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Re: Chat & Greetings 2006

Post  Lady Arabella on Mon Feb 22, 2016 5:15 pm


Caius Iulius - May 20, 2006 1:19 pm (#251 of 2979)        

To all the other Europeans on this forum. What do you think of the song/act from Finland? It is on just know and I don't know what to think of it". It is unusual, to say the least... (the singer has a sort of hardrock batman costume and sings: "hardrock hallelujah.


Anna L. Black - May 20, 2006 1:39 pm (#252 of 2979)        

I think it's... scary mostly. Maybe if they were dressed normal, I'd notice the song too. But I was too busy being shocked.

Romania's song was nice, though.

Edit: Hmmmm, Armenia's choreography was also a bit.... weird. Well, let's go voting!


Tazzygirl - May 20, 2006 2:06 pm (#253 of 2979)        

Hi Everyone!

Just finished setting Sydney's party motif up. She wanted a 'Princess Party' so she got one. Pretty cool looking! We put a tent up with pink cloth hung loosely everywhere (reminds me of the movie Aladdin) and short little tables so the kids can sit on the ground. It is very Disney princessy. Made a CD last night of all the songs from each movie (Cinderella, Aladdin, Ariel, Beauty and the Beast)- it's been playing over and over since 8 this morning. All the little girls look so cute- they are all wearing princess dresses. I still can't believe Sydney's three!

Happy Birthday to Maria's son- Trevor!!

Hope whoever is doing/watching Eurovision is having fun!

Sorry to hear about your dad's dog, Julie!

Off to put Nathaniel to bed!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!!



Caius Iulius - May 20, 2006 2:16 pm (#254 of 2979)        

I liked France too. Very classic song (in French of course).

Finland is doing well in the voting...


azi - May 20, 2006 2:19 pm (#255 of 2979)        

As I don't have a TV I'm watching the video's online on the BBC. So far Finland is actually my favourite. France wasn't bad either.

I had a lovely time at the museum! Avatar will follow soon I'm sure!


Caius Iulius - May 20, 2006 2:57 pm (#256 of 2979)        

And Finland has won the Eurovision Song contest. Congratulations Monsters!


Lina - May 20, 2006 2:59 pm (#257 of 2979)        

I still think Switzerland was the best. And I don't share your opinion on the GB song, Snuffles!


Chemyst - May 20, 2006 3:00 pm (#258 of 2979)        

As I don't have a TV I'm watching the video's online on the BBC.

Thanks for mentioning the BBC, azi. Now I can see a bit of what you're all talking about.


Julie Aronson - May 20, 2006 3:14 pm (#259 of 2979)        


I second Squid Mike on the Encyclopedia Brown series. I was also a big fan of Danny Dunn, Scientific Detective.


HungarianHorntail11 - May 20, 2006 4:18 pm (#260 of 2979)        

Kristina, the party sounds like a 3 year old girl's dream! It must be fun to host it - they always try to act so proper when you set up a "tea" situation. A very Happy Birthday to Sydney!

And thank you. Trevor will be 4 on Monday, but since we are celebrating it on Sunday, I kept thinking it was Sunday. (Just send the "Mother of the Year" award this way. )

Took the children to the carnival. Today was the last day and it was pleasant and not crowded (surprisingly). Though I was not crazy about some of the rides (Pharaoh's Phury), it is amazing how tame it seems after the Tower of Terror. (Did I mention that I am not fond of heights?) However, my voice is a bit hoarse from - well, screaming. Olivia is not at all ashamed of her mom - no sirreee.


HungarianHorntail13 - May 20, 2006 6:12 pm (#261 of 2979)        

Whew, I had a great time at the carnival. Zeppolis, spinning rides, up and down rides, more spinny rides...! The list continues like that.

Mom, after all you have been through, you still don't like heights? Quick find more!

Because you have mentioned BBC, I think you're talking about TV. I like The Office. Mom's hosting my avatar.

It's 9pm, and we have just figured out what's for dinner.



haymoni - May 20, 2006 6:30 pm (#262 of 2979)        

Ungrateful Son really liked "The Magic Treehouse" Books - so did I. Mary Pope Osbourne does a ton of research before writing each one. We have a letter from her - I think it was one of those standard form things - but I remember how excited Son was to get a response to his letter from her. He had suggested that she write a book about being in a submarine.

John - I think you should boldly ask who your "Harry Potter Stalker" is. "Who is stalking me with Harry Potter stickers??? My wife wants to speak to you!!!" That should take care of it!

Have a good one all!


Finn BV - May 20, 2006 6:41 pm (#263 of 2979)        

Happy early birthday Trevor and happy birthday today to Sydney!

I could never get enough of Encyclopedia Brown!! I even tried my hand at writing some in his style… though they were pretty bad…

Congrats to Finland! Yay Finns!

haymoni, that's cool that you even got a letter from Mary Pope!

We had a nice HP conversation at dinner today, because my mom is now around page 200 of OP!! Woohoo!!! She's really enjoying it! She was able to tell my dad the plot up to there! I'm so happy!

Enjoy the RotD!


Mediwitch - May 20, 2006 7:24 pm (#264 of 2979)        

Here's another vote for Encyclopedia Brown - I always loved those books! One of these days I will read The Magic Treehouse books; maybe this summer!! Cool


Tazzygirl - May 20, 2006 8:03 pm (#265 of 2979)        

I missed out on The Magic Treehouse... But I did like Encyclopedia brown. I also like Nate the Great books.

Sydney says thank you for all the birthday wishes!

I am sooooo wiped out. My feet hurt, and I really want to sleep (being that I didn't get to sleep until 3 AM last night. ). The party was a hit! All the little girls decorated crowns to wear, little door knocker thingys, beat up a pinata, and played a 'pin the crown on the princess' game (a poster of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Belle, where they all taped a crown to it). The cake was vanilla with the brightest pink frosting I have ever seen. Pretty impressive. After the kids where done eating, they had pink stains all over their faces.

Now I think I'll go lie down for a bit.



HungarianHorntail11 - May 20, 2006 8:19 pm (#266 of 2979)        

It sounds as though Sydney's birthday party was a hit! What a wonderfully princess pink day!

I'm glad you had fun, Olivia . Now, I think I'll join Kristina and take a rest myself. After all, it's nearly midnight.


Madam Pince - May 20, 2006 8:22 pm (#267 of 2979)        

Having a very surreal "YKYAHPLFW..." moment -- I had never heard of the Eurovision show until this week when Good Evans mentioned it, although apparently it has gone on for years. So then I log onto my internet news homepage and see in big letters "Finns win Eurovision!" and (naturally) I think: "He did? Really? I knew he played tennis but I really didn't know he could sing!" Then I saw a photo of one of the singers in the group and I knew that was definitely not our Finn!

Finn, I think your effort counts as crossing your toes.

Azi, hope you had a great day at the Royal Armories! I would love to have gone with you! We always enjoy the room at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, VA with all the antique firearms, and also the armories at Colonial Williamsburg.

So I made two cakes today for the bake sale -- an Amaretto Cake with about half a bottle of amaretto in it (purchased by an older lady who plans to serve it to her church's ladies' group tomorrow ) and a lemon chocolate-chip one which we cut and sold by the piece. I was so bummed that my kitchen smelled so nice but yet I had no cakes to eat that I ended up buying one of the other ladies' cakes to bring back with me. ***bad Madam P, bad*** The day went well -- Little P spent most of the day with his dad and was very well behaved, so I got to help the little 80-year-old ladies with the bake table. Then afterwards we went to a local crab house with one of Mr. P's buddies and had crabs and steamed shrimp finished off with a piece of double-chocolate cake from the sale. I'm feeling very full right now!

One very good thing about being busy today was that I did not get to watch the Preakness horse race. I am profoundly grateful for that, because the favorite horse ended up breaking his leg during the race and they are not sure that he will live -- will likely have to be euthanized. I love horses, and I used to love watching races, but ever since Ruffian in 1975 I have not been able to watch a race without cringing and peering through my fingers. I absolutely hate to see an animal get hurt, and particularly a horse. I would've been a wreck if I had witnessed this race -- I was almost in tears just reading about it. Glad I missed it, and am hoping the best for the poor animal. I had picked him to win the Kentucky Derby, which he did, and I was hoping for him to win this one today. So sad.

Tazzy, the little princess party sounds so cute! I bet they were adorable! Enjoy your rest tonight -- you deserve it!


Denise P. - May 20, 2006 8:31 pm (#268 of 2979)        
Edited May 20, 2006 9:05 pm

Oh Madam Pince, share the lemon chocolate chip cake recipe! How can you go wrong with lemon and chocolate?

My local news said it was possible he would be able to be saved and used as a stallion, just not ever able to race again.


Mrs. Sirius - May 20, 2006 11:09 pm (#269 of 2979)        

azi, good for you for NOT knowing who Ashton Kutcher is. There was a good woman of Leeds….

My son loved the Magic Treehouse books, he is just past them now. One of the triplets (1of 3) was reading them but she has just this week that she can read the Harry Potter books for herself she is now half way through COS…

The other triplet, (2 of 3) really loves the Junie B Jones books. Although the second grade teachers don’t care for these books, they are great fun, I often have to stop reading because I’m laughing so hard.

Hey Mike I really liked the Encyclopedia Brown series when I was a kid, talk about the Stone Age…

Happy Birthdays Sidney!!!


Puck - May 21, 2006 4:49 am (#270 of 2979)        

Happy Birthdays Iain and Sydney. (Sounds like a fun party. I did the Princess thing for Diva when she turned two, as her brother had had a pirate party that year and I needed to compensate for all the skulls and crossbones.)

Madame P., cakes bought for charity have no calories!

Darn! I forgot to check to see if the BBC had Eurovision show on last night! Congrats to Finn for winning! (Yet another alter-ego.)

My brother's family and mine are going to Disney this fall. (Last time my brother and I were there together it was 1975.) He asked if Mission Space makes people throw up, because he definitely wants to ride everything that makes people throw up. Guess I won't be alone on the coasters this trip! (Olivia and Kate got me to thinking about this.)

Off to wrap gifts. I have a baby shower today. I was up until 1:30am finishing the quilt. (Baby Puck was awake 5 hours later.)

Happy RotD, Kathy


Good Evans - May 21, 2006 5:45 am (#271 of 2979)        

OK Finn - I am convinced it was you in the mask on the stage for Finland last night, So Madam Pince you have been fooled!!! As Finn is a 50 year old / teenager / piano playing / playwright / tennis playing / diplomat and all round good egg! clearly donning the weird Ron Wood esque suit and make up / mask is easily within his talents to win Eurovision!!

I think that Lithuania should have won, imagine whiny school playground type chanting "we are the winners, of Euro- vis-ion " for pure audacity they should have won. Lina - 10/10 for Croatian effort, it was at least (well it seemed to be) a stab at your cultural reflection, unlike some of the Countries that wanted to be 80's American. Having said that can anyone explain what the German entry was about (maybe Immo can shed some light??), where exactly in Germany are the Cacti??????????????????? (it was a country and western song down to the ten gallon hats and cacti - odd to say the least!)

Still it was all euro fun - winner of worst song in our house was Spain - why did they look like they were all in a hairdressing salon??????? No Xenophobia, all just great fun to poke at each other and have a good laugh, roll on next year.....

Have a great Sunday folks

Happy birthday to those celebrating and Kathy enjoy the baby shower (oh and get some sleep!!)



Detail Seeker - May 21, 2006 6:06 am (#272 of 2979)        

Hello, everybody !

As I do not follow the Eurovision contest, I fear, I cannot shed much light on your question, Julie. Cacti do not grow in german landscape. Why a Country & Western song from Germany? We have been taught since 1945, that copying America is a good thing after all and dropping our own traditions is even better.

Some years ago, the rule, that the language of the songs had to be the language of the country was cancelled with the intention, to bring everybody to sing in english. And that is, what, to my mind, really ruined the whole contest - besides the sometimes rather awful songs, brought forward.

These just as a few incoherent infos, best , that I can serve you , here.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 21, 2006 6:17 am (#273 of 2979)        

Oh, I remember Ruffian! It was a huge race between her and Foolish Pleasure. Being a kid, at first I thought Foolish Pleasure got a burst of speed. It took me a moment to realize Ruffian had been hurt. She was lovely looking. What a sad day that was.

Denise, I'm all agog at the rotating picture of Iain Niall. How'd you do that? What a great smile! He takes a really good picture.


azi - May 21, 2006 6:51 am (#274 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday to Denise P's Iain!

I must agree with you, Detail Seeker. I prefer it when people sing in their own language, just more interesting!

Still Finland, I think, were the best. I can't remember who I thought the worst were...Eurovision doesn't exactly hold the prize for decent songs!

No problem about mentioning the BBC, Chemyst! I considered posting a link, but decided people wouldn't really be bothered!

My avatar now shows the armour of an elephant from the Royal Armouries! I got very excited when I saw this, as I hadn't realised elephants were actually used in battle (apart from Lord of the Rings)! I would have posted pictures of huge displays of swords etc., but camera and re-sizing to 10kb problems meant I lost the best pictures. I'll probably go again some day and take more...

Yet another day of pouring rain...*sigh*

Hope everyone has a great day!


kaykay1970 - May 21, 2006 7:11 am (#275 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday Iain! What a cutie!!


Denise P. - May 21, 2006 7:32 am (#276 of 2979)        

Kim, I used animation shop. Trust me when I say it is incredibly easy to do or there is no way I could do it. It does come out fairly large though so I turned off my avatar to use this today instead. I think on another board, I had one where the Hogwarts crest dissolved into the Ravenclaw crest. He was being silly with that smile but it worked out great for this picture.

Mr. Iain has decided he is into monster trucks so his cake is a monster truck cake. He is all excited about dinner since he picked Ruby Tuesday Of course, Kierynn is telling us it is her birthday today too. Yummm....Southwestern Spring Rolls


Finn BV - May 21, 2006 8:08 am (#277 of 2979)        

Glad you had a good time, azi!

Happy Birthday Iain! What a cute pic!

Good Evans, no wonder I'm so busy!

Enjoy the ROTD!


boop - May 21, 2006 9:19 am (#278 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday Iain, hope you have a real fun day!!!

Have a Great ROTD!!!

hugs always



Caius Iulius - May 21, 2006 9:40 am (#279 of 2979)        

LOL Finn, you have been found out!

Congrats to all whose birthdays are these days.


HungarianHorntail11 - May 21, 2006 10:30 am (#280 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday to Iain! He is super cute - how quickly it goes from the cradle to the fifth, eh? (**Perpetual Ache pangs, sigh**) I, too, am impressed with the rotating pic.

Keep studying, Finn - only a few more days. (HHs are all jealous )

The kids did well today in Sunday School. Even the two were in - which I was not certain to expect, but very glad to see. They said they, too, went to the carnival yesterday. I had to keep fishing my heart out of my stomach, but I must say that people are at their best when things are at their worst.


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 21, 2006 11:03 am (#281 of 2979)        

Hey everyone! It's been a very uneventful weekend here. Friday night was a quiet one, and then yesterday was slow. My little brother had his prom this weekend, so yesterday I went to the park where the whole senior class meets to take pictures. He and his date looked GREAT! Then last night me and two of my girlfriends went to see "The DiVinci Code". I thought it was done really well. I loved the book, and must admit that when I heard Tom Hanks would be playing Robert Langdon I was nervous, but he did a wonderful job.

Happy birthday or belated birthday to everyone I've missed this weekend!!

I'm off to check the threads!!



Nathan Zimmermann - May 21, 2006 11:17 am (#282 of 2979)        

I saw the film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code this weekend. The film was well done I thought, and it makes me wonder whetjer the book is even better than the book?


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 21, 2006 11:27 am (#283 of 2979)        

Nathan, did you read the book? While I agree that the movie was amazingly well done, I still don't think it rivaled the book. I suppose that what I liked better about the book was (in white) Langdon's internal appreciation of the art and history around him, and his little anecdotes for the reader of the history or meaning of certain symbols. That was what made the book so great to me, and that was distinctly lacking from the movie. In the movie's defence however, those internal monologues would have been hard to do well without seeming unneeded or silly.

Jm2k...I actually liked Angels and Demons even better then DiVinci Code, so I'm hoping Ron Howard decides to tackle that next, and that he keeps Tom Hanks on as Robert Langdon!!



Tazzygirl - May 21, 2006 11:40 am (#284 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday Iain!!

Denise P.:Ruby Tuesday Of course, Kierynn is telling us it is her birthday today too. Yummm....Southwestern Spring Rolls

I'm taking the Sydney and Nathaniel there tonight, and I am super bummed, as they don't offer the Southwestern Spring Rolls at this Ruby Tuesday's! Although, their mushroom veggie burger is yummy too.

Syd and 'Thaniel's parents went to the Big Island this morning. So I am watching the kids until tomorrow evening, in which they get back. We are going to the zoo and the mall and go out to dinner today, and then tomorrow Syd has school, so we won't be doing much tomorrow.

I haven't read "The DiVinci Code" yet... Need to put it on my book list.

Have a fabulous RotD/N everyone!



Lina - May 21, 2006 2:47 pm (#285 of 2979)        

Happy birthday to Iain!

Well, Julie, the German group has just reminded me that Karl May was German and that Winnetou and Old Shatterhand originally spoke German. Not to mention that it was partially filmed in Croatia. I don't know about you others, but I admit having been a great fan of Nscho-tschi at the age of 6.

And I do have a feeling that this year Eurosong was a contest in shocking people. Those who didn't try to shock went low.


timrew - May 21, 2006 3:26 pm (#286 of 2979)        

Happy 5th birthday, Iain!

Congratulations to Finland for winning the 'best of a bad bunch' in The Eurovision Song Contest.

I didn't give much for England's chances. If they'd kept the kids singing and sacked the rapper, they might have stood a better chance!

What was it Dave Lee Travis (a UK DJ) said? "Do you spell 'rap' with a small 'c' or a large 'C'?" I couldn't agree with him more...................


Catherine - May 21, 2006 6:12 pm (#287 of 2979)        


I'm writing surreptiously from the Business Center of my hotel while my mother eats the room service panini I obtained so that she could be ASSURED of watching the finale of Desparate Housewives.

So, for the record, I've had a lovely trip north into D.C. Most notable thus far is meeting the witty and (don't smack me, Wayne!) adorable Loopy Lupin. He's just as funny in person as he is in writing, folks.

(Fiddle-dee-dee! Catherine said while wearing her ruffled day dress and wide-brimmed sun hat...speaking to her escort, resplendent in his seersucker suit and jaunty bow-tie...")

Okay, that wasn't the scenario...except that I would like to say that Loopy Lupin is probably the first person (aside from Kip, as administrator)whom I ever emailed from the Forum, and he is the first person I ever met, well, in PERSON. I had fun, and am quite psyched to audition for Jeopardy! tomorrow.

**waves to everyone!**


Viola Intonada - May 21, 2006 6:45 pm (#288 of 2979)        

Oh, Catherine, I'm so excited for you!!! I hope all goes well tomorrow!


boop - May 21, 2006 6:45 pm (#289 of 2979)        

