expect to run a marathon in. Since there is no 8K on the list, just use the 5 mile. I have used that calculator for my last 2 races and been within 10 seconds of my predicted time for both.

I am planning to run the Flying Pig marathon in May up in Cincinnati. I will start Hal's novice program in January.

Hope that helps!

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TomProffitt - Nov 27, 2006 9:28 am (#1754 of 2989)    

Thanks for the links, Denise.

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painting sheila - Nov 27, 2006 9:33 am (#1755 of 2989)    

Denise P. - The Flying Pig marathon!! That is great- when pig's fly I might run a marathon!

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Holly T. - Nov 27, 2006 9:42 am (#1756 of 2989)    

**waving to everyone**

I was out of town Wednesday through Saturday and then at church most all day yesterday so I hit recent and hope everyone is doing well! ((Hugs to those who spent the holiday sick!))

My son made a pecan pie Tuesday night for us to take with us to the in-laws' house since I didn't think I was well enough to be cooking (had a sinus infection), and he did an excellent job. Thanksgiving at the in-laws' was ok--the food (other than the pie, of course) wasn't very good, but on the plus side, no overeating. I was still feeling kind of puny from being sick so I took advantage and laid around a lot. Then I got stung by a wasp when we were at the lake on Friday (ow). We left the kids with the grandparents and my husband and I went to see "Casino Royale," which we enjoyed very much.

Happy RotD!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 27, 2006 9:50 am (#1757 of 2989)    

Thanks Ginny! Am I old fashioned in wanting a Nintendo DS light? It's only a couple months old, but I think all the rage now is the Wii! (I told my parents not to get me any Nintendo game systems for Christmas- especially if it came with Super Mario Brothers. It would greatly distract me from my studies. )

Maria- I was wondering if Kneazle was alright too! Hope she pokes her head in soon...

Good luck finding your Christmas decorations, Jewel!

Happy Birthday to Prickly Daughter!! Hope she has a wonderful day!

Holly- sorry about not feeling good or the wasp sting! Yuck!!

I guess I should go to school now. Really want to go back to bed, but oh well.

Have a fantastic RotD/N!!

~Kristina

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Denise P. - Nov 27, 2006 9:58 am (#1758 of 2989)    

One son already has a Nintendo DS, we got a different one a DS lite for Christmas. The rest have SP. (We didn't buy any of them, they were all gifts) In cleaning out the attic, we found all our old NES games, the Super Nintendo and the N64 so we are not buying any new systems. We may get a NES system only so we can play the old games. That is plenty for all of us.

Sheila, that is it exactly! I had not planned to run one until 2008 but I was bullied talked into it by some friends on another forum. Since there will be about 30-50 from that forum running the various distances (5K to Marathon), it will be a fun weekend.

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Starling - Nov 27, 2006 10:34 am (#1759 of 2989)    

I'm afraid Pepto Bismol will forever remind me of Umbridge (thanks, Steve! *g*).

Why do so many girls have to have pink? There are so many lovely girly things that aren't pink!

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John Bumbledore - Nov 27, 2006 11:25 am (#1760 of 2989)    

(Bumbledore, John)"When my mouse runs over the fireplace it still shows a label saying Dumbledore Thinking." -- Chemyst.

Ah, but looking on the bright side, Dumbledore wouldn't need "a pair of thick, woolen socks" there. Would he? I prefer to think that his location, in his next adventure, is simply connected on the floo network for voice communication.

** With all this picking, I'm thinking of suggesting an image of Peeves would be a good avatar for you, Chemyst. Just kidding **

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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The giant squid - Nov 27, 2006 11:48 am (#1761 of 2989)    

So many comments...and they're all from haymoni!

Well, I've decided to pack the suits. Like I said - Hubby will jump in just out of spite. There is a hot tub, but I don't feel like freezing when I get out of it.

C'mon, that's part of the fun! :evil grin:

We are staying at Circus Circus so that there will be lots for the kiddies to do. We really are playing our entertainment by ear. I'm just glad to be away.

Circus Circus is a good choice if you've got youngsters. Just be aware that the place is old and has a bit of a run-down feeling to it. I believe it's planned to be imploded in the next couple of years, so they haven't bothered with any renovations.

Hubby was pretty excited about your movie theater though, Mike. I mean, now that the pool won't be available, what else will we have to do but get over there to watch "Casino Royale"??? How far away are you anyway?

It's a good distance from Circus Circus to Green Valely Ranch Station (the casino my theater is attached to), but there's freeway all the way. At off times it'd take about 15 minutes to drive; during rush hour, around an hour. Either way, Casino Royale is worth it.

I'm actually surprised that nobody in Vegas has gotten the HP bug yet. You'd think there would be SOMETHING out there related to Harry Potter. The least the Luxor could do is show an HP movie or two on their IMAX screen.

They did when it came out. I'm not sure what they have there now, but it's probably something about flying or mountain climbing... Vegas seems to be moving away from specific themed places to more general themes. The latest trend is geographical (Paris, Venetian, Bellagio, etc.).

More later, I have to head to work.

--Mike

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Elanor - Nov 27, 2006 12:31 pm (#1762 of 2989)    

Haymoni, I've stayed at the Circus Circus for a night about 6 years ago and my best recollection is that it was quite old but quite fun! Memory's a bit foggy about it though because when I went there it was just after a 20 hour long trip from Lyon (whose airport is nicely called "St Exupery Airport" BTW **waving to Ginny and Tori and all "Petit Prince"' lovers**). We left it the day after for visiting the Grand Canyon and other parks and then came back to Vegas again to stay for a night at the MGM Grand this time, which I really preferred -- but then again, I had no jet lag to fight anymore!

It was really fun to visit some of the hotels, a bit surreal too. Even tried the New York-New York's sort of roller-coaster but can't tell you much about it because I closed my eyes after 30 seconds and didn't open them before things stopped moving like mad! Those who kept their eyes opened said it was great though!

I hope the return to work won't be too hard after that long or normal weekend wherever you are! Cheering charms sent around and healing ones too!

Audrey

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Puck - Nov 27, 2006 1:15 pm (#1763 of 2989)    

when pig's fly I might run a marathon

Sheila, I shall join you.

Holly, Perhaps you, too, should have a Thanksgiving "do-over". I'm cooking a mini feast this weekend, as Mr. Puck and I were too sick to enjoy the last.

Almost time for son to be home, and I still have a bathroom to clean.

Bye!

Kathy

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 27, 2006 2:36 pm (#1764 of 2989)    

Why do so many girls have to have pink? There are so many lovely girly things that aren't pink!

Because, pink is possibly the most awesomest color on the whole entire planet! It makes me happy! My best friend's room is painted pink. But it's not Pepto Bismol pink, it's more like neon hurt your eyes if you look at it too long pink. It's really awesome though! I love it, but just not in my room. I want to repaint my room a very, almost white, shade of pink. I think it would match my new curtains and bedding better than the blue it is now.

There is a lizard on my curtains!! AHHHHH DADDYYY!! Ok it's gone now! That was freaky! I hate lizards and pretty much anything that crawls!

HAPPPPYY BIRTHDAYY TO PRICKLY DAUGHTER!!!

Does Pirckly daughter have a name?!

Well I better go do my homework now! YUCK!

Happy Monday!



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Starling - Nov 27, 2006 2:42 pm (#1765 of 2989)    

I want to repaint my room a very, almost white, shade of pink. I think it would match my new curtains and bedding better than the blue it is now.

That sounds really nice. I used to have a room in a light forest green combined with light pink. It's just the horrible pinks I don't like *g*

I think pinkness for girls is much more prominent in the US and in the UK than it is in Holland, where girls are more likely to wear cutesy check embroidered dresses and brightly coloured dungarees.

Martje

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 27, 2006 2:55 pm (#1766 of 2989)    

There is a lizard on my curtains!!

**claps hands repeatedly** OOOh, a new pet!! How exciting! (They love live crickies!)

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azi - Nov 27, 2006 3:37 pm (#1767 of 2989)    

I love brightly coloured dungarees! I went through a pink stage when I was about 4/5, but have hated pink ever since. My favourite colour is green. My room at home is many different colours, difficult to describe. Rest assured, it is not pink (apart from the carpet which I haven't persuaded my parents to change yet ).

I'm shattered. Better go sleep!

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Puck - Nov 27, 2006 3:57 pm (#1768 of 2989)    

Diva's room is that almost-white shade of pink. Then, I painted a variety of flowers on the walls to make it an enchanted garden. Fortunately for son, when baby came along, he was sent to live with his sister in the pink room until the little one is old enough to share. (So, sleeping through the night and not eating the Barbie shoes.) We put Buzz lightyear stickers around his bed to try to counter act the girly-ness of the room.

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Starling - Nov 27, 2006 4:05 pm (#1769 of 2989)    

Oooh, an enchanted garden ...

Talking about enchanted gardens, I'd better get the hot water bottle boiled so I can curl up in bed with Inkspell ...

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geauxtigers - Nov 27, 2006 4:07 pm (#1770 of 2989)    

I like pink, but its not my favorite color. I like blue and I always have. I also like green too. Really the only colors I don't like are yellow and brown. I think the yellow comes from the time that my parents painted our room chicken yellow and I hated it.

My room is blue too, its kinda a musty blue, and its not too light or too dark. I painted it when I was in 8th grade and its has since had a bunch of random bedspreads and furniture. But my dad built me a 'platform' bed and I got a dresser(didn't have one before) and a new night stand and a a bed spread I loved. Turns out the bedspread actually matched my walls. We were thinking we were going to have to paint it because the blue was a little out there. Its very soft and relaxing. You walk into Ginny's room and you have bright blue walls ans hot pink bedding and curtains.

I just woke up, I came home and fell asleep for about an hour or so. I couldn't fall asleep last night, so I stayed up until 1 making an exam study schedule that I know I'm not going to follow, but it makes me feel better.

I did better on this physics test than I did on my last one...I figure if I keep improving by this same amount, I might move up the rank of 'poor' instead of dreadful and troll..

Umm whats a dungaree?

I should go do my homework....

Have a great day!

EDIT: Ahh gotcha, Starling! Thats kinda what I thought, just making sure!

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Starling - Nov 27, 2006 4:12 pm (#1771 of 2989)    

Dungarees.

Tuinbroek, Latzhose. Errrr. Overall? A bib and brace overall.

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azi - Nov 27, 2006 4:30 pm (#1772 of 2989)    

Ok, I tried to put a pic of dungarees up, but it didn't work first time so I gave up. Ok, bed when I get the forum clear of new posts!

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Marie E. - Nov 27, 2006 5:22 pm (#1773 of 2989)    

My room was painted pink when I was ten, but my dad used a texture roller so that the wall had these sharp spikes sticking out. If I rolled over in the night, I got impaled on my wall. Not fun. Lexie wants her room "light orange". Interesting. Isn't that peach?

Our lovely warm weather came to an end today. Highs only in the 40's and snow predicted for Wednesday. Bah!

I had a friend in high school whose mother used to do a big Thanksgiving style dinner every July. She called it a practice dinner. It felt weird to eat pumpkin pie and green bean casserole on a hot day.

We went to Circus Circus when we were in Las Vegas for Mike's wedding two years ago. I agree with Mike that it is oldish looking, but it was very fun for the girls. They have an indoor amusement park and free clown shows.

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Mediwitch - Nov 27, 2006 6:14 pm (#1774 of 2989)    

*pops in to wave all around*

Sheila, I see you've figured out the re-sizing. I use Adobe Photoshop Elements to re-size the pics, and I use the "Save for Web" feature, then I get it small enough to fit the size requirements here. I think there is a feature in your preferences on the forum than allows you to view avatars as actual sizes or all the same size. That way you can change the way you view everyone's avatars, too. I see I need a new avatar, too. I'm a bit out-of-date with the Hallowe'en cat!

When I was really little my mother got me all this frilly pink bedding (canopy too) and curtains and put wallpaper up that had little roses all over it. Then when I was six we moved to a different house in the same town, and the family that bought our house had a son my age and a daughter who was my brother's age. We went to the same church and became friends, and I went to their house (my old house) to visit when I was about 13. They had re-done the bedroom but there was one tiny rose from the wallpaper still on the wall!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 27, 2006 7:15 pm (#1775 of 2989)    

My lesson went beautifully, wonderfully, fantastically, etc. etc. etc..!!!! The kids understood what I wanted them to do, and my supervisor and mentor teachers said it was a great lesson!!! It was my last lesson of the semester, and it went with a bang! I believe my money was (almost) well spent!

I like light colored pinks. My favorite color of all time though is green. I'll choose it over everything. My room in California was spongepainted three different colors of green, and then my mom and brother were going to paint a forest mural around the entire room, but they did half of one wall, and that was the end of that. I got sick of waiting to get it finished (three or so years), and painted the walls a beige islandy color, and now it has an island motif. My apartment here is a mix of yellows, greens, reds, and beige.

Squid Mike- my grandparents live not far away from your theater!

**waved to Mediwitch**

Off to homework. **almost done. almost done. almost done.**

~Kristina

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Puck - Nov 27, 2006 7:22 pm (#1776 of 2989)    

for Tazzy!  

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painting sheila - Nov 27, 2006 7:26 pm (#1777 of 2989)    

Go! Fight! Win! Tazzy - of course you did a great job!!

Fav color - GREEN!!!!!!!!

Prickly Daughter's name: Kaitlin Brooke (ahh so sweet sounding!)

Later - Bachelor in Rome is on - squueee!

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Mediwitch - Nov 27, 2006 7:27 pm (#1778 of 2989)    

Hooray for Tazzy!

Favorite color: RED!

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Puck - Nov 27, 2006 7:28 pm (#1779 of 2989)    

Mine's Orange.

Cause it's fun!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 27, 2006 7:48 pm (#1780 of 2989)    

Thanks everyone!

~Kristina

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 27, 2006 7:52 pm (#1781 of 2989)    

Mines's HOT PINK!!

And it's wayyy funner than any other color!After that it's Green,BLue, Red, Orange, Yellow, Black, Purple, andBrown!So now that everyone knows the order of my favorite colors....I think I'll go study some vocabulary!

YAY! for Kristina!!



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Chemyst - Nov 27, 2006 7:57 pm (#1782 of 2989)    

Good to hear it went well, Tazzy.

Favorite colors...
Don't you change them with the seasons? Many of my winter clothes are dark green but my summery clothes are often a melon/orange. Interior paint colors were discussed here last March and I still like my 'cat poo.'

Hey Kim, how's that battleship grey 'Atmosphere Blue' holding up?

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 27, 2006 8:07 pm (#1783 of 2989)    

Hey Kim, how's that battleship grey 'Atmosphere Blue' holding up?---Chemyst

I was admiring the color just the other day and remembered your disparaging comments. It's holding up just fine, thank you, and is very soothing. However, I'm thinking your 'cat poo' might be in need of an overhaul.

Does anyone else think it's slightly scary that Chemyst can recall to the month when colors were last discussed? (By the way, Chemyst, I like the holly.)

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Eponine - Nov 27, 2006 8:13 pm (#1784 of 2989)    

I am not a fan of pink. I like it just fine on other people (particularly on my adorable niece), but I don't let it get near me. I used to like it when I was very young. In fact, my favorite pair of shorts when I was younger was green with hot pink hippos. But now, pink makes me shudder. Ick.

My favorite color is red. The room in my avatar is our library, and if Mr. Eponine had let me, I would have painted the entire house that color.

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rlc - Nov 27, 2006 8:36 pm (#1785 of 2989)    

Hi! I have been reading this thread and the forum for quite a while. I feel like I know you all. I am finally posting because I may be able to help a bit when it comes to the Wii. Harry Potter is my obsession, but I happen to manage an EB Games.

Nintendo is planning on shipping 4 million Wii's through the end of the year. Most retailers are not doing preorders at this point and are selling them on a first come first served basis. According to Gamespot.com, Nintendo shipped over 600,000 thousand in the first 8 days. There will be a lot more Wii's available than we have seen of a new system for quite some time. That being said the demand is incredibly high. I don't think I went more than 10 minutes at work today without someone coming in or calling to see if we had any.

My best advice is just keep asking and checking at your local stores. They will be showing up at all the usual places, but they will go fast. They are an incredible system, and just about any one can play it. (The DS light is pretty nifty too!) The Super Mario Galaxy Game is due out sometime next year, I don't believe we have a specific date yet.

Good luck hunting for the Wii! I hope you all find one. While you’re looking, try to remember that most of us in the store hate telling you that we don't have any...or at least most of us hate to.

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Mediwitch - Nov 27, 2006 8:52 pm (#1786 of 2989)    

Thanks, rlc!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 27, 2006 8:53 pm (#1787 of 2989)    

Welcome to the Forum, rlc! (and to all the other new members as well!)

My goal today, after completing a reflection paper, is to complete my Christmas Card list. OH! For those of you who have a Hallmark store near you, and have not picked out Christmas/Holiday cards yet, they are having a buy one get one free on any Hallmark or Shoebox box of cards.

~Kristina

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painting sheila - Nov 27, 2006 9:18 pm (#1788 of 2989)    

Welcome Moaning Myrtle!!

Welcome rlc!! And thanks for the update on the Wii shipments. As a matter of fact, I went into an EB games today and asked about a Wii. The gentleman was very nice and polite and encouraged me to continue checking. I was impressed!!

That said (rlc- you may not want to listen to this!), my hubbie found out today that Best Buys get their Wii shipments in on Wednesday and put them on the floor for Friday morning. They get about 27, and if you are one of the first 27 there on Friday morning - you get a Wii!! Guess where I'm going to be on Friday? - I mean - you know - if I can't find one at EB Games, of course! ; )

The Bachelor in Rome is over and I totally picked the other girl!! I can't believe he didn't pick Sadie!! I think the producers do that on purpose - put all of the best clips of one girl and the not so best clips of the other to make you lean in one direction. Poor Sadie had her heart broken.

BUT!! The Bachelor they have for next season - WOW!! You single girls should sign up - He is a Under Sea Medical Officer in the Navy and an Iron Man. Seems like a catch!

Prickly Daughter's Birthday went well. Thank you all for your suggestions. I think we did it all except for the perfume! Her dad and I gave her a nice winter jacket from Old Navy, and a couple of pairs of jeans from Old Navy. (We had a gift card someone had given us for some reason long ago and figured it was time to use it!) One brother gave her a nice fleece scarf and a shirt from Old Navy, and the other brother gave her a pair of ear rings. Her sister gave her a new purse - not a Coach - but a very nice leather one. We went to eat at a friend's new restaurant - Aloha Moe's - and had Polynesian food. Loved IT! We're taking some of her friends there tomorrow. The Darn Good Chocolate Cake was never touched we ate so much there, but there is always tomorrow!

I wrote a frustrated letter to the local ABC news tonight. They aired a story with graphic video that went beyond what I thought was responsible. It felt like sensationalism and not journalism. One of my daughters was in the room and saw a small part of the story before I could get it off. She had all sorts of questions about why they would put such a thing on the news. I didn't have the answers, but it led to a great discussion about what you watch and listen to and how it affects you in ways you don't think about.

Anyway - the weather here is gorgeous! It has me in the mood to spring clean! If I do it now - do I have to do it in the spring too?

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geauxtigers - Nov 27, 2006 10:22 pm (#1789 of 2989)    

Seahawks won on Monday Night Football!!!! 34-24, it was a great game, Shaun Alexander had 201 yards and 40 carries (team record).

And yesterday when my grandma called, she told us it was snowing, and its still snowing! Snowed all through the game. I want to go to Seattle now! Tomorrow its supposed to be near 80! This state has the most inconsistent winter weather in the world!

rlc, thanks for the info about the Wii! And welcome to the forum!

Okay, I need to go do more 'identities' for my math homework. Its such slow work on top of confusing and I don't understand it. I missed the class that we learned it because I was at the State meet. Playing catch up is not fun.

Glad your daughter's birthday was great, Sheila!

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Snuffles - Nov 28, 2006 1:46 am (#1790 of 2989)    

Welcome rlc

My favourite colour is Purple. Livvy's at the moment is Disney Pink! she is having her bedroom decorated next year and I have a feeling that will be the colour she wants. Though I will limit how many things appear in that shade!!

Bought hubby the Casino Royale scalextric set for xmas. Some boys just never grow up

Hope everyone who wants a Wii, manages to get one before xmas.

Congrats on your lesson Tazzy. I'm glad the money was well spent.

Better check the threads before they get too much to handle!

Have a good Tuesday

Julie

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The giant squid - Nov 28, 2006 2:05 am (#1791 of 2989)    

Squid Mike- my grandparents live not far away from your theater!—Tazzygirl

Most people's grandparents do. Our main demographic qualifies for the "senior discount". The only time the younger crowd comes out is when the 15-year-olds try to sneak into R-rated movies...

Congrats on your last lesson going well. It's always good to go out on top. Sadly, I seem to be the type to linger past my prime...sort of like ER or Beverly Hills 90210.

Favorite color... I quote the T-shirt: "I only wear black until they come up with something darker." Okay, I don't just like black, I also prefer midnight blue, forest green, crimson red... If they figure out a way to make "dark yellow" I'd probably wear it.

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Starling - Nov 28, 2006 2:34 am (#1792 of 2989)    

Hello, rlc!

My favourite colour is blue, especially sky blue (navy is boooooooring, that one's my least favourite colour, actually, although midnight blue can be wonderful). I quite like yellow, leaf-green, and orange, but I can't wear them, they make me look ill.

I used to have a room in "battleship grey" (snort) and cream. It was gorgeous.

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Catherine - Nov 28, 2006 4:43 am (#1793 of 2989)    

LOL about Chemyst's interior color!

I still haven't painted my dining room yet, although my paint swatches are still adorning the walls.

Happy Birthday to S. E. Jones!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Nov 28, 2006 7:47 am (#1794 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday to S.E!

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John Bumbledore - Nov 28, 2006 8:18 am (#1795 of 2989)    

Favorite color? I don't do favorites, it would hurt the other color's feelings. (Isn't that typical PC-ness?)

Welcome rlc! Thanks for the skinny on the Wii. Is there any truth to the rumor I heard that Microsoft wants to make the Wii Internet enabled?

Oh the possibilities: down loading games on demand, playing against Internet opponents; so many positives but I don't trust Microsoft to get it right. However, the name would be more amusing: I-Wii.
Even better, Sony and Norelco team up and make the Wii water resistant so you can Wii in your pool, Wii in your bath tub or Wii in your shower?

Yes, I am joking! **Running and ducking the dungbombs**

Happy Birthdays: Sarah (S.E. Jones), Prickly daughter, (Puck or Pince?) Junior, and anyone else I missed.
**Posted in blue-gray, my favorite color**

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Snuffles - Nov 28, 2006 8:48 am (#1796 of 2989)    

Happy birthday to S.E.Jones and prickly daughter.

Lol John. That would be funny.

Julie

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Tazzygirl - Nov 28, 2006 9:41 am (#1797 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday, S.E. Jones!! Hope your day is wonderful!

I'll post more when I get home from school- slept in this morning So now I am rushing to get out the door!

Have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Holly T. - Nov 28, 2006 10:11 am (#1798 of 2989)    

Happy birthday to S.E. Jones and to Sheila's daughter! (and anyone else I missed!)

Kathy, a do-over is a good idea. We were thinking about maybe cooking a Christmas dinner when the in-laws come visit in a few weeks to see the Nutcracker. Or we may do the same thing we did last year after the ballet and go out for Mexican food--puffy tacos, yum--and then home for dessert. I made tres leches cake last year and this year I found a recipe for tres leches flan. I don't like flan but my husband does.

Kristina--congrats on the lesson!

LOL at John.

My son and I are working on his grand creation for the Cub Scout cake auction. He envisioned (he watches too much Food Network) a cake with a gingerbread house on top surrounded by a candy forest. I convinced him that, in the interest of time, it would be ok to use one of the gingerbread house kits rather than make the house ourselves. So we put the house together last night and decorated it and made one of the cakes for the base. Tonight we need to make the other base cake and some more trees and then work on assembling and decorating. Whew. He has added a Pampered Chef Easy-Accent Decorator to his wish list of things he wants in his own kitchen when he is a grown-up. Anybody else's 8-year-old asking for a Kitchen Aid stand mixer? He wants one in orange, his favorite color.

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Chemyst - Nov 28, 2006 10:12 am (#1799 of 2989)    

If you are seeing a giant 'K' then you don't have mini pics art jam; otherwise, it's the dungbomb hurling toward John.

K


Happy Birthday, S.E. Jones!

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John Bumbledore - Nov 28, 2006 10:31 am (#1800 of 2989)    

Oh good. I just see a big 'K' on my screen!

How about this image? "Right back at you, Chemyst." LOL
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Puck - Nov 28, 2006 10:56 am (#1801 of 2989)    

ROTFL at John's post!

Welcome rlc, and thanks to you and Sheila for the useful Wii info. (As opposed to John's that was just good for a laugh.)

Starling, actually, melon is one of the few colors that almost everyone looks good in. Perhaps you can try that shade if you want to wear orange.

Holly, I would have loved the orange mixer, but hubby was boring and brought me a cream colored one.

Tazzy, despite over sleeping you still came to the forum!?

Happy Birthday, Sarah

There's a difference between navy and midnight blue?

Son home sick from school. Again. *sigh*

Happy RotD

Kathy

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painting sheila - Nov 28, 2006 11:06 am (#1802 of 2989)    

Hi everyone!

Hope you are having a great day!!

I have an original from the 1950's Kitchen Aide mixer in bright red! It still works. I hate to use it thought. I am afraid I will be the one to break it!

Not much else going on - cleaning house - trying to find something else to do - and then more cleaning house.

Green!! All shades of green!! Beautiful!! My family room is painted in a Sherwin Williams color - Romaine. It doesn't look anything like the leaf though - it is much more of a Caribbean color.

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Starling - Nov 28, 2006 11:16 am (#1803 of 2989)    

There's a difference between navy and midnight blue?

Yup! Look "navy blue" up in wikipedia. Midnight blue is greyer/greener than navy.

Let's see if this works:

Navy
Midnight Blue


Hmm, why do the new messages not show up on here?

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 28, 2006 11:19 am (#1804 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday, S.E. Jones!

Hello, rlc and welcome! Thanks for the information!

Sheila, thanks for the heads up. Mr. HH is on standby.

LOL, John and Chemyst! I see K. BTW, love both of your avatars!

Sounds like a great cake, Holly.

Hooray, Kristina! I just knew you were a natural! Now, if I could only get you over to our schools here on the east coast. . .

Colors: Olivia's room is a soothing sky blue, Priscilla's is turquoise, kind of like Ariel's in Disney. My favorite color is periwinkle, I think.

Maria
EDIT: Oh, and I am pretty sure Wii will be wifi enabled, which means it will be like the DS, you can play people from all over the world and get each other's friend codes and play against each other. How exciting is that!!

Regan, sending you an email when I get a moment.

Thank you, Starling! How thoughtful!

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Starling - Nov 28, 2006 11:23 am (#1805 of 2989)    

Periwinkle!

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painting sheila - Nov 28, 2006 11:52 am (#1806 of 2989)    

Heads up on Wii - My husband has garnered more info - Best Buys put their Wii's out on Sunday Morning - not Friday. JEEZ!! I am just calling EB Games every morning 'til I find one!

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 28, 2006 2:40 pm (#1807 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday Sarah!!

If there is one color in that I can actually say physically makes me ill, it's any form of light purple, periwinkle, lavendar...uggg! I have no idea why, but they just make me shudder! Isn't it weird how everyone feels this way about some color out there? I wonder why it is that some people love purples, and lavenders, while other people can't stand them....very strange! I wonder if Wiki has an article on it?

We got a little pamphlet/catalog thingy-ma-jig for the Wii. There is a game where you get to be a surgeon!! You use both the joystick and the remote as your "tools" and you preform surgeries! How cool is that??!! I already told my mom that this is a must if she finds a Wii before Christmas! It says that you can do organ transplants and lots of surgical procedures. The best part- you don't even have to get your hands dirty! Ya I know I'm weird!

Oh, and I am pretty sure Wii will be wifi enabled, which means it will be like the DS, you can play people from all over the world Woaa...that's nifty!!! Regan and Olivia....you're going down!!

We had a speaker this morning, who works for the FBI. He succeeded in creeping everyone out with his "internet safety" speech. He did a demonstration of what a predator does and how easily he can find out where you live. He went to MySpace and did a search for girls ages 14-20 living in Jackson, MS. From there, he literately traced one random person all the way to finding her address, school, family members etc. The scary part was that all he did was use MySpace and Google to get her info. It took him roughly 6 minutes! So now I just have to pray that no one here is going to hunt me down! I don't think so, but now I'm completely freaked by it! AHH!

Ok lots to do tonight!

Happy Tuesday!

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azi - Nov 28, 2006 2:48 pm (#1808 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday SE!

I'm reading Geology jokes and eating popcorn from a colander. Procrastination is nice.

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Starling - Nov 28, 2006 3:19 pm (#1809 of 2989)    

Happy birthday, SE!

I don't like any light forms of purple either. A dark aubergine is nice, but a light lilac ... no thanks.

I don't mind periwinkle, though, it's more of a blue. Blue with a hint of purple is OK.

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juliebug - Nov 28, 2006 3:23 pm (#1810 of 2989)    

Happy B-day SE

I feel like I have been fighting off one bug or another all month and just haven't been able to keep up with all you posters. It sounds like everyone is well, so that good news.

My favorite color is purple and has been my whole life. I especially like purples that are a little more blue than red. My hubby loves blue. Our house is mostly cool colors. I recently painted my little girl's (2 years old) room a light purple. I found some fun wall stickers at Lowes and have decorated the room with multi colored flowers and butterflies, all at Little Bug's eye level. It's the girly room I always wanted. Fortunately, she likes it too.

Hope everyone remains well, and I hope to be around more later.

Juliebug

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Nov 28, 2006 4:53 pm (#1811 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday S.E.! My favorite color is Purple. Ginny that is pretty scary that he can trace someone that quickly. Tori your Seahawks play the Broncos next. They should have no trouble. We are starting a rookie QB in his very first NFL game. No pressure on him at all! Happy Tuesday. LPO

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The giant squid - Nov 28, 2006 6:32 pm (#1812 of 2989)    

Isn't it weird how everyone feels this way about some color out there?—virginiaelizabeth

For me that's Salmon. Someone tried to convince me that that was an "acceptable" tone of pink. I still twitch just thinking about it...

Happy birthday, Sarah!

--Mike

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rlc - Nov 28, 2006 6:34 pm (#1813 of 2989)    

Hi! My favorite color is purple.

The Wii does support WiFi. Eventually it will use the Opera web browser to surf the net, although that is not enabled yet. I'm sure there will be some WiFi games too, although not sure which ones yet.(It gets a little hard to keep up on every thing this time of year.) We got an email from the Home Office to day saying that the next time we will get Wii's will be the beginning of next week at the earliest. This goes for GameStop too as we are all the same company.

As far as Best Buy and the other big box retailers, when they put out systems depends mostly on if they are in the Sunday add or not. If they are in an add they will hold them back, otherwise they put them out when they get them. I, at least, do not mind where people get their Wii's. They are hard to find, and we hope that everyone who wants one finds one. We will even tell you if we've heard who has them. We just hope you come back to trade in your old games and systems and to buy games for your new system. In the long I think good customer service and just plain being nice pays off.

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juliebug - Nov 28, 2006 6:36 pm (#1814 of 2989)    

You're right Mike. Salmon is weird. Weird color. Weird name (totally not phonetic.) Just weird. Interesting fish, but color-wise, not so much.

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painting sheila - Nov 28, 2006 6:56 pm (#1815 of 2989)    

Purple!! My favorite color was purple when I was a little girl - because Donny Osmond's favorite color was purple. He had purple socks! (sigh) I always wanted purple socks.

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Tazzygirl - Nov 28, 2006 7:02 pm (#1816 of 2989)    

Puck: Tazzy, despite over sleeping you still came to the forum!?

Of course!! It's all about priorities. And I arrived at school right at 7:30, which is when I am supposed to be there, and I drove the speedlimits and everything.

Maria- you never know, I could appear in the East! Hawaii owns me (literally, I signed a stipend thingy) for the three years after I graduate, and then I am a free bird! All those options...

While my favorite color is green, I chose this color that I am typing in for posting as no one else had this color. I also like it- it's like a rosy pinkish color. My prom dress was a periwinkle blue- it was gorgeous. Had a bag and shoes that matched it too!

Off to see if I am watching the kids or not today. sigh. Have so much work due tomorrow!!

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Nov 28, 2006 7:12 pm (#1817 of 2989)    

For me that's Salmon. Someone tried to convince me that that was an "acceptable" tone of pink. I still twitch just thinking about it... Salmon is not an acceptable tone of pink! I don't like salmon. It washes me and most people out. The actually fish, however, is very yummy!

LPO, Seahawks vs the Broncos, I don't think it'll be a walk in the part for us, even with Jay Cutler starting, but I think we'll come out on top.

Off to do homework....

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 28, 2006 7:18 pm (#1818 of 2989)    

For me that's Salmon. Someone tried to convince me that that was an "acceptable" tone of pink. I still twitch just thinking about it...

Yeah.. that is a strange color! I don't like it much myself, it also reminds me of that coral-y color. In my mind, pink should NEVER be mixed with orange! Yeah, but it's not as bad as periwinkle or lavender or lilac, or that awful pinkish-purple color! *shudders* Out of all of the light purples, periwinkle is the worst. I think it has a lot to so with the name, it rhymes with tinkle, so it's like periwinkle tinkle...just...ugggg!! (I'm sure your dress was very pretty Kristina! I don't mean to criticize the dress itself....just the color! ) I don't mind purple if it's just normal, bright purple. It's when they try to add white to it.

Ok so I've spent 15 minutes talking about colors again!

More math homework for me!

Night everyone!

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Puck - Nov 28, 2006 7:19 pm (#1819 of 2989)    

Well, if I manage to find one, I'll be going "WiWiWi" all the way home.

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DJ Evans - Nov 28, 2006 7:43 pm (#1820 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday Sarah! Hope it's the best one yet!

lol Puck!

Black is my favorite color as a whole. But it really just depends on what the color is for. I mean I don't want black walls in my house. ewwww lol White is about the only color I'm not that crazy about, I can take it for some things though....is it even considered a color? It's just too dull for me.

I think we are finally going to get some winter like weather by the end of the week. YAY Right now you can still wear shorts around here & that is so not normal for us at this time of the year. Plus, it is really hard to get in to the mood of Christmas when you can still sleep with your windows open. I've been playing my soundtrack from A Charlie Brown Christmas to try & get myself more into the holidays.

Later, Deb

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TomProffitt - Nov 28, 2006 8:01 pm (#1821 of 2989)    

I used to be a Pressman. I learned to hate Reflex Blue. One of the absolute worst colors for printing. Although there were a lot of colors that were a pain, you just saw the Reflex Blue the most often. Reds, though, don't print so bad, so red is a good color. Blue bad.

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painting sheila - Nov 28, 2006 9:14 pm (#1822 of 2989)    

tick, tick, tick, tick . . . (me patiently waiting for some one to post on 5 Words) tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, .......

Ps OH!!!!! I almost forgot- Happy Birtday Sarah!! and many moooooooooorrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeee!

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Mediwitch - Nov 28, 2006 9:16 pm (#1823 of 2989)    

Holly, my friends's 12-year-old son is having a culinary Christmas this year - he's asked for all cooking stuff! Maybe it's the start of your son's career! Kathy, maybe I should send you a pic of my not-boring KitchenAid stand mixer - it's RED! Sheila, how cool that yours is original and still works!

Happy Birthday to Sarah and to Prickly Daughter, too!

(I know I'm late on the last one )



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Tazzygirl - Nov 28, 2006 10:39 pm (#1824 of 2989)    

Sheila: tick, tick, tick, tick . . . (me patiently waiting for some one to post on 5 Words) tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, .......

We've recruited another Five Words addict! And all that ticking... I wonder what Sheila's going to be like if the FFF goes down like a while ago. **knocks on wood**

~Kristina

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S.E. Jones - Nov 29, 2006 12:05 am (#1825 of 2989)    

Thanks for the well wishing, guys! You all made me smile. See? ->

And a happy co-birthday to Prickly Daughter, too!

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Laura W - Nov 29, 2006 2:54 am (#1826 of 2989)    

Deb wrote: "I think we are finally going to get some winter like weather by the end of the week. YAY Right now you can still wear shorts around here & that is so not normal for us at this time of the year. Plus, it is really hard to get in to the mood of Christmas when you can still sleep with your windows open."

Hee, hee. You guys are so amusing! You cannot imagine how I grinned when I read this.

As of right now, it is currently minus 30 degrees Celsius (-30 C) where I am, with a lot of snow and ice on the ground. Christmas, anyone?

Laura

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Starling - Nov 29, 2006 3:03 am (#1827 of 2989)    

Are you in Canada, Laura?

We've got the usual Lancashire winter weather. Rain.

Last year was unusually lovely, I remember going to Chatsworth around this time and seeing the icicles on the waterfall, and having a freezing bonfire night, with ice sparkling on the grass. But now it's back to plain old dark, miserable weather. Sigh.

Salmon pink: ick.

Martje

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Laura W - Nov 29, 2006 4:15 am (#1828 of 2989)    

Yes, Martje ... but this is a bloody big country and, while some of us are freezing at -30, others of us are basking in plus six (+6 C) conditions (which is mild for November). I just happen to be in the -30 part right now.    (grin)

Laura

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jose043 - Nov 29, 2006 4:59 am (#1829 of 2989)    

Belated Happy Birthday to S E Jones hope you had a nice one. Also to Prickly Daughter.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves Of London

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Starling - Nov 29, 2006 5:18 am (#1830 of 2989)    

I wouldn't mind being in the -30 part of Canada. If I had insulation, triple glazing and central heating, that is.

As it is, it's +11C outside, which doesn't sound very cold, until you find yourself in a house that's 11C inside too.

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azi - Nov 29, 2006 6:34 am (#1831 of 2989)    

Hmm, 10 degrees C outside now, 15 degrees inside...unusually warm! It's lovely and sunny as well!

I don't think I'd survive in -30 temps. Just too cold...

Salmon pink...bleugh! I had a history teacher who wore a shirt that colour and it was gross!

I'd better get to Potty 5 Words! **waves**

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painting sheila - Nov 29, 2006 8:09 am (#1832 of 2989)    

To rub salt in some wounds - I went outside to get the paper this morning - barefoot!

It is supposed to be in the 70's here today with a cold front moving in this weekend that will put us in the 50's -bbbbbbbbbbrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

YES!! I admit it!! I am addicted to Potty 5 Words! and if I never write another song lyric - it's all your fault Kristina!

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Chemyst - Nov 29, 2006 9:12 am (#1833 of 2989)    

For me that's Salmon. Someone tried to convince me that that was an "acceptable" tone of pink. I still twitch just thinking about it...  – Mike

 ** Thought it odd that in nearly 20 posts since, no one had pointed out that the squid's avatar is a salmon color. Thought squids moved by siphoning, not twitch-repulsion, but now we know what moves him. **

Sheila; about your purple socks & Donny Osmond comment — well, no wonder you love working on theatrical costumes!

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Holly T. - Nov 29, 2006 9:17 am (#1834 of 2989)    

Sheila, we're expecting that same cold front. Highs in the 80s today, 50s tomorrow. I would happily live somewhere where it never got below 60 degrees. I don't like cold weather at all.

Mediwitch, good to hear my son isn't the only one out there, LOL. Earlier this year my son was all excited when I bought a new zester. I think I'm going to get him an egg separator for Christmas (even though I have taught him how to separate eggs using the shells)--it's a ceramic face and when you drop the egg in the top of the head the white drips out the nose. I think it is horribly disgusting, which means he should love it.

We finished his cake last night and put the last trees on this morning. The cake auction is tonight. I need to take a picture of the cake.

My daughter and her friend led a Brownie meeting last night--they are teaching science try-its to Brownie troops for their Bronze Award project--and on the way home I was cracking up because they were complaining about how hard it was to make the Brownies (second graders) listen to them, follow directions, etc. Hee.

While it is definitely not my favorite color, I have to say the salmon is the only shade of pink I can wear. I have a cute skirt that is a brown and salmon print. I can't wear pastels at all.

Editing to add that I had a Donny and Marie lunchbox, back in the day. Loved those purple socks! :-)

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John Bumbledore - Nov 29, 2006 10:09 am (#1835 of 2989)    

[color:5f8a=FA8072]This is better than 'thick, woolen socks.' Wikipedia states that Salmon is a pink color with RGB value of FA 80 72 so I used for this text.

For this line, I used the HTML code *Font Color=Salmon* to see if the color name is recognized by Internet Browsers. (replace the * with < and > )

The Giant Squid is the same color as Salmon? Since I didn't see anyone use the color in a post, I thought I would be kind enough to provide the above samples.

I would say that Squid Mike's avatar looks more of a "sun burned" salmon color. That would make more sense since he is in Las Vegas.

Notes: If you see a fire place (or wood stove) in place of my Faux Avatar, note that it is not indicative of my current location or appearance! It is merely a pretty image I found on the Internet.
Is it just me or do the bricks look salmon colored?
No Squids were harmed in the making of this avatar...


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juliebug - Nov 29, 2006 11:01 am (#1836 of 2989)    

but were any salmon harmed in the making of your avatar?

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Starling - Nov 29, 2006 11:09 am (#1837 of 2989)    

*shields eyes from John's post*

AAARGH, my eyes! My eyes!

Right, colour therapy:

Azure!
Light blue!


Phew.

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The giant squid - Nov 29, 2006 1:48 pm (#1838 of 2989)    

** Thought it odd that in nearly 20 posts since, no one had pointed out that the squid's avatar is a salmon color.--Chemyst

I would say that Squid Mike's avatar looks more of a "sun burned" salmon color. That would make more sense since he is in Las Vegas.--John Bumbledore


LOL!

Salmon is a color that complements the deep seas, but my complexion...not so much.

With all the weather talk I went to weather.com to see where things are here in Vegas. It says the current temp is 41, wind chill 32 (5C, feels like 0C). There's also a big ad for Circus Circus so I thought of haymoni--I hope her husband jumped in the pool yesterday when it was warmer!

--Mike

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Lilly P - Nov 29, 2006 2:07 pm (#1839 of 2989)    

.... when you are relieved to find another parent of a child who speaks parseltongue.

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 29, 2006 3:01 pm (#1840 of 2989)    

I think I win when I say that it got up to 78F (25C) today. Sadly, this is very normal for this time of year! But there is a cold front moving in tomorrow night, and the high will be around 55F/12C. My ideal weather would be no warmer than 70F and no colder than 40ish in the evenings. I could never survive in -30C (-22F for us Americans)! That is wayyy too cold! I don't do cold! I can handle the heat a lot better than the cold! Just not too hot!

I think I'd call Mike's avatar more of a rosy pink. At least that's how is looks on my screen! It doesn't look orange-y enough.

Ok I shouldn't have even come here because I have wayy too much to do right now! Maybe I'll finish my homework early! **looks extremely unhopeful**

Happy Wednesday!

**is thinking Jamie meant to put here post on the YKYAHP/LFW Thread***

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Puck - Nov 29, 2006 3:25 pm (#1841 of 2989)    

Hi!

So the pieces of our Gingerbread House are made. Hubby needs to put it together tonight, so kids can decorate tomorrow.

Son started piano lessons today. Amazing how much he did in one lesson!

It can't snow yet! I just ordered the kids boots on-line last night after I realized I still didn't have any. Once they arrive, it's free to snow.

Homework/make dinner time. Son has extra sheets, as he was out of school yesterday.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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boop - Nov 29, 2006 5:25 pm (#1842 of 2989)    

Welcome RLC!!

Happy Belated Birthday Sarah!

Holly, Sounds like your son is having a good time with his cake.

Kathy, sending get well charms to your son.

Sheila, good luck getting that game.

juliebug, hope you start feeling better soon.

Waves to Deb, good to see you around.

We are having nice weather, but that will change on Friday. We are to get snow showers on Sat. I hope everyone is having a good week.

hugs always

boop

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Tazzygirl - Nov 29, 2006 6:41 pm (#1843 of 2989)    

Ginny- I think I win when I say that it got up to 78F (25C) today.

Amazingly, I think you have! LOL It's 3:30 pm here, and the temperature is 76 degrees. That'll probably be the lowest temperature here during the day. At night we might reach high 60s. Found out that California is currently along the lines of Vegas, which I say 'Whoo-hoo!'. I get to bundle up and sit in front of the fire when I go home in a week!

Over the next week- 2 days left of field placement, and 2 days left of uni. w00t!!

Off to do homework.

Have a fabulous RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Mediwitch - Nov 29, 2006 6:45 pm (#1844 of 2989)    

LOL Holly - I've seen that egg separator - what a hoot!

I've been working on making my Christmas cards, but I decided it was time to take a break for some forum time, so off to the threads!

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Nov 29, 2006 7:44 pm (#1845 of 2989)    

3:30 pm here, and the temperature is 76 degrees. Tazzy

It is currently 10 here. :sad:  We had a high of 15. We are experiencing one of Canada's most common exports: an arctic front. Laura I don't know how you manage to live in that kind of cold.

Tori the buzz here is Jay Cutler has been doing so well in practice that the team thinks he should be starting. We shall see! Our vaunted D couldn't stop Johnson or Tomlison so I don't think they will stop Alexander. Should be interesting! LPO

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Holly T. - Nov 29, 2006 7:52 pm (#1846 of 2989)    

Woohoo! The Cub Scouts made a lot of money at their cake auction.

I don't think I went over 20 mph the whole way to the meeting. Luckily, it wasn't far. I was so scared the cake was going to slide all over the back of my van.

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Mediwitch - Nov 29, 2006 7:56 pm (#1847 of 2989)    

Wow, Holly, it looks AWESOME!!! You've got one talented boy!

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Tazzygirl - Nov 29, 2006 8:02 pm (#1848 of 2989)    

WOW, Holly! Awesome picture!

Okay, anyone know how to get a video clip into powerpoint? I took a couple video clips on my digital camera, and now I need to put them in a powerpoint. I know how to put pictures and movies in, but, I get a message saying that the video cannot be played in powerpoint. Lina helped me the last time I had to do that, a year ago. Do I just need to change the .mov to something else? If I am supposed to do that, how do I do it? Any suggestions would be great!

~Kristina

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 29, 2006 8:32 pm (#1849 of 2989)    

The cake is really cute Holly! That's a really good idea.....I may just have to try it! Very Cuuuttee!

Ugg I had to take a break from my Bible homework. We have to read the first 19 chapters of Luke!! It's dull to the extreme point. And we have to look for references to the poor. I'm at about chapter 14 right now and I think I've found maybe 5 references to the poor. Me thinks he's doing this just to make sure we read it! Arrgg! It's just wayy to much at once and Luke seems to have the longest chapters of any of the books we've read so far...not to mention the font is like size 5 Times New Roman. It's so hard to see!

Daddy just brought me ice cream! I may live through it!

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painting sheila - Nov 29, 2006 9:35 pm (#1851 of 2989)    

Holly T - Great cake!! Sign that boy up for cake decorating classes!!

Not much going on here. Today was a day of blunders. Everything went almost right - but not quite. Just enough off to be frustrating but not enough off to rant. Where's the fun in that!?

Oldest Son tried a Gainer 1 1/2 today at dive practice. He is close - but landed on his back more times than he wanted. This Friday's meet is a Reverse Meet - which I guess means you have to have at least one reversal dive. He wants to do a "really cool" one - thus the slamming of the back on the water routine today.

Tried Target for the Wii today. the guy said to try on Sunday morning - early! The difficult place this all puts me is that our family chooses not to shop on Sunday for religious reasons. Do I cave and get one - or hold out, and hope I can find one without having to compromise? (stupid game!!)

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painting sheila - Nov 29, 2006 9:47 pm (#1852 of 2989)    

Good Night all. I am heading off to bed.

Have a good day tomorrow -

She

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geauxtigers - Nov 29, 2006 9:58 pm (#1853 of 2989)    

Tori the buzz here is Jay Cutler has been doing so well in practice that the team thinks he should be starting. We shall see! Our vaunted D couldn't stop Johnson or Tomlison so I don't think they will stop Alexander. Should be interesting! LPO

All just give a :cheer:

In bigger news.... ***drum roll please*** LSU is going to the ROSE BOWL!!!! I'm so excited! I want to go! Seeing as the tickets are 135 dollars and its in California which comes with a lovely 500 dollar plane ticket...I think I'll be watching it on tv! LOL! We are playing either USC or Michigan. All depends on the Pac-10 champ game Saturday. I almost hope its USC because I'd love to beat them once and for all and maybe we'll get a few pats on the back for a change. It would make me feel that much better about the "2003 champion Trojans that didn't even play so therefor should not have that title". We'd show them!

Awesome cake Holly!

I don't know how anyone could live in -22F! Thats insane! Its 40F here and we freak out and build fires and bundle up! LOL. Supposed to rain tomorrow but after this cold front comes through, its going to be in the 50s. Too bad it won't bring the snow with it!

So it took me 2 hours and 15 minutes to read 19 chapters if Luke. I found 11 references to the poor. I was a little agitated that thats all I found.

Now onto math.

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DJ Evans - Nov 29, 2006 10:17 pm (#1854 of 2989)    

***waves to Boop***

Had to get on and comment on the great job your son did on his cake Holly! I've always wanted to do something like that for the holidays but so far I've just never found the time.

Seeing the Gingerbread House reminds me of when the Food Network shows the contest (can't remember where they are held now) of decorating them. It amazes me every time how much detail some of them will do.

Here something some of you might find interesting. Mom has this desk that, well basically was crammed with stuff. Anything & everything you can think of was in there. I'm planning on putting it in my room so I needed to clean it out. In doing so, I found a hospital bill from 1941 for her mother. Grandmother was in the hospital back then for a total of 47 days.....total of the bill? $428.50! In the details of the bill, a private room (which is what she had) went for $4 per day. I couldn't believe it! I think it is safe to say, those days of a 47 day hospital stay costing that is LONG gone....

Later, Deb

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Solitaire - Nov 29, 2006 10:47 pm (#1855 of 2989)    

Wow! I can't believe I had to wade through nearly 100 posts! It's been a busy week. I'm sorry I missed all the birthdays. Happy Belated Birthday to S.E. Jones and Prickly Daughter.

Tazzy, congrats on the lesson! Even after 21 years, I am still jazzed when a lesson goes really great, so I know how you feel.

Welcome to the forum, Ric. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Solitaire

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Thom Matheson - Nov 29, 2006 10:51 pm (#1856 of 2989)    

Geauxtigers, I would love for you to have a USC - LSU matchup. That would mean that Michigan would have another crack at Ohio State. Go BLUE! (leaves the room humming "Hail to the Victors".)

Sarah, Happy belated b'day

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Tazzygirl - Nov 30, 2006 12:15 am (#1857 of 2989)    

Thanks again everyone for the congrats about the lesson. **is still floating with excitement**

I figured out how to do the video in powerpoint. (Thanks Lina!! **grateful smiley**)

I upgraded to Internet Explorer 7, and I actually really like it. It seems neater and clearer- the words are in a weird bold, easy to read font.

Off to do more homework, and then bed. soooo tired....

~Kristina

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The giant squid - Nov 30, 2006 1:55 am (#1858 of 2989)    

It seems neater and clearer- the words are in a weird bold, easy to read font.—Tazzygirl

Sounds like you've got the ClearType (or whatever they call it) on. That's a function that's supposed to make it easier to read on laptops. I thought it looked weird on my desktop so I shut it off, but if it's working for you, cheers.

Howdy, boop! Hugs all around!

I think it is safe to say, those days of a 47 day hospital stay costing that is LONG gone....--DJ Evans

Well, unless you've got a really good insurance provider... I'm thinking these days that same bill would total something in the neighborhood of $428,500.

--Mike

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Laura W - Nov 30, 2006 3:03 am (#1859 of 2989)    

Sounds like you've got the ClearType (or whatever they call it) on. That's a function that's supposed to make it easier to read on laptops. I thought it looked weird on my desktop so I shut it off

Can you tell me how you did that, Mike?

Laura, The Computer-Stupid

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Starling - Nov 30, 2006 4:51 am (#1860 of 2989)    

Virginiaelizabeth: Bible concordances are great. If you're looking for references to "poor", for instance, you look that up in the concordance and it'll show you where all the references are. I used to study Medieval Themes and Images, and the old concordance we had lying around in the classroom was essential reading. If you can't find a concordance, there's a site called BibleGateway that's very useful.

I'm not religious, but I do like scrutinising the Bible!

Luke 10:33-35 - The Good Samaritan, an example of someone who was good to the poor.

Tazzygirl: I use Opera. It happens a lot that people say "Oooh, IE has this now" and I can tell them Opera has had it for ages. *g*

How to shut off ClearType: if you have ClearType, it can be switched off in the "appearance" tab of the display settings, where there's a button called "effects" OR you go to the "effects" tab in your display settings. It depends on your operating system. You get to your display settings by going to your control panel and clicking on "display", or right clicking on your desktop and choosing "display".

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Laura W - Nov 30, 2006 5:30 am (#1861 of 2989)    

Cheers, Martje!

LW

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Marie E. - Nov 30, 2006 6:13 am (#1862 of 2989)    

Great cake! We have a mall here in town that always displays winners from a professional gingerbread house contest. The houses are so fun to look at.

It is very cold here. Very cold. Very, very cold. If you couldn't tell, that is a whine. Our high temp yesterday was 16F and it was supposed to get below zero last night. To top it off, we had 6 inches of blowing snow yesterday and snow was cancelled. I got off work early, too.

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Eponine - Nov 30, 2006 7:16 am (#1863 of 2989)    

Seeing the Gingerbread House reminds me of when the Food Network shows the contest (can't remember where they are held now) of decorating them. It amazes me every time how much detail some of them will do. - DJ Evans

It's in Asheville, NC at the Grove Park Inn (an absolutely gorgeous hotel). For the past couple years I've wanted to drive out there and see the houses. It's only about 3 hours away, and I'm fascinated by the amount of work that goes into them.

I made a gingerbread house about 4 years ago, and when I got frustrated with using frosting to hold the thing together, I broke out the hot glue gun.

Holly T, nice cake! I bet he had a lot of fun putting that together.

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Denise P. - Nov 30, 2006 7:21 am (#1864 of 2989)    

**passes Marie the cheese platter**: We actually have snow in our forecast...1-2" which means we may get a light dusting, if anything. How are the bunnies doing?

Very nice house, Holly. Is your son a Wolf? My Pack is making a giant gingerbread house. We are going to decorate it at the pack meeting on Monday and then present it to the principal of the school where we meet as a thank you. We also are getting one of the custodians something. There are several but one specifically came to us about a problem our boys were having in the restroom. She could have gone straight to the office which could have resulted in us not being able to use the school so we are very glad she came to us first. Now, the boys can only go use the restroom if an adult male is present. If not, they have to wait until they are home.

The gingerbread houses on Foodnetwork are so cool. Did you see the kid division? One year a boy ran out of ginger so he put in red pepper powder instead LOL Royal icing is the glue that holds it together. I am always so impressed with how detailed the winners get, it is something to see.

Saturday is my Half Marathon! Eekkk! I am picking up a few people and we are driving to Memphis tomorrow. I feel like such a slacker this month. Last month and September I ran over 100 miles each month. For November, I will finish out with just under 70 miles. I get a short break before my miles start to ramp up again for my May marathon. The highest week will be about week 15 when I will have runs that are: 5 miles, 10 miles, 5 miles, 20 miles.

Eggnog: Most of my family, with the exception of me, adores this foul liquid. They will drink it canned, they will drink it store bought, they would drink it if I made it. (Highly unlikely) I just don't see the appeal. Growing up, my family had eggnog but they always tossed brandy in it. It was just nasty and that is probably why I dislike it so much.

Paula Deen, I love this woman. She made an awesome gooey pumpkin butter cake around Thanksgiving which I then made to rave reviews. I decided to try a peppermint one. I used a chocolate cake base and put in crushed candy canes. **:swoons**: Should be outlawed!

PSA FOR THE MONTH: Don't get a pet for the holiday!! It has to be the worst time of the year. If you want a new pet, do your research to be sure you are getting the correct pet for you, that you can take care of the pet and that you are willing to put in the time commitment. Pets are not disposable when the novelty/cuteness factor fades.

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Starling - Nov 30, 2006 7:21 am (#1865 of 2989)    

Use egg frosting (made with egg white and powdered/icing sugar), Eponine, water frosting doesn't work.

Edit: talking about pets, the kitten next door has disappeared.

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Catherine - Nov 30, 2006 10:05 am (#1866 of 2989)    

I like eggnog, but not with spirits in it. I think the low-fat kind tastes icky.

My class is discussing the novel The Giver, and today we discussed euphemisms. This was quite an enjoyable session, as 7th graders adore "potty humor."

I really wanted to share the joke from HbP about the "U-No-Poo" from the joke shop, but managed to contain myself.

On the sports note, our local university team is going to the Papa Johns Bowl. Yes, apparently this is a real sporting event.

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kaykay1970 - Nov 30, 2006 10:43 am (#1867 of 2989)    

Our weather forecast surprised me Denise. It was rather warm yesterday. I walked out on the front porch this morning barefoot! I should have known that it would turn off cold as soon as all my children got well...

Wonderful cake, Holly!

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Starling - Nov 30, 2006 10:53 am (#1868 of 2989)    

Low fat eggnog? Where's the point in that? If you want to indulge, indulge properly!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 30, 2006 11:39 am (#1869 of 2989)    

Lovely cake, Holly!

Welcome back, kaykay! How is everyone feeling?

The difficult place this all puts me is that our family chooses not to shop on Sunday for religious reasons. Do I cave and get one - or hold out, and hope I can find one without having to compromise? (stupid game!!) Sheila

LOL, Sheila! Same here, except I will buy food.

Denise, you are not a slacker by any stretch of the imagination.

EDIT: Not trying to bring anyone down, but wanted to say Mr. HH's testing (lower gastrointestinal) did not come back great the other week, hence, he is being referred to Sloan Kettering in NYC. They say it looks benign but until they say for sure, there's always that lingering question. He is going in on Dec. 11 - sooner if they have a cancellation. Any prayers are welcome and appreciated.

kaykay, that sounds scary! So many people were sick this Thanksgiving! Hopefully, everyone will enjoy the rest of the holidays free of illness. How is Nitro now?

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kaykay1970 - Nov 30, 2006 11:50 am (#1870 of 2989)    

Thanks Maria! Everyone is feeling great now. Thanksgiving wasn't too much fun for the 13 year old. His fever spiked at 104.5. This was after a dose of Motrin!

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Holly T. - Nov 30, 2006 12:18 pm (#1871 of 2989)    

Prayers for Mr. HH!

Yikes, Kaykay, that is a high fever. Glad he is ok now.

Eggnog: ick. I will make eggnog bread, eggnog cake, and eggnog custard pie, but I will not drink it.

Denise, my son is a Bear. I think. Is that what comes after Wolf? He was a Wolf last year. Good luck with the half marathon! My husband's aunt made the Paula Deen gooey pumpkin cake at Thanksgiving.

Ginny and Tori--when I was teaching Bible study last year I bought the whole Bible on CD so I could listen to it in the car. It won't help you find references to the poor (I second the suggestion for a concordance) but sometimes you hear different things when listening than when reading.

Thanks for the comments about the cake! The frosting holding the house together was from the tube that came with the gingerbread house kit, so who knows what is in it. It dried quickly and held the pieces together and didn't taste icky. The frosting on the rest of the cake and the trees is your standard vanilla frosting from a tub (dyed green for the trees).

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painting sheila - Nov 30, 2006 12:25 pm (#1872 of 2989)    

Prayers and Positive thoughts sent out to everyone in the Hungarian Horntail Family!!

Wii Update- EB Games will be getting some Wii's in tomorrow. They don't know how many or what time of day the shipment will come - but they will have some. Guess what I am doing all day tomorrow!

Egg Nog - Love it!! Can't keep it in the house! Oldest Son, Prickly daughter and I all three love it!

Ginny and Tori - Let me know if you need references. I happen to have a Handy Dandy Topical Guide that can tell you references in a heart beat. I can email them to you if you still need them.

Off to the bank and the post office.

Talk to ya'll later -

She

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 30, 2006 12:40 pm (#1873 of 2989)    

Wow Denise! Someone's gone hyperactive!

We actually have snow in our forecast...1-2" which means we may get a light dusting, if anything. How are the bunnies doing? – Denise

It is about 66 degrees in Northern Virginia at the moment and we have the AC on in the office. It's supposed to get up to 70 tomorrow. Then, it becomes more like Fall over the next few days. I wish this Global Warming would make up its mind.

If not, they have to wait until they are home. – Denise

Ouch!!

Saturday is my Half Marathon! Eekkk!-- Denise, again

In your honor on Saturday, I will only take 1/2 a nap in the afternoon.

Eggnog-- Denise. Who else?

Ewwww!

Paula Deen, I love this woman.—Denise

She is my hero too. I love any recipe that calls for two stick of butter. (Mind you I said "butter"!!)

Pets are not disposable when the novelty/cuteness factor fades.—Denise

True. They just end up at my Mom and Dad's house.

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Nov 30, 2006 12:44 pm (#1874 of 2989)    

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome back! I started thinking about re-joining the Forum when I went to London over the summer and got off the Underground at King's Cross on a whim and went to go bang into the barrier between Platforms 9 and 10 (has anyone ever been? They've got half a trolley sticking out of the wall, so you can grab on and have a picture taken.) That was when I knew the obsession hadn't left me. When I got home I re-read the books for the first time in months, and read some of the threads and stuff so I'd be a little caught up before I made a triumphant return.

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Holly T. - Nov 30, 2006 12:48 pm (#1875 of 2989)    

Moaning Myrtle, my MIL insisted that my FIL take a picture of her at Platform 9 3/4 when they were in London. He didn't understand what she was talking about, but he took the picture, which she sent to my kids, who loved it.

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Nov 30, 2006 12:51 pm (#1876 of 2989)    

I had a few pictures taken by other hopeless fanatics, and regretted not bringing my Alivan's wand with me. I almost wished they'd just left it a blank wall, though, so I could run into it and have a chance of breaking through. Maybe it's better the way it is, though. There probably would be too many concussions and bruises, especially on September 1st.

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kaykay1970 - Nov 30, 2006 1:01 pm (#1877 of 2989)    

More prayers for Mr. HH and family!

Nitro is now happily practicing for the Holiday Concert that his band and the high school band are teaming up for. It should be fun! We'll have him playing trombone and the 15 year old playing trumpet!

That's really cool about the platform, Moaning Myrtle! I'd love to have pictures of my kids heading off for Hogwarts... LOL

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Denise P. - Nov 30, 2006 2:04 pm (#1878 of 2989)    

Welcome back Emily! How is your dad? I swear, that man has so many major points racked up for bringing you to PA to the Gathering.

Holly, yes, Bear comes after Wolf. The way the ranks work now is Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos I and Webelos II. This is the first year that everyone, including Tigers, have to earn their Bobcat first. I have also heard of some Councils testing a 5 year old Cub Scout rank called Lions. Not that anyone cares but prior to becoming Webelos back in 1967 or 1968 (We'll Be Loyal Scouts), they were called Lions. Which is why, during Lost when Locke said he had been a Webelos, I yelled HAH at the screen since he would have been a Lion still! at least going by Terry O'Quinn's age...anyway...more than anyone wanted to ever know about Lions or Webelos.

Okay, to further the egg nog discussion, because inquiring minds want to know this riveting information. What is the difference between egg nog and boiled custard? They both are near milk in the store and both are only seen at Christmas.

Loopy, I want to see a christmas picture of the dogs in front of the tree with ribbons on. And really, can a recipe have too much butter? Oh, and FYI....it was 72 earlier when I took mail out to the mailbox

Lupin is Lupin, what did the Brownies ever end up sending to soldiers? I have a single soldier who runs with me, a 20 year old, over there right now. I am sending him a foam disk gun and popcorn. He doesn't truly need anything but this is just silliness to help him pass the time.

Catherine, did you bring up the planet discussion Ron had in your discussion?

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virginiaelizabeth - Nov 30, 2006 2:15 pm (#1879 of 2989)    

**healing charms and prayers to Mr. HH**

Eggnog....YucK!!! I can't stand it. My dad is the only one in the family who drinks it.

I managed to make my way through the reading Shelia! It was due today so I had to di it all last night. It was slightly frustrating because I've read 90% of the stories in Luke at least a dozen times, so I know the stories, and I'm no good at skimming and looking for the word "poor", so I had to re-read it.

I want to go to Kings Cross and take a picture running into Platform 9 3/4!! How cool! Yet another reason to go to London!

We won't have any snow here, but tomorrow night it's supposedly going to get down to 28F!!!! THe weather guy thinks it might just be cold enough to knock out the misquitoes! I sure hope so!

Hope everyone is feeling better!

I love Paula Deen's mac and cheese! My grannie is a HUGE fan of her. She has all of her cookbooks!

**good Luck charms to Denise on her run**

Tis that awful time again....math homework, a.k.a. cruel and unusual punishment. Isn't that against the law??

DOn't forget that Grey's Anatomy comes on tonight!!!!!!! The only thing that will get me through math!

Happy Thursday!!

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geauxtigers - Nov 30, 2006 2:26 pm (#1880 of 2989)    

Warning, rant coming up:

My math teacher (aka Miss Snape) didn't give me full credit on my last two homework assignments. I asked her why and she told me that I left a couple blank and just wrote the problem. Don't mean to have a pity party here, but its so not fair! I wasn't there the day we learned that stuff, and did she maybe possibly consider the fact that I had no clue how to even start them? So I skipped them so I could ask her how to do it, and she didn't give me credit. Would she rather I make something up and have it look like I did it? I wouldn't care so much, but it caused my grade to drop 2 points and just grrrrrrrrr! I'm so mad right now! I just walked out on her when she told me that. GRRRRR! Am I the only one who thinks this is unfair. That homework took 2 hours to do! I want my points!

Appropriate charms to everyone.

Denise, your avatar is exactly what I've looked like all week!

Egg nog is gross. It give me the chills just thinking about it **shudder**

I want to go to King's Cross! THats so cool!

Off to go do homework...

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juliebug - Nov 30, 2006 3:10 pm (#1881 of 2989)    

We all love egg nog here at my house. This year we have discovered Silk soy nog. The flavor is almost as good. The texture is much thinner (which I actually prefer, I used to cut my egg nog with milk.) It's really nice for my hubby who is lactose intolerant and loves egg nog and for me who loves my hubby and clean air.

Thanks Boop for the well wishes. I'm feeling much better. You are about the sweetest gal out there.

Hope everyone is doing well where ever you may be.

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Starling - Nov 30, 2006 3:13 pm (#1882 of 2989)    

Um, but how can she give you credit for something you haven't answered, geauxtigers? She could have been fairer about it, true (my maths teacher was a Snape too), but she can't give points out willy nilly ...

Maybe next time try and answer the question, and write behind it that you weren't there. Then maybe you might get half a credit for trying?

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Chemyst - Nov 30, 2006 3:32 pm (#1883 of 2989)    

To answer Denise, the main difference, traditionally, between eggnog and boiled custard is whether the eggs are separated. (Not the Three Stooges version of egg separation, though.) Traditional eggnogs are made by separating the eggs and stiffly beating the whites before adding them back into the milk mixture. That makes eggnog airier and more frothy in texture than boiled custard, even though the ingredients are, and therefore the flavor is, about the same. But I think that applies to homemade. Who knows what the commercial factories do!

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juliebug - Nov 30, 2006 3:37 pm (#1884 of 2989)    

To anyone wanting to see a really sweet holiday movie, I highly recommend The Holiday. A friend of mine was given 4 preview tickets to a showing last night and we made a whole girls night of it. It stars Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black. I would definitely say it qualifies as a "chick flick" (note: I do not consider that an insult as many of my favorite movies are placed in that category.) Jack Black goes into completely uncharted territory in a role that uses none of his usual slapstick humor, and I thought he was fantastic. Just my two knuts.

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Catherine - Nov 30, 2006 4:03 pm (#1885 of 2989)    

Chemyst, I knew you would come through for us. As always, you are informative and succinct.

I wasn't there the day we learned that stuff, and did she maybe possibly consider the fact that I had no clue how to even start them?

Uh-oh...I feel a teacher lecture moment coming on!! Our school requires students to go to extra help after school when they have been absent. Students have the number of days absent to make up the work. It really is not the teacher's job to remind high school students to do their work.

I'm so mad right now! I just walked out on her when she told me that.

Oopsie.

Catherine, did you bring up the planet discussion Ron had in your discussion? –Denise

Not yet. I'm playing that one close to the chest. I have to have a quote for the yearbook, though. Perhaps that one wouldn't be appropriate?

I would really like to get a picture of all the previously homeless bassett hounds at Loopy Lupin's mum's house. It would be even better if they were wearing Christmas bows.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 30, 2006 4:09 pm (#1886 of 2989)    

Hats wouldn't be amiss either.

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The giant squid - Nov 30, 2006 4:12 pm (#1887 of 2989)    

snow was cancelled--Marie E.

I didn't know they could do that. If that's the case my friends in Alaska need to get on the horn with someone--they got 18-20" yesterday!

I don't know what's in egg nog or how it's made, but I like it. So there.

Tori, unless things are set up differently at your school than they were at mine, I don't see how she could give you points for stuff you didn't do. I can maybe see after the first one, but you said "last two assignments"; after the first time she assigned something you didn't know you should have talked to her or one of your classmates & found out how to do it. Unless there's more to this than what you posted, I'm not seeing the unfairness here...

--Mike

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Catherine - Nov 30, 2006 4:13 pm (#1888 of 2989)    

Hats wouldn't be amiss either. --Lupin is Lupin

Hmm...Something festive is in order, certainly. Perhaps like my avatar picture? Or were you thinking the full Santa cap?

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boop - Nov 30, 2006 5:06 pm (#1889 of 2989)    

Holly, What a great picture. The cake looks great.

Denise, Good Luck with your run. Love your new avatar.

Maria, I am sending prayers your way.

Wayne, LOL

Emily, "Waves" sounds like you had a nice summer.

juliebug, thanks for the heads up on the movie Holiday.

Catherine, Love your new avatar.

I love eggnog. We are supposed get high winds tomorrow with rain and thunder storm. Then its to turn cold with snow showers. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

hugs always

boop

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geauxtigers - Nov 30, 2006 5:40 pm (#1890 of 2989)    

Um, but how can she give you credit for something you haven't answered, geauxtigers? She could have been fairer about it, true (my maths teacher was a Snape too), but she can't give points out willy nilly ...

We get points for doing it and usually if you don't understand, you can skip it and ask her the next day. No biggy. Apparently we can't do this suddenly. And she gave everyone who did it all correctly 5 bonus points. Those are the people who don't need them too! GRR! She really is a female Snape! I should have mentioned too, that on the second assignment, I did attempt them all, I just got most of them wrong. I would have showed her, but like I said, I was very frustrated having sat through another class that is speaking in a different language and then hearing her answer. I just walked out. As Catherine said, Oopsies.

I feel like I'm working extremely hard in this class and its getting me no where. Its so frustrating, and if anyone knows what I'm talking about...I feel like all the work I'm putting into it isn't paying off. Its like the ultimate defeat. And I have been going to her every day to get help.

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Julie Aronson - Nov 30, 2006 6:20 pm (#1891 of 2989)    

Let's see...

Many healing good thoughts for Mr. HH.

I love Paula Deen, too. Her recipes are so unpretentious!

Great cake, Holly

I prefer the Silk Nog, too, Juliebug.

Good luck on the half-marathon, Denise, and then godspeed with your move. Would that you had the packing skills of Tonks' mum!

Catherine, ADORABLE avatar! I'm having another fit of Shi-tzu envy. SmileyCentral.com

If I missed anybody, please insert the correct response here:

OK, so now I'd like a favor. I volunteered to serve on a committee to help select the book for next year's incoming freshmen to read at my university. Out of the six selections, there was one obvious choice: A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca. Apparently, because of some recent issues at my school, this book is a controversial choice.

I am now part of another group trying to assemble some justification for using this book. Any suggestions on how to approach this would be GREATLY appreciated. This is my first experience with academic bureaucracy and I'm certainly learning a lot from it. Ultimately, though, I'd like to learn how to get my way. SmileyCentral.com

Feel free to email me with suggestions because I don't want to get to risky with the discussion on the forum.

Thanks!!!! Julie

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Marie E. - Nov 30, 2006 6:27 pm (#1892 of 2989)    

Did I really type "snow was cancelled"? Of course, I meant school was cancelled because of snow. Maybe I shouldn't be typing at 5:30am. We had a two hour delay today due to the icy roads and cold conditions (3F when I left for work).

Denise, the bunnies are doing great. We found out that they like bananas. Lexie hasn't learned their little cues for "I want to be put down now" so she's been bitten a lot lately. I never knew rabbits could growl. They seem so cute and cuddly then *grrrrrr* POUNCE! They are a lot like cats. In fact I think I'm allergic them as my allergies have gotten worse. I'm okay if I take my Claritin.

I'm helping out a Daisy Girl Scout troop and one of our girls has a father in Iraq. At first we thought of sending him a care basket but then we got the idea of baking a ton of cookies for everyone he works with. We're having a baking day on December 10th. With seven five year old girls, it should be interesting. I find that working with a Girl Scout troop where none of the girls are whining and calling me Mommy is quite enjoyable.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 30, 2006 6:29 pm (#1893 of 2989)    

Catherine, I think Bassetts deserve the dignity of the complete Santa hat, don't you?

Denise, I don't drink eggnog, but my husband loves. I pick it up at a local farm stand and it doesn't last long. In fact, at the bakery I saw 'eggnog cheesecake'. I don't like cheesecake either but I thought for the people who like those kinds of things, that's exactly the kind of thing they'd like.

So, I went and saw Casino Royale the other night. Daniel Craig, despite being an almost homely man (his ears stick out and he doesn't have the best nose) was nevertheless exceedingly attractive. A pleasure to watch. I couldn't stand the femme fatale, Eva Green (I prefer my leading ladies not to have thinning hair) but Caterina Murino was stunning. So much for my superficial analysis. The movie itself was enjoyable, I loved the opening chase scene, but did anyone else think the scene changes were so tightly edited it almost seemed like parts were missing? I haven't been to the movies in ages and I had nice time, but I admit to hissing at the young men behind me to stop talking. If they had continued, I know I would have launched into, "Do you have any idea how rarely I get out at night? Blah, blah, blah..." Luckily, I didn't have to.

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Catherine - Nov 30, 2006 8:00 pm (#1894 of 2989)    

So, I went and saw Casino Royale the other night. Daniel Craig, despite being an almost homely man (his ears stick out and he doesn't have the best nose) was nevertheless exceedingly attractive. A pleasure to watch.--Lupin is Lupin

INDEED!

I had an almost continual girly moment every time he was on-screen. We saw it Thanksgiving afternoon while my Mum watched the girls (all of them--my two children and my two shih-tzu babies).

I'm very sleepy, as Hayley was up all night last night with asthma, and I had to work today on less than two hours of sleep. Fortunately Mr. Catherine did not have to teach today, so he stayed home with Hayley. The silver lining about all of this is that after conferring with her pediatrician today, he cleared the way for us to pop in tomorrow for flu shots (Hayley's asthma worsens when she gets a virus).

I don't think that Hayley and Claire will see this as a plus, but that's how things go.

Off to bed. Sleepy....zzzzz...

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Denise P. - Nov 30, 2006 8:15 pm (#1895 of 2989)    

I think in addition to a Santa hat, at least one hound should have a beard. Ohhh...how about a sled full of hounds??? Or...how about hounds pulling a sled with red noses, bows, and fake antlers?? Check behind my profile for a possible suggestion

I still want to go see Casino Royale. Of course, can anyone really replace Sean Connery **:insert girly growl here****

Eggnog cheesecake...would that be a bland, flavor-less cheesecake? Ick.

I have to say, from a parent POV, it irks me no end that a teacher gives credit for problems not answered. When my son told me that, I was very mad. I really think students should work for their credit rather than have it be handed to them for breathing in and out on a regular basis. Is it any wonder with that kind of crud going on that test scores decline and the sense of entitlement that I see in so many is running rampant?

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Tazzygirl - Nov 30, 2006 9:10 pm (#1896 of 2989)    

**trying to remember all the stuff I wanted to say/reply to**

Squid Mike (and everyone else who talked about Clear Font or whatever it is called)- I have a laptop, and it definitely is waaaaay better than before.

**LOTS of healing charms to Mr. HH**

I loooooooooove eggnog. My mom used to make it from scratch when I was growing up. I can tell when it starts getting Christmasy and stuff when the eggnog comes out. My favorite is Eggnog icecream. **dreamy look** I bought regular eggnog a couple days ago, and I am now enjoying a glass. I will have to try eggnog cheesecake. That sounds yummy...

Today was my last Thursday class! w00t! Now I just have two days left in my placement, and one Wednesday class left. Whoo-HOOOOOO!! Have about 10 assignments I have to finish by Wednesday next week though. Big Bummer.

I want to see The Holiday. It sounded really good. Not a huge fan of Jack Black (actually, I can't stand the guy), but I'm willing to give this movie a try!

Off to homework!

~Kristina (and w00t! for Grey's Anatomy!!!)
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Regan of Gong - Dec 1, 2006 3:50 am (#1897 of 2989)    

Tori, attempting to answer questions will usually get you some marks, provided you use previous knowledge and ideas.

Restating the question will not get you anywhere.

Unless people got marks for not answering or restating the question before, then it makes perfect sense you didn't get any marks for those questions. If you missed stuff in class, at our school it's your responsibility to make it up.

You probably hate hearing this, but there doesn't seem to be any good reason for your argument. Please don't hold it against me.

I preordered my Wii last night! I will be there 9am Thursday...

There's lots of movies I want to see at the moment...Borat, Casino Royale, I think there's some others as well I can't remember.

Work experience went really well, and I got lots of free magazines from the shop, so it's alright. I wasn't much help in complicated stuff, but the stuff I did, it got done, so I spose thats alright.

Regan

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The giant squid - Dec 1, 2006 4:03 am (#1898 of 2989)    

Tori: If you normally get a pass on questions you don't understand and now, without notice don't get one anymore, then I can understand your rant. On the other hand, I also agree with Denise that getting points for not answering questions seems kind of counterproductive to me. I guess I'm getting old; "when I was your age..."

Denise, Daniel Craig doesn't quite outdo Connery, but he's by far a better Bond than anyone else who's been in the role. You actually believe this guy could chase down a terrorist, hack the MI-6 database and plays a game of high-stakes poker, all without breaking a sweat (well okay, he sweated a little after the chase ).

I'm officially on vacation as of an hour ago. It's going to be fun--I'm not travelling anywhere, it's just a "not going to work for a week" vacation. I plan to get some good sleeping done...assuming I can get out of the "honey-do" list Mrs. Squid no doubt has ready for me.

--Mike

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kabloink! - Dec 1, 2006 4:18 am (#1899 of 2989)    

Hey everyone, haven't been around much lately, what with Thanksgiving preparations, Thanksgiving and family visiting.

Speaking of family, my brother-in-law and his wife had a baby girl the month after we did (just the end of October. They came up to visit over the holiday (and are still here). Now, Jason (my brother in law) just got back from being over seas for six months at the end of September, so of course we're spending as much time with them as possible before they go back home.

Unfortunately, their two kids are sick. The 3 year old just had a nasty URI, but their infant has been really sick. Now my infant is sick.    I took him into the doctor on Wednesday, and the doc said he just had a cold or URI (which is horrible enough on its own), but he didn't seem overly concerned, told me to do the nasal suctioning and give him some pediacare. At 4:30 this morning however, I got a phone call from my sister-in-law. Our niece has been admitted to the hospital, and I need to call my pediatrician as soon as they open to tell them that my son has been exposed to RSV. I'm pretty sure he's going to be alright, he seems to be getting better, but then so did my niece last night.

He's about 5 pounds heavier than she is, and eating okay, but I'm freaking out, trying to kill time before the doctor's office opens at 8am. It's 6:15 or so now. What doesn't help either is that I have a long, busy day at work today, if I make it in...and hubby and I have been splitting nights to make sure Ian is okay and doesn't choke on phlegm or anything. Which doesn't help much, as we've both caught colds from the kids, too. Arg. Sorry about the rant, but I'm kinda freaking out and figured what with all the parents (slacker and otherwise) on here, I might get advice and reassurance?

Okay, now I'll try to maybe catch up on some of the 657 back posts that I have...

PS Are all of the stores sold out of Milk, Bread and Eggs?

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 1, 2006 5:21 am (#1900 of 2989)    

Denise, I love the pictures! Perhaps Loopy could be Santa and the dogs could be the elves? I hope Loopy is taking notes.

Catherine, I quite girly-girled as well. Two beach scenes!
Mike, you forgot all about the 'big sweat' at the poker table. (Trying hard not to give anything away).
Are there any early reviews on The Good Shepherd? It looks promising.

We are going to brave IKEA today. At least there is one closer to me and I no longer have to drive 2 hours to get to one.

My testing beef is when a student puts down the correct answer on a test but gets less credit if the work isn't shown. This happened to my son quite a bit in third grade. He had the answers correct but didn't do work on paper because of fine motor issues which makes writing laborious. It is easier to do the work in his head. Honestly, isn't it admirable when a person can keep all those numbers straight in his head? I wish I could.

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Marie E. - Dec 1, 2006 6:00 am (#1901 of 2989)    

We have had RSV go through our daycare's infant room a few times. The babies sometimes stay in the hospital for a few days to keep their oxygen up and occasionally they come home with portable oxygen tanks. Neither of my children ever had it, so I can't give any personal advice.

Our Girl Scout Service Unit is going carolling tonight. Each troop has been paired up with another troop of the same age. I am lucky enough to paired up with a troop who's leader gets on my nerves. I may be singing with gritted teeth. We have pre-arranged routes and flyers were sent out earlier to let everyone know we're coming. We're collecting cans of food for a local food pantry.

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Denise P. - Dec 1, 2006 6:32 am (#1902 of 2989)    

Caroling is fun! We did that with our church youth last year. My pack normally does Salvation Army bell ringing but they decided it was too busy this year to try and get it fit in.

The big snow that was predicted was a bust. We do have a tiny dusting out on the deck and the temperature dropped 40 degrees. We have a lotta big wind though, our neighbor has roof damage from it. Mr. Denise, naturally, just put up outside Christmas lights. He checked and our roof seems fine as do the Christmas lights.

Kim, the “show the work” thing was a peeve of mine as a student. I could get the answer in geometry but not always able to prove it. It is very frustrating to be marked down or partial credit for a correct answer. Of course, as an adult, I understand the reasoning for it.

