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Post  Lady Arabella on Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:30 pm

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Solitaire - Jul 5, 2007 10:50 pm (#51 of 2984)

Tazzy, thanks for the cooling charms. Fortunately, I am in Bakersfield, not Baker. I thought 109 was bad ... I'm not sure I could handle 118. I was in Palm Springs over Memorial Day holidays one year, and it was 107 ... at 2 a.m.! Nooooooo, thank you!

Ginny, it does not have to be as hot in the south to be far more miserable. You're probably just as miserable at 90 degrees as we are at 100+, thanks to the humidity. It is very dry here, and while it's hot, we do not suffer as much from the "sticky factor." Unfortunately, we have plenty of mosquitoes. In fact, thanks for the reminder ... I've been chewed alive the last two nights. Tonight, I spray on some OFF! before I hit the sheets.

Madam Poppy, I would probably have asked her for an autograph, so don't feel too bad. Besides, it's when we stop being tongue-tied or impressed by stars and celebrities that they get worried!

Solitaire

Edit: **Thinking Tazzy may need a good smack for that sweater remark!** Don't rub it in!

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painting sheila - Jul 5, 2007 10:56 pm (#52 of 2984)

Soli - Doesn't a convection oven use dry heat?

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azi - Jul 6, 2007 4:46 am (#53 of 2984)

Shelia - what a horrible person! I can understand why you are so annoyed! I hope you never have that happen again.

Cooling and anti-mosquito charms to you, Soli!

To all UK members - remember JKR is on Jonathon Ross tonight! I think they're showing clips on BBC News 24 today as well, so I'm sitting in front of the TV screen to watch them! I don't know if you can get that channel elsewhere, might just be BBC World abroad? I'm so excited! **jumps up and down**

**waves to everyone!**

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Lavandula - Jul 6, 2007 5:05 am (#54 of 2984)

Good Morning to All!

So very sorry about the heat; it was quite comfortable yesterday and we finally had much needed rain. Little guy's ball practice became rained out with a thunderstorm which ended my scrapbooking early, but I'm not complaining. I've been sleeping with the windows open-my favorite thing about summer!

Azi-Let us know what she happens to say since we won't be able to get that broadcast.

Mandy- Regarding the fish, usually in my tank if I find a fish with damaged tails it is due to a biting fish. One of them is a bully. If you spend any time watching you can generally tell which one it is and then isolate or return that fish.

Sheila-Nasty boy. I've been bold enough to tell kids what I think at parks and such with no parents around. Too bad you couldn't catch the little rat!

I've got my tickets for the midnight showing of OoTP on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning)! Darling Daughter is going with me as Mr. L has no interest whatsoever. I can't wait, but the book release has me all full of mixed emotions.

Have a Great ROTD.

Cathy

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Puck - Jul 6, 2007 5:36 am (#55 of 2984)

By this time next week we will in the middle of the end that will have started two days before. I don't know that I am ready.

ummm, Sheila, was I supposed to understand this?

Wow Poppy! Conveniently, you get handed proof of someone's celebrity. (As opposed to seeing an Olympic medalist -who isn't. at Kristina.)

Sunscreen, People! Use it, bring it with you, reapply as necessary.

Well, I suppose that if you've had temps over 110, perhaps 80 would almost feel like sweater weather. Cooling charms to those who need them!

Kathy

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 6, 2007 5:43 am (#56 of 2984)

It's a wonderful 75 degrees here this morning, with the humidity standing at 90 per cent!. Rain, rain, and more rain on the way, then the humidity will be at 100 per cent.

Have a great Friday everyone!

...toddles off to crank up the AC, grab a glass of wine, read a few threads and go to bed...

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Ladybug220 - Jul 6, 2007 6:16 am (#57 of 2984)

Well, I will just jump in and say a big 'Hi' to everyone. Some of you may remember me. =) It's been a long time since I have been here, but it is good to be back. I had to come before DH comes out so that I can read up on all of the theories. I won't be able to post much but I will definitely be reading!

Have great Friday!

Ladybug220

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Esther Rose - Jul 6, 2007 7:23 am (#58 of 2984)

Hi all!

It was nice this morning but I guess we are to be expecting rain today.

Sheila, I am sorry that a family took it upon them selves to put a ding on your son's experience in what should have been an enjoyable picnic. Some people's children indeed! But honestly there was also damage done to the bully kid. He will be the one that will grow up believing his rude and aggressive behavior is acceptable to society as a whole. A grim future is in store for him if his parents continue ignoring their son's behavior. (Let's call this the Dudley Dursley syndrome for now.)

I am taking a food poll today. I am making Lavosh Pinwheels for a party tomorrow.

does this sound okay?

Cheese filling mixture: Sour Cream, Cream Cheese, Ranch Dressing Packet, Shredded Parmesan Cheese, Green Onions

Other fillings: Baby Spinach, Deli Smoked Turkey Breast Meat

The Lavosh Bread is a multi grain with oat bran and whole wheat.

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Lilly P - Jul 6, 2007 7:53 am (#59 of 2984)

ohhhh Stephanie M I would send you some (((hugs))) but that would probably hurt your sunburn!

Sheila-Congrats!

We are topping out here at 107 today, but we have to be at the airport at 3pm so we will miss the hottest part of the day in the airport. All I can say is they better not have us wait out on the runway with no AC like they did to those other poor people! anyway, I probably won't get to check in while I'm gone for the weekend, have a great weekend everyone!

Jamie

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painting sheila - Jul 6, 2007 8:12 am (#60 of 2984)

Esther Rose - It all sounds so yummy!!

Puck - You didn't understand? Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

Off to the tea room with an elderly friend - maybe I'll sport my English accent . . . . nah!

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kaykay1970 - Jul 6, 2007 8:24 am (#61 of 2984)

Sorry I haven't been around much lately!

Happy birthday and anniversary to all those I missed!

Sheila, the portrait is awesome!

Mandy your fish could have tail rot. I used Ick Guard for my aquariums as it cures a variety of fishy fungi.

Well, since last I posted I have 2 new grand nieces! I'm still expecting one more grand niece that is due in August! Girls, Girls, Girls!!!

90 degrees today, 82% humidty....Oh joy!

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Denise P. - Jul 6, 2007 8:46 am (#62 of 2984)

Speaking of accents, last night I was watching an episode of MI-5 (Spooks) in which there was an American agent. It was fun to listen to him and catch all the places his "American" accent slipped and clearly showed he was NOT American. The vowels were tripping him up. "We cahn't let you do that!" LOL

I am excited, a friend of mine sent me 7 episodes of Daybreak that were never aired. Whee! I liked that show and now I can find out what happened.

And on HP news, I didn't think I would be able to hook up with Loopy to see the movie since he was going to be out of town with family. Now it looks like he will be around so we are trying to work out details to meet and see the movie.

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Solitaire - Jul 6, 2007 8:49 am (#63 of 2984)

Sheila, I'm not sure about convection ovens, as I do not have one. I do, however, have a regular electric oven, a toaster oven, and a microwave oven!

Thanks, Azi! I sprayed my legs and feet with OFF! last night before retiring ... no new bites this morning! I feel so much better. I really have nasty reactions to mosquito and flea bites. They take forever to disappear, and when they finally do leave, the scars linger for months as big, red dots. I hope I never have to find out about bee and wasp stings ...

Cathy, the only problem with Sheila telling the little brat what she thinks is that he will probably escalate his tormenting of her son. Bullies tend to work that way. Until you can get a parent--or some other adult (or bigger child) who can make his life miserable--to buy into making him behave appropriately, he probably won't do it. Sorry if I sound negative, but it comes from 21 years of observing bullies in schools.

About the "bigger child" thing ... a few years ago at my school, we had a little 7th grade pipsqueak (about the size of a 3rd grader) who was bullied unmercifully by a couple of other kids. One day, the situation was observed by one of my 7th graders--a very quiet kid who was about 6' tall and weighed about 240 pounds. He didn't beat up the bully, but he picked him up off the ground so he was eye-level. Then he said he was going to be "watching" him (the bully). He never did anything more ... just kind of followed the bully around now and then. But the pipsqueak was never bothered for the rest of the year ... and he grew about 9 inches over the summer, so his 8th grade year was better. Sometimes a kid just needs a champion.

Stephanie, you are young. If you want to continue to have nice skin for your adult life ... USE SUNSCREEN LIBERALLY!! Also, wear sunglasses and a hat. There are self-tanners to fix any "lines," so you have no excuse!

TBE, exactly what I meant. 75 degrees in 90% humidity is not as cool as 75 degrees in 20% humidity. BTW, do you use dehumidifiers in the South? Just wondering ...

Esther Rose, the pinwheels sound delicious! What time do you want us all to be there??? :big eyes:

Lilly P, here's hoping your a/c works well. Mine got a big workout yesterday. I am afraid to get my bill for June and July.

Congrats on the new grand-nieces, KayKay! Is that anything like a great-niece? Just wondering ...

Cooling and drying charms to all who need them! Anti-bullying charms to Sheila's son! **imagining Colin Creevey being picked on by Malfoy ... because bully's dad sounds like Lucius to me**

Solitaire

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Denise P. - Jul 6, 2007 9:02 am (#64 of 2984)

Well, I finally reserved my copy of DH at the bookstore where Loopy and I are meeting. You can only reserve it, you can't pay for it yet. This is different from where I have gotten the past 2 books. I guess we will get a special wristband showing we reserved a copy. I asked the girl on the phone and she said they have not gotten any buttons like they have in years past. Darn it!

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Holly T. - Jul 6, 2007 9:07 am (#65 of 2984)

I could go for some nice hot, dry weather. I am so sick of rain. The sun is out right now, but it is supposed to rain later. Again. I had an internship in Orlando one summer when I was in college and my co-workers kept saying things like you just aren't used to this heat and humidity and I was like hello, I grew up in Houston, humidity capitol of the world. Humidity is bad because it leads to mold spores and mold spores in the air make me cough.

Congrats to Kaykay!

Safe travel charms to Lilly P.!

((hugs to Sheila's little guy)) and bat-bogey hexes to all bullies.

~~passing aloe vera gel to Stephanie~~

Daughter has reached the "I am so bored" stage of summer vacation and has actually cleaned out her room--really cleaned and not just shoved things in the closet and under the bed. She even cleaned her window seat, which I almost forgot she had as it is usually concealed by a big pile of stuffed animals, pillows, and clothes.

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kaykay1970 - Jul 6, 2007 9:15 am (#66 of 2984)

Yes, grand-niece=great-niece.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 6, 2007 10:05 am (#67 of 2984)

BTW, do you use dehumidifiers in the South?

I tried, it died, As in drowned, it couldn't handle the volume of water! And this was not a cheap outfit!

Oh well, somedays I have lungs, others (as in most) days I have gills!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 6, 2007 10:06 am (#68 of 2984)

***taps on screen***

I can't believe it. Is-is this really the end? Have I reached the end of the posts? Oh my gosh! Now I've forgotten what I wanted to say.

Just kidding.

(((Mandy))) condolences and prayers for you and your family. It seems to me as though he was waiting to reunite with your grandmother and then was okay about letting go.

Congrats to kaykay times 3!

Happy belated birthdays to Holly's daughter and Solitaire!

Solitaire, if you just put a generous dab of liquid soap onto each mosquito bite, it will itch for many seconds, after which, you will completely forget about them.

Kathy, it sounds like a long drive for just a few hours and do you plan to drive back after the sale? It will be so late. Hubby and the others can always join you and you can do what I'm intending to do - slip out to do your reading. I will most likely spend my time in the hotel's lounging area.

Sheila, are you still in?

Welcome Erika G!

Snuffles, so glad Olivia enjoyed her preview! I had to lol at your line: Right, I'd better get started. Things don't happen by themselves. Don't be surprised if you find it in my second line someday.

GE Julie, congrats to your lovely Luna!

Lol, Chemyst at your posts.

The clock's a-ticking.

***waves***

Maria

EDIT: CHEERS for Audrey!! Enjoy your reprieve!

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journeymom - Jul 6, 2007 10:06 am (#69 of 2984)

Holly, I'm profoundly impressed with you daughter. Oh, that my daughter would get that bored.

Sheila, my mother bear instincts were irritated on your son's behalf. I agree, bat bogey hexes from all quarters!

Mr Journeymom and I finally watched Pan's Labyrinth last night. It was so good! But I had to turn away a few times because of the violence. It's like a fairy tale and is rich in symbolism and metaphor. It seemed a bit like Chronicles of Narnia. But I was also convinced last night that the writer/director, Guillermo del Toro, must have been inspired by Prisoner of Azkaban. One of the producers is his friend, Alfonso Cuaron, director of PoA. It's another coming-of-age story. The 12 y.o.-looking girl has to go through an arch way in order to begin her adventure. A faun guides her, though his motives are dubious. He gives her a magical book with blank pages. Words and images appear and tell her what her three tasks are. The passage of time is a theme, and the girl's evil step-father has a pocket watch he constantly checks, and at one point the girl races an hour glass. If she doesn't make it back in time bad things will happen. I think it's notable that Cuaron introduced the giant clock in the Entrance Hall in PoA. And of course, PoA utilizes Hermione's time turner.

So in the light of day, and with a little research, I no longer think Pan's Labyrinth was entirely inspired by Harry Potter. *rolls eyes at self* Obviously, del Toro had been working on this story, and says it's a sequel to a previous movie of his. But- I can still imagine that Cuaron, having directed PoA, might have told del Toro, remember that story you wrote about this girl having a coming of age adventure in the underworld? Well, I've got some money left over from PoA, how about I produce it and you finally make it?

I wouldn't mind Cuaron or del Toro directing Deathly Hallows.

So there's my movie review.

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Elanor - Jul 6, 2007 10:07 am (#70 of 2984)

S C H O O L
I S
O V E R ! ! !

Too tired to say more for now (except thanks John for posting the color codes!) but it so does feel good!

Have a great day everybody!
Audrey

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Solitaire - Jul 6, 2007 10:27 am (#71 of 2984)

HH, I will try the soap trick. I've tried everything else on the "home remedies" page. Actually, the alcohol and scotch tape thing worked pretty well ... only who wants to walk around with 15 pieces of scotch tape stuck to your feet and ankles? LOL

Oops! Time for me to go ... see you all later!

Audrey ... Yippee!! **tossing confetti**

Solitaire

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Esther Rose - Jul 6, 2007 10:44 am (#72 of 2984)

Thanks everyone!

I saw Pan's Labyrinth when it came out. Loved it. It made me cry. I agree though some scenes were way too much for me to watch.

I thought Windex was the cure all. (My Big Fat Greek Wedding.)

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Lilly P - Jul 6, 2007 10:49 am (#73 of 2984)

OK..... this is really the last time I'm going to check the threads before getting serious and packing for the trip!

When we lived in NC, we did use a de-humidifier, but they burn out so fast. There is only so much you can do with99% humidity. Here we have the AC on FULL blast today it's 104 degrees F now and is expected to be 107 by 3PM. I suppose I should turn the AC down a little so that I dont get sick when I go outside for the short drive to the airport. Anyway, time to get Sirius about the laundry!

Jamie

PS I know my typing is a little off, Im getting used to the new laptop which has a smaller keyboard than I am used to, please bear with me if my posts are a little mixed up.

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I Am Used Vlad - Jul 6, 2007 11:11 am (#74 of 2984)

I remember Hagsquid. He had a picture of himself making his girlfriend a sandwich in his profile at one time. And Caput is a Dark Tower fan, so I remember her, too. I wonder where Tomoe is.

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Puck - Jul 6, 2007 11:20 am (#75 of 2984)

OUCH! I stepped on a bee on the way inside from bringing the recycling to the curb.

Sheila, love the picture.

Yeah for Audrey!

Off to quilt!

Kathy

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Lavandula - Jul 6, 2007 12:04 pm (#76 of 2984)

Ester Rose-The pinwheels sound delicious!!! Bring them to the get together at that castle we all plan on buying (see previous posts) and spending time together while reading. I hadn't thought about something to nibble on. ** wanders off daydreaming about the castle**

Audrey-Enjoy the much deserved break. I know you will find your time away from school relaxing.

Off to get little guy a hair cut and copy a few pictures of darling daughter's trip.

Cathy

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painting sheila - Jul 6, 2007 12:04 pm (#77 of 2984)

Go Elanor! Go Elanor! Go Elanor! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

Ouch Puck! Ouch Puck! Ouch Puck! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

HH - I am still working on it!! Keep your fingers crossed for me!!

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Esther Rose - Jul 6, 2007 1:15 pm (#78 of 2984)

Will do Lavandula. I say start saving up our pocket change. Just don't accidentally spend the Trick Galleon.

Solitaire, one of my many best friends will not walk anywhere without something on her feet. I have a special pair of red slippers just for her when she visits me.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 6, 2007 1:27 pm (#79 of 2984)

Puck: (As opposed to seeing an Olympic medalist -who isn't. at Kristina.)

LOL Hope your foot feels better soon!

Safe traveling, Lilly!

**waves to Kay** Congratulations!

**waves to Maria**

Welcome back Ladybug!

Yeay to Audrey! Enjoy your break!

**cooling charms** to all those in hot weather! (LOL, Soli! Hope your bug bites go away soon!)

Starting today, I work everyday until the movie release. I asked for Wednesday off, so I can sleep in (I'm going to the midnight release). Should be loads of fun!

I just realized, in about a week or two, the store room at my work is going to be filled with about 2000 copies of DH. I might be drooling over a box or two... squee!!!!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Jul 6, 2007 1:31 pm (#80 of 2984)

OUCH! I stepped on a bee on the way inside . .

I no longer worry about this, as I am NEVER to go outside barefoot again. That was one of the first admonitions we received in my diabetic education program ... and I follow it pretty religiously. I burned the bottoms of my feet rather seriously several years ago. I have a couple of numb spots on the bottoms of my left toes, and I worry about diabetic neuropathy ... so no more bare feet.

Elanor, I was looking for a smilie throwing confetti (saw it last week), but I couldn't find it. SO ... Here's one I thought probably captured your feeling of euphoria just as well.  bounce

Solitaire

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Choices - Jul 6, 2007 2:35 pm (#81 of 2984)

Call yourself Professor Palette and say you teach portraiture at Hogwarts. — Choices

Sheila, if you need a first name, how about Artisan or Artista? Professor Artisan Palette has a nice ring to it.

Boy, everybody is posting so fast it is hard to keep up. Congratulations, birthday wishes, healing charms to all who need or deserve them. Love and (((hugs))) to all. :-)

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Allison R - Jul 6, 2007 2:45 pm (#82 of 2984)

Holy Hannah, I just realized that after today, I have three days and then on the evening of the 10th we get to go and see the movie. (Hubby's co-worker bought out a theatre for an early showing). Squeeeeeee!!

I'm actually more excited for the book to come out than the movie, but the movie is a lovely thing to tide me over while waiting for the book!

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Mediwitch - Jul 6, 2007 2:48 pm (#83 of 2984)

- Bullies are horrible. You have more restraint than I do, She (that's a good thing ) - I probably would have gotten right in front of the car so they couldn't drive away. GRRR! Congratulations to your team on the win, anyway.

I have a convection oven in my stove - I don't think it's dry air necessarily, but it circulates the heated air with a high temperature fan, so it actually bakes or roasts at a lower temperature and for less time. I've used it a few times, but mostly when the weather is warmer and I don't want to heat up the house!

Welcome back to ladyback220!

Hi kaykay! Nice to see you, and congrats on the new grand-nieces!

Hooray for Audrey! You made it!! Dancing 5

*waves to Maria*

OUCH Puck! I did that last summer and discovered that I'm developing a bee-sting allergy - it was a BAD reaction, but fortunately I'd taken Benadryl shortly before - that was a good coincidence! I hope your foot feels better quickly, but in the meantime, it's a good excuse to sit down with your feet up and get some quilting or reading done!

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Ydnam96 - Jul 6, 2007 2:53 pm (#84 of 2984)

I'm having a really monumentally bad day.

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Allison R - Jul 6, 2007 3:00 pm (#85 of 2984)

Mary, I'm so sorry this day is turning out so horridly for you! (((hugs))) and charms of comfort and healing to you!! Grief comes in waves and can be very sneaky-- one day you think you're doing okay and the next day it sneaks up from behind you and hits you like The Whomping Willow. If that's what's making this day so hard, don't be afraid to allow yourself to be sad for a bit.

The only way out to the other side is... through.

Keep posting. I know I'm the new kid on the block here, but I feel strongly that this is a strong community full of people who care about you and want to help hold you up on your journey. You are loved and cared about!

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Choices - Jul 6, 2007 3:12 pm (#86 of 2984)

(((Hugs))) and cheering charms to Mandy. When I have a bad day, it always makes me think of that old saying....."Cheer up, things could be worse. So, I cheered up and sure enough, things got worse." LOL Hope that doesn't happen to you, Mandy. :-)

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legolas returns - Jul 6, 2007 3:25 pm (#87 of 2984)

Just got back from my holiday in the Camargue this afternoon I flew over to France and met my parents who had already been on holiday for a couple of weeks. Did lots of swimming/cycling and walking and stuff. The weather was nice and warm rather than the ususal roasting but all the same I am covered in evil freckles .

Hope everybodies day has got better as time goes on. Big cheering charm to all who need it.

There are so many posts that I am going to cheat and press the magic button.

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Puck - Jul 6, 2007 5:22 pm (#88 of 2984)

(((Mandy)))

I wasn't barefoot when I stepped on the bee. The bee was "flipped" by the front of my shoe, and "flopped" down under the toe.

Kids are watching SS on ABC family. I watching for OotP commercials.

Sheila, I now get what you were saying, I was confused, because I keep hearing the movie release date as the 13th, but apparently it's sneaking into some theaters on the 11th. (I wasn't paying much attention, because I won't be going to see it until August when we visit the in-laws.)

I have my van back!

Mediwitch, I did use the sting as an excuse not to stand around doing dishes. I visited the forum and did a bit of quilting.

Kathy

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 6, 2007 5:47 pm (#89 of 2984)

Wow soo many posts! I skimmed them.

Healing charms and ((hugs)) to those who need them!

I forgot who, but someone asked if we use de-humidifiers down here, but honestly I think it'd be completely pointless! If you want to know what the humidity is like down here, go turn the shower on hot and then get really close to the water and take a big breath. That's about right, especially if it's rained recently! Fortunately the temps rarely go into the 100's! I can't even imagine 118! That's crazyy!

Only 3 days left until the movie!!!! YAY!!!!!!

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legolas returns - Jul 6, 2007 5:53 pm (#90 of 2984)

Pout. Its not out here till 12/07/07

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Choices - Jul 6, 2007 6:20 pm (#91 of 2984)

I think in the South (maybe everywhere, I don't know) most air conditioner systems have something that pulls the moisture out of the air. At least mine does and I figure they all do. I have a drain tube that comes out of the ground that I have to unclog frequently.

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painting sheila - Jul 6, 2007 6:20 pm (#92 of 2984)

legolas returns - (gasp!!) no!!!! How can that be? I am so sorry!! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

((((((Mandy)))))) Hang in there - we love you.

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The giant squid - Jul 6, 2007 6:26 pm (#93 of 2984)

(((Mandy)))

Shayla heard that her "Papa" bought a Jetski--Marie E.

For the curious, that should be Jet Ski. "Jetski" makes me think of Yakov Smirnoff's airplane.

Weather: 113 degrees, 5% humidity. Sure, it's a dry heat...    that just means you bake instead of fry.

I heard some interesting OotP movie news today. For those of you planning on seeing it on IMAX, the last reel (about 20 minutes) will be in 3-D. A little something to make it almost worth the effort of tracking down an IMAX theater.

Sheila, I've used the phrase "some people's parents" a lot. There are so many things these days that you really can't blame the kids for--if they'd been brought up to know right from wrong they wouldn't get in half the messes they do.

Congrats to all those whose summer vacation is starting. I vaguely remember the days of getting summers off...

--Mike

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painting sheila - Jul 6, 2007 6:31 pm (#94 of 2984)

Mike - THANK YOU!! Finally - the dry heat - the convection oven - you bake in the dry heat just like you fry here in the south. . . .whew! Getting cooked is getting cooked!

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Choices - Jul 6, 2007 7:04 pm (#95 of 2984)

The Giant Squid - " I've used the phrase "some people's parents" a lot. There are so many things these days that you really can't blame the kids for--if they'd been brought up to know right from wrong they wouldn't get in half the messes they do."

That is so true. My daughter (a teacher) says it isn't the kids fault they don't learn, it's the parents. A kid can't learn when the parents are not there to encourage them and to make them realize how important an education is. So often my daughter sees kids whose parents are barely out of their teens, sometimes there is no father in the home and the mother works three jobs and is gone all the time, or the parents are on drugs and basically ignore the kids. It is very sad. The kids are not valued and the parent/parents do not care about the child's future. The kids are not taught right from wrong because the parents don't know right from wrong themselves. Parenting is a lost art and it is really pitiful how some children are being raised. One of the many things I love about this forum is that most people who post here seem like really loving, caring parents and that is a joy to see.

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Stephanie M. - Jul 6, 2007 7:12 pm (#96 of 2984)

I'm sorry about the bee sting, Puck! I hope it doesn't bother you to walk!

**Cooling charms to all that need them** It's getting so hot! It's making me so tired.

Congratulations on being done with school, Audrey!!

I had put SPF 15 on before I left my house, and it was super cloudy all day, so I expected to be, at most, slightly pink. I also didn't realize that I would be sitting outside in the very humid heat for four hours, so the little SPF that I did have on probably wore off. It's actually healing very fast; I probably had a heat rash along with a burn.

Congratulations on the nieces, kaykay!

I hate mosquitos! I usually don't get bad bug bites, but I also live in NYC. I usually wake up with them, but I feel like I haven't had any bug bites in a very long time. I think I had a Snapple cap that once said that if you have recently eaten a banana, mosquitos are more attracted to you. I have no idea if this is true though... I've gotten false Snapple Facts before.

Well, I'm off to watch Harry Potter weekend on ABC Family and then to read more OotP.

Have a good rest of the night/early morning everyone!

Edit: Right after I posted this, I saw a mosquito fly by my computer screen. Very strange!

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Eponine - Jul 6, 2007 7:14 pm (#97 of 2984)

Hi, all! I'm posting from TN instead of NC today. I'm out here visiting the family, and I'll be bringing my best friend back to NC for a nice 3 week visit before she goes off to Afghanistan for a year or more.

Sheila, the humidity in NC is something I'm still getting used to. This is my fourth summer out there since we've been married, and it's still not an easy thing to adjust to.

I went ahead and bought our tickets for the movie next week. We're going to an early matinée on Wednesday.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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geauxtigers - Jul 6, 2007 7:38 pm (#98 of 2984)

I'd imagine that there is something in the AC unit that takes some humidity out the air. Glasses/sunglasses fog up when you go outside. ugg! I hate sticky! I've never experienced 'dry' heat, so I really can't compare! Here you fry, there you bake! Hot is hot though, if you can fry an egg on the street, its the same in my book! LOL (yes I have tried it, and I'm not the only one I'm sure! LOL)

I'm a mosquito magnet. They love attacking my ankles! LOL "Fun" Fact for yall, you've all probably had West Nile Virus at least once (if you live in an area where its found, mostly several years ago, but its still around) and not even known it. That cold you had 2 weeks ago, might've been west nile! My 7th grade science teacher told us that, weird huh? It just doesn't have much of an affect on most people.

I'm slowly plowing through OoP. There are essentially 3 days until I'll be in theaters watching it, so I'm off to read!

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Solitaire - Jul 6, 2007 7:59 pm (#99 of 2984)

The bee was "flipped" by the front of my shoe, and "flopped" down under the toe.
Yikes! Even shoes don't protect us anymore. For the record, I think it was probably beneficial that you came to the forum rather than doing dishes or any other work. Doing anything resembling work would probably have severely aggravated the pain of the sting.

Ginny, I asked about the humidifiers. I have no idea how they work, as it is dry in central CA, where I live. I was in TN a couple of years ago, and the heat and humidity reminded me a lot of what a locker room feels like when all of the showers are going constantly ... except worse.

A kid can't learn when the parents are not there to encourage them and to make them realize how important an education is.

There are extremely rare exceptions, but I'd have to say I agree with this. I have parents whose kids are out of school 10+ days every quarter, which works out to nearly 25% of the school year! I have kids whose parents just take them out for fun trips for a week or two, several times a year ... and I am not talking about any kind of culturally enriching stuff. I'm talking a week of gambling in Vegas, water-skiing at Lake Powell, deer hunting in CO, fishing off Baja California, etc. These parents make a show of standing united with the teacher, but they aren't about to let school interfere with their family pleasures.

One of my exceptions is a student who went to Hawaii for a week and took her laptop, so that she could do her work and email it to me each night. She sent me photos and descriptions of interesting things she saw and learned, and anything she could not do via email was handed to me when she returned. Of course, her parents insisted she get a work contract and actually COMPLETE THE WORK. I do have a few kids like this ... but they have parents who actually think school is important.

Your daughter is right, Choices: Until parents buy into the importance of education, most kids are not going to get there on their own, until they are a lot older. Sadly, by that time they have wasted a lot of precious time and opportunities.

Stephanie, my worst sunburns occurred at perpetually cloudy Pismo Beach. Clouds tend to trick you into staying out longer and skipping the SPF (or using a lower number), since the sun is "hiding." Unfortunately, clouds offer no protection. There is a HP weekend??? When does it start?

Well, it's nearly 8 p.m. ... and 104 outside. Apparently it reached a high of 110 F. I'm glad I was inside most of the day.

Solitaire

Edit: Ginny, last summer a couple of our newscasters went outside the studio and actually DID fry some eggs on the sidewalks. I'll bet they could have fried a few today.

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Round Pink Spider - Jul 6, 2007 9:22 pm (#100 of 2984)

I am just dropping in briefly -- wow, almost 100 posts since I was here last. And it's 11:15PM... too late to read them now.

I actually am finished already with chapter 15! I think that one was a record, as far as sheer speed goes. May the rest of them go just as quickly! I was very happy with the humor I managed to work in, especially since I heard my daughter chortling about it in the bathroom! That feels so good... I actually am now digging into Chapter 16. And it's possible that the rest will all go that quickly, because I feel like I could write the rest of the novel with my eyes shut. Everything else has been aimed at bringing me to the events in the last few chapters, so all the fiendish plot twists are now in place. At least, all the ones I've planned...

I hope I'll be able to stop back in tomorrow and catch up with what's happening with everyone! G'night!
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painting sheila - Jul 6, 2007 10:08 pm (#101 of 2984)

Way to go RPS!! wOOt!! *^*^*^ Creative juices being sent your way *^*^*^

I just finished the last colonial costume - I hope@!! - for the outdoor dram I am working with. (sigh) Tomorrow is the BIG first rehearsal where every one will be wanting their costume NOW!!!! . . . patience is a virtue. . . patience is a virtue . . . . patience is a virtue . . .

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Elanor - Jul 6, 2007 11:42 pm (#102 of 2984)

**sending patience charms to Sheila**

Thanks everybody for the happy vacation wishes, I know it will be great! The last two days have been particularly hard because of some of that kind of parents you've been talking about lately.

I've tried to make a kid's mother understand that school wasn't an optional extra (she's had her kids out of school twice during the week for doing some shopping ), nor it was some kind of summer camp and that yes we were working even in the last days (according to her, kids shouldn't work at school during the last week - double ). Honestly, how mean are we, wanting the kids to work at school??? She was in fault, and I'm sure she knew it, so she became nasty - triple and big sigh. So yes, I'm even more relieved to be in vacation than usual!

Sending healing charms to everyone needing some, cheering ones to everybody and a few weather ones too. (((((((Mandy)))))))

Audrey

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Madam Poppy - Jul 7, 2007 1:36 am (#103 of 2984)

Well, yesterday Rene Russo and today Gene Simmons from KISS went through my Ticket Verifier line at the airport. He was with his family. His daughter was in town for the volleyball tournament. I actually watched (why I don't know) his reality show once. You just never know who is going to be on the L.A. flight. It is fun to "people watch". Sure makes the work day go by quicker. There are lots of cute babies, cute couples and of course the occasional odd duck (make that...LOTS of odd ducks!).

I have to work the "red eye" to Houston on July 20th. I hope the plane leaves on time so I can get to the store before it closes. I work the next night too so it will be tough sneaking in my reading time. I hope no one "spoils" it for me before I can finish the book. Time for some ZZZZzzzzz Poppy

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legolas returns - Jul 7, 2007 3:22 am (#104 of 2984)

I have got this sun screen stuff its called P20. You slap it on in the morning wait 15 mins and then go about your business-obviously you must not sunbathe all afternoon. You dont need to reapply as its pretty waterproof. If you shower the shower gel removes it. I have never burnt since I began to use it.

I got a new swimming costume at aged 12 that was quite high cut and of course I managed to get the very tops of my legs/rear burnt. I found it difficult to sit or lie down. Oouch.

Good luck painting sheila. Breath deeply if they get on your back.

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Puck - Jul 7, 2007 6:02 am (#105 of 2984)

poppy, don't worry too much. Last release was on Diva's birthday, so I didn't get to read until after. I had a job finding the time to reading, what with the house and the kids, and it took me well into the next week to finish, and didn't come across any spoilers. (I was of course, careful about what media I exposed myself to.)

Hooray for RPS! I can't wait to buy my copy.

Sheila, good luck with the costumes.

Okay, I need to go do the dishes or something.

Kathy So, I finally put in my pre order and went to the WB site to get my t-shirt for the opening. It's almost here!

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Chemyst - Jul 7, 2007 6:46 am (#106 of 2984)

Sometimes a kid just needs a champion.
Aw, that story about the pipsqueak getting a champion was so heartwarming!

Painting Sheila, I love the Choice(s') of Professor Palette, and the painting avatar really helps. I suppose I had started to think of you as "Costuming Sheila."

There are so many things these days that you really can't blame the kids for…
. . .   Yesterday I heard an "expert" seriously blaming it on Mr. Rodgers. (1928-2003 – A legend in Children's TV). He said parents have been led to believe that good parenting means making the child feel good about himself with Rodger's tag line: "You've made this day a special day just by being you. You are the only person like you in this whole world. And people can like you just because you're you." He said today's kids are being raised to feel they are entitled to have people like them just because they exist.
… … … I guess that is the opposite of James Potter's philosophy for Snape.

Our local Walmart began putting out the "Back to School" display this past Thursday. Short summer!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 7, 2007 7:07 am (#107 of 2984)

Our local Walmart began putting out the "Back to School" display this past Thursday. Short summer! ~ Chemyst
My eyes, they burn!! NO! Don't show me such things yet!

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Good Evans - Jul 7, 2007 8:10 am (#108 of 2984)

just sneaking in to say hello - I am playing hookey from my final assignment - dull work! ah well best get back to it

**waves to everyone** continued hugs to Mandy and charms to all who need them!

Julie x

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Lilly P - Jul 7, 2007 8:12 am (#109 of 2984)

Landed safely in CT, on a dead run for the shower and then to the BBQ, (((Mandy))) (((Soli))), got to run, talk to you all soon.

Jamie

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 7, 2007 8:21 am (#110 of 2984)

Lilly, where in CT? I am in the Valley-Shore area. Chester! waves**

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legolas returns - Jul 7, 2007 10:10 am (#111 of 2984)

Off to a BBQ tonight. Its too early for crow (its not the 21st) so I have made a nice marinade for my chicken containing Lemon/Thyme/Garlic and Olive Oil. It will probably be great with crow too when the time comes.

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Solitaire - Jul 7, 2007 10:50 am (#112 of 2984)

Our local Walmart began putting out the "Back to School" display this past Thursday.

Blasphemy! I do not want to think about the "S Word" yet! I know for a fact that Elanor does not want to hear or read it! LOL This kind of thing reminds me of local stores that put wool suits and heavy winter clothing out when the weather is 118 F. in the shade. Who wants to try it on? Not me!

Tomorrow is going to be a hard day for us all. It will be the 2nd anniversary of my dad's death. I'm a bit worried about Mom. She has had kind of a full plate lately, and though her spirits are generally good, I know tomorrow will be rough. Please send all the cheering charms you can spare.

Legolas ... why are you looking for crow recipes? Just wondering ...

Well, the weather report has been amended ... no 109 F. today. It should be a balmy 102 ... MUCH cooler!

Solitaire

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Denise P. - Jul 7, 2007 12:16 pm (#113 of 2984)

If we were still in TN, we would have just about a month before school starts again. As it is, we have almost 2 months still.

I got to meet James today! (Ch Felicity's Diamond Jim - Westminster 2007 winner) He was at class being the demo dog. Beautiful, beautiful boy who graciously allowed me to pet him.

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Puck - Jul 7, 2007 12:31 pm (#114 of 2984)

Well, my plan to sneak the kids off to see a movie while Baby was sleeping failed. Hubby decided today was a good day to finally start cleaning out the basement, and I got drafted to help. As I've been wanting this chore done, I felt inclined to help. If we find the workshop, then perhaps that pile of wood will actually turn into a dresser for my children!

Wondering if I can have an early dinner and then take the kids to the 7pm show while hubby puts baby to bed.

Hugs and Strengthening charms to Solitaire, her Mom, and the rest of the family.

Kathy

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Tazzygirl - Jul 7, 2007 1:26 pm (#115 of 2984)

**HUGS** to Mandy- I hope today is a better day for you!

I'm so tired! I am still having problems sleeping- I'll get one good night's sleep maybe once a week, and then the rest of the time I'm up until really late and then tossing and turning. If I didn't work today, I'm sure I'd be back in bed right now.

**scourgify** charms to your basement, Puck!

**HUGS** to Soli and her family!

I'm kind of scared of getting DH spoiled. About half my co-workers will be reading the book when it comes out, which means we'll all be finishing it at different times. I have the potential of overhearing people discuss the ending, or worse yet, someone actually asking me what I thought about it and I didn't get the chance to say "I haven't gotten to that part yet!" I wanted to take my time reading the book, but now I'm thinking for safety's sake I might read like I normally do and then go back and do a more leisurely read, like I did for HBP. And I fully intend to have the tv, computer, and radio off during the time I'm reading!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina


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Choices - Jul 7, 2007 3:23 pm (#116 of 2984)

Tazzy, have you ever tried something like Tylenol PM? I take one every night about 30 minutes before I go to bed and I sleep like a log, but am not groggy in the morning. I get the WalMart brand and just take one a night (you can take two) - it is non-habit forming and works wonders for me. I'll send a good sleeping charm your way just in case. :-)

Cheering charms to Soli and her family.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Love and (((hugs))) to all.

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azi - Jul 7, 2007 3:30 pm (#117 of 2984)

**bighugs** to Mandy and Soli!

Proper time sleeping charms, Tazzy! Apparently, it's sometimes good to stay awake all night for just one night to break the tossing and turning cycle.

Today I gave myself mild concussion by walking into a hanging pot. How silly!

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legolas returns - Jul 7, 2007 3:32 pm (#118 of 2984)

Solitare-Check out the characters admitting they are wrong thread.

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Ydnam96 - Jul 7, 2007 3:50 pm (#119 of 2984)

Thanks for the encouragement. I definitely hit a wall yesterday- but I think it was good. The people I work/live with think I'm crazy because I totally flipped out when Facilities Management came and took the A/C from my bedroom without telling me. I mean, anyone would be upset. But I was crying hysterically and super super mad. But, I got it all out and I'm feeling much better now. I also talked with my grandmother for over an hour last night and I think that was good for her. She wants to give me her wedding ring! Now, not when she dies. Odd I think, but if she wants to.

Soli, I am praying for your mom!

Kristina, you could also try some Melatonin. You can find it in the vitamin section at any store. Your body produces it to tell your body to go to sleep...so it isn't bad for you if you follow the instructions.

About the spoilers...maybe you should make a button that says (I have access to a button making machine- I could make you one- it only costs like a dollar) "I'm not done reading! NO SPOILERS PLEASE". I plan to sit down and read it all at once- locked up in my apartment so I won't be spoiled unless some jerk does what they did last time and drive by the store shouting "Dumbeldore's Dead". Silly Muggles.

Off to do laundry.

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Solitaire - Jul 7, 2007 5:23 pm (#120 of 2984)

LOL Legolas ... is it because now that the title has been changed, the content has gone back to the original idea?

Thanks for all the kind wishes and prayers, everyone. They are very much appreciated by us all. I just returned from Mom's. My sister and her youngest daughter & hubby have been with Mom most of the day. I was going to take her out to the grave to put down some flowers, but it is too hot right now. I think we will wait until tomorrow evening. Mom is definitely a bit low ... but I guess that is to be expected under normal circumstances and even more so after what Mom has been dealing with recently. I was really missing Dad last week, as I had a major decision to make and I needed his words of wisdom. Instead, I had to settle for my own wisdom ... not really a fair exchange.

Well, I managed to organize my kitchen drawers, cabinets, and pantry today, so I've been quite productive. I think I'll pat myself on the back and take a little nap!

(((((((((((Mandy))))))))))))) Hang in there. It gets a little easier after a while. Hm ... I think maybe I'll get some melatonin. I'm either not sleeping at all, or sleeping fitfully and wakefully when I do sleep. I could use a few dead-to-the-world nights. Good luck with the laundry! I need to tackle THAT next!

Solitaire

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Vox Gerbilis - Jul 7, 2007 5:48 pm (#121 of 2984)

Puck, you might as well be talking about my basement!

Soli, I'm sure it's a comfort to your mom to have such a devoted daughter. Virtual hugs to all of you.

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Holly T. - Jul 7, 2007 6:50 pm (#122 of 2984)

(((Mandy))) (((Solitaire and family)))

I was watching SS on TV Friday night so I could see the OotP commercials but then my friend called wanting me to take her to the ER since she'd gashed her head opening a folding table. Inch-long cut right in her eyebrow--the table leg actually glanced off her glasses so she's lucky she was wearing them. Anyway, off we went to the ER for the next four hours (most of that waiting). Then today she was still not feeling well (as would anyone with 10 stitches in their head) so I went over to her house (she is moving) to help her pack, etc. Finally came home to take a shower then went back to pick her up to go pick up her daughter (who has been visiting her grandparents) at the airport.

Then I picked up my daughter, who had been waiting patiently all day for me to get done (and ended up having to run errands with her dad) and we went to see "Ratatouille." Then we went to Home Depot to buy paint for her room so we can paint it while she's off visiting her grandparents. Unfortunately, our trip to Home Depot did not bring Tony Stewart good luck in the NASCAR. He crashed--with Denny Hamlin who is our other favorite driver, which is actually a good thing in one way only in that now I don't feel like watching the rest of the race and can help daughter pack.

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Lavandula - Jul 7, 2007 7:33 pm (#123 of 2984)

(((Soli and Mom))) (((Mandy))))

Kristina and Soli- I have had excellent/safe results using Melatonin with my two children. It was recommended to them by their doctors since they each have trouble sleeping. Little guy has ADD/ADHD and his medication makes it difficult for him to sleep. He actually asks for the melatonin to help him fall asleep. No groggy feeling in the morning and not habit forming.

Little guy is off to church camp tomorrow after a church dinner for lunch and then a baseball tournament game. It will be quite a busy day especially since the camp is 2 hours away. Projects will hopefully get done this week as well as some scrapbooking. Oh and Darling Daughter and I have our tickets to the midnight showing of OotP. Can't wait.

I ordered t-shirts from WB also for daughter and myself. I hope they arrive by the movie.

**Puts hand over ears singing la la la la la** to the Walmart school display. Can't do it...Can't do it...Can't do it...

Have a great ROTN everyone!

Cathy

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painting sheila - Jul 7, 2007 7:44 pm (#124 of 2984)

Hi every one - I did it!! I got through the first day of costuming and only wanted to kill 2 . . . well, maybe 3 people. wOOt!!

It all went pretty well. I had two people that volunteered to help me - they were angels!! My "assistant" was a no show. Not a good sign. (sigh)

I went by Barnes and Noble to make sure my books were still ordered - they are. Yeah! And they gave me a Hogwarts pin. Pretty cool! I guess they had just came in since the girls behind the counter were just getting them and handing them out - It's round and has all the houses on it. Tazzy - do you have one?

I can't remember who made the comment about me having the painting in my avatar because they were beginning to think of me as "Costuming Sheila" . . . . .You know, you are right! I started thinking what the last thing I painted was, and I can't remember. How sad is that!! I am painting a ship next week for our pool's summer sports team banquet. We do this big party for the tennis, swim, and dive teams. It's so fun! The theme is . . . (Pirates). It's a secret! I am turning the diving board into the plank for walking the plank and painting the ship on fabric to curve around it. There will be port holes for the kids to stick their faces through for pictures. The mast is going to be "broken" and leaning against the fence of the tennis courts with the sail hanging down inside. That's where we will show the end of the year slide show - always a tear jerker! It should be fun. Painting planks on the side of a ship isn't much of a stretch artistically - but it will get a brush back in my hands! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

OH! And I bought trim to go on my robe. A really pretty gold braid with a funky shaped flat design and then a smaller gold braid that has green flecks in the gold - it sounds strange but I think they will look good together. I bought a Sorcerror's hat at the costume shop when I got my robe. It's dull gray - so I think I will spray paint it different colors and fleck it with paint. I may look tacky but if it doesn't turn out right, I will just got to plan B.

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Mediwitch - Jul 7, 2007 8:16 pm (#125 of 2984)

*writing charms* to RPS, *patience charms* to sheila, *cheering charms* to Soli, *sleeping charms* to Tazzy, *healing charms* to azi, and (((Mandy)))! (Whew - did I get everyone?)

Oh no, Sheila! I can't believe your assistant didn't show up!

Well, we FINALLY finished putting all the conduit in the ditch - 800' is a loooong way! And the builder's crew was there, and put the doors and windows in the mudroom and sided it (except the end where the garage will be built). AND we met with the builder who we hope will build the garage and porch. AND we went on an fire/ambulance call for a motorcycle v. car accident. AND we took Mr. Mediwitch out to dinner at the Dakota for his birthday. I am SOOO !

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Lilly P - Jul 7, 2007 8:30 pm (#126 of 2984)

Mrs. Sirius, I'm visiting the Waterford/New London area, but am leaving at 5am to get to Bradley Airport and go home tomorrow, I would have loved to meet some of the CT forumers, but alas... earwax. Maybe next visit. It was a great BBQ, so great in fact that Mr P is still there! he is going to be soooo tired on the plane ride tomorrow and he has a lot of "homework" to do on the plane for work! So I'm off to bed to get about 4 hours of sleep! Talk to you all when I get home!

Jamie

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 7, 2007 9:39 pm (#127 of 2984)

Hugs and strengthening charms to ((Solitaire)) and ((Mandy)). Hang in there.

Hubby and I must attend a wake tomorrow - for a 16 y.o.

My "assistant" was a no show. Not a good sign. (sigh) ~ Sheila
That is not good.

What happened to your avatar, Lilly P? Have a safe trip.

Kristina, love your pic.

***waves to GEJulie, kaykay and my almost-Hungarian friend*** (I miss our chats. **pouty face**)

Maria

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Stephanie M. - Jul 7, 2007 9:47 pm (#128 of 2984)

I'm so sorry about the wake for the 16 year old, Maria!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 7, 2007 11:49 pm (#129 of 2984)

Thanks for all the charms and sleeping suggestions. I'm getting to the point where I am willing to try Melatonin or Tylenol PM (my brother has been telling me to try Melatonin, as he uses it all the time). Azi- tonight might be the night where I am purposely up until really late, as when my store closes tonight, a bunch of us are going to the beach for a BBQ. I got off work at 8, and the store closes at 10. Should be fun!

Sheila- I haven't seen any HP pins at work. I'll have to check tomorrow. I do know we have wands and Harry's glasses stored in the back for the release night.

Mandy- that pin idea is great! I think I'll be okay- there are a couple people at work that feel the same way I do.

**cheering charms** to Soli, and to Maria. That's so sad about the 16 y.o.!

Off to get ready for the BBQ.

~Kristina

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Elanor - Jul 8, 2007 1:18 am (#130 of 2984)

I have just read the sad news Kip has posted on Jo's thread and would like to offer my condolences to S.E. Jones and her family.
((((((hugs)))))) and prayers sent your way Sarah.

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Steve Newton - Jul 8, 2007 2:58 am (#131 of 2984)

S.E. very sad to hear your bad news. I wish you well.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 8, 2007 5:34 am (#132 of 2984)

Prayers and condolences sent your way, ((S.E.))

Thank you, Kip for alerting us.

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painting sheila - Jul 8, 2007 5:53 am (#133 of 2984)

((((((((S.E.)))))))) You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Yes. Thank you Kip.

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Jenniffler - Jul 8, 2007 6:28 am (#134 of 2984)

(((S.E. Jones))) Condolences to you and your loved ones.

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jose043 - Jul 8, 2007 6:58 am (#135 of 2984)

Deepest Sympathy to S. E. Jones on the loss of your father.

Sleeping charms to all that need them.

Solitaire you & Your Mum are in our thoughts hope you are not to hot.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 8, 2007 7:48 am (#136 of 2984)

Prayers and healing charms to you and your loved ones, S. E. Jones.

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Ydnam96 - Jul 8, 2007 7:56 am (#137 of 2984)

S.E. Jones- I am so sorry. I can't imagine...you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Good Evans - Jul 8, 2007 8:09 am (#138 of 2984)

more hugs to Mandy and Soli!!! Sarah (SE Jones), I am so sorry to hear about your father - you remain in my thoughts and prayers, it must have been a dreadful shock.

Maria - sorry to hear about the wake you are attending - always so hard when it is a youngster. I miss our chats too, I haven't been in there for weeks, just another couple of weeks and I get my life back! And hopefully my forum time!

I have a council round this week - including our annual reception, we are off to the Royal courts of justice - I haven't been there before (I'm not sure if that is a good thing !! ) so I am looking forward to it. However the back to back meetings mean that I shall be exhausted come tuesday night!

the mens tennis final (wimbledon) is on at the moment - excellent match - I have no idea who is going to win this - the standard is excellent

have a lovely rest of the day all

J x

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Choices - Jul 8, 2007 8:55 am (#139 of 2984)

(((Hugs))) and thoughts and prayers to S.E. and the Jones family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

I hope everyone has a good Sunday - take care - (((Hugs))) and love to all.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 8, 2007 9:41 am (#140 of 2984)

S.E., I am sorry to hear about the death of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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Solitaire - Jul 8, 2007 9:42 am (#141 of 2984)

Thank you so much to everyone for your prayers and thoughts. I am doing pretty well at the moment. I don't know how things will go, though, when I see Mom today. Yesterday at Mom's, my niece asked how my dad and mom met, and Mom proceeded to tell her that ... and a few other funnies. Then Sis and I joined in with all of the funny "grandpa" stories we knew. We also used a lot of funny phrases Dad used to say, and I guess we all felt a little "silly-sad" afterwards--a few tears, a lot of laughs and giggles. But it is fun to remember, because my dad was quite a character!

((((SE Jones)))) I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

(((((Mandy)))))) Hang in there. I hope you and your dad are doing better.

Solitaire

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Holly T. - Jul 8, 2007 9:51 am (#142 of 2984)

((((S.E. Jones))) Prayers for you and your family.

Maria, sad news about the 16-year-old.

I am supposed be cleaning out closets. I think I am going to eat lunch and read HBP for a while and then tackle the closets.

Sheila, the pirate party sounds awesome! Great props.

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Choices - Jul 8, 2007 9:53 am (#143 of 2984)

Those we love never really leave us....they live on in our hearts and memories. Sounds like you had a lovely time of remembrance, Soli. (((hugs)))

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Tazzygirl - Jul 8, 2007 9:55 am (#144 of 2984)

((((HUGS)))) to S.E. and her family! I am so sorry for your loss!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Jul 8, 2007 10:36 am (#145 of 2984)

Choices, thanks. I think it helps to talk over loved ones who have left us--it keeps the spirit alive in our memories. I know we did this a couple of days before my dad's memorial. Several close friends and family got together and we talked with my mom's pastor and the other man who was officiating. We all gave special memories and stories, and they were sprinkled throughout the eulogy. There were as many giggles as tears at my dad's memorial. He loved life so very much, and I think he must have liked how we remembered him.

Solitaire

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legolas returns - Jul 8, 2007 10:47 am (#146 of 2984)

((((S.E Jones))))

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Anna L. Black - Jul 8, 2007 10:48 am (#147 of 2984)

Sarah, I'm so sorry, many ((((((hugs)))))) to you and your family.

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DJ Evans - Jul 8, 2007 11:03 am (#148 of 2984)

Sarah, I was so sad to hear about your Dad. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family right now & in the days to come.

***waves to everyone!***

Later, Deb

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I Am Used Vlad - Jul 8, 2007 11:12 am (#149 of 2984)

((((S.E.))))

I've never watched Gene Simmons' new show, but the one in which he turned British School children into a rock band was funny. He called one of the kids Dudders. Harry Potter fan?

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Mediwitch - Jul 8, 2007 12:02 pm (#150 of 2984)

(((((Sarah))))) I lost my dad 14 years ago; Choices and Dumbledore are right - those we love don't ever leave us. May you be able to find peace, joy, and healing in all your wonderful memories too. (Like Solitaire!)
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The giant squid - Jul 8, 2007 12:56 pm (#151 of 2984)

(((Sarah)))

I admit I've gotten hooked on the Gene Simmons reality show ("Gene Simmons' Family Jewels"). It's just hilarious how normal his kids are, and how little they put up with his "rock star" attitude.

I had an almost cool moment last night. One of the theaters I service got their digital print & code key for OotP so we went in at 1AM to "screen" it. Unfortunately, the key is date coded and won't work until Monday. So I guess we'll be going in after closing on Monday to watch it--I still get to see it before the masses!

--Mike

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painting sheila - Jul 8, 2007 1:25 pm (#152 of 2984)

Mike - Can I come? Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

I got very excited reading the paper today - it had the movie listed already in the entertainment section. Yeay!!

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azi - Jul 8, 2007 1:36 pm (#153 of 2984)

**hugs** SE Jones!

Continued hugs also to Soli and Mandy.

Those Gene Simmons episodes were quite good. I Am Used Vlad - was it the posh school or state school one you watched? I very much enjoyed his shock at the difference between the two.

Went to a steam rally today. There was a guy doing a balancing act on top of a very tall mast. Could barely watch!

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Lina - Jul 8, 2007 2:23 pm (#154 of 2984)

Condolences and hugs to Sarah. My Dad went so suddenly too. I always comfort myself that it was better than if he were suffering too much.

Soli, that is a good thing to remember your Dad in any occasion, it might be sad, but it keeps him close.

Hugs to everyone else. I miss you too, people. But I got the OotP game and it is very addicting. A very good thing to get prepared for the HP weekend. The movie is not coming until 19th here. And we are going to Zagreb on 20th for a book release. So we decided to see the movie there. It will make the waiting for the book (1 a. m.) easier.

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Puck - Jul 8, 2007 2:39 pm (#155 of 2984)

((Sarah))

Azi, hope your head feels better. Ouch!

Holly, my Little One is loving your avatar. Everytime it pops up she yells, "Mama, Mouse!"

Last night I took the older two to see Ratatouille. It was cute. We went to the town beach this afternoon, until storm clouds sent us home. It seems to have cleared. I want to cook outside, so I'm hoping that continues.

Time to make dinner, Kathy

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 8, 2007 2:44 pm (#156 of 2984)

My thoughts are with you Sarah. I am sorry for your loss. LPO

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painting sheila - Jul 8, 2007 2:51 pm (#157 of 2984)

Lina - How pretty! It looks like a double rainbow.

I just noticed on my home page that we are supposed to have thunder storms today, tomorrow, and Tuesday. The yard needs it and it will be a good reason to stay home - but it had better not be raining while we are in line for the movie!

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Denise P. - Jul 8, 2007 2:52 pm (#158 of 2984)

I would like to go see Ratatouille with the kids. I may have to try a morning show this week.

****waves wildly to someone who felt ignored**** Hi! Hi!

I watched a bit of SS the other night on the Family Channel...awww...they looked so young and cute!!

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2BMcsmom - Jul 8, 2007 3:21 pm (#159 of 2984)

Hello Everyone. Since I have not been on the computer at all in over a month I hit the magic button. ((Hugs)) to all that need them. And Congratulations to others.

Some one told me yesterday that they had seen/heard that the last word of the book had been changed from scar. I have not seen anything on this. Do any of you know about this?

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Catherine - Jul 8, 2007 3:29 pm (#160 of 2984)

I would like to go see Ratatouille with the kids. I may have to try a morning show this week.

****waves wildly to someone who felt ignored**** Hi! Hi!

I watched a bit of SS the other night on the Family Channel...awww...they looked so young and cute!! –Denise


Ooh, our family really enjoyed Ratatouille--we did a morning show as well at our new movie theater, and had a great time.

Also waves to that special someone.

We've had a "Very Harry" weekend--we watched ABC Family and watched the movies, and Hayley insisted on watching Azkaban this morning, and we let her. I neglected to mention to Mr. Catherine that it is showing tonight as well! I may even have the house to myself to watch it--Mr. Catherine promised our two ladies that he would "camp out" in the back yard with them tonight.

As for me, I think roughing it is staying in a hotel without internet, so I will be safely ensconced indoors with the shih-tzus and Alan Rickman and Gary Oldman (neglects to mention Lupin's 'stache for obvious reasons...)

Oh, and about JKR changing the word scar, it does appear that it is no longer the final word, merely close to the end. She just loves to tease us.

**waves to everyone**

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 8, 2007 5:17 pm (#161 of 2984)

Hmmm. My ears feel lukewarm.

I saw Ratatouille and I was bored witless. I remember thinking, "This is sooooo unrealistic." I know, I know, it's indefensible, but it's what I thought at the time.

(neglects to mention Lupin's 'stache for obvious reasons...)---Catherine
Do we know if he's sporting it for OotP?

I know it's been around forever, but I just discovered Whose Line is it Anyway? with Drew Carey and assorted panelists ***gets a little weak in the knees over Wayne Brady***. Does anyone here watch it? I think my favorite is Props.

Thanks for the 'hello' Lina. How's Kate's shooting going?

We finished up a very successful first year of homeschooling ***waves to Chemyst*** and now we're enjoying the lovely weather and a free schedule. I particularly enjoy not 'having' to drive anywhere for the summer.

It's been a while since I've tried to type anything this long on the computer and I have to say it's a lot more difficult with a ginormous cat trying to squeeze in between the keyboard and the monitor. One of the cat's ears is draped across the email and homepage buttons. They're very big ears.

I still haven't reserved a copy of DH. Am I the only one?

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Lilly P - Jul 8, 2007 5:20 pm (#162 of 2984)

I'm back from the marathon race to CT. Safe and sound if not a little wrung out. Many, many hugs to Soli, words can't suffice.

I will have to sort out what happened to my avatar, my star is also gone so my subscription just probably ran out. Anyway, I will post again tomorrow when I can actually think in complete sentences.

Jamie

edit to say that I figured out the membership thing (obviously).

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boop - Jul 8, 2007 5:25 pm (#163 of 2984)

Sarah (((HUGS))) to you and your family for your loss.

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Catherine - Jul 8, 2007 5:32 pm (#164 of 2984)

I saw Ratatouille and I was bored witless. I remember thinking, "This is sooooo unrealistic." I know, I know, it's indefensible, but it's what I thought at the time.

I'm just not going to step into that Village.

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Denise P. - Jul 8, 2007 5:38 pm (#165 of 2984)

Ohhh...The Village is fighting words!

Kim, the only reason I have DH reserved is because Loopy and I are meeting (neener, neener, neener) at a bookstore so I may as well reserve one. I actually plan to reserve a second one at Books a Million for Mr. Denise. I won't let him read my good books because he tends to break bindings and dogear pages.

I got some actual pork ears today at the grocery store...as in not dried or anything.. as well as pork knuckles. The kids watched in horrified fascination as I unpacked it and put it into individual servings for the dog. They did like to feel the ear and commented on what a big pig it was (which prompted singing the Lion King big pig song...You can be a big pig too!)

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 8, 2007 5:43 pm (#166 of 2984)

I'm just not going to step into that Village.---Catherine
LOL (I still like it. )

(neener, neener, neener)---Denise P.
Neener? NEENER? What playground are you typing from, anyway?

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Solitaire - Jul 8, 2007 7:01 pm (#167 of 2984)

Um ... Azi, what's a steam rally? It sounds hot!

LOL, Kim. Long time, no see!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 8, 2007 7:14 pm (#168 of 2984)

Maybe I've missed any posts but we happened across a special that is on A&E channel right now entitled "The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter". I couldn't believe when Steve V. came up on the screen! Way to go, Steve!

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Chemyst - Jul 8, 2007 7:16 pm (#169 of 2984)

My ears feel lukewarm.  

As well they should! People who have assumed room temperature ought not be posting here. That would just be too morbid.

Nope. I haven't reserved DH. Partly because the two nearest places that are selling it are both grocery stores and they don't take reservations– but they do match the discount prices and sell chocolate. And also because – unlike Nintendo – Scholastic actually believes in trying to have enough product available to meet consumer demands.

Lina, if it is any consolation, your 1 A.M. still comes before my midnight. Have a great time in Zagreb.

Azi already 'splained a steam rally on the YKYAHPLF thread.

((Sarah))

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Kip Carter - Jul 8, 2007 8:10 pm (#170 of 2984)

HungarianHorntail11, I just finished watching the program of A&E and I felt that Steve did a great job. A few weeks ago, he was approached by the producers of the program about being a part of it. They flew him out to Los Angeles one weekend and did the taping along with John Grainger. (Remember John and Steve co-authored a book on Harry Potter.) When I talked with him earlier today, he was not sure how much of what he did would be a part of the program. I felt that it was too late to call him tonight, but I am sure that he should be quite satisfied with what happened. This will be rerun on A&E a few more times for those who missed it. Enough said!

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 8, 2007 8:12 pm (#171 of 2984)

I saw it too HH11. At least part of it. I missed the first 15 minutes. It was really good. I checked on the "What's New" in the Lexicon and Steve mentions it. It was also on the Leaky Cauldron. They have a whole list of appearances of all things Harry. A lot of it is the interviews the OoP actors are doing. LPO

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 8, 2007 8:17 pm (#172 of 2984)

I just watched it, too.I thought he did an excellent job. Hey - it made me proud to be a member of The Lexicon    I am so much more excited about the 5th movie now. Quite a lot of footage was shown. What did Daniel Radcliffe refer to Umbridge as, The big pink spider?

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Kip Carter - Jul 8, 2007 8:20 pm (#173 of 2984)

I had not mentioned this A&E program on the Forum because Steve did not really know how what he had related would be use, if it was used. When you looked at the Show Details on A&E, the promo never mentions Steve or John; therefore I did not want to post it here and get everyone's hopes up and then find that his part had been edited out.

Now that I have seen it, I feel each of you would benefit from taking the time and see it. Here are some brief details:


Harry Potter: The Hidden Secrets®️

Rated: TVPG
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Genre: Closed Captions: Yes

Upcoming Airings:
Monday, July 09 @ 2am/1C
Thursday, July 12 @ 11pm/10C
Friday, July 13 @ 3am/2C
Saturday, July 14 @ 2pm/1C
Sunday, July 15 @ 3pm/2C

Added Edit at 11:30 pm EDT: Yes, the next showing is only 150 minutes from now. (2 1/2 hours)

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 8, 2007 8:31 pm (#174 of 2984)

Thanks for the listings, Kip. I certainly want to rewatch being that my young ones were not quiet enough to suit me.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 8, 2007 8:33 pm (#175 of 2984)

Thanks Kip. I want to watch it and see the whole thing! LPO

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 8, 2007 8:38 pm (#176 of 2984)

That makes sense, Kip. Quite frankly, I'm glad I didn't overlook it. I do try to keep up with the threads w/o hitting the magic button and would have been disappointed to have missed an announcement for it.

I agree in that he did a terrific job. His comments were right on target. Madame Pomfrey, he did do his thread proud, didn't he.

Thanks for the airing information, Kip! HH13 and soon to join HH12 (I think that will be her ID) did not get to watch but we will get another chance on Saturday, I see.

LOL about the big pink spider - I heard that too! Hmmm, I wonder if he's heard of RPS?

Once again, way to go and Congratulations, Steve!!

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painting sheila - Jul 8, 2007 8:43 pm (#177 of 2984)

I am settin' up the TeVo right now . . ..

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Tazzygirl - Jul 8, 2007 8:43 pm (#178 of 2984)

When I saw Maria's post about the A&E thing, I immediately flipped to the channel to see if I had missed it. Nope! Have an hour and a half more, and I'll get to watch it! Whoo-hoo! Thanks for the info, Kip!

I think last night's impromptu BBQ (where I didn't get home until 1 A.M.) helped me to start getting back on my normal night time routine. I really want to take a nap now, but I'm trying really hard in waiting a couple hours. sheesh.

Weird day at work- lady wanted a cinnamon scone, I first gave her a cinnamon roll. She gave it back, correcting me. I apologized, and then handed her a chocolate chip scone. I think today was just not my day- little things that I normally have no problem doing were really complicated.

Off to do laundry. yippee!

~Kristina

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 8, 2007 8:45 pm (#179 of 2984)

Lol, I thought of RPS, too! Congratulations, Steve! Well done!

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Lavandula - Jul 8, 2007 8:56 pm (#180 of 2984)

Great to see you Steve! Job well done!

I thought of RPS as well.

(((Sarah))

Cathy

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Round Pink Spider - Jul 8, 2007 9:19 pm (#181 of 2984)

((((Sarah)))) I lost my dad quite suddenly some years ago, from a hemorhaggic stroke (burst blood vessel in the brain). My thoughts and prayers go with you.

What did Daniel Radcliffe refer to Umbridge as The big pink spider?

I RESENT THAT REMARK! I am nothing like Umbridge! I don't even OWN a fluffy pink cardigan!!!

LOL about the big pink spider - I heard that too! Hmmm, I wonder if he's heard of RPS?

Obviously not. Maybe he was thinking of a pink version of Aragog.

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kaykay1970 - Jul 8, 2007 9:52 pm (#182 of 2984)

Hugs to ((Sarah)) and family. My family will keep you in our prayers.

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Solitaire - Jul 8, 2007 9:52 pm (#183 of 2984)

I don't know why he called her a big pink spider. I'd have called her ... a BIG PINK TOAD!!!

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Ydnam96 - Jul 8, 2007 10:01 pm (#184 of 2984)

Kip, do you know if we would be able to see it if we don't have cable: if they would be selling copies or if there is a way to watch online?

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Solitaire - Jul 8, 2007 10:09 pm (#185 of 2984)

Mandy, it's on A&E. You can almost always buy a video or DVD of their shows. I am going to try and tape it ... so I'll get the info for you, if it is given.

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geauxtigers - Jul 8, 2007 10:25 pm (#186 of 2984)

I almost hit the magic button on this thread, but I'm glad I didn't! I'd have missed Kip's post! It comes on in about half an hour, so I'll be watching! Very cool!

Sorry to hear about your dad, Sarah.

Its less than 48 hours until the movie! And just less than 12 days until the book! I'm getting super excited!!!!

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Snuffles - Jul 9, 2007 12:52 am (#187 of 2984)

Phew, so many posts. I'm sorry but I had to skim

Congrats to Kaye on your 3 new arrivals

(((((S.E.Jones))))), so sorry to hear about your dad.

Azi, I hope your head is feeling better!

(((Soli))))

Lina, I love your new avatar. Is it taken from your bedroom window?

I don't think we get A&E here.

My cinema tickets have been booked for Thursday night I am going with my SIL and niece. It's a tradition for us to see it together. My niece insists on sitting next to me so she can ask any questions that may arise while watching!

I have sorted through my clothes for my holiday. I told hubby on Saturday that when we went into town, I only needed a new bikini. He was extremely pleased. I did come back with a bikini, but also a new pair of sunglasses, 2 tops, a pair of shorts and some summery make up! Oh well!  

*cheering charms, hugs and Felix Felicis* to all those in need.

Hope everyone has a good Monday.

Julie

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Lina - Jul 9, 2007 1:34 am (#188 of 2984)

Sheila, I don't know what you exactly meant by "double rainbow", but it actually was a double rainbow. If you look carefully, you will see a pale one outside of the bright one. I couldn't get the whole rainbow from one window, so I had to make it in two parts. LOL, Julie (Snuffles), the left part of the avatar is taken from the kids' room and the right part from the living room.

You're welcome, Kim, anytime. I'm glad your homeschooling was successful. Is that the reason you weren't here almost at all? Kate's shooting is going just fine, thanks, not too good and not too bad. I think she is moving to the elder category next year, so we will see how will this affect her.

Chemyst, thanks for the consolation. You don't have to fear me, I'm just not a fast reader, especially not in English, so many Americans will know the ending before me anyway. I meant to ask you before... What are those colors in your avatar meaning this time?

The only problem with the book release is that we are going to a vacation on 26th. This means that I will have to pack us all before the 20th because I don't know how much I will be able to accomplish when I'll have the book in my hands...

I'd never, NEVER compare our dear RPS with Umbridge. Naughty, naughty Daniel.

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Puck - Jul 9, 2007 3:29 am (#189 of 2984)

I fully intended to slip on head phones on at the store come midnight. Maria and Mediwitch will just have to forgive me for being rude.

I'm afraid to go downstairs. My kitty suddenly took quite ill this weekend. She never moved yesterday. I'm thinking it's not likely she made it through the night. (I have two, and this is the affectionate one. )

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Lavandula - Jul 9, 2007 4:25 am (#190 of 2984)

Healing Charms to the kitty, Puck!

Lina-I love the Rainbow! One would never know that English is not your first language. Your write better than others who do speak English!!!!! Sorry that it takes you so long to read.

I have watched the thermometer rise from 72.5 to 75.0 is just these last 15 minutes here. It will be a hot one today.

We took the little guy to church camp last night. He had to go late since his baseball team had a tournament game yesterday afternoon. If he had not been there, the team would have had to forfeit without enough players. They won! Now we have another game on Saturday morning when he is due to come home in the afternoon. What to do?

I'm off to walk early before it gets too hot-it's up to 75.2...75.6.

Have a great ROTD to all! Hugs and healing charms to all who need them.

Cathy

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painting sheila - Jul 9, 2007 6:18 am (#191 of 2984)

Lina = Yes - a double rainbow. You will be twice as lucky for seeing it!

Hubby and Daughter have gone hiking and then camping for the week. Just me'n mah boyz - wOOt!

I think this is going to be a crazy week - I hope I am wrong - but with the movie, swim meet, house managing, dive meet, and working the parking lot I may not have time to enjoy getting to sleep in the middle of the bed!

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The giant squid - Jul 9, 2007 6:25 am (#192 of 2984)

Heh...we came across the Harry Potter A&E special by accident (saw an ad during Gene Simmons' Family Jewels ). It was pretty good, and Steve's appearance was a pleasant surprise. I didn't really learn anything new, of course, but it was fun seeing how much the kids have changed over the years.

--Mike

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Denise P. - Jul 9, 2007 6:26 am (#193 of 2984)

I managed to watch the last 30 minutes (and Mr. Denise was unimpressed when I squealed "Look! It is Lexicon Steve!" or "Ohh, John! I like his books") Since it repeated at 2 am, I just set the Tivo to catch it so I can watch it from the beginning.

Ugh, my 10 year old is watching a show called My Super Sweet Sixteen. A show devoted to the excess of overly indulgent parents of bratlike 16 year old girls. Parent buys the child a car, who promptly throws a fit because she didn't want that car, it had the wrong interior and wrong color. Mom took it back and exchanged it. Brother and friend totaled the car within days and Mom bought a SECOND one! They bought a 16 year old snot a brand new Lexus! Hello...what is drastically wrong with this scenario? Time to block this channel

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Esther Rose - Jul 9, 2007 6:57 am (#194 of 2984)

Oh no! I missed it!! If anyone missed it like I did there are more airings this Thursday thru Sunday.

Smart idea Denise. I can only handle about 30 seconds of one of those shows before I a) start yelling at a kid that is not mine and cannot hear me, b) get out my wand and yell "riddidulus" (Truly these kids will become grownups and potentially reproduce which is incredibly scary), and c) have to change the channel for both my health and the health of my television set.

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Marie E. - Jul 9, 2007 7:26 am (#195 of 2984)

I spent all day Saturday at a friend's house watching all four HP movies. It quite literally is an all day event. It was very fun to comment on how young the kids looked in the earlier movies. Yesterday I went to another friend's house for her son's 4th birthday party. The party had a pirate theme. My friend even got an inflatable pirate ship swimming pool. Made me want to jump in as well.

Thanks for the heads up on the show, Kip! I'll get the TiVo fired up. I'm going to the midnight show tomorrow night and can hardly wait!

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Holly T. - Jul 9, 2007 7:31 am (#196 of 2984)

Kim, I wasn't so much bored at "Ratatouille" as grossed out, with all of the rats in the kitchen. Eww.

I saw the show on A&E last night! Good job Steve!

My husband was gone most of yesterday afternoon since he went to meet his parents and trade kids with them. They've had our son for a week and now they have our daughter for a week and a half. I spent the afternoon cleaning out her room since we're going to paint it while she's gone. Son came home, saw all of his sister's stuff piled everywhere, and asked if she was moving out, LOL.

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Ydnam96 - Jul 9, 2007 7:56 am (#197 of 2984)

Oh Puck, I'm so sorry about your kitty!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 9, 2007 7:59 am (#198 of 2984)

so many Americans will know the ending before me anyway---Lina
Especially if they cheat. ***looks in Denise's direction for no particular reason***

Denise, I'm shocked, shocked!, that that show was on in your home. First it's My Super Sweet Sixteen, next it's Date My Mom...can the fall of civilization be far behind?

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 9, 2007 8:04 am (#199 of 2984)

Denise and Kim I commend you on monitoring what your children watch. As as school teacher it is amazing to me how many times a child gets in trouble at school and the parents take the kids side instead of schools.

Too many Petunias and Vernons out there that are "astonishingly stupid" about their children. LPO

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 9, 2007 9:10 am (#200 of 2984)

Date My Mom????? Surely, you jest, Kim.

***waves to RPS***
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Round Pink Spider - Jul 9, 2007 9:14 am (#201 of 2984)

First it's My Super Sweet Sixteen, next it's Date My Mom...can the fall of civilization be far behind?

Bllllgggghh! Blecccch! Aaaaarrrrggggh! **falls to the ground gagging in disgust**

A nation of Paris Hiltons. Yup, poke us with a fork, I think we're done. Only one of many reasons we no longer get cable television.

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Denise P. - Jul 9, 2007 9:23 am (#202 of 2984)

There is actually a show called Date My Mom??!!? that is just sooo wrong, on so many levels!

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journeymom - Jul 9, 2007 9:55 am (#203 of 2984)

Condolences and hugs to Sarah and Family.

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Catherine - Jul 9, 2007 10:38 am (#204 of 2984)

Love the sarcastic avatar, Denise!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 9, 2007 11:11 am (#205 of 2984)

Do I need to explain Date My Mom? Let me see if I can do this in a G-rated format...Guy goes on 3 dates with 3 different moms of three prospective dates. Moms try to sell suitor on the 'charms' of their child. At end of show, big stretch limo shows up with tinted windows (let's keep that suspense going!) and the three moms line up outside the limo. The 'suitor' (remember the days when they showed up with flowers and held the door open for you?) then tells two moms why their child wasn't chosen (at which point we're treated to mom telling the suitor what they're missing out on and what a huge jerk the suitor is (remember, I'm G-rating this folks...let your imaginations run wild) and the mom's kid comes out of the van. At this point, we're treated to another cutaway where the suitor either sighs with relief (***insert insult about prospective date here) or curses his poor choice (insert vulgar commentary about the attractiveness of said date). Finally, the chosen person is revealed. Return to ***.

As a friend of mine said, "You know we're going downhill once they start building the colosseums."

Hey Denise, nice avatar, if you need that sort of thing.

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Puck - Jul 9, 2007 11:11 am (#206 of 2984)

Kitty made it through the night. I hopefully brought her to the vet, but she was too far gone. Kidney failure. I had her euthanized. I know it was the right decision, as I didn't want her going slowly and painfully. Still, so hard to say goodbye. I brought her home, and we'll be giving her a proper send off when Mr. Puck gets home from work.

Off to see if I can find The Tenth Good Thing about Barney. Pretty sure I have a copy somewhere.

Kathy

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azi - Jul 9, 2007 11:21 am (#207 of 2984)

**hugs** Puck!

Love your rainbow avatar, Lina! It's so well done you can only tell it's two pictures together by the angle of the rainbow.

My brother just had his car delivered. No, it isn't a Lexus, it's a 5 year old Fiat Punto.

**waves to everyone**

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Choices - Jul 9, 2007 11:43 am (#208 of 2984)

Hello all. Welcome to our new forum members.

Love the avatar Denise. LOL

I just bought tickets for tomorrow night at midnight. I can't wait to see this movie!

I watched the A&E show last night - way to go, Lexicon Steve. You did us proud! I hope to catch it again - some scenes go by so fast.

My Rottie, Raven, is so funny. My daughter is watching COS in the next room and Raven knows when the repotting Mandrakes scene is coming. She always gets up and goes in the next room and stands in front of the TV when she hears Madam Sprout's voice so she can bark at the Mandrakes when they squeal. It is hilarious!

Hope everyone is having a good Monday. Love and (((hugs))) to all.

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Catherine - Jul 9, 2007 11:52 am (#209 of 2984)

I just had the most amusing Potter experience!

I was driving along the main stretch in front of our local university and stopped at a stoplight. Next to me was a vehicle full of college-aged men waving and smiling at me!

One of them rolled down the window and said, "We love your license plate! Have you pre-ordered your book yet?" I yelled back, "I pre-ordered two!"

Hayley was in the car, and said, "Too bad they weren't waving at you because they think you're hot."

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Marie E. - Jul 9, 2007 11:53 am (#210 of 2984)

Ah, kids! Gotta love 'em, right?

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Holly T. - Jul 9, 2007 12:01 pm (#211 of 2984)

LOL, Catherine.

(((Puck))) I'm so sorry about your kitty.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 9, 2007 12:47 pm (#212 of 2984)

(((Puck))) so sorry about kitty.

LOL, Denise, Kim and Catherine. With this chat thread, who needs cable?

EDIT: Healing charms, Esther!

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Esther Rose - Jul 9, 2007 12:53 pm (#213 of 2984)

Well,

when you are recovering from a major knee surgery (ACL reconstruction) you would like to think there was something somewhat halfway decent on t v.

No such luck. It's all hogwash. I ended up reading my HP books without interruption for two weeks straight.

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Choices - Jul 9, 2007 1:09 pm (#214 of 2984)

Healing charms to you Esther Rose. Those procedures are not fun. I worked in surgery for 17 years and we did mostly Orthopedic and Neuro surgery. I have seen lots of ACL Reconstructions done. Take care and get well soon! (((Hugs)))

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Snuffles - Jul 9, 2007 1:10 pm (#215 of 2984)

**healing charms** to Esther.

(((hugs))) to Kathy. You did the right thing. Poor kitty must have been in pain

Lol Catherine. Out of the mouth of babes.....

Off to check the threads...

Julie

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John Bumbledore - Jul 9, 2007 1:11 pm (#216 of 2984)

John Bumbledore...169 new posts...

The bully threw Littlest Guy's new transformer toy over the fence and, I think he threw his shoes over there too. Anyway, some other kids saw what was happening and tried to help Littlest Guy out. When they told the dad, the dad said, "I saw it all and my kid did nothing wrong." — Sheila

Sounds like the bully needs to be tossed of the team for the remainder of the season (or at least 5 meets). Or the bully and the Parent banned from attending future events (if it was another family member that was on the team).

That would be my call as a coach, since there were witnesses and the parent didn't acknowledged the wrong. Had the parent acknowledged their child's wrong, then I would only have them "sit the bench" for one game or meet (in addition to the parent's terms of punishment for the child.) That is pretty much based on the local recreation league policy.

By the way, congratulation on the win.

Some people's parents! If they'd been brought up to know right from wrong they wouldn't get in half the messes they do. — (Mike) The Giant Squid

I couldn't have said it better my self.  One of the many things I love about this forum is that most people who post here seem like really loving, caring parents and that is a joy to see. — Choices

most? Either I have you fooled or I need to work on it.

Local weather — Time: 2:42 pm Date: 7-9-07 Temp: 93° (our local Humidity is not listed but appears to be low, my estimate is 43%) — guess I'm "Baked not Fried." I wonder if this will lower my cholesterol levels? LOL

((((S.E. Jones)))) and ((((Mandy)))) and ((((Soli)))) and ((((other(s) as needed))))

... at the end and (4:14 pm · 7-9-07 91° ) cooling down, Yeah!

Edit to add: Wonderful double rainbow, Lina!

*Edited for spelling.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Choices - Jul 9, 2007 1:24 pm (#217 of 2984)

most? Either I have you fooled or I need to work on it.

LOL - I said "most" just because some don't mention their children much.

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Denise P. - Jul 9, 2007 1:42 pm (#218 of 2984)

And some of us mention them too much?

Catherine, how neat!

It is still almost 97F out and not expected to cool off much. I have a 3 mile run this evening with some ladies from my women's training program (which is completed but we are still meeting)

Tinsel has met Bitter Apple and she is not thrilled with the introduction. Tinsel, being a sporting dog, tends to be mouthy...as in she likes to mouth hands, legs...anything. Her favorite thing to mouth is Rhys (oops, mentioned a child...) one of the small people in the house. He has no natural defense since she weighs more than he does, he can't fight back and his shriek of outrage is an invitation. We have been working to get Tinsel to stop and now when she approaches him and goes to mouth him, we dart in and spray bitter apple in her mouth. If I leave the bottle out, she leaves him alone. It only took 2 sprays for her to learn she didn't really want it. Now...if we can get her to just leave him alone all the time. Everyone else fends her off if she gets too enthusiastic. We started with a clicker trainer this week so we have been doing that too.

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Solitaire - Jul 9, 2007 1:55 pm (#219 of 2984)

Healing Charms to Esther Rose!

((((((((Puck))))))) So sorry about kitty. I agree ... a proper send-off helps. I'll be thinking of you.

Good for you, Denise, on pulling the plug on Sweet 16. Yuck! Just what we need ... MORE spoiled, narcissistic teens on TV.

Well, my eyes are still a little fuzzy ...eye appointment this a.m., dilated pupils and all. Perhaps i should lie down and take a nap. Then my eyes will be "normal" when I wake!

Solitaire

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legolas returns - Jul 9, 2007 2:10 pm (#220 of 2984)

Why oh why do I do it every single year! Just before going on holiday I hide my Credit cards/other important security cards before leaving. When I get back I cant find/remember where I put them until I have cancelled them and ordered new cards. I am terrible I keep on loosing my cards. I once found a card under the bath mat-it must have been taking a shower. Why it was under there I will never know!

Are you going to be getting lazer correction on your eyes Solitare? Just wondering because I have never had the optician put stuff in my eyes that dilates pupils. My friend just had his eyes done and needed that done so that he could get his eye mapped. It wears off after a little while. He was looking forward to scaring small children on the way home from work. Hee hee.

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Solitaire - Jul 9, 2007 2:20 pm (#221 of 2984)

I've been having my eyes dilated every year since I was 6. I won't go into how many years that has been! Dilating the pupil allows my opthalmologist to examine my retinas and some other "eye issues" that have bothered me in the past. He also take photos of my eyes to check for any macular degeneration and other stuff. Did you know I nearly lost the sight in one eye back in 1981? Since then, I am very careful.

My recent diabetes diagnosis also makes very thorough eye screening and testing imperative. Blindness--specifically glaucoma--is a very real threat with diabetes. Diabetes left untreated can result in blindness. It was a point strongly driven home during my diabetes education. I listened.

Solitaire

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kabloink! - Jul 9, 2007 2:32 pm (#222 of 2984)

The eye doctor will dilate pupils so that they can get a better look at things inside the eye, especially the optic nerve. There are some people whose eyes dilate enough in the dark to see without the drops. Also, our doctors dilate just about everyone over a certain age, or who has any kind of blood sugar problem. It is not overly common for an eye doctor to drop someone with healthy eyes who have never had certain problems with their eyes. I don't deal at all with surgeries in my office, so I don't know much about that.

(((((HUGS)))))) to everyone who needs them.

Now I have to go yell at the cable company some more. They still haven't returned my money, and they've now cost me baseball tickets and may be about to cost me the ability to treat my niece to OoP at the local IMAX this weekend. THey don't want to see me if that happens...

Have a great day everyone!

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 9, 2007 2:33 pm (#223 of 2984)

There is actually a show called Date My Mom??!!? that is just sooo wrong, on so many levels! **shakes head**

Trust me you have nooo idea. Shows like this are precisely the reason I don't watch MTV anymore, that and I get tired of listening to **bleeeppp* every 2 seconds! I don't get it, it's MUSIC Television, what happened to the music??

I watched the A&E special last night at 1 in the morning. I thought it was really interesting! And there were a ton of new clips from OoP!! Tomorrow night people!!!

((Hugs to Kathy))

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legolas returns - Jul 9, 2007 2:43 pm (#224 of 2984)

You can never be too careful with your eyesight. I am really short sighted and so is my brother and many of my Aunts and uncles. My Dad lost an eye in a car crash years ago. So good sight has always been important.

I once had a choice of driving lessons/contact lenses. I chose vanity of course.

My optician is very good and I have twice yearly contact lenses checks as well as the usual yearly sight vtest. I particularly like the orange drops they use to check fit.

Got to wait till the 12th to see OOP.

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Lina - Jul 9, 2007 3:34 pm (#225 of 2984)

Thank you, Lavandula! I'm already used to people saying me that I write pretty good. That's thanks to the spell checker, to some kind forumers who bothered to help me learn more and to my daughter who discovered the chat room for me. But it is a good thing that you can't hear me talking. You could tell it is not my first language right away.

Wow, Azi, they make Fiat Puntos for the UK roads? I thought you drive only British cars.