Catherine, Glad you got to met Wayne. Good luck tomorrow for your audition for Jeopardy.

~~~waves back~~~

hugs always



Finn BV - May 21, 2006 7:03 pm (#290 of 2979)        

Yay for Catherine!! We'll be thinking of you. Especially because I'm sending some charms to make all the categories Harry-related. Glad you and Wayne got to meet! Yippee!!

**hugs to Betty**

Enjoy the RotD! I have only one week of school left and the last two have just whizzed by, would expect the same for this one!


Snuffles - May 22, 2006 12:32 am (#291 of 2979)        

Happy belated birthday to Syndey and Iain!

Good luck Catherine. We don't get Jeopardy in the UK (at least I don't think we do!!). Are you able to watch it online?

Lol Tim, I couldn't agree more!

Are you saying you liked our song Lina?

Well it has been raining here for about 24 hours, and it doesn't look like it is going to stop for a while! Oh well

Have a good Monday



The giant squid - May 22, 2006 2:48 am (#292 of 2979)        

Why am I not surprised that Finn has already devoured all the Encyclopedia Brown books? Ah, well, I just wanted to share the thing that I enjoyed while Marie was reading Betsy Tacey.

Happy birthday, Iain!

I liked The Da Vinci Code as well. The changes from the book were minor to me, and all made sense within the limitations of transferring book-to-film. Actually one of the scenes at the end made more sense to me in the movie than it did in the book. Go figure.

I'd like to see Angels and Demons too, as I thought that book flowed better than DVC.


*crossing fingers, toes and any other crossable body part for Catherine*

edit: I can't seem to figure out white text, and I'm too tired to try again


azi - May 22, 2006 3:01 am (#293 of 2979)        

Well, after all these good reviews I think I'm going to go see Da Vinci Code this week!

Good Luck Catherine! <<< Put in as couldn't find a good luck smiley! I guessed it's an 'intelligent' smiley...

I wish the rain would stop too Snuffles! **weather charms**

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


kaykay1970 - May 22, 2006 5:02 am (#294 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday to the youngest Horntail!!


Loopy Lupin - May 22, 2006 5:02 am (#295 of 2979)        
Edited May 22, 2006 5:47 am

So, for the record, I've had a lovely trip north into D.C. Most notable thus far is meeting the witty and (don't smack me, Wayne!) adorable Loopy Lupin. He's just as funny in person as he is in writing, folks.—Catherine

Awwwwwwww, shucks! Thank you Catherine. ((((huggles))) Meeting you (and your Mom too) was great and certainly the highlight of the day. (By the way, I hope you got my message on your (ancient) cell phone because I did come up with a "one-liner" for you to use during your audition.) Also, Catherine can attest that during lunch I received a call on my cell that I had to take. I answered the call, got up and went outside the restaurant to talk briefly, thereby not bothering anyone. Score one for Miss Manners!!! And, I got to talk to Kim on Catherine's ancient cell phone this being the first time that I'd talked with her "in person." Did I mention that Catherine's cell phone was ancient? I didn't know that they even made battery packs anymore.

Best of luck Catherine!!!

Edit: Oh, and Happy Birthday to Iain as well as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


Marie E. - May 22, 2006 5:17 am (#296 of 2979)        

Isn't it fun meeting people you've only "talked" to online?

I had a busy, but fun weekend. I went to Denver on Saturday morning for our Teacher Appreciation event at Fat City (an indoor amusement place with bowling, mini-golf, roller-skating, etc). Saturday evening we had the bridging ceremony for Shayla's troop at an indoor amusement area. It was very fun, but tiring. Sunday we went to an open house at our Girl Scout camp so Shayla could have a look around and then spent the rest of the evening with friends of ours who live near there. It's a good 45-minute drive so the girls were exhausted when we got home.

Happy Birthday, Iain! I remember when he was the "baby" in the family photos. May must be a good month for Lexicon birthdays as Lexie's is tomorrow.

Good Luck Catherine!


Julie Aronson - May 22, 2006 6:15 am (#297 of 2979)        

Happy birthday to all the Lexicon kids!!!

I can't wait for Catherine's report! I remember the Golden Girls episode where Dorothy tried out for Jeopardy and was so obnoxious that they wouldn't take her. Not that I think Catherine would do anything like that, but it came to mind when I read Loopy's comment about the one-liner.

Have a great day!!!


Puck - May 22, 2006 6:20 am (#298 of 2979)        

Good luck, Catherine!

24 hours of rain? Not so bad. When you hit day nine, get a day of sunshine, then it starts to pour yet again, it gets a bit more tiring.

Actually the flooding may have saved my uncles life. My mom's sister and family were supposed to go away for the weekend, but couldn't go due to the problems of access water/sewage backing up. Anyway, my uncle who lives with them would have been home alone if they had gone. He had a heart attack on Saturday. If his sister hadn't been there, he could have died. (He went to the hospital on her insistance, and wouldn't have called for help if she hadn't been there.) I went to visit him after the shower. He's alert and has good color, and is teasing his sisters as usual.

Hope everyone has a great RotD!



azi - May 22, 2006 6:25 am (#299 of 2979)        

Healing charms to your uncle, Puck!

It would be cool to meet forumers in real life! Maybe one day...


mike miller - May 22, 2006 6:29 am (#300 of 2979)        

Thanks again for the birthday wishes, even late it's still appreciated. I know how hard it is to "keep current" with this thread. Witness my next statement!

Happy belated Birthday Iain! It's not every day our young man turns 5!.

My wife remedied the cake issue by making a lemon cake with lemon icing, one of my favorites. They say the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree, I like lemon cake and my Dad's favorite is lemon meringue pie.

Have a great RotD!!!
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Re: Chat & Greetings 2006

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Snuffles - May 22, 2006 6:29 am (#301 of 2979)        

Now you put it like that Kathy, maybe 24 hours isn't so bad!

Hope your uncle continues to improve. **healing charms**



Julie Aronson - May 22, 2006 6:32 am (#302 of 2979)        

Wow Kathy!!! Sometimes things really do happen for a reason!!!

Just checking to see if my new smiley program works!!!

edit: And it does!! w00t! Did I do that right, Loopy?


Loopy Lupin - May 22, 2006 6:46 am (#303 of 2979)        

edit: And it does!! w00t! Did I do that right, Loopy? – Julie

Yes, that was good form.


Puck - May 22, 2006 6:53 am (#304 of 2979)        

Love the Dragon, Julie!


Holly T. - May 22, 2006 7:00 am (#305 of 2979)        

Wow, sending lots of happy birthday wishes all around!

Good luck charms to Catherine!

And (name dropping) I've met Mary Pope Osbourne and my daughter has an autographed copy of Stage Fright on a Summer Night. I've also met Kevin Henkes (my daughter won't let her brother read her autographed copy of Lily and the Purple Plastic Purse) and Paula Danzinger. The perks of getting to go to publishing conventions! LOL!

Sadly, JKR has never been to one of these conventions. :-(


Eponine - May 22, 2006 7:01 am (#306 of 2979)        

Good luck, Catherine!

I used to love the Encyclopedia Brown books when I was younger. I always felt really smart when I figured out why the crook was lying.

I'm getting to go home next weekend. My mom's 60th birthday was a couple of weeks ago, so we (my siblings and I) are combining our resources to get her a big present for a combination Mother's Day/60th birthday gift. (I know it's a little late, but I couldn't go home before this.) I'm looking forward to the trip. Everytime I go home to Chattanooga, I always try to do so much stuff but I never get it all in. Hopefully, I'll get most of it in this time.

Catherine, I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you today!

Have a great RotD, everyone!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 22, 2006 8:00 am (#307 of 2979)        

Thanks kaykay! He is having lots of fun so far - missing sisters a bit. (They had to go to school.)

The best of luck to you, Catherine!! Lots of good luck charms being sent your way from the HHs.


Thora - May 22, 2006 10:10 am (#308 of 2979)        

Well I got behind again... my dratted life keeps getting in the way of my Lexicon use.

John, If you ever read this... sneak back as much as you can, okay? The JKR Web site thread will never be the same without you.

Denise, Happy birthday to Iain. Also, isn't Vonage great? Love the price and the service works great, unless we are doing some serious uploading.

Mike, Glad to know you got to have a birthday party.

Well my baby girl is now 2. Sniff. I'll change my avatar to a pic of her cake. I added a "Care Bear" but it didn't turn out as well as I wanted. I had to do it in a hurry because after dinner on Friday my husband told me we needed to celebrate before bed so his parents could get on the road in the morning before the bikers woke up. It was the closing weekend of bike week in Myrtle Beach, and there have been enough deaths with out adding another senior couple in the mix... So I quickly threw the icing on and we opened presents at 10.



Puck - May 22, 2006 10:30 am (#309 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday to Thora's Little One! The Care Bear looks great to me!

Well, Diva just dumped glitter all over, so....



azi - May 22, 2006 10:44 am (#310 of 2979)        

Aww, that cake is lovely! I liked the Care Bears when I was younger - I still own Good Luck and Funshine bears! I hope those are the right's what we called them anyway!

Hmm, the river is starting to burst it's banks here. It's stopped raining now so will probably go down unless we have more rain. I shouldn't get excited, but it is difficult not too. It's environmental!


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 22, 2006 10:49 am (#311 of 2979)        

I loved the Care Bears when I was younger as well! I don't think I have anymore of my bears though. I'm pretty sure they made the cut for the last garage sale and are all gone now!

Kathy, good luck cleaning up the glitter!! In my experience, that stuff stays on everything!

Not really much else to say. I've been lurking on the forum all day and figured it was finally time to post on the Chat thread, so I did!

Have a great RotD everyone!!



Holly T. - May 22, 2006 11:01 am (#312 of 2979)        

Good luck Kathy! I am still finding glitter in my daughter's room from when she accidentally smashed her glitter lamp two years ago. Helpful hint: if your child smashes a glitter lamp, put on gloves before you clean up the goo. I didn't, and whatever goo they put inside glitter lamps made my hands itch.

Have a great RotD!


kaykay1970 - May 22, 2006 11:06 am (#313 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday to Thora's little one! The cake looks great!


Lina - May 22, 2006 12:12 pm (#314 of 2979)        

Happy birthday to Trevor and Jordan!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 22, 2006 12:43 pm (#315 of 2979)        

Thank you, Lina and all! We just returned from picking up the girls and he is now in his glory! They are helping Trevor put a name into the Princess Peach game. Or was it the Animal Crossing game??? Honestly, I don't know how he keeps track.

Happy Birthday to Jordan! The cake is adorable! Looks too good to eat, or good enough to eat - whichever way you want to view it.


Good Evans - May 22, 2006 1:12 pm (#316 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday Jordan and Trevor !!!!!

I think the care bear looks great Thora, although I never cared for them myslef!

Best of Luck Catherine - I suppose about now is about when your audition takes place so.... woo hoo!!!!

Have a great rest of day folks, oh weight loss stands at 35 lbs today thats 2 1/2 stone to those of you who are imperial - am somewhat pleased with self - only another 5 stone to go!!!

have a great rest of day all - and hugs to Betty, not seen you in the chat room for a while!


Madam Pince - May 22, 2006 2:09 pm (#317 of 2979)        
Edited May 22, 2006 2:50 pm

Happy Birthday to Lexie and Iain and Thora's little one and whomever else is celebrating! (Thora, if that's what one of your cakes looks like when you're just slapping icing on in a hurry, I'd love to see one where you take your time! WOW! It looks great to me!)

Probably too late for "good luck" wishes, but hope you did well today Catherine! I can empathize about the ancient cell phone -- somebody at the festival Saturday asked to borrow my phone, and actually laughed at it when they saw it. I started to say "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth -- it's better than your cell which is non-existant!" but decided Miss Manners wouldn't approve. (It's not really that old anyway, I don't think??!!! Definitely bigger than a deck of cards though.)

I can totally see Loopy in seersucker with a bow tie (I'm picturing Matthew McConaughey's witty lawyer friend Harry Rex from A Time To Kill here -- I think he also played a lawyer in Indecent Proposal so that's why I've got his picture filed in my brain next to shark lawyer) -- however, is it proper for one to wear seersucker prior to Memorial Day? I'm thinking it almost falls in the white shoes category....

Puck, glad your Sunday school class went well. I was thinking of you!

Tazzy, have fun babysitting your little ones!

I agree with Immo that the Eurovision songs should be done in the country's native language. I would think that would be part of the appeal, wouldn't it? Oh well, I've not seen the show so what do I know. (Except that I agree with timrew about rap! )

Denise, I'll send you the lemon/chocolate chip cake recipe. It really did turn out pretty yummy, although a lot gooier than I had expected.

I'm almost afraid to watch to watch the Lost finale this week -- can the carnage get any greater? Last night's Desperate Housewives finale certainly bumped things up a notch or two, or three, or...

Thank goodness at least the racehorse is doing well after his surgery! They say still only has a 50/50 due to high chance of infection, but he's looking good so far and it seems very encouraging.

OK, off to pack for our car trip. Sigh....


boop - May 22, 2006 2:58 pm (#318 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday to all Lexicon kids. I hope you all have a great day.

Madam Pince, good luck with the packing. Have a safe fun trip. I passed the hugs on to Jim. He is coming down for the weekend.

Have a great RotD!!!

hugs always



Lina - May 22, 2006 3:12 pm (#319 of 2979)        

Oh, indeed, a happy birthday to Lexie too! Maybe it is really safer to say happy birthday to all the Lexicon kids...

And way to go, Julie! Or should I say w00t? I really envy your perseverance. I lost a kilo (2 pounds) and started to eat chocolate again.


Finn BV - May 22, 2006 3:36 pm (#320 of 2979)        

Happy Bday all Lexicon kids!

Congrats Julie-GE (Good Evans)! That's fantastic work!

Steph and I were nominated by our English class to read at our grade-wide Poetry Slam tomorrow! I'm so excited! She says she's sorry she hasn't been here in a while, just weighed down with end-of-the-year work. (I, of course, leave my work for later to come on. No really, I just don't have as much.)

Won our final tennis meet today, 6-0, 6-2. Yippee!

Only four more days of middle school! Wow!


boop - May 22, 2006 5:31 pm (#321 of 2979)        

Finn, Congrats to winning your tennis meet today! Four more days until school is over for you. YAY!!!! What summer plans do you have Finn? Tell Steph Hi from us and good luck tomorrow.

hugs always



Finn BV - May 22, 2006 5:37 pm (#322 of 2979)        

Betty, on 9 June we will be flying to Barcelona, where we will meet up with friends, rent a car, and drive through NW Spain, the south of France, and ending in Venice. Our plane ride home lays over in Amsterdam for ten hours too (from 8am to 6pm), so we will explore there as well. I am ecstatic!!


Puck - May 22, 2006 6:52 pm (#323 of 2979)        

A BIG "wOOt" to Julie! Fantastic job! (Oh, maybe I should have made it a little "wOOt"?

Had a lovely afternoon outside, then finished the Magic Treehouse book before dinner. I forgot about Encyclopedia Brown. Thanks for the reminder! (I was more of a Beverly Cleary/Laura Ingalls Wilder girl, myself.)

Hope Catherine did great today!

Finn, nice work on the tennis! Is your vacation going to be your first time overseas?

Happy RotD!



winlia - May 22, 2006 6:57 pm (#324 of 2979)        

Hello All.

Just returned from the lack-of-party-invitation inspired water park trip. We had a fantastic time.

I had a little scare that turned into a good laugh. We had just walked into the water park, and Son realized that they had forgotten their goggles. I had told my daughter, China Doll, age 6, that she couldn't go in water over her head. (I had epi-lasik recently, and I wasn't going in the water.) She grabs an inner tube and hops in the lazy river. As she comes around the bend, she slides down into the middle. I catch a glimpse of the very top of her little head, and she's gone again. I was about to wade in wearing jeans, which would have been totally unnecessary given that the water wasn't over her head after all. Even if it had been, she can swim (several years of lessons at the Y), and she was more than capable of hopping back on the inner tube (several years of gymnastic lessons). Just as I was heading for the water, my son showed up, and I yelled, "Help your sister!" For an eight-year-old who finds his sister intensely irritating, he sure moved fast! In fact, I didn't know he could move that fast. It's amazing how hostility and the desire to protect can coexist in siblings.


Finn BV - May 22, 2006 7:09 pm (#325 of 2979)        

Glad everything worked out well, winlia!

Puck, I went overseas five years ago for a similar trip, omitting France and doing more of Italy. (And no Netherlands.)


Catherine - May 22, 2006 7:24 pm (#326 of 2979)        

This is Catherine sneaking on the business center connection in D.C.

Wayne, you are just jealous that my cell phone is four times bigger than yours, and has gum residue (don't ask; kid thing) to boot.

Madame Pince, in fairness to Wayne, I must inform the Forum that Wayne is not nearly Southern enough (living as he does in Northern Virginia) to wear seersucker. I was just making a funny about Wayne to see how he'd pick on me!!! Although I'm sure he'd look smashing in whatever get-up he decides to wear....

OK--about Jeopardy!--I don't know how I did. It was an entertaining and grueling three hours. Wayne--I used a modified version of your one-liner. The whole "audience" of contestant wanna-bes and the studio staff laughed loudly.

Kim will appreciate the following: They made me take another test!! Another fifty question test followed by a lengthy interview in front of twenty other people plus a mock game.

It turns out that I did NOT need coaching to be loud, authoritative, or an aggressive button-clicker. It's great to be gifted in something, finally!

I hope it's enough. If wishes translate to Jeopardy, than I can't ask for more.

Thanks to all for the good luck--it warms the heart, and please know that I had a fantastic time trying out!



Finn BV - May 22, 2006 7:37 pm (#327 of 2979)        

Yay Catherine!! Woohoo, sounds like it went well! I've been trying for ages to get my dad on the show, but I'm afraid he'd just go berserk with the button. Glad you have some talent in that field…


Mediwitch - May 22, 2006 7:49 pm (#328 of 2979)        

Wow Catherine! Sounds promising - when will you know if you made it?



Herm oh ninny - May 22, 2006 8:46 pm (#329 of 2979)        

Hey guys! I just read through about 200 posts, and they've all become a blur! LOL

Ahh Eurovision, since I live in NJ, no one around me has even heard of it! We are Greek, and naturally my father insisted on buying an international satellite the second Greek channels were available on it! LOL Greece won last year(yay) but I hated the song our contestant sang this year! I must admit that while I liked their song, Finland's group scared me just a little bit. Did anyone notice the male host? He is a famous Greek singer whom I have been in love with since I was 14....just wanted to be able to say that to someone who may have actually seen him before! hehehe

Catherine- I'm crossing everything for ya!

Have a great RoTD everyone!


Tazzygirl - May 23, 2006 2:29 am (#330 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday to Lexie and Jordan and all the other little kiddies of the forum families!

Glad to hear your audition went well, Catherine! **crossing fingers** and hoping you make it onto the show! (How exciting if you get on- the entire forum will be watching that episode!! ) I wouldn't do so well with the buzzer- I have a few seconds delay in that area.

I am soooooo tired. Syd and Thaniel's parents got home this evening, and hopefully I can sleep in tomorrow. I can't believe I am still up, it's 11:30 my time, and it feels much later. :yawn:

I went out and bought the first season of Grey's Anatomy yesterday. Managed to watch 3 episodes last night. I started watching the series the night of the Superbowl, so I have a ways to catch up!

Sorry if I missed anyone! Lack of sleep really is getting to me.



Stephanie M. - May 23, 2006 4:29 am (#331 of 2979)        

Wow Catherine! I hope you make it!

Happy Birthday to everyone that I missed!

I have been on the Forum, but I had to read about 100 posts in every thread and I haven't had time to get through all of them, so they just kept building up and building up! I'm finally done! But as Herm oh ninny said, "I just read through about 200 posts, and they've all become a blur!" I can 100% understand, they really are all a blur especially if you read them over a weeks time!

Well, I'm late for my bus! So have a great RotD!!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 23, 2006 4:32 am (#332 of 2979)        

**:wants to know what Wayne's one-liner was and how Catherine modified it**:

Catherine, I guess the second test was to weed out the people who cheated on the first. Not that I would cheat but it did occur to me that we could have gotten on the phone and taken the test together. Either I would be trying out too or you wouldn't have gotten a chance to meet Loopy this weekend.

**:goes off to celebrate what appears is going to be a second day without rain**:


azi - May 23, 2006 4:53 am (#333 of 2979)        

Well done Catherine on just surviving the audition!

Wow, Julie (GE), that's loads of weight lost! Keep it up!

Lovely and sunny here. Yey!

Nice days to all!


kaykay1970 - May 23, 2006 4:56 am (#334 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday Lexie!


mike miller - May 23, 2006 5:23 am (#335 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday Lexie!

Congrats Finn on the tennis match and I'm sure you're going to have a great trip.

Catherine - Sounds encouraging! Remember they're looking for intelligent players who have "character". I too am curious about Loopy's one liner.

Have a great day everyone!


Julie Aronson - May 23, 2006 5:57 am (#336 of 2979)        

Happy birthday Lexie!

Catherine, it sounds like you had a great experience, anyway. I hope you make it on the show!!!


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 23, 2006 6:09 am (#337 of 2979)        

Happy birthday Lexie!

Catherine, I hope you make it onto the show! That would be so awesome! I too am joining the group that is curious as to what Loopy's one-liner was...

Does anyone else here watch 24 ? The season finale was last night and I'm still in shock!! This week is a good one for TV for me. 24 was last night, the season finale of House is tonight, and the finale of American Idol is tonight with the 2 hour results show tomorrow! All of the "Top 12" are coming back to sing tomorrow and I'm relaly excited because I love Chris and Bucky and I'll be able to see them perform again! But I hope Taylor wins the finale! I love him.

Oo! I'm also really excited about The Closer starting again in June. It's so nice to have a new season to watch over the summer when all my other favorite shows are playing re-runs!!

Well, off to check the threads...



HungarianHorntail11 - May 23, 2006 6:10 am (#338 of 2979)        

Madame Pince, I hope I'm not too late in wishing you all a safe and healthy trip and may your sanity be intact when you return.

Happy Birthday Lexie!

HHs still sending good luck charms your way, Catherine. It sounds as though we may all be watching for a certain episode with you!

Finn, great scores! Congratulations on your tennis finals, and also for being nominated for the Poetry Slam today! Your trip to Europe sounds great!

Trevor is still a bit young but I would like to start making family trips overseas in the next several years. A neighbor down the street wants to come along with us if we go to Hungary - I guess they think I'd make a good tour guide . I would like to visit Monet's Garden like in "Linnea In Monet's Garden" and of course, England (my in-laws grew up in Shoreham) to visit family.

Good Evans, that is great, keep up the good work! You may have to treat yourself to a new wardrobe when all is said and done.

Enjoy a great RotD everyone!


Thora - May 23, 2006 7:40 am (#339 of 2979)        

Thora, if that's what one of your cakes looks like when you're just slapping icing on in a hurry, I'd love to see one where you take your time!- Madame Pince

Well, not much better. I put the Strawberry Shortcake on this one for my oldest girl's birthday a few months back. I've never taken any lessons, and I hope to get around to taking some before my kids run out of birthdays where it's cool to have mom add a few things to your cake.

Winla- It's really amazing how kids can fight non-stop and still love each other more than life, isn't it?

Well I'm off to a play date at the park, the kids have their shoes on and I've not even brushed my hair, eek.



John Bumbledore - May 23, 2006 9:30 am (#340 of 2979)        

Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon Thank you to all who offered word of support or helpful suggestions for the "sticker stalker" I seem to have.

Happy anniversary to those who recently celebrated b-days and such! (and also if you soon will.)

Heart felt sympathies to Julie, Maria, Olivia, Jenn and any others who have had a loss or recent hardship.

Thora, the only difference I see between the cakes you decorate and the ones with images printed by some cold, heartless machine is the obvious love, time, and care you give with yours.

I saw a Harry Potter reference on the ".. in pop culture" thread and wanted to share what I found. New dino named Dracorex Hogwartsia.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania currently has article about and an artist rendering of Dracorex Hogwartsia on their home page.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

P. S. Madam Pince, The State Museum of Pennsylvania is located at 300 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120 which I think is still about half the state away from Betty ((Boop))!

Sorry, all I have time for. Best of the RotD or N to us all, everyone!

Oh, such muggles! Look what their press release says... Academy? Indeed! LOL

   PHMC paleontologist Robert M. Sullivan helped world-renowned paleontologist Robert T. Bakker come up with the name Dracorex hogwartsia in honor of the fictional “Hogwarts Academy” from the popular books and films based on Harry Potter’s adventures by British author J. K. Rowling. The scientific name Dracorex hogwartsia means “dragon king.”

   A cast of the skull of the dragon-like, spiked-headed dinosaur found in South Dakota in 2003 is on display at The State Museum of Pennsylvania starting today.


Esther Rose - May 23, 2006 10:02 am (#341 of 2979)        

Oooooh ho ho ho. Guess who is going to visit Pittsburg with her family this summer? Perhaps I can request a detour driving home?


Loopy Lupin - May 23, 2006 10:20 am (#342 of 2979)        

Madame Pince, any time is a good time for seersucker.

The "one-liner" wasn't supposed to be a "one-liner" in the sense of "Take my wife. Please!!!" or "Did your mother have any children that lived?" Catherine told me that Jeopardy asked that they come up with a "one-liner" of sorts that dealt with one's interests. So, the gist of what I told her to say was something to the effect that her biggest interests were (1) her children, (2) her husband, and (3) her sheed-zus Phoebe and Daisy and that while her children always came first, the order of the last two depended upon her husband's behavior. Ba-dum-bump.

Sounds like things went rather well Catherine; I'm sure you did your best. I suppose it is all in Alex Trebeck's hands now, but if you do make it, I would love to be able to point you out to my non-Forum friends. I don't think they really believe me when I tell them that the majority (or at least a very significant portion) of Forumers are actually adults. It would be my chance to say, "Ha!"



Finn BV - May 23, 2006 11:00 am (#343 of 2979)        

Very funny, Catherine. Thanks for telling us Loopy.

Bumbledore, glad everything is working out (? – I think – your wording was a bit unclear).


John Bumbledore - May 23, 2006 11:14 am (#344 of 2979)        
Edited May 23, 2006 12:23 pm

Clear, it was not?

Continue, it does.

Sticker, a new one there is.

Time, I have not.

Humor, survive it does.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

P. S. I was just thinking that this Dracorex Hogwartsia image I used as my faux avatar in my previous post reminds me of Caput Draconis who I have not seen about in quite a while. Perhaps we just visit different threads?

Edit **Wave to Good 'evans! **


Good Evans - May 23, 2006 11:35 am (#345 of 2979)        

well done Catherine fingers crossed that it is a "result for you" !!

John (or Yoda!!!) glad to see the humour hasn't deserted you, but it must be really frustrating, a joke is one thing, this is just stupid!!

Olivia, would you believe my Mother-in-law lived in Shoreham (and hubby grew up there) it is about 10 miles from where I live but I know it quite well. When Mother-in-law was alive we used to visit quite a lot! Small world!

have a great rotd all


Madam Pince - May 23, 2006 1:09 pm (#346 of 2979)        

Finn, you'll have been to more countries before you enter high school than I have been to in 40-mumble-mumble years.... I'm happy for you, but sad for me! Sounds like a fantastic vacation! Actually, my two "wanna-visits" are Pompeii and the Yorkshire dales. Well, and Egypt. And basically anyplace that has ancient things. But other than that, I'm good where I am.

Thanks for the travel wishes, boop and everyone! I am off this minute to drop off the dog at the kennel and run various other last-minute errands (such as picking up migraine headache pills at the pharmacy -- just in case ) If I post after this, I shouldn't be, because I should be packing the car.

OK, everyone have a great RotW -- enjoy the Lost finale, and enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend if you are in the States and will be celebrating! Stay safe!


boop - May 23, 2006 3:10 pm (#347 of 2979)        

Winlia, glad everything turned out fine. Sound like it would be lots of fun there.

Catherine, Glad you had a good time. I will keep my fingers crossed that you make the show.

Jenn, I watch 24. You just never know how that show will turn out. I also watch House, and American Idol.

Thora, I love your cakes. You do a great job on them.

John, Harrisburg is about 2 hours from me. Glad to see you around!

Have a great RotD!!

hugs always



Catherine - May 23, 2006 4:10 pm (#348 of 2979)        

Catherine, Glad you had a good time. I will keep my fingers crossed that you make the show. –Boop

I did so enjoy myself. Thanks again for good wishes and good luck--I will need them all. I was quite insistent on "penciling out" the entire month of September and half of August in terms of filming dates. They will start filming in August, but as I am starting a new job then, I do NOT wish to leave a new class with a substitute teacher so soon.

If I am chosen (Oooh, the "chosen one") to film on August 1, I will know that the HP gods and goddesses do NOT wish me to attend the NYC readings.

Joking aside, I wasn't "Stella the Super Star" in auditions. I was "pitted" against another Who Wants to be a Millionaire? person, except that this guy bragged publicly about how he almost got on, but then didn't. The folks then turned to me and said, "So what happened on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? with you????

I tried very hard to (LONG EXPLANATION FOLLOWS: because this is a source of embarrassment) to emphasize that I THOUGHT I knew something (a.ka. being an insufferable know-it-all), but did fail in the task (a.ka. lost the MILLIONAIRE $64,000 question).

So--long story made short--I competed against a dude who was banking on "Millionaire" status without actually having done "Millionaire."

So they will choose, I think, "Which one?"

I hope it's me. I was wearing me new pink lipstick!


Puck - May 23, 2006 5:55 pm (#349 of 2979)        

Catherine, you were on Millionaire? I never knew that! Glad you had a fun try out!

John, glad you had a chance to sneak over!

Long day, glad it's at an end. It was my last ballet class for this session, so the girls put on a little show at the end. The really did quite well, I was impressed.

Okay, so it was voting day, and I went to the school to vote. I give my address, but my street isn't on their list. This guy asks if I live in a particular area, but I say no, my street is on the other side of town. He told me no, that street is definitely on the west side and I must be confused. About what? My address or where my house is? He looked up my name and was surprised to see I was right about the name of my own street. Apparently I look much dumber than I actually am.

Well, it's been almost 24 hours, so I must get to 5 words!




Madam Pince - May 23, 2006 10:05 pm (#350 of 2979)        

Packing stinks.

***said while looking at every thread of summer-ish clothing I own, none of which has been tried on in 8 months and which cannot possibly fit, even if I did still like it, which I don't***

Good thing I've got 8 more hours to finish and to sleep before we walk out the door to leave.
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The giant squid - May 23, 2006 11:56 pm (#351 of 2979)        

Marie, please give Lexie a super-big hug from me. I got so wrapped up in work & whatnot that I completely spaced on her birthday! I'm a horrible uncle...

Our plane ride home lays over in Amsterdam for ten hours--Finn BV

And, alas, you're far too young to truly enjoy it.

I hope you make it onto Jeopardy, Catherine. I fully intend to live vicariously through you.




azi - May 24, 2006 4:58 am (#352 of 2979)        

Great to see you around, John! **waves**

Have a great holiday Madam Pince! **wishing she had a holiday planned**

Hehe, Puck! The guy must have been really embarrassed when he found out he was wrong! Hope you had fun at 5-words as well!

Catherine - that 'almost-Millionaire-but-not-quite-there' guy sounds annoying! **fingers and toes still crossed**

Alas, washing calls to be done.

Hope everyone has a nice day!


Puck - May 24, 2006 5:27 am (#353 of 2979)        

This should be a lovely day. Nice weather, mother's helper coming this afternoon, and nothing else on the calendar. Ahhh.

Mike, I'm sure you're a fine uncle. (ps- you're supposed to say you ordered a gift on-line, but it was back ordered and may not arrive on time. )

Azi, the gentleman politely thanked me for teaching him something new. Actually, he was polite the whole time, I just thought it odd he decided I was more likely to be mistaken about the location of my house than he was.

Happy RotD,



azi - May 24, 2006 5:35 am (#354 of 2979)        

Ooo, good on him for being polite then, Puck! I don't like the lack of common courtesy I see these days (hmm, sounding older than I am there...).

Your day sounds lovely as well!


Marie E. - May 24, 2006 5:38 am (#355 of 2979)        

We've had our first-ever neighbor altercation! For the last three days our behind-us neighbor boy has been throwing water balloons into our yard. Mr. E said that it was harmless fun, despite me complaining about cleaning up broken balloon pieces that are choking hazards. The girls complained to me a few times about the balloon throwing. Last night my two girls and my friend's two boys were out on the trampoline when they all came running in saying that the boy next-door threw something at Shayla and hit her in the stomach. They showed me a marble sized bead thing and a circular welt on Shay's stomach. I said, "He threw this?" and my friend's son said, "No, he has a slingshot." I went into full Momma Bear mode. Mr. E called over the fence to the boy, who had run into the house. We questioned him about shooting a bead at our daughter and he said he did it because she threw a rock at him. (She says she wasn't aiming at him, just throwing it to stop him from throwing water balloons anymore.) My friend asked him how old he was (he looks about 14ish). He said he was 17 and his parents weren't home. He told us he was under the impression that they all were "just playing around" and that he didn't intend to hit Shayla. I replied that he was 17 and Shayla was 9 so he should have known better. We told him no more throwing things over the fence and we'll talk to his parents tomorrow (today). I did note that he never apologized, even after I told him about Shayla's injury. Shayla is being punished for throwing the rock. She's not allowed to play in the backyard today.

--favorite Lexie party moment-At Pump It Up there's an inflatable throne the birthday child sits in to open presents. Lexie kept telling the other kids "get out of my throne!".


Puck - May 24, 2006 5:57 am (#356 of 2979)        

Marie, Lexie sounds like a perfect "Queen"! You're neighbor boy sounds like a perfect something else that I can't say on this forum. A slingshot?!

**mumbles something about 17 being old enough to know better**

To restore faith in young men, I will state that I just saw on the news that one of the new selectmen in Massachusetts is all of 21 years old. Wow! He's still in college and already won his first election.



haymoni - May 24, 2006 6:43 am (#357 of 2979)        


There really is such a thing???

I thought they only lived in "Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel"!!!


Loopy Lupin - May 24, 2006 8:08 am (#358 of 2979)        

Our plane ride home lays over in Amsterdam for ten hours--Finn BV

And, alas, you're far too young to truly enjoy it. – Mike



Chemyst - May 24, 2006 9:20 am (#359 of 2979)        

Our plane ride home lays over in Amsterdam for ten hours--Finn BV

And, alas, you're far too young to truly enjoy it. - Mike

Hehehehehehehehehehehehe! –Loopy



Esther Rose - May 24, 2006 9:26 am (#360 of 2979)        

This certainly does look like guy humor, but my guess is that it is "beverages of choice" humor. No Firewhiskies for Finn!


Chemyst - May 24, 2006 9:29 am (#361 of 2979)        

I was thinking red lights, and not the traffic signal kind.


Loopy Lupin - May 24, 2006 9:36 am (#362 of 2979)        

Well, before this veers off into very Forum unfriendly speculation, the joke has nothing to do with any particular districts in Amsterdam, those lit crimson or otherwise. Further explanation can be found in the collected works of Messrs. C. Marin and T. Chong.


Chemyst - May 24, 2006 9:42 am (#363 of 2979)        

...well then, Cheech and Chong are definitely guy humor.


John Bumbledore - May 24, 2006 9:45 am (#364 of 2979)        
Edited May 24, 2006 10:28 am

Edited to remove unnecessary guess, since Loopy and Chemyst "cleared" the air before I had finished my post.

It is probably too cold yet for sun bathing, so it is not likely Finn will need to "wash his eyeballs." LOL

Finn, If it is warm or at least sunny, remember to wear dark sunglasses so you don't look like this . LOL

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Esther Rose - May 24, 2006 9:57 am (#365 of 2979)        

AH! You are more correct than I am Chemyst. Now that I am completely wrong. =)


Catherine - May 24, 2006 10:00 am (#366 of 2979)        

..well then, Cheech and Chong are definitely guy humor. –Chemyst



mike miller - May 24, 2006 10:19 am (#367 of 2979)        

Well Loopy, I can admit to being a teenager during the 70's and my mind went right to Cheech and Chong. However, their movies don't seem quite as funny when you're not under the influence.


Puck - May 24, 2006 10:53 am (#368 of 2979)        

Haymoni, good to see you're so involved with local politics.


Soul Mate for Sirius - May 24, 2006 10:57 am (#369 of 2979)        

Well Loopy, I can admit to being a teenager during the 70's and my mind went right to Cheech and Chong -mike miller

Well Mike, I was not even born in the 70's, and I have to admit that my mind went right to Cheech and Chong as well!!

..well then, Cheech and Chong are definitely guy humor. --Chemyst

Indeed. – Catherine

Well then, I must admit to having a guy's sense of humor because I was laughing quite a bit when I read Squid Mike's post!



haymoni - May 24, 2006 11:01 am (#370 of 2979)        

Is "selectmen" the same as "Council Person" or is it higher, like a County Commissioner???


Loopy Lupin - May 24, 2006 12:21 pm (#371 of 2979)        

Well Loopy, I can admit to being a teenager during the 70's and my mind went right to Cheech and Chong -mike miller

Dave's not here!


Julie Aronson - May 24, 2006 1:12 pm (#372 of 2979)        

RE: Cheech and Chong

It's Labrador, man.


azi - May 24, 2006 2:34 pm (#373 of 2979)        

I fully admit that I don't even know who Cheech and Chong are. I thought of something else when Amsterdam was mentioned. Flat, very flat. With bridges.

Just saw Da Vinci Code. Was very good, although the main two characters aren't the best actors in mine and my friend's opinion. Ian McKellen made the film amazing for me, even though he wasn't like I imagined the character to look like. My friend, who hasn't read the book, thought the plot was a bit fluffy at points, such as how quickly the codes seemed to be solved with little explanation or train of thought. I have to agree with that. Overall it was a good film! One thing annoyed me - the 'British' accent that no one actually talks. So annoying! I have a real need to visit Paris now, because it's so pretty.

Afterwards I had pub dinner and reverted to childhood with 'eyes bigger than belly' behaviour. I'm disappointed because I couldn't finish my treacle sponge and custard (it was huge). *sigh*


Esther Rose - May 24, 2006 2:38 pm (#374 of 2979)        

Yep, I want to watch that movie but I can't see Tom Hanks playing the lead character. That's a tough sell for me.


Kip Carter - May 24, 2006 2:40 pm (#375 of 2979)        

I feel that everyone has tried to keep this conversation on both Cheech (Marin) and (Tommy) Chong and the "guy humor" within bounds; however any attempts to further explain certain things, like "It's Labrador, man." (remembering and ROFL ), may stretch the envelope of good taste to the limits.

I suggest we move on before some tried to explain further. There are web sites available for those interested; however please don't list them here. I am sure that most understand how to Google by now. (If I were the only one involved, I would have a ball with this type of conversation!)

'Nuf said!

Thank you, azi and Esther Rose, for changing the flow of discussion!


Tazzygirl - May 24, 2006 2:53 pm (#376 of 2979)        

**waves to Kip**

Wow, Marie! That 17 year old should have known better! The water balloons would have done it for me. Hope your daughter's stomach heals soon. Ouch.

I was rudely awakened this morning (about 6 AM) by the neighbor's fire alarm going off. The house wasn't on fire, it was one of those 'the battery is dying and this is how it tells us that it is dying' moments. The thing went off and on for almost 2 hours, and was constantly on for one of those two hours. Oh well.

Nothing much to really tell... One more week and I am back in California for a month! w00t!!

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



Julie Aronson - May 24, 2006 3:04 pm (#377 of 2979)        

Point taken, Kip. Feel free to e-mail me any time to talk Cheech and Chong!

RE: The Da Vinci Code

I haven't read the book yet. I'm waiting to see the movie. Tom Hanks might be OK, but I'm NOT an Audrey Tautou (sp?) fan right now...

Have a great evening!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 24, 2006 3:04 pm (#378 of 2979)        

Olivia, would you believe my Mother-in-law lived in Shoreham (and hubby grew up there) it is about 10 miles from where I live but I know it quite well. When Mother-in-law was alive we used to visit quite a lot! Small world!

Good Evans, wow, small world indeed! I was just looking at the pictures of Shoreham last week. She said not very much has changed. The round chapels, the waterway (is it a river?) that separates it, etc. Looks like a neat place to grow up. My father-in-law was on a rowing team and now I understand why - water everywhere!

Mike, you are not a bad uncle, you are just getting old. . .and forgetful - like the rest of us.

Kristina, that sounds awful! Were you able to get back to sleep?? We have alarms that go off around here all the time and they reset themselves, so they start, stop, start, stop. . .well, you get the idea. When our neighbor across the street was new, they'd set it off all hours of the day and night and not know how to shut it off. Needless to say, newborn baby and I were not too happy.

Marie, I am curious to learn how the boy's parents react. Doesn't he have homework to do, or something????? I'd have a list of chores for him longer than OotP! "What's that, dear? You're bored?? Oh, okay, let me get my pen and some paper. After you finish this list, we'll find you a paying job."



Marè - May 24, 2006 3:15 pm (#379 of 2979)        

Well without going into guy territory, Finn, when in Amsterdam, try to get your hands on a caramel cookie called "stroopwafel". Preferrably the fresh, still warm ones from the market (you can smell them from afar) and otherwise, try to find a package...
I thought of something else when Amsterdam was mentioned. Flat, very flat. With bridges
Have you seen the rest of the country? That's about it... And you can almost see all of it in one view from the plane. (Wave to me when you pass over us Finn!) I tried it last weekend... We did a weekend in Dublin (rain and pubs) and flew back to a slightly warmer home.

And as for pub food: HUGE piece of delicious homemade carrotcake! So glad my main meal was actually rather small...

Crossing thumbs for Catherine and her quiz results and wishing everybody a happy ROTD. Now I have to go and brave the 150 or so posts in the Potty games thread...


Detail Seeker - May 24, 2006 3:24 pm (#380 of 2979)        

I do not know, if you like that, Finn, but the Netherlands have the best salt liquorice in the world - and a good shop for that in the airport.

It is about time for me to visit that shop again....


Catherine - May 24, 2006 3:47 pm (#381 of 2979)        

Mmmm...this thread is giving me the munchies, big time.

Stroopwafel sounds delicious. Normally I don't like licorice, but Detail Seeker's description would make me try it, at least.

Not to mention Mare's description of carrot cake...I have an unholy weakness for carrot cake. My own recipe for carrot cake is so decadent and rich that I only make it once every few years. I persuaded an older lady to part with the recipe after she had refused to give it to me several times. (**oooh, this makes me think of Hepzibah Smith from HbP!**) It has a ridiculous amount of oil, butter, and cream cheese in it, but it is good.

Well, I think I have recovered from "Jeopardy Boot Camp." It's on to "teaching time." I spent an hour on the phone today with a parent who wants ME to institute the National History Day competition at our school. This is the equivalent of a "history fair" for people who grew up competing/being forced to compete in "science fair."

I'm not a history teacher, but as Humanities teacher, I will be teaching both English and Social Studies. It's a little daunting as I have ZERO experience in "mentoring" history projects toward regional and national competition.

And here I was worried that they wanted me to start a Quiz Bowl team.

As this is an educational link, I hope that I can be forgiven for linking to for anyone who wishes to learn more about the competitions. My inner Hermione is fascinated, but my inner Ron says, "You'd have to be mental!"


Julie Aronson - May 24, 2006 3:53 pm (#382 of 2979)        

Catherine, "yoo can doo eet!"

I also think I share your weakness for carrot cake. I found the best way to rationalize the cake love is to make carrot cupcakes. They freeze great, and they're just little.


Nathan Zimmermann - May 24, 2006 3:56 pm (#383 of 2979)        

Mare and Detail Seeker I agree the stroopwafelen and salt licorice are excellent. I only wish I could get may hands on some here in the United States.

Finn if you are also visiting Spain I would recommend a breakfast churros con chocolate.


Tazzygirl - May 24, 2006 4:14 pm (#384 of 2979)        

If churros con chocolate is what I think it is, I want some!

I'll have to make a list of all the food you all are mentioning, so when I eventually get to travel to Spain and Amsterdam and basically all over Europe, I'll know what is good!



Marè - May 24, 2006 4:31 pm (#385 of 2979)        

Oh, I'm getting hungry, not good!

I forgot about liquorice (called: "drop" over here) even though we brought a big pack to our Dutch friend in Dublin this weekend.
It comes in sweet and soft, honey, salt, double salt and triple salt... You have to like it, lots of people don't and lots of Dutch people can't go without it. Apparently we eat it more than chocolate. I like the honey ones.

And oh "poffertjes" (for your list Tazzy) they are a cross between your odd fluffy american pancakes () and the real pancakes ().

I was this tempted this weekend to buy golden sirup and try to make treacle tart again when I was home... But I know it won't be as good as the real one. I was also tempted by Phelims favourite, banoffi pie.

Maybe we need to start an international food exchange programs... After all, I still have to try those peeps!


Nathan Zimmermann - May 24, 2006 4:51 pm (#386 of 2979)        

Finn, If you are visiting Spain would also suggest a nice dish of Capriotada, a Spanish bread pudding for dessert.

On another note when I visited Wassenaar in July of 1993 one of my favorute was called the Pancake House in English that speciallized in dishes made with crepes.


Tazzygirl - May 24, 2006 5:03 pm (#387 of 2979)        

Thanks, Mare!

...Pancake House in English... reminds me of the Waffle Houses they have in the South here in the States...



HungarianHorntail11 - May 24, 2006 5:34 pm (#388 of 2979)        

LOL! Just watching No-Shoes-Dave from American Idol! LOL!

I'd forgotten about him!

Oh, my husband just told the children "Mommy reminds me of Dave!" Oh, how rude!

Are you suuure you all still want to meet up with HH's after Radio City???

This thread has now made me hungry. It also reminded me of the foods I miss from Hungary. (Though it has been more than two decades since I've been there!)

A recipes thread would be great!


Finn BV - May 24, 2006 5:53 pm (#389 of 2979)        

Happy Belated Birthday Lexie! Marie, hope you talk some sense into the boy!

Enjoy your holiday, Madam P!

**wonders if Chemyst was making some allusion to his traffic light project, and waves**

**also waves to Kip, and heads over to Google, and doesn't say anything to Squid Mike**

The New Yorker panned the Da Vinci Code. It was hilarious! No intention on seeing or reading it.

Thanks, Mare, Detail Seeker, and Nathan, for the tips! I'm writing them all down now!

Maria, I think there once was a recipes thread (could be wrong), but it was mulched.

So, happy to report that I won the poetry slam and will be reciting it at Class Day, next Tuesday, in front of parents. I will also receive a gift certificate to or something then.

Lots of studying to do!


DJ Evans - May 24, 2006 5:55 pm (#390 of 2979)        

Oh Catherine? ***waves hand up in the air so very excitedly*** Is there any way you would be willing to share your recipe for Carrot Cake? Mother & I just love Carrot Cake & would love a good recipe for one. One of my bosses from way back when used to make one that was out of this world, but sadly I lost her recipe & I haven't seen her in ages. I've looked for a really good recipe & yours sounds like it would definitely be worth a try. If you can't share it, I will, of course, understand but please? Pretty please -- with cream cheese frosting on top?

HH11: We used to have a recipe thread, but I guess it got lost somewhere along the way at some point...

Later, Deb


Marè - May 24, 2006 6:04 pm (#391 of 2979)        

Not mulched, stored:
Mare-, "-- Harry Potter themed recipes" #, 9 Oct 2003 6:18 am

Maybe we can open it again to add the carrot cake recipe? :hint:

And congrats on the poetry slam winning Finn!


Tazzygirl - May 24, 2006 6:15 pm (#392 of 2979)        

Congratulations, Finn, on winning the poetry slam!

Off to take 'Thaniel swimming...



Puck - May 24, 2006 7:22 pm (#393 of 2979)        

Congrats to Finn, who will return from his trip ten pounds heavier if he eats all that you are suggesting!

Actually, those cookies and licorice sound wonderful!

Mare, I'd be happy to send you some peeps!

What's a "real" pancake? Have I been eating plastic ones all these years?

Deb, haven't seen you in a while! Have you been lurking?

Happy RotD!



HungarianHorntail11 - May 24, 2006 8:01 pm (#394 of 2979)        

Congratulations on winning the Poetry Slam, Finn!

Will mom be there to videotape, or does that not happen once you hit 8th grade? Come to think of it, I think Olivia would be mortified if I showed up in her school with a video camera. Silly mommy that I am.

Thank you DJ Evans and Finn for the info. on the recipe thread and for the link, Mare. I just checked it out and remember having read it way back before I became a member.

I love carrot cake, but must admit that I only like the homemade kind. The store bought just does not taste the same.

Did anyone watch American Idol? I don't want to say who won in case anyone TiVo'd it.


haymoni - May 24, 2006 8:13 pm (#395 of 2979)        

OK - I have totally ruined myself.

I watched "Lost".

I'm hooked.

Do you think I have an addictive personality???

I don't smoke, drink coffee or have more than 1 drink at a sitting.

However, I'm hooked on a book (okay - books), I watched "Contender" until my eyes bled and now you nasty, nasty people have led me to an island.


Tazzygirl - May 24, 2006 8:21 pm (#396 of 2979)        

Welcome to our world, Haymoni! And you started with the season 2 Finale for Lost?!?! You are brave!



Mrs. Sirius - May 24, 2006 9:40 pm (#397 of 2979)        

Haymoni, nope, we really do have selectmen in New England. There is the first selectmen, and two selectman on the board of selectman. They are like the mayor. Our selectman, until this past election, was one of those youngest ever, he was in his early 20’s when he was first elected.

I loved carrot cake and then I discovered cheese cake. I had one slice of cheese cake and was so amazed that anything could be so good. I bought a cheese cake at a New York bakery. I gave my sister a slice and took a slice for myself, then I had another because it was just so good. Then I had another thin slice and then another smidge. Before I knew it I 'd eaten the entire cheese cake, but for the slice my sister had. One should never eat an entire cheese cake…I did discover.

Congratulations Finn on the poetry contest. I never got a handle on poetry.

Happy birthday Lexie!


Julie Aronson - May 24, 2006 11:48 pm (#398 of 2979)        

Congrats Finn!!!'s no wonder I can't lose any weight with all the food talk on this forum!


The giant squid - May 25, 2006 2:21 am (#399 of 2979)        

Congrats, Finn, and welcome to the island, haymoni. "One of of us..."

Well, after Marie's story I'm now planning on ordering something online for the much is a Soprano's-style whacking going for on Amazon? Seriously, what kind of pathetic waste shoots things at kids half his age? I've got half a mind to hop on a plane and ruin his weekend. I have bigger things than beads, and years more experience with slingshots...

Since Kip (wisely) put the kibosh on the Amsterdam stuff, I'll just offer a LOL to Loopy and Julie.



kaykay1970 - May 25, 2006 4:49 am (#400 of 2979)        

Congratulations Finn!

For some reason I suddenly feel hungry. I was actually ok with all then food talk until Mrs. Sirius mentioned cheesecake. It is my absolute favorite, but I only really like it homemade. Off to find my recipe...
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Eponine - May 25, 2006 5:05 am (#401 of 2979)        

Mmmm...cheesecake. I have a fabulous Oreo Cheesecake recipe that's just to die for, but it's very, very bad for you.

The other day I made a dark chocolate raspberry cake, and it was delicious. I was very glad I got to send the rest of it home with other people after lunch, because I can't have that stuff in my house right now. (I'm trying to lose weight. So far, I've lost about 8 pounds.)

I'm driving home today for the weekend. Mr. Eponine's job took him to Chattanooga this week, so I'm driving out today, and we're going to spend some time with my family. Whenever I go home, there's a couple restaurants I have to go to, and I must visit the used book stores. I usually come back to NC with several more books than when I left.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

P.S. Bellatrix has reportedly been recast.


Puck - May 25, 2006 5:13 am (#402 of 2979)        

mmmm, cheesecake!

Haymoni, hehehe, it worked! You couldn't resist that white print!


Marie E. - May 25, 2006 5:29 am (#403 of 2979)        

Mr. E forgot to go over to the neighbor's yesterday, so we've yet to talk to the boy's parents. I'm kind of glad they weren't home that night because I was hopping mad (almost literally) and I might have said something I shouldn't have.

Today is the last day of school in our district. I really liked the teachers my girls had this year, so I almost as sad as they are. Shayla has a field trip today to Cave of the Winds. Mr E will be going along since I have kindergarten graduation (silly me, planning it right before lunch). Lexie has a hotdog picnic so I'll need to dress her in ketchup colored clothes.

I saw American Idol last night and can't say that I'm surprised at all. It was great seeing Chris sing with one of my favorite bands, Live. RotD


azi - May 25, 2006 5:48 am (#404 of 2979)        

So many yummy things on this thread! Love cheesecake, dutch pancakes (mmm, could do with some of those!) etc. However I *do not* like triple salt liquourice! Foul stuff. Liqourice itself I love.

Mare - I did fly over the Netherlands as I returned from a trip to Germany! I got very excited at how much you could see.

Eeep, I need to get ready to go for my train home.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Loopy Lupin - May 25, 2006 6:02 am (#405 of 2979)        

I spent an hour on the phone today with a parent who wants ME to institute the National History Day competition at our school.—Catherine

Ooooh. Hmmm. I'm curious. What would you do if someone turned in a project based on The Da Vinci Code ?

Azi, what did you mean about the "British" accents in The Da Vinci Code ?

And, speaking of The Da Vinci Code , I liked the book a lot if for no other reason than it made be google all the art work being discussed so that I could see what they were talking about. (I don't care what anyone says, that is clearly a female sitting next to Jesus in "The Last Supper." Not so sure about the other interpretations contained in the book.)

As to the movie, it was good but not great........I'm well aware of the differences between books and movies and translating the former into the latter (see my collected works down in the movie threads ), but I think Ron Howard and the crew fell just short of capturing the "spirit" of the book. Tom Hanks is either miscast or he just decided to phone this one in. On the other hand, if the professor is supposed to be a wooden, unemotional being who lacks the capacity for facial expression, then Hanks nailed it. The movie just didn't do enough to translate the process of deciphering all the puzzles. Compare National Treasure for example.

Have a good day all.


Mrs. Sirius - May 25, 2006 6:22 am (#406 of 2979)        

I spent an hour on the phone today with a parent who wants ME to institute the National History Day competition at our school.—Catherine

Way back when there some talk about Six Degrees of Separation from Kevin Bacon,(very convoluted connection, stay with me here), my son was just assigned his state project. He has to research and report on a person or event important to our state, Connecticut. Joseph Smith, (born in Vermont), the founder of the Mormon church, was descendent from John Huntley. John Huntley (1640) was one of the founders the area that now comprises the 6 towns in Connecticut on the shoreline were we live. My husband is descendent from John Huntley. My son did not choose his ancestor to report on, but that did lead me to think about how many Forummer are members of the LDS, and what a small, small world this is.

I read the Da Vinci Code, haven't seen the movie, I agree that reading the book Tom Hanks is not the person that pops into my mind.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 25, 2006 6:37 am (#407 of 2979)        

Tom Hanks is either miscast or he just decided to phone this one in.---Loopy Lupin

I don't know if Hanks was miscast but his hair certainly was.

haymoni, I feel your Lost pain. When will they start reruns of Season 2 and will they start from the beginning, I wonder?


DJ Evans - May 25, 2006 7:10 am (#408 of 2979)        

Yep Puck, I've been lurking -- I'm getting very bad at that I know. But you see what got me out of the lurking mode -- carrot cake!! lol

Later, Deb ***waves to everyone***


Holly T. - May 25, 2006 7:18 am (#409 of 2979)        

Catherine--History Day rocks! And it covers so much more than just history. Lots of students get into it because they want to make documentaries--the ones that win at nationals are so good they could be on the History Channel (one of National History Day's sponsors, btw). The top-placing research papers are excellent and the performances will blow you away. I have never been to nationals but I have been peripherally involved with Texas History Day--the state finals--for several years, usually as a judge, and many of the Texas projects have placed at nationals. It is a great program.

I love carrot cake and cheesecake and have not seen or read the Da Vinci Code. We went to see Hoot over the weekend and it was cute and we enjoyed it. I would hurry if you want to see if though as there were less than 10 people in the theater watching it--the three theaters showing Over the Hedge were all packed.


Torill - May 25, 2006 7:49 am (#410 of 2979)        

Hi everyone - I take my chances and post in here even if I am new - I read that it was not allowed to chat or welcome anyone in the newbie thread, one should go here, so I went here - I have just introduced myself over there, and do look forward to get to know people in here!

Read up most of this thread, and my, did I get a craving for cake - can't see why, hehe... I had this delicious very dark chocolate cake with just a sting of chili in it a while ago, and was given the recipe too, but haven't tried it yet - maybe I will go dig it up now - no, too lazy just, I am planning to perhaps losing a bit weight as well - but I would prefer to do that from more activity, more training, instead of from subjecting myself to cake deprivation..

Since I am a newbie - is there any interesting ongoing discussions you could point me to? Any “must reads” that would help me avoid looking too stupid for not knowing? Otherwise, I do plan to just dive in here and there, give me a few days.. ;-)- this seems like a friendly place!


haymoni - May 25, 2006 8:02 am (#411 of 2979)        

Torill - I think you should pick a topic and dive right in.

You might want to pick a thread with only a few posts, just to get your feet wet.

Some of the threads are HUGE, but if you take the time to read through one of them - and keep something handy to jot down your comments as you go - you'll be a pro in no time.

I read your intro and you sound just as obsessed as the rest of us.



Torill - May 25, 2006 8:08 am (#412 of 2979)        

Thanks for the tip and the welcome, haymoni! Yes, I have started to read up one of the awe-inspiring Huge Threads, and since I am a huge Sirius-fan, guess which! So far I am up to post no.34, so it will take a while till I am ready to post, I guess.. hehe. But I might try something shorter in between.

Guess you could call me obsessed, yes, guess you could....


kaykay1970 - May 25, 2006 8:50 am (#413 of 2979)        

Welcome to the forum Torill!! Your English is wonderful, by the way!


azi - May 25, 2006 10:06 am (#414 of 2979)        

Loopy - I was talking about the way the Police talked. Never heard anyone talk like that. Might have been some other examples, but the whole film is hazy now...

Welcome Torill! If you want a thread which you can jump pretty much straight into, I'd suggest the Potty Games thread! It's a lot of fun.


Loopy Lupin - May 25, 2006 10:23 am (#415 of 2979)        

Any “must reads” that would help me avoid looking too stupid for not knowing? – Torill

Don't worry about "looking too stupid." I've never let that fear stop me from posting anything.

Edit: ****wonders if Catherine likes new avatar***


Torill - May 25, 2006 10:45 am (#416 of 2979)        

Kaykay1970 - thank you!! 😊 And thanks to azi and Loopy Lupin as well, for the welcome - that's what I thought, this is a friendly place. I will try not to worry too much about the stupid part, and yes, will definitely try the Potty games thread!

Right now, my flat mate and dear friend is about to finish cooking a delicious wok meal for us, so will have to go for now - I am very happy with my first day as a Lexicon forum member!! See you all around.



Puck - May 25, 2006 10:55 am (#417 of 2979)        

Welcome, Torill! (Oh, if you're feeling lazy, you can always click on "recent" at the bottom of the page, and it will skip you to the end of the thread.)

Baking Snickerdoodles, as it is hubby's turn to bring cookies to work tomorrow for Friday "Cookie Time". Also need to pack a picnic as the kids and are are playing at the playground until T-ball. Of course, I need to figure out how to do all this without disturbing the baby asleep on my lap.

Mike, thanks for movie advice on the other thread. Mr. Puck already took the older 2 to "Over the Hedge" this weekend.

Holly, like the new avatar. I need to remember to ask hubby to show me how to shrink pictures!

Happy RotD! (Remains of the Day, in case Torill or other newbies are wondering.)



Thora - May 25, 2006 10:55 am (#418 of 2979)        

Torill- Welcome! You might want to look up the Dumbledore is the Giant Squid thread, but as far as I know that's the only prerequisite for catching all the inside jokes. I'm sure you'll soon find threads that are your natural home, we all have a few favorites that we keep tabs on.

All- Does it ever amaze you the kind of people that gravitate to this forum? Sometimes I feel like the least educated person one here, and that includes Finn.

Anyway, just feeling honored to be here.

I'm deliberately delaying my packing so I won't arrive at my in-laws until all the local restaurants are closed. I'm also waiting for my husband to call me back because SOMEHOW my mother-in-law got the impression that she gets to keep my children for the weekend while we go to Ohio. After the condition in which my son was returned (he is still acting very spoiled and it's been a week) I have no intention of leaving my children there again. Half the trip has been planned around visiting their friends, why would we leave them behind?

Okay, done venting.

This thread has also added to my appetite, but thankfully I cannot bake so I'm in no danger. I've had the fortune to become addicted to only those desserts that are only available in restaurants, so I can keep them in check simply by chaining myself to my computer. I am of course excluding the Lindt Chocolate Truffles I have stashed 10 feet behind me, but those are strictly used to ward off dementors, and they are 10 feet away so I can kill off 2 of the 34 calories in each square by just getting up to get one.

Well this is turning into a bit of a book written in stream-of-consciousness, so I'll go pack now.


(By the way, do fortifying charms work on oneself or do I need a potion for that?)


Tazzygirl - May 25, 2006 11:15 am (#419 of 2979)        

Welcome, Torill! I hope you enjoy it here as much as I do!!

I started watching the season finale of Lost last night, but ended up falling asleep (Bad Lost fan, I know!) so I will be watching it tonight...

Oh- I forgot who also watches the Amazing Race, and mentioned a while ago that on the Today Show, two members of the Amazing Race got engaged. Who was it?

Off to check to see if the new Potty Five Words story has been started!!

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!!



haymoni - May 25, 2006 11:37 am (#420 of 2979)        

Thora - while I understand and sympathize with most comments about in-laws, why do you want to get to their house after all the restaurants are closed????


Thora - May 25, 2006 12:14 pm (#421 of 2979)        

haymoni- Because then she can't watch me eat and complain I didn't eat anything. They never let us get the tab, and then I get "the look" if I don't order a huge expensive meal.

Ever known someone you couldn't please, no matter what you do, but who pretends to be overly pleased until your back is turned?

Sigh, sorry, I shouldn't even get started.

I'm still not sure how to pack the kids, I wish my husband would call back...



Anamaria-Ginny - May 25, 2006 12:26 pm (#422 of 2979)        

Hi!! I´m finally back. Tomorrow I will play volleyball in school in first team. i don't know what to say. I wasen´t. hear for a long time.


John Bumbledore - May 25, 2006 12:41 pm (#423 of 2979)        
Edited May 25, 2006 1:36 pm

** Sending fortifying charms to Thora! **

Thora, my mum is like that to my wife. It is not often and only seems to be unintended, in our case. Hope I haven't made the charm too strong.

Oh, and may I suggest you pack the truffles or another "secret" stash of chocolate? Sounds like you will be near a dementor during your trip...

** waves to every one! **

I must go now. I hope to be back tomorrow. **steps out the door, then you hear a soft, muffled CRACK as he disapperates.**

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Torill - May 25, 2006 12:50 pm (#424 of 2979)        

Dagfinn, my flatmate, wanted to check a few things on the net, so here I am again...

The meal he had cooked was really wonderful - marinated meat and lots of crunchy fresh vegetables, and a good red wine. We watched "the Mummy returns" on DVD while eating - didn't know it was so hilarous! Totally silly, but well made, funny and thrilling. I really enjoyed myself! Today is a holiday in my country, and both Dagfinn and I have the day off tomorrow as well, so not working till Monday, yohoo!

Puck, Thora and Tazzygirl, thanks a lot to you too for your nice welcome. Yes, I did read that Dumbledore is the Giant Squid thread, very funny it was too!! DIGS is the acronym for that, right? I always thought that if DD was an animagus, he had to become a phoenix though, but that's just me, hehe.

And thanks for the explanation of the RotD, Tazzygirl, that was actually one of the things I planned to ask!

I so know I am going to like it here


The giant squid - May 25, 2006 12:59 pm (#425 of 2979)        

I'm still not sure how to pack the kids—Thora

I'd recommend bubble wrap. tissue paper just doesn't protect as well.

Welcome aboard, Torill. As the others have said, don't worry about looking silly--we were all newbies here once. This is by far the most polite and respectful board I've ever seen; instead of being ridiculed for posting something that's been said before, you'll get a polite nudge in the right direction. We'll usually wait untilt he third or fourth time you mess up before we call you on it.



Holly T. - May 25, 2006 12:59 pm (#426 of 2979)        

Welcome Torill!

Thora, the best visit I ever spent with my in-laws was when I had horrible bronchitis and was doped up on this wonderful codeine-laced cough syrup. I would wake up, cough for a while, take a dose of cough syrup, go back to sleep, repeat for the whole visit. And they couldn't complain that I was being unsociable because I was sick.

I am going to be spending the next two weekends with my in-laws. My husband and the kids are coming too, LOL. Actually, for the present I actually would rather spend time with my in-laws than my own parents, but I definitely have BTDT with judgmental in-laws, especially when the kids were babies. Yikes.

Off I go for the holiday weekend. We'll be at my in-laws' lake house, where my son likes to make mud, roll in the mud, jump in the lake to rinse off the mud, repeat until we force him to get cleaned up. I will be kicked back in a chair with my iPod and a book trying to keep him away from me when he is covered in mud.


kaykay1970 - May 25, 2006 1:16 pm (#427 of 2979)        

But Holly, he would have already gotten clean in the lake! HeeHee


HungarianHorntail11 - May 25, 2006 1:26 pm (#428 of 2979)        

Hi Torill! Welcome to the Lexicon! I enjoyed reading your posts!

Hmm, I just read through a load of posts, have all these thoughts in my head throughout, I get to the end to type and then. . .nothing.

I hope the thread isn't dead over the weekend. Are the HHs the only ones not going away for the weekend??

John, it's nice to see that you are keeping up.

Thora, this may sound nuts, but at least your in-laws have the courtesy to "act" like everything is okay. Sometimes the tomatoes-in-the-face get tiresome. Kevin and I have resigned ourselves to the fact that we are the "black sheep" of our families. Oh well, new litter, fresh start. Hopefully we will know better for our children, right???

Anyway, I think John's suggestion to pack chocolate was an excellent one ! LOL!

I'd recommend bubble wrap. tissue paper just doesn't protect as well.

Mike, for some reason, I found this particularly funny! (Perhaps because I am envisioning my "mouthy" daughter in bubble wrap.) Thanks for the LOL!

Have a great RotD (and weekend for those logging off for a while).


John Bumbledore - May 25, 2006 1:32 pm (#429 of 2979)        

I'm still not sure how to pack the kids--Thora

I'd recommend bubble wrap. tissue paper just doesn't protect as well.--Squid-Mike.

ROFL! Actually, I would recommend using a tarp (tarpoline), wrap them up in it with a bit of extra room, lash the package to the luggage rack on the roof of the minivan (or car). Use Mike's bubble wrap and a few layers of cardboard between the roof and the package to keep the noise down..

But I've never tried this, mind you. **thought about it yes, but never tried it**

Did I ever mention that my wife, mother of four, invented the following phrase?

“I know why some animals eat their young...

Because they can!’

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Tazzygirl - May 25, 2006 2:20 pm (#430 of 2979)        

This has been a highly entertaining thread today. I remember both my parents saying they would tie one of us kids to the bumper if we didn't stop picking at each other in the back seat.

Torill- Puck was the one who explained RotD to you. But, I include the /N at the end to include the people who already had a great day. (RotD/N) I like to cover all bases!

Just took 'Thaniel on a very long walk around the park and Waikiki. Fabulous fun!



Torill - May 25, 2006 2:23 pm (#431 of 2979)        

Thanks again to everyone welcoming me - you are all so nice.

ROTFL to the bubble wrap kids - now you have put an image in my head, really!! I can just see those struggling little packages on the roof of the car, with their muffled cries!

Wonder if that would work on some of my patients? Bubble wrap I mean? :evil grin: (I currently work on a ward for young schizophrenic drug addicts - it does get noisy sometimes.. ) (And that was a very very nasty thought, bad Torill :fetches lamp to bang over her head: - they are very young, very vulnerable and very beautiful - but you know, sometimes....!)

Oh - sorry Puck!! But then - what does the /N mean?


Tazzygirl - May 25, 2006 2:33 pm (#432 of 2979)        

Torill, sorry! /N means /Night... so 'Remainder of the Day/Night'.



Lina - May 25, 2006 2:51 pm (#433 of 2979)        

Welcome Torill! I am quite behind on the Snape thread lately, but I'm afraid that you will come to its end before me. Yet, nobody will get angry with you if you just choose to read 20 last posts and jump into the conversation. But if you want to read more about Snape, maybe you'd like to have a look at = Hogwarts Staff Group Section Folder... :evilgrin: And if you like to chat, you are welcome to visit the chat room in the evening (I mean your evening)...

Thora, I totally agree with you that this forum attracts the special kind of people, that's why I enjoy it!

It seems to me that we could start a weight loss support group here. Now, if we who need to loose weight, join the Procrastinators Anonymous, we can just keep talking about food and start the diet later...

Oh, well, I'm not going anywhere this weekend, Maria! Or maybe I could just have a quick trip to Hungary... This reminds me that I will be 4 km (2,5 miles?) from Hungary this summer, a friend of mine is getting married...

Mihaela is having the end of the day care play tomorrow. They will all be flowers and have many of flower related songs... And she announced me today that she has an official boyfriend. And she will be dancing with him in the play. I told my hubby that his daughter has a boyfriend (didn't mention which one) and his heart stopped for a second. Not to mention that it was after 9 p. m. and Kate was not home yet...


Torill - May 25, 2006 3:29 pm (#434 of 2979)        

Thanks Kristina, I should have known. N=night, of course!

Lina, I would love to join the chatroom one night - but there is a time difference issue, yes - I am GMT+1 hour - and most of you are in the US, right? I guess New York for instance is some 6 hours behind Oslo... I have tried to start a campaign for a flat earth for a long time now, to avoid all this silly time difference business that is such a hassle in international cooperation, but so far, it hasn't met with much sucess...

Speaking of which, it is really getting late here now, past midnight already, so I will have to go. Nice talking to you all and have a great RoD/N (hope I got that right now, LOL)


Chemyst - May 25, 2006 4:14 pm (#435 of 2979)        

Way, way back when I first started reading this thread today, Puck asked, "What's a "real" pancake?" Well, I had to go grocery shopping this afternoon and I can tell you what a non-real one is — they had big plastic bags of 'pancakes' in the freezer section that you could pop into a toaster, (the pancakes, not the bags.) They were grey and splotchy, and I’m pretty sure those were not real pancakes. Anyway, I didn’t see an answer to your question, so– guessing here, they probably meant real pancakes are what we’d call crêpes.

History Day takes applications for paid interns! That would have been useful to know last February.

Now, cheesecake… I have a recipe for pumpkin cheesecake (probably not as good as Eponine’s Oreo, but more Wizard-worldy, and, Mmm, it has pecans too,) which I mention just in case it will help get Deb out of lurker mode.
 going back to your link in post #401 to CBBC Newsround about the Bellatrix recast; Apple Brook as Professor Grubbly-Plank looks exactly as I’d imagined. Now I must find a picture of young Snape.  **wonders if anyone was thoughtful enough to post one on the move 5 thread.**

Hi, Torill.   And hello again, Anamaria-Ginny, (did you enjoy Gardaland as much as Kate did?)
Holly, I'm enjoying your Easter avatar, but I worry that by getting rid of the Christmas tree, you may have jeopardized your 'member in good standing' status of Procrastinators Anonymous.

HH, I’m not going anywhere over the weekend, unless you count going out to the backyard hammock.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 25, 2006 4:27 pm (#436 of 2979)        

There's actually someone named Apple Brook in the world? Sounds like a location in The Secret Garden or perhaps Winnie-the-Pooh.


HungarianHorntail11 - May 25, 2006 4:45 pm (#437 of 2979)        

Oh hooray, Lina and Chemyst! The crickets won't be chirping on this thread after all!

Mihaela's play sounds adorable! Poor shell-shocked daddy. And poor Kate coming home and taking the rap for her sister!!

My husband always says, "The girls promised me I can choose for them." At which point Olivia promptly turns to him and says, "I never said that!!" LOLOLOLOL!!

She did confess to me that "there is no one in this school for me" much to my pleasant surprise. Whew, we've got until college, then.

Lina, I wish I could visit Hungary! I can't believe how close you are - I may be a tad jealous.

Hi Annamaria-Ginny!



Catherine - May 25, 2006 5:05 pm (#438 of 2979)        

She did confess to me that "there is no one in this school for me" much to my pleasant surprise.

Urg. This reminds me. Hayley came home not too long ago and asked, "How old do you have to be before you can kiss a boy on the lips?"

I nearly swooned at this question, but did recover faster than her Daddy did. I told her, "Kissing on the lips is so yucky, only married people do it." I was kidding, naturally, but she took my words to heart, and I haven't been motivated to correct her yet. Well, she'll probably figure that one out, eventually....

I hope this doesn't put me in the same category of people who tell children that they came from a cabbage patch. Duh.

We all know that I think that rosebushes and peonies are much prettier than cabbage.  


DJ Evans - May 25, 2006 5:53 pm (#439 of 2979)        

Chemyst: ***comes out of lurker mode for a moment, again*** I admit that a piece of cheesecake would not be turned down by me for any reason. And pumpkin pie is my 2nd all time favorite pie (chess pie being #1) -- but I just cannot imagine the two flavors together, hmmmm? You do have me intrigued though. Please email me the recipe, if you don't mind & I'll give it a try. (my email address is in my profile) Sounds very interesting.....

I know I should post more or at least once in a blue moon & let everyone know I'm still around or something. ****hangs head in shame****

Oh, I "can" give you all some exciting news on one of our members from way back when. For those of you who remember Sherbie Lemon, she is expecting in August! She is doing fine & just finished up her classes for this term.

We've sold our house & will be looking for a new place soon. Hopefully we will move to a more populated area & get out of the boonies (way back in the country) like we are now. Mom had a stroke a couple of weeks ago, but she is doing great. This is her second one in 8 years & in some ways she is better now than what she was after her first one.

Later, Deb


Julie Aronson - May 25, 2006 5:55 pm (#440 of 2979)        

Torill, you must have the patience of a saint! Gosh!!!

LOL, Catherine! That was a great answer! Puckering Smile


Finn BV - May 25, 2006 5:56 pm (#441 of 2979)        

Thanks all!

Welcome back Deb and Amy!

Welcome Torill, enjoy yourself here! Glad to hear that my name will not sound foreign to you at all (for it is Finn ).

Thora, thanks for showing us your Molly clock! That's so cool! And a at your educated remark. We have such a diverse collection of members, that's all! And some fortifying charms to you as per your request.

Not to mention that it was after 9 p. m. and Kate was not home yet... --Lina

LOL! Hoping to see more of the two of you soon! (Or maybe I'm just not around enough, what with exams and all!) BTW, Lina, you need to refill your premium status!

Chemyst, yes, Grubbly-Plank looks just like I thought too, maybe with a bit more hair and without the smile, but, hooray for more casting news!

Words of wisdom, Catherine.

At 9:20 today I was officially finished with my science teacher forever, no more will I ever have class in that classroom or class with him. Wow. Only one more day of middle school classes!!


Tazzygirl - May 25, 2006 5:59 pm (#442 of 2979)        

Catherine: ...same category of people who tell children that they came from a cabbage patch. Duh.

My brother and I (being twins) were told we came from K-Mart (Kid-Mart). My sister was picked from a tree...

So technically we did not come from the cabbage patch.

(Just thought I'd share!)


Edit: Yeay to Finn! One more day and then you can be classified as a freshman!


HungarianHorntail13 - May 25, 2006 6:18 pm (#443 of 2979)        

HI! I haven't been on in a while, and I just skipped the past 100 posts. If there are any posts that anyone thinks I should read, please tell me.

Yay Finn! No more school for you! I get out on June 22nd, so I feel left out

._O livia


Puck - May 25, 2006 6:57 pm (#444 of 2979)        

Healing charms to Deb's Mom!

LOL, Lina. It will almost be worth dealing with "Diva; the Teen Years", just to watch my husband struggle with the idea of his girls dating!

Kristina, did I know you had a twin?

I'm still not sure how to pack the kids, I wish my husband would call back...

I had a funny remark to make about this, but Mike and John were quicker and funnier! ROTFL

We had a lovely afternoon on the playgrounds. After almost 4 hours of playing outside the children went to bed without struggle.

I, too, will not being going away for the weekend. *sigh*

While many of us are in the States, there are some in Australia and a fair number in Europe. Actually, the chat room seems busiest when it is evening in Europe and afternoon in the states.

Happy RotD!



Mediwitch - May 25, 2006 7:14 pm (#445 of 2979)        

Hello, Torrill, and welcome!

HH11 (and others!) - I'll be home for the weekend, too, so add one more to the (short) list of those who will be here. We live in a really tiny town in CT, and have THE most quintessential New England Memorial Day parade and ceremony on the tiny town green. Wouldn't miss it for the world, even if I didn't march with the fire department/ambulance. Ambulance

Cheesecake...mmmmm....I have a yummy Kahlua Cheesecake recipe; when my daughter was younger she used to call it "Kahlu-ha-ha Pie"!

HH13, after suffering some jealousy over Finn's early last day of school, you have made me feel better - our schools here are out on the 15th. (As I told Finn, even the teachers count down until the last day! )


Tazzygirl - May 25, 2006 8:12 pm (#446 of 2979)        
Edited May 25, 2006 9:35 pm

Puck: Kristina, did I know you had a twin?

I don't know... I think I mentioned it to a couple people in the chat, but I don't remember who. But now you know for sure!



Mrs. Sirius - May 25, 2006 9:12 pm (#447 of 2979)        

My brother and I (being twins) were told we came from K-Mart (Kid-Mart). My sister was picked from a tree..

Growing up, when I asked my mother for an older brother she said that Sears & Roebuck stopped making them so I couldn't have one. Well it was true that could not get an older brother at least.

I didn't know you were a twin either! (I have triplets with 2 who are identical)

Welcome Torrill!


Tazzygirl - May 25, 2006 9:35 pm (#448 of 2979)        

Mrs. Sirius- isn't it funny what parents say to their children? I can't wait to tell it to my own one day! I didn't know you had triplets! Cool!

Obviously, my brother and I are not identical. We get that question a lot... We also get asked if we are in the same grade (when in high school), and here's a Duh! one: So you guys are the same age? :headwall: Sometimes I think people's heads are full of fluff.



HungarianHorntail11 - May 25, 2006 9:41 pm (#449 of 2979)        

Great - another non-traveler! Mediwitch, I'm in NJ! **waves**

I am not a great fan of cheesecake but I must say Kahlua cheesecake sounds enticing! Could you possibly share that recipe????

Deb, very good to learn that your mom is doing better. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone being better after a second stroke than before it.

LOL Catherine - I like that answer! (mind if I borrow it if the need arises?) FWIW, I wouldn't tell her, either.

Hi Kristina! ((Trying feverishly to remember if I've ever asked a dumb twin question or not))


Tazzygirl - May 25, 2006 10:55 pm (#450 of 2979)        

Hi Maria!!

Kahlua Cheesecake is THE best cheesecake in the world. I can never pass up a slice. **yum**

I have a question for the fellow forum members from Germany and Ireland:

What is the weather like in Germany in June? My aunt, uncle, and the kiddies are going there next week for the World Cup, and are going to be there for about three weeks (without me. How could they???). I thought I'd ask you all because I have to pack the kids' suitcases, and I'd like to pack appropriately.

and... What is the weather like in Ireland in July? My parents are going there for 15 days (I believe they are doing a complete circle tour of the island), and my mom doesn't know what to pack. They are also going without me. (What is wrong with the members of my family who don't take me to other countries!?! ) The day they leave for Ireland is the same day I fly back to Hawaii from California (I am going to California in less than a week! w00t!!!). I'd much rather continue to be on vacation and go to Ireland. Oh well.

I am also currently really bored. Hence the reason why I am posting after every time someone posts here. Sooooo... if any of you are reading this, and would like to post on Potty Five Words (hint hint MARIA), that would be fabulous!!

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Good Evans - May 26, 2006 1:42 am (#451 of 2979)        

Welcome Torill, and dont worry about time differences, GMT +1 hour makes you one hour ahead of Me and there is usually a very international flavour in the chat room most evenings, there are several people popping by and the conversations range from the eductional (what was that fish called???? humahuma......??)to the down right bizarre (hmmn same thing!) we also run linguistic classes (lol well a few words and phrases anyway)

Tazzy, Europe in June and July is fabulous, the weather should be lovely and warm in both Ireland and Germany! However if they come to the UK better bring thier wellies!! although weathermen are saying that from mid June it will be hot hot hot, hmmn, you know this is the wettest drought I've ever been in (!)

Off to lunch in town today (London) - I'm supposed to be doing the housework before I go, but hey "procrastinators are us" seemed a much better use of my time!!

I have about an hour before I need to go for the train. Not being good this week with the dieting, I blame all of you talking about food on this thread! still I am not weighing til Wednesday so I have an opportunity to put things right!

have a great day, I'll hopefully get back here this evening, as I am eating at lunch time I shan't be cooking dinner, those that want to eat will have to shift for themselves!! But the Americal Idol final is on tonight and I have been really good and not cheated to see who won, I'm rooting for Katherine.


Amilia Smith - May 26, 2006 3:38 am (#452 of 2979)        

Hmmm . . . my mom actually told me the truth about where babies came from--I just didn't get it.

The baby is in you tummy Mommy?
Actually, it is in my womb.
*I take her by the hand, lead her down the hall to her bedroom.*
But this is your real room, right Mommy?

One of my summer classes started Monday. Film Librarianship. It's really cool. I get to watch lots and lots of movies for homework. Tonight I watched Sunset Boulevard with a couple of classmates. None of us had ever seen it before. I was the most familiar with it, having seen bits and pieces before, as well as having memorized the Broadway soundtrack (I was on a Lloyd Webber kick a few years back). As the movie ended, we just looked at each other and said, "Wow!" That is one incredible movie! Now, at home, I have looked up the movie on Rotten Tomatoes (100% Tomato rating!) and IMDB. It is quite amazing how Billy Wilder blended truth and fiction for this film. I highly recommend this movie to any and all who have not seen it before!



mike miller - May 26, 2006 4:17 am (#453 of 2979)        

Welcome Torill!

I love cheesecake, it's a serious weakness of mine. When we lived in California we were right down the street from a popular restaurant called Cheesecake Factory. They have many, many flavors; almost like ice cream. One of my favorites was peach. My wife has a great recipe she found in an old Southern Living cookbook, about as good as it gets!!!

We try to avoid travelling at holiday times, too many bad experiences. I would much rather go at an off time and avoid the crowds. We'll probably take advantage of the Memorial Day sales and try to make progress on our list. We've been working on getting a few things for the house. New deck furniture was secured on Tuesday thanks to pre-holiday sale at Sears.

My wife is still looking for a new dresser, so I'm guessing some time in the furniture store is coming up. Unfortunately, we cannot buy the dresser to match our bedrooom suite since they no longer make it. We purchased our bedroom funiture from Thomasville hoping that we would be able to add pieces later. No such luck as they style we picked was only available for a couple of years, I guess it didn't sell well. It is becoming a real challenge to find something we like that is complimentary to the rest of the set.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Puck - May 26, 2006 5:30 am (#454 of 2979)        

LOL, Mills! That's a good one!

I once got carded when ordering Kaluha cheesecake, as it has alcohol in it. I was mid-twenties, but had left my ID at home. It took some doing, but we finally convinced the waitress to let me have dessert.

Mike M., I too am hoping to spend time at Sears. I have my 3 year-old telling her dad, "Mommy needs a new dishwasher." I'm convinced that my plates should be clean when I take them out of the machine. How silly of me.

Just for Julie, it's time for fresh berries! Strawberries, blueberries, rasberries. Yummy! (and non fat!) Thought I'd toss in mention of some of my favorite healthy foods!

Kristina, Ray proposed to Yolanda on the Early Show last week.

Happy RotD!



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 26, 2006 5:57 am (#455 of 2979)        

I, too, will not being going away for the weekend. *sigh*---Puck

Personally Kathy, I think you shouldn't even attempt the Mass Pike this weekend given its recent difficulties.

Mr. Lupin is Lupin is taking a rare day off from work today. The lovely man is making me breakfast as I type ***waves to Loopy Lupin*** and then I plan to send him off for a day of fishing. I'd like to go too but it's my dear friend's 40th and I need to get her gift filled with flowers.

My weekend is going to be filled with long drives and birthday parties. ***waves to Catherine*** I'd kill for two blissful hours in a hammock.


haymoni - May 26, 2006 6:13 am (#456 of 2979)        

Your "packing the kids" suggestion made me think of Slug-Slytherins in the luggage rack on the Hogwarts Express.

I will eat ANY kind of cheesecake. Mmm... sounds like the alcohol from the Kahlua doesn't cook out...must get some!

Too bad about the in-law thing. I, of course, would say something crass like, "I just can't eat a big dinner like YOU can!" which would lead to more glares. Alas, earwax!

We made some comments about "The Outsiders" on the You Know You're A... thread. Last night, I watched ER and C. Thomas Howell was playing a bad guy. I kept thinking to myself, "Ponyboy Curtis would NEVER do anything like that!!!" I am a bit miffed that he would choose to portray such a person - I know, "acting challenge" - "allow people to see me in a different kind of role" - blah, blah. Sorry, but that was just WRONG!

Happy Friday all!


kaykay1970 - May 26, 2006 6:24 am (#457 of 2979)        

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries! Hmm...all great toppings for cheesecake!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 26, 2006 6:30 am (#458 of 2979)        

Oh Kristina, I am sorry that you have to see people off to such great adventures without going.

I will try to get on Five Words, I love it! If I can only keep up with the storyline. By the time I've got that, it's on to another topic and well, then I have to research it again. . .it's like a vicious cycle for me, it is! Of course, having my three children home also serves as a distraction. I LOVE when they are home and we can all relax together.

mike miller, may I recommend that you search Ebay? If you know the name of the Thomasville line, you can do a specific search on it. Most likely something will come up.

Puck, I can't believe you got carded for food! LOL! I did not get carded often enough. I have resigned myself to the fact that I look older than I actually am. *sigh*

LOL haymoni and Mills! And kaykay! Hi!


mike miller - May 26, 2006 6:32 am (#459 of 2979)        

Puck - Sears is the best place for appliances! Silly of you to expect clean dishes from a dishwasher, LOL ;-) I may be replacing my lawn tractor as well, they have a nice one marked down!

I LOVE BERRIES!!! any kind, any place, any time and nearly any way (not big on berries and cream). Berries are one of those rare foods that not only taste good but provide tons of anti-oxidents and strangely enough fiber. I would not have guessed those little seeds added up to that much!

Lupin is Lupin - What kind of fishing? As an avid (some would say rabid) outdoorsman, I love to hear about other people exploits. Fill us in on your hubby's return. My wife and daughter have been benefitting from a recent fishing trip I took on the Chesapeake Bay for Stripped Bass. They've had it grilled in a honey dijon and dill sauce and stuffed with crab imperial.

EDIT: Cross posted with HH11. We've done some looking, but honestly, the dresser from our set is just too big. I'm a big fan of eBay, but mostly for my HP collectables!


haymoni - May 26, 2006 6:42 am (#460 of 2979)        

I was always the one who got carded. (Not any more, of course!)

I was carded at a wedding, for goodness sake!

But my greatest achievement was getting carded to see "Platoon".


Loopy Lupin - May 26, 2006 7:46 am (#461 of 2979)        

Have a great weekend to all and a great Memorial Day to all the Americans. I'm trying to slip out of work as early as I can to go to the beach and see my nieces and nephews. I bought them all new t-shirts with clever sayings on them. ****waves to Catherine and Kim**** Well, I didn't get the youngest one a shirt because he is 3 and prefers not to wear clothes if at all possible.

Watch out XMen-3, here I come!!!


Julie Aronson - May 26, 2006 7:55 am (#462 of 2979)        

I'm seeing that tomorrow, Loopy! Do we have any commentary from Squid Mike?


HungarianHorntail11 - May 26, 2006 8:42 am (#463 of 2979)        

because he is 3 and prefers not to wear clothes if at all possible

Not much improvement from 3 to 4 - just wanted to let you know that.

Oooh, a movie! What a great idea!! We have thunderstorms going on outside.


HungarianHorntail13 - May 26, 2006 9:03 am (#464 of 2979)        

Yes, Trevor is naked at the moment. I told him to get dressed.

Percy is lecturing me on how my cell phone is on the counter at the moment, and not put away. She has no idea I'm not really listening.

I hate cheesecake. *blech >_< *

I've got no school today, Monday and Tuesday. yay! It's not as good as summer vacation, but still, no homework....

Now I'm off to find lunch!

._O livia


azi - May 26, 2006 9:10 am (#465 of 2979)        

But my greatest achievement was getting carded to see "Platoon". – Haymoni

Lol! My greatest achievement - getting carded buying non-alcoholic drinks, several times, in the same pub... *sigh*

Hope you enjoy the thunderstorm HH!

I agree Good Evans - this is the wettest drought I've ever been in! Then again, we don't technically have a drought where I am. Good luck with dieting!

I'm dreading going to Potty Five Words with all this talk of posting!

I've been writing on the walls of our living room before my mum puts wallpaper on it. I figured since my brother can scrawl, I can as well! My room is a mess from my brothers invasion. Apparently he's eaten his way through all the biscuits in the cupboard and dropped half of it on the floor! My HP books were also unceremoniously dumped on my bed, along with all my other books and with a mantlepiece and shelves put on top.

Apologies for missing anyone. I read all the posts, but in one ear out the other, ya know!

Happy Friday's to all!


Puck - May 26, 2006 9:45 am (#466 of 2979)        

Haymoni, LOL on your whole post!

It's fine for Trevor to be naked in the house. Imagine my embarrassment yesterday on the playground when Diva's dress lifted a bit and I realized she had removed her underwear at home. Fortunately, I had brother's baseball pants in the car, so he changed into them, and I put his shorts on her under her dress.

Kay, I was trying not to make Julie think about cheesecake!

I bought son a shirt with the saying "Blame My Sister".

Mike M., if lawn tractors are on sale, perhaps I should avoid Sears. Hubby wants one, but as it is his only excercise, I insist he walk to cut the grass.

Happy Trails!



John Bumbledore - May 26, 2006 9:46 am (#467 of 2979)        
Edited May 26, 2006 10:20 am

Sticker of Dumbledore thinking. Sticker of Hagrid holding a gift. Sticker of Hagrid holding a lantern. Sticker of Harry reaching for the snitch. Here is most of my sticker collection. Just thought I would share them with you. I found similar stickers on eBay and clipped these images. After collecting these, I found another sticker on the floor of my cubical. It is of Dumbledore with wand in his raised left hand. Yesterday I found a second "thinking" DD on my white-board in my cubical.

Now that I look at all of them together, I see all these images feature the left hand being used.. are they are self portraits or is the artist left handed? [Edit: Unexpected results, seems I randomly picked them in an order of decreasing sized. Interesting effect, I'll leave it as is.]

A Happy Weekend to All! We will be at home this holiday weekend. That means forum withdrawal for me.

Happy RotD/N or Weekend!

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Edit 2: Removal of stray punctuation and to note cross posting with Kathy.

Responding to Kathy's post below:
Kathy, Thank you for an excellent suggestion. I think I'll try that. Oops, end of lunch. I'll check in again in a couple hours. **Waves to everyone.**


Puck - May 26, 2006 9:52 am (#468 of 2979)        

John, I was thinking perhaps you could leave a "Thank-you" note somewhere for your "friend" with all the stickers?


mike miller - May 26, 2006 10:12 am (#469 of 2979)        

Puck - I've thought about getting a commercial walk-behind to get some exercise, but I've got nearly 2 acres to cut and the real good walk-behinds are very expensive.


Good Evans - May 26, 2006 10:33 am (#470 of 2979)        

Back from lunch - ok I left at 10.35 this morning and it is 6.30 now!!!! LOL

had a lovely lunch and good chat, trouble was three glasses of wine meant that desert (DESSERT? one of my "blank" words) was impossible to avoid, so I had berries (with cheesecake underneath!) clealry I was in tune with Kaykay at the time!!

LOl - have a good rest of Friday folks, so who is going to be evicted from the big brother house???? I think bonn - eh !!

John, I do feel for you, this really is harassment no matter how much the culprit thinks it amusing! a joke is a joke, this has gone on too long!


Tazzygirl - May 26, 2006 11:19 am (#471 of 2979)        

Good Evans, thanks for the weather update! My aunt and uncle are staying in London for a week to visit friends, so I'll make sure to pack the kiddies' rain stuff! ...and it's "humuhumunukunukuapua'a" (For those of you who don't know, a humuhumunukunukuapua'a is the unofficial state fish of Hawaii. It translates to a Trigger Fish. ) How to say it? Hoomoo-hoomoo-nookoo-nookoo-ah-poo-ah-ah. It took me forever to learn how it's pronounced. Say it 10 times fast, I dare ya!

Mike Miller- Cheesecake Factory is 'da bomb'!!! There is one here that is down the street. My favorite cheesecake there is the chocolate raspberry truffle one! :yum:

Puck- Thanks! I thought it was Ray and Yolanda!! I am happy it was them. I've never been carded for Kahlua Cheesecake.

Hope you all have a fantastically wonderful RotD/N!!



haymoni - May 26, 2006 11:34 am (#472 of 2979)        

Tazzy's "say it 10 times fast" reminded me.

Try saying "Ron Weasley's Wand" 5 times fast.

I keep saying "Won Weasley's Rahnd".


Tazzygirl - May 26, 2006 11:48 am (#473 of 2979)        

Haymoni- just said it 10 times fast, and I started saying it like you do!



John Bumbledore - May 26, 2006 12:04 pm (#474 of 2979)        

Try saying "Ron Weasley's Wand" 5 times fast. – Haymoni

I just don't have any problem saying that.

Won-Won's Wand
Won-Won's Wand
Won-Won's Wand
Won-Won's Wand
Won-Won's Wand

See! That was easy!

