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Post  Lady Arabella on Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:55 pm

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Solitaire - Apr 20, 2007 10:00 pm (#601 of 2988)  

Should we keep this in mind and not say anything that will make Loopy laugh out loud too much lest he actually have need to Use the Internet initialism of "LMAO" literally?

John, really! **imagining proper punishment for John for above remark**

Ginny, I'm not doubting that Umbridge is probably a pain and very unfair. I agree that it is bad news that the shirts were printed. Did the whole process not go through proper channels for getting okayed? Perhaps whoever skipped a step knew Umbridge wouldn't okay them and thought she would be forced to do it if he just pushed the order through quickly. Then again, it is quite possible that she is just insisting on her right to be the final authority. I've seen one or two administrators play this game before. Good luck.

**continued healing charms to Loopy!** Here's hoping your moon isn't blue for too long!

Solitaire

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Snuffles - Apr 21, 2007 1:20 am (#602 of 2988)  

**Healing charms** to Loopy.

Madam P. You should start writing every funny thing down that little Pince says. He is too cute

Ydnam, have a good mud hike.

It's a year today since we had our little dog put to sleep. It has gone really quick. We are having Fish and chips for tea tonight as the fish skin in batter was her favourite treat

Have a good weekend everybody

Julie

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Good Evans - Apr 21, 2007 3:30 am (#603 of 2988)  

((hugs to Julie Snuffles)). I am calendar watching too, I have about two weeks before we go through the same. I like your memorial supper - a lovely idea.

Hi to everyone .... have a great saturday

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juliebug - Apr 21, 2007 7:24 am (#604 of 2988)  

Hey all. Sorry I've not been around in a while. I recently have started taking care of a friend's baby (8 months) during the day now that she has started working again. He's a good little boy, but a terrible napper, so it's getting tough for me to get anything done these days. Little Bug and Buddy get along pretty well for the most part which helps a lot. Sometimes it's interesting watching these 2 only children share attention. I skimmed through the last 77 post on this thread and am glad to see that everyone still seems to be doing OK. Catch ya later.

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Holly T. - Apr 21, 2007 8:35 am (#605 of 2988)  

((Snuffles)) We still miss our good kitty, who passed away 3 years ago.

Good news is Tony found his way home! Thanks for sending directional charms his way. What a relief. He likes to nap on the blanket that belonged to our good kitty.

LOL at Little Pince!

Mediwitch, you're right, these muggle security systems seem to be vulnerable to freezing charms. Hmmmm.

My Girl Scouts worked in the survivor tent at Relay for Life last night. They stuffed goody bags, handed them out, and handed out red balloons to the cancer survivors. During the slideshow later (which was very emotional) they were all crying and hugging each other. One of the girls in the troop (who has been with us since kindergarten) was there with her mom, who is terminal with lung cancer. Her daughter handed her a balloon and then walked a lap with her, then after that lap all of the girls hugged them. Yes, I cried.

Yesterday was my sister's birthday and I meant to call her when we got home from the relay (we stayed until 11, but she lives in California so it would only have been 9 for her), but I forgot. And I mailed her gift and card yesterday morning, so she won't have them until Monday. Oh well.

Time to take daughter to ballet.

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Solitaire - Apr 21, 2007 9:33 am (#606 of 2988)  

(((((((Snuffles))))))) I've lost two furry babies, so I know how it feels.

What part of CA, Holly? I'm in central California, about 2 hours north of Los Angeles.

Solitaire

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The giant squid - Apr 21, 2007 9:52 am (#607 of 2988)  

Hmm, we haven't heard from Loopy in a couple days. I hope he didn't have a bad doctor who did a half-assed job!

(Yes, I know that's not quite Forum-friendly and I apologize to any who were offended, but it was too good a pun to pass up. )

Jenn, that's awful about your car(s). Doesn't it always seem like the bad stuff happens all at once? Would it really cost more than a new car to get Dan's old one running again (not in prefect shape, which is what mechanics always price it at, but just useable)? If they could get it going enough to get him from point A to point B until he can replace it it would help you both considerably...

I know there was more, but it's been a long week and I'm too tired to scroll back...

--Mike

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geauxtigers - Apr 21, 2007 3:10 pm (#608 of 2988)  

LOL Mike! I agree, pun was too good to pass up! LOL

Got my nails done. They are all nice and smooth, and shiny.

I can here to say something, but I can't remember anything I was going to say...hmmm

Well I need to go get ready or something...the sash for my dress turned out wonderful! Its so pretty! Pictures tomorrow! But it'll be much later as the prom breakfast doesn't even end until 2 am, so needless to say, I'll be sleeping late.

Off to take a nap while Ginny's hogging the shower!

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Thom Matheson - Apr 21, 2007 5:23 pm (#609 of 2988)  

Mike you really had to strain for that one. It was a real stretch

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Puck - Apr 21, 2007 8:19 pm (#610 of 2988)  

Hi everyone!

Vacation was warm and wonderful. I even got to have time by the pool without frantically trying to turn my head in three directions at once to keep an eye on children. Time with hubby was great, though I did miss my babies more than I anticipated and couldn't wait to get home to hug them. Luckily, nice weather followed me home.

Hint to those going to the theme parks, if you love coasters and don't have a young rider who needs you, try the "single rider" line available on rides like Rockin' Roller Coaster and Everest. You don't get to ride with family, as they use this line to fill in empty seats, but it cuts your wait time on half.

Oh, and my new pet peeve is those crazy sneakers with wheels in them. Accident waiting to happen.

Hope you all are safe and healthy. I skipped to the end, as there were almost 300 posts here. Though from the bit I read my sympathies to Julie, and hopes that Loopy still has all 4 cheeks.

Kathy

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journeymom - Apr 21, 2007 8:46 pm (#611 of 2988)  

Mike, lol! I agree, too good to pass up.

Whew! We did it. My mother's memorial service was today. My husband's sister, the voice major, sang "Lascia Ch'io Pianga" by Handle. Her voice is simply divine and we were moved to tears. Some of you might recognize the piece if you heard it; Sarah Brightman and Charlotte Church have both recorded it. My brother put together a Power Point presentation (we called it a slide show when I was a kid) of my mother's life. My husband put together music to accompany it, stuff like Frank Sinatra (did you know Fly Me to the Moon rocks?), Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, etc. Oh my. The presentation was so touching. So many pictures of my beautiful, glamorous, amazing mother.

I am just beat. My feet are killing me. Why is that dress-up shoes, for men and women alike, have to hurt?! Oh, and at the last minute I switched from a knee length skirt to an ankle length skirt, AS I OVER USED THE TANNING LOTION AND MY LEGS ARE NOW AN UNNATURAL ORANGE COLOR. I even used skin sloughing lotion last night and this morning, which helped a bit, but it was still too obvious that I'd painted my legs rust-colored. So I have joined the oompa loompa club.

12 y.o. daughter is at a sleep-over. She never handles the day after very well anyway, and today she got up early and helped with the service all morning and afternoon. She's going to have a sleepover hangover. By early tomorrow afternoon she's going to be nauseous and have a rip-roaring headache. Ah, youth!

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Ydnam96 - Apr 21, 2007 9:39 pm (#612 of 2988)  

Journeymom, I'm so glad that the memorial service went so well. What a wonderful way to remember your mom!

I went hiking with the RA staff for next year today and despite the fact that it was chilly and cloudy and that I drank three bottles of water I think I managed to completely exhaust myself and get pretty good sunburn on my face. But it was a great hike and I really really like my staff for next year. Great kids.

I'm watching SS on ABC. I just wish they wouldn't edit so much out.

Well, off to watch the rest of the movie.

TTFN

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Snuffles - Apr 22, 2007 12:59 am (#613 of 2988)  

Mike, that was so funny, my computer screen was very nearly covered in Cheerio's!

Julie(GE), I did think of you when I typed my last post. I remember you going through the same thing a couple of weeks after me.

Journeymom, I'm glad you got through the service ok. I agree, it was a wonderful way to remember your mum. Welcome to the Oompa Loompa club, I think it's got a few members now

kathy, I'm glad you had a fantastic holiday away. What did hubby think of your dress and shoes?

We saw a young girl wearing Healeys (sp?) yesterday. Olivia asked what they were. When we explained, she asked if she could have some. We told her gently that she manages to fall over in bare feet, let alone in trainers with wheels!!

Hubby has said we are going to a Mere today, and going for a ride in a rowing boat Wish me luck, I have a feeling I may be swimming today too!

Have a great Sunday everyone

Julie

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Good Evans - Apr 22, 2007 4:23 am (#614 of 2988)  

LOL about the heeleys Julie(snuffles) - I can't help but watch kids on these and think about the damage the are doing to their muscles - so unnatural!

Tori - while I am grumpy old woman mode - can i just say that while I am really pleased that your nails look nice (are they gel overlays???) nothing looks nicer than natural nails cared for buffed and looking fabulous. I get comments about how good my "gel" nails are - and they are not!! however I have to buff them daily and go through a monthly pattern of filing / buffing whatever the right terms are - but honestly they dont take up much time - my nails are strong and most of the time really nice and long. - having said that I am sure that yours look lovely - just a thought? for the cost of having them "done" you could invest in a good manicure set and "grow your own" the investment is well worth it and much cheaper in the long run.... ok lecture over ( I suspect you will come back and say you have only had a french manicure and not any "extras" so I can slink off and feel all silly)

have a great sunday everyone - whether your nails are real or not!!!!!!!!

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Puck - Apr 22, 2007 7:21 am (#615 of 2988)  

Journeymom, sorry about your loss. I'm glad the service went well.

Yes, hubby liked the dress. I also got a "Scarlet O'Hara" comment from a young gentleman on the hotel staff.

I did have one moment when I had to glue my mouth shut. The people getting on Rockin' Roller Coaster behind me had a child who was about 9 or 10 years old. She was so frightened she was crying. Her parents dragged her on it despite this. She was still crying as the ride ended and we were waiting to pull ahead to disembark. (For those who don't know, this is no mild ride. It is fast, over-the-loop, in the dark coaster that blares Aerosmith music in your ears as you ride.) Why -how- could someone force their petrified child onto this?

Okay, must go wrap gift for my niece's birthday party.

Kathy

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Ydnam96 - Apr 22, 2007 9:18 am (#616 of 2988)  

Puck, that's horrible! Seriously, that's a form of child abuse.

Hmmm...we're supposed to have our last event of the year today: a BBQ and it's gonna rain I think. Oh well...guess it will be inside.

Off to get supplies.

TTFN

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Finn BV - Apr 22, 2007 10:02 am (#617 of 2988)  

journeymom, I'm your mom's service went well. My best to your family.

Very amusing, squid mike…

THe OoP international trailer is out. It looks really exciting… my favorite part is Lupin comforting Harry, presumably after Sirius dies, and the Dementors right at the beginning with Harry and Dudley at the swingset. I'm slightly disappointed to see Voldemort at King's Cross, but I'm sure there's some perfectly rational explanation… Michael Goldenberg, though, from TLC's interview, sounds like a good guy and a fan.

Happy RotD! (haven't said that in AGES! Well, actually, I don't think I've ever said it, just written it… )

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 22, 2007 11:40 am (#618 of 2988)  

Welcome back, (again) Finn! It pains me to see all of the high-schoolers so bogged down in school work. It stands as a precursor to what lies ahead for Olivia. I know it's necessary, don't get me wrong, I'll just miss her, that's all.

So glad you had a good time, Puck! Sorry to hear about the parents forcing the child on the ride. A similar thing happened last year at our annual carnival. A father forced his daughter on the Pharoah (kind of like a pendulum) ride. The girl was red faced and in tears but when she was done, she loved it and wanted to go on again. Go figure.

GE Julie, I have to agree with the nail-opinion. You have plenty of time to bog yourselves down with chemicals, dyes, bleaches, etc. For now, enjoy that you don't NEED them.

My girls have Heelys. They wear them in the house. They don't use them often at all - waste of money, imho. I think it would annoy me to have them hanging from my arm to catch their balance every 30 seconds in a store. I prefer inlines.

journeymom, it sounds as though the memorial service was lovely. It seems as though everyone pitched in in some way. What a great job your mom did in raising all of you.

Loopy, check in when you can to let us know how you're doing. Pay no attention to the cheeky remarks.

Maria

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geauxtigers - Apr 22, 2007 11:49 am (#619 of 2988)  

I suspect you will come back and say you have only had a french manicure and not any "extras" so I can slink off and feel all silly Just my regular nails with white tips! They 'air brushed" them on. Isn't that cool? they held a little cardboard thingy on my nail so just the tip was showing and sprayed it! Then he used, and I kid you not, windex to get it off my fingers. I saw him pick up the bottle and I was like, surely not...nope, but hey, it worked! LOL

Dance was fun. All the guys looked so spiffy in and sharp in their tuxes. The girls looked pretty too, but there were a couple of really awful dresses! LOL When we left the dance we had an hour to kill before the breakfast, so we went and got beneigts with my friend and her date. So we didn't really eat anything at the breakfast. The breakfast afterwards was really nice. Lots of food and music and we got character-ture (sp?) and there was a snowball thingy too. We left about one because we were exhausted.

I love the new OoP trailer! I'm so excited! I'm headed to the OoP thread after this!

Glad Disney was fun, Kathy! I think thats horrible about the kid! Rockin' Roller Coaster is my favorite ride there, and I can see how a kid could be terrified. Its one of Disney's wilder rides. So I have to ask, did you enter the "Twilight Zone Tower of Terror"? LOL I got a shirt a few years back that said on the firnt The twilight Zone Tower of Terror" and the back said, "I suggest you take the stairs" No kidding!

Well off to look up homework and suck. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Solitaire - Apr 22, 2007 11:58 am (#620 of 2988)  

Mike, I can't believe the censors didn't get you ... but I loved the pun!

Journeymom, the memorial service does sound nice. I had done a slide show for my dad's 80th birthday using Nat's Unforgettable and Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World, and my mom used it at his memorial, too. They are tearjerkers, though.

Glad you enjoyed your trip, Puck! It sounds nice. What surprises me about the child who was dragged onto the ride is that the ride operators allowed it. I'm stunned. I know that some rides have warnings posted for pregnant women, people with heart conditions or high blood pressure, etc. I can't believe they would feel it is safe to drag a panicked child onto a ride!

Pay no attention to the cheeky remarks.

LOL HH! You two really are making the most of this, aren't you?

Ginny and Tori, I am awaiting pics, so please don't disappoint us!

Solitaire

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Good Evans - Apr 22, 2007 12:46 pm (#621 of 2988)  

Your nails sound lovely Tori, that is the type of thing I have done on the very rare occasion that I do have a french, mostly though just my own nails, smooth and shiny !!

looking forward to some photos though, as Solitaire says, especially of the "awful dresses" I do hope that you got some snapped!!!! LOL

have a great rest of sunday everyone

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Madame Pomfrey - Apr 22, 2007 2:19 pm (#622 of 2988)  

Healing charms to Loopy.

Solitaire, I just found your Email today and replied.  Sorry I didn't see it sooner. I'm a bit slow getting caught up on my mail.I finally have it down to 107 messages.

Sorry for your loss,  Journeymom.The memorial sounded beautiful.

I am looking forward to the prom pictures too. Ah . ..  Prom.....

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Puck - Apr 22, 2007 3:53 pm (#623 of 2988)  

Prom! How fun!

Tori, I'm a thrill ride girl. Did the tower of terror and the big coasters, as well as test track and mission space. Everest was fun, but I agree that Rockin' Roller Coaster is the best. (Still wouldn't drag someone crying with fear onto it.)

I had a standard manicure (polish, no tips) before I left, but now they are quite chipped. I got tips for my wedding, and hated having them grow out and will never do it again.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 22, 2007 4:03 pm (#624 of 2988)  

Trevor got a new bug box.
Trevor put a bug into his bug box.
Trevor brought his bug box inside to show me.
Trevor placed the bug box on his desk and went to play.
Trevor just returned after more than an hour to check on his bug.
Trevor said, "Oh, sorry mommy. My bug is gone. It must have crawled out."
End of story.


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geauxtigers - Apr 22, 2007 4:11 pm (#625 of 2988)  

LOL Maria! **accio bug!** Did it work?

Kathy, Everest is good? It was being built the last time we were there. Mission SPace was cool, but I had a freak out moment before getting in that very close space, and I would have never considered myself claustrophobic. But that was a small space. But in the end, I'm glad I did it because it was fun! Our Tower of Terror pictures are great! Thats one ride I go n because I know I'll regret it if I don't but its so scary! But my mom always tells me that you have to remember that you're at Disney, and they are usually pretty tame with a few exceptions like TOwer of Terror. But most of the rides are very kid friendly, but are still fun for everyone. Thats whats great about Disney! Greatest place on Earth!

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virginiaelizabeth - Apr 22, 2007 4:15 pm (#626 of 2988)  

LOL Marie! Did you try Accio-ing it? That might work!

I'm not really sure what gel nails are, but if they are what I think they are, I'd never get them! This is the first manicure I've had in maybe 5 years? Only did it for Prom! I normally don't like my nails painted because I have an awful unbreakable habit of picking off the polish, so it's easier not to paint them, and avoid the temptation all together! Try and get pictures up in a few! Very tireddd. I didn't think it was going to take that much out of me, but it was well worth it! Oh and didn't get the picture of the ugly dress, might have been too obvious! But trust me, the ugliest one there was painful to look at. Just picture a skin tight, ruffle/rouched, electric blue, bright purple, and teal netting and a bit of glittery, sequined peacock-like ball of ugliness and you'll be about right! It looked like it should have been a costume of some sort, not a formal prom dress.

ok off to upload the pictures onto photobucket!

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Solitaire - Apr 22, 2007 4:27 pm (#627 of 2988)  

Just picture a skin tight, ruffle/rouched, electric blue, bright purple, and teal netting and a bit of glittery, sequined peacock-like ball of ugliness

I'm trying, but it makes my brain hurt! Are you sure you aren't exaggerating? Did you get a photo of this particular dress? If it's as bad as you say, surely it is going to turn up on myspace or some other such place. I really am curious now. hehe

Solitaire

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Denise P. - Apr 22, 2007 5:23 pm (#628 of 2988)  
Edited Apr 22, 2007 6:00 pm

Sadly, I think that I will end up having to either make my girls a prom dress or have them made. I have not seen a single prom dress in recent years that I would permit them to wear, most are a little more immodest than I would like them to be. I don't think it is necessary to show so much skin. You can be modestly covered and look absolutely gorgeous still.

My prom dress, still in my closet, is almost victorian compared to the dresses I see now being sold as prom dresses. I wore a Gunne Sax prom dress Smile

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journeymom - Apr 22, 2007 5:56 pm (#629 of 2988)  

Prom dress photos are required.

I remember those dresses, Denise! I loved them!

Oh, and don't get me started on clothes for girls. [maternal rant] I'm thoroughly peeved at the girls' clothing designers currently. It was near to impossible to find a dress for 12 y.o. daughter to wear to my mom's service. At every store we tried the skirts were ALL mini and a mini just isn't appropriate for this kind of occasion. There were either Easter dresses, entirely too bright and pretty (she's not a frilly kind of girl), or the dresses and skirts were too trendy. I just wanted her to have nice, basic skirt. She's most definitely a 'tweener, as most of the girls cloths were too cute, but the junior girl's section had formal gowns or the stuff was waay too, uh, grown-up. We found her a black dress with white polka dots, really pretty cute. But she'll probably get only one more wear out of it before she outgrows it. It barely fits. I checked out LL Bean, it was all too casual. Hannah Andderssen is too expensive. Argh! [/rant]

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Denise P. - Apr 22, 2007 6:10 pm (#630 of 2988)  

Oh, don't get me started. I wanted to get Kaitlyn, who is 10, a new dress. All I can find at the moment are spaghetti straps, sleeveless and prints that are just too old for a 10 year old. I am not asking for her to be covered neck to ankle but I don't think it should be this hard to find a dress with short sleeves for her.

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Holly T. - Apr 22, 2007 7:48 pm (#631 of 2988)  

Welcome back Puck!

I would suggest that we all post our prom pictures, but then you would expect me to as well, and I have no idea if I have one here. Maybe in a box somewhere. My dress was light blue with white lace and bows. Very Cinderella-ish. And so not me! I think I am getting hives just remembering it.

Denise and journeymom--I don't remember how many stores we went to before I found a decent Easter dress for my daughter (age 11). Of course she didn't wear it on Easter since it was 30-something degrees and sleeting that day. But she wore it to a reception for mil's sorority and is going to wear it for confirmation next week. It's a brown and teal print and is cute and kind of trendy looking without being inappropriate. We found it at Kohl's.

Maria--did you find the bug? When my son was 3 or 4 he went out in the yard with a flashlight and "catched a whole bucket of junebugs." He brought it in the house to show his sister. Much screaming ensued, and escalated when one escaped and went in her room.

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Puck - Apr 22, 2007 8:17 pm (#632 of 2988)  

What kind of bug? I don't mind bugs outside, but I consider one entering my house an act of war.

I also wore light blue and went to my prom looking like Cinderella. My dress actually had hoops underneath! The shorter dresses came into style a year or two later, I believe.

I just finished the invites for my sons birthday. He's having his party at an armory where he will be knighted and cut his cake with a sword. For the invites and paper goods he chose ....Harry Potter! Obviously, I am thrilled. And yes, it was (mostly) his idea.

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John Bumbledore - Apr 22, 2007 8:18 pm (#633 of 2988)  

Maria, did I miss something? It sounds as if something was bugging you. Erm, everyone please stop with the Accio-ing of bugs, as they seem to be appearing here now.

Oh, and I promise I will not post a picture of my prom dress.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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journeymom - Apr 22, 2007 8:32 pm (#634 of 2988)  

*shudder* June bugs. *shudder*

I have a horror story about june bugs. At least it's horrible to me. The afore mentioned 12 y.o. was all of 3 y.o. and the three of us went camping at Lake Tahoe. A beautiful little spot. Things are buzzing and zipping around but I didn't think twice about them. We sit down for dinner and these little beetles are crawling around the table. Okay, I'd rather they weren't there but I'll cope. Twilight comes and we're standing around chatting with a camp neighbor. This, this- giant THING landed on my precious 3 y.o. It was as big as a nickel. I tried to flick if off her shoulder but it was stuck firmly, clinging with its little barbed feet. I tried to flick it off again. Nothing. With shaking voice I said, 'Husband, I can't get this insect off your daughter.' Mr Journeymom and neighbor lady continue chatting, oblivious to the dangerous situation unfolding in front of them. This THING was going to spread its wings and carry away my daughter. I'm trying to be the good parent and not pass on stereotypical feminine fear of all things crawly, so going against every self-preserving instinct in my being, I tried to pry it off manually. It buzzed menacingly at me, and it still hung on to her shirt! So now I'm fully panicked and am hyperventilating. The neighbor lady takes pity on me, reaches over and fearlessly pulls the THING off my daughter's shirt and tosses it away. My heart stops racing and I thank her profusely. Mr Journeymom is oblivious through out.

I think maternal hormones amp up any innate phobias one has.

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2BMcsmom - Apr 22, 2007 8:42 pm (#635 of 2988)  

Ginny and Tori, you both looked great.

Hope the bug is caught soon.

As I walk past and see some of the clothes for girls, I am so glad that I have boys. Jeans, sloppy t-shirts, georgia boots, and a ball cap. Then hope that we do not have to go anywhere that you have to be to dressy, or war breaks out with the oldest. Though I must admit he went along with the tux for ball very easily. Of course if his girl friend suggests something he is all for it.

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Tazzygirl - Apr 22, 2007 8:42 pm (#636 of 2988)  

Then he used, and I kid you not, windex to get it off my fingers.

Did you ever see My Big Fat Greek Wedding?? The main character's dad firmly believed that if you had a scratch or owie, you 'put some windex on it!' and it'll heal.

On Nails: nails made out of gel are just as strong as acrylic, the only difference between the two is that with the gel, they do not use the nail drill to sand them down. They just brush it until it is the perfect shape and size. Acrylic is painful- and also ruins your nail bed.

Glad to hear your trip to Disney was fun, Kathy! I feel for that little girl- I was the same way at that age. My parents dragged me on to the Tower of Terror- kicking and screaming- and to this day I refuse to get back on it. I was also terrified of Space Mountain (aka Rockin' Roller Coaster) up until several years ago. I still remember how I used to shake so bad and look terrified. Anything with a major drop somewhere in it, I refuse to ride. and I still steer clear of Disney Characters. **shudder**

Glad you guys had a fun night, Ginny and Tori! I ended up going home at midnight on my prom- I was tired, and I didn't want to stay at the afterprom party until 6 am. We had strict rules- the afterprom party started at 1 am, and if you were in it, you could not leave until the morning.

Journeymom- I'm so glad the memorial service was perfect!

~Kristina

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Mrs. Sirius - Apr 22, 2007 11:51 pm (#637 of 2988)  

Oh punny, Mike.

I went to school in NYC. What’s a prom? he he he

I worked as a personal shopper in New York, so I did see the wonderful Gunnie Sax and Jessica McClinntock dresses. Have you checked stores like Lord and Taylor Denise? They did carry a whole line of those dresses. Of course it has been so many years since I've looked to see what retail is doing.

Windex’ main active ingredient is ammonia. I was told by an avid fisherman that if you put ammonia on bug bites, particularly mosquitos bites it takes the sting out. I have used it on my kids the past two years and it has been very successful. You just have to blow on it for a few seconds because it does sting.

Today a friend of ours had a Tibetan stupa for peace dedication on his property. He is a slightly eccentric artist. (He lives in a hay house with no running water or electricity) The stupa is for world peace. It was an incredible experience. The governor declared today Stupa Day in Connecticut. All kinds of dignitaries including the State Attorney General were there. There was an ecumenical dedication, we had a priest, a rabbi, reverend, a couple of ministers, and Iman, a Buddhist priest and several Tibetan monks and the Rempoche. It was really very moving. In the middle of that, on an incredibly beautiful and clear day with bright blue sky, there was a rainbow (that isn’t the correct name for it) around the sun. It’s the colors of the rainbow formed in circle around one or two thin clouds around the sun.

I am still studying for my test which is Wednesday. I am practically in a panic because I still haven’t completed the reading and just don’t feel confident. This test is given only twice a year I have received emails from the others, wishing each other luck saying where in the USA they are taking the est. Half the time I feel like calling to cancel, forget it, I am not ready, but since everything in my house takes priority to my studying, (including posting here) I will go through with it now.

I have to drive across the state, all the way to Litchfield county for an available test site to add to my stress level. I will stay in a hotel so hopeful I can cram in my room before the test since no husband of children will be demanding mommy do this! Wish me luck.

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haymoni - Apr 23, 2007 4:27 am (#638 of 2988)  

Luck to you, Mrs. Sirius.

Puck - you do not have an Ungrateful Son.

My prom dress was an off-the-shoulder, Gone With the Wind inspired dress with multiple tiers, all in a lovely shade of melon, which I had hoped would show off my tan. No hoop, thank goodness. Instead I had a huge pouffy slip, which I actually ended up using when I got married.

I don't think I could fit one leg in it now.

Alas, earwax!

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Good Evans - Apr 23, 2007 4:53 am (#639 of 2988)  

LOL Haymoni!! no proms in UK when I finished high school - they have taken off in the last 10 years or so here. So I have no dress to share. I guess this is why my wedding dress was always going to be the dress of my dreams - full skirt and somewhat gone with the wind-y!!! LOL

And as it was only five years ago - it does still fit!

eek about the june bugs !!!

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2BMcsmom - Apr 23, 2007 5:06 am (#640 of 2988)  

Good Luck on your test Mrs. Sirius. My you have safe road conditions as well.

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Marie E. - Apr 23, 2007 5:14 am (#641 of 2988)  

My prom dress was periwinkle with white "flower" things across the top. I think I even had one of those big petticoat slips underneath, not a hoop skirt, but almost. Our scanner doesn't work or else I'd give you all a good laugh.

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kaykay1970 - Apr 23, 2007 6:45 am (#642 of 2988)  

Ginny and Tori, you both look stunning!

I definitely cannot wear my Prom dress anymore. I think I weighed all of 98 pounds back then. Maybe I should donate it to Lockhart. He could probably fashion a nice cloak out of the material in the skirt!

**waves to Lina** Hey, it's a picture of me, even if it isn't, um...recent.

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Thom Matheson - Apr 23, 2007 6:46 am (#643 of 2988)  

Denise, What is your puppy chewing? It looks like a whole chicken at first glance.

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haymoni - Apr 23, 2007 6:52 am (#644 of 2988)  

I'm glad you asked her, Thom - I was wondering!

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Thom Matheson - Apr 23, 2007 6:55 am (#645 of 2988)  

Don't think me a chicken or anything

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Denise P. - Apr 23, 2007 6:55 am (#646 of 2988)  

It is a chicken back, a whole chicken is still too much for her. She eats about 6 oz a meal right now, sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less. Even full grown, an entire chicken is too much...maybe half a chicken for a meal. There is a close up of her with it behind my avatar.

I forgot there was Scouts today so I have to drive up to the school to drop off vest, dues, books and note for Kaitlyn.

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Thom Matheson - Apr 23, 2007 6:58 am (#647 of 2988)  

Are those little bones ok for her? Or is that an old wives tale about bones and dogs. I suppose in the wild no one says careful for the bones.

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Denise P. - Apr 23, 2007 7:01 am (#648 of 2988)  

Raw bones are fine, cooked bones can splinter and cause problems. The only raw bones that can cause a problem are weight bearing bones, they tend to be harder and can chip teeth. When I give her marrow bones, like leg bones, they are for recreational gnawing and get taken away after a few hours.

Exactly Thom! No wild dogs are lining up at the magical kibble machine or breaking out a campfire to cook their meals. Now, having said that, I fed kibble for years before I switched my dogs to raw meat and bones. There are very good quality kibbles available now and each pet owner has to do what they are comfortable with. I feed pieces, I have not worked up to throwing an entire rabbit, fur and all, out into the yard for her to eat....yet.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 23, 2007 7:08 am (#649 of 2988)  

Well, since none of you heard a scream, it's a good indicator that the bug is still MIA. I have been informed by my little guy, though, that it is a centipede - at least he thinks so.

Six legs is too many for me, let alone a centipede *shudders*. I spent much of the night looking for it and vacuuming suspicious areas. I think Mr. HH is thankful that I didn't find it, since he would not appreciate being awakened from a sound sleep in the night to kill a bug. And that has happened.

journeymom, I think you handled the junebug situation very well. Remember for the next time, you could always rip her shirt clean off.

Once, when I was parked with my sun roof open, a cicada flew into the car. Since Olivia has inherited my "dislike" of insects, I had to be the calm one. Needless to say, it woke up a napping Priscilla.

Oh and thanks for the picture, John B.

Enough about bugs - bleck. We are off to the aquarium and a walk on the boardwalk today. Kiddies are on spring vac. this week and today will be the warmest this week.

Hugs and cheering charms to all.

Maria

EDIT: kaykay, I love your prom pic! You look lovely!

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Apr 23, 2007 7:56 am (#650 of 2988)  

Hey everyone!

Mike- The car really isn't worth fixing. The guy who looked at if for us is a friend of Dan's family, so we trust him. But, on the good side, a friend of mine from work is selling her Grand Prix (her future mother-in-law just gave her a brand new car!!) and she said she only wants a few hundred dollars for it! So we're looking into that!!

Ginny and Tori- You two look beautiful in your dresses!!

I went to 3 different proms. (My sophomore year, my boyfriend was a senior, so I went to his, and then my senior year, my boyfriend went to a different school, so I went to his and my own.) My first dress was a beautiful pinky-melony color and very classic. (Spaghetti straps and an A-line skirt) For my senior year, both my dresses we bright blue. The first one looked a lot like the pink one, but with a lower back. The one I wore to my prom was very tight and covered with glitter. The top was strapless, but the back came all the way up to my neck and wrapped around. (it's hard to explain, but it was pretty)

Maria- I hope you find that bug soon!!

Nothing new here really. Still waiting to hear back about this job for the summer, and Dan's still waiting to hear about his interview. I literally worked all weekend, and I'm exhausted. But, finals are coming up soon, and then I get a whole week off before summer semester starts!! (note the sarcasm!!)

Well, off the check the threads!!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!!

-Jenn
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azi - Apr 23, 2007 9:27 am (#651 of 2988)  

Good luck with the exam, Mrs Sirius!

Love the pic, Ginny and Tori!

One prom for me, never again. Loved my outfit though - a long, green velvet skirt with black lace around the bottom, and a green/black velvet top with sleeves that go further than your arms. Difficult to describe. In one word it would be 'gothic'. I'll put a link in my profile to my one picture, but it isn't very good.

WOO, one exam down, 3 to go! I didn't do that well actually. Question 10 made me laugh - What statement was Paracelsus famous for? (2) All I could think of was HP! I knew the answer, just not the exact quote - why would you need it in an Aquatic Science exam? LOL

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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Mrs. Sirius - Apr 23, 2007 9:35 am (#652 of 2988)  
Edited Apr 23, 2007 10:34 am

I have not worked up to throwing an entire rabbit, fur and all, out into the yard for her to eat....yet.

Denise, if you are considering bunnies for a meal, I may have some bunnies for you. I saw my neighbor today, she said that the bunnies have been unusually quiet since their little adventure at my expense. Since both bunnies are girls... and they were unsupervised in the wild for more than an hour she thinks baby bunnies may be in our future. I have NO desire to add bunnies to my menagerie. You would be most welcome to them.

HH, centipedes really are the a creepy crawler. they are multi-legged furry mini snakes! According to my mother the liked to eat human hair.

Jenn, I hope your friend's car works out. That would be fantastic. Car or vehicles in my opinion are a hunk of metal designed to get you from point "A" to point "B" safely, quickly, and economically. Except that I need a vehicle that can carry a minimum of for kids in need of car seats I would drive the smallest cheapest vehicle I could find.

Edit: Way to go haymoni!! Congratulations!!!

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haymoni - Apr 23, 2007 10:21 am (#653 of 2988)  

Hey all - received a job offer today. Still in Human Resources. Still in government. (Yes, I know - I'll never learn!)

The drive will be longer, but the money waaay better. As always, the hardest thing is leaving my co-workers.

And, of course, I will now have to find new HP fans to theorize with!

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Steve Newton - Apr 23, 2007 11:58 am (#654 of 2988)  

I just noticed that Mrs. Brisbee hasn't posted in April. Has anyone had any contact?

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Good Evans - Apr 23, 2007 12:17 pm (#655 of 2988)  

congrats haymoni!!!

Azi I liked your outfit - and your friend has a dress exactly like two that I possess (only mine are two different colours and a larger size LOL). hers came from Debenhams!!!!!

I need to look back to see a link for the twins - I shall comeback

oh and kaykay - your date (or husband?) looks like he is about to take part in an MGM musical number!!! You look lovely!

edit - I like both of your dresses Tori and Ginny, really classy!!

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azi - Apr 23, 2007 12:36 pm (#656 of 2988)  

Indeed it did, JulieGE! (I was there, she thought she looked horrible in it, but she looked great! )

I forgot to mention Kay's photo earlier - my first thought was WOW! So classy!

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Madam Pince - Apr 23, 2007 4:48 pm (#657 of 2988)  

I'm always learning something new here on the Forum -- I never would've thought of the "raw bones vs. cooked bones" distinction, although it makes perfect sense once you consider it. I was like Thom -- I just thought it was "no bones, period!" I'm still not sure about feeding a pet something that still has hair on it, though -- I'd be afraid that would give them the idea that the neighborhood cat is fair game!

Speaking of which, we were just one hair away from having another furry friend today. Little Pince and I went to the pet shop to get dogfood, and they always have a cage featuring the "rescue pet of the week" or whatever, hoping to catch some sucker walking in the door. Well, there were two adorable brother black/brown/gray tabby cats, so much like the one I used to have! The prettier of them curled in a ball asleep the whole time, but the other shamelessly rubbed his face on the bars and arched his back and purred loudly, practically yelling "Look at me! Look how cute I am!" It took us 20 minutes to get out of the store, and I had to drag myself away. Only the thought that the dog would undoubtedly enter into Denise's "raw food" program dissuaded me from packing the little darling into my purse right then and there. Sigh....

Little League opening day was fun. Our banner turned out fine although it was definitely not the most creative nor prettiest, but I take consolation that the kids themselves did most of the decorating rather than us parents. Some of the other banners were adorable but obviously made entirely by parents -- most were made of felt cut-outs. The Angels one had "(Sponsor's Name) Loves Our Angels!" and then angel shapes with wings, with photographs of each kid's face pasted on where the angels' faces would be. The Pirates one had a desert island with a pirate ship and crossed cutlasses, and a big open treasure-chest, and they glued on coins and jewels and put Mardi-Gras beads coming through the banner from the back so it looked like treasure spilling out of the chest -- very nice. Then another one depicted a baseball field viewed from above, and each kid's picture was pasted on each position - on each base, pitcher's mound, etc. The parade was a mile long, and the kids had more fun throwing candy than anything else. Then a long-winded speech by the commissioner and throwing first pitches, etc., at which point the kids were totally losing it. We still had two hours to kill before our game, so we went to a little pond nearby, and then couldn't get Little P to come back to play the game -- he wanted to go fishing. Finally managed it with a promise to come back fishing later. All the kids did very well in the game, it is so cute to watch them.

Journeymom, the memorial for your mother sounded beautiful. I am so glad that you and your family shared such a special time.

Ginny and Tori, (and KayKay and Azi!) the prom dresses were lovely! Glad you had a good time! Our school was a Jr./Sr. prom -- the juniors "gave" the prom as a gift to the seniors. So everyone gets to go at least twice, and I actually got to go three times because when I was a sophomore I was dating a senior. That year my dress was very demure v-neck white cotton and lace with little blue and lilac flowers all over and cap sleeves. Then junior year it was an aqua green spaghetti-strap with ivory crocheted cotton lace (think Grandma's doilies) over the bodice. Senior year it was pink spaghetti-strap with a floaty-filmy-see-thru-thingy over the bodice, and an asymmetrical overskirt. All of mine were straight and skinny -- no hoops or ballgowns. (I get my "fix" for that now, doing the living history things -- and my wedding dress had the big ballgown skirt, too.) It's the guys' tuxes that crack me up when I look back at those old pictures -- one was baby blue with a navy velvet collar and a ruffled shirt that Gilderoy Lockhart would've been proud to own; and one was maroon with a pink ruffled shirt. Too funny.

I would love to see the peacock dress! We saw a lady at a re-enactment once and we called her "The Parfait" because her dress had about seven layers in varying shades of pink/maroon. It was awful.

I'm sure the guys are loving these fashion conversations...

Hope Loopy is doing well! ***fingers crossed***

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Mediwitch - Apr 23, 2007 4:55 pm (#658 of 2988)  

Nice one, Squid Mike! That was nearly a *SPEW* moment.

journeymom, the memorial service sounds like a lovely tribute to your mother.

Ginny and Tori, you looked beautiful!

Mrs. Sirius, where in Litchfield County are you taking your test? I live in Litchfield County (way up in the northwest corner).

haymoni, your prom dress sounds like mine, except in pink. The crinoline was much better than a real hoop! And congrats on your new job, too.

Well, spring break is over, but the footings for the foundation are poured and half of the basement is packed (Mr. Mediwitch's massive collection of tools and home improvement, erm, *stuff* is still a mess, but he has to deal with that. My mother came and packed up all the good dishes in the china cabinets (there was quite a lot as we inherited Mr. Mediwitch's parents' dishes when his dad moved in with us). So we've got a good start on the packing, which is a good thing as I doubt I'll get much done in the next 8 weeks until school ends! The last few weeks of school are always so hectic with annual reviews and writing IEPs for my students for next year. So if my attendance gets a little sporadic for a while, know I am here in spirit!

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Denise P. - Apr 23, 2007 6:40 pm (#659 of 2988)  

Thanks Mrs. Sirius but if I ever got to the point of feeding prey, it would be not alive still. I doubt I will ever be able to feed whole prey to Tinsel since she is a hider. I gave her a juicy marrow bone this morning, she hid it and I have not seen it since :::sigh::: I have to watch her eat or she will go bury it.

I will have to scan a picture of my prom if I ever come across them in a box, in the basement, somewhere...

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geauxtigers - Apr 23, 2007 7:07 pm (#660 of 2988)  

Skimmed the thread too much to do, just popping in to say and hey and tell yall to vote for Jo as Time Magazine's most influential person of the year. She was at number one a few minutes ago, but now shes at 5, so vote people! LOL Links are one Leaky and Mugglenet!

Loved the Prom pictures, Azi and Kaykay!

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Mrs. Sirius - Apr 23, 2007 10:31 pm (#661 of 2988)  

Mediwitch, the test site is at the Danbury Airport, which is probably some distance south of you. I don't know the area at all so I am staying a hotel right near there. After the test I may have an hour or two before I have to get home. Is there anything interesting to do in that area?

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Regan of Gong - Apr 24, 2007 12:27 am (#662 of 2988)  

Holidays are over, and I timed it perfectly for my return to the chat thread.

Sorry for all I've missed, but I did check out the pictures of everyone's dresses, skirts, tops etc. and the all looked excellent. Everyone can see my lovely vest and tie in my avatar. I's actually really sorry I missed the lead up to your big night Ginny and Tori, but school is quite large for me at the moment.

Holidays were good, I got to go to Red Hot Chili Peppers in Sydney on the 17th, which was mad. We had "seats" but no-one used them during the whole show, and my hearing was shot after the show but it was one of the best nights ever.

I also got to read IGN's review of OotP on Wii, which sounds incredible, and is highly recommended for anyone who hasn't read it yet.

Sorry for all I've missed

Regan

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Snuffles - Apr 24, 2007 1:02 am (#663 of 2988)  

Ginny and Tori, you look fantastic

Kay, I love your avatar. How long ago was it taken?

I haven't looked at azi's picture yet, I will have to go and look.

Regan, I bet the Chilli's were excellent. I have a friend who went to see them and said it was the best concert they had been to.

I am trying to persuade hubby to get a furry 4 legged friend. We couldn't get one until after our holiday in July, but I think I am getting there

The type I want is a Bichon Frise/Chih tzu. For anyone in the UK, it is the dog that Paul O'Grady has, called Buster. I have been after one like that for a while but I think I am finally getting there

Hope everyone has a good Tuesday

Julie

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Laura W - Apr 24, 2007 1:19 am (#664 of 2988)  

This is the first time I have been on this thread in 23 days, but I just had to pop by - in the interests of fairness and good sportsmanship (a la Cedric Diggory) - to grudgingly congratulate Thom Matheson on the Detroit Red Wings' having made it to the second round of the Quidditch Cup ... I mean, to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Laura

(Calgary: one Canadian team bites the dust)

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Puck - Apr 24, 2007 5:26 am (#665 of 2988)  

Lovely pictures, everyone!

Denise, hope your 14 year old had a great birthday!

I wish I could see the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I think my next concert will be Sesame Street, Live.

Yesterday it was almost 90 degrees here. I actually had to drag out the sprinkler for the kids. Today will be in the mid 70's. Perfect for me. It is so much nicer going to soccer games without mittens. Diva is one of the youngest on her team. Her aim is not to score a goal, but simply for her foot to make contact with the ball a couple of times during the games.

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Denise P. - Apr 24, 2007 6:04 am (#666 of 2988)  

Ugh, since it is Hair Boy's birthday, he gets to choose where he goes to eat. This means I will have to endure Dead Lobster tonight. I think I would almost rather go to the Rat Palace (Chuck E. Cheese) than go there. I detest sea food so it is hard to find something on the menu, even though they have other stuff it is not that great. Wasn't it PennyLane who used to work there?

What a little fat head he had as a baby, like a round Charlie Brown head. Well, not much has changed, he still acts like a fat head at times...

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B]Thom Matheson[/B] - Apr 24, 2007 6:30 am (#667 of 2988)  

Laura, On behalf of the billions of U.S. original 6, Winged Wheel patrons of the noble art of ice hockey, I thank you. One down 3 to go. Still haven't caught up on my sleep.

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Loopy Lupin - Apr 24, 2007 7:31 am (#668 of 2988)  

Well, it's been a whirlwind several days and I've finally found a break in said wind to be able to give the Forum an update. I really can't believe how many people thoughtfully send me well wishes and healing charms. Really. I can't believe it. Unfortunately, I'm sad to report that the gluteal allograft ultimately didn't take. It was rough going, at first, but that was to be expected given the level of flatulence that is a normal part of this particular procedure. The doctors were great, very attentive and I didn't once feel like they'd left me alone, flapping in the breeze. Then, just when it seemed that things were going well, I made the mistake of watching on old South Park on Comedy Central. I'd forgotten how funny this particular episode was and I ended up....well... let just say I ended up "lmao." Literally. Alas, I have no regrets and hopefully, another donor will fall into my lap in the near future, so keep your fingers crossed.

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Madame Pomfrey - Apr 24, 2007 7:33 am (#669 of 2988)  

Tory, Ginny, Azi and Kay, Prom pics are beautiful! I missed my senior prom. I dropped out my senior year, married my husband and got my GED. It wasn't one of my better choices. I could have waited one more year. I wasn't PG or anything, just young and in love.

Reagan, Lucky you! My neighbor and friend Claudine and I wanted to see The Red Hot Chili Peppers, but Hubbies did not approve. It was ok for all of us to see ZZ Top, DoubleTrouble, Aerosmith etc. In other words, music from our Hey-Day.. but Chili Peppers? No way! Next time, girlfriend and I will go without Old Fogie Hubbies. We are still young at heart, afterall.

Denise, longhair son is cute. He brings to mind a cuter version of Ron Weasley. He looked Cotton-headed as a newborn, now a dark auburn? I hope he has a very Happy Birthday. I know what you mean about trying to order something different from a restaurant that specializes in a certain food. I ordered steak from Mexican Restaurant one time. Big "Misteak"! It had a pile of habenero peppers on it. It was so hot, I wept quietly while trying to detect a hint of steak flavor. If I remember correctly, Red Lobster does offer a descent steak.

LoL, Madame Pince! My brother wore a baby blue tux with ruffled shirt to his senior prom. Gilderoy Lockhart would indeed be proud!

Mediwitch, what a cool License plate!

*EDIT* Loopy..I am so sorry. Especially when I am sitting here LMAO. Bless you. I am sure it will go better next time. It is hard not to laugh when your not supposed to. Welcome Back!

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Mrs. Sirius - Apr 24, 2007 7:35 am (#670 of 2988)  

lol, Denise yes it was Kassie who worked there. She was n-o-t fond of it.

We had gorgeous weather yesterday too. Today look lovely so far but every now and then the sun winks. What a difference a week makes!

I am leaving home now for Danbury, lock to lock myself in a room reading until the Lamaze test first thing in the morning, wish me luck.

Welcome back Reagan

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kaykay1970 - Apr 24, 2007 9:53 am (#671 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday Hair Boy! Hope you have a great day!

Loopy I'm sorry you went through all of that for the procedure not to take. Good luck finding a new donor.

I know what you mean about being young and in love Madame Pomphrey! I married my Prom date right after graduation! I do regret not going to college. But I have been married nearly 19 years and have my 5 darling children to show for it! So maybe I did something right!

I love your Prom dress azi! My daughter wanted a similar one last year, but they didn't have it in her size.

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Puck - Apr 24, 2007 10:03 am (#672 of 2988)  

Good Luck, Mrs Sirius!

Should we keep this in mind and not say anything that will make Loopy laugh out loud too much lest he actually have need to Use the Internet initialism of "LMAO" literally? -John Bumbledore, April 20th.

Perhaps John is a seer after all.

Loopy, at least your humor is in tact, as well as your wit.

We went for new sneakers this morning. Baby Puck is proudly toddling around in her new "shoes". (It's got to be genetic. Even as babies my girls love shoes. Son only cares that they don't have laces.)

Well, it looks like nap time. For the little one, though I wish for me. I get to give Diva a manicure and then clean the house as quickly as possible before going off to work.

Kathy

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journeymom - Apr 24, 2007 10:21 am (#673 of 2988)  

Loopy, you owe me a new monitor and keyboard.

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Loopy Lupin - Apr 24, 2007 10:55 am (#674 of 2988)  

Well, journeymom, if you can figure out how to get my web browser unhijacked, then I'll get you a monitor and keyboard. (Yes, I've already tried "Hijack this," and it didn't take either.)

Anyway, forgot to send Mr. Nicholas a big "HAPPY BIRTHDAY." Didn't we figure out that, at some point in the future, Denise will have 4 or 5 teenagers at once. Yay!

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Solitaire - Apr 24, 2007 11:50 am (#675 of 2988)  

Poor Denise ... **offering early condolences for the grey hair that will undoubtedly sprout overnight**

Solitaire

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Madame Pomfrey - Apr 24, 2007 11:52 am (#676 of 2988)  

Kay, That is so true .I have been married to the same man for 28 years and we have three children and 3 grandchildren. I wouldn't trade them for anything. I was fortunate enough to attend college. I had 3 young children at home at the time. Boy, was that rough! I don't recommend it. I wished I had went before the children started coming, but, I have always done things backwards.

Loopy, what an appropriate avatar! LoL!

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Ihavebothbuttocks - Apr 24, 2007 12:30 pm (#677 of 2988)  

Loopy, have you tried Spybot S&D? Usually cleans up hijackers nicely, unless you have been hijacked by coolWWWsearch, in which case you have to use an additional utility. If you try Spybot, I would suggest downloading it from their German site, as it is less prone to negative interaction with your anti-virus program.

And no, before anyone asks, there is nothing implied toward you by my screen name.

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virginiaelizabeth - Apr 24, 2007 12:53 pm (#678 of 2988)  

Skimmed the posts very quickly....

LOL At Loopy!

I got to go to Red Hot Chili Peppers in Sydney on the 17th I'm sooo jealous!!! I lovee them!! They never seem to come around here, and when they do I'm usually broke... I bet it was an awsomee show!

Love the other Prom Dresses! Veryy pretty!

Gotta Go! Happy Tuesday!!

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geauxtigers - Apr 24, 2007 1:18 pm (#679 of 2988)  

Quick too, I don't even have time to list all the stuff I have due in the next week. Just had to say I'm jealous of you Regan and anyone who has seen the Red Hot Chilli Peppers! I would love to go to one of their concerts!

Off to start writing a research paper. How fun is that?!!! **insert extremely sarcastic smiley here**

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Loopy Lupin - Apr 24, 2007 1:33 pm (#680 of 2988)  

Thanks buttocks, but I tried S&D first. Alas.

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Mrs. Sirius - Apr 24, 2007 1:57 pm (#681 of 2988)  

Loopy, are you now in agreement with Mad Eye Moody about proper wand storage, not in your rear pocket? Or are you in accord with Ihavebothbottocks?

Denise, in my anxiety and giddiness, I forgot to wish Happy Birthday to your hairy teenager. I have just a 3 short years, I will be there too, shhh, shudder.

I am taking a short break from my reading at the public library in Danbury. I logged in here think the computer would ask if I wanted it to remember my login but it did not. Now I wonder, can anyone log-in as me at this computer? yikes!

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Mediwitch - Apr 24, 2007 3:25 pm (#682 of 2988)  

Hi Mrs. Sirius! Yes, Danbury is a bit south of me. It takes me an hour to get there. There is a mall (Danbury Fair) and plenty of shopping - that's about the only reason I ever get to Danbury. (No malls less than an hour away for me!) Sounds like shopping isn't high on your priority list, though. Good luck on your test!

Happy Birthday 11 Hair Boy!

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Madame Pomfrey - Apr 24, 2007 3:34 pm (#683 of 2988)  

LoL,Mrs.Sirius! Now maybe Tonks will take Moody serius,eh?

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Tazzygirl - Apr 24, 2007 3:43 pm (#684 of 2988)  

Welcome back, Regan!

LOL, Loopy! Hope a new donor comes along soon!

**Good luck** charms to Mrs. Sirius! Have a safe trip too!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Nicholas! Hope he has/had a good day!

I think I might add my prom picture to the mix. Then you all could see how bad a job my hairdresser did with my hair. If I can figure out how to place it in my profile, then I'll let you all know when to look! I loved your photos, Kay, Ginny, and Tori!

Almost done with school! 1 week from tomorrow and I am FREE!! for a week, then I have a puppetry class I am required to take during summer session- Four Saturdays, from 9 am until 6:30 pm. whoo-hoo. Hope it flies by!!!

Back to the final projects.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Madame Pomfrey - Apr 24, 2007 3:46 pm (#685 of 2988)  

Tazzy, a puppet class? How fun! I used to put puppet shows on for the Grandbabies and they loved it.

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Tazzygirl - Apr 24, 2007 4:05 pm (#686 of 2988)  

Okie dokie, for those of you interested, a picture of my brother and me for our prom is behind my profile. (Now that I found out that it is super easy to upload photos there, I am thinking I might put up my collection of LOST set photos. )

Madame Pomfrey, I'm kind of looking forward to the puppetry class, but am really afraid it's going to cost an arm and a leg for the various supplies.

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juliebug - Apr 24, 2007 4:11 pm (#687 of 2988)  

Hey all. Today was a big day. Little Bug and I checked out a preschool co-op. She was a bit overwhelmed by it all, but it was a really great place and I think we're going to enroll her in the 3's class for next year. Little Bug will turn 3 on Aug 12th. I hope everyone is having a great day.

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journeymom - Apr 24, 2007 4:13 pm (#688 of 2988)  

Aw, Kristina, you look lovely! And your brother looks very handsome. I like that he doesn't have the usual tux.

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2BMcsmom - Apr 24, 2007 4:39 pm (#689 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday to Nicholas.

Mrs. Sirius I hope that your test went well and that you receive an outstanding.

Loopy, accio new donor!

Everyones dresses look lovely. I would post my prom picture but I am having problems putting pictures into my profile. I tried the other day with no luck.

Kristina, Have fun in your puppet class. Maybe you will be able to use odd and end things that are laying around the house to help cut down the cost. In my freshman year of high school I took an early education class, with a pre-school class. The children all loved the puppet shows that we did. Unfortunately, during that time I realized that I have no patience when you get a group of little children together. 3 to 4 at a time is the most I can handle with out pulling out my hair. But on the other hand I am likely to have up to 5 or 6 teenagers at my house on weekends and holidays.

Does anyone have suggestions on how to get cigarette smoke out of clothes? I was given some very nice clothes this past weekend, but if I cannot get that smell out of them I will have to give them to goodwill. I am allergic to tobacco so the smell is doing bad things to my head.

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Tazzygirl - Apr 24, 2007 5:28 pm (#690 of 2988)  

Journeymom- my brother specifically chose his tux because of the button at the collar.

Sonya- I am hoping to find/use stuff around my place for the puppets! LOL I wanted to take an early education class at my high school, but for some reason it didn't happen. I was more into the agriculture program (I raised pigs for the county fair). From my teaching experience now, I am looking at teaching 4th-6th grade (the younger grades seem too much like babysitting, and I've done that now for about 10 years. Time to move on! LOL).

~Kristina

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Choices - Apr 24, 2007 5:55 pm (#691 of 2988)  

Tazzy - You could always take a hint from HP and choose to use a "sock" puppet.....a nice warm, wooly one. LOL

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Puck - Apr 24, 2007 8:26 pm (#692 of 2988)  

Brown Paper lunch bags also make good puppets.

Sonya, are the clothes machine washable? You could do a pre-soak cycle with baking soda, then wash with a detergent with a bleach alternative and some nice smelling fabric softener. Oxyclean does good with stains in the pre-soak, but I think the soda may be better for odors. Good luck!

Off to get some sleep. My Board meeting for the preschool went until after 10pm, so by the time I got home and watched Idol it was late.

Hmm, I think I just spotted son's homework paper on the floor. I should pick it up, or the cat will do her chewing and tearing of paper thing, and I'll have to write a note explaining that the cat ate his homework.

Kathy

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2BMcsmom - Apr 24, 2007 8:34 pm (#693 of 2988)  

Kathy, Most all are machine washable. I have washed a few things twice already. I even let them soak most of the day. I will try the baking soda.

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Madame Pomfrey - Apr 24, 2007 9:00 pm (#694 of 2988)  

Sonya, adding a large amount of Vinegar to your wash should do the trick.  I put 1/4 to 1/2 half a gallon to a large load along with the detergent.  It works on moldy towel smell anyways.  How can something so stinky make something also stinky smell sweet? Smile

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Nathan Zimmermann - Apr 24, 2007 9:25 pm (#695 of 2988)  

I went to the rheumatologist on Monday. My fibromyalgia has returned and my blood pressure read 160/102 so he added two new medications to my regimen. The doctor also drew four vials of blood to test for diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, my cholesterol levels.

I have a follow up visit in ten days.

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journeymom - Apr 24, 2007 10:27 pm (#696 of 2988)  

Nathan, I'm sorry! That's rough. Hang in there. Sending healing charms your direction.

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The giant squid - Apr 24, 2007 11:40 pm (#697 of 2988)  

Welcome back, Loopy. I hope you're not too far behind on the Forum. It's good to know a cheeky fella like you can keep his spirits up when things go into the crapper.

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Puck - Apr 25, 2007 5:34 am (#698 of 2988)  

ROFL! Nicely put, Mike.

Healing charms to Nathan!

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Denise P. - Apr 25, 2007 6:18 am (#699 of 2988)  

I am speechless, that is all I can say. Please remember that we need to maintain a family friendly atmosphere...never know when someone may surf in from the Lexicon site and expect us to be maintaining the same standards that it employs.

One of my high school roommates just emailed me with the phone number of one of our best friends that we all lost touch with once he married a nutcase his former wife. It is only 6:15 am in the L.A. area or I would call him now. The Whacko His former wife didn't like him talking to anyone he went to boarding school with, probably because it was mainly women. Never mind that all of us are married to other people and never dated one another in high school She didn't even like him having contact with his family, his brother and I had a long conversation about that little detail.

Already had a plumber out this morning to fix something, now I am waiting on the air conditioning guy so we can get the house cooler.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 25, 2007 6:29 am (#700 of 2988)  

Sounds like a very insecure person, Denise.

What an adorable pic! Loved your long-haired guy, too. A belated Happy Birthday to him! I never realized you had one so close to Olivia in age, but then again, think of the odds of you not having one on or near the age of one of mine.

Thank you for the recipe - I made it for my family and even Olivia ate it. She is my pickiest.

Healing charms and prayers your way, Nathan. Hope your condition improves.

I was just given word by two very excited children that our butterflies have hatched! Off to go see - and pick some flowers for them.

Enjoy the rotd/n, everyone.

Maria

PS Denise, FWIW, there was a man named Thomas Crapper - (I kid you not) I'm sure you can do a search on him. That is where the slang term came from. How's that for bailing the squid from said john.
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Denise P. - Apr 25, 2007 6:39 am (#701 of 2988)  

Yep, I have almost every age covered or have one close to it.

25, 23, 14, 12, 11, 10, 6, 4 and 20 months.... the 23 and 12 year old will be 24 and 13 in June (two days shy of 11 years apart).

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Loopy Lupin - Apr 25, 2007 7:23 am (#702 of 2988)  

Well, as soon as you can get a catcher's mitt on Rhys, you've got your baseball team.

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Holly T. - Apr 25, 2007 7:53 am (#703 of 2988)  

Nice prom picture Kristina!

Juliebug, the little bug will love preschool.

Happy birthday to Denise's Hair Boy!

Healing charms to Nathan!

Maria, did Trevor's centipede ever show up?

So my son is in trouble for lying about having said something very inappropriate at Sunday school--his teacher had to call and tell us, then son lied about it, claiming his teacher was lying, etc. So he needs a consequence for the lying. We were going to have him miss the top reader sleepover at school this weekend, but decided that would be too harsh. You have to have at least 200 AR points to go to this event and he has 300 (and is dyslexic, which is quite an accomplishment). He's never been to this and his sister went every year she was at that school. So he's been working for that goal all year. We don't want him to miss his Cub Scout crossover, he has to go to things like his Tae Kwon Do belt test and baseball games, and we think cancelling his birthday party would be too mean as well. So, yes, we are probably being wishy washy parents, which is probably why he got into trouble in the first place. The important part of this whole story was dh's most recent idea about what consequence son should get for lying: "We need one of those quills."

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Thom Matheson - Apr 25, 2007 7:57 am (#704 of 2988)  

How about good old fashioned humiliation. Make him stand in front of the Sunday School class and apologize. #2) Make him pick the punishment from the list you just described. Then it is his choice not yours. No either or, but make him do both items.

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haymoni - Apr 25, 2007 8:03 am (#705 of 2988)  

When my brother was 5, my dad picked him up from Sunday school. He asked my brother at the door of the classroom how it went. My brother said, "Fine, but it was hotter than _ _ _ _ in there!" My dad says that all the time, so he had nobody to blame but himself.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 25, 2007 8:09 am (#706 of 2988)  

***cringe*** No, Holly. Unfortunately, it didn't. Well, an invisible centipede is a good centipede, right?

Hmm, how about taking away a privilege, such as TV, (or whatever he likes to do in what spare time he has). Or assign chores. Make it for a duration that fits the crime. Trust me, after one or two times without a privilege, or with a chore, they feel it. Funny how, even if they don't really have the time for it, just knowing it's been revoked pains them.

Love the prom pics, everyone! What store did you find your black dress in, Ginny (or Tori? Sorry, I don't know who's who. ) I think that is what Olivia has in mind for her 8th Grade dance.

We are going in to the Nintendo Store, NYC today. (Not exactly educational but the kids love the place - you'd think we told them we were going to Disney .) Then off to Serendipity for lunch. **waves to Gina, Finn and Stephanie*** Wish you could join us!

Maria

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Holly T. - Apr 25, 2007 8:29 am (#707 of 2988)  

Thom--he will be apologizing to his Sunday school teacher and class for what he said. We're trying to come up with something for the lying.

Everything we've thought of so far seems like too much punishment for the "crime." Although his present state of knowing we're trying to think of an appropriate consequence certainly has had him on his best behavior.

After he hid his sister's purse the other day and didn't tell her where it was until after school I let her take away his favorite stuffed zebra and hide it in her room until bedtime, and if he bothered her or snuck into her room to try and find it then his zebra would have to spend the night in his sister's room. This was an excellent consequence, as he shaped up and realized he'd better not hide any more of her stuff. Daughter inserted her own evil twist by hiding the zebra under one of her pillows that she regularly sprays with lavender-scented linen spray. So the zebra smelled like lavender for a few days.

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Jenniffler - Apr 25, 2007 8:42 am (#708 of 2988)  

Holly T. I have a suggestion. Have your son write a TAKS-style (Texas standardized test) essay about the dangers of lying. Have him address it to you, his parents. It could contain either examples of lies and their consequences, or what he can do to avoid lying in the future.(No need for Umbridge's quill, a pencil will suffice.)

I wrote one of these when I ran in to my mom's car with my own. It was more torture than anything I ever could have given up. By the way, I have the Gilbert and Sullivan's "Let the Punishment Fit the Crime" from the Mikado flittering through my head now.

Also, actually thinking about the mistake helped me internalize respect of other people's property, and I am the only one in my family with no tickets on my record. I still have to be really careful in parking lots, though.

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painting sheila - Apr 25, 2007 9:43 am (#709 of 2988)  

HI everyone!

The show is over. The costumes have been washed and will be back at the school this afternoon! Yeah!!I have my life back!

wOOt!!

Lying - washing the mouth out with soap? I use the liquid hand soap and put it on their tooth brush. They then brush their teeth (foamy!) and can rinse and spit as many times as they want. The taste of the soap lingers on the toothbrush for a couple of days - so they have a gentle reminder. I am not sure it would work now - I usually do it ASAP. I like the idea of the essay.

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journeymom - Apr 25, 2007 9:43 am (#710 of 2988)  

Holly, how old is your son? (Sorry, I should know this.)

I like Jenniffler's essay suggestion.

I don't have any brilliant ideas, but I'll just share that it took me the longest time to figure out that it is completely unreal to assume that I'd only have to tell my kid one time how something goes. They conveniently forget. The payoff for lying outweighs telling the truth. We know how it is, we all lie. All we can do is keep reminding them that telling the truth is the way to go and that we know they're capable of it.

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Viola Intonada - Apr 25, 2007 9:44 am (#711 of 2988)  

Hello all, FIL passed away this morning. He had been declining since the weekend. I hope to post again sometime next week.

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journeymom - Apr 25, 2007 9:46 am (#712 of 2988)  

Viola, I'm very sorry. My heart-felt sympathies to you and your family. I look forward to hearing from you next week.

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Holly T. - Apr 25, 2007 9:54 am (#713 of 2988)  

Journeymom, he's almost 9. And he'd just be apologizing to his Sunday school teacher and class if he hadn't lied about it.

Welcome back Sheila! I've tried the soap before, but son has quite the gag reflex and well, it is a Bad Idea for him.

Jenniffler, we had considered having him write lines or do an essay. He hates to write--because of his dyslexia it is very difficult for him. However, he will have the 4th grade TAKS next year and therefore has a lot of writing in the immediate future. In fact, his summer homework is to work on his writing (he does not know about this yet, perhaps hoping that we will forget to give him summer homework, which he thinks is Extremely Unfair).

I appreciate the input! Maybe in addition to writing the essay I'll have him write "I must not tell lies" on his hand with a red marker.

Editing--Viola, so sorry for your loss. Sympathies to you and your family.

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Puck - Apr 25, 2007 10:03 am (#714 of 2988)  

Viola, so sorry to hear about your loss. Strengthening charms to you and your family.

Kids do have a habit of forgetting lessons you have carefully taught them. My oldest -just a few weeks away from being 7- ran out into a parking lot after his sister's soccer game the other night. (I had spent the game making sure the 18 month old didn't do this, but thought her big brother knew better.) Now, from the time he could walk I taught him not to walk into the street, etc..., and he's usually very good about it. Everyone was leaving from the game, so it was a dangerous situation. I shrieked at him to stop and get back on the grass, then walked him up to the nearest SUV that was still parked, and showed him how he was shorter than all the mirrors and windows.

waves to Sheila

Time to get some stuff done. The baby is sleeping and no one else is home. Guess I should fold some laundry or something before heading out to bring son to his piano lesson.

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painting sheila - Apr 25, 2007 10:12 am (#715 of 2988)  

Thanks everyone! I have missed you all.

When my kids get into trouble or forget the simple things - like shutting the refrigerator door - and they do it over and over (causing the milk to sour, etc) I make them write sentences such as:

It is important that I make sure I close the refrigerator door because my dad works hard for the money we have to spend on groceries, and by not closing the refrigerator door, the milk sours, eggs aren't fresh, left overs need to be thrown away causing frustration on the part of my mom, my dad, and by brothers and sisters when their favorite left over pizza has to be thrown away and there is no milk for cookies; therefore, I will try harder and be more conscious of the things I do and don't do.

(50 times for long ones like this)(Yes, I am a mean mom)

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Denise P. - Apr 25, 2007 10:30 am (#716 of 2988)  

I had a friend who had her kids swish vinegar in their mouth as punishment for lying...there was a biblical reference she used ...maybe it had something about your tongue being curdled? I will have to see if I can find it.

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Tazzygirl - Apr 25, 2007 12:48 pm (#717 of 2988)  
Edited Apr 25, 2007 1:21 pm

Puck and Choices: I do have spare old socks and paper bags lying around the house!

Sorry to hear about your FIL, Viola! **hugs** to you and your family!

**waves to Sheila** Welcome back!

I was one of those good children when I was little. I made myself sick (not on purpose!!) everytime I thought I was going to get into trouble (I was literally sick with guilt. lol). Parents thought that was enough punishment if the occasion ever came up.

I just saw the trailers for OotP, and they look awesome! I'm so excited!! (squee!)

My teacher isn't feeling well, so ended class at 8:30, a half hour after we started. We now are all sitting in the class, twiddling our thumbs, until 11 am (it is currently 9:46 am), when our next class starts. So naturally, while I should be working on my project, I am checking out all things HP.

**get well** charms to Nathan!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina (thanks for the comments on my picture! )

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Choices - Apr 25, 2007 1:54 pm (#718 of 2988)  

Prayers and hugs for Nathan - be strong. I know things will all work out - hang in there.

My sympathy to you Viola in the loss of you FIL.

Love and good wishes to all.

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Puck - Apr 25, 2007 1:57 pm (#719 of 2988)  

Where do I go to find these OotP trailers?

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Loopy Lupin - Apr 25, 2007 2:22 pm (#720 of 2988)  

We don't want him to miss his Cub Scout crossover, he has to go to things like his Tae Kwon Do belt test and baseball games, and we think cancelling his birthday party would be too mean as well.-- Holly T.

On the other hand, missing any of these things would certainly make an impression upon him whereas missing something that doesn't matter to him all that much could communicate to him that lying isn't all that much of a big deal. Why does he "have" to go to baseball? Is he under contract? I did Tae Kwon Do when I was a kid. Don't they still have the tests on some kind of regular interval? He'd certainly think about this incident for a while if he had to wait another interval to get his next belt level.

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Lina - Apr 25, 2007 2:40 pm (#721 of 2988)  

Viola, my condolences and comforting charms to your family.

Oh, Holly, the last time (that I know) that Kate lied to me, I was very upset because she lied to me for a very long time and for something that I wouldn't have had any bad reaction to the truth. I thought the crime was really big and I told her that I don't know what would be an appropriate punishment. So I suggested to quit shooting. At that moment, her eyes transformed into fountains which also helped me to figure out how much shooting was important to her. Then it ended up without some real punishment but with an agreement that she would have to quit shooting if she would be caught in lie again. Since then, either she became such a good liar that I couldn't figure out the lie, either has finally figured out that it is much better to always say the truth. Maybe I should mention that she was almost 12 at the time and in the right moment of her growing up to make such an agreement. I am not able to do the same with my youngest at the moment. She invents things in a way that never happened with the other two, so I'm pretty shocked and I haven't found the right way to react yet.

Healing and strengthening charms to all that need them!

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Tazzygirl - Apr 25, 2007 2:51 pm (#722 of 2988)  

Puck, go to the Leaky Cauldron. The links are in the various articles dealing with the video clips.

~Kristina

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Holly T. - Apr 25, 2007 3:18 pm (#723 of 2988)  

Puck, they have a link to it on the Yahoo movies page too.

Loopy, he has to go to baseball because if not enough kids show up to play then the team has to forfeit the game. He isn't testing at TKD but he has to go to the test to help out since he is a black belt. So baseball and TKD are also about him learning to be responsible and honor commitments.

Lina, that's why we didn't want to take away him going to the thing at school. When we mentioned it as a possibility he started crying and said he'd been working for that and looking forward to it all year. So with that and his Cub Scout thing, we feel like we shouldn't take away an accomplishment.

If he'd been fighting at school again and had to go to the principal's office then he would be missing the school event no matter what. Also, he loses his computer privileges so often it doesn't really have much effect anymore since he hardly ever has computer privileges. Same thing with his allowance.

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2BMcsmom - Apr 25, 2007 3:57 pm (#724 of 2988)  

Thanks Madame Pomfrey, I will try that as well. At the moment I cannot smell anything to tell if anything is working on the smell.

Nathan, I hope that you get to feeling better and that your test come back okay.

Viola, I am sorry for the loss that you and your family have suffered.

Holly, Does he have friends that come over to spend a day or night? My oldest gets the point very well (at least for a couple of months) when we say that his friends or girl friend may not come over because of his behavior. The youngest is just getting to have some one stay over from time to time so it is devastating to him to lose this privilege

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virginiaelizabeth - Apr 25, 2007 5:03 pm (#725 of 2988)  

Really quick.... Maria we both got our dresses at Dillards. White House Black Market had a similar one, but it was too short on me, but it's worth going over there if you have one near you. Much less hassle than digging through endless racks at a department store.

Lying - washing the mouth out with soap? "it was- s-s-soapp POISONING!!!" LOL! **wonders who will get this**

**healing charms to everyone**

Au Revoir!!

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Madam Pince - Apr 25, 2007 5:14 pm (#726 of 2988)  

Viola, I'm so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. We will be thinking about you and your family.

Belated Happy Birthday to Nicholas! Sorry I missed his baby picture -- unless he just looked exactly like Rhys looks now? He does look like a more handsome version of Ron!

Nathan, what a shame about the health problems! I bet you felt like your doctor's name was Dr. Sanguini by the time he was done with you, didn't you? Hope that the new meds will help get things all straightened out!

Tazzy, your prom outfit was so elegant -- you and your brother looked stunning! (Too funny -- we're watching Goblet of Fire on TV now, and it's right at the "prom" scene -- the Yule Ball... One thing about that scene that I always liked was the gaggle of girls comforting the girl crying on the steps right at the end of the ball -- so accurate! Doesn't every formal school dance end up with somebody bawling on the steps/behind the bleachers/in the ladies' room? )

Thom, I love your suggestions! You've been around this parental block a few times, haven't you -- I can tell!

Holly, I feel for you. There have been times where we have taken away so many privileges that there aren't any left to take away anymore. Little P has forgotten how to use the computer, I think (which is perfectly fine by me.) Embarrassment seems to be good, though. Can't remember if I told you guys this one but I don't think so -- last week we did a quick run into the grocery store after tee-ball just to get milk, and he was "showing" me all the chewing gum brands in the checkout aisle. I told him "No, we're not getting any," and paid for the milk and ran out, trying to get home in time for Survivor. Halfway home, he chimed from the back seat "Mom, do you want some gum?" I said "We don't have any gum in the car." "Oh yes we do, I just got some at the store!" Grrrrr.... So we had to turn around and go back to the store, and I made him tell the check-out lady what he'd done and apologize and promise never to do it again, while I paid her the 62 cents and then took the gum packet away from him. (Actually, I'm not entirely sure he really knew that what he'd done was wrong, but he knows it without a doubt now...) He handled it very well, but he got red as a beet in the face and very hang-dog looking while he was confessing. To his credit, he clutched the piece of gum in his chubby little fist all the way home, but never once tried to put it in his mouth, and then he gave it to me to throw away. I think it was a pretty good lesson learned, and I even controlled my temper that I missed the first ten minutes of Survivor... (which, incidentally, turned out to be the best episode of that show since Ian jumped off the platform, I think...)

Lina, we're going through an "inventing" stage now too -- you can't call it "lying" exactly, but it's definitely creative! He'll say stuff like "I can't find my shoes" while holding them behind his back and stifling a mischievous grin.

Welcome back, Sheila! Woo-hoo on the play being finished!

Loopy, tsk...tsk...tsk....

IHBB, thanks for the tip about the German site to download Spybot -- I will try that tonight. I had Spybot for years, but then this year when I updated my PC-Cillin to 2007, I got an error message that said I'd have to delete Spybot because they were incompatible, which I hated, because I liked Spybot. I'll try the German version!

Woo-hoo! Time to get Lost tonight!

Edit: Ginny, ROFL! But was it Lifebuoy?

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Denise P. - Apr 25, 2007 5:15 pm (#727 of 2988)  

I think it has been proven that soap poisoning does not cause blindness

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geauxtigers - Apr 25, 2007 5:52 pm (#728 of 2988)  

Hugs to Viola. I'm sorry about the loss.

Punishment. Hmmm.. I was never a good liar, so my guilty face used to get the better of me before I could open my mouth. We were trouble makers in the sense that we were always getting into something, never really lied or hid things and the like. Mostly it was hey, I wonder what will happen if we put marshmallows in the microwave? We were those kind of kids! LOL but thats not to say we didn't have our moments. I've never had my mouth washed out with soap. My mom tends to take the disappointment tactic with me. I think thats worse, I'd rather just be yelled at and get it over with. Disappointment is way worse. She used to send my to my room when I was little, and not let me do certain things, and I'd get things taken away. I vividly remember the temper tantrum me and GInny threw when they "threw away our barbies" LOL

Healing charms to Nathan.

Have to go, Top Model is coming on and it just started thundering. I guess that the cue for the DIrect TV to go out

Sorry for anything I missed. Been hectic around here lately.

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Tazzygirl - Apr 25, 2007 7:23 pm (#729 of 2988)  

**bounces up and down with hand in air** I know, Ginny!! Poor "Ralphie!" (My brother and I say that to each other all the time when either one of us wants the other to buy something. It's pretty funny. LOL

Madam P.- thanks! That dress was my absolute favorite. Too true about all the drama at Proms! I had drama wrapped up in mine. High school drama- don't miss that one single little bit! After I graduated, a friend couldn't find a date, and somehow managed to get me to go again . The second dress I got reminded me of the 1930s- knee length, creamy white colored, low back, and sequins at the hem in the back. I am thinking I could still get away with wearing that dress at a future formal something. My dress in the picture, however, I will probably never wear again. (So is the way with prom dresses usually! LOL). That was a good lesson for Little P!

I made brownies for my science class tomorrow. It's our last day of Math and Science, our science teacher wanted to have a party. As none of my classmates and I can stand the teacher, we are hoping to get in, drop off all of our work, and then leave. The entire semester in science- teacher did not follow his syllabus, we would spend the entire class time talking about stupid issues (usually it would be between the teacher and one student), and all of the assignments are pointless. None of us learned anything to take to our future classrooms. grr.

~Kristina

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painting sheila - Apr 25, 2007 8:11 pm (#730 of 2988)  

Lost - What!!! They are all dead??!! Is this island some sort of half way point between heaven and hell? and why didn't Jin ask what all the pregnant women die from - bleeding? what? If they know they all die - maybe they can figure out how to save them (with Jack's help of course) The Russian guy - HOW is he still alive? So many questions - so few answers!

Viola - so sorry to hear about your Father In Law. I will be sending strengthening charms your way.

Nathan - hang in there. I do hope the test come back with good news!

Neither of my girls are going to prom this year. (sigh) I guess that saved me a bunch of money - but how fun would it have been to do their hair!

At least soap won't put your eye out!

Twins - Do you know where Covington is?

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Snuffles - Apr 25, 2007 8:33 pm (#731 of 2988)  

(((hugs))) Viola. Sorry to hear about your Father in law.

**healing charms** to Nathan. I hope the results come back ok.

Kristina, I love your prom dress. I wish they did things like that when I left school. They have started here now, so I guess I will have to wait 14 years for Olivia!

Nicely handled Madam P. I haven't had any 'surprise' shopping that I haven't paid for yet, though it has been close!

I will keep all these punishments in mind for when Olivia gets older, though I'm not sure I could do the liquid soap thing, the thought just makes me gag

Off back to bed , its 4.30am, so I have a couple of hours left before Olivia wakes up!

Hope everyone has a good Thursday/ Wednesday night!

Julie

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Puck - Apr 25, 2007 8:47 pm (#732 of 2988)  

All I can say is Mr. Puck will be in big trouble when I get to take my girls prom dress shopping! (I was so hoping for Diva's Godmother to get married so she could be a flower girl, but it looks like she and her boyfriend have decided to just live together without the official piece of paper. Darn! Well, only a few more years until First Communion, I can dress her up for that.

Hectic day. Took Toddler Puck for a haircut (she screamed), then to the bookstore. (She kept talking about "El-mo", so I rewarded her new word with a new book about Elmo.) Then Trader Joes after lunch I was supposed to have quiet time to work while she napped. I had folded a few sheets when the phone rang. The friend who was supposed to pick her daughter and Diva up from school was stuck, and wouldn't be back in time (school would be out in 15 minutes). I had to wake the little one, and run out to barely make it on time to fetch the girls. Son had to be picked up only an hour later, so not much point in driving all the way home, so we went to the playground until time for piano. My kitchen still hasn't been cleaned nor the laundry folded as I was meant to do this afternoon. (I went to the gym tonight after kids were in bed and swam laps instead of doing chores.)

Oh My! Just noticed it's almost midnight!

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Solitaire - Apr 25, 2007 8:58 pm (#733 of 2988)  

Nathan, I am so sorry you are feeling poorly. I hope your doc has you back on track soon. Healing charms to both you and Loopy, and I'll be rooting for good news from all your tests!

Viola, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

I just found out that the father of one of my students died in his sleep last night. I saw my student sitting in the office during our testing break, and he didn't know why he'd been called out of class, since we were state testing this week. I know his dad is estranged from the family, so I guess his mom (also a teacher) just found out mid-morning. Please keep their family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sonya, I have a little Helpful Household Hints book, and here is what it says (if the clothes are washable, that is): Remove cigarette smoke smells in clothes by soaking them in a baking-soda solution before washing. It doesn't give proportions, but you could try 4 TBS soda per 1 quart water.

About the lying, I tend to agree with Loopy ... I guess I approach it from the perspective of a teacher who sees kids lie in junior high and high school. We recently had a journal topic about lying. Across the board, my seventh graders who actually believed lying was wrong (whether you were caught or not) tended to be those who had lied and been seriously punished for it. Most students who received lectures or no real punishment confessed that they still tend to lie, if they feel it will keep them from getting hassled. Thom had an excellent idea. Let your son choose which activity he will lose. The loss of something he was looking forward to will make more of an impression, over the long haul. JM2K ...

Sheila, I never attended a prom when I went to school, and I've always felt kind of sad about that. Hopefully, your girls will go another year.

Solitaire

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Jenniffler - Apr 25, 2007 9:29 pm (#734 of 2988)  

Viola, hugs to you.

Holly T, I thought your SON was the older child! Whoops. If he's still only eight, (I sort of snicker because I doubt he is "only" anything judging by his schedule) maybe my suggestion is slightly overblown.

How about having him make a handmade copy of the Cub Scout Motto or Law or poetry that talks about honesty and have him frame it and put it displayed with his treasures, his trophies, belts, merit badges. Then tell him that if he continues in honesty his awards will also represent personal growth. Then give him a hug. Then you get to be inspiring!

Puck, Elmo is the best! Little Jo is a devoted fan at two.

Ginny and Tori (since you two are in the same photo) You both are very elegant. The only thing better than Dillard's is the clearance rack at Dillard's.

Painting Shelia, good to see you.

On Lost: "Oops!" ROFL

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The giant squid - Apr 25, 2007 9:34 pm (#735 of 2988)  

Viola, my condolences about your father-in-law. Even though he'd been sick it's still a terrible thing to have to confront.

Denise--I promise I'll lay off the puns. I really am trying to keep things forum friendly, honest...you should hear the stuff I first thought of--it'd make a sailor blush!

I'd offer suggestions to Holly, but clearly I need to go wash my own mouth out...

--Mike

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Mrs. Sirius - Apr 25, 2007 10:08 pm (#736 of 2988)  

Oh Thom, so sorry, wish you luck and hope they find the right dosage combinations quickly.

Viola, have heart, my condolences.

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geauxtigers - Apr 25, 2007 10:41 pm (#737 of 2988)  

Ahhh I can't sleep! Its raining really hard here and just as I was getting into bed, my weatherbug chirped and we had a tornado warning that ended up being canceled half way through, but still, now I can't sleep. *knock on wood, knock on wood** When I went to my mom's room, she just grunted, told me not to freak out, and started snoring again... You know whats cool? weather.com has these new radars that that are basically google Earth with the radar image on top, so you can put the little marker in your house, and see where rain is in relation to you. Its pretty cool and its only about a 5 minute delay.

Okay, I'm not shaking anymore, I guess I should attempt sleep. Maybe i'll study for my gov test tomorrow that I haven't even opened yet...yes, I can assure everyone that I'm still in the procrastinator's club, but I'll inform them later

Soli, I'll keep the student's family in my thoughts and prayers. Thats really sad.

I agree about the sale rack at Dillards! Sale racks anywhere! Certain stores, I bypass the clothes and go straight to the clearance rack! LOL As you might guess, my prom dress was on sale! LOL White and Black usually has good sales. We popped in on a 70% sale the other day. Now thats a deal!

Okay, now I'm going to bed, I think...

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Denise P. - Apr 26, 2007 5:16 am (#738 of 2988)  

A punishment should not only fit the crime, it should be severe enough to deter further crimes. I have cancelled birthday parties..where I already paid a deposit, not allowed certain kids out on Halloween (and then allowed no sharing of others candy) and not allowed them to attend much anticipated events for various infractions. Of course it depends on the crime. In each case where I had to resort to drastic measures, I have never seen a repeat of the original deed. Yes, it is harsh but sometimes it is necessary.

We have air conditioning again....right as we cooled down outside some.

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Puck - Apr 26, 2007 6:46 am (#739 of 2988)  

Jennifler, I agree that Elmo is great, but Zoe is my personal favorite. She may not have been around when I was a kid, but she is so "me".

My kids are young enough that I have yet to be more severe than taking away toys or tv. Hubby and I were both disgustingly well behaved as teens, and I'm hoping it's genetic.

Solitaire, your student is in my thoughts. It may be hard that he hasn't had that relationship, as now he will wonder about what he missed. (I didn't have much of a relationship with my Dad's side of the family, and have been regretting that for years, now that my grandparents are gone.)

Kathy

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painting sheila - Apr 26, 2007 6:49 am (#740 of 2988)  

I have always thought that it is best to be firm from the start with kids. When they do something wrong that they have been taught is wrong the punishment is swift and usually painful - not physically painful!! Just something that they really will miss or don't want to happen. It does work. My kids know when we say "no" or "is there some thing you need to tell us?" it's time to stop doing what they are doing and come clean.

I figure we can have small battles when they are young or big military campaigns when they get older. We choose the small battles.

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Solitaire - Apr 26, 2007 7:17 am (#741 of 2988)  

Puck, because I had a wonderful relationship with my own dad, I always feel bad for those who were not so lucky. I think the relationship between my student and his father has been antagonistic at best, for reasons I won't address here. I'm sure we will find out more details about the death in the coming days. Meanwhile, on behalf of my student and his family, thanks to all for your thoughts and prayers.

Good news: My student who was injured in the boating accident last Labor Day holiday continues to do better and better. He has been back in school full time since the semester break, and he is doing well academically. Other problems are starting to surface, which I am told are a direct result of such a traumatic head injury. Still, he is such a sweetie and a good kid. He really is a walking, talking miracle! Thanks to all who have supported that family in your prayers. I thought you'd like to know they are being answered by the day!

Solitaire

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Mrs. Sirius - Apr 26, 2007 7:49 am (#742 of 2988)  

My kids are young enough that I have yet to be more severe than taking away toys or tv. Hubby and I were both disgustingly well behaved as teens, and I'm hoping it's genetic. Puck

Nope, sorry doesn't work that way. It's the opposite in fact. Parents have to learn new tricks. If you didn't do it as a child, your kids will do it. Just to make sure you don't miss out on the fun! My husband and I were both books worms and quite. Our kids are more like my sister and my cousins. I am not saying that that is all bad.

The two of my kids that are most like me, in fact, I often tell "don't be like me" in this area. I tell them they need to be more assertive. The good thing is, I recognize when they are being submissive and why they are doing it.

Soli, best luck to your student I wish him well.

geautigers, I also only buy clothes on sale. I worked for a designer in New York eons ago and learned the structure of pricing. The designer had a shirt manufactured in Puerto Rico and it cost him $3. He imported it to the USA mainland, cost $6. He put it in the showroom for $12. The fancy designer store bought it and they'd agree to put it on the selling floor for $24. after a month it would be marked down to $20. then marked for clearance at $16. So I just never pay full price.

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journeymom - Apr 26, 2007 9:04 am (#743 of 2988)  

  " Hubby and I were both disgustingly well behaved as teens, and I'm hoping it's genetic."



   "Nope, sorry doesn't work that way. It's the opposite in fact."




Ah, then Husband and I are in luck. ;-D

Did you people know there was a star-studded lip sync on American Idol, with Helena Bonham Carter and HUGH LAURIE AND HUGH GRANT?! AND HELEN MIRREN! And a bunch of other people? I can still say I've never seen American Idol, but there was a link to a youtube video on the HP Automatic News Aggregate.