((((Kathy)))) Sorry to hear about your cat.

*** waving to Maria *** just because.

Healing charms to Esther!

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 9, 2007 4:30 pm (#226 of 2984)

The BBC website published an article that Waterstones a UK book seller is requesting people to sign a petition asking Jo to continue with the series. They want to get a million votes before July 21. I went to the website but couldn't vote. I think the problem is my browse. There are some pretty funny names. Harry has even voted. Guess that means he lives. LPO

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kabloink! - Jul 9, 2007 4:34 pm (#227 of 2984)

My tribble has died. It used to vibrate and make funny chattering noises, then it stopped vibrating, now it has stopped chattering. Ian has just discovered how cool the tribble is-just before it died. I got it 3 years ago at the Star Trek Experience in Vegas-any idea where I might find a new one without going about 2,000 miles?

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 9, 2007 4:39 pm (#228 of 2984)

You might want to try Ebay, Kabloink.I usually find everything I need there. Hugs to everyone.

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Round Pink Spider - Jul 9, 2007 5:09 pm (#229 of 2984)

Why oh why do I do it every single year! Just before going on holiday I hide my Credit cards/other important security cards before leaving. When I get back I cant find/remember where I put them until I have cancelled them and ordered new cards. I am terrible I keep on loosing my cards. I once found a card under the bath mat-it must have been taking a shower. Why it was under there I will never know!

Umm... well, what if you write a note telling you where you put the cards (write "Under the mattress", for example), and stick it in your wallet when you go, so you can read the note when you get home? That way, your cards will be safe, the information will be with you but not worth anything to anyone who might steal it, and you'll know where the cards are when you get home.

Sorry about your kitty, Puck. (((hugs))) Two of our cats died of kidney failure -- sadly, it's a common way for cats to die.

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Puck - Jul 9, 2007 5:28 pm (#230 of 2984)

Thanks for all the hugs. It's been a hard day, but I'm sure tomorrow will be better.

Catherine, can you remind us what your license plate says?

My sister in law asked me something about visiting on the 21st. I told her I was going to be in seclusion taht day. She started to ask why, then it clicked. I guess she has a good friend who has similar plans.

Off to put kids to bed, fold some laundry, and read GoF. Then to bed. I'm quite drained.

Kathy

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Catherine - Jul 9, 2007 5:51 pm (#231 of 2984)

Puck, I am super sorry about the kitty.

Catherine, can you remind us what your license plate says?—Puck

It says "Oblivi8!" (= Obliviate!)

It is Mr. Catherine's cute attempt to explain why he does not remember basic things that I request, or how I conveniently "forget" to do things that I should not have to do like sending his Mum a Mother's Day card that he hasn't bought, for example....

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painting sheila - Jul 9, 2007 6:44 pm (#232 of 2984)

(((((Puck))))) I am so sorry about the kitty. Hugs to you and extra love to the remaining kitty. (sigh)

It's just me a Littlest Guy tonight. Oldest Son went to a friend's to watch all the HP movies in preparation for tomorrow night. (Don't cha just love it when they turn out right?!)

Daughter and Hubby are at Girl's Camp for church. She was begging her dad to help them sneak off and see the movie. It was a "no" when they left but they had a 4 hour drive so who knows.

I spoke with the producer of the outdoor drama today about the book release and how badly I wanted to go. I think it's a "no go". Sad days. I don't know what I will do now. Sorry ladies for letting you down - you all are going to have so much fun with out me. Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

What's up with not talking about our kids? Did I miss something?

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Mediwitch - Jul 9, 2007 6:47 pm (#233 of 2984)

I saw the A&E special last night, too. It was great to see Lexicon Steve and John Granger!

((((Puck)))) I lost my all-time favorite cat to kidney and heart failure about 8 years ago - I still miss him! But don't worry about the headphones - I'm just good at ignoring everything going on around me!

Denise, I love the new avatar! (That was not sarcastic, actually!) I've seriously considered getting a short that says the same thing.

LOL, Catherine! What a great story.

Maria: With this chat thread, who needs cable? Me, otherwise I'd be on dial-up! There's no DSL here. Why else do you think I spent two days putting 800' of conduit into a ditch at the new house? I want to get online and actually be able to move around between threads!

*Healing Charms* to Esther Rose. Be good to that knee!

Oh, Sheila! We will miss you!!! Sad

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Holly T. - Jul 9, 2007 7:17 pm (#234 of 2984)

Healing charms to Esther Rose!

Son and I went for a walk down to the creek tonight. He took his compass with him and every time we got to an intersection of the path we had to stop until he had decided which way we should go.

I react very very badly to having my eyes dilated and avoid it as much as I possibly can. I had it done every year from the time I was 8 until I was maybe 28 when it dawned on me that I could refuse to have it done. As long as I pass the other parts of the eye exam they let me go without having it done every single year. I do have it done every couple of years.

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The giant squid - Jul 9, 2007 7:30 pm (#235 of 2984)

Marie, what happened to your avatar? You'd better get that membership renewed before next Saturday...

any idea where I might find a new one without going about 2,000 miles?--kabloink!

Well, you could maybe find someone who lives in Vegas & would be willing to ship one for you. Now who do we know that lives there...?

--Mike

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Solitaire - Jul 9, 2007 8:05 pm (#236 of 2984)

New batteries didn't work on the poor little Tribble? Of course, a brand new one from LV would be even better!

Legolas, why not just take advantage of a safe deposit box at your bank? Put your cards and valuables there ... then pick them up when you get back home! BTW, I would love to have laser surgery on my eyes ... but I am chicken. I wore contacts for many, many years, until I had a mild eye injury back around 1996. After it healed, I was never able to get back into my gas perm hard lenses ... and I am unable to wear soft lenses because my eyes are too dry.

Ginny, I know what you mean about shows that BLEEP! every 2 seconds. I haven't watched Date My Mom, but I can't handle "reality shows" in general, because the language on so many of them just stinks. Why promote stupid people with limited vocabularies?

Mediwitch, I can't get DSL into this house, either ... although I know people in my neighborhood have it. I'm not sure what the problem is with my street! I'm just thankful for CABLE INTERNET! Otherwise, I'd still be operating at 48 kbps (I still have to do this when I am forced to use my desktop).

Okay, off to check the threads!

Solitaire

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geauxtigers - Jul 9, 2007 9:46 pm (#237 of 2984)

My skin is crawling. I've got so many mosquito bites that if one starts itching, suddenly my skin is crawling. Its taking a lot of self control not to scratch! Ahh! I hate those things!

MTV annoys me too. Room Raiders is probably the worst show in the world. Its revolting and rude.

Sorry to hear about your kitty, Puck. Thats always hard.

We are approaching the 24 hour mark!

Anyone watch the Home Run Derby? T'was a good one this year! I love watching them just hit them out of the park, its so cool!

I love the cable internet, we used to have it, now we have DSL and its been a lot of trouble. Cable is the fastest, DSL is pretty fast, but there are a lot more glitches with DSL. Some of yall may remember Peeves last year! LOL

Off to read, I need to finish OoP by tomorrow night!

Hope everyone is well!

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journeymom - Jul 9, 2007 10:40 pm (#238 of 2984)

When did Harrison Ford sign on for another Indiana Jones movie??

The man was my first movie star crush. I have been in love with him since 1977, was I was 11 y.o. Can this be any good? Got a heck of a cast, though.

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legolas returns - Jul 9, 2007 11:33 pm (#239 of 2984)

It was quite recently that he signed up. Movie also has Sean Connery-woot.

Never thought about using a safety deposit box Solitaire. It seems sensible and thats the reason I probably never thought about it. I am chicken about Lazer surgery too-what would happen if it went all wrong? Its a shame that your eyes are still dry. My brother went and they told him that the chances are that he would still need to wear glasses-he has multiple issues with his eyes. If I was told that I would still need to wear glasses I would not even bother. What would be the point of splashing the cash to only get improved vision? I could understand someone that was classified as nearly blind wanting the improvement when that would be an improvement to quality of life. I suppose I could just go for the free consultation to see how much better they thought that they could get my eyes.

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Solitaire - Jul 10, 2007 12:03 am (#240 of 2984)

Legolas, I am in the same laser boat, I think. I have astigmatism, and I am not sure they can address that. I would probably also need reading glasses ... but who knows? As long as I can see well with glasses, I feel like I should be grateful and wear them. So ... I do! As the surgery improves, I may change my mind in time. For now, I am getting quite a nice glasses wardrobe!

Well, late as it is, I must put the clothes in the dryer!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 10, 2007 12:29 am (#241 of 2984)

Steve was on the show a lot! I thought it was going to be a five second deal. Pretty neat!!

I'm so sorry about your kitty, Puck! **Hugs** to you and your family!

Choices- I just got back from picking my tickets up for tomorrow night as well! w00t!!!

LOL, Catherine!

Holly- you said a while ago that fluffy kitty was gone. Does that mean she has decided to stay under the shed permanently, or that she has died? (I meant to ask this awhile ago, but as usual forgot. )

**healing charms** to Esther Rose!

Legolas: Movie also has Sean Connery-woot.

I thought he didn't sign up to do another Indiana movie? I read an article on him a couple days (weeks?) ago where he said he would not be a part of the fourth Indian movie because he likes retirement too much... That would be awesome if he changed his mind!!

What is a tribbler?

I really loath MTV. Not a huge fan of VH1 either, but I do like the Pop Culture show that Vlad(?) tried out for a couple months ago. It just started up last night!

Off to pack- housesitting for a friend starting tomorrow, so I need everything packed up and ready to go so I can drop it off and then head to the movies right after work!

~Kristina

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Puck - Jul 10, 2007 3:35 am (#242 of 2984)

Shia LeBouf was interviewed last week, and he talked about it being great to work with Harrison Ford, so I guess he is in the movie. (Shia ia a break-out star from the Disney Channel. I heard him called the new Tom Hanks.)

My eye doctor wants to dilate my eyes, but hasn't because she wants an okay from my electrophysiologist (heart doctor) that it's okay. That one surprised me. (Dr. Dreamy says it's fine.)

Thanks Catherine. for the reminder. I do seem to recall that. I guess perhaps I've been confunded, too.

Better get a move on. Taking the kids to see their electrophysiologist in the city today.

Oh, the Trouble with Tribbles! If it been a proper one, Kabloink, you'd have them stacked up all over the place.

Kathy

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Catherine - Jul 10, 2007 3:44 am (#243 of 2984)

Tazzy, it was Loopy Lupin who tried out for the Pop Culture show.

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Steve Newton - Jul 10, 2007 4:34 am (#244 of 2984)

Good peaches are just about the best food on earth. Do we have any Georgians who know when the peaches are coming?

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Puck - Jul 10, 2007 5:39 am (#245 of 2984)

I expect the ones from Georgia should already be around. The ones here in Massachusetts are ready mid August. (Try some over Breyers extra creamy vanilla ice cream. )

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painting sheila - Jul 10, 2007 5:40 am (#246 of 2984)

Peaches! They have to be the kind that when you bite into them the juice runs down your arm and off your elbow - yum!

Good one on the A&E show steve - hey! You're famous!

and I am exhausted. Littlest Guy was up at 3:33, 4:11, 5:50, 7:50 with an earache. I've got to get him in to see a doctor and then get a nap! I don't want to be exhausted at the movie.

Just think, by this time tomorrow the end will be half way here. (sigh)

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Marie E. - Jul 10, 2007 5:45 am (#247 of 2984)

I went to a BBQ on Sunday and I'm covered in mosquito bites, too. They always eat me alive in the summer.

I get off work at 4:00 today. I hope I can take a nap or else I will be a very sleepy girl at the movies tonight. I'm meeting three friends at 7:30. Mr. E was teasing me for getting there so early, but I bet we won't be the first ones there.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 10, 2007 5:57 am (#248 of 2984)

I'll be gone for a few days, so I'm sure I'll miss lots & lots of posts regarding OotP.

Get your sleep to those who need it and above all, ENJOY THE MOVIE!!!

***waves***

Maria

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John Bumbledore - Jul 10, 2007 6:14 am (#249 of 2984)
Edited Jul 10, 2007 6:53 am

I don't watch MTV anymore, that and I get tired of listening to **bleeeppp* every 2 seconds! I don't get it, it's MUSIC Television, what happened to the music? — Ginny
Don Henley may have already answered your question, Ginny. Ever hear "Dirty Laundry?"

     “I make my living off the evening news
     Just give me something-something I can use
     People love it when you lose,
     They love dirty laundry

     Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
     I just have to look good, I don't have to be clear
     Come and whisper in my ear
     Give us dirty laundry

     Kick em when they're up
     Kick em when they're down
     Kick em when they're up
     Kick em when they're down
     Kick em when theyre up
     Kick em when theyre down
     Kick em when theyre up
     Kick em all around”

     Dirty Laundry lyrics by Don Henley


I caught that oldie on my drive home last night and that ear worm is still snuggled in tight.

Of course I did the bad thing and turned up the volume on my car stereo... I don't have the giant, sub-woofers like the pimped out car behind me but I also could no longer hear his noise.
[Water Rocket Launcher] On a fun note, Joshua and I completed our water-rocket launcher and test fired the "pop" bottle! Some may know them better as soda bottles, but by any other name they are plastic, (PET) 2 liter bottles of cabonated beverage (emptied and then half full of water).

First we tried a couple dry launches. Loud and proud! They soared high in the sky! Next we tried two configurations: First, a plain bottle half filled with water; Second, a modified bottle with a nose cone for aerodynamics. Both rose out of site and got us wet. The image is our design and links to the full image on my homepage folder. I haven't created a page to use the image yet, and I hope to get some footage of successful launches to add to it. It was great fun for less than $12 dollars in materials and reusable/recyclable "rockets."

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Denise P. - Jul 10, 2007 6:17 am (#250 of 2984)

I was looking at a site that sells all kinds of magnets and saw my avatar. I could not resist. I am considering getting a 2x3 magnet. There was another one I liked too "Tact is for people who don't have the wit to respond" Yes, I am sarcastic but can be tactful on occasion Loopy was robbed! I think his team should have been chosen.

I mentioned that Kaitlyn is going to a Hogwarts themed girl scout camp. In today's edition of the Not Quite Daily Prophet, there is a blurb about the new book. Since the book is going to be released during camp, they are allowing the Juniors to be signed out of camp to go get the book and then return. They also apologized saying when they set the camp dates, they had no idea the book was being released that week. LOL I love it!

My internet connection has been spotty the past few days. We reset everything and it worked but this morning was doing the same thing. I unplugged the router and ran the line from cable modem to computer and it was lightening fast. Guess we need a new router. This one is maybe....2-3 years old.

We are off to the library today and then to animal control to license Tinsel. I held off getting it until she was spayed since it is half price when they are spayed.
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Puck - Jul 10, 2007 6:18 am (#251 of 2984)

Congrats, John, on a successful launch. Sounds like something Mr. Puck and Son would enjoy doing.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 10, 2007 6:32 am (#252 of 2984)

Of course, a brand new one from LV would be even better!

Now that got me tickled! Mike is LV? Of course I know you meant Vegas, but...

So sorry to hear about your kitty Puck.

...toddles off to read other threads...

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Snuffles - Jul 10, 2007 6:49 am (#253 of 2984)

I'm glad you got your rocket launcher finished John. I checked the website you gave yesterday. It looks lots of fun. I hope you all enjoy it.

Mike is Voldy  

Julie

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Holly T. - Jul 10, 2007 7:18 am (#254 of 2984)

The Giant Squid is LV? Oh, I am confused.

Kristina, my husband finally dragged a hissing, growling fluffy cat out from under the shed and took her to the pound. Orange kitty seems much happier and has been very loving since his mean sister went away.

Our Cub Scout den did some kind of rocket launch last fall, John, which sounds similar to what you did.

I am working on cleaning out my office this week, which is kind of weird since I will be staying in the same office. I just have to clean out or file a bunch of paper related to what will, as of next Monday, be my old job.

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Chemyst - Jul 10, 2007 7:28 am (#255 of 2984)

Do we have any Georgians who know when the peaches are coming? Steve
Perhaps in 2008. An extensive late April frost killed a lot of the blossoms. A lot depends on the variety too. Cling peaches generally take longer between blossom and harvest than the freestones. Typically, the main crop ripens in mid-July and the North Georgia peaches in late July. (I guess after 18 years I should qualify as a Georgian.)

Holly, what kind of things/papers/writing have you been editing and what will be different now?

FYI (For Your Information) The "Who will die?" thread under Predictions has been moved back to the main page. With the approach of the DH release, there has been a surge in predictions of deaths scattered around the character threads, but if you want me to see your prediction, please post there because I just can't keep up with them all. 'Such a slacker; I Know.

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Round Pink Spider - Jul 10, 2007 7:33 am (#256 of 2984)

Denise, I made a shirt that has that "National Sarcasm Society" thing for eldest son, who is a true master of sarcasm. My husband and children taught me most of what I know about being funny. If any of you ever get to read anything I'm writing, the humor in my stories is simply a mirror of my homelife.

Snuffles, I noticed your little "Snow White" avatar. Years ago, I contemplated getting a Snow White dress for middle daughter, who truly looks the part (aside from being a little too tanned -- she's a bit of a tomboy). All my girls have black hair. Never did do it, but I sure was tempted.

My little boy crawled into bed with us at 4AM and ruined the rest of my night's sleep. I hope sheer adrenaline will be enough to keep me awake for the movie tonight!

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John Bumbledore - Jul 10, 2007 7:47 am (#257 of 2984)
Edited Jul 10, 2007 9:04 am

Chemyst, I remember someone asking but have not seen your reply to "what are the colors in your avatar commemorating?" I have a few guesses.
 I. Perhaps beverages (from left to right):

  1. Café con leche
  2. French roast, no creme.
  3. Mead.

II. Mud on the carpet? (L to R):

  1. Clay, (but not from Georgia, as it doesn't have the "iron" red hues)
  2. top soil or compost, a rich, sweet smelling earth rich in bio-mass.
  3. Sand.

Or...

III. Colors of (a dry) Summer:

  1. Sun tan (dry, cracked lake bottom)
  2. Charcoal (dried up compost) and
  3. Sand. (Dry grass or "Bermuda gold" the color of this drought tolerant grass.)

Now I'll go look to see if I missed your explanation..

Edit: Ah, yes they do look dry like "drought colors!" (Translation in parenthetic clauses above)

As of 3 July all of North Carolina was suffering from some level of drought conditions.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Chemyst - Jul 10, 2007 7:56 am (#258 of 2984)

Your last guess isn't too far off. I thought they were timely colors.
BTW, do they look like "drought colors" to you? I know many areas have had a lot of rain but we are under a watering ban here.

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Solitaire - Jul 10, 2007 8:35 am (#259 of 2984)

What is a tribbler? LOL Tazzy! I know someone else will have answered this by the time I finish all the new posts (Remember, I open a second window and respond as I go ...), but I'll take a shot. Here is the official scoop from Startrek.com:

A small animal characteristically soft, furry, and pleasing to most humanoids (with the exception of Klingons). Tribbles give off a soft purring sound that is soothing to many. They are also asexual, born pregnant, the only determinant of birthing being how much food they consume. The Federation first encountered tribbles on space station K-7 on stardate 4523.3.

As I remember, "Bones" (Dr. McCoy) said their main purpose in life is to eat and reproduce. To that end, they caused considerable trouble on the Enterprise. The photo clearly illustrates this!


Steve, my mom's dwarf peach tree has already given all its peaches for the season ... unfortunately. Her old tree died a couple of years ago (and I do mean old). It had the best peaches--white freestones that were so sweet! I miss it!

Now that got me tickled! Mike is LV? Shame on me! Of all places to use that particular acronym! I am sooooooooo sorry, Mike! **slinking off to iron my fingers**

Solitaire

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Steve Newton - Jul 10, 2007 9:15 am (#260 of 2984)

Sorry to hear about the frost in Georgia. I was really looking forward to them, sigh. Yes, the dribbly kind are the best.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 10, 2007 11:05 am (#261 of 2984)

Today is movie day!! SQUEEEEE!!! For those going to the movie tonight- have fun and enjoy!!!

Catherine: Tazzy, it was Loopy Lupin who tried out for the Pop Culture show.

Thanks!

**healing charms** to Littlest Guy!

Holly- glad you all got Fluffy kitty sorted out and Orange kitty is much happier!

Soli- LOL!! I've only seen a handful of Star Trek episodes, but all the movies. For some reason I missed the Tribblers. Thanks for the explanation! (I've started opening a second window to post. It is easier!)

I am soooooo tired! Fell asleep at midnight (but stayed asleep the entire night, no tossing or turning! w00t!), but got up at 7:30 to read the Forum and get ready for work. Looks like a bunch of us are tired, too! I won't get a chance to nap before tonight. Work until 4, come home to pick up all my stuff, sit in traffic on my way to housesit, walk friend's dog, unpack, get dressed, sit in traffic again, pick up a different friend, and then head on over to the theater at about 6:30 pm.

Have a good day/night everyone!

~Kristina

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Jenniffler - Jul 10, 2007 11:33 am (#262 of 2984)

Tribbles, not Tribblers, as in the "Trouble with Tribbles." Am I right? The toy could be named tribbler. Now I want one too. Ebay here I come!

My movie Trio has been expanded to include: book buddy, "Hey I'll buy your ticket if you want to come," one friend's eleven-year-old, the other friends teens, plus their friend. That's all the buckles I got in my minivan. I tried to discourage the ones too young to be in the Order from going(it's midnight, they should be sleeping), but I'm not their parent and I've got the room. None of mine will be allowed to see this one, all safely being baby sat.

I bought tickets last week but changed them with the addition of more viewers. Local place sold out the midnight show yesterday.

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The giant squid - Jul 10, 2007 12:44 pm (#263 of 2984)

Last night I watched OotP on the digital projector. We got home at 4AM; I had to get up at 6:30 to go to a meeting with my boss.

Totally worth it.

Like all the films it has areas that annoyed me & glossed over a lot of plot points, but all in all I thought it was well done.

That's all I have the energy for right now. I can't even work up the strength to get mad at Soli for her slander.

--Mike

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Denise P. - Jul 10, 2007 1:45 pm (#264 of 2984)

Glad to hear it Mike. I was reading a review where the reviewer openly admitted to never having read the books. She thought this movie was the weakest, crowned POA movie the best and said she hoped Alfonso would be back to direct the last 2. What? Did we see the same movie?? If I am not properly prepared, I still get scared when I see that bug under Lupin's nose. Let's not go into many other problems.

The propane company came today and filled our propane tank connect to the fireplace. Uhm, thanks? Who ordered this? Turns out the previous owner had an account that he never bothered to cancel or tell us the tank was leased from this company.

Tomorrow, after we pick up the eldest son from the summer school bus stop, we are going to brave the National Zoo. We have a zoo right here near us but it is $10 for adults, $8 for kids. National Zoo is free so I am willing to bring lunch, bring our wagon and spend $16 to park rather than $66 to get into our local one. (Not counting pony ride, lamb bottle, animal feed etc)

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Esther Rose - Jul 10, 2007 1:51 pm (#265 of 2984)

Thanks for the Charms everyone. One bit of advice. Lotion twice a day reduces scar tissue. I have been using lotion that was meant to be for stretch marks twice a day actually. So, I don't know if it is just keeping the scar lotioned or if it is the type of lotion that has been working. But my scar looks extremely healthy. Its just one straight three inch line. (Some amount of centimeters) Not fancy lightening bolt nor does it represent any underground subway system.

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Solitaire - Jul 10, 2007 2:27 pm (#266 of 2984)

I can't even work up the strength to get mad at Soli for her slander.

I've been punishing myself all day for my faux pas, Mike. I ironed my hands, and I did manage to burn a finger while lighting a match a while ago. I also made sure to lift some extra heavy boxes and items and move them around in the garage during the heat. Does that help any?

Solitaire

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Mediwitch - Jul 10, 2007 2:30 pm (#267 of 2984)

I love my cable internet too, Soli! I have some friends who have DSL and we actually get much better connections than they do.

I bet your lotion has Vitamin E in it Esther Rose - it's excellent for scarring. If you massage it in very firmly, it will also help the internal scarring from the surgery. (It worked really well when I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands!)

It looks like I won't get to see the movie until Friday. We don't have a midnight showing anywhere close, and we have our monthly ambulance squad meeting...I seriously considered skipping it, but I decided if I wait until Friday, Mr. Mediwitch can take me out to dinner. (Thursdays are taboo for almost anything, as we have training night at the firehouse.) So Friday it is!

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Catherine - Jul 10, 2007 2:53 pm (#268 of 2984)

Woo hoo!

I have my tickets for OOP, a babysitter, and dinner reservations! I feel Felix Felicis lucky!

Our young ladies are not pleased that we are seeing the movie without them, but I preview PG-13 movies before they are allowed to watch them. Hayley is only seven, and although she has watched all the other films on DVD at home, we still watched them first and "prepped her" ahead of time.

She has listened to OOP on disc in the car, and is aware of the plot, but I think visual effects in a dark theater can be quite frightening for someone who will only be in the second grade.

So I am excited that I get a date with Harry and Mr. Catherine!

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Madam Pince - Jul 10, 2007 3:14 pm (#269 of 2984)

We're back from our mini-holiday, and I finally plowed through all the chat posts!

S.E. Jones, I was so very sorry to read about your father -- you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. (((hugs)))

We had an enjoyable Fourth -- similar to Soli's in that we watched 1776 again. Also had fun picking up the neighbor's bottle rockets that had travelled about 30 yards to land right beside Mr. Pince's new car. Luckily they didn't land on it to ruin the paint or melt any plastics or whatever.

Holly, if you watched Gettysburg, then you saw Mr. Pince briefly! He marched by in some of the troop scenes, and he was in the background standing at a table shaving in the camp scene where the spy reported to Longstreet's tent early in the movie.

Tazzy, you don't like catsup or mustard or chili? Whatever in the world do you put on your hot dogs???

Mandy, I hope you're having better days now. Did you ever find out what the problem was with your fish's fins? I had a neighbor once who put tiger barbs in with angel fish, and the barbs eat the "flowy" fins like candy. Yuck. I know there's also some diseases, too.

Azi, you cracked me up talking about banging your head on a hanging pot. We shall start calling you "Tonks" now. Also, I heard a Dan Radcliffe interview where he said some trashy magazine had mistakenly said he bought a Fiat Punto, and I said "Hey! Azi's brother has one of those!" (That goes in YKYAHPLF, I guess...)

Yay, Elanor, on finally getting out of school! Woo-hoo!

Sheila, sorry to hear about the bully, that is a real shame. Hope Little Guy is doing OK.

Puck, sorry about your kitty. That must've been hard, but it sounds like it was the only thing to do. (((hugs)))

LOL, Madam Poppy, on the "You're my first famous person!" That probably made Ms. Russo's day!

Journeymom, where have you been? We were talking about the new Indiana Jones movie ages ago! I heard that Harrison Ford (*sigh*) and Shia LeBoeuf (?) are in it, and that Sean Connery (*sigh again*) declined the offer because he enjoys retirement too much.

Welcome back, ladybug220! I'll never forget you -- you're my birthday buddy!

Seems like a lot of people are having sleep problems. Wonder if it could have anything to do with a certain upcoming event? I hear that the new J.K. Rowling book is going to be out soon or something...

Steve, might I put in a plug here for Virginia-grown peaches? One of my dearest friend's family's orchard has the most dee-licious peaches! She always brings a bag if we have our girls' get-together anytime during peach season. (Just to eat, and also remarkable daiquiris, don'tcha know...) Have you tried the tiny little "donut" peaches? I've seen them in stores already and I can highly recommend them. They don't look like anything outstanding (they sort of look like a hugely amplified red blood cell, actually ) but they are very sweet.

We went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End finally. I have to say -- I was lost and confused for about 3/4 of the movie. I was disappointed that Capt. Jack Sparrow didn't get more funny stuff and the mugging that he does so well -- all the bits with the "extra" Capt. Jacks just weren't all that funny to me. (Except for the "Hold on -- I dropped my brain!" ) The stunts and the special effects and the costumes/sets were absolutely stunning, but the story... eh. Oh well! It certainly left lots of room for a sequel!

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Denise P. - Jul 10, 2007 3:27 pm (#270 of 2984)

Catherine, I preview movies as well. I was not pleased when Kaitlyn was invited to a movie and they switched to a different movie (not the one I was okay with)

I had to change my avatar...someone made these for her dogs. I thought they were hilarious and wow, wouldn't these be good and creepy at Halloween? It is just a mix similar to Frosty Paws with a chicken foot stuck into it, frozen and then given as a treat.

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Madam Pince - Jul 10, 2007 3:34 pm (#271 of 2984)

Denise, that avatar is disgusting! I thought my freezer was creepy, with the dead furry squirrel in it waiting for the taxidermist, but yours takes the cake!

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Denise P. - Jul 10, 2007 3:36 pm (#272 of 2984)

Aren't they great?? She needed to paint the toenails though.... They are not in my freezer, I am creeped out by chicken feet still. I can appreciate them though. If you look behind my avatar, you can see my totally normal freezer...Tinsel food labeled. This is a few weeks old though.

Is this one a bit less gross? My raw feeding group must be a gross bunch, we all found the tins of chicken paws hilariously funny and begged for pictures. Of course, this is the same group that takes pictures of their dogs chewing on various gross body parts (not gross really, just not what you would normally see in a backyard)

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Madam Pince - Jul 10, 2007 3:43 pm (#273 of 2984)

Organs???? Next to your butter? Yeachhhh...

Oh, put the gross-er one back up! Might as well get some mileage out of it!

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Denise P. - Jul 10, 2007 4:11 pm (#274 of 2984)

Everything is wrapped up nicely, including the butter. It is just beef liver and kidney, nothing too gross in there. The grossest thing in my freezer is a lamb neck. I think that is more gross than tripe but I don't like lamb at all. Tinsel really loves lamb shanks.

So, I guess you won't want butter with scones if you come over? (Actually, the butter has been moved from that picture...it normally is on the top door shelf)

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Catherine - Jul 10, 2007 4:34 pm (#275 of 2984)

So, I guess you won't want butter with scones if you come over?—Denise

Oh, Denise...I feel like you would do scones well....

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Puck - Jul 10, 2007 4:47 pm (#276 of 2984)

Denise. that made me think of inferi raising up out of my cake batter or something.

So jealous of those going to the movie tonight. Hubby wants to come with me, and it's hard to get a sitter for that time of night. So, we wait until we're visiting the in-laws. Perhaps we'll go on my birthday.

The kids' check up went well. They told us that next year son gets to run the treadmill. Toddler cried her way through the EKG, calming only when brother sang her "itsy Bitsy spider". We did get Mr. Puck's birthday shopping done, so I don't have to do that tomorrow. Piano was cancelled for tomorrow as well, so we have a FREE DAY! wOOt!!

Time to put people in bed.

Kathy

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boop - Jul 10, 2007 6:14 pm (#277 of 2984)

Waves to Everyone!!

Cheering charms to whom need them, Healing charms to whom need them.

I am getting really excited I go on vacation friday. I will be off work for 3 weeks. I am going to Cleveland Ohio on the 20th to pick up Jim (mischafan), then we are going to come back to PA. Will be going to the book store to get our books then come home and start reading. Jim will be in town on vacation for about a week.

I won't be able to go see the movie until friday, but I am looking forward to watching it.

Welcome Back ladybug, and all other returning forum family members.

Welcome to the new forum members that have joined the family.

I hope everyone has a great week!!

hugs always

boop

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Steve Newton - Jul 10, 2007 6:33 pm (#278 of 2984)

Denise, I can heartily recommend the National Zoo. When I worked in DC I would take off early on a sunny spring day just to spend a couple of hours there.

Hey Boop! Have I just been missing you or have you been away for a while?

I'll be more than happy to try out Virginia peaches.

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Choices - Jul 10, 2007 6:41 pm (#279 of 2984)

Ohhh, I have a basket of Chilton County peaches right now, but if you send me some Virginia peaches, I promise to enjoy every one of them! LOL I bought a big bucket of vanilla ice cream today - don't you love fresh peaches sliced up over ice cream? Yum!

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Mediwitch - Jul 10, 2007 7:53 pm (#280 of 2984)

I haven't been to the National Zoo in years, but I used to love it! I went to college in VA, and we used to go pretty often.

Enjoy your vacation, boop!

Denise, I would have no problem having butter from your freezer on my scones! Says she who eats pizza while watching brain surgery on TV...

EDIT: Madam Pince, I'm sorry to hear about the house and all the treasures that were lost.

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Madam Pince - Jul 10, 2007 7:54 pm (#281 of 2984)
Edited Jul 10, 2007 8:26 pm

Oddly enough, I just got an e-mail tonight from my "peach friend." She may be coming up for a visit in the next couple weeks, so yummmmm-yummmm! I can taste those peaches already! (Do you think peaches would travel in the mail? I'd be glad to send some...) Steve, you're so close you can just come on down and visit while she's here!

Denise, I'll eat your buttered scones anytime! Have fun at the Zoo -- it's a blast! One piece of advice: if you can, park and start at the bottom of the hill (Rock Creek entrance, I think?) and work your way up while you're fresh and the day is cooler -- then you're walking downhill rather than uphill to try to get back to your car after you've seen everything and had a long, hot day walking and the kids are getting cranky. (Sound like experience talking, there? )

Boop, hope you have a great vacation! Tell Jim "hi" for me! I was just thinking today of how much fun the Gathering was that you did when I was able to come, and wishing that somebody was doing something similar for this release -- it would be so neat to share the movie and/or book with some close Potter-head friends! You and Jim have a great time!

Got some semi-bad news tonight. One of the old, empty farmhouses on my Mom's property got struck by lightning (we assume) during a thunderstorm late this afternoon, and it has burned to the ground. Fortunately nobody was hurt. As it was an abandoned house, you would think this wouldn't be that big a deal, but as it happens, this particular house (there are a couple on her property) was the one we used for storage. All of my childhood toys (mint-condition 1960's-1970's toys -- eBay gold...also some I'd planned to give to Little Pince) were stored nice and neatly in there in metal garbage cans -- I always took care of things when I was little, and Mom stored them so carefully for all these years. There is little to no chance that there is anything left of them -- apparently it went up like a torch and there is nothing left at all.

Additionally, my Mom had a large quantity of old cherry lumber that her father had milled back when he used to run a sawmill, and also the old farmhouse itself had old chestnut wood panelling throughout. (Chestnut is impossible to get nowadays due to the chestnut tree blight back in the '20's... the only source is old houses like this one was.) Mr. Pince and I had planned to pull out and re-plane all that lovely old wood for re-use in the house we hope to build down there when he retires. All gone now. Sigh.... So, I am just a little blue right now. I am of course very thankful that it wasn't my Mom's house that got hit, nor our cabin, so I am trying to look on the positive side and be grateful for our many blessings. This is certainly a small thing and we are more fortunate than so many people. But it is just sad to think of all those memories and plans all gone.

Well, so I am heading back down to Virginia tomorrow to be with my Mom. At her age and with her heart issues, I just would rather she not be alone even though she says she's fine. This is exactly the kind of thing that might totally stress her out and cause her to be emotional and all, and plus I don't want her up there by herself probably digging around in the ashes looking for salvage.

We hadn't planned to see the OotP movie until Friday anyway, but now I suppose that's out entirely. I'll see it eventually I guess. But I definitely will be sure I'm somewhere where I can get the book! Hopefully I'll be back home here by then.

Rats! And I had just gotten caught up on all the threads, too, after being gone for the Fourth of July! Took me three days... Sigh... Oh well. See you guys sometime!

(It's my own fault. Someone sent me one of those e-mails that said "...if you don't forward this on to five people in the next five minutes, you'll have bad luck!" and I deleted it... )

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Ydnam96 - Jul 10, 2007 9:15 pm (#282 of 2984)

Madame Pince, I'm so sorry to hear about the house. That is a real loss! I think it's good you are going to be with your mom.

I'm doing much better! Thanks for asking. Although, next week starts the most stressfull month and a half of my year so we'll see how I do through that. Honestly though, I think the hardest part is past.

My fish definitely had ammonia poisoning and are doing much better now that they are spread out into two different tanks.

Well, I'm off to bed. I'm super tired.

Have fun at the movies everybody!

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journeymom - Jul 10, 2007 11:01 pm (#283 of 2984)

Madam Pince, I'm sorry. I'd be blue, too.

No midnight movie for me! Miss Journeymom and I will see it on Thursday.

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painting sheila - Jul 11, 2007 12:23 am (#284 of 2984)

Just got back from the movie. I loved it. .. I know! I know! It strays from canon quite a bit - but I still loved it. It brought up lots of questions in my mind, but I am too tired to think right now. She you all tomorrow -

She

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Elanor - Jul 11, 2007 12:29 am (#285 of 2984)

I'm so sorry Madam Pince! I would be sad too. **Comforting Charms sent you way**

No OotP yet for me either. My town's very small and the theater is a bit "idling" during the summer, which means OotP won't be on screen here very soon but I know I'll see it elsewhere, and in a much better theater, in a couple of weeks so that's ok!

In the meantime, I'll be reading your reviews of the movie which will be great. I'm not reading any newspapers' reviews, we know more about the fandom than they do anyways, lol! The only opinion I trust is the forumers' - period!

I hope all of you who are going today will have a great time.

Healing and cheering charms sent to all needing some.
Audrey

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jose043 - Jul 11, 2007 1:11 am (#286 of 2984)

Hi All

Healing & get well charms to all that need them, Sleeping charms to those that are not sleeping to good. Might have to take some of the sleeping charms as I am lucky to get 4 hours a night & when I get more, I throw a party in the kitchen (like jumping up & down not to much though).

Anne & I are hoping to go & see the movie on Saturday afternoon in gold class no Grandkids with a friend of ours. Taking them Monday & Robert will take the youngest to see Shrek 3. We are having the 3 kids from Monday till Thursday afternoon of the school holidays.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Jenniffler - Jul 11, 2007 1:56 am (#287 of 2984)

The Movie was so good! Five applauses and scores of laughs. They left most of the good acting out of the previews, IMOHO. The kiss made me cry with joy. I yelled at the WB logo inappropriately because the bottom of the movie, about two feet was on the top. An Asian girl had a shirt that said "What Cho think about Harry?" Her friend was a ringer for Luna. That was surreal. My group had a great time.

I will post my review late tomorrow on the Movie 5 OotP thread.

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Puck - Jul 11, 2007 3:52 am (#288 of 2984)

Glad you had a great time, Jenniffler!

Madame Pince, sorry to hear about the wonderful treasures being lost.

Hello Boop! Have a great vacation!

Werewolves, so nice of you to help with the grandkids. What are their ages/how many are there?

Okay, I need to get out for my run before the little people start waking up.

Kathy

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Good Evans - Jul 11, 2007 4:58 am (#289 of 2984)

big hugs to Kathy (Puck) for the loss of kitty.

big hugs to Madam P for the loss of her "treasures".

big waves to all - glad you are enjoying the movie, those that have seen it - I believe there are select premiers tonight - I am going Friday.

very busy but love to you all..

Julie x

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jose043 - Jul 11, 2007 5:23 am (#290 of 2984)

Puck the ages of my three grandkids are Teegan the eldest 14 & 6 months, Mitchell is 10 & 9 months, Lachlan is 5 & 7 months, we have them most holidays for 4 days sometimes for a week. Sleeping arrangement are the two boys in the living-room & Teegan in with here Aunty which is Anne in the second Bed-room.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Esther Rose - Jul 11, 2007 7:03 am (#291 of 2984)

Saw OOtP. Loved it. Umbridge was played perfectly!

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Lavandula - Jul 11, 2007 7:05 am (#292 of 2984)

I slept in this morning and missed my opportunity for my morning walk due to a thunderstorm. But given the fact that we are extremely dry and in need of the rain I can't complain.

Got home from the movie last night at 3:30 a.m. I had thought on the way home about popping on like Sheila did, but by the time I drove 40 minutes on very dark, empty country roads I was ready for bed.

Lots of T-shirts and people in costumes but not as many as I had expected. I wore my "I solemnly swear I am up to no good" and darling daughter wore her "DA" one both of which arrived just in time for the movies.

Something weird just happened while I was typing. A good part of my post just deleted! *Rants with fists hitting the sofa*

I agree with Mike...the movie was thrilling even though many parts were different from the book! I would easily have enjoyed another hour with more of the story being included!!!!!

Georgia peaches- I just was discussing this anticipated arrival with a friend on Monday. We described them as the ones which "dribble down your arms when you bite into them".

Madame P-I am so sorry to hear about the loss of the farmhouse.

Welcome back Boop and all the other forum members!

Off to get moving for the day!

Cathy

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painting sheila - Jul 11, 2007 7:23 am (#293 of 2984)

There was some one that was dressed up as Snape last night who had actually had the dark mark tattooed on her arm.

I am not that devoted.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 11, 2007 7:25 am (#294 of 2984)

I have thought about a Gryffindor crest and a Hogwarts crest, but the Dark Mark, never!

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painting sheila - Jul 11, 2007 7:26 am (#295 of 2984)

ouch!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 11, 2007 7:32 am (#296 of 2984)

It only hurts for a little while, lol! I only have three now, so plenty of room for more!

Edit: Actually, the more I think about the idea, the better I like it...

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Holly T. - Jul 11, 2007 7:44 am (#297 of 2984)

Madam Pince--welcome back and so sorry about the fire.

My daughter is going to see OotP with her grandmother and aunt today (she is visiting them) so I am sure I will hear all about it tonight. Son and I don't go until Saturday but we're going to the IMAX.

I forgot who asked--I think it was Choices? Anyway, I'm going to still be editing history books, just for a different publisher.

I spent all day yesterday cleaning out my office and will do more of that today then read some proofs that just arrived. One last thing to check off the list.

My son was watching "Rome: Engineering an Empire" again on the History Channel this morning and is contemplating building an aqueduct in our backyard for his science fair project this coming school year. I'm not sure if my husband will be willing to help with this after the whole catapult fiasco but I guess we have a while to figure things out (projects aren't due until January).

I taught a leader training class last night at the Girl Scout council and, while it went well, I am still very tired.

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Marie E. - Jul 11, 2007 7:55 am (#298 of 2984)

I saw the movie last night and I think it was the best so far. Of course there were bits left out, but the important things were left in and the general feeling is the same as the book. I wasn't planning on going again until we got to Virginia, but I am trying to convince Mr. E to come with me this weekend.

I'm on my third day of my new job and I'm already out of "business casual" pants. Looks like I must go shopping. Darn it!

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Esther Rose - Jul 11, 2007 8:04 am (#299 of 2984)

It's those kinds of emergencies I live for Marie. I actually have to get new shirts myself. We have this wonderful place called Filene's Basement which adds to the excitement. Bargain prices make me giggly happy!

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Marie E. - Jul 11, 2007 8:09 am (#300 of 2984)

I am probably going to check out Ross (the store, not a guy named Ross) on my lunch break. There is one very near my work. I remembered that I need new shoes, too, as we have to have closed toe shoes. Double darn!
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Solitaire - Jul 11, 2007 8:11 am (#301 of 2984)

Was the actress who played Umbridge believably toady? I had such a different, toady-looking person in mind (don't know her name), not to mention a different voice than I've heard in the trailers. Then again, I had Jeremy Irons marked out for Voldy and Kristin Scott-Thomas for Bella (the moment I read about her "heavily lidded eyes"). But I must agree that Helena is quite capable of looking and playing over-the-top insane! **cackling madly**

Solitaire

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Marie E. - Jul 11, 2007 8:12 am (#302 of 2984)

Soli, I think both Imelda and Helena both did a great job at portraying their characters.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 11, 2007 8:24 am (#303 of 2984)
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I'm on my third day of my new job and I'm already out of “business casual" pants. Looks like I must go shopping. Darn it!"

Don't you just hate that! I have three, hmm, uniforms, though they are not called that, they just "the look". But I work five days a week. Tomorrow I will remedy that!

So sorry for the fire, and the lost things. I too stored my life's memories in our old family home. My mother, after building her new house next door decided to raise quail in one room of the old house. Plugging in incubators, heat lamps, etc., she overloaded the old wiring system, and poof! Two rooms full of ribbons and trophies from horse shows, my yearbooks, grandma's quilts, gone. But since I knew who I was, and where I'd been, and what I'd done, I was ok. I found I didn't need to prove anything to anybody, I knew who I was and what I'd done.

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I Am Used Vlad - Jul 11, 2007 12:30 pm (#305 of 2984)

Azi, it was the posh school. I didn't know there was more than one season of School of Rock

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Lina - Jul 11, 2007 1:41 pm (#306 of 2984)

(((((Madam Pince)))))

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Tazzygirl - Jul 11, 2007 2:06 pm (#307 of 2984)

I was a little disappointed with the movie. I have to admit that it was way better than PoA, but it had so much more potential! I will see it again (probably next week or so), and see if my opinion changes. OotP was my least favorite book as well, so being unimpressed about the movie could just be stemmed from that. Oh well.

Madam P- ***HUGS*** to you! As for what I put on my hotdogs, I either eat them plain or with BBQ sauce.

Lina- I love your avatar!

Off to start my day.

Have a great one everyone!

~Kristina

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Chemyst - Jul 11, 2007 2:10 pm (#308 of 2984)

So sorry about your lightning-struck house, Madam Pince; but please stop kicking yourself! You couldn't predict a lightning strike, and if you'd stored them somewhere else, who knows? Floods… termites… thieves… on and on… but still, I think a hug is in order. ((Madame Pince))   After the initial shock of a material kind of loss, I tell myself it won't really matter in another 50 years.  …um, better make that 60.
I'm glad you are able to go help your mum.

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kaykay1970 - Jul 11, 2007 2:37 pm (#309 of 2984)

(((Madame Pince))

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azi - Jul 11, 2007 2:58 pm (#310 of 2984)

**hugs** Madame P! How horrible! A freak accident definitely.

Vlad - yes there are two series. The posh school one is the first.

I made ginger snaps today. They're yummy. Smile

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Jenniffler - Jul 11, 2007 3:15 pm (#311 of 2984)

((Madam Pince))

I just picked up Niffler Daughter and Dan from a week with my sister. She has the stamina for maximum summer fun! I don't think I'll ever enjoy Chuckie Cheese or any arcade. They actually missed me and no one has complained for five solid hours. Fabulous.

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Solitaire - Jul 11, 2007 3:25 pm (#312 of 2984)

no one has complained for five solid hours.  Fabulous.    

If complaining is the general order of the day, then perhaps you should send them off for a few days more often .. if you can get Sis to agree, that is!

I had my teeth cleaned and checked this a.m., and I am happy to report ... LOOK, MA! NO CAVITIES! Even better, I do not need to have anything replaced! Yippeeeee!

Solitaire

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painting sheila - Jul 11, 2007 3:56 pm (#313 of 2984)

((((Madame Pince)))) I am so sorry for the loss. I understand about the wood - I love a good wood grain and chestnut is like no other. (sigh) Maybe there is something better out there now that you'll have to look. (I hope that made sense)

Swim meet was called due to severe weather - yeah!! I am home and have time to clean on my hands.

Tazzy - I saw it twice. Once at a regular theater and once at an Imax with the last 20 minutes being 3D. The Imax was so much better!! The fight in the ministry was amazing!! I plan on going again as soon as Daughter and hubby get home.

The baby turtles should be coming out soon. The wet weather will keep the ground soft I hope. I have worried about them getting out of the baked clay!

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2BMcsmom - Jul 11, 2007 4:05 pm (#314 of 2984)

I am sorry for your loss S.E. Jones. (((Hugs))) and prayers to you and your family.

Madame P, be safe traveling. It is always hard to lose treasures like that.

On the matter of sleep. I have not had a normal night or day of sleep in over a month. I have been helping Mr. Mc run a paper route and that has really messed with the sleeping hours.

Went to see the OotP. I liked it. It has been the only one that I did not pick apart because of it being different from the book. There was one thing that happens that I did not like but was okay with the rest. The part of Umbridge was good I thought and I really liked Luna. I hope everyone enjoys the movie.

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Marè - Jul 11, 2007 4:53 pm (#315 of 2984)
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I'm actually going to see OotP this sunday, wooohoo for me seeing a movie in the cinema. (I really prefer the books) however I'm looking forward to it, specially the flying in London scenes Smile

Also, I was wondering, did anyone here vote for the new 7 world wonders? I can't remember all my seven votes. I was a bit dissapointed that Stonehenge didn't make it in, allthough really it was to be expected, the pictures are better than the real thing. I'm glad the Taj Mahal got in though. I want to go there (one day...)

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Catherine - Jul 11, 2007 5:20 pm (#316 of 2984)

Ooh, Mare, my classes and I voted back in May for the new wonders! I was OK with the list.

Mr. Catherine and I enjoyed our outing to OOP film and dinner. We did not enjoy the crying infant during the vast majority of the film.

Overall, I liked the film.

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Solitaire - Jul 11, 2007 5:22 pm (#317 of 2984)

Long time, no see, Mare ... or have you been hiding out on other threads? Anyway, I've missed you. BTW, I thought Stonehenge was discovered to have been built before the Pyramids. Wouldn't that disqualify it as a "new" wonder? Just "wonder"ing ...

Solitaire

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Catherine - Jul 11, 2007 5:27 pm (#318 of 2984)

Erm, Solitaire, it's a new list, not new Wonders. Think of it as a re-evaluation.

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Solitaire - Jul 11, 2007 5:33 pm (#319 of 2984)

Oh, sorry ... I thought it was a list of things that had been constructed after the "originals."

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Round Pink Spider - Jul 11, 2007 5:35 pm (#320 of 2984)

I went to a midnight show of OotP with my two sons. Well, actually, I didn't go with them, because they wouldn't sit with me. I went in my dress robes, and my sons were so embarrassed that they made me give them their (pre-purchased) tickets before I got out of the car. They wouldn't even walk into the building with me! Teenagers...

Fortunately, the minute I walked into the building, one of my oldest daughter's friends walked up to me and dragged me forward in line, to stand with my daughter and her HP friends. One of them said that he was only embarrassed because I had managed to out-geek him.

We got to sit in the very back row, right in the middle, and we were probably the noisiest row in the theatre. But yeah, there was a lot of whooping and cheering when the WB symbol appeared...

Umbridge didn't look at all toad-like, but she was wonderfully hateful! She fit the "poisoned honey" description perfectly. Luna was also absolutely wonderful. I wanted to hug her by the end of the movie! I thought they did a great job of keeping all the best lines from the book in the movie. And the scene of flying into London was awesome. I wish I knew London well enough to recognize what I saw. And they did a great job with the DA. Overall, a great movie. I can't wait to see it in IMAX! My poor hubby tried to see it today, but it was sold out.

I'm still working on Chapter 16. I'm about 1/3 done, and I'm very excited about writing this chapter. It looks like fun!

EDIT: Madame Pince, so sorry to hear about the fire! (((hugs)))

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PatPat - Jul 11, 2007 5:44 pm (#321 of 2984)

(((((hugs)))))) to Madame Pince. So sorry for the loss of your things.

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boop - Jul 11, 2007 5:48 pm (#322 of 2984)

(((Hugs to Madame Pince)))

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painting sheila - Jul 11, 2007 7:11 pm (#323 of 2984)

Why is my Lexicon aqua?

Did it use to be another color or am I losing my mind?

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Holly T. - Jul 11, 2007 7:33 pm (#324 of 2984)

Daughter called and said she loved the movie. She did have a few complaints that she says she will tell me about after I see the movie.

If anyone was watching any of the news coverage about the death of Lady Bird Johnson then you saw where I work! I work in one of the buildings near the LBJ Library. She was a great Texas woman.

Sheila, I've found that it is best to not ask people if I'm losing my mind.

Husband and son went down to the creek and caught two fish while I was playing on the computer.

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painting sheila - Jul 11, 2007 7:41 pm (#325 of 2984)

Thank you Holly T. I will take your advice . . . but I still think it was another color . . . Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

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Jenniffler - Jul 11, 2007 7:53 pm (#326 of 2984)

Lady Bird Johnson headed the movement to plant native wildflowers on the side of roads and so I get to enjoy crimson clover and Indian paintbrushes everytime I drive anywhere in the spring. Another great Texas Lady, gone.

Thanks for the avatar Holly T, speaking of great Texas ladies.

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Catherine - Jul 11, 2007 7:55 pm (#327 of 2984)

Ah, a lovely tribute to Lady Bird Johnson, Holly.

I remember enjoying the flowers when I lived in Austin.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 11, 2007 8:32 pm (#328 of 2984)

Lady Bird Johnson was an interesting lady. I remember when I was very young she came to my elementary school in Houston twice and gave talks to the children on the environment and literacy.

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Madam Pince - Jul 11, 2007 8:56 pm (#329 of 2984)

Thanks, guys, for all the hugs -- I am feeling quite "squeezed" right now! Seriously, it is greatly appreciated. I don't feel blue often, but it is nice to have you guys around when I do.

At the risk of sounding totally sappy, I'd just like to say something I've been thinking a lot lately as we get towards the end of the "Harry Potter Journey." Having this group of intelligent, friendly, imaginative, courteous, and well-spoken people around to share the journey with has been a blessing beyond measure. It has been so wonderful to be able to jump on here any time and share ideas and speculations and wild theories, as well as just share in each other's day-to-day lives. Friends from all around the world -- all sharing the same joy of reading these magical stories. It has made the very special experience of reading Jo's books even more special, and I thank each of you. I respect and treasure every one of you -- thanks for enriching the whole experience and for teaching me so much.

OK, enough of that... I'm starting to sniff... It just needed sayin', as Hagrid might put it.

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Solitaire - Jul 11, 2007 10:33 pm (#330 of 2984)

Madam Pince, as much as I love all the threads on the Forum, I've enjoyed the chat thread, because it has given me the chance to "meet" some lovely people. In fact, I mentioned this on the thread about being sad that the series is ending. I just hope people still continue to check in here, even though we have finished reading the books ... don't you?

Why is my Lexicon aqua?

Sheila, do you mean the whole page is aqua? Mine is a mottled oatmeal color with wide teal stripes across the top and bottom, which contain our names, the links to our profiles, the title of the thread, etc. Do you have something different from that?

Solitaire

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legolas returns - Jul 11, 2007 10:47 pm (#331 of 2984)

Up early today so that I can get to work/leave early and go and see OOP. Its not that I am excited or anything-oh no. Woo hoo *bouncing in seat*.

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Elanor - Jul 11, 2007 10:55 pm (#332 of 2984)

About Sheila's "aqua Lexicon", maybe is it the "bleeding font" problem appearing again if a closing tag was missing in Marè's post?

BTW, so good to see you back, Marè!!! **waving like mad**

Madam Pince and Soli, I do agree with you about this forum and meeting you all. BTW, I have realized that it will be 3 years this weekend that I've joined the forum. Sometimes, when I'm searching for old posts and I find one of mine from 2004 I first think: "No way! it can't be that old!" But it is... Thank you so much everybody for making this place what it is! And for bearing with my English mistakes for 3 years now! Big ((((((hugs))))) to all!

Have fun Legolas, and have a great night/day everybody!

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Snuffles - Jul 12, 2007 12:59 am (#333 of 2984)

((((Madam P.)))) so sorry to hear about the fire. (((TBE))) as well on the loss of her things too.

Well done Soli on your dentist trip. I am going next month for a scale and polish. Why do your teeth always hurt more and are more sensitive afterwards

Sheila, my forum page is the same as Soli's. The teal is just at the top and bottom. I think it's always been like that though!

I am soo excited. I am off to OOTP tonight. It didn't open here until the 12th Olivia isn't happy that her daddy is putting her to bed. Apparantly, when reading her a story, he doesn't give the characters different voices like I do!

It looks like I may get one of the puppies from the litter born a couple of weeks ago There are 2 females and 1 male. My brother has got the male Border. The owners daughter wants the tiny female as long as it survives. It is 2 and a half weeks and has her eyes open. The owner is confident that it will survive, which means I can have the other female. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

This may be my last post on here for a couple of weeks. We fly off on holiday on Saturday. I am looking forward to it but also a little sad that I will be away for the book release, and I will miss the build up like last time. I am planning to get the book on the Saturday morning from a shop in Spain, and will be thinking of you all when I pluck up the courage to actually open it and start reading! To tell you the truth, I'm a bit scared of it ending. Once I have read it there is no going back. I may just hold it a while and savour my ignorant bliss

Hope everyone has a good Thursday and a very harry movie/book month!

Julie

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Puck - Jul 12, 2007 4:10 am (#334 of 2984)

Julie, have a great trip!

TBE, it may have been awhile ago for you, but my heart dropped a bit when you mentioned the loss of grandma's quilts, so ((hugs)) to you for that. (From a quilter and a fabric junky)

Madame Pince, you may have something about deleting those e-mails that offer bad luck if you do so. Yesterday I didn't warm up properly, and as a result pulled a muscle in my calf during my morning run. Then again, it gave me an excuse to sit and read GoF instead of doing housework all day, but now I'm way behind.

Got to run! Girl Scout leader training this morning. Brave woman is having it at her house and told us to go ahead and bring all our kids.

Kathy

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Lina - Jul 12, 2007 4:36 am (#335 of 2984)

****waving to Mare**** Nice to see you and I love your avatar!

I feel fine about the release of the last book. I'm just tired of waiting for the next book, I want to see how it ends. And I refuse to believe that we won't continue to meet here after it is over.

Fingers crossed for the puppy, Julie, and have a great time on your vacation!

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Lavandula - Jul 12, 2007 5:02 am (#336 of 2984)

Good Morning to All!

Glad to see you back, Mare!!!

About the book release- I'm also full of mixed emotions as I too wrote on another thread back in February. I almost don't want to open it up for fear of actually getting to the ending. Rereads are great but never the same as the first time.

About the forum- Surely, we will have lots to talk about after the book is out. The connections, although only on a computer screen, have been thrilling to me. Each day I feel a need to check in just like with my own family. Something will have to sustain this togetherness!!!!

Julie- Enjoy your vacation! I'm leaving the 21st for 2 weeks of vacation as well. Mr. L was kind enough to get hotels along the way will internet access for my lap top.

Did anyone see Larry King last night? I was out scrapbooking, but I had a tape in. Since I've been here all morning, I haven't yet checked it out.

It is beautiful and cool this morning, so I'm off for my morning walk.

Have a Great ROTD everyone!!!

Cathy

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Good Evans - Jul 12, 2007 6:06 am (#337 of 2984)

Julie (snuffles) fingers crossed on the bundle of fur!! and have a great holiday!!

glad to hear you are enjoying the film everyone, i am so looking forward to it, less than 24 hours to go for me!

I agree Soli, Madam P and Elanor, lets hope that we all stick around a while at least!

Hi Mare - ***waves madly*** lovely to "see" you back on here.

I had bad (course related) news, I had to resubmit my finance assignment - I completely fouled up the flexed budget, I have it straightened out now and have re done it - but that was two days off my project time - BOO!! I have now broken out in a rash allover but patchy - ick and itchy - it feels just like my palms are sunburned - can you imagine that? (and I swear it is stress releated). Still I have one week left and I know it will be tight but I hope to be done on time.

big waves to Lina and Maria - just because!

Julie x

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Jenniffler - Jul 12, 2007 8:08 am (#338 of 2984)

I just read an amusing article over at The New York Times web page, entitled "The World’s Best Candy Bars? English, of Course." It reminds me of all the curiousity many forumers have about chocolate bars. European chocolates are clearly superior to American chocolates, IMHO. I refuse to eat Palmer's for any reason. Soy belongs in stir-fry, not in chocolate. *Putting a note on my fridge to buy more Nuttella spread by Ferrero in the peanut butter aisle* Yummy. I'm currently halfway through $50 worth of Rocky Mountain Chocolates to support the Young Women going to camp. I am practically giving away the milk chocolate almond and keeping the pretty good dark chocolate for Mr. Niffler, who refuses to eat more than a few ounces a day.

Good day to everyone. 8 1/2 more days. Unbelievable.

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Solitaire - Jul 12, 2007 9:09 am (#339 of 2984)

Julie, a couple of years ago I developed itchy palms AND soles of my feet one day at school. It was the oddest thing ... no rash, but I felt as if a million ants were biting me. I finally stopped it by putting my feet in water as hot as I could stand it ... and then immersing them into a pan of ice water. I don't know what happened or why, but it worked. Perhaps one of our medical people here on the Forum can explain why ...

If you have a rash, it could be eczema. I do have this in spots on my body, and it flares up periodically ... usually in times of stress. I awoke this morning scratching my knee. I thought it was a mosquito bite, since I forgot to spray my OFF! last night ... but it was just my eczema, all red and itchy. I guess it's time for the Kenalog Cream.

Jenniffler ... alas, you are correct about American vs. European chocolate. I grew up with Hershey's Kisses and M&Ms and was always a fan. In the last few years, however, I have been the recipient of some of the most exquisite French chocolate, and it has spoiled me forever (in a good way ). It has a much richer taste and a smoother "mouth feel." One or two pieces are far more satisfying than a whole bag of Kisses. I hate to be disloyal, but there you are!

Solitaire

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Ydnam96 - Jul 12, 2007 9:16 am (#340 of 2984)

Hi Mare! (sorry, I don't know how to do those cool accent thingys and don't have time to look it up).

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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Lilly P - Jul 12, 2007 9:44 am (#341 of 2984)

Well, Mr P got sworn in yesterday as an official Boise City Police officer! It was a nice ceremony. The Chief announced their names one at a time and had them stand at the front of the room and he gave description of their bios like where they went to college, what degree they had, how old they were, married/single/kids and what their previous job was. Mr. P was the only prior military, then they got to introduce all of us to everyone and then I got to go up and pin on his badge. It was great. Then the Chief gave a speech, the mayor gave one too and then there was a small reception with cookies and punch and we got to meet everyone elses family. It's only a class of 5 so there weren't that many people. And you know what Mr P did on his night to celebrate? He surprised me with tickets to OotP! I had planned on not going on opening night since this was "his" day. He's so sweet! Movie was great, a lot was left out though that I thought could have easily been included, you just dont get all the detail of the books. Anyway, I had better get ready for work, I have the closing shift tonight and have to be back to open at seven am !

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painting sheila - Jul 12, 2007 10:16 am (#342 of 2984)

okay - I swore to myself I would get tons done today so I am just popping in to share a bit of info on the 7th book.

Now worries!! It isn't a spoiler just a builder upper - is that a word? . . .

anyway, a friend has a friend that is in Japan on some sort of learning/school exchange. This person speaks many languages fluently and has already gotten the book in Swedish (?) I think.

He read it and told my friend that whatever you think is going to happen - it doesn't. He said it completely takes you where you didn't think it would!! SQQUUEEEE!!! How exciting is that!

I had my first HP dream last night. I don't remember much but that I was helping Harry and it all took place at my house.

Edit: The colors are the oatmeal with the banner in teal/aqua but I don't remember it being aqua before. I thought it was a red? or maybe it was a darker blue? I must be losing it!! Not enough sleep I am sure.

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Solitaire - Jul 12, 2007 11:46 am (#343 of 2984)

Sheila, how can someone have gotten the book when it hasn't gone on sale yet? I would think that anyone who has actually read it must be someone employed by the Bloomsbury publishing house who has been sworn to secrecy ... on pain of major lawsuits and loss of employment in the publishing industry for the rest of his life. I guess I find it hard to believe that anyone who has really read the book would ever confess such a thing. JM2K, though ... but it sounds like someone may be pulling your friend's leg.

Solitaire

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2BMcsmom - Jul 12, 2007 12:19 pm (#344 of 2984)

Congratulations to Mr. P.

A former co-workers brother thought that he was getting the last book early by buying a downloadable((?) I think these are called E books) copy. Of course it was not the real book. I would think it would be very hard to get a hold of a copy of this book.

I hope that everyone continues to come to the forum as well. I will check this thread before I will any of the others.

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Chemyst - Jul 12, 2007 12:28 pm (#345 of 2984)

If you believe the Leaky Lounge —
Swedish edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ( Harry Potter och Dödsrelikernahas) been given a November 21 release date.

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legolas returns - Jul 12, 2007 12:29 pm (#346 of 2984)

Congratulations to Mr P. You have got a good one there Lilly! THats so sweet buying you tickets.

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painting sheila - Jul 12, 2007 12:30 pm (#347 of 2984)

Oh well. It was exciting while it lasted! Ha!

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Choices - Jul 12, 2007 12:31 pm (#348 of 2984)

Congratulations to Mr. P - I send safety charms to surround him on his job. We need to support our policemen and firefighters with our prayers and our money - they are so underpaid. They put their lives on the line for us everyday. God bless them!

So sorry to hear of your loss, Madam Pince. A doctor and his wife in my church had that happen last summer. It is just terrible - I am so afraid of lightening and it gets really bad where I live.

Cheering and healing charms to all who need them. Love and (((hugs))) to all.

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Lina - Jul 12, 2007 1:18 pm (#349 of 2984)

Julie (GE), I'm sorry you had to resubmit your finance assignment, but I'm also glad that you are not totally Hermione. I have this itch on my hands coming regularly every spring and lasting until the middle of summer, for years now already. And it is definitely stress related, much stronger when there is more stress, and I guess it is sort of a sign that the time for a vacation has come.

I'm glad for your hubby, Lilly P.

Oh well. It was exciting while it lasted! Ha! -- Sheila.    LOL!

I know that the Croatian translator doesn't see the book any earlier than ordinary people. They even don't know when will the Croatian version come out.

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 12, 2007 1:21 pm (#350 of 2984)

Hugs to Madame Pince and TBE for their losses.

My excitement of seeing OoP yesterday was short lived. When I got home from the theater my beloved Chopper got in a fight with another Pitbull we are babysitting and he died. That was the most horrible thing I've efer witnessed in my life.*sob* I had the other dog chained up away from the house and Chopper ran out there and they started fighting.  I was helpless, Here alone with my kids. I couldn't break them up. They finally broke up and I had to carry my dog into the house. He was paralyzed and had obvious head injuries. I put in a frantic call to my vet. Sadly it was after hours. Hubby arrived and we knew we had to put him down. He was suffering. By the time we got him outside he died of his own accord which was a blessing in disguise because no one wanted to be the one to shoot him. My vet called me early this morning and was very supportive. It turned out she had had a dog who died from a fight too. Anyway, I wanted to share. He was such a good buddy and so lovable and good with the kids.


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Lina - Jul 12, 2007 1:24 pm (#351 of 2984)

(((((Madame Pomfrey)))) I'm so sorry.

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Allison R - Jul 12, 2007 1:27 pm (#352 of 2984)

Oh, Madame Pomfrey!! Many hugs to you and your family and the sudden loss of your furriest family member. How horrible and heartbreaking for you!

Madame Pince, I'm so sorry to hear of the fire and the treasures it claimed.

Lina, I don't know how folks can stand it that can't read the English version while waiting for the Croatian one to come out. Ack!!

Lilly P, congrats on your hubby's graduation. It sounds like a lovely ceremony!! I have to approve of his choice for entertainment after it was over, too = )

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 12, 2007 1:28 pm (#353 of 2984)

Thanks, Lina and Allison. BTW, In my post above it should read EVER not EFER. Sounds like I'm cursing.

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legolas returns - Jul 12, 2007 1:33 pm (#354 of 2984)

I am really sorry about your dog Madame P (((hugs))).

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Esther Rose - Jul 12, 2007 1:41 pm (#355 of 2984)

I am sorry to hear about your pup. Madame P.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 12, 2007 1:52 pm (#356 of 2984)

Madam Pomfrey I am sorry too hear about the death of your puppy. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Holly T. - Jul 12, 2007 1:52 pm (#357 of 2984)

(((Madame Pomfrey))) I'm so sorry about your dog.

((Julie GE)) Bummer about the assignment.

Congrats to Lilly P.'s husband!

Kathy, I had 16 people at the leader training I taught the other night--can't imagine doing that at my house with kids running around! I have a lot of work I need to do to get ready for fall recruitment in our service unit, namely recruit some other leaders to help me.

Tomorrow is my last day at this job--still lots to do!--then on Saturday son and I are going to the IMAX!

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Good Evans - Jul 12, 2007 2:17 pm (#358 of 2984)

madam Pomfrey, I am so sorry to hear about chopper. hugs to you!

thanks for the good wishes folks, unfortunately I am now a big itchy mess, it looks horrid and it is uncomfortable. If no better in the morning it will have to be the DR!

I have never suffered from excema Soli, so I will be surprised if it is that, Having said that - who knows???? 14 hours to go before I shall be sat in the movies!!!! can hardly wait!!!

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Choices - Jul 12, 2007 2:27 pm (#359 of 2984)

Madame Pomfrey, so sorry to hear about your dog. I had a Rottie and a part Rottie (both females) that I had had for about 5 years - all of a sudden they started fighting each other. It was horrible. After about four big fights, we decided to have the part Rottie put down - she was always the aggressor. It was so sad and it nearly killed us to have to do it, but we were afraid one of us would be badly hurt trying to break up a fight. You have my sympathy. A dog fight is a very traumatic thing to have to witness. (((Hugs)))

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kaykay1970 - Jul 12, 2007 3:00 pm (#360 of 2984)

((Madame Pomfrey))

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Jenniffler - Jul 12, 2007 3:12 pm (#361 of 2984)

(((Madam Pomfrey))) My sympathies.

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Lina - Jul 12, 2007 3:22 pm (#362 of 2984)

Lina, I don't know how folks can stand it that can't read the English version while waiting for the Croatian one to come out. Ack!! --Allison R

Me neither! Although, I did read the first four books in Croatian first, and actually I did wait for almost a year to buy the fourth one, hoping that it will become cheaper once that the fifth one comes out, but didn't manage to wait that long. The fifth one was bought in English right away.

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Marè - Jul 12, 2007 4:06 pm (#363 of 2984)

So sorry to hear about your dog Madame Pomfrey, **sends some more hugs**

**Waves back to everybody** Wow you are all still here! It's so good to see familiar faces!? (names?) Anyway, I can't help myself, I worked very hard last year (I'm currently employed as a postal worker to pay for my last last (I hope) bit of studying) and just hadn't as much time for internet things in general. And also, I wanted to stay spoiler free... But now that the seventh book is almost here, I started coming back and reading some minor threads again, because there is no-one who understands the happy and the sad of the HP world so well as you lot.
**insert emotional moment**
But seriously, in my country too, everybody waits for the translation, and though I have some friends who will read the book in english, there is no-one geeky enough to match me :sad:

And Mandy, don't worry about the ' on the e. I gave up on that one myself since I have a non-cooperating keyboard.

Also I put a closing tag in my last post, did that help in anyway with possible aqua coloured thingies?

Edit: Also a hello back to Miss Malaprop!

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journeymom - Jul 12, 2007 4:44 pm (#364 of 2984)

Madam P, I'm so sorry!

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 12, 2007 5:15 pm (#365 of 2984)

Thank-you all so much for your heart felt sympathies. It means so much to me. I told Mom that I needed to vent to my Lexicon friends, like I did when Mom was sick, so I would feel better and I do! Appreciated all the hugs! Again, Thank you. Kelly

Mare ,so nice to see you again!

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 12, 2007 5:36 pm (#366 of 2984)

Hello all,

I've been a Lexicon reader for years now. I'm not a frequent poster but I check in almost every day. I've been reading the forum since it was the site award winner on JKR's official website. I've always liked this forum because of it's dedication to good manners. I just recently found this thread and it's really cool how you all know each other. I feel like I know quite a few of you. I'm in central Texas (Austin area).

I read the series for about the 30th time (maybe more) starting at the May 21st but I finished too quickly. Now I'm reading them all again to try and finish HBP just before July 21st. I'm in the middle of GoF today. I won't be able to go to any release parties because of my family duties (3 kids, 16, 13 and 7). I will pick up my copy of DH and read it promptly. I finished HBP in about 15 hours (including about 4 hours sleep). :-)

Madame Pomfrey, I'm sorry to hear of you dog troubles. We have a pack here (7 dogs). We lost one last Thanksgiving and I still miss her a bunch. It's hard because they become such a part of your life.

I know that much of this may belong on the greeting thread. I hope you all will pardon the interruption. I was "seduced" by wanting to belong to this group of Harry Potter fans.

Betelguese.

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 12, 2007 5:49 pm (#367 of 2984)

Betelguese, I remember you, Welcome back! Wow, I have learned today that there are a couple of other Texans here as well. Holly T, and Catherine. I know there is someone else in Houston but, I can't remember who. I live in central Texas also, in Lockhart. How potterish is that?

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Choices - Jul 12, 2007 5:58 pm (#368 of 2984)

Betelgeuse, welcome back. You posted in exactly the right spot. I am in Alabama (Mobile) and I feel like everyone from Texas to Florida are neighbors. So, howdy! :-)

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Puck - Jul 12, 2007 6:22 pm (#369 of 2984)

Hello to Betelgeuse.

Hugs to Kelly. Perhaps your Chopper and my Gwen are frolicking somewhere together, as she just passed as well.

Jaimie, congrats to your hubby. It must be nice to have him home.

Today was Mr. Puck's birthday. I made red velvet cake.

Kathy

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Choices - Jul 12, 2007 6:25 pm (#370 of 2984)

Oh, Happy Birthday to Mr. Puck and ummmm, pass a piece of that cake! LOL It sounds delicious.

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Lavandula - Jul 12, 2007 6:47 pm (#371 of 2984)

Kathy- Happy Birthday to Mr. Puck. I think I remember his birthday last year. Didn't you make him red velvet cake then as well? I remember we started a conversation about the red dye or something...*toddles off looking for St. Mungo's to be with Gilderoy*

Madame Pomprey- ((((hugs)))) So very sorry to have that experience with your loving pet. Charms being sent your way for you and your family.

Welcome Betelgeuse!!! What does your name refer to or mean? Curious.

I spent the whole day working on my to-do list. I am going on a shopping trip Monday and Tuesday with some friends and then on Wednesday our company arrives until we leave for vacation on Saturday. If I don't get things done now I never will. The van is sparkling clean. I scrubbed the upholstery and the carpets as well as all the other cleanable surfaces. (2 1/2 hours) I then proceeded to finish cleaning the grout between the tile in my kitchen/bath/mud room area. You wouldn't believe how disgusting the grout has become since the last time I did this awful job. It kills my knees and shoulders, so I can only do so much in any one day. This was the fourth day working on it and it's finally done. I think I'll smell like bleach for weeks!!!

Enjoy the movie to all who haven't yet seen it. Hugs and cheering charms for all who need them!!!!!!!

Have a great ROTD/N everyone!

Cathy

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 12, 2007 6:58 pm (#372 of 2984)

Betelgeuse is a bright red star in the constellation Orion. Bellatrix is also in Orion (one of Orion's belt stars). Sirius is in Canis Major and Regulus is in Leo. I chose the name since I thought it fit with the star/mythology naming of the Blacks. My brothers showed me Betelgeuse when I was a young boy and I have always loved the name since it sounds so silly. I don't know any mythos associated with the name but I'll look it up.

I picked some peaches from my peach trees this afternoon. I have 7 peach trees of different varieties. I've had ripe peaches on and off for the past 2 months. They are the best when they almost explode when you bite them. We've been making peach and blackberry cobbler fairly often this year.

Betelgueuse

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Solitaire - Jul 12, 2007 7:22 pm (#373 of 2984)

(((((Madam Pomfrey))))) I am so sorry about your dog. What will you do about the other dog? Doesn't this have to be reported, or are you going to just let it go, since no one else knows?

I hope no one ever has to witness a pet being attacked like this, but ... When I was a kid, one of my friends saw another dog attacking her dog in the yard. She grabbed a garden hose, turned it on full blast, and aimed it in the attacking dog's ear ... he let go immediately! I know others who have used this technique successfully since then, one on a pit bull who had grabbed a toddler by the arm and would not let it go. It may not always work, but it's worth a try. Again, I am so sorry for the loss of your family pet. ((((hugs))))) to you and your family.

Congratulations to Mr. Lilly P!

Julie, I'd never suffered from eczema or any other skin rash. This just magically appeared back in the spring of 2000, when I was under intense stress. Turns out it is related to my Reiter's Syndrome, as is my Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Hi, Betelgeuse! Good to see you again.

Puck, you have a dog named Gwen? Hm ... Journeymom, what do you think about that! (Puck, check my email addy. BTW, Happy Birthday, Mr. Puck!

Solitaire

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Jenniffler - Jul 12, 2007 7:52 pm (#374 of 2984)

Solitaire--Turns out it is related to my Reiter's Syndrome, as is my Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Have you ever heard of Psoriatic Arthritis? My mom gets a rash on her face if she only a little stressed. But since she's been diagnosed her knees don't give way as much.

I get ugly patches on my knuckles in cold weather or if I forget gloves while doing dishes, so I can relate, except for the swollen joints.

Betelgeuse Black and Madam Pomfrey, are you just now admitting your Texas ties? Welcome, but be warned once you're here, it's in your blood and in your voice, permanently.

Choices, hello neighbor, we're practically sitting on the same latitude. *Waves*

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Mediwitch - Jul 12, 2007 8:09 pm (#375 of 2984)

(((((Madam Pomfrey)))) I'm so sorry to hear about your pup.

Lilly P - congratulations to your hubby!

Julie/GE - That's too bad about your assignment. How frustrating!

Welcome back to Mare and Betelgeuse!

Hmm...stress certainly does contribute to skin complaints! I get dermatitis on my hands and wrists when I use harsh soaps or have loads of stress. It's like teeny tiny blisters and they ITCH horribly. I have had to get a prescription lotion from my allergist as it's related to allergies. Don't you just love what the human body can do when it attacks itself?

I went to my first water aerobics class tonight - it was fun but I think I will be a bot sore tomorrow!

Happy Birthday 11 to Mr. Puck!

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Allison R - Jul 12, 2007 9:11 pm (#376 of 2984)

Jennifler, I too have to wear gloves when doing dishes or my hands get dry enough that they crack and bleed. Winter time really does me in! All year round I observe a very dilligent routine of slathering on some hydrocortizone cream followed by some good ointment with Shea butter. It's the only thing I've found that helps!

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 12, 2007 9:39 pm (#377 of 2984)

Cathy, I'm so sorry about your Kitty, Gwen.I am very behind on posts so I've shamefully missed quite a few.

Soli, The dog who killed my Chopper is a dog I have been dogsitting for a week. I had him chained close to his doghouse and far away from mine and my pets home. His owner is very upset about it and wouldn't blame us if we shot him. As hurt as I am, I just can't. He is as loveable with humans as Chopper was, but both were Males and territorial. Chopper got too close to his domain. Well, in actuality, it was Chopper who ran out there and picked the fight, maybe because my daughter and I were outside. I feel it is all my fault because I should have thought to put him inside when I knew we were going to the barn which is close to where he is kept. as for the water idea, I was heading that way with a 5 gallon bucket of water(the hose won't reach) but I was too late,

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kaykay1970 - Jul 12, 2007 10:29 pm (#378 of 2984)

Hubby took the eldest to Freshman orientation at her college. She sounds like she's having a great time! She loves the campus and has met some very nice people. She sounded a bit overwhelmed at the size of the campus and says her feet are sore from walking all day long! She took her Math placement test and feels that she did really well on it. She didn't feel very confident about the foriegn language test though. But she really didn't expect to do well on it considering her French teacher really didn't teach them much about the language. The teacher seemed to concentrate more on culture than anything else.

So jealous of everyone that already seen the movie. We're going next weekend. (sigh)

Healing and chearing charms to all that need them!

Happy birthday Mr. Puck!

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Solitaire - Jul 12, 2007 10:31 pm (#379 of 2984)

I just wondered, Madame P. Around here, if any dog kills another animal or attacks a person, the fine is so huge to keep the dog alive that most owners tend to surrender the animal to be euthanized. It's sad, really, because I know of a couple of cases where someone lied about the dog in question having attacked him--but the dog couldn't defend itself. I'm really sorry about your dog.

Solitaire

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 12, 2007 11:42 pm (#380 of 2984)

Now it’s as if I’ve suddenly realized the world is going to end very very soon and I’d like to be back among people who are also aware of this dreadful fact! Miss Malaprop

Yes, indeed Miss Malaprop! What a dreadful fact. Even though there are 2 more movies I felt melancholy leaving the theatre 2 days ago because there are only 2 left. One very short week from today, (it's already Friday here) I line up to buy ==the last book=. uggg Sad

On a much happier note, I signed my kids up for an overnight science camp, one night only. Of course this was scheduled for 7/20. When I spoke to them they said that was the only day they could schedule it.

I gave my kids the choice of going and but also considered taking them out at 11:30 to go for the book. Well they called me today to say the camp has been re-scheduled because so many parents were having the same dilemma!!! HA!

Madame Pomfrey how horrible all around. So sorry to hear about it. I pet sat twice this year each time with near disastrous results. Remember the runaway bunnies? With the dogs, I fell and near broke my back in 2.

On the skin allergy and irritation, I can claim nearly expert experience on the topic. After years of treatments, doctors, tests, drugs and a biopsy, the big cure was ==stop drinking milk and all milk products!== I who loved milk and ice cream so much. Now you would never know was that miserable person of 4-5 suffering. Even my eczema has been reduced significantly. And let me tell you it tough giving up cheese. I stocked cheese the way some people stock meat.

Happy Birthday Mr Puck!

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Good Evans - Jul 13, 2007 12:05 am (#381 of 2984)

Happy birthday Mr Puck!!!! whats a red velvet cake? is red velvet edible???

It is 13th here, and my wedding anniversary, five years today - ahhh!!

unfortunately it looks like I need to visit the Dr, the rash is now literally everwhere, NHS direct suggests hives, but I just can't think what I have eaten / touched that is new. Also it hasn't gone away after a few hours, my fingers are actually "sore" typing and that is not good! Going to try to get in this morning or later this evening - I dont think I am contagious, so I am going to see OOTP this afternoon as planned (I dont think it will be that packed - kids aren't finished school yet) so I will try to sit in a corner!

welcome back returning forummers, its like seeing old friends, lovely to have you all back for the build up to the climax!

Julie x

edit - oh crumbs.. I dont want to give up cheese! I adore it. lets hope something else!!!!

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azi - Jul 13, 2007 1:32 am (#382 of 2984)

**hugs** Madame Pomfrey!

Kay - glad to hear your daughter is enjoying her new campus!

Healing charms JulieGE! Happy anniversary (hope it wasn't Friday 13th when you married )!

Having had excema all my life, I can sympathise with constant itching. Mine is particularly bad at the moment. Fortunately, my doctor gave me stronger steroids to get rid of the worst bits (obviously, you can't use much of it). Usually, I use Epaderm or Aqueous cream, with a weaker steroid when it's bad.

Lovely, sunny days to all! It's not so nice here...but I have a weird urge to do exercise.

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kabloink! - Jul 13, 2007 4:23 am (#383 of 2984)

Hmm Why would someone take an infant to a movie like that? I could see a really little baby who sleeps all the time in a movie with a constant sound level, like your average romantic comedy, or something like that, but not something like Harry Potter that gets really loud. I had thought about taking Ian, as it was after he would be asleep, but loud noises do bother him, so I made sitter arrangements several weeks in advance. (I've done the same for the book release).

I was at my sister-in-law's house when I saw the news clip about Lady Bird Johnson. Heh, SIL had to ask me who she was...

You know, Elanor, its really crazy, but I think I joined back at the end of...2002 was it? I'm pretty sure I joined in December of the Forum's first year, so I think it's been 5 years for me. Granted, I come and go quite a bit, but I really do love you guys-you've been here through all of my moves around Michigan. Truth be told, since the forum "blew up" over the past few years, I don't do much with the other threads, just this one.

(((HUGS))) to Madame Pomfrey and Madame Pince

Healing charms to all those with skin irritation. Mine gets really horrible in the winter time. I like a good, thick cocoa butter formula, but I've been told not to use that while pregnant anymore...Apparently there's too much caffeine in it? I'm suspicious of that one, but I suppose I'll follow doctor's orders...

Have a great ROTD/N everyone!

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Chemyst - Jul 13, 2007 5:24 am (#384 of 2984)

((Madame Pomfrey)) Chopper sounds like he was a very valiant dog to defend your family. I'm sorry for your loss. We have similar rules to Soli's area on reporting dog attacks and I was wondering about that too.

Ah, Friday the 13th. I did some googling and was surprised to find how many cultures/religions have similar superstitions/myths. Have any of you from the UK heard of "Hangman's Day?" I never have, but it was listed as a Friday the 13th legend. JKR has used the hangman thing on her website in the past so I was wondering if anything fell through the cracks in the culture gap.

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Elanor - Jul 13, 2007 6:18 am (#385 of 2984)

((((Madame Pomfrey))))) It must have been a terrible experience. The rule is the same here: if a dog like this attacks, it is put down.

BTW, talking about "here", if some of you watch the Tour de France, today's stage is the one that comes the closest to my area (about 80 km far from here).

Very interesting about Hangman's Day Chemyst! The Hanged Man symbolism is something we've very often discussed on the alchemy thread. I would love to have more details about Hangman's Day too!

Kabloink, I usually do the opposite: I post on my favorite threads (alchemy thread, games, trivia, YKYHPF etc) and only read a few others including this one because this thread goes too fast for me to catch up on it during the school year. Often, when I read it I think of stories or details I could post but by the time I am able to do so, the discussion has already moved to something else. It is soooooo good to be on holidays and try and catch up on the whole forum!

Have a great day everybody!
**sending healing charms to Julie GE**
Audrey

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painting sheila - Jul 13, 2007 6:31 am (#386 of 2984)

OH!! (((((Madame Pomfrey)))) I am so sorry! That sounds horrible! I think we have the same laws here about dog attacks. I guess the theory is that once a dog attacks it increases the chances that it will attack again. You poor thing! again, I am so sorry you had to witness that and deal with your sweet Chomper passing.

Not much else going on here. I am down to the wire on costumes for the outdoor drama. A week from yesterday will be opening night. I still have about 40 more people that haven't shown up to costume.