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


boop - May 26, 2006 1:28 pm (#475 of 2979)        

Everyone have safe, fun holiday weekend.

All this talk about cheesecake, makes me want to make one.

Have a great RotD!

hugs always



Detail Seeker - May 26, 2006 1:47 pm (#476 of 2979)        

Kristina (Tazzy), the remark about about german weather in June has to be made a bit more precise, I fear. Normally, we have good weather in June. But, if there is a stable North Altantic stream ,as we have it now, then there may be a similar weather here as that given for the British Islands. Last year was such a year and right now, it looks, as if this one might be similar. So, you´d do good to ask again shortly, before the packing is due - as I may forget to give you an update unreminded...


Denise P. - May 26, 2006 2:18 pm (#477 of 2979)        

What was I thinking?? I have a 5K race on Monday so today is the last day to get a run in before that. Silly me decided that it would be okay to go out when it was nearly 90 out. I only did 3 miles but let me tell you, I am whipped! Never again, I think I will stick to my early morning or later in the evening runs.

We finally got our pool open, cleaned and filtering nicely. We also got the Rainbow playset up totally. We ended up replacing the rope ladder and had to invent an additional piece since it was originally installed on an incline. The kids love it and we are putting in another swing since apparently, 2 swings and a tire swing are not enough. We added a steering wheel and binoculars to the fort part and the kids love it.

Cheesecake...yummmmmm......I have a chocolate cheesecake recipe that a friend of mine gave me. She is now in her 60's and the recipe was her grandmother's. Grandma made it in a coal oven..go Grandma!

Tomorrow we are going to the cemetery and placing flags, we do this every year.


Tazzygirl - May 26, 2006 4:51 pm (#478 of 2979)        

Thanks, Detail Seeker! I'll ask again in a week!

Wow, Denise! The placeset looks awesome!!

It is hot here right now! No wind, which makes everything seem hotter. I was going to meet my aunt and the kids at the zoo, but decided to come home where the air conditioner is on instead.



Chemyst - May 26, 2006 5:26 pm (#479 of 2979)        

The cheesecake recipe Deb requested is now on my profile — along with a second easier one,   ...and some other stuff. I got carried away, I guess.


Puck - May 26, 2006 6:46 pm (#480 of 2979)        

Chemyst, I just wish I wasn't so lazy, or I'd go get a recipe card from the kitchen to copy that down. Perhaps tomorrow. (I may do my dishes then, too. )



DJ Evans - May 26, 2006 7:28 pm (#481 of 2979)        

Thank you Chemyst, I got them & now I just need to decide which one to make!! Both sound good. Oh and thanks for the extra five pounds I'll be sure to gain....bwhahahaha

HH11 -- Yes, it is strange for someone to be better after having a 2nd stroke. In Mom's case her 1st stroke had affected the right side of her face & it sagged a bit. This stroke was on the other side & it basically even things out, so to speak. Also, after her 1st one she kinda gave up on getting better, instead letting it rule how she lived. Not this time though, she's in there determined to not let it get the better of her. I hope that kinda explains what I meant by her being better after this 2nd one...

Puck -- Instead of writing Chemyst's recipe(s) down, you could always do what I've been guilty of many times & that is to copy/paste it to a blank email & just send it to yourself. lol If there is a shortcut to doing something, most likely I know about it or will think of it given time.

Everyone who is celebrating this weekend, hope you have a great & safe one!!! As far as I know, we aren't doing anything special, just kicking back.

Later, Deb


Tazzygirl - May 26, 2006 7:42 pm (#482 of 2979)        

I just realized it is a three day weekend for us Americans. Duh! I was wondering why many of you were packing up to go visit family! So, for me, I am here, and will be celebrating my three day weekend on Wednesday (when I fly to California)... Hope all who are leaving have a safe, and somewhat fun vacation!! to sit in the closet, because I am so out-of-loop...



Mediwitch - May 26, 2006 7:43 pm (#483 of 2979)        

I borrowed Chemyst's idea and posted the Kahlua Cheesecake recipe in my profile. I think I might have to make one!



Finn BV - May 26, 2006 7:58 pm (#484 of 2979)        

Wow, we're quite chatty today.

My aunt, uncle, and the kiddies are going there next week for the World Cup –Kristina

I first read this and instantly thought that they were going to watch some Quidditch.

Mills, Sunset Boulevard in indeed a fantastic film. Have fun with this new class!

I love cheesecake!

Memorial Day in our town we have a march from the local church to the "American Legion Plaza" which is a small little plot of land in between roads where there are memoriams etc.

Didn't really follow the last 40 messages entirely -- it's a bit late --

So, I did it. I finished middle school!!! Hurrah!!! After school, I hugged the head of the middle division (whom I love, but we had a small rift after the incident with the "cutting class" in science when she sided with my teacher's argument) and she said, "You know that I adore you," which was really nice!! I'm in a fantastic mood!! Yayyyyy! (That will end soon when I start studying for my finals…)


timrew - May 26, 2006 8:13 pm (#485 of 2979)        

Wow! I've just ploughed through about 90 posts.............

Many belated congratulations, Finn, on winning the poetry slam (I love poetry!). Welcome to The Forum, Torrill, although you must be an old hand by now! And don't worry about your English, it's better than mine - and I am English!

Hmmmm, I've never been carded for anything in my life - which makes me realise that I must have always looked middle-aged, even when I was ten!

Anyway, congratulations to anyone else I missed on the birthday/birthing/winning things front - I've not been on here for a while (oh, at least two days), so please forgive me!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 26, 2006 9:33 pm (#486 of 2979)        

Puck, you can also highlight the text, right click, select print then select 'selection' and then 'OK'. That is what I did. Let's just call it "resourceful" rather than lazy.

Deb, it is difficult to see loved ones suffer and it sounds as though your mother has taken a new lease on life - I am happy to hear that! It makes perfect sense now.

Kristina, have fun in California - how long will you be there? Will you have access to a computer? Hope so. LOL.

Thanks for the recipe, Mediwitch! I printed it out - can't wait to try it. We have a party to go to on Sunday - perhaps I will try it out.

I finished middle school!!! Hurrah!!! That will end soon when I start studying for my finals…)

I am now sufficiently confused, Finn. Does that mean your classes are done, but you still have to return for finals??? Either way, congraduations!! Wow, you're a Freshman now! *whimper* *trying not to allow thoughts of Olivia graduating middle school yet*

Oh yeah, the Stephen King thing would be my fault. I thought his writing would be a bit disturbing for her to read, so I never introduced her to it. Come to think of it, she would probably laugh through the whole lot of his books. I know, I know, I'm a tad protective. . .

And don't worry about your English, it's better than mine - and I am English!

LOL timrew! Let me guess - English humor???


Finn BV - May 26, 2006 9:49 pm (#487 of 2979)        

Tim, thanks.

Maria, I've never myself read Stephen King, but I certainly know of his works! And what I meant was that I am done with middle school classes (third trimester grading period has ended), but I have four finals, Class Day, and "Middle Memories" to go before I am "done" with the year.

off to sleep with me, it's 10 of 1! (then again, if I stay around a bit more, I might run into some of our Brits!! :waves:)


Tazzygirl - May 26, 2006 11:54 pm (#488 of 2979)        

Maria: Kristina, have fun in California - how long will you be there? Will you have access to a computer? Hope so. LOL.

I have a laptop, which is conveniently programed for wireless internet, which is what my parents have. I will be on relaxation mode the entire trip, which means I will be here as much, if not more, than how much I am here in Hawaii. I will be in California from June 1st to July 5th. Hence the reason why I volunteered to keep statistics and such for Potty Five Words. hehehehe...

Finn: ...thought that they were going to watch some Quidditch.

Well, they are! The St. Mungo Maniacs vs... what team are we playing against again? In actuality, my aunt and uncle are first going to England, then to Ireland, and then to Germany. LOL!!


The giant squid - May 27, 2006 2:03 am (#489 of 2979)        

For those of you who remember Sherbie Lemon, she is expecting in August!--DJ Evans

Yay! I guess our good luck/bad luck thing has finally worn off. Well, unless she didn't want to get pregnant...

The bad news is: I have to work tomorrow & Monday; the good news is that we didn't get X-Men: The Last Stand (sorry, Loopy & Julie) so we won't be very busy.

Torill, as others have pointed out we have plenty of folks in the GMT+ time zones...lots of people in the UK (go figure), a few in France, Lina & her family are in Croatia...the list goes on. That and you have Americans like myself that post at odd hours (it's 2AM for me now). Basically, whatever time you come tot he Forum there's probably someone else online at the same time.

Speaking of being up late: hi, Finn! Congrats on surviving Middle School. Is your MS 7th & 8th only, or is it a 3-year middle school (7-8-9)? When I was in school it was the first way, but everywhere around here (California & Nevada, at least) it's the second. Just idle curiosity on my part...

Hugs for boop, just 'cause.



Amilia Smith - May 27, 2006 2:30 am (#490 of 2979)        

Where I grew up, Middle School was 6-7, Jr. High was 8-9, and High was 10-12. My town is the only one I have ever come across that had both a Middle School and a Jr. High.

Watched The Bandwagon tonight. I had never seen it before either. Very fun musical staring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse and featuring some of my favorite numbers, namely "Triplets" and "That's Entertainment."



Julie Aronson - May 27, 2006 4:24 am (#491 of 2979)        

Awesome cheesecake recipes. I printed the Kaluha one, and I'm thinking about the pumpkin ones, but I have one of those I've been making for more years than I'd like to admit.

Congrats on moving up to high school, Finn!!!Clapping Hands

Have a great weekend, everyone!!!


Puck - May 27, 2006 4:40 am (#492 of 2979)        

Yeah, Finn! I know you'll ace those finals!

Back in high school/college, King was my author of choice. I remember babysitting at a house in a wooded area. The kids asleep, I was reading this creepy/scary novel. I jumped about 4 feet when the parents came through the door. The were ROTL at me. Pretty sure "IT" scared me the most. "Pet Cementary" was the creepiest. "Misery" was the only one they made into a decent movie.

Kristina, Trelawney predicts you will break your own Five-Words record!

Happy Weekend!



Denise P. - May 27, 2006 5:35 am (#493 of 2979)        

Back in the day, we didn't have middle school, we had Junior High. Some were 7-8-9, some were only 7-8. My kids go to middle school, 6-7-8, and then on to high school. To really confuse things, we have some schools that are K-3 and then 4-5, then middle school, then high school.

Schools got out almost 2 weeks ago but they go back in early August.

We are about to all get in various Scout uniforms to head off to the cemetery to place flags on graves for Memorial Day. It sounds kinda strange but we usually have a lot of fun. It is a very old cemetery so there is a Civil War Memorial, a part where slaves are buried and a huge, ugly memorial to Austin Peay, a governor.


Good Evans - May 27, 2006 5:51 am (#494 of 2979)        

Congratulations Finn, on finishing Middle school !! excellent.

cheesecake recipes look yummy, I have copied the Kahlua one, not because I dont like pumpkin, but the rest of the family dont, so not much point in taking that one off!. I bet its good though, perhaps someone could owl me just a small peice to sample???

anyway - have a great saturday folks, I can feel a trip to Tescos for some cream cheese coming on!!!


Torill - May 27, 2006 5:59 am (#495 of 2979)        

Good afternoon everyone!

Boy, this thread is fast - I am sorry if I haven't been able to pick up on everything everyone has said. Also, all of you are new to me yet, so I may still be a little confused as to who said what... but I am sure I will catch up eventually. And yes, I am kind of a veteran of sorts in the fandom, but a newbie to this forum... :-)

I get very excited about going to the chatroom, and plan to eventually, but so far, I have spent most of the time in here on reading up on the Sirius thread (all 1308 posts...) - that took some time! ;-) Have to figure out a way to revive that thread with a new take on things, and hope someone is still interested, since the last post was in December 2005 - but I would just love to have some Sirius conversation... we'll see. Also, would love to join the debates about Snape, but I suppose reading up on all of that too would leave me forever behind, so perhaps reading only the last 100 posts or so will have to do... Once I get into the debates, I am sure I will find time to chat and play games as well!!

Congratulations with your end of middle school Finn - and yes, your name is not unfamiliar as a man's name in Norway. My best friend and flatmate's name is Dagfinn, a combination with that name, as you can see. Do you have any Norwegian or Scandinavian connections in your family?

Ok, off to read some more interesting posts in here, will check back later.


Finn BV - May 27, 2006 6:10 am (#496 of 2979)        

Eek, Denise, early August? **shudders**

That and you have Americans like myself that post at odd hours –Mike

That should be your second line of introduction! LOL! BTW, our middle school is 6-7-8, as are most middle schools in the area. However, my cousins, in Buffalo, NY, go to a 5-6-7-8 middle school.

Torill, yes, my dad is Norwegian and mom is Irish, and Finn is a name from both of those places. We have relatives in Norway and Ireland but I still have not yet been…


Nathan Zimmermann - May 27, 2006 7:29 am (#497 of 2979)        

When I was junior high school they moved the start of term date from the first Tuesday in September to the beginning of August. There was one summer I only had a week of holidays.


Marie E. - May 27, 2006 7:44 am (#498 of 2979)        

We're supposed to be getting a Cheesecake Factory restaurant here in Colorado Springs. You'll know when it opens when I begin complaining about my clothes becoming too tight.

I don't have any big plans for the weekend. Today I wanted to get new pictures taken of the girls after Shayla gets back from a sleepover. Tomorrow we're going to Territory Days with our friends. Territory Days is sort of street carnival in downtown Old Colorado City. Shayla just wants to eat funnel cakes and then leave. Monday we're driving up to Woodland Park for a birthday party of our friend's son.

Since Shayla was a friend's house last night, Lexie and I cuddled on the couch and watched Eloise at Christmastime. She argued with me that Nanny in Eloise wasn't the same actress as Mary Poppins (silly girl, to argue with her mommy like that). I popped in our copy Mary Poppins but since it was already 10:00pm Lexie only stayed awake to see the nannies blowing away. She's still asleep right now and I can't believe it. She's usually an early riser.

Ahhh, I'm off to enjoy uninterrupted thread viewing.


kaykay1970 - May 27, 2006 7:56 am (#499 of 2979)        

My daughter's birthday is today. She is now 9 years old.

We will be at the river most of the weekend. My father-in-law has always had a barbecue for Memorial Day weekend.

Congratulations to Finn on completing middle school!! My children had their last day of school Thursday and will return August 7th.


boop - May 27, 2006 8:40 am (#500 of 2979)        

Finn, Congrats to you!! Good Luck on your finals.

kaykay, Happy Birthday to your daughter. May she have a great day!!!!

Have a Great ROTD!!!

hugs always

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Torill - May 27, 2006 10:31 am (#501 of 2979)        

That's amazing Finn, that your father is Norwegian! Do you speak any?

I just realised that when you talk about going away for the weekend and what you will do it is because you celebrate a special Holiday - memorial day. That's interesting! Is there any special official kinds of celebrating that you do? Sounds like you are all planning to have a good time though.

I went for a walk in the forest and to the nearest lake just ten minutes from where I live. It has been very cold and rainy now for several days, but today we had a period of sunshine and fairly warm weather. It was lovely, people were paddling out on the lake, and the forest is full of spring flowers and the new light green leaves - so beautiful. I feel kind of tired now, as I climbed around a little in the steeper sides of the lake, and was actually out for something like three hours - very refreshing! Even did some housework when I came home before cooking dinner - fighting off the procrastination temptation. So now I feel I have really earned a couple of lazy hours on the net, hehe.

Congratulations to your daughter, Kaykay!!


HungarianHorntail13 - May 27, 2006 11:50 am (#502 of 2979)        

I like procrastinating.

Congratulations Finn! My school is also grades 6-7-8.

Happy Birthday to Kaykay's daughter!

Because I know nobody understands my signature on the bottom of every post, I'll explain it.


. This is a little eye.

_ This is a strait line for a mouth.

O This is a big eye. It also stands for the first letter in my name.

= ._O Hopefully it will make more sense now.

._O livia

Edited to fix bold print.


Julie Aronson - May 27, 2006 1:37 pm (#503 of 2979)        

OK. I just got back from the X-Men movie. It was entertaining enough to keep me interested, and I had no prior knowledge of the series. I'm interested in hearing Loopy's take on it.

Happy birthday to Kaykay's daughter!


azi - May 27, 2006 1:37 pm (#504 of 2979)        

Happy 9th birthday to Kaykay's daughter! **insert birthday smiley here (sorry, haven't got access to smileys on this computer )**

Ahh, I get it now, Olivia! I had the 'O' for olivia, but nothing else.

Torill - that walk sounds lovely! Weather has not been so nice here in the UK either...

Congratulations Finn! Hope you enjoy whichever school you go to next!

Denise - I would *love* that playground set!

**wishing there were Cheesecake Factories in the UK** Are there any?

I remember Sherbie Lemon! Congrats to her!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


The giant squid - May 27, 2006 1:44 pm (#505 of 2979)        

Back in the day, we didn't have middle school, we had Junior High.--Denise P.

Yeah, we called it Junior High too, but I felt I was being confusing enough already. For us, Elementary was 1-6 (sometimes K-6), Junior High was 7-8 and high school was 9-12. Of course in Marie's & my hometown the high school was split into two campuses across town from each other, so it went 7-8, 9-10, 11-12. Makes it harder to keep school spirit going when only half of the school knows each other.

There are a couple of Cheesecake Factories here n Vegas. One of them is only about 10 minutes from my house. *cue the sound of Marie buying plane tickets* I like the food & love the cheesecake, but they're just pricey enough that I don't go very often.



Lina - May 27, 2006 2:02 pm (#506 of 2979)        

Happy birthday to Kay's wonder girl!

Congratulations to Sherbie Lemon!

Happy Memorial Day to all who celebrate. I hope your day was wonderful.

Congratulations to Finn! Do you feel much bigger now Finn? Hopefully not elder than 50.

I know you wouldn't believe, but I've noticed my avatar disappearing. And I have a confession: I've never payed my or Kate's premium membership. That's because I thought it was too complicated and because I'm not able to post 10 posts a day, much less more than that. Then, after Tazzy's gift went so quick, I started to think that it was not as complicated as I thought it would be and decided to make a payment. But alas, I discovered that I was right. It is not possible to pay by pay pal from Croatia. So I will have to send a check and it may take several years some time until it comes into effect. Until then, I have decided to post all of my potential avatars in my profile.


Tazzygirl - May 27, 2006 3:00 pm (#507 of 2979)        

Puck: I am trying to set a new Potty Five Words record, but as the time that I normally do massive amounts of posting, nobody is on (evening my time, early morning to everyone else). Where is Dizzy Lizzy? She hasn't been on in weeks, and she's usually my posting companion!

My school was 4-8 grade when I was in 6th grade. 4-6 grade was elementary level, 7-8 was jr. high. When I got to 8th grade, they moved the 4th grade to a different school. When I made it to 9th grade (official high school), my old school made the 5th grade move. Thus now, the school is 6-8th grade, and classified as a jr. high. Actually they do call it a middle school now...

School starts for me August 21 or so.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Kay's daughter! Hope she has a wonderful day!!

Lina- that stinks you have to send a check! You would think PayPal would accept from all over... but ok...

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



Loopy Lupin - May 27, 2006 3:09 pm (#508 of 2979)        

Hi everyone! Just popping on to say hello. Yes, X-Men 3 was entertaining. I'm a little biased because I could probably watch Ian recite jingle bells and be entertained. I will say that I didn't think that 3 was as good as the first 2 and the second one was my favorite. There was a different director this time. There were some more witty "one liners" in this one which the others kind of lacked and some other more "action movie" type clichés which was a little disappointing. All in all though, it was worth seeing. Too bad this is the last in the series, it being the "last stand" and all. ***ahem****


Julie Aronson - May 27, 2006 3:38 pm (#509 of 2979)        


Did you watch the teaser after the credits? It might not be the last one after all...


HungarianHorntail11 - May 27, 2006 3:38 pm (#510 of 2979)        

Wow, how long have I been asleep?? I was thinking that it would be slow this weekend, but everyone has been quite chatty.

Happy birthday to your daughter, kaykay, she's beautiful! (Priscilla turns 9 in June - maybe we'll let them chat one day.)

I always thought middle school and junior high were one in the same - I am surprised to see so many variations. I think if I read any more explanations about it, I will be irreversibly confused.

The swing set looks great, Denise! (Great picture, BTW.)

LOL Lina! I really enjoyed looking through the pictures! I think my favorite is the ladybug flying around the flowers! The cakes are beautiful. It looks as though the whole production went well and the children seemed to be enjoying themselves.

I love Cheesecake Factory! The problem is that they are always busy with a ridiculous wait (riddikulus), so either we eat at an odd time, or we do not get in. They make a great, corn - something. I can't remember the name - gee, I guess I should get out more often.

Did not make the movie cut-off, so we'll have to try another time. I was looking forward to seeing Over the Hedge with the kids, as the guy from Office is in it and we think that show is so funny. Also, because Mike (sorry if I'm wrong) or someone mentioned that it had him/her laughing for a while. I could always use a laugh.

Busy day today, trimming ornamental shrubs (frustrating), bike ridingx2, cleaning, etc., while the kids enjoyed a swim - in 74 degree water, brrrr - not for me! I'll wait until it is in the 80s.


Puck - May 27, 2006 4:47 pm (#511 of 2979)        

Lina, great pictures!

Happy Birthday to Kay's girl! One more year until double digits!

Got pictures of the kids taken today -the first ones of the 3 of them together. (Well, the first professional ones.) They came out pretty well. Now Baby Puck can be part of the family portraits.

Happy RotD,



DJ Evans - May 27, 2006 7:27 pm (#512 of 2979)        

Mike(Giant Squid): Yay! I guess our good luck/bad luck thing has finally worn off. Well, unless she didn't want to get pregnant...

hmmmm, Well I'll put it this way & let you decide.... She & Mr. Sherbie Lemon were trying, but then decided it might be best to wait 2 or 3 months, so she wouldn't have to take "too" much time off from college. Then about 3 weeks later discovered she was expecting!!! lol

I'll pass on all of your congrats to her.

Lina -- Love the pics of all of the flowers!! What cuties they are & it looks like they were quite enjoying themselves.

Puck -- You will post your new family pics, right? Can't wait to see them.

Not to get HH11 "irreversibly confused" or anything, but back in my school days we had 1-6 grades for Elementary, 7-9 as Jr. High & 10-12 as High School. Kindergarten was just there, you didn't have to go & I don't seem to remember many kids of my age going?

Later, Deb


Puck - May 27, 2006 7:53 pm (#513 of 2979)        

Deb, if I can figure out how to reduce the size, then I can post pictures. Not exactly computer savvy.

Glad to see your out of "lurker" mode.



Finn BV - May 27, 2006 10:01 pm (#514 of 2979)        

Happy Bday Kaykay's daughter!

Do you speak any? –Torill

'Fraid not. Spanish is my language at the moment.

Azi, our school goes through senior year. I will continue right on.

Lina, those are some great pictures! Sorry about the avatar dilemna…

It's 1 am. **waves to Squid Mike**


kaykay1970 - May 27, 2006 10:31 pm (#515 of 2979)        

The 9 year old had a wonderful day! Until...She wanted to stay all night at the river and had already put up the tent. However some of the guests (mostly uninvited ones) were having their own little party and things were becoming less and less "family friendly." Besides my sister-in-law was taken to the hospital and will be having surgery tomorrow to remove a kidney stone. So I made them all come home. When we checked the forum and she read all her birthday wishes it cheered her right up!

The pictures are adorable Lina! It looks like the children had a great time!!


Tazzygirl - May 27, 2006 10:37 pm (#516 of 2979)        

Finn- It's 1 am.

Weren't you saying you were going to sleep an hour ago on Potty Five Words???

**Healing charms to Kay's sister-in-law** Hope everything goes well!



The giant squid - May 27, 2006 11:57 pm (#517 of 2979)        

HH11, that was indeed me extolling the virtues of Over The Hedge. It's a G-rated adult movie that kids can enjoy.

Deb--well, if she had already made plans assuming she wouldn't get pregnant, then her bad luck thing is still working. Still, send her my best & tell her I'll try not to be too lucky for the next 9 months and give the kid a chance.

Since it's 3AM Eastern time, I'll wave back to Finn's sleeping form (you'd better be sleeping, young man!).



Torill - May 28, 2006 1:06 am (#518 of 2979)        

Yes, Lina, those pics were beautiful - what lovely little flowers! And good luck to your sister-in-law kaykay - kidney stone is awfully painful isn't it, let's hope she will have a speedy recovery. I am glad our congratulations cheered your daughter up - too bad the hike by the river was destroyed by idiots....

Cheese cake factory - now that sounds like something Roald Dahl could have written - but let me not talk more about cake, not good for me..;-)

Happy Sunday everyone!


Marie E. - May 28, 2006 7:40 am (#519 of 2979)        

It was scorching hot yesterday, in the 90's! Bits of Colorado keep catching on fire so it is looking a lot like the summer of '02. We just had about 300 acres burn on Thursday, coming dangerously near the Air Force Academy property. The fire was started by boys burning sticks in their front yard. If they had decided to burn in the back yard, it would have taken their house. Since where the boys live is under fire restrictions, their parents will be fined...a lot.

Happy birthday to Kaykay's daughter. Looks like we'll have quite a few nine year old girls on this forum soon. Mine, Kaykay's, HH's, Denise's, and I think Viola too.

The girls want to see Over the Hedge tonight so I'll let everyone in on my "expert" opinion. Word of warning: one of my favorite movies is Legally Blonde.

Lol at my brother's remark of me catching a plane to go to the Cheesecake factory. I was thinking that with gas prices it might be the same price as driving to Denver.


HungarianHorntail13 - May 28, 2006 10:11 am (#520 of 2979)        

My mom used to get alot of kidney stones. Her friends used to call her 'Stoney'. The lithotripsy failed and she passed them all on her own too. She also had a big one when she was pregnant with my brother.

Now you have my mom making Kahlua Cheesecake too.

I love the food at the Cheesecake Factory! The wait is very long though.....

._O livia


Torill - May 28, 2006 11:26 am (#521 of 2979)        

You mean your mom is ok now? That is good news! Or do I misunderstand and this was earlier - yes, you said she would have surgery on Tuesday, right..

Kahlua cheesecake - yummy - no, won't go into those cakedreams, lol.


HungarianHorntail11 - May 28, 2006 12:28 pm (#522 of 2979)        

Hi Torill: kaykay's sister-in-law is having surgery today. I have had four or five kidney stones, the last one was 6-7 mm and I was set for surgery and the day before I was to go in, I passed it. The doctor could not believe it even after viewing the MRI (he thought I was having pre-surgery jitters). Needless to say, my husband was not surprised - nothing about me surprises him anymore.

kaykay, how is everything with your sister-in-law?? Healing charms and prayers sent her way for a speedy recovery.

Mike, I thought it was you, but didn't trust my memory enough and did not have time to sift through the posts. Thank you for the reviews, as always, they are appreciated, and I think it is safe to say, not only by me.

Marie, I didn't know you had a 9-year old, too! Sounds like they may take over the chats, if we let them. I am sorry to hear about the fires - I hope they don't get out of control this year. I remember seeing clips on the news in '02.

Enjoy the day and weekend everyone! Off to a barbecue with my Kahlua cheesecake!! (Thanks again, Mediwitch!! )


Chemyst - May 28, 2006 12:34 pm (#523 of 2979)        

That is a great tradition you are passing along to your kids Denise. I remember dressing up in my scout uniform and marching more truthfully walking in parades down Main Street to the cemetery where there would be a cannon or musket salute. Small towns seem to get the family aspect of memorializing right. Not to be morbid, but that old cemetery had trees and a stream and looked like a place someone might actually want to be laid to rest. Each gravestone marker was as unique as the person must have been.

The cemeteries around here now are sterile fields with flush-set bronze markers that can be mowed over, and one is left with the impression that the management would not appreciate a troop of scouts running around. Where we live now no children are allowed to walk in the parade; they must be seated in a float with a 30-inch high fence or safety-barrier. The parade ends at a craft fair where politicians give boring speeches.

'Nice pictures Lina. What was that wall with graffiti? Are you allowed to draw on a school building? The new schools they are building around here have high fences, very few windows, and resemble prisons.
  Anyone noticing a pattern developing here? Should I buy stock in fencing companies?

& tell her (Sherbie) I'll try not to be too lucky for the next 9 months and give the kid a chance. - The giant squid
Aw, you are such a self-sacrificing prince!   **remembers how tragically funny the luck-switches were**

…one of my favorite movies is Legally Blonde. – Marie
…and you are so very brave to admit that! Legally Blonde might not make my top ten list, but I agree it is everything I want a movie to be— fun, escapist, and leaves you happier and with more energy than when you started watching. Which is what I liked about the TV series Wonderfalls, so I guess my tastes are, um, less than sophisticated. (Wonderfalls was cancelled so fast that 9 of the 13 episodes never aired. It’s on DVD.)


Loopy Lupin - May 28, 2006 1:19 pm (#524 of 2979)        


Did you watch the teaser after the credits? It might not be the last one after all...-- Julie Aronson

In white:

Well, that's what I was hinting at with the "ahem" comment. But, I was just referring to the "cured" Magneto sitting in the park and making the metal chess piece move. I think the credits started after that but I didn't sit through them. Was there more?


kaykay1970 - May 28, 2006 1:23 pm (#525 of 2979)        

Thanks for the healing charms! My sister-in-law's surgery went well. She feels much better although still a little sore.


Lina - May 28, 2006 2:13 pm (#526 of 2979)        

Thanks all for the comments on the pictures. The kids really had a great time doing the play and it was amazing to watch them enjoying it.

Now, before I explain the graffiti, I must say that I enjoyed the talks about Middle school, Jr. High and High school in USA that you had before, because all those different school systems make my head spin. Now I feel better, not feeling that only our kids (including me when I was young enough to go to school) are guinea pigs. Someone mentioned that back in their time the Kindergarten was not obligatory and that is the way that the Kindergarten, or Day care, or Pre school, whatever you like, still is here. So this is one of the walls of the Day care building where the kids are kept since 6 months until 6 years - in different groups. The graffiti were actually ordered and the aunts (the way that the teachers are called in the Day care) even wrote "Thanks" under one of them. No big fences, so in the afternoon the kids from the neighborhood come to play there and some of them unfortunately felt like they had something to add to the graffiti. For a while the kids would find even syringes in the playground until the drug dealer moved away.

Kay, more healing charms to your sister in law. I'm sorry that the birthday didn't end too well, but fortunately, we have a Forum to sort all out!


Julie Aronson - May 28, 2006 3:14 pm (#527 of 2979)        


More in white... Do you remember when Charles was lecturing the children about the ethical complications of body/mind trasfers? Well, after ALL the credits, there was a scene with a man in a hospital bed who said something to the woman who was nursing him (Mona?), and she said, Charles?" And then it was all over...And yes, the Magneto thing got my attention, too.


Lina, Eek!!! Needles???


DJ Evans - May 28, 2006 5:41 pm (#528 of 2979)        

Mike (TGS): Still, send her my best & tell her I'll try not to be too lucky for the next 9 months and give the kid a chance.

I'll be sure & give her your best for you. And she'll really appreciate how you are willing to try & not be too lucky. But as the baby is due around the first of August, you won't have to hold back for quite as long as 9 months.

kaykay: All the best for your sister-in-law & a speedy recovery. I've had my share of kidney stones & I wouldn't wish them on anyone. "ouch"

HH11: I don't know whether to say "Yay" cause you didn't have to have the surgery after all or not -- cause either way is painful. How about if I say "May you never have another one?" That sounds like a good wish to me....

Puck: Have you ever tried to use a program called "Easy Thumbnails" for re-sizing a pic? It's a free program & quite easy to use. Heck, if I can use it, then anybody can..... If I wasn't on dial-up, I'd offer to do it for you, but it takes forever for my server to upload anything, size wise. If you need any help, feel free to email me & I'll try to help you in any way I can.

Later, Deb


Puck - May 28, 2006 5:59 pm (#529 of 2979)        

Lina, glad the dealer moved away! I used to work at a daycare where some days we couldn't go out on the playground due to drug traffic-ing. We also had to bring the swings in at night so they wouldn't get stolen.  Fortunately, we live far from there now, and my kids go to a school with lovely playgrounds.

Kay, glad your sister-in-law is doing well!

Marie, I'll also admit to liking Legally Blonde.

I was a warm day. We played in the sprinklers, and the kids went swimming in the neighbors' pool.

Mr. Puck bought my new dishwasher today! The store had this promotion that any appliance bought this weekend will be FREE if it is over 92 degrees on the Fourth of July. So, let's hope for a hot one! (The same store does a similar promotion on Thanksgiving weekend -free if it snows a foot on Christmas.)

Happy RotD,



Loopy Lupin - May 28, 2006 6:28 pm (#530 of 2979)        

More in white... -- Julie Aronson



Finn BV - May 28, 2006 7:26 pm (#531 of 2979)        

Weren't you saying you were going to sleep an hour ago on Potty Five Words??? –Tazzy

Well, I went to write some more of my story, then I did some writing of my article, and by then it was 1, and I just did a last forum check…

kaykay, glad your sister-in-law's surgery went okay. Recovering charms to her!

Legally Blonde is one of the stupidest movies I've ever seen, and that's why I loved it! LOL, stupid in a good way of course!

Eek, we went to Wesleyan University graduation today in super-scorching weather. And I sat through most of the 742 candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree… under no tent…


Catherine - May 28, 2006 8:10 pm (#532 of 2979)        

I actually wrote a huge post that involved my mother-in-law and sunburns and graduations and....I decided to be a semi-grown-up instead.

So I didn't post it and posted this instead.

**major waves to Wayne!!! and Kim!!!! and even Finn!! **

Also, huge grins to cheesecake of any kind.



Denise P. - May 28, 2006 9:00 pm (#533 of 2979)        

As soon as I get the chocolate cheesecake recipe from a friend, I will post mine.

**:doing the Snoopy dance of joy**: We finally got Nicholas, the moody 13 year old, to cut his stinking hair. No, it didn't literally stink. He has always had a nice hair cut but in the last 9 months, he has wanted to grow it out so resembled a shaggy dog. I finally convinced him today to get it not so much cut but shaped and trimmed. The lady did an awesome job. She took a lot of the bulk out, shaped it but kept most of the length so that he was satisfied and I was satisfied. Of course, Mr. Denise had to do the man thing and snark when we got back "I thought he was going to get a haircut?" **:sigh**:

This morning on the playset, a mama Preying Mantis hatched out about a billion little Preying Manti (Mantises?) We had a beam swarming with the tiny little things, it was way cool.

I am back up at 5:30 am to go meet my running group so we can caravan down to Nashville to do a 5K race. I say race because it is a race but most of the ones doing the racing will already be in their cars and heading home before I cross the line. I only race myself and the clock but that is okay. I am proud to be a penguin. A penguin? What, you may ask, does a penguin have to do with running? Check behind my avatar for a link that explains how I am a penguin. Waddle on! I will be back tomorrow with a race report and hopefully a better time than my last 5K race.


HungarianHorntail11 - May 28, 2006 9:29 pm (#534 of 2979)        

Well, it seems as though Priscilla is in good company because she, too, really liked Legally Blonde. As a matter of fact, we were at a friend's house for a barbecue today and the kids were playing "Movies" in the pool and Priscilla used Legally Blonde as her movie.

Thank you (many times over) again, Mediwitch for the great Kahlua Cheesecake recipe. Everyone really enjoyed it. As a matter of fact, there were only a couple of slices left and they kept them. I told them I couldn't take credit, since it was not my recipe. The ganache added a nice finish.

(Catherine, and all of you cheesecake lovers, you would have loved it!)

Hooray for the new dishwasher, Puck!! I will keep fingers (and toes, yes) crossed for 94 on July 4 (a couple of extra degrees for cushion).

Yikes, Finn - that sounds like a grueling day. I hope whomever you went to watch appreciated your support.

Deb, that is a very nice wish - thank you! It's just a bit of pain, (I didn't feel the need to take any pain killers for them) though and I always seem to get through. As long as there is no long-term damage I can deal with it. I have a pretty high threshold for pain - except when it comes to needles. Those things freak me out. Of course, you know what happens with regard to whatever you fear - you end up having to face it in the worst way. I had to wear a shunt in my leg and change the site every 24 hours when I was expecting Trevor  (for the nausea) - Olivia and Priscilla were lining up to stick me with it. (Such compassionate children!)

And of course - another fear - I was not fond of bugs and I end up taking care of a river tank in our school lobby (*must learn to say no*). I had to feed the "inhabitants" crickets several times per week. One day, I did not go straight to the school from the pet store, and the crickets chewed through the plastic bag (6 dozen of them ) and they escaped in my car. That was fun.  

kaykay, I am glad to hear that your sister-in-law is well. Hope she is up and about soon.

EDIT: It took me so long to get my post together that I missed yours, Denise. Good luck tomorrow!


dizzy lizzy - May 29, 2006 12:39 am (#535 of 2979)        

Woah!!!!! I'm online again!!!!!!!

Well it's been a very long 10 days without a phone line and I was not able to access the internet for at least four days before that. Who would believe that!!! 14 days!!!!

I had two job interviews in the meantime and I'm still not employed. So the past two weeks have been very very boring. There hasn't been much happening and there are only so many times one can clean a house to keep busy...

Basically a heavy vehicle (apparently a semi trailer carrying a high load) drove down our street and got the telephone line caught up in the load. The truck driver just kept going and pulled the lines off the telegraph poles. That was on Friday the 19th May and due to problems with the original repair request the telephone company did not have the personnel to do the job until today.... and then it only took them half an hour.

So I have been missing you all dreadfully and all my other email and yahoo chat buddies and really getting frustrated at the length of time it took for things to fix.

I've now finished reading the last 120 or so posts on the last thread. I've skipped over the previous 534 posts on this thread alone - I'll skim read them in the morning and then hit the magic button for the rest of the threads on the forum.

For those who had best wishes..especially for Kip!

For those who have had good news or bad or anything in between ((HUGS)).



The giant squid - May 29, 2006 1:19 am (#536 of 2979)        

Welcome back, Lizzy!! It's bad enough to be offline on purpose, but when it's someone else's fault, can be painful.

I'll let everyone in on my "expert" opinion. Word of warning: one of my favorite movies is Legally Blonde.--Marie E.

So noted. Actually, the sad fact of the matter is that your choice of movies would probably get more agreement than mine here on the Forum--especially when you factor in the kids' stuff. At least I've managed to move Reese Witherspoon from "loathe" to "barely tolerate". I dunno what it is...maybe it's that weird pointy-chin thing she's got going on.



Amilia Smith - May 29, 2006 3:50 am (#537 of 2979)        

Oh, Lizzy. That does sound very boring. No phone, no internet, and no job! We are very glad to see you again.

That was a great story, though! I was very much reminded of an old Lake Wobegon story. I wanted to link it, but unfortunately, the archives at Prairie Home Companion only go back to 1996, and this story is from 1994. If anyone does want to hear it, and doesn't mind working a bit to find it, it is on the 20th Anniversary CD set, Disk 4, "Cherry Picker."

Since I last posted, I have watched:

Little Caesar starring Edward G. Robinson.
Moral of the Story: Don't join the mob. It's not worth it.

Rock and Roll High School featuring the Ramones and directed by Roger Corman.
Moral of the Story: Don't try to get rid of kids' music. They will make you sorry.

It Happened One Night starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. My all time favorite movie. :-) I had an excuse to watch it again!
Moral of the Story: Daddy was right when he said you married a schmuck.
Interesting tidbit: In the movie it becomes apparent that Clark Gable is not wearing an undershirt. ("Perhaps you're interested in how a man undresses.") After the movie came out, sales in men's undershirts plummeted.

42nd Street starring Ruby Keelor, Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, and a whole bunch of other people whose names I did not recognize. Real ensemble piece.
Moral of the Story: If you are nice and kind and sweet and good and work your heart out, you will be able to step into the lead when the show's leading lady breaks her ankle just before opening night.

Desk Set starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.
Moral of the Story: Computers will never replace reference librarians.

Am I a geek or what? Worrying about spoiling 60 year old movies. . . . However, with the exception of It Happened One Night, these movies were all new to me. So maybe they are for you too.



Puck - May 29, 2006 4:29 am (#538 of 2979)        

Mills, sounds like you're having fun in class! I must admit, I haven't watched any of those. “An Affair to Remember” is my favorite old movie. (Pretty sure I have mentioned before that I am a sap.)

Finn, hope you used sunscreen!

Haymoni, you got Beautifulest One one of those singing machines that hooks up to see your one tv for Christmas, correct? Was it Fisher Price? I remember seeing the ads for them, and thinking Diva –who aspires to being a rock star- would like one for her birthday.

Promises to be a very warm day. Maybe the neighbors will let us swim again!

Happy RotD,



azi - May 29, 2006 4:36 am (#539 of 2979)        

Mmm, sun, would like some of that right now...without the fires and sunburn!

Glad to have you back Lizzy! Get over to Potty 5 Words!

Good luck with the swimming, Puck!

I admit to also liking Legally Blonde, just because it's about blondes. I like blonde jokes.

Argh, I'm being pressured into joining Facebook! *sigh* I knew it would reach me someday...

Hope everyone has a great day!


Puck - May 29, 2006 4:54 am (#540 of 2979)        

Oh, I forgot to welcome back Lizzy! How horrible it took them that long to fix the phones. What if someone had an emergency?


Finn BV - May 29, 2006 6:26 am (#541 of 2979)        

Lizzy, welcome back!! How dreadfully boring… hope you managed to do some non-Internet stuff that you don't usually have the chance to do because you're on the Forum!

Mills, I love Desk Set!! And I also knew the undershirt fact. **geeky**

Kathy, I did use sunscreen but omitted to put some on my feet, and I was wearing flip-flops… so now I have a lovely shade of red in the center of my foot.

Azi, if you join facebook, search for Finn V and you'll find me!

Whew, Memorial Day already? Time to study!


Good Evans - May 29, 2006 8:20 am (#542 of 2979)        

Happy Mondays (hee hee)

bank Holiday here in the UK - splendid! So a day not doing much.

We did go to the Garden Centre though today, we bought a huge patio pot and (did I mention that we got Nova's ashes back the other day? well we did, we were planning on scattering but the box she came back in was so beautiful and had been set with a little plaque in the middle saying her name and faithful and loving companion (so yes more tears) that we decided to buy a plant and bury her in a pot) a blue hydrangea and plenty of eracacius compost to keep it blue. I now have a beautiful and unusual flower to remember my beautiful girl every time I go in to the garden) We have placed her by the bird table so that she can chase the squirrels away from the bird seed, one of her favourite past times!!!!

The weather has been very patchy today, we were caught in the car on the way back from the garden centre and had to sit outside the house for five minutes as the HAIL!!! came down, really big peices too. It is of course glorious sunshine here at the moment but there have been plenty of showers in between - really weird weather!

Yesterday we went to Bentley a wildfowl sanctuary and saw all the ducklings including some hatched just that day, they were so darling... I wanted to take them all home! Maybe not very practical though!!

I also bought another christmas present, ha ha no procrastinating here! trouble is I will have lost them all by December !

Lizzy, great to see you back

Kaykay - happy birthday to you daughter and recovery charms to you sister.

Lina - I loved the pictures, so sweet

have a great ROTD all

Julie x


azi - May 29, 2006 9:01 am (#543 of 2979)        

Lucky you actually having a Bank Holiday GE! We university folk have lectures!

Finn, facebook is getting less confusing! Can only be a good thing...

Erm, the weather has actually gone sunny now. It's nice!


Puck - May 29, 2006 9:32 am (#544 of 2979)        

Julie, what a lovely memorial!

Finn, I always have a "Teva Tan" by mid summer. I once had a bad burn on the tops of my ears, so I never forget that spot on my kids!.

Cleaning to do. *sigh*



Denise P. - May 29, 2006 10:06 am (#545 of 2979)        

Yay! I finished my Memorial Day 5K Dash this morning. It started at 8 am down in Nashville. Even at 8 am, it was darn hot and humid. The course was a nifty but hilly one. We ran around Greer Stadium (where the local baseball team plays), around Fort Negley (a Civil War era Fort built by the Northern Army while it occupied Nashville) and then through Nashville City Cemetary, the oldest exisiting public cemetery in the state. I even won a door prize....although there were no doors anywhere since we were outside. A friend of mine also won a door prize, a book about the history of the cemetery. She didn't want it so gave it to me, saving me $10 since I had planned to buy it.

I didn't beat my personal best record for 5K but I still had a good time and a 12:15 pace. The timers were all messed up, there was no mat to start the chips, the race clock was 90 seconds off the official time so I went by my watch time rather than the posted results.

I think we are going to break out the ice cream machine and make some vanilla ice cream this afternoon and laze by the pool.

Have a great day all!!


Finn BV - May 29, 2006 10:20 am (#546 of 2979)        

Denise, congrats on your run! Wish I had a pool to laze by…

Slow forum today. Good time to catch up on my Hinduism.


Tazzygirl - May 29, 2006 2:31 pm (#547 of 2979)        

Welcome back Lizzy!! We missed you.

I just woke up (11:30 am). Didn't sleep well last night, so glad today is a holiday!

Good job on your running, Denise! I really need to get motivated and start either running or walking a couple times a week.

Good luck studying Hinduism, Finn. What class is that for?

Off to check Potty Five Words!

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



Mediwitch - May 29, 2006 4:44 pm (#548 of 2979)        

HH11 - Glad the cheesecake was a big hit! I can't really claim full credit for it either, as it is from a Kahlua recipe book that someone gave me a long time ago.

Ooh - crickets in the car! When my husband and I got married, his daughter had a lizard, and I never quite got over going to the store and buying crickets!! Fortunately, very few ever got out

Dizzy Lizzy - how frustrating! Sometimes our fire department and ambulance get called out when there are phone or power lines down, and the utility companies can take forever to even come look! One time, we had been "babysitting" some lines for quite a while, and finally someone from the power company drove up, said "Yup, the line is live. It's time for my dinner break now." and left us there!! (NOT eating dinner and NOT getting paid!) When they finally came back it took about 10 minutes to fix it. GRRRR!!! Pissed

Denise - congrats on finishing your run!


Finn BV - May 29, 2006 5:45 pm (#549 of 2979)        

Tazzy – history. The course is on religion.


Tazzygirl - May 29, 2006 6:38 pm (#550 of 2979)        

oooh! How fun, Finn! History is my favorite subject! Good luck!

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Thora - May 29, 2006 7:31 pm (#551 of 2979)        

Well I just skimmed through over 100 posts... so I missed most of it, except the bubble wrap/kid transportation jokes... now that's an idea. heehee

Oh and funny thing about the Molly clock. We had dropped off my 3 year old son with his grandparents and we got about 3 hours down the road before we got a call from my mother-in-law. We didn't manage to answer the call on the first set of rings (cars are great for losing cell phones in)and once the phone was found we discussed if we should call her back. My husband said "The only reason to call is to see if Jay is in mortal peril." I said "I know..." Then he said "Well if you had brought your clock we wouldn't need to call at all."

I love being married to a man who will listen to several chapters of HP and watch GoF three times in one road trip. Sigh......

Anyway, I just had to share.



Puck - May 29, 2006 7:49 pm (#552 of 2979)        

Great job, Denise! Nice picture! I can't believe how big Rhys looks. Only a month older than my little one. I need to sneak in to make sure she hasn't grown up since I put her to bed.

Thora, I wish my husband knew what a Molly clock is! Hope you had a great trip.

Okay, getting late. I finally got the laundry folded. Dishes will wait until morning. *sigh* I've been busy all day, and still can't manage to get caught up!

Happy RotD,



The giant squid - May 29, 2006 11:21 pm (#553 of 2979)        

Careful, Finn, you're showing your 50-year-old-ness again.

Congrats on the run, Denise. You may not have beaten your personal best, but you sure as heck beat mine!

Happy Memorial Day/Bank Holiday and happy RotD/N!



Essidji - May 30, 2006 4:06 am (#554 of 2979)        

Hi everyone. It's been a loooong time since I haven't posted here, so I must apologise for skipping through thousands of posts...

I just wanted to say hello, and give you some news about my life. I started (another) new job in early may, and it seems to be a very nice company, this one. I am still working with unemployed persons, giving them job research techniques... It's fun.

The weather in going crazy in France this week. We had 4°c early this morning, and even some snow on the mountains... We are simply freezing! Normally at this time of the year, temperatures should be at least 15°c higher. Fortunately, the coffe machine is new.

All of you, have a great day.


Catherine - May 30, 2006 4:19 am (#555 of 2979)        

Welcome back, Essidji.

Congratulations to Denise!

I hope everyone **waves to Loopy and Kim** enjoyed the holiday weekend. We had fun here in NC. On Saturday, we visited a home on the Pamlico river. The various children in attendance enjoyed kayaking and swimming. Next day was Atlantic Beach.

Saturday's hostess, a Southern American Literature teacher, nearly keeled over in laughter when I displayed my deviled eggs on a deviled egg plate. She said she had never seen one before. How can you claim to know about Southern culture and not know a deviled egg plate when you see one? She also said that she had never made deviled eggs in her life.

Well, I don't claim to be an expert on being Southern culture, but on major holiday picnics, deviled eggs are standard fare where I come from. And I noted with satisfaction that the eggs disappeared before anything else.

I have a cleaning service coming today to wash all our windows and to powerwash our woodwork and porches. It's the second half of my Mother's Day present to myself. So it will be chaotic and annoying for a while, but then everything will sparkle.


Loopy Lupin - May 30, 2006 5:29 am (#556 of 2979)        

This morning on the playset, a mama Preying Mantis hatched out about a billion little Preying Manti (Mantises?) We had a beam swarming with the tiny little things, it was way cool. – Denise

This reminds me of a topic we had many months ago (last year?)about collective nouns. I couldn't find a collective noun for Preying Mantids (I did find the plural of "mantis" though ), but how about a "flutter of mantids."

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. I popped on here a couple of times so I already gave me opinion of X-Men3. I also made it to the beach yesterday with me new beach chair, new cooler, and new beach towel. I am ready for the summer indeed. My friends and I had another, "We're so old" moment too. You see, when we went to the beach before they had kids, we were very "low profile" and travelled light. Now, with two kids, they've (and by implication "me") become one of "those people" who come to the beach with a big wheel barrow thingy toting chairs, umbrella, toys and two different coolers. It's called a Rolleze and you might've seen it:

It's a bit pricy, but quite essential if you have a lot of stuff to haul to the beach and don't want to mess around.

Also, let me say to all uncles who have nieces between the ages of 6-11, I discovered that if you purchase a copy of "High School Musical" for your little angel, you will be the coolest person ever.

Well, I don't claim to be an expert on being Southern culture..... Catherine

Of course you don't claim that because to do so would be putting on airs. How could this carpetbaggin' so-called "teacher" have never even heard of a deviled egg plate? Great-time-O'-day! Methinks she could be quite the poseur. You should invite her to your house and offer her a Mint Julep in a proper Mint Julep cup. If she doesn't know what that is, you should report her to the appropriate authorities.

Back to work. At least the week is short.


Puck - May 30, 2006 5:33 am (#557 of 2979)        

Catherine, I'm a Northern Girl, and yet I'm pretty sure I've seen Deviled egg plates. (though I have never made any)


haymoni - May 30, 2006 5:48 am (#558 of 2979)        

Puck - I'm pretty sure it was Fisher Price, but it is the one that works with these Kidz Bop cassette things. The only think I don't like is that there are no words with the songs. She really likes watching herself on TV, though. She just sings her own stuff.

Desk Set has been on TV a lot recently. I like watching Kate Hepburn getting tanked on all that champagne. Those were the good old days when you didn't work on Christmas eve and just hung out at all the office parties.

Being in Human Resources, I can tell you that such parties today would be COMPLETELY against policy!!


Julie Aronson - May 30, 2006 6:25 am (#559 of 2979)        


I'm a midwesterner, and not only do we LOVE our deviled eggs, I have a special Tupperware I use for safe transport.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 30, 2006 6:44 am (#560 of 2979)        

It's called a Rolleze and you might've seen it:---Loopy Lupin

My, my, that is expensive. For a fraction of the price, might I recommend the Wonder Wheeler, which has served me well all along the Maine and Massachusetts coasts:

Catherine, during my trip to Vermont this weekend my friend picked up a copy of Being Dead is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral. It has a picture of deviled eggs right on the cover and Chapter 3 is titled: Who Died? Stuffed Eggs, Etiquette and Delta Pate.

And was it Mike Miller who asked about my husband's fishing day? Hope so, cause here goes...After he dons his “Women Want Me, Fish Fear Me” hat, he hits the local ponds where he fishes and sometimes succeeds at catching small and large mouth bass (large mouth bass aren't native to Massachusetts but were brought back by soldiers returning from the Civil War ***waves to Wayne and Catherine*** ), Crappies, Perch, Pike and Sunfish, lots of Sunfish. He supports catch and release.

He went to school in the D.C. area and enjoyed fishing for Catfish (which he always kept and ate) and eels. Only once did he go fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and speaks more of the Ospreys he saw than the fish he caught. He does tell a very funny story about nightfishing for Catfish with some college friends. It involves a log, a net, some balance issues and a big splash. But he got the fish.

I think I deserve an award for allowing him to keep his worms in the fridge.


Loopy Lupin - May 30, 2006 6:52 am (#561 of 2979)        

My, my, that is expensive. For a fraction of the price, might I recommend the Wonder Wheeler, which has served me well all along the Maine and Massachusetts coasts: -- Kim

Hmmm. Well, I don't have any point of comparison, having neither rolled with ease nor wheeled with wonder. I will say that the ridiculously expensive Rolleze's big wheels make traversing the sand look pretty easy. I also discovered that the frame and wheel design for the Rolleze is patented and the patent holder lives in the Carribean now.


kaykay1970 - May 30, 2006 7:08 am (#562 of 2979)        

We brought the 9 year old back to the river Sunday night for her camp-over in the tent. The 15 year old caught a perch and hubby caught a drum and 2 turtles that were all released. The 12 year old caught the only catfish which I cooked and the children shared before roasting hot dogs over the camp fire. Hubby brought the children fishing again Monday evening and the 9 year old caught another perch and a sauger (which my hubby had trouble releasing owing to the fact that it had very sharp teeth!)

Now I also have the left over worms in the fridge!

On the way home from the camp-out Sunday afternoon we did have to stop the car for mother wild turkey crossing the road with her little baby turkeys. That was pretty cool!


Denise P. - May 30, 2006 7:24 am (#563 of 2979)        

Whhaaaattt? How could anyone not know about deviled eggs?? They are a staple around here at any major holiday or any day that the kids can convince me to make them. heck, the buffet type restaurants around here have deviled eggs on the salad section. Once my kids realized that, they made a beeline for them. **smiling modestly** They said mine were better. I know there are all kinds of ways to make them, how do you guys?

Mine is the standard mustard, mayo and paprika. My kids don't know it but I also use either some horseradish or use spicy brown mustard rather than plain mustard.

Kim, my kids leave worms in the fridge too, when they go fish. We have a free fishing day rodeo coming up on Saturday so I imagine we will have a tub of worms overnight. Where we fish, the fish prefer bread though. We catch more bluegill, rock bass, sunfish and other fish using nothing but bread. Some kid caught a 80 lb carp using bread. Of course, we do catch and release. Nicholas dreams of catching a large mouth bass but so far, has not even gotten a nibble from one.


Catherine - May 30, 2006 7:36 am (#564 of 2979)        

Mine is the standard mustard, mayo and paprika. My kids don't know it but I also use either some horseradish or use spicy brown mustard rather than plain mustard. –Denise

Same here (I use Dijon mustard), although I used to use a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Nowadays my "secret" ingredient is a smidgeon of anchovy paste. Not enough to taste really anchovy or fish-like, but enough to add a little depth and heat. Maybe next time I'll experiment with horseradish instead.

Kim, that book about hosting the Southern funeral is a hoot. What makes it even funnier is that the book is actually not exaggerating.

About the bait....EWWW! I abhor worms in the fridge. My dad always has icky bait in the fridge (worms are the least of it, sadly), and let me tell you, that is NOT the first thing you want to encounter in the morning when you are reaching for the orange juice.

Still waiting for my sparkling clean windows.


Julie Aronson - May 30, 2006 7:52 am (#565 of 2979)        

I use Dijon mustard, Miracle Whip, salt, pepper and a bit of curry powder for the depth and heat to which Catherine refers. I enjoy watching people try to divine the unusual background flavors. I just might have to try some horseradish, though...I have some growing in my yard.


Kip Carter - May 30, 2006 8:07 am (#566 of 2979)        

Catherine, deviled eggs were one of my grandmother's prized specialties of which she passed the recipe(s) on to me. She also was from Virginia and moved to the Carolinas, like you. No, I am not going to be a good egg and share the recipe. I will tell you that many of my old friends try to bribe me into making at least one batch every major holiday. A batch produces 72 deviled egg halves (3 dozen eggs); however never more than 60 leave the house in the trays. As for the deviled egg dishes, she had at least five (three crystals, two signature china, and one of silver), all being hand made especially for her.

As for the bait, buy your dad a very small refrigerator and let him put it in the garage or somewhere to keep his worm. Tell him it's an early Father's Day present.


Holly T. - May 30, 2006 8:29 am (#567 of 2979)        

Hello everyone!

I skimmed through the discussion but let me just say that I have several deviled egg plates. I have a really tasty recipe made with chopped spinach, vinegar, and bacon bits. Yum.

Memorial Day weekend at the lake was quite nice, even though it was with the in-laws. Oh well. My daughter caught a huge catfish (I may manage to post a picture of it by Christmas). My son made lots of mud. I finished reading Joseph Ellis's “Founding Brothers” and read H. W. Brands's “Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times,” both of which were very good.

Oops, have to run, boss on phone!


Loopy Lupin - May 30, 2006 8:49 am (#568 of 2979)        

I typically make deviled eggs with Ranch Dressing and that's it. A little paprika for color.


kaykay1970 - May 30, 2006 10:22 am (#569 of 2979)        

My deviled eggs are basically like Denise's minus the paprika. I fill half the eggs add a little pickle relish(12 year old doesn't like them with pickles), then fill the other half.


HungarianHorntail11 - May 30, 2006 11:13 am (#570 of 2979)        

Wow! It sounds as though everyone enjoyed a nice weekend - fishing, lakes, swimming, relaxing, reading, etc.! That's nice to know. The weather on the northeast cost US was pleasant - lots of swimming.

Essidji, sending warm weather charms your way - I hope you feel the effects of it soon! Though I love it, I would not be keen on snow at this point.

Ooh - crickets in the car! When my husband and I got married, his daughter had a lizard, and I never quite got over going to the store and buying crickets!! Fortunately, very few ever got out . . .

LOL! Yes, I was surprised to learn that they could chew through plastic. Well, we get a good laugh from it now. I never did enjoy picking up the crickets, either. And my daughters had Lacertidae genus - the skinny lizards called Long-tails. They taught them tricks, such as "playing dead" and holding their tails. Anyway, the moral of my post (yes, there is a point) was to face your fears before you must.

I love deviled eggs, but haven't made them in ages. My husband's aunt used to make them - they were delicious. And she, too, had deviled egg plates, so I agree with Loopy Lupin regarding the deviled egg plate.

The small refrigerator is a great idea!

My girls are off from school today, since they did not use up all of their snow days. (I wonder why they get out so late in June. )


Holly T. - May 30, 2006 11:31 am (#571 of 2979)        

Julie, what a lovely memorial for your dog.

   The store had this promotion that any appliance bought this weekend will be FREE if it is over 92 degrees on the Fourth of July. So, let's hope for a hot one! (The same store does a similar promotion on Thanksgiving weekend -free if it snows a foot on Christmas.)

I am guessing that Puck lives Up North, as in Texas it would be unusual if it was below 92 on the Fourth. We've been having highs in the 90s consistently since April. And will continue to have them until at least September.


mike miller - May 30, 2006 11:38 am (#572 of 2979)        

WOW, lot's to go through. Sounds like a great weekend had by all, except possibly our European friends and the unseasonable weather.

Congrats Denise! Consider your run a personal best for conditions of exteme heat!

Loopy - The beach ritual is one reason why I'm not a big fan. At least at the pool I can drive up close and they already have the chairs! I don't mind when my mother-in-law rents a house in Myrtle Beach (or just south of there) right on the beach. It's not too bad then.

Sounds like I started something with my request for the fishing update.

Kim - I'm sure he has a good time and returns in a better state of mind than when he left, that the key!

KayKay - I can relate to fish with teeth. I've done a bit of saltwater fishing, and I can tell you, that's the home of fish with TEETH! I still have all of my fingers and toes, but there have been a couple of close calls.

Kip - Good to see your post! The fridge is a great idea. My Dad has taken the concept one step further in that he has a small freezer he can run off his truck or a generator. When he catches something he's keeping it's clean 'em, vacuum seal 'em and freeze 'em right away! But then he's gone to Alaska for halibut and salmon; and, recently to Canada for big trout. You see, I sucked this outdoors stuff right out of my thumb!

Speaking of trout and bait, I noticed a flavor of "Power Bait" (popular brand name of various baits) called "Hatchery Formula", perfect for catching those stocked trout on opening day.

Last, but not least, Deviled Eggs!! I love them! I have the special plate, not enough for 3 dozen though, and I'm with Julie on the Miracle Whip version (and spicy brown mustard). There are 2 kinds of people in this world, mayonaise and Miracle Whip!

Have a great RotD!


Puck - May 30, 2006 11:55 am (#573 of 2979)        

Holly, I'm from Massachusetts.

I think I deserve an award for allowing him to keep his worms in the fridge. –Kim

I think you need a brain scan for allowing him to keep worms in the fridge. Yuck! (Think of Maria's escaping crickets and you get the point.)

All the kiddies went home. Diva's preschool friends came over after school for a backyard picnic. We had fun, and are chilling out before t-ball. (Baby is napping, so I should be cleaning. Procrastinators Unite! )




Tazzygirl - May 30, 2006 12:23 pm (#574 of 2979)        

I loved deviled eggs. I look forward to them every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I make them the same was as Denise- paprika included. We add a little bit of pickle juice to the mix, as many in the family don't like the chunks of pickles in the mix. We also serve them on the platter made especially for deviled eggs.

EDIT: Glad to hear everyone had a great weekend... worms and all!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!!



Holly T. - May 30, 2006 12:39 pm (#575 of 2979)        

Massachusetts is definitely Up North!

I had to come back to report that one of my co-workers always signs up to bring deviled eggs when we have a potluck. He puts capers in them. He is from New York. He does not have a deviled egg plate.

I am wondering if the non-U.S. forum members know what deviled eggs are, much less deviled egg plates.


haymoni - May 30, 2006 12:44 pm (#576 of 2979)        

I use my deviled egg plate to hold the colored Easter eggs.

I count on others to make the deviled eggs as nobody but me likes them!


Lina - May 30, 2006 1:52 pm (#577 of 2979)        

I admit I don't like eggs but I had fun googling for the deviled eggs recipes and plates. There is no way I could miss a deviled eggs plate now.

Tazzy, it seems that you should pack some skiing equipment for your aunt, uncle and the kids. We had some snow of our own too. And just at the time that my hubby was coming home from the mountains. The highway was closed because of the bad weather and he changed the tires into the summer ones a month ago... Kate was sad for not being with him. But he came home safe, of course.

Julie, I think that that is a beautiful way to have a memory of Nova, too.


Denise P. - May 30, 2006 2:49 pm (#578 of 2979)        

All this deviled egg talk got me hungry...I am making a platter of deviled eggs to go with dinner

Mr. Denise is on the warpath. He bought several pints of strawberries with the intention of slicing them up to place on ice cream. Kierynn, being a sneaky miss, managed to make it out of the kitchen, through the living room and up the stairs with a pint of them and went up to her room with them. Ryan captured her in the act. She ate nearly the entire pint! The thing that just fried Mr. Denise is that she took one bite out of each strawberry and then tossed the remainder in the trash can...leaving at least 50% of each strawberry uneaten!


Marè - May 30, 2006 3:01 pm (#579 of 2979)        

Pffft, lots of catching up, we went from carrot and cheese cake to worms and eggs!

I am wondering if the non-U.S. forum members know what deviled eggs are, much less deviled egg plates.
My mother makes stuffed eggs for parties, which sounds very similar, but no anchovies or pickles are present. I never saw a deviled egg plate though, I should try and get her one!

And Welcome back Essidji! Great to see you again!

I spent the weekend rowing, we rowed a rowing marathon, starting at Friday at eight o clock in the evening and finishing at Saturday at 18:30.
It was a relay race so I didn't have to row the full 200 KM (Thank goodness) but there was no rest for the weary either, because we had to drive the two vans from changing point to changing point.
But it was fun and we finished within the 24 hour time limit.
(And after that it was good that we could go home because if you stick 12 sweaty rowers in two alleady damp vans for more than 24 hours it smells bad!!)

And now I've spent the last three days trying to get in a normal rhythm again... And waiting for good weather.


Finn BV - May 30, 2006 3:55 pm (#580 of 2979)        

Essidji, welcome back, and warm weather charms to you!

Can't say I know a whole lot about eggs. Thus, I can't join in the discussion.

LOL @ Denise about the strawberries!

So, I have to brag. We had our "Class Day" today, a day for recognition in arts and academics. Each teacher gives an award for each class they teach, so there are about 16-18 winners in each subject, considering there are approximately 8-9 sections per department. So, I'm quite happy to say that I won an award in every subject except science (and I'm sure we all know why…). I also got one in Community Service. The surprise was that I won the special award in math, so not for my class, but for being dedicated to the subject. I also had to perform the poem which won me the poetry slam, as well as speak about oceanography and perform a skit for foreign language. So, I'm happy yet extremely exhausted!

Enjoy the RotD!


boop - May 30, 2006 4:42 pm (#581 of 2979)        

Essidji, Good to hear from you, welcome back. Good luck with your new job.

hugs always



Tazzygirl - May 30, 2006 5:12 pm (#582 of 2979)        

Thanks, Lina, for the weather update! I am packing the kids' suitcases as we speak... Glad to hear your hubby got home safe!

Sorry about the strawberries, Denise!

Congratulations, Finn! Sounds like you had a great day!



Mediwitch - May 30, 2006 5:27 pm (#583 of 2979)        

Yum, deviled eggs! I also make them basically the same way as Denise, although I have recently experimented with basil in one batch and sundried tomatoes in another. Both were pretty good, but I still like the plain-old basic recipe. And I have my grandmother's egg plate, as well as a Rubbermaid one for traveling! (And I'm from the north!!)

Holly, my sister-in-law, who was raised in Texas but now lives in Virginia, thinks VA is the north, and those of us in New England are in another country!


Thom Matheson - May 30, 2006 7:01 pm (#584 of 2979)        

Thought this the unobtrusive place for this. If I made a mistake I apoligize now. On one of the posts, one of the posters used netspeak. They were reminded not to do that. One of the examples given as not to use has absolutely baffled me. So, what is prolly? I hope nothing bad.


Denise P. - May 30, 2006 7:25 pm (#585 of 2979)        

prolly = probably It is nothing bad, just pointless


Thom Matheson - May 30, 2006 7:29 pm (#586 of 2979)        

Not in a million years would I have guessed that. But for those reading this, that is why you should take the time to add just a few letters. Thanks Denise. I'm sure that hubby is as bummed as I about the Pistons. By the way, just found out one of my best friends here at home, his daughter is married to the Pred. captain, Greg Johnson. How small is that world?


Puck - May 30, 2006 8:08 pm (#587 of 2979)        

Congrats to you, Finn! Sounds like a great day!

Haymoni, thanks for the info! That's the one I was thinking of getting. As Diva likes singing her own lyrics, I'm sure it will be a hit!

Mare, great job rowing! Sounds like an exciting weekend.

Son had a fun field trip to the zoo today. Prairie dogs were his favorite.

Happy RotD,



Eponine - May 30, 2006 8:21 pm (#588 of 2979)        

Finn's story about his class day has prompted me to share what my 6 year old niece told me and my sister this weekend on my visit home. Her school's award ceremony was Friday, and while she won the math award, she didn't get to receive this award on stage as each teacher was only allowed to award two specific awards in the school-wide assembly. On the way home in the car, the little diva was grumbling about not getting to go on stage. My sister asked if it was just because she wanted to get up in front of everyone to which she readily agreed. Then she said, "Starting today, from now on, if I don't get to go up on stage, I'm not going to clap." Of course, we told her that she should clap for everyone because it was rude not to, but we still had to stifle our laughter.

I had a nice visit home. I got to see a few friends and spend time with my family. I didn't get to go to all the restaurants I wanted to, but I did go to the used bookstores that I miss so much.

Mr. Eponine's grandmother always brings deviled eggs to family gatherings, and it has become tradition for me and my brother-in-law to steal a few before we eat. I've only made them myself a few times, and I don't really have a set recipe. I just like to throw things in there to see how they come out. I do that a lot when I'm cooking.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 30, 2006 9:40 pm (#589 of 2979)        

Sounds as though you had a great day, Finn! Congratulations, it must be rewarding to have all of that hard work recognized. What kind of community service did you take part in? Just wondering, as a PTO member, it is always nice to have new ideas.

Good luck with your exams, though I am quite sure you will breeze through them.

Lina, I am sorry to hear about the snow, as I know how you feel about the cold weather! Warm weather charms to you from the HHs.

Julie, I agree with Lina - that is a beautiful way to remember Nova.

EDIT: That sounds like fun, Mrs. Sirius. It also sounds like a great place for a class trip! I would love to chaperone that!

Denise, that is a really cute story (of course, I can say that because it didn't happen here) - well, it doesn't sound as though she got any on the rug, though, if they went straight into the garbage.


Mrs. Sirius - May 30, 2006 9:49 pm (#590 of 2979)        

Ahh, Denise, was her face all messy? I hope you got picture once you got past the incredible waste of a pint of strawberries.

Hi everyone. Had to comment on the deviled eggs. Yes I too hail from way up North, (raised in New York). My mother always made deviled eggs as an appetizer with her very fancy meals. She was the absolute best cook but her recipe was fairly simple, mayo, mustard and paprika. Although she did experiment and added herbs, capes, vinegar, or something. My mother owned at least one of every kitchen implement ever made, she has a thick cut glass deviled eggs tray, I don’t know where it ended up.

It seems to me that the number of Forumers in New England is increasing, I have a better chance of meeting one of you.

Tazzy, twinship is cool.

For Mother’s Day I did a Woman’s Wellness weekend at a local camp. I did something they call “swing”. You get all harnessed up, pulled 30 feet into the air by harness, and then dropped to a free fall whereby you >>>>swing 50 feet in either direction<<<<<. Once I did that I just figured I'd do it all and climbed the 80 foot Alpine tower (up the challenging side), and jumped off a tree platform 30 feet in the air. Once you have done that you can do anything. My kid’s elementary school has field day at the same camp soon, I will be chaperoning. I can’t wait!

Essidji, welcome back.

Good work Finn.


Elanor - May 30, 2006 10:01 pm (#591 of 2979)        

We're making some sort of deviled eggs here as well! The funniest is that the name is very close in French: "oeufs à la diable", something like "a la devil eggs". Just love languages!

Good to hear some of you already are in holidays: school will end only on July 7th here! Always make the holidays feel even better when you know others are still working...

Congratulations and waves to everybody!


geauxtigers - May 30, 2006 10:04 pm (#592 of 2979)        

Wow Skimmed all these post here and what did I find? Deviled eggs this and that! I must say we have them at every single family gathering and all holidays! I know there is mayo, mustard, relish and other stuff that I can't remember, But down here in Louisiana we put something on ours (and basically on everything else)you'd love its awesome stuff. Called Tony's Chacheres and I'm sure few have probably heard of it, but then again maybe you have! Greatest stuff ever!

So I officially have 2 half days left of school and only 4 exams to go I'm super excited I almost can't study, which is bad! I should go to bed now as its midnight so I'll catch up tomorrow and hopefully won't have to read through 54 new posts!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 30, 2006 10:14 pm (#593 of 2979)        

geauxtigers I have 3 cylinders of Tony's Chacheres! I picked it up at a Beaux Mart while visiting friends last July in Metairie. They now live in Baton Rouge, but my friend got me started on that and we use it in rice, on chicken, etc. Adds a nice touch - also use it on salmon sandwiches.

Good luck studying to all taking exams.


Tazzygirl - May 30, 2006 11:44 pm (#594 of 2979)        

Puck: Prairie dogs were his favorite.

Prairie dogs are Sydney's favorite too.

Mrs. Sirius- twinship is definitely awesome!

geauxtigers: You just brought me back to my childhood. I absolutely LOVE Tony Chacheres. When my family moved to California, for a while there my mom was having one of our friends mail us some every time we ran out. I really miss the crawfish cookouts, and boudin (sp?)- the sausage mixed with rice stuff. Oh, and shrimp po'boys (I think that is how it's written...) I haven't been to the South in about 10 years. Really miss the food (King Cakes included!!). I could go on and on and on!



The giant squid - May 31, 2006 12:43 am (#595 of 2979)        

Great, now I'm craving deviled eggs... We'd heard of them in North Dakota, too (had to have something to go with the macaroni hot-dish), so this teacher friend of yours isn't un-Southern, just uninformed.

I finally saw X-Men: The Last Stand today. It was clearly designed to be the last movie, though they left a little hole for future installments. As a film, I liked it; as a former X-Men comic book reader, I was disappointed with a lot of the characterizations. I'll still be buying the DVD when it comes out, though. Maybe someday we'll get the Bryan Singer edition like they're doing with Donner's Superman II...



Madam Pince - May 31, 2006 1:02 am (#596 of 2979)        

So here it is 3:30+ in the morning and I can't sleep (fell asleep on couch between 11 and 2 which was a mistake!), so I've just read over 170 posts!!

Let's see: First, welcome to all new Forum members! Hope you all enjoy! You got good advice to read the DIGS thread -- hee-hee!

Welcome back also to DJ Evans -- and please pass along my congratulations to Sherbie Lemon! That's exciting news!

Denise, I can't believe how big Rhys is getting! That picture of him in the pool is adorable. Congrats to you on your race also!

(Why am I ending every sentence with an exclamation point!)

Good Evans, that is so sweet what you did with Nova's ashes -- what a lovely way to remember her. I was also rolling laughing with your dessert description which I plan to use from now on: "I had berries for dessert, with cheesecake underneath."

My deviled eggs have Miracle Whip rather than mayo, and usually some mustard and vinegar and pickle relish, with paprika on top. I do like to add horseradish for a little zip once in a while. My cut-glass deviled-egg plate has 20 spaces for eggs, which is unreasonably annoying to me. Those extra four egg halves....

Our trip was pretty much as expected unfortunately. The travel part wasn't so bad -- we didn't have any major traffic delays except one outside of Richmond on the way home which we managed to circumvent. Little Pince was on his best travel behavior and I was really proud of him -- the DVD player performed admirably and we didn't even have to use it all that much because he was being really good. I forgot my pillow (which I have had since I was 10) in the hotel on the way down, suffered minor panic attack until I called and they said they'd hold it for me to pick up on the way back -- Yay! (except that I had a neckache the entire weekend from sleeping on pull-out sofabeds without said pillow which had been the whole point of taking it along in the first place.) Ate lots of good food with the relatives, enjoyed their fantastic pool and also feeding the geese/ducks off the dock behind their house -- Little Pince also had a blast "fishing" from the dock. It was really really hot and humid. The best part, though, was meeting Little Pince's second-cousin who is also four. There are days when I think he is ill-behaved and that I am the worst Mom in the world, but after having met that darling little diva-monster, I am absolutely thrilled to death with him! She was something else!!! Really quite a handful for her mom and her grandparents, because she apparently has never heard the word "no." Little Pince seemed to be happy enough to be bossed around by her, though -- I guess he really is desperate for companions his own age!

Spent the last two days unpacking and returning the rental van and picking up the dog from the kennel and re-stocking the fridge and all that stuff. Still have piles of laundry. Actually most of today was spent putting the back yard together -- Mr. Pince wanted to powerwash and waterproof the deck while the dog was still at the kennel, so we did a lot of outdoor stuff while it was 100 degrees outside. Bleah. One fun thing -- today I found two adorable baby bunnies! Apparently I disturbed their nest which was inside the fenced part of my garden I am hoping their mommy herds them together into a new home! I am going to take the dog out on a leash for the next couple of days just in case to give her to chance to re-collect them. They were so cute! So tiny -- smaller than chipmunks, and their ears were so short they almost didn't look like rabbits -- beautiful brown and each had a small white spot on the top of its head. I do hope they stay safe from predators -- I'm feeling quite guilty that I messed up their nest, but truly I had no idea they were there.

OK, so now it's 4 am -- time to read a few chapters of "PoA" and try to drift off.... Everyone enjoy the RotD! ***waves at Squid Mike who is also still awake apparently***


Julie Aronson - May 31, 2006 2:05 am (#597 of 2979)        

Good job Finn!!!Way Too Happy


jose043 - May 31, 2006 3:50 am (#598 of 2979)        

Hi All

Your devil eggs sound nice but I Can't eat them



Catherine - May 31, 2006 3:53 am (#599 of 2979)        

Then she said, "Starting today, from now on, if I don't get to go up on stage, I'm not going to clap."—Eponine

ROFL. I've met this little diva-in training and I can well imagine how cute this was to hear! Congrats on her award.

I'm still giggling over Mr. Denise's indignation over the strawberries.


jose043 - May 31, 2006 5:06 am (#600 of 2979)        

Hi all

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mike miller - May 31, 2006 5:08 am (#601 of 2979)        

Great Job Finn!! I'm sure the exams will go smoothly; just relax and let your mind work - the answers are in there somewhere.

Madame Pince - Glad to see made it back and that everything went well. On the deviled egg plate, I think they expected at least 4 halves to be eaten during the production process. LOL


Loopy Lupin - May 31, 2006 5:27 am (#602 of 2979)        

There are 2 kinds of people in this world, mayonaise and Miracle Whip! -- mike miller

But there is only ONE mayo and that is Duke's. ****waves to Catherine****


Catherine - May 31, 2006 5:38 am (#603 of 2979)        

But there is only ONE mayo and that is Duke's.--Loopy Lupin

Now that's funny.

I always thought I didn't like mayonnaise until I had homemade mayo on delicious tea sandwiches at the Easter Egg hunt. The hostess, a lady of "a certain age," has a man who cooks for her, and he makes incredible homemade mayonnaise. He also makes delicious pimento cheese, another "Southern favorite" (I wonder if this recipe is in the funeral book? **waves to Kim**)

Off to eat breakfast.


Puck - May 31, 2006 5:54 am (#604 of 2979)        

pssst, Finn, your turn for hangman!

Mrs. Sirius, where is that cool place? As a fellow New Englander I would love to check it out. I love that kind of stuff. (Hmm, how many are in NE? Us, Kim, Mediwitch, Mrs. Brisbee...)

Welcome back, Mrs. Pince! Glad you had a good trip. I often see kids at parties that make me feel better about mine.

Poor kid, in trouble for eating fruit! Next time, she'll just steal the cookies.

As the mom of a Diva, I fully understand the desperate need to be the one on the stage.




John Bumbledore - May 31, 2006 7:07 am (#605 of 2979)        
Edited May 31, 2006 8:31 am

Oy! We survived our three ball game evening that I posted about (brief mention, really) on the Potty Games thread. Four children on three different teams playing in three different towns all starting within 15 minutes of the same time. Monday the fifth will be another three game night but then only in two towns (though two ball parks are across town from each other).

We had a wonderful holiday weekend. Had some friends and neighbors over on Sunday for a back yard barbecue. Well, I just did hamburger patties and hot dogs. Mrs. made potato salad and deviled eggs. If you put a teaspoon or two of white vinegar in the boiling water, the egg shells peel off much easier. Often without losing any egg white, thus leaving four halves to be enjoyed before serving the full plate to the guests. Miracle Whip, brown spicy mustard, and sweet relish is our style.

Sticker Stalker Saga update: This morning, the thank you note I posted days ago was upside-down. There were two more stickers and a "Your [sic] welcome" reply. No name signed, just a smilie. I flipped the note over, wrote thank you again, and clearly requested a name. I reasoned, "We adult Harry Potter fans need to 'stick' together." Maybe the game will now come to an end.

For dessert I do like fruit; apples, baked, in a crust, served hot, under ice cream. Yes, I do like that.

Happy RotD/N/T (N for night, T for tomorrow. . . **Waves to Lizzy and others who are often living in my Tomorrow**

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

P. S. Welcome to all new members, welcome back to all those returning!


kaykay1970 - May 31, 2006 7:13 am (#606 of 2979)        

My eldest girl is 17 today. Yes, we do seem to have birthdays in pairs at my house...

Oh No! Maybe I am Un-Southern! I hate pimento cheese!! My daughter obviously agrees. She says she would rather eat her shoe than pimento cheese!

I'm glad you had a good trip, Madam Pince!


Gina R Snape - May 31, 2006 7:32 am (#607 of 2979)        

Hey everyone. Sorry to just pop in like this. But I'll be submitting my questions for the JKR/King/Irving event and I am open to anyone who has questions for Stephen King and/or John Irving. If you have any questions you'd like me to submit, please let me know. I'll be posting my questions tomorrow to the website.


azi - May 31, 2006 7:40 am (#608 of 2979)        

Happy birthday to your eldest, Kay! Is that her in the picture? Looks amazing!

John - good idea on what you did! Did the person actually write the wrong form of 'your' or was it a typo on your account? I like the 'Sticker Stalker Saga' name!

I'm afraid I don't know anything about Mr. Irving and King, Gina!

I have no idea on all these southern foods either. I know I don't like egg, so thats the deviled eggs out!

I'm doing boring and repetitive Stats work on Excel. Takes so long! *sigh* Wish I could magic it done...

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Finn BV - May 31, 2006 8:13 am (#609 of 2979)        

LOL Eponine about your niece! That's great though that she still won the math award.

HH11, the community service program in 8th grade is all sponsored by the school, so I visited elderly homes in a program called "Sunday Funday," which has you and the elderly playing games, or asking trivia, or just helping them get around. At Christmas time, I wrapped toys to be delivered around the neighborhood. Think I did some more but can't remember what…

Mrs. Sirius, that sounds like a lot of fun, and reminds me of my time at my school retreat in Connecticut, only yours is more extreme!

Madam P, welcome back!

Kathy, thanks for the heads-up. And I'm not in NE but so close to it… (NY)

John, we're on your side in the Sticker Saga!

Happy Birthday kaykay's daughter!

Psst, azi, since John wrote, "Your [sic] welcome," that means the 'your' was as written, even though it's incorrect. (sic)

I would also like to take questions on King and Irving, since you can ask all three authors a question.

Enjoy the RotD!


azi - May 31, 2006 8:21 am (#610 of 2979)        

Oh, I was wondering what 'sic' meant! Thanks Finn!


HungarianHorntail11 - May 31, 2006 8:47 am (#611 of 2979)        

Puck, we're not in NE, but NJ - close enough. *waves*

Happy 17th to your daughter, kaykay - she is stunning! Is that a prom pic?

Finn, that sounds like a nice selection of services. Keep up the good work.

Loopy Lupin - Duke's??? What is this Duke's you speak of??

John, sounds as though you've had an eventful weekend. Perhaps the sticker saga is spiralling to its end?

jose043, what a cool setup. Are they to be graded on it?

Enjoy the ROTD everyone. Trevor has proceeded to break his bright blue Play Doh into microscopic bits and they are now embedded in the fibers of my cream-colored rug. I suppose I should wait until it dries, then vacuum.


Chemyst - May 31, 2006 8:58 am (#612 of 2979)        

Deviled eggs are supposed to be a Southern thing? Dear, dear; I live in the south and always considered them Easter leftovers.

For dessert I do like fruit; apples, baked, in a crust, served hot, under ice cream. Yes, I do like that. - <)B^D=
I could agree, if only I had someone to clean up for me. But crust making is so messy that I bake apples in the skins they came with and stuff their little cores with butter, cinnamon & brown sugar.

I have a question for anyone who studied/uses UK English: What preposition would you consider the best choice to use in this sentence?
What do you usually do ____ the weekends?
Because, I was looking at an ESL book (English as a Second Language) that said the correct answer was _ at _ but I wouldn’t use that in American English, so I wondered if they were wrong or just different.


kaykay1970 - May 31, 2006 9:06 am (#613 of 2979)        

Thanks for the birthday wishes and the compliments. Yes, that is a Prom picture.


azi - May 31, 2006 9:09 am (#614 of 2979)        

Chemyst - I would automatically use what the book said. Of course, I speak English English.

Kaykay - Looking at that picture, you'd think your daughter was older than 17! Maybe even early 20s...


Finn BV - May 31, 2006 9:27 am (#615 of 2979)        

Whoa, I would definitely use on (or during). How weird. At?? Separated by a common language…

Kaykay, I agree, your daughter definitely looks older than 17 there!


John Bumbledore - May 31, 2006 9:41 am (#616 of 2979)        
Edited May 31, 2006 10:48 am

Chemyst, I know you didn't ask for US English, nor for humor, but I couldn't help (I mean stop) myself.

This sounds much like the Minister of vs. Minister for difference, but that would make it either of the weekends or for the weekends. Sorry.

Siriusly? I would pair it with _at_ the weekdays vs. _on/during/over_ the weekdays.

Now you have me thinking of the phase, "a month of Sundays," and what it means. Would it be four or five Sundays (then being a month long) or about thirty Sundays (that being about seven months in length).

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


geauxtigers - May 31, 2006 10:36 am (#617 of 2979)        

Ha ha I would definitely not say _ At, I'd say During on like Finn said. AT_ sounds grammatiaclly incorrect to me! Its not a place its a time! LOL really funny how the exact same language can be so different!

I would also like to know what Duke's is? Is that mayo Loony Lupin? I've never heard of it before... Its all BluePlate Mayo where I'm from!

I think I need to get out more!


Loopy Lupin - May 31, 2006 10:51 am (#618 of 2979)        

Loopy Lupin - Duke's??? What is this Duke's you speak of?? -- HH!!

Oh dear, I'm feeling faint. What did Catherine do with the cold compress..............? Duke's is mayonnaise produced in the South. It is the only mayo allowed in the homes of those born in the South and it typically wins over people transplanted to the South from elsewhere. ***wonders if Catherine has ever toured the Duke's plant**** Duke's is also the secret ingredient in my Grandmother's macaroni salad. I don't know if it is distributed throughout the US or not and I don't really care. More for me.

EDIT-- Oops. It appears that Duke's only in supermarkets in the Southeast. But, you can order it online if you like. It is also sugarfree, so it's healthy......**ahem***


geauxtigers - May 31, 2006 11:03 am (#619 of 2979)        

Wow Lupin I'm in Louisiana and I'll be honest - - - I've never heard of Duke's, maybe if I saw it I would, but right now I don't know! Does this make me un-southern? All we eat here is Blue Plate!


Loopy Lupin - May 31, 2006 11:06 am (#620 of 2979)        

Hmmm. Dunno. The website does say "southeast" and La.'s not so much "east." Even so, the fact that your mayo is called "Blue Plate" would confirm your Southernity. (Ooh, look! I made up a word!)


Tazzygirl - May 31, 2006 11:16 am (#621 of 2979)        
Edited May 31, 2006 12:02 pm

Happy Birthday to Kay's eldest daughter! Hope she has a great day!!

Duke's is also a name of a very popular restaurant here in Hawaii. It's named after a popular surfer... Duke Ka'anamoku (or something like that, I just woke up, so my wording is a little off). It's pretty expensive, but it is soooooo good!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!



kaykay1970 - May 31, 2006 11:18 am (#622 of 2979)        

I've never heard of Duke's either, but I like Miracle Whip better...I only started using mayo because Hubby is diabetic and Miracle Whip has corn syrup that mayo does not. Now Bryan hot dogs are only produced in the south and the only hot dogs I will eat.

I am seriously considering changing my avatar. The last thing I wanted to hear is that my "baby" looks 20ish! Maybe now I can forgive the waiter at Western Sizzler that shamelessly flirted with her. He refreshed her drink 4 times while I nearly choked to death on my baked potato... Honestly though, she doesn't usually look that old. She is a tee-shirt and jeans girl. And that is the first time she had worn make-up in ages.


geauxtigers - May 31, 2006 11:21 am (#623 of 2979)        

I do know what Byran Hot Dogs are! We usually just get Oscar Mayer though I do like Bryan and their ballpark franks!

Nice word Lupin, southernity haha laughed out loud at that one!


Puck - May 31, 2006 12:15 pm (#624 of 2979)        

LOL, Kay! I was coming to tell Finn and Azi that mothers do not want to hear that their children look older than their years! Happy birthday to her!

John , sorry my reverse psychology "Thank-you" note did not work. I figured if this character thought it didn't bother you, he/she may stop. Well, at least Miss Manners can give you points for being polite. (I would forgive the spelling error, as this person appears to still be in grade school.)

MMM, baked apples! Bet I could do that on the grill! Do you just core it and fill with said ingredients? Now I'm thinking about banana boats as well. (Peel back one strip, scoop out some fruit. Refill with marshmallow and chocolate chips. Replace strip. Wrap in foil. Heat. Yummy!)




Madam Pince - May 31, 2006 12:16 pm (#625 of 2979)        

Excellent word, Loopy; five points to your house! If I have to use mayo (for example, the Knorr spinach dip is best made with mayo rather than Miracle Whip) then Duke's it is!

Never was much of a pimento cheese fan, but I can eat it if I have to. (Which, as Catherine points out, is often if you attend social functions in the South.) Mike, I haven't thought of a better solution to my 20-space egg plate other than to do as you suggest, so that's the usual plan!

I would've never thought to use the word -at- in that sentence. I would use - on / over / during - instead, in that order. But so far, nobody has died and made me queen of Grammar-Land, so what do I know?

Happy birthday to kaykay's daughter -- she really is beautiful! Hope she has a fantastic day!

Mr. Pince's birthday was Monday -- we celebrated by getting a dozen hard crabs and by me burning my pinkie finger on the angel food cake pan -- ouch!

Little Pince just asked me to play the "Harry music" -- when I asked what that was, he said "You know, the one where Hermione is wearing the pretty pink dress." He likes to hone his ballroom dancing skills with me to that song, and then he likes to rock out to "Dance Like A Hippogriff."

Baby bunny report -- today when Mr. Pince was getting the weed-whacker out of the shed, one of them ran into the shed. So now we're not sure what to do, but we're leaving the door open for awhile. The dog has so far been totally clueless and not seemed to notice that there's been anything "foreign" in her yard, thank goodness.

Hope everyone has a good RotD!


Tazzygirl - May 31, 2006 12:40 pm (#626 of 2979)        

Puck: Now I'm thinking about banana boats as well. (Peel back one strip, scoop out some fruit. Refill with marshmallow and chocolate chips. Replace strip. Wrap in foil. Heat. Yummy!)

LOL- my aunt makes Banana Boats here. I had never heard of them before. She does the quick and easy way of placing the banana with all the fixings in a bowl, covering it with plastic wrap, and the microwaving it for about a minute (until the banana peel is mostly black). Definitely yummy!!



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 31, 2006 12:48 pm (#627 of 2979)        

I feel compelled to point out that New England has a regional mayonnaise as well--Cains. It is the mayonnaise of choice in our house, although I only use it when making tuna fish.

Denise, Rhys looks so grown up in that photo. I can't believe that photo is of the same baby I met just a couple of months ago.


HungarianHorntail11 - May 31, 2006 1:32 pm (#628 of 2979)        

What did Catherine do with the cold compress..............?

Last time I checked, it was being passed around on the Potty Five Words thread after a train wreck or two.

LOL Loopy Lupin - they seem to be located in Virginia. Somehow I envisioned the south to be more, er, southward. The ingredients look good, though. Thanks for the link!

Welcome home, Mme. Pince! Trevor LOVES the 4th CD - though he likes them all very much. One of his favorites is the Hippogriff Song, though his VERY favorite is "Isers Rive" - needless to say, he was quite frustrated by the time I figured out that he meant "Visitors Arrive!" I would say his second favorite is the "Mermaid Song" and a close third is the Hippogriff Song.

LOL Kaykay! She is a tee-shirt and jeans girl. That is Olivia, as well. After seeing your avatar, I am hoping that when Olivia finally decides to don a dress, she will be 21.

sorry my reverse psychology "Thank-you" note did not work.

Actually, Kathy, I think quite the opposite. He is now communicating with the offender. Time to get out the Logitech QuickCam, John.

Try substituting salmon for tuna - it's really good, especially with a dash of Tony Chatcheries. (sp?)



Loopy Lupin - May 31, 2006 1:56 pm (#629 of 2979)        

Excellent word, Loopy; five points to your house! If I have to use mayo (for example, the Knorr spinach dip is best made with mayo rather than Miracle Whip) then Duke's it is! -- Madame Pince

You are a credit to your alma mater.

Hey Kim, perhaps we should work to bridge the cultural gap. I'll send you a jar of Duke's and you can send me a jar of Cain's.

LOL Loopy Lupin - they seem to be located in Virginia. Somehow I envisioned the south to be more, er, southward. The ingredients look good, though. Thanks for the link! -- HH11