I need to clean out my van and then I am going to pick up two running buddies to drive to Memphis. We are not leaving until after lunch since it is not that far, less than 300 miles. We just need to pick up our packet before 8 pm. I am dedicating my race to a special little girl named Eliana. I had the honor of knowing Miss Eliana and what a beautiful little girl she was. Her name will be on the back of my bib number since St Jude's is a children's hospital and money raised goes to research to help sick kids.

Weather in Memphis should be good, high of 50, low of 32. That means I will be running in shorts and a t-shirt. I had planned to run in capris but it will be over 40 shortly into the race. I may bring a pair of throw away gloves to start with. I am bringing shorts and capris and then looking at the temps in the morning.

So Loopy, how about that picture?

Mike, I am willing to give Craig a chance but..does he pass the phone book test? Does he make people want to buy hour long recordings of him reading the phone book? Hmmm..you know Mr. Connery does

Okay, I need to bundle up kids against the cold, they are kinda upset about going out in sub zero temperatures in shirt sleeves. What babies...

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kaykay1970 - Dec 1, 2006 6:33 am (#1903 of 2989)    

BRRRRR! It is cold outside! But we didn't get any of that snow that was predicted. It poured rain for about two hours, but once the temperatures started dropping the rain had stopped.

Sending lots of healing charms in Kabloink's direction. My youngest had RSV. He was nearly 2 so it wasn't as bad on him as some children. He had pneumonia in the left lung and patches in the right one. He was never hospitalized with it. He had to use one of those Albuterol breathing treatments for about two weeks. We had to buy a special attachment for it (basically a tube with a face mask attached). With that and the antibiotics, he was well in no time. The really bad (and scariest) part was that it had completely wiped out his immune system. He and I didn't leave the house for two months!

There was one day that he was hugging a teddy bear that I had no idea where it came from. I asked the children. One of my daughters had brought it home from school. She and her classmates were taking turns bringing it home as a class project, during flu season! I was furious with the school.

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 1, 2006 6:35 am (#1904 of 2989)    

I preordered my Wii last night! I will be there 9am Thursday...

**is insanely jealous that Regan won't be spending the night in the Target Parking lot to ensure that he is one of the 30 lucky people to get in the store first***

Ok so I'm not quite sure my mom is going to let me spend the night in the Target parking lot, but I'm sure gonna try to convince her!

**has never heard of RVS** But gives **healing charms** to the babies anyway and hopes that they get well soon! That sounds a bit scary! I'd probably freak out too!

Ok It's 29F outside right now...How I hate when it is THIS cold! I don't want to walk outside!

Better go!

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Lilly P - Dec 1, 2006 7:18 am (#1905 of 2989)    

eek!!! well, we were expecting to move at the end of the month, but the military TMO office didn't have any available movers then, sooooo, we have to move on the 11-13th of Dec!! They moved my timetable up 2 weeks!!! I don't know where to begin! Most of the house is going into storage for a few months, but I have to decide what we are taking with us for the interim and what to just get rid of! It's now fully hit me, how bad it is when two pack-rats marry! I'm just going to send a big Happy Holidays out right now while I have time! I may be online sparingly for the next two weeks! Lots of healing charms to Mr. HH as well! and some pre-emptive charms to all who will (hopefully not) need them.

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kaykay1970 - Dec 1, 2006 7:38 am (#1906 of 2989)    

Too late to edit my last post! I forgot to add the advice part for kabloink...

Sister-in-law probably needs to do a thorough cleaning/disinfecting before the little one leaves the hospital if her white blood count is low. She also needs as little exposure to other sick family members as possible. That is the difficult part. I was always afraid one of my other 4 children would catch some bug or other at school and expose my little guy.

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 1, 2006 7:45 am (#1907 of 2989)    

Am I the only one who thinks this is unfair. – geauxtigers

Yes.

Well, I'll see what I can do about a picture of the dogs. I'm not sure if I could get all of them to sit in front of a tree, but I like the sled idea. Maybe if it snows, I can get them to pull me along. Mom and Dad may not be down with this though, but Jesse and Daisy need some exercise.

It is supposed to be 70 here today and I can't stand it. I know, I know. Once it gets cold I'll be yearning for the Spring. In the meantime, though, I can't seem to get into the holiday spirit when I'm wearing shorts and sandals.

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Solitaire - Dec 1, 2006 8:24 am (#1908 of 2989)    

Low fat eggnog? Where's the point in that? If you want to indulge, indulge properly!

Alas, Starling, not everyone is able to "indulge properly," due to various health issues. If it weren't for low-fat or sugar-free variations of certain foods--like the delicious low-fat, sugar-free pumpkin custard my niece made for me at Thanksgiving--some like me would not be able to indulge at all. I've never been a big fan of soy "milk," but I actually found that Silk Nog is at least passable ... lucky for me, since regular eggnog (and even low-fat) has too many sugar carbs.

As a recently-diagnosed diabetic, I am trying to learn to like some new healthier versions of former favorites. It beats moping around and feeling deprived. Please don't be too contemptuous of low-fat and sugar-free. They help make life better for some of us.

Solitaire

Edit: I'm not trying to be snippy. It's just that these versions of some of my old favorites mean I can enjoy tastes I love. Okay, not always the real taste ... but the only ones "legal" for me at the moment.

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painting sheila - Dec 1, 2006 11:49 am (#1909 of 2989)    

Kabloink! Hang in there and let us know how things are going. Healing charms being sent you way.

Lily P. - I am so sorry! Two weeks is a lifetime when it comes to moving! Hang in there!!

Wii Update - Regan - I can't believe it!! Can you order another one and I will pay for the shipping!! I just spent 2 1/2 hours in the EB Games store waiting for their UPS shipment to come in. When it finally did - it had tons of PS3's but no Wii's. the guy said to try back on Monday. Target and Best Buy both re affirmed today that they will have some on Sunday. I am going to try and hold out and pray that I can find one before Christmas and not on a Sunday! What some mother's won't do for their kids!!

I did buy the Wii Zelda Strategy Guide while I was waiting. It looks so cool!! I can't wait to play it - er. . . - I mean I can't wait to give it to my kids.

Not much else is happening here. The wind is really picking up but it is still warm outside. The cold part of the front is supposed to come in tonight. Drag out the blankets and start up the hot chocolate!

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Puck - Dec 1, 2006 2:34 pm (#1910 of 2989)    

Prayers and Healing charms to Mr. HH and Kabloink’s little one!

I will be at Target very early on Sunday morning! Thanks for the tip! (What time do they open? I won't sleep there -hubby wouldn't let me anyway-, but am willing to go at 5 or 6 am.) I have put my in-laws on alert, so they will pick one up for me if the find it. (Being retired, they have time to do such things.)

I will rant about those who got a Wii only to immediately put it on e-bay for a huge profit. So unfair to those who truly want one but can't pay those ridiculous prices. (Grown-ups can wait, but little children should have that special toy on Christmas.)

Eggnog is yummy! They make it at the local dairy.

Good luck with the move.

Think we are skipping scouts. They were meeting at an outdoor tree lighting for the town, but it's pouring. Plus, Mr. Puck and I are going to a holiday concert, and we'd have to leave early anyway.

I don't think our house will make it to the Gingerbread contest. I baked all the pieces, but Mr. Puck was supposed to put it together and hasn't done so yet. (I baked on Tuesday, so he's had time.) He uses melted sugar. It holds well and sets up fast.

Baby is getting clever. We have a Fisher Price Christmas village. She brought one of the Little People over to me, pointed to the cookie in the plastic hand. "Dis". After a minute I caught on and found her a gingerbread cookie. This was repeated about 3 minutes later. She may not talk yet, but she definitely communicates!

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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painting sheila - Dec 1, 2006 2:48 pm (#1911 of 2989)    

Puck - How cute is that!! She can have all the "Dis" she wants!!

Hubby and I have a date tonight! Woohoo!!

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Julie Aronson - Dec 1, 2006 2:49 pm (#1912 of 2989)    

I'm not whining (well, maybe a little) but no help on my administration problem, eh? Bummer.

Have a good one...

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azi - Dec 1, 2006 2:59 pm (#1913 of 2989)    

Sorry Julie A, I've never heard of the book! No experience with anything like that either.

Very cute, Puck!

Healing charms to Mr HH and Kabloink's baby!

I'm tired, will be glad of sleep tonight!

Nice day to all!

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Julie Aronson - Dec 1, 2006 3:24 pm (#1914 of 2989)    

Laura, it's not so much about whether anyone here has read the book, (which I highly recommend) but more the closed-mindedness of the administration that bothers me so much.

Did that make sense? I feel like I'm wandering a bit today.

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azi - Dec 1, 2006 3:32 pm (#1915 of 2989)    

Alas, it is often so that administrators are closed minded. I know what you mean, although banned/frowned upon books aren't really a big thing in the UK (I've never come across one). You are making sense! I've no idea how you go about changing people's minds.

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Catherine - Dec 1, 2006 3:50 pm (#1916 of 2989)    

Well, I'll see what I can do about a picture of the dogs. I'm not sure if I could get all of them to sit in front of a tree, but I like the sled idea. Maybe if it snows, I can get them to pull me along. Mom and Dad may not be down with this though, but Jesse and Daisy need some exercise. --Loopy Lupin

**hiccupping from laughing so hard**

I have met Loopy, so I can fully appreciate the Christmas cheer that such a photo would bring. Maybe Loopy could paint himself green and be the Grinch.

Whew. It's been a long day. I learned today that I shouldn't eat random cookies left in the teacher lounge for teacher consumption. Turns out these were made with Splenda, and I don't react well to Splenda.

'Nuff said about that, I suppose.

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The giant squid - Dec 1, 2006 5:11 pm (#1917 of 2989)    

Mike, you forgot all about the 'big sweat' at the poker table.—Kim

Well, that wasn't really his fault now, was it? Denise, I'm not sure about the phone book test; Craig doesn't have the vocal qualities Connery does. According to the ladies at work though, he could just sit there shirtless & smile and he wouldn't have to read a darn thing...

Charms to kabloink and Lilly P. December seems to be the month for craziness, doesn't it?

I can't seem to get into the holiday spirit when I'm wearing shorts and sandals.--Loopy Lupin

I had this problem when I first moved to California. Luckily we have the department stores to remind us that it's a "Holly Jolly Christmas"...

I don't react well to Splenda.

'Nuff said about that, I suppose.—Catherine

I certainly hope so...

--Mike

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Laura W - Dec 1, 2006 5:14 pm (#1918 of 2989)    

Not to bring anybody down or anything, I'm just quietly slipping in to mention that today is World AIDS Day. So for those of you so inclined, all prayers, positive charms and, at least, moments of serious reflection would be welcomed I'm sure.

(although it's admittedly quite a leap, my thoughts turn to Remus Lupin at this time ...)

Excuse the intrusion. Now back to the frivolities. (big smile)

Laura

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timrew - Dec 1, 2006 5:56 pm (#1919 of 2989)    

Just watched a 'Take That' programme on the television - I wasn't a fan of theirs or anything; but I'd heard that they'd all fallen on their 'uppers', except Gary Barlow.

Well, they met in an exclusive, country hotel, all driving 'posh' cars; and watched a video of Robbie Williams, telling them why he wouldn't be re-joining them. Too rich to be bothered was the excuse implied..............................

Why do these rich gits get all the recognition for being rich........and famous.........and clawing their own way back up the ladder?

And why did Matt, from 'Busted' win "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here", tonight? Who is he? I think we should be told!

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John Bumbledore - Dec 1, 2006 6:27 pm (#1920 of 2989)    

More frivolities: My wife and I were talking about sock sizes. They lie, of course. Men's socks say the fit (USA) shoe sizes 9 to 11, but I with a shoe size on the low end am left with extra sock bunched up around my toe or the fitted heal up behind my ankle!

Women's socks are said to be for women's shoe size 7 to 9, but my lady is tall so the fitted heal is under her arch!

I said it reminds me of those one-size-fits-most garments but we know what they really mean is one-size-fits-most-ly no-one!

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       (¸¸.•´       John Bumbledore <)B^D˜  

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Mediwitch - Dec 1, 2006 6:42 pm (#1921 of 2989)    

Puck: She brought one of the Little People over to me, pointed to the cookie in the plastic hand. "Dis". After a minute I caught on and found her a gingerbread cookie. This was repeated about 3 minutes later. She may not talk yet, but she definitely communicates!

I dunno, sounds like she's talking to me!

The weather here has been very screwy...it was something like 65 degrees F! That's almost unheard of for New England in December. Then the cold front roared in...temps dropped, and now it's back up to 61. We had a tornado warning (thankfully now canceled), and we still have a severe thunderstorm warning/tornado watch until 10pm...but the stars are showing. So I'm online for as long as I can get away with it! Actually, Mr. Mediwitch went out on a fire call for a downed utility pole across a road, but with the warnings and watches, we figured one of us better be home with Mr. Mediwitch, Sr.

Julie A., sorry I don't have any good advice for you. Changing bureaucracy can take a lot of patience and time. Best of luck to you!

And I LOVE Sean Connery's voice...I could listen to him read the phone book...for days!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 1, 2006 6:50 pm (#1922 of 2989)    

A big thanks to all who sent healing charms and prayers our way! I believe they are right about their diagnosis and hope for the best-case scenario.

Laura, I went onto Joinred earlier. You can purchase products and they will donate a percentage to The Global Fund for each purchase. So, if you are still doing your holiday shopping, it might be worthwhile to check out the site first.

John, it sounds as though you and your wife got your sock sizes mixed up, lol! Did you check the tag? (That's payback for, "is the battery in the laptop?". )

It's back - my favorite Christmastime game! I put a link in my profile for anyone interested.

Maria

EDIT: How cute, Puck! I agree with Mediwitch - sounds like talking to me. Get out the camcorder!

EDIT 2: Anyone have an IPod Shuffle? It looks great for bike riding/exercising.

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kabloink! - Dec 1, 2006 6:58 pm (#1923 of 2989)    

Thanks for all the healing charms. Ian never had a temp, but I took him in, anyway, as he was pretty raspy. Doc said he's okay, though. Kinda laughed at me, because he didn't have a fever or anything. Said to mostly watch for extreme difficulty breathing. He also pointed out how rare it is for children, even infants to end up in as ill as my niece with RSV. I guess just about every child will have it before they're 2, but only about 2 in every 100 end up extremely ill.

Anywho, I LOVE eggnog. I am sooo going to miss Quality Dairy from Lansing. They had the BEST eggnog ever, and this is my first Christmas in three years without it. It is sadness.

Ok, off to feed baby again. He's not acting as hungry as normal, but does his best to eat when its offered. He just has a hard time breathing while eating (stuffy nose). Have a great Rotd everyone!

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John Bumbledore - Dec 1, 2006 7:03 pm (#1924 of 2989)    

John, it sounds as though you and your wife got your sock sizes mixed up, lol! Did you check the tag? (That's payback for, is the battery in the laptop?". )" -- Maria the Horntail.

Yes, Maria, we can tell pink lettered Hanes are hers and the red lettered Hanes are mine.

And may I direct you to the key phrase:
One-size-fits-most labels mean "one-size-fits-most-ly no-one!"

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜  

Edit: Maria, check potty games so you can tell me I'm wrong on that thread too.
Edit 2: My mistake, I see you alread did.

Edit 3: Anyone seen or heard from Finn? I'm twitchy from waiting for the hangman.
And does no-one visit the chat ROOM in the evening?

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Mediwitch - Dec 1, 2006 7:05 pm (#1925 of 2989)    

Hi Maria! Heather (my step-daughter) has a Nano, which is a nice size for physical activities. As the Shuffle is even smaller, I'm sure it would be perfect.

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Eponine - Dec 1, 2006 7:06 pm (#1926 of 2989)    

Puck, that's adorable.

John, socks don't really fit me either, but it's because my feet are too small.

Tonight at the library, we were participating in the downtown Holiday Magic. There were things to do all over downtown, but we had mostly kids activities along with Santa and Mrs. Claus and Clifford the Big Red Dog. I was the Clifford wrangler all night, directing kids in and out to sit in his lap and give him hugs, high fives or waves depending on what they were comfortable with. There were a lot of kids who were too scared to get very close, but he was quite popular all night.

Have a great RotD!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 1, 2006 7:27 pm (#1927 of 2989)    

LoL, John!

That sounds cute, Eponine. Olivia always hated costume characters. I think it is because she doesn't trust anything when she can't see its eyes (or where it keeps its brain).

Sounds great, Mediwitch - and the price is right, too!

EDIT: You know, John, they now serve decaffeinated coffee.

Back to HP on the Family Channel. (Thanks again for the info. Puck!)

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 1, 2006 8:19 pm (#1928 of 2989)    

AHH Finally! I'm so glad it's finally the weekend! This was a terribly busy week! I'm glad it's over, as I now have time to catch up on work I didn't get finished during the week! Oh JoY!

iPod Shuffles are cool, but I think it would drive me cray to not have a screen! Nano's are really awsome! I love the hot pink one. I asked for it for Christmas, but my mom just laughed at me because I already have a pink mini. She didn't believe me when I told her that the Nano was a wayyy cooler hot pink.

It's cold here! 38F and falling! I had to risk wearing my illegal uniform pants to school today, which I only do when it gets reallllyyyy coldd.

I was never afraid of costume characters. Looking back at some of them, I can't seem to understand why they didn't scare me, because they sure are creepy looking!

I'm super tired. After school We went shopping with a friend for several hours, and then once we got home, we went out to eat. I nearly fell asleep at the table! I plan on trying to turn in early tonight!

Off to check threads and 5-Words! Have a great RotD!!

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geauxtigers - Dec 1, 2006 8:35 pm (#1929 of 2989)    

**Healing charms to all around**

So its officially December! 24 days until Christmas!

Been a busy/frustrating week so I'm glad its Friday. Thanks for the feedback on my "Snape" issues. Sorry for my rantings, I was just very frustrated from a large accumulation of things, and it kinda threw me over the edge. I'd reached the end of my fuse. Thanks for knocking some sense into me. I hate being wrong, I really do. Sorry for the rants.

As Ginny said, Its freezing outside! I'm so glad it feels like December! I wish it would snow! But we all know theres a one in a million chance of that happening!

Target is getting in approximately 30 Wiis Sunday. I'm so willing to wake up at the crack of dawn to get one!

Have a great weekend Everyone!

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Tazzygirl - Dec 1, 2006 11:13 pm (#1930 of 2989)    

Just a quick pop in before I dive back into homework... Hard to keep up now!

Maria- I have an iPod Shuffle. It's great because it fits into everything, and can also double as a USB to transfer documents and such to another computer. Mine holds about 240 songs. It is also cheaper (~$100). I got mine as a Christmas gift last year (I was asking for a Nano). But I am pretty happy with it!

**healing charms to those who need them**

4 days til I am on vacation!!! w00t!

~Kristina

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 1, 2006 11:51 pm (#1931 of 2989)    

Am I the only one who thinks this is unfair. – geauxtigers

Are you like Lockhart, looking for credit for something you can't or didn't do?

Good luck to all who are battling Mother Nature's whims. She is a fickle lady.

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Regan of Gong - Dec 2, 2006 1:48 am (#1932 of 2989)    

I think Tori's realised her error...perhaps just leave it.

I went and saw The Prestige this afternoon. It was a very good movie, I thought but there's one thing I didn't understand-->Which brother was killed, the one who tied the knot, or the one who didn't know which knot was tied? It's not really important, but I was left wondering.

Anyway, it was an awesome movie, with some great twists that really brung it together at the end.

I went driving today...almost hit a telegraph pole going round one of those stupid little roundabouts, you know the ones where an intersection would be perfectly alright, but instead they put a roundabout in. Then we couldn't stop where we were going to switch back to Dad driving, so I ended up in the middle of a multi-lane highway, which was very scary for someone who's only driven twice.

We've got our Yr 10 graduation on Tuesday so there's heaps of stuff we (class as whole) need to do for that, we're yet to buy drinks and all the table stuff. I'll try post some pictures of me, I'm the only one wearing a vest.

Regan

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Snuffles - Dec 2, 2006 2:49 am (#1933 of 2989)    

Wow, lots of posts. I have just skimmed a few, so apologies to anything I have missed.

More healing charms to Mr. HH. I hope everything turns out ok.

Eggnog - Eurgh!

Tim. Matt used to be in a boy band but has now gone solo. I personally was hoping that Jason Donovan or David Gest would win, but hey ho. I guess the people that vote are mainly teenage girls and they wouldn't know who Jason is!

I have got to go to the Head Office Christmas party next weekend so we are travelling down by train. I will be going to Kings Cross before catching the next train. If I have time I am going to get hubby to take a picture of me next to the sign

I know there was alot more to say but I can't remember.

Happy weekend

Julie

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 2, 2006 4:51 am (#1934 of 2989)    

If I have time I am going to get hubby to take a picture of me next to the sign – Julie

If you have time? You NEED to sort out your priorities.

(Oh, and thanks for the healing charms!)

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Thom Matheson - Dec 2, 2006 7:34 am (#1935 of 2989)    

It is now 9:30 est on Saturday morning, and 25 degrees in Detroit, and I was thinking of Denise out on the road. WooHoo vibes to you and the rest of your team today on your run in Memphis. Wish I could do it. I hope that St. Judes does well as a result of your efforts. You go girl!!

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painting sheila - Dec 2, 2006 8:58 am (#1936 of 2989)    

Kablionk!- My little guy didn't have much of a fever and then ended up with Walking Pneumonia. It was after the diagnosis that the fever spiked. So I think you did the right thing by taking him to the doctor, There was/is this nasty virus going around here that has no fever but has lots of respiratory congestion and sore throats. It can turn into/lower your immune system so that you end up with something that can be far more serious. Trust your mommy instinct!

Regan - I am not sure which brother tied the rope, but I wanted to know if it was the one that loved Sara or not. The "real" daddy of the little girl or not. I did not see the twin thing coming. I did see the clone thing - but I had to ask about the twin thing in the end. I think I would like to see it again to see if I could follow the brothers better. Please tell me where you ordered your Wii.

It looks like Little Guy and I are putting up Christmas by ourselves today. Hubby has to fix some database thingy at work and the big kids are volunteering at Holly Days at school in order to earn money for their chorale field trip to Atlanta. (sigh) I guess I get to drink all of the hot chocolate.

On a more serious note, my sister in law could use lots of healing prayers sent her way. She is about to start another round of treatment for her breast cancer that could do some permanent damage to her nervous system. Thanks!

She

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Tazzygirl - Dec 2, 2006 10:31 am (#1937 of 2989)    

Regan- I remember my first time driving on the freeway- I stayed in the slow lane with my hands glued to the steering wheel. Definitely nervewracking! I also almost managed to get in a wreck enroute to the freeway- I was supposed to get in the turning lane, and for some reason panicked and swerved back out of it and almost sideswiped another car. Almost gave my dad a heart attack. Glad you didn't wreck!

I am going to the local museum for a couple hours today. They are having a seminar for teachers about science and art. Should be fun. **is very tired and wants to go back to bed**

**more healing charms** Oh, Thaniel has asthma, but right now it's got the cold symptoms mixed in. He's been using the arbutrol thingy with the mask for the last week or so. They've been taking him to the doctor too.

Have a great weekend everyone!

~Kristina

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Starling - Dec 2, 2006 10:53 am (#1938 of 2989)    

Caroling is fun!

Lancaster city council has banned caroling! I couldn't believe it! We usually busk with our recorder consort at Christmas, and the council has forbidden it. A group of children who go caroling every year decided to go to a scout hut and sing just for their families (without charging), and even THAT wasn't allowed!

I swear, Scrooge is running this council ...

Martje, who has had her driving license for 10 years now and still drives in the slow lane with her hands glued to the steering wheel.

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azi - Dec 2, 2006 11:15 am (#1939 of 2989)    

My mum won't even go on the motorway! She can't stand sliproads because of the speeding up to the speed of the other cars before the lanes run out. In the rare occasion we go on them, she will do well over the speed limit.

Starling - that is insane! How can the council ban that? They shouldn't have any jurisdiction over the Scout hut if it's owned by the group. It's not an event with the public or anything, so they should be able to do what they want.

I've had a lazy day and I'm still tired. I've decided I hate the microwave - it burns everything I put in it. *sigh*

I read on the news that's there's been a lot of snow in some US states. I hope all forum members are ok!

Nice day to all!

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 2, 2006 12:00 pm (#1940 of 2989)    

They actually banned carolling?? That's really strange! Why would they? It doesn't hurt anyone, granted, some people may find it annoying, but most people enjoy it. That's probably the dumbest thing to ban...not to mention a violation of free speech...

Had an eye doctor appointment this morning...spent 2 hours there, it was so much fun, lemme tell ya...!

I agree that Julie needs to sort out her priorities! You HAVE TO take the picture! It would be wrong on so many levels not to!

I don't like driving on the interstate much either. As long as I don't have to change lanes, I'm fine though. I like going fasttt!! That's probably not good. When I got in the car for the first time with my Driver Ed Teacher, I barely got out of the parking lot and he'd used the brake on me twice. I tried to count but I lost track. My biggest problem is that I drive to whatever song is on the radio. If it's a fast song, I tend to go about 10-15 miles over the speed limit, and if it's a slow song I do just the opposite and drive 10-15 under. My mom doesn't like me to drive long distances, She makes Tori drive.... **looks innocent**

Time to do some laundry! w00t! ANd maybe get started on some homework...NOT! But I do need to clean my room...ahh Saturdays! Gotta love 'em!

Have a great RotD!

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B]Starling[/B] - Dec 2, 2006 12:21 pm (#1941 of 2989)    

We've had some wonderful busking in Lancaster. They even had an orchestra that came over from St Petersburg once. I don't know what's gotten into the heads of the council idiots.

We're planning on coming over to the States next year, starting in Boston, and then working our way up to Maine and then maybe even Québec. But it would mean having to drive there, and I'm used to a right-hand drive! I can get used to driving on the right-hand side (I was born in Holland), but I was taught to drive in the UK. Heeeeeeeelpppp!

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TomProffitt - Dec 2, 2006 12:29 pm (#1942 of 2989)    

It's been unseasonably warm this week in my part of Virginia, low to mid 70s F most of the week.

Time for the Army-Navy Game. Go Army! Beat Navy!

(Of course I was an enlisted man so I can always say it doesn't really matter after Army loses (again))

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kabloink! - Dec 2, 2006 12:47 pm (#1943 of 2989)    

La la la, just chillin at work. Mom and Dad left me alone today, which really annoys me, with the baby and all. It is Saturday, though and we're slow. Its just that whenever someone comes in (usually one or two per half hour), the phone rings at least once and baby starts crying at the same time. Grrr.

I just took a long-overdue journey to the fanfic forum. I think i really need to get back into it. I've always loved to write, but I never feel that its very good. I just went through and read an old fanfic of mine, however. It wasn't bad at all. Perhaps I should give it another shot. Who knows, maybe one day I'll come up with an original work of fiction. I would love to do that someday.

Okay, enough daydreaming-I'm out of here in 15 minutes, and I want to be ready to walk out the door within 5 minutes of 3pm. Have a great day everyone!

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Catherine - Dec 2, 2006 1:19 pm (#1944 of 2989)    

I feel like a sneaky Slacker Mom. I haven't done a thing to decorate for Christmas inside, but I hung my wreaths outside to make it appear as though I have things under control.

My indoor decorating excuse is that the wreaths we ordered from the band fundraiser haven't come in yet. I saw some pretty decorating ideas in the latest Southern Living **hears Lupin is Lupin snorting at this title** and I may be inspired to try some. When I get around to it.

The thing is, in my childhood we never decorated the house or tree this early. Now I feel badly that I haven't done it right after Thanksgiving!

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haymoni - Dec 2, 2006 1:21 pm (#1945 of 2989)    

Hey all!! We didn't hit it big in Vegas, but we had a fabulous time.

Circus Circus was the best possible place we could have stayed with the kids. It is older, but the staff was great. It was really smoky in the casino area, but I think it is because of the low ceilings they have there. The newer hotels we visited had huge casino areas with really tall ceilings and the smoke didn't bother me at all.

Food was great - we didn't do any buffets though. Circus Circus actually has a McDonalds in it, so the kids were thrilled. They had a Midway, where we spent too much money, and they had circus acts every half hour or so - balancing acts, jugglers, tight rope walkers and a trapeze act. Hubby liked the trapeze act because of the girls' skimpy costumes.

We got over to Mandalay Bay to see the sharks and to the Luxor because my daughter wanted to see the pyramid. The next day we went to the Atomic Testing Museum - a pretty amazing place - Ungrateful Son really liked it. Then we went to MGM to see the sleeping lions, walked over to New York, New York and went to Caesar's Palace to take pictures of the columns (project for Son).

It looks like Casino Royale is closing - great deals, Mike - 80% off. Hubby went shopping while I took the kids to see the tigers & dolphins at the Mirage.

Then we went over to the Venetian. I taught my daughter to say "bona sera!" and she was yelling it to all the gondoliers. They ate it right up. It really is a beautiful place.

All in all we had a great time. I really wasn't too sure about bringing the kids, but if you plan it out right, there really is a lot for them to do. The worst part for them was the jet lag. I couldn't get them to stay up our first night, so they woke up at 3:30 am. Fun!

And yes, we did go in the hot tub - I only went once on the only warm day we had, but the rest of my crazies went even when it was 50 degrees out. It's a wonder they don't all have the flu.

I'm doing tons of laundry and I'm really glad I still have tomorrow to recover!

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Catherine - Dec 2, 2006 1:31 pm (#1946 of 2989)    

Welcome back, Haymoni!

Vegas is fun, and I'm glad that the Beautifulest One and Ungrateful Son enjoyed it as much as you and Mr. Haymoni.

I like the Venetian's food, but I think my favorite hotel is the Bellagio--I love the ceiling full of blown glass flowers in the lobby. The Mandalay had a wave pool when we were there years ago that was a lot of fun.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 2, 2006 4:03 pm (#1947 of 2989)    

I saw some pretty decorating ideas in the latest Southern Living **hears Lupin is Lupin snorting at this title**---Catherine

Hmmm, , Lupin is Lupin used to subscribe to Southern Living and thinks it is a fine magazine. Lupin is Lupin ended her subscription when the magazine stopped showing sufficient 'befores' for its 'afters' and severely curtailed the corresponding floor plans which she liked best.

I am busily reorganizing the 'storage' side of my basement. This is long overdue but I simply refuse to start Christmas decorating until I have a clear place to lay it all out. I have to say it's coming along much better than expected and I'm close to achieving a Zen-like atmosphere.

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timrew - Dec 2, 2006 4:50 pm (#1948 of 2989)    

I've just read that Sean Connery turned down the part of Gandalf in the, "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

His excuses were, he didn't understand the script, he wanted to play the part of Gandalf in a kilt.

He was offered 15% of the total gross of the film,

In the end, he refused - he just talked himself out of 225 million pounds......

I am still laughing..........

But, wouldn't Sean Connery have been crap cast as Gandalf.........?

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The giant squid - Dec 2, 2006 4:50 pm (#1949 of 2989)    

we went to MGM to see the sleeping lions,--haymoni

Yeah, the lion enclosure is kind of a let-down. Since they're cooped up in a small area they really don't do much. A better animal habitat is Sigfreid & Roy's Secret Garden, but they're kinda pricey and have limited hours this time of year.

Good to know you had fun. Maybe we'll bump into each other next time.

Socks: Fitted socks don't fit my feet either (long & skinny). I just wear tube socks. Unfortunately, I'm required to wear black socks at work, and it's surprisingly hard to find black tube socks. White, of course; gray, no problem. Black...not so much.

Prestige: I think the whole point is that by the end we can't tell which brother is which. Other than the Sarah situation they're literally interchangeable. I confess I didn't catch that part of it until the end...too busy paying attention to the Hugh Jackman side of the story.

--Mike

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TomProffitt - Dec 2, 2006 5:04 pm (#1950 of 2989)    

But, wouldn't Sean Connery have been crap cast as Gandalf.........? --- timrew

Denethor maybe, Gandalf total miscast. I still like Connery, though.

Sad day for Army, lost to Navy for fifth straight time. Oh, well, I was a sergeant not an Academy grad.
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boop - Dec 2, 2006 5:23 pm (#1951 of 2989)    

Kabloink, sorry to hear about the sickness in your family. Healing charms sent your way. By the way good to see you around. Please go right ahead and keep writing.

Marie E., good luck with the caroling, stay warm.

Lilly, good luck with the moving.

Kathy, once they start talking they don't stop. heehee

Sheila, I hope you enjoyed your date. How did it go? Healing prayers to your sisterinlaw.

Regan, sounds like it was scary, glad you are safe.

Starling, Sorry to hear the council banned caroling. Its cool about you coming to the states. I am sure you will be rine driving here in the state.

haymoni, welcome back! Sounds like you and your family had a great time.

Its cold outside. I want spring back.

hugs always

boop

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painting sheila - Dec 2, 2006 5:39 pm (#1952 of 2989)    

Hi everyone! ***waves***

We are decorating the tree!! I think I have stayed out of the room long enough that they have the lights on. It's better this way - I always want more - My husband pretends to put on more - and I pretend not to notice that he is pretending. HA!!

We are having 6 people over for Thanksgiving Re-do dinner tomorrow night - where they are all going to sit and eat I do not know! - and the house is a mess!! Gotta go -I am sure I will be back later to chat and check-

She

PS Hungarian Horntail - I sent a couple of emails your way -

She

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Laura W - Dec 2, 2006 6:47 pm (#1953 of 2989)    

We're planning on coming over to the States next year, starting in Boston, and then working our way up to Maine and then maybe even Québec. (starling)

In which case you will be visiting two foreign countries, Martje. (grin) Do you know any French, by the way? If you are only going to be in the city of Montreal it's not necessary, but in any other part of that province it would be a great asset.

We've had some wonderful busking in Lancaster. They even had an orchestra that came over from St Petersburg once. (starling)

St. Petersburg, Russia? A orchestra from Russia busked on the streets of a city in England? How exciting! (I haven't travelled much in my life, but I have been to St. Petersburg - when it was still known as Leningrad, which is how I will always think of it -, and found it to be a fascinating and (dare I say it?) magical city.)

Laura

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 2, 2006 7:56 pm (#1954 of 2989)    

But, wouldn't Sean Connery have been crap cast as Gandalf.........? Timrew

I agree! Gad I can't imagine him as Gandalf.

Regan, roundabouts are starting to invade the States. I find very annoying. Glad you survived OK.

*significant look*   Ginny maybe you should select your music to fit the kind of driving you need to be doing.

Tori are you ready for some football? Is Seattle ready to take on the next Brett Farve/John Elway? I'm actually starting to feel sorry for Jay Cutler. He should be feeling a little disturbed by all the comparisons.

Tom, sorry about your loss. As a man who worked for a living I'm sure you will take it in stride!

Healing charms to all who need it.

Laura it is a balmy 13 here. LPO

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Puck - Dec 2, 2006 8:06 pm (#1955 of 2989)    

Sheila, thanks for the reminder! I must take turkey out of freezer for my do-over dinner tomorrow.

Starling, let us know when you are coming!

We also had a date-night last night. Went to a band concert. It was fun, and the hall was lovely. (It was a fundraiser for an organization that helps the poo/homeless.)

Today was crazy-fun-busy. Our town had our holiday event. I spent six hour riding trolley's around with the 3 kids, going to different farms and churches, plus the schools. Then we came home and finally decorated our ginger bread house. No call, so I guess I didn't win that raffle. It was for tickets to see the High School Musical concert. Diva would have loved it.

Okay, I didn't see anything in the Target flyer, but on your word I will go at 6am and wait two hours for the store to open. If it's not there, I many decide to go for the Gamecube. (Half the price, plus I can get a Mario game, which is the one Santa was asked for today. But the Wii looks like so much fun on the commercials. I think what hubby and I want is getting mixed up with what our son wants.)

Welcome home, Haymoni! Glad you had fun.

Love the avatar and the game, Maria.

Banned from singing?

ABC family is putting sneak peaks of OotP tonight, yet it was advertised as tomorrow. Hopefully they will do it again during POA for those who missed it.

Off to bed! I need to get up early to hang out and hope for a Wii!

Kathy

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Laura W - Dec 2, 2006 8:28 pm (#1956 of 2989)    

   "Laura it is a balmy 13 here. LPO"



(hmming loudly): Dum, de, dum, de, dum.

Assuming you mean plus 13 C: "I have gone temporarily deaf and haven't any idea what you said." (DD, in GoF)

(Huge Grin)

Laura

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Pigwidgeon - Dec 2, 2006 8:50 pm (#1957 of 2989)    

I've just read that Sean Connery turned down the part of Gandalf in the, "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Oh yeah, I heard about that one. Luv Sean Connery, but as Gandalf??? I break into fits of hysterical giggles trying to picture him saying "One Ring to Rule Them All" and that very...distinctive... voice of his *snickers* Hee hee hee hee hee!!!

Oh, and have my Harry Potter tree up now Yay! Let the season begin!

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painting sheila - Dec 2, 2006 9:54 pm (#1958 of 2989)    

I got another one of those emails from the Valanys people - except this time the heading was in French!

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Thom Matheson - Dec 2, 2006 10:03 pm (#1959 of 2989)    

got it to Sheila. I just deleted it. Sorry about the USC loss, well almost, GO BLUE. Hums "Hail To The Victors"

LPO We now have lots of the roundabouts here in Detroit. It takes a bit to get used to, but you will learn to love them. The traffic always flows and really helps control accidents in the intersections. We have a bunch of lamebrains that think the yellow means speed up or they think that red is just almost pink. They roundabouts have helped a bunch.

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kabloink! - Dec 2, 2006 10:46 pm (#1960 of 2989)    

Really Thom? I've never seen a roundabout in Detroit. Several in Lansing, though.

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painting sheila - Dec 2, 2006 10:52 pm (#1961 of 2989)    

The Round Abouts seem to be getting more popular here. I don't mind them except for the people who don't seem to know how to navigate them and stop in the middle to let someone in. It's nice of them to be thoughtful that way - but I sit with my eyes in the rear view waiting to be rear ended!

Traffic Lights don't work here very well - it's fun to count the runners though! A great way to help the Little Guy with counting. Ha!

FYI for any of you that might be interested and live in this area (and I know there are a few of you) there is a free exhibit of créches from all around the world next weekend. If you want more information, I will be happy to email it to you. It is a very beautiful exhibit - some of the sets have over 200 pieces! Amazing!

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geauxtigers - Dec 2, 2006 11:24 pm (#1962 of 2989)    

We are going to Target early to see if we can get a Wii, too. Dunno if we will or not, but they said they were getting 30 in so...we'll see.

Stoplights...they've put cameras at virtually every redlight in town. They snap a picture of the driver and License plate of the person who runs the red ones. Does that stop anyone? Nope, I see people run them all the time. They'll be recieving a ticket in the mail shortly! LOL

The only roundabouts we have here are culdesac. LOL I remember them in France. My Frenchie's dad would go around them at 100 km/hr which is somewhere near 50mph I think. Needless to say I got smashed against the window numerous times. It was so much fun!

So I'm thrilled that USC lost, but at the same time, I'm really mad because now it looks like LSU isn't going to the Rosebowl. The only way for us to go is if they pick Michagan to go to the National Title game. That would leave LSU/USC in the Rosebowl, I think...(trying to remember what they said on the news earlier). I dunno, its looking like it'll be the Sugar Bowl for us. Good ole' New Orleans.

Tori are you ready for some football? Is Seattle ready to take on the next Brett Farve/John Elway? I'm actually starting to feel sorry for Jay Cutler. He should be feeling a little disturbed by all the comparisons.

**puts on game face and blacks eyes** I think Jay Cutler is great QB. It should be interesting to see how he does tomorrow. I think it'll be a good game. I can't wait to see Alexander and Hassleback back in action for full game. Its going to be a good one. Go Seahawks!

Well I need to get up in 5 1/2 hours so I should go to bed. Night!

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Snuffles - Dec 3, 2006 4:09 am (#1963 of 2989)    

If you have time? You NEED to sort out your priorities.- Maria

I'm so sorry. What I meant was......well, what I should have said was.....Oh what's the use, I apologise It's just that I am travelling with 3 muggles who don't understand my obsession love of Harry Potter. The train gets into King's Cross at 11.30, we have to get out of the station, hail a black cab and travel to Paddington Station before the next train leaves at 11.55am!!. I just hope there aren't too many xmas shoppers in London next weekend!

*healing charms* to Painting Shiela's sister in law.

Good luck with the carol singing Marie.

They have banned carol singing Martje?, sheesh, I thought our council were scrooges!

Hubby's birthday today. He seems happy with his mountain bike shoes. He also got a Lindsey Buckingham C.D which he is playing VERY loudly at this moment!

Well, off to check the threads

Julie

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Starling - Dec 3, 2006 5:58 am (#1964 of 2989)    

Yes, St Petersburg in Russia, Laura. They were really, really good. Now the only busker we get is this tiny little man with a tin whistle who can't play it. I wish they'd arrest him, he's definitely doing it illegally.

I speak enough French to manage, but I'm meeting a friend in Québec, so she can help us out. We're visiting lots of our Harry Potter friends - from the Leaky comments - around there (including Belinda from the Lexicon). We'll also be meeting another bunch of them at the Niagara falls. We've already found a cinema there, and we'll all go and see OotP (and yell "ewww" when Harry kisses Cho).

Now I just have to pluck up the courage to drive there.

Edit: there's a gale blowing. It's officially 10C, but I'm sure the wind chill is wayyy below that.

Martje

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Puck - Dec 3, 2006 6:34 am (#1965 of 2989)    

This Little Piggy went to Target and went "WiiWiiWii!" all the way home!!

Thanks for the tips! I wouldn't have one without you! Just know that you helped make a certain first grader very happy this Christmas.

For those wondering, I arrived there at 5:30am after checking the online flyer, seeing it listed, and jumping in the car. (Yesterday they had up last weeks flyer, which didn't have it listed.) It was about 1 degree above the freezing mark. Going to thaw out my toes.

Thanks again!

Kathy

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azi - Dec 3, 2006 6:43 am (#1966 of 2989)    

Edit: there's a gale blowing. It's officially 10C, but I'm sure the wind chill is wayyy below that.

I read about the gales and storms in the UK on the news this morning, but am having trouble believing it. Here in York it is calm with bright blue skies and sunshine! My weather forecast thing says it is 7 degrees C.

Congratulations Puck! I hope the early rise and wait was worth it!

Roundabouts are very common in the UK. Not sure what we'd do without them!

Better go look at the pile of work waiting for me. *sigh*

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 3, 2006 7:21 am (#1967 of 2989)    

WE GOT A Wii TOO!!! We went at 6 this morning to find a relatively short line forming. The Target guy was super nice and even brought out a thing of coffee and some cups. They told us that there were 24, and we were #10 in line. So we say outside freezing for two hours, but it was sooo worth it! They guy gave everyone a number around 7:30 and told us to come back at 5 till to get our Wii's!! YAY!! Time to go play it now!!

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Puck - Dec 3, 2006 7:29 am (#1968 of 2989)    

Ginny, you don't have to wait until Christmas? There were two moms with teen sons in front of me, both saying it would be wrapped and put under the tree, no playing before then. (And one of the boys had even saved most of the money himself.) And hot coffee? I dare say it was colder here, and we got nothing. At ten of 8 they brought out numbers. People on the end were upset, since they didn't get one, but as they had all arrived after 7 pm I didn't feel bad. The first 4 guys had been there since midnight.

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Denise P. - Dec 3, 2006 7:47 am (#1969 of 2989)    

Well, I am back from my Half marathon and soooo disappointed that there are *still* no hound pictures from Loopy

My 13.1 miles went very well, I finished at 2:33:04, which is almost 15 minutes better than my time from when I last ran that distance. It was darn cold though, hovered at 30F at the start. I was just in running capris and a t-shirt but after about a quarter of a mile, felt warm.

It was a great race, a lot of fun. Now I get a short break before I start training for my full marathon in May.

We are attempting the dreaded family picture later today...I hope I still have everyone here when we are done.

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Eponine - Dec 3, 2006 8:09 am (#1970 of 2989)    

When we went home for Thanksgiving, we discovered two roundabouts almost finished near my mother's home in Chattanooga. Their location is probably a good place for a roundabout, but it was a bit of a shock to get off the road and come upon it when we weren't expecting it.

I got an e-mail from the Valanys thing too. It made it past the gmail spam filter. It said something about Harry Potter, so I opened it, but much of it was in French.

We started putting our tree up yesterday. This is the first year since we've been married that we don't have a real tree, and I'm strangely disappointed about it. I never really cared that much whether it was real or fake, but Mr. Eponine always wanted real. Well, this year we're using a fake tree, and I'm finding myself wishing it were real. I do think lighting a real tree is either than lighting a fake tree; plus real branches are stronger for my big, heavy ornaments.

Congrats to those who were able to get Wiis. (Is that how you pluralize that?) They're a lot of fun.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Catherine - Dec 3, 2006 8:15 am (#1971 of 2989)    

We are attempting the dreaded family picture later today...I hope I still have everyone here when we are done.—Denise


LOL. We were supposed to do that yesterday morning, but I cancelled those plans when I realized that I just couldn't get my Christmas "act" together in time.

Congratulations on your half-marathon.

I have to reorganize my library to accommodate all the books that are sitting on the floor that I never bothered to shelve properly before I can do the tree. We usually have to rearrange some furniture to accommodate the tree, and right now, I have a huge stack of books where that furniture needs to go.

I am busily reorganizing the 'storage' side of my basement. This is long overdue but I simply refuse to start Christmas decorating until I have a clear place to lay it all out. I have to say it's coming along much better than expected and I'm close to achieving a Zen-like atmosphere.--Lupin is Lupin

I don't aspire to that level.

This Little Piggy went to Target and went "WiiWiiWii!" all the way home!! –Puck

I'm so glad you weren't the Little Piggy who had none!

Loopy, **taps foot** Whar's me photo of the pups?

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DJ Evans - Dec 3, 2006 8:23 am (#1972 of 2989)    

I too got an email from Valanys a week or so ago, once I saw it wasn't anything I had signed up for, I marked it as SPAM, so I don't know if I've gotten any more or not. Reason why I brought it up, is I kept wondering how they got my email address. Then I remembered I had filled out the form to try & win a contest for a trip to the premiere for OotP....I know I'm not going to win but, what the hey right? Anyhoo, I just figured that is how they got the email address. Did any of you that have been Valany lucky (((yeah, right))) enter the HP contest too? Just curious.

I'm hoping to get our tree up this week sometime. I've got to get where the satellite cable is coming in moved, so I can rearrange the room. The cable guy didn't put it where we wanted it to begin with. ***sigh*** At least it finally cooled down here so it seems more like Christmas, not anymore of those 70 F temperatures.

OK, off to make a meatloaf for our lunch.

Later, Deb

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Lilly P - Dec 3, 2006 8:36 am (#1973 of 2989)    

Congrats on the run Denise! We have roundabouts all over Camp Lejeune and I have gotten used to them, but still do not really care for them. The first year we were here, I would zig zag all around base to avoid them!

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kaykay1970 - Dec 3, 2006 8:47 am (#1974 of 2989)    

Today is my eldest son's 16th birthday! Woo hoo! He already received a card several days ago from hubby's aunt that read "Sorry it's late!". I wonder if she will be sending one to the 13 year old that had a birthday on Nov. 22...

Kabloink, I'm glad the little one is ok. Sheila is right. You did the right thing bringing him to the doctor. I was shocked when I found out my boy had pneumonia. I brought him in because of his loss of appetite! How is your niece?

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geauxtigers - Dec 3, 2006 9:03 am (#1975 of 2989)    

So the Wii, is completely awesome! Its quiet a workout too! Boxing is really fun and so it the tennis!

I just came by to let yall know that if you were considering getting one, do! Its so awesome!

Now I'm going to take a nap because I've been up since 5:30!

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kabloink! - Dec 3, 2006 9:37 am (#1976 of 2989)    

We went to see our niece in the hospital last night, and she is doing well. Looks very pathetic what with all the tubes and monitors, but they were going to turn her oxygen off at midnight and see how well she maintained it on her own between then and this morning. If she managed ok, they were going to release her. I haven't heard from them yet this morning, though.

Hehe my dad started to tell me about the Wii a few days ago like I didn't know what it was. I hate it when he does that! Anyway, he made it sound like he was going to buy himself or my hubby one (as it is cheaper than the 360 that hubby really wants), but my mom was planning on buying one for him for Christmas! I hope he doesn't buy it for himself, Mom was really pretty excited about getting it for him as a surprise.

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Puck - Dec 3, 2006 11:02 am (#1977 of 2989)    

Sheila and Maria, I heard you should check Walmart early on Wednesday, as you didn't want to go out on a Sunday.

Way to go, Denise!

Healing charms to Kabloink's niece and Sheila's sister-in-law.

Happy birthday Eldest Son!

I had the in-laws on lookout for a Wii, as well. I called and left a message when I got home that I had gotten one. Guess where they were? At Target, getting a Wii! I didn't expect them to stand a line for one, but they claimed being "devoted grandparents" and did just that. Think my brother-in-law may have a happy surprise this Christmas.

**patiently waits until Christmas to try boxing**

Kathy

edit: To those who play 5 words, there are new posts there, but for some reason there's no yellow "new" next to the thread title. If you go to the end of the thread the new posts are there, so come play!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 3, 2006 11:24 am (#1978 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday Eldest!

LOL Snuffles!

Hooray for your Wiis! I guess it's true that the early bird gets the worm. We have tried it at our local gaming place and also at the NYC expo. and you're right - it is cool!

It was a fundraiser for an organization that helps the poo/homeless.) - Puck I'm sorry, but I'm not getting exactly what the organization helps - do they provide commodes???  

Two things I've heard:
1. The Nintendo store in NYC gets a Wii shipment every day.
2. They have stopped making GC games because those games can be downloaded into the Wiis.

Martje, I think I'd have to organize a rooftop "choir practice". Complete with hot chocolate.

We went and cut down our Christmas tree yesterday. Most of the decorations are now up (the outside decorations were up on Thanksgiving but didn't light them until after). I love the smell of fresh pine in the house. The children are excited - needless to say.

Maria

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The giant squid - Dec 3, 2006 12:26 pm (#1979 of 2989)    

Looking at all the Wii buying going on, I can't help but think of the idiots people who paid outrageous amounts on eBay for the first wave...

Denise, congrats of your half-marathon. It seems like every time you post a time it's better than the one before. One would think you're actually getting good at this running thing.

I started decorating our tree yesterday. Last year we hunted down all of the M&M/Star Wars ornaments so I decided to go with a SW theme this year. Unfortunately those 14 ornaments don't fill up the tree much, so I have to find other stuff to fill in with.

--Mike

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Eponine - Dec 3, 2006 12:59 pm (#1980 of 2989)    

I've just finished filling out a FAFSA. I'll be starting classes in January (the school sure does take its time letting you know if you've been accepted or not!), and I'm a little nervous about going back to school after almost 5 years.

Mike, we have the Han Solo M&M ornament. Mr. Eponine has more Star Trek than Star Wars, but we've got a decent amount of Star Wars ornaments. He got the AT-AT from Hallmark for his birthday in October. I've actually convinced him to put all his Star Trek ship ornaments on a separate tree this year.

The thing about buying the new systems on eBay is that you have to be very careful about what you're actually bidding on. People are known to sell only the box, and even though it says it's just the box in the description, people will still bid outrageous prices on it because they're not reading the whole description. I saw someone selling 3 original Play Stations, but the way it was worded made it seem like a Play Station 3. Someone had bid a couple thousand dollars on Play Stations, 3.

Have a great RotD!

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 3, 2006 1:20 pm (#1981 of 2989)    

Ginny, you don't have to wait until Christmas?

Ahh well, I think my mom reallyyy wanted to play it! We managed to convince her! The sports game that comes with it is relatively easy. I'm glad it is, because that means I can do it! Your son shouldn't have any trouble playing it, it seems to be geared towards younger kids. Its a ton of fun, and it really is a workout! They have a 'fitness' thing that you can do. According to Wii, Tori has the fitness level of a 71 year old! LOL I think it's funny!

Cousins are over so I'd better get back in there. Mom just noticed my absence!

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Ydnam96 - Dec 3, 2006 1:28 pm (#1982 of 2989)    

Well, seeing as I've been a slacker for the past few months and haven't visited the forum there were over a thousand new message so I did not read them. But I hope all have been well! Congrats on the half marathon Denise. I can't even imagine running that far. I've got some residents training for the LA marathon and I think they are crazy!

I'm currently watching SS...I haven't watched it in a long time. They all look so incredibly young.

I've got all my Christmas Decorations up. I've had them up for a while. I enjoy Christmas trees so my tree was up in mid November. I know, I'm weird, but I like it so why not?

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. I'm gonna try and wade through some of the threads...

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kabloink! - Dec 3, 2006 2:39 pm (#1983 of 2989)    

We normally plan to do our tree right around my birthday. It is exactly 2 weeks before Christmas, and we get a real tree so the timing is good, I think. I like to do decorations before that, but I am probably the least organized person you'll ever meet, so I'm lucky if they happen at all. Once baby and I are better, though, I really want to make an effort, as it is his first Christmas.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 3, 2006 3:47 pm (#1984 of 2989)    

haymoni, you must be proud - what your Browns did tonight - it was a thing of beauty.

Welcome back, mandy!

Mike, funny, I was thinking about all of the people who take advantage, as Eponine pointed out.

Hope baby is showing signs of improvement, kabloink. Healing charms to you all and your niece.

One more thing about Nintendo NYC - they receive 1000/day. Many people have spent 4 hours or more all for naught.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 3, 2006 5:17 pm (#1985 of 2989)    

Laura that would be Fahrenheit. Now it is 17. I hope we warm up soon.

Congratulations Denise!

Kabloink I hope you and baby are well soon. LPO

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Puck - Dec 3, 2006 5:29 pm (#1986 of 2989)    

Maria, that would be the poor.  Please realize I've had a busy weekend with little sleep.

The person in line in front of me today had waited in line 3 other times. Each time the person in front of her got the last one. I was a little nervous to be lined up behind her.

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Catherine - Oct 26, 2006 3:58 pm (#1987 of 2989)    

I just watched the clips from ABC Family for OoP on The Leaky Cauldron. I was annoyed that I missed PoA on TV, but at least I got the "sneak peek."

Maybe I'll be inspired to put on a Potter film tonight after I finish making up the rubric for the next paper I'm assigning.

Still no Christmas tree....

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boop - Dec 3, 2006 5:56 pm (#1988 of 2989)    

Julie, Tell your hubby Happy Birthday.

Kathy Congrats the game.

Ginny, Congrats on getting the game.

Denise, Congrats on your run, good luck with the family picture.

Kay, Happy Birthday to your 16 year old.

Welcome Back Mandy, you have been missed.

Have a great rest of the day.

hugs always

boop

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Laura W - Dec 3, 2006 8:04 pm (#1989 of 2989)    

Laura that would be Fahrenheit. Now it is 17. I hope we warm up soon.

Ooops! Sorry, LPO .

I grew up with Farenheit but haven't thought in those terms for the last 20 years. When we first converted, it took me forever to stop thinking in Farenheit! Now, I have no idea what people are talking about when they say 13 degrees F. I changed from being celsius-ignorant to being farenheit-ignorant. (silly grin) That's why I thought you were saying your temp was 13 degrees C: exceedingly warm indeed. And 17 C in December!! ... Whoa, break out the sunscreen! (Well, not quite.)

You must have wondered what I was talking about in my post #1956, Ludicrous . Somehow the humour is lost in translation when you are trying to point out how chilly it is where you are and I think you are trying to tease me by saying how warm it is, eh?

When you Americans read the Harry Potter books, do you need to have an English-American dictionary standing by? (Big Grin) Although i understand quite a few of the British coloquialisms, I sometimes have felt that an English-Canadian dictionary would have been invaluable.

Laura

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Ydnam96 - Dec 3, 2006 8:12 pm (#1990 of 2989)    

Thanks for the welcome back!

Kabloink, I'm sorry to hear you are sick. Puck, I hope you get some sleep!

I just got back from a concert (the campus music department, and wow the students here are so talented) to see that Florida is going to be playing Ohio State in the Championship game. I am not very happy about that. Poor Michigan Sad

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painting sheila - Dec 3, 2006 8:13 pm (#1991 of 2989)    

OH!! Maybe the Wii bit of luck will stay with me for tomorrow!! I am heading to EB Games again in the morning to see what I can see (and get!) He said they "may" have some in on Monday.

Denise - Congrats on your run!! I saw a flying pig Christmas ornament at a crafts fair and thought of you. It was very cute!!

Thanksgiving Re-do dinner went great! We have leftovers of everything! Yeah! Lots of turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy and rolls. . . No cooking for a least a few days! My friend made this amazing sweet potato casserole that was like eating candy - yum!! (guess what I am having for breakfast in the morning!)

Happy Birthday Eldest Son and many more!

I am wiped out, and tomorrow looks to be a long day. I am off to read a few pages in GoF and then dream land - a turkey and dressing induced coma is more like it!

She

Happy

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Mediwitch - Dec 3, 2006 9:01 pm (#1992 of 2989)    

Sheila, ***healing charms*** and many prayers to your sister-in-law!

More Wii news, although I might get the slacker mom award for this one! Our nearest Target is more than an hour away (although rumor has it they are planning one in a town just 30 minutes away). Ryan, our 23-year-old, lives in Worcester MA, so he's got loads more options for shopping than we do. We got Ryan to go to Target this morning at 5:30 and buy his own Christmas present (we put the money in his bank account)! He called at 8:20 and all he said was "Wii, wiii, wiiiiii!" He's good, though; he put the box away and says he won't open it until Christmas, or at least until finals are over next week! We'll see what the box looks like when he gets home next Friday.

Congrats, Denise! Well done!!

kaykay, Happy Birthday to your eldest! Ooh, time for driving lessons!



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geauxtigers - Dec 3, 2006 10:31 pm (#1993 of 2989)    

Seahawks won! It was a close game, the defense is what saved them.

LSU is not going to the Rose Bowl **sticks a straight pin in balloon** I feel sorta bad for all the poor people who bought their plan tickets to Pasadena. We are going to the Sugar Bowl, meaning the team will be traveling all of 70 miles or so. Playing Notre Dame, should be a good game. I think we can beat them, but who knows... I wanted Michigan to go to the National Champ game because then LSu would've been in the Rose Bowl. All the same, I'm glad Florida is going. Gotta represent the SEC. Should be a great game!

The Wii is so awesome! No lie, I'm sore! I've been playing it all day. I've pulled muscle in my side and my arm. I think its mostly from tennis and baseball. LOL if anyone was wondering about the exercise part, trust me, you stop moving, you loose the game! Its so much fun! My cousins came over and the youngest one is 8 and he did awesome with it, so I think its safe to say that pretty much anyone can play! Its very easy and you can pick difficulties and such.

Now I'm beat, its 11:30 and I'm off to bed!

Have a great week!

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Chemyst - Dec 4, 2006 5:57 am (#1994 of 2989)    

When you Americans read the Harry Potter books, do you need to have an English-American dictionary standing by?

Not nearly as much as we used to. I think everyone who posts here has permanently expanded their vocabulary.

**mutters something about a fug even if it's not an example of "chiefly British"**

...a commendation to Ryan Mediwitch for self-control in the face of finals.

Anyone know when Catherine's birthday is? I've missed it the past two years; but it must be near.

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kaykay1970 - Dec 4, 2006 6:16 am (#1995 of 2989)    

Thanks for the birthday wishes. He is the eldest boy but not the eldest child! So I have a daughter with a driver's license and he has a permit! Actually Driver's Ed. will finish up this month and I should be taking him for a license...

More healing charms all around!

Glad the re-do went well, Sheila!

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painting sheila - Dec 4, 2006 6:59 am (#1996 of 2989)    

I am off to EB Games - wish me luck!

She

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Good Evans - Dec 4, 2006 7:04 am (#1997 of 2989)    

I have to confess to hitting the "magic" button. I just dont have the time I would like for the forum these days..... but I try to pop in as often as I can to just "lurk".

Flew to Scotland on Wednesday last week, it threw it down with rain wednesday evening and all day thrusday while we were at the conference. Not good considering I had to drive the sixty odd miles from Edinburgh to Crieff! My paper went well (hooray) and we had a great time dancing the night away on thursday night at the christmas party. It was lovely that hubby was with me - normally he stays at home, but he was asked to speak too, so we had a couple of nights away (kids looked after the dog - fear not!)

Flew home amid gales in Friday (I wondered why an hour trip took one and a half!!) and had a very bumpy landing - hubby hates flying and was not happy!

Spent Friday and Saturday wrapping pressies and yesterday at a food and drink fare - which was great.

am completely zonked and just need to get some rest, I may skip rosemary conley tonight - I shoudn't but I am exhausted. also there are a pile of presents need wrapping and parcelling up for the post. Eekkk three weeks today - need to wrap and post and write cards- buy tree and decorate- arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

IPAQ died last week so couldnt do any work emails while away - that was a nightmare too as I have had to spend all this morning catching up

ah well - **waves** to everyone , still not feeling christmassy - whatcan anyone do to help? This is so not me????!!!

happy birthdays to all I have missed , healing charms to all and some snow and winter charms to the UK - I think I am so unchristmassy due to the unseasonally warm weather (I have no tights on today as it is just not cold enough).

bah humbug

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azi - Dec 4, 2006 7:46 am (#1998 of 2989)    

Did you go to the Good Food Show, Julie? I've been many a couple of times, but got bored last time I went because there was less free food than there used to be! Hope you get more forum time soon! I wouldn't fancy flying in the gales we're apparently having (no sign of them here!).

I suggest going late night shopping in a place with lots of Christmas lights to feel Christmassy.

Good luck Shelia!

Happy belated birthday's to Mr Snuffles, Kaykay's eldest son and Phelim!

I just spent a couple of hours re-doing my some maths because I appear to have lost the sheet with my calculations on. Took ages because I forgot how I did it in the first place. Think I've got it cracked now. **hopes**

Hope everyone has a non-maths free day (unless you like maths, in which case feel free to do lots of it ).

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 4, 2006 7:52 am (#1999 of 2989)    

Anyone know when Catherine's birthday is? I've missed it the past two years; but it must be near.---Chemyst

I believe it's the 12th. **:waves to Catherine**:

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haymoni - Dec 4, 2006 9:30 am (#2000 of 2989)    

We got the tree up yesterday. Still not sure how to decorate the new porch. The lit garland I have up looks pretty lame.

Yes, my Brownies won yesterday. I just can't take those overtime games, though.
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Loopy Lupin - Dec 4, 2006 9:43 am (#2001 of 2989)    

Here's a puzzle for everyone. (My money is on Finn to figure this one out first.)

What is my avatar?

Once you know what it is, what is wrong with it?

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Holly T. - Dec 4, 2006 9:59 am (#2002 of 2989)    

Congrats to those who have found Wiis!

Sigh. I go through this every holiday season. Honestly, I think I am married to Scrooge. No Christmas trees are up, no yard decorations. I did put the wreath on the door and put away the Halloween decorations. I spent most of yesterday afternoon cleaning house while my kids decided they wanted to play nicely together in the backyard (which is great, but they were motivated to do so by the fact that if they came in the house I put them to work) and my husband, who is not much of a football fan, suddenly became one and became engrossed in football after he took a long nap. Then my kids had the nerve to complain that we don't have any decorations up yet, and my husband started making excuses for his lack of helping with Christmas preparations by complaining about how I'm just caving into societal pressure by wanting to do things like decorate the house and yard, send cards, give gifts, etc.

Kind of makes me want to take all of the gifts I've bought for them and donate them to charity.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 4, 2006 10:59 am (#2003 of 2989)    

Loopy, I have no idea what it is but I'll tell you what it looks like to me: an airplane flying through the clouds but the wings are on backwards. (Something tells me I just failed the Rorschach test. )

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Steve Newton - Dec 4, 2006 11:04 am (#2004 of 2989)    

I went to the diner in Gap, PA yesterday. I ordered my meal and said that I wanted vinegar and oil for my salad. The waitress replied "We have oil and vinegar. Will that be all right?" I couldn't tell whether or not she was kidding.

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Puck - Dec 4, 2006 11:10 am (#2005 of 2989)    

I see a sail boat on a lake with a reflection, which is slightly "off".

Good luck, Sheila! If you don't get one, go to Walmart early on Wednesday.

Holly, I'm on the opposite end. Tree is up, cards are in the mail, but the house is a disaster. I forgot to order my wreath early, so it won't be ready until the weekend.

Mediwitch, which Target was your son at? I might have been in line with him. (And if my son was that age, he would have done his own waiting, too.)

Careful, girls. People are actually getting sports injuries from the Wii. My son will be ready for baseball season, and I may actually get some exercise myself.

Ack! It's after 1pm! Got to put the baby down for her nap, then try to clean this house to a reasonable level of clutter. (Kim's zen-like atmosphere is much too high a standard for me.)

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 4, 2006 11:40 am (#2006 of 2989)    

Loopy, I have no idea what it is but I'll tell you what it looks like to me: an airplane flying through the clouds but the wings are on backwards. (Something tells me I just failed the Rorschach test. ) – Kim

LOL. Wrong!!!

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Steve Newton - Dec 4, 2006 11:47 am (#2007 of 2989)    

My first thought was the flukes of a diving whale. Now I think it looks like a broken bird. I must be one sick puppy.

This is my second try at posting this message. I wonder if it was worth the time for a second attempt.

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Denise P. - Dec 4, 2006 12:02 pm (#2008 of 2989)    

Well, it looks like a plane going through clouds to me even though I know it is not.

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Thom Matheson - Dec 4, 2006 12:03 pm (#2009 of 2989)    

Well done Denise!!!

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painting sheila - Dec 4, 2006 1:31 pm (#2010 of 2989)    

A sailboat?

(sigh) No Wii today. I waited from 10:30 until 3:00. The shipment (of anything) didn't come today. Little Guy has pre-school tomorrow, so I guess I will try again.

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Lina - Dec 4, 2006 1:51 pm (#2011 of 2989)    

Loopy, I just think the same as Puck, but you didn't answer if it is wrong or not. I think that the wrong part is the reflection of the clouds.

Holly, did I tell you that the cake is fabulous?

It seems I've missed many Happy belated birthdays!

And sending healing charms all around.

John, I didn't understand your question about the chat room in the evening...

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 4, 2006 2:09 pm (#2012 of 2989)    

Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! All of you. Oooh, goody! A mystery. Maybe a hint tomorrow unless someone gets it right.

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Eponine - Dec 4, 2006 2:36 pm (#2013 of 2989)    

Loopy, to me, the outline looks like Snoopy, but that's about all I've got.

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 4, 2006 3:08 pm (#2014 of 2989)    

Geez, are there no artistes in the room?

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geauxtigers - Dec 4, 2006 3:19 pm (#2015 of 2989)    

Loopy, to me, the outline looks like Snoopy, but that's about all I've got.

Thats what I was going to say! LOL! My first thought was that it was Snoopy with something blue on him. LOL

Lets see what else could it be? I dunno! All I see is Snoopy!

Long day, going to go do homework!

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Starling - Dec 4, 2006 3:20 pm (#2016 of 2989)    

I am an artiste (snort), and your avatar reminds me of a Matisse.

*contemplates cancelling Christmas*

My dad has just told me that we're having our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, because my sister in law and aunt are going to their own families for Christmas. Fine. If he'd told me this a few months ago, however, I could have gone to MY other family (they are in Hamburg, my parents are in Holland). I have in-laws too. In-laws I like a heck of a lot more than my own parents.

Which reminds me, my in-laws send me an advent mail every day, containing pictures they took this summer, with a "teaser" picture for the next advent day. It's brilliant.

Martje

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 4, 2006 3:33 pm (#2017 of 2989)    

I ordered my meal and said that I wanted vinegar and oil for my salad. The waitress replied "We have oil and vinegar. Will that be all right?" I couldn't tell whether or not she was kidding. Steve Newton

Haha! Don't you just love some people? I had a friend order a 'plain hamburger' at Micky D's once, at which time the lady asked him if he wanted the bun with it. LOL

Hmm I was going to say it looked like a rock, but the more I look at it some of the lines look like birds, drawn by a 5 year old, flying around in a weird formation, but that doesn't seem right....

I can't say much more as I have too much work to do! Happy Monday!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 4, 2006 4:00 pm (#2018 of 2989)    

I have in-laws too. In-laws I like a heck of a lot more than my own parents.---Starling

How unfortunate.
I am an artiste (snort), and your avatar reminds me of a Matisse.---Starling

Loopy?

(Kim's zen-like atmosphere is much too high a standard for me.)---Puck

Well, it is a basement so you'd be amazed at what passes for Zen-like in such circumstances.
Today I've been working on the playroom. I've resorted the games (tossed out a few surreptitiously that I'm hoping won't missed), packed up quite a bit and brought some of the upstairs downstairs. Once it's all clean and tidy, there won't be a spare inch safe from tinsel garland and twinkle lights. **:rubs hands together gleefully**:

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Chemyst - Dec 4, 2006 4:01 pm (#2019 of 2989)    

Geez, are there no artistes in the room? –Loopy

So this is an 'artiste' mystery? Geez, when you gave us the clue that Finn would probably get it, my head went an entirely different direction — to a word puzzle. Such as "reflecting on an inversion of the blue chips," or something such...
but if not, then I see more Woodstock than Snoopy.

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Thom Matheson - Dec 4, 2006 4:10 pm (#2020 of 2989)    

I see a whale with it's fin(n) up and it's reflection in the water. As in Finn?

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 4, 2006 4:17 pm (#2021 of 2989)    

As in Finn?---Thom Matheson

LOL

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Thom Matheson - Dec 4, 2006 4:19 pm (#2022 of 2989)    

I take that to mean a no?

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 4, 2006 4:24 pm (#2023 of 2989)    

No, take that to mean I thought the connection was funny--Finn and whale tale. (I've been cleaning a lot and the dust has probably gone to my head. )

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 4, 2006 4:28 pm (#2024 of 2989)    

Somehow the humor is lost in translation Laura

Sorry I'm not good at Celsius at all. It makes much more sense than Fahrenheit. I wish it was 17 Celsius!

Poor Broncos. I think the rest of this year will be a learning curve for next year. At least they contained Alexander somewhat. LPO

edit: Loopy I see a lovely blue bird in the clouds.

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Thom Matheson - Dec 4, 2006 4:30 pm (#2025 of 2989)    

someone once told me to convert from C to F you double the number and add 35. Is that true?

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geauxtigers - Dec 4, 2006 5:48 pm (#2026 of 2989)    

Thom, the conversion is F to C is (Degrees F - 32) (times 1.Cool. C to F is ((C)+32) X (1.Cool. Voila! And in case anyone really cares...Celcius to Kelvins is (Degrees C - 273). Chemistry last year, I'm surprised I remembered that! LOL That and practically the entire periodic table! LOL **Oxygen 15.999, Carbon 12.011** **looking at Cheymst** That is information permanently embedded in my brain!

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painting sheila - Dec 4, 2006 7:42 pm (#2027 of 2989)    

Lupin - My husband said it looks like a squished butterfly. Can you give us a hint? Is it air or ground we are looking at?

Not much happening here. I am planning on going to bed early tonight.

Wii Update - Heard it from a "source" that whatever major company had Wii's this past week will not get them this week. Nintendo is only shipping them to the major places every other week. So if Best Buy and Target had them last week, then Circuit City and Walmart will have them this week. I think I am the Lone Stranger with out on now. (sigh)

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painting sheila - Dec 4, 2006 7:47 pm (#2028 of 2989)    

OH!! and Welcome!! Deener!!

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juliebug - Dec 4, 2006 7:51 pm (#2029 of 2989)    

I'm sure this will be the worst guess yet, but the mystery avatar reminds me of a poster I recently saw for Beauty and the Beast. A lot of missing details, but the basic shape and color scheme are similar. There, I got that out there. Now everyone else can feel much less crazy about their own ideas.

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Mediwitch - Dec 4, 2006 7:53 pm (#2030 of 2989)    

Hi Kathy! He said it's on Route 70, close to I-290, but he's a bit scary with directions and road names and such! Wouldn't that be funny if you were at the same store! He said there were lots of parents in line who were grilling him about what games would be good for kids of specific ages.

Loopy Lupin, it sort of resembles the hemispheres of the brain, except the bottom one (which would be the right one) has a bit of an enlargement! (I know that can't be right, but that's what I thought when I saw it and now I can't see anything else!)



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John Bumbledore - Dec 4, 2006 7:56 pm (#2031 of 2989)    

Ah, Victoria, that is wonderful for a muggle, but can you name the fifth element? >:-D

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Puck - Dec 4, 2006 8:04 pm (#2032 of 2989)    

Do you have to be able to do those "magic eye" things in order to see it? I never could do those.

Tori, don't worry. I once thought such things were forever in my brain, too. They leak out as the years pass.

Ginny, there was a fad not too long ago when people on carb-free diets were ordering the burger and forsaking the bun.

Sheila, Circuit City had them Sunday as well. Sorry. I can't believe they let you wait so long. It's hard to believe they have no idea when a shipment is coming. Tracking a package is simple enough.

An organized playroom? Sounds great. We don't have a playroom, thus the entire house is one.

Happy RotD, Kathy

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geauxtigers - Dec 4, 2006 9:02 pm (#2033 of 2989)    

Ah, Victoria, that is wonderful for a muggle, but can you name the fifth element? >:-D

Well its Boron and the atomic mass is 11 something! We didn't use that one as much and the problems, its mostly the 'common', for lack of a better term, ones that we used.

So the whole family has been playing the Wii since about 3:00 today. This is sad! We found a bowling thing in the training section where you have to knock down the pins, after each bowl, they add a row until you get up to 91 pins. Its so cool! Ginny is winning so far with a score of 499.

Uh oh, my dad is in there going "AHHH Come ON!!" Best be off to see what hes fussing about. Hes the 10 year old of the family

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 4, 2006 10:31 pm (#2034 of 2989)    

I heard that Nintendo has sent Wii's to all the stores, but isn't allowing them to release them until certain days...That's why every Wal Mart in town is "getting a shipment in Wednesday" I dunno if it's actually true or not, but I do find it weird that the 4 or 5 Wally Worlds here are all getting a shipment in on the same day. Not sure if it's the same fro the rest of the country though.

I think my arm is having seizures from playing too much bowling. I can feel it twitching...is that bad? It's kinda annoying.

Well I shall be doing my physics homework at lunch tomorrow as I barely managed to get math done, and didn't study for my French test.. I'm in it pretty deep right now Maybe we should have wrapped up the Wii until after exams, it's wayy to distracting!

Better go to bed now! Night everyone!

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Tazzygirl - Dec 4, 2006 10:45 pm (#2035 of 2989)    

**ventures out of lurkdom for a brief moment** School is almost over- just Tuesday and Wednesday to go. Wednesday night I shall be on a flight to pure relaxation! w00t! Have two projects left and then I'm done with homework. **dreamy look**

Ginny- Maybe we should have wrapped up the Wii until after exams, it's wayy to distracting!

Hence the reason I told my parents not to get me a Nintendo DS Lite or any other gamebox that can carry Super Mario Brothers. Good luck with the homework!

**gets pulled back into lurkdom kicking and screaming**

Have a great next couple of days everyone!

~Kristina

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Ydnam96 - Dec 5, 2006 12:47 am (#2036 of 2989)    

Tazzy, good luck on exams and such. Glad it's almost over.

WOW I'm glad I don't play video games. It seems like such a headache! Just give me some warm pajamas and a good book and I'm happy.

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The giant squid - Dec 5, 2006 1:44 am (#2037 of 2989)    

Thom, the conversion is F to C is (Degrees F - 32) (times 1.8 ) . C to F is (( C)+32) X (1.8 ) .—geauxtigers

Almost right...F to C is (Degrees F-32) (divided by 1.8 ) . C to F is (C times 1.8 ) + 32.

Either that, or I've been doing it wrong for the last two decades...

Ah, Victoria, that is wonderful for a muggle, but can you name the fifth element? >:-D--John Bumbledore

Leelu Dallas Multipass? Or, if you're into Chinese mythology, it's void (the others are water, fire, air and wood).

--Mike

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John Bumbledore - Dec 5, 2006 6:04 am (#2038 of 2989)    

..but can you name the fifth element? >:-D--John Bumbledore

It was a trick question, so Squid Mike is closer to the answer that I was thinking. I though, and I am sure Mike of all people can correct me, that The Fifth Element, in the movie of the same name, was identified as Love. Here on this forum you will find earth, water, fire, and air are "the four elements" and "quintessence, the fifth, outer, external element."

Gotcha! Of course, I know nothing of the "mystic" elements other than what I have read here on the forum.

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Marie E. - Dec 5, 2006 6:10 am (#2039 of 2989)    

Steve, I had a similar situation this weekend (like your oil and vinegar one). I ordered a Relish Dog for Lexie from Orange Julius at the mall. The girl asked me what I wanted on the relish dog. Now, silly me, I assumed what she meant was what did I want in addition to the relish, so I said ketchup. She gave me a hot dog with just ketchup, no relish.

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Denise P. - Dec 5, 2006 6:34 am (#2040 of 2989)    

I have had that happen Marie. I wonder at these people. "I would like a bacon cheeseburger please" and then it comes without any cheese. When asked about the cheese..."Oh, I thought you didn't want cheese." Hmm...I guess asking for a bacon cheeseburger is code speak for leave the cheese off Unfortunately, it is not an isolated incident either.

So Loopy, are you putting a hint up about your avatar yet?

Kim, I saw something on another board and thought of you. Someone is doing an Irish themed tree this year. All green lights, all Irish related ornaments. I think it would be neat.

Speaking of ornaments, how many do the Christmas pickle ornament tradition? I have always seen pickle ornaments but never realized there was a myth associated with it. We have always put a bird on a nest in the tree for good luck but no pickle. I thought about adding it but all the pickle ornaments I saw look like...well...a pickle.

Last night, my cub scouts got to shove my face into whipped cream pies for selling a specific amount of popcorn. Since I am also a den leader, I got 5 of them. They love it and I think I can still smell whipped cream. What was even worse, once I got home, I could not wash my hair. I went out for a run and since it was below 30, there was no way I was going to wash my hair and go out with wet hair. I did my 3 miles and then came home and washed my hair.

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John Bumbledore - Dec 5, 2006 6:41 am (#2041 of 2989)    

I particularly am amused by waitress in South Carolina. After asking what I wanted to drink and hearing my reply of "Coke" she then asked "what kind of coke?"

Is any one else now thinking of cherry, vanilla, classic, new, or diet? Well I did, so I asked, "what kinds of Coke do you have?" Her reply, "Sprite, Root Beer, Orange, Coke, and Diet." It's a good thing I didn't ask for pop! (And so we return once again to Pop Vs. Soda as the chat thread topic. LOL

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Pigwidgeon - Dec 5, 2006 6:56 am (#2042 of 2989)    

One of my more memorable fast-food memories: I ordered a bacon cheeseburger with everything at a fast food place which will remain nameless. I get back to the office, and see -- a hamburger patty, the buns -- and nothing else. Nada. Zip. Not even a pickle.

The avatar looks like a fluffy little baby bird with a purple beak to me.

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Eponine - Dec 5, 2006 7:35 am (#2043 of 2989)    

Denise, we have a pickle ornament on our tree. I bury it in the branches a bit because it really does look like a pickle, but I like the idea of the tradition.

The other night I was very, very bored. So I made a tiny little Santa hat for the angel on the mirror in our hallway. The result is my avatar. What do you guys think?

Have a great RotD!

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painting sheila - Dec 5, 2006 7:45 am (#2044 of 2989)    

What is the pickle tradition? I have never heard of it.

That's funny about the "coke" and "what kind" because in my family growing up it was all "coke" - Sprite, rootbeer, orange - everything was "coke". HA!!

Off to shop for wrapping paper. I buy one kind of wrapping paper for each person - and ony I know the code - and do not put any names on the packages. That way, the kids can fantasize that all of it is theirs - and there no reason to shake it because it might not be theirs. I love being sneaky!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 5, 2006 7:53 am (#2045 of 2989)    

Pidwidgeon - it seems as though some poor person got a loaded sandwich, fully expecting a plain one - lol!

Loopy, your avatar looks like symmetry gone awry to me.

Kathy, glad you liked the game. I like where he crunches them!

Maria

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painting sheila - Dec 5, 2006 7:54 am (#2046 of 2989)    

Loopy - A small blue flame in a bottle?

Hungarian Horntail - Love the bow! It really brings out the blood shot in your eyes. Festive!

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Snuffles - Dec 5, 2006 8:01 am (#2047 of 2989)    

I haven't got a clue on Loopy's new avatar.

Eponine, I love your new avatar.

Pickle tradition?   I've never heard of it.

A while ago we were discussing whether toilet roll went over or under. Mine always goes over but I put that I wasn't bothered. Well apparently, it turns out I am I have just been to the work toilets and someone had put the paper under and I had to change it! I couldn't leave without turning it round. Help!

I may put my tree up tonight or I may leave it until tomorrow when Livvy can help me.

Hope everyone has a good Tuesday

Julie

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Steve Newton - Dec 5, 2006 8:19 am (#2048 of 2989)    

I had never heard of the pickle tradition, either. I did some scouting around and it seems to be a German thing. You hide the pickle deep in the tree and the child who finds it will have a good year. My wife comes from a German background. I'm surprised that she has never mentioned it. We always have loads of sauerkraut on New Years.

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Denise P. - Dec 5, 2006 8:37 am (#2049 of 2989)    

Yeah, it is attributed to Germany but this is also what I found: The Christmas Pickle is an American tradition related to the Christmas tree. In this tradition, a family decorates its Christmas tree with ornaments including one glass pickle. On Christmas morning, the first child to find the pickle on the tree would get a special gift and would supposedly have a year of good fortune.

This tradition is commonly believed by Americans to come from Germany, but this is probably apocryphal. In fact, the tradition is widely unknown in Germany. That could be why she never mentioned it

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Steve Newton - Dec 5, 2006 8:52 am (#2050 of 2989)    

That would explain it. I should also know how to evaluate a sites authority better. That's what librarians do.
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Holly T. - Dec 5, 2006 9:54 am (#2051 of 2989)    

We have a pickle ornament for our tree because my MIL thought it was cute. I don't give a special gift to whichever kid finds it, though, since they usually see me put it on the tree. Or one of them puts it on the tree.

My son helped me put lights on the bushes in the front flowerbed last night so our house is looking slightly more festive. We also started baking--two loaves of banana gingerbread.

My daughter has a band concert tonight. She also has a science test next week on the day she is supposed to miss part of the day of school to perform in the Nutcracker. I think I'll have her back at school by science but I need to check the schedule.