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Madam Pince - Apr 26, 2007 9:41 am (#744 of 2988)  

I didn't know until after the fact, but I read that Dan Radcliffe was also supposed to have been on it. Alas, like you, I didn't watch...

Re: Lost That was certainly odd about the lady saying "...they found the plane wreckage, and everyone was dead..." but I don't think it's true. Early on, fans were speculating that everyone had actually died and the island was a sort of "purgatory" or something (since most had sinned in some fairly major way), but the writers of the show axed that idea in an interview. So I'm thinking that the "wreckage" that was found was some elaborate hoax by the Dharma Initiative or Mittelos Biotech or whoever "they" are, in order to nix any rescue attempts. (Although, if the island is "unplottable" like it's supposed to be, why would they need to do this?) Can't figure out what's up with Mikhail still being alive -- who checked his body and proclaimed him dead when he ran into the fence? Was it Locke? ***is suspicious*** Does the island re-generate dead people like it heals illnesses? (Ewww... he's an Inferi...) I can't believe Desmond let him go. Hurley was being his usual... telling the guy about the phone??? Come on...! Thank goodness Charlie and Jin are still maintaining a healthy suspicious nature! Sayid would've been better to handle that whole situation, I think. Poor Sun. I hope something changes for her. Odd that there were cribs and baby toys in the room "where they brought the mothers to die" when/if they knew they always died before third trimester. Why would that be? Anyway,"TV Guide" magazine this week says that there will be five deaths during the month of May (the next four episodes - season ender is May 23rd.) Any bets?

Everyone enjoy the RotD!

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Puck - Apr 26, 2007 10:16 am (#745 of 2988)  

Dan Radcliffe? I watched, but didn't see him. It's still on TiVo, so I may have to watch again. (It was late, so I fast forwarded through much of the show to find out there wer no results.)

Mrs. Sirius, thanks for the pep talk. What happened to "what goes around comes around"?

I do agree, Sheila, small battles now. When I see my hubby's brother and wife giving in to their young daughter, I just know they will be in trouble in coming years. (Seriously, I have seen her at four slap her parents, who just ignore it or say "please don't" Life as they know it would cease to exist for my kids if they dared to hit us.)

Soli, glad they boy is healing well. That is good news. Still, your class is having a rough year.

Yet another afternoon not going as planned. Babysitter called to cancel. My friend has a Daisy meeting today, so she can't take the girls. So, Toddler will have another short nap, or we can pick up her brother from school a bit early. All will come to work with me. It's much harder to teach with them, as they "mom" me the whole time, but at least it's an option.

Kathy

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Holly T. - Apr 26, 2007 10:24 am (#746 of 2988)  

Solitaire, how sad about the student who lost his dad. Good news about the student that was injured, though.

I had really intended just to post my husband's idea that we needed an Umbridge-style quill to deal with our son, but I am so impressed by the helpful advice and encouragement about my son. I used to post on several parenting sites where I can assure you things were not always handled in such a reasonable manner. I appreciate you all!

I told son this morning that he has to write us a few paragraphs explaining why lying is wrong according to the principles he has learned at church, Cub Scouts, and Tae Kwon Do. He also has to type it and cannot watch TV in his spare time until he is finished with it. He wanted to know if he had to spell everything right and I said no, but encouraged him to try and use the spell check (although when you spell as badly as he does, the spell check is really not much help).

Puck--my son punched me once and split my lip. He was 2 and had fallen asleep in the carseat and I woke him up as I was trying to get him out of the car. I still remind him of this periodically.

One of the other moms at Cub Scouts, who in addition to her Cub Scout, age 7, has a very rambunctious 4-year-old, was telling me last night how much my son has calmed down in the past few years and she uses him as an example of how there is hope that her 4-year-old will not continue to act the way he does. I recommended TKD, as friends with older boys did to us, which my son started at 4, as it is a safe place to kick, run, punch, and yell, yet at the same time teaches discipline and respect.

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journeymom - Apr 26, 2007 10:47 am (#747 of 2988)  

Fine, that's it then, I'm signing 7 y.o. son up for martial arts this summer. He's a spinning, punching, kicking, head butting nut ball right now. And I don't mean he's hitting in anger, he's mostly just playing around. Mr Journeymom has two black belts in two forms and has urged me to sign ds up for some sort of kid-geared class. I've hesitated, I don't know why.

Boys need permission to be boys. Public school rewards kids who can sit still and be quiet, which is biased towards girls. It's really notable how the moment Mr Journeymom walks in the door from work, not only does ds's energy level amp up several notches, but Mr Journeymom is much more likely to play physically with ds. If ds barrels into me with a hug attack, head butts me, pounds on me playfully, I can't abide it for long, but if he does the same to his dad, dad turns it into play and spars with him and throws him in the air and chases him around the house, ds shrieking in delight.

Sorry, I guess I'm in mom-the-analyst mode.

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azi - Apr 26, 2007 11:02 am (#748 of 2988)  

**healing charms** Nathan!

Condolences, Viola!

Good idea, Holly, on the punishment! When I was younger it was grounding or a smack. Or both.

Yey, my exams are done! Today's exams went better than the other two - I finished one 25 minutes early! I hope that's a sign it was easy, rather than I didn't know anything.

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John Bumbledore - Apr 26, 2007 11:03 am (#749 of 2988)  

I forgot to wish Happy Birthday to your hairy teenager. — Mrs. Sirius
Hairy is like furry. And teenagers are often a handful or a problem waiting to happen.

So, does this mean Denise P. now has a furry little problem? Maybe you could discourage your hairy teen by calling him Moony, Remus, or Lupin? I mean David Thews isn't the best looking of the cast, so it may discourage his hair choice.

My wife has our children able to recite "Punishment is swift, consistent, and unpleasant!" She is a teacher and this comes naturally to her; unfortunately she has not shared or explained her penal code to me.

Perhaps the answer for me is to make a list (since I am a computer geek it will likely be a relational database by the time I'm done.) But I'll finally have no trouble remembering the punishments for different crimes and severities.

Well, 66 new messages and the only other thing I can remember from them is that Loopy shouldn't be the butt of any more jokes from a squid that talks like a sailor. Erm, well something to that effect.

I just saw the new (well it is new to me) trailer for Order and I was thinking "where did that scene come from!" at several points. And at one point I thought "that's not what HE-WHO-HAS-NO-NOSE looks like, can't they do better than making it look like a baloon for a head with eyes and mouth painted on it?" Well, other than that I was impressed and excited about seeing it.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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journeymom - Apr 26, 2007 11:28 am (#750 of 2988)  

Oh, I think he looks pretty cool, especially in that mob suit. But could they not color his eyes red? His whole face is cg'd, it would be easy to color his eyes faintly red. It should have been faint in GoF, and little deeper red now in OotP. Maybe his eyes will flash red when he possesses Harry.
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Loopy Lupin - Apr 26, 2007 12:10 pm (#751 of 2988)  

We have air conditioning again....right as we cooled down outside some. – Denise

Well, now would be the time to tell you to brace yourself for an unbearable summer, Denise, but I don't know what to expect from the weather anymore. Trust that when it gets hot here, it is humid hot. I've never experienced that "dry heat" that is supposed to be so much better or, at least, different. I recall a pretty unbearable patch last summer in or around August, but otherwise the summer wasn't all that bad.

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dizzy lizzy - Apr 26, 2007 1:06 pm (#752 of 2988)  

Well I hit the magic button. I'm so busy I feel very exhausted! I guess the excitement of moving will really hit me as I'm driving out of town!

I've nearly sold all my furniture and I have cancelled the phone, broadband and electricity. Next job this morning is to print the re-direction notices!!!!

I've been down-graded to slow old dial-up for a couple of months. Broadband hasn't been enabled at the telephone exchange nearest where I'm moving too. It should be available in about 3 months. I need to wait 2 weeks to get the phone line installed into the flat I am moving too so I'll be offline for about 3 weeks....

The removalist has been and taken 40 book boxes and a bookcase. Everything else was sold, dumped (4 trailer loads, 3 from the yard and sheds 1 from the house), given to charity, or is coming with me in the car.

So now it just the last whirl of paperwork and saying good bye!!!

So cheers to all and best of luck to anyone facing exams of any sort in the next three weeks. Advance ((hugs)) for those celebrating birthdays and for those who need them. I'll email Tazzy and ask her to let you guys know of my progress towards Tasmania!!!!

Lizzy :stressed:

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Madam Pince - Apr 26, 2007 2:08 pm (#753 of 2988)  

John Bumbledore, I'm with you on the movie version of Voldemort! The no-nose thing just looks silly to me -- not scary at all. They could've saved themselves some makeup/CGI expenses and just gotten Michael Jackson to portray him. In GoF when he first got re-bodified, for a split second his eyes had snake-slit pupils, which I thought looked super cool! I think it said in the DVD extras that they couldn't do red eyes or snake eyes because Fiennes felt it would distract from the emoting he was putting across through his eyes. (Yeah, yeah, emote this... ) I'd rather have scary red eyes or scary snake eyes. And some sort of nose.

(Although I do kinda like the mob suit...)

Journeymom, in the most recent trailer there's one quick scene where Voldy's eyes do appear to be flashing red. Maybe that's the "possession" scene...

Safe travels, Lizzie! Congratulations again on the move!

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geauxtigers - Apr 26, 2007 2:11 pm (#754 of 2988)  

The removalist has been and taken 40 book boxes and a bookcase.

Thats so cute! Removalist! LOL I'm guessing thats a mover, is that what you call it in Aussie-land? I love that, it sounds like a word that isn't a word, but should be a word! Cool! LOL I also think that "funner" should be a word LOL, I know, I'm weird!

Glad you are super excited about the move, Lizzy! Have a safe trip and enjoy your new place! **wishes she could go to Australia**

He's a spinning, punching, kicking, head butting nut ball right now. And I don't mean he's hitting in anger, he's mostly just playing around. Ahh boys will be boys! LOL I think every little kid goes through that stage! Or at least all my cousins and the kids I babysit do! LOL I've been a number of different characters envolved in plastic sword fights and running from the "monsters and aliens". Of course, its so much fun! LOL thats a good thing about babysitting, you can act like a complete kid and no one is there to laugh at you Not that that stops me in the first place. **was not on the driveway 2 days ago hitting old lemons with a cricket bat** I should also say my dad joined me and yes, I'm from America and have no baseball bat, but I do have a cricket bat! LOL gift from an exchange student 6 or so years ago. I'm sure he'd love to know what we are using the bat for seeing as I dunno how to play cricket

Okay, I have to start writing a research paper. If I get an A on the rough draft, I'm done, so I'm crossing my fingers that I get an A so I can put this thing behind me.

Have a nice day everyone!

EDIT: LOL I agree, Micheal Jackson's nose for Vold! LOL

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Denise P. - Apr 26, 2007 2:19 pm (#755 of 2988)  

On Lost --->I think Juliette lied, that room was where Claire had been held, not where the women went to die. Why would the crib and everything be there? It was there for Aaron after he was born.<---

Loopy, I have no doubt it will get humid here. So far, the weather is very similar to how it was in Clarksville and it was incredibly humid there. You know it is awful out when even the kids refuse to go outside unless it is to dash from the cool air conditioned house into the pool.

You know, I think we should hook up to go see the next movie.

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Puck - Apr 26, 2007 2:39 pm (#756 of 2988)  

Mr. Puck is going to be very creative in a Bill Cosby sort of way when it comes to punishments. Once on an episode of Raymond they were having trouble getting their son ready on time to get on the bus, forcing the parents to drive him. Hubby's idea was that they have just driven him to school wearing P.J.'s, fuzzy slippers, and curlers. Getting out of the car and giving son a big goodbye kiss in front of the school in this outfit would ensure his never being late again. I realized at that moment I had married an evil genius. :OOh:

Well, bringing Toddler to dance class was a great success. She did her best to do the steps and had lots of fun. (She actually listened better than the 4 year old boys.) I was quite impressed, as she's only 19 months old. Bodes well for the fall when I plan to give up on the babysitter all together and just bring the kids to the community center with me. (There are organized activities in the gym for the older kids. I got them a membership, as sending them their will actually be cheaper than paying for babysitting.)

Time to cook dinner. Must find the pins to prod my son into doing his homework and practicing piano.

Kathy

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Tazzygirl - Apr 26, 2007 4:03 pm (#757 of 2988)  

Puck- my parents used to send my brother and sister to school with pajamas on or in their slippers if they weren't ready to leave on time. I believe my brother did it once, and my sister a couple times before the lesson sunk in.

I am FINISHED with my math and science classes!!!!! w00t!!! **party** My science teacher gave us a little speech at the end, saying he needed to apologize, as he didn't do a good job in teaching us. He was probably the worst teacher I've had at uni since I began. Found out that he will not be teaching next year- thank goodness. I did love my math class though!

LOST: I think Juliette is torn between working with the Others and staying with the losties. My jaw dropped to the floor when I saw Mikhael running through the jungle. Strange... I am actually really looking forward to next week- first time in a long time! LOL. I also feel so sorry for Sun! Maybe the rules that apply to the Others ends up not being the case for Sun? I don't know. Madam P- I am thinking Charlie is going to be one of the five that is going to die. They can drag that out for so long before it gets old, you know?

Safe trip/moving charms, Lizzy! Hope I can talk to you before you leave! (Tori- I've been wanting to go to Australia now for about 10 years! LOL)

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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juliebug - Apr 26, 2007 4:51 pm (#758 of 2988)  

re Lost: I don't think Juliet lied about the room being the place where they took the pregnant women to die, I think it just also happened to be where they stashed Claire (and then brought in baby gear.) Juliet is a very careful liar and seems not to tell unnecessary lies. She could have easily said that the room was hidden to keep the equipment safe. I think that part of the story was true. I'm glad that the baby is Jin's. I always thought it was. Hopefully they will get rescued before she gets to the deadly part of the pregnancy and will be able to have a healthy baby somewhere else. I'm excited about next week too. Later all.

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Madam Pince - Apr 26, 2007 5:06 pm (#759 of 2988)  

Lost: I am so bummed that I missed the episode where Claire was kidnapped and taken to wherever it was. I am planning/hoping to buy the DVDs someday, I guess I should take the plunge. The price just makes me cringe though, plus I was sort of hoping they'd come out as a special-edition boxed set once the show ends or something. Decisions, decisions... I guess I could try the library!

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painting sheila - Apr 26, 2007 6:36 pm (#760 of 2988)  

Strange and Inhumane (but effective) Punishments for Misbehaving Children - We did force our daughter to go to church one Sunday in her pajama's (gasp!!) She was late every Sunday so we told her she was leaving when we left regardless of her readiness. She didn't believe us. We put her in the car. She cried the whole way, and she sat in the car through 3 hours of church. She hasn't been late since.

Son wouldn't put the seat down on the toilet and it was causing great distress on the female population that shared his bathroom. He had to put the toilet seat up and down 50 times and he hasn't forgotten since.

The cruelly long and involved lines they have to write.

One child had to copy some pages out of a book they were supposed to read for class but didn't . . . .

oops! I think I hear Social Services at the door - gotta run!

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Puck - Apr 26, 2007 8:36 pm (#761 of 2988)  

My son had to walk up and down the flight of stairs 10 times this afternoon to remind him to close the door between the house and garage. I've found it open a few times. He had been told the number increases to 15 times next time I find that door open.

Same son was brought out on a rainy day without shoes, just socks. I allowed him to walk outside, but as it's the store rule you need shoes, he had to sit in the cart and did not get to pick out any stickers like his sister, who had put on shoes when requested. Diva was once strapped naked in a car seat in a chilly garage. She was 2, having a fit, and locking herself in bathrooms. I needed to go somewhere and was afraid of her hurting herself. Within two minutes of being in the car she sobbed "I'm ready for my clothes". As Dr, Phil says, avoiding fighting with your kids, but if you have to, don't ever lose.

On LOst How did Charlie know that was the guy who shot Syaid? He wasn't there. Was the eye patch that much of a give away? It's not as if they would describe the man in detail in case Charile ran into him, as Kate and them thought him dead.

Kathy

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Solitaire - Apr 26, 2007 10:25 pm (#762 of 2988)  

Lizzy, I guess even positive moves are stressful. Here's hoping yours is as pain-free as possible!

Tori, what are you researching? Anything fun or interesting?

Denise, when you mentioned Clarksville, I immediately got a Monkee earworm ...
Take the last train to Clarksville, and I'll meet you at the station!
You can be there by 4:30, 'cause I made your reservation!
Don't be slow, oh, no, no, no!

 
Diva was once strapped naked in a car seat in a chilly garage.

LOL Puck! Now, that's cruel!! Brrrrrr! I'll bet she remembers that one, even at an early age. If not, you need to tell the story frequently, so that she learns to remember it! It's sure to become a family classic, if it isn't already.

Solitaire

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Puck - Apr 27, 2007 4:45 am (#763 of 2988)  

Yep, it's my classic, and she has heard the story! After over 20 minutes of her hitting, pushing, kicking, screaming and tearing off clothes, plus locking herself in a room with water and other dangers, I was desperate.

Thanks. I will be singing Monkees songs for the rest of the day.

It's a rainy one. Wish it was a day we could all stay home. Alas, school awaits.

Kathy

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Loopy Lupin - Apr 27, 2007 5:53 am (#764 of 2988)  

You know, I think we should hook up to go see the next movie. – Denise

Absolutely! I'm still up for hooking up to get the book, but I'd perfectly understand if that is logistically too much of a pain. Now, I can't recall exactly, but if I had to guess, I would guess that you aren't crazy like me and don't stand in line the day the movies are released?

Yeah, I figured that it was crazy humid in Clarksville too, but didn't really know. I'll be interested to know there's any difference between here and there as the summer gets going.

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Denise P. - Apr 27, 2007 6:03 am (#765 of 2988)  

Absolutely! I'm still up for hooking up to get the book, but I'd perfectly understand if that is logistically too much of a pain. Now, I can't recall exactly, but if I had to guess, I would guess that you aren't crazy like me and don't stand in line the day the movies are released?

I thought it was a given we were book getting together Hey, if Mr. Denise is willing, I will come stand in line all day to see the movie!

Ugh, the bus was 10 minutes late and then one refused to get on the bus "No! I want to be expelled!" Great you little snot, get on the bus and I will expel you when you get home! Heh, he got on the bus.

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haymoni - Apr 27, 2007 6:21 am (#766 of 2988)  

At last week's double header, a boy put a handful of burrs in The Beautifulest One's hair. I could see her playing with another girl; I watched more of the game; I looked again and she was stomping off and was standing with her head down.

As I got closer to her I could hear her crying. The other girl showed me the boy that put them in her hair and I made him come over and pick them out. He was probably about 8 years old. I don't think he'll try that again!

His mom was watching the game and had no idea what her little monster did. I didn't see any point in taking it up with her - it was only the first game of the season and it's going to be a loooonng summer.

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Madam Pince - Apr 27, 2007 6:53 am (#767 of 2988)  

Ohhhh, poor Beautifulest One! That's just not nice at all. I agree, it's hard to know what to do if it's another kid doing the bad thing. As a parent, I would want someone else to tell me if mine was being bad, but yet I still hesitate to tell someone else in the same situation. It feels like tattling.

How's the Great Bug Hunt going? Any sign of the centipede yet?

Rain, rain, and more rain here today. Tomorrow is picture day for Little League so I hope it lets up. Mr. Pince went spring turkey hunting with his Dad this weekend, so I suspect they are getting their feathers wet...

Everyone enjoy the RotD!

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Mrs. Sirius - Apr 27, 2007 7:28 am (#768 of 2988)  

Ugh, the bus was 10 minutes late and then one refused to get on the bus "No! I want to be expelled!" Great you little snot, get on the bus and I will expel you when you get home! Heh, he got on the bus.

Ugh, we go through this every morning. He made art work of lying in bed until the bus went up the hill. Then race around getting dressed and breakfast in the 3 minutes it takes the bus to return to pick them up. Finally, I told my son you "miss the bus, you go to the principal". He did and I did. He got detention.

By the way my test went very well. I could completely delusional but it felt really good.

Mediwitch we are really far away from one another considering how small our state is. It took me nearly 2 hours to get to Danbury from home. So if you are another hour from there, we are about as far as we could be in our tiny state.

Ugh rain rain here too. The water over the leaching field hasn't dried out in over a month!

Tomorrow is opening day for baseball, 3 of 4 kids are playing. It's going to be a long day.

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Puck - Apr 27, 2007 8:45 am (#769 of 2988)  

Well, I'm not sure about Maria's centipede, but this morning we found a tick in Son's hair. It was already rooted in and swelled to the size of a pea. I let the bus go without him while I tried to remove it. In the end, since I was now driving him to school anyway, I took him to the school nurse and she removed the nasty thing. I dropped Diva at school and noticed that in my attention to her brother's head I had neglected to even brush her hair.

I think you were right to not tell the mom, Haymoni. She may have been the "boys may be boys type" and let him get away with it. I hope Beautifulest One is not too traumatized.

Toddler Puck is dancing to the music on Sesame Street. Too cute! We are (Hopefully) home alone until 3:30 when Son gets home. I need to bake a cake for Boy Scouts and do some cleaning.

Kathy

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Mediwitch - Apr 27, 2007 9:03 am (#770 of 2988)  

Nathan, I'm sending healing charms and prayers your way!

My condolences, Viola.

Just thought I'd share my "surprise shopping" stories. Mr. Mediwitch and I were in a store with his father, shortly after his dad had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. We walked past the bulk bins of nuts, and he was behind us. Next thing I know, he's offering us a handful of peanuts as he munches away! We made him buy a bag of peanuts and give them back to the clerk, after explaining the situation. Not too long after, we were in the same store, and after we went through the check out (where I was the only one with purchases), on the way to the car he pulled a York Peppermint Patty out of his pocket. It's bad enough marching back into a store with a young child to make payment for his "shopping", but it was a little shocking to do it with an adult! Mr. Mediwitch explained his dad's disease, but it was really mortifying even though the clerk was very nice about it. Let's just say that we learned very quickly from those two episodes to keep a sharp eye on his dad. These days, though, we almost never take him to a store. It's just too confusing for him and stressful for all of us.

Soli, I'm so sorry to hear about your student's loss. It seems to be a tough year for "our kids", doesn't it? Glad to hear your other student is doing so well, though.

Madam Pince: They could've saved themselves some makeup/CGI expenses and just gotten Michael Jackson to portray him. I am SOOO glad I was not drinking anything when I read this!

Congrats on your moving productivity, Lizzy! Hope you settle in quickly!

Congrats on your test, Mrs. Sirius! Yes, it is remarkable how long it can take to travel across CT for such a small state. That's because, as they say in Maine, "You can't get there from here!" Up here in the Northwest Corner, anyway, it's really true. You have to drive around a mountain or a swamp (excuse me, "inland-wetland" ) to get anywhere, so there's never a direct route to anything. From here to Danbury, the road follows the Housatonic River, so it twists and turns a lot, making the trip take twice as long as it should.

So we finally have a foundation for our new house! They finished pouring it yesterday and will take the forms off today - the house comes in 1 week! w00t!

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Madam Pince - Apr 27, 2007 10:40 am (#771 of 2988)  
Edited Apr 27, 2007 11:16 am

Yay on the house, Mediwitch! I just thought the other day -- how is Mr. Mediwitch, Sr. handling the idea of a move? I know that it can be traumatic sometimes for Alzheimer's patients to go into unfamiliar surroundings -- ***fingers crossed*** for you for moving day and hoping that all goes smoothly in that regard! I well remember the day I bought a new easy chair for my aunt's house to replace the completely broken one -- it was about the worst day of my life. Change is not easy for those guys, for the most part.

This is probably not a good rant for Earth Day week, but since you mentioned "swamps/wetlands"... I just read in our local paper that the county (or maybe it's the state) are constructing a "forested wetland" across the road from our house about 100 yards away, in what used to be cornfields. I knew they were making an equestrian trail there, but I had been wondering for awhile what was up with all the horribly ugly tree stumps and logs and the bare ground and pools of standing water. Apparently, everyone official is all proud of it and patting themselves on the back for it, because now all the big housing developments can be built on top of real forested wetlands, since they are being replaced with this nice lovely fake one. So what gets me is this: here they are constructing pools of standing water, which they euphemistically say will be "habitats for all kinds of creatures such as terrapins, ducks, frogs, etc.etc.etc." but no mention of the main inhabitant -- mosquitoes! We get eaten alive every summer by the pests, but despite pleas from the community, the state/county is "not allowed" to spray for them because of chemicals getting into the Bay, so they always very piously advise residents to "remove all areas of standing water" (like all of us have 50 used tires in our front lawns collecting water or something.) It's a flat island with inlets and ditches everywhere -- you can't possibly avoid standing water! And to top it off, here they are building more areas of standing water! A mosquito-breeding heaven about 100 yards away! I am so pleased.

/rant.

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Mediwitch - Apr 27, 2007 11:07 am (#772 of 2988)  

Madam Pince! That sounds horrible!! One of the many things I am looking forward to is moving away from the swamp that is almost in our backyard and up on the mountain - to get away from the mosquitos! (I'm sure we'll have black flies on the mountain, but the swarms of mosquitos in our yard keep us from enjoying the beautiful summer evenings. ) We got a "Mosquito Deleto" (I think Coleman makes it; there are other similar products) which runs on a propane tank to attract the rotten pests - it helps but it is definitely not a cure-all.

Mr. Mediwitch Sr. seems to be taking the idea of the move well enough, although I doubt he really understands all the implications. He has watched us start packing and we take him to the property once a week or so to see the "progress". We talk about how he'll have a bigger room and his own bathroom, etc. I hope by the time we move he'll be as ready as possible. Once the house is up, hopefully we can get him into it regularly so he can "see" it.

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Madam Pince - Apr 27, 2007 11:27 am (#773 of 2988)  

We have a Mosquito Magnet (same idea, but your name is cooler! ) but as you say it's not a cure-all. It has helped tremendously, but the real solution would be if we could only convince all our neighbors on all sides to get one, too. (Fat chance -- they're about $500.) We used to be total prisoners inside our house in the summers because of the mosquitoes, but now we can at least get by with less than ten bites per outing usually. Bug spray doesn't seem to do the trick, because you can't put the really good "strong" stuff on little kids, plus it's icky-sticky. We tried taking mass amounts of Brewer's Yeast tablets, but it didn't seem to help either and that got old really fast. We've tried making friends with the mosquitoes, too, but alas... (OK, no, not really...) I guess we'll put up with it for another 7 summers and then we'll move to the mountains, too! Yay!

By the way, Denise, be prepared for hordes of gnats in your neighborhood in the summer. (At least, they are really thick in my aunt's neighborhood, which is only a mile or so away. But granted, there are thick woods near her house, so maybe you'll escape the worst of it...)

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 27, 2007 11:32 am (#774 of 2988)  

A big congratulations to Mrs. Sirius on the test and Mediwitch on the house progress!

Mediwitch, FIL is so lucky to have such caring and patient people looking after him. I hope the adjustment to the new home goes smoothly.

Madam P, I'm speechless. Yes, me. I suppose they have to "make" a swampland on property that is theirs because the real stuff is owned by developers and not the town. What a shame. Is there a town meeting where this can be discussed - alternatives, maybe a park, or something of the like?

When Priscilla was around 2, she took up the habit of writing on the walls. I couldn't figure out why she was doing this. Then one day, I saw Elmo take a crayon and yes, you guessed it, he proceeded to write on the "wall" which was actually a shade. I said, "No no, Elmo, no writing on the walls!" I then took her to the wall with her "art" and said, "No, no, Elmo and no writing on the walls for you, either, Priscilla!" I gave her paper. From then on, she stood in front of the TV when Elmo came on and repeated, "No no, Elmo! No writing on the walls!" She never did it afterward. Puck, beware of Elmo.

Thanks for the info. on Dillard's! Unfortunately, the closest one is in Virginia, about 11 hours driving time from here. I'll have to check out Bloomingdale's instead.

Speaking of meet-ups, Sheila, Mediwitch and Puck, have we decided where we'll meet?

Maria

EDIT: Oh, the bug hunt. Yes, yes, thank you for the reminder. It hasn't showed up, so I've written it off. Well, kind of. It will probably surface when I least expect it too...the bug box was, however, very close to a fireplace so it may have "escaped" there. **shudder**

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2BMcsmom - Apr 27, 2007 1:25 pm (#775 of 2988)  

Congratulations on the test Mrs. Sirius

Hope that things continue to well on the house Mediwitch. With all that you are doing to help Mr. Mediwitch Sr. I hope as well that it makes the change easier for him.

M.Pince, I got bug badges for the youngest. They last up to 180 hours. You just pin them on your clothes. When I use one for the first time I pin it to the back or bottom of his shirt. My hubby and oldest have started using them when fishing at the river. I found them in the sporting goods department at Wal-Mart. They might help you some.

I am going with the oldest tomorrow to a Solo and Ensemble band festival. I usually follow the bus, but the oldest and girl friend talked me into riding the bus. They want me on the bus in case the teacher gets in one of his "moods". He is always saying things to provoke the kids but then says he did not mean anything by it. He is not as bad when certain parents are around. I am so not looking forward to tomorrow.

Update on clothes: I have been letting them soak in baking soda water. Then adding the vinegar when I wash them. I still can not smell anything but oldest says you just can smell the smoke a little. So one more time through the machine should do it. Thank You to all who gave suggestions.

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Loopy Lupin - Apr 27, 2007 1:46 pm (#776 of 2988) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Apr 27, 2007 2:42 pm

I thought it was a given we were book getting together Hey, if Mr. Denise is willing, I will come stand in line all day to see the movie! – Denise

Oh, goody! I wasn't sure about the book cuz we stopped talking about it. I think you were selfishly absorbed in getting six seven kids settled into a new home, town and state or something like that, totally ignoring my needs.

Well, have a good weekend everyone!

Edit: Loopy must dislike one of my kids before he has even met them Denise P

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Puck - Apr 27, 2007 2:23 pm (#777 of 2988)  

Maria, my girls have figured out how to write on walls without Elmo's help , but thanks for the warning anyway.

Cake #1 totally stuck to the pan, so I'm baking a second and hoping it comes out better. (It's a bundt pan, but shaped like a castle. I think the kids are happy about the chocolate casualty, as they get to eat it.) I greased with shortening this time instead of oil and flour, so hopefully that helps. The last cake I made with it came out beautifully, but, alas, I lost the directions. It's being raffled off at the Boy Scout meeting, so if this own doesn't come out I may have to buy one on the way. (I won the cake raffle at the last Pack meeting, and won the cake and the honor of bringing the next one.)

Well, time to start dinner. I still haven't cleaned the kitchen, as I wasn't planning on making two cakes this afternoon.

Kathy

edit: Maria, we had mentioned a spot in Connecticut, but I haven't ordered the book yet. We should firm up plans soon so I can do that. I will be working that Friday until 5 pm, but can leave after that. (The trip to the in-laws will be in August, so that won't be a conflict.)

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 27, 2007 3:07 pm (#778 of 2988)  

Sheila and Mediwitch, is that okay with you, too?

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virginiaelizabeth - Apr 27, 2007 5:37 pm (#779 of 2988)  

On mosquitoes..... if your bug spray doesn't have DEET in it, then it's basically useless. Check the ingredients on the back, because they do make some without it. It works really well. You can put it on kids too, so no problems with that. If you are going somewhere nice and don't want to smell yucky, grab a fresh dryer sheet from the box and rub your self down with that. It actually does work, but it's not as good as the spray stuff, but it does help. That's normally what I do, and it works well for me.

Went to see "In the Land of Women" this afternoon. I don't recommend it. The only part about it that was good was staring at Adam Broady for and hour and a half. It was wayyy to depressing for my liking. weird story too..

Off to check threads and maybe turn in early... it's been an awful week, and next week doesn't look much better... :sigh:

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Puck - Apr 27, 2007 7:04 pm (#780 of 2988)  

Well, the rain has cancelled both soccer and Family Fun Day at Diva's school tomorrow, so I can have a Saturday to stay home and get caught up on all the work I kept trying to do this week.

Of to be in bed early for a change!

Kathy

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Solitaire - Apr 27, 2007 8:09 pm (#781 of 2988)  

We received confirmation this morning that my mother does indeed have breast cancer. I'd been hoping that this latest ultra-sound-driven needle biopsy would prove the opposite, but it is not to be.

This coupled with the lawsuit makes me want to pull the covers over my head and just forget about work and everything else. The only thing that keeps me from asking "What next?" is the fear of finding out something even worse. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Solitaire

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B]HungarianHorntail11[/B] - Apr 27, 2007 9:00 pm (#782 of 2988)  

Wow, Solitaire, I must have missed some of your posts. I didn't know. So sorry to hear about your mother and about a lawsuit.

What stage is she in? It sounds as though she is quite fit and kept on top of screenings, etc. Keeping that in mind, try to remain optimistic - most early detections have a great success rate. We will keep you and your mother in our prayers here at the HH house.

Don't ask what next - it's like inviting a Dementor to dinner.

Dizzy Lizzy, so glad to hear how well the move is going! Hope to see more of your posts soon.

Land of Women?? Land of Women??? How out of touch am I??

Maria

EDIT: Poor Kristina! Sorry you had a bad day. Okay, that does it - (((hugs))) and Cheering charms all around, including to myself because I need them too!

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Tazzygirl - Apr 27, 2007 9:03 pm (#783 of 2988)  
Edited Apr 27, 2007 9:47 pm

Sending **healing charms** to your mom, Soli! I'm thinking she'll pull through it! **strengthening charms** to you, as well. and lots and lots of ((((((HUGS))))))).

I also had one of those days today where I shouldn't have gotten out of bed. The entire day at work I was dropping pretty much everything- bagels, cups, cups with sticky syrup in them, coins. A bunch of people came in that were just plain rude and picky. And a little bit of a rant: We have a new girl working (she started three weeks after me), and while I know I wasn't all that good at everything my first couple weeks there, I was 10x better. She's so sloooow, does the dishes at the wrong times (such as when there is a loooooong line, I'm on the register, and she was supposed to be making drinks), and sits in the back texting her friends on her cell phone. I caught her doing this last week. grrrr. So for about two hours today I was doing the job of what normally is spread between three people. /rant. And on top of being stressed, I burned a big burn into my finger from the sandwich/panini grill.

I should be making cookies for my brother (part of his birthday present), or doing homework, but I think I am going to go lie down. Today was just not fun...

**anti-mosquito** charms to those that need them! Madam P., sorry to hear about that artificial swamp land that's coming in. My hometown in California used to have lovely strawberry fields and such. Now it's all housing. It's sad.

~Kristina

EDIT: Thanks Maria! **hugs and cheering charms** are being sent back to you too. I think it's just a icky day for a lot of us. Hope tomorrow is better!!!

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Solitaire - Apr 27, 2007 9:37 pm (#784 of 2988)  

Thanks, everyone. I just talked to my "adopted sis," and I feel better. Mom is in good spirits, so we are trying to be positive and strong for her.

The lawsuit: I am being sued for a debt I did not create. It is mistaken identity, fraud, identity theft, etc. I'm not sure exactly how this particular one would be classified, but I've been dealing with similar things since 1982. A generous friend is helping me wade through the legal stuff. I'll keep you posted ...

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - Apr 27, 2007 9:45 pm (#785 of 2988)  

I remember you telling us about that, Soli. I hope everything works out in your favor, and the person who caused the whole mess is either caught, or if he has been caught, pays dearly. It's so not fair to you!!

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Apr 27, 2007 10:08 pm (#786 of 2988)  

((Hugs)) to Soli! I'm sorry to hear about your mom. Keeping the family in thoughts and prayers.

This whole week has sucked. I know, not a nice word, but thats the only word for it. I'm so glad its the weekend. Lots of stuff going on at my school, and the students and faculty and now parents are starting to get the better of Umbridge (even my teacher who I refer to as Snape, though shes really not mean, just hard is starting to think its affecting our grades on top of it being 4th quarter)...I won't go into any details, but I can just say, you can cut the tension with a knife.

On top of Umbridge, (we are all hoping she'll be carried off by a herd of centaurs soon), the teachers are just completely burying us. Seniors only have 10 days left and so some of my classes are mostly seniors, so those teachers are laying it on thick. My Human Anatomy teacher is currently teaching us 3 different things and today she sprung a brain project on us and told us it was due Monday. After total uproar about research papers, the test SHE is giving us and Math projects, she moved it to Wednesday. AHHHH!!!! I think I might go crazy before the end of school, I don't know how much longer I can take that place with Umbridge in charge!!! I just want to get my Deathly Hallows and lock myself in my room and read it! I wish we could have the old school back. The one that felt like a family, the one where we could breath, talk, sit, stand, and enjoy school with fear of detention and such. I'm interested to see what she's going to do about senior pranks. I suppose we aren't going to see any because it might make the school "look bad" Thats all she cares about anyway. Okay Sorry for that guys!

((hugs)) to Kristina and Maria and anyone else whose had a bad day.

Kristina, take her phone away when shes not looking and throw it out the window! Okay maybe not, you might get fired! LOL but thats what I'd really want to do if I worked with someone like that! LOL *evil grin*

Congrats on the house, Mediwitch!

Okay, I think I;ll go read HBP for the first time in 2 weeks

Hope everyone has a relaxing- Umbridge/dementor/cell phone texting girl- free weekend.

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MickeyCee3948 - Apr 27, 2007 10:10 pm (#787 of 2988)  

Good luck with the lawsuit Soli and I will say a few extra prayers for your mother tonight. Keep you chin up and look toward tomorrow. There is always tomorrow.

Mickey

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journeymom - Apr 27, 2007 10:17 pm (#788 of 2988)  

Soli, ((((Big Hugs))) for you and best wishes for your mother. I'm sorry. It's scary, I know. You and your mom are in my prayers.

And a lawsuit!! That flipping stinks! Those are thoroughly stressifying. Don't worry, even if the jerk who started it is never caught by the justice system, there's always Karma. And this person has to live with himself or herself. What a miserable person.

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virginiaelizabeth - Apr 27, 2007 10:20 pm (#789 of 2988)  

**healing charms to Soli's mom** And good luck with the lawsuit. **felix**

I'll second what Tori just said. I miss how things used to be. One of those things....don't realize how good something is until it's taken away. Umbridge has taken everything away. It's sad. I don't think she'll be carried off by a herd of centaurs, more like a herd of angry parents, students, and faculty...or we could throw fruit at her like they did to Mrs. Trenchbolt in Matilda :evil grin:

How about a dose of cheering charms to everyone?....



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       (_¸.•´           cheering charms!!

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dizzy lizzy - Apr 27, 2007 10:36 pm (#790 of 2988)  

Thanks for all your well wishes everyone! There must be a run of bad news this week as I had a sad teary morning this morning. I have known for 2 months now that only one dog out of the 3 I own could come to Tasmania with me. Lucy (the young lassie in my avatar) is coming with me as she gets on well with other people and children and doesn't have the stress and anxiety problems the other 2 (Macca and Sami, both 10 years old) have.

So this morning was the part where you do the right thing and not what is easy....

I had an old school friend over for lunch, so today has been busy and I think it won't really hit me until later tonight that the two boys are gone for good.

My internet connection gets disconnected on Monday so I'll post once more before I go and email Tazzy when I arrive.

Cheers

Lizzy

PS I'll definitely take some of those cheering charms.

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Tazzygirl - Apr 27, 2007 10:50 pm (#791 of 2988)  

Lots and lots of ((((HUGS)))) to you, Lizzy. I'm so sorry about Macca and Sami! I'll be online for several hours tonight if you need/want to talk!

Thanks for the charms. Tori- I could accidently drop her phone into the soapy dish water... I'm waiting until my boss walks back there and sees her on her phone. :evil grin:

Adding more **cheering charms** to everyone who needs them.

~Kristina

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Mrs. Sirius - Apr 27, 2007 11:08 pm (#792 of 2988)  

Madame Pince, that sounds horrible. Most of this part of Connecticut is a swamp and because we have state forest right behind our property, the state does spray for mosquitoes sometimes. I heard a recent recommendation of installing bat houses in and around you property as a way to combat mosquitoes and providing the kinds of flowers that dragon flies like.

The day we brought our newborn triplets home from the hospital they were spraying, I remember being afraid to bring them home for getting the spray or the mosquitoes.

Tazzy days, like that, go home a big dish of ice cream and pull your favorite book or even breakdown and pop in a Harry Potter video and make the world go away!

2bmom, sometimes, smoke smells get into your "nostrils". It's really difficult "wash' the scent out from there. I think that eating things like oranges, having strong ginger tea and other aromatic foods can help.

Solitaire and Lizzy, so sorry.

Mediwitch this area was also a "you can't get there from here". Route 9 was built just before we moved here, in fact, it hadn't yet been finished. Hartford was about an 1 1/2 ride. Now it's like 40 minutes. You can still take 154 all the way up if you have no better use of that hour and a half. There is that to be said about development.

Good luck acclimating your father in law, sounds you worked on a good transition plan for him.

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2BMcsmom - Apr 28, 2007 3:51 am (#793 of 2988)  

Just a quick post. Well wishes and prayers for you and your mom Soli. We are getting ready to have our relay for life drive, so as I am donating money this year I will be thinking about your mom. Hope the lawsuit turns out okay.

**cheering charms** to everyone

To the teachers- What do you think about a teacher threating a student in regards to their future?

Off to go spend day on bus with same teacher.

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Good Evans - Apr 28, 2007 5:35 am (#794 of 2988)  

major ((((hugs))) to Soli and Lizzy

mini - but still very important - (hugs) to Tori and Ginny and Kristina and Maria and everyone else that seems to be having bad times at the moment.

I have had a busy week - drove to keele University in Staffordshire on Wednesday straight from work (I had a dinner to attend). Drove home Thursday afternoon (I saw students in the morning - this was all for my institute activities), the traffic was horrendous and it took nearly 5 hours - only 3 to get there!!

Then I had my friday off (although I had a meeting) and today is Saturday so good times all in all. Thanks for all the well wishes on hubby's blood pressure it is back to the normal ballpark - but idiot GP has simply put him back on the drugs he had taken him off before (these are the ones that make him fall asleep in the evening - the sofa snoring I can do without!), still at least it has done the trick with the BP!

WE have a celebratory dinner tomorrow lunchtime for some friends 25th wedding anniversary - but for reasons I shan't go in to - they actually have just celebrated their 26th anniversary - it took them over a year to organise this "do". Still it will be lovely to attend.

thats about it for my week - very dull in comparison to many of you!!! keep smiling - cheering charms to all who wish them - remember "smile, it gives your face something to do"

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Denise P. - Apr 28, 2007 6:19 am (#795 of 2988)  

It is shaping up to be a beautiful day outside so we are planning a day of yard work. While I mow the front, Mr. Denise is going to spread mulch. We are also going to plant some flowers and possibly order some new garage door openers.

The garage door openers currently are original to the house, we think. 1983 vintage. They don't match, the one on my side of the garage has no light and the one on Mr. Denise's side rarely works unless you are about 3" from the door. We are getting newer ones. We are also going to be looking at a front loading washing machine and matching dryer. Mr. Denise is eyeing one set but I am eyeing a step down. I am just not up to forking out an extra $600 for an an additional .2 cubic feet of washing space.

We also are having our furnace replaced, we think. Again, vintage to the house. It is working at the moment but it could go at any moment. It is covered under our home warranty so we are only out the nominal deductible.

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azi - Apr 28, 2007 7:24 am (#796 of 2988)  

Big **hugs** to Soli, Dizzy Lizzy, Tori, Ginny, Maria and Tazzy! I apologise if I missed anyone! Additional cheering charms too!

Good news on hubby's blood pressure, JulieGE!

It's a beautiful sunny day here! Nice and warm. I finally got round to spending a gift voucher I got for Christmas!

I may go on a bike ride...maybe not...

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Puck - Apr 28, 2007 7:38 am (#797 of 2988)  

(((Sloitaire))) (((Lizzy)))

Well, it's looking lovely outside, but as they called the game the night before, no soccer game today, so we got to sleep in a bit. So, so cleaning and tossing the kids outside to play is in store for us. Plus, there is an electronics recycling day up by hubby's work today, so he'll be getting a bunch of junk (old tvs, monitors, etc...) out of the house.

Off to finish my sudoku puzzle (Mr. Puck got me addicted during our airplane ride) and then get something accomplished.

Hope the weekend brings happier/easier days to all!

Kathy

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The giant squid - Apr 28, 2007 8:41 am (#798 of 2988)  

Yeesh! I'm not around for a couple days and everyone's week goes to heck!

Huge hugs & cheering charms for Soli and Lizzy, and somewhat lesser hugs for the rest of you. It seems I'm the only one whose week wasn't that stressful (busy, but not stressful). I guess I'd better watch out come Monday...

Huge hugs for boop, too, just because I can.

--Mike

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Choices - Apr 28, 2007 9:08 am (#799 of 2988)  

Love, hugs and cheering charms to all who need them - I guess that would be all of us, because who doesn't need those things? I want to get on my soapbox and tell everyone that the adversity in our lives is what makes us stronger and wiser, it shakes us up and makes us grow as human beings. It isn't pleasant, but when you emerge on the other side, you will look back and know that it has made you a better, stronger person. You grow closer to your family and you learn which friends you can depend on. Have faith and hope and lots of love and you will make it through. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 28, 2007 9:33 am (#800 of 2988)  
Edited Apr 28, 2007 10:40 am

Solitaire, not sure if this helps, but if there is a specific company harassing you via a collection agency, you can write the company a letter explaining that the purchase did not come from you and that they need to get all their facts straight before they go after someone. I was receiving letters and then phone calls about a cell phone bill amounting to nearly $1000 which clearly wasn't mine. It seemed to have been under my maiden name which I hadn't used since the late 80s (there weren't even such cell phones then, let alone this wireless company). I told them it would certainly put me off ever using their company if they couldn't even get such obvious information straight and such negligence wouldn't look good for their company. The people at the company were actually very helpful and concerned and straightened it out.

Choices, what do they say, "if it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger".

Yeesh! I'm not around for a couple days and everyone's week goes to heck! Mike
Ah, so it's YOUR fault.

Maria

EDIT: It looks as though the Raiders drafted the QB from LSU! **Waves to Ginny and Tori**

Oh, and our LA friends said they want to hook up this summer - woohoo! They are willing to drive up to our house and stay with us.
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Solitaire - Apr 28, 2007 9:56 am (#801 of 2988)  

This whole week has sucked. I know, not a nice word, but thats the only word for it.

Tori, it's a word I never use--in fact, I generally admonish my students when they do use it--and yet I couldn't agree more. I'm so grateful for wise counsel, in so many ways. To really put whipped cream and a cherry on top of it all ... we had our big STAR and CAT/6 tests this week. It's always so much fun to have one's most irritating students for 4 whole hours each day! This is a perfect illustration of how I felt at the end of each of those mornings. >>>

((((Lizzy))))) I am so sorry. I am already worrying about where Stoney will stay when Mom and I are away for 3 days in June! He can't come with us. Mom usually cares for my furry babies, or when we travel together, we choose dog-friendly places. I am going to contact my friend who owned Stoney before she gave him to me. If she is home, I am sure she would dog-sit for me. I can't bear the idea of boarding him ... although he is such a lazy couch potato, he might do fine. Decisions, decisions ...

What do you think about a teacher threating a student in regards to their future
Yikes, 2BMcsmom! What happened?

Denise, my parents' house still has the two original garage Genies they installed back in the 70s! My mother even told me that one of them has had the same light bulb for about 20 years! She would know, as she is the official light bulb changer. My garage opener, on the other hand, was new when I built this house. It has been repaired several times, and the bulb blows out frequently.

Madam Pince, I will be sending "anti-mosquito" charms your way. Ugh! I hate the little critters.

Tazzy, I hope things get better at work. If you're like me, I can forgive people when they are slow or not so efficient. HOWEVER, when they are talking on their cell phones while one lone worker (or even the rest of the staff) is struggling during a rush, forget it. All of my understanding and sympathy go right out the door at that point. BTW, where was the shift supervisor? If it's you, you need to be documenting this stuff--date, time, what was happening out front, what this girl was doing, etc. It might come in handy at some point. Good luck.

Thank you for the encouragement, everyone. I will keep you all posted on our family stuff as things move along. I'm still waiting for more feedback about my student whose dad passed away this week. His mom is a colleague and friend, so I will probably call this weekend and check on them. Meanwhile, I hope our weekends go better than some of our weeks did! (((((((((hugs)))))))) to all!

Solitaire

Edit: Maria, it does seem to be a collection agency. They have been informed more than once that they have the wrong person. Apparently, they are not interested in finding the right one.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 28, 2007 10:15 am (#802 of 2988)  

Solitaire, did you contact the collection agency or the company they represent? I suggest you go directly to the company that obtained the collection agency's services. That is what I had to do. You will get nowhere with the collection agency (the one I dealt with operated like Inferi).

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Holly T. - Apr 28, 2007 10:28 am (#803 of 2988)  

Hugs to Solitaire, Lizzy, Ginny, Tori, Tazzy, and everyone else who needs them!

Solitaire, hugs for your mom too.

Son went to the sleepover at school last night--part of the time they went to a pizza place between 10 and 1 so I have no idea how much sleep he got--although he says he did sleep, unlike some kids who stayed up all night. We picked him up at 8 and had him at the baseball field at 8:30 for his 9 a.m. game. Apparently we should have him play on little sleep more often as he had two hits and made a great catch at third base. He played third base for two innings and then catcher for two innings. The best part was when he was catching and offering advice to the batter for the other team: "Dude, don't swing after I already caught the ball."

My husband took daughter to ballet and I am supposed to be doing laundry. Son came home from baseball, took a shower, and is now lying in his bed listening to an audiobook. He says he is not tired and doesn't need a nap. I suspect he may accidentally take a nap.

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Solitaire - Apr 28, 2007 10:54 am (#804 of 2988)  

Maria, I am not sure what company that is. It was not named in the lawsuit, so I haven't a clue! Not only that, no date was given for when the debt was created! Nice, huh?

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Elanor - Apr 28, 2007 11:27 am (#805 of 2988)  

So many sad or worrying news! Big, big (((((HUGS)))) to all needing some!

And some Cheering Charms too and a special "good luck" one to Lizzy!

Audrey

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azi - Apr 28, 2007 11:31 am (#806 of 2988)  

Soli, I just don't understand how you can be taken to court over a debt for which you don't even know when or with who it was created! Not to mention it wasn't you! I really hope it gets sorted soon!

**continuing cheering charms and hugs to everyone!**

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Solitaire - Apr 28, 2007 11:43 am (#807 of 2988)  

Azi, it is such a long story. I can only encourage everyone to be very pro-active regarding your name and your credit history. Check it often to make sure there is no stuff stuck on it that does not belong to you. Every time I pull a credit report, I find something that is not mine on it. The fact that I have one of those common surnames does not help.

These days, the credit reporting bureaus are more careful with social security numbers. Back in the 80s, however, they were not. All of my reports from that time have another SS# on them. This can only mean that other people who share my name may well have my number. I know one did ... she used it to buy a CAR back in the 80s. I learned this in 1987 when a collection agency came after me to collect a $5000 debt for said car. My old '80 Honda Civic had long since been paid off. Apparently, however, this other person used my SS# to buy a much fancier car ... and then skipped out on the payments. The collection agency tried attaching my paycheck, and eventually I had to hire an attorney to address the issue. I am trying to find him and see if he has archives of this case. I think they might be useful.

Anyway, it is possible for people to come after you for things you didn't do. If you think you are not vulnerable, think again. Like I said ... check your report at least once a year, just to be sure there are no fraudulent things stuck on it.

Solitaire

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 28, 2007 12:10 pm (#808 of 2988)  

Solitaire - They are trying to obtain money from you by hassling you, without stating who/when/where the charges are from? That sounds like extortion to me. I don't think the management would want that kind of action taken against the agency. You might want to ask.

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Tazzygirl - Apr 28, 2007 12:11 pm (#809 of 2988)  

Thanks for all the charms and hugs everyone!

Finger doesn't hurt as much as it did yesterday, which is good. Soli- I am not the shift supervisor. Our cafe supervisor was there yesterday, but she was on her hour lunch, and left an hour early yesterday. That's where my two hours of no help came from. My supervisor did ask me in passing what the girl was doing that was taking so long during another busy streak yesterday. I shrugged my shoulders. While I am dying to tell her what the girl is doing, I feel it's bad manners to be a tattle-tale. I am thinking now to just see if I can get my supervisor to go to the back when I see the girl dinking around during a busy session. I asked a couple co-workers if they thought the girl was going to last (you know how you can tell if they are or aren't), and two said they didn't think so. I felt better knowing I wasn't the only one she was driving up the wall!

I fell asleep last night at 10. At 3:30 am I woke up- my air conditioner was making a really annoying high pitch whistling sound. Air went off for the rest of the night, and I proceeded to have a really weird sleepless night. I don't sleep well when the air is off (it's too quiet!). I think I can now tell my aunt and uncle that my air conditioner needs to be replaced- they've been telling me for months now that they will be getting me a new one.

***hugs*** and charms going out to everyone who still needs them!!

OH! Ginny and Tori- I have been meaning to tell you this for a while, but kept forgetting. When I was in high school, we had two principals. The first one retired when I was a junior. He was absolutely amazing. He'd walk around campus and listen to students, and when we had home games, he would dye his hair blue and silver (school colors). The students absolutely loved him. Then we got the Principal from the Black Lagoon. She made mistake after mistake, didn't talk/listen to the students, etc. On my graduation day, she made her speeches as if she was talking to three year olds. She moved on to another school the next year and we haven't heard from her since. She was not popular with the students or parents, at all. So, you are not alone with a Dolores. I feel your pain and frustration. Hope something comes up soon that makes everything better!

This post became much longer than what I thought it was going to be. Sorry!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - Apr 28, 2007 12:40 pm (#810 of 2988)  

JaMarcus Russell, the number one pick! I hadn't heard until I came here! LOL shows how out of touch with the real world I've been, I completely forgot about the draft! YAY! And Laron Landry got 6th overall pick! Woo hoo! 2 LSU players in the top 10! And even better, no USC players so far in the top 17! I'm surprised Brady Quinn hasn't been picked yet...he's so cute, I hope he goes in the first round, he should at least, simply because of his looks! LOL but I don't think they go by looks...LOL

Well I did get one thing accomplished, my brain project, we had to make brains out of clay or somethign. SO we got some Model Magic and it looks really cool! Now I have to make a color key. Then research paper, mock book cover for independant reading project, and do a math portfolio. Oh and babysit tonight. I really don't feel like it but oh well...

((hugs to Lizzy)) Thats tough, but it'll be okay!

Hopefully everyone will have a btter week next week.

LOL Kristina, we are hoping Umbrdige will be gone soon. Our senior year will be no fun with her in charge. And the head we had before was a lot like your previous haed it sounds. He never painted his head because he was like 80! LOL but he mingled with the students at lucnh, he was out there with us, he even threw a football with some freshman once! LOL He even came to our swim meets! He went to all the athletic events! No one comes to swim meets except sometimes parents! LOL He was the best, everyone was happy, and he was just an all around great guy who did great things for the school. We occasionally see Umbrdige in chapel, and we are lucky if we ever see her anywhere beside her office. She couldn't be more opposite!

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virginiaelizabeth - Apr 28, 2007 12:47 pm (#811 of 2988)  

That sounds just like our Umbridge! She's running students and teachers off...literately. People are leaving going to other schools. Teachers are resigning left and right because they don't want to work for her anymore. She's jumped out of an airplane without a parachute.

Off to do homework...on a Saturday! I mean really!

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2BMcsmom - Apr 28, 2007 1:11 pm (#812 of 2988)  

We just got back home from band festival. For anyone not sure what that is, it is like a competition only you do not compete against each other the judges just gives each band marks. Well this is the first time in over 5 years that our school has gone to any band event. Our high school band got superior for both songs they played and the middle school got 2 excellent. Superior is the highest and excellent just below that. The judge said that our percussion section at high school was awesome. My oldest is the drum captain for the high school. I am very proud of them all

The teacher that I was talking about earlier is the band teacher. He wants one of the students to do something with jazz. The student does not want to. So teacher then calls him lazy and sorry, says that he is going to call all the surrounding colleges and talk to the music departments, letting them know how lazy and sorry he is so that he will never have a chance to get a music degree. When the parents call this teacher he does not deny it, which I guess is a point in his favor because he usually does deny what he says to them. I had even told the kids that if he started in on any of them this morning that we were coming back to the house instead of the festival. I must say that I do have a hard time not telling him off sometimes.

Sonya

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haymoni - Apr 28, 2007 1:24 pm (#813 of 2988)  

geauxtigers/virginia elizabeth - Umbridge aside, your teachers are preparing you for life at college. Get used to it now. 3 term papers and a mid-term all in the same week will become a walk in the park for you.

Mike - how is the new job going?

Tazzy - Be a tattle-tale. Your customers deserve better. If the long lines keep up, they'll get their eats elsewhere.

Whoo Hoo! The Browns picked a lineman, which we desperately needed and now we traded so we could pick Brady Quinn! I just mailed our season tickets payment. Ah...yes, hope springs eternal for the Browns fans every draft day. And then the season starts....

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Holly T. - Apr 28, 2007 1:48 pm (#814 of 2988)  

I am still doing laundry. Son has been napping for two and a half hours now. At some point I will need to go vacuum upstairs to wake him up or he won't go to bed tonight.

I did take a break from laundry and talk to my sil--she's been in and out of the hospital again. She had her second major open-heart surgery almost four years ago (first was when she was about Cool and is having some complications (they think it is scar tissue). She may have to have another procedure done and is trying not to be worried about it. She's a year younger than me and her daughter (my niece) is almost 6. Every time I think that my brother, who was the biggest pest in the world as a child, should have had a wild child like my son instead of a sweet, quiet, well behaved daughter, I think about sil's health problems and realize they have the right child for their family and how fortunate I am to be able to keep up with my son (which is especially easy right now as he is asleep).

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Solitaire - Apr 28, 2007 1:49 pm (#815 of 2988)  

Tazzy, you don't have to tattle ... not just yet, anyway, and maybe never. It sounds like the supervisor is watching her. And your co-workers seem to have her number.

Maria, my attorney is doing everything he can do with the information we have been given. He has already noted some problems with the way the summons was written, so he is on top of things.

Ginny, I always have homework on the weekends ... and I am the teacher. It isn't fun, but it is the way things are.

Solitaire

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Lina - Apr 28, 2007 2:51 pm (#816 of 2988)  

((((((Solitaire)))))) I like the way that Choices has put it, I'd just add that I'm pretty certain that it is just a tough moment and that it will all be solved in the best way.

(((((Lizzy))))) It always helps to know you did what was right thing to do. I hope for a lot of joy for you in Tasmania.

(((((Kristina)))))

(((((Maria))))) I don't have to tell you anything.

We have a nice long weekend, a Labor day on Tuesday and a bridging Monday. Yay! We were at a birthday party today and it is such a good feeling to know that there are three more days off...

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CatherineHermiona - Apr 28, 2007 2:59 pm (#817 of 2988)  

I read the posts (not too carefully, I'm too tired...) and when I come here to post I totally forget what I wanted to say...

I remember John Bumbledore wondered how long until I will want to drop that new y. It's not y, it's (y) and it makes me original. There are a lot of Kates, and a lot of Kateys... But did you ever meet any Kate(y)s? LOL

I'm too tired to say anything more, I just came here to say "Hi!".

4 days off, including today! But we have a competition for Labor day... It's actually more for fun than anything else...

Well, longer post some other time...

Kate(y)

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Solitaire - Apr 28, 2007 4:42 pm (#818 of 2988)  

Thanks, Lina. I do hope you and Choices are right about the lawsuit thing. My dream for this entire mess is to find a way, once and for all, of putting an end to my repeatedly being blamed for someone else's debts. It's a scary situation, as it stands.

Solitaire

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kaykay1970 - Apr 28, 2007 4:58 pm (#819 of 2988)  

I guess I'll join in this big group ((hug))! Sending cheering and healing charms all around!

Congratulations to 2BMcsmom's school bands!

My Baby just went to her Senior Prom!!!

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Ydnam96 - Apr 28, 2007 4:59 pm (#820 of 2988)  

I had to push the magic button. 124 messages is too much for my brain right now.

I just wanted to pop in and say hello. I hope everyone is doing well!

TTFN

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Madam Pince - Apr 28, 2007 5:05 pm (#821 of 2988)  

***Waves*** to Kate(y)! I have to say, that is truly original! Enjoy your long weekend and hope you get rested!

Wow, as Mike says, gone for a day or so and everything goes to heck in a handbasket! So sorry for everyone's rough days! Soli, hope that your mom's doctors can find the right treatments for her and that all will be well, and good luck with the lawsuit as well. What a bummer of a week. And hugs and cheering/healing charms to all who need them -- it's a lot this weekend!

Hoping Nathan is feeling better! Good Evans, glad hubby is improving. Woo-hoo for Holly's son's baseball game!

Lizzy, I'm not real clear on your doggies -- did you have to give them away or was it something more... permanent? I'm so sorry, either way. It must've been a very hard decision.

My aunt's house has the 1970's garage-door openers, too, and they still work like a charm. (Had to get new garage doors once, when uncle hit the gas instead of the brake, but the openers are still fine!) I think they just made things to last longer back then. If everyone wasn't so opposed to avocado green and burnt orange, we could probably still be using all our original kitchen appliances!

Maria, as far as a town meeting on the mosquito-breeding farm, I think it's too late. This article in the paper lauding its completion was the first I heard of it -- there may have been meetings already but the local residents were unaware of the issues, I think (they have a tendency to under-advertise those kinds of meetings ). We did know they were doing the equestrian trail, but that's all. Here I was thinking maybe the logs laying around were the start of some sort of jump course, and the ponds/low-lying areas were just incomplete grading work. Seriously, it looks like just acres of bare earth with logs and stumps laying around a couple of big mudholes. Apparently now they have planted about 2000 trees or something (which are so small you can't even see them from the road), so I'm sure it's a done deal. Ugh, ugh, ugh. If I get malaria or Lyme's disease I'm suing the county.

Sonya, thanks for the suggestion about the bug badges -- I've never heard of those! I'll look for them; anything's worth a try! About DEET, I was under the impression that you're not supposed to put DEET on kids under age 12 or something, but maybe I'm mistaken about that. I remember when Mr. P and I went on our honeymoon to St. Lucia, we did not think to take bug spray, and the only kind they sold anywhere on the island was this totally useless "natural" stuff. It was pretty miserable. I simply do not understand why Noah didn't just swat the two of them when he had the chance.

Today was picture day for Little League, and then we had a game at 11:45. I was so proud of Little Pince -- his behavior was so good, I swear I almost thought I had somebody else's kid there for awhile! He followed the coach's directions to the letter; he did not hug/kiss/pick on/play tag with/ etc... the kids next to him; he stayed in his area in the field and didn't join in the "pile-ons" that happened occasionally when 5 kids tried to get the ball; he got some decent hits; and he played one of the close-in field positions where he got to handle lots of hits and did a great job stopping the ball and throwing to first! He even sat (relatively) still on the bench! I was ecstatic! Apparently the coach recognized the improvement from previous games, too, because he awarded him the game ball! Woo-hoo! (Every game he gives a ball to someone who's done well.) I was so proud! As a treat (and because I was starving) we went to Little P's favorite restaurant for lunch and played a few video games in the game room (which is why it is his favorite restaurant.) And he was even well-behaved through the whole meal, which was saying something because our waitress made several mistakes which caused the meal to take quite a bit longer than necessary. I have got to try to figure out what I did differently last night / today and then repeat it from here on out!

We've had some mistaken identity problems too. Kept getting bills for someone with a similar name but not us -- after many many many correspondences they finally stopped sending us invoices, so we assumed it was over. Two years go by, and then we get another bill for the same thing. Isn't there a statute of limitations on that sort of thing? Then one other time we got a phone call about some charge, I think it was for a movie service or something but I've forgotten the details -- anyway, it was something we didn't order nor receive, and they wanted us to pay $60 or so. I patiently explained that we did not order/get that, and we would not be paying, and he said "Let me go talk to my supervisor" and I hung on just for giggles to see what he'd come back with. He came back on and said "OK, you really owe $60, but I've been authorized to offer you that if you'll pay $30, then we'll just forget the whole thing and not call anymore." I said "If I didn't owe $60, then I certainly don't owe $30, and what makes you think I'd be stupid enough to pay it?" He finally gave up. I think that one was probably a scam to try to get my bank card number or something. Some people...

Oh, speaking of which, I can't believe that band instructor! The nerve! If I was that kid's parent, I'd be on the principal's doorstep Monday morning for sure!

Well, hope everyone's weekend improves -- Felix Felicis all around!

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boop - Apr 28, 2007 6:38 pm (#822 of 2988)  

HI Everyone!!

Healing Charm, BIG HUGS to everyone.

I just got over being sick with a virus. I had it for over 10 days. I hope it misses everyone on the forum. Its hard to get rid of it once you have it. I don't miss work, but I ended up off for 2 days with it.

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend!!

hugs always

boop

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Puck - Apr 28, 2007 8:26 pm (#823 of 2988)  

Boop, glad you're feeling better!

Holly, healing charms to your sister-in-law.

I simply do not understand why Noah didn't just swat the two of them when he had the chance. Madame Pince

ROFL! Glad I didn't get that drink of ginger ale!

Well, I still haven't caught up on laundry and cleaning, because hubby decided I needed to go to the electronic recyling with him. Seems he decided to bring my old psychotic microwave, and wanted me along to pick out a new one after! Probably has something to do with the fact that the old one turned on when you opened the door. Something about standing in front of a running microwave with the door open just didn't feel safe. So, once it's installed, I'll have a nifty one that mounts over the stove. (This is going to be a project, as it involves moving a cabinet, putting new trim on cabinets, and doing some wiring as this appliance wants it's own circuit.) I talked him into the kind that functions as a convection oven as well, so now I can bake rolls/pie at the same time as a roast.

Okay, I think I'm off to bed. Opening Day baseball parade/team photos tomorrow.

Yeah! to Little Pince and Holly's Son for doing so well at their games today.

Oh, and **waves** to Kate(y)! Good to see you drop in!

Kathy

Kathy

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geauxtigers - Apr 28, 2007 9:09 pm (#824 of 2988)  

I simply do not understand why Noah didn't just swat the two of them when he had the chance. SPEW! I'm so glad I didn't drink my root beer! I was reaching for it! He should have swatted the roach couple too!

I have a question for Squid Mike. Is it possible to 'pre-order' movie tickets? If you can, I want to pre-order for OoP movie because of the line. I am of course, willing to wait, but I'm afraid it'll be sold out, we just don't have that many theaters around here!

Off to read!

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virginiaelizabeth - Apr 28, 2007 9:44 pm (#825 of 2988)  

I simply do not understand why Noah didn't just swat the two of them when he had the chance. SPEW!! Well my reasoning was that the ones he didn't "catch" didn't drown in the water, but bred there instead so, when the flood was over there were like 472834789713 million of them hatching out of the water.

Probably has something to do with the fact that the old one turned on when you opened the door. My grannie's microwave does that! You can cook your food with the door open, if you really wanted to! She should get a new one, but I don't think she actually uses it in the first place!

EDIT: I almost forgot! The bug spray that we use is OFF! Family, and it has deet in it. I assume that it's ok to put on kids because it is labeled as family, but they do make a kids version of the stuff, but I'm not sure whether it has deet or not, I just know that the stuff is a life saver!

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Tazzygirl - Apr 29, 2007 12:11 am (#826 of 2988)  

Just a quick stop in, trying to go to bed early tonight, as I have to work the opening shift tomorrow.

Thanks again for all the hugs! Today was much better- girl wasn't there. She is tomorrow. Hopefully it'll go better than yesterday!

**waves to Kate** You'll always be Kate to me! lol

Kay- your daughter's dress is beautiful!! I love it! Hope she had fun!

Interesting microwave, Puck! I have a toaster oven that has the convection function, and I love it.

Add me to the SPEW list for Madam P.'s comment on mosquitos! I also think Noah should have stepped on the cockroaches as well... *shudder* LOL

ummmm.... Oh! Tori, you can preorder HP tickets if your movie theater supports it. I preordered 4 tickets from my theater for GoF, and instead of standing in line on that night, I just went to the electronic ticket machine and was standing in the 'waiting to go into the theater' line 5 minutes later. Check with your local theater.

Can't remember much else. Sorry!! Sending more **healing** charms to Boop, **strengthening charms** to Soli and anyone else who needs them, and (((HUGS))) to those that need them!

~Kristina

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Snuffles - Apr 29, 2007 1:07 am (#827 of 2988)  

Lizzy, glad the move is going well. *cheering charms* to you too on your doggies.

((((hugs)))) to Soli and your mum. I hope everything goes ok for you.

More *cheering charms* to all those who need them. Sounds like quite a few of you have had a rough week.

Boop, glad you are feeling better.

Kristina, I hope that your supervisor catches the young girl skiving off work soon and gets it sorted.

I got told on Thursday that I am going to have my tonsils out There is a 4 to 6 month waiting list, so time for me to get prepared!

It was lovely weather yesterday. We all went for a bike ride in the morning and after tea we went for a nice walk. Today looks a bit grey and murky! I have promised Olivia a trip to the garden centre so she can choose some flowers of her own, and be responsible for the watering and taking care of them. She has chosen a tub for them, and we bought her her own gardening kit.

Hubby is in trouble. He has gone mountain biking with his friends and never said goodbye before he left. He got up at 6.30 and went downstairs for his breakfast and I thought he was coming back up again. He probably thought he was doing me a favour by not waking me up

Off to check the threads before starting on tidying the house!

Hope everyone has a good Sunday

Julie

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azi - Apr 29, 2007 5:38 am (#828 of 2988)  

Kay, your daughter's dress is beautiful!

Congrats to the winning bands, 2BMcsmom! The teacher doesn't sound very nice though...

Eek, Puck, that microwave is/was not safe!

Snuffles, I agree today is murky. It is slowly brightening up now. Olivia's gardening kit sounds sweet - I used to have one when I was younger.

I need to go food shopping but can't go on my own because I need too much! Where's a strong man when you need one? **looks around hopefully**

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kaykay1970 - Apr 29, 2007 5:43 am (#829 of 2988)  

Thanks Tazzy and azi! You know that dress was one of those that doesn't look that fabulous on the hanger. But when she came out of the dressing room it looked like it was made just for her! She didn't seem too impressed with the Prom. They had it at a hotel in Jackson this year. According to her because the Juniors were too lazy to decorate the school gym. The dance floor was way too small and the music too loud for so small a space! She came home with a headache. On the plus side...Her ex-boyfriend took her out to eat sushi before Prom. She says that was the best part of the entire evening!

Got to run and get ready for church. My niece is getting Baptised this morning!

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2BMcsmom - Apr 29, 2007 7:31 am (#830 of 2988)  

Denise - good luck with all the updates to your home.

Kaykay1970- She is beautiful, I love the dress. What a great thing for your niece. I am always close to tears when watching loved ones being baptised.

HOORAY! for Little P. Thats wonderful. Let me know if you find out what you did M.Pince. Maybe it will work on my youngest. I believe that the parents are planning to talk to the principal on Monday. Or at least try to get the principal to talk to the kids about what he is doing and saying in class. He is even uses inappropriate words in class. My oldest has asked me not to go to the principal myself because this is the third teacher in his three years of band. He has taught them more then the other two.

Snuffles-Prayers for you. Having your tonsil out is not easy. My youngest had his out a few years ago.

LOL Noah swatting the two of them. Can think of a few more things it would have been nice of him to get rid of as well.

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Solitaire - Apr 29, 2007 8:07 am (#831 of 2988)  

Boop, glad you are feeling better. I've had so many kids out this spring because of some nasty virus ... and, like yours, it is one that seems to last forever. A couple of them had to be hospitalized. Please take care of yourself. You don't want a relapse!

Snuffles, why do you need your tonsils out at this late date? I thought once you had survived childhood with them intact, they were yours for life. Not so, eh? It shows how limited my medical knowledge truly is. What if you get better between now and your surgery time? Will they still do the surgery? Just wondering ...

Madam Pince, if no one knew about this bog thing, can't you file some sort of "failure to disclose" suit that will slow it down? Did anyone else who lives in the area know about the real plans? If not, you should have some legal recourse. Good luck ... I'd hate to live by a mosquito factory!

Solitaire

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Ydnam96 - Apr 29, 2007 11:35 am (#832 of 2988)  

Wow, I must have missed something big...who breeds mosquitos? Do they have a real purpose? Why why why would anyone bring more of those into the world?

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Solitaire - Apr 29, 2007 11:46 am (#833 of 2988)  

Okay, let me try that link again. Mandy, I think this is the link to the post ... #773.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 29, 2007 12:24 pm (#834 of 2988)  

kaykay, oldest daughter looks beautiful! The dress is lovely and know what you mean about some of the ones on the hangers. Glad she had a nice precursor to a not so great prom.

Lol, Madam Pince. Little guy is so cute! Sounds like he did great!

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Puck - Apr 29, 2007 12:38 pm (#835 of 2988)  

Today was our Baseball Opening Day. We had the parade from the common to the schools, pictures and a picnic lunch. Hubby was home working on the microwave installation project, so after I had to walk the kids the 1 mile parade route in reverse to get to the van. (Last year Mr. Puck walked down and got the van and came to pick us up.) I must say, there was little complaint about all the walking, but they have now parked on the couch with bowls of popcorn and Happy Feet.

Hmm, I really need a nap. Perhaps I could lie down for a few minutes. I really should get some work done, though.

Kathy

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journeymom - Apr 29, 2007 1:47 pm (#836 of 2988)  

Kaykay, your daughter's dress is lovely. Is it black and pink?

Dear daughter had a double header softball game yesterday. The first didn't start until 11:00, the second at 1:30. They won the first game, and lost the second, only by one ball. And the second team was fresh, it was their only game of the day. So we're really proud of those girls. No doubt they'd have beat the second team playing fresh. And the other team's coaches so competitive and take the game too seriously.

And our dishwasher is broken! I've managed one load by hand. We were already a bit behind, so this is going to take all day.

To Denise and anybody else with knowledge about this: why would my dog rush outside and ravenously eat all the grass in sight?!! The whole family was out doing b-ball stuff most of the day and when we got home and put him out, he ran over and began to eat the grass. It was like an urgent need. And of course he 'horked' it up a few times and gagged a lot. Was he feeling queazy and this was his way of trying to make himself feel better? Was this his way of showing he's upset we were gone? He eats grass occasionally anyway, I figure it's normal. But this was exceptional!

We're trying to figure out a way to get up to Crater Lake in Oregon this July, to escape the Sacramento Valley heat. July is HORRIBLE around here. Maybe between OotP and DHs. Besides I remember I loved Crater Lake the one time I've been.

Any forumers have to commute across the Oakland/SF Bay Bridge...?

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Mediwitch - Apr 29, 2007 1:50 pm (#837 of 2988)  

Kathy and Maria, I'm definitely still up for meeting! That may be about the time we are moving, but Mr. Mediwitch is forewarned - I've got my priorities sorted out! And congrats on the new microwave, Kathy! It sounds like your old one had been tampered with by someone like Arthur Weasley! Maria, I miss your dragon (even though I still picture it with the red Christmas bow! ).

Oh, Soli! Many prayers for you and your mom (and the rest of your family). I'm sorry to hear about the lawsuit, too. What a stressful mess to have to deal with, when you didn't even cause it!

**sends mass quantities of cheering charms all around**

Great news on hubby's BP, Julie! Hope he doesn't have the snoring problems this go around.

Dude, don't swing after I already caught the ball. Holly T, your son is SUCH a hoot! I love your regular reports on his comments.

2Bmcsmom - well done to your bands! Those band competitions can be pretty tough!

Kaykay, your daughter looks gorgeous! What a beautiful dress.

We have a foundation!!! Looks like the May 4th set date is definitely a go. Mr. Mediwitch and I were walking around the property yesterday (it's 6.5 acres, nearly all wooded) and we found this amazing spring coming out from the roots of a tree. The tree had grown up on a rock, the roots were split, and this little stream was trickling out from under it. It looked like something you'd see in a fantasy movie. When we were wandering around the property in the summer and fall, we noticed it was damp in that area, but the spring must have been seeping instead of going full-throttle like it is now. I'm going to try to post a picture of it up later - of course, it doesn't do it justice, probably, but we'll see!

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Good Evans - Apr 29, 2007 1:54 pm (#838 of 2988)  

Journemom - dogs eat grass for a variety of reasons but the most common held is that they have an upset stomach - it generally makes them sick - so I guess it is dogs way of ridding their stomach ache. my dog nibbles grass and isnt sick - this is usually accepted as normal bahaviour. If dog persists to escess - time to visit the vet!

hope this helps!!!!

**** waves to everyone****

edit : kaykay - I too like your daughters dress - its lovely

Mediwitch - LOL about the snoring - we'll see......

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Solitaire - Apr 29, 2007 2:01 pm (#839 of 2988)  

Thanks, Mediwitch and everyone, for your support and encouragement. I had lunch today with Mom and Jill (our "adopted sis"), and Mom is in good spirits and very encouraged about her prognosis. I'm trying to be positive, as well.

Journeymom ... I think the grass may be a way of cleansing the system. I've watched my dog eat grass, too, and he usually tosses it quickly. I think it may be a quick way to empty the stomach when they are feeling sick. You could ask your vet ...

Okay, I just looked this up on the 'Net. There are varying opinions. Some say the dog just eats grass because it likes the taste. Others say it may be missing something in its diet. Some say that the animal may be using it as I suggested--to clean out its stomach--while others say this is not true. So ... hard to say!

Solitaire

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journeymom - Apr 29, 2007 2:11 pm (#840 of 2988)  

I bought him a flat of wheat grass once, just because it sounded like an interesting idea; it's supposed to be so healthy. He ignored it and I forgot to water it and it died.

The way he was eating the grass so urgently, and the fact that he 'tossed' it a few times makes me think he was ill. But the episode was over with in little more than an hour.

Thanks, all!

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Choices - Apr 29, 2007 2:39 pm (#841 of 2988)  

I have four dogs - two big and two small. Generally when they eat grass it is because they have an upset tummy and need to empty it. The grass makes them throw-up and then their tummy feels better. :-)

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 29, 2007 2:45 pm (#842 of 2988)  

journeymom, it does sound like your dog was on a "mission". There are some dogs that will nibble here and there but when they're doing it voraciously, it's usually because they're sick (or really stupid).

Glad to hear you and Puck are still up for the meet in July, Mediwitch. I am sticking with the hotel I mentioned. If you are interested and need the name again, email me.

So that leaves Sheila (and anyone else who would like to join us). Sheila? Oh Sheila. . .are you out there?

Thanks for the heads up, Mediwitch. I didn't even notice that my self portrait was missing. I guess my annual is up. How thoughtful that you noticed.

Solitaire, what a shame that you have to spend good money on a lawyer to clear up something that is not your fault, but I'm glad you had the sense to do it. Hopefully, you can put it behind you soon and concentrate on your mom getting well.

Wow, Mediwitch, that spring looks like a raging, overflowing river.

azi, have you tried "accio-ing" your groceries?

Okay, okay, I'll be quiet now.

Maria

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Mediwitch - Apr 29, 2007 2:48 pm (#843 of 2988)  

LOL Maria! I've been too busy catching up on threads to change that picture yet - maybe later tonight after dinner (still have to download the pic from the camera!)

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kaykay1970 - Apr 29, 2007 3:24 pm (#844 of 2988)  

Healing charms to Snuffles!

Thanks again for the compliments on my daughters Prom pic. The dress is black and pink with pink cherry blossoms embroidered along the edge of the black.

Journeymom-Congrats to Dear daughter on the softball game. Hope your dog is feeling better!

Hugs ((Soli))

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Lavandula - Apr 29, 2007 6:51 pm (#845 of 2988)  

What a beautiful daughter... the dress insn't all that bad either, Kaykay!!!

I've been away for too long. A quick look at the outline tells me hugs are due to Solitaire. I am sending all my prayers your way and hope to get an update from you about your mother.

(((Viola))) as well for the loss of your father in law.

I knew once Easter was over the spring marathon would begin. Darling daughter is running track, finishing indoor soccer, starting the outdoor soccer season, having band/piano contests and her confirmation class at church ran the service today. She sang a beautiful duet with a boy (sounded more like her solo) to "Let there be peace on Earth". I was crying tears of joy to hear her singing once again. She earned top marks at contests for her piano and bari-sax solos last weekend. She isn't the best in track, but we cheer for her and everyone else just the same.

Baseball has also begun for the little guy. He is in a new league this year with different kids who don't understand his Asperger's. The games start next week for him. Practices have been cold and rainy. yuck!

What Have I Missed? Do Ginny and Tori have SAT results? Is Tazzy almost done student teaching? How is the weather in Europe everyone? Spring in Ohio is slow at arriving.

I lost all my rose bushes due to the frigid and/or late winter. My crab apples also got hit by the Easter snow, but are managing a comeback among the dead leaves.

Blessings to all!

Cathy

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virginiaelizabeth - Apr 29, 2007 7:09 pm (#846 of 2988)  

Do Ginny and Tori have SAT results?       ummm yeahh! But trust me it's nothing to brag about! I did better when I took it in 7th grade for the Duke thingy. I didn't finish my essay, much less look over it for grammar mistakes and I need to work on finishing each section before time is up.. Hopefully I'll do better on the ACT in June.

Congrats to your daughter Cathy!

I'm here because I'm procrastinating....go figure! Lots of homework awaits me... I should go now!

Hope everyone has a great week!

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Finn BV - Apr 29, 2007 7:24 pm (#847 of 2988)  

My prayers are with your mom, Soli.

Lizzy, what's this about moving/going to Tasmania? I've been out of the loop for a little while…

As I continue reading, it seems like we all need some cheering and healing charms!!

Hiya, Kate! How's everything?

Had some extremely exciting HP news on Friday!

The head of the library at my school is reallllllllly cool because she hosts these "Literary Lunch Chats" about three times a week where kids come and talk about books that we read. We always have varied discussions but the subject always turns to Harry Potter, duh, because we're all in love with it, including the librarian. Well, she has a friend who has a contact at MTV, who recommended her as the "young, hip, cool" librarian to participate in a panel discussion of HP this summer! She found out Friday that she will indeed be appearing, so of course we're going to talk for hours and hours about theories and facts and stuff which she needs to be up to date on.

But it gets better! Because my school is incredibly cool, they host a "Lit Chat" sleepover twice a year, where people in lit chat spend the night at school (it's a lot more fun than it might sound) and do fun stuff (dancing, singing, watching movies, playing games, talking, running through the hallways at 2AM) until the early hours of the morning. Well, MTV found out about it and so they asked if they could come to our school and ask us kids at the sleepover what our own personal theories are. The sleepover is this Friday night, and apparently the Head of School gave it a thumbs up! And on top of that, since I wrote an essay comparing Voldemort with Dracula last year (some of you may recall I submitted to Leaky's Scribbulus), the librarian specifically mentioned my name in an email to MTV, explaining the devotion we have to the series!

So I'll keep you posted as I learn more of when this will be on TV! Meanwhile, this week I'll be doing some major theory hunting on the forum. But if I can only talk about one theory, I hope Madam Pince doesn't mind if I discuss her theory "Was It Snape at Godric's Hollow That Night?" which is personally my favorite theory I've ever seen.

Sorry for the long post, I'm in rather a rush to get some work done and explore the forum as well. Just had to inform you guys of the news!

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Solitaire - Apr 29, 2007 7:30 pm (#848 of 2988)  

Finn, please let us know when this airs. I'll NEVER catch it by accident ... I'll have to know ahead of time. Please email me!

Solitaire

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Eponine - Apr 29, 2007 7:33 pm (#849 of 2988)  

Is the SAT still being done on paper or is it a computer test now?

Hugs, cheering charms, and healing charms to everyone who needs it.

I've been kind of busy. I had my last two classes this week, and I've got two weeks before summer classes start. I'll be taking an entirely online class for the first time, so that should be interesting.

My best friend is going to come and stay with me for a few weeks this summer before she heads off to Afghanistan for at least a year, maybe longer. I haven't seen her in two years because she lives in Alaska, and that is very far away from North Carolina. She's going over there to teach English (not as a language, but literature and grammar) in a school. She said she'll be teaching diplomats' kids, and it's supposed to be safe, but that doesn't stop me from being absolutely terrified for her safety. I am glad she's going to be here when the book comes out, because we've done the last two book releases together, and I'm so glad we're getting to experience the last one together before she leaves the country.

I hope everyone is doing well. Have a great RotD!

ETA: Finn, you will definitely have to keep us informed of that!

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Ydnam96 - Apr 29, 2007 7:51 pm (#850 of 2988)  

Got it. That makes sense...I would be upset about the "mosquito farm" as well.

Finn, that's awesome!
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Tazzygirl - Apr 29, 2007 7:56 pm (#851 of 2988)  
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Grrr. Girl was at work today, and I caught her on her cell phone again while doing dishes. Why do I always catch her and no one else does??? I left an hour after she arrived, which was great. LOL Other than that, work was fantastic!

Lavandula: Is Tazzy almost done student teaching?  I am done this Tuesday for this semester's student teaching. Then I have all of the next school year before I'm completely finished! I'm graduating a year from now. w00t!!!

Finn- that's amazing about MTV and everything! Keep us posted on when it airs. I don't usually watch MTV, so I will most likely miss it unless someone tells me when. Oh- and to answer for Dizzy Lizzy (not sure if she will be posting anytime soon!)- she is moving to Tasmania at the end of this week. She had the opportunity to go, so she is!

I also forgot who asked, but Lizzy's two dogs- Sami and Macca- were put to sleep. They were too old to be uprooted, and they have anxiety issues. Lizzy told me that they would have suffered big time if she took them with her or left them with someone else. It is better for them to not suffer so much. But she still has Lucy (the doggy in her avatar).

Off to do the usual Sunday routine, adding in making a bunch of cookies for my brother. I guess I should also start that project I've been meaning to do now for a week or so.

~Kristina

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Puck - Apr 29, 2007 8:10 pm (#852 of 2988)  

Finn, that's incredible! Yes, I will TiVo it if you let me know when it is.

New microwave/convection oven/stove vent is fully installed. Happily, this was not the case at dinnner time. As the stove was pulled out of place for this project, it was a great excuse to get take out, so no cooking tonight.

Hmmm, if Kristina's brother is getting birthday cookies, then her birthday must be approaching as well.

Maria, that location is fine by me!

Kathy

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Ydnam96 - Apr 29, 2007 8:34 pm (#853 of 2988)  

Oh, Lizzy Im so sorry about the dogs. Tazzy, if you talk to her please let her know she is in my thoughts. I lost touch with her when I got rid of my first LiveJournal. I have a new one now though...I'll post a link in my profile.

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Tazzygirl - Apr 29, 2007 8:38 pm (#854 of 2988)  

Puck: Hmmm, if Kristina's brother is getting birthday cookies, then her birthday must be approaching as well.

Tehe! 5 days in counting! I figure if I make the cookies tonight, mail them tomorrow, brother should get them by Friday.

Mandy- I'll let her know. I also have livejournal, although I haven't posted to it in about 5 months. lol. Do you mind if I add you? I'll pass it on to Lizzy as well.

~Kristina

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painting sheila - Apr 29, 2007 8:40 pm (#855 of 2988)  

Poor poor Lizzy. (((((hugs))))) to her from me.