Well, the distribution center or something is in Richmond, Virginia, but the plant that makes the stuff is in North Carolina. At any rate, Virginia is indeed very much in the South. Actually, the Mason-Dixon line (the traditional demarcation of South vs. North) is on Maryland's border with Pennsylvania.


Thora - May 31, 2006 2:33 pm (#630 of 2979)        

I don't mind when my mother-in-law rents a house in Myrtle Beach (or just south of there) right on the beach. It's not too bad then. - Mike Miller

Okay so this is so 70 posts ago, but I use that phrase “a house in Myrtle Beach” (or just south of there) all the time to describe where I live. One can't just say _____ South Carolina, if one did the next question would always be "Is that by Myrtle Beach?".

The community where we live (my mother in law's house) has a private beach access that I try to avoid using. I really hate the beach. The shells everywhere, the pound of sand you can't help but bring home, and the stinky water. Maybe I'd like it if my skin knew how to tan. As it is I use the inconvenience of hauling the kiddie stuff as an excuse for being a mean mother who won't take her kids to the beach weekly.



HungarianHorntail11 - May 31, 2006 2:44 pm (#631 of 2979)        
Edited May 31, 2006 3:34 pm

Oh yeah, the Mason-Dixon Line. Silly me. *smacks forehead* I was expecting it to be made somewhere like Alabama, Mississippi, etc.


Oh, Kristina - it seems to me as though you are such a great help to those children!!


Tazzygirl - May 31, 2006 3:02 pm (#632 of 2979)        

What did Catherine do with the cold compress..............?

Last time I checked, it was being passed around on the Potty Five Words thread after a train wreck or two.

Here you go! Cold Compress is back on the chat thread!

(I think I need to borrow it again, packing the kids up for a three week trip is currently giving me a headache...(it has so far taken me two days to pack just one suitcase...)) **insert pulling hair out smiley here**



kaykay1970 - May 31, 2006 3:45 pm (#633 of 2979)        

Here is my "baby" in her natural make-up free state...17ish? I took this picture at Casey Jones when we brought her brother for his birthday. This is her "Are we having fun yet?" look. Apparently she is not as excited about trains as her baby brother...


Catherine - May 31, 2006 3:50 pm (#634 of 2979)        

Here you go! Cold Compress is back on the chat thread!—Tazzy

Whew. What a relief. I was in a tizzy and really NEEDING a cold compress wondering where I'd put it.

**nods to Holly about National History Day** A packet of information came via Muggle post today, and I think I'm excited about instituting this. It turns out that much of the research methods class I just taught would, scaled down, fit well with the requirements of the projects. I think most parents would be pleased to know that their children would be collecting primary sources and writing annotated bibliographies. **does fervent Hermione grin about schoolwork**

Kip, I laughed out loud when I read your segregated fridge suggestion. Sadly, Mom's and Daddy's place at the Chesapeake Bay is teensy, and has no garage and no space for a separate fridge. My mother thought this a brilliant suggestion, however, and I could see getting a small "ekeltricity" thingy for his boat that he could leave plugged in. We are in negotiations as I write this....

Whenever I read about "school chum" I do not envision boarding school chaps having a good time in the Gryffindor common room. I, most unfortunately, imagine Daddy's glee in attracting sharks by grinding chum in the water, and having schools of fish either eating or being eaten...So now everyone has a graphic image of what their fridge looks like.

The sharks, though, are wonderful eaten fresh off the boat; the steaks are first marinated and then grilled. No catch and release there.

Is it summer vacation yet???


geauxtigers - May 31, 2006 4:24 pm (#635 of 2979)        

Try substituting salmon for tuna - it's really good, especially with a dash of Tony Chatcheries. (sp?)

LOL I'm not sure if that’s how you spell it or not.  We never call it that we just call it "Tony's"

(Looked it up its Chachere's) good on everything!

Those fruit things sounds soooooo good!!! I need the cold compress my brain is dead from all this chemistry!


Thora - May 31, 2006 4:46 pm (#636 of 2979)        

Hmmmmm no bubble wrap or tied to the bumper comments yet? Where are all our punny guys when you need them?

Thora (who packed the kids a week ago and got razzed Smile )


Madam Pince - May 31, 2006 5:14 pm (#637 of 2979)        

This is rather short notice, I guess, but I just saw on my TV listings that tonight starts the re-runs of the second season of Lost, so if you haven't jumped on board yet, now's the time! Episode 1 of Season 2, 9:00 pm eastern U.S. time, ABC, be there or be square! Rev up those Tivos or VCRs or DVDs or what-have-you, so you can pause it and try to figure out all the interesting stuff!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 31, 2006 5:36 pm (#638 of 2979)        

This is rather short notice, I guess, but I just saw on my TV listings that tonight starts the re-runs of the second season of Lost, so if you haven't jumped on board yet, now's the time! Episode 1 of Season 2, 9:00 pm eastern U.S. time, ABC, be there or be square!---Madam Pince

Thank you for telling me this. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Hey Kim, perhaps we should work to bridge the cultural gap. I'll send you a jar of Duke's and you can send me a jar of Cain's.---Loopy Lupin

You got it.

As of today, we have 15 more days of school left. Hallelujah!


Finn BV - May 31, 2006 6:00 pm (#639 of 2979)        

kaykay, your daughter looks much younger there, maybe even 15 or 16.


haymoni - May 31, 2006 6:28 pm (#640 of 2979)        

I couldn't get on World Crossing at work today.

I think the dementors are catching on...

John - I still say you should tell your Sticker Shocker that your wife is getting suspicious.

Yes, I have watched some of "The Lost" rerun, you nasty, nasty people!

I am taking tomorrow off work because - and I cannot believe that I am doing this - The Beautifulest One needed parents to go on the kindergarten zoo field trip. Someone must have Confunded me.

I am The Slacker Mom. Now I'm going to reveal my Slackeriness for all the world - or at least the Room-Mothery, PTA-ey types - to see.

What was I thinking???


Mediwitch - May 31, 2006 6:37 pm (#641 of 2979)        

Mrs. Sirius - the "swing" sounds like much fun!

azi - at least you get to do stats on computer. When I first took stats we did a lot by hand or *gasp* calculator! (It was always exciting to get to use a calculator! )

And I would definitely concur that VA counts as "The South"...I did my undergrad work in VA and I was always "Yank" as I was raised in upstate NY (which they all thought meant White Plains, even though I grew up near Albany! )


kaykay1970 - May 31, 2006 6:46 pm (#642 of 2979)        

Thanks Finn! I feel so much better! LOL


Puck - May 31, 2006 7:10 pm (#643 of 2979)        

They actually needed more chaperones for the Kindergarten Zoo trip? My son had his on Tuesday. So many moms signed up they had to draw names from a hat to see who would go. (I didn't put my name in, as I had the 2 small ones.) Have fun, Haymoni! If it helps, when I was a teacher I usually assigned parents the "easier" children, and kept the more rambunctious ones with me.

I also had trouble with World Crossing today.

Tazzy, I feel your pain. I spent the day pulling winter clothes out of drawers, deciding what to store for later, what to donate to charity, and what to hand-over to friends. That was just the kids. I haven't gotten to my stuff yet.

Off to check 5 Words. (It's quiet tonight, so no need to bring the compress over there.)

happy RotD,



HungarianHorntail11 - May 31, 2006 7:30 pm (#644 of 2979)        
Edited May 31, 2006 8:17 pm

kaykay, does your daughter know what pic you are using for an avatar?

EDIT: I'd better clarify - it's not that I don't consider it the south, I simply envisioned it to have come from somewhere "more" south, like Mississippi. I don't know why, I just did. BTW, we do have broad-brimmed straw hats in the north, too.


Madam Pince - May 31, 2006 7:52 pm (#645 of 2979)        

****suffers an attack of the vapors at the very idea that someone might not consider Virginia to be in "the South."****

Please pass the smelling salts, since the cold compresses are in the FFF....

****fans self with broad-brimmed straw hat***

Edit: Just remembered that Kip is in Columbia, SC. That's where my pillow spent the week -- at the Columbia Travelodge next to the Cracker Barrel (another fine Southern institution!) I should've e-mailed Kip and asked him to go keep it company for me!


haymoni - May 31, 2006 7:53 pm (#646 of 2979)        

Puck - Her teacher believes "the more the merrier". I think she has 1 adult for every 2 children, which is fine by me.

One for each hand!!!

We are going to the Akron Zoo, which is much smaller than the Cleveland Zoo, but perfect for kindergarteners.

Although tonight we seem to have entered monsoon season, so I hope the animals haven't been rounded up into an ark!!!


kaykay1970 - May 31, 2006 8:10 pm (#647 of 2979)        

HH, my daughter not only knows which picture is on my avatar but she resized it for me.


HungarianHorntail11 - May 31, 2006 8:20 pm (#648 of 2979)        

She's a good sport, kaykay! I think Olivia would have pulled the plug on my computer.


Denise P. - May 31, 2006 8:40 pm (#649 of 2979)        

I had problems with WX earlier today and it took me a few hours to figure out how to get around it. I come here through a sign in page on WX...on wc3. The Lexicon is on wc6. For some reason today, all the servers were not showing up. I would log in to wc3 and only my forums on wc3 would show. I would just chance the 3 to 6 and reload...viola! There was the Lexicon.


DJ Evans - May 31, 2006 9:12 pm (#650 of 2979)        

***waves to M. Pince*** Welcome home -- glad to hear the trip went as good as it did, not counting the lost pillow for a couple of days there. And I can relate to wanting your own pillow when away from home.

kaykay -- OK I have to admit to a bit of confusion here. I didn't get on till this evening so I had 40+ posts to get through & everybody kept talking about your new avatar & if that was your daughter's prom pic. But the pic I was seeing sure didn't "look" like a prom outfit. Then once I finally got toward the end of the posts I see where you had changed the avatar to the current one. Now the outfit I see makes sense. lol Hope she had a great B-day!

I don't think we get the Duke's Mayo here or I don't recall seeing it.. I can only remember seeing Hellmen's or Real mayonnaise -- which I'm not a fan of either of them. We're a Miracle Whip family here. lol ((sounds a bit funny, doesn't it?)) I was surprised to see the wide variation of the making of Deviled Eggs?!? I guess it is just what you grow up with but I thought everybody fixed them just like we did. Which is a little Miracle Whip, yellow mustard & sweet pickle relish. And only if it was to a "fancy" function, then did you sprinkled on the paprika..... lol

John B -- Hope you can get your "Sticker Saga" worked out soon. Sounds like something we would have done back in school -- like in the 3rd or 4th grade. lol Just hope the other person intends for it all to be "in fun"....

Later, Deb

EDIT: Cross posted with Denise. So sorry to read about Dawson. He was a mighty fine looking dog. RIP


Tazzygirl - May 31, 2006 11:40 pm (#651 of 2979)        

OK, so kids are almost packed, but as I leave tomorrow night (Thursday night), I am off the hook to finish packing! w00t!!!! I still have to do all my packing and cleaning and such...

Sorry about Dawson, Denise! ((((HUGs)))) to you and your family!

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azi - Jun 1, 2006 3:08 am (#652 of 2979)        

Have fun on your trip back to California, Tazzy!

Yes, Kaykay, your daughter looks much younger now!

Mediwitch - we had to use calculators for stats earlier this year, but now we're writing a 'scientific paper' and so are expected to use computers. My favourite form of maths is doing long multiplication by hand (although I must point out my maths is terrible, so long multiplication is one of the few things I can actually do).

Condolences about Dawson, Denise!

Gloomy weather here! However, this weekend I will be visiting Bath, which I'm really looking forward to! I am *not* looking forward to catching a train at 7am, but I suppose sacrificing sleep is worth it! Woohoo, I get to see history things!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


kaykay1970 - Jun 1, 2006 4:09 am (#653 of 2979)        
Edited Jun 1, 2006 5:04 am

Wow! I didn't think the picture looked all that horrible! I guess I'll just be safe with this one again...

Edit: Julie, there were at least 3 others photos taken of her that day alone which she was sticking her tongue out at me. Of course I would be in trouble if I had posted those! LOL!

Anyway, I am not upset with Maria at all. Hope to see the HH's in the chat room again soon, as a matter of fact! We miss you..

Condolences to Denise on the loss of her dog.


Snuffles - Jun 1, 2006 4:16 am (#654 of 2979)        

Kay, the picture wasn't horrible at all. I'm guessing that Maria meant that not many teenage girls would let their mum use their picture at all, let alone one where she wasn't smiling.

Have a good time in Californina Kristina

Have fun in Bath, azi.

Sorry to hear about your dog Denise. So far 2006 doesn't seem a very good year for our lovable dogs

Have a good Thursday everyone.



Madam Pince - Jun 1, 2006 5:07 am (#655 of 2979)        

That's the first thought I had when I saw Maria's post, Snuffles -- just that normally a teen would be mortified to know their mom was showing pictures of them around anywhere at all. It was a great picture! She looks lovely as a tomboy or as a prom "princess"!

Congrats that all the kiddie packing is done, Tazzy (you can re-stock your bubble-wrap supply now! ) and that now you can get ready yourself.

****is very envious of Azi getting to go see "history things" -- I wish I could be tagging along to all the fun places you're getting to see!***

Denise, so sorry about Dawson -- sympathies and hugs to everyone. Did he have an accident or an illness, or was it just his time? He's a big dog like our Annie and about a year older, and I know they don't usually live as long as the smaller ones. I have just this past year noticed her slowing down a bit coming upstairs, although she still goes down them fast enough in pursuit of squirrels! The kennel said she had "mellowed" this time and wasn't so cranky with the other dogs.

***waves back to Deb***

No baby bunny report this morning, except that Annie was unusually interested in something in the middle of the berry patch during her morning constitutional. She abandoned it and came in when I called her, though, so all is still well with them, I think. Brer Rabbit had the right idea...


Finn BV - Jun 1, 2006 5:14 am (#656 of 2979)        

Denise, (((hugs))) to your family.

Tazzy, have a nice trip back to CA! I had this weird dream last night that the glee club at my school would be traveling to Hawaii from Aug. 3 - 10, but then I woke up to find out it wasn't happenning.

LOL, azi, "history things"! Have a nice time!

Buddha is here to wish me luck on my history final from 9:15 to 11:15 this morning… one hour away!!


Puck - Jun 1, 2006 5:21 am (#657 of 2979)        

Good luck, Finn!

Happy travels to Tazzy and Azi! :ccol:

Condolences to Denise and her family.

Today id Diva's last day of school. Her brother goes until nthe 23rd. Three weeks of girl time!

Happy trails!



Steve Newton - Jun 1, 2006 6:11 am (#658 of 2979)        

I work in Dover, DE. Here we are having what is called, locally, race week. Yes, NASCAR is in town. (Why we call it race week when we have 2 of them is a mystery.) Not being a fan it just means that we have incredibly bad traffic all week and must be shrewd and sneaky to get home at a decent time on Friday. On my way to work on Monday I am sure to see over 400 RVs heading north out of Delaware.


kaykay1970 - Jun 1, 2006 6:27 am (#659 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday to John Bumbledore's twins!!


Denise P. - Jun 1, 2006 7:10 am (#660 of 2979)        

Thanks everyone, Dawson was an incredible dog.

Madam Pince, he was just "off" a bit. We had an appointment with the vet yesterday afternoon and when Mr. Denise went to get him, Dawson has crossed the Rainbow Bridge already. He was almost 9, which is old for a Rottweiler. We opted to not investigate as to his actual cause of death. I am worried that our other almost 9 year old Rottie, Daria, is not going to do well without her buddy, Dawson. That is one of the hazards of having a larger dog, they don't live long.

Wow, my kids got out of school on the 18th! Of course, they go back August 9th. We are booked until July 14th...hopefully we can go on a few day trips then. The kids really want to go to Chattanooga to the TN Aquarium, we have not been there in a few years.


Essidji - Jun 1, 2006 7:46 am (#661 of 2979)        

Thank you so much to the forumers who welcomed me back, how can I express how happy it makes? Maybe if I tell you it's like having a cup of coffee with a bunch of old and dear friends you wouldn't have seen for months, do you see what I mean?

Denise, my sympathy to you and your family. A dog is more than a friend... Our black labrador is going to be 10 this year, which means there is few time remaining before she would "cross the rainbow", as you said (it's so beautiful). So, lots of big hugs.

Mrs Sirius : I'd really love to try that "swing" thing, it sounds fantastic.

Thank you, Boop, for the good luck wishes concerning my new job.

FinnBV, congrats for the many awards you earned at your Class Day, you seem to do some pretty job at school. I hope your History Final went OK. And thanks for the heating-weather charms, but I must say you have to train again, because it did not work at all... (As you are a tennis fan, have a look at the color of the sky at the on-going Roland-Garros Open, it is desperating).

Marè, congratulations for finishing your race and have the courage of being with the team during the rest of the relay-race. You deserve a big mug of warm chocolate (I suppose in The Netherlands the weather is as cold as here).(EDIT : well, after a quick visit to the weather forecasts in Europe, you seem to be luckier as it looks like you have some sun, at least. Chilly, but sunny... it still sounds better than chilly and rainy and windy ***insert crying smilie here***)

Oh, and Elanor, you are so skilled in language comparisons (or in cooking!)... I thought deviled eggs were an equivalent of our "oeufs mimosa", duh...


Eponine - Jun 1, 2006 8:10 am (#662 of 2979)        

The kids really want to go to Chattanooga to the TN Aquarium, we have not been there in a few years. – Denise

First, my condolences for the loss of your dog. I hope your kids aren't taking it too hard.

*begin commercial for Chattanooga*  If you go, make sure to take their swimsuits. The new saltwater building has a fabulous fountain next to it. We took the kids this past weekend on my visit home. I've got some pictures of the fountain (and the kids, of course) here, here, and here. I looked through my pictures, but I don't have one of the whole thing. At the bottom of the stairs, there's a pretty big wading pool. I don't know how much time you'll spend in Chattanooga, but if you can, you should visit Coolidge Park too. (It's on the other side of the river) The carousel is pretty cheap, and all the horses were hand-carved in Chattanooga. There's a nice fountain over there too, and a huge area to run around in. Plus, there's a local ice-cream shop called Clumpies right behind the park that has really good ice-cream (and freshly made waffle-cones). If you need restaurant suggestions, I can give you those too. *end of commercial for Chattanooga*


DJ Evans - Jun 1, 2006 9:00 am (#663 of 2979)        

kaykay: As the others have said, I too thought the pic was nice -- I hate that I missed the prom pic! And I hope it wasn't anything I said that made you change it either.

Tazzy & azi -- May you have safe journeys & loads of fun...

Steve N -- Since I am a big NASCAR fan, I would love to be there this weekend. Though I do realize what a hassle it must be for the locals to have the NASCAR community to descend upon them. Hopefully they will do us proud & not be too much of an annoyance to anyone.

Finn -- Good luck on the exam. Hope it's a breeze & everything comes to you without fail.

Welcomes back Essidji!!

Eponine -- Great pics -- looks like the kids were having a blast!

Oooo, I finally finished my web site!! I can't believe I actually did it. I mean I've only been working on it for about 2 years now. bwahahahaha I would only work on it here & there, so it's not like I spent all my time on it. It was just something I always wanted to do & thought it would be fun. It was, I had a blast in designing it. I'm making plans on doing another one, since I can already see about a gazillion things I would have done differently on this one. Anyhoo, for those interested in checking it out, I've put the link to it in my profile. NOTE: It is very family friendly.

Later, Deb


kaykay1970 - Jun 1, 2006 9:29 am (#664 of 2979)        

Here is the Prom pic for you DJ. Your website is nice! I enjoyed reading all your theories in The North Tower!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 1, 2006 9:42 am (#665 of 2979)        

Denise, please accept my sympathy regarding Dawson. Sadly, the larger dogs do not live nearly long enough. (((HUGS)))

kaykay, I did mean it the way Snuffles and Mme. Pince took it! I did not even realize it could have been misinterpreted until I read the posts! When I said your daughter was stunning, I meant it as "all-encompassing", whether in a dress or a "T".

A while ago, my avatar was of Trevor as Harry. Olivia, who was behind him in the pic made me crop her out of it. That is what was on my mind at the time.

Eponine - the pics are great. The children really seem to be enjoying themselves (they're so cute)! It looks like a fun place.

Deb, great site - a lot of work must have gone into it. I was laughing at the reference to the Blue Collar Comedy Team. My husband and I think they're funny. Occasionally, he calls my son (teasingly, of course) 'Tater Salad.

Finn, you've surely finished your exam by now. How'd it go??

Olivia's Field Day is today, worked Library for Percy; barbecue at the school tomorrow (rain in forecast *sigh*), church fair Sat. (more rain in forecast *sigh*) and bread making with the Sunday School children in the morning, annual pics for children Sat afternoon, Children's Service on Sunday - that doesn't include activities. Only 12 more days of school (not including weekends). I'm ready to do "nothing" for a while.


John Bumbledore - Jun 1, 2006 10:11 am (#666 of 2979)        
Edited Jun 1, 2006 11:39 am

Paintball or Star Wars Rebels? suffers an attack of the vapors -- Name withheld to protect the innocent.


That phrase brought to mind one of the few episodes of "Little House" that I saw. Doc tells Mrs. “Store Owner” that "the vapors" were merely flatulence. Though I think he only intended to keep her from pestering him with her hypochondriasis.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

*Edit* Spelling of hpochondriasis

P. S. Denise, sympathies for your loss.

Kaykay, I missed the "are we having fun yet" photo, but I understood Maria's comment. Many girls people don't want any pictures shown of them (adults included) and I think it may be related to unrealistic images in popular media. (See Jo's rant "for girls only, probably" under miscellaneous, on her extra stuff bulletin board.)
So, good on your daughter and on you too for her attitude.

Deb, my complements on your homepage. No need for anyone to bother viewing my home page since it is very neglected. I simply use it to host my faux avatar images and other pictures I may include in a post from time to time.

Thank you for the birthday wishes for my twins (Rachael and James) are seven today. The unusual spelling of my daughter's name is my fault. Mom was understandably a bit out of it after delivery and I though "Rachel" was spelled similarly to Michael... never trust a spelling challenged father to get the child's name right for the birth certificate.

Happyt RotD/N to everyone!


DJ Evans - Jun 1, 2006 10:27 am (#667 of 2979)        

Awww, thanks kaykay for putting the prom pic back up! And she looks pretty in both of them -- as HH11 said, whether she is in a dress or a "T".

And thank you both for the kind compliments on the web site. I really enjoyed making it. I couldn't decide just what to do one on, so I made it with a little bit of everything-- my crazy HP theories & all. lol I had a hard time in deciding whether to let anyone but family see it or not, but then I thought what the heck....

Hey I just noticed, for those who are interested, we only have 35 days till the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Deadman's Chest is released! ***imagine Jack's pic here*** YAY

Later, Deb


Finn BV - Jun 1, 2006 10:28 am (#668 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday to Bumbledore's twins!

Eek, essidji, that's not the greatest weather you're getting there… I'm trying harder!! Are you going to Roland Garros?

Deb, congrats on the web site. Still studying right now, but from a few glances it looks really well-put together!

History final was fine; quite easy but extremely long. I went right up to the two hour mark even though I knew everything. Science is next, tomorrow morning…


Puck - Jun 1, 2006 10:36 am (#669 of 2979)        

John has twins? Happy birthday to them! (Lots of multiples on this forum.)

Okay, I meant to ask before; pimento cheese? I thought pimentos were for olives?

Eponine, beautiful children!

Steve, I understand. My brother used to live in a part of New Hampshire where many gathered for "Motorcycle Week". My first niece chose that week to come into this world. It was not easy to get around, find a place to eat that wasn't over crowded, etc.... for the all the people and their Harley's.

It was beautiful. We were going to go out after lunch, but now it looks like rain. *sigh*

Diva's school had their end of the year party. The kids sang songs, and we saw a class video. Then came the announcement that one of the teachers will be leaving. How sad! I was hoping she could there for all of my children. We just love her. *another sigh*

Time to go wash the baby and scrub the high chair. It always amazes me how they can make a mess of anything. Well, at least she enjoyed her lunch.




Good Evans - Jun 1, 2006 12:07 pm (#670 of 2979)        

wow - just read 99 posts, so forgive me if I miss a few things.

First off - Denise - really sorry to hear about Dawson (and what a fabulous name!). Sympathies and love to you all

kaykay - whata beautiful daughter you have, and many (belated)happy returns to her.

John - happy birthday to your twins too, and boo!!! to that sticker stalker, whomever it turns out to be deserves a big sticker slapped squarely on to his or her face. They might then get the message!!!!

Finn and Gina - If I am not too late: Stephen King, could you ask him whether any of his characters are based on himself (even if only a little) and ask him whether a song has ever influenced a story? he uses a lot of musical quotes in his books, they are usually rock orientated and are perfect for the chapter he is writing. I wonder what came first the idea or the wish to use the song?

Thanks guys, I am a bit of a SK nut !!!

have a great rotd everyone else if I have missed you, oh and many thanks to those of you who commented on Nova's memorial, she is pacing the fence as I speak!


Essidji - Jun 1, 2006 12:08 pm (#671 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday to Rachael and James, Bumbledore! I'll try not to forget for next year, as my second daughter's birthday is within 3 days (she will be 5).

Finn, I am not going to Roland Garros, as we live some 450Kms (about 300 miles) away from Paris, and I have to say I am not passionate enough with tennis to travel half a day only to see a match. Well I find it quite pleasant to watch it on TV, however.


Lina - Jun 1, 2006 12:21 pm (#672 of 2979)        

I like to read this thread on regular bases, but don't always feel like posting. So, when I finally feel like posting, I tend to forget a lot.

So, condolences on your loss, Denise. I hope this trend of losing dogs on the Forum is about to stop... Strengthening charms to Daria.

Happy birthday to your twins, John! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Deb, your site is cool!

Eponine, beautiful pictures!

Finn, congratulations and fingers (and toes) crossed!


Catherine - Jun 1, 2006 12:29 pm (#673 of 2979)        

Denise, I have tears in my eyes as I type this post. I'm so sorry about Dawson. I remember your telling me about the day you got him. He was very lucky to find himself in your family. Give Daria a pat from me.

Eponine, your niece and nephew are just as adorable as ever!


kaykay1970 - Jun 1, 2006 12:52 pm (#674 of 2979)        

I take it from your busy schedule Maria that we will *not* be seeing you in the chat room. Now you mention the Field Day, you did tell me about it in chat. So I guess it has not been as long as it seems that we have chatted. I hope you had fun today and the little one behaved!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 1, 2006 1:08 pm (#675 of 2979)        

John has twins? Happy birthday to them! (Lots of multiples on this forum.)

That's what I thought, Kathy.

Happy Birthday to Rachael and James, John! Hope they have a fun day. (Almost didn't recognize you until you adjusted your font.)

Good luck on your science final tomorrow, Finn. Relax, it's just like math and puzzles - everything fits. (Can you tell science was one of my favorite subjects? My favorite professor was an Organic Chem. professor in college. Excellent teacher. Too bad he was an adjunct and left after one semester. I couldn't take him for Org. Chem. II )



Kaykay, I think you might be thinking of Priscilla's Field Day - last week. Two schools, two of everything. In two years, I will have one in each school - HS, MS and ES. Three of everything - that will be fun. You and Denise are thinking - piece of cake!


Madam Pince - Jun 1, 2006 1:10 pm (#676 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday to John Bumbledore's twins and Essidji's daughter!

OK, Doc Baker was a pretty good doctor for the 1870's frontier, I suppose, but let me set one thing straight -- "the vapors" is most definitely not flatulence!


Finn BV - Jun 1, 2006 1:26 pm (#677 of 2979)        
Edited Jun 1, 2006 2:24 pm

Thanks, Maria. I love science too, but I feel like this year hasn't been that great… even though the topic was probably the best (physical science wasn't amazing, but chemistry and Newton was fun). EDIT: to clarify: it was because of my teacher that I didn't enjoy the year as much.

Good Evans – your request is noted! Perhaps, if Gina doesn't have a SK question yet, she could take the first half of yours and I'll take the second? After all they're sort of two different questions. Or, since Gina gets two questions per author (she's going twice), and I've sent out a request to some teachers, we might split that up three-way.

Bumbledore – Rachael is quite cool! It's unique, I hope you like it!

Essidji – fair enough. Sometimes the best seats are in your own living room. And happy early birthday to your daughter.


Tazzygirl - Jun 1, 2006 1:42 pm (#678 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday to Rachael and James! Hope they have a wonderful day!

Thanks for all the thoughts, everyone! Only a couple hours to go and I'm on the plane! Yippee!!

Finn- ...traveling to Hawaii from Aug. 3 - 10... You should be glad that was a dream, as August is the worst time to come here weather wise. (It's very hot and extremely humid. )

Kids are all bubblewrapped and ready to go. I had to use extra bubblewrap on Nathaniel, as he kept escaping.

Off to quickly check the other threads and then off to run a bunch of errands.

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!!



The giant squid - Jun 1, 2006 2:03 pm (#679 of 2979)        

Kids are all bubblewrapped and ready to go. I had to use extra bubblewrap on Nathaniel, as he kept escaping.—Tazzygirl

I think I've started a trend here...

Denise, my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Dawson. I hope Daria's holding up well, along with the rest of the family.

Happy birthday to Rachael & James.

I'm sure there are other things I wanted to comment on, but there were 80+ posts since my last log-in and my memory sucks... Some days I'm amazed I remember how to tie my shoes. "Over, under, around and through..."



Detail Seeker - Jun 1, 2006 2:10 pm (#680 of 2979)        

Finn, having the exams in the two best topics of school life, science and history, one after the other, means no interesting exams left - or am I wrong. Good success tomorrow. Luck you will need during the teacher´s correcting time....

Denise, what a bad year for your pets. I send some strengthening charms for the remaining ones.

Happy birthday to everybody, who had.

Tazzy ,just a weather update for Germany: After some snow in the last two days, warmer weather is promised. But that is of no help, because, nobody can really predict, what will happen in three weeks time, as no stable swing to Azores Highs or Siberian Highs can be seen, which would promise stable good weather. so, no help for packing.


azi - Jun 1, 2006 2:17 pm (#681 of 2979)        

Happy birthday to John's twins!!!

Good luck Finn! Science is cool, very cool!

This thread is very busy today!


Tazzygirl - Jun 1, 2006 2:25 pm (#682 of 2979)        

Thanks, Detail Seeker. That actually helps! Because my aunt and the kids have lived here all their lives, a change in temperature (anything below 80 degrees Fahrenheit and low humidity) makes them freeze. So, we packed light layers and heavy layers so everyone should be good.

Oh- Good luck, Finn, on your exams!!



Loopy Lupin - Jun 1, 2006 2:36 pm (#683 of 2979)        

Sorry about the puppy-head Denise. Nine years is a great run for a great big doggie.

Whew! Is the weekend here yet. This has been one long short week.


  Finn BV - Jun 1, 2006 2:52 pm (#684 of 2979)        

Detail Seeker, just to clarify, my year in science hasn't been amazing because of my teacher. I had the chance to take another teacher in January and February for a science elective, and I readily took it. But, I like math and Spanish too (Spanish is probably my favorite subject), but those exams are much easier anyway, so not to worry.


timrew - Jun 1, 2006 4:41 pm (#685 of 2979)        

Sorry about Dawson, Denise. I know what it's like to lose a pet, and my heart goes out to you.

Loopy Lupin:- Whew! Is the weekend here yet. This has been one long short week.

Know what you mean, Wayne. We had monday off here (some bank holiday or other), and it really shortens (lengthens) the week..........


boop - Jun 1, 2006 5:08 pm (#686 of 2979)        

Denise, Sorry for your loss (((HUGS)))

Tazzy and Azi have a fun trip.

John, Happy Birthday to your twins.

Finn, Good Luck on your exams.

Eponnie, Great pictures.

hugs always



Puck - Jun 1, 2006 6:16 pm (#687 of 2979)        

I have a Stephen King question! I'm curious whether or not he actually had any interesting "experiences" at the Stanley Hotel in Colordao. (It's the place the book "The Shining" is based upon.) Hubby was watching Ghost Hunters and it was said that some "paranormal" stuff happened to him. Just wondering if his story is the same as theirs.

Some days I'm amazed I remember how to tie my shoes. "Over, under, around and through..." –Mike

Perhaps I should try that one. Trying to teach our boy how to tie, and the bunny and the tree thing isn't cutting it.

We had a big storm this evening. It was sunny, then cloudy, then sunny again. On the way to baseball the clouds returned. Soon after we arrived we heard distant thunder. Luckily had had a parking space right up front. Within 15 minutes the roads were running like rivers. It was difficult to see. I was quite relieved to get my babies home! (I spent the drive pretending not to be nervous, as not to worry the kids.)

Happy RotD,



Finn BV - Jun 1, 2006 6:52 pm (#688 of 2979)        

Puck, what's your bunny story? LOL, I just remember three times around, up and through.

Amazing thunderstorm tonight. It got really dark and then it just poured.

Back to science!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 1, 2006 7:09 pm (#689 of 2979)        

Some days I'm amazed I remember how to tie my shoes . . . .

Funny - my line is usually, 'I can't even remember what I had for breakfast this morning and you're asking me that?'

Puck, earlier when you posted about a storm coming, I was going to ask if you heard any thunder yet, as the storm was looming in the not too distant distance. I never got around to it. Sounds like we had the same storm, though. Glad to hear you made it home safely.

I am glad to have gotten in the chat room today, thanks Lina and kaykay - always a pleasure to chat with you both (and John who apparated briefly then disapparated). *waves* (apparated, disapparated - Did I get that right, Finn?)

Sending memory charms your way for tomorrow's final, Finn, though I'm sure you won't be needing them.

Sorry if I've forgotten anyone, (see above).

Have a great RotD/N!


PS Just wanted to say what a great group of people you all are on this forum.


Finn BV - Jun 1, 2006 7:12 pm (#690 of 2979)        

Maria, that's my dad's line too.

Winning word of the Scripps Spelling Bee was ursprache!!


Chemyst - Jun 1, 2006 7:38 pm (#691 of 2979)        

My online dictionary says, "No results found for 'ursprache.'" There were also no matches on the phrontistery site Finn mentioned previously on this thread.   Yet I persevered until I found…

The term Ursprache is German for "the speech of Ur", Ur being an ancient city of Babylonia ... So the term Ursprache means the "Lost Language of Paradise". ...
See protolanguage — A language that is the recorded or hypothetical ancestor of another language or group of languages.


Marie E. - Jun 1, 2006 7:58 pm (#692 of 2979)        

Hello everyone! I'm sure no one missed me, but my computer's been down since Sunday night. I had internet withdrawal, I swear! The computer is still acting up, so if I suddenly disappear for awhile, don't worry.

I was very amused to see the response my favorite movie received. And Squid Mike, all I can say to whole Reese Witherspoon/pointy chin thing is "check the mirror". Can we say 'self-loathing'?

We love deviled eggs in this house, especially Shayla. I use mayo, mustard, and paprika and then put it a frosting/shooter thing so it comes out looking all pretty. Very non-slacker of me, I know.

So sorry about Dawson, Denise. I'm sure he was well-loved in your household.

I just read 168 posts so I can't remember anymore. Hopefully I'll be able to check in tomorrow morning. RoTD


Finn BV - Jun 1, 2006 8:07 pm (#693 of 2979)        

Ooh, hey, we learned about Ur in history! It was on our map today!! LOL! And of course "sprache" means language/speak. Yeah! I found that definition, too, Chemyst.

Marie, of course we missed you! Welcome back! Sorry about your internet… Darned internet…

Last minute cramming before bed time!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 2, 2006 4:54 am (#694 of 2979)        
Edited Jun 2, 2006 5:31 am

Amazing thunderstorm tonight. It got really dark and then it just poured.

Back to science!---Finn

I thought that was science. Good luck with your test.

Geek that I am, I thought the Spelling Bee was da bomb! Who needs Monday Night Football? Bring on the 14-year-olds and the really big words. Weren't those kids incredibly composed? I was so impressed. And for the record, not to take anything away from the winner, I thought Finola (the second-place finisher) got much harder words in the championship rounds. Seems every word she spelled had 3 or 4 vowels in a row. I'm happy to report I didn't misspell any of the words...

Spellcheck was used prior to posting.

EDIT: Catherine, did you see it---> here Shih tzus! In the news! Tell Mr. Catherine not to worry. He's already been adopted.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 2, 2006 5:52 am (#695 of 2979)        

Know what you mean, Wayne. We had monday off here (some bank holiday or other), and it really shortens (lengthens) the week.......... – tim

Hiya Tim! We haven't chatted in a while. I meant to ask you, did you do that play-thingy (***regrets he can't remember what its called***) again this past holiday? I don't remember if I ever told you but the script I read before was hysterical.

I like the spelling bee too. I realize that there is a fictional movie out now about the bee which got good reviews. ( Akeelah and the Bee ) It might still be in theaters in some places. And, there is also Bee Season which isn't so much about spelling as about mysticism and such. Even with those in mind, if you get the chance to rent the documentary Spellbound you should. It was, to use a phrase, spellbinding and the best documentary I've seen in quite a while. Of course, I haven't seen An Inconvenient Truth yet.

Edit: Oh, and way-to-go Kim. I'm sure that Catherine is on her way to throttle someone right now.

Double Edit: I hate using the word "misspell." I'm always afraid that I'll spell it incorrectly and the irony will engulf me in flames.


Essidji - Jun 2, 2006 6:31 am (#696 of 2979)        

I'm so lucky to have found a forum were forumers care so much about grammar and spelling... It allows me to eeemproove a lot.

As I am a rather "litterary" woman, I am always sorry and somewhat angry about the way some people write their posts in French forums. It's not only netspeak or SMS abbreviations, but also unforgiveable grammar mistakes...

What is more surprising is the way some executives write their e-mails to their staff. Sometimes it just gives me goosebumps...


Marie E. - Jun 2, 2006 6:32 am (#697 of 2979)        

Thanks, Finn. I know you're already in school, but good luck on your finals.

Lol Wayne on fearing the word "misspell".


Catherine - Jun 2, 2006 6:34 am (#698 of 2979)        

Double Edit: I hate using the word "misspell." I'm always afraid that I'll spell it incorrectly and the irony will engulf me in flames.

Life is full of risk.

The shih-tzu story---GRRRR! I'm glad someone helped that poor creature, but that owner deserves some particularly gruesome Dante-esque torture both in this life and the next. Throttling that idiot owner would be too kind.

I would also like to pass along some pain to the breeder who sold the shih-tzu to such a person.

Hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend.


jose043 - Jun 2, 2006 6:58 am (#699 of 2979)        

Hi All

Denise P sorry to here that Dawson has gone to puppy dog heaven but know how you feel. We did about 20 years ago & still miss her.

Someone passed a comment about me & eggs, well I am allergic to them as I am an Asthmatic, it is one of the many things.

Hope those that are sitting exams pass them.

All those that are going on holidays hope you have a wonderful time

Josephine & Anne


Puck - Jun 2, 2006 8:14 am (#700 of 2979)        

So the term Ursprache means the "Lost Language of Paradise". I'm just glad they use terms that will come in handy as those children enter adulthood. Incidentally, the girl who won was on the news this morning. She admitted there's some luck to it, as she would have missed the words that were the undoing of the 3rd and 4th place competitors. This was her 5th year as part of the "bee".

Finn, the bunny story goes something this: The bunny (one loop) hops around the tree (other loop). The bunny then dives through the hole and comes out the other side, leaving you with two bunny "ears". There. I hope everyone can now tie their shoes. (Mike, you could always print this and keep a copy in your wallet.)

Apparently much of the East coast is getting such storms. Stay safe, everyone!

Happy RotD,

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haymoni - Jun 2, 2006 8:50 am (#701 of 2979)        

Well...I survived the trip to the zoo - BARELY!!!

The kids were so excited. They wanted to see everything all at once.

One little girl only wanted to look at the llamas. Another little girl wanted to climb EVERYTHING! I thought she was going to fall into a fountain and I had to grab her before she slipped.

Of course HER mother wasn't silly enough to volunteer to come on the trip!

The Beautifulest One fell asleep on the bus ride home. We'll have to go back sometime soon so that I can actually look at some animals that aren't kindergarteners!

The bright side was that Ungrateful Son's baseball game was cancelled. Apparently it poured in Kent, but we had no rain at the Akron Zoo. Someone was looking out for me!

It's Friday, it's payday and I am a happy camper!!


Tazzygirl - Jun 2, 2006 9:08 am (#702 of 2979)        

I'm in California! w00t! Plane got in this morning at 5:30. I am currently running on an hour or so of sleep- I thought I'd come here first to say Hi! to you all and then go to sleep.

I also went to my mom's school to say hi to all the students and the new guinea pigs.

Stay safe charms to those who are going through severe storms!

Anything else I forgot, I'm sorry!

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



Thora - Jun 2, 2006 9:15 am (#703 of 2979)        

On the bunny and the tree:

When we decided to teach our daughter to tie her shoes I discovered that my husband ties his shoes in a completely different way than I do. He makes two loops and ties them in a knot. I tie my laces the way I was taught in Kindergarten, one loop, other lace around push thorough and pull tight. Our daughter decided his method was easier, but I'm a little concerned if her teachers will think it the proper way. So if anyone with a kid recently through Kindergarten could help me out on that I'd appreciate it.

Perhaps I wouldn't care so much if I hadn't used learning to tie my shoes as the basis of a personal experience essay in English 101. I got a Finn like grade on it to, but if I was to re-write it today I would change it to an essay demonstrating why I belong in Hufflepuff.



Denise P. - Jun 2, 2006 9:27 am (#704 of 2979)        

I have taught my kids the bunny ear method (two loops and tie them together) as well as the one loop, loop around the second and push through, pull tight method. All the ones I taught the bunny ear method, they went on to the "regular" method on their own. The bunny ear method is easier to learn, I think.


Gina R Snape - Jun 2, 2006 9:40 am (#705 of 2979)        

Good Evans, just saw your post. No problem. I can ask both or one question, if Finn wants the other one.

Also, did you delete your LJ? I saw the name crossed out on my flist.

Well, hope everyone has a good RoTD!


Puck - Jun 2, 2006 10:07 am (#706 of 2979)        

Teehee. Mike, did you know that your one little comment would spark such discussion?

I had to write an essay once on tying shoes, as well. (I also wrote one on the proper way to eat an Oreo cookie.) My bunny is the regular wrap-around method. You just tell the story to help remember the next step.

We'll have to go back sometime soon so that I can actually look at some animals that aren't kindergarteners LOL, Haymoni!

Nice to see you arrived safely, Kristina!

Cat shedding. Baby "patting" kitty. Fur flying everywhere.



haymoni - Jun 2, 2006 10:41 am (#707 of 2979)        

I don't think anyone cares HOW your kids tie their shoes - as long as they stay tied!!!

I have yet to buy The Beautifulest One shoes that need tying - hers have laces but they don't have the tie. She'll probably be twelve before she actually learns how!


Nathan Zimmermann - Jun 2, 2006 10:51 am (#708 of 2979)        

I never learned how to tie shoes. By the time I was six years of age I was in shoes that used velcro.


Good Evans - Jun 2, 2006 11:01 am (#709 of 2979)        

Gina – wh;s an LJ? I haven't deleted anything?? was that even aimed at me??? I am sorely confused!

But thanks for taking the Q - only if you have nothing better!!

Julie x


John Bumbledore - Jun 2, 2006 11:04 am (#710 of 2979)        
Edited Jun 2, 2006 12:27 pm

How to tie your shoes.

First, shouldn't this be how to tie your laces? LOL

Second, for those who make one loop and then circle and pass (a loop) through to form the second loop. In which hand do you hold the first loop when tying your laces? What is your handedness, right or left handed. I am interested to see if there is a correlation, because my sister who taught me claims I do it backwards.

I am right handed and hold my first loop with the fingers of my right hand. I think I learned this way because I am a visual learner and used the mirror method. I asked my sister to put her shoe toe-to-toe with mine and I mimicked her motions. I remember having had great difficulty learning to tie my shoes until I asked her to help me in this way.

Of course, these memories are some 35 years old or more. I don't ever remember using the two loop method. Do I hear cricket, again?

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Edit: Gina, Good Evans, is LJ meant to be live journal and did you mean to use flist? Maybe as friend list? That is my best guess, so I am probably wrong.

Edit, Part II: Correcting "have great" to "having had great."


azi - Jun 2, 2006 11:13 am (#711 of 2979)        

John, I've always used the 'loop' method (the bunny one just confused me, lol!). I'm left handed and hold the first loop in my left hand.

I think I use the loop method's difficult to imagine words, you just tie your laces automatically.

Beautiful sunny day today! Walked into York, had ice cream and a strawberries and cream frappucino, and walked back again along the river. Lovely!


haymoni - Jun 2, 2006 11:25 am (#712 of 2979)        

I'm right handed and I hold the first loop in my left hand because the right hand is needed to do all the work.

I think 2 bunny ears is easiest for kids to learn.

I was an adult before I saw that method - another way to skin a cat!

I mean, tie shoes.

I mean, tie laces.


Good Evans - Jun 2, 2006 11:29 am (#713 of 2979)        

thanks John, I'm still none the wiser though...

Madam Pince - Jun 2, 2006 11:44 am (#714 of 2979)        

Ditto what haymoni said about shoe laces. Right-handed, use loop method and always did, hold first loop in left hand. So far Little Pince just uses velcro shoes, but one of our goals this summer is to work on learning laces.

Just last night got around to watching the season finale of Lost due to the furor of returning from trip, etc. It was quite exciting! I'm glad they "threw us more bones" than they did in last season's finale at least! Question, though: I read somewhere a list of questions that fans have that the producers promised they would answer in the finale. One was "What is the black smoke?" (which I took to be the "monster-ish foggish smoky stuff" that grabbed Locke) and the producers said we would find out in the finale -- I was so excited! But alas.... liars, liars, pants afires! Unless they meant by "black smoke" the big black signal fire smoke, which I think would be really icky of them -- big deal, we know it's a signal fire! Another thing they promised we'd find out was the meaning of the numbers... did I miss something, or did we not find that out? We did get why the plane crashed, and who Widmore is, so that is something, I guess.... Boy, did Michael ever get some "if-looks-could-kill" didn't he? And poor Desmond, I was just starting to like him...he had such a magnetic personality! (Oh I slay myself...) I'm quite worried about Locke and Eko! Argh.. OK, enough of that. Just couldn't control myself...


Esther Rose - Jun 2, 2006 11:53 am (#715 of 2979)        

Hmmm tying shoe laces. Well, I am of the double knot type. First I do the around the loop way. (Holding the loop in my left hand usually) until I get bunny ears. Then I tie the bunny ears too. So, both? Double knotting my laces seems to be second nature to me. I must have tripped over my own shoelaces a lot when I was little.


azi - Jun 2, 2006 11:58 am (#716 of 2979)        

Ooo, I think I do what Esther does! Mystery solved!

I think I must be a weird left-hander...


Thora - Jun 2, 2006 12:09 pm (#717 of 2979)        

Well here's another Lefty answer, I hold the initial loop in my right hand BUT I then hold the left lace straight and hook the loop around the straight one. I didn't even realise I did it that way until I just went and tied a shoe for this post. How weird is it I put the tree around the bunny?



DJ Evans - Jun 2, 2006 12:13 pm (#718 of 2979)        

Gina, I think you might be speaking about me deleting my LJ (Live Journal) account -- that is if you did have me on your Flist (Friends List), I deleted mine about a week ago, I guess it was? I was using the username of "junebug08", if that helps any?

Julie: In case this helps, a Live Journal is like a diary or a journal that one keeps online. Keeping a daily journal used to be quite popular when I was little & we'd keep our diary/journal under lock & key at that!! (I still crack up at the er, heavy duty lock & key that they came with) Anyhoo, in our wonderful world of the Internet, people are now keeping a diary/journal online. Some other's are called "My Space", "Blogs", etc... Oh & you can set it up where only your friends can read your journal & you list your friends who have an account on your "Flist". Then you can read their entries & if they have you on theirs, they can read your entries. It's just a new way of keeping up with one another & to write down your feelings/thoughts, etc... Does that help you any? There's a bit more to it that than, but that is the gist of it I think.

John: Very good on knowing what LJ & Flist were!! Do you keep an LJ?

Madam P: Now don't throw dungbombs at me anyone but I just can't get into Lost & so I can't be of any help here. I wish I could get into it, cause I read everyone's comments on it & it sounds quite interesting. But every time I've tried to watch it, I just go "huh"? I think the main reason why I have such a block on it is I am not a fan of shows/books that go back & forth between times/storyline.

Oh & John, I'm right handed & I use my left hand to hold the first loop while the right hand, as haymoni said, does all of the work. lol

Kristina!!! Oooops! Sorry, whispering, so I don't wake her up in case she is still sleeping, glad to hear you had a safe journey!

Later, Deb


Elanor - Jun 2, 2006 12:19 pm (#719 of 2979)        

As a teacher who once had 33 kids about 4 or 5 years old in her class (yes, I survived a whole year in that class! ), I'd say this: please, please, take pity on the teacher and make the kids wear shoes with velcro!

I use Esther Rose's method too! Always been a cautious girl!

**waving to everybody and special wave to Essidji (we're still freezing here as well!)**



John Bumbledore - Jun 2, 2006 12:34 pm (#720 of 2979)        

Hello Elanor, glad I found you. Will you do the next riddle on the Potty Games? Please?

I mean I misspelled the answer so you should really have the honors.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Viola Intonada - Jun 2, 2006 1:17 pm (#721 of 2979)        

John, I apparently tie my laces backwards, also.

I am right handed, but hold my initial loop in my right hand making my left hand do all of the work. I can't even imagine holding it in my left. I also play cards left handed. My daughter who is left handed holds her first loop in her left hand and my right handed daughter holds it in her right. I guess that proves that I am the one who taught my children, backwards though it may be.

Speaking as a Preschool Aid. I don't care how they tie their shoes, just as long as I don't have to do it!

Haymoni, our school went to the Cleveland Zoo this week (Tuesday and Thursday). I don't have any kindergarteners anymore, though I was a chaperone when I my kids were that age. That added a few gray hairs.

My kids only have three more days left of school. I had better enjoy the peace and quiet while I can!


Denise P. - Jun 2, 2006 1:29 pm (#722 of 2979)        

I am right handed, I hold the loop in my right hand and the left hand does all the work. I just had my leftie show me how he ties his shoes (I know I taught him the bunny method) He used his left hand to make the loop, transfered the loop to his right hand and then used his left hand to finish. I then conducted my own straw poll using the children and adult in the house who can tie is the results.

1 leftie, 4 right handed people tie the shoe holding the loop in the right hand, the left hand then does the work.

1 right handed adult tied the shoe holding the loop in his left hand and his right hand did all the work.

So, only Mr. Denise does it differently from the rest of the family

I clearly remember my dad teaching me to tie my shoes when I was 4, on a Thursday (we were waiting for the trash to be picked up and then he went golfing). He is right handed. Mr. Denise was taught by his mother, who was taught by a left handed person.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 2, 2006 1:46 pm (#723 of 2979)        

Weird. I'm right-handed and I hold the loop in the left hand while rightie does the work. Everyone in my family is right-handed, like all good-hearted people. *****ducks left hand blows coming his way*****

Whew! The weekend is finally here. Thank goodness!


John Bumbledore - Jun 2, 2006 1:53 pm (#724 of 2979)        

4 out of 5 right handed tie like left handed child but same four were taught by a right hander that ties like a left hander.. and the one right hander that ties like a right hander was taught by his mother who was taught by a left hander. Got it! I think? NO! LOL

I agree with all those who have said it doesn't matter how, just that the child can tie there shoes (or wears velcro shoes).

Denise, what do I do with all these straw that have little LH and RH written on them with notes of Loop in LH or RH? ... LOL

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Edit for Loopy. You are aware of the fact that the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body?

So, only left handed people are in their right minds. LOL


Tazzygirl - Jun 2, 2006 2:40 pm (#725 of 2979)        

OK, I think I have recovered. It's 11:30 Hawaii time, which is when I sometimes wake up...

Thanks, Puck and Deb! (LOL, Deb!)

Azi- your walk sounded lovely!

I honestly don't remember how I tie my shoes... I know it isn't the bunny and tree way- that one just didn't work for me. I think my right hand holds the loop (I'm right handed) and then my left does all the work, but not sure. I haven't worn shoes that need to be tied in a very long time (Hawaii is a big 'slipper', flip flop, sandals, whatever you call them, place.)



Puck - Jun 2, 2006 2:44 pm (#726 of 2979)        

Right handed, hold loop in left. John, as my boy is a lefty, I'm thinking your mirror method may work. Thanks for the tip.

Nathan, you mean you still can't tie your laces (or don't have any to tie? Not a Scout or a sailor, I guess then?

Time to make dinner.


*edited to wave to Kristina*


The giant squid - Jun 2, 2006 3:47 pm (#727 of 2979)        

Squid Mike, all I can say to whole Reese Witherspoon/pointy chin thing is "check the mirror". Can we say 'self-loathing'?--Marie E.

Just for the record, my chin is in no way as oddly pointed as Reese Witherspoon's. I just have a thin face, where she's got a square-ish face with a bump on the bottom.

Mike, did you know that your one little comment would spark such discussion?—Puck

I didn't, but past experience should have warned me. For the record, I'm right handed and hold the loop in my left hand letting the right do all the work. My left hand is stupid (I'm excessively left-brain). Ironically, after all this talk about tying shoes when I went to put mine on yesterday there was a moment's pause because I actually did forget how for second.

Loopy, is there a story behind your avatar of the honorable Mr. Clemens? Is it time for the jumping frog contest already?



Netherlandic - Jun 2, 2006 4:16 pm (#728 of 2979)        

I have been only been away for a few weeks and my capital (Amsterdam) is the topic. Let me just say that in a certain area there are more tourists than lights.

Puck, I will personally bake you some "real" pancakes if you ever visit The Netherlands. Oh, and I tie my shoestrings with one loop as well. That is the way I was tought at Kindergarten too!

We could almost start a baking delivery service on this forum. Cheesecakes sent to Europe, Stroopwafels sent to the States...

Finn, if you do have time to visit Amsterdam, don't go to the Rijksmuseum, unless you are a fan of Rembrandt van Rijn. They are re decorating and expanding at the moment, so there is little to see with the exception of a few paintings. By the way, Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) has a small Rijksmuseum-exhibition (about 12 (real) paintings) as well, and it is free of charge. So that is a better alternative. And, with your limited time you'd better do a boat trip through the "grachten" (city canals).

I have been away (scuba) diving for a week at the island of Gozo (Republic of Malta). Nice diving weather; not too hot or cold. Nice underwater view. Octopus, seahorse, various fishes. Nice diving school as well, with English and German staff. Very friendly people.

One thing though, my brother was complaining that my English sounds too British. He says it won't do me any good, especially outside the UK. I don't believe that. But it has got me thinking. :puzzled:


timrew - Jun 2, 2006 4:43 pm (#729 of 2979)        

Loopy Lupin (Wayne) asked if I still do those 'play' things. They're called pantomimes, Wayne. And we had a bit of a falling out with the Acting Group.

They asked us to write a pantomime about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and we duly obliged. Now all pantomimes have a 'Dame' character, who is a woman, but played by a man.

So we dispensed with Merlin's services, and instead used his sister, Marlene, and put her up against the evil witch, Queen Mab.

The Acting Group said the liked the panto very much, but insisted on bringing Merlin back and making Queen Mab the Dame.

We could see no reason for this, and seeing as it would mean re-writing the whole panto again, we told them , 'No'. We haven't heard from them since.

Sorry to be so long-winded; but, at the moment, my son and I are ex panto writers.................

As for the whole shoelace thing, I do some things right-handed (guitar playing, throwing and kicking a ball), and some things left (golf, well, pitch and putt, cricket). So don't even begin to ask me how I tie a shoelace - I don't know myself!


Marè - Jun 2, 2006 5:14 pm (#730 of 2979)        

There are too many loops in this thread!

And I wanted to say something to Essidji and Puck, but I forgot.... How inconvenient.

And, with your limited time you'd better do a boat trip through the city canals.
Nah, take a water bike, more fun, more activity and less change of running (floating? faring?) over innocent rowers.

I have been away (scuba) diving for a week at the island of Gozo (Republic of Malta).
And now I'm jealous....

And on the subject of right handed/left handed: In which hand do you hold your fork when you eat?
I'm right handed and keep my fork in my right hand, which is apparently the "wrong way". (Is fun in fancy restaurants, I automatically switch the cutlery, which causes stress with the waiters because they think they placed it incorrect. So they switch it back... After which I switch it again etc.
You can keep some persons pretty busy with that)
Anyways, I have an uncle who cuts with his knife in his right hand, and then switches to his fork to take the bite... Very interesting to watch.

*end of useless ramble about forks, return to your normal schedule please...*


Netherlandic - Jun 2, 2006 5:22 pm (#731 of 2979)        

Marè, poor rowers! And you are right of course, boats are dangerous for divers too. :sad: By the way; the weather this weekend should be good for rowing.

And I do the same thing as your uncle, cut meat with my knife in my right hand and than change fork and knife. A lot of right handed family members do the same thing.


Marè - Jun 2, 2006 5:37 pm (#732 of 2979)        

Nice to see I'm not the only one awake at unnormal hours! (It's 2:30 in the middle of the night here)

By the way; the weather this weekend should be good for rowing
Which is nice as it's the weekend of the national championships. I'm still debating about going and cheering for people.
Luckily for me the only rowing I have to do involves a training that includes stopping near the ferry to get icecream!
I would feel better if I didn't have to do that in less than 7 hours though.

And now I'll have to stop because if I start talking about rowing I could bore you all for hours.

PS Tim, can't you find another acting group that does like your play as it is?


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 2, 2006 5:42 pm (#733 of 2979)        

How weird is it I put the tree around the bunny?

LOL Thora. My life in a nutshell.


Gina R Snape - Jun 2, 2006 6:52 pm (#734 of 2979)        

Heya. Sorry, DJ Evans is right! Not Good Evans, but DJ Evans had a livejournal.

I hope you bring it back! I didn't always comment, but I did read now and again.

Good Evans, I'm happy to post questions. I did not get many, but I did get a few.

I actually didn't get round to posting them yet. I'm hoping to do it tomorrow now.

I did have a dream, though, about going to the event. JKR looked at me in the audience and I asked her a question to which she gave a very frustrating answer, something along the lines of "That's a very good question. Very asute of you. But I can't answer it.". I definitely woke up feeling like I'd channeled her!


Finn BV - Jun 2, 2006 7:14 pm (#735 of 2979)        
Edited Jun 2, 2006 8:11 pm

Aww, Finola! I liked her! And the girl who was reinstated! That was really exciting.

Spellbound was great and I'm dying to go see Akeelah and the Bee (spell on Akeelah?? LOL ).

Kathy, that's a good one! I never learned to do it with the two loops (still can't do that method!); I do the one with one loop and the string going around and under it (Thora's way, Denise's second way, John's way, azi's way, Esther's way, the opposite of haymoni's or Madam P's way since I hold the loop in the right hand and I'm a righty ). Wow, Squid Mike, great topic starter!! LOL, look at all the in-depth posts! I'm off to tie my shoes to see if what I'm saying I do is really what I do!

haymoni, glad you survived (?) the zoo.

Glad the plane flight was okay, Kristina!

Netherlandic, thanks for the advice! Will avoid it…

Marè, I don't have a preference for fork hands!! If it's a fancy meal that requires a fork and knife at the same time, then my fork (I'm a righty) will be in my left hand. But if it's just a fork, it could be either.

Gina, what happens if they ask the person who asked the question to stand up? I'm afraid that if the SK or JI question is picked and they say, "Yes, Finn, could you please stand?" I'll have no clue what they talk about if they talk to me… Nah, I bet they won't ask you to stand up. Though if they pick my JKR question, I'll gladly jump right up!!

Science was fine today. Now I've got Spanish on Monday…

EDIT: Almost forgot! Please head over to Leaky and see their essay project, "Scribbulus". You will see in their latest issue is an essay by yours truly! Note: sometimes the text-only version is better. You can see it here! It is the Dracula/Voldemort essay I wrote for English on which I received an A.


Denise P. - Jun 2, 2006 8:33 pm (#736 of 2979)        

I just got from Relay for Life, a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society. Devin was honored as a survivor (5 years, 3 months, 11 days), got a medal and shook hands with the Mayor. A local Harley group called Bikers Who Care are one of the major fund raisers so they always lead the event with a lap. When they parked, we approached one man who was wearing a survivor sticker. He was gracious enough to allow Devin onto his Harley so we could get a picture of him. As always, my kids came away with a bunch of shirts, frisbees, pens and assorted other things that various places give away.

Fork: I am right handed and use my right hand to eat. I do switch my fork to my left hand to cut meat but switch back to actually eat what was just cut. I suppose I can keep my fork in my left but I have always switched back. My leftie eats with is left hand but switches to his right hand to cut meat and then switches back. Maybe it is an American thing?

Wanna talk about how you hold a pen or pencil? We have about 4 different methods in my house


Madam Pince - Jun 2, 2006 8:37 pm (#737 of 2979)        

Glad to hear your exams are going well, Finn -- hope they continue to be smooth sailing!

Mare, I do the knife/fork thing like your uncle. Like Squid Mike, my left hand is basically useless -- it holds my rings and my watch and that's about it.

Is a stroopwafel a really flat cookie with caramel in the middle, that you're supposed to put across the top of your teacup so that the warm steam makes it all gooey and good? I have had something like that and loved it, but I can't find them anywhere now. I really thought the Dean and Deluca's I was in a couple weeks ago would've had them, but they didn't.

Edit: Hey, look at my post number! I'm an airplane!


Tazzygirl - Jun 2, 2006 8:51 pm (#738 of 2979)        

I hold my fork in my right hand, switch to left so right hand can cut with a knife, and then switch the fork back to my right to eat. I thought that was pretty normal! lol!!

Good luck with your Spanish final, Finn!! By the way, your essay was really good! Congrats!!

I had other stuff I wanted to say, but I forgot...



Finn BV - Jun 2, 2006 9:09 pm (#739 of 2979)        

Denise, congrats to Devin.

LOL Madam P!

Thanks to Kristina on my essay! I'm quite excited!


kaykay1970 - Jun 2, 2006 9:27 pm (#740 of 2979)        

Great job on the essay, Finn!


Netherlandic - Jun 2, 2006 11:50 pm (#741 of 2979)        

Madam Pince, a stroopwafel is indeed a really flat cookie "wafel" with (caramel-)syrup "stroop" in it, but to place it on a teacup? Yikes! No, no, no. Just take a bite and let it melt on your tongue.


Lina - Jun 3, 2006 12:00 am (#742 of 2979)        

Kristina, I'm glad you came home safely. Enjoy the stay!

When I was a kid, I was aware that there were more than one way to tie the laces, because my cousin used to teach me how to do it differently than my parents. When I was at uni, I discovered another way to do it and I liked it so much that I am still using it. You can see how it looks in my profile. But when I met my hubby, I just discovered one way more, and I can tell you that I tried to figure out how is he doing it and I couldn't. His way looks much better when you want to make a bow, but that is just above my abilities. The point of this story is that it was I who thought Kate and Veronika how to tie the laces but they ended up doing it the way that their dad does it. Good for them. So I guess that there must be some gene for tying the laces and they inherited it from him. The same is about holding the pencil. My mother in law discovered that her son holds the pencil the same way as she does, when she was watching the tape of our wedding and I discovered that Kate is holding it the same way much before she got married.
BTW, John, I'm right handed and I hold the first loop in my right hand. I thought that I hold the first loop in my left hand until I tried to do it for the purposes of this research. And I decided to use the word laces in your honor.

We had a graduation ceremony on our Faculty yesterday. Some girls came dressed as if it were June. I'm afraid that they are about to spend the weekend in bed with the cold. Veronika turned on the heating at home yesterday and we were angry with her about that, but today I am considering the thought of really doing it. It seems that it is about to snow this weekend again. I think that it is our faculty's fault. We use to have the graduation ceremony around Christmas. So when the weather saw that we are preparing the ceremony, it thought that it is Christmas and got totally confused.


Marè - Jun 3, 2006 4:40 am (#743 of 2979)        

Is a stroopwafel a really flat cookie with caramel in the middle, that you're supposed to put across the top of your teacup so that the warm steam makes it all gooey and good?
You do that when it's a cookie you found somewhere where you didn't know you still had it and it became old and strangely resembling a brick. Then it is a very good idea to put it on a cup of tea (or coffee, I prefer coffee actually) to make it soft and edible again!

And I'm very reassured to know that you all switch forks. Maybe my family isn't that crazy after all!

And Lina, your shoe has three loops, how do you do that?


Good Evans - Jun 3, 2006 5:26 am (#744 of 2979)        

I have no idea how I tie laces, I just dont think about it and as I am trying to imagine it - I can't ... hmmn I'll put my trainers on tomorrow and observe what I do!

I eat with my fork in right hand unless I am eating with a knife and fork (not normally for dinner in this house salad or pasta is usually a one implement dish!) and then I have the fork in my left hand.

I am right handed and wear my watch on my right wrist, 'cos that is where the shop assistant put it when I first got one, and it feels really weird to switch it over now. So how many other right handers have their watch on the right?? I dont know anyone else that does and all my friends and family think I'm weird. (also because of how I pronounce almond (it doesnt have a silent L)- but we wont go there!)

anyway - great memories over shoe laces that have been posted, Finn keep up the good work on the exams, Gina and Finn thanks for the questions (and Gina clearing up my confusion!) OH AND........

The lady with the puppies, she say YES , and little LUNA will be coming to live with us from mid July!!!!

have a great ROTD folks


Madam Pince - Jun 3, 2006 6:54 am (#745 of 2979)        
Edited Jun 3, 2006 7:32 am

Yay Good Evans! I know you're looking forward to welcoming Luna into your home!

The stroopwafels I tried were individually packaged in little airtight foil packages (or maybe there were two to a pack), and there were instructions / serving suggestions on the outside of the package that said to put it on top of your cup just long enough to warm and soften the caramel inside. (I would've never been clever enough to think of doing something like that myself!) It was probably some weird American stroopwafel company who didn't know how they were really supposed to be eaten. It did turn out pretty well, though -- they were big enough that they fit easily over the top of a cup. (Edit: I just Googled them, and there are several online companies where you can order them. even has a recipe! And there is a pretty funny satirical essay from that discusses them as an anthropological phenomenon. Wikipedia says that the stroopwafel is the biggest seller at the shops in Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. It says the ones sold by Dutch street vendors are bigger, like the size of small plates, but the ones I had were only about four inches in diameter or so. It also says Starbucks has recently started selling them.) So there's all you could ever want to know and more about stroopwafels!

We're getting some rain finally (naturally, since we just gave the dog a bath) -- yay for our plants/lawns that need it, but boo for Mr. Pince who is camping out at a living history event this weekend. He said they have a barn or something onsite that they can retreat into if the rain gets too bad.

Haven't seen the baby bunnies for two days now. I hope they escaped into a neighboring yard and aren't still in our shed....

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


Puck - Jun 3, 2006 7:23 am (#746 of 2979)        

Yeah, Julie! Excellent choice of a name!

Netherlandic, sounds like a fabulous trip!

Taking bets on how long it will take my kids to clean their room. I started asking yesterday. *sigh* I'm predicting it will still be a disaster tonight. (I refuse to dot it, as I've done it twice and it never lasts longer than a day. That plus I have the rest of the house to clean.)

Happy Weekend!



kaykay1970 - Jun 3, 2006 8:01 am (#747 of 2979)        

That is wonderful news, Julie! I can't wait to see pictures of Luna!

My daughter got a cd from the photo studio that made Senior pictures. Now we have to pick just 3 photos for next years year book. It is going to be so hard to choose, they are all so nice...

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B]Loopy Lupin[/B] - Jun 3, 2006 10:45 am (#748 of 2979)        

Loopy, is there a story behind your avatar of the honorable Mr. Clemens? Is it time for the jumping frog contest already? – Mike

Nah. I just came across that quote and decided to use it for a while. Sorry. I'll strive to be more interesting in the future. Hehe.

Tim-- Well, that's just too bad. I thought the panto I read some time back was extremely clever. Damn actors! Too bad you're not writing a soap opera or something like that. You could simply kill off the Acting Group.

Finn-- Quite an impressive essay!! Aside from the substance, I would also point out to all other students out there Finn's diligence in citing the sources from which he drew his information. Oh, and "Akeelah" is the correct spelling. (I looked it up before I mentioned the movie. ) ¡Ultimamente, la buena suerte en su examen español!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 3, 2006 10:50 am (#749 of 2979)        

Julie, how wonderful that you are going to have a little Luna (I love the name you chose ) in the house soon! We definitely want to see pics when the time comes.

Finn, great essay! You did a great job citing examples and used a good amount of research. Very well laid out - altogether a good read.

Stroopwafels in Starbuck's? Though I am sure they won't be like the "real thing" I will surely try one when I see them available because of all the wonderful things you've written about them.

Well, riding lessons, school picnic (just beat the rain), school beautification weeding, birthday party and Eucharist bread making all out of the way from yesterday and this morning. Church fair cancelled due to the fact that not enough volunteers had rowboats or dinghies to get to the church. Believe it or not, people STILL showed up expecting the fair to be going on. (We invited them to stay and play and gave out Italian Ices and treats.) So, we stayed extra long making the bread because the children were all playing nicely and having fun. Olivia did a great job organizing them into games.

Now I have been asked to put together another Movie Night and a 2-wk Bible School for the summer. Anyone have a suggestion for the movie? Ages of children ranges from 2-13. I thought of Narnia but I think some of the scenes may upset the tinies. (Trevor gets a bit upset.) Mike???

Madam Pince, if the bunnies were old enough to move about on their own, they will follow her to a new site. Otherwise, "mommy" will take them one at a time to a new place. The mother spends most of her time away from the burrow to keep from attracting attention to it (some people think they've been abandoned but she will return several times only long enough to feed them). She will even call out to them from afar. We had the experience of observing this first hand, as some dumb bunny had babies right next to our pool. We had a heck of a time trying to keep them from drowning - they kept "jumping" into the pool when the mother was away. Trevor would check the pool every morning (last year). Luckily, they were still paddling their little hearts out.

kaykay, that sounds great!

Taking bets on how long it will take my kids to clean their room. I started asking yesterday. *sigh* I'm predicting it will still be a disaster tonight. (I refuse to dot it, as I've done it twice and it never lasts longer than a day.

Kathy, I find they respond better when I go upstairs with a large "donation" bag in hand and tell them I am there to clean their rooms. :insert evil smiley here:



The giant squid - Jun 3, 2006 3:16 pm (#750 of 2979)        

I'll strive to be more interesting in the future.--Loopy Lupin

Be afraid. Be very afraid...

Maria--is the movie night tied with the bible school? If so the Veggie Tales movie would probably be a good bet. Beyond that I'm not too much help, as my theater doesn't usually play "kid movies" and only rarely do I go elsewhere to watch them (Over The Hedge being a recent exception).

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Chemyst - Jun 3, 2006 3:54 pm (#751 of 2979)        

Wonderful news about Puppy Luna. I'm sure you'll make a great "mom," Good Evans.

Fabulous essay for Scribbulus, Finn; you truly earned your "A"   but...
I believe "and a nose" is missing from the third quote. I'm reading "livid scarlet eyes that was flat..." on the Leaky's essay.
And, isn't an 'aquiline nose' like Dracula's a thin beaky one? I'm too picky, aren't I?

And a pat on the back to Olivia, who did a great job organizing the games. You're a good daughter.


Tazzygirl - Jun 3, 2006 4:29 pm (#752 of 2979)        

Quiet today, aren't we?

Good Evans- congratulations on Luna!

Spent the morning with my mom running errands. Met my dad for lunch, and then we went and saw X-Men. I thought it was OK... a couple one-liners could have disappeared...

Off to check the Games thread and Potty Five Words!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N (a little late than when I usually post this, but oh well!!)!!



HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 3, 2006 5:10 pm (#753 of 2979)        

Actually, it is not tied in with bible school, Mike but Veggie Tales is a good idea! Thanks for the suggestion. I will keep a spot open for November-ish which is probably when Over the Hedge will be released on DVD. We have Lord of the Beans and quite a few other Veggie Tales. I'm waiting for the Harry Potter line. . .boy, those Veggie Tales people are slow. We have done movies such as Shrek. Unfortunately, the older kids concede a bit because of the great spread in age but it never seems to keep them from coming. (It is a very small parish.)

Kristina, I know this is late, but nice to see you made it safely and it seems as though you had a nice day.


Gina R Snape - Jun 3, 2006 5:20 pm (#754 of 2979)        

Denise, what a great event it sounds like you attended. Has it really been five years? When was it that I sent Devin the card and Bertie Botts Beans, and others sent him things in hospital? That can't be five years ago.


Catherine - Jun 3, 2006 6:24 pm (#755 of 2979)        

I'll strive to be more interesting in the future.--Loopy Lupin

Be afraid. Be very afraid...--Squid Mike

**cowering in the corner but still VERY curious**

Devin has tremendous spirit, Denise, and great family support. I congratulate you all on his anniversary! Woo hoo!

I went to my favorite tea shop/used bookstore today, and had the most delicious treat with my tea. It was called a "Trafalgar Square" and had an oat bottom, layered thickly with caramel, and topped with chocolate. It was divine intervention here in Greenville. I could nearly imagine Harry Potter's fascination with treacle tart (the closest I've come thus far is making my grandmother's Brown Sugar Pie recipe; the mere act of reading this recipe is guaranteed to put one into a diabetic crisis). I also came away with a fifty-two year old copy of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, which cheered me no end, as I plan to do a big drama unit (as though 7th grade NEEDS more drama **waves to the middle-schoolers who read this**) with my classes.

Hope all is well with everyone.


Denise P. - Jun 3, 2006 6:52 pm (#756 of 2979)        

Gina, nope, it wasn't five years ago, it was three years ago.

Devin was initially diagnosed February 22, 2001. He went into remission following 2 rounds of chemo and got a bone marrow transplant June 23, 2001. He had a relapse March 6, 2003...that is when he got the cards and such. He still has his dragon egg, his business cards and a whole bunch of the stuff that caring Forum members sent to him.

June 9th will be his third anniversary from his second transplant after he had 2 more rounds of chemo and full body radiation. His older brother, Ryan, was the bone marrow donor for both transplants.

Catherine, treacle toffee is to die for, seriously. I highly recommend it.


Mediwitch - Jun 3, 2006 7:00 pm (#757 of 2979)        

Well, I'm a bit behind, but all the talk about tying shoelaces reminded me of the jokes in the firehouse when we were doing knot tying in Fire School - "If you can't tie knots, tie lots!" - yup, I use double knots when I tie my sneakers. And I'm mostly a righty, but I do hold the loop in my right hand and use my left to go around.

Although I write with my right hand, I do use my left hand a lot. I usually hold my fork with my left hand, I wear my watch on my left wrist, and I sign predominantly with my left hand. Actually, the teacher in my first American Sign Language class thought I was left-handed because I used my left hand for single-hand signs! Sometimes I even use the mouse with my left hand (but I don't change the button set up, so I don't mess it up for Mr. Mediwitch)!

Finn, congrats on the well-written essay! Denise, that's wonderful about Devin! Good Evans, hooray for Luna!


Finn BV - Jun 3, 2006 7:49 pm (#758 of 2979)        

GE, yay for Luna! Who guessed the name? Anticipating photos…

Loopy, thanks all around. Your Spanish is quite good. Is that via old high school memories or…?

Thanks for all the compliments on the essay. I was really happy to see it published.

Chemyst, thank you, Leaky omitted those three words. "Eyes that were flat…" I suppose you're right about the nose, but the nostrils at least…

**waves back to Catherine as a middle schooler** Mousetrap should be a fun thing to incorporate into a seventh grade unit!

Did anybody watch "Mrs. World" tonight? Weirdest thing I've ever seen, and not just the idea… spoilers in white… They crowned the wrong person, and once they realized it they had to take back the crown and sash and put it on the right person! However, some of the contestants were so mad they wouldn't come back on stage for take 2… It was seriously bizarre, when they announced the runner-up and the winner, it was really difficult to tell who had won and who was the runner-up, and they just apparently "missed" their mistake. I definitely think, though, that Mrs. Costa Rica deserved it over Mrs. Russia. The thing was produced badly, and was just run in a really odd fashion. So weird!!

Enjoy the RotD!


Puck - Jun 3, 2006 7:56 pm (#759 of 2979)        

Just returned from my nieces' dance recital. Took my girls with me. Diva really enjoyed it. Great choreography, and quite creative. (Never imagined ballet performed to Born to Be Wild or tap dancing Ninjas.     )

My uncle had another heart attack and is back in the hospital. Sadly, his dog died during the short time he was home between attacks. (Not a good year for dogs. ) He is quite depressed, not in good spirits as he was last time.

Love the Veggie Tales! My favorite is "Rack, Shack, and Benny." The only other movie I know held the attention of my diva at age 2 that older kids could tolerate is Finding Nemo.

Ahhh, a quick peek just revealed that son and Mr. Puck finished cleaning the bedroom while the girls and I were at the recital. It only took 24 hours.

Hooray for Devin!

Happy RotD,



Tazzygirl - Jun 3, 2006 8:28 pm (#760 of 2979)        

My favorite Veggies Tales movie is the one with Madam Blueberry.



HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 3, 2006 8:52 pm (#761 of 2979)        

What an amazing story about Devin. And his brother Ryan is so brave. Will keep them in my thoughts tomorrow morning.

It must be recital time because we ate out tonight and saw lots of kiddies in sparkly outfits, tied back hair and make-up.

Kathy, sorry to hear about your uncle - and his dog, you're right, it isn't a good year for man's best friend. Hope your uncle's spirits pick up. **Sending prayers, strengthening and healing charms his way**

My favorite Veggie Tales movie by far is Esther. I love the song she sings. One with Madam Blueberry - which one is that?


Tazzygirl - Jun 3, 2006 9:21 pm (#762 of 2979)        

I don't remember, Maria! I saw it about 7 years ago. All I remember was Madam Bluberry singing "I'm so blue..." A little girl I babysat for used to watch it all the time. Maybe I can find it on the internet...

EDIT: Maria, the information for the Madam Blueberry Veggies Tales video can be found &pbsp; here. &pbsp:



Mrs. Sirius - Jun 3, 2006 10:30 pm (#763 of 2979)        

Today, my son was 10!! boo hoo, , my baby. He (adopted)  was gifted.

Denise, sorry about Dawson.

Finn, buenas suerte en tu examen. Tambien tuvimos la tormenta incredible de anoche.

Happy birthday to the twins, those are extra special birthdays.

Tazzy welcome back to the lower 48.

Mare, don’t most Europeans eat with the fork turned curve pointed up, in their left hand?

Devins is a fighter, congratulations to him.

Marie, you are always missed.


jose043 - Jun 4, 2006 12:25 am (#764 of 2979)        

Hi Denise P.

Sorry to read about your son Devin, our thoughts are with you and your family. Glad Ryan is compatible in the bone marrow. Hope Devin keeps up the fight and that it stays in remission.

Josephine and Anne Little werewolfs of London


Marè - Jun 4, 2006 12:55 am (#765 of 2979)        

Mare, don’t most Europeans eat with the fork turned curve pointed up, in their left hand?

I certainly don't, but I can start to keep count next time I eat. Sounds like an interesting investigation!


Regan of Gong - Jun 4, 2006 2:17 am (#766 of 2979)        

Yeah, fork in the left hand all the way, pointing down with a stabbing motion.

My favourite Veggie Tales is The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown No spiritual value whatsoever, but I find them funny, even for me as a 15 year old.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 4, 2006 5:25 am (#767 of 2979)        

I love the silly songs, Regan!

but I find them funny, even for me as a 15 year old.

That in its own right is evidence of its spiritual value.

Thanks for the link, Kristina. I've never heard of Madam Blueberry before.

Hmm. . .fork in left hand, cut with right (my right hand is stronger); no switching to eat.


Puck - Jun 4, 2006 6:16 am (#768 of 2979)        

Silly Songs is fab! It was our introduction to the series, given to my son as a Christmas gift one year.

Thanks, Maria.


Gina R Snape - Jun 4, 2006 7:08 am (#769 of 2979)        

Ah, thanks for the clarification Denise. My, that's a lot to go through for both Devin and your entire family.

Oh, and that Trafalgar Square sounds delightful!


Tazzygirl - Jun 4, 2006 8:26 am (#770 of 2979)        

Thanks, Mrs. Sirius!

Regan: ...but I find them funny, even for me as a 15 year old.

hehehe... I'm 22 and yeah- Silly Songs with Larry are awesome!

Denise- so glad to hear Devin is in remission! I did a Relay for Life walk a couple years ago.

Off to eat breakfast... (The only thing that I don't like about coming to California is that my parents don't let me sleep in. Every morning so far they've woken me up at 7:30, and it's killing me! :insert yawning smiley here:) LOL...

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!



Netherlandic - Jun 4, 2006 8:35 am (#771 of 2979)        

Denise, how wonderful that your other son could deliver the right type of bone marrow. I have heard sometimes that it is very painful to extract bone marrow. Is that true? So nice that Devin received such a lot of gifts from forum members.

Congratulations on the arrival of new dog Luna (nice name) and I am sorry to hear of the death of the other dog, owned by the ill uncle. I have a hamster that is 1 1/5 years old now. I was told that they only live for 2 or 3 years. :sad:

Puck, thank you. It was a nice trip indeed.

Tazzy girl, just take a siesta if you can't sleep in.


Madam Pince - Jun 4, 2006 9:31 am (#772 of 2979)        

Congratulations to Devin on his anniversary, and big hugs to both he and Ryan for being so brave! Actually, it's an anniversary of sorts for Ryan, too, isn't it? Great guys, both of them!

Happy Birthday to Mrs. Sirius' youngest son!

Finn, that Mrs. World fiasco sounds incredible. Hard to believe they could mix up something like that! That must've been awful for everyone involved! Weird... TV shows just get stranger and stranger...

Puck, so sorry about your uncle. We will keep him in our thoughts for a quick recovery. What a shame about his dog, too. Not a good month at all.... Bah....

Can't believe this, but we have never seen a Veggie Tales movie. We did watch something this morning for the first time -- a British CGI animated called Valiant which we thoroughly enjoyed! (Mr. Pince has to watch every war movie, even an animated one about carrier pigeons! ) I don't know if it would be good for bible school, since it is based during WW2, but it didn't have any "bad" parts in it. The bad-guy falcons were a teensy bit scary but not much, and the reviews I read of it on IMDB said that both older kids and littler ones enjoyed it, which I would tend to agree -- Mr. Pince and I appreciated the take-off style on old war movies, while Little Pince thought the pigeon antics were hysterical. The pigeons were voiced by Ewan McGregor and Hugh Laurie and John Cleese and Ricky Gervais and others, while the evil falcon (General Von Talon) was Tim Curry. (Made us wonder yet again why there hasn't been a part in a HP movie for Tim Curry -- he is so fabulous. I almost want him to be Sluggy even though physically he doesn't seem right.) One of the highlights: the female French Resistance Mouse was named... (wait for it).... Charles de Girl.

Bad news on the baby bunny front -- apparently the dog managed to find one of them. Mr. Pince gave it a proper burial this morning. We are still holding out hope for the other one, though! Now I feel all guilty that I didn't try harder to catch them and pet-raise them. It's so hard to know what is the right thing to do....

Spring cleaning continues today.... bleah.... Can you tell that company's coming? My college roommate and her four-year-old arrive Tuesday. We have lots of fun things planned for the little ones.

Best wishes to Tazzy for getting some sleep, and to Finn for getting some Spanish studying done, and to everyone else for their various endeavors! Enjoy the RotD!


Good Evans - Jun 4, 2006 9:50 am (#773 of 2979)        

Oh yes really enjoyed valiant - it could be a good one to go for - it does play on several levels, so the older kids get something out of it the little kids just get a nice story about a brave carrier pigeon.

Finn I dont remember who suggested (guessed) Luna first, but many people commented on it, I will say this that the mum is called Molly, so - well hey hey!! Oh and did I say that Dad is "Bright Spell" grandad is "Mugwump" ......

I haven't read your article yet Finn, I shall do so promptly.

anyway have a great ROTD folks


Denise P. - Jun 4, 2006 10:09 am (#774 of 2979)        

The bone marrow donor is put to sleep while the marrow is extracted. Devin has had many draws awake but medicated. Even medicated, it hurts like nobody's business but the medication makes it where he doesn't even remember it. The day after donating marrow, Ryan came bounding down the stairs and jumped off the last three. Apparently adults, according to our doctor, are the babies about it while the kids bounce right back


Finn BV - Jun 4, 2006 10:26 am (#775 of 2979)        

Denise, that really is amazing. Once again, congrats to your sons.

Madam P, too bad about the bunny! **crossing fingers and toes and lots of other things** We have some in our yard but luckily no dog…


Steve Newton - Jun 4, 2006 11:53 am (#776 of 2979)        

Just got back from my beloved son's Confirmation lunch. A great time.

Unfortunately, beloved son has passed on his cold. UHG!

A few days ago there was a deviled eggs theme. Many thanks for the good ideas. There was mention of a sauce, from Louisiana I think, that I will have to look into.


azi - Jun 4, 2006 1:52 pm (#777 of 2979)        

Get well soon, Steve!

Luna is such a cool name!

I eat with my fork in my left hand, but can't cut things just using a knife with my right hand (i.e. when not at the dinner table).

Am back from Bath after a 4 hour train ride! The architecture was amazing and the weather was continental (I'm sure I could have been in France!). We went rowing on the river (crashed into a tree or two), took a tour round the city taking photos and generally chilled. Unfortunately, there wasn't time to visit the Roman Baths (and being students we couldn't really afford it) but it was a lovely place!

74 posts of Potty 5 Words...eek! Could be worse though...

Apologies to everyone I've missed out!


Tazzygirl - Jun 4, 2006 2:14 pm (#778 of 2979)        

Get well, Steve!

Azi- glad to hear you had such a lovely time in Bath!

I just took a two hour nap... it was fabulous! LOL



Puck - Jun 4, 2006 2:50 pm (#779 of 2979)        

Azi, Five Words wasn't bad, as you weren't here to help us post! Glad yoy had a nice time.

my parents don't let me sleep in. Every morning so far they've woken me up at 7:30, and it's killing me. -Sadly, as a mom, I now think 7:30 is sleeping late.

Madame Pince, have fun with your friend. Sorry to hear about the bunny.

Congrats to Steve's Beloved Son on his Confirmation.




geauxtigers - Jun 4, 2006 2:56 pm (#780 of 2979)        

WOW! 122 posts to catch up on and I was only gone 3 days! Going back a little to the shoelaces! I tie my own show with the loop in my right, but when tying someone else’s shoes the I think its in the left hand?! I'm both handed so I guess its not a fair way, but anyway I eat lefthanded usually and don't realize it until I make someone mad on my left, but I use a knife always in my right hand. I bat left handed but I don't throw left handed unless I do it without thinking and in answer to Denise's question way back I hold my pen my first 2 fingers on top of it and my thumb on the side! ha ha gotta love this forum what odd conversations we have here!.

So at the condo we stayed at the beach there was a thrash chute that said "rubbish" on the little gate thing! My sister and cousin and me (or is it I?) were overly amused with this and for the first time ever were excited to take out the trash and hear it fall 18 stories landing with a splat!

I'm scared to look at Potty Five Words!!


azi - Jun 4, 2006 3:09 pm (#781 of 2979)        

Hehe Puck, that it true!

One thing I forgot to mention about Bath - I met my friend's little brother who is 10 years old. I swear he looks like Finn!

I'm sure you find Potty Words easy to follow geauxtigers! Without me around, it appears there were no posting clash problems!


geauxtigers - Jun 4, 2006 3:23 pm (#782 of 2979)        

Actually Azi, I'm terrified now that I just saw the number 145 listed there AHHHH that'll take all night to read! oh well best get started!


The giant squid - Jun 4, 2006 3:59 pm (#783 of 2979)        

Apparently adults, according to our doctor, are the babies about it while the kids bounce right back--Denise P.

I've heard that about a lot of stuff, and if you think about it it's pretty true. Look at the last time one of your kids scraped a knee or cut themselves playing. Within seconds of the band-aid being put on they're raring to go back outside & get into more mischief. Grown-ups, on the other hand, will whine about it for hours (especially if there's someone to get sympathy chocolates from ).

Sadly, as a mom, I now think 7:30 is sleeping late.—Puck

Yet another argument against me having kids... As far as I'm concerned there should be a law against getting up before noon. Then again, when one is awake until 3-4AM, it stands to reason that 7:30 is just right out of the question.



Finn BV - Jun 4, 2006 5:13 pm (#784 of 2979)        

I swear he looks like Finn! –azi

Oh, dear. Was my alteralteralteralteralter ego in the UK this weekend? Did I have a good time?

Steve, congrats to your son and wellness charms to you and him both!


boop - Jun 4, 2006 5:52 pm (#785 of 2979)        

Steve, I hope you feel better soon, and congrats to your son.

hugs always



Puck - Jun 4, 2006 6:54 pm (#786 of 2979)        

Hehe, didn't someone else see "Finn" while away one weekend? Funny how we all have mental pictures of people we've never seen.

Brought my son to a birthday party this afternoon. I now know that his crazy antics are not isolated to him, but are widespread throughout his class. Being loud, overly dramatic and almost "slapstick" in your movements must just be a natural part of being 6 years old.

Mike, do you work until those odd hours, or are you just naturally nocturnal?

Happy RotD,



Steve Newton - Jun 4, 2006 7:25 pm (#787 of 2979)        

Thanks folks.


geauxtigers - Jun 4, 2006 8:31 pm (#788 of 2979)        

ha ha Puck! I have mental pictures of what I think people I don't know look like. I do that with Harry too! The second I hear a character's name, I get a mental picture which I can't get rid of even after reading the description of them. I figured out only a few months again that the chapter in PS called the Sorting Hat (American Edition), the picture for that chapter was Peeves because he was so far from how I pictured him that I never gave it a second thought!


Finn BV - Jun 4, 2006 8:38 pm (#789 of 2979)        

Kathy, Mike works as a movie theater operator and thus doesn't get home until those unsaintly hours. Although sometimes I think he just stays up like that to fuel me… 4AM… Mike, I thought of you last night as I was up until 1:30.


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 4, 2006 9:49 pm (#790 of 2979)        

I tend to consider myself nocturnal, because no matter how hard I try or how early I wake up, I don't think it's possible for me to fall asleep before at the very least 11:30. I've been that way my entire life too. I can't remember the last time I went to bed before 11 so I'll be here for at least another hour (it's 11:45 here now) I'll have to agree with Mike, 7:30 is insane, no earlier than 11 A.M.


Tazzygirl - Jun 5, 2006 12:21 am (#791 of 2979)        

11 A.M. is definitely my kind of hour to wake up! I try to go to bed early, like around 10 P.M., but that never happens, like now.

Just got back from watching The Breakup with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. It was OK. There were some funny parts, but definitely not one of Vince's funny movies.

Off to bed. It's past midnight. Mom is waking me up at the crack of dawn again so I can help her at her school. (Love working with the kids, just hate getting up before 11. )



Amilia Smith - Jun 5, 2006 2:28 am (#792 of 2979)        

Especially if your body is still on Hawaii time instead of California time.



Regan of Gong - Jun 5, 2006 4:27 am (#793 of 2979)        

There's a girl at my school who look almost like my version of Ginny. Funny I only noticed that when some female friends were saying we "looked good" together. He he, joys of being a 15 year old...


Puck - Jun 5, 2006 5:17 am (#794 of 2979)        

Regan, I now picture you looking a bit like Harry.

I actually used to schedule myself mostly morning classes in college so I could have my afternoons free to study, watch soaps, etc.... In the summers I liked to sleep until 10am. I couldn't sleep until 10 now if I tried.



HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 5, 2006 7:45 am (#795 of 2979)        

Steve, congrats to your son on his confirmation and hope you are feeling well soon.

Being loud, overly dramatic and almost "slapstick" in your movements must just be a natural part of being 6 years old.

Thanks Kathy - something to look forward to with Trevor. I suppose that is why Monty Python and the Three Stooges are so popular among men. (Though I must say that both Priscilla and Olivia love the Holy Grail and quote it often.)

I thought the same thing about Regan, Kathy! LOL!

I will say this that the mum is called Molly, so - well hey hey!! Oh and did I say that Dad is "Bright Spell" grandad is "Mugwump" ......

Sounds like a wonderfully "magical" ancestry - very fitting!

I had forgotten about Valiant - and we saw it in the theater! I will run it by the girls tonight and see what they think. I will probably plan it for July or Aug. (though not the 1st, hehe).

didn't someone else see "Finn" while away one weekend

I think it was Catherine and I just assumed they'd met at some gathering at one time. I can be so thick sometimes.

Sleeping hours - sometime between midnight and 1-ish. Awake betw. 5 - 6:45. Occasionally I deviate in either direction but not nearly often enough. I guess I run a tad on the high-energy side. *twitch, twitch* Yes, I do drink decaf - because if I don't, I'm up at 3.


Tazzygirl - Jun 5, 2006 8:15 am (#796 of 2979)        

Mills- yup! I tried explaining that to my parents, but they just think I don't want to wake up.

Mom was nice this morning. She woke me up to take her to school, and let me come home to go back to sleep.

There was something else I was going to say, but I forgot... I've been doing that lately. One of these days I'll catch up on all that...

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!!



Catherine - Jun 5, 2006 8:17 am (#797 of 2979)        

I think it was Catherine and I just assumed they'd met at some gathering at one time. I can be so thick sometimes.