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azi - Dec 5, 2006 10:14 am (#2052 of 2989)    

Woohoo, I have finally got round the problem I've been trying to work out for about a week with my project work! The solution - put '> =' instead of '= >'. **sigh**

Only one more bad Tuesday to go until the end of term.

**waves to everyone**

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Winky Woo - Dec 5, 2006 10:47 am (#2053 of 2989)    

Well you don’t visit for a month and skip 800 posts to just read the most recent ones and what do you get? The over/under debate on toilet rolls! I think that that is almost exactly what we were talking about the last time I was here!

Hi Guys I have really missed you all, but work has been really hectic and I have been staying with my sister in Liverpool who didn’t have the internet. (And at times I had to remind myself to put one foot in front of the other, and lots of days spent under the duvet)

Guess what! I have got my house and dogs back! I moved back in on Saturday, and I am loving it! It’s a bit scary as I have never lived completely on my own before but I think I will love the complete freedom it will give me. I haven’t got the broadband internet back on yet, so I am just on dial up till then…

Hugs and stuff

Love

Winky x x x

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John Bumbledore - Dec 5, 2006 10:48 am (#2054 of 2989)    

The solution - put '> =' instead of '= >'. -- Azi

Azi, which computer language were you using?

Well, we have our tree up since Sunday night. Have only lights and garland on it at the moment. With three scouts in the family, scheduling in December is a new juggling act each week.

Hangman game is going s-l-o-w. I'm just watching the clock tick.. which is all the more boring as it is digital...

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 5, 2006 11:04 am (#2055 of 2989)    

(((Hugs))) and cheers, Winky. Welcome back!

Glad you like my bow, Sheila. I got all spiffied up just for the holidays!

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 5, 2006 11:09 am (#2056 of 2989)    

I am an artiste (snort), and your avatar reminds me of a Matisse.

Crap. I can't remember who wrote this, but she is sooooooooooooooo close. Remember there are two parts: What is it? What is wrong with it?

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juliebug - Dec 5, 2006 11:57 am (#2057 of 2989)    

Welcome back Winky! I'm so glad to hear you got the house and the dogs back! I really hope things keep improving for you and that you have a wonderful holiday, you definitely deserve it!

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painting sheila - Dec 5, 2006 11:58 am (#2058 of 2989)    

Winky Woo! Welcome back!! and give your puppies a hug from me - they are so cute!!

Edit: The principal from school called and said the kids could all have excused absenses (sp?) from school. Yeah!! They have to make up the work of course and we have a tutor lined up to take care of the chemistry woes when we get back - but it's all good from here . .. I think! Disney - Here we come!!

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Lilly P - Dec 5, 2006 12:14 pm (#2059 of 2989)    

Welcome back Winky!!! We missed you!

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Good Evans - Dec 5, 2006 2:02 pm (#2060 of 2989)    

welcome back Winky. Glad that you are putting one foot in front of the other (even on the hard days!). And I am so pleased that you are back with your dogs, exactly where everyone should be, I say!!!

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azi - Dec 5, 2006 3:02 pm (#2061 of 2989) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Dec 5, 2006 2:51 pm  

**waves to Winky!** Great to see you around!

Lol, John! I was using ArcGIS. Annoying program if ever there was one!

I've been ill all evening, and so has my female housemate. I've been lying in bed trying to get sleep and feel better, but it didn't work.

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The giant squid - Dec 5, 2006 3:25 pm (#2062 of 2989) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Dec 5, 2006 2:51 pm  

I though, and I am sure Mike of all people can correct me, that The Fifth Element, in the movie of the same name, was identified as Love.--John Bumbledore

Great, now I have to go watch The Fifth Element to confirm that. Oh, the agony...

Welcome back, Winky Woo! It's good to hear things are getting better for you. Living on your own may seem scary right now, but before you know it you'll be revelling in your freedom.

--Mike

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Snuffles - Dec 5, 2006 3:28 pm (#2063 of 2989) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Dec 5, 2006 2:51 pm  

Welcome back Winky

helpful!* hands

Just watching American Pie II. It still makes me laugh

Off to check the threads

Julie

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Denise P. - Dec 5, 2006 3:53 pm (#2064 of 2989)    

I just edited several posts.

C'mon folks...this is a chat thread, not a thread to detail body functions or comment on them, no matter how delicately worded.



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geauxtigers - Dec 5, 2006 4:10 pm (#2065 of 2989)    

We had a pickle ornament for a long while, but I think we lost it. We just had to find it, thats it. I thought it was just some weird thing my parents came up with, never knew it was anything more than that.

Its freezing here! AHH! cold, cold, cold! IT was hovering around 25F/-4C when I left the house this morning.

Well best be off, lots of stuff to do. Hamlet and pre-calc are calling my name. I shall go reluctently...

EDIT: Happy Birthday TBE!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 5, 2006 4:14 pm (#2066 of 2989)    

...Waves hello to all and toddles off to threads humming Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me...

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 5, 2006 4:18 pm (#2067 of 2989)    

Welcome back Winky!! We've missed you! I'm glad you're doing better!

I can't remember who brought up the "Coke" thing, but for us southerners, it's normal! It sounds a lot better than "pop" anyway!

**is now insanely curious as to what Denise had to edit out**

Lots to do again!

Happy Tuesday!

EDIT:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TBE!!!!!!!!

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boop - Dec 5, 2006 4:45 pm (#2068 of 2989)    

Winky, Welcome back!! You have been missed. Glad you got your house and dogs back.

Azi, sending get well charms your way.

TBE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day.

hugs always

boop

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DJ Evans - Dec 5, 2006 6:19 pm (#2069 of 2989)    

When I first saw Loopy's avatar, I too saw Snoopy & then when someone (sorry can't remember who now) said they thought it looked more like Woodstock & it does! But now, after staring at it for a while, all I can see is a sailboat out on a lake (or whatever) with seagulls flying all around it. And that is what I'm stuck on....

Though we still don't have our tree up yet, I did get all of the Christmas cards done. Now I just need to get stamps & they are ready to go. Marks one more thing off of master list! YAY

Happy Birthday TBEyes! Passes TBE a butterbeer & raises it up in cheer for a very happy one!

Off to finish watching The Gilmore Girls......

Later, Deb

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Mediwitch - Dec 5, 2006 7:48 pm (#2070 of 2989)    

Hi Winky Woo! Welcome back! (((HUGS))) Congrats on the house and dogs.

Happy Birthday, TBE! SmileyCentral.com

Psst....Tori....it's only 15 degrees F here at 9:50pm...it'll get even colder overnight! SmileyCentral.com



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painting sheila - Dec 5, 2006 8:00 pm (#2071 of 2989)    

Happy Happy Birthday Twinkling Blue Eyes!! Wohoo! and many more!

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Holly T. - Dec 5, 2006 8:04 pm (#2072 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday TBE!

Get well charms to Azi!

Sheila--good news about the Disney trip!

Ok, it's 50-something degrees F here and I'm cold. My grandmother used to say people raised in the South had thin blood. My dad the biology teacher says that isn't true. All I know is I don't like cold weather.

My daughter's band concert went well and my son managed not to be too fidgety. He has a drum recital this weekend.

Welcome back Winky! ((hugs))

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Lilly P - Dec 5, 2006 8:05 pm (#2073 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday TBE!!!

as for Lupin's avatar, I still see a dragon flying in the clouds! I understand why the muggles would say "air-plane" but it's in fact a Welsh Blue (not green)

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painting sheila - Dec 5, 2006 8:05 pm (#2074 of 2989)    

I am from the south and I agree - my blood is thin!! Cold makes me hurt, but heat just makes me slow. Slow works in the south!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 5, 2006 8:29 pm (#2075 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday, TBE!

And congrats to all those closing out their terms in school; Tazzy, azi and Regan.

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 5, 2006 8:46 pm (#2076 of 2989)    

LOL Shelia and Holly!! I think I have thin blood! Don't worry I find 60F on the chilly side! 70's is ideal weather for me!

I just got back from dance...and my teacher is like 8 1/2 months pregnant, and I'm positive she's fixin to pop! She is HUGE! I doubt she'll be there next week.

I just remembered that I was supposed to bring Coke's to school tomorrow for our French club meeting.....It's already 9:30! :ohh: I really don't wanna go to the store, but it looks like I'm gonna have to.... AHHH!

Oh and another guess to the picture...is it a dead butterfly?

Night!

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Puck - Dec 5, 2006 8:46 pm (#2077 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday, TBE!

Loopy, Starling made that comment about your avatar.

Welcome back, Winky! It must be good to be home.

Sheila, yeah on Disney!

Watching Victoria Secret fashion show. Some poor Cinderella lost her shoe, but managed to continue one very gracefully.

Kathy

**wanders off amazed that Mr. Puck hasn't come downstairs to watch the show**

edited to add that I continued to teach dance until well into my eighth month with all my kids. I just wasn't about to touch my toes by the end.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 5, 2006 8:52 pm (#2078 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday TBE.

Eponine I like the Avatar.

Welcome back Winky.

WOW I'm glad I don't play video games. It seems like such a headache! Just give me some warm pajamas and a good book and I'm happy. Ydnm96

Amen! Of course warm pajamas and the Forum is also pretty nice. LPO

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geauxtigers - Dec 5, 2006 9:29 pm (#2079 of 2989)    

**wanders off amazed that Mr. Puck hasn't come downstairs to watch the show**

**wonders if Mr. Puck is really upstairs watching it secretly**

14 days until my first exam...freaking out...math test Friday...freaking out...million and one things due in the next 2 weeks...freaking out...

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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Solitaire - Dec 5, 2006 11:55 pm (#2080 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday, Twinkles!

Solitaire

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Lina - Dec 5, 2006 11:56 pm (#2081 of 2989)    

Happy birthday, TBE!

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azi - Dec 6, 2006 2:20 am (#2082 of 2989)    

Happy Birthday TBE!

Sorry Denise!

Me and two housemates are now ill with whatever it is that we've got. Thank you for the get well charms though - they seem to be working as I'm getting better much faster than the other two. I just need water, rest and sleep now, hopefully.

Better go snooze!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 6, 2006 5:47 am (#2083 of 2989)    

Healing charms to you, azi!

Enjoy the RotD/N, everyone!



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Marie E. - Dec 6, 2006 6:11 am (#2084 of 2989)    

We have a nasty stomach virus going around here. Three of our teachers were out on Monday, plus about four children. I gave my kindergarteners the washing hands lecture again. I was sick once for Christmas and I don't want to do it again.

After our frigid weather this weekend, we're back in the 40's. My goal for the week is to annoy Mr E. until he puts the lights on our house. The girls comment on it every night when we're driving home and see all our neighbors lights.

Lexie has this weird rash on her face. I first noticed it on Monday when I picked her up from school. It started on her cheeks and has now spread to her forehead, chin, and neck. It isn't anywhere else on her body. She's not running a fever or feeling bad, so I assumed it was an allergic reaction of some kind. I've been giving her Benedryl and doubled-checked with her pediatrician and she agreed with me. Last night before she went to bed, Lexie told me she now has bumps on her tongue. What kind of rash spreads to the tongue? It doesn't look like Hand, Foot, Mouth (and it's not on her hands or feet). Any ideas? I'm taking her in today to have her looked at.

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Good Evans - Dec 6, 2006 6:34 am (#2085 of 2989)    

healing charms to Azi and Maries family/ students

have a good "over the hump" day folks ..........nearly Friday!!!

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 6, 2006 6:50 am (#2086 of 2989)    

C'mon folks...this is a chat thread, not a thread to detail body functions or comment on them, no matter how delicately worded. – Denise

Not that Denise needs my two knuts, but can I say "Hear, hear!" enough?

Here's the solution to my little puzzle in white for those who might want to keep guessing:

It is a painting by Henri Matisse as Starling suspected. It is called La Bateau, which means, I guess, that it is indeed supposed to be boat of some kind. Anyway, the second part of the puzzle is that it is upside down. A couple days ago was the anniversary of the New York Museum of Modern Art realizing that the painting had been hanging upside down in its gallery for the previous six weeks. About 100,000 people passed by without really noticing.

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kaykay1970 - Dec 6, 2006 8:26 am (#2087 of 2989)

Healing charms for azi!

Am I the only Southerner here that likes the cooler temperatures? What I really hate is the constant change in the weather that is making my children sick!

Happy belated birthday TBE!

Welcome back Winky!

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DJ Evans - Dec 6, 2006 9:00 am (#2088 of 2989)

No Kaykay you aren't the only Southerner who likes the cooler temperatures. Count me in! I will take winter over the hot/humid summers any day. I can do without the ice storms that winter brings though....lol

Off to go & try to figure out the best way to arrange our living room. We got a new couch the other day & now I need to make room for it. Going from a love seat to a 7 1/2 foot sofa is going to be a challenge for sure.

Healing charms to those in need & may it be a speedy recovery at that.

Later, Deb

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 6, 2006 9:02 am (#2089 of 2989)

Marie, except for the bit about the tongue, that sounds like Fifth Disease (which isn't a disease).

Loopy, it still looks like a plane to me.

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Starling - Dec 6, 2006 9:08 am (#2090 of 2989)

Fifth disease is contagious, but only before the rash appears.

Hmm, I started putting Christmas decorations up, but the place looks too cluttered with them ...

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Chemyst - Dec 6, 2006 10:00 am (#2091 of 2989)

RE: Loopy's Ooopsie
? One of the first things I did when you posed the question was to copy that avatar into photoshop and play with the flip & rotate options. I can say unequivocally that an upside-down orientation doesn't really matter that much.

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John Bumbledore - Dec 6, 2006 10:19 am (#2092 of 2989)

"Am I the only [one] here that likes the cooler temperatures?" – Kaykay
I "ditto" DJ Evans in saying, "Count me in! I will take winter over the hot/humid summers any day.
"What I really hate is the constant change in the weather that is making my children sick!" – Kaykay
I don't think it is so much "the constant change in weather" as it is the unpleasantness of the weather that causes us to spend much more time closed up indoors with others who don't properly cover their coughs and sneezes, fail to wash there hands when needed, or in other ways spread their germs to us others. sorry, guess that was bothering me.

"Happy belated birthday TBE!" -- Kaykay, et al.
Ditto from me!

"Hmm, I started putting Christmas decorations up, but the place looks too cluttered with them ..." – Starling
I suggest you consider taking down those silly American Thanksgiving decorations you put up in a show of friendliness and solidarity with us USA members of this forum.. Unless I am mistaken.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


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Starling - Dec 6, 2006 11:06 am (#2093 of 2989)

What do Thanksgiving decorations look like?

Truth is, I live in a very small house. I'd post a picture, but I can't stand far enough back to take a picture of my broom cupboard living room. It looks cluttered with just a sofa/bed, a bookcase, a small table, a Poang chair, a corner cupboard and an electric piano.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 6, 2006 12:00 pm (#2094 of 2989)

Kaykay, isn't everyone well yet? If not, I hope they are before Christmas!
Healing charms to those who need them.

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John Bumbledore - Dec 6, 2006 12:06 pm (#2095 of 2989)

What are Thanksgiving decorations?

Why they are colorful drawings of turkeys, pumpkins (uncarved), cornucopia, corn shocks, hay stacks or hay bales, and other typical sites of Autumn and harvest time.

I found a wonderful story (but no pictures) at www dot yesterdaystractors.com/articles/artint94.htm about harvesting corn. I found it when I was using google to determine if my memory was correct about the name of the bundle of corn called a shock. Grain is gathered in sheaves and sheaves are bundled into shocks.

And I picture both Harry and his father with a shock of untidy black hair.



 •*´¨)
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(¸¸.•´   ¸.•´ ¸.•*´¨)
       (¸¸.•´       John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

Edited by me to add a picture of corn shocks.

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Denise P. - Dec 6, 2006 12:12 pm (#2096 of 2989)

Yay! Yay! I am totally done with Cub Scouts recharter AND popcorn for the year. We turned in everything today, got our commission check and it is already deposited. I ordered arrows for our Arrow of Light boys and now have to go pick up wood for them. Now...will the arrows get here in enough time for me to paint them before the ceremony or will the parents get an instruction sheet for painting the arrows after the fact?

This is Nicholas, mopboy, with his cockatiel, Equinox. She is a white faced pearled cockatiel. We just had pictures of the kids taken by a friend so I will be scrolling through them every few days.

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azi - Dec 6, 2006 12:14 pm (#2097 of 2989)

Ooo, John, my father and uncle grow thatching straw, but we call what is in your picture 'stooks' not 'shocks'. Putting the sheaves into that position is called 'stooking'.

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Thom Matheson - Dec 6, 2006 12:47 pm (#2098 of 2989)

Great pic Denise. After doing the Scout thing for so many years,(son is 31 now) I can certainly relate. I do miss the Trails End though. Best popcorn on the planet. For me it is what cookies are to the Girl Scouts. The Arrow of Light ceremony and bridge crossing was the best. As a leader, you get a certain amount of satisfaction when one of the boys get that far. Good job.

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kaykay1970 - Dec 6, 2006 12:50 pm (#2099 of 2989)

Thanks Maria! Most of the children are better. They have taken turns at having flu-like symptoms, but they have tested negative for flu and strep. The local doctor's offices have seen alot of whatever it is! The youngest isn't running any fever any more, but has yet to regain his appetite. I have been the bad guy all week by making him drink lots of water and such to combat dehydration. We just brought the 9 year old in today with the "whatever" virus. She doesn't seem to have as bad reaction as some of the children have had, thankfully. My 17 year old has recovered nicely from the "whatever" but last night she broke out in welts. I was afraid the give her this morning's dose of Amoxicillin. The doctor thinks that it is probably a skin contact allergy (she broke out a couple weeks ago from a new shampoo). So tonight I am supposed to give her the antibiotic and watch closely for any reaction. Wish me luck!

Tomorrow night is the big Holiday Concert thingy. I hope I get the chance to go listen. Maybe hubby will stay home with the sick children and I can make it. Well, one of us should definitely go at any rate!

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Starling - Dec 6, 2006 1:50 pm (#2100 of 2989)

My partner got welts from Amoxillin, it was horrific and it literally took her months to recover.

Why the antibiotic? If it's a virus, it's not going to do any good. Or is it for something else?
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kaykay1970 - Dec 6, 2006 2:16 pm (#2101 of 2989)

They basically don't know what it is. One of the symptoms is a lot of sinus congestion so they are treating them for sinus infection. The 13 year old responded well to Zythromax so I am hoping that the 9 year old will too.

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Denise P. - Dec 6, 2006 3:04 pm (#2102 of 2989)

Thom, we are actually crossing 8 boys in this group. They have been together since Tigers. We will have at least 3 more cross in May and get an arrow of light..even though all three just joined Scouts this year for the first time. My Pack has had 100% of all Webelos earn Arrow of Light and continue on into Boy Scouts since we formed in 2003.

I am still in sticker shock. The Mop Boy wants a skateboard for Christmas so I was out pricing the kind of board, trucks, wheels, bearing and grip tape he wants.

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 geauxtigers - Dec 6, 2006 4:06 pm (#2103 of 2989)

Am I the only Southerner here that likes the cooler temperatures?

I love winter! I hate being hot, the only reasons I like summer are the beach/pool and no school! I love the cold, I can't explain it. Born and raised in the south and I'm still not used to the heat here.

I just got home from spending 2 hours with my math teacher working problems. I think I may be getting the hang of this, but I dunno. I'm worried about my final grade for the quarter, it seems to be slipping out from under me very quickly, which is very frustrating to say the least.

They say more people get sick in winter because its cold out, so everyone goes inside and to spread their germs. I think I may be working on a cold here...maybe just from lack of sleep...

Anyway, I hope everyone is feeling better. I need to go do homework.

Have a great day!

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Catherine - Dec 6, 2006 4:27 pm (#2104 of 2989)

This is Nicholas, mopboy, with his cockatiel, Equinox. She is a white faced pearled cockatiel. We just had pictures of the kids taken by a friend so I will be scrolling through them every few days. –Denise

OOoh! What a Potterish photo. I'm reminded of a certain tousle-haired hero with a white bird perched on his shoulder.....

Hopefully, this means that Denise is like Lily Potter, and NOT like Aunt Petunia! **ducks the swatting hand**

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 6, 2006 4:31 pm (#2105 of 2989)

Actually, at first glance, I wondered why Denise had a picture of Rupert as an avatar. *ducks with Catherine*

I can only assume that "Mop Boy" is in reference to his coiffure?

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Marie E. - Dec 6, 2006 4:47 pm (#2106 of 2989)

I don't think Lexie has Fifth Disease. Shayla had it when she was a toddler and it was mostly confined to her cheeks. Lexie's rash is no longer red but she still has bumps all over her face. Her doctor is still not concerned about it, so I'm trying to be either.

There is a certain resemblance between Mop Boy and Rupert. Hmmmm...

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Denise P. - Dec 6, 2006 4:55 pm (#2107 of 2989)

Yes, the mop reference is to his hair. I have to give him credit, at least he keeps it clean and combed but I still would love to take him for a nice trim. And until it was mentioned, I never noticed but he does bear a resemblance to Rupert. In the words of Nicholas "No, I don't! He is a ginger!" Boy seems to forget that his dad is a redhead.

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Catherine - Dec 6, 2006 5:30 pm (#2108 of 2989)

Happy Anniversary to Marie E. and Mr. E.!

Denise, I'd be happy about the clean, combed hair. I see some things in middle school that are not always so pleasant.

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The giant squid - Dec 6, 2006 6:04 pm (#2109 of 2989)

Happy Anniversary to Marie E. and Mr. E.!—Catherine

Drat, you beat me to it!

Happy anniversary, Sis. I hope you & the hubby get a chance to celebrate without the young'uns in the way.

Denise, when I started growing my hair out my mother said, "I don't care how long it gets, but if you start letting it get greasy and ratty, I'm cutting it off." She never had to make good on that threat. Personally, I find that dirty long hair feels 10 times worse than dirty short hair; I can't stand to leave it for too long.

--Mike

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Viola Intonada - Dec 6, 2006 6:16 pm (#2110 of 2989)

Happy Anniversary to Marie and Mr. E!!!

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haymoni - Dec 6, 2006 6:37 pm (#2111 of 2989)

Happy Anniversary!

Denise - I thought your son looked like Rupert also. I'll leave out the inappropriate crush part.

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Mediwitch - Dec 6, 2006 7:07 pm (#2112 of 2989)

Wow! I also thought Nicholas looked a lot like Rupert!

Happy Anniversary to the E's!

Sicknesses are definitely spreading...I've had a headache for three days and it just won't go away. I wish it would; I've had loads of Individualized Education Plan meetings for students this week!

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boop - Dec 6, 2006 7:20 pm (#2113 of 2989)

HI Everyone !!!

Kay, hope your family all get well soon.

Marie, Happy Anniversary.

Denise, nice picture.

hugs always

boop

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painting sheila - Dec 6, 2006 7:25 pm (#2114 of 2989)

Loopy - I should get part credit - I said it looked like a boat on water (didn't I?)

Nicholas - SO Looks like Rupert! I thought it was an early picture of him - or an in between movies picture of him.

No Wii today - AGAIN!! - I waited at EB Games from 9:15 am until 4:15 pm. My husband took a shift in the middle so I could run some errands - but the UPS guy was a no show today. (sigh) Maybe tomorrow. I have too much time invested now NOT to get one of those stupid things!!

Not much else is going on. I am saying up late tonight to do laundry. We are on the Time of Use Plan with our electric company. If you use your major appliances during of peak hours - you get charged less per kilowatt. If you use them during peak hours - you get ding with a higher than normal kilowatt hour. It ends up saving us over $300.00 a year in electric. Sometimes it's a pain to work around the peak and off peak hours.

Hot versus Cold - When I am cold - I get cold to the bones and it seems to take forever to warm up, plus my skin gets all itchy with the dry air. When it is nice and hot and humid, my skin feels nice and soft, and I can just sit by the pool, fan myself, splash in the water, and drink something nice and tall and cold - like a diet pepsi!

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Puck - Dec 6, 2006 8:08 pm (#2115 of 2989)

For those in the south who like it "cold", what do you mean by cold? I don't consider it cold until it drops below freezing. Above that, it's just cool.

I said it was a boat and a reflection, so at least I had the subject right. I turned my laptop upside down, but it didn't look much different.

Happy Anniverasry to the E's!

Kathy

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 6, 2006 8:27 pm (#2116 of 2989)

Happy Anniversary Marie and Mr. E.!

Mediwitch, kaykays and azi, healing charms to you all!

Hang in there, Sheila and keep checking the flyers. Don't forget Costco (or a similar warehouse-type store) near you.

Hi Boop!

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Thom Matheson - Dec 6, 2006 8:28 pm (#2117 of 2989)

Sheila have you tried to plug the W and D into a timer? That way the cycle starts after bedtime. Won't help with multiple loads but..... I have my dishwasher on a timer to start the cycle at 3 am. We sleep right through it.

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painting sheila - Dec 6, 2006 8:36 pm (#2118 of 2989)

Thom! I never thought about that!! We have the dishwasher that has a built in washer - but we have the Christmas lights on a timer - why couldn't I put the washer and dryer on one. It would sure save me some time. Thanks!! I will suggest it to my Hubby on the 'morrow.

For anyone in the States that's up - there is a good show on Primetime about situations in public - abuse of an elderly person, rowdy kids in a restaurant, PDA, and the like. Pretty interesting and thought provoking.

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kaykay1970 - Dec 6, 2006 9:46 pm (#2119 of 2989)

Thanks for the healing charms. Daughter didn't have any reaction to the antibiotic. Now if I only knew what DID cause the welts to appear I'd feel much better about it.

Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. E!

Good luck finding the Wii Sheila!

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geauxtigers - Dec 6, 2006 10:10 pm (#2120 of 2989)

For those in the south who like it "cold", what do you mean by cold? I don't consider it cold until it drops below freezing. Above that, it's just cool.

Do you really want to know? I'll break it down for you: 80-90 is hot, 90+ is Burning hot, 70-79is cool to warm, 60-70 is chilly, 50-60, 'theres a bite in the air'; 33-49=cold, 32 and under is well, freezing of course. If its in the 20s, thats just bone chilly!

Good luck with the Wii, Sheila! Dunno how big of a town you live in, but we like in a moderate city, not big, but not really small either, so the waking up at 5:30 worked for us. Try bigger stores too, logic tells me that larger chain stores would get more in, but then again, thats my 'logic'. LOL

Done my homework, think I'll go to bed early tonight.

Happy Anniversary to the E's!

Have a great week everyone!

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kabloink! - Dec 6, 2006 10:16 pm (#2121 of 2989)

Happy Anniversary to the Mr and Mrs E!

I'm so frustrated! About a month ago, I cut off about 10 inches of my hair. It was uneven and not layered, and my head looked like a triangle, so today I went in and got it 'fixed.' Being on prenatal vitamins still, my hair is growing even faster than normal. Instead of fixing it so I have a cute flip in the back and some layers in the front, she made it way too short! I swear, I hate my hair! I just can't seem to explain what I really want, but I'm not going to pay a ridiculous amount for a haircut, either. Oh well, I guess I'll just grow it back out for awhile.

Oh yeah, baby and I are both doing much better and Christmas cookies and decorations will be starting shortly!

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 6, 2006 10:25 pm (#2122 of 2989)

I just can't seem to explain what I really want, but I'm not going to pay a ridiculous amount for a haircut, either. -kabloink!

Try finding several different examples of a general style you like in magazines, and bring them all in and show the hair cut person. It gives them a better idea of what you're looking for, so they are less likely to go to short or mess it up. I'd also try going to a different place next time, if they've messed up twice, then it's worth a shot to find a new place.

I "ditto" what Tori said about cold weather! I like how my hair looks during the winter because it doesn't frizz out to Tim Buck Too ( I have major Hermione hair!) but sometimes below 40 is just too cold for me! I like to be in jeans and a cute sweater/sweatshirt and not be hot or cold. So around 60F is perfect in my book!

I have a big math test tomorrow. I wish I had some fainting fancies or something to get out of it-at least temporarily! I'm just slightly freaking out about it!

Should go study some more.

Happy Anniversary to the E's and Thom Matheson!

Night!

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rlc - Dec 6, 2006 10:33 pm (#2123 of 2989)

Hi all! I'm glad so many of you found Wii's. If I only had a magic wand to get them to everyone. The multitudes of people wanting Wii's are simply wearing me out. It is not fun to tell people "no" all day. I have been selling this stuff for a lot of years and I have never seen demand this high for a new system! I have even been dreaming about selling them, or not, as the case may be. I hate it when the "ebayers" end up with them.

Painting Sheila don't give up. I believe most EB's and Gamestops are getting them this week. Most of the store in my district got them today, I just got part of mine today. I am in Kansas, and they are coming from either Dallas or Seattle ( the two I got came from Dallas the one I didn't get, I tracked, and it originated in Seattle. At least I think ...it has been a wickedly long day.) If you live further away it may take a day longer. Unfortunately we can not control when we get them. We were supposed to get some last week, but they were delayed at the Fed Ex hub in Memphis due to bad weather. So even when we think we know what is going on as far as Wii's go, the weather plays tricks on us.

Someday I may actually post on something other than Wii. Christmas zaps a lot of energy.

Healing charms to all. RSV can be really scarry.

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Snuffles - Dec 7, 2006 1:46 am (#2124 of 2989)

Happy belated birthday to TBE. Hope you had a great day

Happy anniversary to Marie and hubby.

Hope you are feeling better azi. Healing charms to all those who need them.

Hope everyone has a good Thursday

Julie

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Laura W - Dec 7, 2006 2:32 am (#2125 of 2989)

For those in the south who like it cold", what do you mean by cold?" (Puck)

Thanks for posting that, Kathy! (big smile)

I had determined that *I* wasn't going to be the one who wrote, "You like it cold? And what is *your* idea of cold?"

(not daring to mention that the total accumulated snowfall in the city in which I reside was 47 cm last month (Nov.))

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Regan of Gong - Dec 7, 2006 3:06 am (#2126 of 2989)

I have aquired a Wii.

It is the best.

I love my Wii.

Preorder worked wonders for me.

(I now own Zelda, Wii play, Wii Sports and am waiting for Myer to get the shipment of the free game proised with my offer) Mum bought my brother Super Monkey Ball for Christmas, so it's stitting in a bag somewhere)

Hip pocket hurts.

Regan

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Solitaire - Dec 7, 2006 3:26 am (#2127 of 2989)

Kay, Deb and John ... I'm not a Southerner, but I live in central California. I am always SO glad to see the cool weather arrive. We may not have your level of humidity, but we usually hit 90 by late April or early May, and the 100s arrive in June (they make fairly consistent appearances until late September). This is always very pleasant (NOT!!!), because I teach in an old school without a/c in most rooms. I rarely need a sweater at night before Halloween. I love winter here ... it's actually very pleasant (no snow to shovel).

Happy Anniversary to Marie and Mr. Marie.

Healing charms to all who need them. Sleeping charms to me (as you can see, I am awake at nearly 2:30 a.m. on a school night ). Well, I am going to try again.

Solitaire

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painting sheila - Dec 7, 2006 5:52 am (#2128 of 2989)

rk - Thanks! I just KNOW today is going to be my lucky day!!!!

Regan - How is Zelda? That is the game we are most excited about!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 7, 2006 6:10 am (#2129 of 2989)

It was nice of you to post the info. for us, thanks rlc.
Sheila, don't give up! I am sending Felix Felicis your way. . . (Oh, and I'm not volunteering this morning, so. . .)

Healing charms all around.

Regan, so glad you finally got your console! Enjoy! (Did you try the baseball and boxing yet? The sports games are fun!)

We're almost at the end of the week, Solitaire - hang in there!

Maria

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Starling - Dec 7, 2006 6:51 am (#2130 of 2989)

Did you hear about the woman who had her son arrested for opening his Christmas present (a Nintendo, IIRC) too early?

Hmm, the "new" tag doesn't seem to be working.

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Denise P. - Dec 7, 2006 7:01 am (#2131 of 2989)

o/` o/` o/` oh, the weather outside is frightful..... o/` o/` o/` It is bitter cold out there and blowing bits of snow. The temperature is just supposed to drop all day.

Last weekend, Mr. Denise had taken everything out of the attic and held a yard sale. I had reminded him that there were Christmas gifts stashed up there and to please not sell them. Last night I went up to inventory what was there (to get an idea if any kid was lacking) and I was missing 4 bags...including one that had the Gameboy DS and 4 games! I was frantically looking through the almost empty attic, thinking dire thoughts of the man who SOLD our Christmas presents but then found them safely hidden behind the Christmas decorations boxes. Well...my heart is just fine when it races quickly, always a good thing to know. Mr. Denise wisely refrained from saying I told you I didn't sell them!

I need to go mail some boxes to soldiers overseas. One of my running buddies, a 20 year old named Lucas, is currently in Iraq. I am sending him a toy that shoots foam disks at people. Silliness but maybe he will have fun with it. Of course, everyone I am mailing to also gets some Trails End Caramel Popcorn.

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Pigwidgeon - Dec 7, 2006 7:06 am (#2132 of 2989)

Yes, I heard that one. I guess he had a history of unruly behavior and was diagnosed with ADD (if I remember correctly, he fought with the police officers) and the mom finally decided to lay down the law. I applaud the mom for taking such a step, it just might scare the kid straight. But I have a feeling that there's a lot more going on than what we've read; I got the impression of a very troubled young man. I hope the mom takes the next steps necessary: she needs to return the video game console, unplug the television and find medication that works. Body after body of research has shown marked behavioral improvement in children with behavioral problems when they've been "unplugged" for a while. Counseling, too, is probably in order.

On a lighter note, I am officially done with school -- yay! Turned in my final paperwork for the practicum yesterday. Now just have to wait for grades. Hope to have a small party in St. Mungo's this weekend (in the fanfic forum), maybe on Saturday.

Have a great ROTD, all!

edit *waves to Denise!*

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Mediwitch - Dec 7, 2006 11:26 am (#2133 of 2989)

Ginny: I like to be in jeans and a cute sweater/sweatshirt and not be hot or cold. So around 60F is perfect in my book!

LOL, that's T-shirt weather up in New England!

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Starling - Dec 7, 2006 11:42 am (#2134 of 2989)

And shorts weather in the Shetlands! I had a friend from there, who said we were all pansies, because we had GRASS.

Oooh, much squeeness!!!   Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter area all going to be in Sweeny Todd.

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painting sheila - Dec 7, 2006 12:35 pm (#2135 of 2989)

(sigh) No luck with the Wii today. I am close to giving up. This is the 5th (6th?) day I have stood in line for one.

Hope everyone had a good day. I am a bit bummed so I am going to go clean house. (Some how that makes me feel better.)

She

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Tazzygirl - Dec 7, 2006 12:36 pm (#2136 of 2989)

Quickly dropping in... I arrived safe and sound into California at 5 this morning. Parents weren't expecting my plane to get in until 6 or so, so I ended up waiting for about an an hour and fourty five minutes in the cold. Minus being super tired, I did enjoy the weather!

Happy Birthday to TBE! (Sorry it's late!)

Happy Anniversary, Marie and Mr. E! (Sorry it's late!)

Oh, my laptop power cord has decided not to work anymore, so limited access to computer until I get a replacement.

**waves to everyone**

~Kristina

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Puck - Dec 7, 2006 1:14 pm (#2137 of 2989)

Tazzy, glad you arrived safely.

Pigwigdeon, hooray for being done!

For those with a Wii, be careful. The guy at the electronic store told me yesterday that he just sold a TV to someone replacing what was a new flat screen. Apparently, his son was "bowling" with the Wii and lobbed the control through the screen.

Okay, I need to clean the kitchen. I was supposed to make cookies today, but haven't found enough counter space to get started. I do have homemade turkey soup in the crockpot, so at least dinner is set.

Happy RotD, Kathy

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 7, 2006 1:55 pm (#2138 of 2989)

Apparently, his son was "bowling" with the Wii and lobbed the control through the screen.
Well, you see - that's what the WRIST STRAP is for.

Hang in there Sheila, it's only the 7th. If the EBG doesn't pan out by tomorrow, check in with TRU and Target. They seem to be getting "regular" shipments, though I use that term loosely.

Priscilla is now imitating the Nutcracker from the online game.

Glad you arrived safely, Kristina!

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rlc - Dec 7, 2006 3:10 pm (#2139 of 2989)

When playing the Wii not only should you wear the wrist strap, you should tighten it.

Painting Sheila, I am surprised that the manager of the EB Games is just letting people stand in line all day everyday. I always check to see if there are any on the way and I track those cartons to see where they are. If you can use the internet to track them you can even see where they were last scanned, even on the phone it tells you the expected delivery day. Of course nothing is fool proof, sometimes cartons get loaded on to the wrong truck or there can be weather delays. I would never let people stand in line unless I was fairly certain I was getting some. It is true that as a manager of the store we have no control as to when and how many Wii's we get, but we do have control of how we treat the people looking for them. That being said, this is the most difficult system launch I have ever had to manage. Demand has never been this incredible for any system, and I have been doing this since the systems were just 16 bits! (That would be the Sega Genesis for you nongamers!) I'm sure they are trying their best... it is really hard to trying to keep customers and corporate happy while trying to stay sane! Good luck!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 7, 2006 3:12 pm (#2140 of 2989)

Unless you're a Buffy fan, feel free to ignore the following: Loopy, have you been over to the TV Guide website today? They've got an interview with Joss Whedon. He's doing Buffy, Season 8 in comic book form.

I'm battling a cold, dinner hasn't even been started, there's 30 feet of Balsam roping in the back of my car and, at last count, four loads of laundry in the living room that need to be folded and put away.

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John Bumbledore - Dec 7, 2006 3:22 pm (#2141 of 2989)

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Aberrations (Strange things), Peeves is in the WX servers again it seems.

Priscilla is now imitating the Nutcracker from the online game. -- Maria (HH11)

That explains the three foot tall nutcracker that has been following you! Hmm, nutcrackers usually only pursue nuts...

Healing charms to Kaykay and her family, and to all others who need them.

Extra water to Sheila, since she needs a Wii. **or should that be a sponge?**

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Chemyst - Dec 7, 2006 4:26 pm (#2142 of 2989)

Hmm, nutcrackers usually only pursue nuts...

Oh, that is just too easy!

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geauxtigers - Dec 7, 2006 5:47 pm (#2143 of 2989)

Apparently, his son was "bowling" with the Wii and lobbed the control through the screen. Well, you see - that's what the WRIST STRAP is for.

I'm studying for math right now. Heres and equation for everyone: Victoria + Wii remote + Baseball = X. What does 'X' equal? I'll share with you....Victoria swings the bat (wrist strap on and tightened), and controller strap breaks off as it flies towards the Christmas tree nearly missing several breakable items. Batteries on the floor, battery cover buried in the tree- took 30 mintues to find.

I've backhanded the TV during tennis, my dad knocked his knuckles in bowling, Ginny punched the screen when boxing, and I sent the controller flying. Its fun, but you do have to be careful! LOL! We haven't broken anything, now that we've all had of fair share of TV punchings, we are trying to be more cautious! LOL

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 7, 2006 5:51 pm (#2144 of 2989)

Apparently, his son was "bowling" with the Wii and lobbed the control through the screen. Well, you see - that's what the WRIST STRAP is for.

Well Tori did that, but instead of throwing it through the TV screen, she through it into the Christmas tree. She had the wrist strap on, but swung the "baseball bat" so hard that it ripped and flew into the tree. I did back hand the TV screen while playing tennis. It hurt pretty badly, but thankfully I didn't break the screen! It's not hard to do at all, and we try to stand really far back, but you just get so into it that you forget you don't have to run up to the ball in order to hit it. Pretty fun!!

I'm pretty much hoping for a 50% on the math test I took today. I've never in my life taken a test like that before! It was quite literally impossible. I think I only got 2 or 3 completely right, and I basically left about 5 blank....not good at all! There goes my B+! I will have to do really well on the exam to bring it up.. on the other hand....I think I understand physics! Which is always a good thing!

Off to read Hamlet! YAY! I'm thinkin it's time for Spark Notes, cause I don't understand Shakespeare! I like it, but I can't understand it....ahh I'm just having issues this week.

Night!

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painting sheila - Dec 7, 2006 6:17 pm (#2145 of 2989)

rk - The manager is very nice, but the other people he has working there are not the brightest bulb in the box. There is only one person at a time working there. Today a shipment came in and he said flat out that there wasn't any Wii's. I assumed he could tell from the packages, but I (and a couple of others) asked about controllers and the "nun - chuck" thing, and the Zelda game. He said he didn't know and would have to open one box at a time. I was fine with that - but he meant open one box, put it all away, break down the box and then go to another one. We asked if he had to process them in any kind of order, but he just said no, and kept working. After I got the extra controllers, I asked about Zelda, he said he didn't get any. I had a friend call later tonight and said she had seen them on the shelf there. I went zooming back and Lo! and Behold! they were on the shelf.

We were told today that we could not "sit" in the store. We can stand, but we can't sit because the district manager and the fire marshal said so. We would go outside and sit in the sun every now and again - but my back is killing me now.

I am not looking forward to going in the morning - it is supposed to be 25 degrees here. I think I am going to take a sleeping bag to sit in!

I am being grumpy grouchy about it now - but I know it will be a fun thing for our family.

(grumble grumble grumble)

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rlc - Dec 7, 2006 6:53 pm (#2146 of 2989)

Painting Sheila,

It is hard to find bright people to work. In the past I have actually given tests to make sure people could do simple math and alphabetize before I hired them. Corporate has not been generous with payroll hours or $$ this year either, which does not help. I don't know why common sense is so hard to come by. I don't blame you for being grumpy. I am known to be quite grumpy by the end of the day this time of year. I realize that I have been doing this for a long time and have more experience....but really, why put people through all of that? There are also some District and Regional Managers who are limiting what store are allowed to tell customers for security reasons, However I'm not sure what sort of security risk telling people that we are not getting then today is? (If I am a robber, I'm not coming on the day we aren't getting them.). I am taking your trouble personally because I can see how a lot of the mess could be avoided and I work for the same company. I think maybe the person working today was a wee bit passive aggressive. Unfortunately we managers do need a day off here and there. If you decide to try again tomorrow I hope you have good luck.

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kabloink! - Dec 7, 2006 7:34 pm (#2147 of 2989)

Well, Ian and I are still coughing and sneezing a bit, but we're doing really well. I think tonight and tomorrow night after work, I'm going to start getting my kitchen ready for the cookie craze and Sunday will be my first major baking day. Hubby has Saturday off, so I'm not sure what I'll be doing then. I'm looking to do 12-14 types of cookies this year. My mom is doing 26! She's insane, methinks.

I am currently feeling warm and cuddly in my sweater from work today, Pj Pants and fuzzy socks. I was drinking hot chocolate. Yummmm. It is currently 19 F out there, and feels like 7. THe low for tonight is about 15F-I think we might drop below it.

Hubby and baby are currently playing while Hubby eats his dinner. Its adorable. Hubby looks at his plate, Ian makes protesting noise from swing. Hubby looks at baby and talks to him, Ian squeals and giggles in delight. He loves his daddy. I love the fact that he now sleeps through the night! He really has for a long time (note I haven't been on here much at 2am and 4am EST) I am very blessed. Our niece that was in the hospital has her days and nights mixed up. Even before she was sick, she'd sleep all day and wake up about 5 or 6pm, nap from 8-10pm, then be up all night. Her older brother wasn't/isn't a sleeper, either. I feel sorry for their parents.

Ok, off to figure out what to do for my bday on Monday. Have a reat ROTD everyone!

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Puck - Dec 7, 2006 7:44 pm (#2148 of 2989)

You're making 14 types of cookies, and you have a new baby in the house???? You've inherited your moms insanity, I think! Perhaps because mine weren't great sleepers, I didn't do all that much the first year. Even now, I'm thinking 3 kinds of cookies is plenty. I was supposed to start today. And I still haven't made baby a Stocking. Last year a used a store one. I won't get much done on Saturday. The piano tuner is coming. The baby should be napping, but I'm going to have to take the older 2 out to the movies or something so the house is quiet for the tuner.

Sending Owls carrying some of my turkey soup to all those who are sick. Sorry, the kids polished off all the corn muffins.

Kathy

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Mediwitch - Dec 7, 2006 8:30 pm (#2149 of 2989)

It's snowed a bit - just enough to cover the ground, so it finally looks like Christmas!

Mr. Mediwitch just came home with THREE half-gallons of ice cream and an all-time worst excuse. Not only were they on sale, but "there was just one lonely half-gallon of coffee left and I couldn't leave it there all lonely!"

Mmmmmm...homemade turkey soup...sure wish I could smell it. **said in hyponasal voice, while sneezing twice, and wanders off grumbling about kids who share**



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Holly T. - Dec 7, 2006 9:03 pm (#2150 of 2989)

Ginny, as my daughter said when we saw "Hamlet" at the ballet--"it's like 'Lion King,' only with people." Not exactly, though. Have you read a plot summary or anything of it? I have found that helps when reading things like Shakespeare, Faulkner, etc. (Faulkner makes my head hurt.) Shakespeare also works better when read out loud. Or you can always do what I did in college and start dating an English major!

Tazzy--glad you made it there safely!

Wow, Kabloink, that is a lot of cookies. My son and I made a list of the ones we're going to make and we're making 8 (or 9, can't remember--we haven't made any yet, although we did buy all of the ingredients). And two kinds of breads (already made one). One year I didn't make any cookies and made four kinds of candy. One year I made six kinds of breads. The year my hand was in a splint I don't think I made much at all, if anything. I remember my husband complaining about it. He had to sign the Christmas cards that year too. My daughter addressed them.

I think 50 degrees (F) is cold. But I am a wimp about cold weather. I would be happy to have lows in the 60s and highs in the 90s all year, especially if there was low humidity. And no mold spores in the air--they are the worst thing to be allergic to because unlike the various seasonal pollens there are mold spores in the air pretty much all year.

We are going to be super busy all weekend--Nutcracker dress rehearsal, drum recital, church Christmas play rehearsal and performance, etc. It makes me tired just thinking about it. Still no Christmas trees up at my house. My son and I dug around to finally find the Advent calendar this afternoon and we ended up putting up 7 wreaths, a swag, 5 nutcrackers, a card holder, and the Advent calendar and we haven't even reached the big boxes of decorations yet.

My husband wants to use the computer. Have a great RotD!
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Denise P. - Dec 7, 2006 9:05 pm (#2151 of 2989)

I let the Keebler Elves bake my Christmas cookies. Actually, we are going to make Monster Cookies for Santa and we are probably going to do chocolate covered pretzels.

Sorry - I so would not stand in line for a Wii. I just want to get a new deck for my original NES system so we can play all those old games. I would like to play Star Tropics again. I was thrilled when Classic Zelda came out for the Gameboy Advance. I wish they would put out a Zelda specifically for the DS.

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painting sheila - Dec 7, 2006 9:05 pm (#2152 of 2989)

rlc - Thanks for not reading me the riot act! I am sure the guy was doing the best he could. He did let it slip that he had a bit of a hang over from the night before. I am sure with a good night's sleep, I will be ready to wait again tomorrow. I know you all get tired of answering the same questions all day and having to put up with all sorts of personalities. I think I had my hopes up to high today. Tomorrow will be better - I am sure!

Mr. Mediwitch - I would have done the same thing!! If I pick it up I have to take it home - or it's feelings will be hurt! (I am sure there is some deep dark seeded reason for me feeling that way . . . or maybe I have watched Toy Story to many times!)

Homemade turkey soup - sounds like a perfect dinner for tomorrow!

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kaykay1970 - Dec 7, 2006 9:08 pm (#2153 of 2989)

I don't know if I still want a Wii! My 16 year old son is dangerous enough playing Dance Dance Revolution! LOL

Did I actually say yesterday that I was enjoying the cooler temperatures?! I would now like to retract that statement. It is freezing out there!

The boys had a great time at the Holiday Concert! The Band did an excellent job considering that of the 50 students performing only 3 or 4 have more than 4 months experience playing an instrument.

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painting sheila - Dec 7, 2006 9:50 pm (#2154 of 2989)

I have already been to bed and gotten up again! I thought I had left a light on down stairs - but it is the outside lights on our house. They are so bright! I need to see if Hubby can have them turn off earlier.

I am going to an all day cookie exchange on Monday and haven't even started yet! Yikes! I need 3 or 4 or 5 different kinds with 8 dozen each (if I want to take any home of my own)I haven't gotten a new freezer yet and know if I make them to early - they will all be eaten!

One year, we would go to a local bakery and buy the Christmas breads as they were about to close. they would cut the price to 75% off I think. And then we would wrap them nicely and give them out. I left the bakery sticker on so no one would think I had baked such wonderful things. I would have been so embarrassed if someone had asked for the recipe!

I know I am making Buckeyes this year - peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, but have no idea on the others.

Two of my kids are singing at the Creche exhibit tomorrow night, and then we have to tear out of there to go to the Shakespeare Showcase my other child is in. The good thing is that the two locals are close. ON Saturday, one of my daughters is singing a duet at the exhibit and then all of us are participating in the live nativity out front. We are going to be frozen!!

Edit: I want a Dance Dance Revolution! Maybe I could lose some weight that way. It looks so fun in the movie I Was a Teenage Drama Queen.

Edit again: Oops! The outside lights just went off. I guess that is my cue to go to bed.

Night Night -

She

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 7, 2006 10:13 pm (#2155 of 2989)

Shakespeare also works better when read out loud.

We do read it out loud in class, but we have quite a chatty class, and are behind, so my teacher is making us read all of Act 2 tonight. We're not allowed to use Spark Notes and such, it is considered "cheating" but everyone, including me, uses it anyway, because we don't feel like it's cheating at all. It really helps, Shakespeare is hard stuff! I don't see why they would consider it cheating to read a summary beforehand....am I being unreasonable here??

Hmm Christmas cookies..YUM! We used to make a bunch of different kinds, you know, before our live became ruled by school and such, but lately we've taken to slice and bake, or the even lazier 'place and bake'! LOL!

It's bitterly cold here! WOW! Wind chill is at 27! The record low for tomorrow is 24F and we're probably going to get that cold. This is unseasonably cold weather for us down here! The lows are normally in the 40's but we're dipping into the 20's! Eek!!!

Ok I really need to go to bed now. I've barely gotten anything done tonight because I keep coming back here. This really is the last post of the night! I swear I'm not coming back! Night!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 8, 2006 12:19 am (#2156 of 2989)

We do read it out loud in class, but we have quite a chatty class, and are behind, so my teacher is making us read all of Act 2 tonight. We're not allowed to use Spark Notes and such, it is considered cheating" but everyone, including me, uses it anyway, because we don't feel like it's cheating at all. It really helps, Shakespeare is hard stuff! I don't see why they would consider it cheating to read a summary beforehand....am I being unreasonable here??"

I had a comment, or two, but I now bow to our teachers...

Aside from that might I suggest that you find a quiet place to curl up and actually read the text, make an attempt to understand , or even get a feel for it? My apologies ahead of time if I am being too forward. Sometimes summaries are just too brief to give justice to the text or subject?

Thank you all for the birthday well wishes. One of the better days I have celebrated lately. Half a century, who would'a thunk it?

...Happy belated anniversary wishes to the squiddly in-laws, and Thom. Tis threatening to get cold in the deep south... CLOSE THE FREEZER DOOR YANKEES!"

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The giant squid - Dec 8, 2006 1:30 am (#2157 of 2989)

Using a summary in addition to the actual text is fine, IMHO, as it can help with comprehension as Ginny said. Using a summary instead of the original text is a no-no. That would be like watching the movies and saying you understand the HP mythos.

I would just like to say that if there were more people like rlc out there I think society as we know it would be vastly improved. Sadly, the sort of managers who actually try to make things better tend to get pushed aside by the corporate moles...

I just want to get a new deck for my original NES system so we can play all those old games.--Denise P.

I know what you mean...I have a bunch of old PC games that I would love to play but there's just no possible way. They were originally written for the Commodore 64 & updated to run on Win95, but today's clock speeds are just a bit too fast to keep up. "Recommended: 386 or better CPU"

--Mike

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 8, 2006 2:26 am (#2158 of 2989)

Mike, you are correct, until..."but we have quite a chatty class, and are behind, so my teacher is making us read all of Act 2 tonight. We're not allowed to use Spark Notes and such,"...

IE: we are too busy running our mouths to be bothered with such a trial as actually reading a text (punishment), and OMG, no summaries? Oh my!

We know where we been, sorta know where they are, and know how the real world is. I am not putting down the generation, if they have a chance, they will outgrow it. Quite the opposite, I hope to challenge them...

But, is a view, and a lovely one it is too!

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Starling - Dec 8, 2006 3:16 am (#2159 of 2989)

Off to read Hamlet! YAY! I'm thinkin it's time for Spark Notes, cause I don't understand Shakespeare! I like it, but I can't understand it....ahh I'm jus having issues this week.

If you have any problems, give us a shout. I remember the argument we had with our professor about whether Hamlet had an Oedipus complex or not (she: Yes! we: No! Don't be so disgusting!).

We're not going to the Dreaded Anniversary this weekend. We've got stomach bugs. My parents are quite disappointed, they organised a massive Indonesian meal, with a private cook and everything. But with this stomach I wouldn't have been able to enjoy it anyway.

So we're making the ginger bread house instead (we were wondering when we'd get time to do it), and doing two choir concerts and one recorder concert, if the stomachs are well enough by Sunday.

Martje

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Catherine - Dec 8, 2006 4:39 am (#2160 of 2989)

I'm battling a cold, dinner hasn't even been started, there's 30 feet of Balsam roping in the back of my car and, at last count, four loads of laundry in the living room that need to be folded and put away.

Only four? Well, my guest bedroom a.k.a. the clothes graveyard can top that one! Hope the cold clears up soon. As for dinner, a nice bowl of cereal with some milk sounds like a balanced meal to me....

I also am so not going to stand in line for a Wii.

On the Shakespeare/Sparknotes topic....I have mixed feelings. Shakespeare plays were written to be performed, and viewed. I will be teaching Shakespeare to my 7th graders, and I plan to show them performances first and provide them with a summary. I would encourage high-schoolers with Shakespeare issues to view a film version or stage version of the play prior to reading. Realize that these versions, as in Shakespeare's day, can delete scenes, or play scenes very differently.

In my personal opinion, I can see why the teacher would ban Sparknotes. They aren't exactly great literary analysis, and the Sparknotes folks shouldn't be doing the thinking for you. But I think reading summaries should not be disallowed.

Finally, try reading the parts aloud. Often times your ear "understands" better than your eye.

The busybody teacher is going to get ready for work now....

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Eponine - Dec 8, 2006 5:48 am (#2161 of 2989)

Chiming in with my Shakespeare opinion. I agree with Catherine, the plays were meant to be watched, not read. One thing that helped me a lot when I was in my Shakespeare class in college, was reading along with performance videos. I read the play, but I was also able to watch it being performed at the same time. (Of course, the plays we read on our own outside of class tended to be the more obscure plays, so the videos were older BBC adaptations which were a little boring, but they were still immensely helpful.)

I think that things like Sparknotes and Pink Monkey can be useful supplements, but they should never be used as substitutes.

Well, we're off to the hospital. Mr. Eponine had to go to the ER last week with a blocked kidney, so he's getting some kind of scan done this morning to find out why.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Starling - Dec 8, 2006 6:12 am (#2162 of 2989)

My teachers banned Sparknotes and other related stuff. We weren't surprised that it was regarded as cheating. After all, kids who read those are bound to use them as substitutes and skip the actual book or play.

Hope everything goes alright at the hospital, Eponine.

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Denise P. - Dec 8, 2006 6:50 am (#2163 of 2989)

If students have been told that using Sparks/Cliffnotes are considered a form of cheating, it doesn't matter if the students disagree with this. The use of them makes them cheating. End of discussion, no arguments, cut and dried. There is absolutely no defense for using it when you have been told up front it is cheating. Are you being unreasonable? In a word: yes. (Remember, you asked, I am just answering )

Shakespeare was never meant to be read, it was meant to be watched and heard. We always read it out loud in college and Mr. Denise finds it amusing to hear me "read" Shakespeare almost subvocally out loud. You really do catch a lot more of what is in the meat of the action if you don't silently read it.

It is 11F outside and I had one foolish child try to walk out the door in a skirt and t-shirt, nothing on her legs and open toed shoes. She was marched back up to her room, put in jeans, sweater, socks, running shoes, jacket, hat and gloves.

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Chemyst - Dec 8, 2006 6:54 am (#2164 of 2989)

I'm thinkin it's time for Spark Notes, [...] my teacher is making us read all of Act 2 tonight

I may as well weigh in here. If you are reading Act II now, then the proper time for the Spark Note summary was last weekend. For "beginners" in Shakespeare (loosely defined as having read less than six plays,) reading a good summary before you read the play will really help with comprehension, as will reading it aloud, even if it is just to yourself. Seeing it performed after you have just read it is best. (Sorry Catherine, but the reasons you gave, "Realize that these versions, as in Shakespeare's day, can delete scenes, or play scenes very differently," are the same reasons I'd use to argue seeing the performance last! )  Reading a summary in lieu of the assignment is cheating.

...there's 30 feet of Balsam roping in the back of my car
You know, for less than a buck they make those little pine trees that hang from the rearview mirror.


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Loopy Lupin - Dec 8, 2006 6:57 am (#2165 of 2989)

Unless you're a Buffy fan, feel free to ignore the following: Loopy, have you been over to the TV Guide website today? They've got an interview with Joss Whedon. He's doing Buffy, Season 8 in comic book form. – Kim

Ooooooh. I'm all a dither. That's funny this should come up because in preparation for my January audition on the pop culture show, I've been refreshing myself on the things I consider my strong suit, such as Buffy . I've just started Season 3, so I'll have to buy 4, 5, & 7. Already have, obviously, 1-3, and 6, of course, because Dark Willow rules.

I agree with Denise. Shakespeare's words are pretty cool, but watching a production, even if it's a movie, is a whole different experience. There are things going on that are hard to get unless you see the actors on stage. And, I'll just mention that as a good conspiracy theorist, I certainly don't believe that William Shakespeare wrote any of this.

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Denise P. - Dec 8, 2006 7:05 am (#2166 of 2989)

**nods wisely** Sir Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, Edward de Vere ... the list goes on....

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Starling - Dec 8, 2006 9:42 am (#2167 of 2989)

John Webster.

I remember having to find a severed hand for The Duchess of Malfi ...

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kaykay1970 - Dec 8, 2006 10:50 am (#2168 of 2989)

Dance Dance Revolution will definitely provide a real work-out. Plus it is just plain fun! I will suggest that if you do purchase it for the X-Box system to buy the game/accessory combo. It is much cheaper than buying them separately. Another great party game is Donkey Konga. It is a blast!

Game Stop usually carries the old game consoles. I stop by there when I need new adapters and such.

Healing charms to Mr. Eponine and the Starling family!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 8, 2006 11:15 am (#2169 of 2989)

It is 23 Deg. F outside which wouldn't be so bad because it's sunny. However, there is a 16 mph wind gusting to 31 mph which kind of gives it an edge. This coming week it is supposed to be in the 50s, though - definitely un-December-like.

Healing charms to Mr. Eponine, kaykay's family and to the Starlings.

Denise, it's one darling face after another - what a joy your home must be! As for the running with whipped cream - now that's dedication! (I realize it's from an old post but I finally got a chance to comment about it and this thread moves so quickly!)

Oh, and regarding the nutcracker - I realized it was my little guy who's been carrying it around the house and leaving it just behind wherever I happen to be at that moment. Funny, though, because it is nearly as tall as he is!

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John Bumbledore - Dec 8, 2006 11:43 am (#2170 of 2989)
Edited by S.E. Jones Dec 8, 2006 6:03 pm

Edited by myself for clarifications and brief additions and a question.

Life's Hard Lessons:
Handing in Homework.
(Note: This post grew much more quickly than expected, you may wish to find your "page down" key.)

My oldest daughter, who recently earned the opportunity to attend the AIG center (a separate school for academically, intellectually gifted students from across the county) every (or every other) Tuesday, just had a major ding on her interim grade report. There was an incomplete for a homework assignment. This one item would bring her "A" average down to a "C" for the nine week grade!

Issue:
Daughter said she had completed and turned in all the work she had received. She could not remember more than one assignment of the description the teacher gave, a "time line." Her teacher said it was the first "time line" hand out and she clearly was given credit for the second "time line" assignment. Since she couldn't remember ever receiving the first assignment she thought she might not have been given the hand out. She thought it was from a day when she was at the AIG center and it might have been missed out when she picked up the rest of her assignments for the day. When asked if she could make up the work, the teacher did not have any more blank copies of the hand out used. We requested a parent-teacher conference but did not get the earliest available meeting time. Another student's [hard to get involved] parent was given the earlier (by a week or so) appointment even though our request was received first.

Findings:
There were two assignments called "time lines" but they were different enough that my daughter did not think of them as similar. The more recent one, which was the only visual aide we had, did not evoke from my daughter any association with the first. When finally shown an example of the missing assignment, my daughter immediately remembered it clearly and stated she had handed it in. Then she said, "Oops, I might have placed it in my "Unfinished work" folder [at school.]" It was there! But it will still be docked point for being late.

Analysis and Suggestions:
1. When searching, list likely locations: Sort list and Check off entries only after a thorough search. (Didn't she search her unfinished work folder?)
2. Know what you are searching for: Ask for a visual aide, the quickest way to verify that you both are thinking and talking about the same thing. (Could it be she didn't recognize it because of an inadequate description?)
3. Always sign and date homework: If you put the date of when you start and complete your work, this might help a well-reasoned argument for special consideration. Could it be accepted with the date completed since it was merely misplaced in the classroom? (I don't know how many points will be taken off for it being late. If it had been clearly described or an example given, would it have been found sooner. Would that mean less points deducted?)

Oldest daughter has been working late (often as late as 9:00 or 9:30 PM) each school day since the interim report to complete extra credit assignments to offset a portion of the "missing" homework grade. It shouldn't be as bad now that it was accepted as late instead of a zero for incomplete.

The fear is that she would lose the AIG opportunity if her regular school grades are not maintained. She has had straight 'A's (that like all 'O's using the O.W.L.s grading scale) since third grade (she is in fifth grade, nominal ages 10 and 11).

Question: Do any of you teachers think any of these points I've expressed should have an effect in lowering the penalty for the late hand-in?

Another thought, in our state, end of grade test are mandated each year from grade 3 to grade 8. I think that is like them taking O.W.L.s each year from ages 8 to 13. Uncommonly stressful, I think!

Local Weather: Raleigh, NC
Current temp. 35 F (2 C)
Wind from the North at 7 mph (11 kph)
Wind chill (what it really feels like) is 29 F (-2 C).

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

Edited by myself for clarifications and brief additions and a question.

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Lilly P - Dec 8, 2006 12:02 pm (#2171 of 2989)

6 days and counting for the move!!! I’m finding it hard to get in the Christmas spirit with all this packing and heavy lifting! I can't believe how fast the days are flying by!

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azi - Dec 8, 2006 12:05 pm (#2172 of 2989)

That is a hard lesson, John! Sounds like you have a bright daughter, if she's on programmes like AIG (naturally, I'm going by the name, I know nothing about it )! I'm glad homework counted for nothing in my education.

I'd read the Shakespeare. Sparknotes etc. would be boring. If you don't understand it, see if you can watch it on TV or see a production somewhere. Or, you could pretend to act it by yourself and change the voices of the characters etc. That sounds like fun.

I have a week to do 3 large pieces of work, two of which I'm halfway through, one I haven't started. Lesson here - stick to the time plan you made 2 weeks ago.

On another note, I had a seminar talk today - arguing the views of LEDCs on pesticides. Our lecturer said we Environment students are much better at arguing than Biologists.

Hope your stomach bug goes away soon, Starling! **healing charms**

**more healing charms** to the Kaykay's!

Apparently there are no Wii's in the UK (sold out), apart from over 1000 on eBay. Good thing I'm not getting one!

Nice days to all!

Edit - good luck with the packing Lilly P!

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Tazzygirl - Dec 8, 2006 1:09 pm (#2173 of 2989)

It so is not fun when your laptop power cord stops working!

I had my surgery at 6 a.m. this morning- was home by 10:30. No complications to report!

Congrats to all of you who got the Wiis!! I'm trying to find my dad's Nintendo DS lite so I can play Super Mario Brothers, but so far no luck.

Puck- want to send some of that Chicken soup to me?

All righty, want to write more, but now I need to lie down... not feeling too good...

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Thom Matheson - Dec 8, 2006 2:30 pm (#2174 of 2989)

Azi, youtr arguing skills certainly comes from the Lex.

John, Your solution was excellent, but it takes a certain student to understand such an adult business approach to homework and grades. Also remember that testing is the only way that schools can use for measuring academic growth when it comes to funding from the states and counties. Unfortunately as with anything it eventually gets down to the funds and budgets. Out testing in Michigan usually comes in 5th 7th 9th and 10th grades as opposed to annually. Although once you enter 9th grade there are finals. Our programs are call Montasori and there is also a program for the secondary age kids to bus to the local colleges for college credit classes. My oldest completed her freshmen year of college in her junior and senior year of high school.

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Holly T. - Dec 8, 2006 2:51 pm (#2175 of 2989)

Kristina, good news about your surgery! ~~healing charms to you!~~

My daughter started middle school this year and the teachers are all really trying to be tough on the kids to make them responsible for their homework, projects, etc. Which is a good thing. But I think they are a little too harsh in some cases. My daughter is an A student--she hardly ever has any report card grades below 97. But one day she misunderstood the science homework assignment--it was chapter vocabulary--and did the vocab from the wrong chapter. When she got to school the next day to turn it in she realized her mistake. The teacher let her redo the assignment--for the correct chapter--to turn in the next day. But the highest grade she could get on it was a 70--the lowest passing grade. If she'd missed any of the answers she would have made below a 70 and had a failing homework grade averaged in with the rest. We talked to her about those are the rules and you have to work with them, etc. But why not take away 10 points the first day it's late, then 10 more the next day, etc. rather than automatically giving a 70?

Must go pick her up at school now, or I will get a failing grade as a mom!

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The giant squid - Dec 8, 2006 2:53 pm (#2176 of 2989)

TBE, I agree that if a teacher says, "No Spark Notes," that's it. I was trying (and likely failing) to give an example of why the teacher would say that. My point was that the summaries are a useful aid but not a substitute, and many students will use them instead of the assigned material.

Shakespeare's plays are very good, but the farther we get from his time the harder they are to comprehend. Let's face it, while today's teens might understand the concept of Romeo & Juliet, how many would stand outside a girl's window and say, "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?" Today's translation: "I think you're hot."

Loopy, good luck on the studying. If it helps any, Joss Whedon is also writing & directing a Wonder Woman movie (so far, he's still in the writing phase) so there may be a little pop culture overlap...

--Mike

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Steve Newton - Dec 8, 2006 3:12 pm (#2177 of 2989)

My wife and I have taken the last two day off and spent them doing Christmas shopping. Things went rather well and it is amazing how uncrowded the stores are on the Thursday and Friday three weeks before Christmas.

We are now deep into our preparations for our 15th, I think, annual cookie bake. There will be at least 15 people, mostly baking and other assorted related tasks, and we hope for results of over 150 dozen. A busy but fun day. We have at least 14 pounds of butter, more will be coming, which I have to get out to soften in the morning. The results are amazing.

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Eponine - Dec 8, 2006 3:19 pm (#2178 of 2989)

We just got back from the hospital/doctor's (and stopping for a quick bite to eat on the way home). We went to the UNC hospital in Chapel Hill which is a little bit of a drive, and we spent forever waiting for the doctor. Mr. Eponine is okay. We'll be doing a 'wait and see' approach with this for the time being. I had almost finished with the book I was reading, so I took an extra one. It's a good thing I did because I read the entire extra book while waiting. (BTW, I wouldn't really recommend Michael Crichton's newest book. It seemed very disjointed to me.)

Anyway, I hope everyone else has had better days than I have. Have a great RotD!

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geauxtigers - Dec 8, 2006 4:09 pm (#2179 of 2989)

Lesson here - stick to the time plan you made 2 weeks ago.    AHH but then you'd be kicked out of the procratinators club! You wouldn't want that would you?

On the Shakespeare thing. At my school, its considered cheating if you read only sparknotes, not if you read the summary before. We read Romeo and Juliet in 8th grade, and the book we used was the Cliff Notes version. 9th grade we read Macbeth, and this year Hamlet. The last two have a slightly helpful commentary on the opposite pages, but its really not as helpful. I honestly don't mind Shakespeare, its brilliant that anyone could write that way. Once you figure out what exactly is going on or what he is saying, then the story behind the confusion is really good. We are watching the play as we read, we read an act, watch an act. I find it helpful, I haven't been to sparkenotes yet, so thats promising.

As for reading things aloud to myself, I've always done that with French, and I do it with Shakespeare too. It really does help. I'm probably going to take Shakespeare next year as my English elective. It will be the first time we get to pick our English class.

It was FREEZING today. I had on a long sleeve shirt, a sweater, a sweat shirt and a fleece, gloves and long underwear! I was cold! I think the high was 42F/5C with a whipping wind chill of 32F/0C. BRRR!

I'm glad its Friday, have a great weekend! Healing charms to all!

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 8, 2006 4:21 pm (#2180 of 2989)

Using a summary in addition to the actual text is fine, IMHO, as it can help with comprehension as Giiny said.

That's what I was planning on doing. I wasn't going to read it as a substitute, but read it beforehand so that when I read the actual text, I'd understand the general idea of what was happening. I understand that it's probably considered cheating because many people would abuse it and use it as a substitute, which is dumb because I tried that once and failed the reading quiz because they are very broad summaries. Lesson learned, I deserved to fail it. **irons hands** This was before the teachers made the ban....now we have to sign a piece of paper at the beginning of the year saying we won't use it.....it sure makes me feel guilty everytime I get confused and want to read one! But then again that's probably the point!

My teacher agrees that it's not meant to be read, but preformed, but she also knows that she'd never in a million years convince anyone to act it out, thus we watch the movie by act after we've read it. Reading it out loud in class, with different people volunteering for each part,(and my teacher cluing us in on come parts) really helps me. It's just sitting at home reading it by myself not only makes zero sense, it makes me sleepy it's very 'rhythmic' and I tend to lose focus when I have no idea what's happening. So far I'm liking Hamlet, it is a lot like the Lion King! I really liked Romeo and Juliet. Macbeth has been my least favorite so far.

Let's face it, while today's teens might understand the concept of Romeo & Juliet, how many would stand outside a girl's window and say, "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?" Today's translation: "I think you're hot."
LOL Mike!

**healing charms to Starling and family**

Mommy's making Reisling chicken tonight! YUM! I'm soo excited!

The high today was 42F 5C Low tonight: 22F -5C :ohh:

Have a great RotD everyone!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 8, 2006 4:45 pm (#2181 of 2989)

Healing charms to Kristina and Mr. Eponine. Hope you have a restful weekend so you can recover.

There will be at least 15 people, mostly baking and other assorted related tasks, and we hope for results of over 150 dozen. Steve N.
My goodness, Steve! Just how many ovens do you have?

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timrew - Dec 8, 2006 5:45 pm (#2182 of 2989)

Sorry, I'm still laughing about Sean Connery.............

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Ydnam96 - Dec 8, 2006 6:37 pm (#2183 of 2989)

hello all!

Tazzy and Mr. Eponine: I hope you are feeling better soon!

I'm sitting here in my living room with my front door open and someone is using the charcoal grill in the apartment complex court outside my door and the fumes are just noxious (spelling?). My eyes are burning and I can't breathe. I think they must have put the entire bottle of lighter fluid on it. Bleh. Silly college kids.

Me and two of my co-workers are baking some cookies tonight. Just one kind...and that's ambitious for me Smile We might make some banana bread as well. We'll be constructing a gingerbread house but I bought a kit (I know, it's cheating, but oh well).

So the weather here in Sothern California has been rather strange. There have been nights were it has gotten in the 30s and then during the day it's in the mid to upper 80s! Everyone is sick. I'm not complaining. I like it cool at night and I don't mind it warm during the day. BUT wearing a tank top and flip flops in December is just strange!

As for the Shakespeare: I am NOT a fan. I just don't like it. I know that's a horrible thing to say but bleh. I much prefer Milton. I loved Paradise Lost. I read the Cliff's Notes while I was reading the poem itself and it was very helpful. Once I had an outline I was able to go back and really start understanding the story behind the language. And then when we would read it aloud in class was able to actually start appreciating the language! But I fully agree that reading someone else's summary or watching a movie in place of doing your assignment is full on cheating.

Well, I should go. I think I need to shut my door (I'm expecting guests so i wanted it to be open) but I'm starting to feel sick from the nasty fumes.

Have a great weekend.

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Mediwitch - Dec 8, 2006 6:37 pm (#2184 of 2989)

Sounds like lots of healing charms are needed all around!

I usually have nearly a dozen kinds of cookie dough made by now...this year, I have NONE! I just made a batch of Creme de Menthe brownies for the Christmas party we are going to tomorrow; that's after we go to my grandmother's 80th birthday party. Maybe on Sunday I will FINALLY get some cookies made.



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Puck - Dec 8, 2006 6:40 pm (#2185 of 2989)

Healing charms all around!

Baby Puck was at the doctor today. We've now got conjunctivitis in the house.

I finally baked some cookies. Snickerdoodles. The Boy Scouts loved them.

What's Reisling chicken? Hubby likes Reisling wine, is it made with that?

It was 16 degrees with a wind chill below zero when I sent son off to school this morning.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Pigwidgeon - Dec 8, 2006 6:52 pm (#2186 of 2989)

I love Shakespeare, but I agree 100 percent -- he's made to be seen, not read. For example, the first time I read "Midsummer Night's Dream," I didn't care much for it and couldn't understand it's popularity. But after I saw it, it became my favorite Shakespearian comedy (I've seen it four times total now).

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Puck - Dec 8, 2006 6:57 pm (#2187 of 2989)

I saw a ballet version of Midsummer Night's Dream. It was lovely.

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Ydnam96 - Dec 8, 2006 7:03 pm (#2188 of 2989)

I just can't get in to the stories for some reason. I'm strange. I know.

So I joined eHarmony.com and I've got this one "match" that I'm really interested in for a variety of reasons but one of them is because under the "what was the last book you read" question he put: Harry Potter, they are surprisingly good Smile

Haha, I have found my soulmate!

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geauxtigers - Dec 8, 2006 7:08 pm (#2189 of 2989)

Yes Reisling Chicken is made with Reilsing wine. Its very good. We got the recipe from my friends, they cooked it for their French project and it was very good.

**Healing charms to everyone** Normally our weather is like what you've described, Mandy. Its been fairly consistant so far this year **knock on wood**, last year, it was up and down so much it got to be kinda funny. Its not good when you put the heat on this night then by 8 the next morning you have to turn the air on! Its hard to dress too! You have to be very informed about the temperature!

Christmas last year, it was 80 something, I think I had flip flop on too. 6 days later on New years, it snowed. Of course it was a Louisiana version of snow, more like muddy ice that collects under the eves of the house, but hey, sure made our day. We had several very muddy/wet 'snowball' fights. Ahhh doesn't take much does it?

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 8, 2006 7:11 pm (#2190 of 2989)

The chicken turned out really yummy! And yes it is made with Reisling wine, which I tried tonight and thought was quite tasty, if it weren't were the burn I felt on my throat afterwards! Anyways, the chicken was amazing! It's a new recipe to add to the rotation of meals! I'll try and put the recipe in my profile later on! Very herbally and French tasting! Supperrr YUMMYY!!

EDIT: edited to avoid repeating what Tori got to first!

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kaykay1970 - Dec 8, 2006 7:20 pm (#2191 of 2989)

My 9 year old seems to be feeling much better tonight! **knocks on wood** Hopefully everyone will feel well enough this weekend that we can finally decorate a Christmas tree together.

Poor girl is trying to catch up on her school work tonight. My kids have their mid-term tests next week! One more week UNTIL CHRISTMAS vacation starts. Yay!

Healing charms for Baby Puck!

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boop - Dec 8, 2006 7:41 pm (#2192 of 2989)

Starling, Get well charms your way.

Eponine, healing charms to your hubby.

Lilly, Good luck with the packing and move.

Kristina, healing charm to you.

Steve, sounds like a fun, but busy day.

Mediwitch, Happy Birthday to your grandmother.

Kathy, healing charms your way.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

hugs alway

boop

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Steve Newton - Dec 8, 2006 8:17 pm (#2193 of 2989)

HH11, the oven will be on by 9 and will be in use all day. I think that we were a little over 150 dozen last year, but not by much.

Vanilla is outrageously expensive!

Only one oven but it will be a fun and busy day.

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painting sheila - Dec 8, 2006 9:55 pm (#2194 of 2989)

Steve Newton - You are a Cookie Maniac! I found a nice (small will fit on your counter size) Convection (sp?)Oven at a yard sale that you can borrow and have two going at a time! You must send us your favorite kinds.

All this talk about Shakespeare is very timely. The kids school put on a drama showcase that was all about Shakespeare. the shirts they had printed were very cute - it had a cartoon of "Will" on the back with the slogan "Can I have a little Will with that Shake?" They had a guy come and do a workshop on Shakespeare and taught them all sorts of things about that time period. Did you know that the English accent we hear today is nothing like what it was then? Did you know his father was a glove maker? Did you know he had three children? (I am a font of knowledge - sigh)

I hope everyone gets better soon! It's no fun being sick around Christmas!! Drink lots of orange juice and get lots of sleep. (more knowledge spewing all over the place!)

Tazzy - Glad to hear your surgery went well. Rest and do what your doctor says -

Boy! I am being bossy!! I think I will stop now -

Good night everyone!

She

PS Boop - You amaze me how you remember what everyone needs! You are an angel!

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geauxtigers - Dec 8, 2006 10:30 pm (#2195 of 2989)

We did a play a few years ago that was all of Shakespeare's plays summarized quickly. It was called The complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged or something to that extent. I went and it was hilarious! Even though I'd only read a few of his plays, it was so funny to see them fly through 'Romeo, Romeo, where art thou Romeo' scene in about 10 seconds and Macbeth was summarized with a quick little something and a plastic sword fight. The whole cast wore these wacky spin offs of the clothing i.e. bright colors and such, topped off with high top Converses. It was cute and very funny. Its been a while since I've seen a play that funny.

I love the shirts, Sheila! Thats so cute! Thats interesting about the English accent! Did you know that a 'southern' accent is the closest accent in America to British english. My government teacher told me that. I wonder if its true. I've tried doing my best true southern accent then my best british one, theres only a few things that sound similar. Dunno, I guess its probably closer to it than a 'New York' sounding accent. Dunno! **walks off wondering about how many different accents there are in the english language**

Ginny and I just created a Harry, Ron and Hermione as characters on the Wii. They have whats called "Mii" and you can make your players and such. It was fun, but they don't have a very good red for the hair so Ron is more of a brunette. LOL We also created one who we called "hot guy" LOL nothing to do on a Friday night...doesn't take much!

I think I might clean my room...**turns head and gawks at room** maybe not.

I'm sure I'll be back here later saying I'm bored. I think I'll go read Harry. Its been a week since I touched the book, best pay it some attention.

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The giant squid - Dec 9, 2006 3:08 am (#2196 of 2989)

Mandy: First of all, you spelled "noxious" correctly. Secondly, if the fumes smell bad they definitely used too much lighter fluid. I guess some people aren't satisfied unless their food is coated with chemicals...

As for Shakespeare, I have to say the best version of A Midsummer Night's Dream was actually an issue of the Sandman comic book. The premise of the issue was that Will's company was performing the play for Auberon & Titania and their court. There are a lot of amusing bits, such as folks like Bottom complaining that the actor "looks nuffink like me!" It can be found in the trade paperback "Sandman: Dream Country", available at most bookstores. There's some fairly adult content content (I'd say a hard PG-13 in movie terms) in some of the other issues reprinted, though--fair warning.

(((boop)))

--Mike

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Chemyst - Dec 9, 2006 4:46 am (#2197 of 2989)

Did you know that a 'southern' accent is the closest accent in America to British english. My government teacher told me that. I wonder if its true.
Tori, a couple years ago when I was reading about the history of the English language, I came across some of the documentation for not only the sound of the speech but also some of the idioms that were carried over. Except the "southern accent" is only half right – it was southern Appalachian. The reason for their accents remaining the closest to British was attributed to the isolation of the southern hillbillies, both geographically and ethnically.   ...now please excuse me while I go and recover from that Hermione moment.

...but first, who is eating all these cookies?

...oh, and Mandy, please keep us up-dated on how the eHarmony thing works out. That company advertises like crazy on one of the radio stations I listen to which has made me curious.

Yep, I guess the Hermione moment passed.

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Steve Newton - Dec 9, 2006 4:48 am (#2198 of 2989)

painting sheila, I've never tried a convection oven. I guess if I find a cheap one I'll give it a try. Of, then we'd have to increase the number of bowls and cookie sheets in play.

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azi - Dec 9, 2006 5:10 am (#2199 of 2989)

Mmm, cookies.

Now, what are we classing 'British' English as?

We watched Midsummer Night's Dream when I was about 8/9 years old in school. I didn't understand a word and found it boring.

Hope the smell goes away, Ydnam!

Hmm, it's midday and I haven't started work yet...better go!

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Laura W - Dec 9, 2006 7:28 am (#2200 of 2989)

I don't like Midsummer Night's Dream either, azi, although I love several of his tragedies. Victoria, I have seen The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare, Abridged performed on stage and you are right. It is absolutely hilarious! Of course, the more familiar one is with the original plays, the funnier this one is.

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azi - Dec 9, 2006 7:51 am (#2201 of 2989)

Count me in on having seen the hilarious 'Abridged' play. Of course, we've had this conversation before on this thread.

Well, I managed to draw some histograms (on the computer) between my last post and this. I suppose my washing is hanging outside and the carpets are nice and clean though.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 9, 2006 10:41 am (#2202 of 2989)

Mediwitch, I checked your profile and am seriously disappointed in you - no recipe for Creme de Menthe Brownies.
Your snowflake reminds me of Snowflake Bentley. I did art projects with my girls' classes when they were in 1st Grade. They all cut their own snowflakes out and mounted them on black paper, complete with clear glitter, resulting in many Bentley-like pics. They looked so pretty in the hallway.

(I'd say a hard PG-13 in movie terms) Mike

You can take Mike out of the theater but you can't take the theater out of Mike.

Regarding Wii, Olivia has informed me that they have posted precautions on the Nintendo.com website (under Health & Safety Precautions) including: 1. Wear the wriststrap and 2. Hold the Wii Remote firmly and DO NOT LET GO! LOL
EDIT: Also, she has told me that they are coming out with Harry Potter 5 for Wii.