Did I tell you all had part of a maple tree go down? There was/is a big beautiful maple in our front yard. It looked like it was 3 or 4 maples that had grown up together with big beautiful branches that gave great shade to the front yard. On Wednesday night we had hard rain and ( I guess) strong winds. One of the tree parts fell. It covered the driveway and the street. I had to hire a tree guy to come and take care of it. It looks like I am going to have to have the rest of the tree taken out also. It is rotted at the base pretty much all the way through. We are lucky to have had it this long it seems. I am going to miss it when it is gone. It looks so beautiful in the fall. I think I will keep some stumps and see if I can make chairs out of the for the natural areas in the front yard.

off to sew -

She

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The giant squid - Jul 13, 2007 6:37 am (#387 of 2984)

Good 'eavens, Julie--Happy Anniversary!

I had a hectic couple of days at work. I was scrambling around on a platform behind a movie screen messing with amplifiers trying to figure out why one of the theaters showing OotP had muffled dialogue. I finally managed to figure it out after the 4th attempt (there are so many connections & variables involved with making your movie sound good... ) but in all the chaos I apparently strained a couple of stomach muscles. It feels like I've been doing situps for 12 hours straight. Ah well, at least they can hear HP in all it's glory again!

--Mike

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 13, 2007 7:14 am (#388 of 2984)

I don't know what the laws are here. I know in town there are strict laws but I live in the country. When I told my vet the story she didn't say anything about calling the law. She went on to tell me about her dog that was killed in a fight. She told me that Pitbulls will fight to the death, It's their instinct. Chopper was the 3rd Pit I've had and I never knew that. I knew that some people illegally fight them(the thought makes me sick to my stomach) and when they do fight they get lockjaw, which is why you can't pry them apart. I should have known better than to have two testosteronial males in the same vicinity. A very costly error on my part. Being that Chopper ran out to where Bolt was tied up would probably make him the aggressor. But, it was still Choppy's property. He would not have done it had my daughter and I not walked that way. I guess it is a male thing. I have two other dogs both female, one is fixed and one is a pup. Also, ducks and cats, and they all got along so well.

Mrs.Sirius,I remember the bunnies. I will not petsit again.

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Puck - Jul 13, 2007 10:03 am (#389 of 2984)

Thanks for the birthday wishes for hubby! Red Velvet cake is red from food color. The velvet texture comes from a combination of baking soda and vinegar.

Soliatire, Gwen was the kitty that passed earlier this week. I smiled when I read that address.

We went shopping for all the things to set the table and fill the pinata for Diva's party on Sunday. (Tuesday is her birthday.) I went to the bookstore to get books instead of handing out goody bags. I had done my preorder over the phone, but asked and recieved my HP pin.

Time to put Toddler down for nap, then I get to clean the outside garbage can.

Kathy

edit: Do any of you have that skin problem near your rings? I haven't been able to wear my engagement ring in months. The wedding band doesn't seem to irritate my hand the same way, though the are made of the same metal. It gets red, dry, and horribly itchy.

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Choices - Jul 13, 2007 10:40 am (#390 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary to Good Evans! Welcome to new forum members. Cheering and healing charms to all who need them.

**Waves to Texas neighbors** LOL

Have a happy and safe Friday the 13th. Love and (((hugs))) to all.

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Holly T. - Jul 13, 2007 11:13 am (#391 of 2984)

I didn't realize we had so many Texas forumers! (But Catherine no longer lives in Texas.)

Just had the completely surreal experience of watching the Lady Bird Johnson memorial service from the window while playing it on C-Span at the same time. We scoped out which co-worker's office had the best view (not blocked by trees and/or cameras) and all gathered there to watch. We had our parking permits checked this morning before we could get in the staff lot to park. Media trucks everywhere, lots of cameras, etc.

Friday the 13th and my last day at work and still lots to do (especially since we all basically just took an hour break).

((Hugs )) to all! Will try and catch up over the weekend--especially after I see the movie!!

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Good Evans - Jul 13, 2007 11:19 am (#392 of 2984)

HI - thanks for the anniversary wishes guys!

thoroughly enjoyed OOTP, not perfect, not enough Tonks and Lupin but good!

Dr says it is allergic reaction , no idea to what, very itchy now.

going to settle down to a nice glass of wine, Have a lovely rest of the day everyone...

Julie

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journeymom - Jul 13, 2007 11:37 am (#393 of 2984)

Puck, you have a dog named Gwen? Hm ... Journeymom, what do you think about that!

Lol! My fourth grade teacher named his cat Gwen...

We're off to Oregon and Crater Lake, today! Yay!

Happy Harry Pottering, and have a wonderful weekend, all.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 13, 2007 11:42 am (#394 of 2984)

BTW, talking about "here", if some of you watch the Tour de France, today's stage is the one that comes the closest to my area (about 80 km far from here). Audrey

My husband and I watch the tour every day. We record the morning edition and watch it in the evening. What town are you in Audrey? I'll keep an eye out for it.

Journeymom have a wonderful trip!

Hugs to all who need them. LPO

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Solitaire - Jul 13, 2007 11:49 am (#395 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary, Julie and Mr. Julie!

I have a weird urge to do exercise  Quick, Azi ... lie down and take a nap until it goes away! Just kidding!

About Hangman's Day ... do you suppose we will get any little "tidbits" on Jo's site?

Oh, Sheila! I am so sorry about your tree. Every spring I am on pins and needles, waiting for the big elm in my front yard to show signs of life. One year, it did not leaf out until well into April. I thought it was dead! I've lost a couple of other trees--one a fabulous, productive peach tree--since I've lived here, due to ... well, I am not sure why. One day, they were fine. The next day ... they were dead. Just like that.

Healing charms to Mr. Squid's stomach muscles!

My parents had 2 female Dobermans for many years. They were pussycats ... so to speak. One day, when my mom was working on her knees out in the front flower bed, a neighbor came up behind her and put his hand on her shoulder. Sasha, the younger dog, saw it and just went ballistic! Fortunately, she was on the other side of a chain link fence, but she scared the old neighbor nearly to death! After that, when that neighbor came onto our property, Sasha would really bark. ???

I'm surprised at all these animals named Gwen. And here I thought the name had been in mothballs for decades! Hm ...

Solitaire

Edit: I misread your earlier post, Madame P., and commented accordingly. I have since edited my post to take out the error. I'm sorry ... that'll teach me to post and talk on the phone simultaneously.

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Holly T. - Jul 13, 2007 12:35 pm (#396 of 2984)

Fluffy cat was almost named Gwen but she became Lydia instead.

Happy anniversary Julie!

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 13, 2007 12:53 pm (#397 of 2984)

One or two pieces are far more satisfying than a whole bag of Kisses—Solitaire

I'll have to take your word for it as my teeth probably couldn't take the research.

Well, I have shocked everyone I know by not having seen the movie yet, but I've been holding out for tonight. I've got an uber-hot date lined up. It should be a blast! **waves to no one in particular****

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Esther Rose - Jul 13, 2007 12:59 pm (#398 of 2984)

Good things come to those who wait.

Good luck on your Uber-hot date!

May your mistletoe be nargle free!

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Solitaire - Jul 13, 2007 1:00 pm (#399 of 2984)

I haven't seen the movie, Loopy ... but I probably won't see it until it comes out on video. I'm not much for movie theatres. LOL I agree with Esther Rose ... good luck on your hot date!

Solitaire

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Catherine - Jul 13, 2007 1:04 pm (#400 of 2984)

Well, I have shocked everyone I know by not having seen the movie yet, but I've been holding out for tonight. I've got an uber-hot date lined up. It should be a blast! **waves to no one in particular**** --Loopy Lupin

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Re: Chat & Greetings 2007

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Jenniffler - Jul 13, 2007 1:04 pm (#401 of 2984)

Loopy, should a uber-hot date go to the HP movie, unless they think that's part of the hotness? About the chocolates, no one says you can't brush immediately after, in fact you probably should.

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Solitaire - Jul 13, 2007 1:11 pm (#402 of 2984)

I have to watch my sugars, Loopy, as I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes not quite a year ago. I may have given up Hershey Kisses and M&Ms, but I am NOT giving up all chocolate. Instead, I wait for my special chocolate. Then I just cut my starches/sugars in other spots and limit myself to one or two pieces a day. This makes it last longer anyway! About your teeth ... I agree with Jennifer. Just brush immediately after you finish. No one should give up chocolate unless it is absolutely necessary. After all, it helps keep the Dementors away!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 13, 2007 1:11 pm (#403 of 2984)

**Hugs** to Madam Pomfrey. I'm so sorry!

Happy Belated Birthday to Mr. Puck, and Happy Anniversary to the JulieGEs!

I just realized- if I cleared out all my cookies and such on my computer, does that mean I lost all the fun stuff on JKR's site? I'd check my computer, but there isn't any wireless internet available at the house I'm staying at, and am using my friend's computer.

Have fun at the movie, Loopy!

There weren't any young children or babies in the theater when I went and saw the movie- it was mostly adults and a bunch of high schoolers.

Off to walk the dog and get ready for work.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Jul 13, 2007 1:21 pm (#404 of 2984)

I just watched a show on BBC America called How Clean Is Your House? Has anyone seen this show? Honestly! Where do they find the people who agree to be on it? I've seen messy homes and dirty homes before, but the filth in most of the places I've seen these ladies tackle is beyond anything I could imagine as being liveable. Is this show popular in the UK, or is it something only for American audiences?

Solitaire

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 13, 2007 1:32 pm (#405 of 2984)

I have not seen the movie yet either. I'm hoping to catch a matinee with Mrs. Betelgeuse (my idea of a hot date!) on Saturday at the Imax. She wants to see it this weekend since her birthday is Sunday. YES!!! There are so many reasons I love that woman! She will probably let me read all of Deathly Hallows without being bothered (within reason, that is... we do have 3 kids ).

Betelgeuse

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Denise P. - Jul 13, 2007 1:33 pm (#406 of 2984)

Ohhh...I want to hear more about this uber-hot date Loopy has. I have it on good authority that Loopy has been practicing his moves since his date is expecting a huggle and a sloppy kiss on the cheek

I prefer Nestle chocolate over Hershey but it is harder to find. I really like the Lindor truffles but I try not to get them often. As it is, I have to go to Great Harvest tomorrow to get bread for church and it is nearly impossible for me to get out of there without bringing home bread for us too.

Betelgeuse - Mr. Denise lets me read as well. My kids pester me to tell them what is happening. I have an 11 am class an hour away that Saturday so I am not sure how long I will read before I have to take a break to sleep and go to class.

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Catherine - Jul 13, 2007 1:35 pm (#407 of 2984)

Ohhh...I want to hear more about this uber-hot date Loopy has.

I have it on good authority that Loopy has been practicing his moves since his date is expecting a huggle and a sloppy kiss on the cheek –Denise


But I heard that his hot date is an expert at avoiding these embraces and is good at running away.

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Allison R - Jul 13, 2007 1:53 pm (#408 of 2984)

I prefer Nestle chocolate over Hershey but it is harder to find. Denise



Greetings from a fellow unabashed chocolate snob!! Hershey's chocolate (besides being hugely inferior in terms of creaminess and texture in the mouth while chewing) leaves my mouth with an aftertaste that reminds me of, well... spew (to say it as delicately as possible).

Nestles is MUCH superior! Have you tried DOVE brand chocolates? Those are my favorite off-the-shelf chocolates. I haven't ever gotten the chance to try European chocolate, but I've heard it's much better than anything we can get in America. One day I hope to be able to find out for myself!

Loopy, have fun on your date!

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Lina - Jul 13, 2007 1:54 pm (#409 of 2984)

Happy birthday to Mr. Puck and to Diva too!

Happy anniversary and healing charms to Julie (GE)!

Kathy, I do often have problems under my ring but that is not exclusively. Yet, there are some rings that I cannot wear at any time of year. Late spring and early summer, I have problems even if I don't wear any ring. Well, they are not so bad to make me ask for medical help.

I think I mentioned already about Mihaela deciding to give up athletics, then changing her mind. But now, after seeing the accident in Rome, I might start talking her off...

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Esther Rose - Jul 13, 2007 2:13 pm (#410 of 2984)
Edited Jul 13, 2007 2:49 pm

Psst... Allison R., Denise, Move closer to Wisconsin. The south east part. Like around the Burlington, WI area. They have a Nestle Factory there.

Edited to add. I used to live in Wisconsin. My family lives near the Madison/ Milwaukee area. Now I live in Boston, Mass. But the Nestle Chocolate Factory in Burlington is common knowledge to Wisconsinites.

And your answer is Yes Allison R.. I believe they also throw Nestle chocolates to parade patrons there as well.

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 13, 2007 2:20 pm (#411 of 2984)

But I heard that his hot date is an expert at avoiding these embraces and is good at running away. – Catherine

Well, it seems she's changed her mind. Oh goody!

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Denise P. - Jul 13, 2007 2:26 pm (#412 of 2984)

I bet she has a prearranged time for a friend to call so there can be an "emergency" if needs be.   What?? You thought women only did that in movies?

Esther, that would be great! We have a local store, Shoppers, who has the giant Nestle bars on sale often at 10 for $10 so when they are on sale, Mr. Denise picks up a bunch. Silly man leaves them out in the open though rather than hide a few.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 13, 2007 2:31 pm (#413 of 2984)

I am a chocolate lover also. The best chocolate I ever tasted was in, where else, Belgium! My mouth waters to think of it.

Those of you residing in the UK please let the rest of us know what you think of the new HP stamps when they come out. I hope we can order them.

Loopy I hope no emergency mars your wonderful evening! I loved the movie. LPO

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Allison R - Jul 13, 2007 2:32 pm (#414 of 2984)

Esther, you lucky gal you!! I would love to live near a Nestle's factory! Oh, I bet you can buy the rejects and cast-offs for cheap there, can't you? (the ones that didn't come out the right size/shape/weight and can't be sold under the offical wrapper and title)

Okay, I have to stop. I'm going to start drooling on the keyboard LOL

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 13, 2007 2:39 pm (#415 of 2984)

...but I've been holding out for tonight...---Loopy Lupin
Let's hope your date has as well.

I bet she has a prearranged time for a friend to call so there can be an "emergency" if needs be---Denise
I hope her friend remembers her number.

But I heard that his hot date is an expert at avoiding these embraces and is good at running away.---Catherine
She can't be that good. I hear she's got like a bazillion kids.

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azi - Jul 13, 2007 2:51 pm (#416 of 2984)

Soli - we do have that TV programme in the UK, and I agree, those houses are disgusting!

Lina - what happened in Rome? I can't find anything!

Living in York, we have a Nestle factory. Alas, they're cutting down production so you don't get nice smells. Terry's closed a few years ago now as well. Cadbury's have an increasing number of shops to sell misfit/out of date chocolate, but generally it isn't much cheaper than their usual stuff!

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Chemyst - Jul 13, 2007 3:27 pm (#417 of 2984)

Azi, I found this:
French long jumper grazed by javelin at meet in Rome
Detroit Free Press - 1 hour, 18 minutes ago   ROME -- French long jumper Salim Sdiri was rushed to a hospital after he was hit by a javelin during the Golden Gala meet on Friday.


a huggle and a sloppy kiss   ...  um, Denise, are you sure you haven't been spending too much time with Tinsel? It sounds like you are starting to talk doggie.

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Solitaire - Jul 13, 2007 3:51 pm (#418 of 2984)

It sounds like you are starting to talk doggie.

Chemyst, I am glad YOU are the one to say that. I have to say that the "sloppy kisses" reminded me of my dog Quinn, who used to love to give them! I have to say, it gave me pause ...

Solitaire

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Denise P. - Jul 13, 2007 3:55 pm (#419 of 2984)

Hey, I was just repeating what I heard about Wayne's kissing abilities Maybe I was misinformed.....

Woof...

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Chemyst - Jul 13, 2007 4:34 pm (#420 of 2984)

Or maybe not. Didn't he once say he had basset hound siblings?

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Puck - Jul 13, 2007 4:39 pm (#421 of 2984)

Good Heavens! I missed Julie's anniversary! I hope it was happy.

Soli, I love watching that show. I always feel much better about the condition of my own house after watching it.

Esther Rose, how did I miss the fact that you live in Boston? Did you know Jordan's in Natick has the IMAX OotP? I hoping it stays through the summer, so I can get out there to see it.

Time to put kids to put and finish GoF. One more week to read the last 2 before getting the last one.

Kathy

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Solitaire - Jul 13, 2007 5:30 pm (#422 of 2984)

I always feel much better about the condition of my own house after watching it.

Can you believe some of the stuff she scrapes off countertops where food is prepared ... and then cultues in a lab? OMG!!! What amazes me is that people are still alive after living like this. I mean, they seem like normal people in other ways. But they are living in giant petri dishes full of mold and bacteria and other things I won't mention ... and they are eating and sleeping in it!

Puck, compared to those houses, ours are probably like sterile environments! LOL

Solitaire

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Ydnam96 - Jul 13, 2007 6:04 pm (#423 of 2984)

There were so many posts I had to jump ahead.

Madame Pomfrey I am so sorry about loss.

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Choices - Jul 13, 2007 6:25 pm (#424 of 2984)

I must confess that I love chocolate, too. I have never had the expensive, exotic chocolates from abroad, but I do prefer Dove chocolate. My family loads me up with Dove chocolates for every occasion. My favorite is just the plain milk chocolate - ahhhhh! Heavenly!

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painting sheila - Jul 13, 2007 7:17 pm (#425 of 2984)

Puck - I get that around my rings. It is like athletes feet - a fungus. Just use the same stuff you would on your feet. Treat the ring also and it should be okay.

We had rehearsal today. We have a real battle master come out from LA and train the guys on how to "fight". Pretty cool! Littlest Guy is bound and determined to fight in the revolutionary war! We have cooled his heels a little by telling him he can fight in the Indian battles. A blue eyed blonde haired Native American . . . hmmm . . it could happen!

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 13, 2007 7:51 pm (#426 of 2984)

Speaking of chocolate ,I just happened to be eating some during the dementor attack in Oop movie. Good Thing!

Happy Anniversary to Julie and Hubby and Happy Birthday to Mr.Puck!!

Soli, I saw that show once. That was enough. The episode I saw was with 2 female roommates. It was discrusting

Sheila, littlest guy is a cutiepie!

Thanks again for everyones support. I still cry off and on, but its getting better.

Happy Friday the 13th everyone!!

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The giant squid - Jul 13, 2007 9:42 pm (#427 of 2984)

Good luck, Loopy! **waves back, since I feel like no one in particular**

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Elanor - Jul 13, 2007 9:45 pm (#428 of 2984)

I love chocolate too! My favorite is milk chocolate in which there are dried fruits (raisins, dried apricots, etc, etc). Yummy!!

LPO: "My husband and I watch the tour every day. We record the morning edition and watch it in the evening. What town are you in Audrey? I'll keep an eye out for it. "

I live in Charlieu (Loire). I won't put a link (though the site is completely forum-friendly) but if you search Charlieu on Wikipedia, there is a link to the town's site in the article (and the site has an English version). The Tour has sometimes come very close to here but this year it has passed a bit northern.

I'm glad you enjoy watching the Tour BTW! As far as I can remember, July has always meant "The Tour" in my family and we've been "sur la route du Tour" ("on the Tour's Road") quite often. When I graduated, my Godfather's present was to drive me to see a Time Trial in the Alps, which was a wonderful present! All stages are nice to watch but when you go and see it, the Time Trial ones are particularly impressive, the Team Time Trials especially (but there is none this year).

Today's stage, which marks the entrance of the Tour in the Alps should be great, and terribly difficult for the ones who have been injured in the previous stages. Poor Kloden and Vino! I do admire racing cyclists, it seems easy when you watch them but some will go through a living hell today and tomorrow, like Kloden: imagine living a mountain stage on a bike when suffering from a fissure of the tailbone! **shudders**

Watch for French cyclists breakaways today BTW. It is July 14th, they'll want to celebrate!

Have a great night/day everybody!
Audrey

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Jenniffler - Jul 13, 2007 9:55 pm (#429 of 2984)

Happy July 14 Audrey!

Have fun storming the castle! (Miracle Max from the Princess Bride.)

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Ydnam96 - Jul 13, 2007 9:55 pm (#430 of 2984)

Is the 14th Bastille Day?

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Elanor - Jul 13, 2007 10:01 pm (#431 of 2984)
Edited Jul 13, 2007 10:34 pm

Thanks Jennifler! Yes, it is Mandy! BTW, it is only called "the 14th of July" here, and not Bastille Day. The day promises to be warm and sunny (something very rare here lately) so this weekend is likely to mean BBQ and fireworks for most people here. Some towns also still have some free "dances" organized in the streets but they're not very popular anymore.

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 13, 2007 10:58 pm (#432 of 2984)

Having had excema all my life, I can sympathise with constant itching. Mine is particularly bad at the moment. Fortunately, my doctor gave me stronger steroids to get rid of the worst bits (obviously, you can't use much of it). Usually, I use Epaderm or Aqueous cream, with a weaker steroid when it's bad.

Lovely, sunny days to all! It's not so nice here...but I have a weird urge to do exercise. azi


Lie down dear and take a few breaths, the feeling should pass.

As for the steroids, having had eczema all my life I too used steroid creams for years. But as you approach that delicate age of 30, doctors are reluctant to continue with the steroids. When my son was born the pediatrician recommended Aquaphor cream for his eczema. It worked wonders, within hours his skin was better and I have used Aquaphor as my only moisturizer since. He is now 11.

Happy Anniversary Good Evans, were you married on a Thursday?

Last night I took my kids and a friend ages, 8 and 11, to see McBeth. It was an out door production, bring your blanket or chair. During the first hour they squirmed and talked “I kept saying to myself, what was I thinking???” Once the violence picked, duels, brawls, swordfights beheading, up they really perked up. Today my son asked if we could go back to see it again!

Loopy does your date have a fever?

Chocolate in the US and Europe are different even if they have the same brand name. I was so excited when Toleberone was first sold here. When I first had it in England I was in love, totally addicted to it. Toleberone sold in the USA is nothing like the British stuff.

Happy not Bastille Day but July 14, Audrey.



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Solitaire - Jul 13, 2007 11:10 pm (#433 of 2984)

Elanor, Heureux le 14ème juillet !

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Lina - Jul 14, 2007 12:01 am (#434 of 2984)

Chemyst, thanks for posting the news for me. I would have spent a lot of time searching the dictionary instead of looking for the news on Internet. But the good news is that the injury is not as bad as someone would expect. Yet, suddenly is sounds like a very dangerous sport.

Kathy, I agree about feeling much better about the condition of my own home. I saw similar situations only on Oprah show and I keep wondering what would those experts tell me.

Happy 14th of July to all our French forumers!

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Good Evans - Jul 14, 2007 3:50 am (#435 of 2984)
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Happy 14th July (non Bastille Day) to the French, a very interesting anniversary and pivotal in the events that lead to the French Revolution (says she; remembering her A level French History! )

Mrs Sirius, no, we married on a Saturday - Saturday 13th July 2002 (Sunday 2003 / Tuesday 2004 (leap year) / Wednesday 2005 / Thursday 2006 and Friday 2007 - does that make sense?).

thank you all for your wishes, we had a nice day, watched THE movie, had an indian takeaway for Dinner and two friends popped round for a drink in the evening. Besides my spots (which show no sign of abating, but are no worse today) it was lovely.

On chocolate: someone posted a while ago that Dove in the US is the same as our Cadbury's over here. Cadburys is heaven in a purple wrapper!! I like nestle and I love Reeces peanut cups (Hershey) but otherwise it is cadburys all the way for me!

Funny about all these cats called Gwen, it puts me in mind of Soli's old avatar!

As for Doggie talk and sloppy kisses.. where would we be without them? a special paws for remembrance ....to all the doggie sloppy kisses that we have had over the years and the wonderful canines that parted with them so freely!!!!

I have forgotten everything else I was going to say.... hmm ah well happy days and I ahd better get back to my project as hubby is dutifully doing the housework while I am doing my project, I dont think he would be best pleased if he knew I was on here, catching up!

Julie x

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Round Pink Spider - Jul 14, 2007 7:00 am (#436 of 2984)

edit: Do any of you have that skin problem near your rings? I haven't been able to wear my engagement ring in months. The wedding band doesn't seem to irritate my hand the same way, though the are made of the same metal. It gets red, dry, and horribly itchy.

Puck, my daughter, sister, and grandmother all had metal allergies. If treating the ring doesn't help (and I hope it does!), then I would guess the metal in your engagement ring might have been adulterated with a baser metal.

My daughter can only wear gold or sterling silver (which makes it impossible to wear a watch -- she even has trouble using hair clips and bobby pins!). I gave her an antique amethyst ring that belonged to my grandmother, and was delighted that she could actually wear it. I haven't worn it in years, so I'm glad to see it on her hand.

Madame Pince, I'm so sorry about your dog. That must have been horrible.

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Solitaire - Jul 14, 2007 7:33 am (#437 of 2984)

Puck, I have an allergy to nickel which drives me crazy. I first became aware of a problem when I was a kid and played the flute. My mouthpiece had to be silver. My school ring was the next big problem. The first time I wore it, I developed a big red patch on the top of my finger, under the area where the stone was seated. Someone told me to paint several coats of clear nail polish and let them dry a few days. Eventually, the whole ring began to bug my finger, so I stopped wearing it.

To this day, I am extremely careful about the jewelry I wear. Like RPS's daughter, I wear only gold (not the electroplated kind, as it has nickel), sterling silver ... and titanium/niobium. For some reason, those do not bother me! Holly-Yashi earrings are a fave, as they have gold wires and the niobium or titanium ornament. Good luck with your ring. I hope the problem can be resolved.

Solitaire

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kaykay1970 - Jul 14, 2007 8:28 am (#438 of 2984)

My husband is allergic to all kinds of metal. He can't wear any jewelry whatsoever. Poor guy will break out from the snap on his jeans and he can't even carry loose change in his pocket!

Poor hubby and daughter are exhausted from the orientation and all the walking! But that didn't stop them from heading out to the Indy car races at the Nashville Motor Speedway. They have their pit passes and daughter is excited and hoping to get a chance to meet Dan Wheldon.

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Allison R - Jul 14, 2007 9:42 am (#439 of 2984)

Re: steroid creams

I buy mine over-the-counter at Costco. I believe it is hydrocortizone with aloe 2% if I am remembering correctly (there's usually a tube here on the computer desk but at the moment there isn't). It, along with the good shea-butter cream I follow it with, seems to be just enough to keep my hands happy and healthy. The gloves while dishwashing are key for me too-- my hands get really torn up in all the soapy hot water if they aren't protected. Cold gets me too-- in the winter I must wear gloves whilst I'm out or the same thing happens, so I guess both extremes in temps get to my hands.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 14, 2007 9:48 am (#440 of 2984)

***waves to Audrey**** Wow what a day in the Tour. Too bad Gerdemann spoiled it for the French. What a ride though. I am very impressed with Vino and Kloden. Two tough bikers.

Audrey you live in a beautiful area. Very rich in agriculture. I'm sure the wine is splendid. I'm jealous you got to see a time trial in the Alps! That must have been something. Team time trials are my favorite also. I'm off to my folks this weekend. The live 376 miles away. I'm going to bully them into watching tomorrow. It will be a key day. LPO

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painting sheila - Jul 14, 2007 10:00 am (#441 of 2984)

Today is Littlest Guy's Birthday!! Yeah!! He is 6!!! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

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Ydnam96 - Jul 14, 2007 10:12 am (#442 of 2984)

Happy Birthday to Littlest Guy and Happy 14th of July to our French family members!

Off to the gym.

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Good Evans - Jul 14, 2007 10:28 am (#443 of 2984)

Happy birthday to Sheilas littlest guy!! BTW - who is in the picture he is holding? everytime I "glance" I think it is Mother Theresa - then I look properly and see it is an older Man, but who is it?

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Elanor - Jul 14, 2007 11:15 am (#444 of 2984)

Thanks for the happy July 14 wishes everybody! And a very happy birthday to Sheila's Littlest Guy!!

**waves back to LPO**
It's been a wonderful stage indeed! The victory of that young cyclist was very moving and I don't think he spoiled anything, on the contrary, his victory was like a big gulp of fresh air after all that's been said about cyclism lately. IMO, this is the most wonderful gift the Tour and everybody liking that race could dream of.

I hope you can watch tomorrow's stage! It does promises to be great. To use some cycling vocabulary: the "lords of the road have kept some under the pedal", the true battle should start tomorrow!

It is a very pleasant region around here, that's true. And wine's not bad...

Have a great day everyone!
Audrey

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Lina - Jul 14, 2007 11:41 am (#445 of 2984)

Happy birthday to the Littlest Guy!

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kaykay1970 - Jul 14, 2007 1:28 pm (#446 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Littlest Guy!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 14, 2007 1:33 pm (#447 of 2984)

Happy July 14, Audrey!

Happy Birthday to Littlest Guy! Hope he has a fun day!

I am thankfully not allergic to metal- although my ears do get irritated if I put earrings in that are made out of cheap stuff (like the earrings from that accessories store- Claire's) and have them in for a long time. So all my earrings are either silver or 14k gold plated.

For those of you who saw my posts over on the YKYAHP/LFW thread- I asked my boss if she could change 'Troll Moucus' to 'Troll Bogies', and she said that the corporate office decided what to call the drinks, and as 'troll bogies' is in the books, it would turn into a copyright law violation or something. That really stinks. Oh well.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 14, 2007 1:34 pm (#448 of 2984)

Happy Birthday, Littlest Guy!!!

Mom was feeding the bunnies and just happened to look down. There, close to her shoe, curled up, was a 2-3' rattlesnake with 5 buttons My brother pinned his head down with a stick and he now resides in what used to be our tarantula's aquarium. Ewwee! I want the Slytherin varmint dead!! Hubby asked if he could at least watch him eat a rat first. Men!!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 14, 2007 1:45 pm (#449 of 2984)

Madam Pomfrey!! I'm glad no one was hurt! **shudder** Your brother wants to keep it???

~Kristina

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Good Evans - Jul 14, 2007 1:48 pm (#450 of 2984)

eek to the slytherin varmint - I would not want one in my house - goodness knows who may transfigure out of it !!

seriously I am glad your mother didn't stand on it in error.
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Re: Chat & Greetings 2007

Post  Lady Arabella on Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:26 pm

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 14, 2007 2:33 pm (#451 of 2984)

LoL, Julie! Might be Voldemort, himself.

Mom was very lucky. He didn't even rattle until after he was caught. When he strikes the side of the aquarium venom squirts everywhere. GROSS! If my brother wants to keep him it will have to be at his own house, not mine. I have grandbabies here. The aquarium is well out of reach and the lid well bolted down. Still not safe enough for me. Hubby has til tuesday to see him eat his last meal. I gave him a couple of days due to the fact that he works late this weekend.

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Solitaire - May 13, 2008 1:53 pm (#452 of 2984)

Happy Birthday to Littlest Guy!

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Allison R - Jul 14, 2007 3:11 pm (#453 of 2984)

Happy Birthday to Littlest Guy! Madame Pomfrey, I'm heebed out and I'm no where near that aquarium. Ack! Thank goodness it had really slow reflexes or far sightedness or whatever it was that caused it not to strike your mom-- or the bunnies!

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 14, 2007 3:18 pm (#454 of 2984)

The snake was probably trying to warm itself and that's why it didn't strike.

A similar thing happened to my family while hiking one day. My dad stepped over a Mojave Rattlesnake while walking and he heard me stop dead my tracks and he wondered why I stopped. so I pointed down and he turned as white as a sheet.

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Lavandula - Jul 14, 2007 3:31 pm (#455 of 2984)

I just went to check the spelling and post my nice long greeting and lost everything!!! AARRRRGGGGG.

I don't know how it all disappeared!!

I'm too mad to retype the whole thing...

Happy Birthday the the Littlest Guy!!

Happy July 14th the Audrey and the rest of the French forumers!

I'll be back later when I'm not so upset.

Cathy

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Allison R - Jul 14, 2007 4:02 pm (#456 of 2984)

Lavandula--

Curse those nargels in your keyboard!! I'm sorry they ate your nice, long post = (

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Marè - Jul 14, 2007 4:09 pm (#457 of 2984)

Happy birthday to Littlest Guy (nice picture btw) and happy 14th July to all French Forum members.

Elanor: I'm so jealous you get to have a real release party, in California no less! Just so you know: I expect a long trip report!
And Charlieu sounds so familiar, I'll have to ask my parents if we've ever been there, I know I have been near Lyon and the Loire.

Anyway, I saw the javelin accident on tv too, I'm so glad the injuries weren't so severe, but really, what is the chance of actually hitting some-one with a thing like that? I feel sorry for the man throwing it as well.

On the topic of chocolate: I baked a chocolate pie. That is so bad, but it turned out so good, hmmmm.

And I just panicked today, I was doing a reread of the HP books and I'm currently at PoA.... and I only have a week left! I'm never going to make it through books 4,5 & 6 in time! Sad

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Chemyst - Jul 14, 2007 5:00 pm (#458 of 2984)

But I heard that his hot date is an expert at avoiding these embraces and is good at running away. — Catherine
She can't be that good. I hear she's got like a bazillion kids. — Kim


Thanks girls, that totally explains why Loopy has't been back to give us an update on how it went. Well, he took a risk with a married woman, I guess...

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Denise P. - Jul 14, 2007 5:33 pm (#459 of 2984)

Maybe he was so stunned at his unbelievable luck that he has been unable to articulate what a wonderful time he had? It just left him speechless, perhaps. I am sure it is a temporary thing though.

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Solitaire - Jul 14, 2007 5:37 pm (#460 of 2984)

Perhaps she slipped a little amortentia into his popcorn and he is now a prisoner of love.

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Catherine - Jul 14, 2007 5:43 pm (#461 of 2984)

It just left him speechless, perhaps. I am sure it is a temporary thing though. –Denise

Oh, I hope a bad woman didn't leave Loopy Silencioied.
Hmmm.....

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Allison R - Jul 14, 2007 5:48 pm (#462 of 2984)

Hopefully he's just happily speechless = )

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Mediwitch - Jul 14, 2007 6:39 pm (#463 of 2984)

Zoinks! What a chatty lot you've been in the last two days! I have been playing with my new iPhone, and tonight we marched in a parade over in NY state. Our antique fire truck is not running well right now, so we didn't take it to the parade. It's just not the same without it!

Kathy, if I don't dry my hands well when washing them, sometimes the moisture under my wedding band will irritate the skin. I have to take it off and let the skin really dry out before I can put it back on again.

There's an IMAX in Natick? Hmmm...our son lives in Medford now...I think I feel a need to go visit!

Happy 14th of July to our French forumers!

Happy Birthday 11to Sheila's Little Guy!

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Denise P. - Jul 14, 2007 7:17 pm (#464 of 2984)

163 days until Christmas! Why am I telling you this? Because today was the day for the Hallmark Christmas ornament premiere! I went and picked up several ornaments today, mainly the ones only available at Gold Crown Hallmarks stores and two that are limited editions. Our animals always pool their pennies through the year to get each of the kids an ornament for Christmas. Of course, the kids realize it is not the birds/dog doing it but we keep the tradition alive. They like getting out their own ornaments each year and going through them. The plan is when the kids get married, they get the ornaments so they always have a piece of home on their new tree.

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Allison R - Jul 14, 2007 7:21 pm (#465 of 2984)

Denise, what a lovely thought!!

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 14, 2007 7:26 pm (#466 of 2984)

I just got back from seeing the movie. We had found seats at the top row near the center. We had empty seats on either side of us. After sitting through all the ads and 10 minutes of previews (that started at the official show time), the movie finally started. As soon as they zoomed in on the play park at the beginning, the film stopped, the fire alarm sounded and we had to evacuate the theater!!!

Talk about having the rug pulled out from under you! Someone had pulled a false alarm. Unbelievable! AAARRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!

As soon as we walked out into the muggy heat, people started going back in. I raced ahead and managed to get our seats back but we wound up sitting next to some pre-teens that proceeded to irritate the dickens out of us for the whole movie.

It took them over 40 minutes to shut off the strobe lights on the alarms so they could start the movie back up. While the alarm strobes were on, the air conditioning had been shut off and it started to get warm at the top row of the theater.

During the movie, the pre-teen next to me passed gas really loudly and started giggling loudly. His friend two seats over started throwing cheetos at him. I had to shush them at least five times.

In spite of all that, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I really like the contrast of the film makers interpretation to the books. I'll be taking my older kids to see it soon. I'll post some thoughts on the film in that thread later.

Time to unwind... Betelgeuse

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dizzy lizzy - Jul 14, 2007 9:08 pm (#467 of 2984)

I'm still around and alive and well. Lucy and I have seen our resident platypus twice more now! And we are getting lots of walks during the days.

I'm not getting a lot of internet access lately so the release of the last book has crept up on mw rather quickly!!!! It also means I will have to rely on the 'magic button' rather regularly ove the next couple of weeks.

My telephone line should have the "boxes" installed by the Electrician this week so progress is being made of a sorts...

((hugs)) to everyone who needs them and hopefully I'll drop in just before the 21st

Lizzy

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painting sheila - Jul 14, 2007 9:16 pm (#468 of 2984)

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. I will show them all to Littlest Guy tomorrow. He is zonked out fast asleep now.

I think he had a good day - not the best, but a good day. We had rehearsals this morning and all night tonight, so he didn't really get to do what he wanted but he did get to go to the pool and he did get to play in the dirt at rehearsal - that's all a little boy needs . . .right? His birthday party is next Saturday (what was I thinking!!) so I think he is hanging on to that hope!

Good Evans - the man in the picture is the father of a friend of mine. We did an HP workshop at a children's theater I used to work at and I need portraits for Dumbledore's office. I have another one where the guy is asleep in his chair and another where the guy is screaming his head off. You can see his molars really well. Ha!

It has been a long day and I think I am going to unplug the phone and sleep until I wake up. Please! - don't anyone call me in the morning!

She

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Solitaire - Jul 14, 2007 9:20 pm (#469 of 2984)

Betelgeuse, I'd have complained to the management and asked for a rain check!

Hi, Lizzy! You'll have to take a pic of your platypus for us. I'd like to see it.

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Ydnam96 - Jul 14, 2007 10:05 pm (#470 of 2984)

Hi Lizzy!

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 14, 2007 11:27 pm (#471 of 2984)

On the metal allergy, my body has slowly conspired against me. Even before all my milk allergies, I had to stop wearing a watch. First a metal band had to go then the leather band was also itching and irritating my wrist. My wedding ring which says it’s all gold, irritated my finger and made it swell. I am down to about 3-4 pairs of gold earring that I can wear, they are either 14k or 18k gold. Like Harry in OoTP, my world (jewelry and dessert) is being slowly limited.

Ughh Madame Pomfrey, You are way too nice! That really tops my story. While driving to the center of town today (to a peace rally) there was a huge black snake on the road. No, I mean h-u-g-e! It was right in the middle of the road, right across the width of it. All we could do was aim the wheel to miss it’s head and tail. I can tell you that I did not feel at all peaceful after seeing that beast. When we were coming back we saw no sign of it, It must have 💀

Happy Birthday Little guy.

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Puck - Jul 15, 2007 4:10 am (#472 of 2984)

Love the new avatar, Lina.

RPS, I wore the engagement ring for 9 years without problem. The wedding band -made of the same stuff from the same store, which has a wonderful reputation. However, if the ring treatment doesn't work, I'll check into it. Thanks.

Happy Birthday Littlest Guy!

Madame Pomfrey!

Mare, I'm only on OotP, and don't get much reading time with the kids. I have a feeling my house will be very messy over the next two weeks. Read now, clean later! (I assure you I will not let it get to "How clean is your house" level.)

The Natick IMAX is at the furniture store, of all places. Right on route 9.

Hello, Lizzy!

Ummm, Mrs. Sirius, they have giant big snakes in New England? affraid I thought we just had the little garden variety. *shiver*

Off to clean. Diva's friends arrive this afternoon. Perhaps I can get a good jump on things before the little people wake up for the day. Lots to do! I will reward myself after the party with a glass of wine and OotP. I have to finish it fast, as I have ONLY % MORE DAYS!

Kathy

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Good Evans - Jul 15, 2007 5:30 am (#473 of 2984)

hmm - as I have been working on my project for the past two weeks (almost done, almost done!) my house (despite hubby's best attempts) would not please Kim and Aggie at the moment

hope everyone is having a nice Sunday!

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kaykay1970 - Jul 15, 2007 5:31 am (#474 of 2984)

Well, daughter got her wish! She met Dan Wheldon! She didn't get to see him race though as it was pouring down rain! On the plus side Nashville really did need the rain. Anyway they are off to the races again. Hopefully the rain has moved out of the Nashville area. With any luck it is headed this way!

The rattlesnakes we have near the TN River are an endangered species according to the TVA. To me at least there seems to be quite a healthy population of the critters. I don't even want to think about the fine I'd have to pay for having one in an aquarium, much less killing one! Anyway, very glad he was not in the mood the strike at your Mom! Scary!

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legolas returns - Jul 15, 2007 5:58 am (#475 of 2984)

I think Kim and Aggie would have a fit at my house. There have been much more important things to think about e.g Harry Potter.

I have also had no seal around the bath for a week. Harry Potter keeps distracting me from replacing it. My hands have nearly healed up. You would have thought that at age 31 you would know to cut away from your hands when using a Standley Knife. Ouch

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azi - Jul 15, 2007 6:32 am (#476 of 2984)

Eeek, snakes! Do not like them! I don't like pictures of them either, because I always think if I touch it then it'll jump out of the book and bite me.

Healing charms Legolas! (ouch indeedy)

I had a 'I'll be safely home reading HP this time next week' moment this morning. The butterflies in my stomach are fluttering like mad. Only then did I realise it is, in fact, Sunday.

**Waves** to everyone. Have a great day!

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The Viking - Jul 15, 2007 7:08 am (#477 of 2984)

Hi!

I am The Viking, formerly known as the One. My real name is Jarand, I am married to TheSaint, and live in Trondheim Norway.

I have somehow lost my password and is unable to retrieve it, so now I have made a new account to be part of community just before book 7 comes out.

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Chemyst - Jul 15, 2007 7:22 am (#478 of 2984)

**waves to Jarand** I was wondering what had become of The One just last night while reading a post by The Saint. Welcome back. How is married life?

163 days until Christmas! ... I went and picked up several ornaments today... to get each of the kids an ornament for Christmas. ... The plan is when the kids get married, they get the ornaments so they always have a piece of home on their new tree. Denise

Oh, we do that too! Except they are all homemade and the theme of the ornament is supposed to highlight an event in their life that year. It is amazing how they add up over time.

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Lilly P - Jul 15, 2007 8:03 am (#479 of 2984)

Welcome back Jarand! Good timing!

We are just gearing up to finish building the new fence in the back yard. It will look so nice when it's all done, but working in this heat is killing me! Then at 4pm it's off to a birthday party for my cousin. I hope all of you have a great rest of the weekend!

Jamie

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Chemyst - Jul 15, 2007 8:55 am (#480 of 2984)

I just now was catching up and found this on the 5th Movie thread and thought it could be better answered here on Chat thread

Allison R. wrote:
I know this is a big forum, and I am a relatively new kid on the block, but it's a bit frustrating to post and never have it acknowledged by others in that same discussion.

Allison, I think the Forum Behavior - Please Read! thread answers why you are finding so much of that here. The pertinent line is "We don't want to rule with a heavy hand but we do expect everyone who participates on this Forum to abide by the Philosophy, to stay on topic and to contain chatter to the appropriate thread or chat room."

We love our moderators and want to keep them happy, so we don't fill the subject threads with a lot of "me too!" and "I agree" types of posts. It keeps everything flowing more smoothly.

Also, the Philosophy of the Forum folder contains this line in bold: "If your message does not add to the subject being discussed in a thread, do NOT Post!" Honestly, it is hard enough to keep up with the new posts; reading through a dozen "Well dones!" would only slow me down even more. AND (very important) this forum has a standard so much higher than most that everyone would "deserve" a well done! The bottom line is, out on the other threads, we are here to discuss the books, not be a Mutual Admiration Society. No one is slighting you; we are just following the rules.

Allison, I have enjoyed your chocolate cake, I have read a lot of your posts even if I have not acknowledged them. I hope you can have a lot of fun here, and someday be one of the "Old Timers." And if a hug won't embarrass you too much, then : ((Allison))

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 15, 2007 9:04 am (#481 of 2984)

Welcome back, Jarand (Viking) Didn't your avatar use to have a surfer?

Mrs.Sirius, Did you lift both feet off floorboard when you drove over the snake?

The snake we have is a Western Diamondback and they are abundant in these parts. We see them alot, but we have only killed them around the house a couple of times. I hate them. I haven't had a dog yet that hasn't gotten bitten. So far, none of our pets have died from bites.

Legolas, healing charms to you. What is a stanley knife?

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Elanor - Jul 15, 2007 9:32 am (#482 of 2984)

Welcome back Jarand!

**shudders at the snakes stories** Here, you mostly find adders and grass snakes, which is really enough!

Thanks for the wishes on the trip to come Marè and Chemyst! I KNOW it will be really wonderful!

Have a great Sunday everybody! Healing charms to all needing some, and waves to Lizzy!

Audrey

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Solitaire - Jul 15, 2007 9:32 am (#483 of 2984)

Mrs. Sirius, while I am able to wear the earrings I described several posts back, watches drive me crazy. So do bracelets (except my lightweight titanium MedicAlert) and necklaces (even nice ones). In addition to eczema, I have contact dermatitis. It is really fun in the summer, because I wear specs, and my right ear has a constant rash and abraded area behind it.

Twice I've developed cellulitius because the rash has gotten so bad it became infected. (Funny ... cellulitis doesn't sound like an infection. It sounds more like a massive outbreak of fat on one's hips!!) Anyway, my ear swelled up so huge that it looked like it belonged on someone else's head. I didn't have to endure too much ribbing about it, though, because it is contagious and I was confined to the house four 8 days.

I have to wear glasses, so there is not much I can do about the ear thing ... yet. I try to take off my glasses when I can, to give my ear a rest. And I make sure to wipe off any hairspray or goop that I've gotten in the spot while styling my hair. I wish I could go back to contact lenses. I never had this problem when I wore them. Oh well ...

About those snakes ... I'm with you, Azi. Question, KayKay: What if you see a rattler about to attack your child or even an animal ... on YOUR property? Can you still be fined for killing it? If so, then people will probably start killing them and destroying the evidence.

That is what happened with kit foxes around here. If one was discovered on a farmer's property, he could not work the land until it departed. People were going broke! Several years ago, a freeway exchange had to be put on hold indefinitely, because a worker found a mother kit fox about to give birth in the area where they were going to expand, and they didn't want to disturb her habitat. It took a couple of years--if I remember correctly--to get back to work on the project. Anyway, it got to the point where farmers would shoot them and either bury the evidence or take it far, far away.

Right now, there is a huge battle going on over Delta smelt up in the Delta area of California. Apparently they get caught and die in the pumps that send the water to the farmland of the Central Valley. The pumps were turned off for a time in May, I think ... but it was hard going on the farmers. The environmentalists are blaming big agricultural interests and rich people with their swimming pools; but the truth is that it is the small farmers--like our family--who are being hurt when the pumps are turned off. Still, even if the "big guys" are to blame, they still need water to irrigate the crops that feed us. Where do you draw the line?

Solitaire

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 15, 2007 9:34 am (#484 of 2984)

Maybe he was so stunned at his unbelievable luck that he has been unable to articulate what a wonderful time he had? It just left him speechless, perhaps. I am sure it is a temporary thing though.

I would respond to this but I seem to have lost the power of speech.

I had a wonderful Friday night and my date was the hippest chick in the whole theater! I was very pleased that she didn't have any sudden "emergency" arise and have to leave early.

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Solitaire - Jul 15, 2007 9:38 am (#485 of 2984)

my date was the hippest chick in the whole theater

I never knew Loopy had a thing for chickens! Hm ... and I'm surprised they let one into the theatre, too.

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kaykay1970 - Jul 15, 2007 9:57 am (#486 of 2984)

I totally agree with you Madame Pomfrey. I was just making a random comment about snakes having more rights than humans sometimes. I definitely would feel threatened if a rattlesnake was in my yard with my children! Actually in my immediate area we see an occasional copperhead. But otherwise my largest problem has been the dogs getting "skunked"! Skunks are basically harmless but definitely not fun!

Can you still be fined for killing it? If so, then people will probably start killing them and destroying the evidence. –Soli

That is a good question but I have no idea what the answer is! I would like to think they would consider the child's well being over that of the snake. But who knows!? My sister's brother-in-law got bitten by a copperhead once. They didn't get in trouble for killing it, but I don't think those snakes are protected. A few years ago the river flooded and my cousin had to leave her home. When the water receded she returned to her house to see whatever she could salvage. She had several of these "endangered" snakes residing inside her house!

Edit: I did a web search and can't find the TN law on killing timber rattlesnakes! Just alot of "If you see one, walk away they are not aggressive" Apparently Wisconsin has timber rattlesnakes too. Their law reads something like it is only legal to kill a timber rattlesnake "if there is immediate threat to human life or that of domestic animals." Hopefully ours is something similar...

Healing charms Legolas!

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Mediwitch - Jul 15, 2007 10:03 am (#487 of 2984)

Puck: Ummm, Mrs. Sirius, they have giant big snakes in New England? I thought we just had the little garden variety. *shiver*

Not only do we have big snakes, we have big rattlesnakes in my corner of the woods!  🐍 Fortunately, we don't see 'em too often - they aren't particularly friendly! As a matter of fact, several years ago they tried to put a cell tower on the mountain in front of our house and it was defeated because of the endangered rattlers, among other things.

Welcome back, Jarrand!

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2BMcsmom - Jul 15, 2007 10:56 am (#488 of 2984)

I just finished reading close to 200 posts, so this might get a little long. I tried to take notes, maybe I will not miss anyone.

I am sorry for the loss of pets. It takes a long time for the pain to ease. It never goes completely away.

I hope that all the French Forumers had a wonderful July 14th.

Denise P., What a great Christmas tradition. I really like that they are from the pets. I always love to get ornaments.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LITTLEST GUY!

Sheila, I know how you feel about losing beautiful old trees. A few weeks ago we lost the old oak tree at the end of our house. A storm had come up and the wind blew it over. I was in the kitchen looking out the door and the next instant there was a tree branch against the door. I thought it was just a limb. I went to look out the window and saw the whole tree on the ground. It took out the porch rails and part of the porch. We could not use the kitchen door for a few days. We were very blessed. It could have so easily landed on the house but it fell into the drive way instead.

Kristina, When I cleaned out the cookies on my computer I lost everything I had found on Jo's website. I had to find it all again. A few weeks ago I had to clear it all out again. I was thinking that I would be able to find everything again. When I tried putting the numbers into the phone it would not do anything. Nor would the radio play the advertisement on how to revive the plant.

Madame Pomfrey, I am glad that your mom did not step on the slytherin varmint(LOL). It would never have made it into the house even if I had to shut it myself. I remember watching a show about snakes and it was saying that rattlesnakes are no longer rattling like they use to. It has something to do with them being hunted and the sound of their rattles giving them away.

On the subject of jewelry I had to stop wearing my first wedding band. The underside was curved and it made it hard to keep dry. There was a rash on my finger under the ring that would not go away as long as I would wear it. I ended up getting a new wedding band.

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Solitaire - Jul 15, 2007 10:58 am (#489 of 2984)

I tried to take notes, maybe I will not miss anyone.

2BMcsmom, you need to do what I do. Open a second window to the same thread, click "Recent" to take you to the reply area, and respond as you read. It is SOOOOO much easier than trying to take notes.

Solitaire

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legolas returns - Jul 15, 2007 11:01 am (#490 of 2984)

The bath has a pretty sparkly white seal around it and no further damage has occurred to my hands. The bathroom now really stinks of vinegar. The seal apparently releases this gas as it cures. Nice!

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Allison R - Jul 15, 2007 11:29 am (#491 of 2984)

Chemyst - thank you for your post! It does help to put things into proper perspective, and for that I am grateful.

Good Evans-- wasn't it you with the painful rash? What did the doctor say when you went?? I was thinking about you this morning and wondering how the movie was for you, sitting by yourself in a corner and trying not to scratch.

Legolas, ouch! I'm glad that your hand is feeling better and that your bath is once again sealed! Now all you need is a nice, hot bath and some good reading material to settle back and read. Hmmm, I wonder if there are any books coming out in the next week or so that might do?

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legolas returns - Jul 15, 2007 11:35 am (#492 of 2984)

I dont know Allison. I dont think there is anything important coming out in the next few days  .

I have never been one for baths. Its been really annoying not having a shower. My gym is about 1 minutes walk away and we have got nice showers at work but it means carrying around damp towels and takes longer.

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Allison R - Jul 15, 2007 11:53 am (#493 of 2984)

I hope I am putting this in the right place... if I have erred please feel free to move this post to its proper home and I shall try to do better in the future!

Those of you who read the restricted movie thread have no doubt noticed that I have rather strong feelings about the movie for OOtP **pauses and waits for mumurs of shock and disbelief to abate before continuing**

I had an insight this morning into a possible reason why, and I wanted to run it by you more experienced Potter-files and see if this seems plausible to you...

From the year 2000 when my youngest almost died in an auto/pedestrian accident until about two years ago, I was unable to get out of the house enough to do things like go to the movies. Trained child care that I could leave Kelsey with was just not available. It dawned on me this morning that because of this fact, OOtP is the first HP movie I have seen first on the big screen-- the others I have only watched after they had come to DVD. For all the other movies I was unable to immerse myself in the books and partake of the pre-release fervor, because my life just did not allow it to be so at the time.

Perhaps if I had been forced to wait until OOtP comes out on DVD before seeing it for the first time I would have been enough removed from the hoopla and the story as it is in the book that I would have been able to compartmentalize it better and not be so offended at the differences between the books and the movies as I have been the last week or so. I think I would have seen the movies with a different perspective.

Does that make any sense at all? Are there some of you who have not seen the movies until after they had been out for a while and things had calmed down somewhat?

I think that because this was my first time seeing it on Opening Day in the theatre with all the attendant expectation and excitement, perhaps I set myself up to almost certainly be disappointed?

That being said, I am reconsidering my previous decision and thinking about accompanying my older girls when they go to see the movie in IMAX on Thursday.

I don't disagree with any of my previous objections to the film, but I think I may be working myself to a place where I can look at the film as just "the film" and not expect it to be a faithful graphic rendition of the book.

I'm off to iron my hands now, and then find a suitable recipe for cyber-crow to make for dinner...

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 Stephanie M. - Jul 15, 2007 12:08 pm (#494 of 2984)

Hey everyone! I basically skipped about 200 posts on this thread since I've been way too busy to read through them all while still checking the other threads, but happy birthday, my condolences, congratulations, and good luck to everyone!!

I just started interning and taking a class last week, so my schedule has suddenly become a lot busier. Plus, my reread of the series has filled up the rest of my time (along with Potter events). I finished my reread of OotP last night, and after I finish all of my homework, I'll start my reread of HBP. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to finish by Friday. (Ahhh!!)

Have a great RotD everyone!

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Denise P. - Jul 15, 2007 12:27 pm (#495 of 2984)

Allison, I think if you see the movie again, you may be better able to not necessarily like it but maybe dislike it a little less? I know I saw POA the first time with a group of Forum members. I was really, really disappointed in it. I saw it 3 more times in the theater and while I can't say I am no longer disappointed in it, I don't dislike it as much as I did on the first viewing. It still remains my least favorite of the films though.

I have really found the only way for me to enjoy the films is to totally separate them from the books. I have to remind myself that the film is there to make money and it assumes that no one seeing the movie has read the book (okay, not really but it has to be something that the only person on the planet to have never read or heard of the books could still follow)

I would go see it at the IMAX. In fact, I think Mr. Denise and I may go see it at the IMAX here but not Friday

I need to find my copy of OoP and reread it. I would try to reread HBP but I don't think I could manage it. Maybe after I read DH, I will be able to go back to HBP but so far, it is my least favorite of the books.

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Jenniffler - Jul 15, 2007 12:39 pm (#496 of 2984)

Allison, I felt that way about the first movie, and so I didn't so to the second one in the theater. I now know I missed out on alot of good "movie moments." I also can understand about the lack of opportunity to get out of the house. About not commenting, I'm sorry. I didn't want to look universally disagreeable. I'm saving that for the eating crow feast, post July 21.

Welcome to all new and seasoned Forum members!

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 15, 2007 12:59 pm (#497 of 2984)

Oh, No, No, No!! Snake is in the BARN, not house! I'm not that nice to Hubby. LOL.

I enjoy the dvd's more because I can pause, rewind,take bathroom breaks etc, without missing anything. I have found that the more I watch a movie the better it grows on me. Unfortunately, when I saw OoP we had to sit pretty close to the screen and it made me dizzy. I'm looking forward to a rewatch.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 15, 2007 1:08 pm (#498 of 2984)

Welcome back, Jarand! I remember when you and TheSaint announced that you were getting married. Congratulations!

**waves to Lizzy**

**does not do well with snakes** When I was little (about 5), we used to get garter snakes in the yard all the time. My dad would pick them up and put them in the garden. One time he had the bright idea to hand a garter snake to me, so I could put it in the garden. Of course I didn't hold it right, and the thing swung around and bit me on my knuckle. I freaked, and since then, I have a somewhat moderate fear of snakes. **shudder** I also almost ran over a rattlesnake with my bike one year when we went on a mountain bike trip. I quickly steered around it, and had my feet pulled up to my handlebars. Not fun!

Sonya- I managed to check JKR's site on my laptop to see if I had all the fun stuff and I do! w00t! So either I just got lucky when cleaning out my laptop, or I didn't do the cookie cleaning right. LOL Thanks!

Allison- I did not like OotP either, but fully intend on watching it a couple more times to see if it grows on me. I tried to separate the books from the movies, but it's really hard. But then again, OotP was my least favorite book, so my dislike for the movie could stem from that as well. Glad to hear your child made it through that horrible ordeal! (I also read everyone's posts, I just don't usually comment unless I either remember or get really excited over it. LOL)

I am getting eaten alive by mosquitos at my friend's house. My forehead, arms and legs are covered. I haven't been bitten like this in a long time!!

The massive shipment of DH books to my Barnes and Noble comes in Tuesday or Wednesday this week! Squuuueeeeeee!!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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legolas returns - Jul 15, 2007 1:14 pm (#499 of 2984)

I have always loved going to the cinema and belong to the movies growing on me the more I watch it. If I really like a movie I watch it about 3 times at the cinema. If I really love a movie e.g any of Lord of the Rings/Harry Potter I have been known to watch it at the cinema at least 8 times (obsessive you might say ). After multiple viewings you just get a nice warm fuzzy relaxed comfortable feeling. I have a cinema subscription card which costs me the equivalent of between 2-3 movies a month. In the last month I have seen HP 3 times + 3 other movies so i know that I am getting my moneys worth. I do occasionaly go and see things that may not necessarily be my type of film. If I dont like the film I leave-I have only walked out of 3 films in the last 4 years.

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 15, 2007 1:15 pm (#500 of 2984)

Allison R.,

You may be right in your self analysis. It is a different medium and it requires sacrifices of detail from the books that would make the plot cluttered and clumsy to follow.

I find that I enjoy the movies more if I use them as a compare and contrast tool. The movies tend to highlight areas that I may have glossed over. For instance, the OotP movie emphasizes Harry's choices of good and not evil. (I won't say any more detail here.) I have not felt that except with DD's emphasis of choices in CoS.

Anyway, the movies are an interpretation. The books are canon.

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Solitaire - Jul 15, 2007 2:02 pm (#501 of 2984)

Allison, I have seen ALL of the HP movies on DVD rather than in a theatre, and I am ALWAYS offended at the major faux pas in them. I hated that Harry saw Peter first in PoA. I hated that GoF had Neville rather than Dobby give Harry the Gillyweed. I hate any "liberties" and changes that are taken with the original storyline.

From the things I've read on the thread, some rather critical changes have been made to OotP, and I will probably be mad the first time I watch it. Unlike Betelgeuse, I do not believe the details from the book would necessarily clutter the movie or feel clumsy. Of course, I think ALL of the movies should have been a minimum of 3.5-4 hours. I have yet to understand why they were not.

Oh ,No, No, No!! Snake is in the BARN, not house!

Unless you NEVER go into the barn, I do not consider that acceptable, either!

Tazzy, you'd better get some DEET or OFF! Otherwise, your legs and feet are going to look like mine soon ... covered with scabs, bruises, and scars from skeeter bites. Since spraying with OFF! I've not received any new bites at night.

Solitaire

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Lina - Jul 15, 2007 2:06 pm (#502 of 2984)

Nice to see you around, Jarand!

Where do you draw the line? – Soli
Good question. Can the animal rights be above the human rights? What about dinosaurs?

Have a great time at your vacation, Audrey!

Allison, I admit I felt very similarly, but only at the very beginning of my forumship.

I'm really thankful to my hubby that he talked me into going to the beach today. It was wonderful and I had a nice swim. Last year I didn't let him talk me into going to the beach before the vacation started and I ended up in not trying the sea at all.

***waving to everybody!***

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Denise P. - Jul 15, 2007 2:09 pm (#503 of 2984)

Mr. Denise went up to a family reunion this weekend. He just called me to let me know he won the quilt in the quilt raffle! We have a gorgeous hand quilted quilt from my grandmother, now we have a new one. The relative who made it asked that we hang it up and then get a picture of all of us around it. I asked if he could get it into his suitcase...he is going to hand carry it. He told me several relatives offered to buy it from him as well.

We just got back from finding where Camp Hogwarts is located. Tomorrow is when my girl scout starts a week of Camp Hogwarts. She goes back to the same camp in August for a twilight camp with a medieval theme.

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Allison R - Jul 15, 2007 2:10 pm (#504 of 2984)

Thank you for taking the time to post your perspectives-- I'm finding it immensely helpful. Soli, you and I sound very similar in our attitudes towards how the movies should be. Heck, I'd pay a bit more and they could have a nice little intermission mid-way during which I solemnly promise to buy overpriced popcorn, if that's what it takes!

And, yeah, I'm with you on the snake thing, too-- not goin' in there, no way, no how, and I'm installing an industrial-strength electric fence around the perimeter just in case it gets out before it leaves the premises. **shudder**

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  I'm really thankful to my hubby that he talked me into going to the beach today. It was wonderful and I had a nice swim. Last year I didn't let him talk me into going to the beach before the vacation started and I ended up in not trying the sea at all.



Ahh, I miss the beach! I grew up on the east coast and miss those rocky, sandy beaches of Maine!

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Choices - Jul 15, 2007 2:31 pm (#505 of 2984)

I think you are very brave Madame Pomfrey for letting them keep the rattlesnake in your house. I would definitely have done the same thing and I would have faithfully called every day from my motel room to see how they were doing. LOL

Hmm....as for killing snakes, I say what they don't know won't hurt them. I kill snakes I find in my yard, but I don't go running down to the police station with it to confess. I quietly throw it over the back fence into the woods. My two little Cairn Terriers (Hermione and Molly) are quite good at catching snakes and other unwanted critters.

Betelgeuse, I had a similar experience when I went to see OotP. Just as Harry was about to enter the Hall of Prophesy, the projector broke and we had to wait about 15 minutes before they got it running again. Your experience was definitely much worse.

Birthday wishes to all who are celebrating. Healing and cheering charms to those needing them - Love and (((hugs))) to all.

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Solitaire - Jul 15, 2007 2:41 pm (#506 of 2984)

What about dinosaurs? Lina, I do not believe humans are credited with wiping them out ... but maybe that theory has changed.

Allison, when I was just 17, I read Gone With the Wind before seeing the re-released (I'm old, but not old enough to have seen its original release! LOL) movie. You can probably imagine my indignation when I saw a movie which totally omitted Scarlett O'Hara's first two children and left out the entire part of the book which dealt with post-war Tara and Scarlett's siblings once Scarlett & Co. had departed for Atlanta.

In college, I became a fan of Arthur Hailey. I was horrified to see what the movies did to Airport and Hotel, two books I just loved. They were chopped to pieces! I learned at a very young age that real book lovers are almost always going to be disappointed by the attempts of filmmakers to translate their beloved stories to the screen.

Shall I tell you a classic story from my teaching past? Back in 1991, I taught Call of the Wild to my 8th grade language arts class. After the final test, I showed the Clark Gable version of the movie to my students. When we finished, I asked them to write a paragraph or two in which they compared and contrasted the movie and book. Here is the ONE line that stands out in my memory: "Jack London should have paid more attention to the movie. He made a lot of mistakes in the book!" I'm waiting for the day when we can teach HP in school and I give that same assignment to my students. hehehe

Edit: Why did I include that little story? I don't know ... I guess there will always be those who prefer the movies and never bother to find out the truly exciting world of the books. However upset we become, I'm still glad to know the real stories from the books.

Solitaire

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painting sheila - Jul 15, 2007 3:00 pm (#507 of 2984)

Snake Story - When I was little we had a huge thunder storm come through. Once it was all over I wandered out side to see what the wind had done and to smell - I love the way it smells after a good rain. Anyway, I bent down to pick up a stick when the stick raised it's head and stuck it's little forked tongue out at me. It was a copperhead! I screamed, and ran in to get me dad. He shot it's head off and the body crawled away. Very creepy and I have never liked snakes since - and I never will!

Not much else is happening here today. I think we are going to watch the Last Mimzy. Has anyone seen it? I hear it is a unheralded treasure.

Allison - You may be right about the reason you don't like to movies. I try and watch them as something separate than the book. As I said on the other thread, I try and think of them a clue givers as to what is important enough to keep and what can be redone.

Did I understand a post that said two of our forumners had gotten married? How cool is that! Can I be so bold as to ask for the romantic details? . . . wait, wait - let me guess. . . . you met here and realized you lived close to one another. You decided to meet with some other forumners at a release party, and with the smell of the freshly printed pages of the latest HP book wafting through the air you fell in love at first sight. Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org aaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwww - How sweet is that!

Edit: Soli - I love that line about Jack London watching the movie first - how funny is that!? PLease tell me the kids was just joking. . . right?

Edit #2: I showed Littlest Guy all the birthday wishes from you all and he said "Thanks for the birthday party!" I guess he thinks we are having a big ol' party on here for him. I love little kids!

Edit #3: I agree Mare. They were written to be books - not screenplays.

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Marè - Jul 15, 2007 3:03 pm (#508 of 2984)

Jack London should have paid more attention to the movie. He made a lot of mistakes in the book!

Should I laugh or cry about that?

Anyway: I went to the movie! I enjoyed it a lot, I think it is a good movie and I absolutely loved Filch in it. I just wish some-one would tell Emma Watson the difference between acting and overacting...
You do see that the moviemakers are having a bit of a problem with the amount of characters Jo created. My father wondered at the end of the movie wether the next books were written with a possible movie in mind, but after seeing this one I'm absolutely certain that is not so. There is barely enough space for every-one as it is.



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Choices - Jul 15, 2007 3:10 pm (#509 of 2984)

Sheila, I can't give all the details because I don't know them, but The One (now The Viking) and The Saint met on the forum and fell in love. The Saint lived in the states and The Viking lives in Norway. They got married and now live in Norway. Maybe someone else (or they) can fill in more details.

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Denise P. - Jul 15, 2007 3:13 pm (#510 of 2984)

Actually, I think they had the Atlantic Ocean between them The first known Harry Potter Lexicon Forum marriage.

In another fandom, I was there when two people were "introduced" in a chat. It was so cute to see their online romance bloom and then flourish when they met in person. They have been married for 5-6 years now.

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Solitaire - Jul 15, 2007 3:17 pm (#511 of 2984)

For those who haven't seen it, Harry Potter: The Hidden Secrets just came on at 3 p.m. Pacific time on A&E!!

Please tell me the kid was just joking. . .

Alas, Sheila, she was not joking. Mare, it was both funny and sad. I think it shows how uninformed some of our kids truly are and how little attention they pay in class.

Solitaire

Edit: In 2002, I attended a wedding of two people who met in my former chatroom. It happens!

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Mediwitch - Jul 15, 2007 4:45 pm (#512 of 2984)

Hi Allison! I think Denise is right; it helps to view the movies as a separate retelling of the same story. You know how if two people tell the same story, they get to the same end but the paths they take aren't the same? That's how I think about the movies. It has really increased my enjoyment of them - I was SO upset at PoA, mildly annoyed at GoF, but I really was able to enjoy (most of) OoP. I'm getting better at compartmentalizing the books and the movies - maybe by the movie for DH, I'll have it down pat!

Kristina: The massive shipment of DH books to my Barnes and Noble comes in Tuesday or Wednesday this week! Squuuueeeeeee!!

Remember to do what is right, not what is easy! *sends strengthening charms to resist the temptation to peek*

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Puck - Jul 15, 2007 5:33 pm (#513 of 2984)

Pretty sure Saint and The One (Now the Viking) met on a different HP forum.

Welcome back, Viking! Hope you're enjoying married life.

Diva's birthday party was a hit. We played in the kiddie pool and made Froot Loop ( a sugar cereal) necklaces, then inside for cake and presents. Back out for a pinata, and time to go home. Simple and fun.

Now, to put kids in bed and read OotP!

Kathy

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Allison R - Jul 15, 2007 5:49 pm (#514 of 2984)

   I would definitely have done the same thing and I would have faithfully called every day from my motel room to see how they were doing. LOL



Oh, I like this idea best of all! **cancels order for electric fence and calls local hotel instead**

In our house, books were from the start (and remain to this day) some of my kids favorite "toys". We read ourselves and to each other often and find much joy in the shared experience. At my house, the rule is that you can't see the movie until you have finished the book first. Even if the book is faithfully rendered to the screen, you still aren't going to be able to 'hear' the thought processes of the characters or know exactly how you are feeling the same way you can read those things in a book. I don't want my kids to ever see a movie and figure they then don't read the book because they 'already know' the story.

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 15, 2007 5:51 pm (#515 of 2984)

Solitaire,

I guess I should speak for myself and not Warner Brothers. :-) What I was trying to say was that some people may not want to sit through a 4 hour movie. I think that most movies are "dumbed down" for the masses. The movie companies probably don’t think most people can follow a complicated plot and all the subplots.

My personal opinion is that they should have two movies: One for the book readers and one for the movie watchers. That way I could see the entire book come to life. Again, there would be interpretations of how things would look, but that's ok with me.

Betelgeuse

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Tazzygirl - Jul 15, 2007 6:14 pm (#516 of 2984)

Mediwitch: Remember to do what is right, not what is easy! *sends strengthening charms to resist the temptation to peek*

Don't worry, considering the amount of trouble my store could get into for opening those boxes before midnight Friday is enough to keep me from even attempting to peel a little tape back! But I am going to at least touch one, maybe drool... LOL!!

Allison- I am the same way with books and movies. I'll read the book first, and then watch the movie. Helps to fill in the blanks!

Glad Diva's party went well, Puck! (Did I say Happy Birthday to her? If not, Happy Birthday Diva! )

Speaking of work, guess I should head there now.

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Jul 15, 2007 6:17 pm (#517 of 2984)

The movie companies probably don’t think most people can follow a complicated plot and all the subplots.

It's a sad statement, to be sure. If true, they are the ones who have helped to make it so. It is my fervent hope that someone, someday, makes each of the books into a miniseries that runs over several nights ... so that we can see some serious character development. One book a year ... it would give a whole new generation of young actors seven long years of employment and the chance of a lifetime! Well, it's just my dream ...

Solitaire

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Viola Intonada - Jul 15, 2007 6:29 pm (#518 of 2984)

Please forgive me for skipping several hundred posts. I just got back from a two week vacation that involved scattering my FIL's ashes, attending Hubby's class reunion and dropping my eldest off at Girl Scout camp on the way home.

It has been such a busy summer that we haven't had the chance to see OotP yet.

Hope everyone is well and holding up to the anticipation of DH!

I would love to see the books done as a miniseries.

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Herm oh ninny - Jul 15, 2007 6:56 pm (#519 of 2984)

Hi! All! It feels so good to post again!

Well, I did it! I successfully completed my student teaching and I graduated in May with my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Earth Science! I am waiting for my two teaching certificates to come through and looking for a teaching position. Thank goodness it's over and I can be free to visit the Lex whenever I want. (just in time for DH too! )

I have been looking all over the internet for some HP T-shirts and they were all sold out! I was at the mall today and I saw a huge HP display in Hot Topic. I walked in and was amazed! They had tons of HP T-shirts as well as bags, pillows, throw blankets and lots of other stuff! I was so excited. I bought 2 shirts, 2 bags, a wand pen, and a Hogwarts crest key chain. Now I'm all set for the Deathly Hallows release party! Here are some pics of some of the stuff I bought in case anyone is interested:



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Finn BV - Jul 15, 2007 6:59 pm (#520 of 2984)

Wotcher, all. I've been straying from the forum so as to finish my series reread, and I guess it's been helping a bit – I've managed about 200 pages a day now for the last four days, on top of my summer job and tennis and all – but I have just 300 pages left of HBP, which I am determined to finish by tomorrow night, or tonight, if I get around to it…

Just wanted to wax poetic and remind us all that two years ago tonight the UK forumers and all those east of them were busy reading HBP, and the US forumers were getting quite impatient!

Come July 21 I'll be back to discussion; for now I'm trying to catch up on reading as many threads as I can. My summer job finishes a week from this Friday, and then I have two quite empty weeks, in which I hope I can help the Lexicon update and discuss on the Forum.

During my reread I've been taking notes in a notepad, been coming up with quite some interesting things!

Hope to see you all around soon… and crossing fingers that there might be a forumer or two at the Columbus Circle Borders on the eve of July 20…

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Solitaire - Jul 15, 2007 7:15 pm (#521 of 2984)

CONGRATULATIONS, HERM-OH-NINNY!!!

Gee, Finn ... I'm glad you're staying busy! Why not share some of those exciting discoveries with us ... or at least point us to the threads where you are sharing them!

Solitaire

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Allison R - Jul 15, 2007 7:49 pm (#522 of 2984)

Congratulations indeed, HERM-OH-NINNY!! Will you be sending an owl to Hogwarts? They've got at least one opening that I recall... I wish you much joy and success in your very own classroom this fall!

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Lavandula - Jul 15, 2007 8:09 pm (#523 of 2984)

Just popped in to say 'hello' to everyone. Glad to see Finn, Viking, Viola, and others back!!!

I'm off with the girls to do some shopping for two days. We go every year right about now. It's a group of us from work (some teachers and a secretary). We started the year the little guy was just a baby, and now he is 9!

Anyway, don't talk too much while I'm gone. Yeah right!

Cathy

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Finn BV - Jul 15, 2007 8:10 pm (#524 of 2984)

Ah, Soli, I haven't posted them yet, just writing down some interesting things which I had forgotten: looking at the open page of my notepad now, in HBP (US Hardback) p. 275, how I found it fitting that Tom Riddle believes no wizard would die if there were another option (explaining how he jumps to the conclusion that his mother was not a witch); and then on p. 277 DD notes that Tom likes trophies (suggesting to me that his Special Services Plaque could indeed be a Horcrux…). I'll get around to posting the most important ones…

Cross-posted with Herm-oh-ninny, nice to see you around and congratulations!!

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kaykay1970 - Jul 15, 2007 9:41 pm (#525 of 2984)
Edited Jul 15, 2007 10:20 pm

Hubby and daughter met Gene Simmons at the Indy car race! I thought this picture was rather cute as he makes my daughter look like a dwarf! Of course she is only 5 feet tall, so perhaps it's not that difficult.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 15, 2007 9:49 pm (#526 of 2984)

Finn, How did your wizarding genealogy project turn out?

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Jewel - Jul 15, 2007 10:33 pm (#527 of 2984)

Hello all! Just wanted to come out of lurker mode to say "Hi!" before I crawl back under my rock...lol!

Hugs to all who need them!

Jewel

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 15, 2007 11:28 pm (#528 of 2984)

Mrs.Sirius,Did you lift both feet off floorboard when you drove over the snake? Madame Pince

Well, I’m not sure about my feet, but my bottom was up off the seat, I think my feet followed.

Ohh Soli, you do out do us all. For me it’s all irritation, and discoloration. I guess I should take my tiny complaint and stop kvetching.

Oh, on the Lyme disease? My doctor finally conceded it “might” be Lyme I should have lab results soon, meanwhile it is now both knees, shoulders, one elbow, one hip.

The environmental questions are so tough to unravel. We have coyotes in this area and they do take pets and chickens. I don’t have out door pets or chicken but I don’t like the coyotes either and won’t let my kid into the woods because of it. This year it the first I have successful planted a garden, Mr. Bunny helps us with our lettuce, which I actually like serving for dinner. Not quite the same scale as California, but same analogy.

No fever either Loopy?

Mediwitch sorry you got the rattlers, but better you than me. East of us they also have copperheads. Ugghh. Snakes are snake doesn’t matter the name. It is possible that we have a bear in our area. Bird feeds have suffered recently.

Welcome back to Jarrand, hello to the Mrs.!

I saw “Gone With the Wind” when I was in my early teens and was also very annoyed that one of her previous marriages and neither child was mentioned.

One of the few movies from a book that I enjoyed despite the differences was “Charley” based on “Flowers For Algernon”. While there were considerable differences, I enjoyed the movie so much I wasn’t offended.

With the HP movies, they are a support, a filler until the next book. OoTP I thought for a movie, was pretty close to the book. I was anticipating the major departure from the book, the big special effects break, it never came so I was actually disappointed that I didn‘t have that.

Hi Finn! (waves)


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Solitaire - Jul 15, 2007 11:54 pm (#529 of 2984)

Ohh Soli, you do out do us all. For me it’s all irritation, and discoloration. I guess I should take my tiny complaint and stop kvetching.

Mrs. Sirius, your irritations are probably just as irritating to you as mine are to me. The person who was bugged by hair clips has it the worst, IMO. Now that I know what causes my ear problem, I pay close attention to it and try not to let it get out of hand. It does bug me, but when I feel too sorry for myself about not being able to wear contacts anymore, I remember ... at least glasses enable me to see very well.

Most of my skin irritations--as well as my joint problems--are connected to my Reiter's Syndrome ... although it took me many years to learn that information (my original doc didn't tell me). For many years I had only the RA part of it. Then, about 5-6 years ago, the skin rashes started out of the blue. Since I hate being known as a hypochondriac, I never would go to the doc until I was a complete mess. It took a while to get over that mentality. Now that I understand what is happening, I have things pretty well under control. I keep the necessary cream on hand and use it at the first sign of my eczema. If I feel like the cellulitis is starting again, I call the doc immediately, get a shot of Cephlex, and head off a full-blown case. Knowledge is power.

Solitaire

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The Viking - Jul 16, 2007 12:27 am (#530 of 2984)

Hi everyone.

Thanks for the welcome. I have been planning to return here for some time, but had a biking accident three weeks ago that has prevented me from being much on the computer. Sad

Me and the Saint did indeed meet on the Lex forum, but did not get to know each other well here. But then there was a spin-off forum made by people from the Lex. This forum was a bit more goofy than the Lex forum, and it humours style attracted some of the people posting here. There we met properly, she from Dallas, Texas, I from Trondheim, Norway.

Our forum was never more than a handfull persons, and we got to know each other quite well, but by know it has fallen apart. But while we was still active, we had a gathering in Glasgow, Scotland, and there me and Lisa met in real life. Then she visited me here, I visited her in Texas, and now we both live here in Trondheim.

That is our story in short.

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Denise P. - Jul 16, 2007 5:15 am (#531 of 2984)

Mrs. Sirius, one of my group got Lyme Disease about 6 weeks ago. We caught it quickly, he was put on antibiotics and so far, he has had no other symptoms. He needs to go back in a few weeks for a repeat bloodwork.

Today starts Camp Hogwarts for my Girl Scout. She has her name tag on. Today she has to wear her House Colors (light pink) and then they also have during the week: dress like your favorite character, your animagus form and bring your owl day. It should be fun for her. I will be interested to see her camp shirt and patch.

This week we are gearing up for the Cub Scout year. I am going to be a Tiger leader this year, the only group I have never had. I need to sit down with the book and plan out the year. Tigers are unique because each achievement also includes a field trip somewhere AND a parent partner has to be with the Tiger. It kinda stinks for Iain since I have to be there for him as well as all the others in the Den. Still, I think Tigers are the most fun since they are so darn excited about being there. I got my Cubmaster knot finally from TN so I need to sew that on my uniform. It is kinda funny, I have knots showing all the positions I have had but not a Tiger know LOL

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Good Evans - Jul 16, 2007 5:16 am (#532 of 2984)

Wow Viking - I knew that you and the saint were engaged (congrats on the wedding) but I hadn't realised that you both weren't from Norway! Wow !!!!

Alison - I sat dead in the middle of the theatre (not that i was dead of course!) as the DR had said I wasn't contagious!!! I enjoyed the movie, but then I take the movies as just that , as I have learned to do so many times over the years. Count me in with the wishing GWTW had actually included the whole story (goodness it was long enough they could have managed it!) I am also an avid Stephen King reader and mostly hate the movie versions of his books, but I have beocme more tolerant with age. I accept the movies as they are and love the books for what they are !!

Finn - glad to hear you are not "slacking" over the summer - where do you get your energy from??? Oh to be young again!

I am pleased to say that the rash has abated a bit today, hopefully is on its way out - but it still gets itchy.

legolas returns - sorry to hear about the stanley knife, hope you are getting better.

Soli - HP P/S is on the reading lists here (dont know about the others), It was how we came to HP - in the first place. Oldest sons teacher recomended that we get a copy as he was enjoying it in class and it would help with his reading! (this was back when he was at primary school, he has just left sixth form !) ho hum!!!

Julie x

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 16, 2007 6:12 am (#533 of 2984)

Congrats to The Viking and The Saint! That is such a nice story of how you met. Love conquers all!

Finn, it's nice to see young motivated people. I think you will go far in life. When I was 19-20, I was happiest when I was super busy working, dating and having fun with friends (as well as summer courses in college). I'm about 1/3 of the way through HBP. I was rereading the series but I was going to be late finishing. I let the movie stand in for reading OotP (not really a substitute) but if I didn't, I would not be fresh through HBP for DH on Saturday.

Healing charms to all who have ailments. St. Mungos could probably take care of all that if it were accessible to us.

Betelgeuse

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The giant squid - Jul 16, 2007 6:52 am (#534 of 2984)

I could never have an issue with the HP movies versus the books. You see, I'm a Robert Heinlein fan. Two words: Starship Troopers.

I sat dead in the middle of the theatre--Good Evans

Just a bit of trivia for the assembled: Theater sound systems are balanced to a point approximately 2/3 of the way from the screen to the back wall and slightly off-center. So if you really want to get the best sound, that's where you should sit.

Those of you who had to deal with film breaks and such, I apologize on behalf of my industry. It's things like that that lead to the mentality of, "Oh, I'll just wait until it hits DVD." A little training goes a long way...

--Mike

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Holly T. - Jul 16, 2007 6:54 am (#535 of 2984)

Happy belated birthday to Diva and Littlest Guy!

Hugs to everyone else!

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Allison R - Jul 16, 2007 6:57 am (#536 of 2984)

Good Evans, I'm pleased to hear that your rash is on the way out! Glad you liked the movie, too = )

Denise, how fun for your daughter to get to go to Camp Hogwarts! It sounds like they'll have a great week. How does she know what her House colors are already? Was there some sort of Sorting before camp began?

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Lilly P - Jul 16, 2007 7:04 am (#537 of 2984)

Does anyone else have that song from the 1980's “The Final Countdown” running through their head? It's going to drive me crazy all day at work!

Jamie

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Denise P. - Jul 16, 2007 7:10 am (#538 of 2984)

Yes, they were pre-Sorted by rank. She is a Junior 3 Centaur, light pink is their color and they have Professor Mermaid and Bluebell. Tabby and Tiny are the teen helpers. They may actually sort them into the 4 Hogwarts Houses, I am not sure. The staff was in robes and wizard hats this morning when I dropped her off.

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2BMcsmom - Jul 16, 2007 7:15 am (#539 of 2984)

Lilly P, it is now in my head.

Hope everyone gets to feeling better soon, enjoys camps and other trips.

I am going to apply for another job today. I have been trying for the past few months to get a job with no success. If I do not get something soon I may go back to school.

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 16, 2007 7:16 am (#540 of 2984)

Herm Oh Ninny, Congratulations! Well done!!

Kaykay, How cool! I am envious !!

Denise, Girlscout camp sounds alot more fun than when I went.

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Puck - Jul 16, 2007 7:58 am (#541 of 2984)

Actually, Solitaire, I'd like it to be a seven year long tv series, so each week we get an hour or so of the magical world.

Tazzy, Diva's birthday is tomorrow. We just had the party on the weekend.

Congrats Hermoninny!

Finn, smart to keep notes as you read. I had an "OH, I bet that will be important" moment while reading GoF, but can't for the life of me remember what it was.

Why did I grow up thinking we didn't have poisionous snakes here? Well, perhaps they just don't cross the CT border...

Starship Troopers? double

Good Luck with the job hunt, Sonya!

Off to the playground.

Kathy

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DJ Evans - Jul 16, 2007 8:32 am (#542 of 2984)

Soli: I too have bouts of Cellulitis & have had for the past 6 years. The 1st spell that I had put me in the hospital, as no one knew what I had - they believe it is cause by leaf mold or some kind of airbourne mold. Once they figured it out & gave me the IV's/shots that I needed, within hours I was much better. I did not know that it was contagious though, no one ever told me that. I do know they have to watch it very carefully, with it being in the face area, they worry about it getting into the brain if it isn't taken care of early on - which is not a good thing. But I do have to admit, when I'm having a spell the last thing I want to do is to get out in public with swollen ears (yes it attacks my ears/face too) & a face that looks like it has been cooked. If it is a particular bad case of it, I will even peel (just like I had gotten a very bad sunburn) once it is all over & well again. Anytime I feel a spell of it coming on, I get on the Benadryl ASAP & a lot of the times I can head it off.