Nope, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Finn in person. The only person from the Forum I've met is Loopy Lupin.

Now, I do have a Facebook account from my teaching gig this spring, and so I've been able to see what Finn gets up to at school!

I hate to break it to everyone, but Finn isn't a fifty year-old man. He doesn't look a day over forty.  


Holly T. - Jun 5, 2006 8:22 am (#798 of 2979)        

Hello all!

I skimmed through the posts but all I can remember to comment on is that I am right handed and I wear my watch on my right hand--I was so glad to see someone else does this (can't remember who) as people think I am nuts for doing so. My left hand is pretty much only good for typing and wearing jewelry.

And while my daughter learned how to tie her shoes in preschool my son (just turned Cool still does not know how. Velcro shoes. My daughter wears slip-on shoes most of the time too, but she can tie.

I taught my Girl Scouts knots using those really thin Twizzlers. If they tied the knot right they could eat it.

My son was at his grandparents all last week and my daughter is at Girl Scout camp this week. Next week I'll have both of them again!

Have a great RotD!


Loopy Lupin - Jun 5, 2006 8:48 am (#799 of 2979)        

Nope, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Finn in person. The only person from the Forum I've met is Loopy Lupin. – Catherine

And, it won't be any time soon that she meets another Forumer, I'm sure. Hehe. Hey, Catherine, I haven't seen you around lately. What's up with Jeopardy?


Puck - Jun 5, 2006 9:08 am (#800 of 2979)        

I seem to remember eating a few licorice knots when I was a Scout.

Maria, you deserve a nap! Oh, and did you see that article on MSN where they assessed the driving in each state? We in the North East were bottom of the barrel. RI was the worst, then DC and Massachusetts. New York and Jersey were also low on the list. Oregon has the safest drivers. (Apparently, those of us near the Atlantic don't care much about stopping for pedestrians in the crosswalks. )

Baby doesn't want to nap in her crib this morning. She prefers being held. So, instead of cleaning the kitchen I'm snuggling my girl and playing on the laptop.

Happy RotD

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haymoni - Jun 5, 2006 9:13 am (#801 of 2979)        

Puck - you are a good mom!


Eponine - Jun 5, 2006 9:33 am (#802 of 2979)        

The only person from the Forum I've met is Loopy Lupin. – Catherine

What am I? Chopped liver?  


John Bumbledore - Jun 5, 2006 9:42 am (#803 of 2979)        
Edited Jun 5, 2006 11:12 am

The only person from the Forum I've met is Loopy Lupin. -- Catherine

What am I? Chopped liver? – Eponine

No, Eponine, you appear to be a Caniac! Which leads me to think more of "Ice Cold Puck" or something like that.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Catherine - Jun 5, 2006 9:55 am (#804 of 2979)        

The only person from the Forum I've met is Loopy Lupin. - Catherine

What am I? Chopped liver? –Eponine

**irons hands**

I was thinking of the past two weeks, but yes, I did have the pleasure of meeting the lovely Eponine, Dobby's Tea Cosy (her sis) and the lovely niece and nephew. Who could forget the Gater (sic) Kabobs and fried Snickers??? Not to mention the Pig on a Stick.

Now Loopy, I thought our meeting was lovely. I'd be thrilled to meet other Forum members. :waves happily**

As for Jeopardy, they start calling in late June. So I'm just reading up and making my lesson plans for the fall. If anyone has any suggestions for young adult historical fiction concerning Africa, Asia, or the Middle East, please send me an email! If it's really good stuff, I suppose it could eve go on the Forum's Recommended Reading thread.

The other thing I've been involved in is getting our yard spruced up. I've put in Mexican bush sage, dwarf yarrow, Shasta daisies, white asters, night-blooming jasmine (although it is not a "true" jasmine), Confederate jasmine, a dozen azaleas, and some daylilies.

This morning I got really ambitious and tried to dig a hole behind our retaining wall in order to set a small plastic basin to use as an in-ground birdbath. Let's just say that the ground behind that wall is so hard that I was jumping on the shovel, and still could not get the soil to budge. I really wished I had a reductor curse to just blast my way through.


Thora - Jun 5, 2006 10:08 am (#805 of 2979)        

Catherine- weren't you once on a quest for mandrakes? Or was it someone else who was doing a HP garden?

I've met more people off the forum than I know on the forum. I was so new here when I went to the PA gathering I was lucky to match even a few names.

I remember Steve Newton's son though, congrats on the confirmation, though I'm not sure what that is exactly. In our church we do confirmations at 8 years of age, and your son was much older than that. Your wife was a total sweetheart though, tell her I say hi, will you?

I'm waiting for my new washer and dryer to be delivered, I really hate 4 hour windows for delivery of much needed objects.



HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 5, 2006 10:52 am (#806 of 2979)        

Oh, now look what you've gone and done! Poor Catherine had to iron her hands!

We in the North East were bottom of the barrel.

Why am I not surprised at this? I suppose that there is some correlation between that and NJ having some of the highest insurance premiums in the states. I will have to check out the MSN survey.

Hooray! New washer and dryer for Thora. Hope they don't make you wait too long. Four hours can turn into six pretty easily.

Puck - you are a good mom! I completely agree! Snuggle them while you can, Kathy.

There was something else I was going to say, but I forgot... I've been doing that lately.

Kristina, you can safely attribute that to sleep deprivation.

Azi, just wondering about this: We went rowing on the river (crashed into a tree or two)   . . . .trees in the river, or did you row up the shoreline or something?? Or should I not ask? Either way, your trip sounds great. Someday, perhaps I'll get to take my children on such excursions.


Denise P. - Jun 5, 2006 11:02 am (#807 of 2979)        

Rhys has been much crankier than he normally is and not sleeping worth beans. It has been making us nuts and we figured he was teething again. I have been looking but his gums have looked normal.

This morning, he had THREE new teeth that had popped through. He has two on the top and one on the bottom. I am sure the other one on the bottom is a matter of days behind.

Poor dude ended up cutting tooth #5,6 and 7 all at once!


Eponine - Jun 5, 2006 11:05 am (#808 of 2979)        

It's okay, Catherine. You didn't have to iron your hands about it. =) But now I want to find a Fried Snickers...mmmm.

John, I suppose you could call me a Caniac. My husband's the hockey fan in the family, but he's dragged me into it. Actually, my first ever NHL game was the last time the Hurricanes were on their way to the Stanley Cup. It was during the Eastern Conference Champion series against the Maple Leafs. That was the year we started dating, so we spent a lot of time watching hockey together out in TN. I'll definitely be cheering for the Canes, but I won't be devastated if they don't bring home the Cup. Laura W. is pulling for the Oilers, so either way, someone on the forum will be supporting the winner.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 5, 2006 12:04 pm (#809 of 2979)        

azi, your rowing trip sounds like it was fun even with trees!! When we were at the beach we bought one of those blow up boats and tried to row it without a whole lot of sucess and now my arms are sore because of it!!

Well I'm fixing to go to Target and then to the snowball stand (it's 91 today!) so I'll check in later!

Have a great RotD!!


Madam Pince - Jun 5, 2006 1:32 pm (#810 of 2979)        

****hugs virginiaelizabeth*** I know you are from the South, my dear, because you are "fixing to go" somewhere! LOL! I love that! It soooo reminds me of my Grandma, who also used to answer "I 'spect so..." or even just "Yes, I 'spect..." for an affirmative. Sometimes it was "I 'magine so..." but I liked the "I 'spect" better...

...didn't someone else see "Finn" while away one weekend? That was me. Finn in the past has posted an avatar of himself running in a race, and while it was a very long-distance view, it gave me a mental picture of what he looks like, so when I saw this blond young man in a store that fit that picture, I thought of Finn. Never had the pleasure of meeting him, though! (Edit: Awwww! I missed the breakfast avatar!)

Poor Tazzy is still so sleepy! Definitely sleep deprivation.

Yay for Rhys' new teeth! Big boy! Sorry for Mom and Dad, though, with the sleepless nights. Maybe it will improve now that they're through.

Catherine, I've had that experience of trying to dig in rock-hard dirt. I've given up -- I'm not installing anything more major unless a landscaper does it for me. I think I'm going to have to wait until fall anyway now -- hot and dry season is already upon us, I fear.

Thora, I was scouting around on Amazon looking for a new watch, and did you know they have a wristwatch that's like Mrs. Weasley's clock? I am asking Mr. Pince to get me one forthwith. It is so cool looking! I'm not sure of the size / proportion of it -- it says the band is "standard men's length" but it's listed under ladies' watches. I don't usually like big watches but in this case I don't think I care.

Still cleaning house in prep for houseguests. Beginning to clean faster and more desperately now....

Enjoy the RotD!


Finn BV - Jun 5, 2006 1:41 pm (#811 of 2979)        

Now, I do have a Facebook account from my teaching gig this spring, and so I've been able to see what Finn gets up to at school! –Catherine

Oh, dear…

Denise, congrats to Rhys on the new teeth!

**waves to Madam Pince and recalls my running avatar** There was also a close-up avatar of me eating breakfast. Interesting, I'm sure you'll all agree.

Just math left and then I'm done! (Well, then graduation.) Woohoo!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 5, 2006 2:09 pm (#812 of 2979)        

Aww, poor little Rhys - three at once, ouch! Well, only one more to go - he probably will sleep beautifully in the next few nights, just happy to not be in pain anymore.

Oh, the snowball stands are great, virginiaelizabeth! I wonder why no one has tried to open one up here?

Madam Pince, you sound like me with regard to houseguests! Well, you have until tomorrow - you can do it!

Thanks to Lina's help , I was able to post some pics in my profile from the bread-making on Saturday. There is a lovely pic of the backs of my daughter's heads. Hey, I wasn't the photographer, what can I say. Oh yeah, and I disapparate when cameras appear.

Good luck with your math final, Finn. Focus, now. Only one left. Then you can enjoy yourself for a while. Until September, of course.

Kathy, how is your uncle?


timrew - Jun 5, 2006 4:34 pm (#813 of 2979)        

Who could forget meeting Loopy Lupin? He's a dead ringer for Mark Twain...................

It's about time he showed us what he really looks like, instead of those Simpsons avatars.............


Catherine - Jun 5, 2006 6:55 pm (#814 of 2979)        


Catherine knows! She knows!

Catherine adores Loopy. **waves**


Puck - Jun 5, 2006 8:01 pm (#815 of 2979)        

Catherine has also appears to have taken up referring to herself in the third person.

Thanks Haymoni! I love holding babies. I don't sweat the housework.

Maria, great pictures! I haven't heard about my uncle. The all live 90 minutes north of here, and my phone line tends to go out when it rains. Mr. Puck is supposed to get a new cover for the junction box outside our house. The problem is he's depressed, and attitude is a big part of recovery. (Well, so is laying off beer and cigarettes, but he's a grown man, so I can't say much on that end.)

Baby sleeps well at night, just not a great napper. She also just cut 4 top teeth all at once, with a bit of night time crankiness. She's much better than the other two were at her age. Is Rhys moving around yet? Natalie sits really well, but has only rolled twice. She's prefers to fuss and have us wait on her. (Another Diva in training. )

Finn, best of luck! This time tomorrow you'll be home free. (If you're superstitious, try not to think about the date of the test. )

Cheers! Kathy


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 5, 2006 8:19 pm (#816 of 2979)        

Well, hopefully he'll get back into the swing of things, Kathy. **Sending cheering and healing charms his way** The steady shining sun wouldn't hurt, either.

How old is Natalie? All three of mine were 8 mos. when they cut their first teeth.



TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 5, 2006 8:30 pm (#817 of 2979)        

Madam Pince, the watch is large. I got mine last week and LOVE it!


Viola Intonada - Jun 5, 2006 8:41 pm (#818 of 2979)        

Sorry to back track on the conversation a bit, but I have to put in my two cents worth about forks: Many years ago Hubby and I ate dinner out with a coworker of mine who was raised in Europe (Slovenia). She commented that I used my fork "European style", I was cutting with my right hand and eating with my left. According to her, in fine dining situations, Americans will cut with the fork in the left hand, then switch the fork to the right hand to eat. Europeans leave the fork in the left had to eat. I personally find that it takes me too long to eat if I'm switching which hand my fork is in all the time.

Tazzy, don't feel bad. My mom tried desperately to turn me into a morning person. I'm not one, never have been and I have to accept that I never will be. I am always the last person in the house to wake up. (Only when we are traveling, am I the first one up) On my day off from work, it is not uncommon for me to sleep until 10am. I have to say it was quite a problem when my children were younger, since one of my children is a morning person (I always felt like such a slacker mom because of it). So, Mike, being a night owl doesn't mean you can't be a parent. It doesn't make life simple, but it is not impossible.

My kids only have two more days of school left! Yeah! I'm looking forward to not having to run around so much. (And sleeping in every day!)

Happy RotD everyone!


Mrs. Sirius - Jun 5, 2006 9:59 pm (#819 of 2979)        

Slacker mom, ding ding ding! Neither my husband nor I are morning people. My hubby does force himself into bed before midnight so he can get up for work, but I still am up past 1:00 AM most nights, as many of you know. My kids are up early but they have instructions, now that they are older, to get their breakfast, get dressed and play in their room on weekends.

Slacker mom however, just (12:35 am) turned off the lights in the kitchen baking homemade bread for the 2nd grade poetry night. Still have to make the appetizer ugh

Oh poor little Rhys, that had to have hurt.

Oh, Puck just wait until yur diva hits 7!

My girls are in the losing teeth mode. They 2 identicals are losing their teeth in mirror order. If one loses the right tooth the other loses the left tooth. They have held this pattern since they started teething. I always think I should get them into some type of twin study.

Tazzy, jet lag is a bummer and it can take several days to a week to really acclimate.


Snuffles - Jun 6, 2006 2:09 am (#820 of 2979)        

Phew, so many posts to read!!

Denise, hope Rhys is feeling a little brighter, poor guy!.

On the left hand topic. I wear my watch on my left, hold the toothbrush in my left hand, answer the phone with my left and hold a cup in my left hand. Yet I am right handed

Well I was woken at 5.30am by Olivia shouting singing Happy Birthday to me. I opened my pressies half asleep because there was no way she was going to let me go back to sleep again! Then on my way to work and taking Olivia to nursery the car started playing up!!! I managed to get her to her nursery but then had to call out the car breakdown people. I was waiting 45mins for him to turn up only for him to inform me that our warrenty cover ran out last week!!

I did plead innocence, state it was my birthday and try to charm him, but I'm not sure it worked!! He has mended the car on warranty but we may still get a bill through the post from the 'AA' some time this week

Oh well only 4 more days until holiday. Woo Hoo

Have a good Tuesday everyone



Puck - Jun 6, 2006 4:56 am (#821 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday, Julie! Though, I must say your car could have delivered a better present.

Maria, Natalie is 8 months, but got her first two teeth at 6 months. These are the top 4. Interesting, the left incisor came in before the right front tooth. (Normally the two front teeth come together.)

Mrs. Sirius, interesting tooth pattern. Hmmmm.

I'm a rightie who does things with whatever hand is child-free!

I actually will make an effort to get up before everyone else so I can have a few minutes to myself to exercise, relax, etc... It makes the whole day flow better.

Okay, need to get that baby out of bed!



**wondering how I managed those "floating" smilies at the start of my post....


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 6, 2006 4:58 am (#822 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday Julie! How cute that Olivia was so excited! You're a good sport getting up early with her.

Mrs. Sirius, that is really interesting about the twins. BTW, I don't see any slacker moms on these threads.

I am the "rise & shine" type. (Olivia would be groaning if she saw me typing this. Luckily, she's long gone to school. Hooray - only two more Tuesdays left!) Mr. HH always says, "I may rise but I refuse to shine." He said Winston from Hector Heathcote used to say that but it's a bit before my time. (Can't believe I can still say that about something.) Does anyone remember the Hector Heathcote cartoon?


EDIT: Happy Anniversary to Viola and Mr. Viola!


Viola Intonada - Jun 6, 2006 4:59 am (#823 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday, Julie! I hope your day gets better (and your car).

Today is Hubby and I's anniversary. We're going out to dinner tonight, sans kids.


Thora - Jun 6, 2006 5:01 am (#824 of 2979)        

Interesting, the left incisor came in before the right front tooth. – Puck

One of my kids did that to, I was rather concerned for a bit there.


(yes I was shouting Wink )

We're going out to dinner tonight, sans kids. - Viola

Good for you! Now the trick is not to talk about them the entire time. I hope the eveing is wonderful.



The giant squid - Jun 6, 2006 5:11 am (#825 of 2979)        

Happy birthday, JulieSnuffles (with all the Julies around here, you have to be specific ). Happy anniversary to the Intonadas as well.

Points for Madame Pince for using "forthwith" in a sentence. She even used it correctly (I think)!

Mike, do you work until those odd hours, or are you just naturally nocturnal?—Puck

A little of both. Mostly, I'm just awake until the wee hours of the morning, but on Thursday night/Friday morning I usually have to work until around 4AM building/screening new movies. It sounds cool, but most of the time not so much. As bad as (most of) y'all thought The Village was, at least you didn't have to watch it from 2-4AM.

*waves at Finn*


Viola Intonada - Jun 6, 2006 5:12 am (#826 of 2979)        

Wow! I'm amazed at all of the cross posts this morning. I set the alarm to get up this morning because I had it on my calendar that recognition day was today for school, alas, it is tomorrow morning. Eldest daughter showed me the paper this morning. Aarrgghh. Oh well I have lots to do today anyway.

My eldest had the strangest tooth eruption order. Her bottom teeth came in like they should, but her top teeth came in out of order. The two outer teeth came in first, then several months later the inner teeth came in. We called her our vampire baby. When she was older and her front teeth fell out, the inner teeth came in right away but the two top outer teeth didn't come in for two years. (This prompted several visits to the Orthodontist)

Have a Happy RotD, everyone!


kaykay1970 - Jun 6, 2006 6:41 am (#827 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday, Julie!! Happy Anniversary to the Mr. and Mrs. Intonada!!


Puck - Jun 6, 2006 6:45 am (#828 of 2979)        

Happy Anniversary, Viola! Hope you have a lovely dinner.

What's recognition day?



Loopy Lupin - Jun 6, 2006 6:53 am (#829 of 2979)        

It's about time he showed us what he really looks like, instead of those Simpsons avatars............. timrew

Ok! Ok! Jeez. There you go Tim. I wasn't having the best of hair days in that pic. ****waves to Catherine***


Tazzygirl - Jun 6, 2006 6:54 am (#830 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday, JulieSnuffles!!! Hope you had a great day!!

Happy Anniversary to the Intonadas!! Enjoy the dinner!

HH11: "I may rise but I refuse to shine."

I believe that is my new motto, as I am a very cranky person when woken up... You would think they would let me sleep because of that, but oh well!

On the teething front- both Sydney and Nathaniel had/have no problem with their teeth coming in. Sydney never was fussy or feverish or anything. So far, 'Thaniel has about (I think) 9 teeth or so, haven't counted in a while (he has one coming in currently too), but so far he's been a happy camper about it all!

Today at my mom's school, her class is having an end of the year BBQ at the park across from the school. It should be loads of fun! (They don't get out of school until next Thursday though.)

I actually remembered everything I wanted to say, and it's 6:53 AM. w00t!! (Thanks for all the sympathies, everyone!!)

Have a fabulous RotD/N!!



haymoni - Jun 6, 2006 7:54 am (#831 of 2979)        

Snuffles - I think that this is a sign that you should get a new car for your birthday.


DJ Evans - Jun 6, 2006 9:18 am (#832 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday to Julie (a.k.a. Snuffles) and a Happy Anniversary to Viola I & her husband! May the day be perfect for all of you ! ***and I agree, with haymoni, that sounds like a perfect sign that you should get a new car for your birthday Julie!***

Healing charms to those who are in need of them.

Oh I am a big night owl myself too. So is my Mom matter of fact. My brother lives with us & he is totally opposite from us -- he goes to bed around 8:00 & then gets up at 4:30!!! And no, it's not because of his job, he has always kept those hours. eeeek!

Oh has anyone else seen the video clip going around the Internet called the "Evolution of Dance" by a guy named Judson Liapply? It is pretty funny & if nothing else it will bring back some memories for anyone who watches it. lol It's only been up on the web for a month & has already had over 20 million hits on one site. I've put up the link to his web site in my profile & he has the clip on there I didn't feel like the other site was 100% family worthy & his is. It's worth watching -- go check it out if you get a chance.

Well, the weather looks like it is fixin' (in honor of Madam P's grandmother ) to get nasty, so I better get off & shut the computer down.

Later, Deb


Lina - Jun 6, 2006 9:32 am (#833 of 2979)        

, Julie! Something for you:

Happy anniversary to the Viola family!

Congratulations and hugs to all that it applies to.

I had no idea that there were European and American way of holding the fork, but it seems to me that it is too much of work to put the fork from one hand to the other all the time... Maybe that would do good to my diet...

Maria, your pictures look like you had a good time!

I'm sure I forgot something.

Mare, I put a little addition to my profile, just for you.


azi - Jun 6, 2006 9:35 am (#834 of 2979)        

Happy birthday Julie!!!

Going waaaay back...

HH - We did bump into the sides of the river, but there were also large willow trees branches which had grown down into the water!

Happy anniversary to Viola!

Definitely not a morning person. I prefer to sleep to about 10-10.30 am. I need a lot of sleep so bedtime is around 11pm at the moment.

Appear to have been very busy recently, not sure with what. Went to the seaside today and it was lovely! The weather is very warm here so making the most of it!

Hope everyone has a great day!


Finn BV - Jun 6, 2006 9:37 am (#835 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday Julie!! Eek, too bad about your car!

Happy Anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Viola!!

ROFL at Loopy's avatar!

Don't know a whole lot about teething, sorry…

Lina and Kate and Amy, I just saw Mario Ancic lose to Federer and thought of you!

Woohoo!!! I'm DONE!! **does happy dance** Now I can catch up on the forum (I've basically just been on this thread and the Potty threads for the past month… ) Except I'm off to Europe on Friday, so when we come back on June 26 I can start good posting habits, yay!

waves to Squid Mike


Holly T. - Jun 6, 2006 9:40 am (#836 of 2979)        

Happy birthday Julie!! Sorry about the car.

Happy anniversary Viola!

I am not a morning person. I would like to sleep until 8 every day, maybe 8:30. However, my son wakes up at 7 on the dot, even on weekends and holidays. And during the week my alarm goes off at 6 so I can be out of bed by 6:30. I could easily stay up past midnight every night, but usually try and be in bed bewteen 10 and 11 because of the aforementioned alarm. Then again, my son woke up at least once a night until he was 3 (he was stilll waking up three times a night when he turned 1). He sleeps like a log now, just gets up early. And hungry. Then when I was writing my dissertation I was often up until 2 or later. So basically I haven't had a decent amount of sleep in years.


Julie Aronson - Jun 6, 2006 9:44 am (#837 of 2979)        

Happy birthday Julie!!!Happy Birthday

Happy Anniversary Intonadas! Happy Anniversary

Congrats, Finn! You're free! School's Out


geauxtigers - Jun 6, 2006 9:45 am (#838 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday Julie!

Happy Anniversary Viola!

Well today I have to go to my Grannie's house and visit her then I'm babysitting so I'll be back on the forum much later...

Azi that sounds fun, we have trees here that grow in water, Bald Cypress, but its usually not in the middle of the river and are easily avoided!

I'm 100% not a morning person, I think I’m nocturnal as I stay up til at least one then sleep until 11:30ish!

I hope everyone has a great day, the weather here is beautiful, but hot so I'm happy about that!


John Bumbledore - Jun 6, 2006 9:47 am (#839 of 2979)        

Happy Day to Snuffles (Julie) and the Intonadas!

Pythagoras, here to wish me luck on my geometry final. (6 June 2006) -- Finn BV

Finn, I though Euclid was the Geometry guy! Pythagoras had a thing for triangles so isn't he the Trigonometry guy?

Well anyway, its they're all Greek to me... LOL

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Loopy Lupin - Jun 6, 2006 11:07 am (#840 of 2979)        

Don't know a whole lot about teething, sorry… -- Finn

AH! HA! Caught you! See, Finn is an elderly gentleman after all and he apparently doesn't have any teeth.

Happy Birthdays and Anniversaries to all celebrants.


Finn BV - Jun 6, 2006 11:15 am (#841 of 2979)        

Julie A., great smilies!

Bumbledore, 'tis true that Euclid is more notable for geometry, but Pythagoras is who we really need to know as there's a bit of algebra within our course of geometry.

And a at Loopy!


Good Evans - Jun 6, 2006 11:31 am (#842 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday Julie (Snuffles) useless smilie, but I am limited!!! Itis small but sincere!

Happy Anniversary Viola - have a great evening with hubby

Schools out for Finn!!!! in case I forget - have a brilliant trip and wave to me as you fly over the UK - ok? Can I say I know who Euclid was as we (my Institute) have named one of the benefit training products Euclidian and I am sick of standing next to the logo (very large man in Leonardo Da Vinci circle wearing no clothes) - I know art and maths is supposed to be bigger than all that , but still I dont like posing for photos on that stand at conferences!!!!)

Azi - I only punted once on the Cam, we were lucky we didn't sink the boat, but all the same sounds like you had a great time.

Hope Rhys is feeling a bit better now his teeth have come through Denise.

I am morning person - I dont see the point of wasting a beutiful day - up at 6! - 7 if I am really lucky on a weekend

Have a great ROTD all

Julie x


Chemyst - Jun 6, 2006 11:50 am (#843 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday Julie.

I don't think I'm a true morning person. I'm sort of a natural daylight person; which means that during this time of year when we are having 15+ hours of daylight, I can easily masquerade as a morning person; but in December I like to sleep in until at least 7:30, which is probably too late to qualify.
I do know that for me, life is a lot easier when my children are morning larks rather than night owls.   **sends sympathy charms to Tazzy’s mom.**


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 6, 2006 11:50 am (#844 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday Julie!!

Happy Anniversary to Viola as well!!

well just got back from babysiting these 2 kids, and now I think it's time to clean my room....I probably won't do it though!!

Hope every one has a great day!


Snuffles - Jun 6, 2006 1:17 pm (#845 of 2979)        

Thanks for all the birthday wishes guys, it is truly appreciated

haymoni, I would love a new car but unfortunately hubby doesn't agree . The car has just turned 3 years old so I think we will be keeping if for another couple of years!

Happy anniversary Viola, hope you have a great day.

I used to think I was a morning person, until Livvy came along and then I found out that it's not that easy being awake at 5.30am!!!!

Glad you have finished your exams Finn. Although we will be at the opposite side of Spain to you next week, we will be in the same time zone

Have a good rotd everyone



Puck - Jun 6, 2006 1:18 pm (#846 of 2979)        

Chemyst, thinking of 7:30am as "late" definitely qualifies you as a morning person. (If you have noticed, some forum members prefer getting up in time for lunch as opposed to breakfast. )

Congrats to Finn!

Time to make an early dinner so the kids can eat before t-ball. For a while it looked like it was "fix'n to rain", but it was cleared now.




Marè - Jun 6, 2006 1:41 pm (#847 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday Julie and happy anniversary to the Viola's!

And thanks Lina! Now I can practise on the three loop knot!


TomProffitt - Jun 6, 2006 2:41 pm (#848 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday & Happy Anniversary!

I've been working my way through Laurell Hamilton, has anyone else read her? Specifically the Anita Blake series. Just wondering if anyone else was as disappointed as me when she took the Vampire over the Werewolf.


timrew - Jun 6, 2006 2:53 pm (#849 of 2979)        

Hmmmm, it's 15 minutes to 11pm here, on 06/06/06 and the world hasn't ended yet! My son, Damien, was most upset when I phoned earlier this evening to wish him Happy Birthday.

A real pic of you at last, Wayne. Get your hair cut!

Happy birthday, Julie, and Happy Anniversary, Viola! May you both be blessed with many more of them - that is, if the world doesn't end in the next hour!


Snuffles - Jun 6, 2006 2:58 pm (#850 of 2979)        

Well I'm glad I checked my emails now then Tim! I just wanted to say Woo Hoo, I got a birthday card from Bloomsbury with a picture of Hedwig on and JKR'S signature at the bottom!
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Denise P. - Jun 6, 2006 3:00 pm (#851 of 2979)        

Tom . . . you have to keep reading. Laurell keeps you on your toes regarding Anita and her romantic life I am waiting for the next one in the series to come out at the end of the month. I much prefer fanged over furry in the series but I also think I have several more books in the series than where you are to make me think that way. What book are you on? If you like LKH, I bet you would like Jim Butcher's Dresden Files.

Off to go for a 10K run, will check back in later this evening.


TomProffitt - Jun 6, 2006 3:24 pm (#852 of 2979)        

Denise P, I love Butcher. Also, Kelley Armstrong & Kim Harrison. I think Butcher's probably the best writer of the group, but I like Armstrong's universe and characters the best. Um, can't leave out Tanya Huff's Summon the Keeper series while I'm plugging urban fantasy favorites.

Egad, 10k! I run three or four miles a day and it's all the knees can take. Kinda wish I could do 10k, though.


Denise P. - Jun 6, 2006 3:40 pm (#853 of 2979)        

Obviously, I haven't left yet.  I agree...Butcher is the better writer. I like Armstrong and Harrison too. Have you read Broken yet, the new one by Kelley? I liked it.

Okay, I really am leaving now.


TomProffitt - Jun 6, 2006 3:52 pm (#854 of 2979)        

I think Broken is my least favorite of Armstrong's books, but it may be because I'm not a parent. I'm hoping she'll write books from Savanah's, Cassandra's, and Jamie's points of view.

I'm also trying to soldier on with Hamilton.


boop - Jun 6, 2006 4:20 pm (#855 of 2979)        

Julie, Happy Birthday!!! Have a wonderful day!!

Michelle, Happy Anniversary!!! Enjoy your dinner.

Finn, Congrats on being done for the summer. Enjoy your vacation!!

hugs always



haymoni - Jun 6, 2006 4:30 pm (#856 of 2979)        

I tried, Snuffles, I tried.

Well, it was the last day of school.

The Beautifulest One is now a first grader.

Ungrateful Son is now a seventh grader.

I guess there IS something to this 06/06/06 thing after all!


Puck - Jun 6, 2006 5:50 pm (#857 of 2979)        

Here, Haymoni, have a tissue.


Lilly P - Jun 6, 2006 5:59 pm (#858 of 2979)        

Happy B day Julie, happy anniversary Michelle, congrats Finn, Tom: I love LK Hamilton! specifically Anita Blake! I agree, fanged is not as romantic as furry!!! Fanged is flashy and fun, but not "it" as far as romance and "forever"! Were you disappointed in the last one "Micha" ? Do yall know when the next one is due out? Did some one say next month????


ps Any Elizabeth Lowell fans out there?


TomProffitt - Jun 6, 2006 6:19 pm (#859 of 2979)        

Lilly P, I'm only half way through the series, I'm on Burnt Offerings right now and sorely tempted to quit. I utterly despise Jean-Claude. I actually hate him more than Snape.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 6, 2006 7:00 pm (#860 of 2979)        

Ooooh, way back when there was a horror movie called Burnt Offerings. Creepy.


Viola Intonada - Jun 6, 2006 7:16 pm (#861 of 2979)        

Thank you for all of the anniversary wishes. We had a lovely dinner out, we even managed to not talk about the kids... for a bit. I have to say that I switch my fork from hand to hand frequently, using both equally in order to eat.

Recognition Day at our school is when they hand out all of the Honor Roll certificates and awards for the year.


Denise P. - Jun 6, 2006 7:43 pm (#862 of 2979)        

Lilly P. - Danse Macabre is due out June 27th. I didn't really like Micah but I don't like Micah that much anyway.

Woo hoo! I set a personal best time for my 10K this evening, almost 8 minutes off my previous best. I am impressed with myself since I was running solo this evening. My pace was 12:46

Wow Tom, you may want to rethink reading the rest if you dislike Jean-Claude that much. He is kinda a main character. I like Edward, myself.


Finn BV - Jun 6, 2006 7:54 pm (#863 of 2979)        

Yes, Julie GE, you may say you know who Euclid was!

Happy Birthday tim's son Damien!

LOL haymoni, 'tis a sad day in your household.

Viola, sounds like your 'recognition day' is the equivalent of our Class Day.

Denise, better luck setting a new personal record.

Enjoy the RotD!


Madam Pince - Jun 6, 2006 9:25 pm (#864 of 2979)        

Both a bit belated now, but still... Happy Birthday, Snuffles, and Happy Anniversary to the Intonadas! (I am going to assume that Tim was joking about the Damian son? 666 and all that...?) Also congrats to Finn on finishing exams! And yay Denise on the excellent run time!

Loopy, I must say that you don't resemble Oliver Platt at all. However, now I will have a hard time picturing you wearing seersucker.

TBE, how exciting that you got the watch!!! How big is it, approximately? (I mean the face diameter.) I have very tiny wrists, but I'm thinking I really won't care if it looks a bit big...

****blushes at Squid Mike's "forthwith" compliment*** I was just copying The Duke in True Grit. I always hear that word in my head as spoken by Rooster Cogburn!

On the late riser thing -- yes, I'm definitely a late riser and always have been. If left to my own natural devices I will go to bed around 1:00 or 2:00 am and sleep until about 10:00. Right now this works out fine for us since Mr. Pince works a 3pm-midnight shift and Little Pince is still at home all day. However, things are going to have to change in a year or so when he starts school. Wahhh...

Had a great day! The house is clean (mostly -- didn't quite get to vacuum the living room, but hey...), my friend and her son arrived safely, and the boys had a blast playing together. We are going into D.C. tomorrow to the Smithsonian to see "rocket ships and dinosaur bones!" Happy happy joy joy!

Hope everyone has a great RotD!


The giant squid - Jun 7, 2006 12:40 am (#865 of 2979)        

 . . . some forum members prefer getting up in time for lunch as opposed to breakfast--Puck.

Breakfast is the first meal of the day, whether you have it at 7AM or 1PM. I just don't bother with lunch & skip straight to dinner.

In honor of Finn and all others finishing their school year, I offer the following musical tribute: "Schooooool's out! For! Summer!!!" **head bang** **fist pump**

Madame P., I usually hear Tom Hanks from The Lady Killers. I wasn't that impressed but the line "We must all have waffles forthwith!" always makes me chuckle.



Puck - Jun 7, 2006 5:18 am (#866 of 2979)        

I wasn't that impressed but the line "We must all have waffles forthwith!" always makes me chuckle. –Mike

And now begins the discussion of how we like our waffles!    (blueberry wheat, syrup. Never butter.)

You go, Denise! wOOt!

Have fun Pince family and friends! Perfect little boy day!

Psst, Finn, Damien is the name of Satan's child in the movie "The Omen." He was marked with the number 666. Not being born until 20 years or so after it came out, you are not expected to know this. The remake arrived in theaters yesterday (6/6/06). *fondly remembers the child I mentally nicknamed "Damien" back in my teaching days*

Happy RotD!



haymoni - Jun 7, 2006 5:24 am (#867 of 2979)        

I worked with a "Damian" - he was a "Damien".

Today is Hubby's birthday. He wants no fan fare, but I know there will be great disappointment if I don't show up with a chocolate-frosted yellow cake!

Have a great day all!


azi - Jun 7, 2006 5:24 am (#868 of 2979)        

I don't eat waffles very often and I'm not fussy on topping! Syrup is nice though...I don't mind butter...At the end of the day, I prefer pancakes.

I didn't get the Damien thing either...

Today is way too hot. I need air conditioning in my room. Seriously. I refuse to believe it's only 20 degrees celcius!

Hope everyone has an enjoyable day!

Edit - Happy birthday to your husband, Haymoni! Hope you enjoy the cake!


Loopy Lupin - Jun 7, 2006 6:14 am (#869 of 2979)        

What're they teaching you people in school these days? "Damien" is a synonym for "anti-Christ" for Chrissake.

I ventured out and saw "The Omen" remake last night. It was fairly good. Pretty much the plot of the original except modernized and except that in this one things "jump out" at you for that "startle scare" type thing. It's really not the same without the creepy music though.

Anyway, I don't know why the filmmakers chose the name "Damien" but Father Damien is in line for sainthood.


Puck - Jun 7, 2006 6:29 am (#870 of 2979)        

Happy birthday Mr. Haymoni! mmm, cake with chocolate frosting!

No creepy music? What's a horror flick without creepy music?


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 7, 2006 6:43 am (#871 of 2979)        

Anyway, I don't know why the filmmakers chose the name "Damien" but Father Damien is in line for sainthood.---Loopy Lupin

Loopy, don't you know what 'Damien' means in Greek? According to an article I read, it means "sweet and harmless". I guess the joke's on us. Or at least on Lee Remick.


Lilly P - Jun 7, 2006 7:21 am (#872 of 2979)        

Tom Proffit: dont' give up on the Blake series, it has started to redeem it's self some what, I agree it does swing way too far over to Jean Claude for a while. (Im trying not to "spoil" the rest of the series for you, stick with it, Im seeing a Richard trend starting to come back, there is still hope!

Denise P: I agree with you on Edward! Although Damien is the only Vamp that I like.

While I won't pre reserve my copy and show up at 12:01 at the book store to buy it like I did for our beloved HP, I will definitely swing by the mall on the 27th and pick up a copy of "danse macabre"! Thanks for the tip!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 7, 2006 7:29 am (#873 of 2979)        

I believe that is my new motto, as I am a very cranky person when woken up . . .

That is Olivia's motto, too, Kristina. Luckily, she has me to "cheer her up" every morning with my song and dance routines.

Deb, thanks for the link - it was funny! I could tell about half way through that he was getting tired (can't say I blame him). I meant to show the girls yesterday after school, but Trevor fell asleep (an actual NAP, yay!) so I rode my bike for an hour or so, instead.

We did bump into the sides of the river, but there were also large willow trees branches which had grown down into the water!

LOL azi - sounds like you had a lot of fun! Cure for a hot day: Fill up two water bottles. Give one away, squirt him/her like mad and run away, run away (Monty Python style)!

Nice going on the 10k, Denise!

Oh, haymoni 1st grade! I feel your pain. I get a double whammy, as May and June are their birthdays, so they not only graduate to the next grade, but they turn a year older. *sniff* The "perpetual ache" pangs - more prominent during such times.

Happy birthday to your hubby and try to get the cake right. (Thinking of mike miller right now.)

Happy happy joy joy! LOL, Madam Pince! My daughters (and now Trevor, too) tend to break out into a very loud rendition of this Ren & Stimpy song on occassion. Did I mention that they stand very close to me when singing this very loud rendition? Have fun in DC - what great memories we have from our April trip there.

What I have for Damian - tamer;soother. (Gk.)


Denise P. - Jun 7, 2006 7:33 am (#874 of 2979)        

I know a Damien, he just turned 12. He is one of the sweetest boys I know. His grandma and I tried to talk his mom out of naming him that, though.

I saw the original, won't see the remake. I really don't much like demon kinda movies.

Lilly P - I like Damien and Asher as far as the fanged go. On the furry side, I like Jason and Nathaniel


Essidji - Jun 7, 2006 8:02 am (#875 of 2979)        

Actually, Damien is a very common name for boys in France. I had never heard about such a "negative" meaning.

According to a quick visit on a site about first names, the Greek origin means "to tame", "to master". EDIT : Lupin, it seems the sources translating the Greek meaning are a bit different!


Loopy Lupin - Jun 7, 2006 8:19 am (#876 of 2979)        

No creepy music? What's a horror flick without creepy music?—Puck

Oh, there's creepy music. But, nothing can really compare to the original soundtrack. That music is second only to the original Halloween music in terms of creepitude. If I had been the filmmakers here, I believe I might have just said to heck with it and used the original or an updated version.

I saw the original, won't see the remake. I really don't much like demon kinda movies. -- Denise

Lilly P - I like Damien and Asher as far as the fanged go. On the furry side, I like Jason and Nathaniel -- Denise again

Ah, so you like your demons confined to the written page or do you not categorize vampires and lycanthropes as demonic?

I guess the joke's on us. Or at least on Lee Remick. – Kim

LOL. I wonder how many poor Greek or French boys named Damien have come to the U.S. as foreign exchange students and found themselves feared. Oh, and did you know, Kim, that Mia Farrow plays the nanny in the remake? It was somewhat interesting to think that the mother of the anti-Christ in one film would be his nanny in another.


Julie Aronson - Jun 7, 2006 8:34 am (#877 of 2979)        

Good one, Loopy!!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 7, 2006 8:38 am (#878 of 2979)        

Oh, and did you know, Kim, that Mia Farrow plays the nanny in the remake? It was somewhat interesting to think that the mother of the anti-Christ in one film would be his nanny in another.---Loopy Lupin

Oh, how cool. I might have to screw up my courage and go see it. My mother's favorite Rosemary's Baby line is "Witches. All of them witches."

And did you know Wayne, there's a new M. Night Shyamalan movie coming out? Lady in the Water. It stars Bryce Dallas Howard, best remembered as the star of The Village.


Tazzygirl - Jun 7, 2006 8:58 am (#879 of 2979)        

I told my mom one of you sent sympathy charms to her and she laughed and says Thanks! (I was going to say this earlier but it was during the time when I kept forgetting. )

HH11: Luckily, she has me to "cheer her up" every morning with my song and dance routines. You sound like my mom!

I volunteered to transfer all of my dad's numbers from his old cell phone to his new one. Little did I know that he has a gazillion numbers, and it's taking forever! He has that sim card thingy, but for some reason, the numbers don't transfer. Hmmm.

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!!



haymoni - Jun 7, 2006 9:06 am (#880 of 2979)        

creepitude - what a great word!!!


Thora - Jun 7, 2006 9:11 am (#881 of 2979)        

I've read some Elizabeth Lowell, for who ever asked, she spins a good tale but I'm not a big fan, to much.... um non forum friendly stuff... I try not to read much of that.



TomProffitt - Jun 7, 2006 9:17 am (#882 of 2979)        

Y'all, LKH fans, the whole "I will kill Richard if I can't date you also" thing is why I hate Jean-Claude. It is just not possible for me to reconcile that, period.

I can't take horror movies seriously, myself, I end up laughing because they are usually over-played. I won't be seeing "The Omen." I'm a war movie fan, but they only make a good one about every three years or so.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 7, 2006 9:26 am (#883 of 2979)        

And did you know Wayne, there's a new M. Night Shyamalan movie coming out? Lady in the Water. It stars Bryce Dallas Howard, best remembered as the star of The Village. – Kim

I am well aware of this unfortunate event. I DARE anyone on the Forum to spend one dime seeing this movie. I am watching!!!


Finn BV - Jun 7, 2006 9:27 am (#884 of 2979)        

Oh, hehe… I suppose I am often gullible enough to fall into such jokes as those… **smacks forehand with head** I guess I'll stay out of that discussion now…

Happy Birthday Mr. haymoni!

Enjoy the RotD!

EDIT: Loopy, I think of you every time I see the trailer for Lady in the Water!


haymoni - Jun 7, 2006 9:46 am (#885 of 2979)        

M. Night Shyamalan - I've never read any of his books, but every time I see his name, I think "shama lama ding dong".


dobbyiscool - Jun 7, 2006 10:09 am (#886 of 2979)        

TomProffitt- You sound like my dad. Whenever we don't know what to get him for his birthday, we buy him an old war move (like "Where Eagles Dare"). He's in heaven durring war movie marathons on Turner Classic.

Loopy- if I do see it, I won't have to spend a cent on it, I work at a movie theater Smile.

As far as early risers go, my sister and I are enjoying our summer vacation by staying up as late as we want and wakeing up around 10 or 11 in the morning. Later in the summer, we start waking up around 8 or 9, but only because our dad doesn't want us to get in the habit of sleeping in so late and then not want to get up for school.


TomProffitt - Jun 7, 2006 10:39 am (#887 of 2979)        

dobbyiscool --- I'm actually more of a Science Fiction fan, but good SF is even harder to find than a good war movie. I can't remember the lost good SF movie to come out. And no, I won't count any of the Star Wars movies, except maybe Phantom Menace. Firefly was really good, but the movie was weak.


Denise P. - Jun 7, 2006 10:53 am (#888 of 2979)        

Creepy avatar, Loopy!

Ah, so you like your demons confined to the written page or do you not categorize vampires and lycanthropes as demonic?

Depends on the writer, if I prefer them. In LKH's world, lycanthrope is a blood borne disease and there is a vaccine for it. The fanged crowd in her books are not necessarily demonic either, depends on who their master is. Same goes for zombies, ghouls and other creepies of the night. Heck there is one author who has Elvis as a vampire but he doesn't like being called Elvis or reminded so everyone calls him Bubba.


geauxtigers - Jun 7, 2006 10:53 am (#889 of 2979)        

Ha Ha I think I got here after this whole The Village thing came up so I'm confused, whats the big deal other than it was a really bad movie with an even worse ending?!

I like my waffles with butter, very little if any syrup, whip cream isn't al bad either

I had a Harry Potter dream last night too! It wasn't very good though!

I didn't get the Damien thing at first either so don't feel bad!

My dad wakes me up with one of two very riddiculus songs and I must say it works because its so annoying! He also will say come on girls get up, Girrrrrrlllllllls gettttt UP! and if we still don't get up he start repeating "feet on the floor, feet on the floor" Its really very annoying!

Hope everyone has a great summer and ROTD!


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 7, 2006 10:56 am (#890 of 2979)        

Breakfast is the first meal of the day, whether you have it at 7AM or 1PM. I just don't bother with lunch & skip straight to dinner. Mike

I agree!! I never skip breakfast no matter if it's 12PM!! It's the most important meal of the day. I usually don't eat a real lunch either, for some reason I just hate lunch, I could do without it!

As for the M. Night Shyamalan movie, I probably won't be seeing that as I thought "The Village" was a little on the stupid side, yet it still scared the you know what outta me! What is the big deal about "The Village" anyway?? I wasn't on the forum when all this happened so I don't know what the story behind all of this is! Won't be seeing "The Omen" either, I hate scary movies!! I'm still having nightmares after seeing "The Grudge"!

Well I'm off to check on other threads! Have a great day everyone!


TomProffitt - Jun 7, 2006 11:04 am (#891 of 2979)        

Denise P, I've read some of the Charlaine Harris, too.

Doesn't "demonic" really depend on how an author defines the things that go bump in the night? Some authors use their vampires as comic relief (Rowling) others have them as being essentially human (Armstrong) and others have them as the font of all evil. It's not the reader's view that matters, it's the author's.

I prefer a story with a little less Good v. Evil(or God v. Satan, although that's not exactly what I mean) and a little more sarcastic humor, nifty magic, and human(or humanistic) characters.


Puck - Jun 7, 2006 11:05 am (#892 of 2979)        

Silence of the Lambs was a truly scary movie, as it is entirely possible that there are people like that out there. *shivers*.

Maria, do you know the "Rise and Shine" song about Noah's ark? That's a great one to sing to the kiddies in the morning. Counter-act the “Happy Happy Joy Joy” song. (I happen to have the latter on CD.)

Strawberries were on sale, but they need to be used quickly as they are very ripe. So, strawberry shortcake for dessert tonight!

Did I mention it's raining -again. *sigh*

One more check of 5 words, then off to chop berries!



Julie Aronson - Jun 7, 2006 11:12 am (#893 of 2979)        

I read a Laurell K. Hamilton book for a Gothic Women Writers class. I can't remember which one, but I'm guessing it was fairly early in the series. Anyway, we also read some Anne Rice and Joyce Carol Oates. LKH seemed kind of pulpy compared to them, but admittedly, Anne Rice got pulpier as the years passed.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 7, 2006 11:42 am (#894 of 2979)        

Ha Ha I think I got here after this whole The Village thing came up so I'm confused, whats the big deal other than it was a really bad movie with an even worse ending?! – geauxtigers

Well, that pretty much sums up the "big deal" in a nutshell. In particular, I have been quite outspoken in my disdain for The Village . I also make no secret that one of my many missions in life is to save the unsuspecting movie viewer from having to suffer the same torment of the damned that I did. (That is, sitting through The Village .) There have been some on this Forum silly enough to say that it wasn't all "that bad." ***whistles in Kim's direction**** This has caused lots of fun on the Forum as everyone got to watch me choke on my own rage. Also, I fear that my efforts have had the bitterly ironic effect of causing some to actually rent this putrescence to see what all my fuss was about. Cold compresses have abounded! Part and parcel of my campaign has been going beyond The Village to forever attaint anything that M. Night Sham touches from this point forward.

There, that should bring all the newcomers up to speed.

So, M. Night has come up with a touching tale about some mermaid who is a children's story character and who somehow gets out of this story but needs to get back before time runs out. I'm sure the movie-going public will be rooting for the lady in the water to get back to her storybook sooner rather than later as they see time running out on any hope of salvaging the evening/afternoon they have now ruined by going to an M. Night Sham movie. If this thing has a weekend opening of more than 3 million I will consider it a personal failure.

EDIT: Hey dobbyiscool. Long time no see.


Finn BV - Jun 7, 2006 11:46 am (#895 of 2979)        

whats the big deal other than it was a really bad movie with an even worse ending?! –geauxtigers

That's pretty much it.

EDIT: Aha, see Loopy beat me to it. You said it much better.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 7, 2006 11:57 am (#896 of 2979)        

I also make no secret that one of my many missions in life is to save the unsuspecting movie viewer from having to suffer the same torment of the damned that I did.---Loopy Lupin

Goodness. To borrow a line, "I see angry people."


Tazzygirl - Jun 7, 2006 11:58 am (#897 of 2979)        

Two things I forgot to say in my last post:

1) My waffles have lots of butter, and some type of berry syrup (preferably the Boysenberry one from Smuckers) for dipping. I don't like maple syrup. And if I get any sort of stickiness on my hands, the entire thing is off and the waffles are tossed. **shudder**

2) Happy Birthday Mr. Haymoni! (Don't know why I forgot that one!)



TomProffitt - Jun 7, 2006 12:30 pm (#898 of 2979)        

Waffles? Breakfast is two large cups of coffee (and a Coca-Cola if I still haven't had enough caffeine). I won't actually eat for breakfast unless it's S.O.S. or a breakfast steak smothered in A1. Oh, and I am a morning person.

Beef, it's what's for dinner. And lunch. And breakfast if we're lucky.


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 7, 2006 12:33 pm (#899 of 2979)        

Well I'm pleased to say Loopy Lupin, that I agree with you! That was positively the worst movie I have ever seen!!

I'm not too big on waffles or pancakes, I'm more of a bacon and scrambled eggs and toast person! Waffles are just too sweet for me in the mornings, but if I do eat waffles, I have lots of butter and it is drowning in maple syrup!! But like I said, I'm not to big on them, just too much sugar, I have to be in the mood for one!

Happy B-day to Mr. Haymoni as well!


geauxtigers - Jun 7, 2006 12:34 pm (#900 of 2979)        

Ha Ha okay so I'm up to speed on the Village thing! And no I won't be seeing the Lady in the the Water movie!
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TomProffitt - Jun 7, 2006 12:36 pm (#901 of 2979)        

The worst movie I ever saw was "Comin' at ya!"


Thora - Jun 7, 2006 12:43 pm (#902 of 2979)        

Okay, coming out here, you can all throw dungbombs, but I liked The Village and I liked Signs, Unbreakable, and The Sixth Sense. I am looking forward to seeing The Lady in the Water. I like movies for the message and the story, not the shock effect and the number of goosebumps it raises.



dobbyiscool - Jun 7, 2006 1:05 pm (#903 of 2979)        

I liked the Sixth Sense, but usually movies are only really scary to me if they are ones that could happen, like Silence of the Lambs.

As far as breakfast goes, I have to eat breakfast even if its at 11 o'clock. I get way too hungery if I don't, and besides, breakfast food is great weather its at 7 AM or noon. For waffles, I just drown them in syrup, even though my FACS teacher in 8th grade told us it was bad manners.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 7, 2006 1:06 pm (#904 of 2979)        

or a breakfast steak smothered in A1  Do you usually get an angioplasty on the side with that, Tom?

That being said, waffles: thick, fresh strawberries (only in season) and whipped cream. (Kind of sounds like Kathy's dessert menu for tonight )

Did I mention it's raining -again. *sigh* Straight through Saturday, Kathy. Straight through Saturday.

I've never heard of the "Rise and Shine" song, but I would love to add a new song to my repertoire. Where can I get it? I'm sure the girls would appreciate it. *ahem*

As for the “Happy Happy Joy Joy” song - they actually made a cd with this on it???

FWIW, Loopy - you've completely put me off of seeing the Village, even if it comes on HBO. I am more of a comedy, lighthearted movie person, anyway.

As far as early risers go, my sister and I are enjoying our summer vacation by staying up as late as we want and wakeing up around 10 or 11 in the morning. Later in the summer, we start waking up around 8 or 9, but only because our dad doesn't want us to get in the habit of sleeping in so late and then not want to get up for school.

I'll have to keep that in mind when my girls are finally off for the summer, dobbyiscool.


Denise P. - Jun 7, 2006 1:30 pm (#905 of 2979)        

Waffles...yummmm.... I actually watched The Secret Life of Waffles on the Food Network. I had no idea that some people eat their waffles with fried chicken on it. My dad always puts bacon in the batter, which I wish he would not since I like my bacon cooked one step away from trichinosis. Also on the same channel, I saw a women use the refrigerated biscuits, make it in a a waffle press and then use it as a sandwich. Interesting. I like Belgian Waffles too and even though it is no relation to a waffle other than in the approximate shape of a Belgian waffle, you can't say enough good about funnel cake.

I am a night owl, my ideal sleeping pattern would be up until 2-4 am, sleep until noon. I had the misfortune to marry a morning lark but he learned early in our marriage that I am not a happy person when sunlight floods the bedroom in the morning. My kids are finally old enough that they will sleep in so now, on summer vacation, we are able to sleep past 8:00 am! The 3 and 5 year old are the ones who wake us up, the rest are buried under covers, sleeping still.


geauxtigers - Jun 7, 2006 1:34 pm (#906 of 2979)        

If it were Up to me, I'd have breakfast as every meal of the day! Very often we have breakfast for dinner. During the summer and weekends, I'll wake up at 11 and have breakfast I completely skip lunch and go straight to dinner! I tell myself that its okay, I'm eating less which is making up for sitting here talking on the forum right?!


Esther Rose - Jun 7, 2006 1:39 pm (#907 of 2979)        

One of my best friends in college used to put peanut butter on her pancakes. (then topped it off with syrup.)


Tazzygirl - Jun 7, 2006 1:43 pm (#908 of 2979)        

I like bananas in my pancakes. yum. Pancakes also have butter on top and the fruit syrup on the side.

I am not a big breakfast person, though. Usually I just eat the leftovers from the night before, or go hungry until lunchtime. I've never liked cereal or any of the oatmeal/porridge stuff. I could eat french toast 24/7 though!



TomProffitt - Jun 7, 2006 1:49 pm (#909 of 2979)        

Do you usually get an angioplasty on the side with that, Tom? --- HH

I smoked fifteen years, never exercised (other than a somewhat physical job), didn't do much to watch my diet, and was blessed with really bad genes. Heart's clean as a whistle.

Two-and-a-half years tobacco free (I spent all fifteen years of smoking trying to quit), run four miles six days a week, same genes, same diet. Heart is still fine.

Go figure. My dad's had seven by-passes in two different surgeries, also two angioplasties, and one thing with the roto-rooter, plus adult onset diabetes. His diet is better than mine, but he never was one for the exercise, I've always been at least thirty pounds lighter than him.

Until my doctor says otherwise I'm going to keep eating like I want.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 7, 2006 2:14 pm (#910 of 2979)        

I just heard on the business report that Disney is now producing Old Yeller Dog Food. Help me out here, but didn't they shoot Old Yeller?

Thora, no dungbombs here. I like his movies too.   to Loopy


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 7, 2006 2:25 pm (#911 of 2979)        

Two-and-a-half years tobacco free (I spent all fifteen years of smoking trying to quit), run four miles six days a week, same genes, same diet. Heart is still fine.

Glad to hear you're offsetting it. Keep up the good work, Tom.

Help me out here, but didn't they shoot Old Yeller?  LOL! Sounds as though they're spreading themselves too thin.

EDIT: Here you go:

Personally, I'd have gone for one of the Incredible Journey pets. At least they made it.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 7, 2006 2:30 pm (#912 of 2979)        

Hmmmm. Wonder what Old Yeller Dog Food is made of? And, on a completely unrelated topic, did anyone ever see the movie Soylent Green ?   back at you Kim.

Pssst...Kim, I'll look for you in the AM so we can hash over the Lost repeat that neither of us has seen yet.


Viola Intonada - Jun 7, 2006 2:35 pm (#913 of 2979)        

Happy Birthday, Mr. Haymoni!

I'm not much of a breakfast person. I usually chose more sleep over breakfast, but I do love waffles. My favorite is chocolate chip waffles topped with sliced bananas. Since I'm not a morning person, I don't make waffles or pancakes very often.


Tazzygirl - Jun 7, 2006 2:54 pm (#914 of 2979)        

Lupin is Lupin. Natch.- I just heard on the business report that Disney is now producing Old Yeller Dog Food. Help me out here, but didn't they shoot Old Yeller?

For some reason I found this as a SPEW moment. (I was drinking juice...) I don't think I'd be buying dog food from Disney...



DJ Evans - Jun 7, 2006 2:57 pm (#915 of 2979)        

Tom: I'm not a war movie fan but since I am a big fan of Audie Murphy I've seen "To Hell & Back" about a hundred times I guess. I keep telling myself that one of these days I'm going to get it on DVD. I hope you consider that as one of the "good" ones?

I believe it was geauxtigers who said they like to eat breakfast anytime of the day. Me too! I really like it better in the evenings than in the morning. I would rather eat a handful of chips, peanuts or something on that order to just take the edge off till lunch gets here. I just can't take sweets early in the morning or anytime really. Though I do eat sweets (& love some things), I have to eat something salty afterwards or take a chance on being sick to my stomach.

Later, Deb


Catherine - Jun 7, 2006 3:29 pm (#916 of 2979)        

I just heard on the business report that Disney is now producing Old Yeller Dog Food. Help me out here, but didn't they shoot Old Yeller?

ROFLOL. And again, ROFLOL.

I just finished a juvie fiction book called No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman. It is a spoof on all the books with a dog in the title in which the dog always dies. I grinned the whole time I read this book. Mostly, this is because I refuse to read/reread books in which the dog tragically dies, or someone is forced to sacrifice a pet. It hits a little too close to home, and I have my brittle protective shell to maintain. This would be a good book for advanced elementary students all the way to reluctant lower high school students (grades 8 and 9 who don't really read).

As for M. Night, etc's latest...erm...well, I quite like The Sixth Sense but, as a Search function of our Chat threads will show, I quite disliked The Village, although I rented it and had a marvelous time giggling at how much Loopy Lupin loathed it.

The end sum of this is that now, before we rent a movie, Mr. Catherine asks if Loopy Lupin has cast an opinion on the film. He seems to think that Loopy is "right on."

**waves to Kim and Wayne**


Thora - Jun 7, 2006 3:34 pm (#917 of 2979)        

My grandmother would make a sauce of browned ground beef and cream of mushroom soup and put it over pancakes. Personally I think most recipes that include cream of mushroom soup are great but my husband won't touch the stuff.

My Favorite way to have waffles is with whip cream and syrup. My favorite way to have pancakes is with chocolate ice cream on top. I was raised in an anti-sugar home, so I'm making up for the depravation.



timrew - Jun 7, 2006 4:26 pm (#918 of 2979)        

No, my son is actually called Matthew, and his birthday is 16/10/06.............but he has got glowing red eyes and cloven hooves instead of feet.

Only kidding!


boop - Jun 7, 2006 5:28 pm (#919 of 2979)        

Tim, LOL!!!!

Happy Birthday Mr haymoni, have a great day!

Welcome Back dobbyicool!!

Yummy waffles and pancakes. I have made breakfast for dinner many times.

Tom P., Congrats on being tobaco free for two-half years.

Have a Great RotD!!!

hugs always



Finn BV - Jun 7, 2006 5:40 pm (#920 of 2979)        

Love pancakes and waffles, but I can't stand flavors inside! (But having blueberries or strawberries on top… yum!)

LOL Tim!

Just finished watching The Remains of the Day with the fam, which my mom picked out from the library for no particular reason… and of course I thought of the RotD and Madam Pince who introduced it! Movie was great to start with, but I thought it steadily declined… a bit confusing near the end.

Happy RotD!


Mediwitch - Jun 7, 2006 5:57 pm (#921 of 2979)        

mmmm...waffles are yummy, but I'm going to be a bit of a Yankee here - you gotta have REAL maple syrup, not the maple-flavored stuff you get in the grocery store! We have a friend who taps the trees on his property and makes his own, and we're always bummed when he has a bad year and we have to go to a local farm stand to buy it. But there is NOTHING like it! (Real maple syrup is especially yummy on vanilla ice cream! Smile)

Oh, and Tazzy, the SIM card probably didn't work because you can save either to the phone memory or to the SIM card. All of his numbers were probably on the phone memory.


The giant squid - Jun 7, 2006 7:18 pm (#922 of 2979)        

I'm not really a big waffle eater, though I vastly prefer them over pancakes (they hate me at IHOP...I keep asking for substitutions). I usually just put syrup (maple, of course) on 'em--they dont last long enough for me to worry about flavors.

Loopy, does it count if I have to watch Lady In The Water? I promise not to enjoy it.

Tom: I've had a similar situation--my doctor told me my cholesterol was high, and that I needed to gain weight, then turned around and said that my heart was perfectly healthy and I had no nutrition issues. So what's the problem? Let me eat my cheeseburgers, darn it!



Eponine - Jun 7, 2006 7:25 pm (#923 of 2979)        

Catherine, is that the book where the kid says if there's a medal and a dog on the cover, then you know the dog is going to die? I haven't got around to reading it yet, but my best friend says I should. She had a student do a book report on it.

Waffles: I like mine with butter and syrup. I don't like a lot of stuff on mine. Denise, funnel cakes are a different story. Powdered sugar and some chocolate syrup...mmmm. Yum.

At the moment, the Carolina Hurricanes are leading the game 5-0 which is a pretty big lead in hockey. Mr. Eponine (poor thing) is in Charlotte and is having to watch the game at a restaurant because their hotel doesn't get the proper channel. I hate to think of him sitting all by himself with no one to celebrate with, but he'll be home tomorrow.

I have little interest in Lady in the Water. I am looking forward to Prairie Home Companion this weekend. I love the radio show, and I think the movie could be interesting. Mike, have you seen this one yet?

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 7, 2006 7:58 pm (#924 of 2979)        

Anyone have the cold compress?? It's needed over on the 5 words thread!!


Marie E. - Jun 7, 2006 8:01 pm (#925 of 2979)        

Back! I'm back! My hard drive went toes up last Thursday or Friday and I've been absolutely withering away without my internet fix. Mr E actually got our old hard drive which broke down last August working again. In fact, he said it took him only two hours. This irritates me a little because I had a gazillion pictures saved on this hard drive that I thought were lost forever. Anyway, I was happy to see that all my old bookmarks were still here and there wasn't much I had to go track down.

It's been blazing hot here, 90's for the last four days. It's supposed to cool down to the low 80's tomorrow and through the weekend.

Last night we went to a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop for their special $1 scoop Tuesday special. There's an abandoned hamburger shop next door that someone has been gutting out. Mr E wandered over to have a look and another guy (why are men fascinated with construction and destruction?) told us that the rumor is they are going to rebuild it as a Starbucks. Folks, if they build a Starbucks less than five minutes from my house, I will never have any spare money again.

I actually want to see the new Omen movie. As a teen I was a huge horror movie fan and the original was one of my favorites. I haven't seen any of the new ones lately. I'm too much of a wimp these days. I think the last horror movie I saw was the first Scream. My best friend in high school and I used to watch Captain USA's Groovy Movies. Anyone else watch these? They would come on Saturday mornings on the USA channel. They were of the "awesomely bad" variety. Great titles like "Vampire Circus" and "The Mummy's Hand".

Oh, and I like my waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. My girls both like their Eggo waffles in the morning. Lexie likes chocolate chip and Shayla likes blueberry.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 7, 2006 8:07 pm (#926 of 2979)        

Loopy Lupin - Soylent Green. I have seen several times, has some rather interesting concepts.


Tazzygirl - Jun 7, 2006 8:13 pm (#927 of 2979)        

Mediwitch: All of his numbers were probably on the phone memory.

I made sure everything was on the SIM card. He had a Nokia, and was switching to the Motorola, so maybe that had something to do with it. Who knows. I managed to finish transferring the numbers today, it only took two days. I decided I should have charged him a dollar per number. I'd be able to fly to New York in August if that happened! (Slight exaggeration on my part there, by the way. There were only about 200 numbers to transfer. )

Thanks for asking for the cold compress, virginiaelizabeth! I think Catherine has them...



Mediwitch - Jun 7, 2006 8:19 pm (#928 of 2979)        

Ouch, Tazzy!


Tazzygirl - Jun 7, 2006 8:24 pm (#929 of 2979)        

Thanks, Mediwitch!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 7, 2006 8:27 pm (#930 of 2979)        

Madam Pince - the watch is 1 1/2 inches square, and heavy! Methinks it was mistakenly listed with the ladies watches. I love it anyway, LOL


Finn BV - Jun 7, 2006 9:52 pm (#931 of 2979)        

Ginny, heading over to Five Words now!

Marie, sorry about your computer difficulties. Welcome back!

I'd be able to fly to New York in August if that happened! –Tazzy

Was this a reference to a little Radio City event with a beloved author?


Tazzygirl - Jun 7, 2006 9:57 pm (#932 of 2979)        

Finn: Was this a reference to a little Radio City event with a beloved author?

I have no idea what you are talking about... **looks innocent**



Madam Pince - Jun 7, 2006 10:01 pm (#933 of 2979)        
Edited Jun 7, 2006 10:47 pm

Thanks for the info, TBE! Hmmmm... I will have to put some thought into that now. That's pretty big...

Breakfast is the first meal of the day, whether you have it at 7AM or 1PM. I just don't bother with lunch & skip straight to dinner.--Squid Mike **whew!** Thank goodness I'm not the only one! I was starting to feel a bit guilty because Little Pince thinks every meal is called "breakfast" no matter what time of day it is eaten!

I really enjoyed The Ladykillers by the way; Tom Hanks' character was such a stitch! I thought they all were, actually. I could've done without the foul language, but otherwise lots of fun.

Happy Birthday Mr. Haymoni! Hope you enjoy your yellow cake with chocolate icing!

I thought that Damien kid (or however it's spelled) in the first Omen was creepy as all get-out! I don't recall the music, but that flat unemotional stare was just yucky! No plans to see the second one, though. I'm like someone said earlier -- I've gotten chicken in my old age.

Early risers thing again -- my mom used to get me out of bed by yanking all the covers off (it was very cold in our house in the mornings, and I have a low metabolism to begin with) and then tickling me. Talk about a really bad way to start the day! I was in a foul mood until noon throughout my entire high school career because of that. I remember actually scaring another member of our basketball team because she thought I "bit her nose off" when she woke me up on the team bus when I still had fully another two minutes of sleep that I could've gotten before having to get off the bus. Poor girl....

Waffles -- butter and real maple syrup. (My mom likes chicken and gravy on hers, though, or sometimes an egg on top.) Mr. Pince eats that horrible King Syrup stuff, which to me is like Karo or something. We have separate syrups at our breakfast table.

Had a great day at the museums today. The boys were very well behaved and had so much fun. We were disappointed by the Imax movie we took in for some down-time -- we thought it was going to be the one which we (belatedly) remembered as "Living Seas" but instead it was some 3-D thing by James Cameron about very deep sea exploration. Still pretty cool but not the same, plus the boys wouldn't keep their 3-D glasses on for anything. We are worn out though, so tomorrow is probably going to be a "stay home / playground / bike path" day only -- no travel or long walking!

One great great experience today was running into two favorite former clients of mine at the Air & Space Cafeteria -- I used to be in the student travel business and they are still bringing a kid group, and they were there at the same drink station I was! All the way from Texas, and I hadn't seen them in 10 years! What are the chances of that? I was so thrilled!

Enjoy the RotD!


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 7, 2006 10:13 pm (#934 of 2979)        

Early risers thing again -- my mom used to get me out of bed by yanking all the covers off (it was very cold in our house in the mornings, and I have a low metabolism to begin with) and then tickling me. Talk about a really bad way to start the day!-Madam Pince

Haha! I get the lights on and my dad sings one of two awful and annoying songs until it irritates me soooo much that I have to get up and smack him(not literally!). He also does this wierd thing where he'll say "Up all hands! Hit the deck!!" I have yet to figure out what this means or where he got it from, but instead of getting out of bed I just lift my arm up and plop it back down on the bed again simply to drive him crazy! Well it's after midnight here and I have to wake up in about 6 hours so I think I'll try to get some sleep(it's gonna be a tough one!) and I expect my dad to be in my room bright and early to sing with the lights on for me!!

goodnight everyone!


Mrs. Sirius - Jun 7, 2006 10:51 pm (#935 of 2979)        

LOL. I wonder how many poor Greek or French boys named Damien have come to the U.S. as foreign exchange students and found themselves feared. Oh, and did you know, Kim, that Mia Farrow plays the nanny in the remake? It was somewhat interesting to think that the mother of the anti-Christ in one film would be his nanny in another.

The original kid from The Omen is in this movie too

I just heard on the business report that Disney is now producing Old Yeller Dog Food. Help me out here, but didn't they shoot Old Yeller?

Ha ha ha , Tazzy, you made me spit out !!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Haymoni!

(Boy have we been chatty!


Madam Pince - Jun 7, 2006 10:57 pm (#936 of 2979)        

Virginiaelizabeth, I think "all hands" is a military term referring to "everybody," and "hit the deck" refers to a ship's deck, and means "get moving -- get your feet on the floor." Sounds to me like your dad was an ex-military guy maybe? Or actually it's just a pretty common expression; maybe he just watched a lot of war movies or something.


TomProffitt - Jun 8, 2006 5:42 am (#937 of 2979)        

Squid Mike, my bad cholesterol is good (that means really low) & my good cholesterol is bad (that means really low) which is why I am supposed to exercise, which is okay because I prefer to be in good shape.

Eponine, I'm boycotting the NHL this season because I'm so angry over the lock-out and how Ted Leonsis destroyed my Caps. Maybe I'll watch next season, but for now I've switched to NASCAR. Good luck with your 'Canes, only the Penquins are my mortal enemies (which probably tells you how long I was watching hockey before I started my boycott)

Madam Pince, "All hands" & "Hit the deck" are Navy terms. I know, I know, nit-picking, but for us soldiers the distinction is important.


Puck - Jun 8, 2006 5:51 am (#938 of 2979)        

45 posts since yesterday? Chatty, chatty!

My mom was not military, but she used that phrase in the morning, too. She did add a "Geronimo!" to the end.

Mediwitch beat me to it; it's got to be real maple syrup.

One of my best friends in college used to put peanut butter on her pancakes. (then topped it off with syrup.) I had a friend in college who did this as well. I always was grossed out at the idea, until I just read that beef and mushroom gravy thing.

Finn, you sound like my son. Fruit next to his waffles/pancakes/muffins, but not in them.

The emotionless creepy stare from The Omen is exactly how I pictured young Tom Riddle.

Wondering if Haymoni watched Lost last night.

Tom, good for you for making some tough changes! (I'm sure you're doing more good than you know.)

Happy RotD, Kathy


haymoni - Jun 8, 2006 6:20 am (#939 of 2979)        

Yes, haymoni DID watch Lost last night! The phone rang a couple of times so I missed bits & pieces here & there, but now I know how they met Desmond and those "Others" people are just too creepy!

Definite "creepitude" with those folks!

I'll eat pancakes/waffles with mud on them!! I had a friend who ate pancakes with butter & regular sugar on them. The sugar got all buttery...mmmm...good stuff!

I'd rather have bacon and eggs though in the morning. The good old "Bob Evans" breakfast - eggs - any which way - bacon, sausage, biscuits - ooh! sausage gravy & biscuits!! - toast for dipping in the eggs - just about any kind of jelly/jam/preserves - cinnamon & sugar on toast is good too.

Yep - most important meal of the day.

Did I eat breakfast this morning? Of course not!!

Have a good day all!


Marie E. - Jun 8, 2006 6:46 am (#940 of 2979)        

My favorite breakfast is at Cracker Barrel. I always get their hashbrown casserole. Mmmmmmm. Shayla prefers pancakes at Denny's and Lexie likes the breakfast buffet at Golden Corral. Not sure where Mr E likes to eat breakfast.



HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 8, 2006 7:31 am (#941 of 2979)        

LOL LOL! I do like my daily dose of haymoni & Puck. Beats breakfast any day.

Good to have you back, Marie E. (BTW, those are my initials!) We had an IHOP at the nearby strip mall but there was a fire in it (perhaps not accidentally) and they have not done anything with it in years. There it sits - large, A-framed building with a bright blue roof - taking up valuable parking space. We miss that IHOP - it was a fun place to go on a lazy morning. On occasion, I would take the girls there before school as a treat. Did I mention I'm an early riser????? See, there are some benefits .

New definition of "creepitude" - the offenders on last night's Dateline.

Psst, hey, Thora - the hangman's all yours!


Loopy Lupin - Jun 8, 2006 7:46 am (#942 of 2979)        

The end sum of this is that now, before we rent a movie, Mr. Catherine asks if Loopy Lupin has cast an opinion on the film. He seems to think that Loopy is "right on." – Catherine

I've never met Mr. Catherine, but I see clearly why you married him.

Squid Mike I will grant you a hardship pass so you can see The Lady in the Bad Movie . As a lawyer, I can sympathize with the idea that a job can sometimes call for one to do things one isn't all that happy about.

I want to see Prairie Home Companion too. It looks like my kind of funny movie; at least I'm not expecting any jokes that involve flatulence or boogers. I've listen to that show on many a drive through Charlottesville on my way back to DC.

Hmmm. I wonder who the original Omen kid is in the new one?


Esther Rose - Jun 8, 2006 7:51 am (#943 of 2979)        

HH11 I agree, I didn't watch last night's Dateline but they have been doing a series of that stuff lately. I had to stop watching. I began losing faith that there were still good guys in the world. Even though I know there are many many many great men who make this world a better place. It's just the ones on that show (and others like them) that are ruining the trust factor for everyone else.

That said. It's time for some Lindt 85% Dark Chocolate. I will be dementor free for the entire day!


haymoni - Jun 8, 2006 7:55 am (#944 of 2979)        

HH11 - unfortunately Dateline has been running that story for SEVERAL shows - there's no end to it. You'd think they'd learn just from watching Dateline!!! "Creepitude" doesn't come close to covering it. I made Ungrateful Son watch it last week.

Our computer is in my bedroom - I don't think I'll let him have a computer of his own until he goes to college - you need a password to get on it and I don't let him use it unless I'm in the room.

He doesn't have his own IM name. His buddies know that. They don't know if he is logged in or if it is me. So I don't get any of that "waaas up???!!!" garbage. It's more like "Mrs. H????"

I may be cramping his style, but too darn bad!!!!


Tazzygirl - Jun 8, 2006 8:15 am (#945 of 2979)        

MMMMM.... Golden Corral. I haven't been there since I was about 8. Marie E.- do they still have those Sweet Potato sticks? I used to live for those. **dreamy look**

Have a fabulous RotD/N, everyone!



HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 8, 2006 8:25 am (#946 of 2979)        

I cannot get over the audacity! I didn't know about this series. The girls said they watched part of it with their dad last week.

You'd think they'd learn just from watching Dateline!!! LOL, haymoni! Well they can't be too bright to do so in the first place.

I agree, Esther Rose. My daughters watched it with us last night. They have now willingly proposed that Mr. HH and I can choose their boyfriends for them.

I have Olivia on AOL, so I receive an email giving me the sites she visits. I always check, to see what she's on - though she is not the one I worry about. It's her sister I will have to watch when she gets older. Olivia was the type where you give her a bag of her favorite cookies and tell her to only have one and leave the room, she would take just one. My little one would eat her fill and then tell me she only had one. Therein lies the difference.


Finn BV - Jun 8, 2006 8:32 am (#947 of 2979)        

Erm, what was on Dateline?


Puck - Jun 8, 2006 10:00 am (#948 of 2979)        

Haymoni, you, too, are a great mom! Don't keep them happy, keep them safe!

Maria, it must be a middle child thing. Mine oldest would be the same as your with the cookies, and Diva would consume as many as she could before being caught! (I'm trying to teach them that they are always caught!

LOL LOL! I do like my daily dose of haymoni & Puck. Beats breakfast any day.

Oh, I will try to find that song, Maria. They always sang it at Girl Scout camp. I know the words, just trying to find the notes!

85% dark chocolate at Lindt? I only found 70% The dark with bits of Pear is quite yummy! (an ounce a day is good for the heart.

I always eat breakfast. Usually Kashi cereal and fruit. Not exciting, but easy and healthy.

Happy RotD!



haymoni - Jun 8, 2006 10:06 am (#949 of 2979)        

Finn - they've been doing a series on online predators. It sounds like your mother has trained you well, but it has been very eye opening for a lot of parents around the country.

Tazzy - we have a restaurant in Kent, Ohio called "Ray's" and they call them "Sun Sticks". I love them! They serve them with ranch dressing. Mmmmm...sun sticks....


Good Evans - Jun 8, 2006 11:50 am (#950 of 2979)        

over 100 posts and I only skipped yesterday!!! wow you guys have been chatty!

Denise - I am dead impressed at a 10k - 5k is enough for me!!!

Tim - unless I am going mad you have posted your son’s birthday as October this year???? the cloven hoof remark is not so funny now, or is he going to be 100 this October and therefore that makes you....WOW!!!!

have a great rest of day folks, it is so hot here today and we are off to the South of England show tomorrow, so i expect to be wilting and sun kissed by the time I get here tomorrow.
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timrew - Jun 8, 2006 1:14 pm (#951 of 2979)        

Good Evans:- Tim - unless I am going mad you have posted your sons birthday as October this year????

LOL! I should have put that he'll be 28 on 16th October this year. Sorry!!

P.S. I only look as old as Dumbledore. I'm not really! Well, nearly............


geauxtigers - Jun 8, 2006 2:35 pm (#952 of 2979)        

Sounds to me like your dad was an ex-military guy maybe?

He was!

I'm home briefly for about 1.5 hours then off to do more babysitting! Woot! not I'm so tired I want to go to bed now! I'm off to check 5 words then a nap!


boop - Jun 8, 2006 2:42 pm (#953 of 2979)        

Marie, Sorry for your computer problems. We missed you, welcome back!

Have a great RotD!!!

hugs always



virginiaelizabeth - Jun 8, 2006 2:59 pm (#954 of 2979)        

Virginiaelizabeth, I think "all hands" is a military term referring to "everybody," and "hit the deck" refers to a ship's deck, and means "get moving -- get your feet on the floor." Sounds to me like your dad was an ex-military guy maybe? Or actually it's just a pretty common expression; maybe he just watched a lot of war movies or something.

Yeah actually he was in the Navy!! haha thanks Madam Pince, now I know he's not crazy!! But still doesn't make it any more pleasant at 7 AM! He also starts screamin g"feet on the floor, feet on the floor" sometimes...that seems to fit as well!


Puck - Jun 8, 2006 6:33 pm (#955 of 2979)        

A commercial came on for the remake of The Omen, and hubby asked me if the forum folks had any opinions on that one. I guess this is now the official place for movie reviews.

I think I forgot to mention that Puck Jr. managed to tie his own laces this morning! wOOt! (I started to put "shoes", but changed to "laces" for John. )

Much slower this evening than it was the same time yesterday.

Happy RotD,



HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 8, 2006 9:08 pm (#956 of 2979)        
Edited Jun 8, 2006 9:52 pm

Nice going, Puck Jr.!!! Good job!

Yes, yes, the song - I need ammo!

I'm trying to teach them that they are always caught! LOL Puck, there was actually a time when they searched the back of my head for my "third eye"!

If you are still awake to read this, have a safe and fun trip, Finn.

Maria (I sign my name just to keep GE Julie in the know.)

EDIT: Awww, Finn. You've finally graduated, congratulations! Bittersweet it is - get used to it! Lots of things in life are likewise.


Finn BV - Jun 8, 2006 9:41 pm (#957 of 2979)        

Still here! Thanks Maria!

Well, I guess it sort of slipped my mind but we had our eighth grade graduation dinner tonight. This is in lieu of a ceremony, as 8th-9th is the least, shall we say, "hectic" transition year. The buildings are next to each other, some people, like me, already take classes in the high school, we share a gym and arts building and cafeteria, so there are no diplomas, just a bunch of speeches and performances, etc. It was a fun time and it finally dawned on me I'm done with middle school… almost starting tearing up as I hugged my teachers!

This time tomorrow I should be flying over the Atlantic Ocean… we will return the 25th early morning, so I may try to get on that afternoon. I'll be tired though…

If I don't post here again before we leave (tomorrow is a big packing day ), good luck to all who need it, happy birthdays and anniversaries, healing charms, and the rest!


Mrs. Sirius - Jun 8, 2006 10:29 pm (#958 of 2979)        

Hey Finn, bon voyage! Have fun across the pond, you'll be missed. Congratulations on the graduation.


Tazzygirl - Jun 8, 2006 11:35 pm (#959 of 2979)        

Have a safe and fun trip, Finn!



Madam Pince - Jun 8, 2006 11:42 pm (#960 of 2979)        

Hope you have a fantastic trip, Finn! ***IamnotjealousIamnotjealousIamnotjealous*** Hmmmmm... not working.

Oops! I'm sorry, Tom Proffit, is the Navy not considered the military? I was trying to be diplomatic there by not being too specific, although I thought it was mainly a Navy expression. I wasn't sure if some of the other branches maybe used those terms too, such as the Marines, being that they're affiliated with the Navy and all. Oh well. Anyway, it makes sense now that virginiaelizabeth has told us her dad was a swabbie! (Mine was, too, virginia! But luckily for me he never yelled the orders -- he left that up to Mom who chose the cover-ripping / feet-tickling method...)

Good lazy day today -- we just rode bikes and played at the park. Tomorrow's plan is to go see the movie Cars, and possibly go to the aquarium. My friend and her son make me feel like such a slacker mom -- he is only about 6 months older than Little Pince, but already he writes his numbers up to 100, and he can read! He is not just recognizing the words, but is sounding them out and really reading! Smart little guy! They are from Charlotte, NC and so he is appalled that Little Pince doesn't know all the NASCAR drivers. Little Pince said "Well, I know dragons!"

Everyone have a great RotD!


azi - Jun 9, 2006 1:38 am (#961 of 2979)        

So many posts!

Have a great time Finn!

Enjoy the show, Julie (GE)! The sun is great, isn't it?

All these ways to make you get out of bed...whatever happened to a good old 'GET OUT OF BED NOW!'

Not a breakfast person. Definitely cannot each much in the morning, but if I do it will be cereal, toast or croissants. Pancakes and waffles are not breakfast, they are desserts!

Strangely enough, although not a morning person, I got up at 8.30am this morning for no reason and of my own accord! I do have work to do, but the search programme I'm supposed to use isn't working.

Yesterday I went to the seaside, and got buried in sand. Hence my avatar. I did get buried up to my neck, but the pictures aren't so good and I started feeling very claustrophobic so insisted on escaping quickly. It was a fun day!

I also saw some pre-movie (I think - the cartoon versions anyway) HP merchandise for £1 each! They were photo frames and trinket boxes, but I reasoned that I didn't need a Hermione Granger School Trunk Trinket Box or whatever it was called.

Apologies to everyone I missed!

Hope everyone has a lovely Friday!


The giant squid - Jun 9, 2006 3:37 am (#962 of 2979)        

I am looking forward to Prairie Home Companion this weekend. I love the radio show, and I think the movie could be interesting. Mike, have you seen this one yet?—Eponine

Sorry, our theater didn't get booked with this one. For those playing the home game, it looks like the next few weeks for us will be Nacho Libre, Click and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Our sister theater gets Superman Returns, sadly.

My best friend in high school and I used to watch Captain USA's Groovy Movies.--Marie E.

Not to be nitpicky but it was Commander USA's Groovy Movies. As Marie said, they were universally horrible. I think that series may have inspired the creators of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Sorry to hear about your computer problems. **moment of silence for Marie's hard drive** Actually, I find it ironic that you seem to have so many computer issues, seeing as how much of a hardware geek your husband is. I, on the other hand, only replace something when the common tech finally outstrips me.

Tom: I don't follow the NHL much, but I thought it was telling when they went on strike for a season & no one noticed. I didn't even know we were nearing the Stanley Cup finals until I heard a throwaway line surfing past one of the ESPNs yesterday... They're gonna have to do something pretty spectacular to get anyone other than the diehard fans watching again.

If it's Friday, it must be a new azi avatar (azi-tar?).



azi - Jun 9, 2006 4:00 am (#963 of 2979)        

LOL, Mike! Do I really change my avatar on Fridays?

...I find it ironic that you seem to have so many computer issues, seeing as how much of a hardware geek your husband is.

I find the people who have the most problems with their computers and other technology are the ones who meddle with them! (not saying your husband meddles, Marie, just that my computer geek friends meddle with their computers and consequently break them!).


Catherine - Jun 9, 2006 4:19 am (#964 of 2979)        

They are from Charlotte, NC and so he is appalled that Little Pince doesn't know all the NASCAR drivers. Little Pince said "Well, I know dragons!" --Madam Pince

I'm much older than Little Pince, and I do not know the NASCAR drivers, either. I've never been to a car race. Somehow, the earth is still round, and I still live.

I think I'm more entranced with dragons than cars, anyway. We're the kind of folks who drive a car forever. For instance, both our cars have nearly 100,000 miles on them and one of them is twelve years old. They should be just about perfect for when the girls are ready to drive!

That is actually a family joke, as both Mr. Catherine and I had to drive hideously ugly and embarrassing cars as teens/young adults. We think it is character-building to drive a car that embarrasses you. Hopefully our girls will not think that the car fairy is bringing them a shiny new car on the sixteenth birthday!

A friend and I were reminiscing about high school recently, and she said, "Do you remember how you had to turn off the air-conditioning to go over 50 miles per hour in your old car?" Mr. Catherine said, "At least she had air-conditioning." Good times!

Claire "graduates" from fifth grade today. Last year, we sat through the 4th and 5th grade end of year ceremony, and it lasted nearly three hours. My college graduation didn't take that long. So while I am very happy that she's reached this milestone, I'm feeling a bit peevish about sitting in a folding chair for hours on end.

Off to ready myself for the graduation....hope everyone has a good end to the week.


Thora - Jun 9, 2006 4:24 am (#965 of 2979)        

Little Pince said "Well, I know dragons!" - Madam Pince

Now that's knowledge worth having, sounds like one amazing kid.

I find the people who have the most problems with their computers and other technology are the ones who meddle with them!- Azi

That would be why I told my husband I want a computer that he won't take apart. I don't care if it needs upgrading, or if I can't watch tv on it. I want my stash of screen shots from JKR's site safe.

Is it Friday already? Cool, if my husband gets home on time we can take the kids to see Cars!



Julie Aronson - Jun 9, 2006 4:42 am (#966 of 2979)        

Congrats Finn! Have a safe and really fun trip!

I'm a Formula One fan, as far as auto racing goes. NOT into Nascar at all.

Have a great day/weekend!


Laura W - Jun 9, 2006 4:43 am (#967 of 2979)        

  "Tom: I don't follow the NHL much, but I thought it was telling when they went on strike for a season & no one noticed"

Maybe in *your* country no one noticed, Mike. (big grin) Here, it was front-page news all last season. (Just a slight exaggeration)


(waves to Eponine, while croaking bravely, "Go Oilers!")


Puck - Jun 9, 2006 5:47 am (#968 of 2979)        

***waves and jumps around*** Have a great trip, Finn!!!

Madame Pince, that was adorable! Just FYI, I could read at 4, but by 2nd grade or so the other kids had caught up. No problem your boy isn't ready for War and Peace.

Busy day today! Music class, taking my girls out to lunch, and then shopping. Just need to be back home in time for the bus.

I'm married to a tech guy. I therefore don't know how to do anything, as I just make him do it for me. (Notice my Avatar is not changed on Fridays!)

Happy RotD,



haymoni - Jun 9, 2006 6:07 am (#969 of 2979)        

It's Friday.

That's all I need to say.


dizzy lizzy - Jun 9, 2006 6:20 am (#970 of 2979)        

Well I have another 40 mins to go and it won't be Friday any more... it will be Saturday



Eponine - Jun 9, 2006 6:41 am (#971 of 2979)        

I don't follow the NHL much, but I thought it was telling when they went on strike for a season & no one noticed - Tom.

My husband certainly noticed. He may have grown up in the South, but he's been a hockey fan since he was a kid. Apparently, during the 1980 Olympics (the Miracle on Ice game) he was absolutely enthralled with a sport that let you hit people and you didn't get in trouble for it. Ever since, he's been a hockey fan.

(waves to Eponine, while croaking bravely, "Go Oilers!") - Laura W.

*waves back*  My husband would insist on me gloating, but I'm not that type of person. Good luck on the game Saturday night!

Mike, how far in advance do you have to screen the films before the release date? I'm really looking forward to Pirates, so I'm a bit jealous you're getting to see it early.

Finn, congratulations on finishing middle school. Have fun on your trip. *chants along with Madame Pince*

Catherine, we're in the heart of NC, and I don't know a thing about NASCAR. The only drivers I've ever heard of are the really famous ones, but I couldn't tell you anything else. Mr. Eponine watches it occasionally, but I just don't see the appeal in watching cars go around a track for two hours.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Julie Aronson - Jun 9, 2006 6:41 am (#972 of 2979)        

Kathy, your avatar is so cool that I'd be hard-pressed to change it any day.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 9, 2006 6:54 am (#973 of 2979)        

I'm much older than Little Pince, and I do not know the NASCAR drivers, either. I've never been to a car race. Somehow, the earth is still round, and I still live. – Catherine

I went to one when I was younger. It was loud and I haven't been back since. But, living where you do, you probably know more drivers than you think you do.


John Bumbledore - Jun 9, 2006 7:04 am (#974 of 2979)        

Hey Lizzy! Glad to see your back with us! You were missed.

I was just considering how funny it would be if the computer oriented the text of a post according to the location of the poster vs. the reader.. some would be tipped side ways, upside down, or perhaps even mirror image (as if looking through the Earth to the back side of the posters screen.) wELL mAYBE nOT!

But, maybe a just a small picture showing the day/night cycle... (search and return with image placed here)

Off to check the Potty Games thread... bye!

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Finn BV - Jun 9, 2006 7:06 am (#975 of 2979)        

Please tell me if Cars is any good. It looks like one of those movies that would only be worth your money if it's really funny.

Great smilie, Julie A.!

Thanks for all the wishes guys! I definitely think this is my last post as I'm packing up my laptop now… though as I recall there is AirPort access at JFK Airport! Woohoo! I'll do my best.


Holly T. - Jun 9, 2006 7:26 am (#976 of 2979)        

Catherine--you get to sit on folding chairs for the fifth-grade graduation? We had to sit through my daughter's fifth-grade graduation (which lasted two hours and had more fifth graders than were in my husband's high school senior class) on the tiny cafeteria table seats with no back support and, well, those tiny round seats are much smaller than my, um, seat.

My son learned his colors and numbers from watching NASCAR. He couldn't read until he was 6 and a half. My daughter was reading at 3.

I love watching NASCAR on TV. I never want to go to a race though. Too crowded and noisy. Kind of like football. I'll watch it on TV but don't like to go to games. I do like to go to baseball games, though. We have a minor-league team nearby and their games are a lot of fun.

I am so looking forward to the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Have a fun and safe trip Finn!

Have a great RotD!


Lilly P - Jun 9, 2006 7:32 am (#977 of 2979)        

We've been stationed in NC for 6 years now, and I still can’t get into the NASCAR thing! I always tell Mr. P to call me with 3 laps to go so I can do the supportive wife thing and cheer with him for the last 10 min or so. That I can handle.


haymoni - Jun 9, 2006 7:43 am (#978 of 2979)        

I always feel guilty watching NASCAR.

I feel like I'm just watching to see if anybody wrecks.


Holly T. - Jun 9, 2006 7:57 am (#979 of 2979)        

Haymoni, one of the reasons I watch NASCAR is to see if Jimmie Johnson crashes into the wall. I don't want him to be hurt, but I would really like for him to finish 43rd in a couple of races.


Nathan Zimmermann - Jun 9, 2006 9:19 am (#980 of 2979)        

Finn, have a fun and safe trip.

I can't wait for the Soccer World Cup to start. Soccer is one few sports I enjoy watching. Unfortunately, I may not have the time to watch because, I am taking the last class I need for my certification as a paralegal during the summer.

Holly, T. I agree I think the sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean will equal the original and will be great fun to watch. Although, I must say I cannot wait for the third Pirates of the Caribbean film that is slated for release in 2007.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 9, 2006 9:34 am (#981 of 2979)        

I just finished a juvie fiction book called No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman. It is a spoof on all the books with a dog in the title in which the dog always dies.---Catherine

I'm going to have to check that one out. Thanks Catherine. In fact, I was surprised that topic ended with no one ***looks Loopy's way*** suggesting The Yearling Salt Licks or Where the Red Fern Grows Tick Prevention Collar.

NASCAR baffles me. At the very least, has anyone ever done an air-quality reading of the stands during race time?

Lastly, does anyone remember when graduation was, well, graduation? My elementary school went through 6th grade and on the last day of school we went...home. And at the end of 8th grade as we prepared to enter high school in the fall, we again went home. The only folded chairs anyone had to suffer through were us high schoolers as we sat through our one and only graduation. (The poor parents were regulated to the bleachers. Ouch. That's gotta hurt.) Frankly, all this talk has got me dreading 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013...I think I need to invest in a stadium cushion.

Finn, have a wonderful trip. ***is very proud of herself for typing that without inserting the words 'it's not fair'***


Loopy Lupin - Jun 9, 2006 10:29 am (#982 of 2979)        

Lastly, does anyone remember when graduation was, well, graduation?—Kim

Barely. I'd have to say I agree with you. There has been a real loosening of the definition of "milestone" over the past 20-odd years to say the least.


Julie Aronson - Jun 9, 2006 10:36 am (#983 of 2979)        

Well, the past 20 years have been odd...


Catherine - Jun 9, 2006 10:39 am (#984 of 2979)        

Frankly, all this talk has got me dreading 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013...I think I need to invest in a stadium cushion. --Lupin is Lupin

I was just grateful that the kindergarteners didn't dress up in cap and gown. Count me as someone from the "graduation = completing 12th grade" generation.