Way to go Finn!! Please let us know - we can watch and say we know some one famous!

Maria - ANY location is great with me. AT this point I am ready to throw my hands up and run screaming to anywhere!! 3 teenagers under one roof will make me lose my sanity for sure!

Tazzy - bump into her when she is washing dishes and make the stinkin' cell phone fall in the water. (yes - I have been having issues with teenage girls and their cell phones)

Cell phones are a curse and an abomination!  :mad:

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Ydnam96 - Apr 29, 2007 8:45 pm (#856 of 2988)  

No problem Tazzy, I like having friends Smile

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geauxtigers - Apr 29, 2007 8:52 pm (#857 of 2988)  

Is the SAT still being done on paper or is it a computer test now?

Oh no, we are still filling out the stupid little bubbles...lol As Ginny said, I'll be re-taking the SAT and taking the ACT in June, speaking of which I need to call them and reschedule the one from 3 weeks ago... If it was still being graded on the old 1600 scale, I'd have done reall well! LOL Being out of 2400, not so much! LOL

Thats so cool Finn! I can't wait to find out when it comes on! I haven't watched MTV in probably 3 years. I get tired of hearing *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* LOL But of course, I will be watching for you! Keep us posted? Whats the show called? That could help give a heads up!

Aww I'm so sorry, Lizzy! Thats tough, but I understand.

Okay, I need to go, all I'm doing is wasting the little valuble time I have. I need to finish this research paper so I can put it behind me. I sorta hit a brick wall and don't know what to say next...

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Tazzygirl - Apr 29, 2007 8:52 pm (#858 of 2988)  

I added you, Mandy. I like having friends too! LOL

Sheila- I had that very same thought!

I've been home two hours so far, and all I've managed to do is put a load of laundry in the washer. I gotta get motivated!

~Kristina

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Finn BV - Apr 29, 2007 9:19 pm (#859 of 2988)  

Wow, Lizzy, good luck on the move. Considering I have no knowledge of Aussie geography, how far is that from where you are now? And my best to you -- I remember hearing about the problems your dogs had been having.

No idea what the show is -- it might just be a special. I've heard a rumor they're doing the panel on the set of the Knight Bus! But I have low expectations of actually making it on -- considering the amount of footage they'll get from the kids at my school alone, it's just a whim which I'm hoping will turn out exciting!

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Tazzygirl - Apr 29, 2007 9:39 pm (#860 of 2988)  

Finn, Lizzy's move will be about 18 hours total, including boat trip. I asked her that a while ago. Hopefully she'll pop in here again right before she leaves, but I'm not sure!

One tray of cookies is now done! I'm on a roll! LOL

~Kristina

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Mrs. Sirius - Apr 29, 2007 10:06 pm (#861 of 2988)  

Congratulations Finn that sounds incredible!

Lizzy, oh so sorry on your dogs -  that is such a tough decision to have to make.

Tazzy I could use some of those cookies just about now.

Mediwitch that tree looks like set scenery for a Harry Potter movie.

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Tazzygirl - Apr 29, 2007 10:42 pm (#862 of 2988)  

Here you go, Mrs. Sirius! **sending cookies**

For those interested in a really easy cookie recipe, I put my recipe in my profile.

~Kristina

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Snuffles - Apr 30, 2007 12:46 am (#863 of 2988)  

Kay, your daughter looks fabulous, and the dress is lovely

(((hugs))) to Lizzy. That must have been a very tough decision.

Finn, Woo hoo to you. You will have to make sure the MTV people know that if you are going to be on, the viewing figures will increase tremendously You will have to record it and put it on Youtube, so us on the other side of the pond will get a chance to watch.

Soli, you can get your tonsils out at any age, it's just usually when you are younger. I suffer with quite a few sore throats and sinus trouble and some other stuff which is quite yukky so I won't go into, so the doctor thinks that getting them out will cure most of it. I am willing to try anything. The 2 weeks off work afterwards is just a bonus

Off to check the threads

Hope everyone has a good Monday

Julie

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 30, 2007 1:41 am (#864 of 2988)  

I can't sleep. (It might have to do with the late afternoon latte.)

Lizzy, I didn't quite understand when you wrote it but so sorry. (((HUGS))) What a terribly difficult decision.

Snuffles Julie, I hope everything goes smoothly for you. It does seem to have some nice perks.

Thanks for the cookie recipe, Kristina! I am going to pass it on to a friend who has two daughters with allergies. I think she's running out of ideas for treats for them - they are sick of cupcakes.

Finn, wow, you do have a great school! What a great experience to be a part of! I have to second Solitaire's sentiment because I certainly wouldn't catch it otherwise! Hope all goes really well with it. Felix Felicis your way.

Lavandula, nice to see you back.

Sheila, sounds great - I'll email you.

Off to take advantage of the quiet time.

Maria

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2BMcsmom - Apr 30, 2007 4:55 am (#865 of 2988)  

Jumps up and down in joy for Finn!

Finn, I would love to be able to watch but I do not get MTV. So I must agree with Snuffles, please post on youtube.

Lizzy, I am so sorry about your dogs. I know that must make the move that much harder.

Kristina, thanks for the recipe. I am always collecting new ones.

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Denise P. - Apr 30, 2007 5:55 am (#866 of 2988)  

The cake mix cookie dough is very user friendly. There are all kinds of things you can add to it to make it more. After you flatten a cookie out, dip it in cinnamon sugar for snickerdoodles, add chocolate chips, etc. I like making cookies at christmas using spice cake. Very yummy and easy enough the kids can help. Experiment with different flavors of cake mix to get different kind of cookies.

We got new garage door openers, now waiting on Sears to call us to set up installation. I can't park my van in the garage anyway so it doesn't make that much of a difference to me that my current remote to open my side is the size of a small television. The new system has an outside keypad so when I go to the bus stop, I don't have to cart my remote to get back in.

I ordered some bulbs back in January, they were supposed to ship at the end of March and still have not arrived. I see a phone call to the company in my near future to find out where my 60 oriental lily bulbs are! I am not sure why they are not here.

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haymoni - Apr 30, 2007 7:57 am (#867 of 2988)  

Nice job, Finn! Keep us posted.

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journeymom - Apr 30, 2007 9:57 am (#868 of 2988)  

Finn, that's so exciting! Really, I'd be over the moon!

Denise, I made your casserole last week. We gobbled it up! It was quite tasty. Though I wasn't sure what to call it, so I labeled the Word document, 'Denise P. from HP Lexicon Casserole'.

Lizzy, I'm so sorry about the loss of your two buddies. Hold on extra tight to your other buddy.

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Madam Pince - Apr 30, 2007 11:26 am (#869 of 2988)  

Tee-hee! I called it "Denise's Noodle Casserole" (although I should've called it "Denise's Cinnamon Noodle Casserole")

Finn, that sounds so cool! Your school rocks! Hope it works out and you get to participate a lot! I would be immensely flattered if you choose to discuss my theory on the show, so please do feel free. (But if anybody comes up with a really good anti-argument that shoots it down, don't mention my name...)

Azi, I have come to the conclusion that a remarkable number of able-bodied men manage to be practicing their apparating skills whenever there are groceries to be toted. Why this is, I cannot imagine. Purely a scheduling overlap, I'm sure. You could try "locomotor groceries" perhaps?

Journeymom, Crater Lake sounds lovely! My uncle was from Oregon and they had several pictures in their house of Crater Lake, and it looked so beautiful! Do they still have that old hotel right on the rim? (Well, they probably have hundreds now, but apparently there used to be one of those glorious old turn-of-the-century mountain lodges or something? It looked so romantic!)

Mediwitch, that is so cool that you have a spring on your property! In my home county, the spring water is so often the very best source of water there is! The one at my babysitter's house where I stayed when I was little -- mwahhh! *imagine kissing fingertips* It came out of a tree root like yours, and was ice-cold and I swear it actually tasted sweet! Maybe you could enlarge/enhance yours and get some serious water out of it? Fingers crossed that it is not uphill from your house-site, though, or you may be in for some soggy lawn issues!

Boop, glad you're feeling better!

Kaykay, your daughter looked amazing in her prom dress! I have always liked black and pink together. When I was five my mom had a picture done of me in a black velvet dress with a white collar and a pink bow, and she said everyone thought it was just terrible to have a child in a black dress. It was the best picture ever taken of me, though, and that includes wedding pix!

Mr. Pince and his dad had no luck turkey hunting this weekend, alas. They did catch some nice-sized trout however, so it wasn't a total loss. One was 22 inches, which is pretty amazing for a rainbow trout!

Denise, I think there was a story on the Ch. 2 news (Baltimore) last night about raw diets for dogs. The teaser said something about a "new controversial diet -- is it right for your dog?" and it showed pics that looked remarkably like the one you had of Tinsel eating the chicken back. But I fell asleep before it came on and so I missed it. It might be on their website...

Hope everyone has a better week than last!

Edit: ***is totally jealous of Puck's new microwave...***

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Puck - Apr 30, 2007 11:36 am (#870 of 2988)  

a remarkable number of able-bodied men manage to be practicing their apparating skills whenever there are groceries to be toted

You know, Mr. Puck used to literally always pull into the garage just as I had hauled the last bag up the stairs. I swore he had had cameras installed and waited at the end of the street until I had all the food upstairs. (No such trouble when it comes to emptying said groceries from the cabinets. )

Okay, back to the cleaning....

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Lina - Apr 30, 2007 11:43 am (#871 of 2988)  

I have some friends coming to visit tomorrow. So I took a look at a super easy cookie recipe in Tazzy's profile, thinking I could try it. Yeah, right, "1 package any flavor cake mix", that's very explaining... LOL

Madam Pince, isn't it nice to see the kids growing up? I just LOVE it!

Finn, you have to tell us the name of the show it will be in! The MTV we get here is different from the one in the States, so we will have to do some serious research to find out if it will be aired here and when. But it would be great if we could watch it! Even if we don't get to see you, just to know that you are a part of it. Youtube is also a good idea.

Healing charms in all directions!

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Madam Pince - Apr 30, 2007 11:48 am (#872 of 2988)  

Oh you're so right, Lina! I am hoping that it is a sign of growing up and not just a one-time random glitch! ***fingers crossed***

In the U.S., our pre-packaged boxed cake mixes are pretty much a standard size, and come in many flavors like chocolate, lemon, spice, vanilla, pineapple, etc. You just add eggs and maybe water, then mix and bake. Is it different in Croatia?

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Holly T. - Apr 30, 2007 12:04 pm (#873 of 2988)  

Wow, Finn, what great news.

Tazzy--my daughter's favorite variation of the cake mix cookies is strawberry cake mix with white chocolate chips. Yellow cake mix with chocolate chips is good too--and easy enough to be done by Cub Scouts!

Work is beyond weird. I still have a job, though, so that's a good thing. :-)

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Catherine - Apr 30, 2007 12:10 pm (#874 of 2988)  

I've never made cake mix cookies, so maybe I'll try the suggestions I've seen.

Things are going well in 7th grade, although I may move to 8th next year. Some parents have requested me.

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painting sheila - Apr 30, 2007 12:26 pm (#875 of 2988)  

Hi everyone!

It is a gorgeous day here! I have played tag and Spiderman all day. It is so FUN having a 5 year old.

I am starting to get misty over the fact that he starts school in 4 months.

It all goes so fast once they start school(sigh)

We are going to see High School Musical tonight. A few of the big kid's friends are in it - so it will be a treat to watch them.

The spice cake mix cookies with raisins and a few nuts added are great at Christmas time. They taste good and look good on a plate - guess what all our friends get for goodies during the holidays!

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Marie E. - Apr 30, 2007 12:54 pm (#876 of 2988)  

The very day Denise explained the raw diet for her dog was the day we had an article about it in our newspaper. I checked the byline just in case it read "Denise P.".

Shayla and I made a rainbow cake last week. You should all be shocked as I am not much of a cook. Shay found the recipe in her American Girl magazine. You mix up a plain white cake mix and separate it into four bowls. Add one tablespoon of a different colored Jello into each bowl and bake each color in a separate pan. When they are cooled, you stack them and frost the whole thing with with frosting. If anyone's interested, I could put a picture of it in my profile. Very cute, and easy.

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I Am Used Vlad - Apr 30, 2007 1:02 pm (#877 of 2988)  

Somehow, I'd always assumed the half-noble cause was Finn's favorite theory ever.

Has anyone here ever written a novel? I know that a bunch of people write fan fiction, that Tim's a poet and that Finn collaborates on plays, but I don't remember ever reading about a novel. I only ask because I've started writing one.

Edit: Finn, do you play Chess? I'll explain why I'm asking this later.

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John Bumbledore - Apr 30, 2007 1:15 pm (#878 of 2988)  

Tazzy, bump into her when she is washing dishes and make the stinkin' cell phone fall in the water. — painting Sheila
Cell phones are a curse and an abomination! — painting Sheila


I agree with the second quote, Sheila. They especially are bothersome when used by drivers on a busy Interstate. So any suggestions how I can bump "them" into the water? LOL

((Hugs with prayers for those needing them.))

Saturday was opening day for our town's recreation league baseball and softball and it is combined with "Arts in the Park". Team photos, ball games, climbing wall, slide, all maner of vendors selling crafts, jewelry and other eclectic stuff.

Weather was beautiful for it. Sunny and cool. We were at the park from 9:45 AM to after 3:00 PM. For all you familiar with Veggie Tales, you can just call me Bob. Well just a ring around my neck is really all that resemble Bob. I had a light tan on my face and arms from the boy scout camp-0-ree.

For those not familiar with Veggie Tales -  Because Bob (the Tomato) is very red.

Oh, I made dinner Sunday, but I don't take credit for it as it was from a box; Tuna-Helper. Well it was actually two boxes as one only has five servings and my oldest in nearly a teenaged boy.

To make the story short, my wife suggested I use the big iron skillet that was my Grand mothers. After three fourths of the liquid and only half the dry/solid ingredients were added I had reached the limit of the skillet.. I sent my daughter to inform my TBW (tall, beautiful wife). She asked was there any reason this had to be made in a skillet? (no browning meat as it was canned tuna) So we found the largest pot and transferred the mix and added the remaining ingredients. As I was stirring the now bubbling mixture the though occurred to me that this could only have been more Potterish if I just had a cast-iron cauldron! And then I thought of all the mentions hear of Denise P's noodle recipe and wondered if it was stirred similarly in a large "muggle cauldron?"

Happy RotD/E/N

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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haymoni - Apr 30, 2007 1:33 pm (#879 of 2988)  

I know somebody was writing a novel - try the search function.

Was it Die? Or RPS?

Can't recall now.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 30, 2007 1:38 pm (#880 of 2988)  

It was/is RPS.

EDIT: Vlad, did you decide you wanted to write, or did and idea spark you up? Whatever way it started, best of luck with your writing.

Maria

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Holly T. - Apr 30, 2007 2:12 pm (#881 of 2988)  

LOL, son got the Lego catalog in the mail. He is presently showing his sister the new Harry Potter castle. He decided to leave the catalog on the end table "just in case" anybody wants to look at it and decide if they want to get him the new Hogwarts castle set. Or the Aqua Raiders set with the giant squid (which has obvious potential for being combined with the HP sets). Or the Vikings' double catapult. Guess who has a birthday coming up?

Marie--I saw the rainbow cake in the AG magazine. It does look cute! It would be cute for a bridging ceremony.

Good luck with the novel Vlad (and RPS too).

Catherine, my mom used to rotate from kindergarten to first grade to second, keeping some of the same kids the whole time.

Son's baseball game is rained out but I still have to take daughter to ballet.

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Lina - Apr 30, 2007 2:16 pm (#882 of 2988)  

LOL, Madam Pince, there do exist pre-packaged boxed cake mixes here. I just haven't noticed that there could be some standard among them. They vary depending on the producer and I just haven't seen something that would be called this or that flavored cake mix. There are mixes for this or that kind of cake that are usually very different. I usually use only mixes for creams (fillings). ***being pretty aware that I might have used some totally wrong word that would completely distort what I wanted to say, but still hoping that people will be able to understand my original intention***

WOW, Catherine, keep on with the good work! Kate's English (and home owner) teacher said that she plans on leaving her job for another one. Yet, I'm thankful to her that she is waiting for this generation to graduate. Kate has changed 4 English (and home owner) teachers past 4 years. Each of them was a really great teacher and person, they just didn't like the school... I must say that I'm also happy that after this June, I won't have to put my step in that school any more.

There are some writers on the forum, and some like to jump in from time to time... I'm just looking forward to the published novels...

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I Am Used Vlad - Apr 30, 2007 2:35 pm (#883 of 2988)  

HH11, I've always wanted to write, but just have never gotten around to it. I always liked RPS's newsletter, and most of her posts were practically novels , so she should have no problem. Will see how long my attention span holds out.

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Madam Pince - Apr 30, 2007 3:16 pm (#884 of 2988)  

Congratulations on starting the novel, Vlad! I hope it goes well for you! I started writing a sequel to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH when I was in about the seventh grade, but I never completely finished it. That's the extent of my experience -- other than my posts, which are like novels sometimes. (And thank you all for your patience!) Have you got a subject for your novel?

Lina, glad to hear you have cake mixes! I sometimes forget that we're all in different countries and things might be different elsewhere!

Catherine, how nice to know you're wanted! Either grade of kids will be lucky to have you!

John, what a wonderful hubby you are for making dinner! Hey, TunaHelper is peachy-keen in my book. Healing charms to your tomato-face (I forgot to put lotion on Saturday, too, so my face was a bit pink as well. Summer's almost here -- time to start getting back in the habit of slathering it on!) Welcome to the ranks of red-necks!

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azi - Apr 30, 2007 3:39 pm (#885 of 2988)  

Wow, what a chatty bunch!

I always make my cakes from scratch. I'm not fond of ones from packets - they don't taste nice at all! I also always go wrong on them, while real cakes go perfect everytime!

Good luck with the novel, Vlad!

Super exciting times Finn! I keep wishing I'd been able to go to a school as great as yours!

Count me in on the sunburnt group! I never learn...

I ended up going to the supermarket on my own today, during an unexpected break in lessons. This means I cycled 8 miles, walked to the supermarket and back, and did folk dancing during today. I just hope I can walk on my fieldtrip tomorrow! Where was the strong man who was supposed to help me? In bed, LOL!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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Tazzygirl - Apr 30, 2007 4:06 pm (#886 of 2988)  

Oops. Sorry Lina! The cake mix size I use is 18.25 ounces OR 1 pound 2.25 ounces OR 517 grams. I agree with Madam P.- I forgot there are different packaging for things the world over and automatically assume everyone has Betty Crocker (name brand) Cake mixes!

Will write more later, hopefully. I am on my way out now to mail my brother's birthday package (my parents' prezzy to me arrived today. I'm forcing myself to wait another couple days to open it!), pick up cupcakes for my students tomorrow (it's my last day with them! *sob*!!), and hopefully be home in time to make a dent in my final project.

Happy RotD/N everyone!!

~Kristina

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Finn BV - Apr 30, 2007 4:33 pm (#887 of 2988)  

Hmm, Vlad, yes, I do play chess, I'm not a star but I'm pretty decent. And I've given many attempts at starting a book but have never gotten that far. Good luck in that pursuit!

I'm sure Leaky or MN or somebody will upload the clip to YouTube, if MTV doesn't claim copyright infringement.

It's pretty weird -- I have to apply online for a one-time "Child Permit" since technically this counts as "work"… and the interesting thing is that they can only keep us for a certain amount of hours until a certain time of night.

All this food talk is making me hungry!

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Ydnam96 - Apr 30, 2007 5:42 pm (#888 of 2988)  

One of my friends uses the Funfetti cake mix to make cookies. Mmmmmmmm. We need to find a calorie free cake mix. I'm on a "healthy" diet and shouldn't be eating cookies or cake. Man, I want some now.

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Denise P. - Apr 30, 2007 7:58 pm (#889 of 2988)  

Marie, could you post the recipe behind your avatar for the rainbow cake?

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painting sheila - Apr 30, 2007 8:11 pm (#890 of 2988)  

Yes! Marie E!! I want to see the cake!!

I am very tired of being a "mean parent". If I could just get the kids to keep the rules - their lives would be so much better!

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Thom Matheson - Apr 30, 2007 8:30 pm (#891 of 2988)  

Just a quick note and question. Am I the only one that didn't know that Mad Eye (Gleeson) was also the sheriff in Lake Placid? Daughter caught it. Douhhhh! As well as in Troy with Brad Pitt? I really need to get out more.

Sheila, I get the mean parent thing. Without the gritty details daughter and grandson are here permanently, or so it seems. Now that my honeymoon is over, I don't remember 26 years ago, that a 2 year old was so hard to be with full time. Today as he freaked out over trying to climb and be helped over a six foot privacy fence, I might have given him a bit of a pat on his fanny. His mother was more bothered by that then Ethan. Boy did she let me have. Someone tell me how "time outs" every half hour work better than a fanny pat?

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Marie E. - Apr 30, 2007 8:30 pm (#892 of 2988)  

Denise, and anyone else interested, you can click on my avatar to get the recipe for the rainbow cake. I will try to post a picture of it tomorrow or Wednesday.

Our Girl Scout service unit is holding a Survivor Camp this weekend. My "loves camping" co-leader is conveniently in Minnesota for a week at a wedding so I will be the leader in charge. I am not terribly fond of camping, and so am dreading the weekend a little. My co-leader for the second graders is the camp director and I know it's going to a lot of fun for the girls, which helps out some. I must be one of the worst Girl Scout leaders ever-hates camping, can't sew, can't cook...

The good news is that at least there isn't any snow in the forecast. Yet.

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HungarianHorntail11 - Apr 30, 2007 8:56 pm (#893 of 2988)  

Thom, as someone who has emerged from a physically abusive home life, I can tell you without hesitation that I do not believe in hitting. It is a quick solution that satiates your anger/frustration and does very little for the child. I can't stand to see it when we're out.

If the child is doing something unsafe, I would remove him and firmly let him know I will not allow him to do something that can land him in a hospital. I would then offer a sufficient alternative. If he would pick neither, then he gets nothing. If he picks one, great. Just because I don't hit, doesn't mean I can't set boundaries.

I also apologize to them when I'm wrong. Oddly, they respect me and rarely try anything sneaky. None of my children has ever had a tantrum. BTW, I don't use time-outs either.

EDIT: I saw Troy - probably watched him, wondering why he looked so familiar. I did, however, pick up on Richard Harris in Gladiator. Not bad for me - really!

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Lina - May 1, 2007 2:09 am (#895 of 2988)  

My mum always says a story about me when I was two. She caught me trying to put my finger in the power socket. Well, she didn't think that the two years old could understand words like "dangerous", "hospital" and "death", so she spanked me. After that she would find me looking at the power socket and saying "No, no." I also remember one situation when I patted Veronika, she might have been even younger. First thing she turned around to see my face. Only after she saw my face being angry, she started crying. That was so funny, because at the moment she was turning around, she was ready to smile too, she just needed to check if that was cuddling or a punishment. What I want to say, is that the spanking doesn't necessarily need to hurt, it needs to draw attention and let the kid listen to you. At our home, we mostly yell, but I'm not sure that's the best solution. And Thom, when it is your own kid that is two years old, you are much younger than when it is your grandkid, so you have much more energy and it seems to be easier.

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Loopy Lupin - May 1, 2007 6:52 am (#896 of 2988)  

Things are going well in 7th grade, although I may move to 8th next year.—Catherine

Just think. If things keep going well, soon you'll graduate.

That sounds like fun Finn. I'll bet it will air some time in July when you've got the book one week and the movie the next. Much of the world will be thinking HP at that point.

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Solitaire - May 1, 2007 7:15 am (#897 of 2988)  

Catherine, I have been teaching 7th since 1990, and I would like to move to 6th. I could move to 8th this year, if I wanted to do that, but I am tired of this group of kids and do not want to have them again. Actually, I will get some of them again, if we move to our double language arts period next year.

Because of scheduling, I will have one group of 7th graders for half their double period and one group of 8th graders for half their double period. For me, this kind of defeats the purpose, since everything is tied together--vocabulary, reading, language. All of our writing assignments grow out of our reading. It will be interesting to "share" kids in this way with teachers whose styles are quite dissimilar.

Tell me ... do you have double language arts/reading periods, or do you have to cram it all--reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, speaking, etc.--into 45 minutes a day? Just curious ...

Solitaire

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Puck - May 1, 2007 7:27 am (#898 of 2988)  

Maria, did you ship your kids out during toddler years? How did you get through without anyone having a tantrum? My little one regularly becomes frustrated. That wonderful stage where she wants to do things herself but can't quite manage it. She needs help, but denies it.

Vlad, good luck with the book!

Catherine, would you like another year with your students? It says a lot that the parents would like you another year.

Did anyone hear that the problems with pet food arose from a company deliberately adding the ingredient to the wheat gluten? I guess it ups the protein content, so they can charge more for it. All in the name of profit.

Oh, and I saw on the Early Show that Scholastic is puttin out discussion questions each week leading up to the release. Of course, they are things that have been discussed here at length. (The first two were about who will die, and is Sanpe good or evil.)

Off to accomplish...something....anything....

Kathy

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painting sheila - May 1, 2007 7:36 am (#899 of 2988)  

Mean Parent Issues - the young lady that is living with us wanted to go see High School Musical. This show has been sold out from the minute they released tickets almost. A young man she likes (WAY too much) asked her to go. His friend was one of the principles in the show and got him tickets. So we caved - it was a school night - first no no on our part.

She also wanted the young man to pick her up from school and stay with him the rest of the day until the show ended. We said absolutely not that an eight hour date was too much - especially for a school night. We said he could pick her up at 4:30 (caving again) since she wanted to meet his parents and then go out to dinner before the show.

Well it turned out he couldn't even pick her up - we had to take her to his house at 5:00. They weren't there so we drove around waiting for them to arrive. (Gas is almost $3.00 a gallon here. Yikes!) They show up - we visit (I know his parents really well and like them immensely) and they leave for the date.

We also had tickets for the show last night and on the way out looked up and saw where they were sitting and didn't feel good about the way they were standing so close together - but that's another issue.

Anyway, the show is over at 9:30. We get all four of us out - navigate the traffic - drive all the way home stopping at Wendy's and then going to get little guy at the baby sitter - all by 10:15. We figure she should be home around 10:30 or 11:00 at the latest since this is what I had told his dad.

11:15 - I am starting to get frustrated. 11:20 she calls. They are still downtown just now leaving. She doesn't get home until 12:00 midnight! On a school night when we had already caved with letting her see him even after she had snuck out to see him before - it was a school night - and she had argued in tears the night before to let us let him pick her up at school!! I am livid and so disappointed. Her cell phone was taken away from her because she was texting in school and she is failing two classes. I am at a loss and have no idea what to do next. I guess we will ground her again just to have it all start over as soon as the grounding is over.

I am so tired of all this. It has been this way for months. We ground - she is sorry - the grounding ends - behaviour starts back up - we ground - she is sorry - grounding ends - behavior starts back up. . . . we are firm with the groundings too. Any ideas?

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haymoni - May 1, 2007 8:47 am (#900 of 2988)  

This obviously was an unusual situation - you aren't going to have too many events on a school night. However, summer is coming up fast. While she may be out of school, adults still have to get up and work, so she won't be able to stay out late during the week.

Perhaps you have to back things up. She has to be home by 10:00 - he can come in and sit with you in the kitchen/living room whatever, but he leaves at 11:00 pm. If that works out, she can stay out until 10:30 - she has to earn your trust again.

I also think a talk with the young man is in order. "I expect her to be in this house at 10:00 pm...."

Yes, it is embarrassing, but she is the one who broke the trust, not you.

I would, however for safety reasons, give her the cell phone when she goes out at night and then request it back when she returns. Can you cancel the texting capabilities on the phone? I'm more afraid of my son not being able to reach me in an emergency than I am about him using the phone.

But then he is only 13....

Edit: Stick to your guns and be mean! I didn't mean to sound so waffly!!

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Denise P. - May 1, 2007 9:11 am (#901 of 2988)  

Thanks Marie, I will have to try out the colorful cake in the next few days.

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 1, 2007 10:03 am (#902 of 2988)  

Speaking of teaching I am in the process of applying to programs designed as alternative teacher certification programs.

I received my paralegal certificate in December no one has taken the slightest interest in my resume and I think that it is time to invoke my back up plan and become a history teacher.

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painting sheila - May 1, 2007 10:42 am (#903 of 2988)  

Thanks haymoni.

I am so hurt and at such a loss of what to do.

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journeymom - May 1, 2007 11:06 am (#904 of 2988)  

(((Hugs))) to Sheila.

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Catherine - May 1, 2007 11:20 am (#905 of 2988)  

Tell me ... do you have double language arts/reading periods, or do you have to cram it all--reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, speaking, etc.--into 45 minutes a day? Just curious ... –Solitaire

I teach one fifty minute period of English and one fifty minute period of Social Studies to each section. Then, I get an extra period with one group every day--it alternates which group. During the extra period, I get the "A" group and the "B" group attends Art class. Next day, the "B" group has an extra period with me, and the "A" group goes to Art.

What this means is that I see each group several "extra" periods a week, which allows me to squeeze in lots of things that otherwise would be "frills" or "extra."

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Ydnam96 - May 1, 2007 1:45 pm (#906 of 2988)  

Shelia, is this young lady related to you? Just curious...

When I was in high school we had exchange students and my parents had to play that discipline game...them being from another culture but living here...living in our house with expectations (not to mention the rules the exchange program had). There were several times when my parents had to sit down and have serious discussions about boyfriends and late nights and all that jazz. I think it's hard because not being the child's parent I think takes some authority away (or at least in our case). But, my parents have no problem being firm and not caving in to pressure. Plus, it helped that we lived on a military base so sneaking in and out was complicated They ended up calling the boys parents and explaining what was going on. And they did speak with the boy too. It was a frustrating year for me as it was my senior year and she ended up dating my best friends boyfriend (and subsequently causing my best friend's boyfriend end up an ex-boyfriend.). Oh the drama of high school...

I hope you are able to find a solution!

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Lina - May 1, 2007 1:52 pm (#907 of 2988)  

Indeed, ((((Sheila)))). I do believe that it is just a phase. She is obviously in love and not able to think rationally. (I just remember some of my grades going down while I was in love, even Math ) You need to remain firm so that she would be aware of what is OK once that she becomes rational again. Meanwhile, just try to survive. Once, Veronika (my 13 years old) told me - If I ask you something, why can't you answer with just yes or no? Why do you have to explain me the reasons for your answer? There is never too much talking. And I think that DD being disappointed was what hurt Harry the most.

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Tazzygirl - May 1, 2007 3:00 pm (#908 of 2988)  

I'm sorry, Sheila!

Good luck, Nathan!!

OH! The Lion King play has FINALLY come to Hawaii! It starts in September, but tickets are on sale now. I really want to get tickets, but they are just a little pricey...

*sob* Today was my last day with my students! I brought cupcakes in for the class, and they gave me a class card saying thank you. It made me cry! My mentor teacher said I could come back anytime, which I am hoping I can do before the school year is done.

Off to get lunch and then somehow manage to get my IEP project and a writing project completely done by tonight, as both are due tomorrow. WHY did I wait until the last minute again?!?! **irons feet** (I'd iron my hands, but then I wouldn't be able to type or write or anything. )

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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painting sheila - May 1, 2007 3:42 pm (#909 of 2988)  

Ydnam96 - No she isn't related to us. Just a friend of our daughters that had been kicked out of her mom's. She has been here almost a year. It has been hard since Christmas. Thanks for the advice!

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Finn BV - May 1, 2007 5:25 pm (#910 of 2988)  

Nathan -- good luck to you in the teaching pursuits!

Wow Sheila, that's a tough case, since the girl is not your daughter. I'd definitely speak to the guy, and ask him if he felt it was responsible. But, and I'm giving you a teenager's perspective here, they will argue that midnight was not absurdly late for a school night (I end up going to bed no earlier than that time every night, but that's mainly due to work -- I never go out) and that everything was under control -- that never for once did they feel what they were doing was wrong. Still, you need to have a long talk with this girl, and, with no offense, make sure she is not taking advantage of your not being her parents and your hospitality towards her.

Friday's just three days away!

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2BMcsmom - May 1, 2007 6:51 pm (#911 of 2988)  

Sheila, I know it can be stressing when you are trying to help some and they do something that makes you feel as if they are using you. I would talk to both of them, let them know how what they did made you feel, and then stress the rules again. If this was to happen at my house, my husband would also tell them that if they could not follow our rules then they would have to leave. He would not want to do so but he is very strict about what is allowed and what is not. I hope things get better for you.

Solitaire, The schools here have block scheduling. The classes are an hour and 45 minutes long. There are only four classes at a time, and one subject is taught in half the year instead of all year long.

Nathan, good luck

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Mediwitch - May 1, 2007 8:37 pm (#912 of 2988)  

(((sheila))). I know how frustrating that is. We had similar issues with my step-daughter, who lived with us every other week and her mother on the opposite weeks. (Tough set-up for any kid to begin with, but there you have it.) She would pull something like that, we'd discipline, she'd go to her mother's where she had complete and total freedom to do what she wanted. When things would get ugly over there, she'd come running back to us. It finally got so bad that we told her that she wasn't going to bounce back and forth to whichever house was more convenient to her purposes; if she left and went to her mother's then she was staying there. She did, too, and that was probably the hardest thing we ever did. We just stuck to our guns, though, and we survived high school even though it wasn't always pretty. Now, at 22, she says she respects that we were firm even though she didn't always agree. And she says if we hadn't been so firm and consistent, she probably would have gotten herself into a lot more trouble than she did. So hang tough - eventually you'll get through it together!

Nathan, best of luck as you move into a new career. I hope you love it so much you forget it was plan B. And never mind what we're saying about adolescent girls!

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virginiaelizabeth - May 1, 2007 9:23 pm (#913 of 2988)  

Ok there were 51 new posts, that I started to read, but ended up hitting the magic button! From what I picked up on, Sheila needs some ((hugs)). That does sound hard, but I don't really have any advice that hasn't already been said, I wish I could be more helpful.

The cake mix cookies sound yummy! I'm going to make some with FunFetti cake mix! Then they'll be funfetti cake cookies! Yum!!

The awful research paper is turned in! **Happy dance** Now on to the math portfolio, clay model of a brain, physics test and English project! Sooo muchh funn!! It's only Tuesday.... AHHH!!!! Only 18 school days left until summer!! (it sounds a lot better when you exclude the weekends! LOL!)

Night!

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Mrs. Sirius - May 1, 2007 10:07 pm (#914 of 2988)  

Sheila good luck with the teenager. For a while, I had teenage foster kids. Nothing against the the kids, they really were good kids, they just had a lot of baggage, it nearly cost me my health and my marriage. In the end, we had to send the kids back to New York.

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2BMcsmom - May 2, 2007 3:21 am (#915 of 2988)  

Good Morning Forum Family,

Just to Hello. Hope everyone has a great day. (((Hugs))) to all that need them.

Off to ride the river boats with youngest's first grade class.

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Tazzygirl - May 2, 2007 5:50 am (#916 of 2988)  

Good morning, Sonya!

It is almost 3 am my time and I have to get up in exactly three hours to go to school. I just finished one project (w00t!!), and am now starting on my last one. (I need a zombie smiley. LOL)

Good thing tomorrow is my last day of school... Yeay!

back to the homework...

Have a great day everyone!

~Kristina

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The giant squid - May 2, 2007 6:33 am (#917 of 2988)  

Ugh...Well over 100 posts since I was last here. That should answer the question of how my new job is going. Actually, it's going quite well, I just don't have my 3-4 hours of computer time I used to...

I have a question for Squid Mike. Is it possible to 'pre-order' movie tickets? If you can, I want to pre-order for OoP movie because of the line. I am of course, willing to wait, but I'm afraid it'll be sold out, we just don't have that many theaters around here!--one of the twins (don't have the energy to scroll back & see which one)

Most theater chains do advance sales on the big movies anywhere from one to three weeks out. If your local theater is affiliated with Fandango you can also purchase tickets through them (not sure about other movie sites). I know that here all of the HP movies have been in the 2-3 week range for presales, so start looking around mid-June.

And of course now that I've slogged through all the posts I don't have time for any more responses...healing & cheering charms to those who need them, and I'll (hopefully) be on more often.

--Mike

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Holly T. - May 2, 2007 7:39 am (#918 of 2988)  

(((Sheila)))

Nathan, have you talked to the alternative certification programs about how likely you are to find a job as a history teacher? Mostly what they are trying to place are science, math, and bilingual teachers. Also, at many schools (at least in Texas) the history/social studies/government teacher is also expected to coach. I'm not trying to be a downer, and I wish you well with whatever you decide, but I have definitely looked into the alternate certification programs as my own "Plan C." I am embarking on Plan B over the summer, yikes! I'll be changing offices, changing departments, and I'm still not sure what I'll be working on, but (unlike some people on the hall) I will still have a job with insurance and retirement benefits.

I want to try the cake mix cookies with the Funfetti mix! Maybe we'll make them at Girl Scouts (we meet in our church's kitchen so sometimes we bake something for snack).

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Ydnam96 - May 2, 2007 10:06 am (#919 of 2988)  

Holly T. where is that picture taken? It's beautiful!

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 2, 2007 11:27 am (#920 of 2988)  

Holly, yes I have spoken witht them on the subject and they told me that  my disabilities prevent me from entering the fields of math, science and physical education because of my cerebral palsy.

The advisors I spoke with that suggested that I pursue an alternative certification in history and social studies while, also pursuing an alternative certification in the field of special education.

The University of Saint Thomas offers a counselor certification program that looks interesting through the school of education.

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Madam Pince - May 2, 2007 12:27 pm (#921 of 2988)  

I just read this quote yesterday and liked it so much, and now Nathan has given me the perfect opportunity to trot it out!

“The march of Providence is so slow and our desires so impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope. --Robert E. Lee”

So good luck and best wishes, Nathan -- it is important work you are taking on there!

Sheila, I can empathize. It feels bad when you have to punish punish punish all the time and you start to feel desperate for almost any good behavior just so you can reward it and not feel like such a bad guy! It's difficult. On the swatting thing, I think it's all a matter of degree. If you spank for every little tiny thing, then it just becomes a way of emphasizing "I'm bigger than you and so I can get my way," which can breed resentment. If it is judiciously applied for the very very few situations where the kid is in imminent danger, then I think it can be a very good attention-getter. I received my fair share of swats and it did me more good than harm, I believe. But I have seen the opposite case, too. It's finding the balance that is difficult.

Squid Mike, I thought of you just yesterday and was wondering how the new job is going. Sorry it's eating up all your time, but hope you're enjoying it overall!

Why are all the avatars surrendering? Were we under attack?

We've been watching the "prequel" Star Wars movies this week -- Episodes I, II, and III -- because I'd never yet gotten around to seeing them. Is it just me, or is the acting kind of... stilted? Samuel L. Jackson in particular seems to have the emotional range of a teaspoon.  Of course, maybe Jedi Knights just aren't supposed to change expression. One interesting thing -- I have a photo of my dad when he entered the Navy at about age 18 or 19, and he looks almost exactly like Hayden Christensen in Attack of the Clones. It's actually kind of scary!

Guess what? Did you know that those Sharpie magic markers that say "Permanent On Most Surfaces" on the side, actually aren't? Even if it's an eight-foot-long black line drawn on a light beige berber carpet? If you pay a carpet-cleaner guy $125, it's not permanent at all. Just some random info to file away in your memory banks...

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azi - May 2, 2007 1:11 pm (#922 of 2988)  

Ouch, Madame P! I'm glad it turned out ok! Even if it cost money...

Shelia, I hope you work your problems out! I had a friend who had a friend come live with her after her mum chucked her out. She completely took advantage of this generosity and manipulated the whole family. She made promises and didn't keep them, such as saying she'd get her own place, but never doing so. She insisted they involve her in family activities and then turned around and said she had organised to do other things. She claimed she had no money, yet had enough to go out and get drunk most nights a week. In the end, my friend firmly asked her to leave, and the girl turned against her and tried to turn their friends against her! Suffice to say, it doesn't sound like your person is anywhere near this bad.

Grounding never worked with me. I had plenty of things to do in my room. The kids of today would have even more to do, in fact I rarely see any kids outside at home anymore - they stay inside all day! Smacking, I feel, was a negative impact to me. I get very upset if I see a child being hit on the street.

Hope everyone has a lovely day! *hugs*

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Madam Pince - May 2, 2007 1:31 pm (#923 of 2988)  

Thanks, azi! To be fair, the carpet-cleaner guy was supposed to be coming today anyway, which was the one good point in the whole episode. I didn't even ask if he charged extra for the special attention, or if that would've been the cost anyway.

Yesterday I was told that the black line was there "to guide the dog to the door." I was much more forgiving of this episode because I recall once rubbing Vaseline onto/into a wallpapered wall, when I was pretending to be a vet applying liniment to an injured horse. (The vaseline stain lasted a good 30 years... ) It has now been made crystal-clear that no marks are ever to be made anywhere except on paper -- particularly not carpets or furniture.

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journeymom - May 2, 2007 1:44 pm (#924 of 2988)  

Why are all the avatars surrendering? Were we under attack?



I wondered the same thing! And without knowing who or what we're battling, I say, why ever are we surrendering?? Never surrender! Never!



We've been watching the prequel" Star Wars movies this week -- Episodes I, II, and III -- because I'd never yet gotten around to seeing them. Is it just me, or is the acting kind of... stilted? Samuel L. Jackson in particular seems to have the emotional range of a teaspoon. Of course, maybe Jedi Knights just aren't supposed to change expression. "

[Eyes goggle, jaw drops] How is this possible? You've never seen them?

Eh, you didn't miss much. Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson were wasted, Natalie Portman was misdirected (ugh! that monotone! It's too bad, she's a talented actress.) and Sam Jackson wasn't allowed to be his bad a-- uh, bad butt self.

. . . .as much more forgiving of this episode because I recall once rubbing Vaseline onto/into a wallpapered wall, when I was pretending to be a vet applying liniment to an injured horse. Yesterday I was told that the black line was there to guide the dog to the door." (The vaseline stain lasted a good 30 years... ) "

ROTFLMABO!

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 2, 2007 2:08 pm (#925 of 2988)  

I have good news to report. I returned to the rheumatologist today to receive the results of my blood panel and the results were quite good.

The tests were negative for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, diabetes and my cholesterol levels were lower than in the past.

So in effect my diagnosis is the same as it was six years ago severe fibromyalgia.

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 2, 2007 2:36 pm (#926 of 2988)  

Nathan, so glad to learn the other concerns were ruled out. I hope you are feeling better soon - healing charms and prayers your way.

All three of my children were walking between 9 and 10 months. They knew where just about every electrical outlet was (in addition to breakables). With regard to any dangerous situation, my reaction was to remove them from the harmful situation immediately, then express to them that it was unsafe and a non-negotiable topic. It is rare that even a 6-8 month old does not recognize urgency or a stern tone in his/her parent's voice. Could I state that I could trust without a trace of doubt that they wouldn't return to the outlet? No. Could you state with certainty that a child who had been hit when he/she went near it would not return? I don't think so. The end results are similar, how to handle it is just a matter of choice.

((Sheila)) I hope everything works out for you all. Prayers and hugs your way from us. On a lighter note - maybe we should be asking Finn's parents for advice?

Maria

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Tazzygirl - May 2, 2007 4:49 pm (#927 of 2988)  

I managed to get 45 minutes of sleep last night. I finished both projects by 5 am, and managed to sleep until 5:45, at which my alarm went off. I somehow managed to make it through my classes, and I am now officially on summer break! w00t!

That's great news, Nathan! **healing charms**

**hugs to Sheila** I hope everything gets better soon!

I think I had more to say, but I can't concentrate. I think I'm off to take a long nap.

~Kristina

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Finn BV - May 2, 2007 5:04 pm (#928 of 2988)  

Eek, I've only ever seen Episode IV of Star Wars, by force. Not that I'm uninterested in them, but I've just never had the time/patiene/will/desire.

LOL Maria!

**is jealous that Tazzy is on break** Gahh, just three and a half more weeks! (And two days until MTV… this week is going soooo sloooooowly.)

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Mediwitch - May 2, 2007 5:33 pm (#929 of 2988)  

Finn: this week is going soooo sloooooowly[

I know what you mean! Our house is coming tomorrow (that sounds so funny, doesn't it?) and the crane is coming to set it on Friday...I can't wait!!! I'm really excited to actually see it after so many months of planning and waiting.

Congratulations on your medical results, Nathan!

And hooray for Kristina! How'd the IEP project go?

((((sheila))))

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Madam Pince - May 2, 2007 6:28 pm (#930 of 2988)  

Yay, Nathan! So glad to hear that nothing more serious has developed like lupus or something. You've got quite enough to be going on with as it is, it seems. Hope you continue to feel better.

Journeymom, I think I just got overwhelmed with all the "I's" and the "V's" and I was too confused to watch the other Star Wars episodes. But as of this afternoon, that has been remedied -- I've seen 'em all now. As you say, I don't feel like I missed much, unless they were a lot better in the theatre. (Which they probably were, given that most of the time seemed to be taken up with big "action/chase/fight" scenes which would be more impressive on a big screen. The story itself could easily have been told in one movie. But with not as much revenue. ) It was fun to see all of Natalie Portman's different hairdo's, and it was neat to see her wearing the "honey-bun" 'do that Leia wears later.

Mediwitch, I once worked in an office where they were constructing a Knights Inn motel site next door. We all thought it was going to be stick-built, but one day someone looked out the window and yelled "The motel's here!" We all ran to see and sure enough, it was arriving on a big truck (rather, several big trucks.) It does sound kind of odd when you hear it!

Woo-hoo, Tazzy, on finishing everything! Sorry about the all-nighter, though! Hope you are getting caught up on your sleep right now! (pssst, don't forget to wake up for Lost...)

Hope the planning is going well for the MTV thing, Finn! Good luck!

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geauxtigers - May 2, 2007 6:55 pm (#931 of 2988)  

Wel all I can say is that this week is going by slowly! Someone has bewitched the clocks. No really they have!

I skimmed/skipped a lot as there were 60 some-odd posts and I didn't even log on util yesterday (since Sunday). Super busy, caught Mike's thing about the tickets! !!! is all I can say, I'll be looking into it, I want to go see Disturbia Saturday, my mom's the only one willing to go with me, so I'll ask then. Any reviews on the movie?

I seem to be on top of school at the moment, so thats good. I even turned in 2 projects early and I'm hoping (even though I'm pretty sure I'm wrong) that I get an A on my research paper rough draft so I don't ahve to do it again, so yall cross your fingers for me!

Okay we started reading Brave New World and all I can say is that I'm offically creped out and I'm only on chapter one...

Speaking of, gotta go read that... Hopefully I won't fall asleep, of course, I don't think anyone is as tired as Kirstina! LOL

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Solitaire - May 2, 2007 6:58 pm (#932 of 2988)  

this week is going soooo sloooooowly
I know what you mean. I handed out Thursday's work to my social studies class, and I kept referring to tomorrow as Friday all day long! A couple of my bolder kids wanted to know whether I had big weekend plans or I was just tired of them! LOL

Nathan, I am glad your other fears were ruled out. Fibromyalgia is no picnic, though. **sending healing and soothing charms to you**

Sheila, good luck with the teenager. They can be difficult under the best circumstances. My eldest niece just about drove my sister 'round the bend. Today, she is a high school language arts teacher with an outstanding reputation, a loving husband, and 2 great kids. She has had a personality transplant, I think ... or maybe she just grew up! It's tougher when the child is not your own, I should think. Are there such things as behavior charms?

Solitaire

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haymoni - May 2, 2007 7:15 pm (#933 of 2988)  

Glad to hear the tests were negative. Nathan - Forgive me and I hope I am not being too nosy, but being the fair Human Resources person that I am, why can someone tell you that you can teach history, but you can't teach science or math??

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The giant squid - May 2, 2007 7:38 pm (#934 of 2988)  

We've been watching the "prequel" Star Wars movies this week -- Episodes I, II, and III -- because I'd never yet gotten around to seeing them. Is it just me, or is the acting kind of... stilted?--Madame Pince

Four words: "Directed by George Lucas." Look at the "acting" in Episode IV, compared to V and VI (aka Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi). Heck, Anakin in Eps I and II and Luke in Ep IV even have the same whine!

--Mike

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Choices - May 2, 2007 7:45 pm (#935 of 2988)  

Nathan, wonderful news that all those other nasty things were ruled out. {{{Hugs}}} for you and feel better charms coming your way. :-)

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Puck - May 2, 2007 8:38 pm (#936 of 2988)  

Hello all!

Nathan, glad the blood tests turned out negative. I'm sure you'll be a fabulous teacher. I remember you talking about some of your school experiences, and I think your perspective will make you both understanding and inspiring.

Sheila, best of luck! I don't think the rules will be having any more exceptions.

Son's first baseball game was tonight. I am so glad I kept him in T-ball instead of moving him up to the next league. Mr. Sensitive was all in tears about the sun being in his eyes, etc... My girls are so much tough than their brother. I keep thinking of Tom Hanks. "There's no crying in baseball!" Hopefully Friday's game will go better. Tuesday both kids have games at the same time on opposite ends of town. Having 2 of my 3 old enough for team sports is a good deterrent from having a 4th. I keep wondering how often we'll all sit and eat a normal dinner between now and the end of the season.

So, doing some birthday shopping for Son (found a webkin!) and was near the Barnes and Noble. Well, I have the toddler trained, because she started asking for a "cook" (cookie). So, so we popped into the cafe for a sugar cookie and a decaf white chocolate mocha. (mmmmmm) I thought of Kristina and began looking behind the counter to be sure no one was on a cell phone.

Okay, I think I can go to bed now. (The babe gets her heart meds 4 times a day, minimum of 4 hours between doses. Usually hubby does the last dose, as he's the night owl. Tonight I was hoping to go to bed early, he says he's tired and has an early meeting. So, I'm up waiting until I and give her meds. Extra late, as we got home late from the game, so the last dose was off schedule.)

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Tazzygirl - May 2, 2007 8:39 pm (#937 of 2988)  

Mediwitch: How'd the IEP project go?  I'm still working on it. That is why I stayed up all night last night. I took it in to get feedback from my teacher this morning, and am now rewriting some of it. I was using a lot of extra words that you can't measure (extremely, very, etc). So now I am just making some adjustments and turning it in tomorrow morning (If we came in for feedback this morning, then we get the day extension. If you didn't go in for feedback, then it was due today.) That's exciting about your house!!

Tehe, Madam P. I absolutely love Galaxy Quest. It's hilarious! I don't think I'll make watching Lost tonight. I always record it though, so I think I'll be watching it tomorrow morning.

I took a two hour nap, and forced myself to wake up so I can edit my project. As soon as I am done and it's ready to go, I am so going back to bed.

I still like the original three Star Wars movies. The newest three really bug. Although the scene in the third movie where you hear Darth Vader's breathing for the first time was pretty cool. lol

~Kristina

EDIT: LOL Puck! I only work one day this week (not sure why...), so hopefully I'm not scheduled when the girl is!

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Madam Pince - May 2, 2007 9:19 pm (#938 of 2988)  

Puck, you're a good mommy. Hope Son has a good birthday and starts to enjoy his games more -- I'm sure it will come!

Thanks for the info, Mike! Now it makes perfect sense. Seems like Lucas is an OK writer, but he sure stinks as a director...

Re Lost tonight: Why oh WHY is Kate constitutionally unable to follow directions??? Just once!!!??? For heaven's sake, Sayid asks her to keep it quiet, and she sets a new land-speed record hot-footing it over to Jack (and Juliet of all people!!) to flap her jaws! I swear I've had it with that woman. What exactly is her problem? And, not to be gross or anything, but is Locke really going to tote that overweight Adam-12 all over the island? Why doesn't he just pull a Salome/John the Baptist thing -- I mean really, the guy is already dead, right? You want proof, Ben, OK here's your proof *thunk* So that's one down of the five who are supposed to die -- four more to go. I did a frame-by-frame of the previews for next week, and they are kind of creepy -- there is a shot of an infant in there (?!), some kind of jack-o-lantern looking thing, some new mystery guy that looked sort of like a very young Richard, and something (a tombstone maybe?) with the name "Robert Work Man" on it -- the nametagged skeleton who was in the van Hurley and the guys found. Also looks like there's more of that man in the instruction videos -- Alvar Hanso or whatever? I'm betting that some of next week is going to be flashbacks for Ben.

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 2, 2007 9:31 pm (#939 of 2988)  

Haymoni, many of the individuals I spoke with were former instructors of mine.

The reason they advised me not to teach science is that I have cerebral palsy which, manifests as an ataxic form  - it is characterized mostly by hand tremors and difficulty manipulating objects.

Mathematics and english were my worst subjects in school. While, I am an avid reader with an extremely high degree of comprehension and an adequate vocabulary. My skills in the areas of composition, rhetoric and grammar it has been argued are deficient in the sense that I lack the ability to write in a manner that is grammatically correct or coherent according to the English peofessors I studied under in both high school and college.

In terms of mathematics I can easily solve simple math problems and basic algebraic equations quite easily however, my weaknesses in mathematics involved advanced alegbraic equations geometry, trignometry, economics and Aristotlean Logic. In these areas my grades ranged from A to F depending on the subject matter.

Although, many of the English professors I spoke with found the idea of my becoming a teacher quite laughable when I was in high school because, I broached rhe idea to several faculty members when I was a senior and I received many a guffaw from them at the time especially those in the English and Math departments, although, the Science faculty were largely indifferent to concept.

Shifting the subject of Star Wars of the six films I would argue that

yhe best of the Star Wars film from the standpoint of a screenplay and directorial standpoint as well is The Empire Strikes Back. Although, I wish Leigh Brackett had been able to finish the script because, even though Lawrence Kasdan is himself an able writer. I would have enjoyed seeing how Liegh Brackett's fully realized vision affected the finished film.

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jose043 - May 2, 2007 10:33 pm (#940 of 2988)  

Hi all

Solitaire sorry about your Mum,s Cancer hope everything works out for her treatment wise.

To all the others that have been sick or had problems Healing & get well charms to all

We I was of line for nearly 2 weeks as I have just bought a iMac superdrive & have been having fun getting things over from my old power iMac so have been taking my time to come on to say hi still a few teething problems but I am getting their.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Snuffles - May 3, 2007 12:58 am (#941 of 2988)  

(((Sheila))),I think everything I would say on the matter has been covered already. I hope you manage to get it all sorted.

I'm glad the carpet guy was already booked to come and see you Madame P. **passes cold compress just in case**

Nathan, that's great news on your results. Good luck in becoming a History teacher, I'm sure you will be great

I'm glad I'm not still at school. All this talk of finishing for Summer would have me depressed. I don't think we finish here until about 20th July! (although, just in time for a very important event! )

Hubby has bought a tent , I haven't been camping in a very long time. Do tents have electricity and flushing toilets yet?

Off to check the threads

Have a good Thursday everyone

Julie

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Puck - May 3, 2007 6:21 am (#942 of 2988)  

Hmm, do you think they timed the book release so the kids would be out of school, Julie?

I'm wishing I had a box of cake mix. I forgot it's Mr. Puck's turn to bring in the Friday "Cookie Time" cookies tomorrow. Perhaps I'll be a rebel and make brownies and rice krispy treats instead.

I'm so excited! No one has a game or meeting tonight, so when I can get home after teaching this afternoon I can stay here! As Diva would say "WeeHoo!"

Kathy

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Snuffles - May 3, 2007 6:36 am (#943 of 2988)  

I don't think so Kathy, our schools always break up about that time but it is most fortunate.

Hope you haven't jinxed yourself about staying at home. Someone is bound to want taking somewhere now you have put that

Julie

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Holly T. - May 3, 2007 8:03 am (#944 of 2988)  

ydnam---my avatar is the Golden Gate Bridge, taken last month when I was in San Francisco.

Nathan--good news from your doctor--and special ed or counseling sound like good options for you too. Of course, being a history teacher would be the best option. :-)

Madam Pince--FYI, the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can get Sharpie off of a kitchen table. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can also get all of the black marks off of your baseboards if someone drives remote control truck into them repeatedly while learning how to control said truck. (Said someone was also responsible for using the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on said baseboards. )

The best part of The Phantom Menace is when Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor both pull back their Jedi hoods. *swoon* Of course, that is near the beginning of the movie and it is all downhill from there. I decided they had Hayden be so whiny as Anakin so we wouldn't be too upset when he went to the Dark Side, especially since we already knew he would.

Tazzy--congrats on being on break!

Mediwitch--good news about your house!

Puck--BTDT--the past two years both of my kids have been playing baseball and softball. This year daughter isn't playing softball, which is kind of sad, since she's played since kindergarten, but on the other hand, it is a lot less time at the Little League fields.

Tori--I want to see Disturbia but I'm not sure if my daughter should see it (she's 11).

This weekend is drum rehearsal, church garage sale, dance recital, and son's birthday party (even though his birthday isn't until next weekend). Whew. I am tired already.

Snuffles--"Do tents have electricity and flushing toilets yet?"  --only magic tents. ;-)

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journeymom - May 3, 2007 10:11 am (#945 of 2988)  

Nathan, that's wonderful news regarding all the things you don't have! And I'm bummed for you about the fibromyalgia. Supportive and encouraging charms in your direction.

The best part of Phantom Menace is any part with Darth Maul. Way cool bad guy. The saber fights with Qui Gon and Obi Wan and Darth Maul are wicked. Oh, and I suppose the pod race through the valley was nifty, in a loud sort of way. When we had surround sound installed in the ceiling Mr Journeymom used the pod race scene to 'test' it. "Nneeeeooowwrrr, chg chg chg chg chg, vrrrrrooom- chg chg chg chg...." It's best heard when dialed to 11.

I'm such a grown-up!

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azi - May 3, 2007 11:27 am (#946 of 2988)  

I had so much to say, but then it went away...

Nathan, I hope you do well in whichever course you decide to do, and that you get better!

Snuffles, if tents had electric and flushing toilets then I'd go camping regularly. I'd love a wizarding style tent though!

Fieldtrip on Tuesday was good, got some great pictures! Today we were in the lab counting the invertebrates and making our own scales for assessing water quality. Tomorrow, I'll be on a low nutrient status grassland digging a soil pit and collecting samples. Basically, this term is 3 rather large projects. One I could do now, but I'm stuck. The Environment Agency's data is in such a mess they haven't actually labelled what each set of data was measuring. What we have is actually the improved version; before none of the data was in columns, it were just written in continuous lines!

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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painting sheila - May 3, 2007 12:30 pm (#947 of 2988)  

The weekend is almost here - wOOt!!

Everyone but Little Guy and me are going camping. One group is heading to the beach to camp and the other canoeing and camping in Virginia. Little Guy and I are going to the movies and out to dinner - and most likely ice cream afterwards!! Yeah!!

I must admit I do miss camping though. .. . when little guy is older. . . .

Lost - SO much happened! I feel so sorry for Locke. He is being played and manipulate by Ben just like his dad did. I also feel sorry for Sawyer. He didn't want to be a "killer" and I think he will have regret to a painful degree over this. I can also see him losing it with Locke finally. Locke is playing him the same as he (Locke) is being played. And why do the Others keep moving around? What was the place they were with the pylons?

so much to look forward to next week! Scary cabin!! Glowing girl!! Face masks and Dharma guy with grinning graying gentleman in the back ground - who is he!?

Okay - I have to go. Big kids are home.

She

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John Bumbledore - May 3, 2007 12:34 pm (#948 of 2988)  

A long, long time ago...

Is it odd or funny that thinking of data "written in continuous lines" lead me to the song by Don McLean?

Have a good day (evening or night) every one!

**singing: bye bye Miss American Pie...**

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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azi - May 3, 2007 12:36 pm (#949 of 2988)  

Ack, John, now you have me singing it!

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2BMcsmom - May 3, 2007 1:29 pm (#950 of 2988)  

azi, John got it stuck in my mind as well.

I had a lot of specific well wishes for people but they got pushed out by Miss American Pie. O well, prayers for all that need them. (((hugs))) to needy ones as well. Good Luck also

Fieldtrip was loud yesterday. Out of all the fieldtrips that the first graders went on this year, the one yesterday had all the firstes excited. We got on the boat and had to wait 30 minutes before it left the dock. The littles ones did not think the boat was going fast enough. Then we had only been going up river for about 10 minutes when most of them were ready to go back to the dock. So I decided that the youngest and I were not going to hang around for the picnic.

Tomorrow I go with the oldest and the band to a Jazz Class at one of the colleges. There will be 4 high school kids and 7 from the middle school. I think that this class is going to be interesting.

After trip with youngest we went to Barnes and Noble. (I wish we had one near my house) I found a book that some of ya'll might have seen or got some time ago. It's called Conversations With J.K.Rowling. There were a few interesting things in there. The book came out back in 2001.
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geauxtigers - May 3, 2007 1:54 pm (#951 of 2988)  

AHH John, thank you! I just spent about five minutes (yes, I'm exaggerating a bit) trying to think of another song to get that one out my head! Isn't it funny when you have a song stuck in your head, you can't think of anything else...even though you know 50000000 other songs? I've spent the last 3 days with this song by Pat Green stuck in my head....now it has been replaced by American Pie! I just won't mention "the other song", the worst one to get stuck...yall know which one...lol

Glad everything worked out alright with your results, nathan! Good luck with the teaching!

Rainy and yucky here today. Had a big storm roll through about noon. Got so dark outside that the lights tripped on (I guess they are light sensitive). Inside of about the 10 minute downpour, we got an inch of rain. Yay, now everything is sloppy outside! LOL

We dissected rats in Anatamy today. I cut off its toe and named it Peter. LOL my lab partner is a HP fan too, so we had a laugh about that until my teacher told us to skin it. NEVER again, am I going to skin a rat. That was disgusting and I don't usually get grossed out by this. Its right up there with the giant grasshoppers we did freshman year. That was gross, it was like dissecting a giant cock roach...

Okay, 16 days left! Thats it! 16! Then I'm free! Off to do homework. Oh and I was 2 points away from an A on my research paper, so I have to edit it again and turn it in, again....oh well.

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journeymom - May 3, 2007 2:42 pm (#952 of 2988)  

“This is the song that never ends,

It just goes on and on my friend....”

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Madam Pince - May 3, 2007 4:04 pm (#953 of 2988)  

I agree with journeymom that Darth Maul was the coolest part of all three movies -- he was wicked! Awesome make-up job on that one. Anakin in Revenge of the Sith reminded me of Harry in OotP -- angry and frustrated all the time.

Nathan, I think your high school and college English professors were full of poppycock. So there. Hmph.

Holly, Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser and I are good friends! It's amazing what that little sponge can remove!

Azi, sorry about the data for your project -- What a waste of time that will be to try to fix that. Sigh.

We dissected rats in Anatamy today. I cut off its toe and named it Peter. -Tori

I am cracking up laughing at you! Too funny! Sick, but funny!

Yeah, skinning a rat would probably be pretty bad. And you can't even eat him afterwards like you would a squirrel.

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geauxtigers - May 3, 2007 4:33 pm (#954 of 2988)  

magic erasers are awesome! They are really great for cleaning the bath tub, it gets almost everything up! I really do think there must be some Mrs Skower's solution in those things! They really are magic!

Another tip for getting sharpie off things is dry erase markers. Obviously only on hard surfaces that would be able to erase dryer erase marker ink in the first place. Discovered that by accident, I had those plastic section dividers a few years ago. I'd written the subjects in sharpie and was coloring around it one day with an expo and discovered that it took the sharpie off. Pretty cool, though probably not very useful. LOL

OKay, I still haven't started my homework, I took an hour and half nap instead....then I came back here **goes to iron hands**

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painting sheila - May 3, 2007 4:57 pm (#955 of 2988)  

I splurged tonight!

All of the big kids and hubbie went to the temple so Little Guy and I took my two neighbors out for dinner. Yeah! I needed to get away.

I think we are going to see Spiderman tonight at midnight. The big kids have no school tomorrow so it's an excuse to stay up late and eat popcorn. wOOt!!

Okay - skinning a rat? - eewwww!!!! ( I did laugh at the toe thing - very clever. You should post on You Know You're a Harry Potter Fan When. . .)

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Ydnam96 - May 3, 2007 6:20 pm (#956 of 2988)  

Oh, Golden Gate Bridge! I've never seen it from that angle. It's beautiful.

Oh my gosh, I got my nose pierced today and it hurts like wow. Worse than my tattoo hurt.

I'll put a picture behind my avatar if I can figure out how.

It's almost Friday!!!

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Mediwitch - May 3, 2007 7:20 pm (#957 of 2988)  

Hay Kathy, you could always cut the brownies and rice krispie treats with a cookie cutter!

Actually, I'm almost glad to have "Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie" stuck in my head as I've had the Hogwarts school song (as sung by Jim Dale) stuck in my head for about 3 days now from reading the trivia thread! It's getting a bit old now!

Tori, you are too funny, naming your rat Peter.

Hooray! The house is finally here - I actually got to touch it and look into some of the windows! *does happy dance* It's still on the trailers; the crane is coming tomorrow. We'll be taking plenty of pictures; now that you all have heard so much about this house I'll have to put one up here!

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Viola Intonada - May 3, 2007 7:27 pm (#958 of 2988)  

I'm Baacckkk!!!!

Thank you so much for all of the condolences. They helped me get through a very difficult time. The funeral mass was beautiful. The girls have taken it much better than I expected. I'm thinking we might have some major meltdowns yet to come.

LOL about the rat. I remember having to skin a fetal pig. I was rather grossed out about it, but it prepares you for what is yet to come.....

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geauxtigers - May 3, 2007 9:09 pm (#959 of 2988)  

Ahh thunder! I don't like thunder! Raining here, yippee, another sleepless night...Why do I worry about weather? I have no control over it! I shouldn't worry about things I have no control over, right?

Welcome back Viola! We did a fetal pig freshman year. That was cool, and not as gross as the rat, I didn't get squeemish at all with that. These rats had fur and were like inflant with the perservative and well you can imagine when we put the scalple there, the perservative ran everywhere. Thats when I screamed and told the my lab partner who is a guy, it was his turn. He wouldn't touch it! LOL

Okay, since I'm up, I might as well finish my gov notes...how fun...**16 days, Victoria, only 16, 8 more government classes**

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Madam Pince - May 3, 2007 9:38 pm (#960 of 2988)  

Mandy, is that red hair and freckles I see? Is your last name Weasley? Hope your new piercing stops hurting soon.

I never knew the Golden Gate Bridge was red. Wow, it's really red, too! That is an excellent picture.

Welcome back, Viola -- glad things went as well as could be expected and here's some ***cheering charms*** for you and yours.

***Dances "Happy Happy Joy Joy" with Mediwitch on the new house's arrival!***

Sheila, you rebel you. Dinner out and a movie all in one week?! Shocking, I say, shocking. *is totally jealous*

One other Lost thing: Any bets on what it is that Juliet thinks "We ought to tell her" but that Jack thinks "She's not ready for it yet"? Hmmmm. What could that be?

Anybody watch E.R. tonight? I just knew that was going to happen at the end -- everything was too happy.

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Ydnam96 - May 3, 2007 11:22 pm (#961 of 2988)  

Haha Madame Pince. It is freckles and slightly red hair...but nope no Weasley My nose is okay as long as I keep up on the motrin!

Viola, I'm glad to see you back!

Tori: you can send that thunderstorm here. I love thunderstorms...and we need rain soo bad.

Okay...so what did everyone thing of Grey's tonight?

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Tazzygirl - May 3, 2007 11:46 pm (#962 of 2988)  

Mandy: Okay...so what did everyone thing of Grey's tonight?

Here is my shameless plug about the Grey's Anatomy Forum Ginny, Tori, and I created. http://wc3.worldcrossing.com/webx?14@@.1de0ad4e Sadly, I will not be able to contribute to the discussions until about Sunday, as I promised my friend we would watch it together (she doesn't have a tv currently).

Still haven't watched Lost yet either. I'm on summer break, but it doesn't feel like it- I've been so busy!

Dissecting rats??? The only thing I got to disect was a frog. That grossed me out enough to where I really don't want to dissect anything else.

Turned my IEP project in this morning- I think I did a pretty good job on it!

That's so exciting about your house, Mediwitch!!

**sending various charms out** to those who need them.

My apartment looks like two whirlwinds came through (aka Sydney and Thaniel), and I have no energy to clean anything up. I think I'm just going to push it to the side until Sunday...

good night all!

~Kristina

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painting sheila - May 3, 2007 11:54 pm (#963 of 2988)  

I just got back from seeing Spiderman 3 - (here in white) The ending made me happy! Although it doesn't lend itself to a number 4. It was a little long in places but funny in others. I liked it! I don't think Little Guy will get to see it until it comes out on video. That way I can fast forward and stop it when it gets scary. There were some startling places that made me jump. I thought it was worth the money - glad I went.

I am off to bed. Have a good day everyone!

and Mandy - as my dad always said, "If it hurts - don't do it." Ha!

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Solitaire - May 4, 2007 12:09 am (#964 of 2988)  

Do tents have electricity and flushing toilets yet?
Only if you are a Wizard! Frankly, that is the only way I will ever voluntarily go camping again. I do like trailer houses and RVs with beds, toilets, and showers ... but that isn't really camping, is it?

Well, I see from the clock on my Mac that it is officially 12:09 a.m., and that means ... IT'S FRIDAYYYYYY!!! Yippeee!! TGIF!! I didn't think it would ever get here. What a long week!

On that note, it's time for bed!

Solitaire

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Lina - May 4, 2007 1:19 am (#965 of 2988)  

Nathan, I'm glad that your health is not as bad as you feared.

Few more hugs to Viola.

And...

Happy birthday, Kristina! May you have a lot of joy and happiness!

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Thom Matheson - May 4, 2007 8:01 am (#966 of 2988)  

Mandy, I can only have a few words for you. OUCH, OUCH. I hope that you don't get a cold, and stuffy nose.

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Madam Pince - May 4, 2007 8:13 am (#967 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday, Tazzy! Hope you have a wonderful day and that your upcoming year is full of blessings!

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Puck - May 4, 2007 9:56 am (#968 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday, Kristina!!!!!

This is the song that never ends,

It just goes on and on my friend....


Okay, that was just plain mean! I've been singing the Bunny song from Veggie tales since John mentioned it weeks ago, and now it'll be replace by this!

Mandy, happy healing. My belly ring was bad when I first got it done, but started feeling better in a few days.

Kristina, my house always looks like that. They have way more energy to make messes than I have to clean them.

Time to get lunch ready. Have a great day, everyone!

Kathy

Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, and they'll continue singing it forever just because.... (don't blame me. Journeymom started it. )

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journeymom - May 4, 2007 10:09 am (#969 of 2988)  

Hippy, Hoppy, Happy Birthday, Kristina!

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Ydnam96 - May 4, 2007 10:30 am (#970 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday Kristina!!!

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CatherineHermiona - May 4, 2007 11:02 am (#971 of 2988)  

Happy birthday Tazzy!!!!

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Tazzygirl - May 4, 2007 11:07 am (#972 of 2988)  

Thanks for all the Birthday wishes everyone! So far it's been a fantastic day!!

Mandy, your piercing doesn't look too bad! Hope it stops hurting soon!

Off to work!

Have a great RotD/N all!!

~Kristina

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 4, 2007 11:13 am (#973 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday Kristina!!

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Elanor - May 4, 2007 11:21 am (#974 of 2988)  

Joyeux anniversaire Kristina!!! Happy birthday!

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kaykay1970 - May 4, 2007 11:39 am (#975 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday Tazzy!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - May 4, 2007 11:41 am (#976 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday Tazzy!

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Jenniffler - May 4, 2007 11:51 am (#977 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday, Kristina!

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virginiaelizabeth - May 4, 2007 1:07 pm (#978 of 2988)  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KRISTINA!!!

It stormed all day today. The entire campus was under water. We probably got around 3 inches just today. It was that hard torrential downpour kinda of rain with lots of thunder and lighting. It didn't let up once. Needless to say, everything is completely saturated and now it's all sticky and yucky feeling outside.

This is the song that never ends,

It just goes on and on my friend....


How about "I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves, everybody's nerves, everybody's nerves. I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves and this is how it goes.....I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves....." Is that better??

Babysitting tonight.. YAY! I'm broke! It's a new kid that we've never met before so it should be fun...hopefully he's not another "Dameon" from last summer! **crosses fingers**

Au Revoir!

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geauxtigers - May 4, 2007 1:11 pm (#979 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday Kristina!

Well that wasn't the song I was thinking of....I was thinking of a certain ride at Disney world that envolves a boat and and extremely long version of the song throughout the boat ride... --> Its a Small World <--

It basically hasn't stopped raining since last night up until about two hours ago. I think we got nearly 4.5 inches of rain since last night today, maybe 3+?...

Its Friday! Finally! So in celebration, I'm going to take a nap!

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Holly T. - May 4, 2007 2:39 pm (#980 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday Kristina!

Had a long meeting at work today, but at least I know more about what is going on.

Has anybody been to Disney World when they had to be in a wheelchair? My brother and his family are going there at the end of May (the same time I'm going to be at Disneyland with my family) and my sister-in-law’s cardiologist has recommended that she get a wheelchair to use while she is there. I don't think she realizes how much walking there is. Plus she doesn't want to "ruin" their vacation. I pointed out that her having to go to the ER because she overexerted herself would ruin it way more than her having to be in a wheelchair or scooter. Apparently she has scar tissue building up around the pig valve that was put in her heart almost 4 years ago and she has been having some complications because of that, but not enough where the doctor wants to open her up again (yet) or tell her she can't go on vacation.

Ginny and Tori--my parents' house in Houston was struck by lightning when that big storm went through there the other night. No fire, the house is ok, but their TV was fried and they had to get a new one. My sister may never be able to go to sleep again--she was kind of freaked.

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juliebug - May 4, 2007 3:17 pm (#981 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday Kristina (prepare for another shameless plug) Can't wait to see what you have to say about last night's Grey's Anatomy over on that super awesome forum you co-founded. A new poll is up and we're anxious for opinions

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The giant squid - May 4, 2007 4:22 pm (#982 of 2988)  

Happy Tazzy, birthday! Wait... oh, well, you know what I mean.

On Spider-Man 3--I felt it had pacing issues...too long in some spots and too short in others. They tried to cram too many subplots in and none of them really got the focus they deserved. It's still a good movie, but it could have been great with a little more editing.

--Mike

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Chemyst - May 4, 2007 4:49 pm (#983 of 2988)  

“There is just one moon and one golden sun, and a smile means friendship to everyone, though the mountains divide, and the oceans are wide, It's Tazzy's Birthday Song!”

...that's the one that came to my mind anyway.   Lyrics adapted from It's A Small World

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Choices - May 4, 2007 5:54 pm (#984 of 2988)  

Tazzy - Hope you have a wonderful and very happy birthday!!!!

Cheering charms and healing charms for everyone who needs them and wishes for a wonderful weekend to all. :-)

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Mediwitch - May 4, 2007 6:55 pm (#985 of 2988)  

It's here!!!!! We got to go into our new house today - it was really awesome watching the crew put that house up - amazing!

Happy Birthday 11 to Kristina!

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 4, 2007 7:23 pm (#986 of 2988)  

Wow, Mediwitch - it's gorgeous! I love it! How exciting - I'm so happy for you!!

I almost forgot, Happy Birthday to your brother, too, Kristina!

Maria

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Tazzygirl - May 4, 2007 7:52 pm (#987 of 2988)  

Thanks again everyone! It's been a fantastic day! (Chemyst- I love the song! LOL) Thaniel came into my work with my Aunt and gave me a lei made out of baby rose buds. He kept asking me what I was cooking. (Maria- my brother says 'thank you'! )

I have yet to get any annoying song into my head.

Mediwitch- your new house is beautiful!

Juliebug- I can't wait to see the new poll! The moment I watch Grey's on Sunday I'll be posting. I haven't even watched Lost yet. What is wrong with me??

**hugs and healing charms** to those that need them!

Off to get ready for Outback Steakhouse... YUM! *dreamy look*

~Kristina

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jose043 - May 4, 2007 7:58 pm (#988 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday Kristina, also to her brother.

Healing charms & Cheering charms to all that need them.

We could do with a good down pour of rain for a week here, though have had some but no where enough.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Solitaire - May 4, 2007 8:38 pm (#989 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday, Tazzy!

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Eponine - May 4, 2007 9:11 pm (#990 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday, Tazzy!

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Ydnam96 - May 4, 2007 11:13 pm (#991 of 2988)  

Tazzy, I haven't watched Lost yet either...

Holly, I've done Disneyland in a wheelchair and it's fine as long as there are a couple different people to push. You are right, it would be horrible if she overdid it and they wasted all the money it costs to go because she's in the hospital. All of the parks have first aid stations and they are quite nice and they will let you lie down if you need. They have registered nurses there as well if you need to check BP or anything like that.

Mediwitch, the house is quite beautiful! I'm jealous.

My nose is still sore, but it's not as bad as yesterday Smile

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Ydnam96 - May 5, 2007 1:04 am (#992 of 2988)  

Too late to edit...

I can't get into 5 words! Is the FFF down?

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Tazzygirl - May 5, 2007 1:23 am (#993 of 2988)  

Mandy- FFF is down. It's been down alllll daaaaay loooooong. I've been trying since I woke up this morning. It's very sad. I might start twitching soon... (and you really should check out our Grey's Anatomy Forum! It's my homepage link...)

Off to bed! Thanks again everyone for the birthday wishes!

~Kristina

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Snuffles - May 5, 2007 1:54 am (#994 of 2988)  

Mediwitch, your house looks wonderful

Happy belated birthday Kristina. I hope you and your brother had a wonderful day.

**rain charms** to all those in need and **anti rain charms** to all those that don't

There was so much I wanted to say, but alas, It has leaked from my brain!

I hope everyone has a good weekend

Julie

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Good Evans - May 5, 2007 5:07 am (#995 of 2988)  

Happy belated Kristina - sorry I was doing the local elections count yesterday (8.30am - 9.15pm!!!!!)so I had no hope of getting on here. And I so wanted to post "may the fourth be with you all today". doesnt really work with may the fifth!!!!!!!

ah well - happy Saturday - bank holiday weekend in Britain for mayday so a long one for us, good job as I am so exhausted after yesterday (not so physicaly although we did stand up for almost the entire time) but mentally absolutely "done in".

cheering and hugs to Shiela and anyone else that is having a hard time at the moment. Ouch Mandy I dont envy the nose ring !!!

and can someone tell me why Blake is still on "idol" ??? I thought Chris was better. I just don't get the Blake thing at all. ho hmmmmm....

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Puck - May 5, 2007 5:11 am (#996 of 2988)  

I was wondering about 5 words! I thought it was my connection at first, but I got here okay.

I still haven't gotten around to finding my star. I have no idea what password I used for paypal. My I can do it tonight.

Holly, just tell your sis to ask if there is a special wheelchair entrance, especially for rides with a winding line. A couple of chairs got stuck going into the Great Movie Ride at MGM because they couldn't make the first turn. (It was the one time I thought some of the Disney crew slacked off, as someone should have been at the entrance to tell them to where to go.)

The regular kickboxing teacher was out yesterday, so another filled in. I am quite sore this morning. Family Fun at Diva's school will hopefully loosen me up and not make it worse. (Family Fun Day was the clever name a board member chose for Parents-Come-Paint-The-Fence-And-Rake-The-Mulch Day. Kids will play games, get faces painted, etc.... Plus, a potluck lunch after.)

Okay, I guess I need to go make several dozen peanut butter sandwhiches to bring this morning. Should get our gift wrapped for this afternoon's birthday party, too.

Kathy

edited to add that I think Blake is fabulous! Completely original. Chris is boy-band material. I think he's a cutie, but I'm happy with who made it to the final four. I was a bit worried for Jordan after this past performance, and happy she made it through.

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haymoni - May 5, 2007 5:54 am (#997 of 2988)  

Nathan - I'm sure you'll do great whatever you end up teaching. If you can convey your knowledge in person the way you do in your posts, you'll be a great teacher. Don't let anything stop you. One of my best teachers was in a wheelchair. She was amazing!

Snuffles - I'm with you on the camping thing. I figured that was what hotels were for. Just keep saying, "I love magic. I love magic." whenever you have to use the tent.

Holly T - My experiences with Disney have all been amazing. I'm guessing that if your brother checks their website, he will find that they have loads of information regarding wheelchair accessibility. He could probably email them for more info.

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Madam Pince - May 5, 2007 6:12 am (#998 of 2988)  

The book The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World has a section about that topic, and it says that the monorail and buses are wheelchair-accessible, as well as most rides, and that usually the entire party can board using a separate line without a long wait if you ask a cast member about boarding instructions as soon as you get to the ride. It says you can rent a wheelchair onsite for $8 per day, and an ECV (electric convenience vehicle) for $35 per day. Also they will send you a free "Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities" if you ask or it is available online at disneyworld.com -- type "disabled" in the search tool.

Poor poor Paris Hilton -- 45 days in jail. Let's see, do we think she can make it? And her mother leaves the courtroom whining about how "pathetic and disgusting... this nonsense is... what a joke." Gee, I think I see where the girl gets the sense that she can just totally ignore a judge's order to attend an education program and not to drive -- not once, but twice. I think it would've been a lot more "pathetic and disgusting" if she'd killed someone while out driving drunk.

Happy Kentucky Derby Day! Dig out those fancy hats!

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painting sheila - May 5, 2007 7:08 am (#999 of 2988)  

Happy Happy Birthday Tazzy dear! Happy days will come to you all year! If I had a wish then it would be A Happy Happy Birthday to you from me!

Sorry the wishes are late but that just means you get another day on the tale end of this year!

I spent close to 9 hours yesterday cleaning the girls room - "eeww!!" is all I have got to say! They come home from camping today and they better dang well keep it looking nice! They have more clothes than can fit in their drawers! We WILL be having a purge party tonight.

Went to see Meet the Robinsons last night with Little Guy. It was so cute! There was even a Hidden Mickey in it!

That is a book I would suggest Holly T - a Hidden Mickey book. The designers at Disney have hidden all of these "Mickey's" all around the parks. They are great fun to look for while you are waiting in line. I am sure the wheel chair would be the way to go. Disney is very user friendly that way from what I can see.

Okay - I am off to finish the girls room and start on laundry. yuck.

Have a great day everyone!

She

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The giant squid - May 5, 2007 8:47 am (#1000 of 2988)  

That's a fabulous looking house, Mediwitch! I hope it's turned out exactly how you wanted it after all this bother.

From my vague memories of visiting Walt Disney World back in the early 90s, most of the rides do have a "special needs" line. Just make sure to tell your brother not to gloat as he & your sister-in-law wheel past the hundreds of people waiting forever to get in.

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Choices - May 5, 2007 8:53 am (#1001 of 2988)  

All morning, after finding out that Paris Hilton is going to jail, I have been trying to wipe the grin off my face. The girl desperately needs a reality check and this may be it. I don't care how rich you are, you cannot break laws and endanger other peoples lives. All her life she has been doing what is easy, now it's time to learn to do what is right.

Mediwitch, your new house is lovely, but I think the setting is even lovelier. The woods behind are so pretty. I hope you will be very happy there.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. :-)

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kaykay1970 - May 5, 2007 9:39 am (#1002 of 2988)  

The house is quite beautiful Mediwitch. I hope you make many happy memories there!

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Solitaire - May 5, 2007 9:41 am (#1003 of 2988)  

¡Feliz Cinco de mayo!

Mediwitch ... awesome house! It sure went up quickly.

Nathan, as one who has taught English and language arts for 21 years, I can honestly tell you that it is one of the toughest subjects to teach at the moment. In chasing the almighty test score, some districts have stripped everything fun and creative out of the subject area. In many districts here in my town, teachers are being told not only what to teach but how to teach it. If I were just beginning, I am not sure I would seek out language arts as a subject. I would check out all my teaching options. There may be one you are not seeing right now!

Paris Hilton going to jail? I'm shocked ... stunned ... and surprised that a judge had the common sense to make the call! What did she do this time that finally cooked her goose? Forgive me, but I have not had the news on much the past week. **waiting anxiously for the earth-shaking news**

Well, I suppose I should go and get ready. The memorial service is being held for my student's father who passed away last week. I hope there are some students and other teachers in attendance. Many people will take off a day from work, but they won't give up a weekend, so ...

Solitaire

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geauxtigers - May 5, 2007 10:47 am (#1004 of 2988)  

I was thrilled when Paris Hilton got her little jail sentence. I don't remember exactly what happened, something about driving when she was on driving probation of something of that sort. I'm just glad she finally got whats been coming to her for years...

Cool House, Mediwitch! Is it one of those houses that comes almost pre-built? LIke the walls come built and they connect it together or something. Isn't there such thing as that or am I completely crazy?

Off to do homework...

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Choices - May 5, 2007 10:53 am (#1005 of 2988)  

I heard that she was sentenced to jail time for violating the terms of her probation.

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Madam Pince - May 5, 2007 1:04 pm (#1006 of 2988)  

Yep, that's it Choices. She was arrested in September of last year for reckless driving and DUI. She went to court in January for that, and the judge gave her 36 months probation, $1500 fine, and she was supposed to attend an alcohol-education program. She failed to register for or attend the program, and she was stopped by police twice since then -- after she had signed a paper that said she acknowledges that her license was suspended and she was not allowed to drive. (The signed paper was found in the glove box of her car at the second arrest, so she definitely had it.) Her argument in court was that she "wasn't paying attention" and didn't realize that her license had been suspended --she didn't know she was violating her probation. So now she has to report for jail sometime in June I think it is -- and the judge did not allow any "house arrest" or allow her to pay a fee in order to stay at the jail of her choice as is done sometimes apparently. She has to stay 45 days in a 12x8-foot cell ("smaller than her closet"), with one hour a day to exercise or watch TV or shower or talk on the pay phones (no cellphones allowed), three meals a day with the only hot meal being dinner. She will be segregated from other inmates as a "high-profile" inmate, but could possibly have a roommate in her cell.

As you say, Choices, it should be quite the reality check. "The Simple Life" indeed!

Mediwitch, love the house! It's beautiful -- congratulations! What fun you'll have now getting to move in and decorate and get all settled! Woo-hoo!

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Lina - May 5, 2007 1:37 pm (#1007 of 2988)  

Congrats for a very nice house, Mediwitch!

We were at a book shop ship today, the one that travels around the world, and we are pretty satisfied with all that we bought, something for each one in the family. We spent two hours in the ship. Then we went for some ice cream to end a nice day. And it was not raining. Yay!

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Tazzygirl - May 5, 2007 2:09 pm (#1008 of 2988)  

I got to have a lie in today! I haven't been able to lounge around in so long. *dreamy look*

Thanks for the belated birthday wishes, JulieGE and Sheila!

Off to find a wedding present. I've got a wedding this afternoon, I don't really know the couple, and therefore I'm trying to figure out a suitable gift. I'm thinking of going in with another guest and buying a really nice set of wine glasses. We shall see.

Poor poor Paris Hilton. I feel so bad for her. **sarcastic**

Lina- that book shop ship sounds fun! Wish we had one here...

Have a great weekend all!

~Kristina

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The giant squid - May 5, 2007 3:02 pm (#1009 of 2988)  

Madame P, thanks for the particulars on the Paris Hilton thing. I was worried she'd "Simple Life" her way out of doing any real jail time. Now if only this experience could make her realize what a waste her life has become...