Maria

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Starling - Dec 9, 2006 11:21 am (#2203 of 2989)

Update on stomach bug:

The bug is doing very well, thank you. Which means I'm not. Haha.

Shakespeare: I loved Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing. I know he cut a lot out, but it's one of the few films that makes me laugh hysterically (especially the bit with the deck chair).

I remember us doing Hamlet at university, we really got into it, and "get theeeee to a nunnery!" became one of our favourite put downs after that.

I missed the Abridged Shakespeare Company's Shakespeare plays, but I did see their show about "All the Great Books", which was very funny, especially the way they managed to put a load of characters from other books into War and Peace after the interval.

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Tazzygirl - Dec 9, 2006 11:41 am (#2204 of 2989)

Thanks for all the charms, everyone! I'm doing fabulous- supposed to take it easy for a week, and then can slowly get back to being normal.

**healing charms to Mr. HH and Starling and everyone else I have missed**

I like watching Shakespeare. Hard for me to understand it while reading. I had one teacher in high school that allowed us to use Cliffs Notes and such, but we also had to read the real version along with it. Another teacher absolutely forbid it, and if he saw you had a Cliffs Notes, you would get a very bad grade for that particular book/project/etc.

I believe Sheila (many many posts ago) said she wraps the kids' presents in different wrapping paper and have a code to which goes to which kid. When I was about 10 (I think), my brother, sister and I ALL peeked at the Christmas presents hidden in our parents' closet. Needless to say, parents really found out, and we were in HUGE trouble. But we did get our presents. Anyways, every year after that mom has always done the color coded presents. Not that she needs to. After that particularly horrible Christmas, none of us kids ever wanted to peek again! It's a great concept to do though! Adds excitement!

Too funny about the Wii safety precautions, Maria!

Ydnam- Hope the fumes and such left your place quickly!

Can't think of anything else... Probably will be back later on today.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Dec 9, 2006 12:34 pm (#2205 of 2989)

As usual, I am late to the discussions, since I do not get on the forum every day anymore. However, I feel compelled to contribute to the Sparknotes discussion. I popped over to the site and looked up the HP Sparknotes. I checked a couple of chapters of PS/SS ... I don't think I'd want any of my parents or students to base their understanding of the HP novels and characters on those little summaries any more than I'd want them to base it on what they've seen in the movies. What is true of HP must certainly be true of the works of Shakespeare.

I might use Sparknotes to refresh my memory on something I've already read or help me understand an allusion to an unfamiliar work made in something I was reading. I don't think I'd want to hang my grade on what is contained in the Sparknotes version of Hamlet.

To Holly T. ... how old is your daughter? Particularly if she is young, the connection between Hamlet and The Lion King is interesting. I've never heard of it before--and it is at least twenty years since I read or studied Hamlet, so I've forgotten a lot of the nuances--but it certainly sounds reasonable and rather astute for a child.

Solitaire

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Starling - Dec 9, 2006 1:11 pm (#2206 of 2989)

I don't really see the point of Sparknotes, apart from refreshing your memory (just like the Lexicon, really). Isn't the point that you discuss it in class and figure it all out together?

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The giant squid - Dec 9, 2006 1:22 pm (#2207 of 2989)

You can take Mike out of the theater but you can't take the theater out of Mike.--HungarianHorntail11

Hey, after 5 years it becomes ingrained into the psyche. Yup, in just under a month (on Marie E.'s birthday, actually) I hit my 5-year anniversary at the theater. In recognition they'll be giving me a little tiny pin. Note that in comparative terms, 5 years at a theater is like 20 years at an office; the turnaround is so high most employees don't make it a year. I'm a lifer.

--Mike

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Elanor - Dec 9, 2006 1:27 pm (#2208 of 2989)

Just popping in to wish you all a great weekend! I've been having problems with my internet connection for almost a week now and the DSL line is still not fixed . I can now pop in on dial-up though which is already something! Can't wait for the DSL line to be repaired though!!

I've just been browsing through the week's posts and two words caught my eyes: "cookies" and "Riesling chicken": very good ideas!!! From experience, rice goes wonderfully well with the Riesling chicken (if enough cream and Riesling in the sauce, hehehe).

Belated birthday wishes, congratulations and cheering and healing charms to all needing some! Have a great weekend everybody!

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Puck - Dec 9, 2006 2:26 pm (#2209 of 2989)

Reisling Chicken has a cream sauce? Darn! Hubby won't like it then. Perhaps I can substitute a chicken broth as I usually do....

I decided to limit myself to 3 double batches of cookies. I'm going to see if a friend wants to exchange a couple dozen of hers for some of mine, that way I still have a variety.

Who eats them? Well, hubby will take some to work, the Scouts had some, and the piano tuner was here as they were coming from the oven. Santa and the kids will enjoy the rest. Oh, and father-in0law is sure to enjoy some once he arrives.

So, I got a lovely letter in the mail. The insurance company sent a letter saying they already processed our claim, and can't send us money for some reason I don't really understand. AAAAARRRRRRGGGGHHHH! I was told several weeks ago to expect a check. That $1500 would come in handy this time of year. (We paid out of pocket as we were promised reimbursement.) I tried to call, but of course they are closed until Monday. :mad:

Well, at least I had some quite time for baking and setting up my Christmas Village. Baby was napping and hubby took the older two out so they wouldn't disturb the paino tuner. It was bliss. Plus, he took them shopping for gifts for exchanges they have at school, so now I don't have to run that errand next week.

Oh, anyone have any tips for wrestling drops into a toddlers eys? She hates them and squeezes her eyes shut tight.

Okay, time to find something for dinner.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 9, 2006 2:59 pm (#2210 of 2989)

Kathy, sorry to hear about the insurance dilemma. Such a frustrating thing to deal with.

Priscilla needed eye drops when she was young and I would lay her on her back, hubby would distract her - perhaps show her some video covers to choose - (she would have her head turned to the side) and I would come in from the side, out of her peripheral and drop it into the corner of her eye in the white so it would run down and inward, covering her whole eye before she could blink it out. As I did this, he would lean forward and give her the toy (or whatever he was enticing her with) which would give the medicine the extra second or so to stay in. Make sure to warm it in your hands first, because if it is cool, even room temp., it may sting a bit. Switch sides and start again. Good luck with whatever method you choose.

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Ydnam96 - Dec 9, 2006 3:03 pm (#2211 of 2989)

Puck, my mom just laid us across her lap, used one arm to hold us down and open our eye, and magically get the drops in our eyes. I think it's like giving a cat a pill. Or eye drops for that matter. I had to put eye gell in my cats eyes when I first got him because he had some infection. Oh goodness was that an experience.

This morning I had a "cookie hangover". I felt sooo sick. Oh man. Too much frosting. But I went and worked out and that made me feel better.

eHarmony is so far pretty cool. They do all the work. You don't search for people...which means they can't search for you (which is a nice security feature). I have been interested (very interested) in some of the matches they have given me. Unfortunately the match that I really liked is "pursuing another relationship". Then they paired me up with this guy I work with who I absolutely can't stand. I mean, he makes me cry and most of the time I just want to smack him. So I'm slightly disheartened at the moment. But I'm giving it time. I've hear so many good things about it.

The smell was gone by this morning. I talked to the guy who was cooking on the grill. He was making these things he called Poppers. He gave me one...they were quite interesting (in a tasty way). Chicken, jalapeno (with the seeds scraped out), and an apricot all wrapped in bacon then put on a skewer and put on the grill. It was actually good. The only thing that would have made it better is some cheese.

Anyway. I'm off to nap.

TTFN

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Chemyst - Dec 9, 2006 4:47 pm (#2212 of 2989)

FYI   There is a website (not affiliated with Nintendo or Wii) called Wiihaveaproblem.com which shows pictures of ruined TV's, broken windows, impaled speakers, shattered lamps etc. Part of me hates to laugh at others' misfortune, but still...

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Catherine - Dec 9, 2006 4:48 pm (#2213 of 2989)

(Sorry Catherine, but the reasons you gave, "Realize that these versions, as in Shakespeare's day, can delete scenes, or play scenes very differently," are the same reasons I'd use to argue seeing the performance last! –Chemyst

I disagree. :

I teach students with a variety of learning strengths and differences. My students who happen to be extremely visual learners, and poor readers (a minority to be sure, but still a component of my classes) would be utterly lost for a long time if they did not experience Shakespeare as he was meant to be experienced. Shakespeare's plays were performed for all classes of people, and for people who had varying degrees of literacy. I'd rather my students have those cues and nuances right off--then they can be drawn into the humor, the imagery, and the word play.

The visual literacy that my students have (generally speaking) would spark a good discussion/argument about why some versions differ from their textual version. I think I'd rather debate those issues with them than debate why we didn't watch it first!

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Puck - Dec 9, 2006 4:49 pm (#2214 of 2989)

Thanks for the advice. Hubby tried distracting her with toys, but she didn't go for it. Perhaps I need some of that magic Mandy spoke of....now where did I put that wand?

Mandy, good luck and have fun!

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Chemyst - Dec 9, 2006 5:32 pm (#2215 of 2989)

I disagree. – Catherine
Ah, well. Qué será, será. I do see your point about visual learners, and I will concede that for the purposes of instruction & analysis there may be special reasons cover the material in a certain order. However, plays are written as scripts before they are performed and I generally prefer the progression of first seeing the written word and then having it come to life. It gives my imagination more room for play before someone else's interpretation muddles things up.
(For example, before the Sorcerer's Stone movie, I had a rather ugly mental picture of Snape; but now I can't shake the uber-cool Alan Rickman version.)

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Denise P. - Dec 9, 2006 5:58 pm (#2216 of 2989)

My introduction to Shakespeare was Midsummer's Night Dream way back in 7th grade. It was incredibly dry and difficult to read and comprehend. Thankfully, my teacher had us watch a version of it...an old one that had Mickey Rooney as Puck! (It was made in 1935 and no, I didn't see it as a new release) Anyhoo...after seeing it and hearing it, it made reading it and catching things so much easier. I was much less apprehensive of being assigned Shakespeare after that. Since college, I read it outloud (nearly inaudible though to everyone else) when I am reading it and yes, I do read it for the heck of it.

Off to make some magic cookie bars for Mr. Denise to take on a road trip. I don't know if I mentioned here but we are moving since Mr. Denise starts a new job on Monday in Virginia. The day after Christmas, we are packing 2 kids off to winter camp and the rest of us are going house hunting. Whee. A dream come true...not! The rest of us are making the migration to Virginia in January at some point, I am aiming for the long weekend around MLK Day.

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Ydnam96 - Dec 9, 2006 6:48 pm (#2217 of 2989)

Denise! Where in Virginia? My family is in Virginia My dad was Navy and retired in the county where the base is located. Anyway...my mom has a great realtor if you are moving any where near where my parents are.

Devin looks good! (in a he looks really healthy kind of way).

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 9, 2006 6:53 pm (#2218 of 2989)

Reisling Chicken has a cream sauce? Darn! Hubby won't like it then. Perhaps I can substitute a chicken broth as I usually do....

Cream sauce, but cream sauce that taste like Riesling! I put the recipe in my profile if anyone is interested! It really is veryy good, give it a shot! As my mom always tells me, you don't know if you will like it unless you try it, and the worst that can happen is that you won't like it!

Finally I got all of my Christmas shopping DONE! YAY! I sorta had to force myself to do it today because next weekend is the weekend before exams and I know that there is no wayyy I'll ever get it done then. So that's one thing I can scratch off the never ending list of things to do.

**healing charms to everyone who is sick**

I like the idea of coding the presents with a different paper for each person! That sounds like fun, and it would probably stop me from guessing 3 or 4 presents every year! I've already read through the wrapping paper on one of mine, so I know what it is, and then I have very strong suspicions about 2 more! I love trying to guess! That's half the fun of presents. It drives my mom crazzzy! Yet after 16 years, she still has yet to figure out that a certain wrapping paper is thin enough to easily read through it! hehe! I'm so sneaky!

Off to read and shake some more presents! There are several that I have no clue about....must get to guessing!

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Denise P. - Dec 9, 2006 7:23 pm (#2219 of 2989)

I love seeing all the different paper so I nixed the coded paper idea. Mr. Denise has finally, sorta, learned to not use an entire roll of paper to wrap gifts. Wrap a gift, choose a new paper. Or in our case, wrap 7 gifts then choose a new paper. Since we have very generous pets (they get the kids an ornament each year), they have paper that only they can use.

We are moving to the Norther Virginia area, right outside of Washington DC. I am pretty sure we will be in either Fairfax or Louden County. Depends on where we find a house that we can afford

While the cookies are baking, I have been surfing eBay for Cabbage Patch Doll clothes. Kierynn has 3 of them and Rhys keeps grabbing them so we got him a newborn one for Christmas. The ready made clothes, in addition to being incredibly girl heavy, are just not very cute. There are loads of really adorable handmade ones on eBay that are right there in price. Of course, for a really cute one, they are going for outrageous sums. We got the little buddy Rhys is getting for Christmas two cute overall sets. We just won't mention to Rhys that his buddy was initially a girl doll but since she is bald, she can become a boy with a change of clothes. Kaitlyn has said she wants a CPK now that I pulled my old one from 1983 down as well.

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Steve Newton - Dec 9, 2006 9:14 pm (#2220 of 2989)

Well, another cookie day is in the books. Unfortunately, I don't really have a cookie count. More than last year, though, well over 150 dozen, and folks took dough home to do some more later. Somehow we managed to have at least 2 trays in the oven almost all day and up to 4 at one time. Absolutely amazing. Smelled good, too. The BBW* was very pleased. 22 people partook of the day.

To add to the day my Mother, age 89, spent most of the day in the Emergency Room with abdominal pain. They found nothing obviously serious so she will see her doctor on Monday. At her age this is worrisome.

BBW=Beloved, beautiful wife.

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Thom Matheson - Dec 9, 2006 9:18 pm (#2221 of 2989)

Denise, my eldest lives in Arlington and commutes into the city via the Metro. It is an unbelievable area to live. So much to do. There are also some great running clubs in the area as well. Email me if you choose, and I can forward you to Heather for local advice.

Finished my last batch of Pickles and Apple Butter. Wife went to Nashville to visit with Ethan and the youngest, so me and the dogs played in the kitchen. Working tomorrow with a very cool couple from Iowa. 2 little girls 2 dogs none of which will be looking at houses, thank you very much.

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Ydnam96 - Dec 9, 2006 10:07 pm (#2222 of 2989)

Steve, I hope your mother is okay! Healing charms to her. 150 dozen!?! That's incredible. It makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it.

Denise, my parents live just outside of Fredericksburg which is just down 95 from DC. Good luck finding a reasonable house! I have several friends in that area and the market is crazy expensive in that area. Make sure to get a place on the VA side, the land taxes are less Smile Plus VA's just better! But you and your kids should love DC. As Thom said there is so much to do. I'm a big history geek and for me it's just heaven. NoVA is full of hisotry and the museums in DC are amazing as well. Check out the Holocust Museum. It's my favorite. Oh, and make a trip down to Williamsburg sometime. It's worth the drive. (Although as much as you guys have travelled you have probably been to all those places already ).

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DJ Evans - Dec 9, 2006 10:21 pm (#2223 of 2989)

I had to laugh at reading about presents & kids. Back when my 3 older siblings were little they would naturally peek/shake their gifts under the tree. So one year Mom thought she'd teach them a lesson by putting the wrong name on the presents. She wrote Pat on all of Bill's gifts, put Bill's name on all of Carol's & put Carol on all of Pat's gifts. She really had them confused that year for sure!

I got our tree up & decorated today. Or I should say two of my great nieces (11 & 5 year olds) decorated it. I just got the tree up & put the lights on, they did the actual decorating. And let me tell you, it is the prettiest tree we've ever had -- I wouldn't want any other. I think I'd have to hit anyone who would want me to re-arrange the decorations so they were more balanced. So what if there are 3 balls on one limb or there are 2 or 3 (or more ) bare spots? I think it is perfect just the way it is. The youngest would get several decorations at a time & stand in one spot putting them on, it was a joy to watch them. That made the season for me.

I would love if Steve (or anyone else) who discovered a new cookie recipe that is really good to share it with us? It is always nice to add to one's recipe collection, especially at this time of the year.

Healing & quick recovery charms to all that need it. And Steve, I hope it is nothing serious with your Mother.

I keep forgetting to let you all know that Lindsey/Sherbie Lemon had her baby back on August 31st. I know, I'm terribly late about getting the news out, sorry about that but with our moving & Mom's health it just got away from me. She had a little girl & named her Addison Rene and going to call her Addie. I've place a picture of her in my profile for anyone who would like to see her.

Later, Deb

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 9, 2006 10:45 pm (#2224 of 2989)

However, plays are written as scripts before they are performed . . .—Chemyst

Just a guess, but I'd wager that playwrights concluded long ago that this would be the best way for the actors to learn their lines and stage directions.

I'd have to fall in line with Catherine on this one. Reading plays has always seemed, at least to me, to be a rather curious exercise. Clearly, plays are ultimately meant to be acted out. As much as I enjoy anything that Oscar Wilde, for example, has written down, much of the wit and humor in his plays is lost until someone breathes life into the characters on stage.

Devin does look well Denise.

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The giant squid - Dec 10, 2006 3:06 am (#2225 of 2989)

It was made in 1935 and no, I didn't see it as a new release--Denise P.

You know, I wasn't thinking it until you said something...

Deb, give Lindsey my congratulations on her chubby little addition to the family. Maybe that's why I haven't been getting anywhere at the job lately...

(For those who weren't around at the time, Sherbie & I had a running joke where only one of us could have good luck at a time--if one of us had a good day, the other had a lousy one. It got kind of eerie after a while there. )

However, plays are written as scripts before they are performed . . .-- Chemyst

Just a guess, but I'd wager that playwrights concluded long ago that this would be the best way for the actors to learn their lines and stage directions.--Loopy Lupin


LOL!

--Mike

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Steve Newton - Dec 10, 2006 5:51 am (#2226 of 2989)

Ydnam, my mother was feeling fine. In fact she celebrated her 11 hours in the emergency room by going out for spaghetti and meatballs. I'm not sure this was a wise decision but at 89 I'm not going to second guess her. I should also note that my sister was with her, I didn't just leave her hanging while the baking was going on.

There were immense numbers of cookies but when you split them up into 8 groups for the bakers they look a lot more manageable. I think that the best newcomer was a chocolate oatmeal cookie which, alas, I did not get to see how it was make. It looks to me like it is only chocolate, sugar and oatmeal but there must be something else. For the last 10 years or so there has been a girl who makes banana cookies. They were the worst thing that I've ever eaten. Well last year they worked. Excellent. Alas, she is now a freshman at the U. of Maryland and couldn't make it. There is, of course, no known recipe. Sigh.

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Catherine - Dec 10, 2006 6:24 am (#2227 of 2989)

Mmmm...magic cookie bars......now those are tasty....I'd almost be willing to move to have those for the trip. Good luck to Mr. Denise and happy house-hunting. Perhaps I should look into this phenomenon of winter camp.

Devon looks great!

Just a guess, but I'd wager that playwrights concluded long ago that this would be the best way for the actors to learn their lines and stage directions--Loopy Lupin

Thanks for my early morning SPEW moment.

Off to decorate the Christmas tree at last.

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Denise P. - Dec 10, 2006 6:51 am (#2228 of 2989)

Oh, let me tell you that Winter Camp is causing some major upset with the two going. Winter Camp is a Boy Scout Camp that is December 27-30. They were okay with going, for the most part, until they found out the rest of us are making a trip to Norther Virginia to go house hunting. I really, really, really don't want to house hunt dragging the kids with us so having 2 here at Winter Camp makes it marginally better. I am really hoping Mr. Denise will spend his time there wisely and have some appointments pre-made so we can make the most of our time.

Magic Cookie bars came out yummy. I wanted to add mint M&M's but since they were for Mr. Denise, I refrained. I love mint in cookies, he is not so fond of it.

I put a yummy caramel cup cookie recipe in my profile for those interested.

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azi - Dec 10, 2006 7:06 am (#2229 of 2989)

There's such a thing as mint M&M's? I agree, Devon looks great, Denise!

I had an epiphany regarding my Environmental Law essay last night. Very happy.

On the downside, I'm freezing in my room - 13 degrees C (is that 58 F?). Yes, I realise it's colder outside, but I'm wearing my hat, scarf and gloves and I'm still cold!

Glad your mum is feeling fine, Steve! I would have loved to be at your cookie baking!

My housemates were planning on putting the Christmas Tree up today. We'll see. I may actually skip it to do my work.

Happy Sunday!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 10, 2006 7:31 am (#2230 of 2989)

I am really hoping Mr. Denise will spend his time there wisely and have some appointments pre-made so we can make the most of our time.---Denise P.

Oh dear, I feel a spat coming on. You don't sound the least bit confident Mr. Denise will spend his time there wisely.

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Dec 10, 2006 9:36 am (#2231 of 2989)

Reading Shakespeare isn't nearly as rewarding as seeing it, but even better is to be involved in some way. I always feel that the best place to see it from is the wings backstage. I worked as a stagehand in Romeo & Juliet two years ago and felt that it was the best place to see the play from, and then I was completely blown away when one of my professors asked me to stage manage All's Well That Ends Well! Being the person on the headset yelling "Five minutes to places!" was more fun than any other job except acting, and I got to see the play at least 12 or 13 times without paying a cent. The Complete Works Abridged Show is probably more fun than any of the plays by themselves, it's just hands-down hilarious. I went to West Virginia Theatre Conference and caught a ride down with some people who were performing it. I just happened to be dressed in all black, so five minutes before the show the director asked me if I would be a stagehand. Now they're going to pay part of my travel expenses to go to South Eastern Theatre Conference in Atlanta in the spring.

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Denise P. - Dec 10, 2006 11:29 am (#2232 of 2989)

Oh dear, I feel a spat coming on. You don't sound the least bit confident Mr. Denise will spend his time there wisely.

With the technology afforded us with the internet and cell phone, I can do daily checks on progress being made

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boop - Dec 10, 2006 4:00 pm (#2233 of 2989)

Steve, sounds like you had a good system down with making cookies. It also sounds like alot of cookies were made. I am still sending healing charms to your mother. I hope it turns out to be a minor health problem.

Thom, sounds like you were busy as well in the kitchen. I love pickles and apple butter.

Deb, *waves* LOL about the gifts. Must have made for interesting Christmas. I bet your tree is beautiful. My grandson and granddaughter did my tree yesterday. It turned out beautifully.

Deb, pass on to Lindsey how cute her daughter is and thanks for sharing the picture.

Denise, Enjoy your house hunting. I hope you find the right house for your family. As for Devin, he looks great.

Have a great rest of the day everyone.

hugs always

boop

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 10, 2006 4:14 pm (#2234 of 2989)

Healing charms to your mother, Steve. It sounds as though the cookie bake turned out well, despite the upset.

Deb, sounds a lot like decorating the tree at my house - clumped ornaments and all, lol! Addie is so cute!

Good luck with the move, Denise.

Mandy, I like your new avatar, though it is making me hungry!

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DJ Evans - Dec 10, 2006 5:21 pm (#2235 of 2989)

Thanks on the kind compliments on little Addie, I'll be sure to let Lindsey know.

Mike: You know, at times it was most eerie how you & Lindsey would go back & forth on the good/bad luck thing. Strange, very strange....

Boop & HH11: Yes, trees decorated by the kiddies are the best ones IMHO...

Denise: Your cookie recipe sounded so good that I copied/pasted it & emailed it off to several of my family members. Can't wait to try them after I get everything needed to make them. Thanks!

As I was going over my Christmas list, I got to thinking about some of the presents I had gotten back when I was a kid. And for some reason I thought of the one present I asked for a couple of Christmas', yet I never got...an Easy Bake Oven. Oh, I wanted one of those so bad when I was a little girl. Now I loved my parents to pieces but neither of them were the best picker-outters of gifts & not having much extra cash didn't help any either. Yet they did try, I'll give them that. One year I did get up to find a box full of the extra cake mixes for an Easy Bake Oven -- I just knew the oven had to be there somewhere under the tree! Alas earwax it wasn't. ***sigh*** They only got me the extra cake mixes. I guess they figured since they couldn't afford the oven, that the cake mixes would be the next best thing.

Was there a something on your list to Santa that you never got?

Later, Deb

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Marie E. - Dec 10, 2006 6:44 pm (#2236 of 2989)

I'm helping out with a Daisy Girl Scout Troop (kindergarteners, can't get away from them) and we were making cookies today. It was so cute watching them all roll out the batter and fight viciously over the one bell-shaped cookie cutter.

Good luck on the move, Denise. Hopefully now that he's out of the military you can enjoy living in one place for awhile. We didn't move around too much while Mr. E was in the Air Force. We were here seven years when he got out.

Snow is predicted for tomorrow afternoon, but then warm weather is supposed to return (warm as in 50F). This is an odd winter.

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boop - Dec 10, 2006 7:55 pm (#2237 of 2989)

Marie, sounds like you are having fun. I hope you don't get to much snow. It was 49F here today. I wouldn't mind that kind of winter. Makes it easier on the fuel oil.

Deb, sorry you never got that easy bake oven. I got one and had a great time with it. I bought one for my granddaughter one christmas year ago.

hugs always

boop

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geauxtigers - Dec 10, 2006 7:57 pm (#2238 of 2989)

Yes, I realise it's colder outside, but I'm wearing my hat, scarf and gloves and I'm still cold! **admits to doing the same thing when my mom says its not cold in the house** I'm always cold, I sleep in sweat pants and sweatshirts etc., even in the summer. My mom however, is the complete opposite

Lets see, something I asked Santa for and never got...I can't think of anything specific, but I do remember a Barbie house or something like that...ha ha

Well lots to do, not enough time to do it...This week is sure to be a **insert inappropriate word here**. Less than two weeks until exams and I'm starting to freak out a bit. If I follow my schedule and start studying tomorrow, I should be okay. Its just that following schedules and being a procrastinator usually doesn't work out too well!

I had an easy bake oven, they were so much fun!

Have a great week!

EDIT: Sheila my friend had that game! We thought it was so cool! LOL She also had one that had a phone...I think you called the guys or something...I can't remember exactly!

Oh and the models won the Amazing Race! I'm glad, but I was pulling for team BAMA! They were so cute! And they have families. alas earwax.

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painting sheila - Dec 10, 2006 8:10 pm (#2239 of 2989)

I wanted the Dream Date Game - the one where you opened the door to see if you were the great loking cool guy or with the dweeb. (sigh)

I have made 5 different kinds of cookies - 8 dozen each - for a cookie exchange tomorrow. If I ever see another cookie again - it will be just in time!! My house smells so good!!

Yeah!

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Denise P. - Dec 10, 2006 8:42 pm (#2240 of 2989)

Kaitlyn got an Easy Bake Oven several years ago. She still uses it and I have a slew of recipes for it. We rarely buy the mixes..I just give her mix if I am making a cake or we make our own. You can make all kinds of things in there. Just google recipes.

Mr. Denise had his computer reformatted...without backing anything up. I have spent the evening chasing down various programs for him and digging out the keys to get them installed. Always fun **:sigh**:

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Ydnam96 - Dec 10, 2006 8:54 pm (#2241 of 2989)

Something I wanted and never got? Hmmmm...a pool. I wanted one so bad. And one of those big trampolines. But being in the military we just couldn't move with those so alas. No luck.

Everytime I go to the store I see Cabbage Patch Kids and I have an overwhelming desire to get one even though I know I am waaaaaaay too old for a doll. It reminds me so much of when I was a little kid.

Urg. I have this student on my staff that I really am getting sooo sick of. I'm starting to understand Snape.  This kid is so argumentative and snotty. I want a silencing charm or maybe I can borrow a brain from the DoM. He needs a new one. (I know that was harsh. sorry).

I'm off to eat some peppermint ice cream. Ice cream makes everything better.

edit: Denise, good luck with the computer. That's got to be so annoying...

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kaykay1970 - Dec 10, 2006 9:29 pm (#2242 of 2989)

There were actually two things I always wanted but never got for Christmas. The first was a Barbie Dream House and the second was an Atari. But I did have the Easy Bake Oven. Those were fun! I remember one year when money was really tight. Mom stayed up late every night running the sewing machine. On Christmas morning we all got new Barbie dolls and lots of lovely new clothes for them. That was a great Christmas!

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 10, 2006 9:38 pm (#2243 of 2989)

I'm off to eat some peppermint ice cream. Ice cream makes everything better.

Haha I'll have to agree with you on that one! I also find chocolate works well too! Hmm...chocolate ice cream! YUM! But I've always been a vanilla person, and have been called boring for it.

My teacher is making us memorize a soliloquy from Hamlet. Each one is about 30 lines. I'm going to do the "To be or not to be" one as I know that I'll get at least one line right! I have to have it done by Tuesday, and it sorta snuck up on me, so now I think I'm in pretty deep as I will never have it memorized by then!

**dreams about cookies**

Hmmm Christmas present I never got......ahh I can't believe I'm admitting this..a Furby. I wanted one so badly, and my friend got one for Christmas and we went over to her house to play with it. I can vividly remember her throwing it in the closet when it woke us up for the 4th or 5th time in the middle of the night by speaking in "furbish". After that I didn't really want one, so I guess it's good I didn't get it! "NooLooo wahhh eehhaahh" Furbish for: "hfsjdhgjkhdgjkhjkahgdk" And youwere supposed to teach them english!

**remembers the phone Date Game** That was such an awesome game! We used call the "guys" and they'd "invite you for pizza" or something stupid like that....Looking back on it, I think we were just easily amused as kids!

Off to memorize some Hamlet! Night!

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 10, 2006 9:51 pm (#2244 of 2989)

Hi folks, it has been ages since I have posted here. I have tried to follow along in lurker mode. Birthdays, anniversary, new baby and new job congratulations to all who have such achieved.

I have this weird thing going on on the forum page on both Mozilla and IE. When I view the threads, they are listed with the symbols in front that indicated how to view the thread, followed by the name of the thread, followed by the number of messages in that thread then the number of new messages appears in a yellow balloon, as follows:

[+] Discussion: # JK Rowling Official Site • 1,796 messages • 14,374

For the last couple of the days, the number of new posts the yellow balloon has been really odd. In the above example it says there are a total of 1,796 post, however it indicates there are 14,374 new post, huuuh? It doesn't happen to all the threads just a random few. Can anyone explain this?

EDIT: Thank You virginiaelizbeth

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 10, 2006 9:59 pm (#2245 of 2989)

Mrs. Sirius, it's just a glitch in the system. It's been reported to WX already. It's happened to me several times. Ex

+ Things which struck you as "odd" • 2,120 messages •4,480,982

I'm pretty sure they're trying to work it out!

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Mediwitch - Dec 10, 2006 10:08 pm (#2246 of 2989)

**hangs head in shame** Sorry, Maria! I'll try to post the Creme de Menthe Brownies recipe tomorrow (it's heading for midnight already).

Denise, that's a beautiful area. I went to college in Winchester (Frederick County). Good luck house hunting!

Steve, I'm glad your mother is feeling better, and Kristina, also that your surgery went well.

Huh, the thing I always wanted but didn't get was black patent leather Mary Janes. I have horribly flat feet and had to wear really ugly orthopedic shoes as a kid. It was such a nightmare!

And yes, azi, there are mint M&Ms - and they are divine!

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Viola Intonada - Dec 10, 2006 10:51 pm (#2247 of 2989)

The one thing that I always wanted for Christmas, but never got, was an Easy Bake oven. My daughter bought one for herself a couple of years ago (yes, my child probably has more money than I do) I didn't buy her one, using the same excuses that my mother always used to give me. Which was, if you want to bake you are more than welcome to use my oven. My only problem with the Easy-Bake is storing it when it is not in use. (I need a bigger house, or a lot less junk)

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jose043 - Dec 10, 2006 11:50 pm (#2248 of 2989)

Hi all

Just a up date on my shoulder, as I went to the specialist today 11th December in the morning. He thought I should have more movement, than I have but is pleased with the progress & wants me to work on getting the movement back & still keep the Physiotherapist up till I go back in 6 week to see him. It is not as sore though have a few pangs when I over stretch.

We had my youngest grandsons birthday on the 7th he turned 5, my sons is one 9th we take his presents up on Lachlan's birthday to give to him & ring him & wish him Happy Birthday.

Anne's is on the 22nd & we are celebrating it at home here with some friends & family as a BBQ on the 23rd. Her Dad will not give up his TAB night (Totalise Agency Board) betting on the Friday.

Happy Birthday to those we have missed, healing charms to those who need them.

Happy house hunting to Denise P rather you than me, your children all look good looking.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London.

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The giant squid - Dec 11, 2006 3:43 am (#2249 of 2989)

Well, when I was a kid I really really really wanted the USS Flagg playset for my G.I. Joes. Since said playset cost around $100 back in '83 and my usual gifts ran around $20 tops, it was a no go. Ladies, think "Barbie Dream House".

Warming charms for azi, healing charms for Josephine (and any others who could use them) and general cheering charms for everyone else.

--Mike

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Chemyst - Dec 11, 2006 5:07 am (#2250 of 2989)

 **collects on Mike's general cheering charm**

Deb asks: Was there a something on your list to Santa that you never got?
Yes, a rain gauge. The first year I didn't get one I was told they thought I was joking, but I kept asking for a couple more years. Still none.
 ..and please pass along my congratulations to Sherbie Lemon.

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azi - Dec 11, 2006 5:59 am (#2251 of 2989)

Congrats to Sherbie Lemon! I have to agree, her baby is lovely!

Hmm, nothing springs to mind that I really wanted but never got. Can't have been that important!

I finally got my Ecology results today - 64.75%, 4th highest in class. Not bad, considering how I thought I'd done and the strict marking involved.

I am much warmer now, thank you Squid Mike! It's 16 degrees C (about 62 F?).

Back to my essay - 1600 words done, and 1400 to go!

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Denise P. - Dec 11, 2006 6:27 am (#2252 of 2989)

A pony topped my Christmas wish list for years My unreasonable parents never got me one. Our backyard was certainly large enough to support a pony and if I had gotten that, I would have been set for Christmas for many years but nooooooooo......they never tried to make me the happiest little girl on the planet. What rotten parents... (I have to laugh now when I get a list with a pony on the top of it)

I do have one of my Christmas presents from 1973 sitting here. I really wanted a Cathy Quick Curl doll. I got one but what was unusual about it was that my mom got me the African American version. Yeah, it is common now but it was not common at all back then. Times were very different back then and my very conservative Grandmother was totally horrified that my mom would get me that...it just wasn't done. I loved that Cathy and I still have her. I lost her original clothes ages ago though and so she is wearing a different outfit. She sits on my dresser.

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Thom Matheson - Dec 11, 2006 7:45 am (#2253 of 2989)

On the news this am there was a guy in Iowa? that built Hogwarts out of toothpicks. Something like 600,000 or something. Did anyone see that?

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Starling - Dec 11, 2006 8:19 am (#2254 of 2989)

Toothpicks or matchsticks? I remember seeing a Hogwarts made out of matchsticks a while ago. It was brilliant.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 11, 2006 8:25 am (#2255 of 2989)

If anyone remembers my multiple cat inquiry...we visited the kittens for the first time yesterday. My son had a favorite, I had a favorite and my daughter, who at press time yesterday did not have a favorite, woke up with a favorite this morning. Oh dear. Did I mention these are Maine Coon cats? I had no idea just how big the boys grow to be. They had lovely personalities. **waves to Catherine**

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Catherine - Dec 11, 2006 8:36 am (#2256 of 2989)

Did I mention these are Maine Coon cats? I had no idea just how big the boys grow to be. They had lovely personalities. **:waves to Catherine**: Lupin is Lupin

Oh, dear. Kim is morphing into Arabella Figg!

**ducks the swinging bag of cat food**

We had a Maine Coon cat that lived next door to us when I was growing up. I had a feisty terrier mix who was terrified of this cat. The cat would sun herself and groom herself on our picnic table, and my dog would take the long way 'round to avoid coming into contact with her.

Just don't become like the crazy cat lady from our Humane Society (aka "Veronicamort") and claim that multiple indoor cats keep your house clean by dusting away the cobwebs.

EDIT:

I had no idea just how big the boys grow to be.--Lupin is Lupin

Neither did I. I learned that the males are usually 13-18 pounds. You know, my shih-tzus don't weigh more than 13 pounds. Your cat(s) will probably be bigger than my dogs.

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Thom Matheson - Dec 11, 2006 9:04 am (#2257 of 2989)

I'm not sure, maybe matchsticks. I just say a blurb and a quick video, but it was very cool. It stood like 5 ft tall.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 11, 2006 9:08 am (#2258 of 2989)

Your cat(s) will probably be bigger than my dogs.---Catherine

I'm counting on it. Besides, those decorations hardly qualify as dogs.

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John Bumbledore - Dec 11, 2006 9:15 am (#2259 of 2989)

Maine Coon Cat! I know that breed from an old Internet image: said to be a 24 pounder on the right I figure the owner, Martha, shown holding that cat must be a smallish human. The first time I saw the image I visited Snopes to see if it was listed as a hoax. Snopes reported it was verifiable.

This one on the left I found using Google image search. So, maybe Maine Coon is the muggle name for Kneazle?

Edits:  Images re-sized, repositioned, and have added margins; following text added: It would make more sense, if Mrs. Noris was similarly as large; of course the Hogwarts students would avoid her! LOL

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


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Snuffles - Dec 11, 2006 9:18 am (#2260 of 2989)

Yikes, they are big cats.

Like Harry said in P.O.A. "It's either a very large cat or a small tiger".

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Thom Matheson - Dec 11, 2006 9:28 am (#2261 of 2989)

Whoa, put a saddle on that thing.

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Holly T. - Dec 11, 2006 9:58 am (#2262 of 2989)

Maine Coon cats are huge, but everyone I know who has one says they are very sweet. One of my former co-workers and her husband met because they both had Maine Coons--someone said "hey, should meet so-and-so, you have the same kind of cat" and there you go. My brother and his wife also met because of their cats--they both got kittens from the same person, who later introduced them to each other, so when they got married their brother and sister cats (who of course did not remember each other) had to get used to each other.

We had an exhausting weekend between the Nutcracker (performance one of many), church Christmas play, music recital, etc. (note: drum and guitar student music recitals are much more interesting than piano recitals). I am tired.

My daughter went to see "Happy Feet" Saturday night with her friend's birthday party and she didn't mention anything about the OotP trailer. Maybe they didn't show it at the IMAX? Or maybe my daughter and her friends were talking too much to watch trailers?

Denise, that caramel cup recipe sounds yummy!

I think it was one of the twins who posted the Amazing Race winner--hey, some of us hadn't watched it yet! That said, I am much relieved. If one of the other teams had one I think I would have thrown something at the TV. All of my favorite teams were already out, though.

My son and I put up some more of the Christmas decorations over the weekend, including the smaller tree. And my husband put up the yard decorations. Our evil black cat was perched in the branches of the Christmas tree yesterday. I threatened her about not tipping over the tree. The Lenox ornaments are going on the other, sturdier, tree. I didn't put them up for a long time with the kids and cats but last year I finally decided that I wasn't enjoying them at all with them staying in a box all the time so I put some of them on the tree (which is when I decided I needed another tree).

Sheila, any luck with the Wii?

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Denise P. - Dec 11, 2006 10:32 am (#2263 of 2989)

Catherine, you realize that real dogs don't have tails. Kim, Mr. Denise wants a Maine Coon Cat...he has wanted one for years because he wants the biggest cat short of a wild cat he can get. Whatever. He wants the cat but he doesn't want to deal with the cat by-products in the form of a litter pan. Wow, Kim is going to develop into one of those ladies we see on Animal Cops. "It started with 3 and before we knew it, there were just so many! Have I ever showed you the picture of my original trio?"

Well, Mr. Denise is in Northern Virginia. He just called me from Washington DC and sounds like he will be quite happy in his new job.

Now, I am off to track down some more programs he lost in the reformat. Today's quest is to find the code from the program that allows up to make PDF files and then download the program again.

Oh, and I have to mention a pet peeve. Remote Control vehicles are pricey enough as it is but then they shaft you a second time by requiring a seperate battery charger that costs nearly as much as said RC toy!

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John Bumbledore - Dec 11, 2006 1:42 pm (#2264 of 2989)

Thom and Starling, here is a match stick model of Hogwarts with over 602,000 match sticks and over 15 gallons of carpenter's wood glue.
( www.matchstickmarvels.com/Comingin2005-2006.htm )
(haven't checked the full site so I'll leave it as text unless a host wants to make it a working link.)

It has some wonderful pictures and the model is truly impressive.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Thom Matheson - Dec 11, 2006 2:04 pm (#2265 of 2989)

John, that's the one I saw one the news. Well done

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Catherine - Dec 11, 2006 2:29 pm (#2266 of 2989)

Wow, Kim is going to develop into one of those ladies we see on Animal Cops. "It started with 3 and before we knew it, there were just so many! Have I ever showed you the picture of my original trio?" –Denise

Veronicamort had 19 cats in a single-wide trailer. This was downsized from 26 in her double-wide trailer.

I found a funny photo about crazy cat ladies that I put in my profile.

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 11, 2006 2:35 pm (#2267 of 2989)

WOW! Those cats are HUGEEE!! I want one now! They are soo cutee!

Well I had a fairly stupid moment of the day today and feel that I need an award for it: I was walking across the quad to my physics class, when I heard someone calling my name, so I turned around to see who it was, and realized that they weren't actually calling me, but another Virginia, who is a freshman. Well,(keep in mind I'm walking the whole time I have my head turned) I turned my head back around and literately ran smack into a huge brick column. I swear it jumped out of nowhere in front of me! But now I have a lovely purple knot the size of a golf ball on my head. The worst part is that it is on the wrong side of my head, so I can't cover it up with my bangs. It hurts. My friends just laughed at me, and my mom is making me ice it now, which actually hurts because the ice is too cold. Sadly, this is not the first time I've done this, I ran into a column in the mall a few years back. So that pretty much sums up my day! Now I get to inform everyone who asks that the huge purple knot on my head is the result of me running into a brick colunm. JOY!

WOW John! That's some kinda impressive! That castle is HUGE!! It says that it took him 3 years to build! I think I'd take much longer than that!

Happy Monday!

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geauxtigers - Dec 11, 2006 2:35 pm (#2268 of 2989)

I finally got my Ecology results today - 64.75%, 4th highest in class. Not bad, considering how I thought I'd done and the strict marking involved.

**wonders what the grading scale is in the UK** Here that would be the equivalent of 'Poor' LOL! Obviously its not the same scale! Grading here is usually based on a 10 point scale all the way to 100. 90-100 is an A; 80-89 B, 70-79 C; 61-69 D and 60 and under is an F.

Thats one big cat!

Appropriate charms to all!

Off to start studying and memorizing 37 lines from Hamlet!

Happy Monday!

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Steve Newton - Dec 11, 2006 2:55 pm (#2269 of 2989)

John, WOW! It looks magnificent and I think that my son will also love it. Thanks.

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Denise P. - Dec 11, 2006 3:01 pm (#2270 of 2989)

Catherine, you found a picture of Kim after she had been Loopy-ized!

I am just a wee bit irked at the moment. The mail went by and I went to get it. There was a notice I had a package and to come pick it up tomorrow at the post office. Now, my door was open and he didn't come to the door or even honk. I walked across the street and waited for him to come back up the road. He didn't even have it with him! He said he had too many packages today to bring it. Grrrr! I think it is an ornament that someone sent me as part of an exchange.

At least he left the cute little wee cabbage patch doll clothes for the one Rhys is getting. Once I dress Nora Jade, she will officially become Buddy Boy (for lack of a name at the moment)

I went running this afternoon and since I would be at the school when buses would be loading, I rerouted myself, thinking it would be about the same distance. WRONG! I was almost half a mile less than I thought I would be. I think this was my shortest run in I don't know how long but it was not intentional.

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Catherine - Dec 11, 2006 3:58 pm (#2271 of 2989)

Catherine, you found a picture of Kim after she had been Loopy-ized!—Denise

Indeed, Denise. Indeed.

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boop - Dec 11, 2006 4:56 pm (#2272 of 2989)

Welcome Back Mrs. Sirius!! Hope to see you around more. You were missed.

Michelle, *waves* Glad to see you around.

Jose043, Healing charms and Happy Birthday to your family members.

Azi, Good job on your Ecology class. Good luck with your school work.

Kim, I bet the kittens are really cute. They are going to be big, but beautiful.

I hope everyone is having a good day.

hugs always

boop

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Ydnam96 - Dec 11, 2006 4:58 pm (#2273 of 2989)

WOW those cats are amazing! And my friends think my American Short Hair is big. He's around 12lbs I think. Haha.

You know, my first Cabbage Patch Kid was African American and I loooooove her. I'm 28 and I still have her. Her name is Bessie, although I think her given name was Odessa but I changed it- officially and everything I still have her "birth certificate'. I too lost her original clothes but she sits on the rocking chair in my spare room with my Build a Bear cheeta.

Virginaelizabeth: I hope your head heals soon. Don't worry, I do stuff like that all the time. I live on the second floor of an apartment complex and I fall up the stairs probably 50 % of the time.

Catherine, your doggie is adorable. I want one.

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Marie E. - Dec 11, 2006 5:07 pm (#2274 of 2989)

I remember having to memorize 25 lines of Romeo and Juliet. I choose the Queen Mab speech because it was featured in a Duran Duran video. It was 1984, after all.

More bipolar weather. Snow and cold today, 57F and sunny for the next two days.

I had an "I'm so stupid" moment today (and I don't wanna hear it from the Squidboy). Today I was supposed to take my four remaining kindergarteners to the Pre-K class at 1:15 and then go on my lunch break. I was working on getting new artwork on the wall (we have to label everything to show what the children learned while doing the activity) and getting some ideas together for our Winter Holidays Around the World event next week. I glanced at the clock at one point and thought it was 12:50 so I had the children started cleaning up their toys. It was ten minutes later that I realized it was 2:00, not 1:00 and I had completely missed my lunch break. Now I usually eat lunch with my class at 11:00 so I wasn't missing eating, just that hour break from my kids. Who forgets to go on their lunch break?

Toy I never got..hmmm... I wanted a Baby Alive one year but it was the year my sister was born and my mother said we already had a Baby Alive. I didn't find it amusing at all. I think at various times I wanted an Easy Bake Oven (Shayla has one) and a Barbie Dream House (the girls have one). I think I see a pattern.

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painting sheila - Dec 11, 2006 6:50 pm (#2275 of 2989)

Another gift I have asked for for about 7 years now is a swing set. I know I am too big for it - but my kids would love one. 3 of the 4 are teenagers - so the swing set has to be bigger than it was originally - but I still want one!!

and I want a Maine Coon Cat!! It looks so lovable and soft. If and when we need another one - I am on the hunt for a Maine Coon.

I had a cat when I was little. Her name was Friskie and she looked just like the Maine Coon on the left side of your screen  - but normal cat size.

I went to the cookie exchange today and came home with hundreds of cookies!! Now, I need to get them out of the house - quick! - before I eat them all.

Edit _ My husband saw the pictures of the Maine Coon Cats and said, "Can you imagine the hair ball that cat would cough up?"

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Mediwitch - Dec 11, 2006 8:32 pm (#2276 of 2989)

OK Maria, the Creme de Menthe Brownies are in my profile now! The brownies are very fudge-like, so if you prefer cake-like brownies, you may want to use the frosting on your favorite recipe (don't forget to substitute a bit of mint extract for the vanilla in the brownies if you do!).

Well, Mr. Mediwitch is now sick. He actually has a fever, which almost never happens.

I love the Maine Coon cats. We have a regular American longhaired cat (Socks) that resembles them a bit, but her disposition is nothing like theirs is supposed to be! We also have an orange tiger who goes about 14 pounds - and he's not fat, he's just a huge cat. He's twice the size of the other cats, although Socks looks bigger than she really is because of all the fur.

Good luck to everyone finishing classes, papers and projects! Our oldest has two more exams and then he will be finished with his Master's! HOORAY!

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Ydnam96 - Dec 11, 2006 9:51 pm (#2277 of 2989)

Congratulations to oldest son Mediwitch. Being done with the Master's is such a relief.

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painting sheila - Dec 11, 2006 10:32 pm (#2278 of 2989)

Yeah Mediwitches oldest son!! He is a Master now! wOOt!

I have been up late working on a book I am making for my father-in-law. It was supposed to be the love story of my husbands parents, but it is now a love story and memory book about her. She passed away last Feb. Sad.

I think it will be nice once I get it all published and here! It's so hard to tell from looking at it on the computer. I guess I could second guess myself into next month with it. Jeez!

Hubby got a raise! wOOt!! We took everyone out to celebrate. It was very fun - but I ate too much. Yuck.

the Disney count is down to 3 days!!! Yeah!!!

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Good Evans - Dec 12, 2006 1:52 am (#2279 of 2989)

w00t!! for Sheilas hubby, just before christmas how fabulous!

sorry guys I pressed the magic button again so healing and cheering to all who need, and w00t! to all who deserve!!

We had our lights switch on on friday night (apologies to all in the SE of England who had a power drain at 7pm!!!), I also went and bought the tree (always hubby's job - but I got to do it) I bought a beautiful tree with the most glorious shape -quite high off the ground so the dog will hopfully leave it alone - it just tickles her back as she walks under it - which she seems to like (weird dog).

We are off to the bluebell railway today for the volunteers christmas lunch, steam train, chillyness (yes it is frosty here) and food - sounds like heaven to me!!

have a great day - yes I have finally found some christmas spirit - trouble is that I have little time left to write and post the three million cards that need to be done - ah well......

hope all students going home for the holidays get home safely I know that you are on your way or home by now, hope it all goes well!

Julie

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 12, 2006 4:41 am (#2280 of 2989)

You've all got me terrified about the cats now. Thanks. Who said that about giant hairballs? Nice. With apologies to Catherine, we are getting three. Mom, son and daughter all had their own favorites. Dad just prayed we'd all have the same favorite. No such luck. It's going to be a very furry New Year.

Has anyone seen the Google site today? It's a **cough, cough** scream.

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Starling - Dec 12, 2006 5:04 am (#2281 of 2989)

*googles*

You're right, it's a scream!

*ponders giant hairballs*

Um, yes. Give me a little cat anyday. Our neighbour's cat was really cute. She was found dead a few days ago. I haven't the heart to tell my son, since his own cat was found dead a few months ago.

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Chemyst - Dec 12, 2006 5:55 am (#2282 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Catherine

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Marie E. - Dec 12, 2006 6:01 am (#2283 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Catherine!

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Starling - Dec 12, 2006 6:31 am (#2284 of 2989)

Happy birthday, Catherine, we both share it with Charlie Weasley!

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azi - Dec 12, 2006 6:33 am (#2285 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Catherine! In bold because I have no access to my icons right now...

Is it your birthday too Starling? Happy Birthday!

Our grading scheme is very different! 40% constitutes a pass, with 70%+ being a first, 60%+ a 2:1 and 50%+ a 2:2.

Wish I was at the railway, Good Evans! Whenever I was outside hanging my washing up the other day, I could swear there were steam trains trundling around on the railway!

Congrats to your son, Mediwitch!

Hmm, I don't think I'd ever forget my lunch break!

Lovely days to all!

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Starling - Dec 12, 2006 6:36 am (#2286 of 2989)

I know that grading scheme, Azi, and I found it really weird when I came here. In Holland, 40% is a complete and utter fail! I graduated with an average of about 60%, which is considered pretty dismal. A pass is 55%.

And yes, it's my birthday too. I am spending it with a worsened stomach bug, and therefore I'm spending most of it in bed!

Martje

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Denise P. - Dec 12, 2006 6:40 am (#2287 of 2989)

Kim, are you moving to a larger place so the cats will have their own room or just getting bunk beds in the kids room so they don't have to share with the blanket hogging cats?

http://www.GlitterMaker.com/ - Glitter Graphics


I have a load of errands again today. Why do they have to be in totally opposite sides of town? I need to go to the post office, the running store, the pottery store and to the skate shack. The skate shack doesn't even open until 12:30...which stinks since Rhys starts nodding off about 1 pm for an afternoon nap. I will have to make quick in the skate shack, pick up the skateboard and hustle back home, singing loudly to keep him awake. If he catnaps for the 10 minute ride back to the house, we are sunk and he won't nap at all. Then by dinner, everyone in the house will want to leave him on a mountain top to be raised by wolves.

Oh geeze, how could I forget? I also need to go get Devin's birthday cake and pick up his birthday present. He is 11 today!

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azi - Dec 12, 2006 6:41 am (#2288 of 2989)

Oh no! **healing charms!** That must be a horrible birthday!

I have heard from people that studied in the USA that despite the higher percentage needed to pass, the work is much easier. I haven't tried it out for myself though! I agree that 40% is a low pass rate, and unthinkable for me to get (except in maths, in maths it's acceptable)!

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Starling - Dec 12, 2006 6:41 am (#2289 of 2989)

Oooh! Sparkly!

*goes to tinker at glittermaker*

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 12, 2006 6:43 am (#2290 of 2989)

Happy Birthday to Catherine and Martje!!!

**and healing charms to Martje** that certainly is no fun! especially on your birthday.

Well I'm off to "the bad place" (school) where I will surely be dumped with extra homework....And teachers really expect us to have anytime to start studying for exams with the load of work they pile on us the week before?? I just don't get it!

Happy Tuesday to all!

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painting sheila - Dec 12, 2006 6:49 am (#2291 of 2989)

Happy happy birthday Starling and Catherine dears!

Happy days will come to you all year!

If I had a wish then it would be . . .

A happy happy birtuday to you from me!

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Snuffles - Dec 12, 2006 6:49 am (#2292 of 2989)

Happy birthday Catherine and Starling.

Hope you feel better soon Martje

I never managed to get a picture of Kings Cross when I went at the weekend . I had it all worked out. I would take a picture on my phone as we were walking past. As we got off the train I looked around and found that there was scaffolding all down one side and plastic sheets up for maintenance. They had gone and covered the sign . Totally gutted!

I've finally finished my Christmas shopping! Hooray. Now all I need to do is wrap them!

Hope everyone has a good Tuesday

Julie

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 12, 2006 7:23 am (#2293 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Catherine!!!!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 12, 2006 7:33 am (#2294 of 2989)

So many good things going on! Congratulations to Mediwitch's eldest!

Happy Birthdays to Catherine, Starling and Devin! (Did his HW letter arrive all right?)

Healing charms to Starling and others who need them. Sorry to hear about the cats, Starling. Sounds like someone in the neighborhood may not like cats?

GE, that is not a weird dog - she's smart - she knows how to get a scratch when she needs one!

Didn't they have that google on during Halloween?

Hubby grew up with a Maine Coon - she was pure white and her name was Tish. She had a slight stomach problem when they first got her, so you can work out the name. Anyway, she didn't get as big as those pics but she did live well into her 20s. Somewhere around 24, I think.

Speaking of hubby, it turns out it is a fatty tumor (benign, most assuredly, they told us) which I was very relieved to learn. A slight downside - it is quite large and needs to be surgically removed. Hopefully it can be done via laparoscopic surgery for a speedier recovery.

A heartfelt thanks to all who sent healing charms (you are indeed very good witches and wizards) and prayers and kept us in your thoughts. It surely made a difference.

Off to spend the day together.

Enjoy the rest of the day/night, everyone - I know I will!

Maria

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Eponine - Dec 12, 2006 8:18 am (#2295 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Catherine and Starling!

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Catherine - Dec 12, 2006 8:34 am (#2296 of 2989)

Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes!

Happy Birthday to Starling and a special Happy 11th to Denise's Devin.

Loopy, that avatar made me almost giggle out loud during my students' study hall.

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John Bumbledore - Dec 12, 2006 8:40 am (#2297 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Catherine, Starling, Devin, Charlie Weasley and ...
Edvard Munch (The Scream. 1893. Oil, tempera and pastel on cardboard.) (Reference source: wikipedia)

I guess that answers Why on Google. Not a Halloween left over, but a birthday nod to the painter.

Good news, Maria. Prayers and healing charms to Starling, Kevin, and any others in need.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Ydnam96 - Dec 12, 2006 8:44 am (#2298 of 2989)

WOOO Happy Birthday's all around: Catherine, Starling, and Devin!

That's great news Maria (that it's benign). Hopefully the surgery will go smoothly!

It's a brisk morning here in LA. Which is great because I'm going to Disneyland this afternoon/evening. It's perfect weather!

Have a fabulous Tuesday to all.

TTFN

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 12, 2006 9:06 am (#2299 of 2989)

Happy Birthday to Catherine!

Loopy, that avatar made me almost giggle out loud during my students' study hall.—Catherine
in Catherine's, Denise's and Loopy's general direction.

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John Bumbledore - Dec 12, 2006 9:19 am (#2300 of 2989)

in Catherine's, Denise's and Loopy's general direction. – Kim

That reminds me of a funny thing our cat does. (Picture a cat doing this ) Seems every time my wife would play with the cat by ruffling up his belly fur, she would stick out her tongue and close her eyes. Now that is what our cat does when he is purring.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


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Solitaire - Dec 12, 2006 9:20 am (#2301 of 2989)

Yippeeee! School has been cancelled! I was just getting ready to walk out the door and our secretary called to say there was no power at school and it was expected to be off all day ... so there is no school. It's kind of a nice surprise, except that I know we have to make it up at the end of the year. Also, it sure does wreak havoc with my carefully planned week.

I sure wish I'd brought home those 80 journals I need to grade. I thought I'd grade them while the kids were watching A Christmas Carol, since I won't need to watch it three times. I guess that won't happen now. Then again, maybe I'll start my Christmas shopping today. If I do, I will probably meet all my colleagues at the stores.

BTW, I am very jealous of your Maine Coon cats, Kim. I've always thought that they are so beautiful. I would love to have a Maine Coon, but they are so expensive. Also, I'm not sure about introducing a cat into the house with two older Shelties ... and such a cat would have to be an indoor baby. For the moment, I am stuck with the "garage cats"--the two who don't really belong to me but live in my garage and expect me to feed them. I really don't mind ... but I wish Miss Kitty would stop swatting at me and taking chunks out of my ankle.

Happy Birthday to Catherine, Starling, and Devin!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Dec 12, 2006 9:27 am (#2302 of 2989)

Happy Birthday to Devin, Catherine, and Martje!

That is wonderful news, Maria! **more speedy recovery and healing charms to Mr. HH**

**healing charms** to Martje and anyone else who needs them.

Congratulations to your son, Mediwitch! That's fantastic!

I think my neighbor in Mississippi had a Maine Coon Cat... I remember it was gigantic...

Have fun at Disneyland, Mandy! **is really hoping to go to Disneyland in a couple weeks**

Sheila- that book sounds wonderful. I'm sure your father in law will love it!

ummmm... what else? Can't think of anything more... Vacation is going wonderfully. No stress. It's fantastic! Have a doctor's appointment tomorrow.

Guess I should go get ready, Mom has a teacher's meeting that I am allowed to sit in on, and I guess I should look presentable. Pajamas might not do it.

Have a fabulous RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

EDIT: Enjoy your day off, Soli! I would take it as a stay in pajamas and watch movies all day kind of day. Although shopping would be good...

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Holly T. - Dec 12, 2006 9:30 am (#2303 of 2989)

Happy Birthday to Catherine, Starling, and Devin!

Maria, what a relief! When is the surgery?

I made pumpkin/white chocolate/macadamia bars last night and then made forgotten cookies. My son took it upon himself to move everything out of the closet and drag out the box with the big Christmas tree and he and my daughter worked together assembling it (they got about halfway) before I reminded them they need to do their homework. They hadn't put the stand together right so it was wobbly but my husband and I fixed it after the kids went to bed. My daughter and I finished putting the tree together this morning.

I'll put the recipe for forgotten cookies in my profile.

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Good Evans - Dec 12, 2006 11:10 am (#2304 of 2989)

happy birthday to Catherine, Starling and Devin

Julie (snuffles) I am up at kings cross a lot, I know they are doing work on the station, but I will endeavour to get you a piccie when it finishes and email it to you!!! What a bummer to miss it when you dont go there very often - my commiserations !

lunch was great - we were in the king's carriage (King Edward V11 commissioned it) very grand and it was little tables and chairs, not like a railway dining car - it was fabulous. Also - and sorry to lower the tone but the loo was huge, and an old wooden one (built in to a corner with a "pull" chain - I haven't seen one like that in years - so (CRINGE CRINGE) I sat on the kings throne today!!!!!! king

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 12, 2006 11:20 am (#2305 of 2989)

Oh, Happy B-day's to Starling and Devin as well.

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The giant squid - Dec 12, 2006 1:28 pm (#2306 of 2989)

Birthday wishes to Catherine, Martje and Devin. This is also my cousin's birthday...seems early March is a "nothing else to do" time of year.

Those Maine Coon cats look interesting, but there's entirely too much cat hair involved for my sinuses to enjoy them.

Off to get an oil change on my car...it's a necessary errand, but always such a drain on my time. No matter when or where I go there always ends up being about at least a half dozen cars ahead of me. Ironically, I don't have the patience to do it myself (not to mention I hate getting drenched in motor oil).

--Mike

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geauxtigers - Dec 12, 2006 1:56 pm (#2307 of 2989)

Happy Birthday to Catherine, Starling, and Devin!!

Mike....all I can say is SPEW! LOL **snort**

It rained this morning, now its warm and sticky and the sun is out. I hate how gross it feels after it rains!

Just popped in to give b-day wishes and tell Maria that I'm glad your husband is fine!

Now I have to do homework...

Have a great day.

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 12, 2006 2:12 pm (#2308 of 2989)

Also - and sorry to lower the tone but the loo was huge,

Haha! You sound like me! Whenever Tori and I go to a restaurant, we have to go "check out the bathroom"! Sometimes they are awful and sometimes they are really cool! The one a P.F. Chang's has the most amazing sinks with faucets that pour out really warm water.. Ahh it's the best! Glad you had fun!

is not going to make any comments about Mike's post

Well I have too much to do and too little time to do it! Best be off!

And a round of 'Happy Birthday's' to everyone!

Happy Tuesday!

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Steve Newton - Dec 12, 2006 2:27 pm (#2309 of 2989)

The best restrooms that I have ever seen were in the lower level of the Library of Congress. Just beautiful woodwork and marble.

Maybe I should get a life.

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Snuffles - Dec 12, 2006 2:30 pm (#2310 of 2989)

Maria, I'm glad Mr. HH is ok.

Julie (GE) thank you. I couldn't believe it. Just my luck!

I have to check out the toilets at the places I go to. I still haven't come across one that beats the restaurant in Malaga in Spain last year. It was huge. It was set in the 1920's style, full of chintz with a fountain in the middle!

Olivia came home today all snuffly and watery eyed. I hope it doesn't turn into a full on cold She has her nursery Christmas party tomorrow and there are 70 bite size sausage rolls in my kitchen, just waiting to be trodden into the nursery carpet.

Off to check the threads

Julie

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Madam Pince - Dec 12, 2006 2:48 pm (#2311 of 2989)

Well, hello everyone, I'm back! I've spent the last four days on-and-off reading the 650+ posts that piled up over the last two weeks... whew! My eyes are crossed. I've lots to say eventually, but I can't stay on too terribly long now as I have to be somewhere in an hour and a half.

Let me just say this quickly, though -- WOO-HOO!!! on Denise moving to Northern Virginia! Yet another thing I can use to try to convince Mr. Pince that we need to move to the house we have in Herndon -- we could be neighbors! (Even if I still can't convince him, we'll still be only like an hour and a half away...) One point for your house-hunting -- I'm sure you'd do this anyway, but be sure to look very carefully at the real estate tax rates. Herndon (where my aunt's house is) is practically on the border of Loudoun County/Fairfax County, but falls within Fairfax, which I strongly lament twice a year! Fairfax is a great county with great services, but the taxes are quite steep! Loudoun is much more reasonable. A bit farthur out and more "in the country," but more reasonable. Loudoun is sorta known as being "horse country for ritzy people" because all the big fancy horse farms with lots of land around them are there, but I'm sure there must be reasonably priced housing as well. (Well, as reasonable as Northern Virginia gets...) I only wish my aunt's house were big enough to accommodate your family, but alas, I think it would max out on a family of four or five. Anyway, welcome to Virginia!

Belated Happy Birthday greetings to Phelim, Starling, Nitromonkey, Devin, Prickly Daughter, S.E. Jones, Kabloink, Catherine, and TBE!!!

Belated Happy Anniversary to Marie and Mr. E and to Mr. & Mrs. Thom Matheson!

(My, that's a lot of celebrations for a two-week period! Hope I didn't miss anyone!)

Get well soon to Tazzy, the Mediwitches, Mr. HH, Steve Newton's mom, Azi's grandma, Starling, and anyone else still recovering from Thanksgiving illnesses... Sounds like it was a rough holiday for some!

Welcome back to Moaning Myrtle 101, Winky Woo, and Mrs. Sirius, and welcome for the first time to rlc!

Sheila, so glad it worked out for the Disney trip! Have fun!

Love the new holiday avatars -- Mediwitch's snowflake, Holly's gingerbread house cake, and Eponine's angel Santa hat, among others!

Eggnog --- YES! Delicious! "But why is all the rum gone???!!!" We must have rum in our eggnog...

***Is still ROFL'ing at Chemyst's "they have little pine-tree shaped thingys you can hang from the rear-view mirror..."***

Does the Forum look bigger to anyone besides me? I had my computer worked on while I was gone, and either he changed some settings that makes everything look bigger now, or else WX is having sympathy for us old people...

The restrooms at the top of the John Hancock building in Chicago have the most magnificent view...

OK, so now I have to be somewhere in an hour... ***dashes off***

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S.E. Jones - Dec 12, 2006 4:10 pm (#2312 of 2989)

I just wanted to mention, for those who do not know yet, that the Vote folder has reopened for voting once more with some new polls. The first poll will be expiring later today, so take a minute to look around and see if there are any polls you'd like to vote on. (Also, the more people we get reading through the Vote folder, the more suggestions for polls we'll get and the more polls that will be added.)

P.S. Happy birthday to Catherine and Devin and Starling!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 12, 2006 4:55 pm (#2313 of 2989)

The restrooms at the top of the John Hancock building in Chicago have the most magnificent view...---Madam Pince

For some reason, an image of men on a boat off at sea sprung to mind.

For the record, the balsam roping is still in the car. It sure does smell purdy.

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boop - Dec 12, 2006 5:19 pm (#2314 of 2989)

Shelia, LOL what your hubby said about hair balls. Congrats to your hubby getting a raise.

Mediwitch, healing charms to your husband. Congrats to your son.

Julie(GE), good to see your around. Sounds like you got a really nice tree. Its sounds like you had a great afternoon.

Kim, what a nice new years gift.

Martje, sorry to hear about the cats. ((HUGS)) and healing charms to you.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Martje, Catherine, and Devin. I hope you all have a great day.

Julie, glad to hear your shopping done. I am sending wrapping charms your way.

Maria, Good news about the tumor, I will keep your hubby in my prayers, and a quick recovery.

Mandy, enjoy your day at Disney.

Welcome Back Madam Pince, you were missed.

Have a great rest of the day.

hugs always

boop

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painting sheila - Dec 12, 2006 6:01 pm (#2315 of 2989)

I heard some people talking on Regis and Kelly the other day (today?) about bathrooms. I guess Bryant Gumble has a great on in his house that has all sorts of features for washing and drying - the potty - not the sink.

I got absolutely nothing of worth done today. I am afraid this will put me behind for the rest of the week!!

I am so giddy about going to Disney!! Have I ever told you all my story about Tinkerbell? I am surprised they will let me back in!

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Denise P. - Dec 12, 2006 6:07 pm (#2316 of 2989)

So last week I went into a skate place to order a skateboard (which truly means you have to order a deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, grips and riders....) I placed the order, got a call yesterday that it was there. I double checked the hours and was there 20 minutes after they opened. No one. I waited 40 minutes, left a message on his voice mail and at the shop. 10 minutes after I left, he called. Since I had stopped to grab something at a store, I turned around and went back. The deck was there and correct and the grip was correct. The deck had on the wrong wheels since HE SOLD MY WHEELS! He could not seem to grasp the concept that I didn't want the wheels currently on the deck, I wanted the wheels I ordered. He said they would be in next week. Good thing this is a Christmas present and not a birthday gift.

To console myself, I got myself a new pair of running shoes. Actually, Mr. Denise told me to get the pair I wanted as a Christmas gift from him. I know, cop out on his part but this way I know they are what I really want. I got some Saucony Hurricane's and they were on sale...even better. I am being good, they are sitting under the tree.

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Puck - Dec 12, 2006 6:51 pm (#2317 of 2989)

Well, Denise, if they were on sale you should use the saved money to get an extra present.

Skimmed through, as I was a few days behind on this thread.

Happy Birthday's to Catherine, Starling and Devin!

So happy for both Maria's and Sheila's husbands.

I'm hoping to finish most of my shopping tomorrow. Making a list tonight so I can hopefully remember everyone.

Steve, how sweet! I would love it if my hubby referred to me as the B.B.W..

yeah for Disney!

I also never got the Easy Bake Oven. Mom said she would help me use hers. I did have a Barbie Dream House, though. I was told I would not get one, as it was too expensive. We found it shortly before Christmas while playing hide-and-seek. I did my best to act surprised on Christmas. (I never snoop for gifts. It takes the fun out of it if I know what I'm getting. If Mom had told me to stay away from the hall closet, I would have.)

Off to get a few shopping ideas from Amazon. No ideas for my nieces. My Mom buys them too many close, and they have tons of toys.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 12, 2006 7:21 pm (#2318 of 2989)

Have I ever told you all my story about Tinkerbell? I am surprised they will let me back in!

Ohh doo tell! I want to hear this one! Even though I should be working.....

I never snoop for gifts. It takes the fun out of it if I know what I'm getting.

As for me, well, snooping's half the fun! I love trying to guess what's under the tree (but only after it's wrapped). My mom is like you, she thinks it takes all the fun out of it, but the way I look at it, it's half the fun, and she doesn't seem to understand me when I say tell her so. :evilgrin:

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painting sheila - Dec 12, 2006 7:46 pm (#2319 of 2989)

Okay - since you asked (snort!)

My Tinkerbell Story by Sheila

I all started in my childhood. I would sit and watch the Wonderful Word of Disney every Sunday night. My favorite part was when Tinkerbell (me) would light up Cinderella's castle. I just knew that I was Tink and she was me. . . . . Fast forward to me at age 25.

I am a newlywed, and my sweetie and I, his mother and father, his sister and her husband all plan a trip to Disneyland. I am OVER THE MOON! but since I am still trying to impress the in-laws I hold it in. I had never been to Disney- anything and thought that I had surely married The Most Wonderful Man In The World since he was taking me to Disney.

I held it in pretty well until Mickey walked into the restaurant where we were eating. I literally dropped my tray - screamed "Mickey!" and ran full tilt at him. His handler didn't quite know what to do with me and stepped aside at just the right moment so I could run smack in to Mickey and give him a huge hug. I of course was crying non-stop at this point - obviously so overcome with emotion that I could not even ask for a picture.

(My in-laws were a little concerned at this point, but the smiled and chalked it up to me being "cute")

The rest of the day goes pretty uneventful until . . . .

Around 8:30pm I noticed everyone else i the park was heading in the opposite direction of us. I asked my husband what was up and he said, (yes, I remember his EXACT words), "Oh. It's nothing. Tinkerbell is just going to light up Cinderella's castle."

Well you can imagine how excited I became. I was jumping up and down and pulling him back towards the castle. He finally told me to run ahead and save them all a spot. I dashed to the front of the crowd and found a perfect spot right in front of the castle and right beside a speaker so that I could here "When You Wish Upon a Star"!!! I was so excited!!

Hubbie and the in-laws finally found me and laughed at me because I was literally holding my breath. The lights all dimmed - a hush fell over the crowd. A bright hot spotlight hit Tinkerbell as she appeared on top of the mountain. The music started to play right in my ear - and Tinkerbell started to fly slowly and gracefully towards Cinderella's castle. Tears had started to leak from my eyes. My heart was pounding, and my life was complete until. . . . the little 8 year old boy standing next to me said to his father, "That's just some old lady on a wire!"

I gasped! Clutched at my heart and whirled on him, got right in his face with tears still streaming and a runny nose beginning it's run and said with all the dignity I could muster, "That is not some old lady on a wire!! THAT IS TINKERBELL!!!"

His father calmly pulled his son close to him and backed away and melted into the crowd. I turned just in time to see Tinkerbell lift her magical wand and "poof!" light up Cinderella's castle. (deep sigh)

(My husband quickly moved us out into the crowd as soon as it was over for fear of the security guards that were surely coming our way.)

I became teary eyed just remembering it. It was one of the happiest days of my life.

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painting sheila - Dec 12, 2006 7:54 pm (#2320 of 2989)

Snuffles - the sweet little girl in your picture looks like she is underwater with the red lights coming up being the air bubbles!

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Marie E. - Dec 12, 2006 9:07 pm (#2321 of 2989)

Sheila, I loved your Tinkerbell story. I went to Disneyworld with a friend, his sister, and my brother back in '95 and, if my friend's sister had ever come face to face with Belle from Beauty and the Beast, we would have probably been escorted out of the park. As it was, she made us arrive at the Beauty and Beast show at least an hour early and we all got sunburned because it was an outdoor show. (Mike, now that theater is covered.)

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Mediwitch - Dec 12, 2006 9:46 pm (#2322 of 2989)

Congrats to Sheila hubby on the raise! w00t!

The conservatory wind ensemble I was in during my undergrad program played a piece (can't remember the composer now) inspired by Munch's "The Scream". It was, uh, very atonal.

Happy Birthday to Catherine, Starling, and Devin!!!

Squid Mike: Off to get an oil change on my car...it's a necessary errand, but always such a drain on my time. No matter when or where I go there always ends up being about at least a half dozen cars ahead of me. Ironically, I don't have the patience to do it myself (not to mention I hate getting drenched in motor oil).

Uh, Mike, aren't you supposed to put a basin under the drain plug instead of your face? (Clearly Ginny has more self-control than I have!)

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kabloink! - Dec 12, 2006 10:17 pm (#2323 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Catherine, Starling and Devin! My bday was Monday, and Hubby and I took the baby over to see our old coworkers in Lansing. It was fun-I love showing him off! Then we had dinner and cake with the in-laws. It was fun. Hubby got me a beautiful necklace and earrings set in sapphires (Ian's birthstone). It was soo sweet!

Hmm it may be a bit late for this, but whoever was asking about eyedrops-out optometrist (I'm working for my parents in their optical store) recommended having the child tip their head back and close their eyes, then put the drops on the inside of their lids-in that indentation right by the nose, over the tear duct. Then have them open their eyes. You won't always get all of the medicine in, but it usually gets enough.

I'm so excited. I was talking to my parents about possibly getting my husband tickets to see Spamalot for Christmas, but I know of some smaller things that are far more practical and necessary, not to mention in my budget. SO while my mom and I are getting our manicures and pedicures, my dad is pushing the baby around the mall and just meanders into the Ticketmaster office in our Macy's. So, we're going to see Spamalot this Sunday. Technically its from me to my husband, but really its for us from my parents. Its cool.

The closer we get to Christmas, the less time I have to do cookies, and as I haven't even started yet, I have a feeling I might just end up making Snickerdoodles and Peanutbutter cookies. Of course, if my dad hadn't decided to double our workload by taking on another optometrist and thus another long doctor day every week. Alas, he needs to hire someone else, but he won't do it. Oh well, I'm off to bed before I fall asleep on my laptop!

KNight knight everyone!

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Tazzygirl - Dec 12, 2006 11:41 pm (#2324 of 2989)

That is a cute story, Sheila!! If I wasn't afraid of the characters (I'm weird, what can I say? ) I probably would have done the same thing! I believe I mentioned my horrifying story about Tigger literally chasing me in and out of the stores on Mainstreet Disneyland when I was about 12 right? I was screaming hysterically, and my parents had the nerve to laugh at me. Had a group of people gather around too to watch the scene. I now go the opposite way of whatever character is coming towards me, or vicinity. Love the rides and such at Disney though! Hope you have a fantastic time at Disney!! OH! Speaking of which, I am hopefully going to Disneyland Jan. 3rd! w00t!

Sorry to hear the skateboard guy sold the wheels, Denise. Glad you got your new running shoes!

Kabloink- Happy late birthday!

I think it is time for bed for me. Busy day tomorrow!

~Kristina

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jose043 - Dec 13, 2006 12:01 am (#2325 of 2989)

Happy Birthday to Catherine, Starling & Denise P Devin. Hope you all got the presents you wanted sorry if we are a little late.

Healing charms to all that need them.

Solitaire when does school finish for the year for you?

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Ydnam96 - Dec 13, 2006 12:48 am (#2326 of 2989)

I hope Olivia starts to feel better!!!

I had a great time at Disney. I love New Orleans Square all dressed up for Christmas. But I got home and kitty had thrown up all over the place Sad Yesterday he ingested some deodorant. I don't think that was good for him...Or my carpet.

Shelia, I was expecting much worse on the Tinkerbell story. I don't blame you in the least!

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Denise P. - Dec 13, 2006 6:33 am (#2327 of 2989)

The kids got a new bus driver, who keeps coming earlier and earlier. They are supposed to be picked up at 7:38 and the previous driver was right about 7:40. The new one started creeping up a little at a time. Yesterday, she was here before 7:35 so today, right before 7:30 I was shoving getting them out the door and she was already here!!

I think I was more impressed with the fireworks and Tinkerbell at Disney than the kids were when we went there with Make A Wish. I am planning to run the Disney Marathon in 2008 and will get there earlier so I can go through the park WITHOUT KIDS!!

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 13, 2006 6:50 am (#2328 of 2989)

Ohh Ydnam, don't you hate that?? The worst is when they’re in your room in the middle of the night and that gurping sound wakes you up...and it's always too late as they've found your favorite shirt as a landing point.

Must get to school now! It's 10 till!

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Good Evans - Dec 13, 2006 9:13 am (#2329 of 2989)

Sheila

what a fabulous story - the image I have of you telling this little boy off is priceless!!!

Hubby off to his christmas party tomight - so I may well ahve unfettered access to the forum ** does happy dance**

Maybe see you in the chat room later

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Madam Pince - Dec 13, 2006 11:01 am (#2330 of 2989)

...recommended having the child tip their head back and close their eyes, then put the drops on the inside of their lids-in that indentation right by the nose, over the tear duct. Then have them open their eyes.

***is rolling on the floor laughing...***

It sounds so lovely, but in practical reality... no way! At least, not in our house! In order to get drops in Little Pince's eyes, it takes at least two people and preferably three. He is onto us with the whole "distraction" thing, so we have to resort to brute force -- we have to get him on his back on the floor, then one of us has to literally sit on him and endure the kicks from behind, while the other holds the arms down and keeps the head from flailing side-to-side, and then whoever has free hands will wrench the eyelid open and put the drops in, all amid ear-splitting howls of protest. Getting shots at the pediatrician's office is about the same deal -- it took two nurses plus me to get a strep culture once. I would've thought they'd have seen it all, but the two of them even looked shook up when we were finally done. This is why we still haven't gotten him a flu shot yet this year -- I don't think I have the strength.

Sheila, loved the Tinkerbell story! It (unfortunately) reminded me a bit of our recent visit to a shop that had a Santa Claus. They apparently couldn't locate a male volunteer, so the Santa was a woman, and it was fairly obvious from her voice. Little Pince dutifully sat on Santa's lap and recited what he wants for Christmas, but as we were leaving the shop, he said "Mama, I don't think that was really Santa Claus. I think that was just some lady."

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Puck - Dec 13, 2006 11:34 am (#2331 of 2989)

Sheila, great story!

I'm not out finishing Christmas shopping. Baby woke with a fever (mild, but she looks horrible) so I just brought Diva to school and then brought baby home. Well, actually, I came home and then went back with the Care Bear we had forgotten to bring for today's Teddy Bear picnic, then came home.

It was me with the drops. It involved strapping her arms down and prying her eyes open. Thankfully, we are done with those. Kabloink's method would work for an older, cooperative child. (Anyone actually have one of those? )

Happy belated Birthday, Kabloink! Have fun at the show!

A Disney Marathon? I might actually consider training for one in that case....

Kathy

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Eponine - Dec 13, 2006 12:50 pm (#2332 of 2989)

Sheila, I liked your Disney story. It sounds like you had a lot of fun there. BTW, have you given up your Wii pursuit?

Madam Pince, I liked your story too. Kids are a lot savvier than we realize sometimes.

I don't make Christmas cookies, but I do make truffles every year. I just finished a batch I'm taking to work for our annual 'stuff yourself with food' day. (That's not actually what they call it, but that's what it is!)

Anyway, I like to experiment with flavoring, and I thought I'd try to make some mint truffles. If I'd been smart, I would have gone to the liquor store and bought some creme de menthe, but I thought I could wing it with some mint extract. BAD IDEA! My truffles ended up tasting like toothpaste. Thankfully, I only made about a dozen of the mint toothpaste, so I have plenty of the other flavors to take.

Happy belated birthday, Kabloink!

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Denise P. - Dec 13, 2006 2:22 pm (#2333 of 2989)

Puck, not only does Disney have a marathon, they have a Half, a 5K, fun runs for the wee kiddies (400, 200 and 100 yd dashes including a diaper dash)..there is also the Goofy Marathon and a Half!

I am planning to run the Goofy in January 2008. You run the Half Marathon on Saturday and then turn around and run the full Marathon on Sunday. The pace requirement is 16:00....almost walking pace.

This is all down at WDW. I know Disneyland had a Full and a Half...not sure about everything else.

I got a call from Kyle, the not-very-business-like owner of the skate place. My wheels are in and I can go pick up everything.

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Thom Matheson - Dec 13, 2006 2:45 pm (#2334 of 2989)

Denise, Kyle should deliver them. Madame Pince, I too have had that eye drop thing. It is easier to hold a head in place with the childs arms over their head next their face with you holding the arms like a neck splint. Then put the drops in with their eyes closed. They will blink by reflex. (Past life in an ER). By spreading the eyes open is way more fearful then making them blink. Shots were bending them over with your knees as the same splint manuver. A last straw was velcro body board. But the eyedrop technique was pretty effective. Give it a go. Hope that will help. Then of course the "You're such a big boy" bribe. My son has been a type 1 diabetic since he was little. Getting those shots 3 times a day was a workout.

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Puck - Dec 13, 2006 3:21 pm (#2335 of 2989)

Thanks for the info, Denise! I just may look into that.

Eponine, my friends and I once added mint to chocolate with the same effect. It's a very strong extract, you only need the tiniest bit.

I get to go out tonight. I have a Board of Directors meeting for the preschool. This "meeting" is being held at another members house (so we can serve wine) and involves eating treats. I just told hubby about the meeting part of it.