I am also grateful that they nixed the fourth grade awards from this ceremony, thereby trimming it down to a mere two hours and fifteen minutes. I just thought the whole thing was excessive--5 long violin pieces by the orchestra (pure Crucio), four songs by the fourth and fifth grade chorus (even the kids looked bored by song number three) and over twenty categories of awards. Not to mention that there was a processional in which each fifth grader walked the length of the auditorium by him/herself before the next child could go, to the tune of 100 children, while everyone stood. This is in addition to each child being called up separately to receive their promotion certificates. Finally, the children recessed one by one. Meanwhile, there was no air-conditioning (the school was built in 1969) and toddlers were screaming. The elderly proud grandma sitting next to me had on vile perfume that smelled like old violets.

The things we endure out of parental love and pride.


haymoni - Jun 9, 2006 10:53 am (#985 of 2979)        

The Beautifulest One did not have a kindergarten graduation.

At least I don't THINK there was a kindergarten graduation...

Ungrateful Son was "clapped out" of the gradeschool after 5th grade.

Everyone lines the hall and applauds the 5th graders as they leave the school for the last time.

There was an awards presentation during school hours for 4th & 5th graders, but it was only about an hour - no band instruments were played.


Chemyst - Jun 9, 2006 11:04 am (#986 of 2979)        

I'm sorry for your required attendance Catherine, but I really, really enjoyed your description of the awards ceremony. As home schoolers, my kids’ only graduation ceremonies come at the end of high school, and it is held in a ballroom with padded chairs and air-conditioning, and the moms get roses!

Everyone lines the hall and applauds the 5th graders as they leave the school for the last time.   That sounds like fun!

Little Pince said "Well, I know dragons!"  There you go! There are all kinds of smart in this world. 'Sounds like his dealing-with-people skills are excellent.


Lina - Jun 9, 2006 11:10 am (#987 of 2979)        

Did I say YAY for Julie's Luna? I think not. So, I say it now and I'm happy that the little puppy will be home soon.

Finn: Lina and Kate and Amy, I just saw Mario Ancic lose to Federer and thought of you!
I was just talking about that with Kate today and her comment was - Yes, he was thinking of us but cheering for Federer. So I'm sure that you were thinking of us a little while ago and cheering for the "wrong" player again...
Congratulations on your graduation and have a wonderful trip coming so close to us.

Everybody, have a great Friday!


TomProffitt - Jun 9, 2006 11:15 am (#988 of 2979)        

Busy busy day, so much to respond to.

I'm sorry, Tom Proffit, is the Navy not considered the military? --- Madam Pince

Yes, the Navy is military, but the expression you used is very Navy. I don't know if the Marines would say those things, but definitely not in the Army. It's a nit-picky thing, really. For example, in the Marines it's okay (I think) to call a Sergeant, "Sir" (or at least a Drill Instructor, but you would never ever do such a thing in the Army.

When the Navy "secures" a building they get a lease with option to buy. When the Marines "secure" a building they assault it with a battalion of infantry. When the Army "secures" a building they surround it with barbed-wire, machine guns, and shoot at anyone who gets too close. When the Air Force "secures" a building they turn out the light and lock the door.

I know all of the drivers in NASCAR. I like sports that require a lot of thought to understand them. It takes a lot of smarts to make your car faster than the rest, and even more to fix it in the middle of the race.

On the NHL. I used to watch about forty games a season. Before the lock out, my team's owner (Ted Leonsis of the Capitals) traded away all of my favorite players to save money (he knew the lock out was coming). Then a year with out the sport. I'm so mad I've only seen about ten minutes of hockey this year.


Holly T. - Jun 9, 2006 11:16 am (#989 of 2979)        

My kids each had a "Learning Celebration" when they left their preschool before starting kindergarten. It was very cute.

Fifth grade was the first "graduation" with a cap and such (no gown, although they were supposed to dress up--parents of divas will be glad to know that my daughter insisted on a sparkly dress). Although the schools do have an awards day for each grade every year where you have to go and sit on the tiny cafeteria stools and wait for every child in all six classes to be recognized (at least they only do one grade at a time). Now, I think the kids in grades K-4 are sharp enough to realize that you are not a future valedictorian if all you get is the "I did my best" award. For the fifth grade graduation it was actually kind of rude, I thought, for the kids who didn't get any awards or who hadn't been in any organized activities (safety patrol, library aide, student council, etc.) to have it announced that they were receiving a "diploma for the fifth grade." Because as they called out each name they read what awards they'd won, what activities they'd been involved in, etc. Some of them had a nice long list (ie my little overachieving daughter who came home with two medals and a stack of certificates) but some did not. My son won't be winning any academic medals, unless they start giving out one for having an attitude.

How Hermione is this? Upon finding out that a fourth-grader had more AR points than she did, my daughter took three tests on the last day they were allowed to take AR tests in order to pad her total and pass him so she could have the most AR points in the entire school again (she slacked off in fourth grade and came in second).


John Bumbledore - Jun 9, 2006 11:37 am (#990 of 2979)        
Edited Jun 9, 2006 12:49 pm

Well, I graduated from Kindergarten with cap and robe. Boys wore black and the girls wore white.

Also from High School (12th grade) with boys in black and girls in red (school colors).

Most recently from university, will all wearing green, I think. Well, the university was called Slippery Rock so green and white were the school colors.

I heard a news story that (I think locally in North Carolina) honor cords were not permitted at graduation. They wanted to make it an "equal" achievement for all students. Of course the honor students were upset.

Not sure which is worse, announcing every little award and obscure honor or not listing any when the student walks across the stage to receive their diploma.

I remember getting honors in Math and Computer Science at high school graduation, but they never engraved the pins. I think they might still be at the school.

Edit! I almost forgot to share this:

     My oldest, Joshua, has been on the Principal's List all year (that is for receiving all A's), so just yesterday there was an "unannounced" award ceremony and he was given not just a paper certificate but also a plaque!

About six or seven students earned this honor among the three hundred in sixth grade.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


TomProffitt - Jun 9, 2006 11:38 am (#991 of 2979)        

Holly T, why does "The Incredibles" quote, "New ways to celebrate mediocrity" come to mind. Congratulations to your little Hermione, I wish I had shown that kind of spark in school. I got my awards from the genetic lottery not from dedication and work.

Hope to see the Lowe's Chevrolet in victory lane Sunday. (Actually I'm more of an Evernham fan, but Jimmie is okay by me).


Tazzygirl - Jun 9, 2006 11:48 am (#992 of 2979)        

Congratulations to Joshua, Bumbledore! That is really awesome!

I don't remember having a graduation for kindergarten or 5th grade. I do remember my 8th grade one, my parents weren't making it a big deal. I had to really beg my mom to let me get a new dress and shoes for the ceremony, and I believe we didn't even go out to eat. Nothing big . My high school one was a different matter. The ceremony was horrible- the school principal called us the class of 2000 (we were Class of 2002...) and everyone was either talking and not listening to the speeches, or throwing torillas (yes, tortillas) and beach balls and not listening to the speeches. My parents did make a huge thing though about graduating high school. They actually took us out to dinner! LOL

NASCAR and such- I kinda know stuff, but not enough to carry a conversation... my dad is a fanatic when it comes to racing.

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



kaykay1970 - Jun 9, 2006 11:51 am (#993 of 2979)        

My Dad was an Army drill sergeant and he often used military talk at home. I remember having to "Sound off!" every time we made trips. I guess with 5 daughters it couldn't hurt to make sure they are all in the car! Whenever we had military events to attend, we always got the same lecture that started out "Girls today I expect you to conduct yourselves the utmost military fashion..."

Holly, your daughter sounds alot like my eldest daughter. Likewise your son reminds me of my 12 year old son.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 9, 2006 11:53 am (#994 of 2979)        
Edited Jun 9, 2006 12:28 pm

Not sure which is worse, announcing every little award and obscure honor or not listing any when the student walks across the stage to receive their diploma. – Bumbledore

I think they're equally bad. I'm very disturbed by how many of my tirades these days begin with the words "In my day....." But, in my day, there was little reward for managing to continue breathing through another 180-day school term. We may have even discussed this before on this thread, but I'm quite over this over-emphasis on self-esteem building. "Hooray! I sat through another year of compulsory education!" Big deal! This may sound harsh but even though current educational philosophy seems to think it important to reward someone for simply showing up, the real world continues to place emphasis on actual results and achievement. My clients typically don't care if I'm "in a good place" with my performance in court; they want to win.


TomProffitt - Jun 9, 2006 11:58 am (#995 of 2979)        

The last graduation I attended (my niece's graduation last year from college) I fell asleep in the bright sun and got a nasty sunburn. Bald people should not have to attend out door ceremonies after working night shift.


haymoni - Jun 9, 2006 12:37 pm (#996 of 2979)        

If there are truly awards to be given out, then they should invite the kids that are actually getting awards. Invitations should be mailed home and the parents should get to decide if they invite the whole neighborhood or not.

The rest of the kids shouldn't have to sit through it.


Lina - Jun 9, 2006 12:53 pm (#997 of 2979)        

Congratulations to Joshua!

I happen to think that self-esteem is very important in any person's life. I'm just not convinced that the inflation of awards helps it. What kids need is a plain respect. They are just too clever and they can always tell if they are respected or not and if the award is worth winning it or not.


Holly T. - Jun 9, 2006 2:04 pm (#998 of 2979)        

TomProffitt, "New ways to celebrate mediocrity," yes, I thought about these awards days when they said that in The Incredibles.

We are JGR fans here.

At my kids' school they give a medal to the top student in each class in each subject and the student with the highest number of AR points in the class also gets a medal. Well the past two years my daughter has had the highest average in more than one subject (I think in third grade it was all subjects) but they only gave her one subject award and the AR medal (her teacher told me this--the medal went to the student with the second-highest average). Last year and this year they gave the second-highest AR student in her class a medal too for going over 300 points. Now I am not bragging about my daughter (although I am proud of her!) but I think this is quite the mixed message for the school to send. Not that she cares, as long as she gets one medal. But then she's just like oh, another medal. She has quite a stack of them. Whereas my son would be extremely lucky if he ever wins one medal.

Lest I lose any slacker mom credentials I must say that I have often, on the rare occasions that my daughter has homework (she usually finishes it at school) and can't finish it at night, have suggested that she just not do it because it is not that big a deal, she knows that material, and not turning it in or turning it in late will not significantly affect her average. Whereupon she is as aghast as if I had suggested that she write in a library book or something and then sets her alarm to get up early and finish said homework. I think she thinks I am pulling some kind of reverse psychology trickery on her to get her to do it but I really don't think it matters in elementary school.


Mediwitch - Jun 9, 2006 2:15 pm (#999 of 2979)        

Yeah, I agree that the graduation thing is a little out of control. All the elementary schools around here go up to 8th grade, and you wouldn't believe the dresses the girls wear! Some of them are almost like prom dresses. But at least we don't have graduations between elementary and middle school, as they are in the same building.


TomProffitt - Jun 9, 2006 2:22 pm (#1000 of 2979)        

I think that if we want our children to feel self-esteem we have to recognize them for something they can feel proud of, encourage them to attempt those things that bring that pride. I graduated with Honors from High School, I have my BA, but I received the greatest sense of pride when I graduated from Basic Training at Fort Benning. The self-esteem comes from the accomplishment, not the award or the recognition.
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Mediwitch - Jun 9, 2006 2:55 pm (#1001 of 2979)        

Well said, Tom Proffitt!


geauxtigers - Jun 9, 2006 3:10 pm (#1002 of 2979)        

The only graduation we have at my school is High school. My school is pk-12 so there really aren’t any transitions there. They make a video at the end of the year with pictures for lower school then in middle school they do it in 8th grade because you'll be going to high school (in other words walking about 20 feet to the high school building). We do have awards ceremonies and its a pain they have about 5 awards for every subject and its always the small select group of kids getting all the awards so everyone else just sits there and counts ceiling tiles or floor boards and trying not to get caught sleeping! Last year a Senoir awards, the AC was broken in the middle of May. We spent an hour and a half in the chapel dying of heat stroke it was terrible!

I don't know anything about NASCAR, not to "offend" anyone but I just don't find cars driving in a circle entertaining! I know Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhart, and Johnny Stewart and Jimmie Johnson. Sorry just not my cup of tea! I'm more of a football, baseball type of person

Have a good day everyone enjoy your trip Finn!


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 9, 2006 3:46 pm (#1003 of 2979)        

Okkk lots of post to catch up on here(45!) so I'm going back just a bit!

Kind of like football. I'll watch it on TV but don't like to go to games.

That's because you don't live in Louisiana!! We live for football here and there is hardly ever an LSU game that isn't sold out completely!!We spend the entire day Saturday tailgating before going into "Death Valley" for the game!!

I just finished a juvie fiction book called No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman. It is a spoof on all the books with a dog in the title in which the dog always dies.---Catherine

I hate the books where the dog dies! We had to read a book called Stone Fox in 3rd grade. It's about a little boy and his dog who enter a race and they are about to win the dog sled race when the dog suddenly drops dead 100ft from the finish line. That was the first book that I ever cried for hours over!

Lastly, does anyone remember when graduation was, well, graduation?

It's still that way for us, the only ceremony we have is for high school graduation. We have it in the chapel so the parents get to sit on church pews for an hour or so. We also don't have the traditional cap and gowns. The girls have to wear white floor length dresses(of their chioce) and the guys have to wear black tuxes.

The awards ceremony is different and usually only last about an hour because there's only about 400 people total in the high school, but still I think it's not fair that certain people get the same awards every year. I'm not brilliant but I'm also not stupid either, and I didn't get any awards this year for passing chemistry with a C+. I agree with Tom on this one, they just throw awards out to the same people every year, so it's treated like a no big deal thing to those people. The smartest people always get the awards for interest and enthusiasm because teacher see their 100% and think they like the subject. One of my friends is a major history buff, but he didn't get the award for showing the most interest and love for the subject (which he totally deserved!) because this girl named Erica got it-again. This girl gets the award in every subject she takes ( and it's not an exaggeration either, I'm talking art, english, math, science..everything, not to mention the fact that she brags about it!) It's gotten to be a joke because everyone sits there and tries to guess who'll get the said award, and we always get it right because we always guess Erica! She need her own chair on the stage! I just wish they would spread the wealth.

Well I don't watch Nascar, nor will I ever, and I don't watch hockey either because I think the closest NHL team we have to us is in like Michagan or something!


geauxtigers - Jun 9, 2006 4:08 pm (#1004 of 2979)        

I hate the books where the dog dies! We had to read a book called Stone Fox in 3rd grade. It's about a little boy and his dog who enter a race and they are about to win the dog sled race when the dog suddenly drops dead 100ft from the finish line. That was the first book that I ever cried for hours over!

I have to agree that as a 9 year old kid when the dog drops dead like that, its horrible! I remember being hysterical and it took my mom a few minutes to figure out why I was crying! I just found it and read the last chapter which was only 3 pages, but my gosh its just as bad as I remember! It was a good book until the end. Though on a rising 3 grader!

I think thats how I'll be if Harry dies... but I don't want to think about that!


haymoni - Jun 9, 2006 4:09 pm (#1005 of 2979)        

virginia elizabeth - Ungrateful Son brought that story home. I read it and cried too!

I just added a post to the 5 Words thread so - Bing!


Denise P. - Jun 9, 2006 4:20 pm (#1006 of 2979)        

Catherine, I had to be in a bookstore getting a book the other day so picked up No More Dead Dogs I giggled my way through it and even Mr. Denise was laughing when I read the various book reports Wallace wrote. I just love the line Pick up a book with a picture of a dog and award sticker and the dog is going down (or words to that effect) I still get weepy when Little Ann goes down in Where The Red Fern Grows.

Graduation - My pre-school graduate had a cap and gown for his graduation. I agree, I think the graduations are getting to be way too much. I never had a graduation until High School (boys wore red, girls wore colors) and then again when I got my degree in college (red and white school colors but we all wore black caps and gowns)


boop - Jun 9, 2006 4:24 pm (#1007 of 2979)        

YAY for Puck Jr.

Finn, have a great time.

Madam Pince, each child learns at their own pace. I like what your son said about dragons.

Azi, I like your new avatar, looks like fun.

Catherine, Congrats to your daughter Claire.

John Congrats to your son. You must be so proud of him.

Tom, LOL!!!

Holly, Congrats to your daughter as well.

The only graduation here is High School. The students where caps and gowns. The awards are given at a different night from graduation.

Yay its Friday!!! Have a great weekend everyone!

hugs always



Puck - Jun 9, 2006 4:51 pm (#1008 of 2979)        

The only awards ceremony I went to this year was for "Books and Beyond". The award was for reading enough books to complete the program. They did the grades separately, and only parents and those getting the award attended. (I did find it rude that many left after their child was given the award, so the last group had hardly anyone to clap. Only 45 minute ceremony, with nice auditorium seating.

Preschool graduation consisted of a few songs and a video of the kids. No more until high school, I think.

Yeah for all the sons and daughters achievements! (Even if it was just being clapped out of the school -LOL, Haymoni)

Tom, thanks for the laugh about how to "secure" a building!

Happy RotD, Kathy


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 9, 2006 5:54 pm (#1009 of 2979)        

haymoni, we do the clap out, too! So, there I stand, sunglasses on because I don't want anyone to see me getting all teary-eyed, even if none of my children are in the 5th Grade at the time. Of course, someone always stops me and I have to pretend I have allergies. *sappy mom alert*

Olivia read Pirates of the Carribbean - Dead Man's Chest and she said it was pretty good - a bit more violence than the first. She said she could guarantee that there will be a PotC 3. I look forward to the movie in July. Mike, tell us how it is, please.

azi - cool avatar, BTW.


Eponine - Jun 9, 2006 7:10 pm (#1010 of 2979)        

I had a kindergarten graduation complete with caps and gowns back in the mid-80's. We took pictures in them and everything. I had really bad hair back then. My school also had graduation for elementary school (6th grade). Then you have to wait until you finish high school to graduate again. As for awards day, I usually won a few things, but my brother was the kind who took home EVERYTHING. He's way too smart for his own good.

Today at Target I saw Pirates of the Caribbean action figures. They were very cool.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Puck - Jun 9, 2006 7:15 pm (#1011 of 2979)        

LOL Maria! Does the Hallmark commercial when they tie the Dads card to a balloon to send it to Heaven get to you, too? Mr. Puck is always amused to find me crying at commercials.

Julie, I, too, like my avatar. However, we took a photo of a family portrait my son drew on the dry erase board, and I'd love to use that for my avatar. It's so sweet!


Mediwitch - Jun 9, 2006 7:23 pm (#1012 of 2979)        

Eponine - LOL - We all had bad hair in the 80s!!! Mullet


Puck - Jun 9, 2006 7:34 pm (#1013 of 2979)        

Yup! I swear there were a couple of girls in my high school who are responsible for a significant amount of the hole in the ozone. (Lori used 8 giant cans of Aqua net every week! )


dizzy lizzy - Jun 9, 2006 8:22 pm (#1014 of 2979)        

Well, perhaps Aussie culture is a little bit different....

I never had a graduation ceremony until I graduated from University with a Bachelor of Arts. It was memorable because it snowed on us (it was an outdoor ceremony).

We had an awards ceremony each year in school, from Kindergarten until year 6 (5-11years approx, the ceremony was done within school time and 3 awards to each grade (dux, best and fairest and most improved).

In high school (12-17 years approx) the awards ceremony was held in the evening the week before the school year ended just before Christmas.

Once you finished year 10 (approx 15 years old - equivalent to OWLS) you recieved your school certificate in a short awards ceremony. Many students then left school to do apprenticeships. Once you finished your HSC (year 12 equivalent to NEWTS) there was usually a formal dinner to celebrate the end of formal schooling and that was it.

Just a quick note...the school year in Australia runs from last week in January to the 3rd week in December with three holiday breaks (approx Easter, June/July and September/October). Each term lasts between 6-10 weeks depending on when easter falls.

Now onto other news...I tie my shoelaces by making a bow and holding in my left hand and completing the rest of the bow using my right. I hold my fork in my left and knife in my right to cut food, but then I move my fork to my right hand. My usual breakfast is either porridge with brown sugar and milk or cheese on toast.

It is raining here at last and it is coming down quite heavily. The puppy dogs are inside sulking and I am looking forward to a nice quiet afternoon on the internet.



virginiaelizabeth - Jun 9, 2006 8:56 pm (#1015 of 2979)        

My usual breakfast is either porridge with brown sugar and milk or cheese on toast.

This might sound totally crazy but I really don't know what porridge is. Is it just not an American thing?? The only other place I've seen it (other than HP) was in Goldilocks- she eats the bears porridge! I've never had it obviously, nor do I know anyone else who has either!


geauxtigers - Jun 9, 2006 9:06 pm (#1016 of 2979)        

I always thought it was the same as Oatmeal, but I never thought about it before...


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 9, 2006 9:16 pm (#1017 of 2979)        

Thankfully, I haven't seen that commercial, Kathy! Olivia always teases me when she sees me getting emotional during a show. . .or. . .commercial - THERE, I said it! I, get teary-eyed watching certain commercials! Now my daughter can print this and hang it up everywhere! (For goodness' sake, I cried when Marcia Brady broke her nose. ) Mr. HH pretends he doesn't notice.

I helped a mom with a 5th grade art project today. We laid out plastic tablecloths on the cafeteria floor, along with blank paper, brushes and cups of paint. The students were given an introduction to Jackson Pollock and were then allowed to paint their own "masterpieces" Pollock style. They had to choose 3 colors and gave them 15 sec. with each color. They had a great time. We did this project when Olivia was in 5th Grade. Two moms, and nearly 90 children - lots of flying paint and clean up afterward, but well worth it.



Chemyst - Jun 9, 2006 10:02 pm (#1018 of 2979)        

virginiaelizabeth, this came from and is just too potion-y and potteresque to not pass along:

Traditions and myth surround the making of porridge, some say the oatmeal was to be added in batches, some say at the beginning and some say it ought to be added half way through the cooking to produce a nuttier flavour and interesting texture.

Some say porridge should only be stirred in a clockwise direction using the right hand so you don't evoke the 'Devil'. The stirring is done with a straight wooden spoon /stick without a moulded or flat end and known in Scotland as a 'Spurtle' or 'Theevil'. Porridge should always be spoken of as 'they' and old custom states that it should be eaten standing up. A bone spoon should always be used for eating porridge.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 9, 2006 10:22 pm (#1019 of 2979)        

porridge - unpotteristic - Porridge From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Porridge - Porridge (also known in American English as hot cereal or mush), is a simple dish made by boiling oats (normally crushed oats, occasionally oatmeal) or another meal in water, milk or both. Oat and semolina porridge are by far the most popular varieties. Some other meals used for porridge include rice, wheat, peasemeal, barley, and cornmeal.

*...grabs bowl of carefully stirred Gruel (is a thin porridge made with water) and toddles off elsewhere...*


Madam Pince - Jun 9, 2006 11:41 pm (#1020 of 2979)        

Tom, I thought of that line from The Incredibles too! "He's not graduating -- he's moving from the fourth grade to the fifth grade!" I think the sort of thing that Catherine had to sit through (great read though it was! ) is just a bit much for anything other than either high school or college graduation.

I have an acquaintance whose son plays soccer, and all the teams in a tournament got the exact same trophy -- winning team's trophy looked just like the last-place team's. That just seems wrong to me. Where is the incentive to do well? To even try to excel? Then as Loopy said you graduate out into the real world and expect people to be thrilled that you just managed to get up and get dressed or something. Bleah. This friend's son, for example, thinks he's the next David Beckham because people keep praising him and telling him he's great ("we have to keep his self-esteem up!"), when in reality he's just barely an average player. He's getting a huge head about it and someone is probably going to give him a poke in the nose for it someday! I'm all for acknowledging the efforts of all, even the last-place team (after all, they did at least participate and try which was better than people who sat home), but it should be more in terms of a certificate or a ribbon or something.

We had a high school graduation and a college graduation. Neither of them was as fancy as the one Catherine described!

((((hugs to Betty)))

We decided to skip the aquarium today and went to the beach instead, where the boys had a blast building (and demolishing) sand castles and "digging for dinosaur bones." We saw a huge horseshoe crab which was rather scary actually -- they are very prehistoric looking. Then we went to see Cars. It was OK, but I didn't care for it as much as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, or Monsters, Inc. The character 'Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) had the best lines ("He put what in his cup???") The tractor-tipping scene was pretty cute. Be sure to stay for the final credits, as the stuff that runs in the background of that was funnier than the whole rest of the movie, I thought! One thing I will give them credit for -- the CGI backgrounds and the lighting were just fantastic. Everything looks so realistic! If the cars hadn't had those little eyes in their windshields, you would've sworn you were watching live action video. The technology has really improved and is truly amazing.

We ended the evening with a Johnny Rockets "Rt. 66" hamburger and my friend and I finally watched a grown-up movie and saw Love Actually because she hadn't seen it yet. Time to turn in now, as I think we are going to try the zoo or aquarium tomorrow possibly. It's supposed to be a lovely sunny day!

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 10, 2006 4:33 am (#1021 of 2979)        

virginiaelizabeth, I can't speak to the ingredients in porridge, but I can tell you the taste is totally different than American oatmeal. I love oatmeal and am a staunch supporter of the Quaker Oats Old-Fashioned variety (5 minutes as opposed to 1)but when I went to Ireland on my honeymoon I discovered porridge nirvana. It is smooth, creamy but never mushy. It is nothing like cream of wheat, which to me is tasteless. At one bed-and-breakfast we stayed at I requested porridge and the poor woman was horrified I didn't ask for it the night before (I didn't realize it had to be prepared that early). I was out of luck that morning but she had it for me the rest of my stay. I've tried purchasing the Irish oatmeals on the market but they're nothing like what I had. I suspect there's more cream in the oatmeal than I would use here but that would be just a guess. Mmmmm, breakfast. ***toddles off to kitchen***


boop - Jun 10, 2006 6:38 am (#1022 of 2979)        

Thanks for the hugs Madam Pince. Sounds like you had a great day. Thanks for the heads up on the movie cars. Have a great Saturday.

Have a great RotD everyone!!




Catherine - Jun 10, 2006 6:44 am (#1023 of 2979)        

...but when I went to Ireland on my honeymoon I discovered porridge nirvana.--Lupin is Lupin

That must have been SOME porridge if that is what you remember from your honeymoon! to google how to make Irish oatmeal....

HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 10, 2006 7:15 am (#1024 of 2979)

The weather in the northeast never ceases to amaze me. It is like a crisp fall windy day out there. (Perfect for a bike ride. )

It is funny, but when I watched that line in the Incredibles movie (countless times) I always thought of what you have been discussing - ceremonies getting more, well, ceremonious, and identical trophies being handed to both winners and those who have simply participated. My daughter was on a few teams and was not impressed with receiving a trophy for just having shown up and playing. I took that as a great sign that she recognizes the difference between earning something and being handed something. Hopefully others know this as well.

Madam Pince, it sounds as though your guests are having a great time! We have a Johnny Rockets near us - aren't their milkshakes delicious!! Hmm, Love Actually - did you watch that because a certain Snape-ish character was in it?? Your 'Potterness' is showing.

Enjoy the RotD/N, everyone.


EDIT: LOL Catherine!


Holly T. - Jun 10, 2006 8:11 am (#1025 of 2979)

I have congratulated my son on some of the certificates he brings home from school and he just rolls his eyes and says "Mom, they give those to everyone." Which is when I point out that everyone, most specifically his older sister, is not a black belt in tae kwon do and he is and he worked really hard to get that. Actually one of the reasons we put him in tae kwon do was so he could do something his sister didn't do.

My favorite graduation was when I got my Ph.D. One of the perks-- instead of a mortarboard you get to wear a nifty little cap that is more like a beret.

Ha, geauxtigers, I am in Texas, home of the NCAA champion Longhorns, and I still don't like going to football games. I like being able to take a nap on the couch in the middle of a game (note: you can also take a nap in the middle of NASCAR races and baseball games and not miss much).

Tony Stewart is the NASCAR driver, not Johnny Stewart. ;-)

I'm supposed to go over to a friend's house so I'd better get dressed!

Have a great RotD!


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 10, 2006 10:51 am (#1026 of 2979)

Holly you'll be pleased to hear that everyone in the state of Louisiana was cheering for the Longhorns in that game! I'm glad they won!

Thanks to everyone for their porridge descriptions. It sounds a bit like oatmeal to me, but not exactly the same. I don't like oatmeal!!yuck! So I probably wouldn't like porridge!


geauxtigers - Jun 10, 2006 11:23 am (#1027 of 2979)

Tony Stewart is the NASCAR driver, not Johnny Stewart. ;-)

Ha ha yeah just goes to show you.... now that I think about it Johnny doesn't sound right does it? lol!

Ha, geauxtigers, I am in Texas, home of the NCAA champion Longhorns, and I still don't like going to football games. I like being able to take a nap on the couch in the middle of a game (note: you can also take a nap in the middle of NASCAR races and baseball games and not miss much).

I was cheering for Texas all the way! I wouldn't have been able to cope with hearing the word "Three-peat" especailly since USC didn't win back to back titles! There is a billboard that says, 2003-LSU 2004-USC and 2005-Texas, then underneath it say "Shouldn't dynasties win more than one?" Sorry any USC fans out there but USC did not play in the title game in 03', they are not national champs in 03'! The whole state of LA was going for Texas! Okay I've said my peice...

Well its Saturday, I'm not doing anything today except refreshing 5-words...

Have a great day everyone!

EDIT I found the picture of the billboard HERE


dobbyiscool - Jun 10, 2006 11:27 am (#1028 of 2979)

At my elementary school and middles school, our parents didn't come to our "graduation" because it was really just a party day where we had fun and did absolutely nothing. I'm a senior now, so I suppose I ought to be thinking more about graduation, but it still seems like because it’s a year away, there are more important things to think about now. In debate we give out awards for Best Debater, Best Indivdual Event(er), etc. that we vote on, then our coach gives out three awards: the Spirit award, the star award, and the other one I cannot remember the name of. I got the Spirit award, which to me seemed like the consolation prize for working hard and never getting on stage at tournaments.


Tazzygirl - Jun 10, 2006 12:12 pm (#1029 of 2979)

This morning my parents were outside pruning the yard (I told them I was on vacation and any strenuous activity is prohibited ), and found a little itty bitty baby opossum. Mom called me to come see. The poor thing looked like it had fallen off it's mama or crawled out of the nest or something. I picked him up- he was maybe the size of my pinky, hairless and his eyes were still closed shut. Called the Vet, and I just got back from dropping the little guy off. They are going to rehabilitate him and release him when he gets older. He was sooooo cute!

Off to get a manicure and pedicure!

Have a fabulous RotD/N everyone!!

~Kristina (Bing! )


Catherine - Jun 10, 2006 12:28 pm (#1030 of 2979)

This morning my parents were outside pruning the yard (I told them I was on vacation and any strenuous activity is prohibited ), and found a little itty bitty baby opossum. Mom called me to come see. The poor thing looked like it had fallen off it's mama or crawled out of the nest or something. I picked him up- he was maybe the size of my pinky, hairless and his eyes were still closed shut. –Tazzy

*hyperventilates into paper bag*

I'm having a dementor attack from last spring....


Tazzygirl - Jun 10, 2006 12:39 pm (#1031 of 2979)

Catherine- *hyperventilates into paper bag*

I'm having a dementor attack from last spring....

**wordlessly hands Catherine the cold compress** I'm guessing you had a bad experience? We normally don't have problems with opossums here, or any rodent for that matter. This is actually the first time I've seen a opposum in the area...



Julie Aronson - Jun 10, 2006 1:30 pm (#1032 of 2979)

LOL, Catherine!!! Blossom returns!!!


Puck - Jun 10, 2006 1:55 pm (#1033 of 2979)

LOL, I forgot about Blossom! (and Catherine's "visit" from the animal control officer. )

Tazzy, good work saving the baby! Hermione would be proud! (What color are your toes? )

I had butter on toast in Ireland that was exceptionally good. Sweet somehow. Perhaps they use the same cream for making butter and porridge?

It's supposed to be a lovely sunny day! - Madame Pince. Oh, to live a bit further south!

Happy RotD,




Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 10, 2006 1:56 pm (#1034 of 2979)

I'm guessing you had a bad experience?---Tazzygirl

I feel a rhyme coming on.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 10, 2006 2:01 pm (#1035 of 2979)

There once was a possum named Blossom..........

Sorry about that Catherine. Hope you manage to catch your breath.

Well, I took my 3-year old nephew to "Cars." It was his first movie experience and he did very well. I went to an 11:20 a.m. show so he was not the only 3-year old in the theater by a long shot. The movie was just "ok" if you ask me. It was no "Incredibles."


Chemyst - Jun 10, 2006 2:04 pm (#1036 of 2979)

...but I received the greatest sense of pride when I graduated from Basic Training at Fort Benning. – TomProffitt

Dreadfully curious; what time of year was that?
For those who may not know, at Ft. Benning the average daily high temperature in °F and average relative humidity in % both exceed 90 from June through August.


Mediwitch - Jun 10, 2006 2:24 pm (#1037 of 2979)

HH11 - The weather in the northeast never ceases to amaze me. It is like a crisp fall windy day out there.

You know what they say, "Welcome to New England (substitute "the northeast" if you like); if you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes!" It's definitely a "blustery day" here.


Julie Aronson - Jun 10, 2006 3:22 pm (#1038 of 2979)

LOL Mediwitch! We say the same thing about the weather here in Ohio!


TomProffitt - Jun 10, 2006 4:12 pm (#1039 of 2979)

Dreadfully curious; what time of year was that? --- Chemyst

I graduated June 4 1989, without ever seeing the truly severe heat. About three years later my national guard unit spent 3 weeks of August at Fort Irwin California. The hottest day there was over 120.

But the most miserable was summer at Fort AP Hill with 100% humidity and 90 to 100 degree temperatures. We went out there many times, but it was the one trip to Germany in November which convinced me that wet and cold is much worse than hot and anything.


Tazzygirl - Jun 10, 2006 5:35 pm (#1040 of 2979)

Puck: What color are your toes?

They are San Cabo Coral.

LOL on the whole opossum moment!



Puck - Jun 10, 2006 6:21 pm (#1041 of 2979)

Oooh, very pretty!

hmmm, I have a gift certificate for a manicure and pedicure. Wonder when I can get away to do that?

Off to see if Tazzy went to 5 Words!


ps- Maria, you can find that song here:

(This link is family friendly, just a web sight with kid songs.)


Tazzygirl - Jun 10, 2006 6:46 pm (#1042 of 2979)

Puck- Off to see if Tazzy went to 5 Words!

Did I post a Bing!?? LOL!! I'll be going there a little bit later... Watching a movie at the moment!



Lilly P - Jun 10, 2006 6:59 pm (#1043 of 2979)

Ha! Tom Proffit, My husband has the same sentiments about AP hill, he dreads every time they get sent there for training!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 10, 2006 9:43 pm (#1044 of 2979)

LOL Mediwitch, I've never heard that one before. I suppose it's because technically, I'm not in New England - I'm in the tri-state area.

Yes, a blustery day here, too. Wouldn't you know we had a barbecue to go to - outside, of course. I think I have windburn! I was cold before I even left the house. (I'm always cold unless it's in the high 70s.) I drank so much hot coffee that I think I will be awake well into Monday.

THANK YOU KATHY!! Sorry to shout, but I love it - The Arky Arky song! We have to be up bright and early tomorrow and the girls went to bed late. I will be sure to learn a few verses before I turn in for the night. Olivia will be sooo happy!

Tom, that is amazing to have gone through those extremes. I tend to agree - I'd go for the humidity/heat before the extreme cold/wet.


Madam Pince - Jun 10, 2006 10:22 pm (#1045 of 2979)

Me, too! I'm a big fan of heat and humidity, actually. It does very bad things to my hair, but who cares? I despise being cold. We drive through Ft. A.P. Hill all the time when driving from the Eastern Shore to Virginia, but I've never actually gotten out of the car there. I can imagine it's pretty hot, though, in summer.

***Laughing very hard about Catherine and Blossom, and thinking that Tazzy is the softest-hearted person in the world if she thinks a hairless baby opossum is cute!***

Congrats on your Spirit Award, dobbyiscool! I think those type of things are important and appropriate awards -- other things besides winning can be legitimately rewarded, certainly! It's only the "give the same thing to everyone regardless of effort or result and don't even try to dress it up" bit that I can't understand.

The last day of my friend's visit was great -- we went to the aquarium in Baltimore. Very crowded as usual but still amazing, and the boys were in seventh heaven. We decided to pass on the paddle-boat riding because they were wound up like eight-day clocks after we got out of the aquarium, and we decided that being in the middle of a harbor is not such a good place to be if one is in that state and is four years old. Then take-out BBQ from Red, Hot, and Blue and life is good. We're so sorry to see them leaving tomorrow morning.

Yes, HH11, the fact that Alan Rickman is in Love Actually certainly didn't hurt our decision to watch it! She is a fan of his, too, and also has read the HP books but is not as rabid enthusiastic as we Forumers are. I am proud that I was the one who at least got her to read them in the first place, though; yay me! She's even been re-reading PoA this week while she's been here, because I had left it lying out during my re-read! (She is of the opinion that Dumbledore is still alive, Snape will turn out to be a good guy but will die protecting Harry, and that my "Snape was at Godric's Hollow" theory is evidence that I think about this stuff way too much.)

Everyone have a great RotD!


Mrs. Sirius - Jun 10, 2006 10:44 pm (#1046 of 2979)

You know what they say, "Welcome to New England (substitute "the northeast" if you like); if you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes!" It's definitely a "blustery day" here.

Blustery to say the least! It was pouring here this morning, AM baseball was cancelled because all the fields were flooded. Before noon, the bluster dried out all the fields, all games were re scheduled. And it was really chilly too.

The world if full of all kinds of people. We live in a very, very small town. Everybody knows everybody. There is a small playground in full view of the fields so parents are comfortable letting the little kids play while the siblings are on the fields.

Today at the game some creep came in and mingled with the parents, coaches, and kids. He got 3 young girls by themselves and asked them to help him find his duck. Luckily, one of the kids spoke up and the police were called. But to do that in daylight when all the parents, coaches, and kids are there because they knew that everyone was distracted!!  The guy got away but it's really disturbing to know that the place we feel so confident and secure with our children is no different from the rest of the big wide world.

possum cute hmmmm???? well all babies are cute.

By the way my 7 1/2 year who started reading the PS?SS about a month ago when she was home sick has real all the books up to GOF which she started 2 days ago. She asks really interesting questions about it too.

Happy RoTD to you.


Tazzygirl - Jun 10, 2006 10:47 pm (#1047 of 2979)

Madam P.- LOL!! I have a soft spot for babies, no matter what they are or look like! I really wanted to keep the baby, but I think I would have non-intentionally killed it within a couple hours. Before I decided to be a teacher, I was seriously thinking of becoming a veterinarian or zoologist.

Incidentally, after looking up pictures on the internet, we found out it was not a baby opposum (sorry, Catherine and Blossom! ), but a baby squirrel. Baby opossum don't make noises when they are that little, and the one we found was squeaking a lot, which is what baby squirrels do. Seems more logical to have a squirrel baby instead of opossum baby, as there is a squirrel that has decided to come into our backyard every morning to tease the dogs. I'm thinking she forgot about her baby.


EDIT: Mrs. Sirius- How awful!! I hope they find the guy!


Madam Pince - Jun 10, 2006 10:59 pm (#1048 of 2979)

How yucky, Mrs. Sirius! Here's hoping they catch him! We had a similar thing happen at our small-town county fair a couple of years ago. (In our case it was a "drifter" who was temporarily employed in the town.) Very scary, especially in a small town where everyone normally feels so secure and sometimes lets their guard down by mistake.

Oh, well, then Tazzy -- baby squirrel, you say? That's OK then. Much better than a baby opossum. ***Glad you didn't see our baby bunnies -- you would've been a worse mess than I was. The dog managed to get a female cardinal the other day, too. She is just Charles Manson in dog form, I think.***


The giant squid - Jun 11, 2006 12:12 am (#1049 of 2979)

Okay, 89 posts when I got here so I've got a few responses to make...

LOL, Mike! Do I really change my avatar on Fridays?—azi

Well, not really, but you have changed it a lot lately. Then again, when you've been travelling you've got a lot of cool photos you want to share. No worries.

Mike, how far in advance do you have to screen the films before the release date? I'm really looking forward to Pirates, so I'm a bit jealous you're getting to see it early.—Eponine

We screen it the Thursday before it opens (so there's only about a 12-hour advance). The movie studios have this thing about piracy, so they don't deliver the prints to the theaters until the last possible moment... HH11, I can guarantee that there will be a Pirates of the Caribbean 3, since they filmed it at the same time they did the second one.

When the Navy "secures" a building they get a lease with option to buy. When the Marines "secure" a building they assault it with a battalion of infantry. When the Army "secures" a building they surround it with barbed-wire, machine guns, and shoot at anyone who gets too close. When the Air Force "secures" a building they turn out the light and lock the door.--Tom Proffitt

That is by far the funniest and most accurate description of the difference between the branches of the US Armed Forces.

For goodness' sake, I cried when Marcia Brady broke her nose.--HungarianHorntail11

You and Marie E. have something in common then. My sister has an unhealthy amount of knowledge about the Bradys...sometimes I think she likes "The Brady Bunch" more than Harry Potter (blasphemy!).

*hyperventilates into paper bag*

I'm having a dementor attack from last spring....--Catherine

I'm guessing you had a bad experience?—Tazzygirl

Heh...I'm reminded of a bit from The Italian Job (the recent remake).

Why don't you like dogs?
I had a bad experience.
What happened?
I had. a bad. Experience!

Sorry Tazzy's baby squirrel brought bad those painful memories, Catherine. If it helps any, the rest of us got loads of laughs out of the whole thing. Okay, that probably doesn't help...




geauxtigers - Jun 11, 2006 12:30 am (#1050 of 2979)

Ahh its 2:22am and I can't sleep because there are these obnoxious birds outside that won't stop chirping! It that chirping where they make a short chirp every 2 seconds then string it together for a while, then do the short choppy chirps again. I swear they are evenly spaced between each chirp! Grrr I hate birds sometimes. VERY annoying.

So instead of trying to ignore these birds I came on the forum! Which is never good this time of night for me as I'll slowly start not making sense....

I'll go check 5 words then go back to ignoring the birds....

Have a good rest of the day/night!
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azi - Jun 11, 2006 3:57 am (#1051 of 2979)

Well, not really, but you have changed it a lot lately. Then again, when you've been travelling you've got a lot of cool photos you want to share. - Squid Mike

That is true! I also get bored of my avatars very quickly.

Sleep well, geauxtigers!

Nice of you to save the baby squirrel, Tazzy!

I'm also looking forward to the next pirates film.

Eek, Mrs Sirius, that guy sounds disgusting!

Glad you had a nice day at the aquarium, Madam Pince!

Another hot day here. I need air conditioning or something... The worst thing is, it's due to get warmer. I suppose it's preferable to freezing cold!

Hope everyone has a great day!


Puck - Jun 11, 2006 5:19 am (#1052 of 2979)

My apoligizes to Olivia!

my "Snape was at Godric's Hollow" theory is evidence that I think about this stuff way too much. - You can spend too much time thinking of Harry Potter? Your friend needs to re-think her priorities!

How horrid, Mrs. Sirius! I had spent yesterday at a workshop to become a trainer for stopping/preventing child abuse. Arming children with the right information about what to do in such situations is a huge part. (They also need to know it's never their fault, they won't get in trouble, and telling is the right thing to do!) Thank goodness one of the girl's parents had taken the time to have a difficult talk -and then continually reinforced the message. She likely saved her friends as well. I think I will go talk to my kids again as well....



Catherine - Jun 11, 2006 6:17 am (#1053 of 2979)

LOL to Mike about the "bad experience." I really like watching The Italian Job. *waves to Kim about "Handsome Rob"*

In my opinion, possums of any age Are. Not. Cute.

Possums are preferable to playground perverts, however, and I'm glad the one Mrs. Sirius mentioned was thwarted. I guess "Constant Vigilance" pays off.

We may go see Cars today, especially if the thunderstorms continue. We are now on official "Summer Vacation," and I have many long weeks of kids at home.

Enjoy your Sunday!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 11, 2006 7:01 am (#1054 of 2979)

Mmmmm, Handsome Rob.


Eponine - Jun 11, 2006 7:57 am (#1055 of 2979)

I like Handsome Rob. Did you know they're making a sequel?

I did watch the original Italian Job with Michael Caine not too long ago. I'm always amused by older heist films because the amount of money they plan to steal is so minimal compared with today's films. Also, You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!

Catherine, I accidentally ran over an oppossum about a month ago. Even before I hit it, it wasn't cute.

Well, I hope everyone has a great RotD!


TomProffitt - Jun 11, 2006 9:21 am (#1056 of 2979)

I spent 9 years in the infantry and I still feel awful when the critters jump under my truck. Opossums are particular suicidal, but I've only personally run over a raccoon. It was a family of about six of them (momma & babies) there was no way to miss them all.


Tazzygirl - Jun 11, 2006 9:35 am (#1057 of 2979)

Awww. That is sad, TomProffitt!

The only animal I managed to hit was a bird. The birds in Hawaii are definitely suicidal, and don't move out of the street if cars approach.

I searched all the previous Chat threads to discover exactly what exactly the whole episode of Blossom was all about. Catherine- if I had discovered a oppossum the way you had, I think I would have had the same reaction!

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



Stephanie M. - Jun 11, 2006 9:46 am (#1058 of 2979)

Hey everyone!!! I'm back from my crazily busy life!

I wish everyone a happy birthday that I have missed, and good luck and good health to everybody!

I have been gone for a while because of finals and studying for finals. School ended last wednesday, and we had our graduation on Thursday night. Friday I had a birthday party, and my sister went to Prom... she came back this morning (went to the Jersey Shore with about 50 of her friends. But while she was gone, I was swimming up at my school, and teaching younger kids how to swim with some of the Varsity Swim team to raise money for our swim trip in the winter. We raised about $750, which was a pretty good start. Plus, we get community service hours for it too.

Congratulations to Nadal for winning the French Open!!! I wanted him to win, so I'm very happy!

I must now go to my friend's piano recital since it's very hard to get there since it's the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Have a great day everyone!!


Good Evans - Jun 11, 2006 9:53 am (#1059 of 2979)

Nice to see you back Stephanie!

Tazzy, we have suicidal birds here too, we have just put up a new bird table and it is a bit like "a peck of owls" here at the moment (so many birds swooping around the garden). We have one that I suppose broke its neck as it crashed in to the kitchen door and yesterday as we were breakfasting we saw one take a glancing blow off the greenhouse as it flew straight in to a pane of glass, it then flew to the top of the greenhouse and sat there for a while (I think it had a small concussion!!)


Tazzygirl - Jun 11, 2006 10:06 am (#1060 of 2979)

Good Evans- for some reason I find that funny... My parents have had a couple birds slam into their sliding glass door, but they all seemed to have not been fazed by it! Birdy concussion- awwww. Poor baby!

~Kristina (Bing!)


Good Evans - Jun 11, 2006 10:10 am (#1061 of 2979)

I know what you mean Tazzy, we have several that seem to whack the door and windows but they usually fly off again (like the greenhouse one), the one that hit the door either had his speed or trajectory wrong as he did not survive.


Tazzygirl - Jun 11, 2006 10:14 am (#1062 of 2979)

Good Evans- that is sad. Reminds me of the Windex commercials they have here, where birds line up on a fence and watch unsuspecting other birds fly into windows that were cleaned by Windex.

We also had a pair of hummingbirds that used to live in the backyard. When we ran out of food in the hummingbird feeder, they would come up to the kitchen window and stay there until we filled the feeder back up.



virginiaelizabeth - Jun 11, 2006 10:22 am (#1063 of 2979)
Edited Jun 11, 2006 11:05 am

Ahh I've never hit anything yet, but so far to date my mom has killed 3 of our cats on 3 separate occasions when she accidentally ran over them in the driveway. It wasn't funny when it happened but now it's gotten to be a joke. We think she needs to get 3 cat stickers and put them on the side of her car!

The birds here are crazy as well, and enjoy chirping during the wee hours of the night-uhh so annoying!

Stephanie M.: I was reading your profile and we have the same birthday except that you are 2 years younger! Just thought I'd share!

Tazzy: can you link Catherine's story about Blossom the Opposum?

have a great day everyone!


EDIT: ok Kristina talk to ya later!


Eponine - Jun 11, 2006 10:59 am (#1064 of 2979)

Other than the previously mentioned oppossum, I have run over a suicidal squirrel and had a bird fly into my window. I'm usually very careful about braking for animals, but the incident with the oppossum occurred late at night on a very dark road. As for the squirrel, I can only assume that he had decided to end it all because he threw himself under my tire after I had braked for him. I was horrified when I hit the oppossum. They might be unpleasant animals, but I still don't want to run them down with my car.

The other day I was at my computer, and I kept hearing this noise outside the window. I opened the blinds to find a bird flying into the glass repeatedly. I banged on the window to scare it away, but I couldn't figure out where it thought it was going. The blinds were down, so it wasn't transparent in the slightest. The only thing I could figure was the bird was flying at his reflection.

Catherine, here's to a Blossom-free summer!


Kip Carter - Jun 11, 2006 11:16 am (#1065 of 2979)
Edited Jun 11, 2006 11:51 am

virginiaelizabeth, the discussion concerning Catherine's "Blossom" started over a year ago and would take a multitude of link to explain everything; however I feel this May 3, 2005 1:01 pm post, which I have named "Blossum the Possum Returns", will convey what happened. Enjoy and you are welcome to search more.

Catherine's first encounter was in her Apr 18, 2005 10:19 am post, titled "Catherine the Wimp Meets Blossum the Possum". Just remember, Catherine, you were the one who said you were a wimp. I just included it in the title.

If anyone wants to follow the complete story, start with the April 18th post and follow through the next 500-plus posts to the May 3rd message and enjoy the advice, concern, and ribbing that both Catherine and Blossum were provided.


Mediwitch - Jun 11, 2006 11:16 am (#1066 of 2979)

so far to date my mom has killed 3 of our cats on 3 separate occasions when she accidentally ran over them in the driveway. It wasn't funny when it happened but now it's gotten to be a joke. We think she needs to get 3 cat stickers and put them on the side of her car!

ROFL, Ginny, especially about the stickers on the car!

Oh yeah, BING!


Lilly P - Jun 11, 2006 12:07 pm (#1067 of 2979)

First and foremost, to Mrs. Sirius, I am so sorry! I grew up in a small town that since has become huge and subsequently lost it's innocence, I understand how unsettling it can be for the town to "lose" it's innocence.

virginiaelizabeth- in early spring, if you take a big stick and knock down all the nests that are starting to be built by the birds, they will not continue to nest near your home. Take it from me, I have 4 trees outside my 3 bedroom windows!!! the trick is to knock them down early so that the birds have time to build somewhere else before mating season begins. do this for 3 consecutive seasons and you will be virtually bird free.


Madam Pince - Jun 11, 2006 12:41 pm (#1068 of 2979)

Eponine, you silly! Clearly the bird had some mail for you and was just trying to deliver it! You probably missed a message from Dumbledore or Sirius or something!

We used to have a woodpecker who would come out every spring and sit on our metal roof gutters, pecking away at them. It sounded like someone was jackhammering on the roof. NOT a nice wake-up call -- it would get you straight up out of bed yelling "What is that???"

I have had all sorts of animals run out in front of me while I was driving, but the only one ever I hit and killed was (of all things) a mongoose in Hawaii, being suicidal. They are (were?) thick over there -- just like we have squirrels (or opossums!) here. I was devastated, though. Rikki Tikki Tavi and all that. Wah.

Best "hit animal" story I ever heard was third-hand -- apparently a local church was sponsoring a living Nativity scene before Christmas one year, and they had secured a camel from a guy who kept exotic animals. Somehow the camel managed to escape and ran panicked out onto a major highway, where it was struck and tragically killed. It was a terribly sad story, but my perverted sense of humor could not stop me laughing hysterically imagining the look on the insurance guy's face when he read the accident report. "You hit a what???" You don't see that every day.

Houseguests left for home early this morning. I promptly went back to bed and slept until 2:00 in the afternoon! Must've needed it badly. The house is soooo quiet now!

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


Puck - Jun 11, 2006 2:25 pm (#1069 of 2979)

First off, I suspect Julie's windows are waaaaay too clean. Slack off a bit, please! The birds beg you!

My in-laws had a bird flying repeatedly into their window last year. It didn't help closing the shades. For days it continued to crash into the window. I'm not sure why it started this behavior, but pretty sure the resulting brain damage is what made it continue.

Welcome back, Stephanie!

Happy RotD,



HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 11, 2006 3:13 pm (#1070 of 2979)
Edited Jun 11, 2006 4:21 pm

Mrs. Sirius - eeeeyuuuck! I am absolutely disgusted. What is going on? Our area is large enough that we don't let down our guard, but it doesn't mean it can't happen here, either. Kind of reminds me of that Dateline episode again. Where do these men get the nerve to do such things - and who are their mothers????? Shame on them for raising such beasts. Vent over. I am so happy that no one was hurt or taken.

Well, I did it. I sang the Arky Arky song to the three kiddies. At one point, I had to grab hold of Olivia's wrist for her to hear the rest of the song. Strangely, she tried to gnaw off her arm. All in all, I think they liked it!

My sister has an unhealthy amount of knowledge about the Bradys...sometimes I think she likes "The Brady Bunch" more than Harry Potter (blasphemy!). C'mon now, Mike - that's hitting below the belt.

I have run over a suicidal squirrel Eponine . . ."Don't worry, kids! All squirrels twitch like that before they go to sleep!"

Thanks for posting that link, Kip. I was going to do a search on it, but it sounds as though you've saved me a lot of trouble.

Oh yeah, dobbyiscool, congrats on the Spirit award. You must have done something right.

EDIT: HH11, I can guarantee that there will be a Pirates of the Caribbean 3, since they filmed it at the same time they did the second one.

Oh, I feel so dopey Mike. I based my comment entirely on Olivia's review of the book. I guess I need to get out more.


timrew - Jun 11, 2006 4:10 pm (#1071 of 2979)

Yeah, the only things I have run over are a snow leopard, an orang-outang and a panda.

I think they must have escaped from the same pet-shop on the same day...........................because they aren't indigenous to the UK.

I tried to avoid them, but I was trying to swerve out of the way of a Blue Whale at the time. God knows what it was doing in the third lane of the M6..............


Tazzygirl - Jun 11, 2006 4:20 pm (#1072 of 2979)

Madam P.-a mongoose in Hawaii, being suicidal. They are (were?) thick over there –

Mongoose are extremely thick in Hawaii. We are trying to find a way to get rid of them, as they are killing all the native species to the islands. I haven't managed to hit one with my car yet.

Off to make chocolate cupcakes.



Chemyst - Jun 11, 2006 4:32 pm (#1073 of 2979)

Puck & HH11:
I just looked up the words to the Arky song to be sure it was the same one I was thinking of– I was surprised to find an additional verse: They came off by three-sies three-sies  Grizzly bears and chimpanzee-sies zee-sies  I've concluded that was an intentional omission by the scout leader who taught it to our Brownie troop as it may have led to unwanted questions.

Driving Lesson: Small rodents do not have sufficient mass endanger you or your passengers in the same manner as a tree, telephone pole, or oncoming vehicle. When a split-second choice must be made, a small tha-dump is preferable to a BIG BANG. Small tha-dumps also offer more favorable outcomes than large ditches, waterways, or cliffs. My sister learned that the hard way.


Pinky Prime - Jun 11, 2006 4:34 pm (#1074 of 2979)

I recently ran over my own foot while the car was parked on a steep hill. Bet the critters laughed at me. (Squirrel gives his buddy High five!)

That for me has given me more time to catch up on posts.


Thora - Jun 11, 2006 5:35 pm (#1075 of 2979)

Oooch, that sounds painful.

Well I missed a day due to going to my mother-in-laws for a visit. We saw Cars while we were there, and I laughed the whole way through. The plot was very transparent from the start, but my husband and I like catching all the little jokes that would be missed if one didn't follow Pixar films. I think we enjoyed it more than the kids did.

The rest of the weekend was a typical visit with my mother-in-law. I'll be rewarding myself for my good behavior with chocolate and acid pops. Anyone want to come share my stash until the post mother-in-law visit dementor goes away? No? Well I guess I should have saved the Bertie Botts too.... Wink

Happy RotD all.



Mediwitch - Jun 11, 2006 6:47 pm (#1076 of 2979)

Pinky Prime - Ouch

And I agree with Chemyst's driving lesson - even though a deer can do some serious damage to you and your car, the tree/utility pole/other car/embankment/etc. can do much worse! Don't make the Mediwitches and wizards come get you!



Pinky Prime - Jun 11, 2006 6:55 pm (#1077 of 2979)
Edited Jun 11, 2006 7:40 pm

I try to keep my car in Prime (excuse the pun) condition, so immediately after it got run over I got back in the driver's seat to put on the brakes.  That's when I noticed Ouch!  Saved the car though but at a price.

Guess the Gekko's got mad too!  Suffice it to say that I'm off my feet a lot more these days with it wrapped up.  Post Time!!!!!!

This is what you get when you have time on your hands...


geauxtigers - Jun 11, 2006 7:14 pm (#1078 of 2979)

Ouch!! I can't imagine getting my foot run over! I did have it slammed in the car door once, but I think I'd rather that than have it run over!

I'm really upset because they have made the pink starbursts minty! I mean come on the pink are everyone's favorite so why would you make them minty? Ah well its a limited edtion, but still...

My mom actually found a hatched egg shell outside today, so now I think I know why birds have been keeping my awake at night

Tomorrow I have to babysit all day again for a bratty 3 year old...

I'm off to check 5 Words then the chat room for a while...


Puck - Jun 11, 2006 7:35 pm (#1079 of 2979)

I recently ran over my own foot while the car was parked on a steep hill. -Pinky Prime

Now that takes talent!

I sang the Arky Arky song to the three kiddies. At one point, I had to grab hold of Olivia's wrist for her to hear the rest of the song. Strangely, she tried to gnaw off her arm.


Chemyst, we always sang that last verse. Guess we had brave G.S. leaders. (Actually, I never really thought about it before.)

Thora, enjoy your treats. You earned them!

Tori, hope you get paid by the tantrum.

Happy RotD,



virginiaelizabeth - Jun 11, 2006 9:35 pm (#1080 of 2979)

I never knew the "Arky Arky" song had more than 2 verses!

I have to say it does take quite an immense amount of talent to run over your own foot Pinky Prime! Were you in the car or running to catch it from rolling off the hill? The later would make more sense but you never know!

And of course the bratty 3 year old for the next 2 days! I just can't wait to see him!...wish there was a way to slip him some Draught of Living Death....he'd be asleep the whoollle day! Or maybe just a simple silencing solution..that would sure make ignoring him easier! ahh well to bad I'm a poor potions maker!

Time to go check Potty 5 Words!! then maybe try to get some sleep..hah doubtful!

Have a great RotD/N


Mrs. Sirius - Jun 11, 2006 11:10 pm (#1081 of 2979)

First and foremost, to Mrs. Sirius, I am so sorry! I grew up in a small town that since has become huge and subsequently lost it's innocence, I understand how unsettling it can be for the town to "lose" it's innocence.

Lilly P, yes loss of innocence is precisely what this was. My husband and I often call our town La-La land because it is so serenely picturesque, quaint, open, and friendly. It has really shaken everyone. I went out with the mother of the children involved and she is an emotional mess.

It was a terribly sad story, but my perverted sense of humor could not stop me laughing hysterically imagining the look on the insurance guy's face when he read the accident report. "You hit a what???" You don't see that every day.

Madame Pince, Yep, ha ha ha h he he.

I have (thankfully) only run over a squirrel. Yes, one of those suicidal ones that dashes out in front of your car then decides, “no, better not do that, oh why not, oh, no, better not…“ I had slowed down and thought I had given it room to decide in which direction to go. Alas, I heard the tha-dum and knew I hadn’t .

Yeah, the only things I have run over are a snow leopard, an orang-outang and a panda I think they must have escaped from the same pet-shop on the same day...........................because they aren't indigenous to the UK.

Tim, you say these things with such a straight face that I am not ever sure when you are kidding.

I recently ran over my own foot while the car was parked on a steep hill. Bet the critters laughed at me. (Squirrel gives his buddy High five!)

Pinky Prime, that takes real talent.


Amilia Smith - Jun 11, 2006 11:44 pm (#1082 of 2979)

We also sang that last verse to the Arky Arky song. As a matter of fact, we sang slightly more "racy" lyrics:
The animals they came off
They came off by three-sies three-sies
Just because of birds and beesies beesies
Of course this was at a Girls' Camp for teenagers: 12-17 yr olds. Did you all stand up and do the hand motions for the chorus? We also sang several other songs that were on Puck's site. I had a blast looking through them, remembering all the good times, and comparing lyrics. :-)

Pinky Prime: that same thing happened to my mother a couple years ago. Well, she wasn't driving, but her foot did get run over. Nothing was broken, but it took forever to heal. I feel your pain. Hopefully you will be able to heal more quickly than she did! ~~~~healing charms~~~~

I have hit a cat before. The rule my folks had was that if it is smaller than a deer, don't try to swerve! I do believe that, and I know hitting a cat is nothing compared to swerving and getting into an accident, but I felt so horrible after.

Now for my good news:
I got a call from my sister Friday. I have a new niece! Hopefully you will be able to see a picture of her in my profile. The one I chose has my baby sister helping our 2 yr old nephew hold his little sister.



Puck - Jun 12, 2006 5:07 am (#1083 of 2979)

Congrats on the new niece, Mills!

There are hand motions to the Arky Arky song?! I remember clapping, and holding up 2 fingers for twosies, 3 for threesies, but that's all. (Of course, any hand motions would be difficult if you had gnawed off your arm. )

Happy RotD,


oh-What was Chandler's last name on Friends? It was "Bing"!


haymoni - Jun 12, 2006 7:54 am (#1084 of 2979)

Ungrateful Son had a baseball game Saturday. He was pitching and the brats on the other team started heckling him. These are 11 and 12 year-olds - new 5th & 6th graders.

Now I realize that if my son continues on the road to "Greatness" that he will be heckled and called names, but the league has a no heckling rule. You can cheer your own team on as loud as you want, but you can't say anything to the other kids. i.e., I can't yell "Drop it!!!" when some poor child is trying to catch a pop fly with the sun in his eyes.

My son really got rattled. We have played some tough teams with rude coaches, but this was the first time he had ever faced anything like this. He finished the inning, but he was angry at himself for letting them get to him. Our coach didn't make a big deal about it. The moms were ready to rush the other team's dugout.

Anyway, the pressure got to him and he asked to be taken out. The next inning he played left field. One of those mouthy kids hit a shot over our 3rd baseman's head. My son fielded the ball and threw the kid out at first base all the way from deep in left field!!! Whoo Hoo!!! That put the smile back on his face.

But the drama continued...That mouthy child, who had just been thrown out by my talented son, threw his helmet and cursed. The umpire ejected him from the game. I couldn't believe it. I had never seen a child thrown out of a game before.

Our team came back to win the game and my son felt better about being able to make such a great play, but it really was an ugly start to the weekend. Hopefully, he'll be able to shake it off next time.


Tazzygirl - Jun 12, 2006 8:34 am (#1085 of 2979)

Congratulations, Mills!!

I have never heard of the Arky Arky song...

Haymoni- Sorry to hear about your son's bad game experience. I hope he won't let it bug him next time! I used to babysit this little boy who had to succeed at everything competition- wise. I remember taking him to a t-ball game, and he was a complete nightmare to his team mates and coaches (if he missed a hit or catching the ball, he would throw a fit, and attack his team mates by saying they can't throw and such). I found that the reason why he acts like that was because his dad was the same exact way. My neighbor kid across the street was on the boy's team, and he really didn't like going to practices or games because of that kid.

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!

~Kristina (Puck, are you sure it's Chandler Bing?! LOL, Nice one!!)


Esther Rose - Jun 12, 2006 8:36 am (#1086 of 2979)

Bravo for your son Haymoni.

This just goes to show. It's not necessarily what we say, it's what we do that makes us truly great. (Smart remarks are often quickly followed by a dinner of crow tar tar.) I've never believed or understood the reason behind heckling the opposing team anyways. Why give them that much ammunition to want to win against you?


haymoni - Jun 12, 2006 11:06 am (#1087 of 2979)

crow tar tar - very good! It was a rather ironic turn of events, was it not??

That evening I babysat for my nephew, so my brother & his wife could go out for their anniversary. He is autistic and I believe it was the first time someone other than grandparents had watched him. (They trusted ME????)

He's 7 years old. He has a hard time communicating, but he can multiply better than some 10 year-olds. It went pretty well, I think, and they need to get out and relax.

Does anyone on the Forum have any experience with The Autism Diet - no dairy, no gluten? I have read about it and I know it doesn't work for every child, but I'd like to know if it is difficult to follow. The materials that I have read say to start with the non-dairy items first and then start cutting out the gluten. Any comments - good or bad?


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 12, 2006 11:10 am (#1088 of 2979)

Mrs. Sirius--what a disturbing story. It's disheartening to discover there's really no "safe" place.

haymoni--sounds like your son acquitted himself quite nicely. Good for him.

I had no idea there were mongooses (or is it mongeese ) in Hawaii.

And on a humiliating note, I stayed up to watch The 4400 season premiere. What a disappointment.


Holly T. - Jun 12, 2006 11:22 am (#1089 of 2979)

Mrs. Sirius, yikes!

Good for your son, Haymoni.

Goodness, I hope my babysitter this week isn't expecting to get paid by the tantrum. Or the times my son hits his sister. My son has had a huge crush on the babysitter for several years (he's 8, she's 14) so maybe he'll behave for her. He hasn't been behaving for me, keeps hitting his sister, and was a pill all last week at day camp. I warned her. I think I will call home to check. They are going to VBS at our church in the mornings this week and then she is babysitting them in the afternoon. They have to walk to our house from the church so the plan is for the walk to make someone too tired to hit anyone else.


TomProffitt - Jun 12, 2006 11:50 am (#1090 of 2979)

A friend of mine told me recently that his son came home with a not saying that there was gang activity in his son's school. His son is nine.

What the heck is going on? Rural Virginia didn't use to have gangs at any age level, now they are in the elementary schools?


haymoni - Jun 12, 2006 11:53 am (#1091 of 2979)

They start 'em young, Tom.

Or the kids are emulating older kids or what they saw on TV.

Mrs. Sirius - They did a special on "Oprah" some years back where parents at a Chicago park were being interviewed about safety and "talking to strangers". While the parents were busy being interviewed for the "Oprah Show", someone posing as a "Stranger" was luring their kids off one by one. As the "Stranger" walked off with their children, the interviewer would ask the parent to turn around and they saw their precious little ones walking off with a total stranger. They couldn't believe how easily their 4, 5 and 6 year olds would go off. The Stranger's hook??? - "Would you help me find my lost puppy?" It got them every time.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 12, 2006 12:12 pm (#1092 of 2979)

I can't speak for all of rural Virginia, but Mara Salvatrucha or "MS-13" has been flourishing in Northern Virginia (i. e. that part of Virginia considered to be part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area) for quite some time. It is a point of concern throughout Virginia at the current time that MS-13 is expanding its bases of operation out beyond the "suburbs" into the "exurbs" and rural areas.

I mention this because my instinct is to dismiss childish shenanigans as shenanigans, but these days when I hear of "gang activity" I immediately think of MS-13 and am not surprised if an elementary school is involved.


The giant squid - Jun 12, 2006 12:57 pm (#1093 of 2979)

oh-What was Chandler's last name on Friends? It was "Bing"! –Puck

Ah, but what does it say on his TV Guide? (I know this was a 5 Words thing, but I always chuckle at Chandler).

Maria, don't feel bad--the back-to-back filming thing isn't a common practice. To my knowledge the only ones that have done it before are Back To The Future II & III and Matrix Reloaded/Matrix Revolutions.

When I was in high school (oh, about 15 years ago) there was a "gang" starting up. I put it in quotes because it was basically a small group of hoodlums (which, let's face it, have always been around) who all wore the same stuff--LA Raiders gear. They called themselves--wait for it--the Raiders. I figured if that's the best they could come up with I didn't have much to worry about.



haymoni - Jun 12, 2006 1:06 pm (#1094 of 2979)

Mike - what about that series of movies that came out a little bit ago about some guy named Frodo?


Madam Pince - Jun 12, 2006 1:26 pm (#1095 of 2979)
Edited Jun 12, 2006 2:07 pm

Ooooo, I know, I know! ***waves hand frantically in air a la Hermione*** It was: Chanandler Bong!

Haymoni, give Ungrateful Son a big "Whoo-Hoo!" from me! That is so great! I love it when a bully or a poor loser gets a come-uppance! And what was up with the coaches/parents of the other team??? Your coaches should at the very least mention it to the league organizers, I would think. As Tazzy said, though, it's usually the kid imitating the parents who are trying to play vicariously through their kid. Very sad to be teaching them that way. (But big kudos to the umpire for doing the correct thing and ejecting the kid!)

Loopy is absolutely correct on the gang thing. We have done extensive research into that subject because we were considering moving into the Northern Virginia area, and Mr. Pince is adamantly opposed to the idea because of the boom of MS-13 in the area. Unfortunately, it appears to be spreading down I-81 into the Shenandoah Valley, which has always been a "rural-pristine-Green Acres Heartland-type" area. They are some very scary people, too; serious about their recruitment and starting up very young, apparently.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 12, 2006 1:57 pm (#1096 of 2979)

They are some very scary people, too; serious about their recruitment and starting up very young, apparently.

About 2 mos. ago, our local sheriff came and gave a great, in-depth presentation regarding gangs. Gangs are everywhere and do practice very forceful recruiting tactics by threatening and following through with the threats. Many children feel trapped and once they get their teeth into someone, they don't let go. The kids need to know they can get help from adults and the police. The worst part is that they are now "networking" in a worldwide manner and are growing in leaps and bounds.

haymoni, three cheers for Ungrateful Son! I know it's hard to see them go through such a difficult situation but you must feel great knowing how admirably he handled it. Justice, sweet justice in the end didn't hurt, either.

The sad part is that the mom was probably angry that her son was ejected. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, y'know. ((Olivia just ran off crying. ))

Mike: Matrix Reloaded/Matrix Revolutions - There's a Matrix Revolutions????

Congratulations on your new niecey-niecey, Millsy-Millsy. . .sorry, that song is still stuck in my head. I guess it would help if I actually knew the tune.


Mediwitch - Jun 12, 2006 2:17 pm (#1097 of 2979)

haymoni - Does anyone on the Forum have any experience with The Autism Diet - no dairy, no gluten?

Yep. In my "real life", I spend two-thirds of my week with children who have autism. (The other one-third is spent with children with more "typical" speech-language problems.) This is what I tell my families when this topic comes up. There is no clinical evidence that this diet works. That being said, certain individuals have reported success with it. It can be very difficult to follow, although the boom in health foods in recent years has made it a bit easier with lots more rice and soy products available. It can also be difficult if the child has lots of issues around eating, i.e. will eat only certain textures, certain colors, etc. I know several families who have tried this diet, and none have had particularly positive results. Hope the information is useful for you! *gets off professional soapbox now*


haymoni - Jun 12, 2006 2:51 pm (#1098 of 2979)

Personally, I would run through the streets naked if I thought it would help my child, but I haven't seen enough evidence to know if this really works.

It is my understanding that one slip up can set the child back, so you have to really be vigilant (Constant!!) if you are going to place your child on the diet. Thanks, Mediwitch!


TomProffitt - Jun 12, 2006 3:09 pm (#1099 of 2979)

Unfortunately, it appears to be spreading down I-81 into the Shenandoah Valley, which has always been a "rural-pristine-Green Acres Heartland-type" area. --- Madam Pince

I'm in a small town near Harrisonburg. H'burg has really grown over the last ten years. We're pushing 50 to 60 thousand now. Unemployment is around 1% here.

I think that most of the crime problems are connected with Meth. There seem to be alot of meth labs down here (or so I hear).

I have never witnessed anything approaching crime around here and feel very safe. Pretty much if you're the type of person that doesn't go looking for trouble you won't find any here.

The only thing I don't like about living here is that the winters aren't mild enough for me. The Shenandoah Valley is a good place to live.


Catherine - Jun 12, 2006 3:11 pm (#1100 of 2979)

The materials that I have read say to start with the non-dairy items first and then start cutting out the gluten. Any comments - good or bad? –Haymoni

We investigated this diet when our autistic (extremely high-functioning, though) daughter Claire began having seizures AND particularly frightening reactions to seizure medication. Her seizure disorder seemed to exaggerate her "autistic" symptoms. Not good.

I agree with Mediwitch that our investigation of the scientific literature suggests that this diet has limited success. My personal opinion is that it should be a last option, not a first option, due to the sheer difficulty it presents in family life and the VERY unhealthful nature of this diet. The evidence that it works seems to be anecdotal.

My personal opinion is that, for the efforts one could put into following the diet, one could have a lot of language therapy, social skills therapy, and life-skills therapy. But families are different, and parents should go where intuition and common sense lead them.
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Mediwitch - Jun 12, 2006 4:29 pm (#1101 of 2979)

Catherine: My personal opinion is that, for the efforts one could put into following the diet, one could have a lot of language therapy, social skills therapy, and life-skills therapy.

I wholeheartedly agree!


timrew - Jun 12, 2006 4:40 pm (#1102 of 2979)

Yes, this gang thing has now started in our local nursery.

You get three year olds trying to muscle in on the nappy (diaper) allocation business. 'Gimme da business, punk, or I'll let you have it wid dis cap-gun!'.........................


Julie Aronson - Jun 12, 2006 5:34 pm (#1103 of 2979)

Tim--you gave me a SPEW moment--Thanks, dude!!!Baby Smiley


geauxtigers - Jun 12, 2006 5:38 pm (#1104 of 2979)

Well I officially "worked" longer than my mom today, leaving the house before her and getting home after her. I'm exhausted! This kid is just the biggest question asker I've ever met in my life. He keeps asking things like 'why are you hungry' Does someone really ever have a reason to be hungry?! NO yo just are bottom line! Makes for a long day!

I stubbed my little toe last night on my bed and it hurts! Not broken thankfully though!

I don't know any gangs here, I don't know any at my school, but I'm not foolish enough to say they don't exist as I by no means live in a small town... really sad though, that people like that are all around...

LOL Tim!

off to chat room and 5 Words for a bit!

Have a great day/night


Puck - Jun 12, 2006 6:32 pm (#1105 of 2979)

Personally, I would run through the streets naked if I thought it would help my child, but I haven't seen enough evidence to know if this really works.  Why don't you try it, Haymoni, and let us know if it works?

My neighbor’s son is on a similar diet -I haven't seen much difference. My kids' Yoga instructor has a son with a limited diet due to allergies. If trying such a diet she suggests avocados, has they have protein, calcium, and many other nutrients you'd otherwise be lacking.

Hey! I knew it was "Chanandler Bong", but Mrs. Pince beat me to it!

Tim -

Great. Now I have to talk ro my kids about strangers, "bad touching", AND gangs.

Haymoni, he may be Ungrateful, but your son is way cool!

Happy RotD,



Eponine - Jun 12, 2006 6:38 pm (#1106 of 2979)

Ah, but what does it say on his TV Guide? - Mike

Ooooo, I know, I know! ***waves hand frantically in air a la Hermione*** It was: Chanandler Bong! - Madame Pince

Don't forget the rest of it! It's MS. Chanadler Bong

Well, I went to see A Prairie Home Companion today. It was the first time I've ever been to a movie alone. Mr. Eponine is out of town, and he wasn't really interested, so I went by myself. I really liked the movie, but it was extremely slow and not a whole lot happened. If you're not familiar with the radio show, then I'm not sure if I'd recommend it. I did enjoy it, though.

Have a great RotD!


haymoni - Jun 12, 2006 8:07 pm (#1107 of 2979)

My nephew was diagnosed very late - probably about 3 1/2 - 4 years old. Multiple pediatricians, first-time parents, grandparents in denial and I didn't know quite how to say, "Um, I think there is something wrong here."

Tact is not one of my strong points. After he was kicked out of Daycare Center #3, I finally used the "A" word with my brother and encouraged him to get him tested. I told him "If he's hard of hearing, we'll all learn sign language, and (insert deep breath here) if it turns out he's autistic - well, we'll deal with that too!"

Amazingly enough, the grade school right around the corner from their house is the "headquarters" for the autism program in their school system. He's done really well in the 2 years that he's been there.


Mediwitch - Jun 12, 2006 8:28 pm (#1108 of 2979)

haymoni - I don't think that's as uncommon as you might think. I like your approach with your brother! It let him know that you were there to support them, no matter what. It's great to hear that your nephew is doing so well. Congratulations to you and your family - it's a big scary word, that A-word!


John Bumbledore - Jun 12, 2006 8:50 pm (#1109 of 2979)

Oy, the other hurricane season has opened. Alberto is still a TS at 69 mph but is close to the 74 mph mark for hurricane status. (yes I am watching the weather report on our local news. Forecast track is landfall on gulf coast FL in the "corner" between the pan handle and the peninsula, then proceeding up through eastern GA, SC and NC.

Strengthening charms to all those in the path.

Imagine my embarrassment the next time I have to go to the local Animal Shelter. -- Catherine.

Sorry Catherine, but this reminds me of the first time I saw the washing eyeballs" phrase. LOL
I guess you haven't gotten the Obliviate spell to work yet, or Kip has a very strong counter spell.
Thank you Kip!

Things hit with cars: I hit a kitten as an older teen with my car in my parents driveway. The bad part was that it wasn't dead yet. I Didn't like that.

I hit a ditch and a sign post, but I missed the BIG farm tractor. The ditch was deep enough that I would have been stuck if it wasn't for the fact that I forgot to hit the break, slid to the drive crossing the ditch which had enough of a slope to ramp the car back up to road level where I spun around 540 degrees and stopped facing the opposite way from when I started.

Another time I was hit in the back bumper buy a very large SUV, who's driver said they had just got it back from repaired because the accelerator was sticking. Okay, so it wasn't repaired. So, if she was going about 35 mph before the accelerator stuck, then it is no wonder she pushed my car from a stop, about five feet and into the car in front of me. I had whiplash and a wrist injury that still bothers me today.

Another time I had a near miss. It was a hitch-hiker, at the top of the on ramp to the Interstate, on a dark, rainy night. My wife had told me just 30 minutes before that she had an odd feeling, and asked if deer would be moving at this time. Deer bed down in the rain and don't run unless chased by wild dogs, but I did back off the speed limit just to make her feel better. It was a definite Trelawney moment that saved that hitch-hiker.

And the as always, bug to numerous to mention. Oops, too late.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Edit: From BBC News - Entertainment: "The History Boys, about a group of switched-on sixth-form students in pursuit of an Oxbridge place, opened in 2004 to rave reviews." (** Best actor was Richard Griffiths, and Frances de la Tour was named best supporting actress **)

Question from one in the US to UK, what are "switched-on sixth-form students?" I think this is another case of "separated by a common language."


Mrs. Sirius - Jun 12, 2006 9:53 pm (#1110 of 2979)

Tim, you are just priceless!

On the autism diet, my son is inattentive and we have had discussion about certain changes. Occasionally we have given him coffee in an attempt to keep him calm (this is because as a child, I was helped by coffee when I was too wired to concentrate or think).

However, for the last several years I have had various medical problems for which I was treated by my doctor, a couple of dermatologists, an exotic disease specialist, a ear nose and throat specialist, a surgeon, my regular doctor. I was telling a friend who is a chiropractor my problems, she said it sounds like you have a milk allergy. After all those doctors and medical tests, and strange prescription medicines, I found something that worked.

It turns out I have a milk "sensitivity". Being off milk and milk products has had huge effect. Life is sooo much better now! I can have some peace.


The giant squid - Jun 13, 2006 12:02 am (#1111 of 2979)

Five points for Madame Pince for the Chanandler part, and ten points to Eponine for remembering the "Ms."

There's a Matrix Revolutions????--HungarianHorntail11

Sadly, yes. I say sadly because I'm one of those who were less than impressed by the Matrix sequels. There was just too much of a tone shift between them and the original (watch them again--Matrix is about the people in (and getting out of) the Matrix; Reloaded and Revolutions are about the programs).

Nothing to add on autism; my only knowledge therein is from the last episode of "St. Elsewhere"...



Julie Aronson - Jun 13, 2006 3:26 am (#1112 of 2979)

Boo for The Matrix and its sequels. I've only seen the original, and was infuriated by what a cheap rip-off it was of one of my all-time favorite sci-fi books, Neuromancer. I was so put off that I'm more concerned about losing the time watching the sequels will rob from my life than whether or not they're any good.

OK. Rant over.

Have a wonderful day!


azi - Jun 13, 2006 3:48 am (#1113 of 2979)

John - Sixth-form students are college students taking A-levels (ages 16 - 18). I have no idea what 'switched-on' is supposed to mean. I assume it's enthusiastic or something.

The Matrix exists. I wasn't that impressed.

I have lots of allergies but only my nut allergy is food related.

Hope everyone has a great day!


Catherine - Jun 13, 2006 4:36 am (#1114 of 2979)

I was so put off that I'm more concerned about losing the time watching the sequels will rob from my life than whether or not they're any good.--Julie Aronson

You're starting to sound just like Loopy Lupin!

My kids are leaving today to visit their paternal Grandma. I plan to swap out old toys and clean out closets while they are gone. Bwahahahaha!


Julie Aronson - Jun 13, 2006 4:48 am (#1115 of 2979)

You're starting to sound just like Loopy Lupin!—Catherine

I'll take that as a compliment!


Puck - Jun 13, 2006 5:31 am (#1116 of 2979)

Do you take a class in cynical during law school?

when me and Tori were little we used to think the words to "Yankee Doodle" were "stuck a feather in his cat and called it macaroni" so that's where we got the name from  Wait! It isn't macaroni? Really? *sigh* Back to the kid song website to find out the actual words.

John, I am amazed that both you and hitch-hiker have managed to survive.

BINGBINGBING! New story started!

Happy RotD,


Edit: I just looked it up, and it is "macaroni"!


Madam Pince - Jun 13, 2006 5:37 am (#1117 of 2979)

Whoo-Hoo, Eponine! ***Is deeply impressed that she remembered the "Ms." part*** :insert applauding smiley here:

Hey, Tom Proffit, I didn't realize we were such close neighbors! The place I call home is about an hour and a half from Harrisonburg, in the mountains! (Where I grew up and where Mom now lives, where our cabin is, and where we are going to move just as soon as we can!) Mr. Pince bought his four-wheeler at Early's Cycle Center, and a good number of my high school friends went to JMU! But don't fool yourself about crime/gangs in Harrisonburg -- they're there. A family friend has a daughter who's a police officer in Harrisonburg, and she was telling us just this spring that they have encountered some MS-13 activity there. Meth labs, too. There is some interconnection between the two, also, I think. Don't know if you recall the young woman who was found murdered a couple years ago just a bit north of there, at the covered bridge on the Shenandoah River? She was an MS-13 member who was acting as an informant for the FBI -- they got a great deal of valuable info about the gang's structure before she got a bit careless and was "found out." There was a documentary about it on the Discovery Channel or something recently. Very sad.

OK, that's a depressing start to the day -- bleah. I'd rather think of the Shenandoah Valley as the beautiful country that it truly is!

I don't know anything about autism, but I have a cousin whose son is autistic. I remember hearing them talk something about a diet, but I don't think they pursued it. He has really blossomed with therapy and special classes, apparently. He has done horseback-riding classes as a type of therapy and it has been a great success.

Mills, your new niece is sooo beautiful! A very dangerous picture to post... I'm getting too old to want one of those!

Tons of chores to do today -- laundry, ironing, errands -- everything that got pushed back for a week while my houseguests were here. I need a house-elf! Everyone have a great RotD!


haymoni - Jun 13, 2006 5:50 am (#1118 of 2979)

I was flipping the channels and somebody is showing a documentary on MS-13. I never would have known what they were talking about if I hadn't been on the Forum! One kid actually had the "M" and the "S" tatooed on his eyelids - ouch!

See - that would stop me from joining a gang right there - I'd never get a tatoo.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 13, 2006 6:17 am (#1119 of 2979)

You're starting to sound just like Loopy Lupin!-- Catherine

I'll take that as a compliment! – Julie

As well you should!

As for the autism diet, I have a nephew with Asperger's Syndrome, but I've never heard of the diet. It seems like it would be a pain with little evidence of success. There is a summer law clerk here who is allergic to gluten and I don't think the poor thing can basically eat much of anything. You'd be surprised how many things have gluten and then you'd also have to be conscious of the gluten in things you cook with. Also, I'd be very concerned about cutting out dairy for a young child. You can use calcium supplements to be sure, but there are other things in dairy that young kids need.


John Bumbledore - Jun 13, 2006 6:23 am (#1120 of 2979)
Edited Jun 13, 2006 7:40 am


Good morning! ( By this I mean I hope you have had or will have a good morning. ) Well, I saw the Matrix. Cool FX, wasn't that at least half the point? I've had a VHS tape on loan from a friend for an embarrassingly long time but have never managed to watch Reloaded or Revolutions. I guess that speaks volumes about my opinion of Matrix.

While driving to work this morning, I was remembering one other animal I hit with a car. It was at night, so an accurate identification is difficult, but the white barred, gray wing (singular) filled the entire windshield (wind screen) of my Ford Escort. The owl just cleared my car except for my radio antenna (which then dented the roof).

Don't know how I could have forgotten to mention that in my post last night.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Edit: I have lots of allergies but only my nut allergy is food related. -- Azi.

Azi, thank goodness it is only food related, we wouldn't want you to have a bad reaction to us Nutters!

Bing! Again!


Thora - Jun 13, 2006 8:17 am (#1121 of 2979)

Does anyone on the Forum have any experience with The Autism Diet - no dairy, no gluten? – haymoni

I have three siblings with Asperger's Syndrome, each with a different degree of severity. With the eldest my mother had no diagnosis to work with, so she simply removed the sugar and milk from his diet. She didn't start removing gluten until the last one was in middle school. As I haven't lived anywhere near them in 8 years I'm not sure how much effect the diet itself has on my younger brother, but I do know that while the quirks he still has are noticeable I am very impressed with the person he is these days. Sure he gets on tangents about his passions and it's a bit hard to nicely tell him to stop talking, but he is much better about using appropriate behaviors when they are required.

Sorry I don't have more direct experience.

All- Just a few seconds ago Alberto lost it's potential for becoming a hurricane. There is still the threat of flooding, and tornados and high winds, but it's not a hurricane. So as I sit here in the center of the forecast cone I am trying to decide if I should clear out for the evening and head for higher ground. I could go to my in-laws, but that's where the dementors hang out, and I'm not keen on picking up another one, as the one from the weekend isn't yet gone. I guess I need to find out what six inches of rain means for flooding in our little moblie home community on the beach. I still have 8 hours until the big rains are supposed to hit... I just don't know what to think. I mean it's got to cross all of Georgia before it hits me.... sigh. I hope my husband calls soon.

Anyway, I'll post later so I can ease any minds I just troubled.



azi - Jun 13, 2006 8:26 am (#1122 of 2979)

Hehe, John! It's good to be cheered up when your hayfever is driving you insane!

On the subject of anti-histamines - does anyone know what the difference between loratadine and desloratadine is? My new doctor randomly changed me to loratadine from desloratadine and my hayfever has got worse, but I'm not sure whether it's just unusually high pollen or the new tablets. I looked on Wikipedia, but it wasn't particularly useful.

Glad to hear you won't be getting a hurricane, Thora! I hope you will be ok!


John Bumbledore - Jun 13, 2006 9:21 am (#1123 of 2979)
Edited Jun 13, 2006 10:25 am

Hi, Azi! **wave across the water**
I used to take loratadine (brand name Claritin®️) but it stopped being effective for my hay fever right about the time it became a con-prescription here in the states. At the same time the maker reformulated and released their new allergy drug as Clarinex®️ (desloratadine).
It always took me about three days for the loratadine to lessen my hay fever symptoms, and I found it difficult to schedule my daily dosage "one hour before or two to three hours after a meal."

My doctor switched me Allegra (fexofenadine) but i didn't like it, and it was more expensive.

I asked my doctor and pharmacyst about chlorpheniramine, it is an antihistamine that is in the brand name Chlor-Trimeton®️ and also used in the brand name Tylenol Allergy Sinus®️.

I find I do better using non-perscription chlorpheniramine than Claritin or Allegra.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

oh, ah, yes, erm, Bing!

Edit (10:24 AM forum time) I have used up all my post for today. I may turn up in the chat room in about another hour.


Tazzygirl - Jun 13, 2006 9:34 am (#1124 of 2979)

I get to go to Downtown Disney today! I really want to go to Disneyland, but my parents want to come too, and they have to work today. Downtown Disney is a shopping area next to Disneyland (selling only Disney stuff of course!) and supposed to have a bunch of really good restaurants. Never been, so I'm hoping it's fun! The people I am going with love it...

I haven't heard of the Autism diet... I think I am going to look it up. I have heard of a high-fat diet (I think it was high-fat) for people with Epilipsy. A guy I dated in high school's brother was on the diet for several years, and it helped decrease the severity of his seizures. Sugar was struck from his diet completely. The reason why I say it might have been high fat was because the kid had to eat everything that was known to be high-fat. Can't remember exactly what he ate, all I know was I got grossed out everytime. When they took him off the diet, the mom let him eat whatever he wanted, and soon his seizures became horrible again.

**safe weather charms to Thora and all of you who are in the area for bad weather**

I'm only allergic to cats.

Off to see Potty Five Words! Bing! (Talk about being obsessed- I had a dream last night that I had posted the story and had really messed up grammer and such and couldn't change it because I had run out of editing time... Kind of scared to even look now... )

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!



Puck - Jun 13, 2006 9:35 am (#1125 of 2979)

Stay safe, Thora!

Sorry, I'm not allowed to take allergy medicine. I just have to suffer through.

Edited to wave to Tazzy! Do they have Wolfgang Puck's at the Downtown area in California? The one in Florida is fantastic! (The name is just a coincidence. )


haymoni - Jun 13, 2006 9:46 am (#1126 of 2979)

I take Drixoral - it's a big green pill - over the counter.

It always helps me.

I've taken all the other stuff too - they've worked but I always forget to ask the doctor for another prescription, so I just go back to the Drixorals.


Tazzygirl - Jun 13, 2006 9:54 am (#1127 of 2979)

Puck: Do they have Wolfgang Puck's at the Downtown area in California? The one in Florida is fantastic! (The name is just a coincidence.)

**waves back** I have no idea if they do or not. They do have a Wolfgang Puck's in Hawaii though. LOL. I have heard it is good though. I think there is one around here, as my mom went to it and said she has to take me there sometime, but we haven't gone yet!



Puck - Jun 13, 2006 9:58 am (#1128 of 2979)

It can be a bit pricey, but worth it for a special occasion.

Teehee, baby has sunscreen in her hair, and has a bit of a mohawk thing going on.


azi - Jun 13, 2006 10:00 am (#1129 of 2979)