LIna, that book ship/shop sounds like a fabulous concept. Sadly, even if it did come around to the USA I'd never see it, as Las Vegas is quite landlocked...

--Mike

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painting sheila - May 5, 2007 3:25 pm (#1010 of 2988)  

Mike - I thought about you last night. JAy Leno had the Impress Ed Asner bit again. The was a guy from Vegas - I think his name was Mike - and he "played" hot candles. He didn't impress Ed though. Bummer.

Mediwitch - Cool house!! I would like to stat over on this one. I love the local but the house is't big enough or can it be easily added on to.

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journeymom - May 5, 2007 4:30 pm (#1011 of 2988)  

Mr Journeymom asked me why I'd care if Paris Hilton is going to jail. I told him she offends my sensibilities and that somebody that trashy and stupid should not be allowed in public. Going without knickers in public is not a fashion statement. Jail time is just karma coming back in spades.

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boop - May 5, 2007 5:58 pm (#1012 of 2988)  

Happy Belated Birthday to Tazzy, glad you had a nice day.

Hugs to all!!

boop

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Choices - May 5, 2007 6:10 pm (#1013 of 2988)  

Journeymom, I could not agree with you more! Very well said! Having money does not necessarily mean you have class.

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Solitaire - May 5, 2007 6:12 pm (#1014 of 2988)  

It sounds callous, but I, too, am glad she is spending time in the Big House, Journeymom. I'm not sure why, but she appears to be a role model for some woefully misguided younger girls. I think it is about time such "role models" are made to pay for their outrageous failure to observe the laws that govern us all. Perhaps her "fans" will be less likely to emulate her in the future.

Solitaire

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Choices - May 5, 2007 6:18 pm (#1015 of 2988)  

I don't think it sounds callous at all, Soli. You are very wise in what you say. I don't want to see anyone throw away/waste their life and I think that is just what she is doing. Someone in her position could do so much good and she is doing just the opposite. She lives a selfish, wasteful existance and I sincerely hope her stint in jail will wake her up.

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Solitaire - May 5, 2007 6:49 pm (#1016 of 2988)  

Thanks, Choices. I suppose I had one rude, self-centered child in mind when I wrote the above post. Since I see adolescent girls every day of my working life (as a junior high teacher), I also see, hear, and read who they admire. You cannot believe the number of girls who admire the vacuous, wasteful lifestyles of some of these young female celebrities. I still can't figure out the reason for Hilton's celebrity. She has no discernible talent, her clueless comments are legend, her lack of respect for the law and her fellow human beings is obvious ... With the exception of her money--which she did nothing to earn--I see nothing of substance. How sad.

As you have observed, Choices, a woman in her position--and in possession of her money--could do a tremendous amount of good for a lot of people. Alas, her money seems primarily spent to keep herself in the public eye. I hope she uses the upcoming 45-day vacation to take some serious stock of herself and her life.

Solitaire

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Viola Intonada - May 5, 2007 6:54 pm (#1017 of 2988)  

Nice house, Mediwitch!

Happy "belated" Birthday, Tazzy!!!

Disney in a wheel chair is not a bad way to go. Disney is very sensitive to people in wheelchairs and help out in many ways.

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Mediwitch - May 5, 2007 7:11 pm (#1018 of 2988)  

Thanks for all the well-wishes on the house! We're really pleased with it so far!! Tori, yes, it's a modular, so it the front half of the house arrived on one trailer and the back half on another, then there were two more loads of materials and the dormers. Honestly, I couldn't watch them bring it up the driveway - it's nearly a quarter mile long and rather bendy. There's still a lot of work to do on the inside - the plumbing, heating, and electrical have to be connected, the hardwood floors installed, the entire second floor doesn't even have walls! So it'll be a bit before we can move in, but we're really hoping for July. Some of our friends stopped by today, and the kids thought it was very cool to look down the shower drains into the basement!

EDIT: LOL, Soli! I've actually gotten a bunch of pics on Snapfish up to yesterday (starting from last August, before we had the land cleared), but between Mr. Mediwitch, me, and my mother, we took waaay too many pictures yesterday so I have to look through them and get it down to a manageable number. I'll keep you posted!

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Solitaire - May 5, 2007 7:21 pm (#1019 of 2988)  

Mediwitch, I've been seeing some really neat shows on these modular houses on HGTV, DIY, and Discovery Home channel. They sound awesome! I can't wait to hear how you like it after you've lived in it a while. You will have to set up a webpage with photos. Hm ... come to think of it, you could do that now, to show us the progression of your home. Just a thought ... Nice of me to make extra work for you, isn't it? hehe!

Solitaire

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Chemyst - May 5, 2007 7:48 pm (#1020 of 2988)  

I found this to be a little bit funny:
Journeymom says, "somebody that trashy and stupid should not be allowed in public"
Journeymom's second line says, "Perhaps everything terrible is, in its deepest being, something that needs our love."
Conclusion: Journeymom believes in tough love.

Nice House Mediwitch! …and your pic just made me re-appreciate living in the South where we have had leaves on our trees for nearly a month!

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haymoni - May 5, 2007 9:12 pm (#1021 of 2988)  

I'm wondering if Paris will gain weight in prison. No personal trainer, I'm guessing lots of carbs on the menu. Maybe it's the lack of real food that makes her stupid.

Although, if those comments made by her mother are the truth, she may come by her stupidity honestly. If her mother had a lick of sense, she would have been ashamed of her daughter and not tried to blow the whole thing off.

Just once I'd like to hear a parent say, "Yes, I love my child, but he/she did a really stupid thing and now has to pay the price."

Yup - tough love.

Speaking of tough, Ungrateful Son was called in to pitch today. It was the last inning, tied score, bases loaded and 2 outs. He struck the kid out - NERVES OF STEEL!!!!  cheers

His team won in a Texas-shoot out - every batter comes to the plate at full count (3 balls, 2 strikes), so with one pitch, you can strike the batter out, walk them or they can get a hit.

Sometimes I wish all the innings were played that way!!!

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Ydnam96 - May 5, 2007 10:30 pm (#1022 of 2988)  

Wow congrats to Ungrateful Son! Smile

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journeymom - May 6, 2007 12:14 am (#1023 of 2988)  

Lol! Chemyst, well spotted! Yes, indeed, even Paris Hilton deserves love and compassion. AFTER she gets her butt kicked by the legal system.

Haymoni, wow! Nerves of steel is right. You need to get him a jersey printed with that on it.

WARNING, CREEPY CRAWLY STORY AHEAD:

I'm feeling like an ineffectual 21st century adult right now. 12 y.o. dear daughter has a pet mouse, named Hermione. Somehow, and I really can't figure out how, she got infested with lice, covered with them. It's not as though she sneaks out at night and goes cheese pub crawling. Regardless, dd discovered the horrible beasties this evening and was freaked out about it. Well, so was I. It's pretty disturbing! For a split second I thought about going to the drug store and getting a delousing kit. I can imagine getting the shampoo on and rubbed in, but getting it rinsed off? And I can't exactly put a mouse-sized cone collar on her to keep her from licking, either.

I told dd there's no way to treat Hermione for the lice and we should take her to the vet and have her put down. She starts sobbing and nods her head and, of course, I start crying, and off we go to the 24-hour emergency vet clinic.

$98. Ninety-eight dollars. That's the mandatory consultation fee. I just want to put the poor thing out of her misery! Can't the vet just take a look and say, yup, that's a nasty case of lice there, let's put her out of her misery. I'd pay $40 for that. Heck, I'd pay $60 for that. But I cannot afford $98 to put the mouse down.

My parents generation, people from 'the Greatest Generation' would scoff and say I'm being wimpy, willing to pay somebody to euthanize a rodent. There's probably something at the drug store, something 70 years ago everybody used to keep in their medicine cabinet for, I don't know, treating thrush, and everybody knew all you had to do is give a drop of it to your ailing pet and it would die a painless death. I suppose I could put her in a plastic bag and put her in the freezer. Mr Journeymom half-heartedly offered to try something with car exhaust, but he wasn't sure he could do it without making himself sick, and he really didn't feel comfortable offing the mouse anyway.

I am crippled by modern life. Heaven forbid we have a real emergency. Remember the Y2K bug? People were filling their tubs with water, taking extra money out of the bank, filling up on gas, because come January 1, 2000, the computerized world would be plunged back into the pre-industrial era. And just how did people put their sick pets down before the advent of domestic animal veterinarians??

Tomorrow I'm going to learn how to darn socks.

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jose043 - May 6, 2007 1:37 am (#1024 of 2988)  

Hi All

Mum (Josephine) has been telling me about the different mails that have complained about Teachers, Principles being Dolores Umbridge, in their ways of running the schools. What if you got a CEO (Chef Executive Officer), who is a Dolores Umbridge. She has made all the staff sign an Acknowledgement form, with different policies on how staff should behave in the work place, staff have two weeks to sign.

We agree with what has been said about Paris Hilton. But is is amazing how many young girls do look up to her as a roll model. Mum and I both think she is a dizzy blonde, no offence to any blonde's out their as I have blonde hair myself.

Anne and Josephine

The moon made me do it. Little werewolves of London

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Ydnam96 - May 6, 2007 7:16 am (#1025 of 2988)  

journeymom, I know it sounds silly but could you get flea drops for puppies or kittens? Or is it too late? Would they work on fleas? I've never heard of lice on animals. So strange.

It's Move Out day! Wooooohoooo. The last of my residents will be moving home for the summer this afternoon. Praise God!

Off to check one of my staff out then to Panera for a forbidden cinnamon bagel. mmmmm

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Solitaire - May 6, 2007 9:01 am (#1026 of 2988)  

Journeymom, I found an interesting recommendation: Scalex Lice & Mite Spray for ... Birds! Here is the hamster's own account of his ordeal with mites ... different from lice, I realize, but the principle sounds the same. I'm still looking ...

Edit: Okay, here is an article that gives you some more info. It mentions a drug called Ivermectin, as well as some external treatments. Go all the way to the bottom of the page. Good luck!

Solitaire

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Choices - May 6, 2007 10:46 am (#1027 of 2988)  

Journeymom, I can surely sympathize. I have a Hermione - a Cairn Terrier - that has cost me a pretty penny at the Emergency Vets office. She is almost 2 years old now, but when she was a puppy it seemed like every two weeks we were rushing her to the vets office after hours. Just to walk in the door is $125. plus whatever the treatment costs. First she had an allergic reaction to her puppy shot (her face swelled up), then she chewed up a toy that had lots of strings in it and we thought she had an intestinal obstruction, then she had food allergies and was itching all over. I didn't pay a lot for her, but she has turned out to be the most expensive dog I've ever had. Good thing I love her and she's worth it. LOL Did you ever just consider taking your Hermione out for a long, one-way ride in the country? OK, pretend I didn't say that. :-)

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Solitaire - May 6, 2007 11:44 am (#1028 of 2988)  

She may just be a mouse, but I feel that would be a terrible way for a beloved pet to die. Not only would she starve to death, but the lice would literally eat her alive (this is from a pet site, not me). Why not take her to the Humane Society. They would probably euthanize her for a much lower fee ... if you opt not to treat her. As expensive as it is, euthanizing Hermione teaches your daughter that it is better than just abandoning a sick pet. JM2K, but then I am one who has spent lots of $ on pets ... even when they were probably going to die anyway.

Solitaire

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journeymom - May 6, 2007 12:12 pm (#1029 of 2988)  

Solitiare- that's it! They're mites! One should not depend on one source of information. Mr Journeymom looked up.... well, I don't know what he looked up, but he found something indicating they might be lice. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, looks like Hermione will be around a little longer.

This means I don't have to learn to darn socks, after all!

Ydam96, one of the articles Solitaire found says flea solution for kittens 2 weeks old would probably work, so yes, you're right.

Choices, those cairn terriers are cute! I'm considering a westie someday. My parents had a Dandie Dinmont several years ago, before Bill Cosby made them popular, and he was a sweet clown.

My dad's coming over for grilled bratwursts; we'll watch "The Queen". I love Helen Mirren.

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 6, 2007 12:22 pm (#1030 of 2988)  

Hi everyone! It's hubby's birthday today. I picked up an ice cream cake for him from our favorite homemade ice cream shop. In-laws are coming for a barbecue but it's kind of cool and breezy. I suppose we'll end up inside. I'd better go and finish preparations.

Rain charms to the little werewolves of London. BTW, Josephine, how is your shoulder? Is it back to normal since your operation? My neighbor had his operated on and I think he still gets pain nearly six months later.

Congrats to NOS (aka, Ungrateful Son) for a great game and to ydnam96 for your freedom!

What a shame about Paris. A young girl coming to the forefront of notoriety and a girl of means - what mountains she could have moved. Well, perhaps it's not too late and as Madam Pince so aptly put it, maybe she'll have a wake up call from this. Though, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, does it?

journeymom, have you tried to bring her to Pet Smart or another pet store? I believe those places groom pets - well, mostly dogs, but you could give it a shot. Perhaps they'd try to de-lice them for you. Ewww. You have my sympathies, as well as dd.
**off to check the chins for lice/mites**

Maria

EDITED: BTW, Madam Pince, I haven't forgotten about you - things will settle down by tonight.

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Lina - May 6, 2007 1:52 pm (#1031 of 2988)  

Happy birthday to Mr. HH!

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geauxtigers - May 6, 2007 3:02 pm (#1032 of 2988)  

it's kind of cool and breezy.

Ahh enjoy it! Spiked 93F/34C here today! And its still only at 90F/32C! Bring on summer!

Happy birthday to your husband!

off to do homework... **grumble**

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Choices - May 6, 2007 5:51 pm (#1033 of 2988)  

Journeymom, my daughter and I watched "The Queen" this past week and really enjoyed it. Hope you do, too. About half way through my daughter said, "I think I was born in the wrong country - I should have been British!" One of her favorite movies is "Anne of the Thousand Days" - she loves anything about the kings and queens of England.

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Solitaire - May 6, 2007 5:56 pm (#1034 of 2988)  

Journeymom, I hope everything works out. Please keep us posted.

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journeymom - May 6, 2007 10:11 pm (#1035 of 2988)  

The Queen was excellent. Helen Mirren deserved her multiple awards. 12 y.o. daughter watched more than half of it, and I explained some of the back story. Boy, Prince Philip wasn't portrayed too kindly.

The grilled brats were pretty darned good, too.

Updates for the ongoing mouse saga to come.

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Solitaire - May 7, 2007 6:49 am (#1036 of 2988)  

I have not seen The Queen, Journeymom ... but I have watched a number of documentaries about the Royals over the last quarter of a century. Prince Philip has never been given what I would consider a glowing report. I rarely go to the movies, so I am patiently waiting for The Queen to come on HBO!

Solitaire

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Madam Pince - May 7, 2007 9:19 am (#1037 of 2988)  

And just how did people put their sick pets down before the advent of domestic animal veterinarians?? –Journeymom

Never saw Old Yeller, eh?

I hope you can find something to help poor Hermione. That would be a shame to have to "go" from a something that seems so simple as mites. But $98 for a mouse? I'd have to think long and hard about that one, too. In the meantime, just be sure none of those little buggers have escaped her and gone wandering through your carpets looking for another home....  

I had a strange weekend, animal-wise. I wanted to watch the Kentucky Derby, and as the time approached, I found myself strangely unwilling to watch. There were stories on TV all day about Barbaro, and it just really bothered me. I am such a sucker for emotional sports stories, and also for anything where the animal dies, so just say the word "Barbaro" to me and I'm a mess. So I just decided not to watch. Horses are such glorious animals, and it just upsets me so to see one hurt, that I just don't know if I can stand to watch a race again. Sounds silly, I know, but I can't help it. I'm an old softie when it comes to animals, I guess.

The site that I have set for my home page that pops up whenever I log onto my computer has all the day's "top news" displayed whenever I sit down in front of the screen. (Hence all my Paris Hilton info -- it's not that I follow her career, I promise! ) Anyway, today's AP "top news" was about Miss Hilton making the following statement to the press: "I feel that I was treated unfairly and that the sentence is both cruel and unwarranted and I don't deserve this," she said as she left for a shopping trip (!) with her mother. (Emphasis mine... Big huge ...) Veteran celebrity publicists say that this jail time will only enhance her image and popularity, and will be unlikely to cause her any remorse or any change in attitude. "This is a girl who has total disregard for the rules of our society," (the publicist) said. "And she's been rewarded for it." The 26-year-old hotel heiress, who parlayed her party lifestyle into worldwide fame, told the judge Friday that she "didn't have time" to talk with her attorneys about her probation. That dismissive attitude is part of her appeal, said a veteran publicist. "The premise of her fame is being naughty. This is a career move for her. It simply fuels the fascination. She can only win with this." In other words, she won't change and she'll be more "popular."

I think that is just about the saddest thing I have heard in ages.

Particularly considering that the second story on the AP Top News was about the hundreds of families devastated by the tornadoes in Kansas, who are returning to homes that are now non-existent. Ms. Hilton's "shopping trip" could probably pay to rebuild that whole town, if she chose to ever think about anyone other than herself. Sad, sad, sad.

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Choices - May 7, 2007 9:29 am (#1038 of 2988)  

I so totally agree Madam Pince. My heart goes out to those affected by the tornados in Kansas, and to think of Miss Vapid going merrily on her shopping spree disgusts me. How can she be so callus to the suffering of others. Unfortunately the world is full of people like her - living only for their own selfish pleasure without a thought for the plight of humanity.

Good morning to all and happy Monday. Hope everyone has a great week.

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Madam Pince - May 7, 2007 9:46 am (#1039 of 2988)  
Edited May 7, 2007 10:52 am

And another thing... since you guys were talking about royalty earlier, too... (I had time to think more while I was in the shower -- )

Back awhile ago, Princess Diana was "the" celebrity obsession of the moment. Beautiful, in-the-news not so much because of anything she herself had accomplished but rather because of who she was connected with and therefore how much money/clothes/glamorous lifestyle she had -- and not considered exactly the brightest crayon in the box, perhaps. Yet, she chose to spend a good portion of her public time in visiting AIDS patients in hospitals, and lending her name and image to things such as increasing awareness of those horrible land-mines which kill and maim innocent civilians and children. This was her choice, even when she was not much older than Ms. Hilton. (As my grandma would say, "Old enough to know better.") What a difference -- both beautiful and beautifully attired, both blonde, both wealthy, both in the news. But what a difference.

Choices, again...

Edit: Oh, I almost forgot -- Woo-hoo Ungrateful Son!!! Way to pitch!!! ***insert sound of applause here***

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Holly T. - May 7, 2007 10:43 am (#1040 of 2988)  

Journeymom--good luck with the mouse! We have spent plenty of dollars at the vet on our cats--including the one we don't even like.

Paris Hilton--bleh.

Daughter's dance recital on Saturday went well, as did son's Survivor-themed birthday party on Sunday afternoon (his birthday isn't until next weekend, though). That was kind of wild, as you would expect with 8 nine-year-olds running around our yard and the field behind the neighborhood doing challenges for two and a half hours. Daughter wisely chose to escape the mayhem--when the parents of one of my son's friends dropped their son off, they took my daughter to their house, where she and their daughter (same age) enjoyed a blissful, brother-free afternoon.

Thanks for the input on going to Disney in a wheelchair. After looking at the guidebooks and web sites and thinking about the logistics of it all I am recommended to SIL that she consider a scooter--if she was in a wheelchair my brother would have to push her and then who would hold on to their 5-year-old?

Off to get some work done.

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Madam Pince - May 7, 2007 10:54 am (#1041 of 2988)  

Cool idea, Holly! The Unofficial Guide said that Disney's rental scooters are a lot faster than those at most other theme parks, for some reason. Don't know if that's a good thing, or a bad thing!

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Choices - May 7, 2007 10:57 am (#1042 of 2988)  

Guess it depends on whether you are driving or dodging. LOL

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Tazzygirl - May 7, 2007 11:45 am (#1043 of 2988)  

Hi guys! I heard from Dizzy Lizzy today, and thought I'd tell you all about it.

She has arrived safely in Tasmania, and said that (this is for Finn, I am thinking! LOL) "Total Travel in kms: 1440 plus 450km (or about 1168.18 miles) for the bass strait crossing. Shortest day of travelling: 1.5 hours from Devonport to Rocky Cape. Longest day of travelling: 8 hours from Dubbo to Albury."

I was supposed to go to the beach today, but moved it to tomorrow, as I have a bunch of stuff I have needed to do now for weeks but haven't had time. For being on summer break, I sure haven't had time to relax!

Have a great week everyone!

~Kristina

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 7, 2007 12:00 pm (#1044 of 2988)  

Solitaire, many thanks for advice concerning language arts and English.

Also, I would like to say thank you all of you for the kind words of encouragement that you have given me. It means a lot to me.

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Madam Pince - May 7, 2007 1:10 pm (#1045 of 2988)  

Nathan, Little Pince just looked at your avatar and said "Hey, what's that little boy doing? It looks like he's building a robot! Hey, it looks like he's building R2-D2! Can we build R2-D2?"

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 7, 2007 1:47 pm (#1046 of 2988)  

I couldn't decide whether I wanted to build a robot or be a drummer at the time. I used to use my grandma's pots as drums and her cooking sppons as drumsticks.

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journeymom - May 7, 2007 3:43 pm (#1047 of 2988)  

Brit Speak clarification required: would a Brit say, "Head down the road for 3 miles, then turn left," or, "Head down the road for 3 kilometers, then turn left," ? Or kilometre.

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painting sheila - May 7, 2007 8:17 pm (#1048 of 2988)  

hi everyone -

I am trying to type as my cat - BC - walks across the key board. I promise to hit "Check Spelling" before posting!

Mean mom had to come out again today. I am weary with it.

Bright spot - I am going to the beach tomorrow! wOOt!! Oldest Son has an audition so we are going to head to the beach for a tiny little bit afterwards.

I am tired and just finished watching the bachelor. I am off to bed!

nite-nite-

she

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geauxtigers - May 7, 2007 9:28 pm (#1049 of 2988)  

Hmmm, Journeymom, I think they say miles if I remember correctly because I asked that several months ago. But they use Celsius and everything else was metric except 'mph' I think. Correct me if I'm wrong though! I don't have time to go find the post! I've been living in a zombie state for a while now, this week looks slightly better than last week though.

On Paris, like Dumbledore says, its all about the choices we make.

So sad about the town in Kansas. It truly is horrible. I can't even imagine.

Shelia, you aren't alone, my cat is currently walking across my keys and doing that "pawing" thing on my stomach. LOL Now shes laying on my unfinished physics homework. Be careful, there is some sort of key stroke pattern that will erase all of your post! She has somehow managed to step on just the wrong keys twice, both times erasing my entire post!

Off to make up something for this physics and go to sleep. Hope everyone is doing well!

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Solitaire - May 7, 2007 9:43 pm (#1050 of 2988)  

I, too, thought of Princess Diana, Madam Pince. She did have her times of chasing after fashion and such. Fortunately, she quickly realized that, as long as she was going to be followed and hounded and photographed, she might as well use all that publicity to shine the light on people and places where it could do some good. And yes, it is sad that all of this will only serve to make Paris more popular.

Nathan, have you considered a reading specialist credential? You obviously love to read. Why not learn how to pass that love on to kids who are struggling? Reading specialists will always be in demand. Really.

Well, Mom goes in for her surgery tomorrow morning around 8 a.m. They were kind of "casual" about the exact time, so my sister figures it will be closer to around 11 a.m. At this time, they are planning a lumpectomy, and we are hoping everything is contained, so that will do it. I probably won't be online much the next few days, as I'll be spending evenings and nights with Mom (no Net). I'll try and leave a note from school either tomorrow or Wednesday, when I have some news. Please keep her and her doc in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks.

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 7, 2007 10:00 pm (#1051 of 2988)  

Solitaire, that an interesting idea. I did not know that an individual could be a reading specialist without being certified in language arts or English?

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Ydnam96 - May 7, 2007 10:01 pm (#1052 of 2988)  

Popping in to say hi!

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Lina - May 7, 2007 10:12 pm (#1053 of 2988)  

Journeymom, I'm sure some Britt will come soon to post the correct answer for you, but I think thy use miles while the rest of Europe and Australia use kilometers. And it goes for the other measures too, I think they should be the last to give up Imperial measures for the metric (if ever).

Talking about the love for reading, my middle daughter, Veronika, the one that doesn't like to read, came to me yesterday and said - I want to read this book. They read a chapter or just a part of chapter from that book at school and they stopped at the most intense moment, so now she wants to know how it ends.

Hugs, healing, strengthening and recovery charms to Soli and Mum! I'm sure it is all in time.

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Tazzygirl - May 7, 2007 11:17 pm (#1054 of 2988)  

Lina: They read a chapter or just a part of chapter from that book at school and they stopped at the most intense moment, so now she wants to know how it ends.

That is a strategy I learned in class last semester. It helps promote reading, and Veronika is doing just that!

**healing charms** to your mom, Soli! I'm sure she'll be just fine!!

Just finished my take home Math final. Once I email it in, I get to completely leave this semester behind. w00t!

Oh! About that girl at work who is always on her phone- several of my coworkers have also noticed, as well as the store manager. He comes back regularly each time the girl is working to make sure she isn't in the back chatting away. I (and about 5 of my coworkers) believe it won't be long before that girl is gone. yeay!

~Kristina

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Madam Pince - May 7, 2007 11:28 pm (#1055 of 2988)  

Soli, best wishes to your mom and you both tomorrow!

Woo-hoo Tazzy on finishing with school!!! And it sounds like Chatty Cathy's days might be numbered, so woo-hoo for that as well!

Excellent reading strategy -- glad to hear Veronika's hooked! You know, those teacher-types are pretty smart folks sometimes...

Gotta share -- after probably years of submitting supremely witty but hitherto unappreciated captions for the Survivor website's "Freeze Frame" section, they finally chose one of mine! I'm so proud. I feel like Navin R. Johnson.

So excited!!! Going to meet HH11 in a day or two! Yippee! Can't wait, Maria!

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journeymom - May 7, 2007 11:34 pm (#1056 of 2988)  

Solitaire, best of luck for your mom. It's wonderful that you're staying with her. I know, you're just doing what needs to be done.

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Snuffles - May 8, 2007 1:07 am (#1057 of 2988)  

Journeymom. Hope you manage to sort out the mousey problem. $98 for a mouse?? where do they come up with these charges!

Prince Phillip IMO, he does deserve some bad press. He really should think before opening his royal trap! He has insulted just about every country and race without even trying!

Yes we use miles not kilometres, also, even though things sort of changed from lbs and ozs to kilos and grams, most people still use the old lbs and ozs system. So much easier.

Happy belated birthday to Mr HH. Hope he had a wonderful day.

Congrats to Ungrateful son.

Hope everything turns out ok for your mum, Solitaire. I will be thinking of you.

We went out for the day on Sunday to Dalby Forest. It has lots of bike trails and walks. As we were making our way to the cafe for a drink, we passed a woman wearing a pair of blue Crocs. Olivia pointed at the womans shoes and said at the top of her voice "Oh look daddy, that woman is wearing those shoes that you hate". I didn't know hubby's face could turn that lovely shade of red  

Off to check the threads

Hope everyone has a good Tuesday

Julie

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Good Evans - May 8, 2007 5:36 am (#1058 of 2988)  

afternoon all, (well it is here!!)

All the best Solitaire (and your family).

yep we are "miles" not kilometres in UK !!!

Can't think what else I was going to say....

Hubby got his letter confirming next week for his op - so not too bad after being put back.

waves and hugs to all who need it - I have gone completely blabnk on everything I was going to comment on.. ah well!

Julie x

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The giant squid - May 8, 2007 6:17 am (#1059 of 2988)  

I feel like Navin R. Johnson.--Madame Pince

LOL "I'm somebody!"

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azi - May 8, 2007 6:29 am (#1060 of 2988)  

**waves to everyone**

The Internet is completely down at my house, and both the other Internet connections I have access to keep crashing so I'm not able to be online anywhere near as much as I like! Maybe I'm cursed when using technology?

Soli, healing charms to your mum!

Congrats on your Survivor thing, Madame P! (I don't know exactly what it is, but you seem happy )

I also use pounds and ounces for cooking. Grams makes no sense!

Snuffles - What Olivia said was cute! Although I would be embarrassed if that happened to me.... By the way, I will be waving in your general direction on Thursday when I'm visiting Spurn point and the bridge!

JulieGE, I hope your hubby makes a quick recovery after his op!

Add me to the Paris Hilton haters. She isn't that big in this country though, I think (methinks we're lucky!). She deserves what she gets. I just hope she learns that just because she has money she is not above the law, nor common decency.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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Solitaire - May 8, 2007 7:17 am (#1061 of 2988)  

Thanks for all your prayers and well-wishes for Mom. I just talked to her, and she is doing great. She and my sister take off shortly for the hospital. I will post as soon as I know something.

LOL @ Olivia and the Crocs remark. Remember Art Linkletter's show, Kids Say the Darndest Things? If ever there is a revival, Olivia sounds like a natural for it!

Azi, it isn't that I hate Paris. I'm simply offended by her disregard for the law and her fellow human beings and disgusted by her cavalier attitude toward her own actions. I hope the judge who nailed her does not knuckle under and let her off. Further, I do not understand why her sentence did not start immediately. Since she thinks life is a game, let's give her the Monopoly treatment ... GO TO JAIL! GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL! DO NOT PASS GO! DO NOT GO SHOPPING! DO NOT GO OUT CLUB-HOPPING AND PARTYING WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

Okay, time to go to work!

Solitaire

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Snuffles - May 8, 2007 7:32 am (#1062 of 2988)  

I'm with you on the Paris thing Soli. Why give her nearly a month before sending her to jail. She should have been sent directly there with no chance of appealing. I have a feeling that she won't end up going in the end...

Azi, make sure you take a jacket when you go to Spurn Point. It doesn't matter what the weather is like for the rest of the country, it is always windy and chilly there! Why are you going to these 2 places? The bridge is where people jump from and Spurn is where they always end up! Have a good day

Julie

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Thom Matheson - May 8, 2007 7:41 am (#1063 of 2988)  

And she is appealing to the Governor? That's just rude.

On a lighter note....Go Red Wings. 2 down and 2 to go. Sorry Laura, I know how you like your Sharks. (hee hee). And how about those Pistons? It is good to be in Detroit right now.

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 8, 2007 8:06 am (#1064 of 2988)  

Prayers and healing charms to your mom, Solitaire and also to Mr. GE.

LOL on Olivia's comment and on Spurn Point, Julie!

Thank you for the birthday wishes for Mr. HH. It was quiet and nice. Just the way he likes it.

Hooray for Dizzy Lizzy! Glad she made it to her new place - whew, that's a lot of driving!

I am so excited, too, Madam Pince! I just printed our luggage tags! I am going to "laminate" them now. (Using packing tape. )

Must go clean. . .

Maria

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 8, 2007 9:17 am (#1065 of 2988)  

Solitaire, I am glad to hear that your mom is doing well.

GE, I hope that Mr. GE gets well soon.

I am sending many prayers and healing charms to you both.

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journeymom - May 8, 2007 10:33 am (#1066 of 2988)  

Lol, Madam Pince!

Paris Hilton is appealing to the Gubinator?? Ugh. This just gets worser and worser.

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John Bumbledore - May 8, 2007 1:10 pm (#1067 of 2988)  

(About the mouse) My parents generation, people from 'the Greatest Generation' would scoff and say I'm being wimpy — Journeymom
Paris Hilton is appealing to the Gubinator?? Ugh. This just gets worser and worser. — Journeymom


Actually they would just have a cat and not the mouse. Which would be another way to, erm, dispose of the mouse but best not think on that..

To paraphrase the "Gubinator," "Unfortunately, She'll be bawk."

Happy B-days to Tazzy, her brother, and also Mr. Horntail!

Update from the "Bumbledore" family..

All my children were on different ball teams. Scheduling pressures prompted me to shift to early hours (up at 5 AM to arrive at work by 7 AM). Getting maybe five hours of sleep a night (I think I need at least seven). Being tired has become a chronic condition during the week. The Mrs. just injured her ankle (likely will have torn tissue in there) but the bones are not broken.

I'm out of time and need to apparate home.. **Waves**

CRACK!

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Choices - May 8, 2007 1:15 pm (#1068 of 2988)  

Soli, may God and all his angels surround you and your Mom as she undergoes her surgery. My prayers are for her full recovery!

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Solitaire - May 8, 2007 3:53 pm (#1069 of 2988)  

Great news! I just received a call from my sis (3:50 p.m.) and Mom is out of surgery. The doc said she did great. He removed the tumor and 3 lymph nodes, and there does not appear to be any spreading of the cancer. She is having a bit of nausea from the anesthesia, but other than that, she is doing well.

My sis said that when she and Mom got to the hospital this morning, there was a "cheerleading squad" waiting for them. All of my mom's support group from her church were there to be with her and pray for her. So ... her spirits are good. Mine are much calmer. Thanks to everyone for your prayers. I'll try and post an update tomorrow!

Solitaire

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Ydnam96 - May 8, 2007 4:06 pm (#1070 of 2988)  

Amazing Soli!

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Steve Newton - May 8, 2007 4:08 pm (#1071 of 2988)  

My mother, 90, has been having respiratory problems. My sister took her to the emergency room this afternoon. She did fine on all of her tests. They say it is allergies. At her age everything is worrisome.

Of course, we did give her an early Mother's Day present. Took her to Fisherman's Inn on Kent Island on Sunday. She got her favorite, crab cake, and had a great trip.

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Marie E. - May 8, 2007 5:01 pm (#1072 of 2988)  

((To All Mothers))

I survived our Survivor Camp weekend. It was loads of fun, but horribly cold. We slept in cabins that were "rustic". They had wood stoves, but after everyone fell asleep there wasn't any way to keep the fire going. We'd all wake up at 3am freezing our bottoms off. The weekend was very well planned and we had a lot of activities to keep us busy. During the day the weather alternated between sunny and 45F and snowing and 35F. We had a thunderstorm with hail about 3:30pm Saturday, but that blew over in about an hour. The girls had fun and that's the important thing. Oh, and Saturday night our camera started acting up. We have a Cannon digital camera and the lens stopped working properly. It's still under warranty so we're going to send it back.

We've have snow and rain for the last two days, but today was sunny and 65F. Could spring finally be here to stay? I doubt it.

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Chemyst - May 8, 2007 5:13 pm (#1073 of 2988)  

Great news Soli!  

Steve they weren't seafood allergies, were they? Breathing charms to your mom.

Marie, I think your definition of "loads of fun" is a wee bit different than mine. But I'm glad you can apply that phrase to freezing nights and hail storms.

Actually they would just have a cat...   <)B^D=     ...sometimes there is a lot to be said for simplicity.

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Choices - May 8, 2007 5:54 pm (#1074 of 2988)  

Soli, wonderful news about your Mom's surgery. {{{Hugs}}}

Steve, hope your Mom is feeling better now. My Mom is 98 (I am her caregiver), so I know what you mean.

{{{Hugs}}} and Healing charms to all who need them. :-)

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Madam Pince - May 8, 2007 5:55 pm (#1075 of 2988)  

Soli, that is such wonderful news! Hope her recovery is swift and complete!

Squid Mike, I knew you'd get it!

John, bummer about the hours and Mrs. Bumbledore's ankle -- hope she will recover quickly too!

Marie, you are a real trooper! A camping fiend... Sorry about the camera -- it's fairly new, isn't it? I remember you were getting the same one we were thinking of getting, or similar. We never got around to getting ours, and I was just looking online and thinking about getting the newer one that's out now, and I read some user comments that said the Canons had some problems sometimes with the lens like you're having. Everyone said it seemed to be a "hit-or-miss" kind of glitch, so if you return it and get another one, the chances are good that the new one will work OK. Hope so!

Steve! Fisherman's is our favorite restaurant -- I think that will probably be my Mother's Day treat as well! Little Pince likes it because of the big fish tank and the train, but the food is great. I got their cookbook for a birthday present from my mom a couple years ago. Hope your Mom is doing better now. Let me know the next time you're going to be on Kent Island -- it would be great to meet and say hi!

Speaking of which -- going to see Maria and Olivia in about 24 hours! Woo-hoo!

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Steve Newton - May 8, 2007 5:59 pm (#1076 of 2988)  

Mom is feeling OK.

At Fisherman's Inn I usually get shrimp scampi but tried the deviled crab. Excellent. I had a taste of my wife's cream of crab soup. Also excellent.

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Madam Pince - May 8, 2007 6:04 pm (#1077 of 2988)  

The cream of crab soup is to die for! I always hate myself when I get it, though, because it fills me up and then I'm too full (doesn't stop me from eating the entire dinner, note.) My favorite is the shrimp stuffed with crab imperial.... yummmmmm... Mr. Pince's favorite is the shrimp scampi, too. We always go there for our anniversary in February, because we have an aunt who always gives us a gift certificate for there at Christmas.

OK, now we're definitely going to Fisherman's Sunday. I was toying with the idea of one of the new places in Eastport, but that crab imperial...

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journeymom - May 8, 2007 6:49 pm (#1078 of 2988)  

Actually they would just have a cat and not the mouse. Which would be another way to, erm, dispose of the mouse but best not think on that."

Har! Har!

That's wonderful, Soli! I got a little teary-eyed reading your good news.

Steve, sorry to hear your mom is having respiratory problems. It isn't necessarily painful. but it's scary when you can't breath well. On the other hand- crab cakes, Mmmm!

Help! What's a dish associated with New Zealand? The sixth grade Festival of Nations is coming up and my daughter is doing New Zealand. She needs to find a dish popular in New Zealand that can be divided into a minimum of 100 bite-sized servings. For example, her friend is studying Sweden and so is serving a couple hundred "Swedish" meatballs, one meatball per serving.

She and I made Pavlova for her class, which went over really well. But I'm not about to make 100 bite-sized servings of Pavlova. (Yes, I know, the Aussies claim Pavlova was created in Australia.) Is there something like Vegemite? I suppose some kind of lamb stew would work, except that much lamb might be pretty expensive.

Any ideas?

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painting sheila - May 8, 2007 8:18 pm (#1079 of 2988)  

journeymom- Have you tried a google search? I looked in my recipe book and there was only one recipe from New Zealand and it was for pavlova. Sorry!

I just finished a very cute book - Ella Minnow Pea . I was able to read it in a couple of hours - it is written as letters back and forth between friends and family. It is for a book club tomorrow. I lucked out in it being so quick to read.

Good news about your mom Soli. I am glad things worked out well.

Steve - I am sorry to hear about your mom. She will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Oldest Son thought his audition went well. We'll see what happens - if anything!

I am off to bed. It has been a long day.

Sweet dreams and have a great day tomorrow everyone!

She

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Ydnam96 - May 8, 2007 8:57 pm (#1080 of 2988)  

journeymom: from Wikipedia:

Roast kumara — the sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) roasted in the same manner as potatoes and often served instead of or alongside. May also be deep fried like potato chips (i.e. fries) and known as kumara chips — nice served with sour cream but rarely done well as kumara cooks at a different temperature than potatoes, so it needs a skilled chef for the dish to be done perfectly

ANZAC biscuits — Plain hard biscuits (cookies) made primarily from oatmeal bound with golden syrup. Originally made for and by ANZAC troops during the First World War. Also found in Australia.

I am so excited! I finally convinced the school that I need an AC in the back part of my apartment (where it gets into the 90s) and they brought me a portable one. I looked at buying one last summer but they are very expensive. Last summer was so unberable. Now my bedroom is 78 degrees. Yipeeeee

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Tazzygirl - May 8, 2007 9:29 pm (#1081 of 2988)  

ANZAC biscuits are super easy to make (and tons of fun. I know, I'm weird! ). I have the recipe, and make them all the time. So far, everyone I've given them to love them. They also have a shelf life of about a month. That's why they were popular in the first World War- the wives and moms could send them to the soldiers and didn't have to worry about them spoiling enroute. Although, mine have never been plain hard biscuits. They are more crunchy on the outer rim, and chewy in the inside... and they are flat. They have oatmeal and coconut in them, and are sweet. It also depends on what type sugar (brown or white) you use. The brown sugar makes them more chewy, but can burn easier in the oven. Dizzy Lizzy sent me the recipe, so I am thinking it's the authentic Aussie version!

**healing charms** to your mum, Soli, and to your's Steve Newton!

Yeay! about the A/C Mandy!

~Kristina

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Mrs. Sirius - May 8, 2007 10:36 pm (#1082 of 2988)  

Happy Birthday Tazzy and twin!! I have been following along the past several days, my goodness, healing charms to all in need.

I have been following your comments on the plight of Ms. Hilton. Ironies of irony, the Hilton Hotel chain is making donations to charity for every story of hospitality and kindness they receive. Doesn't hospitality and graciousness start at home?

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Lina - May 8, 2007 11:06 pm (#1083 of 2988)  

Julie (GE), I'm glad your hubby's surgery is scheduled and that he is finally going to get rid of the pain. Healing and recovery charms for him!

Yay for your Mum, Soli! That might mean no chemotherapy. Healing and recovery charms to her too.

And healing charms to Mrs. Bumbledore and Steve's Mum as well.

Have a good time together, Madam Pince and HHs! Have a cup of tea for me too!

Journeymom, I did some search and I found this (http://www.nz.com/new-zealand/guide-book/food/index.aspx) site with several recipes, so you can make a choice.

Yay for the AC, Mandy!

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journeymom - May 8, 2007 11:52 pm (#1084 of 2988)  

Woo hoo! Kristina and Lina, thank you, thank you from the tips of my toes. This is fabulous. ANZAC biscuits and ginger beer it is.

Regarding Hermione Jane Rodent. Per Solitaire's link I got some bird mite spray. I swabbed her with the stuff and it's working, lots of teeny tiny brown mites fell off her. But the warnings on the bottle have me pretty worried. Use in a well ventilated area. Keep it off your skin. If it gets in your eyes rinse them for 10 to 15 minutes. So what would it do to a bird?! What's it doing to Hermione? I really can't saturate the poor girl thoroughly enough to get rid of all the beasties at once. And what does she do when I put her back in the cage? She sits down and starts grooming herself, which means she's simply ingesting the stuff. On top of that, while swabbing her with a cotton swab I discovered just how skinny she is. Ugh. This stinks. Circle of life, my butt.

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Good Evans - May 9, 2007 5:10 am (#1085 of 2988)  

Thanks for the good wishes for hubby guys I shall let him know you have said so - he gets a real kick out of this forum - when I tell him that people he doesn't know send him messages!!!!

I think it just shows how lovely we are!!!

yay for Soli's mum and I do hope that Steves mum and Mrs Bumbledore are also well soon.

Happy belated to Mr HH.

hmmmm ... about the bridge Snuffles, I do hope that Azi's trip is geographically motivated!!!

Re Paris Hilton - the cynic in me says the suspension on the start of the sentence is to allow her time to sell the docu-soap of it to the highest bidder before she goes in - or is that too cynical? I have nothing personally against Paris, she is a pretty girl born in to great luxury, but she does need to start thinking about the rest of the world and maybe putting her skills and benefits to giving back for her great accident / fortune of birth. Most of the rest of us never witness a lifestyle like hers, she could do with a rethink! I shall however continue to pray that she does come to realise this, she could do so much good.

memory has sieved again - like Neville I need a rememberall, I just can't keep anything in my head at the moment!

Julie

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kaykay1970 - May 9, 2007 6:59 am (#1086 of 2988)  

That's great news Soli! Recovery charms to your Mom!

Healing charms to Lady Bumbledore and Steve's Mom! And some early recovery charms to Mr. GE. Hope his surgery goes well! Good luck getting rid of what is bugging Hermoine, Journeymom.

Have fun Madame Pince and the HH's!

Congratulations Mandy on the air conditioner! WooHoo!

Grrr! I just realized Prince was sitting under my chair chewing up my brand new sandals as I typed this! Bad, Bad Prince! He hasn't chewed anything up in so long that I thought we were past that!

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2BMcsmom - May 9, 2007 7:16 am (#1087 of 2988)  

Just popped in to say HI.

**Healing Charms** and prayers to all that need them.

Hope that the mite problem gets better. Some things that would hurt us might not be so bad for animals as long as you continue to use just a little at a time.

Congrats on the AC! I know what you mean about last summer. Our AC did not get fixed until the end of August.

Back to my sewing.

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kabloink! - May 9, 2007 7:34 am (#1088 of 2988)  

Wow, so long since I have been on here...Well, we found a place in Clinton Twp, just south of the Hall Rd shopping district, which I'm very happy about. I was getting very annoyed that it took 45 minutes just to get to the nearest BabiesRUs or World Market, let alone the time it takes to pack up baby, etc. Its also a very nice condo in an VERY nice area, for an almost ridiculously good price.

Thom, this means that we will most likely be going to the B&N there for the DH release. We have another friend, who we have only recently discovered to be a Harry Potter fan, may be coming also.

Ian cut his first tooth about two weeks ago, and his second just cut through the surface yesterday. He still isn't crawling at almost 8 months, but he is holding himself up on everything he can get his hands on, and I'm pretty sure its just a matter of time before he is running along the furniture. This will be rough, as he is going to be a big brother soon. I'm not exactly sure when, but we think it'll be late December or January. We only found out last Wednesday-I'm telling you guys before I've told half of my family!

At that point, I'm going to stay at home. We could have afforded it all along, but my paycheck pays nicely for all of our extras, while hubby's paycheck pays the bills.

Well, I think that's it in the update of Kimmi.

Hmmm, well I had more to say, but I forgot what it was...I'm at work, so I got distracted. Have a great day everyone!

Well, that was my post from yesterday that I couldn’t post because our internet went down.

I remember now that I had also wanted to say that so far, we have taken Ian to two Tiger’s games. The first one, against the White Sox, we won in the 12th inning, the second we lost, horribly, to the Twins. The second one was nice, though, because we went down and sat behind the Tiger’s dugout for the last inning, because so many people had left. We have a pic of Ian sitting on the dugout all decked out in his Tigers gear, which I will post on my myspace eventually. When I get time.

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Mrs. Sirius - May 9, 2007 7:45 am (#1089 of 2988)  

Wooa Kim, double congratulations!!! A short interval between kids, although may drive you bonkers for a little while, in the long run is really good. They kids will have similar needs so they can do many things together but be separated when convenient to you.

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Thom Matheson - May 9, 2007 8:09 am (#1090 of 2988)  

Kabloink, I'm going to Borders. If you haven't spotted it yet, it is just about a 1/4 mile further west of the B & N just before the VanDyke e-way. They have a really great party there. Contests, live radio broadcast, with adult trivia games(I won).

Glad to see that all are doing better with the mouse and family. Haven't been around lately. SDo much going on right now. Everyone do well

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painting sheila - May 9, 2007 8:12 am (#1091 of 2988)  

Yah!!! Kabloink!!How wonderful!! Another little one for the forum - wOOt!! As for the walking - no rush. I remember reading that the longer a baby crawls the better it is. Crawling helps with their coordination, and the proper development of the curves in their spine. Crazy huh?!Plus as soon as he walks you can't keep track of them!

I am out the door to mow the grass. The mosquitos are terrible here already! yuck!

Thanks for the reminder Thom - hope Hermione Jane Rodent feels better soon. Poor thing. Getting eaten by mosquitos is one thing but to have little bitties crawling all over me ({{{{{shudder}}}}}}}

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Holly T. - May 9, 2007 8:22 am (#1092 of 2988)

Julie GE--more well wishes for your dh.

Soli--good news about your mom's surgery--healing charms for her!

More healing charms to Steve's mom and Mrs. Bumbledore.

Have fun Madam Pince and the HH's!

Congrats to Kabloink! And WTG Ian for the new teeth.

Congrats on the AC Mandy!

Marie--Survivor camp sounds fun. When my troop went to the service unit campout in April (while I was out of town) a thunderstorm blew through Friday night and lightning struck one of the cabins (not the one my troop was in) and started a fire (not serious and no one was hurt). In spite of the rain, there was still a burn ban, so my troop, since they couldn't make a campfire Saturday night, built a fire in the cabin out of sticks, orange tissue paper, and glowsticks and then sat around it telling stories and eating Peeps. The troop in the next cabin saw the orange glow, heard talk of a fire, and overreacted. My troop had a great time, in spite of all of this. They called me several times--my daughter put them on speaker on her cell phone so I talked to all 10 of them at once, or rather, all 10 of them talked at once and I couldn't understand anything they were saying, but I could tell they were having a good time.

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journeymom - May 9, 2007 9:22 am (#1093 of 2988)

Congratulations, Kabloink!

Yup, sounds like a challenge, but like Mrs Sirius said, in the long run it works out well to have your kids so close in age. Just think, you get the diaper changing period over with that much sooner. My kids are four years apart. We'd been done with diapers for a little more than two years when we started over again.

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kabloink! - May 9, 2007 10:01 am (#1094 of 2988)

Hmmm we could change plans to Borders...we haven't reserved anything yet. I'm just typically a B & N person after working at one for 6months or so.

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Tazzygirl - May 9, 2007 12:06 pm (#1095 of 2988)

Taking Thaniel to the zoo this morning. I think we both need some quality time together (haven't taken him to the zoo in months!)

Journeymom- let me know if you want me to send you the recipe for ANZAC biscuits. My email is in my profile. On the golden syrup- the Aussies I've talked to are really particular on using the golden syrup from Australia. I had a friend bring me back some on a trip, and that is all I've been using. However, if you have a Cost Plus World Market in your area, they do have the British version of Golden Syrup. I've used that before as well, and is pretty good. If you don't have a World Market, I think you can use the Karo syrup we can find in the grocery stores here. I don't know what the difference is in taste, but there you go.

**anti-mite** charms to Hermione the mouse! **healing charms** to Mr. GE, Lady Bumbledore, Soli's mom, Steve's mom, and everyone else who needs them!

Thaniel is knocking on my door- gotta go!

~Kristina

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Ydnam96 - May 9, 2007 1:14 pm (#1096 of 2988)

Congratulations to the Kabloink family! That's so exciting.

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Lina - May 9, 2007 2:43 pm (#1097 of 2988)

Congratulations on the news, Kabloink! My first two girls are 14 months apart, so I know the feeling... My youngest started to walk when she was 14 months old, and started to crawl only after that. She had a very strange way of moving before that...

Some strengthening charms to Thom for whatever is going on right now!

Enjoy the ZOO, Kristina!

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kaykay1970 - May 9, 2007 3:06 pm (#1098 of 2988)

Congratulations Kabloink!

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Madam Pince - May 9, 2007 3:21 pm (#1099 of 2988)

Congratulations, kabloink! What wonderful news!

Sheila, I just swatted our first mosquito of the year yesterday, too. Sigh... spring was nice while it lasted...

We're off in an hour or so to meet up with the HH's -- I actually managed to convince Little P to take a nap so he'd be happier for our visit (this is a milestone -- he never naps anymore!) so when he wakes up we'll be off! He'll probably be up way past bedtime but who cares -- this is a special occasion!

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Tazzygirl - May 9, 2007 5:53 pm (#1100 of 2988)

I can't believe I missed Kabloink's news!! Congratulations!!!!

I'm so jealous- I want to meet the HHs and the Pinces!! Hope you all have a great time!

~Kristina
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painting sheila - May 9, 2007 8:13 pm (#1101 of 2988)

So sad - I want to meet the HHs and the Pince family too!

Can you believe the first named storm of the season is here already? It's not even hurricane season yet! The beach we were at on Tuesday had a lot of erosion. I worry about the homes so close to the shore. Yikes!

Lost -> Very creepy tonight! I think it showed a lot of Ben's personality that he was willing to have his pet rabbit get fried to see if the fence was safe. He sure showed his colors later in the show! And Richard! Was he the guy Little Ben met in the woods? Why does Richard now take orders from Ben if Richard was the leader of the original islanders? So all of the Dharma people are gone - does that mean the Others have no idea what they are sitting on? I heard the tape playing when Little Ben arrived on the island said there were properties on the island that were not present any where else in the world. Maybe they are just trying to figure out how to harness those powers and have not really tapped into them yet. Next weeks doesn't look as creepy. I hate to think the last couple of episodes are here! Did you hear that they have decided it will only be on for 3 more years? It's nice to know there is an end to this beginning.

I am worn out. I mowed and weeded/seeded the yard today. Of course as soon as I finished a downpour washed it all away.  Part of Tropical Storm Andrea I guess.

I found tons of poison ivy/oak in our yard. I am not allergic to it but my boys are. I am hoping the weed killer I put on had time to start doing it's job before the rain came.

Does anyone have any experience with the plant that is supposed to be a natural mosquito repellent? I can't remember the name. . .

My husband said we should just spray DDT around. I said no that it would kill the birds. He told me how he used to ride his bike behind the DDT spray truck as it went through his town when he was a little kid.

I think I have the answers to a lot of my questions now.

She

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virginiaelizabeth - May 9, 2007 8:14 pm (#1102 of 2988)

**waves to everyone**

Congrats to Kabloink and Family!

Only 16 days left until summer!! *sighhh* it just won't pass fast enough!

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geauxtigers - May 9, 2007 8:38 pm (#1103 of 2988)

** waves too**

Congrats to Kabloinks!

I just took notes on the last thing from my government book for the year. I'm surprised how happy it makes me! I don't ever have to open this book again if I don't want to!

Accio summer!

Haven't really read any of these! Sorry yall! my life has been insane lately. My eyes are bloodshot...its creepy...

Anyone see that cool full set of books that B&N is putting out. 1-7 in a 'school trunk' looking box. Its only $195...thats it...lol, I'll wait until its on sale like a year later. I guess I should start saving. I'm just so attached to copies that are literally falling apart. Speaking of, anyone know a good glue that I can glue my HPs back together with? I've tried elmer's glue and few others, I guess I should try super glue huh?

Off to do physics..

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Ydnam96 - May 9, 2007 9:12 pm (#1104 of 2988)

LOL Shelia!

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journeymom - May 9, 2007 10:09 pm (#1105 of 2988)

Speaking of, anyone know a good glue that I can glue my HPs back together with?

Spellotape, of course!

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 10, 2007 1:16 am (#1106 of 2988)

Hi all, I checked on the status of my alternative certification paperwork. It has been received by the review board and is being reviewed. I should know in two to three weeks whether or not I have been accepted into the program.

Solitaire, I am glad to hear your mom's surgery went well. I hope she heals quickly.

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Marie E. - May 10, 2007 5:09 am (#1107 of 2988)

Congratulations, Kabloink!! Don't worry about the crawling or walking. You never see a kindergartner being carried into school because they haven’t learned to move on their own yet.

Chemyst, when I said "loads of fun" I was referring to the girls response. It's all about the girls, right?

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Good Evans - May 10, 2007 5:12 am (#1108 of 2988)
Edited May 10, 2007 5:54 am

Best of luck with that Nathan!

Kabloink - congratulations - excellent news!

today is my sad day (re: gone pets - waves hankie to Julie Snuffles), and to make me miss my beloved one even more, the latest toe-rag (yes adored puppy today is toe-rag), has chewed a hole in the carpet by the stairs, I just I wish that it was only a pair of slippers, kabloink!!!! I thought she had got over this stage. The spirit of Nova needs to re-enter our house and remind Luna how good dogs behave!

I was hoping to have a mega cuddle with pup tonight but now she has been naughty that will not be happening. bad doggie!

ah well back to the grind - dementors seem to be at work today - Haymoni (who is normally plagued by them) would you please take them back!!

Julie

edit: happy birthday Kip and little Puck.

thanks Julie (Snuffles) - LOL re eurovision, I think this years UK entry is without a doubt the worst song I have heard in my life - deserves to win!!! or get nil point - you decide (oh no ...thats big brother!)

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Snuffles - May 10, 2007 5:25 am (#1109 of 2988)

Soli, that's fantastic news about your mum.

Steve, I hope your mum soon feels better.

Kabloink. Congratulations on your news. I hope you have a very happy and healthy pregnancy.

Nathan, I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

(((hugs))) to Julie(GE). **felix felicis** to help you through your day. **wags finger in Luna's direction. Tut tut**

It's Eurovision time again. I know you love the event Julie, but I have a feeling it may be another nil points to us again I will think about you on Saturday.

Hope everyone has a good Thursday

Julie

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Puck - May 10, 2007 5:47 am (#1110 of 2988)

Hello, all!

I've been trying all week to catch up on this thread, but every time I get near the end I hear "Mom! I need you!"

Anyway, popping in to say

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KIPP!!

It's an easy one for me to remember, as my boy is seven today. **sigh**

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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TwinklingBlueEyes - May 10, 2007 5:49 am (#1111 of 2988)

Happy Birthday Kip!

Edit: Oops, Happy Birthday to Kay's son too!

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Snuffles - May 10, 2007 5:51 am (#1112 of 2988)

Happy birthday Kip, hope you have a wonderful day

Happy birthday to Kay's son. I hope he too has a wonderful day. ((hugs to Kay)), as her baby is no longer a baby!

Julie

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painting sheila - May 10, 2007 6:35 am (#1113 of 2988)

Happy Happy Birthday Kay's Son dear!

Happy days will come to you all year!

If I had a wish then it would be. . .

A happy happy birthday to you from me!

((((hugs to Kay)))) At least it's only 7 and not 17.

and happiest of days to you too Kip!!

I love birthdays - let's eat cake!

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kaykay1970 - May 10, 2007 6:48 am (#1114 of 2988)

Happy Birthday to Kipp and to Kathy's son too!

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Ihavebothbuttocks - May 10, 2007 6:51 am (#1115 of 2988)

Happy Birthday, Kip. May you enjoy many, many more of them.

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Madam Pince - May 10, 2007 7:09 am (#1116 of 2988)

Happy Birthday to Kip and also to Puck, Jr.! Hope you both have wonderful days!

Sheila, I think the mosquito-repelling plant is called a "scented geranium" -- we had one a couple seasons ago. Probably has another technical name, too, but I don't know. They are pretty and do smell nice (sort of like citronella) but I never noticed that they really repel mosquitoes. Of course, we have so many that I doubt the single plant I got would stand a chance. It did get pretty big, though -- I potted it and put it on the back deck. I think it's an annual. I remember I tried to keep mine going indoors over the winter but failed. It doesn't flower like a typical geranium, but the flowers are smaller I think. And the leaves are different. You'd never think it was in the geranium family to look at it.

Mr. Pince says he and his friends also used to ride their bikes behind the DDT-spraying trucks when they were kids... What was wrong with them???!!!

Good Evans, sorry to hear about the carpet! That's a shame.

We had a lovely visit with HH11 and HH13 last night! Little Pince had just visited the toy store and gotten his heart's desire -- a Luke Skywalker light-saber -- with a gift certificate he got for his birthday, so he was occupied most of the time with defending the Republic. Olivia gave him one of those eggs that you put in water to hatch a "creature" which was so sweet and he is thrilled with it -- it's incubating right this moment and he had to come check it first thing when he woke up. And Maria gave me one of the Snape-Friend or Foe? bookmarks from Borders -- woo-hoo! We had a great time chatting and visiting; I am just so glad they had the time to share with us since they'd been up since the early morning and then walking and touring all day -- Maria was amazing – I couldn’t imagine being as lively as she was on something like 2 hours of sleep or so! Hope she got some rest last night and that the rest of their trip is fun!

I taped Lost but haven't had a chance to watch yet...

Everyone enjoy the RotD!

Edit: I almost forgot the funniest part -- Maria almost became a one-eyed Hungarian Horntail, when we were trying to figure out how to "activate" the light-saber, and while peering at it and pushing all the various buttons, it suddenly "deployed" practically right in her face! I can tell you, there is nothing the matter with her reaction time, no matter how little sleep she's operating on!

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Denise P. - May 10, 2007 7:21 am (#1117 of 2988)

Back in February, I applied for Kaitlyn to go to a GS Camp that was doing Hogwarts, it was a lottery system. I never got anything back so assumed she didn't make the lottery. Today, in my spam folder, was an email asking if she was planning to withdraw since they didn't have her registration forms and was a copy of the original email dated in April. She got in!! Woo hoo! So I raced to beat the mailman and get the forms out today. She is going to Hogwarts!! She also got into a Twilight Camp, which everyone tells me us getting into two camps in one year here is incredible.

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painting sheila - May 10, 2007 7:33 am (#1118 of 2988)

I want to go to Hogwarts!!! How fun is that! What all is on the agenda for the camp?

We are planning a movie marathon at our house. We are going to drag out the sheets and watch all the HP movies one after the other in our back yard. I am thinking to have lots of fun snacks and try and come up with HP names for them - if you have suggestions I am open!

I am up to my elbows in laundry - (sigh) - I try to think of it as job security but it's not working.

Thanks for the heads up Madame Pince. I will look on line and see what I can see.

Good Evans - I am not sure what happened to your carpet - I am sure I read it but have am spacing on it right now - but I hate it for you! (I really do!)

Edit : Better late than never - Welcome Vox Gerbilis and Bible Spice! Can't wait to hear what you have to say -

She

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Holly T. - May 10, 2007 7:50 am (#1119 of 2988)

(((Good Evans))) Naughty Luna!

Sounds like the HH's and the Pinces had a good time. :-)

Happy birthday to Kip and to Puck's son!

Woohoo for Kaitlyn--Hogwarts camp sounds fun! My daughter is going to Survivor Girl Scout camp and she is very excited about it. I know they get to do the high elements on the challenge course, since they sent a permission slip with the camp forms. She loves stuff like that, which is funny since she also claims to be scared of heights. I say anyone who can walk across a log 30 feet in the air at the age of 8 (first time on a challenge course) is not scared of heights.

Nathan--good news about your paperwork!

Does anybody have a Canon all-in-one printer? I have a Pixma mp500 and it is driving me crazy. I got it so I could have a color printer, copier, and photo printer (plus I saved $100 on it since I bought it at the same time I bought my new Mac). It has a scanner but I have never been able to get that to work. But the real problem is that sometimes it just doesn't work at all--I have an error message on the screen in Japanese. I have tried cycling the power, resetting, etc. Sometimes when I turn it on it works, other times I have the Japanese screen, alarm light, and it doesn't work. I have had it less than a year.

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Ydnam96 - May 10, 2007 8:50 am (#1120 of 2988)

😁Happy Birthday Kip!!!!!!

I'm jealous about Hogwarts camp. We didn't have fun camp like that back when I was in Girl Scouts!

Happy Birthday to Puck's Son!

Off to get ready for work...

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Madam Pince - May 10, 2007 8:50 am (#1121 of 2988)

Yay for Kaitlyn getting into the camps she wanted! They sound like fun.

I'm beginning to worry about Canon products from what I'm seeing here. And I was thinking they were usually pretty good!

Which reminds me... Marie, this will probably be a very dumb question, but did you try changing the batteries on your camera? Last night Maria was changing the batteries in her Canon digital camera which is in the similar line of yours I think, and we were talking about the problems you had, and she said hers does that when the batteries are starting to get low. Might be worth a try if you haven't done that already, or if they're rechargables that you've had for awhile...

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Choices - May 10, 2007 10:56 am (#1122 of 2988)

Painting Sheila - I am still ROFL at your DDT truck and hubby comment. Too funny!

Birthday wishes to those celebrating birthdays. Healing charms to those who need them. Love and (((hugs)))to all. :-)

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Madam Pince - May 10, 2007 11:14 am (#1123 of 2988)

Sheila, it was the Citrosa variety of scented geranium that was supposed to be bug-repelling, but the online stuff I found said that it doesn't really work, although it does smell nice. And there are tons of varieties apparently, some of which actually do look like geraniums. I remember that one I got smelled more like nutmeg than anything else (Mom and I referred to it as "that nutmeg plant") and there is a variety called Nutmeg. Anyway, whichever ones I got didn't seem to repel bugs much.

At lunch, Mr. Pince added that he never wore a bike helmet, either, while riding in the DEET-fog...

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journeymom - May 10, 2007 11:23 am (#1124 of 2988)

Happy Birthday, Kip!

Happy 7th Birthday, Puck Jr!

Yay! for Denise's daughter!

Mr. Pince added that he never wore a bike helmet, either, while riding in the DEET-fog...

How did anybody make it to adulthood?!

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Marie E. - May 10, 2007 11:31 am (#1125 of 2988)

Mr. E got the camera working again. When I asked how he did it, all he said was "I just kept messing with it and now it works". Thank goodness he didn't get too technical.

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Tazzygirl - May 10, 2007 11:31 am (#1126 of 2988)

Happy Birthday Kip and Puck Jr.!! Hope both of you have a great day!

Sorry to hear about the carpet, JulieGE.

We have mosquitos here year round... Thankfully my house doesn't get too many (I've had maybe five bites this entire year so far), but go up into the mountains or the wet side of the island, and you would be coated in bites. I tend to ignore that side of the island. (It's also the side where they film Lost.) And they are monster mosquitos too!

Glad the HHs and the Pinces had a great time together!

Mousse (aunt and uncle's dog) is currently snarling and barking at the landscaper people. She sees them every week (along with the same pool guy, post man, everything!), and still wants to attack them. Wish we could get Cesar Milan here! Aunt and Uncle tend to ignore Mousse when she is barking.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Lina - May 10, 2007 1:07 pm (#1127 of 2988)

Happy birthday Kip and Puck boy!

Kate has confirmation this Sunday and she was chosen tonight to greet the archbishop! :excited:

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geauxtigers - May 10, 2007 1:33 pm (#1128 of 2988)

Popping in to say Happy Birthday Kip, little Puck, and Kay's son!

Congrats to Kate! Cool!

Mosquitoes are here year round, and I say that because in winter if we hit 70 degrees, they come out. Sometimes a good hard freeze will knock them out, but when later in the day it gets up to 75, there they are...

Off to do work...

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virginiaelizabeth - May 10, 2007 1:33 pm (#1129 of 2988)

Happy Birthday to Kip and Puck Jr!!!

Mr. Pince added that he never wore a bike helmet, either, while riding in the DEET-fog... How did anybody make it to adulthood?!

LOL! That would probably make me sick! I never wore a helmet on my bike either, but I was sure to put it on inside and let my mom see me walk outside with it on...a few yards from the house it was off and I was riding with no hands.. what can I say, helmets were hot and they always fell down over my eyes because they were itchy under your chin if you wore them tight enough. Just too much hassle for me! I was such a rebel...

Today was the Seniors last "real" day of school, so the layed out a huge piece of plastic on the front lawn, hooked up a hose and had a shaving cream fight and slip and slid party. Surprisingly, Umbridge just let them do it. We were all waiting for her to explode at them for it. But as they weren't hurting anyone or anything, I think the teachers let them do it. I can't wait to do that next year!

And now I've talked to longg.. Happy RotW!

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Ydnam96 - May 10, 2007 5:39 pm (#1130 of 2988)

Lina, what an honor. I hope she knows how amazing that is!

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Viola Intonada - May 10, 2007 6:32 pm (#1131 of 2988)

Happy Birthday Kip and Puck Jr.!

Yeah! Today was the last day of Preschool!!!!!! I'm so excited!!!!!! (can you tell?)

I have three weeks of peace and quiet until my kids are out of school. Oh happy days!

Congrats to Kate, for her Confirmation and the honor of greeting the Archbishop.

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painting sheila - May 10, 2007 6:40 pm (#1132 of 2988)

Lina - Wow! How neat is that. A journal entry for sure!

Choices - I know, right? Can you believe that! Now I have a secret smile every time he does/says something exasperating I just chalk it up to the DDT Truck.

Lost ->YIKES!! Did you notice the old man in the rocking chair? When Locke and Ben are in the cabin and things are flying around, Ben grabs the rocking chair and says "enough!" and then gets thrown against the wall. When the camera pans around back to Locke there is an old man sitting in the rocking chair. If you blink you miss it. DO you all think Locke is dead? And if all pregnancies on the island terminate does that mean the the french woman (Rouseux?) and Ben became pregnant off the island and then came back late in the pregnancy or after Alex was born?

I planted lots of bulbs today. Yeah! I am hoping to get the garden tilled tomorrow and the whole thing planted by Saturday. I also am planning on having a bad back on Sunday.

Edit:

Welcome Gankomon! (I hope I spelled it right!) Can't wait to hear your views.

She

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Puck - May 10, 2007 6:57 pm (#1133 of 2988)

Congrats to Kate!

Oh, and from the little I read, I hear Kabloink deserves some congratulations as well. **sigh**

Son had a nice birthday. Cupcakes were brought to school, I made burgers for dinner. He was thrilled to receive his webkins, and especially his Nintendo DS which he has been begging for. Saturday is the party with his friends.

Hope Kipp had an equally fun day.

SO, am I a good Mom or a bad Mom for allowing him to skip his homework?  (I figure he can do it this weekend and turn it in on Monday.)

Kathy

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painting sheila - May 10, 2007 7:14 pm (#1134 of 2988)

Puck wins the Good Mom of the Year Award! wOOt!!

Hey, you only get one birthday a year - let it be a memorable one!

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2BMcsmom - May 10, 2007 7:50 pm (#1135 of 2988)

Happy Birthday Kip and Puck Jr.

Puck receives Good Mother of the Year Award!

Congratulations to Kate and Kabloink.

Good Luck Nathan.

Went to Honors night for Oldest tonight. He received two awards. One for Honor Roll first Semester, keeping a 90 avg. The second for Star Honor Roll second semester, all A. This is the first time since Elementary school that he has gotten any awards. We are very proud.

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painting sheila - May 10, 2007 8:05 pm (#1136 of 2988)

Yeah!! 2BMcsmom! Sounds like you have a real winner on your hands - must be good parenting!

I am off to bed. I am supposed to go into the health club tomorrow for an assessment. I am NOT looking forward to this!

Sweet dreams everyone =

She

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Mediwitch - May 10, 2007 8:25 pm (#1137 of 2988)

Wow - I'm away for a few days and came back to 101 posts! Sorry guys, I just skimmed. Hope I didn't miss anything too important.

My grandmother had a massive posterior wall MI (big bad heart attack) on Monday, so we went haring off to upstate NY for a couple of days. She is doing remarkably well - the fact that she waited until they got her to the cardiac center before going into cardiac arrest was helpful. She was up out of bed today and walking a little bit, and is going to have quadruple bypass on Monday afternoon. She really is a walking miracle, but we could use some prayers and healing charms - she's still got a long road ahead!

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 10, 2007 8:34 pm (#1138 of 2988)

Mediwitch sending prayers and healing charms to your grandma.

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geauxtigers - May 10, 2007 8:34 pm (#1139 of 2988)

Ohh, Mediwitch, thats so scary!! Definitely keep her and your family in prayers.

I dunno if I told Soli that I'm glad here mom is doing well? So there ya go!

Off to finish reading Brave New WOrld, a.k.a. one of the weirdest books I've ever read...but I will say this, its so weird, its holding my attention, so I'm reading it! LOL

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Lina - May 10, 2007 10:02 pm (#1140 of 2988)

Healing and recovery charms to your grandmother, Mediwitch! She definitely doesn't seem to be a person who gives up easily!

Beautiful avatar, Sheila! (as usually)

I guess Kate is just too terrified to feel honored at the moment, but I'm sure she'll do good.

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Solitaire - May 10, 2007 10:21 pm (#1141 of 2988)

Yeay, I'm baaaaaaack!!! Mom is doing so well that she felt comfortable being on her own tonight. My cousin and his wife--technically, my cousins (brothers) and their wives--live in the houses on either side of her, so I felt fine coming home. She informed me this morning that she would be driving herself to her haircut tomorrow ... to which I gave a big, fat NO! She thought she would be a smarty and called the nurse, making sure to tell her I was a big worrywart. Fortunately, the nurse agreed with me and told her no driving for at least ten days, even if she isn't on meds. Can you believe Wonderwoman only took 2 of her Vicodin prescription, both on the night of the surgery? Since then she has been taking my timed-release, extra-strength Tylenol and says it's working fine.

We are so thankful for all of your prayer support and encouragement. I told Mom last night that many people across the country and around the world were thinking of her and praying for her. I think she was surprised that I shared the information and touched that so many unknown to her were concerned.

Today her friends brought Chinese takeout and had a luncheon at her house. I guess they go out for lunch each week, so they wanted to make sure she was not left out! I hope I have such a supportive network when I am Mom's age. But I guess that is one of her rewards for always having such a servant's heart.

Moving along ... I am glad Hermione Jane is doing well. Please keep us posted on the "pesky little problem."

Kabloink, congratulations!!!

Happy Birthday, Kip & the little mini-Forumers!

Healing charms to Mrs. Bumbledore, Mediwitch's granny, Steve's Mom ... hope I didn't forget anyone. I had lots of posts to read in a short time, but I was in dire need of a Forum Fix!

Well, I have piles to grade before I sleep (sort of a twist on Frost), so I suppose I should get busy. Thank you again to all for your support and encouragement these past few weeks. You're the best!!

Solitaire

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jose043 - May 10, 2007 11:57 pm (#1142 of 2988)

Hi All

Happy birthday to Kip & all the children of members who are having a birthday.

Solitaire glad your Mum is doing well hope she keeps improving.

Healing charms to all that need them & Dogie charms to behave to those that need them.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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2BMcsmom - May 11, 2007 2:52 am (#1143 of 2988)

Mediwitch, prayers going out for your grandmother and family.

Lina, prayers for Kate. I can understand her being a little nervous.

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Good Evans - May 11, 2007 4:02 am (#1144 of 2988)

OK - I made notes this time to avoid missing anything - bet I still do though!

Madam Pince - LOL over the rebel alliance in your living room! may the force be with him!!!

Maria - may your jedi reflexes never fail

Holly T : we used to have a cannon (all in one) it was the source of never ending frustration as we never worked it out completely - just as you thought you had solved it another error appeared!!!

kay - I somehow missed your post about your sons birthday- sorry about that and happy belated to him!

W00T for Kaitlyn getting in to both camps - esp the hogwarts one.

Way to go Kate !! I am doing my first bible reading in church this weeknd so I will think of you too meeting the archbishop!

healing charms and prayers to all that need them especially Soli's mum and mediwitches grandmother.

Julie x

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azi - May 11, 2007 4:46 am (#1145 of 2988)

Many many posts, and my Internet is still not fixed so I'm on uni computers...

**healing charms** to Mediwitch's grandmother and Soli's mum (although they both seem to be doing fine!).

Congrats to Kate!

Congrats also to kabloink!

Holly T - I have exactly the same printer as you and have never had a problem! It works perfectly everytime!

Geauxtigers - Brave New World is one of my favourite books. Yes, it's weird, but it makes you think. When I read it I could actually see the process happening, which wasn't a nice thought. I hope it never actually happens!

My trip yesterday was fun. The Humber bridge was very windy! I was there to view the estuary as I'm doing a management review on the Swale-Ouse catchment, which flows into the Humber. Trust me when I say I would never willingly jump into water! There were however some flowers attached to the railings, so I guess someone would. We then went on to Withernsea, a run-down sea-side town full of retired people (not my kind of place). Finally we went to Spurn, which isn't quite Spurn Point (shame, it's fascinating there!) but we still had fun climbing on the ruins of the shops/cafes which fell into the sea a few years ago. Oh, and as we went through Hull I filmed all the industries to make sure I remember them all. Now, if only I know what I am supposed to be doing on the project!

Hope everyone has a great day! Apologies to those I forgot, and I hope to get a nice regular Internet service back soon!

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kaykay1970 - May 11, 2007 5:26 am (#1146 of 2988)

Healing charms to your grandmother, Mediwitch. ((hugs)) And a few more for Soli's mom. I'm glad to hear she is feeling so much better!

kay - I somehow missed your post about your sons birthday- sorry about that and happy belated to him!

Actually my son didn't have a birthday. Those first posts were meant for Puck's son not mine. I thought maybe when I posted "Happy Birthday Kathy's son" everyone would realize... Guess not! LOL

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Puck - May 11, 2007 7:44 am (#1147 of 2988)

Kay, I thought that was the case, which was why I never wished your son a Happy Birthday.

Lina, x=5. I solved it without looking anything up, too.

Healing charms to Mediwitch's Gran, and continued healing charms for Soli's Mum!

Automatic updates about to start, so I have to run before computer shuts down!

Kathy

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Holly T. - May 11, 2007 8:27 am (#1148 of 2988)

Healing charms to your grandmother, Mediwitch!

More healing charms for Soli's mom!

I need a skin protecting charm--my son has field day today and my daughter is going to a pizza/games place (part outdoors) today, a water park tomorrow, and a pool party all day Monday (you can tell they are done with standardized testing at school). Each of them has two bottles of sunscreen in their bags (lotion kind for their faces and necks, spray-on for arms and legs). Talk about surviving the DDT truck and riding bikes without helmets--back in the day we had sunscreen, but it was what, spf 8? I won't even buy anything less than 30 now.

My son's birthday is tomorrow! We're getting him a drum set. He will be excited. Yes, we are insane. Maybe I will get some earplugs for Mother's Day ...

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Chemyst - May 11, 2007 9:48 am (#1149 of 2988)

I'd just been going over Pythagorean triples with my son when I saw your avatar, Lina   LOL

A full round of congratulations & encouragement to all who have posted recently; (I have read the posts but if I start listing names I'd probably skip someone by mistake) one exception: an extra belated birthday mention for Kip.

Holly, have you worked it out how to get the sunscreen from the son's backpack onto his nose for a mid-day touch-up when they are with a group? I've never been successful with that for boys.

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Madam Pince - May 11, 2007 10:20 am (#1150 of 2988)

Holly, yes, you are insane. I think the earplugs would be a fantastic idea. And some Ogdens to go with.

Mediwitch, sorry to hear about your grandma but it sounds like she is in good hands. Hope everything goes well -- we will be thinking of her.

Same for Soli's mom -- yay for tough little old ladies! Sounds like she's doing fantastically well -- here's hoping it continues! (And glad things are a bit back to normal for you as well!)

Lina, it's a-squared + b-squared = c-squared, right? I think that's the only math I remember from school. Seriously. And I'm not even sure that's right...

Congratulations to Kate(y) on her upcoming confirmation and the honor of greeting the archbishop. We all know she is a very special young lady, and here it is getting proven over again! Hope she has a wonderful day.

Azi, good luck on your project. Sounds like a beautiful day of gathering data!

LOL Marie on the "not too technical." One of my favorite parts in the movie Armageddon is towards the end when their spacecraft is malfunctioning, and the Russian cosmonaut is trying to offer help when the snooty American astronaut tells him "You don't know the components." He replies "Russian components... American components... all made in Taiwan! This is how we fix!" and then he bangs on it with a wrench until it starts up. "There! Now we can go home!"

Well, what a difference a day makes. We live on an island that has only one way on, one way off -- across the 4.5 mile Bay Bridge -- which Little P and I crossed Wednesday afternoon to go visit Maria and Olivia. (We cross it all the time actually; just a fact of life if you live here.) Thursday afternoon there was a horrible crash on the very bridge that we crossed, involving five vehicles including a huge tanker truck and a big flatbed truck. It was the worst accident on the bridge in a decade -- three people died and something like five more injured, and to see the pictures it's a miracle there weren't more. It was caused when a small 4x6 trailer came unhitched from the vehicle towing it, and the cars behind swerved to miss it, and a huge pile-up ensued. The bridge sometimes has two-way traffic going across it (as it did at this time) and there was just no other place for the cars to go -- one car was not even recognizable as a car -- it was simply in pieces. It was so sad, and things like that really make you think. There but for the grace of God go I... or however the saying goes... If we had decided to go across one day later, which we had originally considered... ***shudder*** The traffic was backed up for something like 8 miles in both directions, because there was no way to get all the cars off the bridge that were on it, and it took them seven hours to clear the wreckage and inspect the bridge for structural soundness and then re-open the bridge. Thankfully even with all that, the bridge remained structurally sound and the guardrails held all the vehicles on so they didn't go plunging down into the Bay. But it was just a very sad thing. We weren't even travelling on the road that goes on the bridge, and we still got detoured and re-routed coming home from tee-ball and it took us about 45 minutes when it normally takes ten.

I am not liking the fact that Little P is so attached to his new light-saber. Yesterday at tee-ball when he started fooling around and not paying attention, all it took was one mention that the light-saber could very easily go back to Toys-R-Us, and suddenly I saw model behavior. Evil, evil, mom...

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Steve Newton - May 11, 2007 10:53 am (#1151 of 2988)

Madam Pince, if you are still planning on going to the Fisherman's Inn for Mothers Day, you should probably get in line soon.

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Holly T. - May 11, 2007 10:57 am (#1152 of 2988)

Yikes, Madam Pince, how scary about the accident.

About the lightsaber--I can get a lot better behavior out of my son by putting his favorite stuffies in time out instead of putting him in time out.

Chemyst, last year my son told his camp counselor that he'd reapplied sunscreen at lunch when she told them to. He had not, and got sunburned, which hurt. So we remind him about that. And I have also gone straight past any kind of "you need to protect your skin" cautions to "if you don't wear sunscreen you could die." Yet he still thinks sunscreen was invented by parents to torture their children.

Maybe I'll offer a cash reward to whichever child comes home not sunburned.

Azi and Good Evans, thanks for the printer feedback. Mine is still possessed. Sometimes about when I'm ready to haul it off for servicing I'll turn it on and it will work fine. I never know when it is going to work or not. I only paid $50 for it (had a rebate), so I'm wondering if I should just donate it to Goodwill, take the tax deduction, and buy a different printer that actually works.

I wonder if my daughter is going to run away from home when she returns from her day at the water park tomorrow and finds out we bought her brother a drum set.  

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journeymom - May 11, 2007 12:08 pm (#1153 of 2988)
Edited May 11, 2007 12:40 pm

Lina, your avatar made me truly laugh out loud!

2BMcsmom, that's just wonderful that your son got an award like that. He must be so pleased and proud of himself.

Mediwitch, healing and good luck charms for your grandmother.

Soli, I'm so glad your mother is recovering so nicely. Tough old ladies is right, Mediwitch and Solitaire.

Victoria, Brave New World is weird, but is also yet another victim of assigned high school literature. Read it again some time in about ten years. You will get much more out of it.

Regarding Hermione Jane Mouse, she passed on last night and is now scurrying around in the Great Granary in the Sky with her friend Ginny. I just couldn't keep up with the mites. Though I'm pretty sure it was a combination of the mites and the harsh mite spray. We changed her bedding repeatedly and I swabbed the mite-ocide on her daily. I didn't apply any to her head though, and I just couldn't get every spot, she was so wiggly. And, as is in her nature, she promptly sat down and groomed herself after each application. This is one of those times where the treatment was at least as bad as the ailment.

Miss Journeymom doesn't know yet. I noticed the mouse was dead a couple of minutes before we left for school, not the best time to give the bad news. She'll cry. And then she'll bring up that last week when we discovered Hermione's mites, she asked if we could get a guinea pig when the mouse dies. Mr Journeymom will be given the job of digging a grave under the Oleander tree, next to Ginny. And I think this is the last time we'll name any of our short-lived pets after a Harry Potter character!

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Thom, all this reminds me that at the beginning of April you and your wife lost two precious dogs at once. That was so sad, and I remember that Mrs Thom had a difficult time of it for a while afterwards. How are things now? Have you both found some peace and acceptance? More ((hugs)) to you both.

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John Bumbledore - May 11, 2007 1:35 pm (#1154 of 2988)

The beach we were at on Tuesday had a lot of erosion. I worry about the homes so close to the shore. Yikes! — painting Sheila
I think of it as the Ocean's "Eminent Domain" and, well the rest is best not mentioned here.

Happy "Events" to all those who had reason to celebrate.

ah, pythagorian triples, figure of speech about ancient dating practices? or whole number answers to A squared plus B squared equals C squared?

I must have missed explaining a detail of them to my son as he thought that if A was 4 and B was 5 then C would be 3...

I have forgotten most of my triples and can now only remember 3, 4, 5 triangles.

Game tonight and also the school sports banquette that my son has requested both parents (my lady and I) attend. What are the other children to do? **waves**

CRACK

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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B]geauxtigers[/B] - May 11, 2007 1:48 pm (#1155 of 2988)

Lina! I love your avatar, next time I don't know what X equals, I'm so doing that! By the way, X=5 LOL! a^2 + b^2 = c^2! And that the triangle they've been using as the example since I was in 7th grade

Actually my son didn't have a birthday . . .

Oh well! My bad! I guess in my rushed skimming if posts, I thought it said Kay's son!, perhaps it was meant to be Kathy's. LOL Well he got a happy birthday from me

Seniors are gone so I had 6 people in 2 of my classes today. It was pretty sweet.

Hope everyone is well!

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Madam Pince - May 11, 2007 1:59 pm (#1156 of 2988)

LOL, Steve Newton! You're right. Because they don't take reservations, going there for any special-occasion day is always an adventure. That's why I originally had nixed the idea, until I got started thinking about crab imperial. (Darn! Now there I go again! ) I know I've read several really nice restaurant reviews lately, but I didn't write them down as I thought "Oh, I'll never be going out anyplace nice anytime soon," totally forgetting about Mother's Day. Sigh... Maybe if we go at some really odd time, like 3pm or something...

I did get a lovely purple bouquet of flowers delivered today from Little Pince -- at least, his name was on the greeting. I suspect he had some assistance and a borrowed credit card, though.

Sorry to hear about Hermione Jane ; I feared the worst when you said she felt thin. Well, let's hope she's enjoying a lovely dinner of sunflower seeds or something up in the Great Granary...

Forgot earlier to congratulate 2BMcsmom's son about the honor roll -- that's wonderful news! You must be very proud.

John, have fun at the sports banquet tonight! By "other kids" do you mean your own other kids who will have to scrounge their own dinner tonight? Eh, just leave them a pizza coupon and a $20; they'll be all right.

***wanders off wondering what triples are...***

Edit: Tori, that's the triangle they've been using since we drew them on the cave walls with a piece of flint...

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The giant squid - May 11, 2007 2:32 pm (#1157 of 2988)

Mr. E got the camera working again. When I asked how he did it, all he said was "I just kept messing with it and now it works". Thank goodness he didn't get too technical.--Marie E.

Hey, sometimes that's all it takes. I've fixed lots of stuff that way--which is scary since I'm now a professional technician...

Madame Pince, tell Mr. P I can sympathize--I probably did plenty of things as a kid that parents would faint at the thought of nowadays. Heck, when I was a kid they didn't even have bike helmets, or if they did no one bothered to wear them. I'm pretty sure I made it through unscathed (well, maybe slightly scathed...).

Happy birthday to Kip and Puck, Jr., and congrats to Kabloink!

--Mike

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Lina - May 11, 2007 3:40 pm (#1158 of 2988)

LOL, I didn't really expect so many replays to my avatar. I thought it was a joke... "Find x." / "Here it is." (found) I ran into it today and I decided to use it. But don't worry, Madam Pince, your formula is right. Now I'm considering making some more mathematical avatars, just to show you that it is not the only formula you remember.

Actually, this triangle was used by Egyptians to build pyramids and that's how Pitagora started to research it. :geeky:

Julie (GE), I'll think of you too this weekend. I just remember my first reading in church, it was really stressfull, I wasn't able to stay still and my voice was not really my voice. But I survived and grew up to volunteer it whenever possible.

Some Reparo charms to Azi's Internet.

I'm glad your Mum is recovering so greatly and having so wonderful friends, Soli.

Happy birthday to Holly's son!

Hugs to Journeymom family. Maybe you should name your next pet Scabbers? It might make it have unnaturally long life.

When it comes to printers, I use only Hewlett-Packard. We tried to experiment with some other kinds but it was never satisfying. It is only Epson when we talk about dot matrix printers. And, let's be honest, Hewlett-Packard has some great initials.

Thank you all for the encouragements for Kate. I'm really proud of her.

And congratulations to 2BMcsmom's son too.