Baby Puck has perked up a bit, but still has a bit of a temperature and shadowed eyes. Hopefully she'll be much improved come tomorrow. It's been a while since my house was full of healthy people.

Thom, hope your son is doing well now.

Happy RotD, Kathy

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Thom Matheson - Dec 13, 2006 3:34 pm (#2336 of 2989)

Thanks Puck, He never once stopped play sports and is now 31 with no vision or cardiac issues at all, and about to make me a Grandpa in May. I don't think I told you guys that. I was asked to be his best man. My second grand child. Pretty excited about a new one to spoil.

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boop - Dec 13, 2006 5:16 pm (#2337 of 2989)

Sheila, great story.

Kabloink, Happy Belated Birthday.

Kathy, get well charms to baby Puck.

Thom, congrats to being a grandpa again in May.

It was beautiful out today. It is supposed to stay pretty nice until the middle of next week.

Good Luck to all students taking finals or doing papers. Enjoy your winter break.

hugs always

boop

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Tazzygirl - Dec 13, 2006 8:25 pm (#2338 of 2989)

**healing charms to Baby Puck**

Congrats on the new soon to be grandbaby, Thom!

I've been hearing a lot about how dangerous the Wii thingys are... Tehe!

To get Thaniel to take his medicine/eyedrops, it's normally a two person job. One person flips him upside down while pinning his arms to his side, and the other person tries to get the medicine in. Now that he is getting bigger, that technique isn't working anymore.

Meant to do this in last post or so... **waves to Madam P** Welcome back!

~Kristina

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Mediwitch - Dec 13, 2006 8:27 pm (#2339 of 2989)

Hi Kathy! Did you ever see my post Mediwitch, “Chat and Greeting Thread for Members" #2030, 4 Dec 2006 6:53 pm about which Worcester area Target Ryan went to for his Wii? He asked me tonight if I had ever heard back from you. **sends healing charms to Baby Puck**

Congrats on the new grandchild, Thom!

Happy Belated Birthday, Kabloink!

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painting sheila - Dec 13, 2006 9:46 pm (#2340 of 2989)

I am done searching for a Wii this season. I have told Oldest Son he can for sure have one after the first of the year.

I have the yuck stuff now. I went to the doctor and he actually repelled himself away on his rolling stool when he looked in the back of my throat. I now have three prescriptions and hope to be all better by Friday.

I love the eye drops stories bouncing around!! I still think that the worst thing in the world is trying and give a cat a pill. I don't know how they can keep from swallowing something that is half way down their throat - and then! not only not swallow it but projectile the thing across the room when you let go!

Eye Drops - Have you offered to pay the child for letting you put them in? I know it would work on my kids!

Congrats to Thom on being a grandpa again! Yeah!!

I hope baby Puck feels better soon.

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DJ Evans - Dec 13, 2006 10:04 pm (#2341 of 2989)

Welcome home Madam P! Glad to see you back.

I've had to laugh at some of the ways that have been discussed in trying to get kids their meds. And I hope no one comes in & just starts to randomly reading the posts without knowing just what is being talked about...or they might think this is a hard & cruel bunch of people.

I've offered to wrap my nieces presents as she just doesn't have the time, plus I've been told her gift wrapping leaves something to be desired BIG time. I got quite of few of them finished up today. She said she wasn't going to get the kids very much this year. lol Yeah, OK that's her story & I'm sure she is going to stick with it. I haven't seen an Easy Bake Oven yet. Rats! I was hoping I could play with it for a bit before I had to wrap it up. heehee

Happy Birthday to all that have had one recently. And for those who are a bit under the weather, healing charms to each of you.

Grandpa Thom congrats on the great news.

Shelia, too cute on the Tinkerbell story. It just goes to prove that there is a kid in all of us, no matter how old we are.

Later, Deb

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Lina - Dec 13, 2006 11:47 pm (#2342 of 2989)

Belated happy birthdays to Catherine, Starling, Devin and Kabloink!

Kate had to get the eye drops when she was 13 months old, every 20 minutes, 5 hours in a row. But she is my beautiful sunshine. We told her it wouldn't hurt and she trusted us. When she had to get the tuberculosis check when she was two, we told her it would hurt a little and all she said when she got it was "Mum, kiss here!" I thought at that moment - how well we raised her! But then Veronika came and I realized that it has nothing to do with raising, at least not at that age. We just happened to be lucky with Kate.

Healing charms and congratulations all around.

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Starling - Dec 14, 2006 6:23 am (#2343 of 2989)

My son used to scream and panic and scream some more when he had to have his 'flu vaccination, until he met a woman who is still suffering 28 years after an accident (she was 12 when it happened) and still has to have medical treatment. He's been "brave" ever since. Come to think of it, he's become a lot more careful in traffic too.

I don't blame him for being scared in the first place, though. He was mauled by a dog when he was three, and the doctor made a horrific mess with the needle when he tried to numb his face for the stitches. It's one of the few times I've been -this- close to fainting.

Was ill on my birthday. But fine the day after! So we went to see Mama Mia, which was brilliant, if you ignored the seats without legroom and the ear-splitting (ouch) encores.

I heard lots about the "dangers" of the Wii too. There's no way I'll get one, my living room is way too small. *g*

Martje

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Denise P. - Dec 14, 2006 6:29 am (#2344 of 2989)

We run the wide range here, from kids who squeal when a bandaide is removed to Devin, who would probably just watch if he had to get stitches with no pain medication. He would ask if he could do one

Round #2 of the Skateboard Saga is today. Let's see if he will manage to have the correct board, trucks, wheels, bearing and grip today.

Anybody happen to have a copy of a book called Once A Runner? It is out of print and I refuse to pay over $100 to read it. No luck at my library either.

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kaykay1970 - Dec 14, 2006 6:49 am (#2345 of 2989)

Waiting awhile for the Wii might not be such a bad thing. According to wiihaveaproblem.com, Nintendo is working on a new Wii-mote strap to replace the ones that are fraying and breaking.

Great news, Maria! I know you must feel so relieved. More healing charms!

Happy belated birthday to Devin, Catherine, Kabloink and Starling!

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Chemyst - Dec 14, 2006 6:53 am (#2346 of 2989)

Welcome back Madame Pince.

Charms for Denise to skate through the rest of her Christmas shopping & run into a copy of the book she wants.

A Quote in tribute to the Oldest Painting Sheila Son

   It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
   It came without packages, boxes or bags!
   And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
   Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
   "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
   "Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more!"

So here is a three-sizes Heart-Growing charm for your son to appreciate the love that kept you waiting in line all those hours.

...and I realized that it has nothing to do with raising, at least not at that age. We just happened to be lucky . . . .
Aw, you deserve a hug for that bit 'o wisdom, but with the limit of us being on different continents and all, I just chuckled instead.

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Eponine - Dec 14, 2006 7:53 am (#2347 of 2989)

Denise, have you tried inter-library loan? I checked the WorldCat, and there are a lot of libraries that own the book. It looks like East Tennessee State has a copy. If ETSU doesn't do ILL, then your library might be able to find another library that does. Sometimes there's a cost, but it's usually minimal. (We charge $3.00 per item)

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Snuffles - Dec 14, 2006 8:17 am (#2348 of 2989)

Painting Shiela, I loved your Tinkerbell story. I bet the face on that boy as you told him off was a picture .

I never noticed about the red bubbles behind Olivia in my avatar. It does look like she is underwater. The picture was taken at my local Garden Centre. They always have a room which they decorate for Christmas. I don't like going in too often as I always seem to come home with another decoration She is stood in front of some moving eskimo's and husky dogs. You can hear the dogs breathing and their stomachs moving up and down, it took me a while to convice her that they weren't actually real!

Denise, Amazon.co.uk have that book for sale. The price starts from about £32 plus about £7.00 delivery to the U.S. I'm not sure how much that is in dollars, but it is definitely below $100.

We were supposed to be going to watch Casino Royale tonight but Olivia isn't well so I don't want to leave her. I'm hoping it will still be showing next week as hubby is desperate to watch it on the big screen.

Julie

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Ydnam96 - Dec 14, 2006 9:36 am (#2349 of 2989)

Denise, it is so weird that you ask about that book. One of the guys that I work with, the ONE who makes me want to go all Snape, just talked about reading that book. I would ask to borrow it but we don't have such a good relationship.

Lina, I've been trying to figure out in your avatar what the "natural" Christmas decoration is in that tree. What is that red stuff? Is it a form of moss or berries or something?

I hope Olivia starts feeling better.

Only 2 more days and all the residents go home for break. Praise the Lord!

TTFN

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 14, 2006 9:37 am (#2350 of 2989)

Who would like to do a new Read Along?

In the Read along thread we are discussing starting a new read along? For new members and old alike, if you would like to read along please check out the thread and ad your 2 knuts. I think this will be a link to that thread:

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Tazzygirl - Dec 14, 2006 11:22 am (#2351 of 2989)

Mrs. Sirius- for some reason your link brought me to a website not in English. (Looks like German almost, but spelling is off. So not sure what country it is for.)

For those of you interested, here is the link to the Harry Potter Read Along.

Busy day today... Healing charms to Olivia and everyone else who needs them! Good luck charms to Denise in finding the book!

Have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Holly T. - Dec 14, 2006 11:40 am (#2352 of 2989)

**waving to all**

My daughter's run of Nutcracker performances has started, meaning I have even less time than usual (because she also still has ballet class). I took some time off from work just to manage it all. And to wrap gifts!

Have a great RotD!

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Steve Newton - Dec 14, 2006 11:57 am (#2353 of 2989)

The most commonly suggested title for the read a long has been COS. They are usually fun and often clear things up for folks.

Denise, your library should be able to get your book on inter library loan, ILL to library folk. Ask at the reference desk if they will get it for you.

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Denise P. - Dec 14, 2006 12:10 pm (#2354 of 2989)

The Skateboard Saga of 2006© has concluded. Despite his assurances that he WOULD be opening at noon, noon came and went with no sign of Poor Businessboy Kyle. I was not the only one waiting so I called him at 12:15 on his cell phone. As I was leaving a message on his voice mail (and he has one of those annoying plans that you hear music rather than a phone ringing) he called me. I asked if he planned to show up anytime in the future (yes, I admit it...I was snarky with a 20 year old kid) and he said he was 10 minutes away. I let the others waiting know that and tried to keep an increasingly agitated 16 month old and 3 year old entertained. He finally showed up and started to help the other couple first...they were there first so I am okay with that.

He pulled out my Nicholas's board and I looked it over. Is anyone at all surprised there was something not right? I asked about the bearings since I knew I had ordered Black Widow bearings. Sure enough, they were NOT the bearings on the now correct Spitfire wheels. He switched them out and everything was fine. He did upgrade the trucks two steps above what I had initially ordered at no charge and also gave some risers at no charge. Shame on him, he badmouthed his poor mama again. Tsk tsk....he is certainly the posterboy for how to NOT run a business and talk to potential customers but he does have a captive audience by being about the only game in town.

So....it has ended. Now to hide the darn thing UNTIL CHRISTMAS. I have to say, it is a very nice looking board. It is black and has a green elephant on it. Naturally, after I ordered this board (that had been requested), he said he changed his mind and wanted a different board. TOO BAD!

Thanks for the info on the book, I will check at my new library after we move. The book is a cult favorite and something I would like to read but not badly. I just think it is insane that it goes for so much on eBay, Half.com and even on ABE

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The giant squid - Dec 14, 2006 1:39 pm (#2355 of 2989)

Mike....all I can say is SPEW! LOL **snort**--geauxtigers

Um...well said, Tori.

Uh, Mike, aren't you supposed to put a basin under the drain plug instead of your face?—Mediwitch

It's not the face that gets oiled, it's my arm. No matter how careful I am or what angle I attack it from, whenever I remove the drain plug the oil travels up my hand, down my arm and straight for my armpit. I can usually catch it before it hits the pit, but there have been enough misses that I'd rather just pay someone else to deal with the aggravation.

Snuffles, Casino Royale is indeed one that's better on the big screen. It's still doing pretty well, so hopefully it will stay at your theater another week. This year doesn't have a crazy-busy movie like we've had in recent Decembers (LotR, HP, King Kong) so stuff that we normally would have lost a while ago is still playing at my theater. We still have a print of The Departed after a couple of months (this time of year 2 weeks is the norm).

he is certainly the posterboy for how to NOT run a business and talk to potential customers but he does have a captive audience by being about the only game in town.--Denise P.

I have noticed a worrisome trend lately that "customer service" is becoming a lost art. Trying to explain it to the kids at the theater is like teaching them vector calculus--a rare few get it, but most just stare at me with glazed eyes...

--Mike

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 14, 2006 1:58 pm (#2356 of 2989)

What I don't like is, while everyone is calling us "customer" without really providing the service, people who should NEVER call us "customer' are doing so. You are not ever supposed to be a customer at a doctor's office, I-M-Humble-O. In a doctor's office we are always supposed to be a patient.

When I call a doctor’s office and I am called customer, I think, okay, what are you selling.

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Lina - Dec 14, 2006 3:37 pm (#2357 of 2989)

Lol, Chemyst, you cut my sentence. I didn't say “We just happened to be lucky.” I said “We just happened to be lucky with Kate.” I didn't say we were lucky with the other two.

Mandy, I might have a problem with English here, but I think that the red thing on the tree is ivy with leaves getting red in autumn.

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Ydnam96 - Dec 14, 2006 4:04 pm (#2358 of 2989)

Lina that's pretty neat. I've never seen ivy that changed colors before! I like it.

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Catherine - Dec 14, 2006 4:05 pm (#2359 of 2989)

Trying to explain it to the kids at the theater is like teaching them vector calculus--a rare few get it, but most just stare at me with glazed eyes... --Squid Mike

Hmmm...I think of fleas and rats and mosquitoes when I think of vectors.....perhaps calculus is just as pesty.

In a doctor's office we are always supposed to be a patient. --Mrs. Sirius

I think they think that we should just BE patient.

Denise, I validate your need for snark. Good job on the upgrades.

Without sounding materialistic, I have to say that my students' parents have been wonderfully generous for both my birthday and Christmas. One set of parents who cater sent our meal home--Greek shrimp, salad, and bread. I have multiple gift certificates to restaurants, book stores, and jewelry stores. The homemade goodies abound. I am overwhelmed with how fabulously they are treating me, and the handwritten notes about my teaching made my entire year.

Off to eat Greek shrimp en papillote....

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boop - Dec 14, 2006 5:05 pm (#2360 of 2989)

Sheila, Hope you feel better soon. Healing charms to you.

Lina, good to see you around.

Denise Love the new avatar. Good luck with hiding the skateboard.

Julie, I hope Olivia feels better soon. I am sending healing charms to Olivia.

Catherine, enjoy your meal. Sounds like you got some really nice gifts.

Have a great rest of the day!!

hugs always

boop

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Marie E. - Dec 14, 2006 5:39 pm (#2361 of 2989)

Isn't it nice to feel appreciated, Catherine? I always try to see how I work "I don't like scented candles" into conversations with the kids this time of year.

I still haven't figured out what to get my students this year. I only have six students, so I was thinking about McDonald's gift cards. Sometimes I order $.95 books from Scholastic, but I didn't make it in time this year.

I mailed off two boxes yesterday and the rest go out tomorrow. I'm always amazed at how much we procrastinate this time of year. Most of our gifts were bought on Thanksgiving weekend.

Lovely weather continues!

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painting sheila - Dec 14, 2006 6:43 pm (#2362 of 2989)

Thanks Chemyst for your support! Oldest Son is a great kid and has stopped using the "wii" word in every sentence. "Wii" need some milk." "Wii need to work on my school project . . ."

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Puck - Dec 14, 2006 6:56 pm (#2363 of 2989)

Sheila, feel better!

Baby napped for several hours, and is looking less like Lupin after the full moon. She still has a cough though.

Tomorrow I get to see the 4-year-old performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Marie, I haven't taught in over six year, and I still have a box with candles and various bars of scented soap in the closet. I believe teachers when they ask for a classroom gift instead. (Though I do send in a homemade goodie to share with family.) Though a wonderful dinner would certainly have been appreciated.

I haven't wrapped anything yet, except one of hubby's gifts, as I was afraid he would see it. Hmm, perhaps I should get off the computer and wrap a few. But, first, hot chocolate and Survivor.

Happy RotD

Kathy

oh- I think we can start that thread about meeting up for a book release party once JKR announces the date.

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kabloink! - Dec 14, 2006 7:07 pm (#2364 of 2989)

Arg, baby has been SUPER fussy the past three days. Makes work and home life very stressful. I can't help but wonder if he's teething. I know its a bit early, but not unheard of. Either that or his tummy's bugging him. I don't know.

I have been so stressed and exhausted last night that I slept right through the explosion. I live in Port Huron, Mi, which is right across the river (1 mile at its widest point) from Sarnia, Ontario. Apparently, the oil plant in chemical valley had an explosion at about 3am. Hubby said the entire eastern sky was yellow. This was at our house about 3 miles or so from that point on the river. My dad (who lives less than a mile from the river), said it looked like daylight outside.

Ok, off to clean, and maybe decorate for my son's first Christmas? At least I know he won't remember it.

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Thom Matheson - Dec 14, 2006 8:16 pm (#2365 of 2989)

kabloink, we saw the light in the sky from Sterling Heights. What's that 40 miles? Keep your windows closed.

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Mediwitch - Dec 14, 2006 8:32 pm (#2366 of 2989)

LOL about giving pills to cats, painting sheila! We have one cat who is so bad about spitting them back up - and nearly impossible to get them into her in the first place! We got a little "pill shooter" from the vet (it looks a bit like a hypodermic syringe without the needle) because of her - it still takes two of us to get them in and she sometimes still spits them back out 5 minutes later, but we have a lot more success with the darn thing!

*Safety Charms* for anyone anywhere near that explosion!

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kabloink! - Dec 14, 2006 8:58 pm (#2367 of 2989)

http://www.thetimesherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061214/NEWS05/61214003

http://www.theobserver.ca/webapp/sitepages/

Here are some links if anyone is interested in reading about our local explosion. Yep, its Canada, yet I consider it local-I've always loved that about living in Port Huron. The top link is to the Port HUron newspaper article on the explosion, the second is to the Sarnia newspaper. It looks as though, because of the wind direction, Port Huron, and Michigan in general, was unaffected. Hubby says that the whole ground shook here. Its soo scary to hear about this kind of thing, though. The potential for a chain reaction over there in Chemical Valley is huge, and if anything were to reach the Dow plant...oh dear. THey're going to close that plant within the next few years, but its currently still in operation. Scary stuff, that.

Ok, off to abandon cleaning and collapse in bed.

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painting sheila - Dec 14, 2006 9:07 pm (#2368 of 2989)

I hope everyone is safe from the explosion. There was one here in the summer and now this one there with you all. Seems like these types of plants with lots of stored chemicals are not as safe as we had hoped . . . . .or maybe safer than we had hoped since they don't seem to go off to often. Hmmmmmm. . . .

I am up doing laundry and folding laundry. I have a mound of clothes that we - my family and I - should be ashamed of. The pile of clothes sorted for washing is almost as big as the one I am folding and we still have tons of clothes in our closets and drawers. Jeez!!

That said - guess what the big girls want for Christmas - more laundry!! I mean clothes!! (stop the madness!)

Ps How do we start a thread and should we start one for the south, one for the north, etc. . . .or should we just do east and west coast . . .

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geauxtigers - Dec 14, 2006 9:24 pm (#2369 of 2989)

I have a mound of clothes that we - my family and I - should be ashamed of.

Sounds like my family. How we have so much laundry, and I'm not sure, and Ginny and I wear uniforms 5 days a week! Its really sad.

We've had a lot of fog lately...thus my grandma who was supposed to fly in tonight couldn't. Her flight was cancelled. I kept wondering where this so called 'fog' was, then I went to the window and can't see across the street. She won't be happy when she finally gets here. I feel bad for her!

I did my Hamlet thing today. I only needed her to 'prompt' me once. So I think I did well. Tomorrow is Friday! YAY! I'll be spending the weekend held up in my room studying. At least its almost over.

Appropriate charms as needed!

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Puck - Dec 14, 2006 9:26 pm (#2370 of 2989)

Safety Charms to all who need it!

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painting sheila - Dec 14, 2006 10:37 pm (#2371 of 2989)

Okay - I'm putting this out here. I know this is not a swap meet, but My Littelest Guy has asked for a "Link Toy" more than once. That is what he tells Santa, and anyone that asks him.

I have looked online - Ebay and the like - but they all seem to be "collector items" and sell for up to $100.00! Does anyone have a comic book store in their area that sells action figures or what ever they call them ) of Link from Zelda?

Help!!!

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painting sheila - Dec 14, 2006 11:25 pm (#2372 of 2989)

Okay - never mind.

I did one more search and found a Link and an Epona - YEAH!!

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 14, 2006 11:36 pm (#2373 of 2989)

Sorry about that link don't know what happened, looks like it might be Dutch.

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painting sheila - Dec 14, 2006 11:46 pm (#2374 of 2989)

Mrs. Sirius -

I love the avatar!

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Tazzygirl - Dec 14, 2006 11:58 pm (#2375 of 2989)

Wow - Safety charms to those in the explosion area...

Busy day today- helped Mom in her classroom for a little bit, and then went grocery shopping for a Bunco game Mom was holding here at the house tonight. I was put in charge of creating the menu, so I think I went a little overboard- everyone loved it though! I made a chocolate fondue, with Angel food cake, raspberries, blackberries, these weird kumkuat thingys (they weren't labeled to exactly what they were, but it said on a sign to dip them in chocolate, and they looked awesome, so I couldn't resist . They were yellow round shaped, smaller than cherry tomatoes, and were inside leaves. When cut open, they looked like tomatoes, but tasted like a fruit.), and strawberries. I also made chicken cashew finger sandwiches and smoked salmon finger sandwiches. Eggnog, hot chocolate, tea, and coffee to drink. I had a blast putting it all together!

Now I should probably head to bed- have to get up early to make a chili casserole and gingerbread cake. Mom's students are having an 'open house' and all of their parents are coming. She teaches a functional skills class, and wants the parents to see what the kids have been cooking and stuff over the year so far. It's pretty awesome.

~Kristina

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Regan of Gong - Dec 15, 2006 12:28 am (#2376 of 2989)

It's not Link and Epona- it's Regan and Chook

I've hardly done any Christmas shopping. Dollars are tight, after buying the Wii and I still haven't been reimbursed for stuff I bought for our Year 10 graduation. Even so, I bought 2 Gorillapods. They're a great idea. Unfortunately I've got a lot to go...

Wii is still awesome, except the controllers want more batteries. I read that Zelda has an estimated playtime of 40 hours, which means more like 50 for me.

For all the Britons out there- what does the ashes mean? Another Sad Horrific English Season? Don't think this one will last 4 days...

Threads to read,

Regan

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Steve Newton - Dec 15, 2006 6:58 am (#2377 of 2989)

Denise, I looked in OCLC's Worldcat and found about 100 libraries in the US that own Once A Runner. Not as many as I expected but it should be gettable by your library.

OCLC is one of those secret mystical things that librarians use to find out things that no one else can.

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Madam Pince - Dec 15, 2006 8:25 am (#2378 of 2989)

Wow, for the last two days I have felt like I was living in London in the middle of a Sherlock Holmes story or something -- the fog was as thick as peanut butter! (as Yukon Cornelius would say...) I have lived here almost nine years and it is the worst I have ever seen. It was kind of eerie -- driving at night it was as though you were completely alone in the world, since you could not see any lights at all until you were right on top of them. Crossing the bridge felt so odd because you couldn't see very far in front of you, and you couldn't see the Bay below you. Steve Newton, was it like that in Delaware, too? Thank goodness it finally cleared this morning.

Thom, thanks for the hint about the eyedrops! We will try it without opening the lid next time, should we have to do it again (*knock on wood*) I have always tried to be completely honest with him and never lie about anything, because I want him to trust me when I say things like "It won't hurt" when I know it won't, but he is still distrustful/fearful of the silliest "health" things, like pulling off a Band-Aid. A couple weeks ago he was playing with the bubble gum in his mouth (which I had not given him; ***glares in Mr. Pince's general direction***) and he managed to get the gum all over his face and in his hair. I came in the kitchen and he was standing on a chair asking me "Mom, where are the scissors?" and he was preparing to cut his hair. Anyway, we got it out of the hair no problem, but scraping it off his face you would've thought we were amputating fingers with a butter knife. But now, a couple years ago he fell and smashed his finger and the nail came off, and he was a very brave trooper while we went through weeks of bandage-changing and trimming (which was totally gross to me -- the nail would open and shut like a door... bleah...) So who knows...

***waves back to Tazzy!***

Congrats, Denise, on finally getting the skateboard! (Did you hear, by the way, that Herndon was recently ranked by some organization who does such things as one of the Top 10 (I think?) places to live in the country? Hums innocently...)

OK, more to say but gotta run for now...

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 15, 2006 9:16 am (#2379 of 2989)

Oh my goodness talk about life comes at you fast! Last night my daughter spilled a cup of hot tea on her hip. Of course she cried and screamed. I put cold compresses on it over her underwear when I lift her nightgown to look, all the skin on her hip was gone. We took her to emergency room (always wait for the ambulance if you can, much quicker service).

She had second degree burns. This from a cup of tea! They took care of her and we were in and out within an hour. She is home now, hip rather yucky! ughhhhh

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painting sheila - Dec 15, 2006 9:23 am (#2380 of 2989)

Mrs Sirius!- OH!! I hope she feels better soon. Burns can be so painful. Poor thing - sounds like she needs a couple of early Christmas presents to me . . .

She

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Holly T. - Dec 15, 2006 9:24 am (#2381 of 2989)

Healing charms to your daughter, Mrs. Sirius!

Hope you are feeling better Sheila!

Tazzy, want to come and make food for my next party? ;-)

We had thick fog this morning too. I love it when I get to work and can't see the other buildings on campus. I was worried about some of my co-workers driving in this morning though--the work Christmas party was last night and some of then tend to drink too much wine. I skipped the work party and went to another party--my Girl Scout troop party! Much more fun. No wine, but we wore funny hats and sang loudly.

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Tazzygirl - Dec 15, 2006 9:24 am (#2382 of 2989)

Ouch, Mrs. Sirius! **healing charms to your daughter**

Madam P- how did you get the gum out of the hair? I always wondered that. Peanut Butter? We have fog like that here in California every once in a while. The last time that happened, I was on my way home from babysitting late at night, and we had to drive 'braille' on the road to feel which way the road turned. Couldn't see three feet ahead of us! Thankfully no one else was on the road, that might have been really bad...

Off to make gingerbread cake.

Oh- Squid Mike- what's the weather like in Vegas currently? Parents and I are heading in this evening to visit for the weekend (Grandpa fell and broke his hip, had surgery, and now we are going to make sure he's okay.), and I want to prepare myself. Is it super cold? If I can squeeze it in, maybe I can make it to your movie theater to say hello! I believe we leave Vegas Sunday.

Have a fantastic RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

Edit: Holly- When I start my catering business I'll be sure to send you a business card! (I am honestly thinking that if I teach for a little bit, and decide I really don't want to do it... not that it's going to happen... but I can always fall back on a catering service. tehee!)

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Ydnam96 - Dec 15, 2006 10:33 am (#2383 of 2989)

Oh my goodness Mrs. Sirius. That's crazy. I hope she heals quickly. I have to imagine that is going to make sleeping and dressing a little difficult.

Off for a super stressfull day. (Aren't the days where you have two work Christmas parties the most stressful? Why is that?)

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Denise P. - Dec 15, 2006 10:49 am (#2384 of 2989)

Yowie, you can get burned badly from hot water. When we make hot cocoa for the kids, we use hot tap water because it doesn't get as hot as boiling it.

Since Mr. Denise is not here, it is harder to get out and run. I normally would run in the evenings but I don't like night running solo. Today I decided I was out of excuses and put two smaller kids in the jogging stroller and did my 4 miles. I was significantly slower than I normally would run it but at least I ran it.

I think I am almost done with all my Christmas shopping...except for Mr. Denise. It is a man thing because the only things he will tell me he wants are all over $600! Yeah, like that is gonna happen. Luckily, since he started a new job and needs business casual attire, I can get that. It probably ranks right up there with socks but I know he can use it. So, I predict shirts, ties and casual dress pants are in his future under the tree. How different after wearing a uniform to work for the last 28 years. I would get him a brief case but he can't take anything in or out of his office, can't have any kind of two way communication devices (no cell phone) so that shoots down something like a palm pilot. Once I know our address, I can get him a new RoadID (like a dog tag for runners)

Tomorrow Kaitlyn and I are running a 5K Jingle Bell Jog. I will have on a Santa hat and both of us will have bells around our necks and tied on our shoes. It should be fun!

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 15, 2006 12:49 pm (#2385 of 2989)

I have noticed a worrisome trend lately that "customer service" is becoming a lost art. Trying to explain it to the kids at the theater is like teaching them vector calculus--a rare few get it, but most just stare at me with glazed eyes... -- Squid Mike

Indeed!!! I could not complain about this more myself. There seems to be some kind of underlying attitude that people in retail or the service industry are doing the public a favor by giving the public the very opportunity to buy goods or services. No. It is no favor to me because I'm paying money! I find myself even being kind of crotchedy in me old age too. On the other hand, getting older means you make more moolah and I typically tip more than 20% just as a base line.

Oh yeah, and big ups to Georgia which has decided not to ban Harry Potter from its school libraries. Yay!

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Madam Pince - Dec 15, 2006 1:31 pm (#2386 of 2989)

Oh Mrs. Sirius I am so sorry to hear about your daughter's burn! Poor little thing! Big careful hugs to her -- hope she is not in too much pain!

Denise, is Mr. P working in the Pentagon (or is it one of those "I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you" kind of things? ) I know whenever Mr. Pince is working in the Passports section of where he works, he is not allowed to have anything electronic like a cell phone (it might have a camera or something on it, don'tcha know.)

Sheila, I meant to say earlier -- sorry your quest for a Wii has been unsuccessful. I second the opinion of (Chemyst, was it?) who said that your gift of love for standing in all those lines was truly inspirational!

Tazzy, I used baby oil to coat the section of hair where the gum was, and just worked it around and pulled gently until it all came out finally. Of course, it helped that it was mostly at the ends of the hair, so I could hold onto the sections closer to the scalp and thus avoid the dreaded "hair pulling." I have also heard that you can put things coated with gum into the freezer to harden the gum and thus get it out, but I couldn't think of a good way to accomplish that in this particular case...

This isn't really "customer service," but I read an article in the newspaper recently where the columnist was lamenting the lack of politeness and appreciativeness when you do someone a favor -- for example, he had recently found someone's cell phone and wallet containing driver's license and credit cards, and when he went out of his way to contact the person to return it, the person did not even bother to say "thank you", and then further had the nerve to ask him to mail it to them, or return it to their house which was a couple miles away. He told them no. Then they asked him to leave it in his mailbox and they said they'd come by and get it, which they did, without even a scribbled note of "Thanks" on a napkin left in the mailbox, let alone a gift certificate or anything. Pretty appalling, considering the hours-long wait in line they avoided at the DMV to get a new license, thanks to him. I think the entire "lack of consideration" thing spills over into the business world and that's contributing to the state of customer service today. It's gotten to the point where you're refreshingly surprised to get good customer service, rather than being appalled to get bad customer service, and I think that's quite sad (speaking from the perspective of a former "customer services rep"...)

Egad, we're getting crotchety in our old age(s)...

Oh, I have to report this to Survivor fans -- I am quite proud of myself for noticing this, actually. Last night, Mr. Pince and I were watching Down Periscope, which if you don't know is a totally silly movie from several years ago about a submarine and crew, starring Kelsey Grammar (from Frasier) and some other B-list-type actors -- it is completely mindless silliness but we watch that movie every time it's on, I think -- we love it. Anyway, probably because I had just watched Survivor earlier in the evening, I had a major epiphany and realized that Jonathan from Survivor, who I knew was an actor but I thought just did commercials and such, was the actor who played the character "Spots" in Down Periscope! (The guy who was always making bets; he had the running repartee with the guy who had blown the game-winning layup in the Army-Navy game.) I was so excited that I noticed this when I confirmed it! (I am usually clueless about such things.) Back then he actually had hair and looked quite a bit younger, which made me even prouder of myself! I do wish I'd known this earlier, as I would've watched Survivor this season with a different perspective. I do think Jonathan is a good Survivor player, and not the "evil" guy some have portrayed him as being...

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John Bumbledore - Dec 15, 2006 1:36 pm (#2387 of 2989)

When we make hot cocoa for the kids, we use hot tap water because... -- Denise P.

NEVER USE HOT TAP WATER AS POTABLE (drinking or cooking) WATER because hot water will leach LEAD from any brass fixtures or faucets.
(See http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead/lead1.html) or (See http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/04water/html/qual6leadinfo.htm)
Sorry to shout but that is important, unless you are sure there is no lead solder or brass fixtures used in your home's plumbing. I suggest using an ice cube to cool the cocoa, tea, or coffee.

Ms. Sirius, healing charms and prayers for your daughter. I hope it is not a large area on her hip.

I have a scar on my arm from a coffee or hot chocolate burn when I was a child. Seems I had a practice of balancing my cup on the edge of the table until that happened because it was a far as I could reach. I was (thankfully) too young when it happened to remember any details that my mom has not told me (over and over again). My scar is about the size and length of a thumb print.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

Edit for Myrtle: "What to wear to the Rocky Horror Picture Show" A rain coat, carry a news paper, toast, hot dog, squirt gun (thus a rain coat), pop corn, hmm...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an incredibly bad movie that can be insanely fun only because of audience participation. There are vocal response that the crowd will shout in response to a "cue" line in the movie. There are also actions such as "reading the news paper", rain, tossing things like toast and hot dogs (frank-n-ferters). What to wear? Gothic, maybe motor bike leathers, as a butler or a maid? Fish net stockings are prominent in the movie too! LOL

I bet Squid Mike knows more and can correct me where I have mis-spoken.

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Dec 15, 2006 1:50 pm (#2388 of 2989)

Hope your daughter's burn heals fast, Mrs. Sirius. I had an awful burn all over my hand from a cup of vending machine coffee last week. The flimsy cardboard cup just kind of collapsed on me as I was taking it out of the little window in the machine. I blame the student union on campus for being all out of coffee and forcing me to use the vending machine in the first place.

Does anyone know what you're supposed to wear to the Rocky Horror Picture Show? I've never been, and tonight I'm going out on a date (my first since splitting up with my ex-fiance) with a guy I met. A nearby city has an old theatre where they show Rocky Horror every Friday at midnight, and I'm told it's a crime that I've never seen it. I'm insanely curious because of all of the odd bits of advice I've been given from various people about what to bring (toast, a squirtgun, newspaper, and a flashlight, I'm told). I don't have the faintest idea what to wear, though, and I've heard that bizarre costumes are an essential part of seeing it in a large group.

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Madam Pince - Dec 15, 2006 1:54 pm (#2389 of 2989)

Oh, are you ever in for a treat, Emily! Just take some toast with you... or maybe some rice...

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John Bumbledore - Dec 15, 2006 2:07 pm (#2390 of 2989)

Reposting the edit to my above post for Myrtle: "What to wear to the Rocky Horror Picture Show" A rain coat, carry a news paper, toast, hot dog, squirt gun (thus a rain coat), pop corn, hmm...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an incredibly bad movie that can be insanely fun only because of audience participation. There are vocal response that the crowd will shout in response to a "cue" line in the movie. There are also actions such as "reading the news paper", rain, tossing things like toast and hot dogs (frank-n-ferters). What to wear? Gothic, maybe motor bike leathers, as a butler or a maid? Fish net stockings are prominent in the movie too! LOL

If anyone asks you "what's for dinner" the answer is "Meat Loaf again!" LOL

I bet Squid Mike knows more and can correct me where I have mis-spoken.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Denise P. - Dec 15, 2006 2:31 pm (#2391 of 2989)

Madam Pince...no, he doesn't work at the Pentagon unless it has been moved to Reston. He is working for a private firm, I could tell you which one but...you know the drill

Now, since it is so cold, I have several asking for some hot chocolate and whipped cream. I found some peppermint whipped cream the other day and they love it. They also like some candy cane green tea I found.

Emily, personally, I would suggest clothes. Wear something that you don't mind getting wet, toast, rice and various other things thrown on it.

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The giant squid - Dec 15, 2006 4:55 pm (#2392 of 2989)

Oh- Squid Mike- what's the weather like in Vegas currently?—Tazzygirl

Assuming you haven't left already, it's in the upper 50s. The weather has actually been pretty decent lately--high 50s-low60s with no wind. If you're thinking of hitting the theater better come tonight; ironically, tomorrow I'm road-triiping it down to the L.A. area.

I bet Squid Mike knows more and can correct me where I have mis-spoken.--John Bumbledore

I'm not quite up on my Rocky Horror, sadly. What you described sounds good to my limited experience, but since I've never actually seen it live I don't have anything to add.

Madame Pince: I love Down Periscope! I'll have to let Mrs. Squid (the Survivor watcher in the family) know about Spots' new gig.

--Mike

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Tazzygirl - Dec 15, 2006 5:26 pm (#2393 of 2989)

I'm leaving here in about two seconds, Squid Mike! Thanks for the info. Have fun in L.A.- I think we'll try again next time!

~Kristina

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juliebug - Dec 15, 2006 5:27 pm (#2394 of 2989)

I used to be a huge Rocky Horror fan. Back when I was in high school, a dollar theater near me used to show it every Saturday at Midnight (well I guess it then became Sunday, but you get the idea. The summer between my junior and senior year. I went nearly every weekend. When I went in costume, I was almost always Magenta (the maid) and would even color my hair with Kool-Aid to complete the look. Occasionally, I would go as Janet wearing a pink or purple long sleeved mini-dress, white Mary Jane shoes and white barrettes. Columbia wears a multi-colored sequin bustier and short-shorts combo with a gold top-hat. Her boyfriend, Eddie, wears jeans, a white t-shirt and black leather jacket. He has LOVE written across his fingers just below the knuckles on one hand, Hate on the other and BABY across the back of the jacket. Riff-Raff (the butler) should have cavaderous-like make-up and a hunch back. Brad wears a blue button-down shirt and kakhis. Rocky wears gold lamee briefs and boots. Dr. Frankenfurter wears either a surgical gown or a black bustier. I could go on and on and would be happy to respond to any e-mails on the subject. As it's been several years since I have attended a performance, I can't quite remember all of the audience participation lines, but think I can still remember most. Just remember: Be it, don't dream it

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haymoni - Dec 15, 2006 5:28 pm (#2395 of 2989)

I believe the required newspaper is The Cleveland Plain Dealer and at some point you are supposed to yell, "What's your favorite color?" when someone named Magenta is introduced.

I must have lead poisoning out the wazoo because I always make hot chocolate with hot tap water. I hate burning my tongue!

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juliebug - Dec 15, 2006 5:56 pm (#2396 of 2989)

A few more thoughts on Rocky Horror, then I'm done. I promise. Many theaters that frequently show the film have developed their own preferred audience participation responses. There are a variety of scripts that can be found on-line. Just google Rocky Horror Picture Show. Do try to avoid a Sal Piro script. He is the founder (and as far as  I know, still president of) the official fan club. While his lines are the basis for everyone else's work, certain quotes are very dated and will very likely bring you ridicule from "the pros." Many theaters also like to bring the first timers up front before the movie and do embarrassing things to them for a little pre-show entertainment. They typically ask questions like who is god and what happens in the kitchen scene to identify the first timers. The answers are Richard O'Brien (he wrote the movie and stars as Riff-Raff and there is no kitchen scene. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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DJ Evans - Dec 15, 2006 6:09 pm (#2397 of 2989)

Speedy healing charms to Mrs. Sirius' little one. That sounds so painful for anyone but especially a little one like that.

Hearing about the gum in baby Pince's hair reminds me of what my cousin did back when he was about 4 or 5. Seems he & my brother were playing cowboys/Indians when Billy got the brainy idea of trying to "get" more into his part -- the Indian. So he took his bubble gum out of his mouth, stuck the wad of it in the middle of his forehead and proceeded to stretch it out & wrap it around & around & around his head. My aunt liked to have had a heart attack when she saw him. Of course, by the time she saw what he had done it had worked its way deep into his hair. Do you see a shave haircut coming? Yep, that was the only way to get it out. To this day, some 40 years later he still gets joked about it. lol

I made up my mind a long time back that when I run into a clerk who is, let's say "not so friendly" as they are checking you out, then I become one of those super sweet customers to the sales clerk. "Aw, not having a good day?" clerk mumbles something under their breath here, then I go on about how I'm sorry they aren't having a good day, etc. just making general conversation with them. I've noticed that over 50% of the time they have perked up some & as I'm leaving I've heard them greet the next customer as they should. I don't know if it shames them into being more human or what. Believe me, it doesn't work all of the time but the times it does makes me feel better...at least the next customer doesn't have to deal with a sour puss.

Later, Deb

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geauxtigers - Dec 15, 2006 8:02 pm (#2398 of 2989)

Wow, for the last two days I have felt like I was living in London in the middle of a Sherlock Holmes story or something -- the fog was as thick as peanut butter!

Same here! I remember once Ginny and I drove home in fog (pretty rare here) and it was wetting the windshield, so we drove home with the wipers on! LOL I'm sure the other cars thought we were mad, but hey, it kept the winshield from fogging over!

Ahh! Mrs. Sirius! I bet that hurts! Healing charms to her!

I need to go work on some study guides and what not....going to be a busy weekend.

Have a good one!

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kabloink! - Dec 15, 2006 9:31 pm (#2399 of 2989)

Well, as a 9 1/2 year customer service (and not much else) worker, I have to jump in now. I feel that I have to apologize that any customer (or patient) should ever feel that they have to cheer up a cashier, or CSR. It has always been my philosophy that it should be the goal of the employee to make the customer leave in a better mood than when they came in. While everyone has bad days, (myself having many more than normal this last year what with hormones and all) especially this time of year when things are crazy, I've always done my best to at least "fake it til ya make it." In other words, I force myself to smile and be perky at work, and eventually, I cheer myself up. This doesn't always work, but the customer response to my perkiness usually made the day go better. My signature greeting at my McD's was "Good afternoon and welcome to McDonald's. How can I make you smile today?" People may have laughed at me, but they were smiling, right? I got some interesting answers to that, though.

Mrs Sirius, healing charms to your daughter-that sounds terrible! I hope she feels better soon.

Ok enough of my customer service rants. I'm off to help Mom finish our gingerbread houses and men for my 5 and 7-year-old nieces. (I apologize for any typos-this isn't my computer.)

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Eponine - Dec 15, 2006 9:36 pm (#2400 of 2989)

Mrs. Sirius, I hope the burns heal quickly. *sends healing charms*

Mr. Eponine and I just got back from a performance of The Nutcracker which, according to the program, was written by TchaikovAky, not Tchaikovsky. Glaring mistakes aside, I really liked it. It was put on every year in Chattanooga, but I never got around to seeing it, so this was my first time. The tiny children were adorable, and I've always loved ballet.

Afterward, we drove around and looked at Christmas lights for a while.

I had a bad customer service experience the other day. When I walked up to the counter she was on the phone yelling at someone to bring her a Dr. Pepper which she continued to do for another minute while I stood there, and in the middle of checking me out, she started yelling at someone across the store. I thought it was quite unprofessional of her.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!
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geauxtigers - Dec 15, 2006 10:18 pm (#2401 of 2989)

I just watched a fox news blurb about that lady in Georgia who is trying to get the school board to ban HP books because they promote witchcraft. I think its blatantly obvious that she has never read them! Its on Mugglenet and Leaky if anyone is interested in some mild humor. People like that have no perspective on things. I feel bad for her kids. Two reasons, the first being they won't get to read HP, the 2nd, how embarrassing that must be! Ah well bet it won't be long before they get their hands on them. In the words of Hermione, "the one thing she could have done to make sure everyone reads it, was to ban it!" LOL

My grandma is here, her luggage however is not. I found that I've either grown, or she has shrunk, because I'm wayyyyy taller than her! LOL I saw her and I was like, "Grandma, you're short!" LOL

Off to do more work and read some CoS!

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Marie E. - Dec 15, 2006 10:23 pm (#2402 of 2989)

Mrs. Sirius, I hope your daughter is doing better now!

Gum in hair-I had one worse, Silly Putty in hair. Shayla left her Silly Putty on the living room carpet and Lexie put her head down on it. I tried peanut butter, baby oil, and cooking oil. Eventually it just had to combed out, slowly and with some hair pulling. Coincidently, we've never had Silly Putty in this house again.

Customer Service-We were at Olive Garden last night and right after our dinners arrived our server disappeared. Mr E always drinks his sodas fast so he got frustrated waiting for a refill. It turns out that our server had an enormous party come in and wasn't able to get back to us. She sent another server to take care of us. She came back later to apologize. We thought it was only fair to tip both servers.

I wonder what my brother is doing in LA?

Mr E works for Lockheed Martin and is contracted out to Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Base. He isn't allowed to bring his cell phone in to work, but he can take books and stuff. If anyone is a Sci-Fi fan, Cheyenne Mountain is where the Stargate is located. I keep asking Mr E if he's seen it, but he does that whole "but then I'd have to kill you" thing.

The E family has been dragged into the 21st century. We now have our very first digital camera! We went to a friend's son's birthday at Chuck E Cheese's tonight and played around with the camera. Mr E even took a video of the birthday boy blowing out his candles.

Holly, I love the Elvis costume.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 15, 2006 10:36 pm (#2403 of 2989)

Healing charms for the burn and numbing charms for the pain to your daughter, Mrs. Sirius - what an awful turn of events! Please keep us updated.

Healing charms to your little one, Snuffles, and to Josephine.

Welcome back, Madam Pince - I was thinking you were about due back.

Thanks for the snippet, Chemyst. No Christmas is complete without the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

Congratulations on hubby's raise, Sheila!
Link and Epona - Trevor would LOVE that! Too bad I need to tone down the buying a bit.

Maria

EDIT: Oh, and a safe trip to you, Kristina!
I'm sure I've forgotten quite a bit. Sorry for that.

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 15, 2006 10:53 pm (#2404 of 2989)

Oh thank you guys for the healing charms and get wells. Anastasia is a trooper, but the burn is really ghastly. It isn't infected but does look horrible. She is on a tight alternating schedule of Tylenol and Motrin every couple of hours.

On the customer service thing, I have had the unfortunate opportunity of taking Anastasia to the doctor's for emergencies twice in the last few weeks. When I took her to the eye doctor for an emergency poke in the eye, we were greeted by a professional in scrubs who started speaking to her right away. She took us into and exam room and asked the patient various appropriate questions and gave her an eye exam, then she left the room. Not a word to me! When the doctor came in, I did complain.

Last night in emergency clinic the same thing happened, but this time it was the doctor. When we arrived numerous nurses and other staff came in (most wearing name tags) all were very nice introduced themselves and explained why they were in the room. One woman in street clothes walked in talked to Anastasia then turned and talked to the nurse. After a while I figured out she was the doctor, again she did not introduce herself to me or Anastasia.

Having also worked in customer service, I agree that it is our job to be joyful and make the customer happy to have give us his her money, however in the defense of service providers, customers now can really be rude and unreasonable. Throwing things at customer service people, running over other customers are not unheard of. I once had a passenger who became incensed that he was not getting the meal he wanted. He and his two children proceeded to destroy everything with in their reach and threw food all around. It was so bad other passengers complained. What a horrible example to show to one's children.

Only comment on Rocky Horror is be prepared to be embarrassed. However, you should familiarize yourself with the score as you will be singing along. Did anyone mention the lighter? or can you no longer carry an open flame?

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 15, 2006 10:54 pm (#2405 of 2989)

WOW! I finally have time to post something! This has been the longest week ever! If any teachers expected people to be studying this week, they are sorely mistaken, because I haven't had time to even start, as I've been trying to finish the mountains of homework. It's been such a busy time and exams are next week!

**healing charms to Mrs. Sirius' daughter** That can't be too fun.

Ahh what else??? Never put gum or silly putty in my hair before, nor have I ever tried to cut my own hair. I know. I was a strange kid to have never done these things!

Well I guess I'm off to do some study guides and maybe just read for a bit.

Night everyone!

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geauxtigers - Dec 15, 2006 11:06 pm (#2406 of 2989)

I meant to comment on the gum thing in my last post.

When I was little, I was chewing some double bubble on the airplane and blew an enormous bubble. Of course it popped all over my face, luckily not my hair though. My bad gum story was when I sat in lime green gum in 8th grade in my royal blue cheer leader outfit. That was not cool, as we were fixing to go down and cheer for the first time, and started facing backwards. My dad frantically tried freezing it with a piece of ice and scrapped most of it off with his pocket knife. I mean really! Of all the place and times I could have sat down, it was square on top of the wad of lime green gum!

I've gotten silly putty stuck in the carpet before only it wasn't that long ago and I cut it out before my mom ever knew or saw. I have 2 blobs of silly putty sitting right in front of me right now. I still play with it! LOL is that bad?

Customer service...hmmm I've had some aggravating people before. I try to be patient with them because I feel bad if they are having a bad day you know. It takes a lot to get me mad enough to say something. I'm too shy to yell at someone. My mom has a very short attention span with people, and that always bothered me. Sometimes I feel like shes not giving them a fair shot at what ever it is they are doing. My mom is a complainer by nature, I'd rather let things unfold, so to speak.

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Regan of Gong - Dec 16, 2006 12:29 am (#2407 of 2989)

If you want to complain that you're not getting the level of service you expect, you're perfectly welcome to come behind the counter and stand there for 10 hours like we do. Trust me, you're ahead if they don't tell you exactly where to stick something.

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jose043 - Dec 16, 2006 2:56 am (#2408 of 2989)

Hi All

Healing Charms to Mrs Sirius daughter hope it’s better by Christmas.

We had a 39C today so in side as much as possible.

Regan how bad the smoke from the bush fires your way?

Josephine & Anne

Little Werwolves of London

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kaykay1970 - Dec 16, 2006 7:09 am (#2409 of 2989)

Healing charms to Mrs. Sirius daughter!

I seem to get pretty great customer service here in my little town. Of course I know everyone personally so I guess that helps! Half the kids that work at the grocery store have either been in my husband's Little League team at some point or are friends of my children...

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Dec 16, 2006 9:01 am (#2410 of 2989)

Well, my date went very well last night. At the preshow some of the cast at the theatre took me up to the front and drew a big V on my forehead in lipstick and taught me some of the dances. I think I'll have Time Warp perpetually stuck in my head for the rest of the day, but other than that it was amazing. They want to give it a break for Christmas but in two weeks Robert and I have decided that we're definitely going back! Thanks everyone for the hints on what I could bring or wear. I got the hot dogs, lighter (they wouldn't let us have open flames, so I didn't get to use it, but some people were using cell phones and I used the handy little flashlight I always have with me), rice, toast, and newspaper. There was also much throwing of toilet paper at one point for no reason I could really see. It was cool how they had a few actors dressed like the people in the movie performing all of the dances and scenes while the projector played the movie above us. I learned some of the things to yell pretty fast (like what you say when Janet or Brad come on the screen and introduce themselves to someone), and I'll probably be better at it next time.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 16, 2006 10:26 am (#2411 of 2989)

HI EVERYONE! It's Olivia.

I'm currently doing homework, so I'm just posting this really quick on my mom's name.

Merry Christmas!

I put a funny link in my profile - check it out!

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juliebug - Dec 16, 2006 11:50 am (#2412 of 2989)

I'm glad you had such a good time Moaning Myrtle. Did you dress up? Will you if you go again?

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azi - Dec 16, 2006 12:42 pm (#2413 of 2989)

A lot of my friend's love Rocky Horror. I don't mind the soundtrack, but the film was disappointing. Glad you enjoyed it Myrtle!

Healing charms to Mrs Sirius' daughter and Tazzy's grandpa!

I hate drinking hot water from the tap! It never gets warm enough to mix the hot chocolate powder properly.

I come across a lot of bad customer service, unfortunately. There are some nice people though, you just tend to forget them.

I read about the bush fires in Australia. Hope all forum members are safe!

**waves to Olivia**

I have finished uni for the term! It was a stressful last couple of days because of a piece of coursework I and my friends couldn't do, but I survived! I am now home, but my computer won't connect to the Internet so my time on the forum may get reduced.

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boop - Dec 16, 2006 2:21 pm (#2414 of 2989)

Mrs.Sirius, Healing charms for your daughter.

Marie, enjoy your new camera. They are wonderful to have.

Emily, Glad you had a good time. Sounds like it was lots of fun.

Azi, Glad you have a break from school. Relax and enjoy your free time.

It is so nice out. Tomorrow its supposed to be even warmer out.

Have a great rest of the day.

hugs always

boop

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Lilly P - Dec 16, 2006 4:58 pm (#2415 of 2989)

WOW! Moving drama!!! and a sick daughter and hubby!!! but things are getting better, the first leg of our trip is over, we are here in CT and will stay thru Christmas. Charms and prayers to all who need them! Hope everyone is having a great holiday so far! I'll try to check in every couple of days while we are here, Miss you all so much!

Jamie

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Solitaire - Dec 16, 2006 6:26 pm (#2416 of 2989)
Edited by Denise P. Dec 16, 2006 7:49 pm

Whew! I just worked my way through over 100 posts. It sounds like everyone has been busy. I went to my great-nephew's 5th birthday party today. I got him what turned out to be THE present of the day--a remote-control tarantula. Very creepy! hehe

I am so glad that Christmas vacation is nearly here. I hope I can last through Friday. This last week the teachers have all been on the ragged edge. We've had several suspensions. One of my students (the pill of the century) apparently threatened to "cut up" some other girls at school. This netted her a suspension just three days after she'd returned from two days suspension last week (for getting in a parent's face and being rude to her). I think expulsion may be in the works. I hate to say it, but I would not be sorry if she left.

Another student is on suspension (and has lost computer privileges for the rest of the year) for going to an (Edited to: ) . . . inappropriate site in the computer lab!! I'm glad it was not in my class ... although I'm still curious how he got there. We have so many roadblocks up that anything like that usually sends an instant alert to the tech that someone has attempted to access an inappropriate domain. I've even hit them a few times when I tried to access a couple of Christian sites from school. Anyway, this kid managed to pull up some stuff that was so graphic our VP was embarrassed to look at it!

Since this is the week before Christmas and we have parties, an awards assembly, Christmas program dress rehearsals, and movie day ... I can't wait to see what life throws at us. I still have most of my shopping to do, so I will not be able to stay late every night and work, as I usually do ... except Tuesday, which is our music program. I have to be there for that.

I must say, I am looking forward to some lazy days spent at home in PJs over the holiday ... in front of a nice, warm fire (if it is a burn day, of course). Okay, back to those journals!

Healing charms to all who need them! Safety charms to those who are traveling, living near hazardous areas, or performing dangerous jobs. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Solitaire

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boop - Dec 16, 2006 6:49 pm (#2417 of 2989)

Jamie, glad you made it safe. I hope your family get well in time for the Christmas holiday.

Good Luck to all students studying hard to finals and working on final papers. Have a safe trip home too.

hugs always

boop

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 16, 2006 7:02 pm (#2418 of 2989)
Edited by Denise P. Dec 16, 2006 7:50 pm

Anyway, this kid managed to pull up some stuff that was so graphic our VP was embarassed to look at it!

Don't you teach 7th grade??! I don't think anyone at my school knew what that stuff was in 7th grade! That's crazy!

I just caught some kids trying "rearrange" our light up reindeer outside. I thought it was my neighbors outside talking, so I leaned under my desk and stuck my head out of the window, and quickly realized that it was definitely not my neighbors, because they were kids. I was like "ummm" and they threw out a few non-forum-friendly words and took off running. My grandma and I went out side and we caught one of them, who was "only doing it because his friend wanted him to do it" I looked at him and said "well if your friend told you to jump off a bridge would you do it?" silence..."uuhh well he wanted me too..." followed by a very insincere apology. So we had to fix the reindeer, which were nearly broken from being fallen on when they were caught. But I will be waiting with my camera by my side tonight in case they come back later tonight, though I doubt they will! I plan on snapping a picture and telling them that I'm taking it to the cops. :evilgrin: I won't really, but it will probably scare them away for good. Of course they had to have been extremely dim-witted to come and do it at 7:30 in the evening. That's basically asking to be caught, and that's just what happened.

Anyways, that's about the only interesting thing that's happened this weekend! Mostly I've just been study-guiding it. Which I really should get back to now.

Night everyone!

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painting sheila - Dec 16, 2006 7:15 pm (#2419 of 2989)

Hi everyone!! I am writing from Disney World - can you believe it?

We did Animal Kingdom today. I walked so much I have a blister on the bottom of my toe. How does that happen? I bought new shoes before we left. The guy was great. He looked at the bottom of the shoes I had worn in the store and explained what my walk pattern was. He suggested Asics (sp?) with neutral support. He said that they were such flexible shoes that they didn't need to be worn in. Looking at the shape of my feet - I am not so sure! But then again - Disney would be hard on any shoes I think.

Rocky Horror Picture Show - never saw it, but for reason I know the Time Warp song.

Another good B movie is The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! AHHHHHHHHHHH! You will never look at a tomato sandwich the same way again!!

And in honor of this time of the year, let's not forget the best (worst?) B movie of all time - Santa Versus the Martians. Classic.

I ran into a LOT of people from England today and thought about you all. They were all so very nice and chatty. They said it was cheaper for them to come to Disney than it would be for us to go to England. That made me sad - but I am hoping Santa just happens to have a trip for me in his sack!!

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painting sheila - Dec 16, 2006 7:52 pm (#2420 of 2989)

Sorry for the double post - but I forgot to hit Edit in time.

Has anyone taken - or know of anyone that has taken - telithromycin? It's an antibiotic that my doctor gave me.

I have had a weird reaction and have stopped taking it, but just wondered if anyone else had any knowledge to share.

She

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Holly T. - Dec 16, 2006 8:23 pm (#2421 of 2989)

I got my haircut this morning, went shopping (by myself! hubby had to take daughter to ballet class and my son had to tag along--his shoes were in my car though, LOL), and then came home and baked cookies. Lots of cookies. But now I am done baking. :-)

Now I have to clean house, ack. In-laws are arriving tomorrow at noon. Knowing FIL, they will be here at 11. We're all going to see my daughter's Nutcracker performance tomorrow afternoon and then I will attempt to make my in-laws be quiet so we can watch the Survivor finale--when we were at their house on Thanksgiving the kids and I were trying to watch it and they kept talking (not to us--to each other--they couldn't go in another room?), even though we'd said "we want to watch this show."

My husband and son are watching one of the Lord of the Rings movies and my daughter is reading. I am going to go scrub the kitchen sink.

Have a great RotD/N!

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Puck - Dec 16, 2006 9:43 pm (#2422 of 2989)

Healing charms to Anastasia!

Marie, we have also banned silly putty. My son was bouncing it on the kitchen floor once, and it bounced up and landed in his sister's hair.

I once sat on a seat with gum on the back in costume on the way to my dance recital. Pink gum, black costume. Mom iced it and most off it was removed.

Sheila, writing from Disney is true forum dedication.

We have Santa vs. the Martians on DVD, the Mystery Science Theater version.

Rocky Horror is only fun if you go to the theater. We used to love to go back in college. When it came out on video a bunch of us gathered to watch. At home it was a complete bore.

I made ginger snaps and another batch of quick bread. Sugar cookie tomorrow, along with cleaning the kids' rooms. In-laws arrive on Wednesday. Still lots of shopping to do. I'm hoping to run out and finish up while the grandparents are here to watch the kids.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Mediwitch - Dec 16, 2006 9:52 pm (#2423 of 2989)

*Healing Charms* to Mrs. Sirius's daughter - OUCH!

Congratulations, azi!

Hi Lilly P - welcome to CT? Where are you staying? (I'm in the northwest corner - Litchfield Hills.) *Healing Charms* to your family, too!



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MoaningMyrtle101 - Dec 16, 2006 10:02 pm (#2424 of 2989)

Well, I kind of dressed up, juliebug. Not possessing a bustier or fishnets (though my ex-fiance, because of a very interesting role in a play, has both of those things), I ended up wearing a leather jacket, black miniskirt, rainbow-striped kneesocks and Mary Jane shoes. I really overdid the makeup, including fake eyelashes, which for someone who's as freakishly pale as I am with bright red hair is especially exaggerated unless you use a lot of eyeliner and eyeshadow. Next time I might try to borrow Patrick's bustier and girdle and buy some fishnets, and get out the pale Clown White makeup I wore when performing A Night of Edgar Allen Poe for Halloween.

And tomorrow night, for something as opposite as possible from last night's entertainment, I'm going to see a friend of mine in the Nutcracker on Ice. Should be fun. Not as exciting as Rocky Horror or anything (it will take a lot to top THAT) but I have a lot of respect for the performers because I used to ice skate a lot and hardly ever failed to end up with a baseball-sized bruise on my rear end. I would be trying some little twirly thing, and down I would go. So that anyone could ever have the time and inclination to get good enough to perform a ballet in ice skates is truly an accomplishment.

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 16, 2006 11:20 pm (#2425 of 2989)

Help! I took a star wish from the church Christmas tree. Trying to impress on the kids the importance of sharing and gift giving, we chose one that I thought was a cinch. A button down the front dress (otherwise known as a house coat I think). It has now been two weeks and I cannot find one anywhere.

One lady suggested a JCPenney might have it. I went on line and there is nothing like that in that store. Can anyone give a suggestion? I think it is too late to order on line and get it two the church before Christmas. I live on the shoreline of CT. Any advice is welcome.

Hey Lilly P, welcome to CT.

For the first time since my 10 year old son was born, my husband and I went out to dinner and the theatre. It was my Christmas/anniversary gift to him. We saw the Pirates of Penzance, a favorite of his. The Goodspeed production was terrific!

Thanks for the healing charms we are still on the early road to recovery.

Edit: Mediwitch your in Litchfield? We are in diametrically opposed ends of the state.

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Ydnam96 - Dec 16, 2006 11:21 pm (#2426 of 2989)

Hmmm....

Only bad memories from Rocky Horror. I did not like it. Oh well.

Totally awesome Shelia! I hope you continue to have fun. Blisters are totally normal at WDW. There are first aid stations in several places in each park and they will give you free bandaids Smile I've been to all of them I think!

I hope all of you are having a great weekend.

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Madam Pince - Dec 17, 2006 1:41 am (#2427 of 2989)

***waves at Olivia***

More customer service -- Regan, I've been-there-done-that, so I agree with you that customers can be a pain, too; there's no excuse for yelling or rudeness on either part, to my mind. One of my big pet peeves is cashiers who talk/yell to each other across the aisle, as if the customer isn't even there: "Hey, what time do you get off?" "Oh, I've only got two more hours in this h***-hole: I can't wait to get out!" "Yeah, me neither! I've been here all day!" I always want to wave or jump up and down and say "Guys? I'm standing right here! I can hear you! This does not promote a positive picture of the business establishment that is paying your (albeit small) salary!"

Yesterday I was in line at the Post Office 15 minutes before closing. Nerves were frayed behind the counter, as I could well understand. (Several customers had gotten in line just to get in the door before it closed, and they hadn't even finished packing/addressing their boxes -- they were frantically trying to do it when they reached the counter. One lady even had the nerve to ask the post office lady to use their packing tape, then she totally shredded it trying to pull it off the roll because she was in a panicked splutter, so then she had even more nerve to ask them for another roll! ) So anyway, there was this elderly gentleman who was in the lobby when I went in, but he wasn't in line but rather standing aside leaning against a table in the outer lobby. I asked him if he wanted to get in line in front of me, and he replied "God bless you, but I have a bad back and I can't stand, so I have to lean against this table." So I told him when I got up to the window, I'd tap on the glass and let him come into the inner lobby and go ahead of me. He was very grateful. So when the (short-tempered) lady behind the counter yelled out "Help the next person in line?" to me, I smiled at her and said, "I think the gentleman out there is ahead of me, I'll just let him know you're ready," and she yelled at me! "We don't have time for that -- there's no waiting around here -- you come now or forget it -- HELP THE NEXT PERSON IN LINE!" The lady behind me hesitated and I went ahead and called the old man, while telling the counter-lady "Well, he said he had a bad back and couldn't stand in line, so I was just trying to be nice." The old gentleman came in, and it turned out the counter-lady knew him, and all of a sudden she was being all nice and sweet to him, but she never offered to apologize at all for yelling at me. Ah well, at least I had a warm fuzzy that I'd done the right thing...

Marie E., love the avatar of you and Squid Boy! Too cute! What tow-heads! And congrats on the digital camera -- which one did you get? Mr. Pince and I have decided that if we have any money left over after finishing our Christmas shopping, then we are also going to "take the plunge" and buy our first digital camera as a gift to each other. (He's providing the money, and I'm providing the hours of consumer research...) So far I'm thinking the Canon A540 -- it has good reviews everywhere and a good price and seems to take great pictures and not be too fancy for a beginner...

Josephine, how is your shoulder feeling? Mr. Pince is having shoulder problems again. He feared it was another torn rotator cuff, but the chiropractor tells him it is a pinched nerve. He has an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in January and will get x-rays right before then, so hopefully soon he can get something done. He had such a bad experience with his first torn rotator cuff, that he has stuck his head in the sand and refused to get anything done about this second one. I think he was hoping it would just "go away." I told him it would be more likely that his arm would fall off.

LillyP, glad that the moving is going well, but sorry everything's so hectic and your family has been sick! Ack! Hope things are looking up soon!

Emily, glad you had fun at Rocky Horror -- it sounds like quite an experience!

Strengthening Charms to Solitaire -- only a few more days...only a few more days...only a few more days...

Sheila, you are really something -- posting from Disney World! Sounds like you're having a blast!

Yay, azi, glad you're done with school! Woo-hoo! Hope you have a nice break!

Ginny, you go girl! for running off the bad old mischief-makers! ***high-fives*** Don't mess with her!

Squid Mike, (whited out as a spoiler...) Today on InnerTube I watched the archived "Survivor Live" that had Jonathan on it -- post-island he is much more recognizable as Spots. His hair is darker and he looks quite a bit younger once he's cleaned up. They mentioned his guest appearances on TV shows quite a bit, but nobody mentioned his big-screen role, which I thought was kind of surprising. He had a pretty big part in that movie (granted, the movie wasn't what you'd call a big hit, but still...) Holly, I'll be right there beside you on the couch, watching the final episode!

Mrs. Sirius, I have seen housecoats like you describe in a catalog called Blair's -- I don't know if they have an online site or not. They cater to older people, generally. I would've guessed that JC Penney's would've had them, too. Have you tried Sears?

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Starling - Dec 17, 2006 6:35 am (#2428 of 2989)

Has anyone taken - or know of anyone that has taken - telithromycin? It's an antibiotic that my doctor gave me.

Yeah – it gave me a really bad rash, lots of itchyness and little blisters, mainly on the hands, and swollen fingers and ankles.

Bit of a psycho counter lady there, Madam Pince!

I've found that counter staff in the north of England is generally friendlier than counter staff in London (apart from Pete, who runs the sci-fi bookshop in Lancaster, but he's insane), but passengers on London buses are more likely to get up than northerners when they see someone who is pregnant or disabled. Weird!

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Chemyst - Dec 17, 2006 6:50 am (#2429 of 2989)

Rocky Horror is only fun if you go to the theater. [...]At home it was a complete bore. – Puck
I noticed that as well.

A button down the front dress (otherwise known as a house coat I think). It has now been two weeks and I cannot find one anywhere. – Mrs. Sirius
If Walmart doesn't have it, then you are probably shopping in too high-class of stores. You must have something like the Family Dollar / Dollar General / Fred's kind of stores in CT?

Madame Pince, I had a similar encounter at my post office, but instead of back problems, the elderly lady leaning on the supplies desk (and out of the line) in front of me had a very visible oxygen tube. So instead of the yelling, there was only an overly heavy sigh, (which is still rude.) I guess if someone looks sick, people have a teeny bit more patience.

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Marie E. - Dec 17, 2006 7:54 am (#2430 of 2989)

Madam Pince, according to the box we have a Canon Sure Shot DS700 IS. I have no idea what any of that means. Today I get to learn how to download the pictures to the computer. And I have another old Christmas picture that has our little sister, She-Who-Does-Not-Read-The-Books, in it.

I have the definite signs of someone who is getting sick. I am trying my hardest not to: vitamins, lots of rest and fluids, etc. We are shorthanded at work so I'd feel guilty if I actually got sick enough to stay home. Right now it's all sinus-y: headache, sore throat, sneezing.

Today we have Shayla's Girl Scout troop coming over for a holiday party and afterwards we have an appointment at the mall to get pictures done. We tried to get pictures taken last night but their computer and printer were down. I guess that's the drawback to digital photography.

Happy Hanukkah to those that celebrate!

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Starling - Dec 17, 2006 8:49 am (#2431 of 2989)

Welcome to the horrible cold club, Marie.

*sniffs*

They've changed the main ingredient of the decongestant I usually use, and now it doesn't work anymore.

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 17, 2006 9:48 am (#2432 of 2989)

Marie, Cold-Eze and Airborn have worked miracles in my home for colds this year.

Thanks for the help, there is a catalog for old folks Carol Wright that has it,  if only their web site would process my order now! ughh

. . . . really bad rash, lots of itchyness and little blisters, mainly on the hands, and swollen fingers and ankles. Starling

I recently heard a story on the news about this.

Well good for you Madame P, just know some did appreciate you thoughtfulness.

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 17, 2006 10:28 am (#2433 of 2989)

If you want to complain that you're not getting the level of service you expect, you're perfectly welcome to come behind the counter and stand there for 10 hours like we do.—Regan

No thank you; I'll just take my business elsewhere. Not to pick on Regan, but within that comment is precisely the kind of attitude I'm talking about. Presumably, you're getting paid (1) to stand behind a counter for 10 hours and (2) to serve customers. If former part of those two tasks makes it just too difficult to perform the latter politely and promptly, then perhaps you're in the wrong line of work.

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Lilly P - Dec 17, 2006 12:23 pm (#2434 of 2989)

Hi Lilly P - welcome to CT? Where are you staying? (I'm in the northwest corner - Litchfield Hills.) *Healing Charms* to your family, too! Mediwitch

We are visiting my in-laws in Waterford. My husband grew up here. My daughter is much better now, but it has jumped to Daddy, so he is resting while I do all the wrapping! We went to the tree farm and got a tree yesterday, it was fun. We are going to decorate it tonight. I thought of you all this morning when my brother in law (a policeman) came home from the midnight shift at the mall. He said people were lined up at the electronics stores waiting for the Wii's and he finally got on the loud speaker and said that there were only 13 wii's and if you are past 13 please disperse. he said it was actually causing a fire hazzard! he said some people didnt believe him and kind of got a little rude with him. Sheesh, he was only trying to keep people safe! This part of the season is starting to make me jaded on Christmas! Anyway, many more presents to wrap before the kids get up from thier nap! Hope you all are doing well!

Jamie

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Dec 17, 2006 2:09 pm (#2435 of 2989)

Mrs Sirius, I think I saw some housecoats like that at the Penneys here in Charleston. I used to work there and I remember we definitely had some like that last year. But each one varies so much it's very hard to tell whether it would be in yours too.

Not going to Nutcracker on Ice after all. My grandmother died around midnight last night. I went to see a play with my ex who's in from New York for Christmas. I helped take the set apart and got home around one in the morning, was mildly surprised to find no one in the house. I thought maybe my parents had gone away for the weekend and forgotten to mention it to me -- that's happened before. The phone rings around 3am (I have no recollection of this). My dad says he called and I answered and he told me my grandmother was dead and I said something like "Nothing to worry about", because I was still asleep and had not the faintest idea what he was saying. So the next morning my stepmom told me and now I'm trying to take over the majority of the funeral and wake planning, picking out pictures, flowers, etc. while my grandfather sits and tells my dad and uncle the same three or four stories over and over. I don't know what to do for any of them... my grandparents were high-school sweethearts and married 62 years. My dad's been pretty depressed anyway with work and everything, and he won't really talk to anyone. Debbie, my mother, is at least taking care of my sister so she doesn't have to be around any of this. It's just all such a mess right now and I feel useless. All I can do is take over the event-planning part. Sorry for rambling, I suppose I'm a bit of a mess right now. And what drove me nuts is that when I went to the coffee shop to order lunch for everyone, people kept telling me I looked amazing!! I'm wearing a black dress, leather jacket and high heels, so they said I looked great. It shouldn't have made me mad, they meant well, but that was the last thing I wanted to hear.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 17, 2006 2:27 pm (#2436 of 2989)

and now I'm trying to take over the majority of the funeral and wake planning, picking out pictures, flowers, etc.

I don't know, MoaningMyrtle101 - it sounds to me as though you are already doing a lot. Hang in there and the condolences and prayers from the HHs go out to you and your family.

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Regan of Gong - Dec 17, 2006 2:41 pm (#2437 of 2989)

Loopy Lupin: "perhaps you're in the wrong line of work."

Isn't every 16 year old?

My point is that service people are actually people as well, and for every gnarky service person you encounter, I can guarantee you we receive at least 3 times as many gnarky customers. This doesn't excuse things like talking over the heads of customers about when your shift finishes, but if we help you find what you're looking for or whatever our task is, the we have done our job. We really don't mean to be rude, and would appreciate it if people considered what kind of day we've had.

On a lighter note, pictures from my graduation! I'm on the right.

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Lina - Dec 17, 2006 3:14 pm (#2438 of 2989)

Huh, many amazing avatars lately... Especially Marie's, Kay's and Regan's. Very nice.

Healing charms to Mrs. Sirius' daughter. I hope the wound heals soon.

Whether we are customers or customer's service, I think that all of us who tried have discovered that being nice and smiling makes our own life much easier and nicer. It is much harder to be rude with a nice smiling person, although some succeed at that too. So, even if we don't care how the other person feels, we should all keep smiling just for our sake. It definitely helps.

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Starling - Dec 17, 2006 3:35 pm (#2439 of 2989)

Isn't every 16 year old?

I worked in an old-people's home when I was 16, it was depressing. Then I moved on to working at a garden nursery (cutting roses, joy, and ouch). Then I worked as a cleaner at a chiropractor's (lovely, not really). My last teenage jobs were working as an usherette in theatres in London. It involved a lot of acting - smiling nicely at people being nasty to you.

Nice picture, Regan! Nice tie too.

My condolences, MoaningMyrtle101. Good luck with all the planning.

Martje

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Ydnam96 - Dec 17, 2006 3:57 pm (#2440 of 2989)

MoaningMyrtle101...prayers are being sent your way...

It sounds like you are doing as much as you can.

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Lilly P - Dec 17, 2006 4:00 pm (#2441 of 2989)

Charms and prayers to the Moaning Myrtle Family. As well as the Sirius family!

Great pic. Regan! Love to see young people with a sense of style!

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Tazzygirl - Dec 17, 2006 4:06 pm (#2442 of 2989)

Back from Vegas. Not fun. (Thanks for the charms, Maria!)

MoaningMyrtle- I am so sorry! **HUGS** to you and your family!!

My grandpa isn't doing too well right now- he is currently at a rehab center for his hip, but as he is far into Alzheimer's, we aren't sure he's going to come out of the rehab and back into the Alzheimer's facility. I couldn't even go in to see him- I remember him as this really strong guy who gave bear hugs, and the last time I saw him (about a year ago), he was literally skin and bones. Don't even want to know what he's like now. Dad and Mom talked to him for a little while, all he says is 'yes'. Doctors have to keep him slightly sedated, as he constantly is trying to get up and walk around- he loooooves to walk. Pretty depressing weekend.

Christmas shopping this week- have yet to get anyone prezzies, have no idea what to get. Sister is flying into town on the 22nd...

**healing charms to those who need them**

Glad you caught one of the kids, Ginny (or Tori... sorry I forgot who posted! )- amazing how rude kids can be now, huh?

I went to the grocery store the other day, and the checker who was ringing up my groceries was throwing everything into bags. She put fresh fruit in with canned goods (didn't set the cans in the bag either- literally tossed them in), and the bread in with hamburger meat. Then she was yelling across to a checker three stalls down about something not having to do with me. I kept wanting to ask her if she wanted me to bag the goods... I was the only person in the line too, so she wasn't in a rush.

Okay, guess I should go get something to eat and catch up on Five Words...

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Pigwidgeon - Dec 17, 2006 4:18 pm (#2443 of 2989)

Big *hugs* to Tazzy and MoaningMyrtle! You are in my thoughts!

Got the bulk of my Christmas gifts wrapped, yay! Had a "wrapping party" with my aunt, which made what I generally dislike into something more fun, and we got to catch up on things Now if my mailorder comes in, I'm set.

Ginny, if those hoodlums come back, do take pictures, and do go to the police. I'm not joking, and this is not going too far. Others may have been vandalized by these delinquents, and the police will be grateful for the lead. Also, there's a chance they can be scared straight while they are younger. Just my two cents.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 17, 2006 4:32 pm (#2444 of 2989)

Huh, many amazing avatars lately... Especially Marie's, Kay's and Regan's. Very nice. - Lina Gee, Lina - I feel left out. It's not easy getting such a delicate bow in among all of those spikes!

I agree, though. Love the avatars.

I worked in an old-people's home when I was 16.

Starling, so did I! The sad part was when they would tell me not to set so and so's place anymore.

Happy Anniversary, Mrs. Sirius and Hubby. So glad you got out for a bit.

A big wave to Sheila in WDW! Sounds like you are having fun. With regard to telithromycin - I think it has only been out for about 2 1/2 yrs. As with any antibiotic, try to eat an apple each day to help counteract the upset to your intestinal system. The only thing I've heard is that you have to watch for symptoms of liver damage, such as jaundice.

Healing charms to all who are in need.

Maria

EDIT: Kristina, so sorry about how things are going with your grandfather. It is nice that you went along - I know it is uplifting to have a young, sweet person around during difficult times. Hopefully, his hip recovery will go well. Healing charms and prayers sent your way.

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Solitaire - Dec 17, 2006 4:34 pm (#2445 of 2989)

Moaning Myrtle, I am so sorry. You and your family are in my prayers. It's hard to lose someone you love at any time ... but I think it is particularly hard around the holidays, because they are a yearly reminder. My sympathies and condolences.

Madam P, thank you. I know this week is going to be a wild ride, because there are so many different activities going on in school. Crabbiness and short tempers are sure to exist there as well as in store clerks and harried shoppers.

I'm afraid I have to agree with Loopy Lupin on the issue of surly clerks. The truth is that surly clerks can cost employers business--particularly in small shops where finding a polite, helpful clerk isn't an option. When one is in the business of serving the public, it is part of the job to be pleasant and helpful, unless the customer really is being rude and impossible. JM2K ...

Solitaire

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Denise P. - Dec 17, 2006 4:39 pm (#2446 of 2989)

Clerks are paid to stand there and help me. *I* am not doing them a favor when I am asking for help and I do expect to be treated with some degree of respect. This means no big, dramatic sigh that I have taken them away from some important task that involved looking bored, no eye rolling, no tone that indicates that I just asked a stupid question. Is it any wonder that more and more people shop on the internet so they don't have to deal with rude customer service. As a customer, I treat the employees with respect and while I am sure they have bad days, we all do. A smile doesn't cost anything and will win those potential customers back.

Mr. Denise spent the past few days house hunting. One of the houses that both of us really like is, sadly, a soft lime green color. I just don't want to live in the house that people will say "When you see the house that looks like a key lime pie, turn left" Still...I could live with it until it can be changed, if that ends up being the house we get. It is also vinyl siding so a lot more to change it than just several gallons of paint.

My little gazelle and I ran a 5K Jingle Bell Jog yesterday on a very hilly course. As expected, she finished about a minute in front of me. She gets me in the shorter distances but I can trounce her in longer distances

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juliebug - Dec 17, 2006 4:44 pm (#2447 of 2989)

Moaning Myrtle, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I hope the planning you are taking charge of goes smoothly. On a lighter note, when going to Rocky, you can always dress in crazy black and white clothes and call yourself an Unconventional Conventionist. I wish you the best of luck during this tough time and will keep you in my prayers.

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 17, 2006 4:51 pm (#2448 of 2989)

Condolences and prayers to you and your family Moaning Myrtle.

ON the customer service front: I Have to somewhat agree with Regan on this one. If people are rude to you, then it's very hard to be all smiley and happy back to them, even though you know that's what you're supposed to do. Having to endur ean entire day of that mis enough to put anyone in a bad mood. On the other hand, that is no excuse to be rude to those nice customers, or to smash groceries. If someone is rude to me I find it extremely hard to not be rude back to them.

I'm really super stressed out. I've literately spent the entire weekend working on study guides. I still have to finish the last 2 acts of Hamlet. Why did my teacher make us spend last week memorizing a soliloquey when we could have used that time to finish the paly before our exam...grrr it's just too much to do at once. Hamlet isn't exactly an easy read either...

Back to work...

Happy Sunday...

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 17, 2006 5:15 pm (#2449 of 2989)

As a customer, I treat the employees with respect – Denise
I think it all hinges on that last word, Denise. It can be difficult to decipher what everyone you come into contact may be going through but if both sides are respectful, things seem to get by smoothly.

Friday evening, I went to the post office to mail a package. There were only two people ahead of me in line and maybe one or two behind me - it was w/in 15-20 min. of closing. I saw a friend I hadn't seen at the Passport counter so I left my line and went to say hello and talk to her. While she was replacing her wallet, etc, I put down my box because it was a bit cumbersome. She turned to leave and I grabbed my box and followed her. During this time, an elderly lady started yelling at me that they were all in line and I can't cut like that. (I was already half way across the floor, mind you). My friend started to yell back and I nudged her along ('Down, girl!') and told the woman I was just resting my package and wouldn't dream of cutting. Now, common sense would dictate that since the place was nearly empty, it wouldn't make sense to cut, even if I was the cutting type. But she probably thought she was sticking up for everyone in the line. Granted, she didn't apologize for wrongly accusing me, but I let her off the hook by saying - It's all right, I'm sure it looked that way. I'll bet you anything, she still thought I was cutting. Sometimes, people aren't nice but I'd rather diffuse it than fuel it.

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boop - Dec 17, 2006 6:08 pm (#2450 of 2989)

Emily, I am so sorry to hear of your family's loss. Big Hugs to you and your family. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Just keep doing what you are already doing.

hugs always

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Mediwitch - Dec 17, 2006 8:10 pm (#2451 of 2989)

Hi Mrs. Sirius! Yes, I'm in Litchfield County - almost as far northwest as you can get without being in either NY or MA! Oh, and Happy Anniversary! Glad you enjoyed your evening. Pirates of Penzance is a great show.