LilyP: I love movie The Final Countdown but for the life of me I can't think of a song from it? That is if it is the one which stars Kirk Douglas & Martin Sheen?

***waves to everyone*** Also, glad to see you back Jarand/The Viking & Lisa/The Saint. Don't know if you remember me, I been a Lex member since the spring of 2004 but I was also "Viggo'sGirl" on the other HP forum....if that helps any.

Happy Birthday & Congrats to all celebrating. And (((hugs))) to any who might be in need of one...or two. Don't worry, there's plenty to go around.

The HP movies used to bug the you-know-what out of me. That is till I made myself think of them as just a movie that had a HP theme to them. Once I did that, it didn't seem to bother me so much that "this or that" was left out or whatever. I came to realize that the HP books were for me to visualize in my own way & the movies where there to just enjoy as a movie that had a HP theme to them.

And I loved OotP! Both the book & the movie. OotP is my favorite book & as of right now, it is my favorite of the movies. I'm like a few others on here as far as HbP goes. I can't even halfway say I like it -- OK OK I'll admit, I do not like it at all. I even tried to do a re-read of it, made it 1/2 way through it & gave up....still couldn't take it. (((shivers)))

Have a great day/night everyone!

Later, Deb

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Finn BV - Jul 16, 2007 10:21 am (#543 of 2984)

Finn, How did your wizarding genealogy project turn out? –Nathan

Thanks for asking Nathan, though nothing became of it beyond what I shared with the forum, as there are really no further connections I could make besides the family trees of the Blacks, Weasleys, and Potters/Evans/Dursleys.

Nice to see you back, the viking! Hehe, Good Evans, I do find myself quite busy, don't I? As I said, I will have two weeks to sit down, relax, and help out the Lexicon, but my year just keeps on going and going…

Why thank you, Betelguese.

Gahh, LillyP, you just got it stuck in my head! (Deb, see here for the song.) 2BMcsmom, good luck with the job hunt!

Well, I'm right in between work and tennis now, have to go hit a ball around for three hours now… I was hoping for rain so I could read…

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 16, 2007 10:22 am (#544 of 2984)

Giant Squid,

I grew up on Robert Heinlein. It had been years since I read any of his stories until this spring. I reread "The Door into Summer", "The Puppet Masters" and "The Number of the Beast" (and another I don't remember right now). I still like his work. I understand the math a lot better now though. :-)

On another note, I was able to watch the Lady Bird funeral procession pass our house. Even way out in the middle of nowhere (where I live), there were people gathered to show their respect. The families in the procession were waving at everyone. It was quite touching. There were signs at all the businesses saying thanks too.

Betelgeuse

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DJ Evans - Jul 16, 2007 10:42 am (#545 of 2984)

Ahhhh, thanks Finn. Now I get it.

Later, Deb

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Puck - Jul 16, 2007 10:49 am (#546 of 2984)

Resisting Finn's link, as I don't need yet another song stuck in my head.

The muscle I pulled last week is a bit sore today after my busy weekend. Think I need to sit and read until it feels better. Should take about a week. (Still only a third done OotP. I brought it to the playground, but was too busy making sure the Toddler didn't fall of the play structure that I didn't open it.)

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 16, 2007 10:50 am (#547 of 2984)

Hi everyone! ***waves***

Wow, kaykay, what an exciting time for your daughter!

Happy belated July 14th to Audrey and all those who celebrated.

Happy Belated anniversary to the GEs and Happy belated Birthdays to your littlest guy, Sheila and to your big guy, Puck!

Healing charms to Legolas and GEJulie. (I'm beginning to think Julie just likes attention. )

(((Madame Pomfrey))) how tragic. Strengthening charms to you.

Strengthening charms to you, too, (((Madam Pince))). It is sad to lose what tangibles connect your memories.

Good to see you posting again Mare (good luck on the last leg of your studying), TheOne/Viking, Finn and all the others who are returning after a long while.

CONGRATULATIONS to Herm oh Ninny!!! OOh, here, here! We could use a nice teacher here by us!

Wow, sounds like a great movie experience, Betelgeuse.

Okay, I think this post is long enough. I miss having my forum time. (And I thought this summer would be slow-paced. )

Maria

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Allison R - Jul 16, 2007 12:21 pm (#548 of 2984)

   The HP movies used to bug the you-know-what out of me. That is till I made myself think of them as just a movie that had a HP theme to them. Once I did that, it didn't seem to bother me so much that "this or that" was left out or whatever. I came to realize that the HP books were for me to visualize in my own way & the movies where there to just enjoy as a movie that had a HP theme to them.



DJEvans, I like this mind-set! I'm going to try it on and see if I can make it fit for me. The girls are going Thursday to see it again-- this time in IMAX-- and the hubby and I are considering going with and giving it another shot.

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painting sheila - Jul 16, 2007 1:21 pm (#549 of 2984)

You should go Allison R - especially if it is in 3D for the last 20 minutes. I loved that part!

I am wiped out - and have a long part of the day left. Maybe I will get my second wind . . . . maybe.

Finn - I thought of you today. MY Harry and the Potters cd's came. We are going to listent to them all the way out to rehearsal today. It takes about an hour - so that should help pass the time.

Have a good one everyone!

She

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legolas returns - Jul 16, 2007 1:23 pm (#550 of 2984)

THe last 20 minutes is in the MOM I take it? Might have to go the IMAX to check that out.
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painting sheila - Jul 16, 2007 1:26 pm (#551 of 2984)

Yes - it's in the MoM. It makes the whole scene very different - duh - I guess that was stupid to say, but it did make me notice things I had missed before. Very cool! ( If you get sea sick, don't blame me!)

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Denise P. - Jul 16, 2007 2:56 pm (#552 of 2984)

They sorted all of Junior 3 into the four houses today at girl scout camp. We now have a Slytherin in the family Good thing I have a Slytherin hat around here somewhere for her to wear.

On another note, I see where the Harry-est city in America, according to Amazon.com, is none other than Falls Church. Two more cities, Fairfax and Vienna, are also right near here. Woohoo NoVa!

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legolas returns - Jul 16, 2007 3:00 pm (#553 of 2984)

Is your daughter happy with her house? Were there no arguments on which house each child belonged to?

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Denise P. - Jul 16, 2007 3:08 pm (#554 of 2984)

She was happy with her house. She said no one was too concerned about which house to be in. Tomorrow they are dressing up as their favorite character. Rather than be "Nameless Slytherin Girl", she is going as Millicent Bulstrode, complete with stuffed cat

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legolas returns - Jul 16, 2007 3:22 pm (#555 of 2984)

Oh well thats good then. As long as its fun.

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Puck - Jul 16, 2007 4:10 pm (#556 of 2984)

Maria, I thought the summer would be quiet, too. Well, hopefully August will be.

Congrats Denise on your young Slytherin.

Sheila, hope you got that second wind.

My HP T-shirt still hasn't arrived. It was shipped on the 7th according to the e-mail. They must be making the postal workers walk, now.

Kathy

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Mediwitch - Jul 16, 2007 5:12 pm (#557 of 2984)

Congratulations, Herm-oh-ninny!

Puck, I LOVE your idea for the 7-year TV series! It sounds wonderful.

Kathy and Maria, check your email - I sent one a little while ago.

Denise, ooh, a Slytherin in the house! I like her plan for being Millicent.

I finally finished reading OoP last night, so I'm off to start HBP...

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Round Pink Spider - Jul 16, 2007 5:54 pm (#558 of 2984)

Gahh, LillyP, you just got it stuck in my head! (Deb, see here for the song.)

Now that's odd. That's not the song I remember from the movie The Final Countdown at all! The one I remember is the rather heroic, exciting theme that was played when the fighter jets went up against the old Japanese Zeros and scared the stuffings out of them. I loved that movie! I never thought I'd get to see it again... but then they came out with it on DVD and we got it from Amazon.

I very much enjoyed seeing the OotP movie in IMAX. The one thing that spoiled it for me is my tendency to over-analyze. I was all too conscious, going in, of how they would process the 2D image to make it 3D, and I spent the 3D part observing which parts looked truly 3D, and which didn't. Stupid waste of good fun on my part, but that's me. It was, however, totally cool to see all those prophecies fall in 3D...

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Holly T. - Jul 16, 2007 6:23 pm (#559 of 2984)

I have to confess that, in the gift shop near the IMAX, my son had his eye on the Slytherin robes. But he has aspired to look like Draco Malfoy for some time now.

I was told once at the eye doctor that, because my left eye is twice as nearsighted as my right eye it makes seeing things like 3D effects difficult. I don't know if this is true. I do know that sometimes at a 3D IMAX it's like things are right in front of me and other times things just look oddly distorted. I wonder if it has something to do with the different ways they create the 3D images? Anyway, I was more distracted by the 3D effects at the IMAX than impressed. But I think it's just me. ;-)

My in-laws are coming to visit tomorrow, which means I now really need to clean the house. The good news is they're bringing my daughter home with them. She's been there since last weekend. Of course, she and her dad leave for mission trip on Thursday. So basically she'll be home long enough for us to do her laundry and pack again. Oh well. More time for us to fix up her room. We painted it this weekend and this Saturday we're having the floor guys here to put laminate in her room. My husband set up the appointment for that day because I told him I wasn't going anywhere that day. :-)

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Solitaire - Jul 16, 2007 7:18 pm (#560 of 2984)

Well, I am in Sacramento and working on the school laptop instead of my Mac. I never thought I'd say it, but I really find the keyboard awkward after a few solid months of Mac only. Also, IE is the pits after Safari or Flock.

Anyway, we kind of lucked out with the weather today. Cooler than expected and very breezy! Good thing, as we had to walk that 12-block hike from the hotel to the 3x! My knees are so sore ... I hope I can do it tomorrow, as no one in our group wants to drive (parking is $15 a day, not reimbursed). I thought we had access to a tram or train, but I'm not sure. Anyway, I certainly got my exercise today. I begged off dinner tonight ... no more walking for me, except down to the coffee shop.

Actually, Solitaire, I'd like it to be a seven year long tv series

That works for me, too, Puck.

Deb, I see I am not the only one to have the "cellulitis fun." Honestly, though ... doesn't it sound like an outbreak of fat? BTW, the skin on my ear peeled. I figured it was because it was all stretched from the swelling.

I don't think there are any 3-D theatres around us. On the hike back to our hotel after the first day of the conferences, we passed an old theatre showing OotP. My boss and one other started talking about the movie and a couple of things, and I chimed in with the Harry-as-Horcrux theory. WELL ... two women in front of us turned around and asked where I came up with that one! LOL We had a discussion in the middle of the street, and I recommended they come to the Forum to check out the great theories and discussion. Honestly! The have never been to a HP website! **fanning self to keep from fainting**

Well, I need to go and grab a sandwich down in the Grille. Later!

Solitaire

PS Has anyone ever inadvertently tried to use your cell phone for a mouse and then wondered why it didn't work?

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2BMcsmom - Jul 16, 2007 7:35 pm (#561 of 2984)

I went from a very good mood this afternoon to a depressed, mad, upset mood in less than a minute. My oldest girlfriend draws beautifully, and I was looking through her new sketch pad. She had written down some of her thoughts. I was not going to read it but caught a sentence about being worried about the oldest. I was thinking that something might be wrong that he did not know how to tell us, so I read it. I was very surprised to read that his dad is a pain in the rear and always gives oldest a hard time, and that I am of no help to the oldest.

I do not know what to do. Do I say something to her or him or both of them about it? Do I leave it alone? I have no plans of telling my hubby. I really do not know what to think. I keep shaking.

What are some ideas from the wise parents we have here?

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Finn BV - Jul 16, 2007 8:14 pm (#562 of 2984)

Hope you enjoyed Harry and the Potter, sheila! Even though they're not the greatest singers, the songs are fun and the two of them are just really, really cool people -- I got to talk to them for a little while after the concert. They were so enthusiastic.

Denise, she could always add some life to two Slytherin girls we don't really know too much about: Daphne Greengrass or Tracey Davis. I never had much of a fondness for Millicnet -- then again, never had much of a fondness for Slytherin!

2BMcsmom, I'm afraid I'm quite from being a parent. No help to you, but cheering charms nonetheless!

Darn, I'm putting off reading HBP right now. Off to the book!

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Chemyst - Jul 16, 2007 8:18 pm (#563 of 2984)

Congratulations Herm oh Ninny (With that earth science major you won't have to teach rock heads will you?)

The HP movies – I've enjoyed seeing them once and then taking a "been-there, done-that" attitude. The memory of the images starts to blur in with my own from the books after a while. I like it like that. Alan Rickman has already become my Snape; I don't want to let Emma Watson become my Hermione, if you know what I mean.

Knee-grease charms to Solitaire!

2BMcsmom, did you mean that your girlfriend was worried about your teenage son and does not like the way you are not handling it?
Hm… If you want my full answer email me, but for forum purposes, I'll keep it to two quickies: 1. Don't get offended, no one meant to hurt you. 2. Just try to have some general fun times solely for the enjoyment of spending time with your son, keeping it as tension-free as possible. You need to get reacquainted with him as the man he is becoming.

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DJ Evans - Jul 16, 2007 8:28 pm (#564 of 2984)

Allison: I hope what I do (telling myself it is just a movie with a HP theme) will help you on your next viewing of OotP. All I know is it works for me & lets me enjoy the movies much more. Otherwise (before) I would picked it apart so much that it would end up where I didn't even want to watch any more of the movies.

Soli: It might have peeled cause of the swelling but I figured (or in my case) it was cause it would get so hot. Like I said, mine would give the appearance of being a very severe case of a sunburn. It would swell, get blisters, very tender & hot to the touch. And it would also travel across my face, just like it has a set course & it has to follow it no matter what. Does your's do that? Weird, just weird. And you are right, the 1st time I was told what I had, I thought to myself "Cellulitis? But my ear/face isn't fat!!" lol Then I found out it basically just meant it was an infection of the "cells"!

2BMcsmom: Sorry on what happen & that you are going through this right now. I'm not a parent so think I'll let some of the true parents on here give you their thoughts/advice on what happen. Just know, here's a few (((hugs))) for you if you need them.

Later, Deb

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Ydnam96 - Jul 16, 2007 8:34 pm (#565 of 2984)

Wow, I just read 91 posts. That's a lot for one sitting.

4 days! Wooohooo.

And, the lady who owns the Curves I go to said today she was interested in reading HP books...so I told her I had them. I'm taking them all to her tomorrow! A new "convert"

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Allison R - Jul 16, 2007 8:35 pm (#566 of 2984)

2BMcsmom, I echo Chemyst-- I'm not sure I understand the situation enough to form a coherent comment about it. Can you clarify a bit? What I do hear loud and clearly is your hurt and your confusion, and for that I am sorry (((hugs)))

Soli, my 11 year-old and I chuckled at your inoperable cell-phone-mouse. It sounds exactly like something I would do!

Well, tickets have been purchased for the IMAX theatre for Thursday. I'm going to continue to work hard at re-defining my attitude before we go and hope to have a much better experience as a result = )

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dizzy lizzy - Jul 16, 2007 9:00 pm (#567 of 2984)

Well I have finally organised my weekend! I have booked a bed and breakfast for 2 nights (Friday and Saturday) in Launceston. This is a pet friendly place so Lucy will be coming with me.

I have preordered both Bloomsbury books, the Adults and the Children's and hope to have the book read by Saturday afternoon. Remember due to the time zones I get the book at 9am Saturday.

I am hoping that I can see the Movie on Friday night when I arrive.

It is cold wet and chilly here at the moment.

I'm really starting to look forward to the book coming out with a degree of trepidation as to what the final result will be....

Cheers

Lizzie

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 16, 2007 11:24 pm (#568 of 2984)

About the movie, remember, it doesn’t really matter that the blockbuster movies leave out so much and change things for convenience, when the BBC does the series, they will get everything in there and get it right. (Shh, pass it around)

My kids spent all evening casting spells at one another. Expelliermus!, Petrificus Totalis! Oneof the girls said that she got her wand to work when she cast "lumous", hmm. My husband couldn't take it anymore.

Squeeeee!

2BMcsMOM, good luck on the job interview/

3

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painting sheila - Jul 17, 2007 12:50 am (#569 of 2984)

Yikes!! 3!!!!!

I am still up but going to bed now.

I am so afraid I am going to be to tired to read the book once I get it.

Dress rehearsal is Wednesday - maybe I can sleep after that?

Fun news - Daughter was cast in a TV show. North Carolina's Most Wanted. She is playing a young girl that has disappeared. They are going to be filming at our house tomorrow night from 8:00 until 11:00. They had better not mind if I am sewing . . . ambient noise will be sewing and telling Oldest Son "Turn it down!!" (He keeps turning the tv up to hear over my sewing machine)

Exciting but stressful.

I don't have any advice in the children department except to pray/ponder/meditate about it before you make a decision. Some one made the comment that it wasn't meant to be hurtful, and obviously you are surrounded by people who not only love you but love your children too. Maybe you could ask the person who wrote it their take on it and for their advise.

Good luck and hang in there!!

She

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azi - Jul 17, 2007 2:56 am (#570 of 2984)

Congrats to your daughter, Shelia!

Hope the knees don't hurt too much, Soli!

**hugs** 2BMcsmom! I'm no good at advice, alas.

**waves to Lizzy**

Yikes, I'm running late! I booked myself for a lot of things today. Lunch with my mum, brother, aunt and grandma (combined age of around 240!), then a picnic with some friends. Hoping it won't rain - thunderstorms predicted. Apparently we've had them the last 3/4 days as well, but I haven't noticed!

Lovely days to all!

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2BMcsmom - Jul 17, 2007 3:22 am (#571 of 2984)
Edited Jul 17, 2007 4:44 am

Sorry that I was not clear on the who. My son's girlfriend, who has spent a major part of her summer at our house. My hubby and I going out of our way to do things for her. She will be at our house every morning and afternoon for the next 2 weeks, until the end of band camp. I had even offered to take her to the midnight release of DH. I think that I am going to tell them she can not come over the last week before school starts back.

Had it been another adult, I do not think that it would have bothered me as much. The hubby asked what was wrong this morning. He would go ballistic if I was to tell him.

I am trying to see it as a passing thought that she had but did not really mean.

Thanks for all the hugs.

Edit: CatBailey, I have been keeping that in mind. Reminding myself over and over to think about when I was 16.

Healing charms for legolas returns. May you feel better soon.

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legolas returns - Jul 17, 2007 3:22 am (#572 of 2984)

Am at home today with a stomach bug-feeling really bad. Its my first day off work for about 6 years. Going to watch all the HP movies. That should fill some time .

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CatBailey - Jul 17, 2007 4:00 am (#573 of 2984)

I hope you get to feeling better soon, legolas returns. It sounds like you're making the best of the day, though! Only a little over 87 hours (for me) until DH is released - I'm filling practically every spare minute with Potter-related stuff.

2BMcsmom, I'm not a parent, but if it's any comfort, I'm a 35 year old female who still occasionally feels really guilty about all the mean things I wrote and/or said about my parents when I was a teenager, although I know my mom (who, undeservedly, got the worst of it, because she WAS there for me) forgave me for it. But it doesn't sound like it was something you were meant to see, and everyone needs a time and place to vent about family occasionally. I love my family very much, although they do drive me crazy sometimes, but it rarely is anything so serious that I want to risk hurting anyone's feelings by bringing it up. But especially when I was a teenager, I frequently would write down my feelings, and I hope my mother never found most of what I wrote, because I never wanted to hurt her - I just wanted and needed to vent occasionally (usually when I was in a foul mood at the world at large and didn't feel I was getting enough attention.)

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 17, 2007 6:06 am (#574 of 2984)

2BMcsmom, I feel for you. Raising Teenagers is the ultimate challenge. Teenagers often write or say things cruel to vent frustrations that are usually caused by one little incident in which they felt they weren't given enough privacy, trusted, didn't get to do something they wanted, or something like that. And yes, it is a passing thought. I found out that I was considered the worlds biggest witch when I said the word No and the world's best Mom when I gave them money or let them do something they really wanted to do. These feelings do not last long and are not truly meant. My kids couldn't get away with anything because I had already been there, done that ! I was the ultimate schemer and I still hold the family record, HA!! Since this wasn't your child, but your son's girlfriend I think I would get her alone and tell her what you found and see what she says. I often found it better, if I find myself holding grudges, to bring things out in the open rather than to let them wonder why you are suddenly po'd at them. {{Hugs}} Kelly

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kaykay1970 - Jul 17, 2007 6:07 am (#575 of 2984)

Hugs ((2BMcsmom))- This is a tough one. How old is your son? My teens seemed to go through a sudden period of moodiness. I felt like the enemy at times. It was as if they thought nobody was on their side. It was a short period and our relationship quickly improved afterwards. In my son's case I realized at the end of this phase that my "little" boy had somehow suddenly outgrown me by about 4 inches! Based on my experience, your son will probably be more upset to learn that you've read this than he is about what led to it being written. And another thing: if this is the girlfriend's observation, your son may not even share the same feeling as her.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 17, 2007 6:29 am (#576 of 2984)

Oh legolas - not so near the book release! Healing charms to you! I agree with CatBailey that you are making great use of your down time.

2BMcsmom:
I, too, was thinking it might have just been a vent because of something that made her/them angry at the time. So, first I would decide if that is indeed what it was. That is tough if your hubby wouldn't take it well because he'd be the first one I'd discuss it with, just to give him time to digest it before approaching your son together (w/o girlfriend present).

But if that's a dead end, and you feel as though it was more than a vent, you could approach your son about it. (You have to get him where he can't escape you, like taking him for a car ride to pick up something.)

It sounds as though you have bent over backwards not only by allowing his girlfriend to stay with you but also by making sure she felt included, etc. A little talk with just him, letting him know you do these things for him (certainly not for your benefit) and that he should recognize that and have some semblance of appreciation is not asking a lot. In that order, if he is upset about something, let him know you expect him to come to you and discuss it. It is great that he can talk to his girlfriend about it but it is not right to exclude you.

I would explain to him that it doesn't mean he would automatically get his way but there is always room for a compromise. Sometimes just being heard and having your side explained is enough for them. I talk a lot to my girls - even Trevor - about why I make decisions and also about how sometimes they will not be given an explanation but have to trust us. Do they always walk away cheery? No, but I think they feel as though they have a say in what goes on in our every day lives and sometimes, that is enough.

I can give you an example; When my husband and I attended the funeral of our friend's 17 y.o. (he turned 17 in June, not July), I used that as an opportunity to explain to my girls that when you're 17 you might not think of things that you will think of when you're 21. I will be sure to keep reminding them when things come up. They'll probably walk away angry at times but they'll have something to think about.

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Mediwitch - Jul 17, 2007 6:29 am (#577 of 2984)

((((2BMcsmom)))) I know how you feel - we went through some similar things with my step-daughter when she was in high school. I agree with kay, they will be upset that you read it and it may even lead to some alienation between you and your son/his girlfriend. Heather (my step-daughter) has since told us most of what she wrote/said about us was venting, and she didn't really mean it. If you can blow it off (I know from personal experience, easier said than done) for now, and discuss it with them later when you are not so upset, it might be a more successful discussion. I think if you suddenly push the girlfriend away without any explanation, both your son and his girlfriend will be confused and upset. Good luck - I'll be thinking of you!

I'm working my way through HBP, hope I can finish before Friday!

EDIT: LOL, Betelgeuse! As long as life doesn't get in the way it shouldn't be a problem (I read it the first time in about 6 hours or so). Unfortunately, life has a way of throwing up road blocks sometimes! I'm off to read now. *hangs "Do Not Disturb" sign*

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 17, 2007 6:36 am (#578 of 2984)

Mediwitch,

I'm halfway through HBP (just started the Christmas holiday). I had to skip OotP to be able to do it. I rationalized that the movie would have to stand in this time since I started a week too late. You can finish HBP! Positive thinking.....

Betelgeuse

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 17, 2007 7:10 am (#579 of 2984)

PS Has anyone ever inadvertently tried to use your cell phone for a mouse and then wondered why it didn't work?

ROFL! Soli, since I just did that a few minutes ago! I was talking to oldest daughter with cell in front of keyboard. I had the speaker on, so was listening to her and reading the forum, and reached for the "mouse", wondering to myself, are my batteries dead, this thing is not working! Got a good laugh when I clicked, and HUNG up on her, mid-sentence! Timing was perfect!, the next post I read was yours!

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Esther Rose - Jul 17, 2007 7:17 am (#580 of 2984)

I mysteriously tried to use my cellphone and then my stapler for a mouse on July 11th. It took me a good ten seconds to figure out why things just didn't feel right.

With Cellphones: There have been plenty of occasions where I try to send a text before giving the destination. ("Hey" looks like "539")

And using someone else' or a brand new cellphone is the worst. Especially when their back key and main menu key are "in the wrong place"!

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Denise P. - Jul 17, 2007 7:26 am (#581 of 2984)

Sometimes, there is something I have done on my laptop that I need on my desktop. I have my laptop sitting open on my desk. One more than one occasion, I have tried using my mouse, connected to the desktop, on the laptop and getting irked that the cursor is not moving on the laptop. Silly me usually figures it out in a second.

Today, when I dropped off Millicent at camp, we got a note from the Minister of Bus Gridlock about coming to pick up 15 minutes later to allow the buses to get out on the narrow road before we all clog it up waiting to get out little wizards.

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Steve Newton - Jul 17, 2007 7:40 am (#582 of 2984)

I haven't done the cell phone thing but I have found that if you are trying to key in numbers, for a prescription refill say, on your phone, that typing them on your keyboard is very little help.

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Holly T. - Jul 17, 2007 7:47 am (#583 of 2984)

When I can't hear my cell phone well in the car I have tried to adjust the volume by using the volume control for my car radio. That doesn't work.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 17, 2007 8:35 am (#584 of 2984)

I'm probably one of the few people in the industrialized world who does not own a cell phone. LPO

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Jenniffler - Jul 17, 2007 8:59 am (#585 of 2984)

2BMcsmom--I don't have teens yet, but I think this is a case of someone outside the situation interpreting their feelings, very healthy. Keep your eyes open for indication of comments that could be misinterpreted. Your silence to keep the peace might be viewed as agreement to whatever your son's girlfriend dislikes.

LPO- Nope. Cell phones are still future-type gadgets to me! You're in good company.

I think I convinced someone to finally read the series by describing the Fred and Goerge escape in book 5 and the Quidditch championship party in book 6! The problem is he has to wait a year to read them, because he's on a mission. Every time he sees me he asks how days until I read DH. I'm a known Potter fanatic.

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2BMcsmom - Jul 17, 2007 9:23 am (#586 of 2984)
Edited Jul 17, 2007 10:20 am

KayKay, He is 17.

Thanks for the support everyone. If I had tried to talk to any of my friends near me, they would have said something to them immediately. To get a chance to talk to son by himself, I will probably have to wait a few weeks. The next 2 weeks are busy and it might be for the best.

LOL about the cell phones. I have to use the house phone at least once a week to find my cell phone. This is easy to do unless it has been turned on vibrate, is laying on the closet shelf, with both closet and bedroom doors closed.

I have been listening to OotP on cd. I will start HBP tonight.

Edit: Thanks Thom

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Thom Matheson - Jul 17, 2007 10:00 am (#587 of 2984)

Ok, so oldest daughter just last night finished book 6. She emailed me in a dither about Dumbledore and Snape and Draco. You all get the picture. Laughing to myself, I just sent her the address for the Lex, saying that I am all theoried and talked out. Waiting for the final edition. And waiting, and waiting, and did I mention that I am waiting? Nothing like the last minite. I told her I didn't raise her that way.

2BMcmom. My son is now 31. At 13 he was diagnosed an insulin dependent diabetic. He took it upon himself to think that he was a freak and worthy of nothing but getting in trouble and acting out. By the time he was 16 he was in and out of the legal system in a big way. I have never had to deal with a deeper sense of Tough Love then with him. He is now married, and a father and to this day I am his best friend, he says. I can promise you that it will get better. Mark Twain was correct when he said," (paraphrase) When I was 15 my dad was dumb, and I was amazed at how much he learned by the time I turned 21".

Good luck

Thom

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 17, 2007 10:26 am (#588 of 2984)

I had the same problem with my oldest son, Thom. It is amazing what tough love and patience accomplish. They do grow up and realize that you were on their side all along.

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Allison R - Jul 17, 2007 10:37 am (#589 of 2984)

2BCMcmom, you've gotten a lot of good advice here and so I'm just going to echo it, not add to it. I just wanted to thank you for clarifying the situation and offer you a few more (((hugs))). I hope the whole thing stings a bit less today for you. Maybe these busy two weeks are a mixed blessing-- you'll have some time and distance from the initial hurt by the time you can talk about it (if you choose to acknowledge that you read what was written in the sketchbook.).

The Minister of Bus Gridlock-- I love it!! What a fun and creative way to run camp!!

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journeymom - Jul 17, 2007 12:17 pm (#590 of 2984)

Oh,my, 196 new Chat and Greeting posts. I clicked 'Mark as Read'.

Though 2BMcsmom, I went back and read what you said about your dilemma with your son's girlfriend. Many cyber (((hugs))) for you.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 17, 2007 12:30 pm (#591 of 2984)

Mediwitch, I started playing trivia again, unfortunately I won the last round and it has created great consternation because, I haven't lost my talent for asking N.E.W.T. and W.O.M.B.A.T. level questions.

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Puck - Jul 17, 2007 1:06 pm (#592 of 2984)

I skipped to the end, as I am preoccupied reading my books before FRIDAY!!

I must warn you to put down your drinks, for this next bit will be shocking. I was saying last night to hubby and his friend that I had only a few days left to read about 1200 pages before the last book comes out. Hubby actually suggested I can just take my time and read DH sometime next week.      "I can't do that!" "Why?" he asks. Honestly, like there is no such thing as spoilers.

Diva's birthday is today. We get to have dinner at "The Rat Place" as Denise calls it. Then home to open presents, put them to bed, and stay up as long as it takes to finish OotP.

Kathy

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Catherine - Jul 17, 2007 1:40 pm (#593 of 2984)

Hubby actually suggested I can just take my time and read DH sometime next week.—Puck

He needs to sort out his priorities! Honestly.

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Denise P. - Jul 17, 2007 1:52 pm (#594 of 2984)

Well, Millicent came home with the Dark Mark on her arm. Where did we go wrong?!

Puck, I say take him up on his offer! Read the book and then next week, take your time and read it again slowly. I know I plan to have a notebook to take notes on my second read through. I am expecting an overload of information

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Catherine - Jul 17, 2007 2:12 pm (#595 of 2984)

I am expecting an overload of information—Denise

You are being so Ravenclaw--already planning your second read-through.

Your post about "Millicent's" Dark Mark made me think of the edible Dark Marks sold in the Weasley twins' joke shop. Then I thought of Bellatrix in the film version licking her arm...and then I realized I was WAY too immersed in Potterdom this week.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 17, 2007 2:35 pm (#596 of 2984)

I haven't used my cell phone as a mouse yet. But I have on two occasions been on my way out the door talking to someone on my cell, and looking around frantically for my cell phone and exclaiming to whoever it was I was talking to that I can't find my phone. Then it's a duh moment.

**hugs** to you 2BMcsmom! I can't offer any tips, but everyone else's sounds good! Hope it all gets figured out soon!

Puck- an official HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Diva!! Have fun at the rat place. Good luck with finishing the book! I would love to reread the series, but I'd have to read all 6 books in two days. I'm trying to figure out how I am going to manage to read DH quickly between work... I'm thinking I'm going to get spoiled.

Love the camp idea, Denise! Looks like 'Millicent' had a good time!

I believe starting Thursday I am going to have my computer, TV, and radio off until I get DH in my hands and have finished reading it. And I am going to make a pin to stick to my apron at work that says "Please do not talk about DH in front of me!" or something along those lines. Since I am at the tail end of time zones, I think I'll be the last of everyone (who's country is releasing the book on the 21st) who will be getting their book on that day.

Only a couple more days!!! The massive load is currently enroute to my store!!!! squee! (Did any of you read the article about the books being sent to a super top secret warehouse yesterday? )

~Kristina

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Mediwitch - Jul 17, 2007 2:36 pm (#597 of 2984)

Hi Nathan! I saw you had won (congratulations, BTW!) but as I am trying to finish OoP (finally got it done last night, I think) and HBP (I'm only on Chapter 5) I haven't taken the time to answer your, uh, challenging questions yet. I'll try to pop over there later. I did see you had maintained your usual high standards for us!

Puck, I think Denise is absolutely right!

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Marie E. - Jul 17, 2007 3:25 pm (#598 of 2984)

I think Shayla is getting homesick as she has called me at work twice this week and it's Tuesday. Lexi is refusing to talk on the phone because it makes her cry.

I'm alone in the office today so I asked my boss to give me something to do. She gave me two things and they were done at 1:00pm.

I have to remember to get Mr. E to upgrade my membership tonight. I miss my gold star!

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Chemyst - Jul 17, 2007 4:42 pm (#599 of 2984)

Still waiting, Thom?  "Waiting is one of life's hardships." ~ Lemony Snicket

Hubby actually suggested I can just take my time and read DH sometime next week. – Puck
Ah, muggles, bless their hearts…

I plan to have a notebook to take notes on my second read through. – Denise
I'm glad to see the optimism is back. What did you finally do about your second read through of HPB? Last I remember, you had seemed to have some mixed feelings about the attempt.

Shayla…has called me at work twice; Lexi is refusing to talk..
Kids deal with things so differently, don't they? I bet they are happy to have each other.

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Denise P. - Jul 17, 2007 4:45 pm (#600 of 2984)

Chemyst, I made my way through HBP about 4 time total but it was difficult. I thought about attempting to slog through it again but gave up. I still like it the least of all the books.

I am very optimistic about DH though. I can't wait to have the book in my hands, turning pages.
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Catherine - Jul 17, 2007 5:56 pm (#601 of 2984)

I am very optimistic about DH though. I can't wait to have the book in my hands, turning pages.

Me, too. I'm all excited!!

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Denise P. - Jul 17, 2007 6:20 pm (#602 of 2984)

Only a few more days...woo hoo! What stinks though is that I have a dog class at 11 am on Saturday and I have to pick up Millicent from camp to drop off at church for a hike by 10 am. Considering I will be at the store at midnight to get my book and reading some after I get back home, I think I will be whipped by Saturday evening. Will it be worth it? You betcha!

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Solitaire - Jul 17, 2007 6:26 pm (#603 of 2984)

Deb, the fever is also a part of the cellulitius ... and probably why it is contagious. The entire right side of my face was red and swollen the first time it happened. I was given a double shot of Cephlex the night I first went in to see the doc, plus a prescription for the same for several days. The next morning, the problem was WORSE instead of better. I went to the doc, and he gave me 4 more ampules of Cephlex and upped my prescription dosage. It took 6 days to bring my fever down to normal ... 3 to get it below 100 degrees. That is why I now get to the doc immediately, if I suspect it's brewing. BTW, my uncle was just hospitalized for 4 days with a bad case in his leg. It's nothing to neglect.

LOL TBE & Esther Rose! Whew! I am so glad I am not the only one who has attempted to ue the cellphone as a mouse ... and then wonder why it wouldn't work! I think that silliness is a testament to how tired I was. I am a real night owl, as some on this forum know. Last night, I was in bed and asleep by 10 p.m.! I can't remember the last time that happened. After 8 solid hours of sleep--followed by a more rational amount of walking today--I feel a bit less thrashed. Well, mentally I am pretty bruised ... but I had to take in a lot of info, so that is expected.

Sheila, just a bit of trivia ... Two of the women at my morning session table were from North Carolina. I wish I could remember their town. It is apparently a small, somewhat depressed area where jobs are scarce, due to shutting down the textile mills. Anyway, they were so nice ... and had such cute little dialects. (Out here in California, we are boring and do not have cute dialects.)

Azi, the knees are slightly better, but I am still going up and down (especially down) too many staircases. Enjoy your picnic!

LOL Holly on the cellphone volume thing!

LPO doesn't own a cellphone? **faints** Just kidding. I got one of the big heavy bag phones back in the 90s ... because I drove 45 miles of lonely road to work and back each day. Dad was worried. I did not trade it in for a small, purse-sized one until 2003, when I was traveling with a caravaning group up and down CA and needed to be in touch with people in the caravan. Now, of course, I love my phone. On this trip, I am using it as an alarm clock ... and, of course, a MOUSE!!! LOL

Well, Millicent came home with the Dark Mark on her arm. Where did we go wrong?! She didn't lick it, did she? I about died when I saw that in the preview! LOL I see Catherine mentioned that, too!

Whew!! You guys sure talk a lot! It is amazing how many posts can rack up when I am not online all day to check them periodically! Okay ... off to check the other threads!

Solitaire

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Viola Intonada - Jul 17, 2007 6:32 pm (#604 of 2984)

Hubby plans to work on replacing our floor and vanity in our bathroom this weekend. I keep having to remind him that I am going to be busy reading and of no help. He also keeps forgetting that "we" have plans Friday night.

The Plain Dealer had an essay contest about what we love about Harry Potter. This week they are printing a winning essay everyday along with a bit of trivia from the books, which they take from the HP Lexicon (and attribute it as such).

So much to do, so little time..... I am still on GoF and accept that I will not finish my reread before I start DH. At least I know what I will be reading after I finish DH.

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2BMcsmom - Jul 17, 2007 6:38 pm (#605 of 2984)

We went to wal-mart today and I found out that they are only getting 200 copies of DH. I think that I will do as my band kids have suggested. Take the drum major baton to keep everyone away until I can get my copy.

Off to read more HBP. I am only on chapter 2.

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Holly T. - Jul 17, 2007 7:17 pm (#606 of 2984)

We just went to Barnes & Noble to buy a Harry Potter gift card and a box of Bertie Bott's Beans. Daughter is invited to a birthday party tomorrow and needed a gift. Since this is her friend (I am not allowed to call him a "boyfriend") who has the same birthday as Harry Potter she thought it would be a nice gift. I asked her why he was having his party early and she didn't know.

2BMcsmom--hugs to you!

My grandmother-in-law has problems with cellulitis and has ended up in the hospital with it before.

My in-laws are visiting so I should probably go talk to them some more. :-) Actually, I prefer having my in-laws visit to my own parents, LOL.

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Ydnam96 - Jul 17, 2007 8:01 pm (#607 of 2984)

Just popping in to say hello. My staff and I are off on a working "Road Trip" until Friday. Just in time for us to go get out wrist bands from the bookstore (well not actually, we won't get back till the afternoon and they start giving out wrist bands at 9am). I begged my boss to make sure we would not be gone Friday night.

I probably won't be back on until I've read the book, so happy reading all!

TTFN

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Herm oh ninny - Jul 17, 2007 8:18 pm (#608 of 2984) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Jul 17, 2007 8:26 pm

Hi all! Thanks for all the congrats!

Will you be sending an owl to Hogwarts? They've got at least one opening that I recall...--Allison R.

Hmmm...Somehow the odds of that being a long-lasting job don't seem too good!

(With that earth science major you won't have to teach rock heads will you?)—Chemyst

Probably...and some space cadets too! more

OOh, here, here! We could use a nice teacher here by us!--HH11

Thanks! Can you imagine walking into one of your children's classrooms and finding me behind the teacher's desk! At least you could be sure that they would get a good old fashioned Hogwarts style education

One of my friends sent me this clip today and it totally made me think of the current Potty 5 words story! Edit: Please don't put a live link here. The site where that is contains non family friendly material. You can tell people where to find it but not by linking. Thanks so much Denise P.

I was at work at the Huntington Learning Center today and about 8 students asked me if I had either seen the movie or pre-ordered DH yet! Apparently everyone knows I'm obsessed!

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The giant squid - Jul 17, 2007 8:34 pm (#609 of 2984)

I have to remember to get Mr. E to upgrade my membership tonight.--Marie E.

Yeesh, all those years of college & she can't figure out how to pay for her own membership.

I saw a news blurb that CBS News has decided that they won't announce any spoilers for DH on Saturday's newscast. How nice of them... Honestly, have we fallen so far as a society that even the news can't bother to wait until we read the darn thing? Whatever happened to the thrill of anticipation?

--Mike

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painting sheila - Jul 17, 2007 10:29 pm (#610 of 2984)

Solitaire - Oh! If you remember the name of the towns let me know. Sadly their description could be any number of small towns here in NC. Between the tobacco farmers losing the need for their crop (and rightly so in MHO) and the textile mills taking their businesses south, there are a number of towns that really struggle. It is sad to drive through them. Mt. Airy - my hometown- has moved into tourism to try and help their economy.

We just finished filming the NC Wanted episode here at the house. It was fun! Everyone was so very nice. If you live in NC it will air on July 28th on Fox after the news. The Monday after that you can find it on their website ncwanted.com. I sure hope they find out what happened to the young lady. Oldest Daughter did a great job. It was all improvisation with just a shot sheet to go by. Fun and exciting stuff.

We have had some pretty bad thunder storms roll through tonight. We made the mistake of watching Tornado Chasers on the National Geographic channel. Now Littlest Guy doesn't want to sleep in his own bed because the tornado might get him. What were we thinking?

Puck - As we say in the south "Bless his heart" as far as your husband is concerned.

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 17, 2007 11:00 pm (#611 of 2984)

You know there just are people out there who just like to spoil it for everyone. I think they get that wonderful feeling of control and mastery.

I have bought the last 2 books at mid-night at the local supermarket because this is the closest to my home, the faster to get back home. This year the supermarket has for the first time hours closing at midnight. I called them today,however, and they will be open for this book. But since this is the last book, I am going to to go to a book store for the party.(The supermarket does offer an ice cream section).

2BMcMoms my son is only now a preteen. The idea of all the teen-age angst, rudeness and disregard makes me shudder! I have started telling my kids that when they get to be teenagers they are going to think we are stupid and treat us accordingly due to the raging hormones. When I left them with their teen age sitter not long ago, Anastasia asked her if she thought that her mom was stupid. The lovely teenager answered, "yes sometimes". Thank you, Rachel! my daughter doubts my wisdom. It's nice to have an authority (a 16 year old) validate my motherly wisdom to my 8 year old.



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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 17, 2007 11:05 pm (#612 of 2984)
Edited Jul 17, 2007 11:39 pm

I often wonder whether angst is encoded into DNA it seems that almost every teenager I have ever known has possessed a degree of angst. The only question seems to be to what degree the angst is present.

In terms of rudeness and callous disregard for others I think that those behaviors are not necessarily the norm for teenagers.

Although, I will admit that there were occasions on which blunt, plain speaking was required, this was especially true during the planning meetings I attended as of the member of the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) committee charged with developing and implementing my educational plan.

My mother had a very tough time during my teen years. I was quite a contrarian and cantankerous to boot. Additionally, I was very insecure because of my cerebral palsy and the aphasic speech patterns it engendered.

Even after almost fifteen years out of high school I find I am still greatly annoyed by the aphasic nature of my thought and speech processes. A close reading of my posts illustrates these tendencies much to my great chagrin and I often come off sounding like a fool.

To this day I often retreat to my rooms and take refuge in my books.

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Chemyst - Jul 18, 2007 4:24 am (#613 of 2984)

In terms of rudeness and callous disregard for others I think that those behaviors are not necessarily the norm for teenagers.
Although, I will admit that there were occasions on which blunt, plain speaking was required...


Nathan, are you planning on teaching teenagers? With an attitude such as this one, I think you'd be great with them! And it is absolutely true; it is not the norm. Parents are given 12 years before a kid becomes a teen. If they put up with bratty behavior when the kid was three because it was cute, (or easier than dealing with the tantrum,) then they actually taught their child to be rude. What is normal for that age is to want the privileges of adulthood, which is another monster entirely.
You didn't sound like a fool; you sounded like a sage.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 18, 2007 5:11 am (#614 of 2984)
Edited Jul 18, 2007 5:51 am

Happy Belated Birthday Diva! (Again, a day late and a dollar short. **sigh**)

Well, I don't know where else you post, Nathan, but from what I've read here on the Lexicon, I've never seen anything short of an intelligent, ambitious young(er) man. (Hey, I don't want to make myself sound too old. )

Actually, Mrs. Sirius, I thought of that questioning as a good sign because 1) She heard you (she was listening) and 2) She was thinking and considering what you told her.

Chemyst, we HHs (and now there are 3, by which you can confuse us, by the way), love your way too cool avatar. Yes, I know. I use the word cool. And your second line isn't bad, either.

Kristina, I have a Barnes & Noble (B&N) question I hope you can help with. Mediwitch, Puck and I are meeting and plan to purchase our books at a B&N near our meeting place. If Mediwitch arrives first, can she pick up our bracelets (both Puck and I have reserved our books there) for us? Medi stopped by there and no one seemed to be able to answer her question, which would make me think there is no reason they should deny her, but we're wondering. We want to be prepared.

EDIT: Does anyone know what font, or a font close to what they use to write the HP titles with?

Thanks Denise!

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Denise P. - Jul 18, 2007 5:50 am (#615 of 2984)

The font is called Harry Potter. You can find all Harry Potter related fonts on MuggleNet. Just do a google search on Harry Potter font and it should pop up.

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Lavandula - Jul 18, 2007 5:52 am (#616 of 2984)

Good Morning to everyone!!!

After being gone for two days I had to read over 90 posts! I thought I had asked very kindly not to be too terribly chatty. Oh well...what was I thinking?

Birthday greetings to Diva and anyone else I missed!!!!

I also echo many of the comments about difficult teenagers. As the mother of a teenage daughter, I have had to deal with some very trying situations. I agree that the best advice is to stay cool, calm, and in touch. I still find it very hard to do this, but overreacting has definitely not been helpful and neither has letting her know that I know things.

Well, my two days shopping were great fun. I didn't spend too much but I sure could have done so. With our vacation starting Friday I was trying to be conservative. It was great to get away and enjoy each other's company outside of school (We are a group of teachers). Too often our days are stressed and hurried and have little or no time to be friends.

Company arrives from Florida tonight, so there is lots to do. Off for my morning walk.

Have a Great Day everyone!

Cathy

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 18, 2007 6:02 am (#617 of 2984)

I saw a news blurb that CBS News has decided that they won't announce any spoilers for DH on Saturday's newscast. How nice of them... Honestly, have we fallen so far as a society that even the news can't bother to wait until we read the darn thing? Whatever happened to the thrill of anticipation? – SquidMike

Well, if they can just hold off until Saturday evening , I think most of us will be fine. If I had to bet, I'd bet that Catherine will have read it through twice by then and taking a run at number 3. I also have a feeling Denise will be working on read #2 notwithstanding all her other chores.

This time I've foregone the re-read lead up to the book. In fact, other than seeing OOP, I've purposely avoided getting completely immersed in Potterdom. It's made me all the more eager for this last book.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 18, 2007 6:16 am (#618 of 2984)

I think Shayla is getting homesick as she has called me at work twice this week and it's Tuesday. Lexi is refusing to talk on the phone because it makes her cry. ~ Marie E.

Marie, if I recall correctly, didn't you go through this about a year ago? I hope there's no puking involved this time around. Strengthening charms the girls's way.

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The giant squid - Jul 18, 2007 6:21 am (#619 of 2984)

Loopy-it's not the actual fact of spoiling that's got me bewildered--I had already planned to avoid all news outlets until I was finished anyway. What got me was the fact that they felt they had to go out of their way to let us know that they wouldn't spoil, as though ruining the end of a book is somehow "news of the day".

--Mike

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Round Pink Spider - Jul 18, 2007 6:48 am (#620 of 2984)

Legolas, hope you're feeling better soon!

2BMcsmom, I think the others have given lots of good advice already. I have 3 teens right now, and they do say things they don't mean, just out of anger sometimes. It also takes time for them to learn how grown-ups interact, and they misunderstand and blow things out of proportion. Sooner or later I always tell my teens, "You spent the first 13 years of your life learning right and wrong; now you get to spend the next 7 or 8 years learning how people get along with each other." We usually help it along by making them lead our family cleaning brigade. Nothing like having to deal with a bunch of unruly siblings (older AND younger) to help teens learn how to work with others...

Sometimes, there is something I have done on my laptop that I need on my desktop. I have my laptop sitting open on my desk. One more than one occasion, I have tried using my mouse, connected to the desktop, on the laptop and getting irked that the cursor is not moving on the laptop. Silly me usually figures it out in a second.

I've done that quite a few times, too! Now I usually try to avoid putting my laptop on a desk where there's another computer!

I'm probably one of the few people in the industrialized world who does not own a cell phone. LPO

I think there are more of us non-cell-phone people out there than you think, LPO!

Quick funny story... Years ago, I started carrying a slim travel clock in my pocket rather than wearing a watch, because like most moms I am forever having to wash my hands, and I found the watch annoying. My most recent pocket clock only opens about 110 degrees (a little more than a right triangle) instead of opening flat. Well, a little while ago, my little guy started reaching into my pocket, pulling out my clock, opening it and putting it to his ear, and trying to talk on it! I guess he must have seen his teachers using a cell phone; it certainly wasn't us!

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Marie E. - Jul 18, 2007 7:40 am (#621 of 2984)

HH, yes I did go through it a year ago. I’m hoping that someday Lexi will be able to go away without making herself miserable.

Even though I have been given the asst. director position, the regional director still wants to interview me on Friday. I am slightly nervous about this even though I'm interviewing for a position I'm already in. And how will I concentrate when I will be eight hours away from Deathly Hallows!

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 18, 2007 7:42 am (#622 of 2984)

I often wonder whether angst is encoded into DNA it seems that almost every teenager Nathan

There is more and more brain research going on with teenagers. Their brains literally change from puberty up to age 25. Their frontal lobes are in the process of re connecting the synapses. The famous answer to any questions: "I don't know" does have some element of truth. They don't know why they do things. This does not in any way excuse rude and bad behavior. It helps to understand it.

Yea Round Pink Spider! I don't feel so alone now. LPO

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Mediwitch - Jul 18, 2007 7:46 am (#623 of 2984)

Nathan, never fear - you and I seem to habituate many of the same threads, and I've never seen you look like a fool! In fact, I think your posts are incredibly articulate and thoughtful, not to mention knowledgable. (And don't forget I am a speech-language pathologist! )

I have had a cell phone since they were big bag phones in the early 90s as well, because I have always traveled between schools or children's homes for work, but Mr. Mediwitch was slow to catch on to the cell phones, too. He had one for a while that he barely knew how to answer. Then he became chief of the fire department and we started building a house...he learned how to use it fast! I thought I could make him learn how to use his cell phone by putting in ring tones that he wouldn't necessarily want, so I put a HP ringtone in as his main one, and an owl hooting when I call him. It backfired, though: he thinks the owl is hilarious and he likes the HP one, so he's never learned how to change them!

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Esther Rose - Jul 18, 2007 8:07 am (#624 of 2984)

Nathan, I concur with Mediwitch. Your ability to over come your challenges are nothing but amazing and inspiring.

I would think the Owl was hilarious too!

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Denise P. - Jul 18, 2007 9:14 am (#625 of 2984)

Yes, I plan to be on my second read of the book in short order after getting it. I plan to bring it to dog class with me and sneak a few pages in before we go in and then before I drive back home. The class is about 45 min or so away, sometimes an hour so I lose that reading time.

I am in shock. I went to the store today to stock up on school supplies since all the things are at the super low price (like spiral notebooks for .10) Normally I don't buy milk at Wal-Mart here, I go to over to Sam's, another grocery store or I check to see if it is on sale. It was $4.16 a gallon!! This was for 1%, down on the cheap end of milk. That is totally insane! When I got milk 2 weeks ago at the commissary, lowest prices around, it was $2.58 still.

Mr. Denise has the ringtone from the TV Show 24 as his general ringtone. I called him one day on his cell phone which rings the HP theme when I call it. A coworker heard it and wants to find where he can get it for his phone. I have been using Hedwig's theme for my ring tone since early 2004

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Puck - Jul 18, 2007 10:24 am (#626 of 2984)

Denise, our milk has been over $4 for a gallon for a while now. Funnily enough, the fresh stuff for the local dairy has not increased in price, and is now cheaper than the regular milk, which is often loaded with hormones and other junk.

I finished OotP this morning. I'm trying to hold off on starting on HBP until I get some housework done. (I let the kiddies wander with bowls of dry cereal so I could read this morning, and now am trying to get the older to the clean the cheerios scattered across the floor. Filch would be having a right fit. )

Did you all see that Rupert bought an ice cream truck? He doesn't have a vendors license, so he doesn't keep ice cream in it, but drives around playing the music. What a tease for the kids!

Diva was playing her new Hannah Montana CD. For some reason the lyrics to “I got Nerve” had me think of some of our favorite characters.

Back to work so I can get down to HBP. (This one may be more of a skim through than a re-read.)

My HP t-shirt still hasn't arrived. It was said to have shipped the 7th. I think they sent it with Errol.  :sad:

Kathy

edit: I just checked, and my shirt was sent from a warehouse in Connecticut. I could have just driven there and picked it up myself.

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 18, 2007 10:30 am (#627 of 2984)

I would like to thank the moderators for doing a good job of policing the spoilers. Every time I look at the DH thread I find another edit that wipes out something that could be interpreted as a spoiler. Thanks for your diligence!

I am ignoring anything that says Harry Potter except the Lexicon or JKR's website. It is really tempting to look around but I do fear I'll be "poisoned". I'm actually considering showing up to buy the book about 30 minutes late. I'll miss the party but most of the spoil sports will have gone home. I'll have to bring the ipod with Metallica raging in my ears to block out stray comments.

Betelgeuse

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painting sheila - Jul 18, 2007 11:17 am (#628 of 2984)

Holy cow!! I can't believe we are so close . . . . !!

Hubby told me that some one supposedly got an early copy and took pictures of each page and has it posted on the web some where. Why do people do that? Why would you want to take away the glory from JKR and spoil it for so many people? AARRGGHH! Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

I picked up the "fixed" mini van today. Of course it doesn't work. The automatic door doesn't open. Of course the guy at the repair shop said it had just opened that morning and he had no idea why isn't working now. Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org  I had to have it to transport costumes tonight - but now I have to take it back tomorrow morning so they can "fix" the "fix".

Teenagers - Love them! Don't understand them but love them! “Speak softly and carry a big stick” always works for me.

Can you tell I am in rare form today?

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Elanor - Jul 18, 2007 11:43 am (#629 of 2984)

LOL Sheila! You seem to be in the same state as I am! Today, I've tried to finish everything that has to be done so that tomorrow (last day before I leave) the packing of the suitcase won't be too hurried but "technology" is NOT helping today GGRRRRRRR!!! - typical, as would say Harry!

I can't believe that in two days, I'll be in California!!! And ready to attend a HP release party!! **SQUEE!!!**

As Betelgeuse said, thanks to all the mods for this place to remain spoiler-free! That's the only site I'm still checking with my emails (and I try not to look at the "starting page" of my internet provider when internet starts, just in case!).

Off checking the hangman and finishing a post for the alchemy thread. I've tried to sum up the main symbols we should find in the DH, it's been fun!

Have a great day/night everybody! Sending cheering and comforting charms to all needing some.

Audrey

Edit: Almost forgot! Chemyst, your avatar is really great!!

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legolas returns - Jul 18, 2007 12:48 pm (#630 of 2984)

Just finished reading HBP today. I got opportunity to read lots today as I took the day off to get the boiler serviced. The nice man arrived at 8.30 so I had the rest of the day to finish the book. I actually found a couple of sentences in the book that I could not remember. They were descriptive sentences rather than action ones but I must have skimmed them each time I read the book.

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Mediwitch - Jul 18, 2007 1:24 pm (#631 of 2984)

Welcome to HH10 (Priscilla)! I'm looking forward to meeting you on Friday!

*sends Felix Felicis to sheila*

Safe journey, Elanor! I hope you have a lovely trip.

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Hungarian Horntail 10 - Jul 18, 2007 1:54 pm (#632 of 2984)

Thanks Mediwitch! I can't wait to meet you and Puck on Friday too!

~Priscilla

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Herm oh ninny - Jul 18, 2007 2:05 pm (#633 of 2984)

Welcome Priscilla! I can't believe that it has been almost a year since we all met at Radio City Music hall last year!

HH11- I called the Barnes and Noble's in Clifton this morning and they told me that I could go to pick up my bracelet as soon as they open in the morning. I asked if I could also pick up my 2 sister's bracelets and they said that as long as I had their info (names and phone numbers used to reserve), I could get them too. I assume that all the Barnes and Nobles would follow the same policy??

I have 4 more chapters of HBP and then I will have finished my 11th re-read. Only 2 and 1/2 days to go! SQUEEEEEE!!!

About 5 people came up to me at work today and said "Hey, did you see the Harry Potter ending on the web?"!!! I spent my day telling people "Stop! No! I don't want to hear!" LOL! I might have to start wearing ear plugs at work

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2BMcsmom - Jul 18, 2007 2:17 pm (#634 of 2984)

Take very deep breaths Marie E., and remember that you have people from all over the world wishing you the best, as well as sending calming drafts your way.

Happy Birthday Diva!

LOL Mediwitch. Where did you find the owl ring tone?

Lots of (((HUGS))) to you Sheila. It is never fun dealing with repair shops. I thought that you could get into trouble for releasing anything that has a release date beforehand. (I guess you have to get caught first.) When I worked for Wal-Mart I helped check in freight that came off 3rd party delivery trucks(UPS, etc.) and we had to be careful with new release stuff. A lot of it would be put in locked cabinets until the day of release.

When HBP came out I was working in receiving when the books were delivered to the store (about 3 days before release). I took a few minutes to look through the book and read part of chapter one. That made waiting for Saturday that much harder. Then I had to go lock all the books up like a good girl.

Have a safe and fun trip Elanor.

Welcome HH10.

Thanks again everyone for all the advice.

Edit: I love the avatar Chemyst.

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Lina - Jul 18, 2007 2:38 pm (#635 of 2984)

There, Lavandula, I was kind to you, I didn't post while you were away.

Herm oh ninny, congratulations on your degree!

Welcome to Priscilla (HH10)! Nice to see you around! Maria, now you beat me in children on the forum.

Nathan, I've never noticed you looking foolish... But I do these things as well, I say something bad about myself, so that everybody would tell me - no, Lina, you are a great girl!

Audrey, enjoy! I guess we might meet in the chat room, now that you are moving 9 time zones.

I know I missed a lot. So healing charms and hugs to all that need them!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 18, 2007 3:28 pm (#636 of 2984)

Maria: If Mediwitch arrives first, can she pick up our bracelets (both Puck and I have reserved our books there) for us?

I am not sure- but I will find out for sure today. Herm oh ninny sounds about right though. If you have their reservation codes and such, it shouldn't be a problem.

Herm oh ninny- Congratulations!!

Denise: It was $4.16 a gallon!! This was for 1%, down on the cheap end of milk. That is totally insane!

The average price for a gallon of milk here is about $6.00. I usually get a half gallon for $4.00. Sam's usually is pretty good- buy two gallons for $6, but as I don't drink an entire gallon, let alone two gallons, before the milk expires, it would be a waste to me.

Welcome to the Forum, PhD and Priscilla!!

Starting tomorrow, I work 8 days straight. Don't they KNOW that I want to read?????

Today is my last day of housesitting! Can't wait to sleep in my own bed tonight!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!!

~Kristina

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Mediwitch - Jul 18, 2007 4:21 pm (#637 of 2984)

2BMcsmom, I think the owl hooting ringtone was from Cingular (now AT&T).

I went to the B&N where Puck, the HHs, and I are getting are books and asked about picking up their wristbands, as I will probably get there first. No one was really sure, they thought it would be OK, but just to be sure I preordered extra books for Puck and the HHs. We should have plenty of copies!

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kaykay1970 - Jul 18, 2007 4:33 pm (#638 of 2984)

Happy birthday Diva!

Welcome to the forum, Priscilla!

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Solitaire - Jul 18, 2007 5:14 pm (#639 of 2984)

Welcome to the Forum, PhD & Priscilla ... or should we call you HH, Jr.?

Well, if they can just hold off until Saturday evening , I think most of us will be fine.

Ah, if only it were so! Alas, I won't be getting my copy of DH until the mail arrives (late afternoon, these days). But I'm not worried ... I won't be watching the news, anyway!

I just spoke to Journeymom, and we will be meeting tomorrow evening! Yeay!!!

I think there are more of us non-cell-phone people out there than you think, LPO

I may have a cell phone--and use it as both a phone and a mouse, on occasion --but I was stunned at the number of people at the AVID conference this week who were pacing up and down out in the halls with cell phones stuck in their ears every second we were not in meetings. In some cases, the phone rules the user rather than the other way around.

My HP t-shirt still hasn't arrived. It was said to have shipped the 7th. I think they sent it with Errol.

I just hope Errol isn't the one who brings my book!

Sheila, I just this moment read about the HP spoilers in USA Today. I am not sure real fans want to know things that way. I think people who do such things are just smart alecks who want to show how clever they are to have hacked through security. They want to spoil our fun, too! This is assuming they are even on the level.

Happy Birthday, Diva!

Elanor ... fly safely now!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Jul 18, 2007 5:41 pm (#640 of 2984)

Mediwith, Puck, and Maria- I just asked my boss, and he said that there is a list of people who preordered books. If the name is checked off, that means they have the bracelet and cannot get another. So, Mediwitch, if you go in and give Puck and Maria's names (bring their reservation code too, just in case), you should get their wristbands no problem. I wish I could meet you all!

and now... the moment you all (or rather, me) have been waiting for... THEY ARE HERE!! THE BOOKS HAVE MADE IT TO MY STORE!!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

I got to touch a box! :thump: I tried to get a picture, but boss said no. LOL.

~Kristina

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 18, 2007 5:55 pm (#641 of 2984)

I'm excited but I refuse to squee. :-) I'd never live it down.

It's neat to hear that the books are there, Kristina.

I've asked Ms. Betelgeuse to make sure she doesn't talk about spoilers to me. I'm not saying anything to the younger Betelgeuse's because two of them are teenagers and they might think it's funny to spill the beans.

Just over 28 hours away!! I feel like the three monkeys.... hear no DH, see no DH, speak no DH. (until 12:00 AM Saturday!)

Betelgeuse

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Finn BV - Jul 18, 2007 6:52 pm (#642 of 2984)

Hugs, 2Bmcsmom!!

Sheila, how cool about your daughter in the TV show! Get a clip online when it airs!

Happy belated to Puck's Diva!

Well, Millicent came home with the Dark Mark on her arm. Where did we go wrong?! –Denise

Hehehe! This just makes me laugh. I wonder what Mr. and Mrs. Lestrange did when they saw young Bella with this odd tattoo on her forearm…

Herm oh ninny, could you, as Denise suggested, hint to us where we could find the clip that made you think of the current Potty Five words story (shameless plug, as I so frequently did in days of yore, for the Potty Five Words game at the very bottom of the FanFiction Forum!).

*tries to act angry and angsty, but fails, so considers self as abnormal teenager *

All people who spoil others (and I'm not positive but I think I may have accidentally and completely unwittingly encountered a real spoiler… *tear* ) should be sent to the dementors!

Welcome to Priscilla!

**waves to Lina**

I finished HBP today! I will now go through my notes and pull out important (or likely, not so important, knowing my record) points!

My goodness, just 26 hours!! SQUEE! Edit: Apparently I am incapable of counting. We have about 50 hours, d'oh.

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Jenniffler - Jul 18, 2007 7:04 pm (#643 of 2984)

Finn *OBLIVIATE* That's for the Spoilers.

Sorry to burst you bubble, but we still have to wait almost 50 hours more in the Central Time Zone. That's two days people!

I'm trying to relax so the adrenaline doesn't wear out before the big moment of actually opening up the book.

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Lilly P - Jul 18, 2007 7:08 pm (#644 of 2984)

Guess who's boss just pulled a big dementor attack and is making her come into works at 7am Saturday morning. Give up? ME!!! I just found out today!     I'll have to have a talk with my manager tomorrow! This just can't be! :sad:

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Denise P. - Jul 18, 2007 7:23 pm (#645 of 2984)

Finn, you realize that LeStrange is Bella's married name? I doubt Mr. and Mrs. LeStrange were as concerned about her getting a tattoo as her husband getting one. Mr and Mrs. Black were probably thrilled!

Today, Millicent got a bag of Bertie Botts Beans for Slytherin House for finding Scabbers (on the flag pole) Her group also got them extra house points. In true Slytherin fashion, she is not fond of Hagrid at camp.

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Viola Intonada - Jul 18, 2007 7:36 pm (#646 of 2984)

The only day that we are supposed to get rain is the day I volunteered to go back and dig at the Archaeology site for a day (Thursday).

Friday I will pick my daughter up from Girl Scout camp (5 hour drive round trip). Get her home and her stuff out of the car, change and head for a release party. I wish it worked out that we could go to the release parties much earlier, but I didn't take that into account when I signed Eldest up for camp. I obviously wasn't peering properly into my crystal ball. Ah well....

Happy belated Birthday to Diva!

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Finn BV - Jul 18, 2007 8:12 pm (#647 of 2984)

Ah, true, Denise.

Ahh, Jennifler! *goes into Lockhartesque trance* Care to hear of my wanderings with werewolves?

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Lavandula - Jul 18, 2007 8:13 pm (#648 of 2984)

Viola-I Sure wish we could meet up Friday night, but we will be staying in Canton for the release party at Border's. Saturday morning Darling Daughter is expected to be at a six mile run for at 9:00 am and then we leave for the Asheville, NC as soon as we can pick her up. This begins our two week vacation to Florida. Enjoy your evening!!!! I'll be thinking of all the NE Ohio Forum Friends!!!

Lina-You are so very kind!! Rounds of Butterbeer coming your way by way of my house elf!! (Pumpkin Juice if that is your preference)

Welcome back Priscilla! I think you were here last summer, right?

Audrey-Have a very safe trip! Enjoy greatly your time together with your friend.

I can't believe people find joy in ruining other's pleasures. I plan on leaving as soon as possible on Friday night once the book is in hand before I hear anyone.

Cathy

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 18, 2007 8:27 pm (#649 of 2984)

Audrey Have a safe trip. In the US the Tour is shown on Versus. You can get info on their web site Versus.com. LPO

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John Bumbledore - Jul 18, 2007 9:55 pm (#650 of 2984)

the animal rights be above the human rights? What about dinosaurs? — Lina
What about dinosaurs? Lina, I do not believe humans are credited with wiping them out ... but maybe that theory has changed. — Soli.


Maybe not the first time, but we are doing quite a job on digging up all their bones and burning that black sticky goo they turned into..

Had some trouble with Amazon, they couldn't get my card info to verify/work.. finally got that straight so I have high hopes to have that book on the 21st. **I hope!**

Local paper has run a special feature on HP each day for I don't know how long.. Now I'm actually feeling ... ambivalent about the imminent end of the series.

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geauxtigers - Jul 18, 2007 10:25 pm (#651 of 2984)

I've been super busy, so I pressed the magic button! I'm about to forget the internet until I'm done with the book, spoilers seem to be surfacing a LOT in the past few days, so as I don't want anything ruined, I'm calling it quits!

I just came here to say TOMORROW NIGHT!!!!! Can you believe that in just under 48 hours, we will have all the answers?! I can't! I'm so pumped! Tomorrow night people! Tomorrow! I've been waiting since I was 9 years old for this! Wow, its a bit sad, but right now my anticipation for answers is more prominent! I can't wait! AHHH!!!

I hope everyone is well, I know yall are all probably about to combust with excitement like myself! bounce

TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

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Solitaire - Jul 18, 2007 10:42 pm (#652 of 2984)

Alas, John ... once they're dead, I think it's every dinosaur for himself.

Tori ... tomorrow night? As it is Wednesday here in California, we still have 2 tomorrow nights (more than 48 hours). Bummer!

On the plus side, in less than 24 hours, I will meet Journeymom here in Sacramento. Hm ... I hope she can tell me how to get to Trader Joe's. Call me a cheapskate, but I REFUSE to pay $3 for a bottle of water I can get for 49 cents at TJ's! Well, don't really call me a cheapskate. Just call me a fiscally responsible skate.

Solitaire

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painting sheila - Jul 18, 2007 11:00 pm (#653 of 2984)

Hi everyone!

I am sad to say that my day did not get much better.

Dress rehearsal was a bomb - we were there until 12:00!!! I had some people being nasty about their stuff and blaming it on me. I had one person - get this - tell me he didn't know I had been trying on costumes for this one scene!! I have been trying on costuming for months on anyone that would stand still long enough!!He doesn't have one and now he thinks it is my fault!!ARRGGHH!! How can you be involved in a production for months and NOT KNOW YOU NEED A COSTUME????? and then there was this other kid that went out in one costume for the wrong scene. When I called him on it, he just snarled at me and said he wouldn't actually do it in the real show.!! He snarled at me!!  Shocked

whew - all better now.

Finn - It was really cool to watch the film everything. They filmed here in the house - I was apologizing hand over foot for the house being so messy - but they trashed it even more to make it look lived in. I felt much better after that. It will be on their web site on Monday the 30th if you care to see it. She is Pamela Waldher.

The car situation did get better today. The automatic door will open after all. . . if you unlock it first. I felt like a fool when Oldest Son came out and flipped the switch and it worked. The only problem now is that the automatic lock/unlock doesn't work on it.

Welcome Priscilla!! I am so jealous of you all getting together. I will be there in spirit!

Tazzy - just go up to one of the boxes . . . put your hand on it . . . bend over and whisper. . . "Thank you JO" for me.

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 18, 2007 11:06 pm (#654 of 2984)

Now I'm actually feeling ... ambivalent about the imminent end of the series.

I have been ambivalent for quite sometime. I will get the midnight copy and the Bloomsbury copy by mail the next day, but I don't want to get to the end of the book. My kids want me to read it to them, but I don't want to read it allow the first time through.

Dress rehearsal was a bomb,  Sheila

She -  I have found that lousy dress rehearses lead to good or better opening shows. So that is a good thing, you can get all the willies out at dress.

Story on NPR, Scholastic has such tight security on the books, the person they interviewed wouldn't even give his location, he only would reveal he was some where in Nevada. Hear that Mike, be on the look out.

Mediwitch and Maria I am soooo jealous! I won't be able to join you. I'll probably got to RJ Julia's in Madison, if I can still get in our I'll. Or just do the Stop and Shop if all else fails.

Since this is the last time and I will take my kids this time, I think this time I will dress in my "ambivalent" clothes. Some of my muggle garb can look like robes.

I live in a town of just about 3 thousand people. Our library has only part time hours, but the librarians have offered to open at midnight for a girl in town who wants the book.

Tazzy, again, jealous. At least you can touch the box.

JK has updated her site, hang on everyone.

Enjoy your trip Audrey!



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Elanor - Jul 18, 2007 11:18 pm (#655 of 2984)

Thanks everybody! I know I will!!!

I have bought a dress specially for the release party too, a "Rubedo" dress of course to match the book! It is quite witch-like, or maybe rather witch-who-tries-to-look-her-muggle-best like.

I take the first plane at the Lyon St Exupéry airport but I will be stopping over at Heathrow. I bet there will be HP decorations everywhere in the airport's bookstores. I will be "squeeing" all the time, lol! I will avoid reading the newspapers though and try and sleep while on the "big" plane. Except if there is the OotP movie aired on the plane of course!!

Sending Strengthening Charms to Sheila and (((((hugs)))))) and cheering charms too all!

Audrey **off starting on the suitcase, if I can stop jumping around that is **

Edit: Posting made me suddenly remember that I had forgotten something important, my Académie Beauxbâtons "patch" that I can fix to my purse! But the patch is now found and ready, woohoo!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 18, 2007 11:57 pm (#656 of 2984)

**still on Cloud 9** I'll pass your message on, She! Sorry about your rehearsal bombing! It's going to be so hard to concentrate on creating drinks the next two days- my mind is going to be on the big beautiful pile of white boxes in the back room. AHH!!

LOL, Betelgeuse! You could have at least put in an exclamation mark or two...

I am all settled back in my apartment- I love being back home!

Have a safe trip, Audrey!! **is jealous**

Looking at my schedule for the next week (where I am working 8 days straight ), I think I can get the book finished in three days- and get normal sleep! We shall see however...

**still jumping up and down** bounce

~Kristina

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 19, 2007 4:00 am (#657 of 2984)

Well,

I should know my limit on butterbeer. It's dangerous to drink and do math in your head. :-) Actually I was just tired from the day. No real excuse here, just a silly error.

So, now it's 42 hours. Is anyone else having a bit of trouble sleeping? I slept fairly well, but when I woke up I had visions of horcruxes dancing around a dragon. That was followed by irrational thoughts of the book store being sold out of DH when I arrived. Bleh.

Oh well, time to get going for work. Still no squeeeeeing. Betelgeuse

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2BMcsmom - Jul 19, 2007 5:13 am (#658 of 2984)

Kristina, how are the books checked in/received at your store?

There will be at least one if not more boxes of the DH books opened at the Wal-mart I worked at; and probably every other one. Their merchandise is scanned in by upc and they require that all counts be verified.

((((Sheila))))

It seems that I am to have a full house this weekend. My oldest has a friend coming over this weekend. I forewarned them that they are on their own. I plan to cook a big meal Friday night for Saturday, but that is it.

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Puck - Jul 19, 2007 5:52 am (#659 of 2984)

LoL about Tazzy wanting to take a picture with a box!

I have a reservation code for the book?

Diva appreciates the birthday wishes. She is already planning the next one.

Emma Watson was interviewed and asked if what was left out of the movie that bugged her. (She is a huge fan of the books.) She said she was very sad when she realized all the S.P.E.W. stuff had been left out of the script.

Safe journey, Audrey!

Don't let Betelgeuse fool you. I'm sure he "squee"s all the time.

Off to bring the kids for a "craft camp" at Michael's. I'll run down the way to Target. If the baby was old enough to go with them, I could sit in the van and read for 2 hours.

Kathy

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Denise P. - Jul 19, 2007 6:25 am (#660 of 2984)

Today was animagus day at Camp Hogwarts. Millicent has embraced her Slytherin side and went as a Doxy. First Slytherin, then a dark mark and now this....if she asks to bring an eagle owl tomorrow for bring your owl day, I am seeking some professional help.  

For those of you going to B&N, I would check what time you can get your wristband. I called the one where I am meeting Loopy and was told I can come in when they open at 9 am to get it, not 6 pm. I am going to re-verify that before I head up there to pick them up though.

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Esther Rose - Jul 19, 2007 6:32 am (#661 of 2984)

Oh boy. If I had both my knees fully functionable I would be doing the Dobby Dance right now.

Denise, I would start checking the family tree to see if there were any dark wizards in your history. hehe.I guess if I had to be in Slytherin I would embrace it for all it was too.

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The giant squid - Jul 19, 2007 6:34 am (#662 of 2984)

Starting tomorrow, I work 8 days straight.—Tazzygirl

Evil. Pure evil. Clearly, your manager is a DE.

He snarled at me!!--Painting Sheila

Actors... If you were still doing Lion King I'd say it was Method acting, but now he's just a dolt.

the person they interviewed wouldn't even give his location, he only would reveal he was some where in Nevada. Hear that Mike, be on the look out.--Mrs. Sirius

He's probably hiding out at Area 51. That or a high-roller suite at the Palms--they're both the same to me; they're rumored to exist but I've never seen it.

I got an e-mail from Amazon that my pre-order price guarantee kicked in--they dropped the price by $0.90 per book! I saved a whole $1.80!! Still, despite all the mockery I have to say that getting a hardcover novel for $17.99 is pretty cool...

--Mike

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 19, 2007 7:07 am (#663 of 2984)

Sheila, sorry about your Dad. Hugs and healing charms.

Denise, My grandson bought a fake tattoo out of a gumball machine and I let him put it on himself. When I next saw him next he had a green and silver serpent on his left wrist. I said "Taterbug, do you realize that looks too much like the darkmark?"   he asked how come the Gryffindors don't have something this cool?   I told him that they had enchanted coins. Uh .he wasn't impressed. But he did wash it off after awhile because his uncle kept referring to him as He Who Wears The Dark Mark.

Tazzy,did you try "accio" on the books?

I had a scare about how I was going to get my book at midnight. Hubby informed me he would be working in Austin and therefore would be staying with his dad Friday night. He had the gall to ask me if I could wait til Saturday? I gave him "the look". Wonderful daughter has offered to take me. At least she knows how to sort out her priorities.

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Steve Newton - Jul 19, 2007 7:24 am (#664 of 2984)

I just spoke with a fellow librarian who claims to have DH in her car! And she wouldn't share! How unethical!

She provided no spoilers but says that it is a quick read. She claims to have read the ending. I don't know how she got it.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 19, 2007 7:32 am (#665 of 2984)

Steve I refrained from ordering the books for my library so I wouldn't be put in that position. I am a Middle School librarian and since we do not have summer school I couldn't justify it. I was sure tempted. LPO

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Holly T. - Jul 19, 2007 7:34 am (#666 of 2984)

The publishers would have received advance copies several weeks ago, then what I suppose are several distributors would have also received their copies to pack shortly after that. I suspect my copies from Amazon are already sitting in my local post office waiting to be delivered on Saturday. It's not like the books are going to come off the presses tomorrow and be ready for us to read on Saturday. I do agree that people who read it in advance and spoil it for others should be sent to the dementors! Like they think it's funny to ruin it for everyone else. My daughter and husband leave today for mission trip and won't get back until Sunday evening and I don't think my daughter will even want to talk to me until after she has read the book.

The year that the book of OotP came out one of the many printers that was printing the books for Scholastic was also one that we use. The book we were doing was the same trim size as OotP. The printer told us if we missed our deadline for when they had room for us on the press we'd have to wait six weeks for another turn since they were going to be printing OotP. I asked our printer rep for a copy and he said he would lose his job, LOL, and told me about all of the security.

Are any of you Austin-area forumers going to any of the release parties?

Denise--your little Slytherin is cracking me up. She would probably get along with my little alien abductee/Greek demigod.

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 19, 2007 7:35 am (#667 of 2984)

I heard an interesting story out Wisconsin, a Labrador Retriever retrieved nine hundred and seventy-five dollars in cash from a purse and subsequently devoured it.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 19, 2007 7:45 am (#668 of 2984)

I've been waiting since I was 9 years old for this! ~ Geauxtigers

Wow. I'd never thought of it that way, but yes - Olivia was in 2nd Grade and now she's in **sniffle** high school. That is a long wait.

You are too funny, Soli! Oh, and just for the record (cover your eyes, Mike), we bring our own water bottles to the theater. We buy the popcorn and a candy or two there but not the waters. It does temper it a bit. Just the tks. to IMAX cost us $72.50

Audrey, that dress sounds lovely and I'm sure you'll sparkle in it! Have a safe trip and I am hoping everyone will check back after all has been read, visited and taken care of.

Kathy, I didn't get a res. code, either, so don't worry. They still called me yesterday to confirm.

Reparo! to Esther's knees.

Don't fret about your little Slytherin, Denise. Most every test Olivia has taken has come up Snape and Slytherin. With regard to her wit, I could say with certainty she could give Snape a run for his money. All that having been said, she is a person of probity. So, not all Slytherins are Bellatrixes.

Geez Sheila, sounds as though you're costuming a pack of werewolves. Are you sure they haven't been visited by Fenrir? Sorry you're having a tough time! How about a time-turner, so you can be there but still come join us???

Mrs. Sirius, what a shame! The more the merrier! We do have quite a few Lex members in the New England area.

I have to clean and pack today. Oh yes, and I guess I'd better feed the children, too.

Lina, Olivia commented to me yesterday that it would be cool for you and Kate to come to the midnight sale and hotel to read with us. So. . .what time's your flight arrive?

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Thom Matheson - Jul 19, 2007 8:14 am (#669 of 2984)

By the by, The doctor on CBS Sunday Mornings said that bottled water is worse for you then tap. As the bottled water sits in warehouses after being boiled and bottled generate more bacteria then from your tap, and advised also to save your money. He did say to buy 1 then refill it from the tap.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 19, 2007 8:22 am (#670 of 2984)

I have heard that before, Thom, and it's good advice. We have a reverse-osmosis filter and I try, whenever I can, to refill water bottles with the filtered water, though I don't always do it.

Where is Madam Pince?

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 19, 2007 8:43 am (#671 of 2984)

Holly T.

As for Austin area parties, I was going to skip it. Are you going to any parties? The nearest one to me (B&N in Sunset Valley) is a 30 minute drive for me with no traffic.

Giant Squid,

Remember that the world is not divided into good people and death eaters. I think Tazzy works for an Umbridge clone.

Squee-less in Austin, Betelgeuse

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 19, 2007 8:43 am (#672 of 2984)

*tries to act angry and angsty, but fails, so considers self as abnormal teenager *-- Finn

Just give it some time.

Now, if I may clear my throat, *ahem*, and just say "Squeeeeeeee!!!"

It is a shame about all the leaks, although it is kind of funny that this is just been making news today and late yesterday but we've all been aware of goings much earlier. It's sort of the same deal as when my friends have mentioned to me that one or other of the books are coming out and I say, "Yeah, I knew about that yesterday." It's really rather amazing this hasn't happened before.

Squidmike, yes, I got my Amazon discount too for the books I ordered for me nephew and niece.

Well, back to counting down the hours.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 19, 2007 8:57 am (#673 of 2984)

I got my Amazon discount too for the books I ordered for me nephew and niece. ~ Loopy Lupin

You are a good uncle.

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Steve Newton - Jul 19, 2007 10:02 am (#674 of 2984)

I just asked several more Delaware librarians and they all seem to have the book and claim not to have read it. One said that she "can't remember" the title of the first chapter. Just look how low the standards for professional courtesy have fallen.

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katrira - Jul 19, 2007 10:45 am (#675 of 2984)

I don't know if it's my computer, but it seems that several of the HP news/fan web sites have gone black. One that I read, wizard news, has said that they will go black tonight and will be back on-line Monday so as to avoid all semblance of spoilers (and to allow everyone time to read I'm sure). More power to the webmasters to forgo several days of ad revenue in assisting their readers.

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legolas returns - Jul 19, 2007 11:08 am (#676 of 2984)

Sympathy to those that have to work from now to evermore. You dont need sleep  -read the book!

Healing/Sympathy to all.

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Puck - Jul 19, 2007 11:09 am (#677 of 2984)

ARRRgh! I just got an e-mail from WB saying they received my return of my t-shirt. I didn't return it! I never even got it. They have no phone number for me to call, and now it's much too late to have it in time for the release. Ruddy Errol.  

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Mediwitch - Jul 19, 2007 11:12 am (#678 of 2984)

Oh no Kathy!

There's a mall (West Farms) just up the road from B&N in Farmington - I looked on their website and there is a Hot Topic there. Maybe you can pop in and find a shirt when you get to Farmington?

EDIT: Kathy and Maria - I sent you an email re: B&N - it's still 6 pm to pick up the wristbands there.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 19, 2007 11:13 am (#679 of 2984)

Thanks Herm oh ninny, Kristina and Denise P. for the Barnes & Noble info. Mediwitch - it's up to you for a bit.

Getting excited. Now, if I can only get myself to pack!

EDIT: Wow, so many posts in the time it took me to make just one short one! Check your email, Kathy - it might make you feel better.

Mediwitch, what a shame that they're sticking to that. They're going to have a mass of people storming the place come 6pm!

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Steve Newton - Jul 19, 2007 11:58 am (#680 of 2984)

Will tomorrow night be All Hallows Eve?

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Mediwitch - Jul 19, 2007 12:06 pm (#681 of 2984)

Maria - I'll be one of the storming masses!

LOL, Steve, very clever!

We've had a tornado warning here but the radar is clear for our area now!

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Elanor - Jul 19, 2007 12:19 pm (#682 of 2984)

This time this is it! The suitcase is closed, and in a bit less than 7 hours I'll be on my way to the airport. Though of course I'm still racking my brain trying to think of what I may have forgotten, just can't help it...

I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful DH release, whatever your plans are. I know that, somehow, we will all be together while reading it, after all that we have shared on this wonderful forum together. Do enjoy it!

(((((((hugs))))))) to all!!

Audrey

And thanks Jo in advance!!!!

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Denise P. - Jul 19, 2007 1:23 pm (#683 of 2984)

I just called the B&N where I will be tomorrow evening to confirm we can get bracelets at 9 am, not 6 pm. They confirmed 9 am. Maybe because it is the "Harry-est" City in the US according to Amazon.com, they have to distribute them early to accommodate everyone. I will call one last time before I leave my house to be really, really, really sure it is 9 am still.

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legolas returns - Jul 19, 2007 1:36 pm (#684 of 2984)

I dont think they are going to change the time if they keep on getting people asking if they can get bracelets. They will do it for peace if nothing else .

There has been really heavy rain and the thunder and lightening has been breaking overhead. It was incredibly noisy but its moving away thank goodness. Otherwise i would have turned off all electrical items.

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journeymom - Jul 19, 2007 1:58 pm (#685 of 2984)

Solitaire, see you in a few hours. I'm looking forward to having cool Butterbeer with you!

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legolas returns - Jul 19, 2007 2:01 pm (#686 of 2984)

Squee-In just over 24 hours we will have our grubby little mits on DH. *Bouncing in chair*. ITs 10pm here bounce

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Puck - Jul 19, 2007 2:34 pm (#687 of 2984)

Maria, you are a doll!

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Finn BV - Jul 19, 2007 3:09 pm (#688 of 2984)

Ugh, really frustrated about all the leaks. The New York Times tried to justify writing their review by saying: "It's our policy that once a book has been offered up for sale, it's fair game to be reviewed. It's not our business to help book publishers market their books. We tried very, very hard to give away the absolute bare minimum of the plot."

Yeah, right. Like you didn't know the book was not legally for sale. You couldn't have waited three days to publish the review? That frustrates me, and I've always loved the Times.

Kathy, that's horrible! Complain to customer service. I always click "send report" whenever something on my computer goes wrong (you know, like if Word quits unexpectedly and it says "Send report" and "Don't send," with Don't send being the highlighted option; I always feel a little bit of triumph in sending the report. ).