Mike, when I don't know how to solve something, I usually say: "If I knew that, I wouldn't be working here, but somewhere else where I'd be paid better."

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Madam Pince - May 11, 2007 3:56 pm (#1159 of 2988)

Building on your pyramid thought, Lina , I just read an article in National Geographic I think it was, about how now there's a new theory on Egyptian pyramid-building -- the idea of raised ramps around the outside of the pyramid (to lift the blocks) doesn't really work because then as you go up, the corners will be covered and you can't use them to measure to make sure the top center will be properly aligned (as in your math problem.) So now the theory is that the ramps were actually inside the pyramid, and probably are still there. But they can't prove this until the Egyptian Department of Really Important People allows them access to study Khufu's tomb.

Or something like that. ***Also a geek***

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Ydnam96 - May 11, 2007 4:03 pm (#1160 of 2988)

Hmmm...if the ramps are inside (which is a great idea...more out of the sun and such) then how do they get the top pointy rock on???

So sorry to her about Hermione. It's so sad to lose a pet. No matter how small.

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virginiaelizabeth - May 11, 2007 6:58 pm (#1161 of 2988)

Hmmm...if the ramps are inside (which is a great idea...more out of the sun and such) then how do they get the top pointy rock on???

**Wingardium Leviosa!!** DUHH!!

Congrats to Kate!! I love your avatar too Lina!

Only 6 full school days left and 4 half days!! YAY! It's almost summer! I have 2 whole months to forget everything I've learned this year! Sweeet!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Steve Newton - May 11, 2007 7:41 pm (#1162 of 2988)

Lina, give a "Well done!" to Kate.

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painting sheila - May 11, 2007 8:19 pm (#1163 of 2988)

On no!! Did I miss something? Did Hermione Jane pass away? Poor thing. I am so sorry to hear that.

Hubbie and sons are camping with all the other dads and sons at church so me and a couple of friends went out to eat. I feel like a fattened calf. We went to one restaurant for dinner - Italian! - and another for dessert! We ordered 3 different kinds of dessert and shared them until we felt like we were going to be sick. Such fun!!We had Bananas Foster, A Deadly Chocolate Cake, and Mint Chocolate Chip Crepes. Yum-O!!!!!

I may not need to eat at all tomorrow. (burp)

I tilled my garden today and even got the rows hoed. Yeah!! I am waiting for little Guy to come home and help me plant everything. We have volunteer pumpkins already up at the mailbox thanks to some pumpkins that were there from Halloween until the daffodils tried to grow up through them. (I win the Procrastinators Award for the longest left jack-o-lantern! wOOt!!)

Edit - Welcome! Amelie Ferrer - I can't wait to discuss all the theories with you!

She

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Madam Pince - May 11, 2007 9:43 pm (#1164 of 2988)

Excellent point, Mandy! (Hey, a pun! ) I didn't get to the end of the article because my doctor called me out of the waiting room. Maybe they could mount it with just two sides up and then build up the other two sides? (Given that I barely know a-squared + b-squared = c-squared, an engineer I am not. ) Anyway, they had one of those infrared x-ray type thingys (soooo technical, aren't I?) of the tomb that was taken ages ago when they had access to it, and it showed green in the "less dense" areas, and it definitely looked like a sort of spiral on the inside of it.

I got a warm fuzzy -- Little P told me this evening "Mommy, I love you more than my light-saber." What a nice Mother's Day compliment!

Saw my first TV promo trailer for OotP tonight! It came on CBS. Has it been showing for awhile or is this new?

I remember a while ago we discussed the weird names they give for paint colors, and especially for Opi brand nail polish colors. Tonight I was looking through an Avon cosmetics catalog, and they have a lip gloss color that is named.... "Baby's Bottom." Honest to Pete; if I'm lyin' I'm dyin'. Now I know that a lot of the better color names have probably already been taken, but come on. (It was in the clearance catalog -- imagine that. I can't see why this isn't a best seller...   )

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journeymom - May 12, 2007 2:49 am (#1165 of 2988)

Baby's Bottom???

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Puck - May 12, 2007 4:02 am (#1166 of 2988)

Happy Birthday Holly's Son!

Good luck with the drums. Pass the earplugs to any neighbors. Now that the windows are open Mr. Puck asked why he was hearing drums. I told it was a boy 3 houses away. We heard it quite clearly.

Okay, I hear a child. It's not even 7am, on a Saturday. Same child I have to drag from bed after 7 on school days. Perhaps he knows he's having a party today.

I forgot yesterday to say Congratulations to Sonya's Son!

Hmmm...if the ramps are inside (which is a great idea...more out of the sun and such) then how do they get the top pointy rock on???

Well, anyone who has ever watched Stargate knows it that the aliens used their superior technology to build the pyramids.

Sorry to hear about Hermione Jane.

Great. Another kid is up too. I was sure they would sleep late, as they were chatting in their room until almost 10pm!

Okay, time to do the dishes and make some cake frosting.

Kathy

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Solitaire - May 12, 2007 5:14 am (#1167 of 2988)

Yikes, Madam Pince! As one who grew up near three really deadly train crossings, I can appreciate the horror of the accident you describe. Many people died every year before anything was done. An overpass was finally built over the one just down the highway, about a half mile from where I grew up. An underpass was put near the one close to the school.

The third--which I now cross most days on my way to work--was a charming affair of a busy highway with a shoot-off to the right ... intersected by a road which crossed the highway smack over a train track!!!! Honestly, doesn't it just SOUND like a disaster waiting to happen? It was. Whoever designed that one probably should have had his head examined. The road had to be moved and re-routed to fix the problem. Of course, that fix has created a whole new set of problems which now has a backup of about a mile each morning. It has turned a 10-minute commute into a 30-minute one.

A mile down the track, there is another 5-way intersection. I drive alongside and turn at that intersection. There are approximately 2 accidents a week. Some involve racing to beat a slow train, but more just involve the intersection itself. It needs a light, even if it IS out in the country. People on the highway just can't wait for anyone turning left, and they pass on the right, IN the intersection ... taking the noses off the cars waiting to cross the highway! A policeman in a plain car could have a ticket-writing field day there.

Journeymom, my condolences to you and your daughter on the loss of Hermione Jane. I hope she and Ginny are not portents of things to come for those two characters.

Well, all the tape from her bandages is giving Mom fits. Her skin is all irritated. She went to see the nurse today, and some changes were made. I thought things looked good, considering the surgery. She is having some discomfort from the drain tube, now that the feeling is coming back (she was numb in the area) ... but she refuses to take her Vicodin. I tried to get her to take one about 8:30, so she would sleep ... but no.

I fell asleep on the sofa and just woke up. I think I'll go and get into bed for a few hours. I just thought I'd check the Forum. I get so far behind when I don't!

Happy Saturday, everyone! I thought it would never get here!

Solitaire

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Snuffles - May 12, 2007 6:06 am (#1168 of 2988)

Lina, well done to Kate. I'm sure she will be fine

Mediwitch **healing charms** to your grandmother.

Journeymom, sorry to hear about Hermione Jane. At least she is free from those horrible mites now.

Madame P. Little P is such a sweetie, what a lovely thing to say.

Baby's bottom what a funny name for a lipstick. Dare I ask what colour it was?

azi, I'm glad you had a good day out. Withernsea has definitely gone down hill. I went to high school there, and it was never as bad as it is now! At least it didn't rain!

I have a couple of peaceful hours today. Hubby has just taken Olivia to her judo class, so I'm making full use of my me time by checking the forum

Hope everyone has a good weekend

Julie

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kaykay1970 - May 12, 2007 7:14 am (#1169 of 2988)

Sorry to hear about Hermoine Jane mouse. ((hugs))

Happy Birthday Holly's son!

We had the last of our school banquets last night, the Music banquet. The Music instructor is such a fun, energetic teacher. He gave out several "fun" awards. My 16 year old son doesn't officially take Band classes. He has private trumpet lessons on Mondays after school. When they had their first concert everyone wondered why he was there. He won the "Who are you? award". lol My 13 year old trombone player won the "Mush award". This one is because of a funny comment he made when the teacher showed them how to clean and care for the brass instruments. On the serious awards my trumpet player won "Outstanding Musicianship Award" and the trombone player won "Most Improved".

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painting sheila - May 12, 2007 8:52 am (#1170 of 2988)

Yeah kayka1970!! Talent abounds in your family!

Baby Bottom Lipstick - a beautiful shade of a mustard yellow with just a hint of pea soup green.

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The giant squid - May 12, 2007 9:41 am (#1171 of 2988)

Well, anyone who has ever watched Stargate knows it that the aliens used their superior technology to build the pyramids.—Puck

Heh heh...this reminded me of an exchange in National Treasure:

“How did they build all this without modern technology?

The same way they built the pyramids or the Great Wall of China.

Yeah, aliens helped them...”



Congrats on the family band awards, kaykay. It's good to know someone else besides me was silly enough to take up the trombone...

--Mike

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Good Evans - May 12, 2007 9:54 am (#1172 of 2988)

Woo hoo kaykay - better than having a mistaken birthday anytime

hope everyone is having a nice weekend!! Julie x

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Chemyst - May 12, 2007 10:25 am (#1173 of 2988)

ah, pythagorian triples, figure of speech about ancient dating practices?
…sometimes your brain visits strange places, John.   (chooses to believe he was referring to a chaperone)

Journeymom, so sad about your mitey mouse.   (I know. My bad.)

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Madam Pince - May 12, 2007 12:53 pm (#1174 of 2988)

***Snort!*** Mitey mouse...

Dare I ask what colour it was?

Although Sheila's thought of pea-soup green also occurred to me, the color was actually a sort of rose color. Frosted, too, from the look of it, although it's hard to tell looking in a catalogue. I think I'm going to order a couple of tubes, since it's on sale, and give them to my girlfriends as a joke gift the next time we have a girls' get-together.

I watched Lost, twice: Aaaaaccckk! I am so bummed if Locke is toast! But it sure looks bad for him -- I would say that shot went very near the heart. He's one of my favorite characters... Funny how you could almost feel sorry for Ben when he was a little boy. So now I guess we know that the Dharma people are no more, and the "Others" are really original inhabitants of the island? I thought it was interesting how Richard didn't seem to age any at all, even though it had to be 25-30 years gone by. Anyone think Jacob = Smokey? What about the little girl from Ben's past -- Annie? Is she Rousseau? No accent... but... And I still don't like / trust Jack -- it amazes me that people still look to him for leadership. I'd be lining up behind Sayid in a minute. And I think that before they try whatever big plan it is that they're hatching, they should tie Kate up somewhere and put duct tape over her mouth so she won't screw it all up.

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Ydnam96 - May 12, 2007 1:46 pm (#1175 of 2988)

Madame Pince, you hit the nail in the head about Lost!

I'm so frustrated! I needed some basic household items and some fabric...so...I went to Walmart. BUT our Walmart has been remodeled and no longer sells fabric. What is the world coming to?

Off to do laundry (while watching Dead Man's Chest!)

TTFN

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Good Evans - May 12, 2007 2:35 pm (#1176 of 2988)

Right that's it- I am never again watching this farce of a contest. Eurovision? rename it the chums voting for each other contest!!!!!

Latvia - really good song, Sweden good song, Finland good song, Germany good song, but where are they?????????????? nil points at this point for Latvia - rubbish. all the western european countries are in the bottom 10. UK are of course at the bottom (but then it was awful, but not as awful as some songs). someone explain why the BBC puts so much money in to this contest?????!!!! We are paying for our own humiliation.

end rant!!!

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Lavandula - May 12, 2007 6:22 pm (#1177 of 2988)

Happy Saturday all!

Solitaire- More prayers and well wishes for your mother.

I spent the day planting tomatoes, beans, and onions in the garden as well as weeding (AGAIN) the strawberries. Sure feels good to be back to gardening!

Baseball games for the little guy and soccer games for darling daughter have been keeping me quite the busy slacker mom. No time for cooking, cleaning or much else including the forum. I'll try to catch up a bit tonight.

Have Great Evening Everyone. Happy Mother's Day tommorow to all those Moms!!!

Cathy

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Catherine - May 12, 2007 7:10 pm (#1178 of 2988)

It's been a doozy of a day!

Hayley (my 7 year-old) and I did NOT win the "Mother-daughter look-alike contest at the mall today, but enjoyed a nice consolation lunch afterward.

I went to a local oyster bar to hear some of my friends/parents of students in their band. My students were unfortunately present, and digitally recorded their moms and me dancing to "I Will Survive." They were threatening to post said video to YouTube!

The moms gave me clearance to post a fake "F" for the students' Social Studies test on Monday if such a video appears. I promised the boys in my best teacher voice to make them suffer slow, painful death if this video appears at school or on the internet.

Happy Mother's Day to All!

Hopefully,"I will survive" internet dancing exposure....

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Choices - May 12, 2007 7:39 pm (#1179 of 2988)

I think we have some really fantastic MOM's on this forum. You are loving and caring and your children are lucky to have you. Have a fantastic Mother's Day and stay as wonderful as you are! {{{HUGS}}}

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Solitaire - May 12, 2007 8:04 pm (#1180 of 2988)

More fun and games ... This morning when Mom got up, her right leg (surgery side) was very swollen, and her incision area was also swollen, hot, and painful. I had her call the doc. Her surgeon was not available, even by answering service, so she called her primary care physician. He recommended she go to emergency, as blood clots often occur following surgery. Mom, Sis and I beat a path to the hospital and were there by 9 a.m. She was seen right away, and they did blood tests, ran ultrasounds, a scan of some sort, and an x-ray to check for infection of the breast area. She does indeed have the start of an infection, but no blood clot, thank heavens. The ER doc was so nice, and the nurses were super. The doc gave her a really strong dose of antibiotics in an IV, to hit the infection and knock it out before it can get worse.

She is now back home and resting a bit ... although she didn't want to go to bed yet. I convinced her to take a pain med before bed tonight, so I am hoping to see a big improvement tomorrow. Her leg was already better when we left, after having it elevated all day. I think she has just been up and doing too much. I'll update tomorrow, after I see how she passed the night. Thanks so much to everyone who has been supporting Mom in prayer and thought. It is really appreciated.

Solitaire

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John Bumbledore - May 12, 2007 10:35 pm (#1181 of 2988)

Baby's bottom what a funny name for a lipstick. Dare I ask what colour it was? — Snuffles
The color was actually a sort of rose color. Frosted, too, from the look of it. — Madam Pince


Naturally, red as diaper rash and frosted with diaper rash ointment!

And back to the Pythagorean triples... Please!

They are whole number answers to the equation such as (3, 4, and 5) or (5, 12 and 13.)
** Yea! I remembered another triple! **

Sometimes your brain visits strange places, John — Chemyst

You are too kind when saying I only visit. And before anyone says anything more; Remember, I visit here fairly often.

Soli, healing charms for you mum. Journeymom, I'm also sorry to hear about your mitey mouse. **And Chemyst says my brain visits strange places! **

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Snuffles - May 13, 2007 12:08 am (#1182 of 2988)

Congratulations on your musical family Kay

Soli, I hope your mum is feeling much better today. **more healing charms** going her way.

Julie(GE), I'm with you on the Eurovision. It is so fixed. I only put it on so I can hear Sir Terry with his extremely snarky comments . Thank goodness for Malta giving us 12 points!

Happy mothers day to all who celebrate today.

Off to check the threads

Julie

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Puck - May 13, 2007 7:18 am (#1183 of 2988)

Happy Mother's Day!!

I stayed in bed awhile, as hubby got up early and I heard sounds that I thought were him cleaning. Well, downstairs still is a mess, but I was made a lovely breakfast and had flowers and sweet homemade cards from the kiddies. Off to my Moms for the afternoon, then watching the Survivor finale.

Son's party was fun. Guess I should call him "Sir" as he was knighted yesterday. There were ten kids in total (not including the baby), which seemed a perfect amount. He was very sweet and gave the Webkin he received yesterday to his sister, since he already had two.

Kay, congrats to your musicians!

Soli, hope your Mom heals quickly and stops being stubborn about taking it easy. (Hubby's mom had hurt her leg and could barely walk when visiting. I finally had to order her to go sit and stop picking up after the children. They get so used to caring for everyone else, they don't know how to let others do for them.)

Sounds like Sanjaya would do well on Eurovision.

Off to do some cleaning. Mr. Puck is cutting the grass, and I can't stand the look of the family room. I promise, I'll relax the rest of the day. I just need to get the cheerios off the floor first.

Kathy

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Madame Pomfrey - May 13, 2007 7:42 am (#1184 of 2988)

Happy Mothers Day to all Moms!! Hope you all have a wonderful day. Healing charms to your mom, Soli. You mentioned chest and leg, Did she have Bypass?  Nathan, glad to hear your test results came back good. My cousin has Fibromyalgia and I know it can be very painful. Comforting charms to you.

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2BMcsmom - May 13, 2007 7:46 am (#1185 of 2988)
Edited May 13, 2007 8:32 am

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! to all the wonderful MOMs on the forum.

I just finished catching up so this might be long.

Madam Pince- "Baby's Bottom." Honest to Pete; if I'm lyin' I'm dyin' - ROFL - too funny.

Holly- Happy Birthday to son. My oldest would love a drum set, we are not that brave. Good luck with that.

Journeymom- I am sorry about your loss of Hermoine Jane.

Snuffles- Based on the name I would have imagined baby bottom in color.

KayKay- Congratulations to your sons. Their music instructor sounds fun.

Mandy- I worked for wal-mart (we referred to it as wally world) 9 yrs. Before I left we went through a remodel and the fabric department got cut in half. Very bad decision I thought. There was a very big customer base for fabric, a lot of quilt makers. Now those people are going other places. We were told that most all if not all the wally worlds would be going to pre cut prepackaged fabrics. I do not believe that will go over very well. Just my 2knuts.

Choices- Thank you.

Prayers and healing charms to Soli's Mom.

Mr. 2Bmcsmom is very particular about his stuff, especially when it comes to his hunting and fishing. He and the oldest went to the river fishing yesterday. He put his boat in the water, ties it off, and He and the oldest start looking at the changes that had been made at the landing and talking to some other fishermen. He goes to get in the boat and notices water in the front of the boat. He thinks that the cooler is leaking and goes to step in the back and the back of the boat has sunk and his tackle boxes are covered with water. He runs to the truck to pull the boat back out of the water. He forgot to put the drain plug in. Then on the way home it starts raining really hard and by the time he got pulled over to check on the boat the back of it was full of water again because he forgot to pull the plug out!   I wanted to ROFL when he told me. If you could have seen his expression. It was all I could do to hold off laughing as long as I did, but I made sure not to laugh much in front of him. Today he will spend most of his time taking everything out of the tackle box and drying it all out.

Edit: Mr. 2BMcsmom just came in from taking everything out of his tackle box. He might lose some of his tackle because it has already started to rust. Now I feel a little guilty for finding the whole thing funny.

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Madam Pince - May 13, 2007 9:26 am (#1186 of 2988)

Oh 2BMcsmom, you shouldn't feel guilty -- it really is funny! At least, I was cracking up while reading your story. I am sorry if his tackle rusts, though, that would be a shame.

Soli, hope your mom is able to relax and take it easy and recover completely. I know it's difficult -- if your surgery has gone well and you feel good, it's tempting to do too much too soon, and then you get problems. It sounds like you guys are doing a great job of being vigilant caregivers and caught everything early, though, so great job on being such good offspring!

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms who celebrate today! I'm with Puck -- I'm planning a relaxing day and then enjoying the Survivor finale. I will make Mr. P promise to curb the eyerolls and heavy sighs, since it's Mother's Day!

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 13, 2007 10:15 am (#1187 of 2988)

Yay, I made it to the end! My aunt and uncle left not long ago and I am in the throes of washing laundry load after load. Once I have hubby and myself moved back into our bedroom, I can relax a bit. Well, at least I thought, until I realized that hubby has embarked on a new project today.

We have a walkout/porch facade in front of our upstairs window. He bought new railings and spindles for it and decided today was the day to remove the old one and replace it. :yetanothereyeroll: I heard him dropping large bits of the old railing and went outside to help him get it to the ground. (My younger daughter has a tendency to come running from out of nowhere and I wished to avoid an accident.) "Don't worry, I'm checking," was his response when I gave him the warning to watch for the children. Actually, he is cautious but now I feel badly leaving him out there to work alone, so I will load up his truck with the old railing and stand around and hand him parts while he works. **sigh**

Bear with me, as I am still working my way out of the "fog fatigue" I am experiencing from post-8th Grade Class Trip Chaperoning. BTW, one of the buses broke down homeward bound and we ended up with a 3 hour delay back home. It all worked out in the end, though.

What a genuine pleasure it was to meet Madame and Little Pince! They were soo patient with me, as I tried to jockey between my chaperoning responsibilities and enjoying their visit. Poor Little Pince - at one point, they came down by the DJ room and it was so loud, the little guy kept his hands over his ears! He did love his light saber and I hope it is working better than it was when he first got it. (The light wasn't always going on.) But he is such a clever little guy, he did get it figured out toward the end, I think. Olivia loved meeting him and gets a great big smile on her face when we talk about our meeting! I can't thank you enough for making the trip to see us and the accident sure did put a scare in me. I wasn't sure that was the route you took until I arrived home but boy am I relieved that you were both well and home safely. I am sure the next time we meet will be on more leisurely terms and we can have even more time to enjoy each others' company.

Steve, hope your mom is well and up again. I thought the same thing, that perhaps it was a reaction to the seafood - or was it seasonal allergies?

Glad to hear your mom made it through the surgery with good results, Solitaire. I thought of infection when you were describing the symptoms - especially the heat in the sensitive area. That is very common and it is good that you reacted so quickly. Continued prayers your mom's way and Steve's mom's way.

Thank you, Choices and everyone for the Happy Mother's Day wishes and a Happy Mother's Day wish to all of the moms, aunts, grandmothers, and fathers who take the time to "mother" loved ones.

Choices, I am remembering your heroic leap to save your mom from a fall when you sprained your ankle. An especially Happy Mother's Day to you for that.

Healing charms for a speedy and painless recovery to Mrs. Bumbledore. May it heal so well that she can't tell rain is coming days beforehand. (Most of you with old wounds will understand that one. )

Congrats to kaykay's musical men!

Also to Kate - that is such an honor! I know she will do well, please tell her not to be nervous and that the HHs are so proud of her!

Lina, glad you were able to find "x" (and you circled it, too).

Prayers and healing charms for your grandmother, Mediwitch! I hope everything works out well. How is your FIL handling all of the getting out and about? Will he accompany you to visit your grandmother? Hang in there, and I hope things settle down for you all soon.

Sorry to hear about Hermione Jane, journeymom. The "skinny" part raised my eyebrow as well. Perhaps the mite spray spared her from a more horrific passing.

Happy Belated Birthday to a not-so-little-anymore Puck! Happy Belated Birthday also to Kip! And many, many more to you both!

Congrats to Mandy on the air conditioner! Have fun at the zoo, Kristina!

Ginny/Tori, please try not to forget what it took you so long to learn. Brave New World reminds me of Logan's Run. Also, there is a store in Point Pleasant NJ called Brave New World - my girls love it! It is kind of a surfer-clothes type shop, except it carries great name brands like Quicksilver (for Olivia - yes, Olivia) and great shoe brands designed for comfort and style. Methinks we will be heading down there shortly for another go. Must recover from our DC trip first, though.

LOL, Madame Pince, on the Baby's Bottom. I was thinking, some form of cinnamon, er, more commonly known as brown.

GE Julie, how is Mr. GE's shoulder?

Felix Felicis to your son on his audition, Sheila and your avatar/daughter is beautiful!

Sorry if I've forgotten anyone but I figured I'd made this lengthy enough, eh? ***ducks dungbombs***

Happy to be back - I've missed you all!

Maria

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Solitaire - May 13, 2007 10:27 am (#1188 of 2988)

No heart problems yet, Madam Pince, but it's funny you should mention that. One odd thing came up last week during Mom's pre-surgery checks ... her primary care physician says that her EKG from his office shows she has had a heart attack at some time in her life. She says she cannot remember this and there are no medical records anywhere to indicate it. The one she had taken at the hospital also does not show any such thing ... so we are curious. I asked her if this could have happened during surgeries when my sis and I were born (we were both C-section babies, back in the dark ages), since she had such a horrible time with me--apparently, we both almost died in the process--and she was actually sick during my sister's birth. It sounds like that could have been pretty stressful!

I just talked to Mom this a.m., and she is doing well. She took a bath (I told her to wait for me!) and got her dressing wet ... but otherwise she says she is fine. Moms ... ya gotta love 'em!

2BMcsmom, does your husband ever laugh at you when you do something absent-minded or silly? If so, you're entitled! Besides ... it's your day, so have a giggle!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MOMS!!

Okay, back to work for me!

Solitaire

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journeymom - May 13, 2007 10:53 am (#1189 of 2988)

Journeymom, so sad about your mitey mouse. (I know. My bad.)

Baaaad! Lolol!

Choices, those are lovely words!

Solitaire, just remind your mom that her recovery will move along faster if she takes her vicodin.

Happy Mothers Day, all!

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2BMcsmom - May 13, 2007 11:13 am (#1190 of 2988)

Soli, yes he does laugh, or rolls his eyes and gives me an "I can't believe you just did that look" when I do those absent minded things. But I know how serious he is about taking care of his fishing equipment.

Good to see you HH.

Edit: He is going through his hooks one at a time to wipe the rust off before it becomes permanent There are hundreds.

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Good Evans - May 13, 2007 12:12 pm (#1191 of 2988)

happy mothers day to the American Moms on the site!!!

Maria - hubby has a hernia (double of course!) nothing wrong with his shoulder (unless you are being all trelawlny on me!!). he goes in on wednesday for his op. I shall report in due course.

My reading went well in church, I was very nervous, I suspect that they could hear my knees knocking during the first reading! hubby says I was very Marilyn Monroe - all breathy!! I thought of Kate, and hope that she enjoyed meeting the archbishop!

have a lovely rest of sunday all

Julie

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Jenniffler - May 13, 2007 12:31 pm (#1192 of 2988)

Hey People!

I am so happy. I got to see my sister married to her fiancé Friday at the Dallas Texas Temple. Yesterday, we held the ring ceremony and reception in our hometown. My husband gave the ring ceremony sermon about qualities of a lasting marriage and hinted how much he wanted nieces and nephews. (I totally blushed the moment he started talking--he's too informal!) Mom made the cakes and groom's brownies because homemade is always best. Karen Jo and Roland then put on cowboy hats and started dancing for solid two hours. Her new mom-in-law can cut a rug! Little Jo made Mr. Niffler spin round and round for over half the dances, yet I was the one who couldn't drive home, I was too dizzy. I am still floating. Family weddings are so fun.

Skimmed the posts. My heart goes out to Soli and her mom. Prayers are headed your way for a FULL recovery.

Sad thing about Hermione Jane, Journeymom. Best wishes.

Happy Mother's Day to all who are or have moms. This year's gift at church was a Zinnia plant. It looks indestructible, but I have a notorious brown thumb.

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Tazzygirl - May 13, 2007 1:26 pm (#1193 of 2988)

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!

I sent my mom the biography of Albert Einstein that just came out. She loves it. Albert Einstein is one of her idols. lol (did you know he had a learning disability?)

My brother's birthday present to me finally arrived. It's a tea set from South Korea- very beautiful!

So sorry to hear about Hermione Mouse, Journeymom! If you do get a guinea pig, you might want to think about getting two. Guineas are very social animals, and if they don't get a certain amount of attention from your daughter, they can get depressed. If you get two, then you don't have to worry about the guinea being lonely. They also last a lot longer than mice or hamsters. My guinea pig, Tazzy, is now going on 7 years old and still acts like she's a youngster.

**Healing charms** to Soli's mom! Glad you all caught the infection before it got worse!

Congratulations to Kate, Holly's son, and Kay's kids!

Hope your hubby's surgery goes well, JulieGE!

Congratulations to your sister, Jenniffler!

ummmmm.... OH! Lost: I didn't see the guy in the rocking chair! I even slo-moed it down, and didn't see him. I think he is the smokey thing too. Ben- felt sorry for him just a little bit. I can totally understand now why he is so warped. I wanna know more about 'the Others' and why they killed the Dharma people. Can totally understand why they were called the Hostiles though... I think Ben's friend Annie(?) is dead- the can of poison wiped out the entire village. creepy...

I've been so out of it these past couple days. I hope I covered everything- if not, I'm sorry! Even though school has ended, I haven't had a chance to really relax. Summer school started yesterday- 9 hours in a windowless classroom is not fun! Next Saturday sounds promising, as we get to start making puppets. Oh, and there will be no making of simple sock or paper bag puppets. We are making marionettes, glove, finger, and many other types of puppets. Fun, but I am at a loss as to where I'm going to keep them all once the class is completed. My friend told me I should make all the puppets with an Australia theme, as then they would all go with my apartment decorations and I could hang them from the ceiling or something. LOL! My supply list is three pages long. So much for it being inexpensive! LOL

Have a great day everyone!!

~Kristina

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Kip Carter - May 13, 2007 1:49 pm (#1194 of 2988)

Happy Mothers Day to each of our Forum's moms!

To all who wished me a Happy Birthday, thank you so very much. I read each post; however I did not respond until now due to a very heavy time commitment. I definitely appreciated the thoughts!

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Madam Pince - May 13, 2007 4:29 pm (#1195 of 2988)

Re: Lost: I forgot to look for the old man in the rocking chair! (And I did not just think about that because Kip just posted about his birthday... ) I have it on tape so I will go back and look again. I didn't notice it during my "regular speed" watchings though. I did wonder what the picture on the wall of Jacob's room was, though -- at least, I think it was a picture. When Ben and Locke first come in the door and Locke's looking around, very very briefly we see some sort of picture on the wall, right before we see the jars of whatever-it-is up on the windowsill. The picture almost looked to me like a picture of a dog? Vincent? One of the Losties sites speculates that Vincent=Smokey, for some reason which I haven't figured out yet. Sheila, you said it says a lot about Ben if he almost fried the bunny -- but it also says lots and lots about him if he allowed them to gas all the Dharmites including his friend Annie!!! I was appalled! He had held onto her birthday gift to him all these years, so that tends to make me think she died. But ewwwww... nasty of him to allow that if he did. She may have left the island before the gassing.

Denise, have you tried to log onto Sledgeweb recently? I've been trying all day today and it won't come up... I wanna see the screencaps!

Welcome home, Maria! Don't you just looooovvve post-trip laundry? Glad you had fun handing up tools to hubby!

Tazzy, I bet your tea set is lovely! I have such a weakness for those kinds of things because I love tea. You hardly ever use the fancy trimmings, but they're so neat to have and so pretty! One of my great-aunts gave me a beautiful teapot that she hand-painted for a wedding gift. Thankfully she was really talented, so it's pretty! I'm always telling myself that someday I'll have a normal life where the table is covered with fine linen instead of Play-Doh scraps, and I will have people over for tea with my lovely tea things!

Jenniffler, just set the zinnia out where it'll get sun and make sure it doesn't get totally dried out and you should be fine -- you're right, they're pretty tough! Glad the wedding was fun!

Soli, t'wasn't I who asked about your mom's heart, (I think it was Madame Pomfrey) but I hope they can find out if it's a problem...

We decided against fighting the long lines to get into Fisherman's today for a Mother's Day dinner, and instead Mr. Pince and Little P made my breakfast, then we played some ball outside where I accidently bonked Little P in the nose with a thrown ball which put a stop to the game while hugs and ice pops were administered. Then we went to the store and bought some crabmeat and Mr. Pince made me some of his delicious home-made crabcakes for $2.50 apiece, instead of Fisherman's for $25.00 apiece. Very tasty, and I feel quite pampered!

Hope everyone enjoys the RotD! Off to rot my mind watch the Survivor three-hour finale!

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painting sheila - May 13, 2007 5:35 pm (#1196 of 2988)

Good Evans - You sang Happy Birthday to the archbishop? (sorry - reaching for a Marilyn Monroe comment there)

Jenniffler - I love Zinnias - they are my favorite flower to grow! Just dig a hole in the ground and let it go. They are very hardy and hard to kill - plus if you pluck the flower off when it starts to die back you will have more and more blossoms all summer.

We received a carnation today at church. A few years ago we were given leis from Samoa. One of our members is from Samoa and he arranged for boxes of them to be flown in. Beautiful! but I do love my carnation since Oldest Son picked it out and handed it to me personally.

I had Créme Brulie (sp) French Toast for breakfast - yum-o!! I started it last night and finished baking it this morning. Hubbie wasn't feeling to well today so I took care of breakfast. He did feel up to blackened chicken and baked potatoes for dinner - my favorite! and everyone else cleaned up afterwards. Perfect!

Hubbie and I went to see Alan Jackson and Brooks and Dunn last night. It was so much fun. Brooks and Dunn opened. There was a particularly enthusiastic fan sitting right behind me. Every time any song started, ended, or cresendoed she squealed this particularly high pitched squeal that literally made me ears hurt. Several people around us moved away into empty seats, but we were stuck. I didn't think I would last the night but she either squealed herself hoarse or didn't like Alan Jackson. She didn't scream or get out of her seat once. Amazing! Everyone kept looking around waiting for her to squeal in the beginning but she never did. Yeah!

I watched The Queen tonight. Pretty good - but as we say in the south, "Bless her heart."

Yeah - MARIA is back! Thanks for the well wishes with the audition and kind words about Oldest Daughter.

and Soli - I have heard the some thing about taking pain medicine. It is supposed to help in healing if you are not in pain - but kudos to your mom for doing as well as she is.

Happy Mother's Day to everyone that is a mother, wants to be a mother, or ever had a mother!

she

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journeymom - May 13, 2007 7:48 pm (#1197 of 2988)

We played ball after breakfast, too. We had a great time for almost an hour. Until Mr Journeymom lobbed a great big soft ball at me and it hit my calf. Sadly, that leg has a web of vericose veins on the calf. The muscle felt like it exploded. I sat clutching a bag of ice to my leg for about an hour. I'm still hobbling around!

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Solitaire - May 13, 2007 7:49 pm (#1198 of 2988)

Good evening! Mom had a pretty good day today. The couple from her church who were married yesterday (she couldn't go, as she was in the emergency room all day) stopped by to say hi and bring her a plant before heading out of state. I think that certainly made her feel loved.

I went over around 3 p.m. and changed her bandages and took her to my youngest niece's home for a family dinner. Her sister brought along my great-nephew and great-niece, so it was fun. I even got to view the new nursery ... I'm going to be a great-aunt again!

My strata was a hit, which was nice. I made it using fat-free half-and-half, low-fat Jarlsberg, Eggbeaters, and only three slices of really high-fiber whole wheat bread ... plus the veggies. Given the almost complete lack of fat and bad carbs, I was not sure how this "bring-on-the-high-fat" crew would like it ... but it was demolished, so I guess it tasted okay. I also took one of my famous salads, requested by my nephew. (I am the official veggie salad maker for all family gatherings.)

It was a nice day, and Mom enjoyed herself. The only casualty was my car ... Mom lowered her bangy old garage door without stopping to notice that I was still parked under it. I now have about a 4-inch scratch right in the middle of my hood. **sniff! sniff!**

Well, back to the books. I still have a pile to grade. Honestly, I think each time I grade something, 5 more materialize in it's place! I'll be glad when June 1st is here. It will mean school is OVER!

Solitaire

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 13, 2007 8:00 pm (#1199 of 2988)

I hope all had a good mothers day. I went shopping for an engagement ring today.

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Viola Intonada - May 13, 2007 8:33 pm (#1200 of 2988)

I hope all Mothers here had a wonderful Mother's Day! Hubby reserved a copy of DH for me. Yeah!

I have been catching bits and pieces on the news justifying us Slacker Moms.

Congrats, Nathan! So do you know your 4 C's?
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journeymom - May 13, 2007 9:26 pm (#1201 of 2988)

Viola, we need no justifying...

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Did You hear what nifty thing Jo did? She put up a "staggering" amount of money for the ransom of the little girl who was kidnapped in Portugal. She doesn't want the exact amount known. Richard Branson of Virgin, Simon Cowell and some others also contributed large amounts.

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geauxtigers - May 13, 2007 9:51 pm (#1202 of 2988)

Happy Mother's day! I know I'm a bit late, but I've been really busy and only skimmed the posts. Few things I caught and remember...

Congrats Nathan! How do you plan on proposing? Let us know how it goes! I love hearing stories about that! Always so sweet!

but as we say in the south, "Bless her heart."  This jumped out because a conversation we had in my english class! We decided that its okay to say something rude as long as you say "bless her/his heart" after. LOL joking around with my comedian of an English teacher...

So I applied for a summer job today at Starbucks, but I dunno if I'll get it seeing as they don't need anybody to hire. LOL I'll probably try a few other places and such. I just want to get a job this summer, and it needs to be somewhere I won't spend all my money at, for example, Starbucks, you can only drink so much coffee. If I was at the mall or something, I'd never control the urge to buy something...So Kristina might be giving me some pointers

10 days left! WOOOOO I have an exam on Tuesday, a test tomorrow, a "quiz" a.k.a. more like a test because its math) on Thursday and dance, dance, and dress rehersal and I'm watching some kids Friday. Then exams next week, then its over! I'll be free! So don't exepct me here this week unless we get an update from Jo! LOL

Hope everyone has a great week!

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virginiaelizabeth - May 13, 2007 10:18 pm (#1203 of 2988)

but as we say in the south, "Bless her heart."  LOL...

Congrats to Nathan!

oh yeah... HAPPY MOTHER"S DAY!!

Time for me to dissapparate for the week. Hope everyone has a lovely rest of the week!

**Crack**

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Tazzygirl - May 13, 2007 11:23 pm (#1204 of 2988)

Congratulations, Nathan! Please share when the time comes!!

Glad to hear everyone had a great day- healing charms to Little P's nose, and Journeymom's calf. Ouch!!

Work was sooo busy today! For some reason we thought since it was Mother's day, as well as graduation day at UH, we'd be bored. It was so busy, we ran out of plates.

Tori- Good luck with the job hunt! The best thing about working at a Starbucks is that all the drinks recipes are written out. It's basically just measuring and remembering how many squirts of syrup or chocolate go into things.

Off to watch Desperate Housewives! (Three HOUR finale for Survivor???? )

Goodnight everyone!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - May 13, 2007 11:30 pm (#1205 of 2988)

Hopefully, whoever has that little girl will realize that it is far more to his advantage to return her than to sell her. My prayers go out to the child, the parents, and the captors ... I pray they are merciful and do the right thing.

Nathan, congratulations!!

Solitaire

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Snuffles - May 14, 2007 12:53 am (#1206 of 2988)

Julie, glad the church reading went ok. When you said hubby thought you were like Marilyn Monroe, I pictured somebody in a white dress, trying to stop it blowing above her head, while trying to read in front of a packed congregation .  

Soli, I'm glad your mum is feeling better. Sorry to hear about your car though!

Congrats Nathan,I hope everything goes well with your proposal.

Went to see my brother and his family yesterday. Their horse had a foal on Friday night and Olivia was itching to go and visit. She thought it was one of the most loveliest things she had seen. All she kept mentioning was how long his little legs were . He hasn't got a name yet, so Olivia and her cousin have decided to call his Oscar for now!

Hope everyone has a good Monday

Julie

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Good Evans - May 14, 2007 4:29 am (#1207 of 2988)

LOL both She and Julie - definitely no singing to any bishop (let alone Arch) and no white dress blowing around my knees!!!!

It was Kate (catherinehermiona) that was meeting the Archbishop - I was just doing the lessons at Evensong! and had a little trouble getting my breathing to settle down at the start. A lovely lady came out from church to thank me for the reading at the end - she said I had a nice voice, which was lovely to hear. (mind you good job she wasn't in pew near me as my singing voice is not nice )

Nathan - Woo Hoo - what news!

Soli - what a month you are having!! I am glad that your Mom had a nice day, shame about your car though!!!

Tori - best of luck with the job application.

healing and cheering to all who need them (did I catch little pince's nose has had an accident?) - on this very dismal monday morning.

Prayers and best thoughts to Maddie and her family in Portugal. Whoever made the comment "just see sense and let her go" is dead right. No one has the right to take another persons child, what a horrible thing to do, and as for anyone that "orders and pays" for a child, what are you thinking? How could this ever seem right?

A few prayers for a little girl in hospital at the moment would be nice too, please, her name is Amelia, she is not very well at all and has had to have a blood transfusion. Your thoughts would be well received, if you can spare her any.

with love from

Julie x

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kaykay1970 - May 14, 2007 5:34 am (#1208 of 2988)

Congratulations to Jennifler's sister! I love weddings! Congratulations to Nathan as well!

Prayers for Maddie's safe return. Prayers and healing charms for Amelia too!

My kids always think it's "neat" when people from all over on the internet are congratulating them. Thanks all!

Sounds like you had a nice time Maria! I'm glad to see you back!!

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Lina - May 14, 2007 5:47 am (#1209 of 2988)

Kay, I love the "Who are you" award! I'm sure John loves it too, even if he is not aware of it.

Glad to see you back, Maria!

Soli, more healing and recovering charms to your Mum! I hope she will start to take the recovery process more seriously and stop obstructing it. Those Mums, oh they can be so childish! She is obviously not used to rely on other people, but sometimes it is necessary. I hope I'll remember this when the time comes for me to obey to my kids...

I'm glad your reading went well, Julie. Next time it will be even better! And more healing and recovery and no complications charms to your hubby and his surgery.

Kate also did well. Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement. You could tell she was a bit nervous, but you could also understand everything she was saying. We had a lovely time with her Godmother and her family and our cousins and aunts. It was really nice. As soon as I manage to put the pictures on the Internet, I'll put the link in my profile. I hope I'll be able to jump in the chat room tonight.

Congratulations to your sister, Jenniffler. I'm glad you had fun. I keep hoping I'll be able to make a similar announcement about my sister, but they are still not mentioning any dates...

Nathan, congratulations on the engagement! Great news!

Happy birthday Septentrion!

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painting sheila - May 14, 2007 6:15 am (#1210 of 2988)

Nathan - Details! We want details! Does she know? What does the ring look like? How are you going to pop the question. . . .? Details!

Happy Birthday Septentrion!!

Lina - Congrats to your daughter! I am so glad everything went well. whew!

Soli- I am sorry to hear about your car. You should call the dealership and see if you can buy a touch up of the paint. That would keep it from getting rusty and causing other problems. Rust is no friend to anything but especially cars.

Maddie - prayers are going up for you right now! Hang in there! and don't give up hope.

Amelia - We are praying for you also. Poor babies.

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Essidji - May 14, 2007 6:50 am (#1211 of 2988)

what? WHAT? WHAT?? Today's Septentrion's Birthday? Bon anniversaire, Pascaline!

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 14, 2007 7:38 am (#1212 of 2988)

If all goes well with my teaching plans, the proposal will happen around christmas. I want it to be her Christmas present.

I was thinking about surprising her at work with two dozen long stemmed red roses and then giving her the ring. I am not sure if it is romantic enough?

Another possibility is dressing as Santa Claus and proposing to her on Christmas Eve?

What really wanted to do was to take her to Spain propose to her in the Alhambra in the Gardens of the Generalife but, I lack the funds to do so

The ring itself will be a titanium ring with a 1.5 carat weight of white diamonds and the center stone will be a 2 carat flawless blue sapphire in a princess cut.

The mounting will be a semi-mount because we want the ring as unobtrusive as possible in case she should decide to wear it to work as she works with special needs children mostly children suffering from Autism, Asperger's syndrome, Down's syndrome, Noonan's disease, and Cerebral Palsy.

The only hurdle I must overcome is that I need to begin the teacher certification process first so that I being working when I do this

Any other suggestions or romantic ideas would be welcome on the style of proposal?

Cheers Nathan

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painting sheila - May 14, 2007 8:00 am (#1213 of 2988)

Oh Nathan!! How sweet! and the ring sound gorgeous!! You could ask her for help in decorating your tree and have the ring tied to a ribbon. You could "arrange it" so that she was the one to hang that particular ornament. I love the Santa Claus idea though!! Santa could deliver her roses at work!! How fun would that be?!!

Guess what everyone! My kids are going to England for the New Year with their school and I might come with them!!  Their chorus is performing at Westminster Abbey for a New Year's Celebration. We are SO excited!!

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 14, 2007 8:14 am (#1214 of 2988)

Sheila, how exciting Westminister Abbey at Christmas is beautiful. If you and your husband are going with them I would also encourage you to do a side trip to see Westminster Cathedral too which is also very beautiful. When I was there we went to both.

Although, as iremember it is quite cold in both during the New Year.

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Snuffles - May 14, 2007 8:15 am (#1215 of 2988)

Nathan, just the fact that you know what ring you want now, and are preparing the proposal so far in advance will let your girlfriend know how romantic you are.  I remember watching a film where Ben Stiller proposed to his girlfriend by getting pupils from her class to hold up boards with the words 'Will you marry me' on.

Whatever you decide, I'm sure it will be wonderful.

Happy birthday Septentrion.

Woo hoo Sheila, that sounds fantastic. Old blighty will look forward to welcoming you all

Julie

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journeymom - May 14, 2007 8:42 am (#1216 of 2988)

I was thinking about surprising her at work with two dozen long stemmed red roses and then giving her the ring. I am not sure if it is romantic enough?

Not romantic enough??? It's lovely, and she'll be swept off her feet.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SEPTENTRION!

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azi - May 14, 2007 8:44 am (#1217 of 2988)

Happy Birthday Septentrion!

Nathan - your plans sound so sweet! The ring also sounds beautiful - sapphires are gorgeous!

Healing charms to ill people, including Soli's mum!

I took the Belbin's analysis in class today. If anyone doesn't know, it's a test which helps define someone's role in a team. I came out as a major 'completer/finisher' with 23 points. I'm surprised how well it fits! The next nearest role was 'monitor/evaluator' with 11. There were only 2 other people in the class whose roles were so defined - most people got a few roles which had around 10 points with nothing standing out.

Hope everyone has a lovely day!

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painting sheila - May 14, 2007 8:44 am (#1218 of 2988)

Thanks Nathan and Snuffles!! I hope I can wait that long! It seems like forever until we go. I am going to turn in my passport paper tomorrow and then start on the kids - priorities! HA!! ( me first! me first!)

Azi - that test sounds interesting. What sort of things did it ask?

I was so excited- I got my hubbie to clean out his closet! wOOt!! It is actually our closet but I needed him to clean out his side. I took all of his clothes out and laid them on the bed and then asked him to come upstairs because I needed to show him something. It took him all of maybe 30 minutes to say "keep" or "throw" to everything. Now I have a huge pile of clothes I need to find a home for. Goodwill - here I come! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

(I just had to show of my new trick! Thanks John!!)

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John Bumbledore - May 14, 2007 8:57 am (#1219 of 2988)

Hope all members who are or have mothers in the USA had an enjoyable Mothers Day.

Mine was busy, mowing the lawn, edging the drive, opening the pool, skimming the scum, then running to the store to get dinner on the table... My lady is still on crutches (no break but a bad sprain) and I haven't finished last weeks household chores and here it is two days into the next week... I might get caught up by Fathers day.

I'll say adieu to you and you and you! (I miss the chat room, just can't use it from work now and no time to do so from home. )

Edit: You are welcome, Sheila, but it looked like Denise P. gave you the assistance on the practice thread and not me. I did just post the alternative codes for just the image and not the hyper linked that surrounds the image as you using. (ie the and parts)

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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painting sheila - May 14, 2007 9:25 am (#1220 of 2988)

OH!! Forumners - Verity Weasley needs our help! You can veiw her plea on the "You Know You Are a Harry Potter Fan When . . ." thread.

Get those clever minds of yours working! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

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Puck - May 14, 2007 10:39 am (#1221 of 2988)

Happy Birthday Septentrion

to Nathan! Wow! You certainly are in the mode of making lif changes, aren't you? The ring sounds lovely. (And I like Sheila's ring on the tree idea.)

Soli, sorry about the car.

Prayers for Maddie and Amelia.

Sheila, that's so exciting about England!

I'm a bit confused at my brother's priorities. They bought a house a few years back. They added on to it before moving in, as they liked the location, but the house was too small for a family of five plus my Mom. Anyway, they have recently started work on the yard. There are pieces ready to build the swing set and the pool is being put up this week. What I find confusing is the fact that they are doing all this before rebuilding the back deck they removed during construction. There is a full story drop outside the kitchen door. No steps. Nothing. Just open the door and plummet to the earth. And my SIL is on him to get the swing set up? Sorry about the rant, but it makes me nervous that my nieces have been living for almost three years in a house with such an obvious danger.

Okay, baby sleeping, lots of cleaning to do!

Kathy

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painting sheila - May 14, 2007 10:50 am (#1222 of 2988)

ouch! that sounds very dangerous Kathy. I hope it doesn't have to be experienced before they fix it. Maybe they are thinking that they will be able to open the back door and dive into the pool! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

(I love my new smiley toys!)

Edit - YEAH!!! Nathan!! Congrats! It sounds as if this is going to be your year! wOOt! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

(I hope no one was looking when you fell on your face - ouch!)

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 14, 2007 10:54 am (#1223 of 2988)

I have more great news. I was accepted in to the alternative teacher certification program to which I applied.

Puck, I agree that is dangerous, there is an elementary school in my district like that because when they renovated it they forgot wall up the original entrance or even lock it and I was walking to a class one day when I was substituting and I went through this entrance and fell flat on my face.

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John Bumbledore - Mar 29, 2007 12:44 pm (#1224 of 2988)
Edited May 14, 2007 11:18 am

There is a full story drop outside the kitchen door. No steps. Nothing. Just open the door and plummet to the earth. — Puck

Oh, One could remove the door knob on such a door, switch it about so the key hole is on the inside and then lock the door with the key. I doubt anyone would think to put a ladder up to such a door in order to burglarize the place so this could be a safer alternative than an unlocked door.

Oh, there I go again. Trying to fix a problem for which no one asked for a solution. What I meant to say, Kathy, is that does sound like a very dangerous situation with the "Door to nowhere .  Danger!" **Although it is a great gimmick for animated comedy**

Nathan, I hope it wasn't a long fall/that you didn't get hurt to much/and that they fixed that door by the end of the day you tried to use it.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Elanor - May 14, 2007 11:18 am (#1225 of 2988)

Joyeux anniversaire! Happy birthday Septentrion and Kip!

Many good thoughts and prayers sent to all needing some. I rarely post here but I do read the thread and keep the forum family in my thoughts, even if I don't always post about it! ((((((hugs))))))) to all!

Congratulations to all deserving some as well! Nathan, I also think Sheila's idea for the ring is wonderful!

Julie/Good Evans: it cracked me up on Sunday morning when I heard that France and England were tied for the next to last place for the Eurovision. We should really be ambitious next year and aim for the last place this time! Or better! We could gather together all the European forumers and go there and sing "Do the Hippogriff" together- representing Potterland of course! I'm not sure it would be that better music-wise but fun-wise, definitely!

Audrey

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Good Evans - May 14, 2007 11:28 am (#1226 of 2988)

LOL Audrey - "do the hippogriff" with costumes to match - we could represent Potterlandia (to sound more Eastern European)!!!! now we just need someone to write the lyrics - now there is a challenge!!

Thanks for the thoughts for Amelia - I appreciate it and I know her family would.

Nathan - what a wonderful sounding ring!!!! as for proposal I would go with the ring on the tree - nothing could be more romantic than that (but do drop to one knee when she works out what it is - added touch!!!)

Sheila - if you come to London in December - let me know I would love to meet up for a coffee. Westminster is Victoria area - I am 45 mins from Victoria!!!

happy birthday Pascaline!!!!

Lina - so pleased that Kate did great, good for her! PS... love the avatar - LOL!!!

gosh was that everything - I skipped the posts as I was so excited about Nathans impending proposal and wanted to post what a lovely ring it sounds!!!

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Viola Intonada - May 14, 2007 1:29 pm (#1227 of 2988)

Happy Birthday, Sept!

Nathan, you're not planning on proposing during a Harry Potter release party and having it dropped in her lap by an owl? Congrats on being accepted for the teacher's certification program!

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septentrion - May 14, 2007 1:38 pm (#1228 of 2988)

OMG! I didn't think people around here would remember my birthday. You're all better than hubby, who needed a very blunt Remembrall in the form of, "What day is it today?"

Thank you very much!

PS "Do the hippogriff" : ROFL that's something to remember indeed.

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Tazzygirl - May 14, 2007 1:41 pm (#1229 of 2988)
Edited May 14, 2007 2:14 pm

That ring sounds beautiful, Nathan! Congratulations on getting accepted into the teaching program! I think the roses and surprising her at work is romantic- maybe you could talk to her co-workers and plan it where they hold an important meeting or something and then you appear out of nowhere with the flowers and propose? The idea of the tree ornament would be a good one too!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEPTENTRION!!

Where is this article about the girl abducted in Portugal? Thoughts going out to her and Amilia.

Sorry to hear about your car, Soli!

Puck- hope your brother gets the step/or deck together soon. Sounds like an accident waiting to happen...

I think I'm coming down with something. My throat has been hurting since Saturday, and this morning I woke up with my ear hurting.

Off to do laundry and clean.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

EDIT: A long time ago I started that forum for those of us that wanted motivation/support in eating right and exercising. Just wanted to send it out again that it's still there! Since it is getting on to summertime, I thought I might start advertising it again. Here is the link: http://wc3.worldcrossing.com/webx?14@@.1de08285 (I'm also placing it in my profile!)

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Holly T. - May 14, 2007 2:31 pm (#1230 of 2988)

Happy birthday Septentrion!

Congrats on getting accepted to the teaching program Nathan! The ring sounds lovely. I like the idea of hanging it on the Christmas tree.

Personally, I'd hate to be proposed to at work--co-workers aren't really the people you want witnessing a romantic moment.

Healing charms and hugs to those who need them!

Big excitement at son's school today--all manner of parents had panic attacks when they arrived at pick-up time to find a fire truck parked in front of the school and police officers directing traffic. Yikes! The police officers were telling everyone not to worry and everything was fine. The motor on one of the air conditioners apparently started smoking. I'm still not clear if there was a fire or just smoke (we will probably get a letter from the principal tomorrow) but the kids were evacuated and had to wait outside for a while (this was less than an hour before the end of school) and then at dismissal time they had the all clear to go in and get their books and stuff to go home. My son said two firefighters went up on the roof with Mr. Carlos (the custodian) and they had an ax and a fire hose.

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2BMcsmom - May 14, 2007 2:32 pm (#1231 of 2988)

I hope I remember everything.

Congratulations to you Nathan on the teaching and the engagement. I love the way the ring sounds. I bet it is gorgeous. I like the idea of putting it on the tree for her to find while you work on it together.

Sheila, I hope you and the children have a wonderful time on your trip. I am really jealous, I want to go to England.

Happy Birthday Septentrion.

Prayers for both Maddie an Amelia. I do not know any more about what happened to Maddie than what I have read here. Was it on the news? It makes me ill, what some people do to children.

I will be praying for your brother to finish his deck Puck. Maybe if a lot of us pray for this he will start feeling a push and need to get it done.

Kristina, healing charms are going out to you. Hope that you do not get to feeling worse.

I cleaned out the cookies on my pc today because I was having problems with a video downloading. Now I have to go back and find all the easter eggs on Jo's website. They were wiped out as well.

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Snuffles - May 14, 2007 2:55 pm (#1232 of 2988)

Kristina, I hope you feel better soon. Get yourself dosed up with some medicine and have lots of rest.

Holly, I'm glad it wasn't anything more serious. Good job it was near the end of the day. I'm sure the children wouldn't have been able to work after the excitement anyway!

Kathy, I hope your brother manages to sort out the back of the house.

Lol on the smilies Sheila. I wish I could do them

I have been watching the news about Maddie. Apparently they are searching a house at this moment which is about 150 yards from where she was snatched. I am just hoping and praying she is ok. She only had her 4th birthday last Saturday. If anyone wants to look what is going on, just type in Sky news and their web page should come up.

Julie

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painting sheila - May 14, 2007 3:24 pm (#1233 of 2988)

Snuffles - Is Maddie one of our own? I am a little confused and tried to read earlier post but I am still confused. I am praying for her either way but if she is one of our own . . . .

I can teach you how to do the smilies! It is so fun! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

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journeymom - May 14, 2007 3:40 pm (#1234 of 2988)

Sheila, Madeleine McCann is a four year old girl who was kidnapped in Portugal. I think this was several days ago. Among other notable people, JKR donated money towards her ransom. Rowling's donation is said to be "staggering", though she hasn't revealed how much money.

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painting sheila - May 14, 2007 4:12 pm (#1235 of 2988)

Thank you journeymom. I knew about the girl and the money from JKR but I thought maybe she was related to us forumners some way.

I hate the thought of what she and her family must be going through.

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haymoni - May 14, 2007 4:39 pm (#1236 of 2988)

Congrats, Nathan!

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 14, 2007 5:12 pm (#1237 of 2988)

Happy Birthday, Septentrion! Hope you had a lovely day.

Holly, how scary. So glad everyone was okay.

Denise, congrats on Kaitlyn's GS camp acceptance to Hogwarts!

Sorry, GE! I got you mixed up with Josephine. HH's thoughts and prayers are with you and Mr. GE for Wed. Prayers also for Amelia.

Congratulations, Nathan! I like Sheila's idea, too! Felix Felicis your way for a perfect proposal no matter what you decide.

A big congratulations to kabloink and family!!

How cool that Olivia got to see such a new foal!

Sorry I missed you in the chat room, Lina (& kay?). I tried. **sigh** If you can, please keep me in your thoughts & prayers for Thursday.

So glad everything went well for Kate and for you, GE Julie!

Thank you for the nice welcome back!

Maria

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Mediwitch - May 14, 2007 6:06 pm (#1238 of 2988)

Hi everyone! Thanks for all the healing charms for my grandmother. She has come through the quadruple bypass surgery this afternoon and is doing as well as can be expected, although my mother and my aunt are just about done in. I did not make the trip up there for the surgery as I had four PPTs (Planning and Placement Team meetings, to plan the special ed programs for the next year for students) this morning and my mother said they'd rather I took the time off so I can help them the day my grandmother is discharged. It was hard waiting for news, though!

Maria, thanks for asking about my FIL in all the chaos! He didn't do any traveling, fortunately. The "kids" (Ryan is 23 and Heather is 22) took turns staying with him when we were gone overnight or through meals, so while his routine wasn't completely normal, it wasn't too out of whack. He has been a bit irritable over the last couple of days; hopefully he'll calm down now as things settle down.

Kristina, I was thinking of your IEP project last week when I was trying to finish 6 IEPs for this week!

Wow, Nathan! Congratulations on getting into the program AND your impending engagement!! The ring sounds beautiful. Alas, I don't wear my engagement ring to work any more because I work with children with similar disabilities. One of them threw himself face-down into my lap while my hands were resting on my legs - I thought for sure he'd put his eye out (or at least scratch it) - scared me to pieces. That was the last day I wore my ring to work. I just wear my wedding band now.

Soli, sorry to hear about your car. I'm glad your mother is recovering well.

I know I missed loads of other things, but gosh, I'm glad to be back!

Happy Birthday to Septentrion!

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The giant squid - May 14, 2007 6:35 pm (#1239 of 2988)

Belated Mothers Day wishes, and Happy Birthday to Septentrion.

Nathan, that sounds like a great proposal plan to me, but then I'm a guy... To us the perfect proposal would be, "You wanna?" "Sure, why not?"

Hey, Loopy: how's the recovery coming on that gluteal allograft?

--Mike

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Choices - May 14, 2007 7:36 pm (#1240 of 2988)

Gosh, so much to think about I hardly know where to begin.....let's see - Congratulations, Happy Birthday, healing charms, prayers, love and (((hugs)))to all who need them. What a great bunch of people you all are! :-)

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Mrs. Sirius - May 14, 2007 7:51 pm (#1241 of 2988)

Woaaaa! Did JKR just acknowledge (was it) Prefect Marcus' DIGS theory!!! It's in the diary section on her site!!! Where is he anyway??   Prefeccct!

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painting sheila - May 14, 2007 8:14 pm (#1242 of 2988)

Mike - My husband tried to propose that way. He kept saying things like, "when I am married, I want my wife to. . . " or "when I get married I want my kids to. . ." I asked him if he was just talking about it or asking. He said he was just talking about it. A few minutes of silence and he started "just talking about it" again, so I asked him, "Are you still just talking or are you asking?" He said he was just talking, and I said that if he were to ask I would say yes. He then said "Well, will you?" and I said "What?". He said, "You know" and I said, "You have to ask." A few more minutes of pure silence and then he asked, "Will you marry me?" I sat in silence for about 1 minute (I couldn't stand= waiting to blurt it out!) and then said yes. He still swears I asked him though.  

HH I don't know what is up on Thursday but I will be sending prayers your way.

Speaking of prayers does anyone know what happened to Maddie?

Am I the only one on this forum that watches The Bachelor?

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2BMcsmom - May 14, 2007 8:22 pm (#1243 of 2988)

Sheila, I like the way that proposal came about. My Hubby tells everybody that I told him to get up and lets go, we are going to get married. If I try to say other wise he swears that he has no idea what I am talking about. That comes from us just deciding to get married and neither one actually asking the other.

By the way Sheila, I have been meaning to tell you that your children are lovely.

Not sure what has happened with Maddie but she has been added to my prayer list.

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painting sheila - May 14, 2007 8:30 pm (#1244 of 2988)

Thank you 2BMcsmom - they look like their dad. I am a lucky girl! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

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journeymom - May 14, 2007 9:03 pm (#1245 of 2988)

Mr Journeymom and I were together for four years before we got married. About a year before we got engaged he started digging around for answers. Basically he wanted to know what my answer would be before he asked...   I'd have nothing to do with it. He needed to ask straight out. Obviously, he did finally muster the courage to ask. A girl likes to be asked.

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Lina - May 15, 2007 12:25 am (#1246 of 2988)

Congratulations, Nathan, on getting into the program you wanted! Seems like everything is going great in your life. I'm not sure I'd wait to see what kind of a period will be around Christmas, I'd propose now when the stars seem to be smiling at you.

My hubby sort of proposed me two weeks after we started dating. He said "I know it is something a woman should say, but I'd like to spend the rest of my life with you." I freaked up (or out, I just can't remember) at that moment, since I felt the same only two months later. Engagement ring? What's that?

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septentrion - May 15, 2007 12:37 am (#1247 of 2988)

Thanks again for the birthday wishes.

All those stories of proposal remind me of mine, yes, mine, because it was I who brought it up. I was fed up with having to switch from his flat to mine, so he said, "Let's live together." And I answered, "OK, but we get married first." He didn't even discuss it.

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 15, 2007 1:44 am (#1248 of 2988)

The fates it would seem to have given me blessings indeed. Although, I am disappointed and bit miffed that of the four areas I applied to be certified in initially as a teacher I only qualified for three of them. I was not accepted into the certification program concentrating on history for grades 8-12, which is the one I was the one concentration I wanted most.

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Denise P. - May 15, 2007 5:16 am (#1249 of 2988)

Josh, Slytherin Prefect, is the one who came up with the DIGS theory back in the mists of time. Prefect Marcus has the Pansy/Harry theory.

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Good Evans - May 15, 2007 5:23 am (#1250 of 2988)

well done Nathan!

Sheila - I do like your smilies!!!

As snuffles (?) said, Maddie McCann has been abducted from a holiday villa in Portugal. We dont know what has happened to her. This morning the police were interviewing some people that live near to the holiday complex, however it appears they were as witnesses (potential) rather than suspects - of course the tabloids were trying to suggest otherwise which is not helpful and can be very damaging if these people are completely innocent!

However she and her family are in all our prayers. I hope that helps for anyone that is not hearing this on the news, she was abducted 12 days ago now and it is not looking good for a speedy return, we can only hope that the police get a lucky lead. Her family are vowing to stay in Portugal until she is found. There is a fund to help finance as well as a reward fund for info, it is the latter (I think) that JKR has donated to.

Re proposals - I think "so will you marry me then" was the exact phrase from MR GE. He was however on one knee and he had lured me home under false pretenses in order to make the proposal (with ring). We had lived together for three years before he proposed (his divorce was finalised a few months before we got engaged) and then we married 18 months or so later. We celebrate 5 years this July
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painting sheila - May 15, 2007 5:30 am (#1251 of 2988)

Hubbie and I just celebrated 20 years together. Yeah! Pretty soon we will have been together longer than we have been apart! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

Good Morning everyone! I am off to make oatmeal.

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The giant squid - May 15, 2007 6:07 am (#1252 of 2988)

Congratulations, Sheila!

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Steve Newton - May 15, 2007 6:17 am (#1253 of 2988)

Life in the Newton household is interesting. My 90 year old mother is in the hospital with a variety of symptoms which, taken together, are troublesome. She does seem alert and well but at 90 you never know. She seems happy with the care she is getting and feels better than she did over the weekend. I am really glad that we took her out for Mothers Day last week.

Taking the dog to the vet twice in the last 3 days has just been a bonus. Of course sorting things out, the vet doesn't know what the problem is but the poor little thing (our brainless, 14 pound, heat seeking poop maker) can't use his front right paw and looks pitiful most of the time. At least he hasn't yelped for a whole day.

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Puck - May 15, 2007 7:04 am (#1254 of 2988)

Steve, healing charms to all your family!

After about a month of dating Mr. Puck asked me how long we'd have to go out before I'd seriously considered accepting an engagement ring. I told him if it was a good ring I'd consider it anytime. Another 8 months and he lured me out in the snow, handed me a rose and a card that said "With this rose I ask you to love me today (open card) ..with this ring I ask you to love me for a lifetime." I got as far the word "ring" and looked up to find him on bended knee, ring in hand. I never did say yes. I just held out my hand and told him to put it on my finger.

I did ask my brother if he was planning to put a diving board to the pool outside the sliding door to no where. He didn't get the hint. Just said that he was going to teach them to jump off the roof instead. (note: he won't really have them jump off the roof)

Oh, it's after 10am. Things to do!

Kathy

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journeymom - May 15, 2007 8:09 am (#1255 of 2988) Reply
Edited by Denise P. May 15, 2007 8:26 am

Edited to remove a link to a movie site. Please do not post links. You may put it in your profile and alert people it is there. Denise P.

Yay! Looks well done! So far it doesn't look cheese ball and cheap. It's produced by the same company that did LotR. Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig (James Bond) play the main character's parents, so that's a good sign. For anybody who doesn't know what this is about, Philip Pullman wrote a trio of books called His Dark Material. The Golden Compass is the first book. A girl has epic adventures and saves the Universe when she fulfills her destiny.

And, apparently Lyra is pronounced “L eye rah,” not “L ear ah.” I read all three books to Miss Journeymom and mispronounced the protagonist's name entirely.

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painting sheila - May 15, 2007 8:10 am (#1256 of 2988)

Steve - many (((((hugs))))) sent your way for your mother and your Brainless, 14 pound, heat seeking poop maker. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Puck - You crack me up! I guess the ring was a "good ring". HA!

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Chemyst - May 15, 2007 10:16 am (#1257 of 2988)

Double Congratulations, Nathan, and trouble-free certification charms too because, trust me, steady employment is romantic; (it's hard to buy roses without it.)

I agree with Holly about co-workers NOT sharing romantic moments. Unless there is a special circumstance such as meeting/falling in love because of that job, the flowers-at-work thing is better for anniversaries when she can brag about how thoughtful you still are.

…   Anyone else here get a new section of water supply line for Mother's Day? Ours sprang a leak, so I got a 10' trench almost 3' deep for Mother's Day. On the upside, it did deliver a mother's wish of seeing her kids work as a team. My daughter found the leak after only about 15 minutes of digging, and her brothers cooperated with their addition of good-hearted jokes and applied muscle to enlarge the hole enough to replace the pipe. Getting to see your kids becoming capable happy adults is a pretty good gift.   …Better than having to call a plumber!

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Choices - May 15, 2007 11:17 am (#1258 of 2988)

Wow, we should have done this around Valentine's Day - I am loving the engagement stories. :-) Love knows no season though - it's great any time of year!

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Lina - May 15, 2007 11:55 am (#1259 of 2988)

Sorry, Nathan, I must have misunderstood something. I thought that alternative teacher certification program was your first choice, but now, reading that again I'm realizing that it might mean more than one choice? Anyway, I hope you'll enjoy it, whatever it is, and even more the job.

Steve, healing charms to your Mum and the dog and a lot of strengthening charms to the whole family.

Chemyst, congratulations on nice grown up kids!

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 15, 2007 12:16 pm (#1260 of 2988)

Lina,

When I applied for certification I applied to be certified in four different areas. The certifying authority approved my request to be trained in three out of the four areas for which I applied.

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Tazzygirl - May 15, 2007 1:02 pm (#1261 of 2988)

**healing charms** to your mom and dog, Steve!

Puck- I got all teary eyed about how your hubby proposed! *sniff* I love all the proposal stories!

I think there was something else I wanted to say, but I can't remember...

Off to the craft store to buy a massive bunch of puppet making supplies.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Madam Pince - May 15, 2007 3:22 pm (#1262 of 2988)

Belated Happy Birthday to Septentrion! Hope you had a wonderful day!

Steve, sorry your mom is having rough times -- hope she is feeling better soon. And hope the dog is doing better, too (love your description! So perfect! )

Congratulations Nathan on your certifications and also on your impending engagement plans! The ring sounds absolutely beautiful! I think I'm with Holly on the proposing at work thing, unless it was integral to your courtship or whatever. The Ben Stiller proposal in Meet The Parents where the kids held up the "Will You Marry Me?" sign was cute, though. It would depend on your own individual situation -- I'm sure anything you would choose would be lovely. I like the ornament idea if you decide to do it at Christmas.

For a friend of mine, a group of us helped him with several "trial runs" and it was a good thing we did -- he was going to put it in a glass of champagne, but it turns out that in reality a ring will sink to the bottom face downwards and not look at all like the diamond advertisements in the magazines. He ended up putting it in her birthday gift (a scarf) and giving it to her at the table after dinner at a nice romantic restaurant. She opened the scarf box, said "Oh, that's pretty, thanks! Let's go, I'm tired." He trailed her out of the restaurant, going "But...but..." and he finally stopped her outside of the car and asked her to look again because there was more to her present. Exasperated, she opened the box again and dug around a while, and finally found it. So now to this day she complains that he proposed to her beside a dumpster. Moral of the story -- don't hide it too well!

The author Laura Ingalls Wilder said her husband asked her how she would feel about getting engaged. She replied "That would depend on who asked me." When he said "If I should?" she said "Well, then it would depend on the ring."

Puck, around here if a house had a situation like that with a major drop at an unblocked exit, the County Building Inspector would be all over them like a duck on a June bug for code violation! That sounds like it could be really dangerous. Maybe not so much for them if they are used to it, but what if the kids have friends over who are running around playing or something? Or heaven forbid there's a fire or something and emergency people trying to make an entrance or exit? I agree with you, they need to sort out their priorities!

So Puck, did you enjoy the Survivor finale? I'll "invisible" this in case anyone taped it: I could've smacked Dreamz in the noggin! Not only because what he did was bad, but he could've done it so much better!!! I was so floored because he was weighing it like "Hmmm... give Immunity to Yau or win a million dollars, which should I choose?" DUH!!! He was assuming that if he gave immunity to Yau, he would be voted out (even Probst called him on that at Tribal and got nothing but a dumb look in response.) What about this scenario -- give the necklace to Yau, then immediately campaign heavily to Yau and Earl that they should vote Cassandra out instead of him -- appeal to their fairness ethic that it is not fair for Cassandra (who has done NOTHING around camp and been USELESS in challenges) to get to final 3 ahead of someone who has at least been helpful to the team and helped engineer the downfall of Alex's crew!!! Plus he could've said "I deserve it because I'm honoring my word when I don't have to." I think they might've been swayed, and he would've given himself a decent platform to argue at the final Tribal. And even if they didn't keep him, what would he lose? By doing what he did, he absolutely positively guaranteed himself third place -- no way did he stand a ghost of a chance after that blatant cheat; he was left without a leg to stand on. If he had been unable to sway Yau and Earl, he'd have ended up in fourth place, which money-wise is practically the same as third (the lower-ranks really don't get much cash at all) PLUS he'd have been able to maintain a shred of dignity. But nooooooo.... It just made me so sick that he couldn't see this. One of the Bloggers on the website put it exactly right -- Dre can't see past the end of his nose - he always goes for the immediate short-term benefit and is constitutionally unable to think ahead. Grrrrrr.... OK, I'm calm now.... Oh, except for... what kind of potion was Lisi on? Odd chick...

Everyone enjoy the RotD!

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The giant squid - May 15, 2007 3:50 pm (#1263 of 2988)

Puck, I missed most of the season of Survivor (had to work Thursday nights) but I saw the beginning & the end. I agree completely with your (hidden) assessment--Dre did things totally bass-ackwards and guaranteed he'd lose out. I was impressed by the number of votes Earl got, though, no doubt because of his response to Yau's final question.

Yeesh...I'm entirely too opinionated on a subject I swore up & down I could care less about. :ptpb:

--Mike

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Puck - May 15, 2007 4:04 pm (#1264 of 2988)

LOL, Madame Pince, I totally agree about Survivor. I'm happy with who won, though. I always hate it when sore losers on the jury start going on about how horrible those that made it to the top are. Like they wren't trying to do the same. The biggest snake ever was Brian, many seasons back. Everyone seemed to think he was such a great guy, no clue he was playing with them like puppets. He could have out-conned Sawyer. (funnily enough, his real job was as a used car salesman)

So, we just went t soccer practice. It started to drizzle as I left the driveway. By the time I got there the rain was coming down in sheets. Needless to say, practice was cancelled. As we pulled back into the garage the rain was all but stopped and the sun was coming out. Diva's only had one practice all season, due to weather and re-scheduling of games to practice night. At least I got some forum time.

Never saw Lost last week. We went to watch last night, and there was no picture on the TiVo. Apparently that channel was having trouble that night. I almost always check to be sure it's coming in okay, but the one week I didn't think to check the reception is the one night we weren't getting any.

Kristina, Mr. Puck has his moments. Usually just when he's really starting to bug me he goes and does something all sweet. (The only time when this didn't work was when pregnant with son. For some reason everything he said and did got on my nerves. With Diva it was his mom, and with the last pregnancy it was my mom and SIL.)

Off to see what the kiddies are doing. They seem to be playing nicely together, so I'm suspicious.

Kathy

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painting sheila - May 15, 2007 7:12 pm (#1265 of 2988)

Okay - Nathan! I have a great idea - what if you went to your girl friends office party at Christmas and planted a gift to you there. When they are handing out the gifts, your girl friend would be very curious as to who gave you the gift. Of course it would be the ring and as soon as you opened it you would get down on one knee and propose! This is all based on the fact the office has a Christmas party and that there are gifts involved. Maybe you could get her office mates to help. (Yes, I know, I know. I need to get a real life and stop living yours for you!)

Spent all day looking for a purple shirt and tie, and a yellow shirt and tie, plus black flat front pants for Oldest Son and Littlest Guy. They need them for a costume and I was hoping not to have to make them. I thought I had found them but the purple shirt is too big and the yellow shirt isn't bright enough. I couldn't find a solid yellow tie for the Littlest Guy and the purple tie for Oldest Guy is for a man and looks funny - to big. And I couldn't find flat front pants anywhere!(sigh) It looks like I Will be sewing them after all. Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

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geauxtigers - May 15, 2007 9:15 pm (#1266 of 2988)

OK, I'm calm now.... Oh, except for... what kind of potion was Lisi on? Odd chick.. I think its the same one since the start of the season...draught of the living idiot or something...her questions didn't make any sense.

I agree with that you said about survivor, Madame P. I'm happy about who won but, I'd have prefered Yau because he truly played that game like no one his age has ever done. What Dreamz did was completely uncalled for and I knew he wasn't going to keep is word. You're right, Cassandra didn't do anything and The whole episode I kept yelling at them to look at Cassandra! What has she done? She didn't even try to win a single challenge, nothing!

I can breathe a bit now because my human anatomy exam is over. Had it today, and it was super easy, so that was good. I've still got 5 more exams next week though.

Starbucks called back and I have to go to an interview, but I dunno when so...

And yesterday I popped my knee in and out of it's socket when I turned weird. I think I tore some sort of ligament on my inner knee, but I'm keeping it iced so I'll be able to dance in my dance recital this weekend... whys it always me?

Have a nice week! 8 days left of school!

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Solitaire - May 16, 2007 12:47 am (#1267 of 2988)

Careful with the knee, Tori. My initial injury came with a funny turn in my modern dance class in high school, where I felt like I twisted my knee. It seemed okay after a few days, so I never bothered to have it checked by a doc ... but that seemed to be the beginning of a lot of trouble with that knee. I seemed to fall more often after that twist--my knee was weakened--and each subsequent fall did more damage. Don't take chances with your knees. I did, and I've lived to regret it.

Solitaire

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Chemyst - May 16, 2007 5:16 am (#1268 of 2988)

Shelia's colored costume woes reminded me of an $8 prescription eye glasses spot. They had some purple, green and scarlet frames (with single vision lenses included) that would be suitable for a Rita Skeeter costume. I won't put in the link but you can do a search for Zenni Optical. They have some wire rims too but they are not quite as round as Harry's.

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painting sheila - May 16, 2007 6:35 am (#1269 of 2988)

Chemyst - I like the butterfly! Has it always been there?

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Madam Pince - May 16, 2007 7:21 am (#1270 of 2988)

...draught of the living idiot...

ROFL!!!! I wish I could do the smiley that's crying laughing!!! Too funny! Did you see Probst's face when she was asking her questions -- like 'What???'

Sorry to hear you hurt your knee, Tori, that sounds bad. Like Soli says, get it looked at and get it taken care of sooner rather than later! You don't want to hobble any worse than you already would when you get to be an old lady! One recital now that you won't even remember in a couple years might not be worth it. Take care of yourself!

Tonight is Little P's "graduation" ceremony thingy. I am praying they won't make them wear caps and gowns -- I think that kind of stuff is too much for little kid "milestones." (Remember Mr. Incredible? "It's psychotic! He's moving from the 4th grade to the 5th grade!" ) Anyway, I think all they're doing is putting on a little program with the kids singing songs etc. It should be cute.

I planned to give each of his teachers a nice ceramic flowerpot, planted with a tomato plant that Little P and his grandma had started. Is that too chintzy? I was trying to think of something that he "made" himself that would actually be useful. The flowerpot is the real gift I guess, since it's pretty nice and will last. What do you teachers think? Should I stuff a gift certificate in the card as well?

Hope everyone enjoys the RotD!

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Thom Matheson - May 16, 2007 7:32 am (#1271 of 2988)

The tomato is plenty. I come from a long line of teachers so please don't take this wrong. They get great stuff all through the year, and more at the end is more to cart home. Or their son has to cart it home(me).

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Madam Pince - May 16, 2007 7:36 am (#1272 of 2988)

LOL, Thom! I thought about that, too, because a potted plant is not exactly the easiest thing to cart home, because you have to be careful not to spill/break, etc. I should've given it to them on the last day of school, but being the procrastinator that I am, I thought why do now what I can do two weeks from now.

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Holly T. - May 16, 2007 7:53 am (#1273 of 2988)

Hope your knee feels better Tori!

My kids each have an awards day at their school. Son's school does it by grade, but I think there are 6 third grade classes. So I have to sit on the extremely uncomfortable school cafeteria schools while every single child in the third grade gets an award for something. The thing is, the kids who get the "I did my best" award are well aware that that means they're just getting that because everyone needs to get something (as Mr. Incredible says, "celebrating mediocrity"). Then they have the awards for the top student in each class in each subject, a citizenship award for a boy and a girl in each class, etc. No idea what my son will get. My daughter always ended up with several awards--always the reading award. She probably would have had more, but even if she was the top student in four subjects, she'd only get the award in one and the second-ranked student in the other subjects would get the award (so more people can get awards). Son, bless his heart, usually gets the "I did my best" or "I met my goals" award. He should get a real award this year since he had the most AR points in his class. He will not be getting the citizenship award. "I don't think you can get it if you've had to go to the principal's office," he says.

As for teacher gifts, we usually go with gift cards or baked goods. A plant is good too. Since our parents were all teachers we know the teachers don't need another "best teacher" mug or anything like that. Unless it's a new teacher who doesn't have a lifetime supply yet.

For teacher appreciation week my son gave his teacher a plate of brownies that he'd baked himself (teacher has two teenagers and a husband, so she has plenty of people to help her eat the brownies) and a card we made on the computer. His class just finished a big social studies project where they had to dress up like a historical figure and give an oral report to the class. Son was Orville Wright and he aced his report--talked for 30 minutes and made a 100. So on the card we put a picture of the Wright Flyer, a picture of son in his Orville Wright costume, a quote "Our flight through life is sustained by the power of our knowledge," and a note that said "thank you for helping me fly" and son signed it in his best handwriting (which he has worked very hard to improve this year).

Survivor--I picked the winner when the tribes rearranged. I really liked Yau, but there was no way he could win. Dre was a complete jerk and Cassandra was a coattail-rider. I loved the tribal council with the jury! Just a little anger (and, in the case of Lisi, craziness).

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Mrs. Sirius - May 16, 2007 8:48 am (#1274 of 2988)

I planned to give each of his teachers a nice ceramic flowerpot, planted with a tomato plant that Little P and his grandma had started. Is that too chintzy? Madame Pince

In our school the gift thing is really big now. I agree with you though keep it simple. I generally try to give gift that are used and then gone like food, or plants that will last but not be in the way. In general in our household I have moved away from buying gifts. We make as many of the gifts to show the kids did the work. One year we did canvas bags that were decorated with something unique to the individual teacher, for instance, the music teacher got musical notes, another teacher had a saying "you get what you get and you don't get upset" which we wrote.

Take care of your knees, you will need them for a long, long time.

On the morning news just a while a go the filler story was of JKR's remarks about spoilers, they are a little slow here.

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Madam Pince - May 16, 2007 9:19 am (#1275 of 2988)

Holly, I think Son should get the "Astute Self-Awareness Award." Too cute!

OK, so tomato plant it is. It's something he grew from a seed himself, and they can enjoy edibles from it later, and then they'll still have the flowerpot left over at the end. If I get creative this afternoon, I'll come up with some sort of verse like "you helped me grow like this tomato plant will", or "seeds of knowledge you planted will bear fruit later" or something.

Tripe, right?

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journeymom - May 16, 2007 9:24 am (#1276 of 2988)

Tripe, Madam Pince?

No, that's sweet! Lol!

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Thom Matheson - May 16, 2007 10:52 am (#1277 of 2988)

That's a girl thing right?

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painting sheila - May 16, 2007 12:31 pm (#1278 of 2988)

Thom! HA!! You know it's cute and made you smile. If a child gave that to you your eyes would get all misty - heart touching! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

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Lina - May 16, 2007 2:21 pm (#1279 of 2988)

Healing charms to your knee, Tori! Please, be careful! The knees can be very tricky when hurt.

I like all your ideas about the notes, Madam Pince. They did get my eyes misty.

I've finally put the link to the pictures in my profile.

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Tazzygirl - May 16, 2007 2:31 pm (#1280 of 2988)

Good Luck with the interview, Tori! **healing charms** to your knee!

Madam P- the plant sounds like a great gift, especially since Little P made it. I am partial to gift certificates (I tend to kill plants on a regular basis. ), just because if it is to a bookstore, the teacher can get books for the classroom. If the teacher has an animal in the room (guinea pigs or mice or whatever), then I always thought a gift certificate to a pet store is good.

Speaking of killing, I've managed to kill off about 5 of my fish in the past week and I have no idea how that is happening. I've now got 4 left who aren't looking so good.

I got to sleep in this morning! Mousse (aunt and uncle are out of town, so their dog is now glued to my side...) decided she didn't want to go outside at 5:30 this morning and actually stayed asleep until 10:30. It was awesome! LOL

Lina- the pictures of Kate's Confirmation were great! Tell her I say Hi and congratulations (again!)

Have a great RotD/N everyone!!

~Kristina

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Puck - May 16, 2007 5:47 pm (#1281 of 2988)

Healing charms to Tori's knee! I know how tempting it is to dance with an injury. I once popped a hamstring a week or two before recital. It's so hard to think about opting out after working hard all year. Still, you have to do what's best for you over all.

I like the plant idea. I will add that teachers also do not need any scented soaps and likely have plenty of candles. We just did a big teacher appreciation thing, so I'll have to think about end of the year stuff.

Time to check five words!

Kathy

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Viola Intonada - May 16, 2007 6:38 pm (#1282 of 2988)

Madame P., the plant is a wonderful idea. I received one this year with a card "Thanks for helping me grow" from a preschooler. Of course, the Mom is a teacher.

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painting sheila - May 16, 2007 7:01 pm (#1283 of 2988)
Edited May 16, 2007 8:15 pm

lina - I loved the pictures. What a great day for all of you!

Tori - please be careful with the knee. See a doctor before the recital if you can. I had a friend that just slid on a piece of paper and tore something in her knee and had to have surgery. She walked around on it for a few days just thinking it was only sore and would get better.

Yeah! Tazzy got to sleep in! wOOt! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

The Great Hunt for the Purple Shirt is now over! I found one at Penny's which was my first thought - but I ignored it. I have been to 6 stores all together looking for one and spent more money than I had in each store because I found other things I "needed" while looking for the Purple Shirt. (sigh) Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

gotta go! Lost is on!!!!!!!!!

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Lost -> I was so sure Charlie was going to die. I am still not convinced he isn't. I thought the other two chosen by Siyad to be the shooters were a bit strange. And how did the young kid get back to the island with the Others? He was able to get to our guys in about 30 minutes and it was going to take the Others 3 hours to get there? I was disappointed they didn't show Locke. And I thought it was strange that there only appeared to be women working in the submerged station. Odd night. It created more questions than answers. Next week look spromising though. Oh. . . do you think Richard can see Jacob? I think being able to see Jacob is a sign of some sort to the Others. Their next leader perhaps?

Goodnight all and have a good day tomorrow.

She

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Puck - May 16, 2007 8:58 pm (#1284 of 2988)

Anyone else a bit surprised at the Idol results this week?

Glad you found a purple shirt, Sheila! Now, how about a yellow one?

Off to bed. I've been playing games on Webkinz to earn the kids prizes for their pets. Plus, I admit, I like that cash cow game. Reminds me of Tetris.

Kathy

D'oh! I forgot to check to see if Lost was being recorded! Hopefully I didn't miss another one.

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geauxtigers - May 16, 2007 9:44 pm (#1285 of 2988)

I think my knee is getting better. I managed to get through today and it was fine, so fine in fact that when my teacher told us to go change costumes really fast, that I took off running and I think I'm back at square one. Mostly just hurts if I walk like I normally do. Apparently I twist my knees when I walk or something... Oh well, I'm dancing in that recital if its the last thing I do. I didn't give up my entire spring break and the past few weeks of 3 hour Saturday practices in the middle of chaos not to dance. Plus, I don't really notice it when I'm dancing, my mind is elsewhere. So for now, I'm going to be stubborn and wait until after rectial. LOL Icing it and staying off seem to be fine.

I only have 7 days of school left! Woo! Now that I've spent too much time here instead of studying for a math quiz and reading Brave New World.. oh and 3.5 hours of dress rehearsal don't help the situation...I should go now so I can finish sometime before morning.

I'm still in the Procrastinator's club, don't worry guys!

