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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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