MoaningMyrtle101, you have my sincere sympathy. It sounds like you are doing as much as humanly possible to support your family through this. (((HUGS)))

Tazzy, sounds like you need big (((HUGS))) too!



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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 17, 2006 10:25 pm (#2452 of 2989)

MoaningMyrtle101, my condolences. It is really tough to be the one who has to keep a level head and make all the plans in these situations but it is an important job and everyone will look to you for strength. Hugs, and strengthening charms.

Lilly P, you are only about 25 minutes from where I live. Waterford, Crystal Mall is where we go shopping. Welcome to the Shoreline.

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Ydnam96 - Dec 17, 2006 11:17 pm (#2453 of 2989)

WOW. I just got back from this amazing sub-division in Rancho Cucamonga in which all the houses do these amazing light displays. It must be close to 100-150 houses. They've been doing it since the mid-80s. It's great. But it was in the mid 30s! Haha, it was crazy. Smile

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Tazzygirl - Dec 17, 2006 11:28 pm (#2454 of 2989)

Thanks for all the charms and hugs.

Mandy- there is a neighborhood here where the entire street decorates. They each have a huge star that they place on their roofs, and a sign at the beginning of the street that tells everyone to 'follow the stars'. It's pretty amazing! I bet seeing more than 10 houses is even more fantastic!

Watched Polar Express for the first time tonight with the parents. For some reason I thought it would be better! The elves were... scary (IMO). A bunch of movies have hit the theaters this week- almost all of them sound really good!

Bought my mom some boots for Christmas. Decided Brother is getting an iTunes gift certificate (which he should love- he is constantly buying songs for his iPod), and sister is getting a movie or sweatshirt. See if I thought ahead, I would have just given her a University of Hawaii sweatshirt. Still not sure on Dad. He hates surprises, yet doesn't tell you what he wants- it's "You know what I like." Maybe a gift certificate to one of his favorite stores... *thinking*

~Kristina

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Snuffles - Dec 18, 2006 1:57 am (#2455 of 2989)

*Healing charms to Mrs Sirius' daughter*

My condolences to Moaning Myrtle.

((((Hugs to Kristina))))

I'm loving all the new avatars. Though in Marie's, Mike doesn't look to happy sat there with Santa!

We had to call the emergency doctor for Olivia on Thursday night. Her temperature was really high and she was complaining of ear ache. Luckily the doctor managed to get to the call out centre within 10 minutes of us ringing so we were able to take her straight away. He confirmed she had an ear infection and prescribed her some Amoxycillin and a Paracetemol solution. Within 24 hours she was nearly back to her normal self. I started with a sore throat yesterday . I am so hoping it has gone by Christmas!

Off to check the threads

Happy Monday

Julie

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The giant squid - Dec 18, 2006 4:11 am (#2456 of 2989)

I wonder what my brother is doing in LA?--Marie E.

I got to ride with Mrs. Squid & her mother down to Oxnard & Redondo Beach to deliver presents to the rest of their family. We left at 6AM (after I got home from work at 2AM) and got home at 11:30PM. I then slept for 12 hours...

Trust me, you're ahead if they don't tell you exactly where to stick something.--Regan

No thank you; I'll just take my business elsewhere.--Loopy Lupin


I can relate to Regan, but Loopy's nailed it. No matter how cranky you feel after 10 hours (or even 1--some days just suck), you should never let the customer know it. For every person that complains there are 5 that just don't bother to come back (like, for instance, Denise & the skateboard guy).

Gee, I seem to have a knack for finding hot-button issues, don't I? Sorry, Denise.

Anyway, this kid managed to pull up some stuff that was so graphic our VP was embarassed to look at it!—Solitaire

Never underestimate the ingenuity of a hormonally-imbalanced teenage male. If only they could harness their powers for good...

Back from Vegas. Not fun.—Tazzygirl

That's because you didn't come to my theater.    Seriously, what part of the trip wasn't fun? Maybe I can suggest some things for the next time.

I'm loving all the new avatars. Though in Marie's, Mike doesn't look to happy sat there with Santa!—Snuffles

Hey, they stuck me on the lap of some weird guy with a funny suit and beard...you tell me why I should look happy.

--Mike

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azi - Dec 18, 2006 6:40 am (#2457 of 2989)

(((hugs))) to Myrtle and Tazzy.

Healing charms to Olivia, Snuffles! Is Amoxycillin banana medicine? Loved that stuff as a kid!

Starling, do you need more healing charms? You have bad luck with illnesses at the moment. **charms**

Well, it's a cold, gloomy, misty day at home. Bit depressing.

Good luck to everyone with exams/work!

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Denise P. - Dec 18, 2006 6:54 am (#2458 of 2989)

Mike, while I may not go back and probably won't say anything to the guy's mom (and business partner), it is just because while I found it rude and unprofessional, someone else may not have. If I truly felt the behavior was just totally over the line no matter who looked at it, I have no qualms about saying something, going to the manager, writing the head office, corporate office and letter to the editor of the local paper.

Wanna talk about tips in a restaurant? I know servers are paid a fraction of the other employees because they rely on tips. Don't expect me to just toss down that tip though. I expect some basic things with my meal. I expect someone to come promptly to take a drink order. If I say I am ready to place my meal order as well, don't tell me that you will bring my drink back first. Don't hover but don't ignore me. Please bring me what I order, if something says it has cheese on it, you can rightfully assume that yes, I do want that cheese. For crying out loud, don't bring my 3 year old a GLASS full of milk in a GLASS with no lid. Since my oldest has been a server, I do watch to see how many tables they are dealing with, I know the places where we frequent and can tell usually if any problem is a server problem or a kitchen problem. They can't help kitchen problems and I won't blame them for it. If I leave either a poor tip or no tip, I always make sure I not only tell the server why I am doing it, I also make sure the manager knows why.

Today is the last day before my wild gang is released from school for Christmas Winter break. That means the last of my running around has to be done today. Of course, I am just buying for Mr. Denise but I still don't want to drag them along with me. Lucky for her, I noticed Kaitlyn left her gift and snacks on the kitchen table or she would have been out of luck. No way am I getting near the school today with all the class parties going on.

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 18, 2006 7:09 am (#2459 of 2989)

For every person that complains there are 5 that just don't bother to come back (like, for instance, Denise & the skateboard guy)—Mike

Yup, that's me. I'm the "don't come back" guy. I'm also a big Amazon shopper and thus probably helped put Tower Records out of business.

Regan does have a point when it comes to rudeness. Rude is rude and it is no more acceptable for a customer to be rude than it is for a salesperson to be rude. But, in the context of a business transaction, I frankly don't care what kind of day my server has been having any more than they are sincere when, as I'm leaving with my purchases, they mumble "Have a nice day."

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Lilly P - Dec 18, 2006 7:21 am (#2460 of 2989)

Waterford, Crystal Mall is where we go shopping. Welcome to the Shoreline. - Mrs. Sirius

On my way to the Crystal Mall today! And then I think to the outlet mall! I'm done Christmas shopping, but I want to look while the Christmas deals are on. The Children's Place outlet always has the BEST summer clothes on sale this time of year. I bought Annemarie's whole summer wardrobe for under 40 bucks last year! If you are at the Crystal mall today, Im the frazzled looking one in the #7 Harry Potter GOF jacket!

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 18, 2006 8:00 am (#2461 of 2989)

He he he, Lilly P, rarely do I get to go shopping. But my friend called this morning that she was going shopping tonight to do the last minute things. I haven't done the bulk of my shopping yet! I have had kids home for part of the week since I have been home.

So, yes I am going shopping but it won't be until tonight. I'll hit the toy store across from Crystal Mall first. I don't know what I'll wear but know doubt I will look frazzled.

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Tazzygirl - Dec 18, 2006 9:56 am (#2462 of 2989)

Squid Mike: I got to ride with Mrs. Squid & her mother down to Oxnard...

Tehe- my parents live in Camarillo. How funny. And I would have gone to your theater, but someone wasn't there!

I have been awake since 8 this morning. What is up with that?!? First day of break for my mom, meaning I can sleep in and not get bugged about it, and I am up early! And I went to bed super late too. Hmmm...

**healing charms to Olivia and everyone else who needs them**

Thanks again for the hugs!

Have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Dec 18, 2006 2:39 pm (#2463 of 2989)

Hugs to Kristina and Moaning Myrtle.

Been busy, but I thought I'd chime in on the customer service. I agree that there is no reason to be rude if the customer hasn't done anything to deserve it. I understand that people have bad days and very hectic ones, its an excuse, even though its a really bad one. But hey if the customer is rude, I don't think I'd have the patience to let them walk me over. I'd retaliate! LOL Only joking, keep my mouth shut and let it slide. Like I said, everyone has bad days. I can see myself getting sick of rude customer after rude customer though. As far as tipping goes, if they were good, I double the tax. If they were rude and such the price goes down from there. I could never not give them anything, I feel bad even if they don't deserve it. Dunno thats my 2 cents worth. Everyone is different.

Off to study...

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Denise P. - Dec 18, 2006 3:02 pm (#2464 of 2989)

Oh, I love mail days like today. I got in a pyramid of candy from my Grandmother. Obviously, the person who took the order didn't listen well and had it signed "Love, Granny" Granny?? No one calls my Grandmother Granny. We call her Gram or Gram H.

I also got in a bunch of clothes for dolls. They are soo cute. I am now trying to find an outfit for my Cathy Quick Curl doll from 1972. I know what her original dress looked like and I am trying to find something similar.

Best of all, I got in my Half Marathon pictures. There is one of me coming across the finish line and it caught me in midair. While not a great picture of me, it is pretty cool. I had the logo of the race put on it and my finish time.

Ouch, last night I got a pretty icky steam burn on my finger. I wasn't thinking and pulled back some foil before I let the steam escape. I do that every few years . . . usually when it has been long enough for me to get careless.

Ohhh...Survivor! ---->Yay Yul!!! I was so glad he won. I would have been okay with Ozzy winning too but Yul totally deserved it. I was also really happy to see no hatred/nastiness being spewed on the jury <------

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Thom Matheson - Dec 18, 2006 3:14 pm (#2465 of 2989)

Denise I feel the same. And the curse of the car is still true!

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Regan of Gong - Dec 18, 2006 3:24 pm (#2466 of 2989)

Maybe it's just the same as when you get a bit snappy with your friends/family/offspring. It doesn't happen all the time, and lots of the time you realise you've made a mistake. Unfortunately you can't fix it as easily.

In our training, they said if one customer had a bad experience, on average they'll tell 5 other people about it.

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Catherine - Dec 18, 2006 6:52 pm (#2467 of 2989)

Alas, earwax...Shopping.......

Had amazing experience at Best Buy. Convinced college student (who recognized me from last Winter/Spring semester, although NOT my student) to trot all over the place to serve me. VERY WELL DONE!! Achieved all shopping goals at that location. Wrapped said presents and shipped them to locations over the US. Feel Santa-like.

Had disappointing experience at Toys'R'Us. Wanted to smush clerk into ground b/c clerk refused to look up other locations or go into back to see if the "FurReal Chimp" toy existed in Eastern NC.

Had Frappacino at Starbucks. Bought all teachers of middle-school child a gift card from Starbucks. Addressed and sent gift cards and put them in child's back-pack to the tune of eight gift cards. Done.

Sent thank-you notes to my students for birthday and holiday gifts, to total 18 notes for today. More to come.

Wish all of you fruitful and lovely holidays!

-Catherine the Frantic

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kabloink! - Dec 18, 2006 9:55 pm (#2468 of 2989)

Well, we almost finished our shopping today. Just have to hunt down the Budweiser Holiday mug for this year for my dad and one of those really nice liquor gift sets for my brother. Then, I just have a whole bunch of pictures to print and cut. Christmas cards haven't gone out yet, but most are local, so I think we'll be okay if we get them out Wednesday morning, though the Post Office does say by midnight tonight.

Moaning Myrtle, my heart goes out to you. Its soo hard to lose a grandparent that you were close to. I'm sure that by organizing everything, you are helping everyone more than you, or they, realize.

Ok, off to pick out which pictures to fill photo albums with for gifts. Have a good night everyone!

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Viola Intonada - Dec 18, 2006 11:14 pm (#2469 of 2989)

I spent one summer waiting tables in college. It was the hardest job for the least amount of pay I have had yet. I always try to be generous with my tip unless the person is being down right rude.

Some day I will get around to submitting my petition for Queen of the Procrastinator's. I have yet to finish my shopping. Lots to do for the kids yet. I took eldest out tonight to shop for sib's gift, I was shocked (and panicked) about how bare the shelves already are. My name was "Mud" this evening when we stopped in Build-A-Bear to buy the sib gift. They were sold out of an outfit that I stopped eldest from buying earlier, saying wait for Christmas. Well I never made it back to buy it and they were sold out. BUT, I am saved and my name will be cleared on Christmas, because I was able to order it online. I had to pay twice the price just for shipping, but I deserve it for procrastinating. She is going to be so surprised!!! (Yes, I had confessed that I hadn't bought it yet)

I just can't bring myself to start Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving. Unfortunately I have had little time since then to shop. Hubby doesn't understand how both kids playing two sports each is taking time away from me doing what needs to get done. Tomorrow is my last day of shopping sans kids. It is going to be a late night tonight too finishing a gift for a teacher.

I can't say we send out Christmas cards as much as we send out post Christmas cards or New Year's cards.

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The giant squid - Dec 19, 2006 3:18 am (#2470 of 2989)

Actually Denise, in the case of the skateboard place you're just the sort of customer I'm talking about--you don't complain to the management, you don't cause a scene, you just don't go back. We don't mind getting complaints as that helps us to improve areas we're lacking in (as long as it's something we can do something about).

I agree completely with your thoughts on tips. Some of these servers need to look up the definition of "gratuity". A hint: it doesn't mean "money people give you for being a prat."

And I would have gone to your theater, but someone wasn't there!—Tazzygirl

Hey, give me more notice next time and we'll see what happens. In addition to Oxnard, we swung through Simi Valley (where the Mrs. grew up) and zipped past Thousand Oaks, which is where I lived when I met the now Mrs. Squid. Note to non-Californians: Oxnard, Camarillo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks & Redondo Beach are all in what you would refer to as "Los Angeles".

--Mike

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 19, 2006 7:12 am (#2471 of 2989)

Miss Manners on tipping:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31070-2004Nov6.html

I used to be the worst tipper in the world. Growing up where I did, the customary tip (besides "Don't eat the eggs") was a buck, regardless of the bill. After going to college, I was shamed into become a better tipper and now I hover around 20% as pretty standard. What I still refuse to do though (and on this I am at odds with Miss Manners) is leave tips at buffet places. No one does anything there. I get me own food and drink so for what would I be tipping?

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Denise P. - Dec 19, 2006 7:22 am (#2472 of 2989)

You know what I dislike most about the tipping system? It is based on the price of what you order, not the service you actually receive. If I have an indifferent server, who does okay but nothing beyond the minimum, why should I tip more because I order a $50 meal over the same exact service when I order an $12 meal? $10 vs $2.50....what, exactly, did the server do differently for the extra $7.50? I do tip based on price and service but it really is a flawed system.

I won't tip at a buffet either...of course, I also avoid going to a buffet whenever I can. I think I would rather go get my teeth cleaned.

Today is a half day for the kiddies and they are out for Christmas Winter Break. I had to inform them, gleefully, that school in Virginia goes until after mid June! What a switch from May 18. Of course, this also means the last few hours I have until the weekend (when Mr. Denise is back) to run errands semi-solo (2 kids vs 7 kids with me)

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Starling - Dec 19, 2006 7:51 am (#2473 of 2989)

Today's shopping experience:

Went to (large) PCWorld, asked to see the digicams. Three staff, very busy ... chatting amongst themselves, waved to the far end of the shop.

I limped to the other end of the shop. They'd stuck all the cameras down, so I couldn't have a look at them. To have a look at one, I had to limp all the way back across the store to get someone to help me. And then limp back to the cameras again. And then limp to the till ... at the other end of the store again!

4 trips across the store with creaky joints! The joy! My hip joint problems are usually pretty invisible, but this time I'd brought a stick because it's so bad. So it's not as if the staff didn't notice I couldn't walk very well.

Which reminds me, better get a head start on fetching the boy from his (last day at) school.

You know what I dislike most about the tipping system? It is based on the price of what you order, not the service you actually receive.

Yes, they say 10% here. But to be honest, I base it on the service. Average service gets 10%, below average gets small change, exceptional service gets more, bad service gets nothing.

Martje

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Madam Pince - Dec 19, 2006 9:04 am (#2474 of 2989)

If someone is rude to me I find it extremely hard to not be rude back to them.

Very understandable, Ginny. Let me share a little nugget with you that I've picked up over the years, though -- if you are extra super-sweet nice to them instead, sometimes it ticks them off even more, and then you can snicker into your sleeve as they walk away muttering and unable to say anything back to you! For years, my mom worked very closely (only two of them in the office) with this lady who went out of her way to be rude at every opportunity. Every morning my mom would greet her with a bright and cheery "Good morning! How are you today? Isn't it a lovely day?" I am convinced it is my mom's fault that this lady now talks to herself all the time...

...we should all keep smiling just for our sake. It definitely helps.

Very sage advice, Lina! And as my grandmother used to say, "You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar!"

Emily, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother. You and your family have our sympathy. What a blessing it must be to your family to have you taking on the bulk of the planning and so forth -- big (((hugs))) to you and Strengthening Charms. Sometimes the most difficult part is seeing those we love who are left behind suffering with their sadness -- after 62 years, it must be so hard for your grandfather. Wow, how great is that -- 62 years! They were truly blessed.

Tazzy, sorry also to hear about your grandfather and your not-so-fun visit to Vegas. We will be remembering both you and him.

Oooo, Marie, that sounds like a great camera! The only thing I can tell you about it is that the "IS" stands for Image Stabilizer, and that is a good thing to have, apparently, and is only available on the more "advanced" models. The one on our budget is not going to have IS, so I will just have to learn to not quiver! Hope you feel better, soon -- don't be sick for the holiday!

Hope poor sweet little Olivia is feeling better soon, Snuffles!

Starling, I share your disappointment in the revised decongestant formula -- I don't think the new one works at all. Here in the States, if you ask behind the pharmacy counter, they still carry some brands with the original formula, so you might try that, although it may be different where you are. Good luck!

Azi, the amoxycillin we've always gotten here usually tastes like bubble gum. I think the banana sounds like a nice change!

Regan, what a spiffy avatar! Don't you and your friends look nice! I am quite impressed. The headgear from the other avatar just wouldn't have fit in properly... Congrats on the graduation!

Catherine, what a wonderfully productive day you had! Woo-Hoo! It makes me tired just to hear it. Your post sounds like it could fit into Bridget Jones' diary, if only you'd outlined the number of calories in the Starbucks coffee drink... If the "FurReal Chimp" is the same thing I'm thinking of (a very realistic-looking chimpanzee head?), then I saw one at Sears (of all places) in our mall. I thought it was quite creepy looking...

Denise, LOL about the key-lime house! For years when I was little, there was a house in Herndon that was pale lime green, right where we had to make a turn to get to my aunt's house. We always knew to "turn at the green house." My mom was devastated when they painted it a few years ago. Oh, and Survivor -- I was pulling for Ozzy, for one thing because I feel like "lawyer Yul" will easily make a million on his own, while Ozzy could use a hand. I do think Ozzy deserved it, too. But, so did Yul, so I was OK with it, and it was nice to have a "calm" jury for a change! What a yucky time to have a "Final Three," though -- that fire challenge was downright embarrassing! All the times that the third-place person should really have been in it -- Rudy, Rob Cesternino, Ian, Terry -- and now... Becky? Oh, well, it was a nice idea, though. Wonder if they will keep up the "Final Three" thing in the future like they did Exile Island, or is it a one-time gimmick? (By the way, how is it possible for Rhys to keep getting cuter every single day???!!! He's adorable.)

I want to go shopping at the Waterford Crystal Mall! It sounds so pretty!

Viola, I can't get over what similar creatures you and I are! I've had my Christmas cards for several weeks now, and they still have not gotten sent out. (I procrastinated because this year for the first time I had them pre-printed with our names, so I thought it would save me so much time that I could put it off a little.) Now I can't find my Christmas Card List/Address book. ***panic mode*** If I've lost that thing, I am toast... everything Christmas is in there... Today's project is to FIND IT!

Stink-Dog got a bath yesterday. They said she still smells overpoweringly of skunk when she gets wet, and to expect that to last for several more weeks yet. At least you don't notice it when she's dry. Or maybe I've gotten used to it.

The squirrels chewed through the wires on our outdoor Christmas lights. I am starting to smell gravy...

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Eponine - Dec 19, 2006 9:56 am (#2475 of 2989)

if you are extra super-sweet nice to them instead, sometimes it ticks them off even more - Madam Pince

It can also calm them down and force them to be nice too. In Tennessee, I worked the front desk at a doctor's office. The doctor that I worked for was a good doctor, but he was SLOW. So there were always people waiting, sometimes for a very long time. I would be as sweet as I possibly could to them, because that made it harder for them to be mean to me. I once had a patient tell me that he had been angry about the wait, but I was just so sweet about it that he couldn't yell at me.

I finally got my Christmas cards off, except for the one going to London. I've got to go by the post office for that one (I think). My shopping is almost done, and I've wrapped most of the gifts. I've just got a few more things to do, and I'll be done with Christmas stuff!

Does anyone know a way to get dried wax off linoleum? Mr. Eponine knocked over a candle in the bathroom. We got the wax off the counter, but we can't get it all off the floor. Any tips?

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Holly T. - Dec 19, 2006 9:58 am (#2476 of 2989)

Emily, so sorry to hear about your grandmother! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family!

I think we'll get a new digital camera maybe next Christmas. My daughter is rooting for it to be sooner rather than later as I told her she can have our current one when we get a new one.

I mailed the last batch of Christmas cards on the 15th! Last year I think we mailed them on Christmas Eve, so an improvement. :-) Although I did a very short Christmas letter and used the pictures from vacation. Maybe I will get my comic book Christmas letter done next year. Note to self: start in June.

I still haven't finished wrapping gifts yet but I am done shopping. For teacher gifts this year my son's teachers got Boy Scout popcorn and my daughter's teachers got gifts from the Girl Scout fall sale (hot cajun crunch for her six school teachers and cranberry walnut snack mix for the four ballet teachers). I did most of my shopping online so no dealing with grumpy clerks. I was at Kohl's and Hobby Lobby over the weekend picking up the last few things and had rather pleasant clerks, even at Hobby Lobby.

Our evil black cat has climbed one of the Christmas trees, clawed up a felt Santa ornament, taken apart a wreath, eaten the head off a paper angel ornaments, has a stash of other ornaments that she's taken off the tree and hidden behind the curtains (presumably to eat later), and has an ongoing war with the tree skirt. She has no Christmas spirit and should get coal in her stocking (yes, she has a stocking; I'm surprised she hasn't attacked it).

Healing charms to those who need them!

Has anybody seen "Eragon" yet? My kids really want to see it. I really don't. This is when I wish my sister still lived in town. I avoided a lot of kids' movies that way.

Have a great RotD!

Editing--Eponine--about the wax, put something, like a towel you don't mind getting wax on, on top of the wax and iron the towel. It will melt the wax, which should adhere to the towel and be off your floor. Also, if you have those little plastic scrapers that come with Pampered Chef stoneware, they are good for scraping up dried wax. (They are also good for separating tiny Legos, should you need to do that.) ;-)

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Starling - Dec 19, 2006 10:03 am (#2477 of 2989)

A few pieces of tissue over the wax, and then a warm iron over that, Eponine. The wax will melt and get sucked up by the tissue.

I found the original formula by asking at the counter, Madam Pince! It took me so long to find it, though, that the worst of my cold is over and I don't need it anymore!

Edit: got the digital camera today. It doesn't have IS, tooooo expensive! I'm trying to figure out how to use it. I wonder what this button does? *kabooooom*

Edit2: I didn't send any Christmas cards to some of my friends. I wrote/recorded a song with my partner instead, typed the lyrics up, decorated that with some Christmassy things, and stuck the whole thing on the web for them to download.

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Denise P. - Dec 19, 2006 10:10 am (#2478 of 2989)

I have not see Eragon yet but I want to. I am taking one of the kidlets and 3 friends to the theater on Saturday as a birthday gathering. He chose to see Night at the Museum It is not my first choice because I am not a big Ben Stiller fan but I didn't get to pick.

I put a picture of me finishing my Half marathon behind my avatar, if anyone is interested. Not fantastic but considering I had been running for over 2 1/2 hours, not horrible. We finished inside a baseball stadium so the finish was right down the first base line. I like how the picture caught me in mid air

We sent out Christmas cards awhile back. We send a newsletter with it but it has to be kept to one page. Everyone gets about 2-3 lines to tell about their year...short but sweet. I hate getting 3 pages of information. If you want that much detail, call me.

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Catherine - Dec 19, 2006 10:22 am (#2479 of 2989)

Catherine, what a wonderfully productive day you had! Woo-Hoo! It makes me tired just to hear it. Your post sounds like it could fit into Bridget Jones' diary, if only you'd outlined the number of calories in the Starbucks coffee drink...--Madam Pince

Hmm...Starbucks Frappacino = 350 calories.

The squirrels chewed through the wires on our outdoor Christmas lights. I am starting to smell gravy... --Madam Pince

1 piece of Squirrel, roasted from 1 lb. of meat = 547 calories.

No contest!

I have to comment about the tipping issue. I have been a server, and I learned a lot from that experience. On the one hand, I am a high-maintenence customer, and I admit it. On the other hand, I have carried me own tray, and I know what is realistic. So I tip 15% for average service, and 20+% for excellent service. If I have table issues, I discuss them with the manager. Usually, I can get a comped appetizer or dessert for my trouble.

Some service peeves:

Saying, "Hi, I'm Tiffany, and I'll be takin' care of y'all tonight." Double ick. When I was a server, I introduced myself by saying, "My name is Catherine, and it will be my pleasure to serve you." I always feel like the "taking care of you" thing makes me sound like someone who should be feeding, burping, and changing diapers.

Reaching over the table to hand me a hot plate, or even worse, handing my child a hot or full plate. Cracker Barrel is notorious for this, and I always insist that they walk around to put my child's plate in front of her after Claire once got a lap full of food.

Telling me to "save my fork." Pull-eeze. Either set the table with enough forks, or bring me a fresh one with my meal.

While on the topic of silverware, please make sure that I have a knife, and that it is the proper knife for the food that I am eating. Even if you think my steak is fork tender, humor me and make sure that I have a steak knife.

Not knowing what is on the menu, or what is in a dish. I had to take a test on the menu back in the day, and it served me well. If you don't know, do not act as though I am bothering you when I request that you be able to tell me if the dish has mushrooms in it (I am allergic).

I really do want my food exactly as I ordered it. If I requested no tomatoes and no mayonnaise, I really do not wish for those items to be there. It is your responsibility to make sure that the kitchen prepared my food properly, and check it before it comes out to me. If another server brought me my food, you should ask me if my food is ok.

If I order an appetizer, I wish to enjoy it before my salad or my meal arrives. Timing is everything. Similarly, if I request that the children's food be brought out if it is ready before the adult meal, act as if this is no problem for you.

Do not roll your eyes at me.

Finally, ASK me if I am ready for the bill, don't just put it on the table. I can't stand it when someone says, "I'll just leave this here; there's no rush." Umm, you just did rush me.

Whew. I feel so much better now.

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Denise P. - Dec 19, 2006 10:31 am (#2480 of 2989)

Catherine, keeping things bottled up just can't be healthy. Don't be bashful, tell us how you really feel

We have a real estate agent coming tomorrow to look over the house so we can get it listed for sale. I really wanted to wait until we were totally out but Mr. Denise wants it NOW (Yeah, easy for him to say since he is not here) It helps that the agent lives across the street from us so it is really easy to get things to him. I know that he is going to feel it is cluttered (which it is) but you know, you have 9 people living in a house and there is going to be clutter.

Speaking of clutter, I had on Wife Swap in the background last night while I was doing dishes and the kids were tormenting a puppy on Nintendo Dogs. Oh, can I just say....nasty!! They had a dead rat under their living room table and no one seemed at all concerned about it!!!!!!

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Tazzygirl - Dec 19, 2006 10:55 am (#2481 of 2989)

Squid Mike- too right! It was one of those 'we're going to Vegas tonight, so be ready' type moments. Dad and mom are notorious for that. I think I'll be in Vegas some time in summer, so I'll give you plenty of notice!

On the tipping front- I normally tip 20%, but if the service was really bad, or I felt the waiter did not deserve the full 20%, I would dock a couple bucks.

Catherine- I am right there with you on pet peeves of restaurants! Another one to add- taking away someone's plate while one or more people are still eating. grrrrrrrr..... (and on silverware- I went to Cheesecake Factory a loooong time ago, and the waiter cleared our plates, including our forks. He brought us our cheesecake and walked away. It then took us about 15 minutes to catch his attention again to bring us another set of forks. ) Oh- and make sure the water glass is always filled. I hate having to wait for another glass of water.

Madam P- feel free to have the squirrel gravy. Squirrels who chew through Christmas lights are just asking for it!

Holly- sending holiday charms to the cat. I think he (she?) needs them.

My face has developed some sort of weird rash thingy- it started in Vegas, just down by my chin, and yesterday it had spread up around my mouth, under my chin, and halfway up a cheek. Now it is on both cheeks, and splotchy red. I keep lotion on it- I was thinking it was just dry skin (the climate right now is sucking all moisture from me), but could that be making it worse? Any suggestions?

Off to the post office to mail my brother his Christmas gifts. Then I am watching a neighbor's son and dogs while they go up to Santa Barbara for the night.

Have a fantastic RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Madam Pince - Dec 19, 2006 11:01 am (#2482 of 2989)

Ewwwww... dead rat? Can't make gravy out of that...

I had always heard to put brown paper (like a paper grocery bag) over spilled wax and then iron over it. I would guess, though, that any absorbent-type paper would do the trick, as long as it's not something that will catch fire when you iron it...

Denise, I can't imagine that anyone could possibly expect a house with nine kids in it, a week before Christmas, to not be cluttered. Hope the process goes smoothly!

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Catherine - Dec 19, 2006 11:10 am (#2483 of 2989)

My face has developed some sort of weird rash thingy- it started in Vegas, just down by my chin, and yesterday it had spread up around my mouth, under my chin, and halfway up a cheek. Now it is on both cheeks, and splotchy red. I keep lotion on it- I was thinking it was just dry skin (the climate right now is sucking all moisture from me), but could that be making it worse? Any suggestions? –Tazzy

Hmm...you could have eczema. Use Eucerin lotion and a topical cortisone cream that you can get over the counter. I can usually control mine without prescription medication by following this regimen.

As you have been exposed to young children in your teaching, you might have Fifths Disease, one symptom of which is a "slapped" lacy-looking red rash. Sometimes there are no other symptoms besides the rash.

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Tazzygirl - Dec 19, 2006 11:34 am (#2484 of 2989)

Thanks, Catherine, for the info. Will definitely look into it! (Mom was saying it might also be a reaction to the water in Vegas- grandparents use water softener in their house, and is extremely salty.) Oooooh, it's just so ick!

~Kristina

EDIT: Thanks, Azi. Mom just told me one of her kids at school at Roseola last week. The kid's mom didn't tell my mom until Friday. Dermatitis is another option- allergic reaction to soap or cream could be it... I shall soon find out- made an appointment with the doctor for tomorrow.

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azi - Dec 19, 2006 11:59 am (#2485 of 2989)

Hope your face gets better, Tazzy! It could be excema, although mine is nothing like that. Salty water dries my skin out, maybe that happened to you? Could it be an allergic reaction to creams or soaps?

We never tip in restaurants. Perhaps we just don't go anywhere that requires it. 'Tis an alien concept.

I have something to add to pet restaurant peeves - we were in one place a couple of weeks ago and had food. At the same time we ordered this, one of the people I was with ordered a second coffee. By the time the coffee arrived we had finished our meal and paid the bill. Not impressed!

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 19, 2006 12:40 pm (#2486 of 2989)

Well, That took an awfully long time to read through all those posts! There were only 12 but they were so detailed! Lot's going on today, I see!

Holly, wishing your kitty a Merry Christmas and sending him some **cheering charms**

On tipping, I have no idea what percentage I generally tip. Our rule is that you double the tax, tax here is 9%, so would that mean we tip 18%? Not sure.

The squirrels chewed through the wires on our outdoor Christmas lights. I am starting to smell gravy...

SPEW!! I've never had squirrel before! May I join you?! LOL! Sadly, I know people who have Squirrel frequently, but I don't think I've ever be able to eat it!

Well I better go study..*groans* I have math and French tomorrow. Math will be hard. French, not so much.

Happy Tuesday!

6 DAYs UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!!!

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Tazzygirl - Dec 19, 2006 1:45 pm (#2487 of 2989)

Ginny- On tipping, I have no idea what percentage I generally tip. Our rule is that you double the tax, tax here is 9%, so would that mean we tip 18%? Not sure.

I used to just take the tax and double it. California tax is around 7%, but Hawaii is only 4%, so the good waiters in Hawaii would have been lucking out. That's why now I base it 2 dollars on every 10, give or take a buck or two depending on the service. I believe this system works no matter where you go.

I have two friends in Hawaii who actually only tip 2 dollars, no matter what. When I go out with them, I tell them that I'll cover tip. They took me out for my birthday when I turned 21- the bill ended up being close to $100 dollars, and they had the nerve not to leave a tip. The waiter came up to me on our way out, and asked me if there was a tip. I asked my two friends if they had left a tip, and they kind of looked at me funny (they were in a rush to go, wonder why?). I then turned to my sister and her boyfriend, and the boyfriend gave the waiter the tip. The waiter was really good too. I was mortified, and it took almost a year before I went back to the restaurant again.

~Kristina

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Starling - Dec 19, 2006 3:03 pm (#2488 of 2989)

Sadly, I know people who have Squirrel frequently, but I don't think I've ever be able to eat it!

Me neither! Think about it with a naked tail, and what do you have? A rat, indeed.

In Italy, tipping is not done, ever. AFAIK it's not common in Holland either. In Britain waiters are on at least minimum wage, so they don't necessarily need their tips, but it's common to tip anyway.

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Catherine - Dec 19, 2006 4:09 pm (#2489 of 2989)

I can see the value of tipping, as a way to reward good service, and to let the amount give an indication of how good the service is. But in general, I find it an irritating way to pay people their wage (and for those who have skimmed up til now, I do tip the appropriate amount; my own service experience requires it).

I think restaurants should pay their employees their wages, and put the cost into the meal. When I was a server, I had to "tip out" a certain percentage of my evening's gross sales to the bar and the bus staff. No one actually cared what my tip intake actually was, and it irked me no end! The other thing that killed me slowly was that folks would come in with coupons and gift certificates, and tip just on the part of the meal that they were charged for, never mind that the IRS and my "tip out" pals got their cut from my gross sales.

I know I sound negative, so I will add the following:

Waiting tables taught me invaluable skills-- how to smile while plotting revenge served cold; how to get ground-in french fries out of carpet; how to dodge the hands of intoxicated men; and how to make friends with a convicted murder/line cook who eventually saves your scared self from such men; and how to wear rainbow suspenders and white knee socks with panache.

Ok. I lied about the panache.

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Ydnam96 - Dec 19, 2006 5:50 pm (#2490 of 2989)

Wow...so much info to digest.

I try to tip between 15 and 20% although you are a lucky waitress/waiter if I spend lower than ten dollars. I still tip at least several dollars because I feel bad that I had the same service as someone who spend a lot but just got cheaper food.

The iron with paper towels works great. I got wax all over a really nice hand made doiley (sp?) and freaked out. But my dad suggested the iron thing and it worked great. I was amazed.

Kitty is sick again. He's been throwing up all over the house again. I feel so bad for him. I think though that he just is always gonna be a kitty with a super sensitive stomach. But he's been a good kitty so far and not attempted to climb the tree or take off the ornaments or anything! It's amazing. Smile

Well, gotta go microwave dinner.

Night!

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Mediwitch - Dec 19, 2006 6:57 pm (#2491 of 2989)

Eponine, you could also try softening the wax with a hairdryer on a low setting, then it usually scrapes right up.

*Healing Charms* to sick your kitty, Ydnam!

I'm "supposed" to be baking cookies, but it was my plan to make cookies so I can break it, right? *wanders off to check threads*

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Ydnam96 - Dec 19, 2006 7:10 pm (#2492 of 2989)

Thanks Mediwitch. And yes, who needs more cookies??? Just means more workouts

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 19, 2006 7:34 pm (#2493 of 2989)

Kitty is sick again. He's been throwing up all over the house again. I feel so bad for him. I think though that he just is always gonna be a kitty with a super sensitive stomach.

If he's consistently getting sick, make sure you don't have any plants, especially flowers, anywhere within his reach. My cat spent a week throwing up all over the place once. We couldn't figure out what her deal was because it definitely wasn’t hairballs. Then I caught her gnawing on some flowers I'd gotten. Once we threw the flowers out, she stopped getting sick. Cats are "supposed" to have some sort of green plant in their diets, but in the case of my cat, it just makes her sick, so check your house out and make sure there aren't any innocent plants with bite marks on them lying around. May not be the problem in your case, but it can't hurt to check it out!

Ok I really should get back to studying now. That's the problem with having a computer at my desk....and I'm already easily distracted...

Night everyone!

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geauxtigers - Dec 19, 2006 9:32 pm (#2494 of 2989)

I've used a brown paper bag and an iron on wax before. I was playing in a candle and dripped wax on my shirt. Brown bag worked.

if you are extra super-sweet nice to them instead, sometimes it ticks them off even more, and then you can snicker into your sleeve as they walk away muttering and unable to say anything back to you!

I love doing that to people! I had a friend say something nasty to me on several occasions. I just smiled and gave her 'yep, you're right." It made her so mad and gave me the ultimate satisfaction! LOL and you're right, they are stumped as to what they should say next!

Well I should go. Its 10:30 and I've got some more cramming to do.

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Viola Intonada - Dec 19, 2006 9:35 pm (#2495 of 2989)

LOL about the squirrel, Madame P. The really sad thing about me not having my Christmas cards out is that I always buy next years the day after Christmas. Therefore I can not use the excuse that I haven't had a chance to buy them yet. *Edit: Maybe I should have the family sign them and address them then too so that all we have to do the next year is insert the pictures and letters. Nah, it goes against my nature to be that prepared.

Tipping: I think that tipping in the United States has gotten way out of hand. No one should be able to make under minimum wage and customers should not be expected to pay the staff. What really irks me is who we are expected to tip. It makes me nervous going anywhere for any type of service, who am I offending for not leaving a tip? Maybe we should do away with the term gratuity and just call it a service tax.

Well, finished or not, I'm done shopping for the kids, unless I want to hire a babysitter. I did get an incredible amount of things done today. The devastating news of the day for me is that my Mickey's Sorcerer's Apprentice watch is dying. I was hoping that it was the battery, but alas it is not. I guess I'll have to start pushing for a trip to Disney.

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Ydnam96 - Dec 19, 2006 9:36 pm (#2496 of 2989)

thanks Virginiaelizabeth. I actually don't have any plants for that very reason. He's been "sick" since I adopted him. He goes for a couple of good weeks then for a couple of weeks he throws up a bunch. I've gone to the vet several times, he's on hypoallergenic (translation: expensive) food, and we've tried medicine but I can't get him to take it consistently. It's like having my own little child. I love him but he pukes and costs lots of money!

Edit: Viola that's sad about your watch. I definitely think a trip to Disney is in order.

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 19, 2006 11:35 pm (#2497 of 2989)

Denise, when listing your house, will you have to reveal about your visitors to the house? You know...your guests--the s-k-u-n-k-s?

Starling do you not still have the VAT? I certainly agree that restaurant owners should pay their employees properly.

Employers don't say to their accountant "we will pay you below the minimum wage, but if we like your service we will give you a tip". And wouldn't it be nice for a customer to walk out of a store with a dress or sofa for which she has paid 1/3 the price then only if they are truly happy with it came back and pay the remainder?

My one and only waitressing stint was in a club. They tables I was assigned had a huge party (before automatic gratuity charge for large party). Everyone had a great time, and my tables brought in the most money. At the end of the night the expectation was that I would have the largest tips. Shockingly, my tips were nowhere near what was assumed. After tipping my bus boys, I realized this was for the birds and I quit. Putting up with drunken customer, inhaling cigarette smoke, having to wait for an inebriated customer to do the math definitely not worth it!

Nope, haven't finished shopping, still don't know what else to get the kids!

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Starling - Dec 20, 2006 2:52 am (#2498 of 2989)

Starling do you not still have the VAT?

Oh yes. Here you get taxed, taxed and taxed again. VAT is 17.5% on meals. On average, people lose about 45% of their income in various taxes.

I agree that tipping in the States is silly. People should just get a decent wage, and not have to rely on people being generous. You can work your backside off, but if your customers don't happen to be in a good mood, you'll still end up earning peanuts!

Martje

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The giant squid - Dec 20, 2006 3:14 am (#2499 of 2989)

What I still refuse to do though (and on this I am at odds with Miss Manners) is leave tips at buffet places.--Loopy Lupin

At the casino buffets here in Vegas the "servers" bring and (theoretically) refill your drinks as well as taking away used plates. We usually leave a dollar for such minimal service, and go up from there based on how attentive, friendly, etc. the person was.

What really irks me is who we are expected to tip.--Viola Intonada

The answer here is "everybody." Every time I turn around someone's got their hand out. They even have a tip jar at the Fatburger--a fast food burger joint that's overpriced to begin with.

I agree with all of Catherine's tips for good service, and have one more to add: avoid the "food lottery". You know, "Okay, who had the sirloin?" If you took the order, you should know who gets what. This is acceptable if a different server brings the food to the table, but even that annoys me if the section isn't busy. What, you'll take the order but you're too good to carry the tray?

On a final note (and because I have to make a movie reference somehow), anyone thinking about being rude to a server or stiffing them on the tip should watch Waiting.... It's a very funny (but R-rated) movie from the POV of the servers of a TGI Friday's-like restaurant.

--Mike

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Ydnam96 - Dec 20, 2006 4:40 am (#2500 of 2989)

Mike, I love how you always have a movie tie-in Smile
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Lilly P - Dec 20, 2006 5:57 am (#2501 of 2989)

Oh Mike!!! Lets not even talk about Waiting !!! I'm gagging just thinking about it!!! Siriusly, it took me a month to go back out to a restaurant! As for a different kind of tipping, at the Commisary on base the grocery baggers work for tips only. If it is a slow day (like the week before pay day) these poor people can put in an 8 hour shift on their feet and not make 20 bucks! The majority of the baggers are senior citizens who are mainly looking to have fun talking to people, but still I think they should be paid a wage. It's down-right dangerous walking in the parking lot! they should get hazard pay also. I always tip 2 dollars a cart as a base and 1 dollar more if they are super nice and/or it's raining. I always feel like Im putting my grandparents to work doing my heavy lifting and I don't like it much, I think I would feel better if they were paid or go some other break like a percentage off groceries or something. OK
Do they do that at other services Commisaries? looks off in the direction of Denise.

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Good Evans - Dec 20, 2006 6:04 am (#2502 of 2989)

Luna is barking (yes barking - I am so proud I didnt know she had it in her!! deep and scary) at the window cleaner!!!

Am so pleased

On tipping - I usually tip 10% but not if it is a small amount - I'll probably leave £1 -£2 if it is up to £10. Unless I go for a proper lunch I dont tip at lunchtime (you know pizza pasta that type of thing!) but again I will not tip for bad service. We had our christmas lunch last week and the debacle over the coffee (did I tell you about it?) was enough to decide my tip was only 25 pence (I threw in the change from the coffee)despite the quality of the food being brilliant - how to throw away the tip, by poor handling of a situation I believe!!

sympathies to Starling for the PC world experience, I often let the manager know that I needed to ask for their help due to the rest of the staff being in conference, when that type of thing happens to me !

echo Ginnys comment - 6 days to go!!!! (feeling quite christmassy and excited now) and only one more day after today at work - hoorah!!!

have a good hump day folks

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azi - Dec 20, 2006 6:09 am (#2503 of 2989)

Argh, I'm not feeling Christmassy, even though I just decorated the tree!

People working in restaurants only get paid their tip? That's ridiculous! **Is glad we have compulsory minimum wage**

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Marie E. - Dec 20, 2006 6:38 am (#2504 of 2989)

Mr. E usually tips very well, 15% or higher. When we tipped the two servers, they each got 10%.

They have canceled school today in anticipation of a bad snowstorm. I think this one is related to the one that recently hit Washington state. We have high winds right now (23 miles per hour gusting to almost 50 miles per hour) and some blowing snow, not too bad yet. They are predicting at least six inches of snow and possibly up to ten. I am relieved that I will not be expected to drive the daycare buses in snow today.

Most of my cards are out and all of my gifts have been mailed. I have a few more things to pick up for the girls and Mr. E. I wanted to send out a short letter in the cards to some of my faraway friends, so I guess they'll be getting New Year's cards. One year I sent out my cards Thanksgiving weekend. It was so exhausting I never did it again.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

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Madam Pince - Dec 20, 2006 7:19 am (#2505 of 2989)

Here's a different slant on a tipping story -- when I hosted a party at a local restaurant for Mr. Pince's 50th birthday, it was an informal crab feast and about 40-50 people were there. I was paying the entire bill, gratuity included of course. When it came time to pay the bill, I was working with the head waitress double-checking all the head-counts and such, when my father-in-law's wife and another cousin came up to me and said "We're going to take up a collection to give an extra tip to the waiters." (Not "Would it be OK with you if we...", mind you...) I said "Well, I'm already giving them a pretty generous tip built in here...," and she said "Well, we think they did a great job and we want to do it, so we're going to do it anyway." (Thanks a lot...) I really didn't have time to get into a discussion about it, because I was trying to say goodbye to the people who were leaving, while figuring out the bill and writing a check and keeping an eye on Little Pince who had just rubbed his eyes while he had crab seasoning on his fingers -- it was a zoo. So anyway, they went ahead and did their thing, so OK, fine, I have nothing against the wait staff and they did a fine job. However, after the fact, our next-door neighbor mentioned something to Mr. Pince about seeing the hat being passed around to pay the bill, so he threw in a $50.00 bill!!! I was mortified! Here he was thinking that I'm cheapskate enough to invite people to a party, and then pass a hat to pay the bill!!! I explained to him what had happened, and that it was just a couple people who wanted to leave an extra tip even though I'd asked them not to, and he said that the person they'd sent around with the hat was a young child who didn't say anything about a tip, so he assumed it was to pay the bill. So I naturally insisted on reimbursing him the $50 he put in, and I still to this day wonder how many more of our guests left thinking that they had to chip in to pay the bill. I am still horrified. Plus I'm out an extra $50 which was so totally unnecessary, as I had definitely already tipped the wait staff very generously. I am still peeved at those family members. But at least the wait staff made out like bandits that day!

You guys don't know what you're missing with squirrel gravy -- if you could come over when my mom's cooking.... ummmmmm....

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John Bumbledore - Dec 20, 2006 8:16 am (#2506 of 2989)

squirrel gravy

Am I the only one that thinks that must be a Jeff Foxworthy ("You might be a red-neck if...") setup phrase?
**sings**
“Squirrels roasting on an open fire.. . . .”  Nope,  just doesn't evoke the same holiday spirit for me as "Chestnuts".

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Denise P. - Dec 20, 2006 8:26 am (#2507 of 2989)

Mrs Sirius, nope...I don't have to mention skunks because it is not unusual. We live in an area where skunks are very common. I opened my garage one day and one darted across my driveway. I was more than happy to give it a clear path and allow it the right of way. If someone based their house purchase here on lack of skunks.....they would have a very hard time finding a place.

Lilly, our baggers at the commissary are younger people, maybe just out of high school, and a bunch of Korean ladies. The Korean ladies do a much better job. The younger ones just toss things in there and can't pack the car to save their lives. I normally have three carts coming out of the commissary and at least two kids. I will be carrying Rhys and holding Kierynn's hand but the young kids still ask me to take a cart (the Korean ladies can handle 4 carts somehow) So, when it is the younger kids, I give $1 a cart and the Korean ladies get $2. Our neighbor worked as a bagger there one summer and he made a boatload from doing it.

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Ydnam96 - Dec 20, 2006 10:45 am (#2508 of 2989)

Madame Pince, that's horrible. I can't believe it. I can understand you are still peeved about it.

Lilly, the baggers at the Navy Commissary we go to are mostly Navy wives or older (teen) children of the families on base. They only get tips as well...and it's not that great a job at our commissary because it's such a small base. There are 7 aisles and two checkouts. So a "slow" day could literally mean 10 people with just one cart each. Most of the people from our base drive up to Quantico where the commissary is huge and there is a much bigger selection. Quantico has what seems like a zillion baggers who I would guess are spouses of the military member. But I could be wrong. I think they just work for tips and I'm sure they make more than I do in a day.

I guess I should get ready for work...

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Starling - Dec 20, 2006 11:23 am (#2509 of 2989)

just one cart?

The most I've ever seen around here is two carts, let alone four! No baggers, except when there are scouts trying to make a bit of money.

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John Bumbledore - Dec 20, 2006 1:08 pm (#2510 of 2989)

Marie E.,
I was thinking of you. I hope you and yours are all snug and warm in your home. My company just announced the closing of our Greenwood village office "Due to blizzard conditions."

(In a voice like Bing's) "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" (sound of needle being scratched across vinyl record)

WEATHER ALERT

A major winter storm is upon us. The storm is expected to last well into Thursday evening. Due to the anticipated duration of the storm, significant accumulations are expected. You are encouraged not to go out onto the roadways ... (Source: greenwoodvillage.com/index.asp )

You know they only say, "You are encouraged not to go out onto the roadways" because some people just don't have any sense.

Present company excluded, as we all know. Potter heads are oh so sensible.

Here is wish that no one else gets too much of what they wished for. (From "Be careful what you wish for, you may get it.")

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 20, 2006 1:31 pm (#2511 of 2989)

You know what I dislike most about the tipping system? It is based on the price of what you order, not the service you actually receive. – Denise

Just another couple of knuts. The flaw in the system (and former servers can correct me or back me up on this) really is that the IRS taxes these people on estimated or perceived tax income. And, I think, that the expected tip income allows (or used to allow) restaurants to deviate from the minimum wage. I guess abolishing tips won't really work because some people would still kick in extra for a job well-done. I guess the government can't bear the idea that they'd miss out on that moolah.

As for basing it on price, I'm with you Denise. I eat out a lot and often by myself. So, it does seem unfair that so-so service when I order prime rib can get more money than great service when I have a chicken sandwich. But, I also eat out in large groups quite a bit and I guess the theory is that a bigger bill usually means more people and, thus, more work.

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Detail Seeker - Dec 20, 2006 3:13 pm (#2512 of 2989)

Viola Intonada wrote:... and customers should not be expected to pay the staff.

Who else is paying them ? The restaurant owner does not have a money printer in his cellar.

It is, of course a rather brutal incentive for customer friendly behaviour (and putting the risk of earnings totally on the employees) if tips are the only way of earning a living. How many sales people are paid only or mainly based on their sales with a very low or even no fixum ? Of course, this approach to service payment should be mirrored in lower prices of what is served - if not, this is very bad style. But who said, that modern times are stylish ?

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 20, 2006 3:49 pm (#2513 of 2989)

You are encouraged not to go out onto the roadways because some people just don't have any sense. (John)

Boy that is the truth! Mr. Ludicrous works in Boulder. Their office closed and he got to come home early. It isn't the snow that is the problem!

We are in a State of Emergency now. DIA is closed. It is a beautiful storm. Lots of snow and wind! Should be all done by tomorrow. Our school district is out this week. LPO

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Madam Pince - Dec 20, 2006 3:53 pm (#2514 of 2989)

When I was a travel agent doing group tours for school children, our company tried a pilot "incentive" program for us account reps -- they took last year's group size for a school, and then we account reps got a $x bonus for every kid that school brought over last year's group size. Supposedly this was to encourage account reps to do a better job "coaching" the group leaders on how to increase their group sizes (for most schools, tour participation was optional and up to the parents/kids, but not always.) This incentive program was flawed in so many ways it was not even funny. For example, many times a school did a tour "every other year", so if I had a school that didn't travel last year but did go this year, then I got 100% bonus because every kid that went was more than last year's zero (and vice-versa.) Some tours were school-sponsored trips in which every kid in the class goes, so if this year's class is larger or smaller than last year's, there will be a difference that nothing the account rep does can alter. Also, the reality is that the account rep really has very little to do with the group size anyway -- we could encourage the group leaders (our clients) to promote the trip more or whatever, but if we had a particularly lazy group leader, or a particularly energetic one, or if the town had thousands of parents laid-off from their jobs and thus nobody had any spare money, or ... well, you get the picture. I tried and tried to tell them ("them" being upper management), but they were determined. It actually ended up being good for me personally, because I "earned" a very sizable bonus that year, for doing absolutely nothing at all differently in the way I performed my job. Kind of discouraging, actually... Some things just are not fair any way you look at them.

I'm envious of all you guys getting a snowstorm! I'm odd like that -- I actually like them, as long as I don't have to travel anywhere. Hope everyone stays safe and warm and enjoys a white Christmas! Have fun staying inside wrapping your last-minute presents by a glowing fire while you drink hot chocolate or eggnog (Isn't that a lovely Christmas-card-y mental image? ) Then think of all the sledding and snowman fun later! Sigh...it's going to be in the mid-50's here, I think; I'm finding it very hard to get in the holiday spirit... Send some snow our way!

Edit: I just saw video on the 6:00 news of the storm out in Colorado... YIKES! I may revise my request... You guys stay off the roads and stay safe!

John, yes, I am a redneck... But at least I don't eat roadkill, so I guess I'm an upper-class redneck... (Lovely song, by the way -- that helps with the holiday spirit!)

Where is Finn? He always bails me in the squirrel discussions!

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 20, 2006 4:56 pm (#2515 of 2989)

Well I think I did ok on my math exam! YAY! **does happy dance** I'm relatively sure that I didn't fail it. I will be happy if I got a C, and Thrilled if I get a B, and If it's an A, there's a strong possibility that I'd wet myself. But Don't worry, I'm think B is optimistic! French only took me 30 minutes to do....we have 2 hours to take them so I'd say it was relatively painless! Physics tomorrow...URGG I need really good grade on the exam to keep a C in that class....Not looking too good right now...I'm pretty stressed out.

NO snow down here (big shocker) but it literately hasn't stopped raining the entire day. It's 63F right now, and that's the warmest its been all day, so with the rain, it's quite chilly out, not to mention wet and gross. But it is bring our Christmas cold front through, supposedly, so I guess I shouldn't complain!

Only 4 days till I can open my presents!! YAY!! and....

5 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!!!

Happy Wednesday! Night!

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Marie E. - Dec 20, 2006 5:29 pm (#2516 of 2989)

(peeping out of her snowbank)

I can't believe now that when I was posting this morning there wasn't any snow yet. By eight o'clock it was really coming down and by nine fifteen I was home. We got word at early on that we were closing at 3pm, which I think most parents were grateful for. When I left my director had just opened an email from our regional saying we might be opening late tomorrow. She just called me and said we are closed tomorrow. This is just unheard of for most daycares. Typically they would make a few of us come in just to see how many kids show up. They extended our blizzard warning from 6am tomorrow to noon tomorrow. I'm curious to see if they delay school tomorrow or just close it. Tomorrow is the last day of school before Winter Break.

Thanks for thinking of me, John. I have been snug on my couch since I got home. I watched a bunch of stuff I had saved on TiVo and then the girls and I watched The Lake House.

I'm waiting to see if Mr E has to go in tonight. I don't see how he can, even if he's considered "essential personnel", since they've closed I-25 from Denver to New Mexico and most main streets here in town have large stretches that are closed. There are now avalanche warnings for the mountainous areas near here.

I always tipped the baggers at the Air Force Academy commissary a dollar per cart. The baggers were mostly retired gentleman and sometimes teenagers in the summer. Whenever there's a long line at Walmart I remember the horrible lines at the commissary on paydays and consider myself lucky. There were times I'd wait in line up to an hour just to check out. Once when Shayla was a newborn we had waited so long that she became hungry and started screaming. I was seriously considering ditching my groceries and going home when the people in front of me insisted I move to the front. The lady behind me held her while I unloaded my cart. I almost kissed every person there.

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Madam Pince - Dec 20, 2006 7:35 pm (#2517 of 2989)

Awwwww, that's a sweet story, Marie! Glad to hear you're weathering the storm OK. I can't believe they would even be considering having schools open tomorrow -- it's the last day, after all! I heard on the news that United Airlines had cancelled over 600 flights thru Denver today due to the weather! I can't see how that could be possible, but maybe so. That's a lot of flights.

How is Baby Puck feeling these days? All better I hope?

Is Sheila back from Disney yet, or did I miss something? If she's back, she's probably buried under a pile of laundry. ***Sends Anti-Laundry-Avalanche Charms***

I'm watching the Patrick Stewart version of A Christmas Carol -- the man is just wonderful. I think it's tied for first place with the Alastair Sims version.

I've seen a preview of Eragon and isn't that Jeremy Irons in it? I swear I wish he'd been cast as Voldemort. I was making an excuse because I thought "Well, maybe he's too old," but now seeing him in those Eragon promos makes me think he could still have pulled it off...

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kabloink! - Dec 20, 2006 7:45 pm (#2518 of 2989)

Safety charms to all in the snowy areas. I'm so jealous! These sunny, 45-50F days are depressing here in MI. I want SNOW! OH well. I got most of my cards out this morning. I know I missed people, but I think they may just be missed, as I don't have addresses. Oops!

Wrapped all of hubby's presents that are here (there are a few at my parent's house), and bought him a cute little present from Ian. We are in the process of decorating our tree and living room. My kitchen is such a disaster area-its wrapping central. We did get about half of it done last night, though. We'll probably finish that up tonight.

Ok off to tear my 3-month-old away from the Red Wings game. (How can he be a hockey addict already?!?)

Edit: Does anyone have suggestions on getting nursing baby to take a bottle? He was taking breastmilk out of a bottle fine before he got sick, but now he won't take the bottles we have anymore. My parents went out and bought a whole different type of bottle and nipple and he took it ok. If anyone with advice could email me when you get a chance?

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 20, 2006 8:09 pm (#2519 of 2989)

Kabloink come to Longmont. We have 18" of snow. We have a cornus hanging off our roof. It is about 2 1/2 feet. Very interesting to watch.

Madam Pince I had heard that too. The airport does not plan to open until tomorrow night. I adore Patrick Stewart! LPO

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Thom Matheson - Dec 20, 2006 8:26 pm (#2520 of 2989)

Man, I am with kabloink. Even if I made snow it would melt. On the up side we played golf all weekend. Grandbaby, as we speak is winding his way from Nashville with his Mom and Dad. Made Lasagna, Bean soup to put by for the next few days. As most of you know what I do for a living, let me tell you about service. There is no base pay in real estate. If I don't have service, I don't eat. There is an old saying that so applies to all facets of any service industry. "If you do a good job, people will tell their friends, and if I do a poor job, people will tell everyone they know". That has served me well for over 20 years and I use it when I teach as well.

One of the tools I use is a briefcase. On the outside it says, "Look inside for the real secret to success". When you open the case the only thing inside is a mirror. Worked real well on my kids as they got older.

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Denise P. - Dec 20, 2006 8:47 pm (#2521 of 2989)

Boy, isn't that true, Thom? Years ago we had an agent that we really, really disliked (would not listen to what we wanted, showed only his listings, allowed us to put a lowball offer on a house and then told us 2 full price ones were ahead of us etc. etc.) I saw his name on a sign recently and 20 years later, I still shudder to think of him. The agent Mr. Denise is using in Virginia seems to be good. She is listening to what we are looking for and not pushing houses at the top of our price range at us. Our agent here also seems good. Of course, he lives across the street from us so it makes it easy to contact him

I am sooo tired of looking at houses online though. They are starting to blur together and please, for all the real estate agents out there...give the square footage! It will save everyone a lot of time if that is listed because it can weed out houses too small quickly.

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Thom Matheson - Dec 20, 2006 9:43 pm (#2522 of 2989)

Quick tip Denise. Most cities now have services online. If you go to that website, you can look under the assessor with an address and find out all that stuff. Also most local real estate MLS services have public websites with tax data attached. Find out the name of the Va. MLS website. If you have trouble e-mail me and I'll get what you need from the local association there. I'm familiar with your area as the eldest bought in Arlington, and Dad had to help.

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Denise P. - Dec 20, 2006 10:28 pm (#2523 of 2989)

Thanks for the info, Thom. Mr. Denise emails me a load of MLS #s...I then go to a website and look up each of them. Any that I am interested in, the agent then emails me the detailed info (with tax info, HOA etc) from a site that only licensed agents can access and then Mr. Denise and the agent go look at the house. It is a convoluted process but the only way to hunt at the moment. Mr. Denise has the dubious honor of weeding out the potential houses that, for whatever reason, don't meet our needs.

Oh, update on the Key Lime House™ Mr. Denise and the agent both agreed that the owners were clearly from the late 60's since the asking price far exceeded what should be asked for the house. Mr. Denise is so amused by it that he still wants me to come look at it. The agent had never been to that particular house before and was clearly stunned at the condition and price. According to Mr. Denise, the house looked as if no one had bothered to take care of it since about 1980 and the bare minimum that had been done was done poorly.

I bribed my kids into cleaning the upstairs better than normal with a trip to the mall So tomorrow I am stuck with taking them to the mall for a bit. They are all excited, thinking we will be there for hours If we are there 90 minutes, it will be about 30 longer than I plan to be there. I missed out on the shopping gene because the only kind of shopping I like to do is in a bookstore.

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Tazzygirl - Dec 20, 2006 11:47 pm (#2524 of 2989)

Well, I found out what 'rash' I have on my face- doctor said it's a 'mild case of exzema', and gave me hydrocortisone to put on it twice a day. It's driving me crazy!! I never break out, have always had a perfect complexion, and now I have this on the lower half of my face and down my neck. Hopefully the cream works! **crossing fingers** I just looked at some pictures of exzema, and mine is definitely not like any of those. For one, I don't have the redness- it's all dry and very bumpy. No blister things either. hm. And things that trigger/cause it is lots of stress (which I had the last month or so of school), and cold, dry weather. Bingo. I think I'll go back to Hawaii now...

**strengthening charms to Denise** The mall shouldn't be that bad!

**good luck charms** to those taking finals!

**safety charms** to those in the Blizzard country. Hopefully it stops soon, sister is arriving from Colorado Springs tomorrow (Friday)... Hopefully she won't be snowed in!

~Kristina

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 21, 2006 12:39 am (#2525 of 2989)

Well, I found out what 'rash' I have on my face- doctor said it's a 'mild case of eczema', and gave me hydrocortisone to put on it twice a day. It's driving me crazy!! I never break out, have always had a perfect complexion, and now I have this on the lower half of my face and down my neck.

Tazzy, I have had exczema all my life and was treated with hydrocortisone until, I was past 30 *cough*waypast*cough.* I was always given the warning to use sparingly.

The pediatrician recommended a cream called "Aquaphor" for my son when he was born and had eczema. In a few short hours it cleared up his eczema so I tried it and have used it ever since. I have not used hydrocortisone since. Aquaphor is kind of thick but I use it as my moisturizer now and nothing else.

Warming and healing charms to all friend in Colorado.

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Snuffles - Dec 21, 2006 1:50 am (#2526 of 2989)

*Safety and warming charms to all those affected by the snow*

All we have had here for the past 5 days is thick, thick fog and everything is so damp and mucky . The dementors must be working overtime.

Hope your eczema clears up soon, Kristina!

I forgot to say the other day, azi, but yes the Amoxycillin is the banana flavoured medicine, and I don't have any trouble giving it to Olivia either. When I call her and say it's time for her medicine she is there like a flash. I just wish she came as quickly when I called her other times!

I went to pictures with Olivia, her friend and her mum to watch Happy Feet yesterday. I really enjoyed it but by about two thirds through both girls got fidgety. Olivia struggles to sit through a 20 minute programme so she didn't do too bad.

I was looking through some old threads yesterday and noticed a post from Dizzy Lizzy. Has anyone heard anything recently?

Last day at work today. Hooray . Suppose I'd better look like I'm doing something

Happy Thursday everyone

Julie

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The giant squid - Dec 21, 2006 2:06 am (#2527 of 2989)

Marie, good luck digging out (and by that I mean getting Mr. E. to dig you out). Hopefully the blizzard passes before the girls drive you completely nuts. By the way, I think the pic you're using for your avatar was the last time Bekki smiles in a photo until she was in her teens. We have albums full of pictures of our sister either crying, have just cried or gearing up to cry. And almost none of them were my or Marie's fault. Honest.

Tazzy, bummer about the eczema, but I can see how going from Hawaii (warm & humid) to Vegas (cold-ish and dryer than a James Bond martini) could cause a reaction. Healing charms and an apology on behalf of my adopted city.

Thom, I love that briefcase idea. If I ever end up with a suit-and-tie type of job (heaven forbid) I'll have to remember to steal use that.

--Mike

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Starling - Dec 21, 2006 3:31 am (#2528 of 2989)

I forgot to say the other day, azi, but yes the Amoxycillin is the banana flavoured medicine, and I don't have any trouble giving it to Olivia either.

Both my son and one of his friends went on strike when they tasted it! They hated it. We had to go back and change it, they absolutely refused to take it.

Good luck to everybody stuck in the snow! We've got fog instead.

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Good Evans - Dec 21, 2006 6:08 am (#2529 of 2989)

second that on the fog Starling - Heathrow is a nightmare I gather but Gatwick seems to be ok today, it is patchy here in the sussex/ surrey area - mind you it is very frosty so it looks a bit like snow **sings along with John B "dreaming of a white christmas"**

digging charms to those who need them!!!

have a great day - I have three hours left of work before xmas break - yippee!!

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Pigwidgeon - Dec 21, 2006 6:42 am (#2530 of 2989)

Tazzy: I, too, have eczema (not fun, I know). If it itches, what has worked wonders for me is Gold Bond medicated cream or lotion. Aveeno products with the oatmeal also works well.

Heh, am I the only one content with a green Christmas? Mind you, I wouldn't mind a small coating, but I could live without it. I hate the snow and cold.

Oh well, off to work! Have a great ROTD, folks!

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azi - Dec 21, 2006 7:23 am (#2531 of 2989)

Enjoy your break, Julie GE!

Mmm, banana medicine...I think I miss it more than Calpol!

We had fog here, but it cleared up yesterday! Still hazy though - a nice scene for wintery pictures actually. Wish it was snow! **dreams**

Hope your excema clears up, Tazzy! I use Aqueous (more water based) cream after bathing, Hydrous (mostly just paraffin/oil in different forms) cream the rest of the time, and a steroid cream when things get too painful. I also have a soya oil thing I put in my bath to coat my skin to keep moisture in. If you can't stop scratching, put socks over your hands!

My computer is still unable to access the Internet! I'm being driven insane! At first I just couldn't get assigned an IP address, but now I can't even pick up a signal (tis wireless). We've tried different adapters, turned the firewall off, everything we can think of! All the other computers here and at uni, where the problem first started, are fine. Alas, this means it's probably my computer at fault.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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Snuffles - Dec 21, 2006 7:28 am (#2532 of 2989)

Olivia has a mild form of excema. The doctor prescribed her Aqueous cream but it didn't work. She is now has to wash with Aveeno oil and about twice a week rub Aveeno lotion on the affected areas. Her cousin had it at her age but grew out of it, so we are hoping the same thing happens.

*Healing charms to azi's computer* It probably wants a Christmas break too

Julie

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azi - Dec 21, 2006 7:44 am (#2533 of 2989)

Snuffles, Aqueous cream doesn't work for me either. I use it because Hydrous is too greasy to put on straight after a bath! What's this Aveeno oil and lotion? I've never heard of it!

Computers aren't allowed Christmas breaks. At least mine isn't - I want to get my work done!

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Snuffles - Dec 21, 2006 7:48 am (#2534 of 2989)

It's a bit like an oat based brown, thick oil. It's very effective for Olivia and clears any excema that appears in a few days. I confess to using the Aveeno lotion on my hands as they go lovely and soft. Much more effective that any hand cream I have found.

Hope I'm ok to put this. If you look up aveeno.co.uk, it explains its uses.

Julie

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azi - Dec 21, 2006 8:02 am (#2535 of 2989)

I'll have to look around to try it. Thanks for the info! Sounds good!

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Choices - Dec 21, 2006 8:50 am (#2536 of 2989)
Edited by Denise P. Dec 21, 2006 9:58 am

Title of the last book ----Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollow? The guy on the Today Show pronounced it "Hallow", but I am wondering if he meant "Hollow" as in Godric's Hollow? <----

Please, don't reveal the name of the title, some people don't want to know!

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 21, 2006 9:09 am (#2537 of 2989)

Ohhhhhhh, I am sooooo disappointed!! I wanted to guess and anticipate and struggle with that title much more than that!! I wonder if she will announce the publish date as she did last year on Christmas day? I dread having the last book publish almost as much as I anticipate it.

Edit: Junebug my disappointment is that JK was quicker than I had hoped!

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juliebug - Dec 21, 2006 9:13 am (#2538 of 2989)

JKR's website currently has the Room of Requirement in a state so that visitors may open it and play a game to get the title. Perhaps the title should be deleted from this thread, so as not to spoil the early Christmas present for others who still are able to learn it for themselves.

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Tazzygirl - Dec 21, 2006 9:34 am (#2539 of 2989)

Thanks for all the suggestions about exzema! I looove Aveeno, so I'll look into those products. Mrs. Sirius- my aunt uses Aquaphor with my cousins, it is definitely great! If the hydrocortisone doesn't work, then I think I'll try Aquaphor next.

It's okay, Squid Mike! I think more of my grandparents' water system is at fault- high salt and no moisture in the air.

Snuffles: Dizzy Lizzy- Has anyone heard anything recently?

I talk to her on an instant messenger a couple times a week. Haven't heard from her in a week, but she is busy working.

Okay, now I have to get ready- lots of stuff to do today! Hopefully JKR's Room of Requirement stays open all day!!

Have a fantastic RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 21, 2006 9:40 am (#2540 of 2989)

Too late to add to previous post: Good luck Tazz. The good thing about Aquaphor it that there are no side effects or dire warnings.

I mourn for the loss of the anticipation of what is next!

Happy RoTD!

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legolas returns - Dec 21, 2006 11:57 am (#2541 of 2989)

Hi everyone. I have not been in for ages. I have been really busy at work (Everyone has been sick/on leave and I have had so much to do) and play recently. So much so that I have not had any time to come here. Sulk *pout*.

Happy holidays everyone.

Its really foggy here and lots of flights have been cancelled. I hope I can get home on the flight I booked. As a precaution I have also booked a train ticket.

Am excited by the new title Smile Yeah.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 21, 2006 12:02 pm (#2542 of 2989)

***Waves to Legolas*** Hope you get home. LPO

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legolas returns - Dec 21, 2006 12:37 pm (#2543 of 2989)

   *Waves back* to LPO.



I just want to have some nice rest and relaxation and cant wait to go back home to my parents. This whole week has really dragged.

I will post when I get to the frozen north .

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geauxtigers - Dec 21, 2006 1:18 pm (#2544 of 2989)

AHHH!!! I'm so excited that we got the title!!! I can't wait to start theorizing! I looked on Mugglenet and they had it blocked out, luckily I looked just below it and then I went to Jo's site to find out what it was! You get to play hangman to guess it! I'm so glad tomorrow is the last day of school! I can spend so much time getting the millions of things out of my head that started forming when I read it!

So my physics exam was anything but fun. English wasn't much better. My essay would have passed as one written by a 6th grader. And I'm in 11th grade. Not good, but oh well its over with and its a huge relief off my shoulders. Off to study math. Ginny did very well, so I have something to live up to!

Have a wonderful day everyone! I need to go call my dad and tell him the title!

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 21, 2006 1:33 pm (#2545 of 2989)

SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! We have the title!!! WOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHOOOOOO I can't stop Squeee-ing and jumping up and down!! I've already called my dad at work to tell him. I think he was using all of his self control to keep from jumping up and down in front of his coworkers! I'm soo happyyy!! And I got an 86% on my math exam, which was ten times better than I thought I'd get, so this has been an awesome day!! SQUEEEEE!!!

Is the background on the forum messed up for anyone else? I have a dark yellow strip on the right hand side, that's never been there before. It's like the background cut off and repeated it again too soon.

OK I better go! English and Bible exams tomorrow, so I best get studying! 4 down 2 to go! YAY!

4 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!!!

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Esther Rose - Dec 21, 2006 1:53 pm (#2546 of 2989)

Hi Folks! I haven't been around much but it gets busy at this time of year just before I head off for a week+ vacation.

I would just like to say.

Have a great Holiday Season no matter what you celebrate. And if you don't celebrate the holidays have a wonderful week next week.



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Holly T. - Dec 21, 2006 2:19 pm (#2547 of 2989)

Very excited about the new title! Can't wait to go home and discuss it with my daughter.

Today is my last day at work until next year! :-)

Hugs to all. Have a great RotD!

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Dec 21, 2006 2:20 pm (#2548 of 2989)

Wow, new title... I needed some good news right now. Probably the only thing that ever could make me jump up and down and dance today. I told Robert (the guy I went to Rocky Horror with) a fellow fan, and he's equally excited. I made him promise that if there is another Gathering for the new book, we're going.

The worst of this is over, the funeral was yesterday. It's hard to believe how much there is to think about and decide on when planning something like this. I didn't start crying until I had to pick out an outfit for her to wear.

The people at the funeral home tended to want to pick out very tacky things for her-- steel caskets and pink velvet interior. I know it doesn't matter very much, but I just wanted it to look tasteful, so I ended up with maple wood and white interior. I went through the best of my pictures of her, and took them someplace to make a collage board (the funeral home wanted to make a slideshow with music and then sell us a DVD *shudder*). The visitation was at the funeral home, but the actual service was at the little church in the country near where she grew up. And we're talking about a place so small it technically doesn't even exist anymore (they got rid of the Pliny Post Office, so now it's all supposedly part of some other town).

One thing at least that I didn't have to worry about is food. We have six hams, various noodle salads and meatloaves, and a beef brisket and three loaves of homemade bread.

Thank you so much everyone for your support and condolences, and just listening to me vent. For some reason it's very easy to talk about everything here, but I've found it terribly difficult in the past few days to even call any of my local friends.

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The giant squid - Dec 21, 2006 2:34 pm (#2549 of 2989)

My condolences, MoaningMyrtle. I'm glad you were able to stay strong through the whole thing (especially at the funeral home--steel casket w/pink velvet interior??). Here's one of my patented ten-tentacle hugs for you. (((Myrtle)))

I'm very excited about the reveal of the title to book 7. I would use exclamation marks to show that excitement, but Tori & Ginny have used them all...

--Mike

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juliebug - Dec 21, 2006 3:08 pm (#2550 of 2989)

Moaning Myrtle, so glad that you are doing OK. I have been hoping that you are well and that you will continue to keep us updated.

Legolas, so glad you are back. I was just wondering about you yesterday when I ran across a very old post of yours. Hope to see more of you.
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legolas returns - Dec 21, 2006 3:14 pm (#2551 of 2989)

Sorry to hear about your loss Moaning Myrtle.

I feel all special now, Juliebug. *shucks*. I intend to spend much more time here in the new year. I will try and pop in between now and then but every time I go home I never find time.

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Denise P. - Dec 21, 2006 3:15 pm (#2552 of 2989)

Mr. Denise called me this morning to give me his office phone number. I was very excited to tell him the new title but he had already heard it on the radio.

Then, he said a very silly thing. "When you call the office, just ask for Mr. Denise" Well duh...'cause I had planned to ask for....say.....Bill! (Not his name) Who else would I have asked for??!!

I took all my gang plus an additional child to the mall this morning. I found some lotion at Bath and Body Works that is soo yummy. It is an orange ginger lotion. I got some in the hotel at Memphis so was pretty happy that we had a Bath and Body Works in the mall.

Then I found, in Coach House Gifts, these little doodads called Jibbitz. They are button thingies that you put on your Crocs. I got an alien and a turtle. I am bidding on eBay for a penguin one. I need to go back to Coach House and get a few more...or send Bill Mr. Denise to get me some as stocking stuffers.

Question: why would a person known as being an advocate of one breed send out a Christmas greeting with a totally different breed on it?

**waves to She Knows Who She Is****

I think tomorrow we are going to attempt a gingerbread house decorating time. Will I survive it...will all the kids survive it?

Mr. Denise is driving home tomorrow evening after he gets out of work so he can be here for Christmas. I need to make a list of some stuff I need to get for our dinner. I am making a pumpkin toffee cheesecake. ****drool****

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geauxtigers - Dec 21, 2006 4:17 pm (#2553 of 2989)

I'm very excited about the reveal of the title to book 7. I would use exclamation marks to show that excitement, but Tori & Ginny have used them all...   at Mike!

I'm very sorry for your loss, MM (Emily?). I can't remember if I told you or not.

Back to studying...

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Tazzygirl - Dec 21, 2006 5:28 pm (#2554 of 2989)

Since Denver is closed completely tomorrow, my sister is now flying in Christmas day evening. She gets in at 6:30 pm. And my mom was on hold with Travelocity from noon until about a half hour ago to get those changes.

Welcome back Legolas Returns and everyone else who hasn't posted in a while. **waves**

SQUEEE! Book 7 is titled!

~Kristina

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 21, 2006 5:43 pm (#2555 of 2989)

The sun came out this afternoon in Longmont. We got 30". At least 4,900 people were stranded at DIA. What a mess! LPO

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DJ Evans - Dec 21, 2006 5:47 pm (#2556 of 2989)

Sorry to hear of your loss MoaningMrytle. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family at this time.

Really I think Denise ought to ask for "Mr. Denise" when she calls his office, that's what we all know him by....you mean he has another name? heehee

I sure hope everyone who isn't feeling up to par gets to feeling better soon. I know everyone wants peace & good will toward their fellow man, & I do too, but one of my Christmas wishes for the year is for everyone on here will be in good health for the upcoming holidays.

I kept wishing for a White Christmas but it's not going to happen here this year it seems. ***sigh*** As much as I want snow, I definitely feel for those in the Denver area with what they got. Ouch! That's a bit more than what I was wishing for. Hope Marie E & everyone else affected by the snow have enough supplies stored up.

Tazzygirl, hope your sister has a safe journey on Christmas Eve. Along with any one else who might be traveling for the holidays.

Oooo, we got an early Christmas gift the other day. My sis & her family went in together & got us a digital camera. I couldn't believe it when Mom opened the present. We've been wanting one for so long. I think we were about the only ones in our family who didn't have one. It is a Sanyo and it is so cute & little.

Quite excited about Jo releasing the title for book 7. YAY What a nice surprise for the day.

Later, Deb

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 21, 2006 5:56 pm (#2557 of 2989)

Question: why would a person known as being an advocate of one breed send out a Christmas greeting with a totally different breed on it?---Denise P.


Was this greeting feline in nature?

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Denise P. - Dec 21, 2006 5:59 pm (#2558 of 2989)

I said breed, not species. Should I expect to see festive felines arrive in my mailbox?

So, has the Lupin is Lupin house been invaded by the three kittens yet?

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John Bumbledore - Dec 21, 2006 8:10 pm (#2559 of 2989)

When you call the office, just ask for Mr. Denise Well duh...'cause I had planned to ask for....say.....Bill! (Not his name) -- Denise P.

Arrgh! could this be because his name be William, Will, no Boot-strap!

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 21, 2006 8:50 pm (#2560 of 2989)

Yay!!! We have a title!!!!! ***does Snoopy dance***

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 21, 2006 8:58 pm (#2561 of 2989)

Good grief, now the Peanuts music is stuck in my head.

Healing charms to those who need it.

Safety charms to those in the fog (I mean that literally) and the snowstorm who have to travel!

Thanks, Choices, for the heads-up about the title today. Yay!!

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Madam Pince - Dec 21, 2006 9:07 pm (#2562 of 2989)

Well, that title is nothing like what I was expecting!

Aquaphor is great stuff. We use it on Little Pince's face in the winter because he always gets chapped around his mouth from licking his chops. I like the Aveeno oatmeal lotion, too. A plus is that it's unscented, so if you want to wear perfume, you won't clash with yourself. (Hmmmm... that sounds odd. How is that possible? Clash with yourself...) Anyway, hope you're better soon, Tazzy!

Poor Marie and LPO and anyone else who is snowed under! ***Melting charms*** Now, what was that incantation again... the one for making shovels work like Mickey's brooms in The Sorceror's Apprentice...?

Emily, (((hugs))) to you again -- you will probably need them more now that all the "work" is behind you and you will go "off auto-pilot" and have time to think. It sounds like all the arrangements were lovely. You are a wonderful granddaughter and I'm sure it took loads off the minds of your family members to have you handling everything. Good work.

Denise, Fairfax County has a section on their county website like what Thom was talking about -- that lists every property and all the info -- taxes, number of rooms, square footage, size of the lot, number of baths and fireplaces and whether or not it has garage or patio or porch, etc. You don't have to be a real estate agent to get to it, either -- I look at it all the time. One caveat: it's not always entirely accurate, and some things are often inexplicably left off. For example, my aunt's house has the wrong number of rooms listed. Anyway, I'll look up the address and e-mail you.

Thom, excellent tool with the briefcase and the mirror! Very true, too. The only real estate agent I've ever used was this man in Charlottesville who was a former headmaster at a private school, and I find it hard to believe that there could be a better agent anywhere (present company excepted, of course! ) He was just superb, and the only bad thing is that now I've been spoiled for anybody else.

Santa came through our neighborhood tonight on the firetruck -- our local volunteer fire department does this every year. It's pretty neat. This is the first year Little Pince hasn't been scared to death of the "college-mascot-like" Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with the gigantic head.

When I went out to get the mail, I noticed that a squirrel had been squashed flat in the road right in front of our fence where the lights got chewed. I must admit to not only feeling no sympathy, but also emitting a loud "HA!" as I passed. (Yes, I'm so cruel.) I felt no urge to scrape him up for dinner, however; that must be a good sign for my red-neck-ness.

Glad to see the twins' mood has improved drastically now that exams are almost over!

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Ydnam96 - Dec 21, 2006 9:34 pm (#2563 of 2989)

Emily, I'm glad that the funeral went well and that you can rest a little now. I'm sure your family is greatful for the work you did!

Tazzy, stinks about the excema! It has been so dry here in LA. It's definitely got to be the change in climate. I've been running a humidifier and it's still quite bad in my apartment. Good luck with that.