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Solitaire - May 17, 2007 12:27 am (#1286 of 2988)

GREAT NEWS!!!
I just had to share, for those who have been so diligently praying for Mom. She saw the oncologist/surgeon today, and the results have come back on her lymph nodes and the tissue they took in her surgery ... EVERYTHING IS CLEAR AND LOOKS GOOD! There does not appear to have been any spread of the cancer to surrounding cells.
There is "great joy in Muddville" tonight ...

Solitaire

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Good Evans - May 17, 2007 2:12 am (#1287 of 2988)

Oh SOLI I am so pleased for you and your Mum, great news!!! You see the power of prayer is truly a powerful thing!!!!!

Hubby is doing fine - I am just waiting for the hospital to call and say I can go and get him. I spoke with him this morning and he was great! "only hurts when I laugh, or bend"

It was funny yesterday as at one point he was being visited by our parish priest and the hospital chaplin popped in too. - two vicars around your bed, ........... hmmmmmm

Steve - continued prayers and best thoughts for you and you mum(and doggie!)

Tori - be careful with that knee!!

Lina - I am off to your profile to look at the piccies in a minute!

yay - for sleep Tazzy!!!!

continued prayers and thoughts for missing Madeleine. for those who aren't getting news - lots of interviewing people (two local men) but no trace of Madeleine as yet.

and big helloooooo and waves to everyone ..

Julie x

edit - HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUNA - no you haven't missed anything on JKR's website - my great fur ball is one year old today!!! bonio's all round to anyone that wants one - probably best if you give them to the canines in your household!!!!

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Steve Newton - May 17, 2007 4:11 am (#1288 of 2988)

Solitaire, great news on your mom.

Thanks for all of the good wishes for my mom. She seems to be doing better. She had an MRI yesterday and should hear the results today. Unfortunately, I have no clue what it was an MRI of since my mom didn't ask. Sigh.

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jose043 - May 17, 2007 4:33 am (#1289 of 2988)

Hi All

Solitaire great news about your Mum.

Steve hope your Mum will be all right soon.

Lina lovely photos of your daughters conformation.

Healing charms to those we have missed, also belated birthday wishes to all that have had them.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Mrs. Sirius - May 17, 2007 5:17 am (#1290 of 2988)

Soli, wooop woop for your mom!!

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Snuffles - May 17, 2007 5:25 am (#1291 of 2988)

Soli, that's fantastic news on your mum

Julie, **healing charms** to your hubby and Happy Birthday Luna. I hope you both have a carpet chew free day!

Tori, I hope your knee soon feels better.

Woopee!, I have just been browsing the Odeon Website and it says you can now book tickets for OOTP!. I will be ordering and collecting my tickets very soon

I have probably missed a few things. Since seeing about the HP tickets, my mind went empty and I have forgotten what I wanted to say!

Hope everyone has a good Thursday

Julie

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VeronikaG - May 17, 2007 6:52 am (#1292 of 2988)

Hi, I'm back... again. Lots of things have happened that made me not want to be sociable in fun forums, but I want to come back for the final days of Potterdom. I miss my Potty forum family, I miss being incurably insane in St. Mungo's, I miss checking my favourite threads 57 times a day to see if anyone have responded to my latest ramblings.

Now let's see if I remember how to type the well wishes:

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^"*^"*^"*^"*^"*^"*CONGRATS!*^"*^"*^"*^"*^"*^"*

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Madam Pince - May 17, 2007 7:18 am (#1293 of 2988)

Yay, Soli, what wonderful news about your mom! Continued good wishes! I'm so happy for you that things are going well.

Good Evans, hope hubby continues to improve. LOL about the two clerics hovering over the bed -- hope he wasn't asleep and just woke up to see them staring down at him! And a very happy birthday to Miss Luna!

Steve, that's so true what you say about your mom not asking about the MRI. I find that all the time with older people, you'll ask them "What did the doctor say about (fill in the blank with urgent question that's been on everyone's mind)?" and they'll invariably reply "I don't know -- I didn't ask." Hope they find all is OK and she'll continue to improve.

Good luck with your recital, Tori! Even if the knee feels better, though, it might not hurt to have it checked out. Look at Boo on Survivor -- he kept playing after that mud accident and wasn't even limping that I could see, and then on the reunion show he said he found out he has a torn ACL! Those are nothing to mess around with.

Maria, Mr. P figured out the light-saber secret. If it doesn't light up when you first extend it, then if you just click the button hard again, it will come on. Still not perfect, but Little P is happy.

The program / ceremony last night went well. After a week of lovely weather, an hour before the start the skies opened and it poured rain, so everyone got wet coming in. Then right as it was about to start, the building lost power (which was actually no big deal as it was still light outside and they had backup power.) It came back on eventually, though, and all went smoothly. The kids were very cute, singing songs and marching solemnly up to get their certificates. The teachers seemed to like their tomato plants, and I did end up putting the "tripe-y" sentiment in the card.

We went out for pizza afterwards, and Little P's grandpa and his wife got him a box of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans for a gift. I tried what I thought was Buttered Popcorn, but it turned out to be Rotten Egg. Word of advice: Don't ever make that mistake!!! Yuck! Bleah! Foul!

Gotta run, will post about Lost later -- it was interesting!

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Solitaire - May 17, 2007 7:23 am (#1294 of 2988)

Thanks to everyone for prayers for Mom. She is driving herself today for the first time since her surgery. I'm a little worried, but she got the okay from the doc, and she can use surface roads (not that those are exactly quiet) to get where she is going. I'm going to make sure she has her cell phone and calls someone if she has any trouble.

Continued prayers for Mr. GE ... I hope the sight of the priest and the vicar didn't scare him! LOL ... and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LUNA!!

Steve, good luck to your mom on the MRI. I hope she was okay during it. I had one on my knee several years ago, and I hated being stuck in that stupid tube! I'm a bit claustrophobic and I HATE noise, so it was not a great experience ... but I understand the tubes are a bit larger now than they were 10-12 years ago.

Tori, be careful with that knee. Knees have a way of getting revenge on us at the worst possible moments, if we do not take proper care of them.

Hi, VeronikaG! I've been to Norway ... what a beautiful place!

Well, I'm off to school! We only have kids for a half-day (which means they arrive at school sporting their "party!" behavior) today. At noon, we send them home and the teachers stay and set up the campus for our Spring Fling tonight ... what a looooooooooooooong day. The weather channel says it will only be 87 degrees F., but I'll believe it when I don't feel it. It's been very hot all week ... and most of the places we will be setting up have no a/c.

I will have to inflict some sad news on a few kids. I found out last night just how stupid they think I am ... at least three plagiarized their book reports. They didn't even bother to change the wording ... just took them straight from the websites! Do students not realize that when a girl who always writes just exactly like she talks suddenly turns in a coherent, grammatically correct paper with sophisticated sentence structure ... I'm aware of a big discrepancy? Another student submitted a lengthy report on Malamud's The Natural, in which he discussed the Fisher King and the symbolism of the Holy Grail. I'm willing to bet plenty that this kid doesn't know who the Fisher King was or what the Grail is. It took me exactly 22 seconds to find his report online. Grrrrrrr!!! I just gave a big plagiarism speech last week. I guess they weren't listening ...

Solitaire

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juliebug - May 17, 2007 7:34 am (#1295 of 2988)

Hey all. I have not been able to catch-up on most of these threads for the longest time. Everyone's so busy. I'm glad most of you are well. I'm very happy for Solitare, what great news!

I recently ended my self imposed year long hair cutting ban. Scroll back about a thousand posts to read about when we all discussed being too busy to get haircuts. I had about 5 inches taken off and barely notice the difference.

Littlebug (2 1/2 years) has been having bad dreams lately and gets into bed with hubby and me at least once per night (last night was actually an exception, but it took me staying in her room with her until 11:30 to get her to stay in bed.) Any advice from you seasoned parents out there?

Lost - I think Karl (the young other) was able to get to the Oceanic crowd so much faster because the Others had to pack up their gear and probably talk a little strategy, let's face it, these guys are nothing if not well prepared. Karl just ran to his boat and rowed his little heart out. I'm not sure about Charlie's fate. I don't want him to die. I teared up everytime he said goodbye to someone last night. I also think that since they've been taunting us with his impending doom for so many weeks now, that I'm in the it's lost all shock value and may just be a red herring camp. The women in the sub, I think, have a couple of possible explanations. They are Dharma survivors who managed to escape Ben and the Hostiles execution and hide in that presumed destroyed station. Or, they are more Others, on a secret mission fron Ben. Ben lied to Juliet (and possibly more or even all the Others) about the Looking Glass's continued existence. Or, Juliet is lying about the Looking Glass and knows all about it and the people stationed there. To me, these all seem about equally plausible.

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Eponine - May 17, 2007 7:48 am (#1296 of 2988)

Soli, I know the feeling. When I was student teaching I caught several of my students plagiarizing, and when I initially told my supervising teacher she told me to just mark off a little bit. I protested that, and so they all ended up with zeros and the opportunity to redo the paper since I was just a student teacher. If it'd been my own class, they wouldn't have gotten to redo the paper at all!

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Ydnam96 - May 17, 2007 8:26 am (#1297 of 2988)

Soli, great news about your Mom. Smile

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Holly T. - May 17, 2007 8:58 am (#1298 of 2988)

Healing charms to Mr. GE! And a happy birthday to Luna!

Steve, well wishes for your mom, too.

Soli, great news about your mom! Bat-bogey hexes to your plagiarizing students!

Juliebug--is Littlebug in a crib or a big bed? My son slept with us from when he was about 9 months old to maybe 2 1/2, not every night, but fairly regularly. When we got him a big bed he stayed in it (he would climb out of the crib, but he was happy to stay in a bed that was much easier to get out of). I used to lay down in her bed with my daughter every night until she went to sleep. And your Littlebug is at an age where kids tend to have bad dreams--maybe like they're just becoming aware of their dreams and it kind of freaks them out? My daughter went through a bad dream phase when my son was a snewborn, which I felt terribly guilty about until I found out bad dreams were common for her age (at the time, almost 3).

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juliebug - May 17, 2007 9:11 am (#1299 of 2988)

Littlebug is in a big girl bed and has been since around Thanksgiving. At first, she loved her bed and was very proud of it. Now, she is too scared to be in her room alone at night. A few times, she has asked to go back to the baby bed (which has been diassembled.) I usually lay next to her until she falls asleep in her bed. I just heard that this is a terrible habit to get into though, and now she's dependent upon it. I think I'm just going to have to get used to waking up at 3:00 am again.

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journeymom - May 17, 2007 9:15 am (#1300 of 2988)

Solitaire- wonderful news about your mom! I'm with Eponine, and I wonder if the penalty for plagiarism in college isn't even more harsh?

Juliebug- I remember the discussion about hair. I'm growing my hair out, as I'm sick of trying to find a haircut that suits me, is practical, and isn't too difficult to style. You know, The Mom Haircut. And as I'm willing to do nothing more than style it with a hair dryer, I might as let it grow out. The bangs are finally long enough to be held in an elastic, and even now, it's just barely. My hair grows so much more slowly than when I was a young un'!

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Nearly forgot about the bedtime routine- we just had to ride it out when our kids were in this transition. I know, this isn't particularly helpful. But they do grow out of it!

With Miss Journeymom, being our first, we waffled between staying up all hours with her and trying to let her cry it out. We didn't have the heart to stick with the cry-it-out method long enough. So when she was in a bed I sat with her until she fell asleep. I'd fall asleep, too, and drag my sorry butt back to bed and couldn't fall asleep again.

Journeymom Jr got to stay in bed with us until he was a little more than a year old, which I think really benefited him. He's always had a much easier time going to sleep than his older sister. But I was quite the crunchy momma back then and was willing to do the family bed thing. It was a trade-off. He got good sleep habits, I was seriously sleep deprived and it made me a nut job for about 3 years. If we had another baby I'd probably get it on a sleep schedule right away. They lie when they tell you sleeping with the baby helps you get better sleep. I woke up every time he wiggled or turned over. The old, crunchy momma me would rail against this. Sleep schedules are up there with beating your child and selling them into slavery.

Sorry if I offend! I know sleep methods can be quite controversial.
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Puck - May 17, 2007 10:04 am (#1301 of 2988)

wOOt!!! to Solitaire's Mom!

I'd give the students zero's with no redos, especially as you had just lectured them on that very subject.

Healing charms tossed around, as many seem to need them.

Juliebug, the Dr. Phil method is to sit next to the bed, but not lie in it. Each night you move the chair a bit farther away from the bed, until the last night you are outside the room, but the door is open. (Once you close the door, it doesn't really matter where you sit.) I never had to use it, as I always left before the kids were asleep. (Not to say this didn't involve some crying at first, but usually tapers off fairly quickly.) Oh, and do you have a nightlight or some special blanket/stuffed toy she can sleep with? Our older kids like to have a flashlight under the pillow.

Easy on that knee, Tori. You may want to watch or just do walk throughs during rehearsals, and not push the knee before the recital.

Okay, time to get the house picked up a bit before the sitter arrives.

Kathy

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painting sheila - May 17, 2007 10:05 am (#1302 of 2988)

juliebug - We had a similar thing with Oldest Daughter. We finally made her "Get Out of Bed Passes" We made them on the computer with a pretty unicorn (her favorite) on the front with the ticket "rules". We even laminated them to make sure they held up. I made her a special little pocket to hang on the wall by her bed to keep them in. (Cute!) She had 3 of these cards and could use them to get out of bed 3 times each night for whatever reason - water, bathroom, hug, scared, whatever. She could lose a ticket(s) during the day for bad behavior. We would give her a warning and then if the bad behavior kept up, we would take away a ticket. We always made sure she had a least one ticket each night though. Anyway, at first she used all three every night and then it went to two, to one, to none. Just the thought that she had the "power" to get up if she needed us was a big thing for her. It helped to have her have some control over the issue. But even if she was scared we would walk through her room and check it all out - spray the "Monster Spray" under the bed if we needed to, leave the door opened until we went to bed, ect., but she always had to go back to her own bed. It worked! I can't say enough about good sleep patterns in children. I really think it compromises their immune system and gets them in bad habits when they are teenagers. If they know they need sleep and know how good it feels to get good sleep they will make it a priority. (Of course that all changes when you become a mom! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

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Madam Pince - May 17, 2007 11:23 am (#1303 of 2988)

LOL on your smiley, Sheila!

At my college we had a single sanction -- expulsion. Everyone signed the Honor Code at the start, and if you got caught lying, cheating (this included plagiarism), or stealing then you were brought up before a student court, and if found guilty, you're out. Period, end of story, to quote Moody. I'm not naive enough to think those things never occurred, or that people didn't get away with them sometimes, but honestly I never knew of anybody who did them. Losing your spot in college that you worked so hard to get, plus facing parents who lost all that tuition money? Nobody was anxious to go through that!

We've not had too many sleep-issues with Little P, so I'm not much help. We didn't even attempt any kind of schedule -- it was sort of like "sleep when you're tired, get up when you're not." Forced naps never happen for us -- he'll just toss and turn and jump around. Once he figured out he could climb out of his crib, he did, but not because he was scared or anything - I think it was just because he could. So he went to a full size bed right away and does very well. Once in a blue moon he'll have a bad dream and he'll usually come knocking on our door wanting me to come lie down with him awhile, but that is very rare. We do have a very specific routine, though, and stick to it pretty religiously, although it's not scheduled to a time necessarily. We pick up toys, do all the bathroom stuff, then I lie down with him and we read a book, then lights out and say prayers. Sometimes I stay with him until he falls asleep, sometimes not. (Depends on how tired I am, too, LOL!) I had a lot of people tell me "Don't ever lie down with them or you'll always have to do it!" but that never happened with us. And honestly I didn't much care if it did -- so what? We've only got the one, and he's only little once, and we have some of our best heart-to-heart conversations when we're lying there in the dark. I guess I'd say each kid is individual, and will handle things differently, so just go with what feels best to you. (Yeah, that's a lot of help, right? )

There's a special Lost episode on tonight at 10:00p if anyone's interested -- it's sort of a clip-show retrospective with the producers/writers/creators giving commentary on things they think are important in the series thus far. I guess it's intended to bring us up-to-speed and focus on what's going to be important in the finale next week. Then there's no more episodes until (January or February? I forget...) of 2008! Ack! In white: I'm afraid Charlie's going to be toast next week, which I hate. But apparently somehow Locke is still alive, because TV Guide says the finale features a big showdown between him and Jack, and there's even a picture of them, looks like Jack shoving Locke up against a wall that looks like Ben's house in Otherville. I think Ben is in charge of the Others because he has some "special" ability that lets him talk to Jacob, but that recently he's lost that ability and is just faking it to maintain his position, keeping Jacob a prisoner in that cabin trapped by that circle of ash or whatever. (I did see him in the chair, finally, with pause and frame-advance! Creepy!) The Others are starting to doubt Ben, though, because he developed cancer so he's not "invulnerable" anymore, so they are looking to Locke as possibly the next leader because he was healed from his paralysis. (Remember Eko saying "You're next..." maybe he meant the next leader, instead of the next to die.) I'm betting there's some sort of prophecy that says their leader will be "an outsider who is invulnerable and who kills his father and can talk to Jacob" which is why they brought Locke's father to the island to see if he could/would kill him and fulfill the prophecy. (Remember Ben saying "You're not who we thought you were...") Ben is now feeling threatened, naturally, so I still don't know if Locke will make it past next week. They'll probably leave us hanging for eight months wondering about both Locke and Charlie. I read somewhere that the actor who plays Locke had sold his house in Hawaii -- if true that doesn't bode well. Oh, and I think Karl got to our beach so fast because he came by water and the Others are coming by land, plus they had to stop and get organized, etc. Alex told him "if you take the outrigger, you'll get there before they do." Anyway, fun stuff!

Have to go clean up all the stuff I've been piling on the guest bed since Mom left -- we have a houseguest coming tomorrow, plus I have to bake a cake for the Historical Society's table at their little "do" Saturday. Nothing like company coming to precipitate a house-cleaning binge! Enjoy the RotD!

Edit: Lina, just checked out the pictures -- they're lovely! I can't believe how grown up Kate looks!

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Choices - May 17, 2007 11:35 am (#1304 of 2988)

Soli, congratulations to your Mom on the great report. What wonderful news.

Birthday wishes to those celebrating, healing and cheering charms to all in need. Love and (((hugs)))because we all can use those. :-)

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Lina - May 17, 2007 11:55 am (#1305 of 2988)

Tori, maybe you could use at least some bandages that would keep your knee fixed.

Soli, great news about your Mum. I think that's the best news you can get after such diagnosis. Continued recovery charms.

Healing and recovering charms to Steve's Mum and to Julie's hubby too!

Happy birthday to Luna! Enjoy your dog's life!

Welcome back, Veronika! It is nice to see you and I hope it will happen more often now. I hope whatever kept you from the forum(s) is resolved now.

Glad that the graduation ceremony went well, Madam Pince!

Maria, I hope that Felix Felicis is still holding its power.

Solitaire, I'm sorry about the students that haven't learned the lesson on plagiarism yet and I admire your ability to find the sources to their papers. In Kate's class, one girl did exactly the copy and paste from the Internet and haven't even changed the font. The teacher said that that was the most original paper she got. That certainly encourages the kids to do so. It is sad when a teacher is not aware of what they can expect from which child.

Juliebug, I've just recently read a book that says that that kind of children's behaviour is the same as dogs getting their fur thick in winter or bugs looking like leaves. Something that developed in the evolution. They are just unconsciously trying to prevent having younger siblings until they grow up a little bit more. They can do it various ways and one of them is having bad dreams. It took Kate a long time until she was finally sleeping all night in her own bed and we accomplished that only after setting some prize for that. I'd always get angry when my Mum would comment how her kids never did it to her. I haven't had my own room until I was 9, I shared the room with my grandmother and great grandmother. So, I didn't feel lonely during the night and when I got my room I was the happiest thing in the world. My kids moved to their room when they were around two or three and it seems to me that it might have been too early. Even now, that two of them are teenagers, they don't enjoy their room. OK, Kate does, but only lately.

Thanks for the pictures comments.

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Choices - May 17, 2007 12:20 pm (#1306 of 2988)

Tori, I have a bad knee and I wear a neoprene brace on it that I got at Walgreens (I think it was). It keeps your knee warm and even makes it sweat under the brace - when my knee flares up, I put the brace on and usually in a day or two it is better. The brace is like rubber (neoprene) and really supports. Maybe something like that would help? Hope it's all better soon.

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Tazzygirl - May 17, 2007 12:26 pm (#1307 of 2988)

Great news about your mom, Soli!!! Hope it stays that way!

Happy Birthday to JulieGE's Luna!

Juliebug- When Sydney was 2 she was moved to the big bed. She was climbing out of her crib all the time, but as soon as she got the big bed, she tended to stay put most nights. My aunt did put a child lock on one door of Sydney's room, and then a baby gate on the other door. Syd started 'exploring' at night, and since aunt and uncle turn the house alarm on, Syd was always setting it off (her excuse used to be that she wanted to come visit me at 3 am...). Aunt and Uncle told her right off the bat that she has to stay in bed until the sun is shining outside, and then she can call for her mom or dad. The only time she is allowed to sleep in aunt and uncle's bed is if she is sick. Same thing with Nathaniel. Although, Thaniel doesn't try to get out of his crib at night. Oh! When the kiddies changed rooms, Aunt put the baby gate up to the doorway leading out into the rest of the house, and the child lock on the other side of Nathaniel's door, so that Syd is able to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom without setting alarms off, or bugging her brother.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!!

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - May 17, 2007 1:16 pm (#1308 of 2988)

I just realized its not Friday. I hate that!

My knee is fine, just can't twist it. I have been wrapping it so, I'm just going with it. LOL Madame Pince about Boo! Did you hear that sound his knee made!? **shudder**

Off to do homework since its not Friday

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Chemyst - May 17, 2007 4:57 pm (#1309 of 2988)

Great news about Mother Soli.

Congratulations, Kate.

Welcome back Veronika. I hope whatever the drama was that made you feel not sociable enough to post here is all behind you, and that a lot of others will follow your lead and come back as we near the DH release. The more the merrier!

Auggh! Dr. Phil is, um, well, I guess I don't want to call him names in public, but you all should notice his method does not really teach kids how to go to bed; it weans parents.

We found what Madam Pince has also discovered: the heart-to-heart conversations were worth more than compulsory bedtimes.

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juliebug - May 17, 2007 5:31 pm (#1310 of 2988)

Thanks to everyone for the advice. Thanks also for the words of support, those really are helpful too I guess it all comes down to, as long as she's afraid (she talks about dreams involving a yellow hand at her window -  maybe Monster Spray will fix that) I just won't make her be alone. It's good to know that I'm not alone having this kind of problem. Thanks again.

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Madam Pince - May 17, 2007 6:04 pm (#1311 of 2988)

Is it an issue of having the door open? I had some friends who put up an old-fashioned screen door to their daughter's room -- they latched it up high to prevent her "wandering" at night since her room was at the top of the stairs, but something about having a screen she could see and hear through made the difference for her. It's a pretty simple installation, I think.

Also, did you ever see the movie Crash? (The recent one with Sandra Bullock, etc., not the yucky older one with James Spader...) There was a really sweet scene in it where a man is talking to his little daughter who is afraid at night, and he tells her he used to be afraid too, but when he was five his dad gave him a magic cloak that was invisible but would protect you from anything. He pretended like he'd forgotten all about it and he had been meaning to give it to her all this time. He made a big deal out of taking the cloak off, and then tying it around her shoulders (being careful to pull her hair out of the way ) and it was all very serious and solemn and she felt safe and protected immediately. I don't know if that would apply or not, but I always liked that approach and thought it would be good to try if the occasion ever arose.

Being scared is not fun. Remember what Rhett said to Scarlett when she was pooh-poohing their daughter's night fears? He said "If a big hairy monster with sharp teeth and claws came and sat on your chest, you'd tell it to get the h--- off of you, wouldn't you?" Good point, there, Rhett! (Gotta love a Charleston man...)

I am such a total sap -- I am getting sniffly watching the Bob Barker farewell/appreciation show on TV. I grew up with him practically! He's such a sweetie...

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Mediwitch - May 17, 2007 6:54 pm (#1312 of 2988)

That's WONDERFUL news about your mom, Soli!

Seems today is the good news day, as my grandmother is doing well enough that they are talking of discharging her from the hospital in a couple of days - possibly to rehab. (No one asked! ) Yesterday was not so good, her blood pressure was quite low all day but she had a transfusion and it stayed up today.

Lina, Kate's confirmation pictures are lovely. How old is she?

I'm afraid I can't offer much on the bedtime issue; my step-kids were hitting adolescence when Mr. Mediwitch and I got married. Heather was always terrified of thunderstorms, so she would come climb into our bed right up into high school if there was a storm at night. Good thing we have a king-sized bed! Her phobia was so bad, her 2nd grade teacher (who had her again in 5th grade) still remembers it - and Heather is 22!

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Solitaire - May 17, 2007 7:00 pm (#1313 of 2988)

Thanks for the great wishes for my mom. I will share them with her when we talk later this evening. Yes, I am headed back out to school to keep order in the band room while the various groups of kids (beginning band, intermediate band, jazz band, varsity band, choir) are putting on the concert. Just the thing to really help me relax following the massage I just had ... a 20-minute drive with the setting sun right in my face, followed by a trek to the campus (I usually have to park a mile away) and an hour of horn-blowing and maniacal kids who won't quit blowing their horns and banging on any surface that doesn't get up and walk away). I may as well have skipped the massage!

The plagiarists had different reactions to getting nailed. One girl came in and was quite penitent. She'd worked hard to bring up her grade and improve my opinion of her the past two quarters (she was a real pill the first 2), and her mother had impressed upon her pretty strongly the consequences of her actions. She'd been one of two students I was considering for a Most Improved Student of the Year trophy ... and this knocked her out of contention.

When I mentioned in my next class that I was disappointed about the plagiarizing (I mentioned neither the names nor the "offender gender") and wondered that someone would bother to plagiarize from Amazon.com, one girl burst out with "It wasn't me! I just rewrote the stuff on the back of the book!" Talk about incriminating oneself!

I looked at her with big, innocent eyes and said, "I didn't say who did it ... only that it had been done." And then I batted my eyelashes at her a few times. She persisted in explaining that she had not plagiarized, because she'd only "rewritten in her own words" the stuff on the book jacket, and "that isn't plagiarizing." **big sigh**

I suspect my third student of having hired Finn to write his report! This student, although quite bright and capable, can only be described as a minimalist when it comes to writing. So when I see a lengthy report which includes many things I did not ask the kids to do written by a student who will rarely bother to eke out more than a skimpy paragraph for anything ... I'm suspicious. I only had to read one sentence to realize this kid had not written that report. (Excuse me ... don't kids realize that we actually read what they write and recognize their style after a whole year of it?) It was an interesting treatise comparing Roy Hobbs of The Natural to Sir Percival and the whole quest for the Holy Grail. When I asked the student in question if he could tell me what the Grail was, he was stumped. Then I asked him if he knew who Percival was. Again, no answer. Finally I asked him who the Fisher King was. He said he was a baseball player! (Stop laughing!)

Bottom line ... I told these kids they could rewrite new reports ... in my presence, by hand (no Net access), during recess and my prep next week. They could choose and read new books (or the ones they actually pretended to have read) over the weekend! Sir Percival was positively annoyed with me at such a proposal. He came in and tried to write it today--acting as though he were doing me a great favor--but it was clear that he'd not read much of the story. I kept trying to prod him in the right direction ... but I knew more than he did, and I've only seen the movie! **huge, irrirated, sad sigh**

For the students (junior high and high school) on our Forum ... how does your school handle cheating and plagiarism? Also, do kids your age consider the things I've described to be cheating or plagiarism? I'm curious, because I've begun to notice the lack of a "moral compass" among some of my kids ...

Well, my salad is finished, so I guess I have to go back out to school. **sniffing and crying** I'll see you all later ... with my eardrums blasted out of my head!

Solitaire

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Catherine - May 17, 2007 7:39 pm (#1314 of 2988)

Solitaire,

My school (independent private school) allows teachers to deal with cheating ourselves--a first offense does not automatically go to the disciplinary committee. Our philosophy is to use it as a learning opportunity the first (and hopefully ONLY) time.

The child receives a zero for the assignment, and is required to rewrite it anyway for no credit.

I give a huge talk about plagiarism at the beginning of the year, and I show them examples of how one can "accidentally" plagiarize by using other people's words and ideas. Often, they really don't know that "cutting and pasting" from the internet is plagiarism until I tell them. I remind them before each essay about academic integrity. So far, I only had one offender this year (who cut and pasted information about Chinese porcelain that was so obviously from a museum site that it took me 3 seconds to find it).

I also give assignments that are nigh impossible to cheat on. For book reviews on outside reading, I have a very specific format and a detailed rubric that I grade by, and a typical internet "book report" essay won't fulfill the requirement, so it's self-punishing behavior.

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Tazzygirl - May 17, 2007 7:45 pm (#1315 of 2988)

Did anyone catch American Idol last night? Anyone else confused by who was voted off? I mean, they all will be getting a record deal, but I was absolutely shocked as to who had to leave!

Lost was also interesting. Off to read the past posts on it... EDIT: In white: I totally agree with all of you on what the possibilites are. The ladies in the ocean lab look like Others- if they were Dharma, then they would most likely be wearing the Dharma clothes. I think we can trust Juliette- she has no reason to be with the Others or help them out- they completely lied to her. Jack is getting annoying. As usual. I'm also tired of **completely blanking on his name!!!** almost dying each episode. Either kill him, or make him live. Sheesh.

I'm making a 'puppetucker' for class on Saturday. It's basically one of those shoe organizers that hang on the back of a door. I took the shoe organizer and glued fabric to the front of the pockets (the thing is normally clear and see-through), with ribbon creating borders. The whole purpose of this 'puppetucker' is so that we have a place to store our puppets in our classrooms when they aren't in use. After making the 'puppetucker' I am making a glove puppet of a ladybug so I can sing the nursery rhyme for the ladybug during class. (Anyone remember it? Apparently everyone I know knows it, but for some reason I missed it in my childhood. LOL)

Sorry to hear about the plagiarizing students, Soli.

**healing charms** to your grandmother, Mediwitch!

Back to puppet-making!

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - May 17, 2007 7:59 pm (#1316 of 2988)

Hmm plagarizing at my school. We always have very specific rubrics that pretty much make it impossible to get something offline. Not impossible, but it is possible because people have done it, and usually get caught. At that point they go before the 'council', made up of students, when questioned and such, the 'council' gives a punishment which is either approved or vetoed by the principal. They are usually pretty nasty too, depending on the extent of the crime.

My freshman year, my entire class accidentally plagarized research papers, myself included. The biggest issue was how we cited it. It was the one and only time that english teacher ever yelled, flat out yelled at us. I can see her frustration though, because she did show us a powerpoint on how to correctly cite everything. Not that its an excuse, but I was glasses-less and couldn't see a thing on the screen. Learned my lesson, we all had to rewrite our final drafts (the initial ones were just rough drafts) with the correct in-text citations and such. We didn't get in trouble for it, other than being yelled at and most of us really bad grades on our rough drafts ( think I got like a C- or something, 90% of it because of my horrible citation job)I think if it had been a final draft, we'd have been in more trouble. I still have that paper in a writing portfolio and its really useful now, because I haven't done it wrong since! I whip out that handy-dandy paper and voila!

A miracle has happened, I don't have any homework tonight! I realized yesterday that I'd done all this physics homework that wasn't due until tomorrow, and nothing in my other two classes because those teacher are starting exam stuff, so no homework for me!

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painting sheila - May 17, 2007 8:22 pm (#1317 of 2988)

Mean Parents had to show themselves again tonight. Young Lady living with us is failing all of her classes but one. We told her she was grounded from the phone, computer, and outside activities (except for church) until the grades were pulled up to a C. She still had one F and a D to work on and wanted to go see a friend in his school chorale concert. We said no because of the grades and now are the meanest people on earth.  I am SO tired of this!! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

I watched the Lost thing tonight -> They did bring up a few things I had forgotten - like when the guys in Antartica saw the island on their screen when Desmond blew the hatch. Penny is behind it and the parachute girl had the picture of Penny and Desmond with her. I also had forgotten how entwined all of them were before hand. I can't wait for next week!

off to do more laundry.

She

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 17, 2007 9:05 pm (#1318 of 2988)

When I was substitute teaching there was a teacher I often subbed for that had students who liked to cheat or would attempt plagiarize. I had standing orders from the teacher that in either eventuality I would shred the offender's test or paper and give no credit.

I had another interesting experience when I was an officer in a local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa the junior college equivalent to Phi Beta Kappa, a fellow officer plagiarized an essay that the chapter was going to submit to the national organization's awards competition. The president of the chapter told me of the plagiarism I told her the essay needed to be recalled and the offending officer impeached. A day later under pressure from the chapter's faculty advisor the president retracted the statement saying she had been wrong but, I knew she had been pressured because, I checked the essay myself and the plagiarism was blatant about fifty percent had been directly taken from other sources without proper attribution being given.

The nature of the conflict that ensued between the advisor and myself was so vociferous that we could be heard in farthest reaches of the campus. Fortunately I was able to bring about the recall of the essay and the officer was forced to resign his post because, two of the co-advisors and three officers including myself threatened to resign over the issue rather than turn a blind eye.

So rather than sacrifice the effectiveness of the chapter the primary advisor decided to yield and recalled the essay and allowed the impeachment to proceed.

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kaykay1970 - May 17, 2007 9:56 pm (#1319 of 2988)

My girl is officially a high school graduate!! We are so proud of her! She won a load of awards too! She finished 4th in her class with a 98.15 average! She had the second highest A.R. points in the whole school 421 points (at 10 cents per point she was able to spend $42 in the bookstore!) She got best fiction and non-fiction story in Creative Writing. She also won 2nd highest average for Honors English and U.S. Government. And she got the Citizenship Award! I tried really hard not to cry like a baby. I really did try! Daughter's best friend is the Historian. When she started crying during her speech I completely gave up on that idea! They are having a Project Graduation lock-in tonight. I hope she has fun!

Healing charms to your grandmother, Mediwitch!

I'm glad to hear your mother is feeling better Soli! Next time you have to deal with the band maybe you should try casting muffliato on yourself!

Kate looks lovely in the photos Lina! Of course I already told you that in the chat room...

Healing charms to Tori's knee.

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Tazzygirl - May 18, 2007 12:37 am (#1320 of 2988)

CONGRATULATIONS to your high school graduate, Kay!! That's fantastic!

~Kristina

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Chemyst - May 18, 2007 4:38 am (#1321 of 2988)

I guess it all comes down to, as long as she's afraid … - juliebug
I think you are right Julie, it sounds like it's a fear issue more than a sleep issue; (now can you see why I have problems with Dr. Phil's advice of incremental chair scooting for dealing with a child's (or anyone's) fear? )

Re: Lost I'm also tired of **completely blanking on his name!!!** almost dying each episode. Either kill him, or make him live. Sheesh. – Tazzy
 I'm glad I'm not the only one, I don't watch regularly, but when I do he is always "Dominic the Hobbit."

w00t for kaykay's daughter. (I think you earned the cry.)

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azi - May 18, 2007 5:45 am (#1322 of 2988)

Congrats to your daughter Kay, it sounds like a fantastic achievement!

Lina, the pictures of Kate are lovely! Kate looks so much older than her age.

**no noise** charms for Soli. I guess you need them.

**healing charms** to ill people, and **patience charms** for Shelia!

On plagarism - in high school it was not a big thing. We were told not to do it, but did not have to write references in our coursework or anything. In fact, in some lessons I remember teachers telling some students exactly what to write! At university, it is a big thing. Just last week, two students were arrested at my university for fraud during an exam! I think it was cheating related. I have a hatred of plagarism. Just yesterday I was in a group giving a presentation, and one guy's slides were completely plagarised (copy and paste - the text was even different colours and font sizes!) from a government website! No reference to anything. I was fuming! This guy was the sort of guy that never turns up for anything (we got his slides at the last minute) and he hadn't even written what we asked, despite the group telling him he'd got the wrong end of the stick before. I think what annoyed me most was his complete disregard for the other members of the group, since we would also be penalised for his actions if the lecturer decided to do anything. Worse still, the text he read was also a complete copy and paste! None of it was relevant and it took twice as long as his time limit was to read!

I had night time fears as a child, of ghosts. As a result I was scared of the dark, doors opening on their own and having chairs in my bedroom (still refuse to have that!), along with the ghost(s) themselves. My mum used to leave my bedroom light on until I was asleep. I never had a problem of leaving my bed. There is no way you could get me on the landing in the middle of the night! Just last night I had that dilemma. I chose to stay in bed. Hmm, that wasn't much help...

I'm at home for the weekend - YEY! Everything looks so green...

Lovely weekends to all!

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painting sheila - May 18, 2007 6:19 am (#1323 of 2988)

Congratulation kaykay and kaykay's daughter! All of your hard work paid off! wOOt!! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

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Holly T. - May 18, 2007 7:03 am (#1324 of 2988)

Congrats to Kaykay and her daughter!!

Kate's pictures are great, Lina.

Healing charms to those who need them! Including my husband--he's having surgery on his finger today--the one he cut on son's catapult back in January. He's continued to have problems with it (has been on antibiotics three times) and it continues to be swollen and painful so the doctor is cutting it open today to see what is going on.

Hugs to Mean Parent Sheila! I got to work today and saw daughter's clarinet in the back of my car. I called dh to see how much she panicked when she realized she didn't have it. He said she was grumbling but not hysterical. He said she needs to be responsible for her things. I say that this will somehow become all my fault. I made him take her home after scouts last night since I did not appreciate her telling the whole troop how much she hates me in the middle of the meeting. She says she was joking. I say she was rude.

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painting sheila - May 18, 2007 7:14 am (#1325 of 2988)

MEAN PARENTS UNITE!!! Thanks Holly T!It s always the moms fault - Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org(sigh)

And good luck to your husband and his hand surgery. I am sure it will all be alright.

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Solitaire - May 18, 2007 7:23 am (#1326 of 2988)

Thanks for the input on plagiarism. It sounds like most of you have systems in place to address the problem. I talked to our principal yesterday and made him aware of the problem. I then asked if we could take time to address it next fall, at the beginning of the year ... separately from other issues. I think kids need more than a cursory "don't cheat" or "do your own work." I know mine do.

I'm still curious to know how kids feel about all of this. Mine simply do not believe that what they are doing constitutes cheating. They do not even believe cheating is wrong ... unless they are caught. They they are less contrite and more angry at whoever catches them. I'd love to hear other teachers and students weigh in on this. If you don't want to take up forum space, feel free to email me.

Solitaire

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painting sheila - May 18, 2007 7:44 am (#1327 of 2988)

Solitaire - I think the kids think - "Hey. You asked us to look up the information. We did and this is what we found." Teaching them to find the information, digest it, and then put it down on paper "in their own words" is something they don't know how to do. Thye don't have "their own words" if it's not something they are familiar with, like, or understand. Plus, when they work under the gun, anything has to work! So maybe you need to teach them about cheating and plagiarizing and then teach them how to make things "their own words". Maybe a game of some sort? But that does take up valuable teaching time to do those types of things. How old are these kids? Plus teach them that time is their friend when it comes to writing papers of any sort!

Edit:

Off topic here but we just put timers on the computer. Each kid has their own login name and password. They can only get on during certain time periods and then can only be on for an hour total each day! wOOt!! It has been so cool to see them do whatever research they need to do on-line first and then check their email. This all came about because the one that is failing all the classes was on the computer much more than we realized. They would ask Hubbie and I separately and so we never knew if they had been on or not and for how long. I love technology!

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Mrs. Sirius - May 18, 2007 8:07 am (#1328 of 2988)

ugggggggggg, my son is not old enough for plagiarism to be a problem BUT, does he ever hate to write. His teacher has gone the detention route. If he forgets his homework 3 times he gets a one hour detention.

While that has improved his motivation, writing anything is still torture. Once again today, the writing assignment "tell us why you think that...is interesting" he didn't get done, he was in tears about it since last night. What is odd is that no one can tell me how to deal with this or what is causing it. He is smart enough, he's a very nice kids never a problem to anyone, well liked, just not able to write!

Kay, congratulations to the graduating daughter. Well to all us mean moms, Happy ROTD

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Thom Matheson - May 18, 2007 8:27 am (#1329 of 2988)

Ok so I'm moving through all the posts, and then pushed off to the threads without remembering the news. What a putz.

I am a new Grandpa!!!! Mary Louise was born at 4 am with all parts working great. 6.14 and 21 inches with lots of light brown hair. Parents are doing great.

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kaykay1970 - May 18, 2007 9:18 am (#1330 of 2988)

Congratulations Thom! Happy birthday Mary Louise!!

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journeymom - May 18, 2007 9:39 am (#1331 of 2988)

Yay Thom! Welcome, Mary Louise! Hope her mom is recovering well.

I think I need to watch the Natural again. It's been years. There's a grail metaphor?

Congratulations to your daughter, Kaykay!

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Okay, DUH, Solitaire is referring to the book, not the movie. [slaps forehead]

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John Bumbledore - May 18, 2007 9:46 am (#1332 of 2988)

Writing anything is still torture. — Mrs. Sirius
Mrs. Sirius, I imagine my mom's and teacher's thoughts sounded just like yours about your son and his writing.

My wife is a special education teacher and says that all my expressed school experiences indicate that I was am most likely ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder which I call Hyper Attentiveness Disorder as I try to pay attention to everything). I was labeled as gifted and so was punished with an extra class while still having the responsibility to complete work and keep up with a class that I was missing so I could attend the "enrichment" class.

I hated writing assignments because I always did poorly and feared failing. (Edit note: this was added after the paragraph begining "Somewhere in my history...")

Writing for me is like opening a fire hose, lots of words ideas come out in a general flow but not a coherent (focused paragraphs) way. The volume of ideas was always faster than I could write by hand, so I was always finding the first half of a one sentence was then completed with the end of the third or fourth sentence/idea that followed. Do I need to say that my mechanics were poor or at least poorly applied?

I never got how one could write an outline before the words were written. Once I was able to use a word processing program, I typed almost fast enough to capture the flood of ideas then rearrange them with cut and paste tools. Grouping into proper paragraphs (which is a word I find difficult to define other than it has a minimum of three to five sentences and must have three parts being: first an opening introduction of the idea or point, then the body that give evidence or expansion of the idea or point, and finally a conclusion that wraps up the arguments for the point and transitioning to the next paragraph/idea/point.)

Well, I fear this and other post of mine (especially the longer ones) may prove better examples than what I can put in words. **ignore the contradiction in that, since they are written, I have put the ideas into words**

Somewhere in my history I remember using a word processor that would analyze ones writing and provide a grade level equivalent. I remember that in my third or fourth year at university I was disappointed that my writing only evaluated to grade 14 (High school would be 12 years then fourth year of college should mean my writing should reach grade level 16 according to simple arithmetic). Well the young lady I was dating (who is now also my wife) informed me that most people wrote between an 8th grade and 12th grade level (including those with degrees of Masters and Doctorates) unless it was written for a peer reviewed scholarly journal. **okay, I still don't understand how I could get that rating when my grade school papers were such failures.

I knowing that I am, in person, a man of few words, so how can I be so verbose in my writing? Which I now see had be expressed in prime example by the length of this post.

Yes, I have chosen not to restructure this post from its original dictation (from my mind to my fingers). I hope there may there be some benefit (minor spelling corrections like benifit to benefit by MS word are included) from the raw form of this post.

So you see, Mrs. Sirius, no need to worry! I turned out all right.

**It is okay if anyone feels the urge to laugh at this point. I'm used to it by now.** **ends post shaking his head at his own self.**

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Madam Pince - May 18, 2007 9:54 am (#1333 of 2988)

Congratulations, Thom! What wonderful news! Hope you have fun spoiling the new little addition!

Also congrats to kaykay's daughter -- that is a tremendous accomplishment! (((hugs))) to you, too, seeing your baby grow up! I'm sure you weren't the only one sniffling a little!

You go, Nathan! Woo-hoo on sticking to your guns!

I think Sheila is right on the kids' opinions of cheating. It seems almost to be more a product of the Internet-age, too. It is just so easy to get information online now; back in "the day" we didn't have that luxury. I don't know why but it seems like there's some correlation with how hard you have to work to get the info and how you handle cheating. Back when it was hard to get the info, the kids that today would cut-n-paste, back then just didn't do the assignment at all, probably. Maybe that's the difference.

What is a rubric? I thought it was a long-standing rule or law, but it seems like it's also a teaching or grading method? I looked it up online but I still don't know...

Azi, if you were scared of ghosts in chairs, then you'd better not watch last week's Lost when it comes to the UK! LOL!

Last night's retrospective: The one thing that jumped out most at me was when the one guy said "They're not in Purgatory; they're all alive and well somewhere in the space-time continuum." There has been rampant speculation in the fandom that this whole story is about split time-lines, so to me that comment sort of supported that. I was also glad to hear the producers say that Desmond was experiencing pre-cognition -- that was what I thought all along and had never even considered that he was time-travelling, but lots of other fans are dead-set that he's been travelling back and forth in time. I felt a bit vindicated by that. Oh, one other thing that I still have to investigate because they do post the names of the actors/actresses for each episode, but the one girl in the underwater hatch -- the brunette towards the back, not the blonde -- looks almost exactly like Cassidy, Sawyer's "long con" that he ended up in love with and she had his baby, and then she met Kate and helped Kate get to finally sneak in to see her mother. It will be interesting to see if it's the same actress -- wow, if Cassidy really is an Other or something now! I did frame-by-frames of next week's previews, and it appears that "the shooters" Sayid, Bernard, and Jin get caught by the Others; Desmond dives down to the Looking Glass to try to help Charlie and is shooting something at Mikhail who is somehow down there too; and somehow water is flooding into the Looking Glass, probably after Desmond pushes the yellow light button or whatever. Should be exciting! I bet they leave us hanging on Charlie until 2008...

Everyone enjoy the RotD! Off to finish the cleaning I didn't finish yesterday... I have about six hours now... I do my best work under pressure...

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Puck - May 18, 2007 10:24 am (#1334 of 2988)

Congrats to Thom! Exciting news!

Congrats also to Kay and her daughter! Does she have college plans?

Madame Pince, the reason for a closed solid door on a bedroom is it is safer in case of fire.

I told my son that the white that seals the windows is a special anti-alien lock that Mr. Puck installed. That eased at least one night time fear. Now he complains about his sister chatting and keeping him awake. (They currently share a room.) When he was 2 and moved out of a crib he still waited for me to come get him in the mornings. He would sometimes climb out and get a book, but then climbed right back into his bed to wait for me.

On the "mean" Mom front, I found son's glasses after he left for school, along with the sweatshirt I handed him while stating "put this on, it's cold." (Only 40 something degrees and rainging, bbbbrrrrr.) As my plans for the morning didn't involve me going to the area of his school, he's likely a bit chilly and a tad visually impaired. (His sight is not that bad, I'm not completely evil. He's just far sighted in one eye.) I had trudged to school last week bearing said eye glasses, and don't want to make a habit of it.

Off to do some laundry or something. There's plenty of work to choose from around here. The good news is that baseball and soccer are likely to be cancelled due to the weather, which leaves us a weekend with a blank calendar!

Kathy

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Choices - May 18, 2007 10:50 am (#1335 of 2988)

New babies are a wonder - congrats to Grandpa Thom!

Congrats to KayKay and daughter. I know you are so proud and rightly so!

Birthday wishes, healing charms, cheering charms and child disciplining charms to all who need them. LOL Love and {{{HUGS}}}.

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Good Evans - May 18, 2007 11:04 am (#1336 of 2988)

Thom - many congratulations - love and hugs to all who need them!

Kay - I am glad the graduation went well - I would have cried too

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Viola Intonada - May 18, 2007 11:42 am (#1337 of 2988)

Congrats on the new grandbaby, Thom!

I've been accused of being a mean mom. So, now when my kids call me mean, I reply, "That's what a M-O-M is: Mean Old Mother;and “mother “is Mean Old Terrible Horrible Evil Rat." It usually makes them laugh and realize I'm doing what I have to do, otherwise I won't get to be called "Mom" anymore.

Plagarism: I had a very hard time avoiding plagarism until my English teacher Senior year explained to us that it is okay if the majority of your paper is references to other people’s work. You just have to have your references. Another technique that I have always used since is to do all my research with index cards. One index card per idea jotted down from a reference with all relevant data necessary to reference it properly. It is also a great tool for organizing your paper. Once you get the index cards in order, writing the paper flows easier. And, there is just no excuse for students who download essays from the internet and try to pass it off as their own.

Madame P., we may not have had the internet in our day, but I sure did use my encyclopedias alot.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 18, 2007 12:26 pm (#1338 of 2988)

Thom, many happy returns on the occassion of your grandfatherhood. I am sure that your granddaughter will learn quite a lot from you. I know that I learned much from my grandparents.

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Tazzygirl - May 18, 2007 1:18 pm (#1339 of 2988)

Congratulations Thom!!

Plagiarism- If we were caught plagiarizing in high school we received Fs with no chance of redoing it. My uni has strict policies about it- we are given the run down at the beginning of each semester. Depending on how severe it is- you get an F for the class, or you are sent to the Dean. My friend goes to Brooks Institute in California, and she was caught in a weird plagiarism thing. She had to retake a course, and decided to turn in the same paper she wrote the first time. The teacher said it was okay. However, the students have to turn in their papers through an online database (turnitin.com), and the website red-flagged her paper as plagiarized. She had to go in front of the school board and a whole bunch of other stuff to fight her case. She's now on probation. It was really scary there for a minute though- she's graduating in June. If they had not given her probation, she was going to be kicked out of the school. eek!

Night time fears: Up until I was about 13 I had to make sure my entire body except my head was covered when I was in bed. For some reason I thought something would come out from under my bed and eat my arm or something. I remember forcing myself to keep my arms out from under the covers to break myself of the habit. LOL

Forgot what else I was going to say.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

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journeymom - May 18, 2007 2:56 pm (#1340 of 2988)

Oh, my word, Kristina, that was my night time fear as well. And our bedroom on the second floor of my childhood home got really hot in the summer time. I didn't care. I kept covered up to my chin most times. And when I woke up in the middle of the night, after Mom and Dad had finally turned off the hall light and went to bed, I pulled the covers over my head. I still remember the hot, stifling feeling. Which was preferable to letting the witches under my bed cut off my fingers and elbows.
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Madam Pince - May 18, 2007 3:28 pm (#1341 of 2988)

LOL! I had a dream when I was a kid that these nasty horribly ugly vampires (masses of them) came swarming down the hill behind our house and into the window that was right behind the head of my bed. From then on I refused to sleep on the side of the bed that was under the window -- I moved all the way over to the side that was safely in front of the wall! I still don't like to sleep with a window over my head... camping outside is fine, it's just something about a window...

...the reason for a closed solid door on a bedroom is it is safer in case of fire. Yes, I know. Mr. Pince (the retired fireman) told our friends that, too. But they were just desperate and had to do something to keep their daughter quiet and in her bed, so the screen's what they came up with. It worked, but of course there is that element of safety to consider.

Viola, I think I wore holes in the pages of our encyclopedia set! But still it's more work than cut-n-pasting off a computer -- you actually had to re-write it, which meant you pretty much had to read it. Which makes me wonder, would there be less plagiarism if kids had to hand-write their work instead of doing it on a computer? I know it would be a headache for teachers to read, but technically if the kids know how to write properly it shouldn't be an issue. Are we letting handwriting skills slide because everybody types nowadays and never writes anything except a signature?

OK, so I'm an old-fashioned fuddy-duddy...

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kaykay1970 - May 18, 2007 3:41 pm (#1342 of 2988)

Thanks everyone for the comments and especially the hugs! I'm sure I'll need more when I have to leave my darling daughter at her college (clear on the other end of the state) this Fall! I'm new to this whole "Having an adult child" thing. I'm sure it will take a while to get used to it!

LOL Puck! Anti-alien lock! Good thinking too! My niece used to be afraid of bugs. She'd wake up screaming they were all over her room! The pediatrician told my sister to remove the "bugs" the same as she would if they were real. It worked like a charm!

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virginiaelizabeth - May 18, 2007 3:51 pm (#1343 of 2988)

H'okay so... there were 138 posts and I just hit the magic button. It's been quite a busy week, but we're almost done! only one full day of school left and 4 half-days! **happy Dance**

For some reason I thought something would come out from under my bed and eat my arm or something LOL! I have to check my closet for people every night before I go to bed! I'm always scared there will be like a crazed murderer in there, and I don't really know why! I also have to sleep with a night light.

would there be less plagiarism if kids had to hand-write their work instead of doing it on a computer? I'm all for that! I hate doing it on the computer, it's soo much easier to just write it out be hand. They make us use a stupid program called "Net Snippets". Supposedly, this is supposed to make the note taking process easy, yet the program is more trouble than it's worth. For our reasearch paper this year, my teacher let us take our notes on paper if we wanted to, and virtually everyone did that, and there were no instances of plagarism that I've heard of yet.

Well time for my nap! I'm exhausted! I'm sure I won't be back until next Friday, which BTW is the last day of school!!!! WOOO HOOO!!!

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Puck - May 18, 2007 4:26 pm (#1344 of 2988)

I remember looking up old articles on some kind of mirco film. (I know how to say the name, just not how to spell it. ) One teacher assigned us report on a random figure. Each of us got a different person. I looked it in the index of every book I could find, and found only one paragraph of information, from which I was supposed to write a 10 page paper. The professor would not give any direction, as finding the information was part of the assignment. It must be nice to be able to do a google search and find all out about a person/topic.

Baseball and soccer officially cancelled, so a weekend without anything on the calendar is ahead. We started out by baking chocolate chip cookies on this rainy Friday afternoon. (I also made eggplant and pasta, but I guess the rest of the family was as excited about that I as I was.)

Happy Weekend!

Kathy

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geauxtigers - May 18, 2007 4:32 pm (#1345 of 2988)

Congrats to your daughter, Kay!

Congrats, Thom!

I won't lie, I used to not understand why things were plagarism. I mean what are the odds that the author knows you are using his/her work? I think thats where a lot of it comes from. I also agree that hand writing things is much easier, and its harder to plagrize. If you are going to write it out, you can't copy-paste it. And having them do works cited for their biblographies helps too. We use an online thing called "Noodlebib" you can google it. I think its by subscription, but I really don't know. You enter the website, authors, titles, and the like and it generates a citation for you in MLA format. Very handy and quick and easy to use.

I have to have the shower curtain open because, (make a long story shirt), while playing hide and go seek at my friend's house in oh 3rd, 4th grade, there was a Pocahantas pinata (sp?) in the tub, and it scared us when we pulled the curtain back. Now I'm scared of what might be behind shower curtains. There you go, laugh! LOL

My computer chair has to be facing me because ever since I read GoF in 4th grade, I'm afriad Voldemort will be sitting in it and Wormtail is just waiting to spin him around...that scene still creeps me out! LOL

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2BMcsmom - May 18, 2007 4:40 pm (#1346 of 2988)

I have not read all the posts there are a lot. Healing charms, prayers, hugs and congratulations to all that need and want them.

I know that we have a lot of avid readers on this forum. I am trying to find out the name of a set of books on very little info. They are about an Egyptian princess. There are 3 or 4 in the series. These books are thick and the covers are supposed to be purple. They were gotten from a middle school library. I know this is not much to go on, but this is all I have. Can anyone help me find the names of these books?

Thank You.

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painting sheila - May 18, 2007 7:46 pm (#1347 of 2988)

Dang it! I just wrote a great post and then hit some magic button combination and lost it all! shoot.

Let me try again . . . .

Struggle with writing - A lot of kids have problems with fine motor skills. It takes so much thought and effort to actually move the pencil/pen to make the letters of each word that what they are writing gets lost in the psychical process. I have a child with that problem. If they can dictate to me while I type it flows much better for them. There is a place called All Kinds of Minds that is great with helping kids figure out how to learn. I had a friend whose daughter was a smart but could not stay in her seat at school. She was focused but physically would not sit down. They finally figured out that she had super sensitive nerves in her bottom and sitting on the hard cold chair at school made it impossible for her to think. They gave a cushion in her seat and the problem is gone. SO maybe it is a similar type thing - I hope it helps.

Thom!! Welcome to your Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org. Give her hugs and kisses for us. (and take one big deep sniff for me - I love the way new babies smell!!)

M.O.M. almost came out again. Grounded daughter that was so distraught yesterday about not being able to go to a friend chorale concert that Grounded Daughter was not going to perform in a recital tonight decided it a super cheerful manner that she would sing after all. 'Lo and behold - boy friend just "happened" to show up at the recital - even though he knows she is grounded! I cannot say enough how frustrated I am about all of this!!

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Holly T. - May 18, 2007 7:46 pm (#1348 of 2988)

Congratulations Thom!

Puck, was it microfiche? *shudder* I'd rather read microfilm any day.

I was thinking about what John said about writing combined with the discussion of plagiarism. (John, I'm not calling you a plagiarist.) ;-) I think part of the problem with plagiarism is that writing is not being taught well. Yes, a lot of the problem also has to do with kids who are too lazy to read the books they are supposed to be writing reports on and kids who are too used to looking up everything on the internet.

But I don't think people are being taught how to cite sources properly, and I don't mean teaching them how to use MLA (which I hate) or CMS (the best), but rather when should you use a direct quote, when should you paraphrase, that you still need to have a citation when you paraphrase even if it isn't a direct quote, etc.

The lining up the index cards method is a great way to learn how to organize and use sources. There is nothing wrong with the formulaic five-paragraph essay--as a way to learn how to write. If you can write a five-paragraph essay you can write a 10-page research paper. Just follow the same pattern.

I think people want to look at writing as creative, but scholarly writing (book reports, term papers, etc.) has to follow a certain pattern. There is room within the pattern for creativity, though. I read material from everyone from junior high students to university professors and the professors are just as likely as the students to make the same kind of mistakes.

I sent back a manuscript to an author today with a number of comments telling him to paraphrase material that he had in direct quotes—and this author has a Ph.D., yet he is still unsure about when to use his own voice and is hiding behind the quotes of others. But at least he cited them.

And I send back a lot of material with notes telling the authors that they can't hide their thesis statement on page 5 out of 40. Anyway, there are more bad writers than good ones (good thing for people who are employed as editors!), and one of the causes of plagiarism is poor writing skills. (Not trying to be an insufferable know-it-all--and I probably have typos in the post!--but I do read a lot of manuscripts.)

One of our authors sent us a link to one of those essay web sites where one of the articles he did for us is available free online--with no credit to him or us. Grr.

Madam Pince--thank goodness they do have computers to type on now, though, for people with dysgraphia. One of the things my son's reading teacher has him work on is typing exercises.

Ha, my husband and son are watching a Horatio Hornblower movie and my husband is attempting to explain to son that the British are the good guys. Last summer, at Williamsburg, son was reprimanded by a redcoat for kicking gravel toward Benedict Arnold's horse and booing.

Husband's surgery went ok--he sees the dr. again on Monday. He has just been sleepy from the meds. I was hoping he would be amusingly goofy. He has also just realized that he probably won't be able to drive the church van on the children's choir field trip to the zoo Sunday afternoon. Which means that I will probably be going to the zoo instead of taking daughter and her friend to the movies.

2BMcsmom--I'll ask my daughter. She reads everything.

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geauxtigers - May 18, 2007 8:42 pm (#1349 of 2988)

Well I think I just paid a record high to fill my car up with gas. Prices are nearing 3 dollars, I think its at 2.97. I'm not going anywhere anymore! LOL And whats sad, it was don't have the highest prices in the country, or world for all I know! Riddiculus!

And some sad news, LSU's live Mascot, Mike the Tiger died this morning. He was Mike 5 and he was 17. He was so cute! I've been looking at pictures from when he was a cub and such! It just makes you want to snuggle with him! I think I'll go snuggle with my kitty now! I'm going to put a link to a picture of him in my profile, its so cute!

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Chemyst - May 18, 2007 8:58 pm (#1350 of 2988)

Congratulations, Grandpa Thom.

I remember only two dreams from my childhood. Until the topic came up on this forum, I never saw any similarity between them but tonight I just realized that in both of them I was talking to myself telling myself how I would survive. In first grade I dreamed dinosaurs were walking around the football field at the schoolyard. I told myself not to worry because they were vegetarians. Later I found a painting of an Apatosaurus which matched the kind in my dream and I found out that they were indeed herbivores. When I was nine I dreamed about an earthquake opening fissures in my front yard. It was almost evening on the day the world was ending. The impulse was to run, but I "knew" that I'd be safe only if I didn't try to jump across those cracks so I concentrated on the sunset. (Actually, that dream was Narnia-worthy.)
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Solitaire - May 18, 2007 9:33 pm (#1351 of 2988)

I think the kids think - "Hey. You asked us to look up the information. We did and this is what we found."

Actually, the assignment was to read a book and do a book report. I did not ask them to look up anything. There was no need for them to have looked up anything ... if they bothered to read their books.

I gave the kids time in the computer lab--under my supervision--to type what I'd asked them to include in their projects. It was something everyone who'd actually read the book he was reviewing was more than capable of doing. I hate to think I am going to have to turn into a cop in order to prevent, or at least minimize, plagiarism. I am pretty fair on writing projects. If a kid bombs, he always has the opportunity to rewrite, so anyone who wants to put out the effort can earn a decent grade.

Catherine, if you're willing to share your format for the cheating-resistant book report, I'd love a copy. You have my email address.

Holly, thank you for reaffirming my faith in the good old 5-paragraph essay. My speech professor taught me the steps you describe, and my writing scores improved immediately. I didn't think my students should have to wait until college to learn this technique, so I have taught it to all of my 7th graders. Everything you describe above is what I tell my kids: If you will make the effort to master this kind of writing, you can adapt it to almost any kind of essay or research papers ... with a few modifications. And they do!

Solitaire

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 18, 2007 9:52 pm (#1352 of 2988)

Hi!

Congratulations Thom and welcome Mary Louise!

Congratulations and w00t to kaykay's oldest!

Glad to hear both hubbies are recovering nicely, GE and Holly.

Speaking of ailing hubbies, I have to take mine for an x-ray tomorrow. It seems as though he may have a fracture in his left foot. He has been hobbling around on it for two days now and today he said the pain was unbearable. I called a friend whose husband is a Dr. and God bless his kind heart, they came over and he checked his foot and promptly scheduled him. Honestly, I don't know how he worked with it in such a state.

Hang in there, Ginny and Tori - so glad you're in the homestretch.

Such great news about your mom, Solitaire! I am glad our prayers have been heard!

Lina, I know I mentioned it but I enjoyed the pics.

Sorry if I've neglected to address all that I wanted to. It's getting late and my mind is slacking off.

Maria

EDIT: ((Solitaire))

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Solitaire - May 18, 2007 9:57 pm (#1353 of 2988)

Maria, I am so excited about Mom that all the other stuff really does seem to pale in comparison. She is doing so well! She does still have discomfort from the drain thing ... but she needs to have it, since she is still getting quite a large amount of fluid each day. Also, the infection is still persisting, but it is getting better. In all, we have so much for which to be thankful!

Solitaire

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journeymom - May 18, 2007 10:58 pm (#1354 of 2988)

Victoria, you are not complaining about gas at $2.97, are you?  We paid $3.62 at the last fill up!

Solitaire, I'm glad to hear she's feeling better. Here's hoping the infection clears up quick!

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Lina - May 18, 2007 11:06 pm (#1355 of 2988)

Congratulations, Thom!

Healing charms to your hubby, Holly. I hope his finger will be OK soon.

And continued healing and recovery charms to all the list of people that are needing them lately.

Strengthening charms to Sheila. That is just not easy, but you are doing some great job!

Someone asked me about Kate's age. She is 14. Yes, her body is almost grown up already, while her mind is pretty far away from it. I remember when my sister was around that age, I was at graduate school and wouldn't come home too often. When I'd be coming home, I'd always imagine a little girl waiting for me at the railway station and there would be a big girl coming to meet me. I just couldn't get used to her being big. It is easier when you see someone every day.

Maybe it is a good thing that writing is not taught well. I still have more books that I wish to read than I'm able to. And too many books in the basement and too little space in the flat.

Healing charms to Mr. HH too!

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Tazzygirl - May 18, 2007 11:53 pm (#1356 of 2988)

I was going to comment on Tori's comment, but Journeymom beat me to it! LOL. Tori- I wish it was less than three dollars for gas here! The cheapest gas I've found so far on the island is $3.30- and it is still rising.

Glad I wasn't the only one who had to sleep with the covers up to the chin at night! LOL- I would have slept with my head under the covers, but I always had trouble breathing. I made due with the covers pulled up to my chin.

So, my mom was sending me a package that had a bunch of stuff in it for my puppet class. It was supposed to arrive yesterday or today. It is now 9 pm, and it isn't here. Class is tomorrow, and I'm missing a lot of supplies. Watch, the box arrives tomorrow.

Good night everyone!

~Kristina

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Good Evans - May 19, 2007 5:58 am (#1357 of 2988)

healing charms to Mr HollyT and Mr HH, hope that all is going well. Hubby remains on the up - what is it with our men at the moment?????

Tazzy - I was also (and still am a bit!) a keep the extremities of your body in the bed and under the covers girl - even in the summer I can't sleep without at least a sheet over me, goodness only knows what magical protection it gives me - but there you go!

as for petrol prices - 95.9 pence per litre here in my neck of the UK - you work it out, I would happily pay your $3 a gallon Tori!!!

I am exhausted - aerobics and a three mile run this morning and then an hour in the kitchen making a curry for lunch.. my poor little (well not so little - size Cool feet!!!!

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painting sheila - May 19, 2007 6:30 am (#1358 of 2988)

I heard on the news last night that they expect gas to beat $4.00 before summer if over! Yikes!

And that beef is going to go up because so much of the corn that is being produced is going towards alternative fuel and there isn't enough to feed the cows. (sigh) I am getting my bike out of storage!

geauxtigers - I looked at the beautiful pictures of the LSU Tiger. I am so sorry at his passing. What a magnificent creature!

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 19, 2007 6:38 am (#1359 of 2988)

Healing charms to Mr. HH too! Lina

Wow, Lina. First your inner Trelawney and now your healing charms - you are a strong witch! Hubby woke up this morning and his foot felt better. The Dr. said it means it is not broken but a bad bruise. Hooray!

The problem is that there is a carnival in town and today is the last day. He is talking about going with us (I promised the children). What is it about men sometimes?

Holly, I forgot to mention that Olivia cut her finger at the base of her thumb and had micro surgery on her hand about two and a half years ago. Now it is almost completely back to normal - she can't bend it to the exact angle of the other one. The surgeon likened connecting the nerves to reconnecting soft-cooked spaghetti noodles. Not an easy task. Anyway, I hope his finger heals well and as completely as it can.

I see that The Little Mermaid is coming to Broadway. Thought I'd mention that there will be a limited time pre-engagement in Denver this summer for anyone who is interested.

Wow, GE! You are quite spritely today! Comforting charms to your feet.

2BMcsmom, I asked my daughters and neither knew. Sorry.

I never did send well wishes to Little P. How is his cute little nosey? (Bad mommy) Oh, and guess what my little guy saw in a Radio Shack and realllllllly wanted. . .the pop out light saber. Only he wanted Darth Vader, not Luke. Well, we can see where that's headed.

Maria

EDIT: Trevor and I watched an episode of Spongebob yesterday about Mr. Krabs's daughter, Pearl. It was Pearl's birthday and Mr. Krabs gave Spongebob his credit card and told him to buy Pearl a present. He followed her through a mall and purchased everything she said she liked. Olivia knows that episode and we both agree that Spongebob reminded us of, well. . .me. I know it's not good but I can't help it.

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Puck - May 19, 2007 7:11 am (#1360 of 2988)

Must e-mail SIL in Denver about Little Mermaid. That's her favorite Disney movie.

Yes, Holly, it was microfiche. **shudder**

Tori, never watch the movie Psycho. Talk about trouble with shower curtains. *shiver**

Healing charms to the forum husbands!

Sheila, I think Diva may need one of those cushions when she starts school. She has sensory issues and has trouble sitting still. (Though after Mean Mom removed her plate from the dinner table after many reminders to stay in her seat, she has managed to sit through meals. She doesn't care about the dinner, but the loss of the dessert which would have followed it had she eaten her healthy things .)

Okay, the rest of the family is hanging out downstairs. Thiink I'll go join them. Love this rainy Saturday with no plans!

Kathy

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Tazzygirl - May 19, 2007 10:45 am (#1361 of 2988)

My bike is in California. I'm tempted to talk my parents into sending it to me. I'm getting to the point where I can't afford to buy gas... The bus system here is pretty good too.

**healing charms** to JulieGE's hubby and Holly's Hubby and Maria's hubby! (and to anyone else who needs them! )

JulieGE- I still also have to sleep with at least a sheet on me. To really get some sleep, I have to have the comforter on as well. Oh- and my feet have to be covered and cannot hang over the side of the bed. Not sure if that is leftover from the childhood fear or just a comfort issue.

Off to get a Chai Latte and then head to class. Won't be out of there until 6:30 tonight!!! (Windowless, basementy type room... **shudder**)

Have a great weekend everyone!

~Kristina

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azi - May 19, 2007 11:00 am (#1362 of 2988)

I also have to sleep with my feet completely covered. I have a fear of snakes biting my feet it they're exposed at night! Also being dragged out of bed by a ghost grabbing my feet. Methinks I have serious night time issues!

Don't worry Madame P, I won't be watching Lost!

**healing charms** to Maria's hubby.

I was surprised by how much petrol prices have gone down when I saw them today. Guess we won't be seeing a reduction in train prices now it costs companies less. Most prices are the same as JulieGE - lowest diesel was 93.9 pence!

We had hail today! Couldn't see where we were driving it was so heavy. The weather can't decide what it's doing!

Happy weekend to all!

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Elanor - May 19, 2007 11:31 am (#1363 of 2988)

When I was a child, I was very afraid of the BIG wardrobe which was in my bedroom. It's actually a beautiful piece of furniture which is more than a hundred year old (it is still in my present room as my Mom gave it to me when I moved) but at night the wood sometimes creaks and I was sure that it was because there was a witch or a horrible monster in it.
It still creaks at night but now it makes me smile thinking it would be great if a witch came out of it!

Funny how some old habits remain though. My mom says that, when I was a baby, I couldn't fall asleep if I had not the sheet on my face and it is still the case almost 35 years afterwards!

About cheating, I am not that surprised: I teach first graders and they already try to cheat at that age! I have explained them LOTS of times why it was important not to cheat but each year it is the same thing: we discuss it and the only argument they remember when I ask them later on why they shouldn't try and copy the neighbor's work is: "Well, maybe what he/she writes is not the good answer!". And each year it makes me sigh and say "OK, let's try and explain again!"...

Healing charm to all needing some, and congratulations on the great school results and new granddaughter Thom!

Have a good weekend everybody!

Audrey

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The giant squid - May 19, 2007 12:48 pm (#1364 of 2988)

Congrats to Grandpa Thom and Mama Kay!

John, I can relate to your "stream of consciousness" writing style. My freshman year of college, my English instructor would grade us on the rough draft of our papers, and then the final draft was graded on improvement. Needless to say, my rough drafts were always a jumbled mess of information with little rhyme or reason--just written down as I thought of them, while the final was neat, concise and orderly. Best grades I ever got in an English class...

Tori, I'm afraid you picked the wrong gas price to whine about... Here in Vegas the average (for the cheap stuff, mind you) is $3.19 per gallon. The Premium is about $0.20 higher. Sheila, I'm a little leery about that corn price thing, though. When I lived in North dakota I knew a farmer who actually got paid by the government NOT to plant anything so as to avoid surpluses that would drive prices down. If they need more plants for alternative fuels, the potential is there; any price hike would be artificially induced.

Unlike Tazzy & azi (sounds like a comedy duo ) I usually need to have my feet uncovered in order to fall asleep. Unless it's really cold I usually just have my torso covered up.

--Mike

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Jenniffler - May 19, 2007 1:26 pm (#1365 of 2988)

Gas Prices-- We live way too close to the refineries to pay more than $3.00 for gas. I'm with Tori, when you are youth driver, every penny counts, and in the past two weeks, gas prices have shot up 10% (This after the summer fuel switch from $2.62 to 2.75). This does not bode well for the future. It's time for everyone to buy a bicycle around these parts.

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Choices - May 19, 2007 1:58 pm (#1366 of 2988)

Make mine a horse and a surrey with some fringe on top. LOL :-)

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Puck - May 19, 2007 2:10 pm (#1367 of 2988)

**singing** Goats and chicks and geese better scurry, when I take you out in my surrey.....  

Yet another song to be singing thanks to the forum.

watch that fringe and see how it flutters, when I step those high-steppin' strutters, nosey folks will peek through the shutters and their eyes will POP....

I was in that play back in high school.

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Choices - May 19, 2007 2:42 pm (#1368 of 2988)

There's a lot to be said for horses. An automobile puts out emissions that pollute the atmosphere. What a horse puts out just makes the flowers (or garden) grow. LOL You can't beat that! :-)

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jose043 - May 19, 2007 4:14 pm (#1369 of 2988)

Hi All

Mrs Sirius I have trouble writing from a child can talk my fool head of but have trouble in typing or writing any thing spelling is hopeless with me thank goodness for spell check on the computer.

John Bumbledore you were not the only one that has that problem that is why I still have trouble at times to write things online. Josephine.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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boop - May 19, 2007 5:28 pm (#1370 of 2988)

Congrats to Kay's daughter!!

Congrats to Pappy Thom!!

Healing charms to all that need them.

I just finished work my last day of overtime. I worked 13 days 10 hours straight without a day off. I am tired. The students all have gone and now we are getting the dorms all cleaned.

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

hugs always

boop

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Denise P. - May 19, 2007 7:11 pm (#1371 of 2988)

Painting Sheila, what is the name of the timing program you are using on your computer? That sounds like something we could use here.

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Steve Newton - May 19, 2007 7:36 pm (#1372 of 2988)

My Mom is out of the hospital. Her MRI showed a minor stroke and she has no obvious symptoms. She is having trouble with one of her eyes and will see her ophthalmologist on Monday. She is very weak and doesn't look well. At 90 this is very worrisome.

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Mediwitch - May 19, 2007 7:47 pm (#1373 of 2988)

Thanks for all the prayers and healing charms; it looks like my grandmother will be going home to my mother's house tomorrow some time. She's had a couple of little bumps in the road to recovery, but nothing major.

Kaykay, congratulations to your daughter!

Healing charms for your hubbies, Holly, Julie/GE, and Maria, and for your mother, Steve.

Maybe we should start a Mean Parents Support Group! One time I caught Heather at something (I can't even remember what now!) and she was so mad at me, she started practically stuttering, "You...you...you're...you're such a BLOODHOUND!" I don't think she appreciated it when I laughed, but it was SO not what I was expecting. We still laugh about that one!

Congratulations to Grandpa Thom also!

On the topic of writing, there are some very good software programs for writing that help with organization (not the plagiarism, LOL) for kids (and adults) who have difficulty writing: Kidspiration, Inspiration, Co:Writer, Write Out Loud, etc. They do a variety of different things, depending on the need. Some are graphic organizers, some read back what you've written, most are a combination. They can be very useful for people who truly struggle with writing.

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geauxtigers - May 19, 2007 8:57 pm (#1374 of 2988)

**feels weight being lifted off shoulders** Recital is done! In the first one, jazz, closing number, I skipped a step when there were only 4 people on stage, and I was leading. Oh well, I got it right the second go round. LOL Its not as traumatic as our pointe dance 4 year or so ago when we were in this riddiculus poofy costume and I tripped on it in the front row and when I tried to get up, I stepped in it again. Now that thats over, I can finally start studying for my exams! AHHHHH One week left!

Healing charms to Steve's mom!

I guess I shouldn't complain about gas prices! LOL I had to pay 60 bucks to fill up, I can't even imagine what some of yall may pay!

Off to de-crunch-ify my hair from all this hairspray!

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painting sheila - May 19, 2007 9:10 pm (#1375 of 2988)

Denise P - It is called Net Nanny. It blocks sites because of content, words, you name it - you can block it. Plus, it has the time limit on it. We were able to limit what time of the day and how much time for each person. We all have our personal login and password so it's easy to keep track of it.

I am such a loss dear friends. Things are not going well here with the young lady we have living with us. I feel like such a bad person right now. The rules are not being followed or rather they are being "gotten around" and it is causing a lot of contention in our home.

We could sure use some prayers right now if you all have some extra.

Thanks for listening -

I love you guys,

She

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Madam Pince - May 19, 2007 9:39 pm (#1376 of 2988)

So sorry for the difficulties you're having, Sheila. Hope it all works out soon. Perhaps she has a learned set of "how-to-act-to-irritate-authority" and it worked before, so she's kicking it in now. Hang in there!

Steve, sorry too that your mom is still not feeling up to par. Small strokes are always worrisome to say the least, and particularly at her age. Hope she will soon be doing better.

Healing charms to all the ailing husbands and also Mediwitch's grandma, although it sounds like she's doing better -- yay! (Maria, thanks for asking -- Little P's nose was nothing that an ice pop wouldn't cure! )

Sorry about Mike the Tiger... But glad the recital went well!

Still no idea what a rubric is...

We did coach-pitch today for our tee-ball game, and we had one inning where every single player hit the pitch and we never had to use the tee! Woo-hoo! Little P was pretty proud.

I have that problem with the nerves in the bottom. Mine are connected to the telephone -- every time I sit down at the dinner table to eat, the phone rings.

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geauxtigers - May 19, 2007 10:30 pm (#1377 of 2988)

Madame Pince, a rubric is a guideline for grading. For example, when writing enlgish papers, teacher will give us a rubric and we follow it. There are categories such as "grammar" and "Quality" and "effort" and usually a scale of 1-10 or 1-5 ect. depending on how well you do in each, you get points. THey add up those points and put it over the total possible and voila thats your grade. I think it probably helps the teachers grade too.

I'm talking to Regan, and he sent me this "leaked" version of Deathly Hallows. Its amusing, I'm reading bits and pieces because tis like 659 PDF pages. Clearly not written by Jo, total fanfic. My biggest reasoning is in the last chapter alone, there are about 10 things that we wouldn't consider family/forum friendly! And the last word isn't scar, and it ends how everyone in the world would want it to end. Snape in Azkaban and G/H and Hermione/Ron. This person it very optimistic apparently. LOL Someone sure put an awful lot of time into this. LOL !  AHH its only 61 days until we have the real one on our hands! WOOOOOO!

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Mrs. Sirius - May 19, 2007 11:23 pm (#1378 of 2988)

Congratulations Thom, great news!

So you see, Mrs. Sirius, no need to worry! I turned out all right.

Thanks John, Mike and everyone else. It is amazingly frustrating to watch and wait because he is a smart kid, but to see him reduced to tears and me just fit to be tied!!!

The worst part is that I should be more sympathetic because I was terrible at writing, just like John. When I reviewed what I had written, it was almost incomprehensible because I left out so many letters, words, or sometimes sentences. What helped improve my writing was working the computer. On my last job, for a law firm, I interviewed people as I typed out their histories. Typing in chat rooms also was an amazing tool. (I feel a terrible loss at no longer being able to access Forum's chat)

I have, off and on, permitted him to type his work. This can reduce his anxiety until he starts to bog down in the typing details and then we are back to square one.

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Tazzygirl - May 19, 2007 11:48 pm (#1379 of 2988)

Survived the second day of puppet making! Two more Saturdays to go, and I'll really be in summer break mode!!

Madam P- I meant to comment on your rubric comment, but I completely forgot! Sorry... To add onto what Tori said: The rubrics that I see every semester are guidelines. We are ranked Unacceptable, Acceptable, and Target. Under each category is a 'checklist' or what the teacher is looking for in your paper or project. For Unacceptable, you pretty much don't do the assignment. Acceptable means you tried, managed to get several things correct, but you are missing one or two components that would make your project a target. Target means you hit everything in the Acceptable range, plus several more items that were required. If you miss one thing in Target, then you get an acceptable for a grade. Our points usually ranged from 0 (unacceptable), 1-2 (acceptable), or 3-4 (Target). Does that make sense?

Sending lots of **Healing charms** to your Mom, Thom!!

~Kristina

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journeymom - May 20, 2007 12:26 am (#1380 of 2988)

Steve, I hope your mom heals well. That must be very worrying.

Sheila, big (((hug))) from one mom to another. I just deleted a paragraph of sage advice when I realized it was all trash. So lots of cyber hugs and supportive charms coming your direction from me.

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kaykay1970 - May 20, 2007 6:13 am (#1381 of 2988)

Healing charms to Steve's Mom!

**Hugs for ((Sheila))**

LOL Mediwitch the Bloodhound! Good to hear that your grandmother is feeling better!

Congratulations Madame Pince to the Little Slugger and his t-ball team! I think my kids have some sort of nerve connected to the phone too. It seems every time I get a call it is their cue to be loud or start some sort of argument between themselves...

Sounds like your recital went pretty well, Tori! Congrats, now take care of that knee!

**More healing charms all around to those in need of them!**

There's a lot to be said for horses. An automobile puts out emissions that pollute the atmosphere. What a horse puts out just makes the flowers (or garden) grow.

LOL You can't beat that! :-)-Choices Some of us already had this conversation in the chat room! You'd be amazed at some of the topics that we cover in there! lol

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 20, 2007 6:16 am (#1382 of 2988)

Steve, prayers and healing charms for your mom.

Sheila, prayers to you too, for everything to work out well.

w00t to Little (Slugger) Pince!

A quick note regarding writing. When children learn how to divide, they are taught to write out each step so that they have a concrete understanding of how to get from problem to solution. Many mistakes are made when the student tries to bypass some or all of these steps. The same holds true in writing.

From what I have seen, children will try to begin writing without having their thoughts collected - forget about organized. I have seen many start writing and when you ask them a basic question, such as, 'Well, what are the three most important ways to conserve?" they won't even have three items in mind and then are surprised that they are stuck.

I learned by way of the 5-sentence paragraph; introduction, three support sentences correlating to what was mentioned in the introduction, and a concluding sentence. This technique can be expanded to apply to one page or twenty pages - the concept is the same and it works!

But the very basic part that must be in place is what the person intends to use in the paper itself. A brief outline is usually not so hard but it must be taught as steps, just like learning division steps. I have seen the 4th Graders apply a Four Squares writing style that applies the 5-paragraph technique in a very user-friendly way. There is a center box surrounded by four boxes. The center box is the main topic. Each of 3 boxes receives an idea supporting the topic and the final box is used for a wrap-up or conclusion. Every time the student needs a sentence, he/she refers to the paper he filled in - pretty clear cut and easy.

One good exercise that I believe helped me is poetry. No matter how jumbled a writer's thoughts may be in the beginning, he/she is forced to streamline and organize them so they fit and flow.

*ends lecture*

Maria

**waves to kaykay**

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Julie Aronson - May 20, 2007 6:28 am (#1383 of 2988)

Hey all,

I'm back for a bit from my end-of-semester madness, and thrilled that the topic is plagiarism. I'm scheduled to teach Freshman Composition in the fall, and I'd love any suggestions you more seasoned teachers have to offer. I spent last year as a tutor in my uni's writing center, so my expectations are already reset. SmileyCentral.com

I also have some articles about academic dishonesty and plagiarism from our local newspaper.

Anyway, I'm glad to be back, at least for a little while!

AND...good luck, best wishes, and speedy healing to all who need them.

Julie

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Puck - May 20, 2007 8:03 am (#1384 of 2988)

Sending charms and prayers all around.

Diva and I not feeling up to par today, and baby sad she can't use us as human jungle gyms the way she usually does.

Ahh, writing...must pull some teeth today to get son to write a few thank you notes.

Kathy

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Elanor - May 20, 2007 10:00 am (#1385 of 2988)

Strengthening charms to Sheila and healing ones to all needing some!

On the writing issue, I have noticed a "trick" which works very well with very young children: it consists simply in reading aloud their first draft to someone else. Then the adult asks the child if it was what he really wanted to say and, if not, has him play aloud with words and sentences till not only the sentence sounds better but also it conveys the idea he had on his mind more precisely.

The adult writing down what the child has said while "playing" with words/sentences (and accepting all suggestions at first) is also a big help in the beginning. Once that work is done, he or the adult re-reads aloud what has been written and then the child can compare, select what in his opinion works best and then rewrite the whole thing. If done often, this is a great writing exercise, the more if it is done "playfully".

I do think it is really important that children learn to "taste" words, just like they learn to "taste" different sort of foods, and that they discover that some words are the "chocolate" of their kind! To start a "collection of tasty words" can also be a good idea. The child can have a special notebook in which to write them when he finds a "jem" (in reading stories for example). Ok, I think I'm a word-addict, lol!

Have a great Sunday everybody!

Audrey

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Solitaire - May 20, 2007 10:49 am (#1386 of 2988)

Steve, my prayers and thoughts go to your mom and your family. A stroke is scary. Please keep us posted.

Good news about your granny, Mediwitch. It's good that she is going to be with your mom. I hope she is a good patient and doesn't drive your mom crazy. My mother cared for my dad's mom for at least ten years, and it isn't an easy task.

Yikes, Tori, $60 to fill up? I'm in CA ($3.68/gallon for regular unleaded), and it didn't cost me that much to fill up my Honda yesterday. I still nearly cried. How much does gas cost in your neck of the woods?

Sheila, good luck with your charge. you have more patience than I would.

Madam Pince, I give my kids a rubric for each writing assignment. They get a 4, 3, 2, or 1 for each of 8-10 things, depending on how well they do. I add up the total, divide by the number of categories, and that is the grade: 4 (A), 3 (B), etc. My rubrics are pretty detailed, so kids know what they must do if they want to improve a grade (and I always give that chance for writing assignments that are turned in on time). For example, a kid may have received a 2 in the category of sentence structure. A 2 may mean he has too many fragments or run-on sentences. Such a rubric saves me from having to make detailed notes on each of 100 or so papers and really speeds up the process of grading ... although it still takes a long time.

Maria, I still teach the 5-sentence paragraph myself. Of course, I do encourage kids to write more than 3 detail sentences, if they wish. IMO, outlining and organizing info for a paper are logic issues. In other words, they must THINK. I've had a couple of kids tell me that my class makes their brains hurt ... they don't like having to think so hard. I have a lot of talented kids this year, but it is one of the laziest collective 7th grades I've had in years.

To give you a clearer picture ... we had trouble coming up with a name for 7th grade Student of the Month for May. I'm talking 9 kids out of over 100! That means all teachers of 7th grade kids had difficulty finding a student who could be considered a role model in all areas for others. We're not supposed to repeat those who have already received it earlier in the year, and any student who is a problem (academic or behavior) in any class is disqualified. It was tough this time! I finally suggested a student who is not necessarily tops in academic areas, but he turns in all of his work, tries his hardest, is responsible, and is exemplary in his behavior to teachers and peers. I hope he gets it!

Well, time for me to scoot! Continued healing charms to all who need them! I'll see you all later, I'm sure.

Solitaire

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Choices - May 20, 2007 1:01 pm (#1387 of 2988)

I just passed my Chevron gas station (Mobile, Al.) a few minutes ago and gas was $3.31 for premium and $3.19 for regular unleaded. I don't drive much and for that I am thankful. Gas prices are a shame! :-(

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Holly T. - May 20, 2007 1:37 pm (#1388 of 2988)

Steve, healing charms and prayers for your mom.

Gas is $2.99 here.