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Tazzygirl - Jul 19, 2007 3:12 pm (#689 of 2984)
Edited Jul 19, 2007 4:10 pm

2BMcsmom- I don't know. I'm thinking they just scan the box, (with all the security and stuff surrounding the books, I'm thinking this would be the way to go so no one is tempted to read the book). I work in the cafe, so pretty much everything having to do with books is unknown to me.

Puck: I have a reservation code for the book?

Your name should be fine. My boss mentioned the reservation code, but I don't have one either, so he might have slipped. Sorry about your shirt!

Squid Mike: I've been noticing more and more signs that my boss is a DE... We are in the middle of a Frappuccino festival (aka, a contest to see who can sell the most various large sized Frappuccinos). It's turned quite ugly- fun- but ugly. Prizes are: all cafe workers get $50 gift certificates to somewhere, and lunch from the store manager. Our cafe lead (my boss) gets a GPS navigation system. Why my boss would need a GPS navigation system in Hawaii is beyond me. So far, we've had loud speaker announcements telling people to buy from one person and not the other (because the other person isn't very nice, likes to kick small dogs around), and having other coworkers from around the store (like in the music department) call a cafe worker to their area so the other person at the cafe has control of the register (which is the only way the person can get credit for selling a Frappuccino in the first place). w00t on saving a whopping $1.80!!

Madam Pomfrey: I didn't think to try Accio! I'll have to try that today!

On Bottled Water: I admit, I am weird when it comes to water. Not sure if it is an OCD thing, but I cannot drink water from a faucet. I can taste the difference in water, and when I lived in California, the water in my area had a disgusting taste. So I started drinking bottled water- and I haven't been able to get off it since. I keep trying to force myself to drink from the faucet, but so far no luck. I even got one of those filtered water jugs (PUR), and I still have a problem drinking from that.

Madam Pince is on vacation, I think. I remember her posting that she would be back after the book has been released.

Come on Betelguese! Just one tiny little 'squee'?? hehehe! I know you want to!

**wishes she had someone here to go to the book release with** oh wait. **REALLY wishes she didn't have to work the morning of the release and therefore can't even go to the book release at midnight** **sniff**

~Kristina

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Choices - Jul 19, 2007 3:57 pm (#690 of 2984)

Never in my life have I found a book that I wanted to read over and over and over again. JKR has given me seven. Thanks for that!

I hope everyone has a wonderful reading experience with book 7. May all your questions be answered and all your theories proven correct (even if they differ from mine - LOL). See you on the other side for some gloating or some crow eating.....or some of both. :-)

Love and (((hugs))) to all.

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Mediwitch - Jul 19, 2007 4:00 pm (#691 of 2984)

Aww, (((Kristina))). You're young! You can go to the midnight release, read all night, then go to work in the morning. I would have, at your age. Heck, I'd probably do it now if I had to work Saturday morning!

I think Madam Pince went to help her mother after the lightning strike burned down one of the old houses on her mother's property.

I was very concerned with the weather earlier - the severe storms generating tornadoes went right through the town where the Hungarian Horntails, Puck, and I are meeting for the release. When I saw that on TV, I said, much to the amusement of hubby, "NO! Our books!!" Despite the scare, no real harm seems to have come from the storms - phew!

Just for Kristina, since Betelgeuse won't - SQUEEEEEE!!!!

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Jewel - Jul 19, 2007 6:03 pm (#692 of 2984)

I know I'm not a regular poster on here any more, even though I do lurk around at least once a day to keep a check on things.

But I felt the need to tell everyone that I hope everyone has a good time at their parties and such for the book release! I myself probably won't even be lurking until I finish the book....which between my three children, the six children that I baby-sit, band photo shoots, and making sure everyone has work/school clothes for next week, I MAY be able to finish it by Tuesday. **sigh**

Anyway, just wanted to say hello again, and good-bye until the last word has been read

Much Love,

Jewel

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Herm oh ninny - Jul 19, 2007 6:59 pm (#693 of 2984)

Hi all!

Herm oh ninny, could you, as Denise suggested, hint to us where we could find the clip that made you think of the current Potty Five words story--Finn

Sure! Just go to you tube and type in "mysterious ticking noise" and it should pop up.

I have decided to wear my Gryffindor T-shirt, my DA necklace and carry my Hogwarts tote bag tomorrow night! I'm soooo excited! SQUEEEEE!!

One of my students lost control today and decided to tackle me. He literally head-butted me right in the stomach! I had to restrain him for almost 5 minutes until he finally started crying and calmed down. I was really surprised because even though this child is classified behavioral/emotionally disturbed, he is not usually violent. I went down to talk to our director about what happened and she told me that the boy's mother decided to take him off his medication for the duration of our summer program, and that she had agreed to it. You'd think that someone might have mentioned it to us! pale

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Lavandula - Jul 19, 2007 7:38 pm (#694 of 2984)

How inconsiderate, Herm oh ninny!!! As a teacher, and parent of a child with Aspergers, I cannot understand parents who do not communicate with caregivers/educators about the changes in medication. My son is spending his second week away from home with his meds and everyone including himself is enjoying the experience. He needs time away from medication for weight gain, but I choose the times to be ones where he is not affected nor are others by his changed behavior.

Tazzy-I'd buy a drink from you! Boo-hiss to the boss!!

Busy, busy day tomorrow. I have to drive 40-45 minutes to the Border's in the morning after my haircut to get my wrist band and then back home again to pack for vacation. At 8 or so darling daughter and I will drive back to the Borders for the wait until midnight.

Super Friday to everyone if I don't get back until later.

Cathy

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Finn BV - Jul 19, 2007 7:53 pm (#695 of 2984)

Tazzy, say that you have shipped a number of Fraps to customers outside of Hawaii (i.e. us) who all want to buy from you.

LOL Herm oh ninny, I love that video!

Tomorrow night… tomorrow night… eek!! bounce

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Thom Matheson - Jul 19, 2007 7:56 pm (#696 of 2984)

As with most of you this will be my last post until sometime Saturday afternoon, where I will either say COOOOOLLLL, or Oh My Gosh, or something. Detroit will be in the upper 70's to low 80's with a breeze and no real humidity. I shall read through the night and finish outside with a diet coke and my hammock starting at about 8 am. What a day. Ah, bliss. Told all my clients, don't call -  I won't be around!   I even told them it was DH weekend. All were very understanding. Enjoy all and see you on the other side of 781. As Bob Segar says, Turn The Page.

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Herm oh ninny - Jul 19, 2007 8:03 pm (#697 of 2984)

LOL Finn! For the last 3 days I've been walking around singing "Snape, Snape, Severus Snape!"

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Lilly P - Jul 19, 2007 8:05 pm (#698 of 2984)

Aww, (((Kristina))). You're young! You can go to the midnight release, read all night, then go to work in the morning. I would have, at your age. Heck, I'd probably do it now if I had to work Saturday morning! – Mediwitch

Thats exactly what I'm going to do too! Book at midnight, work at 8AM and DH in between!!! (((((Kristina)))) I know just how you are going to feel!!!

I bugged the receiving guy ALL day! I just wanted my picture taken with the box of books!!! He had the nerve to deny that they were even delivered!!! I know they are hidden somewhere in the stockroom, I can just smell them!!!

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Solitaire - Jul 19, 2007 9:22 pm (#699 of 2984)

Yippeee! I just spent the evening visiting with Journeymom. What a beautiful lady! Journeymom ... thanks for coming over. I really enjoyed meeting you. ((((((hugs))))))

Madam Pomfrey ... LOL@ He Who Wears the Dark Mark!

She provided no spoilers but says that it is a quick read. She claims to have read the ending. I don't know how she got it.

Do you believe her, Steve? Frankly, when I read about the hackers who supposedly breached the computer which stored DH, I got to thinking ... It seems kind of stupid to put the manuscript of a multimillion dollar novel on a computer to which hackers can gain access. You'd think a big outfit like Bloomsbury would know better, wouldn't you? It seems more likely that if someone gained access to the story, it was probably through a copy of the book smuggled out by some soon-to-be-ex-employee ... also not a bright move, unless they were paid enough to cover their court costs and loss of employment!

About those disposable water bottles ... I was told by a doc NOT to reuse them unless they are washed with soapy water and air-dried completely between each use. Apparently, some interesting bacteria take up residence and thrive in them!

Tazzy, you are not weird. Different areas in CA have different-tasting water. I grew up on a private well, and I was spoiled. When I moved to southern California, I hated the water. That's when we started using Arrowhead. It really does taste better than what comes out of some taps!

Solitaire

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painting sheila - Jul 19, 2007 9:46 pm (#700 of 2984)

Bottled water - I heard a doctor on the tv say that young children are having more and more cavities and teeth problem. He attributes some of it to bottled water - it has no fluoride in it.

Less than 24 hours!!   bounce    bounce

We timed the ride home tonight - it took us 45 minutes from the show site to the mall where the Barnes and Nobles is located.

That is too long!!! I think we are just going to have to leave before the finale is over. Do you think anyone will notice?

Edit: I am driving myself crazy trying to decide what is going to happen!!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!  Very Happy   . . .is Snape good? Is Slughorn evil? . . . .Ron and Hermione? . . . Bill and Fleur? Harry and Ginnie? . . . . WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?????

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journeymom - Jul 19, 2007 10:38 pm (#701 of 2984)

Solitaire lies! There is no way on Earth that she's ## years old. She's at least 15 years younger.

I totally wish you were my teacher. You are one of those best kinds of teachers. Though I hope you get time to relax a bit in the next couple of days.

Ron, Ron, Ron Weasley. "Dumbledore!" "Ron, Ron, Ron Weasley." "Harry Potter! Harry Potter! Ooh, Harry Potter." "Herrrrrmione."

Voldemort, Voldemort, oooh, Voldy Voldemort, Voldemort.


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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 19, 2007 10:48 pm (#702 of 2984)

Can you believe the ¿New York Times? Revealing the secret, is that what "All the news that fits we print” means?

Wow, you guys. I am going to a small book store in the town of Madison. The only thing we need to do is pre-purchase the book. No lists or bracelets.

I always click "send report" whenever something on my computer goes wrong (you know, like if Word quits unexpectedly and it says "Send report" and "Don't send," with Don't send being the highlighted option; I always feel a little bit of triumph in sending the report. ). Finn

Finn, that is youth. I am always afraid if I send reports, I'll make something explore or worse they’ll say “yup, it’s her again, she always makes problems”

Will tomorrow night be All Hallows Eve?

Well, of course. Happy All Hallows Eve to you.

See you in a couple of days.

SQEEEEEE

22:15 and counting!!!!!!!!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 20, 2007 2:17 am (#703 of 2984)

Thanks, Lavandula and Finn for the Frapp comfort words. LOL! Finn- I wish that could happen! I'd definitely be labeled the Frappuccino Queen!

I think I did a MAJOR boo-boo. I wasn't supposed to announce that I saw the books in my store. Oops. Oh well. Too late. None of my coworkers are here on the Forum, so I feel somewhat safe. hehehe... Technically, I wasn't even supposed to touch a box. But, I mean, come on here. The big beautiful pile is sitting right in the line of sight from anywhere in the store room. It's so hard to resist!!!

Mediwitch and Lilly- I keep toying with the idea of going tomorrow night. I guess it's up to how I am feeling after work tomorrow (I get off at 4). We shall see!

A coworker said her friend was half way through DH already. Apparently the friend had downloaded it online. I REALLY hope that 'copy' is a fake! **still hasn't run across any spoilers**

Soli- I can't stand Arrowhead water. It has to be Dasani, Sparkletts, or Aquafina. But I am glad I am not the only one with weird water tastes!

TOMORROW! TOMORROW! AHHHHHHHHH! SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

I am now going to be off the internet until I get the book read. HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!! See you all when it's over! **sniff*  Sad  Very Happy

~Kristina

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Essidji - Jul 20, 2007 2:27 am (#704 of 2984)

Hello everyone. I heard the news on the radio this morning. It got me berserk. Apparently some copies (around 1200) of Book seven have been distributed throughout America. And a French Newspaper - Le Parisien- published this morning a summary of the end of the story. It's really hard to explain how I feel. It's just... I don't know... As a comparison, it's like knowing the scores of a football (soccer) match before it's aired. I'm really angry about this. The word spoil now makes complete sense to me.

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Marè - Jul 20, 2007 3:26 am (#705 of 2984)

Wow, I'm still spoiler free and staying that way, no more news papers and tv for me! Lucky there is the forum.

I have now finished reading books 1,2,3 & 6. I didn't think I would have time to read them all and I though 6 was the most important one to reread. It's growing on me as I am reading it more.

So, tomorrow morning I can get the book, and now I learned that, would I have stayed in my own city, I could have gotten it at 1 in the middle of the night. O well, I can get some sleep instead.

And then after one more week I'm going to Scotland. A friend and me are going to (attempt to?) walk the West Highland Way, (95 miles or 153 kms) from Glasgow to Fort William. I expect it to be beautiful, rainy, with lots of midges and some though days. And we call that vacation...

Stay spoilerfree everybody! ((hugs))

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Essidji - Jul 20, 2007 3:44 am (#706 of 2984)

Thanks Marè. I haven't actually read the article, but the radio I was listening to this morning said that if you heard their report on 6:30 am, then you knew how the story ends. So I suppose I'd better add radio to your list of banned medias.

Instead I'm going to watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off once again, that'll cheer me up. Although I know how it ends. POOR CAR.

On a different and happy note, today's our 11th anniversary of marriage.

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azi - Jul 20, 2007 3:57 am (#707 of 2984)

I wish people would stop spoiling our fun by releasing 'spoilers'. I always thought the New York Times was a good newspaper, but now I've lost all respect for them. It doesn't help that my brother read the entire article and is now threatening to tell me the ending...

On that note, I'm seeing I can't really be on the Internet for the rest of the day if I don't want to be spoiled!

Hope everyone has a lovely time reading book 7!

(Happy Anniversary, Essidji!)

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Kip Carter - Jul 20, 2007 4:33 am (#708 of 2984)

I would appreciate if everyone who visits this Chat Thread would read my latest thread, ** Book Seven Spoilers - Please Read!.

'Nuf said!

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Freorge - Jul 20, 2007 4:59 am (#709 of 2984)

Hey all,

Have been off line for a few weeks, started with the flu then ski holiday finally my six year old managed to crash the hard drive. Lucky I have a computer techie for a husband.

So excited, not long now.... Have avoided all mention(news and newspapers) of spoilers even banned all students at my school going online without letting me know what they were searching for.

No kangaroos scaring me at the garbage tin lately, which is good news. Couldn't read everyones posts, way too many and not enough time. Might try and catch up later. Hope everyone is all doing well and Happy Reading!

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Steve Newton - Jul 20, 2007 5:00 am (#710 of 2984)

Solitaire, I believe that my person had the book because it seems that all of the libraries have their copies.

I couldn't hold out and read the New York Times review. I must have missed something since I only saw a minor spoiler, I think. It was not anything that I did not figure out. Sort of a major minor thing.

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Finn BV - Jul 20, 2007 5:45 am (#711 of 2984)

Azi, don't judge the NY Times just because of this. See a very well-written post from a New York Post journalist on their Potter blog "The Quibbler", which is co-run by Melissa from TLC. It was quite wrong of them to run the review, and their attempt to justify their actions was feeble, but I still hold a ton of respect for the paper.

This may be my last post or second-to-last before I get the book, as I'm leaving to go into the Scholastic "Harry Potter Place" and the Columbus Circle Borders at around 4 pm! Happy Deathly Hallows day all!

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 20, 2007 6:08 am (#712 of 2984)

I may or may not pop back on, but I'd just like to take the opportunity to say "Squeeeeeeee!!!" one last time.

For those of you who didn't figure it out, my "hot date" from last week was Denise. We had actually talked on the Forum about our meeting up previously and the "date" was a little joke. We ate Chinese, saw OOP and a good time was had by all. We also agreed to meet up for the Book Release tonight. Hopefully, B&N is going to let Denise pick up my magic bracelet too. Then, we look to meet up around 10:15 ("PM" that is) to wait out the final countdown. I'm sure that once we get the books, it'll be "See ya!" and we'll both be cutting people off in traffic to get back home. I don't have to work on Saturday so I will read until my XX year-old self falls asleep involuntarily and when I wake again, it'll be back at it until I finish.

So, if I don't see everyone again, Happy Reading and I look forward to everyone's reactions on Monday.

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Denise P. - Jul 20, 2007 6:26 am (#713 of 2984)

I just called and re-reconfirmed the info (call me paranoid!) I can pick up my bracelet and Loopy's bracelet. As soon as kidlets eat, we are piling into the van to go get them!

Yes, I admit it, I was the date last week. No sloppy kiss on the cheek though, just a staid handshake from a distance of 3 feet  Now, I need to go find my Leaky Cauldron shirt to wear this evening. It is not too obvious but still a good choice (if I can find it) My Hairy Otter shirt is MIA since the move and the company no longer makes it in adult sizes Boo hoo!

I will be on the Forum off and on until I leave to go meet Wayne. Then I will be on reading, until about 2-3 am.

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The giant squid - Jul 20, 2007 6:32 am (#714 of 2984)

Oh, and just for the record (cover your eyes, Mike), we bring our own water bottles to the theater.--HungarianHorntail11

Well, I don't know about where you live, but here in Las Vegas you're allowed to bring in your own water. Something to do with extreme heat conditions...

Tazzy, I'm with you about SoCal tap water. I never drank bottled water until I moved out there.

I may be by later tonight, but after that (like everyone else, most likely) I'll be MIA until I'm done reading. Happy weekend, everyone!

--Mike

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azi - Jul 20, 2007 6:42 am (#715 of 2984)

Nice article, Finn! It stated my annoyance perfectly.

I don't need to drink bottled water at home, as the tap is good stuff (soft water, sourced from about 5 miles from my house)! The water in York has a high hardness though, and makes me ill until I get used to it. I only buy bottled water in times of absolute desperation.

Yes, my forum embargo ended already. I think I lasted 2 hours...4 hours and I'll be at my friend's making the t-shirts! *squee!*

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Catherine - Jul 20, 2007 6:42 am (#716 of 2984)

Yes, I admit it, I was the date last week. No sloppy kiss on the cheek though, just a staid handshake from a distance of 3 feet.—Denise

Whew, I'm so relieved. When I met up with Loopy, I didn't get a sloppy kiss on the cheek, either!

I will probably stay up for several hours to read tonight. I always say I'm going to go to bed at a decent hour, but then I never do.

Our Barnes and Noble won't let us get our bracelets until 6 p.m.! Phooey.

Anyway, I'll probably pop in and out of the Forum today, but in case I don't post again, Happy Reading to all. :waves**

SQUEEEEEE!!

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Holly T. - Jul 20, 2007 7:02 am (#717 of 2984)

I'm not going to any book release parties tonight, although there are some nearby. I have to pick up son at day camp, then go to Home Depot, then run home for dinner, take him to swimming lessons, then come home and finish painting daughter's ceiling. Floor guys arrive to install her new laminate floor tomorrow morning at 8 and THEN - - between letting two different floor crews in and out of the house (we're also having the upstairs bathroom tiled) - -  I should be able to avoid spoilers and wait for my books to arrive from Amazon. Then son and I are going to read for the rest of the day.  

I just realized I don't know if I'm supposed to pay the floor guys or not--I don't know if my husband already paid them. Hmmm. Must check. I worked some on daughter's ceiling last night until I got to the point where I was going to need to climb on the tall ladder and decided it would not be wise to do so after 10 p.m. Before son went to bed, knowing that I was going to be painting, he said if I fell off the ladder to yell real loud so he would wake up and call 911. Such confidence.

We have to paint the ceiling since, once we painted the rest of the room lavender, the off-white ceiling (which is what the walls used to be) looked yellow. Like a cigarette smoke-stained yellow. Ick. Since we had more lavender paint, we're painting the ceiling lavender too. Or rather, I am painting the ceiling lavender, since my husband and daughter are off on a mission trip where, LOL, they are helping other people paint their houses.(!)  Anyway, I have to finish the ceiling tonight while it is still ok for me to drip paint all over the carpet that is getting torn out tomorrow.

Son and I were almost late dropping him off at camp this morning because we were talking about what might be in the book. I'll squee after I've had more coffee!

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Chemyst - Jul 20, 2007 7:17 am (#718 of 2984)

Things I'd Normally Chat About if DH Were Not Being Released Tonight:

My son was accepted to Glider School! WooHoo! It is a week-long camp where their days are spent at an airport learning to fly gliders. He has been on ground crews before; now he gets to pilot them. So good weather charms are appreciated.

And Mare, I'll send you some fine weather charms too! That sounds like a wonderful vacation, especially if you can keep your feet dry.

Holly, I think you have found the Ultimate drop cloth!

My apologies if I have broken the continuity of the thread.

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Caius Iulius - Jul 20, 2007 7:18 am (#719 of 2984)

I wish all of you lots of pleasure reading Deathly Hallows and will see you soon!

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painting sheila - Jul 20, 2007 7:18 am (#720 of 2984)

Door's opened on JK site! bounce

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Lilly P - Jul 20, 2007 7:27 am (#721 of 2984)

I can't hold it in any longer! Here is my first official SQUEEEEEE!!!! I've managed to stay spoiler free so this is the last time I'm logging on to the internet until after I read "The Book". Have a great weekend reading everybody and good weather and safety charms to Chymest's son!

Jamie

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 20, 2007 8:06 am (#722 of 2984)

Happy release day to everyone!! I can't wait to share all our thoughts after our reads. I just wanted to pop in and tell everyone how much I've enjoyed talking and debating with ya'll over the years. You all are an amazing bunch of people!

Is it appropriate for someone my age to squee? Oh, who cares! SQUEEEEE!!!!

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Marie E. - Jul 20, 2007 8:12 am (#723 of 2984)

I will try to pop back in tonight when I get home from work. I'm coming home to change into my Umbridge costume and grab Mr. E and my friend Amy. Then we are off to Red Robin to catch up with the rest of our Meet Up group. Mr. E will go home after dinner (spoil sport) but the rest of us will head off to Borders for the book release party. I am a little worried about going out to eat in my Umbridge clothes (magenta pink dress suit, headband, and shoes) but my friend Nikki will be dressed as Mrs. Weasley and Bethany will be Hermione. I should look nearly normal.  We leave tomorrow morning for Virginia and I will try to check in but my mother-in-law has (shudder) dial-up.

My sister (She-who-has-not-read-the-books) and my brother-in-law (He-who-has-read-four-books) have asked me to call them when I'm done reading DH to tell them how it ends. The nerve!!  

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John Bumbledore - Jul 20, 2007 8:23 am (#724 of 2984)

Rubbing hands together like I'm trying to catch them on fire...

Drumming with knuckles on desk, lap, arm rest of desk chair, anything else in reach...

Are you cold? a co-worker asks.

No

Too much coffee? she asks.

No, I am anxiously awaiting Deathly Hallows.

She gasps, "What deadly gallows?"

No! (under my breath) You silly muggle. (conversationally) No, I am waiting for the release of the book, Harry Potter and The Deadly Hallows.

Oh. What's a Muggle? ( )

You, apparently.  

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Holly T. - Jul 20, 2007 8:25 am (#725 of 2984)

I'll squee now! I just tracked my package with Amazon and my books are here in town. :-) Now, when will they be at my door? SQUEEE!

Marie, one of my co-workers hasn't read any of the books and had only seen the movies. After HBP came out she came and asked me what happened and I wouldn't tell her. I told her to read the book. She said she'd just wait for the movie. I said she really didn't deserve to be told anything about the book if that's how she felt.

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Mediwitch - Jul 20, 2007 8:34 am (#726 of 2984)

I called our B&N again, and they are still saying 6pm to pick up wristbands. *jumps up and down impatiently* My mother is getting her book at a Borders in another state and got her ticket this morning - she is #29!!! Of course, she called me to gloat!

I am packed and ready to go - Mr. Mediwitch is not, of course! Silly man, he needs to sort out his priorities.

Non-DH news: the plumbers are working in the house, and the excavator is putting in the septic system, so we're making progress! It looks like we will be moving in early September. We closed on the sale of our old house, so now we are basically renting it from the new owner until we move.

If I don't get a chance to pop back in later, happy reading everyone!  Surprised

EDIT: Nathan !

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 20, 2007 8:39 am (#727 of 2984)

The Barnes and Noble bookshop I frequent started issuing wristbands at 9:00 A.M. local time and I arrived at the store at 8:30 and I was about the two-hundredth person in line.

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Ginerva Potter - Jul 20, 2007 8:57 am (#728 of 2984)

Last time, I just went to Kroger to buy my book. I got there at 11:30pm and I was the 15-20 person in line. So, I figured I'd go there again and I'd skip the release party stuff. Well, yesterday Kroger posted that they are having a release party starting at 8pm. ! I'm so bummed out. I can't go until around 11pm and by then who knows where I'll be in the line! Oh, well at least I'll have my copy of the book, right? SQUEEEEEE!

And Madame Pomfrey - you are never too old to SQUEE!

Ginny

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journeymom - Jul 20, 2007 9:17 am (#729 of 2984)

**Jumps up and down, not happily, but in a temper tantrum** Mad

I can't read Jo's letter!!!

I opened the door and there the letter was on the table. I clicked on it and it disappeared in a poof of sparkles. If I close the door and open it again, the letter is there again, but I can't read it, the letters are too small.

I only came to Lexicon to say goodby and happy reading, everybody! But is anybody willing to cut and paste it to here? Is that allowed?

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Denise P. - Jul 20, 2007 9:41 am (#730 of 2984)

I called again (LOL) and went to the B&N. There were 2 people in line before me. I got both my bracelet and Loopy's. We are #6!! Loopy just called me to verify I got them and he said this is the first time the store has let you pick them up before 6 pm so a lot of people are not aware of it and it is not advertised.

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 20, 2007 10:10 am (#731 of 2984)

Whew, I'm so relieved. When I met up with Loopy, I didn't get a sloppy kiss on the cheek, either! – Catherine

Yes, but I did breach all introduction/first meeting etiquette by giving you a [huggle]  ! Miss Manners has yet to forgive me for it, but she did politely pretend she was looking the other way.

So, yes, yes!!!!! Denise has accomplished the mission and our precious product is secured!!! She deserves a medal, but will probably have to settle for some chocolate from the B&N or a treat from Starbucks if she likes. Oooh #6. Now last time, they called you up in 50 people blocks so I don't know that #6 means we will be entitled to be 6th in line unless of course we elbow some children out of the way. Last time I was 380 something. Still, I was outta there by 12:20-12:30 or so. So, Squeeee!!! once again.

Cya

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valuereflection - Jul 20, 2007 10:22 am (#732 of 2984)
Edited Jul 20, 2007 11:16 am

journeymom, I can read JKR's letter on her website but it is VERY long and her website stubbornly will not allow me to cut-and-paste. Most of her letter seems to be a long list of thank-yous. I will try to read it through and think of a better way to copy it than me memorizing it. :-) Hopefully another forum member will have a better idea to help you.

P.S. www.mugglenet.com posted only the first paragraph of her letter on their newspage but not the rest!

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azi - Jul 20, 2007 10:24 am (#733 of 2984)

I could cry. The friend I was supposed to meet with, and who has my reservation, got stranded down south by flooding. Because no trains are running, she doesn't know when/how she's getting home. Therefore, I can't get the book at midnight. Or until she's back home. I hate it when things go wrong. Sad

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Catherine - Jul 20, 2007 10:30 am (#734 of 2984)

Yes, but I did breach all introduction/first meeting etiquette by giving you a [huggle]--Loopy Lupin

**giggles**

I love the Ralph avatar, Wayne. It's me favorite.

EDITED: to say SQUEEE!

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kabloink! - Jul 20, 2007 10:34 am (#735 of 2984)
Edited Jul 20, 2007 11:21 am

Okay, I hit the magic button, but I really have to ask, is anyone else occasionally tearing up a bit when they look at the time to count the hours til midnight tonight? Sad

My biggest dilemma tonight is that it is also Boat Night, the biggest party night of the year in my home town. The Port Huron to Mackinac boat race starts tomorrow, so every year on the Friday night before, everyone gather downs by the docks and well, parties. My sister-in-law was initially hurt that I would rather go to a midnight release of a book than party at her house, then go partying along the river. Hmmm, I've been following this series for seven years now, and starting with the first movie, I have not missed a single midnight release involving Harry Potter. Also, I can't drink adult beverages, anyway, so the choice seems obvious to me... We're going to break it up, I think. Go to Boat night til about 11-11:30, then head to the bookstore.

Well, I was valiantly working on a reread of all the books, alas I only got through Order. I figure I will read Deathly Hallows (wheee!), then reread HBP, then read DH (wheee!) again. Okay I should get back to work, we've been pretty busy today.

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 20, 2007 10:45 am (#736 of 2984)

It's times like this when I realise that I have an emotional range much larger than a teaspoon. :-)

Excited, nervous, happy, sad... It's so bittersweet knowing that this is a once in a lifetime thing. Hopefully JKR's next project will be just as good! I won't get up for a midnight purchase though.

11 hours, 15 minutes!!! (In the squeee free zone). Betelgeuse

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Esther Rose - Jul 20, 2007 10:53 am (#737 of 2984)

Azi, I am so incredibly sorry about that. Perhaps Chemyst can brew some Felix Felicis for you.

Today's physical therapy just flew by. Whooosh! I am hoping Midnight arrives just as quick!

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legolas returns - Jul 20, 2007 11:40 am (#738 of 2984)

Happy waiting in line everybody. Speak to you again soon when you have all read the new book.

Was listening to the radio in the lab at work today. Had some nice relaxing classical music on in the background. During the 3 hours I was in the lab they played 3 different Harry Potter songs. They played "Room of Requirement", "Hedwigs theme" and "Harrys wonderful world". At the end the DJ asked us if we could feel the excitement building. NO KIDDING!!!!!!!

*rant* What is with the weather and public transport in this country? One winter the excuse for cancelled trains was that there was the wrong type of snow on the line. A couple of summers ago they were scared that the hot weather would buckle the train lines-the weather was in the 80-90s. Today admittedly there are large puddles forming across England which is fine and I understand it causes delays and cancellations. My boss dropped me at the far end of my line rather than on the London line (closest to my work). I waited about 1/2 hour for a train to come and it took 1/2 hour to get to New St. We waited 1/2 hour in New St station because there was no driver. HELLO-trains may not be going anywhere very fast but at least have a driver waiting if the other one is off shift-its not like they did not have any notice. The 1/2 hour delay would have been ok if it was caused by the floods. How difficult is it to get a driver on time especially when you have almost 2 hours notice? All other forms of public transport/roads were ok. The line have flooded at least 3 times in the last 6 weeks. Have they not heard of flood prevention? My line runs alongside a canal and it wont be long before that floods onto the train line. It was almost overflowing in places. Oh Joy-I cant wait. Anyway I was wet through by the time I got home and am sitting in my Pyjamas feeling cosy now */ Rant*

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azi - Jul 20, 2007 11:52 am (#739 of 2984)

Cheering charms Legolas! New St. is where my friend is/was stranded.

I had a little cry. My brother was surprising sympathetic. My father scoffed like usual. I've had a terrible day, it felt good to let it out (HP was the only thing keeping me going ).

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legolas returns - Jul 20, 2007 12:00 pm (#740 of 2984)

Thanks-Sorry to hear your friend could not make it. Sometimes you need to let everything out.

I heard on the news today that some people had been camping out since Wednesday so that they could be first in the queue in London. Slightly insane to queue that early but at the same time I admire the dedication.

I am supposed to be going out for Butterbeers tonight. My friend was in London today and I dont know if she was driving or getting the train. She said she would send me an owl (ok text) later. We were just going to go locally. Oh well we can always down a Butterbeer at a later date.

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Ladybug220 - Jul 20, 2007 12:01 pm (#741 of 2984)

I can't believe that this is the last book! Sigh, I wish the series could go on forever.

Well, I have surprised many people by saying I am not getting it tonight, but waiting until tomorrow morning. I just want to skip the hoopla and get the book. My friend and I are meeting up at BN at 8:45 so that we will be there when they open. I am going to go to the line to get the books and she is going to the cafe to get our coffee. Then we'll sit there for a couple of hours to read. Her hubby is going to take the their kids to the play area in the mall while we read. He's been preparing for kid duty this weekend. =)



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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 20, 2007 12:12 pm (#742 of 2984)

Well, we're all packed and earnestly awaiting hubby's arrival home so we can get going. Percy is still trying to get through HBP but it's getting kind of late. We'll see. She has about 12 chaps to go. **fingers crossed**

Hope everyone gets their books without hassle and enjoy your last first read of the Harry Potter series.

***waves***

Maria

**apparates**

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legolas returns - Jul 20, 2007 12:24 pm (#743 of 2984)

Yeah I am going out for Butterbeer. Ahhhhhh. *Raises glass to all in advance*.

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 20, 2007 12:31 pm (#744 of 2984)

Hope everyone gets their books without hassle and enjoy your last first read of the Harry Potter series.—Hhorntail

Awww. The "last first read." Now you've got me going. **sniffles** Sad

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Esther Rose - Jul 20, 2007 12:31 pm (#745 of 2984)

I am doing my final bow before receiving Harry and the Deathly Hallows. Here is to laughing, crying, getting angry, feeling satisfied, feeling unsatisfied, feeling guilty, and being completely shocked all at the same time. (Ron will just have to choose an emotion and stick with it. )

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kaykay1970 - Jul 20, 2007 12:32 pm (#746 of 2984)

Happy reading everyone! SQUUUEEEE!!!!

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Holly T. - Jul 20, 2007 1:11 pm (#747 of 2984)

Cheering charms to Legolas and Azi!

We're having more rain here too.

Can't wait to read!!!!!

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 20, 2007 1:19 pm (#748 of 2984)

It's raining here, too! Perfect reading weather, IMO.

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Mediwitch - Jul 20, 2007 2:23 pm (#749 of 2984)

w00t! I'm #9 in line!

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Denise P. - Jul 20, 2007 2:52 pm (#750 of 2984)

Woo hoo!!!

I think I may bring my HP trivia book (only goes through GOF) to help pass the time. I am waiting on The Harry Potter version of Trivial Pursuit too.

Off to eat, then to drop off one of the kids at the town square so he can listen to the free concert and hang out with some friends. We give him a TracFone (prepaid cell phone) so we can get hold of him. He can only answer if it says Mom, Dad, Home or Family if it rings. This lets us keep in contact with him and he can also call us if something comes up. We have two of these phones and just add minutes as needed. We still have 3 hours of cards not used so we are good for a long time still.

Then about 9:30 pm or thereabouts, I am off to go meet Loopy at B&N!!!

I gave Tinsel a bath since she has class tomorrow and tends to get a faint orange-pink tint to her white bits from digging in the dirt. I thought a bath in the tub was difficult. A bath outside with the hose was worse! Next week, it will be the tub again.
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Ponine - Jul 20, 2007 3:43 pm (#751 of 2984)

Hey everyone - long time no see - I have missed the forum - I was just today trying to explain to my father about Elanor's theories and failed miserably, but it came about as a article in one of the national newspapers discussed the greatness of Harry, the many literary, philosophical, and political references - you know, all the things we have been aware of for years.

I'm sure most of you are out at parties - there are none here, I guess I'm surrounded by Muggles.... And in truth, I know someone would do a DUMBLEDORE DIES ON PAGE.... to me, so I figure I'll stay safely tucked away at home, waiting for my book which will be arriving in about eleven and a half hours. (But who's counting, right?) Very Happy

I just got back home from a show and realized - this is my last night of wondering. Ever.

Tomorrow night, or tomorrow morning, or whenever I finish the first read through, I will never not know again.

Truly, it is an end of an era, something I have marveled at and enjoyed speculating about for (only) the last five years... Thanks for some great discussions and ideas everyone - I have learned about alchemy, Latin, English grammar, moral, ethics, and politics. And how to be civil. No matter how violently we disagree about certain postules, bereaucrats, overgrown bats or alleged (!) deaths.

Thanks for the ride, everyone, it's been awesome, and I feel extremely lucky to have taken part in this process of discovery and puzzling. Until the end, Love from pondering Ponine  I love you

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 20, 2007 4:03 pm (#752 of 2984)

I just tried to get on the Bloomsbury website but it can't handle the traffic!!! Argh. LPO

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journeymom - Jul 20, 2007 4:10 pm (#753 of 2984)

Well said, Ponine!

HAPPY READING, ALL!

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Ms Amanda - Jul 20, 2007 4:16 pm (#754 of 2984)

Just dropping in to say I won't be back until it is read! I'm going out for a quick bite somewhere and then heading into isolation until the book is in my hands.

I have to go find my earphones and portable CD player so that I know I won't hear any spoilers at my local bookstore when I go to pick it up.

Best wishes to everyone on enjoying a spoiler-free Potter experience!

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Betelgeuse Black - Jul 20, 2007 4:35 pm (#755 of 2984)

Well, I was able to listen to the midnight reading. Now I'm REALLY psyched!

5 1/2 hours to go! bounce

Betelgeuse

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Lavandula - Jul 20, 2007 4:56 pm (#756 of 2984)

Off to the party! My bracelet number is 300! I waited 1 1/2 hours to get it.

Enjoy the read everyone!!!!!!

Cathy

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Allison R - Jul 20, 2007 5:53 pm (#757 of 2984)

Ack! Respite care for the youngest fell through, so the hubby and I are tag-teaming the pre-book party. He's there with the two oldest girls now and will leave them there to come back home and switch with me (they're 14 and 11 and the bookstore is about 15 minutes away, and we are part of a group helping to coordinate the pre-book party so there will be several adults keeping a carefully-casual eye on them in the mean time). The girls and I will finish off the party.

I got to see the webcast, and it was awesome!! Such a huge room-- I couldn't help thinking that perhaps those of us watching the webcast had the best seat in the house! It was amazing to me that in a huge room packed full of children, you could have heard a pin drop the entire time. No wiggling, no coughing, no whispering, just row after row of wide-eyed, rapt attention and wonder. What a treat!

I hope all of you are having a great time at your various parties! I can't wait until it's my turn to get to go = )

Happy reading, all!

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Solitaire - Jul 20, 2007 8:23 pm (#758 of 2984)

I'm home! Yippeeee!! Gosh, it has been hard with such spotty access as I had at the hotel. Posting was so slow. I have something like 57 messages to read. Boy, those posts really add up when I am not around to check throughout the day.

Tazzy, actually, I generally drink Trader Joe's brand water or Fiji, as it is fairly inexpensive there, as well. So ... you are the Frappaccino Queen? I guess I am the Misto queen! In fact, this a.m., I walked into Starbuck's next to the Holiday Inn where I was staying. I opened my mouth to order and the girl at the counter said, "Venti MIsto, 2 Splendas, 2%?" I've only ordered it 3x there! LOL What a memory!

Essidji, I was feeling a bit "out of it," since I've not watched the news yet today. Normally I watch the early morning program, so that I feel up on world events. Alas, I had to pack and check out before 7 a.m., go directly into classes until noon, and then jump into my friend's Highlander and hit the road. I just got home a while ago and have not even flipped on the TV. Now, I'm glad I didn't watch ... and I will NOT be watching any news tonight, since I do not get my book until tomorrow's mail. Thanks for the warning!

Steve, it figures! I guess I am just amazed that anyone outside the publishing house would have a copy before it is officially released. But I have to say ... I am still skeptical about the stories of the hackers getting a copy from the Net. They just don't ring true to me. Of course, I am wrong A LOT!

Azi, I hope things get sorted out for you. If it's any consolation, I will not get my book before noon on Saturday ... and more likely later than that.

Well, I need to run some errands. I guess I'll have to finish the rest of the posts later! Happy Harry Eve!

Solitaire

P.S. Where are our avatars?

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Steve Newton - Jul 20, 2007 8:48 pm (#759 of 2984)

Kip has a message about avatars and lines under your name. The basics are that they are all gone so no spoilers will be posted.

I have no idea when my copy will be delivered tomorrow but at 10 my library opens and my cd version will be waiting for me. I wonder if there will be a line. Well, actually, I wonder how much of a line there will be.

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John Bumbledore - Jul 20, 2007 9:00 pm (#760 of 2984)

Azi, any chance that your friend can visit a branch of the book store in her area and have them call the store where you were to pick up your books?

Might a facsimile work as a replacement when accompanied by a call from the other book store?

Well, now that I have typed it, it doesn't sound as hopeful as I thought it was.
<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore.

P.S. just read that Kip turned off the avatars and second lines... I think I have figured out how I can easily and temporarily disable all those fake avatars I have used. Never thought that it would ever be a problem; now I wonder, "should disable those old avatars?"

Second edit: I didn't know where to ask this but I just captured images of the Acknowledgment letter that Jo has on her web site inside the ROR door. Several people have had problems getting the letter to open so I had thought I could post a thumbnail and a link to my home page to slide show the images over on the JKRowling official thread but that is closed. Maybe Bel~ would like the images for the Lexicon page? .. Oh, maybe I should make this note over there on the corrections for the lexicon thread?

**crack** (apparition)

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Solitaire - Jul 20, 2007 9:24 pm (#761 of 2984)

Thanks, Steve. I doubt any regular Forum member would ever post a spoiler here, simply out of the genuine respect and affection some of us have developed for one another. Alas, there is no telling what some mean-spirited "spoil sports" will do, is there? A fellow poster on another site spoiled OotP not only for me but for scores of fellow posters and chatters ... simply because he just had to be the one to spill the beans about Sirius before most of us had even picked up our books. He received a pretty thorough lashing, and I believe there are a few who never forgave him. *sigh* Choices, choices ...

Solitaire

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The giant squid - Jul 20, 2007 9:30 pm (#762 of 2984)

Well, here's my "adieu until we meet again" post. My book will be arriving by owl Amazon tomorrow, so I'm entering a communications blackout. I'll be back when I'm through reading (probably late tomorrow, knowing me...).

I can't believe my sister is dressing as Umbridge. She will not live that down for a while... *hem hem*

--Mike

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Denise P. - Jul 20, 2007 10:16 pm (#763 of 2984)

Loopy and I met up to wait for the book. We had a fun time doing the trivia scavenger hunt the store had going on.

Once it was time to get the book, we lined up according to color and number on our bracelets. Some people behind apparently could not tell they were wearing blue, not yellow bands and waited in the wrong line. Whoops. We got our books and back out the door by 12:15.

Now - off to read!

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John Bumbledore - Jul 20, 2007 10:28 pm (#764 of 2984)

Hello, and good night. Though I too would post a "going on a DH vacation" message. I hope that my order from Amazon will arrive tomorrow.. erm, later today I guess is more accurate. Unless you are like me and don't consider 1:21 AM to my tomorrow yet and it won't be until going to sleep and then waking up.

I have somewhere between eleven and a half hours to more like 12 and a half hours depending on how much mail the postal carrier has to deliver.

**Wave to Denise P. even though she didn't mention that we also meet tonight (virtually). We bumped into each other in the chat room.** LOL

Hope you and everyone else who have their copy now enjoy the read.

<)B^D˜ John Bumbledore

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Tazzygirl - Jul 20, 2007 11:01 pm (#765 of 2984)
Edited Jul 20, 2007 11:43 pm

Last night's post was supposed to be my last, but I am so excited, I couldn't resist coming back to see how everyone was doing!

I worked from 7:30 am until 6 pm. I was supposed to get off at 4. We had a guy plant himself down by the door at 8 am, with a sign claiming he would get the first book. LOL. One of the managers brought some water out for him. All B&N employees were given either a HP hat or shirt. Since I am not working tonight, I shall wear my hat tomorrow! Everyone was super excited, and they started wheeling the books out at about7- in prep for midnight. I will be getting my books at 7:30 tomorrow morning- when I report in for work. **crossing fingers** that it won't be that crazy!

Now I am officially signing off until I finish the book! Stupid me- I told my friend we would go see OotP tomorrow night when I got off work. I told her originally that I wanted to read my book, and she burst out laughing. I plan on using every other waking moment to read though!

((((HUGS)))) to everyone! HAPPY READING!!!

~Kristina

***4 more hours until midnight*** and one final 'SQUUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEE'!!!!!!

EDIT: Ooh! I forgot- Soli: So ... you are the Frappuccino Queen? Sadly, no. My boss and her team mate are leading in the Frap contest. And I actually don't drink Fraps either. The amount of calories, fat, and sugar in the drinks made my jaw drop to the ground the first time I saw the nutrition facts. LOL. Although, when I go to the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf by my house, they already know I get a small iced chai latte. Miso is also an Au Lait, right? Half coffee, half steamed milk? I've only had a handful of people order the drink.

Decided since I won't have the book until tomorrow that I'd watch all the HP movies (or at least one.)

I read JKR's letter- it was really sweet, made me tear up at the end. I think that was when it hit me that the story really is finished. Sad

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Marie E. - Jul 21, 2007 6:24 am (#766 of 2984)

Shayla called me while we were at Borders last night and I told her I was dressed as Professor Umbridge. There was a pause and then she said, "Mom, how could you!"

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Caput Draconis - Jul 21, 2007 6:30 am (#767 of 2984)

Hi forumers,

I lined up this morning, got my book at 9am and then couldn't stop reading. So now it's 11:25pm and I have no idea what to do with myself, having been on this fabulous, moving journey...that I will never go on again. I don't know what to do.

I need a hug. Sad


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azi - Jul 21, 2007 6:35 am (#768 of 2984)

**hugs** Caput! And anyone else who wants them!

I've finished the book. My friend rang me up, as she managed to get back to her house for 11.40 pm. We headed to the bookstore and found we were 231 in line! We didn't get the book until 1.30am! It was not particularly well organised in that respect. I really got angry at one point - a teenage boy came out the store with his book, sat down, flipped to a page towards the back, and started reading at the top of his voice! I stuck my fingers in my ears and did la-la-la in my head. Was not happy!

Off to the threads.

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Denise P. - Jul 21, 2007 6:43 am (#769 of 2984)

I forgot to mention that last night, I also go a Gryffindor keychain. It was a gold and scarlet tassel, like you see on graduation caps. I could not figure out what it said on it until I turned it rightside up...72107 DUH!!! I also picked up 7 tattoos for the kids, even if they declined to take them.

Now, I am off to put gas in my van, pick up bread (including a yummy cinnamon chip scone) and then to dog class. Once I get back, I plan to dive back into my second read.

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Solitaire - Jul 21, 2007 10:50 am (#770 of 2984)

Yes, Tazzy ... I am the Misto Queen! LOL Half regular coffee (not espresso) & half milk (I have them mix the whole and FF when I am feeling naughty; otherwise, always FF). This is a good option for carb/calorie watchers. A Venti FF has only 90 calories, 0 fat, 13 g. carb (which is 1 exchange) & 9 g. protein. It also costs UNDER $3 and tastes as good as a latte to me.

Marie, all I can say is ... you've got guts! As a junior high teacher (our students already think we are ogres), I do not want ANY possible similarity to be drawn between Umbridge and me. **wondering if I should toss all pink items out of my wardrobe ...**

Azi, I am glad it finally worked out for you to get your book. Too bad about the kid ... I'm surprised they didn't have a bouncer outside to take care of such riff-raff!

Once I get back, I plan to dive back into my second read. *sigh* And here I am still waiting for my book to ARRIVE!!! I'll start checking at 11:30 a.m. ... every half hour. Well, at least I will get my exercise.

Solitaire

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Solitaire - Jul 21, 2007 12:23 pm (#771 of 2984)

He's here! He's here! Harry has arrived, and only 1 hour late! Squeeeeeeeeeeee ... as Tazzy would say!

One other piece of good news: My SDAIE binder passed! I am officially certified. Now I can send in yet another $45 and get my certificate. Yippeeeee!

Solitaire

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Ponine - Jul 21, 2007 12:51 pm (#772 of 2984)

Congratulations, Solitaire!!! Smile

And Caput and Azi - I'm done, too, and would love to get in on the hug - I kid you not - I'm emotionally drained, my neck is stiff, my eyes tired - I guess reading non-stop for about nine hours will do that to you... All done. Sleep

I thought about Solitaire or Choices (Not entirely sure which) who earlier said something about reading one chapter every day of the lastest book - I find it admirable, but I simply can't imagine being able to restrain myself to such an extent... I wonder if you were still able to do that with this one?? Once again - I'm so grateful that I got to be a part of this while it happened, you know - when the major plot lines in every book will not practically be common knowledge...

Talk to you all soon again

and journeymom - thank you!

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MickeyCee3948 - Jul 21, 2007 1:01 pm (#773 of 2984)

Ponine I doubt that they will after they get into the book. It was so exciting from start to finish that there was no way I could have restrained myself with only one chapter a day.

Mickey

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Marè - Jul 21, 2007 1:03 pm (#774 of 2984)

(((Hugs Caput, Azi and Ponine))) (Also squeee, Caput is that really you?)

I have all these thoughts in my head and can't believe I've finished. Last book is done, no more.

I really wish we could have all apparated at some huge forum gathering and shared it together.

For now, I will just see if this computer enables me to take a peek in the chatroom.

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Catherine - Jul 21, 2007 3:10 pm (#775 of 2984)

I'm on my third reading....

I love this book. It was worth waiting for, in every sense.

Mare, I too wish I could be at a fabulous party with all of the Potterphiles that I've come to know over the years.

** back to the book **

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Caput Draconis - Jul 21, 2007 5:07 pm (#776 of 2984)

Thanks everyone - I woke up feeling just as lost, so the hugs are delightful.

It's me Mare, great to see/read you again! The idea of apparating to a giant forum gathering is very appealing.

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Holly T. - Jul 21, 2007 5:29 pm (#777 of 2984)

Books arrived at noon and I finished just before 7! Son is on chapter 5 (considering he's 9, dyslexic, and has not been reading all day--he'll read for a while, then take a rest--I think he's doing pretty well). My neck is sore. I don't know if that's from reading all day or from staying up past 11 last night to paint daughter's ceiling, or a combination thereof. I should probably fix son some dinner before I start reading again ...

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Ydnam96 - Jul 21, 2007 5:38 pm (#778 of 2984)

I too am finished...and have a horrible headache. But, that's okay.

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Vox Gerbilis - Jul 21, 2007 6:38 pm (#779 of 2984)

I received mine at 12:30 a.m. this morning, got home about ten minutes later, stayed up until 2:00 a.m. reading. This is not my normal schedule! I don't think I've been up this late since my daughter was a baby. Nonetheless, I woke up at 5:30, and despite getting so little sleep, went back to the book. Aside from attending my husband's reenacting event, I've been reading almost all day, despite a mild migraine brought on by a sleep deficit and driving in bright sunlight.

No weekend chores have been completed. Laundry remains unwashed; groceries are not bought. I pretty much suspended my daughter's usual computer limits, and she spent a good part of the day on Webkinz World. I feel no guilt or shame at all. It's not like this is ever going to happen again. Sad

I'm taking a vacation day Monday for a second read and to re-group.

I'm very happy to report that the crowd at Barnes and Noble last night was very well behaved. I don't like crowds, and I'm very uncomfortable around loud, rowdy groups, but I felt perfectly at ease last night. Everyone was polite and cooperative with the store's procedures, and no one shouted out spoilers. We Potter fans are a civilized group. Smile

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Denise P. - Jul 21, 2007 7:00 pm (#780 of 2984)

I need to get a picture. On my couch, I have the 10 year old reading SS, the 11 year old reading SS and the 13 year old reading DH...it looks so cute!!

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TomProffitt - Jul 21, 2007 7:02 pm (#781 of 2984)

Well, hi everyone, I've been hiding for months out of spoiler fear. (Also new job woes and other stresses.)

I'll be poking around again for a bit I think.

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Herm oh ninny - Jul 21, 2007 7:29 pm (#782 of 2984)

Hi All!

Well, I got my book at 12:20 Am and was home reading by 1:15. My sisters and I each grabbed a couch and read straight through the night. I must say, after finishing, I spent a few hours extremely depressed and crying (not because of anything that happened in the book) because I realized we would never have a moment like this again. Harry's story is over and I am still trying to deal. Sad

On a happier note, my father came home this afternoon while I was sitting there crying and he told me to come downstairs. I went down and saw a large parrot cage containing a yellow nape Amazon! He is so sweet. I spent the rest of the day with him, scratching his neck and such, and I must say, the little guy really cheered me up!

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Thom Matheson - Jul 21, 2007 8:28 pm (#783 of 2984)

Got the bracelet, was the first in line out the door by 12:04, home by 12:15. Like all of you, sore neck and back, headache etc. Wife and daughter grabbed both copies to start so no second read for a bit. But what a great read.

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Jenniffler - Jul 21, 2007 9:15 pm (#784 of 2984)

Got my book at B&N at 1:30a.m. I was talked out of preordering. Just finished at 10:45p.m. Headache made me say NEVER again! (unless Jo writes something new.)

The quilting bee went well, donating over 250 quilts to shelters, crisis groups and police officers to distribute.

Happy Pottering!

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Chemyst - Jul 21, 2007 9:19 pm (#785 of 2984)

According to my phone, which doubles as my clock, I got to the store at 11:58 PM last night. They were packing up the face painting table; but I didn't really want a scar in my house colors anyway. The few remaining lemon cookies on the snack tray and the handful of pretzel & chex mix left in the bowl didn't look at all appetizing. The line was about 3 table-lengths long. I went and picked out a couple plums and a nectarine, some yogurt cups, and dark chocolate (just as a precaution since I didn't know how many dementors would be in the book.) By then I was the last person in line; I got the last book in the third box (they had more boxes in the office though.) And I was checked out and in the parking lot by 12:14 AM. Only the store employees dressed up, unless you counted the two customers with themed t-shirts.

I've been reading at a relaxed pace; about half-way through and ready to stop for the night. ('far enough along to have the deathly hallows explained.) My laundry is done, dishes washed and the floors were still swept. Gosh, this is boring....

But I'm happy that those of you who went to parties had good times.

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Thom Matheson - Jul 21, 2007 9:34 pm (#786 of 2984)

At my Borders there were over 2000 there. I got banded in the first group color, came back to the store at 9:30 pm. Got into line right away as the first in line and then did the wait thing til midnight.

My store was in the news today and the last person got their book at 2 am and the employees cleaned up and left the store at 5am.

By the way one of you wanted my poster. Sorry can't remember who. Email me an address and I will gladly send it out.

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The giant squid - Jul 22, 2007 2:29 am (#787 of 2984)

Book arrived from Amazon at 4:30 PM. After preparations, I began reading at 5:00. Just finished at 2:25AM. It's about 3 1/2 hours past my "bedtime" these days, but once I started reading there was no way I could stop until I finished that last page. Wow.

And now, to sleep...   Sleep

--Mike

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azi - Jul 22, 2007 3:14 am (#788 of 2984)

Well, I'm glad people are feeling as emotionally drained as I am (it means I'm not alone - I wouldn't wish this feeling on anyone)! I cracked while trying to get to sleep last night but put it down to being tired. No difference this morning though. It doesn't help that all my friends are asking what I'm going to do now it's over. My current answer is 'mope'.

**continued hugs** to those that need them!

Thom - I am impressed how quickly your store got the books out! 2000 people in two hours! I wish mine had been that quick.

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Good Evans - Jul 22, 2007 3:28 am (#789 of 2984)

I arrived to queue at 10.20 pm Friday night - you betcha I was first (with hubby and eldest son) and then we waited, most people were quite nice and the police kept riding up and down the road - so we kept waving to them, more joined the queue at 10.30 and then trickles until about 200 were queuing at midnight!

I was interviewed by local radio as first in the "queue" " you must be the biggest HP fan in Bugs Hill" - you better believe it!!!!!!!!!

by 12.10 I was home and reading - but forced myself to put the book down at 2 for some sleep - reading again at 6.15 and had another break when at 9.00, I went off to listen to our local Bishop who was giving an address - pure co-incidence there was nothing anti potterish in this!!!!

finally got back to book at 2pm and read through til about 10.30pm when I finished - not too bad.

Tissues abundant and a real feeling of emptiness - simply that it is "over". All in all I loved the book, the series and mostly the theorising on this website - thanks all of you for making the past few years so wonderful.

I don't intend to be shuffling away from this site for a long time yet, providing you all want to hang out and chat. Harry may have brought us together, but we choose to stay here! - you are all the best. Just wanted to post this - before some of you float away - as I am sure will happen.

OH PS - youngest son is 16 today - guess who nearly forgot!!!  I am supposed to be meeting Phelim and others later in London, but I dont know that I will be totally forgiven if I toddle off now, they have been patient all weekend with me! If I dont make it guys, have a great time!!!

Julie x

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Steve Newton - Jul 22, 2007 7:54 am (#790 of 2984)

Welcome back Tom.

My friendly local UPS guy showed up at 8:53 am. Wow, great service!

My son and I started reading immediately. Alas, my wife carted us off to a party at 1. I read for a great deal of it. My son informed me that it was his least favorite of the books. We got home shortly after 9 and I read until done at 4:30ish. My son claimed to be giving up at 3 or so but when I went by his room when I was done the light was still on. About 6:30 he announced that he was done. It is no longer his least favorite but he wasn't awake any longer to tell me more. I wasn't really awake, either.

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Julie Aronson - Jul 22, 2007 9:04 am (#791 of 2984)

I read it in about 8 hrs yesterday, and wanted to think about it before commenting. LOVED IT!!! I agree with Jo that it just might be the best of the series. Depending on how much I get done for school this week, I might try to work in a reread. Wow. Just wow. Excellent.

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 22, 2007 12:26 pm (#792 of 2984)

Yay!! I would throw in a WOW as well. I'll probably craft some grander, longer-winded opinion for the thread later, but I'm pretty blown away.

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Solitaire - Jul 22, 2007 2:10 pm (#793 of 2984)

Harry may have brought us together, but we choose to stay here! - you are all the best.

I agree, Julie. It may have been Harry who brought me here, but it is the people who keep me returning each day.

To keep from saying too much about the book, I'll just say ... What a ride! It was rather like being on an 8 hour rollercoaster ride. A couple of times, I felt like my head was going to explode. Still, I can't wait to get started on the reread! LOL

Solitaire

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painting sheila - Jul 22, 2007 4:29 pm (#794 of 2984)

Perfect!

That's all I can say!!

I wish I had read it slower but I couldn't put it down. . . . .off to start again-

She

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Choices - Jul 22, 2007 5:44 pm (#795 of 2984)

I am still reading - I did about 400 pages yesterday and I hope to finish tonight or tomorrow. I am just blown away by this book. I didn't think JKR could possibly pull any more amazing tricks out of her hat, but she sure did. I am not rushing through - I'm hi-lighting and underlining things I want to remember as i go. I have gone through about a half a box of kleenex - It's just wonderful. I love it!

Love and (((hugs))) to all.

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Holly T. - Jul 22, 2007 5:51 pm (#796 of 2984)

I think it's the best of the series. I read it again, started last night and finished today. Cried even more the second time. Daughter is reading it now but I just made her stop since she needs to pack. I know, she just got home today and is leaving again tomorrow. She's taking the book with her!

My son took the book to church and read during church. The pastor saw him and just laughed. He doesn't mind.

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Solitaire - Jul 22, 2007 5:52 pm (#797 of 2984)

I have gone through about a half a box of Kleenex . . .

I know what you mean, Choices. I had quite a pile of soggy ones on the table beside me, too.

Sheila, were you the one I was telling about the teachers in NC? My friend said the town they mentioned was Chadburn. She remarked on it, because she had a blanket that had been made in a factory there. I know they said they were not too far from Wilmington ... and I always thought that was in DE (Delaware, not Death Eaters).

Solitaire

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Denise P. - Jul 22, 2007 5:56 pm (#798 of 2984)

I made all copies of the various HP books stay in the van during church. Three kids were reading them on the way there though.

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TomProffitt - Jul 22, 2007 6:12 pm (#799 of 2984)

Soli, there's a Wilmington NC as well as a Wilmington DE.

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Mediwitch - Jul 22, 2007 6:14 pm (#800 of 2984)

WOW! Just - WOW! It's my new favorite book and I had a blast meeting Puck and the Horntail Family. What a great weekend. I'm working on my second read, but really taking my time on this one. Wow.

Happy Birthday 11to Julie/GE's 16-year-old!


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dizzy lizzy - Jul 22, 2007 6:31 pm (#801 of 2984)

Well I'm back on the net for a little while.

My weekend away went really well. The house I rented for two nights was excellent, nice and warm and cosy. Lucy had a ball, she got to sleep with mum in her nice bedroom (on the floor though) and have Mum's total attention.

As you know I live in Australia and we are affected by the bloomsbury emabargo so DH was released at 9.01am Eastern Australian time.

I was back at the house at 10am after navigating the streets of Launceston, and buying some food.

After 1 Cherry ripe (chocolate bar) four glasses of Pepsi, two slices of toast and having to get up and let Lucy outside twice; I finished the book.

The time was 2pm so I sat and had a good cry and to wind down.... Sad

I've yet to find the time to re-read DH. I'm trying to catch up with a friend on Yahoo and they are 15 hours behind me so patience is needed.

See you all soon!!!!

Lizzy

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Viola Intonada - Jul 22, 2007 7:49 pm (#802 of 2984)

I loved it!!!!

Lol, I read on the way to church this morning. Hubby looked at me and said, "That is staying in the car during church, isn't it?" I had to reassure him it would, and it did.

It is definitely my favorite by far!

I wanted to savor it more, but couldn't put it down.

Ah well, back to real life now, it is amazing how much the house has fallen apart in two days.

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virginiaelizabeth - Jul 22, 2007 10:51 pm (#803 of 2984)

Ah well, back to real life now, it is amazing how much the house has fallen apart in two days.

HAH! You should've seen our living room! I've never seen so many plates stacked on the coffee table because we were all so into the books, that we weren't cleaning up after ourselves! It's better now though!

I also loved the book! I'm still trying to figure out how some of yall have already read it through twice! I stayed up until about 4 a.m. the first night and I just finished reading it this evening! And I put it down only for bathroom breaks and the occasional food trips! I cried only twice, but I won't say where just yet in case it could spoil someone, but I'm sure y'all know one part!

I'll probably start my re-read tonight, and take it pretty slow, I feel like I missed a lot!

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Good Evans - Jul 22, 2007 11:46 pm (#804 of 2984)

Happy 18th Daniel Radcliffe!!!!!!!!!!!!!

may all your birthdays be Harry

How appropriate to have your birthday today - who could have planned it better??????????????????????????????????????????

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Tazzygirl - Jul 23, 2007 2:39 am (#805 of 2984)

I just finished the book. And boy do I feel the emptiness of no longer looking forward to a new HP book. **sob** Finished it within 12 hours, broken up between yesterday and today. AND I managed to stay completely spoiler free!!

Can I join the group hug?

and I echo the "What a ride!" statement. What an amazing book.

~Kristina

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 23, 2007 5:50 am (#806 of 2984)

Happy 16th to GE's youngest son!

We made it home late yesterday afternoon.

I must say how really enjoyable it was to meet the super sweet Kathy and Mediwitch and her family! I also owe Mediwitch a big THANK YOU for getting to the B&N early and getting us #9 in line!! It made the waiting fun rather than anxious as to how long it would take us to get out. The B&N was very well organized, so my compliments to them.

We were out the door very quickly and yes, the news cameras were there, too! (They caught me trying to tell Olivia to shut the Table of Contents because I didn't want to see the chapter titles in advance. ) Olivia was on page 4 before we pulled out of the parking lot and I believe nearly finished the first chapter by the time we arrived back at the hotel.

The lobby was too noisy (there was a wedding group staying there) so we went to Kathy's room and read. I took Priscilla back to our room around 1:30 am - the little munchkin couldn't keep her eyes open - and returned to read. Olivia and I went back home around 4:30 am. We couldn't believe how quickly Mediwitch read! She was nearly done by then! Amazing! By they time we washed up, we were a bit awake so, Olivia and I continued to read for another hour and went to sleep by 5:30 am. I woke up around 8, hung out with Trevor and when hubby, Trevor and Priscilla left for breakfast, continued to read. Kathy came and read with us and left for home around 10:30. Later on, Mediwitch let us know she had finished the book by 8:30 that morning. Hubby left with Priscilla and Trevor to their cousins's home and Olivia and I kept reading until he came to get us for dinner around 6, which came to soon. We didn't finish until Sunday what with all of the interruptions and our not-so-fast reading - but I didn't mind either.

I agree - what a ride, what a let down that we've just read the final book in this series. I thank God I have other things to keep my mind occupied but would love to get into that group hug, so:

(((((Lexicon Members)))))

I am off to unpack, wash and pack again, as I am taking 7 children to visit a neighbor down the shore (mine + 4 of their friends). I must be nuts.

I think my next order of business will be to enjoy a thorough first reread of books 1-6 and then of course, 7.

Can anyone point me to the chapter-by-chapter discussions?

Maria

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Marè - Jul 23, 2007 6:04 am (#807 of 2984)

Chapter by chapter discussion:
http://wc6.worldcrossing.com/webx?14@702.UgvlaunYTQI@.1de17436

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Esther Rose - Jul 23, 2007 6:53 am (#808 of 2984)

I'm done! Wow! I can't stop reading it.

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I Am Used Vlad - Jul 23, 2007 10:06 am (#809 of 2984)

That was a great book. Wow!!!! I'm glad Loopy's date went well, too.

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Good Evans - Jul 23, 2007 11:04 am (#810 of 2984)

Thanks for the wishes for Matt, I shall pass them along!

Welcome to the new forummers, great to have you here, I hope you enjoy the commenting and discussions.

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Puck - Jul 23, 2007 1:36 pm (#811 of 2984)

I skipped to the end, as there were over 100 posts.

I finished reading last night, physically and emotionally drained. Now, I need to catch up on all I ignored around the house.

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Choices - Jul 23, 2007 5:48 pm (#812 of 2984)

My ex sings in the choir at our church and he said he was going to ask the preacher (as a joke) to skip the sermon and read Deathly Hallows to the congregation. (He and the preacher are good friends.)

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boop - Jul 23, 2007 5:55 pm (#813 of 2984)

Hi Everyone!

I really liked the book. There was lots of action.

Went into Hot Topic and got a shirt today.

I am enjoying my vacation.

Welcome new forum members and Welcome back forum members who haven't been around for a while.

Hugs always

boop

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painting sheila - Jul 23, 2007 6:25 pm (#814 of 2984)

Hi everyone!!

I am still digesting everything in the book. I feel so sad at the deaths. I will admit I had none of them correct in any of my predictions.

My house is a disaster - between the mountain of costumes that I need to wash or take to the dry cleaners, the general mess made by the 5 of us living here, and the added mess by everything being ignored while we all read. . . and read. . . and read.

I am ashamed to say that hubby cheated and read the epilogue first. He didn't tell anyone what he gleaned, but it was so disappointing to see that side of him!

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Viola Intonada - Jul 23, 2007 6:40 pm (#815 of 2984)

You will be disappointed in me too, then Sheila. I had to read the Epilogue about halfway through Chapter 4. My nerves wouldn't have held out.

I'm glad to hear my house isn't the only disaster area. I spent most of today cleaning up. Reading was so much more fun.

Puck, when you started out "I skipped to the end..." at first I thought you were talking about the book.

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Puck - Jul 23, 2007 7:12 pm (#816 of 2984)

I didn't skip to the end of the book, just the thread. I put the headphones in at five to midnight at the book store, then went on a media blackout until I had finished reading. Mr. Puck -who doesn't read the books- knew the ending, because someone playing the on-line game with him came on and announced it. (Well, Harry's fate, anyway.)

I still haven't finished cleaning. I took a nap and re-read a few favorite sections instead.

LOL, Choices, that would have been a fun service!

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Denise P. - Jul 23, 2007 7:14 pm (#817 of 2984)

It is no secret that I read the ending first

Millicent has finished SS and started CoS today. Devin is almost done with SS so I better find my second copy of CoS soon!

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painting sheila - Jul 23, 2007 8:39 pm (#818 of 2984)

HA! HA! How can you all do that? I couldn't read the end - then the middle wouldn't be as fun!!

I bet you all open Christmas/Hanukah presents before you're supposed to, too!

I have cleaned and cleaned. I think I will sit down and start reading it again. No guilt since I have worked hard for the last couple of hours.

Did you all listen to the broadcast of Jo reading the first chapter?>

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Jenniffler - Jul 23, 2007 9:26 pm (#819 of 2984)

Sheila, boy did I ever listen. I thought it was good on the page. Jo put a lot of depth to it.

I sent Niffler Daughter to my parents on Sunday. Niffler Daughter took OOTP with her. Dad doesn't know what Quidditch is. Mom, an avid reader won't read the books. But all my siblings are hooked.

Little Jo didn't understand why Mommy cried so much Saturday. I started my DH re-read, convinced I need the audio version.(Especially after the Jo read I watched on Mugglenet.)

Edited For Spoilerishness (one word)

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Chemyst - Jul 24, 2007 4:50 am (#820 of 2984)

I will be glad when we leave spoiler-mode and get the avatars back. All you guys are starting to look alike!   I never realized how much they help keep who-said-what separate.

Oddly enough, even though I completed the book, in many ways I feel like I haven't "finished" it yet. It's tricky to put into words but, it is a feeling similar to an awareness that I haven't really conquered DH yet; the story hasn't really fixed itself in my mind and some of the events are floating, as if there are dots yet to connect.

Meanwhile the muggle world goes on. The flooding along the Thames must be really bad since they are covering it even on our local news. **drying charms**

Until this morning, I hadn't listened to or sought out news reports for the past few days. It was nice. I think I ought to employ a "minimalist" attitude to news in the future too.

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Solitaire - Jul 24, 2007 7:13 am (#821 of 2984)

I miss the avatars, too, Chemyst. It seems kind of dreary without them ... sort of like we are all "in uniform"! LOL I know, too, what you mean about the book. I keep going back and rereading parts of it. I guess I need a reread.

I saw the crawler on the bottom of the news last night ... about what is happening with the Thames. I've been kind of skimpy with my news-watching the last two weeks, with the conference, followed by reading on the weekend. Last night, however, everything I heard made me mad or sad. I do not believe in being an ostrich, but sheesh! It was not only depressing, it was downright scary at times.

I can't figure if people are scarce and posts few (compared to the daily number of posts we'd been having) on this thread because most are still reading, afraid of posting a spoiler, or posting only on the spoiler threads. I miss our big, chatty "family" ... and our avatars!

Solitaire

Edit: They're back! When I hit the "post message" button, my avatar magically appeared!

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Mediwitch - Jul 24, 2007 7:22 am (#822 of 2984)

Hi Soli! There's lots of posting going on over on the SPOILER threads. I think that's why it's so quiet here!

*sigh* I'm glad I got through the book once. My second read is going much more slowly, and it's about to get slower. My grandmother (the walking miracle, who should have died of a heart attack but didn't) is going to come spend a few days with us. Both my mother and my aunt have had it. She's physically doing well, but has a way of setting the two of them at each other. My theory is because this gets them off her back! I think it's best to give them all a break for a few days. I'll pop back in when I can!

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Thom Matheson - Jul 24, 2007 7:54 am (#823 of 2984)

For those that want Jo is being interviewed on the Today show on Thur and Fri and redone on Sunday Morning.

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 24, 2007 8:01 am (#824 of 2984)

Yay!!! The return of avatars

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 24, 2007 8:12 am (#825 of 2984)

I feel like I ate a 7 course meal which I ate too quickly. I need to digest, re-taste!

(((((Hugs))))) ((()))

It's me Mare, great to see/read you again! The idea of apparating to a giant forum gathering is very appealing. Lauren

Yes, I have been wishing for something like that since I started reading.

My book store had a huge party in the back lot for those who reserved their copies. By the time I decided to do an actual party and not just get the book at Stop and Shop, they had stopped taking orders so I had to sit in line at the front of the store. The line coiled so far back I could not see the end.

The owner suggested that my 4 kids under  age 11, not miss the party. She assigned one of her staff to stay with my kids at the party while I was in line in front on the main street.

Big SUV’s full of kids drove up and down the road…, screaming loudly…, no not what you might think. They shouted Harry Rocks!, Potter for President!!!. Waaaoooo! No attempts at spoiling anyone’s fun.

Meanwhile a stranger who said she had not read the books started a conversation and was asking about the books, (she just wanted a part of the fun)” and volunteered to stay with my kids. I left the lines and checked the kids at the party. It was PACKED and sweltering. My kids were fine. I left my children in the care of complete strangers, but everything was fine!

We bought 3 copies, one for us and 2 for a friend. Well my kids wouldn't hand over the books. I had to threaten to stun them to get them to sleep. This was well after 1:00 am. I wound up having to buy a 4th book yesterday. For my second read I will read it aloud for Baby B and Baby C. I told my son I would pay him .10¢ a page to read it to Baby A, although she is already past page 300 on her own.

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Viola Intonada - Jul 24, 2007 8:18 am (#826 of 2984)

I'm having a very difficult time not spoiling the book for those around me. My mouth gets ahead of my brain sometimes. But no one has told me to be quiet yet either. I will start reading it to my kids soon.

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Ydnam96 - Jul 24, 2007 8:31 am (#827 of 2984)

I was so proud of myself. I did not skip to the end of the book. I was sorely tempted let me tell you...and it's the only book I think I haven't done that.

I did my first read and then (silly me) loaned the book to a friend. He and his wife only bought one copy (silly them) and she went to China yesterday for two weeks and took the book with her. I am hoping he finishes quickly. I want it back to do my re-read.

You know, I haven't watched TV (with two exceptions: I watched Wheel of Fortune last night and an episode of Traveller online over the weekend) in over a week and it has been wonderful. It's a double edged sword for me. I really like knowing what's going on in the world...but honestly the rest of the news is so depressing and draining and the commercials are so overstimulating and make me want to spend money I don't have. I think all in all the TV might not be good for me (coming from a person who always has it on in the background...I live alone so I like the "company" I think I'm going to start using iTunes instead).

Well, I'm off to work.

TTFN

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The giant squid - Jul 24, 2007 9:03 am (#828 of 2984)

At last! Mrs. Squid finally finished the book last night, so I can finally talk to someone out loud about it. I'd been waiting & waiting for her reactions to the last couple chapters.

It's been kind of nice having so few posts to deal with each day lately, but I know that's all going to change soon. I'm heading out of town tomorrow & not getting back until Sunday, and I'm sure there'll be thousands of new posts waiting for me.

--Mike

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Denise P. - Jul 24, 2007 9:54 am (#829 of 2984)

One camp down, we just got information on the upcoming Twilight Camp. We are now going in to SWAP making mode. I found several great sources on the web and a fantastic seller on eBay that sells entire kits. Since the camp is Firefly, Millicent is making My Pet Dragonfly (we are changing it to Firefly) swaps and then some bedroll swaps. It should be fun. I think we are going to do about 25 of each. Whee.

I need to come up with a notebook of all the cool swaps that we have done since I never think to keep one. We did some foam xylephones that were cute, we just did some cherry pies for the National Sing Along.

The Forum seems kinda slow, is everyone reading (again and again and again)??

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Catherine - Jul 24, 2007 9:56 am (#830 of 2984)

The Forum seems kinda slow, is everyone reading (again and again and again)?? –Denise

Indeed, Denise. Indeed.

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 24, 2007 10:12 am (#831 of 2984)

I wonder if anyone has seen Gina around since the book came out?

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Marie E. - Jul 24, 2007 10:38 am (#832 of 2984)

Hello from Virginia! There were so many people at our Borders party! The lines for all the children's activities were so long we made my friend's son just pick one. He chose a balloon hat and we were in line for almost half an hour for it. I got lots of pictures of the other people's costumes. There were three other Professor Umbridge's and one lady just nailed it. She was a finalist in the costume contest. I had sent Mr. E to get my bracelet. I told him that they open at 10am so he better get there at 9am. He got there at 11:20 and I was in the fourth group. While I was in line I called him just to say "Bad husband, baaaaad husband". I got my book at 12:35am, got home at 1:00am, and read the first chapter out loud to my friend and her two sons. They went to bed and I went to my room and read until 3am. Mr. E was still up doing laundry and he snuck upstairs and read the epilogue from my friend's book! He tormented all day Saturday "do you want to know who dies?". Aargh! My reading time was broken up with changing planes and so on, but when we landed in Raleigh I had two chapters to go. I read one chapter while Mr. E got a rental car and the last chapter while we ate in McDonald's. Just everyone else I was emotionally drained and fell asleep in the car.

I haven't reread it yet, but Shayla wants me to read it to her. We read chapter one last night.

You wouldn't believe all the copies of DH I saw in the airports. Lots of people asked me about the book when they saw me reading it. Two ladies asked me how it was but also added "don't tell me anything about it, my copy is waiting for me at home".

Sigh, off to the DH discussions...

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mollis - Jul 24, 2007 10:56 am (#833 of 2984)

Hello all!!! It is good to be back here and see so many familiar "faces." It has been a very long time since I posted anything, although I have checked in every once in awhile to see if there were any good theories being discussed. I was so scared of spoilers for this book, I stayed away from everything. But now that I'm almost finished with my 2nd read, I think I can finally start processing it enough to discuss it intelligently.

Anyway, just thought I'd pop in and actually say "Hi" to all of you in the chat thread.

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Puck - Jul 24, 2007 10:57 am (#834 of 2984)

I think the B&N we went to did a good job. The main activity was a trivia scavenger hunt, which lots of people could do at once, plus it had us moving around and not clumped in one spot. Thanks to Mediwitch (waves) who got there early and picked up wrist bands, we got out of the store shortly after midnight. Olivia (HH13) had her nose in the book as we left the building, and read the whole ride back to the hotel. We all stayed up reading until 5am. I felt bad for Mediwitch, as she was reading faster then us, and kept gasp and laughing, but couldn't talk about it. As the slowest reader, I got to comment about this right when I read them.

Off to check the DH threads, then to work on that quilt I still haven't completed.

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Chemyst - Jul 24, 2007 11:04 am (#835 of 2984)

I wonder if anyone has seen Gina around since the book came out? – Loopy

No, I haven't. But she does list an email on her profile page so I went to try and find a suitable sympathy e-card to send. Most of them are far too, um, cheery.   ...shocking, isn't it?

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Prefect Marcus - Jul 24, 2007 11:43 am (#836 of 2984)

Hi guys,

How are you all doing?

News in my life:

My last son was married last Saturday -- right in the middle of DH chaos. So as a result, I could not finish the book until Sunday evening.

Oh, it was good to read it. It felt like the old Rowling. What a page turner! And I had to be the father of the groom at the wedding.

I have now four grand children. I'll pass Boop yet. Denise, what is your latest tally of descendents?

I lost my job a couple of months ago. Bummer. On the upside, they gave me five weeks severence, and I got a new job at higher wages just a week later. So I came out way ahead.

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kaykay1970 - Jul 24, 2007 11:52 am (#837 of 2984)

Congratulations to your son Prefect Marcus!

My kids had a great time at our release party. Littlest Guy wasn't used to all the attention his costume brought from strangers. One man pointed and screamed "It's a house elf!" Poor baby threw himself on the floor and started crying! He did love the live owl in the store and wanted to keep going back to visit him!

16 year old has finished the book and 17 year old is almost there! It is nice to have someone to talk about it in person!

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Esther Rose - Jul 24, 2007 11:58 am (#838 of 2984)

Congrats Marcus!!

How adorable Kaykay. **hmmm... perhaps he was doing his version of Kreatcher circa HBP.**

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Denise P. - Jul 24, 2007 12:07 pm (#839 of 2984)

Until my older ones get married and start having babies, the number of small ones in the family remains just the original baseball team.

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Marie E. - Jul 24, 2007 12:44 pm (#840 of 2984)

There was a little two year old at Borders dressed as a house elf, complete with pillowcase. So adorable!

I just went into the living room to ask Mr. E a question and he's reading DH! He hasn't read any of the other books. Another convert! Muwhahahahah!

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Prefect Marcus - Jul 24, 2007 1:13 pm (#841 of 2984)
Edited Jul 24, 2007 1:52 pm

Thanks Denise, I knew you had eight for sure. I thought I remembered number nine coming along but wasn't sure. I've been out of the loop far too long.

We had a Dobby at our Barnes & Noble as well. He won 2nd prize in the costume contest.

We had a wide variety of costumes, from a Pettigrew complete with silver hand to an Umbridge decked out in fussy pink. My favorite was a young woman dressed up as a phoenix. It was very eye-catching with brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows.

EDIT: for grammar rules

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Denise P. - Jul 24, 2007 1:46 pm (#842 of 2984)

Marcus, the final edition arrived about a month after HBP was released Hmm, we also had one arrive about a month before OoP. Interesting!

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 24, 2007 2:11 pm (#843 of 2984)

Prefect Marcus!!! As I live and breathe!! Me old cohort! I don't think it would really be a spoiler to say that it appears that various of our respective theories have been laid to rest in one way or another for once and all. Too bad you got so busy with life over the past couple years. It was fun to team up with you (or against you at times) and argue with Lupin is Lupin, Catherine and others. I believe Denise had to threaten us all with "time out" here and there and it's odd how those days seem to be "over" now in the wake of DH. "Old Rowling" indeed. Whatever damage Book 6 did to my enthusiasm (and it was considerable; sorry HBP fans), I've completely healed. Congrats on various weddings, births and careers!

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Prefect Marcus - Jul 24, 2007 2:26 pm (#844 of 2984)

Yes, Loopy, it is good to be back. HBP just soured me on the whole series for a while. It remains the only book in the canon I haven't reread at all.

But this last book is right up there with POA and GOF, IMO. I've already begun re-reading it carefully. Oh, it is great to have the old feeling once again.

With this under my belt, I think I will be able to tackle the HBP re-read now.

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Denise P. - Jul 24, 2007 2:56 pm (#845 of 2984)

Marcus, you are not alone in that feeling after HBP. I can't reread HBP despite numerous attempts. I may be able to now but it remains the weakest link in the series to me. Just a whole lotta filler and wasted space IMO

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 24, 2007 3:02 pm (#846 of 2984)

I think I'm going to have to re-read DH a few more times before I tackle re-reading HBP. Perhaps I will have a different perspective, but frankly the only reason I'm thinking about it is because I sense it might make some aspects of DH a little more clear. Like Marcus, my first re-read of DH is going slowly and carefully. Not all of us can pull 4 reads out of a weekend. ***looks in Catherine's direction for no real reason***

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2BMcsmom - Jul 24, 2007 3:05 pm (#847 of 2984)

We went to the closest 24 hour Wal-Mart to us. We got there at 11:30 thinking that they would do this release like the others. Not so. Luckily I had a friend 2nd in line that got bracelets for us. There were close to 500 people in line. We were able to get bracelets with all four house names.

There was a girl in line behind us that said " I do not know what I am going to do now that the last book is here. I do not have anything else to live for." I wanted to ask her about her family, friends, school, but I was good.

We had our books and ware at the herald office by 12:15. We got to read the first 3 chapters before the newspapers were ready. Things were going good, we were ahead of schedule by an hour. But I had forgot the mail bag at the herald and had to go back. We finished the route and got home later than usual.

It was after 6am before I got to start reading again. My hubby picked up the other copy at the house. He read the last chapter, read the first chapter, then went to the middle of the book and started reading to the end. He would then ask if I knew so and so. I ended up shutting myself up in youngest son's room to read the rest of day. I finished the book around 11pm.

My hubby now has my copy and is reading the first half of the book. I am trying to wait patiently for him to finish so I can do my reread. I will not have to read this one out loud to him, but I always enjoyed reading them to him.

I really enjoyed this book. It is a definite emotional roller coaster. It has not hit me yet about it being the last book.

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Catherine - Jul 24, 2007 3:10 pm (#848 of 2984)

Not all of us can pull 4 reads out of a weekend. ***looks in Catherine's direction for no real reason*** --Loopy Lupin

Aww, shucks.

But how else did I get to be a Quote Queen?

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Esther Rose - Jul 24, 2007 3:13 pm (#849 of 2984)

This book is like watching the Godfather movie for me. No matter where I start in the book I feel like I have to read it to the end.

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Prefect Marcus - Jul 24, 2007 3:21 pm (#850 of 2984)

I managed to avoid all spoilers. I didn't even read the chapter headings in the table of contents. And I avoided all Harry Potter sites.

Luckily the only other person in close proximity to me was my youngest daughter, who will be 20 next month. She would rather drink bubotuber pus raw than give away the slightest spoiler.

She is her father's child. :-D
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The giant squid - Jul 24, 2007 3:50 pm (#851 of 2984)

As soon as I heard JKR say that books 6 & 7 were two parts of a whole, I reserved my feelings toward HBP until I'd read DH. Having done that, I think I can appreciate HBP more, though I'll have to read them back-to-back to be sure.

Marie -  Mr. E. is reading DH!!? Will wonders never cease. Next you'll be telling me that She Who Has Not Read The Books has delved into the series...

Welcome back, Marcus. Really, welcome back to all the wayward forumers I've seen apparating in from nowhere these last few days. It's almost like everyone coming into the RoR for the final battle.

--Mike

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Chemyst - Jul 24, 2007 4:15 pm (#852 of 2984)

I managed to avoid all spoilers. I didn't even read the chapter headings in the table of contents – P Marcus

Goodness! Two things in a row that we agree on!
I've seen you around on the spoilers thread, but now to make it official, "Nice to see you back!"

I don't really understand the displeasure with HBP. I think of it as The Anthology Book; a series of short stories. It hasn't been a book that gets read straight through much, but each of the Pensieve stories make for a nice quick visit.

Catherine, when I was little, my mom had some cozies for iced tea glasses. They were a little like extra wide wristbands that were made to slip over the glass and doubled as a coaster and an insulator. We had a set of them in different colors, but my favorite one looked so much like what your dog is wearing in your avatar that I can't help but see it as a Dobby costume!

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Catherine - Jul 24, 2007 4:29 pm (#853 of 2984)

Goodness! Two things in a row that we agree on! --Chemyst to Prefect Marcus

** looks out of the window to see if pigs are flying **

LOL about the house elf shih-tzu, Chemyst.

My husband says that my dogs are my Horcruxes.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 24, 2007 4:52 pm (#854 of 2984)

I didn't read the table of contents either. I flipped to the back of the book to see how many pages there were, but did it so I didn't see any of the actual text.