Thanks for the info. guys! I'm thinking of going back to my doctor and demanding I get back on desloratadine (which isn't perfect, but everything else I tried knocked me out completely!). I shouldn't have been taken off it without my permission anyway. I was just told by the receptionist that it had changed. I hate those doctors, nowhere near the standard of my old one!

As a side note - here in the UK, all prescription medicines are the same price. I have pre-pay so whatever drugs I get they are already paid for. Of course, non-prescription drugs vary in price substantially.

**waves back to John**

Lol, Puck!


Tazzygirl - Jun 13, 2006 10:04 am (#1130 of 2979)

I love putting sunscreen on babies. Their hair styles are pretty funny afterwards!



TomProffitt - Jun 13, 2006 10:46 am (#1131 of 2979)

On autism:

I came to the realization a few years ago that every family endures their own troubles and trials. Our family is plagued by diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. I wouldn't wish autism on anyone, but I think all families have something to fight through sooner or later. The key, I guess, is accepting that fact and doing your best.

On the gangs:

I think the gang activity came to our area for a place to set up their meth labs. I understand that it is harder to hide them in urban areas.


Madam Pince - Jun 13, 2006 11:01 am (#1132 of 2979)

Yep. There's generally less of a law-enforcement presence in rural areas, and plus if you live out in the country there are fewer neighbors close by to smell all the toxic-smelling stuff that gets generated by a meth lab.

But, there're more big burly rednecks who don't like citi-fied drug dealers, sooooo... maybe a bit of a trade-off.


haymoni - Jun 13, 2006 11:08 am (#1133 of 2979)

Tom - I live in a county that is "citified" in the north and more rural in the south. We are finding meth labs all over the place. We haven't seen the gang activity change much. I think all the pot growers just graduated to meth manufacturing.


TomProffitt - Jun 13, 2006 12:45 pm (#1134 of 2979)

Is there a "Draco's Task Thread"? or has there been one? I didn't see one on a quick look. I think there are at least two possibilities, Kill Dumbledore & Get Death Eaters into Hogwarts. Not to mention capture Trelawney.

Are people using the Draco Malfoy thread or something else?


haymoni - Jun 13, 2006 12:56 pm (#1135 of 2979)

I think I've seen discussions in several threads - Draco's, Snape's, Dumbledore -  is the death real...


Julie Aronson - Jun 13, 2006 1:56 pm (#1136 of 2979)

Kathy (Puck),

MY law school didn't just offer cynicism classes--it was full-on immersion. In fact, that's largely what led to my "Eeyore phase" previously mentioned on Potty Five Words. I alleviated the problem by removing myself from the soul-crushing misery and am now resuming my studies in English. MA in Literature--here I come!!!

(I should have listened to Loopy last summer)

BTW, that smiley looks more like me than I'd like to admit!


Catherine - Jun 13, 2006 1:58 pm (#1137 of 2979)

(I should have listened to Loopy last summer)--Julie Aronson

That would be quite funny if it weren't a little sad. Welcome to the ranks of underemployed folks with literary degrees!


Chemyst - Jun 13, 2006 1:59 pm (#1138 of 2979)

Gangs & allergies...
Our community was one of the first to make over-the-counter medications for colds and allergies containing pseudoephedrine not-so-over-the-counter. The sheriff's department gave the county commissioners the Big Scary talk about gangs using them to make methamphetamine. All of which is true to a point, but to hear the deputy spokesman tell it, forcing everyone to show an ID, recording names, and limiting purchases to only one package of medicine at a time would make all the gangs go to the county next door. It was most disingenuous.


Catherine - Jun 13, 2006 2:01 pm (#1139 of 2979)

Chemyst, they've actually removed decongestants containing pseudoephedrine off of the grocery store shelves here.

One must go to the drugstore specially and ASK the pharmacist for a box of Sudafed or its equivalent.

Most annoying.


Julie Aronson - Jun 13, 2006 2:01 pm (#1140 of 2979)

Thanks!!! I feel so much better about it that I know I made the right decision. I knew I was doomed when I spent my happiest times in Property class were spent playing "guess the word origin" on OED online.

I'm also at the point now where it really is quite funny!


Chemyst - Jun 13, 2006 2:04 pm (#1141 of 2979)

Catherine, the grocery stores still sell them here, but they are locked up with the cigarettes and only the head cashier has the key.


Catherine - Jun 13, 2006 2:06 pm (#1142 of 2979)

That's actually very funny, in a pathetic way!

Here they lock up the cigarettes and baby formula. Apparently decongestants were too dangerous.

EDIT: Off to check the OED online.


TomProffitt - Jun 13, 2006 2:22 pm (#1143 of 2979)

The grocery store in my town locks up the cigarettes, the guns, and the ammo. Although I guess committers of Bambi-cide must get their bullets somewhere.


Julie Aronson - Jun 13, 2006 2:28 pm (#1144 of 2979)


Last time I checked, you needed a membership or some sort of access code to get into OED online. Your university probably has it...Boy is that a cool website for a word geek, though!


Esther Rose - Jun 13, 2006 2:29 pm (#1145 of 2979)

Grass and Hay Allergy here. I have tried many over the counter medications. Actifed (bad just bad), Benadryl (sleepy), Sudafed, Claritin, and Flonase. I finally decided to move to the city where grass growing and cutting were optional. I still don't get why folks would choose to take antihistamines or decongestants if they don't have to. That soupy swimming feeling is simply not fun! I hate it actually and will only take medication if I absolutely can not tolerate the severity of my allergic reactions.


Catherine - Jun 13, 2006 2:36 pm (#1146 of 2979)

Last time I checked, you needed a membership or some sort of access code to get into OED online. Your university probably has it...Boy is that a cool website for a word geek, though! --Julie Aronson

Yes. Unfortunately, I discovered this. *pouts*


geauxtigers - Jun 13, 2006 2:38 pm (#1147 of 2979)

It isn't macaroni? Really? *sigh* Back to the kid song website to find out the actual words. – Puck

Yes its Macaroni, but the words are “stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni” We thought he was saying cat instead of hat! So that’s why we named the cat that!

Well back from the trouble child’s house and don't have to go back until maybe the 4th of July week, but maybe not... **crosses fingers that vacation plans are for the whole week**

I'm off to check 5 words I'll also be in the chat the rest of the day too!

Have a good day everyone!


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 13, 2006 3:09 pm (#1148 of 2979)

I thought it was “cap” not “hat” Tori... guess I'll go look it up now!

As for allergies, I take Zyrtec, it’s a persciption and you take it at night before bed, so that it doesn't make you sleepy, it's 24hrs and has worked miricales(sp?) for me!

Yeeeesssss no more "Damien" for a week and a half!!!!!!!!!! Today bratty little "Damien" wanted an apple, so I got it out and started to cut it for him, when he proceed to throw a tantrum about not wanting his apple to be cut up, and in the end causing me to slice my finger with the knife because I was being knocked and such. I'm okay though and I got a cool Barbie band-aid! At least I won't have to deal with him for a while!

Have a good time at Disney Kristina!

Hope y'all have a great RotD!


Puck - Jun 13, 2006 6:21 pm (#1149 of 2979)

Ginny, ouch! My kids have grandparents that have learned to ask my kids exactly how they want the food to be presented. They even have to go a cheese search when we visit because where they live American cheese is orange, and my kids won't eat it. (I have yet to figure out why the midwest insists on putting coloring in their cheese.)

Tom, they sell guns at your grocery store? That's a new one on me!

Julie, so glad you found a way to ditch that rain cloud!

My new dishwasher arrives tomorrow! Yeah! (The current one is more of a glassdirtier than a dishwasher. )

Happy RotD,



TomProffitt - Jun 13, 2006 6:29 pm (#1150 of 2979)

Puck, I live in deer hunting central, so, yeah, they sell guns, but it's for hunting deer, not people.
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Madam Pince - Jun 13, 2006 6:58 pm (#1151 of 2979)

Yay Puck on the new dishwasher! Woo-hoo!

Sorry about the cut finger, virginiaelizabeth! Sounds like that child is a real pain! (Get it... pain?) Groannnnnn....

We are lucky that Little Pince isn't so picky about his food -- he'll eat 'most anything with a bit of encouragement (ie: he can't be excused until he's done, and no dessert unless he eats what we say. Bribery with a fig newton goes a long way. ) Our recent houseguest was a very picky eater; I swear I don't know how that child lives. He ate next to nothing the whole time he was here. He only likes Kraft Easy-Mac, hot dogs with the skin removed, and cereal. He drinks a lot of milk. I actually never even realized that hot dogs had skin. Oh, and his bread has to be pure white -- he wouldn't eat our potato bread because "it's yellow!"

I figured out why I slept almost the whole day after they left last Sunday -- I had been clearing my throat incessantly and I finally got tired of it and took a Benadryl. That knocked me out -- only one capsule, too. I usually take Sudafed when I have a cold, (daytime only - it keeps me awake) and the new formula they came up with to replace the kind that meth-makers use is totally worthless, in my experience. Here the stores do still sell the "old-formula" Sudafed, but you have to ask at the pharmacy desk since they keep it locked up. I don't know what the criteria is for them not selling it to you -- if you buy some every day, or if you just "look suspicious" or what. They've never taken down my name or anything, so I don't see how they'd keep track of how much I bought. Who knows.

They also lock up the baby formula and cigarettes here, too. And one other weird thing (to me anyway) -- in Virginia, you could buy beer and wine in the grocery store, but had to go to a liquor store for anything else. Here in Maryland, you have to get everything including beer and wine in the liquor store. When I first moved here, I wandered around the grocery store forever looking for the beer cooler, and they looked at me like I was crazy when I asked where it was. I'm not a very frequent customer, but it would be a pain except that there is a liquor store right next to every single grocery store, so that's that.

Congratulations to Croatia for playing an excellent game in the World Cup today, even though they lost! Are you following them, Lina and Kate?

OK, took another Benadryl, so off to hopefully finish up my PoA re-read before I fall asleep! Everyone enjoy the RotD!


Mediwitch - Jun 13, 2006 7:41 pm (#1152 of 2979)

Wow, chatty thread since last night! Just dropped in to say BING, but by the time I read 45 posts, there may be more BINGS after mine!

EDIT: Hmm, Mr. Mediwitch is finishing his year-end evaluation (due tomorrow) so since I did not procrastinate NEARLY as much (I finished mine earlier) I have some time to hang around the Forum for a little while instead of doing school work.


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 13, 2006 8:46 pm (#1153 of 2979)

And one other weird thing (to me anyway) -- in Virginia, you could buy beer and wine in the grocery store, but had to go to a liquor store for anything else

That's how it is here, you can buy pretty much any kind of alcoholic beverages in the grocery stores. If you want hard liquor like whiskey, then you have to go to the liquor stores (which are generally inside the grocery stores)

Puck, our American cheese orange here, I've never seen it any other color before. What color is it there??

Also I don't think that our Sudafed is locked up here, nor is our baby formula. What's the point of locking up baby formula?

Well I just got back from Blue Bayou/Dixie Landing (it's an amusement park and a water park that are connected, pretty nifty!) I only did the amusement part though because the Water park closes earlier. It was fun, but I'm extremely tired now! Off to check 5 words, then other threads! Babysitting again tomorrow but this kid is good, so I'll be back on Tomorrow evening.

Have a great RotD!


Mrs. Sirius - Jun 13, 2006 9:24 pm (#1154 of 2979)

virginiaelizabeth, I just read you profile, those statistics are really amazing.

We live in our own little world and get so tuned out from what the rest of the world is going through. I have advocated for years that American high school curriculum should require a junior or senior year abroad or minimally, a summer away.

By the way are you fraternal or identical? (I have triplets that include a fraternal and identicals)


geauxtigers - Jun 13, 2006 9:42 pm (#1155 of 2979)

Mrs. Sirius, we are fraternal, but most people think we are identical. We do look a lot alike, but you can see a difference!

Anyone want to come over to 5 Words? I've been refreshing it for about an hour or so now Bing!

EDIT actually, I just realized that its almost midnight so I'm off to bed!


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 13, 2006 9:52 pm (#1156 of 2979)

Mrs. Sirius, we are half-identical, yes there is a third type, it's just not very common! The egg splits before being feritlized, so half of our genes are identical. Basically it means that we look identical, but we are not genetically alike.

Yes those statistics are really scarey when you stop and think about it. It just amazes me that 70% of the world cannot read, and 80% of the world live in poor housing. It really goes to show you how much we take for granted, and just how small we are in relation to the rest of the world. Only 14% of the people in the world live in the western hemisphere, that amazes me too.

EDIT: Tori your crazy!


Tazzygirl - Jun 13, 2006 10:52 pm (#1157 of 2979)

Just got back from Disney! It was loads of fun. Didn't get to the amusement park side, that will be next week or so. Downtown Disney reminds me of Universal Citywalk and such- bunch of shopping and really expensive restaurants. My friends and I ate at a really good restaurant that served Louisiana type food- managed to get some crawfish! **yum** and for dessert we had bengeits (sp?) (basically a French doughnut covered in powdered sugar). Since I hadn't had any in about 10 years, they were some sort of yummy!!

Tomorrow, my mom's 8th graders are graduating. It's kind of sad, as these kids have been with my mom since they were in 4th grade.

Quick check on Potty Five Words and then it's off to bed!



The giant squid - Jun 14, 2006 2:42 am (#1158 of 2979)

I love putting sunscreen on babies. Their hair styles are pretty funny afterwards! –Tazzygirl

And Tazzy wins the "non-sequiter of the day" award!

I took Sudafed daily for so many years that I've become immune to it. The next one was Dimetapp, with the same result (the 12-hour dosage lasts me about 4 hours, give or take). Nowadays I just take Tylenol Sinus as needed. It seems to work so far. Luckily the pollen is pretty low here in Vegas so my allergies don't bother me much anymore.



Regan of Gong - Jun 14, 2006 3:07 am (#1159 of 2979)

Yeah, congrats to Croatia! Kept Brazil to 1-0, keeping Australia on top of the pool!!! First time in 32 years we've made it there, best make the most of it, us and Brazil should be a cracker! Only problem is that all the games are on in the middle of the night (11pm- 4:30am). Lots of late nights lately, but our school reports are all written, and one bad month out of 48 isn't too bad.

My mum told me this story of a school here in Australia (Down in Victoria) where the students learn the language of an Aboriginal school in years 8 & 9, then go to the Aboriginal community for a month in year 10. They get completely immersed in the culture, none of the community speak English and their language is unique to the area. They have to live exactly like the Aborignals, eating, working etc. I thought that was pretty cool.

Alcohol in Australia is usually sold separately in bottle-o's, grog shops, cellars etc. some of which are adjoining to supermarkets, except in remote and rural areas, where you can get it from some supermarkets and service stations. Funny though, I've never seen medicine locked up here. I kinda like the taste of Dimetapp, pitty I can only have it when I'm sick...


Puck - Jun 14, 2006 5:30 am (#1160 of 2979)

Regan, cold meds are being locked up because they are being used to make an extremely addictive and destructive drug in people's kitchens.

What is it with the baby formula? I saw a news clip yesterday about it being stolen. (If someone needed to feed a hungry baby, I'd have some understanding, but these people were selling it for profit.)

Mike, Tazzy's comment about the sunscreen on babies was in response to my comment that baby Puck was sporting a mohawk.

Madame P., that child would not survive in my house. I have no white bread and the mac and cheese is organic wheat! *cringes at the thought of easyMac* My kids are a bit fussy, but not bad. They eat lots of healthy things, just so long as everything is separate and not touching.

Glad it was fun, Kristina!

*waves to Maria while wondering if Olivia is plotting against me for introducing the Arky Arky song into your household*




Amilia Smith - Jun 14, 2006 5:44 am (#1161 of 2979)

My mother's rule about picky eaters was that you could choose 3 things you did not like, and you did not have to eat those 3 things. (erm, that's 3 things over all, not 3 things per meal . . . ) Everything else had to be eaten. Your likes would not be catered to, you could either fix yourself something else or just skip that part of the meal. Unless you had picked a vegetable; then you had to make yourself another veggie dish for that meal. So I never had to eat raisins or bananas, my sister never had to eat broccoli, my brother never had to eat tomatoes, my mom never had to eat olives, and my dad never had to eat avocados.

Black market baby formula . . . that's just awful.

My home town is dry. We are right at the mouth of the canyon, and the city decided that they wanted to make it harder for kids to go up the canyon and get drunk. So when I worked at the grocery store, I had to field a lot of questions about where the beer was. People were not very happy to learn that they had to go to the neighboring town.



haymoni - Jun 14, 2006 5:56 am (#1162 of 2979)

I had heard that baby formula was used in drug manufacturing and that's why they locked it up.

I'm not an expert in that area and selling baby formula on the black market sounds easier, so I could be way off.

American cheese in my town is orange.


Catherine - Jun 14, 2006 6:05 am (#1163 of 2979)

They eat lots of healthy things, just so long as everything is separate and not touching.—Puck

Hey! There's nothing wrong with that! : Some of us like segregated food!


Marie E. - Jun 14, 2006 6:54 am (#1164 of 2979)

Going way, way back in topics: I once ran over an armadillo in Georgia. It jumped out at my headlights and, when I looked in my rearview mirror, it had it's legs up in the air just like cartoon animals when they die.

The girls and I did a lot of running around yesterday afternoon getting camping supplies for Shayla. She leaves for Girl Scout camp on Sunday. I don't pick her up until the next Saturday. As a surprise for her I'm going to buy a camping outfit for her teddy bear at Build-A-Bear-Workshop.

It's supposed to over 100 today. It's only 7:50am and already it's 75 outside. At least we have airconditioning at work!

Colorado Springs is pretty bigish city, over 500,000, so we have a fair amount of gang activity. I believe most of our gangs came from California. My neigborhood is pretty safe, but there are certain parts of town you just don't want to live in.

Food touching! Gross!


azi - Jun 14, 2006 7:06 am (#1165 of 2979)

As a fussy eater, I'm well accustomed to eating the parts of a meal I like and skipping the rest. I really don't understand why people worry about me - just give me some salad and I'll be fine (just don't put any dressing on and ask me if I eat what you're putting in it)!

Hmm, nothing is locked up in this country (UK). Except perhaps guns, but they are sold in specialised gun shops. Alcohol is available from supermarkets, corner shops, anywhere with a license to sell it. Cigarettes you have to buy from behind the counter. Cough medicine is on shelves but you have to ask for strong paracetamols etc. All they do is ask if you've taken them before. Never heard of this drug making from medicine thing before.

Got exam results from January today (the lecturers weren't on strike, they just took their time). Naturally I failed maths (35%), but I got 78.8% in my other exam. Considering my average is now 68.8%, it's easy to see that maths isn't my strong point!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Esther Rose - Jun 14, 2006 7:07 am (#1166 of 2979)
Edited Jun 14, 2006 7:41 am

Hmmm food touching. It depends on what kind of food it is. Corn and mashed potatoes, for example, are more than welcome, (almost encouraged) to commingle with one another. Applesauce and cooked spinach, never should the two meet!  As a general rule, sweet foods need to stay away from spicy foods and foods of different temperatures should not even cohabitate on the same plate. Unless of course it is a paper plate BBQ and in that case the potato salad can touch whatever it wants to.

Funny enough where I used to live (in Midwest America) you could by any liquor (beer, wine, hard liquor) at a gas station. My mother lives blocks away from a liquor store with a drive thru window. Which concept still baffles me. (What seriously drives the need for that?!) Grocery stores could only sell beer or the like. But most grocery stores got away with selling liquor by having a "separate store" connected to the grocery store that sells the liquor.

Here in New England(USA), they just allowed liquor sales on Sundays a couple of years ago, mostly sold at liquor stores.

As far as american cheese goes. I have seen it yellow and I have seen it white. However, I am not a big fan of "American" cheese. I don't care what Velveeta, or Kraft says. Cheddar is much, much better. The sharper the better. Especially when making baked macaroni and cheese. :smile

I'm getting hungry.


kaykay1970 - Jun 14, 2006 7:08 am (#1167 of 2979)

I live in a "dry" county as well. You can buy beer anywhere, but if you want to buy hard liquor or wine you better expect at least an hour drive to the nearest liquor store. Cold medicine is only available on request and I've never seen orange American cheese.

I have never seen a doctor for my allergies. I use over the counter products. But I can safely say that they include pollen, perfume, scented candles and many cleaning products.


Thora - Jun 14, 2006 7:35 am (#1168 of 2979)

Just checking in, no flooding here and all looks well, although today would really be a bad day for a pick-up game of Quidditch.

Have a nice RotD all!



TomProffitt - Jun 14, 2006 7:56 am (#1169 of 2979)

I have a lot of trouble at fast food places because I don't want their nasty cheese (how hard is it to understand "no cheese?"). American is the lowest form of cheese (except after Velveeta maybe). I prefer provolone.

One of our Drill Sergeants made us eat a vegetable at every meal. It was kind of funny, really. We called him (not to his face) "the vegetable drill sergeant. Can't remember his name. I tried all kinds of stuff that I would never have tried before. The only other thing has gotten me to try more stuff is dating, I refuse to look like a picky eater in from of a date (whether its the first date or the fiftieth).


Tazzygirl - Jun 14, 2006 8:08 am (#1170 of 2979)

Squid Mike: And Tazzy wins the "non-sequiter of the day" award!

Puck: Tazzy's comment about the sunscreen on babies was in response to my comment that baby Puck was sporting a mohawk.

Thanks for the award, Mike, although I should just hand it back. Didn't rightfully win it! LOL

TomProffitt- Provolone is my favorite type of cheese too!!

They don't lock the baby formula up here either. I would think the only reason why they would lock it up in the first place is because it is expensive, and there could be desperate people out there...

I forgot to mention this earlier- Hawaii has a huge Crystal Meth problem. I am sure we have gangs, but it isn't broadcasted like the Meth problem. (What are people thinking?!?! )

Off to pick up flowers for the graduation this morning. I really want to go back to sleep though. Oh well.

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!!



haymoni - Jun 14, 2006 8:09 am (#1171 of 2979)

I worked with a man who told his son that he should learn to like Chinese food.

He told his 15-year-old son that he should be able to go out with any girl he wanted if he would just say, "Hey, would you like to go out for Chinese?" He said that it shows the girls that he is adventurous and fun and they get to eat in a real restaurant - not a pizza joint or McDonald's.

I don't know how well this worked for the young man, but it got his son to try Chinese!


azi - Jun 14, 2006 8:15 am (#1172 of 2979)

Funny we should be talking about meth. It's on the news today that it's being upgraded from a class B to a class A substance here (i.e. higher penalties due to possession etc.). There isn't much of a problem with it in the EU yet, apparently.

Lol, Haymoni! Wouldn't work on me, but maybe it would on some people!


Holly T. - Jun 14, 2006 8:24 am (#1173 of 2979)

My daughter is an extremely picky eater--basically she could live on meat, rice, and bread--but she loves Chinese food. My son is my adventurous eater--he loves broccoli, asks for more veggies, complains when we are out of fruit--yet he hates Chinese food. He won't even eat stir-fried broccoli at Chinese restaurants--it has a "Chinesey" taste, he says. He won't eat Indian food either but my daughter will. Sometimes I think my daughter just doesn't like my cooking.


Madam Pince - Jun 14, 2006 8:59 am (#1174 of 2979)

Glad you're staying fairly dry, Thora! Hard to believe it's hurricane season again already.

Regan, that Aborigine-immersion thing sounds very cool, and an excellent idea! Very good thing to be in touch with the origins of your country and all that, I think.

Tazzy, glad you had fun at Disney and hope the graduation goes well today!

I've never heard that baby formula was used to make drugs, although that's certainly possible I guess -- it amazes me what can be done. I've just heard that it is very expensive and thus is often a target for shoplifters to steal and re-sell on the black market. Also became a problem because apparently the crooks were "cutting" in other stuff like plain old coffee creamer or something in with the baby formula to make it "go" further. I can't imagine someone buying an opened can of baby formula, but I suppose it happens, especially if you have no money and no choice.

I took 24-hour Sudafed once, not realizing that it would actually keep me awake for 24 hours. I watched the entire 6- or 8-hour Stephen King miniseries Storm of the Century in one pop, sitting up by myself on the downstairs couch absolutely scared to pieces. (The bad guy had this red-eye/Voldemort thing going on which was really creepy... and in a silent house at 4 a.m. while on uppery-type drugs you hear all kinds of things...) Again, it's hard to imagine why someone would intentionally want to feel that way by using illegal methamphetamines manufactured from the legal stuff, which is bad enough as it is!

I've seen both white and yellowish-orangish American cheese (those slices of cheese-food-stuff that is mostly fake, I think.) I agree that there's nothing like good old sharp cheddar for real macaroni-and-cheese! Yummmmm.... (Easy-Mac is definitely its own separate food type! We used to live off the boxed kind in college -- mix with a can of tuna fish, can of mushroom soup, and throw in some peas for the healthy vegetable part, bake, and tra-la! A balanced dinner! )

Mills, I like your family's system of getting to choose a few "I-won't-eats" -- we didn't do that at our house, but when my Mom got to see the hominy a second time around when she made me eat it even after my protests, I suddenly found that I didn't have to eat hominy any more.

Hope everyone has a great RotD!


Chemyst - Jun 14, 2006 9:03 am (#1175 of 2979)

Thanks for the award, Mike, although I should just hand it back. Didn't rightfully win it!   ~ Tazzygirl
 Oh, keep it, Kristina. Sunscreen used as hair gel is a bit of a stretch.

The first time my son went to camp, the other campers were amazed that he liked cottage cheese but did not know what a Twinkie was! (Did I shelter him too much?) Meanwhile, he was amazed at how picky the other kids were about their food.


Madam Pince - Jun 14, 2006 9:11 am (#1176 of 2979)

****shudders at thought of Twinkies***


Steve Newton - Jun 14, 2006 9:11 am (#1177 of 2979)

I bought my son his first, and only, Twinkie about 3 months ago. He thought it was OK. Where have I failed?


haymoni - Jun 14, 2006 9:20 am (#1178 of 2979)

I love Twinkies.

I eat all those "snack cakes" - Ho Ho's, Little Debbie's, Zingers, etc.

I know they are nothing but fluff, but who cares!!


Holly T. - Jun 14, 2006 9:23 am (#1179 of 2979)

   Sunscreen used as hair gel is a bit of a stretch.

Chemyst, when my kids were babies I had to put sunscreen on their heads--in their hair--because otherwise they would get sunburned heads. So sunscreen in the hair made sense to me!

My daughter used to gag at the sight of green beans (and my husband learned the hard way what happens when you make her eat them) but now she will eat a few. My daughter usually trades the rest of the veggies on her plate for the rest of the meat on her brother's plate.

Madam Pince--I forgot to take my 12-hour Sudafed this morning (so now my ears feel like I am under water) and I have been calculating if I take it when I go home to get my daughter to take her to the dentist (3 p.m.) if it will still have me wired and awake at bedtime.

Now I am hungry for a Twinkie.


Tazzygirl - Jun 14, 2006 9:39 am (#1180 of 2979)

Chemyst: Oh, keep it, Kristina. Sunscreen used as hair gel is a bit of a stretch.

LOL!! Thanks, Chemyst. **displays award proudly on wall**

I was not given the opportunity to have twinkies when I was little. When I moved out of the house, I bought a box. The first one was good, the second wasn't as great...



Esther Rose - Jun 14, 2006 9:46 am (#1181 of 2979)

Hmmm. I thought I was a picky eater until I went to college.

We had two different entrees to choose for meals at home. My dad always preferred american southern (yet slightly on the salty bland side) style cooking. So there was always some big pot cooking up something. It was usually something I didn't like such as chitterlings, black eyed peas, chicken livers and rice, fried mackerel fish patties, collard greens or mustard greens. Then mom would make a different meal for us. The only rule I had was that I could not make any special requests once the dinners were prepared.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 14, 2006 10:06 am (#1182 of 2979)

Hey! There's nothing wrong with that! : Some of us like segregated food! – Catherine

Separate is inherently unequal. It all gets integrated at some point though, doesn't it?

Other topics.......Hmmm. I don't mind American cheese. (I don't think Velveeta qualifies as "cheese" or even, necessarily, "food.") But, I do prefer cheddar and other, even more fancy, cheeses. I think I'm allergic to gorgonzola though. I had it mixed into a hamburger once and I had some significant trouble breathing afterwards.

Booze---- In Virginia, you may only buy liquor (or "spirits") from the State-run liquor store or "ABC Store." Most of them are closed on Sundays except in the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach areas and maybe some others. You can buy beer and wine in just about any convenience store although some counties, such as Patrick County where I was born, are dry on Sundays. (Actually, I guess some counties could elect to be completely dry all the time, but I don't know of any.)

Virginia is also quirky in that there are, technically, no "bars" in Virginia. Rather, there are restaurants which have licenses to sell beer, wine and spirits. These establishments can earn no more than 40% of their revenue from the sale of alcohol. The rest must be from food sales. You can skip the food altogether if you like, but you can have serve beer and wine. There are also various other types of licenses, such as a one day event license for a banquet or something of that nature.


Puck - Jun 14, 2006 10:34 am (#1183 of 2979)

Esther Rose, I didn't know you're in New England! (Incidentally, NH always allowed alcohol sales on Sundays. I knew people to drive over an hour rather than wait until Monday. )

My rule is if I bother to make dinner no one is allowed to complain about what's in front of them. Eating it is optional, but there are no other choices other than what I cooked. (I do try to make at least one thing the kids will eat.)

My other rule is not to buy anything that actual needs to put the word "food" on the label. If it's not obvious that I should be eating it, I don't want it.

Holly, that is how baby got her mohawk. She pulls her hats off, so I had to sunscreen her scalp.

On the news this morning is that a California based gang is recruiting in the Boston area schools.

One small local grocery store is licensed to sell beer/wine, but the chain stores aren't.

Happy RotD,



Catherine - Jun 14, 2006 10:36 am (#1184 of 2979)

It all gets integrated at some point though, doesn't it?

Though true, I have never found this argument about food particularly appetizing.


Steve Newton - Jun 14, 2006 10:48 am (#1185 of 2979)

Twinkies are...interesting. Those folks lucky enough to grow up around Philadelphia know that nothing can touch a Tastykake. Ah, butterscotch Krimpets!


The giant squid - Jun 14, 2006 1:01 pm (#1186 of 2979)

Okay, so tazzy's comment wasn't quite a non-sequiter, but since her post fell between two rather serious conversations I found it amusing. But then, I find lots of things amusing that no one else does...

I believe most of our gangs came from California.--Marie E.

Oh, sure, blame California. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that these thug-wannabes are getting all their life advice from MTV instead of their parents, could it?

As for mixing food, while I try to keep it separate I won't freak out if, for example, my mashed potatoes get a green bean or two in 'em. Yes, it all ends up together in the end, but we don't have taste buds in our stomach. Some flavors--while great on their own--just don't mix well.

Ah, Twinkies...and so does the Chat thread come back around. If you ever have the opportunity to see the Blue Man Group live, you'll see Twinkies in a whole new light. Cap'n Crunch cereal too, for that matter.



TomProffitt - Jun 14, 2006 1:04 pm (#1187 of 2979)

I would rather have Martin's Bar-B-Q Waffle potato chips than a Twinkie. Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies are also superior to the Twinkie. But if one is desperate there is no substitute for a New York Strip.


John Bumbledore - Jun 14, 2006 1:08 pm (#1188 of 2979)

Twinkies! I love them. Like Loopy, I don't mind if my food mixes on the plate (mostly). I agree with Esther Rose that some foods should not touch.

Haymoni and Madam Pince got me to review some "For Better or For Worse" comic strips and I just had to come over here and say that the June 4 comic strip had me thinking about Denise P.

I wonder what is at the end of her runs! LOL

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


geauxtigers - Jun 14, 2006 1:19 pm (#1189 of 2979)

I do NOT like any food to mix. It grosses me out when it touches and I won't eat the parts that have been mixed. I'm not a picky eater though, I'll eat pretty much anything but green beans and corndogs (I have a corndog phobia and can't stand to be in the same room as one). I hate when we have spaghetti at school because I have to go back to get a roll because they always stick it on top of the sauce and that totally grosses me out completely! I love cheese, but I HATE american cheese, I dunno something about it being wrapped in that plastic and how it jiggles.... errrggggg! I love cheddar, sharper the better! I love peanut butter, it is the greatest stuff ever invented and it gets rid of nasty medicine tastes in your mouth and spicyiness after crawfish!

The first and only time I've ever eaten a twinkie was during field day in 8th grade in the food relay. Teams of 4, bag containing a twinkie, a banana, an air head and a cup of pudding without a spoon, and 4 peices of Double Bubble. We had to each pick a food item from the bag, eat it then blow a bubble with the gum before we could run back and tag the next person. Well I volunteered to eat the Twinkie for 2 reasons, I'd never had one and wanted try it, and I figured that I could eat it pretty fast--Wrong, I get down there, shove the whole thing in my mouth and begin chewing... it was good, but I was having trouble swallowing it because it was so thick. More or less like shoving a whole lot of cornbread in your mouth and trying to swallow it in under 30 seconds without choking to death! I haven't had a twinkie since

Off to 5 words and chat room! BING!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 14, 2006 1:26 pm (#1190 of 2979)

Madame P., that child would not survive in my house. I have no white bread and the mac and cheese is organic wheat! *cringes at the thought of easyMac*. . .

Oh, Kathy - what can I say?? First the Arky Arky song and now I find that I am not the only household with whole grain, sprouts and organic foods. Warms the cockles of my heart, it does. *sniff* I am off to tell Olivia the good news that there ARE other people out there like us and that I was right all along.

*waves back to Kathy with happy face*

I worked with a man who told his son that he should learn to like Chinese food.

He told his 15-year-old son that he should be able to go out with any girl he wanted if he would just say, "Hey, would you like to go out for Chinese?" He said that it shows the girls that he is adventurous and fun and they get to eat in a real restaurant - not a pizza joint or McDonald's.

Boy, haymoni. You met your husband at a young age.

Thora, glad to see the storm was downgraded. I was wondering how you, John, etc., made out. I have an aunt just north of Tampa, so I was worried there for a bit.

John, if you post one more thing you hit or nearly missed, I will have to get some people from the forum together and visit you in the form of an intervention to keep you off the roads.

Luckily, all three of mine are pretty good with regard to eating. Olivia even likes spicy food. (Must be the capsaicin I give them when they have sore throats. ) I make my children have one bite, even if they do not like it. If they do that enough times, they can develop a taste for it. If they don't, then one bite won't hurt them. (Unless it is something I know will really gag them - then I give way.)

American cheese - we have both white and "yellow" here - why they call the orange stuff yellow, I'll never know. Probably the same person who labeled the school bus colors. . .

My post has become way too long. . .I suppose that is what happens when I don't get on as often as I'd like. This month always fries me. End of year parties at the school, a multitude of b'day parties - lots of June babies (including O & P), dinners, breakfasts, church affairs and of course, the usual daily things.

Oh yeah, and we just heard from our friends from LA! They are coming up to visit us in - you guessed it - JUNE! Just over a week, so I will be going through what you went through, Madam Pince, with regard to the housecleaning and all. HELP



Madam Pince - Jun 14, 2006 1:32 pm (#1191 of 2979)

We just stopped at the ice cream parlor on the way home from errands, and I have to report a scrumptious find! Hershey's brand called "Muddy Sneakers" -- white chocolate ice cream with a caramel ripple through, then little pieces of chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel candies and a few chocolate shavings thrown in for good measure. Oh, my......


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 14, 2006 1:35 pm (#1192 of 2979)

As for Twinkies, I'll eat one but I really don't see what the big deal with them is. There just isn't anything exciting about them to me. Fun Fact about Twinkies: The shelf life is 27 years!

As for cheese, I try to aviod it...YUCK!! I hate it! The only cheese I'll east is mild cheddar( I can tell if it’s not!) melted on a sandwich, and mozzarella melted on pizza. I despise American cheese. People generally think I'm weird because I don't like it! If I do eat it, it has to be melted! When I was in France in February, my host family set down this cheese for me to try and I swear it had grey, fuzzy mold on top. I politely refused it while trying not to look completely grossed out.

Food should not touch! Certain things, like Roast Veggies, Rice and Gravy must be mixed, but other than that, food shouldn't touch. The whole "it all comes out the same way" comment does nothing but make me lose my appetite! I don't consider myself a picky eater. I'm always willing to try something as long as it doesn't smell weird and it doesn't look gross. I refuse to try slimy things like oysters, I tend to have a bigger problem with texture than taste. I can't stand the texture of pudding and jello, but I love how it tastes (but I don't eat it!)

Does anyone in the US find it a bit ridikulus that at 18 you are legally an adult, can live on your own, you can vote, and you can go into a bar but you can't drink until 21? I was just thinking about that with all of our alcohol sales conversations. Just seems a bit dumb if you ask me so I was wondering what y'all thought.

Going to check 5 words!

Have a great RotD!!

EDIT: That sounds really good Madam Pince! I might have to track some down!


Lilly P - Jun 14, 2006 3:20 pm (#1193 of 2979)

Combining 2 of our conversations (allergie/cold medicines and alcohol); they no longer sell Nyquill or Dimeatapp on military bases here in NC or over seas because the under 21's were drinking it to get a sort of combination drunk-high. At first they just tried making you show ID to prove that you were over 18 but that didn't help the problem so now you have to drive off base and out into town when you need those products. Can you imagine? I can barely gag down one dose of Nyquill, let alone drink a whole bottle!


geauxtigers - Jun 14, 2006 3:24 pm (#1194 of 2979)

I can barely gag down one dose of Nyquill, let alone drink a whole bottle!

I know! Nyquill has got to be the most disgusting tasting medicine ever made, wait I take that back, orange dayquil is worse! I have to have water ready the second I choke it down, then I follow it closely by a very large spoon of peanut butter YUM!(peanut butter that is)


Tazzygirl - Jun 14, 2006 3:34 pm (#1195 of 2979)

The graduation is over. It was hot, and I have a spectacular sunburn. It was really sad to see all my mom's students graduate. It's gonna be strange next year without them there... They were one special bunch of kids.

On Nyquil: That is some nasty stuff. When I have to take it, I take half of the recommended dose, as the full dose keeps me awake (or rather, has me tossing and turning all night), and then by morning, I am tired until about the afternoon. Then it wears off. I don't take it often.



TomProffitt - Jun 14, 2006 3:50 pm (#1196 of 2979)

Does anyone in the US find it a bit ridikulus that at 18 you are legally an adult, can live on your own, you can vote, and you can go into a bar but you can't drink until 21? I was just thinking about that with all of our alcohol sales conversations. Just seems a bit dumb if you ask me so I was wondering what y'all thought. --- virginiaelizabeth

It goes back to drafting people at age 18. They lowered the voting age because, how can you expect someone to kill (or die) for their country but not let them vote?

I've met forty year olds that I didn't think were mature enough to vote (or drink). You can't exactly have a maturity test at voter registration (or the package store). So, how do you decide where to draw the line?

I think the age limits should all be the same. I'd say raise the voting age since we got rid of the draft, but the ones that aren't mature enough to vote tend not to go to the polls.


haymoni - Jun 14, 2006 4:24 pm (#1197 of 2979)

Hold your nose when you take the Nyquil. You have to hold it until you've swallowed the proper dosage and then I'd keep on holding it for the "Water Chaser" just to be sure.

I never understood the 18/21 thing either. I do recall, however, that here in Ohio, there was the threat of losing some federal funding unless we made the drinking age 21.

And no, I didn't meet my husband when I was 15.

I was 19.

So there.


Catherine - Jun 14, 2006 4:45 pm (#1198 of 2979)

LOL, Haymoni.

I met Mr. Catherine when I was 18. I had some time to think it over. Then I "met him again" at 19, and I really liked him. When I "re-met" him, he already knew my phone number. And my home town. And everyone I ever dated at college, and why it didn't work out. So, it is a cute stalking story. *waves to Kim and Wayne*

We got married when I was 22. Yes, that is young, but we HAD to get married.

We were in love, you see.


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 14, 2006 4:57 pm (#1199 of 2979)

uggg, exactly how much NyQuill would you have to drink to get drunk off it?? Probably like the Mega size! I can't even talk about it! I usually take the kids stuff if I have to because it doesn't taste quite as bad! It has actually made me sick before once I got it in my mouth, it gagged me. I avoid it if I can! Much easier to just purell and wash your hands more often to avoid getting a cold all together! Then no threat of NyQyill! I can't believe it keeps you awake Kristina! It knocks me out cold for a full 12 hrs! It's sick to think of someone drinking a huge bottle of the stuff just to "get drunk" ugg GROOSSSS!

I think they should lower the drinking age here to 18, because it's not like people 18-20 aren't already going into bars with their 21 yr old friends and getting them buy them a drink. They are going to do it anyway, so the law is doing nothing but preventing them from going to the counter and buying a drink. My point is that it's not doing the job it's supposed to be doing, not stopping college students from drinking, and certainly not preventing any drunk driving incidents. If you're dumb enough to di it at 18, chances are your not going to be any smarter about it at 21.

Tom I agree with you. Those who aren't mature enough to vote, usually don't even take the time to go to the polls. It think the voting age should stay at 18, it just makes sense to me.

It just should all be the same in my opinion.

EDIT: HH11, I have noticed that with mine too but I always just thought I was going crazy! I wonder why it does that.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 14, 2006 5:07 pm (#1200 of 2979)

LOL haymoni & Catherine!

My husband was a blind date. Yes, you read correctly. Some of those do actually work out. We were introduced on my 18th birthday. He always tells me he's the best present I ever received. I agree. We were married when I was 22, too - but not out of, um, necessity.

My favorite cheese - hang on - goat cheese (most any kind), esp. if it is made with raw milk, sliced thinly over figs or fresh pears. I have tricked Olivia and Priscilla into trying it once or twice. "Go ahead, honey. It's just white cheddar." hehe. :evilHHsmileyhere:  

Rain again. How about you, Kathy?

Sorry to hear about your sunburn, Kristina. And I came on too late for your Disney visit. (I LOVE DISNEY!) The Downtown Disney in FL has a Planet Hollywood. That was pretty cool. Was there one of those?

Does anyone else ever have trouble with omitted posts? If I pull up posts, many times there is a gap between the last one I read and the one that comes up next on my screen. I swear, I am not losing my marbles.
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Thora - Jun 14, 2006 5:17 pm (#1201 of 2979)

It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that these thug-wannabes are getting all their life advise from MTV instead of their parents, could it? - Squid Mike

Tell it Brother! My kids are so banned from being cool (or hip or fly or whatever it is now), ever, the only way they are allowed to approach being cool is by liking Harry Potter.

I was grocery shopping and my husband reached for a box of Goldfish crackers. I didn't realise how strongly I felt about not eating Forum members until that moment. So I had to explain to my confused husband my reasoning for not purchasing a former favorite. He just shook his head and walked away.

I have no idea what to do with the box that's going stale in my cupboard, but I just can't imagine letting the kids eat them.

Then on another shopping trip, this time at the toy store my husband and I were saddened to find no HP lego sets. Then as we approached the checkout I spotted cockroach clusters and bertie botts! I squealed and jumped up and down. Pathetic huh? I think I need a hobby to distract me from my hobby...



Tazzygirl - Jun 14, 2006 6:11 pm (#1202 of 2979)

I feel so much better! Took a two hour nap, and I am now somewhat more awake.

Maria- there wasn't a Planet Hollywood at Downtown Disney. (There is one on Waikiki, but I still haven't been...) At Downtown Disney there was the Rainforest Cafe, House of Blues, a Mexican restaurant, and another Southern restaurant where my friends and I ate. It had 'Jazz' somewhere in the title.

LOL on the meeting husbands stories. I have to laugh, because my mother is currently trying to set me up on a date with one of her fellow teachers. He's the youngest teacher there (30) and mom found out he didn't have a significant other. So far all she has done is introduce us. She also sent him an email asking if she had been obvious, and if not, "here is Kristina's number and she's here until July". I told her that it's a 99 percent chance he doesn't call, as I do live out of state...

I can't stand MTV. Never have, and never will. The shows are incredibly stupid. I watch VH1 occasionally (i.e. In the middle of the night when I can't sleep, I watch the music videos).

On HP legos- they had a lego store at Downtown Disney, and I specifically went in looking for HP legos. There weren't any. Lots of Pirates of the Caribbean though...

I think I'll go to the chat for a little bit...



virginiaelizabeth - Jun 14, 2006 6:27 pm (#1203 of 2979)

MTV is stupid, I'd much rather not watch TV. I really don't watch TV that much, but if I do a lot of times I'll put it on (hehe now don't make fun of me!)Disney Channel. Hehe the shows are a bit lame and always have a happy ending but I still like them!


geauxtigers - Jun 14, 2006 6:30 pm (#1204 of 2979)

Yeah MTV is very annoying, I used to watch TRL for the music videos and stuff, but I get so sick of hearing all the beeps from bleeping out the curse words. You can hardly watch anything on there anymore because all the shows are overtaken by beeping. I usually watch sictoms, a little reality TV, but mostly sports. During summer we pick up FSN Houston so I'm almost always watching the Astros' games ect.

In Orlando dowtown Disney (I think is what its called), there is a Planet Hollywood and a couple of other cool places, but its mostly shopping-all Disney of course! This is making me want to go back to Disney World! Its the greatest place ever! I just love Mickry too


TomProffitt - Jun 14, 2006 6:39 pm (#1205 of 2979)

I loved MTV when it was actually about music, but that was twenty years ago.


Puck - Jun 14, 2006 6:42 pm (#1206 of 2979)

Ginny, I'm 35 and I love Disney channel! I got us the High School Musical CD. Baby loves to "Get Her Head in the Game".

Thora, ROTFL! Wish Finn was around to read how special he is!

I HATE american cheese, I dunno something about it being wrapped in that plastic and how it jiggles.... Tori, this is not cheese, it is "Cheese Food." American cheese from the deli is much better!

Maria, yes, it can be hard when you get "other moms buy that kind of cereal." My mom is the one who rolls her eyes about me tracking down crackers for the baby to eat without any hydrogenated gook in it. (Seriously, what is Gerber thinking? The chemicals they put in their finger foods! ) I'll stick by you on this one!

My take is that they should raise the driving age to 21 and lower the drinking age to 18. That way the drinking thing can be out of the system before people get behind the wheel.

I met my hubby at a wedding. I was 26. When I was 19 I met the man I thought was going to be my husband, but growing up after college wasn't part of his plan. Looking back, I really dodged a bullet on that one!

Happy RotD,



Tazzygirl - Jun 14, 2006 6:42 pm (#1207 of 2979)

virginiaelizabeth: but if I do a lot of times I'll put it on (hehe now don't make fun of me!)Disney Channel. Hehe the shows are a bit lame and always have a happy ending but I still like them!

My sister still watches all the shows on the Disney channel. She's 20.



kaykay1970 - Jun 14, 2006 6:46 pm (#1208 of 2979)

I met my husband when we were 11. By age 13 I found him much less eewwww! We were married at 18.

I have to admit I like to watch Pimp My Ride on MTV. It is interesting to see the vehicles transform from a rusty pile of junk into something worthwhile...


TomProffitt - Jun 14, 2006 6:49 pm (#1209 of 2979)

Hehe the shows are a bit lame and always have a happy ending but I still like them!

My best friend from High School wrote some of those shows. I'm not sure which ones. He's now writing poetry for Highlights. So, no, he's not a big name Hollywood writer.


Puck - Jun 14, 2006 6:55 pm (#1210 of 2979)

Maria, we had beautiful weather this morning. Then the storms came. It was like a monsoon. It's cleared up now.

New dishwasher is here! It's so pristine! I told the kids to keep their fingerprints off it.


Denise P. - Jun 14, 2006 7:08 pm (#1211 of 2979)

I met Mr. Denise through a parrot.  I was in the Army at the time and went over to a friend's barracks to wait for her. While sitting in the common area, a guy with a parrot came into the room. I went over to check out the parrot, I didn't care who was holding him. We were married (the guy, not the parrot!) 97 days later with my friend as the maid of honor. What is really funny is the week prior, I talked to Mr. Denise for well over an hour on a stairwell while waiting for the same friend. I had forgotten him entirely until he reminded me about it a few days post parrot. We will celebrate 22 years of marriage in a few weeks so that should hush any nay sayers who said we got married too quickly

I have been at Cub Scout Day Camp this week, will be out all week. It has been beautiful weather and Rhys has been so sweet during it all. Our theme is Wild Wild West this year and we have almost 240 kids out there. It has been so fun! Friday we are going to have big bouncy water slides out there, sponge wars and all kinds of water fun kind of things. Best of all, I get to do this all over again at the beginning of August when we do Twilight Camp.


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 14, 2006 7:31 pm (#1212 of 2979)

My best friend from High School wrote some of those shows. I'm not sure which ones. He's now writing poetry for Highlights. So, no, he's not a big name Hollywood writer.

That's really cool Tom! Tell your friend he's doing a great job!


jose043 - Jun 14, 2006 7:56 pm (#1213 of 2979)

Hi all

On the food scene & allergies. I am an Asthmatic & have so many allergies that Rober t(my old boy) says it is easier to ask what I can eat rather than what I can't. There are things I will not eat Curries is one & over spice food. My Daughter Anne & Robert say boring when I Cook & usually put pickles or tomato sauce on their food. Cheese full matured, Swiss & Edam slices Robert likes Blue Vein (yuk) known as Danish Blue from both Anne & I. We were made to eat every thing put in front of us but my Mum knew I wouldn't eat curry so she would make me one with every thing but the curry powder. Not keen on Macdonalds, Ketucky Fried, & most fast foods.



Mediwitch - Jun 14, 2006 7:57 pm (#1214 of 2979)

Esther Rose (post #1166) - Where I live in Connecticut you STILL can't buy alcohol on a Sunday! (But it's just a few minutes to NY or MA, so it's not really a big deal.)

My daughter (well, she's actually my step-daughter) was a really picky eater. Our rule was you had to eat a couple of bites of everything, but if we served something she didn't like, we also served one thing she REALLY liked. She tried the I'm-gagging-so-you-won't-make-me-eat-trick one time but she looked so funny we just started laughing...she never tried that again!

HH11 - I LOVE goat cheese - it's the absolute best in salads, omelettes, whatever!


Catherine - Jun 14, 2006 8:09 pm (#1215 of 2979)

I had forgotten him entirely until he reminded me about it a few days post parrot. We will celebrate 22 years of marriage in a few weeks so that should hush any nay sayers who said we got married too quickly

Poor Mr. Denise--to play second fiddle to a parrot!

*hushes any nay-sayers*

One of my psychology professors used to like the old adage "The proof is in the pudding."

I think that applies here, but the correct quote is actually "The proof of the pudding is in the eating" and I think 22 years qualifies so VERY nicely.

Cheers to all.


Julie Aronson - Jun 15, 2006 2:33 am (#1216 of 2979)


Congrats on the new dishwasher! I get excited about appliances, too...


Thora - Jun 15, 2006 4:35 am (#1217 of 2979)

I met my husband on a street corner....

Well that's where I first saw him. I had just moved in with an old friend, the plan was to give up on men and get on with my life. The day after I got there I agreed to go meet the goofy guy she had been hanging with, he was staying with a family I knew and so I figured I could catch up with old friends even if the guy didn't prove funny. He wasn't at the house when we got there, so we left to go grab food for everyone. Then she saw his car when we were stopped at a corner and flagged him down. When we got back to the house she walked in and plopped in his lap and gave him a hug. She would never be that bold with a guy she was interested in so I did the same thing when she got up. He never let go....

Well that's where I usually end the story, but the truth is I wasn't a bit interested in him until about a week later when the 3 of us were at lunch and my friend started venting in her depression. The way he handled it, cheering her and listing her good qualities, made me pay attention. We were engaged in three weeks, and married a month later. Yes that's 2 months total. My parents are still not sure about I know his heart though, and it's all that's mattered for the last almost 7 years.



Good Evans - Jun 15, 2006 4:46 am (#1218 of 2979)

oh your "meeting stories" are great, esp Denise, I love the fact the parrot got all the attention (but of course, this is Denise and her menagerie!!)

I met my hubby in 1990 and disliked him intensely, he was a part time tutor and made us all do extra work rather than go to the pub (I was 21 and engaged to someone else) , I met him again in 1995 when I was no longer engaged and he was teaching professionally, I wanted someone to come and train some staff of mine. We got on like a house on fire, a year later I left my old job and went to work for him, we moved in together in 1997 and go married 4 years ago next month. I guess I was searching for him a long time and just didnt know I'd already met Mr Right!!!

edit: welcome to the forum Ellen Jones, hope you enjoy posting


azi - Jun 15, 2006 5:10 am (#1219 of 2979)

All these stories are really interesting.

Welcome to Ellen Jones (your kids look cute! I assume it's them in your avatar?)!

Have fun with your dishwasher Puck!

Mmm, cheese. I don't like strong tasting cheeses admittedly, and I'm also not fond of 'plastic' cheeses. My favourites are Cheshire and Red Leicester, but I'm perfectly happy to eat Edam, Mozarella and Cheddar!

Have a lovely day everyone!


Puck - Jun 15, 2006 5:25 am (#1220 of 2979)

Thora, great story!

Funny, I always thought my hubby and I being married a year and a half after meeting was quick! (My friends were dating their current husbands for years before deciding to get married.) After reading these stories, I guess we did take our time.

Denise, sounds like you're having fun!

Happy RotD!



Loopy Lupin - Jun 15, 2006 5:59 am (#1221 of 2979)

Does anyone in the US find it a bit ridikulus that at 18 you are legally an adult, can live on your own, you can vote, and you can go into a bar but you can't drink until 21?—virginiaelizabeth

I used to be a staunch advocate of lowering the drinking age. Then I turned 21 and I didn't really care anymore. This is, it seems to me, the curse of any threatened "lower the drinking age movement." If you wait them out long enough, they'll turn 21, jump off the picket line, and head to the bar.


Marie E. - Jun 15, 2006 6:36 am (#1222 of 2979)

I met my husband in an Air Force dormitory. We were there to meet my friend Angie's boyfriend, but boyfriend wasn't home. We were walking down the hall to leave and these guys yelled for us to come in there room where they having a little party. We stayed for awhile even though all three of us girls had boyfriends. I think I was 19 at the time. For the next two years Mr. E and I kept bumping into each other but one of us always had a boyfriend or girlfriend. Finally in March of 1991 we ran into each other at a club and talked in the hall for two hours. I didn't know he was on a date at the time! We got engaged in May and married in December. I was almost 22. It'll be 15 years this December.

I have to renew my membership so I can use a Cobain picture as my avatar. He is really becoming a fat little boy.

SquidMike:  half of Colorado Springs population is California transplants, so why not the gangs too?


Eponine - Jun 15, 2006 6:59 am (#1223 of 2979)

Mr. Eponine and I met at a coffee house in Chattanooga. We had some mutual acquaintances, and we were just in the same place at the same time. We sat and talked for hours, basically ignoring everyone else. We knew we were going to get married within a month, but we waited about a year and a half to actually tie the knot. My best friend was in Israel for a year, and I was determined that she was going to be there. So I made him wait until she got back. We've been married almost 3 years now.

Laura W, good game last night, but just wait until Saturday! We'll be taking the Cup home to Raleigh!

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Madam Pince - Jun 15, 2006 7:41 am (#1224 of 2979)

Thora, you could try Ritz Dinosaurs as a replacement for Goldfish. Not quite the same, but at least not cannibalistic...

I like gouda cheese to just eat on a cracker. I think muenster melts really well on a grilled cheese sandwich. Provolone is good too, and of course sharp cheddar in mac-&-cheese or as a general topping on baked stuff. Real shredded parmesan (not that dry grated stuff) on pasta. Hmmmm... I guess I like more cheeses than I thought! No bleu cheese though. "Never eat blue food."

Puck, I thought of you yesterday when I was grocery shopping and saw whole-wheat pasta. I tried some not long ago. I am such a tightwad that I am loathe to throw things out if they are still "good," but I tossed that pasta right in the trash. Bleah! I do try to use whole-wheat breads and Scottish oatmeal and such, but I must have my potato bread for tomato sandwiches, with lots of Miracle Whip.

Mr. Pince and I met in our Civil War hobby at a fancy dress ball while we were both dating other people, but someone had (erroneously) told me that he was married, so I merely registered the observation that he was nice-looking and was just pleasant and cordial to him. I kept seeing him at events we both attended, but it didn't dawn on me that he was intentionally putting himself in my path and then saying "Oh, hi!" ***is clueless*** Then a couple years later when we were both "available," he got a mutual friend to make the "I know somebody who likes you!" phone call. I was horrified because I thought he was married, but when that was all straightened out, we went out on a date (he had to drive 4 hours to get to my house) and we ended up engaged in two months and married in nine. Very unusual for me as I normally take forever to make a decision, but as Catherine said, we were in love! Everyone always told me "You'll just know when it's right" and that's so very true.

Denise, you're a member of the Parrot-Head Club! Everyone's stories are so neat!

Tom, our family probably enjoys the fruits of your friend's labor all the time! Highlights is one of Little Pince's favorites; he loves it when he gets mail, and we read it together at night.

Ah, the good old days of MTV with Huey Lewis, and Michael Jackson when he still had a nose, and Sharp Dressed Man, and California Girls, and all those fun videos! There's some new reality show out now (kind of like American Idol maybe?) and Mr. Pince thinks the host was one of the original MTV vee-jays. Wish I could remember the name. Maybe Peter somebody? He was about the same time period as Martha Quinn....

Marie E., I saw on the news last night that it was 102 degrees in Denver. I know you're Colorado Springs, but still you must've been in triple digits. Sympathies....


haymoni - Jun 15, 2006 7:57 am (#1225 of 2979)

I watched "Mary Poppins" with The Beautifulest One last night.

I just love watching the reactions my children have to the movies I loved as a child.

“Mommy! The parrot handle on her umbrella TALKS!!!”

Too cute!

Just a spoonful of sugar...


Holly T. - Jun 15, 2006 8:23 am (#1226 of 2979)

What fun stories!

I met my husband when I was 19, he was 20, in sophomore English class in college. Conveniently for me he was an English major so I used to meet up with him before class and he would explain the reading to me. So when I say he used to read poetry to me while we were dating it is not a lie. We got engaged after we graduated from college and married a year later, when I was 22, right after his first year in law school. We just celebrated our 15th anniversary. :-)

My son will ask me to buy feta cheese. The very thought of it makes my daughter gag.

The kids slept until 8:30 this morning, when I woke them up. It normally goes against my principles to wake up sleeping children but they had VBS starting at 9 and I figured they would want to get dressed and eat breakfast first. I don't think my son has slept that late in his entire life. He normally wakes up at 7--even on weekends.


Julie Aronson - Jun 15, 2006 8:34 am (#1227 of 2979)

Madam Pince,

I like whole wheat pasta in certain dishes. It's worth trying again if you make one of my favorites:

One box whole wheat spaghetti, cooked (or whatever long shape you like)

4 cloves of garlic, smashed but not chopped

2-3 small zucchini, sliced between 1/4" and 1/8" thick

crushed red pepper to taste

some fresh oregano (optional but good)

salt and pepper to taste

enough olive oil to generously coat the bottom of the frying pan

Cook pasta, set aside. Pour oil into pan, add garlic, crushed red pepper, and oregano, then turn on heat. While oil is heating and garlic is browning, slice zucchini. Add the zucchini and sautee until fully cooked and golden. Remove garlic. Put pasta back into its cooking pot, dump oil, herbs, and zucchini over the pasta, and stir to toss.

Serve with fresh ground pepper and/or parmesan cheese. This is excellent hot or cold.

For some reason, the rough texture of the whole wheat pasta really works here--give it another try!


Chemyst - Jun 15, 2006 9:04 am (#1228 of 2979)

Julie, your 'favorites' recipe supports my opinion that whole wheat pastas are better with chunky vegetable sauces and not as good with meat sauces.


Eponine - Jun 15, 2006 9:09 am (#1229 of 2979)

This morning I found a nasty, disgusting, big green caterpillar on one of my tomato plants. The very fact that my plants are still alive (I killed a cactus once) is amazing, and I'm not about to let a fat green bug eat up my tomatoes. I poked it off the plant with my spade and tossed it into the horse field behind our backyard. It's still giving me the collywobbles just thinking about it. *shudders*

So does anyone have suggestions for keeping bugs off your plants?


Loopy Lupin - Jun 15, 2006 9:56 am (#1230 of 2979)

Then a couple years later when we were both "available," he got a mutual friend to make the "I know somebody who likes you!" phone call.-- Madame Pince

Hehe. Sounds awfully familiar to having a go-between pass you a note in math class. Some things don't change.


John Bumbledore - Jun 15, 2006 10:39 am (#1231 of 2979)
Edited Jun 15, 2006 12:08 pm

I met my Lady at university. I was a junior, Computer Science and she was a sophomore, Special Education. We met while visiting a group of mutual friends, and I knew in a heart beat that I had found my soul mate. It was Autumn of 1986.

We dated through the rest of our university time and after. We married in 1990 and are still happy together after 16 years and four very active children. Our song is by Huey Lewis & the News, "Happy to be Stuck with You." Because we had and still have "all the same friends." Sappy, I know.

Drinking at 18 and driving at 21, might work if they learn that over doing the first is a bad thing.

Maria (HH11), I would point out that the two near misses are actually successes! I was alert and in control of my automobile so I was able to avoid hitting something that had endangered itself by standing in a roadway.

I also left out at least three other avoidances where other drivers entered my lane without looking to see if anyone was there (and ignoring my horn too!) But for these, I also have to give credit to the drivers that were following behind for not following too closely.

I think accident free for 20 years is a good thing!

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

Edit: Haymoni! Yes! Another Browns fan here! Shhhhhhhhh! My Lady is a Steelers fan. LOL


haymoni - Jun 15, 2006 11:08 am (#1232 of 2979)

JOHN!!!! Are you trying to jinx yourself???

You're like those sportscasters that say, "He hasn't missed a field goal in the last 10 games."

Doink!! Off the goal post it goes!

Can you tell I'm a Browns fan??


Madam Pince - Jun 15, 2006 11:20 am (#1233 of 2979)
Edited Jun 15, 2006 12:19 pm

LOL, Loopy. It was very high-school-ish! I even rolled my eyes and said "Ewwwww!" because I was sure it was going to be somebody gross.

Eponine, sounds like you have a tomato hornworm. They are about the nastiest creatures on the earth. They have these great big sucking-shaped mouths and when they are done with your tomatoes, it looks like an apple with a big human-sized bite out of it. I once had one take a bite out of each one of my six or seven tomatoes on the vine. Could it just have eaten one whole tomato? Noooooo.... It had to ruin them all. And those worms can get to be huge, too. I didn't want to squish mine because it was so big I thought it would make an ooshy mess, so I compensated by throwing it in the middle of a street behind my house that's not normally very busy, but on that particular day the traffic was heavy! Bwahahahaha! ***evil gleeful hand-rubbing*** (For Loopy and Catherine -- it was Barracks Road on Foxfield Day! )

I usually dust my tomatoes with something like Sevin dust or similar. You can get it in shaker cans, or you can put the dust in a pair of old hose and sprinkle it over the plant that way. I don't know if that would help or not -- a Google search tells me that permethrin works, and also there is a wasp which is a natural enemy that lays its eggs on the worm and then the emerging baby wasps eat the worm, which is totally gross in and of itself....

Haymoni -- .... or the Minnesota Vikings a couple of years ago when they almost got into the Super Bowl. (Or was it the actual Super Bowl? I've erased it from memory...) Mr. Pince is still mad about that. The field goal kicker was money in the bank all season, and then on something like a 30-yarder to win....


John Bumbledore - Jun 15, 2006 12:14 pm (#1234 of 2979)

JOHN!!!! Are you trying to jinx yourself??? – haymoni

Haymoni, I'm not superstitious because that would bring bad luck.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


geauxtigers - Jun 15, 2006 12:58 pm (#1235 of 2979)

Seahawks fan here, so I'm totally against the Steelers !

Ahh its Thursday, and Thursdays are good because the next day is Friday! I just got back from the mall where all I got was a Mocassippi....nothing new.

Off to check 5 words and head to the chat or maybe I'll take a nap

Have a great day everyone!


Laura W - Jun 15, 2006 1:02 pm (#1236 of 2979)

Eponine wrote: "Laura W, good game last night, but just wait until Saturday! We'll be taking the Cup home to Raleigh!"

Says you!! (very big grin)

Actually, it *was* a good game - on both parts, Eponine. Very evenly matched, which always makes it more exciting. I honestly believe it could have gone either way.

As you say, "On to Saturday!" ... where the results will force a seventh game! (Oh, you didn't exactly say that? I must have misunderstood. Hee, hee, hee.)



Lina - Jun 15, 2006 1:08 pm (#1237 of 2979)

It has become really difficult to follow this forum. I don't know if the reason is in the Forum or in me

Madam Pince, there is nothing else going on on our TV these days, but football (soccer). My hubby is not even watching the news. Yet, it doesn't necessarily mean that I watch the games. But I listen. While about Australia, I won't say anything until after the next round of games... Enjoy the first place while you can. May I just mention some bronze medal 8 years old?

When it comes to eating food, if all the kids were like Kate, I could easily have 5 of them. She is the cutest one when she eats something that she doesn't like. She keeps complaining, "Oh, why did you have to cook this? I really don't like this food. Oh, this is really awful. May I go out now?" and the plate is empty. All I can say is that it doesn't depend strictly on the way of raising kids, because all my kids were raised by the same parents and are not the same at all.

Virginia, if I may add few words to the lines - you mentioned the voting and the drinking line. But there is the driving line too, and if I am correct, a smoking line that is totally different. All those lines are equal here. Now, you can decide what variation you like better.

I dated my hubby 11 months before we got married but wasn't so young when I met him.

Mills, all the kids on your picture are really adorable!


TomProffitt - Jun 15, 2006 1:48 pm (#1238 of 2979)

Talk about the different lines being messed up. 25 years ago my parents sent me to the grocery store to get cooking sherry (I think, it may have been real wine) and it just blew my mind. I thought there was no way a 17 year old would be allowed to buy it. At that time the ages in Virginia were 18 for beer, 18 for voting, 21 for wine & spirits, and alive for cigarettes (yes, we're in tobacco country). No problem at all, no one cared about my purchase. Although what weirded me out was my parents sending me on the errand, they're very Hermione about rules & such. I think the point was it was legal for me to buy the stuff if I said I was buying it for someone who was legal.


The giant squid - Jun 15, 2006 2:50 pm (#1239 of 2979)

My kids are so banned from being cool—Thora

Just explain to them that looking and acting like everyone else is the exact opposite of "cool". Real "cool" is being your own person & following your own path. Fonzie wasn't cool because he wore a leather jacket all the time; he was cool because no one else did (well, that and all the girls, the starting the jukebox with his fist thing , etc.)

NyQuil: Comedian Denis Leary had a rant about this in one of his early bits. About the only thing I can repeat here is his comment about other companies appealing to the "inner child" and make grape, orange & cherry flavor cough syrup. Not NyQuil. They've still got the Green Death flavor. That's because you take it, think, "Hey, this stuff tastes like--" and then you pass out.

I've noticed that LEGO discontinues the HP line after a certain amount of time. A few months after the movie is out the sets are all gone. That combined with the fact that they're putting out fewer & fewer sets each movie has me a little worried...although my wallet doesn't mind.

Cheese: I like most "common" cheeses--cheddar, Monterey jack, mozzarella, parmesan, romano, American if there's no other choice... I never got into bleu cheese, gouda or any of those "lumpy" types. Anything runny is right out.

My wife & I met at work. We worked for a department store--I was a "regular" employee & she'd been hired on as holiday help. One of the other guys in my department was joking about how crazy we were and she replied, "If you think you're crazy I should introduce you to my purse." I think I was hooked at that point. It turns out her purse was one of those teddy bear backpacks, where you open the zipper in the neck & fill it up with your stuff. Over the years she'd had it, it had taken on a sort of personality, got clothed and became her personality test--anyone who turned their nose up at it wasn't worth talking to.

Ubu (the bear) is still around, though he's been retired from "pursing". Mostly he sits on the couch watching TV with his new sibling, a monkey named Jack.



Chemyst - Jun 15, 2006 3:19 pm (#1240 of 2979)

Did you know hornworms suffer from addictions?   Well... probably not the ones who have encountered Madam Pince's Sevin dust.

That is a very touching story about Ubu, Mike.


haymoni - Jun 15, 2006 5:37 pm (#1241 of 2979)

Mike - Mrs. Squid is obviously the woman for you!

Hubby just called. Ungrateful Son "smoked" the other team tonight pitching in Game 1 of a double header. Whoo Hoo!!

Edit: Bing!


Tazzygirl - Jun 15, 2006 6:00 pm (#1242 of 2979)

Yeay! to Ungrateful Son!!

Just thought I'd share- (because we were on the topic of gangs) The National Geographic channel is showing a special on the MS 13 gang, I believe this Sunday. Commercial just passed, so I can't say what time it comes on.

Have a fabulous RotD/N!

~Kristina (BING!)


Puck - Jun 15, 2006 6:43 pm (#1243 of 2979)

wOOt! Ungrateful Son!

John, the computer guy and the teacher -a match made in Heaven! (Myself and several teacher friends have married computer guys.)

Some tomato bugs like beer. Dig holes big enough for plastic cups and fill with beer. The slugs climb in, but can't get back out. (They don't pay any attention to the drinking age.   )

I use Healthy Harvest pasta. (Brown box.) I switched without telling hubby, and he didn't notice. For mac and cheese I use Annie's. I've tried other brands, and I agree, they are nasty, but those are good and meet the minimum requirement of at least 3 grams of fiber.

Happy RotD!



Stephanie M. - Jun 15, 2006 7:58 pm (#1244 of 2979)

Hello everyone!

Thora, I'm sure Finn wouldn't mind you eating Goldfish... he eats them all the time! Everyday at lunch.

Tazzy, I'm sorry the graduation was so hot. My sister graduated yesterday, and it was very humid, plus we were in a tent, so there wasn't a whole lot of wind blowing onto the huge crowd of people. There were mixed emotions for everyone. My sister had been going to the same school for 14 years, and she probably won't see about half of her class again or until Class Reunions. But everyone is pretty relived that they are done... just a little sad as well.

I don't mind MTV. I actually prefer VH1, which tends to an older crowd than MTV. I think MTV is catered to younger teens just based on some of the shows they play, such as My Super Sweet Sixteen. I do watch Pimp My Ride and I also watch shows like Made and True Life etc. I like most shows on VH1 because they are more diverse in age and types of shows, unlike MTV.

Great job Ungrateful Son!!

Have a good night/early morning everyone!


Mediwitch - Jun 15, 2006 8:22 pm (#1245 of 2979)

Julie Aronson - mmm...I can't wait to try your pasta dish! And I do like whole wheat pasta, but I like regular pasta sometimes too.

Squid Mike: Not NyQuil. They've still got the Green Death flavor . . .   Maybe THAT'S the skanky stuff Dumbledore drank in the cave!!!

I met Mr. Mediwitch because several years after my father died (I was 23 when he died), my mother remarried. I was her maid-of-honor. My step-father and Mr. Mediwitch are cousins, and Mr. Mediwitch was the best man. We actually had already started dating by the time the wedding rolled around, because we had gotten to know each other at several family functions. As you can imagine, this does lead to some "family tree" type comments from time to time!


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 15, 2006 8:35 pm (#1246 of 2979)

Squid Mike: Not NyQuil. They've still got the Green Death flavor . . . Maybe THAT'S the skanky stuff Dumbledore drank in the cave!!!- Mediwitch

You literally took the words right out of my mouth!! I NyQuill would certainly cause pain (gagging that is!)

Well I went to the mall today, but I didn't end up getting anything but my contacts and a CC's mocassippi with no espresso. It was very good as the high today was 98F  - - - ahhh it was hot! I also got a perfume sample from Gap that I think smells like smarties! It really does smell good but I could never wear it because I would want to eat it! I've already had to stop myself from buying flavored lip gloss because I would find myself subconsously licking it off, so no candy perfume for me!

I'm super exciteddd because I get to sleep late tomorrow!! w00t!!!!

Everyone have a great RotN! I might go to the chat for a bit as well so if anyone wants to join me!


Madam Pince - Jun 15, 2006 8:56 pm (#1247 of 2979)

Yay for Ungrateful Son!

Tazzy, I think that was the documentary I was thinking of earlier -- I believe I had said Discovery Channel, but now that you say it I think it was on National Geographic. If anyone is really interested in the subject, it is a well-done documentary. "Scary, but brilliant," as Ron would say.

Puck, the pasta I tried was just your basic old Barilla brand -- it didn't seem "rough" to me as Julie mentioned (rough I could take) but it just tasted nasty. I don't remember ever seeing the brands you mention -- maybe I could find them in a Trader Joe's or similar health-food-type store. We don't have those options here, unfortunately, but I do sometimes go by them when travelling. (Mmmmmm... Trader Joe's cranberry oatmeal cookies....) Julie, your recipe sounds good! So good, in fact, that I used a very similar one for dinner tonight! Spinach-cheese tortellini, though, instead of whole wheat pasta... , and I threw a few meatballs in for good measure... I can't be healthy to save me... I love sauteed little-bitty squash cooked with onion and a bit of white wine and olive oil.....

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 15, 2006 10:59 pm (#1248 of 2979)

National Geographic MS 13

Sunday, June 18, 2006, at 8P Also airs: Sunday, June 18, 11P Monday, June 19, 5:00P

Have a great day/night everyone!


Tazzygirl - Jun 15, 2006 11:04 pm (#1249 of 2979)

Madam P.- It might have been Discovery channel! The commercial came on, and right when I decided to post it on this thread, it passed, and I couldn't remember which channel I had been on. (I'm used to the TiVo type cable. Push the info button and Bingo! You know where you are at! ) So, if any of you are interested in the documentary, check out the Discovery Channel or the National Geographic Channel this Sunday evening...

EDIT: Thanks, TBE, for the official time and such for the MS 13 documentary! I took so long in writing this short post , you got in before me!

I love Annie's pasta! I'd buy it more often than the Kraft stuff, but it is slightly more expensive, and I'm on that student budget.

mmmmmm. Spinach cheese tortellini...



Julie Aronson - Jun 16, 2006 2:36 am (#1250 of 2979)

So I like the cherry Nyquil. Ok, like is a relative term, but it's a lot easier to choke down!

As far as whole wheat pasta, right now I'm working on a multi-pound package of organic whole wheat spaghetti from Sam's Club. I think it's really good. I also use some other brands whenever they're on sale.

Mmmm...I might have to buy some zucchini...I know the olive oil adds a fair amount of fat, but I have convinced myself that it's a fairly health-oriented dish. I also have a recipe for a tomato-y spaghetti sauce with zucchini and mushrooms if anyone wants. IMHO, that one needs a white-flour pasta.

Well, off to submit the application to my Master's program...

Have a great day!
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Amilia Smith - Jun 16, 2006 4:34 am (#1251 of 2979)

Jasper Fforde is another of my favorite authors. I was just visiting his website, and I saw he has a new t-shirt up in his store to tie in with his new book coming out next month (The Fourth Bear, solving the mystery of who killed Goldilocks). I mention it here as we were having a discussion a few days back about porridge.

On the cheese front: I agree with all those of you who do not count American as real cheese. I used to love it as a kid, though. Possibly because it was a treat. My mother wouldn't buy it, so we only got it when we went to the government give-aways. After working in a deli, I got to try all sorts of different cheeses, and became something of a snob. I really like the fancy stuff. Which I can't afford, but there you go. Havarti, gouda, camembert, babybel . . . OK, so looking at that list, I guess my taste in cheese is not that exotic. But still out of my current price range.

I am loving all the How I Met My Spouse stories. Since I don't have one of my own to add, I'll share my folks' story. My mom wanted to try out for the ballroom dance team at BYU, but she was ready to chicken out when it came right down to it. In high school, her oldest sister had had the lead in all the school plays. Her next sister had been in the chamber choir. When it came my mom's turn, she had tried out for both, but didn't make either the plays or the choir. So she decided that since she never made auditions, there was no point in auditioning for the dance team. Her roommate finally convinced her to just do it. She tried out, made the team, and that is where she met my dad. :-)



azi - Jun 16, 2006 5:12 am (#1252 of 2979)

I decided to search for what American cheese actually was and came across a link to a quiz which establishes what kind of cheese you are. Link in profile (hopefully, if it works!). Anyway, I decided American Cheese probably isn't real cheese. We know them as cheese slices anyway.

I am heading home for the weekend to try and get some work done. Hope everyone has a great weekend! I'll probably still be around.

Great days to all!


Steve Newton - Jun 16, 2006 6:24 am (#1253 of 2979)



haymoni - Jun 16, 2006 6:27 am (#1254 of 2979)

I can't find out what kind of cheese I am.

The dementors at work have that site blocked as "entertainment".

My parents met at a funeral. My father's grandmother had died and my mom's parents were friends of the family. I never asked how the actual conversation went. How do you ask someone out at a funeral?

It obviously worked out though!


The giant squid - Jun 16, 2006 6:29 am (#1255 of 2979)

azi, a lot of American Cheese packages actually label it as "pasteurized process cheese food". So it's cheese-ish. AS one comedian put it, "'Cheese food'? Is that what they feed the cheese?"

Of the music channels, I watch VH1 the most. I'm a little annoyed by their programming in the wee hours of the morning (4-8AM, my usual posting time--Hi, Finn!). I've seen the same video by The Fray three times in two hours. It's quite clear that "Metal Month" is over... Oh, beats the sixteenth rerun of the "Real World/Road Rules Challenge 6!"

How do you ask someone out at a funeral?—haymoni

Very carefully?



Julie Aronson - Jun 16, 2006 6:37 am (#1256 of 2979)

I'm camembert. Hmm.


Marie E. - Jun 16, 2006 6:39 am (#1257 of 2979)

Did you know that The Fray are from Colorado? So, I hear it on the radio at least three times a day. It was a nice song when I first heard it.

Until my sister announced her decision to start a family, I was afraid that Ubu the teddy purse was going to be my only nephew. I even kept a picture of him on my fridge.

We never officially made it to 100 the other day, but we did beat our record of 94. We got a drastic cool-down yesterday, all the way to 78, and today it's supposed to 75 and rainy. We need rain very much. As I've said before, when it's hot here the trees spontaneously combust.

We took the daycare kids to see Cars yesterday. I enjoyed it, but the theater was pretty empty so I don't know how that bodes for the movie. There are several Nascar references in the movie which I got thanks to my father-in-law's influence.


Catherine - Jun 16, 2006 6:45 am (#1258 of 2979)

I can't believe I really took this quz, but it turns out that I am "Brie" cheese.

At least I wasn't cheese food!


mike miller - Jun 16, 2006 6:51 am (#1259 of 2979)

Well I'm supposed to be blue cheese, but it's probably my least favorite cheese. Quite bizarre!


Loopy Lupin - Jun 16, 2006 8:02 am (#1260 of 2979)

This thing says I'm the "Big Cheese" but I knew that already.

Catherine I emailed you something I think you'd be interested in reading. Well, you'll have to go buy the latest issue of Rolling Stone, but still.


Madam Pince - Jun 16, 2006 8:07 am (#1261 of 2979)

I'm mozzarella, apparently. Fun site, azi! I learned a couple new things about cheese from reading the descriptions. I never knew that the blue streak in Gorgonzola is actually penicillin (yikes! I guess I can't eat gorgonzola since I'm allergic) and also never knew that you could soak feta in water or milk to cut the salty taste. The things one can learn on this Forum....


Holly T. - Jun 16, 2006 8:17 am (#1262 of 2979)

Yikes, I'm allergic to penicillin too and I've had Gorgonzola cheese. Not one of my faves, but it didn't make me break out. Hmmm. Maybe I didn't eat the blue part (it was on a salad, so it wasn't much). I don't really like cheese that much and particularly dislike American cheese but will eat it on a cheeseburger.

I am wearing my new Molly Weasley watch today and what does it mean when both hands were pointing to "lost" right before I had to go to a meeting? I guess it's better than if I'd had a meeting at 1, which would mean the hands would be pointing to "work" and "mortal peril." It only seems like that sometimes.

I leave for vacation in a week! I can't wait.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 16, 2006 9:08 am (#1263 of 2979)

I can't believe I really took this quz, but it turns out that I am "Brie" cheese.---Catherine

I can't believe you took it either.

I tested as 'Blue' cheese.


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 16, 2006 9:49 am (#1264 of 2979)

Well I'm Brie cheese and I have no idea what that is! I've never heard of Brie before! Is that a bad sign??


Tazzygirl - Jun 16, 2006 10:11 am (#1265 of 2979)

I tested as American Cheese. Can't stand the stuff, but there you go.

Ginny- Brie is a soft cheese that is really good!! You should definitely try it sometime!

I have a really good recipe that uses brie. I might have to make it tonight.

My parents met in college- my dad was friends with my mom's room mate. Soon he and my mom became close friends and then about a year later they thought it would be logical to marry, as (according to Mom) they couldn't see not being together for the rest of their lives. (Dad said they thought they might as well get married because my mom had the apartment and he had the car. ) They've been married now for 30 years.

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!


EDIT: I also love The Frey! I don't own the CD, just the Over My Head (Cable Car) song. I have listened to it now 19 times since downloading it to my computer about three days ago. (My iTunes keeps count. )


geauxtigers - Jun 16, 2006 10:11 am (#1266 of 2979)

I'm blue cleese, and I don't like blue cheese! I love the Fray!!!! They are my new favorite and I've listened to the cd nonstop for about 3 weeks now

I tried Camembert and babybel in France and nearly gagged! I figured it must be good since I know its very famous-- yeah I'm not too interested in trying it again! At least for a little while!

Well its supposed to rain today, which is good because we need the rain desperately! But there is even more of a chance of rain tomorrow, naturally because I'm going to the water park for a concert and it has to wait until I have plans to rain. So frustrating hasn't rained all summer and now when I actually have all day out door plans, it does!

Have a great day/night everyone!


Puck - Jun 16, 2006 10:12 am (#1267 of 2979)

Brie is super Yummy! It usually comes inside a white rind, and you eat the part that's inside.

Julie, olive oil is a monosaturated "healthy" fat. It's good to have some in your diet.

Helped out at field day at the school this morning. Glad kindergarten had the first shift, as it's really heating up out there! It must be over 90 degrees by now.

Off to find out what kind of cheese I am!


edited to add that I'm cheddar.

College roommates are a great way to meet. My brother married mine. (Having lived with both of them, I wish them luck!)


Marè - Jun 16, 2006 10:31 am (#1268 of 2979)

and you eat the part that's inside

You can eat the white part too! (I'm a brie too by the way, and a brie fan as well!). Oh and camembert works great on the bbq too. wooden box, alu foil throw it in the coals and then let it go warm and fudgy and dip your bread in it!
Cheese and bread is the reason I could never live too long in a foreign country. I would miss them both too much.

I have fallen of the face of the internet for awhile. I started coaching a team and it takes a lot of time. But I have been reading all your "meet the hubbie/wife" stories and I have been going "aaawwww" behind my computer screen for awhile.


kaykay1970 - Jun 16, 2006 10:34 am (#1269 of 2979)

Today is my 18th anniversary. So I have officially been married half my life. Woo Hoo!

My Mom met my Dad after she had been stood up for a date by the man that would some day be my father-in-law. Good thing I guess! My husband and I might have been siblings!


Chemyst - Jun 16, 2006 10:40 am (#1270 of 2979)

Kaykay, that’s too funny!

I’m emmental cheese.   Hmm…
 … I have rather mixed feelings about a cheese with ‘mental’ in the name.
The description says, "The aroma is sweet with tones of fresh-cut hay." Again; rather mixed feelings. 'Sounds a bit like Amortentia, no? Also, it says the flavor is "not without a tone of acidity." I think I’ve been insulted.

Emmental is a kind of Swiss cheese.


Tazzygirl - Jun 16, 2006 10:52 am (#1271 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary, Kay! Hope you have a great day!

Poor Chemyst! (I've never even heard of 'emmental cheese'... Definitely doesn't sound appetizing! )



Loopy Lupin - Jun 16, 2006 11:20 am (#1272 of 2979)

I never knew that the blue streak in Gorgonzola is actually penicillin (yikes! I guess I can't eat gorgonzola since I'm allergic)....Madame Pince

Thank you. Buried in one my recent posts, I mentioned my suspicion that I am allergic to Gorgonzola. This information would confirm that I am indeed allergic to gorgonzola.


azi - Jun 16, 2006 11:25 am (#1273 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary Kaykay!

Still can't believe I was American Cheese! It's not even cheese, it's processed something-or-other!

I had no idea Gorgonzola had penicillin in. Surely that's bad for antibiotic resistance?


geauxtigers - Jun 16, 2006 12:29 pm (#1274 of 2979)

I've never heard of emmental cheese either! We get this cheese from Washington State U called Cougar Gold Cheese. Its really good stuff it looks like white cheddar, but the taste is very good. If I had to say what it tasted like, I'd say very sharp cheddar, but it very good and I'm picky about cheese!

Happy anniversary KayKay!

I guess I have to broaden my cheese tasting because I haven't heard of a lot of these!


Madam Pince - Jun 16, 2006 12:33 pm (#1275 of 2979)

I'd never heard of emmental cheese, either. I thought it sounded good, though -- but then, having grown up on a farm, I think "fresh-cut hay" smell is a good thing. I love alfalfa-peppermint tea for that very reason.

Glad we resolved that allergy issue, Loopy!

I've always wondered if you can/are-supposed-to eat the white rind around Brie, but I was too embarrassed to ask and show my total lack of couth! The way it's sometimes served, it looks to me like it'd be almost impossible not to eat it, but the few times I've done so, I thought the rind tasted really yucky! But I did observe some very socially-adept people munching away at it, so I was never quite sure. Hmmmmm...maybe they were just faking and they didn't know either. I think it best to just avoid that particular cheese altogether and thus avoid the issue!

Happy Anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Kaykay! Congratulations!


Detail Seeker - Jun 16, 2006 1:19 pm (#1276 of 2979)

Emmenthaler Cheese is close to the crown of all cheeses, second only to Greyerzer and very mature Goudaer. It is a hard, spicey, non-processed cheese, mostly having a slight note of nut in its taste. I would not have described it as tasting like freshly cut hay, not even after thinking twice about that.

Well, that web-site made me a blue cheese, too - and I do not like that sort - though the characteristic was very flattering. Not having other answers, I do not know, if the other descriptions are flattering, too, though I imagine, they are.

Edit: Thank for the tip! I will just go there again.


Madam Pince - Jun 16, 2006 1:22 pm (#1277 of 2979)

Immo, you can click on the names of the other cheeses at the bottom of "your" description, and get the other descriptions as well as information about the various cheeses.


Lina - Jun 16, 2006 1:40 pm (#1278 of 2979)

Chemyst: Emmental is a kind of Swiss cheese. - I would add: With holes. I think the most important part of Emmental are the holes. That, I think, goes quite well with mental... At least my mind is filled with holes too.

And I love the cheese with walnuts. Yes, I think that's my favorite, just a little expensive...


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 16, 2006 1:49 pm (#1279 of 2979)

Hooray for Ungrateful Son, haymoni!

Love the meeting stories! LOL Thora, what a bold move! How cute the way it worked out.

My husband and I were engaged for 1 1/2 years and dated for over four. So, the reaction was more like, 'It's about time you got engaged' rather than, 'Oh, what a surprise!' Same goes with children - we married in '88 and Olivia was born in '93. I didn't think that was a long time.

Fun link, azi! I came out as cheddar. Don't know if that's good or bad, but what is this "stubborn" they speak of?

How do you ask someone out at a funeral?   LOL, when you're young, there are no such obstacles.

Dating stories are good, too. I liked yours, Kristina. Perhaps it wasn't the actual deed, but the follow-up question that did it for mom.

No allergies here, but Mr. HH, Olivia and Priscilla seem to have the seasonal stuff. We'll see about Trevor.

Four more days. Four more days. Four more days. . .

Hooray for Mediwitch - fellow goat cheese fan!

Thanks for the Nat'l Geographic notice, everyone. So, is that what everyone will be doing Sunday night???


geauxtigers - Jun 16, 2006 1:59 pm (#1280 of 2979)

I just looked at the cheese quiz again and I want to be mozzerella because it says you believe in "magick"! lol

My parents met through a mutual friends I think, nothing special. My Grannie and Grandaddy met at work. My Grandaddy was leaving the parking lot and told my Grannie that she could have his parking spot because he was going to lunch. When he got back from lunch he told her he was back and she could go move her car now. Kinda funny story I can't remember if she actually moved her car or not.


Madam Pince - Jun 16, 2006 4:41 pm (#1281 of 2979)

If any moms out there for some reason feel like having a good cry tonight, watch the re-run of Ghost Whisperer that airs tonight at 8:00p eastern U.S. time. Heart-wrenching guarantee that you'll need the Kleenex box...


Tazzygirl - Jun 16, 2006 5:06 pm (#1282 of 2979)

For those of you who come here for the movie reviews :Just got back from watching "The Lake House" with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. I actually really liked this movie! You kind of have to think outside the box on it, though. It is also definitely a chick flick!

There was a preview for "Lady in the Water" and I instantly thought of Loopy. Yeah, Lady in the Water is definitely on the side with The Village...

~Kristina (BING!!)


timrew - Jun 16, 2006 5:58 pm (#1283 of 2979)

haymoni:- Ungrateful Son "smoked" the other team tonight pitching in Game 1 of a double header.

Judging from the reaction, I take it that's something good!

If so, way to go, Ungrateful Son!


Mediwitch - Jun 16, 2006 6:24 pm (#1284 of 2979)

Another mozzarella!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 16, 2006 6:32 pm (#1285 of 2979)

It is also definitely a chick flick!---Tazzygirl

Don't I know it. My husband makes pained noises whenever the previews come on. Good thing I'm comfortable going to the movies by myself.

I saw X-Men III last night. Not bad, but not as good as the first two. Unfortunately, I arrived too late for the previews and probably missed a clip for Lady in the Water. Shoot. ***waves to Loopy***


Puck - Jun 16, 2006 6:38 pm (#1286 of 2979)

**waves to Maria, my fellow "cheddar"!**

psst, Olivia, is your mom stubborn?


Chemyst - Jun 16, 2006 6:42 pm (#1287 of 2979)

I think the most important part of Emmental are the holes. ~ Lina
Yes, with holes. Thanks for clearing that up. After you posted I looked around for more information. In the US, and apparently in Canada and Australia as well, the 'Swiss' in Swiss cheese has more to do with holes than geographic origin. I am used to 'Swiss' being the generic term for cheese with big holes. Around here, you might also find Baby Swiss, which is softer with smaller holes and a milder flavor. And occasionally you might find Swiss cheese food, which looks like and is packaged like white American cheese slices but smells like baby Swiss, and the taste... is definitely processed.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 16, 2006 6:42 pm (#1288 of 2979)

Lady in the Water Oooh, Kristina, that book does not appeal to me at all. I am glad I'm not the only one with this opinion. Did I miss some posts again?

My computer did skip posts again. Posts #1267-77 did not come up until now. Very strange. So, virginiaelizabeth, we are not going crazy, it is definitely happening.

That having been said, Happy 18th Anniversary, Kaykay! Enjoy the day! (Our 18th Anniv. is in September.)

EDIT: I think we cross-posted, Kathy. Well, sort of. I start a post and finish it twenty minutes or so later, and miss a few that way - but that is not what is happening with the "invisible floating" posts that my computer seems to skip.

LOL - another cheddar! Olivia is not allowed to answer - she's *ahem* busy, yes - she's busy.

# waves back to Kathy while holding Olivia back from keyboard* Hot one today, eh? Finally, some swimming weather.



virginiaelizabeth - Jun 16, 2006 6:45 pm (#1289 of 2979)

Judging from the reaction, I take it that's something good! –timrew

Yes it's very good Tim! "smoked" is a slang word for meaning that you did really well. The same thing as saying that you killed the other team!

I wanna see The Lake House as well so I'm glad it was good! I love chick flicks!

Oh and Happy anniversarie kaykay!

EDIT: I'm glad I'm not going crazy either HH11! Sometimes I don't notice until I read someone else quoting another person's post and I don't remember reading it so I have to go back to read it. It's so weird but at least I'm not the only one!


Puck - Jun 16, 2006 7:08 pm (#1290 of 2979)

Sometimes I don't notice until I read someone else quoting another person's post and I don't remember reading it so I have to go back to read it.

Wait, that's happened to me, but I thought it was just my missing brain cells!

Happy anniversary, Kay!


kaykay1970 - Jun 16, 2006 7:12 pm (#1291 of 2979)

I finally decided to take the cheese quiz since it seems to be so popular. I am also em(mental), of course I already knew that!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 16, 2006 8:32 pm (#1292 of 2979)
Edited Jun 16, 2006 9:51 pm

That's how I pick up on it, too, virginiaelizabeth.

Looks as though you still have your brain cells, Kathy.



The giant squid - Jun 17, 2006 12:50 am (#1293 of 2979)

Happy anniversary, Kaykay!

So I took the cheese quiz. There were a couple of questions where more than one answer would have been appropriate, and one where none of the answers really fit (I want to vacation in England, but that wasn't on there), so I got a couple different responses. the first time out I was "blue" cheese, the second I came back mozzarella. I'm sticking with the Mozz.

Nothing agaisnt all the Fray fans here, they're just not my cup of tea. They fit into that "whiny ballad" style that just grates on my eardrums. I'm sure there are a few CDs in my collection that would make my fellow Forumers cringe (I know I've irritated Marie more than once...).



HungarianHorntail13 - Jun 17, 2006 6:39 am (#1294 of 2979)

After reading the past 20 posts, I took the cheesy quiz. I came up as emmental too, and my sister came up as chevres.

Yes Puck, Mom is very stubborn, and I'm not surprised she was a 'stubborn' cheese. .

This morning I woke up to the sound of BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ right in my ear, so I freaked out and hid under my covers for about 30 minutes. I'm hoping it was just a fly, and not a bee.