My husband is doing ok--he is just taking Advil for the pain. He umpired son's baseball game yesterday and he drove the church van on the choir's zoo field trip today. Since daughter and her friend are now too old for children's choir they are not on the field trip but are upstairs watching TV. Friend's parents are the choir directors. We went to see "Shrek," which was cute, and now they are watching "Sky High" since friend never saw it. I have been cleaning house and had to get online to see what time my Girl Scout committee meeting is this afternoon. I asked the girls if they wanted to help clean and they politely declined. My daughter said it would be rude to ask a guest to clean house, and it would be rude of her to clean house and ignore her guest.

More about writing--often authors don't realize that they didn't write what they think they did--because they know what they meant to say. So when they read over their work, it makes perfect sense to them, since they know what they were trying to write about. Reading it out loud is a good way to hear that pieces are missing. But the best way is to have someone else read the paper and say "what were you trying to say here?" I can't tell you how many times I've been on the phone with an author and he or she is able to explain the thesis statement a lot better on the phone than he or she did in the manuscript.

Time to go to my meeting ...

Happy RotD!

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Lina - May 20, 2007 2:04 pm (#1389 of 2988)

I'm sorry, but all this complaining about the gas prices made me play with conversions a little. So, the prices that Julie and Azi mentioned, would be a little more than 7 dollars per gallon, while the average gas in Croatia is more than 5.5 dollars per gallon. I feel bad enough compared to British forumers although I'm pretty sure that our gas is much worse quality than their. Enough said?

Continued healing and recovery charms to all that need them.

Sheila, sending you some extra energy.

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Solitaire - May 20, 2007 2:23 pm (#1390 of 2988)

Lina, I've been aware of the high gasoline prices in Europe since I was a teen. I remember being shocked by them many years ago, when gas was just a buck a gallon here in central CA. When I am tempted to complain too loudly, I consider how readily available gas is to us here. I think what irritates most of the complainers I know is that the prices seem to skyrocket around vacation time each summer. Even so, I am from an area of California where people seem to love those great big pickups and Suburban gas-hogs, and the fact is that they are expensive to fill. My next car will probably be a Hybrid.

Solitaire

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geauxtigers - May 20, 2007 2:29 pm (#1391 of 2988)

We are paying about 2.99 here. and I have a 20 gallon tank, so it cost me 57 something to fill up the other day. Last summer I was freaking out because I had to pay 50 each time I filled up. But I do get pretty good gas mileage, but still.

Lina, 7 dollars a gallon! Oh my gosh! **Picks jaw up off ground**

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Thom Matheson - May 20, 2007 3:41 pm (#1392 of 2988)

$3.54 a gallon here in Detroit. And we make most of the bloody things. As a real estate agent it is not uncommon to drive 25 to 30 thousand miles a year just locally. I can tell you that a lot of agents are thinking twice before taking people out.

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Puck - May 20, 2007 4:52 pm (#1393 of 2988)

Thom, Open houses may be the way to go.

People in Europe are also more apt to drive more environmentally friendly cars and/or use public transportation. Perhaps we Americans will start doing the same. (I do drive a van, but will switch to a hybrid version next time I'm in the market for a new vehicle. The van is a must, as 3 car seats won't fit in a smaller car.)

Kathy

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2BMcsmom - May 20, 2007 5:22 pm (#1394 of 2988)

Prayers for Sheila, Steve, Mediwitch, and any others I have forgotten to name. For Moms, grandmothers, father-in-laws, and husbands. May they all get to feeling better soon. And for a teenage girl that has very wonderful people that care enough about her to take her in and try to help her, may she soon realize how blessed that she really is.

Kristina, you and some of the others (can't remember their names) have been talking about student teaching. It has reminded me of my senior year of high school. We had a student teacher in my economics class. She would give us notes and worksheets and some of the things that she said were the complete opposite of what the teacher had taught us. So of course we questioned her about it. About alot of the notes she gave us. By the end of the first day she walked out in tears, and by the end of the week she had decided not to be a teacher. I wonder sometimes what became of her.

I am going to try reading a series to my youngest(7). It has no pictures so I am not sure how well he is going to sit and listen.

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Solitaire - May 20, 2007 6:00 pm (#1395 of 2988)

Puck, I have wanted a small SUV for a few years, so I am excited to see the number of hybrids that are coming out from various automakers--including the American companies. I haven't seen much on hybrid minivans, although I believe Toyota has one coming out soon. I figure that, by the time I'm ready to buy, any "bugs" (if there are any) will be resolved.

I agree about public transportation. I never had any trouble getting around without a car when I was in Europe, although that's probably because I was a tourist and anything I wanted to see was catered to by public transportation. Even though I do not gad about much here at home--I rarely exceed 10,000 miles a year--I would be hard pressed to survive without my own transportation, because things are so spread out.

Well, I'm off to Target--in my car--for a few goodies. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, everyone!

Solitaire

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Mediwitch - May 20, 2007 6:20 pm (#1396 of 2988)

I got my new car almost two years ago, not too long after my FIL moved in with us. We really needed a car that could fit 5 because the kids were home on weekends a lot, and if we wanted to go out with them we ended up taking two cars. I wish the bigger hybrids were as available then as they are now - I would definitely have gotten a hybrid Toyota Highlander or something similar (although I love my Pacifica!) Ryan just got a Prius - he gets amazing gas mileage, and it's a really nice little car.

My grandmother will be home tomorrow - they kept her one more day but she's ready to get out of the hospital. Lots of prayers for my mom and aunt please! I love my grandmother, but she is not a patient woman!

(((Sheila)))

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Viola Intonada - May 20, 2007 8:05 pm (#1397 of 2988)

We had to stop and get gas on the Indiana Turnpike today, $3.65/gal. Off the turnpike prices were around $3.35/gal. We are driving out to Montana this summer, that's gonna hurt.

I envy Europe's public transportation system that helps you get away from driving your own vehicle. Unfortunately not every city in the US has a safe/reliable transportation system.

Hugs to you Sheila, from a fellow M.O.M.

I still have to sleep with some sort of cover, while on my stomach or side with the covers up over my head but wrapped around my face so that I can breathe. It keeps me nice and warm in the winter, not so great in the summer. I developed this habit because I had to hide from the witches, vampires and ghosts that flew around my room at night. Years later my parents finally cut down the bushes outside my room that would scrape the side of the house all night long that probably lead to these imaginations. It's amazing what habits stick with us through the years. I used to try to go sleep with my parents, they weren't too keen on that. So, our dog Smokey, slept in the room with me every night. That helped calm a lot of my fears. Because when he laid at my feet, then the crabs couldn't come up and bite my toes. I'm amazed to hear so many similar stories here. Makes me feel like I wasn't such an odd child after all.

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geauxtigers - May 20, 2007 8:35 pm (#1398 of 2988)

I also wish we had some sort of public transportation here too. But in retrospect, look how small and condensed Europe is compared to the U.S. Its much easier, I'm sure, to have it in close proximity, here it'd be a stop every hour or so in some places. I don't live in a very big city, and in 20 minutes you can be in the middle of nowhere and that can go for hundreds of miles. Its just a different world, and while it seems practical, it probably isn't as practical as you'd think. Here its not except for not having to pay for gas! LOL might be worth it just for that! Not to mention they can't build subways here because they'd hit water before they could get deep enough...LOL I mean half the graveyards here are above ground and for a very good reason! Bus systems are very unreliable here too. And I see a taxi about once a month.

Okay, time for me to disappear for the week. Exams! AHHH I haven't even started studying, my brain is already on summer vacation. Unfortunately, my school keeps telling me there’s another week...   Crying or Very sad

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painting sheila - May 20, 2007 8:47 pm (#1399 of 2988)

I love you people!

she

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Snuffles - May 21, 2007 12:57 am (#1400 of 2988)

Thom, congratulations on the new addition to your family

Kay, I'm glad the graduation went well. you'd think they would hand out little packets of tissues to all the mothers as they came in

Steve **Healing charms** to your mum.

(((Sheila))), I hope everything gets sorted soon.

Petrol prices make me want to scream! We would have one of the cheapest prices in the world if the government didn't add so much tax on it. I think they add about 75% on top of the bought price! On top of that, It cost me £145 for our car tax for a year and the car is due its M.O.T tomorrow . There shouldn't be anything wrong with it as it is 3 years old but, that's another £40 spent!

I would gladly catch the bus to work, but as I live in a village with about 3 buses that pass through each day, I wouldn't get to work until 11am!

I agree with Julie(GE), I have to have some sort of cover on me to get me to sleep, it doesn't matter how warm it is. I also cannot have my arm or leg hanging over the side for fear of something pulling me off, or some creapy crawly attacking me

Lina, thanks for the idea of purchasing DH while on holiday rather than waiting until I get home. I googled some book shops in Spain and I have found one in Puerta Banus that will be open on Saturday morning, so I have told asked hubby if he will drive there so I can pick it up. It's only about 20 minutes from where we are staying. He sighed and said yes. Woo Hoo!

Hope everyone had a good weekend

Julie
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Tazzygirl - May 21, 2007 2:31 am (#1401 of 2988)

Sonya- I originally wanted to teach 10th grade History. I decided that working with the younger kids would be better- high schoolers can be mean at times (the little kids can be at times too, but I can handle them better. LOL). I am amazed at some of the people who want to become teachers. I am glad, however, that many of these people figure out that they aren't cut out to be teachers before they get their own classrooms. For me, this past semester student teaching was a struggle- but by the end, I was having a blast. The kids gave me a thank you card (I had to turn around- started to cry. LOL ) on my last day. Speaking of which- I need to email my mentor teacher. She's moving to Boston in the next couple of weeks, and she wanted me to come in again on her last day, so we could really have a party.

I totally want a Hybrid car- I think/hope my next car will be one. I'm going to wait until I get back to the mainland to buy it though. Costs a lot to ship a car from Hawaii to California...

I completely forgot what else I wanted to say... **strengthening charms** to Tori and Ginny- Hang in there, it's almost over!! **HUGS** to Sheila, **strengthening charms** to Mediwitch's family, and **get well charms** to everyone that needs them!

Good night everyone!

~Kristina

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Chemyst - May 21, 2007 5:09 am (#1402 of 2988)

I am going to try reading a series to my youngest (7). It has no pictures so I am not sure how well he is going to sit and listen. – 2BMcsmom

That is great! Listening is an important skill. And for you as a mother, some of the best parts of parenting are sharing stories with your children.
As for the sitting part… may I offer a heads-up: a lot of kids, especially boys, listen better if they have a little wiggle room. Some kids at that age listen better if they are flopped on the floor with something to occupy their hands, (such as a hot wheels car.) On the other hand, some kids who sit perfectly still might be off in their own world of daydreams. The best way to tell if he is learning to listen is to ask questions afterwards and have him describe parts of the story.
 A book that has no pictures should be making pictures in one's mind. By asking him to describe what he "saw," you can tell if he is listening. When the first HP movie came out, a lot of us saw the Great Hall at Hogwarts and thought, "Yes, they did it right!" We knew that because we had already seen it when reading the book which made our pictures.

I guess I was the one who caused the night creepies. I didn't mean to scare my sister (we shared a room;) I thought it was cool to pretend! Whenever a car would drive down the road at night, its headlights would cause shadows to fly around the room. They entered on the far wall and would travel around until it looked like they "flew" out the back window. One night I told her I thought it was fun to imagine all the witches leaving. Only years later did I find out that my one sentence had scared her so badly.

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Puck - May 21, 2007 6:29 am (#1403 of 2988)

Tazzy, your mentor teacher will have a very cold winter coming to Boston after Hawaii.

I had mean crocodiles that lived on top of my bed canopy as a kid. I didn't fear them, though. I also had a family of friendly, paper-thin gorillas who lived behind my dresser and protected me from the crocs.

I started reading chapter books to my kids at age 4. Books with short chapters are good to start. I always ask them to tell me where we left off when we start again the next reading session. And be ready to be interrupted by many questions while reading.

Need to get ready for Toddler Puck's music class. Diva coming along with us. She's feeling better today, but I thought going to school for the morning would take too much out of her. Forty five minutes of music and puppets should be fine, however.

Oh, that reminds me, I never called say she won't be at school today.  Oops!

Kathy

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Mrs. Sirius - May 21, 2007 6:47 am (#1404 of 2988)

I am going to try reading a series to my youngest (7) 2BMcsmom

I started reading the Chronicles of Narnia to my son at 5. He enjoyed it and asked questions but wasn't hooked until PS/SS which I read to him at age 7. I read him PS and COS and wanted to stop there thinking it too scary. He begged and pleaded and I relented on POA when he was age 8. I did find that reading to them in bed was the best listening time.

The girls who are now 8 years old have also gotten hooked. One year ago this month Anastasia was home sick and decided to read SS to herself. She read that in 2 days, and she read all of the books before the end of summer. We are now discussing the hierarchy for DH. They thing they will be able to read it when I get it at mid-night, HA! I am getting for me! I believe we get the Bloomsbury edition in the mail on the 21. If we do I will let them have the Scholastic edition.

When are they going to make a minivan that is hybrid? we are paying about $3.20 a gallon, and we have NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. Want a gallon of milk? Get in the car and drive a minimum of 8 miles round trip. :mad:

They only thing I can buy near me is eggs from a guy on my road who has chickens. Speaking of that have any of you noticed the difference in color of eggs from your local farmer and the supermarket?

The egg yolks from the supermarket are a fair beige, the local eggs are a brilliant-orange yellow.

Happy ROTD

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Solitaire - May 21, 2007 7:12 am (#1405 of 2988)

Mrs. Sirius, Toyota is bringing out a hybrid minivan ... just google hybrid+minivan and see what you get!

Here is what I found out about egg-yolk colors from the Whistling Train Farm egg FAQs: When hens are able to eat green plant material or yellow corn (factory farm hens are sometimes fed yellow dye to color the yolks), the beta carotene concentrates in the yolk making it dark ¬ sometimes even orange. Eating red peppers makes yolks red, and some plants can make the yolks green or even black. Also ... Fresh eggs have darker colored yolks than old eggs. The bright color of the egg yolk fades as the egg ages. A pale yellow yolk and watery white mean that the egg has been sitting in storage for several weeks, or months. Hope this helps!

The only reason I cover up at night in hot weather: MOSQUITOES!! I must be a very tasty morsel, because they do love me.

Solitaire

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John Bumbledore - May 21, 2007 7:19 am (#1406 of 2988)
Edited May 21, 2007 8:19 am

Re: Maria (HH11) on writing using the "four square" method.
Okay, I'll skip the part where I counted five squares... **oops, thought I'd skip it**

But more seriously, I recognize that description as a writing or word web or what ever my wife calls it. I have seen it work for my children, but I have grown into being a perfectionist. (Programming computers have taught trained me to be this way, since they will have trouble if a single character is wrong.) And many times I hate to start writing because that is when the most "mistakes" in form, planning, or organization show up.

Mrs. Sirius and Josephine, maybe we are all perfectionist at heart and don't like the first jumbled draft we write? First impressions mean much, so we may see what we have done and figure there is no way to fix it all? Well, I like that thought as a good reason. How much better to say my writing difficulties stem from my deep desire for perfection. Perhaps we just can't stand to write a messy, rough draft and want a perfect, finished paper the first time around.

Audrey, all I have to say about "tasting" words is that the idea sounds very French to me. I immediately though that older students (in France) would also be taught to sense the color and "bouquet" of the words as well, to develop their writing savoir-faire. I agree that good words should please eyes, ears, and mouth; good words like "bamboo" tickle the lips!

Lina, thank you for the price comparison on fuel, but I am reminded if words from Detail Seeker (I think it was he that pointed this out) did you account for the imperial gallon being larger than the US gallon? (Google tells me 1 Imperial gallon = 1.20095042 US gallons) I seem to remember gas prices when I was a new driver (age 16) had risen to 65 cents a gallon (US). (I am thinking "That can't be right!" so I will see if I can find a history of gasoline prices some where on the Internet.) Edit: Back after the searching, the only price history I found that goes back to 1979 shows a price of about 80 cents per gallon so that 65 cent price must have been from when I was 14 or younger. I started driving in 1981 and prices (on the same chart) were at a US national average of around $1.45 per gallon (US) in 1981. I know the US has cheaper gasoline prices than most but we also have less public transporation and greater distances travel (on average). I drive 400 miles a week to and from work.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Thom Matheson - May 21, 2007 8:24 am (#1407 of 2988)

Those thinking of Hybrids, around here the price of corn is $3.65 a gallon. Although better for the environment, there is no bargain for the fuel. The mpg is about the same with conventional fuel.

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Puck - May 21, 2007 9:23 am (#1408 of 2988)

I don't think we mean hybrids that use veggie based fuels, but the engines that use a combination of gas and electricity and get about double the mileage.

I'm guessing the oil companies are raising the prices so they don't lose any cash flow once we all switch to hybrid engines.

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Thom Matheson - May 21, 2007 9:33 am (#1409 of 2988)

DOOOOOHHHHH. Sorry, I guess that I am a internal combustion mentality. We're still trying to figure the Chrysler buyout.

The oil companies will find a way to charge for the sun, after they raise the price of electricity. There you go. With all their huge profits, the oil companies will buy out all the utilities and start gouging those.

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Puck - May 21, 2007 10:45 am (#1410 of 2988)

Arrrgg! The director of Diva's preschool asked if I would still be willing to submit a grant proposal to Target for her. (They give grants to non-profits.) She asked last week, and wants it done for tomorrow's board meeting. However, she still hasn't e-mailed me the information I need to write the darn thing. I hope it's not very complicated.

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Madam Pince - May 21, 2007 11:39 am (#1411 of 2988)

Until they start bringing down the purchase price of hybrid cars, it doesn't make financial sense for us to buy one. We considered it at our last car purchase, and figured out that gas would have to cost about $6 or $7 a gallon for us to make up the difference in fuel savings vs. the higher price of the car.

Audrey, I like your idea of reading aloud what was written so you can see if "that's what you meant to say." Good technique!

Thanks for the rubric info -- so it sounds like it's basically a chart that breaks down by components how your final grade is reached? I assume you get this break-down attached to your work when it's returned to you, rather than just the big red "97" or whatever at the top of the paper? Excellent points, too, about how typing is a necessity for some people with other challenges to writing.

We started reading Prince Caspian after we watched the movie of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, but it wasn't too successful -- attention started wandering. We've done very well with reading the Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy books, though. Maybe the chapters are shorter or something. Also, it's almost like a series of short stories, but they still tie in to a long book too. The Richard Scarry short story collections are good too, but there are lots of pictures there still. We go through about three of those stories at a time, usually.

We had a great weekend -- Friday we had house-guests and got take-out Chinese food; Saturday was tee-ball followed by an afternoon of watching Daddy do his living history presentation at our little local history festival (funnel-cakes galore!); and Sunday we went to the circus (great fun!) followed by a stop at Bass Pro Shop to see the big fish tank, and chili dogs and chocolate shakes at Ann's Dari-Creme, a 56-year-old local institution. Little P was in heaven. I don't think we ate one healthy thing all weekend. Unless you count the fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Our baby robins that we've been watching in the nest beside our driveway have "flown the coop." Hope they're doing OK -- usually you can still see them hanging around nearby, but I don't see them. They were still in the nest last night when we got back from the circus.

Don't forget -- anyone who can watch the Ellen DeGeneres show this afternoon -- she's showing some sort of "sneak peek at the New Harry Potter Movie!" It's on in a half-hour here... ***will be glued to set***

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Good Evans - May 21, 2007 11:53 am (#1412 of 2988)

ooooohhhhh madam pince - do give us the details on the "sneak peak" when you can!



re petrol prices - it is all very silly - Julie (Snuffles) is dead right that it is really the taxes that cripple us. I would dearly love to use public transport to get to work - although the trains are very expensive too, but I would prefer to "train". However a rather nasty chap called Dr Beeching in the 1960's dismantled a lot of the local railway services for "economies" that if I want to do the 35 minute drive by train I have to catch a train to East Croydon which will take 1/2 hour and then change for another train (which will not be consecutive!), to go in the opposite direction for 20 minutes to Oxted. That means each way will be 15 mins more than driving - as I work a 9 hour day - I dont need nearly 2 hours travelling too. I also would not be able to get a seat on the first part of the journey as the trains are always full when they get to my station. And as it would cost me in the region of £25 for the ticket (return) I begrudge standing up!

So yes we have a public transport system, but it is not without its problems!!!!

RE shrek - was it Holly T ??? that went to see it ...???? It reminded me...

I was doing a quiz on Saturday night - and we were in the local "girls school". There is a plaque on the wall with the winners of the OGA award. I wondered aloud what this might be for, we guessed maybe that the Y had fallen off and it was a YOGA award??? and then it hit me - it is the OGA, awarded to the student who looks most like Shrek (yes I know it is uncharitable!!) but we did laugh.

back to thinking charitable thoughts and being nice to each other - We didnt mean it - honest!!!!

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Catherine - May 21, 2007 12:04 pm (#1413 of 2988)

To chime in on the issue of reading and pictures:

I am finishing out the year in English class by reading a novel out loud to my students. Many of them like to sketch while I read, and some of the pictures are awesome representations of the story, and would serve as lovely illustrations. I don't mind if they draw while I read because I think it keeps them engaged on what they "see" while they are listening.

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Denise P. - May 21, 2007 12:25 pm (#1414 of 2988)

Inquiring minds want to know, what novel?

My two smallest are playing the POA gameboy version so they run around holding wands (unsharpened pencils) and yelling "Ala ah more ah" hee hee They are close...they are already asking to go see OOP with me too.

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Lina - May 21, 2007 12:34 pm (#1415 of 2988)

Well, John, since Azi and Julie mentioned the prices for the liter and we also have prices for liters here, I really didn't see the reason to check how many liters are there in the imperial gallon.

On the reading subject, I'd just add that a lot depends on the topic of the novel. While some kids like better some topics and styles, other kids like other. I've noticed that my problematic child has no problem in reading stories that could be happening right now to an ordinary child, but has big attention problems with stories that are happening in some fictional world or too far in the past. I guess imagining things that she's never seen, represent a problem to her. I can also say that I tried to read Eragon in English and that the vocabulary that is used there is just much more difficult for me than JKR's.

Continued healing and recovery charms in all directions.

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John Bumbledore - May 21, 2007 12:42 pm (#1416 of 2988)

I really didn't see the reason to check how many liters are there in the imperial gallon. — Lina
** Maybe Lina is an anti-imperialist? ** I don't care what you say, I'm not tossing my tea in the harbor! (I like my tea.)

Yes, I know. I do have a funny/strange sense of what is humor.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Chemyst - May 21, 2007 1:15 pm (#1417 of 2988)

...around here the price of corn is $3.65 a gallon. Although better for the environment, there is no bargain for the fuel.

Alas, I was hoping it would not come to tedious nit-picking, but…  Ethanol, the corn fuel, has a fairly high vapor pressure and generally raises the RVP in gasoline blends. (RVP being units of vapor pressure) As most of you probably know, winter gasoline formulations are different from summertime (at least in the US). The standards require lower vapor pressure in the summer to keep all the little goodies in the gas where it can actually be used instead of evaporating off in the summer heat and gunking up the air. … OK, so goodies and gunkies may not be the technical words for it, but like I said nit-picking is tiresome. The point is ? Ethanol is renewable; it is not necessarily "cleaner" for the environment than fossil fuels.

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I'm so proud of you, Thom!

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Thom Matheson - May 21, 2007 1:27 pm (#1418 of 2988)

I knew that

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Detail Seeker - May 21, 2007 3:26 pm (#1419 of 2988)

On that hybrid car hype: All the good mileage values they give for these cars are valid only, if you have a lot of stop and go traffic. As soon as you have larger portions of your driving in free flowing traffic, you will not save much, perhaps even consume more gas than with a conventional car. The reason is, that you have to move those electric motors and their accumulators, too. Also, the double conversion of energy lowers the eficiency of the energy primarily spent (combustion of gas to move the gas motor to charge the battery= 1st conversion, decharge the battery to move the electric motor = 2nd conversion.)

So, it should be calculated well, if your normal traffic involves enough breaking and reaccelerating to charge up the batteries by this more than having to spend the energy of the gas motor. If not, better take a conventional concept.

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Madam Pince - May 21, 2007 3:42 pm (#1420 of 2988)

Well, the snippet shown on the Ellen show was somewhat disappointing. It lasted about a minute, and it was Dumbledore's start-of-term introduction of Dolores Umbridge, followed by her little "hem-hem" and a brief version of her "pruning" speech. Nothing very exciting.

Holly, I meant to say earlier, I applaud your daughter's innate politeness and sense of respect to her houseguests. Excellent!

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Puck - May 21, 2007 4:08 pm (#1421 of 2988)

Julie, ROFL! The student who looks like Shrek!

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Ydnam96 - May 21, 2007 4:57 pm (#1422 of 2988)

Well, I've been lurking for a while and I've missed several birthdays and it sounds like Thom has a lot to be proud of lately .

I'm off to Florida tonight to go help clean out my grandparents' house. They are not doing well and although he seems to be doing a bit better the last two days the doctors gave him two weeks on Friday. He is in Florida and my grandma is in Virginia in a nursing home (the nursing home in FL was horrible - don't get me started on that.). So I don't know how much I'll be able to get to the forum.

Happy Summer (the Solistice is soon is it not?) and I'll be back in about three weeks.

Mandy

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2BMcsmom - May 21, 2007 5:00 pm (#1423 of 2988)

The youngest has problems with his reading and is way behind on his reading level. We have tried all sorts of stuff to help him catch up. I think most of it is his not wanting to do the work. So I thought I would read some longer chapter books to him. He picked out the Artemis Fowl series. I started to read it to him last night and we both decided on something else. He told me he was having a hard time picturing it in his head. So we started SS. He was doing okay with it until he fell asleep on me. Tonight we will try to finish the first chapter. He has already asked if I would read some more to him.

What about the hybrid cars that use gas and some fuel called E something? I saw them on a news program at the first of the year. They were saying that the other fuel would be under $2 a gallon. Is this the same thing that Thom was talking about? I have not seen any place around my area that sells the new type of fuel.

I have never been on any other forums or in any chat room. I have found this experience enlightening (?). To get a chance to know people from all around the globe and come to care about the well being of them all. With out ever having meet any forumers in person. To be able to talk about any issue and get well informed responses in return. Sometimes more meaningful than you can get from family and friends at home. I was well blessed the day I decided to join this forum.

Edit: You and your grandparents will be added to my prayers Mandy.

Edit again. I forgot about the eggs. The eggs from the stores are older, but the chickens from the egg farms are usually kept in small individual pens. Chickens that get to run around and all kinds of things that I will not mention here, will have the darker, richer eggs. If you have ever used them in baking you will be able to tell a big difference in how a cake turns out compared to using store bought. On that subject it is now time to go lock up our chickens for the night.

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Mediwitch - May 21, 2007 7:39 pm (#1424 of 2988)

Mrs. Sirius: They only thing I can buy near me is eggs from a guy on my road who has chickens. Speaking of that have any of you noticed the difference in color of eggs from you local farmer and the supermarket?

Not only the color, but the flavor! I love fresh eggs. We've talked about getting some chickens, but have not done so.

Detail Seeker, you have an excellent point about the electric/gas hybrids. My step-son, who just bought the hybrid, does drive in Worcester and Boston quite a bit. The other thing to keep in mind with the gas/electric hybrid is the electricity! They can be very dangerous to firefighters - we are getting lots of classes on them these days.

(((Ydnam))) Safe journey and strengthening charms coming your way.

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Madam Pince - May 21, 2007 7:52 pm (#1425 of 2988)

I was well blessed the day I decided to join this forum. -2BMcsmom

Bwahahahahah.... we've got her fooled good and proper, haven't we?

Just kidding!

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Solitaire - May 21, 2007 7:58 pm (#1426 of 2988)

I don't mind if they draw while I read because I think it keeps them engaged on what they "see" while they are listening.

I hate to be sexist, but this is how it has broken down in my classes: boys who are maneuvering a pencil and paper while I am reading usually are doodling or drawing something. Girls, however, are generally writing notes to friends that have NOTHING whatever to do with what is going on in the classroom. There are 2-3 exceptions in both groups, but this is pretty close to the norm around here ... in other classes, as well. I've confiscated more notes in the classroom this year than in any other year of my career, and so have a couple of the other 7th grade teachers. Most are of the "soap opera" variety, although occasionally I will intercept a note that tells another student which desk in another classroom is hiding a paper containing the answers to Mr. X's math quiz or Mrs. Y's social studies test. (Kids wedge the paper in between the desktop and the metal pipe-like frames.) Making a quick trip around the room with a large hand mirror that lets me see the underside of the desks--before the next class arrives--can yield some interesting treasures. Sometimes I feel like a cop.

Solitaire

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Puck - May 21, 2007 8:01 pm (#1427 of 2988)

Mandy, safe journey!

Sonya, we have been enjoying Peter and the Star Catchers by Dave Barry and some other guy. It's basically a prequel to Peter Pan. It's a long book, but the chapters are short. It does, however, skip around between characters/locations, but my son (just turned 7) does pretty well keeping up. Magic Treehouse are good if you just want a quick read. (((hugss)) to you, forum friend.

Kathy

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journeymom - May 22, 2007 12:30 am (#1428 of 2988)
Edited May 22, 2007 1:54 am

Anybody see the season end to Heroes? Peter has power Sylar knows not.... love!

And thank you, Forumers, for teaching me not to ignore seeemingly insignificant details, and to pay close attention to the plot, and to look for mythological arch types. I wasn't aware of Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey" before I came to this forum. Lo, and behold Hiro says he's on a hero's journey. I'm getting much more out of this show than I might have a while ago.

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2BMcsmom, I know what you mean.

Mandy (I just realized your user name is y-d-n-a-m,, *slaps forehead*) hugs and comfort to you.

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journeymom - May 22, 2007 2:45 am (#1429 of 2988)

By the way, a nice, long trailer for OotP was broadcast during Heroes.

And we saw Shrek the Third on Sunday. A new character is Merlin. He's pretty cute. A bit like Merlin in Disney's Sword in the Stone. This Merlin is kind of a washed-up hippy in Berkinstocks. Anyway, at one point he sings to himself, "I'm a bumblebee! Buzz! Buzzz!"

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Catherine - May 22, 2007 3:41 am (#1430 of 2988)

Girls, however, are generally writing notes to friends that have NOTHING whatever to do with what is going on in the classroom. There are 2-3 exceptions in both groups, but this is pretty close to the norm around here ... in other classes, as well. I've confiscated more notes in the classroom this year than in any other year of my career, and so have a couple of the other 7th grade teachers. Most are of the "soap opera" variety, although occasionally I will intercept a note that tells another student which desk in another classroom is hiding a paper containing the answers to Mr. X's math quiz or Mrs. Y's social studies test.—Solitaire

Hmmm...the kiddies don't pass notes at our school. We have a digital learning environment, so our version of that is trying to IM during a lecture or study hall. The closest I've come to "playing cop" is to suddenly say, "Hands up!" Then you can go around and look at their screens and see what they've been up to before they can close the screen or quit the application.

My kids really do sketch while I read. I usually put the results on a special bulletin board, and the kids like to look at what their classmates came up with. One reason I think they are so good with this is that we have a wonderful art teacher whose "doodles" during faculty meetings are legend with students and teachers alike (the last "doodle" sold for several hundred dollars at our fundraising auction).

My classes are so small that it's too hard to get off task without me seeing it immediately. I usually never have to even say anything...the raised eyebrow usually works. All of this is probably one reason why I really enjoy my job.

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2BMcsmom - May 22, 2007 3:58 am (#1431 of 2988)

Charlie Bone

This is another book series that I have thought about reading to the youngest. It too is about a magic school but the books are easier to read I think. They do not have as much detail as the HP books.

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Puck - May 22, 2007 6:45 am (#1432 of 2988)

Oh, we'll have to check the library for some of those over the summer!

It's a lovely day. Perhaps the girls and I will plant some flowers. I also need to clean out the sandbox so I can get some new sand tomorrow. Perhaps the little one won't eat it this year.

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Solitaire - May 22, 2007 7:17 am (#1433 of 2988)

Catherine, this 7th grade seems to be an anomaly. Just yesterday, our tech commented that the kids this year had been the most destructive group he has ever taught. Every time they are in the lab, they unplug mice, break keyboards, download software onto the lab computers (this is not permitted)--and I believe they have broken a few computers (don't ask). I'm fairly sure that all of the kids who've violated their technology agreement this year have been 7th graders.

There are some bright, interesting kids in this group, many of whom I'd love to keep. Unfortunately, it is universally agreed that a disproportionate number of this year's 7th graders are lazy, disrespectful, unethical, and ill-mannered. We are all glad to see them go ... but worried about what will happen with them in 8th grade. A rather large number are failing math and language arts ... and they don't even care. It will be interesting next year.

Well, time to go. We have a school evacuation drill today. Goody-gumdrop ... not!

Solitaire

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Steve Newton - May 22, 2007 8:11 am (#1434 of 2988)

The many well wishes are much appreciated. Thank you all.

My Mom went to the ophthalmologist yesterday and was told that she has 3rd nerve palsy. Causes droopy eyelid and possible double vision. The good news is that it usually goes away in about 3 months. It can be caused by some terrible stuff but her recent MRI rules out the really bad stuff.

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John Bumbledore - May 22, 2007 8:32 am (#1435 of 2988)

We have a school evacuation drill today. Goody-gumdrop ... not! — Solitaire

I remember when we only had two types of drills, evacuation drills (we more commonly called them fire drills) and tornado drills (which I remember being quite similar to the cold war "duck and cover" drills in some films seen in history class). Now the local school districts have "code" drills, I say "code" because each school or district sets their code word or phrase that means "armed intruder, lock down build or rooms and hide!" drills. **shudder, suddenly seems more drastic then I had previously considered.**

Ethanol, the corn fuel, has a fairly high vapor pressure and generally raises the RVP in gasoline blends. (RVP being units of vapor pressure) — Chemyst

Wow, I think I've misunderstood this idea since 1983; I was under the misconception that a lower vapor pressure made things evaporate more quickly but that seems to be backwards to what you just said. **stunned look, like the deer in the head lights** Now it makes more sense to me.

I think I'm hoping you will next explain VOCs (volitile organic compounds).

Now, there was something else about 2BMcsmom expressing appreciation for the friendly community we have here and Madam Pince cackling laughing about really fooling someone **was it casting a confundus spell** But I am a bit confused about the details...

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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journeymom - May 22, 2007 9:49 am (#1436 of 2988)

Steve, I'm so glad to hear your mom's medical issues are in the 'problematic' category, not the 'life threatening' category.

Apparently last year's sixth graders (when Miss Journeymom was a fifth grader) were quite the handful. At least the girls were. The teachers were relieved to see them go. They were catty and poisonously gossipy and borderline promiscuous, in a way that the sixth grade teachers weren't accustomed to. Miss J's teacher explained that they expect the girls and boys to have an increased awareness of each other, to flirt with each other, and every year there's a couple of kids who get together and call each other boyfriend/girlfriend. As if they can go on dates. "Yeah, Babe, I'll pick you up at 8:00. I'll get my mom to drive." In any case, this group was a step or two ahead in that regard. On the week-long trip to Yosemite these kids got in trouble for sneaking out of the cabins for make-out sessions.

Fortunately, Miss J's teacher confirmed that this class of sixth graders is better behaved.

Doodling while being read to: I let Journeymom Jr (seven y.o.) play with his Legos while I read to him. I figure it's not the same as roll-playing with his figurines (please, he doesn't have dolls). And I read longer to him when he's building.

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John Bumbledore - May 22, 2007 10:32 am (#1437 of 2988)

Happy 5th birthday to Trevor of the Horntails!

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Puck - May 22, 2007 11:06 am (#1438 of 2988)

Happy Birthday, Trevor!

Okay, you all are making me nervous about having 2 teenage (or almost teenage) daughters some day. (I was surprised when a twelve year old neighbor introduced me to her boyfriend some years ago. I developed a standing rule that sitters may have sibling/ friends over, but absolutely no boyfriends.

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Lina - May 22, 2007 11:53 am (#1439 of 2988)

Oh, indeed...

Happy (is it belated?) birthday to Trevor!

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kaykay1970 - May 22, 2007 12:03 pm (#1440 of 2988)

Happy Birthday Trevor!!

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2BMcsmom - May 22, 2007 12:22 pm (#1441 of 2988) Reply
Edited by Denise P. May 22, 2007 1:06 pm

Happy Birthday Trevor

We have such a small high school band that the 8th graders go to the high school to be in band. This year a few of the 8th grade girls had me worried. One very much so. Most of the drummers have girlfriends who were also in band. And this one girl would take every opportunity she had that the girlfriends were not there to be all over the boys. Mainly my oldest. Trying to take his wallet, all kinds of things. The oldest's girlfriend came very close to kicking her tail. This same girl and a couple others also started some trouble with the football players. I remember middle school as still being a time of innocence.

Puck, there are 5 books in that series.

Edit: Please remember this is a family friendly forum and we have very young members who read it. There is no need to delve into more graphic areas. Thanks! Denise P.

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 22, 2007 1:15 pm (#1442 of 2988)

Thank you for the lovely birthday wishes from the HHs! Yes Lina, it is today and we are off to Chuck E.'s shortly. I will read him all of the Happy Birthday wishes when he settles a bit - later.

We also had Kindergarten Orientation this morning. He didn't want to follow the others but a friend who is in K went with him on the tour and introduction (she was like a little mommy ). By the time I got to him in the classroom, he had drawn a picture and written his name across the bottom. I did get a pic of him in his seat but he wasn't too happy. I think he just wanted to hang out in the cafeteria and play with his new action figures and have a cupcake. (He got several Nightmare Before Christmas characters, Star Wars figures - his favorite was C3PO. I thought it would be Chewbacca but what do I know?)

I helped the hostess (my friend) set up and clean up the refreshments afterward. We didn't arrive home until after 1pm and a short while later, it was out the door to pick up some last minute goodie bag items and then the girls from school. I have less than an hour to accomplish something at home before I have to leave. I have a headache. **lame smile**

2BCsMom - ever think of video taping her behavior and sending the disc to the parents?

They do start very young and there is a lot of pressure to fit in. I have spoken to my girls often about the boyfriend scene. I am hoping they've gotten the point in that they shouldn't rush growing up because there's no going back. They can save that stuff for later on.

And now, I am off to seek revenge on the evil "Luke", aka Olivia, with my. . .er, Trevor's nifty new Darth Vader light saber. That ought to cure a headache.

Maria

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Snuffles - May 22, 2007 1:27 pm (#1443 of 2988)

Happy birthday Trevor. I hope you have a wonderful day

I dread to think what will happen to hubby when Olivia turns into a teenager.

My brother has just rung and asked me if I will look after their hamster next week, as they have decided to go away while it is half term at school. I've said yes though I'm a bit nervous! Can hamsters smell fear

Off to check the threads

Julie

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Tazzygirl - May 22, 2007 2:01 pm (#1444 of 2988)

Happy Birthday Trevor! Hope Chuck E. Cheese's was fun!

So, I was supposed to go to the beach today (as I've been trying for about a month now!), and again it's been cancelled. Instead, I've been spending the day cleaning out my fish tank, of which all but 1 of my 12 fish have managed to die. I think I over fed them one to many times...

JulieSnuffles- if the hamster is used to being held, then you won't have a problem with it. It's the hamsters that are rarely held or treated badly that aren't very nice. My first hamster used to fall asleep in my hands, or on my shoulder.

Off to complete the nasty fishtank task...

Happy RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 22, 2007 2:02 pm (#1445 of 2988)

The only thing you have to fear, Julie, is Olivia wanting one after your brother's has returned home.

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Snuffles - May 22, 2007 2:08 pm (#1446 of 2988)

Kristina, yes Henry the hamster is used to being held. Apparently it is very friendly. I'm just a bit scared, as I had one when I was about 8 years old and it bit my middle finger and wouldn't let go. The wound was deep and I needed a tetanus!

Sorry to hear about your fish. When we were trying to have one as a pet, our local pet shop told us it was one flake of food per fish per day. Never clean out the whole tank in one go as the fish don't like it. You should take about a third of the water out and replace with room temperature water. This should be done about twice a week! I remember having a fish from the fair when I was little and it lasted for ages without doing anything much! Eeh, they don't make fish like they used to!

Edit: I thought about that Maria. I have tried telling her that hamsters are awake when we go to bed and that they sleep during the day. She just smiled at me! I have a feeling that next week, poor Henry is going to have his sleep pattern rudely altered!

Holly, **healing charms** to your daughter. I hope she feels better soon.

Julie

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Holly T. - May 22, 2007 2:14 pm (#1447 of 2988)

Happy birthday Trevor!

My kids' schools have lockdown drills, which is a good thing because both of the schools have had to go into lockdown (a man robbed a store near the high school and fled into a field near daughter's school, which is near enough to son's school that they locked it down too). So the drills were good practice.

I read SS and CoS to son when he was 4. I also read him a lot of the Magic Treehouse books before he could read them himself. We listen to a lot of audiobooks. 2BMCsmom--the Artemis Fowl books are really good--but I can see how if you started reading the first one out loud it might be a little weird what with the weaponry, kidnapping, etc. It takes a little while to get going. We listened to it on audiobook so we just kept listening and got into the story that way. In fact, I listened to the first two of that series before I read them or any of the others in the series. I started listening to Inkheart or Inkspell, whichever is first in the series and I was on the third CD before I gave up. My daughter kept saying I should read the book instead, and I said if I'm not interested in the story after three CDs I don't think I'm going to get interested.

Here's what I have to read on the plane on vacation: The Assault on Reason, Peter and the Shadow Thieves (the sequel to Peter and the Starcatchers, which I've read), and Yellow Jack, a book about yellow fever (my daughter wants to know how many books about yellow fever there are, as this will be my third one this year--I am currently taking a break from yellow fever and reading a book called Pox Americana, which is about a smallpox epidemic during the American Revolution, but I will be done with it before vacation). I also have a new romance novel to read on the plane but I don't remember the name of it. And I have the fifth Artemis Fowl audiobook on CD, which (along with The Titan's Curse) should keep my son busy. Husband and daughter are responsible for their own reading material.

Julie Snuffles--you have reminded me that I have no one to watch our cats while we are on vacation--and we leave Saturday! I think I am going to ask my friend's daughter, who my son calls "the most evilest babysitter in the world." That should be fine for cats.

Daughter has strep and missed school today and the doctor said to keep her home tomorrow too, which will mean she'll be back at school on the last day of the semester. I told her to call her friends to see if she has homework. He says that with the antibiotics she should be ok in time for vacation.

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Tazzygirl - May 22, 2007 3:02 pm (#1448 of 2988)
Edited May 22, 2007 3:59 pm

Tehe, the fish had about 30 flakes per fish. I accidently tipped the food container over too far and a ton came out. I had a sucker/cleaner fish- he kept the tank clean for almost a year. I don't remember the last time I actually cleaned the tank. I had to completely change all the water today, it was that bad.

Henry is a cute name for a hamster. My hamsters names were 'Rodenta' (because it was a girl and a rodent. Somehow the 'a' on the end made it sound feminine. LOL), Grace, and Mouse. Just make sure your hands don't smell like something Henry would want to eat. Everytime I got bit was because of that very reason.

**healing charms** to your daughter, Holly!

Off to run errands and pick up more fish. LOL

~Kristina

EDIT: Welcome to the Forum, Ungrateful Son!!

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journeymom - May 22, 2007 5:16 pm (#1449 of 2988)

Happy birthday, Trevor!

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2BMcsmom - May 22, 2007 6:20 pm (#1450 of 2988)

Denise P. Sorry was not thinking about that.

Maria, she takes after her mother.

Julie good luck with Henry.

Holly have a safe trip, happy reading and hopefully your daughter is back to full health soon. I am making a list of all the book suggestions. He played with a toy during our reading this even, but I got some good comments out of him about what I was reading. Thanks for all the advice.
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painting sheila - May 22, 2007 6:56 pm (#1451 of 2988)

(sigh) The shoe dropped last night and the young lady we had living with us left and is with another friend right now. The tension is gone from the house and it has a much more peaceful feel to it. Oldest Daughter is devastated and keeps saying she is moving back. Hubby and I agree that she can't though. I hope it gets easier instead of harder.

and on a happier note - Welcome Amelie Ferrer, Crystal Taylor, Ungrateful Son!!

She

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Eponine - May 22, 2007 6:59 pm (#1452 of 2988)

Sheila, I'm sorry to hear that things couldn't be worked out, but I'm glad that the house is more peaceful. I hope the young lady in question is going to be okay wherever she is.

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painting sheila - May 22, 2007 7:00 pm (#1453 of 2988)

Thanks Eponine - I am not sure what it's going to take - I think she may have a long road ahead of her.

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The giant squid - May 22, 2007 7:24 pm (#1454 of 2988)

Happy birthday wishes to Trevor, and a hearty Welcome to haymoni's Ungrateful Son. This place becomes more of a family affair every day!

--Mike

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Madam Pince - May 22, 2007 7:46 pm (#1455 of 2988)

A very Happy Birthday to Trevor! (Who is probably in bed now, alas...) Hope it was a great day!

***is cracking up at Ungrateful Son's intro... Welcome!*** And welcome to all other new Forumers, too! Looking forward to hearing everyone's ideas!

I'm sorry, Sheila, that things didn't work out. It was a challenge to begin with, no doubt, and you certainly tried your best. It's good that your house is more peaceful now, at any rate, and we will still be holding good thoughts for her and hope that she will be able to straighten things out for herself.

Interesting headline story in our local newspaper, that relates to recent discussions here. Seems that during an AP History exam, the teacher/supervisor left the room, and left only an adult who was supposed to be an interpreter for a deaf student in the room with the kids taking the test. Two kids were cheating (sharing notes, and looking ahead at the essay before they were supposed to), and the other kids turned them in for it. Notes were sent home to parents and everyone was told that it is possible that everyone might have to re-take the test because of the incident. However, apparently the two guilty parties have not been punished yet, and it is unclear whether or not they will be allowed to re-take the test. Not sure whether the supervisor is being disciplined either. So the interesting part is, the other kids who took the exam are flat-out furious! They are planning a walk-out protest if the offending students aren't punished immediately and forbidden to re-take the exam. I say "woo-hoo" to them! It's kind of refreshing to hear...

Tazzy, we went "fish hunting" today too (well, actually just for the stuff that goes with -- neon-colored rocks for the bowl, fake plant, chemicals, test kit, net, food...) Little P has been on trial to see if he remembers to feed the dog, and since he's done well we have decided he may have the goldfish he's been asking for since forever. We got the water ready tonight, but we are waiting until we get back from Memorial Day vacation before getting the fish, so as not to leave him/her unattended for a week right off the bat. This should be an interesting experiment!

I don't watch Heroes -- I'm bummed I missed the nice long OotP trailer! Wahhhh... Maybe they'll show one tomorrow night during Lost! They're both very mysterious serial-style stories, right? We'll see.

Nighty-night, all! Turning in early tonight.... zzzzzz....

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Solitaire - May 22, 2007 9:14 pm (#1456 of 2988)

John, ours was a campus evac drill. The kids were good, but we simply do not have enough buses. I'm not sure how the admin think they can put all kids from both schools (plus teachers) on our buses when we do not have enough buses to pick up all kids in the a.m. Two buses must go out a second time each day to bring in all bus riders. This does not even include the HUGE number of kids whose parents drive them each day! Even jamming kids 3 to a seat we had kids standing in the aisles. I think we need more buses.

Steve, I will keep your mom in my prayers. My cousin had Bells Palsy when she was in her 20s. She healed well enough, but it was distressing while she was going through it all. I pray your mom has a quick recovery and minimal discomfort.

Journeymom, promiscuity at that age is really upsetting. I am always distressed to hear what kids in the 11-14 age group are doing in that respect. That is one aspect of parenthood I'm glad to have missed. (Sorry, Puck, but the things I hear around school are worrisome.)

Madam Pince, I will be interested to hear how the AP incident works out. Please keep us posted!

Happy Birthday, Trevor!

Healing charms to Holly Junior and anyone else who needs them!

Solitaire

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Tazzygirl - May 22, 2007 10:00 pm (#1457 of 2988)

Hope Little P likes his goldfish when he gets it! I decided not to get any more fish at the moment. I still have one left (he's been with me now for about 2 years, so I am kind of attached. He's survived pretty much through about 30 fish... ) and I think when he goes, whenever that is, I might put the fish tank away for awhile.

I meant to say a lot earlier- Mandy, I hope you have a safe trip, and strengthening charms are being sent along with you!

**healing charms** to those that need them!

Sheila- sorry to hear about the girl. Glad that the stress is off your family now. I felt the same way when my sister moved away from here (She lived with a family for a year here as their nanny. Since she was the wild child of our family, my parents kept asking me what was going on with her. I didn't like what my sister did with her spare time, and I didn't like both my parents and sister putting me in the middle. When she finally moved to Colorado, I finally felt less stress and more relief. ).

Cleaned out and washed my car today. Now it is off to relax for a little bit before making a turkey puppet. On Saturday I have to create a skit with the turkey puppet about Thanksgiving. Should be fun...

Have a great night everyone!

~Kristina

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kaykay1970 - May 23, 2007 4:13 am (#1458 of 2988)

Welcome to the forum Ungrateful Son!!

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Marie E. - May 23, 2007 5:05 am (#1459 of 2988)

Happy Birthday to Trevor!

Today is Lexi's birthday. She's 8 today. I am going to remind her that she promised to stop sucking her thumb when she turned 8. We'll see how that goes.

Welcome Ungrateful Son!

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Good Evans - May 23, 2007 5:08 am (#1460 of 2988)

Happy birthday to the forummers children!!!

welcome to the new forummers - ungrateful son, we feel that we know you already !!

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2BMcsmom - May 23, 2007 5:41 am (#1461 of 2988)

Happy 8th Birthday Lexi!

Welcome new forum members.

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kaykay1970 - May 23, 2007 5:42 am (#1462 of 2988)

Happy Birthday Lexi!

I had to break up a huge argument between two children this morning. They both wanted to carry their extra drinks for Field day in the Harry Potter lunchbox/cooler.

Today is the last day of school! WooHoo! They only have to go for an hour Friday to pick up their report cards.

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Lina - May 23, 2007 5:56 am (#1463 of 2988)

((((Sheila)))) You did your best and much more that any average person would do. I'm sure you planted some good seed and it will give the fruit some day, just not yet. Enjoy the peace in your family!

Welcome to the Ungrateful Son! And congratulations to Haymoni! You obviously did something good.

Happy birthday, Lexi!

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The giant squid - May 23, 2007 6:21 am (#1464 of 2988)

Here's a great big Uncle Mikey hug for Lexi! I can't believe she's 8 already!

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Phreaker - May 23, 2007 6:39 am (#1465 of 2988)

Congrats to the birthday girl!

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painting sheila - May 23, 2007 7:03 am (#1466 of 2988)

Happy Birthday Lexi!! 8 is SO grownup!!!

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Holly T. - May 23, 2007 8:57 am (#1467 of 2988)

Happy Birthday Lexi!

Welcome to Ungrateful Son and other new forumers!

Steve, healing charms for your mom.

Mandy, have a safe trip.

(((Sheila))) and prayers that one day the girl will appreciate what you did for her.

My daughter called her friend last night about any homework and found out that they have a 4-page math packet due on Thursday, plus a social studies test Thursday on material they covered in class yesterday (which she missed), and a two-day math test starting today. Plus she might have missed her student council interview for next year. So she was in tears last night--feeling bad, then thinking she was way behind at school. And here I thought the teachers had all of the grades done already--two tests on the last day of school?! So she got up this morning, took some ibuprofen and her antibiotic, and insisted on going to school. She said she is going to cough all over her math homework and test paper. She wasn't running a fever this morning. But if a whole bunch of sixth graders end up with strep the first week of summer break I will know who to blame.   Sigh.

My son, of course, is still convinced that she has the avian flu. He made a quarantine sign for the door of her room. He had to ask me how to spell quarantine but he sounded out fever all by himself.

Stupid fluffy cat has decided that the garage and litter box are too scary and she must not go in the garage--she cowers at the door and won't go out. So she thinks our tile floor is a good replacement for the litter box. Which is why she (and her brother, even though he's not scared of the garage) are spending the day in the garage with the cat door shut so they can't get in. And we'll probably have to board them while we're on vacation since we can't trust her in the house. It was Memorial Day weekend last year when fluffy cat ended up at the expensive vet for her dislocated jaw. It may be time to take her to the pound.

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Madam Pince - May 23, 2007 9:09 am (#1468 of 2988)

Yes, indeed -- a very Happy Birthday to Lexi! Hope you have a great day!

Sheila, Lina has an excellent point -- you probably sowed some seeds that will have an effect later, but it's just hard to see that now. It's like that Robert E. Lee quote I posted a couple weeks ago about history -- when you're right in the middle of something, it's hard to see the progress that will be obvious from the perspective of later years. Lina, you're a wise woman!

So I found this website that gives spoilers for Lost, and there's some guy who apparently got hold of either the scripts or actual films of the last two episodes, and posted them a few weeks ago. The next-to-last one turned out to be dead on target, so I went ahead and read the one for the finale. I think it's accurate -- if not, somebody needs to hire this guy as a screenwriter, because it's pretty awesome. I don't even feel "spoiled" either; TV shows feel different than books somehow. I would never want to be spoiled about a Harry Potter book, but a TV show or movie... eh. It'll be fun to watch tonight and see if he was right! Anybody wants to know beforehand who dies... just let me know!

I think I'll spend this lovely day indoors ironing and paying bills which I've been putting off for all the other lovely days we've had recently... Hey, maybe I can get outside to set out a few tomato plants, though -- that needs to be done before we leave for the weekend. ***brightens at the thought***

Everyone enjoy the RotD!

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Denise P. - May 23, 2007 9:14 am (#1469 of 2988)

Madam Pince, you know I am a total spoiler hound. I read some spoilers but I would be interested in seeing this...can you send me a link?

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Madam Pince - May 23, 2007 9:18 am (#1470 of 2988)

I knew I'd get you. You're so easy. I'll send you an e-mail!

Pup-pup is soooo adorable!

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Puck - May 23, 2007 10:03 am (#1471 of 2988)

Happy Birthday, Lexi!

(((Sheila)))

My pounding head says the pollen season is in full swing. I wasn't much affected the past couple of years, as for some reason the hormones of pregnancy/nursing seem to keep my symptoms at bay. Another reason to be sad about them growing up so quickly.

I skipped my workout the past couple of mornings, but feel I made up for it. Yesterday I walked to the farm -about a mile away- to get flowers. As the area is hilly and I was pulling a wagon with 55 pounds worth of kids, plus the flowers we bought for planting. I figure that counts. Today I pushed a cart with 300 pounds of sand, 50 pounds of potting soil, 24 bottles of water, and Baby Puck through Home Depot, then loaded said items into my van.      Now, I'm sitting on the couch, but need to get ready to go pick up Diva. After Son's Piano lesson we will be planting the flowers and unloading the back of the van. (Though I may wait for Mr. Puck to do the sand. I emptied and cleaned the sandbox yesterday, so it's just waiting for new stuff. Note: It is not a good idea to fill a wheel barrel full of old wet sand. Gets very heavy.)

Holly, gotta love that girl's spunk!

I'm thrilled to see Ungrateful Son arrived and took the name his Mother has assigned him.

Time to find the piano books and some bottles of water before heading out to fetch the older children. It's so peaceful with just me and the little one here.

Kathy

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Ydnam96 - May 23, 2007 10:10 am (#1472 of 2988)

Well, I'm in Florida.

Flying at night is not fun...esp. when you are sick.

Sunday night while I was at Disneyland (my last time before the pass expires and we had a blast!) I started to get a sore throat. I thought it was just caused I was tired. But as the day went on it just got worse. By the time I got on the plane my throat was killing me and then when I got to Atlanta it just kept getting worse. I started coughing (which isn't good when you are on a plane cause everyone assumes you have SARS or something). When I got to FL my grandpa's dr wanted to see me because he didn't want me going in to see my grandpa and give him a virus or another bacterial infection. Turns out I have a pretty decent case of bronchitis. Not fun.

So, I can't go see my grandfather until I've been on the antibiotics for a while. They have him in this isolation room because of his infection- when anyone goes in they have to wear gowns and masks and there is an antibacterial gel dispenser right on the wall for when you come in and out. So, I stood across the hall and tried to wave to him.

Friday we got the news that he would probably only live for another 2 weeks (he's 71 and his b-day is June 14th) because of the kidney failure which makes his heart failure worse (when they describe it it sounds very cyclical in nature- the kidneys not getting the water out of the body and the lungs/heart not having enough strength to keep his body going to empower his kidneys). Things were looking up over the weekend. The doctors thought that his kidneys were starting to work on their own...thus making dialysis unnecessary (which is good because evidently it can be very traumatic on someone who is as weak as he is). But today the doctors decided his kidney function is not high enough to keep the fluid off his heart and out of his lungs and that if he doesn't get the dialysis he will die. But they also said that he could die from the dialysis. So...

This afternoon they put in ports on his body for the dialysis they will be doing tomorrow. He is very scared because he knows he might not live through it.

Please be in prayer for my family. While we are here we are supposed to go through the house to organize, pack, throw-away/sell all of the stuff they have in here and we have to have it done by Friday morning because that is when the open houses start with the realtor. My mom is very stressed out about it and I'm not too helpful at the moment because at any given moment I might hack up a lung.

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kaykay1970 - May 23, 2007 10:17 am (#1473 of 2988)

(((Mandy)) Your family will be in my prayers. Healing charms to you!

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Madam Pince - May 23, 2007 10:40 am (#1474 of 2988)

Oh, Mandy, that sounds terrible. I'm so sorry. Big (((hugs))) to you. I can't even begin to imagine packing up an entire house with probably fifty years worth of "life" in it in two days -- no wonder your mom is stressed. Healing charms to you for your bronchitis, (I'm sure that dry airplane air did wonders for your sore throat... ) and hope that all goes better than it seems to be expected. We will be thinking of your grandpa and family.

Puck, you're a wonder-woman. If I'd done what you did, I'd most definitely need a session in the hot tub and several ibuprofen against the impending back-ache!

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journeymom - May 23, 2007 10:47 am (#1475 of 2988)

Mandy, I'm so sorry. Is there any possibility your grandfather could have a hospice councilor come visit him, and all of you? My mom died two months ago after a fight with cancer. I can't tell you how valuable my mom's hospice nurse was. She answered my mom's and our questions and explained what to expect month by month, week by week, day by day and even what her last hours might be like. It didn't eliminate Mom's fear entirely, by any means. But what it comes down to is fear of the unknown. It helped us to know what it meant that she was sleeping all the time; she was turning in on herself, processing what was happening, preparing herself to die. It was amazing to learn that when she started talking about her own mother and mother-in-law as if they'd just visited her, it was because she needed somebody to show her what to do. She wanted them to be there to receive her. I wouldn't have known this, I would have assumed she was simply hallucinating, if we had not had the guidance and support of the hospice nurse.

Generally speaking the doctors can't tell you what the dying process looks like in real terms. They can tell you how the dialysis works, what they're going to do to him next and estimate how much time he has left. But they're not trained to guide the family through this incredible process.

I hope your grandfather and your family get the support you all need. I am praying for you.

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painting sheila - May 23, 2007 10:48 am (#1476 of 2988)

(((((Mandy))))) Hang in there. I am sending prayers and good thoughts your way.

Thanks for all of your support everyone. My husband and I are fine with the decision but Oldest Daughter is still having a hard time. I can't wait for school to be out so we can travel and go visit campuses she might be interested in. Plus, there is girls' camp, youth conference and Especially for Youth that she is going to attend. I am hoping - and praying - that all of that will help.

Madame Pince - I want the spoilers!!!

Puck _ I am sore just reading what you did in two days!

She

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Madam Pince - May 23, 2007 11:00 am (#1477 of 2988)

I second what journeymom said about hospice. They are wonderful. Also, could you get a moving company or somebody to help you put stuff in a Pod or something? or a storage unit? At least then you wouldn't have to "go through" every single thing right now while you're wanting to concentrate on spending time with your grandfather. You could ship the Pod to your mom's home or wherever and go through stuff later when things have calmed down.

Sheila, are you sure??? I'll warn you, it's pretty darned complete! I'd be glad to send you the same e-mail I just sent Denise, but make sure you really want to know!

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painting sheila - May 23, 2007 11:12 am (#1478 of 2988)

I want to know! I want to know!! Is it Charlie?!!

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Madam Pince - May 23, 2007 11:25 am (#1479 of 2988)

Okie-dokie! Check your e-mail!

Edit: Somebody on that site has a tag-line that reminds me of our YKYAHPLFW thread -- it says "You know you're addicted to Lost when you refer to your In-Laws as.... The Others." Crack me up...

OK, not getting any ironing done...

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Good Evans - May 23, 2007 11:35 am (#1480 of 2988)

Mandy - you are in my thoughts and prayers, I hope that you are well enough soon to go an spend some time with your grandfather.

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Tazzygirl - May 23, 2007 12:06 pm (#1481 of 2988)

**hugs** to Mandy and her family. Hope you get better really soon!!!

Pets can be so weird at times, Holly. My mom's dog is currently going through a phase where she knocks over the laundry hamper and sorts all the socks into a pile. Mom was telling me now all the dog has to do is actually throw a load of laundry in the washer and it's all good... LOL Hope Fluffy kitty gets over her 'fear'!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEXI!! Hope you have a great day!

Puck- Sounds like yesterday was fun!

Agenda for the day: making a bunch of puppets, ordering cupcakes for Sydney's birthday party (she turned 4 on May 21st), and then tonight going out to dinner and watching Shrek the Third. Should be fun!

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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painting sheila - May 23, 2007 12:06 pm (#1482 of 2988)

Madame Pince - WOW!! That' all I gotta say! WOW! I can't wait!

She

Edit - Crazy Pets - I have a cat that goes into the bathroom and methodically knocks thing onto the floor until you go in and refill his water dish with fresh water. The dish could be full to the brim - but he wants it fresh out of the tap. (sigh) Did I mention he usually does this in the middle of the night?

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Holly T. - May 23, 2007 12:22 pm (#1483 of 2988)

((Mandy))

Sheila, fluffy cat likes to put things in the water dish--cat toys, Legos, twist ties, dry cat food (from her brother's dish), pieces of paper, etc. Of course, this contaminates the water so that the other cat can't drink out of it. Every afternoon we have to empty out whatever one cat put in the water dish so the other cat can get a drink. If we set out two water dishes she puts junk in both of them.

I have been proofing and checking an index for a 500-page book today. My eyes are crossing.

The school hasn't called so I guess my daughter is doing ok.

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Tazzygirl - May 23, 2007 12:34 pm (#1484 of 2988)

Sheila: The dish could be full to the brim - but he wants it fresh out of the tap.

Mom's dog does that as well. She's also taken to jumping up on the bathtub rim, and then climbing up on to the bathroom counter and trying to turn the faucet on herself. Then there is two problems- 1, she can't turn the faucet off, and 2, she doesn't know how to get back down to the floor.

~Kristina

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kaykay1970 - May 23, 2007 2:21 pm (#1485 of 2988)

I've had a strange day. We've had lots of smoke outside and my first thought was that there must be a fire. When fire trucks didn't come through and I couldn't see the source of the smoke I decided it must be a barbecue set up somewhere. I just talked to my sister on the phone and we are under an air pollution advisory. Anyone with asthma and other health risks are advised to stay indoors. The smoke is coming from a forest fire all the way in Georgia! Safety charms to anyone in the area of the forest fire! I really need to turn my tv from cartoons once and awhile...

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2BMcsmom - May 23, 2007 2:44 pm (#1486 of 2988)

Prayers for you and your family Mandy. You as well Sheila.

KayKay where do you live?  The smoke has become a common thing here.

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kaykay1970 - May 23, 2007 2:53 pm (#1487 of 2988)
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I'm in West Tennessee. I never dreamed smoke so thick could be coming from so far away! I hope they get the fire under control. Bubble head charms to you! I hope that you are far enough away that you are not in any danger from the fire itself?

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 23, 2007 3:09 pm (#1488 of 2988)

Thanks for the continued birthday wishes for Trevor!

Happy Birthday Lexi!

(((Mandy))) our thoughts and prayers are with you. journeymom's advice seems like sound advice. Strengthening charms to you and your loved ones.

(((Sheila))) prayers are with you, too. It is funny but I was going to post something with the same meaning as Lina (except with many more words) but she put it so well. I will only add that I tell you first hand, your example is there for her to tap into.

Kay and 2BMcsmom, shielding and safety charms your way.

Madam Pince, not sure if your little guy is set on a goldfish but may I recommend a male Betta? They are much cleaner and very pretty. They can survive in a minimally-sized tank and are sturdy - not the drop-dead-in-a-week type. We don't need a filter or heater hook up. They are also quite intelligent. Trevor's old one, Bob, (okay, well he died) used to tap on the tank when he wanted to be fed. (I think he had a brain hemorrhage.) Anyway, you can only put one male Betta in a tank because two will fight.

His sisters bought him another one for his birthday this past weekend - but a female this time. Olivia has one named Bloop - a male. (I sense something fishy going on.) Just something for you to consider.

Holly, your daughter is sick with strep and went in because of missing work? Wow, talk about determination! Hmm, I think I'd want to stay on her good side - perhaps her dear brother may want to rethink the sign.

Denise, your little lady is so beautiful!

Kathy, thanks for reminding me about the sand! Well, it isn't as though I've been sitting around but it wasn't on my list of things to do but I knew it had to be done. I think I'll pick up the sand this evening after I pick up Percy from tumbling. (We have her tumbled once a week whether she needs it or not.)

I had to break up a huge argument between two children this morning. They both wanted to carry their extra drinks for Field day in the Harry Potter lunch box/cooler. kaykay
You must be so proud!

The HH household is jealous that you are out of school this Friday! w00t to the kaykay family!

Welcome Ungrateful Son!

Maria

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2BMcsmom - May 23, 2007 3:33 pm (#1489 of 2988)

KayKay, they said on the news the other night that the only way to get the fire put out would be if it came a good drenching rain for several days in a row. It has to do with all the layers of old leaves and other such stuff. The fire has spread into FL from what I hear.

The Oldest got out of school this past Wed. and The Youngest on Fri. Have you had one of those moments when you look at your children and realize that they have really grown up. The Oldest, who usually does not want to have much to do with The Youngest, asked if he could take Youngest camping tomorrow night. His reason is that Youngest might enjoy just the 2 of them camping. I got goose bumps and teary eyes. A month ago he would not have wanted to do such. I guess turning 17 next Wed. has a lot to do with it.

I love the Betas. I have a blue/purple one. And they are very easy to care for. The last one I had lived over 2 years.

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Choices - May 23, 2007 5:24 pm (#1490 of 2988)

I am in Mobile and one day last week we got the smoke from the Florida fires. It was weird.

Healing charms to all who need them. Welcome to Ungrateful Son. Love and (((hugs))) to all.

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Madam Pince - May 23, 2007 5:49 pm (#1491 of 2988)

We have been considering bettas / betas / whatever they're called. Little P keeps saying "goldfish" I think mainly because that's what he hears about mostly, and he has this book he loves about the goldfish Otto who gets fed too much and grows and grows. He looked at the bettas at the store the other day and thought they were pretty, but declared them "boring" because they sat still in their little tiny bowls while the goldfish swam around energetically. And I'm also sort of thinking (very selfishly) that if the goldfish goes to that Big Crystal Bowl Up In The Sky fairly quickly, then his interest might move on to other things and I won't have a fish bowl to keep up. I guess I am a bad Mommy.

Woo-hoo! Ten more minutes... at Sheila and Denise...

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 23, 2007 6:07 pm (#1492 of 2988)

Just to give you a heads up, Madam Pince - Olivia had a goldfish for many years (at least 5) and the thing wouldn't die. What's more, they dirty up the bowl so quickly, it felt as though you couldn't enjoy it. You'd clean it up, put in the fishy and there it was, like a goldfish kite and someone had let go of the string.

Safety and shielding charms to all who are threatened by the fires.

Maria

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HungarianHorntail13 - May 23, 2007 7:03 pm (#1493 of 2988)

HI everyone!

Healing charms to all who need them.

Ungrateful Son, I love playing Halo! If you have Xboxlive and you want to trade gamertags, let me know and I'll give you my email.

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Puck - May 23, 2007 7:25 pm (#1494 of 2988)

Maria, how do you know if your kids need to be tumbled?  

Holly, thanks for mentioning finding someone to care for the cats. That reminded me to go feed the cats of some friends who left on vacation yesterday. Buddy, Sprite, and ummm, the Other One, thank you also.

((Mandy))

Okay, Lost will have to wait until tomorrow. Idol is over, and I must get to bed. Darn pollen is really getting to me.

Happy RotD!

Kathy

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Mediwitch - May 23, 2007 7:33 pm (#1495 of 2988)

Soli: We have a school evacuation drill today.

LOL, must be the season! We had our "Shelter in Place" drill (like for a tornado) today, and our evacuation drill is scheduled for Friday. Nothing like trying to keep a group of autistic and neurologically impaired kids quiet while the entire school jams into the hallway. For the evacuation drill, we have to get them on the bus and drive to the near-by firehouse. That's always a treat.

Happy Birthday 11 to Trevor and Lexi!

Those of you with girls ought to read Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. It's a great book.

More hugs and prayers for ((((Sheila)))) and ((((Mandy)))).

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painting sheila - May 23, 2007 7:33 pm (#1496 of 2988)
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Lost-> Oh my gosh!! It is 10:30 and there is 30 more minutes of the show. So far the guy with the spoilers has been dead on. (excuse the pun) I was very shocked at Sawyer killing Tommy. It will be interesting to see how this one ends. I think Juliette is shocked also. I am still waiting to see who or what is Jacob.

I will post more after it is over. I am on pins and needles! wOOt!!

More Lost -> The spoiler guy MUST have read a script! There is no way he thought of all of that by luck. I am sad Charlie is dead - I know some of you were ready for him to be gone since it has been predicted by Desmond for so long. I just wonder who the people on the boat are if they aren't with Penny. They may be rivals of Penny's company and beat her in a race to find the island. Maybe they had the picture of Desmond so they would know when they reached the right place. Maybe Penny's dad is funding the rival company. He didn't like Desmond at all. Anyway - It's going to be a long wait until next season! Maybe Walt told Locke that the people on the boat were bad and that is why he tried to stop them. That would explain why he didn't shoot Jack. I think Locke is on the "islands" side and not with Jack or Ben. Any why do you think Jack kept saying his dad was upstairs in his office. I don't think he was hallucinating. I think his dad is still alive and it has something to do with the island. I think the funeral was for Locke or Ben. Just guessing on that one - no real reason. It's going to be a long wait for next season!

Things here have calmed down a great deal. Oldest Daughter and I had some time together today and she actually smiled and we teased each other. I had forgotten what a gem she is! It's been so long since she and I have had time - or the peace in the house - to be mom and daughter. The young lady that was staying with us still hasn't contacted us about her things and how she wants us to get them to her. Oldest Daughter says she Thinks/is coming back here again but her hubby and I are very firm in the fact that she can't. I have a feeling it will be another crying/fight/mean spirited thing. I wish it would just happen and be done with it.

Have a good night and day tomorrow everyone! Thanks again for all of the thoughts and prayers.

She

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painting sheila - May 23, 2007 9:41 pm (#1497 of 2988)

Shoot! To late to Edit - I just saw both trailers on line for OoP. It looks great!

Every one needs to enter the www.scholastic.com drawing for a trip to London for a reading by JK on the night the book is released.

How exciting! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

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Madam Pince - May 23, 2007 9:54 pm (#1498 of 2988)

***waves at Olivia*** Hi there!

LOL at the "goldfish kite on a string"! I used to have goldfish when I was in college so I am well acquainted! Maybe I can convince Little P that a betta would color-coordinate better with the rocks we got for the bottom of the bowl...

I can't think about Lost now, either -- I have to process more. It was awesome, though!

Sheila, I'm not sure I totally understand -- does your Oldest Daughter want the problem-child to come back? Or is she against it and just afraid she's going to try to return? I wasn't clear on what's going on... (not that I need to be...) Anyway, hugs and hope it works out...

I thought you had to be under age 18 to enter that contest??

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Solitaire - May 23, 2007 10:20 pm (#1499 of 2988)

if a whole bunch of sixth graders end up with strep the first week of summer break I will know who to blame.

I'm curious, Holly ... whom will you blame? Kids who exaggerated? It is possible that your daughter's school is like ours. Our kids get out next Thursday, and our grades are due this Friday at 8 a.m. In order to achieve this, I had to cut off taking late work on Friday. To make matters even more fun, our books were handed in Monday!!!!!!!! Unfortunately, the administration told us that our kids are to keep working right up until the end. No goofing off and wasting time. Do you know how hard it would be to keep kids on task--or even in school, in some cases--if they thought most of what we were doing this week was not going on their grades? Schools get funded through ADA (average daily attendance), so they do not want kids just skipping out. That's money out of their pockets.

By now, most kids have figured out that grades go in early, so I have developed a system that works for me. I keep a classroom set of each old textbook we use, and I haul them out for times like this. Then I create a series of lessons that start/finish in one period (I adjust each period as necessary, to accommodate last-minute changes). I simply give each kid a daily grade for these last days. If they are on task and involved in what we are doing, they get full points. If they are disruptive or refuse to work, they get zero. It's all or nothing, and they can't make it up if they blow it. I figure there are still things we need to cover, and I am not willing to throw away 5-7 days of instruction.

Of course, I have some kids who are out for various reasons: reward trips, illness, graduation practice (band and choir members), etc. Students who are not present for a good reason are excused from the work, and it is not held against them. This allows us to work right up until the end, yet it does not penalize kids who can't be there for a legitimate reason.

If I were you, I'd have called your daughter's teachers and made sure that missing these days would affect her grade. The teacher would probably be straight with a parent. I know I always am. Most schools would prefer that sick kids stay home ... especially when they are packing a major illness like strep. Any work that would affect your daughter's grade can be taken as an incomplete and made up when she is well. I cannot believe a school would not do this.

Solitaire

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Solitaire - May 23, 2007 10:46 pm (#1500 of 2988)

Sorry to do two posts, but I hated to make an already long one even longer.

((((((Mandy))))) Hugs and healing charms to you and prayers for you and your family, especially your grandpa. I second Journeymom’s suggestion about the hospice counselor. The hospice nurses who helped care for my dad were wonderful, and their help was invaluable. They helped my mom with a variety of things and were able to provide suggestions about how to deal with lots of other issues that came up. Hospice really can help make a difficult time a bit easier.

About the cat’s water dish ... have you seen the cat water fountains? Maybe something like this would work. If you Google cat+water+fountain, you will get a lot of different options.

Kay, my sympathies about the fires. Sadly, their negative effects on the air can be felt and seen hundreds of miles away. I believe FL has been suffering with fires for a couple of weeks. It is scary ... I know, because I live in central California, and we lose thousands of acres to fires each year.

Mediwitch, we had a school evacuation drill on Tuesday. Tomorrow we have a duck-and-cover and then evacuate-the-building drill. I thought it was supposed to be a county-wide disaster drill--one of those great big productions--but I was informed that I was wrong. (Frankly, I think the folks in charge just changed their minds when they realized how late it was ... I saw that original calendar!)

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Jenniffler - May 23, 2007 11:54 pm (#1501 of 2988)

Happy birthday to our junior counterparts, Trevor and Lexie.

Painting Sheila, a spoiler free Lost is the best cure for impatience. Ha ha! I hope you had fun with your script.

(((Mandy))) Hospice should be contacted, really. They were so helpful with my Mom-in-law a few years back. They had her eating Ice Cream and Slim Fast simultaneously.(poor man's Ensure). Hospice made it less like dying and more like living to the ultimate end.

On Fish-- I had a chiclid (pronounced sick-lid) named Midas for three years until I moved a great distance. They apparently can live much longer and are not super docile. Whereas, my one Male Beta jumped out of his container and was carried off by my cat Lorenzo behind the television for a mid-afternoon morsel. Zo's been missing for a week! sob.

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jose043 - May 24, 2007 12:04 am (#1502 of 2988)

Hi all

Healing charms to Mandy & her Grandfather hope he doesn't suffer to much.

To all the birthday kids of forum happy birthday.

We have finally got my Duel Core Intel which is a G5 Mac with Parallels so can run Window programs on the computer as well. Plus all the games that I like playing as they no longer run on the Mac program as it will not except Classic.

Solitaire you wouldn't be count down the days to no more teaching for a few months by any chance.

Smoke from fires, I Will agree people have wood fires & nearly every morning for the last few days have been able to smell smoke when I have gone out side for the paper & to unlock our garage for the day.

John,  you said it was that I was a perfectionist -  how I Wish that were so!  Sorry for no comment till now but have been a little busy here one way & another.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London.

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Snuffles - May 24, 2007 12:46 am (#1503 of 2988)

Happy belated birthdays to Sydney and Lexie, I hope you both had a wonderful day

(((Mandy))),**strengthening charms** to your family.

((Sheila)), more hugs to you. When the girl is older, I'm sure she will realise just how much you did for her. It takes a special person to have been able to do what you and your family did.

I can't help but read the white text for Lost , I know, I'm weak I'm weak, I cannot help it!!

I have just received Olivia's nursery invoice, and It has just dawned on me that I only have 2 further ones to get before she starts school

Off to check the threads

Have a good Thursday everyone

Julie

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dizzy lizzy - May 24, 2007 4:41 am (#1504 of 2988)

Hello!!!

Okay... I think I might have to hit the magic button, but I finally have a laptop with cordless keyboard and mouse to go with it. I still don't have a phone line...it will be installed sometime around the 20th July, so I am using my friends phone line.

I have settled well here and Lucy is enjoying herself immensely. I am staying temporarily in a religious community (Hutterite/Mennonite/Anabaptist - in other words a "plain" community. So I don't break any rules.... most of the definitions are easily found using google) and I am enjoying the company both on a social and spiritual level. I have not decided as of yet whether I will stay here any longer than 6 months, but so far everything is working out OK.

The children are very enamoured of Lucy and enjoy taking her for walks during their recesses (they are all homeschooled) and during the afternoon. I was able to get a new Sewing Machine and Overlocker (serger) as well and I am getting caught up on all my sewing.

The drive down here was wonderful, Lucy behaved herself beautifully and the worst part of the trip was driving onto the ferry. Lucy was sedated for the ferry trip and took about 36 hours to really knock over the effects of the sedative. The ferry trip was rough, Bass Strait is not calm by any stretch of the imagination, and it must have been pretty scary for Lucy down in the Garages.

The house was finally sold and the title was transferred and the money is in the bank. So everything finally turned out for the best.

Okay....It is getting late here and I still have stuff I need to do on the computer so I think I'll just go hit the magic button and talk to you all later.

Hugs for everyone who needs it. And Happy Birthday to all those who celebrated while I was offline.

Lizzy

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 24, 2007 5:00 am (#1505 of 2988)

Congratulations and welcome back, Lizzy!

It's an awful pang, isn't it, Julie (Snuffles) - how close they are to real school?

I am taking Trevor to pick up duck eggs for our incubator this morning after I drop Priscilla to school. I hope they work out. They are supposed to be more difficult to hatch than chicks.

Pirates is out today! Trevor wants to go. Sheila, was it you who took your little guy to see Spidey 3 and covered his eyes? I might try that with my little man - he asked me if we could go see PotC.

I thought my long school-free weekend was going to be relatively restful but now we have a movie night, two girls sleeping over tomorrow night, Trevor's family party (hubby's parents - Trevor's nan and granddad - hadn't seen him for his birthday) on Saturday & Sunday School on Sunday. I am NOT planning anything for Mon. and Tues. . .nope. . .nothing at all. . .

Maria

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Puck - May 24, 2007 6:09 am (#1506 of 2988)

Hey, Lizzy! Glad the move went well!

We'll have to have an online support party next fall when Diva, Little Pince, Olivia, Trevor, and (I believe) Kay's son all start school. Denise, do you have one going off for the first time as well?

Kathy

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Denise P. - May 24, 2007 6:20 am (#1507 of 2988)

Nope, Iain started K this year but has been going to Pre-K for 2 years already. Kierynn will start K in 2008.

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kaykay1970 - May 24, 2007 6:28 am (#1508 of 2988)
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I get to keep my Little Guy until 2008 too. I don't know exactly what I plan to do once I have him in school. I've been a stay at home Mom for so very long. I really want to go back to school, but really need to figure out what sort of classes I want to take.

Welcome back Lizzy!

We're going to see the Pirates tomorrow night, Maria. My girls both have birthdays coming up and they really want to go to the movies.

I hope everything goes smoothly when your young lady comes to collect her things Sheila. Hugs to you!

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Marie E. - May 24, 2007 6:38 am (#1509 of 2988)

I cannot even imagine that Kierynn is almost old enough to go to kindergarten! I can still remember when you were pregnant with her. Time flies, eh?

The last day of school was yesterday and the girls both brought home wonderful report cards. It struck me that this year Shayla was hardly in trouble at all in school. Her teacher did mention to me that Shayla was very fond of "pushing the other kids buttons" so I know she wasn't a complete angel. I did notice that for most of the year Shayla sat up front by the teacher's desk. Smart move. I have one more year until Shayla goes to middle school. I don't know if I'm ready for all that.

We had a little snow last night, which is soooo unfair. It rained all afternoon and then around 8pm the temperature dropped in the 30's and we got lovely snow. It's all melted now, of course.

We have two barbeque's to attend this weekend, as well as Territory Days. Territory Days is a weekend long street fair in the historic downtown area. I'm trying not to schedule anything for Monday and actually have a day off where I get to relax. We'll see how that goes.

Tonight is my kindergarten graduation. Last year I cried like a baby, but I don't see that happening this year. I had a very hard class this year, and I hate to say it, but I'm not sad to see them go. I don't know if I'll be having a graduation next year. Our school district is now offering free full day kindergarten at almost all the schools now. Our biggest draw for private kindergarten was that we were full day. Who's going to pay extra for what they can get for free? My classes have always been about half full of children who just barely missed the cut-off for kindergarten so my director says that is what we'll focus on, a sort of souped-up Pre-K, and I'll use the same kindergarten curriculum that I've been using. Technically though, I'll no longer be considered a kindergarten teacher. I'm a bit bummed about it all.

Well, I'm off to deal with hyper school age children who are excited to out of school. Lexi may be the only one who's disappointed about summer.

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Holly T. - May 24, 2007 6:46 am (#1510 of 2988)

Solitaire--I will blame me when the sixth graders get strep. However, I figure daughter caught the germ at school so it is not all my fault. Daughter is on antibiotics and not running a fever and she said she felt ok yesterday at school. She was tired when she got home though, but still no fever. She did talk to her student council sponsor and got her interview rescheduled for this morning. I kept telling her that the teachers had their grades done or would understand if she missed class for being sick, but she doesn't believe me. This is the same child who also doesn't believe me when I say that turning in one homework assignment late is no big deal because things will average out. She acts like I'm trying to get her to rob a bank or something when I suggest that.  

Nice to see you Lizzy! Glad to move went well.

Puck, we are now considering having evil babysitter check on Tony the orange cat and either boarding fluffy cat (expensive!) or taking her to the pound.

I want to go see the Pirates movie tomorrow but I really need to do laundry, run errands, etc. since we're leaving for vacation on Saturday. We might go see it while we're in California.

My son is really enjoying his drum set. The cats are not, LOL.

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2BMcsmom - May 24, 2007 7:09 am (#1511 of 2988)

Welcome back Lizzy.

Healing charms to those that need them.

Rest wishes for all the bust forumers.

Oldest is having some friends over on Sat. for his birthday. It started out around 5 friends. The count is now around 12. Would not be bad if I was not having to get up at 1am to run paper route. How do you tell some yes and others no. This is the reason Mr. Mc says he is going to sell the house and car to get me a motel and bus.

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Solitaire - May 24, 2007 7:19 am (#1512 of 2988)

Solitaire you wouldn't be count down the days to no more teaching for a few months by any chance.

LOL Josephine! How can you tell? Actually, when we hit 30 school days remaining, I put it on the board and began the countdown. We used to have one teacher who did it from day 180, but that can be depressing if you are having a terrible year. My year has been stressful, and though some of my kids are real pistols, about 80% of the stress has come from things that had nothing to do with the kids. There are a lot of irritating, upsetting administrative issues that have sent us reeling this year. They seem to have calmed down for the time being. I hope it lasts. (Counting today, we have 5 kid days left.)

Marie E.: We had a little snow last night ...

Snow????????? It's going to be 91 degrees F. here. That isn't so bad ... except that for the afternoon, we will all be herded upstairs into the peanut gallery of the UNair-conditioned gym for the faculty-student volleyball game. I like the game; the heat up there is unbearable, however, with south-facing windows pouring hot afternoon sun upon us all.

Holly, I do not think you are to blame. I suspect your teachers are operating under the same situation we have in our school--take away all books and let kids know that grades are in .... and STILL require the teachers to teach them and make them behave and learn. It's a tall order--I'll bet our Super couldn't do it--and the teachers probably used whatever they could to make them toe the line. If the work and the tests are seriously important, they can be made up. It's great that your daughter is so diligent; I'd love a few more like her. But it's also important that she not spoil her own holiday by lying in bed sick for the first week or two of it. Good luck!

Well, I'm off for the day. (Some would say I am always off, but what do they know? hehe)

Solitaire

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Jenniffler - May 24, 2007 7:45 am (#1513 of 2988)

I heard Pirates of the Carribean The End of the World is really, really long--almost three hours so, if you go with little ones, sit near the exit, they''ll probably need a few parent led intermissions. But for Chow Yun Fat, I'm willing to get a baby-sitter and a tired rear to get to see this flick. Some time, maybe next week.

Last Day of School! Dan will pass out bubbles and wands today for his summer birthday. We don't do cupcakes. Niffler Daughter is now too cool to be picked up early.

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Madam Pince - May 24, 2007 8:48 am (#1514 of 2988)

Just spent five minutes trying to figure out why a hair-removal product would be associated with Solitaire's school gym. I think I need to go back to bed.

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Mrs. Sirius - May 24, 2007 9:35 am (#1515 of 2988)

Happy Birthday, Lexie!!! and to Trevor and everyone else.

I just attended a meeting (planning end of school party in a month) and heard there is research that suggests that people who are diagnosed with Tourrette's syndrome or Tourrette's like tics are actually suffering from the after effects of Strep throat.

Healing charms to all those with illness or recovering from said.

journeymom and Ungrateful Son you are hysterical! So, Ungrateful who are you taking to London when you win the trip, hmmm?

Jennifler, ohhh tough luck with your fish. My son last year cleaned out the fish tank before we went on vacation, to make sure Inky had a nice clean bowl while we gone. When my husband went to feed it, he discovered that our child had forgotten to put the fish back in the bowl, unfortunately it had been a very hot week.

My son will be 11 in about 10 days, have any of your 11 years olds gotten their letter? what did it say?

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Holly T. - May 24, 2007 9:47 am (#1516 of 2988)

My daughter got her letter last year on her birthday--the owls delivered it to our hotel room in Williamsburg where we were on vacation. She has accused me of buying it on eBay but I am sticking to the "it was magic" story. :-)

I don't remember exactly what the letter says but I know it had the part about how you could bring a pet because dh was all excited that he might get to ship evil fluffy cat to Hogwarts (vacation last year was right after the $1000 vet bill for said cat).

LOL at Madame Pince.