I can't wait until everyone at work has finished the book. I'm dying to talk about it! My mom did call me yesterday at the crack of dawn to ask me everything that happened. I think she did it then because she knew I was going to be half asleep and would give in easily. She still wants to read the book, but knows pretty much everything that happened.

Hope everyone is doing well!

~Kristina

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Viola Intonada - Jul 24, 2007 7:18 pm (#855 of 2984)

FYI, Target has Harry Potter school supply stuff in the dollar section.

I stopped briefly in a quilt shop today. DH was the hot topic of conversation. I walked out with a woman who had finished reading it already and was able to bounce a few thoughts off of her. It was fun.

I read so slowly and thoroughly, that I can't imagine a reread yet. But I am trying to decided when would be a good time to read it aloud to the family.

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Jenniffler - Jul 24, 2007 7:48 pm (#856 of 2984)
Edited Jul 24, 2007 8:32 pm

Hey Guys. I forgot to tell you about the costumes I saw at the book release.

There was a very convincing teen Snape, but the best costume by far was a young guy dressed as a Golden Snitch. (Imagine a Pacman with cloth wings!) I attempted to take a picture but my camera chose that moment to run out of power. That was disappointing.

All my friends are just beginning their read with fingers in their ears yelling "Don't tell me, Don't tell me!" As if I could. Well I did slip out a spoiler to Mr. Niffler. I had to iron my hands!

By the way. I found out my bathroom linoleum floor is flame resistant! My Little Jo apparently plugged in the clothes iron and pushed it on to the floor. Mr. Niffler and I woke at 3 am to a sweet chemical smell and a charred spot by our sink. The rest of Sunday morning was spent in silent thankful prayer.

I am now a fan a dry cleaning! Forever!

Edit: Did everyone hear get a full copy? The new is reporting that about a hundred have been returned for printing errors. Wasn't someone confused about the number of pages in the Scholastic editions? I'm pretty sure I got the whole book.

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painting sheila - Jul 24, 2007 9:05 pm (#857 of 2984)

Hi everyone!

The party is over - woohoo! We had our pool's team banquet tonight with a late night swim afterwards.

The theme was Pirates and we "done it up good!" I painted a huge ship to go around the plank (diving board) and some one else made a crachen (sp?) attacking it. The tentacles were wrapped up and around the bars - so cool!We made a huge mast out of the cardboard rolls upholstery fabric comes on and leaned it against the fence around the tennis courts. We hung a sheet for the sail and had the end of the season slide show on it. Pretty cool.

But the best thing is . . . .I am DONE with stuff this summer!!I have some cleaning up to do from the show and the party - but hey - I am DONE!!!!

(can you tell I am excited? . . . to be DONE!!)

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Lina - Jul 25, 2007 12:34 am (#858 of 2984)

I am really amazed at the fast reading of some people. It is not just because English is not my original language, I couldn't read that fast in Croatian either.

I didn't miss the avatars because I wasn't around while they were off. And it wasn't because I tried to avoid spoilers but because if I came here I wouldn't have finished the book yet. I don't mind spoilers - when it comes to me. I don't think it is right to say to people what they don't want to hear, but I don't mind hearing anything. I don't think that Harry's fate is crucial here, but the way that he gained it. So I read few lines from the end of the book and came to the conclusion about his fate, but at some point I started to think that I misunderstood it. So I don't think that knowing the end can ruin the reading... I hope there is nothing spoilishy in this rumbling of mine...

Yesterday was my last day at work for the summer, so I had to finish DH to be able to talk about it with a co-worker. I went to sleep at 4 a. m. that night.

I liked it just more than a lot. It ended very much as I expected it. Thanks, Jo!

I talked to my mum about the last book and the series in general and I think she decided that she likes it. I don't think she will ever decide to read it but she agreed with my conclusions.

Welcome and welcome back to all new and returned members! ***waving*** It is so nice to see you. And I'm looking forward to many years of being with so many members here that have really entered deep in my heart. I don't feel bad about the end of the series at all, but here is my contribution to the
))))))group hug(((((((.

Happy birthdays and congratulations to all that have celebrated meanwhile!

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kaykay1970 - Jul 25, 2007 5:22 am (#859 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Lina! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Steve Newton - Jul 25, 2007 6:28 am (#860 of 2984)

Lina, how did you get your copy of DH in Croatia?

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painting sheila - Jul 25, 2007 6:56 am (#861 of 2984)

 Yeah Lina!!!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 25, 2007 8:47 am (#862 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Lina! And many more!

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Choices - Jul 25, 2007 9:17 am (#863 of 2984)

Happy Birthday to Lina and to all other birthday people. Have a great day!!!

I heard the printing error was in the form of 30 pages missing from a hundred or so books.

Welcome to all the new members of the forum.

Have a great day everyone.....Love and (((hugs))) to all.

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Holly T. - Jul 25, 2007 10:08 am (#864 of 2984)

Happy birthday Lina!

Sometimes when books are printed the big sheets of paper that go on to the press get stuck together and you end up with a signature of blank pages. Sometimes when the signatures are folded and bound together one slips out (or ends up upside down), or two of the same signature get put next to each other, etc. I can imagine that, with a print run of millions, there have to be some printing errors with some of the copies of the book. Of course, I would freak if I had one.

Welcome to new forum members!

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azi - Jul 25, 2007 10:19 am (#865 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Lina! (love Kate's artwork!)

Tazzy - amazing avatar. Did you take the picture?

Has anyone been able to get into the Book 7 section on the Bloomsbury site? It still has a padlock for me.

Went to see The Simpson's Movie today. It was meh. I've seen worse examples of cartoons made into films.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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Good Evans - Jul 25, 2007 11:48 am (#866 of 2984)

Happy birthday Lina - may all your dreams come true!!!

julie x

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I Am Used Vlad - Jul 25, 2007 12:32 pm (#867 of 2984)

Happy birthday, Lina.

Welcome back, Marcus.

Loopy, I didn't realize you were such a newbie. 2004?

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painting sheila - Jul 25, 2007 12:35 pm (#868 of 2984)

Okay - all the doctors and nurses in the house - I have had nausea every day since Saturday at about the same time 2:30-3:00. I eat lunch so I don't think it is low blood sugar. Any ideas? I just wonder if I should call and make an appointment if it is nothing to worry about. Save the money you know.

Yuck - off to sip water.  

She

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Solitaire - Jul 25, 2007 12:36 pm (#869 of 2984)

Happy Birthday, Lina!

Loopy, I didn't realize you were such a newbie. 2004? Um ... what's so newbie about 2004? I joined the Forum in 2004, and I don't feel like a newbie.

Solitaire

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I Am Used Vlad - Jul 25, 2007 12:39 pm (#870 of 2984)

Solitaire, I thought I remembered Loopy from when I joined, which was right after OoP came out. It must just be that he's such a charming fellow.

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 25, 2007 1:11 pm (#871 of 2984)

Loopy, I didn't realize you were such a newbie. 2004? – Vlad

I suppose I just made such a huge splash that I was hard to forget!!

I was searching for my Forumversary because I was trying to piece information together in my own mind about some things in my past. I thought I had gotten hooked on the books during the holidays in 2002. But, the more I was thinking about it, the more I was certain that I'd read the books long before I saw Chamber of Secrets in the theater, which came out in November 2002. Then, thinking further, I believe I'd read them before I had even seen Sorcerer's Stone with my niece and nephews in 2001. So, my "addiction" goes back to late fall/early winter of 2001 I think. (This would explain why I went to see Chambers in the movie theater on the day it was released and before I took my niece and nephews because I was thoroughly addicted by that time.) Then when OoP came out in 2003, I began searching the net for all things Potter and eventually happened upon the Forum. I read for a while and finally started posting in 2004. I had planned on attending the first "Gathering" in June 2004 when POA came out in the theaters, but, alas, it was not to be.

So, there you have it. 3 1/2 years! I was just feeling a little nostalgic I guess and wistful that there will be no more insufferable waiting for the next book.

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Catherine - Jul 25, 2007 1:28 pm (#872 of 2984)

So, there you have it. 3 1/2 years! I was just feeling a little nostalgic I guess and wistful that there will be no more insufferable waiting for the next book.--Loopy Lupin

But some of us can still be insufferable know-it-alls.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 25, 2007 1:29 pm (#873 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Lina!!! Hope you had a great day!

Azi- I did take the picture. I try to walk in the evenings right when the sun sets, so I can see the sunset. I thought that night was pretty cool, so I took the picture with my phone. Thanks!

I haven't started the second re-read of my book yet. I was letting everything sink in, and am now starting to get that itch that I need to re-read the book.

One more day of work tomorrow, and I will finally have a day off! w00t!

Hope you feel better soon, Sheila! I don't know what it could be. Sorry!

~Kristina

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Denise P. - Jul 25, 2007 2:17 pm (#874 of 2984)

Here is an updated picture of Erroll and Hermes (could be Hermione or Hedwig..we can't tell yet) If you recall, Erroll was found one evening in April 2006. Obviously, he is doing well. We got Hermes in May to give him some company. Hermes is the blue/white bird with yellow head. Erroll is the typical green/yellow parakeet color. We know he is a boy.

Let's see, I joined the forum in October 2002...a loooong time ago.

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Lina - Jul 25, 2007 2:50 pm (#875 of 2984)

Thank you all for the birthday wishes. I did indeed have a wonderful day. But tomorrow I have to get up very early because we are going for a vacation.

Lina, how did you get your copy of DH in Croatia? -- Steve Newton

LOL, do the words "book shop" and "import" make enough sense to you? I think that it was possible to get the book on the release day and time ever since OotP, just as HP became popular enough that it was possible to organize a happening. At least, I haven't noticed English editions until OotP. This time I saw French and German versions of HP in the book store, so maybe there are some other languages as well. I'll have to check.

Nausea, always at the same time... that just makes me think of pregnancy... I hope you'll feel better soon, Sheila. Healing charms!

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Chemyst - Jul 25, 2007 3:09 pm (#876 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Lina!

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painting sheila - Jul 25, 2007 3:10 pm (#877 of 2984)

I KNOW I am not pregnant. I called the doctor and we started going over what I had eaten lately. We think it might be bad honey. I have had peanut butter and honey sandwiches lately trying to eat something running from here to there that wasn't fried, or packed with sugar (candy). So, I am going to stop eating pb and h's for a couple of days and see if it gets better. The doc said the peanut butter and honey may be spiking my blood sugar also. It last for about two hours - so who knows?

Denise P - I love Erroll and Hermes. They are so pretty. Do they bite?

Oldest Daughter has a double date tonight. She is going with two friends for whom this is their first date. She is looking forward to it - Franky's Fun Palace - who wouldn't be looking forward to that?! We are all in a tither trying to find something to wear. I remember those days.

Not much else going on. I plan on going to bed early tonight. This means some time before 1:00am.

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Denise P. - Jul 25, 2007 3:17 pm (#878 of 2984)

Erroll will sit on my finger or shoulder but still tends to nip when I get him out. Hermes is a biter and doesn't like to come out. While they bite, it is not too hard. They actually bite harder than the cockatiels do though. They don't bite hard enough to draw blood, they just sting a bit.

My kids love PB & H sandwiches. Mr. Denise likes to add some banana to it as well but I only like bananas that are just short of being too green to eat.

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Prefect Marcus - Jul 25, 2007 4:39 pm (#879 of 2984)

I was one of the original members here along side of Denise and Kip. By original, I mean we joined within hours the very first forum that Lexicon Steve set up. As I recall, it went through one or two iterations before settling here at World Crossing.

Are there any other originals left?

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Denise P. - Jul 25, 2007 4:46 pm (#880 of 2984)

We were at Bravenet for a short period of time and I seem to remember another place prior to Bravenet but have never remembered for sure what it was.

Gina has been here since about the beginning, Mare, Marie E...I know there are more if I sat and thought about it.

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dizzy lizzy - Jul 25, 2007 5:20 pm (#881 of 2984)

I have talked to Gina on Yahoo.... We had a bit of a chat about DH and her reactions to it. (which by the way, was perfectly clear by the "tag" she had next to her name.... I hope this is not too spoilerish??) She did say she hasn't gone onto any sites/forums yet.

I can be counted amongst those who are perfectly willing to re-read HBP in light of DH.

My friend's daughter, Miss C, and I had a good chat yesterday about the themes on DH and how they can be related to real life. This is especially important given that her father has two incurable kidney diseases and has recently had to come to terms with his own mortality and how that affects my friend and her children.

Today is a lovely warm damp day. Very warm for the middle of a Tasmanian winter!!!!

Happy Birthday Lina

Progress has been made on the phone line. It will cost AUD$2700 to install and correct all the cabling mess in order to install my line to the correct specifications. The electrician will start next week.

((Hugs)) to everyone

Lizzy

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Choices - Jul 25, 2007 5:26 pm (#882 of 2984)

Denise, I am going to bet a galleon that Hermes is going to turn out to be Hermione. Females usually start out with the band over their beak (where their nostrils are - think it's called the "cere"?) a whitish color and it gradually turns more brown as they mature. Males will be a bluish color.

Feel better charms to Sheila. (((hugs)))

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Solitaire - Jul 25, 2007 5:35 pm (#883 of 2984)

But some of us can still be insufferable know-it-alls. LOL Catherine! **sigh** Choices, choices ...

Sheila, for what it's worth ... I eat breakfast around 6:30-7 a.m. most school mornings, and by 10:30 a.m. (sometimes earlier) I am starting to get that light-headed, sometimes-nauseous feeling. If I check my blood sugar, it is usually in the low 70s. Interestingly, if I DO NOT eat anything and wait it out (not advisable, but it has happened), the nausea usually subsides. Oddly, when I check my blood sugar after 30 minutes to an hour, it will often be over 125 ... even when I haven't eaten a bite!!! Go figure! I have this problem less frequently in the afternoon than in the morning. It probably wouldn't hurt to be checked, although unless you check your blood sugar right then, you probably wouldn't know if that's what it is.

About the peanut butter & honey ... we are told to eat a fat/protein like peanut butter with sweeter things like bananas, but I'm diabetic, too. Whatever the problem, I hope you are feeling better soon!

Ugh! Right now, I am dealing with "standing water" in my back yard. I am trying to get to my back-fence neighbor, because I think it has something to do with the swampy looking thing she has against our common fence. It's standing in at least 2 inches of water, and I believe it is seeping through to my yard (which is now starting to smell icky). Just what I need ... a place to breed mosquitoes. If it is still there tomorrow, I am going to have to call the health department or some such place to help me drain it. I miss my dad ... he'd know how to get rid of the mess. Any suggestions ???

Okay, I'm off to check the DH threads!

Solitaire

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Choices - Jul 25, 2007 5:38 pm (#884 of 2984)

Soli - Check with Flitwick.....wasn't he the one who finally got rid of Fred and George's swamp? Just kidding - good luck with this problem.

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Denise P. - Jul 25, 2007 5:45 pm (#885 of 2984)

Choices, that is why we are undecided on Hermes gender. I think it is starting to turn blue, closer to the beak but it just started that and you can't see it in the picture. Hermes is only maybe 4 months old and still barred on his head so we may have to wait a few more months to be sure on gender. Erroll is clearly blue on his cere.

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Elanor - Jul 25, 2007 5:58 pm (#886 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Lina!!! Have a wonderful day!

Nick and Audrey

Edit: Isn't it? (answering Soli's post underneath)

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Solitaire - Jul 25, 2007 6:02 pm (#887 of 2984)

LOL Choices! If only I could!

Audrey, it's surprising--but nice--to see you at this time of day.

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mollis - Jul 25, 2007 6:31 pm (#888 of 2984)

Solitaire- I'm pretty sure that you need to have completely stagnant water for at least a week to 10 days before mosquitos can breed. So hopefully your swamp will dry up by then!

Okay, so all the talk about when people joined the forum made me curious. I was able to find my first post in August 2003! I can't believe that it has been so long! I just wish I hadn't disappeared for so long. Alas, work.

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Viola Intonada - Jul 25, 2007 7:14 pm (#889 of 2984)

Happy birthday, Lina!

I have been here since the release of OotP. I can't believe it has been so long. I posted the most for the month we were on the Easy Boards, but have been a mostly faithful member of St. Mungo's (life interrupts sometimes).

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geauxtigers - Jul 25, 2007 9:25 pm (#890 of 2984)

Yall have gotten me trying to find my first post and I know it was around November/December of 05' but I can't find it! How are yall searching for your names?

Happy Birthday to Lina!

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Solitaire - Jul 25, 2007 10:20 pm (#891 of 2984)

Mollis, the craziest thing happened! I went around the corner about 8:15 p.m. to the house in question and knocked on the door. A lady opened it, and I introduced myself ... and she said, "I know you!" Well, she looked vaguely familiar, so I asked if she was a former student. Turns out she used to do my pedicures many years ago, before she stopped to have a baby!

The important part: Their back yard has had sprinkler problems and was flooded in the area where I'm having the trouble. Her husband turned off the sprinkling system, so we will see what happens in a day or so. Hopefully, it will be okay. I am pleased, though, to have met my new neighbor ... finally! They are just there temporarily, though, as they are moving to the central coast in a month.

Solitaire

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Caput Draconis - Jul 25, 2007 10:58 pm (#892 of 2984)

LOL, I've been thinking since I finished the DH/HP journey that I should figure out how long I've been a fan. I read the books for the first time as CoS was arriving at the cinema, so November 2002. The forum is easier, I joined Christmas Day 2002.

Sigh. Nostalgia.

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Marie E. - Jul 26, 2007 7:29 am (#893 of 2984)

I remember seeing a notice on the Lexicon about a forum starting up. I checked it out on Oct. 2, 2002 and first posted on Oct. 4, 2002. Back then Shayla was just starting kindergarten and Lexi was just three and a half years old. I often had pictures of Lexi as my avatars or else fairy pictures. I used to amuse the chatroom with stories of my girls sprinkling shredded cheese on the living room carpet to keep away bad guys (I know, what?).

My mother-in-law has a three month old kitten named Annie that the girls are in love with. She's a tortoise shell calico and very petite and sweet. Our whole argument for not getting another cat after Samantha passed away was that I am allergic to cats, but we have rabbits which are supposed to trigger my allergies too.

We are taking the girls to see Ratatouille today and then going out to eat with a former Lexicon forum member who lives near here. I hope my children can hold off their insanity long enough for one meal.

Happy Belated Birthday, Lina!

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 26, 2007 8:04 am (#894 of 2984)

Happy birthday Lina.

Marie, remember all the nights in chat theorizing about Harry, talking about our kids, and comparing their antics reciting "Goodnight, Moon" or "Madeline" at each other? ahh the good old days!

Back then I was still used my name Maritza, not Mrs. Sirius

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Madam Pince - Jul 26, 2007 8:12 am (#895 of 2984)

***waves***

I haven't been around this Chat thread for about two weeks and I'm 500+ posts behind, so I had to skip ahead for now anyway -- I was busy being at my Mom's and then since coming back just reading The Book and posting on the DH threads with all the thoughts bursting my brain...

Anyway, I have to run away yet again -- back to my Mom's for a family reunion and then to take her to the hospital Monday morning for a heart catheterization (check out if she has any blockages and then hopefully clear them while they're at it.) She has had three of these procedures done already in the last dozen or so years; different blockages keep coming up. They've all gone remarkably well in the past. For some reason though, (no "real" reason, just a vague gut feeling) I don't feel as good about going into this one as I always have in the past. So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but I thought it'd be worth it to ask you guys to keep us in your thoughts for Monday... thanks so much!

Congratulations, good lucks, get-wells, and other general good wishes for all Forum members' special events I've missed over the last couple weeks! Hope to see everyone next week -- if all goes well, I'll bring Mom back home here with me Tuesday or Wednesday. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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2BMcsmom - Jul 26, 2007 8:27 am (#896 of 2984)

Happy Belated Birthday Lina!

Prayers for you and your mother Madam Pince.

May you feel better soon Sheila

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Holly T. - Jul 26, 2007 9:49 am (#897 of 2984)

Prayers for your mom, Madam Pince!

Sheila, you didnt get any of that bad peanut butter, did you? Wasn't it all supposed to be off the shelves?

My son is all the way up to Chapter 17 of DH! He has been reading since Saturday. He has already added up the number of chapters he has left and knows that he will be done before school starts. He can't wait to tell his reading teacher that he read the whole book by himself. :-)

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 26, 2007 9:52 am (#898 of 2984)

Sheila, you didnt get any of that bad peanut butter, did you? Wasn't it all supposed to be off the shelves?

What is on or off the shelves makes not a whole bunch of difference, what was in your pantry before the recall will...

...toddles off elsewhere...

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Thom Matheson - Jul 26, 2007 10:11 am (#899 of 2984)

Now I have to think about when I started. It was just a couple of months before the crash and we went to a temp. server I think. When was that? 03, or 04?

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Puck - Jul 26, 2007 10:34 am (#900 of 2984)

Lina, sorry I missed your birthday. Hope it was a happy one.

Prayers to Madame Pince's Mom.

I started here in spring of 2005, before HBP came out. I started reading the books in January of 2001, I believe. I know it was just after Christmas, I had only 1 child, and the movies hadn't been out yet.
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Mediwitch - Jul 26, 2007 11:37 am (#901 of 2984)

Happy Birthday 11to Lina!

*sends Felix Felicis and Healing Charms to Madam Pince's mother*

I lurked off and on for a long time before I joined - I started reading the books right after GoF came out, and in that interminably long wait for OoP started cruising the 'net for all things Potter. I can't remember my first post, but it was probably between OoP and HBP.

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Denise P. - Jul 26, 2007 11:54 am (#902 of 2984)

Thom, I think that was 03, right before OOP came out. World Crossing was having server issues and we used two different EZBoards for a short period of time.

I got to speak to Marie E on the phone today! We are hoping we can get together while she is here in the same state. She is staying about 4 hours from here so we are trying to find a central spot to hook up and say hello. I had spoken to Marie before, when I was out in her neck of the woods. We planned to meet up but a car problem put me several hours behind schedule and our meet up time was spent in me changing out a rental car for a problem free one

I found a cool water park not even 10 minutes from our house! Even better, the price drops significantly after 5 pm so maybe next week, we will mosey over that way about 5 pm and stay for a few hours until they close.

How did you guys find us here? I found the Forum initially through AOL. I hosted a Harry Potter board there and one of the regulars told me about a place for adults to discuss HP without all the fangirl squealing. She linked me there, it was in September 2002. She never actually joined the board though. I have been with the Lexicon Forum ever since then.

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Holly T. - Jul 26, 2007 12:02 pm (#903 of 2984)

I found these boards because of one of World Crossing's glitches, where it will sometimes put an extra board on your list of forums. But I really didn't start looking around until after HBP, when I was looking for some explanations. Then I started posting a few months after that. Maybe early in 2006? But I've been reading since mid-2005. Just checked my old e-mail and I joined officially in February 2006.

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 26, 2007 12:04 pm (#904 of 2984)

But some of us can still be insufferable know-it-alls. – Catherine

Oh, nostalgia or not, I'm extremely far from done putting in my 2 Knuts here and there. I'm not exactly ready to reread HBP in light of DH, but if I find that it hampers my know-it-all-ness then I may have no other choice. Right now, I'm slowly rereading DH at bed time.

My finding the Forum was not anything exciting I'm afraid. I was googling "Harry Potter" and the Lexicon was one of the search results. I actually spent some time toodling around the Lexicon and some time reading posts on the Forum before joining. I probably went ahead and joined when I realized that the Forum was serious about not having threads discussing whether or not Dan Radcliffe is "hot."

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Good Evans - Jul 26, 2007 12:14 pm (#905 of 2984)

I dont remember when I came here - I think it was before OOTP but after GOF. I remember trying to get to grips with some of the other websites, but like Loopy says it was all "Ron is Hot!" and "I love Dan" which didnt appeal to me - being over 30!!!

Either someone made reference or I found it when surfing, either which way I rarely go to another HP site now, maybe JKR, or occasionally Leaky but that is about it. I find this forum easy to keep up with and understand, some other sites as so keen on news that you lose the "threads" so to speak.

Happy to be a potty and happy to be a lex potty!!!!

A lot of names have changed, but I remember Detail Seeker, Prefect Marcus, Denise, Catherine, Marie and the Giant Squid were all here. There are others that have left; sheltergirl, julia, sleeping beauty, oh many others, it was nice to see some of the "old names" back before the release of DH, I hope they still drop in from time to time.

Julie x

long may the site continue....

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Mediwitch - Jul 26, 2007 12:15 pm (#906 of 2984)

Like Loopy, I googled "Harry Potter" and found the Lexicon amongst the listings. I spent a long time on the Lex itself and lurking here occasionally before posting. I was drawn to this board more than the others I looked at because of the use of proper grammar and spelling and the absence of the fan-girl factor. I liked the maturity here.

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John Bumbledore - Jul 26, 2007 12:48 pm (#907 of 2984)
Edited Jul 26, 2007 1:39 pm

I found the Forum [by referral, an AOL Potter Board Regular] told me about a place for adults to discuss HP without all the fangirl squealing. — Denise P.
Well, seeing many of the post in the days before the release, I have to say so much for the phrase I emphasised above. LOL

I believe I did a search for Harry Potter web sites and found the Harry Potter Lexicon and then found the forum from there.

I first posted sometime around August 2004 I think.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Solitaire - Jul 26, 2007 12:50 pm (#908 of 2984)

Madam Pince, prayers to your mom ... and you, too!

On finding the Forum ... Back in the summer of 2004--right around my birthday--I tried to generate a HP thread on my old teacher site, but it didn't work too well ... or maybe it did. Actually, a lot of people posted on it, which annoyed some of those who were not interested. Since each new thread added at the top causes other threads at the bottom to scroll off the board (and are NOT archived) when it is full, posters who weren't interested felt we were forcing other topics to scroll off too fast. By other topics, I mean threads in which posters called each other names, insulted one another, and argued over political or religious affiliations.

Anyway, after our thread was criticized, someone recommended an HP board to me (not this one), and I began to read it. I found some of the ideas interesting, but I was really put off by the language and what I considered the inappropriate "tone" of some of the posts about various characters. It was far from family friendly. I poked around on it for a day or two ... then I came upon a post with a link that brought me to a thread here. I was immediately impressed by the respectful tone of the Forum and quality of the posts ... as well as the HUGE number of threads! I poked around as a lurker for a day or two ... and then registered. Voila! The rest is history!

I should add that I have found the Chat and Greeting Thread particularly rewarding. I've enjoyed so very much the people I've "met" here on the Forum, both online and in person. The Forum is truly a quality site, and kudos for that must go to Steve, Kip, and all of the moderators. They encourage the sense of ownership among the members, and I think this is what helps keep the Forum a cut above so many sites. ***applause*** Thanks to everyone who helps keep the Forum going strong!

Solitaire

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Prefect Marcus - Jul 26, 2007 1:02 pm (#909 of 2984)

I started out at the Unofficial Harry Potter Fan Site (now defunct). When hostess decided to add a blog, the hosting site she chose already had a 'Mark' (my real name) so I went with 'Marcus'. She asked some of us to become moderators (called Prefects), and I agreed to help.

Then she moved to a different host server. This one already had a 'Mark' and a 'Marcus', so I had to come up with another name that let all the people switching over know who I was. Since they knew me by 'Marcus' and I was a prefect, I took the name 'Prefect Marcus'. Thus the source of my username.

In the meantime, I had found the Lexicon. What a treasure trove of Harry Potter trivia! I was referring to it constantly, sending in corrections, and making one or two contributions. When Steve asked for feedback on having a forum, I was one who encouraged him to do it. So when he announced the first forum, I was right there within hours. Since 'Prefect Marcus' is a fairly unique name, I just kept it.

The forum went through several sites before finally settling here at World Crossing.

The thing I remember the most about the early days is there was very little moderating. Those of us who came to the forum through the lexicon wanted to keep the tone of the forum adult and to keep away from the teenage "Draco is so HOTTTT!!!!" posts. We also wanted to keep the flames to a bare minimum. So the regulars worked hard at encouraging the people who joined to keep the tone at polite, intelligent and mature level.

There was once a flame war developing. Things were starting to get personal. This was in the days where we had no hosts but Steve, and he was super busy. I found a little clipart picture of Thumper the Rabbit from Bambi and posted it with the caption, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all". It worked! That was the origin of getting "Thumpered". I have no idea if Denise or Kip still do it. It has proved to be quite effective here and elsewhere.

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Denise P. - Jul 26, 2007 1:43 pm (#910 of 2984)

Yes, Thumper still makes an occasional visit but for the most part, he is not needed much.

By fangirl squealing, I mean the "He is so HOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTT!" kind of thing, not the more sedate SQUEEE! that we saw in the last week.


 
If you can't say something nice... don't say nothing at all.

We still use Kipendo but again, it doesn't happen much because as a rule, everyone is well behaved and plays nicely by the rules.

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azi - Jul 26, 2007 1:54 pm (#911 of 2984)

Wow, this thread is chatty!

I joined sometime between Christmas and New Years in 2002. Also to get away from the fangirl mindset. You cannot have a decent conversation with those sorts of people.

*sigh* I'm playing on HP pictionary, but people insist on trying to ruin the game. On the plus side, I'm an op so kicking them out fast.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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Chemyst - Jul 26, 2007 2:00 pm (#912 of 2984)

Sheila, you didn't get any of that bad peanut butter, did you? Wasn't it all supposed to be off the shelves?
What is on or off the shelves makes not a whole bunch of difference, what was in your pantry before the recall will...


…and yet, the strongest case could be made for the peanut butter within oneself.  

I found the main Lexicon sometime in late winter or spring of 2003. It had been mentioned as a "You-Won't-Believe-What-They've-Done-With-Those-Books" kind of comment. For the next few months, I'd visit the Lex on weekends whenever the weather was too cruddy to be outdoors. I really tried to stay away from the forum part because I was a member on several others and knew they can be real time-hogs. Eventually I reached a point where I had just about read everything on the Lex (it was much smaller then,) and "needed" something more. But that day, I couldn't get to the Lexicon's forum. I don't know if it was a bad connection or during one of the early moves, but either way, I didn't try too hard to find it again.   – until the lull after the next Christmas holiday– and there it was again! The more I lurked here, the less interesting the others seemed, so I made the switch. It seemed like the sensible thing to do.

Health Charms to Madam Pince's mother.

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Prefect Marcus - Jul 26, 2007 2:02 pm (#913 of 2984)

Ah, it's good to see him again (Thumper). I remember having to use him about a half a dozen times or so over the years.

If I recall correctly only once did Thumper fail to work and that was against a determined troll. Since we didn't have hosts back then, we just took to ignoring him. Since he couldn't get a rise out of us anymore, he finally went elsewhere.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 26, 2007 2:15 pm (#914 of 2984)

I'll be thinking of you and your mom, Madam P!

I joined the forum right after HBP, I think. **Goes off to the Tell About Yourself Thread** Yup. I joined November 1st, 2005. I found the forum while browsing the internet. I found the Lex, and then saw the Forum link. At first I thought it was a little weird about having a forum devoted to Harry Potter. In any case, I started to check in more and more frequently with the threads, and finally got the nerve up to join. It took me a couple days more to persuade myself to post something. LOL I wish I had found the forum sooner! This is the only Forum I've been to that talks about Harry Potter (actually, the only Forum period. All the other ones kind of scare me. LOL ) I am so glad this forum is not a fangirl Forum. (incidently, is that why we have the April Fools thread of 'Norbert is HOTTTTT!'?)

Off to get ready for work. Final day of the crazy 8 days! w00t!! Then I have two days off. Yeay!!

~Kristina

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Lina - Jul 26, 2007 3:09 pm (#915 of 2984)

Madam Pince, I hope everything is going to be well with your Mum. Healing and strengthening charms. Hugs and prayers.

Thanks again for all good wishes!

I'm glad to know such a nice bunch of people. And I am surprised that some of the people that I was sure that they were old members when I joined, actually joined around the same time as me or even later. I found the Lexicon and Lex forum when it was FSA awarded.

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Choices - Jul 26, 2007 4:10 pm (#916 of 2984)

I joined the forum in the middle of September, 2003. I was on The Alan Rickman Forum (TARF) and someone there suggested I try the Lexicon Forum. I'm sure glad I did. The more mature aspect of the forum appealed to me. :-)

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Steve Newton - Jul 26, 2007 6:00 pm (#917 of 2984)

I think that I joined about 3 years ago. My premium membership expired in December and I had signed up for 2 years. Since I have told about myself in the New thread I can't search there. I didn't post on the chat thread for some time after I joined. So call it 3 years and change.

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Allison R - Jul 26, 2007 6:16 pm (#918 of 2984)

I'm so new it's embarrassing, frankly, so I'll just move along to how I found you = )

I followed a link at Leaky to the Lex, and from the Lex found myself here. I lurked for about a week, feeling like a kid in a candy store, and finally worked up the nerve to ask for the ability to post. I still feel like the new kid, but a welcome one, and I love the respectful tone and immense stores of knowledge here! Thanks for letting me play, too. I'm awfully glad to be here!

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 26, 2007 11:21 pm (#919 of 2984)

I found the Lexicon soon after buying my computer in September 2002. Although I was terrified of the Internet I was trembling for HP news. (My previous computer was old and couldn't access the Internet). I told my husband we had to have a computer because I was hoping to start working from home.

I typed in "Harry Potter" on the IE. I check out a couple of the listings but Steven Van De Ark's Harry Potter come to the top most often. (I didn't know how to bookmark then). I loved the Lexicon but was afraid of the Forum so for the first few weeks I wouldn't post. Of course I was bursting to discuss theories, and then found the chatroom. At that point I was posting using my name, Maritza. After chatting with people there and find that was real discussion and no viruses crawled through the wires to attack me or my computer. But there was someone out there with my first name posting on sites I considered really inappropriate. People kept asking me if that was me, so I changed my name to something more directly related to my favorite characters. I didn't join officially until January of 2003.

Tomorrow is the last day for my kid's park and rec. So far only today did I get time to accomplish any thing of value. Six hours to clean out my son's room. Two bags to the garbage and one bag to the basement to see if he will miss anything.

One more day, and I have to finish the curtains for the girls room, paint a mural on the doors in their room and clean out my room! ughh

Healing, strengthening charms to your mom Madame Pince.

ROTD

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Madam Pince - Jul 27, 2007 12:03 am (#920 of 2984)

Thanks for all the good wishes, everyone. We're off tomorrow morning! (I should not be on here posting now, but I can't sleep... aaarrrghhh...)

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2BMcsmom - Jul 27, 2007 3:23 am (#921 of 2984)

I found the forum after it won the award on Jo's website. I would come on and read but did not join for a long time. After I did join I would not post. Everything I read seemed so well thought out and stated. I felt (and still do) that any comments I had to make would not measure up to the standards.

About 2 weeks ago, some pipe bombs were found by a couple of kids in the county that I live in. It was in the papers and it made me worry some but not overly. They had the guys that made them, plus it was not near our house. Yesterday a friend calls and asks if we will go pick up her sons from her sisters. Another pipe bomb had been found at the sister's next door neighbor. When we got there to get the boys and I saw all the official vehicles and passing the bomb squad on the way back home really got to me. We are a very small county with no major industry or government buildings. It made me wonder if the people doing this is going to start randomly throwing these bombs into peoples yards.

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Essidji - Jul 27, 2007 7:24 am (#922 of 2984)

Hi, everyone!

My advice to those lucky ones who got a DH copy with printing errors : DON'T take it back to you bookshop! Think about it : among the thousands and thousands of copies that have been (and will be) sold, these ones are going to be rather unique.

I found my first ever post here through the "search" button : april 16th, 2004. I'm sure some of you will find this strange, as I only pop in here from time to time... but, yes, I've been a member for over 3 years. I actually started reading the books at the end of 2001, as I was unemployed and tried to find a way in eeemproooving my Eeenglish. A remote cousin of mine told me her husband offered her a copy of the Philosopher's Stone, which was according to her, not so much difficult to read and rather entertaining. So I went to the book shop and bought the three first books in the Bloomsbury edition.

And then, crack. That was a real shock. I never expected something I pictured as a childrens' and childish tale to be so much spellbinding.

Started speaking about it to my friends and relatives, but none of them was convinced about reading them, as they were still sticking to the cliché I used to feel about these books myself. **insert a blushing smilie here**

Then we got the Internet at home, and about at the same time, my elder niece had enough vocabulary to read JKR in English. I think I googled "Harry Potter", as many of us, and then, I found you. Such a great forum. Nowhere else is so much respect about the others, and such effort in redacting readable and understandable posts (most of the ones in French use netspeak, and I really am a poor netspeaker). All of, you, you sound so great and so friendly. I confess I also feel a little bit like 2BMcsmom, not to dare adding very much to your theories that look so well-thought...

Edit : should I have written in my last phrase like that? "I confess I also felt a little bit like 2BMcsmom, not to dare adding very much to your theories that looked so well-thought..." It's really hard to believe the series is definitely over (no trailer here, I haven't finished the book yet, as I only received it on wednesday, and have to get at work on time every morning, so I can't decently spend a sleepless night at reading...)

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Marie E. - Jul 27, 2007 8:26 am (#923 of 2984)

I remember the "double Maritiza" issues poor Mrs. Sirius had. We were in the chatroom all the time back then.

Yes, I got to talk to Denise yesterday. I hope after our near miss of two years ago we finally get to meet. I also hope my children behave themselves. Last night at dinner I knew the girls would either be obnoxious or fight with each other. They were the former all through dinner and didn't fight until my friend wanted a family picture.

We are leaving for my in-laws lake house tomorrow so I won't have any more internet access until I get back to Colorado on August 4th. Unless I go to a public library, but I'm not that obessessed, am I?

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Kip Carter - Jul 27, 2007 9:07 am (#924 of 2984)

Normally when I post, I use a special font and color of type; however by using that extra, sometimes my messages are looked at as very authoritative and have sometimes caused the discussion to lag or stop altogether. Why this happens is due partly to the persona that I want to project so that those who want to disrupt our Forums will quickly understand that I will use all of my resolve to keep this Forum a place that Steve wanted to exist. I feel this is one of my responsibilities as the caretaker of his great Forums of which I am a member just like each of you. I hope that each of you who are members here understand that I take my duties very seriously. Many of you who I have had the pleasure of talking with via telephone know that I am just a big teddy bear. Now why am I making this post!

I want each of you to know that your words placed on this thread of late are cherished by me beyond what you will ever really fathom. I am quite proud of our history and have loads of both data and copies of what happened here since October 1, 2002. One of these days I will share with everyone a summary (if that is possible with the way I write and talk ) with page captures and links to some of what I have accumulated over the years ... like a History of our Harry Potter Lexicon Forums. A few things need to come about for my being able to share these "glimpses into the past", such as being able to "crack open" a particular computer and some of its software, having the time to sort through the volumes or paperwork that I have in files (some organized and many not) and in boxes of computer disks, various print-outs, etc. My main problem can easily be stated, a lack of available time. Knowing that, I ask for your patience until I am able to produce something that is what I saw and remember about the history of our Forums. Thank you ahead of time.

We, as a Forum, have been truly blessed to have a founder who set up the Philosophy of this Forum, which is the basis of our longevity.

Next, but most important, is to have attracted quality individuals, like each of you who are willing to treat others with respect, courtesy, and love in sharing ideas, thoughts, and perceptions with others who may not have their same viewpoint, knowledge, diversity, communication skills, language proficiency, and other traits that I fail to produce in this post.

Thirdly, as really a part of the previous, a core group of members who have served as Hosts, friends, moderators, consultants, advisors, critics, grammar-spelling-capitalization "correctors", watchers of those who want to disrupt out Forum Family, and definitely not "yes" people You truly are the reason that our Forums are the places that I look so forward to visiting as often as time permits. As you probably gathered in this paragraph, I am not speaking only of my fellow Hosts, I am speaking of each of you who share your feelings, ideas, and thoughts with no only our staff, but with others when our staff is unavailable.

In the fourth position, I applaud each of you for your staying power to put up with some of the situations we have experienced in the past that could have completely destroyed some families that may appear to be stronger than our Forum Family. Often there were things to which you were exposed that did not "makes sense", but you trusted that our Hosts would make the best and right decisions in the way that those situations were handled. Remember we all are human and not perfect. We do make errors; however we have to live with our decisions and I know I have no trouble sleeping because of "tough calls" that needed to be made. Normally we try to handle things through email; however sometimes that has not either worked or was possible for one reason or another. But we survived because of our trust in each other. That says a lot about our Family!

Last (and yes, I could add a lot more) but not the least is the reason we are all here in the first place ... the literary works of Jo Rowling. She is why we exist PERIOD. We are fortunate to be a part of history when a certain thing happens that merges the minds of many from various countries, cultures, backgrounds, viewpoints, priorities, political and religious beliefs, languages, and more. She did that and we have reaped the benefits. That is why our Forums exist.

I should close now, but I feel that I need to thank you each personally for putting up with both my rants and messages. Regardless of possibly failing to include many who deserve the recognition and praise, I will not single out each that I should now because I feel that I will forget to include many who were the foundation of why we continue to exist. There are many who are still here (thank goodness) and oh-so-many who have departed for a variety of reasons who shaped what we continue to enjoy. Long live the Lexicon Forums!

And please continue your glimpse into the past. I truly enjoy everything that each of you has added to our mix. I use to be able to say that I had read every post on any of our Forums; however I can not longer (and have not been able to say that since late 2004); but this is one thread that I always read every post because it gives me a quick pulse on what our membership is feeling and thinking! I have been tempted to start a new thread just to handle the remembrances of each of you, but I feel much better of those sharing of what each of us recall to stay here on the most popular thread on our Forums where all can read, understand, and cherish.

'Nuf said! ("Enough said" for our grammar gods)

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Mrs. D. - Jul 27, 2007 9:09 am (#925 of 2984)

I believe I had my breakdown over the Potter series last night. I had this horribly realistic dream where I was sitting at a lunch table with three little kids who looked just like Ron, Harry, and Hermione. They were not the movie versions, but rather kids about 7 years old I would say. I knew what was in store for them and I was just sobbing. Not just for them but for myself as well. I was drowning in self pity over the people I had lost. There were other kids all around us waiting for school to begin and none of them understood what I was so upset about.

Somehow the older version of the kids and I were finished with our journey and I had some trouble reconciling the fact that there were only 3 of them, not the 4 of us. I was seeing flashes of our journey together and from my point of view I was there the whole time but no one else realized I was with them for every adventure. I guess my mind was reminding me I was merely the reader and not a participant.

I hugged the older kids goodbye and just wept at the thought of not being with them anymore. The little kids were just sitting there wide eyed and completely oblivious to what was in store for them but I couldn't connect with them. They were for the next group of students at this strange school I was leaving.

I've only had maybe three really truly Harry Potter realistic dreams and this was a doozy. I know it doesn't sound like much here, but believe me, I woke with my heart pounding and a very heavy sadness about me.

Funny that I shouldn't have had it when I finished the book, but rather last night after my son did.

I am sure it had something to do with the fact we started this journey together when he was only 7 or 8 years old by reading together and finished reading the series separately but still together now that he is 13 if that makes any sense.

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 27, 2007 10:02 am (#926 of 2984)

Awwww, thanks Kip. That was touching. It's been fun and looks to continue to be fun. The "glimpses into the past" promises to be illuminating and I hope you find the time to put that together soon. It might be fun for newer Forumers to see what has happened here previously.

And with that, I will say "Long Live D.I.G.S.!!!!"

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Catherine - Jul 27, 2007 10:13 am (#927 of 2984)

And with that, I will say "Long Live D.I.G.S.!!!!" --Loopy Lupin

And I will say R.I.P. to Mark Evans.

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Solitaire - Jul 27, 2007 11:01 am (#928 of 2984)

Thanks, Kip! I, too, will be waiting patiently for the "glimpses into the past."

Ouch, 2BMcsmom!! You need Dumbledore to come and put a Fidelius Charm on YOUR house--well, around your whole neighborhood, it seems. Until he does, you and your family will be in my prayers for safety & protection.

among the thousands and thousands of copies that have been (and will be) sold ..."

Actually, I just read this little piece of information on thebookstandard.com: More than 8.3 million copies J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were sold in the book's first 24 hours on sale, Scholastic estimated, making it the best-selling one-day release of a book. So if a few thousand books have the error, they probably will eventually be collectors' items. Go, Jo!!

double Maritiza issues     This sounds fascinating ... and confusing.

You know, Loopy, I've been wondering ... is it possible that G.G.I.G.S.? Just wondering ... I guess we'd have to know how long the Giant Squid has been there, wouldn't we?

Solitaire
edited by me

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Choices - Jul 27, 2007 11:23 am (#929 of 2984)

LOL I thought of some of my forum friends when I saw a news item the other day on AOL about giant squids being spotted off the California coast. Did The Giant Squid mention he was going on vacation? ;-)

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Kip Carter - Jul 27, 2007 11:48 am (#930 of 2984)

After reviewing my previous extremely long post, I felt that I had omitted one individual member who has made these Forum have personality, warmth, spirit, love, care, and pizzazz ... my equal on these Forums, my friend and confidant in all things, Mrs. Supermom herself ... Denise P.!

She was the very first person to post to our Lexicon Forum when Steve opened it up. She has always provided guidance to both me and other members of our staff and membership. She is tireless in her efforts to make our Forums the best they can be. She has proven her friendship and love to many ... and each of you knows what I mean. She has experienced many soul-wrenching situations that would have broken many. She has absorbed "insults" that should never be expressed to anyone, much less the lady she is! She tries to hold back her thoughts and comments because she does not want to sway others' ideas, thoughts, and opinions. She is strong in so many ways. She can be the "bad guy" in the "good guy/bad guy" situations; but often she acquiesces to me because I do not mind having that reputation. She truly has a "heart of gold" in so-so many ways. In my absence, she is in charge officially; however she knows, as well as I do, behind every successful man is an even stronger and successful lady!

My hat, and I hope you feel and do likewise, is off to Denise P., the heart behind our Forums! I love you!

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Nathan Zimmermann - Jul 27, 2007 11:59 am (#931 of 2984)

I first posted on the forum briefly in 2003 prior to all the issues with the servers. During the process of change over to world crossing my account information was inadvertently deleted. I remember when I started posting there were some on the boards who believed I was an active troll because, some of my theories made me sound like combination of Luna Lovegood and Severus Snape. Back then I used a different username but, I cannot now recall what it was. I suppose that is beginning of me showing my age.

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John Bumbledore - Jul 27, 2007 12:05 pm (#932 of 2984)

**passes a handkerchief to Kip!**

Well said, Kip. My hat is off to both you and Denise P. and also, always to Lexicon Steve.

Your comments make me think of one phrase from the new book, "Dumbledore's Army: Still Recruiting" (I better put that in white text.)

Thinking of parallels: We have Harry, Ron, and Hermione with the DA and then there are Steve, Kip and Denise P. with the HP-Lex Forums.

I also have enjoyed reading of how others have come to find this forum. If I could conjure up a pensive for you, Kip, I would!

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 27, 2007 12:40 pm (#933 of 2984)

Ah yes, Catherine. Poor, poor Mark Evans. He had such promise and potential! Alas. I don't care what JKR said later, I know she was giggling when she wrote "Evans" and thinking along the lines of "Oh this'll drive them batty!!"

For anyone new who does not know, DIGS stands for "Dumbledore is the Giant Squid," an old and venerable theory first formulated on this Forum. As Canon stands now, it has never been disproven and the Giant Squid has not been seen since DD's death. "Mark Evans" refers to the boy Dudley had beaten up a few days prior to the encounter with the Dementors in OoP. Some of us ***cough*** were convinced that his last name was no coincidence!! Oh, and while I'm at it, we had quite some heated discussion on the Lupin is James theory which speculated that Lupin and James had switched bodies prior to LV killing James and Lily. JKR squelched that one personally. That also reminds me that I guess "switching spells" didn't turn out to be all that important after all. Good thing for Neville as he never learned to do them to McGonnagal's satisfaction.

Yes, hats off to Denise. She's as dynamic in person as she is on the forum and quite the fun date!!!!

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painting sheila - Jul 27, 2007 12:43 pm (#934 of 2984)

((hugs)) to Kip, Denise P and Lexicon Steve. You all are the best. We recognize it and TRULY APPRECIATE it!!!

Mrs. D. (sniff sniff) - I don't know what to say - just hang in there. We will always have the books just not the anticipation.

I have been honey and peanut butter free for two days and haven't had any problems for two days. I don't think I am brave enough just yet to try the peanut butter sans honey just yet. No body else seems to have been sick. Hmmmmm. . .

Off to do about 20 loads of laundry at the laundry mat. I haven't wanted to use my washing machine to do the piles; and piles of costumes.

I am taking my DH book, $40.00 in quarters, a cold diet coke and hanging out at the laundry mat for a few hours. Sounds like fun - doesn't it?

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Thom Matheson - Jul 27, 2007 1:09 pm (#935 of 2984)

Agreed to all said for our "big three". While talking about theory regrets I must say I still hold out for Arthur as (Chicken in every cauldron) Minister of Magic. And, Figg should be a DaDa teacher. There I said it.

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Sassi Fras - Jul 27, 2007 1:12 pm (#936 of 2984)

Marie the girls were fun at dinner, and the pictures are adorable.

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legolas returns - Jul 27, 2007 2:20 pm (#937 of 2984)

Thanks you three for making this such a wonderful place .

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Tazzygirl - Jul 27, 2007 2:32 pm (#938 of 2984)

I almost was in shock that Kip didn't use his normal font and color, and then I read his posts. Thank you, Kip, Denise, and Lexicon Steve for this wonderful place!!

First day off from work. Celebrated by sleeping in. Now I am off to buy a new watch (my old one went the way as Harry's in GoF) and see if there are any worth-while clothes sales at the mall. I'm also going to be mailing my brother and sister their copies of DH. A little late, but my brother is in his own bubble, and my sister borrowed her friend's book.

Holly- I meant to tell you in my last post that I'm so happy your son is reading DH by himself!! I can't wait for him to tell his teacher!

Have fun at the laundromat, Sheila!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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John Bumbledore - Jul 27, 2007 3:03 pm (#939 of 2984)

Thought I would post to let all those in the Raleigh NC area that I am alive. You may have heard of the firey wreck on I-40. That is my regular route home. I'll be taking an alternate as the Interstate remains closed since about 1:00 PM this afternoon. It may take me two hours instead of one to drive home now. **Waves**

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azi - Jul 27, 2007 3:15 pm (#940 of 2984)

**adds further Kudos to the people that help make this forum a great place** I like the analogy to HP.

**hugs** Mrs D! I had a horrible dream the other night where Voldemort and his minions were invading my home town. The Malfoy's were trying to inherit a crumbling manor house from Narcissa's great-uncle, but there were other people who thought they should have it...or something...there was fighting aplenty anyway.

Congrats on the day off, Tazzy! Enjoy shopping!

Good luck getting home, John!

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Puck - Jul 27, 2007 4:21 pm (#941 of 2984)

John, glad to hear you were not part of the accident. Prayers to those who were.

I found the Lex from a link from JKR's site. I lurked for a while before joining up. I didn't go premium until the 5 words addiction kicked in.

Hubby returned from his business trip. The two he traveled with finished up DH while on the trip. Wish I could have that nice long cross country flight to discuss it! (I had Mediwitch and the Horntails, but we were reading, and didn't have much time for discussion.)

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Choices - Jul 27, 2007 6:13 pm (#942 of 2984)

Love, hugs, chocolates and dozens of roses to Kip, Steve and Denise for giving us HP fanatics a place to call home.....my heartfelt thanks! What a great job you all do! :-)

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Tazzygirl - Jul 27, 2007 9:05 pm (#943 of 2984)

Back from shopping. Found a really nice watch, but no such luck on clothes or shoes. I hate living in a place where the standard shoe size is a 6 or so. Since I am a size 10, every place I went said they could special order it for me, or they had the bright idea to try and sell me a size 9. I resisted the urge to ask them if they were desperate to sell something.

Glad you weren't part of that wreck, John! Hope the people involved are okay!

Off to try and catch up on all the spoiler threads. I tried to keep up. I really tried, but I still have about 600 posts to read. Sheesh people!!

~Kristina

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 27, 2007 9:17 pm (#944 of 2984)

Prayers to Madame Pince's mom.

Just returned from the shore with 5 children. All went well but I'm exhausted. We have company in the morning, a 50th anniv. party tomorrow afternoon (and I still don't know what Trevor is wearing). Set off for Iowa in a few days. I'm hoping RPS and I can hook up but so far it's not looking too good.

Between all that is going on and the last book of the DH series, I'm spent. Mrs. D, don't worry - as they say, 'this too shall pass'. That is the best way I can put it. I usually have a bit of a feeling of that let down after I'd finished the other books too. Kind of like when you were young and realized you'd opened your Christmas present(s) and that was it for another year. I know it seems ungrateful but that's not how I mean it.

I'm really glad we made a weekend out of it and took the opportunity to meet Mediwitch and Kathy! That made it really special and memorable!

Glad you're safe, John!

***waves***

Maria

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Jenniffler - Jul 27, 2007 10:47 pm (#945 of 2984)

Thank goodness you are safe John! Pile ups are one of the many reasons I live in a small town.

My Forum history is simple. I found it off the JKR fansite page. There are still very few awards listed there. That was May 2004. I registered as Exploding Snap on my thirtieth birthday, but never posted because I felt that I lacked the tact for such a friendly open place. Hence the name, Exploding Snap. I got high-speed internet and changed my name to Jenniffler because I love the funny things that happen when nifflers are around in the books.

Then, two things happened simultaneously. I discovered that I don't write as hot-headed as my opinions sometimes appear in person, and I realized I had perspectives that weren't being expressed and I had opinions that I felt so strongly, I was willing to put away my hesitation and be myself.

I thank Kip Carter and the other hosts who help us stick to the original ideas this forum espouses. The Harry Potter Lexicon Forum is very special. I know it is a lot of work to keep this place rolling. Cheers to the founder, the hosts and the members.

Edit: I went back and looked at Kip's link to the first post. Denise P., you always impress, don't you?

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geauxtigers - Jul 27, 2007 11:12 pm (#946 of 2984)

When I found the Lex, it was weird. I had this worksheet from school that the latin students had to do and it was about latin in HP (long story on how I got said worksheets because I don't take latin). A lot of it was on name meanings and origins, I think ( I still have it, might have to dig it out). So I googled something and found a sight with a long list of name origins ect from HP and there was a link to the Lexicon, so I clicked it out of curiosity. I think I read all the readers guides and huge chunks of the Lex. I stumbled upon the forum, didn't really know what it was, but I started reading and then I was itching to post something on the "Triumphant Glint in DD's eye" and the "Was the major death in HBP real?" thread, so I joined up! But I can't find my first post, I'm about to attempt again!

Kudos to all who run these forums, I've never experienced a book release on the forum and I have to say that it was handled really, really well. Yall are awesome!

I'm off to read more I think after trying to find my first post again! LOL

Hope everyone is well!

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 27, 2007 11:35 pm (#947 of 2984)

Yes Kips - kadoos to Denise P, and you. Without you all this wouldn't been possible.

I remember when Denise became host, she has more children than I did, was about to give birth any second and had taken on the job and still smiled and offered advice and cheer!!

Oh, the time you spent with me in chat figuring out how to get on with it, thank you.

Mrs. D hang on in there.

Hello, Michelle!

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Tazzygirl - Jul 27, 2007 11:53 pm (#948 of 2984)

Tori- I found your post on the 'Tell about yourself' thread. Does this help you figure out when you joined?

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Jul 28, 2007 12:08 am (#949 of 2984)

Haha, Kristina! Wow that post is interesting, seems like I was in a big hurry when posting it or something..or maybe I'd had a lot of sugar...LOL I found that post first, but I knew it wasn't my first post because I'd originally joined as 'geauxtigers!' but school got the better of me and I forgot my username so about a month later I just made a new name without the ! not realizing that thats all I was missing in my username. No the earliest post and I'm pretty sure my first one, judging by the fact that I capitalized 2 letters, was with the ! on the Most Brilliant moment thread Jan 27, 2006. Bit off on when I joined...might've been December, it was Christmas break, but I guess I lurked longer than I thought.

I should go to bed, I just realized its 2am. For some reason I thought it was around midnight...no idea why...!

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painting sheila - Jul 28, 2007 6:26 am (#950 of 2984)

HI everyone!

The laundry mat was an experience. It was $5.25 for ONE washing machine! They were the large front loading kind but still . . . jeez! It cost about $72.00 to wash and dry everything. Can you believe that?

Tonight is the night! Oldest Daughter's big television debut is tonight! Woohoo! If you are from NC it is on Fox at 10:30 - NC Wanted. If you aren't from NC you can go to NC Wanted site any time after Monday. We are so excited!! They came back yesterday and filmed some more scenes. I guess their lawyers got nervous about some of the original stuff they shot.

Other than that not much else is going on. I may try and clean house ------ but just maybe.

Edit: John Bumblebore - I am so glad you are safe. That was an awful wreck!
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Mediwitch - Jul 28, 2007 7:37 am (#951 of 2984)

Does anybody here know where you can buy a calm, quiet life? After having my grandmother for a few days (I can see why she was driving my aunt and my mother up the wall; bless her, but she does know how to push buttons!), we now have to go to a wake and funeral. Mr. Mediwitch's aunt died on Thursday, so we have to go to upstate NY (north of Albany) for the wake and funeral. Mr. Mediwitch Sr. has now lost two siblings in less than six months. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) he doesn't remember that his brother died five months ago. It will be an interesting couple of days.

Safe travels, Maria!

It's been fun reading about everyone finding the Lexicon and the Forum. Many, many thanks to Steve, Kip, Denise, and the rest of the mods for keeping this forum the special place that it is.

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painting sheila - Jul 28, 2007 8:08 am (#952 of 2984)

Mediwitch - If you find a place, buy two and I Will pay you back! Have a safe trip.

She

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Jenniffler - Jul 28, 2007 8:17 am (#953 of 2984)

Hang in there, Mediwitch! Wisdom is most often found in patience. *Sends calming draught*

Happy day, everyone!

Painting Sheila -- Congrats to Oldest Daughter.

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Puck - Jul 28, 2007 8:45 am (#954 of 2984)

Prayers to Mr. Mediwitch and the family.

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Eponine - Jul 28, 2007 9:14 am (#955 of 2984)

*waves* It's been a while since I've been in here. I've been clicking the magic button about once a week for the past few weeks. My life has been kind of crazy recently, but it's quieted down now.

Mediwitch, hugs and prayers to you and your family.

For the past three weeks, I've had my best friend staying with me before she went off to Afghanistan for a year. I put her on a plane yesterday morning, and she should be in Dubai by now. I just hope she'll be safe over there.

Earlier this week, I had an uncle pass away. Thankfully, my sister and I were both able to go to the funeral. I saw some family members I hadn't seen in about ten years, so that was nice even if it wasn't very pleasant circumstances.

Then, I was finishing up work on my summer class. I had a paper and presentation due on Monday. (I got an A!)

Plus, we had a huge project at work (our adult summer reading program) that was coming to a close yesterday. We did an interactive murder mystery last night, and Mr. Eponine and I were both in it (he got drafted!). I'd been working on the whole reading program for about 3 months, so I'm thrilled that it's finished.

I've had a crazy couple of weeks, but now I don't have anything to do except re-read DH!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 28, 2007 9:26 am (#956 of 2984)

Prayers and strengthening charms to you and your family, Mediwitch. Perhaps grandmother's visit serves as a good distraction? (Don't ask me to define "good".) I have one of those grandmothers. She is 91.

Prayers and strengthening charms to you, Eponine, your friend and family. I'm so glad to know you did get to see your friend before she left.

Finished unpacking. Off to continue laundry until I have to dress myself and the children for the party. It is very hot and very humid outside. I'm not really looking forward to this. Accio Sunday!

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Choices - Jul 28, 2007 9:36 am (#957 of 2984)

HH - "Just returned from the shore with 5 children."

The big question is....did you go with 5 children? Is there a family out there wondering where little Bobby got off to? LOL Just teasing you, HH.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Mediwitch and family.

Healing charms and cheering charms to all who need them. Love and (((hugs))) to all.

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Puck - Jul 28, 2007 10:24 am (#958 of 2984)

Actually Choices, as Maria is the mother of three, that is a fair question.

((Eponine)) Prayers for your family and also your friend over seas.

Maria, well, Fred was right on, but apparently Kreacher and Ron could croak out thoughts without croaking themselves.

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Catherine - Jul 28, 2007 10:50 am (#959 of 2984)

Ooh, I saw one of the "old crowd" in the threads.

**waves to Accio Sirius**

It's been a while, but it's good to see you!

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Mrs. D. - Jul 28, 2007 11:36 am (#960 of 2984)

Oh, I forgot! The best part of the Deathly Hallows release in our area was the party at our local Hastings. They were playing trivia and the question I got was regarding Hagrid's dragon. The answer was "Who is Norbert?" of course and very fitting as it is my hubby's name. You have no idea how happy my son and I were to tell him the real truth behind Norbert found only after reading Deathly Hallows! So Funny!!! He was so excited he had a character named after him, the poor guy!

Oh and not only does my darling daughter share Hermione's birthday, but I share James Potter's! Woo Hoo! It's the little things that make you smile isn't it?

edit: Oh and the prize was a lovely large poster that is laminated with grommets and on one side it has the Scholastic book cover of DH and the other side has HBP along with various scenes of the characters. Very nice!

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Catherine - Jul 28, 2007 11:53 am (#961 of 2984)

Accio Sirius,

Thanks for posting in the Tell About Yourself section. I know that several of us here remember your son's struggle, and you were definitely missed. I'm sorry for your family's loss.

I'm glad that you and your daughter could have a good experience with DH.

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painting sheila - Jul 28, 2007 12:25 pm (#962 of 2984)

Usually I try and come home with fewer kids than I took . . . .Take 5, come home with 3 . . .maybe 2 1/2?

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 28, 2007 12:28 pm (#963 of 2984)

LOL, Choices! I don't look for trouble - trouble finds me.

We were actually supposed to be 7. My children, three of Olivia's friends and one of Priscilla's but two couldn't make it due to scheduling conflicts and I was set on Tues. a.m. depart - Fri am return. As it was, I took them to the beach, boogie-boarding, crabbing, kite flying, water trampolining, and shopping.

My neighbor, who is very nice, did not accompany us, except to watch us on the water trampolines from the shore one afternoon. BTW, there were lots of jellyfish. Everyone except Trevor and one of Olivia's friends got stung. Poor Percy got it the worst. One of the stinkers wrapped its tentacles around her arm and left lines. Mike, would you kindly call off your distant relatives?

EDIT: I noticed that, Kathy! I wonder if after a while, she just tried to throw us off.

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Puck - Jul 28, 2007 12:41 pm (#964 of 2984)

Are all men clueless, or just mine? Mr. Puck was just leaving to take the kids to Target. I asked him to pick up a gift certificate for my great aunt’s birthday (as I have no idea what to buy a woman turning 90) and some playdough. He thought this was too complicated. I told him how much the gift card should be worth, then explained that I have play dough toys, but had brought the dough itself to Vacation Bible School for my preschoolers to use, and just threw it out at the end of the week, figuring it was now germ infested. He had no idea what I wanted him to do about that. (Buy a pack of dough without toys must not be as reasonable of an idea as I think it is. )  scratch   Mad

Maria, I'm sure JKR had been reading your theory and tossed a few in there just to keep us guessing.

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Good Evans - Jul 28, 2007 12:42 pm (#965 of 2984)

welcome back Accio Sirius, hugs to you for all that you have been through.

**waves to everyone**

** waves especially to Maria - just for the attention**

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Choices - Jul 28, 2007 12:56 pm (#966 of 2984)

Welcome back, Accio Sirius. I am so sorry for the loss of your son - I hope you have lots of sweet memories of him and how nice that reading HP can be a part of them. (((hugs)))

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Prefect Marcus - Jul 28, 2007 1:44 pm (#967 of 2984)

Careful, Puck. We could easily get into an "Are all women clueless?" flame war. As Pepe Le Pew said, "There is very little difference between men and women. But, VIVA LA DIF'FRANCE!!!"

I think it was Mark Twain that said, "Everyone is ignorant, just in different things".

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Catherine - Jul 28, 2007 4:38 pm (#968 of 2984)

LOL, Marcus.

Mark Twain also said, "What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce."

Puck, many gentlemen display ignorance about shopping. I myself make sure I display the same ignorance about the lawnmower, the oil in my car, and absolutely EVERYTHING that takes place in our basement.

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Chemyst - Jul 28, 2007 4:49 pm (#969 of 2984)

Accio Sirius, I just saw your post in the "Tell About…" thread. I remember a link you'd had to a newspaper article, and I think your son was a true Gryffindor for bravery. And that it must run in families.

Essidji, I wanted to comment on your post yesterday but was interrupted before I could click on "post message." You'd asked something along the lines of 'should it be phrased like that?" Well, Yes! I hope all your hesitation is in the past tense. I love reading posts from folks who are working on "eemproooving" their English because those posts often broaden my perspective of the language. To twist an old proverb, they show me some trees in my forest.

Ah yes, Catherine, how right you are – some ignorance is truly bliss.

And any one who hasn't done so yet needs to check out the DH release thread and see vball man's link to his Hagrid costume.

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Accio Sirius - Jul 28, 2007 5:38 pm (#970 of 2984)

Thank you all so much for the warm welcome back. I really missed this place! What a wonderful common room to return to! I look forward to catching up with everyone!

Chemyst--Brian as a Gryffindor! What a beautiful sentiment! Thanks again everyone!

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Choices - Jul 28, 2007 5:55 pm (#971 of 2984)

Chemyst, thanks for that link to VBall Man's Hagrid costume. I thought it was wonderful! Now I want to know how he made himself so tall. Stilts?

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painting sheila - Jul 28, 2007 6:04 pm (#972 of 2984)

Men and Shopping- My Mother In Law said men were hunters. If you wanted to take a man shopping with you, you had to give them something to "hunt". She would send my Father In Law off to find (for example) "a red blouse with long sleeves that buttons up the front in a size 12". He would hunt until he found it and be perfectly happy with his "kill". Very funny!

I took Oldest Daughter shopping today. We bought her two dresses, a skirt with a jacket and both of us got new shoes. Very fun!! We also went to the fabric store and bought fabric to make a shrug for one of the dresses. Yeah!! The fabric store and the mall all in one day (sigh). Life is good!

Off to pick up Oldest Son. He went to the mall for all of 30 minutes and needs to be picked up. Why didn't I just stay?

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Allison R - Jul 28, 2007 7:34 pm (#973 of 2984)

Accio Sirius-- I'm new but recognize your name from some of the older posts that I read while working up courage to join the Forum. I saw your post on the "Introduce Yourself" thread and just wanted to comment briefly that I, too, have spent lots of time reading in the hospital in my child's room (though she is at home and doing really well at the moment and I am very grateful for that).

I know how invaluable it is to have a place to retreat to and am so glad that Harry could fill that need for you! I, too, am very sorry for your family's loss and glad you've found your way back to the Common Room.

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Ydnam96 - Jul 28, 2007 7:43 pm (#974 of 2984)

Hey everybody!

I've been busy at work and when I'm home I've been too lazy to read through posts.

I just wanted to pop in and say hi. This is going to be another really busy week then I'm off backpacking for 11 days.

Hope everyone has a good few weeks!

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Allison R - Jul 28, 2007 7:59 pm (#975 of 2984)

Be safe and have fun, Ydnam96!

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Puck - Jul 28, 2007 9:20 pm (#976 of 2984)

Mandy, have a fun trip!

(((Accio Sirius)))

Well, Mr. Puck managed to find play dough. I guess it wasn't that complicated after all. Sorry, Marcus. Didn't mean to insult the males here. You have to consider that earlier in the day he thought I was the right person to help him lift his new tool chest weighing several hundred pounds out of the van. I suggested calling one of his friends.

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Allison R - Jul 28, 2007 9:24 pm (#977 of 2984)

LOL, Puck! Where's a good hovering charm when you need one, eh?

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Solitaire - Jul 28, 2007 10:33 pm (#978 of 2984)

Condolences to the Mediwitch family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers for the events as well as the traveling. ((((hugs))))

Sympathies and cheering charms, also, to the Eponine family. ((((hugs))))

((((hugs)))) and prayers to Accio Sirius and your family.

Puck, in all fairness, your husband may not be clueless. I think shopping is a genetic thing. My mom hates shopping. I hate shopping ... hate it! I'd rather go to the dentist than have to go Christmas shopping at the mall. I do enjoy trolling through antique warehouses, plant nurseries, and furniture shops ... but I hate trying on clothing. I do love trying on shoes, though. That is my shopping weakness.

My sister, on the other hand, loves to shop. She considers it a recreational sport, and she is going for a gold medal! I think she gets it from Dad. He always liked to shop ... Christmas shop, birthday shop, whatever. I just didn't get "the gene." Perhaps Mr. Puck is also missing the "shopping gene."

It feels so nice to sit and relax! I spent the earlier part of the evening washing outside windows (including removing the screens and cleaning them) and cleaning the patio. What a mess! Someone ... please remind me to clean the patio in a few months, before it becomes a nightmare again. Letting it go for 2-3 years is NOT a good thing!

Well, back to Gone With The Wind!! I found my dusty old paperback in the garage when I was cleaning a few weeks ago, and I think I just have time to finish it before school starts!

Solitaire

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Snuffles - Jul 29, 2007 2:21 am (#979 of 2984)

Wow! nearly 600 posts since I was last here. I pushed the magic button but I will try to go back and read as many as I can.

(((hugs))) to Accio Sirius, Eponine and Mediwitch. Also, *Cheering charms* to all those in need.

I really missed the Forum and you all while I have been away. It seems funny saying that seeing as I have never met any of you, but there you are!

I stumbled across this forum while looking for all things Harry Potter. I am so glad I did. I really appreciate everything that you all do here. It really seems like one big family.

I managed to get to see the OOTP before I went away and again since I have got back . We also got a Wii this week (Woohoo) and I have been playing OOTP ever since. (Much to hubby's disgust)

Holiday was fantastic. Spain was really hot. We also went to visit Gibraltar again and to see the monkeys. They are really funny. We has Olivia's hair braided half way through, she looks so sweet.

I avoided all the papers after DH release incase I read something I didn't want to! I did hear about the terrible weather back home though, I hope everyone affected by the floods down south are ok.

I'm off to flick through the threads before starting a mountain of ironing

It feels good to be back!

Julie

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jose043 - Jul 29, 2007 4:20 am (#980 of 2984)

Hi All

((((hugs)))) to Accio Sirius, Eponine and Mediwitch, Also, cheering charms and healing charms to all those in need.

Anne and I have both had Asthma/Bronchitis, for the last week, Anne had to take a full week of work. We are feeling much better even though we still have our coughs.

Anne really enjoyed the book. It is the first time she has read any of the HP book's twice within a few days after reading it. She has gone back and re-read different sections of the book to try and understand the plot better.

Josephine and Anne

Little Werewolves of London.

The moon made me do it.

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painting sheila - Jul 29, 2007 5:53 am (#981 of 2984)

((((hugs)))) to Accio Sirius. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know we are sending good thoughts your way. We're here if you need to talk.

((((hugs)))) to you too Eponine and Mediwitch. You are in our thought as well.

Aren't we gad we have one another? Happy Sunday to all -

She

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2BMcsmom - Jul 29, 2007 10:47 am (#982 of 2984)

((((Hugs)))) to Accio Sirius, Eponine, Mediwitch, and all others that need them.

Safetey Charms for all that will be traveling.

Thanks Denise P., Kip Carter, and all the others that make this forum a great place.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 29, 2007 12:20 pm (#983 of 2984)

Wow, Accio Sirius, you sure have an amazing amount of strength. Hugs and prayers your way from all of the HHs.

Definitely, a great big Thank You to Steve for such a great site and all of the hosts, Denise, Kip, SEJ, and the others - you do an outstanding job (after all, I don't encourage my children to join just any forum)!

Welcome back Julie! Can't wait to read your input on the DH spoiler threads!

You have to consider that earlier in the day he thought I was the right person to help him lift his new tool chest weighing several hundred pounds out of the van. ~ Puck

Come now, Kathy - remember your second line.

Maria

PS Hooray for Anne! Read on!

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Choices - Jul 29, 2007 1:39 pm (#984 of 2984) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Jul 29, 2007 2:53 pm

Notice - JKR is supposed to be interviewed from 6 to 8 o'clock (CST) tonight on NBC (USA). Just a reminder.....

For those wondering, Meredith Vieira interviews Jo Rowling on Dateline NBC Sunday, July 29 at 7 p.m./6 Central. There are "Spoilers" in the program.

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megfox* - Jul 29, 2007 4:05 pm (#985 of 2984)

Just a little hello to everyone that I have not spoken to in the past two years. I have missed all of you very much and decided that it was time to come back to hang out. I am currently watching the Jo interview on NBC and getting some major goosebumps!

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Puck - Jul 29, 2007 5:46 pm (#986 of 2984)

Hello!

Healing Charms to The Werewolves of London!

The rain happily held out until the end of the day. We had a picnic on a lake for Diva's dance school banquet. (She was thrilled to get a perfect attendence trophy.) Then, we headed north for my Great Aunt's 90th birthday. It was a nice time, but I'm tired. Think I'll go watch Jo's interview.

Welcome back, Julie. Glad you had a good holiday.

Kathy

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Essidji - Jul 30, 2007 12:55 am (#987 of 2984)

Chemyst, thank you for your help : you actually guessed right about my hesitation : yes, I meant to say "in the past tense". (anyone, can you post a link to my last post here? It may help understanding to those who pressed the "magic" button).

I confess I am a rather lazy girl who does not like very much having to check into the dictionnary to say things right, so I often use longer phrases to explain what I wanted to say in English... But what I like here anyway, is the very nice way people help and correct when they feel it'll be useful. And it is useful to me. Always.

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The giant squid - Jul 30, 2007 7:08 am (#988 of 2984)

Did The Giant Squid mention he was going on vacation?—Choices

I did indeed, but I swear I was nowhere near that woman. Besides, she said she was 18.

Got back from the San Diego Comic-Con International yesterday. Now I'm heading off to work, where I can relax! Crazy, crazy place with far too many people...

Going back a couple of topics, I don't remember exactly when I joined, but I believe it was just after GoF came out. I remember reading all 4 books at once and being hooked completely. As for how I found the forum...well, since one of my sisters is one of those mentioned as having been around from the beginning, I'll let you draw your own conclusions.

Welcome back to Accio Sirius--and no, I still won't let you have my Azkaban lamppost!

--Mike

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2BMcsmom - Jul 30, 2007 10:02 am (#989 of 2984)

Hi All. Hope you have a safe next few days. The youngest one and I are leaving in a few minutes to go to Atlanta to visit my grandparents for a few days. Have fun posting. I know it will take me awhile to catch up when I get back.

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Finn BV - Jul 30, 2007 3:44 pm (#990 of 2984)

Sorry, I didn't read through all of the last posts since the release of DH, as I've been focusing a bit more on the book and the spoiler threads, but this did stick out at me and I had to ask:

Just finished at 2:25AM. It's about 3 1/2 hours past my "bedtime" these days --Squid Mike

WHAT?? Things have changed! I would have used to think that you were going to bed early! Perhaps you traded a bit of your nightowling to me…

I got up early for the summer (8:45) to go to the webchat with JKR this morning – it was great, so many answers! Now that my job has finished I'm just going to tennis in the afternoon and enjoying two weeks at home with the book and internet. And also dropping a few hints to the parents about one or two things I'd like to get for my birthday, which is next week, I can't believe it…

Happy RotD!

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painting sheila - Jul 30, 2007 4:36 pm (#991 of 2984)

Not much happening out there today.

I dropped off all the costumes - WHOOPEE!!!!! I am done done  done done  done!!!

I think I will plan on going to the pool tomorrow and doing nothing but read. Picked up any good books lately anyone?  

My daughter had her court date today for the accident she had last month. The DA postponed it (I can't remember the right terminology) until we can get a letter from our insurance saying we are taking care of all the damages. Very nice young man. Daughter was little intimidated by the whole process, which is exactly what I wanted to have happen!!

I could overhear parents talking to the lawyers and such about the child doing community service and jail time! Yikes!!!!    I hope and pray that will never be me!!

I just got a call with the caller ID of "Strategic Fundraising". HA! At least it wasn't a wolf in sheep's clothing. They came right out and said what they were. I didn't answer of course but do admire their honesty.

Finn - What webcast?

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Solitaire - Jul 30, 2007 4:44 pm (#992 of 2984)

That's what I want to know ... what webcast? I was extremely glad I popped online yesterday, because I learned about The Interview on Dateline last night ... and I'd have missed it otherwise! Still ... what webcast?

Solitaire

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Choices - Jul 30, 2007 5:14 pm (#993 of 2984)

Soli, go down to Deathly Hallows Threads (Includes SPOILERS) Folder, to Questions Not Answered, to post #175. Finn has provided a link to the webcast.

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Accio Sirius - Jul 30, 2007 5:37 pm (#994 of 2984)

Blimey, Mike! Forget the elephants! Giant Squids have great memories!

Of course I still covet your sign post, but I'll have you know I got my own trio stand up from POA. I did loan it out to the school library, but I kept my Sirius Wanted poster! Nice to see you (and everyone) on the threads again!

Laura

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Denise P. - Jul 30, 2007 5:56 pm (#995 of 2984)

(((Meg!!!))) I am so glad to see you!!! How have you been? I can't wait to see pictures of that sweet baby of yours. I bet Noah has gotten big too.

For those who don't know Meg, Meg is one of the "old guard" and has been here since forever. Obviously, getting married and having a baby makes demands on her time and she has not checked in for a bit.

Welcome! Welcome back!!

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Mediwitch - Jul 30, 2007 6:05 pm (#996 of 2984)

Wow, it's good to be home! The wake and the funeral went as well as can be. Poor Mr. Mediwitch Senior - he was very confused and "lost" the whole time. I felt like Mad-Eye: "Constant Vigilance!" Today was harder as Mr. Mediwitch was a pall-bearer, so we couldn't divide and conquer, our usual strategy for dealing with taking his dad out in situations which are out of his routine. We were all glad to get home today, but Mr. Mediwitch Senior was downright cheerful! Of course, he was still pretty confused - we gave him a NY Yankees book (lots of pictures!) for his birthday today...he flipped through and saw a picture of Rudy Giuliani in a Yankees hat, and asked how we got a picture of him (meaning himself, Mr. Mediwitch Sr.) in there. I though he was joking, but he said it again later when he opened the book again, so I asked him who was in the picture, and he said "Me." He was not joking. *sigh* He really does not look like Giuliani, by the way.

Well, now we have a code name for him - we can just call him "Rudy" and he'll never know we mean him!

Off to read the bazillion posts that have accumulated in the last couple of days...124 posts on Snape's thread alone! I ask you....!

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megfox* - Jul 30, 2007 6:10 pm (#997 of 2984)

LOL, I am glad to see you too Denise! I am trying to decide the best way to share pictures with you guys. Noah is going into first grade (ACK!!) and Maddy is almost 2 1/2.

Things have been better, but they have also been a WHOLE lot worse. I am glad to be back and I can't believe how much I missed the forum! I have been reading non-stop for three days. I promise that I will be here more often! I would do a smiley, but I don't remember how! LOL...

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Denise P. - Jul 30, 2007 6:27 pm (#998 of 2984)

Wow, I can't believe Maddy is that old. Of course, Rhys will be 2 in a few weeks.

You can always put them behind your avatar, then we can see them.

Smilies...you use a colon : the word smile and then a colon again to get: There is a list around somewhere of what WX has for smilies.

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megfox* - Jul 30, 2007 6:33 pm (#999 of 2984)

Is there somewhere you could explain to me how to put them behind my avatar (as soon as my WX stuff gets straightened out - Kip is working on that for me)? Is it on the How do I thread? I had to go look at one of my old posts and copy and paste the HTML b/c I couldn't remember how to do that either!


Edit: Yay, a smiley!

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Denise P. - Jul 30, 2007 6:35 pm (#1000 of 2984)

Click on your name, then click on "Edit this information" at the bottom of the page. You can put the html link to a picture or you can use the actual HTML to put the picture there.

If you use something like photobucket, you just have to cut/paste the code. I use the box called Personal Information.

If that is beyond what you think you can do...email me and I will post them for you (and get to see them first!!) Woo hoo!

And on another note...Marie E. and I are meeting up on Wednesday at the Science Museum of Virginia. Inside, air conditioning! Wheee........
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megfox* - Jul 30, 2007 6:40 pm (#1001 of 2984)

Oh, man, I am going to need to work on some of my forum skills... The nice thing about school is that everything is on a Mac and its all easy to do. I look like a superstar teacher, because I can fix everyone's computer problems - but I am clueless about this kind of stuff! I will work on it, I promise!

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Solitaire - Jul 30, 2007 6:50 pm (#1002 of 2984)

Thanks, Choices! I especially liked her comment about the Pink Toad! LOL

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Puck - Jul 30, 2007 7:23 pm (#1003 of 2984)

Welcome back, Meg! I remember when I first found the chat thread it was full of congratulations to you on the birth of your new daughter. Time flies!

Denise, our "babies" are about to be two?    Well, mine is practicing already. Her favorite word of late is "Mine". She also likes to do things "self" and refuses to sit in a booster seat at the table, as she claims to be "big". **sigh**

Off to bed early. I got out of packing for another week. We were supposed to be off to see the in-laws, but hubby is busy at work and can't get away this week. This will mean missing the Colorado relatives who are going to visit Illinois this week as well. That's sad, as the kids likely won't see their cousins for another whole year, and I guess some other relatives are coming for a big party next week. On the upside, it means I'll be around for my birthday on Saturday, and may be able to get hubby to take me to see OotP in IMAX.

Night, all!

Kathy

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Denise P. - Jul 30, 2007 7:36 pm (#1004 of 2984)

Yep, in just past two weeks, Mr. Rhys will be 2. Where did the time go?

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The giant squid - Jul 30, 2007 8:06 pm (#1005 of 2984)

you traded a bit of your nightowling to me…--Finn BV

Most likely. My new job is more "normal"--7AM to 3-ish. Plus I'm on-call until around 11PM, when I collapse into that coma-like state some folks call "sleep". Between that & my trip last weekend I'm about 1000 posts behind in the DH threads. But I will catch up!

--Mike

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painting sheila - Jul 30, 2007 8:24 pm (#1006 of 2984)

Tazzy - I thought of you today. A local radio station was having a contest to predict what would happen on your favorite tv show this season. I thought about calling in for LOST but what would I say? "Nothing predictable will happen and the whole season will be full of moments where you will sit and say 'What was that!' Oh! and Jack will make everyone mad at him".

Is anyone else having trouble with the forum tonight? I can't get it to "post" or to move from screen to screen.

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Finn BV - Jul 30, 2007 9:50 pm (#1007 of 2984)

Sheila and Soli, sorry for leaving you in the dark, though I should correct myself and state that it was a "webchat" as we didn't see her face typing the words.

Welcome back, meg! York, ME, I see… I pass right through there every time I visit my aunt.

Squid Mike, what do movie theaters do at 7AM? Do showings in Vegas start as early as then (or nearly)? I'm quite sure showings don't start until 11 or so here, at the earliest…

Sheila, the Forum works fine for me.

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Essidji - Jul 31, 2007 4:32 am (#1008 of 2984)

Happy Birthday, Harry (wherever you are).

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megfox* - Jul 31, 2007 5:12 am (#1009 of 2984)

Happy Birthday, Harry!

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Puck - Jul 31, 2007 5:55 am (#1010 of 2984)

Happy Birthday to Jo and Harry!

It just dawned on me that Harry is a Leo, whose symbol is a Lion.

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painting sheila - Jul 31, 2007 6:18 am (#1011 of 2984)

Happy, Happy Birthday Harry and Jo dears.

Happy days will come to you all year.

If I had a wish then it would be . . .

a happy, happy birthday to you from me!

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The giant squid - Jul 31, 2007 6:36 am (#1012 of 2984)

Finn: I'm now a tech, so we prefer to go in before movies are starting to be able to work on the equipment. It's hard to replace belts & sprockets when the thing is running!

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mollis - Jul 31, 2007 8:50 am (#1013 of 2984)

Well, it took me forever to catch up after Kip's post. But I finally did it and would like to extend my deepest thanks to Steve, Kip, Denise, and all who work behind the scenes to keep this forum up to the highest of standards. This forum was the first I ever joined. Before I found this site I had been living in the dark ages, I guess, and didn't even dream this type of thing was going on where people with common interests would get together and discuss them. I was living in Virginia at the time away from my family and friends and a bit desperate for some form of interaction. After devouring the first 4 books and hearing rumors that the fifth would be out soon I googled Harry Potter and landed here. I fell in love with the depth of analysis and the respect and intelligence of the people posting here. Several times since I joined this forum I have ventured into other forums. Some HP, some for other topics. Never have I found a group of people so united in a common goal of discussing a topic with respect and courtesy towards the works, the author, and each other. This truly is an amazing forum family. I feel blessed to be even a small part of it.

And speaking of the webchat - anybody else having trouble keeping up with all the new information Jo is dishing out to the media? She has to be so thrilled to finally be able to speak freely and openly!

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Choices - Jul 31, 2007 9:01 am (#1014 of 2984)
Edited Jul 31, 2007 9:47 am

The Giant Squid - "It's hard to replace belts & sprockets when the thing is running!"

Tsk, tsk....still haven't gotten the hang of "reparo"? ;-) LOL

The Happiest of Birthdays to JKR and Harry. May you both have many happy returns of the day.

I have had forum trouble for about two days - sometimes when I click off one thread to go to another, it takes me to some page with an error message and then sometimes I get this error message just trying to get on to the forum. Didn't know if it was just me or if WorldCrossing was having problems. Here's the message I get:

Error 504 'wc6.worldcros...' Gateway Timeout. Try reloading the Web page. Retype the address in your browser. Check your computer's Internet connection. search Try searching:

Love and (((hugs))) to all.