So I'm definitely getting sick. The Ick has been going through the office and of course I get it the day the office closed. Bleh. At least I get a chance to sleep it off.

I"m watching The Devil Wears Prada and hmmm...I'm not really a fan. I didn't like the book all that much and I'm equally unimpressed with the movie.

Okay...off to check out the thread about the new title

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 21, 2006 11:26 pm (#2564 of 2989)
Edited by Denise P. Dec 22, 2006 7:10 am

Oh My Gawd!!! I was just talking with an old high school friend tonight while I'm home visiting my parents. She still lives around here and had just started watching "The Lady in the Water." Unwittingly, she said that she had thought about giving me a call to come over earlier. I tried to explain to her my crusade against all things M. Night and she proceeded to attempt to defend "The Village." Catherine, where the heck did you put the cold compress????

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The giant squid - Dec 22, 2006 4:06 am (#2565 of 2989)

I tried to explain to her my crusade against all things M. Night and she proceeded to attempt to defend "The Village."--Loopy Lupin

You poor, poor man...

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John Bumbledore - Dec 22, 2006 5:55 am (#2566 of 2989)

I tried to explain to her my crusade against all things M. Night and she proceeded to attempt to defend "The Village."--Loopy Lupin

You poor, poor man...  -- The Giant Squid


**Sits down near Loopy Lupin and Squid Mike with a silent nod to both and buys a round of butterbeer.**

**Listens to music playing in the background** "That's just the way it is, some things will never change..."

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

Edit: "Spew! Oh well, there goes my tea." -- Maria (HH11)

Sorry about that (No I'm not, I'm LOL. Thank you, Maria.)

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 22, 2006 6:05 am (#2567 of 2989)

Spew! Oh well, there goes my tea.

I posted a link to "Elf Yourself" in my link for anyone who is so inclined to try it. (Loopy Lupin, perhaps using a picture of said HS friend would be in order.)

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Marie E. - Dec 22, 2006 6:40 am (#2568 of 2989)

In a fit of stir-craziness we went to the mall last night. It opened at 2pm but when we got there at 6:30pm it was clear that only about one-third of the businesses were open. We almost didn't go because of my second bit of news...

I'm pretty sure Lexie has Chicken Pox. I first noticed a bump on her neck Wednesday night but she so often has random injuries that I didn't pay much attention to it. Thursday morning she was in her nightgown and Mr E asked what that bump was on her thigh. I immediately gave her an embarrassing (for her) body search and turned up about five more "bumps". Last night she had a total of 14. She's also had a runny nose and cough this week, which is a beginning symptom. She had the vaccine when she was 12 months old, so this case should be mild. Shayla got the vaccine and still ended catching Chicken Pox when she was three years old. She broke out just five days after Mr E left for a three month tour in Bosnia with the Air Force. I was stuck at home with a sick, cranky three year old and a nine month old. I have no idea where Lexie caught the virus. It's an airborne virus and we've been doing tons of Christmas shopping this month so it could have been anywhere. No one I know of at her school or daycare has it. I will feel really bad if she gave it to anyone we know. So far Lex feels fine, just a little under the weather.

It's supposed to be 41F today and sunny. They are predicting about three more inches of snow for Sunday and then warm and sunny for Christmas Day. I'm not sure how much snow we got in the blizzard since the wind drifted it so badly, but I'm guessing around eight inches.

Happy RotD

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 22, 2006 7:05 am (#2569 of 2989)

You poor, poor man...—Mike

LOL. Something tells that your mouth says "poor" but your eyes say "sad." ***slurps down butterbeer from John and waves to server for another round; server rolls eyes and turns the other way; makes mental not to dock servers tip***

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Catherine - Dec 22, 2006 7:45 am (#2570 of 2989)

**hands Loopy the cold compress AND a fan**

Oh, dear. Well, they say you can never go home again. High school friends turn out to have questionable movie taste....parents acquire 6 basset hounds....you get the picture.

Question: why would a person known as being an advocate of one breed send out a Christmas greeting with a totally different breed on it?—Denise

ROFL. True, they were pugs, not shih-tzus, although they are a Chinese breed and have a smushy face.

I had a sort of sick in-joke with myself about it. I saw the two pugs on the card, and remembered the "Pansy and Harry 'shipping" thread. The message inside celebrated the "magic" of the holidays. I guess I was feeling playful and giddy. Prefect Marcus might have gotten a good laugh out of that card. Or not. **waves Merry Christmas to Marcus just in case he reads this**

Yes, a certain Forum member got a card with oh-so-many felines on it, as befits a future crazy cat lady. **hums to self the "Twelve Days of Christmas"**

I'm all a-twitter about the title of book 7.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Dec 22, 2006 10:17 am (#2571 of 2989)

Hi, how is everyone?  It is good to be back. I have been ill for the last several weeks with an upper respiratory infection.

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Madam Pince - Dec 22, 2006 10:40 am (#2572 of 2989)

***waves madly at Nathan*** Welcome back -- we have missed you! So sorry to hear you've been ill! Hope you're feeling better now!

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Ydnam96 - Dec 22, 2006 11:16 am (#2573 of 2989)

Nathan, so sorry you were sick. I hope you are feeling much better now.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 22, 2006 11:17 am (#2574 of 2989)

Sorry to hear that, Nathan. And here I was, thinking you were taking a course and studying hard. . .

Welcome back and healing charms to you, Nathan, and everyone in need of them.

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Denise P. - Dec 22, 2006 11:40 am (#2575 of 2989)

Wow, nothing like some exciting news to bring out some familiar faces. I have quite a few people on the Book 7 title thread that I have not seen in some time.

Today we went for haircuts. Or at least, sorta haircuts. Nicholas, of course, didn't have any cut. Ryan wanted all of his cut except the back and although it looks totally dorky, I let him do it. Even the barber thought it looked dorky. Devin is complaining that too much was cut. Iain is fine with his and Rhys is happy with his.

I attempted to look at a store while we were near it but since Iain was still crying over the fact he had to give the barber a tip (He wanted to keep it for himself), I cut it short and came home.

I am still actually contemplating doing a gingerbread house later this afternoon with them. One is going to spend the night elsewhere with a friend so they can go caroling and have fun.

Can you believe Christmas is almost here??!! I still need to wrap stuff...

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Lilly P - Dec 22, 2006 11:42 am (#2576 of 2989)

Welcome Deener, and a big welcome back to Nathan! I am officially not leaving the house until after Christmas! I went out to buy a card for a friend and the crazy shoppers and crazy drivers made me well....crazy! this is the part of Christmas I dont like. Things are going well while we are visiting here in CT. The kids are getting along well for the most part with only a few squabbles over toys, the weather hasn't been too bad. (I think snow is a four letter word.) Hubby and I are going out tonight to the casino with friends while Daughter (havent come up with a good screen name for her yet) stays with the cousins. Hope you are all having a great holiday so far! safe travels to all. Jamie

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Nathan Zimmermann - Dec 22, 2006 12:53 pm (#2577 of 2989)

HH11, while I was sick I completed the final course requirement to complete my certification paralegal studies.

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Tazzygirl - Dec 22, 2006 1:03 pm (#2578 of 2989)

Welcome back, Nathan!! And congrats on finishing the final requirement!

**healing charms to Lexie**

Loopy- sorry to hear about your conversation with your friend. **pats on back in sympathy**

WOAH! Christmas starts Sunday... It definitely came in fast!

I am getting my hair done today. Not sure what I want done, but I know I want something completely new and different. *thinking*

I was up until 4 am baking cookies and decorating them. It was awesome.

Have a fantastic RotD/N everyone! (And if anyone disappears for the holidays- HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!)

~Kristina

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 Jack.Bumbledore - Dec 22, 2006 1:05 pm (#2579 of 2989)

I'll be "disappearing" for the holidays, more than likely. Today is my last day at work for this year! Happy Chanukah, or Merry Christmas, and A happy new year to All!

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Madam Pince - Dec 22, 2006 1:25 pm (#2580 of 2989)

Have a great holiday, John! (errr... Jack... errr... whomever....)

See? Even children have "tipping agony"! Poor Iain...

I can't believe Denise is contemplating building gingerbread houses, with a pending move in about a month of a household of, what, ten or so people? I would be tearing my hair out in great handfuls...

Mr. Pince said it looked to him like the squirrel out front had gotten electrocuted prior to being squashed in the road (I would tell you how he knew this, but it's really gross... Ex-firemen know those kinds of things, unfortunately.) We can't double-check, because this morning a flock of seven or eight very large buzzards descended on our street to perform their jobs as "nature's garbage cans." Again, quite gross. I think there is a conspiracy to keep us out of the holiday spirit. Nothing like a flock of large vultures looming over your Santa Claus and snowman lawn ornaments to add some Christmas cheer...

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 22, 2006 1:49 pm (#2581 of 2989)

Nothing like a flock of large vultures looming over your Santa Claus and snowman lawn ornaments to add some Christmas cheer...

SPEWW!!! Nice mental picture there, thanks!

EXAMS ARE OVER AND NO SCHOOL UNTIL JANUARY 8TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! **does happy dance**

Glad to see you back Nathan! I think we're about ready for some impossible triva questions again! They've been hard lately, but not iimpossible!

**healing charms to Lexie**

Off to pick apart the new Christmas present (title)! Have a great RotD to everyone!

3 DAYs UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!!!

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geauxtigers - Dec 22, 2006 1:50 pm (#2582 of 2989)

We're Out!!! YES! I'm so glad exams are over. Now I can catch up on threads for the first time since August! I finally got Ginny a present. I told her I'd give her a hug for Christmas, but that didn't fly. So my friend basically helped me pick it out.

Nothing like a flock of large vultures looming over your Santa Claus and snowman lawn ornaments to add some Christmas cheer...   SPEW! **is glad she has never seen a vulture around here**

Welcome back, Nathan!

Something I meant to say last Friday was Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate! And an slightly early Merry/Happy Christmas to all who celebrate that! Just in case you aren't around for the holidays, like John!

I have the next 17 days off! WOOO!

Off to read book 7 title theories!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

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The giant squid - Dec 22, 2006 2:37 pm (#2583 of 2989)

Hmm...Nathan returns and John Bumbledore leaves. Coincidence? I think not.

Something tells that your mouth says "poor" but your eyes say "sad."--Loopy Lupin

Not at all. My deepest sympathies go out to you for having to endure such harassment.

Ryan wanted all of his cut except the back and although it looks totally dorky, I let him do it.--Denise P.

You let your son get a mullet?!? I'm pretty sure that qualifies as abuse, except in Alabama.

Welcome back, Leprechaun Jack (hey, that rhymed). It's good to see your dancing avatar again.

--Mike

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legolas returns - Dec 22, 2006 3:11 pm (#2584 of 2989)

*Waves from Scotland*. Have just got back to my parents house in Edinburgh. The flight back was only a little delayed by the bad fog. Yipee I am back home.

Hope everyone has great holidays.

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juliebug - Dec 22, 2006 3:56 pm (#2585 of 2989)

Glad to see you back Nathan!

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painting sheila - Dec 22, 2006 4:38 pm (#2586 of 2989)

Hi everyone.

We are back and I am more sick than when we left. I stopped taking the antibiotics when the reactions started - so for the last 6 days I have infected people from Florida to Ireland across to Russia, and down to Australia. A world pandemic should appear in your local news stories soon.

MoaningMyrtle - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will be sending good thoughts your way. Just hang in there.

I apologize to anyone I may have missed - oh! Regan - I second the "love the tie" comment - but I am off to take some medicine and crawl in bed.

Love -

She

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Ydnam96 - Dec 22, 2006 4:39 pm (#2587 of 2989)

Feel Better Shelia

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Mediwitch - Dec 22, 2006 6:24 pm (#2588 of 2989)

Hi Nathan! Welcome back - I'm glad you're feeling better. We've missed you!

Feel better Sheila!

I've decided to make New Year's cookies instead of Christmas cookies this year! I usually give out trays to neighbors and friends, but I can't seem to get to them this year. Every weekend has been packed with "unusual" events - my grandmother's 80th birthday party, moving my step-daughter into her new apartment, family illnesses. Now we're finally off from school, and I will actually have more time to bake them after we come back from celebrating Christmas at my parents' house. So New Year's cookies it is! Besides, that gives me more time tonight and tomorrow to read all the lovely new theories about the new title!



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Catherine - Dec 22, 2006 7:07 pm (#2589 of 2989)

I asked to "pre-order" book 7 of the HP series.

The person from B&N said, "We don't even have a title yet." I said, "Oh, but we DO!"

Even so, I was not allowed to pre-order today. Hmmmph....

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Thom Matheson - Dec 22, 2006 8:07 pm (#2590 of 2989)

Borders have preorders ready, Katherine.

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Tazzygirl - Dec 22, 2006 8:24 pm (#2591 of 2989)

I just got back from seeing The Holiday. It was awesome!!! It's definitely one of those 'walk out of the theater smiling because it's a happy feel good feeling' movie. Definitely going to buy it when it comes out. Major chick flick though!

I also got a hair cut today. It's now shorter and layered. It's also no longer blonde. I'm now a brownish red head. Looks pretty cool!

Off to figure out what to eat for dinner...

~Kristina

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Ydnam96 - Dec 22, 2006 8:24 pm (#2592 of 2989)

Kitty is sneezing now. All day long. And he keeps licking the carpet and the sofa. So strange.

Catherine, I'm surprised that you didn't have them start a list. I believe I've seen online an ad that says to go to a B&N to pre-order today. I would have

Edit to add: Tazzy I loved that movie. I think it may now be my favorite movie. I was actually surprised.

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 22, 2006 8:24 pm (#2593 of 2989)

Ohh Thom, how might one do this pre-order? I want to pre-order it as soon as possible! Is it guaranteed to come in and be yours on the release date?

EDIT: I just went to Barnsandnoble.com and searched HP and the DH, and they have a thing set up where they e-mail you once pre-ordering becomes available. Just type in your e-mail address and that's it! **walks away wondering how many places she can do this**

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kabloink! - Dec 22, 2006 9:04 pm (#2594 of 2989)

Faeries were born today. Ian had his first real, all-out laugh tonight. I guess he did it before with his dad when I wasn't around, but then I gave him a bath-a bath of all things. Up til now he has hated baths, but ok in the shower with us. Tonight I filled his bathtub up in our bathtub, and he was kicking and splashing and having a grand old time-so much so that he was looking at me and laughing! It was wonderful, tears in my eyes and everything.

Have a good night everyone!

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geauxtigers - Dec 22, 2006 10:00 pm (#2595 of 2989)

Remember a while back when we were talking about the worst accents that actors have? Has anyone seen the Direct TV commmerical with Jessica Simpson dressed as Daisy Duke and she tells you that you should watch her in 'the amazing picture clarity of Direct-tv. I totally don't know what that means, but I 'won't' it". That is the fakest worst accent I've ever heard! Its so annoying, I've been meaning to say this, but haven't had time. Anyway, it came on, its so fake I can hardly stand it!

I hope your kitty feels better, Mandy!

I want to see The Holiday and The Pursuit of Happiness. They both look so good!

Off to read some more. I might go in the chat room for a few hours so come join me!

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Finn BV - Dec 22, 2006 11:44 pm (#2596 of 2989)

Hullo to all! Been quite a while on this thread… **sighs at the lack of time in a day… notice that I'm posting this at 1:39 am**

Thankfully, school's out now until January 9, so I'll have a little time to drift back into the swing of things, but boy, I never expected high school to be this busy! I am doing so much – glee club, cross-country (finished now), school newspaper, general meanderings at school, and general work.

This WX glitch on post numbers is really amusing… Check this out.

Just wanted to wave to Loopy, thank him for the link about the president of KZ laughing off Borat, I think the writer of that article also wrote it in a pro-Kazakh manner. But a little worried here… it won't win the Golden Globe for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy (Little Miss Sunshine, Dreamgirls, Devil Wears Prada, and Thank You For Smoking are the other nominees), but I'm a bit scared about Best Actor, Musical or Comedy. Baron Cohen is nominated and his competitors are Johnny Depp in Pirates (admirable, but I doubt it), Aaron Eckhart for Thank You For Smoking (possible, I haven't heard too much about the film), Chiwetel Ejiofor for Kinky Boots (what??), and Will Ferrell in Stranger than Fiction (I really liked it, but I don't think he'll win). Eek… nervous…

Anyway, we'll be away from Christmas through New Year's, but I'll be home from the first through the first day back to school, doing random stuff in the city with friends, but hopefully will have more time to post! Hope everyone's doing well!

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Finn BV - Dec 23, 2006 12:17 am (#2597 of 2989)

Rrrrrrrr, just missed the edit time slot. We saw The Queen with Helen Mirren today, loved it. But I'm curious – what's Britain's response? What do our UK forumers think of its portrayal of its government officials?

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Snuffles - Dec 23, 2006 2:26 am (#2598 of 2989)

Hope you feel better soon Shiela

Welcome back Nathan.

Hello Finn **Waves**

I went to pictures to see The Queen. I enjoyed it and actually thought it was a good portrayal. The actors who played Tony Blair and Prince Charles were, in my opinion, very accurate. I hope Cherie is really like that in real life. Her character and the way she thought about the royals was very funny.

I think this will be the last time I will be able to post before Christmas day, so I just wanted to say merry Christmas to all who celebrate and I hope you all have a wonderful time. You have all made me laugh and feel sad when I have read your posts during the year, and I hope to be able to continue posting through 2007.

Off to take Olivia for her haircut, then tackle the crowds buying their vegetables for xmas dinner!

Julie

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The giant squid - Dec 23, 2006 3:40 am (#2599 of 2989)

I'm now a brownish red head.—Tazzygirl

Just a head? Where's the rest of you?

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Laura W - Dec 23, 2006 4:14 am (#2600 of 2989)

It must be under your Invisibility Cloak, eh Kristina? (hee, hee)

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 23, 2006 4:27 am (#2601 of 2989)

Well Mike, you headed straight into that one. LOL

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Chemyst - Dec 23, 2006 5:19 am (#2602 of 2989)

Aw, kabloink, how sweet.

Glad to see you back, Nathan, Finn, Gina, Leprechaun Jack, & all the others I've seen popping up to post on the JKR and book title threads. It says a lot about sorting priorities when you recover from illnesses and finish up classes just to celebrate the naming of Book 7 with us.

Catherine, maybe you need to get a new book store! Within hours of the announcement, Borders had sent out emails with a huge "click here to sign up" button. (I'm not endorsing them over any other company. Borders just happens to be the closest, most convenient bookstore to my house.) But it was amazing how quickly they acted. I barely had time to get the door open & do the hangman before they would have spoiled it for me!

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azi - Dec 23, 2006 6:14 am (#2603 of 2989)

Yesterday, on BBC news online, there was some film footage of a giant (?) squid swimming - the first ever! It looked remarkably like Squid Mike.

Hope all forumers who won't be on here over the holidays have a lovely Christmas!

Welcome back Nathan! I hope you are fully recovered from your illness!

Welcome back Leprechaun Jack!

I will refrain from pre-ordering HP7 until we have a date. Don't want to end up having to travel for it. Alas, my favourite bookstore - Ottakars - was bought out by Waterstones (well, the company that owns Waterstones) and I don't like them so I'll have to look around. *sigh*

Tazzy, you went from blonde to brownish red-head? I always wanted red hair.

Lovely day to all!

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 23, 2006 6:47 am (#2604 of 2989)

Chiwetel Ejiofor for Kinky Boots (what??)—Finn

Do you mean "what" as in "I can't believe that this rather pedestrian and uninspired turn as a drag queen was nominated and that you're particularly shocked given that the musical numbers just weren't that great?" Or do you mean "What the hell was 'Kinky Boots'?"

Go Sacha!!! He's Oscar bound!!! Personally, I don't care that much about him getting an Oscar, but it would amuse me to think of Finn hrumphing all through Oscar night. (Just teasing)

LOL. Catherine, I think they need a release date before you can pre-order a book.

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Denise P. - Dec 23, 2006 7:42 am (#2605 of 2989)

Mike, you got it! Ryan is wearing a mullet...albeit a very short one at the moment. I told Mr. Denise this and I think he almost spewed iced tea out his nose.

Mr. Denise made it in last night about 2:30 am and of course, Rhys decided this morning was a good day to get up about 60 minutes earlier than he normally does.

I already have the tickets for Night at the Museum. We are being invaded by 10/11 year old boys about 11 am. The movie starts at 11:30. We do have to pick up one boy on the way there. The theater is about 2 miles from the house so we should easily get there in plenty of time to park and grab our snacks. The theater offers a kid deal where you get popcorn, candy and a drink for $5. It works out really nice for the kids.

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kabloink! - Dec 23, 2006 7:50 am (#2606 of 2989)

My kitchen light is burned out again! We just changed it 3 days ago. This is the second time this has happened to me in a week! Even if I had left is on 24 hours a day, it shouldn't have burned out so quickly! Any ideas on how this happens? I swear, the light spirits are out to get me!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 23, 2006 8:45 am (#2607 of 2989)

Can you believe Christmas is almost here??!! I still need to wrap stuff...---Denise P.

I still have to wrap everything.

Someone, I can't remember who , mentioned bad movies.... Last night The Godfather III was on. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Can I say I think the new title stinks? I've never had that reaction before. I wonder if it's leftover disappointment from Book 6.

I've just been skimming lately but I saw Marie's post about the possible Chicken Pox outbreak. Best of luck with that, Marie!

I got a huge twinge of envy when I saw legolas returns' 'waves from Scotland'. Someday, I want to 'wave from Scotland'.

Catherine, my husband got a pained expression from reading your card. Oh dear.

Lastly, has anyone clicked on Google lately? What's up with the riddle? I am totally baffled.

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Thom Matheson - Dec 23, 2006 9:34 am (#2608 of 2989)

Virginiaelizabeth, Go to my post 77 on the Book 7 title thread. I put the link there. The book cover they used is pretty cool as well. I doubt that it is anything but an ad but cool nonetheless.

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 23, 2006 9:51 am (#2609 of 2989)

I've never bothered to watch the third Godfather . Some things just don't need the "closure" of a third installment.

I'll reserve judgment on the title even though I have a more than a little residual disappointment in Book 6. It does seem that the title lends itself to immediate parody though. How long will it be before someone does a satire called "Harry Potter and the Deadly Halitosis"? That's not as good as Jennifer Saunders' "Harry Potter and the Chamber Pot of Azerbaijan," but she's a genius so what can I say?

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Finn BV - Dec 23, 2006 10:01 am (#2610 of 2989)

Or do you mean "What the hell was 'Kinky Boots'?" –Loopy

That's the one. Thanks for the brief explanation.

Kim, what riddle on Google?

Thanks for the review, Snuffles!

Happy RotD (haven't said that in a while!)!

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Tazzygirl - Dec 23, 2006 10:16 am (#2611 of 2989)

Squid Mike, Laura, and TBE: ROFL! I do have an invisibility cloak. I like to scare people when I walk down the street...

Azi- I've always wanted red hair too, but my stylist told me red hair would bring out the red in my cheeks. So I settled for the brownish red. Looks pretty neat.

Have lots to do today. Need to finish frosting the cookies I made the other night, send them out to the neighbors, get my sister a birthday present and go grocery shopping for Christmas. Why my mom and I waited until today of all days is beyond me.

My family is also leaving the 26th to go camping until the 31st. We are going to Zion National Park. Never been, but parents said it's great. They have a motorhome, so a majority of the trip is just relaxing and reading and stuff.

**waves to Finn**

Have fun at the movies, Denise! Let us know how the movie is- I want to see it!

Have a fantastic RotD/N!!

~Kristina

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painting sheila - Dec 23, 2006 10:28 am (#2612 of 2989)

Oh! Tazzy!! Zion National Park so beautiful!! We used to live in Utah and that park will take your breath away.

Can Santa find you there?

Just found out yesterday what the new title is. Still in too much of a fog to think about it. I am just happy there is a title now - means she is close don't you think?

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 23, 2006 10:52 am (#2613 of 2989)

Thanks Thom! I'll have to check it out!

Soooo Tomorrow is Christmas EVE!! We have a tradition in my family, where we open our presents on Christmas Eve, and then the next morning, you get your Santa Clause presents, so I'm wayy excited about opening presents tomorrow!!!

And it's freezinngg outside!! Christmas weather is finally here! Christmas day the high supposed to be 55F!! and the low is 32F! **cast major rain charms for Christmas Day night, in hopes that the rain will freeze, and we'll have a white Christmas**

Kristina, I wanna see your hair! I can't picture you're hair as brown.

**waves to Finn** long time, no see!

Off to get something to eat and enjoy my freedom! LOL

Have a great RotD to everyone!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 23, 2006 11:10 am (#2614 of 2989)

Finn, go to the Google main page, click on the Google icon and see what pops up. You'll see slightly different images 1, 2 and 3 with question marks for 4. Each day there's a moderately enhanced image and a new number with question marks. I bet someone here can figure it out.

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Ydnam96 - Oct 26, 2006 12:38 pm (#2615 of 2989)

virginiaelizabeth, I live in LA too and I would loooove to have a white Christmas. I can see Mt. Baldy from my place and it's got some snow on it which is nice.

I'm gonna have to check out Google...and see what this riddle is.

I'm hoping to make some cookies today. I have this amazing recipe: 1 egg, 1 cup of Peanut Butter, 1 cup of Sugar. That's it! you mix it and bake for about 8 mins on 325. They are super yummy. And really easy to make. Mmmmm. Now I'm hungry.

For all of those who will be away, have a very merry Christmas!

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 23, 2006 12:01 pm (#2616 of 2989)

virginiaelizabeth, I live in LA too and I would loooove to have a white Christmas. I can see Mt. Baldy from my place and it's got some snow on it which is nice.

LOL Wrong LA! I live in south Louisiana, not California! No mountains within a 200-mile radius of us! We're barely above sealevel! It snows here once every like 400 years, and when it does snow, we make a 1-foot high snowman, and try to ignore the big splotches of mud on him!

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Choices - Dec 23, 2006 12:32 pm (#2617 of 2989)

Just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a very Happy Christmas. Every day of the year this forum and it's contributors are a joy to me, so I wish you all the blessings of this Christmas season and I send you big hugs and thanks for many enjoyable hours spent reading your most interesting posts. :-)

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Ydnam96 - Dec 23, 2006 1:22 pm (#2618 of 2989)

Haha, well that's what I get for making an assumption Smile

I'm not sure how often it snows in Los Angeles. I'll have to look that up

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 23, 2006 1:28 pm (#2619 of 2989)

ohh I almost forgot..............

2 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!!!

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boop - Dec 23, 2006 2:58 pm (#2620 of 2989)

Hi Everyone!!

I want to welcome back all returning forum members. Its great to see you all back.

Now we have a title, interesting title.

Get well charms to all that need them.

I am done with work until Jan. 3rd. I am looking forward to just relaxing and visiting.  I am having Christmas lunch at my house. I will have around 16 family members. I am making Ham, mashed potatos, noodles, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, and apple pie.

Have a great rest of the day!!

big hugs always

boop

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Steve Newton - Dec 23, 2006 3:54 pm (#2621 of 2989)

Wow! Sounds like a great lunch. We do Thanksgiving for the multitudes and a cousin takes over for Christmas.

Have a great time.

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The giant squid - Dec 23, 2006 4:35 pm (#2622 of 2989)

I'd just like to say that I am in no way affiliated with the BBC video of an alleged giant squid.

Plus, they got my bad side.

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timrew - Dec 23, 2006 4:53 pm (#2623 of 2989)

I've just come on here to wish all of you great forum members a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Eid.........Oh, a Happy everything! (for those of you that think I've run out of festivals - you're right!)

And also have a very Happy New Year, whenever it falls for you all.........

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 23, 2006 5:05 pm (#2624 of 2989)

You forgot Festivus, Tim. I think tonight is the traditional Airing of Grievances.

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Catherine - Dec 23, 2006 5:11 pm (#2625 of 2989)

Tim,

Happy, happy everything to you, too.

Boop, your luncheon will be a tasty success, I am sure. Enjoy having your family with you!

I have finally done shopping, AND I am finally done with sending out thank-you notes to all of my students who were so kind to me on my birthday and for Christmas. I was semi-chastised by a parent at our private showing of Charlotte's Web that was done for our school on Thursday morning. She questioned why I would send out "a personal Christmas card to some students but not others." I assured her that I had only mailed thank-you notes to those students who had given me a present. I never thought I would incite ire for writing and mailing a timely thank-you note. Perhaps I should have gone through my roster, counted up everyone who did not give me a present, and mailed them something, too?

I thought it would be a nice touch to mail the notes out, versus waiting weeks until we went back to school. Looks like you can only please some people some of the time.

Oh, well. I am infused with good feeling--at least until I start wrapping--**waves to Denise and Kim**.

EDIT:

I think tonight is the traditional Airing of Grievances.--Loopy Lupin

Obviously. :waves to Loopy:

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Mediwitch - Dec 23, 2006 8:08 pm (#2626 of 2989)

Hi all! Just popping in to say Merry Christmas! See you in a couple of days.

Santa Hat

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Chemyst - Dec 23, 2006 8:23 pm (#2627 of 2989)

Catherine, I wonder if the parent who semi-chastised you will have their child buy a present for their teacher next year.

...has anyone clicked on Google lately? What's up with the riddle? – Kim is Kim

If you mean the kangaroos using holiday garland as knitting yarns, then I think it is PC gone amuck by showing a non-endangered un-Christmasy species cooperating in a utilitarian endeavor. They are probably making flack jackets socks.

I am restoring the Santa tracker address to my second line.

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 23, 2006 8:45 pm (#2628 of 2989)

She questioned why I would send out "a personal Christmas card to some students but not others." I assured her that I had only mailed thank-you notes to those students who had given me a present. I never thought I would incite ire for writing and mailing a timely thank-you note. – Catherine

Miss Manners has now heard everything and is heading for the sherry before she begins to question her own existence.

If you mean the kangaroos using holiday garland as knitting yarns, then I think it is PC gone amuck by showing a non-endangered un-Christmasy species cooperating in a utilitarian endeavor.—Chemyst

Actually, certain kangaroos are endangered and the species as a whole is defined as "vulnerable." PC doesn't seem to take any position on the Christmasimilitude of kangaroos though. I'm unsure how Australia feels about the topic.

http://www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/kangaroo.html

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Chemyst - Dec 23, 2006 8:53 pm (#2629 of 2989)

Picky, picky, picky.

From the site cited:
Macropus giganteus (eastern gray kangaroo): 8,978,000.
Macropus fuliginosus (western gray kangaroo): 1,774,000.
Macropus rufus (red kangaroo): 8,351,000.
There are millions of them. But if you can prove the ones in the cartoon are Tasmanian foresters, then I'll let you win because it's Christmas charity.

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 23, 2006 10:11 pm (#2630 of 2989)

There are millions of them – Chemyst

Hopefully, that'll continue to be true. Too late for the Bison though.

At any rate, back to the topic. I'm not sure this is a riddle Kim. I think the 'roos are just knitting something that'll say "Happy Festivus" or something. I think Google did the same thing with cartoon mice last year.

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DJ Evans - Dec 23, 2006 10:48 pm (#2631 of 2989)

***waves to everyone***

Hope everyone has all of the gifts bought & wrapped? I think I've got everything done but knowing me, I've forgotten something somewhere. I have looked & dang it, there is still not a package under the tree the size of what an Easy Bake Oven would be in. There goes another year without it...oh well, maybe next year. lol

We're having our family get together tomorrow, Christmas Eve, looking quite forward to it, as this will be the 1st one we've had in several years. Last count we're expecting 32? I think only four nieces/nephews & their families won't be able to come.

Since I didn't know if I'd be able to get back on before most of you have gone off to do your own celebrating, I just wanted to take the chance to wish everyone a Merry Christmas for those who celebrate the season. For those who celebrate other festivities at this time of the year...Happy Holidays! And may those who will be traveling have a safe trip in their journeys. My holiday wish is that everyone will have plenty of food, good will, great fellowship & love all around.

(((sappy part coming up here, feel free to pass it up)))

As many of us have said time & again, this forum has become a 2nd family to us all. We've laughed together, cried together, been there when something has gone wrong with one of our own, we look out for one another, we listen to what the other has to say with respect, etc. There have been times when one of us might leave for a while, yet upon return they are met with warmth & opened arms....how can we be anything other than a family? I know we owe the Mod's a lot for giving us all such an atmosphere to be a part of & I think each & every one of them....we wouldn't be the family we are if it wasn't for them. But I also have to say we all owe ourselves a slap on the back too, it takes all of us to make this place what it is. Each of us are on here cause of what the Mod's & ourselves have made it. So in saying all of that, I'd like to say "Thank You" to each of you for being the kind of person you are & who I am proud to say I know. I might not get on here & post all that much but I do read the posts everyday.

OK, I know, I know....enough with the sappy sentiments. (((sappy part over with now))) I'll just close wandering off humming "I'll Be Home for Christmas..."

Later, Deb

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Finn BV - Dec 23, 2006 10:51 pm (#2632 of 2989)

Thanks for the waves and welcome back all! **hugs to Boop**

Kristina, Zion National Park was fantastic! (We liked Bryce a little bit better, but both are thrilling.) If you have the courage (and if it's not too cold), hike up to Angel's Landing. There's a point where there's no railing and a 2000 foot drop on either side of a narrow passage, but trust yourself and it's so satisfying when you make it across!

Kim, I agree with Loopy -- don't think it's a riddle, just a holiday theme and the question marks are there so as not to reveal the next "doodle."

Merry Holidays to all! It's technically Christmas Eve now, although it's basically the morn of the eve!

EDIT: That was some nice sap, Deb. Couldn't have put it better myself.

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geauxtigers - Dec 23, 2006 10:56 pm (#2633 of 2989)

**sends virtual easy-bake oven up one state to Deb**

My mom just told me that we have to wait until after church tomorrow to open presents! AHHH! Church is at 4, then we are coming home and having French onion soup, then we get to open them! I'm going to be so fidgety in church! There this one thing under there that is driving me crazy! Ahh well, thats how we used to do it. Presents after church, the past couple of years our patients hasn't lasted that long!

Merry Christmas! Santa comes tomorrow night!

Have a wonderful holiday to everyone!

Oh, I forgot, I think my playstation is *this* close to never turning on again. It took me 10 minutes earlier of pressing reset and turning it on and off to get the disk to load, (not the first time its happened, so I know its not the disk). Then I went to reload a saved file that I'd just been playing on (hadn't turned the machine off or anything) and it said that the file was corrupt. Oh well, theres nothing I can do is there? My cousin some how managed to get a PS3 today. I have no clue how, but he paid for it with the money he started saving in March. Bit of a waste I think, but it won't stop me from going to his house to play it!

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jose043 - Dec 24, 2006 12:43 am (#2634 of 2989)

Hi All

Merry Christmas to you all & to others that don't celebrate but get some holiday time all have a safe time.

It is my sons family with 3 grandkids & my Mum for Christmas dinner, all coming over around 11:00am in the morning for roast Turkey, roast potato's, pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato for those who like it, & parsnip for those that like it, peas, beans, califlower & broccoli. Robert (husband) does turkey & the roast veggies on the BBQ. presents are given before dinner. It is only supposed to be 32C here so shouldn't be too bad up on the back patio.

Healing charms & get well charms to all that need them.

Josephine & Anne

Little Warewolves of London

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Elanor - Dec 24, 2006 1:02 am (#2635 of 2989)

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!

Un très joyeux Noël à tous!

And a wonderful time to all!

Audrey

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Kneazle - Dec 24, 2006 1:40 am (#2636 of 2989)

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Merry Christmas! To me! I'm Back!!!! Woo-hoo! Anyone remember me? LOL
Any way I'M BACK!!! And wishing all of you A
Merry Christmas!
Felix Navidad!
Joyeux Noel!
And a happy Hannukah!

And to everyone a Happy New Year! May it bring all of us the answers we so dearly desire.

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Laura W - Dec 24, 2006 2:30 am (#2637 of 2989)

I remember you, kneazle. Welcome back!

Laura

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The giant squid - Dec 24, 2006 3:17 am (#2638 of 2989)

Miss Manners has now heard everything and is heading for the sherry before she begins to question her own existence.--Loopy Lupin

Miss Manners has more fortitude than me--folks like that made me hit the booze long ago. Although I question everyone else's existence...it's much more satisfying.

Welcome back, Kneazle. Funny how the holidays (and a new title?) bring all the wayward folks back to the fold.

Deb, that was perfectly said & I agree with all of it. Merry Christmas to you and Happy Holidays to all the rest of the "family."

--Mike

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 24, 2006 5:45 am (#2639 of 2989)

Miss Manners has more fortitude than me--folks like that made me hit the booze long ago. Although I question everyone else's existence...it's much more satisfying. – Mike

LOL. ***whispers in a gossipy tone*** Actually, if you've ever read Miss Manners' instructions for a formal dinner party, you'd wonder how much fortitude she has. What with the sherry as an aperitif, the white wine with the fish course, the red wine with the meat course, and the champagne with dessert, the water glass is necessary to, and I quote, "keep Miss Manners from sliding off her chair."

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Good Evans - Dec 24, 2006 6:52 am (#2640 of 2989)

May I wish all forummers and their family a peaceful and very happy christmas.

sympathies with those of you who are ill (esp Marie’s Lexie as chicken pox is no fun!), welcome back Nathan.. glad to hear you are better.

have a great few days, peace and goodwill to all....

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kaykay1970 - Dec 24, 2006 7:29 am (#2641 of 2989)

My 3 year old has asked for nothing but "toot toots" (a.k.a. trains) for Christmas. Yesterday a thought suddenly occurred to him. He came running up to me all excited. "Mommy, I need toot toot....TRACKS!" It was just so adorable!

I finally got the last of my gifts wrapped last night. All I have left to do is buy batteries for the "toot toots". I was disappointed that Target didn't have Harry Potter candy for the stockings this year. But then last night I found Drooble's gum in my local Dollar Store. I bought the last 5 packages!

The really sad part is that my children are getting many, many movies for Christmas. It turns out that they'll all be fighting over the one television as the one in the living room has decided to die this morning....Oh Hubby is having a look at the t.v. Maybe he can revive it!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Here's a little present to the HHs from Eldest Daughter!

myspace layouts, myspace codes, glitter graphics

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boop - Dec 24, 2006 8:11 am (#2642 of 2989)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

To those that are on the road over the holidays safe charms coming your way.

Welcome Back Kneazle, you were missed.

Big HUGS

boop

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Leprechaun Jack! - Dec 24, 2006 10:54 am (#2643 of 2989)

Hello All, Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas, Blessed Solstice, Happy Hannauka, And all other greetings that are appropriate.

Thanks for all the welcome backs I received. It really has been a while. I had to spend sometime reading up on all the posts I've missed and try to wrap my head around all the theories that I've read. I'm amazed and impressed with what I read so far and it's only a small part of what's here.

I was lucky enough to see the Radio City Christmas Show this year and sitting behind me was a couple with a child of about 10 or 11 years old. The mother had said about how big and grand the music hall was and the boy said to his mother " yeah but I bet the great hall in Hogwarts is better". I had to turn around and agree with him. We potties are everywhere!!!

I'll probably not post anything until I can get caught up so as not to repeat or ask answered questions.

All the best wishes for a great holiday season

Jack

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Ydnam96 - Dec 24, 2006 11:32 am (#2644 of 2989)

Oh, I'm jealous of the Radio City Christmas Show. That must have been great!

Happy Christmas Eve! I love Christmas Eve-to me it's so much better than Christmas Day. I'm not sure why.

Anyway. I hope you all have a wonderful day. I'm off to Disneyland

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Leprechaun Jack! - Dec 24, 2006 11:50 am (#2645 of 2989)

The Christmas show was wonder-fantasti-great. I had never seen it before. I sat there for an 1 hour and 45 minutes with my mouth hanging open... I felt like a little kid again... and there were several times I actually had tears in my eyes. The Rockettes were like nothing I had could ever have imagined, and at the end they did the Nativity scene, talk about spectacular. I was so moved I couldn't speak about it for a while without it getting to me.

Next year it's supposed to be even better as it's the 75th anniversary and the whole show is going to be re-done.

Jack

PS.. Ydnam96 I'm jealous of your going to Disneyland. The fireworks tonight should be fantastic.

Jack

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Tazzygirl - Dec 24, 2006 12:14 pm (#2646 of 2989)

Finn: If you have the courage (and if it's not too cold), hike up to Angel's Landing. There's a point where there's no railing and a 2000 foot drop on either side of a narrow passage, but trust yourself and it's so satisfying when you make it across!

Not sure I could do that, or my dad! We are both deathly afraid of heights- I can already see myself crawling on all fours to try to get across, and then freezing in the middle because of all the shaking I'd be doing. I am super excited about going though!

Mandy- have fun at Disney!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina

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Steve Newton - Dec 24, 2006 12:39 pm (#2647 of 2989)

Have a good Christmas everyone! Be safe and happy and with friends and family.

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painting sheila - Dec 24, 2006 12:49 pm (#2648 of 2989)

Merry Christmas and to all a good night!

I just popped into to wish you all a wonderful day with memories to last a life time.

I am heading back off to bed. Everyone else is at church. I am too sick to go - yuck!

I second the comments about what a wonderful family ou all are to me. I am very grateful that you share your hopes, dreams, and heartaches. What a wonderful place we have here and what wonderful talented people keep it up and going!

Off to bed.

She

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Tazzygirl - Dec 24, 2006 1:09 pm (#2649 of 2989)

Lots and lots of **healing charms** to you Sheila!

~Kristina

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Holly T. - Dec 24, 2006 1:15 pm (#2650 of 2989)

Kristina--Zion is beautiful! Have fun!

Welcome back Kneazle!

Sheila, glad you are back from your trip but sorry you are still feeling bad.

We found out at church this morning that one of our church members is in ICU having had a stroke Friday--the day they were planning to leave for Disney World. He and his wife have twin boys my daughter's age.

My daughter had two Nutcracker performances yesterday, 6 in the past week, 9 total. Whew. I am very tired of the Nutcracker. She did great.

It has been raining since Friday night. Cold and dreary.

But it's Christmas Eve! My son has to acolyte at the church service tonight. I have to go finish baking our birthday cake for Jesus, which we eat after we get home from Christmas Eve church and then the kids open their presents to each other. My daughter got my son Artoo Potatoo and Spud Trooper (she got him Darth Tater), although if he keeps throwing Legos at her door and screaming at her (which is what he is doing now) she may not give them to him.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate, and a happy holidays all around!
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Herm oh ninny - Dec 24, 2006 1:36 pm (#2651 of 2989)

Hi all! Over 1800 posts since the last time I was on , so the magic button has been hit! I'm sorry if I missed anything.

I just wanted to pop in and say Hello and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Well, off to play some WII sports and work on my boxing until it's time to leave for the party.

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 24, 2006 1:38 pm (#2652 of 2989)

**BIG healing charms to Sheila** I hope you feel better!It's no fun being sick, especially on Christmas.

We're fixing to head off to the Christmas service at church, so I'm in the process of getting ready right now. Speaking of, I think the iron is probably heated up by now.... but anyways, after we're going to have some French Onion Soup and open presents! YAY! I love Christmas! The big family get together is at Grannie's tomorrow afternoon.

MERRY CHRiSTMAS!!!!! and Happy Holidays to everyone!

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Kneazle - Dec 24, 2006 1:45 pm (#2653 of 2989)

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Not the holidays nor is it the new title (though that is a VERY welcome surprise!) My internet service has just been restored after 4 or 5 months! Oh,the withdrawl! I do not recommend going cold turkey from the forum! NOT a pretty picture.......


***scampers of to tackle title therories and other favorites*** Woo-Hoo!!

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Denise P. - Dec 24, 2006 2:50 pm (#2654 of 2989)

Whoops!

Mr. Denise ordered me an iPod shuffle weeks ago. He had it sent to me so I inadvertently opened it but realized it was a gift and didn't unwrap it. It has been sitting on a shelf in the kitchen for the last few weeks. He went to get it to put it under the tree and it was gone.

Now, I assumed he has moved it when he got home and asked where it was. He insisted he didn't move it and thought maybe it fell in the trash. I didn't think it could be in the trash because although it was on the shelf above the trash, it has sat there for weeks and the trash has a lid on it. Still, we knew if it was in the trash, it was in the can or in the big outside trash.

He started digging through the trash and down near the bottom, there was the wrapped iPod.

After thinking about it, we came to the likely scenario.

Earlier today, Mr. Denise decided to move some stuff near the microwave cart. When standing up, he bashed his head into the shelf, causing the shuffle to fall on the floor. Rhys was in the kitchen and picked it up. Being friendly and helpful, he kindly threw it in the trash for his dad. What a little helper!!

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azi - Dec 24, 2006 3:10 pm (#2655 of 2989)

**waves to Kneazle!** Great to see you around again!

Healing charms to Shelia! I hope you miraculously get better for Christmas!

Lucky escape there, Denise! At least Rhys knows what he should do normally, though.

We've made puff pastry mince pies. Yummy! I put the presents people have given me under a miniature tree (around 20cm high). A friend of my mum's, who is a teacher, came round and gave us some of the chocolate she's been given by her pupils. Apparently she got a lot this year, but can't eat much chocolate. She practically begged us to take it.

Good news - I'm on my own computer! Bad news - it's on a direct connection in the dining room. We've made progress - the computer is half admitting there's a signal now!

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Solitaire - Dec 24, 2006 3:14 pm (#2656 of 2989)

I'm sorry ... I tried, but 169 posts were too many for me with my limited online time this weekend! I shopped all day yesterday, and I think I need to run to the dollar store before it closes to pick up a few gift bags and some tissue paper.

I'm afraid I missed Chanukkah, but I hope everyone who celebrated had a warm and joyful time. Merry Christmas to all!

Solitaire

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Catherine - Dec 24, 2006 3:28 pm (#2657 of 2989)

Rhys was in the kitchen and picked it up. Being friendly and helpful, he kindly threw it in the trash for his dad. What a little helper!! –Denise

Bless us every one! Rhys is turning out to be quite the Christmas imp!

My friend Hope has a similar "helpful toddler story." Back when she lived across the street from me, she called me one night during supper preparation time, frantically searching for her keys. I looked and assured her that they were not in my house (she had visited earlier in the afternoon).

Finally, after a day, she gave up, and had to pay $150 each for a replacement key to their vehicles, not to mention getting duplicates of house keys, beach keys, etc.

Fast forward to a year-and-a-half later when they are moving. The day before Move-Day, Hope cleans out the bottom drawer of her freezer. Lo and behold, there are her keys! Just the perfect height for the then Rhys-aged imp named Travis to have dropped them in.

Glad you were able to shuffle through all the debris and find your gift!

I just finished setting out our luminaries in our front yard. Usually we purchase them from the Ronald McDonald House, but this year our neighbors bought us a kit, which was very thoughtful. We'll light them at six, even though it's been dark for a bit.

Merry Christmas to all!

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Denise P. - Dec 24, 2006 4:37 pm (#2658 of 2989)

Yes, Mr. Rhys is in his most helpful phase so we generally check the trash before we take it out. We also have all doors closed, trash cans closed, chairs tilted and lego pieces taped over the controls on the TV to prevent him from turning it off. It is so fun!

Hee hee...Mr. Denise just sent Iain to his room for something. Iain was heard saying, going up the stairs "I think Dad just moved to the top of the Naughty List!"

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Catherine - Dec 24, 2006 4:55 pm (#2659 of 2989)

I thought I was signed out for the evening, but I saw some interesting news.

My seventh grade students have been reading their fourth novel of the year, The Giver by Lois Lowry. A person wrote in to our local newspaper, The Daily Reflector and used the novel as a comparison for her feelings about Christmas.

As a last-ditch assignment, I asked my students to write a response to her letter our last few days of school before Winter Break. I submitted several letters to the editor, and one of them was published. I will put the link behind my profile for interested parties. I submitted a variety of viewpoints (one of which was VERY political, and even Mr. Catherine admitted one would NOT know a seventh grader wrote it, but I am not surprised that our fairly conservative newspaper did not choose that one to run).

I am pleased that one of my students snagged a Christmas day (it's already up, and dated December 25) editorial post.

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Lina - Dec 24, 2006 5:06 pm (#2660 of 2989)

Happy holidays to all!whatever you celebrate.

You can count me in the group that enjoys Christmas eve more than Christmas itself. We get the presents on Christmas eve. And more than that, the whole family gets here for the dinner and presents exchange. My mum does all the cooking, I give my living room and my aunts and my cousin with his family come here. It is always such a nice family time. Now all of them are gone and I'm waiting for Kate to come home from the midnight service. The rest of us were too tired to go with her.

Nice to see you, Kneazle. I hope the life is going better.

Healing charms to all that need them.

Nice avatars, Holly and Azi. I hope I'll change mine tomorrow.

((((Hugs))))

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Tazzygirl - Dec 24, 2006 5:58 pm (#2661 of 2989)

Meant to say... Welcome back Kneazle!!

Good thing you found the Shuffle, Denise! Legos taped to the controllers? That's a good idea! 'Thaniel likes pushing buttons, it gets annoying...

My dad is dressing up as Santa tonight and going over to the neighbor's house to give presents to the kids. Should be hilarious and fun!

**healing charms** to your friend's husband, Holly!

I also meant to say earlier that I agree on the thoughts about this Forum! You all are so wonderful!

I also need to change my avatar, but I am having problems downsizing them. grrr. I'll try and post a picture of my dad in his Santa suit.

Hope whoever is opening gifts tonight has fun!

~Kristina (Waves to Lina)

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Eponine - Dec 24, 2006 6:47 pm (#2662 of 2989)

Well, we've just finished our annual Christmas Eve dinner at our house. We don't have people over that often, so this is a nice motivation for us to get the house completely clean.

I got the wax up off the floor. Thanks for all the tips! It worked, but I felt very silly ironing my bathroom floor.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

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painting sheila - Dec 24, 2006 7:44 pm (#2663 of 2989)

Oh my gosh! AN IPod in the trash - yikes!

When we were newlyweds (and very broke) we splurged and bought tickets to a 4th of July Extravaganza where the Beach Boys were playing. We bought the tickets months in advance since they sell out very quickly. The big day came . . and we couldn't find the tickets anywhere! In all of our moves, we have never found them. My husband supposes that in one of my cleaning fits, I threw them away - I think he is right. We still laugh about it now whenever a big show is coming and we need advanced tickets. I am not allowed to hold them.

I went to the ER and got some MORE antibiotics that the ER dr swore would work. He gave me some good cough medicine, too. Yeah!

Oldest Girl is finally heading off to bed. Time to let Santa know he can stop by.

Merry Christmas!

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Ydnam96 - Dec 24, 2006 8:47 pm (#2664 of 2989)

I just got spray cheese all over my iBook and my sofa You know how when the bottle gets to the end and it can spray sporadically? Well, it did. All over everything. Haha. At least it smells good.

For those of you who still have time, you can check out where Santa is at the N.O.R.A.D. website. I guess the government watches the airspace pretty carefully!

Merry Christmas

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 24, 2006 9:00 pm (#2665 of 2989)

just got spray cheese all over my iBook and my sofa You know how when the bottle gets to the end and it can spray sporadically? Well, it did. All over everything. Haha. At least it smells good.

I'd have to strongly disagree with you there! I hate that stuff! But then again, I don't like cheese, unless it's melted on a sandwich or a pizza.

I just popped in to remind everyone that 24 hours of "A Christmas Story" started at 7 this evening on TBS. It starts over every 2 hours, so don't forget to watch it! LOL We're on the second showing now. And will have it on all day tomorrow.

Opened presents.... in the words of Ron "good haul this year!" My favorite being FB and QA book set! YAY! And an iHome! It's a docking station for your iPod that also has an alarm clock, and stuff like that! Pretty cool. My mom got me lots of clothes. I tell her every year that she shouldn't- most of it is going back to the stores again this year!

Merry Christmas!!! Hope Santa leaves everyone good stuff, and not coal!

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Madame Pomfrey - Dec 24, 2006 9:33 pm (#2666 of 2989)

Merry Christmas to all my co-potties on the Lexicon!!

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Madam Pince - Dec 24, 2006 10:09 pm (#2667 of 2989)

Well, I am sitting here eating my half-of-a-cookie and drinking my half-of-a-glass of milk and basking in the glow of our silver aluminum Christmas tree. (Actually, I guess it's OK. The color wheel adds a lot.)

Anyway, I wanted to take this time to wish all my Forum friends a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. I wish you all good health, good cheer, and a new Harry Potter book before we celebrate this holiday again next year! And I second the sentiments expressed so admirably by Deb -- couldn't say it better!

(We love the 24-hours-of-A Christmas Story...)

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painting sheila - Dec 24, 2006 10:17 pm (#2668 of 2989)

FYI - Santa has been to North Carolina! Looks like the kids have been pretty good. There is one present we can't seem to find. Santa hid it in his bag so well - he thinks he will have to drop it off tomorrow when his bag is a little less full. Jeez!

(Just started the second showing of A Christmas Story too! They are at the part where the kid sticks his tongue to the pole - ha!)

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Puck - Dec 24, 2006 10:29 pm (#2669 of 2989)

**runs in waving madly**

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday! Busy with the family. See you all in the New Year!

**runs back out to get some sleep before kiddies awake to check out their loot**

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Finn BV - Dec 24, 2006 10:49 pm (#2670 of 2989)

Welcome back Kneazle! Too bad about the internet!

Catherine, good for your student, and too appropriate it's on Christmas Day! I'd love to read the original letter too, if you can dig it up.

Merry Christmas (as it is the actual day in New York now)! Haven't a clue what I'm getting, the only wish I made (I know -- I restrained myself!) was a respected companion book to the Narnia series by Paul Ford.

If I don't get to pop into any internet cafés while I'm gone, see you all in a week -- so happy New Year too!!

PS Steph(anie M.) sends her best -- she said she read through a ton of posts today but hasn't gotten around to posting yet. Our school is demanding, as you can see!

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kaykay1970 - Dec 24, 2006 10:57 pm (#2671 of 2989)

Santa has been to Tennessee as well. He nearly passed out trying to blow up a Thomas the Tank Engine ball pit. One of his elves was kind enough to bring in the air compressor to help the old guy out!

Merry Christmas!

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Ydnam96 - Dec 24, 2006 11:04 pm (#2672 of 2989)

How kind of that elf! Isn't some technology great?

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geauxtigers - Dec 25, 2006 12:51 am (#2673 of 2989)

Just popping in to say MERRY CHRISTMAS! Its Christmas here too now!

I love your avatar Madame P! You used all the glue on purpose! LOL! I also love "That was remembered as the Christmas we were introduced to Chineese Turkey." and" He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny!" Ahh I could go on, that movie is full of great one liners! LOL

It was a fabulous Christmas here! According to my grannie, there is a very slight chance of 'snow' AKA frozen water that will never make it to the ground frozen, tomorrow night. Checking weather. com at the mo'...na doesn't look like it. THe low is only 32 with a 30% chance of rain. I well mustn't get my hopes up.

**wanders off singing 'Fra fra fra fra fraaaaa, fra, fra, fra --fra!**

Happy Holidays!

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Catherine - Dec 25, 2006 7:20 am (#2674 of 2989)

Merry Christmas to everyone!

We've been up for ages, and have enjoyed a lovely round of present--opening and breakfast. The kiddies (I include Mr. Catherine in this group) have all broken away to play with their new toys.

Santa was most generous to me this year--I got a gift certificate to a local furniture store. Woo-hoo! I'm sure I'll get around to picking something lovely out. Eventually.

Finn, I put the original letter behind my profile so that you can see to what my student responded.

Have a wonderful day!

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 25, 2006 8:00 am (#2675 of 2989)

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

On a somber note, though, my heart and prayers go out to the Brown family during this difficult time.

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Denise P. - Dec 25, 2006 9:26 am (#2676 of 2989)

Merry Christmas!!
Apparently, Santa felt my kids were much nicer kids than I did judging by the pile of stuff that was left at our house. Rhys wants desperately to play with Kierynn's doll house and she just as desperately wants him to go away! They were good though, didn't hear anyone stirring until after 8:30 am.

Catherine, Iain got the mini version of the Fur Real Chimp. Mr. Denise was rather frustrated that he could not get it to work. I suggested several times to look at the directions to no avail. After 20 minutes, I looked at the directions and got it to work immediately. How? I turned it on!

Hope everyone has a great day!

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Ydnam96 - Dec 25, 2006 9:40 am (#2677 of 2989)

Oh, turning it on! That is a brilliant idea!! How Hermione of you

Merry, Merry Christmas!!

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Catherine - Dec 25, 2006 10:09 am (#2678 of 2989)

Catherine, Iain got the mini version of the Fur Real Chimp. Mr. Denise was rather frustrated that he could not get it to work. I suggested several times to look at the directions to no avail. After 20 minutes, I looked at the directions and got it to work immediately. How? I turned it on! –Denise

Lucky Rhys--to get the Chimp, and to have a mum who can get it to work.

Loopy, we actually used the girls' new karoake machine to sing, "I Feel Good" in honor of Mr. Brown. No, the irony did not escape me.

I've been "High School Musical"ed to death this morning, but at least the young ladies are happy.

Hearing Mr. Catherine sing "Tiny Dancer" ala Elton John was worth every penny.

I suppose I should think about serving some food eventually today--we will have a traditional feast at my Mum's tomorrow, so we're keeping it simple today--a roast chicken, asparagus, potatoes, and Key Lime pie.

On a sad note, Mr. Catherine just discovered my stash of chocolate truffles and candy bars from my students. Grrr. I deliberately hid them (yes, I'm sure Santa thought that was naughty, not nice) because he devours things before I have a chance to enjoy them. He was fairly surprised that I would hold out on him. I put the huge box of cookies and the homemade caramel corn in plain sight, but secreted away the Lindt, the Godiva, and the Reese's Cups. I think I need a better hiding place now.

I suppose I should put the new flannel sheets that Santa brought in the dryer now.

**waves**

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 25, 2006 10:36 am (#2679 of 2989)

Loopy, we actually used the girls' new karoake machine to sing, "I Feel Good" in honor of Mr. Brown. No, the irony did not escape me.—Catherine

Indeed, Catherine, indeed.

I've been "High School Musical"ed to death this morning, but at least the young ladies are happy. – Catherine

Just keep your head in the game Catherine because, as you know, we're all in this together.

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Tazzygirl - Dec 25, 2006 10:40 am (#2680 of 2989)

Sounds like everyone is happy with Santa!

24 hours of Christmas Story??? w00t!!!!

Today we are loading up the motorhome (we leave for a week tomorrow. w00t!), getting the guinea pigs ready for the neighbors to watch, laundry, and then cooking Christmas dinner. When dinner is almost done, we are going to pick up my sister from the airport, come home and eat the dinner, and then finally open prezzies. *phew*

Finn- have a safe and fun trip!

Merry Christmas!!

~Kristina

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Choices - Dec 25, 2006 10:43 am (#2681 of 2989)

Happy Christmas Day to everyone. Hope Santa was good to you!

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Catherine - Dec 25, 2006 10:48 am (#2682 of 2989)

Loopy,

We're just sticking to the status quo here.

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Ydnam96 - Dec 25, 2006 11:41 am (#2683 of 2989)

Am I the only person who has not seen this "High School Musical" and don't know who Hannah Banana is?

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Eponine - Dec 25, 2006 11:42 am (#2684 of 2989)

Well, I am typing this on my new giant flat-screen monitor that I got from the Eponine-in-laws this morning. I've been wanting one forever, and I'm going to be moving my computer to a quieter (but smaller) location in a couple weeks, so this is going to fit much better than my old monitor. Right now my computer is in the same room as Mr. Eponine's but I won't be able to focus on school work with him in the room, so we're moving mine into the spare bedroom.

I also got a nice laptop/messenger bag for school. It will hold my laptop and my notebooks and other stuff.

I'm a little nervous about going back to school. The last time I was in a classroom as a student was Fall of 2000. I'm looking forward to it, though, just nervously.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Christmas!

Edit: I don't know who Hannah Banana is, but I've seen part of High School Musical. We have it at the library, and it's a very popular DVD.

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Marie E. - Dec 25, 2006 12:07 pm (#2685 of 2989)

I think you mean Hannah Montana. She's the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus. 'Nuff said.

I'm glad we bought the girls the Kidz Bop Christmas CD because it gives me a break from the High School Musical soundtrack that plays continuously in Shayla's room. She accidently blew out the power strip on her new bed. Mr. E installed little lights under the bed that are turned on with a big button the side that you just lightly tap. Very cool. Well, Shayla, and I, didn't know that the power strip for the lights can't handle much power and she plugged her CD player into it. Of course, the power strip came with the light assembly and can't be purchased separately.

We had a nice quiet Christmas Eve. Mr E took the girls out to buy my presents while I wrapped at home. I watched Love Actually and am resigned to the fact that I need a new disk. It freezes up at the point where Emma Thompson is opening her gift from Alan Rickman and refuses to play. I have cleaned it and everything. Anyway, then the girls and I made cookies to leave for Santa. I was a little nervous about the "big" gifts we got them-a Casio keyboard and kid-sized acoustic guitar. The keyboard would have been a better gift if Santa had remembered batteries.

My kind, squidly brother got me a Support Cedric Diggory t-shirt from Hot Topic. Thanks, bro. Have you opened your gift yet?

Happy Holidays to everyone!

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Denise P. - Dec 25, 2006 12:19 pm (#2686 of 2989)

Marie, the wrapping elf (me) makes a list when I get stuff of what needs which kind of batteries. Then we get a mass purchase of batteries but usually need to get some extras because we always miss some.

Billy Ray Cyrus...I was showing Ryan a picture of a mullet yesterday and thought of him.

One kid got a Vidster and everytime I turn around, that darn thing is in my face!

Ohhh...I got a way cool backlit keyboard..no more typing in the dark.

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painting sheila - Dec 25, 2006 1:33 pm (#2687 of 2989)

Hi everyone!! We are home from my sisters. Yeah!! NO place to go except upstairs to put on my jammies and laze around the rest of the day.

My son was VERY HAPPY with the Wii we got him for Christmas. I was actually able to get one during that time I was standing in line, but was afraid he was lurking on the forum...so sorry I had to lie about getting one to you all!

My sister gave me a framed painting my uncle did. He is a very talented watercolor artist and I love it!

Oldest girl is getting her license - yeah?

Little Guy got his Link toy - Link and Eponia and Ganadorf. I am surprised the neighbors didn't call the police when he screamed!

Gotta go play Zelda on the big screen TV

She

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Lilly P - Dec 25, 2006 1:55 pm (#2688 of 2989)

Happy Holidays to you all! We are having a great day here at the in laws, Annemarie got lots of presents from Santa and only wants to play with the one her cousin got! no snow, which is just fine by me. I hope all that are under the weather are feeling better, and I hope you all have a great rest of the holidays!

Jamie

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 25, 2006 2:19 pm (#2689 of 2989)

Billy Ray Cyrus...I was showing Ryan a picture of a mullet yesterday and thought of him. – Denise

I think we must see a current picture of Ryan so that we can assess his mullitude.

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azi - Dec 25, 2006 2:52 pm (#2690 of 2989)

Happy Christmas Everybody!

We just got back from my cousins where we spend the evening every year. The middle cousin has become a teenage annoyance (14 years old) and had an argument because she wasn't allowed alcohol. Then she went to 'daddy' and told him her mum said to ask him, neglecting to say she had said no. He said she could have a little bit. Slight argument occurred. The other two barely appeared during the evening due to the computer and Playstation distraction. I was forced to sit through Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and two soap episodes. I think I'm going to have nightmares. *sigh*

Other than that, I spent the day helping my brother dye his hair. It looks good! When we bleached it he looked like a tiger because of all the different colors.

Glad to hear everyone's Christmas is going ok!

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Catherine - Dec 25, 2006 2:55 pm (#2691 of 2989)

Billy Ray Cyrus...I was showing Ryan a picture of a mullet yesterday and thought of him. -- Denise

I think we must see a current picture of Ryan so that we can assess his mullitude. --Loopy Lupin


Hmmm...I seem to remember that I have not yet had a chance to assess a certain **cough** Loopy Lupin's**cough** former mullet.

Hayley is way obsessed with Hannah Montana and Cheetah Girls right now. Both of those CDs have been playing nonstop. Claire has been sad that she can't ride her new bike because it has poured rain the entire day. She consoled herself by playing with Hayley's new Easy Bake Oven. I swore Santa would not get one of those, but reading the sentimental longings on the Chat Thread convinced me.

Mr. Catherine and I played a few rounds of Boggle. He gave up when I beat him by 25 points several rounds in a row. English majors rule!!

Hmmm...I wonder if Lupin is Lupin is Kim is enjoying her Christmas?

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 25, 2006 3:30 pm (#2692 of 2989)

Hmmm...I seem to remember that I have not yet had a chance to assess a certain **cough** Loopy Lupin's**cough** former mullet.—Catherine

Nor shall you ever!! There's only one piece of evidence out there of those days (best I can tell) and I am indeed scheming to destroy it. The family with this photographic evidence recently moved so I missed my chance for it to be "lost in the move." Never fear, though, I am always lurking and scheming.

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painting sheila - Dec 25, 2006 4:32 pm (#2693 of 2989)

Do I hear a bid of $20 to see the mullet . . . .anyone. . . anyone?

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Ydnam96 - Dec 25, 2006 5:07 pm (#2694 of 2989)

Oh, Montana. Sorry about that. I don't have cable so I'm sort of out of the loop.

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Marie E. - Dec 25, 2006 5:07 pm (#2695 of 2989)

Denise, our biggest mistake was assuming the keyboard came with a power cord. I know, I know. And I know we have a big package of AA batteries because I just bought them. Finding them, ah-there's the issue.

My in-laws package has not arrived yet. It was supposed to be here on Wednesday. Now the Post Office delivered mail yesterday and today to try and catch up, but apparently UPS doesn't feel the need to please their customers. Bitter? Nah!

Hmmm...mullet pictures, eh?

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 25, 2006 5:43 pm (#2696 of 2989)

**thinks we deserve a picture of the mullet for Christmas**

Glad everyone had a good Christmas! Mine was great too. We just got back from my Grannies house, which was pretty fun, and lots of yummy food! I'm fixin to go get me another piece of sweet potato pie! Sooo good!

LOL at Hannah Banana! I haven't seen High School Musical, but I do love Disney Channel!

Off to read Quidditch Through the Ages, complete with a cup of coffee!

MERRY CHRiSTMAS!!!!!

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 25, 2006 7:44 pm (#2697 of 2989)

Do I hear a bid of $20 to see the mullet . . . .anyone. . . anyone? -- painting Sheila

You're gonna have to start much higher than this.

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 25, 2006 8:30 pm (#2698 of 2989)

You're gonna have to start much higher than this.

Ok then, how about 1000 Galleons, 4 sickles, and 8 knuts?

That's equivalent to:
9,762.45 US dollars
5,001.26 UK Pounds
7,441.86 Euros
12,463.13 Australian dollars
11,222.82 Canadian dollars
and my favorite.....
89,412,983.61 Indonesian Rupiah!

AH gotta love the Lex's money converter!

**I promise to pay you**---> **in Leprechan Gold.**

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 25, 2006 8:44 pm (#2699 of 2989)

Merry Christmas! LPO

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geauxtigers - Dec 25, 2006 9:06 pm (#2700 of 2989)

My son was VERY HAPPY with the Wii we got him for Christmas. I was actually able to get one during that time I was standing in line, but was afraid he was lurking on the forum...so sorry I had to lie about getting one to you all!

Ahh, Sheila, very sneaky indeed!

T'was a great Christmas here. It was a bit dreary though...very cold windy and damp. We would have all been in a bad mood if we weren't so hopeful that it would miraciliously drop below freezing and snow around 2 this afternoon. LOL I will be keeping a close eye on my window tonight! But it was lots of fun, my cousins weren't as annoying as they usually are. (All younger and all boys) I got to play my cousin's PS3, but all he had was some game called Call of Duty 3, aka army shoot the bad guy game. BORING, so I popped Madden 06 in, its cool, but I'm happy with my Wii! I will say that the graphics are insanley awesome. 10 times better than anything I've ever seen.

**Would love to see the mullet**

Well, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Denise P. - Dec 25, 2006 9:18 pm (#2701 of 2989)

We sent Nicholas on a scavenger hunt to get his skateboard. Under the tree, we put a small skateboard, that I had printed a label for to look like his actual board. This is a tech deck toy, maybe 2" long. With it was clue #1

1. Would you like this in a larger size? Maybe your letter to Santa didn't get sent, go check the mailbox (and bring the paper up while you are there please)

Once he got to the mailbox, there was a second clue with a larger picture of the skateboard, maybe 4" long.

2. Not big enough? Hmm, maybe if you look harder. Perhaps you should check someplace pretty cold.

This sent him to the freezer for clue #3 with a picture of a skateboard 8" long

3. STILL not big enough? You are kinda picky, aren't you? Well, since you were cold, maybe you should try a place where you could warm things...like socks.

He checked the microwave first (and who warms socks there and honestly, can a skateboard fit there) before he happened to think of the dryer. He was quite pleased with the skateboard and totally surprised with his iPod Shuffle (1stGen) I have the 2ndGen so spent some time today putting almost 3 hours of music on mine. He has a gift card to iTunes and is going to make me a list of songs he wants.

Hmmm...anyone have a current picture of Loopy? I am sure through the magic of Photoshop, someone could easily see a mullet'd Loopy

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Puck - Dec 25, 2006 9:38 pm (#2702 of 2989)

Sheila, I'm so happy you got a Wii!

I tried bowling today. Hope to box tomorrow. Diva got one of those dance mat games. Hope to try that soon as well. I will be working off those holiday pounds!

Baby Puck caught on quite quickly to the opening gifts concept. The others took all day at her age, but she just about kept up with the other two. Funnily enough, with the big doll house (which was covered with a red table cloth and went unnoticed by Diva until we pointed it out) and the Wii and everything else, the gift that got the most excited reaction was a Hello Kitty spin brush that came with it's own tooth paste. The gift that my son ran to hug me and his dad for was a Magic Treehouse book about a Serpent. (He had complained that the other kids always got it from the school library and he hadn't gotten a chance to have it.) Charlotte's Web and a think pirate adventure co authored by Dave Barry also found there way under our tree.

My Gift was a Treasure box. I had to find a second box in the family room which held the key. Inside were also sorts of momentos from my relationship with Mr. Puck. Ticket stubs, receipts, cards and poems I had written him. All the way to the first month we were dating. Sweet.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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painting sheila - Dec 25, 2006 9:52 pm (#2703 of 2989)

Mr. Puck is my new hero! How sweet!! Would he be willing to give lessons?

We got the new Peter Pan book by Dave Barry. We loved the first one, so the second one was in order.

Wii are having a blast playing with the wii. All of us, wii all, are playing bowling, tennis, boxing (ha! You should see my Oldest! She hits like a gilr!), golf, and ZELDA!! Love it!!

We also got the I can play piano but it doesn't work. (sigh) We will have to take it back sometime this week and see if we can get another. I looks like lots of fun though.

My husband and I bought each other the same shirt when we were at Disney. It was a little confusing when I opened one and I thought I had opened his and he didn't know he had one yet. It is from the tv show Lost. It has the numbers n the front and the Lost logo on the back. My son got one that had "The Others" on the front and "They're coming" on the back with the Lost logo on the sleeve. We are just a lost bunch of people!

Our Sweet Girl is in La visiting her dad. I hope she gets snow! Keep an eye out for her.

Off to eat more candy and play a little Wii now that all the kids are in bed.

She

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The giant squid - Dec 26, 2006 12:16 am (#2704 of 2989)

Have you opened your gift yet?--Marie E.

Mostly. Unfortunately your portion of the presentation didn't make it in time so I "only" had the box for the Lego Death Star II set to console myself. Yup, Mrs. Squid--almost totally behind my back--went around to my family & got everyone to pitch in toward the huge (3449 piece) set. Once completed the thing will measure 19" (50cm) wide by 23" (65cm) tall with stand. In other words, it's frickin' huge! Apparently she sent a card around to the whole famn damily to get it signed, but thanks to a little snow squall in the Colorado area the mail got a bit delayed...

I won't say anything about old pictures with mullets, lest Marie dig out one of me in the mid-80's...

--Mike

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Tazzygirl - Dec 26, 2006 12:38 am (#2705 of 2989)

I've never had sweet potato pie, but it sounds sooooo yummy! **Loves sweet potatoes in general**

Quick thinking on the Wii, Sheila! Glad you all love playing on it!

Puck- that is sooo sweet of Mr. Puck! I'd have gotten all sappy if I got a gift like that! *sniff*

Marie- I am thinking a new Love Actually should be in order. Loooove that movie. (I think I keep saying that each time the movie is brought up...)

I knew pretty much all of what I was getting this year- mom waited until I came home and then when we went out shopping for the rest of the family, I'd say "I want that!" and so accumulated my presents. Mom did feel a little bad that I knew all of what I was getting though. I did get one surprise gift- parents gave me a gift certificate. One of those Visa Debit giftcard things that can be used wherever. Am debating on what I should spend it on. I need to organize my apartment, so I immediately thought about using the money to buy storage containers for the ever increasing stack of school books and stuff I need to keep for future reference in my classroom. Part of me also wants to buy something fun... or a bunch of movies. Decisions Decisions!!

Not sure if I'll be able to write again in the morning- we are leaving really early (probably should go to bed then) for Zion. Can't wait!

Oh, and a really early Happy Birthday Kate!!!

See you all sometime around New Years! Have a fantastic week!

~Kristina

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Chemyst - Dec 26, 2006 4:47 am (#2706 of 2989)

I am sure through the magic of Photoshop, someone could easily see a mullet'd Loopy
Denise, the simplicity of that plan is absolutely brilliant. It is the first time I've ever had hope for seeing such a thing.

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Marie E. - Dec 26, 2006 5:56 am (#2707 of 2989)

Oh,no! The card didn't make it to Las Vegas? I mailed it on Tuesday, the day before the storm. Well, it should come soon. Did Mrs. Squid play the Death Star theme while you opened the box? I wanted her to hum the theme but she says she doesn't hum. She sent a picture of the LEGO Death Star along with the card. It looks way cool!

I forgot to mention yesterday that Lexie is completely recovered. By Friday afternoon the pox had started shrinking, though she was awfully whiny and clingy. Saturday she was back to normal and I got the all-clear from her doctor to take her to a birthday party.

Back to work today, sigh....

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Eponine - Dec 26, 2006 6:17 am (#2708 of 2989)

Mike, Mr. Eponine would be extremely jealous over the giant Death Star. He wants that or the giant Star Destroyer. He has a number of the small Star Wars legos, and a few of the larger ones (he just got the B-wing, and he loves it), but he really wants a giant one.

I told him he could have one as soon as he gets me the Hogwarts castle. I think that's a fair trade-off.

We're getting ready to leave for Chattanooga for the week. We'll be doing Christmas with my family tonight when we get there.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 26, 2006 11:41 am (#2709 of 2989)

Well, what a shameful way to get into the Procrastinator's Club. I kept thinking I still had a bit of time to wish everyone a Happy Hannukah and a Merry Christmas and never did get back. I hope everyone enjoyed their Hannukah and Christmas!

I'm glad everyone arrived to and from their destinations safely.

Kneazle, it is great to hear from you. Please fill us in on how things are going for you if you can. Nice to see some of the returnees around the threads.

Sheila, I am sooo glad you did get your Wii! I suppose there are two such sneaks - but Olivia did check the threads then posted, so I am glad I was able to keep a lid on it!

Mr. HH and I didn't give them the Wii right away, though. We let them go off (they were fine - no complaints or moans) and about an hour or so later, he brought up a bag and asked the girls to put the packages for their Nan and Grandad under the tree. Once they had done it, he told them he was mistaken and that they were actually for them. Gift wrap, remotes, squeals and excited children were a-flyin'! They have since taken it below ground and have not surfaced except to eat and reluctantly - sleep.

**Sending out healing charms to all who need them - Sheila, hope you are feeling better! Glad to hear Lexie recovered, Marie.

Catherine, if that is an example of the students you have in your class, I have to say you are getting through to them in a profound way. It was a good read, thanks for sharing.

Deb, it was not sappy but very well stated, I'd say. And I agree in that you all make this thread a wonderful place to be.

kay, the HHs loved the Sora! A big thank you to your Eldest. (Trevor got a Sora figure from Santa, btw.) Of course, Trevor asked me to click on it and was slightly taken aback when another Sora didn't show up. But then he was happy enough with a picture of Tinkerbell. (Love the toot toot story - too cute!)

Good Evans, what a lovely avatar. Also Herm oh ninny, azi and the other new ones, love the avatars.

Safe travels to everyone still going out and about. Finn, you had me envisioning myself on a narrow path catching Trevor by the scruff of the neck just before leaping, Priscilla clinging to my leg immobilizing me, Olivia pretending to fall and hubby on the far side beckoning us to "hurry up". Maybe its good we're not taking such a trip.

Did anyone try the "Elf Yourself" in my profile? If you put the right face in it, it is funny.

And before I leave - HAPPY NEW YEAR! I sure do hope everyone has a healthy and happy new year with many good things coming your way.

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Solitaire - Dec 26, 2006 11:55 am (#2710 of 2989)

It sounds like everyone had a great Christmas! Ours was very peaceful and congenial ... my favorite holiday atmosphere. It was also very warm here in central California ... only a few degrees below the record high of 70 degrees for Christmas (if Miles Muzio is to be believed). I didn't even need a jacket until after dark.

Catherine, I was impressed by your student's letter. I have few seventh graders whose writing is as mature as your student's letter. I love The Giver, and so did my students when we studied it last year. However, our SPED director told me the other day she had read the book last week and couldn't see what was so great about it! She just thought it was far too depressing to study in school. I only know that most of my mixed 6-7-8 grade students enjoyed reading the book and discussing the issues that came up in it. According to about half a dozen parents, their kids loved reading the book and talked about it a lot at home. Several even requested and READ Gathering Blue and Messenger, much to their parents' delight and surprise.

Speaking of mullets ... several of my sixth grade boys are sporting a style they call a mullet. I have to say, this new version looks a lot more like a pageboy or Prince Valiant 'do than a mullet. Or has the mullet been revamped? I thought the mullet was like a regular short cut in front and on top, with considerably longer hair flowing down the back. No?

Solitaire

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The giant squid - Dec 26, 2006 12:45 pm (#2711 of 2989)

Eponine: as the mrs. already has all of the HP legos (I finally found her the first Hagrid's Hut set) that argument wouldn't quite work. I did point out that the Star Destroyer & Sandcrawler would make good birthday gifts (coming up next month) but she didn't seem to keen on the idea.

Marie: Nope, between the snow in Colorado & the general level of incompetence of our mail carrier here in Vegas, the card didn't make it. Bah, humbug.

Soli: A mullet is basically any haircut where the hair is short on the top & sides and longer in the back. There are a number of variations but they all fit this criteria. Up north it's commonly referred to as "hockey hair".

--Mike

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 26, 2006 12:47 pm (#2712 of 2989)

She just thought it was far too depressing to study in school.

At my school if a book isn't depressing, it's not fit to read in school.  I can't remember the last book we read that wasn't depressing. I remember reading The Giver in 6th grade. I remember thinking it was a very strange story, but now thinking back on it, I still think it's weird, but in a good way. I'd like to read it again now, as I can't remember details of what happened.

ICK! I hope Mullets aren't coming back into style! I don't like em much, they went out of style for a reason!

**safe travelling charms to everyone who is traveling this week**

Have a great RotD!

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 26, 2006 1:40 pm (#2713 of 2989)

There are a few sites which chronicle the rise and fall of the mullet and a couple that take an anthropological view of studying this phenomenon. The sites tend to have some un-forum-friendly comments in them so I'll leave it to anyone interested to google for themselves.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 26, 2006 3:04 pm (#2714 of 2989)

Nice Avatar Loopy! LPO

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Puck - Dec 26, 2006 3:16 pm (#2715 of 2989)

Mr. Puck does have his moments. He usually has them just when he's really starting to drive me crazy. Then, he does something totally sweet, and my annoyance level at his lack of helping with house work depletes.

Disney has Lost shirts? Darn! I missed them.

That Death Star is huge. Mr. Puck got one a couple of years ago. It took forever to build and took up much desk space. It's currently found it's way back into the box.

Maria, another Wii sneak! I must admit, I'm already getting addicted to MOnkey Ball.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 26, 2006 4:04 pm (#2716 of 2989)

Puck, **waves**

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juliebug - Dec 26, 2006 4:38 pm (#2717 of 2989)

Hey all. We (hubby, little bug and me) just got home. We spent Christmas up in my hometown, Valparaiso, visiting family. It sounds like, with a few small exceptions, everyone had a good time during the holidays. I was glad to get away and spend time with old friends and family, but am so glad to be back home at the forum

I got the greatest gift this year. I've barely been able to stand not having my computer (my dad works out of his house, so his computer is never available) to tell you all about it! Mr bug got me an Order of the Phoenix movie poster, signed by almost the whole cast (most notably excluded were Evanna Lynch and the actress who plays Umbridge, I can't think of how to spell her name just now) and JK Rowling herself! I almost fell over.

I hope to keep hearing great news about everyone else's holiday celebrations. I hope everyone is well and happy and enjoying this happy season.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 26, 2006 6:17 pm (#2718 of 2989)

Oh my God, juliebug - what an awesome gift!

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Caput Draconis - Dec 26, 2006 6:20 pm (#2719 of 2989)

Hello all,

Just had to swing by to register my excitement at the title announcement! Woohoo. Deathly cool. Plus the actual book is perhaps that little bit closer...

I walked around a corner at a cinema yesterday and came face to face with Voldemort, which took my aforementioned excitement up a notch. Very neat poster. Not signed though. Sigh.

Hope everyone is going well.

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juliebug - Dec 26, 2006 6:56 pm (#2720 of 2989)

I don't remember being that good this year, but Santa must really love me

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Mrs. Sirius - Dec 26, 2006 7:23 pm (#2721 of 2989)

Lauren!!!!!! Hey, haven't seen hide nor hair of you in ages! Welcome back. Can't say much now, am in the middle of bedtime but I have 4 little ones NOT going to bed, but reading over my shoulder.

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boop - Dec 26, 2006 7:31 pm (#2722 of 2989)

Welcome Back Lauren!! Good to see you back. I hope you had a nice Christmas.

It sounds like everyone had a pretty nice Christmas. I had a nice day with my family too. The grandkids were all excited. I am having my Christmas with my parents on the 28th. My sister just came in town today.

Have a good evening.

hugs always

boop

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Steve Newton - Dec 26, 2006 7:44 pm (#2723 of 2989)

Boop, how did you survive the 16 guests? Having a holiday a few days later seems like a good idea.

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Caput Draconis - Dec 26, 2006 8:17 pm (#2724 of 2989)

Hello. My Christmas was fine, thanks. Same old same old. A little less hot this year, though.