Lilly P - Jun 17, 2006 6:58 am (#1295 of 2979)

Mozzerella for me! I have to say, it seems pretty accurate! Shiney, Soft and Round are definitely 3 words that would describe me!

Believe it or not, I met Mr. P. in military school! And I hated him at first! But at the end of the freshman year, when he couldn't order me around anymore because he no longer out ranked me, we got to know each other. And he admitted he singled me out alot because he secretly liked me! Funny how these things work out huh?

PS it's Mr. P's birthday today, It's his 3rd birthday in a ROW in Iraq!!! so if you have any spare well wishing charms, send them his way!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 17, 2006 7:24 am (#1296 of 2979)

Well wishing charms and Happy Birthday Charms to Mr. P, Lilly! HHs' prayers are with them.


Eponine, great game Wed. night. I really enjoyed it, even though I'm a Rangers fan (ducking dungbombs). Rough, though. Looking forward to tonight's game. Can't say I'm rooting for anyone in particular, still, I'm enjoying reading the exchange betw. you and Laura W.


Thora - Jun 17, 2006 7:48 am (#1297 of 2979)

Well Wishes to Mr. Lilly P.

My kids are so banned from being cool--Thora

Just explain to them that looking and acting like everyone else is the exact opposite of "cool". Real "cool" is being your own person & following your own path.- Squid Mike

My feelings exactly. (BTW your wife sounds really neat, like someone I would really like to hang with.)

I'm mozzarella, but my favorite is Muenster. If Mozzarella is made from buffalo milk, then how was it invented in Italy? I didn't think they had Bison there... I'm so confused.

I think "fresh-cut hay" smell is a good thing.- M. Pince  It is a good thing! It's processed hay that doesn't smell good. Wink

LOL Thora, what a bold move!-HH11 What, sitting in his lap? Yeah I guess, but I was very wild person back then. I come from a family that was more often bold than socially adept.



boop - Jun 17, 2006 8:33 am (#1298 of 2979)

Happy Anniversary, KayKay. I hope you and your hubby had a great day.

Lilly P., Pass on the Happy Birthday wishes and well charms his way.

Everyone have a great weekend!

hugs always



Dr Filibuster - Jun 17, 2006 8:49 am (#1299 of 2979)

Hi guys, I don't come here often but just popped in to have a nosey re World Cup comments and see how beserk/unaware other nations were.

However, I see there is a great CHEESE debate raging. Sounds like some of you Americans may be trying out a few foreign cheeses at your deli counters soon.

It's interesting that you say "sharp" when we say "mature". We also call a cheese "red" if it is orangey-coloured, eg Red Leicester.

I went to your link Liz, did the quiz, but alas, couldn't get any results. Just as well because I suspect the quiz-masters' only British entry was Cheddar, which means they are missing a lot of great cheese. We should invent our own quiz in the UK.

Who would be Cheshire? It's one of the oldest known cheeses, salty, popular, from North West England, gets on really well with apple pie? (cough.Tim.cough)


John Bumbledore - Jun 17, 2006 9:30 am (#1300 of 2979)

Cheese, I didn't take the test. I don't eat cheese any more, well hardly ever. I like Colby (long horn variety), Mozzarella (especially on pizza), provolone and Swiss (when on sandwiches with sliced meats), Parmesan (on pasta!), and Muenster (in lasagna!)!

But, being lactose intolerant, I avoid cheese and dairy products (yogurt is an exception.)
Lactose is the sugar found in dairy, lactase is the enzyme needed to digest lactose. My system no longer makes lactase enzyme so I can not digest lactose sugar. Yogurt has active cultures that break down the lactose sugar. There are supplements that can be taken to aid digestion of dairy sugar.

I had to get our container of grated Parmesan so I could spell the name. I mean I can say Parmesan but why would it be spelled par - me - san?

Have you ever known someone who always seems to meet a friend from home where ever they go no matter how far from home they may be? My father-in-law is like that. Of course, his attitude is that he has never meet a stranger, just a friend whose name he doesn't know yet.

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Thora - Jun 17, 2006 9:53 am (#1301 of 2979)

MMmmmm Colby. I like colby.

I miss living in Cache (say it like “cash,” not Cash-AY like Jay Leno did once) Valley, Utah because they had a big cheese factory where I could go and buy cheese curds. We called it squeaky cheese because of the noise it made when we chewed it. I discovered recently that the Queso Blanco sold at my local Costco squeaks too. I started giggling while chewing cheese and probably looked rather

John, my mother has lactose intolerance but has less trouble with gouda. I use colby jack in my Lasagna, but the muenster sounds really smooth, I'll have to try it next time I have the 2 hours to dedicate to pasta heaven.



Tazzygirl - Jun 17, 2006 10:06 am (#1302 of 2979)

Happy Birthday to Mr. P.! I'm also thinking of him...

Off to shop for a baby gift- one of my friends is having a baby shower today.

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!



HungarianHorntail13 - Jun 17, 2006 10:40 am (#1303 of 2979)

I just like cheddar. : )

Aww, babies! :cute: Have fun Tazzy!

Thora posted: Just explain to them that looking and acting like everyone else is the exact opposite of "cool". Real "cool" is being your own person & following your own path.- Squid Mike

I agree! I don't care what the other girls wear!I normally wear boy's jeans and a baggy t-shirt.

I just have to get Mom to understand that it doesn't matter what others think about you.

School ends on Thursday! I'm going to do some fireworks! Friday is my Birthday! (yay!



HungarianHorntail13 - Jun 17, 2006 10:40 am (#1304 of 2979)

I just like cheddar. : )

Aww, babies! :cute: Have fun Tazzy!

Thora posted: Just explain to them that looking and acting like everyone else is the exact opposite of "cool". Real "cool" is being your own person & following your own path.- Squid Mike

I agree! I don't care what the other girls wear!I normally wear boy's jeans and a baggy t-shirt.

I just have to get Mom to understand that it doesn't matter what others think about you.

School ends on Thursday! I'm going to do some fireworks! Friday is my Birthday! (yay!


Edit 2: Oops, I edited the last post because I messed up on a sentence and it posted the same post a second time! Sorry!


Denise P. - Jun 17, 2006 11:19 am (#1305 of 2979)

Brie cheese...yum! I think I posted a green bean/brie/cream cheese/bacon recipe on the recipe thread at some point. I know another Forum member posted a brie/brown sugar recipe that was yummy too. Edit: Ha! It is on a chat thread, there are a slew of brie recipes that are right in the same time frame. Do a search on brie to find them.

You can eat the white part? All the brie cheese I have every gotten has a powdery type white stuff on a harder rind. We always take it off and just use the soft inside.

Day Camp is over! Yay! It was a lot of fun though. So much...I am gonna do it again six weeks when we run a Twilight Camp. It is the same program, just run in the evening. Next week, Devin is off to cancer camp while Kaitlyn is at Girl Scout Day Camp. I am looking forward to the week of June 26th...we will have 4 of them off to cancer camp! Woo hoo!

I was mozarella.

Outta here to go fishing, go swimming and in general do stuff outside for the day.


geauxtigers - Jun 17, 2006 11:47 am (#1306 of 2979)
Edited Jun 17, 2006 12:37 pm

Ahh Saturday...rain, rain rain and I guess I'm not going to the water park and concert... Just have to see how things turn out I guess!

Okay so we got direct TV last night and I'm beyond confused! All my channels are messed up and I can't find anything! I've contented myself for the moment by watching Rat Race while staring at my summer reading. I slept very late today and I want to go back to sleep because its so dark in the house becasue its ovrcast outside! Alrighty, I'll head over to 5 words then chat for a while.

Have a great RotD!

Edit" I forgot to say Happy Birthday to Mr. P!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 17, 2006 12:31 pm (#1307 of 2979)

Best wishes for a Happy Birthday to Mr P and continued good luck on his Iraq tour! May all our people's jobs over there soon be finished and they can all come home.

**...toddles off to harness the horses and go for a drive, be back later...**


Lina - Jun 17, 2006 1:03 pm (#1308 of 2979)
Edited Jun 17, 2006 1:58 pm

Thora, the Buffalos that live in Italy are not Bison. In English, they are called Water buffalo. This is the page showing the difference among the animals. Unfortunately, I couldn't find it in English, but I believe that some things are possible to be understood.

Lilly P, many protecting charms sent to your hubby. May he come home safe as soon as possible.


Thora - Jun 17, 2006 2:40 pm (#1309 of 2979)

Thanks Lina. I had no idea Bison weren't Buffalo, but now it makes sense. I had this strange picture of Bison being transported to italy, and it didn't make any sense.

I wonder what this means for the City of Buffalo, and Buffalo (Okay I'm joking I know Buffalo wings are just really hot chiken wings, I'm sure if I took the time Wikipedia would tell me why the City is named that way too...)


Edit: Yup, you can count on Wikipedia.


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 17, 2006 3:12 pm (#1310 of 2979)

Don't feel bad Thora, I didn't know they were two different things either!

Well I'm fixin to get ready for the concert tonight! It's some guy named Chris Cragle, he's a country singer and I've never heard of him before, but it should still be fun! I'm going with my cousin and she says he's really awsome so I'm sure I'll like it.

Happy birthday and well wishes to Mr. Lilly P.!!

Have a great ROtD everyone I'll be back on later tonight!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 17, 2006 4:30 pm (#1311 of 2979)

I caught parts of the US vs Italy game. Boy, we do need quite a bit to go our way. The good news is that England is doing well and - are they going to start Rooney?? Is anyone following the WC - Was it you, GEJulie?

I followed it loosely, but my in-laws are English and they follow England soccer quite religiously. So does Mr. HH, so I can't help but become immersed. My father took me to see Pele when he played with the Cosmos a few times. I still remember being there. (Dating myself, I know. )

Anyone have a review on the Pink Panther movie? I rented it from Blockbuster. Is it worth the time to watch it?

EDIT: Cross-posted w/you, timrew. Thanks for that, though it was a bit frustrating. It would have helped if they hadn't taken that goal away. Okay, that's better - I don't want it to seem as though I am not happy about it but when you look at what must go our way to advance, it seems like quite a hurdle, to say the least.

EDIT 2; Oh, and of all times, our DirecTV is out of order and they are not coming until Monday to repair it.


timrew - Jun 17, 2006 4:30 pm (#1312 of 2979)

Congratulations USA for holding Italy to a 1-1 draw in The World Cup. Not a mean feat!


kaykay1970 - Jun 17, 2006 4:56 pm (#1313 of 2979)

Happy birthday and best wishes, Mr. P!

The skunk strikes again! Apparently my family are all smelling impaired. The dog was let into the house after her encounter with the skunk! Eek!


Puck - Jun 17, 2006 6:19 pm (#1314 of 2979)

Yuck! Kay, hope you have plenty of tomato juice!

Happy Birthday and safety charms to Mr. P.!

Looks as though you still have your brain cells, Kathy. LOL, Maria. I know a few people who would disagree with that!

We had a lovely day. It was the big cookout to end T-ball season (Though we still have a make-up game.) They had a dunk tank (my boy sunk the dunkee on the second try!), plus though blow up Moonbounce things. One was more of an inflated obstacle course. Town beach opened today, so we went for a swim later, as it was getting hot. Outside most of the day. Lovely.

Happy Father's Day to all for whom it applies!

TTFN (Ta-ta for Now, for those you don't follow A.A. Milne)



timrew - Jun 17, 2006 6:47 pm (#1315 of 2979)

For Father's Day, my son has bought me a book about 'Cream', the world's first supergroup, by Dave Thompson. I look forward to reading it avidly!


haymoni - Jun 17, 2006 7:13 pm (#1316 of 2979)

I just got a bit sad at the fact that my kids will probably never appreciate Cream.

I walked my first 5k today. Did it in about an hour. I know that the time is pathetic, but for the first 1k or so, I was stuck behind all these people with strollers and dogs and small children that had no business being dragged for 3.2 miles - or whatever it is.

I got a goodie bag with neat stuff in it. I'm sure that Motrin will kick in any moment now!

The Beautifulest One asked what the spell was that Harry used to drive away the dementors. Hubby spoke right up: "Expecto Petroleum!"

He's trying!!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 17, 2006 7:24 pm (#1317 of 2979)

Expecto Petroleum! Sounds like a spell I could use to keep away the dementors at the gas pump! He is trying!

**...toddles off wiping tears from eyes and holding sides from laughing so hard...**


Mediwitch - Jun 17, 2006 8:12 pm (#1318 of 2979)

ROTFL "Expecto Petroleum!!!" Oh, haymoni, that was great!


Madam Pince - Jun 17, 2006 8:43 pm (#1319 of 2979)

Tee-hee, Haymoni! Too funny!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there on the Forum! Hope you have a wonderfully fun and yet also relaxing day in which you get to do what you want, eat what you want, and in general just be King-For-The-Day!


Tazzygirl - Jun 17, 2006 11:03 pm (#1320 of 2979)

That baby shower was looooong! It went from 1 this afternoon, and I didn't get back until 10 tonight! It was loads of fun though! I haven't seen this friend in a long time, so it was really good to catch up on everything.

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads!! Hope you all have a great day!

Off to watch Narnia... (I'd wave to Finn, but he's not here for another week. ) LOL



timrew - Jun 18, 2006 2:00 am (#1321 of 2979)

Expecto Petroleum! LOL, haymoni. Sounds like a spell you would utter if you were driving a diesel car...........


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 18, 2006 4:57 am (#1322 of 2979)
Edited Jun 18, 2006 5:59 am

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

timrew, it sounds as though you have a very thoughtful son!

LOL haymoni, I don't know what I laughed at harder, the Motrin or "Expecto Petroleum"! Oh well, at least your hubby tries. Mine calls us "new age Trekkies".

LOL kaykay - I thought the same as Kathy. Bring on the tomato juice! Hope you lose the stink!



Steve, condolences and strengthening charms from the HHs. So sorry about the sad news. And yes, such things do make you reevaluate your life. I went through a similar thing back in mid May with the friend from our parish.


Steve Newton - Jun 18, 2006 5:09 am (#1323 of 2979)

My brother in law died unexpectedly on Wednesday. We weren't particularly close but it still makes me want to examine things. My wife and her family are having a hard time getting affairs in order. Anyway, on Monday I'll be up in Boop country for the funeral. My wife was born there and her family has strong ties to the area. Sounds right to me.


azi - Jun 18, 2006 5:10 am (#1324 of 2979)

Happy Father's Day to all that it applies!

We don't celebrate this day in our house, as neither me or my brother are close to our father. It's a normal (rainy) Sunday.

Expecto Petroleum...that's so cute! A classic line.

Skunks...glad we don't have them here!

Condolences Steve.

On the World Cup. I have no interest, but am forced to watch games by interested friends. I'll just say that England are the most over-rated team in the competition and are playing terrible. I hate the way they kick the ball around in triangles continuously. Boring! I myself am supporting Germany, just because I love the country.

The forum seems quiet this weekend! Hope everyone is having a good time, whatever they are doing!


boop - Jun 18, 2006 6:40 am (#1325 of 2979)

Happy Father's Day. I hope you all have great day!!

Condolences Steve. Sorry to hear you will be in town, under the circumstances. I didn't know you had family in the area. Have a safe trip.

hugs always



Steve Newton - Jun 18, 2006 7:05 am (#1326 of 2979)

The family has farmed and gone to school in the area for as long as anyone can remember. BIG fans of the local football team.


Thora - Jun 18, 2006 9:27 am (#1327 of 2979)

My condolences to the Newton family. Sorry to hear of such nice people in so much pain.



Puck - Jun 18, 2006 9:58 am (#1328 of 2979)

Sympathies to Steve and his family.


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 18, 2006 10:04 am (#1329 of 2979)


Well Today is my cousins birthday. he's 14 so I'll be running to target later to attempt to get a gift:goofy:What do 14 year old boys want as a present other than money?? I have to get dad a gift as well but that shouldn't be to hard as long as it's not clothes and it's something weird.

Had a great time last night at the concert, but we ended up riding the rides instead of standing over by the stage.

Condolences to Steve and family.

Have a great ROtD everyone!


geauxtigers - Jun 18, 2006 10:45 am (#1330 of 2979)

Happy Father's Day!

Well me and Ginny just finished rolling cabbage rolls for dinner tonight. Concert last night was alright I just hate country music so we just rode the rides for a while. Well I'll check back later, not much going on here... I agree with I think Azi?, everyone must have plans this weekend the forums been slow......

Condolences to Steve and his family.

have a good day!


Tazzygirl - Jun 18, 2006 11:35 am (#1331 of 2979)

Condolences to Steve and his family! ((HUGS)) too!

Last night I freaked out- I was just getting ready to go to sleep, and the biggest spider I have ever seen came strolling across the wall next to my head... **Shudder** For some reason the spiders here have managed to mutate into larger than normal... The thing that really got me was I did the little screech of freaking out, quickly got up to grab a paper to squash the thing, and when I turned back to the wall, it was gone. I yanked my bed away from the wall, shook out my pillows and sheets and comforter, and nothing. I kept imagining it crawling all over me while I was sleeping. Not fun.

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N (and again: Happy Father's Day!!)



The giant squid - Jun 18, 2006 11:50 am (#1332 of 2979)

I've had that happen, Tazzy. You see the biggest honkin' spider/bug/alien creature you've ever witnessed, run to find something with to bludgeon it into submission, and it disappears. It's the next few hours of waiting for it to reappear that are the worst...

Steve, my condolences to your wife & her family. A death in the family is never good, but moreso when it's unexpected.

Happy Father's Day to all who qualify!

For Father's Day, my son has bought me a book about 'Cream', the world's first supergroup—Timrew

Clearly, he's saying you're the "cream of the crop".

Expecto Petroleum...




virginiaelizabeth - Jun 18, 2006 11:56 am (#1333 of 2979)

Haha Kristina you sound like me when there is a roach in the house! They like to come in after it rains for some reason, so the past pew days we have found several in random places. I woke up one night because my cat was freaking out over something, which I soon found out was a roach and of course it disappeared before I could slip it under a cup! Didn't sleep at all that night! The roaches here are generally about 2 inches long, so I have considered them mutated as well! And they're almost impossible to kill! ahhh this is giving me the creeps!! I hate spiders and roaches, and pretty much anything that crawls!


geauxtigers - Jun 18, 2006 12:01 pm (#1334 of 2979)

ha ha Tazzy, that has happened to me before. I'll find the cat pawing at something and next thing you know I'm on the highest object in the room and as far away as I can get from the bug. One time a giant beetle flew down our fireplace and when I say giant I'm not kidding it was roughly the size of a ping pong ball. Yuck! we ended trying to kill it with windex and when that didn't work we took a plastic cup and tied a string around it and dropped it on top then my mom was brave and took a tennis racket and slid it under the cup, opened the door and threw it slammed the door. The racket stayed outside for a few days! Just our luck that if there is a bug in the house my dad is at work. Needless to say we keep our smoke chute closed now


Tazzygirl - Jun 18, 2006 12:08 pm (#1335 of 2979)

Yeah- Squid Mike- it was not pleasant to sit and wait for the thing to reappear... **does the heeby-jeeby dance**

Ginny- Don't get me started on Roaches... **shudder** They freak me out more than spiders do... Hawaii has mutated cockroaches as well... I have a can of Raid ready to go all the time. I'd squash them, but the whole aspect of crushing a bug that is bigger than your big toe just grosses me out! They come in after it rains too- and since my apartment is a basement apartment, I get more than what is healthy for you... **shudder**

Tori- ROFL! That sounds like it was hilarious afterwards!



Julie Aronson - Jun 18, 2006 12:13 pm (#1336 of 2979)

Condolences to Steve's family.

We are putting Father's Day off until next week because my dad has some routine medical tests scheduled for tomorrow and he has to fast today. He decided it wouldn't be much fun to watch everyone stuff themselves on his favorite foods...

Mmmm...cabbage rolls...I might have to try making those!


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 18, 2006 12:18 pm (#1337 of 2979)

I agree Kristina, you can't squish em or any bug for that matter! Grooosss! We usually them under a plastic cup and tape it to the floor to leave it for my dad! I don't much like using Raid because I won't even pick it up when it's dead and I don't want my cat to eat it! So the cup works well! Plus I don't have to watch it twitch while the poision is killing it! Gives me the heebie jeebies!

EDIT: Unless the thing's head just exploded from the screams... Madam Pince

Unfortunately that wouldn't do much good as roaches can live up to nine days with their heads cut off! gross I know but it's true!


Madam Pince - Jun 18, 2006 12:33 pm (#1338 of 2979)

Sympathies to you and your family, Steve. Mr. Pince and I were just talking the other day how we've now reached "an age" where when our friends/relatives are the topic of conversation, it's not that they got married or had a baby or something anymore, it's usually bad news. Bah.

Gigantic bugs are gross. Period. And it is soooo much worse when you don't know exactly where they went. ***Shudders*** I had a panicky incident in an older college dorm during a summer program once -- my roommate and I had a squealing fit and used several different instruments of death to try to kill this humongous "water bug" (aka cockroach) that greeted us from the medicine cabinet one morning. The combination of hairspray, hot water from the faucet when it fell into the sink, and finally flushing did the trick. Unless the thing's head just exploded from the screams...


Julie Aronson - Jun 18, 2006 12:46 pm (#1339 of 2979)

Flushing is my preferred method of pest disposal. It just seems so permanent!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 18, 2006 12:46 pm (#1340 of 2979)

We usually them under a plastic cup and tape it to the floor

The only problem with that is the tap-tap-tapping sound as it tries to escape.

Ewww, I do not like bugs but Olivia is the worst in our house. (She said she hid for 30 min. from a fly yesterday morning - but left out the best part: she made her 4-yr old brother get it and flush it.) I can't imagine what she'd have done if she had been in your situation, Kristina - which is really creepy - where do they go??? I would definitely have slept with the lights ON.

LOL Madam Pince - I vote for the exploded head.



geauxtigers - Jun 18, 2006 12:51 pm (#1341 of 2979)

We killed a roach in the kitchen sink once and I turned the water on and it went down the drain--into the garbage disposal, my mom wasn't too happy and we weren't allowed to talk about when my dad finally had to cave and run it! YUCK! I hate bugs in any form and I'd say I fear them more than anything else in the world. I agree Julie, Flushing is great it gives you a sense of ultimate satifaction!


Tazzygirl - Jun 18, 2006 1:34 pm (#1342 of 2979)

I have no problem spraying and then coming back a couple hours later to sweep the cockroach into a dustpan and then the trash. I did flush a live one down the toilet once- it had crawled onto one of my textbooks, and me (being smart...) just picked up the book, thinking the cockroach wouldn't know if the book started to move. No. It noticed, and I was frantically turning the book every which way to keep the roach from either falling on the floor (where it would have definitely disappeared) or reaching my hand...

After flushing it, I ended up flushing the toilet an extra couple of times just in case it got stuck in the pipes and swam back to the surface... Shows how my mind works, huh?

After a cockroach ran across my forehead while I was sleeping a while ago, I told my aunt she needed to get the exterminator to come once a month, as I couldn't take it anymore... **still doing the heeby-jeeby dance over that one** She thankfully agreed, and I'm now only getting the occasional roach in the kitchen...

...the spider still hasn't shown it's ugly head again... sigh.



Chemyst - Jun 18, 2006 1:59 pm (#1343 of 2979)

Condolences Steve and Mrs. Steve.

Plus I don't have to watch it twitch while the poison is killing it! Gives me the heebie jeebies! ~ virginniaelizabeth
FYI   In most bug spray formulations, the ingredient that makes it twitch is not the ingredient that is killing it. The real poison may take several minutes to work but the consumers want to see instant results, so many bug sprays have added twitch-inducing ingredients.   Tazzy, I concur with the double flush reasoning.

...Anyone know whatever happened to Ydnam?


Thora - Jun 18, 2006 3:40 pm (#1344 of 2979)

Uggghhh bugs!

I have a story that will have you all up at night, the worst part is it's TRUE. I'm not sure if I should share it though. It's pretty scarey... well I guess we all survived PoA...

We lived in a little town called Bisbee AZ for a year. In Bisbee there is a wide assortment in roaches. From the 3 inch ones to the tiny ones. Well we got used to washing them down the drain before showers and all but one day a lady came into to doctor's office where my mom worked. She was acting very strange and sitting stiffly with her eyes wild. When the nurse asked what she was being seen for she replied that she thought she had a roach in her ear. She did.

(That happened 14 years ago and I still get the heebeegeebies.)



Catherine - Jun 18, 2006 3:43 pm (#1345 of 2979)

Thora, that story gave ME the heebeejeebies. EEEK!

..Anyone know whatever happened to Ydnam? –Chemyst

I checked her Facebook profile and it said that she is very busy studying for the GRE. Whew. I remember the GRE. I was in a fog for days afterward....

Condolences to the Steve Newton family.

Happy Father's Day to all.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 18, 2006 3:51 pm (#1346 of 2979)

I'm sleeping with ear plugs tonight.

Thora, if that'd been me, I would have stuck a vacuum to my ear quicker than the blink of an eye! Take the bug - eardrum and all! I am wondering how that patient from the office sleeps at night (even 14 years later!)

timrew - definitely a SPEW moment!! McDonalds . . .!


timrew - Jun 18, 2006 4:06 pm (#1347 of 2979)

virginiaelizabeth:- ........roaches can live up to nine days with their heads cut off!

Do they spend the nine days looking for their head?.................

Damned careless of me! I know I left it somewhere round here. I'd better find it soon, I'm due in McDonald's kitchen tomorrow..............I can't eat, I can't see, I can't blow my nose. What do you need to do to get ahead round here?

How am I thinking this? My brain's in my head; and I haven't got my head anymore!


Tazzygirl - Jun 18, 2006 4:10 pm (#1348 of 2979)

Thora- that definitely is a heebee-jeebies sort of story! **shudders**

Chemyst- very interesting about the twitch-inducing chemicals. Almost feel sorry for the little buggers... Not!

Just got back from seeing Cars with my parents. Dad's choice. I was kind of holding back from watching it, as I thought it was just a super loooong commercial about Chevron Techron Cars, but I was wrong. I really liked it. For those of you who saw the movie, I really liked Mater and the Tractors.


EDIT: SPEW!!!!!!! ROFL, Tim!! **tears rolling down cheeks**


Thora - Jun 18, 2006 4:48 pm (#1349 of 2979) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Jun 18, 2006 5:39 pm

Always glad to gross you all out!

Oh and speaking of creepy crawlies, here's my son's birthday cake, complete with spiderman. Under the icing it's two layers of ice cream sandwiches, as I can not bake.

Hope that's not to big when it comes up....


Edit: oh good

Edit: I just took out an extra bit of code that was orphaned. Denise P.


boop - Jun 18, 2006 5:58 pm (#1350 of 2979)

Great cake Thora. I bet it took some time to make the cake.
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Tazzygirl - Jun 18, 2006 6:26 pm (#1351 of 2979)

Awesome cake, Thora! I am thinking I need to try the two layers of ice cream sandwiches... That sounds yummy!!



Mrs. Sirius - Jun 18, 2006 9:49 pm (#1352 of 2979)

Wheww, I am in. Some weird thing happened on my Mozilla, I have lost all my Favorites, and even had to login to get in here, something I have not had to do in ages.

These go back to several days ago:

In Connecticut we don’t have liquor stores either. We have “package” stores, (they sell all kinds of packages, beer wine and hard alcohol). We try to pretend that no one here drinks , so it is not permissible to see bottles of alcohol on Sunday nor after 9 pm. (It was 8pm until last year) In the supermarkets 15 minutes before the hour they make announcement that all beer and wine must be purchased and removed from the premises before the hour. You can of course go into a bar or restaurant at any time and purchase drinks to be consumed at that establishment (and then drive home) Supermarkets sell only beer.

Cheese in New York is yellow/orange, all American, all cheddar. A college roommate, who was from New England, was appalled to see the color . When I moved to Connecticut, I was appalled that all such cheese is white! It has taken me a long time to get used to white cheese.

Dominican cooking is heavy and the sauces. All foods are prepares to be mixed!

virginiaeleizabeth, woa, I have heard of that type of twinning, that is really incredible to be one of those rare cases

Cakes looks beautiful Thora, you may not bake but you certainly do decorate.

On the creepy crawlers, my son has a guinea pig. We were told he need only clean out the cage only once in 3 weeks, WRONG! Plus he is not at all neat about feeding her, so her food is on the floor, the bed everywhere. i have told him if he keeps this up, she will not continue living with us. I have now found TWO creepy-yucky bugs in his room. I have now taken charge of seeing to it that the at least the cleaning gets done, but she is on shaky ground here. I will put up with a disorganized house but not with gross bugs.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 18, 2006 10:05 pm (#1353 of 2979)

My condolences to your wife and her family Steve.

Clearly, he's saying you're the "cream of the crop". Good one Mike!

Neat cake Thora!

It was 11 pm when I started catching up on this thread, now thanks to the creepy crawlies and the heebie-jeebies I'll be up till daylight!

I would definitely have slept with the lights ON. Maria, that's no good, you still can't see them with your eyes closed in sleep.


The giant squid - Jun 19, 2006 2:46 am (#1354 of 2979)

Thanks to two sisters & a wife, I have no problem understanding what the "heeby-jeeby dance" is.

I'd add more, but my brain is all wrung out from work (got home at 2AM on a non-build-up day--I actually had to work the whole time!). Blerg.



Julie Aronson - Jun 19, 2006 4:14 am (#1355 of 2979)

Catherine, how did you find Mandy on Facebook? I can't even see her on your profile.

She must be taking a specialized GRE. I'm getting ready for the general one and it doesn't seem too bad. Admittedly, I haven't started the math part yet!


Puck - Jun 19, 2006 5:37 am (#1356 of 2979)

Bug stories and breakfast, wonderful combination.


We have beautiful spiders in my backyard. Yellow, red, gray, at least 6 different kinds. A few have come in on the lettuce in years when I bothered with a garden. They found themselves rinsed down the sink via the garbage disposal. (The are lovely outside, in the house they are gross.)

Hubby picked a Mexican restaurant last night. Then we put kids to bed and watched Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

So long, and thanks for all the fish!



Madam Pince - Jun 19, 2006 5:39 am (#1357 of 2979)

Ewwwww, yuck, Thora! I can't even imagine someone being able to sit still while thinking they have a cockroach in their ear! That Star Trek episode where that nasty thing crawls in Chekov's ear still creeps me out just to think of it. ***shudder***

Your son's birthday cake is lovely, though!

Tim, too funny about the headless roach!

Thought of you guys last night when I saw something out of the corner of my eye -- I was there on the couch reading, and this very fast black spider ran across the light-colored pillow which was lying on the floor. I tried to get it, but no luck, so now I have no idea where it went. I hate that!!!

Personally, I love to see them twitch! ***evil cackle*** Chemyst, I never knew that about the sprays, though! Instant results, indeed!

The bugs are paying me back -- my ankles are covered with mosquito bites from the cookout at my sister-in-law's this weekend. I guess I missed spraying there or something. The mosquitoes just love me for some reason. Unfortunately, Mr. Pince and Little Pince suffer too -- we must have some strange blood content or something.


haymoni - Jun 19, 2006 6:52 am (#1358 of 2979)

Happy Monday all!

I told Hubby that I posted his "Expecto Petroleum" comment. He said, "Oh, great!" He actually cares what you all think!

Tazzy - that is one long shower! Were you part of the cleanup crew?

Steve - so sorry about your brother-in-law. These things are often a wakeup call for everyone else.

geauxtigers - I LOVE cabbage rolls. I have never made them. I have to get a decent recipe.

The Beautifulest One is very brave EXEPT when it comes to bugs. Ants, flies, ladybugs - she will scream bloody murder. I don't know how to help her!

Thora - I have heard of ice cream sandwich cakes. One recipe I saw had layers of Cool Whip and chocolate sauce. Mmmm!! I did think of "Steel Magnolias" though when I saw the grey icing.

Madam Pince - I thought of poor Chekov too! Yuck!

Have a good one all!


Marie E. - Jun 19, 2006 7:22 am (#1359 of 2979)

Got Shayla off to camp yesterday with no hitches. Well, we did have a slight panicky moment when it looked like there were no more bunks left. We found a cabin with two side by side for Shay and her friend. Her campsite is called Aspen and instead of cabins they have these permanent tent things. As we were leaving the counselors announced they would be making tie dye bandanas. That was all Shayla needed to hear as she loves to tie dye stuff. I had to call her over to say goodbye.

We had a horrible thunderstorm on Friday. When it rains hard here there's no where for the rain to go so all the lowlying streets flooded. I got to drive around all smug in my Tahoe, splashing people's cars. Well, I tried not to smug. The temperature dropped down to the 50's during the storm, but popped back up to the 80's on Saturday.

Lexie starts swimming lessons today so I'm off to wake her up. Happy Monday!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 19, 2006 7:51 am (#1360 of 2979)

Her campsite is called Aspen and instead of cabins they have these permanent tent things.---Marie E.

Are they yurts?


Denise P. - Jun 19, 2006 8:35 am (#1361 of 2979)

I am down two kids today. One is off at cancer camp for a week and one is at Girl Scout Day Camp during the day. I am counting down until next week, when I get FOUR off to sibling cancer camp. Woo hoo!!

Today I am off to Home Depot to get Eldest Son a framing hammer, a specific tape measure, carpenter pencils and pencil sharpeners. He is currently in Iraq as a contractor and called to say he really needed this stuff. I am already cringing at what it is gonna cost to ship it all. After that, it is to the UPS store to mail a package and then to the book store to return an incorrect book and get the right one. Whew, then it will be time to get lunch ready.

It is grey and drizzly today so we can't throw the remaining kids into the pool. I believe Nicholas said the water temp was below 80 right now.


Catherine - Jun 19, 2006 8:52 am (#1362 of 2979)

Are they yurts? --Lupin is Lupin

Now, Kim, I'm sure that Marie did mean to indicate that Shayla and the other campers should be compared to the Mongolian hordes.

Denise, I wonder how many times the price of the items the shipping will cost ..yikes indeed.

Julie, on Facebook you may need to look at all of your "friends," not just the ones in your network at your school. I'm not sure that I've figured out all the ins and outs of Facebook yet, although it appears easier to use than MySpace, which another one of my students showed me.

If Mandy is indeed preparing for a GRE subject test, may the force be with her. They are notoriously tough. As for the math GREs, the admissions folks at Duke actually laughed at my math score because compared to my verbal score and my subject test score, it barely registered at room temperature.


Julie Aronson - Jun 19, 2006 9:48 am (#1363 of 2979)

LOL, Catherine! I talked to my English department, and they laughed when I said I was a bit worried about what my math score might be. Apparently, they are concerned about my (in)ability to rememorize the quadratic equation and then use it without a calculator.

I searched for Mandy via your Friends List. I get Finn with no prob. I think she might have a privacy block or something. No worries--I'm easy to find if she wants!!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 19, 2006 9:56 am (#1364 of 2979)

Now, Kim, I'm sure that Marie did mean to indicate that Shayla and the other campers should be compared to the Mongolian hordes.---Catherine

No, seriously, yurts ----> Click to see


Tazzygirl - Jun 19, 2006 10:07 am (#1365 of 2979)

Madam P.- very fast black spider ran across the light-colored pillow which was lying on the floor. I tried to get it, but no luck, so now I have no idea where it went. I hate that!!!

I am thinking that was the spider that disappeared in my room!

Haymoni- ...that is one long shower! Were you part of the cleanup crew?

Partly. Everyone (family members) left around 6, and I stayed with one friend to catch up with the mommy-to-be (Haven't seen her in 4 years). At about 8 we turned into the cleanup crew. I had never seen so much food at a party in my life.

Mandy also had a livejournal account, but it seems to have been deleted. Hopefully she shows up again!

Hope you all have a fantastic RotD/N!



Thora - Jun 19, 2006 10:07 am (#1366 of 2979)

I have heard of ice cream sandwich cakes.- Haymoni

You have? I hadn't, here I thought I was being original. lol, Oh well. I did put a layer of icing between the layers of sandwiches, and I used the Wilton whipped icing as I can't stand buttercream icing.



Holly T. - Jun 19, 2006 10:14 am (#1367 of 2979)

Denise--I hear you about the kid scheduling, although my husband wanted to know why we didn't end up with any completely kid-free weeks. Most of the summer we only will have one child instead of two, except for when we go on vacation when we have to take both of them. I realize only two would be a picnic for you, though.

Bugs, eew. When I spent the summer in Orlando one of my roommates went into her closet and started screaming so loud and long we thought there was someone in there trying to kill her. No, just a spider, but a spider as big as my hand. We subdued him with hairspray and shut the closet and tried to calm my roommate down. Luckily my parents were in town to visit and were on their way over to take me out to dinner. So when my dad got there I had him kill the bug. Talk about getting the undying gratitude of four college-aged girls (particularly the two who shared that closet).

Marie, our Girl Scout camp calls those platform tents. Not yurts (sorry, Kim).

Ack, the GRE. The only score I remember was on the quantitative part. I don't remember how I did on the math part (although I did wonder why the history department cared if I knew math--isn't not having to do math one of the perks of being a liberal arts major?) or the English part but I do know that on the one part they weren't counting and that I didn't study for I only missed one question.

I have had a sore throat for over a week, no fever or anything else. Since I am leaving for vacation Friday I am going to the doctor today to have it checked out and am now paranoid that I will end up with rheumatic fever or tonsillitis or something and end up in the emergency room while on vacation (says the person who came back from vacation three years ago with--yes--an abcessed eyelid). Note: when you have an abcessed eyelid and cannot see to read or watch TV and find yourself listening to GoF on tape you laugh hysterically (not just from the pain meds either) when Krum hits the dragon with the conjunctivitis curse. Because that is what it felt like I had.

Editing to add that Pampered Chef has an excellent recipe for an ice cream sandwich cake (they call it a torte) where you make a filling of chocolate pudding and crushed Oreos to spread between the layers of ice cream sandwiches and frost it with Cool Whip. I made it last year for my daughter's birthday and it was a huge hit.


Denise P. - Jun 19, 2006 10:18 am (#1368 of 2979)

Our Boy Scout reservation where both boy scouts and cub scouts camp use the platform tents. It is a raised wooden platform that holds two cots, is covered but open on the two sides, the other two sides have a screen type covering. Rhys, Devin and I are spending a week there in July. Nicholas and Ryan are spending a week there the week before I go there.


Puck - Jun 19, 2006 10:53 am (#1369 of 2979)

That's what we had at G.S. camp in Vermont, only 5 cots fit inside.

Denise, I got this great baby pool float at Target if you're interested. It's folds down for easy storage/portability, and has a sunshade for the baby. Someone at town beach had one Saturday and I ran out yesterday to get one. (My babe will not keep a hat on, so the shade is essential.

Off to pack the swim lesson bag. Can't wait to get in the air conditioned car!



haymoni - Jun 19, 2006 10:59 am (#1370 of 2979)

Holly T - THAT version of the ice cream sandwich cake sounds incredible!!!

I never would have thought to make a cake out of them, but you can see what desperation would do.

I need to make a dessert and all I have is a package of ice cream sandwiches, a few Oreos and a box of pudding...

I am convinced that a clever Slacker Mom came up with that one and NOT a Pampered Chef!!!


Good Evans - Jun 19, 2006 11:14 am (#1371 of 2979)

Just dropped in to say "hello" ** waves to everyone**. its just been one of those weeks - busy busy busy, I'm off to check the threads.


azi - Jun 19, 2006 11:36 am (#1372 of 2979)

I loved Scouts, but hated camping. I'm just not a happy camper sort of person.

Mmmm, cake. Any cake is good.

Hope you get an all-clear at the doctors, Holly T!

Spiders are fine, so long as they keep away from me (i.e. on the wall, the floor at the other side of the room etc.). Other bugs I don't like, but I don't have the extreme reactions some forumers seem to have!

I appear to be going through a period of being unable to sleep at night. I walk around like a zombie all day, then wake up about 7pm. Think it's to do with the pressure of my field project and being unable to focus to get it done (sooo frustrating!). *sigh* Fortunately I've made headway today, although a few hours were wasted trying to find what the UN and EU defined 'conservation' as. Turns out they don't define it, at least where normal people think to look and search.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Stephanie M. - Jun 19, 2006 12:40 pm (#1373 of 2979)

Happy Belated Father's Day to all who were celebrating! I hope you guys had an enjoyable day!!

My condolences to the Newton family. I hope everything settles down.

A cockroach in an ear??? How do you get that out? Imagine first realizing that you had a cockroach in your ear...*shudders*

My apartment building has been getting new bricks put in, so when they were drilling the old bricks out, we got a ton of random crawl-y bugs near our window sills and other, bigger crawl-y bugs in our bathrooms. So far I have been the only one who has seen the bugs in my bathroom, and I have been killing them with Raid. Luckily, they were all killed in the bathtub, so I just washed them down... and left the water running for a little bit. I did kill one on the bathroom floor, right when I was going to get into the shower, and I completely freaked out, since I almost stepped on it without knowing it was there. I'm glad that they are finished with our side of the building, and moved on to the other side. We haven't found anything creepy in a few weeks.

Tazzy, I'm glad that you had a fun shower, but it lasted soo long!

Good Luck to everyone taking the GRE!!

It's so hot and humid in NYC today! (And yesterday too) It's horrible, and summer just began!

Have a great day everyone!!


Julie Aronson - Jun 19, 2006 2:07 pm (#1374 of 2979)

Good luck with the project, Azi!


geauxtigers - Jun 19, 2006 2:58 pm (#1375 of 2979)

Well had a good day today! Went to the water park this morning and babysat for about an hour and a half because the lady came home early so I got a lucky break!

I cannot imagine any kind of bug in my ear especially a roach. And you said this lady was sitting down! I'd have been screaming at the nurses that they better operate or do whatever it took to get the thing out. I would not have been able to sit there like that!

I also couldn't fall asleep last night because I heard paper on my floor moving when I turned on the fan and I thought it was a bug. I knew it wasn't I knew it was my fan, but I couldn't look so instead I laid there for a few hours trying not to think of bugs and all the stories told on the forum!

Its been looking like it going to rain for 3 days now and so far we've managed a 10 minute torrential downpour and about 5 minutes of sprinkling. So thats just enough to raise the humidity to the unbearable point.

Hope everyone has a great day!


Stephanie M. - Jun 19, 2006 3:07 pm (#1376 of 2979)

Good luck, Azi!

Did anyone see that new show on NBC last night? Treasure Hunters? I thought that that was a great show!! It's on again tonight at 9pm Eastern time. I'm obsessed with it now.


Chemyst - Jun 19, 2006 3:50 pm (#1377 of 2979)

As a matter of fact, they had a yurt on the grassy mall where I went to college (near the bell tower and opposite the sculpture garden.) Some engineering students had built it a few years earlier to show how the roof design allows for the weight to be distributed without massive beams or center supports. (It had a wooden roof.) Occasionally some of the professors from the English department would hold classes there; if it was a fairly small class and if the weather was fair.
When I went back for the 5-year reunion, it had been torn down— they told us it had become too hard to keep people from using the place to smoke marijuana. Sad ending.

All this talk of summer camps is giving me a touch of nostalgia. We used to make peanut butter sandwiches at my camp; but substituted cabbage leaves for the bread. Now I'm wondering if an adult palate would still be able to enjoy such a concoction.


Tazzygirl - Jun 19, 2006 4:29 pm (#1378 of 2979)
Edited Jun 19, 2006 5:31 pm

Question for all of you who have been to or live(d) in Ireland:

My mom would like to know if U.S. credit cards (Mastercard, Visa) and/or Traveler's Checks are accepted at stores and such there. Also, what is the weather like there now? My parents are arriving on July 5th. Any other information would be great too (as they've never been outside the U.S. before... ). Thanks!!



Steve Newton - Jun 19, 2006 4:44 pm (#1379 of 2979)

Many thanks for the condolences. The trip was shorter than I remember. Since last year’s gathering was only a few miles away I should have remembered. Things went about as well as could be expected. It was my son's first funeral and he had to be a pall bearer. He was not thrilled. The interment was at a cemetery near a small Lutheran Church where there are several generations of the family buried. In a couple of weeks there will be a memorial service at his church.


Puck - Jun 19, 2006 5:11 pm (#1380 of 2979)



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 19, 2006 6:22 pm (#1381 of 2979)

Now I'm wondering if an adult palate would still be able to enjoy such a concoction.---Chemyst

They don't have cabbages where you live?


Madam Pince - Jun 19, 2006 6:55 pm (#1382 of 2979)

****waves back to Good Evans***

Holly, hope your throat feels better soon and that it is nothing too serious. No fair for vacation time!

Azi, good luck on your project. I know it'll be great!

Puck, we started swimming lessons today too! Just got our class done before the thunderstorms started, so that was good. We need the rain desperately, but I could really do without the thunder. The dog goes berserk, the electricity blinks off just long enough that you have to re-set every clock in the house..... Sigh.....

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


Eponine - Jun 19, 2006 8:35 pm (#1383 of 2979)

I just have one thing to say:


Laura W., my condolences. That was a really good game.

Mr. Eponine and all the Eponine in-laws are beside themselves with ecstasy over this. I'm pretty excited myself!

Also, bugs in the ear? That gives me the heebie-jeebie-collywobbles!

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Laura W - Jun 19, 2006 9:06 pm (#1384 of 2979)

Well, it's not like winning Witch Weekly's Most-Charming-Smile Award five years in a row, but ...

Congratulations, Eponine!!!

The Oilers totally fell apart in that last game and Carolina certainly deserved to win it.

(And John, in this case, three exclamation points are definitely in order.)



TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 19, 2006 9:10 pm (#1385 of 2979)

Can't resist! Define "normal person" please?


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 19, 2006 9:15 pm (#1386 of 2979)

Eponine, I was thinking of you during the last minutes of the game. It was another great game to watch. Congratulations!!

Steve, ((hugs)) to your son. What great kid to go through with it. Sounds like a strong guy. It must be good parenting that made him that way.

Off to get some things done. No one knows that I am the elf who cleans the house at night. Tee hee.


The giant squid - Jun 20, 2006 1:35 am (#1387 of 2979)

That Star Trek episode where that nasty thing crawls in Chekov's ear--Madame Pince

Not to nitpick or anything but that was actually from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. And everyone always remembers Chekov dealing with the Ceti Eel, but there's no love for poor Captain Terrell (the one who shot himself to keep from obeying the bug).

No, I've never seen any Star Trek movies or anything...

A cockroach in an ear??? How do you get that out?--Stephanie M.

I would imagine it would require one to jump around, slapping the opposite side of one's head in an attempt to "knock it loose" while screaming at the top of one's lungs, "Get it out! Get it oouuutt!!!"

When it rains hard here there's no where for the rain to go--Marie E.

Well, y'all need to figure out a way to get it to Nevada. We're still waiting for our water from the Colorado River runoff... In fact, if any of you have some extra water send it our way. I hope Shayla has fun at camp. The few times I went to Cub Scout camp back in the day it was less than thrilling. The only fun thing we did was the "egg drop". That's where you take a raw egg and try to pack it as well as possible in a small box. They then take all the packages up in a helicopter and drop them from about 30 feet up (I can't be sure on the distance; I was much smaller then). The ones that didn't break won a prize or something. I didn't win, but mine only cracked a little. The coolest thing was just seeing a helicopter in action--very cool stuff to an eight-year-old.



Julie Aronson - Jun 20, 2006 3:21 am (#1388 of 2979)

I would imagine it would require one to jump around, slapping the opposite side of one's head in an attempt to "knock it loose" while screaming at the top of one's lungs, "Get it out! Get it oouuutt!!!"-- Squid Mike

SPEW! Well, it's always good to start the day with a laugh!Roach


Puck - Jun 20, 2006 4:40 am (#1389 of 2979)

Thanks, Julie! Almost tried to swat the bug off my screen.

Madame P., we do indoor swim lessons so the weather isn't a factor. Yesterday the storms "fizzled out" before hitting us. More expected this afternoon.

Mr. Puck left on a business trip. My Boy and the Diva decided to sleep in my bed. Plus baby fussed until I brought her in there, too. Needless to say, Mommy didn't get much sleep last night.

bugs in the ear? That gives me the heebie-jeebie-collywobbles! Is that like "Mollywobbles"?

Sorry, TBE, I'm not sure anyone here is qualified to answer your question.  

Happy RotD!



Loopy Lupin - Jun 20, 2006 5:46 am (#1390 of 2979)

The only fun thing we did was the "egg drop". That's where you take a raw egg and try to pack it as well as possible in a small box. They then take all the packages up in a helicopter and drop them from about 30 feet up (I can't be sure on the distance; I was much smaller then).—Mike

Did they give you a box or did you have to construct your own packaging for the egg? My first year of college there as a minor egg drop contest among the engineers in which the goal was to have the egg survive a drop of some distance. I can't remember how far it was. You were to construct or devise your own vessel for the egg. Anyway, the guy who won took a loaf of bread, dug out a hole, and put the loaf back together. The bread cushioned the egg and there was no break or crack. It made all the people who has spent time making various contraptions feel kinda silly.


Thora - Jun 20, 2006 5:49 am (#1391 of 2979)

Eesh, the way that bug just darted up when I scrolled down! Ewwww

Man I wish I'd been to Ireland.



Marie E. - Jun 20, 2006 6:17 am (#1392 of 2979)

I think what Shayla is sleeping in is more like a platform tent. It's closed on three sides and has a tent "door" on the fourth side. It's up on a wooden platform, about three steps high.

We went to see "Over the Hedge" last night. It was interesting seeing a movie with just one child. Mr. E and I agreed that Lexie is alot like Hammie. I had a laugh out loud moment when the Verminator said the plastic flamingos "look so life-like".



Madam Pince - Jun 20, 2006 6:29 am (#1393 of 2979)

You know, I wondered when I posted that about Chekov whether it had been in a TV episode or one of the movies. I just knew somebody here would know! Trust the projectionist!


Finn BV - Jun 20, 2006 5:41 am (#1394 of 2979) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Jun 20, 2006 7:00 am

Hi everybody! Since I found internet and I didn't feel like venturing to the 414 posts on the chat thread in a week and a half…

Mills, what a great photo! Congrats!

And, **waves** to everybody else. In Italy right now – we leave for Venice tomorrow. Be home on Sunday!

I moved this post by Finn from the # How do you ....... ? thread to this Chat thread being I felt that he was trying to tell everyone "Hello" without having to sift through a huge number of posts. - Kip


Lilly P - Jun 20, 2006 8:42 am (#1395 of 2979)

Hey all. Thank you for all the well wishes for Mr. P he did get to call home on his birthday from Iraq. It was nice to hear his voice! 2 months and 20 days untill he comes home! But who's counting right?

RE: bugs in the ear, When I was a Nurse's assistant at the hospital emergency room, we did get a patient with a small moth that had gone into his ear! What the Doc. did was pour a small bit of warm baby oil into his ear to coat the wings so that it would stop beating them against his ear drum. When the wings were stuck together, the doc reached in with a pair of tweezers and pulled him out! You really do see it all in the emergency room, I could write a book about all the odd stuff that comes through the door!


Tazzygirl - Jun 20, 2006 9:39 am (#1396 of 2979)

Nice bug, Julie A.! I too almost tried swatting it away...

Marie E.- I loved Over the Hedge! Don't remember any of the names, but the squirrel was awesome.

I remember doing an egg drop in 6th grade. Sadly, my egg did not make it.

OK, trying something new with the BING! It is now a link... BING!
(How crazy are we getting?! )

Hope you all have a fanastic RotD/N!!



Loopy Lupin - Jun 20, 2006 9:56 am (#1397 of 2979)

How crazy are we getting?!—Tazzygirl

You have no idea.

Buongiorno Finn!


Chemyst - Jun 20, 2006 10:09 am (#1398 of 2979)

A cockroach in an ear??? How do you get that out? –Stephanie M.

Well, Stephanie, since it is a slow week here, I did a search. Most places seem to require registration before they’ll answer that question, but I did find an answer. It is pretty much what Lilly describes in the post above:

Insects can be floated out of the ear by pouring warm (not hot) mineral oil, olive oil, or baby oil into the ear canal. If one end of the object is visible, a single drop of super glue can be applied to one end of a Q-tip (just don’t glue the cotton swab to your ear!) to pull the object from the ear. Items that are lodged deep in the ear canal are more difficult to remove because of the possibility of damaging the ear drum. These require emergency treatment from a qualified physician.

(The next paragraph included the caution that tweezers or sharp objects should not be used for a home remedy.)


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 20, 2006 10:30 am (#1399 of 2979)

We did an egg drop off the second floor balcony of the high school building when I was in second grade. I wrapped my egg in endless amounts of tissue paper and bubble wrap. Then the out side of my box was covered with those little foam curlers. It was pretty cute and my egg survived, but then again it was only like 10ft. i do remember that this kid who I wasn't particularly fond of put one of those army parachutes on his and it worked for him.

Ok Kristina, the next step is to teach me how to make my BING! a link!! I think it's a great idea!!

I don't even want to think about bugs in the ear! That is sooo grosss!! By the way Julie, I think my heart skipped a beat when I scrolled down and saw your bug on the screeen!!

Quiet day for me today, I plan on just relaxing, they say its going to rain but yesterday we were under a severe thunderstorm warning for 4hrs and didn't get a drop of rain!

:waves to Finn, have fun in Venice!:

Happy RotD!


geauxtigers - Jun 20, 2006 10:45 am (#1400 of 2979)

Hey Finn hope you are having a great time!

I almost screamed that there was a bug on my screen when I saw that Julie A, but I realized it was fake!

Interesting about how to get the bugs out! Ewww I still don't know how that lady was just sitting there that calm.....

we did an egg drop in 2nd grade and I put mine in a box with I think newspaper and tissue paper then glued foam hari rollers to the outside. It didn't break! I don't think we got a prize though he he! We dropped then off the second floor of the high school building so it wasn't really all that high but still fun.

Well it thundered and lightninged all day yesterday, but not a drop of rain. We got nothing but people 30 mile north east south and west all got near 3 inches!

Well have a great day everyone! I'm off to check 5 words, a few threads and might pop into the chat room for a while.

Edit: Sorry cross-posted with Ginny, now yall get the same story twice! yay for you! Sorry bout that!
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Madam Pince - Jun 20, 2006 10:56 am (#1401 of 2979)

****waves to Finn, even though he won't see this for another week or so probably***

Also, forgot to say "Congratulations!" to Eponine on her team winning! Woo-hoo!

Mr. Pince installed a new overhead light in our bedroom yesterday, for which I am eternally grateful. It was so dark in there with just the lamps! Now I can really see in my closet! (Don't like what I see, but that's a whole 'nother topic...)


Tazzygirl - Jun 20, 2006 10:58 am (#1402 of 2979)

Thanks for the info, Chemyst! Very interesting... **Mental note to not get a bug in my ear**

Ginny- The code for creating a link is: < a href=web address>< i>BING! (Just make sure there are no spaces between the , and /a>.) You can also do a search on the How do you...? thread.

~Kristina (BING!)

EDIT: Changed a couple capital letters and such... Kathy, the A's I was referring to were the .


Puck - Jun 20, 2006 11:13 am (#1403 of 2979)

A's? Where is there an A in BING!?

I hear the thunder...Well, I won't be too disappointed to skip t-ball. I have to teach ballet this afternoon, so I'd be happy to stay home this evening, especially as I have yet to sleep. (Kids will not be pleased, as i have decided if we stay home, we're spending the evening clean their bedroom.)


Kathy *jumping up and down waving to Finn**


Good Evans - Jun 20, 2006 11:42 am (#1404 of 2979)

Bonjournois Finn (is that spelling right ? ah well...), caio til next week!! hee hee

hope everyone has had a great day, nothing much to report here.. off to check threads, hope to be in the chat room in a bit. Julie (?)I liked your bug!!!

Julie x


Julie Aronson - Jun 20, 2006 11:48 am (#1405 of 2979)

I'm glad the bug was such a smash! (haha)

Have a great ROTD!



boop - Jun 20, 2006 12:39 pm (#1406 of 2979)

***waves back to Finn**** I hope you are having a great time.

hugs always



Holly T. - Jun 20, 2006 1:09 pm (#1407 of 2979)

**waving to everyone**

The doctor says I have a sinus infection. I am on antibiotics. So I should be well before I leave for vacation! :-) Or at the very least not have a sore throat. I am just glad it isn't tonsillitis, although I kept thinking I would have to run a fever to have something really bad.

Bugs: I grew up in Houston, where they have this lovely variety of flying cockroach. *shudder* Which was especially awful when it was my turn to have the top bunk because there would be maybe one in the room zooming around, but every little noise made me think the whole bed was going to be swarmed with them.

A funny (unless you are my daughter) bug story: One summer when my son was about three there were lots of junebugs outside. He thought it was cool to shine his flashlight on them and pick them up. He, being a boy, naturally decided to start filling up a bucket with junebugs. My husband, being a boy, helped. So they came proudly into the house with my son announcing to my daughter "look, me and Daddy catched a whole bucket of junebugs!" My daughter (six at the time) started screaming. Then my son said "and one jumped out into your room!" Whereupon my daughter's shrieks reached decibels only dogs can hear and my husband had to step in and be a responsible dad and track down the escaped junebug while I convinced our son that the junebugs in the bucket would be much happier if we took them back outside where they could go back to their mommies and daddies.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 20, 2006 1:37 pm (#1408 of 2979)

LOL, Julie - I noticed it kind of wriggles when I move my mouse over the bug.

HI Finn! Hope you are enjoying your vacation! Have a safe trip home!

Priscilla is 9 today! 9-yr. old "Lexies" unite!

So far she has had a nice day. Picked her up for lunch from school (yes, we are still in school until Thursday ). She opened her gifts this morning - one of which was a ticket to the Radio City Music Hall JKR/outing and another was the hardcover set of the Bloomsbury edition books - I had them shipped from England. The bummer is that she announced two days ago that she "found" them. As though she just "happened" across them buried in the far corner behind a door in my closet. I was so miffed - it would have been a great surprise. Oh well, I wrapped them anyway. But she also ruined it for Olivia who has known since Percy found them what she'll be getting on Friday. Anyway, she's off reading OotP, so it worked out well!

Trust the projectionist! LOL Madam Pince!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jun 20, 2006 1:42 pm (#1409 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Priscilla!


Marie E. - Jun 20, 2006 1:42 pm (#1410 of 2979)

Priscilla is 9 today! 9-yr. old "Lexies" unite!

Funny, my 9-yr. old "Lexie" is a Shayla. I have been accused in the past of naming my youngest after the Lexicon, but I swear she was 3 years old when it was created. Sort of off topic, my youngest has decided that her name is Lexi, not Lexie or Alexis. This reminds me of when She-Who-Won't-Read-The-Books went from Becky to Bekki.

For those who don't know, the poopyhead non-reader is my little sister, Bekki, who just had a baby in March.


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 20, 2006 1:57 pm (#1411 of 2979)

Thank you,TwinklingBlueEyes!



kaykay1970 - Jun 20, 2006 2:17 pm (#1412 of 2979)

Happy Birthday, Priscilla!!


Lina - Jun 20, 2006 2:46 pm (#1413 of 2979)

Happy birthday, Priscilla!

And comforting charms to the Newton family.

And I don't remember anything else.

Oh, yes, my friend went to the doctor because her ear was aching and he found a spider in there.


Tazzygirl - Jun 20, 2006 3:32 pm (#1414 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Priscilla!

Not sure which would be worse crawling into my ear... a cockroach or a spider...



virginiaelizabeth - Jun 20, 2006 3:59 pm (#1415 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Priscilla!

Ok Disney Channel is having a "click it to pick it" between the first 2 HP movies. It made me really excited but I don't know which one to vote for now!

I think from now on I'm going to sleep with ear plugs in my ears so I never have to experience a bug in my ear

Got to go! Fajitas for dinner!

have a great day everyone!


timrew - Jun 20, 2006 4:03 pm (#1416 of 2979)

Happy Birthday, Priscilla!

Tazzygirl:- Not sure which would be worse crawling into my ear... a cockroach or a spider...

How about one in your right ear, and one in your left?

At least you'd be able to say, "I can't hear you. I've got a spider in one ear, and a cockroach in the other......"


Catherine - Jun 20, 2006 4:06 pm (#1417 of 2979)

I had a friend call me this about my upcoming 7th grade class. She started the conversation with "Let me put a bug in your ear."

I said, "Ewwww! Let's don't, and say you did."

BTW, I did realize that she was trying to give me upcoming notice about something.


Tazzygirl - Jun 20, 2006 4:12 pm (#1418 of 2979)

Tim- ummmm... that's OK. I think I'll pass! LOL



Madam Pince - Jun 20, 2006 4:15 pm (#1419 of 2979)
Edited Jun 20, 2006 4:58 pm

Happy Birthday, Priscilla! What great gifts you got -- I'm very envious!

Holly, that junebug story is too cute! Boys! (said with best Hermione intonation.) Glad you've got some medicine and will be feeling better soon. I'm almost thinking I need to do the same thing. I've had this lingering cold-ish type thing going on since our trip to Georgia -- it's not bad enough to make me really miserable, but it's starting to get annoying. Every morning with the sore throat because I'm breathing through my mouth. My mother-in-law insists that "it's allergies!" despite the fact that I "caught" it from Mr. Pince and have never had allergies in my life. Who knows, though -- I've heard you can change and develop them. Hmmmmm....

Swim lessons went great -- Little Pince was so well behaved. So I just had to push my luck and try to run into K-Mart with him to get some flip-flops. Major meltdown ensued when I wouldn't let him get "diver's goggles." Why will I never learn to quit when I'm ahead???

Does anyone know -- is it standard procedure for a tire shop to balance your tires after rotating them? I thought it was, or at least that the clerk would suggest it as something that should be done. When I took my car in awhile ago to rotate the tires, I told her I wanted all the things done that usually go along with rotation -- I would swear I actually used the word "balance" but maybe I didn't. I know I requested an alignment. So last week the steering wheel is shimmying at higher speeds -- I called, and they said "Oh we don't do balancing when we rotate tires." Is that normal or not? I need to know if I should fuss at them or not when I go tomorrow to get balancing done. Ah what the heck, I'll probably fuss either way.

Edit: I had a niece named Sarah once. It didn't "stand out" enough, so now she's Sera. What would happen if you started calling Lexie "Lex-eye", Marie?

It's not Frankenstein, it's Fronk-en-steen.

Everyone have a great RotD!


The giant squid - Jun 20, 2006 4:28 pm (#1420 of 2979)

Loopy, I don't remember but they probably gave us the box to put the egg in. We weren't that resourceful.

So Lexie is now Lexi, huh? I think she's just too lazy to add that last letter... (and the Bekki referenced above is the mother of Cobain, the child discussed ad naueum a while back on this thread)

Howdy, Finn!



Julie Aronson - Jun 20, 2006 5:43 pm (#1421 of 2979)

Happy birthday, Priscilla!!!

Don't forget Eye-gor! (LOL Madam Pince!)


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 20, 2006 6:22 pm (#1422 of 2979)

Thank you, all for the birthday wishes! I got the English Harry Potter book set from my parents. I enjoy the Harry Potter books alot!



boop - Jun 20, 2006 6:26 pm (#1423 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Priscilla!!!

Holly hope you start feeling better real soon.


Catherine - Jun 20, 2006 6:44 pm (#1424 of 2979)


Marie's and Squid Mike's Poopyhead sister....ROFL.....I guess I should be glad that I only have one sibling. "Little Brother" is 6 feet 5 inches on a short day. My family thinks that asking for a weight statistic is rude, so I don't know THAT one....."Little Brother" is currently working in NYC right now---*WAVES TO GINA*--and is an all around good guy. He's working for Goldman-Sachs or some other kinda good financial firm. He doesn't think he has time for me to visit to watch JKR read this summer (yes, he NEEDS to sort out his priorities).

Just because they used Potty language...

I really will protest about "bug in the ear" language now. It will make a good 7th grade story, where the literal meets true in a gross way. They like unusual love stories...


Thora - Jun 20, 2006 6:44 pm (#1425 of 2979)

S.P.E.W.! Catherine! I just choked on my dessert over the whole "Put a bug in your ear" thing. To funny. Nothing has the same meaning after being discussed on the Lex.

Hmmm... spider or roach? I think I'd take either over Ritta Skeeter.

Oh and as I recall the roach was taken out of the old lady's ear with a combination of liquid and tweezers.

Happy Birthday Priscilla, or is it Prisi Wink

My daughter Talitha goes by Tali, but her grandmother spells it Tally. My way is so much better, it's chic, but no, grandma spells it like a scratch mark. It's a good thing I'm teaching Tali to write her name or she'd be all messed up.

Yawn...Sweet dreams all, remember your ear plugs.



Tazzygirl - Jun 20, 2006 6:54 pm (#1426 of 2979)

My sister went from spelling her name 'Kelly' to 'Kellyi'... my parents couldn't figure out why she wanted the 'i' at the end... Thankfully she outgrew that when she got out of high school.

I'm jealous you got the British version of the books, Priscilla!



Denise P. - Jun 20, 2006 7:04 pm (#1427 of 2979)

Madam Pince, we often say *insert Eye-gor voice* “Walk this way.”   I love that movie.

Hoo boy, I think I melted during my evening run. It was 93 and way humid.

I love alternate spellings which is why we have a Kaitlyn, Iain Niall, Kierynn and Aidan Rhys. Kaitlyn and Aidan are more common in the US than they used to be. I came across a Kieryn in February but he was a boy and they pronounced it Kie-wren. We say Keer-in.


Mediwitch - Jun 20, 2006 7:38 pm (#1428 of 2979)

Alternate spellings seem to be the norm around here, but alternate pronounciations abound too. I know two little girls named "Ciara" - one is "See-air-a" and the other is from a very Irish family, so is "Keera". I have to work really hard not to call each by the wrong name! There are also boys and girls both named "Jordan" and "Ryan".


Puck - Jun 20, 2006 7:42 pm (#1429 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Priscilla!

Maria, we have you beat. Parker has school on Friday.

I find many people spell Maya as Mya (pop star version)or Mia (which is actually pronounced "Me-a"). Funny, only four letters, and I picked the most popular version, but no one seems to spell it correctly.

We had our last t-ball game, then the coach took the kids for ice cream. So, we didn't get home until after bed time. I think we were all ready for the season to be over. (I actually had to walk on the field and pull my son out. He was goofing around and another boy found it annoying. There was some pushing, which they were told to stop. Then this boy grabs my son by the face and shoves him to the ground. My kid was the one hurt, but I still made him apoligize to the coach for fighting. The other kid kept right on playing. (Though I admit, I did tell him off when I went to pick my boy up off the ground.) Okay, end Rant.

Happy RotD!



Tazzygirl - Jun 20, 2006 9:46 pm (#1430 of 2979)

Wow, Puck! Sounds like the boys were tired... Hope your boy is OK!

Puck: ...or Mia (which is actually pronounced "Me-a")   Funny, that reminded me- my friend's name is Megan. Her family calls me Tina. When Megan's youngest brother was born, he couldn't pronounce either Megan or Tina, so we became Mia (Me-ah) and Tia (Tee-ah). Those are now our nicknames.



geauxtigers - Jun 20, 2006 10:17 pm (#1431 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Priscilla!

We have a Ciara at school pronouced Keera and they are from England, but they are Irish so that explains that! I have a friend named Kira pronouced Keera and she is from Canada. Occasionally I hear Jordan for a girl's name, but usually a guy's name. My friend's older sister is named Ryan, the only girl Ryan I know. Taylor is a common name for girls and guys too. There are a lot of odd names out there too... Can't think of any at the moment though...

Have a great night/ morning everyone!


Good Evans - Jun 21, 2006 4:32 am (#1432 of 2979)

Happy Birthday Priscilla, I hope it was a lovely one!!

Puck - commiserations on the overtired child, sounds like it was getting a little out of hand, and I bet you were an oh so popular mum for making him apologise when he was the one hurt!!!

nice sunny day here - wish I was outside and not stuck at work


Puck - Jun 21, 2006 5:16 am (#1433 of 2979)

Actually, he was fine with making a quick apology while waiting in line for ice cream. I explained that the other child was absolutely wrong, but that it was also wrong to taunt him and not stop after coach told him to.

Okay, there's a commercial on for a store with a tent sale. A couple without a tent wake up and there is a huge spider on the woman's head above her ear. Thought of you guys!

Happy RotD,



azi - Jun 21, 2006 5:55 am (#1434 of 2979)

Happy (belated) birthday to Priscilla!

Lol, Puck!

My friend said today that she's trying to face all her fears at the moment. One of her fears is spiders, and apparently if she sees one she makes herself stare at it. However, when she does this, she can feel a scream building up inside her.

Went to the theatre last night. It was a fairly funny play, but not as good as the other I have seen by the same company. Just after the second half started, a mobile phone started ringing. It belonged to the only person on the front row! The actors just stopped and walked forward to stare at the woman as she tried to find her phone. Then they took the mickey for a bit, before discovering they couldn't actually remember where they were in the play! One had to go get the script! Then, later on, they were squirting the audience with water and deliberately sprayed the woman for about 30 seconds. In the end, I felt a bit sorry for her, but as one of the actors said, 'It's a bit stupid to leave your phone on when you're the only person on the front row!'

Hope everyone has a lovely day!


Marie E. - Jun 21, 2006 6:28 am (#1435 of 2979)

I met a girl this weekend named Connor. I haven't heard that one used for a girl before. I've met girl and boy Jordans, Ryans, Morgans, Taylors, and Addisons.

It was so hot here yesterday. Depending on which channel you watched, it was either 93 or 95 here. Either way, whew! And, of course, there's a fire in the mountains.

Lexi(e) is so quiet without Shayla here. She says she doesn't like playing alone so she just watches TV or plays on the computer. It's sorta sad.

I wouldn't feel sorry for that woman, azi. If you're going to the theater and sitting in the front row, turn off your phone!


Madam Pince - Jun 21, 2006 6:34 am (#1436 of 2979)

LOL, azi! I bet that will be the last time that lady uses her cell phone in public for a looooong time!

Denise, we do the "Walk this way!" thing a lot, too -- it's appropriate for so many occasions! Most recently was while my college roommate and her son were visiting and we were doing the museums. You know how it can be years and years since you've seen a good friend, but then once you finally get together, you just effortlessly fall into using the same jokes that you always shared and which nobody else ever found funny? I love that! We had a great time doing old Far Side one-liners, which Mr. Pince never gets.

Another all-time favorite in our house is "Could be worse... could be raining!" That movie is just so chock-full of good ones! ***mental note to get Young Frankenstein on DVD next time I order from Amazon***

Lovely day here today, too! Sunny and no thunderstorms for a switch. Lots of errands, though, including doctor's appointment for possible sinus (thanks for the prod, Holly!) as they said they could see me on short notice. Hope everyone has a great RotD!


haymoni - Jun 21, 2006 6:53 am (#1437 of 2979)

Hubby loves "Young Frankenstein" - mostly because of Teri Garr.

Happy B-day, Priscilla!

We watched the Jack Black version of "King Kong" last night. I thought of all of you during the bug scene.

I was walking through the living room when I thought I heard something about choosing a Harry Potter movie. I thought I was just hearing things. "SS" has been on so much. It would be nice to see "COS" - but only if they put in the missing scenes.

I think the "Egg in the Bread" idea is pure genius. I will remember that if Ungrateful Son ever has to do anything like that.

Have a good one, all!


Catherine - Jun 21, 2006 6:55 am (#1438 of 2979)

I wouldn't feel sorry for that woman, azi. If you're going to the theater and sitting in the front row, turn off your phone! --Marie E.

I'll bet Miss Manners is lurking about.

I threatened my classes with Mr. Catherine's rule: If the phone rings in class, I get to speak to the caller. I promised them that I would either do a Harry Potter (Snape), Spinal Tap (almost too many good lines to choose from), or Monty Python (Holy Grail) impression. Alas earwax, they never gave me an opportunity.

We're supposed to hit 97 degrees today. It's almost full humidity. Today sounds like a good day to stay indoors and read. It's a going to be a long day after all.

The first day of what will be a long, hot summer....


professer sheppard - Jun 21, 2006 7:02 am (#1439 of 2979)

hi i'm new here. i'd like to know where you all come from if that is ok.


Madam Pince - Jun 21, 2006 7:08 am (#1440 of 2979)

Ah, Teri Garr -- yes, one of the best lines -- about the, ummmm... not door bells exactly, but....


Catherine, I think I remember that Gina said she got to use Mr. Catherine's cell-phone rule in one of her classes, and enjoyed it immensely!

Welcome, professor sheppard! We have Forum members from all over the world -- I'm from the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the U.S. You can click on anyone's name and it will take you to where some/most people have written a little bit about themselves. Where are you from? Hope you enjoy the Forum!


Puck - Jun 21, 2006 7:23 am (#1441 of 2979)

Hello, Steph! Just saw you in the other thread! I'm Kathy, one of the Northeast (USA) Moms here on the forum! You'll like it here. We are a friendly -though opinionated (looks at Loopy) and stubborn (looks at Maria) bunch.

Haymoni, during Kong were you rooting for the ape to fall off the building and land on Jack Black? I certainly was.

Cheers! Kathy


azi - Jun 21, 2006 7:37 am (#1442 of 2979)

Hi Steph! I also read about you on the Tell About Yourself thread. I'm also 19, but live in Yorkshire, England.

I like the mobile phone idea. 'Hello, I'm your friend's teacher. I do believe they are in a lecture now, why are you ringing them? Surely you knew they'd be in a class? I'm sure anything you have to say can also be said to me...'


Puck - Jun 21, 2006 7:54 am (#1443 of 2979)

There is an episode of an HBO show (starring Sarah Jessica Parker, not forum friendly ) in which a character is on a first date in a comedy club. The man's phone rings while he is in the bathroom. The comic harasses his date to answer it, then grabs the phone. The comic laughs upon discovering the call was from the guy's wife.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 21, 2006 8:38 am (#1444 of 2979)

He doesn't think he has time for me to visit to watch JKR read this summer (yes, he NEEDS to sort out his priorities). – Catherine

I have it on good authority that this person also forbids poor Catherine from mentioning anything about her HP "affliction" in mixed company. Anyway, he knows now that he won't have any time in August for you to visit? Hmmmm. I think he just doesn't plan on tidying up his apartment between now and August.

We are a friendly -though opinionated (looks at Loopy) and stubborn (looks at Maria) bunch.—Puck


Catherine - Jun 21, 2006 8:55 am (#1445 of 2979)

Hmmmm. I think he just doesn't plan on tidying up his apartment between now and August.-Loopy Lupin


You got it exactly right.


Tazzygirl - Jun 21, 2006 9:04 am (#1446 of 2979)

I am also a huge fan of Young Frankenstein!

*Snort* on all the liners you guys have! Here's another: It's Frankenstien.

Azi- I don't feel sorry for that lady either. How rude!

Welcome to the Forum, Steph! I am from Hawaii (but am currently visiting my parents in California).

Mom and I are going shopping today (again!)! Yeay!

Hope you all have a fabulous RotD/N!



haymoni - Jun 21, 2006 9:42 am (#1447 of 2979)

Puck - yes - I really hated him by the end of the movie. Jack Black plays "possessed" very well!


Good Evans - Jun 21, 2006 10:07 am (#1448 of 2979)

Welcome to the Forum Steph, I live in the UK too, but not the Midlands, I am in the South East of England.


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 21, 2006 10:13 am (#1449 of 2979)

wow, i feel so left out as I've never seen King Kong, or Young frankenstien! Maybe I should....

We have a big problem with people texting during class, and this one teacher that we have picks up you phone and reads the messages out loud to the class. It's a bit mean, but hehe also a bit funny! My friend was caught once, but the teacher couldn't read her messages because it required a password to get to her inbox, instead she called her mom after class. That's worse in my opinion!! I don't find it hard to avoid this because I just put my phone on silent.

Hey Steph, welcome to the forum!! I'm from LA in th southeastern US.

Have fun shopping Kristina!!

HOpe everyone has a great RotD!!


Holly T. - Jun 21, 2006 10:20 am (#1450 of 2979)

Welcome Steph! I live in Texas.

Although I will soon be on vacation in Virginia. :-)

My antibiotics must be kicking in as my throat is much less sore, although still not great. It needs to stay sore a little longer so I can still have an excuse to eat ice cream.

I am loving Mr. Catherine's cell phone rule and expect I might have to use it on my Girl Scout troop.

My son would probably like "Young Frankenstein." He's been quoting "The Princess Bride" since the age of 3. He would probably really like Monty Python.
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geauxtigers - Jun 21, 2006 10:23 am (#1451 of 2979)

Welcome Steph, I'm from Louisiana in the US.

Okay so last night, there was a bug on my wall feet from my pillow and inches from my tea. I rolled up a piece of paper and trapped it in the end, somehow scooping it into it. I ran and threw it in a thrash can with a lid!

Might go to the mall today with my friend but other than that I'm not doing anything.

I have had several teachers answer kids’ cells. Its really funny because when it rings people will try to help cover up the loud obnoxious ringing by doing fake coughs. Sadly there was a time when that worked, but it didn't last long. When the whole class suddenly has to violently cough, its kinda obvious! I don't understand why people don't just put their phones on silent! Some put it on vibrate and you always hear that when its up against a book or something! Most people here get caught text messaging, thankfully I've been lucky!

I've never seen Young Frankenstein I guess I need to huh!? People are always telling me that I don't know any movies, but then turn around and have never seen A Christmas Story or Superstar. A well guess thats what I get!

Have a great day everyone!

EDIT: Julie, the same has happened to me too. They'll do it with gum too, I've been told to throw out my gum by a teacher who is chewing gum, though I'm not brave enough to politely inform them that they are chewing gum too. I have one teacher who talks on his phone in class, tells us he could care less if we chew gum or have our shirts untucked because he’s not going to waste his time writing us a detention! Pretty sweet, he’s also one of the best teachers I've ever had!


Julie Aronson - Jun 21, 2006 10:36 am (#1452 of 2979)

Amusingly, I've had professors make a huge issue about cell phones and then they've had their own phones ring duing class. We all laughed...a lot! It kind of diffuses the extremity, you know?

As far as movies go, Young Frankenstein is a classic. I'm also a huge fan of History of the World, Part One, but it's not always forum-friendly. I also went through a phase of applying Monty Python's Meaning of Life to every day of my life. I know things are good when I can say, "A tiger? In Africa?"

EDIT: Oh yeah. I'm in Akron, Ohio.


Eponine - Jun 21, 2006 11:03 am (#1453 of 2979)

My favorite thing in Young Frankenstein is the book entitled How I Did It by Victor Frankenstein.

Mr. Eponine and some of the in-laws went to the Stanley Cup celebration/parade thing out in Raleigh. I had to work, but I watched it on TV after I got home, and I have to admit that I'm kind of glad I couldn't go. They stood there for about 2 hours and when the team finally got on stage with the Cup, they only stayed about 20 minutes. But I'm glad he got to go.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 21, 2006 11:09 am (#1454 of 2979)

Thank you, kaykay, Puck, boop, Julie Aronson, geauxtigers, Good Evans, azi and everyone else for the birthday wishes! Tazzygirl, I'd share them with you if I could! In the British Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when someone is speaking JKR only put one quotation! So their grammar seems different than ours.



kaykay1970 - Jun 21, 2006 11:40 am (#1455 of 2979)

Welcome Steph! I live in Tennessee.


Elanor - Jun 21, 2006 12:07 pm (#1456 of 2979)

Welcome Steph! I live in France (south of Burgundy).

**waving to everybody**


Puck - Jun 21, 2006 12:14 pm (#1457 of 2979)

Back to Loopy. Dare you to say I'm wrong.

They have these new ring tones that most people over 30 can't hear, due to the pitch/frquency. I believe it was on the morning news last week. Teens have no problem hearing the tone, but most adults won't notice it. (Mr. Puck, however proves himself the exception, as he can hear it.)



Lina - Jun 21, 2006 1:44 pm (#1458 of 2979)

Hi, Steph! I'm Lina. And I live in Croatia.

Speaking of all those bugs, I was just wondering... Tori, or Ginny, or both, how is your reading of Metamorphosis going?

***waving to all too***


Gina R Snape - Jun 21, 2006 2:01 pm (#1459 of 2979)

Hiya. Just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a happy summer solstice.


Catherine - Jun 21, 2006 2:03 pm (#1460 of 2979)

Gina, that avatar is priceless.


Dr Filibuster - Jun 21, 2006 2:15 pm (#1461 of 2979)

Hi all; including new member Steph whom I hope is reading this thread.

I live in Northwich, Cheshire. It's one of the "three witches": the other towns being Nantwich and Middlewich. Nothing to do with witches and wizards, it just means we have lots of salt in the ground and that's why Cheshire cheese is salty.

Did anyone see England versus Sweden in the World Cup last night?

Michael Owen fell badly. His knee twisted the wrong way and he was stretchered off (U.S.A translation = guerneyed?). I winced as I watched. He was obviously in great pain and won't be able to play for months. He had a scan today and the diagnosis is an "anterior cruciate knee ligament"

Told you it looked painful.


boop - Jun 21, 2006 2:44 pm (#1462 of 2979)

Welcome Steph, I live in Pennsylvania. Please enjoy yourself on this and many of the other threads.

Happy first day of summer.

hugs always



geauxtigers - Jun 21, 2006 2:45 pm (#1463 of 2979)

Speaking of all those bugs, I was just wondering... Tori, or Ginny, or both, how is your reading of Metamorphosis going?

I read the first 4 or 5 pages, but since then its been sitting on my desk staring at me for about a week now. I have the hardest time starting books, don't know how this one will turn out but I'm thinking I won't read it right before bed

I saw some of the England game last night, I saw that guy's knee twist it was freaky looking. I only half watched it, the only reason I left it was because I heard the names, "Beckham and Crouch" and of course I had to stop and watch. I just don't really understand soccer this is the only time its ever on in the States. Why do they count up not down? I don't ever know how much time is left in the game!

I'm very frustrated at the moment because my darling mother got this brilliant idea that we were going to "bundle" our internet, phone and cable with a completely different company. So now we have direct TV- 250 channels and half of them you can't watch because they are pay per view, the other half are things you couldn't pay me to watch, all the channels are different so instead of channel 5 its channel 384 or something! The remote has almost as many buttons as channels and half the buttons have no known function what-so-ever! Grr! They sent us the internet modem and it got here today. "It's so easy to set up you can install it yourself!"  Yeah thats why my dad spent 2 hours on the phone with these people and it won't work on my sister's computer.   Grr . . .  so she will be in my room checking the forum here and there....*rant over*, but I will be discussing this with my mom when she gets home from work. She's not been in the best mood lately maybe I'll wait an hour..

Well I'm off to read the other threads before the internet connection breaks as I have a bad feeling it will....

Have a great day or evening I should say or middle of the night to some of you!


virginiaelizabeth - Jun 21, 2006 3:10 pm (#1464 of 2979)

Ahh yes, the lovely new wonderful internet we have gotten! No comment.......

I agree, scocer just doesn't make sense to me, about the only thing I know is that you can't touch the ball with your hands. Maybe I'll figure it out someday, but it just doesn't really seem to hold my attention and that probably comes from being confused the whole time!!

Well off to check threads! Have a great day everyone!


Thora - Jun 21, 2006 3:47 pm (#1465 of 2979)

Hello Steph (right?),

I'm in South Carolina.

Gina! Happy Solstice! Good to see you!

Throwing back to 40 posts ago, I have a female Jordan at my house too.

Off to see how my Lasagna came out, I tried Muenster like John recommended.



Julie Aronson - Jun 21, 2006 4:05 pm (#1466 of 2979)

Tori and Ginny, Metamorphosis is one of my favorites! Just remember that Gregor's transformation is symbolic and it will be much less gross.




HungarianHorntail11 - Jun 21, 2006 4:57 pm (#1467 of 2979)

Good idea, Catherine but I'd have to organize a coup of sorts and plan for all of the students to have their cell phones ring at once in the class. Just for fun.

We watched the Jack Black version of "King Kong" last night. Haymoni, you have my sympathy.

. . .during Kong were you rooting for the ape to fall off the building and land on Jack Black? I certainly was. Kathy  - it took you until that far into the movie??

We are a friendly -though opinionated (looks at Loopy) and stubborn (looks at Maria) bunch. Hey! I resemble resent that remark! I second the Loopy!

I was unlucky enough to waste part of my weekend watching The Pink Panther. (Making mental note to check movie reviews before renting anything ever again. )

Okay, Kristina, I haven't checked the latest posts (have not refreshed my screen since around 2p.m Eastern Time) sooo - what'd ya buy???

Welcome professor sheppard! I live in North Jersey, USA. And, contrary to what Puck tells you, I am NOT stubborn. I like to refer to it as mildly obstinate.


PS Thora, I don't think I ever told you how great that cake looked! Or how creative I think you are for thinking up ice cream sandwiches for the cake part.

I miss you all in the chat room! *waves to everyone* One more day and things will settle down for a bit. . .until the parties start.


DJ Evans - Jun 21, 2006 5:37 pm (#1468 of 2979)

Just wanted to welcome the new member Steph. I'm from Arkansas, USA (a southern state). Just make yourself at home -- everyone is quite friendly on here.

And to welcome back The One ***waves to Jarand*** Long time no see!

Not much going on here -- just hot & humid & more hot.....

As far as movie quotes go...Spinal Tap and anything involving the Monty Python group are sure hits I think too. Oh there are some great ones in Murder by Death and Clue.

Later, Deb


Puck - Jun 21, 2006 5:39 pm (#1469 of 2979)

singing "The cheese stands alone, hi ho the dairy-o the cheese stands alone.

The Cheese Quiz does not lie, fellow Cheddar. Olivia has backed me up on this.


Tazzygirl - Jun 21, 2006 5:42 pm (#1470 of 2979)

Yeay! The power is back! The power company has been working on a power box thingy in our neighborhood, and we lost power at about 10:30 this morning. It's supposed to be out until about 9 tonight, so I have no idea how much longer I'll have power at the moment...

Maria- ...sooo - what'd ya buy???

hehehe! I bought a pair of capri pants, a very cute black purse, a green bracelet, and two tank top shirts. I was looking for a certain pair of shoes, but in each store I went to, they either didn't have it or it didn't come in my size. sigh.

Off to check the other threads before power goes out again!



timrew - Jun 21, 2006 6:00 pm (#1471 of 2979)

I watched the England-Sweden match, doc, and I saw Michael Owen twist his knee. I felt it myself, and I was hundreds of miles away!

I hear he's going to be out for about five months.

I can just see all the Americans saying, "Who's Michael Owen? And why are all the English worried about his knee?"

He's (was) one of our key players in the soccer World Cup, guys.

He's back in England by now, so if we lose the World Cup, you'll know why (at least, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!)


Gina R Snape - Jun 21, 2006 6:14 pm (#1472 of 2979)

Thanks, Catherine! e Good to see you too, Thora.

Tim, sports injuries always make me shudder. We've been airing the quidditch world cup games at my shelter for the residents during times when the television in the front lounge is usually off, and it's fairly amusing to be reading case files and suddenly here "SCORE!" every so often.


Thora - Jun 21, 2006 6:36 pm (#1473 of 2979)

We've been airing the quidditch world cup games – Gina

*chuckle* I have to tell myself every time I read the words "world cup" that they aren't talking about quidditch. I'll be glad when it's all over and I can stop feeling jealousy pangs before I realise they are talking about muggle sports again.

HH11, I'm glad you liked the cake. I had fun making it. In my way of thinking being a mom is a great excuse for having a ton of fun throwing parties, making yummy food, and hanging out with the best friends you ever birthed.



virginiaelizabeth - Jun 21, 2006 6:50 pm (#1474 of 2979)

Tori and Ginny, Metamorphosis is one of my favorites! Just remember that Gregor's transformation is symbolic and it will be much less gross. -Julie A

Well I'm glad to know it's good! I hope I like it! Chances are I won't actually get around to reading it and the other 2 I have to read until the last 2 weeks of summer. We had a list of about 20 books this year so it was hard to make a decision on what to read. In the past the list has consisted of around 200 choices, but they changed it this year in attempts to actually get us to take it seriously. UHH I hate summer reading!!I really don't want to read any of them!!

Thora, I do the same thing with the whole "World Cup" thing! Does anyone know how the US is doing in this thing?? I just found out about a week ago that we have a pro soccer league, much less a US team!


Madam Pince - Jun 21, 2006 6:51 pm (#1475 of 2979)

Gina, I am loving your avatar! Severus looks just like a So. Cali lifeguard in that photo. You've gotta be careful not to get a sunburn, though, with all that skin you're baring.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who keeps thinking the word "quidditch" every time I hear talk on the TV about the World Cup! Condolences to England on the loss of Owen -- tough break. It's so hard to watch sports injuries happen. An ACL tear probably does do justice to the "cruciate" part of the name! ***shudder***

Sue, I don't know that we actually have a term here in the U.S. that corresponds to "stretchered." It might actually be "stretchered." I'm pretty sure it's not "guerneyed." That sounds like they're being transfigured into a milk cow.

Edit: Phooey!!! They are running two re-run episodes of Lost tonight, but I didn't know that until 10 minutes into the second one. I am trying to tape all the re-runs, and I missed a chunk of that one! Grrrrr.... (They're running two more back-to-back again next Wednesday, too, if anybody cares...)


geauxtigers - Jun 21, 2006 7:21 pm (#1476 of 2979)

Sue, I don't know that we actually have a term here in the U.S. that corresponds to "stretchered." It might actually be "stretchered." I'm pretty sure it's not "guerneyed." That sounds like they're being transfigured into a milk cow.

I agree, I've never heard the term "guerneyed"! We probably would have said he was taken off on a stretcher, but if someone said "stretchered" I wouldn't think twice about what it meant!

I temporarily have internet connection, but it keeps going out on me and I'm watching the flickering green light on the modem....

I hope metaphorhsis is good, but I'm having trouble figuring out whats the actual novel. It has other "stories" by Kafka in it, but I can't tell where the story starts because what I think is the story is far to short to be set as summer reading by my physco school!

I found out about 2 weeks ago that there was such thing as professional soccer in the US. The only time its even on tv is during the World Cup. Now Football thats a different story!

Off to check threads as fast as I can before my internet shuts me down.


Jewel - Jun 21, 2006 7:22 pm (#1477 of 2979)

Going back a little here to the name thing, I'm Julia, but am referred to on a regular basis as Julie, Julian, Juliet, etc. I also have a Kaitlynn and a Raynah ( pronounced Rain-uh) in the house. The only normal one here is Timothy Matthew-Lee, also the only boy, but after twelve hours of HARD labor with no drugs, and a baby weighing in at 9 lbs. and 1 oz. I wasn't feeling very creative!

Welcome to professer sheppard! I am also from South Carolina. Hope you find the forum enjoyable. (Psst.. Thora, where are you in SC? I'm in the upper part of the state in Gaffney.)


Steve Newton - Jun 21, 2006 7:31 pm (#1478 of 2979)

I'm from Delaware, The First State. Also one of the smallest.


Julie Aronson - Jun 21, 2006 7:32 pm (#1479 of 2979)

Stephanie, I read your welcome note, and at the risk of sounding ignorant, what language did you originally read if not English?


Chemyst - Jun 21, 2006 8:12 pm (#1480 of 2979)

… and hanging out with the best friends you ever birthed.   Ah, so true!

“guerneyed." That sounds like they're being transfigured into a milk cow.
**feels such a statement ought to be commented on, but is drawing a blank**

Welcome Stephanie. My intro is on my profile— right now you have to scroll down, although I’ll be changing that art-article soon.


Mediwitch - Jun 21, 2006 8:20 pm (#1481 of 2979)

Sue: His knee twisted the wrong way and he was stretchered off (U.S.A translation = guerneyed?).

Well, in EMS (Emergency Medical Services) in New England, anyway, we call the piece of equipment a "stretcher" or a "cot", not generally a "gurney", although we all would know what someone meant if they did call it a gurney. We don't usually convert the noun to a verb, though, so Tori was right, we would probably say "he was taken off [the field] on a stretcher" or something like that. I like "stretchered off" - much more to the point!

Welcome, Stephanie! I'm in Connecticut, one of the New England states.


John Bumbledore - Jun 21, 2006 8:28 pm (#1482 of 2979)

Over 70 posts to peruse since I left work this afternoon. Hello, Professor Steph. Happy birthday to Percilla!

Um, I don't remember anything else of what I was going to post...

Oh, I'm from North Carolina, in the USA.

Life has been hectic for me the past few days. Missing the chat room... HINT!

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore


Mrs. Sirius - Jun 21, 2006 10:46 pm (#1483 of 2979)

Waoooo! Finally schools, OUT! And we start summer school Monday:-))

Hey Finn, leave it to the true Pottie to find a way to check into the Lexicon!

Gina, don’t you watch in Spanish so that you can hear them shout Goooooooooooallll!

Happy Birthday Priscilla.

My mother-in-law is named Anastasia as was her mother. Growing up she was Tess or Tessie. My daughter is Anastasia, too. I tend to call her Stasia. This is pronounced in Spanish as Stâ/see/ah.


Madam Pince - Jun 21, 2006 10:49 pm (#1484 of 2979)

Jewel, I think Timothy has a lovely name. And I also think that after all the work you did "creating" him, you had created quite enough for one day!

Chemyst, gurney, guerney...Guernsey....Oh never mind. It was weak. It's the farm girl in me coming out.


Tazzygirl - Jun 21, 2006 11:18 pm (#1485 of 2979)

As I am writing this, I have a HUGE black spider crawling across my ceiling... towards me. **SQueeeeeeeeee** I can't reach it to kill it... Sleepless night, here I come.... I swear these things are getting bigger each time I see them...

Just thought I'd share...

Anyone got a gigantic shoe? **jumps a foot in the air... it's moving fast. AHHHHH**



Jewel - Jun 22, 2006 12:29 am (#1486 of 2979)

Thank you Madam Pince, he was named for my brother and his donor I mean father. Since we have referred to him as Matthew since he was born, on his first day in 4-K the teacher called for Timothy and he never budged or said a word. As I explained to him that Timothy was his "real" first name, he stared at me with this innocent expression on his face and said, "Well why do you call me Matthew?" Needless to say we held up role call for a fair few minutes on that first day!


Winky Woo - Jun 22, 2006 1:39 am (#1487 of 2979)

I have finally got premium status! w00t!

Hi guys, I know I haven't posted for about a month, but I have a new job, which meant until I saw how the land lay, I couldn't access the site from work. Boy, have you been a chatty bunch! I have been on "lurker" status, but every time I think I am nearly up to date, I come back and there are hundreds of posts!

It was so straight forward to get premium status, I paid with Paypal and I instantly got my star! I probably hardly ever go over my quota, but I wanted to show support for this fantastic guys will never know how much you cheer me up and keep me sane...well sort of sane

Welcome to the forum Steph, you will never meet a more friendlier bunch ...anywhere!

I live in Cheshire now although I'm originally a Scouser.

Love and hugs


Edit: I wonder where Finn is now? I'd love to see his face when he looks at the number of posts on his return!


azi - Jun 22, 2006 3:50 am (#1488 of 2979)

Hi Winky! Nice to see you around again! Hope the job's going well.

Timothy...reminds me of the song...'Timothy, we found your spaceship...' I remember there was a girl in school called Catherine, but everyone called her Abigail. It wasn't her middle name or anything.

Tazzy - breathe. That's the key.

Love the avatar, Gina! *snigger, Severus looks happy!*

I got your joke, Madam Pince!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!