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Solitaire - Jul 31, 2007 10:13 am (#1015 of 2984)

Thanks, Finn ... but don't worry about it. I've been online kind of sporadically the past few days, thanks to turning my life upside down recently.

A great opportunity came up to buy an already-finished home in a small gated community ... so I've put my home up for sale. Now I am constantly on the alert and must keep my home in "open house" shape all the time ... and be ready to grab Stoney and jump in the car when someone wants to look at the home. My BIL, my niece, and her husband are in real estate, so they are handling things ... but it is still incredibly stressful. I am hoping for a quick offer and a fast escrow on this house, so Stoney and I can move by Labor Day. Everyone, please keep your fingers crossed that I sell quickly.

Happy Birthday, Jo & Harry!

Solitaire

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azi - Jul 31, 2007 10:15 am (#1016 of 2984)

Choices - I've been having trouble too. I thought it was just my Internet connection. Generally I find that it's just this forum and Lilly P's forum which won't load. The Fanfiction forum is fine. My error message tends to claim that the web address doesn't exist.

We actually have sun for once! It's lovely.

**waves** to everyone!

Edit - crossing my fingers for you to sell your house quickly, Soli!

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mollis - Jul 31, 2007 10:16 am (#1017 of 2984)

Solitaire- So, did your swamp dry up then? Hope so. Good luck with the sale!

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Solitaire - Jul 31, 2007 10:19 am (#1018 of 2984)

Oh, Mollis! Yes, the problem was with my "back fence" neighbor's yard. She got right on it--well, her landlord did--and things were back to normal in about 2 days. I'm sorry ... I thought I posted about that. It actually happens that I know her from a few years back. She used to be my pedicurist, before she had her last child. Anyway, they are there only temporarily ... moving to the beach in a month.

Thanks for the encouragement, Azi and Mollis! I will need it. Sometimes I think I need my head examined for selling in such a market ... but my sister and BIL sold their home in about a week, so ... **fingers crossed**

Solitaire

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azi - Jul 31, 2007 10:35 am (#1019 of 2984)

Selling a home in a week? Sounds super quick to me! My next-door neighbours still haven't sold their house, can't remember when it went on the market. **continued good luck**

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Puck - Jul 31, 2007 10:42 am (#1020 of 2984)

Soli, good luck with the house sale!

Azi, am I daft? I don't quite get your tag line.

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painting sheila - Jul 31, 2007 11:05 am (#1021 of 2984)

Good luck Soli!!

Azi - I don't get it either.

Yes - I have been having trouble with the forum. I keep getting the error message - especially if I try and post.

Have a good day everyone!

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Solitaire - Jul 31, 2007 11:19 am (#1022 of 2984)

I am having "intermittent" trouble. I sometimes have to close the pages and open a new page ... and then things are okay. Weird ...

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Accio Sirius - Jul 31, 2007 11:26 am (#1023 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Harry and Jo!

I love that the new book brought so many people back here!

Thanks again for all of the hugs. It's like a warming mug of butterbeer!

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Mediwitch - Jul 31, 2007 11:29 am (#1024 of 2984)

Good luck with your house, Soli! We sold ours in 5 days, so I hope you can too!!

I've also had intermittent problems on the Forum, but I assumed it was because we've been so busy with the new book and all Jo's interviews.

Happy Birthday 11to Harry and Jo!

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mollis - Jul 31, 2007 12:16 pm (#1025 of 2984)

Soli- Actually, I think that you did mention that you had spoken with your neighbor. My apologies for forgetting. I'll admit, my concentration is usually divided while on the forum. I am typically reading posts in one window while another window has something work-related open so that I can quickly flip back and forth. This is why I didn't allow myself to play in here for such a long time. I spent way too much time at work reading the forum and not enough time actually working. I know - its about time I "sorted out my priorities" and got back on here. Who needs to work, right?

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azi - Jul 31, 2007 12:28 pm (#1026 of 2984)

My tagline is written how you'd say it (in Yorkshire dialect) as it is apparently a Yorkshire saying. Much = muck. If you're 'as handy as a duck with a muck fork', then it means you're not very useful at all.

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Solitaire - Jul 31, 2007 12:45 pm (#1027 of 2984)

its about time I "sorted out my priorities" and got back on here. Who needs to work, right?

LOL Mollis! I completely agree! Unfortunately, my job doesn't permit much "playing" during the day. A few teachers at our school have already been verbally "spanked" for spending too much time online--and rightfully so, IMO. Frankly, I don't see how they do it. With 30+ junior high kids in my classroom, there is no way I am going to sit at my desk and play on the forum or anywhere else. I have each class for 45 minutes per day, and I make the most of those precious minutes. I'm up and moving around the room at all times. I may pop in here on my lunch hour, prep, or after school, but NEVER during class.

Solitaire

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Snuffles - Jul 31, 2007 12:52 pm (#1028 of 2984)

Good luck with selling your house Soli

azi, are these the delightfully quiet and pleasant neighbours you have mentioned before?

I sometimes sneak onto the forum during work hours to check the threads. (oh ok, so it's alot of the time )

love and hugs to all

Julie

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I Am Used Vlad - Jul 31, 2007 1:04 pm (#1029 of 2984)

azi, I just took that How Cynical Are You? test you have in your profile and got an 84. I may not be a Grammar God, but at least I'm really, really cynical.

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azi - Jul 31, 2007 1:05 pm (#1030 of 2984)

Yes they are Snuffles. They have quietened down recently though, it makes a change.

Teachers on the Internet during lessons? I'm surprised they aren't busy trying to make their pupils actually do some work and stop misbehaving (or was that just my school experience )! I did have one teacher who talked on his mobile during lessons, verbally abusing us to his friends. One guy pointed out to him that mobiles weren't allowed in lessons and he just pointed at the door and said 'Out!'. It was funny.

Edit - Ah cynicalism. 84%, you must be proud.

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Solitaire - Jul 31, 2007 1:12 pm (#1031 of 2984)

Azi, we had (no longer have) a teacher who was forever on her cell phone with her boyfriend during class. I used to hear about it constantly from my 7th graders (she taught 7th math, so we "shared" our students). She apparently also ate in class in front of her kids while giving them detentions for doing so. It's sad when a teacher is such a terrible role model.

Solitaire

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Catherine - Jul 31, 2007 1:20 pm (#1032 of 2984)

Just a little hello to everyone that I have not spoken to in the past two years. I have missed all of you very much and decided that it was time to come back to hang out.—Meg

I can't believe it's been that long! Time really does fly. It's great to see you back. I remember your wedding, too.

Hope things are going well for you now. See you in the threads!

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azi - Jul 31, 2007 1:23 pm (#1033 of 2984)

I agree Soli! The good news is that the lesson was only R.E., a class which no one cared about. It was compulsory but easy, and doing work was not needed to pass. The teacher spent a lot of the lessons teaching us history instead. He despaired at the ignorance of the younger generation.

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Tazzygirl - Jul 31, 2007 3:03 pm (#1034 of 2984)

Happy Birthday to Harry and Jo!

Soli- good luck selling your house!!

LOL, Sheila! I wonder if they have that type radio contest here. Probably not... The radio stations here aren't very good. They think the 'currently hot' music is stuff that was popular 6 years ago or so. lol

Azi- love the tag line! LOL

Have a day off, it shall be spent getting my car safety inspected (we don't have smog checks here, just a check to make sure everything is in working order.). Fun!

Welcome to all the new and old Forum members!

Happy RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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legolas returns - Jul 31, 2007 3:24 pm (#1035 of 2984)

Hee hee Azi. I had a look at your tag line and your Sesame St character. I did the quiz and came out as Cookie Monster. I had to answer the question what do you want to do right now-I wanted my dinner so I answered a snack. Hmph .

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Viola Intonada - Jul 31, 2007 5:33 pm (#1036 of 2984)

Happy Birthday to Jo and Harry!

I spent the day at "Artist for a Day" (paint pottery, they fire it and you can pick it up the next week). I did a picture frame in Hogwarts House colors and did a small owl and castle to stick onto the frame. It was eldest daughter and I's bonding time. Youngest is at Girl Scout camp this week.

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Puck - Jul 31, 2007 6:18 pm (#1037 of 2984)

Sounds fun, Viola.

I took Toddler Puck for a haircut today. She has a bob, soooo cute.

Azi, I apparently am not cynical. I only got like 20%. And I'm Big Bird.

Kathy

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Solitaire - Jul 31, 2007 6:27 pm (#1038 of 2984)

I'm only 28% cynical ... not too cynical but not completely gullible, either.

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Mediwitch - Jul 31, 2007 6:56 pm (#1039 of 2984)

w00t! A bank inspector came to look at the new house and said it's 85% complete! The septic tank comes tomorrow, so after that's in the excavator said he'll work on the grading, so we will soon be able to see what our front yard looks like!

Oh, yes, and I'm Ernie, and 48% cynical. I wouldn't have guessed Ernie was so cynical!

Like Soli, I wish I could get on the Forum during the school day, but there's no way! I'm with kids from 8:30-3:00, except for lunch, my half-hour drive between schools, and, if I'm lucky, a 30-minute-or-so prep.

EDIT: Oops, accidentally double-posted.


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Holly T. - Aug 1, 2007 8:17 am (#1040 of 2984)

Good luck with the house Solitaire!

One of daughter's good friends is going to be moving--her parents seem to think that they can get their house sold, buy a new house, and be moved by the end of August so their kids can start at their new school. Maybe they can, I don't know. When we sold our house four years ago it was on the market for four months. My sister's house was on the market for six months. Anyway, daughter is devastated about her friend moving away. She's only moving "across town," LOL, from one suburb to another. Still, she'll be over an hour away. Also, friend's parents have said that the reason for the move is that they don't want their daughter to attend the local high school--the one my daughter will be going to in a few years. So now my daughter is asking if there is something wrong with the school, why do her friend's parents think it isn't safe, not a good school, etc.

Son is on chapter 27 of DH. He thinks he might finish it over the weekend. Definitely by the end of next week.

Work is still weird. Sigh. At least I still have a job.

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John Bumbledore - Aug 1, 2007 8:45 am (#1041 of 2984)

Can't believe I missed it.

To Neville, Jo and Harry!
Happy Belated Birthday!

Soli, good luck with your house!

Azi, Snuffles, Good Evans, et. al, continued **sunshine charms**

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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journeymom - Aug 1, 2007 11:38 am (#1042 of 2984)

Just popping in to say, Soli, best of luck with your house, I hope all are well, healing and cheering charms to all who require them.

And now to click "Mark as Read". (I'm not going to try to read all 286 Chat messages.)

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Solitaire - Aug 1, 2007 5:48 pm (#1043 of 2984)

Thanks for the encouragement, everyone. It is scary to wait out a sale, but I feel a little better today. More showings are scheduled, so ... **fingers crossed**

I just heard on the news--saw, really--that a HUGE bridge in Minneapolis collapsed into the Mississippi River during rush hour.  I hope and pray any Forum members in Minneapolis are okay! **prayers and safety charms going out your way**

Solitaire

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Choices - Aug 1, 2007 6:05 pm (#1044 of 2984)

Indeed Soli, I add my prayers and safety charms to yours. We all know that spells and charms are stronger when cast together. Reminds me of the bridge collapse in HBP - scary.

Good luck with selling your house, Soli and may you be very happy in the new home you move into.

Love and {{{hugs}}} to all.

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Denise P. - Aug 1, 2007 6:12 pm (#1045 of 2984)

I got to meet Marie E. and her family today! She is currently visiting family so we arranged to meet at a half way point. We met up at a science museum, that was pretty cool. There was a lot of stuff there to do and look at. We had lunch at MacDonald's and then went to see more stuff at the museum. There was still a lot we didn't see but by 4 pm, I was done and wanted to get moving to try to get home before it was too late. We got a family pass for a year (it worked out to be about what I would have paid to get in and we got free passes for Marie's family) and I think we will end up going back since we are only about 120 miles from here. I was really glad to be able to meet up with Marie after we had a failed meet up a few years back.

Now, I am whipped from driving, touring and listening to the kids be silly in the car for a few hours.

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painting sheila - Aug 1, 2007 8:38 pm (#1046 of 2984)

How could I forget Neville!!?? Happy Birthday Neville!!!!! And many more!!

I took the cynical test - I am naive and only 12% cynical. I also found out I am Bert. Yeah! I always liked Bert, although I thought I would be more Elmo.

I have missed you all. I wasn't able to get on yesterday afternoon or evening and not at all today - well, until now of course. I get getting some strange site when I would try and log in. Thanks Mediwitch for your help!!

Soli - I hope your house sells quickly. I heard that you need to turn on every light in the house and bake cookies right before some one comes over to look at it. I guess every one wants a house with lots of light and who wouldn't want a house that smells like cookies!!Yum-o.

I am going to get a hair cut. I am tired of the long stringy mess. I am going right now . . before I chicken out! (gulp) Wish me luck.

She

Edit: Finally! I have just been able to get this posted. I wrote it much earlier today.

Hope no one was hurt in the bridge collapse!

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Marie E. - Aug 1, 2007 8:42 pm (#1047 of 2984)

Yes, the P. family and the E. family got to meet at last! The science museum was really cool and lunch at McDonald's was probably the best choice for 8 kids plus 3 adults. All the children behaved themselves beautifully, giving Denise and I a few moments to talk Girl Scouts and HP. We will definitely have to try to meet up the next time we are visiting out here.

I just got through reading the transcript of JKR's webcast. I kept calling Mr. E. over to read things so he finally just stayed and read over my shoulder.

We are flying home this Saturday. We won't get home until about 11:30pm and we have a wedding to attend the next day at 1:00pm. I've never heard of a Sunday afternoon wedding before. It is also a "no kids" wedding, which I've also never been to. We went to one wedding just after Lexi was born. It was our former babysitter and she insisted I bring the girls, even though Shayla was barely 2 and Lexi was 12 days old. It was a nightmare. The worst part was when we got to the reception no one was allowed to eat until the wedding party got back from taking pictures. Shayla was starving and had a massive meltdown that resulted in her throwing up. Good times!

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geauxtigers - Aug 1, 2007 11:12 pm (#1048 of 2984)

Well yall made me take that quiz. Apparently I'm only 16% cynical. LOL

I'm just popping in, I've been on the DH threads and haven't been here in a while!

School starts umm well ummm, errr next week **gasp** I can't believe I said it! That makes it more true, more believable! AHHH NOO!! On the plus side, I did find some super cute tennis shoes today

I'm almost done with my second reread of DH. Its a lot better this go round because I know what happens! My blood pressure didn't go down from the first chapter until the last when I read it the first time! LOL

Hope everyone is well, I'm just trying to soak up (literally as it has stormed virtually everyday here) whats left of summer! You know, it looks a lot shorter on this side of DH! Now with nothing to look forward to, its gone...

Only 28 days until kickoff! Geaux Tigers!

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Solitaire - Aug 1, 2007 11:51 pm (#1049 of 2984)

Good for you, Tori! You're too young to be cynical.

Sheila, I had trouble getting in a few hours ago, so I watched TV instead. I wish I'd gone to Turner Classic Movies sooner. I missed Liz Taylor in Elephant Walk, one of my favorite oldies. But I did see Suddenly Last Summer, with Liz, Montgomery Clift, and an incredibly manipulative character played by Katherine Hepburn. The performances were stellar, but it was a disturbing movie. Amazing what money was almost able to buy ...

Tori, 28 days till school starts? When did you let out? Our kids start back in 17 days. We start back in 10. Summer certainly did zip by quickly!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Aug 2, 2007 12:23 am (#1050 of 2984)

Hope no one we 'know' was hurt in the bridge collapse today!

School starts for me Aug. 20th. Soli- you are too right! The summer passed by so fast! I don't feel like I've had a long enough break. On the plus side- this will be my last semester of uni classes. Spring semester is 100% student teaching Monday-Friday. Then I graduate! w00t!

What is that quiz everyone is taking?

Nothing much going on here. My car is going in Friday to the mechanics. The various things I thought I could fix on my car turned out to be waaaay over my head, and so into the shop it goes. Not sure when I'll get it back. Oh well. Just as long as I get it back before school starts, I'm okay.

Hope all is well with all of you!

~Kristina

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azi - Aug 2, 2007 3:09 am (#1051 of 2984)

I also hope no one was hurt in the bridge collapse!

Tazzy - I believe the quizzes are towards the bottom of my profile.

I start back at uni in October.

Lovely days to all!

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Snuffles - Aug 2, 2007 5:47 am (#1052 of 2984)

Well apparently I am 25% cynical and I'm Bert

I hope everyone who lives near the bridge is ok. What a terrible thing to happen.

School starts here on Sept. 4th! It's etched into me like I have used one of Umbridge's quills! It's the day Olivia goes into the big wide world

My nephew phoned me at work to tell me he had his picture taken at platform 9 3/4 on Tuesday when he went to London. He is 10 and a massive Harry fan. he has nearly read HBP and cannot wait to start on DH.

*healing charms, hugs and Felix Felicis* to all those in need.

Julie

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The giant squid - Aug 2, 2007 6:40 am (#1053 of 2984)

Tsk, tsk....still haven't gotten the hang of "reparo"? ;-) LOL—Choices

Some days it works fine, others I'm like azi's duck. I blame the booth gremlins.

Just so those of you dreading the return of school know...the summer went by pretty darn fast for the rest of us, too. I can't believe it's August already!

--Mike

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mollis - Aug 2, 2007 6:51 am (#1054 of 2984)

I'm 32% cynical and also Bert. So, why are we all turning out to be Bert? It couldn't be our obsessive-compulsive behavior by any chance, could it?

I agree with all who said that summer went way too fast! I cannot believe its August. Good luck to all the students (Study hard and make us proud!) and teachers (God be with you!) as you head back to school.

And healing charms and everything else to all those in MN. What an awful tragedy.

I am having lunch today with a couple girls from work who have finally managed to finish DH. I am excited to finally be able to talk HP with living people! Not that you guys aren't great - it just takes a lot longer to have a conversation when typing it out. Mr. Mollis bought the audio books, but hasn't even started listening to them yet!

Have a great day everyone!

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Denise P. - Aug 2, 2007 6:57 am (#1055 of 2984)

Yay! Yay! It is August already! I am counting down the days until my kids are back in school. Tonight is our first leaders meeting for Cub Scouts so you know school is just around the corner. My "I don't have to do homework" son who is in summer school only has until next week. Right now, we are pretty sure that he has managed to pass the two classes he failed and will be continuing on to 9th grade. Since he is in high school now, this also means he will be getting up way early to attend an early morning class at church. He is kinda surly about that but will get used to it.

Since I went to go meet Marie & Co yesterday, I have a lot of stuff to do today, including mopping a few floors (our kitchen, breakfast nook, laundry room and hallway are all connected) and cleaning the bigger bird cage. Yay.

I am trying to think up a Harry Potter related swap. A swap is a little doodad that girl scouts trade with one another. I signed up for a swap to be mailed in September, a fairy tale/nursery rhyme swap. I was thinking of doing a Harry Potter one, for a different swap.

In a small clear bag, I was thinking of putting: a wand, a cauldron (probably cut from card stock), History of Magic, a feather (for a quill) and a frog cut out. This is all scaled to size and would have to fit into a little bag about 1.5" x 2.5" I would put a cardstock header on that says "Hogwarts Supply Kit" or something like that, what do you think? The book would be blank, the wand probably from a toothpick...

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mollis - Aug 2, 2007 7:26 am (#1056 of 2984)

Too right, Denise. I completely forgot - Congratulations to the moms whose kids will soon be going back to school! And your swap sounds really cool! Do they all have to be the same, or could you have some with frogs, some with owls and some with rats?

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Denise P. - Aug 2, 2007 7:55 am (#1057 of 2984)

They do not have to be the same, just similar. I could do some with rats but you know, they were not on the list. Owl, toad and cat were on the list. Let's just ignore the fact that Ron brought Scabbers. I am making mini binoculars and some are purple, some are teal...still binoculars.

Can someone explain to me how, using a cleaning wipe where nothing except your hand is touching the wipe, cleaning a bathroom is going to cause your hand to rot and fall off? Apparently it will since my kids act like that when I ask them to actually clean their bathroom. All I am asking for is a wipe down using a cleaning wipe...I do the actual scrubbing. I will also assume that others have a magical dining room/kitchen where the floor doesn't extend UNDER the table since when asked to sweep the floor, it is never touched. Somehow, the "floor" only covers the area directly behind a chair (but not to the napkin 1" away UNDER the table) I am waiting for the day when they are grown and ask me to sweep the floor at their house....

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Holly T. - Aug 2, 2007 8:02 am (#1058 of 2984)

Denise, for the HP swaps, what about just a cutout of a hat for the Sorting Hat and make the tags different with something about each house, like they'd been Sorted.

Cub Scout popcorn sale starts next Saturday. Since I know I won't see husband and son all day, I'm going to a service team meeting that will probably last all day. I got all of the new troop packs and stuff at service team conference last weekend.

Scary about the bridge collapse! My son, who is still reading DH, is concerned that it might be the work of You-Know-Who.

We have three and a half more weeks until school starts! I pre-ordered daughter's school supplies from the PTO at her school but need to find a list for what son will need.

Editing--Denise, the only way I can get my daughter to help clean the bathroom is to assure her that I will clean the toilet. I learned recently that son actually enjoys scrubbing the bathtub. I intend to take advantage of this.

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Solitaire - Aug 2, 2007 9:02 am (#1059 of 2984)

explain to me how, using a cleaning wipe where nothing except your hand is touching the wipe, cleaning a bathroom is going to cause your hand to rot and fall off

Oh, no!! **running to check hand under light, since I use lots of those cleaning wipes!** Whew!! My hand is still attached and not a sign of rot! I love those Clorox wipes. Now that my house always has to look "just cleaned," I take one each day and wipe it over the shower (after I squeegie it dry) and all tile and porcelain surfaces. Since my house is clean, those wipes really make the bathrooms and kitchen look nice.

Um, Holly ... do you rent out your son? LOL I hate scrubbing the tub, not because it is particularly dirty, but because my nails are such a mess, and every time my hands go into water they come out with a broken or cracked nail. I must be the calcium queen (I consume lots of milk, milk products, veggies high in calcium, etc.) ... but my nails have been a disaster since about May. They have begun to peel, chip, and break. I've never had this problem before, and I am a bit concerned. I do not wear long nails (too much typing) or have acrylics (my hands are in too much water), but I usually do keep my nails neatly manicured and wear clear polish. Lately, though, I look like a nail-biter. Any suggestions, ladies?

BTW, Denise, a small chopstick makes a good wand, if you ever need a more realistic one. (I refuse to tell how I know this! LOL)

I am so excited ... my massage has been moved to this morning at 10 a.m., and boy, do I ever need it. My right hip is really achy. Also, if my therapist's next client has cancelled, I will finally get a facial. I am waaaaaaaay overdue, as it's been at least a year.

Even though you-know-what is starting soon, I am really excited this year ... for the first time in a long time. We are getting at least five new teachers--a HUGE turnover considering the small size of our staff. Of course, I liked the other teachers just fine--one of them is a very close friend, and I'll miss having her around--but I've met some of the new ones and they are younger and really upbeat. Last year was a hard year on our staff, and morale was low (not the fault of our principal, who is a great man). Anyway, I am hoping some "new blood" will infuse a shot of enthusiasm into the junior high staff. It's the first time in a long time that I can remember feeling really great about things.

Solitaire

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Puck - Aug 2, 2007 11:01 am (#1060 of 2984)

Denise, LOL! It's day four of my "No tv, snacks, desserts, or playing with friends until the room is clean", and it's almost finally done. I feel bad for the neighbor kid, who comes every afternoon looking for Son, only to be told he hasn't finished his room yet. Yesterday we were going to go to the zoo, but didn't. I rubbed it in by saying I would take the baby once the others were back in school. (The 29th of August. We got the Kindergarten letter yesterday.)

Well, I'm going to get them to clean that last corner, as I want to go to the lake this afternoon after Toddler Puck is up from her nap. She's begging to "paddle-kick, swim!"

Glad I finally got here. Sheila, I keep getting that weird page, too. It's all world crossing forums, not just this one.

Kathy

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 2, 2007 1:06 pm (#1061 of 2984)

I was getting that page too, this morning. Looked like someone was hijacking the forumers. But maybe it was just a World Crossing problem? ( *wanting not to be cynical, but finding it difficult in this case...*)

I don't live close to the bridge collapse, but I do live in MN, and I have probably been over that bridge in the past. What a horrible accident! I'm a little worried about my friend, Gryffindora, who does live in the Twin Cities; I haven't heard from her yet. But she might just be on vacation...

We're going to try to go to a park this afternoon, since it's a little cooler than it's been.

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Denise P. - Aug 2, 2007 1:07 pm (#1062 of 2984)

It is a WX problem. They are aware of it and attempting to get it corrected. If you get redirected, just try again. There doesn't seem to be any pattern to who/when you get redirected and it usually is only for a short time.

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Tazzygirl - Aug 2, 2007 1:08 pm (#1063 of 2984)

Thanks Azi! So I am.... 44% cynical, and I'm also Bert. I went through again and just clicked on random things, and managed to get Oscar the Grouch. LOL

I had no problem cleaning the sinks, floors, and bathtub when required to do so at my parents house. I hated doing the toilet, and could swear my hand would fall off if I touched it.

Ooooh, for those interested (I forgot to mention this last night): 'Dog' the Bounty Hunter came to my store last night to do a book signing and give a speech. I have no idea what he gave speech on, but there you go. I left work three hours before he appeared.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

EDIT: I haven't had a problem with WX yet!

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John Bumbledore - Aug 2, 2007 1:09 pm (#1064 of 2984)

Oh! Yay! The forum is back! I was starting withdrawal symptoms.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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I Am Used Vlad - Aug 2, 2007 1:12 pm (#1065 of 2984)

Denise, did you get to see pictures of young Coby?

I'm also Bert!!!

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journeymom - Aug 2, 2007 1:32 pm (#1066 of 2984)

I'm 32% cynical and apparently, I'm Cookie Monster...

Well, I do like my cookies.

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Denise P. - Aug 2, 2007 1:41 pm (#1067 of 2984)

You know, we discussed the Squid's hair (were your ears burning, Mike?) but Coby didn't come up. I meant to ask about it. We also spoke about Marie's running refrigerator

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kaykay1970 - Aug 2, 2007 1:47 pm (#1068 of 2984)

40% cynical and I'm Big Bird!

Amy, I hope you hear from Gryffindora soon! I'll be praying that she is safe!

My kids go back to school tomorrow! Summer break has flown by!

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Choices - Aug 2, 2007 2:00 pm (#1069 of 2984)

Tazzy, I can't wait to tell my daughter about Dog, The Bounty Hunter being in your store. She loves Dog.

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legolas returns - Aug 2, 2007 3:04 pm (#1070 of 2984)

I am only 72% cynical-As little as that? and I came out as Cookie Monster.

Hope everyone is well. Healing and cheering charms to those that need them.

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Solitaire - Aug 2, 2007 3:39 pm (#1071 of 2984)

Yikes! Lots of cynics around here! I've had sporadic trouble getting into the Forum, too. Sometimes I can close and reopen my browser (Safari) and it is fine. Other times ... nothing.

Solitaire

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legolas returns - Aug 2, 2007 4:03 pm (#1072 of 2984)

WX seems to like me better today than it has done for the last two days.

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TomProffitt - Aug 2, 2007 4:35 pm (#1073 of 2984)

44% cynical and Bert (I thought that I'd be the guy in the trash can). I thought that I was more cynical than that, but those choices were really cynical. Of course there are a lot of things I don't take much stock in, but I don't waste energy being disgusted by them. (Like Paris & Nicole, et al)

Also lots of problems with World Crossing when I try to post, spell check, & edit. A nice thank you for upgrading to premium membership.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 2, 2007 5:35 pm (#1074 of 2984)

I came out as 28% cynical (I was robbed!) and Oscar the Grouch. How can Oscar the Grouch only be 28% cynical???

Today, one of our cats managed to turn his white ruff into an orange one when he jumped on the kitchen counter and got too curious about a pot I had soaking that I had used for heating spaghetti sauce the night before. I could bathe him but whenever I do that he always sounds like I'm trying to kill him.

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Viola Intonada - Aug 2, 2007 5:44 pm (#1075 of 2984)

I am 36% cynical and am Bert.

Summer is going by too fast. I still have so many things I want to accomplish before school starts back up (which is in almost 3 weeks). I still have to scrape wallpaper paste off of my kitchen walls and repaint said walls. In the upstairs bathroom, we still have to put in 2 medicine cabinets, storage cabinet and new light fixtures. Not to mention that we still need to clean out the garage, rip out the carpeting in the living room and replace it with laminate. Oh, and I still need to take my kids school supply shopping.

Tomorrow I pick youngest up from camp, then life should be quiet for awhile. At least I won't be making major car trips.

I'm glad the Denise's and the Marie's got together this time.

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Holly T. - Aug 2, 2007 7:19 pm (#1076 of 2984)

Lupin is Lupin, too funny about your cat. Whenever we bathe our kitty he tries to kill us.

My husband is a fan of Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Daughter just called from vacation with my parents. She is having a good time.

Anyway, I completely lost my train of thought!

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Mediwitch - Aug 2, 2007 7:45 pm (#1077 of 2984)

Denise: I am waiting for the day when they are grown and ask me to sweep the floor at their house....

Well, hopefully they will be like our kids and will NOT ask for such a thing because they KNOW what will happen. It's remarkable what happens when they move out on their own! Heather's room was ALWAYS disgusting, except for the first hour after we made her clean it. We have now unexpectedly stopped by her apartment a couple of times and it has been nearly as clean as it was on the occasions when she knew we were coming! Better yet was when she started complaining about what a slob her roommate was...we just laughed, and she had the grace to actually blush and admit she now understood where we had been coming from all this time.

Mr. Mediwitch Sr. had a big meltdown this evening. He has had a rough couple of weeks but this was a classic Alzheimer's angry/aggressive outburst. Usually we can manage to avoid the blow-ups, but this one was like a runaway train - there was no stopping it. I am worried that losing his sister has pushed him over the edge.

On better news, our chimney is done, our septic is done, Comcast came and pulled the cable through the conduit today...we're making progress on the house!

EDIT: Holly, impressive! Your daughter has a strong skull and a good sense of balance!

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Denise P. - Aug 2, 2007 7:57 pm (#1078 of 2984)

LOL isn't that the truth, Mediwitch? My oldest used to complain about how I never mopped the floor or ran the vacuum. She took care of everyone (5 kids at the time) when I went in the hospital to have Kierynn. She didn't have me there for 3 days. When I got back, she could not stop telling me how she would mop the floor and then it would barely be dry before it looked like a wreck again. I just smiled and nodded "I have told you for years, I mop and vacuum nearly everyday and you didn't believe me" She finally understood what a chore it is to keep the house picked up and looking decent.

Holly, neat pic!

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Julie Aronson - Aug 2, 2007 8:48 pm (#1079 of 2984)

OK Squid Mike, based on your suggestion (from a loooooong time ago) I watched Grandma's Boy.

It was HILARIOUS!!! Not at all forum-friendly, but I really needed a laugh, and that movie delivered. You can pick 'em for me any time.

Julie

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geauxtigers - Aug 2, 2007 9:19 pm (#1080 of 2984)

Tori, 28 days till school starts? When did you let out? Our kids start back in 17 days. We start back in 10. Summer certainly did zip by quickly!

Nope, thats 28, well now its 27 days until kickoff for the first LSU game. I'm starting to get fidgety waiting for football back! LOL School starts next Friday. And no I haven't got a clue why the first day is always a Friday. But then again, who would have thought that September 1 is always a Sunday and September 2nd a Monday? LOL

Scary about the bridge. My first thought was Voldemort was behind it, but then I remembered he's dead... Thats really scary though, they were giving all sorts of stats on bridges across the country. There is something like 20% of them are in need of major repair work ect. Really sad.

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Solitaire - Aug 2, 2007 9:43 pm (#1081 of 2984)

The Forum seems rather fickle for me tonight. On and off I get the "can't connect to the server" messages. Anyone else having this trouble? Actually, I guess it is probably just as well. My right wrist and thumb are very sore, and typing is not helping. Perhaps I'll give it a rest for tonight and take some Extra-Strength Tylenol P.M.

Solitaire

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painting sheila - Aug 2, 2007 10:30 pm (#1082 of 2984)

Yeah!! I was able to get on .. now what did I want to say? hmmm??

Denise - Was it you making the trades for GS? What about some sort of jelly bean for Bertie Botts? Or are you trying to stick to the "list" we all received from Hogwarts? You could get those die-cuts of books and write the different names of books required for !st year, 2nd year, etc. . . You could also put a gold star or badge in there with a "P" embossed on it. . . . . you could put a small gold bead for a snitch, . . . . or an acorn top with the bottom (top) sanded down to make it flat. Spray paint it black and call it a cauldron . . (Okay I will stop now!)

It's official. I took Doodle Bugs birth certificate and shot records to his school. He is "on the list" for kindergarten. I have tried to deny the fact that the last one is starting school (sigh) but it is inevitable. 25 days and counting.

I am working the gate at Hot Summer Nights tonight. I plan on getting eaten by ants and sweating bullets. . . but I also plan on starting my re-read of DH. Whoohoo!!

Griffindora - has anyone heard from her?

Edit: WX must hate me. I can't get on at all, and if by some miracle I do get on, I can't post, or spell check, or edit. (Now that I have said that watch this one go through!)

Holly T - What talent!! You should be a proud mother!

Edit #2: See! Told you it would post since I said it wouldn't.

There is some good info from Kip on the top thead " World Cross Problems" You may want to read it and see if it helps you out in anyway.

It may be the Bert and Cynical things I added to my profile that is slowing me down. I don't know whether to take them off now or leave them.

She

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Tazzygirl - Aug 2, 2007 11:42 pm (#1083 of 2984)

Awesome picture, Holly!!

Dog the Bounty Hunter kind of scares me. LOL!

Still haven't had any problems with WX. They must like me. LOL

Heading to bed. (it's only 8:45 pm and it feels like midnight...)

~Kristina

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Chemyst - Aug 3, 2007 5:20 am (#1084 of 2984)

WX has been very messed up for me. Sometimes I get redirected to a site called should.com (I should say THAT is a misnomer!) Many, many times I get logged off and I am viewing as a guest so everyone's avatars suddenly have borders around them again –of course, John's avatars always have borders, but that is because they are fake. And when I go to the Your Forms page, if I can get to the Your Forums page, it says world crossing has 0 forums.

I wasn't going to bother with the cynicism test because I'm naturally skeptical and distrusting of the accuracy on those quizzes; but after so many of you posted scores, I did anyway and came in at 68%. I now face the conundrum of possibly having to admit my cynicism may have been unwarranted.

As for cleaning stories… I was recently home alone for nearly a week and OH MY GOODNESS! I could not believe how much food stayed in the refrigerator! I never had to "eat it now, because it won't be there in an hour." Nothing got moved out of its place. The dishwasher took 5, that's FIVE days to get full enough to run and even then it was not packed (And I ate out only once.) The laundry hamper stayed nearly empty. Is that what it is like to be single?

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The giant squid - Aug 3, 2007 7:24 am (#1085 of 2984)

Almost, Chemyst, though single folks usually don't bother with dishwashers or filling the fridge.

I don't clean nearly as often as I should, but since we don't have children all we really have to deal with are dust & clutter. When Mrs. Squid or I finally decide to do something about it, it doesn't take that long to rectify. If I weren't such a packrat it would be even easier--yes, I do need that mailer for digital cable, even though I have no intention of getting it right now. It may come in handy somewhere down the line...

Denise, my ears didn't burn but that's probably because Marie's always talking about my hair. I think she's jealous.

Julie Aronson: Wow, that was a while ago. Glad you liked it. I haven't been offering as many movie reviews/suggestions lately, as I no longer work as a projectionist (got bumped up to technician). Sadly, our early morning schedule makes it hard to stay up late on Thursdays to screen movies...

--Mike

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Mrs. Sirius - Aug 3, 2007 7:39 am (#1086 of 2984)

azi, I tried taking your tests, I didn't know what to answer when it asked what codes it should give. That's pretty sad. As a choice I don't LiveJournal, never been to Facebook, barely manage some HTML, I don't remember the other options. There are just too many. I can't keep up with all this new media.

One of my kids had a dentist appointment. I offered to read DH to the youngest while waiting for her sister. My son and the others were playing video games with another child in the waiting room. Maria came over and pointed out that the boy sitting there "might" be reading it too, she was concerned. I asked the child and of course, he was reading it too. So I told Ili, I would not be able to read to her.

My 11 year old and oldest girl (age 8 +2 minutes) have now finished reading it on there on.

Last night I had problems getting on WX. I got on but then couldn't post.

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Caius Iulius - Aug 3, 2007 8:40 am (#1087 of 2984)

Muis, my pearl dwarf hamster has died. :sad:

RESTE IN PACE, MUIS. (Latin is appropriate at funerals).

I have buried him under my Christmas tree in the garden.

I have trouble too with the Lexicon programme. Suddenly when I want to post something or when I press "mark as read", I get a notice that the computer cannot find the internet page.

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Choices - Aug 3, 2007 8:57 am (#1088 of 2984)

Caius, so sorry to hear about the passing of Muis. R.I.P.

Hope everyone has a good Friday and a restful, pleasant weekend.

Healing charms and cheering charms to all who need them. Love and {{{hugs}}} to all.

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Betty Boop - Aug 3, 2007 10:14 am (#1089 of 2984)

HI Everyone!!!

I can finally post again. I forgot my password and had to register again. I have been able to read but not post. Thanks to Kip for all your help.

Caius, sorry to hear of your lost,(((HUGS))).

Soli, good luck on your house going for sale.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!! My vacation ends today. Its hard to believe how fast it can go.

Hugs always

boop

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painting sheila - Aug 3, 2007 11:52 am (#1090 of 2984)

Cauis - (((hugs))) I am sorry to hear of your loss. What a wonderful place to find rest though - under a Christmas tree.

Thanks Denise for your advice of the "problems Thread". I will not touch anything!! on my profile and try and be patient.

I took Agnes shopping today. Littlest Guy did not co-operate! Do you have any idea how hard it is to navigate a shopping cart with an 85 year old, hard of hearing, blind lady holding on AND! trying to keep track of a 6 year old running down the aisle feeling like Richard Petty with his mini shopping cart? I could have sworn I heard the entire store start to clap as we walked out. Jeez!!

Guess what?! . . Okay! I'll tell you, Oldest Daughter and I got our passports today!! Yeah!! They came in the mail - so we are all good to go to England as far as that part is concerned. Now just to raise the money . . . . anyone want to buy some candy?

Boop - Sorry to hear your vacation is over. I hope you had a good one while it lasted.

Soli - how is the house selling going?

I hope this post - (holding breath)

Have a great day!

She

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Solitaire - Aug 3, 2007 12:17 pm (#1091 of 2984)

Chemyst: I never had to "eat it now, because it won't be there in an hour." Nothing got moved out of its place. The dishwasher took 5, that's FIVE days to get full enough to run and even then it was not packed (And I ate out only once.) The laundry hamper stayed nearly empty. Is that what it is like to be single?

Pretty much ... unless you have lots of visitors who do not mind helping themselves to your sodas, food, snacks, etc. I average one dishwasher run per 7-10 days. I generally put the dog dishes in to make it full and keep them nice longer. My dishwasher also occasionally functions as a drying rack for pots and pans, since I clean those with Barkeeper's Friend and a "chore girl" to make them shine like new all the time.

single folks usually don't bother with dishwashers or filling the fridge. Speak for yourself, Mr. Squid! I'll bet you couldn't tell my fridge from a "family fridge," except that mine might be a tad cleaner and more organized than some ... although my sister's and nieces' fridges are always clean, full, and organized.

Caius, I'm sorry about your hamster. I had one named Corvair when I was a kid, and he was a sweetie. Will you get another one?

Thanks for the continued good wishes on my house. So far, no nibbles, and my agent will be away for 3 days. My BIL is supposed to be covering for him, so hopefully he will bring a few prospects to see the house this weekend. I think he might be a bit more aggressive, especially since he and my sister were the ones who talked me into this "adventure" in the first place! I'm going to work on the front porch area of my home, too ... clean the front door with Murphy's Oil Soap Liquid Gold, add a few color bowls to the little baker's rack and replace a plant in the flower bed. I bought a colorful new welcome mat this a.m., and it looks very spiffy! **fingers still crossed**

I was still having intermittent problems here last night ... but hopefully they are over now. Have a nice Friday, everyone!

Solitaire

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Accio Sirius - Aug 3, 2007 12:56 pm (#1092 of 2984)

Didn't JKR say somewhere she basically stopped cleaning her house the whole time she was writing the first Potter book? I'm not creating anything like that, but I've adopted her "let sleeping dust bunnies be," attitude. My daughter goes to Girl Scout camp on Sunday. Maybe I'll start getting some things done then.

Denise, did you make it to the GS Sing Along in May in DC? There were so many cute swaps to be had. I love the idea of a Harry Potter swap. I'll have to try and think of ideas to add to your collection.

Holly, I'm glad to hear that the cub scouts will be selling the popcorn soon. That is the best microwave popcorn ever! And yes, I consider myself somewhat of an expert in that area!

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Allison R - Aug 3, 2007 1:20 pm (#1093 of 2984)

Phew, I can get back into the Forum!! For about four days there I couldn't get in at all, just kept getting redirected to some maddening "should.com" page instead. Then, this morning, I could finally, finally get back in. I was so excited! I read happily for about 15 minutes and then... my IP went out LOL

We just switched IPs at the beginning of this week, so after a couple of hours we figured out we could disconnect the new and go back to the old IP (which we hadn't got around to cancelling yet) and we're back up and running again, albiet at a slower speed. I'll take it, though. I missed you guys! (and those of you lucky ones who could get in have been very busy posting-- OY!)

Soli, felix felicis to you on getting your house sold!

Caius, I'm sorry to hear about your hamster. We used to have a black bear hampster named "Rougey" (that's "rouge" "eee")(I don't know why, my oldest daughter named him and that's what she picked). His name still comes up fondly on a regular basis and we miss him.

Prayers and well-wishes for all those affected by the bridge tragedy = (

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painting sheila - Aug 3, 2007 1:22 pm (#1094 of 2984)

Soli- My dad uses his dishwasher to store food in. It is air tight so not buggies can get in - plus it helps keep it all fresh. Very funny to have Littlest Guy ask for a cookie and be told "Sure. Look in the dishwasher."

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journeymom - Aug 3, 2007 1:26 pm (#1095 of 2984)

Lupin is Lupin- my husband will never let me forget that when we first started dating I turned him down for a date once because I needed to wash the cat. The poor thing had fleas! It wasn't like I was just making up any excuse to not go out with him! He's convinced I was having a moment of doubt.

Mediwitch, calming charms to Mr Mediwitch Sr.

RIP, Muis. Happy scurrying in the Great Granary in the Sky.

What's the saying? Cleaning a house while children are growing is like shoveling snow while it's still snowing. I cling to that adage.

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Denise P. - Jul 14, 2007 4:02 pm (#1096 of 2984)
Edited Aug 3, 2007 1:40 pm

No, I didn't go to the Sing A Long in DC but Kaitlyn did. She brought cherry pie SWAPS, blueberry pie SWAPS and Hermy the Wormy SWAPS. She didn't trade for many and got some patches. I actually was a bit surprised at the cheap, quickly done SWAPS she brought home. I mean come on, put a little effort into it. Usually, when we do swaps, they are cute, fun and not just a piece of cardstock/craft foam with a pin shoved through it.

Kaity is doing a Halloween swap, I am doing a Fall swap through a Yahoo Group. I decided I like SWAPs probably more than she does. I am trying to find something cool for her to make that is a bit different but not too difficult. I found a really easy Indian corn one but she wanted Halloween. I am making little fall girls with acorn hats.

Yay! No Cub Scout popcorn here!!! My new Pack doesn't do popcorn, they sell mulch instead and have for years. It is amazing to me how different it is with the new pack versus my old pack (and council even)

Clean house..isn't that an oxymoron?

We had 2 dwarf hamsters at one point, Blizzard and Sandi. They were sisters and lived well over two years, elderly for dwarf hamsters. It still doesn't make losing them any easier.

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painting sheila - Aug 3, 2007 2:27 pm (#1097 of 2984)

Denise P- the thrill of finding a really good SWAP is lost on alot of people in the scouting worlds I am afraid. Wouldn't you want to make a SWAP that people go "OH! Where did you find that one?" Jeez - some people’s children!

Speaking of some people's children, my lovely daughter just called from the mall to let me know she and some friends were going to go and see Harry Potter at the movies. She forgot that she is supposed to be working the parking lot tonight. ARGGHH! Guess who is doing it instead?!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 3, 2007 2:36 pm (#1098 of 2984)

...my husband will never let me forget that when we first started dating I turned him down for a date once because I needed to wash the cat. The poor thing had fleas!---journeymom

I feel like Richard Dreyfuss in Jaws saying this but, "I got that beat. I got that beat." I had to cancel my first date with my husband because the dog died. He was determined to rebook that date just so he could show his face at work again.

I decided I like SWAPs probably more than she does.---Denise P.

Denise, I don't think that's a surprise to anyone here. The minute I read about you using a toothpick for a wand, I pretty much figured you were loopy about the whole thing.

After my umpteenth attempt at knitting a sock (damn those dpn's), I am knitting something I know I can do--a hat. It's the most gorgeous spring green alpaca I purchased while on vacation in Maine. It's incredibly soft. I don't know who it's for because I'm totally not going to do a gauge and will just have to decide when it's done who it's most likely to fit.

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Accio Sirius - Aug 3, 2007 3:51 pm (#1099 of 2984)

Okay, I am totally into the Harry Potter swap idea. I've always loved miniatures and swaps are really fun and cute. You could do a little Hogwarts welcome envelope like the one all young wizards receive. I noticed on ebay they have miniature copies of the books--which wouldn't be hard to make but I wonder about copyright infringement. Although no money is exchanged for swaps....**goes off to contemplate more swap ideas**

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Lavandula - Aug 3, 2007 5:06 pm (#1100 of 2984)

Hello, Everyone!!!!

I've been without internet access since July 21st at the time I picked up my book. We are one day away from home now, and at a hotel where I can finally get online. It was hard to finish during our vacation, but I was actually glad that it took five days so that I could savor the reading. Mr. L couldn't quite understand the box of tissues needed to finish.

I've so wanted to get here to hear what you all had to say!!! Since there were 350 or so posts to read, I skipped most of them.

Off to read the posts.

Glad to be back!

Cathy
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The giant squid - Aug 3, 2007 6:05 pm (#1101 of 2984)

Betty!! (((hugs))) Too bad about the lost password, but thankfully we've got you back among us.

Soli, I did say "usually". I'd think that most of us fall closer to the "unusual" category.

Caius, so sorry about Muis.

--Mike

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Solitaire - Aug 3, 2007 6:51 pm (#1102 of 2984)

Sheila, that has to be the first time I've heard that one (food storage in the dishwasher). I do, however, store baking pans in my oven. I have room for them in cabinets, but I'm short and I don't like to climb the step-ladder to reach the high cupboards ... so I keep 'em in the oven.

Soli, I did say "usually".
Mike, that may have been true of some of my single friends when I was in my early 20s. Since I"ve been 25-30, however, even my single friends own their own homes, where serious cooking, eating, and dishwashing is done ... and refrigerators are loaded! Lots of them even have outdoor kitchens, complete with sinks and fully-stocked refrigerators. Maybe it's just different here in central California!

Solitaire

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haymoni - Aug 3, 2007 6:59 pm (#1103 of 2984)

There were 1102 posts to read on this thread when I finally made my way back    so I hit the magic button. Forgive me!

I just wanted to say that you all are just the finest bunch of folks and I'm absolutely thrilled to have read these books with all of you.

I know our speculations are far from over, but I've really had a blast with all of you and I just wanted to let you know!

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kaykay1970 - Aug 3, 2007 7:44 pm (#1104 of 2984)

I wanted to let you all know that Gryffindora (in Minnesota) is safe!

My kids had a nice first day of school! The 16 year old had a great time. The Army National Guard hosted a back to school event. He spent most of the day having fun on the rock climber and jousting with his friends!

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Marie E. - Aug 3, 2007 8:05 pm (#1105 of 2984)

My kids go back to school on the 16th. Lexi is very excited and Shayla is hoping she gets Mrs. Worden, who was her second grade teacher.

Shayla thought of a swap to give Kaitlyn, Denise, and she told me to keep it a secret. The only time we've exchanged swaps is for Thinking Day with our Service Unit. Harry Potter swaps sound really fun.

I didn't show off pictures of Cobain because I don't have that many. My sister has never had a professional picture taken of him and most pictures I have are ones she emailed to me. We took pictures at his first birthday party last spring but they are all on my computer. He's very cute and looks a little like Lexi. I'll have to update the picture in my profile as that one is about a year old.

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painting sheila - Aug 3, 2007 9:50 pm (#1106 of 2984)

Hi everyone!

I went to see Bourne Ultimatum tonight and loved it! High energy and lots of close calls - loved the way it ended - or should I say the way it didn't end.

I have been trying to type with out looking at the keys today. I think it's going pretty well. I am amazed at how much I do know about the key board! Yeah me!

I am so glad to hear that Griffindora is okay. I too thought about the beginning of HBP when I heard about it. ***shivers***

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Tazzygirl - Aug 3, 2007 11:12 pm (#1107 of 2984)

Sorry about your hamster, Caius!

Dropped my car off at the mechanics. **crossing fingers** I get it back by Tuesday. (why I dropped it off on a Friday, I don't know...)

Whoo-hoo!! on the passports, Sheila! Speaking of which, I really need to get mine. Never know when I am going to need it.

I've got a pounding headache and have no energy what so ever. ick. maybe it's bedtime. Good thing I don't have work tomorrow!

**waves to Boop**

As a single person, I wash my dishes pretty much whenever I finish eating. During the school year they get washed every couple days or so (but I rinse them off immediately after eating). My fridge is also neat, organized, and mostly well stocked for when people come over. When my sister lived here, she would come over and pretty much eat everything.

I still haven't had any problems with WX...

Goodnight everyone!

~Kristina

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painting sheila - Aug 4, 2007 7:49 am (#1108 of 2984)

Tazzy - How much does a gallon of milk cost over there? I was floored when I saw it for $4.69 here! My kids go through 2 gallons every week to 10 days. I am glad to buy it for them but just wondered of it was high every where.

Hope your head ache feels better -

She

For the UK Forumners - What is Foot and Mouth? I saw a report that the numbers are "up". Is it the same disease as here?

She

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 4, 2007 8:39 am (#1109 of 2984)

Tazzy - How much does a gallon of milk cost over there? I was floored when I saw it for $4.69 here! My kids go through 2 gallons every week to 10 days. I am glad to buy it for them but just wondered of it was high every where.

YIPES! That's a lot of money! 'Course, I live in a dairy state, but we only pay 2-something a gallon. With all our kids, we go through about 8 gallons a week, so I'm really, REALLY glad we're not paying $4.69!

My mom has left, so I'm back to trying to get the rough draft of my book done. I still have a few pages of Chapter 16 left to go, and then I'm going to have to go back and kick it into shape -- I'm not very happy with it at the moment. Looks like it may be another week before it's finished.

Time to go make a shopping list and do the family shopping. *sigh*

Oh, and it's RAINING, for the first time in several weeks. We've been very dry for the past month, so I hope it rains all day and into tomorrow!

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Choices - Aug 4, 2007 9:12 am (#1110 of 2984)

Sheila, I live in Mobile, Al and I pay $3.46 for a gallon of WalMart brand fat free milk. My family (three of us) drinks lots of milk - it is nothing for me to buy 4 - 6 gallons a week, so it adds up. My daughter and granddaughter drink it like water.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Love and {{{hugs}}} to all.

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Puck - Aug 4, 2007 9:48 am (#1111 of 2984)

Well, let's hope I can post this time!

I've had a busy couple of days. The kids room finally got clean enough to run a vacuum. So, we went to the lake on Thursday and the Museum yesterday. Today's my birthday, and I just managed to find a sitter, so hubby and I can go see OotP, finally!

Jo is seeming to have seer blood - bridges collapsing, Pluto being blasted from the planet room.... Prayers to all effected by the former.

Sorry to hear about your hamster, Caius. Hard to loose a pet.

Sheila, you're just signing up for Kindergarten now? We signed up back in February, the kids had their screening in March, and I got the letter with the teachers name and other info on Wednesday.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Kathy

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Choices - Aug 4, 2007 9:56 am (#1112 of 2984)

Happy Birthday, Puck. I wish you many more. Have a wonderful day!

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Solitaire - Aug 4, 2007 10:25 am (#1113 of 2984)

Milk and gasoline ... *sigh* The cost of a gallon of either is outrageous. I've heard on a couple of financial segments of the news that the high cost of milk is going to crank up the cost of things like a cheese pizza, as well as other cheesy food items (fast-food quesadillas, for example). Starbucks, too, is raising prices for the second time in about 10 months, since milk products account for a big chunk of their overhead. I've also read that they have begun the switch from whole milk to 2% in a lot of the espresso/latte drinks because 2% milk costs 8-10 cents a gallon less. Actually, it's healthier, though, so who cares?

I buy my milk and cheese (eggs, too) from Trader Joe's, where the cost is about 20-30% less expensive than in regular supermarkets. If you have a TJ's anywhere near you, check it out. Their milk usually has more distant expiration dates, too, than the regular markets around here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PUCK!!

Solitaire

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azi - Aug 4, 2007 10:43 am (#1114 of 2984)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PUCK!

I would say what milk costs in the UK, but we work in pints. I will say that I insist on full fat milk though - I don't like discoloured water.  

Shelia - Foot and Mouth is a virus which affects hooved farm animals, like cows and sheep. It hit the UK pretty badly in 2001, and the first confirmed cases since then occurred today. It spreads very quickly. Any animal with it must be incinerated to prevent spread, along with a lot of other measures like the banning of live transport and exclusion zones where it is detected.

Lovely weekends to all!

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Denise P. - Aug 4, 2007 10:57 am (#1115 of 2984)

Our milk varies from place to place. Generally outside of the commissary, the cheapest I find it is 2/$6. This is no matter what kind you get, 1%, skim, 2%, or whole. We generally buy 1% but the only one who gripes about the milk is the one in the house who doesn't use milk except maybe twice a week. The kids don't seem to notice if I get FF or if I buy whole, they drink it no matter what and never comment on it.

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journeymom - Aug 4, 2007 12:55 pm (#1116 of 2984)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PUCK!

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Chemyst - Aug 4, 2007 1:04 pm (#1117 of 2984)

Sheila, in the neck of the woods where I grew up, it was always called Hoof and Mouth disease because the viral infection affects mostly bovine animals and cloven-hoofed livestock. It causes blisters on, you guessed it, hooves and mouths. It is extremely rare in humans, although humans can easily transmit it between animals they work around. Which brings me to a story about my dad:

 My dad had a job in analytical research. Mostly he dealt with chickens but sometimes other farm animals. He would develop methods of finding traces of medicines and feed supplements left the meat to see if and when it would be safe to eat. Partly because he grew up on a farm and partly as a side to his job, he knew quite a bit about bacterial and viral infections in farm animals.

 One day when I was about 12, I got these horrible looking greenish-yellow-black spots on the top of my feet. It turned out that the spots were caused by some metal rivets in sandals that had been made in Brazil, but in the meantime he had me totally convinced it was hoof and mouth disease. He found that to be the funniest thing ever. In fact, he found so much humor in it that there was none left for me to find.

— I just googled and discovered the last major outbreak in the U.S. was in 1929. My dad is old enough to have remembered that.

Happy Birthday Puck!

Milk is generally just under $4 a gallon here unless you want the kind advertised as being from happy cows, in which case you pay about 10% more. But wouldn't that be making the distributors & retailers happy?

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journeymom - Aug 4, 2007 1:19 pm (#1118 of 2984)

He found that to be the funniest thing ever. In fact, he found so much humor in it that there was none left for me to find.

:rotflmbo Poor Chemyst!

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Tazzygirl - Aug 4, 2007 1:32 pm (#1119 of 2984)

Sheila: Tazzy - How much does a gallon of milk cost over there? I was floored when I saw it for $4.69 here!

A gallon of milk here costs approx. $6.00. I buy a half gallon for $4.00. It's really expensive here. You can buy 2 gallons at Sams or Costco for $6, but since I am the only one in my apartment, buying 2 wouldn't be beneficial. I barely drink a half gallon. My headache is gone- thanks! Just needed a good night's sleep.

Azi- 8 pints= 1 gallon.

Good luck with your book, RPS!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PUCK!! Have fun at the movies!!

LOL Chemyst!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Denise P. - Aug 4, 2007 1:39 pm (#1120 of 2984)

I have a young girl after my own heart here. Last night we took the kids to see OOP at the IMAX (don't ask). While watching, we got up to the point where Harry kisses Cho. Kierynn, who is 4, said with great disgust "Ewww! That is just stupid!" LOL She was just so offended that Harry would be kissing someone.

Ever wonder if the kids now are missing out on certain things? As we drove to Richmond this week to meet up with Marie, we passed by a large outdoor flea market. My 10 year old read the sign and asked what a flea market was. I tried to explain it and what finally made her understand the concept was when I told her it was eBay in person.

Oh, if we have enough GS leaders/moms here, I say lets arrange our own HP SWAP!

I looked in Sam's this afternoon, it was $2.56 for a gallon of 1%. I will be going to the commissary tomorrow and will check what it is there. The cheapest gas I have seen was at BJ's, it was $2.70 a gallon.

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Lina - Aug 4, 2007 3:21 pm (#1121 of 2984)

Happy birthday, Kathy!

I don't feel like converting prices of milk and liters to gallons, put only two of us drink milk in our family, Kate and I, and I have even tried to lessen it to be kind with my liver. The other two girls drink two different kinds of yogurt, and hubby, he takes also yogurt but only seldom.

I really don't mind the forum having problems while I'm not able to follow it as much as I would like to. Thus I get much less posts behind.

Condolences to all that suffered losses, strengthening charms to all that might know someone on that collapsed bridge, and hugs to everybody!

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Betty Boop - Aug 4, 2007 5:06 pm (#1122 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Kathy, have a wonderful day!!

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Holly T. - Aug 4, 2007 5:36 pm (#1123 of 2984)

Happy birthday Kathy!

I have no idea how much a gallon of milk costs here. Isn't that sad? I mean, I'm going to buy it anyway, so I don't really pay attention. We use about a gallon a week. I know that gas at Wal Mart was $2.67 a gallon. Maybe they should put the milk prices on bigger signs. Anyway, we buy skim milk, and it's on the bottom shelf. I'm sure they have a price down there somewhere.

I got my hair cut and highlighted today. I thought I was looking quite spiffy until I got home and son asked where I'd been and I said to get my hair cut and he said "it looks the same." I pointed out that it was a whole different color. He said it looks the same. Sigh. Obviously dh will need to teach him about how when women are going to get their hair done you say it looks nice, even if you think it looks the same.

Boop, sorry about the password issues but glad you are back with us!

My son is on chapter 36 of DH! He says he is going to finish the book today. :-)

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 4, 2007 5:49 pm (#1124 of 2984)

Chemyst,

I suffer from that all the time, though I believe its proper name is "foot IN mouth" disease.

:-D

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Mediwitch - Aug 4, 2007 6:29 pm (#1125 of 2984)

Happy Birthday 11to Puck!

Mr. Mediwitch Sr. seems a bit more stable this afternoon, although he was quite irritable this morning. He was actually almost cheerful tonight! Thanks for all the well-wishes - I think they helped!

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Puck - Aug 4, 2007 7:17 pm (#1126 of 2984)

Thanks for the birthday wishes! I had cake, HP Wii game and a Build your own Hogwarts set from the bookstore. Hubby gave me a gift card so I can have a day of shopping -by myself! He'll stay with the kids.

I had fun at the movies. It was a nice birthday.

Holly, I'm sure your hair is lovely.

Strength and cheering charms to the Mediwitch family.

Baby crying

Kathy

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Holly T. - Aug 4, 2007 7:20 pm (#1127 of 2984)

My son finished the book!

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Chemyst - Aug 4, 2007 7:23 pm (#1128 of 2984)

Hooray for Holly's son!

...that is such an accomplishment for a kid who had reading problems.

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Denise P. - Aug 4, 2007 7:32 pm (#1129 of 2984)

Woo hoo for Holly's son! That is no mean feat...

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Holly T. - Aug 4, 2007 7:34 pm (#1130 of 2984)

Thanks Chemyst! Editing to also thank Denise! Editing again to thank Boop! You are awesome. I am so proud of him.

I was trying to explain to my daughter, who, like me, started reading at 3--for both of us reading is as easy and effortless as breathing--how hard it is for him, and how much he hates it when we read things so much faster than him. I have also tried to explain to him that we aren't reading fast on purpose to make him look bad. He can't wait to tell his reading teacher.

Oh, I forgot to say earlier to count me in on the HP swaps!

I have been jumping back and forth between windows doing Girl Scout stuff all evening. I'm troop organizer for our service unit and therefore in charge of recruiting new girls and leaders.

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Betty Boop - Aug 4, 2007 7:35 pm (#1131 of 2984)

Holly tell your son Congrats for finishing the book. Can't wait to hear how he enjoyed the book.

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Puck - Aug 4, 2007 7:56 pm (#1132 of 2984)

wOOt to Holly's son!

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Mediwitch - Aug 4, 2007 8:06 pm (#1133 of 2984)

Hooray for Holly's son! Awesome job!!!

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Snuffles - Aug 5, 2007 12:53 am (#1134 of 2984)

Happy belated birthday Kathy. I hope you had a fantastic day

Congrats to Holly's son. He must be very proud of himself

Continued healing charms to Mr. Mediwitch snr.

Glad you are feeling better Kristina.

Olivia managed to cycle without her stabilisers today She goes like a rocket with them on, so we took her to the high school near us where there is lots of space, and she was off. She came off a couple of times but got straight back on again. Hubby ran home to get the camcorder to capture it all. Think we will go back again after lunch so she can practise again. Woo hoo!

Off to check the threads.

Hope everyone has a good rest of the weekend.

*hugs to all those in need*

Julie

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Accio Sirius - Aug 5, 2007 6:11 am (#1135 of 2984)

Happy belated birthday Puck.

Holly--that is wonderful about your son. Harry Potter introduced a love of reading to so many kids--one of the many wonderful aspects about the series. When we were walking around with thousands of other people celebrating the release of the DH, I kept thinking how cool it is to make all of this fuss over a book! It always blows my mind.

I just got a tentative Girl Scout meeting schedule this morning--I'm going to work Harry Potter swaps into the calendar. So count me in too!!!

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Caius Iulius - Aug 5, 2007 6:34 am (#1136 of 2984)

Thanks everyone for the condolences. I have bought a new hamster and she is named Kristine. I didn't want to start the weekend without the noises of a hamster I am so much used to. (I wake up in the middle of the night if I haven't heard any noises )

I wish everyone a nice rest of the weekend.

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Elanor - Aug 5, 2007 6:35 am (#1137 of 2984)

Just popping in to say "hello" to everybody (and happy birthday to Puck! ).

After two wonderful weeks in California (and I can't believe it's been two weeks, time has passed sooo fast!), I am back in France (). I've arrived yesterday evening (France time) and am currently fighting jet lag, lol! I've never experienced it in California since I spent my first night/day there reading the DH and then just collapsed.

I have followed some of the DH new threads while there but not the chat one so I hope everybody's fine.

Have a great Saturday, Sunday morning/afternoon, Monday? Er... Weekend!

Audrey

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Eponine - Aug 5, 2007 7:15 am (#1138 of 2984)

Hello, everyone!

Holly, congrats to your son for finishing the book! Did he like it?

Sheila, we went to see The Bourne Ultimatum on Friday, and I had to leave the theatre for a few minutes so I wouldn't get sick. I really like those movies, but I can't understand why they have to make every shot look so bumpy! I want to watch it again, because I was looking down during a lot of the fight/chase scenes, but I'm going to have to wait until it comes out on video. Shaking on the big screen just makes me ill.

Milk here costs $3.something, but that's the store brands. The stuff that comes from the dairies is $4.something. So we usually get the store brands.

Is anyone else going to see Stardust? I read the book last week, and I think it looks like it's going to be a good movie.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!

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Puck - Aug 5, 2007 7:56 am (#1139 of 2984)

Saw the preview for Stardust last night. It looked pretty good. I think it says something that I see movie trailers and start making a reading list.

Our dairy hasn't raised the prices as much,so it's now cheaper than the store stuff.

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Tazzygirl - Aug 5, 2007 9:03 am (#1140 of 2984)

Really quick, as I have to catch the bus to work (an hour and a half before I have to be at work.)... sigh.

Congratulations to Holly's son!! That's fantastic!!

Caius: I didn't want to start the weekend without the noises of a hamster I am so much used to. (I wake up in the middle of the night if I haven't heard any noises )

I did the same thing. When I moved, my parents ended up keeping my guinea pigs, as they couldn't come to Hawaii with me. It took me a while to get used to the no guinea pig noises at night.

Off to work!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - Aug 5, 2007 9:28 am (#1141 of 2984)

Bonjour, Audrey ! Maison bienvenue ! I am so sorry to have missed you while you were here, but I am glad you had fun here in CA and had a safe trip home.

Puck, I just looked up dairies in Kern County, and I was stunned. There were 3-4 within a few miles of me when I was a kid. In fact, we had all of our dairy products delivered to the door until I was in college. Currently I knew of about 8 dairies here in town, several of which are within 10 miles of me. (Two, I believe, are in our school district!) However, I was stunned to see how many are scattered throughout the smaller towns and communities about 15-30 miles away! Perhaps that affects our milk prices ... I don't know. I'm going to the market later today, so I'll check milk prices and see how they're doing!

Solitaire

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 5, 2007 9:50 am (#1142 of 2984)

Wholesale milk prices are set by federal law. If I remember correctly, the price increases the further one gets from Wisconsin.

Normally one can find a store that uses milk as a loss leader, meaning they sell it at or below what it costs them. The idea is that those attracted by the low milk prices will more than make up for it by purchasing other things.

Here in Seattle, milk's normal price is around five dollars a gallon, but we get it a local drugstore (?!!?) for under two dollars a gallon.

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Chemyst - Aug 5, 2007 10:56 am (#1143 of 2984)

Wholesale milk prices are set by federal law.

Well, the floor is set by the US Department of Agriculture. The USDA's price is the least that producers will get. Farmers can and do negotiate higher prices. In a "normal" market the federally regulated price drives the market, but currently, farm milk is selling above the set minimum.

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Marie E. - Aug 5, 2007 10:56 am (#1144 of 2984)

I'm back in Colorado. Yay, no more frizzy hair!

Milk here is about $4 a gallon. I get my milk from a private dairy where it's $4.99 a gallon, but it's delivered to my door. I keep wanting to type galleon, is that bad?

Count me in on the HP swaps!

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Denise P. - Aug 5, 2007 1:09 pm (#1145 of 2984)

I ended up going to two different commissaries today since I went to a different one. They didn't have some of the things I needed (and had higher prices!) so I drove over to the one I normally go to. I had decided to try the other one since it is about 10-15 minutes closer. It is not worth it though. It was just little things, a nickel here, a few cents here, a dollar more but it added up. I was expecting my bill to be about $50 less than it was and I had $30 in coupons to boot!

I checked milk, 1% was $2.51 a gallon. Gas was $2.77 for regular.

They had a lot of good deals on cereal ($1.99 each, $1 off coupon and get one free when you buy 2 so I ended up getting 3 boxes for $2) These were named cereal too, not the store brand. They even had Capn Crunch for $1.50 a box (normally over $3) When prices are like this, I stock up. I think we now have 2 dozen boxes of cereal! (We had some before I went)

Okay - HP Swaps...do we want to do it with the girls or just the leaders? Heh...I already admitted that I am the bigger SWAP fan in the family. I don't know in the troop if there are that many girls interested. What do you guys think?

Marie, your hair did not look frizzy. Mine actually started out loose but I ended up putting it back when it kept expanding, even in the air conditioning.

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Catherine - Aug 5, 2007 3:04 pm (#1146 of 2984)

Mine actually started out loose but I ended up putting it back when it kept expanding, even in the air conditioning.—Denise

My hair is even beyond its normal Hermione state, and here's why:

We had an adventure on the way home from Virginia.

My car started to overheat about 45 minutes from home, and no exits to pull over were in sight.

So, as a "quick fix" we put the heat on. Keep in mind that it was 99 degrees Fahrenheit outside, with high humidity. So then we lowered all the windows. Hayley, at that moment, was playing with her chewing gum, and a huge hank of hair got caught in the gum. Then a huge wasp landed in Claire's lap (she has autism, and a phobia about stinging insects).

It was a sweltering drive home--the heat blasting, the wind whipping, the sun beating, the kiddies yelling, the doggies panting, and Mommy praying. The good news is that our engine light went off, and we made it home.

Mr. Catherine had the gall to tell me afterwards that "You shouldn't let things upset you so much" and "You need to learn to relax."

It's a good thing I didn't know Hermione's bird-attack spell!  

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virginiaelizabeth - Aug 5, 2007 4:24 pm (#1147 of 2984)

Ok lots of posts to read through, so I hit recent. Just wanted to pop in and say hey to everyone!

School starts on Friday, so I'm fixing to slide back into lurker mode! **SIGH** The fun never stops does it?

Anyway, hope everyone is ok!

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Choices - Aug 5, 2007 5:00 pm (#1148 of 2984)

Catherine, why did you turn the heat on? Explain it to me so I will understand why I am doing it if my car ever overheats. :-)

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Jenniffler - Aug 5, 2007 5:07 pm (#1149 of 2984)

Thank goodness the Forum is not blinking in and out on me today.

I needed the stress relief after switching the teen Sunday School group I teach, plus adding 7 additional young kids to the other class I volunteered to temporarily teach.

Mr. Niffler has poison ivy from his friend's volunteer grave cleanup for a college class. It would have been worse except I screamed that he smelled like an offshore oilman returning for leave and pointed to the showers. Like the guy on "Psych," I have a super-smeller.

Oh poor Catherine That's not a fun way to get a sauna treatment.

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Choices - Aug 5, 2007 5:14 pm (#1150 of 2984)

Jenniffler, what nice things to be doing - teaching SS classes and cleaning graves! Sorry about Mr. Niffler's poison ivy - anti-itch charms coming his way.

I am glad to know my daughter isn't the only one with a super-smeller. I affectionately call her "The Bloodhound". LOL


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Re: Chat & Greetings 2007

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Solitaire - Aug 5, 2007 6:36 pm (#1151 of 2984)

Choices, perhaps your daughter ought to train to become a "professional nose" for a perfumer ...

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Tazzygirl - Aug 5, 2007 8:00 pm (#1152 of 2984)

Talk about a chaotic day. **hair pulling smiley**

I went to work this morning, and did the morning routine. At 8:45, another coworker was supposed to show up. She never did. It was just me in the cafe for the morning rush- loooong lines. Bonus point- I made a massive amount of tips, and no one was angry that they had to wait longer than usual. Another coworker that was scheduled to work at noon came in at 10, so that was helpful. You could tell we were short handed the entire day until 4 pm though. I am sooo glad I am home now!

Choices- Turning the heater on in the car when it's overheating (according to my dad) "the heater is a second 'radiator' under your dashboard, because coolant (antifreeze) is circulating in that radiator as well as your normal radiator and that's what cools the car down. When you turn the fan switch on, it pushes air through causing the hot air to cool down the antifreeze." Does that make sense? Dad had to explain it to me several times, and then I managed to get it down to this. LOL

**anti-itch charms** to Mr. Jenniffler!

~Kristina

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 5, 2007 8:19 pm (#1153 of 2984)

So Catherine, I get the impression your drive home didn't go quite as expected.

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Solitaire - Aug 5, 2007 9:14 pm (#1154 of 2984)

Well, the least expensive gallon of whole milk at Savemart was $3.59. The most expensive gallon was $3.99. The least expensive gallon of 2% was $3.33--different brands, different fat percentages ... different prices, I guess. They did have a note up about the price increases ...

Solitaire

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Accio Sirius - Aug 6, 2007 4:54 am (#1155 of 2984)

Catherine, Sorry to hear about your rough road home! It's been so hot here in Virginia, so I feel for you! A playful bonk on the head to Mr. Catherine. Sounds a lot like Mr. Sirius!

We saw our daughter off to a week of girl scout camp yesterday. She was a little nervous at going, even though she's done this several times before. She said she was having so much fun at home, that she was homesick before she left. I have all kinds of work to do, but I'm missing her already! I think I'll send a surprise care package to cheer her up!

As for the swaps, we don't have to wait for the girls, that's too far off and I'm ready to go! Just keep me posted!

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Good Evans - Aug 6, 2007 5:00 am (#1156 of 2984)

marathon - 104 posts! but think I got there

OOOOHHH to Catherine about the radiator!

Wooooooo - to Hollys son!

Happy belated birthday Kathy (Puck)!!!!

According to Azi's quizzes, I am 36% cynical but nobodys fool and I am Cookie Monster - yep!!!! (lol)

Hope everyone is having a nice summer, it is finally sunny here is the south east UK. I spent all last week driving around the north west, and it was mostly overcast yet "close" , so I am glad to be home.

**waves to all **

Julie

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Denise P. - Aug 6, 2007 5:40 am (#1157 of 2984)

Heh Catherine, been there, done that, have the t-shirt from similar situations. Try flying cross the Atlantic with 4 kids. We did that long ago. We had a layover in Egypt, where Ryan (who was 13 months old at the time) decided to get incredibly sick...all over his dad. Guess who was the only one traveling with us who did NOT have a change of clothes in his carry on? Guess why? Who told me he could pack his own carry on? **giggle** Mr. Denise always carries an extra set of clothes with him now. We had been on that flight since New York so everyone on board still was very sympathetic (except me...who told him to put an extra set of clothes in there) Standing and waiting for luggage and a cat with 4 exhausted kids and a smelly husband...what an experience! Isn't being a parent fun??

I am off to take Tinsel-dog to the vet and groomer. She has a boo boo on her incision still that needs to be checked and then she is getting a bath (assuming she gets a thumbs up from the vet to be bathed)

Okay, I have Accio Sirius down....do we want to take this to email so we don't clog up the thread? If you are interested in the Harry Potter SWAP, email me at denise at hp-lexicon.org I usually get email there from everyone EXCEPT Marie my email doesn't like Marie for some reason.

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TomProffitt - Aug 6, 2007 5:46 am (#1158 of 2984)

It's been mild and rainy in my part of Virginia the last day or so. Having spent 9 years in the National Guard as an Infantryman I tend not to be bothered by weather so much anymore; if I don't have to go live in it under a 50 pound rucksack, it's nothing to worry about.

I'm back in the land of unemployment after a brief time with a job that just did not work out for me. It also cost me my marathon training (went from running 6 days a week to one day a week), so that goal is gone until next year at best). DH has been a bright spot in a difficult summer.

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Puck - Aug 6, 2007 5:51 am (#1159 of 2984)

Oh, Catherine, I'm sorry that was such a rough drive. Sounds as if Hermione already got to your Hubby -seems Confunded to me.

I think I'm taking the kids to the indoor pool this morning. Must be a Good Mom and not take the gloomy weather as an excuse to play OotP on my Wii all day.

Healing charms to the Hubby with Poison Ivy. What a reward for doing volunteer work.

I'm brewing up some calming draught, as it seems needed around here.

Kathy

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azi - Aug 6, 2007 6:10 am (#1160 of 2984)

I am also glad to have sun, although it is very muggy (and also more cloudy today). I'm never happy with the weather.

I did a HP character compatibility quiz today. Had a tie breaker - 63% for Severus Snape, Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom! I came out as Luna in the end. Thank goodness I wasn't Snape!    

**waves to everyone**

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The giant squid - Aug 6, 2007 6:25 am (#1161 of 2984)

In a surprising turn of events, I'm only 32% cynical. I thought it'd be a lot higher. Then again, it was a rather narrow sampling on that test, with too many absolutes (I don't think the news is bogus, just oversensationalized), so I guess I'm just cynical about my cynic test results.

Not much else going on in my neck of the woods. In a week or two we start getting the equipment for the new theater we're opening out here, though, so my life will be kind of crazy from then until mid-October or so. Looks like I became a tech just in time...

--Mike

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painting sheila - Aug 6, 2007 6:49 am (#1162 of 2984)

TomProfitt - I am so sorry to hear about your bust of a summer and all the time lost on training! Things will start looking up - you just wait and see!

Catherine! I am so sorry!! It's a good thing you all knew about turning the heater on to cool down the engine. Just tuck the "You shouldn't let things get to you" comment in your memory banks and pull it out and a most (in)convenient time!

I guess I am the only naive person on this forum? You bunch of cynics!  

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Choices - Aug 6, 2007 8:55 am (#1163 of 2984)

Thanks to Tazzy (and her Dad) for the lesson on over-heating in cars. I would think that turning on the heat would add to the over-heating problem, but what do I know? About cars, nothing! I know how to turn them on and off and where to stick the gas nozzle. LOL

Happy Monday to everyone. Love and (((hugs))) to all.

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mollis - Aug 6, 2007 9:01 am (#1164 of 2984)

I suffer from that all the time, though I believe its proper name is "foot IN mouth" disease. --- Prefect Marcus

My husband likes to refer to this as "Athlete's mouth".

BTW - SOOO happy to finally be able to get back on here. I was blocked out by WX all day Friday, and gone over the weekend. Funny how quickly I get addicted to you all again...

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Finn BV - Aug 6, 2007 9:06 am (#1165 of 2984)

Happy belated to Kathy!

I forgot that schools in the South start so early!! Ginny and Tori, when do you guys end again? I have another month until we start…

Psst… Catherine… the bird-attack spell is "Oppugno"… Sorry about the ride.

I'm 24% cynical.

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painting sheila - Aug 6, 2007 9:09 am (#1166 of 2984)

OH!!!......

Happy Birthday Puck!!!!!

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Viola Intonada - Aug 6, 2007 9:17 am (#1167 of 2984)

Happy belated Birthday to Puck!

Today youngest got a letter inviting her to attend a meeting for People to People to go to England and Scotland in 2008. I seem to remember that some of our Forumers are familiar with the program and would like your input as to whether we even put the possibility in front of our daughter. (It is for 5th and 6th graders) Of course, they will be touring some of the Harry Potter film sites, too. I might have to consider chaperoning.

Tom, sorry about the job. I hope you find a more compatible one when you want to.

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Solitaire - Aug 6, 2007 10:02 am (#1168 of 2984)

Finn, I have a friend who teaches in a school district in Southern California, near the Pasadena area. His wife teaches in a neighboring district, and I believe one of their kids is in a third district! Since SoCal districts apparently stagger spring break--so not everyone is out at the same time--they rarely have the same week off for Easter holidays. Even their summer vacations start and end at different times, as well. Of course, those do coincide for a few weeks, at least.

I can understand staggering spring vacations, since that would reduce the "clog" at local resorts and beaches and on freeways. I am at a loss, however, to understand staggered summer holidays, since there are bound to be weeks where EVERYONE is out at the same time ... rather like Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays. The only thing I can figure is that it might make malls less crowded in the rush for back-to-school clothing. If anyone who teaches in those areas can explain the mystery to me, please do!

Up here in my county, we all start and end according to the schedule adopted by the Kern High School District. They moved the starting time 2 weeks earlier a few years ago, so that first semester finals could be taken before Christmas holidays ... and the grammar schools all followed suit. It's tough up here, though, in old schools like mine. We have many days of school each year where temps are well over 100 degrees in classrooms with NO a/c. It's very unpleasant for us all, and kids with respiratory problems just don't come to school those days.

Last evening, I noticed a small bird on my lawn. I am not sure if he is injured or sick. I put some bird seed and water by him and turned a laundry basket (lots of ventilation) over him to protect him as much as possible. I just called animal control--they seem to be rather interested in ailing birds this summer--and they are coming out to get him. Poor baby! I just didn't want him to be a "sitting duck," so to speak, for the 2 cats who prowl my yard.

Solitaire

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Holly T. - Aug 6, 2007 12:32 pm (#1169 of 2984)

Viola, my daughter keeps getting the People to People letters. She got one to go to England and Scotland last year and she just got one about going to Australia next summer. One of her friends went on one to Canada last summer. She had a good time, but it was very expensive. I know how much her friend's parents paid for the Canada trip, so I shudder to think how much it would cost to go to Australia.

Sigh. My son has been kicked out of day camp. The one he was supposed to go to the rest of this week and all next week. They called me to come pick him up this morning because he punched someone (apparently they were playing a game and she tagged him out twice, which offended him). So they don't want him to come back. Which means I have to find someone to take him this late in the summer. And I had to e-mail my new boss and explain why I was leaving early today and probably won't be in tomorrow. He is up in his room and will be there for a while. At least he is feeling terribly guilty.

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Puck - Aug 6, 2007 1:08 pm (#1170 of 2984)

I'm sorry, Holly. I hate when camps do that. I worked at one where a boy with ADHD was "not invited back" after the first session. I never worked there again. I mean, it was wrong for your son to punch the child, but he could have been given another chance. Perhaps just sent home for the remainder of the day would have been fine.

Finn, did I miss your birthday? I know it's around now. And you're too young to be more cynical than I am.

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Good Evans - Aug 6, 2007 1:27 pm (#1171 of 2984)

welcome to the new members **waves to Chelsealyn** and a big wave to Pyro, who never left!!!!!!

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geauxtigers - Aug 6, 2007 2:22 pm (#1172 of 2984)

Finn, we get out anywhere from the 23-25th- ish of May, so thats why we are going back so early... **grumbles** At least its my last year! WOO!

Its been really, hot today...got up to 97F and theres not even a breeze to break it up with! Supposed to be like this for a while...I'd rather this than all the rain we've been having **knock on wood**.

I'm off to take a nap, I think...

Oh and Sheila, apparently you're not the only naive person here! I'm only 16% cynical. But a lot of those questions I wanted to answer with a 'maybe' or 'sometimes' so I just didn't check them! LOL

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Catherine - Aug 6, 2007 2:39 pm (#1173 of 2984)

Holly, I'm sorry that your son was not given an opportunity to learn from his mistake and make restitution for hitting. That seems to me to be a more positive form of discipline than "One strike and you are out."

Not that I am defending your son's actions, but I wonder if the girl scapegoated him in some way. Some kids do things to egg on other kids and then the child who was targeted "snaps" and gets in trouble. For example, if she can tell that he's really sensitive about being "out," then she purposely does tags him just to annoy him.

My friends and I have what we call "the pick up of shame." That's what happens when you have to hear about the naughty/embarrassing/unacceptable thing your child did that day. I'm sure every parent on this board has endured some version of "the pick up of shame."

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Denise P. - Aug 6, 2007 2:56 pm (#1174 of 2984)

Catherine, I think it is in the kid manual that they hide from us. When my Rockhead had to go before the County School Discipline Board, I had to giggle when the "judge" said to him ..."What was your mother's reaction, after she threatened to kill you?" For those curious, he decided to change some text in the school yearbook while it was being assembled.

That does seem extreme that the first strike results in expulsion. I guess it depends on the situation but I know the day/twilight camps I have worked out, it has to be an extreme thing or a habitual thing before we even call a parent.

My summer school child decided today to skip class...because his bus was late. For some reason, he felt it was acceptable to just not go rather than come home for a ride. Two days left and he skips...

Miss Tinsel has a small localized infection on her spay incision. She is now on antibiotics. She was such a good girl. The vet was surprised that she was willing to lay down so he could look at her incision site. She was just licked my hand until he was done and then gave the vet a kiss too. Silly dog. I do have to brag on her. She doesn't like the scale at the vet, I am not sure why. We have been working on the "Go to" command at home. Today, I just pointed to the scale and said "go to the scale" and she jumped right on it and sat down nicely to wait for her weight. (35.9 lbs)

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Viola Intonada - Aug 6, 2007 3:42 pm (#1175 of 2984)

Thanks for your input, Holly. I have been wondering if it is more of a glorified travel agency for kids. When I was president of our community orchestra, we constantly got offers to travel to other countries to perform. Obviously, these people had never heard our orchestra play.

Very sorry to hear about your son and day camp. I think that the zero tolerance policy of places is getting out of hand. (I'll keep my mouth shut now, because I will run the danger of becoming to political and could rant for hours on this topic) Besides, Dudley never got kicked out of anything for his behavior.

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painting sheila - Aug 6, 2007 5:05 pm (#1176 of 2984)

Oh, Holly. I am sorry. Poor kid and poor mom.

My kids are always guilty until proven innocent, but I always give them a chance to explain. A lot of the times they are still "guilty" but with reason. The punishment isn't as severe when they have "reason" as when they are just being thoughtless and impulsive.

I remember one summer when I was about 12 or 13. I went to summer camp and my next door neighbor went with me. I had gone on and on every summer about how fun this particular camp was and she convinced her mom to let her go this one summer.

One night at camp we were having a Moonlight Stroll. The girls would line up single file and the boys would line up beside them. Every 5 minutes or so, the head counselor would blow the whistle and the boys would all move up one girl and the boy at the head of the line would hang back and walk with the last girl. Anyway, my neighbor was a very pretty girl and as nice as they come, but she was a little over weight. One of the boys refused to walk with her. I was just in front of her in line and when I picked up on what he was saying, I stopped walking and confronted him. "Did you just say you didn't want to walk with my friend because you think she is fat?" "Yeah. So what?" ""Well, she doesn't want to walk with you because you are mean!" at which point I punched him solid in the nose and laid him out. The counselors came running up to see what had stopped the line. When I told them what he had said and what I had done they said "Good job" and started the walk again. He kept his mouth shut the rest of the week and I think my friend had a good time.

I am not advocating violence - but some times there is a reason - but not an excuse.