Go to bed kids!

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Puck - Dec 26, 2006 9:22 pm (#2725 of 2989)

Juliebug, what a fabulous gift!

**waves to Maria**

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Mediwitch - Dec 26, 2006 9:36 pm (#2726 of 2989)

Sounds like a very Merry Christmas all around! We got back from my parents' house early this afternoon and got unpacked and settled in, and we've had "game day" ever since. Spent some time playing Wii Sports (it was a blast, but we were much too loud since Mr. Mediwitch Sr. had already gone to bed, so we quit for the night) and Carcassone with several expansions. All of us are still nursing colds that Ryan brought home from school with him last week... I feel lucky because at least I don't have the cough everyone else has.

Welcome back to all the returnees!

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Marie E. - Dec 27, 2006 5:43 am (#2727 of 2989)

Hello Lauren!! It's not the same without your Alan Rickman/Galaxy Quest avatar.

Well, we have another blizzard coming tomorrow. There's a Winter Storm Warning in effect tomorrow around 3pm. We're supposed to get up to 8 inches of snow and 25-30 mph winds. I sense another snow day coming. At least where I work if we close before opening for the day, we all get paid for our regular shift. I think Denver is included in this, is that right LPO? I was trying to read through the list of counties affected by the warning, but it's very long.

Julie, how very cool! You must have been a very good girl this year!

What a bummer, Mike! We got a lot of our mail today, so hopefully the card and Mrs. Squid's presents come soon. We got cards yesterday postmarked on December 16th and 18th. We also got the box of presents from my in-laws that supposed to be here last Wednesday. Maybe the bills will be late as well.

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Kip Carter - Dec 27, 2006 6:17 am (#2728 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Lexicon Steve! SmileyCentral.com

Even our Forum Founder has birthdays!

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Loopy Lupin - Dec 27, 2006 7:23 am (#2729 of 2989)

Yay!! Happy Birthday Steve!!

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juliebug - Dec 27, 2006 7:33 am (#2730 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Steve!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Dec 27, 2006 8:24 am (#2731 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Steve!

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Lilly P - Dec 27, 2006 8:30 am (#2732 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Steve!!!

Juliebug, Im so jealous! Glad to hear everyone had a great Holiday, we are now in the football watching mode and can barley tear the guys away from the tv. we are going up to Vermont for a short visit to friends and my hubby and brother in law had to plan out our driving schedule to miss the least amount of football possible. sheesh! I like football pretty well but Im already sick of it! Happy new year to you all!

Jamie

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kaykay1970 - Dec 27, 2006 8:32 am (#2733 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Steve!

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painting sheila - Dec 27, 2006 8:47 am (#2734 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Steve!!

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Steve Newton - Dec 27, 2006 8:50 am (#2735 of 2989)

My brother and his family come to visit every Christmas. About 10 years ago we decided to have a game day 2 days after Christmas so that folks had stuff to do.

Things have gotten OUT OF HAND. Last year we had 35 people. This far exceeds our seating capacity. We tried to think of ways to limit things this year but couldn't think of anyone we could not invite. Early indications are that there won't be as many people this year so we have a chance of survival.

Our kitchen looks like a scene from junk food heaven. Well it not quite that bad since we do have some real food, nuts, cheese, a turkey breast and such.

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Elanor - Dec 27, 2006 8:50 am (#2736 of 2989)

Happy Birthday! Joyeux Anniversaire Steve!

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Julie Aronson - Dec 27, 2006 9:00 am (#2737 of 2989)

Happy birthday Steve!

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 27, 2006 9:16 am (#2738 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Steve! Thanks for founding the Forum.

Denver is included in this, is that right LPO? Marie Apparently the computer models are disagreeing. We could get nothing or 2 feet. The potential is there depending on if the storm splits. Computer models are about as reliable as Professor Trelawny.

I went to the school yesterday and they had the district plumber and a pickup with a blade on it trying to clear the parking lot. What a mess. It made me appreciate snow removal experts! LPO

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Holly T. - Dec 27, 2006 9:39 am (#2739 of 2989)

Happy birthday Steve!

Juliebug, what an awesome gift!

Sheila, I am so glad you found a Wii! (And how very sneaky of you.)

Mike, that Lego set is so cool. My son drops hints about it and I say no way. My in-laws got him the Knight's Kingdom bad guy fortress (which he already finished) and Santa brought him the Viking fortress (still in progress). They are going to battle, apparently. Interestingly, the guys battling the Knight's Kingdom fortress have their own fortress, made out of Lincoln Logs and parts of the Hogwart's castle.

That said, my son abandoned Lego fortress building in favor of curling up on the couch to read The Lightning Thief. Which must mean it is a pretty good book.

My husband surprised me with adorable bookends of two kids reading--a boy and a girl, who look surprisingly like our kids (not custom-made, just coincidence).

We are finally done visiting relatives and having them visit us, hooray. We're all off work and school until next week too. :-)

Happy holidays to all, have a great day!

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DJ Evans - Dec 27, 2006 10:19 am (#2740 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Steve! May you have a wonderful day with more great days following in the new year.

***waves to Tori & thanks her so much for the virtual Easy Bake Oven!*** Be sure to keep your eye out for an owl delivery! I'm sending you a virtual cake that I baked in it.

Sounds like everyone had a wonderful time this holiday season. I know we all did at our family get together....there was a lot of laughing going on. We tend to get a bit silly when you get us all together, so it was a lot of fun. Christmas was another great day too. My two sisters (& their husbands) came over for lunch & we ended up laughing till tears were rolling down looking at all of the goofy pics that we had taken the day before.

Marie E & LPO: Another blizzard? Ouch! Sending hot chocolate your way to help keep everyone warm. Mediwitch: Healing charms to you & your family and anyone else on here who might be in need of them. ***waves to Boop*** Jealous of juliebug's, Mike's, & Kathy's (how sweet was that on your treasure box?) gifts...way to go ya'll!

Thanks guys on the compliments concerning my post, but it just came from the heart on how I thought we all felt about one another on here & what our family means to us all.

I know I'm forgetting something, maybe it will come to me later. Have a great day everyone....

Later, Deb

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Ydnam96 - Dec 27, 2006 10:31 am (#2741 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Steve!!!

And, nice to see you Kip!

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 27, 2006 11:38 am (#2742 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Steve!!!! And many thanks for providing us with such a wonderful place to talk about our obsession!

Juliebug, what an awesome gift! How'd he manage to get it? I want one! Lucky dog!

**melting charms to those in the path of the snowstorm**

Have a great RotD to everyone!

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geauxtigers - Dec 27, 2006 11:58 am (#2743 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Steve!

Glad everyone had a great Holiday! My mom yesterday told me to she was going to take our tree down! I protested until she promised not to! Christmas lasts until January 6th! It only comes once a year, I want it to last as long as it can! She thinks its a fire hazard because its so dry. Luckily she missed my snippy comment about the only way it'd catch fire is if we put a match to it or it spontaneously combusted, both of which are highly unlikely!

But its been freezing here! It got down a few degrees below freezing last night, but sadly, no rain! One year, we will have a white Christmas! One year!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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juliebug - Dec 27, 2006 12:40 pm (#2744 of 2989)

Mr. Bug found the poster on E-bay. I think it's a little old (because of the lack of a few signatures that I mentioned earlier) but still very cool! I told my hubby that it was the coolest Christmas surprise I've gotten since my Cabbage Patch Kid He said he had been looking for a watch, but found the poster and went with it instead. The really crazy part is, he was actually afraid I might not like the poster. So I feel I must shout out on the rooftop what a great gift I got to make sure he knows that he made a wise purchase

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juliebug - Dec 27, 2006 2:38 pm (#2745 of 2989)

Well, it's too late to edit, but I must admit to being a huge dork! I got a Goblet of Fire poster, not OotP. I can't believe hubby didn't correct me before I stuck my foot in my e-mouth! I just hope you guys don't think I'm a huge poser now

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Chemyst - Dec 27, 2006 3:03 pm (#2746 of 2989)

Aw, juliebug, I won't think you're a poser or a dork. It only proves you are REALLY EXCITED!  And who here wouldn't understand that!

Happy Birthday Steve.

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azi - Dec 27, 2006 3:08 pm (#2747 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Steve!

Juliebug, I just read it as a movie poster. You don't lose any credit with me.

I braved the post-Christmas sales today. Got two pairs of jeans for £30. Saved £40. Am pleased. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

Hope everyone has a nice day!

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 27, 2006 3:21 pm (#2748 of 2989)

Holly I smile every time I see your Avatar.

Deb the Hot Chocolate is most welcome! Now they are predicting 10-16". Who knows.

Ginny your melting charm is working very well today. It is 47 and lots of water running.

Hooray for Mr. Bug! Isn't it nice when loved ones understand and cater to one’s obsession? It is an HP poster, that is all that matters. I got a sweater for Christmas that has a big black bear holding a pot of flowers and a trowel with Harry Potter written on it. Two of my favorite things: Harry and gardening! LPO

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Ydnam96 - Dec 27, 2006 3:25 pm (#2749 of 2989)

Wow Juilebug, soo cool. Does it have a certificate of authentication? I'm a skeptic...but that's amazing

Well, I got all my Christmas decorations down this morning (mine have been up since mid-November.) I was excited to get my house back. Right now I'm watching the Sleeping Beauty Special Edition that I got for Christmas from my sister. :happy:

Azi, good job on finding the deals. I looked yesterday but really all that's on sale here is the Christmas decorations.

TTFN

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boop - Dec 27, 2006 3:27 pm (#2750 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Steve!!

Just got back from spending the day with my sister, who is in from New York. We went to lunch then went after Christmas shopping. I didn't buy anything, but had fun just being with my sister. I also got to spend time with my grandmother who is 96 years old. She looks great, just told me never to get old,heehee.

Have a great evening everyone!!

hugs always

boop
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juliebug - Dec 27, 2006 3:32 pm (#2751 of 2989)

Thanks for understanding everybody! You guys are cool!!

The poster did come with a certificate of authenticity. It is from LASTARGAZING collectibles. It lists all the celebrities whose autographs are on the poster (which really helps as some are impossible to read) and an item description of Harry Potter: poster.

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Lina - Dec 27, 2006 3:43 pm (#2752 of 2989)

Happy birthday Steve!

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timrew - Dec 27, 2006 5:37 pm (#2753 of 2989)

All The Best, Steve!

I did not know it was your birthday, so many happy returns, and all that!!! Belated or otherwise!!!

Tim..................

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painting sheila - Dec 27, 2006 8:27 pm (#2754 of 2989)

HI everyone. Hubbie and I went on a date tonight - woohoo! We went out to eat and saw Eragon. I liked it - but (understandably) they left a lot out. But then again - I could be mixing the two books.

I was able to clean out our cupboard under the stairs today. Yeah!! It used to be full of anything and everything we didn't know where to put any place else.

All of the movies we had in there came out and were put in the new built-in cabinets I got for Christmas (yeah!), all the junk found a proper home (the garbage can), and my sewing machines have their own nice little corner. I put the bean bag chairs in there to get them out of the way . . and now all I need is a fan and I am set for my own little (very little) hide away. (snort!) I think my husband would think I really had lost it then!

Not much else happened today. Oldest Girl tried to get her license, but failed. She did a 4 point turn instead of a 3 point turn, missed a stop sign in the parking lot, and pulled out in front of someone on the road. She can try again on Wednesday - if we let her!

Oldest Son and hubbie are going camping with scouts tomorrow. They are heading to Linville Gorge and hiking two summits in two days. I am glad it is them and not me!

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Kneazle - Dec 27, 2006 8:46 pm (#2755 of 2989)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"


Wow, Juliebug! I'd give up my computer for something like that! (maybe....)
HH- Thank you I'm glad to be back, finally. A lot of things have happened and may still happen but I don't want to be a "downer" for everyone. Really don't want to be known as the "Drama Queen" of the bunch. LOL So for now I'll leave it at that. SmileyCentral.com

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painting sheila - Dec 27, 2006 8:54 pm (#2756 of 2989)

Kneazle -

What ever has or may happen -We've got your back!

She

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Mediwitch - Dec 27, 2006 9:15 pm (#2757 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Lexicon Steve! SmileyCentral.com

Thanks for giving us such a great place to study and discuss the Potterverse!

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Kneazle - Dec 27, 2006 9:35 pm (#2758 of 2989)

Being the young !Kneazle! he is, Jake quickly realized that this, was NOT the real Santa and showed his great displeasure!
Of all four of the children he is the ONLY one we've gotten a picture of with Santa.
SmileyCentral.com

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 28, 2006 12:42 am (#2759 of 2989)

LOL Kneazle! That picture is too cute! Glad to see you back posting again!

I've just spent the past several hours with my colored pencils out, attempting to draw the Hogwarts Crest. It looks pretty good, but it's not quite finished yet. I did the 4 house crests over the summer, and decided to give the Big one a shot. My thumb is quite literately numb from holding a pencil for so long. It's the strangest feeling, and I can't make it go away. Anyways, maybe if I get brave enough I'll post them in my profile later.

It's now a quarter to 2 so I think it's bed time for me! Night!

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geauxtigers - Dec 28, 2006 12:52 am (#2760 of 2989)

Sheila, Ginny and I both failed our permit tests. It was a written test and you could get 4 wrong. I'm not kidding when I say I had several questions as follows: If your blinker is broken and you want to turn right, what it the correct hand signal to the car behind you? The choices: Palm facing up elbow down, Palm down elbow up etc.. I was like what the?!? If my blinkers broken I'll get it fixed, in the meantime, I'm not sticking my hand out the window! I doubt anyone would know what the heck I was doing anyway! Ginny had gone first and I came out shortly after...'umm well I just failed that!' We had to go back the next day and wait in the huge line and retake it, thankfully we both passed! The driving one wasn't a biggy, the fastest I had to go was 40 mph. I'm sure she'll do fine the next go round!

So my room is a disaster... I need to clean it...oh look its almost 2 a.m. I guess it'll just have to wait until tomorrow! LOL

Well I think I'll head off to bed now!

Night!

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Laura W - Dec 28, 2006 12:59 am (#2761 of 2989)

Happy birthday, Steve.

Laura

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jose043 - Dec 28, 2006 5:25 am (#2762 of 2989)

Happy birthday Steve, thanks for the form to read & discuss Harry Potter

Christmas day was 36c & boxing Day was 38.4c All the family son & his kids, daughter & my Mother 9 in all for Christmas dinner a good time was had by all.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Marie E. - Dec 28, 2006 5:54 am (#2763 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Steve! Thank you for all that you do at the Lexicon!

Like LPO said, they aren't sure how this storm is going to behave. We could get between 4 and 12 inches of snow by Saturday here in the Springs. The big thing is the wind. We are under a blowing snow advisory from noon today until 5pm tomorrow. I am supposed to take my daycare kids bowling today, but we are playing it by ear. I definitely don't want to trapped anywhere with 15 children.

Steve, your game day sounds like fun! My stepmother's family had a tradition of playing games on Christmas Day and we always had a good time.

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Good Evans - Dec 28, 2006 6:05 am (#2764 of 2989)

Happy belated to Steve,

Hope everyone had a great christmas - it sounds like you did!

You have had some amazing gifts. I did very well too- but not a potter present in sight (having said that I dont like the official calendar for next year). But I did get a watch and loads of very nice jewellery, and about 10 (yes 10) Cd audio books of Agatha christie (currently listening to the adventure of the christmas pudding!!), and ..... both my friend and I (from our hubbies) have been bought a pampering day in Champneys!!! what organisation, what co ordination, what fun we are going to have. It was funny though as we were both not allowed to open that pressie until we were both ready to open it together!

I am feeling very spoilt and very loved, back at work today though... still only friday and then a couple of days next week until I get a two week break - hoorah!

have a great day folks - I need to sit down later and do my tax return on line - fun! :groan:

oh ! - I did get a HP christmas card - it said "look sir - its Santa one of Hogwarts old boys!" ho ho ho

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painting sheila - Dec 28, 2006 6:50 am (#2765 of 2989)

Welcome Nellie - can't wait to hear your ideas -

She

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Catherine - Dec 28, 2006 7:36 am (#2766 of 2989)

Happy Belated Birthday to Steve!

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boop - Dec 28, 2006 7:43 am (#2767 of 2989)

Welcome to the forum Nellie!! We look forward to getting to know you. Also look forward to hearing your ideas. Enjoy the forum. We are one big happy family.

hugs always

boop

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 28, 2006 8:50 am (#2768 of 2989)

Sheila, your son is adorable - that would be Olivia's expression if she had to go without her Zelda, too!

Holly, what happened to your avatar?

Boop, my grandmother just turned 92. 96 is amazing! Enjoy every moment with her!

I don't want to be a "downer" for everyone – Kneazle
Never, Kneazle and remember, extra charms and prayers do help. Poor little Jake, holding his ears, wishing it all away - well, at least you have a picture of him with Santa! lol

Happy Belated Birthday, Steve and many more. Hope it was a good one.

Did I remember to write Happy New Year everyone!!!!

Maria

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Puck - Dec 28, 2006 9:05 am (#2769 of 2989)

Happy (belated) birthday to Steve!

Sheila, we are in sync, as my hubby & I had a date night and went to see Eragon last night, as well. I however, was a bit disappointed. The movie was short -only an hour and 39 minutes. I think they should have added that half hour and actually developed some characters. I bothered me that they never acknowledged Arya is an elf and has magical powers. I understand they had to make some changes, but to make her human seems wrong. Plus, the Shade seemed fearful of the King, which is out of character from the book.

Off to see if I can get a turn at Monkey Ball!

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 28, 2006 9:33 am (#2770 of 2989)

LOL, Kathy! We have been playing the sports (I held Olivia's arms so she wouldn't beat Trevor in boxing) - have you made the Mii-ple, yet? Priscilla found a nose like Voldemort's. You've got me curious about Monkey Ball now - is it a Wii game or a GC game???

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Catherine - Dec 28, 2006 9:37 am (#2771 of 2989)

I just checked out local paper's website, and saw that another one of my student's letters was published today.

Sadly, WX will not allow me to add the new link to her letter, so I'll chalk that up to another random glitch.

Of course, it would get published when I'm out of town--I can always print out the article form the online form, but I had hoped to be able to display the editorial page for our bulletin board.

This kind of thing makes me almost eager to get back to work!

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Chemyst - Dec 28, 2006 11:22 am (#2772 of 2989)

This kind of thing makes me almost eager to get back to work! – Catherine

You go girl!

My youngest left yesterday for winter camp until January 4th. I am now left to take down all the Christmas decorations all by myself, so I decided to clean his fish tank instead. I must be desperate for agreeable work too!

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azi - Dec 28, 2006 11:34 am (#2773 of 2989)

Catherine - the letter you linked is very well written. I was impressed!

I actually did some school work today. I must be bored.

Welcome to new members, and welcome back old members! **waves**

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Herm oh ninny - Dec 28, 2006 12:12 pm (#2774 of 2989)

Hi all! Hope everyone had a nice holiday. I got some cool presents. My godson (aka his mom and dad) got me this as part of my Christmas gifts It's a Hagrid's Hut tea-light holder! My cousin's wife actually picked it out and apparently when it arrived at their house and she showed it to my cousin, he got upset. He started saying things like "Why did you get her that? She isn't a baby! You should have gotten her something nice!" Silly boy, he obviously doesn't know me that well! Needless to say, he was very surprised when he saw how excited and happy I was when I opened it! LOL

May I also join the lex members who are Wii addicted! I've gotten my fitness age down to 25!!

***Waves to HH11*** Yes, I have created many Miis, including Harry, Ron, and Draco!


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Eponine - Dec 28, 2006 12:37 pm (#2775 of 2989)

Catherine, you should check with your local library to see if they have a back issue you can have. I often have people request certain back issues of newspapers/magazines once I discard them. I have a couple of high school science teachers who get all the science magazines when the microfiche comes in.

I'm in TN right now visiting my family. Mr. Eponine is getting dragged around to all the local restaurants that I miss. Whenever I come home I end up eating out way too much, because I try to squeeze in a bunch of restaurants in my visits.

Herm oh ninny, that is a great gift! I'm going to have to find me one of those.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Dec 28, 2006 1:15 pm (#2776 of 2989)

Chemyst, you could always wait. We usually we don't take our tree down until Epiphany but this year's one outright died on us and it has to go today.

I retook the Pirate Monkey HP personality quiz. Must have been a rough year, I'm deteriorating. Results can be had by clicking on my profile.

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geauxtigers - Dec 28, 2006 1:31 pm (#2777 of 2989)

**Waves to HH11*** Yes, I have created many Miis, including Harry, Ron, and Draco Me too! But the red hair looks brown, so Ron is more of a brunette! LOL

**Is proud to have gotten her Wii fitness age down to 21**

I think I want monkey ball now! I might rent it or something. I think I'm going to have to cave on Zelda as well!

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 28, 2006 1:53 pm (#2778 of 2989)

I retook the Pirate Monkey HP personality quiz. Must have been a rough year, I'm deteriorating. Results can be had by clicking on my profile.

I've taken it a number of times, and most of the time I get the same result...Lupin. Funnily enough, I took the actual Myers-Briggs Personality Test, for something at school and got the same letter results on that one as I did for the HP one. I thought that was interesting. I guess that quiz is more accurate than most!

My lowest Wii Fitness age is 31, I think.. They give me baseball everyday, and I can't play it in real life, much less on the the TV! So my fitness age is generally around 50. I think it's a conspiracy against me! I'm serious!

Off to find some candy!

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Julie Aronson - Dec 28, 2006 2:24 pm (#2779 of 2989)

LOL Kim! I'm INTJ no matter what I do, and have been for years. I was OK with it until it matched me with dear Severus...

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Lina - Dec 28, 2006 3:57 pm (#2780 of 2989)

Happy birthday Maria! (HH11)

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painting sheila - Dec 28, 2006 4:10 pm (#2781 of 2989)

herm oh ninny - That is a great gift. I didn't get one single thing related to Harry Potter. A little bummed - if only Disney did Harry! I got tons of Tinkerbell stuff this year! Yeah!! (yes - I am 44 years old and I still think I am Tinkerbell. And, yes, I am sure therapy would help)

Thanks HH - my son is a sweetie. I think I just caught him in between expressions.

My hubbie and Oldest Son are camping. My Oldest Daughter and Youngest Son are baby-sitting at someone elses house. My Sweetest Girl is in La visiting family - you know what that means??!! I am home by myself!! Woohoo!! I can't remember the last time that happened.

I was surprised at how short Eragon was, too. white - I would have liked to have seen more of the Varden and his training. My husband, who hasn't read the books, wondered how he could do magic without being taught. I wished they had featured Brom a little more - but I still enjoyed it. The giggly girls that sat behind us were a bit of a distraction. I finally asked them to be quiet. It worked! and I enjoyed the rest of the show. whew - some people's children!

She

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 28, 2006 4:23 pm (#2782 of 2989)

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!       It has been raining now it is snowing. Supposed to get a foot tonight. With more to come tomorrow!    

Herm oh ninny what a great gift!

Happy Birthday HH11. Today is my father in laws birthday.

I've been scared to see Eragon. I love the book. I need to see it. LPO

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painting sheila - Dec 28, 2006 4:37 pm (#2783 of 2989)

LPO - Go and see Eragon. I think they are mostly true to the story- just don't do a lot of explaining. They really cram a lot in in the short time of the movie. The scenery is amazing and the graphics spot on. If you don't like it, you can blame it on me.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 28, 2006 6:35 pm (#2784 of 2989)

Thanks, Lina and LPO! And Happy Birthday to LPO's FIL!

LOL Herm oh ninny! What a great Godson! The hut is so cool! **waves back to Herm oh ninny**

Hubby and I just got home. Olivia watched her sister and brother while we looked at cameras and then went to Starbuck's. Today, I took the three children to see the Nativity. I loved it. It covers the story of Mary and Joseph leading up to Jesus's birth. A very nice angle to play out on the screen. I would like to see it again when Terror Trevor can stay with his daddy. He is usually great in theaters but for some reason, today he just kept me working to keep him quiet. I think some of the scenes were a bit harsh for a 4-year old, anyway. I found myself covering his eyes a few times. All in all, it's been a pleasant day.

I posted a pic of myself and Mr. HH from a few summers ago (when HBP was released) in Hilton Head, SC in my profile. I kept forgetting but I put it in somewhere around mid December.

Happy and safe Holidays to everyone!

Sheila, I think your big guy looks perfectly happy. I have a friend who sure could pass for his mother - it is uncanny.

Gotta go, family calls. . .

Maria

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boop - Dec 28, 2006 6:53 pm (#2785 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Maria, I hope you had a nice day.

I got Harry Potter game called Scene It and also HP UNO. My family knows what I like.

Have a great evening everyone!

hugs always

boop

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painting sheila - Dec 28, 2006 6:59 pm (#2786 of 2989)

Maria - Isn't that weird. Maybe we're long lost sisters or something! The guy that took his last headshots kept telling me he was the next Brad Pitt. HA!

Good news on the Sister-in-law front - her cancer is gone!! WHOOPPEEE!!!! She is still going to have surgery to be on the safe side - but it's gone! What a great Christmas present! Thanks for all of your healing charms-

She

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painting sheila - Dec 28, 2006 7:09 pm (#2787 of 2989)

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! How could I forget! Happy Birthday Maria -

Happy Happy Birthday Maria dear.

Happy days will come to you all year.

If I had a wish then it would be

A Happy Happy Birthday to you from me!

(and many mooorrrrreee!)

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Lavandula - Dec 28, 2006 7:19 pm (#2788 of 2989)

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!! I'm back after a long hiatus with the school year and being a very busy soccer mom. I'm so embarrassed to say that my membership actually expired for not posting for such a long period of time. I caught a few moments to read here and there, but that's all. I even missed the new Wombat test. AARRRGGGHHHH!

Well, here I go...

Belated Birthday Blessings to Steve!

Juliebug- What an tremendous gift. I am soooo jealous!!

I was fortunate to get the four set of motion picture sound track CD's from my husband. Now I can listen to the Movie music while I read the lexicon.

Kneazle- Glad to see you back. I really have had you in my thoughts and prayers, even during my long absence.

Geauxtigers- I can relate to the messy bedroom. My daughter has just spent the last two days cleaning her room with the help of her dad. (She and I get too upset at each other when I help) She actually had a whole box full of notes from 6th grade saying nothing really. Two garbage bags of clothes and trash have been removed and they still haven't tackled under the bed yet.

I sure feel out of it with the wii gifts everyone has been discussing. My son had a Star Wars Christmas including full Darth Vader gear (voice changer included) and the six movie set. It has been a household full of "The Force". My daughter has her computer back from being down for two months (thus my inability to get on to my own computer). She has not been quite busy communicating with all her friends.

I am trying desperately to get a picture of my kids downloaded as my avatar, but I keep getting told the size exceeds the 10K limit. Any suggestions from the technologically advanced group?

Best wishes to the Rocky Mountain group who is getting snowed in. I would like you to share just a few inches with us in Ohio. My son's new sled needs more than green grass.

Have a great evening everyone, (A very elated to be back) Cathy

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painting sheila - Dec 28, 2006 7:33 pm (#2789 of 2989)

ta-tu-to-dunk, ta-tu-ta-dunk, ta-tu-to-dunk, (this is the sound of my fingers drumming waiting for someone to post on Potty Five Words- hint, hint)

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Puck - Dec 28, 2006 7:51 pm (#2790 of 2989)

She, I'll go check out five-words. Haven't been there in ages!

Have yet to create a Mii or check my fitness level.

Monkeyball is a Wii game. It's Mario-like, in that you have to go through worlds and avoid obsticles. However, you are a monkey stuck in a hamster ball, so you roll around continuously.

and, without further ado... Happy Birthday Maria!!!

I've done the personality quiz twice, and got Madame Maxime both times.

Kathy

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MoaningMyrtle101 - Dec 28, 2006 8:45 pm (#2791 of 2989)

Merry belated Christmas everyone, and a very happy birthday to Maria!

I did something rather stupid on Christmas evening. Holiday spirit was a little thin on the ground in my house, but nothing could stop me being excited when I opened a large box to find size six shiny black gogo boots!! A few of my friends who didn't have family commitments for Christmas scheduled a few hours that evening to rehearse our play, and since the bus wasn't running due to the holiday and I didn't want to beg yet another ride from someone who lives far away, I left two hours early to schlep through the streets and across the river (a journey of about seven miles, with a lot of hills) from my house to the downtown workshop where we rehearse. I soon realized the foolishness of wearing gogo boots and a skirt on a major four-lanes-of-traffic road. Yet another car pulled to a stop in front of where I was walking, and I was sure it was going to be another pickup truck full of guys offering to give me a ride. I was just thinking, "Oh no, I don't want to have to actually USE this Mace" when I realized that it was a professor of mine. She gave me a ride the rest of the way to rehearsal and I learned to take a different route to Charleston next time I can't catch a bus.

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 28, 2006 8:53 pm (#2792 of 2989)

they still haven't tackled under the bed yet.

I would never ever attempt to clean out what's under my bed and dresser! That's where I shove things that I have no place for-years worth of stuff that I have no place for. It's a whole different world under there! My room is a huge mess as well. I should probably clean it...

Shelia very cute avatar! Your son looks familiar to me too...almost in a freaky kinda way!

Happy Birthday Maria!

We just got back from seeing The Pursuit of HappynessI thought it was extremely long, and somewhat dull. My parents liked it, but agreed that it was wayy to long. They could have gotten to the point of the story within an hour and 20 minutes, but instead they dragged it out to just over 2 hours long. I'd say it's not worth paying 7 bucks for a ticket. If you really want to see it, wait till it comes out for rent. And to top it all off, I didn't even get to see an OoP preview!

**wanders over to check 5 Words, and the hangman**

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Mediwitch - Dec 28, 2006 9:56 pm (#2793 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Maria!

LOL about the Voldemort Mii nose! I know just the one you're talking about because that was my reaction when I saw it! (Ryan just looked like this !)

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geauxtigers - Dec 28, 2006 10:02 pm (#2794 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Maria!

I know the Voldemort nose too! LOL

Didn't like Pursuit of Happynessas much as I thought I would. I was really disappointed. I thought it was going to be really good. Its a good story, but they spread it so thin, it got really repetitive in the middle.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 28, 2006 10:34 pm (#2795 of 2989)

Thank you all for the happy birthday wishes! And thank you for the lovely song, Sheila!

Olivia and Priscilla made a Mii Voldemort - it is funny. He's so skinny and has this big bald head with the nose and the slit-like eyes with the pale brown color (closest to red).

(Mediwitch, I am sure when Mr. HH pulls up the Mii screen and sees all of the Potter characters, he will look like that , too!)

Kathy, I keep getting Madame Maxime, too!

However, you are a monkey stuck in a hamster ball, so you roll around continuously – Kathy

That may possibly describe me trying to dodge my way through my house lately.

My kitchen also sounds a lot like Steve N's. (Hope you made it through the game day all right.)

Ginny, your room sounds frighteningly similar to Priscilla's.

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geauxtigers - Dec 29, 2006 12:25 am (#2796 of 2989)

My room is now clean!

Now about my closet and my desk...we won't go there! LOL But my carpet has been found and I finally cleaned everything off my bed so I can go to sleep tonight. It really is great motivation you know. Either move the stuff or sleep on the floor, and if you're going to move it, might as well put it away, right?! LOL

Tomorrow, I must do laundry. I'm running out of clothes! I'm used to uniforms! Speaking of.. I should clean out my closet and dresser, its getting packed and I know there stuff in there that I don't even know I have.

Well I'm off to read! Night!

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The giant squid - Dec 29, 2006 1:15 am (#2797 of 2989)

Ginny & Tori, your review of The Pursuit of Happynesspretty much mirrors my own. It would have worked very well about 30 minutes shorter (as opposed to the HP movies, which could use at least 30 more minutes).

Happy Birthday, Maria!

Herm oh ninny, that's a really cool tea light holder. Your Godson clearly has a better read on you than his folks do.

In case anyone was worried, Marie's package finally arrived today. Only 4 days late, mind you...I'm sure they'll blame it all on that blizzard in Denver, but we all know it's really Slacker Mom Syndrome.

--Mike

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jose043 - Dec 29, 2006 3:13 am (#2798 of 2989)

Hi All

Happy Birthday Maria hope you have a happy day.

To day was cooler down to a 26.8c nice got a lot of chores done with Anne's help.

Hope everyone is having a nice holiday with not to much noise from the Kids.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Good Evans - Dec 29, 2006 5:46 am (#2799 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Maria - and may you have many more!!

Sheila - what good news about your sister-in-law. :big grin:

herm - oh - ninny / Betty and Julie bug - excellent potter themed presents - well done you!!!

LPO - send some snow our way ..... gales are all we are expecting this new years eve weekend

have a great day everyone

julie

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Marie E. - Dec 29, 2006 6:26 am (#2800 of 2989)

Mike, I'm glad the packages arrived, and if it had been Slacker Mom Syndrome they would have been mailed on December 26th-like some of my cards were. You should tell everyone what our cousin wrote in your card. It was so funny!

Happy Birthday, Maria! We Capricorns need to stick together.
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azi - Dec 29, 2006 6:29 am (#2801 of 2989)

Happy belated (?) birthday Maria! Apologies for not wishing it earlier!

More returning members? It's like Christmas all over again. **waves**

Great news, Shelia! I hope surgery goes well!

Quite windy outside today. I meant to go to town and sort out everything on my long list of things to do, but didn't feel like it. Also got invited on a night out for the third day in a row. I wish people would learn that there are no buses I can catch in or out of town in the evening. It was nice of them to invite me though.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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CatherineHermiona - Dec 29, 2006 8:22 am (#2802 of 2989)

Happy belated birthday, Maria!

And merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!! Sorry for wishing it just now, but ah, well...

Happy early New Year, as I'm not sure if I'll come back until then!!!!!!!

Kate

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Steve Newton - Dec 29, 2006 8:48 am (#2803 of 2989)

Kate, I haven't seen you for a while. What's up in Croatia?

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Chemyst - Dec 29, 2006 8:53 am (#2804 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Maria! It's no prezzie, but you might appreciate this:
   A couple from our congregation was off visiting family over Christmas, and to let the pastor know they were still thinking of him even though they'd miss the biggest service of the year, they sent him Elf Yourself emails. Guess what showed on the big screen before the start of service?   Yup. Life-sized! ...and of course, thanks to you, I could recognize it immediately.

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Holly T. - Dec 29, 2006 8:54 am (#2805 of 2989)

Happy birthday Maria!

Thanks for the heads-up about my avatar! I knew my membership was going to expire soon, but hadn't checked to see when. Um, two days ago. Oops. I am loving having a week off except I keep forgetting what day it is.

Mike, my son is super jealous of your Lego Death Star. I told him maybe he'd get one when he's a grown-up. Son's birthday is in May and he expects that the Lego sets for OotP will be out by then and has already asked the relatives to buy him those.

After taking weeks to get out all of the Christmas decorations, I put almost everything away yesterday. Everything but the trees, which take the longest since I have to wrap up the ornaments.

I am supposed to be on the computer trying to convince our router to send the internet connection to the computer downstairs. It hasn't worked in months, leaving us with only the upstairs computer online. I would like to be able to accomplish this without having to call "Alex" from Earthlink customer service.

Have a great RotD!

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juliebug - Dec 29, 2006 9:14 am (#2806 of 2989)

Happy Belated b-day Maria

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Puck - Dec 29, 2006 11:27 am (#2807 of 2989)

Sheila, I forgot to say what wonderful news about your sister-in-law!

Kathy, I keep getting Madame Maxime, too! - Maria.

Somehow, I'm not surprised.

Happiness seems to have the opposite problem from Eragon. It needed another 30 minutes to do it justice. The beginning was good, but it seemed to rush to the ending. I have no idea why, as HP movies and the Lord of the Rings ones did fine, and they are all over 2 hours.

I went to my first kick boxing class since I had the baby -15 months ago- today. I made it through, and did better than I thought. Now, I just have to wait and see how sore I am tomorrow. Now that Baby Puck is walking she can go to the babysitting room, so can go on a regular basis.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Herm oh ninny - Dec 29, 2006 11:31 am (#2808 of 2989)

Hi all!

Happy Birthday Maria!! I hope you got some nice gifts from the rest of the HH clan!

Capricorns Unite! My birthday is in a few weeks and I have been shamefully hinting to all that HP themed gifts would be greatly appreciated

Hmmmm.... I have yet to create a Voldemort Mii. Sounds good though! My original Wii fitness age was 69! I have managed to get it to 25, but then they'll give a day w/ all boxing and that's the end for me!

I enjoyed the Eragon movie, but seeing that it is my second favorite book after Harry, the cut outs and changes killed me. And it was definitely way to short.

I didn't see Pursuit of Happyness because people told me to wait for the video. I saw Night at the Museum and Charlotte's Web though. I thought they were both cute. I'm going to see Rocky Balboa tomorrow night. Any Reviews on that one?

Lavandula- try down loading a program called Easy Thumbnails. Denise told me about it a while ago and it works great. It's free to down load too!

Well, I actually have some free time today, so I might just mosey on over to Potty 5 Words!

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Kneazle - Dec 29, 2006 12:51 pm (#2809 of 2989)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"
HAPPY BIRTHDAY,MARIA!!! (sorry,late I know!) SmileyCentral.com
What is this potty 5 words I keep seeing on here?

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Solitaire - Dec 29, 2006 1:13 pm (#2810 of 2989)

Happy Belated Birthdays to Steve and Maria! (So much happens when I miss a few days!)

Ginny, don't feel bad about your room. My entire house looks like a big tornado hit it ... Tornado Solitaire! I've been making messes but not cleaning them up behind myself. Consequently, the only truly clean and neat rooms in the house at the moment are bathrooms and the kitchen (I can't abide those two being a mess)! The kitchen is actually a little cluttered with all the holiday junk ... but it is clean!

My bed also conceals a lot of stuff (mainly clothing that hasn't been worn in several years) in shallow, covered plastic bins. I think, however, that it is time to get rid of some (or even all) of it. I read in one of my Conquer the Clutter books yesterday that if clothing has not been worn in over a year (this allows for season changes), it should be given away. If so-called "prized possessions" are covered with dust or hidden away in storage, they aren't being honored and should be reconsidered.

It's odd ... my sister is a tosser, and I am a saver/hoarder. My classroom reflects that, too. Each time we change texts, I save a classroom set of the old books. Consequently, my room is bursting at the seams. Actually, I do use these old books once in a while, for stories that are not in the newer books. Tell me ... are there any other teacher packrats out there? Is this a trait of our profession or just a personal failing?

Well, time to get stirred around. I need to exercise my sore, stiff knee. See you all later! **hobbling away**

Solitaire

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azi - Dec 29, 2006 1:23 pm (#2811 of 2989)

Kneazle - Potty 5 Words is a lovely addictive game some of us play on the Fanfiction Forum, found at this address. ----> http://wc1.worldcrossing.com/WebX?14@@.1ddb941c

Just scroll down to pretty much the bottom to the 'General Fanfiction Discussions' section (we're on Vol IV).

Hope your knee gets better, Soli!

Woohoo, my wireless is working again! Not sure how we got it to work, but it appears Windows may have been blocking it (with how cheap Macs were when I saw them last week, I'm tempted to buy one of those when my computer eventually becomes useless ).

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haymoni - Dec 29, 2006 1:28 pm (#2812 of 2989)

I thought teacher = packrat. At least all the GOOD teachers seem to be packrats. You never know when you might need that...

Hence, my mother-in-law's basement is filled with coffee cans, scraps of fabric, old projects, idea books, etc.

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The giant squid - Dec 29, 2006 1:33 pm (#2813 of 2989)

I'm going to see Rocky Balboa tomorrow night. Any Reviews on that one?--Herm oh ninny

I haven't seen it myself, but the reviews I've heard have been universally good. Even the folks who were saying "I can't believe he's making another Rocky" enjoyed it.

Marie, I hope you managed to restock your supplies before Mother Nature decided to hit Colorado again. That's some crazy weather happening there. I'm not sure how, but I'll bet Al Gore's involved.

--Mike

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geauxtigers - Dec 29, 2006 1:57 pm (#2814 of 2989)

SPEW Mike! LOL

My cat is driving me crazy! She keeps jumping up on my keyboard! I throw her down, she jumps right back up!

Come join Five words, Kneazle!!! Its so much fun!

I'm bored, but I don't know what to do! And I want to stay in my pjs again today so, I guess I'll have a 'be bored all day' day today. LOL

EDIT: Kneazle, you need to read our last completed story, Sirius' Adventure' at the top of the thread. One of my favorites, I think you'll see why! LOL

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Kneazle - Dec 29, 2006 1:57 pm (#2815 of 2989)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"
Oh My Gosh!!!! I can't read for laughing! I just went to the potty five and haven't gotten into that far even and y'all are NUTS! ROFLSmileyCentral.comI love it! Man I needed that! ********wandering back to the five wiping tears from eyes********

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Ydnam96 - Dec 29, 2006 2:02 pm (#2816 of 2989)

That's why my sister hoards things! . She's a kindergarten teacher and she has so much stuff. It's ridiculous.

Squid Mike, I went to college in the wonderful lake effected North East Ohio area (Canton) and we used to have this theory we would discuss on our bitterly cold walk to Chapel several times a week. We figured that the extreme weather around the world was caused by the power/gas companies. They have this elaborate scheme to cause people to use their heat/AC as much as possible. They use a weather machine. And we are at their mercy! It was always so funny during chapel (Our campus didn't have one place big enough to hold us all during chapel so we had to walk to this church on the outskirts of our campus. It wasn't a really long walk...but in negative wind chill temperatures it seemed like an eternity) because by the time we got there we were all frozen and it would take a bit for us to thaw out but by the time that happened we would all have runny noses. During the second half of chapel it was inevitable that everyone was sniffling or blowing their noses. It was amusing to me. You know, I should have sold tissues. I could have made some money!

Anyway. It's been super windy here with gusts up in hurricane levels (I kid you not). It's been wild. And cold. I'm thinking today is a great pajama day. Reading and movies on the sofa sounds like a great idea.

Have a great day/night everyone!



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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 29, 2006 2:16 pm (#2817 of 2989)

You never know when you might need that...

Precisely why I still have most of my notes from 8th grade to the present! I haven't used them yet, but what if I need them later on?? That's half my problem. I'm a pack rat. My room is filled to capacity, but as I always like to tell people, they can walk into my room and try to find something, and would never beable to do it, but as for me, I know exactly where everything is. It's an organized mess..sorta.

The yard people are here right now, though I can't really see why, as the grass is dead and doesn't need to be cut...?

Kneazle you should definitely read this story! My favorite of the bunch!

**wanders over to 5 words**

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boop - Dec 29, 2006 2:52 pm (#2818 of 2989)

Cathy, Welcome Back!! You were missed.

Solitaire, I am sending healing charms to you.

Have a great rest of the day!

hugs always

boop

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geauxtigers - Dec 29, 2006 3:12 pm (#2819 of 2989)

All my notes from 8th grade to the present are sitting in expanding files on my closet shelf. I've only had to pull a few things out here and there over the years, but like Ginny said, what if I ever needed something from there? As much as I've always wanted to have a bonfire of math notebooks, I've contained my temptation and kept them. I'm a pack rat too, and even when my room is a mess and no one can walk in it, I know where the foot holes are and I can also find just about anything. I have a stack of papers on desk right now about 3-4 inches high, of course, I know whats in this stack and roughly where its located.

I do not think being a pack rat is a bad thing! Who knows what the future brings?! You might just need something you've kept all those years! ha ha

Well I just heard the dryer ding, thats my que!

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 29, 2006 4:05 pm (#2820 of 2989)

I'm not sure how, but I'll bet Al Gore's involved Squid Mike

I'm not surprised. He is a busy man, inventing the Internet and global warming! These are storms like we usually get in the spring and fall. They melt a lot quicker then. Longmont wound up with 9" I'm sure Marie will have a lot more. The south and east are really getting hammered.

Ydnam enjoy staying out of the wind!

Soli being a Teacher Librarian means I am supposed to be a pack rat! I am proud to say my library has the first Newbery Award winning book: The History of Mankind, 1922 (I don't recommend it...). It isn't an original copy though. I won't even talk about what my study looks like! LPO

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Solitaire - Dec 29, 2006 5:05 pm (#2821 of 2989)

Thanks for the healing charms, everyone! I think the cold(er) weather may have something to do with it. We have no snow here, but it feels colder than usual. My prior knee injuries and chronic RA probably mean I'll eventually have to get one of the new titanium knees. Sounds kind of spooky, doesn't it?

LPO, so many of the teachers I know had to either scrounge or create all their own materials for years. We are afraid to let go of any old things, because we never know if we will get anything new to replace them! About those studies ... mine is pretty scary, too!

Solitaire

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Kneazle - Dec 29, 2006 5:37 pm (#2822 of 2989)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"


virginiaelizabeth - That story had me in tears! Picturing them eating gooey gunk off the hind end of his trousers! OMG! SmileyCentral.comKids are looking at me like I've lost my mind!

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Puck - Dec 29, 2006 7:02 pm (#2823 of 2989)

Now Kneazle, once your sides stop hurting from laughter, scroll up from the 5 words thread. In the section above is a thread titled "Why did the chicken cross the road?" ** It's hysterical.

My hubby is not a teacher, but he has a pack rat gene far stronger than mine. When we cleaned out the crawl space a couple of years ago he finally parted with noteboooks from his high school days. Really, he had dragged them out here from Illinois, lugging them from apartment to apartment, then to the house. As he hadn't needed them in 20 years, I convinced him he could part with them.

Of course, that same tendency to save things is the reason I got such a wonderful treasure box this Christmas.

Kathy


**  archvist's note: Now found   here  

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 29, 2006 7:49 pm (#2824 of 2989)

LOL Kathy! My dad does the same thing! He still has all of his text books from college-I mean every single one- that he refuses to part with, even though the only time he ever looks at them is when we go to clean stuff out of his closet. His calculus book surfaces occasionally when I ask him about a math problem. I don't understand why he is so intent on keeping them. It's not like he looks at them EVER! He also has an enormous pile of half rotten wood that he has carted from house to house as well. I don't understand that one either. Most of is it rotten or infested with some sort of bugs! Yet he claims that he's going to build something with it....ummm what exactly is he going to build?? He's claimed that for 16 years, and let me assure you, he has yet to use it!

Glad you enjoyed the story Kneazle! If that hasn't convinced you to join us in writing them, then I don't know what will! They are tons of fun! I'm so addicted that I created a second account just for 5-Words posting, that way I can use all 10 post on it each day. Works for me!

Off to finish up reading OoP! I'm at the part where Harry runs up to the Atrium of the MoM to fight Bella. It's intense!

Night everyone!

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Mediwitch - Dec 29, 2006 8:23 pm (#2825 of 2989)

Yep, another pack rat here! (I'm a school speech-language pathologist.) But after a while I go on a cleaning binge and chuck loads of stuff out. Mr. Mediwitch says he better not sit still while I'm on a rampage or I might chuck him out too! Silly man! He's WAY worse though. When we cleaned his parents' house out this summer, we found a box of his college texts right where he dropped them in the basement in 1976!

I had hoped to wander back over to Five Words during vacation but I haven't made it back there yet. Maybe tomorrow...are you working on a good story?



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Puck - Dec 29, 2006 9:13 pm (#2826 of 2989)

Mediwitch, new story is still warming up.

Ginny, have you seen that new show Til Death with Brad Garrett? There was an episode when his wife -tired of the pile of wood that has been gathering for 20 or so years, challenges him to either build something or get rid of it. (It's on Fox on Thursday nights.)

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painting sheila - Dec 29, 2006 9:32 pm (#2827 of 2989)

I am kind of a pack rat I go in spurts - they may be a year long - but it is still just a "spurt". Today I cleaned out the cabinet where we have our glasses and chucked a garbage bag full of those plastic cups you get every sporting event you go to.

My husband may be sad over a couple of them - but I couldn't stand them any more!

I also got rid of the glass glasses that do not match any thing else we have. I bought new ones after Christmas that are very cool. They look like someone took a tall drinking glass that was perfectly straight and made it lean and curve slightly in one direction. I love them! At first I didn't know if you would be able to drink out of them with out spilling - but you can - from all sides. I love love them!

But back to the pack rat - I can be brutal when the pack ratting spurt ends! Throw it away today and I'll cry about it tomorrow - just get rid of it! I am sure it is some sort of neurosis.

I went to a wedding and reception today. Very pretty. They had taken real Christmas trees and hung white lights on them. The tables had large (LARGE) vases with pink and silver Christmas bulbs in them. Then garland was arranged around the vase with silver sprigs of cranberries. Very simple and elegant.

They also had a pimento cheese dip that was to die for! it looked like it had been baked - yummy. I have heart burn now, but it was worth it.

Off to 5 words - anyone care to join me?

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Under The Imperius - Dec 29, 2006 10:01 pm (#2828 of 2989)

To Whom It May Concern...

My Thoughts on Luna & Harry on their honeymoon...

-Luna "Harry dear, Wouldn't you just love to go Crumple-Horned Snorkcack hunting?" -Harry "Er..."

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Kneazle - Dec 29, 2006 11:28 pm (#2829 of 2989)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

Anyone else ever feel intellectually inadequate when reading some of the theories around here? Some of them are near dissertations! Oh to have that much brain power! LOL I'm not exactly unintelligent, but man! I've been raising kids for the last several years and it feels like my brain has been replaced by Gerber oatmeal when I peruse some of them. To think, I was considering going back to school!

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Lina - Dec 30, 2006 3:08 am (#2830 of 2989)

Don't worry about that, Kneazle. The wonderful thing about this place is that it gathers all kinds of us, people of all ages, education and primary languages. And we all manage to be respectful and enjoy the company.

I used to be a pack rat. But as soon as I started to take care of my own home, I became claustrophobic. Since I'm not able to use the Weasley's charm that makes the inside of things larger and I don't have money to buy a real castle, I started to enjoy the feeling of getting rid of things. I still manage to enjoy that feeling several times a year, so I guess that a bit of the packing gene is still here.

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The giant squid - Dec 30, 2006 4:18 am (#2831 of 2989)

Not only am I a horrible packrat (I still have notes from 8th grade...something like 21 years ago!), I had the (mis)fortune of marrying one as well. Both of us have been known to pull something out of a box or closet and say, "I haven't seen this in years!" ...At which point we'll put it back to wait another five or six years before seeing the light again.

--Mike

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azi - Dec 30, 2006 5:46 am (#2832 of 2989)

Well, I thought I wasn't a pack-rat, but apparently I am. I still have my school exercise books from when I was 5. Only 14 years ago, but I ain't getting rid of them! I don't have all of my school books from primary school, but do have pretty much all of them from middle and high school floating around in a box. My mum kept a lot of the work we did, like paintings, as well.

Kneazle, I often feel very stupid. I decided that my strengths are in other places than alchemy and literary symbolism.

I was kept awake by the very loud storm (torrential rain, gales etc.) last night. It was so loud my ears were ringing when it went quiet!

Hope everyone has a nice, storm free, day!.

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Snuffles - Dec 30, 2006 8:01 am (#2833 of 2989)

Phew, so many posts.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and received everything they wanted. We received money from my parents so we are waiting for the new stock of Wii's to come in, then we are off to get one

I have spent the last couple of days trying to sort out Olivia's bedroom so I can put away the mountain of pressies she received. Only 3 weeks to go before her birthday and it starts all over again

Happy belated birthday to Lexicon Steve, Maria and anyone else I have forgotten.

I still have my high school books and report cards. I am definitely a hoarder.

Come on over to the Potty 5 word cult gang Kneazle, it's sooo much fun

Off to check the threads while I have 5 minutes to myself.

Julie

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 30, 2006 9:35 am (#2834 of 2989)

Hope everyone has a nice, storm free, day!.

I sure hope that works because we have a MAJOR storm coming through right now. We're pretty sure that we'll lose power at some point. I didn't get any sleep last night and it's supposed to be worse later today. I hate storms. Especially when they put us under tornado watches. It just makes me nervous and fidgety all day. Anyways, I should probably get off the computer with all the lightning and such.

Hope everyone has a great RotD!

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geauxtigers - Dec 30, 2006 10:19 am (#2835 of 2989)

Hope everyone has a nice, storm free, day!.

Umm not here! Its coming down in buckets literally! Huge storms right over us, kept me up last night. They arrived about 2 a.m., just as I was going to bed. So I've had very little sleep! Oh well, I'm just going to curl up and read.

Hope everyone has a better day than us folks down here!

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Good Evans - Dec 30, 2006 10:40 am (#2836 of 2989)

just popped in to say Happy 14th Birthday Kate.

Lina - if that is the birthday girl and her cake in your avatar, It looks very yummy indeed!!!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 30, 2006 11:01 am (#2837 of 2989)

Happy 14th Birthday, Kate!!!!

I just saw your avatar, Lina! Lovely cake - it looks so festive! Nice to see an update of the girls, too! Enjoy!

Thank you for the birthday wishes! They made me smile.

I was out with the children for most of the afternoon and evening yesterday at my husband's shop party. This is their first year in a new building. It turns out that one of the guests' birthday is also on the 28th and he also turned 41. So, Marie E., we can add another Capricorn to the growing list. (I knew I liked you!)

Lina, I am like you with regard to the pack rat situation. I do get to the point where enough is enough but then it seems to build up again. **sigh**

Maria

EDIT: Thanks for the trailers information, Mike (from the YKYAHPLFW thread). We wouldn't dream of pressing you for the "Magic List" information. Unless, of course, we got wind that there was some HP news to be had. . . :evilgrin:

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azi - Dec 30, 2006 11:09 am (#2838 of 2989)

Happy birthday Kate! (I got my computer back just in time.)

Hope you don't lose power, Ginny and Tori! Ours kept flickering last night, and my brother's computer crashed everytime it happened. Mine coped fine, though.

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Marie E. - Dec 30, 2006 11:28 am (#2839 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Kate!!!

I'm not sure exactly how much snow we have so far, but it's around 6-8 inches. My boss called me just as I was opening the door to leave yesterday morning and told me there weren't any children there yet. She had me on standby status until 12:30pm. There were only six kids in the whole building and three teachers. All the kids were expected to go home by 3pm. She asked me if I wanted to come in and get some hours or just stay home. It didn't seem worth it to me to scrape and shovel the truck out just to work for two hours tops. It's still very windy here and we're supposed to keep getting snow through tomorrow.

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juliebug - Dec 30, 2006 11:31 am (#2840 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Kate!!

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Solitaire - Dec 30, 2006 11:48 am (#2841 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Kate!

Here are some **weather charms** for all those in the stormy areas. I don't mind rain when it doesn't involve flooding, but I hate wind ... and the idea of a tornado does sound pretty terrifying. Please stay safe and take cover if you need to!

I'm glad I've enjoyed my fires the past few nights, because I just checked, and wood-burning is discouraged today and tomorrow. That means no fire in the fireplace tonight or tomorrow, unless there's a change. Too bad ... it really warms up my house. Last year, I didn't light it one single time, as the holidays were all no-burn days.

Well, time to check a few threads. I doubt I'll ever be truly caught up again, but I'm trying to stay current on 3-4 threads over the holidays, so that I don't feel truly out of it all. Happy Saturday, everyone!

Solitaire

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 30, 2006 12:17 pm (#2842 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Kate!! Have a great day!!

Well the worst of the storm has passed for us. It wasn't as bad as it could have been, but it was black as night out and we were under a tornado warning for about half an hour, but thankfully it was in the northern part of the parish, moving to the north, so it didn't affect us. I'm not even sure if it actually touched down or not. Hopefully not. Very scary. Tornadoes are one of my biggest fears. Now the big issue will be flooding, as the rivers rise. Didn't lose power either, so that's a good thing!

off to get something to eat!

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Ydnam96 - Dec 30, 2006 12:24 pm (#2843 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Kate

Solitaire, on no burn days you aren't allowed to use an inside fireplace? Hm...I hadn't heard of that. I've always lived places where the restrictions on burning were only for outside fires. Your fire danger must be very high!

Oh, I love storms, (As long as no one gets hurt.) I'm not really sure why. I think it's because it's such powerful force of nature. It's kind of awe inspiring.

Well, off to get the oil changed on my car.

TTFN

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 30, 2006 12:56 pm (#2844 of 2989)

Ginny I'm glad the worst is over. While we were watching the weather channel I was thinking of you and Tori. I'm sending anti-flooding charms your way!

Happy Birthday Kate. LPO

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Holly T. - Dec 30, 2006 1:26 pm (#2845 of 2989)

Happy birthday Kate!

Ginny and Tori--I think we had that same line of storms yesterday. We lost power for about an hour yesterday afternoon. It rained, sometimes stormed, all day and rained last night too.

My husband and I and the kids are pack rats. This is why we usually spend our Christmas break cleaning out the closets. Well, mainly I spend the break cleaning out the closets, hubby takes things to Goodwill or the trash, and the kids go "why are you getting rid of that?" But my husband and I grew up with moms who were kindergarten teachers and now we are scout leaders so we can't bring ourselves to throw away egg cartons, shoe boxes, etc., because we might be able to use them for a craft project.

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geauxtigers - Dec 30, 2006 1:28 pm (#2846 of 2989)

The sun seems to be peaking through the clouds a bit now so that’s good. Our yard is flooded to some extent. Nothing bad, but there’s water out there. We put our rain boots on and walked around outside for a bit. There is one of those drainage ditch things nearby and we walked over and the water around that was about 10 inches deep and its not flowing, my guess is its backed up and has no where to go. LOL it was cool! I never got to walk through puddles and such when I was little! But we;ve had over 4 inches of rain in about 3 hours.

But its over now and just raining lightly! Might take a nap now!

I wish it was snow though! Man Colorado, send us some! I'd want like 5 inches of it so we could make a REAL snowman and have a real snowball fight. So far the best snowball fight I've had consisted of scraping the 1/2 inch of snow off my grannie's car and slinging it at people. Not near as much fun as the muddy sleety ice-like frozen water stuff that collected under the eves a few years back! LOL

Well I'm off to take a nap hopefully!

Oh I forgot to say....Happy Birthday Kate!

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Kneazle - Dec 30, 2006 1:53 pm (#2847 of 2989)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

Snuffles: I'm there....but alas, Azi and I are the only two wanting to play right now. Think we could hammer out a good one on our own Azi?

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azi - Dec 30, 2006 1:58 pm (#2848 of 2989)

It's perfectly possible, Kneazle! Have to take it slow though, as both Tazzy and Finn (the nice people who record the story and how many posts each person has done) are away!

The wind's getting worse again. Glad there isn't any flooding for you, Ginny and Tori! York (where I live in term time) is only on flood watch right now (as opposed to flood warning, which means there are floods!) and where I live when not at uni will not flood since I live on a hill.

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Madam Pince - Dec 30, 2006 2:05 pm (#2849 of 2989)

Happy Birthday, Kate! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Belated birthday wishes to Lexicon Steve and to Maria HH, also!

Glad to hear it seems everyone had a nice holiday! Ours was great as well. Little Pince got his Robo-Sapien (the older and thus cheaper version -- I can't see getting the new version for someone who can't even program it yet) and he is thrilled to death with it. Also very excited with the red Power Ranger-suit pajamas -- he didn't take them off for two days. We have all been enjoying the Plug-n-Play Pac-Man game and having nostalgic '80's flashbacks. I am jealous of the HP movie poster and the cute Hagrid's Hut tea-light -- both are so cool! Alas, I got nothing HP-related. But I did get a very nice Victorian carte-de-visite case in an unusual miniature oval shape, which Mr. Pince found at an antiques store while he was in Cooperstown. He was thrilled with his hunting knife from me -- it actually belonged to him years ago, but he sold it to someone which he has regretted ever since. I tracked the person down and offered to buy it back from them, which they agreed to do. He was very surprised. It even had his initials carved into it from when he had it before.

I have to admit to being a huge pack-rat, also. It runs in our family. I've spent the last four days finishing cleaning out my aunt's house in Virginia since we now have a renter lined up, and talk about keeping everything! Of course, there at the last she was getting a bit addled, and she was adamant that NOTHING be thrown out (it would upset her routine if she couldn't find something, etc.) but it was truly ridiculous sometimes. She and my Mom grew up during the Depression, and they were taught to save and re-use everything. She had jar after jar after jar full of old pencils with rock-hard erasers on them, and pens that were long dried up ... what did she plan to use these for, you may ask? She said "Those can be used for plant stakes for houseplants." Lovely. Especially when you don't keep houseplants anymore, like her. Sigh... It has made our cleaning task truly Herculean. On the other hand, I cannot deny that it is great fun reading Christmas cards from the 1970's written in the childish handwriting of yours truly...

We have guests coming tomorrow night for New Year's Eve, so I must get busy and make some No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies. As soon as Mr. Pince and my mom get back from the cabin (yes, they were enjoying a break while I cleaned out my aunt's...) they will take over the babysitting and vacuuming, etc. while I run to the store sans child -- yippee!

Well, after seeing this-- # Not Covered in Other Threads • 1,208 messages • 1,185,665,025 new --I am fairly certain that I will never ever get all caught up on reading the threads... *

Happy New Year, everyone, in case I don't make it back to the threads in time! I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2007!

* improbably high numbers due to glitch in original World Crossing Servers

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Solitaire - Dec 30, 2006 2:39 pm (#2850 of 2989)

Ydnam96, the "no-burn" restrictions here in Kern are for pollution reasons. Whether or not we are allowed to burn fireplaces is determined each day by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and based on the air quality. I thought that we would have several burn days after the big storm this past week ... but no such luck, I guess. Burning is not actually prohibited today and tomorrow (yet), but it is discouraged. That is a change from yesterday, when there were no restrictions at all scheduled for today. I'll probably go outside later and check to see if anyone else in the neighborhood is burning. All I have to do is stick my nose out the patio door! **sniff! sniff!** If I smell any other fires, I may start up a small one myself.

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Madam Pince - Dec 30, 2006 3:07 pm (#2851 of 2989)

You used to tell your Mom "But...everyone else is doing it!" didn't you?

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Solitaire - Dec 30, 2006 3:28 pm (#2852 of 2989)

Nope ... I learned at a VERY early age that it was pointless. Mom and dad were unshakable and completely united in their dealings with us. Their word was final, and any attempts at whining and cajolling would probably have met with negative consequences. But I do like using the fireplace, and this vacation is the first time I've used it since winter 2004-2005. I may take the opportunity tonight, if I feel like it, since it isn't absolutely forbidden. After all, it may be forbidden tomorrow night and several nights hereafter. Who knows?

Solitaire

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Kneazle - Dec 30, 2006 3:31 pm (#2853 of 2989)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

Here in Missouri we just have dreary skies and some rain. No big storms yet. As for pack ratting, I'm married to one. He still has receipts from before we were married in 1997. I try telling him if it needed returned he should have done it before now, but he refuses to throw anything out. Don't get me started on his wire and speaker magnet collections. Rather Arthuresque don't you think. Fitting to as I have referred to our home as "the Burrow".

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Kneazle - Dec 30, 2006 3:49 pm (#2854 of 2989)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

Azi- You think that maybe we're the only ones that have nothing to do this afternoon? I have lots of ideas for the story on 5 words but I don't want to hog all the fun! Well, ask and ye shall receive, hubby is now cussing at the vertical blind he's trying to hang. Which means I think I better help before I have to patch the dry wall. So much for nothing to do!

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azi - Dec 30, 2006 4:09 pm (#2855 of 2989)

Well, I don't have anything to do, but that's because it's after 11pm!

I am gossiping with a friend while writing an e-mail asking the local bus company whether their new 'amazing' buses are in any way more environmentally friendly than the old ones or not. I suspect not. I will be surprised if I get an answer. Any answer I do get will be computer generated and avoid the questions completely. **sigh**

Have fun preventing your walls from damage! Men never read the instructions...think they can do it all by themselves with no help...mess it up.

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Kneazle - Dec 30, 2006 4:32 pm (#2856 of 2989)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

Ok, I'm back. No fist through the dry wall this time. Narrowly averted though, I must say. He's in the kitchen now trying to make enchiladas. Onion's a bit too strong for him!! How funny! He's got tears running down his face.
Azi- I keep forgetting you're way over there! The wonder of the web. It’s only 5:31 p.m. here.

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Steve Newton - Dec 30, 2006 5:48 pm (#2857 of 2989)

OK, I give up. How do we know its Kate's birthday? I am not seeing her or Lina saying so and I can't find out how we know.

Anyway, Happy Birthday Kate! Do something outrageous.

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boop - Dec 30, 2006 5:59 pm (#2858 of 2989)

Belated Happy Birthday to Kate!! Looks like you had a beautiful cake.

have a wonder evening everyone!

hugs always

boop

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kaykay1970 - Dec 30, 2006 7:09 pm (#2859 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Kate!!!


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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 30, 2006 7:09 pm (#2860 of 2989)

OK, I give up. How do we know its Kate's birthday?

Check out Lina's avatar and second line info!

We had to kick to the AC on because it's so humid in the house. Not exactly cold outside though, but still. AC in December! Not cool!

Kneazle  - your husband sounds a lot like my dad! His favorite thing to do is strip a thousand screws before he realizes that he's using the wrong drill bit. While he's doing this, the potty words go flying and my mom has to yell at him. I try not to laugh, as that makes him more frustrated! I don't think he's ever read instructions for anything before in his life either. It's just a man thing I guess!

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Denise P. - Dec 30, 2006 7:28 pm (#2861 of 2989)

Yay, I made it back with all the kids still alive! We have been house hunting, which is stressful enough without having to deal with 5 kids on top of it. Two others stayed here going to Boy Scout Winter Camp.

We did find a house that we really like so we have a place to move to when we make the big trek in a few weeks.

I am so not going back to read the gazillion messages posted here since I last looked in.

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boop - Dec 30, 2006 7:33 pm (#2862 of 2989)

Welcome Back Denise!! So you found a house now, thats great. Glad you made it back safe.

hugs always

boop

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Madam Pince - Dec 30, 2006 8:10 pm (#2863 of 2989)

Beautiful house, Denise! Yay on finding one you like! I wish I had remembered that you were going to be in town house-hunting -- I was over in Herndon this week also, until yesterday, so you could've left the kids over with me! Little Pince would've been thrilled! Oh well...

I think this is the Men's Creed: "Directions? We doan need no stinkin' directions!!!" We went through the same thing here Christmas morning.

On the other extreme, I am soooo incapable of understanding the diagram directions that accompany Transformers! Don't they realize how badly I failed that aptitude test that went "What will this figure look like when it is unfolded?"

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Denise P. - Dec 30, 2006 8:24 pm (#2864 of 2989)

Madam P, I meant to bring your contact info but alas, left here without it. We had pretty much no internet access so I could not get it.

We hunted all over Herndon and Reston. I have driven all over the Fairfax County Parkway, the Reston Parkway, Sunrise Valley, Sunset Hills...good thing we have a GPS in the car or I would be lost.

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Chemyst - Dec 30, 2006 8:26 pm (#2865 of 2989)

He was thrilled with his hunting knife from me – it actually belonged to him years ago, ... I tracked the person down and offered to buy it back ... It even had his initials carved into it from when he had it before. Madam Pince

Aw, that is so romantic! Cool you!

Hm... I haven't seen the new generation of Transformers, but the delight of the originals was to figure it out like a 3-D puzzle without using directions. Maybe that is why they were so popular.

Happy Belated Birthday, Kate

Our National Weather Service decided to reorganize their website this week. Finding my old pages is almost like trying to figure out how to open JKR's door, only not quite as fun. Anyway, it looks like Tori's & Ginny's storm won't be totally rained out and is headed here for New Year's Eve.

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Madam Pince - Dec 30, 2006 8:26 pm (#2866 of 2989)

Arrrrgh! That makes me so aggravated, Denise! I was right there!!! I could've given you the master tour! Aaahhhhhh.....

Thanks, Chemyst! Sometimes I do actually come through...

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Kneazle - Dec 30, 2006 8:36 pm (#2867 of 2989)

SmileyCentral.com !Kneazle! "Mmmm....Wormtail!"

I can attest that this new generation of transformers is ridiculous! The ones my brother had growing up lasted at least longer than it took to open the package! The ones my little Ben got for Christmas didn't last the day. Shoddy craftsmanship is what that is. And for the price! Don't get me going!
DeniseP.- All it's missing is the picket fence! Wonderful!!!

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Puck - Dec 30, 2006 9:39 pm (#2868 of 2989)

My son has learned not to ask me for help with the transformers. I'm amazed at the engineering that goes into them.

Great house, Denise!

My husband read the instructions cover to cover. I wait for him to read them and explain it to me. It's a perfect system.

Sweet gifts, Madame Pince!

Hubby's mom is the worst pack rat. I think we finally convinced her she can get rid of the pay stubs from her first job, which was about 40 years ago.

Kate, hope you had a Happy Birthday!!!

I spent the day with sore muscles basically all over, but mostly in my back and stomach. I knew that kick boxing class would get to me. I'm so out of shape.

I'm not sure if I'll get here tomorrow, so I'll take a moment now to say

Happy 2007!

May it my a year of many blessings, including a certain book.

Kathy

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Ydnam96 - Dec 31, 2006 12:22 am (#2869 of 2989)

Solitaire, that's really interesting about the no fire rules. I'm impressed!

Denise, I love the house; is it big enough?

So, I went and saw The Good Shepard. I would be really interested to hear from any of you who have seen it. I have some questions...You can email me, my email is behind my avatar.

Well, I'm calling it a day.

TTFN.

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painting sheila - Dec 31, 2006 12:31 am (#2870 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Kate - Belated = Sorry!

Denise- what a great house! How are the schools?

Transformers - argh! My Littlest Guy got one for Christmas and ended up in tears trying to figure it out. He was in the back seat of the van and no one could reach him to help him. Poor kid. I think he finally got it unfolded and has left it that way since.

Hubby and Oldest Son are home from camping. They did some major hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and are very sore today. On hike took them up a "trail" that was so steep they were holding onto the roots of the trees to pull themselves up. Jeez! Great pictures though - beautimous.

Big kids went to a New Years dance at church. They all had a great time and went to sleep rather quickly. Worn out - YES!!

Is everyone having the traditional New Years Day dinner? Black Eyed Peas for wealth. Collard Greens for health, and ham for good luck for your crops/work. Yum!

Heading over to 5 words before it gets finished! Yikes!

She

Edit: I am off to bed. Maybe I can fall asleep now. (fingers crossed) Happy New Year's Eve everyone!! I hope you all have a magical 2007!!

She(again)

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The giant squid - Dec 31, 2006 3:09 am (#2871 of 2989)

I can attest that this new generation of transformers is ridiculous! The ones my brother had growing up lasted at least longer than it took to open the package!—kneazle

That's because the original ones were made with (gasp!) metal! Nowadays they use cheap plastic that just doesn't move as well, so you have to force it--which causes it to break. (I'm assuming...I haven't bought a Transformer since 1983.) I just wonder how many different versions of Optimus Prime there really need to be?

Congrats on the successful house hunt, Denise.

Real men don't need directions...but the smart ones read 'em anyway. If you think I'm going to try to put that 3449-piece Lego Death Star together without reading the instructions you're sorely mistaken.

--Mike

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Denise P. - Dec 31, 2006 7:19 am (#2872 of 2989)

We looked at a lot of 5 bedroom houses that actually were not big enough. One of them was barely 2000 square feet and that included the basement.

There was a recent study that came out, within the last year, ranking schools by state and if I recall correctly, the school system in the area we are moving to was in the top 5 for the United States. Now that we have an address, I can move Ryan's SAT center. Even though he is 12, he is taking the SAT next month.

Real men may not ask for directions but then real men should get a Garmin GPS system. I have a wrist Garmin that I use when I run, it maps my pace, distance, elevation etc. We have a car version too. It is so nifty. We can put in an address or search for a place and then Nancy (yes, we named our Garmin) will tell us how to get there.

In 200 feet, turn left "Arriving at destination, on right" Of course, she tends to get a bit snitty too. "Recalculating. When possible, make a U turn." "Turn left. Turn left. Turn left now. Recalculating...."

I am convinced I have heard her sign in disgust and you can almost see the eyeroll when we ignored her. She always wanted to take us out on the toll road, which is only 50 cents, but since we would be on and off it several times a day, we would ignore her and drive past the onramp. "Recalculating"

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Elanor - Dec 31, 2006 8:50 am (#2873 of 2989)

Happy Birthday Maria and Kate! Sorry for being late on wishing you a wonderful day!

A very Happy New Year's Eve to all! Bon réveillon!!!

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Holly T. - Dec 31, 2006 9:40 am (#2874 of 2989)

Great house, Denise!

While at my parents' house opening presents, my niece received a Toss Across game. It needed to be assembled (my SIL and I think the ones we had back in the day came assembled but there you go). My brother is a "who needs directions?" kind of guy and he was fumbling with the pieces. My son went over and put it together. I don't know if he looked at the directions but he had as much fun putting that toy together as he did with any of the toys he got.

My husband just went to buy me what he says is my last Christmas present--new tires for the minivan. Nothing says "I love you" like four new Michelins, he says.

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Steve Newton - Dec 31, 2006 10:13 am (#2875 of 2989)

virginiaelizabeth, thanks for the heads up. I guess I should learn to read a little closer...and pay attention to avatars.

Well, it looks as if my subscription has run out. I will have to do some hard thinking about re-upping since money is tight and I almost never post more than 10 times a day.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Dec 31, 2006 10:27 am (#2876 of 2989)

Happy New Year everyone! Bittersweet to think this may be the last New Year we are anticipating a book for our favorite author. LPO

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Solitaire - Dec 31, 2006 10:40 am (#2877 of 2989)

Nothing says "I love you" like four new Michelins

LOL Holly! I guess I love myself, because that is what I bought myself for my birthday this year!

Mandy, my area of central California is just a pollution nightmare. There are mountains within 50 miles of me in three directions, and most of the time I can't even see them. The weather is responsible in part, I suppose, because high-pressure systems reign here. While this makes for nice, sunny, relatively mild winters, it makes for hot, nasty summers. Worse, a high pressure system keeps pollution from circulating out of the area by acting like a "lid" and keeping it in the valley. Woodburning from fireplaces and woodstoves is the largest source of particulate matter air pollution (PM) generated by residential sources, according to the American Lung Association. Hence, the efforts to reduce it! (Sorry for the long-winded explanation!)

Denise, your new house reminds me of the house from the old My Three Sons series. There is a house very similar to it here in town, although the one here is a traditional white with dark green trim. It looks nice to me!

Solitaire

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 31, 2006 11:09 am (#2878 of 2989)

It is a very nice house, Denise! Felix Felicis sent your way for a smooth transaction and many happy memories made there.

LOL, Chemyst. I'm glad I did some good with the "Elf Yourself". I have to laugh, when Olivia set up her dad's pic in it, I thought, "Hmm, he looks youthful without all of those extra pounds!" Guess what I will be on him about after his surgery...

Trev just hopped into my lap. That's the subtle hint for me to get off the computer so, - off to read.

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Choices - Dec 31, 2006 11:17 am (#2879 of 2989)

A very Happy New Year to everyone. I wish you peace, health and happiness in 2007. See you next year - LOL

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Lilly P - Dec 31, 2006 11:46 am (#2880 of 2989)

Happy New Year!!! Public Service Announcement.... Get a designated driver!! drink responsibly! Have a wonderful time celebrating and here’s to a wonderful 2007!! Cheers!

Jamie

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Snuffles - Dec 31, 2006 11:55 am (#2881 of 2989)

Happy belated birthday Kate. Hope you had a great day

Hope everyone on the forum has a very Harry New Year

Julie

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 31, 2006 12:12 pm (#2882 of 2989)

Happy New Year 2007!!!

We're fixing to head over to my cousin's house for New Years. We can shoot fireworks legally at her house, so I get to satisfy my in Pyro for a bit. YAY! This is also the aunt with the redneck neighbors who have the homemade canon! Funn stuff!

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TheSaint - Dec 31, 2006 12:48 pm (#2883 of 2989)

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! HOPING 2007 IS THE YEAR OF ANSWERS FOR US AND MANKIND!

Also..anyone enjoying the 'Questions for the hosts' thread as much as me? The new post count now reads... 18,152,425 new!! I have to laugh as it grows everytime I log on.

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The giant squid - Dec 31, 2006 1:58 pm (#2884 of 2989)

We looked at a lot of 5 bedrooms houses that actually were not big enough. One of them was barely 2000 square feet and that included the basement.--Denise P.

Yeesh! Our 3-bedroom house is 1600 sq. ft. (no basement) and it doesn't have enough room for the crap collections of only two people. I can't imagine trying to squeeze your clan into 2000!

I put my foot down this year and said that in no uncertain terms am I working the closing shift tonight. I did that three years in a row; it's someone else's turn. With a little finagling I ended up with today off & the closing shift tomorrow. Woo! Not that I'm much of a partyer, but it's nice to know I could if I wanted to.

--Mike

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 31, 2006 2:15 pm (#2885 of 2989)

Woohoo, enjoy your night off, Mike!

A VERY HAPPY 2007 TO EVERYONE!!

Hooray, my Raiders will get the very first draft choice. See, haymoni, things could be worse for your Brownies.

Maria

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boop - Dec 31, 2006 2:44 pm (#2886 of 2989)

Denise, great looking house.

Mike, congrats on getting the night off. Now do something fun.

Happy New Year 2007!!!

hugs always

boop

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 31, 2006 3:34 pm (#2887 of 2989)

Boop, I've been meaning to ask you how you like the HP Scene It game? It is one of our favorites - though we don't always play the board but rather, run the questions and see who gets it first.

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timrew - Dec 31, 2006 5:46 pm (#2889 of 2989)

A very Happy New Year, everybody! Nice house, Denise! And (if it's not too late), a very happy birthday to Kate!

Tim

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painting sheila - Dec 31, 2006 5:57 pm (#2890 of 2989)

Hi everyone!! and Happy New Year!!

Our big plans for tonight are to watch Lord of the Rings - all episodes (yeah right) and turn them off just long enough to do the count down. Then we plan on banging pots and pans outside (until we feel sure we have awoken all our neighbors - they love us)and toasting with sparklin' cider. wOOt!

I have my collards ready to cook for tomorrow - yummy!

It was a fairly quiet day. Got to see lots of old friends at church that were in town visiting family. Yeah! It never ceases to amaze me how fast time moves for some people and seems to go so slow for me. I am sure I look EXACTLY how I did 10 years ago (not)

My New Years Work in Progress this year is to exercise more. I seriously need to lose some weight. So there you go - it's in writing - and I am now accountable for it (gulp).

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DJ Evans - Dec 31, 2006 5:59 pm (#2891 of 2989)

Mike: Woo! Not that I'm much of a partyer, but it's nice to know I could if I wanted to.

That's the important thing, isn't it? Knowing you could if you wanted to? heehee And by the way Linsdey/Sherbie Lemon said to say "Hi" to you & everyone else on the forum.

Hey, all of you pack rats don't go too crazy in throwing out all of the "senseless" things when you get in a cleaning mood. Don't you know that those in your family who might be (or will be) into Genealogy just LOVE pack rats & will love you all the more for having kept such things as old pay stubbs etc? (not all of them, just one or two will do) Oh that is a treasure find to anyone into Genealogy. It might not seem such a big deal now but years down the road, it will be believe me. Just like when I found that old hospital bill about a month ago from my grandparents that I was telling you about? I can't even describe the feeling I got when I saw what I had.

Great house Denise! Does it have a big back yard too?

Wonders if Lisa has caught up on all of the new posts, all 18,152,425 of them, on the "Questions for the Hosts" thread yet? We might not see her again for a while if she is planning on reading them all. brwhahahaha The only time the "glitch" we've been experiencing really bothers me is when it messes with JKR's Web Site thread. Now that's not funny...

Well, it's getting closer & closer to the end of 2006. I kind of hate to see it go in a way but I'm looking forward to 2007, hope it will be a much better year for us all. Better health, more job surcurity, more peace all around & more HP all around. For those who might be out & about celebrating...please be safe so you can come back to us.

Later, Deb

Happy New "2007" Everyone...


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Mediwitch - Dec 31, 2006 6:36 pm (#2892 of 2989)

Happy Birthday 5 to Kate!

Congrats on the house hunting Denise! It's lovely!

We were planning to go to a dance that the Ladies' Auxiliary hosts every year, but we are all still fighting colds...Mr. Mediwitch's has now become a sinus infection so we are staying home. I'm actually glad - I'm looking forward to a quiet night at home. We're about to start watching back episodes of "House, MD". (I love that show, but I never get to see it, so I'm still on Season 2! )

Happy New Year! New Year

EDIT: I'm playing with Firefox's extension Smiley Xtra 4...it's fun but wow that Happy Birthday is big. It's cool, but huge!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Dec 31, 2006 7:12 pm (#2893 of 2989)

WOW, that's a cool birthday smiley, Mediwitch!

2006 was a rough year. I will be happy to put it behind me. Come on 2007!

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geauxtigers - Dec 31, 2006 11:33 pm (#2895 of 2989)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 2007!!

Went to my aunt's house and shot fire works and had some burgers. Now I'm sitting back watching my neighbors shoot some off through my window. Very pretty! Been shooting them off like mad since mid night! Wooo! Its 2007!

My new years Resolution...hmmmm.... Maybe not procrastinate so much and focus more on school this semester. I'll have to think on some others. One should be to eat healthier, but I know that'll never happen so I won't even make that promise! LOL

I've decided I want a Maine coon cat and I want to name it Crookshanks. Unfortunately I could never give up or replace or anything my current kitty! She's my baby! I could never do that to her. But still, they just look so fluffy and snuggly! LOL

Have a great 2007!

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virginiaelizabeth - Dec 31, 2006 11:45 pm (#2896 of 2989)

Hmm New Years resolution....... eat healthier and exercise more. The same as last year, and the year before that, and the year before that. I wonder if I'll actually stick to it this year?

Happy 2007!!!

Wow! 2007. Bit scary isn't it. This time next year I'll be writing 2008, which will really be weird as that's the year I graduate...seems like it shouldn't already be 2007, more like 2000. Freaky how time flies..

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Ydnam96 - Dec 31, 2006 11:48 pm (#2897 of 2989)

I echo the resolutions above: eat less- exercise more, read more books (I'm trying to get to 52 in a year, I read 47 last year), and work on paying off my credit cards. we'll see

So, any of you know-it-alls out there know why people shoot guns on New Years? It seems strange to me.

Have a wonderful 2007!

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MickeyCee3948 - Dec 31, 2006 11:50 pm (#2898 of 2989)

As a funny man once said "May all of your troubles last as long as your New Year's Resolutions."

Mickey

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kaykay1970 - Dec 31, 2006 11:54 pm (#2899 of 2989)

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