Dh went to the sixth grade awards day this morning and daughter got an award for having all A's all year and the award for being the top pre-AP language arts student in sixth grade. And she did get on student council for next year!

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painting sheila - May 24, 2007 9:47 am (#1517 of 2988)

Hi everyone -

Me and Littlest Guy went strawberry picking today. Yum-o!! I think I am going to ask Oldest Daughter to help make jam tonight.

Oldest Son is home from school with pinkeye - yuck! I have a feeling we all will end up with it sooner or later. (sigh) Maybe I can talk the doctor into writing prescriptions for all of us at once.

Someone asked why Oldest Daughter was upset about the young lady leaving. She is upset because we aren't letting the young lady move back in. She has been gone since Monday and hasn't contacted us or her mother at all. Plus, everything that led up to her leaving in the first place. Oldest Daughter wants her to come back because she knows this is the best place for her. It says a lot for her character I think.

Oldest Son auditioned for the county school system wide production of Les Mis and got in! wOOt! If any of you live in this area and like musical theater - this will be a great production to see. I think the shows are in September.

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kaykay1970 - May 24, 2007 9:59 am (#1518 of 2988)
Edited May 24, 2007 10:55 am

Congratulations Oldest Son. And healing charms for that pink eye!

We bought a Hedwig at the flea market. It's really cute and maybe if you google you may find one. Hedwig hangs down from the ceiling underneath a banner that has Post Owl logo on it. He carries a Hogwarts letter.

Edit: It is manufactured by Hallmark cards. Maybe that will help you find one!

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azi - May 24, 2007 10:31 am (#1519 of 2988)

Yey, my Internet is finally back on! As of yesterday BT 'didn't know' what was wrong. The only thing left to check was the broadband line from the exchange to the house so it must have been that!

**hugs** Mandy, also **healing charms** to you.

**waves** to Dizzy Lizzy! Sounds like you're enjoying yourself in your new home!

Congrats to Shelia's oldest son! I hope the less stressful life continues!

Holly - your daughter is such a Hermione! You must be proud.

Apologies to anyone I missed. I did read every single post!

I got a confusing email from my mother this morning. It had a photo of the back garden at home covered in a foot of snow! Snow in mid/late-May? At first I was worried about my cacti that I'd put outside to get some proper rain a few days ago, but then I realised it must have taken Hotmail about 6 months to send me the email. My mum's going to be so confused when she gets the email I sent back!

Happy days to all!

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Madam Pince - May 24, 2007 10:46 am (#1520 of 2988)

LOL Azi -- Hotmail must've delivered to Marie E's house, too!

Update on the AP test cheaters as Soli requested -- they will not be allowed to re-take the test. Their class grades will stand, but they will not receive college credit. Letters sent home said "officials are continuing to investigate and further disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate," and it sounded like the proctor will be in deep trouble as well, because he/she apparently let the room run amuck and did absolutely nothing even after students reported seeing cheating during restroom breaks. The test environment was so disruptive that The College Board said nobody could've possibly performed as they should, so they are allowing everybody (except cheaters) to re-take the exam. Apparently the "good" kids are fed up with what is supposedly "a culture of brazen and unpunished cheating at the school, which is pushing kids to take AP courses and to improve its image as one of the state's top performing high schools." One of the 17-year-old test takers was so concerned, he did a survey of his fellow students about cheating and submitted the results to the principal, who says he "hasn't had a chance to review the survey but will address it in short order." Sounds to me like the 17-year-old ought to be earning part of the principal's salary, since he's doing part of the principal's job...

Stress-Free Charms to everyone planning a busy weekend! Maria, sounds like you'll be on the run!

Woo-hoo and congratulations to all the forum kids with the straight-A's and honor roll and other good grades! See, good genes...

Lizzy, glad to hear you've settled in -- everything sounds great! Big hugs to Lucy, too -- sounds like she was a trooper and handled the journey well!

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journeymom - May 24, 2007 11:01 am (#1521 of 2988)

south-facing windows pouring hot afternoon sun upon us all. –Solitaire

Now wait a minute. If the room is truly south-facing then the afternoon sun shouldn't be coming through those windows! The afternoon sun would shine through any west-facing windows, though. Unless I've misunderstood something about astronomy. I suppose depending on the degree of the sun from the horizon (late autumn through early spring?) the sun might still be pouring in through a south window....

Grammar question- how does one indicate possessiveness with a proper noun that ends in 's'? James's broom? Sirius's motorcycle? Or is it James' and Sirius'?

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Thom Matheson - May 24, 2007 11:11 am (#1522 of 2988)

Denise, Thanks for the tip. Forumers meet Anne Louise, with Ethan

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Chemyst - May 24, 2007 11:15 am (#1523 of 2988)

journeymom, that rule for American English has been in a bit of flux over the years.
Here is Strunk's Rules of Usage: http://www.bartleby.com/141/strunk.html#1
This is the usage of the United States Government Printing Office and of the Oxford University Press. The important thing is to be consistent thoughout your work and not switch back and forth.

** Hi, Anne Louise with Ethan!

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journeymom - May 24, 2007 12:50 pm (#1524 of 2988)
Edited May 24, 2007 1:34 pm

Thanks, Chemyst! So it would be James's broom, Sirius's motorcycle.

But I hadn't even thought about the other examples! Ugh! For forms such as "for conscience' sake", 'for righteousness' sake", there is no explanation why the rule is different. The obvious difference is that one is a proper noun, the other is not. But the las two examples also both end with soft conce-, consen-, soft sounds, the 's' sound. Is that why they don't warrent the second, possessive letter S?

English is insane! Oh well, I got my original question answered.

Thom, they're both cute! But you knew that!

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 24, 2007 1:23 pm (#1525 of 2988)

Just spent five minutes trying to figure out why a hair-removal product would be associated with Solitaire's school gym. Madam Pince
LOL, Madam Pince - I did the same thing! Okay, so maybe now I don't feel so badly.

Thom, Anne Louise is beautiful and Ethan is so cute! They're both at such a nice age. **sigh**

At Trevor's Kindergarten Orientation the other day, one of the specialists said that if you are still crying when your child starts school, you don't have enough children. I think I could have 50 and still cry.

Geez, Chemyst - you mean I didn't have to buy the book????

Wow, 168 minutes! You're right, Jenniffler. Actually, Trevor can handle it. He liked the last one, though I insisted on covering his eyes when I thought it was scary.

Healing charms and congratulations to Oldest son!

Safe travels for those who are going away. Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend, everyone!

Maria

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2BMcsmom - May 24, 2007 5:35 pm (#1526 of 2988)

Just spent five minutes trying to figure out why a hair-removal product would be associated with Solitaire's school gym.

LOL Even more so considering I have now spent a good bit of time going back to that post to try and find the hair-removal product. I think I finally figured it out. I definitely need sleep.

Madam P it is betta, I am a bad speller and I do not always remember spell check. Plus bad typing.

Congratulations to Oldest Son. Way to go. Hope he gets to feeling better soon and that it does not spread to other family members. Enjoy the jam. Homemade jam is delicious. Have been getting LOL from your smilies.

Thom they are both precious and you must be very proud.

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Finn BV - May 24, 2007 7:02 pm (#1527 of 2988)

Hello all, I know it's been a while, just checking in to say hi! Yes, MTV did indeed come to interview us a few weeks ago, and I promise to tell you all the details tomorrow if I have the time to stop by. Tomorrow's the last day of classes, I cannot believe I'm going to be a sophomore! We have finals starting next week, but things have really started to slow down… whew… hoping that means I can come to the forum more often!

Also, welcome to all our new members! And glad to see Ungrateful Son finally joined… with a very spot-on user name.

Going to see Pirates 3 tomorrow, yippee!

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Ydnam96 - May 24, 2007 7:25 pm (#1528 of 2988)

Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers. I appreciate it. My grandfather is not doing any better since the dialysis yesterday. He is quite exhausted actually. I had to go to the urgent care clinic today. It appears I have a sinus infection as well as the bronchitis. Not fun.

I am excited to see Pirates! I think we might go on Sat. night or Sunday. It depends on how I'm feeling and how grandpa is doing.

TTFN

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Holly T. - May 24, 2007 7:52 pm (#1529 of 2988)

Journeymom, when in doubt, add the s, even for those weird exceptions.

Mandy, healing charms for you and your grandfather.

Yes, my daughter is a Hermione. ;-)

We had our Girl Scout end of year party tonight. The girls got their Bronze Awards. The younger siblings ran around like maniacs. We had 30-something people here (I lost count--10 girls, plus family members). It started raining right at the end (we were all out on the porch--ok, the younger siblings were in the yard, on the playscape, etc.). It was fun, but now I'm tired!

I'm off tomorrow to pack for vacation!

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Denise P. - May 24, 2007 8:28 pm (#1530 of 2988)

Holly, did they do a group project or individual ones? Kaity is about to finish her first Sign and so I am starting to collect bronze ideas for her to consider over the summer. We still have 2 years to work on everything though. Her troop has been more than a little disorganized this year, it is a new one that we moved into when we moved. All the stuff she is being awarded in a few weeks are things that we have done here at home, not with the troop.

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John Bumbledore - May 24, 2007 8:40 pm (#1531 of 2988)

I cannot believe I'm going to be a sophomore! — Finn BV
Oh now Finn, we all know you been through this before because you are really a 40 year old... Or are you thinking that just for you they'll let you skip to your junior year?

Okay, I just re-read that and my wife is right, when it comes to telling jokes. I am so good that I need to change my career.

I should become a butcher.

She said I can really kill a joke.

Okay, Elanor mention tasting words then Chemyst bring up Skunk's rules of usage.

NOPE, Sorry! I don't want to taste that!

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Solitaire - May 24, 2007 8:47 pm (#1532 of 2988)

Just spent five minutes trying to figure out why a hair-removal product would be associated with Solitaire's school gym

ROTFL Madam Pince! You are too funny! I probably should have gone back and hyphenated the UN, but I was running late and had to clean up the back yard before leaving. Regarding the oven-like peanut gallery ... fortunately (or not ... I haven't decided yet) I escaped having to climb the stairs and sit up there. The kids were running amok with so many of the faculty involved in the game. Others, who were supposed to be helping with crowd control, were heaven knows where.

I was tapped to do cop duty in the halls and keep the kids confined to either the gym or the hallway that runs through it--so that we could keep track of the kids who just couldn't handle the heat upstairs. I've never heard so many creative excuses for urgent needs to be somewhere they were not supposed to be. Fortunately, I am impervious to pleading. BTW, journeymom, at that early time of afternoon, there is still sun coming from the south. Even as it moves west, it still manages to heat the top floor.

Thanks for the update on the cheaters, Madam Pince. It sounds like they won't prosper at all! I only hope the cheaters don't decide to get even with the whistle-blowers. I don't blame the honest kids for wanting to protect their reputations, which they obviously feel are going to be tarnished by association with the cheaters.

Oh now Finn, we all know you been through this before because you are really a 40 year old

I thought he was a 51-year-old professor. Hm ...

Solitaire ... 4 more days!!!!!!

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geauxtigers - May 24, 2007 9:12 pm (#1533 of 2988)

4 hours separates me from freedom!!! I'm not studying anymore. I can't do it, I have 2 exams tomorrow, french and government. I did well on my english exam, not great on math, but hey, what else is new there. Same goes for physics, I'm pretty sure I failed it. I will be shocked if I passed it, but oh well, its over and done with and it'll be years before I have to take it again...and I should still have a decent semester average.

I pushed the magic button so I was just popping in. I changed my mind, I might go cram a bit more before turning in. I just want to snap my fingers and it be summer already! I want to go to the beach and lay out and stay up late and sleep as long as I want! Starbucks still hasn't called me or Ginny back. Not looking too good, I'll probably just babysit again this summer.

Hope everyone is doing well!

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The giant squid - May 24, 2007 9:26 pm (#1534 of 2988)

I probably won't get a chance to see Pirates until Sunday, but I got to see some of it this afternoon while we were trying to get a digital projector working properly. If the rest of it is as good as what I saw, 168 minutes is nothing! Totally worth it.

I'm not going to use the white text for Lost, but I will say this: The person I expected to die did, but I still wish they had survived; the flashback wasn't all that it seemed, and there are holes in the details; and just once I'd like someone to answer a direct question with a direct answer.

--Mike

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Mrs. Sirius - May 24, 2007 10:42 pm (#1535 of 2988)

one of the specialists said that if you are still crying when your child starts school, you don't have enough children.

Really! I cried when I sent my son to first grade (but not to kindergarten) and I had the triplets at home.

When the triplets started first grade again, it was the same thing, well, I may have done a little jig right after the tears. But I really don't think I need more kids than that!

Thom such cute kids, they are always so cute!

Congratulations on almost being a sophomore Finn! Now comes the fun part, the wise fool...

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Chemyst - May 25, 2007 5:34 am (#1536 of 2988)

…one of the specialists said that if you are still crying when your child starts school, you don't have enough children. I think I could have 50 and still cry. – HH11

Hm… I think if you are not crying you probably have too many. But then, I resolved that problem long ago. (Subtly inserts home schooling promo)

Geez, Chemyst - you mean I didn't have to buy the book????  LOL   Having Strunk & White's book is good. I still use my paperback more than the online copy; although I don't use either as much as I used to. I don't know whether that means that I've started to memorize it or if I just don't care so much anymore.
 (Shakes head pitifully at John's skunk joke. Butchering skunks; it does give four paws one pause.)

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Denise P. - May 25, 2007 5:41 am (#1537 of 2988)

I have sent 7 kids off to school so far, not a single tear except on unexpected days when they don't get to go

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Mrs. Sirius - May 25, 2007 6:38 am (#1538 of 2988)

lol, Denise that is how I feel now.

'Mommy, I feel sick"...

that's ok you will feel better when you get to school. GO!

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 25, 2007 6:46 am (#1539 of 2988)

LOL - you are all so funny!

((Mandy)), hang in there. I suspect that stress has a lot to do with how your body is handling illness at the moment. Prayers and strengthening charms.

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Ydnam96 - May 25, 2007 7:14 am (#1540 of 2988)

Thanks!

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Holly T. - May 25, 2007 7:38 am (#1541 of 2988)

Denise--I gave them options about their projects. I had two do individual projects, one pair who did a project together (my daughter was in this group), and a group of four who worked together with my assistant leader's guidance (her daughter was in that group). I also had three who didn't do projects. What I didn't want was a troop project where I planned it and they just had to show up. I don't think it gives them the leadership background they are going to need for their Silver Award projects. The four I had who worked together ended up being more along that style than I would have liked, but they did meet the requirements.

I cried when my daughter went to kindergarten but when my son started kindergarten I was just praying he didn't get sent to the office the first day of school (he didn't). Last year when I wrote the letter for son's time capsule (to be opened in 10 years, when he graduates from high school--they do this project in second grade) I cried the whole time, thinking about how much he'll have to go through before he graduates.

Son and I are about to go run errands. He just finished The Titan's Curse.

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Madam Pince - May 25, 2007 7:43 am (#1542 of 2988)

Thom, what a great picture -- they are both adorable! Welcome to the new baby girl!

I always write "James'" without the extra s, and just hope it'll be OK. I have Strunk and White sitting on the shelf in front of me this moment, and I do consult it occasionally, but usually only for "formal" writing, and I don't do much of that these days.

At a certain time of day we get a good bit of sun in our south-facing windows. I think it's usually late afternoon, and maybe the window is sort of south-west. Our house is depressingly dark usually though.

We want to go see "Pirates" this weekend, but I'm afraid Little P would be scared of the big screen and the noise level. He's OK with the previous movies at home on the TV, but he isn't fond of really loud stuff (Maria, remember the dance music?) Maybe we'll let Grandma babysit and Mr. P and I will sneak off to see it... Or if not then maybe we'll see "Shrek the Third" instead.

OK, so on Lost I agree with Mike I think: I was yelling at the screen for Charlie to swim out the porthole -- he's a little guy and it looked big enough to at least try! Or why didn't he close the door from the outside? Or block the porthole with his behind? Or even, as slow as the water was coming in, just run out and yell "Hey Des! Let's go! Place is flooding!" and they could've both swum up from the pool -- he'd already turned the blinky thingy off. I just thought it was a poor scene for his death. It was like he gave up. And why in the world doesn't anybody on this show check people's pulses to be SURE they're dead!!!! This is the second time Mikhail has done this! Grrrr.... I agree about no straight answers -- Alex: "Why not just let them go?" Ben: "Because I can't" -- ???? What is that all about? Wouldn't you then ask "WHY????" I did love how the Losties got all big and bad finally -- whoa, you can't mess with Sayid! Everybody got a bad guy, even Hero Hurley! "Yeah, I saved everybody..." and the "Attention, Others!" -- he was so funny. I loved Rousseau cold-cocking Ben in the face with her elbow to shut him up and then giving an eyeroll -- I fell out laughing. I think Walt is a Smokie/island manifestation and told Locke the same thing Ben thinks about the boat. Did you notice that the funeral home name anagrams to "Flash Forward"? (I read that somewhere else - I wasn't that clever.) Big huge hole in the flashforward -- Jack saying "Go up and get my dad and if I'm drunker than him you can fire me..." What??? The producers have said repeatedly in podcasts that Christian is DEAD. I didn't like the whole alternate timeline speculation, but now I'm thinking that's all that fits. Who is the "he" that Kate has to get back to? And the big question - who's in the coffin? I'm betting it's Ben. A site had a screencap of the news article Jack tore out, and it's definitely a man with the name J____ _____ntham -- there is a philosopher by the name of Jeremy Bentham who pioneered a prison system where the jailers observe the prisoners without them knowing -- sound familiar? Jack forces Ben to leave with them and Ben takes an alias name -- my guess. Anyway, it's going to be a long eight months!

Everyone enjoy the RotD!

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Madam Pince - May 25, 2007 7:47 am (#1543 of 2988)

Denise, did you get my e-mail?

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Denise P. - May 25, 2007 7:48 am (#1544 of 2988)

Holly, would you mind sharing what kind of projects they did for their Bronze? You can email it if you prefer....denise at hp-lexicon dot org

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painting sheila - May 25, 2007 8:42 am (#1545 of 2988)

Madame Pince - I agree with everything you said on Lost!! I hate waiting.

Oldest some is home with pink eye - yuck! Littlest One went to the doctor this morning for a sore throat. (sigh) Now the race is on to get your bets in on what Oldest Daughter will have!!

Funny!! _ Littlest One just came up to the computer and pointed at Denise P.'s avatar and said, "Hey!That's the guy that stops time!" Smart boy! Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

Things here are nice and calm and stress free. I am loving it!

We may go to the beach for the day on Monday. I think we may visit the veterans cemetery on Sunday after church. I think it is important for the kids to at least know what is the reason behind memorial day.

As far as "s" on the end of words - I didn't know how to write our last name with plural possessive for a long time. Hubby enlightened me - You are all welcome to visit the Coxes house any time you like!

Edit - "Check Spelling" didn't like "Coxes"! HA!

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John Bumbledore - May 25, 2007 9:27 am (#1546 of 2988)
Edited May 25, 2007 10:35 am

Chemyst, love the new colors in your avatar.

Okay, Kimberly just called to tell me that our *my children are Freaky Smart! On their end of grade tests, Amy (11 y.o. 5th grade) scored 99% Math 97% Reading and Joshua (12 y.o. / 7th grade) scored 97% Math and 98% Reading. Now she has been telling me that the scores (levels) run from one (bad) to four (best) but calls me Today to tell me that our children's scores actually qualify to get five's. I find this confusing but in a happy way. :silly:

Catherine, since you teach in North Carolina (or anyone else who does), might you have any information on End of Grade testing and how they count for the student and their school? An email reply would be fine.

* Note: When they are good they are my children, when they are horrid the are my wife's children.

So, we are going out to celebrate. Maybe a movie or something.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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journeymom - May 25, 2007 10:47 am (#1547 of 2988)

Having Strunk & White's book is good. I still use my paperback more than the online copy

Well, yes, you can't leave the online copy of Strunk & White on the tank of the toilet...

When our children are bickering Mr Journeymom says, "Your kids are fighting again."

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virginiaelizabeth - May 25, 2007 11:05 am (#1548 of 2988)

WOOOHOOO!!! SCHOOL IS OUT FOR SUMMERR!!!! **happy dance** I have only gotten the results back on 2 exams, math and English.. I got a 78% on both. Not my best, but I'm relatively happy as my semester grades are good. I'm not even the slightest bit worried about my physics grade because I already know I failed it, the point is that I will NEVER have to take another class like that again!! (You aren't required to take physics in college are you??) So yeah now I'm officailly a Senior!!!!!!!!! That kinda freaks me out!

Hope everyone has had a great last few weeks! I hit the magic button, so I don't really know what's been going on around here!

Have a great RotD!!

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journeymom - May 25, 2007 11:53 am (#1549 of 2988)

Yay, Ginny!

I'm thinking a 78% is Acceptable in HP parlance.

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Puck - May 25, 2007 12:28 pm (#1550 of 2988)

Congrats to all the "freaky smart" and talented children of the forum!

Thom, they are lovely.

Hubby will often tell me when my baby needs a new diaper.

There was one straight answer on Lost. When Kate asked Jack when he stuck up for Sawyer he told her flat out because he loves her. Oh, and I too suspect it was Ben in the coffin. Sad for Charlie, and also wanted him to go out the porthole or close the door from the other side. Hurley is da bomb!

It's quite hot here. We went to the dairy farm for a field trip, then most of Diva's class came here for a backyard picnic. The kids ran in the sprinkler while Moms sat in the shade. I still have one extra. Her mom needed to get her brakes checked, so I offered to keep her daughter for a bit. We are currently cooling down in the house, but once son is home I'm sure it will be back to the sprinkler.

I did not cry the first time I brought a child to preschool. I was the first parent to leave. Everyone else was standing around, watch the kids play. Son was fine, and I asked the teacher "I can leave, right?"

Finn, glad to see you pop in to say hello!

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journeymom - May 25, 2007 1:05 pm (#1551 of 2988)

Things a Mom Would Never Say

How on earth can you see the TV sitting so far back?

Yeah, I used to skip school a lot, too.

Just leave all the lights on--it makes the house look more cheery.

Let me smell that shirt. Yeah, it's good for another week.

Go ahead and keep that stray dog, honey. I'll be glad to feed and walk him every day.

Well, if Timmy's mom says it's OK, that's good enough for me.

The curfew is just a general time to shoot for. It's not like I'm running a prison around here.

Don't bother wearing a jacket--the wind-chill is bound to improve.

I don't have a tissue with me...just use your sleeve.

(Are you not supposed to tell your kid the last one...?)

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Lina - May 25, 2007 2:34 pm (#1552 of 2988)

Sending healing and strengthening charms to Mandy and family. I hope you will all be better soon and under much less stress.

Thom, the kids are beautiful!

Congratulations to your kids, John!

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Solitaire - May 25, 2007 8:17 pm (#1553 of 2988)

Is anyone going to Sonorus next month? Just wondering ...

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Ydnam96 - May 25, 2007 9:23 pm (#1554 of 2988)

PTL! I'm finally feeling better!

My grandfather is still not doing well...he had his second dialysis today and he is pretty wiped out. My uncle did take him a Frosty from Wendy's and he actually drank it (when it was thawed a bit)! So that's a wonderful thing.

Smile

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Madam Pince - May 26, 2007 12:24 am (#1555 of 2988)

Glad you're feeling better, Mandy, and hope your grandfather does well over the weekend.

We're off to Grandma's and our cabin in the mountains for the long weekend. Mr. Pince's birthday is Tuesday, so we are going to stay over so he doesn't spend that day driving, and we won't be back until Wednesday. I will miss our tee-ball team's shift at working the concession stand on Tuesday -- darn!  Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend (if it is one for you) and if not then I hope you have a great weekend anyway!

See ya Wednesday!

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Puck - May 26, 2007 8:18 am (#1556 of 2988)

Happy travels to all who are going places! I have my niece's dance recital this evening up in New Hampshire, and the town parade on Monday.

It's looking nice. Perhaps I should get the kids outside for a bit...

LOL, Journey Mom!

Kathy

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Lina - May 26, 2007 9:51 am (#1557 of 2988)

Hubby took the younger two to the beach today. Kate went on her own, yesterday and today. Now she is asking me to tell Daddy to rent some movie in the video. I had to remind her that the school is not over yet and that both, going to the beach and renting a movie would be just too much. It just feels like July so much... Do you think that the publishers could get confused with the weather as well and let the DH out one of these days?

Continued healing, recovering and strengthening charms to all that need them.

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azi - May 26, 2007 10:28 am (#1558 of 2988)

**waves** to everyone!

The weather isn't July-ish here. Cloud, cloud and more cloud...

Aww, my housemate is going out on his first date in ages. He's been asking me clothes and where to eat advice! Very sweet, but I'd never ask me for where to eat advice.

Is it a bank holiday this Monday in England? I can't remember, although it would explain why I couldn't walk anywhere for the crowds of people in York this afternoon.

Hope all USA people have a nice holiday weekend! Happy weekend for everyone else!

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Good Evans - May 26, 2007 10:29 am (#1559 of 2988)

Thom - your grand daughter is gorgeous, and what a lovely photo!!

Holly - very proud of your daugher for you - what a great acheivement!!

Ginny and Tori - glad school is out for you... I am still working away on my asingment for finance - due in on Wednesday then I am done too. just the project to go.

I have a stiff knee and very painful - so a few tips Soli would be good!! I think this time it may be the Dr.

hubby went in to town today for the first time... I worried the whole time - but he was fine and he pre booked DH for me = but he booked the adult cover - I have never bought an adult cover!!! So now I will have to buy two!!!

love to all.... julie x

edit - yes to bank holiday Azi - Woo Hoo!!!

ps- welcome back to the land of the internet too!!

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painting sheila - May 26, 2007 12:43 pm (#1560 of 2988)

Yeah! Azi is back !!

Yeah!! The twins are done!!

Yeah! John's kids are very very smart!!

Yeah!! Mandy's Grandpa enjoyed a Frosty! That is the best news out of all of them Mandy. Frosty's are one of my most favorite things in the world. Hang in there and enjoy every moment you can. I hope you are feeling better today also.

I am off to get more work done around the house.

Good Evans - Sorry about your knee. Please get it looked at - it is so important to get those things taken care of quickly (furtive but meaningful looks being sent geuxtigers way Smiley courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org )

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Solitaire - May 26, 2007 3:07 pm (#1561 of 2988)

Julie, so sorry about the knee. Mine has been much better since the weather heated up, although I do have "twinges" that keep me mindful of it all the time. When it was so stiff and painful, alternating ice packs and a heating pad helped a lot, as did staying off my feet and elevating my leg for an entire weekend. Good luck!

Solitaire

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Puck - May 26, 2007 6:45 pm (#1562 of 2988)

The only housework I did all day was to make french toast for breakfast. We played outside, and then I needed to get ready for the trip north to see my youngest neice's first dance recital. She did well, but the child in her group that was so scared of the audience she danced with her eyes closed stole the show. There was an interesting dance with older girls dressed as Zombies that had me thinking of inferi. Diva and I went out to eat after and enjoyed some nice mother-daughter time, which was the best part.

Hope the rest of you can also find time to be lazy and eat some ice cream!

Kathy

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Ydnam96 - May 26, 2007 8:51 pm (#1563 of 2988)

I am feeling much much better! Thank you!

Grandpa is doing okay...his BP was 63/28 tonight when they made us leave the hospital. He looked like he was going to cry when we told him we had to go. I did make him smile though: I bought him a not-so-forum-friendly-card at Target (not bad, but not something I would post).

I also bought myself a copy of The Children of Hurin and the Mugglenet.com's What Will Happen In Harry Potter 7.

At the moment I'm content to read and go to sleep.

Thanks for all the ongoing support!

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Solitaire - May 26, 2007 9:30 pm (#1564 of 2988)

Mandy, is anyone allowed to stay all night with your grandpa? I ask, because when my dad was in the hospital, my mom stayed round-the-clock in his room for several days. The docs told her to go home, but she said she would just stay in the lobby all night. So ... they put a recliner chair in his room, and she slept there. My dad did better when Mom was with him at night. Your grandpa might feel more comfy if they let someone stay with him. Is that a possibility? Just wondering ...

Solitaire

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Elanor - May 26, 2007 9:43 pm (#1565 of 2988)
Edited May 26, 2007 11:03 pm

Many good thoughts, prayers and Strengthening Charms sent your way and your family's, Mandy!

Congratulations on the good news and healing Charms to all needing some too!

Bonnes vacances (happy vacation) Ginny and Tori and everyone else starting it, woohoo! I so wish summer vacation was here already: school only ends on July 6th here but the kids are already in "vacation mode", not easy, lol!

Have a good weekend everybody! BTW, has anyone celebrated Star Wars' Anniversary? I watched "The Empire Strikes Back" yesterday to pay homage to it, it's still my favorite of the series (and I still want a R2 unit for my birthday!!! I keep asking for it but alas, earwax! ).

Audrey

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journeymom - May 26, 2007 9:49 pm (#1566 of 2988)

This is the Anniversary of Star Wars?? And here we sit watching Eragon. :grumpy:

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Nathan Zimmermann - May 26, 2007 9:52 pm (#1567 of 2988)

Pirates of the Caribbean spoiler according to the writers of the film there is additional scene at the ending of the movie after the end credits that alters the ending slightly by altering the fate of Will Turner.

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painting sheila - May 26, 2007 9:53 pm (#1568 of 2988)

Not much happening here today - just house cleaning and grocery shopping and a meeting and .. . . . oh never mind! There was TOO Much going on here today!

Did I mention I got to work on Thomas the Tank Engine costumes yesterday? I got to make Sir Topumhat's (sp?) fat suit. Fun!!I didn't take doodle to see the show - but it looked like it was beautiful. Bright costumes and a very pretty set. Yeah!

I have to give a talk tomorrow at a local church. I am not nervous - but will be tomorrow. I always prepare and feel prepared until I get there and then I am thinking - "Oh my gosh! Why didn't I prepare more!!!!" Wish me luck.

Nathan - Thanks!! I can't wait to see it!wOOt!! Maybe on Monday if I am a good girl.

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journeymom - May 26, 2007 9:57 pm (#1569 of 2988)

Good luck, Sheila!

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Jenniffler - May 26, 2007 10:14 pm (#1570 of 2988)

LOL Elanor, The only Star Wars toy I ever got to play with was R2-D2,since I was good at beeping. Back then parents couldn't understand why a girl might like a "boy" movie. How times have changed!

Good luck Sheila, if you want, I can email you my "accordion talk" strategy.

I hope those with knee problems aren't serious to need anything more than a hot bath, a cold pack, and a convenient package of sour gummy worms.

A bat sought refuge under our van's windshield wipers today. We think it was sick or hurt. But the kids went to look at it close up. I was horrified in a kind of protective mommy way. It was nursing and covering up its young. Bitter and sweet at the same time. And two thoughts kept running through my mind. 1. We are ALL going to die of rabies. 2. Long live MPISM!

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geauxtigers - May 26, 2007 10:17 pm (#1571 of 2988)

Okay, so, magic button has been pushed, sorry guys! Last week lasted entirly too long, but its over now, and I can sit back and relax and count down the days till DH. Speaking of, I've got to get reading! I'm half way through PS!! I need to step it up if I'm going to get them all read before the 21st!

I bought some super glue today and glued my PoAs back together. Should stay, but then again after you've tried 4 or 5 different glues...should've just used super glue from the get go...

I hope everyone is well. Charms to all who need them. I'm off to read!

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Good Evans - May 27, 2007 6:14 am (#1572 of 2988)

knee still twinging toady - but having walked dog - it is much looser - bowing/ kneeling at altar in church was good fun ! (ouch).

I was a sidesman today (for the first time) would you believe my collecting pouch had a hole???? pennies all over the floor - can only happen to me!

doggie is a bit off colour - I have sent her to bed to sleep it off, I think it is just an upset tummy (must have ate something yesteray when out on walk) - she is ok in herself just a bit quiet (for my bouncy puppy). If no better tomorrow she is off to vet.

have a nice sunday all

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Lina - May 27, 2007 6:16 am (#1573 of 2988)

Healing charms to you and to Luna, Julie.

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Good Evans - May 27, 2007 6:18 am (#1574 of 2988)

thanks Lina!

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Solitaire - May 27, 2007 8:27 am (#1575 of 2988)

Yikes, Julie! You actually kneeled? I am impressed. If I had to kneel down on the floor on either of my knees, i'd probably scream. I've had to get down on the floor a couple of times recently to get something from under the bed, and it is excruciating--in any position. I can't even squat down. My knees just won't go.

I hope Luna is feeling better. I had a terrible ordeal with Stoney a couple of years ago. (Elanor, do you remember when it happened?) He developed an infection and nearly died. The doc figured he probably ate something weird (a dead bug or some old, moldy piece of fruit that fell off one of the trees). Anyway, they wound up doing an ultrasound, blood tests, etc. He spent four days in the doggy hospital, and I had a HUGE bill. He is almost as expensive as a child! I hope Luna is up and at 'em soon.

Healing charms to you both!

Solitaire

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Good Evans - May 27, 2007 9:16 am (#1576 of 2988)

Thanks Solitaire!

Luna no better, no worse, I am just keeping an eye - if no better tomorrow I shall call the vets (cost a fortune on a bank holiay!). I can't help it - anything at all and I fear the worst, I need to get over this!!!

There is no way I could have knelt yesterday but today has been much better, still twingeing but a million times better than yesterday! I have discovered that walking and actually using the leg definitely helps - but i dont want to over do it and cause a bigger problem!

rainy day here today - all very dull, off out to "watch" badminton in a bit as I dont think the knee is up to that!!

ho hum......

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kaykay1970 - May 27, 2007 9:35 am (#1577 of 2988)

Thom, Anne Louise and Ethan are both adorable!!

Happy Summer to all our forum kids now on break! WooHoo!

Healing charms to Julie's knee, Luna and anyone else who needs them. Hugs to ((Mandy))!

Congratulations to all our high achieving forum kids. Maybe someday Lady Bumbledore's children will be just as brilliant as John's are.

My girl is 10 years old today! I can't believe she'll be old enough to attend Hogwarts in just one more year! LOL

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journeymom - May 27, 2007 10:46 am (#1578 of 2988)

And two thoughts kept running through my mind. 1. We are ALL going to die of rabies. 2. Long live MPISM!

:rotflmbo! Oh my, that is just too funny! Especially out of context... *sniff* [wipes an eye]

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The giant squid - May 27, 2007 12:13 pm (#1579 of 2988)

Nathan: I just got back from watching Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and I'd say the after-credits bit doesn't so much change Will's fate as confirm it. But it is open to interpretation whether or not he'll be stuck doing that forever...depends on how much money Orlando & Keira ask for for Pirates 4

--Mike

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Puck - May 27, 2007 12:59 pm (#1580 of 2988)

What's MPISM?

Happy Birthday to Kay's daughter!

Currently watching Winnie the Pooh. Littlest Puck was calling, "Mama - Owl - HooHoo!" Too cute! She's learning so fast. Seems like I was just waiting for her and book 6 to arrive.....

Healing charms to sore knees and tummies!

Hoping to see Pirates soon. We're watching a friend's cats while they are on vacation, and we're told they would give us a night of babysitting upon their return. (Not that we wouldn't care for the cats anyway.)

Which reminds me, time to go feed those cats! I almost forgot!

Kathy

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Chemyst - May 27, 2007 1:08 pm (#1581 of 2988)

What's MPISM?

Madame Pince Is Snape's Mum. – see the Eileen Prince thread.

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Jenniffler - May 27, 2007 1:10 pm (#1582 of 2988)

Kathy (Puck) MPISM is short for “Madam Pince Is Snape's Mum.’   It is a frequent topic on the Eileen Prince thread. The reference to bats is because Snape swoops a lot and uses his cape in a fashion that reminds Harry of a bat.

It is a running joke as well, Like DIGS (Dumbledore Is the Giant Squid) or getting Kipendo'ed (Kip Carter can end a discussion, or he can delete Non-Forum Friendly topics faster than a lightning bolt!)

Cross posted with Chemyst, who is always faster fingered.

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Eponine - May 27, 2007 4:27 pm (#1583 of 2988)

We just got back from Pirates, and I absolutely LOVED it! As for the after credits scene, the writers have said on their website, that if Calypso/Tia Dalma had been faithful to Davy Jones, his curse would have been broken, and he would have been able to step foot on land. So, the final scene with Elizabeth and Will Jr. was supposed to show that she'd been faithful, and that Will's curse was broken and he no longer had to be the captain of the Flying Dutchman. But that part apparently got edited out. I prefer to take the writers' explanation because I don't like the idea of the two of them only getting to see each other once every ten years.

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Mediwitch - May 27, 2007 7:32 pm (#1584 of 2988)

Congratulations to all the smart kids, scouting achievers, and the I-made-it-through-the-school-year celebrators! Healing charms and (((HUGS))) as needed.

Happy Birthday 11 to Kaykay's daughter!

We moved Ryan from Worcester to Medford yesterday - from a first floor apartment to a THIRD floor apartment! Fortunately, he's a young, single guy so he travels light and brings friends to help move! I would have waved Puck, but I wasn't sure in which direction to wave!

Saw Shrek today - we (two teachers and I) took three of our students who have never been to see a movie in a theater before, and they LOVED it! The kids are the oldest of six siblings, and while they have a very loving family, theaters are more than they can handle. We had a blast.

Off to catch up on some threads...seems like I can only get here every few days or so this time of year! Some of the threads move too fast for that!

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Lina - May 27, 2007 9:56 pm (#1585 of 2988)

(Belated) Happy birthday to Kay's younger daughter! I hope you had a wonderful day.

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Good Evans - May 27, 2007 11:19 pm (#1586 of 2988)

happy birthday "youngest Kay". Hope you ahd a lovely day!!!

Luna - not really much better this morning - v lethargic - I wonder if she has been bitten or stung - she has plenty of interest (alert and will play) just not any get up and go (walks around slowly and breathing a bit heavy)! first time ever she did not get off her bed to greet me !!!! I see a vet call this morning - more "ouch" as today is a bank holiday here!! My family only ever get ill on sundays or bank holidays for major cost / inconvenience (practically nothing open and treble cost).

ah well - she is of course worth every penny - and the vet will just have to come here.

hope everyone has a nice day - more rain here

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The giant squid - May 28, 2007 9:07 am (#1587 of 2988)

Eponine, thanks for that clarification. I like that version better, too!

Happy Birthday to kaykay's little one. This seems to be a popular time for birthdays, doesn't it? We've had almost a dozen in the last couple weeks. Apparently there isn't much to do in September...

--Mike

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Puck - May 28, 2007 10:14 am (#1588 of 2988)

Thanks for the details on the abbreviation! I had heard the theory, but haven't read that thread in a while....

Back from Memorial Day Parade. I marched with son and the Tiger Scouts while hubby and the girls found a place to watch. The rain cleared and it turned out to be a nice day for it.

Healing charms to poor little Luna!

I used to live near Medford, back when I went to Tufts University. Fun to be so near the city, though as a student I didn't have the funds to enjoy all it's offerings. (I had always dreamed of season tickets to the Boston Ballet.) Hope Ryan enjoys it!

Actually, I was watching a Disney movie on tv last night and paused it to take a better look at a score board. Worcester was being spelled "Wooster". You'd think they'd look it up. Bad enough they pronounced it as if it rhymes with rooster, they had to spell it that way too.

Kathy

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 28, 2007 10:21 am (#1589 of 2988)

Lol, Mike!

Healing charms to Luna, GE's knee and those who are in need of them.

Strengthening charms to Mandy and her family and to Sheila and her Oldest daughter so you all may get through life's difficulties.

Happy 10th Birthday to the Young kaykay! Hope it was happy.

It's safe to say we'll be missing the parade this year. Everyone is just happy to have the pool and weather warm enough to enjoy.

Maria

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Tazzygirl - May 28, 2007 2:34 pm (#1590 of 2988)

I skimmed the last 100 posts or so- sorry! That puppet class and work have been crazy the last couple days.

Happy Birthday to Kay's daughter! Hope her birthday was fun!

Lost: I was screaming for Charlie to get out and then shut the door from the other side. It was a really pointless way to die. Very weird how Jack's 'flashback' was actually in the future. It almost didn't make sense.

**healing charms** to everyone that needs them! Holly- your daughter definitely was determined! When I had strep last year, the only thing I could manage to do was lay in bed. Kudos to her!

Glad everything is going great for you, Lizzy! Hope you get your own internet line soon!

Yeay!! Tori and Ginny are now on summer break! Did you hear back from Starbucks yet, Tori? (I think it was Tori... )

Oh! Thom- your new grandaughter is so cute!!!

On my to do list today- dishes, make puppets (last class this coming Saturday. w00t!!), and hopefully go see Pirates. I might wait until tomorrow, when there isn't going to be so many people. We shall see.

I think I managed to get most of everything... Sorry if I missed anyone!

Have a great day everyone!

~Kristina

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Catherine - May 28, 2007 2:50 pm (#1591 of 2988)

Greetings to everyone!

I am counting down the days until the end of our school year--Friday can't come soon enough.

I have service days to the school afterward, and then Mr. Catherine and I will be off to London for our 15th wedding anniversary at the end of June. I am quite excited!!

I found out that I won't have a cushier year next year--I'm moving up with the 7th graders to teach 8th grade Humanities next year--by parent request. So this summer I have to relearn all the 8th grade US history and social studies that I've forgotten in all these years. I'm not worried about the literature, as I've taught US literature in high school, but the history...that will be all new. So along with Deathly Hallows this summer I'm sure I'll be boning up on my history curriculum...

Hope everyone enjoyed a great Memorial Day, and hope it's remembered well.

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azi - May 28, 2007 4:25 pm (#1592 of 2988)

Healing charms to all ill people, including Luna!!

Ooo, have fun in London, Catherine! How exciting!

Love you avatar, Lina! I went and got all the certificates yesterday. Wish I could get the book 7 one though!

Add me to the list of people with injured knees. I just fell up the stairs. Ouch. I admit I cried, I'm such a baby!

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haymoni - May 28, 2007 5:14 pm (#1593 of 2988)

The Beautifulest One was in our parade today with her karate class. Of course, I walked it also - I don't expect the karate teacher to watch my 6-year-old and I helped pass out flyers about the class. They would stop every so often and do a part of their form and then one of the kids would break a board. My daughter broke hers so fast, I couldn't get the video camera turned on in time. Alas, earwax!

Yesterday, Hubby took the kids to visit his mom and I had the whole entire day to myself!!! Cleaned a little bit, got a hair cut, bought some clothes and bought some Chinese - Veggie Lo Mein.

MMMM...

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geauxtigers - May 28, 2007 8:34 pm (#1594 of 2988)

Did you hear back from Starbucks yet, Tori? (I think it was Tori... well...we both had interviews today, she grilled me and I spent a lot of time saying "um". They were hard questions because a lot of it was asking basically about your faults, and I didn't want to sound arrogant. One was to describe a time when you were really late for something, and I'm really not late most of the time, I'm just not, so I ummed trying to decide if I should say that or not...I ended up telling her I mistaked a time once and showed up an hour late. LOL And Ginny's interview person basically told her no. She told her " you're adorable, but I'm looking for someone more experienced, so why don't you apply next year" Ginny walked away feeling like an "adorable" 5 year old. LOL So I don't think either of us will be working there! Oh well, try somewhere else!

I'm knitting a hat. Can you tell I'm bored! It so cool! I hope I'll have it finished by winter! LOL but I'm curently on a roll!

SO far haven't done much with my summer, just relaxing, reading and knitting!

Its really sad, an former LSU football player, (played for the Patriots and he was on the 2003 National Champ team, part of what made them the number one defense in the country that year) Marquis Hill, was in a jet-ski accident Sunday on Lake Ponchatrain, and he died. He wasn't wearing a life jacket. Its very sad, but so preventable, so people, always wear life jackets no matter how good of a swimmer you are, it really can save your life.

I think that flags should be flown at half mast on memorial day. When a president dies we fly it, but on a day like today, that recognizes fallen soliders, we don't. I just think we should, anywhere else do that?

Hope everyone has a great day! I'm off to give myself a pedicure!

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virginiaelizabeth - May 28, 2007 8:39 pm (#1595 of 2988)

Yeay!! Tori and Ginny are now on summer break!   Did you hear back from Starbucks yet, Tori? (I think it was Tori...

Err... Well we went in for interviews today. Didn't go so well. We had 2 different managers interveiwing us, and I was the lucky one who got the *evil* girl. The whole thing lasted all of 3 minutes including the part where she told me that I was too inexperienced and young and she can't hire me for just the summer, but I really should reapply next year. I was like well okkk then. Then she let me go and I waited until Tori's 20 minute interview with the other manager was over with. This chica just seemed like there was no way she would hire me, and she wasn't even giving me a chance right from the get go. I had the impression that she just wanted to get the interview over with. Soo... anyone know a place that will hire someone with no experience?? I mean, I have to start somewhere.

Nothing going on here, just enjoying the summer!

**healing charms to everyone who is sick**

Happy RotN!

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journeymom - May 28, 2007 8:47 pm (#1596 of 2988)

Tori and Ginny, someday when I run my dream bread bakery, I will hire you on the spot. Can you do eaaarrrly mornings and lots of manual labor? Can you say, "Would you like a slice of organic whole wheat with cinnamon butter?" about a hundred times a day? Adorable would be a hiring point with me. Everybody likes to buy bread from adorable girls, especially if they can quote Harry Potter, chapter and verse.

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geauxtigers - May 28, 2007 8:53 pm (#1597 of 2988)

Ha ha Journeymom! I can make bread! I love bread! LOL Im fact, whole wheat bread with cinnamon butter sounds amazing!

Okay kitty just jumped up here, time to pay her some attention! LOL

Now I want some bread! ** must resist summer eating habits because she’s bored**

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Tazzygirl - May 28, 2007 9:18 pm (#1598 of 2988)

Aww, Ginny and Tori, I'm so sorry! That doesn't seem right... I had no experience (I didn't even know how to brew a cup of coffee LOL), and they were more than willing to train me. And Tori- you should have flaunted that you are never late. That is a bonus many managers like to hear! During my interview, I was asked what would be the first thing someone would say about me. I immediately said "They would say I was obsessive compulsive about cleaning." That was a bonus point for them. LOL! You should try another cafe or something. Maybe a petstore? **trying to think of jobs I had in high school** I took care of a handicapped lady for a year, worked at a clothing store (wasn't tempted to buy the clothes as it was all expensive), and a hobby shop. Good luck with future interviews!! (and I was sad to read about Marquis Hill this morning. Thank goodness they found him- Lake Pontchartrain is huge!!)

Journeymom- that dream bakery of yours sounds amazing! Speaking of which, I went into a bakery the other day just to have a look around, and ended up walking out with a loaf of bread with cinnamon dots mixed in. It was sooooo yummy!

For those interested- I just posted the latest story for Potty Five Words, so we can continue on with the next story!

~Kristina

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journeymom - May 28, 2007 10:06 pm (#1599 of 2988)

I looked into opening a Great Harvest Bread store. Maybe in a few years when the kids don't need me quite so much!

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Jenniffler - May 28, 2007 10:12 pm (#1600 of 2988)

virginiaelizabeth -Good luck on the hiring process. Just the thought of food service in the summertime--Well-- you don't have to pay for a sauna  treatment now do you? If you get the job, ask for the manual and treat it like a college business course.

But if you ask me, the fact that they don't see the potential of an already functioning set of sisters shows they are not thinking of all the great possibilities in store for them. Unless ya'll are left brain, right brain twins, in which you really shouldn't have the same type of job.

geauxtigers- The job search begins. Apply for everything. Talk to the people at off hours or even stop by places you already like to shop at and just ask if they have a need that isn't getting filled. if you are excited (but not giddy) about a job, they will be excited about hiring. Also, if you haven't already, make a resume, references for an volunteer work at school, church or church-school or odd jobs. Teenagers often overlook baby sitting, yardwork and community activities, but they ARE job experience. And if you walk in a place as you really are, poised and prepared, and they don't see your worth or don't treat you respectfully, end the interview and ask for info to contact their boss, because they are not doing their job.

BTW, my job, as a mom and wife takes more effort and professionalism than any other career I might ever pursue. I am sure you are aware through your own families, that a paycheck, no matter how gratifying cannot take the place of self esteem and good taste.

Edit Journeymom, Yummy sounds like a good and fun business to get into!

Memorial Day-- We talked about our fathers and grandfathers who served. Called Granny as it is her birthday (83)!and generally made it a PJ day. It rained a LOT so the story of Noah was appropo this evening. Niffler Daughter finished GoF, laughing her head off about Rita Skeeter. Summer is here, now to convince Mr. Nose-in-a-book Niffler that ceiling fans are parallel to his saving-money thing.
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Re: Chat & Greetings 2007

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Tazzygirl - May 28, 2007 10:48 pm (#1601 of 2988)

Journeymom: I looked into opening a Great Harvest Bread store.

I think that was the name of the bakery I went into.

~Kristina

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geauxtigers - May 28, 2007 10:51 pm (#1602 of 2988)

Thanks for the advice, Jenniffler. I thought babysitting would back me up more, but its hard to answer " Have you ever been in a job situation when a coworker wasn't doing their job" OKay, umm lets see, the 1 year old who can't talk, was refusing to eat his lunch... so I just named school projects. I always get stuck with people who don't work because the teacher thinks I'll make them work. LOL I tried coming up with made up answers, but it just resulted in lots of "umms" and of course, I got in the car and thought of all the things I should ahve said, but oh well. I did think of cell phone girl in Kristina's Starbucks! But she wanted real situations, not hypothetical...LOL of course later I thought I could've just pretended that it was real, and it has happened to me before, just not during a job. Oh well!

Unless ya'll are left brain, right brain twins, in which you really shouldn't have the same type of job.

Hmm, I'm guessing you are referring the the psychic powers tat some twins have...nope! I've never read her mind and vise versa, I don't know what she's thinking right now! LOL Thats people's 4th favorite question to ask "can you read each other's minds?" We did have the same dream on the same night on 2 separate occasions, but I wouldn't call that mind reading, just weird! LOL But we were already told we can't work at the same location, which is fine, but seeing as we didn't get the job...LOL

It supposed to rain all week. What great first week of summer! LOL I'm just glad its summer! I can sleep through the rain without having to go to school! And we need rain badly. We are approaching a drout, and I know across the southeast its much, much worse, and I think in Southern California as well. I think Texas will willingly send all of their rain there!

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Puck - May 29, 2007 3:13 am (#1603 of 2988)

Haymoni, what a wonderful day you had! Color me green with envy.

Tori, my neighbor had his flag at half mast yesterday. I'm sure to be hearing about the Patriots player who died this weekend, as that is our team. How sad.

Why can't you girls work at the same place?

Okay, I'm up early to do some housework before the children get up. (Plus the fact I woke up at about 4am and never managed to get back to sleep.) I should go do that.

New story started on Five Words!

Kathy

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Jenniffler - May 29, 2007 4:50 am (#1604 of 2988)

Tori Ok I kind of guessed that you gal weren't mind readers, quite the opposite! I was suggesting that you have your own personal strengths that don't necessarily  overlap.

Sociologists and psychologists are really fond of twin studies, since I am socially slow and sometimes blunt, I seek out topics that help me define behaviors I want to copy. I one fascinating sociological article I read, They found that raised-apart twins are MORE likely to do things inexplicably the same than raised-together twins. From people I know who happen to be sisters born on the same day,( I'm closely familiar with about 10 ladies.) One sister will gravitate to left-brained activities (facts and figures) while the other sister will find more joy in art, spatial or physical activities (right brained traits).

Right brain will say, "What a pretty picture this puzzle is!" and Left Brain will respond, "Yep, but it only has 50 pieces, You know we need something more challenging to keep us interested."

And both will be right.

Puck I can't find Five words any more to follow along will someone point me in the right direction?

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Snuffles - May 29, 2007 5:20 am (#1605 of 2988)

Happy belated birthday to Kay's daughter. I hope she had a wonderful day

Azi, Lina, what certificates are these and where can I get them?

**Healing charms** to all those with bad knees.

Love the avatar azi. Definitely looks familiar

Tori, how is the hat knitting coming along. Are you helping Hermione with S.P.E.W?

I think hubby is coming round to the idea of getting another dog! Woo hoo!, he says that he may get me one for my birthday

Off to check the threads while it is quiet at work!

Julie

Edit: Jenniffler, you can find 5 words on the Fan fiction. It is the bottom section, General Fanfiction Discussion. It is volume IV.

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Puck - May 29, 2007 6:03 am (#1606 of 2988)

He's a link to the new 5 words story, just started this morning!

http://wc1.worldcrossing.com/WebX?14@@.1de5c374/2601

Julie, any particular kind of pup?

Okay -  son has left for school almost an hour ago. Laundry is in washer and toys off family room floor (for the moment ), but the dishes aren't done yet. So much for getting it all done before the kids are up. I have an hour or so before running a few errands and picking up a friend's son at preschool. (She's on a field trip with her daughter. Tomorrow I go on son's trip and she takes the baby.)

Kathy

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Snuffles - May 29, 2007 6:21 am (#1607 of 2988)

Kathy, the first dog I said I liked he said no straight away to. It was, as he calls them, a 'handbag dog' . The other I like is a Border Terrier. They are kind of scruffy looking but adorable. He likes this breed and is probably the reason he may buy me one I will have to wait and see!

Edit: Kathy, Are you able to go back to 5 words? your last post doesn't seem to make sense

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Solitaire - May 29, 2007 7:23 am (#1608 of 2988)

A "handbag dog"? Are we talkin' Elle Woods here?

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Steve Newton - May 29, 2007 7:55 am (#1609 of 2988)

Well, there are already thousands of campers on the grounds at Dover Downs. Its NASCAR week in Delaware. Great for the local businesses, lousy for we who work here and just want to get to and from work.

On a more serious note, my Mother seems to be doing a tad better. Up and around and even going out to dinner with us last night.

The dog is only slightly better, which may be fatal. But he is better.

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Mrs Brisbee - May 29, 2007 8:01 am (#1610 of 2988)

Steve, I'm glad to hear your mother is a bit better. Being able to go out to dinner sounds like a big step.

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HungarianHorntail11 - May 29, 2007 9:30 am (#1611 of 2988)

Steve, thanks for the update. I agree with Mrs Brisbee - dinner out sounds like a big step. Continued prayers and healing charms her way. Hope the dog is better soon, as well.

Took the girls to see Pirates yesterday afternoon. Trevor felt as though it would be too scary for him, so he stayed home with Mr. HH. I knew to stay until after the credits but for some reason, we didn't. (Some reason meaning, Olivia was complaining, "Do you know how long the credits are?") Got to see bits of it on YouTube, though. In white: Eponine, I like your explanation, too! I hope you are correct! I checked the book and it ends just as they begin to fight so no help there.

Sounds as though you had a great day, Haymoni! **IamnotjealousIamaweebitjealousIamnotjealous**

Madam Pince, I just realized that I had begun a reply to your last email and never finished it. I found it in my "Drafts" folder. I desperately need a time-turner (and a Membry-all).

Healing charms all around!

LOL JulieSnuffles! I thought the same about Tori's knitting project.

Okay, I am going to make my hotel reservations by next Monday. Are we on for that Friday night, then? (Kathy, Mediwitch, Sheila and anyone else brave enough willing to join us in July?)

Maria

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geauxtigers - May 29, 2007 9:41 am (#1612 of 2988)

Are you helping Hermione with S.P.E.W? Welll, it might be a bit big for Dobby, but I was looking at a hat my grandma had made for this chair/wooden thingy (long story, but its cute), and its just the size I pictured it for an elf! Its soo cute, but the rate I'm knitting, Hermione probably could've knitted like 400 of them to my one!

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virginiaelizabeth - May 29, 2007 9:41 am (#1613 of 2988)

Right brain will say, "What a pretty picture this puzzle is!" and Left Brain will respond, "Yep, but it only has 50 pieces, You know we need something more challenging to keep us interested."

LOL! I think I'm right-brained and Tori is left-brained!

Glad your mom is doing better Steve! More **healing charms** to her.

Off to relax, going to dinner and a movie later with a friend. Should be fun!

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journeymom - May 29, 2007 9:47 am (#1614 of 2988)

Okay, tell me about the Five Words story....

You add five words to the story.

Can anybody just jump in at any time?

Do I understand correctly that the person who posted the most gets to start the next story?

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geauxtigers - May 29, 2007 9:58 am (#1615 of 2988)

Thats it, Journeymom, just jump right in! We write a story by each member posting 5 words. Its great because the story can change on a dime by one person! They are usually really out there too and hilarious! If you cross post with somebody, the second person fixes theirs. Number one rule is don't delete posts! That causes confusion and we also loose the total number of posts allowed for the thread! Have fun!

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Good Evans - May 29, 2007 10:52 am (#1616 of 2988)

continued thoughts and prayers for Steves Mum and Dog and everyone else that nees them -- particular thoughts to your painful knee Azi - I'm still suffering - but much better today!

Luna has an allergic reaction - poor thing - she has little blood blisters all over her body (no pus or goo, just blood). We have no idea what it is caused by, the vet said that it is quite unusual, but not serious - phew!!! might have been something she ate or the anti flea shampoo that she was bathed in on Friday.

She looks like she has the measles if you look closely at her skin- or a bad bout of acne!

She is tons better today - anti-histamines and antibiotics and a wash in this sensitive skin shampoo stuff. It poured with rain, was freezing cold and the dog had a shower

I thought I had posted this last night - but I couldnt find the message, if I have told you this, just ignore me!!

Finance assignment finished and submitted - hooray!!!! just the main project left to go provided I get a pass on this asignment!! fingers crossed!

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Lina - May 29, 2007 11:45 am (#1617 of 2988)

No, you haven't posted that, Julie. I'm glad you found the cause of Luna's problems. I hope she will soon be a happy dog again.

Continued healing and strengthening charms to all knees, Mums and dogs and everything else that is needed.

Azi, I ment to say this earlier, if you'll have problems with finding a job after graduating, you might consider a photograph career. You have a great eye for taking photos. And I did get all the certificates too, I had a hard time choosing which one to use. I chose this one because this is the only answer I didn't really know, but made a good guess by first attempt.

Is there anything else I wanted to say? I usually remember that only after few more posts are already made. **** waving to everybody ****

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Chemyst - May 29, 2007 11:55 am (#1618 of 2988)

Lina, someone had asked where you got the certificate -- did that ever get answered?   Anyway, they are on the Bloomsbury site under Swot Up On Potter.

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Tazzygirl - May 29, 2007 1:02 pm (#1619 of 2988)

The more the merrier when creating a Five Words story!!

**healing charms** to Luna! I had a golden retriever that was allergic to grass and fleas. She used to have the red blood blister type thing all the time. Hope Luna gets over the reaction soon!!

Glad to hear your mom is doing better, Steve!

I went and saw Pirates 3 last night- thought it was pretty good. Some cheesy parts, but not so bad that I wouldn't mind seeing it again! EDIT: I didn't stay until after the credits so I missed the additional scene!!

Ginny: ...and a movie later with a friend.

*raises eyebrows** Did you and your sister watch Pirates 2 yet? You definitely need to see 2 before 3- makes a whole lot more sense! (The people I went with last night didn't see #2, and were slightly confused during several parts of #3.)

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Snuffles - May 29, 2007 3:24 pm (#1620 of 2988)

Steve, I'm glad your mum is feeling better.

Chemyst, I was asking about the certificates. Thanks for putting a link.

Julie(GE), I hope Luna feels better soon. **anti-itch charms** her way.

Lol Soli, not quite the same breed of dog as that, but I suppose along those lines. There was just no way hubby could see himself taking something that small for a walk!

Journeymom, come on over to the 5 word side. It's fun, honest

Julie

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Catherine - May 29, 2007 4:03 pm (#1621 of 2988)

Ok, I just picked up my daughter from the most extravagant birthday party for a 7 year-old that I have heard of among "real" people.

These parents picked up all of the sons' classmates in rented black Hummer limos. They rented out the entire movie theater. There were goody pirate bags, pirate bandannas, and full snacks for everyone.

How do you top this? If you do this for age 7, how do real life events like a wedding compare?

I don't mean to sound like a scrooge, and I'm glad my daughter was invited, but.....sheesh. It's a bit much....

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Denise P. - May 29, 2007 4:08 pm (#1622 of 2988)

That is why I don't do birthday parties. I truly hate them. There is nothing wrong with a cake in the backyard, pin the tail on the donkey and moms who stay and chat while the kids run around like wild monkeys in the yard.

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Mediwitch - May 29, 2007 5:04 pm (#1623 of 2988)

Maria, I'm ready for our little release party! Can you please email me the hotel info again? I thought I bookmarked it but apparently not.

I can't wait to come back to Five Words this summer - I miss the wacky stories! Only 2 and 1/2 more weeks of school! Hamster Wheel

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Vox Gerbilis - May 29, 2007 5:57 pm (#1624 of 2988)

Hello, this is my first time on this thread. I joined the forum a few weeks ago.

Today is my daughter's seventh birthday. I'm glad to report there was NO extravagant party, just the family here on Sunday, and a playdate with a friend after school today. Luckily, my daughter's not a greedy kid. She was perfectly happy with some books, arts and crafts kits, a board game, and a digital pet. I have to thank her for getting me interested in HP after she joined some HP games on the school playground. She's a fan too, though I won't let her go past PoA until she's a bit older.

I've been seriously stressed over some work/budget issues this week, and I'm very glad to have this forum for a bit of escapism. Thanks to everyone for being so friendly.

Journeymom, I like the new avatar, but I must say I miss Snapeward!

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kaykay1970 - May 29, 2007 6:02 pm (#1625 of 2988)

Welcome to the chat thread Vox! And Happy Birthday to your daughter!

Thanks for the link Chemyst!

Julie (Snuffles) Olivia is adorable! Don't they look so precious when they are sleeping?!

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The giant squid - May 29, 2007 7:46 pm (#1626 of 2988)

Don't they look so precious when they are sleeping?!--kaykay1970

Yes, children are the sweetest things when they're asleep. But eventually, they always wake up...

--Mike

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Viola Intonada - May 29, 2007 8:14 pm (#1627 of 2988)

Welcome, Vox and Happy Birthday to your daughter!

Wow, Catherine, most companies don't put on that kind of party on for their employees anytime during the year! Hubby and I used to not see eye to eye on birthday parties. He had one every year and I had one. I agreed to have parties with friends until they are 10. I had the last one in April. Now it will be just one or two friends to spend the night or go somewhere special.

LOL, Mike!

I can't wait to go see the new Pirates movie. Right now I don't see how I'm possibly going to get a chance to see it with Hubby. Whatever happened to summer being the quiet, slow time of the year? Oh yeah, that disappeared when I had children...

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Tazzygirl - May 29, 2007 8:32 pm (#1628 of 2988)

Just got back from seeing Pirates 3 again. The second time was much better!! and I sat all the way through the credits and saw the little clip. **feels much better** They have one more Pirates movie coming out, yes? (My dad works with a guy whose brother is a camera man for the Pirates movies. According to him, there are a total of four movies...)

That is a definitely an extravagant party for 7 year olds!  

Okay, since I put off making puppets, I guess I should get to it now.

~Kristina

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Jenniffler - May 29, 2007 9:06 pm (#1629 of 2988)

Warner Brothers is releasing OotP movie July 11 state-side (source Mugglenet). Change your calendars. I'm in shock. No Friday 13 opening in the US. I know this doesn't affect us all, but I'm having to rearrange a lot (our kid's vacation to grandma's) because of the switch. Overall I'm so excited about the date change.

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Tazzygirl - May 29, 2007 9:21 pm (#1630 of 2988)

Really, Jenniffler??? Why would it be released on a Wednesday? Not that I am really complaining- I have an easier chance of getting the appropriate time off from work to watch the midnight showing and sleeping in Thursday.

Oh, and on Pirates 3- I just have to say that I am so impressed with myself. I actually noticed a clue from Pirates 2 that had a huge role in Pirates 3. For those interested, it's this post.

~Kristina

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dizzy lizzy - May 29, 2007 9:32 pm (#1631 of 2988)

Everything is going well here. My friend Veronica and I sewed a fully lined vest yesterday and I got to try out my new overlocker (serger) and sewing machine.

We had a safe arrival of Two girls from the Elmendorf Community in Minnesota Last night. They came over with Susan's mother (76yo) and helped her. The Girls are sharing my flat (apartment) with me and we already have run into miscommunication due to the wonderful complexities with the English Language.

The weather is cold wet and rainy here now. Lucy needs to be dried off after every walk now.

The most amazing thing happened on Sunday, Johnny and I saw a real live wild platypus swimming down the creek. Platypus are a rare/endangered species in Australia and most Aussies only ever see them in Zoo's.

That's all for now! Still waiting on the phone line!!

Cheers, hugs and birthday wishes to all who need them.

Lizzie

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virginiaelizabeth - May 29, 2007 9:37 pm (#1632 of 2988)

*raises eyebrows** Did you and your sister watch Pirates 2 yet?

Errr.. welll not yet. Friend hasn't seen 2 yet either, and there was nothing good playing so we skipped the movies and came back here and hung out until about 10 this evening. We made pajama shorts, that are super cute, but the fabric we chose was a major pain to work with so it took us quite a while to make them.

**healing and anti-itch charms to Luna**

WOOOHOO they moved it up 2 days!!! That's awesome!!! I'm exciteddd!!!

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geauxtigers - May 29, 2007 9:46 pm (#1633 of 2988)

Well not all of us were successful at the shorts....mine ended up too long, but were too short on the top half. So I guess I'll be seam ripping the waistband tomorrow and making it longer...

I'm excited that they moved the movie up! I wonder why though? Odd, a movie coming out on a Wednesday!? Probably for more time between the movie and book...which means I need to get reading!

I can hear a bug crawling on my window, but I'm too scared to look and see if its on the inside or outside, I think its on the outside. It sounds big...I don't want to wake my dad up if I don't have too... **is hoping its not a giant roach or a colossal beetle** **Shudders**

Glad everything is going well, Lizzy! That cool that you saw a platypus! The only one I've ever seen is my Beanie Baby! LOL, I've been to 2 zoos, niether have one that I'm aware of...I don't even think the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans has one, and heavens knows we've been on so many field trips there...Its a pretty big zoo! Sounds like you were very lucky too see that!

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Lina - May 29, 2007 10:18 pm (#1634 of 2988)

Me: Is there anything else I wanted to say?
Chemyst: Lina, someone had asked where you got the certificate -- did that ever get answered?
Snuffles: Chemyst, I was asking about the certificates. Thanks for putting a link.


Now you can see what was I talking about. Thank you, Chemyst, from me too.

Catherine: I don't mean to sound like a scrooge, and I'm glad my daughter was invited, but.....sheesh. It's a bit much....
I can't help but to feel sorry for that kid. What are his parents trying to compensate with such party?[


Denise P.: There is nothing wrong with a cake in the backyard, pin the tail on the donkey and moms who stay and chat while the kids run around like wild monkeys in the yard.

I don't really have a backyard, but I don't see why would someone hate such a birthday party?


Welcome Vox Gerbilis, nice to see you. And happy birthday to your daughter!

Actually, we all enjoy the friendly atmosphere on this forum and express our happiness for it from time to time. So, thank you all for making me feel like at home, here. You know, at home - it is the place where you can forget some things from time to time, people will gently remind you about them and then forgive you....

I like your avatar too, Julie (Snuffles). There are two things I like best about kids: sleeping and growing up.

Lizzy, I'm glad you found a nice place to stay in Tasmania and that you are making so many friends!

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Good Evans - May 29, 2007 11:32 pm (#1635 of 2988)

happy birthday to your daughter Vox Gerbilis, EEEKKKK Catherine - what a bunch of show -offs!!!! As you say how do you top that?

I've forgotten everything else - ah well - have a nice wednesday - off to college now....

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azi - May 30, 2007 2:32 am (#1636 of 2988)

My 7th birthday party was a clown. It's the biggest party I've ever had, and I haven't had one since. About 10 or so 'friends' (mostly acquaintances - I didn't have any real friends at that age ) and family squashed into our living room. I remember hanging around our garden gate an hour before the party started worrying if anyone was actually going to turn up! I've never wanted the worry since.

Still haven't seen Pirates 3. Was hoping to go before I go to Prague (on Sun) but with uni work and other people being busy at different times I'm not so sure now. I got held back with work yesterday because our Internet is down again. I'm really fed up of this!

**waves to Vox, Lizzy (sounds idyllic where you are!) and everyone else!**

Lina - thank you for your compliment! I actually blushed! Alas, you only get to see the best of my photos, and there are a lot more which are rubbish.

**healing charms** to Luna!

A lovely Wednesday to all! It's sunny here for a change!

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Puck - May 30, 2007 3:03 am (#1637 of 2988)

Azi, I'm sure that all famous photographers have a stack of "rubbish" for every great photograph we see.

How do you top that kind of party?

Well, just wait for the next kid in the class to have a party. I'm sure someone's parents will feel the need to outdo that one. (Actually I was wondering if someone in the family is terminally ill or if the parents were divorcing. Poor kid.)

Okay, I'm up early to get some work done before the field trip. I kept have dreams about being late, forgetting the snack and lunches, etc... So, what am I doing? Checking the forum.

Welcome Vox!

Tossing healing charms. Catch one if you need one.

Okay, time to bake brownies, clean the kitchen, pack 4 lunches and a diaper bag, get myself and 3 kids dressed, drop the baby with a friend, bring Diva to her last day of preschool, and then off to the museum. I have 3 hours and 15 minutes. GO!

Kathy

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The giant squid - May 30, 2007 6:19 am (#1638 of 2988)

Tazzy: Amidst all the hoopla around Pirates 3, interviewers have been asking both Johnny Depp & the producers if they'd be willing to do another one. Johnny said he'd be interested, and the producers said if Johnny was interested how could they refuse? So far that's as "official" a confirmation as we've gotten but unless Captain Jack changes his mind it's probably a go.

Tori: As I've mentioned before, Wednesday openings are usually reserved for the Blockbuster type movies. So while there may be something to avoiding a Friday the 13th release date, this does show that WB is confident enough in OotP that it'll make money with a mid-week opening. This is a good thing.

--Mike

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Solitaire - May 30, 2007 7:23 am (#1639 of 2988)

Steve, glad your mom is feeling better. Continued prayers and healing charms for her ... and the dog, too!

Julie, I am glad the doc was able to treat Luna. You may have to keep her in when various things are done to your yard. That is what I have to do for Stoney, since I have no idea what he eats when I am not out there with him. Right now, I am debating about trimming the lower branches of my fig tree. It is already loaded with Brown Turkeys, and some of the lower branches are within his reach. I'll have to watch and see if his mouth area suddenly turns purple! I complained about the early heat, but I'll bet it means I have figs to eat by late June or early July!!

About those elaborate B-day parties ... Several times a year I have kids (usually the worst students in the class) whose parents take them and a few friends out of school and head to Magic Mountain or Disneyland ... for the day. Then they are so tired from the day that they miss another day recuperating. We have several families who do this with all of the children every year. A few lucky souls actually get taken for 2 days and an overnight in a big hotel. These kids almost always miss a third day to recuperate, unless it falls on a weekend.

On Monday, I watched Dr. Phil and saw some of the gifts young kids and teens were receiving from parents: iPods, fancy cell phones, CARS. No matter how young they are, nothing is denied. And if they don't get the brand they want, they throw a tantrum until they do get it. Sadly, for all this extra bling, they don't seem particularly happy.

I salute all of you who are rational parents. If your kids have such friends, it must be awfully tough to just lead a simple, "normal" life with only the "regular" luxuries.

Solitaire

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journeymom - May 30, 2007 8:47 am (#1640 of 2988)

OotP, Wednesday, July 11- Yay! Seems to me George Lucas arranged to have the Star Wars movies released on Wednesdays, though I'm not sure why. Maybe just to get a money-grubbing jump on the block-buster weekend?

Vox Gerbilis, I get a kick out of your user name. There is Metatron, the Voice of God (see my avatar ). And we have you, Voice of the Gerbil...

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John Bumbledore - May 30, 2007 9:24 am (#1641 of 2988)

Took the girls to see Pirates yesterday afternoon. I knew to stay until after the credits but for some reason, we didn't. — HungarianHorntail11 (Maria)

Oh, no! What did we miss? We took our four to see Pirates 3 but didn't know to stay to the end of the credits. Is there somewhere I can see what we missed without having to see the whole movie again (or wait for the DVD)?

I know there was something else I wanted to mention, but the details escape me now (just like that something or other that Lina forgot). **Waves to everyone**

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜

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Chemyst - May 30, 2007 10:31 am (#1642 of 2988)

Is there anything else I wanted to say? – Lina
well, it was just too good a setup to pass up. And you're welcome.

Ok, I just picked up my daughter from the most extravagant birthday party for a 7 year-old that I have heard of among "real" people.   These parents picked up all of the sons' classmates in rented black Hummer limos. […]How do you top this? – Catherine

Um, maybe they could try adding limo service back home as well? You had to pick her up?

I have my borrowed copy of Pirates 2 DVD all set to review. I figure this movie is going to be around awhile, so I can let the school-is-out matinee crowd have a chance to settle down before I see it. **wonders where all the great procrastinators are...  out watching the movie, I suppose.**

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Mrs. Sirius - May 30, 2007 11:02 am (#1643 of 2988)

Journeymom, come on over to the 5 word side. It's fun, honest

OK how have I missed this? Is this a new thread? I looked and didn't find it. I loved when we did that before, everyone adds a line to make the story. Can you post a link?

Unfortunately, I now come on here somewhere between 1 am and 2 am. By that time I am so tired I can barely think let along follow all the posts. (I have been trying to post on the book chat and can't, I feel like I am run behind a train trying to catch up)

On the extravagant birthdays, my son turns 11 on Sunday. He wants a party but I told him he could get parties until age 10. He and his sisters did have a conversation about him getting a letter though.

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Jenniffler - May 30, 2007 2:24 pm (#1644 of 2988)

Mrs. Sirius, the link to the current five words thread on the Harry Potter Lexicon Fan Fiction Forum can be found in post 1606 by Puck above on this thread. I don't post; I just read, but it looks like challenging fun.

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Puck - May 30, 2007 6:20 pm (#1645 of 2988)

Jenniffler, go ahead and post! Just type whatever silly thing comes to mind.

Would be thrilled to have you join us Mrs. Sirius!

Just got back from the crazy busy day. The kids were good at the museum, but the bus full of first graders was loud. Tonight was Diva's preschool graduation. I made it through without tears, though I was a bit misty while getting them ready for bed. I guess I couldn't truly think about it during the ceremony, as I was busy keeping a toddler in check. Diva had fun, and was excited at the surprise that Nana drove down to see her.

Anyone ever been to the Dinosaur Place in Connecticut? I was thinking it might be a fun place to take the kids some day this summer.

People take other people's children out of school for birthdays? Really? I would never dream of asking someone else's kid to skip school....

Oh, that reminds me, Chemyst, do you have any ideas where to start if you're considering home schooling? Mr. Puck has a sabbatical coming up in another year and a half or so, and we'd love to take the kids on a road trip. Not wanting to go in summer (heat, crowds) I was considering home schooling that year. (We'd see some educational sites, such as D.C. and the space center.)

Okay, enough rambling...

Kathy

Reposting the link for Five Words http://wc1.worldcrossing.com/WebX?14@@.1de5c374/2601

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Chemyst - May 30, 2007 6:37 pm (#1646 of 2988)

Chemyst, do you have any ideas where to start if you're considering home schooling?

Heh, heh, heh...   that would be a "yes."
Sure; email me.

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Mediwitch - May 30, 2007 7:12 pm (#1647 of 2988)

Welcome to the Chat Thread, Vox, and Happy Birthday 11to your daughter!

*waves to Lizzy* Glad things are going well for you in your new home! You're too right about the English language!

azi, Mr. Mediwitch teaches photo classes, and he says you must take lots of photos because you have a better chance of getting better pictures, so you *should* have loads of "bad" pictures. That's how you get good ones! BTW, he thinks your avatar is very cool.

Sheesh, Kathy, how did you have any energy left for the field trip? I haven't been to Dinosaur Place, but I'm pretty sure I know someone who has been there - I'll ask her tomorrow.

Progress on the house is slow - the builder says they are working on 13 houses - I said I only care about one! My grandmother, on the other hand, is making remarkable progress. She saw the surgeon the yesterday and he said he doesn't need to see her again, she can follow up with her regular cardiologist now, and that people half her age don't do half as well. Thanks so much for all your prayers and healing charms - they worked!

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Ydnam96 - May 30, 2007 7:31 pm (#1648 of 2988)

Welcome back Lizzy!!!! Glad to hear things are going well.

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Vox Gerbilis - May 30, 2007 7:42 pm (#1649 of 2988)

Thanks, Solitaire. I try to be a rational parent (especially in my Weasley-ish circumstances) and I'm glad I live in a community where the excesses you describe are highly unusual.

I think it's a very sad thing to instill kids with the message that happiness comes from lots of extravagance and conspicuous consumption. These kids will never develop the inner resources they need to know genuine contentment and depth of character.

I appreciate the compliment, Journeymom. My husband divides people into the categories of gerbils and hamsters. Hamsters are extroverted, gregarious, outgoing, athletic types, whereas gerbils are introverted, reclusive, contemplative, analytical types. Obviously, I'm as gerbalic as they come, hence my user name Vox Gerbilis.

The crisis that was stressing me out earlier this week seems much less critical than I originally feared. Feels good to be breathing again.

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journeymom - May 30, 2007 8:07 pm (#1650 of 2988)

I like the catagorization, Vox. I wonder how the Lexicon community would line up? Mostly introverts/gerbils? Mostly extroverts/hamsters? What about guinea pigs?
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Puck - May 30, 2007 8:16 pm (#1651 of 2988)

I'm a hamster, married to a gerbil.

Mediwitch, wOOt! for your grandmother! to your builder.

Chemyst, I sent you an e-mail.

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Thom Matheson - May 30, 2007 8:25 pm (#1652 of 2988)

I don't know about a hampster, but most surely a ham.

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Tazzygirl - May 30, 2007 8:27 pm (#1653 of 2988)

Anyone have any ideas on how to make a Wombat puppet? I have to bring a book to life, and the main character is a wombat. It needs to be able to curl into a ball...

Good news about your grandma, Mediwitch!! **hurry charms** being sent to the builders...

Would I be a hamerbil? I'm not really reclusive, but I'm not completely an outgoing person...

Off to lie down for a bit before starting on the puppets. Today at work was kind of off. It was like I was trying to catch up to everyone, but instead got further behind. It was weird! Not to mention there were a LOT of really impatient people. "Can I get my iced tea?" "We are making it now. We'll call you when it's ready." "But I need it now." **person walks away in a huff**. My personal favorite was a lady who thought she was just so above everyone else that she stepped up to the bakery section, hailed me down (when I was plainly busy putting someone else's order in) and insisted that I get her a scone to go because she was in a rush. grrr.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!

~Kristina

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Solitaire - May 30, 2007 10:38 pm (#1654 of 2988)

People take other people's children out of school for birthdays? Really?

Really, Puck ... and I am one of those cranky old teachers who gets ticked off by this practice. Parents pull kids out for all kinds of reasons. One of my favorite times of year is county fair time, near the end of September. For reasons I'll never understand, some parents pull their kids out for two full weeks of school (or more). Other kids who are showing the same kinds of animals as the two-weekers miss only 2-3 days--the day(s) they show and the day of the auctions.

Of the kids who skip out for the entire the two-weeks, most wind up tanking during that first quarter of school. Even though we provide full work contracts with all work up to a week before the fair starts, the majority who miss all or most of the days wind up blowing off the work and never make up the tests. Only ONE of all my kids who missed all 10 days last fall managed to make up ALL of the work and get an A first quarter. I've been dealing with the "fair problem" for 21 years, and it never changes.

These kids will never develop the inner resources they need to know genuine contentment and depth of character.

You are so right, Vox Gerbilis! I am already seeing evidence of this among some of the kids I teach--ages 11-15. It isn't the norm, thank goodness ... but it is far too prevalent for my comfort.

Tazzy, I, too, am a cross between a hamster and a gerbil, with slightly more gerbil tendencies ... although job and age probably have something to do with that. When I was not teaching, I had a much more active social life. I wasn't buried under grading and prep after work, so I had more time and energy to spend with others. These days, by the time I dig out from under the pile, I am too exhausted to do much. Besides, I am with others all day long! Perhaps teaching may skew the "profiles" a bit!

ONE MORE DAY!!!

Solitaire

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Jenniffler - May 30, 2007 10:58 pm (#1655 of 2988)

I was a gerbil for the better part of childhood and adolescence. but when my sister went to college, I became a complete hamster. On occasion I do turn into a guinea pig--bossy! (Especially when someone is in trouble just like the animals in The Wonder pets on Nick Jr-- "The phone, the phone is ringing"-- If I ever get a cell phone-- )

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jose043 - May 30, 2007 11:12 pm (#1656 of 2988)

Hi All

Happy birthday to all we have missed.

Healing Charms to all who are sick or injured with knees.

Solitaire you can celebrate tomorrow with no more classes hope your next lot of year 8 are better than this last lot. How about a 14 & that half year old, that does not all ways listen to you when you have her for some of the school holidays. (My eldest grandchild).

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London

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Puck - May 31, 2007 4:03 am (#1657 of 2988)

....There's an animal in trouble some where

Ahhh, another case of forum-induced unwanted-tune-in-head. (Don't worry, Jenn. We have Diva's dance class today, so it is soon to be replace by her recital dance song.)

Kathy

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Snuffles - May 31, 2007 4:35 am (#1658 of 2988)

....Linny, Tuck and Ming Ming too, we're Wonder Pets and we'll help you

Lol, I have to admit that tune has been zooming round my head all morning too

Mediwitch, I'm glad your grandmother is feeling better. Continued healing charms her way.

Happy end of school to all who are celebrating

Better get back to doing some work, it won't get done by itself

Happy Thursday everyone

Julie

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Puck - May 31, 2007 4:46 am (#1659 of 2988)

Note: Posting things on the calendar only works if you actually look at it.  I just double checked that son has a game tonight. Turns out it was Tuesday. Oh well. It made that day less crazy, as Diva had soccer that night and I taught a class that afternoon. One more week and I'm done with both soccer and T-ball for the summer. Plus, tonight, it turns out I can stay home!

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Denise P. - May 31, 2007 5:36 am (#1660 of 2988)

We have a big wall calendar that is color coded. Every person has their own color, to include Tinsel. It is also put on my calendar so unless Mr. Denise forgets to write something down, we rarely will miss anything now. Tonight, Tinsel graduates from her puppy class. We are waiting to hear if she will be able to get into the basic class or we have to wait for the next one. We are currently on the waiting list.

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Jenniffler - May 31, 2007 5:39 am (#1661 of 2988)

Aww...I slept through the forum sing-along! Well, anyway "good teamwork, Let's break out the celery." What a great way to spend 12 minutes! Replacement song idea from Shrek the Third Led Zeppelin's "Vallhalla" segued into Heart's "Baracuda" during the girl power sequence.

Edit: Kaykay send happy birthday greeting to your daughter.

And a generalized Happy Birthday! because I know I missed a few!

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kaykay1970 - May 31, 2007 5:39 am (#1662 of 2988)

My eldest daughter is now "officially" and legally an adult! She's 18 today! Although in my eyes she really became an adult when she walked across that stage to receive her diploma.

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Snuffles - May 31, 2007 5:42 am (#1663 of 2988)

Kay, happy birthday to your daughter. I hope she has a wonderful day

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Puck - May 31, 2007 5:55 am (#1664 of 2988)

Happy 18th to Kay's daughter!

Denise, I put it on his section of the wall calendar, just neglected to look at said calendar earlier this week.

Did I mentioned I pulled another tick off my son yesterday? They love him. Unfortunately, this one was a deer tick, so now I have to watch him for symptoms of Lyme.

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Mrs. Sirius - May 31, 2007 6:21 am (#1665 of 2988)

Unfortunately, this one was a deer tick, so now I have to watch him for symptoms of Lyme.[

It's not that easy Puck. This afternoon I am going for the test for Lyme. Last year I got a bite. I had the bulls-eye and everything but the doctor said lets wait to see if I get any symptoms. I did not have any of the expected symptoms. Recently I have started having joint pain.

My daughter was tested Friday but the test came back negative, there many false negatives for this test. She too has been complaining of the joint pain.

Woa, Happy 18th to your daughter Kay.

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Daioma Dumbledore - May 31, 2007 6:41 am (#1666 of 2988)

Hi everyone,

It's been forever since i posted, so long in fact that last time I'd not long had my little one, Sebastian, he is now 18 months old and growing like a weed (86cm/ 2ft 8" i think), I am also growing, I am expecting again, I'm 22 weeks due 3rd Oct.

Hope everyone is doing well!!! hopefully will be here a bit more regularly again. It's great to catch up on everyone's news.

Talk soon

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Mrs Brisbee - May 31, 2007 6:44 am (#1667 of 2988)

had the bulls-eye and everything but the doctor said lets wait to see if I get any symptoms.-- Mrs Sirius

Oh, that's terrible. If you get the bulls-eye rash-- which does NOT show up with every infectious tick bite-- it means you have Lyme disease!!!   A friend of mine's brother got bit by a tick, had the rash and all the symptoms, and his doctor still wouldn't give him antibiotics! Sent him off to Dartmouth-Hitchcock for "more tests". Both my husband and mother have chronic Lyme disease because they were not treated after infectious tick bites. My husband didn't get the bulls-eye rash, it just looked like a dark bruise. It took five years to get a diagnosis for his illness. My mother got a red rash, but didn't know what it meant and neither did the doctors in the State she lived in. Lyme knowledge amongst doctors in highly dependent on where in the U.S. you live. She went 12 years without a diagnosis, and was very sick before she started getting proper treatment.

The standard test that the doctors use to detect Lyme (I think it's called the Elyssa test. Not sure on spelling) can show a false negative one third of the time. My mother had it done twice, both times getting a negative result. It was made for CDC reporting on the disease, and they only want absolute positives when they are counting, but it is lousy for an individual who has the disease. I suggest that if you suspect Lyme disease, you get a Western Blot test done. Also, the best places to get good information about Lyme disease is to research websites from states where it is well known, like New Jersey or Connecticut or Massachusetts.

Definitely pursue it. Chronic Lyme is not a fun disease to have.

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Freorge - May 31, 2007 6:49 am (#1668 of 2988)

Just wondering, what book tazzy girl was reading that mentioned a wombat!

I really hope all is well with the med tests of lymes. I have been reading this website for years and have  only just recently started to post. Will always play catch up because of time zones but hope to continue to post.

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John Bumbledore - May 31, 2007 7:21 am (#1669 of 2988)

Oh dear. Prayers for you and your son, Puck. May you not have to deal with that!

Two thoughts on the watching for symptoms of Lymes (okay just make that a few as I have another to add). First, mark the bite with a circle of ball point pen. Second, use your camera to record any possible symptoms such as joint swelling or rashes as the swelling can move from joint to joint and not leave any signs for the doctor by the time you get an appointment. Third, mark the date on your calendar. Three weeks is said to be the tipping point so if treatment is needed it has the greatest chance of success when started during or before the third week after the bite. Fourth, the bull's eye rash isn't the only kind of rash that may occur, any rash near the site of the bite is significant. Finally, if there are any of the typical signs of Lymes, insist on treatment even if the Lymes titre is negative.

Joshua is still doing fine and has no si