I took Littlest Guy to see Transformers today. He loved it and I liked it a lot. He didn't pick up on a lot of the language and jokes - he just wanted to see them transform. Fun stuff! Optimist Prime rocks!! and I personally would love to have a Bumblebee!

Oldest kids are at an audition class tonight. They were being lazy and didn't want to go until I said I wasn't putting any more effort (driving them to auditions) any more if they weren't going to put effort into it also. They both went but there was much dragging of feet. I think the Lazy Days of summer have really become the Lazy Days of Sheila's Kids! I hope they enjoy it a little bit. (I have such a guilty conscience! If they come home bummed about going I will feel like a heel)

Way to go Tinsel. She is such a good doggie! I hope the infection clears up soon.

Denise P - HA!!!!! Did she really say that about you killing your kids?!! I say all the time that I am going to snap my kids heads off - they of course giggle every time I say it which totally defeats the purpose.

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Denise P. - Aug 6, 2007 5:19 pm (#1177 of 2984)

She really did! It was so funny because later on during the meeting, she leveled a finger at him and said "Your mother has enough to do without you adding to it. Moving is stressful enough. Do you want to embarrass your family more than you already have?" LOL It was a nice wake up call to him but difficult to keep a straight face.

One time, Iain was being a pill and didn't want to get into his carseat while we were in a parking lot. As I was loading bags into the back, I told him if he didn't get into his carseat pronto, I was going bludgeon him on the head with my Diet Coke. I heard a giggle from the car next to me, a mom heard me and found it vastly amusing. My kids also just grin at me when I tell them I am about to be reduced to bodily harm.

Woohoo! I finally got to order a new washer and dryer today. I have wanted a front loader for ages and we finally ordered it. This will be the first time I have ever had a brand new, matching washer/dryer set.

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Puck - Aug 6, 2007 5:26 pm (#1178 of 2984)

When I talk about hanging the kids by their toenails I get ,"But you wouldn't really do that, right?" in nervous voices. I've never so much as slapped a hand, and they actually think I might do it.

Good Girl, Tinsel! And she's growing fast! Passing all my kids in weight.

Way to go Sheila! Just like Draco, sometimes they just ask for it.

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Betty Boop - Aug 6, 2007 5:43 pm (#1179 of 2984)

Holly, sorry to hear your son is not allowed at camp again. I hope you have an easy time getting someone to watch him. I can't believe he was given a second chance.

Denise, sounds like Tinsel is growing fast and is so friendly. My parents have the same kind of dog and he is spoiled. They take him almost everywhere they go. He is getting old so they are thinking about getting another one.

It is humid and hot out today, and they are calling for much of the same the rest of the week. My grass is brown.

I hope everyone had a good Monday.

hugs always

boop

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painting sheila - Aug 6, 2007 6:20 pm (#1180 of 2984)

Hill - air - E - us!!!!

(Hilarious!)

If you are a mom, had a mom, want to be a mom - go to my profile and click on "The Mom" Very funny!!

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Viola Intonada - Aug 6, 2007 7:40 pm (#1181 of 2984)

That was absolutely hilarious, Sheila. I had tears in my eyes from laughing.

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painting sheila - Aug 6, 2007 7:59 pm (#1182 of 2984)

I am going to learn it word for word.

I think it will come in handy when a need to remind my children who is the "REAL" boss affords its self. (ie. I will sing it at the top of my lungs - off key preferably - to embarrass and humiliate my kids into submission)

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Mrs. Sirius - Aug 6, 2007 11:05 pm (#1183 of 2984)

Oh Holly, Denise I guess today was the day for our children to pull fast ones.

Last week all my kids were sick. The summer cold that just swept the northeast. Baby A (the one that has already won the Oscar, they are just waiting for her start working in films to hand it over) is the last to catch it. she ended up with asthma and a double ear infection so yes, she was actually sick. The pediatrician nebulized her and said, (in front of her, idiot!), we'll hospitalize her if this doesn't work. It worked and she was ok.

We got home, I gave her her antibiotics and nebulizer. Well I was preparing dinner and not giving her all the attention she needed. She started oh I can't breathe, I feel sick, oh oh oh. I tried to comfort her and gave her all her medications, extra attention and hugs, but she just kept working herself into a state. We packed up all the kids took her to the emergency room. The doctor checked her out, her oxygen was good, everything sounded fine. With all eyes on her she settled into a quite state and took an nice short nap in the room! GRRR

Soli, in Connecticut, there is very little rhyme or reason to school calendar. In 1969, Connecticut dismantled the county system. As a state we function only on the state and town levels. There are 169 towns in Connecticut. The schools are basically all independent. Our little town is so small we are in a regional school district. Three towns work together, we share the junior high and senior high schools. Each town has it's own elementary school. Very few school let out or start at the same time as any other school. Old Saybrook the "biggest" town in our area has a schedule completely different from our 3 town regional as the town literally on the other side of the river. Since all government activity in CT is this way, we have gotten used to it.

PS if you are moving to from CT, and have to file papers about the sale of your home, tip: don't look for the county to which to send this, it is the one of the 169 towns. Of course if you live in a "non" town like -Mystic- CT, you are really sunk, because that town isn't one of the 169, you have to figure out where that town belongs, he he he he (evil laugh)

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 7, 2007 2:22 am (#1184 of 2984)
Edited Aug 7, 2007 3:51 am

Denise, is the quilt behind your avatar the one Mr. Denise won at the family reunion? It's impressive.

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Denise P. - Aug 7, 2007 5:48 am (#1185 of 2984)

Yes, that is the quilt he won and those are the two ladies who made it. I was hoping to find the name of the pattern. I believe someone told me it was a Star Double Irish Ring..I can't remember now but I know Madam Pince told me what she thought it was.

This evening, we are going to attempt the water park after 5 pm (price drops a huge amount) The kids are miffed that we *only* be there 3 hours or less (it closes at Cool but I think that will be plenty of time. We are hoping Mr. Denise will meet us there after work.

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Puck - Aug 7, 2007 6:47 am (#1186 of 2984)

Denise, I'll see if I have a similar pattern in any of my quilt books. There is some resemblance to an Irish chain, but it defintely isn't a pure one.

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mollis - Aug 7, 2007 7:52 am (#1187 of 2984)

This will be a great day for the water park as hot as it is these days. Anybody else ready for the cool days of fall???

I would love to have the time to quilt. I think they are so beautiful and really special to have. Especially if made for you by family or friends. As it is, I barely have time for the few obsessions I have amidst work and my daughter. Oh well. Speaking of obsessions, it seems pretty quiet around here. I can only assume people are still having trouble getting in. I was very happy to stop seeing the should.com website myself.

EDIT: Although it took about 5 minutes to get this posted. Patience...

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Solitaire - Aug 7, 2007 8:05 am (#1188 of 2984)

I only know about Mystic, CT, because of the movie Mystic Pizza, which featured Julia Roberts Before She Was A Star. The other folks in it were mainly TV People ... from soaps, evening programs, TV movies, etc. Good movie, though ...

Denise, your quilt looks a little like a combination of an Irish Star and an Irish Chain, but my knowledge is rather limited. My mom's friend might know. Her MIL has been quilting for about 80 years and has made hundreds of quilts. I also have a friend who takes quilting classes and might know. I'll ask her when she returns from New Mexico.

Solitaire

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Holly T. - Aug 7, 2007 10:58 am (#1189 of 2984)

  Not that I am defending your son's actions, but I wonder if the girl scapegoated him in some way. Some kids do things to egg on other kids and then the child who was targeted "snaps" and gets in trouble. For example, if she can tell that he's really sensitive about being "out," then she purposely does tags him just to annoy him.

Catherine--from what the counselor and my son said, this is pretty much what happened. My son had a kid in his class last year who picked on him quietly until my son would yell at him, then my son was in trouble for yelling and the other child would sit there innocently saying he hadn't done anything. The teacher finally started looking for the initial picking instead of waiting for the yelling and the other child ended up spending some time in time out for a change.

I think we've all endured a version of your car trip of doom too! My sympathies.

Mrs. Sirius--hope your kids are all feeling better!

I, too, think there should have been some kind of warning, or send him home for the day and not an outright ban for the rest of the summer. But I keep trying to think if I were the parent of the punchee rather than the puncher and then I would be glad that he was kicked out. On the other hand, I think he should have been sent home for the day, apologized the next day, and been allowed to finish camp, with the understanding that if he did it again he wouldn't be coming back. On the other hand (I know I am out of hands) I think being expelled from camp has made my son aware of the consequences of his behavior like nothing else has before, so if he can only remember to stop and think about how bad he feels now maybe he won't be as quick to hit people in the future.

I found a different (more expensive) day camp for next week (the camp that expelled him did refund my money for this week and next, which was a surprise, not that I am complaining). Today through Thursday I have enlisted son's favorite babysitter, who only has cheerleading practice in the evenings this week and not during the day. I explained the situation to her, though, and left him a list of things to do like clean his room and practice his handwriting (I made him do lines yesterday afternoon and he couldn't remember how to make some of the letters) and told her to scowl at him from time to time and remind him that she isn't there to have fun with him.

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mollis - Aug 7, 2007 11:19 am (#1190 of 2984)

told her to scowl at him from time to time – Holly

That is hilarious! What a good mom, Holly! I have such a hard time keeping a straight face while trying to discipline my daughter. She's only 18 months, so I'm not having to worry about much more than "don't throw your dinner on the floor" and "don't pull on mommy's curtains" But we are starting to deal with hitting. But when I tell her she's not supposed to do that, she just smiles really cute and laughs at me. Not sure yet how I stay mad when she's just so darn cute.

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painting sheila - Aug 7, 2007 12:27 pm (#1191 of 2984)

Mollis- I have THE hardest time staying mad at my Oldest Son. He can make me smile and laugh even when two seconds before I wanted to box his ears! It is very frustrating. The other two kids have picked up on it and now employ him to help them get out of trouble and are using his tactics against me too!! I am doomed.

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Madam Pince - Aug 7, 2007 1:03 pm (#1192 of 2984)

Hi all! Finally back and caught up on (most) of the threads. I have to be quick here, but I just wanted to let everyone know that my Mom's heart cath went very well -- they found one blockage which we already knew about, but no new ones. Plus her heart apparently has grown new vessels that branch and reach to below the blockage, so the blood is getting re-directed to get where it's supposed to go. Kind of neat, actually -- she's basically done her own by-pass on herself. So they changed her medicines a little, but thank goodness the report was good and we didn't end up having to do any nasty procedures.

And we got in a good visit in Charlottesville that involved dinner at my favorite restaurant, The Aberdeen Barn (where I ate a prime rib that was the size of Hagrid's dragon steak, and Finn, if you could just taste a corner of it I swear you would no longer be vegetarian. ) Then we went to my friend's peach orchard where I rescued a baby box turtle from the middle of the road (my second such rescue in as many weeks! Quite proud of myself...) and we got over a bushel of absolutely fantastic peaches which we've been eating and peeling and freezing all week. My fingers are orange, but my freezer is full of lovely peaches which will bring a taste of summer to cold winter. (Remember those donut peaches, guys! They are heavenly! Yummmmm...)

Have to run, but I wanted to let you guys know about Mom's appointment and thank everyone again for all your thoughts sent our way! OK, off to swim practice!

Oh, Denise -- are you sure it was me who identified the quilt? I don't remember seeing it, and I know next to nothing about quilt patterns... Wedding Ring and that's about it for me... It is lovely though. I have a cousin who does all-white quilts which I thought would be boring but they are absolutely gorgeous.

OK, going, going....

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Denise P. - Aug 7, 2007 1:21 pm (#1193 of 2984)

Okay, then it may have been Viola Intonada who identified the quilt...it was someone I met in person before!

Kierynn figured out very early that if someone was mad at her, all she had to do is smile beautifully, hug them and say in a tender voice "I love you, Mom" while kissing me. How can you possibly stay mad at that? It is so unfair.

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2BMcsmom - Aug 7, 2007 1:57 pm (#1194 of 2984)

Hello to All,

This is the first time that I have been on the forum sense last Monday. WOW! 183 post that I will have to go back and read. I was to excited to share my good news to wait until I caught up.

I got a job today! I will be a long term substitute teachers assistant at the Head Start in our county. With the possibility of it becoming a full time position.

I hope everyone is well and happy.

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kabloink! - Aug 7, 2007 2:49 pm (#1195 of 2984)

Mollis, my son is almost 11 months old, and I totally understand. Climbing the stairs, playing with cords, eating EVERYTHING. The only thing that he doesn't think of as a game is when I put him in the play pen for a sort-of mini "time-out" (his toys are all still in there), but I don't want him to think of the play pen as a punishment, either.

I've been out of the loop for awhile, so thoughts, prayers, well wishes and congrats to everyone I've missed over the past couple of weeks.

I found out last Tuesday that baby #2 is going to be a boy! Very clear, too. So now we have to argue about boy names. We're currently torn between Alexander and Andrew.

Okay, I have been working on this post for several hours now, so I'll have to sign off. Have a great day/night everyone!

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Finn BV - Aug 7, 2007 3:01 pm (#1196 of 2984)

Actually, Kathy, my birthday is today. I'm 65-15.

Holly, sorry for your son. I agree that first strike as expulsion is a little severe. Hope the alternate plan goes okay.

Sheila, that video was hilarious, thanks! As for parenthood… I think I might turn out to be an Arthur Weasley, as opposed to a Molly.

Madam Pince, I'll take your word for it. Glad to hear all is well with your mom.

2BMcsmom, congrats on the job! Hope it works out for you!

kabloink, I dunno if I ever congratulated you on your pregnancy, so congrats! And, if I had a say in it, I'd vote for Andrew, but both names are lovely.

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Nicoline Vance - Aug 7, 2007 3:15 pm (#1197 of 2984)

A very happy birthday to Finn!

Congratulations to kabloink! Both names are lovely, I mean handsome.

Congratulations to 2BMcsmom on the new job. I hope it all works out best for you.

Holly good luck on the alternate camp. I hope the summer ends up a good one for both you and your son.

I got a 12% cynical and I am shocked. I guess it is the optimist in me that keeps me from being too absolute about people and issues. Or perhaps, I am a bit naive about my credulity.

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Catherine - Aug 7, 2007 4:07 pm (#1198 of 2984)

I'm almost embarrassed to admit my cynic score--let's just say it was upward of 50%. OK, it was upward of 60%. Eeeek!

Mostly I am a marshmallow, so I don't understand why I test out as a toughie!

Today was a major mixed bag--my truck came home, supposedly "good as new." Then it overheated on the way to the grocery store--2 miles away. Hmmmm....something isn't right......I'm thinking the Ford dealership isn't exactly Hermione bright.....

I also heard quite bad news about a student of mine--and I am renewing my efforts for a good "game face" for the first day of school. I am sure that with some practice, I will be excellent.

On the other hand, I took a moment to reflect, counted blessings, and realized what was good, which is most things. I wish everyone well.

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Viola Intonada - Aug 7, 2007 4:49 pm (#1199 of 2984)

(((hugs))) Catherine.

Happy Birthday, Finn! How does it feel to be 65, I mean 15?

Yeah, Denise, that was me that gave you my two cents worth on the quilt.

Congrats on the job, 2BMcsmom!

Congrats to you, Kabloink! My only advice on names is to go open your front door and yell each name at the top of your lungs, then chose the one you enjoyed yelling the most.

I picked up the HP frame that I painted today. It turned out really cute. As soon as I get a picture of my daughters in it I will post it as my avatar.

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Choices - Aug 7, 2007 4:51 pm (#1200 of 2984)

Madam Pince, congratulations to your Mom. Don't you just love a "do it yourselfer"! LOL I don't know if I've ever heard of a do it yourself heart by-pass, but it's wonderful that she did it.

Congratulations to Kabloink on a baby boy. I love both names, so I can't lean you in one direction or the other.

Happy Birthday to Finn - wishes for many more. Hope you have had a great day.

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Madam Pince - Aug 7, 2007 5:24 pm (#1201 of 2984)

Happy Birthday, Finn! Hope you had / are having a great day, and many many more!

Kabloink, I vote for Andrew too. Using Viola's criteria, Alexander has too many syllables to roll off the tongue properly while yelling.

Catherine, sorry about your day, your trip home the other day, your truck, and your student. Hope tomorrow looks cheerier!

Holly, sorry about the day camp thing (although I think his excuse of having Voldemort in his head through his scar, making him do bad things, is quite creative and worthy of note at least.) Bummer all around.

I had my first brush with a bully/snob at the pool the other day -- Little Pince went up to these older girls (7-8 years old) who had wandered into the shallower area, and he was all "Hi! Would you like to play with me?" You could tell they really didn't want to, obviously, but the two younger girls were at least polite and nice. The oldest girl was *pardon me* a perfect snot. I listened quietly through several nasty comments and then a "We don't want to play with you - go away!" I looked around for a parent but none was in sight. I was willing to let it go and let him learn a bit about social cliques and girls and such, but then she had to go and roll her eyes and say "Stop talking to us, we're trying to have a conversation here!" (Eye-rolling in juveniles is just a hot-button for me...) I decided I'd heard enough. I informed her that it was OK if she didn't want to play, but he was only being nice and asking, and that perhaps a simple "No thank you" would be sufficient. I also asked her to keep in mind that she is supposed to be the older kid, and it was a big pool and she could go anywhere in it, while he had to stay in the shallower end, so if she wanted a private conversation area, it would be perfectly fine for her to move. With difficulty, I restrained myself from finishing with "....you obnoxious little snot, you." I think I shocked her because she shut up and moved without another word.

I had a Harry Potter dream one night last week. I was fighting the battle of Hogwarts, and all I had to fight with were these silly plastic swords and wands that Little Pince plays with. I was all "Well, this is no good! I've gotta get me some real weapons!" and I was off in search of a sledgehammer. Must've had some unresolved anger issues when I went to bed that night...

A big hello to Betty Boop (nifty new name! I like it!), and it's so nice to see Caput Draconis and Accio Sirius and Mollis and megfox and pyro and all these others from days gone by! (apologies if I missed anyone....) Accio Sirius, sympathies on your loss, however; I'm so very sorry. (((hugs))) and ***waves***

Everyone enjoy the RotD!

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Mediwitch - Aug 7, 2007 5:31 pm (#1202 of 2984)

Happy Birthday to Finn!

Madam Pince, I'm so glad to hear your mom is doing well. We have a friend who is a severe diabetic, who also had a heart attack. Turns out he had had one previously, didn't know about it () and his heart did the same thing - created its own bypass. You gotta love the human body. EDIT: LOL about that dream!

kabloink, other friends of ours have two little boys - Ian and Alex! (But I'm personally partial to Andrew. )

Congratulations on the job, 2BMcsmom! I hope you love it.

((Catherine)) and ((Holly))

I work in a Regional School District (like Mrs. Sirius described, only we have six primary schools - each with its own Board of Education - from six towns feeding one regional high school, which is where Mr. Mediwitch works) - all of our schools are on the same calendar (except 2 primary school which add an extra day each). I can't imagine the nightmares if we weren't. Some of us (like me) work in more than one elementary school - it would be awful if they were all on different schedules. Mrs. Sirius, when you see Region One is closed, I'm sleeping in!

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Jenniffler - Aug 7, 2007 5:49 pm (#1203 of 2984)

Hey Finn, Happy Maturity level (65), and Birthday (15)!

Kabloink!, Congratulations! I am partial to Alexander, but not if your last name starts with a hard sound. All nicknames i.e. Alex would sound like a cough or something while shouting his name when you're mad. My favorite boy name ever is Aidan, but it was vetoed by Mr. Niffler. Luckily a certain very smart lady used the exact spelling and middle name for her youngest model. So I was glad it was being used well. But that's just a weird cosmic coincidence isn't it?

To all those sweet moms who have trouble keeping a straight face while disciplining a toddler. Imagine that same kid ten years older pulling the same stunt. That'll wipe the smile off your face. You have time for mutual adorableness when the time out is over.

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QueenMaab- Aug 7, 2007 6:02 pm (#1204 of 2984)

Hiya everybody. I'm new to the forum. Are we talking about boy names? I like "Rhys" pronounced "Reese" and "Jareth" like the Goblin King in Labryrinth myself. lol. Though, I named my son Morgan.

Morgan will be starting autistic kindergarten this fall after two years of special ed preschool. He barely reaches the criteria for autism, we think he has severe ADHD... but ritalin has been a godsend. What an uphill battle mommyhood can be, but so enjoyable as well. I wouldn't change a thing for it.

Hullo eveybody. Maab.

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Denise P. - Aug 7, 2007 6:07 pm (#1205 of 2984)

Congrats on Boy #2 kabloink! I like Alexander but I have an Alex (not Alexander) Try it out with your last name to see if it flows properly.

I like the name Aidan, obviously since my youngest is Aidan Rhys. Of course, most people here know we call him Rhys since we have a nephew named Aiden. Maab, we do pronounce it like "Reese" I really wanted to use Rory as a middle name for at least one of the boys but Mr. Denise shot it down every time. He agreed to Aidan Reese/Rhys. He was waffling on the spelling so I forced the issue by ordering a personalized baby blanket with "Rhys" on it.

Viola, I knew it was either you or Madam Pince who told me about the quilt.

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Holly T. - Aug 7, 2007 6:12 pm (#1206 of 2984)

Madam Pince--good news about your mom's heart.

Congrats on the new job 2Bmscmom!

Happy Birthday Finn!

((Catherine))

Congrats on the boy Kabloink! Both are good names. Both are really popular, though, if that matters to you. I think Alex is used more than Andrew, but there are also an awful lot of Andrews. Daughter's crush boy is named Andrew, so she'd vote for that over Alex.

I had no trouble disciplining my son when he was 2 and punched me in the mouth and split my lip. I handed him over to my dad and refused to have anything to do with him pretty much all during dinner (we were going out to eat, and son punched me when I went to get him out of his carseat when we got to the restaurant). He went all pitiful on me "I love you, Mama, I'm sorry, Mama," etc. and I kept saying "my lip is bleeding. It hurts." Yes. he has always been what is known as a Handful.

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Solitaire - Aug 7, 2007 6:30 pm (#1207 of 2984)

Happy Birthday, Finn! I knew you were an old codger!

all she had to do is smile beautifully, hug them and say in a tender voice "I love you, Mom" while kissing me. How can you possibly stay mad at that?

My nieces used to do that to me, and my nephews have tried it a few times. I have also had a few students attempt to deflect consequences for inappropriate behavior by pulling similar stuff. I don't know if it is because I am not a parent, but such tactics only irritate me. They remind me of that little kid in The Bad Seed.

Mediwitch, my mom said her doctor told her that some test she took said she'd had a heart attack. She doesn't remember having had one. How can that be?

Holly is right about the popularity of Alexander and Andrew. I love the names, as I have old friends named Alex and Andy ... but last year I had one class period of 30 kids with FIVE kids named Alex! Three had the same last initial, which made it very confusing. About 9 years ago, I had a class with 5 Andrews, 2 Megans, and 3 Chrises. I've only had one or two Andrews per year since then. Names do tend to run in cycles, although Andrew and Alexander have been in the top 20 for the past 10-15 years, I think.

Solitaire

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Nicoline Vance - Aug 7, 2007 6:40 pm (#1208 of 2984)

Madam Pince, I can so sympathize with you about confronting the little bully. My 2 year old daughter is very friendly and is always asking other kids to play. I can't tell you how many times she has been ignored or dismissed. It breaks my heart. I wish I had your fortitude to confront that snobbish behavior.

There are huge challenges and rewards to parenting. Jenniffler, good point about toddlers and teens misbehavior. What is cute at 3 is revolting at 13.

Welcome Maab!

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QueenMaab- Aug 7, 2007 6:45 pm (#1209 of 2984)

Lol about staying mad at bad behaviour at two. My son, or "little tarzan baby" was in trouble at two after putting a hole in the wall with a doorknob. I sent him to his room and you know what he did? He ran to his room, jumped onto his toddler bed and flipped up on his head so he was standing upside down, balancing against the wall with his legs. It was all I could do not to burst out laughing.

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QueenMaab- Aug 7, 2007 6:47 pm (#1210 of 2984)

Oh, and as an aside... the pic of the woman in the pink wig... that's me last year. After I donated my hair to locks for love. hehehe... I always wanted to see what I looked like bald, and it was a good excuse to buy a pink wig. (winks)

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Mediwitch - Aug 7, 2007 6:48 pm (#1211 of 2984)

Hi Soli! Women are particularly vulnerable to having heart attacks and not recognizing them. The classic symptoms for heart attack - chest pain/pressure, radiating into the neck or arm, etc. - are the classic signs for males. Females tend to have more back pain or flu-like symptoms, so it's easy to miss a very mild heart attack by writing it off as something else.

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QueenMaab- Aug 7, 2007 6:50 pm (#1212 of 2984)

Also with females, chronic heartburn is a sign that you may have a heart condition and should have it looked at.

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Betty Boop - Aug 7, 2007 6:52 pm (#1213 of 2984)

Kabloink, congrats to having a boy. I like both names.

Happy Birthday Finn!! I hope you had a great day!

Madam Pince, That is a great news about your mom. I had no choice but to change my name a little. Waves back!!

2BMCSMOM, Congrats on the new teaching job.

Catherine, Sounds like you are having car troubles, sorry to hear that, I just got my transmission fixed in my van and it was over 300 dollars. I hope they figure out the problem and get it fixed soon,

QueenMaab, Welcome to the forum!!

Everyone have a great rest of the day!

hugs always

boop

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Solitaire - Aug 7, 2007 6:52 pm (#1214 of 2984)

Wow, Maab ... you went totally bald? I'm impressed. My friend grows her pony tail to her waist and cuts it short ... but not that short!

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Chemyst - Aug 7, 2007 6:57 pm (#1215 of 2984)

Mostly I am a marshmallow, so I don't understand why I test out as a toughie!

In my case, I think it is because 68% of the people out there like to roast marshmallows.

Kabloink, You really want my opinion, don't you? OK   I like Andrew just a tad more.
Besides, as an added bonus, the "n" sound goes nicely with his brother's name.
Alexander = Defender Of Men and comes in #12 on the name list of boy babies getting Social Security numbers last year.
Andrew = Man, warrior, manly and ranks a #8 on latest SS List
That surprised me because I know at least twice as many Alex's as Andy's. Maybe the tide is turning.

Happy Birthday Finn.

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painting sheila - Aug 7, 2007 7:36 pm (#1216 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Finn!!!!!  

Kabloink!! Yeah!!! Little Boys are so much fun!! I like both Andrew and Alexander but am leaning toward Alexander. You could call him "Xan" (zan). I had a friend once whose name was Alexander and we all called him Xan.

I like Ashton, Aston, Austin, Dallin, Joshua . . .boys names were easier than girls names for us. We never used two of the girl names we picked out. Rebecca Nicole, and Ashley Marie. Oh well. . maybe they can be grandkids names.

Queen Maab- Way to go with the pink wig. I would never have that much nerve!

2BMCSMOM- Way to go on the job!! I hope you are still excited about it once the year starts.

Madame Pince - Yeah for your mom!!!! I am so glad the news was what you were hoping for.

Nicoline Vance - Welcome to the Naive Group on this forum!!

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Puck - Aug 7, 2007 8:17 pm (#1217 of 2984)

Happy Birthday, Finn!!!

Hugs and congrats all around. I read, but need to run and get the kitchen clean. Leaving for the long car ride to the in-laws at 6am. I have everything packed, but need to do the dishes and clean out anything that might spoil from the fridge. (Not much left. I didn't cook tonight, but told everyone to pick something that needed to be eaten or thrown away. In other words, leftovers.)

Kathy

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Lavandula - Aug 7, 2007 8:18 pm (#1218 of 2984)

It's late and I'm tired after reading the last 120 posts. I think the last 20 got skimmed.

Welcome to the Forum to all our newcomers!!!

Happy Birthday Finn and a much belated Birthday Greeting to Puck!

Viola-I will email you tomorrow when I have more time regarding People to People. It was my daughter who you probably remember me talking about with her trips. She has gone twice (Age 13 and 14) during the summers prior to her 8-9th grade years. We are very pleased with the program!

It's back to school time and the garden is coming in daily with something, so my time is limited.

**Waves to Everyone** I sure enjoy reading and conversing with you all so much.

Have a Great ROTD/Night!

Cathy

Edit: Glad to see you back safely, Audrey! And your visit was with Nick of all people. Alchemy union?!

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Tazzygirl - Aug 7, 2007 9:02 pm (#1219 of 2984)

Sorry to hear about the incident with your son, Holly. I think his punishment was waaay to harsh for what happened. My brother used to get picked on when he was younger, and my parents actually told him if he ever got in trouble for punching a kid, and there was a logical reason behind it, then he would not get into trouble.

2bmcsmom- congrats on the new job!!

Congrats to the Kabloinks on their newest son!! So exciting! (I also think both names are fantastic. I know an Alexander and an Andrew, and both are extremely smart, caring boys. )

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FINN!!!!

Glad your mom's appointment went well, Madam P, and there were no knew things cropping up.

Welcome to all the new and returning members!!

Off to eat some dinner. It was yet another looong day. **yawn**

OOOOH!!! I won the Frappaccino Contest this week (with my partner)!!! and my store is number three in Frap. sales in our district. We have a couple more weeks left, so we are hoping to move to number 1.

~Kristina

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Pigwidgeon - Aug 7, 2007 9:52 pm (#1220 of 2984)

Coming out of lurkdom for a bit, to wish all Clevelanders well. You all got a nasty bit of rain! Hope everyone is safe.

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geauxtigers - Aug 7, 2007 10:07 pm (#1221 of 2984)

Happy Birthday, Finn!

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journeymom - Aug 7, 2007 10:27 pm (#1222 of 2984)

Congratulations, Kabloink! I agree, boys are fun. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, land of our dear Jo.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FINN!

You're getting old! :cheeky:

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Mrs. Sirius - Aug 7, 2007 11:35 pm (#1223 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Finn, time to enjoy your retirement.

Wow, everybody so much news, congratulations Madame Pince to your mother, I didn't know new arteries could grow after a person was full-grown, Kim on the babies, and everyone on finding the new camps jobs etc etc.

he he he Mediwitch, is Region 1 in the Litchfield/Fairfield hills? They get cancelled fairly often, don't they? Region 4 encompasses both interior and shoreline areas. So if it is snowing interior, we get cancelled. Shoreline many get -NO- snow at all and still be cancelled. I grew up in New School there was n-e-v-e-r cancelled!

Soli, we have that same thing with too many kids with the same names but around here the names are Hunter we know of at least 4 both male and female, Jordon, we call then "New Jordon" and "Old Jordon" since both are in the same grade, half dozen or more Caitlins, Skylers and other unusual names.

Welcome Maab and Nicoline



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Elanor - Aug 8, 2007 12:39 am (#1224 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Finn! Joyeux Anniversaire!

I'm happy everything went well for your Mom, madam Pince.

Congratulations Kabloink too! The name Alexander makes my blood pressure rise at the memory of a kid I once had in my class, so I'd vote for Andrew if we were to vote for the name...

I know many teachers who have had some trouble finding names for their own children as too many of the names they first liked were reminding them of horrible kids they've had in class. I'm sure it is a safe bet to say it must be a worldwide phenomenom!

Well, after three nights during which I spent too much time wide awake, I am just starting to recover from the jetlag. Thank goodness for the DH CDs I've brought back from California, I've listened to them a lot when not sleeping. Weather doesn't help either: it's gray and rainy, yuk! I do miss sunny California!

Have a great night/day everybody!

Audrey

PS: I love the symbol Lavandula! And you now how much I like symbols, don't you?

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mollis - Aug 8, 2007 6:13 am (#1225 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Finn!

And congratulations on your son, Kabloink. I really like both of you potential names. I actually named my daughter Alexandra - and we call her Alex. But I would have to agree with whoever said that the middle name is also very important. Try yelling both of them along with the last name. I am hopefully that my daughter will soon pick up on the difference between that casual Alex and the more forceful 3-name version.

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Lina - Aug 8, 2007 6:28 am (#1226 of 2984)

Tom Profit, sending you some "Find a suitable job" charms! I hope the things are about to be better.

2BMcsmom, congratulations to you on getting a job!

Madam Pince, I'm glad to read the good news about your mum!

Kabloink! I like both names.

Happy (belated) birthday, Finn!

Welcome, QueenMaab!

Congrats on winning frappaccino contest, Kristina!

I'm having a very summery summer this year, something I haven't had in ages. It is sunny, it is hot, it is on the beach. But it also means having problems in getting to the Internet. On the other hand, it meant not having to meet that strange page you all mentioned.

waving to everybody

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jose043 - Aug 8, 2007 6:37 am (#1227 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Finn

Congratulation Kabloink hope every thing goes well for the birth of your son either of the names is nice my middle grandsons middle name is Alexander.

Healing charms, cheering charms & happy birthday to any we have missed also anniversaries.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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The giant squid - Aug 8, 2007 7:49 am (#1228 of 2984)

Happy birthday Finn!

On cute children: A cousin of mine caught his 3-year old doing something he shouldn't. When he started yelling the kid just turned around and beamed up at him with the cutest smile on record. My cousin turned to me & said, "If they weren't so cute they'd never live past their age five..."

Clearly it's a genetic defense system, like the spots on a baby deer.

--Mike

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Potteraholic - Aug 8, 2007 7:59 am (#1229 of 2984)

This post is for those who were playing Hangman in the Potty Games thread. There hasn't been any activity there for a little while, so I just wanted send a Rememberall your way.

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Denise P. - Aug 8, 2007 8:16 am (#1230 of 2984)

Mike, mine have heard me tell them on more than one occasion "It is a good thing you are cute and I love you." If not, there would be loads of babies left on hillsides for wolves.

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Holly T. - Aug 8, 2007 8:31 am (#1231 of 2984)

I left a list of things for my son to do--clean his room, etc.--and his babysitter is supposed to remind him to do things on the list. So my son asked if he could jump on the couch like a maniac and I said no, because it wasn't on his list (he has never seen the logic in a simple "don't jump on the furniture" rule). He asked if he could write "jump on the couch like a maniac" on his list and I said sure, as long as he spelled everything right. He said "never mind" and didn't even try. He would have spelled "the" and "a" right, possibly "on" if he didn't write it as "no." He might have lucked out on "jump" if he guessed j instead of g and guessed the right vowel. "Like" he usually spells "lick." Etc.

Lavendula, my daughter is begging me to go to the People to People meeting. I just am not comfortable with the idea of her at age 13 (which she will be next summer) going to Australia without her parents. I did tell her she could apply for one of the Girl Scout Destinations for next summer, as long as it's in the U.S.

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Good Evans - Aug 8, 2007 9:27 am (#1232 of 2984)

Happy Birthday Finn - belated or otherwise!!!!

Happy days everyone, I am very excited as I am going for a pampering day tomorrow at a top spa, it was a christmas present (never let it be said that I rush to redeem my gifts!!!) I have never actually had a message or a pedicure, and I am extremely ticklish - so I am expecting to giggle my way through!!!

have a good evening all - I might be floating around the chat room later, but I a off to make dinner now!

love the pink wig maab! Julie x

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painting sheila - Aug 8, 2007 12:34 pm (#1233 of 2984)

Good Evans - I am so jealous. Have fun!!!

Holly T - You crack me up!

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Madam Pince - Aug 8, 2007 12:36 pm (#1234 of 2984)

The thermometer on my back deck is registering 115 right now. That is just absurd. I would never have thought it would be in danger of the entire thermometer being red and exploding out the top like it did in the cartoon Frosty the Snowman, but by golly the thing is only lacking centimeters of being totally red! How ridiculous is that? It feels like opening an oven door to just let the dog out. She doesn't stay out long, I can tell you that. We have to do swim test today to see if Little Pince advances to the next level -- he should be fine because he'll be in the water -- it's the people watching who will be sweltering! This is truly dangerous levels of heat.

All of the fruit on my/Little Pince's tomato plants have developed blossom-end-rot. Every single one, so far. I am really discouraged -- my mom wanted him to get some tomatoes so badly. She and he planted these plants this spring from seed and he's helped with every stage of transplanting, etc. Now this drought is just about doing them in. We're trying to water regularly, but we did miss some when we had to be gone during July. Apparently the end-rot occurs in dry weather with uneven watering. I am sooo hoping for at least one nice tomato. (It will be an expensive tomato, too, considering I had to buy germinating pots and big transplant pots and the Moisture-Control Miracle-Gro dirt and bug spray and Jobe's Tomato spikes and.... sheesh!) But the seeds were free.

Speaking of summer produce -- yummmmmmm! I do love summer for that reason! We have been getting the BEST corn! It's dry and a lot of the cornfields look awful, but I suppose the irrigated ones are doing OK, and the dry hot weather makes the corn so sweet! And the tomatoes and watermelons! I swear, Little P would live off of just corn-on-the-cob and watermelons all summer long if I'd let him. We're done with peaches for awhile but I may go to a pick-your-own farm near us this weekend if it cools down some and pick some more.

Mollis, that point you made about the middle name is one thing I noticed about Albus Severus Potter. I thought it was neat that the name "Severus" would still be making some little kid somewhere quake whenever he hears it -- because you usually only hear the middle name if you're in BIG trouble!

Mike, did you say you went to Comic-Con? Did you go to any of the Lost panels, or are you not a Lostie? (I can't recall if you are or not...) I'm still distressed that we have to wait until February for Season 4...

And I think I actually did read somewhere that your theory about the "cute" genetic defense system is partly true. Something about how all baby animals have the great big wide eyes that are so cute -- it prevents the parents from eating them. Or something like that...

Good Evans, enjoy your pampering day! I'm green with envy...

Well, better go let the dog back in before she turns from a yellow lab into a chocolate lab. Everyone stay cool if you're in the heat wave, and sending ***heat charms*** to Elanor and others in cooler climes!

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Finn BV - Aug 8, 2007 2:04 pm (#1235 of 2984)

Thanks for all the birthday wishes. It was a fun one. I had only one HP-themed gift, but it was a good one: the Jim Dale audiobook of DH!

(((hugs))) to Catherine.

Welcome to the Forum, QueenMaab!

Sheila -- I must say, Xan would be a cool name.

Congrats to Kristina on her good job selling those Frapps!

I know many teachers who have had some trouble finding names for their own children as too many of the names they first liked were reminding them of horrible kids they've had in class. --Audrey (Elanor)[

That reminds me when Jo had her second child, David, and had to pick a name she hadn't already used in the books! (Then again, considering you'd probably never name your child Severus or Xenophilius or Rosmerta, it couldn't have been too difficult.)

Julie GE, enjoy yourself at the spa!

Mike, did you, if you weren't frequenting the Lost panels, visit the Narnia ones? ::hopeful:: I heard they presented a ton of great stuff on Prince Caspian.

Ugh, Madam P, we are definitely in a heat wave -- it is really just too humid to be outside. We're nowhere near 115° (my guess is 100° or so), but this is just beyond anything else we've had this summer. To top it off, we had torrential rainstorms last night causing Metro-North trains and most subway lines to shut down for this morning's commute -- so my mom got a day off, which was nice. We went to see Becoming Jane; I pretty much liked it, thought the beginning was a little slow. Nice to see the HP films reunion.

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Caius Iulius - Aug 8, 2007 2:42 pm (#1236 of 2984)

Happy birthday Finn!

Kabloink, my favorite is Alexander (my brothers middle name), but I like Andrew as well.

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QueenMaab- Aug 8, 2007 3:16 pm (#1237 of 2984)

Shoot... The weather in my area has been fine. Highs in the upper 70s lows in the 60s. overcast. a bit humid, but some breakthrough sunshine. Of course, I've been working night shift for the past three years, I hardly get to see what it's like outside during daylight hours. Moving to Evening shift for a couple of months after working my last night shift tonight. I welcome the change but gosh... Evening shift = No social life at all. Not even my one day a week that I had managed to scrape to myself working nocs. ...sighs... c'est la vie

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Betty Boop - Aug 8, 2007 5:37 pm (#1238 of 2984)

Hi Everyone!!

Good to see you around, April!!

Julie enjoy your spa trip tomorrow, all I ask is if I can come too?

QueenMaab, send some of your weather to South East, its Hot around here.

Hugs always

boop

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Denise P. - Aug 8, 2007 8:00 pm (#1239 of 2984)

I have to say, I am impressed. During Millicent's time at Hogwarts this summer (girl scout day camp) they earned a total of 7 badges, almost finished 3 more in just 5 days! We should be able to finish the 3 fairly easily. I hope we don't get a bunch of duplicates for twilight camp but even if we do, I am still thrilled. I am hoping she will be set to start considering her bronze by early 2008.

Mr. Denise just told me there is a possibility that he may be sent to England for a few weeks. If he does, I plan to have him bring back the HP books in paperback for me. That would be neat to have both sets.

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painting sheila - Aug 8, 2007 8:51 pm (#1240 of 2984)
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Wasn't there some one interested in doing SWAPs? My niece is on board now if any one is still interested. She is going to the beach all next week so it would be a good thing for her to work on while she is there. She can't be in the sun yet, so this would keep her mind off of that fact.

It was only 102* here today with a heat index of 110*. We went to the pool and pretty much had it to ourselves. The water was cooler than the air so it felt nice. I think I will plan on the same thing tomorrow.

I promised Littlest Guy we would go and see Underdog tomorrow. What have I gotten myself into!! I remember the cartoon as a little girl - "Never fear! Underdog is here!"

I watched The Devil Wears Prada tonight. I am so glad she made the right decision in the end. Whew!

Denise P - 7 badges!! I wish the Boy Scouts would do that!!

Edit - Good night all! I hope everyone has the day they wish for tomorrow (rain, no rain, heat, not heat . . .)

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Solitaire - Aug 8, 2007 9:36 pm (#1241 of 2984)

Sorry about the heat, everyone. We have had two really lovely days, with temps in the 80s yesterday and probably only low 90s today ... although it is still 84 degrees at 9:30 p.m. Alas, we are going to pay for it. We get to go back to school next week to temps in the low 100s all week!

I had quite a surprise today. I went to the school office and checked out my key so I could start working on my room. When I walked into my room, all of the boards were papered and most had borders on them! I got upset, because I thought my room had been given to someone else, so I went back to the office to find out what was going on.

Well, it seems my regular custodian had gone in to paper the really high board (I can't even reach the bottom of it standing on a regular ladder). She had torn down the paper last summer (she said it was ugly every day when she came in to vacuum my room) with the promise that she would paper that board, since we are not allowed to use the really tall ladders. As it happened, this never took place all year. Anyway, last week, she and the other lady custodian went in to cover that board and just decided to cover ALL of my boards!

If this sounds like a little thing, it isn't. Granted they are younger and don't have my bad knees ... but it usually takes me an entire work day to do this by myself, as it involves measuring and cutting paper, dragging heavy student desks around to use for a makeshift scaffold, performing a balancing act on said desks so they don't tip over--all while I am juggling paper, clenching scissors in my mouth, and holding a stapler between my knees so it's within easy reach! Every year, at the end of this day, I am so sore I can barely drag to my car. It usually takes me a week to stop limping from all the climbing and jumping down off desks ... which is why I start this chore a couple of weeks before the kids arrive.

Now I need to do something really nice for these two angels. Any suggestions?

Solitaire

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Mrs. Sirius - Aug 8, 2007 10:42 pm (#1242 of 2984)

Oh, we just received the Bloomsbury edition of the books that we were missing. We previously had PS, and OoTP-DH. Hubby said he found them on Amazon for a price he couldn't refuse (he can refuse few books, no matter the price).

My big disappointment is that my daughter, when she was suddenly inspired to read the books to herself at the end of second grade, lost our original GOF, the one with the mistake in Priori Incantantum. It's only recently hit me what a loss that really is! The upside is that we do have and English language of the GOF again.

The heat today was just beastly. And instead of being smart and going to the lake, I took the kids on a bike ride, when we got back, we were just wrung out. Instead of wise-ing up and taking them to cool off, I told them to find something to keep busy. We were just dying. At least the basement was cool. We spent the next several hour in there, it had to be 20º cooler.

Soli, as my friend calls that, it's abundance. Lastly food works as thank you. Although, gift certificates to the Celebrations works nicely too.

Finn I heard that commuting in the city was a nightmare. I was supposed to go to visit, my m-i-l, she called to warn of the traffic. Alas, my kids were all sick, uggh when will that end.

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Snuffles - Aug 9, 2007 12:55 am (#1243 of 2984)

Happy belated birthday Finn. I hope you had a wonderful day

Holly, sorry to hear about your son. It does seem a bit harsh, especially as it seems he was being provoked.

Kabloink, I like both names, but like others have said, see which goes with your surname. If you still cannot decide, there is always the name Harry.....

Madame P. Sorry to hear about Little P's run in with those girls. I have had that in the past with Olivia. She is so friendly, she cannot understand that some children aren't the same way. I hate it if she speaks to someone and they ignore her. At least you managed to keep your cool

Congrats Kristina on winning the Frapps competition.

Enjoy your day Julie(GE)

I am off camping with the in laws this weekend! We are going near Pickering and Scarborough. I have never camped before, so it should be interesting to say the least! I hope the weather will be kind.

Well, this pile of papers won't sort themselves out so I guess It's my cue to start work.

*Hugs, healing charms and Felix Felicis to all those in need*

Julie

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dizzy lizzy - Aug 9, 2007 1:27 am (#1244 of 2984)

OK!! I have a few belated birthday wishes and congratulations I need to hand out if I just read Julie's post.

So... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all who need it!! and..CONGRATULATIONS to those who have achieved something!!!

But the important news...I have a phone line....*dances*

Off to do everything I wanted to do on the net for the last 3 months , but was too polite to hog the friend's phone line!!!

Cheers

Lizzy

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Chemyst - Aug 9, 2007 4:03 am (#1245 of 2984)

Woo Hoo Lizzy! May I assume phone=internet service too?

A really cool – well, not cool today, but you understand – map of current temperatures for the US mainland and southern Canada is http://weather.unisys.com/surface/sfc_con_temp.html
You can click through the past hours and watch the heat build or dissipate.
(There is also an NA (for North America) button that does show most of Canada and includes Alaska, but the link I gave will be better for most.)

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Accio Sirius - Aug 9, 2007 5:35 am (#1246 of 2984)

Hello everyone. Just bracing for the heat. My hanging baskets look just miserable. They have water, but the heat is just too much. I opened the door to let the cat out and he gave me a look like I was out of my mind. Instead, he had some of his tartar control treats (he's very worried about dental health   ) and curled up in front of the AC.

Denise, the badges are impressive. Owl Camp was mid-July for us and when my daughter gets back from resident camp, I'll have to sort through everything she's done. We did the Zoofari patch at the National Zoo before she left, which was really cute. I went through all of the requirements to figure out what badges kids earned for our swim team this summer. The Brownies and Girl Scouts were easy. I thought the Boy Scout system was confusing!

I'll be able to do some swaps most likely around the third week of August. This week is deadlines, visiting family, returning children and then a jaunt to beach. After that, I have several home projects and crafts lined up along with a major de-clutterification of the house. I wish I had a simple spell for that!

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Denise P. - Aug 9, 2007 6:06 am (#1247 of 2984)

I find the Girl Scouts much more confusing than the Boy/Cub Scouts. This is probably because I had a few years of Cubs before we started Girl Scouts again.

Anyone else interested in SWAPS, Harry Potter related? (Marie, Viola, Accio Sirius?) If we get enough, we could each take a book and make the SWAP related to that book. Since there are only a few of us, this is not like we are going to be making 20 SWAPS each.

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megfox* - Aug 9, 2007 6:18 am (#1248 of 2984)

Um, excuse my ignorance, but what are SWAPS? I never did Girl Scouts, mostly because I wanted to be in Boy Scouts and couldn't be, so then I refused to do Girl Scouts. They sounds arts 'n craftsy - maybe I could join in?

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The giant squid - Aug 9, 2007 6:23 am (#1249 of 2984)

Mike, did you say you went to Comic-Con? Did you go to any of the Lost panels, or are you not a Lostie? (I can't recall if you are or not...) I'm still distressed that we have to wait until February for Season 4...--Madame Pince

I am a Lostie, but even though we got to the Lost panel an hour early the only seats left were in the boonies. It turns out they opened the room (a massive ballroom-sized hall) two hours before the panel was supposed to start. As we were already tired, grumpy and hungry we decided to skip that one and go eat instead. Our reasoning: it's Lost--they're not really going to reveal anything anyway.

Finn, I didn't go to any Narnia stuff either. I'm one of those strange people who goes to ComicCon for...comics. Yeah, I know, weird, huh? Although my wife did stand in line to get the DH tote bag from the Scholastic booth. Only took us three days to get there before they ran out (they had a set amount of freebie bags per day, and they were always gone within the first half-hour).

((boop))

--Mike

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Denise P. - Aug 9, 2007 6:33 am (#1250 of 2984)

Sure! Anyone can join in on SWAPS, including any guys here who are interested. Special Whatjamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere They are just little doohickeys that can be pinned onto a hat, cord . . whatever. They can be as simple as a safety pin with beads on it, a piece of cardstock with a pin or more elaborate stuff. I will give links to a few SWAPS sites to help people be inspired. SWAPS also have a tag (or written on the SWAP) the person's name, location, troop or anything else. For example, I would put Denise P, location, Harry Potter SWAPS 2007 on my SWAPS.

The girls usually do pretty simple ones. The adult SWAPS tend to be a bit more involved. I am doing a fall swap with adults, I am making little pipecleaner dolls wearing a gown.

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megfox* - Aug 9, 2007 6:41 am (#1251 of 2984)

Okay, if you could send me a link (or I could just Google it, I suppose), I would be interested!

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Denise P. - Aug 9, 2007 6:44 am (#1252 of 2984)

Okay Meg, I have you on the list and will be sending an email later with details.

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painting sheila - Aug 9, 2007 7:10 am (#1253 of 2984)
Edited Aug 9, 2007 8:30 am

Yeah!! HP SWAPs. I guess for our "location" we could all out the forum!

Soli - How is the house selling going? I would recommend some sort of gift certificate for a restaurant - fast food or for ice cream. You could get them a gift certificate for ice cream and write a little note saying "Sweets for the sweet" or something just as corny. If you do too much it may embarrass them.

The heat is already hot. BC (Black Cat) came in as soon as he heard me rattling the door knob. I don't think he will want to go out much today either. If only I had some tartar control treats for him.

I HAVE to clean house today. Youth Conference is the Friday and Saturday. I will have 6 teenage boys staying at my house! They go through SO much food!! My Oldest Son eats a lot but it seems the more teenage boys there are the more each one eats individually.

Squib Mike - So did you all get the DH bag? Did you ever hear what they discussed at the LOST discussion?

Yeah! Dizzy Lizzy!

Edit: Welcome Lily Evans!

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Madam Pince - Aug 9, 2007 7:22 am (#1254 of 2984)

Squid Mike, good decision on the Lost panel -- I think your reasoning is very sound. They don't even reveal anything in the episodes, why would they reveal anything at a convention?

You people are so creative with the SWAPS thing! Something like that would never even occur to me. I am so non-artsy (aka: boring.)

A bit cooler today perhaps -- only 82 at 8:30 in the morning!

Swim test went well, although I don't think she's going to pass anybody in the class on to the next level because nobody really aced the "swim on your back for 15 feet" part. I am a bit disappointed that she didn't work on that more and give them one more chance, but oh well it's not a biggie really. Today is the last class and she always has a bit of a party with cookies, etc.

Soli, how wonderful that your janitors took care of that yucky task for you! Depending on exactly how grateful you are -- Good Evans' recent spa pampering puts me in mind of a nice gift! I bet a janitor might enjoy a nice manicure/pedicure after having hands in cleaning water all day!

I got an e-mail from Borders bookstore this morning -- you can pre-order the full set of Harry Potter books, which are hardcover and presented in some sort of a trunk that apparently can lock. (Why you would want to lock your books, I can't imagine, but hey...) I think it's like $125 or something for the set, and they'll be out in October sometime. I don't think there's anything different about them from previous editions other than the trunk. That doesn't really tempt me, but something similar done with the deluxe editions would probably do so...

Everyone enjoy the RotD!

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Solitaire - Aug 9, 2007 10:27 am (#1255 of 2984)
Edited Aug 9, 2007 11:21 am

Mrs. Sirius, I thought of giving them each a gift card to either Roadhouse or the local Mexican restaurant/cantina (I know they love it there), which are in this area.

Snuffles, you've never camped before? Ever? Hm ... I camped all around northern Europe back in the summer of '78 ... in a 2-man tent. The thing I remember most is wearing damp clothing most of the time. Of course, we were starving students back then, so we had to drip-dry our clothing. I thought the European campgrounds were lovely, though. Most had some sort of restaurant or bar, a laundromat (which I was too poor to use), and a small store for things one may have forgotten. Several even had discos. I don't know if they are still like that, but they were nice then.

These days, I will only camp if I have a real bed and bathroom in a trailer or RV (I think you call it a Caravan). Although I enjoyed tent camping in '78, that was 29 years ago, and I no longer "do" sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag! These days, I prefer to "camp" in the Holiday Inn, Sheraton, Marriott, etc.

Sheila, I hadn't thought about ice cream certificates. We have a Coldstone right around the corner in my neighborhood. We also have Starbucks, and with their recent price hike, that might be nice. I know both ladies are big-time coffee drinkers.

Madam P, I hadn't thought about a manicure or pedicure. That is also a good idea. Thanks for some good suggestions, everyone!

About the house ... so far, no bites. I did find out that my deposit on the other house is refundable if I do not sell. That helps. If I do not sell, I'll go ahead with some upgrades here. While I think it would be nice to have that new house, I do like this neighborhood. I have nice neighbors, and I am close to my two nieces. I can be happy in either place, and that's always the best way.

Solitaire

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John Bumbledore - Aug 9, 2007 11:33 am (#1256 of 2984)
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Kabloink, I jumped to the end of the thread just to put in my two cents on the names. I have a nephew names Andrew and a college friend has a son named Alexander.

So if you consider alternatives I have three: John, Steven, or Glenn.

Happy belated birthday, Finn.

Now I'll go back and see what I missed between .. Oh, Congratulations to the Kabloinks! **though I had forgotten, didn't you!**

Welcome to the Forum, Maab

   Mike, mine have heard me tell them on more than one occasion "It is a good thing you are cute and I love you." If not, there would be loads of babies left on hillsides for wolves. — Denise P.

My wife has our children trained with the question:
   "Why do some animals eat their young?"

The response:
   "Because they CAN!"

Edited Aug 9, 2007 12:47 pm to add what I had missed before.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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painting sheila - Aug 9, 2007 12:41 pm (#1257 of 2984)

Welcome VLW8282!! Get posting!

Boys names . . . .hmmm. . . Austin is a favorite, and Dallin.

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TomProffitt - Aug 9, 2007 1:15 pm (#1258 of 2984)

Heya,

Speaking of Boy Scout Camp; when I was in we would break into classes at summer camp and everyone could earn 5 Merit Badges that week. No duplicates, the Troop was large enough that everyone was able to earn badges they needed to advance. I also did the 50 mile hike each summer. Over the winter months we would earn two or three badges. We rented the YMCA over the winter and could take one of the needed swimming badges, too. While at first this may seem like a good thing, I never really learned the self-reliance and leadership the Boy Scout system seems to desire, the Adult Leadership did too much for us. (I won't participate in the Boy Scouts now as an adult due to philosophical differences)

I need to plan a trip to Fort Leonard Wood, MO. May nephew is graduating from basic in September and has a good chance of going straight from there to Baghdad.

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I Am Used Vlad - Aug 9, 2007 1:37 pm (#1259 of 2984)

Happy belated birthday, Finn.

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journeymom - Aug 9, 2007 2:24 pm (#1260 of 2984)

SWAPS- they sound way too crafty for me.

Denise, I think you mentioned GS is more complicated than BS. Could you specify? I know next to nothing about Boy Scouts, but I've been a GS leader for five years now, and I think the paper work is a bit arduous. My girls are going into Cadets this year and suddenly the badge method is a nightmare. I'm trying to figure out how to incorporate the Studio 2B booklets/charms in with the more familiar Cadet badge work.

Our edition of Deathly Hallows fell apart! The first half of it peeled away from the spine and is hanging on by just the first few pages. The second half of the book peeled away completely and feel out! I stuffed them all back between the front and back faces. I should probably ask for a replacement from the store I got it from. But 1) I don't have the receipt any more 2) this is the last HP book, and I got it from the last release party! I'm actually sentimental about this book, I don't necessarily want another one. Besides, we also have the Bloomsbury adult edition. We do have the edition of GoF with the incorrect Priori Incantatum.

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Catherine - Aug 9, 2007 2:58 pm (#1261 of 2984)

Happy Belated Birthday, Finn! You are the youngest senior citizen I know!

Sheila, I hadn't thought about ice cream certificates. We have a Coldstone right around the corner in my neighborhood. We also have Starbucks, and with their recent price hike, that might be nice. I know both ladies are big-time coffee drinkers. –Solitaire

That's exactly what I was going to suggest--depending on their taste preferences, I gave out either Coldstone or Starbucks giftcards for gifts. The Coldstone card was a big hit with the coach who doesn't drink caffeine, but who has young children.

It was a brutal 103 degrees F today. Bleech! It just stormed, and now it feels like a sauna outside. The poor puppies shoot me terrible squinting looks every time I open the door to let them outside to tend to their business.

Coldstone is sounding good about now--it's been on my mind ever since I watched the latest episode of Top Chef last night. There was Coldstone Immunity Challenge, and I've been drooling for it ever since....

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Denise P. - Aug 9, 2007 3:04 pm (#1262 of 2984)

Aw, you know you want to do it...it is easy! You don't have to be crafty...make a Firebolt! Send us a galleon, knut and sickle, a quill, a mini maurader's map, a snitch, The Fat Lady portrait, a giant squid...anything remotely related to the books. Think of all the cute, clever and cool doodads you will get back.

I find Girl Scouts more complicated because they don't do things together and there is no central method of recording stuff. Girls can earn stuff on their own and in Kaity's case, if we didn't do it, she would not be close to finishing up her Signs to get cracking on her Bronze. I really don't like that the GS don't get the age groups together except on rare occasions and that the various service units within a town don't ever get together. How can Daisy's see how cool it is to be a Cadet if they never see them? How can the Cadets appreciate how far they have come when they see a troop of 1st grade brownies? How do the various girl scouts in a town help out each other, do cool things together? If they would work together more, like the Cubs do, there would be more events beyond Thinking Day each year. Maybe it is different from council to council though.

There is some really good free software to track Scouts, it originally was designed for the boys/cubs but they have Girl Scout versions too. It is not as nice as the original but it helps. I will put a link behind my avatar for it. Scroll to the bottom of the page. I am emailing to see if they have any newer versions. I love, love, love the Cub Scout version of this.

Coldstone - evil! Evil I tell ya! We just had a buy one, get one free...baaaadddd! Starbucks - eh. I don't drink coffee so only go in occasionally for a frappacino. I got soured really quick when I ordered a chocolate chip one, thought it looked funny and took a swig. EEeeeewwww! They put mocha in it! That may not sound bad but if you don't drink coffee...it is a nasty shock to the tastebuds.

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Catherine - Aug 9, 2007 3:41 pm (#1263 of 2984)

That may not sound bad but if you don't drink coffee...it is a nasty shock to the tastebuds. –Denise

I have had that happen! My "parents" (of my students) know I don't drink coffee. One of them brought me hot chocolate on my birthday--except----it was a mocha something. I had taken a big swig, and according to bystanders, my eyes widened considerably before the shudder when down my spine. I took a few more "fake" sips (kind of like Harry drinking Umbridge's supposedly "Veritaserumed" tea) before I put it on my desk and "forgot" about it.

Before Miss Manners intervenes, I thanked the parent and student profusely.

**waves to Loopy Lupin**

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Denise P. - Aug 9, 2007 3:58 pm (#1264 of 2984)

Oh yeah, in that case, I would smile and thank the person. At Starbucks, since I paid for it, I handed it back with "I think you may have made this wrong, I had ordered X" My kids also find it vastly amusing to hand me a regular soda and then watch the massive shudder and face contortions that ensue.

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dizzy lizzy - Aug 9, 2007 4:24 pm (#1265 of 2984)

Well, it certainly is nice to be able to get onto the internet in the peace and quiet of my own home!!!!

Some interesting news for those in the US/Canada. I will be visiting sometime next year and would like ideas on the best time to come...

There are two places I need to visit, the Elemendorf Hutterites in Minnesota and a friend who is either going to be in West Texas or Seattle by the time I visit. so ideas on timing etc would be useful. And places to visit, given I'm not touristy, and prefer just to visit national parks etc. Links to websites etc are also useful. I'm considering coming back through the UK and europe, with a direct flight home from Frankfurt so it is a real world trip with no deadline. a couple of months here and there....

As for "swaps" can I join?? Mine would all need to be cardboard based ready to be attached to pins in order to avoid customs related problems and not to send safety pins through the mail.

Hope the heat comes more manageable for you all

Cheers

Lizzy

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2BMcsmom - Aug 9, 2007 5:07 pm (#1266 of 2984)

I just managed to finish reading all the posts. Everyone has been very chatty. A few things I wanted to reply to.

Happy belated Birthdays to Puck and Finn.

Congratulations Kabloink on the soon to be new arrival. I like the idea of seeing which one sounds better when you yell the name.

Soli, I hope your house sells soon. On what to get the ladies that helped you, I would vote for the manicure/pedicure. That is not as common as a gift (at least where I live).

There were comments made about the price of milk. In the Atlanta area near my grandparents the name brands were $6 to $7 and the store brands $4 to $5.

In south Georgia every county has their own school schedule. All the public schools in a county have the same schedule. But all the counties schedules are different in some way. Some one had commented on spring breaks not being at the same time. When I was in school the reason was to keep the kids from some counties away from each other because there was such a big rival between them. Any time the kids would have spring break out at the same time there would be big fights.

School has already started back here. We started back on Monday. The last day of school is around the 15th of May.

Thanks for all the congratulations on the job. It has been going good. Considering it has only been 2 days. They waited until school had started to hire anyone. It is a big adjustment for me. Most all of my past work experience has been in retail. Now I am working with 17 3 and 4 year olds.

Sheila, I had lol watching the mom song.

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The giant squid - Aug 9, 2007 5:10 pm (#1267 of 2984)

Sheila, we got 2 bags--one for us and one for my MIL, who got both of us reading HP in the first place.

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Potteraholic - Aug 9, 2007 5:25 pm (#1268 of 2984)

Hello everyone! I have read the Forum off and on since 2002 but have only started posting since last month. I guess that makes me an ex-lurker.

I am a nearly 40 year old (in November) woman who lives in the States, New York to be exact. I live in Brooklyn and teach elementary/primary school in Manhattan. I don't have any children, but am a doting aunt to my nephew (almost 6) and niece (3 1/2). I can't wait for them to become Potterphiles in a few years!

Being a teacher, I'll chime in about when school starts. In NYC, public school teachers are required to come in for Staff Development on Thurs. Aug. 30 and the 1st day for children is Tues., Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day. (For non-US Forumers, this a holiday that celebrates, as the name implies, the Working Person. Banks and Post Offices are closed.)

Congratulations to everyone who is celebrating/has celebrated/is going to celebrate a special event.

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Mediwitch - Aug 9, 2007 6:03 pm (#1269 of 2984)

Hi Mrs. Sirius! Region 1 is in the Litchfield/Berkshire Hills (we're right on the NY/MA/CT border), so we have hills and mountains and lots of backwoods dirt roads. Sometimes they cancel school because the weather is bad on top of the mountains but fine in the valleys. That's life in New England!

*cooling charms* to all in the heat. Our forecast for tomorrow is 60 degrees F and rainy. You can remind me of this come winter when I am freezing my tail off and you are all comfortable!

Ooh, Denise, how many paperback sets can Mr. Denise carry? I'd really love to get a set too. One of these days.....

Hooray for lizzy's phone line! I'll let some of our fellow Forumers who are closer to the areas you are planning to visit answer your travel questions - you will be quite far from me as I'm on the east coast.

And welcome to all the new Forumers!

I spent a couple of hours in one of my schools today working on setting up the room. We had to move everything out because they painted and put new carpets in this summer. Of course, one of the autistic Kindergarten students in the summer school program (today was the last day) threw his Trix yogurt at lunch, so there was hideous blue and purple yogurt everywhere. We can't figure out why they bothered with carpet in that classroom anyway! I mean, really - students with severe disabilities, behavior problems, some who aren't toilet-trained...does carpet make any sense at all? Sheesh.

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Betty Boop - Aug 9, 2007 6:26 pm (#1270 of 2984)

Welcome to all new Forum members. We are a friendly family and look forward to new members. Do feel free to start posting. We look forward to new ideas and thoughts.

Lizzy, congrats on getting a phone line.

Tomorrow is Friday! Yay!!

Have a great weekend everyone. My parents are celebrating 50 years of marriage on Saturday. We are all going to have a picnic with them. It is also my mom's birthday too.

hugs always

boop

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Finn BV - Aug 9, 2007 6:46 pm (#1271 of 2984)

Congrats to Denise's Millicent! What pride for Slytherin House! And LOL, I had never heard of SWAPS before… what a great acronym!

Nice to see you around, Lizzy!

**waves to Vlad**

boop, a very happy anniversary to your parents! 50 years, my goodness, even my 65-year-old self can't top that!

Sorry, only skimmed the last 30 posts or so, we're leaving for Canada tomorrow (an August tradition -- my mom's family lives in Buffalo, NY, and my grandparents have a house on the Niagara River), and, like usual, I have left packing for the last minute. Must get going!

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Holly T. - Aug 9, 2007 6:52 pm (#1272 of 2984)

Happy anniversary to Boop's parents and happy birthday to her mom.

Solitaire, what a nice surprise! I can't count the number of times I had to go help my mom set up her room. Until my sister moved she'd always borrow my daughter to help put her classroom together.

Journeymom, the Studio 2B charm requirements are so vague as to be ridiculous, especially considering how persnickety the IP requirements are. I found a form online to use as a checklist for the IPs my girls have earned, but for the ones we aren't doing as a troop they have to tell me what they've done. I make them write it down, and I reserve the right to ask their parents if they really did what they say they did. And I remind them that "honest and fair" is part of the Girl Scout Law. I think Studio 2B is the biggest joke and was hoping it would go away before my girls were Cadettes. Unfortunately it did not, and since some of the focus books are prerequisites for the Silver Award we have to do them. But we are going to do the minimum and move on to the IPs, which are more like the traditional badge work and make much more sense.

Denise, I think the level of involvement of troops and service units varies by council. I know one thing that I like about our service unit is that we do have a lot of opportunities for the Daisy troops to be mentored by Brownies, Brownies by Juniors, etc. In fact, one of the things I do as troop organizer/troop consultant for our service unit is match troops up with each other. We are also fortunate in that we are very close to the council headquarters so we can participate in council events with girls from other service units.

I have to go work in my daughter's room some more. She'll be home on Sunday. I'm moving all of her books, which should take me the rest of the night. Last night I moved American Girl stuff and I think Molly and Kit have almost as many clothes and accessories as my daughter.

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Denise P. - Aug 9, 2007 6:59 pm (#1273 of 2984)

Lizzy, we would love to have you join our swap exchange!! How nifty, we are international I will email everyone tomorrow.

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QueenMaab- Aug 9, 2007 7:02 pm (#1274 of 2984)

Lol... My daughter's 'build a bear' bunny sure is racking up the clothing and accessories. One of the sayings in her paw is "let's go shopping." But I indulge it... every other Thursday, ten dollar limit, on Dougy Center evenings. The Dougy Center is a place for grieving children and unfortunately my children lost their father to suicide, so I take my eldest and am trying to get my youngest into the same group so I don't have to make so many trips.

It's great though.. The kids learn that they aren't the only ones that have suffered major losses like this. The name of our group is 'Survivors of violent death' for murders and suicides. What a world we live in. *shakes head*

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Denise P. - Aug 9, 2007 8:05 pm (#1275 of 2984)

Okay, I lied...I just sent the email to those wanting to do SWAPS. I am all atwitter...this is going to be nifty. I came up with a cool idea this afternoon and it will be fun making it come to life.

Can someone explain to me the appeal of David Beckham? He is here in Washington DC playing tonight and it is getting so much airtime it is not funny. Mr. Denise was offered tickets yesterday and turned them down. I laughed because he had no idea they were actually valuable. I guess I am just not a soccer fan (football for those outside the US)

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virginiaelizabeth - Aug 9, 2007 8:25 pm (#1276 of 2984)

Can someone explain to me the appeal of David Beckham?

Well I'm not a soccer fan, but seriously, take a good long look at him, and yeahhh that's about it for me! LOL!

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Mrs. Sirius - Aug 9, 2007 9:48 pm (#1277 of 2984)

Snuffles, you've never camped before? Ever? Hm .

I have never been camping! The closest I have ever come is sneaking into Edinburgh Castle and sleeping on the grounds with friends. That of course was eons ago, when I was a poor student thumbing my way through any country I could get to.

Good luck with the sale of the house Soli.

I have had that happen! My "parents" (of my students) know I don't drink coffee..

What is it that Ron says? “…God that’s revolting.., I don‘t want to drink that muck” is it?

Hey what do you think of the BBC doing producing HP as a series, starting about 2010 after the last movie? It should be amazing, they can cover the material thoroughly, not so many time constraints. All our favorite lines and scenes can be included. And, wow think about the casting? The casting for the movies was good, but with the BBC doing it,… woaaa

It looks like we finally will get our cat. We visited the home of the rescue lady today. The kids are so excited. She wanted us to take the brother and sister cats, I really only wanted one. Someone came to visit right after and wanted the brother. My son cried when I told him we were only going to get the one. Oh it is hard!

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Tazzygirl - Aug 10, 2007 12:40 am (#1278 of 2984)

Denise- you had a Java Chip Frappaccino. If you ever get the courage to try it again, order the Double Chocolate Chip one. That's made with the creme base- no coffee. (I couldn't resist. )

I am also not a coffee drinker, either. I pretty much had the same facial expression as Denise and Catherine the first time I unsuspectedly drank something with coffee in it.

**waves to Lizzy** Glad you got your phone line!! When you come to the states, think you could do a stop-over in Hawaii?? You could plan it where you have a long layover at Honolulu Airport...

**selling charms** to your house, Soli!!

Anyone remember the "Always Wear Sunscreen" song that was popular in 1998? It wasn't really a song- it was a speech that a guy said at a university, and it was so awesome that another person put music to it and put it on the radio. I was just listening to it- awesome 'song'.

Have fun on your trip, Finn!

~Kristina

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Good Evans - Aug 10, 2007 4:45 am (#1279 of 2984)

LOL about David Beckham - you now have to put up with him, but we are still getting the coverage too!!! I dont get the appeal, he is apparently a good footie player but he is generally famous for being very canny with his marketability and his "fabulous" wife who is also a marketing machine.

I have no particular interest in either (although I did hear an amusing comment about Mrs B at the spa I was at yesterday as she also used to go there apparently!), but I doubt the media interest is about the die away anmytime soon.

Speaking of the spa, i had a fabulous day, but was a bit nevewracked when I got there, we drove past garden centres spraying customers tyres as anti foot and mouth precautions (we were clse to the exclusion zone) and then the sat nav took us down some unbeleiveable country lanes! It was quite hairy, tractors, refuse trucks etc and no passing places!

anyhow we got there on time and had a great dip in the pool / sauna / steamroom (I even plunged in the plunge pool!!). massage and facial, pedicure and manicure (nails look fab!) wonderful lunch - more pool time - oh it was great, really reccomend it if you can just take a day out every now and then, I intend to go back (but will need to save pennies first!).

Welcome back Lizzy, I wondered where your little doggie avatar has been!

welcome to new forumers, lovely to have you here.

best toddle off before the dementors start to swoop.... (but big hugs to boop and soli's knees - that have been spared this year, that was so nice of those people - how about a nice bottle of wine?? always goes down well with me).

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Accio Sirius - Aug 10, 2007 5:26 am (#1280 of 2984)

Denise, I didn't know you were in my neck of the woods now! The news was all about "Becks" who seems so far like an expensive bench warmer. I guess he did play for 20 minutes last night and took off his shirt, so the TV people are happy!He's got such a funny mickey mouse voice for such a buff guy. It makes me giggle.

Queen Maab, I'm glad your kids have some place to go to know they are not alone. I am sorry for your troubles. Your avatar makes me think of Tonks. **sniff**

I'm off to shop for uninvited house guests!

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Denise P. - Aug 10, 2007 5:54 am (#1281 of 2984)

Tazzy, I had ordered a DCC Frappacino. I knew something was wrong when it was handed to me and was orange. The person who made it was new because when she remade it, she just made a vanilla bean frap and tossed in a handful of chocolate chips. At that point, I said "good enough" and took it. Other than the release night, I have not been back in Starbucks since then. One of these days.

Accio, we moved to the area back in January. Loopy Lupin, Madam Pince and the missing Mike Miller are also in the general area. **waves to Loopy, Madam and Mike**

I am off to the craft store today to pick up some paint for my weekend project - HP related.

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Elanor - Aug 10, 2007 6:54 am (#1282 of 2984)

When I was in California, I went to Starbucks a few times. I just wanted some basic hot black tea and the first time the lady there was keeping asking me questions and questions about which type of tea I wanted when, as I was caffeine deprived, all I wanted was some TEA. A nice guy also working there took pity of me, came up and just asked: "Black or green?" - he KNEW! I could have hugged him, lol!

A few days later, I went back there again and asked for some "hot black tea" (silly me, the first time, it had not occurred to me I had to ask for some hot one! ). It was another girl, who looked at me as if I were from Mars and answered me "We don't have some and never had" but insisted in putting some kind of syrup in whatever I let her choose instead. I never knew what was the name of what she finally served me but it was nice!

Have a great day everybody! Sending Cheering and Comforting Charms to everyone needing some.

Weather Charms too are needed it seems! They are needed here as well: it should be sunny and about 32°C/90°F at this time of the year here and it is gloomy, rainy and it was only about 14°C/57°F at noon!

Audrey

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I Am Used Vlad - Aug 10, 2007 7:24 am (#1283 of 2984)

Denise, I love your idea for a Dead Student folder.

How can people not drink coffee? **needs cold compress**

Congrats to Boop's parents.

w00t, if that's right, I'm not sure if I ever w00ted before, to has-beens trying to make soccer popular in the US.

.**waves to Finn**

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Nathan Zimmermann - Aug 10, 2007 9:06 am (#1284 of 2984)

This is the first opportunity I have had to post here in a long while, and I have skimmed the last 100 posts. I noticed it was recently Finn's birthday.

I just want to wish the forum's youngest senior citizen and Harry Potter trivia guru Happy Belated Birthday.

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Holly T. - Aug 10, 2007 9:40 am (#1285 of 2984)

I used to not drink coffee, but I like coffee-flavored things (example: cappuchino Heath Blizzard, Starbucks mocha frap, etc.). Then I gave up drinking sodas for Lent. But didn't give up coffee or tea, since I wanted to you know, be awake. So I started drinking coffee in the morning and never gave that up, plus added the sodas back in after Easter. So I think I did the exact opposite of what Lent is intended to do and ended up with another bad habit. Although I figure, as bad habits go, I could do worse.

Good Evans--the spa day sounds fabulous!

Snuffles--have fun camping!

Hugs to all!

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megfox* - Aug 10, 2007 10:43 am (#1286 of 2984)

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to say that, as promised, I have posted some pictures of Maddy behind my name (THANKS DENISE!!).

If any of you who are suffering from the heat want to send any my way, I would love some. It is raining and 62* F outside, and it is only supposed to get into the low 70's for the next few days. Summer is so short here in Maine, it really stinks when it isn't summery in August!

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azi - Aug 10, 2007 11:32 am (#1287 of 2984)

I don't drink tea or coffee, nor have fizzy drinks very often. It's hot chocolate or water for me.

I hate camping. Have fun, Snuffles!

Am jealous of your spa day, JulieGE! Sounds great (apart from the driving bit). I manicured my own nails yesterday...and then helped my Explorer group move large stones. LOL. None broke though.

Congrats on the Internet connection, Lizzy!

**waves to everyone** Lovely days to all.

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journeymom - Aug 10, 2007 11:54 am (#1288 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary to Mr and Mrs Boop, Sr! 50 years deserves a big celebration.

Hey what do you think of the BBC doing producing HP as a series, starting about 2010 after the last movie? Mrs Sirius

Mrs S, is this for real or is it wishful thinking? Others here have suggested a BBC-type miniseries. I'm all for it. Just not right on the tail of the last movie. Give it 10 years or so. And I think the cast of the movies has been amazing, exceptional, better than I would have imagined.

Tea- I'm a tea person. But I'm an American and basically all I want is a tea bag of Twinings Earl Grey in a cup of hot water. The problem is water tastes different in different cities. I like my Sacramento water (specifically, the water from my particular suburb). We spent the day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium once, and there's this faux British 'pub' down the street. They advertise a proper tea service so we ventured in. I saw they had a box of Twining's Earl Grey on the shelf. Oh, thank goodness! The guy brought me a huge a silver pot of some mystery loose leaf tea, with the traditional cream, sugar and lemon on the side. I suppose that's proper, but I just wanted a cup of hot water and a baggie of Earl Grey! I asked and he complied, and I heaved a great sigh of relief, took a sip, burned my mouth because I'd been so impatient. And ugh! I hadn't taken into account the fact that Monterey water is -unpleasant, to say the least. I felt a bit like Arthur Dent of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Asking for tea and getting something that's almost, but not entirely anything like a good cup of tea.

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Potteraholic - Aug 10, 2007 12:01 pm (#1289 of 2984)

Speaking of tea, for all those Forumers in the British Isles, is there a 'right' and 'wrong' way to drink tea?

I am reminded of an interview I saw on TV with Keira Knightley after 'Pride and Prejudice' came out (or some movie she was in at the time) in which she said that drinking tea with milk was not the correct way to drink it in England. It seemed like drinking 'white tea' was like heresy to her. Is that the commonly held notion in England, Wales, Scotland, and both Irelands? Or is she just talking out of her backside?

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azi - Aug 10, 2007 12:03 pm (#1290 of 2984)

Potteraholic - in my experience, she's talking out her backside. I don't know anyone who drinks their tea without milk/cream.

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Nicoline Vance - Aug 10, 2007 12:14 pm (#1291 of 2984)

I'll drink tea if it is offered, but I always add milk and/or sugar to the "wrong" brew and embarrass myself.

I am a coffee drinker myself. I live outside of Portland, Oregon, where coffee is almost worshipped. Lots of micro-roasters around here. People can be terrible snobs about coffee. I will drink almost anything that is hot and freshly made. I don't tell people that, because they look at you like you're a poor, dumb hick. At least the hipster 20 and 30 somethings I am surrounded by do. I am used to it though, because I am also not knowledgeable about beer or red wine. There is a lot of that produced here as well.

Oh well, very few of them can top me in Harry Potter trivia!

Side notes- Queen Maab, I am glad you have found support groups for your children. Sometimes just knowing that you are not alone can make a huge difference.

Megfox, cute pictures of Maddy! What pretty eyes.

Today is my 5th wedding anniversary! Sometimes I feel like I have been married forever, other times it seems like the wedding was just yesterday.

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Potteraholic - Aug 10, 2007 12:22 pm (#1292 of 2984)

azi,

That's what I thought. I lived in London from '90-'94 (I'm originally from NYC) and thought I was pretty well-versed in Britain's beverage-drinking habits, tea and otherwise.

Thanks for the validation!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Aug 10, 2007 1:00 pm (#1293 of 2984)
Edited Aug 10, 2007 2:12 pm

Happy belated Birthday to Kathy, Finn and Boop's mom!

Happy 50th Anniversary to your parents, Boop!

I must say, I was actually glad when I got down near 100 posts. It has taken me some time to get through them. (I'm now cross-eyed.)

Shore and Iowa trips were very pleasant to say the least. Unfortunately, we arrived to my cousin's house to some depressing news. He had been laid off from a company that has been in a slow decline. He has been looking for some time and now, he must do so more fervently. I am hoping our presence there lifted his spirits, which I think it did. He is an internal programmer and said there is a lot of turnover in that field. I hope if he finds something and he has to move, it brings them closer to the east cost, USA, rather than further away. (He had an interview with a co. in WA.)

Tom P, I wish you the best in finding something new and suitable for you. Sorry to hear about your job - I saw first hand how it affects people. Hopefully, things will turn out for the better.

Welcome, QueenMaab and others. Love to see your posts. QueenMaab, how tragic. So sorry to hear such a thing. Prayers and good thoughts for you and your dear children from the HHs.

w00t to: Holly's son for finishing DH, Tazzygirl for frapp sales, Dizzy Lizzy for her internet connection, Madam Pince for mom's great results, Milicent's badges and Kabloink on her upcoming littlest alarm clock!

Apparently the end-rot occurs in dry weather with uneven watering. ~ Madam Pince

Well, that answers my grape plants mystery.

Denise, you'll love your front-end loader. I was quickly reminded this past week when I used my cousin's top-loader in IA.

Madam P, who could be rude to adorable Little Pince! He's so cute - it makes me sad to think of anyone being hurtful to him. I've seen it coming with Trevor, too (as he is the next mayor - talks to everyone). When someone is not being nice, I whisk him away and tell him it's not his fault and that sometimes people aren't nice to others and that's why I want him to be nice to others. Good for you for keeping your cool.

Welcome home, Elanor!

I've enjoyed reading each post and am glad to be back reading and posting again.

Maria

PS: Is it too late to join the SWAP? Though I'd need some direction, since I've never heard of or done one before. EDIT: Sounds great-check your email. And thanks for setting this up!

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Denise P. - Aug 10, 2007 1:25 pm (#1294 of 2984)

Nope, Procrastinators of the World, Unite! You can still join Maria, I have a few others who emailed. Just send me an email and I will resend the intro letter. For those of you who got the intro letter last night, ignore the number since it has gone up Smile denise at hp-lexicon dot org is the email address.

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Choices - Aug 10, 2007 2:49 pm (#1295 of 2984)

Megfox - "Summer is so short here in Maine, it really stinks when it isn't summery in August!"

I would trade with you in a heartbeat. I hear Maine is just gorgeous. It stinks just as badly when you have to run your air conditioner on Christmas Day. I bought a winter coat five years ago and the tags are still hanging on it. We have maybe (if we're lucky) three winter days where it goes near freezing. Eleven months of summer.....yuck! (Mobile, Al) Can you tell I am not a hot weather person? LOL

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. Tomorrow is my granddaughter Tara's 13th birthday - actually it is Sunday, but we are having her party tomorrow. Yum, birthday cake!

Love and (((hugs)))to all. :-)

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Betty Boop - Aug 10, 2007 3:12 pm (#1296 of 2984)

HI Everyone!!

Thank you all for birthday and anniversary wishes I will past them on to my parents. I am taking them to see a movie tonight.

hugs always

Boop

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Madam Pince - Aug 10, 2007 4:13 pm (#1297 of 2984)

Journeymom, my copy of Goblet of Fire started falling apart like your DH did, but mine was a book-club version, so I didn't worry about it too much, and plus it wasn't quite the devastation your copy seems to have suffered -- mine just basically pulled away from the spine and was clinging to the covers by the front-and-back endpapers. If I were you, I'd go back to the store and ask for another copy -- that's pretty bad. And I'd tell them you still want to keep your original copy. At the very least, maybe they'd give you a gift card or something. (You don't save your receipts? I use mine for the bookmarks, and then years later I can look back fondly and see exactly how ecstatic I was at 1:31 a.m. on Saturday, July 21st, 2007....)

I've never even heard of Coldstones. I assume it's an ice-cream shoppe? (Yes, we live in the boonies. Not a Starbucks in sight, although we do have Waterman Joe's, which for the longest time I thought was a portable crab shack until someone told me the "joe" was for the coffee... *duh*... in my defense, it is decorated with a picture of a crab on the side of the trailer...)

Speaking of crab, we had the best crabcakes today! There's a little hole-in-the-wall Mom & Pop sort of restaurant nearby which has a Friday lunch special of a huge crabcake (honestly -- it's the size of a softball), really outstanding fries (chips to Brits), salad bar, and drink, all for $9.95! Best deal ever. I couldn't eat all my crabcake and so I'm having the rest of it for dinner. Yummmm...

I'm with Vlad; I can't imagine a world without coffee. I like almost anything coffee- or mocha-related -- especially involving coffee, ice cream, chocolate, and almonds. Hawaii had some of the best macademia-chocolate coffee when I was there! I think Holly has it right -- as bad habits go, it could be worse... I love tea, too, though. Black tea or Earl Gray, with cream and sugar.

Lizzy, welcome back! So nice to see your smiling little doggie avatar! I wish I could be of some help with your trip planning -- alas, all I can offer is that Minnesota people are just about the nicest you can find anywhere; it rains a lot in Seattle almost any time of year but the views are lovely; and it's hot as heck in Texas almost any time of year, but in August especially -- you are likely to melt into a little grease-spot. There, does that help?

Sheila, the "mom song" was pretty darn funny. Mr. P didn't see the humor as much as I did -- imagine that.

Boop, happy anniversary to your parents and happy birthday to your mom! Wow, a 50th anniversary! That is quite an achievement and they are certainly deserving of a big party! Have fun.

Welcome to Potteraholic and to Queen Maab and all others new! Maab, ***cheering charms*** to you and your kids in dealing with what must be horribly difficult. The group sounds great though -- a burden shared is a burden halved, they say.

Denise, I don't get the David Beckham thing, either. As Ginny suggested, I have taken a good long look, and... alas. I still don't get it. I mean, he's OK, but nothing to get all het up about. Good Evans says ...he is generally famous for being very canny with his marketability -- Ah-ha! So now I get it! Like Paris Hilton. They're famous for being famous.

I was amused to read that the proposed reality TV series starring his wife, Moving to America, got downgraded from a season-long series to a mini-series, and then down again to a single episode. Apparently almost nobody watched it. I could've told them that. I would've paid money to watch someth